Event Date: 01/08/2017 - 03/31/2017   Event Time: All Day

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1345 Hendersonville Road , Asheville, NC 28803
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Event Date: 01/18/2017   Event Time: 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM

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David Joe Miller Presents his ongoing, ever popular, Spoken Word OPEN MIC! where you have ten minutes of stage time to tell a story, recite your poetry or read your written work for our audience. Sign up begins at 6:30, show at 7pm. Call 828-575-2844 to reserve a table for dinner. Bottles of wine are half price. Come join the fun! Hosts will be Debbie Gurriere and Kathy Gordon!

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747 Haywood Road , Asheville, NC 28806
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Event Date: 01/19/2017   Event Time: 7:00 PM

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Debra has a voice which beautifully combines Celtic and Appalachian sensibilities...deeply satisfying, lyrical and musically elegant.” -Roseanne Cash Following a life-long desire to sing and perform, Debra Cowan left her job as a California middle school math teacher in 1997 and went to live in Edinburgh, Scotland for six months. There she learned the art of unaccompanied singing and upon her return to the USA in 1998 began traveling all over New England performing at any open mike within 100 miles of her new home in Western Massachusetts. Almost 20 years later, she is now a full-time performer who bridges the old and new with a refreshing stage presence. She can be seen in many venues, festivals and museums, heard on both terrestrial and internet radio worldwide and will travel anywhere to sing. Her five recordings have been met with high praise world-wide and in June 2015, she was featured in the UK folk music magazine, Living Tradition. She tours extensively in the United Kingdom and in North America and can also be seen on stage with her good friend, singer and musician John Roberts. Debra is a proud member of American Federation of Musicians Local 1000 and endorses Harvey Leach guitars. Between travels, she makes her home near Worcester, Massachusetts with her husband and their two cats, Hazel n’ Herman

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743 Haywood Rd , Asheville, NC 28806
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Event Date: 01/20/2017   Event Time: 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

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Laura Blackley hosts the next Literary Karaoke, and we’re ready for you to read your favorite literature aloud and revive a lost art. Give it all you’ve got! Readings can be anywhere from 1-5 minutes in length and cannot be your own written work. Your host, Laura Blackley, is a singer-songwriter in the tradition of the Appalachian blues and soul. She was an on-air host and producer for seven years at WNCW 88.7 FM in Spindale, N.C., spotlighting regional music, women in roots music, and bluegrass and old-time. She currently works (in addition to her gig schedule) as a Teaching Artist with Musicworks!, a program that utilizes music and musicianship to teach life skills to young children.

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55 Haywood Street , Asheville, NC 28801
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Event Date: 01/20/2017   Event Time: 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

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On Friday, January 20th, The Diana Wortham Theatre in Asheville, NC welcomes comedian Paula Poundstone. “I want to be a comedian for all Americans” says Poundstone. Heralded as one of our country’s foremost comics, Paula Poundstone's quick-thinking, unscripted approach to comedy makes for a perfect fit as a regular panelist on NPR’s #1 show, the screwball weekly news quiz show WAIT WAIT...DON'T TELL ME! where she holds the record for game losses. "The others cheat," she says magnanimously, "you wouldn't think NPR would put up with that. "Paula tours regularly, performing standup comedy across the country. Writes Nick Zaino with the Boston Globe: "You know she’s a great comic the way you know any fine performer when you see one -- there's a disarming ease in her craft, an immediate sense that she's so quick on her feet you need never worry about the possibility of something going wrong.” Paula’s interchanges with the audience are never mean or done at a person’s expense. She even manages to handle politics without provoking the pall of disapproval received by less artful comics. "With the exception of that one time," Paula claims. The talents of this brilliant humorist extend beyond standup comedy, but stop short of yodeling. In 2016 Paula voiced the character "Forgetter Paula" in Disney/Pixar’s Academy Award winning animated feature film, INSIDE OUT. In June 2016, her first double-live CD, "NORTH BY NORTHWEST: PAULA POUNDSTONE LIVE!" (HighBridge) debuted at #1 on both Amazon’s “Hot New Releases – Non Fiction” and “Comedy CD” lists, and charted on Billboard’s Comedy Albums. The CD was recorded at performances at the Big Top Chautauqua in Bayfield, WI and the Aladdin Theatre in Portland, OR. Says Paula, “It’s a joyous romp through a field of cheeseheads and hipsters.” Paula is also an author. Her second hardcover book (Algonquin Books), will debut on May 9, 2017. An avid reader, Paula is a staunch supporter of our nation's libraries and in 2006 the American Library Association invited her to become the national spokesperson for United for Libraries, a post she holds to this day. United for Libraries is a grass roots support group with members across the country who raise much needed funds for their local libraries. In July this year, Paula appeared on the hit television drama, MAJOR CRIMES. She has also done commentaries for CBS SUNDAY MORNING. Paula has never been one to brag, "except," she says, "when I'm alone," but since this is her bio, and we are supposed to tell you something about her, over the years Paula has amassed a list of accolades and awards that stretch the length of a great big tall guy's rm. In 1992 she became the first woman to share the stage with the President and host the prestigious White House Correspondents dinner, a role not until then offered to a woman in its seventy-two year history. Only four other women have followed in her pioneering footsteps. That same year, she rocked the comedy establishment when her HBO special, CATS, COPS AND STUFF won the Cable ACE Award for Best Standup Comedy Special -- the first woman to ever receive that award. Her second special for HBO, PAULA POUNDSTONE GOES TO HARVARD was the first time the elite university allowed their name to be used in the title of a television show. Paula is included in Comedy Central's list of 100 Greatest Stand-Ups Of All Time – comments Paula: "Especially meaningful because lots of other Neanderthals were overlooked.” -- and she won an American Comedy Award for Best Female Standup Comic -- Paula: "They ran out of people to give it to." She has guested on late night talk shows, several television specials, and Garrison Keillor's A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION. Still, Paula considers her greatest achievement being a Mom of 3 children. She lives in Santa Monica where she also has 2 dogs, 14 cats, and one ant left from her ant farm. For more info visit www.paulapoundstone.com twitter.com/paulapoundstone • facebook.com/paulapoundstone • youtube.com/paulapoundstone Watch Paula on Craig Ferguson: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G6WnBZ5G6fc Don’t miss Paula’s new ‘double live’ CD, North by Northwest: Paula Poundstone Live! http://amzn.to/29LuUHO mp3 v#1 http://amzn.to/2adplTx v#2 http://amzn.to/2avJ28y Fri. 8:00PM / Tickets: $36.38 - $47 / Call: 828-257-4530 Visit: http://www.dwtheatre.com/

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2 South Pack Square , Asheville, NC
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Event Date: 01/22/2017   Event Time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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As a nod to the film series that offer vignettes of a city and its people, these four authors ( RANDI JANELLE, ALLI MARSHALL, NINA HART AND JENNIFER FULFORD) will share their stories from their time living here (from 5-20 years) as expressed in poetry and prose. Audience members are invited to contribute their own tales of our town in an "open mic" portion.

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55 Haywood Street , Asheville, NC 28801
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Event Date: 01/25/2017   Event Time: All Day

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Jan. 25-Feb. 19, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. The sequel to last season?s smash hit, ?Jeeves Intervenes.? $16-$40. 828-239-0263 or www.ncstage.org/productions/jeeves-in-bloom/. The lovable yet hapless Bertie and faithful valet Jeeves return. The pair pay a visit to the English countryside where Bertie's amphibian-loving school chum, Gussie, hatches a plan to win the heart of the fanciful Madeline Basset, who has fallen for Bertie, while Aunt Dahlia drags him into plan to commit burglary, all while escaping the attacks from the disgruntled French chef!

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15 Stage Ln , Asheville, NC 28801
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Event Date: 01/25/2017   Event Time: 7:30 PM

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The sequel to last season’s smash hit, Jeeves Intervenes. The lovable yet hapless Bertie and faithful valet Jeeves return! The pair pay a visit to the English countryside where Bertie’s amphibian-loving school chum, Gussie, hatches a plan to win the heart of the fanciful Madeline Basset, who has fallen for Bertie, while Aunt Dahlia drags him into plan to commit burglary, all while escaping the attacks from the disgruntled French chef! In the midst of such mayhem, there is only one man who can set everything straight: Jeeves!

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15 Stage Ln , Asheville, NC 28801
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Event Date: 01/26/2017 - 01/29/2017   Event Time: 12:00 PM - 9:00 PM

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The Freak Pass allows the pass holder to attend as many shows and after parties as humanly possible. There are 18 different ticketed shows with a total of 34 different performances included in those shows! Your pass will allow you attend as many as you can schedule. If you purchase this pass: you will need to reserve your tickets for your shows prior to attending the shows. Please see the updated website, starting January 1 with the complete schedule. Email [email protected] with your reservations. Or you may call the Fringe Central box office during the Fringe Central week - January 23-28, noon - 6pm, to reserve your spot. We are located at the LaZoom ticket booth on 14 Battery Park Ave. The Fringe Central phone number will be available on the website, starting January 1. Good Luck! Thank you for supporting the Fringe!

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20 Commerce Street , Asheville, NC 28801
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Event Date: 01/26/2017   Event Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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Spuyten Duyvil (Spitting Devil) is the name of a confluence of turbulent waters. Mixed performance/visual media and an intergenerational cast explore the questions: is violence inevitable? What does protection mean? Can we call on forces greater than ourselves? Does memory live in the land? A movement/film/sculpture installation in 3 acts (9 scenes) directed by Amy Hamilton. Sculpture and set by Victor Palomino.

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101 Fairview Rd , Asheville, NC 28803
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Event Date: 01/26/2017   Event Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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IRTE (Improvisational Repertory Theatre Ensemble) Presents Happy Birthday, Stupid Kid! Jamie McCluskey is turning 12 and you're invited to celebrate THE BIG DAY! There will be games, goodie bags, music, a birthday cake and plenty of mayhem. Jamie may be just a "stupid kid," but it's the adults who are out of control in this improvised and interactive birthday party. You'll get to join in the fun while witnessing the over-the-top antics of Jamie's family.

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20 Commerce Street , Asheville, NC 28801
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Event Date: 01/26/2017   Event Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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Unredeemable created and performed by Jim Sea One womans crusade to bring sexual pathology out of the darkness and into the light where healing can begin. When she reaches a barrier with a sex offender client, she approaches a government administrator with a promising program. However, when they discover each others prescription to prevent sexual assault, sparks fly, leaving the offender in the crosshairs.

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372 Depot St Suite 50 , Asheville, NC 28801
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Event Date: 01/26/2017   Event Time: 9:00 PM - 10:00 PM

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Poetry Cabaret led by Caleb Beissart, is an experimental poetry reading in cabaret style and a performance collective that facilitates collaboration among artists working in different media. The show includes poets performing short sets with live musical accompaniment and burlesque acts. A wild yet intelligent party, it explores themes of Bacchanalia and erotic expression while not ignoring those of cultural diversity and social justice.

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372 Depot St Suite 50 , Asheville, NC 28801
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Event Date: 01/27/2017   Event Time: 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

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Mine and Yours Live at The Mothlight created and performed by The Cardboard Sea As the band members of Mine and Yours tune, set levels, drink, and adjust to yet another venue, we learn of their embattled relationships strained from multiple years on the road. This sound check becomes a lens through which The Cardboard Sea explores the nature of performative art. Is it a personal process or a public experience? NO SHAME by Karin Webb Performance Art that grabs clowning, drag, and BDSM by the pussy! This beautiful and ridiculous look at humanity and the complications of owning a human body is one you wont soon forget. Karin shape-shifts character to character enticing the audience always closer Far sexier was Webbs command of the audience. Warm putty in her hands, more than one spectators mouth hung slack. Bay Windows

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701 Haywood Road , Asheville, NC 28806
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Event Date: 01/27/2017   Event Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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Lick In Nude Lindsey Kelley Dance presents "Lick In Nude," a modern dance inspired by the improvisational choreographic methods of post-modern dance pioneer, Trisha Brown. Tampa-based musician and improvisational wizard, Sean Hamilton, will be accompanying the dancers onstage for what is to be a spontaneously whimsical performance. "BASURA" Installation performance art by Susan and Giles Collard In a world of mindless consumption and plastic pollution there is a simple answer to this plastic problem that could be as simple as STOP BUYING! But the plastic has an ego of its own. As this piece could be considered either disturbing or humorous and maybe even beautiful...only the viewer can know. RECYCLE! NO ! just stop buying .. our landfills are a failure short and sweet BASURA String of Purls Silvia Sheffield & Co. presents String of Purls, a partially improvised dance theater solo set to the goosebump-raising voice of Patsy Cline. Be advised: this performance is intimate, bizarre, honest, and not without dark humor. This work is made possible in part by a workshop grant from Tobacco Road Dance Productions. Rabbit Ridge Rabbit Ridge is a new sound and dance collaboration between In Flight and Michele t Hower. It is a work inspired by the sublime landscape of a Ridge in New Mexico that was struck with expansive forest fires. Rabbit Ridge encounters the body as an earthy organism, connected to its own scars, quiet hopes and internal rhythms and to the rhythms outside of it, to which it is inextricably linked. Downtown Replay Life and art imitate each other. This is the feedback loop that Downtown Replay explores through movement and sound. This piece originated from a series of public, improvisational performances in downtown Kansas City. The artists captured these performances through a combination of dance, sound, and video, and reconstructed specific audial and visual moments for a stage performance offering a unique perspective on the sights, sounds, and culture of Kansas City.

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20 Commerce Street , Asheville, NC 28801
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Event Date: 01/27/2017   Event Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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Breakfast at Wimbledon, written & performed by Willie Filkowski & Brita Thorne Shes the winningest woman in the history of tennis, and were here to chase after her balls. Through dance, movement, comedy, and whining, Willie Filkowski and Brita Thorne present a lively, wide-ranging variety show that desecrates the oldest tennis tournament in the world. Tart like strawberries, sweet like cream. Wont you join us for Breakfast at Wimbledon?

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372 Depot St Suite 50 , Asheville, NC 28801
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Event Date: 01/27/2017   Event Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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Experience all the Fringe weirdness with your EmCee Millie van Illa as your guide as you travel through a journey of the Fearless Fringe. DRAFT INFORMATION Krampus Takes a Holiday by E McClain and Dark Horse Theatre A black comedy play set in a bar during a post-Krampusnacht visit. Beginning to end, or, why inspiration is not enough by Claire Dima and Sera Sehara of Found World Bellydance A movement piece about the impact of personality and the development of dance. This performance has the dancers representing the "inspiration" and the "realization" of the piece, with one dancer executing the rough moves and the other dancer the polished and edited composition, weaving together the raw material with the finished and edited piece. Girl and Star is a conversation between a young woman and the dead star she is wishing upon. They discuss love, life and death in a snappy beat. A short play written by Kevin Patterson and performed by Anna Royal and Kevin Patterson. bibliophilia Caroline Williford bibliophilia is a place, where books come to life, and an uncensored passion for books plays out amongst the players. Speaking with books, dancing with books, reveling in books, embodying books. For a time, come peek into the curious corners of a deliciously book laden world. Caroline Williford is a choreographer, dancer, multi-media artist and shepherdess, seeking the visceral and profound in the utmost ordinary and the luminously fictitious. The All-In-One Tap Dancing Bellydancing Hula Hooping Juggling Contortion Burlesque Clown Stand Up Comedy Act by Rigel Pawlak. A four minute clown act featuring juggling, hooping, bellydance, tap dance, contortion, and burlesque followed by a hard hitting, lightning fast, six minute stand up set. Shadow House, a trace of remembrance Solo installation/performance work by choreographer Kathleen Meyers Leiner trace1 verb: find or discover by investigation. noun: a mark, object, or other indication of the existence or passing of something This work immerses the audience into the question of perception as it traces the traces of the past and explores the shadows of what is left behind in space and time.

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Boards at Coxe & Commerce St , Asheville, NC 28801
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Event Date: 01/27/2017   Event Time: 9:00 PM

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Step right up, Ladies, Gentlemen and Otherwise! Brighten up your winter with a little more... darkness. Seduction Sideshow is ready to take the stage once more with an all-new show, "Seven Deadly Sins!" premiering January 27th and 28th at Isis Restaurant and Music Hall. In "Seven Deadly Sins," the players of Seduction Sideshow will explore the darkness that draws us, the dillemas that define our humanity, and the shadows that reveal our true selves! Utilizing a diverse array of performance arts including burlesque, comedy, circus, dance, and stage magic, the longest-running burlesque troupe in Asheville presents to you a show with seven times the sexy and strange (guaranteed)! FEATURING: We are also pleased to have back again the incredible cello stylings of the mad and enchanting Polly Panic, as well as a fantastic New Member(!) to our troupe... Iggy Ingler! Since 2007, Seduction Sideshow has consistently produced one of the most wildly entertaining shows in Asheville. Get your tickets now folks, we will be selling out as usual.

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743 Haywood Rd , Asheville, NC 28806
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Event Date: 01/27/2017   Event Time: 9:00 PM - 10:00 PM

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UBU FAUST by Brodrick Jones Ubu assumes the role of Faust in this raucous, rapid-fire bastardization of Punch and Judy. Contains boorish villainy, laughable special effects, gratuitous wordplay, and puppet sexuality. Minimal audience participation. (Except in one bit.)(Well, three.)(But they're relatively painless.) Roman Meal Local collaboration Down With Pants presents Roman Meal, a pantsless tragicomedy in one act. Herstory vs. hysteria, endgame class war distinctions and malicious compliance in the last days of empire Dance, romance, gorey depravity and indirect action through the slapstick-cracked lens of an ancient, but timeless Family outing. Starring Ashe/Vaude-villians Claire Dima, Rod Murphy, Gina Murphy, Todd Lester, & writer/director Corr de Joch, (plus Surprise Appearances). Down With Pants Roma Meal was written for feral locals Gina & Rod Murphy & Todd Lester, from Synergy Storyslam & the band ROND. With the crucial and auspicious addition of Claire Dima (found World Bellydance), writer Corr de Joch scored the cast hed sworn he wouldnt direct this play without, and Down With Pants came to be.

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101 Fairview Rd , Asheville, NC 28803
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Event Date: 01/27/2017   Event Time: 9:00 PM - 10:00 PM

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The Sexy President of Midnight Jerusalem An alternative listening opportunity using sound collage and performance art combined using a simple chance operation. All audience members must download a free sound collage from www.mysterymeatpodcast.com/fringe and bring a listening device and headphones/earbuds to the Mothlight shows. Mystery Meat is a group of theatre, sound, and visual artists exploring the relationship between the real world and artistic content through a podcast. weedy trophies by Jenni Cockrell/strange daughters butoh Jenni Cockrell presents a butoh reimagining of the tragic character Ophelia from Shakespeare's Hamlet. weedy trophies tells the tale of her demise and turns it on its head. An avant-garde exploration of themes such as vulnerability, contradiction, strength, approval, value and loss of self, this solo dance performance investigates Ophelia from an experimental point of view. DRAFTReality by Grayson Morris, a short mime piece about the ridiculousness of being human.

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701 Haywood Road , Asheville, NC 28806
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Event Date: 01/28/2017   Event Time: 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

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A Disorienting Divertissement by Lynn Nesseth and Grayson Morris From the folks who brought you emersion, Asheville's immersive walk-through performance art installation house, A Disorienting Divertissement is an intriguing pedestrian experience which will lead you though a series locations and experiences in downtown Asheville. While admission is free, reservations are required in advance and limited spots are available. Wear warm clothes and walking shoes. The journeys begin at 2:00, 2:30, 3:00, 3:30, and 4:00 at Rock Doll Vintage. This Random Act of Fringe is completely Free! But you must register to attend. Limited number of people per session.

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46 Commerce Street , Asheville, NC 28801
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Event Date: 01/28/2017   Event Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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Spuyten Duyvil (Spitting Devil) is the name of a confluence of turbulent waters. Mixed performance/visual media and an intergenerational cast explore the questions: is violence inevitable? What does protection mean? Can we call on forces greater than ourselves? Does memory live in the land? A movement/film/sculpture installation in 3 acts (9 scenes) directed by Amy Hamilton. Sculpture and set by Victor Palomino.

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101 Fairview Rd , Asheville, NC 28803
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Event Date: 01/28/2017   Event Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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Hot for T-Rex Mia was told she wasn't talented but she has made it rich writing Dino Erotica, out ranks all her former classmates in book sales, and is now on a revenge tour for everyone who wrote critical reviews of her work. If you've made negative comments about Hung Like a Dinosaur, The Flirtatious Period, Getting Dino-Sore (or any of her other popular titles), Mia will find you. And she'll show you how love has no boundaries (including size, species, and time.) The Dirty South Venue can be found behind The Southern restaurant, and is accessible from Walnut Street.

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41 N Lexington Ave , Asheville, NC 28801
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Event Date: 01/28/2017   Event Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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Experience all the Fringe weirdness with your EmCee Millie van Illa as your guide as you travel through a journey of the Fearless Fringe. DRAFT INFORMATION Krampus Takes a Holiday by E McClain and Dark Horse Theatre A black comedy play set in a bar during a post-Krampusnacht visit. Beginning to end, or, why inspiration is not enough by Claire Dima and Sera Sehara of Found World Bellydance A movement piece about the impact of personality and the development of dance. This performance has the dancers representing the "inspiration" and the "realization" of the piece, with one dancer executing the rough moves and the other dancer the polished and edited composition, weaving together the raw material with the finished and edited piece. Girl and Star is a conversation between a young woman and the dead star she is wishing upon. They discuss love, life and death in a snappy beat. A short play written by Kevin Patterson and performed by Anna Royal and Kevin Patterson. bibliophilia Caroline Williford bibliophilia is a place, where books come to life, and an uncensored passion for books plays out amongst the players. Speaking with books, dancing with books, reveling in books, embodying books. For a time, come peek into the curious corners of a deliciously book laden world. Caroline Williford is a choreographer, dancer, multi-media artist and shepherdess, seeking the visceral and profound in the utmost ordinary and the luminously fictitious. The All-In-One Tap Dancing Bellydancing Hula Hooping Juggling Contortion Burlesque Clown Stand Up Comedy Act by Rigel Pawlak. A four minute clown act featuring juggling, hooping, bellydance, tap dance, contortion, and burlesque followed by a hard hitting, lightning fast, six minute stand up set. Shadow House, a trace of remembrance Solo installation/performance work by choreographer Kathleen Meyers Leiner trace1 verb: find or discover by investigation. noun: a mark, object, or other indication of the existence or passing of something This work immerses the audience into the question of perception as it traces the traces of the past and explores the shadows of what is left behind in space and time.

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Boards at Coxe & Commerce St , Asheville, NC 28801
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Event Date: 01/28/2017   Event Time: 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

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Mine and Yours Live at The Mothlight created and performed by The Cardboard Sea As the band members of Mine and Yours tune, set levels, drink, and adjust to yet another venue, we learn of their embattled relationships strained from multiple years on the road. This sound check becomes a lens through which The Cardboard Sea explores the nature of performative art. Is it a personal process or a public experience? NO SHAME by Karin Webb Performance Art that grabs clowning, drag, and BDSM by the pussy! This beautiful and ridiculous look at humanity and the complications of owning a human body is one you wont soon forget. Karin shape-shifts character to character enticing the audience always closer Far sexier was Webbs command of the audience. Warm putty in her hands, more than one spectators mouth hung slack. Bay Windows

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701 Haywood Road , Asheville, NC 28806
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Event Date: 01/28/2017   Event Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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Unredeemable created and performed by Jim Sea One womans crusade to bring sexual pathology out of the darkness and into the light where healing can begin. When she reaches a barrier with a sex offender client, she approaches a government administrator with a promising program. However, when they discover each others prescription to prevent sexual assault, sparks fly, leaving the offender in the crosshairs.

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372 Depot St Suite 50 , Asheville, NC 28801
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Event Date: 01/28/2017   Event Time: 8:00 PM

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Erin Foley

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Erin Foley Stand-Up 10/03/13 Erin Foley Stand Up - 2008 Comedian Erin Foley Performs Stand-Up Live on Comedy Central Erin Foley's razor-sharp observational comedy has gotten her big laughs on @midnight, Conan, Chelsea Lately, Comedy Central, Carson Daly, Arsenio Hall, Montreal Just for Laughs, amongst a slew of others! Foley continues to crush audiences nationwide with her hysterical view on life, spot- on humor, rapid firespeech and aerbic wit like no other! When she's not performing stand-up, Foley is also a talented actress whose credits include Curb Your Enthusiasm, NBC's Go On and the film Almost Famous. Erin has branded a unique position for herself in the industry as not only a gifted stand-up but a talented actress. Her versatility makes her one of the most incredible and admired comedians touring the country today. No surprise, The Huffington Post named her in the Top 20 in its list of "53 of our favorite comedians."

Huffington Post writes, “She offers smart comedy on politics, culture, sports and commercialism that can appeal to anyone in an urban area or with a college degree."
Blaire Postman

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LinksBlaire Postman is a sharp, energetic, authoritative stand-up comedian. Her performances include unexpected material ranging from original songs, living with recovering alcoholics and outlining the dark history of Super Bowl halftime shows.

She was a Finalist in Port City's Top Comic 2015; is an official selection for the 2016 NC Comedy Arts Festival (Chapel Hill, NC), 2016 SheDot Festival (Toronto), 2016 Cape Fear Comedy Festival & 2016 Chicago Women's Funny Fest; she features, showcases and/or hosts at clubs & venues throughout the southeast, including Cat's Cradle in Chapel Hill; King’s Barcade in Raleigh; Dead Crow Comedy in Wilmington, NC; DSI Theater in Chapel Hill; Goodnight's in Raleigh; Comedy Cabana in Myrtle Beach; Richmond & Virginia Beach Funny Bones; Coconuts St. Pete Beach; Jackie Knight's in St. Augustine; Gregory’s in Cocoa Beach and other cool, alt, fun places. She's opened for countless more experienced and talented stand ups (you can see them at the "select credits" tab).

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My Fantasy Wife: the weekly sports-meets-comedy-meets-marriage podcast where a husband, wife & their comedian friends discuss sports, fantasy leagues & their impact on pop culture and relationships – including their own.
Jen O'Neill Smith

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LinksJen O’Neill Smith is a stand up comedian from Atlanta, GA. She has produced and co-produced many comedy shows including Schlitz and Giggles Stand Up Comedy Showcase, Brunchlines, and Date Night: A Sensual Comedy Experience. Jen has had the pleasure of performing on many festivals including Laughing Skull Festival, Laugh your Asheville Off, Memphis Comedy Festival, Devil Cup, Broken Record Comedy Festival, and the Sweet Water 420 Festival. She will also be performing at this year’s Accidental Comedy Festival, and Hell Yes Fest. She has been described as “dark and observational…yet like-able”.

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185 Clingman Avenue , Asheville, NC
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Event Date: 01/28/2017   Event Time: 9:00 PM - 10:00 PM

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Poetry Cabaret led by Caleb Beissart, is an experimental poetry reading in cabaret style and a performance collective that facilitates collaboration among artists working in different media. The show includes poets performing short sets with live musical accompaniment and burlesque acts. A wild yet intelligent party, it explores themes of Bacchanalia and erotic expression while not ignoring those of cultural diversity and social justice.

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372 Depot St Suite 50 , Asheville, NC 28801
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Event Date: 01/28/2017   Event Time: 9:00 PM - 10:00 PM

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Dantes Itch is an ensemble-devised performance piece, inspired by the experiences of the ensemble members personal struggles with anxiety and depression. The cast uses movement, voice, and more to express their stories and connect with audience members. Dante's Itch takes its title from Dante's Inferno, a poem about confusion, struggle, and ultimately relief beyond the protagonist's control. Created and performed by Anam Cara Theatre.

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20 Commerce Street , Asheville, NC 28801
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Event Date: 01/28/2017   Event Time: 9:00 PM

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Step right up, Ladies, Gentlemen and Otherwise! Brighten up your winter with a little more... darkness. Seduction Sideshow is ready to take the stage once more with an all-new show, "Seven Deadly Sins!" premiering January 27th and 28th at Isis Restaurant and Music Hall. In "Seven Deadly Sins," the players of Seduction Sideshow will explore the darkness that draws us, the dillemas that define our humanity, and the shadows that reveal our true selves! Utilizing a diverse array of performance arts including burlesque, comedy, circus, dance, and stage magic, the longest-running burlesque troupe in Asheville presents to you a show with seven times the sexy and strange (guaranteed)! FEATURING: We are also pleased to have back again the incredible cello stylings of the mad and enchanting Polly Panic, as well as a fantastic New Member(!) to our troupe... Iggy Ingler! Since 2007, Seduction Sideshow has consistently produced one of the most wildly entertaining shows in Asheville. Get your tickets now folks, we will be selling out as usual.

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743 Haywood Rd , Asheville, NC 28806
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Event Date: 01/29/2017   Event Time: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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The Ride-Along places audiences of two (or three) in the back seat of a car driven by a pair of bounty hunters. Adventure ensues as the audience gets up close and personal with a night in the life of these enthusiastic hitmen. Sword fights, silly songs, Wendys, rock music, and a general sense of holycrapisthisreallytheatrecauseitsfreakingawesome. A Site specific immersive theater piece, created by Deanna Braine and Fight Theatre, taking place in and around a car that travels to different locations in the city with the audience sitting in the back seat. This show departs from the parking lot next to Magnetic Theatre.

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372 Depot St Suite 50 , Asheville, NC 28801
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Event Date: 01/29/2017   Event Time: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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Lick In Nude Lindsey Kelley Dance presents "Lick In Nude," a modern dance inspired by the improvisational choreographic methods of post-modern dance pioneer, Trisha Brown. Tampa-based musician and improvisational wizard, Sean Hamilton, will be accompanying the dancers onstage for what is to be a spontaneously whimsical performance. "BASURA" Installation performance art by Susan and Giles Collard In a world of mindless consumption and plastic pollution there is a simple answer to this plastic problem that could be as simple as STOP BUYING! But the plastic has an ego of its own. As this piece could be considered either disturbing or humorous and maybe even beautiful...only the viewer can know. RECYCLE! NO ! just stop buying .. our landfills are a failure short and sweet BASURA String of Purls Silvia Sheffield & Co. presents String of Purls, a partially improvised dance theater solo set to the goosebump-raising voice of Patsy Cline. Be advised: this performance is intimate, bizarre, honest, and not without dark humor. This work is made possible in part by a workshop grant from Tobacco Road Dance Productions. Rabbit Ridge Rabbit Ridge is a new sound and dance collaboration between In Flight and Michele t Hower. It is a work inspired by the sublime landscape of a Ridge in New Mexico that was struck with expansive forest fires. Rabbit Ridge encounters the body as an earthy organism, connected to its own scars, quiet hopes and internal rhythms and to the rhythms outside of it, to which it is inextricably linked. Downtown Replay Life and art imitate each other. This is the feedback loop that Downtown Replay explores through movement and sound. This piece originated from a series of public, improvisational performances in downtown Kansas City. The artists captured these performances through a combination of dance, sound, and video, and reconstructed specific audial and visual moments for a stage performance offering a unique perspective on the sights, sounds, and culture of Kansas City.

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20 Commerce Street , Asheville, NC 28801
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Event Date: 01/29/2017   Event Time: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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Breakfast at Wimbledon, written & performed by Willie Filkowski & Brita Thorne Shes the winningest woman in the history of tennis, and were here to chase after her balls. Through dance, movement, comedy, and whining, Willie Filkowski and Brita Thorne present a lively, wide-ranging variety show that desecrates the oldest tennis tournament in the world. Tart like strawberries, sweet like cream. Wont you join us for Breakfast at Wimbledon?

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372 Depot St Suite 50 , Asheville, NC 28801
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Event Date: 01/29/2017   Event Time: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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Who Are?! What Are!? THE THUNDER ELVES! A brand new puppet comedy full of spills, chills, and thrills! Who are the Thunder Elves? What are the Thunder Elves? Don't Miss This Show and You May Just Find Out! Featuring a variety of traditional and modern puppet practices and original characters from the hit show Billy The Liar! For ALL AGES. Keith Shubert Keith Shubert is a local resident and multi-award winning puppeteer and character actor. He was awarded Best Performance and Fan Favorite at the 2013 National Puppetry Festival and a 2014 Seed Grant from The Jim Henson Foundation. This will be his eighth performance at the Asheville Fringe Arts Festival.

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101 Fairview Rd , Asheville, NC 28803
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Event Date: 01/29/2017   Event Time: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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Experience all the Fringe weirdness with your EmCee Millie van Illa as your guide as you travel through a journey of the Fearless Fringe. DRAFT INFORMATION Krampus Takes a Holiday by E McClain and Dark Horse Theatre A black comedy play set in a bar during a post-Krampusnacht visit. Beginning to end, or, why inspiration is not enough by Claire Dima and Sera Sehara of Found World Bellydance A movement piece about the impact of personality and the development of dance. This performance has the dancers representing the "inspiration" and the "realization" of the piece, with one dancer executing the rough moves and the other dancer the polished and edited composition, weaving together the raw material with the finished and edited piece. Girl and Star is a conversation between a young woman and the dead star she is wishing upon. They discuss love, life and death in a snappy beat. A short play written by Kevin Patterson and performed by Anna Royal and Kevin Patterson. bibliophilia Caroline Williford bibliophilia is a place, where books come to life, and an uncensored passion for books plays out amongst the players. Speaking with books, dancing with books, reveling in books, embodying books. For a time, come peek into the curious corners of a deliciously book laden world. Caroline Williford is a choreographer, dancer, multi-media artist and shepherdess, seeking the visceral and profound in the utmost ordinary and the luminously fictitious. The All-In-One Tap Dancing Bellydancing Hula Hooping Juggling Contortion Burlesque Clown Stand Up Comedy Act by Rigel Pawlak. A four minute clown act featuring juggling, hooping, bellydance, tap dance, contortion, and burlesque followed by a hard hitting, lightning fast, six minute stand up set. Shadow House, a trace of remembrance Solo installation/performance work by choreographer Kathleen Meyers Leiner trace1 verb: find or discover by investigation. noun: a mark, object, or other indication of the existence or passing of something This work immerses the audience into the question of perception as it traces the traces of the past and explores the shadows of what is left behind in space and time.

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Boards at Coxe & Commerce St , Asheville, NC 28801
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Event Date: 01/29/2017   Event Time: 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

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BLACK! by Michael Washington Brown In this piece you will meet four individuals who will each describe their personal experience with the word BLACK! We will learn about their stories, how their lives are affected by this word, whether positively or otherwise, and most important, their individual perspectives. We hope to better understand whether there are any similarities or has society bought into the stereotypes that exist. If sowhy?

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372 Depot St Suite 50 , Asheville, NC 28801
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Event Date: 01/29/2017   Event Time: 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

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When it comes to sexuality, there are many closed doors for adults with disabilities. Amanda Levesque is a 33-year-old disabled virgin who wants to open those doors. Along with performers Tom Kilby and Giovanna Allegretti, we will explore different aspects of sexuality through the use of improvisational dance, burlesque, and ritual.

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20 Commerce Street , Asheville, NC 28801
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Event Date: 01/29/2017   Event Time: 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

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UBU FAUST by Brodrick Jones Ubu assumes the role of Faust in this raucous, rapid-fire bastardization of Punch and Judy. Contains boorish villainy, laughable special effects, gratuitous wordplay, and puppet sexuality. Minimal audience participation. (Except in one bit.)(Well, three.)(But they're relatively painless.) Roman Meal Local collaboration Down With Pants presents Roman Meal, a pantsless tragicomedy in one act. Herstory vs. hysteria, endgame class war distinctions and malicious compliance in the last days of empire Dance, romance, gorey depravity and indirect action through the slapstick-cracked lens of an ancient, but timeless Family outing. Starring Ashe/Vaude-villians Claire Dima, Rod Murphy, Gina Murphy, Todd Lester, & writer/director Corr de Joch, (plus Surprise Appearances). Down With Pants Roma Meal was written for feral locals Gina & Rod Murphy & Todd Lester, from Synergy Storyslam & the band ROND. With the crucial and auspicious addition of Claire Dima (found World Bellydance), writer Corr de Joch scored the cast hed sworn he wouldnt direct this play without, and Down With Pants came to be.

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101 Fairview Rd , Asheville, NC 28803
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Event Date: 02/03/2017   Event Time: 7:30 PM

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In the mythical town of Almost, Maine, residents find themselves falling in and out of love in unexpected and often hilarious ways. Produced and directed by Reeni Lindblom Dowd, Almost, Maine is presented in 35below. The show runs February 3-19, 2017 with performances Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 pm and Sunday afternoons at 2:30 pm.

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35 East Walnut Street , Asheville, NC 28801
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Event Date: 02/05/2017   Event Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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

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55 Haywood Street , Asheville, NC 28801
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Event Date: 02/07/2017   Event Time: 7:30 PM

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87 Haywood Street , Asheville, NC 28801
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Event Date: 02/10/2017   Event Time: 8:00 PM

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87 Haywood Street , Asheville, NC 28801
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Event Date: 02/11/2017   Event Time: 7:00 PM

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Bengt Washburn

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Religious Smoking - ComedyTime Mormon Mission Marriage vs. Engagement - Comedy Time Bengt Washburn Excerpts from Hole Person Bengt Washburn @ Wiseguys Odgen Bengt Washburn was born in Salt Lake City, Utah but grew up in a large Utah town (1,200 people) as the fifth child in a small Mormon family (7 children). Bengt is married to an officer in the United States Air force. They have lived in 6 different cities over the last eleven years. Most recently he moved to Springfield, Virginia (Washington D.C.) after living in Stuttgart, Germany for 3 years.

Bengt is a former winner of the prestigious San Francisco International Comedy Competition. He has been seen on The Late Late Show with Craig Fergusen, Live at Gotham on Comedy Central and most recently Conan on TBS. He was invited to perform at the Vancouver International Comedy Festival, The Boston Comedy Festival, the Aspen Laff Festival and Gilda’s Laugh Fest in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

He’s been heard on NPR, PRI and Bob and Tom. All three of his comedy Cd’s can be heard playing on XM Sirius radio. His fourth comedy CD “Bengt Over in Europe” will be released with Stand Up Records in the Fall of 2013.

Most people who know him would say Bengt is a logistically impaired ditz, but his comedy is described as intelligent, surprisingly universal considering the content matter and profoundly funny. The Monterey County Weekly says: “Washburn is a truly hilarious comedian.”
Wendy Wroblewski

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LinksWendy Wroblewski is a stand-up comedian and math tutor from Gaithersburg, Maryland. A regular at the DC Improv, she performs comedy all over the Washington, DC metro area. She has opened for John Heffron, Liza Treyger, Adam Cayton-Holland, Ryan Hamilton, and Brent Morin. She was a guest on the 202 Comedy Festival and the DC stop of the Betches of Comedy tour. She recently won the 7th edition of the DC Improv's Comedy Kumite tournament.

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185 Clingman Avenue , Asheville, NC
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Event Date: 02/11/2017   Event Time: 8:00 PM

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87 Haywood Street , Asheville, NC 28801
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Event Date: 02/11/2017   Event Time: 8:00 PM

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87 Haywood Street , Asheville, NC 28801
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Event Date: 02/11/2017   Event Time: 9:30 PM

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Bengt Washburn

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Religious Smoking - ComedyTime Mormon Mission Marriage vs. Engagement - Comedy Time Bengt Washburn Excerpts from Hole Person Bengt Washburn @ Wiseguys Odgen Bengt Washburn was born in Salt Lake City, Utah but grew up in a large Utah town (1,200 people) as the fifth child in a small Mormon family (7 children). Bengt is married to an officer in the United States Air force. They have lived in 6 different cities over the last eleven years. Most recently he moved to Springfield, Virginia (Washington D.C.) after living in Stuttgart, Germany for 3 years.

Bengt is a former winner of the prestigious San Francisco International Comedy Competition. He has been seen on The Late Late Show with Craig Fergusen, Live at Gotham on Comedy Central and most recently Conan on TBS. He was invited to perform at the Vancouver International Comedy Festival, The Boston Comedy Festival, the Aspen Laff Festival and Gilda’s Laugh Fest in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

He’s been heard on NPR, PRI and Bob and Tom. All three of his comedy Cd’s can be heard playing on XM Sirius radio. His fourth comedy CD “Bengt Over in Europe” will be released with Stand Up Records in the Fall of 2013.

Most people who know him would say Bengt is a logistically impaired ditz, but his comedy is described as intelligent, surprisingly universal considering the content matter and profoundly funny. The Monterey County Weekly says: “Washburn is a truly hilarious comedian.”
Wendy Wroblewski

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LinksWendy Wroblewski is a stand-up comedian and math tutor from Gaithersburg, Maryland. A regular at the DC Improv, she performs comedy all over the Washington, DC metro area. She has opened for John Heffron, Liza Treyger, Adam Cayton-Holland, Ryan Hamilton, and Brent Morin. She was a guest on the 202 Comedy Festival and the DC stop of the Betches of Comedy tour. She recently won the 7th edition of the DC Improv's Comedy Kumite tournament.

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185 Clingman Avenue , Asheville, NC
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Event Date: 02/12/2017   Event Time: 7:30 PM

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Abby The Spoon Lady and The Fly By Night Rounders return!  Abby will be telling her stories from the road, stories of busking and life while riding the rails.  Chris and Vaden, her friends and bandmates will be telling stories and joining in. Of course, there will be music as only Abby and the Fly By Night Rounders can perform! A special evening.  Tickets for this show have always sold out quickly in the past so don't wait.  There may not be any tickets available at the door. Doors open at 7pm and show begins at 7:30 at The Mothlight on Haywood in West Asheville!

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701 Haywood Road , Asheville, NC 28806
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Event Date: 02/15/2017   Event Time: 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM

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David Joe Miller Presents his ongoing, ever popular, Spoken Word OPEN MIC! where you have ten minutes of stage time to tell a story, recite your poetry or read your written work for our audience. Sign up begins at 6:30, show at 7pm. Call 828-575-2844 to reserve a table for dinner. Bottles of wine are half price. Come join the fun! Hosts will be, author Gary Sizer and storyteller Pete Koschnick!

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747 Haywood Road , Asheville, NC 28806
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