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Arts & Entertainment

The Jackson County Public Library will host a free Aikido class for adults (ages 16 and up) taught by Timm Muth on Tuesday, Nov. 20, at 7 p.m.

Aikido is a traditional Japanese martial art. It is considered a "soft" art that utilizes a variety of throws, pins, and off-balancing techniques to defend against an attack without necessarily harming the attacker. It does not require undue physical strength and can be practiced by almost anyone.

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The Lowe Family is a unique group that offers a blend of showstopping classical, Broadway, Irish, jazz, bluegrass, and gospel music, which they bring to life with an amazing six-part harmony that has thrilled audiences around the world for more than 25 years. The group will showcase their extraordinary talents on the stage of the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, Nov. 9, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $19.

Versatile on more than 50 instruments, The Lowe Family has distinguished themselves as supreme performers across the globe and has earned the honor of being known as America’s Most Talented Family. Their music is accompanied by spectacular dance routines and their high-energy, fast-paced variety show leaves audiences breathless.

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The Brasstown Concert Association will present Oy Klezmer! at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 11 at the John C. Campbell Folk School.

“One of the hottest trends in international music today is the resurgence of Klezmer, which features the exhilarating folk music of Eastern Europe,” says Karen Nash, President of the Brasstown Concert Association.

Oy Klezmer! performances hearken back to the days of the original Klezmorim, professional itinerant Jewish musicians who played at festive occasions of Jewish and Christian communities across Europe.

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Free arts and crafts for kids Saturday, November 10 Elementary school-aged children and their families are invited to a free ARTSaturday arts and crafts workshop on Saturday, Nov. 10, 10 a.m. to noon, in the Children’s Area of the Macon County Public Library.

The children will create take-home projects related to a Thanksgiving theme, including hand print turkeys and personalized 3-D cards. Keyboardist Lionel Caynon provides live music. No pre-registration; children should wear play clothes and come for any part of the session. Adults stay and work with their younger children.

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