Art, says JoeRob, has saved him from drug addiction and has offered him a deeper sense of purpose in life. Through the Restored Dreams Project, he’s hoping to extend that message to others facing adverse experiences.
Around Town: Concert honors Doc Watson’s 100th birthday
The Diana Wortham Theatre will host a concert celebrating Doc Watson’s 100th birthday. Plus, Eblen Charities gives away prom dresses and AVL Clothing Swap raises money for reproductive rights.
Around Town: A.C. Reynolds Symphonic Band will play at Carnegie Hall
The A.C. Reynolds High School Symphonic Band will play an evening concert at Carnegie Hall in April. Plus, Shakespeare & Friends presents two very different takes on A Doll’s House, a local author recounts growing up in the South and Story Parlor celebrates St. Patrick’s Day.
Around Town: Screening will feature movies made by local students
A long-time educator will present a screening of movies made by Asheville students. Plus, the Prom Dress Exchange is back for a second year, Free Radio Asheville is immortalized in film and the Asheville Fringe Festival returns.
Local comic book stores thrive together
Morgan’s Comics, Comic Envy and Pastime Comics enjoy mutual support in an evolving industry.
Around Town: Zelda Fitzgerald Week returns to Asheville
Asheville will celebrate Zelda Fitzgerald’s legacy with series of events. Plus, Kenilworth residents honor George Gibson Sr. and South Asheville community, and the Folk Art Center hosts a tapestry exhibit.
Around Town: Great Pottery Throwdown raises money for arts nonprofit
Local artists will compete in the inaugural Great Pottery Throwdown to raise money for All Together Art. Plus, a retired Mars Hill religion professor launches a podcast, Asheville plans a big music festival and local artist organizes a rally to support Ukraine.
Around Town: ‘The Vagina Monologues’ raises money for domestic violence nonprofit
The Orange Peel presents ‘The Vagina Monologues’ to raise money for Helpmate. Plus, a local poet releases a small collection, the Asheville Celtic Festival returns and Story Parlor’s AVL Revue series honors Black History Month.
Center for Craft broadens impact with new five-year plan
The Craft Matters plan is centered on activating resources, catalyzing craft communities and amplifying craft’s impact.
Art exhibit seeks to demystify the nude
“We hope folks will come in here, see the naked body, see there’s nothing vulgar about it and see the work and effort artists put in to see the beauty of the human form in different ways,” says local artist Joseph Pearson.
Around Town: Different Strokes Performing Arts Collective centers conversations about race
Different Strokes Performing Arts Collective presents Abe Lincoln and Uncle Tom in the White House. Plus, Grail Moviehouse screens Wattstax, an Asheville author recounts her experience reporting on cults and Historic Johnson Farm’s History Bites series returns.
Around Town: Side House Records opens for Asheville musicians
Asheville’s Side House Records wants to make recording a pleasant experience for local musicians. Plus, Henderson County author imagines strange doings in Flat Rock, two Asheville historic buildings get protected and the Asheville Symphony presents a renowned pianist.
Around Town: Well Played Board Game Café offers face-to-face interaction
Well Played Board Game Café offers variety of events for new year. Plus, an Asheville author plans to publish four novels in February, the Moog Foundation offers signed books and Ani Volkan will discuss printmaking processes at the Asheville Art Museum.
Around Town: Literary series will focus on trees, nature in Jewish poetry
Yetzirah will present a reading featuring three Jewish poets. Plus, Artéria Collective students will document the reparations process, Asheville Junior Theater will put on Peter Pan Jr. and a Tyger Tyger exhibition will focus on the night.
Local artists explore symbolism in new exhibit
Opening on Friday, Jan. 6, ‘Insignia’ will occupy Blue Spiral 1’s lower level gallery with works by numerous local and Charlotte-based artists.
Local creatives speak to the power of comedy
Xpress speaks with local writers, visual artists, musicians and other members of the creative community about the benefits humor brings to artistic projects and productions.
Around Town: Terpsicorps Theatre of Dance plans 20th anniversary show
The Terpsicorps Theatre of Dance hires a new managing director and plans big 20th anniversary. Plus, a local author recounts his Mediterranean Sea adventures, Asheville Mardi Gras marks Twelfth Night and ArtSpace Charter School receives a prestigious honor.
Year in Review: Arts professionals lift each other up
Local theater professionals, musicians and photographers lend their expertise to this year’s reflections.
Around Town: Asheville Symphony welcomes 2023 with 007
The Asheville Symphony rings in the New Year with music from James Bond movies. Plus, Brevard hosts kitschy Christmas trees, a local author recounts Mediterranean tales and UNCA welcomes award-winning author.
Around Town: Author recounts journey from fundamentalism to Buddhism
A local author recounts her long journey to Buddhism in new book. Plus, a native art gallery opens on Wall Street, Black Mountain’s Poetry Night expands and Isis Music Hall and Kitchen will close its doors.
Asheville’s newest exhibit spaces provide fresh opportunities
The owners of Czart Gallery, Modern Muse and Origins Makerspace discuss their journeys as business owners.