Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Aquila Theatre Performs Two Productions in Asheville

January 31 and February 1  at the Diana Wortham Theatre, 2 South Pack Square in downtown Asheville - The Aquila Theatre Company’s “two plays in one weekend” has become an Asheville tradition.  Based in New York and London, Aquila Theatre Company this season brings to life one of the most revered novels of the twentieth-century, Ray Bradbury’s visionary parable Fahrenheit 451, and its pertinent issues of censorship, the effects of technology on society and literature, and the means by which knowledge is gained.

The second performance is Aquila’s new production of Shakespeare's irresistibly charming Twelfth Night  which promises to thrill and enchant.

For insight and increased enjoyment of the plays, ticket holders can attend free pre-performance discussions in The Forum at Diana Wortham Theatre at 7:00 PM  before each performance.

Get a link for the Diana Wortham Theatre and other local entertainment on the Asheville NC Visitor Guide.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Asheville's Grove Park Inn Hosts Celtic Weekend

January 30 - February 2   Celtic Weekend at the Grove Park Inn   Passion, artistry and skill collide during this dream weekend for lovers of all things Celtic. Join them as they celebrate the Scottish-Irish heritage of Western North Carolina with the finest in music.

In addition to the feature concerts with Seven Nations and Gaelic Storm, other weekend activities include Scottish Border Collie sheepdog trial demonstrations, Celtic vendors, a cooking demonstration, chair massages, guided history tours, and live Celtic music throughout the In.

The Omni Grove Park Inn Resort and Spa- Renowned spa, scenic golf course, sports complex with pool, tennis, racquetball, training. Onsite restaurants, lounge, bars. A large variety of rooms and suites, varying stages of updates with some original Inn antiques. Facilities can accommodate business conventions, family reunions or just a quiet romantic getaway.   Book online for the lowest rates and Best Price Guarantee.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Diana Wortham Theatre Presents "Dirty Barbie and Other Girlhood Tales" during the Fringe Art Festival

January 23 - 25 at 8 PM at The Diana Wortham Theatre, 2 S Pack Square in downtown Asheville NC: Dirty Barbie and Other Girlhood Tales, named a Top 5 Pick at the 2012 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, transports audiences back to the best (and the hardest) moments of childhood.

In 1978, a mother, newly widowed, moved her family from the wide, open spaces of Wyoming to a tiny town in North Carolina. Misbehaving ensued. Over thirty years later, Denise "DeeDee" Stewart wrote about her childhood - and her mother - in this poignant, one-woman show filled with tales of scarlet fever, scotch over ice, and girls gone wild.

The performance is part of the Intersections Series taking place in the The Forum at DWT and are limited to 100 seats, so get your tickets today. Dirty Barbie is presented in conjunction with the 2014 Asheville Fringe Arts Festival.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

The Grove Park Inn Hosts the Annual All that Jazz Weekend

January 24 - 26   Annual All That Jazz Weekend   at the Grove Park Inn. Another spectacular weekend of "All Things Jazz",  this year Billy the Kid plays alongside Rockell Scott on Friday and Grammy Nominated Jazz Artist, Gerald Albright takes the stage on Saturday.

This event has earned national recognition as one of the premiere jazz festivals of the Southeast. Evening and afternoon concerts in the Grand Ballroom along with fun activities and live music throughout the rest of the resort make this a weekend that will satisfy even the most discriminating jazz enthusiast.

The Omni Grove Park Inn Resort and Spa- Renowned spa, scenic golf course, sports complex with pool, tennis, racquetball, training. Onsite restaurants, lounge, bars. A large variety of rooms and suites, varying stages of updates with some original Inn antiques. Facilities can accommodate business conventions, family reunions or just a quiet romantic getaway.   Book online for the lowest rates and Best Price Guarantee.


Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Fringe Art Festival in Asheville

January 23 - 26   Fringe Art Festival   serves patrons of art from Asheville and beyond by facilitating the creation and production of avant garde work that may otherwise not find a venue.

In past years the artistic mix has included actors, dancers, singers, videographers, painters and musicians, presenting a varied range of interesting work including cross-genre improvisation, Butoh dance, sketch theatre, modern dance, and multi-media performance art.

Learn more about Asheville NC HERE.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

WNC Lessons in Leadership Presents Harry Paul (the fish guy)

January 28 at The Thomas Wolfe Auditorium in downtown Asheville - Come on out for a wonderful evening of learning and networking with the best-selling author "FISH", Harry Paul, presented by WNC Lessons in Leadership.

"Harry is co-author of the international best-selling leadership book FISH! which has sold more than 5 million copies and follows the fortunes of a fictional company whose management introduces changes modeled on the behavior they witness at the world-famous Pike's Place Fish Market in Seattle."

Networking and Socializing begins at 5:30 PM, followed by the main event with Harry Paul and opening presenter, local author Keith Challenger from  6:30 - 8:30 PM.

Registration is only $20.00 and can be purchased online at All proceeds benefit local charities including MANNA and the YMCA of Western North Carolina.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

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Thursday, January 16, 2014

MLK Annual Peace March and Rally in Asheville

January 20  The  Annual Peace March and Rally  celebrating Martin Luther King Jr Day will take place beginning 11:30 AM at St. James AME Church at Martin Luther King Boulevard and Hildebrand Street and continuing to City-County Plaza in Pack Square Park.

Speakers at the Rally, which coincides with President Obama’s second inauguration ceremony, will present readings from the Emancipation Proclamation, Dr. King’s “I Have A Dream” speech, and President Obama’s famous 2008 address to the nation on race.

The 2014 Candlelight Service is 6:00 PM at Nazareth First Baptist Church.  These are all FREE events.

Find local lodging and attractions on the Asheville NC Visitor Guide.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

AKC Dog Agility Trial this Weekend in Asheville

January 16-19   American Kennel Club (AKC) Dog Agility Trial   The Blue Ridge Agility Club of Western North Carolina is hosting an American Kennel Club Dog (AKC) dog agility trial. Spectators are welcomed to attend and admission is free. Over 300 purebred dogs, from throughout the southeast, will compete at various levels of difficulty.

The event is held at the WNC Agricultural Center in the Ashevile NC suburb of Fletcher.

Fin links for Asheville lodging, attractions and restaurants on the Asheville NC Visitor Guide.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Asheville Hosts Martin Luther King Jr Prayer Breakfast

January 18   Martin Luther King Jr Breakfast Prayer    Asheville’s 33rd annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Prayer Breakfast will be held in the Grand Ballroom of the Grove Park Inn with guest speakers Dawn Porter, founder of Trilogy Films and director of Gideon’s Army, and Travis Williams, featured in the film as one of three public defenders who dedicate their lives and careers to seeking justice for those most in need.

The theme of this year's King Celebration will feature events about how to bring justice to America’s criminal justice system.

Find more Asheville weekend events on the Asheville NC Visitor Guide


Sunday, January 12, 2014

LYLAS at Asheville Community Theatre

January 16 through 25 at Asheville Community Theatre, 35 East Walnut Street in downtown Asheville NC - LYLAS  (“Love Ya Like A Sis”) is performed by Asheville’s all-female sketch comedy troupe. The new, original production follows previous sold-out performances by this award-winning group.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Diana Wortham Theatre Kicks Off 2014 Season with Eisenhower Dance

January 17-18, 8 PM at the Diana Wortham Theatre, 2 South Pack Square in downtown Asheville NC - Eisenhower Dance Playful and powerful, one of the nation's premier contemporary dance companies kicks off DWT's 2014 events next week. You will be captivated by the virtuosic dancers of Eisenhower Dance, whose technical brilliance is a blend of drama, momentum and force.  

Pre-performance Discussions: Ticket holders can attend free pre-show discussions with Artistic Director Laurie Eisenhower and/or Eisenhower Dance dancers in The Forum at Diana Wortham Theatre at 7:00 PM before each evening performance.

Eisenhower Dance for Students and Families:
Kids in Motion: Wed. Jan. 15 at 3:30 PM: This is a special performance for the after school crowd featuring fun and interactive audience participation.

Motion in Motion: Fri. Jan. 17 at 10:00 AM: This fast-paced and lively presentation introduces students to the history of Motown through narration, performance, and audience participation.

Tickets are still available for these Matinee Series performances, which are open to the public and designed for families, school groups, homeschoolers, and community groups.  Individual and group tickets for Matinee Series performances are available through the box office by calling 828-257-4530 or online at

Eisenhower Dance Master Class:
Join dancers with Eisenhower Dance for a Master Class on Thursday, January 16 from 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM at the UNC-Asheville Dance Studio in the Sherrill Center. This class is open to the public and to all skill levels. There is no registration required for, nor cost associated with, this class.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Last Weekend for Tapestry Weavers Exhibition

Tommye Scanlin tapestry
Through January 14 at The Folk Art Center Main Gallery  - Tapestry Weavers South Exhibition.  

Last chance to see this show  featuring fiber art created by members of the non-profit professional organization dedicated to advancing the art and craft of tapestry weaving. 

The Folk Art Center is located on The blue Ridge Parkway at Milepost 382 in Asheville NC.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Funny Business at The Millroom

January 10, 7 PM and 9 PM at the Millroom, 66 Asheland Avenue in Asheville NC - Funny Business at The Millroom presents Julie Scoggins and special guest Cliff Cash.  Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. This is the third installment of Asheville's new professional stand-up comedy series.

The Headliner is Comedian Julie Scoggins: Julie's regularly heard on XM/Sirius Blue Collar Radio, as well as many syndicated stations, including the John Boy and Billy Show and the Bob and Sheri Show. A Southern girl with universal appeal, Julie's shows sell out from Florida to Oregon.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

River Arts District Second Saturday this Weekend in Asheville

January 11  River Arts District Second Saturday   Asheville’s River Arts District Artists open their studios for a day of family friendly fun, educational experiences, live demonstrations and to share their creations. Visit dozens of artists working in all types of media, available for viewing or purchase.

Find information about Asheville rentals, attractions and events on the Asheville NC Visitor Guide