The new season of arts and cultural events is here, and in my second of a series of examples of what is available in our coverage area, I'm speaking with Lori Davis of Arts and Cultural Events - or ACE - in Culowhee at Western Carolina University. Although located at a college - like my first example, The Foundation Performing Arts Center - ACE is different in that WCU is a university that is known for its arts and cultural programs.
Open Hearts Art Center is one of the most quiet organizations in Asheville. The fact that I had never heard of it before I was contacted about doing a story on the organization is no real surprise. Sometimes when I get going in one direction, I miss everything that happens around me. But it seems I'm not the only person who hasn't heard about Open Hearts and all of the wonderful, exciting things these folks do for 'differently-abled' adults from ages 18 to 70-something.
What do you think of when you see a pit bull? Do you watch him carefully - whether he's on a leash or not? Are you afraid he could attack at any moment? Unfortunately, that's the reaction most people have when they see or even hear about a pit bull. Fortunately for Wallace not everyone feels that way, like author Jim Gorant, who heard about Wallace and just had to write his story.
Here in Western North Carolina, the Piedmont and into South Carolina, there is no shortage of high-quality entertainment in a wide variety and to suit every taste - from children to adults. Over the next couple of weeks, I'll touch base with three organizations in order to give a cross-section of what is available for those in search of a good night out....or an afternoon out...or a morning, out for that matter. The first of these sources of great entertainment is the Performing Arts Center right here on the campus of Isothermal Community College.
Are you a procrastinator? Do you feel like you can never get anything done because you're constantly side-tracked by the one-million and one things you need to do in any given day? If so, 'The Art of Procrastination: A Guide to Effective Dawdling, Lollygagging and Postponing" may be just what you need.
WNCW host, Joe Kendrick, interviews Dan Patterson by phone from Charlotte as he prepares to cover the 2012 Democratic National Convention after doing the same in Tampa for the Republican National Convention.
For fifty years, Del McCoury's music has defined authenticity for hard core bluegrass fans. And yet, he and his band also have that knack for appealing to music fans that merely flirt with the genre of Del's former bandleader Bill Monroe. Take the band's recent work with David Grisman, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Keller Williams...then there's that "motorcycle song"....
Twenty years ago, WNCW signed off the air at 2 a.m. each weekday before coming back on air at 6 a.m. in the morning. A group from Charlotte came over to Spindale and changed all that in the fall of 1992, bringing ARC Overnight to the airwaves and making WNCW a 24-hour station.
Join Joe Kendrick on ARC Overnight next Tuesday night, September 4th during Rob Daves' show. He will interview Jay Sanders of Asheville's E. Normus Trio, upon the release of his new album of all-original jazz, Love & Barbiturates.