Turn the town teal

Asheville’s 4th annual Turn The Towns Teal event is part of a national campaign to promote awareness of ovarian cancer and its silent symptoms. The disease is also overlooked and misdiagnosed. “Volunteers tie ribbons throughout town centers and distribute symptom cards during the month of September which is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month,” says the […]

The Young Men's Institute Band specialized in classical and jazz. Dr. William J. Trent, seated on the floor left, was on the first YMI board of directors and went on to become president of Livingstone College in Salisbury, N.C. Photo from the NC Collection, Pack Memorial Library, Asheville, N.C.

Happy birthday, YMI

*The Young Men's Institute Band specialized in classical and jazz. Dr. William J. Trent, seated on the floor left, was on the first YMI board of directors and went on to become president of Livingstone College in Salisbury, N.C. Photo from the NC Collection, Pack Memorial Library, Asheville, N.C. *Pictured here in 1953, the Market […]

Local monster stories author Nathan Ballingrud reads at Malaprop’s on Aug. 28

“These are love stories. And also monster stories,” says the Malaprop’s Bookstore & Cafe website about local author Nathan Ballingrud. His book, “North American Lake Monsters: Stories,” was published in July. “Sometimes these are mon-sters in their traditional guises, sometimes they wear the faces of parents, lovers, or ourselves. The often working-class people in these […]

Letters from home: Though N.C. only gets a brief mention in her new novel, Night Film, Marisha Pessl says she grew up in Asheville reading a lot of Southern writers. “It would be interesting to write a book set in the South,” she says. Maybe that’s a hint of what’s next. Photo by David Schulze

Night moves

“In some ways I feel like I’m a translator, not a writer,” says Marisha Pessl. The Asheville-raised, New York-based author managed to “translate” two Moleskine notebooks full of thoughts, ideas and photos into the darkly suspenseful, wonderfully addictive new novel, Night Film. Clocking in at just under 600 pages, the dreamy (sometimes nightmarish), thriller winds […]

Symbiotic relationship: Superchunk started at the same time as Merge Records and, early on, the band supported the label. Of writing music, guitarist Jim Wilbur says, “We were so collaborative, it was like everything was a compromise.” Photo by Jason Arthurs

They (don’t) hate music

Touring is like riding a bike, says Jim Wilbur, guitarist for Chapel Hill indie-rock outfit Superchunk. The group, formed in 1989 by by Mac McCaughan, Laura Ballance, Chuck Garrison and Jack McCook, has plenty of experience (the bike kind, and the playing stages across the world kind). Wilbur replaced McCook after Superchunk’s debut record. (Jon […]

William Matthews Poetry Prize reading Saturday, Aug. 24

The editors of Asheville Poetry Review recently announced the William Matthews Poetry Prize recipients for 2013. According to a press release, they are: • Bart Rawlinson, from Forestville, CA, was awarded first prize for his poem, “Jonah and Mr. Bones,” and will receive $1000, plus publication in the next issue of Asheville Poetry Review (Vol. 20, […]

Lost Bayou Ramblers and The French Broad Playboys play The Grey Eagle this Thursday

If you’re a fan of Cajun music, then south Louisiana-based Lost Bayou Ramblers (with its fiddle, standup bass and French vocabulary) are an easy sell. If you’re not of fan of Franco-Americana, the relentless two-step beat or the omnipresent accordion, Lost Bayou Ramblers may still be for you. They were nominated for a Grammy Award […]

Montford Park Players open “Hamlet” on Friday

The final installment in The Montfiord Park Players’ summer season is Shakespeare’s “Hamlet.” It runs Friday through Sunday, Aug. 23-Sept. 14, 7:30 p.m. at the Hazel Robinson Amphitheatre behind the Montford Rec Center. From a press release: “Hamlet is often called “the greatest play ever written in the English language”. Hamlet explores themes of treachery, […]

Architect Vladimir Belogolovsky will speak at UNCA on Thursday, Aug. 22

From a press release: Architect Vladimir Belogolovsky, founder of New York-based Intercontinental Curatorial Project, will present a talk, “Colombia Transformed, Architecture = Politics,” at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 22 in UNC Asheville’s Laurel Forum, Karpen Hall. The event is free and open to the public. Belogolovsky is the author of several books including the […]

Mark Bumgarner to be featured at IBMA’s World of Bluegrass

Local singer-songwriter Mark Bumgarner will be a featured showcase artist and workshop host at The North Carolina Bluegrass Pavilion, Music from The Mountains to The Coast, at IBMA’s World of Bluegrass 2013. “World of Bluegrass Week is the annual bluegrass music homecoming – taking place September 24-28, 2013 in Raleigh, North Carolina,” says the festival’s […]