"The Fox & Beggar Theater is Asheville's answer to Cirque du Soleil, but with a much heavier focus on narrative, poetics and the incredible power of a locally-minded circus theater,” explains Nat Allister, the organization's founder and artistic director. Tarocco: A Soldier's Tale, the theater's forthcoming production, will be performed at the Orange Peel on four weekend nights. Tarocco artwork courtesy of the Fox and Beggar Theater

Faces in the crowd: WNC crowdfundi­ng initiative­s

Each week, Xpress highlights notable WNC crowdsourcing initiatives that may inspire readers to become new faces in the crowd. This week features the Fox and Beggar Theatre’s art fusion production, Noah Proudfoot Stockdale’s musical musings on love, improved resources for the Drum Heads podcast and a traveling documentary and art exhibit about estranged siblings’ visual art.

HOMAGE AND CONTINUATION: The sixth annual {Re}HAPPENING raises funds for the Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center and honors the legacy of Black Mountain College, which operated from 1933-57. “The goal is to support art that is performance-based or experiential,” says Media Arts Project program director Ursula Gullow. Photo by Michael Oppenheim

All together now: {Re}HAPPEN­ING invades Lake Eden

On a summer evening in 1952, a handful of people at Black Mountain College forever changed the course of modern art with a single performance — the world’s first happening. On Saturday, April 4, the sixth annual {Re}HAPPENING will aspire to recapture that mythic spirit at the long-defunct school’s former grounds at Lake Eden, now the home of Camp Rockmont.

Celtic folk band Carolina Ceili will play at White Horse Black Mountain on Sunday, March 15.

Get your shamrock on: St. Patrick’s Day events in and around Asheville

Unless you’re looking to get pinched, St. Patrick’s Day is the day for wearing green. Green shirts, green shoes, green pants — even green hair.

So put on your fake green mustache, break out your Flogging Molly tee and indulge in St. Patrick’s Day events around the area, celebrating Appalachia’s Scots-Irish heritage — and the slightly offensive stereotype of booze-loving, beer-slamming bar-goers stomping the beat for a fiddle-fronted band.

Governor Pat McCrory

Is WNC being overlooked when it comes to NC Arts Council board appointmen­ts ?

In February, N.C. Gov. Pat McCrory’s office issued a brief statement announcing eight new board appointments for the North Carolina Arts Council. None of those eight were from any of Western North Carolina’s 28 counties. What’s more, only three of the board’s existing members are from the region, prolonging the age-old divide between Raleigh and the western part of the state.

Photo courtesy of Everything is Terrible!

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 […]

HOME GOODS: Owners of Asheville's many small but sweet historic bungalows can find antique and reproduction furnishings at the annual National Arts & Crafts Conference, now in its 28th year. Photo by Ray Stubblebine

Décorum: What the Arts & Crafts Conference offers to locals and their homes

The DIY aesthetic is not just a product of indie craft shows. Asheville residents, always in close proximity to mountain handicrafts, were primed for the Arts and Crafts movement more than a century ago. That trend toward quality and craftsmanship came about in response to the industrialization that gripped the end of the Victorian era. […]

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Grammy nominee 23 Skidoo makes red carpet worst dressed lists

Kid-hop artist Secret Agent 23 Skidoo — formerly of Asheville and now based in California — recently topped various worst dressed lists compiled from red carpet looks at the 2015 Grammys ceremony. Skidoo was nominated for a Grammy in the Best Children’s Album category for his record, The perfect Quirk, which was recorded at Echo […]