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Hot Picks: Top entertainment in Asheville and around Western North Carolina



9/16/2011 - Hot Picks: Top entertainment in Asheville and around Western North Carolina
by Tony Kiss - Asheville Citizen Times



Downtown throwdown

This is it -- the season's final Downtown After Five, 5:15-9 on Lexington Avenue, near the Interstate 240 overpass. Playing for your enjoyment are two local bluegrass favorites: Town Mountain, and Bobby Miller and The Virginia Daredevils. Come on down for some hot music and a last salute to summer. Bring spending money for food and drink.

Play date

Asheville Playback Theatre begins its new season at 8 p.m. at the Masonic Temple, 80 Broadway St. Bring along a story from your life, and Playback will act it out on stage.

Step lively

The Capitol Steps have settled into Flat Rock Playhouse for a two-week run, and you know they'll be poking fun at anything that moves in and around Washington. Catch them this weekend at 8 tonight, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday and returning Wednesday through Sept. 25 on the Flat Rock main stage. Call 693-0731.

And they're off

Thousands of runners and their friends and families will be downtown for the 12th annual Asheville Citizen-Times Half Marathon & 5K.

Both races start and finish in front of the Citizen-Times building, 14 O. Henry Ave., with the half-marathon beginning at 7:15 a.m. Saturday and the 5K at 7:30 a.m. Please leave your animals at home and come out to cheer this bunch on.

Symphonic start

The Asheville Symphony Orchestra opens its 2011-12 season with Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5, at 8 p.m. at Thomas Wolfe Auditorium.

Daniel Meyer also conducts the ASO in Ravel's Piano Concert in G, featuring Simone Dinnerstein. Get tickets at the Civic Center box office or call the ASO at 254-7046.

Blues brothers

The great blues player Ironing Board Sam joins local musician Dan Lewis at 8 p.m. at White Horse Black Mountain as part of the McDibb's Reunion Concert Series. In the 1950s,Sam created a homemade portable keyboard mounted on an ironing board and found fame in Memphis, Chicago, Los Angeles and New Orleans. Admission is $12.

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