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Out of bounds: Adventurous art at [Re] HAPPENING 2014

The event, now in its fifth year, will take place Saturday, April 5, at Lake Eden, Black Mountain College’s former home. The [Re] HAPPENING, a collaboration between Black Mountain College +Arts Center and The Media Arts Project, “reimagines Black Mountain College’s tradition of Saturday night parties and performances, and pays homage to the innovative artists of the legendary Black Mountain College,”

CLASSIC WITH A TWIST: Silversmith Ali Reznikoff wears a pair of her handmade earrings at her work bench. Photo by Dave Gilbert

Fresh, local metalwork

Tailgate market season is back, and while many Ashevilleans are eager to fill their baskets with local, fresh kale and baguettes, other shoppers have their eyes on a different prize: fine jewelry. Starting on Saturday, April 5, tailgate markets will begin to crop up at 17 area locations. One local artist, Alexandria (Ali) Reznikoff, is […]

Smart Bets: Majo John Madden and Tracey Schmidt

Though the styles of poets Tracey Schmidt and Majo John Madden are quite different — hers “beautiful, lyrical and haunting” and his “raw, sprawling and often very funny” — the local wordsmiths have much in common. Both poets are very personal, psychological and accessible in their approach, and both claim to write “poetry for people […]

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Smart Bets: Kishi Bashi

Composer/violinist/dream-pop artist K Ishibashi (known, on stage, as Kishi Bashi) is not only talented but stylish. In case his artful haircuts, pastel bow ties and elegant recent sets at The Orange Peel and Bele Chere aren't evidence enough, Ishibashi released new song "Philosophize In It! Chemicalize With It!" through Esquire.com. The track, from his forthcoming […]

Smart Bets: LEO: The Anti-Gravity Show

LEO: The Anti-Gravity Show is "an eye-teasing, grin-inducing, deeply impressive work of sustained absurdist magic," says Time Out New York. In a playful, one-man performance, the acrobatic Leo lives at a 90-degree angle to the rest of the world. “With fluid, real-world handstands, tumbles and falls projected by an ingenious video stage concept, the simple […]

Bigger is better: A circuitous path took folk singer Jeff Thompson (far right) away from music to pursue a degree in transpersonal counseling psychology. But now he’s back to the stage with a full band and a beefed-up sound. Photo by Micah MacKenzie

Triumphant return

Singer-songwriter Jeff Thompson stands poised for big things in Asheville. In less than a year, he’s generated a sizable following through his weekly gigs at 5 Walnut and is preparing to introduce his BEEG Band at a much larger local venue, The Grey Eagle on Friday, March 28. The concert will not only showcase new […]

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Animal planet

In a lot of ways, The Stray Birds and Wild Ponies (who both play WNC on March 22) are alike. Both are hard-touring folk music trios that revolve around the music partnership between one man and one woman. They boast classic folk harmonies, acoustic basses and feral fauna monikers. And they use similar instruments to play a similar sort of music — to the point where you might be forgiven for confusing the two.