Those splashy Busby Berkeley musicals of the 1930s are given their due when the playhouse opens “Dames at Sea,” July 26th-August 19th. It’s probably not coincidental that the plot could have been lifted from a half-dozen Dick Powell-Ruby Keeler extravaganzas: Ruby, a tap dancer from Utah, and Dick, a songwriting sailor(!), somehow end up working on a Broadway musical together. When the theater is shuttered, the plucky duo manage to get the show staged on a destroyer. “Dames at Sea” is a loving Valentine to those musicals from long ago – stuffed with rat-a-tat-tat snappy dialogue, knowing asides, and small-scale versions of those cast-of-hundreds dance numbers.
Alex Matisse: Ometto
May 12 - October 21
This installation of large ceramic vessels will be the signature work on The Bascom campus in 2012.
“In Italy, the word Ometto, meaning ‘little man’, is used to describe rock cairns that lead the way on hiking trails above the tree line, marking the path through barren landscapes. My own Ometti have a human quality with a large but unimposing stature, a defined head and broad shoulders...
The pots in the exhibition originate from the tradition of salt-glazed stoneware grave markers that were made in abundance in the counties of the eastern Piedmont of North Carolina...This project is my first step out of the comfort and familiarity of utility and defined function. But like all of my work, the Ometto project remains an exercise in repetition, refinement, and restraint.”
“The Ometti will convene on the front lawn of The Bascom, holding vigil for a few months, before being marshaled into the world to take up their posts.” Alex Matisse
Tim Curtis: Suspended
May 26 - August 26
This large-scale kinetic sculpture of suspended ceramic discs that are mounted and hung from the ceiling provides gentle, undulating, invisible waves. This movement in the room provides a tangible experience with the art installation as opposed to just viewing a single work of art. The specific source of light, the background it is held in, and the magnitude of the art, creates an environment that is unlike any other. An exciting nontraditional exhibition, provides elements inclusive of the experience that the artist can use to invite the viewer in and this artist includes the viewer as writer and image maker.
Final Gala Concert and Dinner: Sunday, August 12
THE FESTIVAL CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
Linden Quartet; Attacca Quartet; Christopher Martin, trumpet;
Valerie Von Pechy Whitcup, harp; Timothy Albrecht, harpsichord;
Eugene Izotov, oboe; Lea Kibler, flute; Joe McFadden, bass;
Chris Pulgram, Eun-Sun Lee and Margeaux Maloney, violins
Bach, Saint-Saens, “Vivaldi Four Seasons”
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The Highlands Historical Society’s Museum is open each Friday and Saturday from Memorial Day through October 31
From 10 a.m. -4 pm featuring exhibits of prominent early Highlanders. The Frank Cook Gallery features photographs of renowned
Asian photographer, George Masa, who chronicled the terrain from Highlands to Asheville throughout the Blue Ridge.
Learn about Bug Hill, Helen’s Barn, Professor Harbison and other tidbits of Highlands history. Search your family tree
Using the HHS database. Take a guided Tour of the oldest home within the Town limits. Call 787-1050 for more info.
The museum is also open on Sundays from 1 - 4 pm.
When: July 12th-Aug12th
Where: The Bascom
What: V is for Vase
Regional Artist will share their interpretation of the "Vase" through various materials in the exhibition. Admission is free.
Right before the show opens, the theature is sold and the actors need to find a new venue. Luckily, they are able to perfrom their show on a ship docked in the local port. Call The Highlands Playhouse for tickets at 828-526-2695