The long running stage show — with strong local ties — plays Diana Wortham Theatre through Aug. 19.
As the city gets ready to meet the latest incarnation of the Asheville Art Museum on Pack Square, Xpress looks at the museum’s history and its plans for the future, along with cost of the building project and its effects on other Pack Place institutions to feel out what the new space will mean to Asheville and the region.
The premiere of the performance, based on the tempestuous relationship between the Fitzgeralds — the sometimes-Asheville-based writer and artist couple who, in many ways personified the jazz age — features the Terpsicorps company dancers joined by the Firecracker Jazz Band.
Asheville was a very different place in 1998: There was no Blue Ridge Pride and what LGBTQ community existed was not entirely out and loud, much less well-connected. Despite all that, the North Carolina Pride celebration was scheduled to happen in Asheville that year, so there was buzz in the city about LGBTQ visibility and an opening for a new gay men’s chorus to emerge.
Performers at the Diana Wortham Theatre show on Friday, June 15, include Tyondai Braxton, Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe, Bana Haffar, Meg Mulhearn and Moe Espinosa in his guise as Hypox1a.
The Asheville singer-songwriter and her band — Free Planet Radio and Billy Cardine — perform with youth scholarship winners May 5 at Diana Wortham Theatre.
Alice Walker, Brian McLaren and host Gareth Higgins discuss the Movies & Meaning Experience, which takes place April 26-28 at Diana Wortham Theatre.
Revolve host the Frame + Form Screen Dance Festival, the Fine Arts Theatre screens a documentary on Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo and more.
The Oscar-nominated, Grammy-winning singer performs at Diana Wortham Theatre on Jan. 24.
“I’ve been doing this Christmas show for 12 years,” Waters says. “Even when I made all the movies, I use to always do a show called This Filthy World or An Evening with John Waters. It began when I use to tour with the movies to introduce them. I’ve always had a stage show of some kind or other — I never gave up on Vaudeville.”
The holiday classic returns to Diana Wortham Theatre Dec. 8-10.
Two of the acts previewed in this edition have histories reaching back many years; the other two are newer projects from established artists.
The artists previewed in this edition are a varied lot: Americana, classical music and rock. Three are regular fixtures on the Asheville music scene, and one makes a debut performance here in the next 30 days.
The 10th annual drag pageant returns to Diana Wortham Theatre on Nov. 4.
The Asheville Ski Club presents Warren Miller’s Line of Descent on Thursday, Oct. 26; The Tryon International Film Festival runs Friday, Oct. 27 through Sunday, Oct. 29; and The Reel Rock 12 film tour stops by Diana Wortham Theatre.
As far as the hurricane that struck Houston last month, Franklin says that those in and around the group remained safe and accounted for. “Everyone’s been volunteering and — as much as we can — trying to provide emotional support to those who have lost everything,” she says, characterizing the response to Harvey as one big, city-wide effort.
The promising dancers perform at at Diana Wortham Theatre on Sunday, May 14.
Catch The Acro-Cats on Sunday, May 7, at 2 p.m. at Diana Wortham Theatre.
The Blackpack will host “How to Turn the News into Great Comedy,” a free preperformance discussion for ticketholders, at the BLOCK Off Biltmore on Friday, March 31, at 5 p.m. “All Laughs Matter” follows at Diana Wortham Theatre at 8 p.m.
“Our goal for our kids’ show is the same as the adult shows,” Kev Marcus says. “It’s to entertain, educate and inspire, simultaneously. You’re teaching them something, but they don’t even know that they’re learning.”
The show takes place at the Diana Wortham Theatre on Friday, March 24.