Mondy Carter and Tom Chalmers star in Greater Tuna as part of The Front Porch Theatre at Black Mountain Center for the Arts' programming. Photo courtesy of the Arts Center

Spring onstage

Asheville’s theater season heats up Provocative works and cutting-edge performance collectives are still making their presence felt — and in fact, the arrival of longer days and warmer temps means dramatic offerings can now be presented outdoors. For more local theater, check out our calendar and mountainx.com. Flat Rock Playhouse’s season continues at a breathless […]

Red carpet ready: Now in its seventh year, the annual Music Video Asheville celebrates local musicians and filmmakers with 90 minutes of visuals, along with networking and prizes. Photo by Natasha Meduri

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Music Video Asheville goes big Music Video Asheville is having a banner year. The local event, which marks its seventh year on Wednesday, April 16, received a record number of submissions and moved into a new venue. Produced for the third year in a row by Kelly Denson and Jason Guadagnino of Asheville’s Lush Life […]

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She said, She said: Asheville Community Theatre’s Steel Magnolias

Dramady “Steel Magnolias” was first staged in ’87. The story, about a group of women in Natchitoches, La., was written by playwright Robert Harling around the death of his sister. The local production at Asheville Community Theatre is directed by Michael Lilly and runs through Sunday, Aug. 18. Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.. Sundays at 2:30 p.m. Mother-daughter reviewers Becky Upham and Cicely Upham discuss.

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She Said, She Said: Asheville Community Theatre’s Kiss Me Kate

“Kiss Me Kate” runs on Friday and Saturday evenings with a Sunday matinee through June 30th.  This Cole Porter musical opened on Broadway in 1948 and it earned the Tony for Best Musical.  The story within a story weaves together a musical production of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew with the on and off-stage relationship between Fred Graham, (played by John C. Hall) the show’s director, producer, and star, and his leading lady, his ex-wife Lilli Vanessi (played by Wendy Morrison.) Mother-daughter reviewers Becky Upham and Cicely Upham discuss the local production.

The Fine Arts Theatre responds

The Fine Arts Theatre, in its current incarnation, was opened as a first-run art- and independent-film theater in 1996 by John Cram as an extension of his decades-long venture in the arts in Asheville. He opened the fine art gallery Blue Spiral 1 next door in 1991, and saw opportunity in the old theater to […]