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. The one-night-only, interactive event featured a random blend of simultaneous music, dance, visual art and spoken word, creating a legacy that’s left few, if any, […]
This week’s crowdfunding roundup spotlights hand-crafted local essential oils and hydrosols by Blue Ridge Aromatics, literary event Asheville Wordfest 2015, expansion of Copper Pot and Wooden Spoon’s jam and pickle production and a studio album by esoteric septet the Galen Kipar Project.
Jason Rafferty’s paintings and drawings are inspired by Western North Carolina, but the artist partners with nonprofits like RiverLink, Pisgah Legal Services, Open Doors and Brother Wolf in a quest to give back to the community he loves.
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.
The inaugural Asheville Amadeus Festival — which runs March 17-22 — sees the Asheville Symphony Orchestra team up not only with Highland Brewing Co., but also with local groups ranging from N.C. Stage Company and the Asheville Art Museum to the Blue Ridge Orchestra and the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville.
Alejandro Cartagena, a Dominican-born and Monterrey, Mexico-based artist, will give a lecture discussing his work at the UNC Asheville Humanities Lecture Hall on Tuesday, March 17.
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.
Looking to submit a video, watch a film, cheer on a local videographer or get involved in the WNC film scene? Here’s some opportunities to do just that.
Cullowhee teen Anne Wade took on the complex issue of censorship in schools and won first place in the National Coalition Against Censorship’s 11th annual Youth Free Expression Project Film Contest.
The free showcase featuring portraits and personal backstories of recovering addicts will be on display in Parish Hall at the Cathedral of All Souls in Biltmore Village on Saturday, Feb. 28.
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
Yesterday, @ashevillehaikus tweeted: Please use the hashtag #avlvalentine or put in @ashevillehaikus so I can RT everything to compile this years list. #avl #asheville Not long after that, hearty, local-flavored yearnings began flowing. And they still are. To follow the stream, go here. For just a taste of the spirit, here are a few highlights: […]
Back in 2001, such a level of popularity and public acceptance seemed unlikely. But if the weather cooperates on Sunday, Feb. 15, Asheville Mardi Gras will draw an estimated 5,000 people to line Wall Street, Battery Park Avenue, Haywood Street and Page Avenue for the annual parade.
Odyssey Community School’s students have been doing a lot more than traditional reading, writing and arithmetic lessons. The institution’s middle schoolers recently spent two weeks of their semester devoting all of their time and energy into creating a collaborative music video. The song, “Soaring on Strings,” and video were written, performed and edited by the […]
Local musician Derek Graziano says enhancing his instruments with crystals and gemstones not only add to the instruments’ tone but offer a metaphysical connection to players and listeners.
The Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center officially reopens on Friday, Jan. 30, (following a monthlong closure and a complete gallery overhaul) with a reception for its newest exhibition, Poemumbles: 30 years of Susan Weil’s poems/images. The opening marks the completion of the first in a series of major renovations and program initiatives made […]
On Tuesday, Jan. 20, several members of the Asheville Buskers Collective met in the conference room above the French Broad Food Co-op for a post-holiday regroup, aiming to find consensus about what buskers do, who buskers are and whether (and how) enshrining their needs in city ordinances is a realistic possibility. Several weeks after a previous […]
Local blacksmith and furniture artist Carley Eiseberg appears in competition with five other artists on the upcoming “Ellen’s Design Challenge.”
It may be a closed industry event, but, having to do with books, booksellers and the publishing industry, ABA’s Winter Institute is bringing a “powerhouse of authors” to Asheville — a number of which will appear at public readings.