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Wednesday, May 3

“SMOKEY JOE’S CAFE” SHOW, 2 and 7:30 p.m., mainstage, Flat Rock Playhouse, Flat Rock. The musical “Smokey Joe’s Cafe” will be presented through May 14. FRP is reviving the Broadway hit, which is a a musical revue featuring the music of legendary songwriting team Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller.”The band will be jumpin’ and the joint will begin to swing until everyone in the historic barn theater is singin’ and dancin’ to the ‘Jailhouse Rock,’” FRP noted. Other familiar Leiber-Stoller tunes in the show include “Stand by Me,” “Hound Dog,” “I Who Have Nothing,” “Stay a While,” “Loving You,” “Fools Fall in Love,” “I’m a Woman,” “Poison Ivy,” “Love Potion #9,” “There Goes My Baby,” “Dance With Me” and “Yakety Yak.” The show runs Wednesday through Sunday. Shows on Wednesdays and Thursdays are at 2 and 7:30 p.m., Fridays  at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 2 and 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. For tickets, visit FlatRockPlayhouse.org, or call 693-0731.




Thursday, May 4

JOHNNY CASH AND ROY ORBISON TRIBUTE SHOW, 7:30 p.m., Downtown venue of Flat Rock Playhouse, downtown Hendersonville. A tribute show, “The Music of Johnny Cash and Roy Orbison,” will be presented through May 14. The show runs Thursday through Sunday. Thursdays shows are at 7:30 p.m., Fridays  at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 2 and 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. For tickets, visit FlatRockPlayhouse.org, or call 693-0731.




Friday, May 5

French Broad River Festival, 8 a.m., Hot May Campground & Spa, Hot Springs. The 20th Annual French Broad River Festival — running May 5-7 — will celebrates the river with music, outdoor events (including whitewater raft and mountain bike races), food, outdoor gear and prizes and a kids village. Festival gates open 8 a.m. Early bird tickets are available by visiting www.FrenchBroadRiverFestival.com.

JAMES TAYLOR/CAROLE KING TRIBUTE SHOW, 7 p.m., Reuter Center, UNC Asheville. The Reuter Center Singers will celebrate the music of James Taylor and Carole King with two performances at 7 p.m. on May 5 and 6. The singers are directed by Chuck Taft and accompanied on the piano by Nora Vetro. Among the songs to be performed are Taylor’s “Carolina in My Mind,” “Fire and Rain” and “Don’t Let Me Be Lonely Tonight,” as well as King’s “I Feel the Earth Move,” “So Far Away,” “Will You Love Me Tomorrow?” Both concerts are free and open to the public; donations are welcome.

Senior Follies, 7 p.m., Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, Franklin. The Macon County Senior Follies will be presented. The county is participating in the performing arts category of the North Carolina Senior Games. The senior follies is open to any permanent resident of Macon County exceeding age 55. The follies is billed by the SMCPA as “a fun and exciting evening of local talent. Enjoy singing, dancing, comedy, poetry, instruments, and more, as the winner of the gold medal and the chance to perform at the state level is announced.” For more information on being a participant, contact the Macon County Recreation Department. For tickets, which are $7, visit www.greatmountainmusic.com/eventdetail.

FREE PLANET RADIO CONCERT, 8 p.m., Diana Wortham Theatre, 2 Pack Place, downtown Asheville. The band Free Planet Radio will perform in concert. For tickets, call the box office at 257-4530.




Saturday, May 6

MARCH TO END RAPE/SEXUAL ASSAULT, 10 a.m., Pack Square Park, downtown Asheville. The 2017 Walk-A-Mile: The People’s March to End Rape, Sexual Assault and General Violence will begin following registration at 10 a.m. The annual community fundraiser is held for OUR VOICE, Buncombe County’s sexual assault prevention and support nonprofit. Event highlights will include family-friendly activities and education at the venue before walking through Asheville to take a community stance against rape and sexual assault.

Recipes Alive! Cooking Show, 6:30 p.m., Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, Franklin. Recipes Alive! Cooking Show is billed as a “one-of-a-kind cooking show (that) is sure to excite, interest and be loads of fun for the experienced chef or for anyone just beginning their exploration of the kitchen. Well-versed cooking experts, restaurant owners and cook book authors each share their tips of the trade and favorite recipes live on stage. With amazing prizes, gift bags for each participant and a few surprises.” For tickets, which are $13, visit www.greatmountainmusic.com/eventdetail.

 POISON CONCERT, 7:30 p.m., Event Center, Harrah’s Cherokee Casino, Cherokee. Poison, an American rock band that achieved much commercial success in the mid-1980s to the mid-1990s, will perform in concert. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.

SUSAN WERNER CONCERT, 8 p.m., Diana Wortham Theatre, 2 Pack Place, downtown Asheville. Susan Werner will perform in concert. For tickets, call the DWT box office at 257-4530.




Sunday, May 7

SYMPHONIC SPRING CONCERT, 3 p.m., The Foundation Performing Arts Center, Isothermal Community College, Spindale. The Symphony of Rutherford County will perform its spring concert.

JACK HANNA’S INTO THE WILD LIVE, 3 p.m., Niswonger Performing Arts Center, Greeneville, Tenn. Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild Live show will be performed. For tickets, call the box office at (423) 638-1679, or visit www.npacgreeneville.com.

SUSAN WERNER CONCERT, 8 p.m., Diana Wortham Theatre, 2 Pack Place, downtown Asheville. Dubbed by National Public Radio as the “Empress of the Unexpected,” singer/songwriter Susan Werner has built a reputation as an artist as changeable as the weather, with “Hayseed,” her newest recording. Paying tribute to American agriculture and to her Iowa farm roots, Werner again keeps her audiences guessing and laughing simultaneously, lending her wry humor and passionate voice to subjects such as farmers’ markets, agrochemicals, climate change, drought, longing for a sense of place, and the movement towards sustainable agriculture. For tickets, call the DWT box office at 257-4530.

 



Tuesday, 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 — in 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.

 



Wednesday, May 10

CLINT BLACK CONCERT, 7:30 p.m., Niswonger Performing Arts Center, Greeneville, Tenn. Clint Black, a singer, songwriter, musician, multi-instrumentalist, record producer and actor, will perform in concert. He originally was scheduled to perform on April 9, but the concert was rescheduled because he still was suffering the effects of flu. For tickets, call the box office at (423) 638-1679, or visit www.npacgreeneville.com.

 



Friday, May 11

WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT SPEAKER, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., The Olive Garden, 121 Tunnel Rd., Asheville. Cindy Keehn of Damsel in Defense will be the keynote speaker at the Buncombe County Republican Women’s Club Power Lunch. The mission of Damsel in Defense is to equip, empower and educate women to protect themselves and their families. Damsel in Defense also supports victims of assault and human trafficking. 

ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN DOCUMENTARY, 7 p.m., Reuter Center, UNC Asheville. “Disturbing the Peace,” the first of two documentaries on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, will be shown. The sponsors are the UNCA Political Sceince Department and two local groups concerned with issues of peace and justice in the region. After the screening, the producer and director of “Disturbing the Peace” will be available for a Skype discussion with the audience. (See May 18 listing for information on the second documentary.) Admission is free, but donations will be accepted.

 



Saturday, May 12

BOOK CLUB DISCUSSION, 11:30 a.m., Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W. State St., Black Mountain. The SVM&HC Book Club will meet to discuss the 2003 work, “Buffalo Dance: The Journey of York,” by Frank X. Walker. All are welcome to attend. Admission is free.

OUTDOOR MOVIE, 6:30 p.m., giant outdoor screen on the stage, Pack Square Park, downtown Asheville. The summer Movies in the Park series will begin with “Back to the Future.” Movie-goers are encouraged to bring lawnchairs and blankets. Snacks will be availabe for purchase. Admission is free.





Saturday, May 12

CHONDRA PIERCE CONCERT, 7:30 p.m., Niswonger Performing Arts Center, Greeneville, Tenn. Chonda Pierce, an Emmy-nominated and best-selling clean comedian often billed as “The Queen of Clean,” will perform. She is the RIAA’s most-awarded female comic in history. For tickets, call the box office at (423) 638-1679, or visit www.npacgreeneville.com.

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.




Sunday, May 13

A-B TECH COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY, 2 p.m., U.S. Cellular Center, downtown Asheville. UNC Asheville Chancellor Mary K. Grant will be the keynote speaker for Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College’s spring 2017 commencement.




Friday, May 18

RHYTHM & BREWS CONCERT, 7 p.m., outdoor stage on South Main Street, between Caswell and Alllen streets, downtown Hendersnville. The annual warm-season Rhythm & Brews concert series will feature The Get Right Band from Asheville. The three-piece unit combines styles from funk and rock ‘n’ roll to reggae. At 5 p.m., a local singer-songwriter will perfrom, followed at 6 by an opening act. Admission is free.

ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN DOCUMENTARY, 7 p.m., Reuter Center, UNC Asheville. “The Occupation of the American Mind,” the second of two documentaries on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, will be shown. The sponsors are the UNCA Political Sceince Department and two local groups concerned with issues of peace and justice in the region. (See May 18 listing for information on the second documentary.) Following the screening, a panel discussion will be held. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted.




Saturday, May 19

UNCA COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY, 9 a.m., University Quad, UNC Asheville. UNCA alumna Ko Barrett, deputy assistant administrator for research for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, will be the keynote speaker at the university’s spring commencement ceremony. Barrett will receive an honorary degree, along with three others — artist Stoney Lamar, pediatrician Olson Huff and Cherokee elder Ellen Bird. Admission is free.

OUTDOOR MOVIE, 7-10 p.m., Grovemont Square, Grovemont Square, 101 W. Charleston Ave., Swannanoa. The Cinema on the Square series will feature the film “E.T.” Movies begin at sundown, preceded by games, face-painting and hula hoops. Attendees are urged to bring a lawnchair and blankets. Snacks, including pizza, popcorn and bake goods, will be available for purchase. Admission is free.

KELLY HALL-TOMKINS CONCERT, 8 p.m., Diana Wortham Theatre, 2 Pack Place, downtown Asheville. Violinist Kelly Hall-Tompkins will perform in concert. For tickets, call the DWT box office at 257-4530.

“A TUNA CHRISTMAS” SHOW, 8 p.m., mainstage, Flat Rock Playhouse, Flat Rock. The comedy  “A Tune Christmas” will be presented through June 3.  “A Tuna Christmas” is the second in a series of of comedic plays, each set the fictional town of Tuna, Texas, the “third-smallest” town in the state. Showtimes vary. For tickets of informaton, visit FlatRockPlayhouse.org, or call 693-0731.

OLD DOMINION CONCERT, 9 p.m., Event Center, Harrah’s Cherokee Casino, Cherokee. The country music band Old Dominion (from Nashville) will perform in concert. For tickets, visit www.ticketmaster.com.




Sunday, May 20

TANNAHILL WEAVERS CONCERT, 8 p.m., Diana Wortham Theatre, 2 Pack Place, downtown Asheville. The band Tannahill Weavers will perform in concert. For tickets, call the box office at 257-4530.




Friday, May 22

PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES, 5:30 p.m., Lenoir-Rhyne University, 36 Montford Ave., Asheville. Dr. Liz Colton will address “‘Glocal Diplomacy’ — Asheville in the World” in a public lecture series titled “Diplomacy and Media in a Chaotic World.” Colton is an Emmy Award-winning journalist and former U.S. diplomat in the Middle East. Doors open at 5 p.m. Registration is required. To register, call 407-4263, or visit Asheville.LR.edue. 

MARSHALL TUCKER BAND CONCERT, 7:30 p.m., Niswonger Performing Arts Center, Greeneville, Tenn. The Marshall Tucker Band will perform  Southern rock and country rock band. Originally from Spartanburg, S.C., the band’s blend of rock, rhythm and blues, jazz, country and gospel helped to establish the Southern rock genre in the early 1970s. For tickets, call the box office at (423) 638-1679, or visit www.npacgreeneville.com.




Saturday, May 23

POWER OF THE PURSE KEYNOTE SPEECH, noon, Expo Center, Crowne Plaza, Asheville. The annual Power of the Purse luncheon will feature presidential historian and author Doris Kearns Goodwin. She will provide a historical perspective on “Our Wild 2016 Election” and later will field questions from the audience. She has been called “America’s historian-in-chief.” Goodwin is the author of six critically acclaimed and New York Times best-selling books, including her most recent, “The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft and the Golden Age of Journalism.” Steven Spielberg’s DreamWorks Studios has acquired the film and televisions rights to the book. Proceeds from the event will benefit The Women’s Fund, a permanent endowment of the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina that supports the unmet needs of women and girls across the region.For tickets, which are $75, visit www.cfwnc.org., or call 828-254-4960.




Friday, May 26

JAMES GREGORY COMEDY SHOW, 7:30 p.m., Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, 1028 Georgia Rd., Franklin. James Gregory, billed as “the funniest man in America,” will perform his comedy act. For tickets, which are $17 and $20, visit www.greatmountainmusic.com.




Wednesday, May 31

“THE LION KING” MUSICAL, 7:30 p.m., Peace Center, Greenville, S.C., Disney present “The Lion King,” billed as “the world’s No. 1 musical,” from May 31 through June 25. For tickets, visit PeaceCenter.org, or call (864) 467-3000.




Thursday, June 1

DON HENLEY/PHIL COLLINS TRIBUTE SHOW, 7:30 p.m., Downtown venue of Flat Rock Playhouse, downtown Hendersonville. A tribute show, “The Music of Don Henley and Phil Collins,” will be presented through June 11. The show runs Thursday through Sunday. Thursdays shows are at 7:30 p.m., Fridays  at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 2 and 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. For tickets, visit FlatRockPlayhouse.org, or call 693-0731.




Friday, June 2

Departure:  Journey Tribute Band SHOW, 7:30 p.m., Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, 1028 Georgia Rd., Franklin. The Journey tribute band, Departure, will perform in concert. The band, which has been together eight years, is billed by the SMCPA as “the most respected Journey tribute band in the nation. DEPARTURE replicates the look, sound and feel of the original 1980s rock super group. The five band members are from the original line-up and have been together from the very beginning. These veteran musicians have developed an amazing on-stage chemistry and pride themselves on giving their audience an incredible high-energy, qualitative stage show from start to finish. DEPARTURE plays all the hit songs that everyone knows and loves and was voted ‘Best Local 




Friday, June 2

Departure:  Journey Tribute Band SHOW, 7:30 p.m., Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, 1028 Georgia Rd., Franklin. The Journey tribute band, Departure, will perform in concert. The band, which has been together eight years, is billed by the SMCPA as “the most respected Journey tribute band in the nation. Departure replicates the look, sound and feel of the original 1980s rock super group. The five band members are from the original line-up and have been together from the very beginning.” For tickets, which are $18, visit www.greatmountainmusic.com/eventdetail.




Saturday, June 3

ASHEVILLE STARS BALL, 6 p.m., Event Center, Crowne Plaza Hotel & Resort, West Asheville. The Asheville All Stars Ball will be held June 3-4, featuring dance competition in pro-am, solos, ballroom, Latin, smooth, rhythm and country events. June 3 will feature pro-am and amateur solos. The June 4th program, which begins at 9 a.m. and runs late into the night, will feature — in the morning —  pro-am and amateur events, smooth and ballroom divisions. The June 4 afternoon events include country, rhythm and Latin divisions. A dinner and awards ceremony will be held at 7 p.m., followed at 8:30 p.m. by what is billed as a “professional world-class show” that will be capped by general dancing with live music. For more information, visit www.ashevillestarsball.com.




Friday, June 9

BOOK CLUB DISCUSSION, 11:30 a.m., Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W. State St., Black Mountain. The SVM&HC Book Club will meet to discuss Wiley Cash’s 2012 work, “A Land More Kind Than Home.” All are welcome to attend. Admission is free. 

MUD RUN, noon, Berkeley Park, Hendersonville. The sixth annual Mad Mountain Mud Run, a 3-plus-mile race filled with muddy obstacles, will be held. All proceeds from the event, hosted by Pardee UNC Healthcare, will go to the nonprofit children’s museum Hands On! — A Child’s Gallery. For more information and to sign up, visit www.madmountainmudrun.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.




Wednesday, June 14

JOHN MULANEY COMEDY SHOW, 7 p.m., Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, downtown Asheville. Comedian John Mulaney will perform on his “Kid Gorgeous” tour. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com or the U.S. Cellular Center box office, or call (800) 745-3000.




Friday, June 16

SOCK HOPS CONCERT,, 7:30 p.m., Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, 1028 Georgia Rd., Franklin. The vocal quartet, The Sock Hops, will perform a show titled “Red, White and Doo-Wop.” SMCPA noted, “Let’s kick off Fourth of July weekend with a drive down memory lane as The Sock Hops perform classic songs from all your favorite albums of the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s.” The Sock Hops specialize in four-part harmonies. For tickets, which are $18, visit www.greatmountainmusic.com/eventdetail. 

HUEY LEWIS & THE NEWS CONCERT, 9 p.m., Event Center, Harrah’s Cherokee Casino, Cherokee. The group Huey Lewis & the News will perform in concert. For tickets, visit Ticketmaster.com.




Thursday, June 29

MOUNTAIN VOICES CONCERT, 7 p.m., Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, 1028 Georgia Rd., Franklin. Mountain Voices, a 55-member chorus, will present music by the decade. The program will include show tunes, Top 40 hits, gospel, and patriot songs from more than 50 years of music. Mountain Voices is under the direction of Beverly Barnett and accompanied by Lorie Meservey. For tickets, which are $12, visit www.greatmountainmusic.com/eventdetail.



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