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White Horse of Black Mountain hosts “A Night of Folk and Boom Bap”

From a press release: Event: “A Night of Folk and Boom Bap”: Musical Alternatives Wednesday, October 29 – 7:30 p.m.- Serengeti as “Kenny Dennis”, Kersey Williams and Ciggy Pop of Highdrophonics, Searra Gisondo, kuxxan SUUM. For creative artists whose work falls outside the boundaries of defined genre expectations building an audience can be rough. The […]

Asheville BookWorks cohosts Vandercooked Poetry Nights bonus reading event

From a press release: Asheville BookWorks, a community resource for print and book arts, joins with the Kay Falk Literary Project, helmed by Emilie White, to offer a bonus reading and printing event in its ongoing Vandercooked Poetry Nights series. The broadside printed at each event displays a poem written by the evening’s spotlighted poet. […]

Brevard Mountain Christmas Festival seeks craft and food vendors, volunteers and musicians

From a press release: Heart of Brevard is now accepting craft and food vendor applications for Brevard’s annual Mountain Christmas Festival, the Twilight Tour. In addition to vendors, the Heart of Brevard also hopes to gather groups of volunteers and musicians to assist and perform for the evening. “It is our hope to revitalize the […]

Authors Fiona Ritchie and Doug Orr to hold lecture at Warren Wilson College

From a press release: Fiona Ritchie and Doug Orr, authors of the recently published “Wayfaring Strangers: The Musical Voyage from Scotland and Ulster to Appalachia,” will present the annual Harwood-Cole Memorial Lecture Nov. 15 at Warren Wilson College. The presentation, marking the event’s 25th anniversary, starts at 4 p.m. in Canon Lounge of Gladfelter Student […]

Brevard College Opera Ensemble presents Fantastic Tales on Nov. 2

From a press release: Brevard College’s opera ensemble will present their Fantastic Tales scenes program on Sunday, November 2 at 3:00 p.m. in Dunham Music Building’s newly renovated Ingram Auditorium. The program for Sunday’s performance draws mostly from fairy tales and fantasy. Scenes include the macabre (the séance scene from Menotti’s The Medium and the […]

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Smart bets: UWABE — Art in the Park

Theater devotees and outdoor enthusiasts unite for two evenings of free alfresco performance. UWABE — Art in the Park meanders throughout Grove Park (338 Charlotte St.) to present three dances, each derived from the natural landscape. During “Biosphere,” a giant puppet among open fields probes into our changing planet’s effects on the human condition. “Radiant […]

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Smart bets: Resonant Rogues’ variety show

You’ve got to admire the forethought of Resonant Rogues, an Asheville band holding a variety show to kick off its Kickstarter campaign. The event, called Revue Nouveau, promises an “unparalleled collection of local talent” to visually supplement the old-time and gypsy jazzers’ vocal harmonies and string-heavy instrumentation. Puppeteer Madison Cripps, burlesque afficionado Memphis Moonshine and […]

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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 […]

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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 […]