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Photos of Barbie Angell by Rodney Smith - Tempus Fugit Design © 2013

and so christmas has been thrown in my face for the last few weeks.

the yuletide decorations were mixed in with the halloween costumes before i had even determined that i could not afford to buy myself a super girl outfit. the mall music system went from playing the beatles for the rockband release, straight to bing crosby without missing a “pa rum pum pum pum”. and now, i have been edged out of listening to three of my favorite radio stations because they are on a non-stop christmas music marathon.

while it is true that we are only a week away from thanksgiving, it still seems a bit early for me. yes, i have packed up the halloween decorations, but i haven’t put them away yet. i haven’t even finished eating all the candy. talk about pressure.

and so, i have decided that i will only have christmas thrust upon me if it is done on my terms. i have pulled out my bob rivers christmas cd’s and such holiday movie classics as; “the ref”, “scrooged”, “national lampoon’s christmas vacation” and “home for the holidays”. these films show the season as it really is, at least “as it is” in my world. lots of confusion, chaos, dysfunction, swearing and the occasional turkey being dropped on someone’s head.

i offer this list to you as an early gift. however, if you’re looking for something a little more violent in your seasonal classic, don’t forget, “gremlins” was a christmas movie too.

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Barbie Angell

Release Date

March 5, 2024


“Barbie Angell Uncensored” is a dazzling fusion
of poetry, comedy and tragedy

ASHEVILLE NC – Poet, playwright and raconteur Barbie Angell performs “Barbie Angell Uncensored: An Unfiltered, Uninhibited and Unapologetic Event” at 8pm Wednesday, March 27, 2024, at LaZoom Bar & Gorilla. The 90-minute show is a melange of works spanning Angell’s career, including her poetry, excerpts from her autobiographical play “Death by Sparkle,” pieces from her children’s book “Roasting Questions,” and rarely performed mature works.

A multitalented, multi-hyphenate personality based in Asheville since 1999, the always colorful Angell is recognized around town for her work as a poet, playwright, columnist, emcee, artist and fashion designer. She has been voted “Best of WNC” poet by Mountain XPress readers for 10 consecutive years, and her skills as an emcee have made her a sought-after host for local festivals and large events such as Planned Parenthood’s Condom Couture and the Reproductive Rights Rally. 

Angell has written sketch comedy, co-authored “The Kids Show: Definitely Not for Kids,” and penned one act of “Grimm’s Fairy Tales” for Montford Park Player. She is currently creating and selling upcycled clothing in her own fun and funky signature style – some of which will be available for sale at the event, along with original artwork and prints.

Equal parts stand-up comedy, poetry slam and public confession booth, “Barbie Angell Uncensored” promises to be emotional, unsettling, hilarious, and as unique as Barbie Angell herself!

Tickets are available at for a suggested donation of $20.