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Yasmine Hamdan on Her New Album, Arabic Dialects, and Big Ears 2017 [Interview]
Prof. Logik headlines BEAT LIFE at the Mothlight
Asheville City Soccer Club Will Bring Competition, Talent to the 828
Well Played Board Game Cafe's Grand Opening: This Week's GritVegas Highlight!
Dangermuffin to Play Isis Music Hall on April 1 [Interview]
FEATURED CONTENT #AVLGRIT
5 Fabulous Fringe Shows Flying Under the Radar
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 for Brother Wolf << February 5th @ 8 pm
The wildly popular Drag Queen Bingo night returns to shower sparkles on Brother Wolf Animal Rescue.
5 Ways to Honor Martin Luther King, Jr.
Commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the fight for Civil Rights this Monday.
Triggered: A Lil Bit of Stardust in All of Us
Triggered remembers David Bowie
Weekend Grit Picks << January 15-17
From live music to art, Asheville's got it going on this weekend.
Asheville Fringe Festival: Julian Vorus talks Mothertongue
Local playwright Julian Vorus talks about his new piece, Mothertongue, which will premiere at the 2016 Fringe Festival.
Blue Dragons Play LEAF Benefit Show Friday (1/15)
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.
Thank You David Bowie
Awefulblog remembers David Bowie.
15 Artists, 15 Minutes: The BEAT LIFE Showcase Takes Over the Mothlight (1/15/16)
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 + Books @ Downtown Books and News (1/13)
An evening of experimental music and art awaits you this Wednesday, 1/13, at Downtown Books and News.
Aim for the Stars with the Free Winter Workshop at NYS3
NYS3 is offering 11 free acting workshops beginning January 25th.
Grit's Weekend Picks << January 8-10
Warm up your winter nights this weekend with our Grit Picks.
Death From Old-Timey Causes: An Interview with the Creators of Ruts!
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.
This year I resolve to focus on the negative. Specifically, I plan to collect rejections.
A New Year's Eve in Asheville
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.
Asheville Ink > Meet the Artist: 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: A Month Full of Sundays
The second 'toon from Grit exclusive Triggered.
Andrew Scotchie to Celebrate 23rd Birthday at ISIS Music Hall
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.
Brewing Up a Storm
Back to the Future for Craft Beer
So-called Historical Styles of beer are enjoying a resurgence. Find out everything you need to know about them here.
Grit's "Weekend" Picks << January 2-4
Whether you're still recovering or still partying, Asheville Grit has your upcoming weekend and week planned. Happy 2016, revelers!
Light of Letters
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.
Come Party at Our House: Underground Sounds of AVL @ New Mountain NYE
Our House presents a night of underground electronic music at New Mountain on New Year's Eve. Two rooms, tons of feels.
Ring in the New: Where to Celebrate New Year's Eve in Asheville
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.
Fashion Tips to Shine and Shop Local for NYE
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.
The first comic from our exclusive Grit comic strip, Triggered. Happy holidays.
Avant-Garde + Punk Rock: An Interview with Jozef van Wissem (Big Ears 2015)
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.
Adam St. Simons
Goa Dreamin’ in the AVL | Saturday Night at Asheville Music Hall
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.
Grit Weekend Picks << December 18-20
Christmas crazies got you down? Find out where to go to let off some steam and have some fun this weekend.
Asheville Fringe Festival 2016: The Fringiest Fringe Yet
This year's Fringe Festival not only features an amazing line-up, it also promises to be the edgiest and most exciting Fringe yet.
Aligning Minds Recordings Launch Party @ The Orange Peel | Saturday, 12/19
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 Holiday Gift Ideas for the Ladies in Your Life
Last-minute shopping, as usual? Grit's got you covered with our list of the most luscious of the luxe.
Big Ears Line-Up Promises Innovation + Diversity
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.
Spotlight: Asheville Vaudeville @ Toy Boat Saturday, 12/19
Asheville Vaudeville's end of year extravaganza is happening this Saturday, 12/19, and is sure to be filled with weirdness and wonder.
Grit's Holiday Gift Guide | Firestorm's 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.
Brewing Up a Storm
A Different Way to Talk to Your Kids About Alcohol
Grit's Holiday Gift Guide | The East West Holiday Pop Up Shop
The East West Holiday Pop Up Shop is filled with delights. Check it out Thursday, 12/10 through Sunday, 12/13.
Much More Than the 'Q | A Review of Moe's Original BBQ
An evening out at Moe's Original BBQ. We'll have a little bit of everything, please!
Asheville Celebrates the Literary Arts with BookFest
The 7th annual Asheville BookFest is a celebration of the literary arts in WNC happening Saturday, December 12, 2015.
Adam St. Simons
Badger Breaks Ground in Asheville’s Experimental Scene
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.
Area Restaurants Team Up to Bring Donations to Asheville's Trinity Place
This holiday season, five local restaurants have come together to support Trinity Place Youth Shelter. Here's how you can help.
Meeting the Shadow: An Interview with Xero God
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 Party @ Sky Lanes > 12/4
Ashvegas celebrates 10 years with an evening of bowling, food, and PBR at Asheville's Sky Lanes this Friday from 6-midnight.
Green Man's Holly King Release @ Satellite Gallery
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.
Girl In An Apron
Iron Circus Productions And Smoky Park Supper Club Present: 'SMALL FIRES'
Join Iron Circus Productions and Chef Mark Rosenstein for the 'SMALL FIRES' event, this Saturday December 5th at the Smoky Park Supper Club.
Artist Showcase: Amber Hatchett Designs
Meet local designer and artist Amber Hatchett!
Drink it Up > MiMOSA @ New Mountain 12/3
West Coast bass producer MiMOSA coming to rock your nuts at New Mountain this Thursday, Dec 3.
Muhammad Ali Biographer Davis Miller To Speak at Malaprop’s
Author Davis Miller will be speaking about his new biography, Approaching Ali, at Malaprop's this coming Tuesday, 12/1.
Adam St. Simons
DubConscious Gives Thanks
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
#MeatlessMonday >> Rhubarb
A great place to people watch and enjoy a delicious meatless meal in the heart of downtown Asheville.
Holiday Fashion: Deck the Halls + Your Wardrobe
Shop local this holiday season with these fashion tips that will have you looking merry and bright.
Brewing Up a Storm
Leah Wong Ashburn > Leading with Grace
What does it take to captain one of the oldest craft breweries in Western North Carolina?
FUZZ Now // FUZZ Forever + Charlie Megira “hate to see you go” show
Bathe in the heat wave that is Fuzz, playing the Grey Eagle Thursday, November 12.
5 Questions with Root Down Food Truck
Owner and head chef Dano Holcomb answered a few of our burning questions.
Allen Stone Brings His Neo Soul to the Orange Peel
Spend your Friday night moving + grooving to Allen Stone at the Orange Peel.
Album Review > Xero God Drops Their Latest
When these guys work together, there’s an automatic flow of creativity that results in invention and beauty.
Going Vegan for One Month > Final Thoughts
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 is Coming to Asheville
The iconic comedian and actor is performing at the Orange Peel in January and tickets go on sale November 6.
Art, Fashion + Fantasy Collide for Asheville’s Faerie Fashion Show
Get ready for a very Asheville fashion show of wearable art and intricate body paint.
Hanging With Eno
Outdoor Gear Builders 2015 Holiday Gift Guide!
Local suggestions and ideas for your holiday shopping from the Outdoor Gear Builders of Western North Carolina.
Lost in Translation
Asheville Theater Isn't As Bourgeois As You Think. Really.
Why you should rethink Asheville's performing arts scene, especially if you're a student.
Asheville Ink > Inside Downtown Asheville's New Red Rabbit Tattoo
Red Rabbit Tattoo owner Chris Chavers talks shop about his new downtown Asheville tattoo studio.
Asheville Muralist Gus Cutty Brings "Satanic Panic" to Push Gallery
Asheville aerosol artist Gus Cutty is celebrating Halloween, and 80's heavy metal and horror movies in his latest show.
SuicideGirls Tackle Star Wars + More With Blackheart Burlesque @ New Mountain 10/29
World-famous SuicideGirls have their own modern spin on burlesque, and it's guaranteed to make your head spin.
Adam St. Simons
Chilean Activist + Folk Virtuoso Nano Stern Comes to Asheville
Sunday, November 1st, Asheville will be visited by award-winning Chilean singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and composer Nano Stern.
Lady Lamb Jams @ The Mothlight
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.
Art + Design Events this Friday > October 23rd
Friday seems to have some cool art and design events going on. Here's the skinny for those interested in participating.
Going Vegan for One Month > Week Three
Week three of being vegan is showing me that life isn't so bad with a plant based diet.
Steve Martin to Join Steep Canyon Rangers @ The Orange Peel
The band that encapsulates what North Carolina sounds like will play Asheville in January with a very special guest.
BEAT LIFE Presents Xero God @ The One Stop > 9/23
Xero God is the ultimate dream team—a jazz-infused, electronic hip-hop duo who have, amazingly, created a truly new sound.
Adam St. Simons
Rising Appalachia Recounts New Orleans @ LEAF
We had an opportunity to to sit down with Chloe Smith of Rising Appalachia at LEAF and ask a few more questions regarding their experience in NOLA.
Girl In An Apron
Wild Chestnut Stuffing
We ate the first round roasted, straight-up. Then after gathering more, it was time to come up with a recipe.
Going Vegan for One Month > Week Two
Two weeks of being vegan and it's getting easier. Asheville has so much to offer by way of eating out and rest assured vegans have plenty of options as well.
Michal Menert + The Pretty Fantastics @ New Mountain 10/15
Pretty Lights co-founder Michal Menert brings his brand of electro-soul back to Asheville with a new album and a new band, The Pretty Fantastics. And they are.
Watch LEAF Live @ iamavl.com for FREE This Weekend!
For the first time ever, we will be streaming the main stage at the 41st LEAF all weekend for you for free at iamavl.com.
Slack Rocker Mac DeMarco Doesn't Give a F*ck
Don't take yourself too seriously...Mac DeMarco doesn't. Mac has established himself as a down to earth, albeit goofball, slack rocker who draws a massive following.
A Path Untold Releases Secret Subtle Light on Aligning Minds Recordings
The latest solo project from Daniel Merril is a lush, expressive record that’s ethereal, psychedelic, and atmospheric in a way that the best dreams often are.
New Video from Climate Listening Project Southeast Tour
It has been one year since I began filming and sharing climate stories for the Climate Listening Project. We just released a new video connecting food, farming and climate change.
Adam St. Simons
Dohl 'n’ Brass Punjabi Pioneers Red Baraat > @ Asheville Music Hall 10/10
Red Baraat, easily one of the most unique acts currently on the tour circuit, will play Asheville Music Hall tonight.
Adam St. Simons
Permaculture Action Day: Asheville > 10/10
Find out what a Permaculture Action Day is, how it was started, and what exactly will happen when it goes down here on October 10.
Why You Should Check Out Fiesta Latina Asheville on Saturday
Music. Food. Dancing and more. It's all happening Saturday, October 10th in Pack Park at Fiesta Latina Asheville.
Going Vegan for One Month > Week One
Seven full days of being vegan. And I’ll be honest with you, it’s not been easy. The other day I tried tofu cheesecake and I had to remind myself I wasn’t eating Spongebob.
Eliot Lipp w/ Flamingosis + BomBassic 10/8
Fans of Pretty Lights Music will find two of the label's featured artists in Asheville over the next week, beginning with everything-electro Eliot Lipp.
Heavy Dreaming: KYLESA Celebrates 'Exhausting Fire' @ New Mountain > 10/10
Savannah-based KYLESA just dropped a new album and are bringing their unique, dark, "dream rock" / metal to New Mountain.
Farmer & Chef South
Getting Straight to the Core with Noble Cider
The craft hard cider business is booming so we talked a little with one of Asheville’s premiere hard cider purveyors; Noble Cider.
Asheville > Meet New Zealand’s Salad Boys...
Live, The Salad Boys perform a wondrous assault: a charged up blitz of clanging guitars, intoxicating drones, head-down acid repetition and an abundance of dazzling pop hooks – and they play Tiger Mountain Tuesday, October 6.
Thinking Machines > Autechre at the Orange Peel 10/8
Massively influential electronic duo Autechre are gracing The Orange Peel with their conceptual, abstract, and always enthralling sounds Thursday, October 8. The duo shift the way we think about what music is, how it’s made, and where it’s headed.
5 Things I Learned from Being a Tourist in my Hometown > Asheville
I think most people remember the way it felt to fall in love with Asheville for the first time. Having grown up here, I think I took it for granted. I wanted to try and recreate that first time feeling.
Big Changes for Booze in NC
We’ve come a long way, Baby. There are big changes on the horizon for NC Distilleries and I’m excited! Today, October 1st, NC distilleries can legally sell their product directly to the consumer. Oh Happy Day! Well, mostly...
Going Vegan for One Month
I decided two weeks ago I wanted to go vegan for one month. This was not on a whim or an impulse, but rather a very deliberate decision.
The Polish Ambassador + The Human Experience 10/9
The Polish Ambassador and The Human Experience perform Friday, October 9 at the New Mountain Amphitheater. It's one of only 4 tour dates through 2015, so get on it.
Asheville Ink > Meet the Artist + Owner of Sacred Lotus Tattoo
Local tattoo artist Kimi Leger creates a non-traditional tattoo studio focusing on custom artwork rather than high-turnover flash. A live painter by trade, Leger finds inspiration in sacred geometry, Japanese culture and fellow artists.
This Month’s BEAT LIFE > Hosted by the Asheville Beat Tape Collective Sept 25
This month’s BEAT LIFE, hosted by the Asheville Beat Tape Collective at the Mothlight, brings an eclectic mix of performers to the stage on Friday, September 25. It’s going to be literally impossible not to dance your face off.
Fall Into Dance: Ballet Celebrates Local Artists, Autumn in Asheville
The Asheville Ballet's first Fall performance (which is free and looks freaking amazing) is this Friday and Saturday, September 25-26 at 7:30pm. They will take place at the Masonic Temple downtown, and did I mention are free?
Get To Know New Asheville Designer Rachel Weisberg
I had the amazing experience of being part of the creative process for designer Rachel Weisberg's latest clothing line and since she's fairly new to Asheville, I asked her to share some info with us on what moves and inspires her.
Mason Jar Media
5 Questions with Tropical Indie Rockers The Hip Abduction
The Florida-based, indie afro-pop band The Hip Abduction will be playing a free after-party this Saturday, August 19 at New Mountain Asheville. We were able to sit down with the guitarist and vocalist to learn more about the band and what to expect from the show.
I Tried It, And So Can You > Bellydancing @ Studio Zahiya
Studio Zahiya is on the second floor level of my favorite street in downtown Asheville. Learning to bellydance has been on my bucket list for a long time. Taking a dance class was on my to-do list every week for a year. So why did it take me so long to finally attend?
Fake it Till You Make it: How to Seem like a Wine Expert in 7 Steps
If you ever feel the need to seem like a wine expert, there are some relatively easy ways to come off like one without really knowing much about wine at all. These are some tips that I have put together to talk and act like a pro.
Why Ignoring Race Isn’t the Solution
I read articles about how people of color are being systematically killed, discriminated against, treated poorly, living in awful conditions, are being mocked at ignorant parties, aren’t being evenly represented in the media…it bothers me.
The 2015 #MayorOfBrwegrass Has Been Chosen!
Many entered their photos, 5 were chosen as finalists, and the people got to vote and pick a winner. Congratulations to Emily Young Hopson for being 2015's Mayor Of Brewgrass! Brewgrass goes down this Saturday, September 19th.
Franny + Her Farm > An Asheville Dream
Read about how a woman turned her dream into her reality, establishing Franny's Farm – one of the amazing organic farms in our area and home to the ever-expanding Asheville Barnaroo music festival taking place September 26-27.
Who is Behind the Petition to Un-Chain Downtown?
Upon finding out about yet another chain store opening in downtown Asheville, local business owner Rebecca Hecht started a petition back in July that would get impressive media attention and is closing in on 5000 votes.
Brewing Up a Storm
From Beer Belly to Six Pack
Have you seen that meme floating around the web? The one that says “Abs are cool, but have you tried craft beer?” Let it be known that you don’t always have to choose between maintaining your girlish figure and indulging at your favorite brewery!
Vote for the #MayorOfBrewgrass!
Dozens of people tagged their Instagram photos all in an attempt to become #MayorOfBrewgrass 2015. We picked the 5 finalists, and now you get to vote and decide who takes the coveted title. Brewgrass will be here before you know it!
Homeboy Sandman with Xero God @ New Mountain SOL Bar > 9/8
New Mountain’s SOL Bar hosts a night of hip hop, wordsmithing, and deep beats on Tuesday, September 8th. The intimate venue is ideal for an up close and personal night with some of the best emcees and DJs in Asheville and beyond.
Versona Grand Opening
I had a great opportunity to visit Versona last week. It's a new women’s clothing and accessories shop on Tunnel Road located a few doors down from Whole Foods. I enjoy seeing this part of Tunnel Road continue to grow and change.
5 Things to Know About the New Belgium Clips Beer + Film Tour
New Belgium Brewing’s annual Clips Beer & Film Tour is making the 12th stop of its 2015 circuit in Asheville this Friday, September 4. The free and family-friendly event will let you sit under the stars, take in films, and sample brews – all for charity.
Pulitzer Prize Winning Author, Adam Johnson, Comes to Malaprop’s
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Adam Johnson will be speaking at Malaprop’s Bookstore and Café this Friday, September 4th at 7 pm. His newest book is a collection of short stories that are beautifully drawn, lyrical, and emotional reflections on human life.
Lost in Translation
Behind the Bars: The Legend That Lurks at Highland Hospital
On March 11, 1948, the striking oranges and reds that lit up the nighttime Asheville sky did not belong to the beauty of a sunset. They belonged to a fire that engulfed not only a portion of the Highland Hospital complex, but left a celebrated icon forever lost in flames.
5 Things You May Not Know About the Recent Llama Drama
In case you missed it, a llama named Phantom got loose last week in Arden, leading to a madcap three-hour chase that ultimately got the elusive pet back home safe and turned him into an impromptu media phenomenon.
Do YOU Want to be #MayorOfBrewGrass?
Do you love all things about craft brews? Do you know the difference between Pale Ale and IPA? Are you ready for the beer adventure of a lifetime? Then you just might have what it takes to be Mayor Of Brewgrass!
New + Improved Asheville Pinball Museum
This month marks the second anniversary of the Asheville Pinball Museum – and they’re in their second location! The APM moved a few months ago, to allow for more customers and just as important, more pinball machines.
#MeatlessMondays >> at VeganFest 2015
Nappy Natural Girl herself, Aisha Adams, decided to bring her family to the inaugural Asheville VeganFest on Sunday, August 16. She highlights just some of her favorite area businesses producing compassionate foods.
Looks For Less Fashion Blogger Challenge: Some Romper Saved My Life Tonight
My mission was to create an outfit from any combination of stores at the Asheville Outlets for $100 or less and then shake my blog thing about it. This is how Backstage Sass rocks a fashion challenge.
Ne-Hi Brings Their Fresh Blend of Summer Rock to the Mothlight
Chicago four-piece Ne-Hi’s songs bubble with energy not unlike those of the Paisley Underground or R.E.M., but mixed with the jangle-punk of the early Flying Nun scene.
Business Casual + My Asheville Workplace Identity
When I signed on to do the "Look for Less Challenge" with The Asheville Outlets, we were given the challenge to create a back-to-school or a professional look as we move into a new season. I love the idea.
Angela Kim + The Shape of Visibility
Designer Angela Kim explains what it means to create visibility through the various shapes of fashion and what it was like to show at the 1st ever Asheville Fashion Week.
Fight For Your Right to Vote
The Orange Peel is hosting a dance party on Friday, August 14 to raise funds for Democracy NC fighting to protect the voting rights of all North Carolinians. Grab some friends and your dancing shoes and get ready to boogie for Democracy.
Asheville Works the Runway
I never would have imagined that I would attend a fashion runway show on a Wednesday night – a kickoff event for Asheville Fashion Week in sleepy little Asheville. But I did, and not knowing what to expect I was pleasantly surprised.
Asheville's First Ever Fashion Week: This is Why We Can Totally Have Nice Things
The music is booming, the soundsystem in The Millroom pleasingly righteous. But I’m not here for a gig or to have drinks with some hot drummer I just met. It’s Asheville’s nascent Fashion Week.
Asheville Ink > Meet the Artist: Shannon Schober
Local artist Shannon Schober shares his history as a tattoo artist and the stories he's inked along the way as well as personal inspiration, with roots of American tattoo tracing back to a WNC textile worker.
5 Things To Know About the 5Point Film Festival
The 5Point Film Festival is making its Asheville debut August 14-15 at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium and promises to be more than just films about the outdoors. Lean more about what this unique event is all about and why you should check it out.
#MeatlessMonday >> Neo Burrito
The food is good. I mean, it tastes good, but the ingredients themselves are good for you too. Neo Burrito only offers ingredients that are locally grown and/or organic. Another plus is the food is still very reasonably priced.
Hendrick's Gin Cocktail Academy at Top of the Monk on August 5
Hendrick's Gin is hosting "Delightfully Peculiar" Cocktail Classes open to the public at Top of the Monk downtown on Wednesday, August 5, and spots are still available.
Psych Pop Band Ancient Warfare Play The Mothlight August 5
Kentucky bred band, Ancient Warefare, is making their Asheville debut this week, in promotion of their new LP. In anticipation of their show coming up on Wednesday, I was able to ask them a few questions to get to know them and their music a little better.
Asheville Streets > Unsafe to Cross
There’s no easy way to say it: Asheville is the most dangerous city in the state for pedestrians. This is according to a Department of Transportation report about pedestrian accidents from 2008-2012. And with the steady increase in Asheville’s population, it’s not getting any better.
Aligning Minds Announces New Record Label
Regional favorites and visionary producers Aligning Minds (Mike Folk and Daniel Merrill) have been heavy hitters in the local scene for years now. Now, Aligning Minds is also turning their attention to production and artist representation with the founding of Aligning Minds Recordings.
Water Seed to Play Free Show @ One Stop
New Orleans born, neo-soul band Water Seed will be making an Asheville appearance at the One Stop for a free show this Thursday, July 30.
Youth Independent Filmmaking Summer Camp with Award-Winning Filmmaker Paul Schattel
For two weeks in August, NYS3 is offering a youth summer camp where students will get to enjoy a unique immersion into the art of filmmaking.
#MeatlessMonday >> Medea’s Espresso & Juice Bar
Have you ever been to Medea’s in South Asheville? It is a cozy little cafe-style juice bar located off of Long Shoals Road. If not, you should definitively try incorporating it in your “Meatless Monday.” Medea’s is great for so many reasons.
Asheville Fashion Week's Youngest Designer >> Tricia Ellis
Tricia Ellis, the youngest designer in the inaugural Asheville Fashion Week, will be presenting her first line, a collection of ten looks all stitched and designed entirely by her. Find out her inspiration and what this opportunity means to her.
The Summer of Love
If 1967 was the summer of love, what's the summer of 2015?
Confederate Monuments Would Be Protected in North Carolina Under Proposed Law
Efforts across the United States to remove public symbols of the Confederacy are happening all around us. Things are changing...right?
The Business of KatDog Couture
What do you get when you bring mass customization and private labels to a local level? Fashion designer Kati Foster may have found the answer by putting a twist on mass customization and private labels by taking them down to a local level.
West Africans + Asheville Locals = Dance Party For All
Fiending for some cultural diversity this summer? Well, in the next few weeks there are some amazing African musicians from the Ivory Coast, Mali, Senegal, and Burkina Faso performing with Asheville musicians from Toubab Krewe and Zansa.
Dear Moog...Love, Asheville
Thanks for the $14 million in economic activity. But, maybe Asheville would be even more thankful if Moog would have planned for the future and created an Asheville-appropriate event that could have been successful year after year.
Tanlines @ The Mothlight Wednesday July 22
Brooklyn-based duo Tanlines have a new record out that is heartfelt without ever being cynical, nostalgic without pretension, danceable without cliches. The excitement I feel for this album is only eclipsed by the thrill I get when I realize they're playing in Asheville at our very own Mothlight...
#MeatlessMonday >> Your neighborhood Ingles
I wouldn’t have suggested “Meatless Monday” if snacks weren’t involved. I don’t know about you, but I am all about the snackage. I like grown people snacks though. Carrot sticks w/dressing or 12 grapes and apple slices don’t do anything for my hunger or attitude.
Futuristic Sexy Soul Sound: An Interview with BomBassic
Asheville's BomBassic is on the threshold of greatness as the word continues to spread about their performances. I sat down with the guys to talk about the trajectory of their relationship, the development of their sound, and all of the exciting things on the horizon for them.
LEAF's Funky Cocktail Crawl
From July 17-31, the LEAF Funky Cocktail Crawl is bringing the groove back to Asheville. Each participating restaurant or bar is competing to create the most far-out cocktail this side of funky town - and YOU get to determine who wins.
Couture Designers Do Exist in AVL
I have the scoop on the quality standards behind a sixty piece collection that will be featured at the first ever Asheville Fashion Week. Presented to you by the design team at House of Fabrics, the "Seasons of Asheville" collection will definitely be one to look forward to.
Asheville Featured in New Video
In this latest video from the Climate Listening Project we aim to encourage the kind dialogue which Pope Francis recently called for. Communities of faith have a significant role at the heart of many of these conversations and hopefully this video can help kick-start meaningful dialogues.
Greetings + Such
First, it’s probably best to introduce a few things about myself and why I’m doing this: I was born in Asheville and raised 45 minutes away in a town called Brevard. To be honest, I hated living in Brevard and fled as early as possible to go live in and travel throughout various countries.
Vibe on Michael Rault > Sunday July 19 @ Tiger Mountain
Michael Raul is bringing his era-defying mischievousness of jukebox R'n'B and acid psych to Asheville at Tiger Mountain this weekend. We were lucky enough to catch this mellow out Canuck for a short call before hitting the road.
#MeatlessMonday >> Elements Real Food
Have you heard of Elements Real Food on Liberty Avenue? They specialize in cold pressed juice, smoothies, superfood nut milks, raw vegan food and desserts. It is one of the freshest vegan spots in Asheville.
Brian Panowich, Author of Bull Mountain @ Malaprop’s 7/15
Brian Panowich pulls from a deep well of knowledge of Southern culture—its music, geographies, and flavors. His debut novel is fascinating, and talking with him was like focusing a magnifying glass on the wild traditions that make these mountains so special.
The 28803 Story
Food and How to Eat It @ Magnetic Theatre
The Magnetic Theatre’s "Food and How to Eat It" achieves a fabulously amusing mix between “Portlandia” and an afternoon educational special. It’s also relevant to this tasty, artsy mountain city with a tourist economy.
Fringe Summer Freak Out @ New Mountain July 14
To kick off their call to artists for the 2016 festival, Asheville's Fringe Fest is having a Summer Freak Out fundraising event at New Mountain. The celebration aims at bringing Fringe artists and fans together for an entertaining and very Fringey evening.
Holiday Liquor + Dance Party > Summer Luau Edition
What started as a bunch of college buddies getting together to throw a Holiday party in a garage has grown into what some have called "The Best Dance Party in Asheville," and it's having a Summer Luau Edition.
RBTS WIN Likely to Win My Heart @ Isis July 11
The sonic lovechild of Javier Bolea and Cliff B. Worsham, RBTS WIN, formed in 2008 and soon found a groove that reflected both their shared musical interests as well as their distinctive origins. They bring their electro-soul back home when they play Isis on July 11.
Dispatches From the B.A.D.
Dispatches From the B.A.D. | Kevin Miyazaki @ Window (Re/production | Re/presentation)
Over the course of two days (July 8th + 9th), Milwaukee artist Kevin Miyazaki will create a series of portraits of members of the Asheville community, which will be formed into a gridded composite image to be on view from July 10 through October 30, 2015.
Holy Ghost Tent Revival Does Beck's Midnite Vultures
I was psyched to learn that Asheville’s own Holy Ghost Tent Revival will be performing Beck's 'Midnite Vultures' at The Mothlight this Saturday, July 11th and I was able to ask frontman Stephen Murray a few questions about his introduction to the album and what we can expect from the show.
Brewing Up a Storm
Educating the Next Generation of Brewers
Get to know Brewmaster and Professor at AB Tech’s Craft Beverage Institute of the Southeast, Jeff "Puff" Irvin, whose goals include developing mind control, becoming a Bond villain, and placing students all over the country so he can always have free beer.
Mela Hosting Benefit for Local Teacher
Upon learning of her stark cancer diagnosis, Mela restaurant regular Laurie Joens approached owner Anoop Krishnan with a request to host a benefit in the endless effort to raise money for medical expenses related to her ongoing cancer treatment.
Girl In An Apron
Fried Green Tomatoes with Sweet Basil Aioli
Even though I find it highly worthwhile to wait until a tomato is deeply bushed and full of sinfully sun-kissed juice, there is something special about jumping the gun.
#MeatlessMonday >> Plant in Asheville
Meatless Monday can be chic and ethical if you have reservations at Plant. Plant was recently named by PETA as one of the best vegan restaurants, and it has received similar accolades from Men’s Journal and Lusty Vegan...I literally jumped for joy when Plant invited my family out for dinner.
MISPRINTS: A Group Exhibition @ the Asheville Area Arts Council
The Asheville Area Arts Council is hosting "MISPRINTS: A Group Exploration into Printmaking, Craft, and Design" curated by and featuring Andy Herod along with 16 other Asheville area artists and crafts people. The opening reception is Friday, July 3rd.
Merlot Wants You Back
How did the media come to create an American obsession with Merlot only to have it also cause us to almost completely break up with it? Find out about this oft misunderstood varietal along with its close family members in the latest installment of #WineWednesdays.
#MeatlessMonday >> Bean in South AVL
Despite what you may think, anyone can participate in “Meatless Mondays.” You don’t have to sacrifice luxurious style, convenience, or eat alone. Join me over the next few Mondays as I share with you hottest “Meatless Monday” options in Asheville.
Author of Silver Linings Playbook @ Malaprop's June 29
Matthew Quick, New York Times bestselling author of Silver Linings Playbook, will be sharing his newest novel, Love May Fail, at Malaprop’s Bookstore and Cafe with a reading, Q&A, and signing on Monday, June 29 at 7 p.m.
Being a Wino in Beer City USA
First, this is a blog about wine and Asheville (obviously). Second, my view is that wine is a delicious drink that can range from poetry in a glass to something fun to sip while you are grilling out, and there is room in this world for both of them!
Michael Franti + Spearhead @ New Mountain Friday 6/26
Michael Franti and Spearhead's infectious sound, based in roots-rock rhythms and swelling, immersive chords, is an expression of the absolute joy of being alive – even when taking on darker subjects.
Brewing Up a Storm
Brewing Up A Storm with Katie Smith
At 23, she became one of Asheville's youngest brewers, inspired by a family love of beer and the local scene paved by Highland Brewing. Learn about Katie Smith of Twin Leaf Brewing in Asheville's South Slope.
BomBassic Headlines BEAT LIFE @ the Mothlight June 27
BomBassic headlines this month’s BEAT LIFE show at The Mothlight, happening on June 27. The evening promises to be another experience to remember brought to you by the Asheville Beat Tape Collective, a group of artists and producers who are at the forefront of innovation in sound.
UPDATE > King Sunny Adé Show Cancelled
The King Sunny Adé show that was scheduled for Wednesday, June 24 at New Mountain has unfortunately been cancelled leaving lovers of African music heartbroken. Check out the original post about his music, legacy, and about the show that truly should have been.
Top 5 Reasons Why Printed Books Win
I figure at this point we’ve all been a part of a good debate about digital book reading versus the old fashion way with a paper book. It all comes down to personal preference I guess – but for me, well, I’m a die hard paper book fan and I’ll tell you why.
Jaga Jazzist Plays New Mountain Tuesday June 23
Ultimately unclassifiable, Jaga Jazzist's music, which has been alternately regarded as nu jazz, acid jazz, electronica, and post-rock, is infectious. Characterized by the creative melding of sounds across genres, performances are energetic, virtuosic, and not to be missed.
Pancakes with Dad
So here’s to all of you fearless fathers. For dedicating your lives to your children and for sacrificing your Saturday mornings. You are loved and admired more than you know and today we celebrate you.
Farmer & Chef South
Foraging with Alan Muskat
WNC is naturally fertile ground for foraging, and as someone who is firmly grounded in nature, Alan Muskat's thoughts on where we get our food and how we sustain our eco-system are explained through that noninterference, "forage-to-table" lens.
Dissecting The Charleston Massacre Media Frenzy
In the wake of the devastating massacre that took place in Charleston, SC, I have a lot of questions. We all should. Who are Dylann Roof's friends? How many supporters does Dylann have at the Capital in South Carolina? Is the mainstream media making matters worse?
That you have one day to respond to a text without becoming dead to the recipient; one hour for a sext, half-hour for a sext with nude attached; allowances made for legitimate excuses such as being actually on fire.
Xavier Rudd at LEAF Spring 2015
We at IamAVL were out at LEAF this past spring, live streaming and archiving the main stage. In partnership with the festival and the bands that performed, we are beginning to release singles form those performances.
Ag-gag Bill Becomes Law
From what I read, more than 70% of likely voters were opposed to ANY legislation that would prevent undercover investigations. Yet the General Assembly decided to take it upon themselves to override the people and the governor. I feel like we are in a parody of “House of Cards”.
Systems of Abundance
People Have the Answers, So Listen: Tap Into the Creative Capacity of Your Organization
On June 19, there will be a one day workshop meant to provide a hands-on introduction and overview for both practitioners and organizations in Asheville interested in learning how Dynamic Facilitation can stimulate creative conversations across differences.
Girl In An Apron
Trader Joe's Unplugged
Why, you risk asking, is this block of sharp cheddar $3.49? Why? How? Who is getting ripped off to give me this seemingly incredible savings? Who got whacked, threatened or woke up to a severed horse head between the sheets?
Hanging With Eno
How To: 5 Bear Safety Tips
The recent bear attack involving campers in Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a stark reminder that black bears aren't the cuddly critters they're sometimes mistaken for. Here are some tips we can all put into practice to promote safety as we enjoy the mountains!
CUSSES to Rock The Odditorium June 14
CUSSES is a trio of musicians with one main goal; to play really loud music. This Georgia based band brings their bold mix of metal and grunge to The Odditorium on June 14. Get ready to rock your face off.
Dispatches From the B.A.D.
Dispatches from the B.A.D. | Michael Strand @ CCCD
North Dakota artist Michael Strand conceptualized the project, Ex.Change – My Time for Your Time, and is currently in town engaging with community members while producing hand-made cups in a makeshift studio in the front gallery as part of the exchange.
The 28803 Story
"The Merchant of Asheville" at The Magnetic Theatre
In its new “locally sourced comedy,” The Magnetic Theatre is again daring, experimental, and thought-provoking. 'The Merchant of Asheville' runs through July 4 at the company's new permanent home, Magnetic 375.
Art Opening > Anna Jensen @ Pink Dog Creative June 19
Local artist Anna Jensen's latest show aims to be a provocative, engaging, and affecting collection of her very autobiographical, multimedia work that vividly combines humor and darkness. Show runs June 19 - August 2 at Pink Dog Creative.
5 Things You Probably Don’t Know About Asheville in 1915
What was Asheville like in 1915? If you want to know, you can attend a free multimedia presentation, “Asheville: 100 Years Ago,” at Pack Memorial Library’s Lord Auditorium at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 10.
Asheville Negroni Week Awards!
Asheville fully embraced Negroni Week with 14 participating bars and restaurants AND turned it into a contest. Me and my buddies, being Negroni lovers and fierce competitors, took on the challenge of trying a Negroni at all 14 spots and decided to hand out the 1st Annual Asheville Negroni Awards.
That's What She Said
Left Unsaid at Avl Grit Anniversary Party
You heard me checking in and shouted that you followed me on Twitter and it was A Sweet Moment and made me feel like less of a sophomore at a senior dance, which is exactly what I acted like, not introducing myself.
Memento Mori: Francesco Lombardo’s Skulls at Izzy’s
Francesco Lombardo wants you to think more about death. The painter, a long-time resident of Marshall, NC, will be sharing some of his newest works with the Asheville community in a show that runs June 5 – July 2 at Izzy’s Coffee Den
Psych-rockers Marion Walker Play Tiger Mountain June 6
Marion Walker is a trio of artists and musicians who come together to create a sound that is dreamy, fuzzy, a little dark and a little technicolor. They fell in love with Asheville awhile back, made friends, and return to play Tiger Mountain for June 6. And it's free.
Asheville Grit Celebrates its 1st Anniversary
Last Thursday Mother Nature came through with a beautiful evening as we celebrated a great year of Asheville Grit with fabulous people, food, music, and drinks at one of the coolest new spots in town - the Smoky Park Supper Club. Asheville sure knows how to party.
Beach Goth @ New Mountain: An Evening with the Growlers June 10
The psychedelic sounds of the Growlers, purveyors of “Beach Goth,” are coming your way on June 10th to New Mountain AVL. The band’s music melds darkly poetic lyrics with the jangly guitar of surf-rock. It’s a midnight bonfire on a haunted beach, and you’re invited.
5 Things to Know About "We Won’t Bow Down"
Asheville filmmaker Chris Bower's documentary about the New Orleans' Mardi Gras Indians, We Won’t Bow Down, is making its local premiere this week at the Fine Arts Theater. Here are some reasons why you should check out this important film.
You Know You Have Been to Beer City Festival When…
It is no secret that Asheville is most definitely a beer town. Beer City Festival is just one big party to remind us that just when we thought we knew the beer scene in and out, these breweries will throw something new at you to keep you on your toes.
Mason Jar Media
5 Reasons Why You Should go to Beer City Festival
If you are a beer drinker, there's probably not much holding you back from enjoying Asheville Beer Week and getting pumped for its finale – Beer City Festival on Saturday, May 30.
Light of Letters
Art Making vs. Money Making
If at times it seems there are no two pursuits more antithetical to one another than making money and making art, remember all struggle spurs growth, a vital tonic for creation.
5 Questions with Asheville Tourists' Doug Maurer
In honor of some original Asheville tourists – our baseball team – and their 100th season, we asked Doug Maurer, Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations for the Asheville Tourists, what we can expect from this season and more.
The 28803 Story
Listen to This: Real People, Real Stories + Real Good Times
The last Thursday of every month means it’s time for “Listen to This – Stories in Performance.” This month's show takes place at 7:30 on Thursday, May 28 at 35 Below under Asheville Community Theatre and the topic is funerals, wakes, and memorials.
Asheville Weekend Grit Picks > 5/22
If you're not packing up the car to head out of town for the three day weekend, we've got you covered. As usual Asheville is hosting great events this weekend meaning there's plenty to do. So, throw on something fun, grab your friends, and hit the town.
Vaski w/Marley Carroll + Lucidea @ New Mountain May 21
Dubstep may be a dirty word, but Minneapolis-based Vaski assures us it can stay fresh with careful craftsmanship and a sonic sensitivity that ranges from chilled, melodic electro to high-energy party bass. He's been crushing the scene since he was a teenager.
Mac McCaughan of Superchunk + Portastatic Plays Mothlight 5/22
Mac McCaughan, an American musician based in North Carolina, is perhaps best known for being in Superchunk and Portastatic and will be playing the Mothlight on Friday, May 22 along with Flesh Wounds and Impossible Vacation.
Look Fabulous + Feel Liberated: Going Braless
There is nothing wrong with wanting to go braless. Unfortunately, as a society we haven’t evolved to the stage where people don’t freak out. I can tell you some things to consider if you want to look fabulous and feel liberated in public without a bra.
Dispatches From the B.A.D.
Dispatches From the B.A.D. > Dana Hargrove in AVL 5/22
Florida-based artist Dana Hargrove will be in Asheville for the public reception of her new work, In Search of the Spectacular, currently on view at Window (Re/production | Re/presentation). She will give an informal "sidewalk art talk" on 5/22.
Biker Babe Pizza Pan-Demonium on May 17
Food. Beer. Music. Fashion. Asheville is known as a destination and purveyor of all four, and this Sunday, May 17th, they will combine forces in the Pizza Pan-Demonium event, a benefit for Eblen Charities, taking place at Highland Brewing.
A Lunchtime Catharsis
Most of what I see in galleries is craft. Sometimes, if you're lucky, you run into art. That’s not a dismissal. I always hope for a jolt of rapport in each display. I don’t expect to see it all the time. It’s a rarity by its nature.