The Avett Brothers

The Avett Brothers announce a New Year’s Eve Show at the Greensboro Coliseum

Tickets for The Avett Brothers’ New Years Eve show at the Greensboro Coliseum go on sale Friday, Sept. 18, at 10 a.m. Press release from event organizers: THE AVETT BROTHERS announced today that they will be returning to North Carolina’s Greensboro Coliseum Complex for a not to be missed New Year’s Eve Show. The band […]

Crescent City Mountain Summit

Crescent City Mountain Summit music festival at Salvage Station, Sept. 26

New Orleans and Asheville musicians come together for the Crescent City Mountain Summit, a music festival held at The Salvage Station on Saturday, Sept. 26. The BlueBrass Project headlines, tickets are $15. Press release from event organizers: The Salvage Station is proud to announce the Crescent City Mountain Summit – A New Orleans & Asheville […]

Asheville Juggling Festival, Sept. 25-27

The fifth annual Asheville Juggling Festival features jugglers from around the region and performances at the Stephens-Lee Community Center and the Toy Boat Community Art Space. Press release from event organizers: Jugglers from all around will come together and attempt to defy gravity at the 5th annual Asheville Juggling Festival. The festival is free and […]

Rocky’s Hot Chicken Shack hosts fundraiser for Asheville Music School

Young musicians will perform as part of a fundraiser for Asheville Music School, held Saturday, Sept. 19 at Rocky’s Hot Chicken Shack. The restaurant will donate 5 percent of the day’s proceeds to the school. Press release from event organizers: Rocky’s Hot Chicken Shack South presents a young musicians’ showcase on the patio from 2pm-8pm […]

Anam Cara Theatre Company presents the I’m Proud of You Variety Show

Anam Cara’s I’m Proud of You Variety Show (“Part talk show, part vaudeville, and part comedy laboratory”) debuts Sunday, Oct. 4, at Toy Boat Community Art Space. Press release from the theater company: ANAM CARA THEATRE COMPANY presents the I’M PROUD OF YOU VARIETY SHOW 10/4 @ TOY BOAT Anam Cara Theatre Company presents the […]


Tatsuya Nakatani and Library of Babel perform at Downtown Books and News, Sept. 16

Experimental percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani will perform a solo show at Downtown Books and News Wednesday, Sept. 16, at 7 p.m. Library of Babel (guitarist Shane Parish, cellist Emmalee Hunnicutt and bassist Frank Meadows) share the bill. $5-10 suggested donation. Press release from event organizers: Transportive percussionist TATSUYA NAKATANI returns to Asheville for a solo performance […]

Photo from Minton Sparks' Facebook fan page.

Minton Sparks hosts writing/performance workshop and show, Sept. 26

Performance artist Minton Sparks has been onstage at the Grand Ole Opry and was part The American Songbook Series at Lincoln Center. She was teller-in-residence at the Jonesborough National Storytelling Festival and has been covered by USA Today, NPR show “All Things Considered,” the BBC and the Chicago Sun-Times. Sparks will lead the writing and […]

FRESH PRODUCE: Eric D. Johnson could have a dozen musical projects with as many names. “I have tons of [experimental] stuff laying around. At the time I was doing film scores and thinking I was going to tie everything together,” he says. But it’s on hold while he reunites Fruit Bats. Still, “You’ll definitely get some of that one of these days,” Johnson promises.

Fruit Bats return with new songs, new tour

Eric D. Johnson was last in Asheville just about a year ago — performing as EDJ, in support of his solo album of the same name — as part of Harvest Records’ Transfigurations II festival lineup. He and the regrouped Fruit Bats take the stage at The Mothlight on Friday, Sept. 11, as part of a mini-Southeast tour shoehorned in between an appearance at Savannah, Ga.’s Revival Fest and a string of West Coast dates opening for My Morning Jacket.

Ceramic bee by artist and beekeeper Libba Tracy

Month-long bee awareness event “What’s the Buzz about Bees?” begins Sept. 10

The Black Mountain community comes together to highlight declining bee populations and raise awareness about the issue. Black Mountain Center for the Arts launches the month-long event, What’s the Buzz about Bees? with a group exhibit that opens on Thursday, Sept. 10 . Press release from the arts center: What’s the Buzz About Bees? involves […]

Out of Order: three-minute animation by NYU student Nathaniel Shrage. A young man must find his mechanical heart’s missing gear or a replacement part.

Twin Rivers Media Festival returns, Sept. 11 & 12

The annual Twin Rivers Media Festival, now in its 22nd year, screens independent features, documentaries, shorts and animated films. The free event takes place Friday, Sept. 11, and Saturday, Sept. 12, at the Phil Mechanic Building (109 Roberts St.). Press release from organizers: The 22ndAnnual season of The Twin Rivers Media Festival (TRMF) will celebrate […]

The Village Potters launch independent study and mentoring program

Local collective The Village Potters announces a new program, beginning Sunday, Nov. 1, aimed at providing affordable and non-traditional learning experiences. Press release from The Village Potters: The Village Potters Teaching Center is expanding and launching a new Independent Study and Mentoring Program (IS/M Program) on Nov 1st. The IS/M Program is designed to offer […]

North Carolina Writers’ Network Fall Conference in Asheville, Nov. 20-22

Registration is now open for the 2015 fall conference held by the North Carolina Writers’ Network. The event takes place at the Doubletree by Hilton Asheville-Biltmore, Friday, Nov. 20 to Sunday, Nov. 22. The conference includes networking opportunities, readings, keynote addresses, lunch and dinner banquets and workshops led by such writers as Lee Smith, Robert […]

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Asheville BookWorks opens two exhibits: “PrintOcracy: PLAY!” and “Colossal Cuts: Steamroller Prints”

Asheville BookWorks hosts two new exhibitions. PrintOcracy: PLAY! opens Friday, Sept. 18 and Colossal Cuts: Steamroller Prints opens Saturday, Sept. 19. Press release from Asheville BookWorks: PrintOcracy: PLAY! When: Exhibition runs September 18 through November 25, 2015. 
 Opening reception on Friday September 18, 6–9 PM with refreshements and music. Colossal Cuts: Steamroller Prints When: […]

CCCD exhibition “Made in WNC” highlights international designer-maker movement

The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design hosts Made in WNC “is the first exhibition to examine how studios in Western North Carolina are participating in the international designer-maker movement.” It will be on display through January 9. Press release from the CCCD: Made in WNC is the first exhibition to examine how studios in […]

HERE'S HOPING: "Almost everybody in the book is a decent human being doing the best they can," says Ron Rash of his new novel, Above the Waterfall, his most optimistic book to date. Interestingly, despite more than a dozen drafts to fine-tune the language, Rash says he never rereads his own novels after publication.

Ron Rash’s new novel offers poetry, optimism

This sentence appears in the preface to Above the Waterfall, the newest novel by Ron Rash: “I watch last light lift off level land.” It’s just one of thousands of slight, deftly crafted lines. But there, before the story even begins, Rash slows the pace and announces himself, not just as a craftsman of rich, dark Southern fiction but also as a poet. He’ll present the novel at Malaprop’s on Tuesday, Sept. 8.


Asheville Music School holds an open house, Sept. 12

Watch the Asheville Music School rock band rehearse, attend an info session and visit the instrument petting zoo during Asheville Music School’s open house Saturday, Sept. 12. Press release from the music school: Join Asheville Music School’s students and teachers at their Back-To-School open house on Saturday September 12, from 10:00am – 1:00pm. The AMS […]

Southern comedian Julie Scoggins performs at The Millroom, Sept. 18

Julie Scroggins returns to Asheville for a stand-up show at The Millroom on Friday, Sept. 18. Press release from event organizers: On Friday, September 18th, nationally-acclaimed stand-up comedian Julie Scoggins is booked to perform at 8:00pm in downtown Asheville at The Millroom. Julie’s regularly heard on XM/Sirius Blue Collar Radio, as well as many syndicated […]


Pulitzer Prize-winning author Adam Johnson reads at Malaprop’s, Sept. 4

Pulitzer Prize-winner Adam Johnson, author of The Orphan Master’s Son, presents his new short-story collection, Fortune Smiles, at Malaprop’s. The Friday, Sept. 4 takes place at 7 p.m. and includes a wine and cheese reception. Press release from the bookstore: Adam Johnson, whose novel The Orphan Master’s Son not only won the Pulitzer Prize, but […]