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Cover Design Credit:

Lori Deaton

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Courtesy of Millennium Entertainment
When producer and director David Burris optioned Ron Rash’s novel, The World Made Straight, for film rights, he was determined to make it a North Carolina production. Filmed in WNC with local crew and regional music, the motion picture — out this week — lives up to that promise.


  • Smart bets: Weyes Blood

    -by Alli Marshall
    Weyes Blood makes a stop at Tiger Mountain on Wednesday, Jan. 14, at 9 p.m.
  • Rash’s “The World Made Straight” becomes a very N.C.-centric film

    -by Alli Marshall
    Serena, which stars Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper, was filmed in the Czech Republic. Similarly, Civil War drama Cold Mountain, from the book by local author Charles Frazier, was filmed…
  • Smart bets: AL Coffee & Da Grind

    -by Kat McReynolds
    Asheville’s AL Coffee & Da Grind, a self-described high-energy, up-tempo blues quartet, will travel to Memphis, Tenn., in late January, joining more than 200 musical groups in competition at the…
  • John & Jen offers musical theater from a different perspective

    -by Justin Souther
    If you start thinking about musical theater, images of chorus lines, detailed dance numbers or elaborate Broadway sets probably come to mind. But then there are musicals like John &…
  • Smart bets: Taylor Martin

    -by Kat McReynolds
    “There are gonna be a lot of smiles onstage and for good reason,” says Asheville guitarist Taylor Martin of his upcoming show at Isis Restaurant & Music Hall. Local music…
  • Smart bets: Magnetic Theatre’s Food and How to Eat It!

    -by Kat McReynolds
    The makers of Sex and How to Have It will add one more chapter to their how-to sketch comedy series before transplanting The Magnetic Theatre to its new River Arts…
  • Catching up with the Steep Canyon Rangers

    -by Alli Marshall
    The Steep Canyon Rangers must never sleep because, in addition to touring extensively and making albums with famous friends (their most recent is 2014’s Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon…
  • The Hermit Kings and Isis team up for free multiband shows

    -by Edwin Arnaudin
    In late May, Asheville indie rockers The Hermit Kings had a blast opening for a reunited Gran Torino at Isis Restaurant & Music Hall. A week later, they returned to…
  • North Carolina writing contests in January

    -by Alli Marshall
    Why wait for the second quarter, or spring or summer to rack up a prestigious writing prize? Local and regional contests are currently accepting submissions. Prize purses, publications and accolades…



  • Conscious Party: An animal affair

    -by Michael McDonald
    Full Circle Farm Sanctuary is holding a “FUNdraiser,” consisting of a night of libations, entertainment and prize drawings. Since autumn 2010, the animal sanctuary has been raising awareness of farmed…



  • Giving back: Volunteering opportunities for 2015

    -by Carrie Eidson
    Volunteers come in all shapes and sizes, with skills ranging from data entry to hair and makeup design. Whatever your interests, talents or passion, there's likely a nonprofit or community…