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Calendar of Events

Friday, Feb. 1

CLASSIC ROCK-N-ROLL WEEKEND, 7:30 p.m., Grand Ballroom, Omni Resorts The Grove Park Inn, North Asheville. Classic Rock-N-Roll Weekend will begin on Feb. 1 with a concert featuring One More Night, the Phil Collins Experience, a tribute band. Activities continue Feb. 2 with a 7:30 p.m. concert featuring Captain Fantastic, an Elton John tribute band. For tickets, which range from $20 to $60, call (800) 438-5800.

“JEEVES AT SEA” STAGE PRODUCTION, 7:30 p.m., N.C. Stage Co., 15 Stage Lane, downtown Asheville. The N.C. Stage Co. production of “Jeeves at Sea” will be performed through Feb. 17. Regarding the show, the N.C. Stage Co. noted, “Set sail for laughter as Bertie Wooster revels in life aboard the Vanderley yacht. Bertie is the pampered guest of the lively Lady Stella (very fetching profile), accompanied, as always, by his peerless valet, Jeeves. If only Bertie’s pal Crumpet hadn’t assaulted a prince. In the blink of an eye, Bertie is masquerading as a romance novelist, Crumpet’s posing as his own long-lost twin, and a sinister foreign count is challenging Bertie to a duel. Will this madcap case of mistaken identities end in Bertie’s doom — or worse, his marriage? Have no fear; Jeeves will sort it all out.” Shows are at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays. Special matinees at 2 p.m. are also scheduled on two Saturdays — Feb. 9 and 16. For tickets, visit or call 239-0263.

“FRANKENSTEIN” PRODUCTION, 8 p.m., Diana Wortham Theatre, downtown Asheville. Aquila Theatre will perform “Frankenstein.” For tickets, visit

Saturday, Feb. 2

BALSAM RANGE CONCERT, 7:30 p.m., Smoky Mountain Center for Performing Arts, 1028 Georgia Road, Franklin. The bluegrass group Balsam Range will perform in concert. Since the band’s inception in 2007, Balsam Range has been one of the genre’s most award-winning artists in recent years. The group has won 10 International Bluegrass Music Association awards on the heels of six critically acclaimed albums. “Balsam Range has left audiences spellbound while headlining major festivals from coast to coast, selling out venues across the nation, and appearing multiple times at the Grand Ole Opry,” the SMCPA noted.For tickets, which are $18, $22 and $28, visit

“A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM” PRODUCTION, 8 p.m., Diana Wortham Theatre, downtown Asheville. Aquila Theatre will perform “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” For tickets, which range from $20 to $60, visit

Friday, Feb. 8

“FOOTLOOSE” MUSICAL, 7:30 p.m., Asheville Community Theatre, 35 E. Walnut St., downtown Asheville. The ACT will perform a musical version of the 1984 film “Footloose” through March 3. Regarding the show, the ACT noted, “When teenager Ren McCormack moves from Chicago to a small town, he isn’t prepared for the stifling local laws, including a ban on dancing and rock music instituted by the local preacher. As he struggles to fit in, he encourages his classmates to defy the local pastor and call for a rock ’n’ roll prom. With an energetic Top 40 score amplified with dynamic new songs, ‘Footloose’ celebrates the wisdom of opening minds and listening to the voices of young people.” Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays. Additional Thursday performances are scheduled at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21 and 28. For tickets, visit or call 254-1320.

Sunday, Feb. 10

“HAMLET” FILM SCREENING, 3 p.m., Bardo Arts Center, Western Carolina University, Cullowee. The BAC Sunday Cinema Series will feature a screening of “Hamlet.” Single tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors (ages 65 and older) and $5 for WCU students and faculty. To reserve tickets, call 227-ARTS or visit

Tuesday, Feb. 12

“MUSLIM MAFIA” AUTHOR’S TALK, 7 p.m., Skyland Fire Department, 9 Miller Road., Skyland. Chris Gaubatz, author of “Muslim Mafia,” will speak in an address hosted by the Asheville Tea Party. Gaubatz is billed by the ATP as the “lead undercover researcher in one of the most successful post-9/11 undercover operations in the United States, who posed as a Muslim convert and gained access to the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas-backed organization leadership meetings.” Further, in “bio” information on Gaubatz, he is described as “a national security consultant, speaker and conservative political activist. Gaubatz trains law encorcement on the severity and dangers of the jihadi network in the U.S., detailing the strategies and modus operandi of the jihadis while providing specific investigative guidance by showing them how to locate and prosecute terrorists, working with citizens, legislators and leaders at the state and local level to create strategies to expose and dismantle these networks. Gaubatz has testified before the United States Senate on issues relatiing to the consequences of agency efforts to de-emphasize radical Islam in combating terrorism.” Gaubatz has been featured on numerous global media networks, national television shows and radio programs, including “The Sean Hannity Show,” “Tipping Point,” “The Savage Nation,” “Breitbart News Daily” and “Louder With Crowder.” For advance tickets, which are $5.75, visit www.AshevilleTeaPac/Donate.

Wed., Feb. 13

“MUSLIM MAFIA” AUTHOR’S TALK, 1 p.m., Operations Center, 305 Williams St., Hendersonville. Chris Gaubatz, author of “Muslim Mafia,” will speak in an address hosted by the Asheville Tea Party. See Feb. 12 calendar listing for details on Gaubatz. For advance tickets, which are $5.75, visit www.AshevilleTeaPac/Donate.

Thursday, Feb. 14

BOOK DISCUSSION/READINGS, 5:30-7 p.m., Thoms Wolfe Memorial State Historic Site, downtown Asheville. Brandon Johnson will discuss two Thomas Wolfe short stories — “Return” and “Old Catawba” — as part of the monthly discussion of Wolfe’s short stories by a different local author each month. Johnson is the author of “That Bright Land.” Refreshment will be served from 5:30 to 5:45 p.m. Admission is free.

BEATLES/EAGLES TRIBUTE SHOW, 7:30 p.m., Mainstage, Flat Rock Playhouse, 2661 Greenville Hwy., Flat Rock. The tribute show, “The Music of the Beatles and the Eagles,” will run Feb. 14-17 for Valentine’s weekend. For tickets, visit


Friday, Feb. 15

VALENTINE CABARET & DINNER SHOW, 6 p.m., Smoky Mountain Center for Performing Arts, 1028 Georgia Road, Franklin. The Overlook Theatre Co. will present a Valentine Cabaret and Show at 6 p.m.  Feb. 15 and 16. Regarding the producton, the SMCPA noted, Enjoy an evening of Broadway classics, pop standards, heart-pounding love songs as a troupe of singing actors present dinner, fun, laughs and a few surprises — all served up live on stage!” For tickets, which are $20 (including dinner and the show), visit

COLT FORD & THE LACS’ CONCERT, 8 p.m., Event Center, Harrah’s Cherokee Resort. Colt Ford & the LACS will perform in concert. For tickets, visit

BÉLA FLECK CONCERT, 8 p.m., Diana Wortham Theatre, downtown Ashevlle. Fifteen-time Grammy Award-winner Béla Fleck will perform in concert. For tickets, which range from $20 to $60, visit


Saturday, Feb. 16

GLITTER BALL, 6 p.m., Conference Hall, Blue Ridge Community College, East Flat Rock. The Glitter Ball, an annual fundraiser for the Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra, will feature dancing to a five-piece band, backed by 10 members of the HSO, playing music from the 1970s. The soiree will include a welcome champagne toast, fine wines, craft beer, hors d’oeuvres, a unique silent auction and raffle and a catered three-course plated dinner. For reservations, which are $125 per person, call 697-5884 or visit

VALENTINE’S DANCE, 7:30-11:30 p.m., YMI Cultural Center, 39 Market St., downtown Asheville. Delta House Life Developent of Asheville Inc. will present “Let the Good Times Roll,” a valentine’s dance and silent auction. Music will be provided by DJ Andre Simone. For refreshments, heavy hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine will be served. Attendees are required to “dress to impress,” with no blue jeans allowed. Tickets are $55 per person.

THE PLATTERS CONCERT, 8-11 p.m., The Foundation Performing Arts Center, Isothermal Community College, Spindale. The iconic group The Platters will perform in concert. Among the Platters’ classics are ‘The Great Pretender,’ ‘Only You’ and their inimitable rendition of ‘Smoke Gets in Your Eyes.’” For tickets, visit


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. Doors open at 7 p.m.


Friday, Feb. 22

JAY ALLEN / Alzheimers Research Benefit, 7:30 p.m., Smoky Mountain Center for Performing Arts, 1028 Georgia Road, Franklin. Jay Allen will perform in a benefit show for Alzheimer’s research. Regarding Allen, the SMCPA stated, “From the moment he enters a room, it becomes clear that Jay Allen is here to tell his story. The tattoo-clad singer/songwriter has his heart inked on his sleeve, so to speak, and sings with conviction onstage that stems from the lessons his parents taught him and the music he heard around the house. Knowing the stage was the only place he wanted to be, and so Jay packed his bags and moved to Nashville. Working day and night, Jay has achieved major milestones in the course of the past few years: he’s signed a publishing and development deal with Sony/ATV publishing, enlisted management team Edge Artist Management and released a five-song EP, which produced his first hit single, ‘Sounds Good To Me,’ dubbed a Highway Find on SiriusXM’s ‘The Highway.’” For tickets, which are $20 for adults and $10 for students, visit


Saturday, Feb. 23

BREW HORIZONS BEER FEST, 2-6 p.m., U.S. Cellular Center, 87 Haywood St., downtown Asheville. Craft beverages from a variety of prominent area breweries and cideries will be featured, along with artisanal local food, arts and crafts vendors, sustainable education areas and music.


“BLACK MIGRATIONS” PROGRAM,4 p.m., Hopkins A.M.E. Zion Chapel Church, 21 College Place, Asheville. Rodney L. Johnson, an Asheville native, will address “Black Migrations in the Asheville Community” in a program that will include gospel singing, art history and a soul food dinner. For dinner tickets, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 230-9192.


ASHEVILLE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CONCERT, 8 p.m., Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, downtown Asheville. The ASO will perform “Masterworks 5: Beethoven” under guest conductor Mei-Ann Chen, and featuring violinist Alexi Kenney, and the Asheville Symphony Chorus. For tickets, visit 


FOREIGNER CONCERT, 8 p.m., Event Center, Harrah’s Cherokee Resort. The band Foreigner will perform in concert. Foreigner is a British-American rock band, originally formed in New York City in 1976 by veteran English musician and ex–Spooky Tooth member Mick Jones, and fellow Briton and ex–King Crimson member Ian McDonald, along with American vocalist Lou Gramm. Among the band’s many hits are “I Want To Know What Love Is,” “Cold As Ice” and “Juke Box Hero.” For tickets, visit, or visit the TWA box office or call the box office at (800) 745-3000. 


Tuesday, Feb. 26

“CURRENTS” BY MAYUMANA PERFORMANCE, 7:30 p.m., Peace Concert Hall, The Peace Center, downtown Greenville, S.C. “Currents” will be performed by Tel Aviv, Israel, performance troupe Mayumana. Regarding the show, the promoters noted that it “is inspired by the historical Battle of Currents between Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla in their quest to find energy sources for the world. Audience members will be taken on a non-stop action-packed journey between two troupes, each representing a different view of the essence of light and electricity. The show combines a variety of elements, including specially designed musical instruments, massive video art projections and 11 skilled performers musically juggling between different sounds.” For tickets, which are $15-$45, visit


Thursday, Feb. 28

CONFEDERATE MONUMENTS’ TALK, 6:30 p.m., Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Asheville Center, 36 Montford Ave., Asheville. Darin Waters will provide a historical persective on the Confederate monument controversy swirling across the Southeast titled “Whose Story? Democraticizing America’s Collective Memory.” An LRU press release stated that “the presentation will examine the post-Civic War Reconstruction era’s lack of recognizing the injustices that were inflicted upon black Americans and will address the background of the construction and placement of Confederate monuments in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It will also touch on the idea that African-Americans have not had a significant voice in contributing to America’s collective historical memory.” Waters is an associate professor of history and the executive director of community engagement at UNC Asheville. The event is sponsored by the Martin Luther King Jr. Association of Asheville and Buncombe County Inc. Doors will open at 6 p.m. Following his presentation, Waters will answer questions from the audience. Refreshments will be provided. The event is free and open to the public. RSVPs are required, with registration available at


EILEEN IVERS CONCERT, 8 p.m., Diana Wortham Theatre, downtown Ashevlle. Fiddler Eileen Ivers will perform in concert. For tickets, visit


Saturday, March 2

“MY BIG FAT ITALIAN WEDDING MURDER!” PERFORMANCE, 6 p.m., The Center for Art & Inspiration, 125 S. Main St., downtown Hendersonville. The Center for Art & Inspiration, which has located in the former Flat Rock Playhouse venue, will present a performance of “My Big Fat Italian Wedding Murder.” The show also will be performed at 4 p.m. March 3. The CAI noted that the show is not appropriate for children under 13. For tickets with table seating, which are $59 each, call 697-8547 or visit


TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND CONCERT, 8 p.m., Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, U.S. Cellular Center, downtown Asheville.  The Tedeschi Trucks Band will perform in concert. Doors open at 7 p.m.


Sunday, March 3

FILM SCREENING/PANEL DISCUSSION, 4-6 p.m., Grail Moviehouse, 45 S. French Broad Ave., downtown Asheville. A free screening of “The Bail Trap: American Ransom” will be followed by a panel discussion. The program is being hosted by the local ACLU chapter and the local Racial Justice Coalition.

Last Updated on Sunday, 03 February 2019 20:50


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