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Wednesday, June 1

SIERRA CLUB/GREEN DRINKS MEETING, 7 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville, 1 Edwin St., Asheville. Author Danny Bernstein will give a talk and present a slideshow about her celebration of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Serivce, during which she visited 71 park units in the Southeast. From that experience she wrote the book, “Forests, Alligators, Battlefields: My Journey Through the National parks of the South.” After her presentation, she will sign books and donate $2 per book — as she does at all non-profit group presentations. She will accept only cash or checks. Admission is free and open to the public. 

“THE AFFECTIONS OF MAY” PRODUCTION, 7:30 p.m., mainstage, Flat Rock Playhouse, Flat Rock. The musical production, “The Affections of May,” will be presented through June 4, with varying showtimes. For tickets, visit flatrockplayhouse.org, or call 693-0731.



Thursday, June 2

CHEROKEE BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL, noon-11 p.m., Happy Holiday RV Village and Campground, 1553 Wolfetown Rd., Cherokee. The three-day Cherokee Bluegrass Festival will feature live music from noon to 11 p.m. through June 4. Among the many notable performers will be The Gibson Brothers (Thursday); Rhonda Vincent & The Rage and Gene Watson & The Farewell Party Band (Friday); and Mike Snider, Larry Sparks & The Lonesome Ramblers, Balsam Range and The Grascals (Saturday). The show will proceed, rain or shine, under a covered pavilion. Tickets will be available at the gate for daily prices of $45 for adults. A three-day ticket is $95 at the gate.   

JUST US UNITED FUNDRAISER, 6-8 p.m., Lex 18, 18 N. Lexington Ave., downtown Asheville. Just Us United will hold a Speakeasy Soirée featuring an auction and fundraiser, with live music, food, drinks and guest speakers. Funds from the 2016 Speakeasy Soirée would allow JUU to hire the necessary field staff to run a campaign in House District 118. The campaign intends to engage and educate voters — through phone calls, door to door contacts, mailers and media — “to elect a representative who promotes policies that are in line with the needs of North Carolina families.” JUU is a nonprofit based in Western North Carolina that engages in a combination of voter engagement, community outreach, legislative accountability and advocacy, with the goal of promoting policies that support North Carolina families. JUU is committed to accomplishing its five-point plan in North Carolina: improving public education, expanding access to affordable health care, promoting safe energy alternatives, supporting fair tax reform for the middle-class and restoring competitive democracy to the state.




Friday, June 3

CLIMATE ACTION WORKSHOP, 10 a.m.-noon, First Congregational Church, 20 Oak St., Asheville. A climate action workshop will be held, billed as “bringing hope to the climate crisis through faith and action.” The Rev. Jim Antal is the conference minister and president of the Massachusetts Conference, United Church of Christ. Workshop attendees “will be inspired by courageous initiatives already underway, and to consider how you and others might harness your religious communities to meet the greatest moral challenge humanity has ever faced,” a news release noted.



Friday, June 3

LORRIE MORGAN CONCERT, 7:30 p.m., Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, Franklin. Country vocalist and superstar Lorrie Morgan will perform in concert. She has sold more than 6 million records worldwide. Morgan was scheduled after Johnny Rivers, an iconic rock singer-songwriter-guitarist, canceled because of health problems. For tickets, visit GreatMountainMusic.com, or call 524-1598.



Saturday, June 4

MONTFORD MIDSUMMER FAIRE, noon-6:30 p.m., Hazel Robinson Amphitheater, 92 Gay St., Asheville. The 2nd Annual Midsummer Faire will feature free demonstrations by the local chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism. The gala will precede the Montford Park Players’ presentation of William Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing,” which begins at 7:30 p.m.

ASHEVILLE STARS BALL, 3 p.m., Crowne Plaza Hotel & Resort, 1 Resort Drive, Asheville. World-class dancers and judges will be featured at the Asheville Stars Ball. Competition will be in Pro-Am, ballroom, Latin, smooth, rhythm and country events. Also featured will be a professinal show and live music. For more information, visit ashevillestarsball.com.

VARIETY SHOW, 7:30 p.m., Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, Franklin. Ms. Patti’s Entertainment Tonight will feature a variety show to support local missions. Among the entertainers scheduled to participate are Blue Ridge, Susan Pons, Scotty and Nikki Corbin, Grady, Mark and Ren Corbin, David Beam, Brandon Scruggs, Ed Hill, Jay Bairds and Limited Distance, Teddy Burnett, Shawn Burrows, H2O Cloggers, Mountain Voices, Arphea Brimmer, Llana Lubitsch and David Moffitt and Rhonda and Luke Bateman. For tickets, which are $20, visit GreatMountainMusic.com, or call 524-1498.




Wednesday, June 8

JUST PEACE FOR ISRAEL/PALESTINE MEETING, 9:30 a.m., Black Mountain Presbyterian Church, 117 Montreat Rd., Black Mountain. A meeting will be held by Just Peace for Israel/Palestine.




Thursday, June 9

BILLY JOEL/ELTON JOHN TRIBUTE SHOW, 7:30 p.m., downtown Hendersonville stage, Flat Rock Playhouse, Hendersonville. “The Music of Billy Joel and Elton John” will be presented June 9-19. Showtimes vary. For tickets, visit flatrockplayhouse.org, or call 693-0731.




Friday, June 10

AUTHOR EVENT, 7 p.m., Firestorm Cafe & Books, 610 Haywood St., West Asheville. Maya Schenwar, author of “Locked Down, Locked Out: Why Prison Doesn’t Work and How We Can Do Better,” will speak. His book looks at how prison tears families and communities apart, creating a rippling effect that touches every corner of our society. Through the stories of prisoners and their families, as well as her own family’s experience of her sister’s incarceration, Schenwar shows how the institution that locks up 2.3 million Americans — and decimates poor communities of color — is shredding the ties that, if nurtured, could foster real collective safety. The destruction does not end upon exiting the prison walls: the 95 percent of prisoners who are released emerge with even fewer economic opportunities and fewer human connections on the outside than before. “Locked Down, Locked Out” is billed as showing how incarceration takes away the very things that might enable people to build better lives.

MUSIC ON MAIN STREET CONCERT/DANCE, 7-9 p.m., Visitor’s Information Center, downtown Hendersonville. The group Tuxedo Junction will perform. Also, a classic car show will be held along Main Street. Attendees are urged to bring lawnchairs and blankets. Admission is free.

MOVIE IN THE PARK, dusk, Pack Square Park, downtown Asheville. The 2016 season of the Movies in the Park series will open with “Finding Nemo”) (2003 and rated G), which is Pixar’s hit movie about a fretful clown fish (Albert Brooks) searching for his lost son in the vast ocean. Attendees are urged to bring a chair or blanket. Admission is free. 




Saturday, June 11

PTSD TOWN HALL MEETING, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Mission Health/AB Tech Conference Center, 340 Victoria Road, Asheville. A PTSD (post-traumatic stress syndrome) town hall-style meeting will be held. The program is for all military veterans, active duty personnel, their families and supporters.



Wednesday, June 15

MEDICARE CHOICES WORKSHOP, 2 p.m., Reuter Center, UNC Asheville. A “Medicare Choices Made Easy” workshop will presented in partnership between the Council on Aging of Buncombe County and OLLI. The workshop will offer what is billed as “unbiased and accurate information” from trained volunteers from the North Carolina Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program. Those who attend early — beginning at noon — will be able to get questions answered about Social Security benefits and Medicare enrollment. Admission is free and open to the public. 

GREEN DRINKS MEETING, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Center for Graduate Studies of Asheville, Lenoir-Rhyne University Board Room, 36 Montford Avenue,  Asheville. Asheville Green Drinks, is part of a networking party and part of the self-organizing global grassroots movement to connect communities with environmental ideas, media and action. People who are interested in environmental issues and topics meet up for a drink and occasionally listen to an expert in environment, ecology and social justice. 

 

 

Thursday, June 16

“THE MUSIC MAN” MUSICAL, 2 and 7:30 p.m., mainstage, Flat Rock Playhouse, Flat Rock. The musical production “The Music Man” will be presented June 16-July 9. Showtimes vary. For tickets, visit flatrockplayhouse.org, or call 693-0731.

RHYTHM & BREWS CONCERT, 7-9 p.m., downtown Hendersonville. Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time, a bluegrass group, will perform in the city’s monthly Rhythm & Brews concert series. The group was recently nominated for “Recorded Event of the Year” by the International Bluegrass Music Association for its “Against the Grain” recording featuring Garth Brooks. Admission is free.

WORKSHOP, 7-9 p.m., Reuter Center, UNC Asheville. An advance care planning workshop will feature a panel whose members are experienced in addressing end-of-life issues. Discussion will include communicating one’s treatment wishes to loved ones and to medical personnel, ethical and legal issues, and the uses of advance directives. Admission is free and open to the public. 



Friday, June 17

DOWNTOWN AFTER 5, 7-9 p.m., North Lexington Avenue near I-240 overpass, downtown Asheville. DA5 will feature the group Futurebirds, which performs a high-energy, country-rock-infused show, featuring four-part harmony and pedal steel guitar licks, guitar solos and organ flavors. The opener is the band Raising Caine. Admission is free.

MUSIC ON MAIN STREET CONCERT/DANCE, 7-9 p.m., Visitor’s Information Center, downtown Hendersonville. The group Horsefly will perform. Also, a Corvette show will be held along Main Street. Attendees are urged to bring lawnchairs and blankets. Admission is free.

COMEDY SHOW, 9 p.m., Event Center, Harrah’s Cherokee Casino, Cherokee. Comedian Gabriel Iglesias will perform. For tickets, visit www.ticketmaster.com, or call (800) 745-3000.




Monday, June 20

History Alive/Chautauqua Event,7 p.m. daily, Ferguson Auditorium, 3 A-B Tech Campus, 40 Victoria Rd, Asheville. The History Alive/Chatauqua event will be held.

CONCERTS ON THE QUAD,7-8:30 p.m, quad, UNC Asheville. The band Appalatin will perform in the summer Concerts on the Quad series. Admission is free and open to the public.




Friday, June 24

OPERA TALK, 3 p.m., Reuter Center, UNC Asheville. The monthly Opera Talk series will feature a presentation by Asheville Lyric Opera General Director David Craig Starkey, along with a young artist performance and a “talk back.” Admission is free and open to the public.

“AN AMERICAN IN PARIS” CONCERT, 6 p.m., Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium, Brevard Music Center, Brevard. BMC’s 80th season will debut with “Opening Night: An American in Paris.” It is billed as “a French-inspired evening of music, featuring ‘gentleman, poet and pianist’ Jean-Yves Thibaudet. He will perform on piano with the BMC Orchestra, conducted by Keith Lockhart. For tickets, which are $30 to $75 in the open-air auditorium, or $15 on the lawn, visit brevardmusic.org, or call 862-2105.

MUSIC ON MAIN STREET CONCERT/DANCE, 7-9 p.m., Visitor’s Information Center, downtown Hendersonville. The group Emporium will perform. Also, a classic car show will be held along Main Street. Attendees are urged to bring lawnchairs and blankets. Admission is free.

DAVID PHELPS CONCERT, 7:30 p.m., Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, Franklin. David Phelps will perform in concert. For tickets, which are $22 and $25, visit GreatMountainMusic.com, or call 524-1498.

WOMANSONG CONCERT, 7:30 p.m., Rainbow Community School. The local vocal group Womansong will sing.  




Saturday, June 25

STATION WAGON SHOW, noon-4 p.m., Clarion Inn, 550 Airport Rd., Fletcher. The International Station Wagon Club will hold its 2016 annual convention June 21-25. An associated car show, open to the public, will be held noon to 4 p.m. June 25 on the hotel grounds nearby.

BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY TALK, 2 p.m., Reuter Center, UNC Asheville. “Taking Another Look: New Views of the Blue Ridge Parkway” will be addressed by Anne Mitchell Whisnant of UNC Chapel Hill’s faculty. She will discuss the complicated and often contentious process that brought the Blue Ridge Parkway into being from the 1930s to the 1980s. Admission to the event, sponsored by the WNC Historical Association; is $5 for public attendees and free for members.

AMY GRANT CONCERT, 7:30 p.m., Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium, Brevard Music Center, Brevard. A joyous celebration of BMC’s 80th anniversary will showcase six-time Grammy-winner Amy Grant in what is billed as “the most elaborate, fully staged concert production ever seen on the WPA stage.” Grant will perform with the BMC Orchestra, conducted by Keith Lockhart. For tickets, which are $45 to $125 in the open-air auditorium, or $25 on the lawn, visit brevardmusic.org, or call 862-2105.

CHARLIE DANIELS BAND CONCERT, 7:30 p.m., McNair Field, Forest City. The Charlie Daniels Band will perform in concert. For tickets, which are $20 to $50, visit www.foundationshows.org.



Sunday, June 26

“SHOSTAKOVICH 5” CONCERT, 3 p.m., Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium, Brevard Music Center, Brevard. “Shostakovich 5” will be presented. The orchestra concert is billed as “a rousing and inspired program marking the end of BMC’s opening weekend, and the start of a spectacular new season. Featured will be Emmanuel Tjeknavorian on violin, with the BMC Sinfonia, conducted by Keith Lockhart. For tickets, which are $25 to $55 in the open-air auditorium, or $15 on the lawn, visit brevardmusic.org, or call 862-2105.




Monday, June 27

CONCERTS ON THE QUAD,7-8:30 p.m, quad, UNC Asheville. The band Rational Discourse will perform in the summer Concerts on the Quad series. Admission is free and open to the public.




Tuesday, June 28

BELA FLECK CONCERT, 7:30 p.m., Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium, Brevard Music Center, Brevard. Grammy Award-winning banjo virtuoso Béla Fleck wil bring his “newgrass” artistry to Brevard with “The Impostor Concerto” and favorite bluegrass duets with wife Abigail Washburn. Fleck and others will be accompanied by the Brevard Festival Orchestra, directed by Keith Lockhart. For tickets, which are $25 to $70 in the open-air auditorium, or $15 on the lawn, visit brevardmusic.org, or call 862-2105.




Wednesday, June 29

HISTORY DISCUSSION SERIES, 6-7 p.m., Lord Auditorium, downstairs in Pack Memorial Library, downtown Asheville. The monthly lecture series will feature a presentation on “Social Activism and Social Agencies.” The moderators will be Carlos Gomez, Deborah Miles, Bob Smith and Robert Wiltshire. Admission is free.




Thursday, June 30

MOUNTAIN VOICES CONCERT, 7:30 p.m., Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, Franklin. Mountain Voices, a 50-voice choir, will perform a concert featuring show tunes, pop songs, as well as selections of gospel music and patriotic anthems. For tickets, which are $22 and $25, visit GreatMountainMusic.com, or call 524-1498.

TOBY KEITH CONCERT, 8 p.m., Event Center, Harrah’s Cherokee Casino, Cherokee. Toby Keith — on his “Interstates and Tailgates Tour” — will perform in concert. For tickets, visit www.ticketmaster.com, or call (800) 745-3000.



Friday, July 1

MUSIC ON MAIN STREET CONCERT/DANCE, 7-9 p.m., Visitor’s Information Center, downtown Hendersonville. The group Wishful Thinkin’ will perform. Also, a Corvette show will be held along Main Street. Attendees are urged to bring lawnchairs and blankets. Admission is free.

NEAL McCOY CONCERT, 7:30 p.m., Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, Franklin. Country music star Neal McCoy will perform in concert. For tickets, which are $24, $27 and $30, visit GreatMountainMusic.com, or call 524-1498.



Thursday, July 28

DAUGHTRY CONCERT, 7:30 p.m., South Terrace, Biltmore Estate, Asheville. The rock band Daughtry will perform in concert. For tickets, visit www.biltmore.com/concerts, or call (866) 336-1255.



Friday, July 29

AARON LEWIS CONCERT, 9 p.m., Event Center, Harrah’s Cherokee Casino, Cherokee. Aaron Lewis will perform in concert. For tickets, visit www.ticketmaster.com, or call (800) 745-3000.

Last Updated on Monday, 06 June 2016 10:54
 



 


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