BLAINESWORLD #754, Section 12A

March Events at The Hop(s)

Tuesday, 3/8, 6-7pm, A Magic Show:

The Wonder World of Wendal Wandel –

Thursday, 3/10, 6-7pm, Kid Rock:

Featuring Asheville’s youth rock band, Double Take. Here’s a video of their last performance at The Hop –

Tuesday, 3/15, 6-7pm, Curtain Call Collective:

Highlighting David Saar’s “The Yellow Boat”. Here’s a video of a previous Curtain Call performance -

Friday, 3/18, 6:30-7:30pm at The Hop West:

A community Puppet Show! More details to come 🙂

Tuesday, 3/22, 5-8pm, Arts 2 People Art Exhibition:

50% of sales during the event goes to + tons of awesome art will be on sale for the fundraiser benefiting Arts 2 People –

Tuesday, 3/29, 6-7pm, Asheville Breakdancing:

Awesome Asheville B-boy (and B-girl) show! Here’s a video of a previous Breakdancing show at The Hop –

Wednesday, 3/30, 5-9pm, Autism Speaks Night:

Fundraiser for Autism Speaks sponsored by UNC Asheville’s Alpha Xi Delta -


Upcoming Asheville SCORE seminars:

Social Media Networking for Business
Thursday, 3/10
6:00 PM-9:00 PM

Saturday, 3/12
8:30AM-12 PM

For more information and/or to register, please click:


This is going to be an impressive concert: These young musicians play beside the Asheville Symphony! They will play the finale to Beethoven’s Fifth (!), Offenbach’s Overture to Orpheus in the Underworld, Berlioz’ Hungarian March, and the Tuba Concerto by Edward Gregson.

WHEN: Friday, March 11, 2011
TIME: 5:30 p.m.
WHERE: Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, Asheville, NC

Asheville-Buncombe Youth Orchestra Spring Masterworks and Student Concerto Performance on Friday

The Asheville-Buncombe Youth Orchestra, conducted by Ron Clearfield, will be giving a free concert on Friday, March 12, 2010 at 5:30 p.m. in Thomas Wolfe Auditorium. The program will feature the annual concerto competition finalist. The performance will include the Overture to the Poet and Peasant by Suppe, the first movement of the Concerto for Violin and Orchestra by Mendelssohn with Kay Nakazawa, violin soloist and the finale from the Sibelius Second Symphony.
Soloist, Kay Nakazawa, is a 15-year-old freshman at TC Robertson High School who began playing the violin at the age of three. Kay has been a member of the Asheville-Buncombe Youth Orchestra since 2005 and this is her third season as the concertmaster of the ABYO. She has been studying with her current teacher, former concertmaster of the Asheville Symphony, Mary Byrd Daniels for 7 years. She recently won second place at the 2010 Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra Young Artists’ Competition. In addition to her music studies, she enjoys the American Mathematics Competitions, running, reading and Mock Trial.

Cellist, composer and conductor, Ron Clearfield, directs the Youth Orchestra. He graduated with honors from the New England Conservatory of Music and studied cello with Aldo Parisot and conducting with string pedagogues and conductors Joseph Silverstein and Leon Barzan. Ron was previously a member of the Indianapolis Symphony, the Miami Philharmonic and the Asheville Symphony. He has performed with such pop notables as George Benson, Judy Collins, Linda Ronstadt and Dionne Warwick as well as with classical luminaries Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland and Seiji Ozawa. Ron also conducts the Blue Ridge Orchestra and the UNC-Asheville Chamber Symphony.

The Asheville-Buncombe Youth Orchestra is a thirty-five year old organization that serves five counties in Western North Carolina and includes public, private and home-schooled students. Over sixty students playing string, woodwind, brass and percussion instruments practice weekly during the school year and showcase their talents in four annual performances. Since its inception, the orchestra has graduated more than a thousand students, a quarter of which have gone on to study music in colleges, universities and conservatories. Many dozens have pursued professional careers in music.

Please join us in supporting these wonderfully talented young people. They represent some of the success stories from the Asheville Symphony’s Music in the Schools initiative. Many of them will become future ASO musicians and audiences.

For additional information please contact: (828) 683-4425 or go to the Youth Orchestra link at:


Unit 50 @ Tallgary’s Cantina
Thursday, March 17 · 8:30pm – 11:30pm
Location: Tall Gary’s Cantina, 4 College St., Asheville, NC
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in grand rock and roll style with Unit 50!


SEC Spring Showcase Festival

Sunday, March 20 · 10:00am – 7:00pm

The Sacred Embodiment Center
31 Carolina Lane
Asheville, NC

Come take part in the fantastic assortment of Talks, Mini Workshops, Vendor Booths, Discount Books, Artist Galleries, and Healing Arts, which will be offered throughout the day/evening! This Festival is to showcase the amazing talent and gifts of those who form part of the Sacred Embodiment Center family. We wish to raise funds so that the SEC can continue to offer space for healing, empowering and transformational events to tak…e place for the Asheville and surrounding community at large.
Join us for what is sure to be a memorable day!

10 a.m.-7 p.m.

Talks/Healing Circles ($10 Love Offering per talk/Healing Circle)

Lots of informative sessions, including this one:

12:30 pm- 12: 50 pm: Divine Diets- The Intersection Between Your Food and Your Life w. Emily Shaules
Divine Diets: Join health and wellness expert, Emily Shaules, as she discusses how whole foods nutrition can make all the difference in your physical, mental, and spiritual well-being.

Emily discovered raw foods in 2007 after struggling with illnesses like Fibromyalgia, Ulcerative Colitis, TMJ, sinusitis and depression for nearly a decade. Sick of taking 25 pills a day, she went 100% “raw” overnight and on the fifth day, felt so dramatically better that she eventually gave up the practice of law to educate others about the powerful effect of spiritual nutrition. Emily is now a sought-after life coach and international motivational speaker through her company Raw Breakthrough.


Doug in North Carolina [responding to my question about what he’ll next be in]:

Arsenic and Old Lace at ACT, playing lieutenant Rooney. Starts 4/22 through 5/1.

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