Event Date: 01/18/2018   Event Time: 7:30 PM

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A Turnpike Sunset Written and Produced by Tom Godleski January 11-21, 2018 in 35below Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30 pm; Sundays at 2:30 pm A group of 19th century drovers traveling the Buncombe Turnpike have gathered around a campfire to tell stories, play instruments, sing and, of course, drink moonshine. A Turnpike Sunset is historical fiction, with stories from the era of the Turnpike, as well as stories from Tom’s family. This show is filled with funny anecdotes, history, and live music performed by members of the Asheville bluegrass group Buncombe Turnpike. Authentically Appalachian! Tickets are $20.00 and are available online at www.ashevilletheatre.org, by phone at 828-254-1320 or in person at the ACT Box Office.

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35 East Walnut Street , Asheville, NC 28801
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Event Date: 01/20/2018   Event Time: 9:30 AM

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ONLY 12 SPACES AVAILABLE--RESERVE YOURS NOW! Writing is a lonely business--but it doesn't have to be! Make writing time one of your New Year's resolutions and join us at the Flatiron Writers Room in West Asheville for a day-long retreat that includes communal writing, time for yourself, an individual session with novelist Heather Newton or screenwriter Maggie Marshall and fellowship with other participants. You can also add on an optional neck and shoulder 'Writer's Massage" with one of our resident professional massage therapists (massage tickets limited). For an idea of what the day will look like click here:   All-Day Retreat Schedule Let your loved ones know that this gift of writing time is what you want for the holidays! For complete agenda and other information, including the option to register by check, see our website:  www.flatironwritersroom.com or email us at flatironwritersroom[at]gmail.com. FAQs What's the refund policy? Inclement weather: If we postpone the retreat due to weather, we will email you and post an announcement on our websites by 7 a.m. on January 20, 2018. The weather make-up day for the retreat is Saturday, January 27, 2018. The Flatiron Writers Room reserves the right to cancel the retreat if not enough people sign up, in which case you will receive a full refund. You may cancel your registration up until seven days before the retreat via Eventbrite for a full refund. After that date, no refunds will be made.

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5 Covington Street , Asheville, NC 28806
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Event Date: 01/20/2018   Event Time: 10:00 AM

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Aesop's Fables Presented by Bright Star Touring Theatre Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 10am These 2,600 year old gems have never been this entertaining! Join our hilarious actors as they stumble across the assembled crowd and decide to put on a showcase of Aesop’s greatest hits. The result is a fast-paced, high-energy production that has literally left audiences shouting for more. For “The Fox and the Grapes” and “The Tortoise and the Hare” to “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” and “The Lion and the Mouse,” these animal-filled adventures focus on honesty, compassion, hard work and kindness. Tickets are $5.00 and are available online at www.ashevilletheatre.org, by phone at 828-254-1320 or in person at the ACT Box Office.

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35 East Walnut Street , Asheville, NC 28801
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Event Date: 01/20/2018   Event Time: 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM

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Liquid Sirens is excited to announce that we will be holding auditions for our 2018 season on Jan. 20th, 2018! A multiform dance troupe based in Asheville, NC, Liquid Sirens weaves together modern, hip hop, cabaret, jazz, contemporary, world dance & burlesque for a unique performance experience. Liquid Sirens is housed under Christine Garvin Dance+Transform. More about us here: https://www.facebook.com/liquidsirens/ We are looking to fill four-five slots for the new year. More information about auditions can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1428535460533173/

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54 Ravenscroft Drive , Asheville, NC 28801
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Event Date: 01/20/2018   Event Time: 3:00 PM - 3:30 PM

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An interactive performance for women & women-identifying with live & original music! Heather Taylor facilitates a volunteer-based transformative exercise demonstrating a creative process to help access the space on the other side of your fear! This is an experience based show, participation is optional but strongly encouraged on any level chosen! There will be prompts, directions & suggestions for simple & intuitive movements along with self-expressive & self-reflective tools. Think of the one word that would describe you, if you lived your full expression! What does it feel like to be on the other side of your fear?

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54 Ravenscroft Drive , Asheville, NC 28801
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Event Date: 01/22/2018   Event Time: 6:00 PM

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Do you feel like you know Middle-earth, Hogwarts, or District 12 as well as your own hometown? Do you wonder how authors create worlds so rich and complex they seem like they must really exist? Have you ever wanted to do the same thing—create a nation or a dimension or a planet? This six-week class is for you. Class meets Mondays 6pm to 8 pm, January 22-February 26, 2018.  Worldbuilding 101 looks at the mechanics and craft of setting. Whether you are writing a secondary world fantasy, a science fiction epic, or a novel set in a contemporary high school, it’s your job to make the world as real as possible. Using some representative examples and workshoppers’ own work, we’ll look at the pros and cons of description, how to use dialogue and sketching to avoid the setting infodump, and when and how to give backstory or history, and more. To register by check instead of via Eventbrite, mail your check to Flatiron Writers Room, LLC, 5 Covington Street, Asheville, NC  28806. You will be registered when we receive your payment, space permitting.  Jamieson Ridenhour is a novelist and playwright. He is the author of the werewolf murder-mystery Barking Mad (Typecast, 2011), the award-winning animated short horror films Cornerboys (2009) and The House of the Yaga (2011), and was a Kennedy Center David Cohen award finalist for his ghost play Grave Lullaby. Jamie has nineteen years experience as a writing teacher and scholar, having published academic essays on 19th century horror fiction, contemporary vampire films, steampunk rap music, and Charles Dickens. His book-length study of the Victorian Urban Gothic novel, In Darkest London, was published in 2014. Palimpsest, a bi-weekly audio ghost story, is currently available on iTunes. What's the refund policy? The Flatiron Writers Room reserves the right to cancel this workshop if not enough people sign up, in which case you will receive a full refund. You may request a refund up until seven days before the event, via Eventbrite or email to [email protected] for a full refund. After that date, no refunds will be made.

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5 Covington Street , Asheville, NC 28806
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Event Date: 01/22/2018   Event Time: 8:30 PM

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Risqué Monday is a weekly burlesque show at The Odditorium! Come see a mix of burlesque performers from newbies to veterans EVERY WEEK! Featuring four performers doing two acts each, you will never see the same show twice!  We are also bringing back the ever popular Pants Off Dance Off amateur striptease competition so you can join in on the fun too! Try your hand at burlesque and you could win a prize! So BRING YOUR FANCY PANTIES! Hosted by Deb au Nare! Doors start at 8:30pm and the show will start promptly at 9pm! $10 for 18 and up!  PAY AT THE DOOR FOR $10 TICKET

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1045 Haywood Road , Asheville, NC 28806
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Event Date: 01/24/2018   Event Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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Explore the Landscapes of Story & Telling in 6 Sessions It’s winter and Connie Regan-Blake is excited to offer a new learning opportunity to warm-up your storytelling voice and creativity! Join her in Asheville at Lenoir-Rhyne University (36 Montford Ave) on Wednesday mornings 10:00 am – 12:00pm for six story-work sessions. This weekly format allows for your confidence and skills to grow over time while encouraging a consistency in discovering, revisiting and refining your stories. The weekly sessions run from January 24 – February 28, 2018 and can benefit many, including writers, teachers, sales professionals, poets, grandparents, storytellers, youth workers, ministers, students, attorneys, presenters, & all those curious! Please join us on Wednesday mornings as we create an encouraging, playful and appreciative community in celebration of stories and creativity. And if you know of others who might enjoy and benefit from the classes, your help in spreading the word is always appreciated – plus you can receive a 10% discount if you bring a friend! To register and check out all the details, see Connie’s website https://storywindow.com/workshops/exploring-landscapes-story-telling/.

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36 Montford Avenue , Asheville, NC
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Event Date: 01/24/2018   Event Time: 1:00 PM

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This 16-week class will focus on all aspects of making ceramic tableware both thrown and handbuilt. We will consider diverse approaches to designing forms that are accentuated in a salt/soda atmospheric firing. At the end of the session, we will enjoy a lovely meal together with our new handmade tableware. Level: Intermediate and Advanced. Tuition: $620 + $150 Lab Fee.

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236 Clingman Avenue , Asheville, NC 28801
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Event Date: 01/24/2018   Event Time: 6:30 PM

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Is it a short story? Is it a personal essay? Maybe it’s the beginning of a novel? Or a chapter of a memoir? This six-week prose workshop is designed to help you find the right form for the story you are hoping to tell. Together we will closely examine elements of craft and process, which will allow you to see your work with deeper insight while also generating new material. Students will participate in a series of writing exercises intended to cultivate the skill of making narrative connections between seemingly unrelated images and observations.  Topics include:  ~Following Your Own Breadcrumbs  -- balancing invention, intention and intuition ~Writing with a Compass Instead of a Map – the power of choosing a direction without necessarily knowing the destination ~The Writer’s Divining Rod – locating the energy in a piece and mining it for all it’s worth  ~Economy, Precision and Originality – seeing your work with an editor’s eye Whether you are just beginning or have a project you’ve been struggling with, this class will offer inspiration and direction that will bring new life to your work. As an add-on, students may also purchase individual coaching sessions with the instructor. To register by check instead of via Eventbrite, mail your check to Flatiron Writers Room, LLC, 5 Covington Street, Asheville, NC  28806. You will be registered when we receive your payment, space permitting. A.K. Benninghofen holds a BFA in Theatre from the University of Southern Mississippi. She worked as an actress in New York and Los Angeles for many years before moving to Asheville where she started a family and began her life as a writer. She is a member of Flatiron Writers Group. A.K.’s work has appeared in Word Riot, Passages North, Evergreen Review, Monkeybicycle, Necessary Fiction, Deep South Magazine, the anthology A Book of Uncommon Prayer and elsewhere. She has been a fiction contributor at Sewanee Writers' Conference, a writing fellow at the Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts & Sciences, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Weymouth Center for the Arts & Humanities and Wildacres Retreat. In 2012, she was awarded a Regional Artist Project Grant by the North Carolina Arts Council. Currently, she is at work on her first novel, “Gloaming Season,” as well as a collection of linked stories titled “Landmine Maps of the Hospitality State.”  Refund and Inclement Weather Policy The Flatiron Writers Room reserves the right to cancel this workshop if not enough people sign up, in which case you will receive a full refund. You may request a refund up until 5 p.m. one week before the class starts via Eventbrite or email to [email protected] for a full refund. After that date, no refunds will be made. If the FWR cancels a class session due to inclement weather, the instructor will reschedule the class for a date and time that accommodates the most students.  

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5 Covington Street , Asheville, NC 28806
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Event Date: 01/24/2018   Event Time: 7:30 PM

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British upper crust meets the New York mob in the witty play JEEVES TAKES A BOW. Everyone’s favorite hapless hero, Bertie Wooster, embarks on an American adventure armed only with his handsome fortune, his talent for trouble, and his remarkable manservant, Jeeves. In less than a New York minute, Bertie finds himself knee-deep in troubles with vengeful gangsters, chorus girls, and a new Broadway musical.

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15 Stage Ln , Asheville, NC 28801
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Event Date: 01/25/2018   Event Time: 7:00 PM - 7:00 PM

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The Improvisational Repertory Theatre Ensemble returns to Asheville with The Experiment, a fully improvised B-movie sci-fi comic thriller. Time-traveling creatures from inside your mind... Genetically-modified clones of your worst-nightmare-self… Hold onto your seats because anything can happen when the twisted minds of IRTE meld with the spur-of-the-moment suggestions of the audience in this improvised B-movie sci-fi thriller that will have you laughing, screaming, and dying for more! This improvised send-up of glorious B movie thrillers (the kind you might catch on a sleepless night while flipping through some of your more obscure cable channels) invites the audience to help create a Sci-Fi flick. Entering its seventh season, the award-winning group of actors develop, produce and perform original themed, theatrically-staged, and character-driven comedy shows based in improvisation. IRTE has won praise for elevating the art of improvisational theatre while opening it up to a broader audience of theatergoers. By adding simple costumes, props, and strong characters, IRTE presents a very theatrical, raw, ridiculous and irreverent, narrative-driven and completely improvised show that has made a powerful impact around the country. IRTE was thrilled to have been a part of last year's Asheville Fringe Arts Festival and honored to have been named "Artists Whose Work made Me Laugh the Most." Most recently, IRTE performed at the Providence Fringe Festival, the Midtown International Theatre Festival, Theatre for the New City’s Dream Up Festival, the Del Close Marathon, Philadelphia Improv Festival, Boston Comedy Arts Festival, NYC Improv Festival, Unscripted New York Improvised Theatre and Film Festival, Tampa Improv Festival, New Orleans Comedy Arts Festival, and Portland Improv Festival. They enjoyed a residency at Gotham City Improv, and were honored with the 2014 Supreme Honorary Improvised Theater & Film Award for Outstanding Genre Performance by Unscripted New York. They were named one of the “Seven Must-See Shows” of the 2014 Boston Comedy Arts Festival. Now on Broadway called The Experiment, "...very funny... For a unique improv experience, full of laughs, sci-fi, and a bit of suspense go experience The Experiment." Critics have had this to say about IRTE... "...the Improvisational Repertory Theatre Ensemble has become one of the leading improv troupes in merry old Manhattan and a welcome and uproarious asset to festivals and other engagements across the country. The innovative group mixes retro humor, clever off-on-the-spot wit, and classic theatrical techniques to present wildly unique and wildly funny shows." Natasha Dawsen, Drama Queens "Magnificent... fantastic... one of the finest improv troupes today!" Outerstage, IRTE MITF A-OK "I was basically laughing from beginning to end, all the while remaining in complete awe of how seamlessly the company members worked together to pull it off." Catherine Santino, Spoiled NYC The Asheville Fringe Arts Festival is an annual performing arts, multiple venue festival that provides artists with opportunities to explore the edges of their work, to collaborate across genres and to bring new and innovative performances to culturally adventurous audiences. Founded in 2002, AFAF has been keeping Asheville interesting for over a decade. Please note that due to the improvisational nature of the shows, there may be some adult content. Shows are recommended for ages 13 and older with parental guidance.

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Sly Grog Lounge 271 Haywood Street, Asheville, NC 28801
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Event Date: 01/25/2018   Event Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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Karl Marx launches into a passionate, funny and moving defense of his life and political ideas in Howard Zinns brilliant, timely play, Marx in Soho. The play is an excellent introduction to Marxs life, his analysis of society, and his passion for radical change. Marx uses current news and events to show how his ideas still resonate. Bob Weick, National Touring Actor of Howard Zinns, MARX IN SOHO. The celebrated actor and Barrymore Award nominee has presented over 300 performances of Zinns play from Maine to California. A farrier by trade, Bob began his acting career in 1995 and in the aftermath of the 2000 election, 9/11, and the 2003 invasion of Iraq, chose to use his talent to contribute to the education and engagement of students and citizens.

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20 Commerce Street , Asheville, NC 28801
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Event Date: 01/25/2018   Event Time: 7:30 PM

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Performed in 35below. There are some stories that are just so good they need to be shared with an assembled audience. Local actor/comedian Tom Chalmers invites you to take part in what is quickly becoming one of Asheville’s most popular series, Listen to This. A storytelling format in the vein of “This American Life,” Listen to This is an evening hosted by Chalmers with stories and songs from some of Asheville’s most interesting writers, performers, and citizens. Each installment features a central theme (past shows have featured stories about everything from gluttony to mistaken identity). Real people. Real stories. Real good times.

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35 East Walnut Street , Asheville, NC 28801
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Event Date: 01/25/2018   Event Time: 7:30 PM

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Performed in 35below. There are some stories that are just so good they need to be shared with an assembled audience. Local actor/comedian Tom Chalmers invites you to take part in what is quickly becoming one of Asheville’s most popular series, Listen to This. A storytelling format in the vein of “This American Life,” Listen to This is an evening hosted by Chalmers with stories and songs from some of Asheville’s most interesting writers, performers, and citizens. Each installment features a central theme (past shows have featured stories about everything from gluttony to mistaken identity). Real people. Real stories. Real good times.

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35 East Walnut Street , Asheville, NC 28801
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Event Date: 01/25/2018   Event Time: 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

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From classical to jazz to traditional Americana, and with a full accompanying ensemble on violin, cello, piano and bass, Lucia Micarelli enthralls listeners with her exquisite and passionate presence. Thursday, January 25, 2018 at 8:00 p.m. at Diana Wortham Theatre in downtown Asheville. Tickets: Regular $35; Student $30; Child $20; Student Rush Day-of-Show (with valid I.D.) $10. Box Office: 828-257-4530 or www.dwtheatre.com.

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18 Biltmore Ave. , Asheville, NC 28801
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Event Date: 01/25/2018   Event Time: 8:00 PM

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For this special concert, Tim OBrien performs with Jan Fabricius, JD Hutchinson, and Old Man Luedecke, three artists OBrien has been collaborating with individually for several years.Grammy-winning singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Tim OBrien grew up singing in church, and after seeing Doc Watson on TV, he became a lifelong devotee of old time and bluegrass music. Over the years, he has released 15 solo albums in addition to collaborations with his sister Mollie OBrien, songwriter Darrell Scott, and noted old time musician Dirk Powell. His newest release, Where the River Meets the Road, features songs from his native West Virginia, including bluegrass and Americana covers from songwriters Hazel Dickens, Billy Edd Wheeler, and Bill Withers alongside heartfelt autobiographical originals.

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185 Clingman Avenue , Asheville, NC
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Event Date: 01/25/2018   Event Time: 8:00 PM - 11:30 PM

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Come Check Out A Night Of Hip Hop With Some of the Best Regional talent from across 3 states !! NC ATL SC Athens SET4LIFE OG Soney Skye'Redd DK RIKKI TAN NASH CORLEONE KILO FRESH STAN MIZO COOK THE ROOK FROST SANNY TRAVELS RAMO NATION SELINE HAZE No Outside food or drinks 5 dollars at the door

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308 Merrimom Avenue , Asheville, NC 28801
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Event Date: 01/25/2018   Event Time: 8:00 PM

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185 Clingman Avenue , Asheville, NC
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Event Date: 01/25/2018   Event Time: 9:00 PM - 10:00 PM

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A spectacle with bodied puppets and live music. It is sad to grow old with someone you do not love. A man fully dedicated to caring for his wife invalidates that he can only move one arm, the crushing routine mendicating a caress, breaking an invader in the couple, contempt, then see the reality that you grew old with someone you do not love and that maybe he does not love you either, the mask falls, and with your sacrifice you tie your love of your life to your chair, then your spirit decides to abandon you as pathetic and it kills you, that way this beautiful story ends, but if I tell you its the story of a man without love who decides to invent a failed love story, to self-suffer, but to feel sorry for him, that in the end his nakedness makes him see the monster he is in reality, claim his mother because I do not teach him love destroys, its not that cute thing they talk about, come and see the process of destroying a couple, then a man, see him fall into a cliff of feelings THE FALLING LOVE, an endless fall.

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20 Commerce Street , Asheville, NC 28801
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Event Date: 01/26/2018   Event Time: 7:00 PM

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

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236 Clingman Avenue , Asheville, NC 28801
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Event Date: 01/26/2018   Event Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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Later Rain uses dance, theater, live music, and Southern Gothic aesthetics to investigate ecstatic states that unfold in Holiness Pentecostal church services. There will be contagious outpourings of spirit, strengthening of weakened hearts and lukewarm indifference will be incinerated by tongues of fire.

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271 Haywood Street , Asheville, NC 28801
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Event Date: 01/26/2018   Event Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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Open Hearts Art Center is thrilled to collaborate with the Asheville Contemporary Dance Theater in this new production. Our troupe will share a collection of original dance pieces centered around themes of love, acceptance and courage. Throughout the performance the audience will experience how the artists celebrate their differences. These differences are ultimately the qualities that unite us and make us all whole.

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20 Commerce Street , Asheville, NC 28801
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Event Date: 01/26/2018   Event Time: 9:00 PM - 10:00 PM

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Top Load ushers you through a gauntlet of four interconnected stories. As each chapters supporting character becomes the protagonist of the next, we follow a trail of domestic hopes and regrets illuminating the interconnectedness of these small town strangers at once beautiful, comic, and grotesque. The landslide starts with a tire iron, some duct tape, and a declaration of desperate love.

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271 Haywood Street , Asheville, NC 28801
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Event Date: 01/27/2018   Event Time: 6:00 PM

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101 Biltmore Avenue , Asheville, NC 28801
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Event Date: 01/27/2018   Event Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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The Adventure Society and the Secret of Priori Island An ominous, monster-filled jungle looms over a small tropical village. When a child goes missing, the only people brave, or stupid, enough to find them are the crowdsourced members of the Adventure Society. This is an immersive, game-like performance. Watch, as the players solve puzzles, fight monsters, and find the missing islander.

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174 Broadway St. , Asheville, NC 28801
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Event Date: 01/27/2018   Event Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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Karl Marx launches into a passionate, funny and moving defense of his life and political ideas in Howard Zinns brilliant, timely play, Marx in Soho. The play is an excellent introduction to Marxs life, his analysis of society, and his passion for radical change. Marx uses current news and events to show how his ideas still resonate. Bob Weick, National Touring Actor of Howard Zinns, MARX IN SOHO. The celebrated actor and Barrymore Award nominee has presented over 300 performances of Zinns play from Maine to California. A farrier by trade, Bob began his acting career in 1995 and in the aftermath of the 2000 election, 9/11, and the 2003 invasion of Iraq, chose to use his talent to contribute to the education and engagement of students and citizens.

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20 Commerce Street , Asheville, NC 28801
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Event Date: 01/27/2018   Event Time: 7:00 PM - 7:00 PM

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The Improvisational Repertory Theatre Ensemble returns to Asheville with The Experiment, a fully improvised B-movie sci-fi comic thriller. Time-traveling creatures from inside your mind... Genetically-modified clones of your worst-nightmare-self… Hold onto your seats because anything can happen when the twisted minds of IRTE meld with the spur-of-the-moment suggestions of the audience in this improvised B-movie sci-fi thriller that will have you laughing, screaming, and dying for more! This improvised send-up of glorious B movie thrillers (the kind you might catch on a sleepless night while flipping through some of your more obscure cable channels) invites the audience to help create a Sci-Fi flick. Entering its seventh season, the award-winning group of actors develop, produce and perform original themed, theatrically-staged, and character-driven comedy shows based in improvisation. IRTE has won praise for elevating the art of improvisational theatre while opening it up to a broader audience of theatergoers. By adding simple costumes, props, and strong characters, IRTE presents a very theatrical, raw, ridiculous and irreverent, narrative-driven and completely improvised show that has made a powerful impact around the country. IRTE was thrilled to have been a part of last year's Asheville Fringe Arts Festival and honored to have been named "Artists Whose Work made Me Laugh the Most." Most recently, IRTE performed at the Providence Fringe Festival, the Midtown International Theatre Festival, Theatre for the New City’s Dream Up Festival, the Del Close Marathon, Philadelphia Improv Festival, Boston Comedy Arts Festival, NYC Improv Festival, Unscripted New York Improvised Theatre and Film Festival, Tampa Improv Festival, New Orleans Comedy Arts Festival, and Portland Improv Festival. They enjoyed a residency at Gotham City Improv, and were honored with the 2014 Supreme Honorary Improvised Theater & Film Award for Outstanding Genre Performance by Unscripted New York. They were named one of the “Seven Must-See Shows” of the 2014 Boston Comedy Arts Festival. Now on Broadway called The Experiment, "...very funny... For a unique improv experience, full of laughs, sci-fi, and a bit of suspense go experience The Experiment." Critics have had this to say about IRTE... "...the Improvisational Repertory Theatre Ensemble has become one of the leading improv troupes in merry old Manhattan and a welcome and uproarious asset to festivals and other engagements across the country. The innovative group mixes retro humor, clever off-on-the-spot wit, and classic theatrical techniques to present wildly unique and wildly funny shows." Natasha Dawsen, Drama Queens "Magnificent... fantastic... one of the finest improv troupes today!" Outerstage, IRTE MITF A-OK "I was basically laughing from beginning to end, all the while remaining in complete awe of how seamlessly the company members worked together to pull it off." Catherine Santino, Spoiled NYC The Asheville Fringe Arts Festival is an annual performing arts, multiple venue festival that provides artists with opportunities to explore the edges of their work, to collaborate across genres and to bring new and innovative performances to culturally adventurous audiences. Founded in 2002, AFAF has been keeping Asheville interesting for over a decade. Please note that due to the improvisational nature of the shows, there may be some adult content. Shows are recommended for ages 13 and older with parental guidance.

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Sly Grog Lounge 271 Haywood Street, Asheville, NC 28801
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Event Date: 01/27/2018   Event Time: 9:00 PM - 10:00 PM

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With fearless exploration of eroticism and Bacchanalia yet confronting themes of resistance and social justice, Poetry Cabaret is known for blending spoken-word poetry with music, dance, and other artforms to create experimental poetry readings in avant cabaret style. This edition features a new twistinspired by recent travels and the innovative spirit of Fringe art, poets will perform cipher style with live music, dance, and the chance element of improvisation. Press: The performances were strong, the evening entertaining, and the Poetry Cabaret promises worthy surprises with every show. DC Metro Theater Arts The strength of Poetry Cabaret, a mix of performances compiled by Asheville-based Poetry Cabaret Collective is in its variety; from a rock-n-roll cellist to a stand-up comic to burlesque, you never know what is coming up next. DCist This is a creative genius waving his middle finger at the institution. This is subversiveness defined. This is welcome to the family or get the fuck out. Ashvegas

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271 Haywood Street , Asheville, NC 28801
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Event Date: 01/27/2018   Event Time: 9:00 PM

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101 Biltmore Avenue , Asheville, NC 28801
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Event Date: 01/27/2018   Event Time: 9:00 PM - 10:00 PM

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A spectacle with bodied puppets and live music. It is sad to grow old with someone you do not love. A man fully dedicated to caring for his wife invalidates that he can only move one arm, the crushing routine mendicating a caress, breaking an invader in the couple, contempt, then see the reality that you grew old with someone you do not love and that maybe he does not love you either, the mask falls, and with your sacrifice you tie your love of your life to your chair, then your spirit decides to abandon you as pathetic and it kills you, that way this beautiful story ends, but if I tell you its the story of a man without love who decides to invent a failed love story, to self-suffer, but to feel sorry for him, that in the end his nakedness makes him see the monster he is in reality, claim his mother because I do not teach him love destroys, its not that cute thing they talk about, come and see the process of destroying a couple, then a man, see him fall into a cliff of feelings THE FALLING LOVE, an endless fall.

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20 Commerce Street , Asheville, NC 28801
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Event Date: 01/28/2018   Event Time: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

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Open Hearts Art Center is thrilled to collaborate with the Asheville Contemporary Dance Theater in this new production. Our troupe will share a collection of original dance pieces centered around themes of love, acceptance and courage. Throughout the performance the audience will experience how the artists celebrate their differences. These differences are ultimately the qualities that unite us and make us all whole.

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20 Commerce Street , Asheville, NC 28801
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Event Date: 01/28/2018   Event Time: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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Later Rain uses dance, theater, live music, and Southern Gothic aesthetics to investigate ecstatic states that unfold in Holiness Pentecostal church services. There will be contagious outpourings of spirit, strengthening of weakened hearts and lukewarm indifference will be incinerated by tongues of fire.

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271 Haywood Street , Asheville, NC 28801
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Event Date: 01/28/2018   Event Time: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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The Adventure Society and the Secret of Priori Island An ominous, monster-filled jungle looms over a small tropical village. When a child goes missing, the only people brave, or stupid, enough to find them are the crowdsourced members of the Adventure Society. This is an immersive, game-like performance. Watch, as the players solve puzzles, fight monsters, and find the missing islander.

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174 Broadway St. , Asheville, NC 28801
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Event Date: 01/28/2018   Event Time: 6:00 PM - 7:15 PM

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The Chairs Tragedy: A woman burdened by his missing An empty chair, his remembrance An Aria which becomes an obsession Death is always there A camber play and a female human being trapped in the past A drama that is repeated every night Choreography & Direction: Fenia Apostolou; Performer: Silia Karfopoulou the dark room: This performance is about the seduction of light and darkness. Both are a constant struggle living in my skin. I feel them both fighting inside of me. the dark room is about power and vulnerability. I want people to look at my body on my terms. I want people to be forced to stare until I become art. I want this performance to be beautiful and upsetting. This performance is for all who struggle in this way and I hope those people feel they are not alone and there is a way out. Emily Thomas / puncture productions The Unspoken Word: What do these wacky people know about suicide?? Come and learn about some of the misnomers and misconceptions around this often unspoken word, through stories, dance, and ritual!! There will be a 10-15 minute talkback afterwards, come to watch, learn, and stay to discuss! You never know you might learn something about yourself or someone you care about! If suicide has touched your life and you want to bring a safe memento to put on an altar, please feel free to do so!! Co-written and co-directed by Amanda Levesque and Meredith Roseman.

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20 Commerce Street , Asheville, NC 28801
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Event Date: 01/28/2018   Event Time: 8:00 PM

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De la Noche offers dancers and dreamers a glimpse into the sultry world of Argentinian Tango. De la Noche is an Asheville-based group dedicated to recreating the seductive sound of the classic Tango orchestras that thrived in Buenos Aires and Montevideo in the 1930’s and 40’s, when Tango dancing was all the rage. The ensemble is comprised of 5 Asheville musicians who play the traditional Argentine tango orchestra instruments; bandoneon, violins, bass and piano. The bandoneon is a 72 button large concertina instrument with bellows like the accordion. It has German origins yet is considered a premier instrument of Argentina essentinal in the orquestra tipica featured since the early 1900’s. Patrick Kukucka, our bandoneonist, studies with Ben Bogart, living in Buenos Aires. The violinists soar in tango music with sweet melodies and a rhythmic bowing technique called talon. Lew Gelfond and Gina Caldwell are our violinists. Piano has a special flair in tango music with sweeping solo passages and catchy rhythmic support for the ensemble. Melanie Thompson is our fine pianist. String bass produces that deep sound that is the heartbeat of the ensemble. Jeff Hersk our bassist has traveled often to study with bassists in the ensembles of Buenos Aires. De l Noche plays music that is both romantic and emotionally charged. It is perfect for dancing or listening, possibly with eyes closed.

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39 S Market St B, , Asheville, NC 28801
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Event Date: 02/01/2018   Event Time: 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

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NIGHT MUSIC BY ASHEVILLE PLAYWRIGHT, DAVID BRENDAN HOPES OPENS THE MAGNETIC THEATRE’S 2018 SEASON Hopes is an accomplished and prolific writer with numerous awards and accolades for his poetry, prose, and plays. Night Music won the 2017 North Carolina New Play Award and had its world premiere at the Drama Center in Greensboro, North Carolina last year. This will be the third play by Hopes to be presented at the Magnetic Theatre; Washington Place and Uranium235 both had their world-premiere at The Magnetic Theatre in 2015 and 2017 respectively. Night Music is a coming-of-age story about a pair of boyhood friends -- the intense, intellectual Cleve, and easy-going, athletic Jesse. As the pair take a camping trip in the mountains, young Philomela watches the play of their flashlights high on a hill in the forest, and imagines she is seeing the love of her life. She is; but is it Jesse or Cleve? “Though it is almost undetectable now, I wrote Night Music in response to the massacre at Virginia Tech a number of years ago. As a college professor, I have been involved in student lives for a number of years, and that dark event made me wonder about the lives these young people led before their intersection with history” commented Hopes about the inspiration behind Night Music. “Those who know the event fairly well will hear the echoes. But the second thing it was about--and the thing it is still about--is how we find our role in life according to those who journey with us. How would you be different if you hadn't met that special friend at camp? How would you be different if your first love had been someone else? If you had learned one song rather than another? There's no way of knowing; theater allows us to speculate.“ The cast of Night Music features Quinn Morris and Nick Biggs as Cleve and Jesse, respectively. Serena Dotson-Smith appears as Philomena. The production is being directed by Christine Eide with a scenic design by Julia Cunningham, lighting design by Jason Williams, and sound design by Mary Zogzas. Marissa Wilson is the production stage manager. Night Music will be presented at The Magnetic Theatre Company, 375 Depot Street in the River Arts District; Thursdays-Saturdays at 7:30 PM, February 1-February 17. Ticket prices range from $12 (for the February 1 and 2 preview performances) to $16 for all other performances.

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375 Depot Street , Asheville, NC
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Event Date: 02/02/2018   Event Time: 7:30 PM

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Skylight by David Hare Produced by Andrew Gall, Trinity Smith-Keel, Scott Keel February 2-18, 2018 in 35below Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm; Sundays at 2:30 pm When a former lover’s son shows up on her doorstep, Kyra is surprised that he hopes she will reconcile with Tom, his now widowed father. Is the gap between them unbridgeable, or can they resurrect their relationship? Tickets are $15.00 and are available online at www.ashevilletheatre.org, by phone at 828-254-1320 or in person at the ACT Box Office.

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35 East Walnut Street , Asheville, NC 28801
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Event Date: 02/02/2018   Event Time: 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

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Renowned for its laser sharp direction and skilled interpretations, Aquila Theatre expands the canon of classical works adapted for the stage with a bold and exciting new production of the ever-popular and poignant Sense and Sensibility. Friday, February 2, 2018 at 8:00 p.m. at Diana Wortham Theatre in downtown Asheville. Tickets: Regular $40; Student $35; Child $20; Student Rush Day-of-Show (with valid I.D.) $10. Box Office: 828-257-4530 or www.dwtheatre.com.

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18 Biltmore Avenue , Asheville, NC 28801
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Event Date: 02/03/2018   Event Time: 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

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With its signature innovative approach, Aquila Theatre Company seeks to shed new light on this tragic Shakespearean story, plumbing the depths of rage, madness, love and death brought about by obsessive personal ambition. Saturday, February 3, 2018 at 8:00 p.m. at Diana Wortham Theatre in downtown Asheville. Tickets: Regular $40; Student $35; Child $20; Student Rush Day-of-Show (with valid I.D.) $10. Box Office: 828-257-4530 or www.dwtheatre.com.

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18 Biltmore Ave. , Asheville, NC 28801
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Event Date: 02/06/2018   Event Time: 6:30 PM

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CALLING ALL SINGERS! LEARN HOW TO USE YOUR VOICE IN A FUN AND SUPPORTIVE SETTING WHILE SINGING CUSTOM ARRANGEMENTS OF YOUR FAVORITE SONGS. A Capella Club is back, with placement auditions Tuesday February 6, 2018. Singers should prepare an a capella verse and chorus of any song. You will be asked to vocalize and sing patterns, but you will not be required to read music. Directed by Whitney Moore, A Capella Club performs a wide range of contemporary music, adapted for a small vocal ensemble. Your voice is your instrument, and your will sing everything from lyrics to guitar lines to vocal drumming and percussion. Basic knowledge of theory and harmony a plus. There will be at least one public performance per semester. The club will rehearse on Tuesdays from 6:30-8:00pm. We’re looking for all voice types, male and female, ages 13 and up.

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126 College St. , Asheville, NC 28801
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Event Date: 02/08/2018   Event Time: 7:30 PM

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Different Strokes Performing Arts Collective opens its 18th season with Kenneth Jones’ "Alabama Story," directed by Stephanie Hickling Beckman, running February 8-24 at The BeBe Theatre, with performances Thursday through Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m. Based on the true story of a senator attempting to have a children’s book called "The Rabbits’ Wedding" removed from his state’s libraries in 1959 on the grounds that it promoted interracial marriage, "Alabama Story" tackles issues of censorship, racism and “sepia-toned” leadership. Tickets are $18 in advance and $21 at the door, with $15 advance tickets for opening weekend. Audience talk-back sessions follow Friday and Saturday performances.

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20 Commerce Street , Asheville, NC 28801
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Event Date: 02/09/2018   Event Time: 7:00 PM

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We have a special treat in store for this Valentine’s Day edition of Ready, Set, Throw. Come sip a glass of wine and nibble on chocolates while you and your partner explore the sensual aspects of clay. You can dig your hands in the clay, or work on a piece together. We’ll even help you re-enact the scene from Ghost! We will glaze and fire the work for you, so you can have a permanent reminder of your passion for each other. A great date for couples who don’t mind getting a little…dirty. Tuition: $99 Per Couple.    

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236 Clingman Avenue , Asheville, NC 28801
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Event Date: 02/09/2018   Event Time: 7:00 PM

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Join the Academy students in celebrating this iconic musical. "A CHORUS LINE is a celebration of those unsung heroes of the American Musical Theatre: the chorus dancers– those valiant, over dedicated, underpaid, highly trained performers who back up the star or stars and often make them look even more talented than they are. It is also a celebration of the American Musical itself. A CHORUS LINE is also about competition, and competition might easily be the common denominator that grabs the audience and holds it by the collective heartstring until the final, ultimate choices are made. For everyone, at one time or another, puts his life on the line. We all compete, no matter what business we’re in, for promotion, for attention, for approval, and for love. Specifically, A CHORUS LINE takes the audience through the final grueling audition run by the director, Zach, for a new Broadway musical."  The Academy at the APAA is an individualized pre-professional/pre-collegiate performing arts conservatory, for artists committed to deepening their performing arts education in American Musical Theatre. This program is for rising 6-12th graders who show a love for being on stage through weekly classes in Dancing, Acting, and Music. A Chorus Line - HSE is one the fully produced musicals that the students participate in. The Middle School Academy Students traveled to Atlanta over MLK Weekend to participate in the Junior Theatre Festival while the High School Academy students went to New York City to attend BroadwayCon. To learn more about joining the Academy program please visit http://ashevilleperformingartsacademy.com/academy/ or email [email protected]  Please note that ticket prices include any processing fees. 

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544 Kimberly Ave , Asheville, NC 28804
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Event Date: 02/10/2018   Event Time: 1:00 PM

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The beginning of a novel can hook your readers, but chapter endings are just as important if not more so—once you’ve engaged a reader you want to keep them hooked until the last page. Authors use numerous devices to make readers turn the page. This workshop will focus on how to write captivating chapter endings that achieve suspense and mystery in a subtle way, avoid clichés and stereotypes, and push the novel forward. We will explore various fiction genres to discover tools we can use to craft our own chapter endings that create a sense of urgency in readers and engender questions. We will also look at endings that fall flat. As an add on, students may purchase an individual 30-minute coaching session with the instructor, to take place following the workshop (four spaces available).  If you prefer to register by check, mail your check to Flatiron Writers Room, LLC, 5 Covington Street, Asheville, NC 28806, and include your email address. You will be registered when we receive your payment, space permitting.  About the Instructor: In her nearly twenty years as a freelance editor for publishing powerhouses such as Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins, Random House, and Sterling Publishing, Williamaye Jones has worked on over 1200 books, both fiction and non-fiction, from concept to conception. She received a BA in Literature from UNC-Asheville and an MFA in Creative Writing from Spalding University. She is now launching her boutique publishing company, Lioness Press, in Hendersonville, NC. Refund and Inclement Weather Policies The Flatiron Writers Room reserves the right to cancel this workshop if not enough people sign up, in which case you will receive a full refund. You may request a full refund up until one week before the event starts, via Eventbrite or email to flatironwritersroom[at]gmail.com. After that date, no refunds will be made. If we cancel the workshop due to inclement weather, the snow makeup day will be Saturday, February 17, 2018.      

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5 Covington Street , Asheville, NC 28806
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Event Date: 02/10/2018   Event Time: 7:00 PM

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We have a special treat in store for this Valentine’s Day edition of Ready, Set, Throw. Come sip a glass of wine and nibble on chocolates while you and your partner explore the sensual aspects of clay. You can dig your hands in the clay, or work on a piece together. We’ll even help you re-enact the scene from Ghost! We will glaze and fire the work for you, so you can have a permanent reminder of your passion for each other. A great date for couples who don’t mind getting a little…dirty. Tuition: $99 Per Couple.

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236 Clingman Avenue , Asheville, NC 28801
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Event Date: 02/10/2018   Event Time: 8:00 PM

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Garry Walker, conductor Elena Urioste, violin Program: Arnold: Four Scottish Dances Debussy: Marche écossaise Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 1 Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3 “Scottish” This program is a nod to the significance of the Scottish heritage and history in America, and conductor Garry Walker’s Scottish nationality. Mendelssohn, greatly affected by his visit to Scotland, juxtaposes a religious procession, a ceilidh dance, a love song, and a fast Strathspey in his “Scottish” Symphony. Debussy’s Marche écossaise seems to emerge out of the Scottish mists. Bruch’s timeless Violin Concerto No. 1 needs no introduction, but listeners might not know that his interest in Scotland ran deep, too. Malcolm Arnold’s Four Scottish Dances teem with character—listen for the bassoon solo in the second dance.

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87 Haywood Road , Asheville, NC
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Event Date: 02/11/2018   Event Time: 4:00 PM

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We have a special treat in store for this Valentine’s Day edition of Ready, Set, Throw. Come sip a glass of wine and nibble on chocolates while you and your partner explore the sensual aspects of clay. You can dig your hands in the clay, or work on a piece together. We’ll even help you re-enact the scene from Ghost! We will glaze and fire the work for you, so you can have a permanent reminder of your passion for each other. A great date for couples who don’t mind getting a little…dirty. Tuition: $99 Per Couple.

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236 Clingman Avenue , Asheville, NC 28801
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Event Date: 02/12/2018   Event Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

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Auditions for The Diary of Anne Frank will be held February 12-13, 2018 from 6 pm – 9 pm at Asheville Community Theatre. The director is looking for 5 women and 5 men. Auditions are open to all in the community; no previous experience required. Directed by Adam Cohen.

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35 East Walnut Street , Asheville, NC 28801
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Event Date: 02/13/2018   Event Time: 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

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Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo— or “The Trocks,” as their adoring fans call them—are creating a major dance phenomenon worldwide, as they don tutus, pointe shoes and false eyelashes to perform the classical ballet repertoire, all with athletic artistry, grace, and technical expertise. Tuesday & Wednesday, February 13 & 14, 2018 at 8:00 p.m. at Diana Wortham Theatre in downtown Asheville. Tickets: Regular $45; Student $40; Child $20; Student Rush Day-of-Show (with valid I.D.) $10. Box Office: 828-257-4530 or www.dwtheatre.com.

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18 Biltmore Ave. , Asheville, NC 28801
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Event Date: 02/14/2018   Event Time: 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

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Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo— or “The Trocks,” as their adoring fans call them—are creating a major dance phenomenon worldwide, as they don tutus, pointe shoes and false eyelashes to perform the classical ballet repertoire, all with athletic artistry, grace, and technical expertise. Tuesday & Wednesday, February 13 & 14, 2018 at 8:00 p.m. at Diana Wortham Theatre in downtown Asheville. Tickets: Regular $45; Student $40; Child $20; Student Rush Day-of-Show (with valid I.D.) $10. Box Office: 828-257-4530 or www.dwtheatre.com.

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18 Biltmore Ave. , Asheville, NC 28801
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Event Date: 02/16/2018   Event Time: 7:00 PM - 7:00 PM

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Funny Business at the Grey Eagle presents a Valentine’s Friday Comedy Special featuring Andy Woodhull who’s made recent appearances on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and CONAN. Andy Recently appeared on Conan on TBS the same year his half hour special premiered on Comedy Central. In 2014, he was the first comedian to make his network television debut on the Tonight Show: Staring Jimmy Fallon. He has also recently appeared on Comics Unleashed with Byron Allen, and Gotham Comedy Live on AXS. In 2009, he appeared on Comedy Central's Live at Gotham. Andy has appeared at many comedy festivals and contests including, the Bridgetown Comedy Festival, The Maui Comedy Festival, Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal, and The Great American Comedy Festival. He has been featured on the nationally syndicated Bob and Tom radio show, and was a semi-finalist in CMT's "Next Big Comic". He won the Best of the Midwest Competition at Gilda's Laugh Fest in 2010. His 2012 album release "Lucy" was named top 10 comedy albums of the year by comedyreviews.com. His newest release “Step Parenting” spent time in the top 20 comedy albums on iTunes. Andy is a former resident of Chicago, where he was named one of four comedians to watch by the Chicago Tribune. Maddie Wiener One of the youngest comics in North Carolina, Maddie Wiener has opened for Rich Vos, Josh Blue, and John Evans, and is a regular at Goodnights Comedy Club. Her dark and witty comedy has been the subject of multiple articles published by The Piedmont Sundial, Raleigh&Company, and The Daily Tarheel. Veteran comics have described her as “a natural writer with a quirky performance style that is abrasive and likeable at the same time.” Since she was 16 she has been traveling around North Carolina performing at clubs such as Goodnights, the Charlotte Comedy Zone, and Dead Crow Comedy Room. VALENTINE’S FRIDAY COMEDY SPECIAL W/ ANDY WOODHULL - FUNNY BUSINESS @ THE GREY EAGLE Friday, February 16th @ 7:00pm & 9:30pm $15 advance / $18 at the door Tickets @ http://www.ashevillefunnybusiness.com/ Buying tickets in advance is highly-recommended. Parking is available at the Grey Eagle’s parking lot and on Clingman Ave. and Haywood Road. The Grey Eagle offers full bar service, and food is available inside the club at The Grey Eagle Taqueria. http://www.thegreyeagle.com/ Address: 185 Clingman Ave, Asheville, NC 28801 Phone: (828) 232-5800 [email protected]

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185 Clingman Avenue , Asheville, NC 28801
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Event Date: 02/17/2018   Event Time: 6:00 PM

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Asheville Lyric Opera (ALO) presents its 18th Winter Gala with featuring the world premiere of a new art song by Clint Borzoni and Gavin Dillard and the esteemed vocal talents of Jennifer Bryant Pedersen, Matthew Queen, Will Jones and Barry Pate. The Winter Gala has become recognized for not only the highest of musical quality, but also for the culinary experience. This year's Gala will feature a three-course meal, cash bar, and live and silent auctions of intriguing items and packages.  **Mark your calendars for the ALO Winter Gala, at 7:00 pm on February 17, 2018 at the Country Club of Asheville. Want a more intimate interaction with the artists? Join us at 6 pm for a special optional pre-party celebration of hors d’oeuvres and bubbly with the concert artists who will perform toasts to the greatest influences in their opera careers! Single ticket for dinner ONLY includes: Doors open at 7 pm for seats for three course meal, including complimentary wines, opera concert, live and silent auctions. Single ticket to “Champagne Toasts” AND Dinner includes: Doors open at 6 pm, for this cocktail event featuring hors d’oeuvres and bubbly with the concert artists. A special concert and then a three course meal, including complimentary wines, opera concert, live and silent auctions. Table for 10 includes: Doors open at 6 pm for “Champagne Toasts”. This exclusive pre-party event features hors d’oeuvres and bubbly served for you and your guests and concert artists performing a toasts to the greatest influences in their opera careers; three course meal, including complimentary wines, opera concert, live and silent auctions.

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170 Windsor Road , Asheville, NC 28804
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Event Date: 02/17/2018   Event Time: 8:00 PM

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Alexandre Tharaud, piano Perhaps, pianist Charles Rosen describes Bach’s “Goldberg” Variations best: “It is the most open and public of Bach’s keyboard works, the one that most absorbs and transforms the popular styles of his time…The ‘Goldberg’ variations is a social work; it was meant principally to delight, and it instructs only as it charms." The ASO is joined for a recital of this iconic work by one of France’s leading pianists, Alexandre Tharaud, whose 2015 recording of the “Goldberg” Variations was named one of “The Best Classical Music Recordings of 2015” by The New York Times. Program: Bach: “Goldberg” Variations, BWV 988

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27 Church Street , Asheville, NC 28801
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