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Published Tuesday, March 8, 2016 at 10:18 am

Barter Brings Back Late Night Performances

The Barter Players Encore Company is set to host Late Night Improv performances with a “Saturday Night Live” sense of humor at Barter Theatre Stage II on March 18-19 at 11:00 PM.

For one weekend only, audiences will have the chance to find out what happens when actors perform without a script. Improv, or improvisational theatre, is a style of performance that does not employ a script or other written plan for the show. During improv shows, most of the material audiences see is made up on the spot. This means no two shows will ever be the same.

The Barter Players Encore Company will also include some sketch comedy in their performances. These parts of the performance are designed to be similar to the popular television show “Saturday Night Live.”

Tickets for Late Night Improv can be purchased for $10 through the Barter Theatre box office, but are recommended for adults only.

Last spring, The Barter Players Encore Company gave six Late Night Improv performances to sold-out crowds. Terrance Jackson, who appeared in last year’s performances, said, “I’m really looking forward to doing the improv shows again because you never know what is going to happen, but it will be fun and that’s guaranteed. I hope people come ready to laugh.”

Natalie Riegel, who is also a returning member of The Barter Players Encore Company, said, “Last year improv brought out a whole new crop of people to Barter and they were there to have a great time. Our goal is to go out on stage, take some risks, and have a good time. It’s thrilling!”

The Barter Players Encore Company includes: Sean Michael Flattery, Terrance Jackson, Sam McCalla, Natalie Riegel, Julie Scroll and Kelly Strand.

For tickets to an improv event visit or call the box office at 276-628-3991

LMC to Host Polomik Artwork, Opens March 28

Lees-McRae College will host a selection of artwork by Michael Polomik throughout March, with the opening reception and artist talk scheduled for March 28 from 5-6 p.m. in King-Shivell Gallery. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.

“Golden Hound” references the ideas of glory (“golden”) and analysis (“hound”) and includes pieces that resemble the work of William Blake and Rembrandt. “The ultimate goal in my work is to create romanticized environments that incorporate patterning and diagrammatic markings, as though analyzed by the eye,” says Polomik. “For me, this image glorifies the process of understanding our world based upon studying and experiencing it; processes which I find provide both wonder and contentment.”

Polomik was born in Silicon Valley and raised in North Carolina, where he began practicing art at a young age; “My early drawings were created atop old diagrams of my father’s that he gave me as scrap paper,” he says. “I manipulated these diagrams while drawing, and my imagery gradually evolved to integrate my interests in geometric abstraction and classical realism.”

Since earning his MFA at Western Carolina University, Polomik has had his work exhibited in Chicago, Atlanta, Brooklyn and Los Angeles, and has gained recognition for his use of dramatic landscapes and diagrammatic markings around the human form. Polomik currently lives and works in Raleigh.

For more information, please contact Jason Sabbides at [email protected].

Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina, Lees-McRae College is a private, four-year college offering diverse baccalaureate degrees, strong athletic programs and outstanding faculty. With 1,000 students hailing from 31 states and more than 8 countries, Lees-McRae’s broad core curriculum is enhanced by field-specific career preparation and experiential learning. For more information, please visit or call 828-898-5241.

Free Fibromyalgia Talk at Wellness Center March 15

Is joint or muscle pain on your mind? If so, join us for a free Health Talk featuring Dr. Martina Ziegenbein discussing fibromyalgia and pain management. The Health Talk will take place on Tuesday, March 15, 2016, in the classroom at the Paul H. Broyhill Wellness Center at 6:30 p.m.

Dr. Ziegenbein completed medical school in Slovakia, where she was born and raised. She moved to the United States in 2001 to pursue her Internal Medicine residency at Marshfield Clinic/St. Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield, Wisconsin. She completed a Rheumatology fellowship at Boston University Medical Center and a fellowship specializing in lupus at the Johns Hopkins University Lupus Center. Dr. Ziegenbein joined Appalachian Regional Internal Medicine Specialists in December 2015 and is currently accepting new patients.

Physical Therapist, Alicia Debord, PT, CLT of The Rehabilitation Center in Boone, will join Dr. Ziegenbein at the Health Talk to answer questions and discuss physical therapy options designed to help patients manage fibromyalgia.

Space is limited. Interested participants should call 828-268-8969 or send an email to[email protected] to reserve a seat.

To learn more about Dr. Ziegenbein or Appalachian Regional Internal Medicine Specialists, call 828-386-2746. To learn more about The Rehabilitation Center, call 828-268-904

Financial Literacy, Student Loan Workshop March 9

The Watauga County Public Library would like to invite you to join us for the third in a series ofFinancial Literacy Workshops for teens and young adults on March 9th from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm at NC Works Career Center, 130 Poplar Grove Road Connector, Boone, NC 28607.

Presenter: Amber Mellon, Lecturer in Mathematical Sciences at Appalachian State University.

This month’s focus will be on paying for college. Specifically, teens will learn how to evaluate college costs, avoid the credit card craze, calculate taxes, and decipher payroll deductions. They will learn how to prepare for emergencies and gain an understanding of the risks and annual expenses related to investing. Budgeting and saving will be revisited for their critical role in dealing with these challenges.

Food will be served at the event!

To RSVP or for more information please call

(828) 264-8784 ext. 2.

Coming Up at BRAHM: TAC Talks March 10 at 6 p.m.

BRAHM events will include engaging lectures on “Thursday Art and Culture Talks,” which last about 45 minutes and feature a Q-and-A session with wine and cheese reception following.

This month’s lecture will discuss “The State of the Arts in North Carolina” and led by Frank Stasio, the host of “The State of Things” on WUNC.

“The talks are all either linked to exhibits that we have in the museum or to something of regional- or state-wide importance, so a lot of the talks are linked to culture in the mountains or events that are going on in North Carolina,” Weinstein said.

The museum welcomes you to look through the exhibitions before the talk begins.

“The talks are education in an entertaining way,” Weinstein said.

Learn something new and talk to other people who share your interests.

Free for members and $5 for nonmembers.

For more information, visit the event page.

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