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Sunday, Jan. 1

CITY WALK, 2 p.m., space behind Asheville Visitors Center, 36 Montford Ave., Asheville. The 17th Annual Asheville Amblers City Walk will be held on New Year’s Day through the historic areas of Montford and downtown Asheville. Both 5K and 10K options are available. Participants will meet at 1:30 pm.Walk steps off at 2.





Tuesday, Jan. 3

CURRENT EVENTS BOOK CLUB TALK, Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café, 55 Haywood St., downtown Asheville. Host Bruce Roth will lead a discussion on topics of current interest, including war and peace, the economy, the environment and other hot political topics. In addition, the Current Events Book Club will discuss “Bravehearts: Whistle-Blowing in the Age of Snowden” by Hertsgaard. 



Wednesday, Jan. 4

GREEN GRANNIES BOOK CLUB, noon, Firestorm Café & Books, 610 Haywood Road, West Asheville. Founded in 2012, the Green Grannies are a group of women who are willing to make a ruckus about the need for action on climate change. The group is open to all.

RACIAL JUSTICE DISCUSSION, 6:30 p.m., Firestorm Café & Books, 610 Haywood Road, West Asheville. A Standing Up for Racial Justice event, What’s Up with Whiteness Wednesdays, is an ongoing ASURJ series endeavoring to dismantle white supremacy. The “Title Track” part of the WUWW series will generally repeat on the first Wednesday of the month. “What’s Up with Whiteness functions to explore what ‘white’ means, and how it was created as a racial group to implement a white supremacy culture in the United States. This group is for anyone who is willing and able to explore their whiteness or whiteness as a race with a racial justice lens,” a news release noted.

SIERRA CLUB MEETING, 7 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 1 Edwin Place, Asheville. Simon Thompson of  Ventures Birding Tours and world-renowned birder will  present “Birds around the World.” 




Friday, Jan. 6

ANTI-RACISM ACCOUNTABILITY MEETING, 10 a.m., Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville, 1 Edwin Place, Asheville. A weekly group focused on Standing Up For Racial Justice core values will be held for those beginning to wake up to the impact of white supremacy in American culture and seeking a safe place to begin to talk about it. 

CLEAN WATER FOR N.C. PARTY, 5-7 p.m., Historic Grove Arcade, downtown Asheville. A casual gathering, hosted by the staff of Clean Water for North Carolina, will feature light refreshments. 




Saturday, Jan. 7

SANCTUARY WORKSHOP, 10 a.m.-noon, Land of the Sky United Church of Christ, 15 Overbrook Place in Asheville. A workshop and discussion will be held of Sanctuary’s role  in the larger immigrants’ rights movement. Sanctuary is a partnership between immigrants and faith communities. 




Monday, Jan. 9

HULA CLASSES, 10:30-11:30 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Church, 2021 Kanuga Rd., Hendersonville. New day and evening hula classes will begin in Hendersonville “for every woman, every age, every size, every ethnicity,” a press release noted. Evening hula classes will begin 6:30-7:30 p.m. Jan. 10 at Halau Pu’uwai O Aloha in the North Hendersonville area. For directions email Kaleo Wheeler at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

NEIGHBORHOOD ADVISORY COMMITTEE, 6:30 p.m., Room A109, Public Works Building, 161 S. Charlotte St., downtown Asheville. The City of Asheville NAC will meet. 




Wednesday, Jan. 11

STANDING UP FOR RACIAL JUSTICE EVENT,10 a.m., Firestorm Café & Books, 610 Haywood Road, West Asheville. The SUFRJE will hold a discussion on how to dismantle white supremacy.




Friday, Jan. 13

FAB FRIDAY TALK, 11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m. at the Reuter Center, UNC Asheville. Southern Folk Art Collector Ann Oliver will presents the “lunch and learn” lecture. Attendees may purchase lunch in the Reuter Café or bring their own brown bag. Admission is free and open to everyone. 

SYMPHONY TALK, 3 p.m., Reuter Center, UNC Asheville. The monthly Symphony Talk series will feature Daniel Meyer, music director of the Asheville Symphony Orchestra, who will speak about the ASO’s upcoming performance, “Eine Kleine Rhine Musik.” In addition, WCQS-FM (88.1) Music Host Chip Kaufmann will speak about the composers Brahms, Haydn and Schumann. 

AIR SUPPLY CONCERT, 9 p.m., Event Center, Harrah’s Cherokee Casino, Cherokee. The Australian soft rock duo Air Supply will perform in concert. The duo had a succession of hits worldwide, including eight Top 10 hits in the United States in the early 1980s. Among the group’s top hits are “Making Love Out of Nothing at All” (1983), “All Out of Love” (1980), and Lost in Love” (1979). For tickets, visit www.ticketmaster.

 

 

 

Saturday, Jan. 14

BOOK-SIGNING, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Carolina Readiness Supply, 72 Montgomery St., Waynesville. Montreat College history professor William R. Forstchen will sign copies of his latest book, “The Final Day,” which is the followup to his New York Times bestsellers’ “One Second After” and “One Year After.” Admission is free.

CITIZENS CLIMATE LOBBY MEETING, 12:30-3 p.m., Kairos West Community Center, 742 Haywood Rd. (behind Firestorm Café & Books), West Asheville. Citizens Climate Lobby will meet. 

TAX RESISTERS EVENT, 6 p.m., Firestorm Café & Books, 610 Haywood Road, West Asheville. Presenter Redmoonsong, who has been a lifelong war tax resister and has much practical information to share about practicing this philosophy, will speak.

SIERRA HULL CONCERT, 8 p.m., Tryon Fine Arts Center, 34 Melrose Ave., Tryon. Sierra Hull will perform in concert. For tickets, call 859-8322 or visit tryonarts.org.

MLK JR. PRAYER BREAKFAST, 8:30 a.m., Crowne Plaza Resort, Resort Drive, West Asheville. The Martin Luther King Jr. Association of Asheville and Buncombe County Inc. will host its 36th annual Dr. Martin Luther King  Jr. Prayer Breakfast. The doors open at 7:30 a.m., with breakfast beginning at 8:30 a.m. The theme of the 2017 King Celebration events will be “Stand Up, Speak Out, and Unfold the Dream for Today.” Keynote speaker for the breakfast will be Patricia Russell-McCloud, a writer, attorney, and long considered among the nation’s top public speakers. Russell-McCloud will sign copies of her books following the breakfast. Tickets for the breakfast may be purchased for $25 each. Patron tickets are available for $35, with patron names included in the program journal., by calling 281-1624.




Monday, Jan. 16

PEACE MARCH/RALLY FOR MLK HOLIDAY, 11:30 a.m., St. James AME Church, Martin Luther King Drive and Hildebrand Street, downtown Asheville. A peace rally will be folowed at noon by a peace march, which will go from the church to Pack Square Park.




Tuesday, Jan. 17

DOCUMENTARY FILM, 6 p.m., the Grotto, Highsmith University Union, UNC Asheville. “Freedom Riders,” a film by Stanley Nelson will be shown. The movie is based on the book “Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice” by Raymond Arsenault. It examines the role played by more than 400 black and white Americans who risked their lives challenging Jim Crow laws journeying through the South. Admission is free and open to everyone.

STANDING UP FOR RACIAL JUSTICE MEETING, 7-9 p.m., Kairos West, 742 Haywood Road, West Asheville. David Greenson will lead the SUFRJE meeting.




Wednesday, Jan. 18

RACIAL DISCUSSION, 3 p.m., Mountain Suites, Highsmith University Union, UNC Asheville. A discussion of “Racial Battle Fatigue” will be led by UNCA Assistant Professor of Sociology Megan Underhill. The discussion will examine “racial battle fatigue” — the idea that people of color experience psychological impact from the daily deflecting of racial insults, stereotypes and discrimination. Admission is free and open to everyone.

 



 

Thursday, Jan. 19

MLK WEEK KEYNOTE LECTURE, 7 p.m., Lipinsky Auditorium, UNC Asheville. Walter M. Kimbrough, president of Dillard University in New Orleans and known for his writings on African-Americans and higher education, will provide the keynote address for Martin Luther King Jr. Week activities at UNCA. Admission is free and open to everyone.




Friday, Jan. 20

FAB FRIDAY: ADDICTION ISSUES, 11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m., Reuter Center, UNC Asheville. Dr. Dale Nash will discuss the biopsychosocial model that one substance abuse clinic uses to address the complex needs of those who are addicted. Attendees may purchase lunch in Reuter Café or bring their own brown bags. Admission is free and open to everyone.

NC STAGE BEHIND THE SCENES, 1:30 p.m., Reuter Center, UNC Asheville. NC Stage Co. artistic director and co-founder Charlie Flynn-McIver will take attendees — metaphorically speaking —  behind the scenes of the upcoming show, in this case, “Jeeves in Bloom” by Margaret Raether, adapted from the stories by P.G. Wodehouse. Admission is free and open to everyone.

CREATION CARE ALLIANCE GATHERING, 5-7 p.m., Lenoir-Rhyne University, 36 Montford Avenue, Asheville. Caring for Creation in Uncertain Times will hold a gathering for lament, hope and action. The event is for communities of faith and individuals to grieve over their broken relationships with people and the planet, to connect with others and be inspired by one another into hopeful action. The event includes time to share one’s intentions for the first 100 days.

PAULA POUNDSTONE COMEDY SHOW, 8 p.m.,  Diana Wortham Theatre, 2 S. Pack Square, downtown Asheville. Comedian Paula Poundstone will perform. For tickets, which are $36-$47, visit www.dwtheatre.com.




Saturday, Jan. 21

WOMEN’S MARCH ON WASHINGTON GALA,1-3 p.m., Jubilee, 36 Wall St.,  downtown Asheville. A gathering will be held in Asheville in support of the Women’s March on Washington on the day after the inauguration. The intent of the gathering is to be mindful, prayerful, peaceful, nonviolent and lawful. “We gather bringing our light and our love, standing in our power while sending light and love locally and throughout the United States and the world,” a press release said. Attendees are askd to bring sage, tobacco and sweet grass. Annelinde and the Sahara Peace Choir will lead the attendees in song. 

THE LETTERMEN CONCERT, 7:30 p.m., Smoky Mountain Center for Performing Arts, Franklin. The Lettermen will perform in concert. With 18 gold albums and scores of top singles, including their first hit “The Way You Look Tonight,” The Lettermen’s popularity over 50 years has endured the test of time, celebrating more than 100,000 sold-out performances. Among their other hits are “Put Your Head On My Shoulder” and “I Only Have Eyes for You.” For tickets, which are $25 and $28, visit greatmountainmusic.com.

JUDY CARMICHAEL TRIO CONCERT, 8 p.m., Diana Wortham Theatre, Pack Place, downtown Asheville. The Judy Carmichael Trio will perform in concert. 




Monday, Jan. 23

ElLDER FRAUD PREVENTION, 2 and 3 p.m., Reuter Center, UNC Asheville. Two talks will be presented. At 2 p.m., “Investment Fraud: Guarding Your Assets” will be addressed by John Maron, director, Investor Education Program, N.C. Department of State. At 3 p.m., “The History of Scams and Fraud” will be addressed by Larry Pierson, deputy sheriff, Buncombe County. A third lecture in the series is scheduled Jan. 30. Admission is free and open to everyone.




Tuesday, Jan. 24

FACULTY MUSIC LECTURE SERIES, 7 p.m., Lipinsky Hall, UNC Asheville. Bill Bare will present a program titled “Jazz and Environmentalism.”  Bares, a  pianist and UNCA assistant professor of music, will discuss and play samples of music that has been part of environmental activism, featuring most on the stream of environmentalism that runs through jazz. Admission is free and open to everyone.

 

 

Friday, Jan. 27

FAB FRIDAY TALK, 11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m., Reuter Center, UNC Asheville. “Personal Safety 101” will be addressed Officer Keith McCulloch of the Asheville Police Department. He will provide information to help individuals to protect themselves. Attendees may purchase lunch in the Reuter Café or bring their own brown bag. Admission is free and open to everyone.

MEDICARE CHOICES MADE EASY WORKSHOP,  noon, Reuter Center, UNC Asheville. A program on “Medicare Choices Made Easy” will be presented. Those who show up early will be able to get questions answered about Social Security benefits and Medicare enrollment beginning.

OPERA TALK, 3 p.m., Reuter Center, UNC Asheville. Asheville Lyric Opera General Director David Craig Starkey will host a monthly conversation or performance about “How to Work an Opera.” Admission is free and open to everyone.

CHICAGO TRIBUTE CONCERT, 7:30 p.m., The Foundation Performation Arts Center, Isothermal Community College, Spindale. Beginnings, a band billed as “the ultimate Chicago experience, will perform in concert. The group is touted as presenting “a flawless replication of three decades of inspired music in a show that includes nearly every charted song and even some lesser-known esoteric songs that have captured the hearts of Chicago fans everywhere.” For tickets, which are $20 and $25, visit www.FoundationShows.org. or call 286-9990.




Saturday, Jan. 28

JAMEY JOHNSON CONCERT, 7:30 p.m., Event Center, Harrah’s Cherokee Casino, Cherokee. County music crooner Jamey Johnson will perform in a concert limited to those ages 21 and older. “Jamey Johnson is one of the fortunate individuals to have counted the late Merle Haggard among his friends, and his honest, sympathetic approach to songs about working-class life makes him one of the country legend’s closest modern analogs,” Rolling Stone magazine wrote. For tickets, which are $45-$95, visit www.ticketmaster.





Monday, Jan. 23 

ELDER FRAUD PREVENTION PROGRAM, 2 p.m., Reuter Center, UNC Asheville. A program titled “Elder Fraud Prevention: How Not to Become a Fraud Victim” will be presented by attorney Caroline Farmer, deputy director of the orth Carolina Attorney General’s Office, which manages statewide efforts on identity theft and financial exploitation of seniors. Admission is fee and open to everyone.




Friday, Feb. 3

YES CONCERT, 9 p.m., Event Center, Harrah’s Cherokee Casino, Cherokee. The band Yes, billed as “pioneers of progressive rock,” will perform in concert.. For tickets, visit www.ticketmaster.





Saturday, Feb. 11

JOURNEY TRIBUTE CONCERT, 7:30 p.m., The Foundation Performation Arts Center, Isothermal Community College, Spindale.  Resurrection, a Journey Tribute, will perform in concert. Resurrection is billed as combining “incredible musicianship and vocal precision (and appearance) of the legendary Steve Perry. Every show features one brilliant hit single after another, providing an all-ages, family-friendly show fused into a powerful rock ‘n’ roll concert experience.” For tickets, which are $20 and $25 (and $8 for youths), visit www.FoundationShows.org. or call 286-9990.




Friday, Feb. 17

ANNIE MOSES BAND CONCERT, 7:30 p.m., Niswonger Performing Arts Center, Greeneville, Tenn. The Annie Moses Band will perform in concert. For tickets, visit www.NPACgreeneville.com.




Friday, Feb. 24

MICHAEL BOLTON CONCERT, 9 p.m., Event Center, Harrah’s Cherokee Casino, Cherokee. Grammy Award-winning singer-songerwriter Michael Bolton will perform in concert. For tickets, visit www.ticketmaster.

 




Saturday, Feb. 25

RHONDA VINCENT AND THE RAGE CONCERT, 7:30 p.m., Niswonger Performing Arts Center, Greeneville, Tenn. Rhonda Vincent and the Rage will perform in concert. For tickets, visit www.NPACgreeneville.com.




Saturday, March 4

BEATLES TRIBUTE CONCERT, 7:30 p.m., Niswonger Performing Arts Center, Greeneville, Tenn. “1964”... The Tribute show will perform in a concert saluting the Beatles. For tickets, visit www.NPACgreeneville.com.



Friday, March 10

THE DRIFTERS CONCERT, 7:30 p.m., The Foundation Performation Arts Center, Isothermal Community College, Spindale. A show titled “The Drifters Rock and Roll Hall of Famers,” will feature four performers emulating the moves and singing the songs of theThe Drifters, a long-popular rhythm and blues vocal group. For tickets, which are $25 and $30, visit www.FoundationShows.org. 




Saturday, March 25

RODNEY CARRINGTON CONCERT, 7:30 p.m., Event Center, Harrah’s Cherokee Casino, Cherokee. Rodney Carrington will perform in concert. For tickets, visit www.ticketmaster.

 

 

Last Updated on Monday, 02 January 2017 11:50
 



 


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