From left to right, Spirits and the Melchizedek Children is Bryan Fielden, Jason Elliott and Nathan Sadler. Photo by Chad Hess

Psychedelic dream-pop trio Spirits and the Melchizedek Children to play the Odditorium, May 2

Paste magazine calls Spirits and the Melchizedek Children’s music “haunted shoegaze art-rock,” while the A.V. Club dubs the band “the southern Sigur Ros.” Ashevilleans, however, can make their own assertions about the Atlanta group’s psychedelic sounds this Saturday, May 2, when they play the Odditorium. Teach Me Equals opens the show at 9 p.m. The […]

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New York-based roots quintet Esquela to play free show at Straightaway Café in Black Mountain, April 30

New York-based roots rock outfit Esquela will play a free show at Straightaway Café of Black Mountain on Thursday, April 30, at 7 p.m. “War, politics, relationships and the banalities of everyday life, provide fodder for the band’s original songwriting,” reads Esquela’s website, “while a talented and passionate group of musicians wrap those lyrics in […]

Independent Bookstore Day at Downtown Books and News, May 2

Downtown Books and News pulls out all the stops for Independent Bookstore Day a display of unique and collectible books, a limited edition hoodie sweatshirt and in-store performances from Dame Darcy of Meatcake Comics, Greg Cartwright (The Oblivions and Reigning Sound) and Angel Olsen. It’s look Record Store Day, but for books! Poster from organizers:


A celebration of Mexico

If you’re looking for an opportunity to break out the fiesta attire, then Ocho de Mayo: A Celebration of Mexico might be just your ticket. The event will be held on Friday, May 8, from 7-9:30 p.m at the Asheville Sister Cities headquarters (33 Page Ave.) and will feature Mexican guitar music by Michael Luchtan, a Mexican  folk dance demo, […]


Magnetic Theatre debuts its new location with Brief Encounters 2015

Magnetic Theatre’s website proclaims that the production company ‘has a new lease on life—a 10-year lease!’ The theatre, which focuses on producing original works, will once again have a year-round home of its own: Magnetic 375, at 375 Depot Street, directly across from its former River Arts District digs, which it had to vacate in early […]


Country’s first year-round dedicated downhill bike park to open in WNC

While Bailey Mountain Bike Park is aiming for a soft opening in June with five trails including a jump line, its long-term plans are much more ambitious. Located near Mars Hill, the park hopes to eventually incorporate more than 30 trails (including a lighted dual-slalom track for night riding); a chairlift; a full service retail bike shop offering repairs, rentals and sales; concession […]


Folkmoot celebrates May Day with 32-year house-cleaning sale, music, dance

From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Calling all WNC Collectors & Pickers Folkmoot organizers say, “After 32 years of collecting trinkets, old desks, unique chairs, foam mattresses, bed frames and used kitchen equipment, Folkmoot USA invites WNC collectors to the old Hazelwood School to cash in on our spring-cleaning fundraiser, Saturday, May 2nd, from 8a.m. […]

Handmade leather-maker In Blue Handmade wins $25,000 small business prize

After starting her business with one sewing machine in 2008, Mary Lynn Schroeder grew her enterprise, In Blue Handmade, to employ 10 “leather working magicians” today, she says. In Blue Handmade now ships a half-million dollars in goods annually. On April 21, FedEx awarded her the $25,000 grand prize in its Small Business Grant Contest. […]

Work of wood engravers from around the world on show, starting May 1

A traveling Smithsonian exhibit of will be on display in Asheville from May 1 through July 3 at Asheville BookWorks. The Wood Engravers’ Network Triennial Exhibition is the second juried exhibition sponsored by the Wood Engravers’ Network. Juror Joan Boudreau, curator of the Graphic Arts Collection at the Smithsonian Institute’s National Museum of American History, […]

Children’s book reading for National Stand Against Racism month, April 25

From a press release: In recognition of National Stand Against Racism month, Asheville author Cynthia Yancey, M.D., will be reading from her book Zak and Niki: A First Look at Rising above Racism on Saturday, April 25, 11-11:30 a.m. at Spellbound Children’s Bookshop, 50 North Merrimon Avenue, Shops at Reynolds Village, North Asheville. Zak and Niki is a […]

SBA names Western North Carolina business owner 2015 North Carolina Small Business Person of the Year

From a press release: SBA names Western North Carolina business owner 2015 North Carolina Small Business Person of the Year Charlotte, N.C. – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has named Jeff Slosman, the owner of National Wiper Alliance (NWA) the North Carolina Small Business Person of the Year for 2015. NWA is headquartered in […]

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Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation raises impact on key Parkway improvements to $1.2 million

From a press release: Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation raises impact on key Parkway improvements to $1.2 million Nonprofit provides matching funding through Centennial Challenge in addition to its yearly contributions to projects along the Parkway (NC, VA) – The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation is thrilled to announce it will provide $357,370 to match funding allocated […]

The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design announces 2015 Windgate Fellows

Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Windgate Fellowship, The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design announces its newest group of recipients. Press release from the CCCD: This year, The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design (CCCD) celebrates the 10th Anniversary of its Windgate Fellowship Award, marking $1.5 million awarded to 100 emerging craft artists nationwide. […]

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