Arts & Performance

Tony Kiss Weekend Update: Moogfest and Beyond

Apr 25, 2014

Nerds abound at Moogfest

Apr 25, 2014

It’s day three of Moogfest in Asheville.

Moogfest Music on Morning Edition

Apr 24, 2014

Here's a list of all the Moogfest music you heard this morning on Morning Edition:

  • 6:19 RJD2, All For U
  • 6:39 Bernie Worrell, Get Your Hands Off
  • 6:49 Chic, Good Times
  • 6:59 Blondes, Elise
  • 7:09 Adult., Night Life
  • 7:19 Art Department, What Does It Sound Like
  • 7:39 Dan Deacon, Of the Mountains
  • 7:49 Keith Emerson, Living in the Past
  • 7:59 Com Truise, Brokendate

Moogfest celebrates synthesis of tech, creativity

Apr 23, 2014


Moogfest starts today in downtown Asheville.

The five-day event includes more than 100 musicians. But this year, the festival also features 90 panelists, numerous interactive art exhibits, and sound installations throughout town, from the Orange Peel to Pack Place to the Moog Music factory itself.

Brand Director Emmy Parker says Moogfest 2014 will be unique not just for Asheville, but also for the event industry in general.

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Apr 18, 2014

Tony is looking ahead to next Wednesday and the opening of MoogFest, April 23-27 in Asheville.  But this  weekend Earth Day will be celebrated on Lexington Avenue and Highland Brewing marks its' 20th anniversary. This weekend also serves to recognize independent "Record" stores and there are lots of new movies in area theaters and the Asheville Tourists are back at McCormick field for a big weekend of baseball.

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Apr 11, 2014

Trumpet Spectacular:  The Asheville Symphony takes the stage at Thomas Wolfe Auditorium Saturday night to perform Handel's,  Music to the Royal Fireworks,  Hummel's Trumpet Concerto, and Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass with the WCU Concert Choir and the Asheville Symphony Chorus.  Also  this weekend, singer songwriter David Wilcox performs at the Altamont.  The Mother Earth News Fair  takes place in Asheville this weekend at the WNC Agriculture Center and Draft Day starring Kevin Costner and Jennifer Garner has opened at area movie theaters.  Tony Kiss has it all.

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Apr 4, 2014

Baseball is back and Tony is thrilled.   The Asheville Tourists have opened their 2014 season at McCormick Field.  There's also lots of live theater to consider including a Neil Simon play at the Flat Rock Theater.  There are a couple of  new movies in the area, including Captain America.  The Western Carolina University Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines will screen the documentary film "Shored Up".  The critically acclaimed film examines how different communities are trying to cope  with rising sea levels. It will be screened at 4 pm Sunday at A.K. Hinds University Center.

Friday @2, ASO YAC Winners!

Apr 3, 2014

Listen this "Friday @2" for another live-performance program on WCQS. This week we will feature the winners of the Asheville Symphony Orchestra (ASO) Young Artist Competition (YAC!)

The ASO held its competition, open to all students, ages 9-18 (excluding college students), who play string, wind and percussion instruments as well as piano, classical guitar and harp, on March 22nd. Three winners were chosen; pianists Ayano Annis and Christopher Tavernier tied for second place, and violinist Willa Finck was awarded first place.

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Mar 28, 2014

Live theater tops Tony's list of entertainment options this week.   Along with theater there's lots of music to enjoy and a couple of new movies hit the big screen.  And baseball  returns next Thursday with the arrival of the Tourists at historic McCormick field.

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Mar 21, 2014

Tony Kiss dances his way into the weekend.  High on his list of entertainment offerings The Chase Brock Experience at Diana Wortham Theater.  Choreographer Chase Brock is a native of Western North Carolina who has found great success in New York City.  The new Wes Anderson film has arrived on the big screen. The  quirky,  but favorably reviewed film,   The Hotel Budapest includes an all star cast.

Broadway choreographer brings talents back to WNC

Mar 21, 2014
Chase Brock

  Broadway Choreographer Chase Brock is bringing his talents back to Western North Carolina.

Brock was born in Hendersonville and went to school in Flat Rock before moving to New York to follow his dream, and now his career has taken him full circle-- back to the very spot where he found his first success.

“I actually made my professional debut as a dancer on the stage at Diana Wortham Theater when I was about 12 years old," Brock said. "It’s the first check I ever received in show business.”

Jan Philipp Sendker has spent most of his working life as a journalist for a German magazine.

But he never lost the desire he's held since childhood to write a novel, and his work as a reporter helped lead him to his goal.

Sendker's novel, The Art of Hearing Heartbeats, is inspired by the landscape and culture he discovered while reporting from Burma. The book tells the story of Julia, a New Yorker whose Burmese father mysteriously disappears. Julia's story explores the significant role of fatalism and destiny in Burmese culture.

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Mar 14, 2014

The celebration of St. Patrick's Day  influences the entertainment scene Friday through Monday.  Celtic music is  on the bill at White Horse Black Mt., Jack of  the Wood, and the Fiddlers of Madison County are on stage in Marshall.  Saturday night The Asheville Symphony Orchestra takes  the stage at Thomas Wolfe Auditorium.  The featured performer is an Israeli pianist.  The Russ Wilson Jazz Band pays tribute to Benny Goodman Sunday night at Isis and there are several new movies in the area, including the Japanese film, Like Father Like Son and the Chilean film, Gloria.

Music for Winds and Guitar Friday @2

Mar 11, 2014

Listen this Friday at 2pm when members of Pan Harmonia bring us music for winds and guitar. Flutist Kate Steinbeck, bassoonist Rosalind Buda and guitarist Amy Brusch will perform live in our studios and bring us music by Tom Febonio, Frederick Holm and unexpected dreamscape...ethereal, transcendent, and grooving...

That's Friday @2, members of Pan Harmonia with Music for Winds and Guitar. Dick Kowal will be your host.


Mar 10, 2014
Asheville Symphony Orchestra

Listen this week for two broadcasts of the Asheville Symphony Orchestra's February 8th concert. You can hear the concert,Tuesday morning at 10 when Dick Kowal will be your host, and again Thursday evening at 8 when Chip Kaufmann hosts.

On the concert program is  Tchaikovsky's Suite from Swan Lake Ballet and Samuel Barber's Violin Concerto with soloist Elena Urioste. Also featured is Muertes del angel by Osvaldo Golijov and Pavanne pour une infante defunte by Maurice Ravel.

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Mar 7, 2014

It's a big weekend for basketball.  The Southern Conference Men's and Women's basketball tournament is in Asheville.  Games are being played at the Kimmel Arena on the campus of UNC Asheville and at the US Cellular Civic Center.  In addition to lots of hoop action there is  plenty of live music, theater, and a number of  Oscar winning movies on the big screen.  Tony Kiss has some of what's happening in Western North Carolina....

The author of the well-known Bones series has teamed up with her son to write another book in a series of young adult thrillers. "I like to describe us as the #1 mother-son YA thriller forensic science writing team in America,” laughs Brendan Reichs. 

Brendan says he and his mother Kathy came up with the idea for Virals series when Kathy saw how many young women would come to readings for the Bones books.

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Feb 28, 2014

It's a big weekend for fans of film.  The  Academy Awards ceremony will be broadcast Sunday night. Many of the nominated films are still being screened at area theaters.   The Fine Arts Theater has two critically acclaimed films,  Omar,  and a Japanese animated film, The Wind Rises.  Omar is billed as a tense thriller about betrayal, suspected and real,  in the Occupied Territories.   The Wind Rises is the latest from Director Hayao Miyazaki.  It's an animated look at the life of the man who designed Japanese fighter planes during World War II.  

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Feb 21, 2014

The weekend has rolled around and Tony Kiss is out and about checking it out.  It's time for his weekly chat with David Hurand

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Feb 7, 2014

Tony Kiss says there's lots of live theater happening in the area.   Among the offerings,   Cabaret hits the stage at ACT and  Rounding Third continues at North Carolina Stage Company. The very talented trio of Sutton, Holt, and Coleman honor the late great Doc Watson at Diana Wortham Theater.  Tony nominee Norm Lewis takes the stage in a benefit performance for Diana Wortham Theater.  There are also a couple of interesting film offerings, The Monuments Men has opened and Academy Award nominated short films are on the big screen.

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Jan 24, 2014

Tony Kiss is looking forward to beer and pretzels along with lots of live theater and a variety of outstanding musical performances in the region. 

Watching Human Rights: 101 Best Films

Jan 21, 2014

The  UNC Asheville Human Rights Film Festival gets underwary next  Monday (1/27).  David Hurand spoke with University Carol G. Belk Distinguished Human Rights Professor Mark Gibney about his most recent book, Watching Human Rights:  The 101 Best Films.

Segment one of two part interview with University of North Carolina Asheville Carol G. Belk Distinguished Professor in Humanities Mark Gibney. 

Segment Two:

Full length interview with Professor Gibney

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Jan 17, 2014

The Oscar nominations are in and many of the top films are on the big screen at area theaters.  Tony Kiss offers his list of movies to see and live theater.  Plus,   Eisenhower Dance takes the stage at Diana Wortham Theater.

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Jan 10, 2014

Tony Kiss stops by with news of some of the goings on in Western North Carolina, including the opening of the new Coen brothers film, Inside Llewyn Davis, August: Osage County with Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts,  and the return of Hercules.  Inside Llewyn  stars Oscar Isaac with Justin Timberlake and Carey Mulligan.  The area club scene is also cooking with lots of music, including Steep Canyon Rangers and Sam Bush at the Orange Peel and White Horse  Black Mt. celebrates its 5th anniversary with an all-star cast.

Tony Kiss Weekend Update: New Year Party Time

Dec 27, 2013

Tony Kiss takes a peek at some of the New Year Eve entertainment offerings.  Lots of great music is  on his list to help usher in the new year.

Studio Glass Art Pioneer Harvey Littleton Dies

Dec 21, 2013

The man many consider the father of the American Studio Glass Movement has died.  Harvey Littleton, who lived in Spruce Pine, was 91.  Western Carolina University Ceramics Professor Joan Byrd  studied with and was a friend.  She spoke with David Hurand.

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Dec 13, 2013

The Warren Haynes Christmas Jam benefiting Habitat for Humanity tops the entertainment calendar this weekend. The two night musical event is sold out but is also being offered on pay for view TV. There is also lots of Christmas theater and musical performances available and several new movies, including a benefit screening of a Yoga documentary.  Tony has it all.

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Dec 6, 2013

Tony Kiss has lots of  entertainment tips.   Many of his offerings are in the spirit of Christmas.  There's  plenty of live theater to choose  from, a benefit for Shindig on the Green, and a couple of new, critically acclaimed movies.


Inspired by a call to action from author Sherman Alexie, nearly twenty local authors will join booksellers at Malaprop's to encourage the success of local, independent bookstores on this small business Saturday.

Malaprop's bookstore general manager Linda Barrett joined WCQS reporter Greta Johnsen to discuss some of the better-selling books this season.

Here's a list of the books Linda recommends:

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Nov 22, 2013

The Asheville Holiday Parade, lots of theater, and a couple of new movies top Tony's list of things to do.