Back to the Earth

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Cover Design Credit:

Kathleen Soriano Taylor

Cover Photography Credit:

Warren Wilson College
Fans of renewable energy, organic gardening, homesteading and green home building will be flocking to Mother Earth News Fair on Saturday, April 11, and Sunday, April 12, for family-friendly vendors, workshops and events that focus on a back-to- the-earth lifestyle.


  • Storyteller Connie Regan-Blake’s collection is inducted into the Library of Congress

    -by Alli Marshall
    When Asheville-based storyteller Connie Regan-Blake embarked on her career more than 40 years ago, there were only two storytelling festivals in the country. That was in the mid-’70s; “Now every…
  • Small Bites: Free community tastings at MetroWines

    -by Kat McReynolds
    This week: MetroWines transforms into a living estate-sale venue, a new Cajun restaurant comes to downtown and The Market Place has ramps.
  • Smart bets: BEAT LIFE showcases

    -by Kat McReynolds
    The Asheville Beat Tape Collective exists to connect local electronic musicians with national talent, often hosting multi-artist performances like the group's upcoming two-night stint at Asheville Music Hall.
  • Smart bets: Tom Green

    -by Kat McReynolds
    Catch the nationally known star at The Millroom, where he'll translate his odd sense of humor into a stand-up routine.
  • Smart bets: David Joy

    -by Alli Marshall
    N.C. author David Joy's new His new novel, Where All Light Tends to Go, has garnered comparisons to “Breaking Bad,” “Sons of Anarchy” and “Justified.”
  • The Photography of Hugh Mangum: beyond black and white

    -by Kyle Sherard
    From the early 1890s until his death in 1922, Mangum, who was born and based in Durham, traveled all over North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia, photographing anybody and everybody…
  • Smart bets: Sir Richard Bishop

    -by Kat McReynolds
    Bishop stumbled upon his latest challenge — a spellbinding parlor guitar — in Tangier, Morocco. This six-stringed muse inspired an improvised collection of seductive tunes titled Tangier Sessions, which showcases…
  • The Broadcast will continue touring after this important local message

    -by Bill Kopp
    Coming out of a tumultuous year that saw two of its founding members depart, Asheville-based (though originally from Brooklyn) The Broadcast is gearing up for what looks to be its…
  • The Resonant Rogues celebrate a new album

    -by Edwin Arnaudin
    The band brings the energy of New Orleans back to Western North Carolina — releasing their new album, Here & Gone Again, at Isis Restaurant & Music Hall on Saturday,…




  • Screen scene: Local film news

    -by Edwin Arnaudin
    This week: The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, the first trailer for Asheville-shot Masterminds and a new video from the Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau.