Arts and Culture
Wed December 4, 2013
Arts and Performance / Community Calendar
Asheville Community Theatre presents “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever at the downtown theatre on Friday, November 29th through Sunday, December 8th. There will be performances on Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 and Sunday afternoons at 2:30.
Mars Hill University
Weizenblatt Gallery Features Photographic Exhibit by Emma Claire Hoffman called “A Horse of Course.” It’s on view December 3rd through the 15th; and January 14th through the 29th. An opening reception will take place on Wednesday, December 4th from, from 5:00 to 7:00 - during which the artist will be available for discussion.
www.mhu.edu thru-12/15, 1/14-29
Judy Rentner Featured Artist of the Month
The Asheville Gallery of Art’s featured artist for December is Judy Rentner. An opening reception for the artist will be held on Friday, December 6th from 5:30 to 8:00. The exhibition will be on display December 1st through the 31st.
www.ashevillegallery-of-art.com thru-12/31, 12/6
Monte Vista Hotel
The Monte Vista Hotel Presents ‘Deck the Trees’ on December 4th from 6:00 to 8:00, for its first viewing party of its annual Christmas Celebration. Christmas trees will be on display from Dec 4th through the 31st.
Flat Rock Playhouse
Flat Rock Playhouse presents “A Christmas Story” based on the classic motion picture, Wednesdays thru Saturdays - December 4th through the 22nd.
Brevard’s Element Spa and Shop is featuring original art work by Karen Keil Brown. It’s on view through January 8th. There will be an opening reception on Thursday, December 5th from 5:00 to 7:00.
Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts
Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, in Franklin, presents an Open House on Thursday, December 5th from 5:00 to 8:00. There will be tours, giveaways, local restaurant showcase, and a concert by “My Highway.” Also at the event the 2014 Schedule will be announced.
Modern American Music Project
The Modern American Music Project presents “The Little Match Girl Passion” on December 5th through the 8th at NC STAGE, in Asheville. The concert will benefit MANNA Foodbank of Western North Carolina.
Asheville Community Theatre
Asheville Community Theatre presents “All in the Timing” at 35below December 5th through the 22nd. Performances will be on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 and Sunday afternoons at 2:30.
Haywood Community Chorus
The Haywood Community Chorus presents their fall concert “NOWELL! AN ENGLISH CHRISTMAS” on Thursday, December 5th at 7:00 at First United Methodist Church, in Waynesville.
Mountain Heritage Center jam series
The 2013-14 First Thursday Old-Time and Bluegrass Jam Series at Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center will continue on Thursday, December 5th, with a concert featuring “Speaking-In-Tunes” at 7:00. Their performance will be followed by an 8:00 jam session in which local musicians are invited to participate.
Harpist Carroll Ownbey will perform a holiday harp concert at the Green River Library on Thursday, December 5th at 4:00.
828-697-4725 henderson.lib.nc.us 12/5
Hickory Nut Gorge
The Chamber of Hickory Nut Gorge is hosting its Christmas FUNraiser Gala Auction on December 5th at the Lake Lure Inn & Spa from 6:30-10. The end-of-year event will feature a live DJ with dancing, heavy hors d’eouvres, a dessert bar, live and silent auctions and more.
Tryon Fine Arts Center
The Tryon Fine Arts Center will host a trip to Switzerland to celebrate the holidays on Thursday December 5th at 6:30. The Tryon Fine Arts Center will be transformed into a Swiss Alpine winter wonderland. Proceeds benefit the TFAC.
828-859-8322 www.tryonarts.org 12/5
Warren-Wilson College will host a Contra Dance on December 5th at 8:00. Beginners Lessons at 7:30. Music by Good & Plenty (Karen Gaughan piano, Laura Lengnick fiddle, Mara Shea fiddle) with caller Diane Silver.
828-258-4809 http://www.oldfarmersball.com/ 12/5
Holiday Science Pub
The Holiday Science Pub at Colburn Earth Science Museum presents “The Science and Art of Brewing” on December 6th from 6:00 to 8:00. There will be discussion with Billy Pyatt (of Catawba Valley Brewing) on the science of brewing. There will also be local beverages, snacks and desserts.
828-254-7162 www.colburnmuseum.org 12/6
Biltmore Village mimics the Victorian holiday atmosphere of Charles Dickens’ novel “A Christmas Carol” at the Biltmore Village Dickens Festival - December 6th through the 8th. Hours are Friday, 5-7; Saturday, 11-7; and Sunday, 1-5.
828-274-8788 www.biltmorevillage.com 12/6-8
Blue Ridge Biofuels
The Western North Carolina Alliance and Blue Ridge Biofuels are offering a tour of the Biofuels facility, - where you can learn about the process used to create this renewable alternative fuel made from plant oils or animal fats. The tour will be at 4:00 Friday, December 6th at the facility in Asheville’s River Arts District.
A Christmas Carol
The Haywood Arts Regional Theater’s production of “A CHRISTMAS CAROL” returns for its second year, opening on December 6th. Performances will be at the HART Theater, in Waynesville at 7:30 on December 6th, 7th, 13th and 14th. On December 8th and 15th at 3:00.
It's by Nature / Sylva
It's By Nature, a gallery in downtown Sylva, will host Watercolor Artist, Craig Forrest in a show of recent work. There will be a wine & cheese opening reception on Friday, December 6th from 6:00 to 9:00.
828-631-3020 www.itsbynature.com 12/6
The Feed & Seed Listening Room, in Fletcher presents an afternoon of storytelling on December 6th from 3:00 to 5:00.
Fletcher Tree Lighting
Fletcher Community Park will be the site for the “Town of Fletcher Tree Lighting” with an appearance by Santa on December 6th. There will be live entertainment and the lighting of the community Christmas tree. It begins at 6:00.
Blue Ridge Ringers
“The Blue Ridge Ringers Community Handbell Group” will perform at the Hendersonville Library on December 6th at 3:00.
Downtown Hendersonville will host “Olde Fashioned Hendersonville Christmas” on Decemebr 6th from 5:00 to 9:00.
Toe River Arts Council
The Toe River Studio Tour is happening December 6th through the 8th. Over 100 artists, craftspeople, and galleries will open their doors for the Holiday self-guided tour. Hours are 10 to 4 on Friday, 10 to 5 on both Saturday and Sunday. On Friday evening, visitors are invited to a "meet-the-artist" reception at the Spruce Pine TRAC Gallery to view participant work. Following the reception, Michael Reno Harrell, will perform at the Arts Resource Center (ARC) above the gallery.
An Appalachian Christmas
Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, in Franklin, presents “Mark O’Connor & Friends: An Appalachian Christmas” on Friday, December 6th at 7:30.
866-273-4615 www.greatmountainmusic.com 12/6
There will be performances of "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King" at 7:30 on December 6th and and 2:30 and 7:30 on December 7th. Performances will be at the Diana Wortham Theatre, in downtown Asheville. Presented by Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre, this Nutcracker showcases ACDT dancers and New Studio students of all ages.
828-257-4530 http://www.dwtheatre.com 12/6-7
Enter the Earth's 12th Annual Christmas Party
Enter the Earth's 12th Annual Christmas Party is happening on December 6th at Asheville Music Hall. Doors open at 9:00, the show begins at 10:00. Performers include "The Nth Power" and "Jamar Woods Trio." All proceeds will benefit Muddy Sneakers.
Historic Downtown Murphy
The First Friday Murphy Art Walk is happening on Friday, December 6th from 5:00 to 8:00. Downtown Murphy will feature art demos, live music on the square, Christmas Tree lighting, live performances and more.
Van Dyke Jewelry and Fine Craft
Van Dyke Jewelry and Fine Craft, in Asheville,, presents an Olga Dorenko Art Exhibition and Reception on December 6th from 4:00 to 8:00. The event is being held in conjunction with the Downtown Gallery Stroll.
Salon Blue Ridge
There will be a reception for artist Matthew Zedler, at Salon Blue Ridge in Flat Rock, on December 6th from 5:00 to 7:00. Music of Steve Davidowski featured. A selection of 40+ paintings by the artist are currently on display through late December.
www.salonblueridge.com http://on.fb.me/196urql 12/6
Jackson County Public Library
The Jackson County Public Library, in Sylva, will host local bluegrass band “Mountain Faith” for a Christmas Concert on Saturday, December 7th at 7:00 - in the Library’s Community Room. Light refreshments will be offered at 6:30 in the Atrium of the Library.
828-586-2016 www.fontanalib.org 12/7
Free Holiday Workshop For Kids
Elementary school-age children and their families are invited to Holiday ARTSaturday, the Arts Council's crafts and music workshop, on Saturday December 7th from 10:00 to 12:00 Noon, in the Cowee Heritage Center. All materials for make-and-take projects are provided. This year's projects include evergreen swags, bisque fired ornaments, recycled holiday card baskets, paper poinsettias and garlands, Christmas cookies to decorate, and more.
828-524-7683 www.artscouncilofmacon.org 12/7
Blue Ridge Orchestra
The Blue Ridge Orchestra's “Musical Tidings For The HOLIDAYS” concert featuring the music of Johann Strauss, Vaughan Williams, Handel and more – will be performed on
Saturday, December 7th at 7:30 in the Ferguson Auditorium, on the AB-Tech Campus, in Asheville; and on Sunday, December 8th at the Folk Art Center at 4:00. blueridgeorchestra.org 12/7-8
Brevard College’s Music Department will present its 16th annual performance of “The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols” at 7:30 on Saturday, December 7th in the Porter Center for Performing Arts. The performance will include new and traditional carols sung by the Chamber and Concert Choirs.
310 ART! Presents the workshop “A Touch of Gold! Gold Leaf - Mixed Media Gilding Techniques” with Heather Shirin on Saturday, Dec 7th, from Noon to 4:30. the class will focus on how to use delicate gold leaf in paintings, works on paper, mixed media and gilded crafts.
Clay County Historical & Arts Council
the Clay County Historical & Arts Council presents their Holiday Tour of Homes in Hayesville on December 7th and 8th from 1:00 to 5:00 each day.
WCU School of Music
The WCU School of Music presents its annual Madrigal Dinner, on Saturday, December 7th at 6:30 in the WCU University Center.
828-227-7206 madrigals.wcu.edu 12/7
The Vanishing Wheelchair, Inc. to share the magic of the season at St. Mary’s Church, in Asheville on December 7th at 6:30. The family-friendly event features a half-hour of interactive performers followed by an hour stage show.
Hendersonville Christmas Parade
the Hendersonville Christmas Parade is happening on Saturday, December 7th at 10:00 AM. The theme for this year’s parade is “Christmas Thru the Eyes of a Child.”
Girls on The Run 5K
Fletcher Community Park will be the site for the Girls on The Run 5K on Saturday, December 7th. Race village and on-site registration will open at 9:00 AM. The 5k starts at 10:00 AM.
French Broad River Garden Club
The French Broad River Garden Club Foundation presents the 2013 “Annual Merry Christmas Greens Market” on December 7th and 14th from 9:00 to 2:00 in Asheville. The Greens Market will be held at the Club's headquarters and gardens, on Hendersonville Road.
www.fbrgcf.org 12/7, 14
Shindig on the Green
Shindig on the Green presents the "Christmas in Appalachia" annual fundraising concert, an evening of traditional bluegrass and seasonal holiday music, on Saturday, December 7th, at 7:30 in the Upper Anderson Auditorium - at Montreat Conference Center. The concert features “Whitewater Bluegrass Company,” “The Griggs,” and Master of Ceremonies Glenn Bannerman.
Santa on the Chimney
Chimney Rock presents “ Santa on the Chimney” on December 7th and 14th from 11:00 to 2:00.
828-625-9611 chimneyrockpark.com 12/7,14
Sounds of the Season / WCU
The School of Music at Western Carolina University will present its annual “Sounds of the Season” holiday concert, a performance featuring faculty and students in small chamber groups and larger ensembles, on Sunday, December 8th. The concert will begin at 3:00 in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center, on the WCU campus.
828-227-2479 bardoartscenter.wcu.edu 12/8
Chorale Christmas Concert
St. Matthias Church, in Asheville, will host a Chorale Christmas Concert on Sunday, December 8th at 3:30 - featuring the historic Reynolds-Miller Chorale under the direction of Trevor Chavez. The Chorale will be accompanied by piano, organ, string quartet, and trumpet.
English Country Dance
There will be an English Country Dance at Homewood in the Montford District of Asheville on Sunday, December 8th from 4:00 to 6:30. At 3:30 there will be a beginners' session.
www.mybelovedhomewood.com http://oldfarmersball.com/ 12/8
Mountain Community Chorus
Mountain Community Chorus will perform its annual Christmas Concerts on Friday, December 6th at 8:00 and Sunday, December 8th at 3:00. Performances will be in the Hilda Glenn Auditorium, at Young Harris College, Young Harris, GA.
Reuter Center Singers
The Reuter Center Singers present a series of holiday concerts with performances on Monday, December 9th at 7:30 at The Reuter Center at UNC Asheville; Saturday, December 14th at 6:30 at the Lake Junaluska Concert Center; and on Tuesday, December 17th at 5:15 at the Biltmore House.
12/9, 14, 17
There will be a Contra Dance on December 9th at 8:00 at the Grey Eagle, in Asheville. Beginners Lessons start at 7:30. Music will be provided by "Celador" (David Hayes guitar, Gretchen Caverly fiddle) with caller Terry Doyle.
Warren Wilson College
The Warren Wilson College Choir will present its Fall/Holiday Concert on Tuesday, December 10th at 7:30 in the College Chapel. The program will include works by Jerome Kern, Paul Simon, P.D.Q. Bach and others.
Jackson County Public Library
The Jackson County Public Library, in Sylva, will host the Lego Club on Tuesday December 10th at 4:00.
828-586-2016 www.fontanalib.org 12/10
Warren Wilson College
The Warren Wilson College Choir will present its Fall/Holiday Concert on December 10th at 7:30 in the College Chapel. The program will include works by Jerome Kern, Paul Simon, P.D.Q. Bach and others.
T.H.S. Cooking Class
BLVD Health Educational Center, in Fletcher, presents their second Tasty, Healthy and Simple cooking class Thursday – December 12th from 6:30 to 8:00. The theme for December’s cooking class is Christmas Dinner recipes.
Grace Lutheran Church, in Hendersonville, will host a blood drive on Thursday, December 12th from 7;30 to 1:30. Those wishing to participate should call to schedule an appointment.
828-435-1435 828-233-5301 12/12
Anam Cara Theatre
The Anam Cara Theatre presents “Tales and Ales” sponsored by Asheville Brewing on Friday, December 13th. Doors open at 7:30. The show begins at 8:00. The evening features open mic storytelling.
Weaverville Candlelight Stroll
the Weaverville Candlelight Stroll will be held from 6:00 to 9:00 on Friday, December 13th.
828-275-3644 www.weavervillerealty.net 12/13
“Christmas in the Valley - 5th Annual Arts & Crafts Show” will be at the Owen Middle School Gymnasium, in Swannanoa, December 14th from 10:00 to 4:00. It features Handcrafted Arts and Crafts, Raffle, Music and an appearance by Santa.
Sylva Christmas Parade
Sylva’s Christmas Parade will be held in downtown Sylva at 3:00 on Saturday, December 14th with the theme “Memories of a Hometown Christmas.”
Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts
Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, in Franklin, presents “Robert Ray and Friends… Home for the Holidays” on Saturday, December 14th at 7:30.
866-273-4615 www.greatmountainmusic.com 12/14
English Country Dance
There will be an English Country Dance at Homewood in the Montford District of Asheville on Sunday, December 15th from 4:00 to 6:30. At 3:30 there will be a beginners' session.
www.mybelovedhomewood.com http://oldfarmersball.com/ 12/15
The Winter Festival
"Winter Beauties" will be celebrated at the Sunday, December 15th meeting of the Ethical Society of Asheville, from 2:00 to 3:30 at the Friends Meeting House, in North Asheville. The Winter Festival will feature the beauty of nature in winter and what nature can teach us at this time of year. Following the program there will be a potluck meal featuring holiday specialties from our members and friends.
828-687-7759 www.aeu.org 12/15
Join Friends of the Smokies for a Half-Day Holiday Hike in Sugarlands
Friends of the Smokies’ final Classic Hike of 2013 is happening on December 17th at Old Sugarlands Trail. Hiking author and guide, Danny Bernstein, will lead the short day-hike to Sugarlands Cemetery and to Sugarlands Visitor Center. The 3.9 mile hike will run along Little Pigeon River in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
828-452-0720 smokiestrailsforever.org 12/17
“How To Make Wine” classes will be taught at Falderal Winery on Saturday, December 7th from 3:00 to 6:00; and on Thursday, December 19th from 5:30 to 8:30. The classes focus on the basics of making wine at home, including making wine from kits. Falderal Winery is located in downtown Hendersonville.
828-693-7676 falderalwinery.com 12/19
Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts
Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, in Franklin, presents “The Nutcracker Ballet” on Friday, December 20th at 7:00; and Saturday, December 21st at 2:00 & 7:00.
866-273-4615 www.greatmountainmusic.com 12/20-21
TC Arts Council
There will be a Brevard Holiday Gallery Walk on December 20th, in downtown Brevard from 5:00 to 9:00. Art galleries, art stores, retail stores and restaurants will stay open late. A brochure for the gallery walks can be found at any of the participating galleries or at the Chamber of Commerce.
828-884-2787 www.artsofbrevard.org 12/20
Autism Society of North Carolina
The Autism Society of North Carolina (ASNC) is partnering with Asheville Pizza and Brewing Company (APBC) for a sensory-friendly showing of “Elf.” Many individuals with autism cannot enjoy films the way their peers do because of the intense sensory input experienced during a theater showing. For this event, the volume will be low, lights will not be dimmed, and movie-goers may stand, walk, dance, and move around! The event is designed for individuals on the autism spectrum, their families, and the community to experience a film in a safe and accepting environment without the apprehension that might otherwise be part of such an outing. The showing of this PG-rated film will begin at 1:00 on Sunday, December 22nd, at Asheville Pizza & Brewing Company.
828-236-1547 www.ashevillebrewing.com 12/22
Isis Restaurant & Music Hall
“Stephanie’s Id” will perform at Isis Restaurant & Music Hall, in West Asheville, on New Year’s Eve. The concert begins at 8:00.
Cityscapes, an exhibition featuring works from artist Ben Aronson, will open at the Asheville Art Museum on Saturday November 2nd. It remains on view through Sunday, March 9th.
www.ashevilleart.org thru – 3/9