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Former Mouseketeer Lindsey Alley will present an evening of musical performances mingled with stand-up comedy titled “Blood, Sweat and Mousketears” at the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center at Western Carolina University on Tuesday, Dec 2.

Doors open at 7 p.m., and the show starts at 7:30 p.m.

A performer since the age of six, Alley was cast as a Mouseketeer in 1989 on the Disney Channel’s “All-New Mickey Mouse Club.” She was one of only three cast members to appear in the pilot and all seven seasons of the show, and she had the chance to work alongside such stars as Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera, Ryan Gosling and Keri Russell.

Alley performed on Broadway in “Hollywood Arms,” written by Carol Burnett and Carrie Hamilton, and in off- Broadway productions including “Grand and Glorious,” “Like It Is,” and “Look Ma…No Ears,” which Alley cowrote and produced.

In addition, her film and television credits include “How I Met Your Mother,” “I Didn’t Do It,” “Bedtime Stories,” “Company Retreat,” “B.L. Stryker,” “Earnest Saves Christmas” and “On the Patio,” her original hit Web series.

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A holiday-themed spin on the hit production “GRITS: The Musical!” is coming to the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center at Western Carolina University on Friday, Dec. 12.

The all-new musical “Cinnamon GRITS Christmas in the South” will stage at 7:30 p.m.“From the old, time-honored traditions such as turkey and dressing to your aunt’s stale fruitcake, this production presents all things Christmas, but with a decidedly Southern flavor,” said Paul Lormand, director of the Bardo Arts Center.

The show is a companion production to the original musical in which “grits” is not a corn-based breakfast staple, but an acronym for “Girls Raised In The South.”

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The Western Carolina Civic Orchestra will give its fall semester performance Thursday, Dec. 4, at Western Carolina University. The concert, open to the public free of charge, will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the recital hall of the Coulter Building.

The orchestra is a unique collaboration between students and faculty from the WCU School of Music and community musicians from Jackson, Swain, Macon, Buncombe and Haywood counties, said Bradley Martin, associate professor of music and conductor of the ensemble.

The performance will feature Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “The Impresario,” a short, one-act singspiel that tells the comical tale of two dueling sopranos who feud over which is the greatest diva, who will receive star billing and who will get the most pay; and Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, among the best-known compositions in classical music and one of the most frequently played symphonies.

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Robbinsville author Ray Carpenter will visit City Lights Bookstore on Saturday, Nov. 22, at 3 p.m. to present his book, “Beesch.”

Having learned from his grandfather at an early age to respect the honey bee, Carpenter made a promise to his grandfather to one day write about honey bees. This promise drove him to research bees his entire life. The result, “Beesch,” published by Catch the Spirit of Appalachia, is the story of Allie and Callie, identical twin female worker honey bees – a story that is interlaced with a narrator storyteller who shares the story of the honey bee, its hive, and its environment. Within this book, readers will understand some of the reasons the honey bee is mysteriously disappearing – a “mystery” that has provoked much human thought and concern.

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