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Fans of the PBS series "Downton Abbey" can see costumes from the show at the Biltmore House in Asheville.

Biltmore House will host an exhibition titled, "Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times," Feb. 5-May 25. The show will include more than 40 costumes from the television series.

Biltmore House was built in the 1890s for the Vanderbilt family. The Downton costumes will be displayed in groupings themed on events from the fictional show, with connections made to real life at the Vanderbilt estate during the same early 20th century era.

Asheville Symphony on WCQS

Jan 12, 2015

Listen Tuesday morning at 10 and  Thursday evening at 8 for our broadcast of the Asheville Symphony Orchestra's November 22nd  concert. The ASO performs Tchaikovsky's beloved Fourth Symphony, Machine by Jennifer Higdon and, what might be the highlight of the program, a concerto for two timpanists by  James Oliverio. The work is performed by Asheville Symphony timpanist Todd Mueller and his mentor, Atlanta Symphony timpanist Mark Yancich. As you can see in the photo, each is armed with a multitude of drums! It's a sonic spectacular you'll likely not hear again!

Styling food for Downton Abbey is like catering, except one meal has to last all day. Meticulous chef and food stylist Lisa Heathcote creates the grandeur on Downton Abbey down to the last bonbon. Lynne Rossetto Kasper talks to Heathcote about her Downton adventures and creations.

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Jan 5, 2015
Tony Kiss
Asheville Citizen-Times

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Dec 27, 2014
Tony Kiss
Asheville Citizen-Times

The post Christmas weekend has arrived and with New Year's Eve on the horizon there is plenty to do in the region.  Tony Kiss takes a look at many of the new films that have arrived at area theaters, the music scene, and live theater. Check it out.

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Dec 19, 2014
Tony Kiss
Asheville Citizen-Times

It's a big weekend for new movies.  Three highly anticipated films have arrived, The Imitation Game, Wild,  and Unbroken.  There's also plenty of live theater and lots of holiday related performances happening in the region.  The Nutcracker will be performed at Diana Wortham Theater.  Tony takes a look at some of what is happening in the area.

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Dec 12, 2014
Tony Kiss
Asheville Citizen-Times

The 26th Warren Haynes Christmas Jam highlights the entertainment scene.  Vince Gill tops  the list of great musicians that  will take the U.S Cellular Center stage( Saturday 12/13) with Asheville native and guitar wizard Warren Haynes.  Warrens' band, Gov't Mule will also rock the room.

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Dec 5, 2014
Tony Kiss
Asheville Citizen-Times

Tony Kiss drops in for a look at what's happening in Western North Carolina.  High on Tony's list,  the holiday theater scene.  The Santaland Diaries open Thursday December 11th at Asheville Community Theater.  Montford Park Players perform A Christmas Carol December 6th-23rd at Asheville Masonic Temple.  Singer song writer John Gorka performs at Mountain Spirit Coffee House at the Unitarian Universalist Congressional of Asheville.

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Nov 21, 2014
Tony Kiss
Asheville Citizen-Times

The 68th annual  Asheville Holiday Parade takes place Saturday in downtown Asheville.

Fresh Air book critic Maureen Corrigan just came out with a book of her own. It’s about The Great Gatsby, which Corrigan describes as "the novel that unites us if we’ve been to high school in America.”

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Nov 14, 2014
Tony Kiss
Asheville Citizen-Times

Another big, but chilly weekend has arrived and there is plenty of things to do that will warm your heart.  Tony Kiss takes a look at some of what's happening, including tickets on sale  for a couple of legendary artists who will make their way to Western North Carolina early next year.

The creator, producer, and host of Thistle and Shamrock, Fiona Ritchie and former President of Warren Wilson College and founder of the Swannanoa Gathering on the college campus, Doug Orr, have written a new book, Wayfaring Strangers:  The Musical Voyage from Scotland and Ulster to Appalachia. The book tells the story of how  the music of Scotland and Ireland found its way to America.  They spoke with David Hurand…..

Friday @2: Pan Harmonia

Nov 11, 2014

On the next Friday @2 live performance from our studios, we host musicians from Pan Harmonia.  Flutist Kate Steinbeck and pianist Ivan Seng will bring us a program of transcriptions; songs from Claude Debussy, Polish folk songs arranged by Jon Jeffrey Grier, and a new work written for Kate by Dana Wilson.

Please join us for music for flute and piano with Pan Harmonia live from our studios Friday at 2.

    

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Nov 7, 2014
Tony Kiss
Asheville Citizen-Times

An opening Reception greets the weekend.   November 7th, 5:00-8:00 pm at Pink Dog Creative Gallery in Asheville's River Arts District.   Rob Amberg:  ShatterZone.  The exhibition of Rob Amberg photographs runs through January 11th.  Also this weekend.

Happy Birthday, Morning Edition!

Nov 5, 2014

To celebrate Morning Edition's 35th birthday, BJ Leiderman tells the story of how an aspiring dropout's jingles led to the song most of us wake up to. (Did you know there were even lyrics?)

35 years ago today, NPR aired Morning Edition for the first time.

Supermarkets are taking turkey orders; the tins of Christmas cookies beckon from display tables. These and other signs are unmistakable: The holiday feasting season is quickly approaching.

If you're like us, the prospect of cooking for a group — or contributing a dish to the holiday meal — this time of year can cause some anxiety.

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Oct 31, 2014
Tony Kiss
Asheville Citizen-Times

Halloween weekend has arrived and there's plenty to do.  The Avett Brothers are at the U.S. Cellular Center in Asheville  for two  nights and Taj Mahal makes an intimate club appearance too.  Maria Muldaur is at the Grey Eagle Tuesday.  Conversations with David Holt is on tap at Blue Ridge Community College Bo Thomas Auditorium November 5th.  The Cinema Film Festival arrives mid week and there are several new releases of interest at area theaters.  High on Tony's list, St. Vincent starring Bill Murray and Melissa McCarthy and NightCrawler starring Mr. Jake Gyllenhaal.  Check it out.

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Oct 24, 2014
Tony Kiss
Asheville Citizen-Times

Halloween is still a week away, but the ghouls and goblins are already out and about.  Tony is frightfully delightful with tips and suggestions for the week leading up to Oct. 31.  High on his list of scary options, Pinhead's Graveyard and the return of the Rocky Horror Picture Show to Asheville. There are several new movies in the area including John Wick. starring Keanu Reeves. and St. Vincent, starring Bill Murray.

Friday @2: The Opal String Quartet

Oct 23, 2014

  On the next Friday @2, we welcome the Opal String Quartet to our studios.  The Opal is playing concerts around Western North Carolina in the next few days, and they'll give us a preview.  They'll bring us a quartet by Johannes Brahms as well as a brand new work by local composer Tim Winter.

Please join us when  the Opal String Quartet plays in our studios on the next Friday@2.

This Weekend in WNC: Friday, Oct. 17

Oct 17, 2014

This week, Tony’s out of town, so WCQS Morning Edition host Greta Johnsen sat down with Asheville Citizen-Times entertainment reporter Carol Motsinger about her picks for weekend fun.

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Oct 10, 2014
Tony Kiss
Asheville Citizen-Times

Thirteen breweries will be featured at October Fest on Coxe Avenue in downtown Asheville.  A major motion picture with two big stars has opened.  The Judge stars Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall and My Old Lady with Kevin Cline and Maggie Smith is still available.  David LaMotte has a book release party planned at White Horse Black Mt. and there's plenty of quality live theater to choose from.  Tony Kiss takes a look at some of the things happening in Western North Carolina.

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Stand-up comedian Paula Poundstone is scheduled to perform in Asheville tonight.

These days, Poundstone is best known for her appearances as the skeptical panelist on NPR’s news quiz, Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!. But she also does about 150 stand up shows a year.

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Oct 3, 2014

Another action packed weekend has arrived.  Thank goodness! The great Paul Winter takes the stage at Isis in West Asheville and  Lera Lynn performs at the Mothlight at Mr. Fred's Bar. The 47th Bascom Lamar Lunsford Minstrel of the Appalachians Festival takes place on the campus of Mars Hill University and there are a couple of new movies in the area, including My Old Lady, starring Maggie Smith and Kevin Cline.  The Adams Family takes the stage at Asheville Community Theater and Urinetown is  presented by Haywood Arts Regional Theater.

Friday @2: Bill Gerhardt & Mike Holstein Jazz

Oct 1, 2014

Join us this Friday afternoon for live jazz from our studios.  Pianist Bill Gerhardt and bassist Mike Holstein, have played together for years, and will play just for us on Friday @2.

Dick Kowal will be your host.

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Sep 26, 2014

Fall Festival season is officially underway.  It's time once again for  the annual Greek Festival.  Great food, music and dancing at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox  Church on Cumberland Avenue in Asheville.  In Cullowhee, Western Carolina University's  Mountain Heritage Day Festival is happening and the Music in the  Mountains  Folk Festival takes place in Burnsville. 

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Sep 19, 2014

Thank goodness another weekend has rolled around and Tony Kiss joins David Hurand for a look at the entertainment scene in Western North Carolina.   The weekend kicks off with some music as Asheville celebrates the final Downtown After 5 event of the year on Lexington Avenue.  Beer lovers can sample as many as 50 different craft beers at the annual BrewGrass Festival.  The event takes place at Memorial Stadium near historic  McCormick Field.  The Heritage Weekend celebration is happening at the Folk Art Center along the Blue Ridge P

One in a Million at the Orange Peel

Sep 17, 2014

One of the premier live music venues in the Southeast is on the verge of a major milestone.   The Orange Peel in Asheville expects to sell its’ one millionth concert ticket.  David Hurand spoke with the clubs' Marketing Director,  Liz Whalen Tallent.

Writer Karen Abbott is in town Tuesday to discuss Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy, her book about women who were spies during the Civil War. She'll be in conversation with local author Denise Kiernan, who wrote Girls Of Atomic City.

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Sep 5, 2014

NC Mountain State Fair is underway.  The fair runs 9/5-9/14 at the WNC Agricultural Center in Fletcher. River Arts District Anything Goes, Everything Shows Art Show at the Courtyard Gallery and the Flood Fine Arts Center in the River Arts District starts 9/6 and runs through October 29th.  The New Belgium Brewing Clips Beer and Film Tour gets underway Friday night at Roger McGuire Green at Pack Square Park.  Tony has much more to say about the  entertainment scene, including lots of outstanding theater offerings and a couple of new and interesting movies....

Rob Delaney: 'I don't like whimsy'

Sep 4, 2014

It’s not every day that some snappy tweets can get you a book deal. But that’s exactly what happened with comedian Rob Delaney, who’s in town Friday for a book reading at Malaprop’s.

Most of Rob Delaney’s tweets can’t actually be read out loud on public radio. But they’re funny-- totally absurd, often dirty jokes that fit into 140 characters or less.

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