Browse through upcoming arts and theater events in Hendersonville, NC, including musicals, plays, operas, and more.

Thursday, November 26, 2020
Improv I: The Basics of Inspired Improvisation
Nov 27 @ 6:30 pm – Dec 14 @ 7:45 pm
Asheville Community Theatre

This class will be offered in person on the ACT Mainstage, following all the recommended protocols for safety and sanitation. Limited to 8 students. In person classes are 50 minutes with an added 10 minutes for temperature checks. For ages 18+.

Incorporating aspects of the top improv programs in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, this course covers the fundamentals of improvisational acting with an emphasis on comedy; such as listening, commitment, adding information, agreement, intuitive reaction over desperate invention, as well as recognizing and capitalizing on emerging patterns. The class is crafted in such a way to have participants gradually gain their improv instincts through enjoyable and achievable exercises rather than teaching them the taste of disappointment and frustration. Students will gain experience and confidence in unscripted comedic performance through a series of improvised stories, scenes, and group structures; all done from a safe distance.

Improv II: Beyond the Basics – Learning to Fly Adult Theatre Class
Nov 27 @ 6:30 pm – Dec 15 @ 7:45 pm
Asheville Community Theatre

This class will be offered in person on the ACT Mainstage, following all the recommended protocols for safety and sanitation. Limited to 8 students. In person classes are 50 minutes with an added 10 minutes for temperature checks. For ages 18+.

Improv II reinforces all of the skills learned in Improv I by applying those skills to advanced scene work, character creation structures, and at times intentionally conflict-filled scenarios. Beyond Basic will encourage students to no longer be bound by the rules of improv but to swing freely and see that the strategies are not restricting but sound instincts. A sense of play is as important as proper technique. Students will gain further experience and confidence in unscripted comedic performance through more-involved improvised stories, scenes, and group structures; again all done from a safe distance.

PREREQUISITE: Improv I or extensive improv experience (*must be pre-approved by instructor)

Friday, November 27, 2020
Asheville Art Museum at Home Work of the Week
Nov 27 all-day
Asheville Art Museum Online
WORK OF THE WEEK
The forms Virginia Scotchie creates for her Object Maker Series are abstract yet reminiscent of useful, functional objects. The familiar shapes draw the viewer in, but their abstraction keeps one guessing. Scotchie cites influences from a wide variety of mass-produced objects, pop culture, and—in the case of this work commissioned by the Museum—memories of her time here in Asheville. When the Object Maker Series works are displayed in a group of 12, set up like a clock, she calls the work Around the WorldRead more on the blog.
Asheville Art Museum Calling Families for Survey
Nov 27 all-day
Online

Calling all families! If you visit the Museum with children and/or participate in the Museum’s family programs (or plan to in the future), we want to hear from you. As we continue with virtual and small-group, in-person family programs, we need your feedback to create a model that will work for you this winter and spring. We’re giving away a FREE guest pass to one of the first 50 people to fill out the survey.
Black Friday + Small Business Week Asheville Art Museum
Nov 27 all-day
Asheville Art Museum and Online

The Museum Store joins the Asheville Downtown Association and local shops during Small Business Week. Receive 10% off all Asheville Art Museum logo items in-store and online, and 10% off any one item in-store (excludes artist consignment items). Shoppers receive one raffle ticket per $25 spent in the Museum Store to enter to win one (or more) of five $20 gift certificates to select local businesses.

Bucket List: Guide to Art Institutions in WNC
Nov 27 all-day
WNC

Bucket List: Guide to Art Institutions in WNC
Western North Carolina is known as the artist’s enclave of the Southeast—but where should we layfolk go to enjoy the fruits of these labors? Here’s our guide to enjoying art—painted, sculpted, sketched, and otherwise crafted—across the region.

 

Call to Artists South Slope Art Project
Nov 27 all-day
Online
Tribute Companies is requesting Artist Qualifications for a permanent art mural(s) for their mixed-use development, The Ironwood, located on Asheland/Coxe Avenue in Downtown Asheville.
This artwork should do the following:
●  Create excitement and interest for the area.
●  Honor the diversity of Asheville’s Southside community.
●  Celebrate the vital role of African American history and culture in Asheville.
●  Connect visually to the site through interpretation of historical and cultural aspects​.
●  Be durable, low maintenance, and appropriate to the location. Integral to creating this artwork(s), is the artists’ willingness to learn about the community and have a dialogue with interested community members to help inspire and guide content creation. A range of materials/applications will be considered, including painted murals and digitally printed murals. If digital, the work must be vector based, printable, and scalable to the site specifications.
Flat Rock Playhouse Community Champion Giveaway
Nov 27 all-day
Online

Gift box on wooden table. Text: Community Champion Giveaway. A way to give thanks this holiday season. Flat Rock Playhouse logo.

This holiday season, we are profoundly grateful to the community members who have worked tirelessly during this challenging year to keep their families, friends, and neighbors safe, fed, and cared for. That’s why Flat Rock Playhouse is spreading some extra holiday cheer with a Community Champion Giveaway!

Nominate an exceptional individual who has gone above and beyond to help others this year.  Once completed, your nominee will be entered to win one complimentary link to A Flat Rock Playhouse Christmas: A Virtual Production running Nov. 30 – Dec. 20. Contest runs for one month: 11/13 through 12/13.

Flat Rock Playhouse: Online Gift Shop Now Open
Nov 27 all-day
Online

SHOP THE ROCK!

Our online gift shop is now open, and just in time for your holiday shopping. T-shirts are available in a variety of colors with Adult and Youth sizing, and we have additional apparel items like sweatshirts, hats, polos, and totes. We have unique gift options like our 50th-anniversary book with a detailed history of Flat Rock Playhouse and prints designed by some of your favorite Vagabonds.

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November is NaNoWriMo: National Novel Writing w/ Buncombe County Libraries
Nov 27 all-day
Buncombe Public Libraries

The Perfect Turkey

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) began in 1999 as a daunting but straightforward challenge: to write 50,000 words of a novel during the thirty days of November.  Now, each year on November 1, hundreds of thousands of people around the world begin to write, determined to end the month with 50,000 words of a brand-new novel. If you are doing NaNoWriMo this year, the Buncombe County Public Library wants to support you in your endeavors. Join us for the following events to keep you invigorated and motivated.

All events are free, but you do need to register. To sign up, visit the Library’s event calendar and click on the event on the calendar.

You Wrote a Novel, So Now What?
Thursday November 5 at 5pm

What will you do on December 1 when you finish NaNoWriMo and have a book that’s ready to get out into the world? In this webinar BiblioLabs Community Engagement Manager, Emily Gooding, will show you how to format your novel by using the PressBooks resource available to you for FREE from the library.  You will also learn how you can submit your novel to the Indie Author Project and have a digital version of your novel available to readers in the  Library!

Celebrate Indie Author Day
November 7

More info available on the Buncombe County events calendar soon.

Come Write In Virtually with BCPL Librarians Who are Also Writing Novels This Month!
Friday November 13 at 4 pm and Wednesday November 18 at 7 pm

We’ll have two virtual Write Ins and would love to write with you in a Zoom Room while our cats meow in the background.  We’ll have some prompts but mostly this will be a time to awkwardly write in front of your camera while strangers on the call do the same.  Just kidding – we’ll have a blast!

Join the library’s Creative Writing Group Online
Friday November 20 at 3 pm

This monthly group meets on Zoom where we do several rounds of writing and reading our writing to each other. Our focus is creating a supportive and fun environment through writing exercises and discussions.  You are welcome but not required to bring a 300-500 word piece of original writing.

Be Inspired by Local and National Authors
Tuesday, November 19 at 7pm

Join us via Zoom on November 19  to celebrate the release of The Right Kind of Fool by Sarah Loudin Thomas as she’s joined in conversation by New York Times bestselling author Lisa Wingate. Sarah and Lisa will chat about inspiration, writing, and their latest stories. The event hosted by Sassafras on Sutton and the Black Mountain Library will include giveaways and time for Q&A. Join us for a great evening of historical fiction! Registration is Limited!

Join Our NaNoWriMo Message board
Anytime

Join our BCPL_Nanowrimo Message Board on the NaNoWriMo Forums. https://forums.nanowrimo.org/

Any questions? Contact your friendly neighborhood library or email [email protected]

Southern Equality Studios Artists Grant LGBTQ + BIPOC
Nov 27 all-day
Online

The Southern Equality Studios special grant round is dedicated to resourcing and celebrating LGBTQ artists and creatives across the LGBTQ South who are BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, or people of color). Grants of up to $500 will support BIPOC LGBTQ Southern artists working on a wide range of creative projects.

These new grant rounds are part of CSE’s Southern Equality Fund, which has been making grassroots grants across the LGBTQ South since 2015. Since its inception, the Southern Equality Fund has prioritized supporting work led by BIPOC, transgender, and rural organizers.

Have you seen an inspiring BIPOC LGBTQ artists in your community, or are you a creative who could use grant support? If so, we want to hear from you!

We are specifically seeking nominations for artists or creatives efforts who are:

  • Based in the South.
  • Black, Indigenous, or people of color (BIPOC).
  • LGBTQ people.
  • Funds can be used to support a wide range of artistic endeavors.
  • Nominees are eligible to receive this grant even if they have received a previous Southern Equality Fund grant; however, priority will be given to nominees who have not yet received a grant.
  • Anyone is welcome and encouraged to nominate an artist for a grant and artists may also nominate themselves.
  • There are no grant reports, budgets or supplemental materials required in this process. However, if selected, applicants will have to fill out and return a W9 form to receive their funding.
Visit the Ode to Buskers + Asheville Music Sculpture
Nov 27 @ 8:00 am – 7:00 pm
Kimpton Hotel Arras

Kimpton Hotel Arras and local artists today unveiled, “Ode to Buskers & Asheville Music,” a locally created, life-size stainless steel sculpture located outdoors on the corner of Lexington and Patton at Kimpton Hotel Arras. Inspired by the city’s vibrant street musicians and their lively drum circles, artists Chukk Bruursema and Ash Knight sought to bring the unique rhythms of Asheville to life through this striking, collaborative piece, which was commissioned by the hotel.

“Asheville Music,” the large steel djembe drum sculpted by Chukk Bruursema, has West African roots, where the djembe is traditionally played as part of an ensemble, invoking feelings of community and togetherness. Adorning the drum is “Asheville Music,” Ash Knight’s five musical buskers depicted playing the spoons, the string washtub, jug, washboard, and the fiddle, with a dog observing from the ground below.

“We are pleased to officially introduce the “Ode to Buskers & Asheville Music” sculpture, a defining art piece that truly represents the spirit of our city, to the Asheville community,” said Kimpton Hotel Arras General Manager David McCartney. “This piece is an exciting addition to the hotel and expands our local artwork program, which works to highlight and supporting the work of local artists and purveyors.”

Following the unveiling, tours of the additional local artwork displayed throughout the hotel were offered with the artists in attendance to speak to their pieces, including John Wayne Jackson and Peter Roux. Kimpton Hotel Arras commissioned more than a dozen pieces of local artwork curated by local art consultant Liz Barr of Art Resouces.

Click HERE to view photos of “Ode to Buskers & Asheville Music” from the unveiling.

Asheville Art Museum Store’s Black Friday
Nov 27 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Asheville Art Museum

Save the dates! Members are invited to shop the Museum Store’s Black Friday sale from 9 to 11am on Friday, November 27 while enjoying coffee and treats. We also invite you to visit November 29 for Museum Store Sunday and find great deals. Remember—Members receive a 10% discount year-round both in-store and online.

Members-Only Black Friday Shopping Asheville Art Museum
Nov 27 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Asheville Art Museum

Members are invited to an exclusive, socially-distanced morning of shopping in the Museum Store while enjoying coffee, cider, and treats.

A Flat Rock Playhouse Christmas A Virtual Production  On Sale Now
Nov 27 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Online

The tradition continues with A Flat Rock Playhouse Christmas. For the past four years, we have been able to celebrate the holidays with our community and beloved patrons through our Flat Rock Playhouse Christmas productions. This year, we are all celebrating the holidays a little differently, so we’re bringing the Christmas show to your home! Experience the magic and merriment with your favorite Vagabonds on stage and around town. This year’s one-of-a-kind production was filmed on the Rock and in Hendersonville and captures the spirit of the holidays like never before with dancing on Main Street, fireside singing, stunning performances on stage, and a virtually connected chorus. Featuring favorites old and new like “White Christmas,” “O Holy Night,” “Carol of the Bells,” “This Christmas,” and many more.

A Flat Rock Playhouse Christmas, A Virtual Production was filmed on location at Carl Sandburg National Historic Site, Flat Rock Playhouse, Kanuga Conference Center, and Main Street in Hendersonville. Filming adhered to all state and county guidelines regarding Covid-19.

Center for Craft Sleight of Hand Exhibit
Nov 27 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Center for Craft

The Center is offering free, unguided visits and affordable tours of its exhibitions to the public. Guests can pre-register for a 30-minute visit to explore the current exhibitions, learn more about the Center’s national impact in their Craft Research Fund Study Collection, and enjoy interactive activities.

 

Sleight of Hand, curated by Center for Craft 2020 Curatorial Fellow Angelik Vizcarrondo-Laboy, centralizes humor in the creative exploration of some of our most pressing contemporary social issues. On view beginning October 23 in the Bresler Family Gallery, the show highlights six artists of color currently working in mixed media, primarily clay, to approach issues like culture, race, tradition, and resilience through irreverent, absurd, ironic, cute, anthropomorphized, and eccentric objects.

In her statement about the show, Vizcarrondo-Laboy, includes two definitions for the phrase “sleight of hand”: “a cleverly executed trick or deception,” and “a conjuring trick requiring manual dexterity.” The show’s six artists draw viewers into their works through their use of whimsical forms, only to reveal deeply serious issues tied to current events and conversations. Vizcarrondo-Laboy explains, “For these artists, humor is not merely an aesthetic strategy; it is also a tool of resistance, resilience, and healing.”

“We are so pleased to have supported Vizcarrondo-Laboy through the Center’s 2020 Curatorial Fellowship program,” says Center for Craft Assistant Director and Curator Marilyn Zapf.  “Her visionary, thoughtful, and research-driven approach to Sleight of Hand presents and contextualizes current artistic strategies and timely conversations in craft that propels the field forward.”

The exhibition updates the irreverent approaches of anti-establishment Bay Area Funk artists like Robert Arneson and David Gilhooly with a new group of young, emerging artists shifting the field and future of ceramics to re-centralize makers of color within an ever-diversifying landscape of visual arts.

Artists in the exhibition include Chicago-based Salvador Jiménez-Flores, whose piece, La resistencia de los nopales híbridos (The Resistance of the Hybrid Cacti), explicitly references Arneson’s iconoclastic self-portraiture, while also commenting on Jiménez-Flores’ own Mexican heritage and issues facing the Latinx community. Los Angeles-based artist Diana Yesenio Alvarado slyly remixes symbols familiar from popular culture, like clowns and Disney characters, to explore the sometimes contradictory depths of human experiences, particularly in her hometown of East L.A. Iraqi-American artist Maryam Yousif’s Puabi Palms Pot playfully imagines a figure of ancient history, Queen Puabi of Sumer, as a famous modern-day pop star whose visage graces ceramic vessels festooned with iconography of the Middle Eastern landscape.

Besides the ceramic works, the exhibition also features a video installation from Colombian-American artist Natalia Arbalaez, as well as a two-dimensional painted work from Mexican-American artist Yvette Mayorga, which also incorporate the history and uses of ceramics, both traditionally and experimentally.

This is the second exhibition from this year’s 2020 Curatorial Fellowship recipients. Each year, the Curatorial Fellowship recognizes up-and-coming curators working at the cutting edge of craft. Three recipients organize shows at the Center for Craft as part of the Center’s larger conversation around craft and its evolution. Learn more at centerforcraft.org.

Social Distance Saturdays Theatre Games Ages 10-11
Nov 27 @ 10:00 am – Dec 19 @ 10:50 am
Asheville Community Theatre

Taught by Amanda Klinikowski

Come play fun and socially distanced theatre games with Amanda on ACT’s Mainstage!

The safety of all students and teachers is important to ACT. Masks will be required at all times during the class and everyone will remain socially distanced for all games while inside on the ACT Mainstage with added ventilation. Parents are asked to remain in their cars nearby for the duration of class. We ask that all students arrive 10-15 minutes before their class time to accommodate temperature checks. This class is in-person, with no virtual option. If your child is medically unable to wear a mask for 50 minutes, please check out one of ACT’s many virtual class options instead!

 

Student Ages: 10-11 (Or with prior permission from Amanda Klinikowski. Please reach out to Amanda BEFORE registering for class!)

Asheville Art Museum: New Exhibition Question Bridge: Black Males
Nov 27 @ 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Asheville Art Museum

Beginning October 7, the three-hour documentary-styled art installation Question Bridge: Black Males will be on view at the Asheville Art Museum. This innovative transmedia project facilitates a dialogue between Black men from diverse and contending backgrounds, and creates a platform for them to represent and redefine Black male identity in America. The work will be on view during regular public hours from October 7, 2020 through March 15, 2021.

Question Bridge: Black Males is a project that explores critically challenging issues within the African American male community by instigating a transmedia conversation among Black men across geographic, economic, generational, educational, and social strata of American society. Question Bridge provides a safe setting for necessary, honest expression and healing dialogue on themes that divide, unite, and puzzle Black males today in the United States.

Audubon Alongside Contemporary Art in Exhibition
Nov 27 @ 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Asheville Art Museum

Adonna Khare, Pool Party, 2015, carbon pencil on paper, 6 × 20 feet. Collection of the Artist. © Adonna Khare, image Phil Hatten.

An exhibition highlighting the works of John James Audubon juxtaposed with the work of 21st-century artists who continue his tradition of animal allegories and metaphors is currently on view at the Asheville Art Museum. The exhibition features more than 40 works and will be on display in the Explore Asheville Exhibition Hall through November 30.

Fantastical Forms: Ceramics as Sculpture Asheville Art Museum
Nov 27 @ 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Asheville Art Museum
Left: Virginia Scotchie, Object Maker Series, 2020, glazed stoneware. Asheville Art Museum. © Virginia Scotchie. Right: Jane Palmer, Untitled, circa 1990, glazed stoneware, 41 × 14 ¼ × 21 ½ inches. Asheville Art Museum. © Estate of Jane Palmer.

The Asheville Art Museum presents Fantastical Forms: Ceramics as Sculpture on view at the Museum November 4, 2020 through April 5, 2021. The 25 works in this exhibition—curated by associate curator Whitney Richardson—highlight the Museum’s Collection of sculptural ceramics from the last two decades of the 20th century to the present. Each work illustrates the artist’s ability to push beyond the utilitarian and transition ceramics into the world of sculpture.

North and South Carolina artists featured include Elma McBride Johnson, Neil Noland, Norm Schulman, Virginia Scotchie, Cynthia Bringle, Jane Palmer, Michael Sherrill, and Akira Satake. Works by American artists Don Reitz, Robert Chapman Turner, Karen Karnes, Toshiko Takaezu, Bill Griffith, and Xavier Toubes are also featured in the exhibition.