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Make Way for Monarchs at the Cradle of Forestry

Saturday, April 19: Make Way for Monarchs. Brevard, NC naturalist Ina Warren will present a multi-media program about this year's...
Pisgah Forest
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Guardian Ad Litem Golf Tournament Fundraiser

Join us 8 am May 10th at Asheville Golf Course for a Golf Tournament in support of neglected and abused...
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Price: $75.00

Salamander Saturday

Pisgah National Forest’s forests and waters are home to a variety of salamanders. Lori Williams, Mountain Wildlife Diversity Biologist, North...
Pisgah Forest
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Price: $5.00

Migratory Bird Day Celebration at the Cradle of Forestry

Saturday, April 26: Migratory Bird Day Celebration. The spring forests and fields are alive with song as migratory birds arrive...
Pisgah Forest
North Carolina
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What to Do – April 2014

Tuesday, April 1
April Fools’ Day Concert

Free concert featuring Western Carolina University School of Music faculty members and students. 7:30 p.m. in the recital hall of the Coulter Building. For more details call (828) 227-7242.

April 1, 8, 15 & 22
Field Shoot Workshop

Tuesdays, 8 a.m. to noon. Photograph spring wildflowers, waterfalls, and other mountain vistas. Learn to get the most out of your equipment. Limited to 12 participants. For more details, or to register, contact Bob Grytten at (828) 627-0245 or e-mail bobgry@aol.com.

April 1, 8 & 15
Get Growing!

Organic Gardening Series, Tuesdays in April, 7-9 p.m. at Jubilee!, 46 Wall Street, Asheville. $15 per class, or $40 for the series. For more details visit www.organicgrowersschool.org

April 3-19
Women and Wallace

Attic Salt Theatre Company presents Jonathan Marc Sherman’s dark comedy at Asheville Community Theatre’s black box theater, 35below. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 2:30 p.m. 35 East Walnut St. in downtown Asheville.


The Asheville Jewish Film Festival

Thursday evenings and Friday afternoons at The Fine Arts Theatre; April 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25.
Opening Night Film & Reception — April 3 at 6 p.m. Reception at Blue Spiral 1; Screening of Dancing in Jaffa at Fine Arts. All tickets $22.
Dancing in Jaffa — April 4, 1 p.m. All tickets $8.50
Sukkah City — April 10 at 7 p.m.; April 11 at 1 p.m. All tickets $8.50
A Bottle in the Gaza Sea — April 17 at 7 p.m.; April 18 at 1 p.m. All tickets $8.50
Aftermath — April 24 at 7 p.m.; April 25 at 1 p.m. All tickets $8.50
www.ashevillejewishfilmfestival.com


Friday, April 4
New Media Student Exhibition

Video art, stop motion, digital print, sonic art, interactive, installation and 2d + 3d animation. Opening reception at 3 p.m. in UNCA’s Highsmith University Union, room 113. On view through April 14, 2014. Details at (828) 251-6291, http://nm.unca.edu.

Friday, April 4
Evolution Series by Reda Kay

Opening reception 5-8 p.m. Mysterious landscapes using watercolor, ink, and acrylic. On display April 1-30, 2014. Asheville Gallery of Art, 16 College Street in Asheville. Details at (828) 251-5796 or www.ashevillegallery-of-art.com.

Friday, April 4
John Nebraska’s “Visual Proof”

Opening reception from 7 to 10 p.m. On display until May 4, 2014 at the Satellite Gallery, 77 Broadway, downtown Asheville. Phone (828) 505-2225, or visit www.thesatellitegallery.com.


LIVE at the Classic Wineseller in April

Friday, April 4 – Sheila Gordon, piano, vocals. Fleetwood Mac tribute.
Saturday, April 5, 12, 26, & May 3 – Joe Cruz, piano, vocals. Beatles & Elton John.
Thursday, April 10 – The DuPont Brothers, guitars, vocals. Vermont-made folk-rock-Americana.
Friday, April 11 – Ben Wilson, guitar and vocals. Music of 60s, 70s, 80s.
Sunday, April 13 – Gospel Sunday Brunch (11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.) featuring Rockell Scott, vocals, piano. $18.99 per person.
Friday, April 18 – Dulci Ellenberger, guitar, vocals. Americana, oldies, originals.
Saturday, April 19 – Jesse Junior Quartet: Jesse Junior vocals; Richard Schulman piano; Zack Page bass; Justin Watt drums. Music of Cole Porter, and songs from the American Songbook. $29.99 per person includes four-course dinner.
Friday, April 25 – Dan Keller, jazz guitar.
Friday, May 2 – James Hammel, guitar and vocals; jazz and pop.

The Classic Wineseller, 20 Church Street in Waynesville. Reservations are accepted between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. by calling (828) 452-6000. Visit www.classicwineseller.com for additional information.


White Horse Black Mountain
Friday, April 4 – The Asheville Jazz Orchestra. Big Band Jazz. 8 p.m. $15.
Saturday, April 5 – Sultans of String. Acoustic World Music. 8 p.m. $15.
Sunday, April 6 – Hollander Blue. Folk rock, indie, and pop. 7:30 p.m. $8.
Monday, April 7 – “Take 2” Jazz Series. Pianist Bill Bares and vocalist Rockell Scott. 7:30 p.m. $12/$6 students with ID.
Saturday, April 12 – Yes the Raven and Poet Adrian Rice. Magically beautiful music and soulful poetry. 8 p.m. $15; $12 in advance.
More details by calling (828) 669-0816. White Horse Black Mountain, 105C Montreat Road, Black Mountain, www.whitehorseblackmountain.com


Friday, April 4
John Nelson Exhibit

During April, the Front Gallery of Woolworth Walk in downtown Asheville will feature the abstract paintings of John Nelson along with glass art by Kyle Keeler. Opening reception 4-6 p.m. Woolworth Walk, 25 Haywood St. in downtown Asheville. On display April 1-29, 2014.

Friday, April 4
Artists of Tomorrow

Opening reception from 5:30-7 p.m. The East Henderson High School Show Choir will perform. On display through Friday, April 18 at First Citizens Bank, 539 N. Main St., in downtown Hendersonville. More details at (828) 693-8504 or www.acofhc.org.

Friday, April 4
Carl Sandburg Student Poetry Contest Celebration

7 p.m. at Blue Ridge Community College, Patton Building, Room 150. Adam Bresson, the 2014 Carl Sandburg Writer-in-Residence, will also read. Details at (828) 693-4178, or visit www.nps.gov/carl

Friday, April 4
Asheville Chamber Music Series

The Minguet String Quartet and pianist, Andreas Klein in concert at 8 p.m. at the Biltmore United Methodist Church. The church is located at the corner of Hendersonville Road and Yorkshire Street in Asheville. Admission is $35; free for those under 25 with student ID. Purchase tickets from the ACMS website, www.ashevillechambermusic.org or contact Nathan Shirley at (828) 575-7427, or support@ashevillechambermusic.org.

Friday, April 4
Bender Gallery

Solo exhibition featuring glass sculptor, Toland Sand. Opening reception 5-8 p.m., held in conjunction with downtown Asheville’s First Friday Art Walk. On display through May 31, 2014. Bender Gallery, 12 S Lexington Avenue, downtown Asheville. www.bendergallery.com

Friday & Saturday, April 4 & 5
Don Giovanni

Diana Wortham Theatre at 8 p.m. For tickets call (828) 257-4530, or visit www.dwtheatre.com. For more information contact the Asheville Lyric Opera at (828) 236-0670 or visit www.ashevillelyric.org.

April 4 & 5
Most Improved Camper

Comic storyteller C.J. Deering brings her incredibly funny, but all too true, tall tales of life, recovery, and survival to the HART Studio. 7:30 p.m. To make reservations call the HART Box Office any time at (828) 456-6322, or go online to www.harttheatrecom. All performances are in the HART Studio Theater, 250 Pigeon St., Waynesville, NC 28786.

Friday & Saturday, April 4 & 5
Auditions for Spamalot

Auditions for Eric Idle’s comedy held on Friday, April 4 from 6-8 p.m., and Saturday, April 5 from 12-4 p.m. Bring 16 bars of music. Accompanist provided. Directed by Jeff Catanese. Asheville Community Theatre, 35 E. Walnut St., Asheville. Call (828) 254-1320, or visit www.ashevilletheatre.org


Black Mountain Center for the Arts

{Re}HAPPENING, Saturday, April 5 from 6 p.m. to midnight. Purchase your tickets today at www.rehappening.com, or in person at the Black Mountain College Museum, or Harvest Records (for after-dinner and shuttle tickets only).

Upper Gallery – The Annual BMCA Emerging Artists Exhibit is on display through April 11. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday 10-5 p.m.

Auditions – The Front Porch Community Theatre is holding open auditions for its upcoming shows Our Town (August) and Turn of the Screw (October). Auditions will be held on Saturday, April 5 from 1-3 p.m. Be prepared to read from the scripts. We are also interested in learning about those with talents behind the scenes. Call (828) 669-0930 to schedule a time slot.

Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day – On Sunday, April 27 from 1-4 p.m., photographer and artist Lynette Miller will lead participants in the experience of lens-less photography. Anyone, anywhere in the world, who makes a pinhole photograph on the last Sunday in April can be part of the Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day online gallery. No experience necessary. Pinhole cameras will be available for participants to borrow.

The Black Mountain Center for the Arts, 225 W. State Street. (828) 669-0930 or visit www.BlackMountainArts.org


Saturday, April 5
Posh Hammer

A unique family band with a killer classic rock sound. 8 p.m. at Jack of the Wood, 95 Patton Ave, downtown Asheville. Call (828) 252-5445 or visit www.jackofthewood.com.

Saturday, April 5
Bits & Bytes

Opening reception 6:30-9 p.m. New art inspired by video games. Free beer, wine, and live music! Meet the artists at ZaPow, 21 Battery Park Ave. downtown Asheville. (828) 400-9125.

Saturdays, April 5 – November 22
North Asheville Tailgate Market

Local, sustainably produced vegetables, fruits, meats, eggs, cheeses, breads, herbs, plants, flowers, and crafts. Live music, cooking & art demos, and face paintings. 8 a.m.-noon at UNC Asheville Campus (Lot C). Details at www.northashevilletailgatemarket.org


Malaprop’s Poetry Events

POETRIO
Sunday, April 6 at 3 p.m. A special Poetrio event featuring four poets. Elaine Bleakney will read from her collection, For Another Writing Back, and three of the contributing poets will read from the anthology What Matters: Sue Lefler, Leila Wheless, and Pat Riviere-Seel. Poet Richard Krawiec, editor of the anthology, will join us for this event.

NC Poetry Society Readings
Sunday, April 27, 3 to 4:15 p.m. North Carolina Poetry Society (NCPS) poet Pat Riviere-Seel, whose book Nothing Below But Air, will host a reading featuring four NCPS poets: Anthony S. Abbott (The Angel Dialogues), Peg Bresnahan (In a Country None of Us Called Home), Marilyn McVicker (Some Shimmer of You, forthcoming), and David Radavich (The Countries We Live In).

Malaprop’s Bookstore & Cafe, 55 Haywood Street, downtown Asheville. Call (828) 254-6734, or visit www.malaprops.com.


Sunday, April 6
The Poetry of Tracey Schmidt and Majo John Madden

3 p.m. at Jubilee, 46 Wall St., downtown Asheville. Advance tickets are $12 at Malaprop’s (cash or check only), or through Majo (heymajo@jubilee.com). $15 at the door. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. Come for tasty, healthy treats.

Sunday, April 6
Angels Among Us

Archangels Michael and Gabriel painted by Gloria Gaffney will be installed in St. Peter & Paul Orthodox Christian Church in Boone, NC. Details at streetartist@netzero.net


Hendersonville Chamber Music Concerts

Rawlins Piano Trio – Sunday, April 6
Founded in 1987, the Rawlins Piano Trio is a dynamic group of performers, teachers and scholars, distinguishing themselves in arts outreach, master classes and performances in a variety of venues.

Carolina Brass – Sunday, April 27
The final concert in the 2014 Hendersonville Chamber Music Series will be the acclaimed Carolina Brass.

All Hendersonville Chamber Music performances are presented on Sunday afternoons at 3 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, Fifth Avenue and White Pine in Hendersonville. Tickets are $20 tax included and will be available at the door on the day of the performance. More information can be found on Facebook and at www.hendersonvillechambermusic.org.


Monday, April 7 & 14
Pan Harmonia Concerts

Featuring the Opal String Quartet performing authentic, world-class chamber music at the Haen Gallery. Monday, April 7 at 52 Biltmore Avenue, downtown Asheville. Monday, April 14 at 200 King Street, Brevard. Meet the artists and enjoy a glass of wine at 6:30 p.m., music begins at 7:15 p.m. $22 in advance; $24/$8 for students, available at the door. Call (828) 254-7123 or visit www.pan-harmonia.org.

Wednesday, April 9
Same Trailer, Different Tour

Kacey Musgraves, winner of the Country Music Association’s “Best New Artist” for 2013 performs at Western Carolina University’s Liston B. Ramsey Center at 8 p.m. For details, call (828) 227-7677 or visit http://ramsey.wcu.edu.

Thursday, April 10
Sound Effects

6:30 p.m. Student and faculty performances at 7-8:45 p.m.; Asheville Tango Orchestra at 9-9:30 p.m., and Asheville All-Stars show is at 10 p.m.
Tickets are $12; $6 for ages 3-10; free for ages 2 & younger. Purchase tickets at the door. Call the restaurant for dinner reservations.
Isis Music Hall & Restaurant, 743 Haywood Rd. in west Asheville. Call (828) 575-2737 or visit www.isisasheville.com.


April 10-13
UNC Asheville Arts Fest

The Steep Canyon Rangers perform in Kimmel Arena at 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 10. Tickets range from $11.50 to $34.50, and are available online and at the Kimmel Arena box office.
David Holt and the Lightning Bolts perform at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 12, in Lipinsky Auditorium. Tickets range from $5 for UNCA students to $20 for the general public.
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit http://arts.unca.edu/ARTSfest.


Friday & Saturday, April 11 & 12
Films and Videos by Mass Communication Students

Friday’s show features a juried collection of 2013 short works, including comedy, horror and more. Saturday’s show features Team UNCA “48 Hour” films, and the debut of four shorts celebrating Asheville. Viewer discretion is advised. Free. 7-9 p.m. in The Highsmith Grotto at UNCA.

Friday, April 11
River of Art 2

National members show for The Women in the Art Foundation features 50 original small works by 25 member artists. An artists’ receptions will be held from 5-8 p.m. On display through April 30, 2014 at 310 ART, Riverview Station, 191 Lyman Street in the River Arts disctrict. Open from 12-4 p.m. and by appointment. Visit www.310art.com, call (828) 776-2716, or email gallery@310art.com for more details.

April 11-27
Cousins, Church, and Corndogs

Dearly Departed is a Southern comedy centered on a family coming together at a funeral. Performances Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.; Sundays at 2:30 p.m. $22; $19 for seniors 65+ and students; $12 for children. Asheville Community Theatre, 35 E. Walnut St., Asheville. (828) 254-1320, or www.ashevilletheatre.org

Saturday, April 12
Jonas Gerard Grand Opening

Live Painting Performance from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Opening Reception 4 to 8 p.m. Jonas Gerard at Riverview Station, 191 Lyman St., Studio #144. Look for the big red doors!


Free Writing Workshops

Saturday, April 12 at 10 a.m.
Desire From the Inside Out. What your characters “want” drives every story. Local author and editor Amy Willoughby-Burle leads this workshop on writing character-based conflict.

Monday, April 14 at 7 p.m.
Writing Workshop with Annie Fahy. Use elements from Writing Alone and With Others by Pat Schneider. Learn from one another in a generous atmosphere of both critical craft and personal respect.

Malaprop’s Bookstore & Cafe, 55 Haywood Street, downtown Asheville. Call (828) 254-6734, or visit www.malaprops.com.


Saturday, April 12
Robin Bullock in concert

7:30 p.m. at the Black Mountain Center for the Arts, 225 W. State Street in Black Mountain. Tickets are $20. There will be a reception with the musician following the concert. For more details visit www.BlackMountainArts.org.

Saturday, April 12
Odyssey Co-op Gallery Grand Opening

The new Odyssey Co-op Gallery has replaced the Odyssey Gallery at 238 Clingman Avenue. The Grand Opening coincides with the River Art District’s monthly “Second Saturday” event. For more details call (828) 285-9700, or visit www.odysseyceramicarts.com.

Saturday, April 12
Asheville Vaudeville

A variety of local talent and performers, with special guest emcee Sneaky McFly. Tickets available at the door. $15 for 7:30 p.m. show; $12 for 10 p.m. show. Toy Boat Community Art Space, 101 Fairview Rd., Asheville. (828) 280-4982.

Sunday, April 13
Palm Sunday Luncheon

The Greek Ladies Philoptochos will offer a variety of Greek dishes, served cafereria style, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Greek folk dancing performed by the youth dance troup. Take-out line opens at 10:30 a.m. Prices from $1 to $16. Place orders at: (828) 253-3754, Monday–Friday, 9-12:30 p.m.; (828) 254-4754 on the day of the luncheon. Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 227 Cumberland Ave., in Montford.

Tuesday, April 15
The Book of Ages

Intersections Book Discussion Group presents The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin by Jill Lepore. 6:30 p.m. at Diana Wortham Theatre. Lively and insightful discussion. Free. (828) 210-9837 or www.dwtheatre.com.

Farm & Ecovillage Immersion
Application Deadline: April 15

The School of Integrated Living provides experiential education in integrated living and regenerative systems. The next session takes place July 4 through August 16. More details at www.schoolofintegratedliving.org

Wednesday, April 16
Music Video Asheville

Reception at 6 p.m.; Screening from 8-9:30 p.m.; Awards presented at 9:30 p.m. $10 adv/ $12 at the door. $25 VIP tickets include unlimited popcorn and two drink tickets. Diana Wortham Theatre, 2 N. Pack Square, downtown Asheville. For more details visit www.musicvideoasheville.com.

Thursday, April 17
ABIPA Spring Fundraiser

Annual birthday and cancer survivor celebration. Heavy hors d’oeuvres and dancing, 6-9 p.m. FREE, but you are encouraged to bring a monetary donation in lieu of gifts. At the Battery Park Apartments, Roof Top Garden, 1 Battery Square. More details at (828) 251-8364 or www.abipa.org.

April 17-19 & 24-26
The Bog

The Magnetic Theatre presents a haunting, strangely comic, emotionally rich drama about three men who meet by accident on a bog island, with unexpected, life-changing results. Written by Julian W. Vorus and directed by Steven Samuels. 7:30 p.m. at the BeBe Theater, 20 Commerce Street in downtown Asheville. $12. More details at www.themagnetictheatre.org.

Friday, April 18
Afropop Band Zansa

With Juan Benavides Group, and African dancer Barakissa Coulibaly. 9 p.m. Ages 18+; $12; $10 in advance. Isis Restaurant & Music Hall, 743 Haywood Rd., West Asheville. (828) 575-2737, www.zansamusic.com, www.isisasheville.com,

Saturday, April 19
Easter on the Green

2-5 p.m. at Pack Square Park downtown. Bring smiles to children’s faces, share the beauty of spring. Little ones can play in the bounce house or gather eggs in the Easter Egg Hunt.

Wednesday, April 23
Sallie Bissell

Reading and booksigning at 7 p.m. Malaprop’s Bookstore & Cafe, 55 Haywood Street, downtown. Call (828) 254-6734, or visit www.malaprops.com.

Thursday, April 24
Dining Out for Life

Dine out for breakfast, lunch or dinner and help current and future generations with much needed funding and AIDS awareness to prevent the further spread of HIV. Visit www.wncap.org/dofl for more details and a full list of particpating restaurants.

Thursday, April 24
Hank West and the Red Hots

Opening for Jimbo Mathus of Squirrel Nut Zippers. 9 p.m. Tickets are priced at $8 in advance and $10 day of show, ages 21 and over only. The Mothlight, 701 Haywood Road in West Asheville. Visit www.themothlight.com

April 25-27
Last of the Aztecs

Presented by the Autumn Players’ Readers Theatre. Comedy about an elderly man coming to grips with being the last of his social group to survive, as well as the impending death of his wife. Fri. & Sat., April 25 & 26 in 35below at Asheville Community Theatre, 35 E. Walnut St.; Sun., April 27 at UNCA’s Reuter Center. All performances begin at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 at the door. Call (828) 254-1320, or visit www.ashevilletheatre.org

Friday, April 25
Anastasia Yarbrough Concert

Doors open 6:30 p.m.; recital at 7 p.m.; reception to follow. First Congregational United Church of Christ, 20 Oak St, Asheville. Suggested donation for this benefit concert: $25 at the door. For more details call (901) 355-6225. RSVP at www.anastasiayarbrough.com/recital/

April 25-26
Moogfest Public Art Installations

Freestanding temporary multimedia and multi-sensory art installations will be on display on the last block of N. Lexington (by the 240 overpass). Moogfest takes place April 23-27, and features Kraftwerk, Pet Shop Boys, and MIA. For more details, and to purchase tickets, visit www.moogfest.com.

April 25-27
Grovewood Gallery’s Charity Sale

15th annual sale benefits Brother Wolf Animal Rescue. Save 10% on all regular priced items, and up to 50% on sale items. Friday & Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (828) 253-7651 or visit www.grovewood.com.

Saturday, April 26
Saturday Night Jazz at the YMI

Featuring The Griffith/Stevens Quartet, NYC jazz vocalist Miles Griffith, and pianist Michael Jefry Stevens. $25. 7-10 p.m. at the YMI Cultural Center, 39 South Market Street, downtown Asheville. (828) 257-4540.

Saturday, April 26
Dr. Bart D. Ehrman

How Jesus Became God: From Good Teacher to Divine Savior. 3 p.m. at Blue Ridge Books, 152 S. Main St., Waynesville. (828) 456-6000, or visit www.blueridgebooksnc.com

April 26-27
The Weaverville Art Safari

10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information and a full list of participating artists, please visit www.weavervilleartsafari.com, or contact Steven Forbes-deSoule at (828) 645-9065 or forbes143@charter.net.

Friday, May 2
Collage

Figurative drawings, digital photography, decorative papers, paint, and pastel by Pat Perkerson. Opening reception 5-8 p.m. Asheville Gallery of Art, 16 College Street in downtown Asheville. Call (828) 251-5796 or visit www.ashevillegallery-of-art.com.

May 2-4
French Broad River Festival

The 17th annual festival takes place at the beautiful Hot Springs Campground & Spa. Musical acts include Toubab Krewe, Sol Driven Train, Hillstomp, Dangermuffin, The Jeff Sipe Trio, Pierce Edens & The Dirty Work, The Accomplices and more! The Festival begins at 4 p.m. on Friday, May 2 and ends Sunday, May 4. Early Bird tickets are $80. For the full musical lineup, race information, directions, and to purchase tickets, visit www.FrenchBroadRiverFestival.com. Go to www.nchotsprings.com for details about the campground, and to make spa reservations.

May 2, 3 & 4
Writing Workshop

The Poetics of Audience: Experimenting with Points of Address in Poetry with Jaye Bartell, Eric Gelsigner, Nathanael Roney, and Bridget Elmer. Lectures, writing exercises, book making, and panel discussions with poets and small-press publishers. Space is limited! Call (828) 350-8484 to register. $160 / $120 for BMCM+AC members and students w/ID.

Saturday, May 3
The Great Innovate

A team challenge of creative wits encourages creativity and innovation through exploration, risk-taking, play, and practical application. 9 a.m. to 12 noon at Hall Fletcher Elementary School, 60 Ridgelawn Rd., Asheville. Register and learn more at www.great-innovate.com

May 8-11
The Spring 2014 LEAF Festival

Returning LEAF favorites include Afro-pop and Reggae influenced Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars, and a Brooklyn Bhangra dance party with Red Baraat. The 38th LEAF features Grammy nominated performers Funk-master Bootsy Collins & the Funk Unity Band, Darrell Scott & Tim O’Brien (Americana/Roots), Boukman Eksperyans (Hatian Rock/Reggae), and twice-nominated Locos por Juana (Afro-Caribbean, Hip-Hop/Funk). In Black Mountain. Purchase tickets at www.theLEAF.org or by phone at (828) 686-8742. Adult prices start at $41 for the day or $147 for the weekend. Additional discounts apply for local commuting residents and youth ages 10 through 17. Children 9 and younger are always free. Limited car camping & bunks in lodge rooms are available.

Artists, Crafters and Vendors Wanted
The Historic Frog Level of Waynesville will hold it’s “Whole Bloomin’ Thing” Spring Festival on Saturday, May 10 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The festival is accepting applications from local growers, nature related artists and crafters, health and wellness professionals, and alternative energy and eco-friendly vendors. For more details contact Scott Siewert at (828) 550-6390 or Teri Siewert at (407) 484-9576.

Call for Artists
Deadline: June 2, 2014

Applications are available for the 55th annual Art on Main fine art and fine craft festival in downtown Hendersonville. $3,000 in cash prizes will be awarded. Festival held Saturday and Sunday, October 4 and 5, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Applications at www.acofhc.org, email acofhc@bellsouth.net, or call (828) 693-8504. Artists must submit four images of their work plus a photo of their booth.

We Love This Place – April 2014

Campfire Songs Sing Together

The Diana Wortham Theatre at Pack Place presents Beth and Jim Magill on Friday, April 11 at 6:30 p.m. The Sing Together Series is designed for family and friends to celebrate the joy of music and singing in spirited sessions. All skill levels are welcome.

Campfire Songs participants will learn easy and popular songs the entire family can sing around the campfire. Selections include folk favorites and a few interactive summer camp songs to get the crowd up and moving.

The Sing Together takes place in The Forum, a large multi-purpose space adjacent to the Diana Wortham theatre and accessible from the theatre’s main lobby. $10 for adults, $8 for children 12 and under, and children 2 and under are free. For more details call the box office at (828) 257-4530 or visit www.dwtheatre.com.

Earthday Afterparty

The first annual Jam Invitational gets underway on Saturday, April 19, following the Earthday celebration in downtown Asheville. The show starts at 9 p.m. at The One Stop at Asheville Music Hall, just a couple minutes away from the park by foot.

Produced by local musician Sean Mason and his company, Masonic Productions, the invitational features a monster lineup of national, regional and local artists, for one epic night of jam and improv.

Confirmed artists include Grammy-winning percussionist Count M’Butu, impeccable guitarist Grant Green Jr., drummer Sean Mason, Craig Sorrells on trumpet, Justin Powell on keyboards, Greg Hollowell on saxophone, Taylor Lee on bass, and Hank Smith on banjo.

$5 for this 21+ show at The One Stop, 55 College Street, Asheville. For more information, call (828) 255-7777 or visit www.AshevilleMusicHall.com

Local Love Returns!

Mondays through Thursdays in April, up to 20 seats on each Lazoom Tour bus will be available to locals for just $10! Lazoom  is Asheville’s wildest ride, providing hilarious and historic comedy bus tours. Lazoom is “Beer City’s” only BYOB bus tour!

There’s a six ticket max per person, and every ticket holder must have a valid Asheville ID. You have to call the office at (828) 225-6932 to purchase the discounted tickets. Lazoom Tours, 1   Battery Park Avenue, downtown Asheville. www.lazoomtours.com

 

Ongoing Events

Business in a More Beautiful World
Free monthly networking and education event for those interested in a heart-centered, purpose-driven model of doing business. Every 4th Thursday, 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Edna’s of Asheville, 870 Merrimon Avenue. www.businessinamorebeautifulworld.com and www.rapidrivermagazine.com.

Adult Art Classes

Beginning Art Classes for adults every Saturday from 2-4 p.m. with art instructor Chris Baschon.
Mandalas for adults workshops every Thursday from 6-8 p.m. with Chris Baschon.
For more information, or to register, call (828) 699-0240. The Art House Gallery and Studio, 5 Highland Park Road, East Flat Rock, NC 28726. www.arthousegalleryandstudio.com

John Mac Kah Classes & Workshops
Register anytime. Saturdays in the Studio. Thursday evenings Studio Painting/Drawing. Intro to Oils, Studies to Studio, Plein Air Workshops & Excursions. 122 Riverside Drive, Cotton Mill Studios. For more information, (828) 225-5000, jmackah@gmail.com, or visit www.JohnMacKah.com

Every Sunday
Arrowhead Artists and Artisan League

For those interested in painting, drawing, pastels, or other media. Materials provided free of charge for the first two sessions. To continue, join the league for $25 per year. 2-4 p.m. at the Arrowhead Gallery & Studios, 78 Catawba Ave, in Old Fort. For the full schedule please contact Helen Sullivan at helensullivan@wildblue.net.

Every Sunday
Asheville Art Church

A Sunday morning sanctuary for the creative spirit. Come write, paint, draw, craft, and more. We’ll start with an invocation, offering warm-ups and prompts. This is not an art class, it’s an incubator for creativity. Services are held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Asheville Area Arts Council. $10-$20 donation. For more details visit www.ashevilleartchurch.org

Live Music Every Friday and Saturday
at the Classic Wineseller

Live music, kitchen serves small plate fare at 5:30 p.m. 20 Church St., Waynesville. (828) 452-6000, or visit www.classicwineseller.com.


White Horse Black Mountain
Every Tuesday
– Irish Session at 6:30 p.m.
Come join us each and every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. and listen to the sounds of fiddles, flutes, guitars, harps, bodhrans and more as regional musicians gather in a circle to share songs and tunes from Ireland and Scotland. No cover charge.

Every Tuesday – Open Mic at 8:45 p.m.
You never know who is going to show up to perform on open mic night at the White Horse. Come enjoy the sounds of rising stars, aspiring hopefuls and seasoned songsters. No cover charge.

White Horse Black Mountain, 105C Montreat Rd.
(828) 669-0816, www.whitehorseblackmountain.com


Tuesday Night Funk Jam
Every Tuesday – Two bands. This weekly jam is an amazing opportunity for musicians to network while refining their musical chops, and for the people who support our scene to shake their hips to the best funk around! Encouraging new bands to showcase their passion for music and live performance. 21+, free, 10 p.m. Asheville Music Hall, 31 Patton Avenue, Asheville, NC. Call (828) 255-7777, www.ashevillemusichall.com.


Every Wednesday
Potluck at Phil Mechanic Studios

If you’re not already a regular, please consider joining us for lunch. Open to anyone who wants to come down. Between noon and 12:30 p.m. at the Phil Mechanic Studios building, 109 Roberts Street, in Asheville’s River Arts District. More details by calling (828) 254-2166, or visit www.floodgallery.org.


DanceAsheville
Information about all types of dance events, classes, workshops and performances. View the extensive listings at www.DanceAsheville.com