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Arts & Entertainment

“Tracking Time,” an exhibition of paintings by two artists, Anna Jensen of Asheville and Karen Ann Myers of Charleston, South Carolina, will open Thursday, Jan. 22, at Western Carolina University’s Fine Art Museum.

A panel discussion featuring the artists and reception will be held at the FAM from 5 to 7 p.m. Jan. 22.

The exhibition brings together the work of two artists who create intimate, surreal and sometimes haunting psychological paintings of friends, family, lovers and conflicts, said Denise Drury, curator and interim director at the FAM. “Some of the images stand in self-portraits surrounded by patterning and cultural artifacts, while others appear to be confessions that are wrought with an emotional uneasiness,” Drury said.

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Café String Quartet is a very talented group of musicians who can satisfy any musical appetite. Their music includes classics by Beethoven, Gershwin, Bach, and many other notable composers, but they also throw in an eclectic mix of fan favorites that keeps things exciting. Each quartet member draws from a rich professional history of training and study as well as eclectic performance experiences.

The Cafe String Quartet not only provides an evening of entertainment, but enlightens, engages and educates each audience member with a greater appreciation of music as an art. This dynamic quartet will be in concert at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, Jan. 31, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $14 each.

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For the first time ever, Wynonna Judd has begun a special series of shows she’s dubbed, “Wynonna and Friends: Stories & Song.” This unique run of shows emphasizes an intimate and personal sentiment that reflects her 30-year platinum career. The Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts will welcome Wynonna and Friends on Saturday, Jan. 24, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $42 each.

Over the past three decades, Wynonna has had experiences that have influenced who she is as an artist, a mother, sister, and daughter. She is ready to share some never-before- heard stories, many of which have inspired countless hits.

“I am more passionate now than I have ever been about my life, my gift, my faith, hopes and dreams, and I want so much to share my story and songs with my fans,” she said.

The Big Noise, Wynonna’s threepiece band, will join her on stage. The group is led by Wynonna’s husband, Cactus Moser, an award-winning artist and producer. When Wynonna and The Big Noise aren’t focused on their tour, they are hard at work on an eighth studio album scheduled to be released sometime this year.

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All Saints Episcopal Church hosted Worldchanging 101: Workshop and concert last weekend. David LaMotte was the keynote speaker for the Friday gathering and presented a concert that evening. On Saturday, LaMotte lead a workshop that offered new ways to look at important questions. Like how we are called to engage the world around us and how to practically approach the issues. Through story, scripture and exercises, he offered a framework to examine our capacity for significant impact on the world and insights on how to be effective in that effort.

LaMotte is a singer/songwriter and guitarist, with 11 CDs, performing in more than 2,500 concerts on four continents. He founded PEG Partners, a non-profit that supports education in Guatamala.

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