Humans of Asheville cover

Humans of Asheville

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Cover Design Credit:

Lori Deaton

Cover Photography Credit:

Jennifer Mesk
Inspired by the photo blog Humans of New York, an oft-copied global sensation, local photojournalist Jennifer Mesk set out to capture the faces and stories of her own community with the Humans of Asheville project.


  • The War on Drugs talks gear, songwriting and Asheville as a second home

    -by Patrick Wall
    It was gear that brought singer-songwriter and guitarist Adam Granduciel to Echo Mountain Recording Studios, one of five studios in five different states where he recorded The War on Drugs’…
  • After midnight: LEAF’s late-night lineup is worth staying up for

    -by Alli Marshall
    The LEAF, now in its 39th season, is a well-honed mix of eclectic arts, the great outdoors, family-friendly activities and fun in the sun (and occasionally the rain). But with…
  • Humans of Asheville captures local life in pictures

    -by Hayley Benton
    It’s a sunny day when Jennifer Mesk, the photojournalist behind Humans of Asheville, sets out across the city that serves as her muse. Spotting a group of interesting-looking characters on…
  • Smart bets: Secret Agent 23 Skidoo

    -by Kat McReynolds
    When Secret Agent 23 Skidoo hits the stage, kids hit the dance floor. The California-based “kid-hop” artist serves a potent combination of kid-friendly lyrics, parent-friendly wordplays and crowd-friendly beats. 23…
  • Smart bets: Ron Killian

    -by Alli Marshall
    Local artist Ron Killian, based in Asheville since ’98, says that after a long period of quiet, it’s time to yell loudly. His shout takes the form of a new…
  • Smart bets: Thee Hobo Gobbelins

    -by Kat McReynolds
    “Get these songs all up in your nightmares without delay!” Thee Hobo Gobbelins exclaim on their Facebook page, advising fans to experience the band’s latest album, Oddities and Entities. The…
  • Smart bets: Waveforms 2.0

    -by Kat McReynolds
    Electronic music producers Daniel Merrill and Michael Folk describe their joint sound as “emotionally charged future music that rides on hypnotic breakbeats, deep infectious basslines, dubby soundscapes and glitchy experimentation.”…
  • The Addams Family legacy lives on in an ACT musical

    -by Edwin Arnaudin
    A curious cartoon by Charles Addams appeared in The New Yorker on April 6, 1938. In the single-panel drawing, a witchy woman in a low-cut, Gothic black dress and a…



  • Herbal conference celebrates woman-centered wisdom

    -by Lea McLellan
    WHAT: Southeast Wise Women Herbal Conference WHERE: Camp Rockmont in Black Mountain WHEN: Friday-Sunday, Oct. 10-12 Bound by shared womanhood and a passion for natural healing, more than 1,000 women…