Arts and Culture

Tony Kiss
Asheville Citizen-Times

Tony Kiss takes a look at the the post  Thanksgiving Day holiday weekend and reports there's plenty of music, theater,  movies, and  some traditional musical performances to consider.  Singer songwriter David Wilcox performs tonight (11/27) at the Grey Eagle Tavern and Music Hall.  David's performance in Western North Carolina has become a seasonal tradition.  Acoustic Syndicate takes the Grey Eagle stage Saturday night (11/28). 

November 27, 2015 marks the 7th National Day of Listening. The Day of Listening is a national holiday started by StoryCorps in 2008. On the day after Thanksgiving, StoryCorps asks everyone to take a few minutes to record an interview with a loved one.

NC Stage: All is Calm

Nov 23, 2015

WCQS Music Director Dick Kowal in the studio with NC Stage's Charlie Flynn-McIver and poet, playwright and Cantaria member David Hopes. The three just talked about NC Stage production of All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914, featuring  Cantaria, the Gay Men's Chorus of Asheville. Coming up December 9th.

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Longtime WCQS friend David Holt was in the studio with Dick Kowal today to talk about his upcoming performance in Cullowhee this Sunday at the Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center at Western Carolina University.   David is a  traditional music and storytelling icon, and four-time Grammy Award winner and Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame inductee.

Satirist Lizz Winstead is tackling reproductive rights with "Lady Parts Justice." Lizz Winstead has made a career being the watchdog of the watchdog. As a co-creator of The Daily Show in the 1990s, Winstead was one of the first comedians satirizing both news makers and news media.  Her current focus is on women’s rights, and she founded Lady Parts Justice, an organization that uses comedy and digital media to advocate for reproductive rights. State of Things host Frank Stasio talked with Winstead about political satire and her comedy on the program today.

Join us Tuesday morning at 10 and Thursday evening at 8 for our broadcast of the Asheville Symphony’s October 17th concert. David Kim, Concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra, is the soloist with the orchestra in Max Bruch’s 1st Violin Concerto. Also on the program is a performance of Robert Schuman’s Second Symphony and Osvaldo Golijov’s Sidereus. Chip Kaufmann is your host. Please join us Tuesday morning at 10 and Thursday evening at 8.

Its a big weekend for movies. Heart of a Dog, the new documentary from artist, musician, and writer Laurie Anderson has arrived on the big screen.  "The 33"  is the true story of Chilean miners trapped underground for 69 days.  It's a compelling film of survival.  And don't forget Bridge of Spies with Tom Hanks is still showing.  But the blockbuster is the new James Bond film starring Daniel Craig "Spector". Mid week Momix Botanica hits the stage at the Diana Wortham Theater.

Jews, Muslims and Christians will meet for the 7th annual Lake Junaluska Peace Conference Thursday evening through Sunday (11/12-11/15).  The conference will be led by peacemakers from all three Abrahamic faith traditions, including Rabbi Or Rose, Rabia Terri Harris, and Rev. Sam Wells.  Charlene Kammerer is a retired United Methodist Bishop and co-chair of the Design Team for the conference. Bishop Kammerer was elected Bishop in 1996 and after a long career with the Methodist Church, retired in 2012.  She spoke with David Hurand.

WCQS Music Director Dick Kowal is just back from a trip with WCQS music lovers down the Danube - visiting Prague, Vienna and Budapest. All this week, during the 9 o'clock hour, Dick will present music celebrating Mozart, Beethoven, Smetana and more - and celebrating the incredibly vibrant music and cultural scene of Central Europe - past and present.

That's Music of the Blue Danube every morning this week - in the 9 o'clock hour - on WCQS.