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A holiday-themed spin on the hit production “GRITS: The Musical!” is coming to the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center at Western Carolina University on Friday, Dec. 12.

The all-new musical “Cinnamon GRITS Christmas in the South” will stage at 7:30 p.m.“From the old, time-honored traditions such as turkey and dressing to your aunt’s stale fruitcake, this production presents all things Christmas, but with a decidedly Southern flavor,” said Paul Lormand, director of the Bardo Arts Center.

The show is a companion production to the original musical in which “grits” is not a corn-based breakfast staple, but an acronym for “Girls Raised In The South.”


The Western Carolina Civic Orchestra will give its fall semester performance Thursday, Dec. 4, at Western Carolina University. The concert, open to the public free of charge, will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the recital hall of the Coulter Building.

The orchestra is a unique collaboration between students and faculty from the WCU School of Music and community musicians from Jackson, Swain, Macon, Buncombe and Haywood counties, said Bradley Martin, associate professor of music and conductor of the ensemble.

The performance will feature Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “The Impresario,” a short, one-act singspiel that tells the comical tale of two dueling sopranos who feud over which is the greatest diva, who will receive star billing and who will get the most pay; and Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, among the best-known compositions in classical music and one of the most frequently played symphonies.


Robbinsville author Ray Carpenter will visit City Lights Bookstore on Saturday, Nov. 22, at 3 p.m. to present his book, “Beesch.”

Having learned from his grandfather at an early age to respect the honey bee, Carpenter made a promise to his grandfather to one day write about honey bees. This promise drove him to research bees his entire life. The result, “Beesch,” published by Catch the Spirit of Appalachia, is the story of Allie and Callie, identical twin female worker honey bees – a story that is interlaced with a narrator storyteller who shares the story of the honey bee, its hive, and its environment. Within this book, readers will understand some of the reasons the honey bee is mysteriously disappearing – a “mystery” that has provoked much human thought and concern.


Former N.C. Poet Laureate Fred Chappell and poet Dana Wildsmith will offer a joint reading on Friday, Nov. 21, at 6:30 p.m. at City Lights Bookstore. Chappell will present his new poetry collection, “Familiars,” a salute to literary cats including cats that have appeared in his own work. Fred Chappell is an award-winning author of 26 books of poetry, fiction, and critical commentary. His most recent collection was “Shadow Box.” A native of Canton in the mountains of western North Carolina, he taught at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro from 1964 to 2004 and was the Poet Laureate of North Carolina from 1997 to 2002. He and his wife, Susan, live in Greensboro.

Dana Wildsmith will share poems from her book, “Christmas in Bethlehem.” This collection brings the reader back once more to Wildsmith’s family farm in Bethlehem, Ga., a farm introduced through Wildsmith’s earlier poetry collection, “One Good Hand,” and her environmental memoir, “Back to Abnormal.” Wildsmith is the author of four collections of poetry and a novel. She teaches English Literacy through Lanier Technical College. For more information or to reserve copies, call City Lights Bookstore at (828)586-9499.



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