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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
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Writing Changes You…

 Writing Changes You…

Your voice is unique.  No one has your imagination or your creativity.  Writing is a way of sharing with others … your visions and dreams … and opening doorways for them to explore new possibilities…to know themselves in new ways.  And this happens through the grace of you giving of yourself.   You can learn to reach into your creativity … triggering your imagination to paint with words, to touch people, to move people, to inspire people.

Through writing, you are discovering who you are, as you allow the words and images, the feelings and thoughts, to flow from unfamiliar places… on to the page.  You can surprise yourself. What you have to say matters more than you expect.  You have value, more than you know.

Your imagination can bring those little black symbols on the page … alive … by moving you to tears of joy, or terrifying you, or uplifting you and inspiring you… making you gasp, or laugh out loud.

Writing can be a transcendent experience, when you write for yourself … when you let your familiar expectations go.   You can be moved and even changed, by your own feelings and imagination … arriving at new and often surprising, perspectives, regardless of whether you publish or sell your work.

Your imagination is one of your greatest gifts.  It can help you create meaning, with the power of words. Open to your imagination and to the mystery of who you are.  Let your innocence open you to new possibilities within a new moment.  From here, let yourself wonder, without having to know where you are going.  Then create something, as if out of the blue.  Imagination. It’s fun. It can make your heart sing.

If you want what you write to reflect your most creative and imaginative self … if you want to participate in a world of giving and receiving … if you want to lift beyond who you know yourself to be … contact me at 828-683-9331 or alixjamieson@gmail.com.  I am available for editing, as well as private sessions for individuals and small groups.

I have thirty years experience in teaching creative writing for television and film scriptwriting, at the University level in California … as well as in editing books, poetry, short stories, fiction for children, and autobiographies.

 


ASHEVILLE LYRIC OPERA

 Asheville Lyric Opera Mainstage Performances

Asheville Lyric Opera is a professional, non-profit Opera Company located in Asheville, North Carolina. Because of its location, ALO has provides Western North Carolina with a magnitude of theatrical experiences at a central location, the Diana Wortham Theatre, in the heart of downtown Asheville.

Mission Statement: Building a professional opera company in Asheville and presenting an educational outreach within area schools and universities, thereby becoming a part of and enhancing the life of the family of arts and culture in Western North Carolina.


Are You Bear Smart? Living Responsibly in Bear Country

Wednesday, May 30  Socializing: 5:30PM Programming: 6:00PM

Location: Posana Cafe, 1 Biltmore Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801

If you live in WNC, you have probably seen a bear in the wild while hiking and you might have encountered one in you own backyard. Bear have even been spotted in downtown Asheville!

Asheville Green Drinks will team up with the Bear Education and Resources Task Force (B.E.A.R) of the Western North Carolina Alliance for a bear preparedness program.  Come out to learn more about how to keep bear out of your trashcans and how to stay safe in the wild.

Presenter Debbie Lassiter will host this free program to share practical advice on living responsibly in bear country and reducing human/bear conflicts.

Socializing: 5:30PM Programming: 6:00PM

Location: Posana Cafe, 1 Biltmore Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801 (directions)

Thank you to our weekly host and sponsor Posana Cafe, a 3-star certified Green Restaurant! We encourage you to support their efforts by ordering drinks and/or food at Green Drinks’ programs. Just make sure to tip your server or bartender and come a little early if ordering food.

Join Posana for lunch Tuesday through Friday 11am – 3 pm, Weekend Brunch, Saturday & Sunday 9am – 3pm and Dinner Tuesday through Sunday 5 pm – 9 pm.  You can visit their menu online and view lunch, dinner, weekend brunch and dessert offerings.


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


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**


New Release – Tapestry: Strands of Yellow and Blue

 

In the early 1100s, a young girl named Grace is found in the forest. She is injured from running and running from something or someone who have terrified her. She is rescued by Nobleman Tristam and soldiers. Grace can’t speak, doesn’t remember how she came to be staked by her arms and legs in the forest, doesn’t remember her name…Tristam, takes her to the castle to be cared for and healed by the kindly maidservants who are adept at healing with herbal remedies and potions, wisdom, and love….


This is an intriguing and thoughtful novel placed in an intriguing backdrop of daily castle life, frightening forests, trust and deception, about love and loss, forgiveness and redemption, and the triumph of soul and spirit, of good over evil…

Click here to purchase paperback or Kindle edition of this book.

To direct questions to the author or to the reviewer write them at   info@sheville.org

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Reviewer is Alix Jamieson

She is a retired University professor with 30 years experience teaching writing. Her editing experience includes books, scripts and poetry. She believes that the creative act of writing involving your imagination can be transformational, and change who we are and how we experience life. Many of her former students work professionally in television and film, writing, producing and directing. She is an avid reader.

 

 


The Astronomy Club of Asheville Sky Calendar

The Astronomy Club of Asheville is a501(c)3, non-profit organization that is open to visitors and is dedicated to helping people understand and enjoy astronomy at all levels of interest. No equipment is needed to participate.  Many of us have one or more telescopes and either observe or image or both. Some of us observe using only binoculars or our unaided eyes. But all of us love the night sky, and we enjoy both learning more about it and sharing our knowledge of it with others.                      Click here for Meeting and Star Gazes


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).


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


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