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Arts & Entertainment

Chris CoxChris Cox, will read from and sign his essay collection on Friday, Jan. 23, at 6:30 p.m. at City Lights Bookstore. “The Way We Say Goodbye” is sometimes hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes wistful, but always beautifully written.

Cox is a columnist for the Smoky Mountain News, and the author of another book, “Waking Up in a Cornfield.”

His columns have won numerous awards on the state and national level and have been reprinted in magazines such as The Reader's Digest and Smoky Mountain Living.

He teaches English at Southwestern Community College in Sylva.

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

Western Carolina University will present a Faculty Showcase Recital at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27, offering audience members the chance to hear a wide variety of performances by many faculty members from WCU’s School of Music.

The event will be held in the recital hall of the Coulter Building on the WCU campus. Admission is free of charge.


The students and faculty of Western Carolina University’s School of Stage and Screen is well into the Mainstage season for the 2014-15 academic year.

The musical comedy/horror production “The Rocky Horror Show” will stage in February. Written by Richard O’Brien, the musical will be directed by Terrence Mann with help from music director Stanislavskaya. The sci-fi gothic musical about a transvestite and his motley crew includes audience participation and cascading toilet paper.

Show times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, through Saturday, Feb. 21, plus a special showing at 10:30 p.m. on Feb. 21, at Hoey Auditorium.

To order season subscriptions and individual tickets, call the Bardo Arts Center box office at (828)227-2479 or go online to

The third Creating Community Workshop is at 12 p.m., on Saturday, Jan. 17, in the Atrium of the Jackson County Public Library.

Using an assortment of found objects, fabric, natural material, and traditional art supplies (paint, pencils, chalk) participants will begin by working from a place of intention, or a theme, and move toward interpretative abstraction, or collage, through the free flow and exploration of mixed media. Bring any special items you may want to incorporate - photographs, a piece of broken jewelry, a beautiful piece of material. No experience is necessary for this workshop and it is free of charge. The workshop is limited to 12 participants. Those interested should call the library to register.

Dr. Rachel York-Bridgers is an educator, community activist, artist, environmentalist and researcher, currently teaching English, and leading professional based critical thinking workshops at the University of Toronto.


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