Arts and Culture

Arts and Culture
8:50 am
Fri May 29, 2015

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Tony Kiss
Credit 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.

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Arts and Culture
10:26 am
Thu May 28, 2015

Friday @2: Asheville Young Musicians Club

Please listen for the next Friday @2 when WCQS hosts members of the Asheville Young Musicians Club in our studios. These young people between the ages of 11 and 18 will perform chamber music by Haydn, Mozart and Piazzola, and give us a preview of their upcoming benefit concert.

Arts and Culture
11:11 am
Fri May 22, 2015

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Tony Kiss
Credit Asheville Citizen-Times

The Memorial Day Holiday Weekend has arrived and with it a number of holiday festivals are underway across Western North Carolina.  The Mountain Sports Festival takes place at Carrier Park Friday through Memorial Day.  The White Squirrel Festival is underway in downtown Brevard and the Carl Sandburg Folk Music Festival honors Sandburg Memorial Day from 11-4 at Connemara in Hendersonville.  The great Doctor John and the Nite Trippers take the state tonight (Friday 5/23) at the New Mountain Amphitheater in downtown Asheville.

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9:48 am
Thu May 21, 2015

Star News: Wilmington Indie Film Community Considers Options as Industry Bows Out

Some in Wilmington's independent film community are predicting dire consequences for their art form in the wake of the well-publicized downturn in film production tied to the reduction in tax incentives provided by the state of North Carolina.
The festival/gathering, which since 2012 has been holding semi-regular screenings of work by local and regional independent filmmakers at downtown Wilmington's Calico Room, recently sent out a call for entries to "Dirt Poor Apocalypse," the festival's final chapter. As one comment on Dirt Poor's Facebook page put it, "This is how the world ends.
Arts and Culture
4:56 pm
Mon May 18, 2015

Another Low Power Radio Station On The Air

There are now three low power radio stations in Buncombe County, all licensed by the Federal Communications Commission.  WSFM, also known as Asheville FM, had been heard only over the internet but Monday (5/18) morning it joined WRES and WPVM broadcasting over the the air-waves.  The station transmitter tower sits atop the Hotel Indigo in downtown Asheville. David Hurand spoke with station board Vice President Greg Lyon.

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8:27 am
Mon May 18, 2015

With This Many Buskers in Asheville, a Discordant Note Was Inevitable

Lawmakers in liberal Asheville, a city of 87,000 set amid a soul-stirring stretch of mountain scenery, insist that they do not want to kick anyone out — especially not their artists. But they are looking for a way to deal with the headaches that have come with the city’s emergence as both an increasingly upscale tourist destination and an upstart Southern street-music capital.
ASHEVILLE, N.C. - It was a Tuesday evening in April, at an hour when most small American cities had gone quiet. But in this buzzy Blue Ridge Mountain town, there was music all over the streets. There was the moody alt-rock guitar strummer in front of the organic clothing boutique.
Arts and Culture
1:44 pm
Sun May 17, 2015

Jeff Daniels and The Ben Daniels Band at DWT

Actor Jeff Daniels has starred in many notable films, including Terms of Endearment, Good Night and Good Luck, Ragtime, Radio Days, and Dumb and Dumber.  Most recently he was seen on HBO,  starring as cable news anchor Will McAvoy in The Newsroom.   Monday (5/18) night at 8 musician Jeff Daniels performs  with the Ben Daniels Band at Diana Wortham Theater in Asheville.  Daniels has been playing guitar and writing songs nearly as long as he has performed on stage, in film, and on television.  He spoke with David Hurand.

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Arts and Culture
3:16 pm
Fri May 15, 2015

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Tony Kiss
Credit Asheville Citizen-Times

Downtown After 5 gets underway this afternoon (5/15/15).   The headliner is CJ Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band.  Chenier is the son of the King of Zydeco Clifton Chenier.  Opening Downtown after % is the Bayou Diesel band. On stage at Flat Rock Playhouse is Always...Patsy Cline. NC Stage Company presents Parallel Lives, Brevard Little Theater performs Moon Over Buffalo, and Asheville Community Theater presents Letters and Notes Found on the Windshield at the Piggly Wiggly Parking Lot.

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Arts and Culture
3:49 pm
Thu May 14, 2015

Friday @2: Bill Bares

  Listen  at 2 for another live performance from our studios. On this program, WCQS will host jazz pianist Bill Bares and bassist Zack Page.

Bill teaches Jazz at UNC-Asheville, curates the Isis Sunday Evening Jazz Showcase, performs with multiple ensembles, and is in the process of recording an album under the name "Asheville Art Trio."

Zack Page plays bass with multiple ensembles in the Asheville area as well, including One Leg Up  and Hard Bop Explosion.

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Sports
7:42 am
Thu May 14, 2015

Former UNC Coach, Assistant Bill Guthridge Dies at 77

Bill Guthridge was 80-28 as head coach at North Carolina from 1997 to 2000 and went to two Final Fours.
Dave Martin/Associated Press

Bill Guthridge, the longtime assistant to Dean Smith who succeeded him as North Carolina's head coach, has died. He was 77.

The school announced Wednesday that Guthridge died Tuesday night. The cause of death was not immediately known.

Guthridge spent three decades as an assistant to Smith, helping him bring national championships to Chapel Hill in 1982 and 1993.

When Smith retired as Division I's winningest men's coach shortly before the 1997-98 season, Guthridge was promoted to replace him, and he guided the Tar Heels to two Final Fours in three seasons.

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