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Teatro Latino de Asheville

Teatro Latino de Asheville (TELASH) is sponsored by UNC-Asheville’s Foreign Languages Department and Depatment of Multicultural Affairs, as well as the student group Hermanos Orgullosos en las Américas (HOLA). That's a lot of acronyms, but worth noting, because the group performs the opening production of NC Stage’s 2010-2011 Catalyst Series. The play, Sí, pero no lo soy (loosely, "Yes, but I'm not"), by Spanish playwright Alfredo Sanzol, "is a collection of 15 vignettes that question identities, including those imposed by society and those that we demand and accept from society and others." This is the play's North American premier. Aug. 27-Sept. 5, 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays. $10 general/$5 students. Sunday, Aug. 29 is pay-what-you-can with a $3 minimum. ncstage.org.

Shannon Whitworth

She's know in Americana circles and she was a founding member of bluegrass band The Biscuit Burners, but when Shannon Whitworth needs driving music she turns to Paul Simon, James Taylor and Crosby Still, Nash & Young. Perhaps all of those elements meet in the singer/songwriter who, according her bio, has "garnered comparisons to singers from Patsy Cline to Billie Holiday, as well as contemporaries like Neko Case." Whitworth's new CD, Water Bound, pays tribute to another important element in her life: Water. Oh, and love, too. Her CD release party takes place at The Grey Eagle on Saturday, Aug. 28, 9 p.m. $10 advance/$12 day of show. thegreyeagle.com.

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