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The Big Bang with the Boom Chix

How Asheville does this sound? Take the Boom Chix, our own all-female percussion and dance ensemble, add members of the Feral Chihuahuas, modern dancer Kathy Meyers, the one-woman show of Unitard and a host of special guests, and you’ve got The Big Bang, a two-night show at the BeBe Theater. Here’s what our Sightlines reviews John Crutchfield had to say about the last show: “[The dancers] manifest incredible energy, precision and stage presence. The traditional African rhythms they play are astonishing in their complexity, and yet the ensemble executes the arrangements with apparent ease … this is seriously kinetic African dance. The audience Friday night went nuts.” Shows are 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 12 and 13. Info at theboomchix@hotmail.com.

Valerie Hoh

Asheville (by way of Hong Kong) artist Valerie Hoh got her start as a textile designer in London and a gallery owner in Key West. Now she she designs for herself — creations like the scrunchable, asymmetric Jazz Originals, the piece-y, black-and-white Rock & Roll line and the bright-hued, whimsical Calypso jackets. Hoh holds her first studio show (35 Finlee Ave., Asheville) "featuring a new collection of leather handbags & rumba scarves & hip-hop scarves." Saturday and Sunday, Nov.13 and 14, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. hohcouture.com.

Menopause The Musical

The name says it all, really. According to press for the event, “Menopause The Musical® has launched a women’s movement that has superseded entertainment and become a must-see event. It is estimated that nearly 11 million women have attended a performance since the 2001 opening. Inspired by a hot flash and a bottle of wine, writer and producer Jeanie Linders created the show as a celebration of women who are on the brink of, in the middle of, or have survived ‘The Change.’” Tickets are $45, with group discounts available. Diana Wortham Theatre. Wednesday, Nov. 10, to Sunday, Nov. 14. Tuesday to Friday shows at 8 p.m. Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m. Sunday at 2 p.m. menopausethemusical.com and dwtheatre.com.

Best Of WNC Bash

By now, you’ve read this year’s Best Of WNC reader poll, both hefty issues. And hopefully, your faves were among the winners, or you found some new places to eat, dance, stock your wardrobe, imbibe, see and be seen, hear some tunes, catch a show, etc. To celebrate, Xpress holds our biggest-ever Best Of WNC Bash. The lineup features the reader-picked winners and local stars kid-hop artist Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, bluegrass hall-of-famers Sons of Ralph, multitalented Asheville Vaudeville and headliners/consummate entertainers Josh Phillips Folk Festival. And there’s food from 6 to 8 p.m. from winning restaurants (Mela, Laughing Seed, Sunny Point and many more). Plus beer specials, a raffle and special treats. And it’s all to benefit MANNA FoodBank. Celebrate the best on Wednesday, Nov. 17 at The Orange Peel. Doors at 6 p.m., tickets ($14 advance, $16 at the door) available at mountainx.com and theorangepeel.net.

Menopause The Musical

The name says it all, really. According to press for the event, “Menopause The Musical® has launched a women’s movement that has superseded entertainment and become a must-see event. …. Inspired by a hot flash and a bottle of wine, writer and producer Jeanie Linders created the show as a celebration of women who are on the brink of, in the middle of, or have survived ‘The Change.’” Tickets are $45, with group discounts available. Diana Wortham Theatre. Wednesday, Nov. 10, to Sunday, Nov. 14. Times at dwtheatre.com.

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