Celebrated novelist and poet Sandra Cisneros takes the stage in Asheville on Friday, March 2, at 7 p.m., at UNC Asheville’s Lipinsky Auditorium. An Evening with Sandra Cisneros is free and open to the public and will include a book-signing and reception.
UNC Asheville’s Music Department has a busy season of student performances planned on campus this spring. Upcoming are two performances scheduled in February, three in March, and three in April. Admission is $5 at the door for each performance, with students and children free.
Three writers from UNC Asheville’s Master of Liberal Arts program will be featured in February’s installment of the “Writers at Home” series, sponsored by UNC Asheville’s Great Smokies Writing program. Award-winning screenwriter Maryedith Burrell, Ann Barrett, and Jessica Pepper will read from their current works at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19, at Malaprop’s Bookstore and Café, 55 Haywood St. in downtown Asheville. It is free and open to the public.
Celebrated ceramic artist Alice Ballard and her husband, ceramist and architect Roger Dalrymple, will present their first joint ceramics exhibition, and lead an all-day ceramics workshop at UNC Asheville.
Natasha Tretheway, one of America’s most acclaimed poets and a compelling speaker, will offer a reading and talk at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, in UNC Asheville’s Humanities Lecture Hall. This event is free and open to the public.
The Rafael Guastavino family – responsible for remarkable tile work at architectural landmarks in Asheville and across the nation – will be the subject of a lecture at UNC Asheville by John Oschsendorf of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.). The lecture, “Guastavino Vaulting: From Barcelona to Black Mountain,” will take place at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1, in UNC Asheville’s Owen Hall, in the third floor conference room. This event is free and open to the public.
“Go Spartans: Girls’ Athletics in Ancient Greece,” is the subject of a guest lecture by Jenifer Neils at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, in the Whitman Room of UNC Asheville’s Ramsey Library. Neils is the Ruth Coulter Heede Professor of Art History and Classics at Case Western Reserve University. This lecture is free and open to the public.
PROJECT Trio, which combines classical training with an eclectic taste in musical styles, will perform at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, in UNC Asheville’s Lipinsky Auditorium. This concert begins the spring semester series of musical performances sponsored by the university’s Cultural Events and Special Academic Programs. The series will continue on March 31 with a performance by Mavis Staples.
Pianist Kimberly Cann will perform in a free concert at 12:45 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18 in UNC Asheville’s Lipinsky Auditorium. The concert will feature works by Debussy, Liszt, Beethoven and the 20th Century composer Margaret Bonds, one of the first black classical performers and composers to gain recognition in the U.S.