Thanks to leaders like Kiran Sirah, even the originally tradition-heavy International Storytelling Festival is Jonesborough, Tenn. is moving to include slam poetry and buskers. The modern iteration of the age-old artform, an important part of Western North Carolina’s heritage, includes story slams and open mic nights.
In her landmark 1955 book, The French Broad, Asheville author Wilma Dykeman said the river was “above all, a region of life, with all the richness and paradox of life.” She described a watershed rich in flora and fauna, ranging from the “fertile fields and gentle fall” through Transylvania and Henderson counties to the sudden “plunge between steep mountains” around Asheville, “strewn with jagged boulders.”
Michael Kane Studio is where Kane creates his clothes by using the Japanese dyeing technique Shibori, a method of binding and/or stitching a fabric so that the restricted areas absorb the dye to make irregular patterns and shapes.
Crowdfunding platforms make it possible for individuals and organizations of any size to harness social networks and raise startup capital for projects that might otherwise fail due to lack of funding. Each week, Xpress highlights notable Western North Carolina crowdsourcing initiatives that may inspire readers to become new faces in the crowd.
If Tarocco lacks in story, it overwhelms in sensory stimulation. There is color and light and music – and truly staggering accomplishments of mechanical know-how and finely trained muscles. Tarocco is, above all else, a visual feast.
Low Cut Connie returns to Asheville on Thursday, June 4, for a show at Tiger Mountain. The band — Adam Weiner and Daniel Finnemore (from New Jersey and Birmingham, U.K., respectively) — is currently on tour in support of Hi Honey.
While musicians with alter egos are nothing new, a full-band alter ego is. We’re not talking stage names here, but rather a made-up booking agent: “He’s British. He wears a three-piece suit. He wears a monocle.”
This Sunday, May 31, local artists and farmers will come together at Articulture’s first annual Art & Farm Tour. Art will be displayed in all different types of outdoor settings to give attendees a completely different experience than that of the normal “white wall gallery.”
At first glance, Thompson is of the David Wilcox/David Grey school of songwriting. Pop-savvy, thoughtful, rhythmically interesting. He’s also a good guitarist, a showman, and able to access his New Orleans roots for slashes of jazz and soul that elevate the songs above standard songwriter fare.
Unfettered freedom courses through Harvey Leisure’s repeato-psych compositions for Nest Egg. The guitarist, though, has some pretty stringent ideas about how to put on a show, all of which could come to bear when the band plays its free record release show Friday, May 29, at The Mothlight.
Nunsense is as much old school variety show as anything, relying on a mixed bag formula aimed at one thing: pure entertainment. And HART delivers with a perfectly cast, and tightly directed production.
The tailgate on Tom Riddle’s 19-year-old truck catches the attention of passers-by as he cruises the streets of Western North Carolina. The tailgate, custom-painted by Andrea Martin in February, features a replication of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., altered to show the names of those veterans from the WNC region, as well as throughout the state, who died in the war.
“I don’t know that anyone has really written or produced a play about Asheville, per se — what [the city] is today, what the different populations are, what the economic situation is, how things are changing in relation to tourism and beer and everything else,” Magnetic Theatre’s artistic director Steven Samuels says. “That’s what this play is really all about.”
Cindy McMahon’s recently released memoir, Fresh Water from Old Wells, begins with the story of a conversation with a friend. That talk convinced the author to overcome the resistance she felt to writing a book about her personal history.