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Take it outside

Volume
20
/ Issue
48

Cover Design Credit:

Susan McBride
It's the season of long strolls, warm breezes, outdoor dining, lush surroundings and a little dirt under your fingernails. Here's a brief guide to life in the urban outdoors through community gardens, public parks and neighborhood gatherings. So find a friend, choose and adventure and take it outside!

arts

  • Smart bets: Gringo Star

    -by Lea McLellan
    The psych-rock outfit Gringo Star has been described as a “’60s beach party on acid,” and with musical influences ranging from The Stooges to The Kinks to Sam Cooke, that sounds…
  • Smart bets: Robert Francis & The Night Tide

    -by Lea McLellan
    Indie folk singer-songwriter Robert Francis almost abandoned his music career after a near-nervous breakdown following the release of his critically acclaimed third album, Strangers in the First Place (2012). It…
  • A festival for the rest of us

    -by Lea McLellan
    Festival season is in full bloom, and it seems as if there’s a celebration or gathering for just about everyone. Most of them involve stages featuring live music, imbibed along…
  • Smart bets: Junior Marvin’s Force One

    -by Alli Marshall
    There have been complaints of a dearth of reggae music in Asheville (Letters, April 30), but Jamaican-born, London-raised and, now, Kingston-based musician Junior Marvin is about to set things right.…
  • Scratch made: Atlanta rapper Cyhi The Prynce applies lessons from Kanye West

    -by Edwin Arnaudin
    With lines like “If God had an iPod, I’d be on his playlist” and “Ya’ll just some major haters and some math minors,” Atlanta rapper Cyhi The Prynce held his…
  • Viva La Vida: Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre presents Looking for Frida

    -by Aiyanna Sezak-Blatt
    Commemorating 35 years of modern dance, ACDT recreates its signature ballet, "Looking for Frida." First choreographed in 1998, and staged in Asheville; Montpellier and Toulouse, both France; and Merida, Mexico,…
  • State of the Arts: Asheville artists Yamabushi and Ishmael collaborate on “The Fame Game”

    -by Kyle Sherard
    The word “fame” is painted directly on the wall beside the Satellite Gallery’s entrance in 12-foot-tall letters. It’s written in the wispy Coca-Cola script, but in a gluttonous and vibrating…
  • Smart bets: Xavier Rudd

    -by Alli Marshall
    Part multi-instrumentalist, part mythical creature, singer-songwriter/surfer/environmentalist/cultural activist Xavier Rudd took the didgeridoo from tribal instrument to legitimate dance club beat-maker. The musician, who lives in Australia, “gradually refined his globally…

food

  • Post-tablecloth dining at Vue 1913

    -by Jonathan Ammons
      It is a crystal-clear day when I take my seat in the dining room at Grove Park Inn’s new Vue 1913, a more casual take on farm-to-table dining than…
  • Mixed company: Rhubarb introduces Sunday Supper

    -by Gina Smith
    Chef John Fleer is taking the traditional American idea of family and friends gathering around a table for a Sunday evening meal to a new level. Fleer’s Pack Square restaurant,…
  • Small bites: A taste of Black Mountain

    -by Gina Smith
    A new business is opening in Black Mountain that's geared to foodies and history buffs of both the local and tourist variety: Creative Mountain Food Tours, owned by McDowell County…
  • Beer scout: Men on a wire

    -by Thom O'Hearn
    When Hi-Wire Brewing opened last summer, they pretended a circus was coming to town. The owners made sure that everyone who kept an eye on the beer scene knew something…

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