“They were the kind of people who you gravitated to and wanted to hang out with,” says local musician Dan Lewis. “There was something about their music that was spontaneous and energetic — I had to play music with these people. I was a long-hired white kid, and they were old enough to be my grandparents, but we quickly became close friends.”
While WNC remained segregated, Horace Rutherford — rumored to never turn away business — wasn’t opposed to allowing white people to drink at his bar, and Roseland Gardens may have been the first integrated establishment in the region.
What is likely the oldest working pipe organ in Asheville has remained in its sanctuary for nearly a century. The Felgemaker was the main source of music at Mount Zion for 30 years.
With game design education programs on the rise at local community colleges and UNC Asheville, and with technical innovations like increased bandwidth and virtual reality on the horizon, could this area expand its presence in the global gaming industry?
The runway production will showcase urban and casualwear in men’s sizes 3x to 10x.
From Friday, Oct. 21 to Sunday, Oct. 23, geeks and gamers will gather at the Montreat Conference Center for the fourth annual Asheville Scarefest, which offers more than 20 different game systems.
Davis Miller’s story, “My Dinner With Ali,” has recently been turned into Approaching Ali, an autobiographical one-act opera about a man going through a mid-life crisis who has a transcendent experience after visiting his aging childhood idol.
The theme of this year’s GeekOut is “Indie, Meet Tech.” It will showcase art that has a technological flair to its aesthetic. GeekOut begins Friday, Aug. 12, with a promenade and costume photo shoot at Pack Square.
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.
Tarocco is a quintessentially Asheville production. Part play, part dance and part circus, it uses the fool’s journey of the tarot to tell the story of a wounded World War I soldier, played by Ross Daniel, as he lies dying behind enemy lines.
At Lex 18, the gilded walls will be hung with banners featuring the house sigils of all the powerful lords and ladies of Westeros (the setting of “Game of Thrones”). The Lannister lion, the triple-headed dragon of House Targaryen and the Stark dire wolf share equal positions, signifying the truce that has been called within House Lexington.
Just in time for election season, Anam Cara Theatre Company’s production of The Government Inspector has hit the stage at Toy Boat Community Artspace. The play, a highly entertaining comedy-of-errors, is an adaptation of a 19th century Russian satire by Nicholi Gogol.
Tryon Little Theater’s newest production, Once Upon a Mattress, is a family-friendly comedic retelling of Hans Christian Anderson’s classic, The Princess and the Pea.
The raucous 1980s jukebox musical is a love story full of elaborate, high-energy dance numbers. It’s set to some of the biggest glam rock hits of the MTV generation, including songs by Poison, Styx, Twisted Sister and others. The show opens Thursday, Feb. 4, at the Masonic Temple.
On the evenings of Thursday, and Friday, Dec. 23 and 24, Lex 18 holds a White Christmas Radio Dinner Show, an evening of fine dining, live holiday music, and the re-creation of actual radio plays and commercials from the Prohibition era and jazz age.
This weekend, adventurers will gather for Dungeons & Donations 2, the second Dungeons & Dragons marathon for charity.
Dapper and diabolical master of ceremonies Onkel Woland is part of variety show Asheville Vaudeville, which returns to Toy Boat Community Art Space Saturday, Nov. 28 for a night of clowning, comedy, puppetry and burlesque.