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Archive for October, 2007

Nada Surf coming to Asheville’s The Orange Peel

Monday, October 29th, 2007

New York based Indie Rock band Nada Surf hits the Orange Peel Tuesday, October 30th, 2007, touring in support of their new album "Lucky". Doors open at 8 pm.

"Lucky" is Nada Surf’s fifth record and third made for Seattle’s Indie label, Barsuk Records, following the successful and critically lauded "Let Go" (2003) and "The Weight is a Gift" (2005). The band lineup for almost 12 years has been and still is Matthew Caws (vocals, guitar), Daniel Lorca (bass) and Ira Elliot (drums).

Sea Wolf is to be the opening band. Tickets are $15.00, available from Ticketweb.

Actress Andie MacDowell to Speak at Asheville Film Festival

Friday, October 19th, 2007

Asheville local and prominent actress Andie MacDowell will speak on becoming successful in the film industry at a workshop sponsored by the Asheville Film Festival, from noon to 1pm on November 10th. The workshop is free and attendance is only limited by seating.

MacDowell has been a professional model and actress for over 20 years. Her films include Michael, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Sex, Lies and Videotape and Groundhog Day with Bill Murray (one of our favorites!).

Also to do a workshop for the Asheville Film Festival is Don Mancini, the creator of the "Chucky" horror film franchise. Mancini will discuss becoming successful in writing and directing, with the workshop being be held from 1-2 pm on Nov. 9 in the Ritz Building, downtown Asheville.

Asheville Center for Performing Arts gets $500,000 Grant

Wednesday, October 17th, 2007

Recently, The Glass Foundation of Asheville donated $500,000 to The Asheville Area Center for the Performing Arts. Being used for new construction, the generous donation will go toward the contribution challenge made by the Susanne Marcus Collins Foundation.

The challenge presented by the foundation is to contribute $1 million toward the construction of a new performance center if The Center for the Performing Arts can raise $3 million by the end of the year. This particular donation [from The Glass Foundation] puts the Center for the Performing arts over the $1.5 million mark, working well toward the goal of $3 million.

Kenneth and Nancy Glass founded The Glass Foundation in the year 2000, and its goal is to help Western North Carolina’s community thrive educationally, environmentally, economically, culturally, as well as to enhance quality of life in the region.

Asheville Praised by The New York Times

Friday, October 12th, 2007

Asheville certainly impressed Staff Writer Chris Dixon of The New York Times. Below, read the introduction to his article 36 Hours in Asheville NC.

The New York Times, September 30, 2007

Asheville is an Appalachian Shangri-La. This year-round resort town, tucked between the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains, draws a funky mix of New Agers, fleece-clad mountain bikers, antiques lovers and old-time farmers. And what’s there not to like? Charming yet surprisingly cosmopolitan for a town of about 73,000, Asheville has a Southern appeal all its own. There are lazy caf&eacutes and buzzing bistros, Art Deco skyscrapers and arcades reminiscent of Paris, kayaking and biodiesel cooperatives and one of the world’s largest private homes — the Biltmore Estate, a French Renaissance-style mansion with 250 rooms…”

Even though he is telling us Ashevillians what we already know, it wonderful to see our fair city getting some national press attention once again. If you’re interested, read the rest of the New York Times article.

Asheville scientist wins Nobel Peace Prize

Friday, October 12th, 2007

National Climatic Data Center scientist Tom Peterson of Asheville found out about his award while he was having breakfast and listening to National Public Radio.

Mr. Peterson is one of over 2,000 different scientists assisting the United Nations’ International Panel on Climate Change. Sharing the Nobel Prize with the other scientists and former Vice President turned documentary filmmaker Al Gore, Peterson wrote a key chapter in the report used by Gore in his hit film An Inconvenient Truth.

Nine researchers work at Asheville’s National Climatic Data Center, where one of their many tasks is collecting data and reporting on global warming.

Vintage B-17 Bomber Visits the Asheville Airport

Thursday, October 4th, 2007

The Experimental Aircraft Association’s (EAA) restored B-17 bomber The Aluminum Overcast will visit the Asheville Regional Airport on Oct. 2nd and 3rd.

The EAA’s Aluminum Overcast was built in 1945, but was delivered to the Army Air Corps too late to see active service in World War II. Purchased as war surplus for $750 by a private individual, it served in many countries’ mapping and spraying operations until a preservation group purchased it in 1978.

The public can take flights on the bomber for $385 to $425. For more information, visit b17.org or contact The EAA’s B-17 Tour Office at (800) 359-6217.

Ashevillenc.com Launches New Movie Section

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2007

Everyone has an opinion about the movies they’ve seen. Have you ever wondered why only professional reviewers get to give their opinion? It turns out that ashevilleNC.com is trying to change that, and gives users a chance to review and rate every movie no matter what the critics say.

The web-site has also launched its revolutionary new Movie Previews section, and it’s fast. All you have to do is select the movie’s preview link, causing the preview to load and start playing instantly. No more waiting for the video to download!

Even if you just want to know what films are playing or would like local theater show times, ashevilleNC.com has listings for all of the Asheville area theaters.

Interested? AshevilleNC.com’s Movies Section awaits.

Happy Birthday, Thomas Wolfe!

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2007

Thomas Wolfe was born on this day (October 3rd) in 1900. He was most famous for his book "Look Homeward Angel", the novel influencing an entire generation of writers; including the father of the beat movement, Jack Kerouac.

Asheville native Thomas Wolfe is considered by many to be one of the most influential novelists of the 20th century. He penned four novels as well as many short stories, poems and other works.

Downtown Asheville’s Thomas Wolfe Memorial starts its 2007 festival today, October 3 and the festival runs through October 7th. For more information and a schedule of events, go the Thomas Wolfe Memorial web-site.

AshevilleNC.com Unveils New Photo Gallery

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2007

AshevilleNC.com has rolled out its new photo gallery and the site would like to invite its users to show off their photography skills by sharing their pictures of Asheville with the entire community.

Asheville has always had a reputation for its picturesque views of the Blue Ridge and its stunning Art Deco Architecture; now everyone has a chance to show off Asheville’s beauty to the world. All you need is a free user account with ashevilleNC.com to join in the fun. Even if you don’t own a camera, camera phone or scanner, you can still participate in rating and commenting on photos.

All users have to do is upload the photo and add a description; the site does all the work. The Photo Gallery will take care of all the quality and sizing issues. Start uploading photos here.

Alice in Chains hit Asheville’s Thomas Wolfe Auditorium October 16th

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2007

If you missed seeing Alice in Chains back when flannel was in fashion, you’ve got another chance. Tickets for the newly reunited Grunge Rockers concert at Asheville’s Thomas Wolfe Auditorium go on sale at 10 a.m on Friday, October 5th.

The band endured the loss of lead singer Lane Staley in 2002. For the reunion, William Duvall has been enlisted to replace the former front-man.

Tickets cost $39.50 and will be available at the Civic Center box office and through Ticketmaster.