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.
Asheville Amadeus — held Friday, March 10-Sunday, March 19 — is about music, of course, but it also includes art, wine, comedy, sing-alongs, theatrical productions and a symphony-meets-hip-hop EP.
Often and unfairly pigeonholed as a Mexican-American rock band, Los Lonely Boys draw from many styles of music to create their original songs. The band comes to plays Diana Wortham Theatre in Asheville on Wednesday, March 8.
The South African a cappella group reflects on 30 years of international acclaim and U.S. touring.
Hopefully stand-up comedian Hari Kondabolu’s in-the-works joke about the Statue of Liberty being deported will be ready in time for his show at Diana Wortham Theatre on Saturday, Feb. 18. If not, he’s got plenty more fresh work prepared.
The fifth annual performance of the darkly surreal ballet will take place at Diana Wortham Theatre on Friday, Dec. 2, and Saturday, Dec. 3.
The Miss Gay Latina Asheville drag pageant began in 2008 in a West Asheville church that held 200. It outgrew that venue by its second year, and moved to its current annual home at the Diana Wortham Theatre. This year’s performance, on Saturday, Nov. 5, will be the pageant’s ninth.
Their performance in Asheville draws from their latest album, What to Expect When You’re Electing, and no politician is spared the whip of their witty charades at at Diana Wortham Theatre on Friday, Oct. 28, and Saturday, Oct. 29.
Reel Rock Film Tour stops at Diana Wortham Theatre, the Grail hosts a voting rights film and panel discussion and Frank Thompson’s monthlong horror seminar concludes.
The Other Way Around tackles many of these big-picture themes, but LaMotte’s approach is subtle. “I don’t like songs that are all message-y, that hit people over the head,” he says. His music almost always has an objective, “but I want to make the point artfully, in such a way that people can interpret it as they like.”
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.
Playwright Nat Allister tweaked Tarocco following its 2015 debut, and now the emboldened work is set for a tour, beginning at Diana Wortham Theatre on Friday-Sunday, July 22-24.
“Because HB2 focuses so much on transgender people, I felt it was important to create something that showed their transformation within a series of other transformations.” says Heather Maloy, artistic director of Terpsicorps Theatre of Dance.
Each week, Xpress highlights notable WNC crowdsourcing initiatives that may inspire readers to become new faces in the crowd. This week features David LaMotte’s first album in a decade, a community skate park’s much needed insurance policy and a local chocolatier’s expansion.
But the group’s May 1 performance was especially charged — the musicians had triumphantly sold out the venue, but they were also there to say good bye. The show marked the end of the local pop-noir outfit’s decade-long run, at least for now.
Diana Wortham Theatre hosts the red carpet affair on Wednesday, April 13.
“We believe in giving kids access to the arts. Our creative work has been the vehicle for our development as people — I can’t imagine being deprived of the opportunity to engage with it on a regular basis,” says stephaniesid frontwoman Stephanie Morgan. The band’s Saturday, March 19 at Diana Wortham Theatre benefits the Youth Education Scholarship Fund.
Colin Hay fronted Australian pop-rock band Men at Work during the ’80s. His latest record, Next Year People, is his 12th solo album. Hay brings his warm and textured musical storytelling to the Diana Wortham Theatre Friday, Feb. 12.
Diana Wortham Theatre hosts the all-ages whimsical mime show on Thursday, Feb. 11, at 8 p.m.