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Arts & Entertainment

The Jackson County Arts Council will present Gary Carden’s one-woman play, “Mother Jones” on Saturday, Sept. 15, at 7 p.m. in the Community Room at the Jackson County Library Complex. “Mother Jones” is portrayed by Laura Chew, a storyteller, actress, writer and naturalist who resides in Macon County.

“Mother Jones” was Mary Harris, a labor and community activist in the late 19th century. She organized mill and coal workers and fought for the rights of women and children who were exposed to unsafe and unhealthy work conditions.

The play is sponsored by the Jackson County Arts Council, which is a part of the North Carolina Arts Council. Tickets will be available the night of the performance, one hour prior to show time. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and children.

For further information, contact the Jackson County Arts Council at 507-9820 or 507-9531.

Macon County Public Library Youth Services Fall Events begin Sept. 10, and will run through Dec. 19.

— Mondays at 10 a.m., Preschool creative activities and movie.

— Tuesdays at 10 a.m., Family storytime. Storytime is a language enrichment program in which rhymes, songs, stories and finger-plays are introduced. These pre-literacy skills/pre-reading skills will help prepare children to become good readers.


The Jackson County Public Library in Sylva will hold fall storytime on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays beginning Monday, Sept. 10, with Family Night activities on Thursday evenings.

Storytime on Monday, Sept. 10, at 11 a.m. will feature a volunteer reader from Sylva's Rotary Club. The Rotary Readers program is held every Monday at 11 a.m. The theme for the month of September is harvest time, and storytime books will chosen with that idea in mind.

Tuesday storytime on Sept. 11, at 11 a.m. will be devoted to "What grandparents do best."


The sounds of Frank Sinatra will arrive at Western Carolina University on Sunday, Sept. 16, for the first installment of the 2012-13 Galaxy of Stars Series.

“Simply Sinatra” will stage at 7:30 p.m. in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center with entertainer Steve Lippia interpreting Sinatra classics such as “The Second Time Around,” “Come Fly with Me,” “Luck Be a Lady” and “Fly Me to the Moon.” Accompanying the ersatz Ol’ Blue Eyes will be the 10-piece Big Band Orchestra.

Lippia is foremost a singer of the “Great American Songbook”; his interpretation of the Sinatra songbook has taken him from coast to coast. Other songs on the set list include “I’ve Got You under My Skin,” “The Lady Is A Tramp,” “Mack the Knife,” “Summer Wind,” “You Make Me Feel So Young,” “That’s Life” and “The Best Is Yet To Come.”



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