BET Priya Ray

Smart bets: Boing Show benefit for Priya Ray

Orbit DVD owner and event organizer Marc McCloud is seeking performances from Asheville’s “seriously talented” and “sorta talented” for a variety show benefiting local musician Priya Ray. Lack of mobility stemming from a debilitating spinal injury in 1999 has spurred Ray to raise funds to purchase a wheelchair-accessible van — an asset that would enable […]

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Smart bets: Pan Harmonia Sonata Series

Pan Harmonia, now in its 15th season of bringing professional chamber music to diverse venues, presents the third of four 2015 Sonata Series programs, reuniting Pan Harmonia co-founder and former Ashevillean Liz Austin with several musical colleagues from her past. The cellist will accompany flutist Kate Steinback and pianist Fabio Parrini for favored classics, including […]

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Smart bets: Chuck Brodsky

Shortly after casting an envious gaze on two guitar players during college orientation, Americana singer-songwriter Chuck Brodsky swapped formal education for a musical pursuit all his own. Now, 11 albums later, the pianist-turned-guitarist has mastered the art of adorning his lyrical tales with eccentricity and wit. His song “2,000 Friends,” for instance, pokes fun at […]

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Smart bets: Vio/Miré

“You Will be Spending Time Outdoors, In the Mountains, Near Water” is the unwieldy but (after recent #avlsnomg episodes) very welcome title of the newest offering by Providence, R.I.-based chamber-folk act Vio/Miré. The project is that of sometimes soloist, sometimes bandleader Brendan Glasson, who shrinks and grows his lineup as needed to support his sweetly […]

SISTER ACT: The cast of domestic violence-themed From Ashes to Angel's Dust includes seven women of various ages, races and backgrounds. Onstage they weave stories, poetry and dance into a moving production.

Different Strokes! tackles domestic abuse in From Ashes To Angel’s Dust

Different Strokes! Performing Arts Collective has never shied away from uncomfortable themes. In the last five years, the group brought activism to the stage while making a distinct impact on the local theater landscape. With the new production of Zoë Flowers’ “ChoreoDrama” From Ashes To Angel’s Dust, Different Strokes tackles domestic violence. Directed by Steph […]

"Chickens are a perfect starting point for anyone who wants to be more connected to their food," says Justin Rhodes, creator of Asheville's newest chicken-raising film tutorial. Photo of key film contributors from Justin Rhodes' Kickstarter page

Faces in the crowd: WNC crowdfundi­ng campaigns

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. This week: self-reliance through chickens, new adventures at Firestorm Books and a re-published Tarot classic.

BURDEN OF MEMORY: Although Miranda Richmond Mouillot's book includes dramatic stories from her grandparents' years as Holocaust refugees, she says, "Everybody you're around has this depth of feeling and experience." Photo by Tristan Zilberman, La Fabrique de l'Image

Quiet time: Former Ashevillea­n writes of adventure, memories and family secrets

It’s the story of Anna Münster and Armand Jacoubovitch that Mouillot recounts — or, rather, unearths. The couple survived the Holocaust only to sever all ties with each other shortly after the end of World War II. Mouillot also weaves her own story into the text. “A lot of what I was grappling with in the book is the daunting realization that life is always very complex,” she says.