“Mind if I suggest this special interest group’s reputation is wrapped in a rainbow — not reality?”
Rituals that draw on the traditions of indigenous, non-Western cultures are part of a growing industry at the intersection of health, wellness and spirituality. Some in Western North Carolina have raised concerns about whether it’s appropriate for non-native practitioners to offer and profit from traditional practices and techniques.
In this week’s business briefs, local businesses make new hires, celebrate new locations and anniversaries and more.
The inaugural local celebration of invention, creativity, curiosity and hands-on learning takes place April 6 on UNC Asheville’s Main Quad.
In conjunction with Buncombe County voters and members of Raleigh-based lobbying group Common Cause North Carolina, the mayor will discuss how gerrymandering splits Asheville voters and advocate for nonpartisan districting reform. The press conference takes place at Pack Square Park on Tuesday, March 26, at 10:30 a.m.
UNCA hosts its ninth Human Rights Film Festival and the Grail screens a documentary on childhood toxic stress.
The Austin, Tex.-based singer-songwriter will perform new material and discuss his artistic process with Wiley Cash at UNC Asheville on March 5.
The CatVideoFest slinks to Grail Moviehouse, Asheville native Selena Lauterer shares her series of short films about Boone and more.
By reaching out to African-American residents in rural parts of WNC through surveys, conversations and community meetings, a new three-year, $350,000 fellowship aims to raise awareness and reduce racism in the region’s nonurban health care delivery system.
“My greater goal was to give people access. To help people communicate,” says Dee James. Listening to other people’s stories promotes empathy and connection, she explains, helping us to understand parts of ourselves.
“Speak up against class, racial, gender and religious hatred and those who promote it. Join the protesters outside.”
Observances of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. kick off with the 38th annual prayer breakfast on Saturday, Jan. 19, presented by The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Association of Asheville and Buncombe County.
The UNCA chapter of the International Socialist Organization hosts a screening of “Sorry to Bother You,” December’s Asheville Filmmaker Mixer is rescheduled and more.
Asheville has gotten whiter over the past two decades. The proportion of African-American residents in the city dropped from 17.6 percent in 2000 to 12.3 percent in 2016, a change city officials attribute to a combination of white influx and black exodus. For the people of color who remained in Asheville, 2018 proved a mixed bag.
The history lessons and talks of 2018.
The Buncombe County Board of Commissioners will vote on a new pay plan during its meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 20. The body will also consider a set of policies that would increase oversight of county contracts and purchases.
“Now Asheville has joined the community of cities and counties taking responsibility for the climate into their own hands, rather than waiting for our state or national government to take the lead.”
The McIntosh County Shouters, who will perform at UNC Asheville on Thursday, Nov. 15, are the sole purveyors of this profound tradition.
The African Americans in Western North Carolina and Southern Appalachia Conference will take place Oct. 18-20 in Asheville. The theme this year is “Making the invisible visible.”
The Manhattan Short Film Festival returns to Pack Library, the Astronomy Club of Asheville hosts the director of a new Saturn documentary and more.
There’s a nimbleness to the writing that propels the play. It is the sort of script seasoned performers crave and can elevate.