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Sunday, May 1

BEACH BOYS TRIBUTE SHOW, 2 p.m., Flat Rock Playhouse’s Hendersonville stage, Main Street, downtown Hendersonville. A tribute show, “The Music of the Beach Boys,” which began April 21, will conclude on May 1. For tickets, visit flatrockplayhouse.org.

SHOW, 2 p.m., Mainstage, Flat Rock Playhouse, 2661 Greenville Highway, Flat Rock. The show “Million Dollar Quartet” will be performed through May 21, with varying showtimes. Inspired by a true story, “Million Dollar Quartet” dramatizes the impromptu jam session featuring Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash. The show include the hit songs “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “Hound Dog,” “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” and many more. Showtimes vary after the opening day. For tickets, which are $15 to $40, visit www.flatrockplayhouse.org, or call 693-0731.

STAND AGAINST RACISM EVENT, 2:30-4:30 p.m., White Horse music hall, 105 Montreat Road, Black Mountain. Singer-songwriter Kat Williams will sing and participate in a dialogue on race, along with two other people of different ethnicities. The emcee will be Drew Reisinger, Buncombe County Register of Deeds and creator of the renowned slave records project. For tickets, which are $10 for the general public, or $8 for students under 21, email Roberta Madden at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or call her at 419-0730 or (225) 315-0303. 



Tuesday, May 3

CONVERSATION WITH A JOURNALIST, 7 p.m., YMI Cultural Center, Market Street, downtown Asheville. Pulitzer Prize-winning author and long-time Washington Post writer David E. Hoffman will sit down for a conversation with Warren Wilson College President Steve Solnick. “We’re going to be covering a lot of ground in what I hope is a lively discussion, Solnick said. Admission is free and open to the public.

WORLD AFFAIRS COUNCIL TALK, 7:30 p.m., Reuter Center, UNC Asheville. Jim Lenburg will present “President Xi’s Dream and Chinese Reality” in the concluding talk of the World Affairs Council spring series at UNCA. Admission is $10 for the public and free for WAC members and UNCA students.


Friday, May 6

PLANT SALE FUNDRAISER, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., lawn, Sycamore Building, Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, Asheville. The 10th annual A-B Tech Plant Sale will be held. All plants were raised from seed in the Sycamore greenhouse at the college. Proceeds will benefit the Sarah R. Gnilka Memorial Scholarship.


Saturday, May 7

UNCA COMMENCEMENT, 9 a.m., the quad, UNC Asheville. The speaker at UNCA’s commecement ceremony, which recognizes the 2016 graduating class, will be Virgil L. Smith, former publisher of the Asheville Citizen-Times and a trustee emeritus of UNCA. The university will confer honorary degrees on Smith as well as local entrepreneur John Cram and pioneering businesswoman Julia Ray.

AUTHOR’S TALK, 6 p.m., The Millroom, 66 Asheland Avenue, downtown Asheville. Red wolf author and expert DeLene Beeland will be the keynote speaker at the 8th annual Wild South Green Gala. The Asheville-based author of “The Secret World of Red Wolves: The Fight to Save North America’s Other Wolf,” will address the history and status of the endangered red wolf, of which there are fewer than 50 left in the wild. 


Saturday, May 7

CHRIS YOUNG CONCERT, 7:30 p.m., Event Center, Harrah’s Cherokee Casino, Cherokee. Country artist Chris Young will perform in concert. For tickets, visit www.ticketmaster.com or call (800) 745-3000.

RESTLESS HEART CONCERT, 7:30 p.m., Niswonger Performing Arts Center, Greeneville, Tenn. The group Restless Heart will perform in concert. For tickets, visit This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or call (423) 638-1679.

ILLUSIONS SHOW, 7:30 p.m., Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, Franklin. Nelson Illusions’ “Smoke & Mystery” tour will present what is billed as the largest touring illusion show in the United States. For tickets, which are $18, visit GreatMountainMusic.com, or call 524-1498.


Monday, May 9

RESTORE DEMOCRACY MEETING, 7 p.m., North Asheville Library, Merrimon Avenue, Asheville. United to Restore Democracy will hold a planning meeting focusing on processing and discussing the guest speakers and other opportunities available for the group in the continued time of transition.



Tuesday, May 10

VETERANS FOR PEACE MEETING, 6:30 p.m., Firestorm Cafe & Books, 610 Haywood Road, Asheville. Western North Carolina Veterans for Peace meets on the second Tuesday to coordinate group activities and programs.Veterans For Peace is a global organization of Military Veterans and allies whose collective efforts are to build a culture of peace by using its members’ experiences and lifting their voices. 



Thursday, May 12

WALK A MILE ASHEVILLE, 9 a.m., Pack Square Park/Roger McGuire Green, downtown Asheville. Walk a Mile Asheville will celebrate the seventh annual people’s march against rape, sexual assault and gender violence. Rape is commonly seen as a women’s issue even though it affects countless men. Walk a Mile Asheville is a chance for local men and women to take a stand on the issue by participating in a one mile walk through downtown Asheville. Many of the men will wear high heel shoes – which gives them a chance to take a closer look at gender stereotypes that contribute to a culture where sexual violence is common. We are encouraging both men and women to walk in the shoes of another. As in years past you will see men in heels of all heights. However, while wearing heels is encouraged, it is certainly not necessary to attend. 

EAGLES TRIBUTE SHOW, 7:30 p.m., Flat Rock Playhouse’s Hendersonville stage, Main Street, downtown Hendersonville. A tribute show, “The Music of the the Eagles,” opens and runs at various showtimes through May 22. For tickets, visit flatrockplayhouse.org.



Saturday, May 14

WARREN WILSON COLLEGE COMMENCEMENT, 10 a.m., lawn, Sunderland Residence Hall, Warren Wilson College, Swannanoa. Ray Offenheiser, president of Oxfam America, the U.S. affiliate of Oxfam International, will be the 2016 commencement speaker for WWC. Oxfam International works to end global poverty. Offenheiser’s speech — “Practical Radicals Wanted to Change the World: Are You Ready?” — will serves as the charge to nearly 160 graduating seniors.

CITIZENS CLIMATE LOBBY, 12:30-3 p.m., Kairos West Community Center, 742 Haywood Road, Asheville. Citizens Climate Lobby is advocating for a carbon fee and dividend, which would impose a fee on fossil fuels at point entry. Under the plan, the fee would be refunded to individuals and families. There is bipartisan support in Congress as this will create jobs and help grow the economy, boosting renewables. 

A-B TECH COMMENCEMENT, 2 p.m., U.S. Cellular Center, downtown Asheville. Don C. Locke, a member of the board of trustees at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, will deliver the keynote address for A-B Tech 2016 commencement. Locke, who serces as vice chair of the A-B Tech board, retired in July 2007 from UNC Asheville as director of diversity and multiculturalism. While at North Carolina State University, he was named a Distinguished Professor Emeritus. He previously served as director of the Asheville Graduate Center and director of the N.C. State University doctoral program in Adult and Community College Education at the Asheville Graduate Center.

FIX THE WORLD PRESENTATION, 2 p.m., Asheville Friends Meeting, 227 Edgewood Road, Asheville. A program will be presented on “How Do We Fix Our Broken World?” Regarding the program, a press release noted, “We need hope, we need change, we need justice — and we have help. In this divided world Maitreya, the world teacher, is stepping forward. His mission has begun. Mastery and his group of enlightened teachers are here to help us reverse the damage we have done to our planet and inspired us to create a new civilization based on sharing the world’s resources and justice — the way to lasting peace.” Admission to the presentation, sponsored by Share International Southeast, is free. 

COOKING SHOW, 6:30 p.m., Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, Franklin. The Taste of Home Cooking School will feature a two-hour demonstration of what are billed as “exciting recipes, cooking tips and innovative produce.” For tickets, which are $17, visit GreatMountainMusic.com, or call 524-1498.

HALESTORM CONCERT, 7:30 p.m., Event Center, Harrah’s Cherokee Casino, Cherokee. Female-fronted band Halestorm will perform in concert. For tickets, visit www.ticketmaster.com or call (800) 745-3000. 



Sunday, May 15

SHOW, 3 p.m., Niswonger Performing Arts Center, Greeneville, Tenn. The Circue Zuma Zuma show will be performed. For tickets, visit This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or call (423) 638-1679.



Wednesday, May 18

GREEN DRINKS ASHEVILLE MEETING, 5:30 p.m., University Board Room, Center for Graduate Studies of Asheville, board room, Lenoir-Rhyne University, 36 Montford Ave., Asheville. Green Drinks Asheville will hold a sustainability and social justice meet-up. 




Thursday, May 19

CONCERT, 7-9 p.m., South Main Street, downtown Hendersonville. The eight-piece ensemble Major and the Monback from Norfolk, Va., will perform in the opener of the fourth annual Rhythm & Brews concert series, which runs through September. The band features a lively horn and powerful rhythm section that merges retro 1960s rock and roll with the high energy and horn-laden grit of Southern soul.



Saturday, May 21

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

CHONDRA PIERCE COMEDY SHOW, 7:30 p.m., Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, Franklin. Comedian Chondra Pierce will perform in a show billed as featuring “an abundance of unpretentious Southern charm and laser-sharp wit.” For tickets, which are $20 and $25, visit GreatMountainMusic.com, or call 524-1498.


 

Sunday, May 22

MILLS RIVER WORKDAY,1-5 p.m., Mills River Park, 124 Town Center Drive, Mills River. The Mills River Partnership, a nonprofit organization, is holding its third annual Mills River Day. The theme is “The River Connects Us,” and the free event will feature live music, food, a raffle and fun educational activities that illustrate the river’s importance for agriculture, education  and the community. 

 


Tuesday, May 24

AUTHOR TALK, 7 p.m., Malaprops Bookstore-Café, 55 Haywood St., downtown Asheville. Jeff Halper will discuss his new book, “War Against the People: Israel, the Palestinians and Global Pacification.”

 


Wednesday, May 25

 ASHEVILLE IN THE 1980S PROGRAM, 6-7 p.m., North Carolina Room, Pack Memorial Library, 67 Haywood St., downtown Asheville. The library’s series of monthly panels and explorations of the 1980s, when Asheville was beginning to reinvent itself, will feature “Businesses, Restaurants and Food Stores,” with Rob Pulleyn will serve as the moderator. Admission is free.

 


Thursday, May 26

 ROMANTIC COMEDY, 2 p.m., Mainstage, Flat Rock Playhouse, 2661 Greenville Highway, Flat Rock. The Norm Foster romantic comedy “The Affections of May” opens May 26 — and continues at various showtimes through June 4. For tickets, which are $15 to $40, visit www.flatrockplayhouse.org, or call 693-0731.

 

Friday, May 27

RASCAL FLATTS CONCERT, 7:30 p.m., Event Center, Harrah’s Cherokee Casino, Cherokee. Rascal Flatts will perform in concert. For tickets, visit www.ticketmaster.com or call (800) 745-3000.

CONCERT, 8 p.m., Diana Wortham Theatre, 2 S. Pack Place, downtown Asheville. Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill will perform in concert. For tickets, visit www.dwtheatre.com, or call 257-4530.

 


Saturday, May 28

JACKSON BROWNE CONCERT, 8 p.m., U.S. Cellular Center, 87 Haywood St., downtown Asheville. Jackson Browne will perform in concert. For tickets, which are $50 to $100, visit www.ticketmaster.com or call (800) 745-3000.

 


Friday, June 3

JOHNNY RIVER CONCERT, 7:30 p.m., Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, Franklin. American rocker Johnny Rivers will perform in concert. Among his many hits over the years were the award-winning “Secret Agent Man,” as well as his renditions of “Maybelline” and “Rainy Night in Georgia.” For tickets, which are $25, $30 and $35, visit GreatMountainMusic.com, or call 524-1498.

 


Friday, June 17

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.

 


Thursday, June 30

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 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, 09 May 2016 21:21
 



 


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