Writer and performer Elisabeth Gray will stage a special performance of her solo show, "Southern (dis)Comfort," at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 9, at UNC Asheville's Belk Theatre. Proceeds from the event will benefit UNC Asheville's scholarship program and Gray's New Umbrella Inc., an Asheville-based multidisciplinary arts organization.
With five actors portraying 38 characters, this is a collection of theatrical sketches about identity. It has been has been staged in Spain, Costa Rica and Columbia. Now, thanks to the work of UNC Asheville faculty, students and alumni, “Sí, pero no lo soy” will make its North American debut at the N.C. Stage Company in Asheville.
Local writers will have the opportunity to hone their skills with UNC Asheville's Great Smokies Writing Program's fall workshops in poetry and prose. These classes, which meet for ten weeks, are open to all interested writers but class size is limited; early registration is suggested.
UNC Asheville's 28th annual Concerts on the Quad summer music series continues with a performance by the five-piece Gypsy jazz band One Leg Up at 7 p.m. Monday, July 12, on the Quad. The band features John Steinman on guitar and vocals; Jim Tanner on guitar; Mike Guzalak on clarinet, sax and vocals; Zak Page on bass; and Steve Trismen on violin and vocals. The event is free and open to the public.
UNC Asheville's 28th annual Concerts on the Quad summer music series continues with a performance by renowned Canadian fiddler April Verch at 7 p.m. Monday, July 5, on the Quad. Verch will play with band mates Clay Ross on guitar and Cody Walters on upright-electric bass and banjo. The event is free and open to the public.
In honor of the 75th anniversary of the Blue Ridge Parkway, UNC Asheville's Ramsey Library is hosting a special historical exhibit, "Not So 'Back of Beyond': Urban Echoes on the Blue Ridge Parkway," which explores the urban influences on the aesthetics, politics, socioeconomics, people and environment of the parkway. The exhibit will be on view through August 14 in UNC Asheville's Blowers Gallery, located on the main level of Ramsey Library. The exhibition is free and open to the public.
"Visiting Hours," an installation of six sculptures with moving elements by Raleigh artist Benjamin Reid, will be on view at UNC Asheville's Highsmith University Union from June 17-August 5. An opening reception and artist talk will be held from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Thursday, June 17, in the gallery. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.