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.
The recent announcement by Representative Howard Coble that he won't seek re-election may have an impact on the clout of the North Carolina delegation to Congress. It may also serve to enhance the influence of 10th District Representative Patrick McHenry. David Hurand spoke with High Point Enterprise reporter Paul Johnson about Coble's decision.
Crime statistics have been compiled by North Carolina counties since 1973, but not by all counties. David Hurand spoke with Carolina Public Press reporter Jon Elliston about the the numbers and the Crime Index.
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.
Attorney Esther Manheimer has been elected mayor of Asheville. Manheimer was any easy winner over her challenger, former city employee John Miall. The polls had only been closed a little over an hour when it became clear that the current Vice Mayor would win by a comfortable margin. Unofficial results show she captured over 68% of the vote.
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.