DANCE WITH THE PAST: The Cole Mountain Cloggers performed at last year's Mountain Dance and Folk Festival. "This festival and others like it are keeping the music and dance of the Southern Appalachian mountains alive and thriving,” says festival Co-Chair Judy Miller.

Mountain Dance and Folk Festival preserves traditions

The Mountain Dance and Folk Festival, now in its 88th year, returns to the Diana Wortham Theatre, Thursday to Saturday, Aug. 6 to 8. Entertainers at this year’s three-night gathering include ballad singers, bluegrass and old-time bands, gospel groups, solo and duet instrumentalists and vocalists, clogging teams, buck dancers, flat-footers and traditional Appalachian smooth dancers.

Fascinated by international rituals and ceremonies, local artist Melody Molina makes decorative face-wear inspired by cultures across the globe. She'll soon travel to Oaxaca, Mexico to immerse herself in the traditions surrounding the Day of the Dead. Image from Molina's crowdfunding campaign page

Faces in the crowd: WNC crowdfundi­ng campaigns

Each week, Xpress highlights notable WNC crowdsourcing initiatives that may inspire readers to become new faces in the crowd. This week features a local artist’s mask-making residency in Mexico, a new dance school called Terpsicorps, a foam party to follow the cyclocross nationals in Asheville in 2016 and upgrades to an astrology podcast.

ROOM TO ROAM: "I want MOTION to inspire creative, innovative thought of all kinds," says Nick Kepley, founder of MOTION Dance Theatre. The company holds an annual residency and production in Asheville.

MOTION Dance Theatre goes behind the scenes of New/Now/Ne­xt

“The mission of MOTION is really to allow the choreographers a chance to experiment,” says Nick Kepley, founder and artistic director of MOTION Dance Theatre. Trying new things is exactly what this year’s residency and performance, New/Now/Next, is all about. MOTION returns to Asheville this summer with a production at Diana Wortham Theatre on Friday and Saturday, July 10 and 11.

With about 10,000 members, private club Broadway's has become a downtown staple best known for its eclectic programming (from live bands to '80s-themed parties, karaoke and trivia) and an obsession with PBR. Memorabilia lines the bar's walls inside and out, along with red and blue paint to match the beer's logo. Photo of owner Ted Warner and his Captain Frederick Pabst mural by Kat McReynolds

Ted Warner, former Broadway’s owner and local nightlife influentia­l, exits the business

Warner finalized the sale of his Lexington Ave. bar to husband and wife team Khio and Mindy Dinh of Morganton after a serious heath scare cemented his decision to exit the industry. Although he’s divesting his involvement, Warner’s legacy in the local club scene remains significant.

OUTREACH: After Terpsicorps Theatre of Dance lost its studio space, the company decided to rehearse a new show, The Elements, in Pack Square Park. The move both fits the production's theme and brings exposure to the company's plight.

Exposure: Terpsicorp­s Theatre of Dance takes its rehearsals outside the studio

The public rehearsals for Terpsicorps Theatre of Dance’s new show, The Elements, have attracted the attention of everyone from tourists and passersbys to Asheville moms groups. “It’s really wonderful because we don’t usually get that much exposure to young people, and I love that aspect of it,” says executive director and choreographer Heather Maloy.

THE BEAT GOES ON: Adama Dembele, center, of local Afropop band Zansa, drums with students in a LEAF Schools & Streets  program.

LEAF celebrates 20 years of music, art, culture and community

How do you sum up 20 years of festivals? That’s two decades of twice-yearly campouts, dances, new musical discoveries and fond favorites; of friends made and family bonds strengthened; of campfire hangouts and sunny-day revelry. For LEAF, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this May, it’s expressed in the theme, “Global Gratitude.”

"The Fox & Beggar Theater is Asheville's answer to Cirque du Soleil, but with a much heavier focus on narrative, poetics and the incredible power of a locally-minded circus theater,” explains Nat Allister, the organization's founder and artistic director. Tarocco: A Soldier's Tale, the theater's forthcoming production, will be performed at the Orange Peel on four weekend nights. Tarocco artwork courtesy of the Fox and Beggar Theater

Faces in the crowd: WNC crowdfundi­ng initiative­s

Each week, Xpress highlights notable WNC crowdsourcing initiatives that may inspire readers to become new faces in the crowd. This week features the Fox and Beggar Theatre’s art fusion production, Noah Proudfoot Stockdale’s musical musings on love, improved resources for the Drum Heads podcast and a traveling documentary and art exhibit about estranged siblings’ visual art.