Stina's picks

A point in the right direction
By Stina Sieg | Oct 01, 2012
Photo by: Stina Sieg Clara Burrus is one of the stars of "The Light in the Piazza," now at HART. The musical love story continues its Haywood County debut Fridays through Sundays through Oct. 21.

I think everyone has their own version of joining the circus hiding somewhere in their mind. For me, it's being a visual artist, and it's nudged awake like a sleeping puppy every time I do a story about art that moves me. Will this desire yawn and go back to sleep or get up and play? I never know.

It was stirred most recently by folks of Haywood Community College's Professional Crafts program, the stars of this month's show at Gallery 86. Last week, as I spoke by phone with weavers, a woodworking and a ceramist, I was excited by their excitement, inspired by their inspiration. Everyone I talked to believes they are making something that matters. I don't know if it gets much better than that.

Suffice it say, I'll be spending some time at their show this Friday night during "Art After Dark." At this point, everything else is up in the air. Here are a few options.

A beacon of 'Light'

So far, I've only seen a few minutes of "The Light in the Piazza," but it has charmed me right to my core. It was unavoidable, really, as I'm a sucker for the pure-hearted giddiness of young love. This Broadway musical has got that it spades, but it also has something that I find even more compelling. The show, set in 1950s Italy, is partially about letting go of expectation and embracing possibilities as they arise. It's about not being afraid to jump into a possibly better, but less certain, life. I am intoxicated by the promise of those themes, and really, who isn't? See the show for yourself at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 3 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 21 at HART. For tickets and information, call 456-6322 or visit

Everything else at 'Art After Dark'

While I have my favorite stops, there's more to see, eat and drink at this Friday's art stroll than I could name. Held from 6 to 9 p.m. the first Fridays of the month through December, "Art After Dark" is just a good time, and if you haven't made an appearance this year, I say go for it. Start at Gallery 86, Twigs and Leaves and Gallery 262, and work your way up and down Main Street. Maybe you won't see anything you like, but just maybe you'll get inspired. I can deal with those kinds of odds.

Hear Uncle Hamish

In actuality, there is no Uncle Hamish — but oh, can he and his Hooligans rock. The Asheville-based Celtic rock band are not one thing, but instead a mixture of giddy punk, pop and rock, infused with bagpipes, whistles, a mandolin and other traditional touches. You might have heard them on International Day, but more than likely this kilted quintet is brand new to you. Come see why this should change, and fast, from 7 to 10 p.m. this Friday night at The Classic Wineseller in Waynesville. Visit to learn — and hear — more.

Goodbye, Fun Things

To quote Fun Things Etc.'s Facebook page, "It's been fun." It has. And now, after six years, it has to end. The beloved Waynesville toy store isn't slipping quietly away, however, but celebrating its devoted customers with a party that pulls out all the stops. From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. this Saturday, Fun Things is inviting Tom the Magician, The Smoky Mountain Model Railroaders, FunShine Faces face painting, Sarge's "Thundering Herd" of friendly Siberian huskies — and you — to send off the little shop right. Help let Denise know how much she, her smiling face and her flying monkeys will be missed on Main Street. I definitely will. Call Fun Things Etc. at 456-7672 or just stop by 196 N. Main St. and say hello.