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Music Department Continues Spring Concert Season

Monday, February 15th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – UNC Asheville’s Music Department will continue its spring concert season with two shows in February. Both will be held in UNC Asheville’s Lipinsky Auditorium. Admission is $5 at the door.

The University Big Band, directed by David Wilken, and the and the Studio 18 vocal jazz ensemble, directed by Melodie Galloway, will present a joint concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21. The Big Band will perform works by Woody Herman, Jerome Kern and Wilken. The vocal group will present a variety of solo and group numbers by composers Duke Ellington, Paul Simon and Deke Sharon.

The University Wind Ensemble, also conducted by Wilken, will hold a concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28. The group will perform works by Johann DeMeij, Robert Jager and others.

For more information, call UNC Asheville’s Music Department at 828/251-6432, or visit www.unca.edu/music.

‘Art on Transit’ Bus Graphics Program Winning Artists

Monday, February 15th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – The City of Asheville Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Arts Department is proud to announce that local artists Ray Noland, Naomi Johnson, and Nina Ruffini will have their artwork appear on City of Asheville busses as part of the City of Asheville “Art on Transit” Bus Graphics Program. Each of the artists will receive a $750 honorarium and their designs will cover the sides of a single transit bus.

The artists were selected by a five-member jury who met in January and reviewed submittals by over thirty artists. The jury’s selections were approved unanimously by members of the City of Asheville Public Art Board at a special meeting on January 29, 2010.

Winning Artists Submissions

Farm Fresh Transit by Naomi Johnson

Message in a Bottle by Nina Ruffini

Jewel Forest by Ray Noland

The busses are scheduled to be completed by the first week of March, 2010 and the artwork will remain for a minimum of four months.

2010 Bele Chere Festival Opportunities

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

City of Asheville seeks entertainers for 2010 Bele Chere Festival

Application Deadline: February 12, 2010

The City of Asheville is still accepting applications for entertainers to perform at the 2010 Bele Chere Festival being held July 23-25. All applications must be postmarked or submitted online through www.sonicbids.com by the deadline of Friday, February 12th, 2010. The application is downloadable at www.belecherefestival.com or bands can apply online at www.sonicbids.com.

Located in downtown Asheville, North Carolina, Bele Chere showcases national, regional and local entertainment on four stages over the weekend of July 23-25. Now in its 32nd year, this event provides an excellent opportunity for musicians and entertainers of all levels to showcase their talent before crowds they might not otherwise be able to reach. The festival books over 60 entertainers ranging from bands and single musicians to roving entertainers to highlight the cultural diversity of the area.

Bele Chere is the largest free, outdoor street festival in the Southeast, with an attendance of approximately 300,000 annually. The festival is produced by the City of Asheville in conjunction with the Bele Chere Board of Directors.

City of Asheville issues Call for Artists

Submission Deadline: March 1, 2010

The City of Asheville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department is issuing a call for artists to create the official artwork for the 32nd annual Bele Chere festival being held July 23 – 25, 2010. Completed artwork submissions must be received no later than March 1st, 2010. The chosen artwork will be used in all festival merchandise, including the official event poster. The winning artist will receive $1,500, will be highlighted in related press materials, and autograph posters at the festival.

Each year the Bele Chere artwork embodies the spirit of Asheville and the festival and your creation could be the official 2010 festival artwork. For more information and for an application, visit www.belecherefestival.com or call Asheville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department at (828) 259-5800.

City of Asheville seeks Entertainment Selection Committee Members for the 2010 Bele Chere Festival

Application Deadline: February 12, 2010

The City of Asheville is now accepting applications for the 2010 Bele Chere Entertainment Selection Committee. Community members are encouraged to apply to participate in the selection of local and regional bands to perform at the 2010 Bele Chere Festival being held July 23-25. All Entertainment Selection Committee applications must be completed and returned to Cristin Corder Lee at [email protected] by Friday, February 12th 2010. The application is available at www.belecherefestival.com.

The Entertainment Selection Committee works directly with the Bele Chere festival staff and board to review all submitted local and regional band applications. Committee members meet during selection weekend and score submissions from a variety of music genres to help develop the 2010 entertainment lineup.

Leaf Collection Schedule Revised

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – The City of Asheville has released a revised leaf collection schedule due to the recent winter weather. Please see the schedule below with the revised dates:

Loose Leaf Vacuum Collection Schedule:

If your trash day is: Vacuum collection begins:

Tuesday – February 9

Thursday – February 17

Monday – February 25

This is the final round of loose leaf collection. Please have leaves to the curb by the dates indicated above. When winter storms occur, please visit the City’s website at www.ashevillenc.gov/sanitation for up-to-date collection schedules.

Asheville Civic Center Sells Out Another Show

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – Over 2,200 music fans will converge on downtown Asheville Tuesday night for a sold out concert at Asheville Civic Center’s Thomas Wolfe Auditorium. “An Evening with Furthur” will take stage at 8 p.m. but downtown Asheville will be rocking much earlier as fans fill downtown parking decks, shops and restaurants before landing at Thomas Wolfe when doors open at 7 p.m.

Parking will be available in the three city parking decks, the county parking deck or in privately owned pay-lots, all of which are within 10 minutes walking distance of the Asheville Civic Center. Concert goers should obey all no parking signs as some privately owned lots enforce 24-hour towing. Backpacks are not allowed.

Over half of the tickets were sold to fans from out of town so area hotels will also benefit from the economic impact of the event. “We are excited to continue to bring this level of destination entertainment and economic activity to Asheville,” said Sam Powers, Economic Development Director for the City of Asheville.

The Furthur concert marks the third time in the last 60 days that full house events have taken place at the Civic Center. The Warren Haynes Christmas Jam and the Avett Brothers played to full houses in excess of 6,000 in the arena in December. A sold out Willie Nelson concert scheduled for Thomas Wolfe Auditorium on Jan. 31. would have been a fourth sold out show but was postponed due to inclement weather and later canceled.

The Asheville Civic Center is operated by the City of Asheville and is a regional destination for outstanding entertainment, trade shows and events. The Civic Center offers Western North Carolina diverse entertainment from concerts and sporting events to family shows and performing arts.

The facility is located in the heart of downtown Asheville’s arts and entertainment scene.

Storm Update and Cancellations

Friday, February 5th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – As snow and ice turned to rain today, public works crews spent a large portion of the day responding to down tree calls. At 4 p.m. over 75 calls for downed trees had been logged.

Crews also concentrated on removing slush and ice from storm drains to avoid ponding and flooding. Leaf collection has been delayed because of recent snow and freezing temperatures and has contributed to debris gathering around drains. Residents are asked to avoid placing shoveled snow in storm drains because of these conditions.

Precipitation is expected to continue overnight with less than a half-inch of new snow and sleet expected.

The following city facilities will be closed both Saturday and Sunday:

Food Lion Skate Park

Asheville Municipal Golf Course

The following events are cancelled:

Basketball games at Asheville Middle School – Saturday, Feb. 6

Friday Night Teen Ski/Snowboard Program – Friday, Feb. 5

Soccer Tournament at John B. Lewis Soccer Complex and Memorial Stadium – Sat-Sun Feb 6-7

To report downed trees please call 251-1122.

Updates about weather conditions and city services can be found at www.ashevillenc.gov and www.facebook.com/cityofasheville. The Asheville Fire Department will share information about roadway conditions and other emergency notifications at www.twitter.com/ashevillefd.

Willie Nelson Concert Cancelled, Refunds Issued

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – The Willie Nelson concert at the Asheville Civic Center originally scheduled for Jan. 30 and postponed until a later date has now been cancelled and will not be rescheduled. Tickets will be refunded at the original point of purchase.

Fans who purchased tickets at the Asheville Civic Center can receive their refund by visiting the box office. The Civic Center Box Office is open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and can be reached by calling (828) 259-5736.

“Although a reason for the cancellation wasn’t immediately provided, we wanted to notify fans as soon as possible so they can get their refunds,” said Marcia Hart, events administrator with the Civic Center.

The Jan. 30 show was postponed due to inclement weather.

To learn more about other great shows coming to the Asheville Civic Center and Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, call the event line at (828) 259-5544, visit www.ashevilleciviccenter.com or follow us on Facebook at http://facebook.com/ashevillecc.

African American History in Buncombe County Exhibit Showing

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – An Unmarked Trail: Stories of African Americans in Buncombe County from 1850-1950 is on display through Feb. 5 in the Holly Library Gallery on the Asheville Campus.The exhibit is free and open to the public.

The 21-panel exhibit marks the lives of Africans and African Americans in Western North Carolina from the explorations of Hernado de Soto through the early 1950s. The exhibit conveys the every day life along with that which distinguishes black/white experience
through a period of virulent racism. Holly Library hours are Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Presented by the A-B Tech Diversity Committee in Conjunction with the Center for Diversity Education. For more information, visit
www.abtech.edu/UpcomingEvents or email [email protected].

National Weather Service Issues Winter Storm Watch

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – A winter storm watch is in effect for Asheville from Thursday evening through Friday evening. According to the National Weather Service, a mix of snow and rain Thursday evening will transition to snow before turning to freezing rain and sleet on Friday. A damaging accumulation of freezing rain is possible.

Travel is discouraged during icy weather. If travel is unavoidable, the NC Department of Transportation offers the following tips for starting or stopping on snowy or icy roads:

– Increase your speed slowly;

– Get the “feel of the road” by testing your steering control and the braking friction;

– Start to move in second gear or higher and release the clutch slowly (for manual shifts);

– Allow at least three times the normal stopping distance to slow down;

– (when you stop) keep your foot off the brake and let the engine slow the vehicle; and

– Maintain extra distance between yourself and the vehicle in front of you.

City public works crews are closely monitoring the weather and will begin pre-treating bridges and roadways as the storm event moves into the area. Crews will work 24-hour schedules to treat roads as needed.

The city of Asheville is urging citizens to monitor forecasts and take measures to prepare for inclement weather and possible power outages. Steps citizens should take now include:

– Having extra blankets in automobiles and at home

– Ensuring each member of the household has winter clothing ready

– Assembling a disaster supply kit (www.ready.gov for further information)

– Being prepared for power outages

– Ensuring a 3-day supply of necessary items (e.g., food, water, medications) in case you are unable to leave your home

– Continually monitoring weather conditions

– Staying off roads if possible

– Having a full tank of gas in automobiles if travel is unavoidable

City transit service will continue to operate according to its regular schedule unless roadways become hazardous. Updates on transit service will be made available if schedule modifications become necessary. Visit www.ashevilletransit.com or call 253-5691 for transit information.

In the event of an emergency, citizens are urged to call 9-1-1. Citizens who are in need of prescription medications or medical supplies and services but are unable to leave their homes due to hazardous roadway conditions may call 252-1110 for assistance.

The Asheville Fire Department will share information about roadway conditions and other emergency notifications at www.twitter.com/ashevillefd.

To report power outages, call Progress Energy at (800) 419-6356. For more information about what to do if you lose power, visit http://progress-energy.com/aboutenergy/stormcentral/outage/index.asp.

UNC Asheville Celebrates Black History Month with a Variety of Programs

Monday, February 1st, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – UNC Asheville will celebrate Black History Month throughout February with a host of special events. Among the highlights will be a Step Show featuring groups from across the Southeast and a lecture by African American deaf-educator Lindsay Dunn.

The full schedule of events is as follows:

Lindsay Dunn will present his lecture, “The Deaf Community in the 21st Century: An African American Experience” from 12:20-1:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, in UNC Asheville’s Highsmith University Union, room 221. Dunn grew up in South Africa, where he attended the Dominican School for the Deaf. He later attended Gallaudet University, the only university in the United States that uses American Sign Language as the principle form of communication. Dunn is now a lecturer at Gallaudet, teaching courses that provide an in-depth knowledge and understanding of deaf people of African ancestry in Africa and the African Diaspora.

“Natural Woman,” a documentary exploring the psychological attitudes that occur when African American women decide to wear their hair naturally, will be shown at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16, in UNC Asheville’s Highsmith University Union Grotto. A panel discussion with film director Cindy Hurst and noted author and Tuskegee University professor of philosophy Darryl Scriven will follow.

Affrilachian poet Frank X Walker will give a reading at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17, in UNC Asheville’s Humanities Lecture Hall. Walker, a native of Danville, Ky., has lectured, conducted workshops, read poetry and exhibited at more than 300 national conferences and universities. Walker coined the term “Affrilachian,” which refers to an African-American who lives in Appalachia, and is a founding member of the Affrilachian Poets. He is the author four poetry collections, including “When Winter Come: the Ascension of York,” “Black Box,” “Buffalo Dance: the Journey of York” and “Affrilachia.” Walker is also the editor and publisher of “PLUCK!” the Journal of Affrilachian Art & Culture.

Step groups from across the Southeast will take center stage at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, at the Crowne Plaza Tennis & Golf Resort Asheville, for the Black Student Association’s “Step It Out 2010: Go Hard or Go Home!” Step shows, popularized by historically black fraternities, feature high-energy synchronized dance routines, comprising elements of African dances and military exhibition drills. Admission is $5 at the door.

For more information, contact the UNC Asheville Intercultural Center at 828/258-7671.