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Arts & Entertainment

Last Saturday, I was fortunate enough to watch country music singer and North Carolina native Kellie Pickler in concert at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, and I must say, it was a fantastic show.

With a personality as glamorous and sparkly as her microphone, Kellie immediately made you feel welcomed by starting out saying, “It sure feels great to be back home in Carolina.” When I interviewed Kellie two weeks ago, she and her band were in between shows in Canada and even then she told me how ecstatic she was to be coming home to North Carolina and to be performing in Franklin.

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Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and former lead singer of The Temptations, Dennis Edwards, will take the stage at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, Aug. 31. He will be accompanied by four very talented men who, with Edwards, pay tribute to The Temptations in their show, The Temptations Review Starring Dennis Edwards. Showtime is 7:30 p.m., and tickets start at $29.

Dennis Edwards is known as one of the most influential singers in the history of pop music. Many remember him as the lead singer in such hits as “Papa was a Rollin’ Stone,” and his solo career hits such as “Try a Little Tenderness.” As a performer with The Temptations, he earned 14 gold certified albums, five Grammys, and his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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Warren I. Wiley will speak as part of the Spiritual Conversations series at the Macon County Public Library Monday, Aug. 27, at 7 p.m. Wiley will discuss his 39 years with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and show a slide show of photographs taken from space. The public is invited.

Wiley’s accomplishments

• One of the system engineers responsible for the processing of the Satum-l C stage and the Fl engines for Apollo 15, 16, and 17, the final three historic Apollo flights and the Satum-IB stage and the H-l engines for processing and launch of Sky lab 1, 2, and 3, America's first experimental space station.

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Jackson County Green Energy Park's Director Timm Muth announced “Fire Color;” a showing of WCU alumnus ceramicist Preston Tolbert's works in the GEPs art gallery with a reception free and open to the public on Thursday, Aug. 23 from 5 to 7 p.m.

“We are pleased to offer Preston's innovative ceramic art to Western North Carolina,” said Nicole DuPont-Strub, the GEP’s gallery manager. “His work is striking and quite bold. Preston's pieces with their multiple hues of traditional wood-fired pottery glazes are of an international caliber not normally seen here in WNC.”

“When I work with wet clay I like to explore the nature of movement.” said Tolbert of his work. “The clay resists and reacts to my hands, recording every touch, rip, and cut. I like to make a new clean form, then attack it to give it age and depth.”

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