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Screen scene: Local film news

• The inaugural Montreat Film Festival is accepting submissions from local filmmakers through Monday, April 6. Entries must be shorter than eight minutes in length and reflect this year’s theme of hope. According to Montreat College’s website, the festival’s goal is “to highlight stories that honestly express and explore the human condition through the power of […]

FAN FAVORITES: The Funny “R” Us comedy show marks Red Grant’s first Asheville performance, but he’s no stranger to opening acts Terrell “Angry Bird" Marrow and Brian “Da Wildcat” Smith. “I love working with those guys,” Grant says. “They are always funny, and their energy is on a whole other level. This show is going to be crazy for the fans.” Photo courtesy of the artist

Red Grant headlines Funny “R” Us show at Winter Xscape

The Washington, D.C.-born, California-based comedian has never skied, snowboarded or been snow tubing. But after he headlines the Funny “R” Us comedy show on Friday, Jan. 30, at the Crowne Plaza Resort Expo Center — part of the annual Winter Xscape — he “might just slide down the hill on my coat like I used to do when I was a kid.”

RISKY BUSINESS: Mina Samuels is bringing her one-woman performance piece, Hazards, to the Asheville Fringe. Hazards won the award for best avant-garde show at the 2013 United Solo Festival. Photo courtesy of Asheville Fringe Arts Festival

Asheville Fringe Arts Festival attracts homegrown and internatio­nal talent

For its past two appearances at the Asheville Fringe Arts Festival, local avant-garde theater company Anam Cara presented original pieces created by an ensemble. For 2015, its players are trying something slightly more traditional while still keeping with the Jan. 22-25 event’s focus on cross-genre collaboration and innovative performances. “The goal of Fringe is to […]

EASTSIDERS: Business owners from the east side of downtown are working to bring more attention to their area. Pictured from left to right: Ben Reese, general manager of Off the Wagon; Kristina Im, owner of Korean House; and Angelo Karnezis, owner of Twisted Laurel. Photo by Jayson Im

Off-Broadway in Asheville: New restaurant­s, bars and nightclubs revitalize downtown’s east side

Check out the quiet side of downtown Asheville, say the restaurateurs and bar owners who inhabit the block of College, North Market, East Walnut and North Spruce Streets. Dubbing the area the “East Village,” the owners of Korean House, Twisted Laurel, Off the Wagon and others want everyone to know that they offer a globetrotting variety of […]

FOR THE RECORD: As a producer or engineer, Chris Rosser always strives to keep things in the studio positive and moving forward. Part of that approach is the philosophy that "there are no bad ideas," a concept he’s borrowed from Daniel Lanois’ work with Brian Eno and U2. “It creates an environment where ideas aren't going to be shut down before they're given a fair shot, and often that'll lead to some of the more interesting things on a record,” Rosser says. Photo by Lynn Morgan Rosser

Prolific producer Chris Rosser takes time for first solo album in eight years

When eight years passes between a musician’s albums, it’s natural to wonder what he’s been up to during that time. For Asheville songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Chris Rosser, however, it’s almost easier to diagram what he hasn’t been doing. On top of steady solo gigs and collaborations, Rosser has stayed busy with percussionist River Guerguerian and […]

FOOD SAVER: Kingsport, Tenn., resident Celeste Rutledge offloads produce purchased through Real Food Living Azure Co-op at Asheville's Patton Avenue Kmart. The co-op deal's worth the drive, says Rutledge. Photo by John Coutlakis

Real Food Living and WNC Artisan Foods join the buyers club scene

Two local buyers clubs have launched in the Asheville metro area with an eye to helping small businesses, families and individuals. For both, the initiatives are about community building. For over 20 years, Vickilynn Haycraft has ordered quality bulk and natural foods from Azure Standard, a Dufur, Ore.-based company that gives her an alternative to traditional grocery […]

FEAST YOUR EARS: Acoustic Syndicate's Thanksgiving shows are an annual tradition, but how does Steve "Big Daddy" McMurry, center, celebrate the holiday at home? For the past six years, he and his wife, Jerrianne, have hosted 50-60 cousins and friends in what he calls a “misfit Thanksgiving.” Photo by Lynne Harty

Acoustic Syndicate gives thanks at Grey Eagle with annual homecoming show

Steve “Big Daddy” McMurry has plenty to be thankful for this year. High on the list for the Acoustic Syndicate singer/guitarist are his wife, Jerrianne, his family and his Cleveland County farm, in which he and his cousin/bandmate Bryon McMurry (banjo, electric guitar) are partners. And then there are Acoustic Syndicate’s loyal fans, without whom […]