The Asheville Mural Project’s work on the I-240 overpass has been a popular topic of community conversation since well before the first brush touched the concrete. But it may also soon become the focus of academic discussion—both as an example of art and of local culture—thanks to videos like this one for the TeacherTube project.
If there’s a secret to making a visual story that tugs at the heartstrings, it’s this: Star an animal as the protagonist. From childrens’ literature to a significant portion of animated movies, putting an animal in a human situation often helps to change our perspective on the topic at hand. Even without the original audio (blame YouTube, not the filmmakers), this short, silly film about a homeless dog building a house is quite effective.
Now that it has been discovered as a mainstream sport, it’s easy to forgive people who find mountain biking to be less exciting than it used to be. These thrill-seekers need something more; something that takes the whole “wheel” and “wilderness” thing to a new level. Like, say, mountain unicycling. Here’s some video from Muni Fest 2009. Enjoy it while it lasts, though. It’s only a matter of time before some soft-drink company decides to lauch a “municycling”-centric ad campaign, and mountain pogoing becomes the new extreme sport for the true die-hards.
“I actually love the fact that there are so many things that we do here that, taken out of context, would probably be judged pretty harshly and scare people,” says a person on the following video. What is this seemingly scandalous activity? Well, for something so simple, it’s actually kind of hard to explain. Maybe it’s best if we let this “contact improvisation” group tell their own tale.
It’s always good to end on a song. Here’s Cantaria, the gay men’s chorus of Asheville, performing at the first ever Blue Ridge Pride Festival.
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