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Explore local art with the Red Clover Art Expo &live music

&bsp; Friday Stuffed full of turkey and ready to get out of the house? Why not wander downtown and see if anyone is tinkling the keys at the new piano bar Lilac Wine. Or, share talents with your relatives and meet new friends singing Karaoke at Elmo&squo;s. Fight the turkey tryptophan sleepiness by dancing the night away at Elmo&squo;s Too in Columbus with the Country Spirit Band featuring Norm & Chuck. These fellows will offer up several hours of your favorite country, beach and rock hits. Up in Saluda slip away quietly with your sweetie to the Purple Onion and enjoy the elegant piano work of Fred Whiskin playing everything from Chicago Blues to Brubeck from 7 ‐ 9 p.m. Saturday Got that hard to buy for relative in town for the weekend? Why not take them on a local art adventure and learn a bit more about what interests them as you discuss the wide variety of work ranging from jewelry and pottery to paintings and sculpture in the local galleries? Start the day by venturing to Columbus at 11 a.m. for the kiln opening of the work of Claude Graves at Little Mountain Pottery located at 6372 Peniel Road. This firing will contain a special series of bowls, pitchers and mugs as well as sculptural vessels. In addition he will be featuring new red ware in the showroom. For more information call 828-894-8091 or visit www.polkguide.com/littlemountainpottery. From there, drop on down the freeway to Landrum to catch Red Clover Gallery&squo;s Second Annual Winter Art Expo featuring seasonal treats and holiday music from 11 a.m. ‐ 5 p.m. They are reprising this group show of artists after a successful exhibit last year and will be showcasing the work of Lisa Clark, Barbara Tilly, Linda Seagroves, Scott Allen, Elaine Pearson, Kina Baddorf, Kris Neeley and more. The Red Clover Gallery is located at 214 E. Rutherford Street, downtown Landrum, SC.&bsp; The show will continue to run through December 24 when the gallery plans to close its doors. For more information visit www.redclovergallery.com or call 864-457-3311. Continue the circuit back up to Tryon and stop by to peruse the 30 years of artists represented in the current show &dquo;String of Pearls&dquo; at Upstairs Artspace located at 49 South Trade Street. Check out the Tryon Painters & Sculptors Members Show at Tryon Fine Arts Center up the hill from Morris the Horse on Melrose Avenue. Stop in the Gallery Coffeehouse at 90 South Trade Street to warm up with a latte and discover the work of emerging artists including a new series of oil paintings by Mike Locke. Discover the colorful eclectic variety of work from locally hand blown glass beads to the painted tile and steel tables of Kathleen Carson and Bill Crowell at Simply Irresistible Gallery. Finish off your day out up in Saluda by sitting down to dinner with the lively blues of Shane Pruitt at the Purple Onion. Or, take the whole family out for a evening of fun music and dancing with Legacy at Saluda Mountain Jamboree. A look ahead Tryon Little Theatre presents &uot;Jacob Marley&39;s Christmas Carol&uot; December 4-7 and 11-14 at the Tryon Little Theatre Workshop. For further information, go to www.TLTinfo.org, or call the Workshop at 828-859-2466. Thermal Belt Outreach benefit &dquo;Strictly Broadway&dquo; featuring Metropolitan opera singers Mary Meyers & Rob Linder with Elisabeth Moore accompanied by Peter Kutt on piano December 7 at 3 p.m. The reception following will include a full buffet catered by Giardinni&squo;s. Tickets are available at TFAC, The Frog and Swan, The Tryon House, The Bookshelf, or the Thermal Belt Outreach offices at 134 White Drive in Columbus. For more information call 828-894-2923. Tryon Concert Association presents The King&39;s Singers for their Holiday Concert Tuesday, December 9, 8 p.m. at Tryon Fine Arts Center. TCA subscriptions and ticket information is available by visiting their website tryonconcertassociation.googlepages.com.