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Thursday, Feb. 1

“JEEVES TAKES A BOW” SHOW, 7:30 p.m., N.C. Stage Company, 15 Stage Lane, Ashville. The comedy “Jeeves Takes a Bow” will be performed through Feb. 18. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays. The play depicts the British upper crust meeting the New York mob when everyone’s hapless hero, Bertie Wooster, embarks on an American adverture armed only with his handsome fortune and his remarkable manservant, Jeeves. In less than a New York minute, Wooster finds himself knee-deep in troubles with vengeful gangsters, chorus girls and a new Broadway musical. For tickets, call 239-0263or visit

SIERRA CLUB MEETING, 7-9 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville, 1 Edwin Place, North Asheville. Bill “Skywalker” Walker will share his latest adventure, hiking the world’s greatest mountain range — the Himalayas in Nepal and the world. Walker, known as “Skywalker” because of his 7-foot height, has left his boot-prints on the length of both the Appalachian and Pacific Crest Trails, as well as countless other trails in Europe and Asia. The event is free and open to the public. 

Friday,  Feb. 2

Fab Friday Lecture 11:30 a.m. -1:15 p.m.,Room 102, Reuter Center Room, UNC Asheville. A panel will address “Asheville Race Relations, Black-White, Past and Present.” Panelist will include Al Whitesides, Marvin Chambers, Keynon Lake and Tracy Green-Washington. This panel presentation will focus on black and white race relations in Asheville from the days of desegregation in the public schools to what is happening today. The speakers will include activists who were a significant part of the effort to desegregate Asheville City Schools. The activists are still civic leaders today continuing their part in improving race relations in the 21st century. Asheville Student Committee on Racial Equality exists because of them. “There also will be younger panelists who have another perspective and know that the task is on-going and they are leading actions and movements to improve the lives of African-Americans in the Western North Carolina. The task is not done,” a press release noted. “Come listen and learn what these movers and shakers have to say.” Among the panelists, Whitesides, Buncombe Country Commissioner, and Marvin Chambers, were both instrumental in the desegregation of Asheville public schools in the 1960s and 1970s, and still making strides for change. And panelist Keynon Lake, founder of “My Daddy Taught Me That” works for the Buncombe County Health and Human Services Department, while Tracy Green-Washington is the founder of the CoThink Foundation and she formerly worked for the Z Smith Reynolds. 

GROUNDHOG DAY CELEBRATION, 5-8 p.m., Wedge Studio, River Arts District, Asheville. A Groundhog Day celebration will feature art, themed costumes, light refreshments and fun. Themed costumes are welcome and encouraged — and prizes will be given for the worst outfits, with judging based purley on favoritism. For tickets, which are $40 for general admission and $5 for youngsters under 25, visit or call 257-4530.

FIRST FRIDAY ART CRAWL, 6-8:30 p.m., downtown Boone. Studios will open their doors, so that evening strollers can look at artworks and mingle with the artists themselves. Live music and complimentary refreshments will be offered at various venus.

“LOVE, LOSS AND WHAT I WORE” CONCERT, 7:30 p.m., Hendersonville Community Theatre, 229 S. Washington St., Hendersonville. The show “Love, Loss and What I Wore” will be performed Feb. 2-11. Showtimes vary. For tickets, visit or 692-1082.

“SENSE AND SENSIBILITY” PRODUCTION, 8 p.m., Diana Wortham Theatre, 18 Biltmore Avenue, downtown Asheville. The Aquila Theatre company will perform a threatrical rendition of Jane’s Austen’s literary classic “Sense and Sensibility.” Aquila also will host a discussion an hour before the show at nearby Asheville Music School. For tickets, which are $40 for adults, $35 for students and $20 for children, call 257-4530 or visit

Saturday, Feb. 3

SOCIAL JUSTICE EVENT, 2 p.m., North Carolina Room, Pack Memorial Library, downtown Ashville. A “tell-all” history event on Buncombe County’s Confederate monuments will be held, titled “The Monumental Decisions: The Legacy and Future of Civil War Markers in Our Public Spaces.” The program will begin with two brief presentations by local historians Roy Harris, who will survey Buncombe County’s Confederate monuments (when and how they came into existence); and Jon Elliston, who will review the history of the local white supremacy movement that undergirded the introduction of the monuments. Special quest speaker professor Fitzhugh Brundage, chair of UNC Chapel Hill’s History Department, will headline a program on interpreting and dealing with Civil War monuments. The title of Professor Brundage’s talk will be, “A Vexing and Awkward Debate: The Legacy of a Confederate Landscape?” The focus of this program is to present when and where monuments were placed, who placed them, who paid for them, and a look at how they were presented to the public when they were placed. The program’s aim is to shed light on the social and political times of Asheville, Buncombe County and North Carolina, during the time that they were erected.

“THE FRENCH CONNECTION” CONCERT, 2 p.m., Flat Rock Playhouse, 125 S. Main St., downtown Hendersonville. A concert, “The French Connection,” will feature local pianist Christopher Tavernier and flutist Matthew Hanna. The program will be in support of the Henderson County Hunger Coalition. Concert-goers are asked to  bring nonperishable food to the show. For tickets, which are $35 each, visit or call (773) 213-2200.

“BEAT THE WINTER BLUES” BALL, 6:30-10 p.m., YMI Cultural Center, 39 S. Market St., downtown Asheville. The soul band Westsound will perform and heavy snacks will be provided, along with an open beer and wine bar. Also a silent iauction will be held. The attire is billed as “Asheville chic.” The event, hosted by The Rotary Club of Ashevill-Metro, is a fundraiser for Coins for Alzheimer’s Research Trust (CART Fund) and ABCCM’s Veterans Restoration Quarters. Tickets are $50 at the door. To reserve tickets, visit

ZACH WILLIAMS & CITIZEN WAY CONCERT, 7:30 p.m., Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, 1028 Georgia Road, Franklin. Zach Williams & Citizen Way will perform in concert. For tickets, call 524-1598 or visit

GLENN MILLER ORCHESTRA, 7:30 p.m., ., Niswonger Performing Arts Center, Greeneville, Tenn. The Glenn Miller Orchestra will perform. For tickets, visit, or call (423) 638-1679.

SHANA TUCKER CONCERT, 8 p.m., Tryon Fine Arts Center, Tryon. ChamberSoul siren Shana Tucker will perform in concert. “Her sweet, unerring voice alone would be enough to support a career; what makes Tucker special is her adherence to the cello, boldly taking the instrument into new territory,” according to IndyWeek. For tickets, call 859-8322 or visit

Tuesday, Feb. 6

FACULTY SHOWCASE CONCERT, 7 p.m., Lipinsky Hall, UNC Asheville. A Faculty Showcase Concert will be held.

BOOK DISCUSSION, 7 p.m., Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café, 55 Haywood St., downtown Asheville. Bruce Roth will host a meeting of the Current Events Book Club for a lively discussion of “Rules for Revolutionaries: How Big Organizing Can Change Everything” by Becky Bond and Zack Exley. All are invited and dmission is free.

Wednesday, Feb. 7

ASHEVILLE SOCIALIST MEETING AT UNCA, 6:30-8 p.m., 103 Rhoades Robinson, UNC Asheville. The Asheville Socialists will present a program on “Year One of Trump: Building a Socialist Left and Fighting Back.”

Thursday, Feb. 8

PEDRITO MARTIN CLASS, 9:55-11:10 a.m., Room 018, Lipinsky Hall , UNC Asheville. Pedrito Martinez, a noted musician, will offer a master class. The class is free and open to all. 

HENDERSONVILLE GREEN DRINKS, 5:30-7 p.m., Black Bear Coffee, Hendersonville. Hendersonville Green Drinks will learn about current environmental issues with regional guest speakers and like-minded people. Everyone is welcome to the monthly gala — and attendees do not have to drink at a Green Drinks meeting. Guest speakers  have yet to be announced.

PEDRITO MARTIN CONCERT, 7 p.m., Lipinsky Auditorium, UNC Asheville. Pedrito Martinez, a singer and master percussionist, will perform in concert. He won a Grammy nomination for best Latin jazz album with his first recording. His most recent album, “Habana Dreams,” features guest appearances by Wynton Marsalis, Ruben Blads and Angelique Kidjo. For tickets, which are $15 for the general public, visit


Thursday, Feb. 8

“ALABAMA STORY” PRODUCTION, 7:30 p.m., BeBe Theatre, 20 Commerce St., downtown Asheville. Censorship, Racism, and “Sepia Toned” Leadership’s Different Strokes! Performing Arts Collective will present a North Carolina Premiere of “Alabama Story” by Kenneth Jones. Directed by Stephanie Hickling Beckman, the play will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8-24.(on Thursdays through Saturdays). “Alabama Story” is based on a true event from 1959, in Montgomery, Ala. When Alabama Senator E.O Eddins Sr. (renamed E.W. Higgins in the play) learns that a children’s book called “The Rabbits’ Wedding” featuring the marriage of two rabbits (one white, one black) is among the books available for check-out in Alabama libraries, he determines to have it banned. Calling it subliminal propaganda for interracial marriage, Eddins engages Emily Wheelock Reed, the director of Alabama’s Public Library Service, in a conflict that becomes known as the “bunny book crusade.” A secondary story-line involves the chance meeting of two childhood friends separated by a traumatic incident. Their role in the play is best described by Jones, himself: “Lily and Joshua, a black man and a white woman who were once childhood friends in that small town, reunite in Montgomery the same year that the library battle is being waged. They are meant to suggest the private heart of the public controversy… the quality of their character will be challenged in their 30 exchanges.” Online tickets are $18 in advance, and $21 at the door.

Friday, Feb. 9

HENDERSONVILLE GREEN DRINKS, 5:30-7 p.m., Black Bear Coffee, Hendersonville. HGD will hold a program in which attendees will learn about current environmental issues with regional guest speakers and like-minded people. Everyone is welcome. 

ENVIRONMENTAL/SOCIAL JUSTICE FILM SCREENING, 7 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville, 1 Edwin Place, North Asheville. The film, “Whose Streets,” a film about the killing of Michael Brown and the subsequent Ferguson uprising will be screened Feb.9.. The film premiered at the 2017 Sundance film festival. All are invited and admission is free.

Saturday, Feb. 10

SWANNANOA VALLEY MLK PRAYER BREAKFAST, 8 a.m., Camp Dorothy Walls,  Cragmont Road, Black Mountain. The 28th Annual Swannanoa Valley Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Prayer Breakfast will feature as its keynote speaker George Logan, a native of Black Mountain and son of Wayne Logan and lifelong Black Mountain resident Lillian Logan. Logan graduated from Owen High School in 1982 and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1986. He was commissioned as a United States Army officer shortly after his graduation from UNC. Upon completion of his military training, he said he sensed God’s call to ministry and attended a school in Los Angeles — Crenshaw Christian Center Ministry Training Institute. Fulfilling his theological and ministerial studies and graduating from the program in 1992 he ministered with New Life for Old Prison Ministry, serving in jails, prisons and youth camps in California and Nevada. the Rev. Logan now lives in Morganton, where he is the pastor of the church he founded in 1994 — New Day Christian Church. He has continued much involvement in the prisons and community serving on a variety of boards as well as coaching, mentoring youth, and volunteering for NC Dept. of Corrections. For tickets , which are $15, visit 

THE DIAMONDS CONCERT, 7:30 p.m., Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, 1028 Georgia Road, Franklin. The band The Diamonds will perform in concert. In 1957, The Diamonds released an instant million selling hit called “Little Darlin’.” The song continues to sell worldwide and has been dubbed “the National Anthem of Rock and Roll.” To date it has sold about 20 million copies and led to many honors and accolades including three Gold Records, 33 appearances on American Bandstand, the “American Graffiti” Soundtrack, the soundtrack to “Happy Days” and inductions into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame and the Doo-Wop Hall of Fame. Through the years since the release of “Little Darlin’,” The Diamonds have learned one important lesson — the durability of this classic rock ‘n’ roll music is as much about the future as it is about the past. As a result, The Diamonds continue to expand their audience to this day, performing in a variety of venues and settings worldwide. For tickets, call 524-1598 or visit

MASTERWORKS CONCERT, 8 p.m., Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, downtown Asheville. A “Masterworks 4: Scot Free” concert will feature Mendelsohn’s Scottish works performed by the Asheville Symphony Orchestra. For tickets, call 254-7046 or visit 



Sunday, Feb. 11

DIANA KRALLS CONCERT, 8 p.m., Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, downtown Asheville. Diana Krall will perform in concert as part of her “Turn Up the Quiet Tour.” 

Tuesday, Feb. 13

BOOK DISCUSSION, noon, Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café, 55 Haywood St., downtown Asheville. The Discussion Bound Book Club, hosted by the Asheville Art Museum, will discuss “Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power” by Mark Godfrey. Attendees are encouraged to bring a copy of the featured book and a brown-bag lunch to make the most of their midday break. All are welcome and admission is free.

Wednesday, Feb. 14

ISSUES & ACTIONS MEETING, 6 p.m., The Wedge at Foundation, 5 Foundry St., Asheville.Mountain True and the Sierra Club will hold its monthly meeting to discuss concrete action for environmental issues at the state, local and national levels.

Thursday, Feb. 15

“LOVE, GUY” SHOW, 7 p.m., downtown venue of Flat Rock Playhouse, downtown Hendersonville. Regarding the show, FRP noted, “From a Valentine’s Day concert starring our very own Guy Lemonnier to the music of our Carolina beaches. Need we say more?” FRP favorite Guy LeMonnier, backed by the Music on the Rock band, will perform all of his favorite love songs for you and yours. Showtimes vary. For tickets, visit, or call 693-0731.

BROOKLYN RIDER CONCERT, 7 p.m., The Peace Center, downtown Greenville, S.C. The string quartet Brooklyn Rider will perform in concert. For tickets, visit

ST. VINCENT CONCERT, 8 p.m., Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, downtown Asheville. Annie Clark, aka “St. Vincent,” will perform in concert.. 

Friday, Feb. 16

LAURA STORY CONCERT, 7:30 p.m., Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, 1028 Georgia Road, Franklin. Laura Story will perform in concert. For tickets, call 524-1598 or visit

LIGHTWIRE THEATER, 6:30 p.m., ., Niswonger Performing Arts Center, Greeneville, Tenn. Lightwire Theater will perform. For tickets, visit, or call (423) 638-1679.

UMPHREY’S MCGEE CONCERT, 8 p.m., U.S. Cellular Center, 87 Haywood St., downtown Asheville. The group Umphrey’s McGee will perform concerts at 8 p.m. Feb. 16 and 17.

Saturday, Feb. 17

SYMPHONY POPS PICNIC CONCERT, 6 p.m., Concert Hall, Blue Ridge Community College, East Flat Rock. The Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra’s newest event, “Love Is in the Air: A Symphony Pops Picnic,” will be performed by the HSO and hosted by the Friends of the HSO. Full tables also are available for parties of six or eight. For reservations, which are $125 per person, call the HSO office at 697-5884.

PIANO RECITAL, 8 p.m., Central United Methodist Church, Asheville. Alexandre Tharaud will perform Bach’s “Goldberg” Variations, BWV 988 in a piano recital.

TEMPTATIONS REVUE, 8 p.m., The Foundation Performing Arts Center, Isothermal Community College, Spindale. Barrington “Bo” Henderson will bring the unforgettable songs of Motown to Spindale in a Temptations Revue. Henderson is one of the only leader singers of The Temptations to win a Grammy. “This dynamicand driving show spans more than a decade of Temptations’ classics,every one of these songs among the most recognizable and culture-defining songs in pop music history,” a press release noted. Among the hits to be performed will be “My Girl,” “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone,” “Get Ready,” “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg,” “Just My Imagination” and I “I Wish It Would Rain.” For tickets, visit, or call 286-9990.

Tuesday, Feb. 20

BEATLES TRIBUTE CONCERT, 7:30 p.m., The Peace Center, downtown Greenville, S.C. RAIN — A Tribute to the Beatles “will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the release of Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band by bringing the historic album to life in its entirety – for the first time ever – in a psychedelic multimedia spectacular,” a press release noted. “Together longer than The Beatles, RAIN has mastered every song, gesture and nuance of the legendary foursome, delivering a totally live, note-for-note performance that’s as infectious as it is transporting. Let RAIN take you back with all of the songs from ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,’ along with all of your other Beatles favorites such as ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand,’ ‘Hard Day’s Night,’ ‘Let It Be,’ ‘Come Together,’ ‘Hey Jude’ and more. This adoring tribute will take you back to a time when all you needed was love and a little help from your friends!” For tickets, visit

Wednesday, Feb. 21

AUTHOR’S READING/DISCUSSION, 7 p.m., Mountain View Room, Sherrill Center, UNC Asheville. David Ebershoff, whose debut novel, “Danish Girl,” was adapted into an Oscar-winning film, will read and discuss his work. He is listed by The New York Times on a timeline of 25 books that “have shaped LGBTQ literature” over the past 20 years. He is the author of three acclaimed novels. All are welcome and admission is free.

ILLUSTRATED ART HISTORY LECTURE, 7:30 p.m., Humanities Lecture Hall, UNC Asheville. Archaeologist Karen Birtt will present an illustrated lecture on “Mosaic Discoveries in the Late Roman Synagogue at Huqoq.” Britt, a research scholar in art history at Western Carolina University, will focus on mosaics recently unearthed in Israel’s Lower Galilee. All are welcome and admission is free.

MAVIS STAPLES CONCERT, 7:30 p.m., The Peace Center, downtown Greenville, S.C. Grammy Award-winner and Kennedy Center honoree Mavis Staples will perform in concert, with special guest The Broadcast. “Staples is living, breathing history,” a press release noted. “She made a name for herself in the 1950s as part of The Staple Singers, went on to contribute to the freedom songs of the Civil Rights era, and later rose to pop radio stardom with hits like ‘Time Waits for No One’ and ‘You Are Not Alone.’ Now in her seventh decade, Staples is setting out on a new headlining tour after crossing the country as support for Bob Dylan in the summer of 2016. With her trademark deep growl more powerful than ever, Staples shouts, croons, scats, swoops, and testifies like no one else can.” For tickets, visit

Tuesday, Feb. 27

HERITAGE CLASSIC DANCESPORT CHAMPIONSHIPS, 3 p.m., Omni Grove Park Inn, 290 Macon Ave., North Asheville. The Heritage Classic DanceSport Championships will begin at 3 p.m. Feb. 27 and run through noon March 3. It is a NDCA-sanctioned, ballroom dance competition.To tickets or more information, visit 

MUSIC FACULTY LECTURE, 7 p.m., Laurel Forum, Karpen Hall, UNC Asheville. A music faculty lecture will be given by Jacob Rodriguez, who began playing the saxophone at age 11. Rodriguez has been a member of the Michael Bublé band since 2007, appearing on the Grammy Award-winning album “Michael Bublé Meets Madison Square Garden” as well as Bublé’s “Crazy Love.” Jacob is currently on a world tour with Bublé, playing arenas around the world. Rodriguez in Asheville, North Carolina, where he teaches, records, and performs with original music groups, ranging from soul to free jazz to indie. rock. All are invited and admission is free.

Wednesday, Feb. 28

RACIAL INEQUITY LECTURE, 7 p.m., Lipinsky Auditorium, UNC Asheville. Investigative journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones will address “Ending Racial Inequity in Our Schools: What Actually Works” as a benefit for the Asheville City Schools Foundation. Hannah-Jones, as a writer for The New York Times, has won many awards for her reporting on segregated housing and schools, the black experience in America and racial inequality. For tickets, call 350-6174 or visit

Thursday, March 1

UNCA THEATRICAL PRODUCTION, 7:30 p.m., Belk Theatre, UNC Asheville. Theatre UNCA will present “Welcome Home, Jenny Sutter,” a play that tells the story of a U.S. Marine finding a way to heal from her war experiences,reintegrate into society and rejoin her family. The play will be performed at 7:30 p.m. March 1-3 and at 2 p.m. March 4. For tickets, visit

Sunday, March 4

WIND ENSEMBLE CONCERT, 3 p.m., Lipinsky Hall, UNC Asheville. TheUNCA Wind Ensemble, joined by the Smoky Mountain Brass Band, will perform in concert.

Saturday, March 17

EAGLES TRIBUTE CONCERT, 7:30 p.m., The Foundation PerformiongArts Center, Isothermal Community College, Spindale. The band Hotel California will perform its “Original Tribute to The Eagles.” “From Japan to Dubai, (from) Toronto to Texas, Hotel California has taken the tribute band where none had gone before them....” a press release noted. For tickets, visit, or call 286-9990.

ALICE COOPER CONCERT, 8 p.m., Event Center, Harrah’s Cherokee Casino, Cherokee. Rock music icon Alice Cooper  will perform his “A Paranormal Evening With Alice Cooper” concert. For tickets, visit

Friday, March 23

Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias COMEDY SHOW, 9 p.m., Event Center, Harrah’s Cherokee Casino, Cherokee. Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias, an American comedian, actor, writer, producer and voice actor, will perform in his One Show Fits All World Tour comedy show. For tickets, visit

Saturday, March 24

DOYLE LAWSON & QUICKSILVER, 7:30 p.m., Niswonger Performing Arts Center, Greeneville, Tenn. Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver will perform. For tickets, visit, or call (423) 638-1679.


Thursday, March 29

ALASH CONCERT, 7 p.m., Lipinsky Auditorium, UNC Asheville.  The trio Alash, which practices the traditional Tuvan art of singing multiple pitches simultaneously and combine that technique with modern musical elements to create a unique sound, will perform in concert.

Thursday, April 12

AUTHOR’S TALK, 7 p.m., Lipinsky Auditorium, UNC Asheville. Author Joy Harjo, a native of Oklahoma and member of the Mvskoke Nation, will speak. Harjo is the author of seven books of poetry and has won the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Native Writers Circle of the Americas. All are welcome and admission is free.

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