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Arts & Entertainment

The third show of the 2011-12 University Theater’s Mainstage season, a concert version of “Music Is” by George Abbott, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 5, the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center on the campus of Western Carolina University.

The play features music by Richard Adler with lyrics by Will Holt and has never been revived since it left Broadway. Catherine Cox, who played Viola, a lead role, in the original production, will guest direct the first performance since the closing in 1976.



Poetry Alive! will present a program of dynamic poetry performance on Tuesday, February 7, at 7:00 p.m., in the Macon County Public Library Meeting Room in Franklin. Performing memorized poems in theatrical style, Poetry Alive! professional actors transform verse into script, and audience members into fellow actors. The result is a high-energy, high participation, highly entertaining show with an every-age appeal.

Founded in 1984, Asheville-based Poetry Alive! has performed to more than six million people in 48 states and many foreign countries including Guam, South Korea, and Peru.


Painter’s work to be displayed through May

The work of late painter Pat Passlof will be the focus of a joint exhibition of the Fine Art Museum at Western Carolina University and Black Mountain College Museum and Arts Center in Asheville from Thursday, Jan. 26, through Friday, May 25.

The exhibition, which will simultaneously occupy space in the Cullowhee and Asheville venues, will open with a reception at 6 p.m. Jan. 26 at the WCU Fine Art Museum. The event is free and the public is invited. For the opening reception, the WCU College of Fine and Performing Arts is sponsoring a round-trip bus ride from Asheville to Cullowhee with an additional pickup location in Waynesville.


Fiddler Ian Moore will be at the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva on Thursday, January 26th at 7:00 p.m. for a free public performance in the Community Room.

Moore, who lives in Sylva, is originally from New York City and is a classically trained violinist. However, since moving to Jackson County in the 1990s, he has immersed himself in traditional Appalachian music, as well as more eclectic jazz, Celtic, and folk mixes. “In the time I’ve lived in Sylva,” says Moore, “I’ve explored a wide range of acoustic music styles: old timey ballads, blues, bluegrass, rags and reels, hornpipes and hoedowns, polkas, waltzes, gospel, swing jazz, Cajun and Irish tunes, old honkeytonk numbers, jugband pieces, and rockabilly.”



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