British geneticist J. B. S. Haldane once wrote: “If one could conclude as to the nature of the Creator from a study of his creation it would appear that God has a special fondness for stars and beetles.” Well, if one could conclude as to the nature of Asheville from a study of its recently uploaded YouTube videos, it would appear that the city has a special fondness for belly dancing and vlogs by bands passing through town.

For an example of the former, here’s one of many videos uploaded this week featuring a recent belly dance event at Mo Daddy’s. This is the World Spirit Student Troupe showing off their imperfect, put clearly developing skills.


And as an example for the latter, here’s New York City-based group Wakey! Wakey! trying to work out their version of the song “I Think We’re Alone Now” (popularlized by Tiffany back in 1987) outside the Rocket Club.


Of course, the local videos on YouTube are generally diverse, and this week was no exception. For instance, here’s a video of some genuinely “extreme” mountain bikers—the East Asheville Freeriders—doing what they do best.


Performance poetry has long been a part of the local cultural scene, but there have been relatively few videos documenting this. Perhaps this video by Ted Pope, a long-time contributor to Asheville’s poetry community, is the start of a new trend.


And closing out the round-up this week, we have a possibly not work-safe video by local comedy troupe The Feral Chihuahuas, presenting a new product to help men deal with that pesky “Too-fresh feeling.”

Each week, dozens upon dozens of interesting local videos are uploaded to YouTube. It’s a lot to keep up with. Did we miss a particularly interesting, recently uploaded local video? Share it by leaving the videos URL (but not the embed code) in the comment fields below. Also, please mark it Not Work Safe if there’s any controversial content to the video.



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