Arts & Performance

Tune in today at 2 for another live performance from our studios. We'll be joined by jazz pianist Michael Jefry Stevens and guitarist Gary Moore.

That's live from the Vetust Study Club Performance Studio Friday at 2 on WCQS.

A recent New York Magazine profile of Marisha Pessl describes a lecture the thirtysomething author gave at Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory four years ago.  She quoted an interview with Stan Cordova. The presentation went on. Lots of people quote famous people in lectures, sure-- but Pessl had just cited the work of a character in Night Film, a book she hadn't even published yet.

NPR is hosting a T-shirt Design Challenge this August with the popular crowdsourcing vendor Threadless, inviting listeners and the global Threadless community to submit and/or score designs based on the theme "My Sound World."

This Threadless "Causes" project engages listeners,  encourages creativity, and promotes the public radio brand in a popular space. It's also an opportunity for users and visitors to the Design Challenge page on Threadless.com to donate to their favorite public radio station.

Tony Kiss Weekend Update:

Aug 9, 2013
Tony Kiss
Asheville Citizen-Times

Tony Kiss has festivals on his mind and there are plenty to chose from in Western North Carolina, including the Sourwood Festival in Black Mountain, the Wild Goose Festival in Hot Springs, and Riverfest along the French Broad River.

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It hasn't even been 11 full months since The Avett Brothers released The Carpenter, the North Carolina band's most recent collection of poignant and infectious, bluegrass-inflected folk-rock. And, given the lengthy touring cycle that each major album release generally spawns - the Avetts of last month's Newport Folk Festival with songs from The Carpenter - fans had no reason to expect new music this year.

Tony Kiss Weekend Update:

Aug 2, 2013

Tony Kiss takes a look at the Arts and Culture scene and offers his tips for an exciting weekend.

It's Over: Boyle and Bele Chere

Jul 31, 2013

The 35th and final Bele Chere street festival has come and gone.  The City of Asheville has decided it can no longer afford to fund the event.  Asheville Citizen Times reporter and columnist John Boyle spoke  with David Hurand about the end of what has been billed as the largest free street festival in the southeast.

This weekend marks the 35th—and final—Bele Chere festival in Asheville.

Sandra Travis, festival program supervisor for the city of Asheville, says it’s hard to picture, but downtown Asheville was essentially deserted when the city had its first Bele Chere in 1979. “It started out really small. It was a way to revitalize downtown Asheville,” she said.

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Jul 26, 2013
Tony Kiss
Asheville Citizen-Times

Bele Chere weekend has arrived.  Tony Kiss takes a look at the weekend entertainment scene including the music line-up for the festival, Folkmoot, lots of theater, and a couple of new movies.

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Jul 19, 2013
Tony Kiss
Asheville Citizen-Times

Tony Kiss takes a look at the Arts and Culture Scene in Western North Carolina.  High on his list, Folkmoot USA, The Guild Craft Fare, Downtown After 5,  lots of unique theater and movies.....

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

With recent unseasonable temperatures reminding us that fall is officially only one month away, now is the time to savor the flavors of summer still available at area farmers tailgate markets.

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

What’s fresh at markets this week? What isn’t! These days, summer favorites like beans, bell peppers, cabbages, eggplants, potatoes, and tomatoes are joining an already seasonal abundance of greens, summer squash, berries, and peaches.

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Jun 28, 2013

Tony Kiss previews the Fourth of July holiday entertainment scene.  There's quite a range of options.  Joshua Bell Brevard Music Center, Ice Cube at the Orange Peel, Story-Telling, and Shindig on the Green to mention just a few of the many great things to do. 

Garlic Harvesting Time

Jun 27, 2013

WCQS gardening expert Alison Arnold says the Summer Solstice  serves as a reminder it maybe time to harvest the garlic.

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

Summer is officially here! Although the season’s full bounty has yet to arrive to area tailgates, produce ambassadors have been dispatched from the fields to tantalize taste buds and tell of what’s to come.

Brevard Music Center Performances on WCQS

Jun 25, 2013

The Brevard Music Festival has begun it's 2013 season  and once again WCQS is there to bring you the excitement and artistry of live concerts from this nationally known center of music performance and education.

Listen throughout the summer as WCQS and our colleagues from WDAV Davidson bring you concerts of orchestral and chamber music performed by internationally known artists such as Joshua Bell, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Keith Lockhart, JoAnn Falletta and Matthias Bamert, as well as Brevard's own artist-faculty from across the United States.

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Jun 21, 2013

Arts and Culture Guru and Beer Guy, Tony Kiss marches into the weekend.  On tap, lots of live theater, great music, and a couple of new movies.

NC Not for Profits Maybe Hit By Tax Reform

Jun 21, 2013

The North Carolina General Assembly is expected to adopt  some form of tax code reform during its present session.  Among the proposals, changes to the way the state collects sales taxes, including charging sales tax on some professional services.  Also under consideration, tightening or eliminating exemptions that benefit most not-for-profits.  David Hurand spoke with the Managing Director of Diana Wortham Theater about one proposal that could lead to higher ticket prices.

Asheville Autism Pride Week

Jun 14, 2013

The first Asheville Autism Pride Week runs June 16th-through June 22nd.  David Hurand spoke with one of the events participants  Dave Spicer.  To see the full schedule of Autism Pride Week events visit their web site.
http://autismprideweek.org

We've had an overwhelming wonderful response when we announced our upcoming trip Rediscover Cuba - A Cultural Exploration. So much so, we added a second trip to Cuba next spring. Both trips initially sold out, but we now have a few spaces on the trip departing February 18, 2014. The spaces won't last long, so be sure to sign up now if you are interested.

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Jun 14, 2013

Tony Kiss checks out the entertainment scene and offers his suggestions for the Father's Day
Weekend.

Wet Weather Won't Stop Gardeners

Jun 13, 2013

Many farmers and back yard gardeners have been spending a great deal of time working in the rain.  David Hurand spoke

with WCQS gardening expert Alison Arnold about the wet Spring and plants that are thriving.

Tony Nagelmann / NPR

It's official - Western North Carolina loves Peter Sagal and Carl Kasell. Tickets for the August 1st Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! show at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium went on sale Thursday June 6th and sold out the very next day!

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Jun 7, 2013

Tony Kiss takes a look at the Arts and Culture scene in Western North Carolina.  High on his agenda, lots and lots of live theater, an Art Walk, free music from the porch of the Thomas Wolfe House, and a couple of new movies.

Asheville's River Arts District On the Move

Jun 7, 2013

The first of two annual River Arts District Studio Strolls takes place Saturday and Sunday (June 8th - 9th).

David Hurand spoke with Asheville Citizen Times reporter Jason Sandford about the pace of change along the river in Asheville.

Tony Nagelmann / NPR

WCQS is bringing Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! the oddly informative news quiz from NPR back to Asheville August 1st. Tickets went on sale at 10 am June 6th and are almost sold out as of Friday afternoon, June 7th! Get yours before they're gone!

WNC Teacher Named Yale Distinguished Educator

Jun 5, 2013

An Asheville Public School teacher has been named a recipient of the Yale University Distinguished Music Educator award.  David  Hurand spoke with Ruben Orengo about the honor and his career as a musician and teacher.

Tony Nagelmann / NPR

WCQS is bringing Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! The Oddly Informative News Quiz from NPR back to Asheville this summer. Host Peter Sagal, official judge and scorekeeper Carl Kasell and a few of their [yet to be named] witty panelists will return to the 'Cesspool of Sin' for a live show at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium August 1st. The Asheville performance will be broadcast nationwide on Saturday, August 3rd.

Tailgate Market Report

May 9, 2013

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

Associate springtime with fresh peas? You're right! Shell peas, snow peas and snap peas (or sugarsnaps) can be found at area tailgate markets now. The season will continue through early summer. Also look for a small selection of green beans, and possibly even a few fava beans.

Moogfest Will Be Back In 2014!

Apr 10, 2013
Rich Orris

 Moog Music has announced dates for its next electronic music festival and its' new co-producer.

David Hurand spoke with the Asheville based company's Senior Brand Manager Emmy Parker.

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