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The North Carolina Forest Service says two large wildfires burning in the mountains are mostly contained.  Kerry Lathrop in the Region 3 command center tells WCQS a 1,050 acre blaze in Madison County along the North Carolina/Tennessee line is about 80 percent contained.  A 243 acre fire burning in Macon County called the Buck Knob fire is said to be 100 percent contained.  Drier conditions have helped contribute to the fires.  Rain is in the forecast Friday for western North Carolina.

Roomful of Teeth on WCQS

Apr 21, 2016
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  The Grammy winning vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth performs Thursday evening, April 28, in downtown Asheville's Masonic Temple in a concert presented by Free Range Asheville. They will also perform live in our studios that Thursday afternoon at 2.

Listen today at 1:06 when Dick Kowal talks with two members of Roomful of Teeth, founder Brad Wells and tenor Eric Dudley.

Pianist Elizabeth Child talked with Dick Kowal about her upcoming recital at the Asheville Art Museum. There's music by Bach, Beethoven, Debussy, and Tryon resident Rita Landrum. Elizabeth received her doctorate from The Juilliard School, but later left music. Later, she moved to Tryon and returned to her playing and teaching, "more herself."

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North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory appeared on NBC's Meet the Press on Sunday to defend House Bill 2.  The controversial law has drawn wide condemnation in the corporate world, boycotts from artists, and travel bans from elected officials.  McCrory signed the bill hours after passage during a one-day special session to overturn a Charlotte ordinance that, among other things, allowed transgender people to use the restroom matching their gender identity.  But HB2 went far beyond, banning cities and towns from adopting their own non-discrimination ordinances, excluding LGBT protections in a s

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In an interview with WCQS, Tami Fitzgerald, Executive Director of the North Carolina Values Coalition, said opposition to House Bill 2 is the result of a smear campaign perpetrated by LGBT "bullies."  She took direct aim at the national gay rights group Human Rights Campaign and the state group Equality North Carolina, claiming the groups are misleading companies and threatening them if they don't come out against the bill.  She says the law is a common sense protection against men going into women's restrooms and locker rooms.  When asked whether she was open to any amendments of the law,

Harry Lynch, News & Observer of Raleigh

North Carolina lawmakers will convene later this month for their short session and House Bill 2 is expected to figure prominently.  The bill barring anti-discrimination measures for the LGBT community was passed in a one-day special session.  Hundreds of people rallied today in the state capital in support of HB2, despite a backlash from the political and corporate world that’s gone nationwide.  This weekend we learned one of the most prominent members of the opposition will now be an insider arguing for its repeal.  Chris Sgro, Executive Director of gay rights group Equality North Carolin

Tune in Tuesday morning at 10 and Thursday night at 8 for the broadcast of the Asheville Symphony Orchestra's March concert, "Romeo & Juliet".  The concert featured Elgar's "Chanson de Matin and Chanson de Nuit", Mozart's "Piano Concerto No. 21," featuring guest pianist Shen Lu. The program concludes with Berlioz's "Romeo and Juliet."

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A series of hearings across the state are giving the public the opportunity to weigh in on coal ash disposal, and policymakers are getting an earful.  Residents have brought up numerous concerns, and some have suggested current health issues could be a result of water contamination from coal ash.  Carolina Public Press decided to investigate those claims and found more questions than answers.  CPP Managing Editor Frank Taylor spoke with Jeremy Loeb. 

WCQS had a big day in Hendersonville on April 5. The day began with a meeting of the WCQS Community Forum and was capped off that evening with a reception for longtime donors and business supporters.

The Community Forum was held at St. James Episcopal Church. The meeting was well attended. Among the topics discussed was the possibility of a joint project with Carolina Public Press to cover the issues of health care in Western North Carolina.

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Katharine Hayhoe, a renowned climate scientist and evangelical Christian, will bring her call to action on climate change to Asheville.  Hayhoe has events scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday (4/5 and 4/6).  The trip is sponsored by environmental group MountainTrue (who underwrites on WCQS) and the Creation Care Alliance of WNC.  Hayhoe is director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University.  She was featured on a Showtime documentary and was on Time magazine's 2014 list of Top 100 most influential people in the world.

UNCA Bringing Back Asheville Man's Rare Photographs

Apr 1, 2016
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A rare collection of photographs taken by Asheville native, the late Isaiah Rice, are being digitized by the University of North Carolina Asheville.  Rice began taking photographs upon his return to Western North Carolina following his service in the U.S. military during World War II.  David Hurand has our story about a man who documented a period marked by segregation and the end of segregation in Asheville.

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On this week's Friday @2, join us for Totally Telemann, a program brought to our studios by members of Muses' Delight. The trio of violin, harpsichord and viola da gamba is joined by baroque flutist Kelly Roudabush to explore music by one of the eighteenth century's most prolific composers.

Muse' Delight performs Sunday afternoon as part of the Asheville Baroque Concerts series. On the next Friday @2, they'll perform just for us~!

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Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer says City Council will consider a resolution on North Carolina House Bill 2 on April 12th expressing "disappointment" in the legislation.  In an interview with WCQS, Manheimer called the bill an overreach and an inappropriate reaction to Charlotte passing an ordinance.

Community Arts Event: Photo+Craft...

Mar 29, 2016

This week Warren Wilson College is the catalyst for a community arts event 3/31-4/3).  Exhibitions, panel discussions,  and much more will examine the intersection of photography and craft at multiple venues, including the campus, downtown Asheville, and the River Arts District.  David Hurand spoke with Warren Wilson College Professor of Photography and Project Director Eric Baden about the first of its kind event, Photo+Craft.

In a Sunday afternoon concert, the Asheville Chamber Music Series will present the Doric String Quartet with pianist Jonathan Biss playing chamber music by Haydn, Erich Wolfgang Korngold and Johannes Brahms.

Dick Kowal spoke with Mary Holmes, board member of the ACMS, about this weekend's concert.

  

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