Broadway block party and arts celebration, Aug. 29

Newly named the Broadway Arts District (BAD), the downtown Asheville block from Mellow Mushroom to the Masonic Temple will host a block party and arts celebration on Saturday, Aug. 29.

Press release from organizers:

On Saturday August 29th, arts organizations and businesses in the Broadway Arts District (B.A.D.), Asheville’s newest downtown cultural hub, will be hosting a free block party featuring exhibitions, installations, performances, hands-on activities, food trucks, and more.

The Broadway Block Party will take place from 10 am to 7 pm, spanning Broadway from the Masonic Temple to Mellow Mushroom with all-ages events open to the public throughout the day. For full schedule, visit craftcreativitydesign.org/blockparty

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design
CCCD presents the third event in the Back to the Drawing Board series of 24-hour gallery take-overs. Performances by artists Jennifer Bueno (Penland, NC), Aram Han (Chicago, IL), and Cheyenne Rudolph (Gainesville, FL) on August 28 – 29.

Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center and Media Arts Project
The MAP and BMCM+AC present DOUBLETAKE: A look back at [Re]HAPPENING 2015 with installations, documentary footage, video montage, artist discussions, and live music throughout the afternoon. Across the street in the covered garage, {Re}HAPPENING participants Kehren Barbour and Michael Luchtan will set up an augmented piano harp for public participation.

WCQS staff will be on hand for studio tours and to record visitors’ interest in and experience of art.

2015 Summer DanceFest hosted by Lindsey Kelley Dance
A festival celebrating modern and contemporary dance. Participating artists include choreographer Carson Reiners (Chicago, IL), Jacqueline Dugal (Tampa, FL), Janice Lancaster (NYC and Asheville), choreographers Jessie Laurita-Spanglet and Meredith Bove (Washington, DC), plus local dancer and choreographer, Sara Keller. With guerrilla-style performance by Asheville’s Dance Improv Company, The Accidentals. $10/suggested donation. Performance length approximately 1 hr, 15 min. Events will take place at 67 Broadway, on the 2nd floor of CCCD.

Window (Re/production | Re/presentation): Temporary public mural by Rubén Ortiz-Torres at the Masonic Temple. Curator’s talk with Amy Galpin at CCCD. Exhibition of Asheville portraits by Kevin Miyazaki on view at 54 Broadway.

Maison Mary: Live musical performances by HotPoint Trio (Ashevile-based gypsy jazz swing).

Satellite Gallery: A discussion with artist Hannah Dansie and collaborators on Satellite’s current exhibition, The Fishwife: An Exploration in to Folklore, Myth & Legend.

Willow’s Dream: Open from 9 am – 8 pm with live music on the rooftop patio, local artists featured in salon, and 15% all gift store purchases.

Counter Culture Coffee: Iced coffee brewing demos and tastings from 10 am – 2 pm.

Brusin’ Ales: Tweet @bruisinales or check-in on Facebook with photo & hashtag #beerlanthropy for free beer merchandise with purchase.

The Gourmet Chip Company: Enjoy the special chip creation of the day, “The Broadway” — housemade chips drizzled in balsamic reduction, goat cheese crumbles, and sun-dried tomatoes.

Root Down and Farm to Fender Food Trucks onsite at The Masonic Temple parking lot.

ABOUT THE EVENT
The Broadway Block Party is a neighborhood event promoting and celebrating creativity in downtown Asheville’s Broadway Arts District. Participants include: The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design, Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center, Window (Re/production | Re/presentation), Satellite Gallery, WCQS, Lindsey Kelley Dance Company, The Media Arts Project, Maison Mary, VaVaVoom, Willow’s Dream, Counter Culture Coffee, The Gourmet Chip Company, Bruisin’ Ales, Root Down, and Farm to Fender.

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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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