MACON COUNTY ART ASSOCIATION will host a “Grand Re-Opening” of the Uptown Gallery at 30 E. Main St. on Friday, Feb. 13. The gallery will open at 11 a.m. with the ribbon-cutting ceremony at 5 p.m. A reception will follow at 7 p.m. A children’s valentine activity, door prizes and refreshments will be provided during the reception.
THE UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST FELLOWSHIP OF FRANKLIN will host a Spring Celebration of Imbolc – a Celtic New Year celebration to commemorate spring’s impending replacement of winter. The event will be held Sunday, Feb. 15, at 11 a.m.
BUSINESS ENHANCEMENT EXPERIENCE will return this year with four sessions starting Tuesday, Feb. 17, in Macon County. One seminar will be held each month through May. There is no cost, but registration is required. The Feb. 17 session, BEE Financially Savvy and Organizationally Strong, will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Macon Bank Corporate Center. This session will cover cash flow enhancement by capital injection or tax liability, credit enhancement, lending options and comparisons of the types of ownership structures available for small business. Call 828-339-4211 for more information.
NAMI APPALACHIAN SOUTH will sponsor a 12-session program for families and friends of individuals challenged by mental illness on Tuesdays starting Feb. 24 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The course will offer up-to-date information about bipolar disorder, depression, schizophrenia, anxiety and other mental illnesses. It encompasses such topics as how the brain and medications work, early signs of relapse, communication skills and self-care. There is no charge but pre-registration is required and class size limited. Call 828-369-7385 or 828-369-9838 for more information.
CONGREGATION BAMIDBAR will hold a Saturday Shabbat service at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall in Robbinsville Feb. 14 at 11 a.m. Call 828-369-9270 for more information.
THE GROOVY MOVIE CLUB will show a free screening of PRIDE, a feature film covering a seemingly unlikely alliance – gay and lesbian activists supporting striking British mineworkers to help the families survive, on Friday, Feb. 13. A pot luck will be held at 6:30 with the film starting at 7 p.m. A discussion will follow the screening. The Groovy Movie Club meets once a month on the second or third Friday at Buffy Queen’s home in Dellwood. Seating is limited, so contact 828-926-3508, 828-454-5949 or firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP or get directions.
HART’s WINTER SEASON will continue Friday, Feb. 13, when the Feichter Studio presents Ariel Dorfman’s acclaimed drama “Death and the Maiden.” The play was inspired by Dorfman’s life in Chile and the coup by Augusto Pinochet in 1973. Dorfman was born in Argentina but his family later moved to Chile in the 1950’s. From 1970 to 1973, Dorfman served as a cultural advisor to President Salvador Allende. Dorfman was supposed to work on the night shift at the La Moneda presidential palace the night before the Pinochet coup, but he had swapped his shift with his friend Claudio Jimeno, not knowing what was to come. Forced to leave Chile in 1973, after the coup by General Pinochet leading to the murder of President Allende, he subsequently lived in Paris, Amsterdam and Washington, D.C. Since 1985, he has taught at Duke University, where he is currently Walter Hines Page Research Professor of Literature and Professor of Latin American Studies. “Death and the Maiden” is set years after the toppling of the dictator as the country tries to find justice and closure. HART’s production features Julie Kinter, Charles Mills and HART Director Steve Lloyd. The show has performances scheduled for Feb. 13 and Saturday, Feb. 14, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 15, at 3 p.m. Seating in the Feichter Studio is limited and reservations are recommended. Call 828-456-6322 or visit www.harttheatre.org to reserve seats.
HART THEATER will hold auditions for principal roles in its 2015 season on Sunday, Feb. 15, and Monday, Feb. 16 at the Performing Arts Center. Directors for all of the theater’s productions will be in attendance. Following the auditions, directors will have the discretion of casting from those who auditioned or conducting follow-up auditions at a later date. All chorus and dance company casting for the summer production of “Oklahoma!” will be done at that show’s general auditions in May. Actors with professional credits and training may audition as professionals, with a prepared audition piece, head shot and professional resume. These actors will be seen by all directors first beginning at 6:30 p.m. Auditions will be closed to the public. Community theater actors are not required to have photos, resumes or prepared audition material beyond 16 bars of a song with sheet music if auditioning for musical roles. Immediately following the professional auditions, community theater actors will be given a chance to cold read from the scripts of each show they are interested in being considered for. These auditions will be conducted in different parts of the building for each show. An accompanist will be provided for those auditioning for roles in musicals. Community theater actors are considered for all roles. No production has been precast. Visit www.harttheatre.org for more information.