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Local arts focus on youth &the classic vocals of Susan Werner

Times are a changing. In order to meet the challenges with grace, we are shifting the local arts calendars to Wednesdays and will be moving from the &dquo;Spotlight&dquo; listings to more interviews with local artists and historians. This means that there won&squo;t be a Regional Arts Section listing of things like the New French Broad River Festival or the Flat Rock Spring Fling this weekend. Though, I would like to give a shout out to the Rutherford Consort Chamber Concert Thursday at Isothermal in Spindale and the Greer Idol Competition on Friday in downtown Greer. It does mean that I will be able to spend more time seeing what artists are doing and talking to them rather than reading emails about hundreds of events in the arts that are happening in our region every day. So, here&squo;s the last local run down for this area and look for more features about our local artists in the weeks to come. &bsp; Thursday The Wine Cellar in Saluda invites you to &dquo;Meet the Artist&dquo; Jim Shackelford tonight at 7 p.m. Jim&squo;s series of creation paintings just recently debuted in Asheville during the Lent season. Come meet him and view his latest inspirations on the canvas. Visit www.saludainn.com or call 828-749-9698 for more information. The Purple Onion welcomes Asheville sweetheart Eliza Lynn back from her stint in Nashville where she&squo;s been working with producer/guitarist Thomm Jutz continuing to broaden her range of Foothills Folk to Texas Swing. &bsp; Friday What are the kids doing this summer? Tryon Little Theatre and Tryon Youth Center invite you to take a magical journey this summer with theatre. Auditions begin tonight for Les Mis´rables directed by Chris Tinkler with music direction from Lena Duncan from 6-8 p.m. at the TLT Workshop at 516 South Trade Street. Auditions are open to 12-21 year olds who are asked to come with sheet music prepared to sing and move. Additional auditions for this sensational musical will be held Saturday from 4-5:30 p.m. Callbacks will be on Sunday afternoon at the director&squo;s discretion. Under 12? Well don&squo;t fret, because Marianne Carruth is also holding auditions this weekend for 8-12 year olds interested in taking a theatrical adventure this summer with The Hobbit at 1-4 p.m. on Saturday and 1-2:30 p.m. on Sunday. Youth interested in this fantastical play will need to come prepared to read from the script and move. For more information please call Marianne Carruth about the Hobbit at 828-859-9355 or Betty Brewer about Les Miz at 828-894-8722. &bsp; Saturday Tryon Fine Arts Center welcomes Susan Werner for the final concert in this year&squo;s arts series. This well rounded and talented musician will take the audience on a journey through the American gambit of genres ranging from gospel and blues to folk and jazz with some classical pieces to season the mix. Werner will be joined by Trina Hamlin on back up vocals and harmonica as well as cellist Julia Biber. Have you ever heard Cat Stevens mixed with Bach or Vivaldi with Paul Simon? This is sure to be a memorable evening of luscious music. Call 828-859-8322 ext. 214 to reserve your tickets for Saturday night&squo;s performance at 7:30 p.m. The Purple Onion invites you to catch the harmonious female trio Volatile Baby as they make another visit to Saluda for a lively evening of music. Dance the night away in Saluda with The Kelly Road Band at the Saluda Mountain Jamboree from 8-11 p.m. Strut your stuff down Trade Street in Tryon with your sweetie and catch Fred &dquo;the jazz man&dquo; Whiskin at 6 p.m. on the piano at Lilac Wine & Piano Bar. Perk up with the art on display at the Gallery Coffeehouse and then dance over to Brickyard Salley at Elmo&squo;s. Sunnyview&squo;s got southern rock, blues, and folk with Black Lightning at the Ultimate Basement from 7 p.m. until midnight. For more information about this event please visit www.hightechheaven.net. &bsp; Monday Tryon Concert Association also concludes its subscription series at Tryon Fine Arts Center this week with Angela Hewitt on piano and Daniel Mueller-Schott on cello at 8 p.m. For more information about becoming a subscriber to this world class series of chamber music please email info@TryonConcertAssociation.com or visit their website tryonconcertassociation.googlepages.com. &bsp; Upcoming The Morris Awards are coming to Tryon Fine Arts Center on May 9. Find out more about the event and cast your vote for your favorite local entertainers now by filling out a ballot from www.tryonarts.org/files/Ballot.pdf or any of these fine local businesses: The Book Shelf, The Coffeehouse, Isadora&squo;s Closet, Kyoto Japanese Steak House, Lake Lanier Tea House, The Lilac Wine Bar, Owen&squo;s Pharmacy, Persimmon&squo;s Bistro, P.J.&squo;s Fashions, Simply Irresistible Gallery, Tryon Horse Gift Shop, Tryon Mountain Hardwar, Twigs Unique Gifts, Tryon Fine Arts Center, Simple Simon&squo;s Sweet&squo;s & Savories, Stone Soup Market and Caf´, The Village Book Shoppe, Vines & Stuff, Watson&squo;s Flooring and Appliances, or Williamson&squo;s Paint Center. Tickets to the awards event are on sale now at the Tryon Fine Arts Center box office 828-859-8322 ext. 214.