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THINGS TO DO

This section gives you information about the uniqueness of Western North Carolina whether you’re a tourist, a newcomer, or simply someone breaking out of habitual patterns to do something different. If we can help please contact us. info@sheville.org
Live Arts and Entertainment Calendar     Livewire Asheville     Outdoor Adventures     Hot Springs Natural Hot Mineral Waters     Chimney Rock Park    Rapid River Review: Arts & Culture Magazine

Friends of the Smokies Presents “Books to Take Backpacking”

History, poetry, and children’s literature inspired by the Great Smoky Mountains will be featured in “Books to Take Backpacking,” presented by the Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Historian Margaret Brown, poet Thomas Rain Crowe, and children’s author Ann Clayton will read from their works at 3 p.m.Sunday, April 15, at Malaprop’s Bookstore and Café, 55 Haywood St in downtown Asheville. This “Writers at Home” event will encourage and inspire stewardship of the Great Smoky Mountains, and is free and open to the public.

 


VIDA – Women in the Literary Arts

VIDA was founded in August 2009 to address the need for female writers of literature to engage in conversations regarding the critical reception of women’s creative writing in our current culture.

VIDA seeks to explore critical and cultural perceptions of writing by women through meaningful conversation and the exchange of ideas among existing and emerging literary communities.   Click for more information


EXCLUSIVE: Kate Swift, Feminist Wordsmith, 1923 to 2011

Nonsexist-language pioneer Kate Swift, 87, died early Saturday morning after a brief encounter with abdominal cancer. Her generous legacy to the world includes her revolutionary influence on our language as well as her productive activism (she helped effect Connecticut’s marriage equality act, protect prochoice legislation, promote progressive candidates, protest the war on Iraq, and conserve the environment).


The Fine Arts League of the Carolinas

At the Fine Arts League of the Carolinas, modern education techniques and the master-apprentice studio system combine to form an immersive curriculum based on rigor and accomplishment. The curriculum’s basic goal is to equip artists with the skills needed to explore the four major aspects of representational art: figure, portraiture, landscape and still life. We believe that in order to do this well, one must have a solid foundation in drawing and in the various tools and materials of the artist. These foundations are established by daily practice and discipline. We are located at 362 Depot St. in Asheville’s River Arts District. visit our website www.fineartsleague.org    a 501(c)3 non-profit organization


Galleries Listing

Visual Arts and Crafts/Galleries – a sampling of the many diverse artistic styles and media that Asheville and Western North Carolina have to offer. Please contact us at info@sheville.org if you would like to be added to this list or to have your active website url included.

**Visitors, please call ahead to check hours of operation**


Plan Your Art and Gallery Vacation Tour in Western North Carolina

Connect to HandMade in America’s WNC Craft

HandMade in America’s online Trip Planner can help! We’ll help you explore routes that trace the back roads and byways of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Along the way, you’ll discover eclectic shops, alluring gardens and farms, energizing studios and delightful places to stay!  Click to plan your art and gallery itinerary


GREY EAGLE

The Grey Eagle is a listening room-style concert venue. While many performers we feature have dedicated followings, we cannot offer potential performers a built-in crowd. Likewise, while we love to discover new artists and enjoy being part of the early stages of their careers, we simply cannot host performers who are unknown to Asheville audiences. Like many listening rooms around the US, The Grey Eagle is a destination location: an artist must already have some “marquee value” in the Asheville area in order to perform here. If you are (or represent) an artist who is relatively unknown in Western North Carolina, there are many other more suitable options for you, and a quick search on the web should give you a host of possibilities. thegreyeagle.com


BeeSting – Exploring the Imbalance of the Feminine in Our Culture

BeeSting is a response to the emotional, physical, and spiritual stress of breast cancer against a backdrop of the declining bee population and ever-increasing toxicity of Mother Earth. It explores the imbalance of the feminine in our culture, manifested inwardly with the disease of our breasts, and outwardly with the pollution of our planet. It moves between metaphor and realism, blending personal expression, medicine, humor, poetry, and gratitude. Visit our Website for more information


Asheville Area Center for the Performing Arts – Our Evolving Program – Pass the Word

The Board of Directors of the Asheville Area Center for the Performing Arts recently conducted its annual planning retreat at the YMI Cultural Center.  While the Board meets monthly to address its immediate issues, the annual retreat offers time for visioning and long-range planning.  Successful performance centers no longer stand dark except during evening events, so planning for long-term sustainability must address changing patron expectations, emerging technology and new revenue opportunities.


White Horse Black Mountain

WHITE HORSE Black Mountain – a place for music and spirit

White Horse Black Mountain

is a 4400 sq. ft. music and arts venue in beautiful, historic, downtown Black Mountain, NC in the midst of the spectacular Western North Carolina mountains. Founders/managers Bob Hinkle and Kim Hughes have renovated the old Chevrolet dealership into a great place to see and hear music & arts, have a drink and relax. White Horse seats 225 cabaret style and offers additional standing room, making it a 300 capacity hall. It boasts state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems, 30 ft. barrel ceiling.  We are non-smoking venue with easy parking and easy ticketing. We feature open seating, snacks, server or bar service with fine beers, a selection of fine wines, soft drinks, coffee and tea.   White Horse Black Mountain Events 828.669.0816


Angles of Approach by Holly Iglesias

Publisher comments regarding Angles of Approach: It’s unusual to call a book of poetry a ‘page turner, ‘ but this collection, with the knocking and jostling of words that mark the peculiar rhythm and appeal of the prose poem, is just that. Iglesias has an uncanny ability to capture whole sweeps of history in a few lines, while her eye and ear for the quotidian result in the characters pulling us from one remarkable incident to another as if they had physically taken us by the elbow, whispering urgently.–Marie Harris
Holly Iglesias is the author of Souvenirs of a Shrunken World and a critical work, Boxing Inside the Box: Women’s Prose Poetry.


Asheville Cinema Society

We invite you to join us in bringing film to the mountains. Asheville Cinema Society (ACS) aims to inspire, enhance awareness of, and support new and seasoned filmmakers. It is a membership organization attracting a broad and diverse audience. Carefully selected motion pictures include not yet released films from the top major studios, little known gems of the independent filmmakers, past classics and a variety of shorts. Asheville Cinema Society


ASHEVILLE COMMUNITY THEATRE and 35below

Asheville Community Theatre, located in the heart of downtown Asheville, has a history of artistic excellence that spans six decades. ACT remains an institution committed to providing quality entertainment for a reasonable price. While best known for our large-scale musicals, ACT also offers classic comedies and dramas, contemporary pieces, and children’s theatre productions in our 399 seat Mainstage auditorium. Our second performance space is 35below, an intimate black box theater which produces smaller, unconventional works, music and cabaret performances, and play readings of new and local pieces.
ACT and 35below


ORANGE PEEL

The Orange Peel Social Aid & Pleasure Club of Asheville, North Carolina was voted one of Rolling Stone magazine’s Top 5 Rock Clubs in the country. Asheville’s premier downtown live music club is a smoke free facility that features a state of the art sound and lighting system. Musical acts appearing on stage have included Bob Dylan, The Flaming Lips, Ben Harper, Blondie, Spoon, Sonic Youth, My Morning Jacket, Dinosaur Jr, Smashing Pumpkins, Arcade Fire and many more. Our warm atmosphere and beautiful facilities are also ideal for private parties and events of all kinds. Click here to access our online calendar of events. Please feel free to Contact the Orange Peel with questions. We look forward to seeing you at the Peel! www.theorangepeel.net


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