At Hollywood’s iconic venue, The Comedy Store, an inscription reads, “Not to be funny, but for three minutes to be yourself.” Comedian Duncan Trussell has never forgotten it. “It’s the purest articulation I’ve ever heard of what stand-up comedy is,” he says. “If you try to be funny, you’re diverging from what you already are, […]
Kevin Patrick Murphy’s New York roots are showing. The founder of The Actor’s Center of Asheville takes huge strides and talks fast — leftover traits from his previous home base. The actor began training in 1991 at the Studio Arena Theater School in Buffalo, N.Y., and has since worked in theater, commercials, television and film. […]
With a brand-new pizza oven just delivered, the last thing Green Room restaurateur Brian Lee had in mind was selling the place. Chris Kronberg and Samantha Rink, owners of Havana Comida Latina restaurant, were sipping beers in the Green Room on June 28 and chatting with friend Richard Barrett (sales coordinator for Lee’s other business […]
By 9 p.m. on June 20, most seats were filled at Off the Wagon’s first themed event: an Elvis-inspired Hawaiian luau. There were several large groups, one table of 20 and quite a few couples. But the minute dueling piano maestros Jess Mills and Eddie Hathaway started tinkling the keys, it was one big […]
You might celebrate Independence Day by getting up at dawn to run a 5K. Or perhaps you’re the sort who cooks veggie burgers on the grill or sips wine with fireworks exploding overhead. Whatever you’re into, we’ve got the lowdown on where to go and what to do this July Fourth. There are plenty of choices nearby and others well worth the drive.
There are camps (s’mores, “Kumbayah”), there are band camps (field formations, show songs) and then there are band camps (electric guitars, amps, penning the next “I Love Rock ’n’ Roll”). The last is just part of the curriculum at Girls Rock Camp. The international movement, which has been building leadership skills and self-esteem since the […]
Pig roast event supports Carolina Ground Flour Mill’s wheat-seed expansion project
Jennifer Lapidus, owner of Carolina Ground Flour Mill, was on a mission to find locally grown, soft white wheat seed to stone-grind at her mill. When she called Paul Murphy, professor of crop science at N.C. State University in Raleigh, she found what she was looking for. Murphy had in fact developed a soft white wheat seed, but he advised Lapidus that there was no market for it. “I told him we are the market,” says Lapidus.
When David Malis was invited to direct Asheville Lyric Opera’s season opener and 15th anniversary production, Don Giovanni, he was determined to accept. So determined, in fact, that he made arrangements to take leave from the University of Arkansas — where he is a voice professor and director of opera— and promptly headed east The […]
Some of Asheville’s best but least expensive eateries have a history steeped in Greek flavors. Name a longtime diner or recall one that’s no longer around, and it’s quite likely it was owned and run by Greek immigrants to the area. Athens Restaurant and Three Brothers come to mind, though both are gone. But (to […]
This Saturday, UNC Asheville’s Sherrill Center will be transformed into a state-of-the-art gluten-free education center with 55 vendors offering tastings, cooking demos and the latest information. Organizers hope the Gluten-Free Expo will help dispel some of the popular myths surrounding why people choose the diet. The media’s portrayal of gluten-free as just another fad diet […]
Let’s say your father was a distinguished mathematical genius, and now you show signs of inheriting his gift. Great, right? But your dad eventually deteriorated into mental illness, and you might have inherited that, too. That is (sort of) the dilemma of Catherine (Trinity Smith) in David Auburn’s Proof.
A small group of writers, hipsters and creative minds were invited back for the dress rehearsal of N.C. Stage’s new production, Venus In Fur, on Tuesday, March 18. The same group had observed a scene rehearsal two weeks prior, sparking a smattering of blogs, tweets and word-of-mouth buzz over the scintillating production.
When you’re determined to blur the boundaries of traditional theater, what’s more appropriate than a play about blurred boundaries? N.C. Stage Compay producing director Angie Flynn-McIver describes Immediate Theatre Project’s upcoming production, Venus In Fur, as “A multilayered piece examining power dynamics in an audition.” A 2013 Tony Awards nominee for Best Play, Venus in […]
Shutao Wang, owner of Brasilia Churrasco Steakhouse of Spartanburg, S.C., will open a second location in downtown Asheville any day now thanks to some word-of-mouth promotion from traveling Ashevilleans. “We were debating between Charleston, Charlotte and Asheville,” says Wang. “Asheville people would come into my Spartanburg restaurant talking about how great their city is.” Wang […]
Many local farmers left their work behind on Thursday, Feb. 27, to attend the WNC AgOptions 2014 Award Ceremony at the Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center in Mills River. According to AgOptions Project Coordinator Jennifer Ferre, 2014 marks the 10-year anniversary of grant-giving for the organization, which has awarded more than $1.7 million […]
When self-described Gypsy brass circus rock act Dirty Bourbon River Show shared the bill with funk and soul legend Dr. John, a fellow Crescent City musician, that didn’t happen in New Orleans — it happened in Asheville. Since its inception, Dirty Bourbon River Show has toured in 39 states. But North Carolina was one of […]
Looking to live the idyllic farm life, yet still be able to pop into downtown Asheville on a whim for dinner and a show? John Swann, owner of Katuah Market, is seeking an experienced grower to take charge of his farm, 106 acres of mountains and valleys about a 35-minute drive from Asheville in Yancy […]
Have you ever caught yourself at a restaurant holding a piece of chicken with your fingers and wondered: Is anyone looking? “Emily Post said it’s correct etiquette to eat fried chicken with your hands,” says Chef Bob Wallace of Rocky’s Hot Chicken Shack. (His grandmother, he says, always quoted Emily Post.) Rocky’s co-owner Lauren Cundiff […]
Relive the high points from local sketch comedy troupe LYLAS’s sold-out show, “Turning Over A New LYLAS.” Image from the group’s Facebook page.
Trucker-turned-comedian Julie Scoggins describes her comedy as observational — a day-to-day take on things. And, while she admits her husband is often the brunt of her jokes (“I can tell by how much he rolls his eyes whether it’s a keeper or not”), on a five-hour drive from her hometown of Charlotte to a performance […]
When restaurateur John Stehling wrestled with his sons, the loser was forced to say “King Daddy Master of Power.” Hence the inspiration for John and Julie Stehling’s new venture: King Daddy’s, their spin on a chicken-and-waffle restaurant. The owners of Early Girl Eatery have been planning a second restaurant for two years now but have […]