The Best of WNC, Part 1

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Cover Design Credit:

Elizabeth Bates & Alane Mason

Cover Photography Credit:

Cindy Kunst
We present herewith the wisdom of thousands who voted in WNC’s biggest poll about who we are and what we value. Enjoy — there’s lots to celebrate! And be sure to pick up Part 2 next week.


  • Fashion Bath accidentally records a full-length album

    -by Alli Marshall
    Local experimental-rock band Fashion Bath launches new LP, Give It, with a free show at The Mothlight on Monday, Aug. 10.
  • Smart bets: RiverFest

    -by Alli Marshall
    RiverLink's annual RiverFest is on Saturday, Aug. 8. The full day of live music, food trucks, Sierra Nevada beer and more begins at 11 a.m with the Anything that Floats…
  • State of the arts: Hannah Dansie’s exhibition draws inspiration from folk tales

    -by Lea McLellan
    Hannah Dansie's show The Fishwife — opening at The Satellite Gallery on Friday, Aug. 7 — was named after a story from a Grimm's fairytale book that was read to…
  • Counting Crows play Biltmore Estate’s summer concert series

    -by Alli Marshall
    Counting Crows performs at the Biltmore Estate on Sunday, Aug. 9, as part of the annual summer concert series. The show is a stop on the band's current tour in…
  • Smart bets: Pasckie Pascua

    -by Kat McReynolds
    The wordsmith presents his latest work at the Crow and Quill on Sunday, Aug. 9, at 7 p.m., along with poet Caleb Beissert, singer/songwriter Darien Crossley and jazz singer Katie…
  • Small bites: Sourwood Festival

    -by Kat McReynolds
    Black Mountain's annual Sourwood Festival was named for the area's high-quality honey, but in its 38th year, the weekend-long celebration also offers local arts and crafts, music, games and, of…
  • Mountain Dance and Folk Festival preserves traditions

    -by Virginia Daffron
    The Mountain Dance and Folk Festival, now in its 88th year, returns to the Diana Wortham Theatre, Thursday to Saturday, Aug. 6 to 8. Entertainers at this year’s three-night gathering…
  • Smart bets: SASS and Daree

    -by Kat McReynolds
    The emerging rappers perform at the One Stop on Saturday, Aug. 8, at 8 p.m., with Zoot Troop (Mayor Black and Dante) opening for SASS and Daree.
  • Money or meaning: local author Adam Caress broaches music business’ greatest dichotomy

    -by Kat McReynolds
    The struggle embodied by Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain — and caused by the opposing forces of creating for progress versus profits, genuineness versus marketing genius, art versus money — plays…
  • Smart bets: Richard III

    -by Kat McReynolds
    The modernized play runs at the Hazel Robinson Amphitheatre, Fridays through Sundays, Aug. 7-29, at 7:30 p.m.
  • Asheville Fashion Week makes an entrance

    -by Alli Marshall
    Look for apparel from Charles Josef, Angela Kim, McKinney Gough, Anna Gordon, Tricia M. Ellis and the design team at House of Fabrics, among others at Asheville Fashion Week.




  • Screen scene: Local film news

    -by Edwin Arnaudin
    This week in local film news, The Orange Peel screens "Merchants of Doubt," BMCM+AC screens "How to Draw a Bunny" and New Belgium gears up for the return of its…