Costumes and comic books Batman: 2018 was a big year for geek culture in Asheville.
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.
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.
There will be many local artists, including Asheville-based illustrators Gregory Dickens, Wayne Bernstein, Elizabeth Albright and Jarrett Rutland.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On Thursday, July 6, the seventh annual Costume Drama will take place at the newly renovated Asheville Community Theatre.
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
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.”
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.
The Mountain Sports Festival returns to Asheville’s Carrier Park from Friday, May 25, to Sunday, May 27, for its 18th year.
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.
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.
The Indian Village is right down the road from the Museum of the Cherokee Indian, and it is designed to show visitors what life in a traditional Cherokee village would have been like during the 18th century.
A group of barnyard bovines find a typewriter and use it to demand better treatment from their owner: This is the storyline of Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type, a children’s book by author Doreen Cronin and the season-closing production of Asheville Creative Arts. The show, which includes acting, live music, dance and puppetry, will open at The Magnetic Theatre on Friday, July 21.
On Sunday, June 11, Bray Dickerson will launch his album at Catawba Brewing. The event is actual a double bill with Johnson City, Tenn.-based singer-songwriter Hunter Grigg, who has also just completed a new record.
On Saturday, June 3, Hood Huggers will celebrate a new partnership with Voices United (a youth theater program that teaches young people to write, produce and perform in their own musicals) and Asheville Creative Arts (a local children’s theater company) by producing Ancestors in the Garden, a music and art event at the Peace Garden.
“They were the kind of people who you gravitated to and wanted to hang out with,” says local musician Dan Lewis. “There was something about their music that was spontaneous and energetic — I had to play music with these people. I was a long-hired white kid, and they were old enough to be my grandparents, but we quickly became close friends.”