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By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Deep in the mountains that surround Jackson County’s Tuckasegee community, the sound of metal…

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TV Yeah, fine: burn your television, TV is bad. It’s mind numbing and makes us lazy. Blah blah blah. But…

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By Michael Beadle For Victor Raul Moraloza, each day is a gift. From being a high school wrestling champion to…

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By Chris Cooper Beautiful and alarmingly odd, Andrew Bird makes music that ambles pretty far outside description or categorization. “Chamber…

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By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Backstage at Western Carolina University’s Fine and Performing Arts Center, the rehearsal room buzzed…

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By Michael Beadle In gathering the performers who would help make the Sounds of Jackson County a reality, organizers invited…

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A Soldier of the Great War Recently a friend recommended this book to my 17-year-old son as a sort of…

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By Chris Cooper When the bio sheet for a band arrives with the greeting “Dear Pop Revivalists,” I feel a…

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By Joe Hooten When it seems like you’ve heard all there is to hear from our Carolina troubadour Mr. Ryan…

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“Firefly” As a proud member of the Star Wars generation, I enjoy a healthy dose of otherworldly sci-fi plots and…

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By Sarah Kucharski John Nickerson is a very exacting man. Tall and solidly built, he moves with efficiency, his speech…

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King of the Hill I picked up a nasty rumor that Fox is planning to terminate my favorite cartoon show,…

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By Chris Cooper It’s not unusual in music circles for one’s sound to be recognizable but the name to be…

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1) The Hold Steady, Separation Sunday If lead singer Craig Finn weren’t fronting this band, he’d be writing short stories…

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By Joe Hooten Throughout the 1700s, immigrants from European nations began pouring into the 13 colonies with dreams that were…

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For the past two years the Smoky Mountain News has culled Top 10 Albums of the Year lists from avid…

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Christmas shopping Granted it’s four days before Christmas and those of you that haven’t yet gotten your shopping done are…

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By Chris Cooper If you didn’t know already, Jamie Cullum is that kid who was on Pay-Per-View last summer. It…

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By Michael Beadle Sometimes John Grant sees a bear inside a rough block of soapstone. Sometimes he sees a buffalo…

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By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer David Cozzo, director of the Revitalization of Traditional Cherokee Artisan Resources project, stands on…

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By Joe Hooten The Roaring ‘20s ushered in an era of looseness, flair, and simplistic decadence that would quickly diminish…

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Here’s the deal. I’m not going to be “recommending” anything in this installment of “Diversions.” I’m just going to tell…

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By Michael Beadle It was Chet Atkins who really put the hook in Larry Watson. Atkins had that masterful style…

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By Chris Cooper The G3 tours are a traveling celebration of the virtuoso rock guitarist. Joe Satriani developed the concept…

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By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Jewelry artist Debbie Higdon makes what she likes to wear — handmade pieces, created…

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Graham Greene Recently I have begun revisiting authors I read back in my 20’s — Thomas Wolfe, Hemingway, Faulkner, some…

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By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer On a cold, grey Sunday afternoon just before Thanksgiving, Polly Smith sits behind the…

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By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer This Friday (Dec. 2) marks the close of what Waynesville Gallery Association chairman David…

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By Joe Hooten Scene: A Friday night, Firebirds and Camaros fill a Main Street parking lot after the big high…

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By Michael Beadle Dillsboro becomes a village of glittering lights for the first two Friday and Saturday nights in December…

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By Greg Sessoms • Correspondent Upon entering Susan Balentine’s home off of Howell Mill Road in Waynesville, one could be…

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“Elizabethtown,” Soundtrack From everything I hear, the movie turned out to be entirely less than it was cracked up to…

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By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer David Lamotte is a safe driver. Headed south to Columbus, Ga., last Friday afternoon…

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By Chris Cooper Let’s just go ahead and say it: terrible title for an album. Thankfully, a lot of the…

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By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer The crowd held its breath, barely shifting in creaky metal chairs as a stunned,…

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In The Three Sisters, Anton Chekhov tells audiences that suffering, education and work will lay the foundation for a new…

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Jack Russells I was surprised to discover that Jack Russell terriers bear the name of a 19th century English clergyman…

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By Joe Hooten Popular music is made trendy by sweaty handshakes, neon dollar signs, shady deals, and artificial relationships that…

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By Michael Beadle On pedestals they stand. Whimsical arrangements of colored glass bottles, leaning, bending to resemble animated statues caught…

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Jesse Wills, a local artist who has autism, will present his paintings at an art show at Hardwood Gallery at…

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By Michael Beadle By the end of the 19th Century, the once powerful Russian aristocracy was crumbling, and playwright Anton…

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Schoolhouse Rock Growing up on mindless hours of Saturday morning cartoons, I never knew how much fun parts of speech…

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By Chris Cooper Eric Brace writes damn fine songs. His band Last Train Home plays these songs pretty damn well,…

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By Michael Beadle Journey back to Christmas Eve, December 1941. The United States has just entered World War II after…

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Wild animal sightings I was driving in Francis Cove near Waynesville before sunrise one day last week.

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A study released earlier this month by the North Carolina Arts Council shows that cultural travelers to the state spend…

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By Michael Beadle • Staff Writer As the retail industry gears up for another busy holiday season of sales, some…

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