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Arts & Entertainment

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.


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.


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