The Other Way Around tackles many of these big-picture themes, but LaMotte’s approach is subtle. “I don’t like songs that are all message-y, that hit people over the head,” he says. His music almost always has an objective, “but I want to make the point artfully, in such a way that people can interpret it as they like.”
This year the festival has gone from four nights to five, beginning with a two-night launch party at Highland Brewing Co. on Tuesday and Wednesday, Aug. 9 and 10. The festival then moves to the Diana Wortham Theatre from Thursday, Aug. 11, to Saturday, Aug. 13.
Playwright Nat Allister tweaked Tarocco following its 2015 debut, and now the emboldened work is set for a tour, beginning at Diana Wortham Theatre on Friday-Sunday, July 22-24.
“Because HB2 focuses so much on transgender people, I felt it was important to create something that showed their transformation within a series of other transformations.” says Heather Maloy, artistic director of Terpsicorps Theatre of Dance.
Each week, Xpress highlights notable WNC crowdsourcing initiatives that may inspire readers to become new faces in the crowd. This week features David LaMotte’s first album in a decade, a community skate park’s much needed insurance policy and a local chocolatier’s expansion.
But the group’s May 1 performance was especially charged — the musicians had triumphantly sold out the venue, but they were also there to say good bye. The show marked the end of the local pop-noir outfit’s decade-long run, at least for now.
Diana Wortham Theatre hosts the red carpet affair on Wednesday, April 13.
“We believe in giving kids access to the arts. Our creative work has been the vehicle for our development as people — I can’t imagine being deprived of the opportunity to engage with it on a regular basis,” says stephaniesid frontwoman Stephanie Morgan. The band’s Saturday, March 19 at Diana Wortham Theatre benefits the Youth Education Scholarship Fund.
Colin Hay fronted Australian pop-rock band Men at Work during the ’80s. His latest record, Next Year People, is his 12th solo album. Hay brings his warm and textured musical storytelling to the Diana Wortham Theatre Friday, Feb. 12.
Diana Wortham Theatre hosts the all-ages whimsical mime show on Thursday, Feb. 11, at 8 p.m.
New York City- and London-based company Aquila Theatre presents its modernization of the timeless tragedy at Diana Wortham Theatre Saturday, Feb. 6.
The Philadelphia-based touring ensemble begins its residency at Diana Wortham Theatre runs Thursday to Saturday, Jan. 21-23.
Each week, Xpress highlights notable WNC crowdsourcing initiatives that may inspire readers to become new faces in the crowd. This week features one couple’s shared dream of activating under-used and eclectic spaces for art performances plus a youth’s desire to transform mental health struggles into a photography career.
The annual event is at Diana Wortham Theatre Sunday, Dec. 20, at 2 and 7 p.m.
Proceeds from the fifth annual Poverty Forum — featuring healthcare innovator Rishi Manchanda as keynote speaker — will help Pisgah Legal Services continue to represent WNC citizens who cannot afford an attorney.
This week’s roundup includes a documentary series at the East Asheville Library, the annual Movies by Movers Festival at Appalachian State University, two special screenings of 20 Feet from Stardom and a workshop for local writers who want to transform prose into a working script.
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.”