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Cuckoos Nest opens at TLT &get foolish with El Gleno Grande

Today One Flew over the Cuckoo&squo;s Nest opens tonight at the Tryon Little Theatre Workshop running Thurs.-Sat. at 8 p.m. and Sun. at 3 p.m. through April 5. See tomorrow&squo;s paper for a unique &dquo;head to head&dquo; conversation with Marianne Carruth and Lavin Cuddihee who face off as Nurse Ratched and McMurphy in Ken Kesey&squo;s classic dark comedy set in a mental institution. This thrilling play will keep you on the edged of your seat. For information call 828-859-2466 or visit www.tltinfo.org.&bsp; Before the show, catch a bite of dinner and enjoy listening to standards from Susan Bennett on the piano at Lilac Wine from 5-9 p.m. Up in Saluda you&squo;ll find the smooth vocals of folk singer Alan Barrington at The Purple Onion starting at 7 p.m. Polk County&squo;s own cultural treasures Phil & Gaye Johnson will perform a free concert of acoustic music mixing old roots traditions with country, bluegrass, and western swing at Isothermal Community College&squo;s Polk Campus at 7 p.m. For more information call 828-894-3092. Don&squo;t miss the final installments of the free movie series at Upstairs Artspace this week featuring classic black films of the 30&squo;s and 40&squo;s. Tonight is Lying Lips, Friday&squo;s feature is Girl in Room 20, and Saturday finishes the series with Blood of Jesus. All movies start at 7 p.m. and last about an hour. Saturday&squo;s feature will start with a reception at 6 p.m. and a live performance from Victoria Casey-McDonald dramatizing the life of African-Americans in the Appalachian Mountains connecting to the installation &dquo;Love/Loss/Love&dquo; by Marie T. Cochran. Contact the gallery at 828-859-2828 for more information. &bsp; Friday Have you wandered up Ola Mae Way from downtown lately to see what&squo;s going on at Simply Irresistible and Saluda Forge? John Richards of Burnsville has delivered more &dquo;trashformations&dquo; including pets for the alien women and the pets of pets. Large steel sculptures of Ray Fulk have arrived as well as Gorilla Bags. What are Gorilla Bags? Stop in to see how billboards have been recycled into fun and funky bags of all sizes that benefit the Gorilla Haven in Georgia. John Tyndal will be entertaining the room on the piano at Lilac Wine from 5-9 p.m. Maybe inspired by his talent and a couple glasses of wine you&squo;ll decide to let your inner performer out later with some Karaoke at Elmo&squo;s. &bsp; Saturday Take time during your day to stop in The Book Shelf to check out what happening with the book release for Andy Millard&squo;s new work &dquo;The Graduate&squo;s Book of Practical Wisdom.&dquo; Depending on your mood there is plenty of music in these hills to get your evening started right. For something fresh and fun, try checking out the funk and world sounds of Sol Driven Train blending a sweet horn section with southern grooves at The Purple Onion from 8-10 p.m. Saluda Mountain Jamboree welcomes back Legacy to keep you dancing from 8-11 p.m. Call 828-749-3676 for more information. Fred Whiskin will jazz up the night at Lilac Wine from 6-8 p.m. followed by Brad Gee on the keys until 10 p.m. For reservations call 828-859-5205. You can also find Dr. &dquo;Jazz&dquo; Whiskin on Fridays at The Purple Onion from 7-9 p.m. and every Wednesday at Lilac Wine in Tryon. For the night owls, local band Brickyard Sally featuring John Edney and crew will heat up the night at Elmo&squo;s in Tryon with classic and southern rock favorites. &bsp; Sunday Lilac Wine invites you to join them for brunch from 11 a.m. ‐ 2 p.m. with the music of Susan Bennett on the piano. Tryon Painters & Sculptors welcomes you to join them for a reception from 5-7 p.m. for artist Reda Kay. Kay&squo;s show &dquo;Journeys in Mixed Media&dquo; will be in Gallery I at Tryon Fine Arts Center until May 1 featuring abstract art on paper, board, and canvas in a colorful collages inspired by her travels around the world. Winkie & Red Dog invite everyone who loves the blues to join the jam at Elmo&squo;s Too in Columbus at 4 p.m. Musicians and dancers of all levels are welcome. Then later head over to Tryon where Johnny Rawls heats up the night at Elmo&squo;s with some sweet soul and blues. &bsp; Monday Kathleen Carson welcomes you to get rhythm in your feet and join a fun group of folks for tap dancing at Tryon Fine Arts Center. For more information please email Kathleen at handpaintedtiles@windstream.net. Or, warm up those vocal chords and sing along with Becky Oliver at Lilac Wine from 7-9 p.m. during board game night. &bsp; Wednesday No fooling, Tryon Fine Arts Center presents Glenn Singer as &dquo;el gleno grande&dquo; for a wacky and wild evening of visual comedy. This equestrian comedian will be presenting arts in education performances at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. and then a feature performance at 7:30 p.m. for the general public. His outrageous full circus equestrian act that has brought him attention on America&squo;s Funniest Videos and sent him to such venues as Universal Studios and the casinos of Las Vegas to entertain the crowds. Visit the Tryon Fine Arts Center website at www.tryonarts.org for more information, or contact the Center&39;s Box office at 828-859-8322 ext.214 to reserve your ticket or to inquire about group rates. &bsp;