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Photos: Michael Brown justice rally draws hundreds in Asheville

About 200 people gathered in downtown Asheville Nov. 25 in support of Michael Brown, an unarmed black man who was killed by a Ferguson, Missouri, police officer earlier this year. Unlike protests in Ferguson and some other cities, the Asheville gathering at Vance Monument was peaceful as attendees held signs with phrases such as “Hold Cops Accountable” and “Where is Justice for Black America.”

thanksGIVING: Each year, Ingles Markets teams up with Eblen Charities to make "Thanksgiving happen for our neighbors in need," says Melissa Leavell, Ingles director of advertising. Photo courtesy of Ingles Markets

Ingles, Daughtery, Shuler, Duke Energy team up with Eblen Charities for Thanksgiving meals

Hundreds gathered for the annual turkey-dinner giveaway co-sponsored each year by Ingles Markets and Eblen Charities. UNC All American, NBA star and Asheville native Brad Daughtery teamed up with former U.S. Congressman Heath Shuler and Duke Energy on Nov. 26 to provide 1,200 Thanksgiving meals to Buncombe families.

Actress and writer Kelli Cozlin, right, has been teaming up with Lexington Avenue Brewery chef Michael Fisera, left, to produce a beer dinner experience like no other  in town. Photo by Cindy Kunst

Play with your food: Kelli Cozlin wants to bring more dinner theater to Asheville

Kelli Cozlin is cooking up a new feast for the senses. The actress and writer is hoping to add dinner theater to Asheville’s lively food and entertainment mix. And based on years of experience acting in and producing shows across the country, she thinks it’s sure to be a recipe for success. “I feel like […]

WEB COMMUNITY: Jeff Miller, owner of Luella's Bar-B-Que, volunteered to help with the development of Behind the Apron, a new online resource for the local restaurant industry. Photo by Dylan Ireland

Behind the Apron: Asheville Independent Restaurants launches a new online industry resource

In Asheville, many restaurateurs realize that cooperation trumps competition. The local culinary scene is well-known for its collaborative spirit, and behindtheapron.com, a new business-to-business website recently unveiled by Asheville Independent Restaurants, aims to enhance and expand that synergy. Unlike AIR’s current website, which is mostly consumer-based, Behind the Apron was created to be a resource for the organization’s 120-plus member restaurants. […]

MULTIMEDIA: "My mindset on a live performance is that I always want it to be new,” says MC Chris Shreve of Free the Optimus. The Boone-based artist teamed up with other rappers as well as local aerialists for a night of performance art collaboration. The event benefits Brother Wolf Animal Rescue. Shreve's photo by Carretto Studio, aerialist photo courtesy of Bromelia Aerial Dance Collective

Beats and feats: Rappers and aerialists collaborate on Hip-hop Circus

Think of hip-hop, and a number of images might come to mind: DJs, loose pants, B-Boys and graffiti, perhaps. Even if your list isn’t culled from stereotypes, it’s unlikely to include aerialists — though that might change after the Hip-hop Circus at The Orange Peel on Saturday, Nov. 29. That event pairs area hip-hop acts […]

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Smart bets: BEAT LIFE

Despite its mountaincentric name, the Asheville Beat Tape Collective actually aims to unite far-flung electronic musicians in addition to fulfilling its local networking mission. Founded by DJ and producer Nigel One, the collaborative sphere churns out multiartist compilation CDs and hosts regular performances where local enthusiasts can “cross-pollinate” with performers from across the globe. One […]

SIMPLE CELEBRATIONS: Apple stack cakes made with locally accessible ingredients like sorghum, buttermilk and dried apples were among simple but delicious dishes traditionally served on Appalachian holiday tables. Photo by Tim Robison

Preserving tradition: Appalachian Food Storybank collects tales of mountain meals

Lester and Marietta Crayton of Asheville have been married for 70 years and grew up on farmland that is now the Oakley community in East Asheville. Marietta recalls going barefoot all summer and that when fall came, she gathered chestnuts to sell to the grocery man so she could buy shoes in Mars Hill for school. The Appalachian Food Storybank has been collecting stories like these since 2011. (photo by Tim Robison)

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Cranky Hanke’s Weekly Reeler November 26-December 2: The Theory of Horrible Penguins

In Theaters. One much-anticipated art title is pitted against two mainstream titles that may or may not be that anticipated in search of your Thanksgiving moviegoing dollars. I admit to still being a little mystified by the idea of spending your holidays at the movies. Oh, I understand it in broad strokes — it gives […]