Whether playing a role in an elaborate fantasy scenario or serving as historical interpreters, many adventurous souls in Western North Carolina say that dressing up as someone from another time and place helps transport them to a different reality.
The 51 comedians who made the cut for the 2019 Asheville Comedy Festival, previously known as Laugh Your Asheville Off, will perform at three venues (Diana Wortham Theatre, Highland Brewing and LaZoom Room) Wednesday-Saturday, Aug. 7-10.
“I tell myself, ‘If I’m going to do comedy the rest of my life, what’s the rush?’” Attanasio says.
The show comes on the heels of Leigh’s debut album, Roots Alive, which was recorded in four days at Chris Rosser’s Hollow Reed Studio.
This year, 82 videos were reportedly turned in this year, and the anonymous selection committee has been working hard to decide which ones will make the cut.
‘When This Life is Over,’ which features Hannah Mohan’s dog on the cover, was a decided effort to shirk convention — or, in Mohan’s words, an exercise in “doing whatever the hell we want.”
The Asheville forum kicks off the IEI’s broader ReCONNECT NC initiative. Over the next three years, a series of six forums in four different cities will focus on the overarching theme of reconnection. Maggie Woods, policy and program manager at IEI, says people across the state are feeling out-of-touch and that this sense of detachment needs to be addressed at length.
Asheville has seen numerous minor league teams come and go throughout the years, but its long-established baseball team is now joined by minor league soccer and football clubs that are redefining the local sports landscape.