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Email Announcements Received Today:

1) Poet Steven Reigns Discusses His Work Jan. 29 at Appalachian

A reception for poet and educator Steven Reigns will be held Jan. 29 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Smith Gallery located in Appalachian State University’s Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts. Reigns will present a gallery talk about his project The Gay Rub at 5:30 p.m.  The public is invited to attend. The Gay Rub is a collection of GLBTQ rubbings from historical markers across the world. It is on display in the Smith Gallery through Feb. 13. The exhibit was curated by Smith Gallery Director Jody Servon. Reigns also will conduct autobiographical writing workshops while on campus. The Gay Rub is a collaborative project created and organized by Reigns showcasing a collection of more than 100 rubbings from important markers of GLBTQ history. Documenting historical signs, tombstones, cenotaphs, plaques and monuments from around the world, the project draws attention to the GLBTQ events and individuals under-represented or under appreciated within history. The rubbings serve as an archive of historic markers, calling attention to what GLBTQ events and individuals become legitimized through public commemoration. “In the fall of 2014, North Carolina recognized same-sex marriage and we felt that showing this collection of rubbings would continue the conversations about GLBTQ history, historic figures and human rights,” Servon said.

2) Harmonia Baroque Performs Feb. 1 at ASU

Harmonia Baroque will perform Sunday, Feb. 1, at 4 p.m. in Broyhill Music Center’s Recital Hall on the Appalachian State University campus. Admission is free. The early-music ensemble from the Hayes School of Music performs on 17th and 18th century instruments and reproductions. Members are Nancy Schneeloch-Bingham, traverso; Alicia Chapman, hautbois; Lauren Hayworth, soprano, Corinne Cassini, cello, Douglas James, theorbo, and Michael Bell, harpsichord. The program includes “Sonata in A Major, Op. 8, No. 7” by Pietro Locatelli, “Sonata á 5” by Giuseppi Baldassare Sammartini and “Sonata” by Giovanni Battista Fontana.

3) Baha”i Devotional Meeting Held Feb. 1

There will be a Baha”i devotional meeting at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 1, in Stony Fork. The theme of the meeting will be “Progressive Revelation.” Baha”is believe that all of the world”s great faiths are divine in origin. All are welcome. For more information and directions, call 268-2191.

4) Bob Caldwell Photography Portrait Display in the Boone Mall Jan. 26-Feb. 18

Since 1978 , we have been providing fine quality family portraiture in Boone , North Carolina and The High  Country.  Sharon and I focus on photographing family, children and executive photography in the Boone, Blowing Rock, Banner Elk, West Jefferson and surrounding areas.  Travel to other areas is available .  We can create amazing images of your family that you will love and cherish.  You will enjoy working with us on all aspects of your portrait sessions.  We can personalize your family or children”s portrait with a canvas wrap or brushed lacquer finish to add a personal touch to your special portrait. Please give us a call today to chat.  From Jan. 26 through Feb. 18, we will be displaying samples of our family portraits at the Boone Mall in the center court. Come by and see many fine portraits of your friends.  Call us – Bob and Sharon Caldwell – at 828-719-8489 or 828-264-9026 today.

5) Weekly Events at Lost Province Brewing Company

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Cheap date night at Lost Province. Dinner A Movie only $25 per couple 6-10 p.m. Movie starts at 7 p.m. No charge to come and watch the movie. Movie feature this week is “Fargo”

Thursday, Jan. 29

$3.00 Thursday-$3.00 pints on all Lost Province brewed beers (except high gravity)

8:00 p.m.-Closing Live Music: Matt Bizzell. Matt draws influence from styles ranging from classic rock of the ‘60s and early country balladeers as well as Scottish Folk and modern Pop. (Optional Cover).

Friday, Jan. 30

Freakin’ Firkin Friday at Five continues with the release of 2 infusion beers at 5pm (Strawberry Blonde and Grapefruit IPA)8-11 p.m. Live Music with the Worthless Son-In-Laws: The Worthless Son-in-Laws are a Boone, North Carolina-based band. The band draws from among a cauldron of alt-country heroes, early indie-pop bands, and traditional country and old-time songs. Some of the band’s most notable influences include The Jayhawks, Son Volt, R.E.M., the Grateful Dead, The Carter Family, and Gram Parsons. (Optional Cover).

Rob Brown–electric guitar, vocals
Rich Crepeau–bass guitar
Jimmy Davidson–vocals, acoustic guitar
Dave Brewer–borrowed drummer

Saturday, Jan. 31

8 p.m.-Closing Live Music: Swing Guitars Trio. Swing Guitars Trio salute guitarist Django Reinhardt with a mix of gypsy jazz classics, American standards and modern jazz tunes. Parisian “Hot Club” style swing in the High Country! Swing Guitars Trio: Andy Page, guitar Jim Tanner-guitars Ben McPherron-bass special guests! (Optional Cover).

Sunday, Feb. 1

6:30 p.m.: Super Bowl XLIX with the New England Patriots vs. the Seattle Seahawks. Come watch the game on the big screen. Special menu items during the game will be available. Lost Province Sunday: Residents of “The Lost Province” (Watauga, Ashe, Avery and Alleghany) receive 10 percent off food with verification of residency.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Cheap date night at Lost Province. Dinner A Movie only $25 6-10 p.m. Movie starts at 7 p.m. No charge to come and watch the movie. Movie feature this week is “Groundhog Day”.

6) Campus and Local Community Assistance Sought for 24-Hour Play Festival

Are you interested in helping Appalachian State University students write, rehearse and perform a play in 24 hours? Five campus clubs are collaborating for this exciting feat and need volunteers. Anyone wishing to participate must attend a 45-minute informational meeting on Saturday, Jan. 31, in Chapell Wilson Hall Room 105 at 2:15 p.m. At 3 p.m., the clock will start and playwrights will begin to write. Actors and directors will be dismissed after the meeting, and come back later on Saturday night to audition and begin rehearsals. A full schedule will be outlined at the informational meeting. Food and caffeinated beverages will be provided for all participants.  Breaks for food will take place throughout the 24-hour period. The final performance will take place on Sunday, Feb. 1, at 3 p.m. in I.G. Greer Studio Theatre. Admission will be by suggested donation for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids. The sponsoring campus clubs are Alpha Psi Omega, ASU Technical Theatre Club, Appalachian Musical Theatre Club, Playcrafters and Women’s Theatre Troupe. “This past fall the Appalachian Musical Theater Club and the Women’s Theater Troupe collaborated to produce a weekend of shows, and it was one of the best theatrical weekends I”ve participated in since joining the Department of Theatre and Dance,” said senior performance major Carmen Lawrence. “Now we are collaborating on an even larger scale, joining hands to showcase our talents.”  President of the Women’s Theatre Troupe, Lawrence noted that students have a chance to leave their comfort zone and branch out into other areas of their craft. “Some actors will be writing for the first time, and some technicians will be making their directing debuts for the first time,” she said. “The proliferation of clubs within the Department of Theatre and Dance has put a premium on rehearsal space, performance venue and calendar availability,” said Keith Martin, faculty adviser for the Musical Theatre Club.  “The fact that five different organizations are pooling their time, talent and resources on a single event is unprecedented. We as a faculty and staff are very proud of our students for demonstrating yet again that theatre is the definitive collaborative art form.” If you have questions, or wish to participate but cannot attend the meeting due to Horn in the West auditions, contact Carmen Lawrence at lawrencecr@appstate.edu or Katie Kahut at kahutks@appstate.edu.

7) ASU Holds Outdoor Jobs Fair Feb. 18

ASU will host an Outdoor Jobs Fair on Wednesday, Feb. 18, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Grandfather Mountain Ballroom of the Plemmons Student Union. More than 60 of the top camps, conference centers, outfitters, and resorts throughout the U.S. will be represented.  Great opportunity to secure both summer and year-round employment.  Internships also available. Spend your summer in the great outdoors while gaining skills in teaching, counseling, leading, climbing, boating and more!  All majors encouraged to attend.  For more information visit careers.appstate.edu/outdoorjobsfair.