The idea behind Hunger, the newest production from Asheville-based Terpsicorps Theatre of Dance, did not stem from a certain popular movie filmed in the area (sorry, Katniss). Instead, it grew from company founder and choreographer Heather Maloy’s more humanitarian desires.
Music Video Asheville goes big Music Video Asheville is having a banner year. The local event, which marks its seventh year on Wednesday, April 16, received a record number of submissions and moved into a new venue. Produced for the third year in a row by Kelly Denson and Jason Guadagnino of Asheville’s Lush Life […]
It’s no secret that the Internet has changed the way we consume entertainment. And sketch comedy, with its compact, easily digestible format, is tailor-made for sharing on social media. Get on Facebook, and there’s a three-minute clip from Portlandia. Log on to Twitter, and someone’s passing around a Key & Peele skit. In a way, […]
“It started with a passion project — me wanting to do Twelfth Night — and finding some means to make it happen,” explains Ken Knight who, with the help of co-producer Bonnie Allen, has formed Knights of Allentown, a new theater company with an enthusiastic approach to the arts. The group’s first production is of […]
While you probably wouldn’t know it, 2013 has been a seminal and perhaps notorious year for movie exhibition. Major studios have been slowly moving away from the use of film stock, forcing movie theaters to either convert to expensive digital projectors or simply shut down. In small towns across the country, numerous independent theaters are […]
NC Stage’s production of The Book Club Play attempts to walk a fine line, displaying the transformative power of reading, all the while not being as pretentious, stodgy or boring as that premise might sound. It helps that the story, written by Karen Zacarias, is mostly played for laughs and never lets the proceedings get […]
Historically a mecca for failed sports franchises, Asheville managed to attract two NBA teams to the U.S. Cellular Center Tuesday, Oct. 8, in an odd preseason match-up. The game was part of the Charlotte Bobcats’ renewed efforts to build a fan base in Western North Carolina. Here’s what you missed.
With more than 50 published novels and hundreds of short stories to his name, author Stephen King is obviously prolific. He’s also proven to be quite versatile, taking the jump into musical theater with Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, playing at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium on Sunday, Oct. 13. While the idea of a libretto […]
Big, brash Broadway-style musicals aren’t up everyone’s alley — when people gnash their teeth about musicals, they’re usually railing against gaudy showtunes. What’s interesting is that this kind of passionate, misinformed point-of-view often creates an equally fanatical set of theatergoers on the other end of the spectrum — the kind who adore big dance numbers, […]
Asheville Community Theatre is performing the musical classic Annie Get Your Gun through Oct. 13. Xpress critic Justin Souther writes: “The show is beloved, the songs are well-known and the one thing a musical like this needs — overwhelming enthusiasm — is something the ACT’s stable of actors has in abundance.”
I read somewhere once long ago about Steve Albini’s thoughts on live music. Basically, he posited, there are two kinds of artists — those who care only about the live show and use their recordings as a document of them, and, of course, vice versa. Brown falls somewhere closer to the former. It’s just him, a microphone, his DJ Skywlkr and a whole, whole lot of energy. Photos by Rich Orris
The painting of Dale Earnhardt in the Atlanta airport was somehow refreshing, a reminder that I’d made it back to America. I’d become more than a bit homesick while in Toronto, which says nothing about my feelings towards Canada, but much more about how little I travel, and how easy it becomes for me to miss my routines at home.
It’s been a few days since my last dispatch—blame that on time and an aversion to lugging this laptop around. Nevertheless, there’s plenty to tell you about, so let’s get started.
This trip to Toronto is the first time I’ve ever left The States, a fact that I’ve found is surprising to most. The city, in many respects, reminds of New York but less bustling and less intimidating. It’s a strange town in a way, too—a place that has adult cinemas, sex shops, and male strip clubs across the street and up the block a bit from the American Apparel. What’s oddest is that it all seems to fit, and no one—at least from my experience—seems to mind.
For the next week, the Xpress’ own Justin Souther will be whiling away his time at the Toronto International Film Festival—getting, in many cases, an early look at what we’ll be seeing in Asheville during awards season (which is just about upon us). Since the rest of us are stuck here—holding down the fort, as it were—while world-traveler Justin is awash in movies and hob-nobbing with the famous, he has promised to send us updates on his experiences. This is the first. —Ken Hanke
If you want to help Matt Shepard, Kipper Schauer and the rest of the local production company make their first feature-length film, you have about a day left to do it.
Logic tells us that a film festival’s only as good as what it’s putting on screen. Considering that last year’s festival included such eye-catching action movie luminaries as Takashi Miike’s 13 Assassins and the wonderfully titled Hobo with a Shotgun, ActionFest 2012 has a lot to live up to. But fret not, as this year’s […]
“I always kind of knew I was going to make a film about Carl Sandburg — that’s the truth,” documentarian Paul Bonesteel tells Xpress about his latest project, The Day Carl Sandburg Died. “There’s a huge amount of satisfaction with this, partly because it’s been hanging over me for 25 years. And I don’t mean […]
While the official end to ActionFest came Sunday night, after the film festival’s closing night screening of Takashi Miike’s 13 Assassins at The Carolina Asheville, it unofficially wound down Monday night behind the building of West Asheville’s Blue Barnhouse studio. There, a handful of people caught a screening of Evan Glodell’s pre-Apocalyptic love story Bellflower, projected on a bed sheet pegged to a couple of drainage pipes. Not far away was not only the film’s director, but also the star of the film, a matte black, fire-breathing muscle car named Mother Medusa. As a whole, this was not only the perfect finale for ActionFest 2011, but a pin-point summation of it, too, with its mix of the community driven and the unorthodox.
Those deafening thunderbursts of explosions, staccato blasts of gunfights, whining squeals of car chases and the general cacophony of bloodlust coming from South Asheville are nothing to fret over—it’s just ActionFest 2011.
ActionFest Lifetime Achievement Award honoree Buddy Joe Hooker talks to Xpress about stunts, film, and what it’s like to jump off a cliff.