Scheduled performances in Dance, Theater, and Film of particular interest to the LGBTQ community will be included on this page.
Fine Arts Theater
This Art Deco style theater is the only theater left operating in downtown Asheville and locally owned.
It originally opened as the Strand Theater with a seating capacity of 800 in orchestra and balcony.
Under the ownership of John Cram, the Fine Arts Theater was refurbished, and redirected to its present state, a two-screen theater serving first run art and independent films. It is also home of the Asheville Film Festival held in November of Each year.
“Couldn't wait to return to his theater …The staff appears to be film-fans, which enhances the experience. The films they select are cream of the crop - especially when you're finishing up an Oscar viewing list. They have unique (locally made goods) and ordinary concessions. They also serve beer & wine… It's Art Deco top to bottom. Love the experience!...”
The Grail is a new Independent, locally owned theater, screening: art and Independent Films, locally produced, classics and a regular rotation of cinematic surprises.
Featuring three screens and seating for 250 which also include special wheelchair accessible areas.
Concessions consist of the traditional popcorn, candy and soft drinks plus local produced products and beverages including many local brewed beers.
Tickets are available online anytime or at the box office or concession stand 30 minutes before the first screening each day. Online tickets carry a $1.00 service charge. Student and Senior discounts available.
Parking: There are over 40 free city spaces on South French Broad and limited parking below the building accessible off Ann street. The United Way parking lot across the street is free on weekends and after 5:00 on weekdays.
Thomas, a young German baker, is having an affair with Oren, an Israeli married man who takes frequent business trips to Berlin. When Oren dies in a car crash in Israel, Thomas travels to Jerusalem seeking answers regarding his death. Under a fabricated identity, Thomas infiltrates the life of Anat, his lover’s newly widowed wife, who owns a small café in downtown Jerusalem. Thomas starts to work for her, creating German cakes and cookies that bring life into her café. Thomas finds himself involved in Anat’s life in a way far beyond his anticipation, and to protect the truth, he will stretch his lie to a point of no return.
Review from Variety
"Pastry dough is far from the only thing that requires — and duly receives — delicate handling in “The Cakemaker,” a tender, tactile and just-sweet-enough story of hidden love, challenged faith and unwittingly shared grief that marks an auspicious feature debut for Israeli writer-director Ofir Raul Graizer. Tracing with exemplary sensitivity the unlikely bond formed between a gay German baker and the Jerusalem-based widow of the man they both loved, Graizer’s film works a complex range of social and religious tensions into its heartsore narrative, without ever feeling sanctimonious or button-pushing. This moving, broadly accessible blend of old-school melodrama, contemporary identity politics and buttery gastroporn should sell like, well, hotcakes on the international festival circuit following its Karlovy Vary premiere — with LGBT-oriented distributors hungry for a crossover hit first in line." Guy Lodge
The Cakemaker (gay film)- (part of the Jewish Film Festival)
Showings April 19 Time: 7:00 PM & April 20 Time: 1:00 PM
Based on true stories from Henderson County’s citizens, the play’s purpose is to raise awareness of our local homeless and low income community. Bledsoe has worked closely with the cast and Jennifer Treadway, the head of the theater department, to create a one of a kind production in order to reenact the daily lives of our neighbors.
The production follows Kevin, a former star high school athlete, who finds himself suddenly homeless due to addiction. Kevin visits the Matthew Center, a place that provides a warm meal for those in need, where he develops a clarity about his own life as well as finds empathy for the others he encounters.
With fully improvised scenes, script, and even build-your-own-characters, the cast has had a real learning experience, not just with the creation of the play, but also becoming more educated about those struggling in Hendersonville. Everyone has put their all into making Stories from the Table the way that Bledsoe envisioned in hopes to give others a better understanding of the difficulties homelessness brings.
Performances will begin at 7:00pm along with 2:00pm matinees on Saturday and Sunday, followed by a community meal and advocates from different organizations offering information for pressing issues in today’s economy.
Admission is $5 for BRCC faculty, staff, students, and group sales. All other admission will be $7. Concession prices will vary. For more information or to make reservations, please contact Jennifer Treadway at (828)694-1849 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Joshua Bledsoe is the Lead Speech/Communication Instructor at Blue Ridge Community College, advisor for Gay Straight Alliance on campus and serves on the Inclusive Education Committee at BRCC
You are invited to join the Asheville Prime Timers as they bring to Asheville the only showing of the feature movie "Tom of Finland."
A multi award winning film, it was Finland's entry in the 2018 Academy Awards "Best Foreign Language Picture."
The Tom of Finland images became an iconic influence of gay culture in the mid 20th century. Even today, his erotic art can be found in gay bars and book stores around the world and continues to influence new generations of gay men everywhere.
The movie examines the life and work of Touko Laaksonen, after returning home from WWII and how he became known as "Tom of Finland" and his artwork inspired a generation of gay men.
This special showing is a benefit to help Blue Ridge Pride Festival.
Date: Thursday, September 27
Time: 7:00 PM
** Come early and get a raffle ticket for special Tom of Finland souvenir items.
Place: Grail Moviehouse 45 South French Broad Avenue
Suite 130 Asheville, NC 28801
Ticket Price: $10.00 *All tickets must be purchased on line. Ticket Link
Special Tom of Finland After Party at O.Henry's
237 Haywood St, Asheville, NC 2880
Begins at 9:00 PM ** Drawing for raffle items will take place at O.Henry's.