TAKING A PAGE FROM TOM: Asheville Wordfest draws inspiration from native writer Thomas Wolfe, center. Clockwise from top left: Andrea Clarke, John Hoppenthaler, Laura Hope-Gill (photo by Michael Oppenheim), Nikole Brown (photo by  by Joli Livaudais), Charles Fort, Molly Rice, Adrian Rice, Lenelle Moise, David Nutter, Matthew Olzmann, Alexis Levitin, Santiago Vizcaino, Greg Brown, Alli Marshall (photo by Carrie Eidson), Dale Neal and Jessica Jacobs (photo by Lily Darragh). Photos courtesy of the presenters unless otherwise noted

Asheville Wordfest shifts focus to local speakers, Wolfe inspiratio­ns

In 2008, Laura Hope-Gill designed Asheville Wordfest to be a festival that welcomes people from all communities and strives to represent as many cultural contexts as its budget allows. Just how expansive that reach would be for its 2015 installment, however, came into question when, in the midst of the planning process, Wordfest lost its […]

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Smart bets: Asheville Magic Festival

From illusionists to jugglers, conjurers to balloon artists, storytellers to face painters, the second Asheville Magic Festival brings more than 20 entertainers downtown for a “nonstop celebration of wonder.” The multiday, multivenue event, some of which is free to the public, offers ample opportunity to mingle with the stars, catch in-depth stage performances or enjoy […]

"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.