Up & Coming Weekly

September 02, 2014

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SEPTEMBER 3-9, 2014 UCW 9 WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM The Headquarters Library's Friends of the Library Speakers Series welcomes Dr. Elliot Engel on Tuesday, Sept. 9 at 7 p.m., in the Pate Room at the Headquarters Library in downtown Fayetteville. "This year will mark Dr. Engel's 37th presentation in Cumberland County," said Kellie Tomita, marketing and communications division manager of the Headquarters Library. "He has a way of providing mini-lectures on au- thors like Charles Dickens and Rudyard Kipling." Tomita added that Engel brings a new perspective on authors by putting them in more human terms of what they were dealing with in their everyday lives. The Friends of the Library Speaker series features a variety of speakers covering a broad range of topics from military combat to bringing literature to life. The topic of discussion is "Brothers, Not Twins: Separating Orville and Wilbur Wright." The Wright Brothers have earned their spot in history, but their individual personalities have been missed. Through meticulous biographical research, Dr. Engel reveals two equally fascinat- ing but utterly different individuals who, working together, produced one of mankind's most revolutionary inventions: the airplane. Engel is a scholar, author and playwright, and is considered to be the most insightful, personable and entertaining keynote speaker to come out of academia in the last 50 years. Engel gives new insights into the backgrounds, accomplishments and lives of the great masters of English and American literature. He is the author of seven books includ- ing A Dab of Dickens & A Touch of Twain: Literary Lives from Shakespeare's Old England to Frost's Old England. His articles have appeared in numerous magazines. Engel has taught at Duke University, N.C. State University and the University of North Carolina. His awards include North Carolina's Adult Education Award and the Victorian Society Award of Merit. Tickets are $10 for the public, $5 for Friends of Library members, and $2 for students. For more information, call 483-7727. Eliott Engel Entertains at Library by DR. SHANESSA FENNER DR. SHANESSA FENNER, Principal WT Brown Elementary School, Contributing Writer, COMMENTS? Editor@upandcomingweekly.com. You are cordially invited to attend the exclusive preview 2014 Best of Fayetteville Awards on Tuesday, September 16, 2013 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. at It'z Entertainment City 4118 Legend Avenue Food • Fun • Prizes • Surprises Guest Celebrity MC Don Chase of WKML Carolina's Best and Most Country Awards Presentation 6:30 p.m. Welcome: Bill Bowman, Publisher, Up & Coming Weekly Remarks: Mayor Nat kRobertson. County Commissioner Chairwoman Jeannette Council, FACVB President John Meroski Chamber President Doug Peters R.S.V.P. Laurel Handforth 910.484.6200 officemanager@upandcomingweekly.com Hosted By: UP & COMING WEEKLY Utley & Knowles CPAs Elliott Engel Fayetteville and its nearby neighbors are rich with tal- ent. The local music scene thrives with local artists grac- ing stages, music halls and coffee shops pretty much every night of the week. But how do those artists aspir- ing to enter a full-time music career get from being "in" Fayetteville to being "from" Fayetteville? Unfortunately, the formula for success is not as easy as the myriad of 10-step books lining the shelves of every book store, or they would all be on their way. The truth of the matter is this: Success for any artist is found only in the eye of the beholder. Period. That's why WCLN decided to host a regional talent search we called Take the Stage. Putting the call out to musicians and their mothers from Raleigh to Lumberton, we received dozens of entries. We had to work our way through everything from slick, semi-professional videos to recordings made on living room couches, to pare the submissions down to 16 hopefuls we invited to appear on four stages in Fayetteville, Lumberton, Dunn and Clinton. Show after show, the result was an astounded audience. The professionalism and musicianship of the bands and artists that entered each venue simply blew each audi- ence away. While there were no losers in the competition, we still had to address the challenge of choosing the best. Using a panel of music professionals, we combined their scores with the votes of the crowd to determine a winner for each of the four shows to appear at a final event being staged as part of the Cumberland County Fair on Sept. 7. Of course, there is a point to all of this. There is an annual event staged by Temple Baptist Church known as NextFest. The free-to-attend event features national acts and has always incorporated regional talent. As the church booked a major tour for 2014, they found themselves relegated to a single local act with some stiff parameters on how they could even stage them. Enter WCLN. Our job is to be part of the bridge between art- ist and audience. We didn't see one slot, we saw one opportunity. One chance for a local artist to be exposed to an eager crowd on the same stage as several Top 10 artists. Now we're inviting you. We've eliminated the judges, and will turn it over to the crowd on September 7th. Four artists will Take the Stage beginning at 6 p.m., at the Crown Complex Theater, and one will walk away with the promise of climbing on the NextFest stage along with Family Force 5, 7eventh Time Down, and the Newsboys in October. And then we'll wave goodbye. For together, we will have accomplished the goal: Helping someone go from being "in" Fayetteville, to being "from" Fayetteville. WCLN Hosts Talent Search by DAN DEBRULER DAN DEBRULER, General Man- ager Christian 107.3 COMMENTS? 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