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Monday, Jan. 1

LAKE LURE NEW YEAR’S DAY POLAR PLUNGE, noon, beach, Lake Lure. The 10th annual Lake Lure New Year’s Day Polar Plunge will be held. Registration will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. The event’s pre-plunge activities will include fire pits, a fun-run and tug-of-war. 

NEW YEAR'S DAY WALK, 12:30 p.m., rear parking lot, Visitor’s Center, 36 Montford Avenue, Asheville. The Asheville Amblers will host a New Year’s Day Walk. The traditional kickoff walk will begin by heading through the historic Riverside Cemetery, the Montford area and downtown Asheville. The walk is rated 2A. Participants will meet for sign-in starting at 12:30 p.m. The walk will start at 1 p.m. Both 7K and 10K options will be available. The Asheville Amblers have modified the walk slightly to showcase more of the Montford area’s beauty and also to pass by one of the “typical Asheville” coffee shops and yoga/cycling centers. “A zig here, a zag there and even a new loop,” the Asheville Amblers website noted.. All are welcome and the event is free.



Tuesday, Jan. 2

A SURJ “DO!SCUSSION,” 10:30 a.m., Firestorm Coffee & Books, 610 Haywood Road, West Asheville. An ASURJ “do!scussion” will be held. It is billed as “a weekly safe space in which to talk about what we see that encourages us to continue to create multi-racial coalitions in Asheville while working to dismantle white supremacy. Feel like you’re struggling with the how? Come on over and we’ll talk about it. Then, we’ll get to do!ing.” A “do!session” will follow from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., during which activists will work with accountability partners on a particular project or issue. The seven organizing principles of SURJ are: 1) accountability through action, 2) mutual interest, 3) take risks and keep going, 4) calling in more, 5) enough for everyone, 6) growth is good, and 7) centering class. 

VETERANS FOR PEACE VIGIL, 4:30 p.m., Vance Monument, downtown Asheville. The Veterans for Peace Chapter 099 will hold its weekly  vigil “because the wars still go on.” The vigils have been happening since 2002 — “no matter the weather, no matter if it falls on a holiday, they are out there standing for peace,” a press release noted.

 “LEADING LADIES” FILM SERIES SCREENING, 7 p.m., Tryon Fine Arts Center, 34 Melrose Ave., Tryon. The film “Prisoner of Second Avenue,” a 1975 dark comedy starring Anne Banrcroft, will be screened in the monthly“ Leading Ladies” film series. Tickets are $6.

CURRENT EVENTS BOOK CLUB DISCUSSION, 7 p.m., Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café, 55 Haywood St., downtown Asheville. Bruce Roth will host a lively discussion on topics of current interest including war and peace, the economy, the environment and other hot political topics. Admission is free and all are invited.




Wednesday, Jan. 3

SIERRA CLUB MEETING, 7-9 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Congregation of   Asheville, 1 Edwin Place, Asheville. The local Sierra Club will present a program on “Greenways and Blueways,” presented by Marcia Bromberg, president of Connect Buncombe; and Marc Hunt, representing tje Woodfin Greenway & Blueway. They will explain the value of greenways and blueways to our community. Attendees will learn how they can be part of the greenway movement in Buncombe County.




Thursday, Jan. 4

NEW JIM CROW DISCUSSION GROUP, 6-7 p.m..Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café, 55 Haywood Street in downtown Asheville. The New Jim Crow Discussion Group will meet. 




Saturday, Jan. 6

COUNTRY COOL COMEDY TOUR, 7:30 p.m., Niswonger Performing Arts Center, Greeneville, Tenn. The Country Cool Comedy Tour will be performed. For tickets, visit www.npacgreeneville.com, or call (423) 638-1679.




Monday, Jan. 8

PROGRESSIVE DEMOCRATS MEETING, 6:30-8 p.m., Buncombe County Democratic Party HQ, 951 Old Fairview Road. Asheville. The Progressive Democrats of Buncombe County will hold a meeting. “Our goal is to further progressive ideals,” a press release noted. “We work to get big money out of politics and bring power to the people -- not just corporations. We believe higher education needs to be available to anyone willing to do the academic work. We stand up for single-payer health care. Come and join us — make these ideals a reality.” 




Tuesday, Jan. 9

FORUM ON CHINA, 7 p.m., Manheimer Room, Reuter Center, UNC Asheville. A forum on China will feature two prominent China scholars, Dr. Jim Lenburg, professor-emeritus at Mars Hill University; and Dr. Sarah-Ann Smith, a noted author and former member of the U.S. diplomatic corps, who holds a Ph.D. in international and East Asia studies. The program will be moderated by Dr. Elizabeth O. Colton, also a veteran of the U.S. diplomatic corps. The topic will be “China: Key to the North Korea Threat?” That theory and other issues will be discussed by two prominent China scholars, Dr. Jim Lenburg, professor-emeritus at Mars Hill University; and Dr. Sarah-Ann Smith, a noted author and former member of the U.S. diplomatic corps, who holds a Ph.D. in international and East Asia studies. Admission to the event, hosted by the Leadership Asheville Forum, is free and open to the public.




Wednesday, Jan. 10

JUST PEACE FOR ISRAEL/PALESTINE MEETING, 9:30 a.m., library, Black Mountain Presbyterian Church, 117 Montreat Road, Black Mountain. The group Just Peace for Israel/Palestine will meet.




Thursday, Jan. 11

SPEECH, 7:15 p.m., Graham Theater, Walker Arts Center, the Asheville School, 360 Asheville School Road, West Asheville. Dr. Christine Darden will speak on “From Monroe, N.C., to NASA.” She is featured in Margot Lee Shetterly’s 2016 bestseller, “Hidden Figures,” which was released recently as a movie. Darden was hired by NASA in 1967 as a computer/data analyst and, over the course of her career became the first African-American woman promoted into the Senior Executive Service at the NASA Langley (Va.) Research Center. She is from the small town of Monroe, where she earned her high school degree from the Allen School in Asheville. Darden will discuss her life and NASA career. Admission is free and open to the public.

TRAUMA STEWARDSHIP MEETUP, 6-7:30 p.m., Firestorm Café, 610 Haywood Road, West Asheville. The Trauma Stewardship Meetup Group will meet to discuss “Engaging in Self-Care While Caring for Others.” The program is for “ourselves – helpers, advocates, healers, activists, empaths.” Participants will share tips and strategies for self-care and resilience




Friday, Jan. 12

BIG BAND WEEKEND DANCE, 8 p.m., Grand Ballroom, Omni Grove Park Inn, North Asheville. The  two-day event will begin with a dance featuring the world-famous Glenn Miller Orchestra. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.




Saturday, Jan. 13

MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. PRAYER BREAKFAST, 8:30 a.m., Crowne Plaza Resort, Asheville. The 37th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The 2018 MLK Prayer Breakfast will feature founder Oralene Simmons and be hosted by the Martin Luther King Jr. Association of Asheville and Buncombe County Inc. For the first time since breakfast began in 1982, the keynote address will be given by the organization’s founder, Oralene Anderson Graves Simmons, who will address both her journey and the larger civil rights history that helped lead to the establishment of the MLK Association. The event is billed as being “particularly poignant this year, as 2018 is the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,” on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tenn. The 2018 Prayer Breakfast will begin at 8:30 a.m., with doors opening at 7:30 a.m. Tickets are $25. For information on how to register or any questions, call 335-6896.

BIG BAND WEEKEND DANCE INSTRUCTION, 10 a.m.-noon, Grand Ballroom, Omni Grove Park Inn, North Asheville. Ballroom dance instruction will be provided in conjunction with Big Band Weekend, followed from 2 to 4 p.m. with a Tea Dance.

ATLANTA’S MOST WANTED CONCERT, 7 p.m., Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, 1028 Georgia Rd., Franklin. Atlanta’s Most Wanted, billed as one of the Southeast’s most popular cover bands, will perform in concert. The band will perform hits by classic entertainers such as The Drifters and The Coasters. The band featues hits from the 1960s and ‘70s. For tickets, which are $18, visit www.greatmountainmusic.com.

DWIGHT YOAKAM CONCERT, 7:30 p.m., Event Center, Harrah’s Cherokee Casino, Cherokee. Country music standout and film icon Dwight Yoakam, a Grammy Award winner, will perform in concert. For tickets, visit Ticketmaster.com.

BIG BAND WEEKEND DANCE, 8 p.m., Grand Ballroom, Omni Grove Park Inn, North Asheville. The  two-day event will conclude with a dance featuring the world-famous Glenn Miller Orchestra. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. 

PATRICK DAVIS CONCERT, 8 p.m., Gunter Theatre, Peace Center, Greenville, S.C. South Carolina native and singer-songwriter Patrick Davis and his Midnight Choir will perform in concert. For tickets, call (800) 888-7768 or visit www.peacecenter.org.



Monday, Jan. 15

PEACE MARCH AND RALLY, 11:30 a.m., St. James AME Church, Martin Luther King Drive and Hildebrand Street to Pack Square Park, Asheville. A peace march and rally will be held. It is one of several events hosted by the MLK Association to mark  the national holiday weekend to commemorate King and build upon his legacy of peace and justice. Following the march, attendees will hear speakers addressing justice and peace. 




Wednesday, Jan. 17

ASHEVILLE GREEN DRINKS, 6 p.m., The Block Off Bitmore, 39 S. Market St., downtown Asheville. ABD will hold an informal networking meeting, focused on the science of sustainability. Admission is free and the event is open to all.

READINGS FROM ARKANSAS PRISON PROJECT, 7-9 p.m, Dr. Wesley Grant Sr. Southside Center, 285 Livingston St., Asheville.  “On the Row,” a dramatic reading will be presented. “On The Row,” from the Northwest Arkansas Prison Project, features the writing of death row inmates in Arkansas, and this will be its second-ever road production. The reading will be presented by Asheville-area actors, including three UNC Asheville students. This event is co-produced by UNCA faculty members Patrick Bahls and Jessica Pisano, with support from the university’s Department of English. Director David Joliffe, professor of English at the University of Arkansas, will lead an audience question-and-answer session after the reading.

 

Thursday, Jan. 18

MLK WEEK KEYNOTE ADDRESS AT UNCA, 7-9 p.m., Kimmel Arena, Sherrill Center, UNC Asheville. Michelle Alexander will give UNCA’s MLK Week Keynote Address. The lecture is free and open to the public. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors open at 6 p.m. Alexander’s best-selling book, “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness,” is billed as having “both crystalized and amplified public discussion about racism and civil rights, the war on drugs and the prison system.” As an attorney, Alexander clerked for Justice Harry Blackmun at the U.S. Supreme Court, directed the Racial Justice Project at the ACLU of Northern California, and brought discrimination suits in private practice. She now is a visiting professor at Union Theological Seminary and a forceful public speaker who argues that mass incarceration is today’s version of Jim Crow segregation. 



Friday, Jan. 19

LECTURE AT UNCA, 11:30 a.m.- 1:15 p.m., Room 102, Reuter Center, UNC Asheville. January 19 “Film is Like a Battleground” by Marsha Gordon. American director Samuel Fuller famously declared that a film is like a battleground during his cameo in Jean-Luc Godard’s 1965 film, “Pierrot Le Fou.” These words aptly describe the career of this World War II veteran who began directing movies in 1949. Whether about World War II, the Korean War or the Cold War, war and its consequences were the subjects Fuller obsessively returned to throughout his long career. Drawing from her extensive archival and historical research, Dr. Marsha Gordon will discuss how war films really got made during the Studio Era. Her talk will be illustrated with film clips from Fuller’s films as well as with behind-the-scenes documents from the Departments of Defense and the Army, the FBI and the Production Code Administration. Attendees will learn what a real battle it was to make war films in Hollywood. Marsha Gordon is professor of Film Studies at North Carolina State University and the author, most recently, of “Film is Like a Battleground: Sam Fuller’s War Movies” (Oxford University Press, 2017). Gordon has a monthly show, ‘Movies on the Radio,’ with Laura Boyes & Frank Stasio, on WUNC’s The State of Things, which airs locally on Asheville’s NPR affiliate station. 




Wednesday, Jan. 24

“JEEVES TAKES A BOW” PRODUCTION, 7:30 p.m., Graham Theater, Walker Arts Center, the Asheville School, N.C. Stage Co., 15 Stage Lane, downtown Asheville. The comedy “Jeeves Takes a Bow” will be performed from Jan. 24 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 ncstage.org.



Friday, Jan. 26

TRACY LAWRENCE CONCERT, 7:30 p.m., Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, 1028 Georgia Road, Franklin. Country singer Tracy Lawrence, one of the best of the rock-tinged honky tonk singers, will perform in concert. For tickets, visit www.GreatMountainMusic.com.

JAMEY JOHNSON CONCERT, 9 p.m., Event Center, Harrah’s Cherokee Casino, Cherokee. Country music standout Jamey Johnson will perform in concert. For tickets, visit Ticketmaster.com.




Saturday, Jan. 27

CHILI COOK-OFF, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Veritas Christian Academy, 17 Cane Creek Rd., Fletcher. The Town of Fletcher will host its 17th annual Chili Cook-Off. The event is free and open to the public.

LUCIA MICARELLI CONCERT, 7:30 p.m., The Foundation Performing Arts Center, Isothermal Community College, Spindale. Violinist Lucia Micarelli will perform in concert.

TRACY LAWRENCE CONCERT, 7:30 p.m., Niswonger Performing Arts Center, Greeneville, Tenn. Country singer Tracy Lawrence will perform in concert. For tickets, www.npacgreeneville.com or call (423) 638-1679.



Tuesday, Jan. 30

“DEFENDING YOUR LIFE” FILM SERIES SCREENING, 7 p.m., Tryon Fine Arts Center, 34 Melrose Ave., Tryon. The film “Defending Your Life,” a 1991 romantic comedy-fantasy starrng Meryl Streep, will be screened in the monthly“ Leading Ladies” film series. Tickets are $6.


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