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 […]

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Am I right or am I right? The spirit of compassionate communication

What: Jerry Donoghue is the founder and coach at Asheville Compassionate Communication Center on E. Chestnut Street. His training is based on the nonviolent communication model developed by Marshall Rosenberg in the 1960s during his work in the civil rights movement to forge ways for people to communicate and interact in a way that emphasizes quality […]

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In the spirit: Flo Magdalena

  What: Dialogue with Kelly S. Jones and Flo Magdalena, centering on Flo’s account of the historical relationship of Jesus Christ and Mary Magdalene. Where: Crystal Visions, 5426 Asheville Hwy., Hendersonville When: Tuesday, June 17 at 7 p.m. Why: Since the early eighties, Flo Magdalena has had channeling experiences that she claims have put her in communication […]

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In the spirit: Asheville First Congregational United Church of Christ celebrates 100 years

  What: On June 7, 1914, the First Congregational Church in Asheville was chartered. This weekend Asheville’s First Congregational UCC will be celebrating its centennial with a special One Hundred Year Dinner for congregation members and a celebration worship service on Sunday, June 8 at 10:30 a.m. The service will feature a brass quintet and guest […]

Props for spirituality and social justice article

I would like to extend a heartfelt fist-bump to Jordan Foltz and the Mountain Xpress for last week’s spirituality issue and cover story [“Sacred Activism,” Dec. 25 Xpress]. This topic could have easily been rendered a fluff piece; instead, it offered meaningful perspectives with salient implications for how to achieve self-fulfillment through compassionate activism. The […]

Bone doll by Buddy Snipes. Photo courtesy of American Folk

State of the Arts

The next two weeks offer a couple of unconventional opportunities to connect with local culture and influence. From an art exhibit featuring folk-heritage takes on seasonal spirit to a film focused on the German-born Bauhaus movement in America (and, specifically, Western North Carolina), it’s an insider’s perspective on regional art and craft. The spirit of […]