11th Annual FRANKLIN FOLK FESTIVAL :: Saturday, July 19 from 9am - 4pm in Historic Downtown Franklin

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Arts & Entertainment

On Saturday, April 19, at 3 p.m. JC Walkup will present her book “Partners” at City Lights Bookstore.

“Partners” is a gritty tale of post Civil War Texas. Violence and hardship take center stage as a young man from Scotland, Ian McPhelen, struggles to find a place in the world.

JC Walkup is a graduate of the University of Texas. A native of Texas, she now lives in Haywood County and is one of the founders of the literary magazine, Fresh.

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

The Fine Art Museum at Western Carolina University will present a spring exhibition titled “Remote Sites of War,” featuring more than 110 works by North Carolina- based artists Todd Drake, Skip Rohde and Christopher Sims.

The exhibition opens Thursday, April 10, and continues through Friday, May 30.

“Remote Sites of War” offers a first-person worldview of war that is quietly revealing and poses as many questions for people to consider as it does answers, said David J. Brown, Fine Art Museum director who also organized the exhibition.

“Ongoing armed conflicts involving the United States somewhere in the world seem to have little effect on us; we are carefully shielded from what really occurs,” Brown said. “In their own way, each of these artists delves into the peripheries of war and shares a core belief that all humans deserve to be treated with dignity and respect.”


Western Carolina University’s annual Jazz Festival will feature performers including special guest guitarist and composer Paul Bollenback and will be held on an open-air stage on campus during the late afternoon and evening of Saturday, April 26.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held from 4 to 9 p.m. near the fountain outside A.K. Hinds University Center with different ensembles taking the stage each hour.

The festival opens with the WCU “Straight Ahead” Jazz Septet at 4 p.m. followed by the WCU “Modal” Jazz Sextet at 5 p.m., the Jason Decristofaro Trio at 6 p.m. and the Steve Wohlrab Trio at 7 p.m.

Headlining the festival will be Bollenback performing with the WCU Jazz Ensemble at 8 p.m.



Just after wrapping up soundcheck, while grabbing a quick bite before the show, the Haywood County based band, Balsam Range sat down to talk about the inspiration they find in Franklin, N.C.

“We have never played a bad show here,” said band member Darren Nicholson. “The Performing Arts Center is one of the best, if not the best venue in Western North Carolina. We never leave here disappointed.”

Last weekend marked the band’s seventh or eight performance in Franklin, they frequent Franklin’s Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts so often, none of the members can recall which trip it was.



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published: 10/18/2013
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