BATTLE OF THE BANDS: The members of Foul Mouth Jerk's hip-hop act, left, actually have a lot in common with country band The Honeycutters, right. Both local bands recorded new records at Echo Mountain Studios; both will launch those albums at Isis Restaurant & Music Hall this week.

The Honeycutte­rs and Foul Mouth Jerk play Isis on consecutiv­e nights

Place The Honeycutters and Foul Mouth Jerk side by side and one can’t help but notice their differences. The former play country roots music while the latter raps and, unless one puts undue emphasis on the “cut” of Honeycutters, even their names reflect opposite sensibilities. But beyond these sonic and stylistic splits, the two Asheville acts have a substantial amount in common.

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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 […]