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Arts & Entertainment

The Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts has a fantastic lineup scheduled for 2015. Kicking off the new season on Saturday, Jan. 17, will be The Sock Hops, an oldies group known for singing memorable songs and having fun entertaining audiences of all ages. Showtime is set for 7 p.m. and tickets are $15 each.

Having opened concerts for The Temptations, Frankie Avalon, The Rascals, and many other great artists, The Sock Hops are no strangers to the stage. This is a return visit for The Sock Hops to the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, and showgoers who attended their performance last year walked away from a great experience that included may hits from the 1950s to the 1980s including, “Why Do Fools Fall in Love,” “At The Hop,” “Sherry,” and “The Lion Sleeps Tonight.”


Poetry Reading with Brent Martin Thursday, Jan. 15, 6:30 p.m. in the Macon County Public Library Meeting Room. Martin is a writer, artist, historian and Southeast Regional Director for The Wilderness Society.

His books of poetry often focus on the people and landscape of his native south: “Staring the Red Earth Down,” “Poems from Snow Hill Road,” and “A Shout in the Woods.”

He lives with his wife, singer-songwriter Angela-Faye Martin, in western North Carolina's historic Cowee community.





Western Carolina University will present Imago Theatre’s “FROGZ,” a family friendly show that combines Cirque du Soleil-style acrobatics with mesmerizing masks, mime and music, on Wednesday, Feb. 18.

Tickets to the show, which begins at 7:30 p.m. in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center, go on sale Tuesday, Jan. 20, and cost $5 for students and children, and $10 for all others.

With larger-than-life animals taking on human characteristics, “FROGZ” was designed to create a comedic and mind-bending carnival of the absurd that entertains people of all ages.

Working out of an 18,000-square-foot theater laboratory in Portland, Ore., Imago’s ensemble of actors, dancers, designers, fabricators and musicians developed a theatrical approach that’s equal parts dance, design, circus, music, text and illusion. “Animals” take on human characteristics and inanimate objects such as Slinkys engage in humanistic movements. Penguins play musical chairs, larger-than-life alligators taunt the audience, orbs run wild and frogs leap about in a madcap revue of illusion, comedy and fun.


Catherine Carter will read from her new poetry chapbook, “Marks of the Witch,” on Friday, Jan. 16, at 6:30 p.m. at City Lights Bookstore. Former state poet laureate, Kathryn Byer, had this to say about Carter’s third book, “Stephen Spender once described poetry as ‘enchanted utterance.’ Few contemporary poets write poems that come as close to Spender’s definition as Catherine Carter. Call it enchantment or call it witchery, the poetry in Carter’s Marks of the Witch creates through its incantatory rhythms and startling imagery a voice that reveals nothing less than the mystery residing in even the most ordinary detail of our daily lives.”

Catherine Carter teaches in the English Department at WCU. Her two other books of poetry are “Memory of Gills” and “Swamp Monster at Home.” To reserve copies of any of her books, call City Lights Bookstore at (828)586-9499.

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