1) Boone Country Dancers Host Contra Dance Oct. 11
The Boone Country Dancers will be at the Apple Barn in Valle Crucis for its next community contra dance on Saturday, October 11. Everyone is welcome to attend the contra dance regardless of dance experience. The evening will begin with a beginners’ workshop from 7:30-8:00 p.m. The goal of the workshop is to teach the fundamentals of contra dance with a focus on having fun. After the workshop, the regular dance will run from 8:00-11:00 p.m. with a waltz break at 9:30 p.m. The dance will feature the band Indian Summer and the caller will be Emily Abel. Dancers of all ages are encouraged to attend and no partner is necessary. Come as you are and wear clean, soft-soled flexible shoes for dancing. As always, our dances are smoke and alcohol free. Admission to the dance is $7 for adults, $5 for high school students, and free to anyone 12 years old or younger. For further information please visit the Boone Country Dancers webpage at boonecountrydancers.org.
2) Blowing Rock Jazz Society Hosts Final Concert of 2014 Oct. 12
Melva Houston has been a Jazz and Blues vocalist for over 30 years and will be a pleasing conclusion to our 2014 concert season. Playing with Melva will be Ron Brindle on bass, Rick Dilling on drums, Keith McMcCutchen on piano and Todd will bring his sax. Please call the Meadowbrook Inn at 828-295-4300 within the next few days to make your reservations. Reservations are needed no later than noon on October 8. Thank you and we hope you will join us for another special concert!
3) Multi-Award Winning Musical Comedy “Urinetown” to be Presented Oct. 11-12 at Appalachian
On Homecoming weekend, the Appalachian Musical Theatre Ensemble will present the multi-award winning musical comedy “Urinetown” by Greg Kotis and Mark Hollmann. Performances take place at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 11 and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 12, in Broyhill Music Center’s Rosen Concert Hall on the Appalachian State University campus. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door, and are available in the lobby of the Valborg Theatre Monday through Friday from 1 – 5 p.m. Tickets will also be sold at the door beginning one hour prior to each performance. Winner of three Tony Awards, three Outer Critic’s Circle Awards, two Lucille Lortel Awards, and two Obie Awards, “Urinetown” is a hilarious musical satire of the legal system, capitalism, social irresponsibility, populism, bureaucracy, corporate mismanagement, municipal politics and musical theatre itself. The New York Times hailed the production as “hilariously funny and touchingly honest.” “Urinetown” provides a fresh perspective of one of America’s greatest art forms. In a Gotham-like city, a terrible water shortage, caused by a 20-year drought, has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. The citizens must use public amenities, regulated by a single malevolent company that profits by charging admission for one of humanity’s most basic needs. Amid the people, a hero decides he’s had enough, and plans a revolution to lead them all to freedom. Inspired by the works of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill, “Urinetown” is an irreverently humorous satire in which no one is safe from scrutiny. Praised for reinvigorating the very notion of what a musical could be, “Urinetown” catapults the “comedic romp” into the new millennium with its outrageous perspective, wickedly modern wit, and sustained ability to produce gales of unbridled laughter. The production involves 28 students in the cast and crew, representing more than a dozen academic majors. The company is under the direction of Dr. Derek Davidson with choreography by Karen Sabo. Musical director Aaron Ames conducts a live, all-student orchestra for the production, which is purposefully timed to coincide with Homecoming weekend. Rosen Concert Hall is located in the Broyhill Music Center at the Hayes School of Music, 813 Rivers Street in Boone. Free parking for the performances is available on campus in faculty lots, the College Street parking deck near the Belk Library and Information Commons, the Stadium Lot, and the Raley Parking Lot.