Our area and its rich arts scene continues to astound me: with shows from Beach House (at the Grey Eagle) to Joanna Newsom (at the Orange Peel), local bands from Sky Lake to Sonmi Suite, theatre from community to equity, literature, visual art and dance, there’s never a quiet night around WNC. What follows are some of our favorites from the past year, and maybe some online features you didn’t know about: Rich Orris’ stellar concert photography, for example, or our online theater-review project. It’s near impossible to sum it all up, and this isn’t our attempt (that’s what the website is for!) But, do stroll back through the past 12 months with us, won’t you? A slight pause before a big, wild next year arrives, no doubt full of big, wild arts. — R.S.
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