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Wednesday, Jan. 1

NEW YEAR’S DAY POLAR PLUNGE, noon, beach, Lake Lure. To wrap up the holiday season and to launch the new year, the annual Lake Lure New Year’s Day Polar Plunge will be held. An event promotion stated, “You’ll be ‘freezin’ for a reason.’ Brave souls will take a chilly plunge into beautiful Lake Lure to enliven and invigorate the senses, have fun and get some well-earned bragging rights. There will be a bonfire, games, costume contest, cash prizes and hot chocolate.” Registration will begin at 9 a.m. 

Saturday, Jan. 4

THE NEW YORK BEE GEES TRIBUTE CONCERT, 8 p.m., The Knight Center, 430 S. Tryon St., downtown Charlotte. The tribute band The New York Bee Gees will perform “all the Bee Gees’ greatest hits,” according to an event promotion. For tickets, call (704) 372-1000 or visit

Monday, Jan. 6

SANDBURG STORY SLAM, 5-7 p.m., Kaplan Auditorium, Henderson County Main Library, 301 N. Washington St., Hendersonville. The Carl Sandburg Home, a National Historic Site based in Flat Rock, will offer a free-admission day on Jan. 6 — Sandburg’s birthday, along with a related event — the Sandburg Story Slam, which will be held at the library in Hendersonville. The slam is a competitive storytelling event.

Friday, Jan. 10

TERRARIUM WORKSHOP, 1-2:30 p.m., Bullington Gardens, 95 Upper Red Oak Trail, Hendersonville. Attendees will create a miniature garden in a glass jar with Mary Martin inside Bullington’s warm greenhouse. All materials will be supplies with the $50 entry fee. To register, visit or call 698-6104.

BIG BAND DANCE WEEKEND, 7:30 p.m., Grand Ballroom, Omni Grove Park Inn, North Asheville. The annual Big Band Weekend — Jan. 10-12 ‚— will feature music by the long-running Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra. Event features on Jan. 11 include ballroom dance instruction from 10 a.m. to noon, an afternoon tea dance from 2 to 4 p.m. and a Saturday night concert and dance featuring the JDO. The event will conclude on Jan. 12 with a self-guided history tour, followed by a brunch at 2:30 p.m. To register, visit

Saturday, Jan. 11

ELVIS PRESLEY TRIBUTE SHOW, 7 p.m., The Foundation Performing Arts Center, Isothermal Community College, Spindale. Travis Powell will perform in a tribute to Elvis Presley, hosted by the Cleveland Rutherford Kidney Association. In “Happy Birthday to Elvis,” Powell performs as Elvis, singing many of his No. 1 hits, as well as many other favorites, backed by the TCB Experience Band and the Carolina Quartet. For tickets, which are $30 to $40 (and $50 for meet-and-greet tickets), call 286-9990 or visit

Thursday, Jan. 16

THE BLACK MARKET TRUST CONCERT, 7 p.m., Diana Wortham Theatre, 18 Biltmore Ave., downtown Asheville. The group The Black Market Trust will perform in concert. Regarding the show, an event promotion noted, “Combining the soulful sounds of legendary American crooners with the fire and energy of gypsy jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt, The Black Market Trust have found their niche in the world of American pop and vocal jazz, melding two distinctly different vibes into a single, cohesive, stylish sound. Hailing from Los Angeles, these five world-class musicians travel the globe, recording with music’s most-renowned artists and delivering high-energy, crowd-pleasing performances filled with material from the Great American Songbook, infusing some of the greatest songs ever written with jazzy romance and flavor.” For tickets, visit

“THE LAST GREAT HUNT’S NEW OWNER” STAGE SHOW, 8 p.m., Tina McGuire Theatre, 18 Biltmore Ave., downtown Asheville. “The Last Great Hunt’s New Owner” will be performed at p.m. Jan. 16-17, at 2 and 8 p.m. Jan. 18 and at 2 and 7 p.m. Jan. 19. Regarding the show, an event promotion stated, “Bernie is a boisterous puppy at the shelter, and Mabel is a lonely widow. The day they find each other marks the beginning of a profoudn friendship. But Mabel is old, and Bernie is young — and, suddenly, he’s alone. Combining puppetry, live action and animation, ‘New Owners’ transports audiences to a world full of adventures, told from a dog’s perspective. From the minds of Arelle Gray and Tim Watts, founding members of Australian theater collective ‘The Last Great Hunt’ comes a touching and stunningly beautiful new story about loss, friendship and new beginnings — an up-close-and-personal experience at the intimate Tina McGuire Theatre.” For tickets, visit

Saturday, Jan. 18

CHER TRIBUTE SHOW, 7:30 p.m., Event Center, Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort, Cherokee. “The Beat Goes On,” a Cher tribute show featuring Lisa McClowry as Cher, will be performed. For tickets, visit

Sunday, Jan. 19

ASHEVILLE SEGREGATION AND BEYOND TALK, 2:30-4 p.m., Friends Meeting House, 227 Edgewood Road, Asheville. Al Whitesides Jr. will address “Walking In Another’s Shoes —  Stories from Asheville’s Past and Hope for the Future” at the monthly meeting of the Ethical Humanist Society of Asheville. An event promottion stated, “In 1950’s Asheville, Al’s parents taught their children that the only way to fight segregation was with an education.  Al took that to heart. He is still working to promote education. Of course we cannot walk in another’s shoes, nor can we experience the prejudice endured by another’s race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, economic or physical circumstance. Stories, however, can be enlightening, enriching and educational.  Join Al Whitesides as he recounts growing up in segregated Asheville, and how he now works to secure a promising future for all in Asheville.” Whitesides, a member of the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners, “is passionate about educational opportunity for all,” the promotion stated.  He has served on the Asheville City Board of Education, the board of his alma mater NC Central University,” and as chair of the UNC Asheville Board of Trustees. In 2016, UNCA honored Whitesides’ legacy with an honorary degree and the dedication of Whitesides Hall. Professionally, Whitesides worked in banking for 40 years, with First Union National Bank in Asheville, Wachovia, and Mountain 1st Bank and Trust.  Among all his accomplishments, Whitesides said is most proud of his role as a husband, father and grandfather. An informal discussion and refreshments will follow the presentation. Admission is free and all are welcome to attend.



Tuesday, Jan. 20

HENDERSON COUNTY MLK UNITY BREAKFAST, 8:30 a.m., Blue Ridge Conference Hall, Technology Education and Development Center, Blue Ridge Community College, East Flat Rock. The 20th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Unity Breakfast will open with breakfast by Bojangles’ at 8:30 a.m., followed by the program at 9:15 a.m. Doors open at 8 a.m. The celebration’s theme is education, which, a news release noted, was influenced by MLK Jr.’s 1947 article “Intelligence Plus Character: The Goal of True Education.” The article appeared in Morehouse College’s student newspaper, The Maroon Tiger. This year’s program will highlight and honor alumni and faculty of Hendersonville’s Ninth Avenue and Sixth Avenue schools. The two schools served as a beacon for the eduction of black Americans and as regional community centers from 1916 to 1965, the release stated. The keynote speaker, Vergel L. Lattimore III, is president and professor of pastoral psychology and counseling at Hood Theological Seminary in Salisbury. Ronnie Pepper will serve as master of ceremonies for the second straight year. As in the past, the celebration also will feature inspirational music and dance performances. For tickets, which are $15 for adults and $5 for children ages 5-12, call 697-6224 or visit the Community Foundation of Henderson County’s office, 401 N. Main St., Suite 300, Hendersonville. Tickets also will be available for purchase at the door.

Thursday, Jan. 21

UNCA MLK JR. COMMEMORATION EVENT, 7 p.m., Blue Ridge Room, Highsmith Student Union, UNC Asheville. UNCA’s annual commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr. will feature a keynote address by award-winning journalist, author and civil rights pioneer Charlayne Hunter-Gault. The event is free and open to everyone. She also will lead a master class — at 4 p.m. earlier the same day ‚ in Highsmith Room 228.

Friday, Jan. 23

JANUARY JAZZ GALA, 7-9 p.m., Laurel Ridge Country CLub, 49 Cupp Lane, Waynesville. The Haywood County Arts Council will host its January Jazz event, with music provided by Charlotte’s Jazz Revolution Band. An event promotion noted that the evening will feature “sizzling jazz, hors d’oeuvres, dessert and dancing. Doors open at 6 p.m. Ticket price includes one glass of wine/beverage, but there will be a cash bar. Tickets, which are $50 per person (including one glass of wine), are abailable through Eventbrite or at the HCAC, 86 N. Main St., Waynesville. Tickets must be purchased in advance, as tickets “will NOT be available at the door,” the organizers stated.

Saturday, Jan. 25

FEMALE IMPERSONATOR REVUE, 7:30 p.m., Newton-Conover Auditorium, 60 W. 6th St., Newton. A female impersonator revue, “Drag Me to the Magic Queendom,” will be performed. Regarding the show, an event promotion stated that it is a revue featuring “some of North Carolina’s most notable drag entertainers as some of your favorite and villainous Disney characters.” Fifteen percent of the proceeds will benefit OutRight Youth in Hickory. For tickets, call 464-8100 or visit

Friday, Jan. 31

RONNIE MILSAP CONCERT, 7:30 p.m., Smoky Mountain Center for Performing Arts, 1028 Georgia Road, Franklin. Ronnie Milsap, a six-time Grammy Award-winning American country singer and pianist, will perform in concert. For tickets, call 524-1598 or visit

GEORGE ORWELL’S “1984” STAGE SHOW, 8 p.m., Diana Wortham Theatre, 18 Biltmore Ave., downtown Asheville. Aquila Theatre will perform George Orwell’s “1984.” Regarding the show, an event promotion stated, “Everywhere Winston goes, the Party is watching — even within his own home, behind closed doors, curtains drawn. Citizens are under rigid control, and rebelious thoughts are criminalized under Big Brother’s watchful eye. In  the 70 years since it’s release, George Orwell’s dystopian novel ‘1984’ has become a classic, a powerful warning against the dangers of totalitarian society. Aquila Theatre has been praised as producing high-quality classic ‘with superb acting and clever staging’ (The New Yorker) and has been called ‘one of the most inventive and daring theatre companies in the country” (The Lincoln Star Journal). For tickets, visit

Saturday, Feb. 1

ELVIS PRESLEY TRIBUTE SHOW, 7 p.m., Newton-Conover Auditorium, 60 W. 6th St., Newton. A “‘Love Me Tender’ Valentine Concert With Elvis” will be performed. Stephen Freeman will perform as Elvis Presley, accompanied by the Echoes of a Legend Live Show Band. For tickets, which range from $15 to $30, call 464-8100 or visit

HOMER’S “THE ODYSSEY” STAGE SHOW, 8 p.m., Diana Wortham Theatre, 18 Biltmore Ave., downtown Asheville. Aquila Theatre will perform in Homer’s “The Odyssey.” Regarding the show, an event promotion noted, “Greek gods abound in Homer’s epic ‘The Odyssey,’ a poem so ancient it predates Shakespeare’s works by more than two millennia. Ten years after the fall of Troy, Greek hero Odysseus has yet to return home to his wife and son. After battling sea monsters and cyclops and other life-threatening obstacles, Odysseus finds himself imprisoned on the island of Ogygia, held captive by the beautiful nymph Calypso. With some help from the gods, Odysseus might just escape. When it comes to classical Greek dramas, ‘there are few (theater companies) that can mount productons with the iconoclastic and high-voltage energy of Aquila Theatre Company and win praise from critics and scholars alike,’ writes The New York Times. For tickets, visit

Tuesday, Feb. 4

LECTURE, 7 p.m., Lipinsky Auditorium, UNC Asheville. Richard J. Davidson, Ph.D., world-renowned neuroscientist and co-author of “Altered Traits: Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain, and Body,” will give a free public lecture. He also will conduct a free public master class at 9 a.m. Feb. 14, in the Highsmith Student Union Blue Ridge Room. And to set the stage for Davidson’s campus visit, UNC Asheville Associate Professor of Psychology Patrick Foo will give a free talk, “The Neuroscience of Meditative Practices,” at noon Feb. 4, also in the Blue Ridge Room. Davidson’s lecture, “Well-Being Is a Skill,” will consider scientific evidence that people can change their brains by cultivating habits of mind that will improve well-being. His analysis stems from his decades of research focused on the neural bases of emotion and emotional style, and methods to promote human flourishing, including meditation and related contemplative practices.

Friday, Feb. 7

“TATER SALAD” COMEDY SHOW, 8 p.m., Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, downtown Asheville. Comedian Ron “Tater Salad” White will perform his show. White is billed in an event proomotion as “a classic storyteller, relaying tales from his real life, ranging from growing up in a small town in Texas, to sharing stories of his daily life, to becoming one of the most successful comedians in America. White rose to fame as the cigar-smoking, scotch-drinking funnyman from the Blue Collar Comedy Tour phenomenon, but since 2004 has established himself as a star in his own right. Over the past nine years, he has been one of the top three grossing stand-up comedians on tour in America.” For tickets, which are $49.50 to $84.50, visit www1/


Saturday, Feb. 8

COMEDY CLASSIC WEEKEND, 7:30 p.m., Grand Ballroom, Omni Grove Park Inn, North Asheville. The annual Comedy Classic Weekend will feature Juston McKinney and Matthew Broussard in the Saturday Night Comedy Show. The event will conclude on Feb. 9 with a brunch at 2 p.m. in the Blue Ridge Room.

PINK FLOYD LASER SPECTACULAR SHOW, 8 p.m., Newton-Conover Auditorium, 60 W. 6th St., Newton. The Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular Show will be performed. The smash hit multimedia laser and light show features the original master recordings of Pink Floyd. The British psychedelic rock group, formed in the 1960s, is touted “as one of the most successful and influential groups ever.” For tickets, which are $35 each (plus $2.50 for 3-D glasses), call 464-8100 or visit

Wednesday, Feb. 12

“DISNEY’S ‘ALADDIN:’ THE HIT BROADWAY MUSICAL” PERFORMANCES, 7:30 p.m., Peace Center, Greenville, S.C. Disney’s “Aladdin: The Hit Broadway Musical” wil be performed Feb. 12-23. Showtimes for Feb. 13-23 vary. Regarding the show, an event promotion stated, “From the producer of ‘The Lion King’ comes the timeless story of ‘Aladdin,’ a thrilling new production filled with unforgettable beauty, magic, comedy, and breathtaking spectacle. It’s an extraordinary theatrical event where one lamp and three wishes make the possibilities infinite.” For tickets, visit 

Saturday, Feb. 15

JEFF FOXWORTHY COMEDY SHOW, 7:30 p.m., Event Center, Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort, Cherokee. Comedian and author Jeff Foxworthy will perform. Foxworthy is billed as “back by popular demand” in Cherokee — and “the largest-selling comedy-recording artist of all time.” He recently released his ninth and final solo comedy album “Have Your Loved Ones Spayed Or Neutered.” For tickets, visit

Monday, Feb. 17

GORDON LIGHTFOOT CONCERT, 8 p.m., Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, downtown Asheville. Iconic rock singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot is including Asheville as a stop for a show in his “80 Years Strong” tour. An event promotion stated, “Celebrating his 80th birthday, this year’s tour is special for the legendary artist and will feature his well-known hits as well as some deep album cuts for the die-hard fanatics — all of which are woven together with some of Lightfoot’s own behind-the-scenes stories and personal anecdotes about his historic 50-plus years’ musical career and his 80 years of life.” For tickets, visit

Friday, Feb. 21

BRET MICHAELS SHOW, 7:30 p.m., Event Center, Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort, Cherokee. Bret Michaels and Special Guests Warrant and FireHouse will present their “The Party Starts Now” show. For tickets, visit

Tuesday, March 3

“LES MISERABLES” PERFORMANCES, 7:30 p.m., Peace Center, Greenville, S.C. Cameron Mackintosh will present the new production — by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schønberg’s Tony Award-winning musical phenomenon — of “Les Misérables,” a literary classic written by Victor Hugo. The show will run March 3-8. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. March 3-5, 8 p.m., March 6, 2 and 8 p.m. March 7, and 1 and 6:30 p.m. March 8. For tickets, which are $45-$105, visit 

Friday, March 13

SEBASTIAN MANISCALCO COMEDY SHOW, 9 p.m., Event Center, Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort, Cherokee. Comedian Sebastian Maniscalco will be performing in his “You Bother Me” tour. For tickets, visit

Saturday, March 21

JEFF DUNHAM COMEDY SHOW, 5 p.m., U.S. Cellular Center, downtown Asheville. Jeff Dunham will perform in Asheville during a stop in his “Seriously!?” tour. An event promotion noted that, “in addition to his usual cast of irreverent accomplices, ‘Seriously!?’ includes the newest member of the troupe, ‘Larry.’ As the president’s personal advisor, he (Dunham) gives his hilarious take on what it’s like to work at the White House.” For tickets, visit

Saturday, March 28

IN THIS MOMENT AND BLACK VEIL BRIDES SHOW, 7 p.m., Event Center, Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort, Cherokee. Performing in concert will be In This Moment and Black Veil Brides, along with DED and Raven Black. For tickets, visit

Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 January 2020 13:44


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