Arts and Culture

Arts and Culture
3:40 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Billy Graham celebrates his 95th birthday

Guests, including Sarah and Todd Palin, applaud Rev. Graham as he enters the room in a wheelchair.
Credit Greta Johnsen / WCQS

 About 800 people joined the reverend Billy Graham last night to celebrate his 95th birthday.

Kathie Lee Gifford led the group in song, and guests included Fox news host Greta van Susteren, former Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin, and businessman Donald Trump.

Billy Graham, whose health has been in decline, didn’t make any speeches, though he did thank friends and family.

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Arts and Culture
6:26 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Ann Patchett on writing, Parnassus, and dogs

  Author Ann Patchett’s new book, This is the Story of a Happy Marriage, is a deeply personal collection of essays that explore Patchett’s familial, romantic, professional, and even canine relationships.

While Patchett is perhaps known best for her novels Bel Canto or State of Wonder, she also has an extensive career writing nonfiction.

Here, Patchett discusses how writing nonfiction shaped her fiction; what it was like to compile the book; and her role as an inadvertent spokeswoman for independent bookstores.

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Arts and Culture
8:46 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Tony Kiss Weekend Update...

Tony Kiss Asheville Citizen Times reporter

November has arrived  but the Arts and Culture scene is still in the mood for Halloween and a bit more of October.  Tony Kiss stops  by with some tips on what to do in the days  ahead.  High on his list, the late great Hank Williams comes alive on stage, Bluegrass with special guest David Holt, and several  new movies, including a film from Saudi Arabia.   Tony also reports that the Christmas Holiday season is underway at the Biltmore Estate.

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Arts and Culture
8:37 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Halloween Candy $$$$

On this day of trick or treating, David Hurand takes a look at the candy industry.

Halloween is ghost, goblins, costumes, and cash.   Annual candy sales in the U.S. are in the billions. A Chicago based research firm that compiles candy sales data reports that Reese's , which is part of the Hershey Company,  is number one with annual sales of nearly $510 million, M & M's is next with annual sales of nearly $501 million , M & M's is one of the lines sold by Mars, and third in annual sales, Snickers witch is also manufactured by Mars.  David Hurand  has more on our appetite for candy.

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Arts and Culture
9:39 am
Tue October 29, 2013

It's Not You, It's Me!

Nathan Ives (second from left) and cast of It's Not You, It's Me

The independent film It's Not You, It's Me  was written, directed, and produced by Asheville native Nathan Ives.  Ives has followed an unusual path to become a Los Angeles based film maker and he is taking a novel approach to marketing his film.  He spoke with David Hurand.

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Arts and Culture
9:33 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Tony Kiss

Lots to do, so little  time!  An electronic music festival, a benefit for the Mountain Gateway Museum in Old Fort featuring David Holt,  an evening of Jazz in Waynesville,  live theater, and new movies, including a couple of documentaries. Tony Kiss takes a look at some of the entertainment offerings as we approach Halloween.

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Arts and Culture
9:36 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Tony Kiss Asheville Citizen Times
Credit Asheville Citizen Times

Western North Carolina enjoys another big weekend of entertainment.  The sold out LEAF Music Festival in Black Mountain highlights the weekend, but there's lots of food, music, and theater to choose from.  Tony offers some of the highlights.

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Arts and Culture
9:51 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Bringing the bogeyman to life

Credit NC Stage Co.

"This time last year I was plotting to kill a man."

So begins 'Stalking the Bogeyman,' a story written by David Holthouse, originally published in 2004 in The Denver Westword.

Holthouse was just a kid when he was raped by the 17 year-old son of his parents' friends. 

"When I was seven," Holthouse wrote in the article, "I no longer believed in Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny or the Tooth Fairy.

"But from that night on, I had no such doubts about the Bogeyman."

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Arts and Culture
8:02 am
Thu September 26, 2013

'Vicious' isn't your typical superhero story

Victoria Schwab has written several young adult novels, but Vicious is her first book for an adult audience.

While Vicious is a superhero origin story, Schwab’s take is unique, exploring the possibility of magic in an otherwise reality-driven world.

Schwab spoke with WCQS reporter Greta Johnsen before coming to Asheville on her book release tour.

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Arts and Culture
11:08 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Asheville Citizen Times Tony Kiss

The weekend entertainment scene  once again provides a myriad of wonderful opportunities.  Tony Kiss begins with stories of craft beer tasting, live theater, and several new movies.

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