Arts and Culture

Arts and Culture
6:04 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Not Your Grandmother's Scrabble

Friendly reminders.
Credit Greta Johnsen / WCQS

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.

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Arts and Culture
3:45 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Friday at 2: The Lovestruck Suckers

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.

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Arts and Culture
9:07 am
Thu November 14, 2013

MoogFest 2014 More than Electronic Music

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.

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Arts and Culture
8:35 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Tony Kiss Asheville Citizen Times

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.

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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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