Walk any downtown Asheville street and you’re likely to encounter some quirky storefronts offering unusual products. Together, these “specialty shops” or boutiques, most of them locally owned businesses, are a key component of the city’s distinctive flavor, attracting thousands of tourists each year and helping fuel the economy.
The singer-songwriters’ unlikely paths into the industry meet at The Altamont Theatre, where both will play a set on Friday, Feb. 19.
Coloring intricate designs is helping adults unplug from daily life relieve anxieties, but calling the activity “art therapy” isn’t quite accurate.
It is unclear when this production of Fiction, written by Steven Dietz, officially begins. Perhaps it’s while meandering through the Five Points neighborhood just off Merrimon Ave. Or just as we’re making our way up the steep stone steps of Forsythia Hall.
The Nashville-based author presents his debut novel Only Love Can Break Your Heart at Malaprop’s on Wednesday, Feb. 17
Colin Hay fronted Australian pop-rock band Men at Work during the ’80s. His latest record, Next Year People, is his 12th solo album. Hay brings his warm and textured musical storytelling to the Diana Wortham Theatre Friday, Feb. 12.
Lower Dens opens for the band at The Orange Peel on Saturday, Feb. 14.
This year’s theme was saints and sinners, and the 2016 Asheville Mardi Gras parade brought thousands out in sunny weather to watch the spectacle.
From partner yoga to an adult prom and from self-love workshops to chocolate decadence, there’s something for every kind of Valentine.
Diana Wortham Theatre hosts the all-ages whimsical mime show on Thursday, Feb. 11, at 8 p.m.
Proceeds from the upcoming pre-Valentine’s Day dinner will support Youth Transformed for Life, an organization promoting self-improvement and personal responsibility among disadvantaged teens.
Each week, Xpress highlights notable WNC crowdsourcing initiatives that may inspire readers to become new faces in the crowd. This week features a new EP by quartet Whym (formerly The Friendly Beasts) and an organizational hub for all things creative writing.
The spatial construction of the sound alone takes it beyond any basic blues formation, but it’s easy in its experimentation, at peace with its inner weirdness and content to strut and sway no matter who might be watching.
This week’s roundup includes Reigning Sound playing Prom!, an Amy Winehouse tribute, jazz project The Core and rockabilly revivalist Jittery Jack.
Tips are highly encouraged at this competitive bartending event, not only to raise extra funds, but also because the celebrity guest with the most overflowing jar will be crowned the Mardi Gras King or Queen. The benefit night is at various bars on Fat Tuesday, Feb. 9.
When you enter Broken Road Studio in the River Arts District, your focus will naturally gravitate toward the saturated colors and scenes of Phil DeAngelo’s acrylic paintings.
Western North Carolina has a thriving community of authors who write for the middle grade and young adult market. In 2015, several of these authors had their work released by the country’s major publishers, and 2016 is shaping up to produce another bumper crop.
Charles Gately and Brian Landrum recently purchased Sherwood’s Music from its namesake, Matthew Sherwood. The store is in the process of relocating to Lexington Avenue, a move the owners say will give them significantly more foot traffic than the current Patton Avenue location.
Tributes to J Dilla are staged in various cities on the rapper’s birthday. Asheville’s Dilla Day is at One Stop Sunday, Feb. 7, at 10 p.m.
Early on, Vanessa Carlton was marketed (and pegged) as a precious pop star. That guise didn’t fit her well, though. It took a few years (plus a few albums and a few record labels) to find a creative footing that felt right and the independence necessary to express her musical vision.
On Friday, Feb. 5, the Harlem Wizards take the court at at the Kimmel Arena against local athletes to raise money for Oakley Elementary School.