Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center is ringing in 2024 with its latest exhibit, “Vera B. Williams/Stories.” Plus: The Orange Peel hosts a Taylor Swift dance party, Tyger Tyger Gallery puts out a call for submissions and more!
Shared concerns about crime and an understaffed Asheville Police Department fostered an unusual alliance in today’s partisan times. An advocacy group called Asheville Coalition for Public Safety formed in October, bringing together community members of all political stripes who are concerned about crime, mental health, drug use and the unhoused population.
“We feel it is a conflict of interest for one city entity to sponsor a station that promotes a ‘weekly anarchist show’ with what appears to be a very anti-police agenda.”
The Altamont Jazz Project, made up of three Asheville teenagers, scores weekly gigs. Plus, the East Asheville Library hosts a show focused on Black resiliency and hope; the Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center selects the second cohort of its BMC Radio Art program; and a legendary moonshiner gets the spotlight in Sylva.
“When programming is directed by community members, you get to hear about new music, ideas and news that you don’t hear in the mainstream, and that’s invaluable.”
The Miss Gay Latina and Mister Gay Latino pageants return to Asheville. Plus, 103.3 Asheville FM’s record fair moves to Harrah’s Cherokee Center – Asheville, the Asheville Holiday Parade marks 75 years and WCU hosts the annual Handmade Holiday Sale.
Coinciding with the 101st anniversary Nov. 2 of the first commercially licensed broadcast in the U.S., Xpress spoke with representatives from three local stations about the advantages and disadvantages of operating without commercial aid, as well as why radio remains a steady force in many people’s lives despite an ever-increasing number of news and entertainment options.
The inaugural hip-hop extravaganza takes place Aug. 24 at Paradox Nightclub.
DJs Alexis Wardlaw and Elizabeth Lashay Garland have connected artists, activists and audiences. They are providing spaces for mutual support, both on the air and off. The goal is for increased synergy and visibility of black culture in Asheville.