THE BEAT GOES ON: Adama Dembele, center, of local Afropop band Zansa, drums with students in a LEAF Schools & Streets  program.

LEAF celebrates 20 years of music, art, culture and community

How do you sum up 20 years of festivals? That’s two decades of twice-yearly campouts, dances, new musical discoveries and fond favorites; of friends made and family bonds strengthened; of campfire hangouts and sunny-day revelry. For LEAF, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this May, it’s expressed in the theme, “Global Gratitude.”

THE ILLUSTRATED MAN: Marley Carroll in his "Speed Reader" video, which won multiple awards at last year's Music Video Asheville event.

Music Video Asheville spotlights local musicians and videograph­ers

“On Wednesday, April 29, Diana Wortham Theatre will roll out the red carpet — literally — for local musicians and videographers. Those artists will pull up in stylish cars on loan from Harmony Motors and step out, dressed to the nines, to a swarm of waiting photographers (“paparazzi”) whose pictures soon end up as Facebook profile shots for many participants.”

"The Fox & Beggar Theater is Asheville's answer to Cirque du Soleil, but with a much heavier focus on narrative, poetics and the incredible power of a locally-minded circus theater,” explains Nat Allister, the organization's founder and artistic director. Tarocco: A Soldier's Tale, the theater's forthcoming production, will be performed at the Orange Peel on four weekend nights. Tarocco artwork courtesy of the Fox and Beggar Theater

Faces in the crowd: WNC crowdfundi­ng initiative­s

Each week, Xpress highlights notable WNC crowdsourcing initiatives that may inspire readers to become new faces in the crowd. This week features the Fox and Beggar Theatre’s art fusion production, Noah Proudfoot Stockdale’s musical musings on love, improved resources for the Drum Heads podcast and a traveling documentary and art exhibit about estranged siblings’ visual art.

"Untitled," by Aspen Hochhalter. Image courtesy of Castell Photography.

Terrestria­l perspectiv­e: Photo exploratio­n at Castell Photograph­y

Photography was only a fledgling art form in the early 1850s when it became a vital source for documenting otherwise unseen corners of the American West. Despite the technical difficulties, the resulting images — sweeping, magisterial views of plains and cliff sides — are unforgettable. The process has found new life in Objects in Perspective, an invigorating collaborative exhibition by Charlotte-based artists Aspen Hochhalter and Natalie Abrams.

HOMAGE AND CONTINUATION: The sixth annual {Re}HAPPENING raises funds for the Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center and honors the legacy of Black Mountain College, which operated from 1933-57. “The goal is to support art that is performance-based or experiential,” says Media Arts Project program director Ursula Gullow. Photo by Michael Oppenheim

All together now: {Re}HAPPEN­ING invades Lake Eden

On a summer evening in 1952, a handful of people at Black Mountain College forever changed the course of modern art with a single performance — the world’s first happening. On Saturday, April 4, the sixth annual {Re}HAPPENING will aspire to recapture that mythic spirit at the long-defunct school’s former grounds at Lake Eden, now the home of Camp Rockmont.