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Collective liberation

Guitar innovator John McLaughlin comes to The Orange Peel on Thursday, June 13, with his band, The 4th Dimension. The current incarnation of the 4th Dimension features Gary Husband on keys, Etienne Mbappe on bass, McLaughlin on guitar and Ranjit Barot on percussion. Read on for an extensive interview with McLaughlin on the six-string, Miles Davis and a life in music.

“There’s more than one way to be Buddhist, and Urban Dharma is trying to communicate that,” Dr. Hun Lye photo by Taylor Johnson

Taking it to the streets: Urban Dharma brings Buddhist teachings to the heart of Asheville

Take one look at the “spirituality” section of our calendar, and it’s easy to see that the Asheville area aims for wellness of mind and heart in a variety of ways — meditation, mindfulness, earth medicine, prayer, peacefulness, the metaphysical and Zen listings abound. One of those gems is Urban Dharma, where Hun Lye welcomes those seeking to practice and learn more about Buddhism. (Pictured: Hun Lye; photo by Taylor Johnson)

The future’s agape: Swimming the Blue Ocean in a post-Christian culture

Blue Ocean Faith will hold its 2013 Southeastern Conference Thursday-Saturday, March 7-9, at the Blue Ridge Vineyard Church in north Asheville. Curious about the ideas and folks behind the conference, I asked Tom Camacho, pastor of the Blue Ridge Vineyard, whether we’re experiencing a contemporary reformation. (Pictured: Tom Camacho; photo by Jordan Foltz)