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Sunday, Nov. 1 

“CATFISH MOON” COMEDY PRODUCTION, 2 p.m., Flat Rock Playhouse Downtown, 125 S. Main St., downtown Hendersonville. The production is about skipping school, skinny-dipping, kissing one’s first girl and, of course, fishing off the pier — all rites of passage for childhood best friends Curley, Gordon and Frog. But “life” happens and time has driven a wedge between these now middle-age men who have come together for one last overnight fishing trip to patch old wounds brought about by anger, jealousy and betrayal. “Despite these circumstances, ‘Catfish Moon’ is a bodacious, Southern-fried bro-mance of a comedy that is sure to delight,” the FRP noted. The comedy — penned by Rock Hill, S.C., native Laddy Sartin — will run through Nov. 15, with performances at 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. matinees on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. For tickets, call the Playhouse box office at 693-0731.

READERS THEATER, 2:30-5 p.m., Manheimer Room, Reuter Center, UNC Asheville. The Autumn Players Readers Theater, a troupe of seasoned actors dedicated to taking the theater experience into the community, will perform. “Readings of great literature by experienced performers can spark deep understanding and kindle lasting interest.,” UNCA noted “As words jump from the page with conviction and emotion, stories come to life.” Featured will be “The Winslow Boy” by Terence Rattigan, directed by Anita Chapman. Based on a real case and set just before World War I, this moving legal drama challenges the abuse of power by the strong over the weak. The reading is open to the public. Tickets are $6 at the door.

Tuesday, Nov. 3

CITY TRANSIT COMMITTEE MEETING, 3:30-5 p.m., first floor conference room, City Hall, downtown Asheville. The city Transit Committee will meet.

WORLD AFFAIRS LECTURE, 7:30 p.m., Manheimer Room, Reuter Center, UNC Asheville. “Israeli-Palestinian Borders – Issues and Dilemmas” will be addressed by Harvey Starr, author and emeritus professor of international affairs at the University of South Carolina. He continues to serve at USC as an institute associate of The Walker Institute of International and Area Studies, consulting faculty in the Jewish Studies Program, and a Rule of Law Collaborative faculty member.

Wednesday, Nov. 4

CITY TRANSIT COMMITTEE MEETING, 3:30-5 p.m., 1st floor Conference Room, City Hall, downtown Asheville. The Asheville Transit Committee will meet.

GREEN DRINKS/SIERRA CLUB MEETING, 7 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville, 1 Edwin Place, Asheville. A Green Drinks-Sierra Club meeting will feature a program on “The Impact of Climate Change on Food Production.” It will address “How can a changing climate affect the way we farm and what we eat?” and “How do we build resilient and sustainable food systems?” The talk will feature Laura Lengnick, a sustainable agriculture professor of Warren Wilson College. She is the author of the forthcoming book “Resilient Agriculture: Cultivating Food Systems for a Changing Climate” and lead author of the recent USDA report “Climate Change and U.S. Agriculture: Effects and Adaptation.”

Thursday, Nov. 5

LECTURE, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Laurel Forum, UNC Asheville. “ISIS: Terror in the Name of Religion,” presented by Dr. Samer Traboulsi, of the History Department; and Tristan Mead, undergraduate student, International Studies. Free and open to the public.

EARLY NATIVE AMERICAN HISTORY PROGRAM, 11:50 a.m.-1:05 p.m., Intercultural Center, UNC Asheville. In honor of Native American History Month, learn the history behind the forced removal of the Cherokee Indians in the 19th century from their land in North Carolina. The program will discuss the larger implications and the impact it had on the Cherokee community and history in Western North Carolina. The discussion will be facilitated by Dr. Ellen Pearson, associate professor of history. 

DISCUSSION ON HUMAN POSSIBILITIES, 7 p.m., Firestorm Cafe & Books, 610 Haywood St., West Asheville. Conversations will be led by “conscious and creative individuals” about the wild diversity of human culture, and ways of living into being a regenerative and compassionate society, Firestorm noted.

LECTURE, 7 p.m., Kimmel Arena, UNC Asheville. Henry Louis Gates Jr., a Harvard scholar, cultural critic and documentary producer, will address “Genealogy, Genetics and African-American History.” Gates is billed as one of America’s most prominent intellectuals and an Emmy Award-winning filmmaker. Admission is free.

Friday, Nov. 6

THE ADDAMS FAMILY MUSICAL COMEDY, 7:30 p.m., Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, Franklin. The Addams Family Musical will feature a new original story based on the beloved comic strip. For tickets, which are $12 and $17, visit, or call 524-1598.

ALISON BROWN QUARTET CONCERT, 8 p.m. Diana Wortham Theatre, downtown Asheville. The Allison Brown Quartet will perform in concert.

RON WHITE COMEDY SHOW, 9 p.m., Event Center, Harrah’s Cherokee Casino, Cherokee. Ron White will perform his “Nutcracker” comedy show. “With a glass of Scotch in one hand and a cigar in the other, Ron White has put audiences in stitches on numerous stand-up tour dates, albums and comedy,” the casino noted.

Saturday, Nov. 7

CONCERT, 3 p.m., auditorium, Hendersonville High School, Hendersonville. The Hendersonville Swing Band will perform in concert. Suggested donation is $10.

FORCED DISAPPEARANCES IN MEXICO PROGRAM, 5 p.m.,  Firestorm Cafe & Books, Asheville. Nadín Reyes Maldonado, a Mexican human rights defender, will link the issues of militarization, drug policy and free trade agreements  — in which the U.S. plays a major role — to the 27,000 forced disappearances over the last decade. Title of the presentation is “Until We Find Them!” 

Tuesday, Nov. 10

PHILOSOPHY DISCUSSION, 6 p.m., North Asheville Library Meeting Room, 1030 Merrimon Ave., Asheville. Attendees are invited to meet others interested in Ayn Rand’s philosophy of Objectivism in a relaxed, friendly environment. Admission is free.

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. 

Friday, Nov. 13

DEBATE, 5:30-7 p.m., auditorium, Asheville High School, 419 McDowell St., Asheville. A debate featuring four individuals will be held over the resolution: “Asheville has disenfranchised its African-American population.” Arguing for the validity of the resolution will be Dr. Dwight Mullen, a UNC Asheville political science professor; and Dr. Darin Waters, a UNCA history professor. Arguing that the resolution is invalid will be Dr. Carl Mumpower, a practicting psychologist in Asheville, and Dr. Wendell Runion, owner of WKJV-AM (1380), an Asheville-based Christian radio station. The moderator will be John Boyle, aka “The Answer Man” for the Asheville Citizen-Times. Admission is free and open to the public.

BLUEGRASS SHOW, 7 p.m., The Foundation Performing Arts Center, Isothermal Community College,  286 ICC Loop Rd., Spindale. Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver will be the featured band in the Goin’ Across the Mountain Live! bluegrass show. For tickets, which are $20, visit or call 286-9990.

TAKE BACK THE NARRATIVE EVENT, 7 p.m., Malaprop’s Bookstore-Café, downtown Asheville. “Take Back the Narrative” will showcase creative pieces written by survivors of sexual assault in order to create space for their stories and open up conversation around sexual violence in the community. The event is a collaboration between OurVOICE, Asheville’s advocacy and support group for survivors of rape and sexual assault in the city and county, and UNC Asheville’s Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies program.

Sunday, Nov. 15

PANEL PRESENTATION, 2-3:30 p.m., Friends Meeting House, 227 Edgewood Road, Asheville. “Good Without God — Humanism in Western North Carolina” will be presented by panelists from the Ethical Humanist Society of Asheville and WNC Humanists. An informal discussion will follow the presentation,A potluck will be held from 3:30 until 5 p.m.

“TIN PAN ALLEY” CONCERT, 3 p.m., Biltmore United Methodist Church, 376 Hendersonville Rd., Asheville. UNC Asheville’s Reuter Center Singers will perform “A Stroll Down Tin Pan Alley. The audience will be treated to medleys featuring the music of Cole Porter, George M. Cohan, Irving Berlin, George and Ira Gershwin and many others. The RCS will be directed by Chuck Taft, with piano accompaniment by Nora Vetro.

BLACK LIVES MATTER COMMUNITY EVENT, 10 a.m., Hill Street Baptist Church, Asheville.  Meet us at Hill Street Baptist Church on Nov 15, at 10 AM for #BlackLivesMatterSunday with Professor Dr. Karsonya (Kaye) Wise Whitehead of Loyola University, Maryland. Prof Wise Whitehead is an historian who works in the  black documentary tradition.

Monday, Nov. 16

PUBLIC INPUT TO NANTAHALA AND PISGAH PLAN REVISION, 6-8 p.m., Mountain View Room, Kimmel Arena, UNC Asheville. As a requirement to forest plan revision process, the USDA Forest Service will do evaluations of lands that may be suitable for inclusion in the National Wilderness Preservation System, and identifying rivers for inclusion in the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System. These evaluation materials will be available in late October on the Forest Service USDA’s website. Then a public meeting will be held for input from the general public on these evaluations. The meetings are open to the public.

Tuesday, Nov. 17

MOMIX BOTANICA SHOW, 8 p.m. Diana Wortham Theatre, downtown Asheville. Billed as a wildly entertaining multimedia experience, Momix Bontanica intends to transport audiences into a fantasy world of exceptional inventiveness and beauty through its trademark use of athletic dance, riveting music, outrageous costumes, novel props and talent.

Friday, Nov. 20

AUTHOR-SPEAKER, 7:30 p.m., Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, Franklin. Lysa TerKeurst, a New York Times bestselling author and speaker, will share share her story and deliver a message that “had led thousands to make their walk with God an invigorating journey,” the SMCPA noted. For tickets, which are $15, $20 and $25, visit, or call 524-1598.

Sunday, Nov. 22

BENEFIT FOR “KIDS 4 PEACE” IN ASHEVILLE, 7 p.m., Altamont Theatre, 18 Church St., Asheville. Award winning whimsical re-percussionist Billy Jonas and the Billy Jonas Band will hold a release celebration for their new recording “Habayta (Homeward) New Jewish Songs of Joy and Spirit.” Jonas has appeared at numerous synagogues, Jewish summer camps, community centers and Jewish Day Schools throughout the US. About Kids4Peace: Founded in Jerusalem in 2002, Kids4Peace is an interfaith community of more than 1,800 Israeli, Palestinian and North American youth, families and educators working together for a better future. Through a network of local chapters and international camps, they provide a six-year, year-round educational program for Jewish, Christian and Muslim youth. Activities focus on interfaith dialogue, community-building, leadership development and nonviolent action. For tickets, which are $36 (and include reception and food), call (617) 501-1983.

Tuesday, Dec. 1

WORLD AFFAIRS COUNCIL LECTURE, 7:30 p.m., UNC Asheville. “DEAS (ISIS) and PKK – The Regional Struggle for Hegemony: Iran, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Qatar” will be addressed by Ali Demirdas, a member of the international studies faculty at the College of Charleston and a Ph.D. candidate at University of South Carolina. Admission to World Affairs Council presentations at UNCA is $10 for the public — and free to members of the WAC and UNCA students.

Friday, Dec. 4

CHRISTMAS PAGEANT, 7:30 p.m., Asheville Community Theatre, 35 E. Walnut St., Asheville. “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Dec. 4-19; and at 2:30 p.m. Sundays, Dec. 6-20. For tickets, which are $22, visit, or call 254-1320.

Saturday, Dec. 5

DAILEY & VINCENT CHRISTMAS CONCERT, 7:30 p.m., Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, Franklin. James Dailey and Darrin Vincent will celebrate the sounds of the Christmas season, bluegrass-style. For tickets, which are $18 and $23, visit, or call 524-1598.

Thursday, Dec. 10

“HOME FOR CHRISTMAS” CABARET, 7:30 p.m., HART Theatre, 250 Pigeon St., Waynesville. The musical “Home for Christmas: A Holiday Cabaret” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10-12 and at 3 p.m. Dec. 13, for its final performance. For tickets — $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and $7 for students — visit

Friday, Dec. 11

“IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE” RADIO PLAY, 7:30 p.m., Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, Franklin.”It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” by Joe Landry will be presented by The Overlook Theatre Co. at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11 and 18. “This beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast,” SMCPA noted. With the help of an ensemble that brings a few dozen character to the stage, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve. For tickets, which are $12, visit, or call 524-1598. 

CHRISTMAS SHOW, 7:30 p.m., John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee. “Three Redneck Tenors Christmas Spec-tac-yule” will be presented. “Wearing mullets on their heads and stomping their feet, these unique vocalists whoop and holler through holiday music, providing head-to-toe fun for the whole family,” WCU noted.  For tickets, which are $21 for adults, $16 for WCU faculty and staff, and $7 for students and children, visit, or call 227-2479.

PENN & TELLER COMEDY SHOW, 9 p.m., Event Center, Harrah’s Cherokee Casino, Cherokee. Penn & Teller will perform their show of magic and entertainment. Their show is billed as “an edgy mix of magic and comedy that blends guns, knives, gorillas and fire.”

Saturday, Jan. 9

GREGG ALLMAN CONCERT, 7:30 p.m., Event Center, Harrah’s Cherokee Casino, Cherokee. Rocker Gregg Allman will perform in concert.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 November 2015 13:50


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