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Drug Take Back Event April 30

April 8th, 2016
Drug take back even - April 25.ASHEVILLE NC – Help keep prescription drugs out of reach for kids in our community.Dispose of any unneeded medications safely at The Take Back event on Saturday April 30 from 10am – 2pm at ALL six Walgreens locations in Buncombe County.  Please bring unneeded medications to any Walgreens location in Buncombe County to safely dispose of them.Most abused prescription drugs come from family and friends. You could be a drug dealer without even knowing it.

  • Overdose deaths involving prescription medications used to treat pain have increased to almost 17,000 deaths a year in the United States.
  • An estimated 493,000 people, age 12 or older used a prescription pain reliever nonmedically for the first time within the past 12 months. This averages to about 1,350 initiates (or first time users) per day.

Please follow these instructions:

  • remove identification from all medications.
  • seperate pill, liquids and inhalers.
  • use a different disposal paper or plastic bag for each type of medication.
  • empty dry pill medications into a bag
  • leave liquid medications in their original container and place in a separate bag
  • NO radioative medications such as cancer medications, needles or sharpes accepted.

The Partnership for Substance Free Youth of Buncombe County has collected over 2,000 lbs of unneeded medication in just the past year. Let’s keep it going!

City Invites River Recreation Plans and Ideas Discussion

April 8th, 2016

Asheville Paddlers-on-riverASHEVILLE NC – Each third Thursday of the month, the City of Asheville Riverfront Redevelopment Office hosts Open Office Hours at City Hall. On April 21, please join us from 3 to 5 p.m. to talk about plans and ideas to support river recreation. These meetings are informal in that you can drop in at any time.

Topics of discussion will include:

  • New and improved French Broad river access points;
  • A community-led proposal for a whitewater feature on the river;
  • Public gardens and urban forestry opportunities;
  • The City of Asheville’s application for a 2016 North Carolina’s Parks and Recreation Trust Fund grant. If awarded, the grant would provide improved recreation facilities and public art opportunities for the RADTIP (RiverWay) project and 14 Riverside Drive renovation.

We’ll meet from 3-5pm on the 6th Floor of City Hall (notice, this is a change from the usual 5th floor location). Representatives from the following organizations may be in attendance: the French Broad River Whitewater Park organization; NC Wildlife Resources Commission; the Parks and Greenways Foundation;  Asheville Greenworks; Boy Scouts of America Daniel Boone Council and RiverLink.

For more information about Asheville’s Riverfront Redevelopment Office visit ashevillenc.gov/RiverfrontRedevelopment.

Pop-noir trio stephaniesid Plays DWT

April 8th, 2016

Diana Wortham Event AshevilleASHEVILLE NC – stephaniesid brings its irresistibly infectious performance to the Diana Wortham Theatre stage on Sunday, May 1 at 7:00 p.m. in a special benefit performance for area children through Diana Wortham Theatre’s Youth Education Scholarship (Y.E.S.) Fund. This concert is a rescheduled event from the postponed March 19th show.

A brand new scholarship program, the new Emerging Artists program is a part of the Y.E.S. Fund and supports young performers by providing scholarships for graduating high school seniors pursuing a career in the performing arts. There were 14 applicants to the inaugural Emerging Artist Fund scholarship in 2016, and this year’s two scholarship winners will be showcased during the stephaniesĭd performance on May 1st.

A stephaniesĭd performance has been described as a multi-faceted artistic experience that is always full of surprises. The show is connective, soulful, positive, and at times emotionally intense. Audience members are encouraged to not only watch the show, but also become an integral part.

stephaniesĭd vocalist Stephanie Morgan and pianist Chuck Lichtenberger are particularly interested in music education, beginning at the youngest level. In addition to their work with stephaniesĭd, the two have contributed to the musical careers of hundreds of young artists. Chuck Lichtenberger has taught piano lessons to children in the Asheville area since 1995. Many of his students have gone on to study music at renowned university music programs. Stephanie Morgan began her career in social work, helping emotionally traumatized kids through a wilderness therapy program, and later, counseling families through the process of fostering and adoption. She also teaches private lessons to students with an emphasis on helping them “find their voice.”

“Crowd Favorite” winner at the 2015 Music Video Asheville Awards, stephaniesĭd has been promoting its fifth full-length album, Excavator. Best known for its outstanding mix of songs and highly original tunes, stephaniesĭd’s music ranges from deftly focused, emotionally charged journeys to infectious dance tunes, reflecting the band’s ability to bounce from pop to rock, or even to ballad-like melodies, in one show.

Some of the stephaniesĭd’s most popular songs have appeared in episodes of Showtime’s Nurse Jackie, the Weather Channel specials, and numerous films. “Hey Hey Hey” was featured in an Italian jewelry commercial and will appear in an upcoming Sony horror video game during a slasher scene. “Unmistakably Love” was featured by Paste Magazine and selected by Shirley Manson in a contest for Bust magazine.

About the band: Vocalist Stephanie Morgan is the charismatic lead singer and songwriter for stephaniesĭd. After spending nearly a decade as a jazz singer, she began pursuing her own original music, and now relishes touring with stephaniesĭd. Her dynamic voice and contagious stage performance make each show unique. Musical director Charles “Chuck” Lichtenberger is a seasoned jazz pianist with a B.A. in Classical Music from UNC-Asheville. His role on stage is to root the band in the rich blend of textures that spring from his broad musical background. When he’s not on the road with stephaniesĭd, he hosts a weekly jazz jam and teaches piano. Drummer Tim Haney is an American-born Irishman. His considerable chops for jazz and odd-metered styles act as overtones atop more accessible, deep-pocket grooves based in a heart of rock and roll. Joining the band for the May 1st performance at Diana Wortham Theatre are Georgia Sinko on cello and Sarah Hurd on violin.

About the Youth Education Scholarship (Y.E.S.) Fund: The Y.E.S. Fund supports underserved children by providing tickets to Diana Wortham Theatre’s Matinee Series for Students and Families, the theatre’s school programming series. The Y.E.S. program expanded in 2015 to cover artist workshops in local schools and the Emerging Artists Fund. Donations to the Y.E.S. Fund and its programs are accepted any time; more information at www.dwtheatre.com/Y-E-S-Fund.

stephaniesĭd’s Asheville performance is made possible by Performance Sponsors George & Diana Bilbrey; and by Mainstage Music Series Sponsors Joel & Deborah Berkowitz, Henry LaBrun, and the Omni Grove Park Inn; with additional support provided by Media Sponsors WCQS 88.1 FM and WNC magazine.

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

Tailgate Market Season is Here

April 8th, 2016

ASHEVILLE NC – Spring is here and the growing season is upon us! Tailgate tents are going up, and area farmers markets are opening outdoors for the season. Celebrate spring by getting a taste of what Appalachian Grown™ farms are growing. At early spring markets, find fresh greens, spring onions and asparagus; meats, cheeses, baked goods, value-added farm products like preserves, and a wide selection of plant starts. Produce offerings will differ from market to market based on the location of vendor farms—microclimates vary greatly in the region. But the season changes quickly, with new offerings sprouting up each week.

Find a list of spring tailgate opening days below. For a complete list of the tailgate markets in the region, including their season start dates, visit ASAP’s online Local Food Guide at appalachiangrown.org. The 2016 print guide hits stands in mid-April.

Central Mountains Regional Tailgate Markets
Asheville City Market: April 2, Saturdays 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Asheville City Market – South: April 6, Wednesdays 12:00 – 4:00 pm
Black Mountain Tailgate Market: May 7, Saturdays 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
East Asheville Tailgate Market: May 6, Fridays 3:00 – 6:00 pm
French Broad Food Co-op Wednesday Tailgate Market: April 13, Wednesdays 2:00 – 6:00 pm
Leicester Farmers Market: April 2, Saturdays 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Madison County Farmers & Artisans Market: April 2, Saturdays 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
North Asheville Tailgate Market: April 2, Saturdays 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Oakley Farmers Market: May 5, Thursdays 3:30 – 6:30 pm
River Arts District Farmers Market: May 4, Wednesdays 2:00 – 6:00 pm
Sundays on the Island: April 9, Sundays 12:00
Weaverville Tailgate Market: April 13, Wednesdays 2:30 – 6:30 pm
West Asheville Tailgate Market: April 5, Wednesdays 3:30 – 6:30 pm
WNC Farmers Market: May 5, Open Everyday 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Yancey County Farmers Market: April 16, Saturdays 8:30 am – 12:30 pm

Foothills Regional Tailgate Markets
Caldwell County Farmers Market: May 7, Saturdays 7:00 am – 1:00 pm
Hildebran Farmers Market: May 3, Tuesdays 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
Historic Marion Tailgate Market: May 3, Tuesdays 3:00 – 6:00 pm and Saturdays 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Lenoir Downtown Farmers Market: April 1, Wednesdays – Saturdays 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Morganton Farmers Market: May 7, Wednesdays 2:00 – 6:00 pm and Saturdays 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Rutherford County Farmers Market: April 30, Tuesdays and Saturdays 8:00 am – 1:00 pm, Thursdays 3:00 – 7:00 pm
Sawmills Farmers Market: May 3, Tuesdays 3:00 – 6:30 pm
Valdese Farmers Market: May 11, Wednesdays 8:00 am – 12:00 pm and Fridays 2:00 – 6:00 pm

Southern Mountains Regional Tailgate Markets
Columbus Tailgate Market: April 9, Saturdays 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Flat Rock Farmers Market: May 5, Thursdays 3:00 – 6:00 pm
Henderson County Curb Market: Year-round; Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
Henderson County Tailgate Market: March 14, Saturdays 7:00 am – 12:00 pm
Mills River Farmers Market: May 7, Saturdays 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Saluda Tailgate Market: May 6, Fridays 4:30 – 6:30 pm
Transylvania Farmers’ Market: April 23, Saturdays 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Tryon Tailgate Market: May 5, Thursdays 4:00 – 6:00 pm

Near West Regional Tailgate Markets
Cashiers Tailgate Market: June 1, Wednesdays 12:00 – 4:00 pm
Cowee Farmers Market: May 10, Tuesdays 3:30 – 6:30 pm
Franklin Farmers Tailgate Market: April 2, Saturdays 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Haywood’s Historic Farmers Market: April 16, Wednesdays and Saturdays 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Jackson County Farmers Market: April 2, Saturdays 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Original Waynesville Tailgate Market: May 14, Wednesdays and Saturdays 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Swain County Farmers Market: May 6, Fridays 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
‘Whee Market: April 5, Tuesdays 4:00 – 7:00 pm

Far West Regional Tailgate Markets
Andrews Farmers Market: June 4, Saturdays 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Brasstown’s Farmers Market: May 25, Wednesdays 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Cedar Valley Farmers Market: April 2, Saturdays 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Graham County Farmers Market: July 9, Saturdays 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
Hayesville Evening Market: May 5, Thursdays 4:00 – 7:00 pm
Mountain Valley Farmers Market: May 7, Saturdays 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

High Country Regional Tailgate Markets
Alleghany County Farmers’ Market: May 2, Tuesdays 4:00 – 6:00 pm and Saturdays 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Ashe County Farmers Market: April 16, Wednesdays and Saturdays 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
Avery County Farmers Market: April 21, Thursdays 4:30 – 7:00 pm
Bakersville Farmers Market: March 26, Saturdays 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Blowing Rock Farmers Market: May 26, Thursdays 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Spruce Pine Farmers Market: May 4, Wednesdays 2:00 – 5:00 pm


ASAP’s mission is to help local farms thrive, link farmers to markets and supporters, and build healthy communities through connections to local food. To learn more about ASAP’s work, visit asapconnections.org, or call (828) 236-1282.

Asheville Symphony Sessions Recordings

March 26th, 2016

ASHEVILLE NC – The Asheville Symphony and leading musicians from Asheville‘s music scene—including Lizz Wright, Free Planet Radio, Rising Appalachia and Steep Canyon Rangers—have collaborated on an innovative new album to be released in May 2016.

Celebrating the diversity of music in Western North Carolina, The Asheville Symphony Sessions features songs that combine the unique styles of locally based musicians, with the Asheville Symphony. The album was produced by Michael Selverne of Welcome to Mars, at Asheville’s Echo Mountain Recording Studios.

“This album serves as a soundtrack for the city,” says ASO Executive Director David Whitehill. “The Asheville Symphony champions great music, and we’re very fortunate that there is great music being made here. Not many communities of this size have the kind of resources—including the symphony musicians, recording engineers, producers, publicists, arrangers, session musicians and recording studios—that we have in Asheville.”

Featured artists are Ben Lovett, Doc Aquatic, Electric Owls, Free Planet Radio featuring Lizz Wright, Matt Townsend, Rising Appalachia, Shannon Whitworth, and Steep Canyon Rangers. The album synthesizes a variety of genres including folk, country, roots, rock, pop, bluegrass, R&B, and jazz, with each track featuring ensembles from the ASO ranging in size from 9 players to 24.

“This album is life-sized art, produced here in our community.  After 32 years of making records in NY and LA, this is one of the coolest projects I have worked on,” says producer Michael Selverne. “Working together, I believe that we have created an incredibly musical record that reflects the spirit and the soul of our community.”

A number of notable arrangers worked on the project including Michael Bearden, who works with Lady Gaga and Neil Young and was Michael Jackson’s musical director for the This Is It tour; Van Dyke Parks, who composed and arranged the score for Disney’s The Jungle Book (1967) animated film and composed Smile with Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys; and Jonathan Sacks, a composer and orchestrator who has worked on many blockbuster films including The Princess and the Frog (2009), Disney’s Cars (2006), and Seabiscuit (2003).

“It was amazing to see the bands’ reactions as they heard the symphony musicians bring the orchestral arrangements of their songs to life. This project is the collaborative effort of more than 150 people coming together to create something that is uniquely Asheville,” says Jessica Tomasin, Echo Mountain Recording’s studio manager. “I love the idea that we are connecting musicians from varying backgrounds and musical genres in our own community.”

The Asheville Symphony Sessions will be available through a variety of points of sale, including a number of local retailers, and worldwide through iTunes and Amazon.com. Visit ashevillesymphony.org/sessions for more information.

ASAP Announces Dates for 2016 Farm Tour

March 26th, 2016

ASHEVILLE NC – On June 25 and 26, the gates and barns of Appalachian Grown family farms will open to the public for ASAP’s highly anticipated Farm Tour. This fun, farm-filled weekend offers a chance for locals and visitors alike to discover how food is grown and raised in the mountains, taste farm-fresh fare, and meet the community’s local producers. The Farm Tour moves to late June this year, treating visitors to a bounty of summer sights, tastes, and smells.

One sweet taste of summer visitors can look forward to enjoying on the tour is seasonal fruit such as berries. Zimmerman Berry Farm is one stop on the tour where tour goers can see berries ripening on the vine and hopefully get to pick some to take home. “Visitors will be able to learn about the working side of a pick-your-own farm and hopefully (if mother nature permits) they will also be able to pick black raspberries,” says Pam Zimmerman, owner of the farm.

This year’s Farm Tour will welcome back other past tour participants including Lady Luck Flower Farm and Spinning Spider Creamery. “When people come here they’ll actually get one of us from the creamery saying, ‘This is how I make the cheese; this is where we milk the goats,’” says Chris Owen, co-owner of Spinning Spider Creamery, who is looking forward to welcoming visitors to her family’s artisan goat dairy to learn about their operation, tour their milking parlour, and interact with their goats. “The Farm Tour is an important way for us to allow our customer base to get an educational opportunity, not just to see the animals, but to hear us as family members talking about what we’re doing and why.”

From u-pick operations to flower farms to creameries, this year’s tour is sure to delight visitors of all ages and interests. Tour goers can expect around 25 farms to choose from with a recommendation of selecting three or four farms to visit per day.  This year’s tour will feature farms in Buncombe, Madison, and McDowell counties. Future tours will highlight different areas of the region giving visitors the opportunity to visit new farms across the central mountains of Western North Carolina from year to year.

Farm Tour passes are on sale now at asapconnections.org. Passes are $30 in advance; $40 the weekend of the tour. One pass admits an entire carload. The tour runs 12-5 pm Saturday and Sunday.

More information, including a list of where to pick up a tour guide (coming in May) and details on volunteering and attending the tour for free, can be found at asapconnections.org or by calling 828-236-1282. ASAP will share details and stories leading up to the tour on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter


ASAP’s mission is to help local farms thrive, link farmers to markets and supporters, and build healthy communities through connections to local food. To learn more about ASAP’s work in the region, visit asapconnections.org, or call (828) 236-1282.

Brevard Music Center Presents Free April Concerts in Brevard, Hendersonville and Asheville

March 26th, 2016
ASHEVILLE NC – Brevard Music Center (BMC), in partnership with Brevard College, the Osher Lifelong Learning Center (OLLI) in Asheville, and Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra in Hendersonville, is pleased to announce its April program of chamber concerts as part of BMC’s free Community Concerts series.
The April 2016 series of concerts includes:
•    Asheville | Sundays with BMC: At 3 PM on Sunday, April 3, flutist Dilshad Posnock and pianist Craig Nies will perform an exquisite program of Chamber Music at the Sundays with BMC concert in the Reuter Center on the campus at UNC Asheville.
•    Brevard | First Mondays: On Monday, April 4 at 12:30 PM, the duo will perform at the First Mondays concert in Scott Concert Hall at the Porter Center on the Brevard College campus.
•    NEW! Hendersonville | Chamber Music Tuesdays: On Tuesday, April 5 at 12:30 PM, the duo will move to First United Methodist Church in Hendersonville for Chamber Music Tuesdays – the newest offering in Brevard Music Center’s series of free community concerts throughout the region.  Chamber Music Tuesdays in Hendersonville is made possible, in part, through a grant from the Perry N. Rudnick Endowment Fund of the Community Foundation of Henderson County.
April’s program will include CPE Bach’s “Hamburger” Sonata, Pierre Sancan’s Sonatine for flute and piano, a solo keyboard Intermezzo by JS Bach, and Sonata for the Emerald Isle – a work by BMC alum Jack Coen.
“Brevard Music Center is pleased to bring the beautiful music of our free Community Concert Series to some of our favorite towns in Western North Carolina,” said BMC President & CEO Mark Weinstein. “This popular series allows us to give something back to the communities and regional neighbors that generously support BMC each summer.”
Each Brevard First Mondays concert also features a local charity highlighting the needs of the community. April’s local charity partner is Rise and Shine Freedom School of Brevard.
WCQS is the media sponsor of the March, April and May 2016 series of BMC Community Concerts.
The popular recital series is offered at no cost to the general public from October through May. Sundays with BMC are held on the Sunday preceding the first Monday of each month in Asheville. First Mondays are held on the first Monday of each month in Brevard. Hendersonville’s Chamber Music Tuesdays are held on the first Tuesday of each month through May.
The final BMC Community Concert performance of the spring 2016 season will feature Scott Rawls (viola) and Jihye Chang (piano) on May 1, 2 and 3.
For full guest artist biographies, as well as directions to Brevard College, the Reuter Center, and First United Methodist Church, please visit: https://www.brevardmusic.org/festival/ccs/.
To download artist photos, please click this link.
About the Artist | Dilshad Posnock
Born in Mumbai, India, Dilshad Posnock has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician in concerts and festivals throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and India. Her performances have been featured on BBC TV and BBC World Service Radio.  Ms. Posnock has performed with the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Pittsburgh Ballet and the Pittsburgh Opera,  and served as Director of the Artist Diploma Program at the Carnegie Mellon School of Music. In addition to her role as Assistant Director of the Jeanne Baxtresser International Master Class, she has also worked on publication projects with world-renowned flutists, Jeanne Baxtresser and Sir James Galway.  Ms. Posnock holds performance degrees from the Royal College of Music (London) and Carnegie Mellon University.  Now based in Brevard, NC, Ms. Posnock has performed with the Asheville Choral Society and has appeared as Guest Principal Flute with the Asheville Symphony Orchestra.  She joined the faculty of Brevard Music Center in 2006.
About the Artist | Craig Nies
Renowned pianist Craig Nies is Associate Professor of Piano at Vanderbilt’s Blair School of Music.  He has performed with 10 Pulitzer Prize winning composers, and members of the Mendelssohn, Franciscan, Alexander, Audubon, and Blair String Quartets, and members of the New York Woodwind Quintet. Dr. Nies recently completed an 8-concert recital series featuring the complete sonatas of Mozart and Schubert, as well as Bach’s Goldberg Variations. Between 2001 and 2003 he performed the complete violin and cello sonatas of Beethoven with members of the Blair String Quartet and Blakemore Trio. While teaching at Yale, he performed the complete solo works of Debussy, which were broadcast on National Public Radio. Dr. Nies has been on the piano faculty at Vanderbilt University since 1991, serving as co-chair of the piano department for 14 years. Prior to that, he was an adjunct Assistant Professor at the Yale School of Music for 6 years. Along with radio and television appearances in the U.S., Dr. Nies has appeared on television and radio in England, Russia, and Germany.  He joined the faculty of Brevard Music Center in 2006.
About Brevard Music Center | Summer Festival and Institute
Performances as captivating as the view. This is Brevard. Be Inspired. Be Here. 
Founded 80 years ago, Brevard Music Center has matured into one of the country’s premier summer classical music training programs and festivals. More than 400 gifted students, ages 14 through post-college, come to the Music Center each year from all across the US and around the world to study with a distinguished faculty and renowned guest artists.
Each summer, students participate in a vigorous program of instruction and performance led by Artistic Director and alumnus Keith Lockhart, also Principal Conductor of the Boston Pops and the BBC Concert Orchestra in London.
Brevard’s hallmark is the powerful sense of community that re-emerges every June through August as faculty and students present more than 80 remarkable concerts to summer audiences totaling 30,000.
For more information on BMC, visit brevardmusic.org, call (828) 862-2100, “like” the Brevard Music Center on Facebook, follow @brevardmusic on Twitter, and visit the Brevard Music Center YouTube channel for performance videos from previous festival seasons.

New Belgium Brewing’s Clips Beer and Film Tour Traveling Coast to Coast in 2016

March 21st, 2016

ASHEVILLE NC – New Belgium Brewing’s 2016 Clips Beer and Film Tour is traveling across the U.S. in 2016, celebrating the brewery’s 25th anniversary while raising money for local nonprofits. This year three new cities join the line-up: Oakland, CA; St. Petersburg, FL; and Philadelphia, PA. The tour kicks off in Bloomington, IN on May 20th and concludes in Philly on October 21st. This is the seventh year for Clips, which is a free event, with all proceeds from beer sales going to local nonprofits. Since its inception in 2010, Clips has raised $659,000 for nonprofit organizations, including more than $150,000 last year.

“We have been working with many of our Clips partners for seven years and we are excited to celebrate New Belgium’s 25th anniversary with all of our non-profit friends across the country, along with everyone who comes out to enjoy a wonderful night of beers and films,” said Christie Catania, Clips national special events manager. “We will set up in great local parks, including a few new stops, to benefit some amazing beneficiaries. This year you can expect more games, new unique beers, and a film line-up only available at Clips. It is going to be a great year! Come out and play with us!”

Local beneficiary volunteers serve up the beer with close to 20 different New Belgium offerings on tap, available in 3-ounce samples, 12-ounce pours, or cans. Food from local vendors will also be available.

New Belgium, promoters of environmental stewardship, encourages attendees to think twice about throwing away trash, with a significant amount of waste diverted from landfills at each stop. In addition, all locations will have bike valet, encouraging people to ride their bike to the showings.

2016 Clips Beer & Film Tour will roll through each of the following cities:

Bloomington, IN                    May 20                       Bryan Park
Madison, WI                          June 2                         Olin Park
Kansas City, MO                   June 9                          Theis Park
Boulder, Colo.                       July 8                          Valmont Disc Golf Park
Grand Rapids, MI                  July 15                        Ah-Nab-Awen Park
Colorado Springs, Colo.        July 21                        America the Beautiful Park
Seattle, WA                            July 29                        Gas Works Park
Sacramento, CA                     August 12                   Southside Park
Oakland, CA                           August 19                  Mosswood Park
Asheville, NC                         August 26                  Pack Square Park: Roger McGuire Green
Reston, VA                              September 16            Reston Town Center
Columbus, OH                        September 23            Columbus Commons
St. Petersburg, FL                   September 30            Morean Arts Center for Clay
Charleston, SC                        October 6                  Marion Square
Atlanta, GA                            October 14                 Historic Fourth Ward Skatepark Field
Philadelphia, PA                     October 21                 23rd Street Armory

For the latest information on Clips, go to NewBelgium.com/Clips. For more information on New Belgium Brewing, visit NewBelgium.com.

About New Belgium Brewing Company
New Belgium Brewing, makers of Fat Tire Amber Ale and a host of Belgian-inspired beers, is recognized as one of Outside Magazine’s Best Places to Work and one of the Wall Street Journal’s Best Small Businesses. The 100% employee-owned brewery is a Platinum-level Bicycle Friendly Business as designated by the League of American Bicyclists, and one of World Blu’s most democratic U.S. businesses, and a Certified B Corp. In addition to Fat Tire, New Belgium brews thirteen year-round beers; Citradelic Tangerine IPA, Ranger IPA, Rampant Imperial IPA, Shift Pale Lager, Slow Ride Session IPA, Snapshot Wheat, Sunshine Wheat, 1554 Black Ale, Blue Paddle Pilsner, Abbey Belgian Ale and Trippel and a gluten-reduced line, Glutiny Pale Ale and Glutiny Golden Ale. Learn more at www.newbelgium.com.

Tap Show and Brass Band Diana Wortham Theatre

March 21st, 2016

ASHEVILLE NC – Critically Acclaimed Dance Troupe Rhythmic Circus Brings Energetic Tap Show Feet Don’t Fail Me Now! to Diana Wortham Theatre, Thursday & Friday March 31st & April 1st at 8PM

Winner of Edinburgh Festival’s “Spirit of the Fringe” award in 2012, Rhythmic Circus brings its genre-hopping music and hard-hitting percussive dance to the Diana Wortham Theatre stage Thursday and Friday, March 31 and April 1, at 8:00 p.m.

Rhythmic Circus’ explosive show FEET DON’T FAIL ME NOW! premiered in August 2008 at the Ritz Theatre in Minneapolis, the hometown of the dance troupe, and was created out of a desire to get people back in touch with the spirit of celebration. The name of the show comes from an old New Orleans chant dating back to the 1900s. The group’s dancers and founders joined forces with the fantastic musicians from the popular band, Twin Cities, for the first time, and together they integrated an inventive style of rapid-fire tap with a variety of musical genres to create a show reflective of the power of the human spirit. Soon after, the homegrown hoofers hit the road with a trunk full of tap shoes, funky costumes and a big brass band. Adding to the fun and the funk is Aaron “Heatbox” Heaton, the human beatbox, who joins the band in accompanying each tap, shuffle, and stomp with a clang, riff and refrain.

Rhythmic Circus has grown into an international sensation since debuting at a small theatre in northeast Minneapolis, touring more than 100 cities worldwide thus far in its career. No stranger to the spotlight, the company recently competed on NBC’s America’s Got Talent, was featured on Twin City Public Television’s MN Original, collaborated with Vocal Essence in Witness: A Tribute to Duke Ellington at the Ordway Performing Arts Center, and appeared in the Crash Bang Boom! Festival at the Minnesota Orchestra Hall.

Rhythmic Circus’s success has been marked by rave reviews and numerous awards, including two SAGE Awards for Outstanding Ensemble and Performance, two Upper Midwest Emmys, and the honor of being named “Best Dance Performance” by Minneapolis’ City Pages.

Under Artistic Director Ricci Milan and Executive Director Nick Bowman, Rhythmic Circus includes dancers Ricci Milan, Galen Higgins, Kaleena Miller, and Justin Lewis. The musicians of Rhythmic Circus include guitarist David Feily, beatboxer Aaron “Heatbox” Heaton, keys player Cornell Blanchard, drummer Patrick Nelson, bassist Dan Ristrom, saxophonist Peter Vircks, and trumpeter Aaron Wiener.

Rhythmic Circus’s Asheville performances are made possible by Performance Sponsors William Hilson & Nancy Houha, and PNC Bank; and by Mainstage Special Attractions Series Sponsors Henry LaBrun and BMW of Asheville; with additional support provided by Media Sponsor The Laurel of Asheville.

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

Star Soprano Angela Brown Joins Asheville Symphony for Verdi’s Requiem

March 21st, 2016

ASHEVILLE NC – One of the stars of the opera world makes her Asheville Symphony debut Saturday, April 16 in a performance of Verdi’s Requiem, the highlight of the ASO’s sixth Masterworks concert of the season.

Angela Brown, who has received rave reviews for her performances on the Metropolitan Opera stage, joins the ASO, Asheville Symphony Chorus, and Music Director Daniel Meyer for the concert, which begins at 8 p.m. in Thomas Wolfe Auditorium. Brown was originally scheduled to make her Asheville debut on the symphony’s opening night in September 2015, but was forced to cancel due to illness.

In her stellar career Angela Brown has performed with dozens of opera companies, classical and pops orchestras, and in recitals around the world. While opera is the main catalyst for her career, Brown’s performance career includes everything from star hostess on stage, to producer and creator of the witty and inspired “Opera…from a Sistah’s Point of View,” a trailblazing educational show that dispels the common myths of opera from Brown’s own sassy perspective, and has gained international notoriety for bringing opera to the masses.

Joining Brown in the monumental Verdi Requiem are rising opera stars Dawn Pierce, mezzo-soprano; Dinyar Vania, tenor; and Timothy Jones, bass-baritone.

“This program commemorates the ways in which music, in the face of tragedy can soothe the soul and uplift the spirit,” says ASO Music Director Daniel Meyer. “Verdi’s Requiem, based on the Latin text from the Requiem Mass, is replete with the qualities you expect from Italy’s most celebrated composer—soaring, memorable melodies, powerful sonics, and an indelibly Romantic spirit.”

The concert will open with the heartbreaking Memorial to Lidice, by Czech composer Martinů. He wrote the piece upon hearing of the massacre of every man in the tiny Czech town of Lidice at the hand of the Nazis in World War II.

“This touching piece as an elegy to the souls who lost their lives in this brutal event,” says Meyer.

Single tickets for all concerts are $22 – $62 depending on seating section; reduced youth pricing is available. Single tickets and season ticket packages can be purchased at www.ashevillesymphony.org, by calling 828-254-7046, or in person at the U.S. Cellular Center box office at 87 Haywood Street.

The Asheville Symphony Orchestra performs and promotes symphonic music for the benefit, enjoyment and education of the people of Western North Carolina. The ASO presents concerts in the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium in Asheville’s U.S. Cellular Center. Related organizations include the Asheville Symphony Guild, Asheville Symphony Chorus, Asheville Symphonettes, and education initiatives such as the Asheville Buncombe Youth Orchestra, Music in the Schools, MusicWorks!, Spotlight on Young Musicians, Symphony Talks and pre-concert lectures.