Arts + Entertainment

Film fever is hitting Sylva as the release of “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” draws closer.

It’s about finding a balance between your creative soul and your sanity.

“When you feel you’re doing what you’re supposed to be doing, and things aren’t going well at the same time, and you still believe in what you’re doing, but there’s no relief,” said Thomas Johnson. “It makes you feel crazy, because you believe in what you’re doing, and you think it’s important and good, and it’s not connecting. Am I crazy? Am I too close to it?”

In less than a week, I’ll spend Tuesday evening traipsing the streets of Waynesville watching two little boys knock on doors and end the night with bags full of sugary candy and gum. I’m a bit of a health nut and try to keep yucky ingredients and coloring out of my children’s diets, but on Halloween, I push my additive/preservative paranoia aside to be a spirited parent and embrace the evening’s wicked vibe.

The bowling alley construction at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort wasn’t even finished when ground broke on a similar addition at Harrah’s Valley River Casino in Murphy.

The trifecta.

By this past Monday morning, I was running on fumes heading back to my humble abode in downtown Waynesville in preparation for the solar eclipse. Three nights. Three bands. Three genres of music — and also attitudes — that shaped who I ultimately am today.

With the demise of The Black Crowes in 2015, Rich Robinson was in search of new digs.

WNC prepares to celebrate Solar Eclipse

Families will be able to enjoy free outdoor movies in Franklin in the next couple of months thanks to a partnership worked out with Ruby Cinemas.

Heading up Hemphill Road, just outside of Maggie Valley, the lush fields and bungalow homes of Jonathan Creek fade into the rearview mirror. Pulling up to a large metal gate, it opens slowly and you soon find yourself meandering a dirt road, pushing ever so carefully toward the top of the 5,000-foot ridge.

Live music is an important part of the heritage of Western North Carolina. Here’s a listing of venues that regularly have bands in the region:

Andrews

• Andrews Brewing — 828.321.2006 • www.andrewsbrewing.com

• Hoppy Trout Brewing Company — 828.835.2111 • www.hoppytroutbrewing.com

• Jimmy’s Pick-N-Grin — www.jimmyspickngrin.com

Brasstown

• John C. Campbell Folk School — 800.365.5724 or 828.837.2775 — www.folkschool.org

Bryson City

• CJ’s Grille 828.488.9880

• Derailed Bar & Lounge 828.488.8898  

• Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Depot — 800.872.4681 • www.gsmr.com

• Mickey’s Pub 828.488.9308

• Nantahala Brewing — 828.488.2337 • www.nantahalabrewing.com

• Nantahala Outdoor Center — 888.905.7238 • www.noc.com

Canton

• Colonial Theatre — 828.235.2760 • www.cantonnc.com

• Southern Porch  828.492.8009

Cashiers

• Ugly Dog Pub — 828.743.3000 • www.theuglydogpub.com

Cherokee 

• Harrah’s Cherokee — 828.497.7777 • www.harrahscherokee.com

Cullowhee

• Tuck’s Tap & Grille — 828.293.5400 • www.tuckstapgrille.com

Franklin

• Lazy Hiker Brewing — 828.342.5133 • www.lazyhikerbrewing.com

• Mixers Bar and Nightclub — 828.369.9211 • www.mixersbarandnightclub.com

• Mulligan’s Bar & Grille — 828.349.3183 • www.mulligans-bar.com

• Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts — 828.524.1598 • www.greatmountainmusic.com

Hayesville

• Chevelle’s — 828.835.7001 • www.chevellerestaurants.com

• Peacock Performing Arts Center — 828.389.2787 • www.peacockplayhouse.org

Highlands

• Lost Hiker — 828.526.8232 • www.thelosthikerbar.com

• Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Center — 828.526.9047 • www.highlandspac.net 

• Satulah Mountain Brewing — 828.482.9794 • www.satulahmountainbrewing.com

• Ugly Dog Pub — 828.526.8364 • www.theuglydogpub.com

Maggie Valley

• Eaglenest 828.926.9658

• Maggie Valley Festival Grounds — 828.926.0866 • www.maggievalleyfestivalgrounds.org

• Maggie Valley Opry House — 828.648.7941 or 828.926.9336 — www.raymondfairchild.com

• Maggie Valley Rendezvous — 828.926.0201 • www.maggievalleyhotel.com

• Salty Dog’s Seafood and Grill 828.926.9105

• Stompin’ Ground 828.926.1288

Murphy

• Chevelle’s — 828.389.6069 • www.chevellerestaurants.com

Robbinsville

• Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center — 828.479.3364 • www.stecoahvalleycenter.com

Sylva

• Balsam Mountain Inn and Restaurant — 800.224.9498 • www.balsammountaininn.net

• City Lights Café — 828.587.2233 • www.citylightscafe.com 

• Cut Cocktail Lounge — 828.631.4795 

• Evolution Wine Kitchen  — 828.631.9856 — www.evolutionwinekitchen.com 

• Guadalupe Café — 828.586.9877 • www.guadalupecafe.com

• Heinzelmannchen Brewery — 828.631.4466 — www.yourgnometownbrewery.com

• Innovation Brewing — 828.586.9678 • www.innovation-brewing.com

• Mad Batter Food & Film — 828.586.3555 • www.madbatterfoodfilm.com 

• No Name Sports Pub — 828.586.2750 • www.nonamesportspub.com

• O’Malley’s Pub & Grill 828.631.0554 

• Signature Brew Coffee Roasting Company — 828.587.6300

• Soul Infusion — 828.586.1717 • www.soulinfusion.com

• Sneak E Squirrel — 828.586.6440 • www.sneakesquirrel.com

Waynesville

• BearWaters Brewing — 828.246.0602 • www.bwbrewing.com

• Boojum Brewing — 828.944.0888 • www.boojumbrewing.com

• Classic Wineseller — 828.452.6000 • www.classicwineseller.com

• Frog Level Brewing — 828.454.5664 • www.froglevelbrewing.com

• Mad Anthony’s Bottle Shop & Beer Garden — 828.246.9249 • www.madanthonys.bar

• Smoky Mountain Roasters — 828.452.1212 — www.fb.com/smokymountainroasters

• The Strand at 38 Main — 828.283.0079 • www.38main.com

• Tipping Point Brewing — 828.246.9230 • www.tippingpointtavern.com

• Water’n Hole Bar & Grill 828.456.4750

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