Baseball is back and Tony is thrilled. The Asheville Tourists have opened their 2014 season at McCormick Field. There's also lots of live theater to consider including a Neil Simon play at the Flat Rock Theater. There are a couple of new movies in the area, including Captain America. The Western Carolina University Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines will screen the documentary film "Shored Up". The critically acclaimed film examines how different communities are trying to cope with rising sea levels. It will be screened at 4 pm Sunday at A.K. Hinds University Center.
Listen this "Friday @2" for another live-performance program on WCQS. This week we will feature the winners of the Asheville Symphony Orchestra (ASO) Young Artist Competition (YAC!)
The ASO held its competition, open to all students, ages 9-18 (excluding college students), who play string, wind and percussion instruments as well as piano, classical guitar and harp, on March 22nd. Three winners were chosen; pianists Ayano Annis and Christopher Tavernier tied for second place, and violinist Willa Finck was awarded first place.
Buncombe County Democrats will meet Thursday evening at the County Court House to elect a new State Senator to serve out the remainder of the term of Martin Nesbitt. Nesbitt died in early March at the age of 67. The Chair of the Party, Kathy Sinclair told David Hurand, 156 members of the party executive committee who live in the 49th Senate District will choose from a field of three men and three women.
Three Republicans are on the May 6th primary ballot. The winner will face whomever the Democrats ultimately choose to run in November.
Live theater tops Tony's list of entertainment options this week. Along with theater there's lots of music to enjoy and a couple of new movies hit the big screen. And baseball returns next Thursday with the arrival of the Tourists at historic McCormick field.
The Cherokee Preservation Foundation has announced its' Spring 2104 grant award winners. The twenty not for profit organizations will receive a total of more than 1 million dollars. Since its' inception in 2000, the Foundation has distributed more than $70 million . David Hurand spoke with the Foundations' Executive Director Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle about the work of the foundation.
Tony Kiss dances his way into the weekend. High on his list of entertainment offerings The Chase Brock Experience at Diana Wortham Theater. Choreographer Chase Brock is a native of Western North Carolina who has found great success in New York City. The new Wes Anderson film has arrived on the big screen. The quirky, but favorably reviewed film, The Hotel Budapest includes an all star cast.
Broadway Choreographer Chase Brock is bringing his talents back to Western North Carolina.
Brock was born in Hendersonville and went to school in Flat Rock before moving to New York to follow his dream, and now his career has taken him full circle-- back to the very spot where he found his first success.
“I actually made my professional debut as a dancer on the stage at Diana Wortham Theater when I was about 12 years old," Brock said. "It’s the first check I ever received in show business.”
Jan Philipp Sendker has spent most of his working life as a journalist for a German magazine.
But he never lost the desire he's held since childhood to write a novel, and his work as a reporter helped lead him to his goal.
Sendker's novel, The Art of Hearing Heartbeats, is inspired by the landscape and culture he discovered while reporting from Burma. The book tells the story of Julia, a New Yorker whose Burmese father mysteriously disappears. Julia's story explores the significant role of fatalism and destiny in Burmese culture.
The deadline for the initial open enrollment period is fast approaching. David Hurand spoke with Health Care Navigators Jaclyn Kiger and John Wingerter about how to make an appointment, what to bring, and how many North Carolinians have signed up for health insurance.