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Friday, March 1

“FOOTLOOSE” MUSICAL, 7:30 p.m., Asheville Community Theatre, 35 E. Walnut St., downtown Asheville. The ACT will perform a musical version of the 1984 film “Footloose” through March 3. Regarding the show, the ACT noted, “When teenager Ren McCormack moves from Chicago to a small town, he isn’t prepared for the stifling local laws, including a ban on dancing and rock music instituted by the local preacher. As he struggles to fit in, he encourages his classmates to defy the local pastor and call for a rock ’n’ roll prom. With an energetic Top 40 score amplified with dynamic new songs, ‘Footloose’ celebrates the wisdom of opening minds and listening to the voices of young people.” Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays. Additional Thursday performances are scheduled at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21 and 28. For tickets, visit or call 254-1320. 

“RED” DRAMA, 7:30 p.m., Feichter Studio at HART, 250 Pigeon St., Waynesville. HART will present “Red,” which will run March 1-3. “Red” is about painter Mark Rothko. In his New York studio in 1958/59, Rothko has been commissioned to paint a group of murals for the expensive and exclusive Four Seasons Restaurant.  He gives orders to his assistant, Ken, as he mixes the paints, makes the frames and paints the canvases. Ken, however, brashly questions Rothko’s theories of art and his acceding to work on such a commercial project. The resulting decision by Rothko became one of the art world’s major events of the time. The show also will be performed at 7:30 p.m. March 2 and at 2 p.m. March 3. Patrons can also make reservations for opening night (March 1) to dine on the stage before the show. HART’s chef, Christy Bishop, is serving up soups and panini on the HART Main Stage. The play contains adult language, HARt noted.. Seating for the Studio is general admission, but reservations are strongly recommended as productions regularly sell out. There is also no late seating as the intimate nature of the Studio makes it impossible to seat latecomers without disrupting the performance.  To make reservation for the show and café, call the HART Box Office at 456 6322 or visit online at 

BALLROOM DANCE CHAMPIONSHIPS, 7:30 p.m.-midnight, Grand Ballroom, The Omni Grove Park Inn, North Asheville. Big-time competitive ballroom-style dancing will take the stage during the 32nd annual Heritage Classic Dancesport Championships. The two biggest events are scheduled 7:30 p.m.-midnight on both March 1 and 2. The Heritage has been described by th Asheville Citizen Times as “a sort of live version of the long-running Fox TV series ‘So You Think You Can Dance.’ Top Dancesport performers show their skills in competition... Elevated seating provides great views of the dance floor.” For tickets, which start at $50. visit

Saturday, March 2

“MOSTLY MOZART” CONCERT, 3-4 p.m., Biltmore United Methodist Church, 376 Hendersonville Road, Asheville. The Blue Ridge Orchestra Chamber Symphony, led by Milton Crotts, will present “Mostly Mozart,” beginning at 3 p.m. March 2-3. The afternoon chamber concert will showcase talented local musicians performing works by Mozart and one of the composers he most admired. Tickets, which are $15 for general admission, $10 for Friends of the BRO and $5 for students, are available online at and at the door.

“MY BIG FAT ITALIAN WEDDING MURDER!” PERFORMANCE, 6 p.m., The Center for Art & Inspiration, 125 S. Main St., downtown Hendersonville. The Center for Art & Inspiration, which has located in the former Flat Rock Playhouse venue, will present a performance of “My Big Fat Italian Wedding Murder.” The show also will be performed at 4 p.m. March 3. The CAI noted that the show is not appropriate for children under 13. For tickets with table seating, which are $59 each, call 697-8547 or visit

TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND CONCERT, 8 p.m., Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, U.S. Cellular Center, downtown Asheville.  The Tedeschi Trucks Band will perform in concert. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Sunday, March 3

FILM SCREENING/PANEL DISCUSSION, 4-6 p.m., Grail Moviehouse, 45 S. French Broad Ave., downtown Asheville. A free screening of “The Bail Trap: American Ransom” will be followed by a panel discussion. The program is being hosted by the local ACLU chapter and the local Racial Justice Coalition.

Tuesday, March 5

“AMERICAN GIRL LIVE” MUSICAL, 7 p.m., Niswonger Performing Arts Center, Greeneville, Tenn. The musical “Amerian Girl Live” will be performed. Regarding the show, NPAC noted, “Experience American Girl in an all-new musical. ‘American Girl Live’ is a premiere stage production, featuring all-original songs and unforgettable experiences. Come along to sleepover camp with some new friends for an exciting summer away from home. As bold tales of bravery and friendship come to life, iconic American Girl characters lend a hand through story and song. Join your favorite American Girl characters and the campers as they follow their hearts, share their dreams and learn the power of friendship.” For tickets, which range from $25 to $75, visit or call (423) 638-1679.


Friday, March 8

“ACTION MOVIE: THE PLAY” PRODUCTION,, 7:30 p.m., Magnetic Theatre, 375 Depot Street (in the River Arts District), Asheville. The stage production of “Action Movie: The Play” will be performed through March 31. (The show will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 3 p.m. Sundays.) The show is billed by the MT as featuring “a diabolical villian (who) threatens the world in this riotous send up of action movies. Filled with stage combat, stunts and the mother-of-all-car-chases (live on stage), the critically acclaimed, award-winning, over-the-top, not-to-be-missed, blockbuster theatre event makes its Asheville debut.” For tickets, which are $20 (plus $2 fee) for adults and $10 for students with valid identification, visit or call the box office at 239-9250.

Saturday, March 9

REPUBLICAN SPEAKER, 9 a.m., Ryan’s restaurant, 1000 Brevard Road, West Asheville.Mark Delk will give a speech titled “The Party of Redemption” during a meeting of the Buncombe County Republican Men’s Club. Breakfast — at 8:30 a.m. — will precede Delk’s address. Among his other positions, Delk serves as president of North Carolina’s Electoral College.

For King & Country CONCERT, 7:30 p.m., Smoky Mountain Center for Performing Arts, 1028 Georgia Road, Franklin. The Australian duo King & Country will perform in concert. The duo features “soaring melodies, driving rhythms, theatrical instrumentation and personal themes,” the SMPCA noted. The duo has performed on numerous network television shows, including “The View,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” “The Today Show,” “The Tonight Show,” “FOX and Friends” and have songs featured on the Emmys, the Super Bowl, Sunday Night Football, U.S. Open and more. For tickets, which are $25, $35, $45 and $75 (VIP), visit

DWIGHT YOAKAM CONCERT, 7:30 p.m., Event Center, Harrah’s Cherokee Resort. Dwight Yoakam will perform in concert. For tickets, which start at $82, visit

Sunday, March 10

CELTIC TALES/MUSIC SERIES, 3 p.m., The Center for Art & Inspiration, 125 S. Main St., downtown Hendersonville. The 2nd Sundays @ the Center series will feature Bobbie Pell with Celtic tales and music.

“SLEEPING BEAUTY,” BALLET FILM SCREENING, 3 p.m., Bardo Arts Center, Western Carolina University, Cullowee. The BAC Sunday Cinema Series will feature a screening of “Sleeping Beauty” ballet. Single tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors (ages 65 and older) and $5 for WCU students and faculty. To reserve tickets, call 227-ARTS or visit

Tuesday, March 12

NEEDTOBREATH CONCERT, 7 p.m., Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, U.S. Cellular Center, downtown Asheville.  NEEDTOBREATHE will perform in concert in its Acoustic Live Tour. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Tuesday, March 13

“SILENT SKY” STAGE PRODUCTION, 7:30 p.m., N.C. Stage Co., 15 Stage Lane, downtown Asheville. The N.C. Stage Co. production of Lauren Gunderson’s “Silent Sky” will be performed through April 7. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays. Special matinees at 2 p.m. For tickets, visit or call 239-0263.

Wednesday, March 14

BOOK DISCUSSION/READINGS, 5:30-7 p.m., Thomas Wolfe Memorial State Historic Site, downtown Asheville. Dan Clare, an English teacher at A.C. Reynolds High School; and Ana Clare, a member of the Thomas Wolfe Memroial advisory board; will lead a discussion of “Circus at Dawn.” Refreshment will be served from 5:30 to 5:45 p.m. Admission is free.

ME TOO MOVEMENT’S FOUNDER SPEECH, 6 p.m., Renaissance Asheville Hotel, downtown Asheville. Me Too Movement founder Tarana Burke will be the keynote speaker at the Symmetry Financial, AdventHealth and Native Kitchen Break the Silence Speaker Series, which is the largest fundraising event of the year for OUR VOICE, Buncombe County’s rape crisis and prevent center. An event promotion noted that Burke’s movement, which was founded more than 10 years ago, “has inspired survivors of sexual violence from all over the world to find pathways to healing. Burke, who was named a 2017 TIME Magazine Person of the Year for her role in breaking the silence around sexual violence, said, ‘We need to start having honest conversations about sexual assault and sexual violence in our communities, in our workplace and as a country as a whole. Me Too supports survivors — absolutely — it tells them that they are not alone, and that healing is possible — but it also demands that we talk about it. I’m thrilled to be traveling to Asheville to continue this conversation.’ Burke first used the phrase ‘Me Too’ in 2006, while working with young black women and girls from low-wealth communities for whom she developed a culturally informed curriculum to discuss sexual violence. The #metoo social media hashtag campaign has generated more than 13 million Facebook posts and tweets, emerging as a rallying cry for people everywhere who have survived sexual assault and sexual harrassment.”

BEN RECTOR MAGIC SHOW, 8 p.m., Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, U.S. Cellular Center, downtown Asheville.  Ben Rector — Magic: The Tour will perform. The opener will be Josie Dunne. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Thursday, March 15

“THE JUNGLE BOOK” STAGE PRODUCTION, 7 p.m., Leiman Mainstage, Flat Rock Playhouse, 2661 Greenville Hwy., Flat Rock. The FRP will perform “The Jungle Book” from March 15 to 30. (Fridays shows are at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 2 and 7 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.) Regarding the production, the FRP noted, “A boy finds home and family in the jungle. Rudyard Kipling’s journey of adventure and courage. The struggle of good versus evil. A test of friendship and loyalty. Who survives ‘The law of the jungle?’ For tickets, which are $28 for adults, visit 

“DISNEY’s The Jungle BOOK LIVE” MUSICAL, 7 p.m., Smoky Mountain Center for Performing Arts, 1028 Georgia Road, Franklin. The Overlook Theatre will perform “Disney’s The Jungle Book Live!” at 7 p.m. March 15-16. Regarding the show, the SMCPA noted, “Adapted from Disney’s beloved animated film and the works of Rudyard Kipling, this musical for the entire family will have the jungle jumpin’ with a jazzy beat! Specially adapted from the classic Disney animated film, ‘Disney’s The Jungle Book Live’ features a host of colorful characters and your favorite songs from the movie, including ‘The Bare Necessitie’ and ‘I Wanna Be Like You.’ Banished by the ferocious tiger, Shere Khan, a human boy named Mowgli and his panther friend, Bagheera, are on the run in the deepest parts of the jungle. On their journey, the pair meet a sinister snake named Kaa, a herd of elephants and a giant bear named Baloo, who teaches them the swingin’ musical rhythms of the jungle. After surviving a dangerous encounter with a band of monkeys led by King Louie, Mowgli and Bagheera are forced to run for their lives. When Shere Khan returns, our heroes must rally their fellow animals into battle and restore peace throughout the jungle.” The show is a live, one-act stage production. For tickets, which are $12, visit

BANJO PERFORMANCE, 8 p.m., Diana Wortham Theatre, downtown Asheville. We Banjo 3 will perform in concert.



Saturday, March 16

MERCYME CONCERT, 7 p.m., U.S. Cellular Center, downtown Asheville. MercyMe will perform in concert. Doors will open at 6 p.m..

COMEDY CLASSIC NIGHT, 7:30 p.m., Grand Ballroom, Omni Resorts The Grove Park Inn, North Asheville. Comedy Classic, a one-night event, will feature Keith Alberstadt, Zoltan Kaszas and emcee Kristin Lindner. For tickets, call (800) 438-5800.

Friday, March 19

TAKACS STRING QUARTET CONCERT, 8 p.m., Diana Wortham Theatre, downtown Asheville. The Takacs String Quartet will perform, along with pianist Garrick Ohlsson. For tickets, visit

Thursday, March 21

PARSONS LECTURE,, 7 p.m., Lipinsky Auditorium, UNC Asheville. Ronald D. Taylor will give the annual Parsons Lecture. He will examine mathematical structures found in games, card tricks and origami — and look at how mathematics can be applied to them for enjoyment. Taylor is a professor of mathematics at Berry College. He has researched graph theory, number theory and recreational mathematics. He received the Deborah and Franklin Tepper Haimo Award for Distinguished Cllege of University Teaching of Mathematics in 2018 from the Mathematical Association of America. UNCA’s annual Parsons Lecture is intended to bring to Asheville a national renowned mathematician able to communicate mathematical concepts with a general audience.

Friday, March 22

“TAP DOGS” SHOW,, 7:30 p.m., Peace Concert Hall, The Peace Center, downtown Greenville, S.C. The 75-minute award-winning show “Tap Dogs” will be performed. “The global dance sensation has appeared in more than 330 cities and 37 countries, where 12 million people have been dazzled by the energy and imagination of these unique performers,” a press release noted.

CONCERT, 8 p.m., Diana Wortham Theatre, downtown Asheville. Sebastion Lepine and the ESCA Quartet will perform in concert. They will “deliver an awe-inspiring performance that breathes new life into classical music.”

Saturday, March 23

FOREIGNER CONCERT, 7:30 p.m., Event Center, Harrah’s Cherokee Resort. The band Foreigner will perform in concert. For tickets, which start at $82, visit

COMEDY SHOW, 8 p.m., Diana Wortham Theatre, downtown Asheville. Jen Kober’s Homegrown Comedy Show will be performed.

Sunday, March 24

ASHEVILLE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CONCERT, 8 p.m., Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, downtown Asheville. The ASO will perform “Masterworks 6: Rachmaninoff” under its new conductor Darco Butorac, and featuring pianist Garrick Ohlsson. For tickets, visit 

Wednesday, March 27

CLIMATOLOGIST SPEECH, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m., Country Club of Asheville, 170 Windsor Road, North Asheville. Climatologist Derek “Deke” Arndt of NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information in Asheville will discuss his work analyzing the world’s weather patterns during the Leadership Asheville Forum’s Critical Issues luncheon series. What’s more, LAF noted in a press release, Arndt will tell “us what his team is learning about our changing climate.” Food service will begin at 11:45 a.m., with the program beginning at 12:15 p.m. Tickets (including the meal) are $25 for LAF members and $30 for nonmembers. Reservations are required by, March 22 by contacting Nancy Williams at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or by calling 250-2353.

Saturday, March 28

PIANO DUEL, 8 p.m., Diana Wortham Theatre, downtown Asheville. Piana Battle will be performed.Saturday,

Thursday,March 30

BALLET PERFORMANCE, 7 p.m., Bo Thomas Auditorium, Blue Ridge Community College, East Flat Rock. The Hendersonville Ballet will present its latest production, “Ballet to Broadway.” The music will range from Broadway classics like “West Side Story” to new Broadway-inspired movie tunes. For tickets, visit or call 684-2118.

Monday, April 1

BILL NYE PROGRAM, 7 p.m., Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, U.S. Cellular Center, downtown Asheville. A program titled “A Conversation With Bill Nye — EXTREME Weather” will be presented. Doors will open at 6 p.m.

Thursday, April= 4

“IN THE MOOD” SHOW, 7:30 p.m., Bo Thomas Auditorium, Blue Ridge Community College, East Flat Rock. The show “In The Mood” will be presented by The Center for Art & Inspiration.

Friday, April 5

BILLY RAY CYRUS CONCERT, 7:30 p.m., Smoky Mountain Center for Performing Arts, 1028 Georgia Road, Franklin. Country singer and actor Billy Ray Cyrus will perform in concert. For tickets, which are $38 to $55, visit or call (866) 273-4615

Saturday, April 6

ASHEVILLE ORCHID FESTIVAL, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., North Carolina Arboretum, West Asheville. The Asheville Orchid Festival will be held 9 a.m.-5 p.m. April 6-7. The event will feature “incredible orchid exhibits, fabulous plants for sale, educational programs and lectures. Admission is $5 for adults — and free for those ages 12 and under.

Wednesday, April 10

BOOK DISCUSSION/READINGS, 5:30-7 p.m., Thoms Wolfe Memorial State Historic Site, downtown Asheville. Ellen Brown, author of “John Apperson’s Lake George,” will discuss “The Hollyhock Savers.” Refreshment will be served from 5:30 to 5:45 p.m. Admission is free.

Saturday, April 13

FLEETWOOD MAC TRIBUTE SHOW, 7:30 p.m., The Foundation Performing Arts Center, Isothermal Community College, Spindale. Rumours, billed as “the country’s premier Fleetwood Mac tribute band,” will perform in concert. The band is touted for its blend of “perfect harmonies, precise instrumentation and a visually engaging stage show.” For tickets, visit

Thursday, April 25

ACTIVIST SPEAKER, 7 p.m., Kimmell Arena, UNC Asheville. Bryan Stevenson, billed by UNCA as a “national leader and attorney” as well as “founder of the Equal Justice Initiative and its National Memorial to Honor Victims of Lynching,” will speak. Seating is free at the unticketed event on a first-come, first-served basis.

Friday, April 26

YING QUARTET CONCERT, 8 p.m.,Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 1 Edwin Place, North Asheville. The Ying Quartet will perform, along with cellist Zuill Bailey. For tickets, visit

Saturday, April 27

TRAVIS TRITT AND THE MARSHALL TUCKER BAND CONCERT, 7:30 p.m., Event Center, Harrah’s Cherokee Resort. Travis Tritt and the Marshall Tucker Band will perform in concert. For tickets, which start at $210, visit

Saturday, May 3

TOME IMPALA CONCERT, 8 p.m., U.S. Cellular Center, downtown Asheville Tome Impala, whose real name is Kevin Parker, will perform in concert. His is billed as “the almost-legendary messianic figure and creative soul who has developed the particular sonice universe of psychedelic pop cultivated with guitar pedals, delays, revers and liquid explosions of color. There’s no one like him in the current music scene.”

AARON LEWIS CONCERT, 9 p.m., Event Center, Harrah’s Cherokee Resort. Aaron Lewis will perform in concert at the resort as part of his “The State I’m in Tour.” For tickets, which start at $36, visit

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