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“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.

Dulci Ellenberger, far right, performs regularly with her country motown quartet Sweet Claudette, but she's also ready to go solo with a brand new album in 2015. Photo courtesy of the band

Faces in the crowd: WNC crowdfundi­ng campaigns

Each week, Xpress highlights notable WNC crowdsourcing initiatives that may inspire readers to become new faces in the crowd. This week features singer and guitarist Dulci Ellenberger’s debut solo effort, the 10-can percussion troupe’s upcoming collaboration with composer Andy Smith and a kid-friendly introduction to computer programming by inventor Dan Alich.

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Sound track: “Sunday Best” by Fashion Bath

From the knuckle-pop percussion and the fuzzed-out opening lyrics of “The Kids,” Fashion Bath‘s newest release, Sunday Best is full of intrigue, dark shimmer and reticent importance. The EP is a mix of astute alt-pop (like “The Kids,” with its almost-slowdance beat and buzzy, heady melody) and explosive, driving noise-rockers (like “Funny Feeling,” with its […]

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Orbit DVD celebrates its birthday with free “Everything is Terrible” show, Feb. 27

There are really strange things on YouTube. You try find Kanye’s latest rant and before you know it, you’ve lost half a day down the rabbit hole of fashion shows, cartoon horses, Kid ‘N Play videos and “Alf” reruns. In a way, that’s the premise for Everything is Terrible!, “the internet sensation video collective responsible […]