Dining Out for Life after party

Okay, so by now you know that tomorrow is Dining Out For Life — an event held around the country. For local organization Western North Carolina AIDS Project (WNCAP), the Asheville DOFL is a major annual fundraiser. Money raised from DOFL (that’s 20-percent of the bill for each diner, breakfast, lunch and dinner, at 100 participating restaurants) funds HIV/AIDS awareness and education in our area as well as services for those living with HIV/AIDS.

So, that’s the business — here’s the fun:

After all that hard work, eating meals and hanging out in one (or more) of a hundred great restaurants, it’s time to celebrate DOFL and WNCAP with the Appreciation After Party Gala at The Grove House (11 Grove St., Asheville, 505-1612).

On Thursday, April 29, starting at 7 p.m., the Grove House opens with three floors of entertainment. Highlights include:

• Jazz and Broadway music by Katie Kasben and Aaron Price at 8 p.m. in Eleven on Grove.

• Performance art by Jim Julien at 9:30 in the Boiler Room.

• Comedy from Michael Roach, Becca Steinhoff, Katie Hughes and more at 9:40 p.m. in the Boiler Room.

• Asheville Community Theatre presents a mini-production of “Little Shop of Horrors at 11 p.m. in Scandals.

• Latin/indie-pop by Pavane & Galliard in the Boiler Room at 11:20.

• A midnight drag performance by Cookie LaRue and Ashleigh Adams in Scandals.

• Burlesque in the Boiler Room at 12:30 a.m.

Cover is $5, but admission is free with a receipt from a DOFL restaurant. Even better: 20-percent of all sales at the Grove House will also be donated to WNCAP.

About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall is the arts section editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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