Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Asheville Community Theatre announces March events

March Events at Asheville Community Theatre

  • A Chorus Line closes March 1, 2015
  • Any Wednesday closes March 1, 2015
  • Tape runs in 35below March 6-22, 2015
  • Musical Theatre class for Teens Broadway Bootcamp begins March 7, 2015
  • Amadeus runs on the Mainstage March 11-22, 2015
  • Storytelling series Listen to This on March 26, 2015

Event Details
A Chorus Line Closes March 1, 2015: The final performance for A Chorus Line is Sunday, March 1, 2015 at 2:30 pm. A Chorus Line is a brilliantly complex fusion of dance, song and compellingly authentic drama, this “singular sensation” redefined musical theatre. It’s a behind-the-scenes look at an audition process as well as a celebration of what it means to truly be a dancer. Tickets are available online at www.ashevilletheatre.org, over the phone at 828-254-1320, or in person at the Asheville Community Theatre Box Office.

The Autumn Players’ Readers Theatre Showcase Series Presents Any Wednesday: A happy comedy with a giddy bubble of champagne, Any Wednesday features a quartet of contentious characters: John Cleves, a wealthy New York businessman who cheats on his wife; Dorothy, his loyal wife; Ellen Gordon, his young mistress; and Cass Henderson, a client who assumes that the mistress is a general offering for all those who do business with the firm.  Finally, the games and deceptions are blown apart by the truth and the characters get their just rewards as the plot rolls merrily to its end. Directed by Walter Goodrich.  Final performance is Sunday, March 1, 2015 at 2:30 pm at the Reuter Center on the campus of UNCA. Tickets are $6.00 (includes NC Sales Tax) and are available at the door.

Tape Opens in 35below: In a cheap motel room in Lansing, MI, three former high school friends find themselves in a situation that is both intriguing and frighteningly possible. Tape is a suspenseful, high-stakes story that examines questions of motive, memory, truth and perception. Tape is written by Stephen Belber and is directed by Elliot Weiner, who is making his Asheville directorial debut. Tape will be performed March 6-22, 2015 with performances Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 pm and Sunday afternoons at 2:30 pm.  All tickets are $15.00 and are available online at www.ashevilletheatre.org, by phone at 828-254-1320 or in person at the ACT Box Office.

Broadway Bootcamp begins March 7: This 10 week class that spotlights the fabulous world of Broadway and ends in a cabaret-style performance on our Mainstage! Broadway Bootcamp will be directed by Jerry Crouch, who helmed such ACT hits as Hairspray, Peter Pan, and Oliver! This class is geared for middle and high school students. For more information, or to enroll, contact Chanda Calentine at 828-254-1320.

Amadeus on the Mainstage: In 18th century Vienna, music is the currency of power. And Court Composer Antonio Salieri is the toast of the town. That is, until a young prodigy by the name of Mozart comes on the scene. Reeling from the realization of his own mediocrity in the face of true genius, Salieri swears vengeance on the God that gifted Mozart’s breathtaking talent. Swells of music and madness stir through the Tony Award-winning drama that raises the question: how far would you go to secure your legacy? Amadeus is directed by Angie Flynn-McIver and stars Michael MacCauley. Presented as a part of the Asheville Amadeus Festival, Amadeus is a co-production between NC Stage Company & Asheville Community Theatre. Amadeus will be performed March 11-22, 2015 with performances Wednesday - Saturday nights at 7:30 pm and Sunday afternoons at 2:30 pm.  Tickets are available online at www.ashevilletheatre.org, by phone at 828-254-1320 or in person at the ACT Box Office.

Storytelling series Listen to This: In the vein of “The Moth” or “This American Life,” Listen to This features stories and original songs from locals. March’s theme is “Meet the Parents: Couples Co-telling Tales of Family First Encounters” which will be presented on March 26, 2015 at 7:30 pm in 35below. Hosted by Tom Chalmers. Tickets are $15.00. Past installments of Listen to This are available for download at Asheville Community Theatre’s website.

For more information on any of the events at Asheville Community Theatre, please visit www.ashevilletheatre.org.

RiverLink gearing up for Voices of the River contest

RiverLink's annual program, Voices of the River, would like to invite all students (K-12) of the French Broad Watershed to participate in creating art and poetry based on our local rivers. Participants are invited to describe in art and words what they see, feel, smell, hear, and think when near the river.

Submissions will be displayed in a month-long exhibit and judged by local artist and poets. Winners will be awarded prizes from various local sponsors.

Not only are they looking for beautiful art and poetry from local students, they are also looking for donations. Any help is welcome in-kind donations for the reception, gift certificates for prizes, as well as promotional funds. All donors will be given recognition during the reception/awards ceremony at AB Tech's Holly Library on April 18th, 2015.

For more information on the Art and Poetry contest please visit: http://riverlink.org/learn/education-programs/poetry-contest/

Please contact RiverLink's education coordinator about submissions, donations, or ways in which you can get involved.

Malaprop's announces February events

Sunday, February 1 at 3 pm
Join us for our monthly series of readings and signings by 3 poets at
3 pm! This month will feature John Lane (The Old Rob Poems), Cedric Tillman (Lilies in the Valley), and Al Maginnes (Music from Small Towns).

Tuesday, February 3 at 7 pm
Natalie Baszile’s debut novel, Queen Sugar, is “smart and heart-felt and highly recommended,” according to Karen Joy Fowler, award-winning author of We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves. An early version of the novel won the Hurston Wright College Writer’s Award. Baszile earned her MFA from Warren Wilson College.

Tuesday, February 3 at 7 pm
RELATIONSHIP ENNEAGRAM SERIES WITH SANDRA SMITH: TYPES 6 & 9 PANEL The fabulous Sandra Smith returns with more Enneagram wisdom for us. 
For many of us, why relationships work or don’t work remains a mystery. We find ourselves repeating patterns that limit our potential. In this series, the Enneagram will be used to explore each type’s focus of attention, world view and false-core driver and how these impact relationship. Ways we over-protect our hearts and the gifts we bring to others and the world will be discussed. The series will continue on the first Tuesday of each month.

Wednesday, February 4 at 7 pm
YA EVENT WITH MEGAN SHEPHERD, MEGAN MIRANDA & RYAN GRAUDIN Come meet some of our favorite YA authors and check out their latest books! Local author Megan Shepherd, celebrates her newest book, A Cold Legacy, which is the final book in the Madman’s Daughter trilogy. 
Megan Miranda, the author of Fracture, Hysteria, and Vengeance, will discuss her latest, Soulprint. Ryan Graudin will talk about All That Burns, the follow-up to her novel All That Glows. She is also the author of the recent novel, The Walled City.

Thursday, February 5 at 7 pm
A longtime journalist and the author of Callings, local author Gregg Levoy has a new book, Vital Signs: The Nature and Nurture of Passion. 
Dennis Merritt (The Art of Uncertainty) calls Vital Signs “a roadmap to living a life using your passions as a compass.” Levoy has conducted seminars and lectured at many national and international organizations including the Esalen Institute, the Omega Institute, the American Counseling Association, and The Smithsonian Institution.

Friday, February 6 at 7 pm
JAMIE MASON IN CONVERSATION WITH JOE D’AGNESE Local mystery writer extraordinaire Jamie Mason discusses her second novel, Monday’s Lie, with another extraordinary local author, Joe D’Agnese! Mason is also the author of Three Graves Full, which the New York Times called “ripping good” and Tana French (In the Woods) called “an offbeat, high-class, pacey mystery that blends black humor with dark lyricism, and deft, intricate plotting with dead-on psychological insight.” Joe D’Agnese is the co-author of Signing Their Rights Away, Signing Their Lives Away, and Stuff Every American Should Know. He is also the author of the children’s book Blockhead: The Life of Fibonacci.

Monday, February 9 from 5:30 to 7 pm
Join us for this unique opportunity to meet Morgan Entrekin, president and publisher of Grove Atlantic, Michael Reynolds, editor in chief at Europa Editions, and Craig Popelars, director of marketing and sales at Algonquin Books. These gatekeepers of independent publishing will discuss the origins of each press, their mission, and how they choose books. They will also highlight a few of their favorite books from the press and some new titles coming out in the spring and summer.

Monday, February 9 at 7:30 pm
In West of Sunset, Stewart O’Nan picks up the life of F. Scott Fitzgerald near its end, when he went to work as a screenwriter in Hollywood. In its fictionalized story, West of Sunset includes other real characters including Ernest Hemingway, Humphrey Bogart, and Dorothy Parker. George Saunders (The 10th of December) says, “O’Nan is an incredibly versatile and charming writer….One brilliant American writer meditating on another—what’s not to love?” O’Nan is also the author of several works of fiction and nonfiction including The Odds, Last Night at the Lobster, Emily, Alone, Faithful (with Stephen King), and The Circus Fire.

Tuesday, February 10 at 7:30 pm
The author of the famous book on punctuation, Eats, Shoots & Leaves, Lynne Truss gives us a sensational new mystery, Cat Out of Hell. Truss herself says, “It concerns the mystery of a missing woman, a talking cat called Roger, a remote seaside cottage, and a nice retired librarian with a dog called Watson.” The Times calls Cat Out of Hell, “Not unlike Sherlock Holmes solving The Master and Margarita with the help of Jeeves.” Truss has written several books on punctuation, Tennyson, cats, and one book on her obsession with sport called Get Her Off the Pitch. She lives in England.

Wednesday, February 11 from 10:30 am to 12 pm READING GROUP CHOICES DISCUSSION & AUTHOR SPEED DATING In partnership with Reading Group Choices, a morning of speed dating with Maureen Corrigan, Reif Larsen, Margaret Lazarus Dean, Mary Norris, Eli Gottlieb, Joni Tevis, and Chris Cander! There will also be giveaways, yummy snacks, and discounts for reading group purchases. 
Meet an author, have a book signed, and hang out with other book lovers! If you are interested in attending, please RSVP by February 6th to mmorgan@readinggroupchoices.com or 608-572-9496 or stop by the store. If you would like your group to sit at the same table, please let us know. We will post a notice when the event fills up.

Wednesday, February 11 at 3:30 pm
Nick Bruel, the brilliant artist and creator of Bad Kitty will be signing books at Malaprop’s from 3:30-4:30! Stop by and pick up a copy of one or both of his new books, Bad Kitty: Puppy’s Big Day and A Wonderful Year.

Wednesday, February 11 at 7:30 pm
The bestselling author of Reading Lolita in Tehran, Azar Nafisi has turned her passion for books and stories on the American experience, exploring the importance of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Babbitt, and The Heart is a Lonely Hunter in The Republic of
Imagination: America in Three Books. Shelf Awareness says, “In elegant, insightful prose, she blends literary criticism, personal history and social commentary to create an enticing invitation to inhabit the Republic of Imagination.”

Wednesday, February 11 at 7 pm
Andrea Olson is back with a new salon! This series will use the book Meeting the Shadow: The Hidden Power of the Dark Side of Human Nature as a guide for exploring the personal and collective shadow, shadow work, and how to navigate the shadow instead of letting it run rampant. The third session will focus on the Shadow Making Part 2. 
These events are free and open to the public and will meet the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month. Please join us for one or all.

Sunday, February 15 at 3 pm
Please join host Tommy Hays for this monthly reading series from the folks at the Great Smokies Writing Program and The Great Smokies Review.

Thursday, February 19 at 7 pm
The Story of the Philadelphia Eleven tells the story of the first eleven women priests in the Episcopal Church and how their ordinations set off a media firestorm, upended centuries of customs defining the role of women within the church, and raised questions about the very nature of God. According to Mary E. Hunt of the Women’s Alliance for Theology, Ethics, and Ritual, The Story of the Philadelphia Eleven is “a needed history and a brilliantly told tale.” Darlene will be joined by two of the priests, Heyward Carter and Alison Cheek.

Friday, February 20 at 7 pm
A staff favorite, Jonathan Odell will discuss his latest book, Miss Hazel and the Rosa Parks League. Set in pre-Civil Rights era Mississippi, the book explores the relationship between two mothers on opposite sides of the racial divide. Lee Smith (Guests on Earth) calls it “a big brilliant novel whose time has come,” and bookseller Lauren Harr says, “Odell’s curiosity and compassion shows up in the way he investigates his characters and in the human relationships he chooses to explore.” Odell is also the author of The Healing.

Saturday, February 21 at 4 pm
A food and culture maven, Marcie Ferris brings her love of both to her second book, The Edible South: The Power of Food and the Making of an American Region. An associate professor of American Studies at UNC Chapel Hill, Ferris’s first book, Matzoh Ball Gumbo: Culinary Tales of the Jewish South, was nominated for a James Beard Foundation Award. 
Prepare for fascinating food-related history.

Sunday, February 22 at 3 pm
A professor of Literature and Language at UNCA, local author Lori Horvitz shares her essays about growing up and reinventing herself in The Girls of Usually. Stephanie Elizondo Griest, author of Around the
Bloc: My Life in Moscow, Beijing, and Havana, says the book is “deeply intimate and wickedly funny.” Horvitz’s stories, poems, and essays have appeared in several literary journals and anthologies including Tusculum Review, Quarter After Eight, and Dear John, I’m in Love With Jane.

Tuesday, February 24 at 7 pm
DEBBY MAUGANS & CHRISTINE SYKES-LOWE READING & SIGNING If you haven’t heard about Farmer & Chef Asheville by Debby Maugans and Christine Sykes-Lowe yet, you may have been living under a rock. 
If that’s the case, you better come meet the authors and the already initiated so you don’t miss this book! Containing great photos and luscious recipes from local chefs, this is clear evidence why Asheville is “the hottest food city in the South,” according to chef William Dissen.

Wednesday, February 25 at 7 pm
Andrea Olson is back with a new salon! This series will use the book Meeting the Shadow: The Hidden Power of the Dark Side of Human Nature as a guide for exploring the personal and collective shadow, shadow work, and how to navigate the shadow instead of letting it run rampant. The fourth session will focus on Shadow Boxing. These events are free and open to the public and will meet the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month. Please join us for one or all.

Thursday, February 26 at 7 pm
A chronicle of family and place, Evan Williams shares the stories of four generations of apple farmers in Henderson County. Many tales were told to young Evan by his grandfather, Glenn, who doled out homespun advice peppered with bygone language. Williams still lives on the family apple orchard and is pursuing his MFA at Queens University in Charlotte.

Friday, February 27 at 7 pm
We are thrilled to welcome back Theodore Richards with his new novel, The Conversions. In the novel, the end of the oil era spurs several characters to change their ways, converting to and exploring new territories philosophically, religiously, and personally. The founder and director of the Chicago Wisdom Project, whose mission is to re-imagine education through holistic programming that transforms individual, community and world through creative expression, Richards has discussed his previous books Cosmosophia, Creatively Maladjusted, and The Crucifixion at Malaprop’s.

Saturday, February 28 at 3 pm
Historical fiction writer and freelance editor Heather Webb joins us to discuss her latest, Rodin’s Lover. Anne Girard, author of Madame Picasso, says: “In Rodin’s Lover, author Heather Webb brings to life, with vivid detail, the story of brilliant and tormented sculptress Camille Claudel and the epic love affair with the legendary sculptor who worshiped her. Deeply moving and meticulously researched, this book will capture your heart, then hold it tightly long after the final page.” Webb is also the author of Becoming Josephine.

Join a Bookclub!

Tuesday, February 3 at 7 pm
Join host Bruce Roth for a lively discussion on topics of current interest including war and peace, the economy, the environment, and other hot political topics. The February pick is Pay Any Price: Greed, Power, and Endless War by James Risen.

Tuesday, February 3 at 7 pm
WOMEN IN LIVELY DISCUSSION BOOKCLUB (WILD) Join host and Malaprop’s bookseller Linda-Marie Barrett for the WILD bookclub, which meets at the Battery Park Book Exchange. The February pick is The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman.

Wednesday, February 4 from 1 to 2 pm
Hosts Catherine Faherty and Carolyn Ogburn will lead a discussion of Poker Without Cards: A Consciousness Thriller by Ben Mack.

Wednesday, February 4 at 7 pm
Host Jay Jacoby will lead a discussion of Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe.

Monday, February 9 at 7 pm
Mystery writer Sallie Bissell and crew will discuss Dissolution by C. 
J. Sansom.

Tuesday, February 17 at 7 pm
Malaprop’s bookseller Lauren Napoli will lead a discussion of Ghost World by Daniel Clowes.

Thursday, February 26 at 7 pm
Join host and Malaprop’s bookseller Justin Souther to discuss writers—and their literature—in translation and the cultural, political and artistic influences that mold them. The February pick is Faces in the Crowd by Valeria Luiselli.