Alice Sebrell, program director at the Black Mountain College Museum & Arts Center, took this shot of Pat Passlof in her New York studio. Sebrell says Passlof liked the photo because “she saw it as a summation of her life and work at this stage, at the end stage. It put an image to that place for her.” Photo by Alice Sebrell

A fearlessne­ss about it

Painter Pat Passlof had what’s known as an artistic temperament. Those who knew her called her honest and funny, but her "refreshingly non-PC humor" (according to Alice Sebrell, program director at the Black Mountain College Museum & Arts Center) could be barbed. "She was definitely extraordinary," says local artist Connie Bostic, who (with Sebrell and […]

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Insectual healing

A Fine Peduncle show is many things: A venture into experimental music, loop pedals and some especially impressive falsetto; a science lesson on insect anatomy; a trust exercise in which the unschooled audience gets close to the stage while the performer sheds his inhibitions — and much of his clothing. The songs alone grab at […]

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Revelation­s

Louisiana-based Cajun/swing/roots outfit The Red Stick Ramblers takes its name from the English translation of the place of its inception: Baton Rouge. (Baton Rouge is French for "red stick.") But in the dozen years since it formed, all of the group's members have moved away from Baton Rouge and five of the six Ramblers (excepting […]