October 9, 2008

Weekly Weekend in Asheville

Thursday, Friday & Saturday
96th Annual Cherokee Indian Fair
Each year the fair offers an opening parade, midway, fireworks, traditional Cherokee food and competitions that bring out the best of the Eastern Bands basket makers, carvers, quilters, gardeners and more. The fair also attracts high-quality entertainment to perform each evening in the amphitheater. The fair began as a way for members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians to showcase their arts and crafts and invite neighboring communities to the Qualla Boundary, the tribes traditional homeland. The fair has grown since its early days, but its original focus remains. This is a hugely popular event among Eastern Band members and a great opportunity for visitors to experience the fun, welcoming qualities of the Cherokee culture. Gates open 10 a.m. daily with Nightly shows.

Saturday, Oct 11

Doc Watson & David Holt: Hills of Home
Two priceless performances by superstars of traditional American folk music, legendary performer Doc Watson and Grammy-winning musician and folklorist David Holt.

12 p.m., Diana Wortham Theatre
Tickets: $45. Get them by calling 828-257-4530 or visiting above Web site

The acclaimed touring showcase of odd and hilarious found videos, will make a one-night-only appearance in Asheville next month as part of its 2008 North American tour. Hosts Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher, whose credits include The Onion and the Late Show with David Letterman, are excited to present their unique blend of video clips and live comedy in two big shows. The shows are being sponsored locally by the Media Arts Project (The MAP) and OrbitDVD. This one-of-a-kind event compiles more than an hour’s worth of footage from videos that were found at garage sales and thrift stores and in warehouses and dumpsters throughout the country. Curators Pickett and Prueher host each screening in-person and provide their unique observations and commentary on these found video obscurities. From the curiously-produced industrial training video to the forsaken home movie donated to Goodwill, the Found Footage Festival resurrects these forgotten treasures and serves them up in a lively celebration of all things found.

8:00 p.m. & 10 p.m., Asheville Arts Center
Tickets to the Found Footage Festival are $10 and are available online at www.brownpapertickets.org or around Asheville at Static Age Records, Harvest Records, TV Eye, Orbit DVD or at the door.

Sunday, Oct 12

The Asheville Choral Society (Lenora Thomas, Music Director), one of Western N.C.'s premiere performing arts organizations, will perform Sir Paul McCartney's oratorio Ecce cor Meum (Behold my Heart) -- the first performance in the Southeast and only the second performance in the U.S. since its Carnegie Hall debut.

4 p.m. Diana Wortham Theater
Ticket prices recently dropped from $75 to just $40.

See many more events on ExploreAsheville.

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