It’s 8:30 on a Saturday morning, and the main room of the Asheville Senior Center is buzzing with conversation. People are walking in, carrying the cymbal bags that drummers use, greeting one another like they’re long lost friends.
No, it’s not a drumming circle, though that’s perhaps just as likely in Asheville.
This is the 2013 Asheville Scrabble Tournament, and it’s serious stuff.
This Friday at 2 join us for another program from our performance studio as Lovestruck Suckers join Dick Kowal to play and talk about their music. Made up of singer-songwritier Silas Durocher and members of the Opal String Quartet (Mariya Potapova, violin; Kara Poorbaugh, viola, and Franklin Keel, cello) Lovestruck Suckers' music explores themes such as heartbreak, love, and how to find beauty and motivation in a capricious world.
Pioneers in electronic music, scientists, authors, filmmakers, and futurists will gather in Asheville in later April for MoogFest 2014. The festival honors the legacy of electronic music pioneer Dr. Robert Moog. Moog Music has announced the list of day time presenters and begun ticket sales. David Hurand spoke with Emmy Parker from Moog Music about the festival.
Its a big weekend for movies and music. The Asheville Cinema Festival offers more than 50 films. Everything from features, documentaries, shorts, and more. A couple of long awaited films have opened in the area. The highly acclaimed 12 Years a Slave and All is Lost starring Robert Redford. WideSpread Panic will rock the U.S. Cellular Center in downtown Asheville and the Asheville Choral Society and Symphony Chorus present the Brahms German Requiem with 220 singers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.