- The Chicago-based comedian performs on a bill with Harpeet Ess and Liz Greenwood on Feb. 25 at Fleetwood's.That initial version of April B. & The Cool “started as a project for my senior seminar and just stuck," says frontwoman April Bennett. The group has been going strong,…The Tesla Quartet — also featuring violinist Michelle Lie and Edwin Kaplan on viola — is firmly rooted in the classical idiom, but its members sometimes find their playing style…The Asheville-based acoustic indie-pop trio plays The Mothlight on Feb. 26.Poet and activist Zack Zachary hosts The Eccentricness of Black Folk from a Black Perspective on Thursday, Feb. 22, at The BLOCK off Biltmore. The spoken word event combines poetry,…Asheville on Bikes' annual fundraiser takes place Feb. 24 at Salvage Station.The genre-blurring singer-trombonist plays Isis Music Hall on Feb. 24.The Brooklyn-based artist plays jazz with a band of local musicians Feb. 24 at Crow & Quill.Is it possible that 9 to 5 is to the #MeToo movement what The Crucible was to '50s-era McCarthy hearings? It comes close.
- A network of local chefs, bakers and food artisans is working with the regional collective to develop innovative culinary uses for WNC's native tree nuts.After 24 years in the industry, Asheville's oldest craft brewery embraces a new look.Formerly Virgola, The Wine & Oyster offers an expanded menu. Also this week: Cúrate holds a five-course wine dinner, Dobra Tea leads a class on oolong tea, the Asheville Truffle…The music-filled benefit for T.H.E. Center for Disordered Eating takes place Feb. 26 at Oskar Blues Brewery.
- Although the U.S. is the only industrialized country in the world that doesn't have a paid parental leave policy, two local companies are leading the way in ensuring that working…For its 25th anniversary Spring Conference, Organic Growers School looks to bring in the wisdom of people of color to talk about race-related issues in farming and the food system.
- Two community groups hold potluck supper screenings of a documentary on civil rights movement leader Bayard Rustin, the Bywater concludes its Swayze Crazy movies series and more.
- Throughout the late 19th and early 20th century, Asheville's African-American community took to the streets on Jan. 1 of each year to celebrate Emancipation Day.Home should be a place of safety, but the Environmental Protection Agency says indoor air pollution of spaces including residences is among the top five environmental risks to public health.…On Thursday, Feb. 22, UNCA will host a free lecture, From the Mountaintop! The Civil Rights Movement in Appalachia.Relations between Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church and its new neighbor, Asheville Foundry Inn, have been strained since construction began on the inn two years ago. A judge has now…The mayor of Asheville announced the departure of City Manager Gary Jackson at a City Council meeting that also addressed the city's effort to create a commission focused on racial…
- "It is important that such things be brought forward.""After experiencing several mean, angry and sanctimonious outbursts in crowds, I think we need a 'kindness first, Asheville' campaign.""We have almost 8 billion people on this planet, when most evidence points to 2 billion to be the safest amount."