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Wednesday, 23 April 2014 00:00

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Radio re-creation hits stage at WCU

The radio show re-creation of  “Echoes of the Cotton Club” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. April 24, in the Bardo Arts Center at Western Carolina University. 

The storyline is woven around the critical role that radio broadcasts originating in 1927 from the Cotton Club played in changing the musical landscape in America. The ‘echoes’ from the Cotton Club are all of the rich musical styles and genre that originated in Harlem and are still influencing our popular culture. 

“Echoes” follows significant musical developments through the decades to the present day — swing, blues, soul and R&B, Motown, funk, disco, hip-hop and modern singer-songwriters. Featured songs include hits by artists Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway and Ella Fitzgerald, and the contemporary entertainers they inspire, such as Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson, Beyonce, Alicia Keys and Bruno Mars. 

Tickets to the show are $10 and proceeds will fund scholarships in participating academic departments. In the last five years, the group has raised nearly $25,000 for student scholarships.

828.227.3851 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. www.bardoartscenter.wcu.edu or 828.227.2479.

 

 

HART’s 30th season kicks off with ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’

HART Theatre will launch its 30th season with “To Kill a Mockingbird,” which will run at 7:30 p.m. April 25 and 26 and May 2, 3, 9 and 10, and at 3 p.m. April 27 and May 4, at the Haywood Arts Regional Theatre in Waynesville.

Christopher Sergel adapted the Harper Lee novel in 1990 for the town of Monroeville, Ala., where it is staged annually in the courthouse. Monroeville is Lee’s home and the locations in the town match those in the novel.

Lee only published one novel, but with it she became one of America’s most celebrated authors, winning the Pulitzer Prize and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Her only other major contribution to literature was her collaboration with Truman Capote on the early research for his novel In Cold Blood. Capote and Lee were childhood friends and though Lee constantly downplayed any autobiographical comparisons of her novel with her life, many characters and events parallel things she experienced and people she knew, including Capote. Her father, for example, was a lawyer who defended black men in Monroeville. She was a witness to the discrimination she documented. 

Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors and $10 for students and teachers. A special $6 discount ticket will be available for students and teachers on Sundays.

828.456.6322 or www.harttheatre.com.

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This Must Be the Place

  • This must be the place

    art theplaceMary Harper was quite possibly the first real friend I made when I moved to Western North Carolina.

    With my apartment a few blocks away from the Water’n Hole Bar & Grill in Waynesville, I ventured down there at night trying to see what was up in this town, trying to make some friends, and trying not to feel alone and isolated in a new place where I was unknown to all who surrounded me. Harper, with her million-dollar smile and swagger, immediately made me feel at home. 

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