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Arts & Entertainment

The Franklin Chamber of Commerce has announced entry forms are now available for the 2012 Christmas Parade. The parade is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 25 beginning at 3 p.m. A wonderful tradition falling on the Sunday after Thanksgiving, this year’s parade is sure to delight all of those that attend.

“A Country Christmas” has been chosen as the theme of the parade. “This year’s theme provides for a broad range of ideas to be incorporated in float design and other entries. We encourage those participating to decorate their float featuring the country Christmas theme.” said Cindy Cavender, Special Events Coordinator. Prize money will be awarded. Judging of the floats will begin promptly at 2 p.m. Prizes for Best Use of Theme, Most Creative & Grand Champion will be awarded.


The Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts will welcome Stayin’ Alive Canada, the world’s number one tribute to The Bee Gees, on Saturday, Oct. 6. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. and tickets start at $20 each.

It was The Bee Gees contribution to the soundtrack album for 1977’s “Saturday Night Fever” that took the trio to the ultimate limits of fame and fortune. This double album set, featuring three number one American singles by The Bee Gees — “How Deep Is Your Love,” “Stayin’Alive,” and “Night Fever” — went on to sell 30 million copies worldwide.


Some of Western North Carolina’s “hidden artists” will be revealed on Saturday, Oct. 6, at the upcoming Colorfest: Art & Taste of Appalachia in Dillsboro, where the artists will demonstrate their expertise in front of the shop of the Dillsboro merchant who is sponsoring their artwork. Close to 30 artisans will descend upon Dillsboro for one day — Saturday, Oct. 6, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. —where you can find them and their easels underneath colorful umbrellas strewn throughout the small historic walkabout town.


The documentary film “An Encounter with Simone Weil,” the story of a French philosopher, activist and mystic of the 1930s, will show at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, in the theater of A.K. Hinds University Center at Western Carolina University.

The screening is free and open to the public. Refreshments and a question-andanswer session with the filmmaker, Julia Haslett, will follow.

“An Encounter with Simone Weil” is part of the Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers, which provides communities across the South access to smaller films and opportunities to join film directors in discussion. WCU’s Arts and Cultural Events series, or ACE, sponsors the tour’s stop at WCU.


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