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Farewell to a president worth aspiring to be.

Michael Washington Brown
Michael Washington Brown has a lot to say, and we were recently lucky enough to listen. His show "Black!" will be premiering at Asheville's Fringe Festival on January 27th. Check out our interview and your chance to win two tickets to see "Black!"

Erin Everett
Dogwood Alliance embarks on another Forest Friday adventure! This week's Forest Friday guest features Erin Everett on the Mountains-to-Sea trail to the Rattlesnake Lodge Ruins.

Harry Callahan, Asheville, North Carolina , 1951
This Friday marks the opening of a photography exhibit at the Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center that showcases photographs taken at the College.

Krampus GritVegas
Whether you want to get involved in Inauguration-related community events, find your niche in the arts, or take a ride with Krampus, we've got something just for you this weekend in Asheville.

Winter Warmer
We've got a pair of tickets for the Winter Warmer Beer Festival this weekend! To enter, like us on Facebook and share our post. We'll pick a winner on Friday at 10 am!

Zach Brock of Snarky Puppy. Photo: Frank Zipperer
2016 was a big year at Asheville's Orange Peel. Did you make it out to any of their favorite shows?

Ghostlight Project
The Ghostlight Project, which focuses on the theatre's role in "sustaining values of inclusion, participation, and compassion for everyone," will meet on Thursday, January 19th at Magnetic 375.

BEAT LIFE COMP.1 cover. Credit: Shayanne Gal
BEAT LIFE releases BEAT LIFE COMP.1, its first compilation album, on Sunday, January 15th, with a second volume already in the works.

Start 2017 with good music by heading to The Mothlight on Monday, January 16th to see Big Thief.

Boo Velvet: The Great American Strip-Off
The Great American Strip-Off: an evening of pasties, toilet paper, and tiny hands (among other things) happening through this weekend and next.

So many movies, so little time. Skip work and hit up some matinees. Skip sleep and go see some late night flicks. You're going to want to when you see this lineup.

Moogfest 2017
Moogfest has released its first announcement about presenters and this year's festival, which will once again be held in Durham, NC.

GritVegas MLK Edition
Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr., on Monday, and fill the rest of your weekend with music and the arts!

Malaprop's
Looking for a new read in the new year? The staff at Malaprop's adds to your essential reading list.

Philadelphia-based choral ensemble The Crossing plays Friday
Big Ears 2017 happens in Knoxville, TN, from March 23-26. Here's what you need to know.

Still from The Conquest of Canaan
The Conquest of Canaan, filmed in 1921 in Asheville, will be screened at Grail Moviehouse on January 22nd with live piano accompaniment.

The GRiZ Get Down @ ExploreAsheville.com Arena. Photo: Auburn Petty
Auburn Petty, of Plugged In Publicity, gives us her Top Five EDM shows of 2016. We recommend immediately putting all of these artists straight into your playlist.

Embrace of the Serpent
The Daily Orca's James Rosario picks his Top 10 Films of 2016.

Asheville Fashion Week
A Recap of Asheville's Fashion Scene in 2016

Melanie McNair Malaprop's Book Picks
Malaprop's manager Melanie McNair shares her picks for the Top Books of 2016 with Asheville Grit.

GritVegas Weekend Update January 5-8
Cold weekend ahead? Heat it up with this edition of the Asheville GritVegas Weekend Update, our first of the new year!

Asheville Fringe Festival
It's the most wonderful time of the year again--Fringe Festival time! Tickets and limited Fringe Freak Passes are on sale now!

Jeremy Horton of Unification Tattoo. Photo: Tiffany Narron
Tattoo artist & hip hop beat maker Jeremy Horton shares how he learned the trade while traveling and helped Key West gain its ability to tattoo legally. Also: the most ridiculous thing he's ever drawn on someone.

GritVegas Weekend Update New Year's Edition
Start the champagne toast now, here are your weekend plans for the final days of 2016.

Rosebud Video is going out of business. Go support them one last time.

Christine Garvin Dance + Transform. Photo: Megan Torgerson
Christine Garvin Dance + Transformation (CGD+T) is offering a new certification program in 2017. They'll also be donating to a different non-profit every month.

All your New Year's Eve party opportunities in one spot.

Diamond Brand giveaway
Finally be prepared for your next camping trip with our 12th Day of Grit-Mas giveaway: a two-man combat tent from Diamond Brand ($450).

12 Days of Grit-Mas logo
We're celebrating 12 Days of Grit-Mas this year! Starting on Monday, December 12th, we'll be giving away exclusive gifts and packages from some of our favorite local businesses!

The Brand New Testament
A very fun and whimsical story whose triumphs far outweigh its shortcomings.

Photo: Allie Tyner
On the 11th Day of Grit-Mas, we're giving away a hammock and straps from Eagle's Nest Outfitters (ENO)!

GritVegas Holidays
Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukah, Happy Kwanzaa, Good Yule! Celebrate the holidays with the Asheville GritVegas Weekend Update!

Salvage Station
Get your New Year's Eve plans right with our Day 10 Grit-Mas Giveaway: 2 tickets to Salvage Station's New Year's Eve party AND a $25 giftcard!

Barley's and Grail images
We've created the ultimate package for you on Day 9 of Grit-Mas: dinner and a movie. Enter today to win a $30 gift certificate to Barley's and a Night out at the Movies at Grail Moviehouse.

Wreath People!
Celebrate the end of the year by lending a hand to a local organization.

Lever Gear Silver Toolcard
On the eighth day of Grit-Mas, we're giving away 2 silver Toolcards from Lever Gear + 2 pairs of socks from Nester Hosiery!

Bellyak + Recover
On the seventh day of Grit-Mas, we're giving away a pair of neoprene gloves from Bellyak and a hoodie from Recover!

Did you buy all your gifts yet? Didn't think so. Good news is that LoLo's got your back.

Pure Yoga Asheville
On the sixth day of Grit-Mas, we're giving away a month of unlimited yoga from Pure Yoga Asheville ($79 value) to one lucky winner!

Claire Veale and Shayanne Gal, Creators of Voices of Refugees
Local photographer Shayanne Gal and co-creator Claire Veale began Voices of Refugees to document the stories of displaced Syrians and other refugees in Greece.

Malaprop's coffee mugs
On the fifth day of Grit-Mas, we're giving away a gift certificate ($25) and a bag of donation books from Malaprop's to one lucky winner!

Fire Forest. Photo: Cameron Strandberg
Equal parts heartbreak and hope, Brad Kelly's "Morchella Eximia" is the Grand Prize Winner of our inaugural Asheville Grit/Dogwood Alliance Flash Writing Competition.

GritVegas Weekend Update December 16-18
We're gearing up for the holidays, and we've got fun events to help you celebrate, shop, and relax!

Drew Powell at the top of Lookout Mountain in Montreat, NC
Recently, Dogwood Alliance launched #ForestFriday, where we go out into the woods with a guest and celebrate forests together. Most recently, we had the privilege of venturing out with Bat Biologist Drew Powell. Drew surveys bats in the summertime in West Virginia for Apogee Environmental.

On the fourth day of Grit-Mas, we're giving away a pair of BANGS shoes to one lucky winner!

Suwanee River Live Oaks. Photo: Stewart Tomlinson
A testament to memory, longing, love, and identity, Audrey Amir's powerful "Etymology" is the first runner-up for our Asheville Grit/Dogwood Alliance Flash Writing Competition.

Christmas Jam. Photo: John Zara
Warren Haynes and friends make the US Cellular Center glow.

Whist gift bag
On the third day of Grit-Mas, we're giving away a gift bag full of goodies ($65) from Whist to one lucky winner!

Corvallis and Eastern Railroad Logging Car. Source: Wiki Commons
Ryn Bradford Hayes shared her wonderful "Forests by Owl-Light" with us, and we chose is as the second runner-up for our Asheville Grit/Dogwood Alliance flash writing competition.

Horse and Hero handmade holiday cards
On the second day of Grit-Mas, we're giving away a $50 gift certificate from Horse and Hero to one lucky winner!

Snake Mountain at Sunset. Photo: Justin Lonas (2005)
Kathryn Keeper's gorgeous "Hypermetropia" is the third runner-up for our Asheville Grit/Dogwood Alliance flash writing competition.

Woods & Wilds. Source: Dogwood Alliance
Announcing this year's Dogwood Alliance + Asheville Grit Flash Writing Competition Winners and finalists! We'll publish one winning story a day, ending with our Grand Prize Winner!

Source: Thirsty Monk
On the first day of Grit-Mas, we're giving away a $40 giftcard and a growler of CocoNorm from the Thirsty Monk to one lucky winner!

Chris Coen and Andy Shauf
The Mothlight welcomes the talented rockers to Asheville.

Christmas Jam GritVegas
It's gonna be cold this weekend, Asheville! We've got events and activities to keep you toasty!

Oak City Slums
Saturday night, head to the Mothlight for a BEATLIFE celebration with headliner Oak City Slums.

Mobley and Catch Fever // Wake the Dreamers
Mobley, who hails from Austin, TX, comes to New Mountain's Ridge on Friday with support from Catch Fever and the Stump Mutts. Proceeds from their new EP go to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.

Dylan LeBlanc
Inflected with the sounds of the deep South, Dylan LeBlanc's latest album offers a meditation on the singer's life so far--and far ahead. He'll play the Mothlight Tuesday, December 6th.

Head to the Asheville Food Park on Saturday, December 3rd, to check out pottery on sale from local artists at 8am-1pm.

Source: Outdoor Gear Builders of WNC
The Outdoor Gear Builders of WNC are here with a gift guide for the outdoor enthusiast in your life!

Timothy Leary and Ram Dass
A touching story of friendship and counter-culture that could have benefited from a little more turning on and tuning in.

GritVegas Weekend Update: Forest Creatures!
Whether you're into woodland frolicking or getting out on the dance floor, the Asheville GritVegas Weekend Update has something for you!

Woods and Wilds
This Saturday, join fellow lovers of Southern forests to celebrate Dogwood Alliance's 20th anniversary, with a full day of events at the Salvage Station.

Manhattan. Photo: Graeme Maclean (Glasgow, UK)
Bar Wars is back, baby! This year's cocktail is the Manhattan. Find out where to drink it and how to vote for your favorite, and check out the very special events that go along with it.

Brie Capone
Asheville Grit talked with singer-songwriter Brie Capone's about her gorgeous new EP, Orbit, Asheville, and life so far.

Cpt HyperDrive
Cpt. HyperDrive and special guests will celebrate the release of his debut album at Sol Vibes on December 2nd.

Fantastic Beasts screenshot
For fans of the insanely popular wizarding franchise, the latest installment will not disappoint.

Craggy Pinnacle
Asheville Grit and Dogwood Alliance are now accepting submissions to the 2016 Flash Writing Contest in honor of Dogwood Alliance's 20th Anniversary!

Thanksgiving GritVegas
Happy Thanksgiving! Once you're totally stuffed, walk, dance, drink, or shop it off by checking out our weekend suggestions!

Source: frankieleon on Flickr
Just in time for your holiday travel! Kiri flies the friendly skies on an airline that rhymes with Smelta. Driving might have been faster.

Peter Hook. Photo: Mark McNulty
The legendary Peter Hook comes to The Orange Peel on Monday, 11/21.

The shakeout
"The Shakeout" comes to New Mountain this Saturday to promote inclusion and creativity through music, art, and fashion.

Dakota Access Pipeline Native American protest site, on Highway 1806 near Cannonball, North Dakota, August 15th, 2016. NODAPL! Photo: Shane Balkowitsch
The Army Corps just denied Dakota Access the right to construct the Missouri River portion of the Dakota Access Pipeline. What does this mean, and how can you help?

GritVegas Weekend Update 11-17
The weekend before Thanksgiving has a lot to be thankful for. Check it all out here.

Marisol Tomás of SolReflection
Local therapist and LCSW Marisol Tomás is taking her penchant for fashion to her clients through an innovative approach: therapeutic image consulting.

Wild Nothing
Wild Nothing and Small Black come together for a show at The Orange Peel this Thursday.

North Carolina red and blue map
To outsiders, Asheville is a city that wears it bold colors proudly, but what outsiders don’t know is that Asheville accepts those who just want to wear gray.

GritVegas Weekend Update November 10-13
Need to unwind after a very stressful week? Not sure what the future holds? Go out and celebrate the AVL community--follow along with us!

The Bar at Habitat Tavern and Commons. Source: Habitat
Habitat Tavern and Commons, a brewery and community space, will open their door this week. We caught up with the team and checked out the space.

car interior shot
How I Learned to Drive, currently showing at 35 Below, is a stellar production from the Attic Salt Theatre Company.

Damien Jurado
Damien Jurado comes to the Mothlight this Saturday with opener Luke Roberts.

Chocolate. Lots of it.
Peppermint Patties Proven to Purge the Effects of Polls Instilling You with False Hope. Follow along for a fun recipe with no political agenda.

Siyah
This Friday night, local and regional artists will team up to bring a "consciousness inspired music event" to Timo's House in downtown Asheville.

Source: Martin Falbisoner. Wikimedia Commons
Our list of where to watch the election results come in. Don't worry, alcohol (or mocktails) are available at most of these spots!

Asheville Adventures
Clayton Manche, founder of the new outfitting company Asheville Adventures, has a unique vision for his brand and for a brighter future.

Faerie Fashion Show
On Friday, November 11th, faeries light up the night at the Renaissance Hotel in this year's Faerie Arts Festival. The theme this year is Goth Faerie Fall.

Rebuilding Ecuador, by Sue McQueen
On Sunday, 11/6, the Undergrowth Collective will hold an auction to raise funds for victims of earthquake victims in Ecuador.

A review of Anam Cara's production of God of Hell, which will be performed for three more night at Toy Boat Community Arts Space.

Midnight Snack
Asheville quintet Midnight Snack is celebrating the release of their single, "Magic," with a show on Saturday, 11/5, at Isis Music Hall.

Flock of Dimes
Flock of Dimes, the solo project from Jenn Wasner of Wye Oak, comes to the Mothlight this Sunday, 11/6/

From In Between: Time in the Desert. Credit: Eric Baden
It's almost First Friday! Here's a roundup of a few of the best openings, workshops, dance parties, and other arts-related events in town!

This weekend, check out Asheville and nearby Brevard for all of your event needs. We've got the scoop!

The Unlovables
Pop Punk group The Unlovables play The Odditorium in West Asheville on Saturday, 11/5.

Lara Murphy and Paul Hudson
Meet the founders of Modern Romance Brewery. Lara Murphy and Paul Hobson's is a love story for the ages, and not even cancer could take it--or their love of craft beer--down.

Guy Fawkes mask
This Friday, 11/4, get your Guy Fawkes Celebration started early at a dance party to benefit the Media Arts Project (MAP).

Tinder logo
Kiri takes a long, hard look at the Tinder scene in Asheville. Will she find love?

AF THE NAYSAYER. Photo: Vashni Korin @vashni.b
AF THE NAYSAYER returns to Asheville on November 4th. We caught up with the Louisiana producer before the show.

What's happening on Halloween weekend in Asheville? We've got your spooky scoop!

Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz by Miguel Cabrera
Mexican feminist Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz will be honored, along with Day of the Dead traditions, at the BeBe Theater this Halloween weekend.

Atrocity Exhibition
Detroit rapper Danny Brown hits the stage at the Orange Peel on Sunday, 10/30, and Asheville Grit is giving away two tickets. Leave a comment on this post on Facebook for your chance to win.

Asheville FM Fall Fund Drive
103.3 hosts their Fall Fund Drive at Buxton Hall this Saturday, 10/29. It's a Halloween-flavored party for a good cause.

Xero God
This coming Friday, 10/28, celebrate BEATLIFE with a free show at the One Stop with headliners Xero God and Mother HOOD.

Belle Boggs. Photo: Trace Ramsey
Writer Belle Boggs will speak at Malaprop's about her new book, "The Art of Waiting: On Fertility, Medicine, and Motherhood," on Wednesday, 10/26 @ 7 pm.

GritVegas Weekend Update
Jason's been cloned! We've got your Asheville GritVegas Weekend Update for October 20-23, featuring LEAF, voting, photobooths, and more!

Dead Brew Teaser Still
The team behind Dead Brew, a zombie film based in Asheville, just began a 30-day Kickstarter to raise initial funds for making the film.

The line-up. Pictured: Julie Hruska, Jeff Mason, Sean Illgen, Photo: Erin Fowler.
Asheville Grit and friends sampled six seasonal beers from stores around town. Which beer won our taste-off?

The Orb
Groundbreaking electronic innovators The Orb play New Mountain Asheville on October 23, and we're giving away two tickets. See post for details!

Photo: Erin Fowler
A gallery from the 2016 Urban Loft + Art Tour to benefit the Asheville Art Museum. All photos: Erin Fowler.

TranceDance event photo
Here are a few reasons you might be sad if you stay at home in your underwear binging Netflix instead of attending TranceFormation...

Lauryn Higgins
These are facts. Not thoughts and ideas conjured up in a liberal arts college classroom, but the harsh reality and wake-up call that our current food culture is destroying our planet and our bodies. And it's these facts and figures that made me rethink everything. So....guys. I am officially a vegan.

GritVegas Weekend Update October 10-13
Are you going out on the town this weekend? We have a few Asheville events to recommend!

Hiss Golden Messenger. Source: Mothlight
Hiss Golden Messenger plays the Mothlight Friday, October 14th with openers The Dead Tongues.

Image from "Something's Not Right," Jan 2016. Photo: Audrey Goforth
emersion takes place in Montford this weekend at the historic home of Grayson Morris. Tickets are $10 at the door.

SK The Novelist
SK The Novelist returns with his latest project 'My Life in Rhythm.' "Honest, Fun and Challenging," the Asheville Emcee aims to make his mark and share his story.

The Elephant Hotel. Source: Daniel Case @ the English Language Wikipedia
Want to know how to shake off your tourist status in Asheville? Follow along with our helpful list!

Graphic Designer Estbean Gonzalez and Owner SB in the doorway of Lightning Bolt Ink. Photo: Erin Fowler
Lightning Bolt Ink founder SB has found their special brand of South in downtown Asheville. All photos: Erin Fowler

Zombie GritVegas
From film festivals to the annual zombie walk, we've got a lot to tell you about this weekend in Asheville!

Gabe Pickard and Mike Karnowski
Gabe Pickard, of Weaverville's Zebulon Artisan Ales, integrates her holistic approach to life with creating great craft beers.

Darkroom Equipment. Photo: Ali McGhee
West Asheville's Mothlight hosts a benefit for the Asheville Darkroom this Saturday, October 8th. The Darkroom just moved to the Refinery Creator Space.

The Mayor of Brewgrass and Entourage!
Were you at Brewgrass 2016? Did you stop by the photo booth? Check out our gallery of favorite shots!

GritVegas Coffee Debate 2016
We've got special guests Stu Helm and Andrew Scotchie on this weekend to talk up some exciting events!

Charlotte protests. Photo: Aisha Adams
Is Asheville stepping up for the #blacklivesmatter movement and the protests in Charlotte?

Underground Sound
We have extended the submission deadline for our Underground Sound: The Path to Music Video Asheville contest until 11/15

GritVegas Weekend Update
What are you up to on this beautiful weekend in Asheville? We've got the scoop on a few of our favorite things!

Hannah Davis//BANGS Shoes
The first post in our new Asheville Innovators series features BANGS Shoes founder and entrepreneur Hannah Davis, who created a simple, stylish canvas shoe with a business model that gives back.

Julianna Barwick. Photo: Zia Anger
An interview with Julianna Barwick, who is playing at Asheville's historic Forsythia Hall on Friday, 9/30 with opener Mary Lattimore in support of her newest album, Will. The show is presented by the Mothlight.

Ill Doots
8 piece Hip hop outfit 'Ill Doots' return to Asheville on their 'Unify' Tour! A funk-infused roller coaster of high energy antics and thought provoking lyrics.

Brewgrass
We've got a pair of tickets for Brewgrass 2016, happening Saturday, 9/17 at Memorial Stadium! To enter, like our page on Facebook and leave a comment on the story tagging the friend you'd want to bring!

Dunno and sometimes why?
The existential ghost takes to the downtown streets!

Huzzah!
We've got your weekend on tap! Check out what Asheville has to offer in this edition of the Asheville GritVegas Weekend Update!

Project Handmade Fashion Show
A Regional Fashion Show Features Textile and Fiber Art

Derrick Curtis
The next BEATLIFE show, thrown by the Asheville Beat Tape Collective, happens Saturday, 9/17, and is a tribute to the late North Carolina producer DFLN (Derrick Curtis). A lineup of special guests and friends of Derrick will show support and love at West Asheville's Mothlight.

#mayorofbrewgrass20 nominees
We've narrowed the entrants of our Instagram contest down to a round of 5 Finalists! Vote here until midnight on September 14th, and we'll announce the new Mayor of Brewgrass on September 15th!

Designer Kristin Alexandra Tidwell
Asheville Fashion Designer Kristin Alexandra Tidwell Goes Beyond Couture to Make Fashion Accessible to All

Titus Andronicus
Titus Andronicus and A Giant Dog are coming to The Mothlight. Here's your chance to win two tickets.

GritVegas Panthers
This weekend, Asheville is filled with all types of fun! From beer to crystals and river cleanups to pickle competitions, we've got something for everyone. Let us know what we missed!

Battle Trance
Asheville Grit spoke with Travis Laplante, the founder of tenor saxophone quartet Battle Trance, before their upcoming show. The show happens on Friday, September 9th at the Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center and is presented by Free Range Asheville. All proceeds will go to the BMCM+AC.

RBTS WIN
RBTS WIN play the Mothlight Saturday, 9/3, with Doc Aquatic and Marley Carroll. RBTS is one of the Grit's favorite bands and this is an incredible lineup, so we thought it was the perfect time to release this just-recovered (post-tech crash) interview we did with them at Moogfest!

SneakyMcFly-AshevilleVaudeville
The fabulously talented freaky folks of Asheville Vaudeville are back to entertain you for the 2016 fall season!

Emily Epley, Jordan Boinest, and Audrey Whetten
Think you know Shelby, North Carolina? Think again. Brewing Up a Storm highlights the musical roots--and the brewing news--in this historic small town.

We've got your weekend events for Labor Day weekend in Asheville, from Thursday, September 1st through Labor Day!

Steve Mann, Eagle Street
Acclaimed local photographer Steve Mann lost his wife, Chrystel, to a hard-fought battle with cancer. Now he's selling his prints from his show at Asheville's Pink Dog Creative to help cover medical costs.

Rasheeda Speaking
Rasheeda Speaking is a recently off-Broadway play that premieres at Asheville's BEBE Theatre tomorrow, September 1st. The play runs through the 17th and is a dark satire about "post-racial" America in the workplace.

PHAZE GAWD
Charlotte rapper PHAZE GAWD (Tony Potts) recently released Definitive Theosis, a new EP produced by deceased artist DFLN, and it's powerful stuff. We talked with the GAWD about music, politics, race, and the state of hip hop in North Carolina and the country. PHAZE GAWD plays BEATLIFE at the Mothlight on September 17th.

"You throw a line through unseen intercepts That finds me when I'm too far gone to save." Watercolor: Brandon Beeson
Jeff Thompson is bringing a new format for the Giving Trio's live show to the Altamont, where he'll play on Saturday, September 3rd. The show will feature special guests and a visual art and dance installation that will accompany the music.

Telephone poles
Asheville Missed Connections: cesspool or delightful dip?

Chris Pitsiokos
The first in a series of shows from Cotton Mill Studios' REVOLVE + the Asheville Guitar Bar brings the CP Quartet and Shane Parish to the stage.

Views from the Montford. Photo: Erin Fowler
Asheville's newest rooftop bar sits atop the new Hyatt Place at the corner of Montford Ave and Haywood St in downtown Asheville. Even though it's technically a hotel bar, it's got a big local focus, from its food and drinks to its targeted clientele.

GritVegas Weekend Update August 25
This weekend kicks off with the 100th birthday of our national parks, plus a ton of other fabulous events, from free music and dance at the Millroom to Queer Girls Reading at the Mothlight. Where will you be, Ashevillains?

Mayor of Brewgrass
Are you the next Mayor of Brewgrass? Enter our Instagram contest and see if you'll be crowned! The winner gets amazing prizes and VIP access at this year's Brewgrass Festival on September 17th.

AVLGLITCH
#AVLGLITCH, new group photography show, released their open call for submissions for an upcoming juried exhibition. Submissions will be accepted until 9/9, and the show runs through October.

AVL Music & Dance Night
This Thursday, the Millroom hosts the first night in their new monthly live music and dance night. The Juan Benavides Band will hold it down as you dance the night away. Asheville Grit is also giving away three free entries to Underground Sound to artists (or their representatives) who attend!

Slow Down AVL sponsors
Have you seen the Slow Down Asheville signs in your neighborhood? The Slow Down Asheville campaign, which launched in February of this year to raise awareness about pedestrian safety, has released a brand new video that outlines the goals of the project and shares some compelling information.

Horse Lords. Photo: Theo Anthony
Horse Lords will play West Asheville's the Mothlight with openers Nest Egg on 8/30. We talked with guitarist Owen Gardner about the upcoming show and the goals they had for their new album, Interventions, out now on Northern Spy.

dunno joins Asheville Grit!
Dunno is here to haunt Asheville Grit in the most harmless and perplexed way.

Vodka
Mary Rich Hill of Spirit Savvy argues for the appreciation of delicacy and holds a blind tasting of five vodkas. Which one came out on top?

Asheville GritVegas Weekend Update
Asheville, how's your week been? What are you getting into this weekend? We have some ideas in our newest Asheville GritVegas Weekend Update! And a special guest--Toybox, from Asheville Puppet Week! Check it out, and let us know what you're most excited about.

Hempeh
Local business Smiling Hara Tempeh celebrates the opening of their new facility in Barnardsville, NC. They're expanding their production of tempeh and soy-free "hempeh" products.

Wham Bam Puppet Slam
Asheville Puppetry Week starts on Thursday, 8/18 at venues across town. Events includes a performance of Billy the Liar, a children's show from Atlanta's That Puppet Guy, the Wham, Bam! Puppet Slam, and David Liebe Hart from The Tim and Eric Awesome Show. Yes, please.

CCCD 20 Years
This Thursday, the CCCD (Center for Craft, Creativity, and Design) in the Broadway Arts District will celebrate 20 years as a leading resource for artists and craftspeople through this party and benefit. Tickets are on sale now.

GritVegas Weekend Update August 11-14
Asheville, we love you. But you've got to chill out on the rain. We've got the full lineup of events that will keep you dry or just get you right into the French Broad River, which we know is what's really on your mind. From Anything That Floats to Geek Out AVL to a bluegrass and kitten brunch, GritVegas has you covered.

Save Our Southern Forests
As the days get hotter, the number of Southerners standing up to protect and fight for forests increases steadily: it’s almost as if unrest is in direct proportion to the degrees on a thermometer. Summertime in the South conjures up images of being sleepy and slow-moving, but the opposition to burning forests for fuel is livelier than ever.

GritVegas Weekend Update
This weekend's got everything: whether you're looking for live music of all genres, beer releases, unicorns, glitter wrestling, experimental theatre, arts and craft, film, or a new furry companion, there's something for you.

Biltmore Lawn
We continue to pose hypothetical proposals at our great city and this week look to the nation's largest home to house a southern version of MOMA's PS1 Design Competition. Wouldn't that front lawn look great with a temporary art/architecture installation?

Audra with Sam Calagione and Luke Dickinson
Audra Gaiziunas, who cut her teeth at Dogfish Head and heads up Brewed For Her Ledger, talks with Brewing Up a Storm about the beer industry and beer culture in Asheville.

Transplanting
The second season of Transplanting, Asheville's hilarious web series, airs on Wednesday, September 7th, coinciding with the release of season one on Laff TV.

Meditate.io
Buddhist Geek founders Vincent and Emily Horn are bringing their newest program, Meditate.io, to Asheville as a popup meditation. The first event happens this coming Wednesday, August 3, from 7:30-8:30 am at the Asheville Yoga Teacher Training Center.

Ben Sollee
This coming Tuesday, 8/2, Ben Sollee and Go Yoga take the stage at the Orange Peel for a yoga dance party and concert to benefit OXFAM. We've got two tickets--enter by leaving a comment on our Facebook post!

Digable Planets: Ladybug. Photo: George Sieburg
Digable Planets took the stage at the Orange Peel last week (with support from openers Camp Lo). It was a night of old-school hip hop, fresh beats, and rising temperatures.

GritVegas Weekend Update July 28-31
What's up Asheville? Be sure to check our our weekly GritVegas Weekend Update, with the scoop on LEAF and other AVL events. We're also doing a ticket giveaway on Instagram for the person who hits the most spots! Win 2 tickets to Asheville Fashion Week--all you have to do it go out and have fun. Happy weekend!

Medea Galligan. Photo: Erin Fowler
Medea Galligan, of Medea's Real Food Cafe in Asheville, sat down with us to talk health, wellness, and the importance of delicious things.

Escape from ATL
Atlanta-based producer and Asheville BEATLIFE performer 10th Letter (Jeremi Johnson) recently released new LP, Escape from ATL. It's a vivid exploration of a future that is both strange and strangely like our own.

AVL Grit logo
Asheville Grit + Ashvegas are hiring! We're looking for an sales executive with a love for all things Asheville.

Asheville Fashion Week
After a successful inaugural year, Asheville Fashion Week, one of the most highly anticipated fashion events in town, returns. Tickets are on sale now!

From "The Sun." Photo: Christopher Greene
Tarocco: A Soldier's Tale is a gorgeous, unique production from Fox and Beggar Theater playing through the weekend at Diana Wortham in downtown Asheville. Includes a photo gallery from Christopher Greene.

GritVegas Weekend Update
It's going to be hot this weekend, Asheville! We've got 5 tips to beat the heat, plus a whole bunch of events that will keep your weekend cool (in every sense of the word).

Underground Sound
Announcing the launch of our music video competition! Underground Sound: The Path to Music Video Asheville gives area musicians the chance to win $2500 towards a professionally-produced music video that will be automatically entered into the 2017 Music Video Asheville event! Open for entries now through September 15th.

A Mall Downtown?
In 1980, citizens of Asheville had the vision to vote against a mall that would forever change the character of downtown. Let's take a minute to see what that would have looked like and what we would have lost.

Teatro del Gusto
Sunday night at the Orange Peel, Teatro del Gusto--a theater of pleasures--takes the stage with original burlesque, circus arts, dance, and more! We're giving away 2 tickets when you leave a comment on this post. The winner will be announced Friday at 5 pm!

Tarocco: A Soldier's Tale
Tarocco: A Soldier's Tale is a vibrant story set during WWI that also tells the archetypal journey of the Fool through the tarot's Major Arcana. It will be performed by Asheville's Fox and Beggar Theater this weekend at the Diana Wortham Theatre.

Musashi Xero/Xero God at All Go West. Photo: Shayanne Gal
Asheville's Musashi Xero (Tyler Jackson) reflects on the past two years of his musical and personal evolution, including his collaborations with members of the Asheville Beat Tape Collective and his upcoming projects with Xero God.

GritVegas Weekend Update 7/14-17
Welcome to your weekend in Asheville!

Blue Ridge Rollergirls
The Blue Ridge Roller Girls are taking it vintage Asheville derby in their final home game of the season, happening July 16th at the US Cellular Center.

asheville gate
We take a look at what Patton Avenue could look like if it were to have an official gateway entry to downtown Asheville.

Steve Gunn
Steve Gunn and the Outliners hit the Mothlight stage on Wednesday, July 13th with openers Spacin' to celebrate his new album, Eyes on the Lines, out now on Matador Records.

GritVegas Weekend Update June 7-10
This weekend, beat the heat with these awesome events. Live music, benefits, fundraisers, and fashion shows are just a few of the options. What are you going to do?

Asheville Parklet
When is a parking space not a parking space? When it's a parklet! Cities everywhere have transformed the 9'x18' spots into mini parks; what if Asheville did the same?

Erik Lars Myers as Twiggy Stardust
Erik Lars Myers, President of the NC Brewers' Guild, founder of Mystery Brewing, and author of North Carolina Craft Beer and Breweries, will be at Malaprop's Bookstore in downtown Asheville on Wednesday, July 6th.

TOKiMONSTA. Photo: Nikko Lamere. Source: Facebook
This Thursday at Asheville Music Hall, producer TOKiMONSTA, the first woman on Flying Lotus's Brainfeeder label, takes the stage with support from Ambre Perkins and local producer Panther God. We're giving away two tickets--to win, share this post on Facebook and tag someone you'd want to bring.

Asheville Renaissance Hotel
A new video and piece on pollinators and/in the community (including Renaissance Asheville Hotel) from Climate Listening Project organizer/producer Dayna Reggero kicks off National Pollinator Week.

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!

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