Jeff Coffin and The Mu’tet play Pisgah Brewing Company on Friday, Oct. 11

Saxophonist Jeff Coffin, perhaps best known for his work with Dave Matthews Band (or, as one press release suggests, for always doing the unexpected), alos keeps busy with his side project, The Mu’tet. That group, a rotating cast of musicians, currently includes Felix Pastorious, Roy “Futureman” Wooten, Bill Fanning and Chris “the Pianimator” Walters. Coffin […]

Author Court McCracken releases, “Art Nurture: The Simple Guide to Cultivating Your Creativity”

Local artist and author, Court McCracken, releases of her first book, Art Nurture: The Simple Guide to Cultivating Your Creativity.” The book launch takes place at Biscuit Head (733 Haywood Rd., West Asheville) on Monday, Oct. 14, 6:30-8:30 p.m. The event includes live music, local beers, food and a book signing. About the book: “Court […]

Orchid Ensemble performs world music at UNCA on Oct. 10

The Vancouver-based Orchid Ensemble, “which blends modern and traditional Asian music with influences from all over the globe,” according to a press release, performs a Thursday, Oct. 10 concert at UNCA’s Lipinsky Auditorium. 7 p.m., $20 general, $12 UNCA faculty, $7 Asheville-area students, $5 UNCA students. Buy tickets at or at the Highsmith Student […]

Asheville Ballet and Joyful Noise team up for free concerts on Oct. 3 and 4

The Joyful Noise community music and arts center (which holds classes in Weaverville, Marshall, West Asheville and South Asheville) has just named Jason DeCristofaro as its new artistic director of the Brio Concert Series. Two of DiCristofaro’s compositions, “Que Contiene Una Fantasia,” and “Moto Perpetuo for Solo Viola,” were recently set to choreography by Asheville […]

Visiting hours: Guests on Earth, the new novel by N.C. author Lee Smith, is the selection for the Local Matters Book Club, which meets Monday, Oct. 21, 7 p.m. at Malaprop’s.

Art meets madness

The Fitzgeralds (F. Scott and Zelda) have been in the collective consciousness a lot lately. There was the Baz Luhrmann remake of The Great Gatsby this spring; the May publication of both Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald and Call Me Zelda; and recently NPR’s “Morning Edition” ran a story on the Fitzgerald’s “dark chapter […]

Tuatha Dea plays White Horse Black Mountain on Saturday, Oct. 5

African drumming meets Celtic roots in Gatlinburg, Tenn.-based ensemble Tuatha Dea. They’ll perform at the White Horse Black Mountain on Saturday, Oct. 5. Zimbabwean style marimba band Chikomo Marimba opens. 8 p.m., $10. From a press release: Formed in 2009 by lead vocalist Damasqhs, Tuatha Dea has an eclectic sound incorporating tribal drumming into the […]

The Haywood County Apple Harvest Festival takes place on Saturday, Oct. 19

The Haywood County Apple Harvest Festival celebrates its 25th anniversary on Saturday, Oct. 19. Held in downtown Waynesville, the festival runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., includes arts and crafts, food, music, dance and more. From a press release: “The annual festival, brought to you by the Haywood Chamber of Commerce celebrates the beauty […]

Youngblood Brass Band plays Jack of the Wood on Monday, Sept. 30

Ten-piece Youngblood Brass Band, originally from Madison, Wis., is currently on the road in support of just-released album, Pax Volumni. Their 20-city tour brings them through Asheville on Monday, Sept. 30. They’ll take the stage at Jack of the Wood at 10 p.m. $7 cover. According to the band’s bio, “Globe-trotting riot jazzers Youngblood Brass […]