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Friday, May 1

MEDICAL PRESENTATION, 11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m., Reuter Center, UNC Asheville. The Fab Friday at OLLI will feature a talk on “Statins: Friend or Foe?” by Tasha Woodall, associate director of pharmacotherapy at MAHEC Family Medicine. Admission is free and open to the public.

NINA SIMONE FILM SCREENING, noon-3 p.m., YMI Cultural Center, South Market Street, downtown Asheville. A documentary film will present an “up-close and personal portrait” of vocalist and musician Nina Simone, who was from nearby Tryon. In the film, the singer herself and a number of friends, relatives and connoisseurs tell excerpts of her path in music and life. Admission is free. 

MAY DAY RALLY, 5 p.m., Vance Monument, downtown Asheville. A rally to celebrate May Day will be held. It is billed by its organizers as celebrating “the working-class movement’s history and failure ... No war, but class war.”

CONCERT, 5:30-10 p.m., River Arts District, Asheville. RiverLink’s RiverMusic series will make its season debut with the bands The Movement, Satta Roots and Franklin’s Kite. Gates open at 5. Music starts at 5:30 with the second band playing at 6:45 and the headliner at 8:15. Admission is free.

“WEST SIDE STORY” PRODCTION, 7 p.m., Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, Franklin. Asheville Lyric Opera will present its production of Leonard Bernstein’s “West Side Story,” billed as “Broadway’s classic musical love story.” The show tells a story of the consequences of ethnic violence and romance on the streets of New York City. Among its classic hits are “Tonight,” “America,” “One Hand, One Heart,” “Somewhere” and “I Feel Pretty.” For tickets, which are $20 and $25, visit www.GreatMountainMusic.com, or call 524-1598.

BEATLES/BEACH BOYS TRIBUTE SHOW, 7 p.m., Reuter Center, UNC Asheville. The Reuter Center Singers will perform a concert of hits from the 1960s by The Beatles and The Beach Boys. The concert also will be offered at 7 p.m. May 2 in the same location. Admission is free and open to the public. 

FASCISM LECTURE, 7 p.m., Kairos West Community Center, 742 Haywood Rd., West Asheville. A lecture on “What Is Fascism” will be presented  by Dr. John McClain, a UNC Asheville lecturer. The talk is presented to honor International Workers Day 2015. Admission is free.

“DREAMGIRLS” MUSICAL, 7:30 p.m., 229 S. Washington St., Hendersonville. The Hendersonville Little Theatre will continue its 50th season with the award-winning musical “Dreamgirls” from April 24 to May 10. The show tells the story of the rise to fame of a 1960s female singing trio featuring Kimbela McMinn, Nicky Sampson and Gaysha Snipes with musical direction by Daniel Hensley. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $24 for adults, $18 for ages 18-25 and $12 for students age 17 and under. For tickets, call 692-1082 or visit hendersonvillelittletheatre.org.



Saturday, May 2

CALEB JOHNSON CONCERT, 7:30 p.m., Event Center, Harrah’s Cherokee Casino and Resort, Cherokee. Asheville’s Caleb Johnson, who won last year’s televised “American Idol” competition series, will perform in concert. For tickets, which are $42 to $64, visit www.ticketmaster.com, or call (800) 745-3000. 

ANNIE MOSES BAND CONCERT, 8 p.m., Diana Wortham Theatre, downtown Asheville. The Annie Moses Band, featuring a blend of fiddle, jazz and classical influences, will perform in concert.



Sunday, May 3

CHORAL CONCERT, 3 p.m., St. Matthias Church, 1 Dundee St., just off South Charlotte Street at Max Street on the hill across from the Asheville Public Works Building, Asheville. The concert will feature a performance of the “Magnificat” and Cantata No. 8 (Liebster Gott wann werd’ ich sterben) by Bach with a chamber chorus and orchestra. Soloists include: Ruth Johnson and Victoria Barrick, sopranos; Brenda Murphree, alto; Clark Sorrels, tenor; and John Russell, bass. The program will be conducted by Stephen Klein. Admission is free but a free-will offering will be taken for the restoration of the church.

CONCERT, 3 p.m., Reuter Center, UNC Asheville. The Brevard Music Center Sunday Concert series will feature an hour-long solo and chamber recital by members of the BMC’s faculty. Admission is free and open to the public. 



Monday, May 5

WORLD AFFAIRS TALK, 7:30 p.m., Reuter Center, UNC Asheville. The World Affairs Council of WNC will host a talk on “Globalization” by Laurence Pope, ambassador and 31-year veteran of the U.S. Foreign Service. Admission is $10. 



Wednesday, May 6

OPEN REHEARSAL, 7 p.m., Reuter Center, UNC Asheville. The Blue Ridge Orchestra will hold an open rehearsal. The community orchestra is directed by Milton Crotts. Admission is free and open to the public.

SIERRA CLUB MEETING, 7:15 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville, 1 Edwin Place, Asheville. Drew Jones will address “Climate Change Interactive Simulation” during a joint meeting of the Sierra Club, Asheville Green Drinks and Mountain True (formerly WNC Alliance). Jones, who works for Climate Interactive, will lead a hands-on, interactive session, where participants will work together to create a global scenario for addressing climate change and then test it in the simulator that his team has built for a wide range of decision-makers from the United Nations to the Chinese government. Socializing will begin at 7 p.m. 

“GRACELAND” CONCERT, 8 p.m., Isis Restaurant and Music Hall, 743 Haywood Rd., Asheville. More than 15 local musicians will gather in a collaborative effort to perform Paul Simon’s “Graceland.” Also, dinner will be served at 6 p.m. as part of the the fundraiser for the local nonprofit Helpmate. For tickets, visit www.safeandsoundavl.com.




Thursday, May 7

LECTURE, 7 p.m., Kittredge Theater, Warren Wilson College, Swannanoa. Poet Nikki Giovanni will give a presentation titled “Diversity As Art: Art Is Diversity.” In addition to her fame as a poet, Giovanni is widely known as an educator, orator and civil rights advocate. The event is free and open to the public.

YWCA’S BLACK & WHITE GALA, 7-10:30 p.m., Crest Center & Pavilion, 22 Celebration Place,  Asheville. The Stand Against Racism campaign will culminate with the YWCA’s annual Black & White Gala.

PATSY CLINE MUSICAL, 8 p.m., Mainstage, Flat Rock Playhouse, Flat Rock. The FRP will present the musical “Always... Patsy Cline” May 7-31. Shows are at 8 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays. Matinees also are offered at 2 p.m. Saturdays. For tickets, call 693-0731.




Friday, May 8

LECTURE, 11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m., Room 102-A, Reuter Center, UNC Asheville. A lecture, “What Has the Supreme Court Wrought?” will be given by retired Judge Carl Peterson. He will provide a synopsis, and the potential impact, of significant opinions that were published by the U.S. Supreme Court in the October 2013-2014 term and in the current term to date. The discussion will include the controversies that remain pending and will likely be resolved by the court by the end of the session in June 2015. Admission is free.

SYMPHONY TALK, 3 p.m., Reuter Center, UNC Asheville. The Symphony Talk series will feature Asheville Symphony Orchestra Music Director Daniel Meyer, who will discuss the ASO’s next concert. Admission is free and open to the public.

LAURA STORY CONCERT, 7:30 p.m., Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, Franklin. Gospel singer Laura Story will perform in concert.  For tickets, which are $18, visit www.GreatMountainMusic.com, or call 524-1598.

CONCERT, 8 p.m., Tryon Fine Arts Center, 34 Melrose Ave., Tryon. The Randall Bramblett & Geoff Achison Band will perform. Bramblett and Achison are backed by the rhythm section of Michael Steele and Seth Hendershot, along with guitarist Nick Johnson. For tickets, which are $20, visit www.tryonarts.org.


 

Saturday, May 9

UNCA COMMENCEMENT, 9 a.m., quad, UNC Asheville. Bestselling novelist Wiley Cash, a UNCA graduate, will address the Class of 2015 at commencement. Honored along with Cash will be Mitchell Hicks, principal chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee. Both will receive honorary doctor of humane letters degrees. Cash, who grew up in Gastonia, graduated 15 years ago with a degree in literature. He is the author of two award-winning and North Carolina-based bestselling novels — “A Land More Kind Than Home” and “This Dark Road to Mercy.” Hicks was first elected principal chief in 2003. He also has been a board member for other Native American institutions and organizations.

 


Sunday, May 10

LUNCHEON/BAKE SALE, 1 a.m.-2 p.m., The Hellenic Center Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 227 Cumberland Ave., Asheville. A Mother’s Day Greek luncheon and bake sale to benefit local philanthropic causes will be held, with meals available on premises — and carry-out orders available from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. To place orders, call 254-7424.

 


Monday, May 11

LECTURE, noon-1:30 p.m., DoubleTree by Hilton, 115 Hendersonville Rd., Asheville. Kenneth Feinberg, attorney and leading expert in mediation and alternative dispute resolution, will speak on “Unconventional Responses to Unique Catastrophies: Tailoring Mediation to Meet the Challenges” at the Mediation Center’s Speak Your Peace luncheon. For tickets, which are $60, email Whitney Cooper at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

TRANSITION ASHEVILLE SOCIAL, 6:30 -8 p.m., St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 337 Charlotte St., Asheville. The Transition Asheville presenter will be Brian Winslett, co-founder of Blue Ridge Biofuels. His topic will be “Wood Gas, Biochar and Running Your Car on Trash.” 

 



Tuesday, May 12

OBJECTIVISTS’ MEETING/DISCUSSION, 6 p.m., meeting room, North Asheville Library, 1030 Merrimon Ave., Asheville. The Asheville Objectivists will learn about and discuss Ayn Rand’s philosophy. Admission is free and open to the public.

LIBERTARIAN MEETING, 7 p.m., Oakleaf Furniture, 130 Miller St., downtown Waynesville. The Haywood County Libertarian Party meets on the second Tuesday of the month. Open discussion and debate are encouraged with all perspectives and persuasions welcomed, regardless of political or religious affiliation.

 



Thursday, May 14

BRANDON HEATH CONCERT, 8 p.m., Kimmel Arena, UNC Asheville. Brandon Heath, billed as one of America’s most acclaimed contemporary Christian musicians, will perform in concert. Tickets are $25 at the door. For advance tickets, which are $30 for floor-level seating or $20 for mezzanine, visit www.uncabulldogs.com/tickets, or call 258-7900.




Friday, May 15

MEDICAL PRESENTATION, 11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m., Reuter Center, UNC Asheville. The Fab Friday program at OLLI will feature a talk on “Lungs in Health and Disease, Part II” by David Mouw. Admission is free and open to the public.

OPERA TALK, 3 p.m., Reuter Center, UNC Asheville. The Opera Talks series will feature Asheville Lyric Opera Director David Craig Starkey and a cast of industry professionals. They will guide attendees through their operatic world. Admission is free and open to the public.

DOWNTOWN AFTER 5 OUTDOOR CONCERT, 5-9 p.m., North Lexington Avenue near I-240 overpass, downtown Asheville. C.J. Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band — and local band Bayou Diesel — will perform in the first of the season’s Downtown After 5 concert series. Chenier, son of the “King of Zydeco” Clifton Chenier, joined his father’s Red Hot Louisiana Band playing saxophone at the age of 21. His musical style ranges from the traditional zydeco of Clifton Chenier to modern funk with what are billed as “healthy doses of blues, R&B, swamp pop and even country.” The Bayou Diesel Band performs Cajun, Zydeco and Mardi Gras dance music of Louisiana. Admission is free.

KARAN CASEY CONCERT, 8 p.m., Diana Wortham Theatre, downtown Asheville. Irish vocalist Karan Casey will perform in concert.




Saturday, May 16

SALUDA ARTS FESTIVAL, 10 a.m.4- p.m., along Main Street, downtown Saluda. The 12th annual Saluda Arts Festival will feature live music, food, a children’s art tent and a variety of art media, including paintings, pottery, woodworking, sculpting, fiber, jewelry, metal and more.  Also, there will be demonstrations of painting, blacksmithing and jewelry-making. The musical headliners, performing on the Ella Grace Mintz State in Top of the Grade Park at McCreery Park, include Hummingtree Band, noon-1:30 p.m., and Sound Investment, 2-4 p.m. Also performing, but with no scheduled set times, are Hog Town Squealers and Foothills Old-Time String Band. Admission is free.

FILM SCREENING, noon, Fletcher Branch of Henderson County Public Library, 120 Library Rd., Fletcher. The films “Knowing You, Knowing You” and “The Hearing Voices Network ‘25 Years On’ — Vol. 2: From Psychiatry to Society” will be screened. Admission is free.

PROTEST, noon-1:30 p.m., Pritchard Park, downtown Asheville. A protest by the group Just Peace for Israel-Palestine will be held to protest United States support for Israeli policies. 




Sunday, May 17

PANEL DISCUSSION, 2-3:30 p.m, The Friends Meeting House, 227 Edgewood Rd., Asheville. “Veganism — an Ethical Lifestyle Choice” will be presented by a panel of members of The Asheville Vegan Society at the monthly meeting of the Ethical Humanist Society of Asheville. The panel will include a professional nutritionist, an environmentalist and an animal rights activist and will be led by Joe Walsh, president of The Asheville Vegan Society. They will discuss reasons for choosing veganism, including the health benefits of a well-planned, plant-based diet; the environmental impact of one’s food choices; food equity and ending world hunger; and the rights of animals. A discussion will follow the presentaton. Admission is free and open to the public.



Tuesday, May 19

SPEAKER, noon-2 p.m., Crowne Plaza Expo Center, Asheville. Bestselling author, memoirist and prison reform activist Piper Kerman will give the keynote address at the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina’s Power of the Purse luncheon. In her memoir, “Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison,” Kerman recounts the time she spent in the Danbury Corrections Facility for a drug trafficking crime committed 10 years previously. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Women’s Fund, a permanent endowmnet of the CFWNC. For tickets, which are $75, visit www.cfwnc.org. For $150, patrons will also have the opportunity to attend a pre-luncheon coffee with Kerman and the event sponsors.




Thursday, May 21

RHYTHM & BREWS CONCERT, 5-9 p.m., Azalea Parking Lot, along King Street between 3rd and 4th avenues, downtown Hendersonville. The monthly Rhythm & Brews outdoor summer concert series will make its 2015 debut. Beer, wine and food will be available.




Friday, May 22

FILM SCREENINGS, noon, activity room, Pack Memorial Library, 67 Haywood St., Asheville. The films “Knowing You, Knowing You” and “The Hearing Voices Network ‘25 Years On’ — Volume 2: From Psychiatry To Society.” Admission is free.

BOSTON CONCERT, 9 p.m., Event Center, Harrah’s Cherokee Casino and Resort, Cherokee. The rock band Boston will perform in concert. For tickets, visit www.ticketmaster.com, or call (800) 745-3000. 




Saturday, May 23

THe COLLINGSWORTH FAMILY CONCERT, 7:30 p.m., Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, Franklin. An evening of family worship and praise will be performed by The Collingsworth Family.  For tickets, which are $15, $20 and $25, visit www.GreatMountainMusic.com, or call 524-1598.

LECTURE, 6:30-9 p.m., Humanities Lecture Hall, UNC Asheville. A lecture will be given by Sandor Katz, author of “The Art of Fermentation,” which received a James Beard award. Admission is free and open to the public.




Thursday, May 28

TALLEST MAN ON EARTH CONCERT, 9 p.m., The Orange Peel, 101 Biltmore Ave., Asheville. Kristian Matsson, a singer-songwriter from Dalarna, Sweden, who plays under the stage name of The Tallest Man on Earth, will perform in concert. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 on the day of the show.




Friday, May 29

MEETING, 3:15 p.m., media room, Brooks-Howell Home, Merrimon Avenue, Asheville. The group Just Peace for Israel-Palestine will meet to discuss its opposition to United States support for Israeli policies.

 



Saturday, May 30

JAY LENO COMEDY SHOW, 7:30 p.m., Event Center, Harrah’s Cherokee Casino and Resort, Cherokee. Jay Leno will perform his comedy show. For tickets, visit www.ticketmaster.com, or call (800) 745-3000. 




Saturday, June 6

MERLE HAGGARD CONCERT, 7:30 p.m., Event Center, Harrah’s Cherokee Casino and Resort, Cherokee. Country music star Merle Haggard will perform in concert. For tickets, visit www.ticketmaster.com, or call (800) 745-3000. 



Friday, June 12

CONCERT, 5:30-10 p.m., River Arts District, Asheville. RiverLink’s RiverMusic series will make its season debut with the performances by Ben Miller Band, Red Dirt Revelators and The Toothe. Gates open at 5. Music starts at 5:30 with the second band playing at 6:45 and the headliner at 8:15. Admission is free.



Saturday, June 27

SEINFELD SHOW, 7 p.m., Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, U.S. Cellular Center, downtown Asheville. Comedian Jerry Seinfeld will perform.Tickets start at $65 before fees.

 

 


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