May 2011 Events at the YMI Cultural Center in Asheville


Photographs by Andrea Clark. Friday May 20, Opening reception at Gallery YMI 5:30-7:30pm.  Come view this glimpse of Asheville’s East End community circa 1968, before urban renewal erased much of this thriving neighborhood.  Andrea’s photos will be shown in the Gallery through August. For more information, call YMI Cultural Center (828) 257-4541

LOL Comedy Show. Saturday, May 21. Doors open at 9:00pm / Show starts at 10:00pm at the YMI Cultural Center. Joe Greene S.B. presents LOL Comedy Show hosted by Cary Goff featuring Tom Scheve, Marv H, and starring McGriff.  $10 pre-sale tickets available now! For more information, call YMI Cultural Center (828) 257-4541

Rooted in the Blues. Friday, May 27. Doors open at 6pm. Concert starts at 7pm. at YMI Cultural Center. Legendary Bluesman Clyde “Pop” Ferguson, 83, launches his Rooted in the Blues Tour. Pop is noted by Smithsonian Institute as being one of the “Last Practitioners of Traditional Blues” living in the North Carolina Foothills. During the 1970s he toured with Folk Blues guitarist Etta Baker.  Headlining with Pop is Asheville’s own Chuck “Dr. Blues” Beattie who has shared the stage with Cephus & Wiggins, Nneena Freelon and numerous others. Also, Asheville’s own Queen of Jazz and Blues, Kat Williams, who has opened for Chaka Kahn, Jay Leno, Jimmy Thackery and more.  There will be a “Meet & Greet the Artist” at the end of the performance. Tickets $20 For more information, call YMI Cultural Center (828) 257-4541

Sasha F. Mitchell
Communications Coordinator
For more information, call YMI Cultural Center (828) 257-4541



Cheeky Monkey Sideshow comes to Asheville’s ABS Fest in June

Coming this June to Asheville North Carolina is the Americana Burlesque and Sideshow Festival. This is an event that you do not want to miss. Fun and Entertainment devour the AVL area for several days.

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The follow info comes from the Cheeky Monkey website:

It’s as much fun to watch as it is to say!

Cheeky Monkey Sideshow is the first and only Washington, DC area based theatrical sideshow, composed of performers whose combined experience exceeds 85 (that’s right, 85) years.

Born of a desire for something new in sideshow–while still preserving the rich history of its past–Cheeky Monkey Sideshow is a breath-taking yet beautiful cavalcade of the bizarre, the shocking, the grotesque, and the strange.
A unique form of entertainment that few will ever experience, but none will ever forget.

Cheeky Monkey Sideshow

It can’t be real, but it IS!

YMI Historical Series – Slavery in WNC

YMI Historical Series Part 2: Life Beneath the Veneer  “The Beginning” will feature the theme of slavery in WNC

Saturday April 23, 5pm – 7pm, YMI Cultural Center, Ray Auditorium

Darin Waters will continue to share his historical research and insights into the pre-emancipation experiences of African Americans in the Appalachian mountains of North Carolina. Through examining records of the time, Darin is unearthing a different picture of African American life in Western North Carolina than what has come to be accepted as fact.
This event will feature two musicians from the Asheville area:  Kimberly Cann is a concert pianist who has performed and taught internationally; Bryant Belin is a Bass-Baritone soloist and the owner of VP Music Studios.  Concert arrangements of spirituals by African-American composers comprise their program, including “Troubled Water,” an arrangement of “Wade in the Water” by Margaret Allison-Bonds, and “Deep River” by Moses Hogan.

Also enjoy an interview of a local historical figure.

Admission: $20. For further information or to purchase tickets, please call (828) 252-4614

Sasha Mitchell

YMI Communications Coordinator

Auditions Mon/Tues for NEWsical satire at Altamont in Asheville NC

Auditions! Auditions! Auditions! Broadway musical theatre veteran Stephan DeGhelder to hold auditions for Prime Ribbing, a social and political commentary and musical satire at The Altamont on 18 Church Street April 4 from 6 – 9 p.m. Callbacks April 5 from 6 – 9 p.m. This is a paid professional non-equity show.


Prime Ribbing.

First Rehearsal: To Be Announced.

Performances: May 27, 28, 29, and June 3, 4 ,5.

Audition Information

Location: The Altamont, 18 Church Street, Asheville, NC 28801.

Dates: April 4. Callbacks April 5.

Time: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

We will see performers on a first-come, first-served basis during the audition time period.


Prepare a comedic song.

You may be asked to do a comedic monologue as well.
No dancing required.

Bring sheet music in your key.

Bring photo and resume.

Ethnic actors encouraged.

Character Breakdowns/Description

Five singer/actors: 3M, 2F.

Age range:  20-45 years.

Must be versatile and able to handle musical and sketch comedy with

abandon. The cast will occasionally portray some famous celebrities

and political figures but this is NOT a show about impersonations!

Should sing well, have comedic sense and ease in front of an audience.

Accompanist provided.


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