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Arts and Culture
11:00 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Tony Kiss

NC Mountain State Fair is underway.  The fair runs 9/5-9/14 at the WNC Agricultural Center in Fletcher. River Arts District Anything Goes, Everything Shows Art Show at the Courtyard Gallery and the Flood Fine Arts Center in the River Arts District starts 9/6 and runs through October 29th.  The New Belgium Brewing Clips Beer and Film Tour gets underway Friday night at Roger McGuire Green at Pack Square Park.  Tony has much more to say about the  entertainment scene, including lots of outstanding theater offerings and a couple of new and interesting movies....

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Arts and Culture
7:48 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Rob Delaney: 'I don't like whimsy'

It’s not every day that some snappy tweets can get you a book deal. But that’s exactly what happened with comedian Rob Delaney, who’s in town Friday for a book reading at Malaprop’s.

Most of Rob Delaney’s tweets can’t actually be read out loud on public radio. But they’re funny-- totally absurd, often dirty jokes that fit into 140 characters or less.

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Arts and Culture
5:58 am
Thu September 4, 2014

James Patterson promotes literacy, indie booksellers in WNC

To call James Patterson prolific is almost an understatement. The man has written more than 100 books in his career.

But instead of sticking to bookstore visits and signings, Patterson has decided to put his bestselling name behind local, independent bookstores and get young people excited about reading.

This weekend, Patterson is in Asheville to help promote a couple of different causes in Western North Carolina.

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Arts and Culture
8:35 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Tony Kiss

Monday is Labor Day.  Labor Day in the U.S.

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Arts and Culture
4:20 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Harvest Records: ten years of tastemaking

This weekend, Harvest Records is putting on Transfigurations II, a music festival to celebrate a milestone: ten years ago this month, two music-obsessed college grads decided to open a record store on a street filled with vacant storefronts and car repair shops.

This was three years after Napster had been shut down, but digital music definitely wasn’t going anywhere.

iTunes was selling singles like hotcakes.

And CD stores like Sam Goody and Tower Records were already a thing of the past.

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Arts and Culture
8:35 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Tony Kiss

The Downtown Independent Groove (DIG) kicks off the weekend with lots  of great music at clubs in downtown Asheville.  The rock band Boston performs at the Biltmore Estate and the Asheville Wine and Food Festival takes place at the U.S. Cellular Center.  There's also plenty of live theater to consider including The Odd Couple at HART and Sisters at Be Be Theater.  Shindig on the Green is always a great option.  There is one major new film to consider, Sin City:  A Dame to Kill For hits the big screen.  Tony Kiss has it all.  Have fun.

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Arts and Culture
5:51 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Adelaide Daniels Key Has Died

One of Western North Carolina’s major philanthropists has died. Adelaide Daniels Key was a member of the Daniels Family that once owned the Raleigh News and Observer.  Following the sale of the paper she started the Adelaide Worth Daniels Foundation.  She was an advocate for greater access to health care, education,  community building, and the arts.  She served as a member of the Board of Governors of the University of North Carolina and as a member of the Board of Trustees at Western Carolina University.   Adelaide Daniels Key was 78. 

Arts and Culture
8:35 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Another big weekend of entrainment in Western North Carolina.  Downtown After 5 is back on Lexington Avenue.  While Rat Dog has canceled a future date in the area, a Greatful Dead tribute band is back in town.

There's Laugh Your Asheville is happening and there's lots of live theater to consider.  Tony Kiss takes a l00k at some of the very busy entertainment schedule in the area, including the latest film from writer/director Woody Allen.

Arts and Culture
7:40 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Edan Lepucki on doing your laundry at the end of the world

Author Edan Lepucki says a lot of dystopian, apocalyptic stories are aspirational; they’re epic, sweeping stories about heroes and salvation.

But Lepucki’s new novel, California, takes place on a smaller scale

“When you see people under pressure they’re often not their best selves,” Lepucki says.  

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Arts and Culture
8:35 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Tony Kiss

The hottest team in baseball isn't the Tampa Bay Rays, the Atlanta Braves, or the Detroit Tigers, it's the Asheville Tourists.  The Tourists are in town at historic McCormick for  a weekend series.  Flat Rock Play House has Miss Saigon, and there's a story to be heard at the Orange Peel.  Tony says there's a growing jazz scene n Western North Carolina and six new movies have arrived at area theaters, including a spy thriller

starring the late  Philip Seymour Hoffman.  That's  just a bit of what's  going on in the area. 

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