Look Up Asheville Collection II, reading and booksigning at Malaprop’s

Photographer Michael Oppenheim, essayist Laura Hope-Gill and designer Michele Scheve, the collaborators behind “Look Up Asheville: An Architectural Journey,” have recently completed a companion volume, “Look Up Asheville II.” According to a press release, “This collection draws greater attention to the work of James Vester Miller, the slavery-born contracting magnate. Miller’s partnership with Richard Sharp […]

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Vincent was here

In September of 2009, local artist Moni Hill (you might know her boldly colored bird paintings) had completed a show based on Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. Along with spending time getting to know that piece of music, Hill liked the 9-9-9 trilogy of the project. As the project came to a close, Hill was inspired by […]

New festival, Gnarnia, features music and multi-media arts in August

The Festival of Gnarnia, held in Beech Mountain, N.C., Thursday-Saturday, August 9-11, has a heady lineup. There’s world music, jam and funk, rock, hip-hop, electronic and roots. The festival also promises workshops, performance arts, sports (well, bicycle jousting and mud wrestling) as well as healthy eating. And there’s this: “Ski lifts are available for guests […]

Keeping everyone on their toes

"I consider myself a collector," says Larry Keigwin, artist director of New York-based contemporary dance group Keigwin + Company, who perform at Diana Wortham Theatre March 30 and 31. "I collect a lot of ideas and movement vocabulary, and then I edit." Keigwin also collects photos of clothing, store windows, vintage apparel and anything else […]

Scandanavia by Southwest: A roots music band from Sweden gets the crowd dancing in the middle of the street.

SXSW or bust

Back from South By Southwest (my first time attending the festival and visiting Austin), my head is still spinning from the sheer number of musical acts I encountered. According to SXSW's FAQ page, at any given time there are more than 80 bands performing — and that's just the official acts. Add on all the […]

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Sons of Bill on Saturday

In case your March 31 plans are not already split over the Kovacs & the Polar Bear show (at the Grey Eagle) and The Critters CD release party (at the Getdown) or the Booty Band (at the Orange Peel) or any number of other possibilities (it’s an exciting night), here’s a roots-rock band from Charlottesville, Va. worth checking out. Sons of Bill plays the Emerald Lounge at 10 p.m.