“I wish I could make a proclamation for Asheville: If you move here, you have to buy local art,” says Sherry Masters of Art Connections.
The 10th annual American Craft Week takes place Friday, Oct. 4-Sunday, Oct. 13.
Want to add an extra layer of intrigue to your recreation? Try a costumes community bike ride, an LGBTQ+ walking tour, an escape adventure or a figure drawing salon.
Another aim for adé PROJECT is to work with as many artists of color as possible, using a cooperative model. “We often are left out of decision-making processes or not invited to the table where decisions are being made,” Cortina Caldwell explains.
“Some people say, ‘I really don’t know about polka,’ but we make it for everyone,” clarinet player Adam Bennett says. “This year, we threw in ‘Africa,’ by Toto.”
The Ben Harper-produced single is matched by a lush, Asheville-set video, filmed by Andrew Anderson.
“I think I’m here for the people who want to go a little deeper,” says Alex Krug. “I think I’m here for the real listeners.”
Among other dates, Secret Shame played a coveted spot on this year’s Hopscotch Music Festival lineup.
The two-day event — at The Grey Eagle on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 14 and 15 — includes supporting specials from local businesses (look for those to be announced) and fosters a safe space for showgoers.
It contains the fleetingness of summer, the wistfulness of romance, the magic of fireflies. But it also contains the hard-scrapple beauty of living: The scrapes and bumps accrued while working toward a goal, a summit, a golden moment.
Delicate camera work captures insects on plants, the microscopic view lending a glimpse into a secret world.
“I love talking about things that people don’t want to talk about, and this is a touchy subject,” McDaniel says. “Nonetheless, we need to be comfortable enough with each other to have these talks.”
As the album’s name (‘The Wolf You Feed — Part I: Ulsiga’) suggests, it’s a two-part collection. Based on a Cherokee legend about the struggle between good and evil, the Aug. 30 release is “the bad wolf,” says Will Moss.
The minute-long videos, which post on Instagram and YouTube weekly, now number in the 60s. But even though the one-year mark is well past, Reitzel promises to continue the project for the foreseeable future.
The East End/Valley Street Community Heritage Festival offers a celebration specific to that section of town and its past and present inhabitants. Organizers will recognize the oldest living residents of the neighborhood — one is a nonagenarian — and Aggie Jean Jackson, author of two books set in Asheville’s East End, will be on hand to discuss and sign copies of her works.
“The goal of ‘Homesick’ is to make marginalized individuals feel seen, heard and safe,” the band says.
Redmond recently announced that she’s been diagnosed with a life-threatening illnesss: Stage 3 Multiple Myeloma, a cancer of plasma.
The play stars Cardboard Sea company members Kristi DeVille and Kirstin Daniel, with newcomers Stevie Alverson, Sam Yoffee and Travis Lowe, and there’s original music by Ryan Anderson of local self-described “basement arena rock” outfit Minorcan.
Empyrean Arts observes its fourth anniversary with Freakshow, a showcase of student performances (and birthday cake) on Saturday, July 27.
When it comes to furnishing and decorating an abode, Ashevilleans also vary in taste and style. Xpress spoke to The Regeneration Station and the Shelter Design Studio for ideas.
Trae Crowder, aka the Liberal Redneck, Crowder will perform in Asheville with fellow standup artists Drew Morgan and Corey Ryan Forrester on Saturday and Sunday, July 13 and 14.