This is the final week of viewing for a small self-titled exhib by Penland-based ceramicist and sculptor Cristina Córdova. The show, on view through Saturday, Sept. 27, at Blue Spiral 1, marks the artist’s first exhibition in downtown Asheville in nearly eight years. Córdova’s work occupies only three small walls in the back of the […]
The past year has been an especially successful one for the Asheville Area Arts Council. In addition to receiving record funding from the city of Asheville and Buncombe County, the AAAC was assigned the county’s disseminator of arts programming funds through the state’s Grassroots Arts Program, helping to further its mission as the collective local […]
On tour for his latest album, Pitiful Blues, Malcolm Holcombe played a show at The Grey Eagle last month. He was joined by singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jared Tyler, from Tulsa, Oklahoma. In advance of the show, the musicians talked about songwriting and touring, and Holcombe shared a few of his pearls of wisdom: “Hang around […]
Each week, Xpress highlights notable WNC crowdsourcing initiatives that may inspire readers to become new faces in the crowd. This week features a family-friendly bottle shop in Morganton and traditional painting and drawing lessons at Asheville Academy of Art.
September 21 marks the birthday of Alexander Key, who wrote or illustrated more than a dozen books for children and young readers in a career that ran from the 1940s to the ‘70s. While Key was born in Maryland and spent time in Chicago, Florida and Alabama (where he died in 1979), for most of […]
Twice monthly, my blog 30 Days Out spotlights upcoming music shows and events of note, shining a light into some less well-lit corners, where some fascinating artists schedule performances. I do my best to give ample advance notice so that you can adjust your budget and calendar in a way that lets you get you […]
If there’s a theme to this week collection of songs, it has to be unique takes on roots music — though Philadelphia-based rockers Purling Hiss probably don’t fit in the roots category at all. Still, their re-envisioned approach to rock and pop fits with The Wood Brothers’ innovation of blues and Americana, and Judah & […]
Planned Parenthood of Asheville held their annual fashion event, Condom Couture, at The Venue on Thursday, Sept. 18. The event invited local designers to create garments that included condoms in the design.
The first brainstorming session for Weaverville’s Art in Autumn festival took place in December, 2006. “We were desperately seeking ways to bring more foot traffic to the downtown area of Main Street,” remembers Sherrye Perry, a Weaverville Business Association member. With Beth Mangum, Perry organized what would become a successful annual event. “It seemed a […]
This September marks the 34th year for Heritage Weekend, a free festival that explores traditional Appalachian customs like beekeeping, coopering, heritage toy making, broom and furniture making, spinning and natural dyeing, all sponsored by the Southern Highland Craft Guild. Both Saturday and Sunday offer a full lineup of crafts, dance and mountain-inspired music with fare […]
If it sounds massive that’s because, when it comes to book arts, creativity incubator Asheville BookWorks is a really big deal. The West Asheville-based center hosts BookOpolis — three days of exhibits, demonstrations, talks and workshops. An opening reception, held on Friday, Sept. 19, at 6 p.m., showcases books by local and international artists and […]
As a recreational hub, the French Broad River has come back from the dead — and legions of zombies are eager to prove it. Conceived as a creative celebration of the river’s continuing revival, organizers of the first-ever “Tube-ocalypse” are aiming to break the world record for most tubers floating together. And they’re hoping to do it in style, encouraging participants to dress as the undead.
Sure, vocal tracks often have an intelligible rhythm, but frontman Damian Kulash nearly drives the drum set to obsolescence with his staccato vocals in OK Go‘s latest tune, “Turn Up the Radio.” The pop number, from the band’s 2014 EP Upside Out, drifts into a stripped-down interlude only fleetingly before the Los Angeles rockers steer […]
“Within the first few bars of opener ‘Wastin’ My Mind,’ which could pass for a lost cut from The Last Waltz, it’s clear the brothers are operating on a different plane than when we last heard them, on 2011’s Smoke Ring Halo.” So says the bio for The Wood Brothers and their new album, The […]
It’s tricky to find a clique of electronic musicians whose message resonates as much as the bass it’s dubbed over. A Tribe Called Red, composed of three like-minded Canadian DJs, tours the country on a quest to promote empowerment and reverence for native culture. DJ NDN, Bear Witness and 2oolman juxtapose chants and drumming samples […]
Three of hip-hop culture’s four pillars — MCing, DJing and graffiti writing — are alive and well in Asheville. As for B-boying, while it has flourished in Raleigh, Charlotte, Greensboro and even Fayetteville, the fourth pillar is largely absent on the local scene. “It just hasn’t soaked in so much,” says Brett Rock, a local […]
Photos by Alicia Funderburk, taken at Robbins’ Malaprop’s Bookstore reading and book signing on Saturday, Sept. 13. According to author Tom Robbins, he didn’t hit his stride as a novelist until Jitterbug Perfume. It was his fourth novel, published in 1984; Robbins was 52. Not that there’s a right age to hit one’s stride as […]
by Paul Clark The biggest challenge to making a movie about the busking scene in downtown Asheville, says Erin Derham, was knowing when to stop. New buskers cycled through town all summer, giving the filmmaker endless possibilities to flesh out her story on the subculture these musicians inhabit. Super-organized and deadline-oriented, Derham gave herself six months […]
A woman stands in a ragged white kimono. Her dark hair is vehemently disheveled. Her mouth hangs open in her painted-white face. This is not your mama’s modern dance. It’s an example of what you’re likely to encounter during the annual Asheville Butoh Festival, held at the BeBe Theatre, Thursday-Monday, Sept. 18-22