TAKING A PAGE FROM TOM: Asheville Wordfest draws inspiration from native writer Thomas Wolfe, center. Clockwise from top left: Andrea Clarke, John Hoppenthaler, Laura Hope-Gill (photo by Michael Oppenheim), Nikole Brown (photo by  by Joli Livaudais), Charles Fort, Molly Rice, Adrian Rice, Lenelle Moise, David Nutter, Matthew Olzmann, Alexis Levitin, Santiago Vizcaino, Greg Brown, Alli Marshall (photo by Carrie Eidson), Dale Neal and Jessica Jacobs (photo by Lily Darragh). Photos courtesy of the presenters unless otherwise noted

Asheville Wordfest shifts focus to local speakers, Wolfe inspiratio­ns

In 2008, Laura Hope-Gill designed Asheville Wordfest to be a festival that welcomes people from all communities and strives to represent as many cultural contexts as its budget allows. Just how expansive that reach would be for its 2015 installment, however, came into question when, in the midst of the planning process, Wordfest lost its […]

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Smart bets: The Ghost Wolves

“She’s just a complete monster of a woman. Very powerful, very strong,” drummer Jonathan Wolf told Xpress in 2014, describing his wife and bandmate Carley Wolf. That instinct for empowerment may explain the spirited female characters that pepper the band’s upbeat yet gritty, sassy yet approachable brand of rock. The Austin-based couple’s latest effort, Man, […]

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Smart bets: Asheville Magic Festival

From illusionists to jugglers, conjurers to balloon artists, storytellers to face painters, the second Asheville Magic Festival brings more than 20 entertainers downtown for a “nonstop celebration of wonder.” The multiday, multivenue event, some of which is free to the public, offers ample opportunity to mingle with the stars, catch in-depth stage performances or enjoy […]

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Perennial buskers Midnight Snack to make their indoor debut at Foggy Mountain Brew Pub

It’s hard to say whether Midnight Snack’s infectious busking sets are more likely to add a bit of pep to the pedestrian pace or to halt it altogether. Either way, the self-described art rock quintet, which made the move from Boston to Asheville several months ago, has been steadily building a presence among downtown’s streetside stages.

THE ILLUSTRATED MAN: Marley Carroll in his "Speed Reader" video, which won multiple awards at last year's Music Video Asheville event.

Music Video Asheville spotlights local musicians and videograph­ers

“On Wednesday, April 29, Diana Wortham Theatre will roll out the red carpet — literally — for local musicians and videographers. Those artists will pull up in stylish cars on loan from Harmony Motors and step out, dressed to the nines, to a swarm of waiting photographers (“paparazzi”) whose pictures soon end up as Facebook profile shots for many participants.”

NEW EDITION: A-B Tech's student literary journal The Rhapsodist is now in its fourth year. “It was a resource for me to recognize that the arts could be valued,” says Grey LaJoie, second from right, one of this year's editors.

AB Tech’s Rhapsodist celebrates its fourth year of publicatio­n

There’s more to The Rhapsodist than just getting student submissions (and some faculty offerings) into print. Students who produce the journa learn layout and graphic design, dealing with printers and publicizing the magazine (including producing videos for airing on the A-B Tech student channel), among other things. And according to the students, the journal inspires dedication and commitment.