“Monsterland,” an eight-episode TV series based on the award-winning writer’s anthology “North American Lake Monsters,” will be released in full on Hulu on Friday, Oct. 2.
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Mental hygiene: Meditation as self-care
Neuroscientist Richard Davidson’s research on the effects of meditation on brain function made waves when it was released in 2002 — and the work continues to drive growing interest in meditative practices. He’ll deliver talks at UNC Asheville on Thursday, Feb. 13, and Friday, Feb. 14, both free and open to the public. First, though, associate psychology professor Patrick Foo will lay some groundwork on the science with a presentation on Tuesday, Feb. 4.
‘Today is our day’: Hendersonville celebrates first Pride event
Though Hendersonville Mayor Barbara Volk’s proclamation of June 15 as the city’s first Pride day drew opposition leading up to the Saturday celebration, the festivities went off without a hitch. Many in the large crowd hailed the event as a harbinger of a major cultural shift in the small city.
Nonprofits work with developers to conserve WNC
With flat land at a premium, how can new housing developments arise to accommodate the influx of new Ashevilleans without sacrificing water quality or the majesty of unspoiled vistas? Some conservationists say the answer lies with “sustainably developed” neighborhoods.
N.C. Arboretum receives $1 million grant for statewide outreach
The N.C. GlaxoSmithKline Foundation donated $1 million to The North Carolina Arboretum with the intent to expand Project ecoEXPLORE from 23 WNC counties to all 100 counties across the state. The grant will also fund the arboretum’s Project EXPLORE teacher education program and Project OWL, a teacher certification program.
Six occasions when geeks ruled WNC
Costumes and comic books Batman: 2018 was a big year for geek culture in Asheville.
American Alpine Club hosts veterans event at Chimney Rock
At a recent event in Chimney Rock hosted by the Hill to Crag climbing initiative, veterans of the armed forces explored how climbing can serve as a way to recapture the excitement and camaraderie of deployment without the anxiety of working in a combat zone.
Invasive plants threaten sustainable forestry in Sandy Mush
When invasive plants reach into productive “rich coves” like Sandy Mush, they can choke out much of the region’s native biodiversity. Endangered and sought-after plants such as yellow mandarin, black cohosh and wild ginseng, as well as thousands of other species of native plants and animals, can be at risk.
Local comic-con returns after a two-year hiatus
There will be many local artists, including Asheville-based illustrators Gregory Dickens, Wayne Bernstein, Elizabeth Albright and Jarrett Rutland.
Weaverville’s female business owners talk support and collaboration
Woman-owned businesses are the norm in Weaverville’s downtown district, a bustling hamlet that puts the lie to the notion of small towns as sleepy places where nothing much ever happens.
Christy Lynn Band prepares new material for LAAF
On Sunday, Sept. 2, the Christy Lynn Band will take the stage as one of the many musical acts perfuming at the Living Asheville Arts Festival on Lexington Avenue.
Asheville Comedy Festival provides laughs — and connections
This year’s Asheville Comedy Festival features four separate comedy showcases with 44 comedians from across the United States and Canada. It kicks off Thursday, Aug. 9, at Highland Brewing Co., before moving to The Diana Wortham Theatre for three more showcases on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 10 and 11.
Tryon saddles up for World Equestrian Games
Outside of the Olympics, the World Equestrian Games (which, like the Olympics, take place every four years) are the biggest competition in the world of horse-related sports. And this year, those games will take place in horse-crazy Tryon. Ironically, the only local resident competing will ride for his native Ecuador.
WNC landslide mapping gets new funding in state budget
The N.C. General Assembly cut funding for landslide mapping in 2011, a decision area officials and scientists attribute to a combination of revenue shortfalls and lobbying by development interests. The state is now allocating $3.6 million for a new mapping project in the wake of multiple landslides this summer.
Costume Drama returns to the ACT Mainstage
On Thursday, July 6, the seventh annual Costume Drama will take place at the newly renovated Asheville Community Theatre.
WNC Regional Air Quality Agency hosts public hearing on budget
One of only three local air quality agencies in North Carolina — the others are in Forsyth and Mecklenburg counties — WNCRAQA will hold a public hearing on its proposed budget for fiscal year 2019 on Tuesday, June 26
Samara Jade plays an album release show at The Mothlight
Until recently, the musician performed under the monicker Searra Jade. “Samara” is the botanical name for the seed pods from maple trees, “The ones that fall like little helicopters,” she says. “I’m trying to learn to surrender and flow with the wind and the rivers, and it felt super resonant.”
Marshall’s Mermaid Parade and Festival continues to grow in its 11th year
The event began unofficially over a decade ago, during Marshall’s French Broad Friday, when a few enthusiastic participants dressed up like mermaids for the festivities. They were a hit.
18th annual Mountain Sports Festival returns Memorial Day weekend
The Mountain Sports Festival returns to Asheville’s Carrier Park from Friday, May 25, to Sunday, May 27, for its 18th year.
Musashi Xero teams up with RBTS WIN’s Mother Hood for a new hip-hop EP
According to Tyler Jackson, the album is not only conceptual in a lyrical sense, it explores his idea of “the other side” in a musical sense as well.
The Downtown After 5 concert series celebrates a major anniversary
Friday, May 18, the 30th annual Downtown After 5 concert series launches with an especially localcentric show: Asheville All-Stars, a super-group comprised of a rotating cast of Asheville’s favorite singers and musicians.