The Fairy and Earth Festival (F.A.E.) was held on Saturday, May 17 at Highland Lake Cove Retreat in Flat Rock. The event served as a fundraiser for The Center for Honey Bee Research in Asheville.
Local aerialists and rockers team up for a production An unlikely collaboration was forged in January, when Bromelia Aerial Dance Collective performed at the Mothlight as part of the Asheville Fringe Arts Festival. According to local movement artist Anna Bartlett, “One of our dancers was injured, and our friend Valerie Phillips saved the day by […]
In Igor Stravinsky’s ballet, The Firebird, Prince Ivan enters a magical realm where all of the objects and creatures are represented by instruments — usually strings. Local electronic composer Sai, aka 9th Phoenix, is coordinating Heart of Fire, a production inspired by that Stavinsky work and produced electronically. “It features a wide range of electronica […]
Fresh off their Adult Swim debut, Baltimore-based arts collective Wham City — the group responsible for the viral video “Drinking out of cups,” among others — is spreading its weird and wonderful comedy across the East Coast. The show is a “75-minute multimedia performance featuring four alt-comedians offering up all-original stand-up, videos, skits and monologues,” […]
The Weekend of Wonder is your “golden ticket into the world of pure imagination, perfect for children, families and everyone who loves magic,” according to a press release. The event begins at the Asheville Community Theatre, where the main performances will take place. The magic will then spread out into the streets where “a dream […]
For more festivals, visit Calendar and mountainx.com. LEAF, at Lake Eden in Black Mountain, returns for its spring installment with family-friendly camping, arts (performance, visual, healing, etc.), dance, crafts, kids activities and plenty of music. Headliners include Los Lobos, Beats Antique, Red Baraat, Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars and many more. Thursday-Sunday, May 8-11. Tickets […]
Moogfest has undergone an evolution since it last took place 2012. Now spanning Wednesday-Sunday, April 23-27, and more than 20 locations throughout downtown Asheville, Moogfest has also expanded its coverage. This year, the focal point broadens to include technology. And not just in the pedals and synthesizers sense.
Moogfest runs Wednesday-Sunday, April 23-27, and more than 20 locations throughout downtown Asheville. Xpress will be covering all aspects of the festival, from art and installations to economic talks and one planned protest; from yoga and pop-up shops to local showcases and big-name performers.
From a press release: Spencers: Theatre of Illusion at Diana Wortham Theatre, May 9 & 10 An amazing high-tech stage show full of comedy, drama and suspense, The Spencers: Theatre of Illusion enchants and astounds at Diana Wortham Theatre, Friday and Saturday, May 9 & 10 at 8:00 p.m. Described as “Modern Day Houdinis,” this […]
Sixteen Youth poets compete for slots on this year’s Grand Slam Championship team. The contest takes place at NC Stage on Tuesday, April 22. Photo from Asheville Youth Poetry’s Facebook page.
The Fox & Beggar Theater debuts with surreal circus experience Animalia “He breathes in the wet dawn through / his mottled skin, soaks in its vitality / until his old heart thumps with delight / and he jumps off his bed of lettuce leaves / and moss hairs / into the ruddy mud.” So goes […]
“I was initially intimidated by slam,” says Kimbi Mullins, also known as Kimbi the Goddess. With a stage name like that — not to mention her magnetic stage presence — it’s hard to picture the Greenville, S.C., poet as anything but confident. “What it did,” she continues, “was bring out a fire in me and my writing through the true spirit of a poetry slam. This is the same advice I give to others who may fear it or be against it for whatever reasons: It allows you to tap into that fire within.”
An ode to the poems and poets of the region
Western North Carolina’s connection to poetry may have crystallized during the 1990s, at the height of slam and spoken word poetry: The National Poetry Slam was held in Asheville in 1994, and the local team won that competition in ’95. The green door, a since-closed venue on Carolina Lane, was home to performers like Allan Wolf, Glenis Redmond, Christine Lassiter, James Navé and Laura Hope-Gill. The venue’s [...]
UNC Asheville is presenting its first Arts Fest, and if the name sounds broad, that’s because it is. Highlights of the eclectic lineup include musical acts Steep Canyon Rangers and David Holt and the Lightning Bolts as well as a performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, set in contemporary Asheville. Poetry slams, creative writing workshops, […]
The event, now in its fifth year, will take place Saturday, April 5, at Lake Eden, Black Mountain College’s former home. The [Re] HAPPENING, a collaboration between Black Mountain College +Arts Center and The Media Arts Project, “reimagines Black Mountain College’s tradition of Saturday night parties and performances, and pays homage to the innovative artists of the legendary Black Mountain College,”
Though the styles of poets Tracey Schmidt and Majo John Madden are quite different — hers “beautiful, lyrical and haunting” and his “raw, sprawling and often very funny” — the local wordsmiths have much in common. Both poets are very personal, psychological and accessible in their approach, and both claim to write “poetry for people […]
At a kickoff party at The Orange Peel, the Asheville Downtown Association announced the summer 2014 lineup for the Downtown After 5 music series, followed by an electrifying performance from Empire Strikes Brass.
A new monthly series, Asheville City Limits, launches at Emerald Lounge on Thursday, March 27. "During this series, we will professionally record HD audio and video of an entire live performance to be published on our website and for syndication on local and regional media outlets throughout the Southeast," says a press release for the […]
LEO: The Anti-Gravity Show is "an eye-teasing, grin-inducing, deeply impressive work of sustained absurdist magic," says Time Out New York. In a playful, one-man performance, the acrobatic Leo lives at a 90-degree angle to the rest of the world. “With fluid, real-world handstands, tumbles and falls projected by an ingenious video stage concept, the simple […]
An artistic collaboration in the River Arts District recently pulled together an unparalleled performance piece, bringing together vitreous, ceramic and culinary artists and a blacksmith to present Pairing Elements, a five-course theme dinner, at The Bull and Beggar restaurant. Photo by Mark-Ellis Bennett
Both projects featured in The Media Arts Project’s upcoming OFF THE MAP Artist Talk — Severn Eaton’s “Cooperative Instrument” and Michael Luchtan and Kehren Barbour’s “Post Piano Project” — challenge and twist the way we experience and interpret sound. Both projects are also wonderfully strange enough to make us want to know what was going on inside the respective artists’ heads.