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Asheville Housing Fair Sept 19

Tuesday, September 8th, 2015

ASHEVILLE NC – The City of Asheville and Land of the Sky Association of REALTORS announce the 2015 Asheville Housing Fair to take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. September 19 at the Stephens Lee Center, 30 George Washington Carver Ave. The event is free and open to the public and will guide consumers and homeowners through a myriad of questions surrounding credit, renting, vacation rentals and more.

Representatives from more than 20 nonprofit organizations and associations will be on site to provide information and one-on-one assistance to persons seeking to learn more about affordable housing options.

A series of workshops will be held throughout the event. The workshop schedule includes:

– Living in 120 Square Feet – Life in a Tiny Home

– Learn Your Rights as a Renter

– Credit: Get It. Keep It. Improve It

– The ABCs of Home Buying

– What is an Accessory Dwelling Unit?

– Homestays

– Landlords are Part of the Solution

– Everything You Wanted to Know About Affordable Housing

A tiny home exhibition will be on display in the Stephens Lee Center parking lot. Two Tiny Homes will be on display.

The Asheville Housing Fair will be family friendly with a playground and toddler bouncy house on site. There will be a free hot dog lunch provided by the Land of the Sky Association of REALTORS®.

A complete list of participating organizations and a full workshop schedule can be found on the event website, ashevillehousingfair.com. Event information is also available by phone, at 828-259-5728, or by emailing [email protected]

About the City of Asheville:

The City of Asheville strives to provide the highest quality and most efficient municipal services possible. The City serves a population of 87,000 people with services ranging from public safety to economic development, parks & recreation, water resources and more. Find detailed information at ashevillenc.gov.

About the Land of the Sky Association of REALTORS®

The Land of the Sky Association of REALTORS® (LOTSAR) is the longest running REALTOR® association in North Carolina. LOTSAR’s mission is to enhance our members to exceed, to foster high ethical standards, to promote private property rights, and to be the voice of home ownership. The Land of the Sky Association of REALTORS® is located at 37 Montford Ave, Asheville, NC 28801.

Birders “Flock to the Rock” Fall Migration

Tuesday, September 8th, 2015

ASHEVILLE NC – Chimney Rock is known for its colorful fall and stunning 75-mile views overlooking Lake Lure, but the Park is also a well-known destination for year-round birding. Birding enthusiasts often visit the Park to look for birds such as warblers, vireos and Peregrine Falcons. The region’s premier fall migration birding event, Flock to the Rock, hosted by Chimney Rock for the past six years, has brought more attention to the Park’s abundant birding opportunities. Flock to the Rock will be held on Saturday, September 19. This prime birding weekend coincides with the annual hawk migration when dozens, sometimes hundreds, of hawks can be seen during their flight south.

The weekend is packed full of bird walks guided by Park naturalists, including a Naturalist Niche: Early Bird Walk from 7:30-9:30am and educational birding activities for families, live bird programs and a hawk count at the top of Chimney Rock. Special to the event are Wings to Soar Birds in Flight shows in the Indoor Classroom on the Meadows.

“Chimney Rock is one of the most spectacular locations in Western North Carolina to spot a wide range of birds throughout the year, from countless warblers and vireos to tanagers and birds of prey. Flock to the Rock is held during the peak of fall migration and draws enthusiastic birders of all levels to the Park,” said Emily Walker, Chimney Rock Management, LLC Education Manager.

Flock to the Rock is included with paid Park admission, which is $13 for adults, $6 for youth (ages 5-15) and free for kids 4 years and under. An additional fee applies only to the Naturalist Niche: Early Bird Walk, which requires advance registration. Chimney Rock is an official site on the N.C. Birding Trail. For more details and a schedule of birding activities, visit http://www.chimneyrockpark.com/events/event_detail.php?EVENT_ID=394.

A Premier Birding Destination

From its winding riverbanks to its dramatic cliffs, Chimney Rock is a haven for North Carolina resident birds, migrating birds and, of course, bird lovers. From beginner to experienced, people have long been flocking to the Rock to catch glimpses of their favorite birds. Chimney Rock is home to more than 130 species of birds throughout the year, including over 25 warbler species, vireos, tanagers, woodpeckers, thrushes, owls and a wide selection of birds of prey, including Peregrine Falcons. For more information on birding at the Park, visit chimneyrockpark.com/park/nature/northcarolinabirds.php.

Home to World’s Fastest Bird of Prey

While at Chimney Rock, train your binoculars along the Park’s soaring cliffs and up into the surrounding sky for a chance to see the amazing acrobatics of a Peregrine Falcon high above Hickory Nut Gorge. Peregrine Falcons (Falco Peregrinus) may slice through the air at more than 60mph or dive on smaller birds in flight at speeds up to 200mph. By the early 1960s, no Peregrines were found in this area, but these magnificent birds have made a comeback thanks to captive-breeding programs. Since 1990 when three of these young birds fledged in the Park, Peregrines have been sighted here almost every year.

About Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park

Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park is a developing international outdoor destination located 25 miles southeast of Asheville on Highway 64/74A in Chimney Rock, N.C. It is recognized as one of the Southeast’s most iconic sites and popular travel destinations. The Park’s 535-million-year-old monolith called Chimney Rock can be accessed via a 499-step Outcroppings Trail and offers guests 75-mile panoramic views of Hickory Nut Gorge and Lake Lure. The Park features one of the highest waterfalls of its kind east of the Mississippi River, Hickory Nut Falls, at 404 feet. Hickory Nut Gorge, one of the state’s most significant centers of biodiversity, is home to 36 rare plant species and 14 rare animal species. The Rumbling Bald section of the greater State Park off of Boys Camp Road in Chimney Rock is the only other area of the Park that is currently open to the public. A destination for travel groups, weddings and special events, the Chimney Rock section of the Park also hosts innovative educational programs for schools, homeschoolers, scouts and summer camps. Visit Chimney Rock’s website at chimneyrockpark.com.

About Wings to Soar

Wings to Soar is a nonprofit organization based in Trenton, GA. Their mission is to create awareness about the vital role birds of prey play in the natural world. Their free-flying raptor program gives audiences a unique opportunity to view and interact with birds of prey up close. Their goals are to facilitate a connection to the natural world, to spark curiosity and to create a sense of value for all forms of life.

Tails and Trails 5k Adventure Run

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

ASHEVILLE NC – Do you and your dog like to run together? Join us on Saturday, October 3 for the 8th Annual Tails & Trails 5K Adventure Run at the Buncombe County Sports Park in Candler. The run starts at 9:30 a.m. and is open to adults, children and dogs of all ages. Put your paws to the pavement and come join us for this unique fun run!

You can register online today.

Register in advance with the mail-in registration form attached below (if you register by September 18 you’ll receive an event T-Shirt), or register the day of the race.

Check in and late registration is at 9 a.m. on October 3. The cost is $20 for adults, $10 for children ages 4 – 12, and 2 cans of dog food, which will be donated to the Asheville Humane Society. A portion of the proceeds from the event will also be donated to Asheville Humane Society.

Dogs must remain on leashes at all times. The run will be on the Buncombe County Sports Park track.

For more information, call Jay Nelson at 250-4269.

It’s here! The 88th Annual Mountain Dance and Folk Festival

Friday, August 7th, 2015

ASHEVILLE NC – Join the celebration and discover the nation’s longest running folk festival!

The 88th Annual Mountain Dance and Folk Festival is back with three full evenings of the best in Southern Appalachian music and dance, tonight through Saturday, August 6, 7 & 8 at 7:00 p.m. at Diana Wortham Theatre in downtown Asheville. Buy your tickets now.

Come one night or all three! There’s a different show each night. Click for the 2015 Mountain Dance and Folk Festival Performance Schedule

The festival features the cream-of-the-crop, invitation-only mountain performers — old-timers as well as the newest generation of bluegrass and mountain string bands, ballad singers, cloggers, and big circle mountain dancers — who showcase songs and dances that echo centuries of Scottish, English, Irish, Cherokee and African heritage.

Each night’s ticket revenues are important; sales help pay for eight Saturday night Shindigs each summer downtown.

“In the wildly creative world of Asheville, the historic legacy of mountain music and dance is an ever-important connection to newcomers and natives alike.”
-from “Asheville’s Mountain Dance & Folk Festival Opens Aug. 6” –Asheville Citizen-Times, Sun. August 1, 2015

Diana Wortham Theatre Events

Friday, August 7th, 2015

ASHEVILLE NC – The Diana Wortham Theatre in downtown Asheville, North Carolina announces the schedule of performances for the 2015/2016 Mainstage Series. The Mainstage Series presents a wide range of top touring artists in music, theater, dance, comedy, and other performing arts in an intimate, 500-seat hall. To start the season off, talented vocalist and one of the stars of the critically acclaimed documentary 20 Feet From Stardom Lisa Fischer takes the stage September 18 at 8:00 p.m. Setting the tone for Lisa Fischer’s performance is the Opening Night Reception, sponsored and catered by Pack’s Tavern at 7:00 p.m.

Tickets for all performances are on sale at 10:00 a.m. on August 20th and are available at www.dwtheatre.com as well as from the box office at (828) 257-4530. The theatre offers flexible multi-show discount packages starting with as few as three performances. Savings range from 10% to 20% off Regular prices depending on the number of performances; multi-show packages are available through the Diana Wortham Theatre box only at 828-257-4530.


Lisa Fischer — Friday, September 18, 2015, 8:00 p.m.

Lisa Fischer’s remarkable voice has landed her countless roles on stage, including spots with the Nine Inch Nails, Tina Turner, The Rolling Stones, and Aretha Franklin, as well as a role in the award-winning documentary 20 Feet from Stardom. Now she’s on to a new leg of the journey, with a not-to-miss one-night tour stop in Asheville to open the Mainstage Season.

Red Moon Road — Friday, September 25, 2015, 8:00 p.m.

An endearing folk trio hailing from Canada, Red Moon Road combines banjo, guitar, and mandolin to bring energetic sounds to its modern roots tunes, complete with exquisite harmonies and masterfully told stories.

The Passing Zone: The Passing Zone Saves the World — Saturday, October 3, 2015, 8:00 p.m.

America’s Got Talent finalists and recipients of eighteen gold medals from the International Jugglers’ Association Teams Competition, The Passing Zone’s act is full of good-natured ribbing, juggling chainsaws, and witty improvisation.

Tom Paxton — Saturday, October 10, 2015, 8:00 p.m.

Share one last live performance in Asheville with the folk icon as he says farewell to life on the road with folk classics such as “The Last Thing on My Mind” and “Ramblin’ Boy,” and more of Paxton’s silly songs, romantic tales, and protest anthems.

Alison Brown Quartet— Friday, November 6, 2015, 8:00 p.m.

Returning with ever-popular tunes as well as new hits, the Alison Brown Quartet brings traditional banjo picking together with jazz and Irish music, transforming toe-tapping bluegrass songs into sonically smooth combinations.

MOMIX Botanica — Tuesday & Wednesday, November 17 & 18, 2015, 8:00 p.m.

Dance, light, and motion make MOMIX’s Botanica an astonishing performance of athleticism and multimedia art.

A Swannanoa Solstice — Sunday, December 20, 2015, 2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.

Celebrate the season with this holiday tradition, featuring award-winning recording artists and multi-instrumentalists Al Petteway, Amy White, Robin Bullock, and special guests as they create a mix of seasonal music, masterful storytelling, and poetry.

Koresh Dance Company: evŸoŸluŸtion — Friday & Saturday, January 22 & 23, 2016,

8:00 p.m.

The roots of human interaction are uncovered in this intense and intricately beautiful choreography by Koresh Dance Company, a favorite among Mainstage audiences.

The Hot Sardines — Saturday, January 30, 2016, 8:00 p.m.

Hot jazz returns to the forefront of music in a night filled with big band enthusiasm and new-time energy as the Hot Sardines capture the raucous speakeasy sounds of the pre-World War II jazz era.

Aquila Theatre Company in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Friday, February 5, 2016, 8:00 p.m.

A night of mystery and intrigue awaits all those who attend this masterful portrayal of one of the most brilliant detectives in all of literary history. Join Holmes, Dr. Watson, and other colorful characters as the Aquila Theatre brings them back to life in a witty, fast-paced adaptation.

Aquila Theatre Company in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet Saturday, February 6, 2016, 8:00 p.m.

Guided by Shakespeare’s famous prose, the timeless story of forbidden love and warring families is brought to life by the talents of the Aquila Theatre.

MUMMENSCHANZ: The Musicians of Silence — Thursday, February 11, 2016, 8:00 p.m.

Oversized props and whimsical innovation take the stage without a sound in this wonderfully entertaining display of shadow, light, and sculptural masks, appropriate for all ages.

YAMATO The Drummers of Japan — Thursday & Friday, February 18 & 19, 2016, 8:00 p.m.

Yamato brings a brand new show to the Mainstage on its world tour, “Bakuon” – Legend of the Heartbeat, complete with its trademark taiko drumming, infectious enthusiasm, and jaw-dropping skill.

Lucky Plush Productions Trip the Light Fantastic: The Making of SuperStrip — Friday & Saturday, February 26 & 27, 2016, 8:00 p.m.

Part comic strip and part silent film, dancers, superheroes, and graphic novel characters collide in this richly layered dance production that bounces effortlessly from the dancers, to projected video, and back.

Lúnasa with special guest Tim O’BrienSunday, February 28, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

Lúnasa joins its fresh Irish melodies with the beloved music of Appalachia in a performance with master folk and bluegrass musician Tim O’Brien.

The Cashore Marionettes — Saturday, March 5, 2016: Simple Gifts, 2:00 p.m.; Life in Motion, 8:00 p.m.

The mesmerizing work of Joseph Cashore and his marionettes walk through the many phases of life to stunning works by Beethoven, Vivaldi, Strauss and Copland in two shows, a matinee for families of all ages and an evening performance for older children and adults.

Altan – Thursday, March 10, 2016, 8:00 p.m.

Join this traditional Irish band as it weaves an evening of jigs and reels, touching melodies, and even explores the ancient bonds between Irish music and bluegrass roots.

stephaniesĭd— Saturday, March 19, 2016, 8:00 p.m.

Best known for its outstanding mix of songs and irresistibly infectious live performances, this pop-noir trio combines jazz, rock and pop to churn out wondrous and highly original tunes.

Dervish Friday, March 25, 2016, 8:00 p.m.

From jam sessions at neighborhood pubs in Ireland to performing for the Chinese government, Dervish is on a mission to spread traditional Irish music to every corner with a myriad of ballads, reels and melodies.

Rhythmic Circus — Thursday & Friday, March 31 & April 1, 2016, 8:00 p.m.

Groove to the beat with genre-hopping music and percussive dance highlighted by taps, shuffles and stomps and punctuated by the refrains of the seven-piece brass band, not to mention a human beat-box.

Jesse Cook Friday, April 15, 2016, 8:00 p.m.

Guitar virtuoso Jesse Cook intertwines flamenco and jazz rhythms with styles from around the globe, with songs from his newest project, One World.

Aaron Goldberg Trio — Saturday, April 30, 2016, 8:00 p.m.

From Brazilian ballads to roaring bebop, this trio’s ability to bring wit and explosive chops to every song makes for a wild night of masterful jazz.

Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill — Friday, May 27, 2016, 8:00 p.m.

Indulge in the music of American guitarist Dennis Cahill and Irish fiddle player Martin Hayes as they explore the rising and falling melodies that become fiery, spellbinding performances.


Diana Wortham Theatre’s Matinee Series provides professional, curriculum-related shows at affordable costs, each season providing around 9,000 children the opportunity to experience the theatre, works by professional dance companies, comedic acts, and the musical talents of renowned performers. The series is extremely popular with children, families, and teachers throughout Western North Carolina.

Skippyjon Jones: Snow What, Theatreworks USA – Tuesday, October 12, 2015, 10:00 a.m. & 12:00 p.m.; Wednesday, October 13, 2015, 10:00 a.m.

Based on the book by Judy Schachner, Skippyjon Jones (the Siamese cat who thinks he’s a Mexican Chihuahua) heads off to his closet for the real adventure of Snow White with the help of the Seven Chimichangos.

Hamlet, Warehouse Theatre – Wednesday & Thursday, October 28 & 29, 2015, 9:30 a.m. & 12:00 p.m.

Follow the thrilling tale of the prince of Denmark in one of Shakespeare’s most well known quests for identity, love and justice.

The Lightning Thief, Theatreworks USA – Thursday & Friday, November 12 & 13, 2015, 10:00 a.m. & 12:00 p.m.

Experience the adventures of Percy Jackson in this hour-long musical adapted from the book by Rick Riordan.

MOMIX Botanica – Wednesday, November 18, 2015, 10:00 a.m.

Dance, light, and motion make MOMIX’s Botanica an astonishing performance of athleticism and multimedia art.

Koresh Dance Company – Friday, January 22, 2016, 10:00 a.m.

The roots of human interaction are uncovered in this earthy show with intense and intricately beautiful choreography by Koresh Dance Company.

Aquila Theatre Company in William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet – Monday, February 8, 2016, 10:00 a.m.

Guided by Shakespeare’s famous prose, the timeless story of forbidden love and warring families is brought to life in a full-length production by the talents of the Aquila Theatre.

MUMMUNSCHANZ: The Musicians of Silence – Thursday, February 11, 2016, 10:00 a.m.

Oversized props and whimsical innovation take the stage without a sound in this wonderfully entertaining display of shadow, light, and sculptural masks.

YAMATO The Drummers of Japan – Friday, February 19, 2016, 10:00 a.m.

Yamato brings a brand new show to the Mainstage: “Bakuon” – Legend of the Heartbeat, complete with its trademark taiko drumming, infectious enthusiasm, and jaw-dropping skill.

The Cashore Marionettes, Simple Gifts, Friday, March 4, 2016, 10:00 a.m. & 12:00 p.m.

The mesmerizing work of Joseph Cashore and his marionettes walk through the many phases of life to stunning works by Beethoven, Vivaldi, Strauss and Copland.

Junie B.’s Essential Survival Guide to School, Theatreworks USA – Thursday & Friday, April 14 & 15, 2016, 10:00 a.m. & 12:00 p.m.

Junie B. Jones lays down the ultimate tips to surviving school (and gets into a bit of trouble too!) in this production by Theatreworks, USA.


Henry and Mudge, Theatreworks USA – Wednesday & Thursday, May 4 & 5, 2016, 10:00 a.m. & 12:00 p.m.

Follow the adventures of Henry and Mudge as they navigate new neighborhoods and the fun of being a pet owner, based on the best-selling book series by Cynthia Rylant.



Sing Together celebrates the joy of music and singing in spirited sessions with musicians Jim and Beth Magill. All skill levels are welcome; no experience required. In The Forum off the main lobby.


Celebrating The Kingston Trio – Friday, October 9, 2015, 6:30 p.m.

Come reminisce over the ‘60s folk hits of the legendary Kingston Trio; matching striped shirts optional.

Winter Songs – Friday, December 11, 2015, 6:30 p.m.

This family-friendly hour of singing, apple cider, cookies, and crafts warmly welcomes the holiday season.

Freedom Songs & Spirituals – Friday, February 12, 2016, 6:30 p.m.

Special guest Becky Stone explores the Freedom Train through song, with inspirational music that brought strength to people on the journey from slavery, all the way up to the Civil Rights Movement.

Circle & Improvisational Songs – Friday, April 22, 2016, 6:30 p.m.

Sing into spring with special guest Susan Lachmann in a round of spontaneous vocal inventions and creative expression.

The entrance for the Diana Wortham Theatre is marked by the location of the theatre’s marquee between 12 and 14 Biltmore Avenue. Patrons enter the theatre through the breezeway between Marble Slab Creamery and White Duck Taco, and into a large interior courtyard with multiple glass doors which lead to the theatre’s lower lobby and box office. The intimate theatre seats just over 500 and boasts exceptional acoustics and sightlines, making it the premier performance space in Western North Carolina. The Mainstage Series is supported by a grant from the North Carolina Arts Council, a state agency. The Mainstage Series 2015/2016 Season Sponsors are the Asheville Scene, Blue Moon Water, Creative Energy, 67 Biltmore Downtown Eatery & Catering, the North Carolina Arts Council, and the Renaissance Asheville Hotel. To obtain more information on the Mainstage Series or to purchase tickets, call the theatre’s box office at (828) 257-4530 or visit www.dwtheatre.com.

WCU Mainstage Season Tickets

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

ASHEVILLE NC – Two plays and two musicals comprise the 2015-16 Mainstage season to be presented by Western Carolina University’s School of Stage and Screen, and season subscriptions and individual tickets for the productions will go on sale Wednesday, Aug. 5, at the box office in WCU’s John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center.

“The 2015-16 Mainstage season is enormously exciting, diverse and challenging for both our students and our audience,” said Jayme McGhan, director of the School of Stage and Screen. “Split between two classics of the stage and two brand new works, this season will tell the stories of iconic American artists, hysterical ghostly encounters, the power of Shakespeare’s words and the nature of show business itself.”

The season opens with “Pop! Who Shot Andy Warhol?,” a musical comedy mystery possibly inspired by an actual event and written/composed by Maggie-Kate Coleman and Anna K. Jacobs. Every character is a suspect, including the iconic pop art icon himself and all his “Factory” denizens, as they sort out the answer to the subtitle’s question through a score infused with popular music grooves and punctuated by the sound that a gun makes.

Show times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 1-3, and at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, at Hoey Auditorium.

The classic Noel Coward comedy “Blithe Spirit” describes the conflict when mystery writer Charles Condomine accidently brings his dead wife back into an earthly sphere while researching a new book. Then his ghostly wife attempts to lure him away from his new wife and into the afterlife with her.

“Blithe Spirit” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18, through Saturday, Nov. 21, and at a 3 p.m. matinee Sunday, Nov. 22, in Hoey Auditorium.

In a women’s juvenile detention center in Tennessee, the inmates are staging a production of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy in “Macbeth is the New Black.”  What’s happening in the detention center begins to mirror the secrecy and violence in the play, and the results are vicious.

With original material by Linda Parsons Marion, this updating of “Macbeth” will take the stage of Hoey Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17, through Saturday, Feb. 20.

“Gypsy,” a musical loosely based on the memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee, will be presented in the Bardo Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 14, through Saturday, April 16, and at a 3 p.m. matinee on Sunday, April 17.

This musical fable about family and show business depicts Mama Rose propelling her younger daughter June toward a successful vaudeville career. After June elopes, Mama turns all her attention on her older, less talented daughter, Louise. As the vaudeville era fades, Louise ends up blossoming in its seedier version: burlesque.

In addition to the Mainstage season, the School of Stage and Screen hosts special events during the academic year, including a new series named in honor of an accomplished playwright and screen writer who taught at WCU for 20 years.

“The School of Stage and Screen at Western Carolina University is committed to helping develop new works for the American stage,” McGhan said. “We’re proud to announce the launch of the Josefina Niggli New Works Reading Series, which will feature musicals and plays from both our own faculty members and regional and national playwrights. We’ll begin the Josefina Niggli Series with an award-winning new musical, ‘Resident Alien,’ by Katya Stanislavskya, musical theatre program director. Students will have the wonderful opportunity to work with the playwright, helping them to develop these scripts for future full production.”

The Josefina Niggli New Works Series will present two events, “Resident Alien,” at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 31, and another, which will be announced later, at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, March 13, both in the Niggli Theatre of the Stillwell Building. There will be no admission charge, but a $5 donation at the door will be welcome.

The annual Controlled Chaos Film Festival will screen the best movies created by the year’s Film and Television Production Program students on Friday, April 29, in the Bardo Arts Center. Tickets will be $10 at the door.

Season tickets for the two musicals and two dramas are $50 for adults; $40 for senior citizens, faculty and staff; and $20 for students – a 30 percent savings on individual event prices.

Single event tickets for the musicals are $21 for adults; $15 for senior citizens, faculty and staff; and for students, $10 day of show or $7 in advance. Single event tickets for “Blithe Spirit” and “Macbeth is the New Black” will be $16 for adults; $11 for senior citizens, faculty and staff; and for students, $10 day of show or $7 in advance.

For more information about the Mainstage season and special events, contact WCU’s School of Stage and Screen at 828-227-7491. To order season subscriptions and individual tickets, call the Bardo Arts Center box office at 828-227-2479 or go online to bardoartscenter.wcu.edu.


88th Annual Mountain Dance and Folk Festival

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

ASHEVILLE NC – The Mountain Dance and Folk Festival, the country’s longest running folk festival, now in its 88th year of highlighting mountain culture, returns this summer for three full evenings: Thursday, Friday and Saturday, August 6, 7 and 8 at the Diana Wortham Theatre in downtown Asheville. Tickets are on sale now.

With introductions beginning at 6:50 p.m. and the show beginning at 7:00 p.m. nightly, the festival formally showcases an amazing repertoire of mountain performers – old-timers as well as the newest generation of bluegrass and mountain string bands, ballad singers, big circle mountain dancers and cloggers – who share music and dance that echo centuries of Scottish, English, Irish, Cherokee and African heritage. The festival begins Thursday, August 6 with Hometown Appreciation Night. In keeping with the grassroots flavor of the festival, local families and individuals are encouraged to attend to help kick off the first night of the festival.


Audiences at each of the three performances will see an extensive line-up of the cream-of-the-crop musicians, ballad singers and dancers; each evening features at least four dance teams from the very young to the young at heart. The popular and long-standing house band, the Stoney Creek Boys, returns to perform each evening. And each night of the festival features both well-known musicians and new talent alike, representative of the Southern Appalachian Mountains and its continuing traditions.


Proceeds from ticket sales for the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival help to cover the costs of the eight Shindig on the Green events each summer, including goods and services such as sound equipment and technicians. These operating costs average several thousand dollars per Shindig evening. The Folk Heritage CommitteeTM produces Shindig on the GreenTM and the Mountain Dance and Folk FestivalTM in order to support the preservation and continuation of the traditional music, dance and storytelling heritage of the Southern Appalachian Mountains.

2015 Mountain Dance and Folk Festival Performance Schedule

(Line-up subject to change. Check www.dwtheatre.com for updated line-up.)

Thursday, August 6: Carol Rifkin and Jerry Sutton, Masters of Ceremonies; Introduction by Ed Herron; Grey Eagle (Stoney Creek Boys with buck dancers); Dance Team: Fines Creek Cloggers; Betty Smith; Buncombe Turnpike; Roger Howell and Friends; Sons of Ralph; Don Pedi; Dance Team: Folk Heritage Smooth Dancers; Dance Team: Stoney Creek Cloggers; Carol Rifkin, Jeanette Queen & John Fowler; The Peg Twisters; Spirit Fiddle; Dance Team: Green Valley Cloggers; Clearwater Connection; Dance Team: J Creek Cloggers; Whitewater Bluegrass Company.

Friday, August 7: Laura Boosinger and Kevin Hamlin, Masters of Ceremonies; Introduction by Ed Herron; Grey Eagle (Stoney Creek Boys with buck dancers); Dance Team: Cole Mountain Cloggers; Richard Hurley; Spirit Fiddle; Appalachian Consort; Joe Penland; Dance Team: Dixie Darlins Cloggers; Denise O’Sullivan; Bobby Hicks; Maggie Lauterer and Zack Allen; Gabriel’s Creek; Dance Team: Appalachian Mountaineers Cloggers; Laura Boosinger; The Buckner Family; Dance Team: Blue Ridge Heritage Cloggers; New Broad River Band.

Saturday, August 8: Glenn Bannerman and Richard Hurley, Masters of Ceremonies; Introduction by Ed Herron; Grey Eagle (Stoney Creek Boys with buck dancers); Dance Team: Mountain Tradition Cloggers; The Ross Brothers; Bryce Parham and Kathryn Brickey; Dance Team: Bailey Mountain Smooth Dancers; Phil and Gaye Johnson; Crooked Pine; Dance Team: Bannerman Family and Friends; Dance Team: Southern Mountain Fire Cloggers; The Griggs; Southern Highlanders; Bobby Anderson and Blue Ridge Tradition; The Trantham Family; Dance Team: Bailey Mountain Cloggers; The Waymasters; Spirit Fiddle; Bearwallow.

Parking:  Festival patrons can park off-street, at the parking garage on Biltmore Avenue – which also provides wheelchair access to the Festival – or at the various parking garages located throughout downtown Asheville.

The Mountain Dance and Folk Festival is presented by Asheville’s Folk Heritage Committee which also produces its sister event, the 49th Annual Shindig on the GreenTM, a free gathering held each year at Pack Square Park on the Bascom Lamar Lunsford stage, with a stage show and informal jam sessions on Saturday evenings – remaining Shindig events in 2015 are on August 15, 22, 29; and September 5. Both events rely on the generosity and shared talent of the region’s finest old-time musicians and mountain dancers, as well as the all-volunteer Folk Heritage Committee and corporate and individual donors.

Raffle: The much-sought-after annual raffle items for the 2015 Shindig season are: a historic dulcimer handcrafted by celebrated Western North Carolina woodworker, James David Sams, mounted in a beautiful display frame by Blackbird Frame & Art and accompanied by an antique turkey quill used by renowned balladeer and dulcimer player, Virgil Sturgill – both dulcimer and quill may be removed for playing – valued at $1,500; and a 66” x 86” handmade twin-size quilt, featuring Sheepfold blocks set on point in a variety of red and cream fabrics and finished with heirloom-quality machine quilting, created by local quilting collaborative, Mountain Jam Circle – valued at $850. Raffle tickets are available at each Mountain Dance and Folk Festival evening and all eight Shindig on the Green evenings, and the winning tickets are pulled during the final Shindig on the Green on Saturday, September 5.

Sponsors: The Folk Heritage Committee produces Shindig on the Green’s 49th Summer Season and the 88th Annual Mountain Dance and Folk Festival with support from the following Corporate Sponsors: Acoustic Corner; Acoustic Sound Production; Alan’s Jewelry & Pawn; Americare Pharmacy Consultants; Asheville Citizen-Times; Biltmore®; Brian C. Hunter, CPA, P.A.; City Bakery; CWS – Consolidated Waste Services; Deutsch & Gottschalk, PA; Elly Wells Marketing + Project Management; Fox Dental Associates; Graybeard Graphics; Greybeard Realty; Henco Reprographics; Lenoir-Rhyne University; Luella’s Bar-B-Que; Mast General Store; Mission Health; Mountain Jam Circle; Okie Dokies Smokehouse; Pack’s Tavern; Parsec Financial; RomanticAsheville.com Vacation Guide; Shay Brown Events; Skyland Auto Group; State Farm Insurance – Diane Bauknight; Telco Community Credit Union; Togar Rugs; Town Hardware & General Store; and Yesterday Spaces. Media Sponsors are: 880 AM The Revolution; 88.7 FM WNCW; 99.9 FM Kiss Country; The Laurel of Asheville; Mountain Xpress; News Radio 570 WWNC; Rapid River Magazine; Smoky Mountain Living; Smoky Mountain News; and WNC magazine. Ongoing support of Shindig on the Green is provided by the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce, the City of Asheville, and Buncombe County.

Ticket Information: Tickets (Regular $22; Children 12 and under $12; Groups of 10 or more $17 per person; 3-night package $54 for adults and $24 for children) for the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival are available from the Diana Wortham Theatre box office: (828) 257-4530 or online at www.dwtheatre.com/mountain-dance-and-folk-festival-2015.  For more information on the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival or Shindig on the Green, visit www.folkheritage.org or call the Folk Heritage Info Line: (828) 258-6101 x345.

First Annual Downtown LEAF Aug 1-2

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

ASHEVILLE NC – LEAF Downtown AVL inaugural weekend this weekend August 1 12 – 10 pm and Aug 2 10 am – 6 pm. This FREE event will take place in Pack Square Park downtown Asheville.  Enjoy this family festival with LEAF Family Adventure Zone, Literary Lounge, Easel Rider, and more!  Saturday morning at 9 am is LEAF’s 5K Run.

90+ local vendors, music, art, creativity abound this weekend.

After 20 years of producing WNC’s #1 Music Festival, #1 Festival for Camping and #1 Festival for Kids, LEAF Community Arts (LEAF) is proud to announce the first Annual LEAF Downtown AVL taking place August 1st and 2nd in Pack Square Park. The two-day event will bring the best of LEAF Festival and the best of LEAF Schools & Streets together for a diverse, welcoming event open and free to families and locals of Western NC and beyond.

LEAF Downtown AVL aims to celebrate communities, creativity, diversity and families in the heart of Asheville, NC. The long-term vision is to build quality of place by intentionally infusing the power of the arts, culture and creativity. LEAF Downtown AVL will further the goals of inclusivity, community partnerships and economic vitality in the greater Asheville area while driving the greater LEAF mission to connect cultures and create community through music and arts. “LEAF is celebrating its 20th this year!, states Jennifer Pickering, Executive Director of LEAF Community Arts. “What better way to acknowledge all that we’ve achieved than by bringing the best of LEAF Festival and the best of LEAF Schools & Streets to Downtown Asheville?! This is a family-friendly event that will be inclusive of the diversity and heritage found in right in our backyard. ALL are welcome!”

The weeks leading into LEAF Downtown AVL, LEAF will host the LEAF Arts & Park Camp July 20-24 & July 27- 31 at Wesley Grant Center and the first ever Bootsy Collins Funk Dynasty Camp at Lake Eden July 27th-31st. The participants in the Funk Dynasty Camp will be showcased at New Mountain AVL on July 31st for their finale performance after spending the day with Bootsy Collins himself to raise their FUNK-o-meter! At LEAF Downtown AVL, Bootsy Collins and the Rubber Band will headline on the LEAF Downtown AVL Stage August 1st at 8:15pm. Other confirmed acts performing on the LEAF Downtown AVL Stage, in LEAF Café or on the Community Arts Stage include Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, The Main Squeeze, Empire Strikes Brass, The London Souls and many more! In addition to dynamic performances, Pack Square Park will come alive with The Easel Rider, Family Adventure Zone, Healing Arts, Roaming Artists, Prestige Subaru Adventure Zone and we encourage you to “Run Your Ash Off” with us in the LEAF Art Dash 5k Run & Family Relay on August 1st. LEAF has partnered with the Asheville-based SuperFly Fabulous Events to plan, implement and manage the run. “We are thrilled to work with LEAF on the development of this fun racing concept. For the last six years, we’ve developed more than a dozen events from Tennessee to Colorado. It’s exciting to be working on our home turf on an event that has such potential for the city’s downtown,” said Stephanie Carson, Director of SuperFly Fabulous Events.

The growing list of Sponsors already includes Capital at Play, Asheville-Citizen Times, Harmony Motors, Prestige Subaru, WNC Magazine and French Broad Food Co-Op. Current community partners in the endeavor include City of Asheville, AVL Downtown Association, N.C. Arts Council, Date My City, Green Opportunities, Delta House Life Development of AVL, Eagle Market Streets Development Corporation and BLOCK-by-BLOCK Industries. Asheville Grown will serve as a primary partner in qualifying 80+ locally-owned businesses and vendors offering their services and products at the event.

Follow the conversation about this and updated announcements on Facebook or Twitter at #LEAFDowntownAVL. To find out details about LEAF Downtown AVL and other LEAF Local Events, visit http://www.theLEAF.org/local.


5Point Film Festival Line-Up for Asheville, NC

Monday, July 20th, 2015

ASHEVILLE NC – 5Point Film Festival brings its presence to the Southeast as it launches its regional concert-style film festival in Asheville, NC, on August 14 and 15, 2015, at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, the New Mountain Amphitheater and various spaces around the city, with a two-day celebration of art, community and short adventure films.

The festival offers the only “film concert” experience including special guests, live performance, and a few “5Point style” surprises throughout the evening. Daytime events include free community parties- including the signature 5Point Van Life Rally party- leading into two evenings of short adventure film programs at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium.  Each film program will begin at 7pm and last about three hours.  Coming to a 5Point Film program is a unique experience, more like a live concert than a typical film screening. Festivals offer an element of surprise with quality live performances, special guests and spoken word taking the audience on an emotional ride through inspiring film and performance.

Included among over 30 short films over the two days are regional premiere screenings of Denali, 55 Hours in Mexico, and Frank and the Tower. Special guests include South Carolina local Thomas Woodson – Films include Huayhuash and 55 Hours in Mexico; Karl Thompson – Films include 55 Hours in Mexico and Unicorn Sashimi; West Virginia local Pat Goodman, Asheville local Brett McCall as MC, and spoken word artist Wade Newsom – Films/Performances include Participate, Passion and Psst…


There’s no easy way to say goodbye to a friend, especially when they’ve supported you through your darkest moments. Denali is a short about friendship, overcoming illness, and what a true bond really means.

55 Hours in Mexico

55 hours in Mexico…never felt so good? Fly, drive, hike, ski, drive, fly, home. 3 adventurers take on a weekend expedition to the top of Orizaba and back, the ultimate weekend warrior trip.

Frank and the Tower

A classic, Frank Sanders weaver fine threads of wisdom and flare at Devil’s Tower. A life well lived and a special magical place to call home.

Tickets and festival passes are priced from $20 and can be purchased via the 5Point Film website

The two-day festival line-up is as follows:


4-7pm Festival Kickoff Party with Live Music by Pleasure ChestSierra Nevada Beer and The Bom Bus Food Truck Parking lot across from US cellular center, free

7-10pm Film Program I Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, $20


10am Going the Distance Panel brought to you by Blue Ridge Outdoors. Includes Asheville’s finest mountain athletes: Anna Levesque, Will Harlan, Jay Curwen, Sam Koerber, & Adam Hill New Mountain Sol Bar, free

11-12pm Youth Adventure Film Program Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, $10/free kids 13 & under

12-2pm Community Picnic and Ice Cream Social New Mountain Amphitheater, free

4-7pm Van Life Rally! Come check out an entourage of “livable adventure vehicles,” enjoy outdoor Live Music, Sierra Nevada Beer and local food trucks. New Mountain Amphitheater, free

7-10pm Film Program II Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, $20

11-2am 5Point Late Night dance party with DJ Marley New Mountain, free to 5Point Film Festival ticket holders

5Point works with local outdoor retailers, bike shops, and community organizations as well as local artists to showcase the talents of the region and inspire the outdoor communities’ growth. With aspirations to grow into another large four-day event similar to its Rockies region signature event, 5Point Film Festival is poised to become a great economic driver and attraction for Asheville and has plans to start a local scholarship program much like its Dream Project, an adventure scholarship program which offers outstanding high school children the chance to explore their personal boundaries and dreams with a scholarship to embark on a life-changing opportunity.

“5Point believes in celebrating and building strong communities around positive shared experiences. We believe in being good stewards of the environment. And we believe that inspiring storytelling through film, and moving live experiences are the best way to impact a community, bring them together and spark positive change,” said Sarah Wood, Executive Director of 5Point Film. “Asheville is a vibrant, outdoor, forward-thinking community that matches the ethos of 5Point. After spending time in the community and working with the City of Asheville, we were thrilled to pick this location as our future home for the Southeast Region. We can’t wait to celebrate the Southeast region 5Point-style!”

5Point Film Festival is in its eighth season producing a four-day festival in Carbondale Colorado at the end of April each year. In an effort to expand its mission of inspiring adventure and storytelling of all kinds, the non-profit created a unique 5Point style show in each region, rather than bring the Carbondale show on a tour. By creating regional hubs across the country, 5Point will inspire other communities and celebrate their local filmmakers, athletes and artists, like 5Point has been doing to sell out crowds for Colorado’s Rocky Mountain region. Other regional festival hubs located in Somerville, MA, Bellingham, WA, and future Midwest location TBA, are scheduled for future dates in 2015 and 2016.

As a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, 5Point Film Festival is seeking support to help get this Festival off the ground and primed for success in its inaugural year in Asheville.

About 5Point Film

Established in 2008, 5Point Film is on a mission to inspire adventure of all kinds, to connect generations through shared experience, to engage passion with a conscience, and to educate through film. Creating various events, including an annual four-day film festival in Carbondale, CO and several events across the country, 5Point Film continues to deliver a unique film experience by drawing in passionate athletes, artists, filmmakers, films, and the community around short documentary adventure films. 5Point also hosts 2-day Festivals in Asheville, NC, Bellingham, WA, and Somerville, MA, facilitates the 5Point Film Fund, and organizes the Dream Project a student scholarship program for high school students. 

Visit http://www.5pointfilm.org for more information. Follow live festival updates via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Balance Your Hips with the Great Yoga Wall at One Center Yoga

Monday, July 20th, 2015

ASHEVILLE NC – One Center Yoga will host a 2-hour class entitled “Balance the Hips using The Great Yoga Wall” on Saturday August 1, 2015 from 1-3pm with Letitia Walker.

The Hips: the source of our mobility, one of the connections between the axial and appendicular skeleton, and the storage center of our emotional stories and creative desires. As one of the two major ball and socket joints in the body, the hip joint is constantly compressed and compacted as we move through daily life. What this joint calls out for is traction and decompression.

And that’s where the Great Yoga Wall comes in.

We can use the Wall to traction the hip joint and the muscles that act on the hips in order to create more space. In creating space, we’re creating freedom. When the hips are open and balanced, we have greater range of motion, greater ease of movement, and the opportunity to let go of emotional baggage that we may have stored.

This workshop will traction, release, and open your hips in a variety of poses to give you greater freedom of movement so that you can move forward in your life more easily, both literally and figuratively.

Come have fun and take advantage of the only studio in town with The Great Yoga Wall™!

COST:  $30 in advance, $35 day of, capped at 18 students. You may register online through our website www.onecenteryoga.com or call us at 828-225-1904.

One Center Yoga is located at 120 Coxe Avenue, Suite 3B, in downtown Asheville. For more details visit us online at http://www.onecenteryoga.com