BLAINESWORLD #766, Section 12A (NC)

Doggie Ice Cream Social

This Thursday, June 2nd, from 6-8:30pm, we will be throw ing a dog-friendly Ice Cream Social to benefit Animal Compassion Network!  

Bring the pooches and eat some Ice Cream!  

50% of sales during the event will benefit ACN! 

Cripp’s Puppets Show at The Hop West

This Friday, June 3rd, 6:30-7:30 at The Hop West (721 Haywood Rd), Cripp’s Puppets will bring his handmade puppest, imagination and unbelievable genius. 

Instead of carrying on about how awesome this is going to be, here’s a video of Cripp’s Puppets previous show 🙂

The Hop Ice Cream Cafe, LLC • 640 Merrimon Ave. Ste. 103 • Asheville • NC • 28804


CLASSICOPIA: Four-hand Piano at White Horse at White Horse Black Mountain

Friday, June 3 · 7:00pm – 10:30pm
White Horse Black Mountain
105C Montreat Road
Black Mountain, NC
Created By
Kim Hughes, Dan Weiser, Bob Hinkle, Don Talley

Friday June 3, 2011 7:00 PM $15

(Black Mountain NC ) – Classicopia returns to the White Horse for another exciting classical chamber music concert led by Artistic Director and pianist Daniel Weiser in an intimate and relaxed atmosphere with cabaret seating and drinks available. On Friday, June 3 at 7pm they will present called “Four-Hand French” with pianists Philip Liston-Kraft and Daniel Weiser playing together on the same piano French music by Faure, Debussy, Ravel, and Poulenc.

Liston-Kraft and Weiser have been described as a “terrific two piano team” by the Boston Musical Intelligencer and the Classical Voice of North Carolina, in reviewing their last performance at the White Horse, noted that they were a “force of pianistic energy” who “smoked the 88”. The two pianists met years ago after Weiser saw Liston-Kraft’s note (on the Longy bulletin board) looking for a pianist for a two-piano concert at Harvard Musical Association. Twenty years later they met up again at Dartmouth, where they played together and realized they had found the ideal piano partner

Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children and students. For tickets, visit or call 669-0816. For more on Classicopia, visit or contact

Liston-Kraft is a renaissance man with an astonishing array of accomplishments (degrees in law and medicine, works as a Senior Associate in the Research Ventures and Licensing Office of the Massachusetts General Hospital, but also teaches German, and is a professional ballroom dancer). Oh, yes — add playing a mean piano to his list. Individually, each is an accomplished artist; together, they are simply a force of pianistic energy.

Daniel Weiser, Artistic Director, has a Doctorate in Piano/Chamber Music from the prestigious Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, MD, where he studied with Samuel Sanders and Robert MacDonald and won the Richard Franko Goldman prize for outstanding contribution to musical and education life. He has performed on many great stages, including the Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall, the National Gallery of Art in D.C., and on the Dame Myra Hess Concert Series in Chicago. He has also concertized around the world, including Egypt, Israel, Thailand, Holland, and France and was the 1996 U.S. Artistic Ambassador Abroad, for which he performed on an eleven-country tour of the Middle East and Asia. He has been on the music faculty of Dartmouth College and at St. Paul’s School in Concord, NH. He is the co-founder and Artistic Director of Classicopia and was also a founding member of the Adirondack Ensemble, which won a Chamber Music America award for inventive programming and outreach. He has participated in the New Hampshire Music Festival, Musicorda, and the Apple Hill Chamber Music Festival and has been the Music Director of the Da Corneta Opera Ensemble, the Opera North Young Artist program, and Opera New England. A phi beta kappa graduate of Columbia University with a degree in American History, he also spent a year at Harvard Law School and was a classmate of President Obama.

Additional Media inquiries should be directed to:

Bob Hinkle


Venue Information:

White Horse Black Mountain

105c Montreat Road

Black Mountain NC 28711


Located in downtown Black Mountain North Carolina, White Horse Black Mountain has become a regionally favored venue by both performers and audiences. Twice voted a favorite venue by Mountain Xpress Readers, White Horse specializes in quality performances in a listening room environment.


ABSfest: Americana Burlesque & Sideshow Festival 2011

Friday at 4:00pm – June 5 at 7:00pm
Asheville, NC
Created By
Onça O’Leary
More Info
The 5th annual ABSfest: Americana Burlesque & Sideshow Festival
June 3-5, 2011
Asheville, NC, The Paris of the South

Starring international artists
& PAOLO GARBANZO, Jester of England’s Muncaster Castle
and dozens more circus & burlesque artists.

Workshops – Performance – Networking – Shopping!

In our fifth year of celebrating the Vaudeville Revival, ABSfest offers three days of inspiration, education, shopping & entertainment that no lover of these arts can afford to miss. Over 2000 people have reveled in the company of our suede, satin, and sparkle, our chicken feathered starlets and our fish-eyed zombie boys. Nominated for Best Show in the Mountain Xpress Readers Choice Awards, ABSfest has attracted renowned circus and burlesque artists from across the USA, as well as Scotland, Germany, and Japan. We promise fashion, contortion, trapeze, and tease!

In a world now brimming with Burlesque Festivals, from Vegas to Amsterdam, ABSfest is known for embodying the true spirit of Vaudeville, offering driven artists a relaxed environment to network, and for a community that nurtures raw, boundary-pushing, creativity. The festival is one of several annual productions of Future of Tradition, a seminal force in the underground Asheville arts community since 1999. Executive Producer Lauren ‘Onça’ O’Leary lives in the Paris of the South, and also tours the nation teaching and performing dance, music and stagecraft with the Mezmer Society and with the Accidental Circus.



UNCA Lipinsky Auditorium
Saturday June 11, 7:30 p.m. and Sunday June 12, 3:00 p.m.

Womansong, Asheville’s oldest and largest women’s community chorus, will share the stage with a dynamic showcase of local women performers:

Wild Bodema — high-energy women’s drum troupe;
The Sue Ford Trio — original songs with backup harmonies by Womansong’s own Althea Gonzalez and Susan Taylor;
Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre ensemble — preview of a piece from a new contemporary ballet;
Now or Never — a new ensemble performing a humorous Righteous Mothers’ song;
Womansong — a spotlight on the theme of music in our lives, along with eclectic song selections featuring humor, inspiration, energetic percussion and audience sing-alongs.

Proceeds from the concert will benefit Womansong and its New Start Program. Tickets are $12 in advance/ $15 at the door. Child/Student tickets are $7. Tickets are available from any Womansong member, online at, or at the door. A $10 per person group rate is available to groups of 10 or more who buy tickets in advance.

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