Arts and Culture

Tony Kiss
Asheville Citizen-Times

The Fourth of July Independence Day Holiday weekend has arrived. If  the weather cooperates there will be plenty of fireworks and outdoor festivals to enjoy.  Topping Tony's list of at least 40 ways to celebrate the 4th,  the Red White and Blue Grass Festival July 3-4 at Catawba Meadows in Morganton.

Tony Kiss
Asheville Citizen-Times

Jerry Seinfeld takes the stage in Asheville Saturday night at Thomas Wolfe Auditorium.  Singing on the Mountain takes place at Grand Father Mountain. Shindig on the Green is back at Pack Square in downtown Asheville.  Dancing and Mountain Music will be featured.  Lots of summer theater to choose from. Tony takes a look at some of what's happening.

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Asheville is featured on this week's episode of  the new television series Southern Uncovered with the Lee Bros.   The series on Ovation TV explores the "unique and unexpected" cuisine and culture of six southern cities.  Program hosts Matt and Ted Lee are the authors of several award winning cook boos and the founders of  The Lee Bros Boiled Peanuts Catalogue.  They spoke  with David  Hurand.

Tony Kiss
Asheville Citizen-Times

Dinosaurs have taken over the big screen!  Jurassic World and its 3D special effects has arrived at area theaters. The film is the fourth in the Jurassic series.  The story of the Beach Boys, Love and Mercy has also arrived.  The film stars John Cusack and Elizabeth Banks and there are several animated films appropriate for children.  The Indigo Girls, with their band, will rock the Orange Peel June 23rd, and Nigerian legend Kinny Sunny Ade makes his way to Western North Carolina with an appearance at New Mountain Amphitheater, June 24th.

Open Air Brevard

Jun 18, 2015

This summer, WCQS is pleased to bring you Open Air Brevard, music recorded in performance at the renowned Brevard Music Center. Partnering with WDAV Davidson, each week we bring you a glimpse into activities at the Festival, including conversations with the artists and live performances of magnificent music by the artists, faculty, and students at BMC.

Join us for Open Air Brevard Sunday afternoons at 3 and Wednesday mornings at 10.

The Brevard Music Center (BMC) announced today that virtuoso violinist Sarah Chang will open its 79th season on Saturday, June 20 at 6PM at Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium. Ms. Chang replaces pianist André Watts, whose sudden illness necessitated a cancellation of his BMC opening night performance. Ms. Chang will perform Bruch’s exquisite Violin Concerto No. 1, considered by many to be the German composer’s most famous and celebrated composition.

Festivities kick off this week in Asheville to celebrate bees, insects, and all things pollination.  David Hurand spoke with the founder and director of Bee City USA, Phyllis Stiles, for more on the events.

You can find more about the event at

  To us here at WCQS and to thousands of listeners in Western North Carolina he is Josh Jourdan, Classical Music Host. But to the Navy Reserve, he is Joshua Jourdan, Petty Officer.

Josh has now left WCQS for deployment of at least one year to serve us and our nation. We will miss our friend and colleague. All of us here at WCQS wish Josh great adventures and safe travels, and anxiously await his return.

A Conversation with NPR's Steve Inskeep

Jun 2, 2015

NPR Morning Edition host and author Steve Inskeep was in Asheville Monday to promote his new book "Jacksonland."  It tells the bloody story of the long-running feud between President Andrew Jackson and Cherokee Chief John Ross over land that would become the southern United States. 

Tony Kiss
Asheville Citizen-Times

The Beer City Festival is the toast of Asheville Saturday (5/30).   The festival takes place Saturday at Roger McGuire Green at Pack Square Park.  The Festival features more than 30  area breweries.  It is a ticketed event.  Comedian Jay Leno takes the stage at Harrah's Cherokee Event Center Saturday night.  The great Merle Haggard follows June 6th.  The Magnetic Theater celebrates its' grand opening with the Merchant of Asheville.