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Wild Connections is a collaboration aimed at connecting people to our places here in Western North Carolina – specifically our rich diverse ecosystems and the native wildlife that inhabit them.

A dynamic group of nature-based businesses are presenting at the 2015 Accelerating Appalachia Pitch Party on Thursday, May 14th with special guest Judy Wicks, co-founder of Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE) and author of, “Good Morning Beautiful Business”.

Indie-folk Americana band Fireships has found it's voice in the city that never sleeps and will be bringing their alternative blend of classic yet modern sound to the Bywater on May 17.

For the paw paw blossom, its funk attracts a specific type of lover, one with specific tastes, like the carrion fly. Yes, the same individuals who cannot help themselves from the intoxicating smell of road kill are the same to have the hots for the humble paw paw flower...

That's what moms do. They're the first responders. Superman in a minivan. They save us when we can't save ourselves. And make the best grilled cheese. In the spirit of Mother's Day, I asked locals the best advice their mom ever gave them and this is what they had to say.

474 Gallery on Haywood Road in West Asheville is having its first group show throughout May with an opening reception on Friday, May 8th featuring local artists ranging in mediums from pop realism, to abstraction, to fabric arts.

A few Saturdays back I was able to experience two sides of Asheville in one night. Usually there's a mix, or usually I just experience one and not the other. Most of you at this point are probably wondering what I am talking about.. I'm talking about the racial divide in Asheville.

Backstage Sass heads to Music Video Asheville 2015. Silliness ensues. Check out a review of the night of music and mingling and a full list of winners. Here's to next year.

The 40th LEAF Festival is this weekend and we are just too excited. To get even more pumped, we decided to ask some friends to share the first thing that comes to mind when asked what it is they love most about LEAF.

Asheville's Beer City Festival returns on Saturday, May 30th featuring beer tastings from members of the Asheville Brewers Alliance plus music from regional bands.

Asheville Sister Cities hosts a fundraiser in honor of our two Mexican sister cities and the nonprofit that maintains these relationships by celebrating with live music, food, drinks, a raffle, and more.

May is officially here and you officially need weekend plans. Asheville has plenty to offer and we've rounded up some of the best events for you to check out. So put on something fun and get out and enjoy yourself, because it's weekend.

This unique exhibit is where fans get to pay visual tribute to their cultural heroes, media makers and pop icons opens Friday May 1st at Downtown Books and News and remains on display through June 30. Who would you pay artistic homage to?

Music Video Asheville 2014's big winner Marley Carroll discusses the red carpet event. Kick up your heels for this year's ceremony, Wednesday, April 29th.

Local musician Andrew Fletcher speaks on behalf of the Asheville Buskers Collective on the continuing and necessary dialogue happening in our community on what street performers mean to Asheville.

Nigel One has been an instrumental member of Asheville's electronic music scene and founded the Asheville Beat Tape Collective, a group seeking to continue a supportive, networked community that expands our city’s presence on the national scene.

April 30 is the 13th annual Dining Out For Life where by eating out at participating area restaurants you help raise funds for the Western North Carolina AIDS Project

"How does/can this dialogue lead artist and audience to determine what is successful, or valuable? And, isn’t the very nature of experimental work to take the type of risks that can often result in failure?" {Re}HAPPENING and Back to the Drawing Board – A Response (Part II)

SLUG: The Other Place We Live – Explorations in Dreams and Hypnagogia opens at The Satellite Gallery with a reception on Friday, May 1, and strives to "awaken personal and collective experiences of the unconscious human mind."

The final days of April are here and we can't believe it. So if you're one of the few who didn't score a ticket to MerleFest, have no fear, we've got you covered. In true fashion, we've rounded up some of the best concerts and events Asheville has to offer. So let you hair down and get a little weird, it's the weekend!

No fear, the long-awaited Grand Opening Weekend of New Mountain's Amphitheater is still bound to be one of THE musical events in Asheville of the season. There's just a slight change to Friday night's kick off with the Black Lips.

Asheville entrepreneur Sean O'Connell will throw one of the spring's hottest music festivals next month. From beachside music to bikini-clad concert-goers, O'Connell will play host to about 40,000 music lovers attending this year's Hangout Music Fest.

Asheville is home to countless dedicated artists, and Christine Aiken is no exception. When she saw a void in the market for aerial arts, she jumped at the opportunity. A single mother, a mortgage professional and now owner of Asheville Aerial Arts, she is literally figuratively superwoman, and she makes it look so easy.

Botanically threatened in some parts of North America, ramps abound in WNC, their populations guarded by natives. And thankfully so. It's time to celebrate this historic Appalachian delicacy and here's a recipe to help you do so.

A Q+A with Asheville native Katherine Sandoval Taylor, who is playing Maria in Asheville Lyric Opera's production of West Side Story, showing from April 24-26, and believes in flossing, using a good moisturizer, and drinking only good tequila.

The Dave Rawlings Machine will be performing at The Orange Peel on April 24 with Gillian Welch, his partner in life and music for 20 years. They have played sold-out shows to appreciative audiences in Asheville over the past few years and return this week.

The saying goes April showers bring May flowers and Asheville is in full bloom and booming with killer music and events. Check out just a few of our top picks for this weekend and get out and have some fun!

A few days ago I got a sneak peek of the splashy new Asheville Outlets under construction on the former site of the Biltmore Square Mall. The amount of progress they've made is amazing, and they're set to open Friday, May 1st.

The mountains are booming with greens everywhere, and many of them are edible. It's just a matter of knowing what they are, harvesting them, and using them! That seems easy, but once I've had a salad or twelve, I start to get bored. What else can one do with all of these greens?!

Asheville Vaudeville returns to Toy Boat Community Art Space for two shows Saturday night, April 18, promising to keep Asheville weird and showcase homespun creative experimentation throughout the show.

Into it's third year, Independent Arts and Music of Asheville a.k.a. iamavl.com released a short video explaining their purpose and mission. With over 450 shows in the archives, IamAVL continues to promote and preserve the vibrant music and arts scene in Asheville NC.

This marching band and circus act hybrid brings the funk and full on theatrics to the Orange Peel Thursday April 16. Learn more about this 30-piece band, their influences, and enter for a chance to win tickets to see this not to be missed show.

The first weekend in April ushered in the spring art season in WNC in spectacular fashion, with the 6th Annual {Re}HAPPENING and the first of an ongoing series of gallery takeovers called, Back to the Drawing Board, at The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design’s Benchspace Gallery.

Gas stations are easy to spot. They’re located on busy highways or street corners and have customer parking spaces, which is partially why Patrick O’Cain, owner and co-chef at Gàn Shān Station, chose an old fill-up station on Charlotte Street as the location for his restaurant.

Sunday, April 12 marked the first day of 2015's National Architecture Week. We've decided to celebrate by highlighting five architects whose work successfully answers the question: How do architects and architecture impact and improve our daily lives?

Get to know Josh Bailey, owner of Asheville Brewery Tours and partner in one of Asheville's newest brewing site, Bhramari, opening this summer on South Lexington Avenue.

This month’s BEAT LIFE is a chance to see exceptional nights of music at the One Stop and Asheville Music Hall in downtown Asheville.

Spring has finally sprung and it's time to break out the shorts and tank tops and hit the town. As always, we've rounded up just a few of the best events this town has to offer. So get up and go have some fun!

Ten competed. Four were finalists in the MIx Off where they prepared Drambuie Cocktails. One walked away the overall winner – mixologist Donnie Pratt of Cucina24.

Diamond Brand Outdoors is inviting all of Western North Carolina’s outdoor loving women to join them April 9th for their 2015’s Spring Diva Night at their new location on Hendersonville Road in Asheville.

Ten Asheville bars created Icelandic-themed drinks to compete in the 2nd Annual Bar Wars AVL - a friendly cocktail competition that also benefits local nonprofits. There's still time to bop around and sample some, vote, and help determine who wins.

Right on the corner of Craven Street and Haywood Road is a pretty non-descriptish, light blue and white building you might know well, or, not at all. It’s the Burger Bar and many consider it to be The Oldest Bar in Asheville. And no, they don’t serve burgers.

All you need to turn up a party is a big personality, not a strong drink. I like wine. I care about varietals, decanting, and swirl of the glass. And I understand the fear of tannins is largely misunderstood BS. But in spring and summer, I’m sometimes okay with just a bit of so-so wine and seltzer.

Charles Counts was a member and avid supporter of the Southern Highland Craft Guild and the epitome of a Renaissance man, practicing such various disciplines as pottery, quilting, weaving, rug hooking, drawing, painting and more.

Mixologists from Pulp, Aloft, Cucina24, and Sovereign Remedies will compete Tuesday at Asheville Music Hall for top honors in Bar Wars AVL 2015 where the secret ingredient is Dranbuie.

Passion, hard work and a dash of style is what truly sets apart the good from the great, and Andrew Scotchie has talent - and style. I had the pleasure of sitting down with the rocker to talk about the origin of The River Rats, their new album, and what the future holds.

It seems as though we blinked and the last week of March was upon us. But no worries, the weekend is here and we've got you covered with our picks of just some of the best events going on around town. So, get up and go have some fun, Asheville.

The Apache Relay, a folksy pop band from Nashville and Western North Carolina return to the Grey Eagle on March 28 where they once again expect to be welcomed with warm, open, Asheville arms.

Congratulations to local illustrator Fian Arroyo has one of his art pieces selected for the latest award-winning Spectrum Juried Awards Books that reinforce the importance and popularity of fantastic art – in a multitude of mediums – in today’s culture.

This yearly event reinvigorates the greater WNC arts community by re-instilling the excitement once generated on these grounds, while simultaneously honoring the Black Mountain College legacy, and preserving its spirit.

Is anyone throwing "official" after parties for local electronic shows? BomBassic’s increasingly popular After Hours are the only ones I'm hearing about and attending. Let's make these guys official, for goodness' sake.

Sometimes the best friends you’ll ever make are the ones who knew you when you weren’t someone yet. For Steve Gunn, the guys at Harvest Records are the ones who helped him build such a reputation in Asheville and much of Western North Carolina.

Get to know local designer Brooke Piddy who has been making one-of-a-kind dresses and gowns in Asheville for years.

It's the weekend again and you know what that means? We've rounded up just a few of the best events in town for you to check out. So get out and have some fun.

Self-described “mountain boy” and “electronic art rock”-er Luzius Stone is finally unleashing his long-awaited album at his album release party this Friday at the Mothlight.

Sarah Merrell is an Asheville based marketer and event planner, has a strong passion for fashion – and Asheville – and over the last few years has combined her skills to work towards elevating and growing the local fashion community and industry.

It might be a little rainy and gloomy, but it's finally starting to feel like Spring is peeking its head out, so pack the puffy coats away and get outside. We've rounded up some of this weekend's picks.

A poet in residence through the Asheville Center for Arts in Medicine visited a former Marine who shared his experience of war horrors and how he found peace from his PTSD through words and water.

Chef Mark Rosenstein is widely seen as sort of one of the pioneers of the farm-to-table movement in Western North Carolina and is at his best when he is creating and cooking, with fire. We find out what he's up to now and even get him to share one of his delicious recipes.

The Beat Tape Collective is constantly pushing Asheville’s electronic music horizons further, bringing in new and innovative acts from afar and highlighting up-and-coming local talents.

Moon Duo’s music, flavored by the surreal and the psychedelic, dreamy and still rough around the edges, will fill Asheville’s Mothlight on Thursday, March 12th.

Asheville is well known as a desirable wedding destination. But how has our community embraced and invested in the new wedding industry? What local vendors and resources are available for same-sex couples looking to marry in Asheville?

Looks like Asheville is finally starting to shake off the worst of the winter (hopefully?!) and it's time to get out and enjoy the first weekend in March. Here is a small list of suggestions of what to do in and around town.

Max Sholl of PitchBlak Brass Band chatted with us about his super diverse band and music which tends to start with a classical feel. Then the beat drops. They play Saturday, March 7 at the Asheville Music Hall with Empire Strikes Brass.

The class began and as I looked around I was shocked. Everyone was half dressed. Tiny shorts and even tinnier sport bras. Grown men and women with stretch marks and beer guts, completely baring their bodies with no shame. It was incredible and empowering. I was already liking this.

On Thursday March 5, Opposite Box is coming to the Asheville Music Hall to serve up a healthy dose of their unusual blend of "belligerent jungle funk" along with headliners Main Squeeze. Who wants the Funk?

Organic Records has spent 2 years building an independent label home to "Great Music, No Boundaries" with a roster of great original roots artists including some of the fastest rising bands in the region.

It's time to enter! Ten Asheville bars will get to pick a nonprofit to represent while they compete for best Bar Wars AVL cocktail 2015.

Window (re/production | re/presentation) is pleased to partner with The Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center in presenting this artist talk and {Pre}HAPPENING with McLean Fahnestock and her collaborator Michael Dickins.

The 6th annual {Re}HAPPENING takes place on Saturday, April 4th from 3pm to 10pm on the grounds of the former Black Mountain College at Lake Eden and tickets are now on sale. This unique, multimedia, truly experiential event is a must for any art lover.

With snow and more cold (and snow) headed for our area, we escaped our cabin fever by visiting Mountain Play Lodge where you can get out of the house and let kids be kids

Last weekend my son Aydan Arroyo won 2nd place in the NC High School State Wrestling Championships and is the only wrestler from North Buncombe High's history to make it to the State Championship as a sophomore.

Celebrating the 10th anniversary of their breakout album, Lotus returned recently to The Orange Peel where they played a sold out show. I was able to chat with guitarist and keyboardist Luke Miller as well as some fans about their unique and enduring style.

Lush Life and Zansa present Asheville's 3rd Annual Soumu at New Mountain Friday, March 20, 2015 at New Mountain. It will be a celebration of African Music, Dance, Food, and Culture. A party for all ages.

You don’t have to be Black to celebrate, and you don’t have to be Black to learn. What you do need is an open mind, and the courage to check your privilege and engage in conversation.

The Asheville Beat Tape Collective brought 10th Letter to the Mothlight earlier this month and I sat down with him before his performance to talk about his new LP, his influences, and his ideas about life, the universe, and everything.

Umphrey's McGee lit up the US Cellular Center with their inaugural arena performance, and treated the Asheville crowd to a three-hour jam band extravaganza.

It's the weekend of love. Or so some say. If you've got a special someone or if you're happily single, there's lots to get into.

Get to know Asheville artists Sally Garner and Jason Rafferty who met at UNCA 5 years ago and have been active creators in the arts (and also a couple) ever since.

Asheville has a plethora of delicious food trucks but did you know that it also has a fashion truck? Introducing Hazel Twenty, a mobile boutique! It is fabulous female fashion on wheels and you must check it out.

A local group of wrestlers and coaches hold classes that accommodate four-year-olds. My wife volunteered to sign him up and take him. In fact, I think she only told me about it in case I had any objections.

Zambra's Mark Reiford knows romance. At least, he knows how to ensure a restaurant keeps its title as the Top Romantic Spot to Dine in Asheville five years and counting, according to the Mountain Xpress’s annual Best of WNC community contest.

Photographer and blogger Abi Fields sat down with probably the youngest retro band in Asheville for an in depth discussion on what it's like being Posh Hammer.

A few guys who have been participants (and winners) in the Asheville 48 Hour Film Project were asked to participate in a national competition where the goal is to highlight your town.

Asheville's Maggie Ullman talks about her work with 200 cities to create a more collaborative United States that can adapt to Climate Change and face big problems together.

Two amazing artists to make their debut at The Grey Eagle this year: Zach Deputy on Saturday, February 6th and then the Dean Ween Group on Saturday, March 21st.

Asheville musicians have banded together and launched an Indiegogo campaign to help rebuild the home and the Djembeso Drum & Dance Education Center.

A preview of upcoming exhibitions at The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design and The Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center both with openings this Friday, January 28.

As the cold, largely basically snowless January has lingered on, I'm sure many of you have had plenty of questions. What are our elected officials up to?

It's the definition of blustery out but we suggest you bundle up and take on some of the fun things going on around town this weekend starting tonight.

Wednesday, February 4th, is one of the first in a series of shows put on by the Asheville Beat Tape Collective – a group of local electronic artists, musicians, and DJs who are making an effort to expand Asheville’s electronic music horizons.

The CDC may have missed the mark this year, but elderberries have been used for centuries to strengthen the immune system and legitimately prevent and fight influenza.

Sure it might be rainy and cold out. We may even get a little snow (gasp!). But there is still a ton to do around town no matter what and we've listed just a few.

Asheville Ale Trail sits down with Hollie Stephenson, new head brewer at Highlands, who you can also meet at their very first Scouting Party on Thursday, January 29th.

Review and conversation with guest blogger, Ursula Gullow, local artist and arts advocate extraordinaire.

If you can't shell out for a full CSA share, consider on demand delivery from Mother Earth Produce and support the farm to front door movement!

Why should you go to a true Asheville Oddity of a festival showcasing performances from artists from all over the world and that has been going on in our little town for 13 years? We will tell you.

You may have heard about the new Climate Collider coming this fall to downtown Asheville – it is a finalist in the Institute for Emerging Issues “North Carolina Spaces for Innovation” Challenge.

What do poetry and computer programming have in common? No, this isn't the start to a schoolyard punchline.

A winter detox in Asheville. Groupies, animal parades, sex art, and sudsy pasta.

What are you doing this weekend, Asheville? Plenty happening and plenty of listings. We just wanted to throw a few more your way.

The Ivory Coast government demolished the family home of local musician Adama Dembele and those of the entire area displacing hundreds with one week's notice.

You would think Stu Helm the Food Critic would sit down with Mike to just talk about food, food, and more food. But this time, he is asking one of Asheville's most renowned Chefs about the family friendly nature of his restaurant.

With the eventual facelift of the BB&T building approaching we thought it might be worth an investigation to envision what more radical changes to the downtown skyline would look like.

A grab-and-go low-carb breakfast option for busy weeks. High in protein and filled with yummy veggies, these egg muffins will keep you going until lunch time!

Another Warren Haynes Christmas Jam is in the history books, and it was a good one. And, of course, it was for a good cause.

Do you know that the Asheville Fringe Arts Festival has been going on for over a decade and showcases local and international artists in all sorts of mediums? We didn't either.

Asheville isn't exactly known for its thriving hip-hop scene with jam bands and folk musicians aplenty. But onto the music scene comes Musashi Xero...

Late this fall, this food lover headed to Iceland. I got my fill of several Asheville favorites before I left, worried I’d starve...

A lot's happened and if you haven't read the Asheville Blade before or wonder what we're about, this is an excellent place to start.

The freezing temperatures may be a sign, or the sudden explosion of people hogging the treadmills at the gym. Or maybe it’s the sense of excitement and ambition you feel. Because it’s here. A New Year.

I'm kicking off a new series of posts inspired by the new construction in Asheville. Being both a designer and realtor I'm hyper-conscious of the changes occurring with our built environment...

People, perhaps accountants or carpenters or acupuncturists by day, reveal oceans of beer esoterica as they trade shop talk that makes my head swim...Then, an astute someone notices something. “Where’s your beer?”

I have crawled out of my cave that holds all my artisanal jams I have been making over the past few months in solitude to give you a run down of the best, worst, and funnier moments of Asheville history/herstory of 2014. Let's go bitches!

Dear readers, I have compiled a New Year’s Eve Downtown Walking Tour just for you giving options to wander between spots or find your perfect venue and stay put.

There are still 2 days to visit some of your favorite downtown businesses and order a special item that will help prove three local nonprofits with well-needed funds.

Stock up on cranberries and make a cordial - it is easy to keep that sweet bitter taste year round for cocktails.

We hope you all are having fun with friends and family. Be safe and enjoy!

The Asheville Ale Trail talks with Anne-Fitten Glenn of Oskar Blues Brewing in Brevard, North Carolina about their new release – the Pinner Throwback IPA.

So, I've compiled a list of some great gift ideas, all local, all purchasable before the big day to be sure to wow anyone. GET GOIN'!

Last week I posed a question to a number of local arts professionals both inside the B.A.D. and within the surrounding community.

There are several things that come into play when talking about police brutality. Race, privilege, socio-economic status. The important thing is that the conversation doesn't stop...

There are three things I absolutely must do while we’re out of work/daycare the next two weeks. (I highly recommend these activities to all of my parent-friends!)

Sure, the Holidays are supposed to be filled with merriment and cheer, but not all Christmas songs are. We picked some of our favorite depressing Yuletide jams for all you Grinchies out there.

A number of recent Asheville Blade stories illustrate how often big consequences can often come from seemingly small or overlooked matters that can have major impacts on our lives, our city and our futures.

About 900 attendees took over the Highland Brewing Company's tasting room as comic book and Saturday morning cartoon characters, celebrities, lovers of Ugly Holiday sweaters and more for the annual Keller Williams Fashion Victims' Ball.

Hosting or attending an ugly Christmas sweater party is probably going to be on your holiday calendar, so have a fabulously tacky sweater in your arsenal to pull on at a moment's notice to make a memorable appearance.

Raise a glass for the wild as we unveil Wild South IBA (India Brown Ale) – a special collaboration brew with Asheville Brewing Company and French Broad Brewing Company!

I caught up with Dano Holcomb, Chef & Co-Owner of the Root Down Food Cart, at the Wedge Brewery where he parks his truck every Wednesday night to ask him a few questions. He also let me inside the truck! Yeah, Man.

A change of scenery over the holidays is usually something to look forward to, with the promise of family and good food waiting for your arrival, but coming home back to Asheville never gets old.

Are you a veteran Jammer? Never been but always wanted to go? Just straight up curious as to what all the fuss is about?

Walt Dickinson, owner and Funkmaster at Wicked Weed Brewing in Asheville North Carolina, tells us about one of the Royal Cache series beers: Divergence.

Accelerating Appalachia, the world’s first nature-based business accelerator, connecting innovative businesses, investors and mentors aligned with people, place and prosperity.

Last week, as the holidays and winter started to sink their teeth into our city, hundreds showed up on short notice, gathering around the Vance Monument.

A primary goal for this column is to get a bit more dialogue going. I’m encouraged by the appearance that, in recent years, art audiences seem more engaging.

A short interview with local filmmaker Jethro Waters on his upcoming project, The Aquarium.

Some of our bloggers + friends agreed to get crafty(?) and send in some lists of things they are most thankful for. Enjoy.

If I could tell that little girl anything it would be to treat yourself with kindness. That you’re beautiful as you are. But, that beauty doesn’t make you a person of worth.

Last night I sat down with pen and paper and decided to kick it old school and make a list of what I’m thankful for this year…with a little Asheville twist, of course.

Spurred on by the opening of the Moog Store and Factory and the rise of Moogfest and Mountain Oasis, Asheville’s IDM scene has quickly become one of the fastest-growing and most exciting in the country to watch.

Heating with wood has its pros and cons. When you wake up to cold floors and a thermostat needle just shy of 58 degrees and have to go outside to gather wood (before your coffee), it's hard to enjoy.

Nothing like the start of the holiday season to remind us how epically single we might be. Are you a longer term single? It's not just you, and Rhoda understands.

It’s an exciting time for contemporary art in Asheville, and a lot of the energy is coming from a rapidly transforming section of downtown I’ve decided to playfully dub, The Broadway Arts District, or, B.A.D.

So seven paragraphs later, I come to the real point of all this: We live in a marvelous area to eat around allergies.

I was asked to contribute my thoughts about how Farmer & Chef Asheville is different from other cookbooks and was thrilled...

I'm doing a new thing for Grit in which I'll be conducting very short, 5-question interviews with chefs, servers, owners, staff, and patrons of local restaurants. I start off with Russ Keith of the Grey Eagle Taqueria...

Sometimes you just want to go out to get a drink and settle in with a good book. I've compiled a list of my top 10 bars in Asheville in which to read.

Born in Texas, raised in Arkansas, artist Kris Roberts talks about his childhood, coming to Asheville, and what inspired his love for tattooing.

The Bioflyer Productions celebrates the start to the holiday season with fantastic artists and musicians from around the region with the 2nd annual Asheville Faerie Arts Festival.

Local promoter Charlie Traveler Presents shares his knowledge of the Asheville music scene and offers up his top picks of some great shows coming up.

Asheville Blog settles down with Austin, TX band the Marmalakes at West Asheville music venue The Mothlight for another video installation of the Asheville Sessions.

What is public art? Who makes it? Who does it benefit? Why should I care? What is PechaKucha? Answer all of these questions on Friday, November 14 at 7 PM, when PechaKucha Night returns to Asheville.

The electronic scene gets rocked with The Polish Ambassador's Permaculture Action Tour. Co-creator Ayla Nereo speaks to Backstage Sass about the love, the fear, and this radical new way of touring.

I'm excited to share stories here on Asheville Grit. I'm starting with the Climate Listening Project because it showcases a bit of who I am and what inspires me.

Saturday's 7th Annual Miss Gay Latina Asheville pageant at the Diana Wortham Theatre was anything but your typical drag show.

Everyone's perception of college before they actually get in is that it's easygoing, fun, and full of free time to engage in partying and whatever else you feel like doing. But here's the real story...

Pick up a book of poems and try....try to find even one line that speaks to a tombed part of yourself.

Since its launch earlier this year, the local smart phone app designed to showcase local businesses has expanded to three other cities.

I love this time of year, when countless pint sized little vampires, witches, zombies and other sugar crazed fiends come out to plunder.

Mastering the ability to emit compassion and genuine charm while still maintaining presence and laser sharp focus.

Andrew Scotchie's passion for music is the driving force for this young Asheville band.

There are no less than 10 haunted tours of Asheville. And each offers a unique twist on the chilling tales of the city’s history and culture.

Frighteningly easy manicures for Halloween with stuff you already have on hand. Get it? Hand? Muah hahaha...

Eating Chinese food can be a strange ritual. I don’t really even like Chinese food that much, especially now that I haven’t lived in the tri-state area for years, but it represents stability and a sense of home.

Colorful leaves adorn the trees now, but soon they will fall and winter will be upon us. Don't let the darker months cast a shadow on your brighter wardrobe pieces.

It’s impossible to miss that it’s Election Time. The incessant ads and memes and Facebook updates are enough to make you want to move to a remote island.

Your twenties are hard enough with trying to navigate the real world. So, here are some tips for all you Young Ashevillians.

Whether it's curling up by a bonfire, mountain walks through orange leaves or just diving into something comforting and spicy, surely one of these drink recipes will inspire your thirst.

Not just eating out alone either, but, going to movies, getting coffee, spending time at the park, and yes, drinking. Here are the reasons I think you should do the same.

With cold season upon us, this stuff will keep you from running to the drugstore the next time you're laid-up on the couch. Make it now, throw it in the freezer, then warm it up and sip when you need a boost.

Though the idea of a concrete home may sound severe, this modern, eco-friendly one being built in Kenilworth is actually quite graceful with an already timeless permanence about it.

The multi-media exhibit remains at the aSHEville Museum through the end of the year and aims to shine light on one of the worst humanitarian disasters in the last 20 years.

Get to know local artist and card maker Kristen Hussey and what some of her favorite things are about living in Asheville.

Saturday turned out to be a beautiful day to dust off the dirndl and lay on the lederhosen for a full afternoon of beer drankin', chicken dancing, pretzel tossing and overall fun having.

A super easy, just-throw-ingredients-in-your-slow-cooker recipe featuring my favorite fall ingredient: acorn squash.

Can't make it to LEAF next weekend? Or maybe just going for a day or two? Well, don't you worry. IamAVL will be brining you all the acts from the main stage LIVE October 17th-19th!!!

What the rock climbing community can teach us about falling down, getting back on, and sometimes making it across.

A lot of people may be familiar with local musician, actor, and all around dapper dude Holiday Childress from when he was the lead singer for The Goodies...

Different Strokes! Performing Arts Collective presents a staged reading of the revised version of Carla Pridgen's "Incongruence," which premiered last year in Asheville, just ahead of the play's New York premiere.

Christowerks, a local graphic design studio, opened a small show on entrepreneurship Friday evening. The artistic team wanted to put together a provoking experience to create dialogue around their experience as a young company here in Asheville.

Occasionally, I still need reminders of my own worth. So in return, I give you the ten things I wish every woman knew….and maybe ten things I have to keep telling myself.

Diverse global music is all over the place in Asheville this season. Here's a run-down of cultural music events that closed out the summer, and some upcoming events.

Why are we as citizens not involved in politics at the level we could be? How can we ensure participatory democracy?

This week, Asheville will celebrate rump shaking like never before with two booty-rific concert events.

The Modern Asheville team was invited to get a sneak peek of Twisted Laurel last night during their soft opening.

Bring yourself, some scissors and an old t-shirt and watch the magic happen. I love Pinterest and use it for organizing all the wonderful and lovely things I find on the internet.

Emerging artist Johnny Lewis started out as an electronic producer, but this city boy has gone country. He brings dream folk doused in lap steel to Jack of the Wood Sunday, September 28. Dig it.

The Eagle has long been a staple of the Asheville music scene, with one of the kindest, most passionate dudes in the business running it all: Jeff Whitworth.

The second in the hotel's series showcasing local music and benefiting local nonprofits returns on Sunday, September 28, and is bound to be another stunner of an evening.

A new dance club is about to bring bright lights, big city attitude to downtown Asheville.

“It just felt right,” Goff recalls, “bold, aggressive, blunt, and vulgar! Just like a punk rock show...just like me.” In no time at all he was in love with the kitchen.

From Dumpstafunk to Trombone Shorty to 101 Runners, New Orleans has been representing hard in Asheville as of late and there's even more from the area coming up this month.

The Brown Bag Song Writing Competition kicked off its 8th season earlier this month with a revamped format, a new location, and an appetite for music.

This is what you should make if you're swimming in basil like we are. Satisfying vegan fare, it's easy enough to whip up on a weeknight.

Get to know local crafter Heather Mithoefer, her hand-printed, organic fabrics company, Patch Design Studio, and her favorite things about Asheville.

It's baaaaaack. Mark your calendars for October 12 and get ready for the return of a beloved Asheville event. Here's everything you need to know to get your Zombie on.

September is officially Ovarian Cancer Awareness month and I bet you didn't know its official color is teal. I'm also betting you really haven't heard much about ovarian cancer at all.

Progressive theatre troupe Anam Cara Theatre announces auditions for its next show, "Identity XYZ," which explores society's rigid gender expectations.

Donnie Pratt, bar manager at Cucina 24 was one of 300 participants chosen out of 3000 applicants to attend Camp Runamok.

The POP Project is excited to be partnering with ZaPow!, the southeast’s premier illustration art gallery, for this year’s Banned Books Week event.

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