The color ball returns

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The Asheville Area Arts Council announces the date for its annual fundraising extravaganza — with a few twists.

Those who’ve attended past color balls (each year is assigned a color theme — green, white, purple, etc.) know about the no holds barred type of parties the Arts Council has thrown. Multiple venues decorated to the hilt and stocked with hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and entertainment. Following the Arts Council’s recent financial woes and subsequent reorganization, that event nearly fell by the wayside.

In a press release, Arts Council director Graham Hackett says, “The city-wide celebration is nothing short of legendary, but it seems the party nearly drowned out the purpose of the event. This year we plan to balance the equation – no less of a celebration, but with a genuine focus on the dynamic arts culture we share here… participants should expect to witness an arts saturated atmosphere they’ve never experienced before!”

This year’s color is turquoise, hence The Turquoise Ball. It will be held in partnership with multiple venues, will include preliminary festivities and various arts offerings, and will culminate at The Orange Peel for “a talent showcase and celebration in an arts-saturated, turquoise-themed atmosphere.”

The Turquoise Ball is set for Saturday, Aug. 27; tickets go on sale Monday, Aug. 1 at the Orange Peel box office and website and at Harvest Records. Info:

About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall is the arts section editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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