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 37th running of the Thomas Wolfe 8K will be held on Saturday, Oct. 19 at 10 a.m. “The course remains the same as 2012 with the minor change of starting/finishing at Wolfe’s Old Home Place,” says the event’s website. The race will “benefit the Literacy Council of Buncombe County’s Augustine Project (free tutoring for […]
Ruthie Foster is the winner of the 2011, 2012 and 2013 Koko Taylor Award for Traditional Blues Female Artist, and she’s played Asheville more than a few times. Like, at The Grey Eagle, and at Warren Haynes Christmas Jam in 2010. Now, Foster and her band open the Mainstage Season at Diana Wortham Theatre on […]
*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 […]
Thursday, Aug. 22 is the launch date for “A Life Well Loved,” album honoring the life of Rev. Aimee Wallis Buchanan. The pastor and youth minister passed away suddenly in February of this year. In her memory, 13 musical groups including The Secret B-Sides, Josh Phillips, Peggy Ratusz, and David LaMotte contributed tracks to the […]
The 2013 NewSong Troubadour Series, held at Isis Restaurant & Music Hall in West Asheville, features touring singer-songwriters. All shows will be general admission. Doors at 5 p.m., shows at 8 p.m. According to the Isis website, “A limited number of tickets for the full series can be purchased at a discount, for $45, and […]
Local indie-rocker outfit The Luxury Spirit holds a release party for its new album on Saturday, Aug. 24 at Emerald Lounge. Click through for an early listen.
Also known as “American Idol with Paws,” family-friendly pet-oriented PuppyFest debuts at the U.S. Cellular Center on Saturday, Sept. 28. According to a press release, the event was created by Asheville radio/TV personality and ghostbuster Joshua P. Warren, who will enlist the help of the Asheville Tattoo Fest’s J.R. Yarnall. From the press release: “This […]
“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 […]
“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 […]
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 […]
Even in this lull between full-on summer and the pre-autumn of Labor Day, the craft scene hasn’t slowed down. A number of arts and crafts fairs line the calendar, along with a special quilt show and a fiber sale.
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, […]
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 […]
Local craft and Belgian beer bar Thirsty Monk announces that it will hold its fourth annual Thirstyfest from Monday-Sunday, Sept. 2-8. “On tap will be The Finest, The Rarest, The Most Exclusive, The Most Extraordinarily Unsurpassed beers the Monk has plotted to grab and quietly hoard throughout the year,” says press for the event. “The […]
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, […]
The two local bands (one rocks, one picks) make a triumphant return. They’ll play The Grey Eagle on Tuesday, Aug. 20. All ages show. 9 p.m., $8 at the door.
The Durham/Brooklyn-based folk outfit played Apothecary on Aug. 10. Click through for a video of M.C. Taylor’s exclusive performance.
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 […]
New York-based neo-new wave band Heaven (fronted by former Carolinian Matt Sumrow) plays The Lab (with Knives & Daggers) on Saturday, Aug. 17. Here’s why you should check out their just-released debut album.
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 […]