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Moogfest Q+A: Awesome Tapes from Africa

“I had a mission in mind to share music I had heard that I knew was very hard to find in America,” says Brian Shimkovitz, creator of the blog, Awesome Tapes from Africa. “It’s been really fun to have so much support and openness for the music.” Shimkovitz performs an Awesome Tapes from Africa DJ set late-night on Thursday, April 24, as part of the Driftless showcase at Emerald Lounge.

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Seven Sows offers brunch, lunch

In Asheville, there is no shortage of great patios upon which to sip a mimosa and cure your hangover on a Sunday afternoon. But Seven Sows announced this week that they will be bringing us yet another as they expand their hours in preparation for warmer weather. Previously only open for dinner, the restaurant will […]

Graffiti ordinance on Asheville City Council agenda

Asheville City Council will consider an ordinance next week aimed at attacking the city’s problem with graffiti. The Council will consider tougher penalties for the perpetrators while making property owners responsible for cleanup.  The ordinance calls for a three-way approach to dealing with  the issue: education, enforcement and rapid removal. A city staff recommendation would […]

Connecting with Cuba: A delegation of Asheville travelers recently visited Cuba and is working to build cultural bridges between the local area and the island country.

Connecting with Cuba: A celebration and discussion in Asheville

In the last six months, dozens of Asheville travelers have visited Cuba, creating growing connections between the local area and the island nation. And on April 22 members of those local delegations are hosting an event that aims to help bridge the divide between our different cultures and communities. Featuring live Cuban music and art […]


Music Video Asheville’s winning streak

The seventh annual Music Video Asheville was held last night at Diana Wortham Theatre. Featuring a red carpet, a networking event and about two hours-worth of locally and regionally created videos, the night paid tribute to the arts community. Among many memorable moments was presenter Ben Lovett calling teen singer-songwriter Indigo DeSousa from the stage […]

Famous last words: Local mystery novelist Sallie Bissell tried her hand at other projects, but fans demanded that she return to her Mary Crow collection. “I guess I’ll just write Mary Crow until I drop dead," she says. Photo courtesy of the author

Building a mystery

Local author Sallie Bissell returns to her Mary Crow series Sallie Bissell describes herself as a “flatland Southerner,” and you can hear it in her voice. But this Nashville native who grew up reading Nancy Drew and the historical fiction of William O. Steele (now her touchstone for a good read), developed an ambition to […]

Joel Salatin appears on his farm in the documentary Farmageddon.

A weekend (and Q&A) with Joel Salatin

Last weekend offered a whirlwind of events for the area’s food and environmentally conscious citizens, including multiple chances to see the “Lunatic Farmer” himself, Joel Salatin of Polyface Farms. Salatin has risen to notoriety through his appearances in Michael Pollan’s book, The Omnivore’s Dilemma and through his film appearances in Food, Inc. and Farmaggedon. He […]

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Thinking big: Buncombe County plan points way toward sustainable future

“In North Carolina, sustainability plans are pretty rare,” reports Scott Mouw, recycling director at the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources. “Not many communities have taken on the task of comprehensively looking at their environmental footprint and worked through ways to reduce that footprint.” In fact, Buncombe County is one of only a handful […]