Although country singer-songwriter Jim Lauderdale is as tied to Nashville as to the colorful, embroidered suits he wears, he’s actually a North Carolina native. The son of a minister and a church organist, Lauderdale was born in Troutman, N.C., and grew up in South Carolina. He did head to Nashville after college, but it was […]
A July 30 candidate forum unofficially kicks off what’s shaping up to be an intense campaign season for seats on the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners.
The Asheville Area Arts Council is moving: Friday, Aug. 1, marks opening day for the 62-year-old nonprofit organization in suites 144 and 143-A of the Grove Arcade. The new location marks the organization’s return to downtown Asheville after a three-year stint in the River Arts District’s Pink Dog Creative building. The move also follows a […]
Drawing on influences from the great funk masters Herbie Hancock and Parliament Funkadelic, as well as contemporary bands like Umphrey’s McGee and Lotus, Philadelphia-based funk band The Royal Noise is a self-described “relentless funk dance party.” One reviewer characterizes the band as “Groove, groove and more groove — with a side order of groove and a […]
There was a time when quilts served as one of the few pieces of artwork in Appalachian homes, and they truly were works of art. “The hallmarks of great art always include line, color, patterns, texture, balance. Quilts are no exception,” according to a press release for American Folk Art & Framing’s upcoming exhibit, Pattern, […]
There is something comfortingly familiar about Ali Douglass’ whimsical illustrations and paintings. It might be the eye-pleasing color combinations, charming characters and quirky cityscapes and scenes — or it might actually be that you’ve seen them before. Douglass has been illustrating for countless magazines and newspapers — including Seventeen, Martha Stewart, Glamour and The New […]
On Tuesday, July 22, WNCA staff and Creation Alliance steering committee members gathered at All Souls Cathedral in Biltmore Village to officially announce a new partnership.
There’s no easing into “Nashville Flood,” the lead track of Big Daddy Love‘s new album, This Time Around. In fact, that driving rocker — complete with The Turkuaz Horns — posses a kind of polished grit and music business savvy that seems a major departure from past Big Daddy Love offerings. But this is a […]
Longtime Xpress commentary writer Jerry Sternberg shares a story about the Langren Hotel and the ironies of “progress.”
What can you do to tackle local water issues? The Water Sustainability Initiative of Western North Carolina is hosting a July 31 forum to explore solutions, big and small.
Shane Perlowin is prolific. His new solo album, Odei, follows less than a year after his last release, Anatomy of a Moment, with percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani. Also in that eight months or so, Perlowin toured in Europe, composed sheet music and begat an heir — hence Odei‘s spritely-if-contemplative middle track, “Is That You My Daughter […]
It’s the weekend. You want to go out, but maybe a week of rain storms has left you in a weird mood. Maybe you’re not a people person. Maybe you love people and hate dancing. Maybe you love dancing but don’t have anything to wear. Whatever the case, we’ve got the soundtrack for a perfectly […]
Veterans from around the world are in Asheville this week for the Veterans for Peace National Convention. The organization aims to build a culture of peace by helping the injured heal and helping educate the public about the true costs of war. The national convention started July 22 and runs through tomorrow, July 27, encompassing […]
CalCast brings together a wide range of community events in one handy podcast. Hosted by Theresa Amandi of Asheville Free Media’s Bombshell-ter Radio. Weekend of July 25-27
by Tim Potts Singer-songwriter Richard Buckner doesn’t work a crowd. It’s pretty much out of the question that he will shout, “put your hands in the air” at any point during his living room show in Asheville on Sunday, Aug. 24. There is also a good chance that the songs Buckner chooses to play won’t […]
On Wednesday, the board of the Housing Authority of the City of Asheville approved a plan to overhaul current management rules, Carolina Public Press reports.