As I sat in HART’s rendition of “August: Osage County” a few days back, I could see (and hear) why someone might object. Between the shrill obscenities, drinking and pot smoking, there was a lot to push you away — especially if you make a point to avoid all three in your daily life.
I could see it, but didn’t feel it, as I was stunned and completely grabbed by this show about family dysfunction, secrets and lies. I loved it, all of it, from the stunning performances by Barbara Bates Smith, Julie Kinter and others, to the natural dialog and easy-on-the-ears music. There was an engaging power there like I’ve never seen in community theater, and even though I didn’t leave until 11 p.m., I left smiling.
What am I trying to say here? Oh, nothing much, just that I want to bow my head in reverence whenever I see someone putting all their heart into something. Folks doing what they love and doing it well — that’s what gets me out of the house more often than not.
Here a few examples for the upcoming week.
As the recent Fall Jazz Fest proved, Haywood County is hungry for more live music — and the Classic Wineseller might just be the place to feed the masses. So, it’s hosting “Friday Night Live,” a weekly musical romp featuring local acts, from 7 to 10 p.m. You can sip wine or beer during the show, and even have dinner. Angelino’s Piattino Ristorante opens at 5:30 p.m. This week’s lineup includes the easy-listening sounds of Jeff and Mike, who’ve become known around the county for their crowd-pleasing jazz. For more information, call 456-6000 or just stop by the shop, at 20 Church St., Waynesville.
Happy holiday market
It’s too late for summer squash and way too early for strawberries, but there’s still plenty to be bought at Haywood’s Historic Farmers Market. Its indoor edition is going strong in the Shelton House Barn Saturdays from 8 a.m. until noon through Dec. 8, and it features everything from root veggies and seafood to crafts and homemade condiments. It may not be as lush and large as in the summer, but many of its offering are also not as perishable — and much more amenable to becoming stocking stuffers. Call 456-1793 for more info.
Adult swim — kind of
The Smoky Mountain Sk8way is almost always a sea of teens and tweens, but it won’t be this Friday night. From 10 p.m. to 1 a.m., the county’s only skating rink will be an 18-and-older affair, with all the old-school music and flashing lights you might remember from years gone by. Maybe you’re a pro, and maybe you’re a novice, but regardless of how well you roll, are you going to let something as inconsequential as ability keep you from a hot night on wheels? Call the rink at 246-9124 or pay it a visit at 19025 Great Smoky Mountain Expressway — and be sure to bring cash. It doesn’t accept anything else.
The issue of climate change isn’t flashy or sexy or particularly fun to talk about. What a surprise, then, that it makes for such powerful reading. “Flight Behavior,” the newest novel from Barbara Kingsolver, takes on the issue of the day with grace, understanding and enough drama to keep your fingers hungrily turning the pages. If you pick up a copy soon from Malaprops Bookstore/Cafe in Asheville, you might even get to meet the author herself, as a limited number of tickets are still available to Kingsolver’s Nov. 28 appearance at UNCA’s Lipinsky Auditorium. Call 254-6734 for more information.