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Speakeasy Improv Classes Begin in October

The Magnetic Theatre is thrilled to announce that Speakeasy Improv will offer two unique class series beginning October 3rd and 4th.   The Speakeasy is designed to use improv for positive change through fast-paced play and collaboration. Teaching the deeper nature of improv, The Speakeasy aims to inspire artists to stay actively engaged in their craft, grow as individuals, and contribute to the growth of their artistic community.

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75th Annual Asheville Holiday Parade Saturday, November 20

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The Asheville Holiday Parade, presented by Bojangles of WNC, rolls, dances and marches through downtown Asheville on Saturday, November 20 beginning at 11am. The parade features more than 100 entries including marching bands, dance and cheer squads, youth sports, nonprofits and businesses. This year’s parade theme is “Celebrating 75 Years of Memories and Magic.”

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Carolina Pumpkin Spelltacular at Tryon International Equestrian Center

Over 5,000 magical pumpkins burst to life in this breathtaking Halloween experience for the entire family at Tryon International Equestrian Center & Resort. Stroll through this immersive Halloween festival dubbed the Carolina Pumpkin Spelltacular, featuring a host of all-new attractions that offer something for everyone, including:

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Brews and Bears at the WNC Nature Center is Back Just in Time for Summer

After being cancelled in 2020 due to the pandemic, Brews and Bears has come out of hibernation just in time for summer! On Friday, July 9, and Friday, August 13, from 5:30-8:00PM, the WNC Nature Center will host the Brews and Bears 2021 after-hours event, where guests can explore the Nature Center in the evening hours when it’s cooler and the animals are more active.

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The Magnetic Theatre returns with a half-season line-up beginning in July 2021 

The Magnetic Theatre is thrilled to announce its post-pandemic return to the stage with a half-dozen new theatrical works to fill out the remaining 2021 season. After fourteen months of waiting and planning, the venue delighted audiences with its first indoor production in May, and continues to offer original plays and performances, now with reserved seating and limited capacity. While 2020 pressed pause on so many events and venues, The Magnetic Theatre declares triumphantly, “These Shows WILL Go On!” 

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20th Anniversary Bicycle Film Festival: Virtual Tour Lands in Asheville

Despite cinemas being shut, Bicycle Film Festival returns to Asheville with a curated virtual screening of short films. Available from February 19 - 28th, hosted by Asheville on Bikes.

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FLAT ROCK PLAYHOUSE STUDIO 52 PRESENTS VIRTUAL FALL CLASSES

Flat Rock Playhouse’s Studio 52 is excited to offer virtual classes this fall for students near and far. There are classes open to students in Kindergarten all the way through 12th grade with options for acting and musical theatre. Classes will be taught by theatre professionals and Vagabonds including Studio 52 Director of Education Anna Kimmell, Flat Rock Playhouse Artistic Director and Artistic Associate Lisa K. Bryant and Matthew Glover, Betsy Bisson, Tania Battista, and Flat Rock Playhouse newcomer TJ Medel! The semester begins the week of September 21st and runs for nine weeks. 

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Tour d’Apple has 100 Spots Left

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Only 100 spots remain for the in-person 8th annual Tour d’Apple on Labor Day, which takes place Monday, September 7, 2020, at Blue Ridge Community College in Flat Rock. It is not too late to register for this annual charity cycling event which offers four scenic routes around the beautiful apple orchards and mountains of Henderson County, NC. 

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Flat Rock Playhouse Postpones 2020 Season

With deep regret, Flat Rock Playhouse has announced it will cancel the balance of its 2020 season and shift the entire Mainstage series to 2021. Ticketholders will be contacted by the Playhouse Box Office team starting in the coming days about their tickets.  “We are heartbroken to have to make this decision,” said producing artistic director Lisa K. Bryant. “With state-mandated limitations on gathering sizes for the foreseeable future, as well as recent information that union rules for actors returning to work may not even be issued until summer, it is now clear we cannot reopen in mid-July as we had hoped. The right decision for the long-term health of the Playhouse and for our patrons is to move the entire 2020 season to 2021.” This decision was ratified unanimously by the Playhouse Board of Trustees.

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Downtown After 5 Goes Live Stream, Immediate Support for Area Music Professionals

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The Asheville Downtown Association (ADA) and Foundation (ADAF) today announced that they’re taking Downtown After 5 virtual, as well as a new program to directly support Asheville music professionals. Based on state and local guidelines regarding public gatherings, the May 15 and June 19 Downtown After 5 events are going online. Through a partnership with IamAVL and The Orange Peel, Downtown After 5 will be live streamed to YouTube and Facebook.

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