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Arts & Entertainment

The Historic Cowee School, at 51 Cowee School Drive, Franklin, announces its 2014 concert series featuring:

– May 10 - Red June. Asheville’s Red June has been capturing the hearts of audiences all across the country, with a dynamic yet refined sound featuring striking threepart harmonies, electrifying instrumental work, and honest, soulful songwriting. Will Straughan on dobro and guitar, Natalya Weinstein on fiddle, and John Cloyd Miller on mandolin and guitar, blend country, bluegrass, and American roots music with a dash of indie rock sensibility to create something entirely original and inspiring. They are looking forward to a big year of performing, including a return to MerleFest, highlighted with Miller winning first place in the bluegrass category at the venerable Chris Austin Songwriting contest in 2013.

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Catherine Carter, an associate professor of English at Western Carolina University, won the Poet Laureate’s Award from the North Carolina Poetry Society for her work titled “Day of the Dead.”

The poem is about and was inspired by raking leaves on the road on a November day, said Carter.

Carter’s previous honors include winning first prize in Still: The Journal’s 2013 poetry contest, the 2009 Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition sponsored by the North Carolina Writers’ Network, publication in the Best American Poetry 2009 anthology, two nominations for the Pushcart Prize and the 2007 Roanoke-Chowan Award. One of Carter’s poems also was recently featured in the Winston-Salem Writers “Poetry in Plain Sight” program.

 

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Southern Fried Chicks, a top-grossing all female comedy act, will make a stop on their Cage-Free Comedy Tour at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, April 26. This night of side-splitting, hilarious, freerange comedy will begin at 7:30 pm. Tickets start at $15 each.

Since their debut on CMT, Southern Fried Chicks has performed at venues packed with both people and laughter. Whether they’re telling a story, making a joke, dancing a jig, or pulling an audience member on stage to be part of the show, their performances are infectious and audience members are genuinely amused from beginning to end.

Four talented ladies, all with southern roots, make up this witty, humorous, and wonderfully entertaining group. Each brings something different to the stage, but all have a talent for comedy that should not be missed.

 

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Greenville, S.C., author, Sonja Condit will present her debut novel on Friday, April 25, at 6:30 p.m. at City Lights Bookstore. “Starter House” is the story of a woman who falls in love with a dusty-rose colonial cottage. It’s the home she has been dreaming of for her and her family. Despite the history of the house, she and her husband eagerly move in. Soon though, she realizes there is something malevolent present. Something only she can sense. Kirkus Review says, “Good, scary fun, packed with emotional nuance."

To reserve a copy of Starter House, call City Lights Bookstore at (828)586-9499.

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