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January 24, 2015

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January 08, 2015

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January 08, 2015

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Arts & Entertainment

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Check out our events calendar, Asheville's one-stop shop for music.

Asheville area art galleries, performing arts, fine art, mountain crafts and folk art

The Asheville arts scene is buzzing, featuring hundreds of fine artists, performing arts venues, mountain crafters, folk artists, hip arts neighborhoods, numerous art galleries and myriads of art events.

  • Performing Arts

    Asheville has a thriving performing arts scene with amazing diversity, ranging from opera, ballet, country music, engaging theater to experimental jazz. Street performers entertain crowds on nearly every corner of downtown.
  • Art Galleries

    Home to countless galleries, studios and craft shops, the Western North Carolina mountains are a hotbed of craft and contemporary art.
  • Art History

    Asheville has a wide range of historic attractions and museums, including America's largest home, the Biltmore, and the home of native author Thomas Wolfe. Asheville also boasts more Art Deco architecture than any southeastern city other than Miami Beach.
  • Music Scene

    Asheville's art scene includes an enthusiastic music culture. From bluegrass and mountain music to experimental jazz and rock, the city's creative atmosphere inspires musicians.
  • Downtown Asheville

    In the <a href=''>Downtown Asheville Art District</a>, more than 20 galleries within easy walking distance of one another feature a wide variety of fine art and studio crafts created by local, regional, national and international artists. The <a href=''>Asheville Art Museum</a> entices with a variety of shows and collections throughout the year.
  • River Arts District

    The River Arts District, filled with dozens of working art studios, is one of Asheville's unique arts neighborhoods.


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Upcoming Events

Black Box Storytelling Theatre Presents: Soaring Stories/Regi Carpenter and Tom Chalmers

  • January 26, 2015
  • Location: SOL Bar at New Mountain Asheville
  • Address: 38 North French Broad Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801
  • Venue:  New Mountain Asheville

Black Box Storytelling Theatre Presents: Soaring Stories/Regi Carpenter and Tom Chalmers Monday, Jan 26th, 2015- SOL Bar Black Box Storytelling Theater Presents: Regi Carpenter Doors: 6PM Show 7PM Tickets: $8 Adv / $10 DOS (all Ages) ::Regina Carpenter:: Since 1993, Regi has been motivating and inspiring audiences with a diverse repertoire of world stories, folktales, myths, music and personal stories of her hometown Clayton, NY on the St. Lawrence River i...

Art Exhibition "Seaside :: Poolside" Public Reception

  • January 29, 2015
  • Location: Asheville School - Crawford Art Gallery
  • Address: 360 Asheville School Road, Asheville, NC 28806

"Seaside :: Poolside" features Asheville artists Rachel Clegg and Moni Hill. The exhibition is now on display in Asheville School’s Crawford Art Gallery and will hang until March 6. Asheville School’s art department will host public reception from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 29.

An Evening of Comedic Improv by Tomfoolery & The Shenanigans

  • January 30, 2015
  • Location: Carolina Cinemas
  • Address: 1640 Hendersonville Road, Asheville, NC 28803

Got an appetite for distraction? Come see NYS3's newly minted improv troupe perform at Carolina Cinemas on Friday, January 30th at 8 PM in the upstairs lounge. Come for the laughs, stay for dinner/beer & a movie. Hosted by the indomitable Tom Chalmers. $5 suggested donation is optional. Audience suggestions are mandatory.

Aquila Theatre Company in Brontë’s Wuthering Heights

Aquila Theatre Company in Brontë’s Wuthering Heights — January 30, 2015 Aquila Theatre’s “two plays in two days” is an Asheville tradition that begins with Emily Brontë’s classic story of all-consuming passion and ill-fated lovers on the lonely moors of northern England. Mainstage Theatre Series, Diana Wortham Theatre. Friday, January 30, 2015, 8:00 p.m. Tickets/Info: (828) 257-4530 or

50 Shades! The Musical Parody

50 Shades! The Musical Parody is the sexy and hilarious send-up of "Fifty Shades of Grey," the greatest novel EVER. The show has audiences rolling on the floor, dancing in the aisles and BEGGING for more.

Aquila Theatre Company in Shakespeare’s The Tempest

Aquila Theatre Company in Shakespeare’s The Tempest — January 31, 2015 Aquila Theatre’s “two plays in two days” is an Asheville tradition that concludes with what is believed to be Shakespeare’s final play. The Tempest is imbued with magic, the supernatural, and a heightened sense of theatricality in the experienced, nuanced hands of the Aquila Theatre actors. Mainstage Theatre Series, Diana Wortham Theatre. Saturday, January 31, 2015, 8:00 p.m. Tickets/Info:...

Sundays with Brevard Music Center

  • February 1, 2015
  • Location: Reuter Center, UNC Asheville
  • Address: One University Heights, Asheville, NC 28804

OLLI now has a partnership with historic Brevard Music Center, a longstanding summer training program and festival. The “Sundays with Brevard Music Center” series features free hour-long solo and chamber recitals by members of the Brevard Music Center’s faculty, held at the Reuter Center. Concerts are free and open to the public. Brevard Music Center is proud to be collaborating with OLLI and reaching out to the Asheville community. For our February Sundays with BMC concert, we...

Recurring Events

Beyond Textures: November 1 - February 3

  • January 26, 2015
  • Address: Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 382, Asheville, NC 28805
  • Venue:  Folk Art Center
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily

Featuring work by members of the Southern Highland Craft Guild: Joan Berner (fiber), Chery Cratty (paper), Robin Ford (fiber), Terry Gess (clay), Carmen Grier (fiber), Jon Arsenault (clay). (Work Shown: Chery Cratty)

Clay Studio Exhibit

Starting Friday, December 5, in conjunction with Black Mountain’s town-wide Holly Jolly holiday celebration, the Black Mountain Center for the Arts opens its upper floor to the beautiful results of the BMCA Clay Studio for its Annual Exhibit and Ceramics Sale. The event will be held from 5-8 pm. The Annual Exhibit will feature the finest work of Clay Studio instructors and students in the Arts Center’s Upper Gallery. This diverse exhibit will be on display until February 20. In the a...

Emergence: Crafting an Identity

  • January 26, 2015
  • Location: HandMade in America
  • Address: 125 S. Lexington Ave., Unit 101, Asheville, NC 28801
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily

An exhibition featuring the work of Haywood Community College alumni, opens Monday, January 26, 2015 at Handmade in America, downtown Asheville, North Carolina. Running through Friday, April 17, 2015, an opening reception will be hosted by the artists on Friday, February 13, 2015 from 6-8pm, at Handmade in America which is located at the corner of Hilliard Avenue and Church Street in downtown Asheville. Eight recent graduates of Haywood Community College will exhibit work in four media: Crystal ...

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