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Arts & Entertainment

Macon County Art Association’s art and craft show will feature creations by Cathy Casano (pictured) and other mountain artisans at the Village Square Art & Craft Show in downtown Highlands on Aug. 23 & 24, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine.

The free show features fine art as well as rustic furniture, pottery, leather goods and other hand-made crafts, along with live music, food, and face painting, too.

Call Cynthia Strain at (828) 787-2021 for more information.




On Saturday, Aug. 23, at 6:30 p.m., Mark Powell will present his new novel, “The Sheltering” at City Lights Bookstore. Powell’s work has been given high praise including Ron Rash calling him “the best Appalachian novelist of his generation.”

Pat Conroy said in the foreword he wrote for Powell’s new novel, ““The Sheltering is at once haunting and an act of pure grace.”

The author of four novels, Mark Powell, has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Breadloaf Writers' Conference, the Sewanee Writers' Conference, the Collegeville Center for Ecumenical Research, and the Vaclav Havel Fellowship in Playwriting to the Prague Summer Program. An Associate Professor of English at Stetson University in Florida, he will spend the coming academic year as a Fulbright Fellow in Slovakia.

To reserve copies of his books, call City Lights Bookstore at (828)586-9499.

Now in its 41st season, the Brasstown Concert Association (BCA) will present nationally and internationally known artists and ensembles performing in an impressive range of styles.

The season opens on Sept. 28 with Gamelan Gunung biru, the resident gamelan ensemble of Western Carolina University since 2003. A gamelan is an orchestra of tuned metal percussion instruments – mainly gongs, zithers and xylophones – characteristic of Java, Bali, Malaysia and other island cultures of Southeast Asia. Each gamelan has its own name, tuning system and distinctive personality. Gamelan Gunung biru (“Blue Ridge Gamelan”), comprised of Western Carolina University students, faculty, staff and friends, will present a performance of gamelan music from the Central Javanese tradition by contemporary composers.


Music with Country Memories Thursday, Aug. 21, at 7 p.m. in the Living Room of the Macon County Public Library.

Performing unique renditions of old-style gospel and country songs, Country Memories is comprised of four Rabun County Georgia natives and a couple from Franklin.



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