Laugh Your Asheville Off isn’t your average comedy fest, says Head of Development Charlie Gerencer. With more than 50 new comics and no repeat performances, each of the four nights of the festival stands on its own, and offers an eclectic assortment of comedy styles.
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.
The public rehearsals for Terpsicorps Theatre of Dance’s new show, The Elements, have attracted the attention of everyone from tourists and passersbys to Asheville moms groups. “It’s really wonderful because we don’t usually get that much exposure to young people, and I love that aspect of it,” says executive director and choreographer Heather Maloy.
Daniels is fully engaged as a television and film actor, playwright and as a touring and recording musician-songwriter. His latest album, Days Like These, is his sixth.
“On Wednesday, April 29, Diana Wortham Theatre will roll out the red carpet — literally — for local musicians and videographers. Those artists will pull up in stylish cars on loan from Harmony Motors and step out, dressed to the nines, to a swarm of waiting photographers (“paparazzi”) whose pictures soon end up as Facebook profile shots for many participants.”
The inaugural Asheville Amadeus Festival — which runs March 17-22 — sees the Asheville Symphony Orchestra team up not only with Highland Brewing Co., but also with local groups ranging from N.C. Stage Company and the Asheville Art Museum to the Blue Ridge Orchestra and the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville.
The accomplishments of renowned local musicians David Holt, David Wilcox and David LaMotte are impressive singularly. Collectively, the trio (performing as The Three Davids) boasts thousands of performances across the globe, endless collaborations with roots notables, dozens of lauded records and even a handful of Grammy Awards from Holt. First names aside, the three find […]
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 […]
New York-based Aquila Theatre Company’s annual “two plays in two days” tradition sees the same cast performing two different productions on back-to-back nights in Asheville. The first show follows the plight of English lovers thwarted by fate in a new production of Emily Brontë’s mid-1800s classic Wuthering Heights, while the second calls on William Shakespeare […]
When Martin Dockery touched down in Dakar, Senegal, on his way to Timbuktu, Mali, his luggage was gone. The traveler from New York City had nothing but his passport, his Lonely Planet guidebook and a copy of Yann Martel’s The Life of Pi. He didn’t speak any local languages, he didn’t have a change of […]
For the Alayo Dance Company of San Francisco, C.A., choreography is used to communicate an Afro-Cuban narrative. Alayo’s work is especially dynamic because it draws from many styles and techniques, blending Afro-Cuban folkloric, modern and popular/contemporary Cuban dance into one.
Laura Halzack likens performing with the Paul Taylor Dance Company to playing for the New York Yankees: It’s the biggest of the big leagues. “There are very few dance jobs like this,” she says. The opportunity to work with Taylor, a modern dance pioneer who, at 84, has choreographed 139 dances, has been amazing, she […]
“Die Fledermaus,” a libretto often rewritten and performed with local flair, will soon transform into its Asheville incarnation with the help of Asheville Lyric Opera. Set in Western North Carolina’s famous Giltmore home and based around the Southern mountain charm of the Vanerburgh family, ALO’s adaptation is intended to “create a deeper sense of appreciation […]
This is not your typical catwalk event: “The fashion show is about showcasing the use of local materials, local models and local fashion and textile artists,” says Melanie Wilder, supervisor of the fiber arts program at Warren Wilson College. She’s talking about the Project Handmade Fashion Show, which returns to the Diana Wortham Theatre for […]
Tickets on sale for Our VOICE’s 40th anniversary celebration at Diana Wortham Theatre Our VOICE has been advocating for and supporting victims of sexual abuse for 40 years, and a huge part of that work has been addressing difficult topics and situations that too often go unspoken. It’s fitting then, that the organization’s 40th anniversary […]
“At 21 years old, it had been decided for me the roles I was capable of dancing for the rest of my life,” says choreographer Nick Kepley. “That was kind of silly.” It’s also, at least in part, the reason he created MOTION Dance Theatre, a choreographic laboratory and three-week residency. From that comes a […]
From a press release: Spencers: Theatre of Illusion at Diana Wortham Theatre, May 9 & 10 An amazing high-tech stage show full of comedy, drama and suspense, The Spencers: Theatre of Illusion enchants and astounds at Diana Wortham Theatre, Friday and Saturday, May 9 & 10 at 8:00 p.m. Described as “Modern Day Houdinis,” this […]
Beth and Jim Magill lead a family-friendly, Irish-themed Sing Together event on March 7.
Comedian, singer, actor and author Sandra Bernhard brings her new show, “Sandyland,” which comes to Diana Wortham Theatre on Saturday, Oct. 12.
The local vocalist performs a two-night concert at Diana Wortham Theatre on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 15 and 16. Free Planet Radio shares the stage.
Author Neil Gaiman is still scheduled to appear as part of the literary and music event, held at Diana Wortham Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Unfortunately, he’s not available for interviews after all, so Xpress won’t have a Q&A to post.