Smart Bets: Johnny Winter

Blues guitarist Johnny Winter is a man of both legend and infamy. He's known for his high-energy performances as much as for his unique look (Winter was born with albinism, he wears his platinum hair long and he's covered in tattoos) and his battle with drugs. He began his recording career at age 15 and […]

Smart Bets: The Last Laugh

The Magnetic Theatre's artistic director, Steven Samuels, returns to the stage for the first time in two dozen years in The Last Laugh, which he also wrote. In it, he portrays lead character Chuck Wiles, "the outrageously gay, pot-smoking leader of a renowned but impoverished comic theater troupe that teeters on the edge of ruin […]

Smart Bets: Tim Reynolds

Tim Reynolds is best known as the guitarist for The Dave Matthews Band. In addition to guitar, Reynolds also plays piano, sitar, drums, violin, bass, keyboards, djembe, harp and he sings. Reynolds formed his own electric funk trio, TR3, prior to meeting Matthews — that band is still a strong side project and will be […]

Smart Bets: Songs of Water

Greensboro, N.C.-based Songs of Water describes its music as "a spiritual conversation of eclectic sounds and instrumentation." There's also talk of the fusion of ancient and modern, about acoustic grassroots jam sessions meeting classical training, jazz stylings and organic compositions. The eight-member band features the songwriting of Stephen Roach; it also includes Luke and Molly […]

Smart Bets: Thomas Wolfe Memorial furniture

If furniture is, to you, simply something under which dust bunnies breed, then the upcoming special program at the Thomas Wolfe Memorial might not be your thing. If, however, you've often wished armoires could talk and sideboards could reveal all the long-forgotten suppers over which they presided, then get thee to the Old Kentucky Home […]

Smart Bets: Robin Hood

"Sweeping adventure and diabolical villainy collide in this fast-paced swashbuckler," says Parkway Playhouse of its latest production, Robin Hood: The Legend of Sherwood. The new take on the famous archer-turned-outlaw tale is written by Jeff Douglas Messer (with Robert Akers), who also directs (with Andrew Gall) the production. Asheville Lyric Opera veteran Dominic Aquilino stars […]

Smart Bets: The Secret B-Sides and ArtOfficia­l

Local soul/funk/hip-hop outfit The Secret B-Sides headlines the One Stop stage on Thursday, Aug. 4, performing its brand of "flower-powered-future-soul for your earholes." They're joined on the bill by ArtOfficial, an underground hip-hop act from Miami. According to ArtOfficial's website, their "setup alone beckons the question, 'What does a live band with two emcees sound […]

Smart Bets: I Killed My Mother at NC Stage

Edgy, contemporary play I Killed My Mother opens at North Carolina Stage Company on Thursday, Aug. 4 (with complimentary tiramisu in the lobby on opening night). The production, by Theatre-Y, runs through Sunday, Aug. 7, with a talk-back with the actors after each performance. The Romanian play (playwright Andras Visky, with English translation by Alisha […]

Smart Bets: Djembefola Bolokada Conde

It's not every day you get to meet a West African djembefola (master drummer), but on Friday, Aug. 5, Bolokada Conde — a percussionist and performer from Guniea — will appear at Jubilee! He'll play with Asheville's Chikomo Marimba and the Skinny Beats Drum Crew at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, he'll do another show […]

Smart Bets: Sew Moe

Need another fashion fix this weekend? Moe Erin Donnelly (aka Sew Moe) shows a number of new pieces from her fall/winter collection during a gallery art opening for I Never Promised You a Rose Garden at Pump in the Phil Mechanic Studios. The show combines Sew Moe’s apparel design work with a brief fashion show. […]