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Saturday, Dec. 1

TREE PLANTING/TREE DISCUSSION,10 a.m., Town Square, downtown Black Mountain. The town’s annual Arbor Day celebration will feature local arborist Andrew Wagner, who will demonstrate tree-planting and answer questions about trees. Wagner, who works for Heartwood Tree Service, also will discuss the benefits of trees, especially in flood prevention. The town noted that “free refreshments will be on hand for as long as they last.” The Town Square (and other sites in town) will have been decorated for Christmas earlier that morning by the Black Mountain Beautification Committee. 

HENDERSONVILLE CHRISTMAS PARADE, 10:30 a.m., from the intersection formerly known as Five Points to Caswell Street, Hendersonville. With a theme “The Magic of Christmas,” the Hendersonville Merchants Association will host the annual Christmas Parade. Parade entries will be judged on attractiveness, best use of theme and originality. Afterward, cider and cookies will be served at the Historic Courthouse on Main Street downtown by the Henderson County Heritage Museum. Admission to the parade — and to imbibe in the refreshments afterward — is free.

“A FLAT ROCK PLAYHOUSE CHRISTMAS” SHOW, 2 and 8 p.m., mainstage, Flat Rock Playhouse, Flat Rock. “A Flat Rock Playhouse Christmas” will be performed through Dec 22. Regarding the show, the FRP noted, “If you loved ‘A Flat Rock Playhouse Christmas’ in 2017 you will not want to miss this all-new production in 2018! Come enjoy your favorite holiday songs as we journey through the streets of a bustling city all the way to the winter wonderlands we dream of at Christmas. Featuring an all-star cast from all over the U.S.A., Studio 52 students, The Flat Rock Playhouse Chorus, dancers from Pat’s School of Dance and children choirs from the surrounding four counties.” Showtimes vary. For tickets, which are $17-$55, call the box office at 693-0731 or visit www.flatrockplayhouse.org.

BILTMORE PARK HOLIDAY TREE-LIGHTING, 6 p.m., Biltmore Park Town Square, South Asheville. Biltmore Park Town Square will hold its Holiday Magic & Memories celebration. An activity touted as “family fun” begins at 2:30 p.m. At 6 p.m., a holiday tree lighting will be held. The celebration will include a holiday parade, carriage rides, live music, other entertainment and a visit from Santa Claus. Refreshments — hot cocoa, cider and other treats — will be available throughout the park. Admission is free

“IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE” PRODUCTION, 7:30 p.m., N.C. Stage Co., 15 Stage Lane, downtown Asheville. The N.C. Stage Co. will present its production of “Live From WVL Radio Theatre: It’s A Wonderful Life” through Dec. 16. Wednesday through Saturday shows are at 7:30 p.m. Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m. Regarding the show, the N.C. Stage Co. noted, “This fresh adaptation of the film is set in the fictional studio of WVL Radio Theatre, which is struggling to stay on the air one snowy winter’s night. The professional voice actors are unable to get to the studio, but the show must go on—and so a small but intrepid band of employees manages to create the story’s dozens of characters and scenes using just their voices and some everyday household items for sound effects.” For tickets, visit www.ncstage.org or call 239-0263. 

BERNSTEIN FAMILY CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR, 7:30 p.m., The Magnetic Theatre, 375 Depot St., River Arts District, Asheville. The theater will present what is billed as “the wonderfully wicked 25th annual Bernstein Family Christmas Spectacular” through Dec. 14. Showtimes vary. (The show is actually in its ninth year in Asheville, despite the billing.) The R-rated holiday spectacle is touted by the theater as “a hilarious, envelope-pushing ode to the TV specials of yesteryear, with the dysfunctional Bernstein clan doing a varity of skits and witty commercials for local businesses. This show is absolutely for adults only, and only for those who are willing to go along for a ride with some delightfully depraved individuals.” For tickets, which are $25 visit www.themagnetictheatre.org. Tickets also may be purchased at the door.

“NUNCRACKERS” CHRISTMAS STAGE PLAY, 7:30 p.m., Main Stage, Hendersonville Community Theatre, 229 S. Washington St., Hendersonville. The HCT will perform “Nuncrackers” through Dec. 16. Regarding the plot, the HCT noted, “Mount Saint Helen’s nuns are putting on a Christmas show, which is an original ballet based on ‘The Nutcracker.’” Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. For tickets, visit hendersonvilletheatre.org, or call 692-1082. 

“A ROCKY MOUNTAIN CHRISTMAS” SHOW, 7:30 p.m., Smoky Mountain Center for Performing Arts, 1028 Georgia Road, Franklin. The show, “A Rocky Mountain Christmas Featuring Jim Curry & the Music of John Denver.” Regarding the show, the SMCPA noted, “A family holiday tradition comes to life in ‘A Rocky Mountain Christmas,’ as Jim Curry performs the music from John Denver’s many Christmas television specials and Christmas music collections. Memorable melodies that speak to the heart of the holidays like ‘Silver Bells,’ ‘Silent Night,’ and ‘O Holy Night,’ along with John’s own ‘Christmas for Cowboys,’ ‘Noel, Christmas Eve,’ ‘Aspenglow,’ and ‘The Peace Carol.’ Enjoy these songs along with Denver’s all-time hits, such as ‘Rocky Mountain High,’ ‘Sunshine On My Shoulders’ and ‘Back Home, Again,’ as Jim Curry and his band ‘fill up your senses’ in this heart-felt seasonal show.” For tickets, visit www.greatmountainmusic.com.




Sunday, Dec. 2

HOLIDAY CONCERT, 3 p.m., Conference Hall, Blue Ridge Community College, Campus Drive, East Flat Rock. A “‘Tis the Season” holiday concert will be performed by the Hendersonville Community Band, under the direction of Winford Franklin, with featured guests the Blue Ridge Ringers. For tickets, which are $10 for adults and free for students, visit www.hcbmusic.com.




Monday, Dec. 3

COUNCIL CONVERSATIONS, 6-7 p.m., Henderson County Chamber of Commerce, 204 Kanuga Road, Hendersonville. Hendersonville City Council will be holding the fifth — and last — in its Council Conversations series of five community meetings. The meeting’s host will be Councilman Steve Caraker. The meetings are intended to improve communications between council and Hendersonville residents. City Manager John Connet and staff will be in attendance to help answer questions or provide information.





Tuesday, Dec. 4

WORLD AFFAIRS COUNCIL LECTURE, 7:30 p.m., Manheimer Room, Reuter Center, UNC Asheville. “Report From 90 Miles South: Continuity and Change in Post-Castro Cuba” will be addressed by Stan Dotson and his wife Kim Christman, local pastors who have served as chaplains and leaders of two churches in Matanzas, Cuba. They will provide an on-the-ground view of Cuban life. Admission is $10 for the public and free to members of the WAC and UNCA students.

“HAMILTON” PERFORMANCE, 7:30 p.m., the Peace Center, Greenville, S.C. The Broadway musical “Hamilton” will be performed through Dec. 16 at the Peace Center. Showtimes vary. The national tour of the “Hamilton” is, according to the Peace Center, “the story of America’s Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington’s right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation’s first treasury secretary. It features a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, rhythm and blues, and Broadway, ‘Hamilton’ is the story of America then, as told by America now.” For tickets, visit the peacecenter.org.





Wednesday, Dec. 5

KOREAN WAR VETERANS HOLIDAY PARTY, noon, Bay Breeze Restaurant, 1830 Asheville Highway, Hendersonville. Korean War Veterans Association’s Chapter 314 will hold a holiday party for all Korean War and defense veterans. Each attendee will be responsible for covering the cost of his or her meal.

AUTHOR ALLI MARSHALL READING, 6 p.m., Whitman Room, Ramsey Library, UNC Asheville. Alli Marshall, UNCA’s 2018 Ramsey Library Community Author, will give a free public reading. She will be accompanied by Heather Taylor, a guitarist, flutist and singer-songwriter. Refreshments will be served at 5:30 p.m. Marshall is arts and entertainment editor for the Mountain Xpress, and also is a writer of creative prose and poetry and a spoken-word artist. She is the author of “How to Talk to Rock Stars,” and the chapbook, “It All Comes Rushing Back: Essays on Live, and the Zones Curb Service Gospel and Sleeping on Rooftops.” Admission is free and the public is invited.




Thursday, Dec. 6

“THE NUTCRACKER” PERFORMANCE, 9 a.m., Diana Wortham Theare, Pack Square, downtown Asheville. The Asheville Ballet will perform its entire production of the holiday classic “The Nutcracker” for local schoolchidlren. Seating is limited. For reservations, call or email Ann Dunn, director, at 215-3728 or visit This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

“THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER!” SHOW, 7 p.m., Smoky Mountain Center for Performing Arts, 1028 Georgia Road, Franklin. The Overlook Theatre Company will perform “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever!” through Dec. 8. Regarding the event, the SMCPA noted, “The Herdmans are the worst kids in the history of the world. They lie, steal, smoke cigars, say things they shouldn’t, and hit little kids. So no one is prepared when this outlaw family invades church one Sunday and decides to take over the annual Christmas pageant. None of the Herdmans has ever heard the Christmas story before. Their interpretation of the tale — the Wise Men are a bunch of dirty spies and Herod needs a good beating — has a lot of people up in arms. But it will make this year’s pageant the most unusual anyone has seen and, just possibly, the best one ever. ‘The Best Christmas Pageant Ever’ is a powerful story of misunderstanding, faith and redemption. Through most of the play, the audience can’t stop laughing, but by the end most will be watching the show through tears. A great, fun holiday experience for any age and sure to become a modern Christmas classic.” The one-act production is approximately one hour in length. For tickets, visit www.greatmountainmusic.com.




Friday, Dec. 7

“THE NUTCRACKER” PERFORMANCE, 7:30 p.m., Diana Wortham Theare, Pack Square, downtown Asheville. The Asheville Ballet will perform professional production of the full original “The Nutcracker” at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7-8 and at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 8-9.. Seating is limited. For tickets, which are $15-$50, call 257-4530 or visit www.ashevilleballet.com.

JOE PERRY CONCERT, 9 p.m., Event Center, Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort, Cherokee. Joe Perry, former guitarist for the rock band Aerosmith, will perform in concert. He will be joined by Aerosmith co-guitarist Brad Whitford and Extreme vocalist Gary Cherone. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com or call (800) 745-3000. 




Saturday, Dec. 8

“HOLIDAYS AT THE MOVIES” CONCERT, 3 and 7:30 p.m., Concert Hall, Blue Ridge Community College, East Flat Rock. The Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra will present its “Holidays at the Movies” concert twice. Joining the orchestra, under the baton of maestro Thomas Joiner, will be Preston Dyar, well-known actor for the past many years at Flat Rock Playhouse, the state theater of North Carolina. Dyar will provide colorful narration during the concert, including retelling the holiday story, “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.” This year’s concert is billed as “an uplifting blend of music from such films as “It’s a Wonderful Life,” “The Polar Express,” “MIracle on 34th Street” and “White Christmas.” For tickets, visit hendersonvillesymphony.org or call 697-5884.

“THE NUTCRACKER” PERFORMANCE, 3 p.m., The Foundation Performing Arts Center, Isothermal Community College, Spindale. Dreamweavers Dance Studio will present a performance of “The Nutcracker.” For tickets, visit FoundationShows.org.


 



Sunday, Dec. 9

“DON QUIXOTE” BALLET PERFORMANCE ON FILM, 3-5 p.m., Bardo Arts Center, Western Carolina University, Cullowee. The BAC Sunday Cinema Series will feature the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow — filmed on April 10, 2016 — performing Miguel de Cervantes literary classic “Don Quixote.” Regarding the production, WCU noted, “Inspired by heroic stories of brave knights, Don Quixote of La Mancha and his faithful servant Sancho Panza set out on an adventure to meet his ideal woman, Dulcinea. Cervantes’ hero comes to life in the Bolshoi’s critically acclaimed staging of this exalting performance. Single tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors (ages 65 and older) and WCU students and faculty, and $5 for students. To reserve tickets, call 227-ARTS or visit bardoartscenter.wcu.edu.

 




Wednesday, Dec. 12

 “THE 12 DATES OF CHRISTMAS” PRODUCTION, 7:30 p.m., N.C. Stage Co., 15 Stage Lane, downtown Asheville. The N.C. Stage Co. will present its production of “The 12 Dates of Christmas.” The play runs through Dec. 30. Wednesday through Saturday shows are at 7:30 p.m. Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m. Regarding the show, the N.C. Stage Co. noted, “After seeing her fiancé on TV kissing another woman at the Thanksgiving Day Parade, Mary’s life falls apart — just in time for the holidays. Over the next year, she stumbles back into the dating world, where ‘romance’ ranges from weird and creepy to absurd and comical. It seems nothing can help Mary’s growing cynicism, until the charm and innocence of a five-year-old boy unexpectedly brings a new outlook on life and love. This heartwarming one woman show offers a hilarious and modern alternative to the old standards of the holiday season.” The show includes discretionary content stemming from “adult language.” For tickets, visit www.ncstage.org or call 239-0263.

 




Saturday, Dec. 15

CHARLES TAYLOR HOLIDAY DINNER, 6:30 p.m., Expo Center, Crowne Plaza Resort, 1 Resort Drive, West Asheville. U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., will be the featured speaker at this year’s Charles Taylor Holiday Dinner, an annual gathering of primarily Republican activists and officials put on by the former congressman and his family. Also appearing will be other GOP officials, including Mark Harris, a Republican who recently was elected to represent North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District, which takes in part of Charlotte and several counties to the east. He will take office in January. Taylor, a Republican from Brevard, served in the U.S. House from 1991 to 2007. For tickets, which are $65 (or $75 for those who wish to be photographed with the special guests), contact Trish Smothers at 243-2187 or visit This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

CIRQUE MUSICA CONCERT, 7:30 p.m., Event Center, Harrah’s Cherokee Casino, Cherokee. Circque Musica Holiday Presents Wonderland is billed as “an all-new concert experience featuring the cast of ‘Cirque Musica,’ together with your favorite holiday songs performed by a live symphony orchestra. Cirque Musica Holiday will bring audiences on a journey into a world of ‘Wonderland’ with unforgettable visuals and amazing acrobats, aerialists, hilarious hijinks and holiday cheer. This is the perfect opportunity for the entire family to experience great holiday music, love, while enjoying spectacular costumes, production, and an edge of your seat circus experience.” For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.

 




Tuesday, Dec. 18

A SWANNANOA SOLSTICE SHOW, 2 and 7 p.m., Diana Wortham Theatre, downtown Asheville. The show “A Swannoa Solstice“ will be performed. Regarding the show, a publicity item noted, “For 16 years and counting, ‘A Swannanoa Solstice’ has welcomed the winter season, delighting local audiences with its world-class display of folk music and becoming a beloved holiday tradition, drawing more devoted fans each year. Bringing back renowned recording artists Al Petteway, Amy White, Robin Bullock and Grammy-winner David Holt, this seasonal selection promises an evening of creative Celtic, American roots and world-influenced melodies to dazzle locals and visitors alike. The Asheville tradition, reflecting the heritage of its hills, spreads a peaceful, united and uplifting message, perfect for the holiday season.” For tickets, visit Ticketmaster.com, visit the TWA box office or call the box office at (800) 745-3000. 

“A CHRISTMAS TOGETHER” SHOW, 7-9 p.m., Smoky Mountain Center for Performing Arts, 1028 Georgia Road, Franklin. The show, The Overlook Theatre Company will perform “A Christmas Together: An Evening of Stories, Songs & Family” on one night only. For tickets, visit www.greatmountainmusic.com.

 



Friday, Dec. 21

“A BLUEGRASS CHRISTMAS WITH SIERRA HULL,” 7:30 p.m., Smoky Mountain Center for Performing Arts, 1028 Georgia Road, Franklin. The show, “A Bluegrass Christmas With Sierra Hull” will be performed. Regarding the event, the SMCPA noted, “Sierra Hull is a singer, mandolinist and former child prodigy who signed with Rounder at age 13 and distinguished herself by becoming the first bluegrass musician to receive a Presidential Scholarship to the prestigious Berklee College of Music. Though she is best known for her work as a mandolin player, Hull is also respected as a composer and lyricist, having worked closely with 15-time Grammy Award-Winner Bela Fleck. And now, Sierra invites everyone to enjoy the musical sounds of a Bluegrass Christmas celebration.” For tickets, which are $15 and $18, visit www.greatmountainmusic.com.

 




Saturday, Jan. 5

“HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ELVIS” TRIBUTE SHOW, 7 p.m., The Foundation Performing Arts Center, Isothermal Community College, Spindale. Dreamweavers Dance Studio will present a performance of the tribute show “Hapy Birthday, Elvis,” featuring Travis Powell. For tickets, visit FoundationShows.org.

 



Saturday, Jan. 19

AIR SUPPLY CONCERT, 7:30 p.m., Event Center, Harrah’s Cherokee Resort. The duo Air Supply will perform in concert. For tickets, visit Ticketmaster.com, visit the TWA box office or call the box office at (800) 745-3000. 

ASHEVILLE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CONCERT, 8 p.m., Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, downtown Asheville. The ASO will perform “Masterworks 4: Saint-Saéns” under guest conductor Ward Stare, and featuring Daniel Kaler on cello and Laura Strickling, soprano; and the Asheville Symphony Chorus. on piano For tickets, visit ashevillesymphonyorchestra.org. 

STEEP CANYON RANGERS CONCERT, 8 p.m., U.S. Cellular Center, downtown Asheville. The Steep Canyon Rangers with Hiss Golden Messenger will perform in concert. 




Sunday, Jan. 20

“CAT ON A TIN ROOF” FILM SCREENING, 3 p.m., Bardo Arts Center, Western Carolina University, Cullowee. The BAC Sunday Cinema Series will feature a screening of “Cat on a Tin Roof.” Single tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors (ages 65 and older) and WCU students and faculty, and $5 for students. To reserve tickets, call 227-ARTS or visit bardoartscenter.wcu.edu.




Sunday, Feb. 17

TREVOR NOAH PERFORMANCE, 8 p.m., U.S. Cellular Center, downtown Asheville. Trevor Noah, host of television’s “The Daily Show,” will perform in Asheville as part of his first-ever 28-city Loud & Clear arena tour. Born in South Africa to a black mother and a white father during the end of apartheid, Noah is known for sharing “incisive social and political commentary,” according to a news release. He released his New York Times bestseller book, “Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood,” in 2016. Noah performed in Asheville in September 2017 at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium.




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