LAAFF returns for its 13th edition on Sunday, Sept. 6. This year bring a “pollinating the urban landscape” theme, educational workshops, a medieval castle that will host a foam swordplay competition and an interactive instrument station.
What once was an annual event is back by popular demand for the second week in a row — this time at White Horse Black Mountain on Thursday, Sept. 3, from 8-11 p.m.
New York-based singer-songwriter Christopher Paul Stelling has been having a pretty great year. His new album, Labor Against Waste, was released to much acclaim. He’ll perform at The Mothlight on Thursday, Sept. 3.
Pugwash’s melodic power-pop makes it to the U.S. largely on the strength of self-booking. The Dublin-based band boasts winning melodies, sharp hooks and winsome lyrics. The group makes its Southeastern debut at The Altamont Theatre on Friday, Sept. 4.
West African roots band Les Amis plays a set upstairs before acoustic, electric and collaborative sets by Dangermuffin and Weather and Waves fill Isis’ downstairs hall with earthy music. The separately ticketed shows on Thursday, Sept. 3.
Each week, Xpress highlights notable WNC crowdsourcing initiatives that may inspire readers to become new faces in the crowd. This week features the art project of Hendersonville photographer Walter Arnold, a new kiln for the ladies of Mudhoneyz Studio and entrepreneur Derek Plumb’s quest to make dorm rooms into havens for creativity.
The Catching Dreams fashion show transformed the Masonic Temple.
Magical comedian Chris Collins and mentalist Erik Dobell recently teamed up to combine their talents into one astonishing show. The result, Impossibilities: An Evening of Magic, Mind Reading and Mayhem, comes to N.C. Stage Company for three nights — Friday, Sept. 4 to Sunday, Sept. 6.
Our series with Sherwood’s Music — showcasing local musicians through stripped-down performances for the web — is returning for a limited run this summer. This week Valerie Meiss performs “Dumpsters & Divebars.”
The newest effort by Burnsville-based novelist Alan Gratz deals with Persian-American teen Kamran’s whose brother, a suspected terrorist, communicates by means of a code drawn from stories he and Kamran told each other as boys.
The Jacob Higginbotham Show, starring John Crutchfield, is onstage at The Magnetic Theatre through Saturday, Sept. 12, with performances Thursdays to Saturdays, at 7:30 p.m.
The streets and squares of Asheville were quieter than usual on the afternoon of Monday, Aug. 24. Despite brilliant sunshine and pleasant temperatures, some of the city’s best-known street performers crowded into a meeting room to give City Council members an earful about proposed busking regulations in three high-traffic areas downtown.
Food festival season is upon us, with Organicfest, BaconFest, MusicFest and CiderFest NC just around the corner. Plus, the French Broad Vignerons have named the best wines from the Asheville Wine & Food Festival.
The Center for Craft, Creativity and Design’s Back to the Drawing Board series was developed to investigate how the craft object can move beyond a static wall display. The events on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 28 and 29, will be the last in the current four part series. The takeover, as it’s called, includes a trio of artists who will each explore new approaches to traditional craft forms.
Talley’s homecoming show will call upon the talents of bassist Bryan White and percussionist Bill Berg for a full band sound. The Grey Eagle hosts the celebration on Saturday, Aug. 29, at 9 p.m.
In an effort to help support and raise awareness for the professional scene of which he’s an active member, Welsh has organized the inaugural Valley Music & Cook House Blues Festival on Saturday, Aug. 29. The lineup includes Miranda Clark, The Lowdown, Hurricane Bob, Zuzu Welsh Band, Andrew Scotchie and the River Rats, and Stolen Hearts
Cypher Univercity was started in 2010 at North Carolina State University in Raleigh by MC Mike L!ve. The five year anniversary of the movement will be celebrated — along with the release of FTOLive, a new album from Free the Optimus — at The Orange Peel on Saturday, Aug. 29.
The two groups’ collaborative album Global Symphony Project — recorded after receipt of a 2014 grant from the Chamber Music America Classical Commissioning Program — will be released during a performance at Isis Restaurant and Music Hall on Friday, Aug. 28, at 8:30 p.m.
The Hatchett Creative Group will host CATCHING DREAMS, a bohemian styled fashion show, on Aug. 29 at the Masonic Temple.
The Mantras open the show at Pisgah Brewing Co.’s outdoor stage on Saturday, Aug. 29, at 7 p.m.
The annual Three Days of Light Gathering — now in its fourth year — takes much of what’s great about summer festivals (camping, music, arts and craft vendors, nature) and enhances all of that with an element of spirituality and learning. The festival is held at Camp Grier in Old Fort, from Friday, Aug. 28, to Sunday, Aug. 30.