Event Date: 08/21/2017   Event Time: 6:00 PM

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Jane Chu, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, is making her first official trip to North Carolina and the North Carolina Arts Council is partnering with The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design to host a public event in her honor. Since 1965 the NEA has promoted, strengthened and funded the arts to increase the creative capacity of our communities and expand opportunities for citizens to participate in the arts. Chairman Chu will make remarks on the public value of the arts, followed by a conversation with Wayne Martin, Executive Director of the North Carolina Arts Council. This event is free and open to the public. Limited seating is available so reserve your seat at neameeting.eventbrite.com. Please make plans to attend this exceptional gathering! Location:The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design67 Broadway Street, AshevilleDirections and Parking

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67 Broadway , Asheville, NC 28801
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Event Date: 08/23/2017   Event Time: 6:00 PM

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There are plenty of classes on how to write dynamic first sentences, opening chapters, and closing lines, but very few resources to help an author conquer the hardest part of a book: the middle. Encountering the depressing middle work is often referred to as "sag syndrome," and many would-be novelists abandon their projects altogether during this period. This 5-week class is designed to save you from that. During The Art of the Middle, writers with a novel-in-progress will work intensely to add new sections to their book each week by roughly drafting the middle of their novel. Each 2.5-hour weekly class will feature manuscript feedback on your work, critical reading, craft talk, lively discussion, and in-class writing time. You will also write outside of class. In six weeks, you can potentially add six more chapters to your novel. We will dive into short but specific examples of how authors use time (Graham Greene, John Banville), place (Jessie Burton, Patricia Highsmith), character (Donna Tartt, Paul Yoon), POV (Jeffrey Eugenides, Lauren Groff), and backstory (Michael Chabon,Stephen King) to buoy the dense midsections of their novels as well as maintain pace in plot. This will help class participants better understand how to write a novel in which the middle sustains momentum and narrative depth. For more information, including instructions for how to register by check, go to www.flatironwritersroom.com.  About the Instructor: Catherine Campbell is an award-nominated fiction writer and essayist. Her work appears or is forthcoming in The New York Times, The Millions, Kenyon Review, McSweeney’s, The Atlantic, Daily Muse, Arcadia, Drunken Boat, Ploughshares online, and elsewhere. She also ghostwrites articles for high-profile clients in national magazines such as Inc., Harvard Business Review, and Foundr Mag. Catherine earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Literature and Writing at UNC-Asheville and her MFA in Writing at Queens University. She was born on a little homestead in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina, and lives in Asheville with her son Thaddeus and her partner, the writer Brandon Amico. Refund policy: The Flatiron Writers Room reserves the right to cancel this workshop if not enough people sign up, in which case you will receive a full refund. You may cancel your registration up until 5 p.m. on August 16, 2017, via Eventbrite for a full refund. After that date, no refunds will be made.  

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5 Covington Street , Asheville, NC
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Event Date: 08/23/2017   Event Time: 6:00 PM

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There are plenty of classes on how to write dynamic first sentences, opening chapters, and closing lines, but very few resources to help an author conquer the hardest part of a book: the middle. Encountering the depressing middle work is often referred to as "sag syndrome," and many would-be novelists abandon their projects altogether during this period. This class is designed to save you from that. During The Art of the Middle, writers with a novel-in-progress will work intensely to add new sections to their book each week by roughly drafting the middle of their novel. Each 2.5-hour weekly class will feature manuscript feedback on your work, critical reading, craft talk, lively discussion, and in-class writing time. You will also write outside of class. In six weeks, you can potentially add six more chapters to your novel. We will dive into short but specific examples of how authors use time (Graham Greene, John Banville), place (Jessie Burton, Patricia Highsmith), character (Donna Tartt, Paul Yoon), POV (Jeffrey Eugenides, Lauren Groff), and backstory (Michael Chabon,Stephen King) to buoy the dense midsections of their novels as well as maintain pace in plot. This will help class participants better understand how to write a novel in which the middle sustains momentum and narrative depth. For more information, including instructions for how to register by check, go to www.flatironwritersroom.com.  About the Instructor: Catherine Campbell is an award-nominated fiction writer and essayist. Her work appears or is forthcoming in The New York Times, The Millions, Kenyon Review, McSweeney’s, The Atlantic, Daily Muse, Arcadia, Drunken Boat, Ploughshares online, and elsewhere. She also ghostwrites articles for high-profile clients in national magazines such as Inc., Harvard Business Review, and Foundr Mag. Catherine earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Literature and Writing at UNC-Asheville and her MFA in Writing at Queens University. She was born on a little homestead in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina, and lives in Asheville with her son Thaddeus and her partner, the writer Brandon Amico. Refund policy: The Flatiron Writers Room reserves the right to cancel this workshop if not enough people sign up, in which case you will receive a full refund. You may cancel your registration up until 5 p.m. on August 16, 2017, via Eventbrite for a full refund. After that date, no refunds will be made.  

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5 Covington Street , Asheville, NC
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Event Date: 08/26/2017   Event Time: 10:00 AM

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This class will discuss legal issues writers commonly encounter in the areas of copyright and defamation. Come learn what your copyright protects, what constitutes "fair use" of another's work and when you need permission, and what you need to know if the main character in your novel bears a striking resemblance to your litigious Aunt Maude. The course uses a lecture format with ample time for questions. About the instructor: Heather Newton’s novel Under The Mercy Trees (HarperCollins 2011) won the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award, was chosen by the Women’s National Book Association as a Great Group Reads Selection and named an “Okra Pick” by the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (“great southern fiction fresh off the vine”).  A practicing attorney, she has taught creative writing for UNC-Asheville’s Great Smokies Writing Program and the NC Writers Network and is Program Manager for the Flatiron Writers Room.  FAQs What's the refund policy? The Flatiron Writers Room reserves the right to cancel this workshop if not enough people sign up, in which case you will receive a full refund. You may request a refund up until 5 p.m. on August 19, 2017, via Eventbrite or email to [email protected] for a full refund. After that date, no refunds will be made.

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5 Covington Street , Asheville, NC
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Event Date: 08/26/2017   Event Time: 2:00 PM

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Each life is unique; everyone has a story to tell. Whether you're writing for your family or for publication, the secret to a good memoir is not only the ingredients that go into it, but also the way in which it's told. In this 6-week writing intensive, we will discuss how to: Take the memories and events from your life and turn them into an interesting story Decide which memories and events to write about Do research Organize your ideas, artifacts and time Make your writing clear and readable  We’ll also explore the creative process with writing exercises, readings, and group discussions; and learn what steps to take if you're interested in getting your story published.  At the end of the intensive, participants will design a writing plan complete with goals and a timeline, and have the option to create a writing critique group. As a special add-on for this course, participants may register for individual coaching sessions with the instructor in increments of 30 or 60 minutes. To register through Eventbrite, select "August 12" for the date and then select your ticket option. If you prefer to register by check, mail your check, and contact information including email address, to Flatiron Writers Room, 5 Covington St., Asheville, NC  28806. You will be registered when we receive your payment if there is space left in the workshop.  About the instructor:  Victoria Fann has been writing essays, short stories, plays and screenplays for over three decades. Her writing has been published in numerous publications and anthologies including Women of Wisdom, Newsweek, Thought Catalog, Elephant Journal, Wake Up World, BioStories,etc. In addition, Victoria has been working with writers as a group facilitator, coach and teacher ever since the founding of her first writing group, Mothers Who Write in 1989. Her book, Creative Alchemy: Accessing the Extraordinary Power of the Muse to Transform Your Art and Your Life will be published in late 2017. What's the refund policy? The Flatiron Writers Room reserves the right to cancel this workshop if not enough people sign up, in which case you will receive a full refund. You may request a refund up until 5 p.m. on August 5, 2017, via Eventbrite or email to [email protected] for a full refund. After that date, no refunds will be made.  

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5 Covington Street , Asheville, NC 28806
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Event Date: 08/27/2017   Event Time: 5:30 PM

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101 Biltmore Avenue , Asheville, NC 28801
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Event Date: 08/29/2017   Event Time: 3:00 PM

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Intermediate Wheel Throwing with Laurie Caffrey Harris. Tuesdays 3-5:30pm. August 29- October 3. Have you completed a beginner wheel class and feel ready for more? This class will help you refine your skills on the potter's wheel and offer tips and strategies for reaching your creative goals. We will practice making multiples of the same form, learn how to throw larger vessels, lidded jars, spouts and more. Laurie will also share an in-depth demonstration on how to get great glaze effects that reflect your unique style. Come with a list of goals and we will make it happen. Level: Intermediate. Tuition: $245 + $35 Lab Fee.

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236 Clingman Avenue , Asheville, NC 28801
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Event Date: 08/29/2017   Event Time: 6:30 PM

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Potter’s Wheel: 101 with Cayce Kolstad. Tuesdays 6:30-9pm. August 29- October 3. Join Cayce for an entertaining examination of the joy of working with the potter’s wheel. In addition to throwing and trimming a variety of forms from mugs to cookie jars, Cayce will demonstrate the wheel’s capabilities beyond throwing, including banding, slipping, and even grinding your pots. This class is for true beginners as well as seasoned beginners. Level: Beginner and Seasoned Beginner. Tuition: $200 + $35 Lab Fee

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236 Clingman Avenue , Asheville, NC 28801
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Event Date: 08/31/2017   Event Time: 11:00 AM

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Metal Clay with Barbara McGuire. Thursdays 11am-1:30pm. August 31- October 5. Join popular artist and author, Barbara McGuire for an exploration of metal clay, an exciting new material with remarkable creative possibilities. Learn how to use torches, special metal clay tools and dies. We will explore innovative finishing techniques to create beautiful jewelry and small sculptures that, when fired, yield amazing metallic finishes. Level: All Levels. Tuition: $245 +$100 Lab Fee (includes precious metal clay)

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236 Clingman Avenue , Asheville, NC 28801
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Event Date: 08/31/2017   Event Time: 6:30 PM

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Carved Vases with Mac McCusker. Thursdays 6:30-9pm. August 31- October 5. Storytelling and pottery are two of humanity’s oldest art forms. This class will combine them to create imaginative pots that tell a story, illustrate a point, or even tell a joke. You will learn to carve imagery on pots, handbuilt or thrown vessels. We will use sgraffito, carving, and decals to layer decoration, iconography and meaning on the surfaces of our pots. Level: Seasoned Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Handbuilding or Wheel Throwing. Tuition $245 + $35 Lab Fee.

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236 Clingman Avenue , Asheville, NC 28801
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Event Date: 08/31/2017   Event Time: 7:30 PM

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In the vein of “The Moth” or “This American Life,” Listen to This features stories and original songs from locals. March’s installment will be presented on March 30, 2017 at 7:30 pm in 35below. Hosted by Tom Chalmers.

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35 E Walnut Street , Asheville, NC 28801
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Event Date: 09/01/2017   Event Time: All Day

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101 Biltmore Avenue , Asheville, NC 28801
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Event Date: 09/01/2017   Event Time: 10:00 AM

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How To Glaze Anything with Gabriel Kline. Fridays 10am-12:30pm. September 1- October 6. Do you hate glazing? I mean, do you really HATE glazing? Have you experienced the frustration of making a beautiful piece, then ruining it with a flawed, or perhaps worse, boring glaze? Would you rather spend your time doing just about ANYTHING else, even cleaning your studio? This is the class for you! Join Gabriel each Friday as he demystifies the techniques that will help you learn to love the glazing process, achieve more dynamic results, and get your work noticed. Topics will include under and overglaze decoration, glazing large and delicate work, spraying glazes, and multiple firings. We will also examine the basics of formulating, mixing, or altering a glaze. Level: Seasoned Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced. Tuition: $245 + $35 Lab Fee.

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236 Clingman Avenue , Asheville, NC 28801
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Event Date: 09/01/2017   Event Time: 5:00 PM

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Join us this summer to pinch, knot, scrap, layer, and stitch while enjoying live music and festive fare in our outdoor pop-up workshops. Awe-inspiring artists from around the country will lead you through simple craft projects to feed your DIY cravings. Friday September 1, 5-8pm | Free and Open to the Public Featured Artist: Victoria Bradbury, New Media Artist (Asheville, North Carolina) Victoria Bradbury is an Asheville-based interactive media artist, blending code and virtual reality with craft.  For $7 (pre-sale, $10 at door), purchase a craft kit that includes supplies to make a diorama of a mountain picnic scene. Bradbury will demonstrate how to make your diorama light up by creating a simple electric circuit with conducting tape, a battery, and a LED light. Step into this mountain scene with Bradbury’s Virtual Reality headset, and try your hand at setting up a (virtual) picnic. Craft Kit: Light-up Dioramas $7 Pre-order, $10 At-the-door Learn more at: http://cccdnow.org/craftcity/ Craft City Workshops are sponsored by Buchi Kombucha. Craft City Workshops are funded in part by a grant from the Asheville Area Arts Council, and the vendors of Asheville Art in the Park. Craft City branding and design is sponsored by HNYCMB Creative. The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design is supported in part by a grant from the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. Benchspace programming is supported in part by Sara and Bill Morgan.

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67 Broadway , Asheville, NC 28801
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Event Date: 09/03/2017   Event Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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Join us for our monthly series of readings and signings by three poets at 3pm! Each month will feature different poets who have a wide range of backgrounds, writing styles, and interests. Some are local and some travel a great distance to be with us.

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55 Haywood Street , Asheville, NC 28801
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Event Date: 09/08/2017   Event Time: 7:00 PM

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Ever wanted to try your hand at the pottery wheel? Have you always wanted to learn to throw but you’re not sure if you want to commit to an 8-week class? Or maybe you and some friends are just looking for something different to do in Asheville on a Friday night. Well, look no further. Ready, Set, Throw is here! Even if you’ve never touched clay before, our highly skilled staff will guide you through the entire process. It’s the perfect opportunity to get creative and have fun! All ages and skill levels are welcome. Level: All Levels, Beginners Welcome. Tuition: $55 Per person, per night.

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236 Clingman Avenue , Asheville, NC 28801
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Event Date: 09/09/2017   Event Time: 10:00 AM

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Point of view is a challenge for beginning and experienced fiction writers, who wrestle with inadvertent point-of-view shifts or the inevitable limitations of the point of view they have chosen to tell their story. Through the use of examples of writing that handles point of view well and badly, this class will teach you to avoid common errors, and help you select the most appropriate point of view for the story you want to tell. Before class, students should familiarize themselves with the basics of first, second and third-person point of view (limited and omniscient): query the Flatiron Writers Room if you want recommendations for helpful craft books that cover this topic. About the instructor: Heather Newton’s novel Under The Mercy Trees (HarperCollins 2011) won the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award, was chosen by the Women’s National Book Association as a Great Group Reads Selection and named an “Okra Pick” by the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (“great southern fiction fresh off the vine”).  A practicing attorney, she has taught creative writing for UNC-Asheville’s Great Smokies Writing Program and the NC Writers Network and is Program Manager for the Flatiron Writers Room.   FAQs  What's the refund policy? Inclement weather: If the instructor has to cancel a session due to weather, the Flatiron Writers Room will email you and post an announcement on our website by 4 p.m. the day of the session. The instructor will reschedule the missed class for a time convenient to as many participants as possible. The Flatiron Writers Room reserves the right to cancel this workshop if not enough people sign up, in which case you will receive a full refund. You may cancel your registration up until 5 p.m. one week before the first class starts, via Eventbrite or email to [email protected] for a full refund. After that date, no refunds will be made.

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5 Covington Street , Asheville, NC
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Event Date: 09/09/2017   Event Time: 2:00 PM

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PLEASE NOTE THE NEW DATES FOR THIS WORKSHOP: AUGUST 26-SEPTEMBER 30, 2017 Each life is unique; everyone has a story to tell. Whether you're writing for your family or for publication, the secret to a good memoir is not only the ingredients that go into it, but also the way in which it's told. In this 6-week writing intensive, we will discuss how to: Take the memories and events from your life and turn them into an interesting story Decide which memories and events to write about Do research Organize your ideas, artifacts and time Make your writing clear and readable  We’ll also explore the creative process with writing exercises, readings, and group discussions; and learn what steps to take if you're interested in getting your story published.  At the end of the intensive, participants will design a writing plan complete with goals and a timeline, and have the option to create a writing critique group. As a special add-on for this course, participants may register for individual coaching sessions with the instructor in increments of 30 or 60 minutes. To register through Eventbrite, select "August 26" for the date and then select your ticket option. If you prefer to register by check, mail your check, and contact information including email address, to Flatiron Writers Room, 5 Covington St., Asheville, NC  28806. You will be registered when we receive your payment if there is space left in the workshop.  About the instructor:  Victoria Fann has been writing essays, short stories, plays and screenplays for over three decades. Her writing has been published in numerous publications and anthologies including Women of Wisdom, Newsweek, Thought Catalog, Elephant Journal, Wake Up World, BioStories,etc. In addition, Victoria has been working with writers as a group facilitator, coach and teacher ever since the founding of her first writing group, Mothers Who Write in 1989. Her book, Creative Alchemy: Accessing the Extraordinary Power of the Muse to Transform Your Art and Your Life will be published in late 2017. What's the refund policy? The Flatiron Writers Room reserves the right to cancel this workshop if not enough people sign up, in which case you will receive a full refund. You may request a refund up until 5 p.m. on August 21, 2017, via Eventbrite or email to [email protected] for a full refund. After that date, no refunds will be made.  

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5 Covington Street , Asheville, NC 28806
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Event Date: 09/09/2017   Event Time: 6:00 PM

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The Asheville Area Arts Council is excited to announce the 2017 Color Ball color will be indigo! On the evening of September 9, 2017, the Indigo Ball will have attendees bouncing around town to themed parties, and reconvening for the main ball saturated in the color indigo. Each year a different color is chosen to lead the theme, entertainment, costumes, and amazing art and music of each party. The AAAC welcomes volunteers, sponsors, and attendees to get involved in this year’s Indigo Ball. Since 2002, the Asheville Area Arts Council’s (AAAC) Color Ball has raised funds to support the grants, programs, and services of the AAAC. In the last year, the AAAC has continued established grants and programs, launched the Refinery Creator Space, increased membership 600%, and is set to launch a new signature Arts and Wellness program to support creativeoutlets for veterans who have PTSD and traumatic brain injury. The AAAC annual Color Ball includes: Five parties (a patron’s party, three pre-parties, and the Ball!) Local food and drink included in your ticket Local performers and artists Silent Auction

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101 Biltmore Avenue , Asheville, NC 28801
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Event Date: 09/11/2017   Event Time: 6:30 AM

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The Gallant Guitar, a sensory delight, opens Pan Harmonia’s 18th season this September, with captivating performances across the region. Venture on a sonic journey, as the dynamicity of the guitar brings to life the vast ranges of JS Bach, Manuel de Falla, and Astor Piazzolla. These composers’ diverse styles awaken through the complex nature of the guitar, while interplayed with the resonant tones of the flute. Guitarists Amy Brucksch and Andy Jurik and flutist Kate Steinbeck will captivate with their intimate and energetic performances. The Gallant Guitar - Music of JS Bach, Manuel de Falla, Astor Piazzolla Amy Brucksch, guitar • Andy Jurik, guitar • Kate Steinbeck, flute Sunday, September 10, 3 PM • Greenville Center for Creative Arts, Greenville, SC Monday, September 11, 7:15 PM • The Haen Gallery, Asheville, NC (Doors open at 6:45 PM) Seating for The Gallant Guitar is limited at both venues!

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52 Biltmore Ave , Asheville, NC 28801
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Event Date: 09/15/2017 - 09/16/2017   Event Time: 11:30 PM - 1:30 AM

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PechaKucha Night Asheville returns to The Grove House for an evening of fascinating presentations from Asheville's most creative and interesting people, all following the beautifully simple PechaKucha 20x20 format: 20 images, shown for 20 seconds each.Doors open at 7 PM and the program begins at 7:30.When we sell out there will be standing room, so arrive at 7:00 to claim your seat.Free parking is available in the lot across from The Grove House, while supplies last.

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11 Grove St, Asheville, NC, US , Asheville, NC 28801
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Event Date: 09/20/2017   Event Time: 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

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Tall tales and rollicking songs transport audiences to the Outer Banks for a pleasant spate of fun and fishing. Staging a benefit concert to save the Corncake Inlet Inn, the lively cast of fishermen musicians sing up a storm, tell fish stories and ghost stories, and relate accounts of first loves and ones that got away. To read more about it and to hear some of the music, follow this link: http://jimwann.com/music/king-mackerel-the-blues-are-running “A pure salt watered delight…For a near vacation experience, it would be hard to beat.” – N.Y. Times

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15 Stage Ln , Asheville, NC 28801
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Event Date: 09/21/2017   Event Time: 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

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Tall tales and rollicking songs transport audiences to the Outer Banks for a pleasant spate of fun and fishing. Staging a benefit concert to save the Corncake Inlet Inn, the lively cast of fishermen musicians sing up a storm, tell fish stories and ghost stories, and relate accounts of first loves and ones that got away. To read more about it and to hear some of the music, follow this link: http://jimwann.com/music/king-mackerel-the-blues-are-running “A pure salt watered delight…For a near vacation experience, it would be hard to beat.” – N.Y. Times

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15 Stage Ln , Asheville, NC 28801
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