The Writers at Home series, sponsored by UNC Asheville's Great Smokies Writing Program, continues in November with works from authors Catherine Reid and Nancy Dew Taylor. The readings will take place at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 18 at Malaprop's Bookstore/Café, 55 Haywood St., in downtown Asheville. This event is free and open the public.
Larry Andre, director of the U.S. Special Envoy Office to Sudan, just returned from that country, will provide an update on ongoing crisis there which has caused the displacement of 900,000 people in the past year. His talk is sponsored by the World Affairs Council, the UNC Asheville Department of Political Science and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI). Andre will speak at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13 at the UNC Asheville Reuter Center, Manheimer Room.
Members of the public will learn how to participate in research on tropical cyclones via the internet, when Chris Hennon, UNC Asheville associate professor of atmospheric sciences, offers a public presentation from 4-5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, at Karpen Hall, room 038. This event is free and open to the public.
The UNC Asheville Drama Department presents Oscar Wilde's witty comedy, "The Importance of Being Earnest," Nov. 8-17 in Carol Belk Theatre on campus. Subtitled "A Trivial Comedy for Serious People," Wilde's play illustrates his belief that "life is much too important a thing ever to talk seriously about it."
Food Day at UNC Asheville will present a chance to learn more about the federal farm bill and its impact on local farmers and food consumers. Food Day activities are free and open to the public and take place from 4-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, in UNC Asheville's Sherrill Center, Mountain View Room.
"Ghost Ships of the Klondike Gold Rush," an illustrated lecture by Robyn Woodward describing her work preserving and documenting shipwrecks along the Yukon River in Canada, will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 1 in Ramsey Library, Whitman Room.
Staff Benda Bilili will bring its unique blend of vocals, guitars and tight rhythms to UNC Asheville for an 8 p.m. concert, Tuesday, Oct. 30, in Lipinsky Auditorium. The musicians, paraplegic men and boys who lived and played on the streets around the grounds of Kinshasa zoo in Democratic Republic of the Congo, caught the ear of a visiting Belgian record-producer. The band has now recorded two albums and performed in Europe, Japan and Australia. This is Staff Benda Bilili's first US tour.