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Calendar of Events

Wednesday, Feb. 3

BOOK DISCUSSION, 7 p.m., Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café, downtown Asheville. The novel “Anna Karenina” by Leo Tolstoy (translated by Richard Pevear) will be discussed.

Friday, Feb. 5

ONCE UPON A WISH PERFORMANCE, 7 p.m., Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, 1028 Georgia Rd., Franklin. “Once Upon a Wish, an interactive musical celebration featuring favorite princesses and heroes, will performed at 7 p.m. Feb. 5-6.

SHERLOCK HOLMES PRODUCTION, 8 p.m., Diana Wortham Theatre, downtown Asheville. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s “The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes” will be performed by Aquila Theatre.

Saturday, Feb. 6

JENNIFER NETTLES CONCERT, 8 p.m., The Event Center, Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort, Cherokee. Jennifer Nettles will perform in concert with Brandy Clark. Special guests will include Lindsay Eli and Tara Thompson. 

ROMEO AND JULIET PRODUCTION, 8 p.m., Diana Wortham Theatre, downtown Asheville. William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” will be performed by Aquila Theatre.

NEONSPLASH PAINT PARTY, 8 p.m., U.S. Cellular Center, downtown Asheville. The center will host PaintDrop, billed as the country’s largest paint party. In addition to the water-based paint with which attendees slather one another, the event includes a DJ and a light show. Videos of past events show large paint guns that shoot the colorful liquid into the crowd. For tickets, which are $27.50 for general admision and $37.50 for express general admission and $52.50 for VIP admission, visit

Sunday, Feb. 7

RAG TIME CONCERT, 8 p.m., downstairs music hall, Isis Restaurant & Music Hall, 743 Haywood Rd., Asheville. Russ Wilson’s “History of Jazz” series will feature rag time music, performed by The Euphonic Ragtime Orchestra.

Thursday, Feb. 11

BOOK DISCUSSION, 5:30 p.m., The Thomas Wolfe Memorial, downtown Asheville. The short story “The Dark Messiah” by Thomas Wolfe will be discussed.

MAGIC SHOW, 8 p.m., Diana Wortham Theatre, downtown Asheville. Mummenschanz will be performed by The Musicians of Silence.

Saturday, Feb. 13

RIGHT ON BAND DISCO CONCERT, 7 p.m., The Foundation Performing Arts and Conference Center, Isothermal Community College, Spindale. The Right On Band, billed as “the world’s greatest ‘70s show band,” will perform in a Valentine’s weekend event that will include desserts, drinks, dancing and disco music. The ROB also is billed as an “internationally acclaimed disco show band.” For tickets, call 286-9990, or visit

LITTLE ANTHONY & THE IMPERIALS SHOW, 7:30 p.m., Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, 1028 Georgia Rd., Franklin. The classic soul music vocal group Little Anthony & The Imperials will perform in concert.

TRACY MORGAN CONCERT, 7:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m., The Event Center, Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort, Cherokee. Actor-comedian Tracy Morgan will present his “Picking Up the Pieces” show. 

Thursday, Feb. 18

BOOK DISCUSSION, 6:30 p.m., The Forum, Diana Wortham Theatre, downtown Asheville. “The Goldfinch” by Donna Tartt will be discussed.

SALMON RUSHDIE SPEECH, 7 p.m., Thursday, Kimmel Arena, UNC Asheville. Sir Salman Rushdie will address “Public Events, Private Lives: Literature + Politics in the Modern World.” Rushdie is billed by UNCA as “one of the most celebrated authors of our time —  of any time. A brilliant provocateur, he’s penned a handful of classic novels, influenced a generation of writers, and received a Queen’s Knighthood for ‘services to literature.’ He stands as both a pop culture icon and one of the most thought-provoking proponents for free speech today.” Admission is free.

PERCUSSION SHOW, 8 p.m., Diana Wortham Theatre, downtown Asheville. Yamato, the drummers of Japan, will perform at 8 p.m. Feb. 18-19.

Friday, Feb. 19

ANNUAL BLUEGRASS CONCERT, 1-5 and 7 p.m.-midnight, Crowne Plaza Resort, Asheville. The 21st Annual Bluegrass First Class event will run Jan. 19-21. Saturday’s hours are the same as Friday’s, while Sunday’s are 8-10 a.m. Among the performers will be Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, Daily and Vincent and Carolina Blue. Tickets are $49 per day for Friday or Saturday — or $98 for both days. For tickets, call 275-8650.

Saturday, Feb. 20

TIM TEBOW PRESENTATION, 7 p.m., Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, 1028 Georgia Rd., Franklin. Tim Tebow, the son of missionaries and former quarterback in the National Football League, will address a sold-out crowd. 

BILL MAHER COMEDY PERFORMANCE, 7 p.m., Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, U.S. Cellular Center, downtown Asheville. The comedy show, “An Evening With Bill Maher: Live Stand-Up Tour, will be performed. For tickets, visit the box office, visit, or call (800) 745-3000.

Sunday, Feb. 21

ETHICAL SOCIETY PRESENTATION, 2-3:30 p.m., The Friends Meeting House, 227 Edgewood Road, Asheville. “The Art of Resilience” will be presented by DeWayne Barton at the monthly meeting of the Ethical Humanist Society of Asheville. He will address the Community Accountability Plan, which is billed as a road map for repairing black communities and addressing disparities in marginalized neighborhoods. He will make the case that the CAP fosters a culture of resilience, inclusiveness and sustainability that is economically just and builds upon the goals of neighborhood community plans. Barton (B-Love) is a sculptor, poet and author who has combined his creative practice with community activism/improvement, youth development and justice issues for more than 20 years. Following the presentation, an informal discussion will be held and refreshments will be served. All are welcome.

Friday, Feb. 26

COMEDY CLASSIC WEEKEND,6 p.m., Grove Park Inn, Asheville. The annual Classic Comedy Weekend will run Feb. 26-28. Among the featured comedians will be Aaron Aryanpur. For tickets, call (800) 438-5800. 

BREAKING BENJAMIN CONCERT, 7:30 p.m., 9 p.m., The Event Center, Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort, Cherokee. The rock band Breaking Benjamin will perform in concert.

Sunday, Feb. 28

CONCERT, 7 p.m., Diana Wortham Theatre, downtown Asheville. The group Lünasa, with special guest Tim O’Brien, will perform in concert.

Tuesday, March 1

COAL ASH PUBLIC HEARING, 6 p.m., Ferguson Auditorium, A-B Tech, Asheville. A public hearing on the state’s controversial coal ash pond classifications, criticized for failing to categorize many of the toxic impoundments as “high-risk,” will be held. Asheville’s two coal ash basins at the Lake Julian plant in Skyland are among the eight pits across the state that were earlier deemed high-risk under a 2014 law. However, the recent DEQ draft did not classify any new impoundments at that risk level.

Saturday, March 5

DWIGHT YOAKAM CONCERT, 7:30 p.m., 9 p.m., The Event Center, Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort, Cherokee. Grammy Award-winning country music and film icon Dwight Yoakam will perform in concert. Since the 1980s, Yoakam has been one of the pioneers of modern country music. With five No. 1 Billboard albums and 15 Grammy nominations, Yoakam’s hits include “Guitars, Cadillacs,” “Honky Tonk Man,” “I Sang Dixie” and “A Thousand Miles From Nowhere.” For tickets, visit, or call (800) 745-3000.

Saturday, March 5

THE EAGLES TRIBUTE CONCERT, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, 1028 Georgia Rd., Franklin. “Hotel California: A Salute to the Eagles” will be performed. It is billed as an opportunity to take “a trip down a dark desert highway, feel the cool wind in your hair, and experience Grammy Award-winning sounds.” According to Rolling Stone magazine, “No other band did as much to translate the explosively creative, politicized rock of the 1960s into the massively popular, de-politicized rock of the 1970s as the Eagles. Specializing in broadly appealing, masterfully crafted tunes, the Southern California band has sold more than 100 million albums.” The 1976 compilation, “Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975,” was the first album ever certified platinum and has sold 29 million copies in the U.S., second only to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” on the all-time list.The Eagles’ songs merge country-tinged vocal harmonies with hard-rock guitars and lyrics that are alternately yearning (“One of These Nights,” “Best of My Love”) and romantically jaded (“Life in the Fast Lane,” “Hotel California”). The band released an album every year from 1972 to 1976, with increasingly better sales, culminating in 1976’s “Hotel California,” which has sold 16 million copies. After releasing one more album, 1979’s “In the Long Run” (which sold eight million copies), the band broke up in 1980.

Saturday, March 19

THE MOODY BLUES CONCERT, 7:30 p.m., 9 p.m., The Event Center, Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort, Cherokee. The British rock band The Moody Blues will perform in concert. In 1967, the group was among the first to fuse rock and classical music, pioneering in the development of art rock and progressive rock.

Thursday, March 24

EMEL MATHLOUTHI CONCERT, 7 p.m., Lipinsky Auditorium, UNC Asheville. Mathlouthi, billed as the “voice of the Tunisian revolution,” is a songwriter, composer, guitarist and singer who is bringing a powerful new sound to Tunisian music. “Endowed with an outstanding voice, she evokes Joan Baez, Sister Marie Keyrouz and the Lebanese diva Fairouz,” a UNCA promotion noted. “Her captivating style is lyrical, with powerful rock, oriental and trip hop influences (she’s collaborated with Adrian Thaws AKA Tricky). Emel began her artistic career at the age of 8 on stage at the small amphitheater in the Ibn Sina suburb of Tunis, where she lived until the age of 25, when she moved to France to pursue her career as a singer. Her song ‘Kelmti Horra”’ (‘my word is free’) was taken up by the Arab Spring revolutionaries and sung on the streets of Tunis. She has immense stage presence and a voice that spells revolution and freedom.” Tickets are $6 for UNCA students, $8 for area students, $13 for the campus community and $20 for the general public.

Friday, April 8

UNDER THE STREETLAMP CONCERT, 7:30 p.m., Niswonger Performing Arts Center, Greeneville, Tenn. The vocal group Under the Streetlamp, a quartet composed of recent leading cast members of the musical “Jersey Boys,” will perform the hits of the ‘40s, ‘50s, and ‘60s in concert.

Saturday, April 16

THE CARPENTERS TRIBUTE CONCERT, 7:30 p.m., The Foundation Performing Arts and Conference Center, Isothermal Community College, Spindale. “Close to You: The Music of the Carpenters” will be performed in a tribute concert by singer-playwright Lisa Rock and her six-piece band. For tickets, call 286-9990, or visit

Last Updated on Friday, 05 February 2016 15:08


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