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Free student piano recital at First United Methodist Church, Feb. 15

Piano students of Dr. John Cobb and Gwenn Roberts will perform in “Island Reflections,” a free concert held at the First United Methodist Church in Hendersonville. The event takes place on Sunday, Feb. 15, at 4 p.m. Press release from concert organizers: Event Location: First United Methodist Church, 204 Sixth Avenue West, Hendersonville, N.C., (828) […]

ArtSpace Cabaret fundraiser, March 19

ArtSpace Charter School in Swannanoa holds its annual cabaret-style fundraiser on Thursday, March 19. The event, with sketch comedy troupe LYLAS and the band Hustle Soul, among others, takes place at Isis Restaurant & Music Hall. Press release from ArtSpace Charter School: ArtSpace Charter School’s annual fundraiser event, “ArtSpace Cabaret” will be coming held at […]

Deadline to nominate artists for N.C. Heritage Award is May 1

North Carolina’s highest honor for traditional artists is the N.C. Heritage Award. The N.C. Arts Council is accepting nominations for that accolade through Friday, May 1. Press release from the N.C. Arts Council: Nominations are underway for the North Carolina Heritage Award, the state’s highest honor for traditional artists until Friday, May 1. Artists who […]

LOVE COLLECTION: A showcase of local hip-hop artists seconds as a fundraiser for LEAF Schools and Streets, Brother Wolf Animal Rescue and the Jewish Community Center. From left, Brian Bullman, Henter Bennett, DJ Ra Mak, Austin Haynes, Alpha Lee, Big Dave, Chachillie, Diggy and Bryan Colston perform as part of For the Love of Music at New Mountain. Photo by Tim Robison

Many splendored things: Valentine’s events in and around Asheville

To those who think the celebration of romantic love is just a Hallmark company construct: not quite. Since the 1700s, lovers have been giving each other handwritten cards, flowers and sweets. It wasn’t until the 19th century that Valentine’s Day cards were mass-produced. But 200 years of tradition doesn’t mean you have to give in […]

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WCU stages “Rocky Horror Picture Show,” Feb. 19-21

Western Carolina University’s Mainstage production of campy musical comedy The Rocky Horror Show takes place Thursday, Feb. 19, through Saturday, Feb. 21, in Hoey Auditorium. Press release from WCU: The campy cult classic “The Rocky Horror Show,” a musical comedy that pays homage to the science fiction and B-grade horror movies of the mid-20th century, […]

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One-man play “R. Buckminster Fuller: The History (and Mystery) of the Universe,” Feb. 21 and 22

Local actor and storyteller David Novak performs the one-man play, R. Buckminster Fuller: The History (and Mystery) of the Universe, at The Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center. The show takes place on Saturday, Feb. 21. at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 22, at 3 p.m. Press release from BMCM+AC: The Black Mountain College […]

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Vandercook­ed Poetry Nights celebrate the intersecti­on of art and writing

If athletics and poetry seem like strange bedfellows, then you haven’t read Gabrielle Calvocoressi’s sports desk columns for The Best American Poetry blog. “Two days later it still feels awfully good to think about that game,” she wrote after the 2010 Super Bowl (New Orleans won). “And yet, like the jambalaya I made on Sunday, […]

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Smart bets: Worldline

The photos for local sci-fi rock band Worldline, on the group’s website, all evoke the fantastical otherworldly environs of  planetariums, film sets or well-conceived theme parties. Suspended orbs and strands of fairy lights glow against dark backdrops. It’s no wonder that the project — conceptualized by producer/singer-songwriter Andrew Schatzberg — also lends itself to live […]

VOLUMINOUS: Goldie & The Screamers started playing mostly covers. But as the band began to put its own spin on soul music, original songwriting became the musicians' focus. Photo by Josh Rhinehart

Asheville’­s Goldie & The Screamers fashion soul music from disparate influences

“We were going to make Goldie its own entity,” says CaroMia Tiller, lead singer and keyboard player for local indie-soul act Goldie & The Screamers. “It didn’t work out that way. We’re all Goldie, and we’re all the Screamers.” And, adds bassist Chandler Brewer, “It was the least vulgar band name that we came up […]

Nina Simone project opens at Upstairs Artspace in Tryon, Jan. 31

Reparations for Nina, works by Asheville Affrilachian artist Valeria Watson, recreates singer Nina Simone’s home in Tryon’s Upstairs Artspace. Simone was born in Tryon. The exhibit opens on Saturday, Jan. 31, at 5 p.m. Press release from Valeria Watson: Asheville Affrilachian Artist Valeria Watson creates change and community through her show opening in Tryon, North […]

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Storyteller David Novak is invited to Provincetown Playhouse

Local storyteller David Novak shares his solo rendition of Gilgamesh as part of the Professional Storytelling Series at Provincetown Playhouse on Sunday, April 19. Press release from Novak: “I will rebuild the temple and the scribes will write of my adventure. I have no doubt, but that in five thousand years it will still be […]

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Smart bets: Green Sunshine

“For the eight-piece Tampa, Fla.-based funk/hip-hop band Green Sunshine, every show is a party,” says a press release. And that’s almost all you need to know. Except that members have stage names like Optimus Rhyme, Mowtown Tea and Sunshine Slim, and they’ve got matching green tracksuits. Together since 2008, the collective considers itself to be […]

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B the Change community gathering at New Mountain, Feb. 10

The Asheville Chapter of the B Corp Movement host a “B the Change” community gathering at New Mountain. The Tuesday, Feb. 10 event takes place at 6:30 p.m. and focuses on “educating, inspiring, and entertaining fellow change-makers, businesses, artists and innovators.” Press release from New Earth MUZiQ: On Tuesday, February 10th, 2015 at 6:30pm the […]

AMP hosts a free taxes & acousting workshop for musicians, Feb. 19

Asheville Music Professionals will hold a free workshop on taxes and accounting for musicians, presented by CPA Brian C. Hunter. The event takes place at Barley’s Taproom & Pizzeria on Thursday, Feb. 19, at 6 p.m. From the AMP Facebook invite: Join us for a FREE workshop on taxes and accounting for musicians, presented by […]

Thomas Rain Crowe offers four-week class “Reading and Writing in Place: a Four Week Class”

The class takes place at The North Carolina Arboretum, Saturdays, April 25, May 2, 9, 16. Registration at ncarboretumregistration.org. Press release from The North Carolina Arboretum: Reading and Writing in Place: a Four Week Class Instructor: Thomas Rain Crowe Saturdays, April 25, May 2, 9, 16; 10:30 a.m. to Noon $89 Member/$97 Non-member Limit: 25 […]

Pre-Valentines Day book/paper arts workshop at Blue Ridge Books, Feb. 7

Make two projects for Valentine’s Day at a workshop led by Kent Stewart. Held at at Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2-4:30 p.m. $8. Press release from Blue Ridge Books: Getting Ready for Valentines Day Workshop Book/Paper Arts Workshop February 7, 2:00PM – 4:30pm Workshop by Kent Stewart Join us for […]

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Author Jeff Crawford presents suspense novel “Pheramane” at Battery Park Book Exchange, Feb. 7

North Carolina native Jeff Crawford is a self published author. He recently released latest thriller, Through Black Velvet Eyes. In advance of a book tour for that novel, Crawford holds an encore event for suspense novel Pheramane at Battery Park Book Exchange on Saturday, Feb. 7, at 2 p.m. Press release from Lone Wolf Communications: […]