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Smart bets: Jabali Acrobats

Visiting from Mombasa, Kenya, for their LEAF performance, the agile Jabali Acrobats aptly demonstrate the “link between athletics and arts,” transitioning from dance to human pyramids, chair balancing, complex footwork and other contortions — all to the beat of a stimulating musical backdrop. “These phenomenal acrobats combine the artistry of fast-paced movement, music, dance and […]


Smart bets: V.O.V. triple-CD release party

Led by local music maven Lenny Pettinelli, Vibration of Versatility (V.O.V.) is a collaborative Asheville-based recording project that has already drawn from the talents of 70 instrumentalists. V.O.V. aims to produce albums from 12 genres in 12 months. With hip-hop, electronic, reggae and singer-songwriter genres already covered, Pettinelli is excited to release volumes 5 (jazz) […]

From left to right, French instructor Allison Weems, CSW Andy Hale and Metro Wines co-owners Gina Trippi and John Kerr are the organizers behind Sip and Speak, an educational series for Asheville adults. Photo by Kat McReynolds

Sip and Speak language series pairs wine and words

“This is about the fusion of two passions,” says French instructor and wine enthusiast Allison Weems, explaining the inspiration behind her new continuing education series, Sip and Speak. The Asheville French School founder approached Metro Wines owners Gina Trippi and John Kerr earlier this year with the idea of offering in-store classes exploring basic language […]

CityMac announces new location in Biltmore Village

CityMac will open in Biltmore Village at the new Asheville Market (across from the Asheville Mall) in mid November, according to a company press release. The new location promises easier access, better parking and more. “CityMac is your Apple Headquarters,” says the press release. The company will offer grand opening specials in November, along with […]

The Fresh Market holds wine gala to benefit the Asheville Symphony Guild, Oct. 29

From a press release: The Fresh Market on 1378 Hendersonville Road invites Asheville’s community members to raise their glasses for a feel-good food and wine event. The Wine Gala, hosted on Wednesday, October 29 from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m., will benefit the Asheville Symphony Guild. Guests can sample a selection of wines while savoring shrimp […]


LGBT Democrats of North Carolina issues statement on marriage equality

From a press release: This week’s sudden and surprising legal events, which will open the door to same sex marriage in North Carolina is joyous news for all citizens who have advocated for equality. The LGBT Democrats of North Carolina join with our brothers and sisters across the state in celebrating this giant step forward […]

Filling vacant positions has been a struggle for the city of Asheville, according to development services director Shannon Tuch, who says that economic growth has increased demand for development specialists across the state. Photo by John Coutlakis

Permit pileup: Following the paper trail for Asheville’s growing food economy

Nicknames like “Beer City USA,” “Foodtopia” and “Paris of the South” all acknowledge Asheville’s increasing significance as a food and drink haven. But for city development officials, keeping pace with the permitting needs of a burgeoning food industry has been a hard bite to swallow. THE RESTAURATEUR’S HOLY GRAIL A certificate of occupancy must be […]

Jeff Lacker (right), president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, and Josh Dorfman (left), director of entrepreneurial development at the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce, shared moderating duties at Wednesday's roundtable, which drew nearly 20 locals. Photo by Kat McReynolds

Tech talk: the Federal Reserve holds an Asheville roundtable

Several representatives from the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond gathered in an A-B Tech classroom Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 8, to host a discussion among local business owners. “This has been a fascinating visit for us,” said bank president Jeff Lacker. “It’s a really unique part of our district and country.” The bank serves the Federal Reserve’s […]

Open air art exhibit with French Broad River theme to benefit RiverLink, Oct. 23

From a press release: Fourteen of Asheville’s  most accomplished  artists will capture the rapidly changing river with a  plein air art exhibit to benefit RiverLink’s riverfront revitalization efforts. Artists interpret the French Broad River through drawing and painting, much of it from direct observation. All of this artistic reflection will culminate in an initial private […]

Lead Through Change event hosts world-renowned leaders Nov. 12, at Eblen Charities event

From a press release: (Asheville, NC) On Wednesday, Nov. 12, world renowned leaders will take part in the largest leadership event of the year that will bring to Asheville a group that has never been assembled anywhere to speak about leading through difficult times. Seven of America’s and the world’s leading authors, thought leaders and […]


Chimney Rock offers favorite ways to see Fall colors in the mountains

From a press release: CHIMNEY ROCK, N.C. (Oct. 7, 2014) — Chimney Rock’s panoramic 75-mile views capture the full spectrum of Western North Carolina’s legendary fall foliage, and it’s getting easier to know when to catch it at the peak. Weekly fall color and wildflower reports are available at chimneyrockpark.com to help you know where […]

CPP: 2014 SAT scores show improvement in NC; Asheville, Watauga students post highest scores in WNC

From Carolina Public Press By Angie Newsome The N.C. Department of Public Instruction released new information Tuesday showing how well North Carolina high school students performed on the SAT college admission test in 2014. According to The College Board, the state’s seniors averaged 1483 this year, up four points from 2013 graduates. The number of […]

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Smart bets: Secret Agent 23 Skidoo

When Secret Agent 23 Skidoo hits the stage, kids hit the dance floor. The California-based “kid-hop” artist serves a potent combination of kid-friendly lyrics, parent-friendly wordplays and crowd-friendly beats. 23 Skidoo’s music has been praised by NPR and Time magazine, and his latest single, “Unwind,” went straight to the top of Sirius/XM’s family music channel. […]


Smart bets: Thee Hobo Gobbelins

“Get these songs all up in your nightmares without delay!” Thee Hobo Gobbelins exclaim on their Facebook page, advising fans to experience the band’s latest album, Oddities and Entities. The California creatives use labels like “dark carnival” and “post-apocalyptic” to describe their unpolished brand of accordion-laden melodies, but the group underlines many songs with a […]

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Google Connect hosts livestream presentation for local business owners and marketers Oct. 15

From a press release: Asheville, NC (Oct. 1, 2014) – Google Partner ClearPoint Marketing Communications will host a livestream presentation from Google on Wednesday, October 15, 2014, from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. in downtown Asheville. This Google Connect event offers local marketing directors and business owners the opportunity to gain insights and tips from Google […]

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Smart bets: Waveforms 2.0

Electronic music producers Daniel Merrill and Michael Folk describe their joint sound as “emotionally charged future music that rides on hypnotic breakbeats, deep infectious basslines, dubby soundscapes and glitchy experimentation.” Performing as Aligning Minds, the duo are proud to announce “WAVEFORMS 2.0” — a month of performances at Asheville Music Hall aimed at bringing “top-notch […]