Video A-Go-Go: Wacky Races, Bear Tourism, Speedy Jesus Painting And Franti’s Asheville Fandom

Did you miss all the wacky excitement of the Asheville Idiotarod on Sunday? Fret not, because AskAsheville made it to the event just in time to catch the start of the openly silly event.

Close proximity to nature is one of the major attractions of the Asheville area. In some cases, however, nature can get just a touch too close for comfort. Like this black bear, which somehow managed to wander into downtown earlier this week. (Don’t worry, Ursus americanus lovers, the bear wandered back into the woods a short time later, completely unharmed.)

Sometimes, it seems like the modern world has sped everything up. Massive amounts of information flow across the planet every second at speeds unimaginable only a few decades ago. Even modernity-resistant things like traditional visual art and faith-based gatherings aren’t immune to this trend. For instance, here’s painter Stephanie Burke knocking out a “worshipful speed-painting” of Jesus Christ at a recent local religious retreat.

It’s not exactly news that Asheville has a large population of Michael Franti fans. But what might be slightly surprising is just how big a fan Franti is of the city and its culture. On a recent video blog, Franti talked up the Orange Peel, chatted with ex-Lynyrd Skynyrd drummer Artimus Pyle, and even played an impromptu busking set in the back lot.

Let’s end our weekly roundup on a song, what do you say? Here’s New York City-based Americana musician Jennie Arnau performing the song “The Sparrow and the Gods” in the studio at 98.1 FM in Asheville.

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