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December 19 and 20th at 7:30pm

Reasonably Priced Babies Improv Comedy


The Front Porch Theatre at the Black Mountain Center for the Arts is happy to present Reasonably Priced Babies in Instant Christmas, two evenings of improv comedy on December 19 and 20th at 7:30pm. Tickets are available now for 15$ plus tax. The Arts Center is located at 225 W. State Street. For more information call 828-669-0930.

Who has time to get ready for the Holidays? Most of who feel the weight of the most wonderful time of the year blazing towards us the moment Halloween ends. When Christmas arrives it has all the momentum of a meteorite exploding across a horizon of discomfort and joy.

Reasonably Priced Babies is here to help with their Instant Christmas! Come enjoy a series of comedic sketches created through games, made up on the spot thanks to audience suggestion. The Second City in Chicago and ComedySportz in Milwaukee are famous for their high quality improvisation and have set the groundwork for many famous comedians. Instant Christmas will bring you cheer with famous local performers Tom Chalmers, Mondy Carter (both of whom wowed audiences with Greater Tuna at the Arts Center this spring), Karen Stobbe, Josh Batenhorst and musician Aaron Price.

Reasonably Priced Babies Instant Christmas improvisational comedy show, it’s only a little naughty and feels so nice.  For more information call 828-669-0930.



Popular poet and personality James Navé shares a very special presentation of A Child’s Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas on Sunday, December 21 (the winter solstice!) at 4pm. There is no charge for this holiday gift to the community though donations are welcome.

This year, Dylan Thomas would have been 100. He was born in Wales and died in New York at age 39 in 1953 after a night of heavy drinking. His poetic legacy of luxurious language includes “Under Milkwood” and “Light Breaks Where No Sun Shines.” He wrote some of the most recognizable verse of the 20th century: “Do not go gentle into that good night/Rage, rage against the dying of the light.”

When we asked James Navé to tell us a bit about his history with A Child’s Christmas in Wales and why he was offering it as a gift to the Black Mountain community he said, “I first heard A Child’s Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas at a small Christmas dinner hosted by Ian and Victoria Robertson in their cozy home on the campus of Warren Wilson College. I fell in love with Thomas’ rich language. “Birds the color of red-flannel petticoats whisked past the harp-shaped hills.”  “The wind through the trees made noises as of old and unpleasant and maybe web-footed men wheezing in caves.”

While Ian read for a pleasant twenty-seven minutes; I kept thinking, what would it be like to learn such a beautiful piece by heart? Soon after, I got a copy and started memorizing.  It took me a few months to learn the whole poem. The following December, I recited it at Ian and Victoria’s Christmas dinner.

The year was 1988, every Christmas since, I’ve offered it as a gift to anyone who wants to listen. It’s now 2014, and it’s my pleasure to offer A Child’s Christmas in Wales as my gift to Western North Carolina, my native home.

James Navé is an arts entrepreneur, speaker, poet, and founder of The Poetics at Work Project. He is an organizing member of TEDxNewYork Salons, director of LEAF Poetry, and creativity consultant for Strategex Business Solutions. He has memorized over 500 poems and holds a BA in International Relations and an MFA in Poetry.

And our Clay Studio gallery Exhibit continues

through February 20, 2015.



Clay Studio Exhibit and Pottery Sale in the Gallery 12/5-12/19

 The Front Porch Theatre at BMCA presents

Reasonably Priced Babies Improv Comedy Instant Christmas

12/19 & 20 @ 7:30

James Nave in A Child’s Christmas in Wales 12/21 @ 4pm

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