Arts & Performance

Tommy Hays will read from and sign copies of What I Came to Tell You Nov. 23 at 3 pm at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva.

Asheville Resident Honored with NC Award

Nov 21, 2013
Erin Brethauer, Asheville Citizen-Times /

A Western North Carolinian has been awarded the state's highest civilian honor.  The North Carolina Award for Fine Arts was presented  to John Cram of Asheville at a banquet in Durham. David Hurand spoke with John Cram about the award.

Friday at 2: A French Feast for Winds

Nov 20, 2013

Join us Friday at 2 for another performance from our studios. This Friday, it's a French Feast for Winds with musicians from Pan-Harmonia.  We'll hear colorful and seldom-heard works for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and horn by French composers Darius Milhaud, Vincent D'Indy, and Albert Roussel.

Dick Kowal will be your host Friday at 2.

November 29, 2013 marks the 5th anniversary of the National Day of Listening. The National Day of Listening is a day to honor a loved one through listening. It's the least expensive but most meaningful gift you can give this holiday season. You can choose to record a story with anyone you know. Learn more.

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Nov 15, 2013

The Asheville Symphony Orchestra concert at Thomas Wolfe Auditorium tops Tony's list of things to do. Also high on his agenda,  singer Amy Grant performs at the University of North Carolina Asheville and  there's a CD release party to benefit Manna Food Bank.  Guitarist Johnny Marr performs at the Orange Peel, and comedian Joe Zimmerman takes the stage for two nights of  humor.  The highly anticipated French film Blue is the Warmest Color is on the big screen.  Lots to do, so little time.

Not Your Grandmother's Scrabble

Nov 15, 2013
Greta Johnsen / WCQS

It’s 8:30 on a Saturday morning, and the main room of the Asheville Senior Center is buzzing with conversation. People are walking in, carrying the cymbal bags that drummers use, greeting one another like they’re long lost friends.

No, it’s not a drumming circle, though that’s perhaps just as likely in Asheville.

This is the 2013 Asheville Scrabble Tournament, and it’s serious stuff.

Friday at 2: The Lovestruck Suckers

Nov 14, 2013

This Friday at 2 join us for another program from our performance studio as Lovestruck Suckers join Dick Kowal to play and talk about their music.  Made up of singer-songwritier Silas Durocher and members of the Opal String Quartet (Mariya Potapova, violin; Kara Poorbaugh, viola, and Franklin Keel, cello) Lovestruck Suckers' music explores themes such as heartbreak, love, and how to find beauty and motivation in a capricious world.

MoogFest 2014 More than Electronic Music

Nov 14, 2013

Pioneers in electronic music, scientists, authors, filmmakers, and futurists will gather in Asheville in later April for MoogFest 2014.  The festival honors the legacy of electronic music pioneer Dr. Robert Moog.  Moog Music has announced the list of day time presenters   and begun ticket sales. David Hurand spoke with Emmy Parker from Moog Music about the festival.

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Nov 8, 2013

Its a big weekend for movies and music.  The Asheville Cinema Festival offers more than 50 films. Everything from features, documentaries, shorts, and more.  A couple of long awaited films have opened in the area. The highly acclaimed 12 Years a Slave  and All is Lost starring Robert Redford.   WideSpread Panic will rock the U.S. Cellular Center in downtown Asheville  and the Asheville Choral Society and Symphony Chorus present the Brahms German Requiem with 220 singers.

Billy Graham celebrates his 95th birthday

Nov 7, 2013
Greta Johnsen / WCQS

 About 800 people joined the reverend Billy Graham last night to celebrate his 95th birthday.

Kathie Lee Gifford led the group in song, and guests included Fox news host Greta van Susteren, former Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin, and businessman Donald Trump.

Billy Graham, whose health has been in decline, didn’t make any speeches, though he did thank friends and family.

Ann Patchett on writing, Parnassus, and dogs

Nov 5, 2013

  Author Ann Patchett’s new book, This is the Story of a Happy Marriage, is a deeply personal collection of essays that explore Patchett’s familial, romantic, professional, and even canine relationships.

While Patchett is perhaps known best for her novels Bel Canto or State of Wonder, she also has an extensive career writing nonfiction.

Here, Patchett discusses how writing nonfiction shaped her fiction; what it was like to compile the book; and her role as an inadvertent spokeswoman for independent bookstores.

Tony Kiss Weekend Update...

Nov 1, 2013

November has arrived  but the Arts and Culture scene is still in the mood for Halloween and a bit more of October.  Tony Kiss stops  by with some tips on what to do in the days  ahead.  High on his list, the late great Hank Williams comes alive on stage, Bluegrass with special guest David Holt, and several  new movies, including a film from Saudi Arabia.   Tony also reports that the Christmas Holiday season is underway at the Biltmore Estate.

Halloween Candy $$$$

Oct 31, 2013

Halloween is ghost, goblins, costumes, and cash.   Annual candy sales in the U.S. are in the billions. A Chicago based research firm that compiles candy sales data reports that Reese's , which is part of the Hershey Company,  is number one with annual sales of nearly $510 million, M & M's is next with annual sales of nearly $501 million , M & M's is one of the lines sold by Mars, and third in annual sales, Snickers witch is also manufactured by Mars.  David Hurand  has more on our appetite for candy.

WCQS partners with ASAP - The Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project - for tailgate market updates, heard Thursdays and Fridays during Morning Edition (5 - 9 a.m.)

Last week, we shared several seasonal surprises available at farmers tailgate markets. This week, we’re surprised there are even more unexpected finds to be found! Look out for cardoon, sweet potatoes in all shades, and sugar snap and snow peas…

It's Not You, It's Me!

Oct 29, 2013

The independent film It's Not You, It's Me  was written, directed, and produced by Asheville native Nathan Ives.  Ives has followed an unusual path to become a Los Angeles based film maker and he is taking a novel approach to marketing his film.  He spoke with David Hurand.

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Oct 25, 2013

Lots to do, so little  time!  An electronic music festival, a benefit for the Mountain Gateway Museum in Old Fort featuring David Holt,  an evening of Jazz in Waynesville,  live theater, and new movies, including a couple of documentaries. Tony Kiss takes a look at some of the entertainment offerings as we approach Halloween.

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Oct 18, 2013
Asheville Citizen Times

Western North Carolina enjoys another big weekend of entertainment.  The sold out LEAF Music Festival in Black Mountain highlights the weekend, but there's lots of food, music, and theater to choose from.  Tony offers some of the highlights.

WCQS partners with ASAP - The Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project - for tailgate market updates, heard Thursdays and Fridays during Morning Edition (5 - 9 a.m.)

It’s fall, y’all, and that means we’re shining the Get Local spotlight on local apples! Last year was a difficult one for area apple growers. Luckily, it’s a different story in 2013.

WCQS partners with ASAP -- the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project -- for tailgate market updates, heard Thursdays and Fridays during Morning Edition (5am - 9am).

Bringing the bogeyman to life

Oct 2, 2013
NC Stage Co.

"This time last year I was plotting to kill a man."

So begins 'Stalking the Bogeyman,' a story written by David Holthouse, originally published in 2004 in The Denver Westword.

Holthouse was just a kid when he was raped by the 17 year-old son of his parents' friends. 

"When I was seven," Holthouse wrote in the article, "I no longer believed in Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny or the Tooth Fairy.

"But from that night on, I had no such doubts about the Bogeyman."

WCQS partners with ASAP - The Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project - for tailgate market updates, heardThursdays and Fridays during Morning Edition (5 - 9 a.m.)

It’s the pearfect week to pick up pears at area farmers tailgate markets! While Asian pears—which taste like crisp, juicy apples—have been around for a bit, additional varieties are starting to arrive. Familiar Bartlett pears have been spotted at West Asheville Tailgate Market, and perhaps less-familiar Seckel pears have been spotted at North Asheville Tailgate Market.

'Vicious' isn't your typical superhero story

Sep 26, 2013

Victoria Schwab has written several young adult novels, but Vicious is her first book for an adult audience.

While Vicious is a superhero origin story, Schwab’s take is unique, exploring the possibility of magic in an otherwise reality-driven world.

Schwab spoke with WCQS reporter Greta Johnsen before coming to Asheville on her book release tour.

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Sep 20, 2013

The weekend entertainment scene  once again provides a myriad of wonderful opportunities.  Tony Kiss begins with stories of craft beer tasting, live theater, and several new movies.

Friday at 2: Pianists from the AAPF

Sep 20, 2013

Listen this afternoon for another live performance from our studios as WCQS welcomes pianists from the Asheville Area Piano Forum.  Hwa-Jin Kim will play Franz Liszt's Grande Etude, Leslie Downs will play Spanish Dances by Enrique Granados, and we'll bring out both Steinways for Scott Camp and Brian Turner as they improvise together on some tunes by Thelonius Monk.

Don't miss these local artists performing live - Friday at 2!

WCQS partners it ASAP - The Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project - for tailgate market updates, heardThursdays and Fridays during Morning Edition (5 - 9 a.m.)

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Sep 13, 2013

Tony Kiss reminds us that it's  the final weekend for the Mt. State Fair.  In addition to the Fair, there's lots of live theater to consider, including CATS at Flat Rock Playhouse and the new film "In A World" at the Fine Arts Theater.

Scandal, mayhem, and tradition in 'Lookaway, Lookaway'

Sep 13, 2013

Wilton Barnhardt's new novel, Lookaway, Lookaway, tells the story of the Charlotte-based Johnston family. 

Tracing their roots back to to a Civil War general, the Johnstons are a family steeped in elegance and Southern gentility. But as their inherited wealth finally dwindles, tradition is overrun by scandal.

Friday at 2: Drew Petersen

Sep 11, 2013

On the next Friday at 2 we’ll welcome 19 year old pianist Drew Petersen. Drew is performing Friday evening for the Haywood County Arts Council’s Young Artist Concert, and will give us a preview of that program.  

Five Books To Read This Fall

Sep 11, 2013

Bob Shacochis, The Woman Who Lost Her Soul: This is, according to one of Linda's colleagues, perhaps the most important novel to read this year.