Moogfest announced July 23 that the event will take a year off in 2015, with plans to return to Asheville in 2016.
After months of debate, Asheville City Council voted unanimously July 22 to approve a controversial new leasing arrangement for Pack Place and it’s tenants: Asheville Art Museum, Diana Wortham Theater and Colburn Earth Science Museum.
Kevin Patrick Murphy’s New York roots are showing. The founder of The Actor’s Center of Asheville takes huge strides and talks fast — leftover traits from his previous home base. The actor began training in 1991 at the Studio Arena Theater School in Buffalo, N.Y., and has since worked in theater, commercials, television and film. […]
Poetry has long been an action-packed artistic genre in Western North Carolina. Here, it’s not merely written but spoken, slammed and taken into schools (thanks to Poetry Alive! — which celebrates its 30th anniversary with an event at The White Horse on Aug. 15 — and LEAF in Schools & Streets, among other initiatives). In […]
As development officials continue to crunch numbers to determine Moogfest’s economic impact, the future of the event is in question, says Mike Adams, CEO of Moog Music.
After months of debate, Asheville City Council is preparing to decide the fate of who will manage Pack Place on July 22. Council will also consider the Asheville Police Department’s new Strategic Operations Plan.
An 11th-hour effort to stave off a city order mandating that nearly two dozen artists vacate a cluster of River Arts District buildings came to an end on Wednesday afternoon, July 16, when city officials made final their decision and declined to issue a temporary certificate of occupancy. The mandate affects a city-sponsored art project and New […]
Southern Appalachia can thank any number of movies and TV shows for flagrantly misconstruing us as a bunch of lawless, illiterate hicks and hillbillies. Such characters have softened and intoxicated our sheriffs, put moonshine stills in all of our kitchens and rendered snakes as common as hymnals in our churches. And docudramas such as Moonshiners […]
“I’d written a ton of music and had it backlogged,” says local multi-instrumentalist Lenny Pettinelli. “I”m not the only person like that in town. There are so many prolific artists.” So, what to do? Plan a collective project, tapping 50 (and still counting) fellow musicians to record a dozen albums in a multitude of genres […]
Lexington Avenue Arts and Fun Fest, Asheville’s hyper-local street festival, returns for one final installment on Sunday, Aug. 31. And while that one-day celebration marks a farewell for the grassroots event that launched in 2002, it’s also the start of a new locally focused fest that will roll out in 2015. “The point is to celebrate […]
Asheville Community Theatre reprised their fundraiser Costume Drama: A Fashion Show for a third year on Monday, July 7. Designers and models from throughout the Southeast participated in the DIY runway event where they were challenged to create wearable art in themed categories: paper, nature, upcycled/recycled or — new this year— transformation.
Western-theme amusement park and movie set for Dean Teaster’s 2007 film, ‘Ghost Town’, is officially opening for the season at 10:00AM on July 4th.
In the wake of an incident that involved the band Young and In the Way spraying pig blood throughout Lexington Avenue Brewery’s Back Stage area, the venue may stop hosting live music events indefinitely. Manager Benjy Greene told Xpress June 30, “We have not made a decision whether we’re going to continue using it as a […]
“We’re the old dog now, in our 13th year,” says Drew Smith, owner of Westville Pub. But this old dog can learn new tricks: The West Asheville bar and restaurant recently made a major change to its front entry that not only alters the look of the place, but the atmosphere as well. When Westville […]
Verve Magazine, the local, monthly publication devoted to “covering Asheville’s most fascinating women,” will cease publication with its June issue, Publisher Rimas Zailskas confirmed June 26. Launched in May 2008, Verve dished up lively features accompanied by striking photos. “So even though it is a little sad, it is an opportunity as well,” Zailskas said, […]
Pop music powers transcended genre differences as Florida Georgia Line shared the stage June 22 with Nelly at McCormick Field, reportedly drawing the largest crowd for a ticketed event in Asheville’s history. Throughout the show, both acts displayed why they were collectively able to pull roughly 12,500 fans, selling out the baseball stadium.
On the heels of Fox and Beggar Theater’s successful run of Animalia, the local multi-media theater group decided to take the show on a Southeastern tour sponsored through a fundraising gala.
What better way to celebrate art than to highlight the natural beauty that surrounds us? Art in Bloom is Black Mountain Center for the Arts’ biggest yearly fundraising event. This year’s three-day flower fest includes a gala preview party with a seated catered dinner, a gallery display of 22 ikebana and Western floral designers interpretations of […]
by Kyle Sherard and Steph Guinan Two local arts events return this month — the River Arts District Studio Stroll (now in its 20th year) and the sixth annual Asheville Art in the Park. Both provide art enthusiasts an opportunity to get outside (and inside as well, in the case of the RAD’s open workspaces), […]
As Buncombe County’s June 30 deadline to finalize its budget draws near, the competition among local groups seeking public funding has reached fever pitch.
Slight of build and dressed in dark, nondescript clothing, Brian Green walks the streets of Asheville looking for images. He takes photographs every day, pretty much everywhere he goes, somedays heading out 9-to-5 as if it were his job, and amassing a collection of captured — some might say stolen — images of strangers.