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The Paris of the South; A Taste of Asheville’s Cultural Events

November 15th, 2013 by abedofroses

The River Arts District

The River Arts District

Asheville has been called the Paris of the South and with good reason. The sidewalk cafés, the abundant art and music as well as theater and cultural events throughout the year make it a very special gem nestled in one of the most beautiful areas of the country. The Asheville Cinema Festival   just recently successfully demonstrated this, showing 40 full length and short films at various downtown venues.

Asheville celebrates cinema

Asheville celebrates cinema

Filmmakers from around the world answered questions after the screenings and industry professionals held discussion sessions. Opening and closing parties gave film buffs a chance to mingle with filmmakers.

More art was on display at the semiannual River Arts District Artists Studio Stroll. Two weekends a year over 180 artists open their studios to the public. The district is located along the French Broad River 5 minutes from downtown in historic industrial buildings. This internationally known event features demonstrations in a wide range of media as well as live painting performance art and hands-on activities. Throughout the year 2nd Saturdays offer more opportunities to view artists at work in the River Arts District.

Great concerts are always going on in Asheville from Nine Inch Nails and Wide Spread Panic earlier this month to Amy Grant at UNC Asheville. The Mountain Oasis Festival that took place at the end of October is a new electronic music festival in Asheville that everyone is very excited about. It was a great success and is sure to return to Asheville.

Bob Moog, inventor and innovator

Bob Moog, inventor and innovator

Asheville has always been known for electronic music thanks to Bob Moog, the inventor of the Moog Synthesizer. Moogfest, the annual music festival to honor Moog has been moved this year from October to April and promises to be much more than just electronic music. The daytime sessions have just been announced and tickets are on sale now for 5 days of Technology, Art and Music. There will be a wide array of workshops and speakers, a tech expo and job fair, media artists, engineers, designers, architects, philosophers, futurists and innovators of all kinds, not just musicians contributing. What will the future be like? Come to Asheville to find out!

A Taste of Asheville Culinary Event

A Taste of Asheville Culinary Event

And then, what would Paris be without food? Asheville’s reputation for outstanding restaurants is growing exponentially  and an event coming up November 20th is showcasing the best of Asheville’s Independent Restaurants. A Taste of Asheville celebrates the 10th Anniversary of the Asheville Independent Restaurant Association and showcases 40 of the city’s most talented and celebrated chefs. Find out why Asheville has the distinction of becoming one of the Southeast’s top culinary destinations.

 

 

An Exciting Upcoming Theater Season in Asheville

August 26th, 2013 by abedofroses

Montford Park Players

Hamlet at Under the Stars

Asheville offers a rich cultural environment with a diverse and active live theater scene. In addition to some great live music, this year has some really exciting stage productions. From Hamlet, concluding the Montford Park Players summer outdoor season, to the innovative Diavolo Dance theatre shaking up the Diana Wortham Theatre in October, there’s something for everyone. The Montford Park Players perform in our own historic neighborhood under the stars during the summer and in the historic Masonic Temple Theatre during the winter. You can get the VIP treatment at their productions when you stay at our B&B or any Asheville Bed and Breakfast Association Inn.

La Reina

La Reina

The NC Stage has been putting on professional theatre in downtown Asheville since 2002 and their season begins on September 18th with a world premiere, “Stalking the Bogeyman”, based on a powerful story first aired on NPR’s This American Life. The Asheville Community Theater (ACT),  is one of the oldest community theatres in the nation and has lots of fun in store this season. “Annie Get Your Gun”, “Caberet” and “Spamalot” are just a few of this year’s offerings on the ACT stage. The Flat Rock Playhouse, The State Theatre of North Carolina, is just a 30 minute drive away. Their current production is the thriller “Deathtrap” with “CATS” coming in September. What I’m really excited about, though is the line-up this year at The Dianna Wortham Theatre at Pack Place right in downtown Asheville. Big name live music, comedy, dance and multimedia stage productions are coming to their Mainstage Series. They just finished up La Reina, an epoch spectacle blurring the genre lines, combining dance, acrobatics, ancient texts, magical costumes, light, shadow and soundscapes to explore power and transformation. How does one follow a show like that? They do it with Ruthie Foster, Sandra Bernhard, Chic Gamine, The Diavolo Dance Theatre and the incredible Japanese drummers of Yamato.  

Other live theatre venues in the area are the Sourthern Appalachian Repertory Theatre (SART) at Mars Hill College, The Anam Cara Theatre Company performing eclectic, avant garde theatre in West Asheville and the Terpsicorps Theatre of Dance. In the small town of Burnsville you’ll find the Parkway Playhouse too. You can find an interesting article on the Parkway Playhouse and their artistic director in last Sunday’s Citizen Times Living Section.

Ten Quirky Little Things That Make Us Love Asheville

October 13th, 2011 by abedofroses

Zoom Tour Character

Sister Sin from the Zoom Tour

In Asheville you’re likely to see bumper stickers that quote philosophers and literary figures. A recent citing: “Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd. Voltaire”

In Asheville, a trip to the local grocery store includes buskers serenading you and chair massages, along with the ubiquitous organic offerings.

In Asheville, a car trip downtown may involve trying not to hit a nun in drag weaving through traffic on a souped up bicycle. Meet Sister Sin, a character on the Zoom Tour.

Speaking of sin… In Asheville, our local public radio station gives T shirts to donors emblazoned with “Welcome to Asheville, Cesspool of Sin” for donating to the station. A NC Senator opposed to gay marriage dubbed Asheville a “cesspool of sin” and Ashevilleans embrace it! They even got the host of NPR’s Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me to do the promo.

White Guitarist Statue

Guitarist "Statue" may come to life!

In Asheville, lunch at an outdoor café may involve viewing the white guitarist statue, periodically “come to life” and play his guitar for a moment, only to freeze again into a statue mid tune. Variations on this theme abound. Watch for the peasant girl statue holding a planter, the drummer girl statue and even a junior duo flower girl statue.

In Asheville, getting to the top floor of the 8 story Westall Building involves going next door to the Jackson Building, Western North Carolina’s first skyscraper, to use their elevator! The slender neogothic Jackson Building opened in 1924 and was built on an amazingly small 27 by 60 foot lot. The same architect stuffed the Spanish Revival Westall Building on the even smaller lot next door in 1925, but had no room for an elevator.

Friday Night Drum Circle

The Friday Night Drum Circle

In Asheville, a summer Friday evening kicks off the weekend with the pulse of 100 or more drums that you can literally feel throughout downtown. Bring a drum and join this quirky, fun tradition in Pritchard Park.

In Asheville, one of the most traveled corners in downtown is home to, no, not yet another Starbucks, but a wig store! Multicolored wigs adorn dozens of mannequin heads in the storefront windows in a dazzling display.

In Asheville, there are no McDonald’s downtown. Chains of all kinds are discouraged. But the neighborhood of Biltmore Village has the most unusual McDonald’s you’re likely to see. No golden arches here. The village elders ensured that the architecture of the fast food restaurant fit in totally with the historic, bricked pathways and tree-lined streets. They even have a player grand piano and fireplaces!

In Asheville, on a stroll through the city’s historic Montford district you are likely to come across some interesting yard décor. One stately home sports an ever changing installation of Barbie dolls in varying poses and in and out of costume. Another porch hosts a giant polar bear.  And is that a giant turtle on their roof?

That’s our home- not the one with the turtle. I mean Asheville! We love it!

 

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