ARTS + MUSIC

Yasmind Hamdan. Photo: Flavien Prioreau
We talk with Lebanese singer Yasmine Hamdan about Big Ears 2017, the inspiration behind her new album, Al Jamilat, and the state of the world right now.

Well Played GritVegas Update
This weekend, we highlight Well Played Board Game Cafe, opening Saturday, as part of our full round-up of all the events in town.

Prof. Logik
Prof. Logik will bring the noise to Friday's BEAT LIFE, an ongoing series that features the best in beats music from local and nationally-renowned producers. Tyler Ambrosius, LAVIER, and Vietnam Jerry also perform.

Simrit at the Masonic Temple. Photo: Erin Fowler
Simrit, a Kundalini and Naad yoga practitioner, singer, and multi-instrumentalist, enchanted the audience at downtown Asheville's Masonic Temple last Saturday, March 18th. Photo gallery by Erin Fowler.

Souvenir artwork
Souvenir, running through April 2nd at NC Stage, is a heartwarming production about the tone-deaf (and oblivious) Florence Foster Jenkins, with some wonderful musical numbers.

Logan
An amazing send-off to our favorite savage hero

Wu Fei
Armed with a guzheng, a 2,000-year-old Chinese instrument akin to a zither, Beijing-born Wu Fei will break new musical ground at this weekend's Big Ears Festival in Knoxville, TN.

NYC People's Climate March (2014). Photo: Alejandro Alvarez
The Dogwood Alliance and Asheville Grit invite you to Artists in Resistance, an event that will create a forest-themed banner for the National Climate March. Artists in Resistance happens on April 5th from 4-8 p.m. at the BLOCK off Biltmore in downtown Asheville.

Third Coast Percussion
Grammy-winning ensemble Third Coast Percussion comes to the 2017 {Re}HAPPENING with a legacy and a vision for what lies ahead. Asheville Grit talks with David Skidmore about what to expect.

Cat Fly Before I Die
What's up with the giant cat faces? We talk with the organizers behind the Cat Fly Film Festival, happening April Fool's Weekend with events throughout Asheville. Weekend and day passes are on sale now.

Three Davids
David LaMotte took a moment from his busy schedule to talk with me about music, life and the unsuspecting musical collaboration with David Wilcox and David Holt that manifested after a chance encounter catching a flight back to Asheville one afternoon.

Kevin Morby. Photo: Adarsha Benjamin
There's still time left to snag your ticket to this show on Friday, 3/17, at the Asheville Masonic Temple. Kevin Morby and Waxahatchee co-headline, and Mary Lattimore opens the night of intimate, and rare, solo performance.

St Patty's Day
Don't rely on the luck o' the Irish—follow our rainbow to the top 5 spots to celebrate St. Patrick's Day this weekend. Check out all of our weekend recommendations here.

Color Me Goodwill
Upcycled eco-fashion is a growing trend, bringing change to a country where over-consuming is typically the norm. The upcoming Color Me Goodwill fashion show highlights sustainable fashion by Asheville designers while raising awareness for Goodwill's mission: transforming donations into jobs and job training for thousands of people in Western North Carolina.

Astronautica
The luscious sounds of L.A.'s Astronautica keep the vibe smooth at the One Stop this Friday, 3/17. Panther God, Koresma, and Hubbble support.

Simrit Kaur
Simrit Kaur brings her ethereal, gorgeous sound to Asheville's Masonic Temple on Saturday, March 18th. We interviewed her about her new album, her favorite spiritual texts, and the cultural appropriation of yoga, among other things.

Ben Sollee and Ali McGhee
Composer, cellist, singer, and storyteller Ben Sollee stops by the GritVegas studios before his 3/9 Mothlight show!

Terry Tempest at Magnetic Theatre
We talk with cast and crew members from Terry Tempest: The Final Interview and give you a sneak peak of the show on this weekend update. More events in the write-up!

Ben Sollee
Cellist and singer Ben Sollee brings his signature sound to the Mothlight on Thursday, March 9th, with Jordan Ellis and opener Utah Green.

Credit: Sarah E. Nichols
A local photographer and models tell the story of a toxic relationship through light and tone in this gallery.

Diane Cluck. Photo: Samuel Lang Budin
Freak folk icon hosts potluck and house show with Life Like Water in West Asheville this Sunday.

Jr. James, Flori Pate of Food Connection, and Ashley Heath
This weekend we're highlight the Food Connection Benefit Show and featuring some other great events around town!

Get Out
A very fun, and satirical, addition to the horror genre that is almost as good as the hype

Window Cat
Asheville Grit presents the exclusive premiere of "Agent Orange," the new single from local group Window Cat.

Robert Ellis
The Americana singer/songwriter makes his way to The Altamont Theatre

In the second episode of That's So Asheville, we talk with Veris and Ahnika Meyer-Wilde of the Second Star Sanctuary/RadFae Reading Room, and with local producer Cpt Hyperdrive (Rob Gray) about his new album Burning Roses, a creative project born of heartbreak.

Black Quantum Futurism @ Moogfest
The latest Moogfest announcement dropped some exciting buzzwords and some even more exciting featured artists.

The Queen and Her Asheville Mardi Gras Entourage
We got a visit from the ladies of Asheville Mardi Gras on this edition of the Asheville GritVegas Weekend Update! Check out our exclusive sneak peek and read the post for our event roundup.

I Am Not Your Negro
A beautiful and poignant film spun entirely from the eloquent words of author James Baldwin

Dance Heginbotham
The 2017 {Re}HAPPENING invokes the spirit of the original Happening, in 1952, through performance art, music, and more.

Brightside
Celebrate the moon in Pisces at Plugged In’s monthly ZØDIAC event, with Brightside, Ives, Digital D and Tenorless!

Josh Blake of IamAVL
Let’s Do This talks with Josh Blake, Co-Founder of the Independent Arts & Music of Asheville (IamAVL) project.

Bike Love thumb
Jason went into the field for this week's update to talk with Mike Sule, organizer of Bike Love, happening this weekend at Salvage Station. We've got the scoop on Bike Love and more in this edition of the Weekend Update!

Money and How to Make It!
Money And How to Make It! will be staged on weekends through February 25th at Magnetic 375 in Asheville's River Arts District.

Triptych Soul albumita cover
Asheville trio Triptych Soul celebrates their new jazz fusion "Albumita" this Saturday (2/18) at UpCountry Brewing Co., with opening support from Armadilla.

Whlte Helmets
A look at the short films nominated for this year's Academy Awards

It's the weekend before Valentine's Day. Celebrate with your special someone(s) or kick it solo at these events!

Unifire Theater
The lineup for the 44th LEAF is here!

Midnight Snack
The Asheville based band goes all out for their single release show.

Revolve + MAP Listening/Launch Party
Revolve is hosting a Launch/Listening Party on Tuesday, February 8th in conjunction with the Media Arts Project (MAP) as it unveils a new partnership.

Kristin Schoonover
An interview with potter Kristin Schoonover, organizer of the Nasty Women exhibition in Asheville, which raised funds for Planned Parenthood.

Drag Queen Bingo 2016
The ever-popular Drag Queen Bingo, which benefits Brother Wolf Animal Rescue, is a two-night event this year and includes an evening of Trivia with the Queens!

Groundhog Day and the Superbowl are just two things happening this weekend. See what else is going on in this edition of the weekend update!

Michele Scheve at 103.3 AshevilleFM
On Saturday, February 4th, East Asheville bar and restaurant The Social will hold a fundraiser, with live music and comedy, for local comedian and radio host Michele Scheve.

Nick Millevoi's Desertion Trio comes to the BMCM+AC on Saturday, February 4th.

Seasons
A beautiful nature documentary that shines above its predecessors due to its unique narrative structure and breathtaking cinematography

Peter Bradley Adams
The folk musician gears up to bring his talents to Asheville's Altamont Theatre on Thursday.

That's So Asheville
The inaugural episode of Asheville's Grit's brand spankin' new podcast, That's So Asheville, is here! We talked with acupuncturist and painter Lesha Jacyzsyn and David Krantz, Epigenetic Coach and Director of Applied Psychoacoustics at Asheville's Apeiron Center for Human Potential, who also produces music under the name Futexture.

Parquet Courts. Photo: Sarah Burns
Parquet Courts returns to Asheville for a show at the Grey Eagle in the River Arts District. Get your ticket before the night sells out.

Midnight Snack
Asheville's Midnight Snack releases their new single, "Shadow Chaser," today, and celebrates on February 4th at West Asheville's Mothlight.

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