Calendar of Events

Upcoming events and things to do in Asheville, NC. Below is a list of events for festivals, fairs, bar meetups, and other listings.

Apr
17
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2014
Asheville Art Museum : New on View: Robert and Ingrid Wiegand: An Electronic Medium
Apr 17 all-day


Asheville Art Museum :

New on View: Robert and Ingrid Wiegand: An Electronic Medium

Tuesday, January 7 – Sunday, April 27, 2014

Beginning Tuesday, January 7, visitors to the Asheville Art Museum can view the video works of Robert Wiegand and his first wife, Ingrid. The works were made in the 1970s when video art was first making an appearance in the art world. During this early period of video creation, the mechanical nature of the medium was a source for experimentation and inspiration. Robert and Ingrid Wiegand translated their prior training as painters into a hands-on, process-oriented exploration of this new electronic medium, allowing the aesthetic possibilities of video to take center-stage as they discovered how to manipulate sound, layer images and capture narrated performances.

This exhibition highlights several of the Wiegands’ works in which technological aspects of video are explored. Georges, Julie, Omar es el Uno, Face-Off, and Walking (interstices) are played in a loop and serve as intimate documentations of the artists’ early experimentations with new media. These works are on loan from the collection of the Robert Wiegand papers and video art at the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

This exhibition is organized by the Asheville Art Museum and guest curated by Crystal Sanchez, Smithsonian Institution.

 

2 S. Pack Square

Asheville NC

28801

 

http://www.ashevilleart.org/

Asheville Art Museum : Ralph Burns Photography Exhibition
Apr 17 all-day

 

Asheville Art Museum :

Ralph Burns Photography Exhibition at Asheville Art Museum

Che #2, Havana, Cuba, 2002        Burns – Festival of Our Lady of Guadaloupe, Mexico 2003

 

On Saturday, March 29, the Asheville Art Museum is thrilled to be hosting an opening reception for local photographer Ralph Burns’s exhibition, Ralph Burns: A Persistence of Vision — Photographs 1972-2013. Burns has long been recognized as a documentary photographer whose images have captured the diverse and enigmatic nature of ritual and religion, and who has explored the subjective and often defining nature of belief, worship and culture. Like his predecessors — such as Walker Evans, Diane Arbus, Mary Ellen Mark and Robert Frank — Burns uses his cameras to probe a constantly shifting human landscape and to document the public and private aspects of culture and religion in transition, often working at the unclear and overlapping intersection of both. Throughout his career Burns has displayed a continuous and persistent interest in the motivations for worship and ritual while maintaining a compassionate and non-judgmental intimacy with his subjects. He has photographed both collective and individualized manifestations of what he sees as a seemingly irrepressible human need to ritualize loss, love and death, and to formally externalize and codify hope and the desire for transcendence.

 

The photographs in A Persistence of Vision illuminate Burns’s concerns and interactions: an Elvis fan seemingly keeping vigil over a blanketcovered, bed-ridden Elvis icon in Memphis; a penitent in Mexico carrying the statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe, strapped awkwardly to his back; a man staring hard into the distance while being prayed over for healing at a Marion apparition site in Georgia; a woman in agonized ecstasy struggling with being baptized in the Jordan River in Israel.

 

A native of Louisiana and a resident of Asheville since 1975, Burns has travelled great distances to photograph a specific event or religious festival. He has photographed in New Orleans, Asheville and Western North Carolina, the American South, Mexico, Cuba, Israel, England, Thailand, Nepal, Afghanistan and Europe. Burns is recognized both nationally and internationally, exhibiting his photographs in museums worldwide. In her curator’s statement for Heaven, a group exhibition that included a number of Burns’s photographs and exhibited at Kunsthalle Düsseldorf in Germany and Tate Liverpool in England, the German/Israeli curator Doreet Levitte Hartten wrote: “(His) insights into the religious character … makes Burns’s work, apart from their aesthetic qualities, into documents of anthropological significance.”

This is Burns’s second solo exhibition at the Asheville Art Museum, his first being in 1990. His work has also been included in a number of group exhibitions at the Museum and is included in the Museum’s Permanent Collection. Ralph Burns: A Persistence of Vision — Photographs 1972-2013 is a broader and more extensive survey of Burns’s work over the past 40 years and, although centered on his images of religion, ritual and belief, is not limited to those subjects.

 

2 S. Pack Square

Asheville NC

http://www.ashevilleart.org/

Asheville Art Museum : Social Geographies – Interpreting Space and Place
Apr 17 all-day



Asheville Art Museum :

Social Geographies – Interpreting Space and Place

January 25th – May 18th
Free with Membership or Museum admission

 

Today is the first day to view Social Geographies: Interpreting Space and Place.

The art world operates within geographic frameworks. Spatial divisions between “inside” and “outside” impact how the art world describes, identifies and validates artists featured within this exhibition. Whether deemed “outsider” (Henry Darger, Martín Ramírez, George Widener) or “self-taught” (Thornton Dial, Sr., Minnie Evans, Lonnie Holley), these artists are classified in terms that organize their art but do not adequately speak of their arts’ unique qualities and circumstances. In response to such prescriptive terms, Social Geographies asks viewers to experience artwork regarded as different, differently.

 

2 S. Pack Square

Asheville NC

28801

 

http://www.ashevilleart.org/

Asheville Area Arts Council : Impromptu, how a second can change the outcome
Apr 17 all-day

 

Asheville Area Arts Council :

Impromptu, how a second can change the outcome

 

curated by Martha Skinner

 

Lorraine Walsh

 

Lorraine Walsh

 

VOICE ME

 

Sound Visualization/Animation, Dimensions variable, 2013

 

“Voice Me is a sound visualization culled from a collection of recordings from skateparks across the United States, from Charleston Skatepark, SC to Tanzanite Skatepark, CA. The sounds were recorded by the skaters from the Sk8 the St8s adventure across the US.

 

Impromptu, how a second can change the outcome curated by Martha Skinner will be on display March 28th – April 25th at the Asheville Area Arts Council Gallery with the opening reception held March 28th from 6:00-9:00pm. This exhibition is part of the Asheville Area Arts Council’s on going Point of View, artists curate artists  exhibitions series, which empowers area artist to act as curators. Skinner’s Impromptu invites the viewer to pause and capture the poetic structure of time and place. Skinner explains her curatorial process of Impromptu, how a second can change the outcome:

 

“I captured a body of works from local artists that also paused and captured as we all do in some way or another, the complexities of the lives we live which transform before our eyes, repeat and cycle yet are never ever the same twice. Unique moments are presented and the work ranges from abstract explorations, to spiritual narratives, to political statements in an array of materials that surprise and rethink the way we represent our ever changing realities as we try to make sense of our world.”

 

Visual, sound, interactive, and installation works will make up the exhibition, including Lorraine Walsh’s “Voice Me” a sound visualization from a collection of skateparks across the United States, “Sound Painting” by Kima Moore, and “Koori” by Sara Baird that transforms and dissolves during the duration of the exhibition. Other featured artists include: Valeria Watson Doost, Juan Benavides, Kevin Hogan, Alice Sebrell, Jeff Kinzel, Margaret Curtis, Richard Brewster, Nava Lubelski.

 

For more information about the exhibition, curator, and artists visit www.ashevillearts.com

 

 

Nava Lubelski

 

Ruin

 

stitching on wine-stained tablecloth, 2011-present

 

102″ x 60″ 

 

The Asheville Area Arts Council Gallery Open Tuesday-Saturday 11:00am-4:00pm

A portion of the proceeds from artwork sold will support the Asheville Area Arts Council’s programs and mission to strengthen the vitality and visibility of the creative community, and grow Buncombe County’s arts, culture, and entertainment. Programs include supporting Kids Tixx, where the AAAC provides tickets to one child and one adult to attend various arts events in the Asheville area, and the AAAC’s Artist’s Curriculum, providing area artists with resources and opportunities to build upon their business skills.

Asheville Area Arts Council

346 Depot St

Asheville, NC 28801

(828) 258.0710

http://ashevillearts.com/

Asheville Gallery of Art : Evolution Series
Apr 17 all-day


Asheville Gallery of Art :

Evolution Series

April 1 – 30, 2014

Reda Kay’s exhibition, “Evolution Series,” will be on display April 1 – 30, 2014. The series features mysterious landscapes created with watercolor, ink, and acrylic on canvas and board. Join Reda at her opening on April 4, from 5 – 8pm.

Asheville Gallery of Art

16 College St

Asheville, NC 28801

(828) 251-5796

http://www.ashevillegallery-of-art.com/

Festival of Flowers at The Biltmore Estate @ The Biltmore Estate
Apr 17 all-day

Festival of Flowers at The Biltmore Estate

Biltmore Blooms with
a Festival of Flowers

April & May, 2014

Biltmore.s gardens, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, are alive with color as spring arrives. Enjoy a beautiful progression of bloomsfrom tulips to pansies, azaleas, and much more. Escape to Biltmore.s 8,000 acres of Blue Ridge mountain beauty and create memories with loved ones that will last a lifetime.

Visit : http://www.biltmore.com/visit/calendar/spring.asp

The Biltmore Estate : Biltmore Blooms
Apr 17 all-day


 

The Biltmore Estate :

 

 

 Biltmore Blooms

 

March 20 through May 23, 2014, Biltmore Blooms offers a variety of activities for all ages in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Flowers take center stage with lavish orchid displays and spring bulbs blooming in magnificent gardens designed at the turn of the century by renowned landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted.

 

 

Flower bloom schedule

 

Spring bloom provides constant changes in Biltmore’s gardens. The progression of blooms dictated by Mother Nature constantly unveils different flowers and new color combinations, resulting in a unique show for visitors to enjoy each week.

 

 

Orchids

 

The earliest spring days kick off the celebration with two opulent orchid displays – one in the Winter Garden inside Biltmore House, the other, a year-round orchid display in the tropical Conservatory. At Biltmore House and the Conservatory, visitors can expect to see close to 1,000 orchids in bloom.

 

 

For a limited time March 20 through April 6, guests will be given the rare opportunity to step into the Winter Garden in Biltmore House to admire the sights and fragrances of a special orchid collection. This light-filled, glass-domed garden room was once used by the Vanderbilts to relax and entertain in their home while surrounded by lush exotic plants. The room is typically roped-off to guests during tours of Biltmore House, but will be open for a limited time. “Some of these orchids will experience their peak bloom in March and early April, so we like to give our guests a chance to see these unusual and colorful blooms up-close in the same way the Vanderbilts enjoyed them – in the Winter Garden,” said Cathy Barnhardt, Biltmore’s Floral Displays Manager.

 

Outdoor gardens

 

Among the first plants to bloom across the estate will be the sunny glow of daffodils and forsythia. The spring blooming schedule continues with the widespread tulip bloom throughout the estate, while later in the season will see many other flowers such as azaleas, rhododendron, roses and vibrant annuals and perennials take hold.

 

 

Gardening tips & design inspiration

 

Food, wine & entertainment

Easter egg hunt & Easter brunch

 

Spring savings

Purchase estate admission tickets at least seven days in advance of your visit and receive $10 off. Moms get free admission with the purchase of an adult or youth ticket on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 11. The four-star Inn on Biltmore Estate is offering a special “Spring Celebration Package.” Find out about additional special offers and packages.

The Biltmore Estate

1 Lodge St

Asheville, NC 28803

(800) 411-3812

https://www.biltmore.com/

The Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center : Cynthia Homire: Vision Quest
Apr 17 all-day


The Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center :


Cynthia Homire: Vision Quest
Exhibition: Jan. 24 – May 17, 2014
Opening Reception: Friday, Jan. 24 from 5:30 – 7:30pm, FREE Admission

The Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center in downtown Asheville presents the new exhibition Cynthia Homire: Vision Quest from January 24 – May 17, 2014 with a free opening reception on Friday, January 24 from 5:30 – 7:30pm. The artist will be present at the opening, and a new publication of her poems and drawings will be available to purchase.

Cynthia Homire: Vision Quest will focus on the work of poet, potter and visual artist Cynthia Homire, a Black Mountain College alumna, now in her early 80s, who has worked in a variety of media over the course of her prolific career. Homire was a student at Black Mountain College from 1950-1954, where she studied with Charles Olson, Robert Creeley, and M. C. Richards, among many others. Homire describes this seminal experience with her typical humor and grace.

The exhibition at BMCM+AC will honor Homire’s lifelong commitment to making art and share her imaginative, experimental spirit with visitors to the museum. The show will be installed at BMCM+AC from January 24-May 17, 2014, and will feature a selection of drawings, paintings, pottery and writings by Homire, spanning from her time at Black Mountain College to her present life in Taos, NM. We will produce a 48-page publication for the show, featuring reproductions of some of her drawings and a selection of Homire’s poetry.

Support for this project has been generously provided by the following: The Beattie Foundation; the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support from: Emoke B’racz, Porge Buck, The Captain’s Bookshelf, Memphis Holland, Nancy Holmes, Larry Hopkins, Ron & Linda Larsen and Virginia McKinley.

 

56 Broadway

Asheville, NC 28801

(828) 350-8484

http://www.blackmountaincollege.org/

 

Turchin Center for the Visual Arts Behind the Scenes: Instructors of the Outreach Program
Apr 17 all-day


Turchin Center for the Visual Arts

Behind the Scenes: Instructors of the Outreach Programs
Community Gallery, East Wing

Through April 26, 2014

Behind the Scenes features the work of the artists who have worked as instructors of the Turchin Center’s outreach programs in the fall of 2013. To learn more about these artists and exhibition, visit http://tcva.org/exhibitions/1231.

Turchin Center for the Visual Arts

423 W King St

Boone, NC 28608

828.262.3017

http://tcva.org/

Turchin Center for the Visual Arts : Ivan Fortushniak: In Christ Alone
Apr 17 all-day


Turchin Center for the Visual Arts :

Ivan Fortushniak: In Christ Alone

Gallery B, West Wing
April 4-  August 2, 2014

 

Heavily influenced by early Modern American Art of the 19th century, the motivation behind Ivan Fortushniak’s recent work is to convey the dire state of man and their need for what the Gospel offers. For more information about the artist, visit http://tcva.org/exhibitions/1191.

Turchin Center for the Visual Arts

423 W King St

Boone, NC 28608

828.262.3017

http://tcva.org/

Turchin Center for the Visual Arts : 11th Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition
Apr 17 all-day


Turchin Center for the Visual Arts

11th Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition

Mezzanine Gallery, East Wing

Through June 7, 2014

A project in partnership with Appalachian State University’s Outdoor Programs and the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation.

 

As one of the region’s most prestigious photography competitions, AMPC features amateur and professional photographers from across the country who have captured the people, places and pursuits of the Southern Appalachian mountains. For more information on this exhibition and the artists, visit http://tcva.org/exhibitions/1167.

Turchin Center for the Visual Arts

423 W King St

Boone, NC 28608

828.262.3017

http://tcva.org/

Turchin Center for the Visual Arts : William Dunlap- Geography Matters, North Carolina Collectors
Apr 17 all-day


Turchin Center for the Visual Arts :

William Dunlap- Geography Matters, North Carolina Collectors

 

Main Gallery, East Wing

 

Through June 7, 2014

 

Geography Matters captures former Appalachian professor William Dunlap’s vast works from personal collections across North Carolina. For more information on this exhibition and artist, visit http://tcva.org/exhibitions/1208.

Turchin Center for the Visual Arts

423 W King St

Boone, NC 28608

828.262.3017

http://tcva.org/

Turchin Center for the Visual Arts: Legacy, Tradition, Reinvention- Penland Resident Artists
Apr 17 all-day


Turchin Center for the Visual Arts

 

Legacy, Tradition, Reinvention- Penland Resident Artists

Gallery A & Mayer Gallery, West Wing

April 4- August 2, 2014

 

Penland School of Crafts is a national center for craft education, hosting workshops of all varieties. This exhibition will feature the work of the six artists currently in residence at Penland. For more information on this exhibition and artists, visit http://tcva.org/exhibitions/1229.

Turchin Center for the Visual Arts

423 W King St

Boone, NC 28608

828.262.3017

http://tcva.org/

RiverLink : RiverFront Bus Tour
Apr 17 @ 11:45 am – 2:00 pm

Join RiverLink for RiverFront Bus Tours in 2014

 

Asheville — Is learning more about RiverLink and the French Broad River watershed one of your New Year’s resolutions? Are you looking for an opportunity to see the improvements that have occurred and hear what is coming over the next several months and years to make our rivers a better place to work, live and play?

 

RiverLink is excited to announce that we will offer 11 RiverFront Bus Tours throughout 2014- a way to learn a bit of local history and visit Asheville’s streets and neighborhoods that you have never seen before.

The tour is free for RiverLink members but the tour cost for non-members is $20 per person.  Reservations are required. A final confirmation (or cancellation if needed) will be sent the week of the tour.  Please go to www.riverlink.org/bustour.asp to reserve your seat today. 

 

The 2014 tour dates are as follows:

  • February 20
  • March 20
  • April 17
  • May 15
  • June 19
  • July 17
  • August 21
  • September 18
  • October 16
  • November 20
  • December 18

 

The bus will meet participants at the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce at 36 Montford Avenue at 11:45,  leaves at noon, and return there at 2:00 p.m.

Please send tour questions to Jess Peete, RiverLink’s Assistant Volunteer Coordinator, at [email protected]

Canasta at Opportunity House!
Apr 17 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Opportunity House :


Come play Canasta at Opportunity House!

Opportunity House, a Non-profit Arts & Crafts Cultural Center
in Hendersonville is now forming a new Canasta card game group.

This group will meet on Thursdays from 1-4pm.

You must be a member which is $40 per person or $60
for a couple, for an entire year.

1411 Asheville Highway

Hendersonville, NC 28791

828-692-0575 phone

828-696-3546 fax

http://www.opportunityhouse.org

Flat Rock Playhouse : The Fantasticks
Apr 17 @ 2:00 pm


Flat Rock Playhouse :

The Fantasticks

by Tom Jones & Harvey Schmidt

April 17 – May 11

Playhouse Downtown

The Fantasticks opened in 1960 at The Sullivan Street Theatre in New York City and has the distinction of being the longest running musical in the world. This musical tells the story of two neighboring fathers who trick their children, Luisa and Matt, into falling in love by pretending to feud. The fathers hire traveling actors to stage a mock abduction, so that Matt can heroically seem to save Luisa, ending the supposed feud. When the children discover the deception, they reject the arranged love match and separate. Each then gains disillusioning experiences of the real world, seen in parallel fantasy sequences. They return to each other bruised, but enlightened and they renew their vows with more maturity. The Fantasticks has charmed audiences at the Sullivan Street Playhouse in New York City’s Greenwich Village, The Jerry Orbach Theatre in Times Square (and soon The Playhouse Downtown) ever since Dwight Eisenhower was President.

Flat Rock Playhouse

2661 Greenville Hwy

Flat Rock, NC 28731

(828) 693.0731

https://www.flatrockplayhouse.org/

Flat Rock Farmers Market
Apr 17 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Flat Rock Farmers Market

482Now in our 8th year!!! The Flat Rock Farmer’s Market (formerly Tailgate Market) invites you to shop Historic Flat Rock!

All the local & organic fresh foods, baked goods seafood and meats of a Farmers Market …AND entertainment, wine tastings education and more !

Now in our 8th season, you will find fresh produce of the highest quality that is home grown predominantly by organic, chemical free and/or sustainable agricultural practices.

Also fresh seafood, grassfed beef, pork and lamb, handcrafted cheeses, artisan baked goods, free range chicken and eggs, local wine, fruits and berries, herbs, fresh cut and dried flowers, wild and cultivated mushrooms, jelly, jams and relishes, annual, perennial and native plants and more!

Come have fun and shop in Historic Flat Rock, Thursdays 3:00 -6:00 — rain or shine –Sponsored by the Flat Rock Merchants Association

Hours

Our market season is from April 17, 2014 to October 30, 2014.

  • Thursday
    3:00pm — 6:00pm
Avery County Farmers Market in Banner Elk
Apr 17 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Avery County Farmers Market in Banner Elk

AppalachiangrownThe Banner Elk Farmers Market is a cooperative of area farmers that produce freshly grown, organic and conventionally grown fruits, vegetables, fresh bread, homemade jams, jellies, herbal products, crafts, maple syrup, fresh eggs, ornamentals, and seedlings.

Hours

Our market season is from April 2014 to October 2014.

  • Thursday
    5:00pm — 7:00pm
Banner Elk, North Carolina
828-733-8274

Every Thursday on Tate Lawn @ Lees-McRae College (Banner Elk)

Highland Brewing Company : 2014 Fly Fishing Tour – Hunter Banks
Apr 17 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm


Highland Brewing Company :

2014 Fly Fishing Tour – Hunter Banks

Location: Highland Brewing Tasting Room
When: Thursday, April 17th, 2014, 5:00pm – 8:00pm
Tasting Room Hours: Open 4:00-8:00; Film starts at 7:00pm
Ticket Price: $15 at the door

 

2014 Fly Fishing Film Tour hosted by Hunter Banks Fly Fishing
Doors at 5pm, Films at 7pm Tickets are $15.00 at the door, $12.00 online. Click Here to purchase tickets
All online ticket purchases will be available for pickup at the event.
Food Trucks will be serving throughout event.
Prize Raffle to Benefit Land O’ Sky Trout Unlimited
Hosted By: Hunter Banks Co. & Southern Culture on the Fly

Highland Brewing Company

12 Old Charlotte Hwy

Asheville, NC 28803

(828) 299-3370

http://www.highlandbrewing.com/

Documentary on Cuban Literacy @ UNC Asheville
Apr 17 @ 6:00 pm

 

Documentary on Cuban Literacy, Maestra, to be Screened at UNC Asheville April 17

 

 

Maestra, a documentary about the Cuban Literacy Campaign of 1961, will be screened at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 17 in UNC Asheville’s Highsmith University Union, room 104. This event is free and open to the public.

 

The campaign began two years after the Cuban Revolution, when that nation’s adult illiteracy rate was more than 25 percent. Marshaling some 100,000 of Cuba’s teenagers as volunteers, the campaign brought Cuba to a state of near universal basic literacy in just one year. The film explores the experiences of nine young women – “maestras” (teachers) – who participated. After the screening, maestra Sila Reyna will share her recollections. Reyna, now a pastor in Cuba, is in Asheville visiting her sister church, Ecclesia of Fairview.

 

 

During the campaign, some 100,000 young volunteers left school to teach in the countryside where illiteracy rates exceeded 40 percent. The documentary includes interviews, recorded testimonials, and archival footage exploring the goals of a nation and courage of the young women who took part in the campaign.

 

 

The screening and lecture is sponsored by UNC Asheville’s Key Center for Community Citizenship and Service Learning and the Department of Foreign Languages. For more information, contact Selena Hilemon in UNC Asheville’s Key Center, at [email protected] or 828.258.7721.

Great Smokies Writing Program Poetry Workshop with Eric Steineger
Apr 17 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

UNC Asheville’s Great Smokies Writing Program Poetry Workshop with
Eric Steineger

 

 

Local writers will have the opportunity to hone their skills with UNC Asheville’s Great Smokies Writing Program (GSWP) workshops in poetry and prose. Classes will be held in Asheville, Hendersonville and Burnsville. Class size is limited, so early registration is suggested.

 

 

10-week course for writers of various levels of experience

Poetry – “Finding a Home for Your Work,” led by Eric Steineger, will focus on crafting publishable poetry. Classes will include workshopping students’ writing and opportunities for constructive feedback. Steineger teaches English at A-B Tech Community College and Mars Hill University and is the senior poetry editor for The Citron Review, an online journal. Class meets Thursdays from 6-8:30 p.m. beginning Feb. 20, in Asheville.

Visit : http://news.unca.edu/articles/great-smokies-writing-program-spring-workshops

UNCA Great Smokies Writing Program : Creative Prose Workshop with Tommy Hays
Apr 17 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

UNCA Great Smokies Writing Program  : Creative Prose Workshop with Tommy Hays

15-week courses for advanced, experienced writers only::

 

Creative Prose Workshop with Tommy Hays – For advanced prose writers who have projects underway (or who want to start something new) GSWP Executive Director Tommy Hays offers “Keeping Ourselves Company: An Advanced Creative Prose Workshop.” Emphasis will be on reading and critiquing each other’s work. The instructor will respond at length to submissions. Instructor’s permission is required for admittance. Hays is the author of What I Came to Tell You (EgmontUSA, 2013), a SIBA Okra Pick and chosen by the Atlanta Constitution as one of best books for children for 2013. His novel, The Pleasure Was Mine, has been chosen for numerous community reads and was a Finalist for the SIBA Fiction Award. His In the Family Way (Random House, 1999) was winner of the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award. Class meets Thursdays from 6:00-8:30 p.m. beginning Jan. 30, in Asheville.

Local writers will have the opportunity to hone their skills with UNC Asheville’s Great Smokies Writing Program (GSWP) workshops in poetry and prose. Classes will be held in Asheville, Hendersonville and Burnsville. Class size is limited, so early registration is suggested.

Visit : http://news.unca.edu/articles/great-smokies-writing-program-spring-workshops

UNC Asheville Hosts 30th Annual Economic Crystal Ball Seminar
Apr 17 @ 6:15 pm

 

 

UNC Asheville Hosts 30th Annual Economic Crystal Ball Seminar

 

UNC Asheville’s 30th annual Economic Crystal Ball Seminar will be held on Thursday, April 17, at UNC Asheville’s Lipinsky Auditorium. Noted economists David W. Berson and James F. Smith will make forecasts on the business and financial outlook for the coming year. The seminar, sponsored by the UNC Asheville Economics Department and Parsec Financial, begins with a 6:15 p.m. reception, followed by the speakers at 7 p.m., and a question-and-answer period at 8 p.m. The seminar takes place at Lipinsky Auditorium on campus and is free and open to the public.

 

The economic outlook portion of the program will focus on inflation, employment, interest rates, the strength of the dollar and housing market. The financial outlook presentation will explore the implications of Federal Reserve policy for financial markets. Various investments will be addressed, with an emphasis on interest rates and the bond market.

 

 

Berson is senior vice president and chief economist for Nationwide Insurance, where his responsibilities involve leading a team of economists who act as internal consultants to the company’s business units. Berson’s numerous previous professional positions include vice president and chief economist at Fannie Mae, president of the National Association of Business Economics, and a senior management position with Wharton Economics Forecasting.

 

 

Smith is chief economist at Parsec Financial. In his more than 30 years as an economic forecaster, Smith has served in private industry, government and academic institutions, including tenures with Wharton Econometrics, Union Carbide, the Federal Reserve and the President’s Council of Economic Advisors.

 

 

Admission is free, but seating is limited. To register, contact UNC Asheville’s Economics Department at 828.251.6550 or email [email protected].

Asheville Tourists vs Hickory Crawdads
Apr 17 @ 7:00 pm


Asheville Tourists vs Hickory Crawdads

April 17th & 18th

705p

McCormick Field Stadium

30 Buchanan Place

Asheville, NC 28801

828.258.0428

http://www.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t573

2014 Asheville Jewish Film Festival
Apr 17 @ 7:00 pm

 

The Asheville Jewish Film Festival promotes the diversity of Jewish identity to its community through film, exploring the dynamic environment of history and culture on the modern Jewish experience to a rich and varied community. Festival activities are meant to create a space for dialogue about what it means to be Jewish, creating awareness and pride in various and differing aspects of identity. The festival strives to link newcomers with the vibrant Jewish community formed over Asheville’s history, bringing attention to a constantly evolving Jewish culture.

Dancing in Jaffa

Opening Night Film & Reception
April 3rd. 6:00pm at Blue Spiral 1 • All Tickets $22
April 4th. 1:00pm All Tickets $8.50
WATCH TRAILER

Renowned ballroom dancer, Pierre Dulaine takes his belief that dance can overcome political and cultural differences and puts it into action with one hundred and fifty 11 year old Jewish and Palestinian Israelis.
What occurs is magical and transformative.

Sukkah City

April 10th. 7:00pm
April 11th. 1:00pm
All Tickets $8.50
WATCH TRAILER

When best-selling author Joshua Foer (Moonwalking With Einstein) began to build his first sukkah, a small hut that Jews build and dwell in every fall for the holiday of Sukkot, he wanted to move beyond the generic plywood boxes and canvas tents that have become the unimaginative status quo. He discovered that while the bible outlines the basic parameters for what a sukkah should look like and how it should function, it leaves plenty of room for variation and interpretation. Foer thought, what if contemporary architects and designers were challenged to design and construct twelve radical sukkahs? What would they come up with? And so was born the design competition and exhibition known as “Sukkah City.”
The film tracks the competition from jury day, as an all-star cast of architects, academics and critics (Thom Mayne, Paul Goldberger, Ron Arad) debate the merits of the 600 submissions; to the construction, installation and exhibition of the twelve winning structures in Union Square in the heart of New York City; and the critical and popular response of some of the 200,000 New Yorkers who attended the two-day exhibition.

A Bottle in the Gaza Sea

April 17th. 7:00pm
April 18th. 1:00pm
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Tal is a 17-year-old French woman who has settled in Jerusalem with her family. She writes a letter expressing her refusal to accept that only hatred can reign between Israelis and Palestinians. She slips the letter into a bottle, and her brother throws it into the sea near Gaza, where he is carrying out his military service. A few weeks later, Tal receives an e-mail response from a mysterious “Gazaman,” a young Palestinian named Naïm. And thus begins a turbulent but tender long-distance friendship between two young people that are separated by a history they are trying both to understand and change.
Based on the award-winning novel by Valérie Zenatti.

Aftermath

April 24th. 7:00pm
April 25th. 1:00pm
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Franek and Jozek Kalina, sons of a poor farmer, are brothers from a small village in central Poland. Franek immigrated to the United States in the 80’s, and cut all ties with his family. Only when Jozek’s wife arrives in the US, without explanation, does Franek finally return to his homeland.
Franek discovers that Jozek has been ostracized from the community, and constantly receives various threats. As Franek and Jozek struggle to rebuild their relationship, they are drawn into a gothic tale of intrigue. The two brothers eventually uncover a dark secret that forces them to confront the history of their family and their hometown.
Upon its release in Poland, Aftermath received acclaim and also generated intense controversy. Polish nationals have accused the film of being anti-Polish propaganda as well as a distortion of a sensitive piece of Polish history,
leading the film to be banned in some Polish cinemas.

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