Where It All Began, Where It Now Begins

Photo by Adam Pinnell

Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center returns to the college’s historic campus at Lake Eden for this annual event, inspired by John Cage’s 1952 Theatre Piece No. 1, an unscripted multimedia performance considered by many to be the first Happening in North America. Part art event, part fundraiser, and part community instigator, {Re}HAPPENING serves as a platform for contemporary artists to share their response to the vital legacy of Black Mountain College by returning to its original site in the present day. In addition to providing a forum for regional artists and an accessible, immersive, educational experience for attendees, every year the event is a community collaboration between local businesses and arts organizations. Although the site is historic, the mission is decidedly otherwise. As one of Cage’s most popular quotes goes, “I can’t understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I’m frightened by the old ones.”

, March 31, 3-10pm. Tickets are $20 before March 24/$25 regular admission. Camp Rockmont, 375 Lake Eden Road, Black Mountain. 828-350-8484. www.rehappening.com.

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