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What to Do – January 2015

Friday, January 2
New Kids on the Block

On display at the Asheville Gallery of Art January 1-31. An opening reception takes place Friday, January 2, from 5-8 p.m. The featured artists’ works, and works by the other 25 gallery members, will be on display and for sale during regular winter hours, Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Asheville Gallery of Art is located at 16 College Street in downtown Asheville, across from Pritchard Park.

Friday & Saturday, January 2 & 3
Asheville Playback Theatre

An evening on death and dying in collaboration with Death Cafe. Improvised theater, enhanced by live music. No scripts, no elaborate sets or costumes. Stories are provided, on the spot, by random audience members, and transformed into extraordinary events. We intend to elicit a sense of the deep value of sharing our stories, openly, with each other in a context of collective acknowledgement and appreciation. Come and watch or participate. $10 for adults; $5 for youth. 8 p.m. at NC Stage, downtown Asheville. For more details call Robert (828) 273-0995 or visit

Sunday, January 4

Readings and signings by three poets at 3 p.m. This month will feature Lenore McComas Coberly (For I Am Mountainborn), David T. Manning (Soledad), and Ross White (How We Came Upon the Colony). Malaprop’s Bookstore & Cafe, 55 Haywood Street, downtown Asheville. Call (828) 254-6734, or visit

January 4 through March 1
Weekly Vintage Banquet

Beginning January 4, and continuing through March 1, Lex 18 hosts a weekly vintage banquet celebrating the fifth season of Downton Abbey. The Vintage Banquet begins at 6:30 p.m. All inclusive dinner theatre seats, which include cocktails, wine, champagne and liqueur are $83. Dinner and theatre only seats are $56. Tickets are available at via Brown Paper Bag Tickets. Lex 18, 18 North Lexington Ave., downtown Asheville.

Tuesday, January 6
Ceramic Art Exhibit

The Odyssey Community Art Gallery opens a new show celebrating the ceramic art of Kate Gardner, Denise Baker, and other gallery members. Open Tuesday through Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 238 Clingman Ave., Asheville.


Salons at Malaprop’s Bookstore

Relationship Enneagram Series with Sandra Smith
Tuesday, January 6 at 7 p.m.

Intro & Type 3 Panel – For many of us, why relationships work or don’t work remains a mystery. We find ourselves repeating patterns that limit our potential. In this series, the Enneagram will be used to explore each type’s focus of attention, world view and false-core driver and how these impact relationship. Ways we over-protect our hearts and the gifts we bring to others and the world will be discussed. The series will continue on the first Tuesday of each month.

Meet The Shadow Salon with Andrea Olson
Wednesday, January 14 at 7 p.m.

Andrea Olson is back with a new salon! This series will use the book Meeting the Shadow: The Hidden Power of the Dark Side of Human Nature as a guide for exploring the personal and collective shadow, shadow work, and how to navigate the shadow instead of letting it run rampant. The first session will focus on the Prologue and Introduction. These events are free and open to the public and will meet the second and fourth Wednesday of each month.

Meet The Shadow Salon with Andrea Olson
Wednesday, January 28 at 7 p.m.

Andrea Olson will focus on Part 1: What is the Shadow from the book Meeting the Shadow: The Hidden Power of the Dark Side of Human Nature.
Malaprop’s Café & Bookstore, 55 Haywood St., downtown Asheville. For more information call (828) 254-6734 or visit

Thursday, January 8
Asheville Community Youth Chorus Auditions

The Celebration Singers of Asheville Community Youth Chorus invites singers age 7 through high school to audition for the upcoming season. Please prepare a song and bring sheet music. For more details please contact Artistic Director Ginger Haselden (828) 230-5778. Auditions from 5-6 p.m. at First Congregational Church, 20 Oak Street, Downtown Asheville.

Thursday, January 8
Pretty Faces Film Premiere

All female ski film celebrates women who thrive in the snow. Fundraiser benefitting SheJumps, a non-profit working to increase the participation of women in the outdoors and Girls on the Run of WNC. Cataloochee Ski Area will be giving a free midweek ski pass to everyone who purchases a ticket. Raffle with great prizes, and more! Admission: $12 in advance; $15 at the door. Tickets at Screening at 7 p.m. at The Millroom, 66 Asheland Avenue, Asheville.

Thursday-Saturday, January 8-10 and 15-17
Food and How To Eat It!

From farmers’ markets to the trendiest restaurants, from your kitchen to test kitchens, from spaghetti and meatballs to tuna cones, and from pie-eating contests to monster food truck rallies – not to mention a little drinking and a soupçon of sex – this show has it all, including music, dancing, and lots and lots of laughs! 7:30 p.m. At the BeBe Theatre, 20 Commerce Street in downtown Asheville. $18 advance; $21 at the door (plus tax and credit card charges.) For tickets, or more details, visit

Friday, January 9
David Novak as R. Buckminster Fuller

Noted Asheville storyteller performs R. Buckminster Fuller on the Supine Dome at Black Mountain College. 4-4:45 p.m. Held at the Omni Grove Park Inn in the Heritage Ballroom, Sammons Wing. Part of The Best of Our State celebration. Music, history, humor, storytelling, art, and food, January 9-11. For more details visit

January 9-25
John & Jen

A truly original musical honoring brothers and sisters and parents and children, set against the background of a changing America between 1950 and 1990. John & Jen is a gem of a show brimming with intelligence, wit and beautiful melodies. Performances Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday afternoons at 2:30 p.m. All tickets are $20 and are available by phone at (828) 254-1320, online at, or in person at the ACT Box Office. Asheville Community Theatre, 35 East Walnut St., Asheville. (828) 254-1320.

Saturday, January 10
Second Saturday Event

The Odyssey Cooperative Art Gallery joins the River Art District’s Second Saturday Event. Demonstrations, refreshments, music, and a showcase of ceramic arts. 238 Clingman Ave., Asheville.

Saturday, January 10
Appalachian Pastel Society Swap and Shop Meet

An array of art materials and supplies, books, paintings, videos as well as paintings by a variety of artists. Works in oil, acrylic, and pastel at bargain prices. Demonstration by landscape artist Paul deMarrais. 10 a.m. to noon at Grace Community Church, 495 Cardinal Dr., Mills River.

Saturday, January 10
Taylor Martin’s Album Release Celebration

Honest and raw tales of love, barroom nights, and heartache, overlaid onto a tapestry of stringed instruments, B3 Hammond, drums and horns. Martin’s new album, Heartache or Bust, features Stuart Duncan, Cody Kilby, Aaron Ramsey, and others. Show at 8:30 p.m.; doors open at 5 p.m. Admission: $8 advance, $10 at the door. Limited tables available with dinner reservations. Theater-style and balcony seating available on a first come, first served, basis. Isis Music Hall, 743 Haywood Road Asheville. For more details, call (828) 575-2737, or visit

Tuesday, January 13
The Pardon

Married independent filmmakers Tom Anton and Sandi Russell are screening their second feature film, The Pardon, a 1930s and ’40s crime drama, on Tuesday, January 13. 7 p.m. at the Grace Centre, 495 Cardinal Road in Mills River, just South of the Asheville Airport. For more information or to reserve tickets, call (828) 885-5354 or go to Tickets can also be purchased at the door for $10.

Tuesdays January 13 – March 17
Chamber Music Program

Linda Kendall Fields and Frank Argento will be leading a chamber music program every Tuesday from January 13 through March 17, 5 to 6 p.m. Early intermediate to advanced skill levels welcomed. Some music reading skills desirable. Sign up by January 5. Call or email Linda at (828) 712-4003 or to register. The cost for the 10-week program is $150. Asheville Music School, 126 College St. Asheville. For more details please visit

January 14, 28 & February 11, 25
Canvas & Corks Classes

Art MoB offers a fun new way to get together with friends, share a bottle of wine, or other sorts of bubblies, and paint away. We offer bachelorette parties, girlfriend’s night out, date nights, and special occasions. We will even come to you! Cost is $35 and includes all supplies. Classes are held on Wednesday evenings from 6-8 p.m. Call (828) 693-4545 to reserve your spot. Art MoB Studios and Marketplace, 124 East 4th Ave., Hendersonville.

William Matthews Poetry Prize
Deadline: January 15, 2015

First Place: $1,000. Second Place: $250. Third Place: publication in the Asheville Poetry Review, and a featured reading at Malaprop’s Bookstore. All submissions considered. Send three poems, any style, any theme, any length, with a $20 entry fee (payable to Asheville Poetry Review) to: William Matthews Poetry Prize, c/o Asheville Poetry Review, PO Box 7086, Asheville, NC 28802. For full details visit

Thursday, January 15
Wine Dinner

At Chestnut restaurant. Owners Joe Scully and Kevin Westmoreland of Corner Kitchen fame will prepare a unique meal designed to satisfy the most discriminating palate. Chestnut is located directly across the street from the Aloft Hotel on Biltmore Avenue. The restaurant features local and seasonal flavors to create uniquely American cuisine. The coursed dinner includes wines selected by the Weinhaus staff. 6 p.m. Cost is $80, all inclusive. Please call the Weinhaus for reservations at (828) 254-6453.

January 15 – February 21
Full Circle Arts Call for Artists

Animal Crackers will explore our relation to the animals around us. Images may be of pets, domestic animals, wild animals, large or small. Part of the proceeds will benefit the Humane Society of Catawba County. Intake of art is Thursday & Friday, January 8 & 9 from 11-5 p.m., or Saturday, January 10, 10-4 p.m. Judge and juror is Thomas Thielemann. Awards: First prize $100, Second prize $75, Third prize $50. Opening reception Thursday, January 15. Full Circle Arts is located in downtown Hickory at 42-B Third Street NW. For more details call (828) 322-7545 or visit

Friday, January 16
Symphony Talk

Asheville Symphony Orchestra Music Director Daniel Meyer discusses the symphony’s next concert. 3 p.m. in the Reuter Center. Free., (828) 251-6140.

Friday, January 16
Buncombe Built

Ccurated by Linda Go and Gar Ragland. Opening reception Friday, January 16, from 5-8 p.m. On display January 16 through February 28, 2015. Asheville Area Arts Council, 1 Page Avenue, downtown Asheville. Call (828) 258-0710 or visit

Friday, January 16
Drawing Discourse

UNC Asheville’s sixth annual national juried exhibition of contemporary drawing opens with a lecture by juror Val Britton at 5 p.m. in Humanities Lecture Hall and an opening reception from 6-8 p.m. at S. Tucker Cooke Gallery in Owen Hall. Free. or (828) 251-6559.

Friday, January 16
John Anderson Exhibit

Opening reception from 4-7 p.m. John is a member of the Watercolor Society of NC and the Southern Watercolor Society. He is also a member of Whiskey Painters of America which began in the 50’s and only allows 100 members. Come find out what they are all about. Art MoB Studios and Marketplace, 124 East 4th Ave., Hendersonville. (828) 693-4545,

Saturday, January 17
Beethoven’s 5th Symphony

8 p.m. at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium in downtown Asheville. Tickets start at $22 for adults and $11 for youth, and are available through the ASO office or the U.S. Cellular Center ticket office. For more information call (828) 254-7046 or go to

Saturday, January 17
Shana Tucker

Through well-crafted lyrics, lingering melodies, and compositions that blend humor and gravity, cellist and jazz/soul/folk vocalist Shana Tucker is a work of art, an original gumbo of grace and class. 8 p.m. Tickets: Regular $30, Student $25, Children 12 and under $15; Student Rush Day-of-Show (with valid I.D.) $10. Diana Wortham Theatre, 2 South Pack Square, Asheville. (828) 257-4530 or


Four-Hand Rhapsody

AmiciMusic begins 2015 with an exciting program of four-hand piano music featuring works by Schubert, Moszkowski, Liszt, and Gershwin.

Saturday, January 17 at 11 a.m. Saturday Classical Brunch at Isis Restaurant and Music Hall in West Asheville. Cost for the concert is $15. Reservations are strongly recommended. Call Isis at (828) 575-2737.

Saturday, January 17 at 7:30 p.m. Special House Concert at the home of Kristie and Doug Doll at 309 Mountain Laurel in Asheville. Cost is $35 per person, which includes light food and drinks. Reservations are required. Pay online at or contact Dan, (802) 369-0856, or via email to

Sunday, January 18 at 2 p.m. At the White Horse in Black Mountain. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. To reserve tickets visit or call (828) 669-0816

Saturday, January 17
Richard Shulman Concert

Melodious and soothing sounds that woo and delights the soul. Free concert in the library’s meeting room, 3 p.m. Donations welcomed. Waynesville Public Library, 678 South Haywood Street in Waynesville. (828) 452-5169


Diana Wortham Theatre

Saturday, January 17 – Shana Tucker, 8 p.m. Original cellist, jazz/soul/folk.

Thursday through Saturday January 22-24 – Martin Dockery’s Wanderlust: From Here to Timbuktu. 8 p.m. in The Forum.

Friday & Saturday, January 30 & 31 – Aquila Theatre Company in Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights, Friday, January 30; Shakespeare’s The Tempest, Saturday, January 31, 8 p.m.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call the theatre’s box office at (828) 257-4530 or visit

Sunday, January 18
One Leg Up

Gypsy jazz band performs at 3 p.m. in the meeting room. Free; donations accepted. Canton Public Library, 11 Pennsylvania Avenue. (828) 648-2924.

Saturday & Sunday, January 17 & 18
The Nile Project

Artists from the 11 Nile countries make music that combines the region’s diverse instruments, languages and traditions, while educating and making a social impact. Join LEAF, RiverLink, UNCA at New Mountain for two days of music and workshops with a percentage of proceeds supporting LEAF Community Arts programs. Doors open at 7 p.m. Show at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20. Concert held at New Mountain Asheville, 38 N. French Broad Road, Asheville. More details at

Tuesday, January 20
Islands in the Highlands

Music Video Asheville submission kick-off party! Warm up to an island beat and authentic Caribbean food. Find the director of your video, get discounts on VIP tickets, or just enjoy the reggae stylings of Bruckshot. Meet others in the music and film industry, brainstorm your next Music Video project, or sign up to volunteer. Free party takes place at New Mountain Asheville, 38 N. French Broad Road, from 6-9 p.m. Music Video Asheville is scheduled for Wednesday, April 29 at Diana Wortham Theater. Details at


Jazz Master Sheila Jordan – Performances and Workshops

Wednesday, January 21 – Private Lessons available, $100 per hour.

Thursday, January 22 – Sheila in concert with Bill Bares, Mike Holstein and Sonny Thornton. Cummings Memorial United Methodist Church in Horse Shoe, NC. 7 p.m. Co-sponsored by Arts Council of Henderson County.

Friday, January 23 – Workshop at 3:30 p.m. Sheila in concert with Pavel Wlosok and Mike Holstein at 7:30 p.m. Western Carolina University.

Saturday, January 24 – Workshop from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $125 per person. Western Carolina University.

Sunday, January 25 – Sheila in concert with Bill Bares, Mike Holstein and Sonny Thornton. 8 p.m. at ISIS Restaurant and Music Hall.

Monday, January 26 – Workshop at UNCA at 10 a.m. Workshop at Asheville Music School at 6:30 p.m. $50 per person.

Contact Sharon LaMotte, (828) 280-3770, to reserve space and make advance deposit for the Saturday workshop and/or Monday evening workshops. For more information please contact the Arts Council of Henderson County at (828) 693-8504 or

Thursday, January 22
Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

Keynote address by Byron Hurt, award winning documentary filmmaker. 7 p.m. in UNCA’s Lipinsky Auditorium. UNCA celebrates the vision of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. from January 19-23. For workshops, film screenings and volunteer work days visit, or call (828) 258-7727.

Thursday, January 22 through Sunday, January 25
The Asheville Fringe Arts Festival

Audiences will have many choices this year, with early and late shows at most of the venues: The Bebe Theatre, The Forum at Diana Wortham Theatre, The Odditorium and Mothlight in West Asheville, the LaZoom Bus, and the Toy Boat Community Art Space. Most show times are at 7 and 9 p.m. Each show runs about an hour, encouraging festival goers to see two shows a night. For a complete listing and schedule please visit or email


Pan Harmonia Sonata Series

Sonata Series performers: Kate Steinbeck, flute; John Ravnan, viola; Ivan Seng, piano. Works by Serge Prokofiev, Jennifer Higdon and Maurice Duruflé.

Friday, January 23 at 7:30 p.m. Sonata Series, White Horse Black Mountain.

Sunday, January 25 at 3 p.m. Sonata Series, First Presbyterian Church, Asheville.
Tickets: $16.50 in advance, $22 at the door. $5 tickets for students are available only at the door.

Purchase a Sonata Series subscription for all four programs for $60. Concerts held in Asheville or Black Mountain. Mail a check to Pan Harmonia, PO Box 18342, Asheville 28814, or bring a check to a January concert. This offer is not available online.

Friday, January 23
Donna the Buffalo with Driftwood

Doors open at 8 p.m.; show at 9 p.m. $19 adv.; $21 dos. 18+. The Orange Peel, 101 Biltmore Ave., Asheville. Call (828) 225-5851 or visit

Saturday, January 24
Maps Into Art Workshop

Use maps to strengthen your work. A great way to increase your creativity while sharpening art skills. Led by Anita Stewart from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $100 includes supplies. To register call (828) 668-1100. Call or email Lorelle Bacon for details (828) 595-6007, Arrowhead Gallery and Studios, 78 S Catawba Ave, Old Fort, NC. (828) 668-1100 or visit

Sunday, January 25
Brush Sales Event

Featuring visiting international artist Anita Stewart. Free! Great prices on wonderful brushes and other art supplies. 2 to 4 p.m. Arrowhead Gallery and Studios, Old Fort.

Monday, January 26
Soaring Stories

With Regi Carpenter and Tom Chalmer. A diverse repertoire of world stories, folktales, myths, music and personal stories. All ages. Doors open 6 p.m., show at 7 p.m. Tickets: $8 adv.; $10 d.o.s. At the SOL Bar at New Mountain Asheville, 38 North French Broad Avenue. For more details, visit


White Horse Black Mountain

Monday, January 5 – Take 2 Jazz Series with Dr. Bill Bares, piano, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, January 10 – The Red Herring Puppets family show, 2 p.m. Puppetry Slam adult show, 8 p.m.

Sunday, January 18 – Amici Music, 2 p.m. Asheville Jazz Orchestra, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, January 24 – Richard Smith, Chet Atkins, guitar, Julie Adams, cello, 8 p.m.

Sunday, January 25 – Master puppeteer Andrew Periale, 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, January 29 – Ciggy Pop & Friends, Folk and Boombap, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, January 30 – Bayou Diesel 8 p.m.

Every Tuesday – Irish Music 6:30-8:30 p.m. Open mic with Ryan Gore at 8:45 p.m. Both are free.

White Horse Black Mountain, 105c Montreat Road, (828) 669-0816


Black Mountain Events

Saturday, January 3 – Holiday Recycling Collection. 10 a.m to 1 p.m. at Hopey & Co., 3018 US Hwy 70 W. Accepting only styrofoam, packaging, and Christmas tree lights.

Thursday, January 8 – Why Montessori Kindergarten? Presentation from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Swannanoa Valley Montessori School, 130 Center Ave., Black Mountain. Child care provided. RSVP (828) 669-8571

Thursday, February 5 – Children’s House, 6-7:30 p.m. at Swannanoa Valley Montessori School, 130 Center Ave., Black Mountain. (828) 669-8571

Thursday, February 12 – Elementary Open House. 6-7:30 p.m. at Swannanoa Valley Montessori School, 130 Center Ave. Black Mtn. (828) 669-8571

Saturday, February 14 – Valentine 5K Run, Kids Fun Run, and Health & Wellness Expo. At Lake Tomahawk Park. Kids Fun Run around the lake begins at 9 a.m. 5K Race begins at 9:30 a.m. Expos include health screenings, activity demos, chair massages, and more. Contact Black Mountain Recreation & Parks, call (828) 669-2052,

Saturday, February 28 – Black Mountain Marathon & Mt. Mitchell Challenge. One of the “Top Races” in the country. Begin in Scenic Black Mountain at 2,400 feet in elevation and run to the highest peak east of the Mississippi at 6,687 feet. Marathon is 22.6 miles and the challege is 40 miles. Visit

List provided by the Black Mountain-Swannanoa Chamber of Commerce, 201 E. State Street, Black Mountain. (828) 669-2300, 1-800-669-2301, or visit

Sunday, February 1
Concert by Members of The Opal String Quartet

Benefit concert begins at 3 p.m. Patron tickets $50; general admission $25; students $5. The UU Congregation is located at the corner of Edwin Place and Charlotte Street in Asheville. For more information and to purchase tickets please visit

Friday, February 6
Who New?

On display February 1-28 with a reception on Friday, February 6, from 5-8 p.m. The featured artists’ works, and works by the other 25 gallery members, will be on display and for sale during regular winter hours, Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Asheville Gallery of Art is located at 16 College Street in downtown Asheville, across from Pritchard Park.


The Asheville Fringe Arts Festival

Chris Murray and Joanne Tremarco will travel from England to perform.

Chris Murray and Joanne Tremarco will travel from England to perform.

Still Weird and Proud of It

It’s lucky number 13 for the Asheville Fringe Arts Festival!

This true Asheville oddity has been happening for 13 years, offering local and imported preforming artists the opportunity to create and showcase new, unique work. The festival features a variety of artists including actors, dancers, installation artists and theatre companies, Butoh dance, puppetry, alternative theatre, modern dance, and performance art.

Presented by Asheville Contemporary Dance Theater, the 2015 Asheville Fringe Arts Festival takes place Thursday, January 22 through Sunday, January 25.

Part of the fun of the Asheville Fringe Arts Festival is venturing out to the fabulous, often funky, arts spaces all over town which host the performances, installations, and several after parties. With so many shows to choose from, it is essential to plan ahead. Most shows will be performed at least twice during the four days of the festival. The full schedule will be posted online, and tickets will be available beginning January 5.

Audiences will have many choices this year, with early and late shows at most of the venues: The Bebe Theatre, The Forum at Diana Wortham Theatre, The Odditorium and Mothlight in West Asheville, the LaZoom Bus, and the Toy Boat Community Art Space. Most show times are at 7 and 9 p.m. Each show runs about an hour, encouraging festival goers to see two shows a night.

The Asheville Fringe Arts Festival, Thursday, January 22 through Sunday, January 25, 2015. For a complete listing and schedule please visit or email


Ongoing Events

Every Monday
Open Mic

8 p.m. at the Courtyard Gallery. Musicians, poets, comics, singer/songwriters, filmmakers, writers. Flood Gallery Fine Art Center, 109 Roberts Street, Asheville.

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

White Horse Black Mountain
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,

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