Your Monthly Guide to Area Events
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Urban Sketches by Virginia Pendergrass
Trackside Studios, 375 Depot Street in the River Arts District. Open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday.
Ghosts in the bathroom. Drugs in the brassiere. Uncontrolled scratching. And so much more. Thursdays-Saturdays, January 28-30 and February 4-6, at 7:30 p.m. at Magnetic 375, 375 Depot Street in Asheville’s River Arts District. For tickets visit www.themagnetictheatre.org.
Friday, February 5
Free Planet Radio
‘Just the Three of Us,’ world-jazz fusion with multi-instrumentalist Chris Rosser, Grammy Award winner Eliot Wadopian, and percussionist River Guerguerian. Innovative eclectic grooves and gorgeous compositions. 8 p.m. Tickets: $16 in advance; $20 door; VIP $30. The Altamont Theatre, 18 Church St., Asheville. (828) 270-7747, www.TheAltamont.com.
Friday, February 5
The Asheville Stockyards, from Brownfield to Brewery
Opening reception from 5-8 p.m. On display through February 20, 2016 in the Point of View Gallery. Asheville Area Arts Council, One Page Ave., downtown Asheville. Visit www.ashevillearts.com.
Friday, February 5
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Masterful portrayal of one of the most brilliant detectives in all of literary history. Join Holmes, Dr. Watson, and other colorful characters as the Aquila Theatre Company presents a witty, fast-paced night of mystery and intrigue. 8 p.m. at Diana Wortham Theatre in Asheville. Call (828) 257-4530 or visit www.dwtheatre.com.
Saturday, February 6
Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award Celebration
Doug Orr & Fiona Ritchie are recognized for Wayfaring Strangers: The Musical Voyage from Scotland and Ulster to Appalachia. Presented by WNC Historical Association from 4-6 p.m. at the Top of the Plaza, Renaissance Hotel, 31 Woodfin St., Asheville. Tickets: $10. Reservations: Asheville History Center (828) 253-9231 or email Bill.Lineberry@ymail.com. For more information contact Bill Lineberry or Carol Anders (828) 686-1380.
Saturday, February 6
David Holt in Concert
UPDATE: Due to illness David Holt’s concert has been canceled. The event will be rescheduled for a later date. Anyone holding tickets should contact the HART Box Office at 828-456-6322. Holt plays ten acoustic instruments and has released recordings of traditional mountain music and Southern folktales. 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25; proceeds go to support the theater’s building fund. Call (828) 456-6322 and leave a message to reserve tickets, or purchase online at www.harttheatre.org. Haywood Arts Regional Theatre, 250 Pigeon St. in Waynesville.
Saturday, February 6
Collage exhibition by Bob Falanga. Reception from 11 to 3 p.m. Runs thru March 24, 2016. West Asheville Library, 942 Haywood Rd., Asheville. (828) 250-4750.
Saturday, February 6
Sierra Hull CD Release
Singer, mandolin player, composer and lyricist releases Weighted Mind. $25 – $40. 8 p.m. The Altamont Theatre, 18 Church St., Asheville. (828) 270-7747, www.TheAltamont.com.
Sunday, February 7
3 p.m. Readings by three poets: Holly E. Dunlap (Feet to Water), Mike Ross (Small Engine Repair), and William Jackson Blackley (Lingering Fire). Malaprop’s Bookstore, 55 Haywood Street, Asheville. Call (828) 254-6734, or visit www.malaprops.com.
Thursday, February 11
Recorded Matter: Ceramics in Motion
Garth Johnson, Curator’s Talk: Thursday, February 11 at 6:30 p.m. Thomas Schmidt, Artist’s Talk: April 21 at 6 p.m. Free to attend. On display through May 21, 2016. Benchspace Gallery & Workshop at The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design, 67 Broadway Street, Asheville. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday. For more information, call (828) 785-1357 or visit www.craftcreativitydesign.org.
The Music of Barry Manilow
Flat Rock Playhouse’s hugely success concert series continues to pack houses. Get your tickets early! Shows at 8 p.m. Flat Rock Playhouse, 125 South Main Street, Hendersonville. For more information, please call (828) 693-0731, and visit www.flatrockplayhouse.org.
Friday, February 12
Colin Hay and Friends
With opening act Heather Maloney. 8 p.m. Tickets: $27.50-$32.50. Diana Wortham Theatre, 2 S. Pack Square, Asheville. (828) 257-4530, www.dwtheatre.com
Friday, February 12
Freedom Songs & Spirituals
Musicians Jim and Beth Magill host Intersections – Sing Together. All skill levels are welcome; no experience required. 6:30 p.m. in The Forum off the main lobby. Special guest Becky Stone explores the Freedom Train with inspirational music. Call (828) 257-4530 or visit www.dwtheatre.com.
Saturday, February 13
Beethoven’s Violin Concerto
Featuring celebrated violinist Bella Hristova. 8 p.m. Thomas Wolfe Auditorium in downtown Asheville. Tickets: $22-$62 (prices vary depending on seating section); reduced youth and student pricing available. Available in person at the U.S. Cellular Center box office at 87 Haywood St. Info/Tickets: Symphony Office, (828) 254-7046, www.ashevillesymphony.org.
Saturday, February 13
The Zoe & Cloyd Valentine’s Concert
7:30 p.m. Tickets for this limited seating concert are $15 plus tax and can be purchased by visiting www.blackmountainarts.org, or by calling (828) 669-0930. The Arts Center is located at 225 W. State Street in Black Mountain.
Saturday, February 13
Odyssey Co-op Gallery
Celebrating the ceramic art of Anna Koloseike and Kate Gardner and other gallery members. Food, music, and artists’ demonstrations. Odyssey Co-op Gallery, 238 Clingman Avenue in the River Arts District. (828) 285-9700, or visit www.odysseyceramicarts.com
Thursday, February 18
Salman Rushdie Lecture
The world renowned author delivers a free public lecture, Public Events, Private Lives: Literature + Politics in the Modern World. 7 p.m. at UNC Asheville’s Kimmel Arena. Doors open at 6 p.m. Shuttles from UNC Asheville parking lots. No backpacks or outside food. Info: Call (828) 251-6674, visit cesap.unca.edu/events/salman-rushdie.
Friday, February 19
Solo exhibition of recent work by retired UNC Asheville painting and drawing professor, Virginia Derryberry. Opening reception 6-8 p.m. in S. Tucker Cooke Gallery in UNC Asheville’s Owen Hall. On view from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays through March 4, 2016. (828) 251.6559, art.unca.edu.
February 19 & 20
Demonstrations and displays by Clark Kellogg and Matt Tommey, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both days. Free to attend. Held at Grovewood Gallery. Details at (828) 253-7651 or visit www.grovewood.com.
National Arts and Crafts Conference and Show
Held at Asheville’s historic Grove Park Inn. The afternoon shows are open to the public from 1-6 p.m. on Friday, February 19; from noon-6 p.m. on Saturday, February 20; and from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Sunday, February 21. The cost of admission is $10 for all three days. Outdoor parking is free, as well as three hours in the indoor parking lots. For more details, please visit www.Arts-CraftsConference.com.
The Asheville Truffle Experience
Sessions planned include tastings and wine-paired dinners, a truffle dog hunting excursion, a visit to a local orchard, and immersion in hands-on culinary lessons with area experts. For details, please call (828) 301-2792, or visit www.ashevilletruffle.com.
Saturday, February 20
The Three Davids in Concert
David Holt, David Wilcox, and David LaMotte perform at 8 p.m. at the Diana Wortham Theatre in downtown Asheville. Tickets are $35 ($25 for students and children under 12), and are available at www.dwtheatre.com.
Now through February 21
High society playboy Bertie Wooster and his school chum, Eustace, hatch a plan to save Bertie from an undesirable marriage and Eustace from a faraway job in India. A delicious romp full of deception and disguise starring Scott Treadway and Charlie Flynn McIver. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $16-32. North Carolina Stage Company, 15 Stage Lane in Asheville. Call (828) 239-0263 or visit www.ncstage.org.
Tuesday, February 23
The Culture of the Chestnut
Featuring historian Anne Rogers, Gordon McKinney, and Tom Saielli of the American Chestnut Foundation. 7 p.m. at Blue Ridge Community College’s Thomas Auditorium. $5 suggested donation. Call the Center for Cultural Preservation at (828) 692-8062, or go to www.saveculture.org.
Tuesday, February 23
New York City based, forty-two piece, orchestral collective. 7 p.m. at the Diana Wortham Theatre in downtown Asheville. Tickets are $10; limited VIP tickets are $30 and include priority seating and a Free Range Survival Kit. Purchase tickets at the door and at www.dwtheatre.com.
Twilight: Los Angeles 1992
Anna Deavere Smith’s play about the beating of Rodney King and the riots that followed will be staged by UNC Asheville’s Department of Drama at Belk Theatre on campus. February 25-27 at 7:30 p.m. February 28 matinee at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12; $10 for faculty and seniors; $7 for students. (828) 251-6610, drama.unca.edu.
Friday, February 26
Jane Kramer CD Release
Vocalist and songwriter releases Carnival of Hopes. Enchanting and accessible song-crafting; country, honky tonk, blues. The Grey Eagle, 185 Clingman Ave., Asheville. (828) 232-5800 or visit www.thegreyeagle.com
Friday, February 26
Dennis Covington Reading & Signing
In his book Revelation: A Search for Faith in a Violent Religious World, Dennis Covington tackles questions surrounding the relationship between violence and faith. 7 p.m. Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café, 55 Haywood St., Asheville. For more details, please call (828) 254-6734, or visit www.malaprops.com.
Saturday, February 27
Charleston, South Carolina band on tour with the Heartless Bastards. Breathtaking Southern gothic country. Isis Music Hall, 743 Haywood Rd. in west Asheville. Call (828) 575-2737 or visit www.isisasheville.com.
February 27 & 28
Saturday, February 27 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Maggie Valley Festival Grounds. Exhibitors and Performers from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Bonfire at 5 p.m. Sled Dog Demonstrations – The mushers will have their dogs camped out on the Festival Grounds so that you can visit and chat in a leisurely setting. Demonstrations Saturday, February 27, at 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 4 p.m. Sunday, February 28 at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. For more details, visit winterfestsmokystyle.com
Writers’ Workshop Poetry Contest
Deadline: February 28, 2016
The entry fee is $25 ($20 for Workshop members) for up to three poems. Each poem should not exceed two pages. Details at at www.twwoa.org.
Sidney Lanier Poetry Competition
Deadline: Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Open to adult and high school poets from North and South Carolina. Keith Flynn, award-winning poet and founder and editor of the Asheville Poetry Review, will judge this year’s entries and present prizes at a ceremony held at the library on Saturday, April 23, 2016. Prizes of $500, $250 and $100 for adult winners and $100, $75 and $50 for high school students will be awarded. For more information visit www.lanierlib.org.
Tuesday, March 1
Brooklyn sax-and-drums dance music trio turn jazz, world, and classical music into something seamless, fresh and new. Doors: 8 p.m.; show: 9 p.m. Tickets: $10 in advance; $12 at the door. 21+. The Mothlight, 701 W. Haywood Road, Asheville. (828) 252-5433
Glengarry Glen Ross
All-female production of the play by David Mamet. Desperate sales agents sell undesirable real estate to unwitting buyers. Directed by Steph Hickling Beckman and Sean David Robinson. Thursday through Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $18 in advance; $21 at the door. BeBe Theatre, 20 Commerce St., Asheville. (828) 254-2621.
Friday, March 4
The American String Quartet
Concert will feature works by Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven. 8 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation located at the corner of Edwin Place and Charlotte Street in Asheville. Tickets are $38. Presented by the Asheville Chamber Music Series. For more information call Nathan Shirley at (828) 575-7427, email email@example.com, and visit www.ashevillechambermusic.org.
Tuesday, March 8
Classic Hikes of the Smokies
Hike to Little Cataloochee; 6.6 miles round trip; moderate in difficulty with a total elevation gain of 1,450 feet. Participants will visit a historic chapel, cemetery and cabin. Hikes are lead by hiking guide and author Danny Bernstein. Join Friends of the Smokies and hike for $35. Fee for members is $20. Visit www.Friendsofthesmokies.org.
Music Video Asheville Call for Submissions
Deadline: Friday, March 13, 2016
9th annual showcase celebrates the collaboration of Asheville musicians and filmmakers. Prizes include a free day of studio time at Echo Mountain Recording Studios and a $500 cash prize. Music Video Asheville takes place Wednesday, April 13 at Diana Wortham Theatre in Asheville. Questions? Email Kelly Denson at Kelly@LushLifePro.com or call (828) 515-1081. Submission guidelines and instructions can be found at www.musicvideoavl.com.
Greening Up the Mountains Festival Call for Vendors
Apply by Friday, April 1, 2016
Seeking artists, mountain crafters, environmental and food vendors for the 19th annual festival, which takes place Saturday, April 23 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in downtown Sylva, NC. Call (828) 631-4587. Applications available at www.greeningupthemountains.com.
Now through April 17
Botanica: Botanical Monoprints
Exhibition of works by Sandee Johnson captures the essence of botanical specimens using water based inks and an etching press to add each layer of the monoprint until it is rich with hidden details and impressions of nature. On display at the North Carolina Arboretum on the second floor gallery inside the Education Center, 100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way, Asheville.
Now through July 2016
The Liston B. Ramsey Center for Regional Studies at Mars Hill University presents “Appalachia a Century Ago, Craft through the Lens of William A. Barnhill.” The exhibition showcases Barnhill’s photographs of western North Carolina residents demonstrating traditional crafts. On display through July 2016. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. until 12 noon; Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 until 4 p.m. For more information, contact Hannah Furgiuele, (828) 689-1571, or visit www.mhu.edu.
Saturday, February 13 – Deb Bridges & Groove. Blues, Jazz, Pop variety. Denny Lee, Bass; Deb Bridges, Keys; John Burk, Drums.
Sunday, February 14 – Valentines Day – Lake & Moore, acoustic guitar duo. Love songs, Folk & Americana.
Saturday, February 27 – Jazz Trio. Elise Pratt, vocals; Mike Holstein, guitar; Byron Hedgepath, vibes & congas.
Performances 5:30-7:30 p.m. at The Green Room Cafe, 536 N. Main St., Hendersonville. Visit www.TheGreenRoomCafe.biz or call (828) 692-6335.
The first of the acclaimed Norman Conquests trilogy by British playwright and humorist Alan Ayckbourn. Directed by Jim Reid, produced by The Autumn Players
Tuesday, February 9 – Auditions from 10:30 to 2:30 p.m. at 35below.
February 26 & 27 at 2:30 p.m. – Performance at 35below at Asheville Community Theatre. $6.
February 28 at 2:30 p.m. – Performance at UNCA’s Reuter Center. Tickets: $6.
Asheville Community Theatre, 35 E. Walnut St., Asheville. (828) 254-1320, www.ashevilletheatre.org
February 11-13, 18-20 & 25-27 – The Caro Savanti Experience. Asheville’s favorite celebrity chef returns. By Jim Julien. Directed by Elliot Weiner.
March 4-6 – Don’t Count Your Chickens Until They Cry Wolf. Asheville Creative Arts presents a musical romp through Aesop’s Fables, involving every age in tuneful pleasure, making audiences into actors.
The Magnetic Theatre, 375 Depot Street in the River Arts District, www.themagnetictheatre.org
Saturday, February 6 – Martin Luther King Breakfast, 9 a.m. at Camp Dorothy Walls. Speaker, Steve Crump, noted documentary producer. Tickets at Visitor Center. $15 Adults; $6 Children ages 3-12. www.svmlk.org
Saturday, February 13 – Valentine 5K Run. At Lake Tomahawk. 1/2 Mile Kids Fun Run around lake 9 a.m. 5K at 9:30 a.m. Health screenings, activity demos, chair massages, & more. Black Mountain Recreation & Parks, (828) 669-2052, www.backmountainrec.com
Saturday, February 27 – Black Mountain Marathon and Mt. Mitchell Challenge. On-line registration required, www.blackmountainmarathon.com
Monday, March 7 – Auction for the Arts at Black Mountain Center for the Arts, 225 W. State St. (828) 669-0930, www.BlackMountainArts.org
More details at www.exploreblackmountain.com
Free or by donation one-on-one brainstorming opportunities with business professionals in the arts.
Tuesday, February 2 – The Business of Music with Jessica Tomasin of Echo Mountain Recording Studio.
Tuesday, February 9 – Ask me Anything with Kitty Love. Informed advice about event planning, creative placemaking, mural arts, referrals, advocacy, arts-driven economic development, and local grant opportunities.
Tuesday, February 16 – Preparing your creative business records for an accountant or tax professional with Skip Rohde.
Tuesday, March 1 – Time Management Tools for Busy Entrepreneurs with Boomer Sassmann.
Held from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Asheville Area Arts Council at 1 Page Ave. Suite 143A & 144 in the Grove Arcade. Call (828) 258-0710 or email Johanna Hagarty at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Asheville Area Arts Council, One Page Ave., downtown Asheville. Visit www.ashevillearts.com
Lex 18 is a Southern Appalachian Restaurant, Supper Club, and Moonshine Bar.
Tuesday, February 9 – Mardi Gras Dinner Concert. 5-piece band performing the music of Dr. John & The Best of N’awlins. Bayou Elixer dinner, masks, beads and the heady music of Bon Temps! Shows at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
Friday & Saturday, February 12 & 13 – Besame Mucho Musical Dinner and Dance Revue. Shows at 5:45 p.m. and 8:15 p.m.
Sunday, February 14 – En Tango Mi Valentino Dinner Concert and Show. Shows at 5:45 p.m. and 8:15 p.m.
Lex 18, 18 N. Lexington Ave., downtown Asheville, www.lex18avl.com
The town of Dillsboro will host three arts and crafts shows in 2016. Display and demonstrate handmade arts and crafts from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Family friendly, food, fun, and entertainment.
Saturday, June 18 – 2nd Annual Front Street Arts & Crafts Show. Apply by April 1, 2016.
Saturday, August 20 – Dillsboro Summer Arts & Crafts Market. Apply by June 1, 2016.
Saturday, October 1 – 8th Annual ColorFest. Apply by July 1, 2016.
Apply at www.visitdillsboro.org. For more information, please call Connie Hogan at (828) 586-3511.
Live Music Every Friday and Saturday
at the Classic Wineseller
Live music Friday and Saturday nights from 7-10 p.m. Retail: Tuesday-Saturday 11-6 p.m. Restaurant: Wednesday-Saturday 4-9 p.m. serving small plates, charcuterie, tapas, desserts. Classic Wineseller, 20 Church St., Waynesville. (828) 452-6000, www.classicwineseller.com.
310 Art Classes
Painting, pastels, watercolors, drawing, encaustic, and more. 310 ART, River’s Edge Studio, 191 Lyman St., Asheville. www.310art.com.
Affordable part-time and weekend classes in film production for all experience levels. Asheville School of Film, 45 S. French Broad Ave., Ste 120, Asheville. 1-844-AVL-FILM (285-3456), www.ashevilleschooloffilm.com.
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 email@example.com.
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, www.whitehorseblackmountain.com
Information about all types of dance events, classes, workshops and performances. View the extensive listings at www.DanceAsheville.com