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Arts & Entertainment

Carden hosts for program on Appalachian ‘Jack Tales’ and their origins

The Jackson County Public Library will host renowned storyteller and playwright Gary Carden on Tuesday, Oct. 11, at 7 p.m. for a program on Appalachian Jack Tales and their origins. The program will be held in the Community Room of the Jackson County Public Library Complex.

Jack Tales are a particular variety of Appalachian folk tale, but their reach extends far beyond our region and stretches far back in time. “Jack and the Beanstalk” may be the bestknown of the Jack Tales, but there are variations on many other familiar tales, including “Cinderella” and “Snow White.” As far back as any English-language folktale can be traced, there are stories about Jack, often a trickster or sometimes just a simple, shy boy, or even a mute. So what makes a story a Jack Tale? Where do they come from? Carden will explore these questions and the many origins of Jack Tales, from the Brother Grimm to Shakespeare, and in the process will tell a few of his favorite tales.

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Anna Fariello, associate research professor at Hunter Library at Western Carolina University, will speak about the identity of American craft as part of American Craft Week in October.

Fariello will speak on the collective identity of craft at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, at Charles Beall Auditorium on the campus of Haywood Community College. The event is free and open to the public.

Fariello directed Hunter Library’s online Craft Revival Project and now oversees the library’s digital collections. The talk, derived from “Objects and Meaning,” a book Fariello co-edited and to which she contributed two chapters, will address how academic disciplines and cultural institutions have assigned meaning to expressive objects over time. Fariello argues that it is not effective to examine craft using the language and system of evaluation for art history and that craft must have its own discipline-specific vocabulary.

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Grammy-nominated bluegrass musicians the Grascals will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9, at Western Carolina University’s John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center.

The show, “Dance Til Your Stockings Are Hot and Ravelin,’” is a musical tribute to 1960s sitcom “The Andy Griffith Show.” The Grascals’ performance is part of the 2011-12 Galaxy of Stars Series at WCU.

Since the band’s formation in 2004, the Grascals have received many honors and awards throughout the musical community. In 2006 and 2007, the Grascals were named the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Entertainers of the Year after receiving that organization’s Emerging Artist of the Year honors in 2005.

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The upcoming Oktoberfest put on by the Foundation for Angel Medical Center, being held on Saturday, Oct. 8, at 6 p.m., at the National Guard Armory, will benefit the renovations for the Outpatient Medicine Department at the hospital.

Among the festivities will be a silent auction, an oompah band, contests, food, including marinated roast port, potato pancakes, and other authentic German food and drink. The event promises to be a great evening and is open to the public. Tickets are $50 each and can be purchased from the hospital or any Foundation Board Member.

A great football package raffle will include four club seat tickets to the Bucs and Carolina Panthers, Dec. 4, at Tampa Bay, two rooms for two nights at the Westshore Hilton, and $500 cash. Tickets are $50 each or four tickets for $100.

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