The Blue Ridge Ringers, a community handbell ensemble in Hendersonville NC, will present five free concerts during the month of December. The group was founded in 1995 and is in its 20th year of performing for audiences. 

Holiday concerts this week include one on Friday, Dec. 4 at 2pm at the Hendersonville Public Library and one on Tuesday, Dec. 8 at noon at the Transylvania County Library.

Holiday Events Roundup for 12/2 through 12/10

There is no shortage of holiday events in Western North Carolina in the coming weeks! Asheville has everything ranging from holiday craft shows to volunteering opportunities to theater productions. In order to help you navigate your way through this busy season we will be sharing a roundup of holiday oriented events every week until the […]

DANCE WITH THE PAST: The Cole Mountain Cloggers performed at last year's Mountain Dance and Folk Festival. "This festival and others like it are keeping the music and dance of the Southern Appalachian mountains alive and thriving,” says festival Co-Chair Judy Miller.

Mountain Dance and Folk Festival preserves traditions

The Mountain Dance and Folk Festival, now in its 88th year, returns to the Diana Wortham Theatre, Thursday to Saturday, Aug. 6 to 8. Entertainers at this year’s three-night gathering include ballad singers, bluegrass and old-time bands, gospel groups, solo and duet instrumentalists and vocalists, clogging teams, buck dancers, flat-footers and traditional Appalachian smooth dancers.

Fascinated by international rituals and ceremonies, local artist Melody Molina makes decorative face-wear inspired by cultures across the globe. She'll soon travel to Oaxaca, Mexico to immerse herself in the traditions surrounding the Day of the Dead. Image from Molina's crowdfunding campaign page

Faces in the crowd: WNC crowdfundi­ng campaigns

Each week, Xpress highlights notable WNC crowdsourcing initiatives that may inspire readers to become new faces in the crowd. This week features a local artist’s mask-making residency in Mexico, a new dance school called Terpsicorps, a foam party to follow the cyclocross nationals in Asheville in 2016 and upgrades to an astrology podcast.

ROOM TO ROAM: "I want MOTION to inspire creative, innovative thought of all kinds," says Nick Kepley, founder of MOTION Dance Theatre. The company holds an annual residency and production in Asheville.

MOTION Dance Theatre goes behind the scenes of New/Now/Ne­xt

“The mission of MOTION is really to allow the choreographers a chance to experiment,” says Nick Kepley, founder and artistic director of MOTION Dance Theatre. Trying new things is exactly what this year’s residency and performance, New/Now/Next, is all about. MOTION returns to Asheville this summer with a production at Diana Wortham Theatre on Friday and Saturday, July 10 and 11.