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Arts & Entertainment

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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Catherine Carter will read from her new poetry chapbook, “Marks of the Witch,” on Friday, Jan. 16, at 6:30 p.m. at City Lights Bookstore. Former state poet laureate, Kathryn Byer, had this to say about Carter’s third book, “Stephen Spender once described poetry as ‘enchanted utterance.’ Few contemporary poets write poems that come as close to Spender’s definition as Catherine Carter. Call it enchantment or call it witchery, the poetry in Carter’s Marks of the Witch creates through its incantatory rhythms and startling imagery a voice that reveals nothing less than the mystery residing in even the most ordinary detail of our daily lives.”

Catherine Carter teaches in the English Department at WCU. Her two other books of poetry are “Memory of Gills” and “Swamp Monster at Home.” To reserve copies of any of her books, call City Lights Bookstore at (828)586-9499.

This year the town of Dillsboro will be hosting two new endeavors open to vendors from the surrounding region. The Inaugural “Front Street Arts & Crafts Show” will premiere on June 20, scheduled from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. This is the first summer show in Dillsboro in many years, and will kick off the summer/fall events with the same promoters of the successful 2014 ColorFest. The show will feature a Silent Auction to benefit the Community Table of Sylva, food and entertainment. Arriving during the show will be a trainload of visitors to Western North Carolina through the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad.

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The winter season of the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts (SMCPA) has begun with holiday shows planned through the end of the year. To add a little sparkle to the mix, Scotty Corbin will be returning as general manager and artistic director of the performing arts center.

Corbin, who is thrilled to be returning to his role with the center, is set to officially take over on Dec. 1, but has already hit the ground running promising a spectacular 2015 entertainment season.

“We are really anticipating the excitement and potential that 2015 will bring to the theatre,” said Corbin. “This coming year, we want to focus on a lot of variety of events so there will be something for everyone of every age throughout the year.”

Corbin isn't the only familiar face re-joining the SMCPA team, but along with the Overlook Players who are responsible for the spectacular musicals that the center has had in the past, Samuel Crabtree will also be joining the theatre as technical director.

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