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Wednesday, March 1

STEM LECTURE, 4:30-6 p.m., Room 102-A, Reuter Center, UNC Asheville. “Accelerating Climate Innovation” will be addressed by James McMahon of The Collider. The STEM lecture series is an interdisciplinary program that covers a wide range of science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines. Each lecture provides the lecturer with the opportunity to share his/her work, present new ideas for feedback, learn new ideas that participants can use, and introduce students to exciting areas to explore. Admission is free and open to the public.

SIERRA CLUB MEETING, 7 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville, 1 Edwin Place, North Asheville. The local Sierra Club chapter will present Scott Varn, founder of Preserving a Picturesque America. He will present a program on how his group has been seeking the locations of the adventure artists of the 1800s and then finding ways to preserve those natural and historic places. Varn will show how his organization is using history, art and adventure to help preserve the country’s beautiful natural treasures. He also will suggest ways that the public can join in the adventure. Varn, who holds a degree in fine arts and media arts from the University of North Carolina, will show how his group is seeking out the locations of the adventure artists of the 1800s and then finding ways to preserve these natural and historic places. The event is free and open to the public.




Thursday, March 2

DISCUSSION ON PUBLIC CONVERSATIONS, 6-8 p.m, St. Philips Episcopal Church, 256 E. Main St., Brevard. A discussion on public conversations will focus on “Religious Bigotry: How to Respond,” sponsored by the Transylvania NAACP and local congregations.




Friday, March 3

FRACKING DEBATE, 6-7:30 p.m., auditorium, Asheville High School, Asheville. The AHS Debate Team will host a debate on fracking in North Carolina. Confirmed debaters as of presstime include John Ager, Jim Davis and Julie Mayfield.

NITTY GRITTY DIRT BAND CONCERT, 7:30 p.m., Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, 1028 Georgia Rd., Franklin. The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band will perform in concert. Celebrating their Golden (50th) Anniversary together, the iconic and influential band often is cited as a catalyst for an entire movement in country rock and American roots music. With multi-platinum and gold records, strings of top 10 hits, such as “Fishin’ In The Dark” and “Mr. Bojangles,” multiple Grammy, IBMA, CMA Awards and nominations, the band’s accolades continue to accumulate. Its groundbreaking “Will The Circle Be Unbroken” album has been inducted into the U.S. Library of Congress as well as the Grammy Hall of Fame. For tickets, which are $24, $28 and $32, visit www.greatmountainmusic.com.




Saturday, March 4

BEATLES TRIBUTE CONCERT, 7:30 p.m., Niswonger Performing Arts Center, Greeneville, Tenn. “‘1964’... The Tribute” show will perform in a concert saluting the Beatles. For tickets, visit www.NPACgreeneville.com.




Tuesday, March 7

RUSSIAN NATIONAL BALLET SHOW, 7 p.m., Niswonger Performing Arts Center, Greeneville, Tenn. The Russian National Ballet will perform “Swan Lake.” For tickets, visit www.NPACgreeneville.com.

WORLD AFFAIRS COUNCIL LECTURE, 7:30 p.m., Manheimer Room, the Reuter Center, UNC Asheville. Jenn Schiff will address “Petroleum and Foreign Policy” during a meeting of the World Affairs Council of Western North Carolina.Admission is free to WAC members and students — and $10 for all others at the door.




Thursday, March 9

ACT FOR AMERICA SPEAKER/LUNCHEON, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.,The Olive Garden, 121 Tunnel Rd., Asheville. Angela Kimbril of ACT for America will address the Buncombe County Republican Women’s Club. ACT for America bills itself as a group that “educates citizens and elected officials to impact public policy and protect America from terrorism and criminal activity in the United States, while preserving civil liberties protected by the United States Constitution.” Lunch entrees start at $5,99. The BCRWC noted that “all are welcome” to attend the luncheon.

DISCUSSION ON PUBLIC CONVERSATIONS, 6-8 p.m, Lutheran Church of The Good Shepherd, 22 Fisher Road, Brevard. A discussion on public conersations will focus on “The Earth is our Mother – To Hurt or to Heal?,”  sponsored by the Transylvania NAACP and local congregations.



Friday, March 10

THE DRIFTERS CONCERT, 7:30 p.m., The Foundation Performation Arts Center, Isothermal Community College, Spindale. A show titled “The Drifters Rock and Roll Hall of Famers,” will feature four performers emulating the moves and singing the songs of theThe Drifters, a long-popular rhythm and blues vocal group. For tickets, which are $25 and $30, visit www.FoundationShows.org. 

 




Saturday, March 11

ORGANIC GROWERS SCHOOL, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., various locations around campus at UNCA (see signs, posted around campus or check schedule on Internet). The Organic Growers School Spring Conference — running March 11-12 — will offer what is billed as practical, regionally appropriate workshops on organic growing, permaculture, homesteading, urban farming, and rural living plus a trade show, seed exchange, silent auction, children’s program and pre-conference, on-farm events. More than 70 sessions per day will feature themed tracks including gardening, soils, livestock, primitive skills, permaculture, herbs, alternative energy, sustainable forestry, homesteading, cooking, poultry, Farmers I and Farmers II, mushrooms and food resilience. Registration is required. To register, visit http://organicgrowersschool.org/spring-conference-registration/.

CONCERT, 3 and 8 p.m., Diana Wortham Theatre, Pack Place, downtown Asheville. Igudesman & Joo will perform in a concert titled “And Now Mozart.” The duo comprising classical musicians Aleksey Igudesman and Richard Hyung-ki Joo perform in shows that combine comedy with classical music and popular culture.

TOMMY EMMANUEL CONCERT, 7:30 p.m., Niswonger Performing Arts Center, Greeneville, Tenn. Tommy Emmanuel, an Australian guitarist, songwriter and occasional singer —  best-known for his complex fingerstyle technique, energetic performances and the use of percussive effects on the guitar — will perform in concert. For tickets, visit www.NPACgreeneville.com.




Tuesday, March 14

WORLD AFFAIRS COUNCIL LECTURE, 7:30 p.m., Manheimer Room, the Reuter Center, UNC Asheville. Julie Snyder will address “Trade and Politics” during a meeting of the World Affairs Council of Western North Carolina. Admission is free to WAC members and students — and $10 for all others at the door.




Wednesday, March 15

CONCERT, 8 p.m., Diana Wortham Theatre, Pack Place, downtown Asheville. “The Other Mozart” will be performed by Silvia Milo on March 15 and 16. Milo, an award-winning actress, playwright and producer, is based in New York City,. Her solo play, “The Other Mozart,” had a critically acclaimed Off-Broadway run and in London at St. James Theatre. The play is touring in the United States, Canada and in Europe, and continues running in NYC at the Players Theatre, with a rotating cast.




Thursday, March 16

DISCUSSION ON PUBLIC CONVERSATIONS, 6-8 p.m, Bethel A Baptist Church, 290 Oakdale St., Brevard. A discussion on public conersations will focus on “Economic Fairness — What Would Justice Look Like?,” sponsored by the Transylvania NAACP and local congregations.




Friday, March 17

DEATH CAFE SERIES, 5-6:30 p.m., Reuter Center, UNC Asheville. Death Café, a series of gatherings for discussion, storytelling and exploration of ideas and feelings, about death, will feature faciltators Karen Sanders, Greg Lathrop and Sa’id Osio of the group Third Messenger. Admission is free and open to the public.

 

 


Friday, March 17

“CHARLOTTE’S WEB” PRODUCTION, 7 p.m., Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, 1028 Georgia Rd., Franklin. “Charlotte’s Web,” E.B. White’s beloved children’s tale, is brought to life on stage in this faithful adaptation, which finds the young farm pig, Wilbur, attempting to avoid a dire fate. Of all the barnyard creatures, Wilbur’s most treasured friend is Charlotte, a thoughtful spider who devises an intriguing plan to keep the gentle little swine out of the slaughterhouse. Although Charlotte’s efforts, which involve words written in her delicate web, seem far-fetched, they may just work. It is billed as “a wonderful story of friendship, sacrifice and growing up for the entire family.” The one-act production, lasting about an hour, will be presented by the Overlook Theatre Co. For tickets, which are $12, visit www.greatmountainmusic.com.

“AN IRISH HEART” CONCERT, 7:30 p.m., Niswonger Performing Arts Center, Greeneville, Tenn. “An Irish Heart” concert will feature Chloe Agnew and the Atlanta Pops Orchestra. For tickets, visit www.NPACgreeneville.com.




Thursday, March 23

ANN WILSON CONCERT, 7:30 p.m., The Peace Center, Greenville, S.C. Ann Wilson of the group Heart will perform in concert. The Greenville stop will be early in her 20-date solo cross-country tour that begins March 8 in Seattle. “ The music will be a mix of songs that have powered my life; iconic soul-stirring covers, songs from my years of solo work and the unforgettable songs of Heart,” Wilson said in a recent interview. For tickets, which are $45-$65, visit www.peacecenter.org or call (800) 888-7768.




Friday, March 24

THE TEXAS TENORS CONCERT, 7:30 p.m., Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, 1028 Georgia Rd., Franklin. The Texas Tenors will perform in concert. With their Emmy Award-winning PBS special and Billboard chart topping albums, they are billed as America’s favorite new tenors. Since their whirlwind debut six years ago on NBC-TV’s “America’s Got Talent,” the Texas Tenors have accumulated a long list of awards, accolades and excited fans. They have performed more than 1,000 concerts around the world, including collaborations with some of the most prestigious symphonies, performing arts centers and arenas in the United States. People are clearly enjoying their talent as they were recently named the No. 10 Classical Artist in the world, according to Billboard magazine. “With their breathtaking vocals, humor and a touch of cowboy charm, it is easy to see why the Texas Tenors create one of the most unforgettable live shows in the world today,” the SMCPA noted. For tickets, which are $24, $28 and $32 visit www.greatmountainmusic.com.




Saturday, March 25

ARTISTS’ REHAPPENING, 3-10 p.m., Camp Rockmont, 375 Lake Eden Rd., Black Mountain. Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center will hold its seventh annual (Re)HAPPENING, inspired by John Cage’s 1952 “Theatre Piece No. 1,” an unscripted performance at Black Mountain College considered by many to be the first “happening.” The event will offer two international projects, alongside a roster of 18 local installations, new media, music and performance projects, with environmental lighting by students of the Odyssey Community School. Food trucks will be available on site. A parking pass will cost $5, while a roundtrip shuttle pass from downtown Asheville will cost $5. For event tickets, which are $20 for advance adults and $25 for regular admission adults, visit This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

RODNEY CARRINGTON CONCERT, 7:30 p.m., Event Center, Harrah’s Cherokee Casino, Cherokee. Rodney Carrington will perform in concert. For tickets, visit www.ticketmaster.

GEORGE WINSTON CONCERT, 8 p.m., Tryon Fine Arts Center, 34 Melrose Ave., Tryon. Pianist and composer George Winston, known worldwide for his genre-defying instrumental music, will perform in concert. For tickets, visit tryonarts.org or call 859-8322.

SIX GUITARS CONCERT, 7:30 p.m., The Foundation Performing Arts Center, Isothermal Community College, Spindale. In the show “Six Guitars,” a single performer portrays six different guitar-playing characters, each sharing his own style of music, including blues, jazz, rock, classical, folk and country. The show is “part standup comedy, part musical improvisation, and plenty of heart,” The Foundation noted. For tickets, which are $15 and $18, visit www.FoundationShows.org or call 286-9990.

“BLACK VIOLIN” CONCERT, 8 p.m., Diana Wortham Theatre, 2 Pack Place, downtown Asheville. A concert titled “Black Violin” will feature violinists Kev Marcus and Will B, along with TK, their expert accompanying DJ. They will take a revolutionary look at music by melding highbrow and pop culture — Bach and Beyoncé — in what is billed as “one high-energy, genre-busting act.” For tickets, which are $35, call the DWT box office at 257-4530.




Friday, March 31

MICKEY GILLEY CONCERT, 7:30 p.m., Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, 1028 Georgia Rd., Franklin. Mickey Gilley will perform in concert. “Gilley has accomplished what most artists only dream of — a long and fulfilling career marked by loyal fans and success,” the SMCPA noted. His stream of No. 1 hitsi nclude “Roomful of Roses,” “I Overlooked and Orchid,” ”City Lights,” “Talk to Me” and “You’ve Really Got a Hold On Me,” Gilley has achieved a remarkable 39 Top-10 country hits, with 17 of those reaching No. 1 on the country charts. He also has received awards for Entertainer of the Year, Top Male Vocalist, Song of the Year, Single of the Year and Album of the Year. When recently asked of his greatest achievement, Gilley said quite honestly, “I love getting on stage and performing a good show for good people.” For tickets, which are $24 and $28, visit www.greatmountainmusic.com.

“THE BLACKPACK” SHOW, 8 p.m., Diana Wortham Theatre, 2 Pack Place, downtown Asheville. The show “BlackPACK: All Laughs Matter” will be performed. The show is billed as a playful chipping away “at the walls of racial and social stereotypes...” The night of comedy will feature headliners Vince Morris, Billy D. Washington and BT. They will “take a good-natured, often brutally honest look at our national spectrum via their singular (albeit different) points of view. Regardless of our political proclivities and pre-conceived notions about race and class, humor is a great tool for deepening our understanding and respect for others, thus the show name: All Laughs Matter. Adding to the fun is a Q&A portion of the show, ‘Everything you ever wanted to ask a black man, but were afraid to ask,’” DWT noted.  “Simultaneously hilarious and thought-provoking, The Blackpack celebrates our differences, one joke at a time.” A discussion with the performers will be held in conjunction with the performance. For tickets, which are $32 for adults and $27 for students, call the DWT box office at 257-4530.

 

 



Saturday, April 1

MAIRTIN O’CONNOR CONCERT, 8 p.m., Diana Wortham Theatre, 2 Pack Place, downtown Asheville. Billed as figureheads of Irish music, the Mairtin O’Connor Trio will perform in concert. “The group combines the rich sounds of the accordion, fiddle and guitar in dazzling sets, making it one of the more versatile and dynamic ensembles on the Irish music scene,” DWT noted. For tickets, call the DWT box office at 257-4530.




Sunday, April 2

CLINT BLACK CONCERT, 7:30 p.m., Niswonger Performing Arts Center, Greeneville, Tenn. Clint Black, a country music traditionalist from Texas, will perform in concert. Black was one of the first artists to kick-start the mass-market popularity of country in the 1990s. Black is also one of the first artists of a generation that was equally inspired by rock-oriented pop — like 1970s’ singer/songwriters and 1960s’ rock ‘n’ roll — as well as country artists like Merle Haggard, Bob Wills, and George Jones. Black is a singer, songwriter, musician, multi-instrumentalist, record producer and actor. For tickets, visit www.NPACgreeneville.com.




Thursday, April 6

BEACH BOYS CONCERT, 7:30 p.m., Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, 1028 Georgia Rd., Franklin. The Beach Boys will perform in concert. “Fifty years ago, we started something very big,” said Brian Wilson, a co-founder of the Beach Boys. “So now we’re celebrating together in a very big way..” Co-founder Mike Love added, “It’s pretty miraculous that we can start out as a bunch of guys who didn’t know anything about fame or money, or anything like that. All we knew was we liked to sing and make harmonies together. So to have it become part of American musical culture is pretty amazing.” To that end, the SMCPA noted, “Now this singular West Coast story continues with a global celebration that is befitting of the remarkable and enduring legacy of these Rock & Roll Hall of Famers. To mark their 50th anniversary, the founding members of The Beach Boys are reuniting for a major international tour and a brand new studio album that represents a whole new harmonic convergence from a group that has brought so much joy and harmony to this whole world.” For tickets, which are $45, $50 and $55, visit www.greatmountainmusic.com.




Friday, April 21

DMHO CONCERT, 7:30 p.m., Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, 1028 Georgia Rd., Franklin. Denver & The Mile High Orchestra will perform in concert. “Blending a red-hot horn section, along with jazz and big-band roots, Denver and the Mile High Orchestra have created a power funk sound that defies description and is unlike any other,” the SMCPA noted. “With Denver Bierman, writing and arranging the band’s music, the diverse sounds of legends such as Stevie Wonder, Chicago, and Earth Wind and Fire combine for a fresh look at contemporary pop. Denver and the Mile High Orchestra wowed all of America, as they made the finale of the FOX-TV ‘American Idol’ spin off ‘The Next Great American Band.’” The unit garnered praise and a devoted fan base from Greece to Hollywood, having played the Summer Olympics in Athens, and the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. e “DMHO live” an experience like no other. For tickets, which are $20 and $24, visit www.greatmountainmusic.com.




Tuesday, April 25

ANALYSES OF EARLY TRUMP ADMINISTRATION, 7:30 p.m., Broyhill Chapel, Mars Hill University, Mars Hill. Following U.S. President Donald J. Trump’s first 100 days, MHU will hold an event to reflect on his actions and project how the rest of the president’s term may take shape. The event, “President Trump’s First 100 Days: Perspectives From the Left and the Right,” will feature a panel discussion. The panelists will include Rick Glazier of the North Carolina Justice Panel and John Hood of the John William Pope Foundation. The moderator will be Heather Hawn, a professor in MHU’s poltitical science department. Glazier has served as the exucutvie director of the N.C. Justice Center since 2015, following 13 years representing Cumberland County in the state General Assembly. He has been teaching at Campbell University School of Law for 20 years. Hood is president of the John William Pope Foundation, a Raleigh-based grant-maker that supports public policy organizations, educational institutions, arts and cultural programs and humanitarian relief in North Carolina and elsewhere. Admission is free and open to the public.




Friday, April 28

SARA EVANS CONCERT, 7:30 p.m., Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, 1028 Georgia Rd., Franklin. Sara Evans will perform in concert. Evans has amassed an impressive collection of awards, including female vocalist from the Academy of Country Music and video of the year from the Country Music Association for her ground breaking clip “Born to Fly.” At the root of all those accolades is a talent fueled by a Midwestern work ethic instilled by her parents. She grew up singing in her family’s band and then moved to Nashville, looking for a record deal. Legendary songwriter Harlan Howard heard her on a demo and helped open a door for her at RCA Records where she’s been ever since. For tickets, which are $30, $34 and $38, visit www.greatmountainmusic.com.




Saturday, April 29

ALICE COOPER CONCERT, 7:30 p.m., Event Center, Harrah’s Cherokee Casino, Cherokee. Alice Cooper will perform in concert. Cooper, a singer, songwriter and actor, has performed for more than five decades. “With his distinctive raspy voice and a stage show that features guillotines, electric chairs, fake blood, deadly snakes, baby dolls, and dueling swords, Cooper is considered by music journalists and peers alike to be ‘The Godfather of Shock Rock,’” according to Wikipedia. “He has drawn equally from horror films, vaudeville, and garage rock to pioneer a macabre and theatrical brand of rock designed to shock people.” For tickets, visit www.ticketmaster.com.




Wednesday, May 9

STEVE WINWOOD CONCERT, 7:30 p.m., The Peace Center, Greenville, S.C. Steve Winwood, a rock music icon, will perform in concert. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014 and is listed among Rolling Stone’s “100 Greatest Singers of All Time.” Among his many career highlights was teaming — 1967 — with guitarist  Eric Clapton and drummer Ginger Baker to form Blind Faith, which a number of critics dubbed rock’s first “super group.”  For tickets, which are $45-$75, visit www.peacecenter.org or call (800) 888-7768.




Saturday, May 12

LEE BRICE CONCERT, 9 p.m., Event Center, Harrah’s Cherokee Casino, Cherokee. Country music singer-songwriter Lee Brice will perform in concert. For tickets, visit www.ticketmaster.com.




Saturday, June 10

BILLY CURRINGTON CONCERT, 7:30 p.m., Event Center, Harrah’s Cherokee Casino, Cherokee. Country music singer-songwriter Billy Currington will perform in concert. For tickets, visit www.ticketmaster.com.

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