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What to Do – December 2014

now through December 21 A Christmas Carol The Flat Rock Playhouse brings the words of the Dickens classic to life. This new, adventurous interpretation takes the famous story and infuses it with laughter, love and a brand new score that celebrates the holiday season. With more than a dozen new songs and exciting new characters, …

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We Love This Place – December 2014

Seeing Through the Eyes into the Soul – Fine art exhibit for James Daniel opens at the Blackbird Frame & Art Gallery. Diversified and internationally refined local artist, James Daniel, is skilled in the techniques of figurative and portraiture art. He makes the effort to learn as much as is available from the time tested …

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Inside: December 2014

  Performance: Asheville Symphony Orchestra..p6 NC Stage ..p7 Magnetic Theatre..p7 Asheville Contemporary Dance ..p16 Fine Art: Ariel Gallery ..p11 Blackbird Frame & Art..p11 Red House Gallery..p17 Asheville Gallery of Art ..p19 Susan Marie Designs..p21 Art After Dark..p30 Teresa Pennington..p31 Riverview Station ..p32 Toe River Studio Tour..p37 Southern Highland Craft Guild..p38 Grovewood Gallery..p38 Ten Thousand Villages..p38 …

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The 38th Annual Bernstein Family Christmas Spectacular!

Asheville’s favorite, raunchy, screwball holiday comedy from The Magnetic Theatre returns for The 38th Annual Bernstein Family Christmas Spectacular! The bawdy, bodacious, and boisterous Bernsteins are back, and they’ve got some special surprises in store for old fans and new friends! Judy Bernstein (Tracey Johnston-Crum, voted best actress in WNC in the Mountain Xpress poll …

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Celebrate the Holidays at NC Stage

Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol Help us give stories to children in WNC with Bedtime in a Bag, a partnership with Children First. Ensemble Theatre Company, in conjunction with North Carolina Stage Company, is proud to present Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol! The show is playing exclusively at NC Stage in downtown Asheville, from December 17 through …

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Asheville Symphony Celebrates Christmas with Bach and More

The Asheville Symphony Orchestra celebrates the holiday season on Sunday, December 14, with its traditional Classical Christmas concert at Thomas Wolfe Auditorium. ASO Music Director Daniel Meyer will conduct the orchestra, the 120-member Asheville Symphony Chorus, and soprano and bass-baritone soloists in portions of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio as well as other holiday favorites. The first …

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Circles in Motion

Simplicity has always been a key element in Susan Marie’s work and circles are among nature’s most elegant and simplistic geometric forms. As a graduate of the Gemological Institute of America, the faceted gemstones and pearls Susan Marie carefully selects are the focal point of her pieces. When designing and making each one she uses …

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Best Bet for Holiday Shopping

The Guild Artists’ Holiday Sale takes place at the Folk Art Center on Saturday, December 6 and Saturday, December 13, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Members of the Southern Highland Craft Guild will be on hand in the center’s auditorium on these two Saturdays to sell select work 10-50% off retail. The sale is …

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Ariel Gallery – Fine Crafts for the Holidays

by Dennis Ray Bright with crafts and fine art, Ariel Gallery, a fine-craft artist co-op gallery, offers a variety of mingling textures. Fiber arts are on display alongside woodturning, jewelry, pottery, sculpture and glass. David Vrooman’s stunningly beautiful jewelry is on view alongside Janet Taylor’s incredible textiles. There is a wide array of styles and …

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The Power of Place

Works by Everett Schmidt Everett Schmidt is Asheville Gallery of Art’s featured artist for the month of December. Schmidt’s pastel studies strive to depict the essence of scenes from North Carolina, coastal Maine, New York City, and Europe. He agrees with the artist who said, “We are driven to capture what we know is fading …

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Holiday Gift Market and Mixed Media Show

The Red House Studios & Gallery is hosting a Holiday Gift Market and mixed media art show through December. The market has artist made gifts including turned wood, fiber art, jewelry, altered art, folk art, ceramics, journals, small fine art prints, cards, ornaments and many more original, unique works. “Our artists have priced these items …

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Tasteful Holiday Gifts

At Oil & Vinegar you’ll find a vast selection of imported olive oils and vinegars, pesto & tapenades, appetizers, marinades & sauces, dressings, mustards, salts, exotic herb mixes and more. With a host of handcrafted ceramics and culinary accessories, your purchase is guaranteed to enhance any home dining experience. No matter what the occasion, with …

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The Green Room Café and Coffeehouse

by Susan Devitt Let’s start at the beginning. It’s the summer of 1988. Sue a waitress, catches the eye of Ben, a bartender. They shared food, wine, romance, and a dream of having their own place. Fast forward to 2012. And now Sue and Ben Green have a chance to make that dream a reality. …

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Movie Reviews – December 2014

Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance ****1/2 Short Take: In an effort to be taken seriously a former movie star, on the verge of a nervous breakdown, attempts to launch a dramatic play on Broadway. REEL TAKE: Talk about art imitating life. The casting of Michael Keaton, twenty years after he last wore his …

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Coming Soon to a Theatre Near You…

The holiday season is upon us. by Chip Kaufmann & Michelle Keenan That means Hollywood will be rolling out some big-budget mainstream crowd pleasers and Oscar contenders. Whether it’s wholesome family fun, a CGI action-fest, or art house fare, there’s something for everyone at your local theatres. Here are some of the titles we’re looking …

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DVD Picks for December 2014

Chip Kaufmann’s Pick: The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) Rather than offer up another Holiday themed movie for the December issue, I decided that it would be nice (and different) to offer up my favorite title of 2014 now that’s it available on DVD. Actually it’s been out for a little while now but it would …

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Monthly Reel for December 2014

‘Tis the Season by Michelle Keenan As I write this (a week before Thanksgiving), I have yet to be struck by the faintest murmur of holiday spirit or an iota of Christmas cheer. It seems impossible that we can be so close to wrapping all those presents and another year. For those of us in …

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Spinning Discs December 2014

by James Cassara I’m wrapping up another year of music with a slew of new releases, highlighted by a couple of “just in time for the holidays” top flight (one not so much) reissues! Be sure to support the local record shop of your choosing. Purling Hiss Weirdon, Drag City Music This Philadelphia based trio …

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New Years Eve with The Fritz & Zansa

by Sam Katz Asheville Music Hall will be closing out the year with an all-star Asheville mix of Afro-pop and Funk. Celebrate New Years Eve in style with two great local bands! The Fritz and Zansa will come together to give Asheville one of the best musical nights it’s ever seen. This eclectic melding of …

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