String theory: Zola Jesus (aka Nika Danilova) presents the J.G. Thirlwell-plus-string quartet version of her darkly ethereal songs. Photo by Angel Ceballos

Electric company

There’s an ongoing argument about whether opposites attract. While the collaborations set to appear on Mountain Oasis’ various stages might not settle that age-old question, they’re likely to prove that disparate forces can, together, make beautiful (ethereal/edgy/thought-provoking/eerie/revelatory) music. One of the odd couples who will take the stage is Zola Jesus (the project of Nika […]

Local oasis

The music festival extends beyond the scope of its three-day lineup with a number of smaller-venue showcases, featuring local and regional acts. Shows at The Emerald Lounge, The Mill Room and The LAB are open to both passholders and non-passholders, which means even if you don’t want to shell out for a Mountain Oasis ticket, […]

NC Arts Council’s Grassroots Arts Funding recipiants

Sixteen Buncombe County organizations will receive 2013-14 North Carolina Arts Council Grassroots Arts Program grants. According to a press release, they are: “Amici Music, Anam Cara Theatre Co., Asheville Area Arts Council, Asheville Choral Society, Asheville City School Foundation, Asheville Community Theatre, Asheville Fringe Arts Festival, Asheville Lyric Opera, Asheville Puppetry Alliance, Black Mountain Center […]

The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus returns to Asheville Oct. 24-27

The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus, a non-profit, state-of-the-art recording and video studio, makes its way back to Asheville this week. The bus that travels to schools, festivals and conferences around the U.S. According to the website, “In its sixteenth year, with the very newest technology and gear, the Bus continues to be dedicated to […]

Passion for Fashion

Magnolia Restaurant (72 Weaverville Hwy) hosts a special fashion show to benefit the domestic violence programs of Pisgah Legal Services. Passion for Fashion takes place on Monday, Oct. 29, 5:30-7:30 p.m. For reservations, contact Virginia Kaufmann at 258-5228 or From a press release: “The Fashion show will feature the designs of J Monet ( […]

Parkway Playhouse opens “The Complete History of America (abridged)” on Nov. 8

Billed as American history from Washington to Watergate, 90-minute comedy “The Complete History of America (abridged),” “features three actors continuously changing characters, wigs, and costumes as they cheerfully present five hundred years of American history as quickly and hilariously as possible.” It was written by Adam Long, Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor — when presented […]