Mina Samuels in one-woman show "Hazards"

Theater review: Asheville Fringe Arts Festival — The Mothlight and beyond

The Asheville Fringe Arts Festival‘s shows at The Mothlight featured an empowering female double bill. ​Strange Daughters by locla artist Jenni Cockrell brought an expressive dance performance celebration of femininity that was both inspiring and moving. ​The festival also fully embraced its international heritage with a pair of talented performers from the United Kingdom (and […]

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Local blacksmith competes on “Ellen’s Design Challenge”

Local blacksmith and furniture artist Carley Eiseberg appears in competition with five other artists on the upcoming “Ellen’s Design Challenge.” Catch her in action on HGTV on Mondays at 9 p.m. to track her progress. Recently I sat down with Eisenberg to learn more about her, her art and her experience on television: Sworn to […]

FRESH LAUNDRY: The Flatiron building's iron statue and Michael Dale's "fresh laundry" scent both commemorate a historic downtown laundromat at Wall Street. The Asheville Aroma Tour creator hopes candle customers will recall their trip to the historic landmark more vividly upon smelling the corresponding fragrance while at home. Photo by Kat McReynolds

Smelling Asheville: Local candlemake­r creates walking tour based on historic scents

“As far as I know, there’s never been anything like this,” says Asheville Aroma Tours creator Micheal Dale. Armed with an in-depth knowledge of Asheville’s walkable historic sites and a passion for aromatics, the local candlemaker has combined seemingly disparate modes of taking in local history — sights and smells — in his most recent […]

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Smart bets: The Steppin Stones

“We can’t wait to share our new music with you!” reads the Facebook page for Hilton Head Island-based rock trio The Steppin Stones. Front woman Hannah Wicklund, bassist Andrew Ottimo and drummer Ryan Tye trekked north mid-winter to record their third full-length album at Echo Mountain Studios. Although they can’t celebrate the record’s impending completion […]

RISKY BUSINESS: Mina Samuels is bringing her one-woman performance piece, Hazards, to the Asheville Fringe. Hazards won the award for best avant-garde show at the 2013 United Solo Festival. Photo courtesy of Asheville Fringe Arts Festival

Asheville Fringe Arts Festival attracts homegrown and internatio­nal talent

For its past two appearances at the Asheville Fringe Arts Festival, local avant-garde theater company Anam Cara presented original pieces created by an ensemble. For 2015, its players are trying something slightly more traditional while still keeping with the Jan. 22-25 event’s focus on cross-genre collaboration and innovative performances. “The goal of Fringe is to […]