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GritVegas 4th of July Update
It's 4th of July weekend in Asheville, and we've got a lot of ideas for how you can celebrate Independence Day--and all the days around it. From live music to independent bookstores to downtown shopping and, of course, brunch, we've pretty much covered all the bases. Happy 4th, y'all.

uests chat at the gallery opening of Ursula Gullow's exhibit 'Confetti' on June 10th at London District Studios.
Just shy of downtown, the London District Studios, opened by Leslie Roland and Wade Opplinger, are a new hotspot for the arts in an industrial section of town. Urusla Gullow's show, Confetti, is up there now and runs until July 4th. All photos: Larisa Karr.

Folk music veteran Richard Buckner is coming to The Grey Eagle this Thursday.

Solar Roadways
This week we raise the topic of solar roadways for the city of Asheville. With all the potential benefits, could this be a sustainable urban project that boosts our economy?

BomBassic
There's no better way to celebrate Independence Day than by exerting your personal right to dance your face off. This month's free BEATLIFE show happens on July 4th at the Mothlight with headliners BomBassic and Electrochemical and support from Samuel Paradise, DJ Kutzu, and Musashi Xero.

Ahleuchatistas
Asheville's own Ahleuchatistas play the Pisgah Brewing Stage at the Mothlight at today's All Go West 2016 festival in West Asheville. I got the scoop on the band from founding member and guitarist Shane Parrish.

Rebel Gym interior
Asheville's newest fitness hot spot, Rebel Strength and Row House in the River Arts District, is celebrating its grand opening on Friday, 6/24 at 5:30 pm with micro indoor rowing sessions, giveaways, snacks, and beer.

Frazey Ford
Singer-songwriter Frazey Ford brought her soulful sound to West Asheville's Mothlight on June 15th. Ford, a founding member of The Be Good Tanyas, is touring in support of her sophomore record, Indian Ocean.

This weekend is All Go West! But there's lots more going on. Watch this week's GritVegas Weekend Update for the full scoop!

Sara Juli in Tense Vagina
The folks at Free Range Asheville are bringing dance comic Sara Juli and her hilarious, heartfelt one woman show about motherhood, "Tense Vagina," to the Masonic Temple on Saturday, 6/25.

The Difference Machine
Atlanta's unclassifiable hip hop psychedelic group The Difference Machine takes the stage at the Mothlight for All Go West. Asheville Grit spoke with members DT and Dr. Conspiracy about what to expect.

What-if-Christo-came-to-Asheville
We begin a weekly exploration on the potential of Asheville ranging from practical to plain radical. Starting with the world famous installation artist Christo, we ask: What would happen if he could make his mark on Asheville?

Salome The Prophet
Performance artist trixxie carr brings her amazing one-woman faux queen rock opera to Asheville's Grey Eagle on Saturday with the help of Two Queens, Tranzmission, and an impressive posse of local and regional musicians, DJs, artists, and performers.

Black Mountain. Source: Facebook
Black Mountain's heavy edges and psychedelia-infused sound make them a unique listening experience. They head to Asheville's Grey Eagle on Thursday, June 23rd for a show with Majeure.

Fringe Fest
Celebrate the Asheville Fringe Festival all year round with a series of special summer performances happening at the Crow & Quill!

For the Love of Ryan and Brooke
A silent auction to benefit the Conrad family began yesterday and runs through June 26. It features handmade local and regional items, gift packages, and more. 100% of proceeds will go to the Conrad family.

Happy weekend everyone! This Sunday is Father's Day--check out our suggestions for how to celebrate! We also have some very special guests this week as part of our new Pet of the Month feature!

Haim. Source: Facebook
The sold-out Haim show at the Orange Peel was everything we'd hoped for and more, a fabulous frenzy of sisterly love and musical connection.

I Speak Machine's Tara Busch. Source: band website
We caught up with I Speak Machine's Tara Busch and Maf Lewis at Moogfest 2016 about their multimedia graphic novel, their live horror scores, and what's up next for them. I Speak Machine will be at NMASS Festival in Austin next week.

Waxahatchee. Katherine Simonetti (bass), Katie Crutchfield (vocals), Ashley Arnwine (drums). Photo: Carolyn Fagan
Waxahatchee performed at The Mothlight in West Asheville on Tuesday night. It was a stellar show with an opening act from her twin that got things rolling.

The Evereadys
Detroit's Evereadys are taking the stage at West Asheville's Double Crown this Thursday with their smooth, soulful gospel music.

Caliban. Source: Rhinoleap
Rhinoleap, a production company made up of NC School of the Arts alums and current students, is staging a beautiful version of The Tempest at Asheville's Masonic Temple through Sunday.

GritVegas Weekend Update June 10-12
From theatre to live music to a little bit of naughty dancing, this weekend is filled with plenty of choices!

LEAF Downtown Asheville
Breaking news: LEAF Downtown announces its theme and line-up! LEAF Downtown happens July 30 and 31st this year in the summer streets of downtown Asheville.

Kelsie Cole. Photo: Megan Dietz
A sneak peek behind Wilmington's Front Street Brewery and its head brewer, Kelsie Cole.

Negroni Week 2015. Photo: Katie Hild
All week long, celebrate classic cocktails during Negroni Week by visiting local bars and supporting area causes!

The Tempest
Rhinoleap, a production company made up of North Carolina School of the Arts alumni and current students, are bringing their production of The Tempest to Asheville as part of their first North Carolina tour. It's a retelling of Shakespeare's classic work, complete with puppets and an original score.

Organic Armor
Organic Armor Creates Costumes for Fairies, Steampunk Kings & More

GritVegas Weekend Update for June 3-5
Your GritVegas Weekend Update for June 3-5 has arrived!

PUJOL
Nashville-based band PUJOL comes to Ole Shakey's this Saturday night @ 7 pm. We've got two pairs of tickets to give away, and the winners will also get a free track download. To enter, share our Facebook post about the on your page. We'll announce the winners on Friday at midnight!

Oh golly Miss Molly, did we ever have some fun at Beer City Festival this year! Asheville Grit + Ashvegas paired with Massive Photobooth to offer ridiculous amounts of fun. Here are the results!

Nive and the Deer Children. Source: artist's website
Nive & the Deer Children have come all the way from Greenland to bless your ears with their otherworldly sounds this Thursday at downtown Asheville's Altamont Theatre.

A Thing Representing a Window
The opening reception for a thing re | sembling a win • dow celebrates a show that explores the edges that lie between recognition and illegibility & meaning and its breakdown, with pieces from some of the area's most engaging artists.

Joe Scully and Stu Helm are AVL Food Fans
AVL Food Fans, Asheville's only food-centric podcast, celebrates a year anniversary with their 26th show, airing May 31st!

Jason Sandford GritVegas Memorial Day
Memorial Day weekend is chock-full of events that will help you celebrate the start of summer! From music to shopping, eating to antiquing, frisbee golf to making friends with squirrels. And, of course, floating.

Big Chief Juan Pardo
"Believe it or not, Asheville parties the way New Orleans does." Asheville Grit interviewed headliner Big Chief Juan Pardo (of the Golden Comanche Mardi Gras Indians) about what we can expect at this year's Beer City Festival!

Mykki Blanco plays Saturday night at Motorco
We're halfway through a fabulous Moogfest in Durham. Here's what we're most excited to see today and tomorrow.

The Resonant Rogues
Asheville's own Resonant Rogues play Beer City Festival 2016 this year. We talked with Sparrow about the festival, their performance, their tour plans, and their new Kickstarted album. Don't miss them at Beer City!

The Foundation Spot. Photo: Mike Belleme / Collective Quarterly
Drink beer, listen to live music and check out The Foundation Spot, RAD's skateboard park co-created by a group of local skaters this Saturday, May 21st.

GritVegas Weekend Update 5/19-5/22
This weekend is all about art and music in Asheville, with events ranging from the first Downtown After 5 to the Spring Stroll in the RAD.

Zombi. Source: Facebook
Synth duo Zombi plays Moogfest on Thursday, May 19 @ Motorco. I talked with them about the festival, the evolution of their sound, and how they both embrace and break away from their influences to create a totally new sound experience.

Karolina Lux. Courtesy: ABSFest
Asheville hosts the 10th annual ABSFest over Memorial Day Weekend. The festival features the top performers from burlesque, circus arts, sideshow, vaudeville + more, along with workshops and parties to celebrate all things fabulous, mysterious, and grotesque!

Leftover Salmon
This coming weekend, head downtown for a jam-filled festival event happening across venues and headlined by jam band Leftover Salmon.

Burners & BBQ
This weekend, take a spring stroll around the River Arts District for the biannual Studio Stroll. This year, there's even more happening as the Stroll pairs up with the Foundation Hellraiser and Burners & BBQ!

B Boys. Photo: Daniel Topete/Pitch Perfect
But seriously, all basketball puns aside... These Brooklyn rippers play their unique blend of post punk (esque) sonic offerings on Tuesday May 17 @ The Mothlight. This in support of Parquet Courts return to Asheville. If you were at their last show here, you know it was in all ways a proper f’ing rock show!

Waxahatchee
Waxahatchee is coming to The Mothlight on Tuesday, June 7th at 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $12; what are you waiting for?

GritVegas Weekend Update!
The GritVegas Weekend Update is here! Check out what's going on this weekend and enter to win two weekend passes to LEAF by sharing this post from either Asheville Grit's or Ashvegas's Facebook page. The contest runs until 5 pm TONIGHT (Thursday, May 12th!).

Juan De Marcos and the Afro-Cuban All Stars
This year's spring LEAF lineup highlights the bridge between WNC and Cuba with a variety of acts that exemplify the culture and music of both regions. We're giving away two tickets to LEAF on Sunday, May 15, on Facebook! To enter, leave a comment on our Facebook post when we share this story!

Oppression, detail, 2013, stoneware, 25” x 13” x 8”
Philadelphia-based ceramic artist Roberto Lugo, who is shifting conversations around pottery and identity, will speak on "Ghetto Craft: A Place Where Poverty and Porcelain Intersect," at the CCCD on Thursday, May 12th @ 6:30 pm. The talk is free and open to the public.

Source: www.wildwoodrevival.com
Wildwood Revival happens August 26-28 near Athens, GA, and promises everything from world-class music to a Gospel Brunch, homemade popsicles, a tintype station, and more.

Big Chief Juan Pardo & the Golden Comanche Mardi Gras Indians. Source: YouTube
This year's music lineup at the Beer City Festival, happening May 28th at McGuire Green in downtown Asheville, will have you shaking your booty to the sweet sounds of New Orleans jazz, soul, R&B, gypsy funk, and more. Tickets are on sale now for this all day beer + music event.

Cotton Mill Studios (RAD)
Mother's Day is this Sunday, y'all. Get your momma a gift that will knock her socks off with the help of our Mother's Day Buying Guide.

Looking for the something to do this Cinco de Mayo weekend? The Asheville GritVegas Weekend Update has you covered!

Beer City Festival
Tips for making the most out of this year's Beer City Festival, with all the details you need from how to get tickets (which sell out every year) and what you should eat when you get there.

Kimberly Thompson
Kimberly Thompson, a craft maltster at Asheville's Riverbend Malt House, talks malt, heritage grains, and why the hard stuff is so worth it.

The Asheville GritVegas Weekend Update fills you in on what we're most excited about each weekend! With hosts Ali McGhee of Asheville Grit and Jason Sandford of Ashvegas.

Lake Eden. INTERLUDE Arts Festival.
This coming Wednesday and Friday, INTERLUDE winds down with a special free event, a closing reception and block party, and more.

Roomful of Teeth
This Thursday, 4/28 at the Masonic Temple, Free Range Asheville presents the experimental, boundary-pushing, and strangely beautiful a cappella group Roomful of Teeth. The show starts at 7 pm.

Phil Cheney
How artist Phil Cheney came to create a coloring book (and everything in between).

Source: Koresma
On Friday, 4/29, BEATLIFE throws down at the Mothlight with Futexture, eMe, Koresma, Vietnam Jerry, and Bobby FKN White. The show starts at 9 pm and costs $5.

Digable Planets
Hip-hop trio Digable Planets have reunited for a tour that includes a stop at Asheville's Orange Peel. Camp Lo opens. We have all the deets on this unmissable show, and a pair of tickets to give away to one lucky commenter!

Young Asheville and Race
Young Asheville and Race is the first in a series that tackles issues young adults are facing in Asheville and giving a voice to those with a story to tell. Through this series you will meet young Asheville residents who come from all walks of life and who are facing universal issues and providing their own insight during their formative years as young adults.

Source: Hope for Horses
This Saturday from 2-6 pm, head to Highland Brewing to support Hope for Horses,

YACHT
Our list of 6 must-sees on the Moogfest schedule this year include the cyborg Neil Harbisson, playtime with the Oculus Rift, performance artist and rapper Mykki Blanco, and Asheville band RBTS WIN.

Recycled China. Image: CCCD
Thomas Schmidt of Recycled China gives an art talk on the project, tradition vs. industrialization, and our relationship to waste materials at the Center for Craft, Creativity, and Design this Thursday, 4/21 at 6 pm.

Sean Watkins. Photo: Erin Fowler
Sean Watkins played a solo show at the Grey Eagle on 4/6 to celebrate the release of his new LP, What to Fear, and we were there with bells on. Support from Petra Haden, Jesse Harris, and ???

This Thursday, 4/21, Asheville Music School and Isis are pairing up to bring you Sound Effects, the 4th annual benefit for AMS.

In the past few weeks, HB2 has shocked Asheville--and much of the rest of the country. The Grit has coverage of everything that's gone down over the past few weeks, from early protests to the current state of things. Photos by Alex Baker/ACBe Creative.

Mobley
Austin-based world traveler and multi-instrumentalist Mobley plays a free show at the One Stop on Friday, 4/22 @ 10 pm. We interviewed him to get the scoop on his new EP and his unique style.

Asheville Grit's weekend picks for April 15-17.

Moogfest 2016
Moogfest has released the festival's full program, which includes a dizzying number of acts, artists, and thinkers who will be performing, leading workshops, and discussing the intersections of art and technology this year in Durham, NC.

Salvage Station prepares to open. Photo: Salvage Station
Asheville's newest venue and recreational space, the Salvage Station, is hosting two days of open job calls for a variety of positions on April 19th and 21st from 11 am-4 pm.

Small Black
Indie dream-rockers Small Black hit Asheville's Mothlight on Monday, 4/18, with Bayonne.

Soul Rhythms. Photo courtesy of the band. Credit: Aric Morgan.
All Go West and Zia Taqueria are throwing a party to celebrate this year's AGW, happening on June 25th across West Asheville.

Fullsteam Brewery in Durham. Image: Fullsteam
Take the tour of a few amazing Triangle-area breweries and discover the kick-ass ladies who help make them shine.

Benjamin Grosser, "Computers Watching Movies"
Put on by the Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center and the Media Arts Project, Interlude is an exploration of the creativity that will emerge across approximately one month in downtown Asheville.

Jenny Greer Fares. Photo Credit: Luxe House Photographic.
As the Asheville Area Arts Council receives the green light to move into the new 'Refinery Creator Space', local artists are solidifying their studio leases, including Sound Mind Creative artist Jenny Greer Fares.

Sean Watkins. Photo courtesy of the artist.
Sean Watkins of Watkins Family Hour and Nickel Creek comes to Asheville's Grey Eagle on Wednesday, April 6 to celebrate the release of his solo album, What to Fear.

Wonderland Group Shot
Rock Eblen's 2nd Annual Pizza PanDemonium is back at Highland Brewing. Along with a pizza cook-off contest, attendees will enjoy live music and the Wonderland Fashion Fantasy show, featuring Alice in Wonderland-inspired designs by local fashion designers.

Bob Peters
In the first of a series of posts highlighting Asheville Cocktail Week (May 4-8), Spirit Savvy interviewed renowned Charlotte bartender Bob Peters about the craft cocktail movement.

Yumiko Yushioka. Photo courtesy of Asheville Butoh Festival.
The 10th Asheville Butoh Festival brings world-class performers, both international and local, to explore the edges of expression via this uniquely fascinating dance form.

Glass Picture. Photo courtesy of the artist.
Athens based three-member band, Gláss is set to play The Mothlight, March 28.

Climate Summit
The Collider opens downtown, Dr. Katharine Hayhoe visits Asheville, and a new video from the Climate Listening Project!

OWL (Old World Levain) Bakery is opening a brick and mortar soon in West Asheville. We got the scoop on the fabulous European-style deliciousness heading our way.

How to Survive Your Own Death (223). Images Courtesy of Colby Caldwell and Hemphill Fine Arts.
Colby Caldwell of REVOLVE Gallery on Photo+Craft, the panel and screening he's organized, and how advances in the digital realm are shifting the our perceptions of art and of the world.

Asman Photo Craft Workshop
The Grit sat down with Bridget Conn of the Asheville Darkroom to talk about Photo+Craft, the workshop she's organized, and all things Darkroom.

Plankeye Peggy
Local four piece vaudevillian outfit Plankeye Peggy will release their debut Album 'Let's See What We Have Here' March 18th at the Mothlight.

Green Living Expo 2016
Join us at The 41st Annual WNC Home & Garden and Green Living Show!

An exploration of Oneness and the meaning of Truth with local writer, healer, and teacher Devon Heart Star.

All Go West lineup
All Go West's 2016 lineup and stages have been announced! All Go West happens in West Asheville on Saturday, 6/25.

Jordan Geiger. Image courtesy of the artist.
Asheville can add yet another musician to their roster, as Jordan Geiger calls the city his new home. Playing for the last fifteen years as a solo act under the moniker Hospital Ships, Geiger decided to transplant from his roots in Austin, Texas to Asheville, NC to play in a new band, Des Ark.

Andrew Fletcher
Jazz pianist Andrew Fletcher talks music history, silent film, and the Asheville music scene.

Kelsie gets Mashed
Meet the brother and sister team behind Boojum Brewing Copmany in Waynesville, NC!

Gender Neutral Toilet Sign. Source: Wiki Commons
NC Governor Pat McCrory's opposition of gender neutral bathrooms is uninformed, transphobic, and flippant.

Photo: Josh Byers
Talent Jam Asheville returns this year to connect employers with creative thinkers and doers in the community.

Photo Credit: Philip Laubner
Surrealist magician and performer David London comes to Asheville's Altamont Theatre on Friday, March 11 - Saturday, March 12.

Thriftworks lineup 3.11
Berkeley-based producer Thriftworks returns to Asheville for a show at New Mountain with Panther God and Live Animals. This is your chance to win two tickets!

Ty Segall by Denee Petracek
He may be the hardest working indie darling in rock, which is pretty impressive considering he is only 28.

Bass 4 Bernie
This Saturday night, join the revelers at New Mountain Asheville for a night of music to benefit the Bernie Sanders campaign. This event was rescheduled from its original date because of Snowmageddon 2016) to this Saturday, February 27th!

Caro Savanti Experience. Photo: Rodney Smith (Tempus Fugit)
The Caro Savanti Experience, now at Magnetic 375, is a hilarious send-up of foodie culture with a surprisingly sweet finish.

Motet
Asheville Grit Blogger Adam St. Simons talks Funk with The Motet's Dave Watts.

mole amarillo preparation
Table's Seven Moles of Mexico Dinner, happening on Thursday, 2/25, is a foodie's delight.

Fruit Loops Landscape
This inaugural photo+craft event takes place March 31-April 3 in arts spaces around Asheville. It's the first event of its kind to unite not only two areas within the arts--photography and craft--but also to unite the larger Asheville arts community.

Feb 27 2016 Asheville Vaudeville
Comedy, puppetry, burlesque, flow arts, and feats of physical strength will be on display for two Asheville Vaudeville shows in one night: February 27!

Art by Pablo Amaringo
The first piece from The Entheogen Chronicles presents Part I of a multi-part series on ayahuasca.

Caro Savanti Experience
A send-up of Asheville food culture and the dangers of celebrity, The Caro Savanti Experience is a hilarious play that's showing for two more weekends at Magnetic 375.

Husbandry, Larkin Ford
UNCA alumnus + painter Larkin Ford returns to Asheville to present his solo exhibit, "Under the Sink." The opening reception is Friday, January 19 from 6-8 pm in Owen Hall (on the UNCA campus).

Condom Couture
Condoms are the "it" look not just for safe sex, but fashion too at the Condom Couture Fashion Show. This entertaining event at New Mountain is just around the corner. Don't miss it.

Betaplane teaser for Echo Mountain
From winning the Judge's Choice Award at the 2015 Music Video Asheville Awards to wrapping up recording of their new album at Echo Mountain, local Asheville Post Rock ensemble Betaplane performs a free show tonight at The One Stop at Asheville Music Hall.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Asheville wins the love lottery and the grand prize is shimmery, beat heavy, danceable psych-pop-rock.

Custom Rhododendron Peplum Top with Tuxedo Hot Pants. Model: Haley Bohon  with 6:12 Model Management. Photographer: 6:12 Photography by Eric McKinney.
Asheville fashion designer Charles Josef is living his dream of creating clothing for men and women that is luxe, lavish, and oh-so-lovely.

Valentine's Day with Sound & Harmony
This Valentine's Day, Go Yoga Asheville is hosting a special couple's event that pairs romance with yoga and aphrodisiacs.

Credit: Ayana Dusenberry
Special moments captured at Asheville Mardi Gras 2016

Goodwill Promotional Shoot
After a successful 2015 event, this fusion of fashion, art, food and music for a mission is back on Friday, March 18th at Diana Wortham Theatre.

Turning Into a Rock
The Grit-exclusive world premiere of "Turning Into a Rock," from Midnight Snack + filmmaker Bradlee Hicks.

Cake Walk
On Thursday, 2/11 @ 7 pm, artist Anna Helgeson explores the history and evolution of the Cake Walk in a conversation at Revolve Asheville.

If A Tree Falls
Maria Ramos takes a look at five forest documentaries that explore the current relationship between modern humanity and nature.

Jess Reiser
Brewing Up a Storm sits down to talk business--and beer--with Burial Beer's co-owner Jess Reiser.

Credit: Kristin Shelly Photography
Highlights from the 14th Annual Asheville Fringe Arts Festival that went down despite Snowmageddon 2016

Bee on Flower. Photo: Lilla Frerichs
The Grit's first Spirituality + Wellness post, from local writer, healer, and teacher Devon HeartStar, explores that moment when we step onto the path of embracing the true self.

Artwork for DBN show
This Saturday, Downtown Books & News hosts three more experimental musicians in their space on Lexington Ave.

Wetlands
Today is the first World Wetlands Day after the historic Paris Agreement. Take the time to find out about the history of World Wetlands Day and the role that wetlands play in the fight against climate change.

GritVegas Weekend Update brought to you by WNC Magazine
The premiere of the GritVegas Weekend Update!

Fringe Puppet Showcase
Two Fringe shows--the Fringe Puppet Showcase and A Tonguey Kiss for Samuel Davidson--are coming to Toy Boat this Sunday, 1/31 for a snow make-up day.

Triggered takes on The (XX)X-Files reboot (NSFW).

Velvet & Lace February Flyer
Velvet & Lace, hosted by Buxton Hall BBQ on the first Thursday of every month, celebrates Asheville's very impressive female bartenders.

Kayah Gaydish
Black Dome hosts a silent auction to benefit the family of Kayah Gaydish on February 5th at 7 p.m.

Oregon Trail Blizzard
The blizzard can't stop Fringe! Ruts! The Oregon Trail Experience and Willie Filkowski Welcomes You to Florida the Sunshine State are ON tonight at Tiger Mountain Thirst Parlor. Pay what you can, drink something warming!

Inertia cover art by Saira Raza
Multi-instrumentalist Saira Raza's new album is an experimental journey into the worlds of mysteries, dreams, and the experience of the soul.

Ten Till a Hundred
Hip-hop artist Musashi Xero and producer Brucey B just dropped their new track, "Ten Till a Hundred."

Willie Filkowski with alligator
Are you cold? If the answer is yes, I have a solution: Willie Filkowski Welcomes You to Florida the Sunshine State, tomorrow and Saturday at Fringe.

Drag Queen Bingo
Asheville Grit is giving away 4 tickets to Brother Wolf's Drag Queen Bingo event, happening February 5th at the US Cellular Center! Comment here for a chance to win!

Poetry Cabaret Flyer
The Asheville Fringe Arts Festival schedule is packed with incredible performances. Here are five (and an extra!) that you'll definitely want to check out.

Drag Queen Bingo
The wildly popular Drag Queen Bingo night returns to shower sparkles on Brother Wolf Animal Rescue.

Martin Luther King, Jr.
Commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the fight for Civil Rights this Monday.

Fringe kickoff madness
From live music to art, Asheville's got it going on this weekend.

Mothertongue poster
Local playwright Julian Vorus talks about his new piece, Mothertongue, which will premiere at the 2016 Fringe Festival.

Blue Dragons
This Friday at the Grey Eagle, Blue Dragons are joined by other musical acts for a concert and dance party to benefit LEAF Community Arts.

David Bowie
Awefulblog remembers David Bowie.

This Friday, 1/15, the Asheville Beat Tape Collective throws down with 15 artists at The Mothlight. It's a celebration of this one magical BEAT LIFE. You should not miss this.

An evening of experimental music and art awaits you this Wednesday, 1/13, at Downtown Books and News.

NYS3 Flyer
NYS3 is offering 11 free acting workshops beginning January 25th.

Seduction Sideshow
Warm up your winter nights this weekend with our Grit Picks.

Ruts! The Oregon Trail Experience
Ruts! The Oregon Trail Experience is premiering at the Asheville Fringe Festival. I talked with writer/director Debbie Harbin and composer Paul Obarowski about their inspiration, their own experiences of the game, what we can expect from the performance, and why you should be there--even it you've never played The Oregon Trail.

Parton My French But
This year I resolve to focus on the negative. Specifically, I plan to collect rejections.

2016
It was the night before 2016, when all through the house, my laundry was folded….and I didn’t want to go out. But I did. And here’s my story.

Tattoo by Becka Schoedel of Forever Tattoo
Hear the serendipitous tale of Asheville tattoo artist Becka Schoedel after she was discovered via Instagram by artist and shop owner Rob Hunt of FOREVER Tattoo, what inspires her art, and more.

Triggered 1.5.16
The second 'toon from Grit exclusive Triggered.

Andrew Scotchie
Saturday, January 16, Andrew Scotchie and the River Rats will be headlining ISIS Music Hall to celebrate namesake of the band, Scotchie’s, 23rd birthday with musical guests, Porch 40 and Danielle Howle.

Primo Vintage Beer Ad
So-called Historical Styles of beer are enjoying a resurgence. Find out everything you need to know about them here.

Sanctuary Brewing
Whether you're still recovering or still partying, Asheville Grit has your upcoming weekend and week planned. Happy 2016, revelers!

5 Tips to Win in 2016
2016 is YOUR year to achieve. Why? There is no other time than now. There is no other year than this year. There is no better moment or opportunity to change.

Our House Presents Undergound House of Sound at New Mountain
Our House presents a night of underground electronic music at New Mountain on New Year's Eve. Two rooms, tons of feels.

Downtown Asheville. Image: Ayana Dusenberry
Wondering where to ring in 2016? The Asheville Grit breaks down the best of the best for you, from Prohibition-era cocktails and jazz to drumming meditations and fabulous cover shows.

New Year's Fashion
Haven’t found your New Year’s Eve outfit yet? Start your New Year off right by looking stylish while also supporting local Asheville businesses and designers with these New Year’s Eve fashion tips.

"December 25, 2115"
The first comic from our exclusive Grit comic strip, Triggered. Happy holidays.

Jozef Van Wissem and Jim Jarmusch
From Big Ears 2015: an interview with lutenist Jozef van Wissem, whose work on the "Only Lovers Left Alive" film soundtrack earned him the Cannes Soundtrack Award.

Kri Samadhi
Goa/Psytrance collective T.O.U.C.H. Samadhi hosts three fabulously psychedelic acts this Saturday, 12/19, at Asheville Music Hall. Come and get your psytrance on.

The Reasonably Priced Babies Comedy Troupe Get Their Christmas Sweater On
Christmas crazies got you down? Find out where to go to let off some steam and have some fun this weekend.

Keith Shubert of Toybox Theater, your Fringiest host of the LaZoom Bus Fringe Tour
This year's Fringe Festival not only features an amazing line-up, it also promises to be the edgiest and most exciting Fringe yet.

WAVEFORMS
Aligning Minds Recordings hosts its launch party this Saturday, 12/19, at the Orange Peel. Headliner and AMR artist A Path Untold headlines, with support from Futexture, Aligning Minds, and BomBassic, as well as a plethora of multimedia artists.

Last-minute shopping, as usual? Grit's got you covered with our list of the most luscious of the luxe.

Big Ears 2016
The line-up of the Big Ears Festival, happening in Knoxville in March 2016, is what distinguishes this event as one of the most unforgettable music events of the year.

The Flying Gillyfish! (Lauren Napoli and Leslie June). Photo: Leslie June Photography
Asheville Vaudeville's end of year extravaganza is happening this Saturday, 12/19, and is sure to be filled with weirdness and wonder.

Lil' Crafty
Firestorms's First annual Lil' Crafty is a pop-up focused on emerging artists and craftspeople. happening this Sunday, 12/13, from 12-6 pm.

Just Brew It Homebrew Festival at the Wedge, 2012
A Different Way to Talk to Your Kids About Alcohol

East West Pop Up Shop Logo
The East West Holiday Pop Up Shop is filled with delights. Check it out Thursday, 12/10 through Sunday, 12/13.

Moe's BBQ sides
An evening out at Moe's Original BBQ. We'll have a little bit of everything, please!

Asheville BookFest logo
The 7th annual Asheville BookFest is a celebration of the literary arts in WNC happening Saturday, December 12, 2015.

Badger at Asheville Music Hall
The improvisational, all-instrumental group Badger, made up of members of Asheville's Papadosio, Asian Teacher Factory, and 2ppm, will make their debut this Wednesday, 12/9, at Asheville Music Hall.

This holiday season, five local restaurants have come together to support Trinity Place Youth Shelter. Here's how you can help.

Xero God album cover. Photo: Sarah Carballo. Album Design: Kent Hernandez. Logo: Marian Oreamuno.
An interview with Xero God about their new self-titled album. All photos: Sarah Carballo. Album design: Kent Hernandez. Logo: Mariano Oreamuno.

Ashvegas 10-Year Anniversary Image
Ashvegas celebrates 10 years with an evening of bowling, food, and PBR at Asheville's Sky Lanes this Friday from 6-midnight.

Green Man Brewery's Holly King. Design: Rob Hunt
Thursday, 12/3, marks the date for the pre-release of Green Man's Holly King Holiday Ale, with a celebration of local artist Rob Hunt at Satellite Gallery.

Join Iron Circus Productions and Chef Mark Rosenstein for the 'SMALL FIRES' event, this Saturday December 5th at the Smoky Park Supper Club.

Amber Hatchett Designs Logo
Meet local designer and artist Amber Hatchett!

West Coast bass producer MiMOSA coming to rock your nuts at New Mountain this Thursday, Dec 3.

Approaching Ali
Author Davis Miller will be speaking about his new biography, Approaching Ali, at Malaprop's this coming Tuesday, 12/1.

DubConscious
DubConscious comes to New Mountain tonight to honor the late, great Carl Lindberg.

The 12 Days of Alice's Winter Ashevilleland
Experience Alice going down the Asheville rabbit-hole in this new take on an old classic at the Orange Peel > 12/5

A great place to people watch and enjoy a delicious meatless meal in the heart of downtown Asheville.

Shop local this holiday season with these fashion tips that will have you looking merry and bright.

Leah Wong Ashburn
What does it take to captain one of the oldest craft breweries in Western North Carolina?

Fuzz band
Bathe in the heat wave that is Fuzz, playing the Grey Eagle Thursday, November 12.

Root Down Food Truck Asheville
Owner and head chef Dano Holcomb answered a few of our burning questions.

Allen Stone
Spend your Friday night moving + grooving to Allen Stone at the Orange Peel.

Xero God photographed by Sarah Carballo
When these guys work together, there’s an automatic flow of creativity that results in invention and beauty.

Lauryn Higgins Goes vegan
This month was an eye opening experience. I learned firsthand how hard it was to rewind and rewire twenty-three years of eating habits.

Janeane Garofalo
The iconic comedian and actor is performing at the Orange Peel in January and tickets go on sale November 6.

Maid of Mars Design Asheville
Get ready for a very Asheville fashion show of wearable art and intricate body paint.

OGB 2015 Holiday Gift Guide!
Local suggestions and ideas for your holiday shopping from the Outdoor Gear Builders of Western North Carolina.

Why you should rethink Asheville's performing arts scene, especially if you're a student.

Red Rabbit Tattoo owner Chris Chavers talks shop about his new downtown Asheville tattoo studio.

"Lord of Darkness" by Gus Cutty / Photo by Steve Mann
Asheville aerosol artist Gus Cutty is celebrating Halloween, and 80's heavy metal and horror movies in his latest show.

World-famous SuicideGirls have their own modern spin on burlesque, and it's guaranteed to make your head spin.

Sunday, November 1st, Asheville will be visited by award-winning Chilean singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and composer Nano Stern.

To many, Lady Lamb (aka Aly Spaltro) is an enigma. We were able to catch up with her in anticipation of her show at The Mothlight on October 28th.

Friday seems to have some cool art and design events going on. Here's the skinny for those interested in participating.

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