Stina's picks

A point in the right direction
By Stina Sieg | Mar 05, 2012
Photo by: Donated photo Char Avrunin's painting "Mommie's Favorite" is featured at this month's Blue Ridge Watermedia Society show at Gallery 86.

How on earth did we slip into March? Before we know it, we will be inundated with festivals and shows and sports that actually take place outside a gym. Me, I kind of like these leaner, quieter months, when I feel absolutely justified spending my wintry nights watching “Project Runway” reruns. I do try to be more ambitious, though, and if you do too, here are a few options to fill your dance card this week.

Country time

Tuscola High School students are about to don their plaid and denim best for the 30th year of the school’s Country/Western Show. I can’t fully explain it, but there’s something sweet, pure and optimistic about a bunch of high school kids singing Western-flavored show tunes and country favorites in front of generations of locals. Last year, there was even a teen who did a countrified, solo version of “Free Bird.” I just don’t think it gets any better than that. Come see the show (and try your hand at its many raffles) at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, March 8-10, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 11, at Tuscola High, 564 Tuscola School Road, Waynesville. Call 456-2408 for more info.

Up close and musical
We’re nearing the end of Haywood Arts Regional Theatre’s studio season, but there are still a few shows left to be seen in the Feichter Studio. This week (and possibly next), I recommend “The Story of My Life.” In addition to starring HART veteran Mark Jones (also known as Buddy Holly), it gives local theater lovers an opportunity that is pretty much unprecedented here or anywhere else. With “Story” you can see a Broadway musical in the most intimate setting possible. Not very many people can fit in Feichter, which means every seat is almost a front-row look at all the expressions, gestures and other subtle nuances that make a show matter. Some people even think it’s the best way to see own home-grown theater. See for yourself at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 3 p.m. Sunday, with possible hold-over dates next week. Call 456-6322 for tickets.

Not just watercolors

You might think you know exactly what will be in this month's Blue Ridge Watermedia Society show at Gallery 86, but think again. Though the group’s artists love watercolor, they’re not married to the medium. Expect all kinds of media, including collage, and subjects that go far beyond still lifes. You can visit the show, up March 7-31, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day but Sunday at the Haywood County Arts Council’s gallery, 86 N. Main St. You can even meet the artists from 6 to 8 p.m. this Saturday. Good munchies, vibes and conversation are guaranteed. Call 452-0593 for more information.

An acoustic evening
Jonathan Martin’s music is hard to describe, even for him, but his upcoming night of soulful and smart southern rock should be a fun one. Slated for 7 p.m. until “who knows?” this Friday at Anthony Wayne’s, Martin’s show will be filled with his wordsmithed originals and classic favorites. Former O’Malley’s owner and generally awesome lady Lisa Bessent will be tending bar, which is another big plus. “Friend” Small Town Jonathan Martin on Facebook or call Anthony Wayne’s at 456-6789 for more information.

Oh, Henry

There are few performers I feel compelled to see every time they roll through town, but Henry Rollins is definitely one. His spoken-word work is an interesting beast, filled with intense political statements, self-deprecating anecdotes and shouts of how he wishes the world would change. He manages to be both totally macho and a little vulnerable, and I don't know how he does it. He’s not for everyone, but he is quite something. You can catch his show at 8 p.m. Monday, March 12, at The Orange Peel, 101 Biltmore Ave., Asheville. Visit www.theorangepeel.net or call 225-5851 for more information.

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