Tiger tiger burning bright: Lissie’s debut album, Catching a Tiger, was produced in part at Echo Mountain by (former Ashevillean) musician/producer Bill Reynolds. Valerie Phillips

Hear her roar

"I had lived in L.A. for about a year and a half and was a little bit disillusioned by the lack of camaraderie or community with trying to do live shows," says singer/songwriter Lissie. (She was born Elisabeth Maurus but her stage name suits her: fun, a little bit girly, not too serious, completely disarming.) […]

Pink dog barking, maybe a phoenix rising? The arts council is starting a new year in a new River Arts District space — with hopes for reviving a crippled organization. PHOTOS BY JONATHAN WELCH

The art of starting over

"This is kind of a phoenix act that we're pulling off," says Graham Hackett, program director for the Asheville Area Arts Council. He's talking about the opening of The ARTERY, a 1,400-square-foot multipurpose space in the River Arts District's new Pink Dog Creative studios — and with that opening, the resurrection of the local arts-promoting […]