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 […]

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After the Last LAAFF: New festival seeks community input, starting with a name

Lexington Avenue Arts and Fun Fest, Asheville’s hyper-local street festival, returns for one final installment on Sunday, Aug. 31. And while that one-day celebration marks a farewell for the grassroots event that launched in 2002, it’s also the start of a new locally focused fest that will roll out in 2015. “The point is to celebrate […]

Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars return to LEAF this spring. Photo by Zach Smith

The LEAF list

Heading to LEAF next weekend and not quite sure what to see? The good news is that you can’t really go wrong. The festival always packs its roster with an array of stellar acts that range from traditional to contemporary and Americana to international. But this spring brings some world and fusion acts of note. Here’s a list of four bands worth checking out, and one techno contra dance (no, seriously).