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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.

Week three of being vegan is showing me that life isn't so bad with a plant based diet.

The band that encapsulates what North Carolina sounds like will play Asheville in January with a very special guest.

Xero God is the ultimate dream team—a jazz-infused, electronic hip-hop duo who have, amazingly, created a truly new sound.

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.

We ate the first round roasted, straight-up. Then after gathering more, it was time to come up with a recipe.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Red Baraat, easily one of the most unique acts currently on the tour circuit, will play Asheville Music Hall tonight.

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.

Music. Food. Dancing and more. It's all happening Saturday, October 10th in Pack Park at Fiesta Latina Asheville.

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.

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.

Savannah-based KYLESA just dropped a new album and are bringing their unique, dark, "dream rock" / metal to New Mountain.

The craft hard cider business is booming so we talked a little with one of Asheville’s premiere hard cider purveyors; Noble Cider.

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.

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.

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.

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...

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 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.

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 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.

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?

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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!

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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 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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

If 1967 was the summer of love, what's the summer of 2015?

Efforts across the United States to remove public symbols of the Confederacy are happening all around us. Things are changing...right?

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.

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.

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.

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...

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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”.

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.

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?

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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