NICE RIDE: Handmade bikes by Capricorn Bicycles are a new addition to the Marshall Handmade market. Photo courtesy of the bike company

Hand-built bikes are a new addition to Marshall Handmade Market’s repertoire of craft

“Buy local, buy slow,” is a holiday tip from the organizers of the Marshall Handmade Market. The annual event offers locally produced wares that are made “through slow, labor-intensive processes in studios, barns and backrooms across the region.” It is a chance to purchase finely crafted objects, while also slowing the holiday shopping race to […]

KNOW HOW: "We’ve all heard — and possibly given — the advice 'Write what you know,'" says Peter Turchi in his new book, A Muse and a Maze. "But that implies that one knows quite enough. … So the better advice might be, 'Know what you write.' And know it as deeply, as comprehensively, as possible. Then acknowledge the remaining mystery." Photo by Dana Kroos

Word problems: Peter Turchi’s book A Muse & a Maze explores the puzzles of writing

It’s been a number of years since Peter Turchi lived in Asheville — he’s now based in Houston — but Western North Carolina still finds its way into his writing. “I tend to write more about places that I’ve left,” says the former director of Warren Wilson College’s MFA program. “The stories that I’m writing […]

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Smart bets: The Moon and You

Although The Moon and You collaborated with a professional artist and videographer to create an official music video, the team purposefully preserved the “playful, DIY aesthetic” that you’d expect from musicians listing “glitter and savory crepes” as interests on their Facebook page. A photo booth full of the band’s props will be available at the […]

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5 questions with Allah-Las

California is important to psych-garage band Allah-Las. The Los Angeles quartet formed while its members — drummer Matthew Correia, bassist Spencer Dunham, and guitarists Miles Michaud and Pedrum Siadatian — were working at the city’s famous Amoeba Records. But it’s not a mere matter of geography. The attitude and the sonic history of the Sunshine State […]

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Theater Review: “Next Fall” by Different Strokes Performing Arts Collective

Asheville is filled with great theater. So much so, that it is somewhat surprising when something exceeds expectations. Different Strokes Performing Arts Collective‘s new production of the Geoffrey Naufft’s play Next Fall does just that. The show is funny, tragic and will cause viewers to challenge many preconceived notions about religion, homosexuality, family and death. […]

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Smart bets: Amandla

Power, or “Amandla,” exists in “every fiber of the living experience,” according to Claude Coleman Jr. (formerly of Ween), who christened his band with the Zulu word. In live format, the psych-soul rocker takes on frontman and guitar duties alongside fellow Ashevilleans Jon Lauterer (drums), Rachel Waterhouse (keys, vocals) and Dave Gilbert (guitar, vocals). In […]

GENEAOLOGY OF A SONG: From left, Wayfaring Stranger authors Doug Orr and Fiona Ritchie interview the late folk musician Pete Seeger. Photo by Darcy Orr

Wayfaring Strangers traces the evolution of Appalachian music

When Fiona Ritchie (the presenter of NPR’s long-running program, “The Thistle and the Shamrock”) first came to North Carolina, “people heard my accent and they’d say, ‘Oh, I’m Scots-Irish,’” she remembers. “I was confused. I thought they meant one parent was Scottish and one was Irish. It took me a wee while to realize this […]

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Smart bets: Jug-Baby

Jug-Baby: An Autobiography follows the plight of a youth whose parents inadvertently strip their baby of gender and identity after attempting to mold the child into a circus attraction that physically fits inside a jug. Philadelphia Transmissions Theatre, known for its “transcendentally bizarre stories,” presents the one-woman puppet show, calling the production “a whimsical journey […]

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Smart bets: Balsam Range

Balsam Range “thoughtfully and respectfully adopted the name of a majestic range of mountains” near the band’s hometown in Haywood County, but the bluegrass ensemble’s reverence for Western North Carolina doesn’t end there. The five-piece will hold a benefit concert for the Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministry’s Veterans Restoration Services, an organization providing housing, food […]