Photo courtesy of LEAF.

Conscious Party: A swashbuckling soiree

WHAT: LEAF’s Benefit of Culture: A Pirate Hullabaloo WHERE: Highland Brewing tasting room, 12 Old Charlotte Highway WHEN: Thursday, Aug. 7, 5-10 p.m. WHY: Arrrrren’t you ready for a fun time with LEAF? The arts education outreach program is holding its annual FUNraiser to raise support for both its local and international programs. “At first it […]

Keeping swimming: Aquaponics is creating quite the stir — literally! The systems keep water flowing between symbiotic environments of plant and fish habitats, creating a year-round farm. Photo by Hayley Benton.

Technology and nature blend in soil-less farming

It’s a cycle known as aquaponics, which uses dual-tanked plant-and-fish habitats to create a symbiotic environment and a sustainable system that mimics the natural world. One tank holds the fish; the other, the plants. A pump flows water between the two, aerating the water in the process. Along with hydroponics — a similar idea that focuses solely on raising vegetation — it’s a creating an alternative to traditional in-soil farming.

Intensivist and nurse monitor data as part of Park Ridge Health's telemedicine system.

For your health: Local wellness news and events

Park Ridge Health enhances ICU care with advanced telemedicine Park Ridge Health is currently providing around-the-clock monitoring of intensive care unit (ICU) patients by physicians and critical care nurses through its new tele-ICU program. Using this technology, two-way video access in each patient’s room enables face-to-face consultations between the bedside and Advanced ICU Care team, and […]

GO WITH THE FLOW: Experienced flow artists and newbies gather for the weekly Hooping at Pritchard Park event every Tuesday evening. Photo by Tim Robison

Meditation in motion: Local flow artists use props for mental and physical health

It’s Tuesday night at the Bywater, a riverside bar in Asheville, and patrons sit in clusters under the stars. The largest group occupies one corner of the fenced-in compound next to an area marked off with orange ribbon. Suddenly, a man steps into this improvised ring and lights the grouped wicks at both ends of the staff he’s carrying. When the wicks burst into flame, he begins to spin the staff — around his hands, his arms, his shoulders and his waist — in a hypnotic series of patterns.

Before I Die wall at 35 Biltmore Ave. (photo by Aiyanna Sezak-Blatt/Xpress)

The Bridges of Bardo uses public art to talk about death

Maintaining a conscious relationship with death is a necessary for living a sacred life. That’s one of the ideas behind the Bridges of Bardo, a series of public art performances, installations and conversations that all invite participants to consider and reflect upon their relationship with death. One of those installations is the Before I Die wall, an […]