GET UP AND DANCE: Asheville City School's director of human resources Mark Dickerson, aka "Dr. DJ Mark," dances with students during this year's anti-bullying rally. Photo courtesy of Asheville City Schools

Buncombe County schools teach strategies­, raise awareness about cyberbully­ing

Cyberbullying is an issue that comes up all too often. It can include any type of intimidation with electronics or internet use, from texting to posting on social media. Research shows that it has doubled among middle and high schoolers in the U.S. from 2007 to 2016 — from 18 to 34 percent. But research also shows that North Carolina has the second lowest rate of cyberbullying — 30 percent, higher only than Massachusetts at 23 percent. Since October is National Bullying Prevention Month, Asheville City Schools held a rally to create awareness of the issue.

HAIR APPARENT: "You might think you’ve seen [printmaking] before, but this is showing it in a different light,” says Blue Spiral 1 director Michael Manes. The gallery’s ‘Ink + Imagery’ invitational includes boundary-pushing work in the print genre such as Knoxville, Tenn.-based artist Althea Murphy-Price’s piece “More Please,” a lithograph with screen printed collage and flocking.

Blue Spiral 1 launches its printmakin­g invitation­al and an updated image

There are familiar formats such as linoleum block prints and silk screens, but also laser-cut plexiglass, shadow boxes, colored etchings, weavings and photogravure, among other mediums. “We’re selecting the artists based on the diversity we’re looking for,” says Blue Spiral 1 director Michael Manes. “It’s an exciting time: We can show off the best of the best.”

PURE POP FOR LOWE PEOPLE: Mexican wrestling mask-clad foursome Los Straitjackets apply muscular instrumental power to backing singer-songwriter Nick Lowe,  far right, during his Quality Rock & Roll Revue.

Nick Lowe teams up with Los Straitjack­ets for a tour with an Asheville date

Lowe released his first solo album, Jesus of Cool, in 1978 (in deference to delicate American sensibilities, his U.S. label re-titled the LP Pure Pop for Now People). Nashville-based Los Straitjackets debuted with the 1995 record The Utterly Fantastic and Totally Unbelievable Sound of Los Straitjackets. Though their music was somewhat dissimilar, both acts have long shared an irreverent and warmly humorous approach.