Walk any downtown Asheville street and you’re likely to encounter some quirky storefronts offering unusual products. Together, these “specialty shops” or boutiques, most of them locally owned businesses, are a key component of the city’s distinctive flavor, attracting thousands of tourists each year and helping fuel the economy.
This year’s theme was saints and sinners, and the 2016 Asheville Mardi Gras parade brought thousands out in sunny weather to watch the spectacle.
New York City- and London-based company Aquila Theatre presents its modernization of the timeless tragedy at Diana Wortham Theatre Saturday, Feb. 6.
All are welcome to dance their way into 2016 in an imaginative getup (optional). The kickoff event is at The Grove House Wednesday, Jan. 6, at 7 p.m.
With its bar open for business, Asheville Music Hall hosts the free party on Saturday, Dec. 26, from noon to 8 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 27, from noon to 7 p.m.
On the evenings of Thursday, and Friday, Dec. 23 and 24, Lex 18 holds a White Christmas Radio Dinner Show, an evening of fine dining, live holiday music, and the re-creation of actual radio plays and commercials from the Prohibition era and jazz age.
Looking to jump start your holiday shopping while keeping your dollars local? Craft fairs offer unique gifts from area craftspeople — along with plenty of fun, festive spirit.
Arrive at 6 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 14, for an early peek at auction items, or stroll into the Masonic Temple at 7 p.m., for the event’s official kickoff.
“We pamper our models and give them a chance to celebrate their beauty regardless of where they are in their cancer treatment,” says Sara Laws, event organizer and executive director of The Hope Chest for Women.
Each week, Xpress highlights notable WNC crowdsourcing initiatives that may inspire readers to become new faces in the crowd. This week features two local stylists’ mission to conserve water while keeping hair fresh plus a female-fronted rock group’s new recording project.
The Halloween-themed fundraiser, held at the Asheville Masonic Temple, features live music, dance, an art exhibit and live auction.
Asheville Music Hall hosts the 18+ event on Saturday, Oct. 3, at 9 p.m.
A selection of work from the artist’s Kenilworth-based company Kathleen Lewis Designs will be displayed in Woolworth Walk’s front gallery for the month of September, with a free meet-and-greet reception planned for Friday, Sept. 4, from 5-7 p.m.
What once was an annual event is back by popular demand for the second week in a row — this time at White Horse Black Mountain on Thursday, Sept. 3, from 8-11 p.m.
The Catching Dreams fashion show transformed the Masonic Temple.
The Hatchett Creative Group will host CATCHING DREAMS, a bohemian styled fashion show, on Aug. 29 at the Masonic Temple.
In a way, upcycling is like the recycling we do with our cans and bottles: It also uses that concept of reusing and reducing waste material — but it’s not exactly cut from the same cloth.
Asheville Fashion Week concludes with an array of fashion for each season of the year.
The third day of Asheville Fashion Week continues with Fashion in Film & Emerging Designer Runway Shows.
Asheville Fashion Week, August 5 – 8, showcases summer looks by local designers.
Our first round of Best of WNC results were released in this week’s print issue. The results are now posted online — in a highly visible and easily accessible format.