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Arts & Entertainment

Greening Up the Mountains Festival, which brought between 10,000 to 12,000 people to the mountain town of Sylva last year, is now inviting fine artists, mountain crafters and food vendors to apply for a booth in its 18th year as the premiere spring festival for Western North Carolina. On April 25, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the festival takes place in downtown Sylva.

Daylong events will be held on Main Street and in the Bridge Park, beginning with a 5K race sponsored by the Jackson County Recreation/Parks Department. Children’s activities, demonstrations, a youth talent contest and live performances by a wide variety of Jackson County musicians will be featured throughout the day.

Applications can be downloaded from the website,, and will be accepted through April 15. For more information, call (828)631-4587.

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

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