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 […]

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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 […]

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Smart Bets: The Tills

Asheville-based psychedelic indie pop rocker outfit The Tills arose from the ashes of its former, and apparently legally bound name, The Critters, in January after receiving a cease-and-desist phone call from the 1960s pop band of the same name. The local obliged and promptly released its new album, Mixtape Vol. 1, a frenzied 13-track outburst […]

Good green fun: Asheville Earth Day celebration, on Lexington Avenue, offers an array of music, arts and environmental opportunities. Photo courtesy of Asheville Earth Day

Green party

Asheville Earth Day celebrates sustainability and optimism “I think what’s really cool about Earth Day is that it can provide this umbrella for all the nonprofits in Asheville to come together,” says Ben Colvin, development director for Wild South, the nonprofit host of Asheville Earth Day. That daylong outdoor festival returns to Lexington Avenue on […]

Mondy Carter and Tom Chalmers star in Greater Tuna as part of The Front Porch Theatre at Black Mountain Center for the Arts' programming. Photo courtesy of the Arts Center

Spring onstage

Asheville’s theater season heats up Provocative works and cutting-edge performance collectives are still making their presence felt — and in fact, the arrival of longer days and warmer temps means dramatic offerings can now be presented outdoors. For more local theater, check out our calendar and mountainx.com. Flat Rock Playhouse’s season continues at a breathless […]

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Smart Bets: Slow Down Pictures

Slow Down Pictures is the third art show with a soundtrack created by former Xpress designer and artist Nathanael Roney, and musician J Seger (Emily Easterly, VA/MD). “For the first time in the series, the individual works themselves have been titled, if not mostly for the sake of mentioning them here — Burden, Composure, Sh*t […]

“How do GMOs affect our children, the health of our planet and our freedom of choice?" asks local filmmaker Jeremy Seifert in his documentary, GMO OMG.

Planetary alignment

Earth Week events around Western North Carolina Save the shrews, celebrate the trees, take in a film and clean up a stream or two. For more ideas, visit Calendar and mountainx.com. Climate change talk at Warren Wilson College — Everyone knows what planktonic foraminifera is, right? Still, a little refresher from a Smithsonian scientist never […]

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Smart Bets: Zansa

Local Afropop band Zansa has big news: Frontman Adama Dembele recently returned from a trip to his home country, Ivory Coast, where he performed at the weeklong MASA Festival, according to a press release. Fellow Ivory Coast native and dancer Barakissa Coulibaly (pictured) just made her way to Asheville, where she’ll be teaching and performing […]

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Sound Track web extra: Holly Golightly and the Brokeoffs

The Athens, Ga.-based duo claimed to be rusty when they took the Grey Eagle stage (not so: They opened with a fierce rendition of the Piedmont Blues song “Crow Jane”). They claimed they hadn’t been practicing much. Also untrue, but Holly and her one-man-backing-band Lawyer Dave (on guitar, vocals and a couple of kick drums) do create this casual atmosphere, like this is their front porch and you just happened to wander past.

Old habits: A five-year hiatus did little to cool the chemistry between Nickel Creek's members. They celebrate the band's 25th anniversary with an album and tour.

Five cents worth

Nickel Creek’s reunion tour stops in Asheville Five years ago, Nickel Creek — one of the most respected young acoustic bands in America — called it quits. Now, to celebrate 25 years since that band formed, its members have regrouped with a brand-new album, A Dotted Line, and a tour. They’ll swing through Asheville for […]

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30 Days Out

There’s something for most everyone this time: classic 60s’ style baroque pop; gritty, heartfelt soul, surf rock and … well, we’re not sure what the other one is. But without a doubt it will be fascinating. (Picture: The Zombies.)

Craig Leon with the late musician/engineer/inventor/producer Walter Sear’s old modular Moog. Image courtesy of Leon

Moogfest Q+A: Craig Leon

Craig Leon, who performs at Diana Wortham Theatre on Saturday, April 26, has produced everyone from punks acts like The Ramones and Richard Hell to classical acts Pavarotti and Joshua Bell. He’ll perform his 1980 album, “Nommos,” live with a quartet from the Asheville Symphony — and he hopes to find an hour or two to listen to some bluegrass.

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Moogfest Q+A: Slow Hands

Sure, the Moogfest lineup is star-studded (I’m looking at you, M.I.A., Kraftwerk and Niles Rodgers). But the roster — which numbers over 100 acts just for the night program alone — includes some lesser-known gems worth discovering. This series of email interviews is culled from my personal list of interesting artists I plan to check out.

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Standing room only: Mother Earth News Fair draws crowds

Reporting and photos by Susan Hutchinson. Asheville got the message: “Our goal is to deliver practical, hands-on training and experience [in] renewable energy, organic gardening, sustainable agriculture, green home building and more! So expect to get down and dirty,” organizers declared on the the Mother Earth News Fair website. The first day’s attendance seemed to […]