ARTS + MUSIC

Friday night at the Grey Eagle offers the kind of music event that defines Asheville's music scene: local, collaborative and featuring some of the best musicians in the country.

The exhibition, a meditation on service and selflessness, remains up through February at Over Easy Cafe.

Connect: Beyond the Page will bring together musicians, including special guest Ben Sollee, writers, filmmakers, media personalities and activists to examine how art inspires us.

The “Silent Sunday” program at Asheville’s Grail Moviehouse on Feb. 4 presents rare films produced in North Carolina between 1902 and 1921.

The Maggie Valley Band and Hustle Souls both celebrate CD releases this weekend, and more.

Music Video Asheville 2018
The annual music video showcase highlights the collaborative work of local musicians and filmmakers.

A new African-American Heritage Trail and a new public art piece in the River Arts District are two projects in the works.

Mark Suggs in Ox
Illegal immigration and labor reform are on the menu at this year's Fringe Fest.

A lot of great movies showed in Asheville in 2017. Here are my favorites.

NYE with GritVegas!
We've got the official countdown of all the fun happening in town this New Year's Eve!

Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Despite the negativity from certain circles of the fan community, 'The Last Jedi' is by far the most cinematic and accomplished work in the series since 'Empire.'

Machinedrum. Photo: Tonje Thilesen
Thursday night, Machinedrum headlines Ellington Underground. He'll be joined by local electronic acts Push/Pull and Bombassic.

Kusa
Kusa plays New Year's Eve at Asheville's Sly Grog Lounge. Here, they get interviewed in their underwear and define "pizza-weed jam." Plus, the premiere of their new track, "Oil on Water."

Rock & Rye
We're closing out Gritmas with a celebration of the all that's past—and all that's yet to come: We've got 2 tickets to AC Hotel's Rock & Rye New Year's Eve Bash! Enter through midnight.

Raqs Sapphire, Studio Zahiya Intermediate student bellydance troupe member, Ramie Smith Thorstad
From bhangra to belly dance, Studio Zahiya's instructors, students, and special guests wowed a full house on Tuesday night, all for a great cause.

Gritmas 2017
The 12 Days of Gritmas return with fabulous prizes from some of your favorite local and regional retailers!

Holidays at GritVegas!
Happy holidays all! Check out our roundup of things to do this weekend (plus, find out how to win a $10 gift card from High Five Coffee and some GritVegas swag!).

Annie's & Harvest Gritmas
Today we've got a double feature from Annie's Bakery and Harvest Records that's sure to kick your holiday weekend off perfectly.

Chattanooga Walking Bridge, Sundown
There is a parade of bodies thronging the bridge, each body bathed on one side by sun glaze. No one is in a rush. No one on his or her cell. So the body keeps walking, off the bridge and into the city, while the mind takes snapshots inside the massive tombstones of commerce it floats through.

Ginger's Revenge
Tips on how to properly celebrate birthdays and anniversaries that fall on the holidays. Plus, taking a deeper look at Ginger's Revenge and Revolve!

Broadcast and Window Cat on NYE. Image: Joshua Marc Levy
The sixth day of Gritmas gives you the chance to win two tickets and a prize pack for Ellington Underground's New Year's Eve show with the Broadcast and Window Cat. Enter now!

Lisa Zahiya of Studio Zahiya instructs students in downtown Asheville.
Next Tuesday, head to the Orange Peel at 7 p.m. for a night of dance from all over the world, benefitting LEAF Community Arts.

Snomg! Asheville GritVegas weekend update
Our top ways to stay warm and have fun while doing it this weekend.

Midnight Snack. Source: band's website
Beloved Asheville band Midnight Snack will throw their farewell show at the Mothlight on Friday, 12/15.

Photo: Bonobo Conservation Initiative
The Bonobo Conservation Initiative works to protect our closest relative. This Sunday (12/17), you can support the cause.

AAAC
Submissions are now open for area curators to create exhibitions that incorporate local collaborations at the Asheville Area Arts Council. Get all the details right here.

Gritmas Day 2: WNC Nature Center and Grail Moviehouse
On the second day of Gritmas, we've got another sweet pairing for you. Enter today for passes to visit the WNC Nature Center AND a gift certificate + swag from our dear friends at Grail Moviehouse!

Students working at night during Tim Kerr's Mural Painting class, which created a mural honoring BMC  in Downtown Black Mountain. Photo by Suzi Sadler
Steeped in the spirit of Black Mountain College, the School of the Alternative offers creative classes outside of the box this spring.

Spoiler Alert!
A Christmas Movie Screening with Local Comedians, Hosted by Kelly Morgan, with Moira Goree & Andrew Cummins.

Emma's Lounge
Asheville's Emma's Lounge: a local act that brings the world together.

‘Or some of those that fly so high’ (Little Sparrow), Oil on canvas, 2014
A night of music and murder with painter Julyan Davis and performances from Elisa Faires and Mountain Bitters at Revolve (12/9)

humans
The biannual immersive theater performance art sensation returns to an undisclosed location in downtown Asheville!

Pack Square. Photo: Carol Anders
It's a Winter Wonderland out there! Here are some of our favorite ways to celebrate the holiday season in AVL!

Look at the Stars Beautiful
Electronic music duo BomBassic and producer P3RIPH3RAL teamed up for this fresh new track. Check out our exclusive premiere.

Spaceman Jones and the Motherships
We're dropping the newest track released by Spaceman Jones and the Motherships, right here.

Justin Rabuck, Jason Sandford, and Ali McGhee
As preparation for this weekend's Big Crafty, we talk with Justin Rabuck, a founder of the event and an owner of Horse and Hero in downtown Asheville.

Exmag
This Friday, head to Ellington Underground for their grand opening show, featuring Exmag and local legends RBTS WIN.

Tale 53; Snowhite. Photo: Tommy Bay
Puerto Rican-based puppeteer Deborah Hunt brings her new show to Asheville's BeBe Theatre as part of a fundraising effort to give back to the island after Hurricane Maria. Shows December 1-3.

Daedelus
Daedelus plays at the Orange Peel on Tuesday, November 28 with Mono/Poly and Free the Robots. We talked with the producer and creative icon about everything from literature to labyrinths.

Slowdive. Photo: Anthony Gabriele.
Last Friday, Slowdive and Soccer Mommy played a show that's sure to be your new soundtrack for lucid dreaming. Photos by Anthony Gabriele.

Bandidos
Local hip-hop/production outlet Xero God play their first show at Ellington Underground with The Difference Machine and 10th Letter of Atlanta. We talk up the show and drop a track from Xero God's new album, Bandidos, for you. You're welcome.

Murder on the Orient Express
A flawed but ultimately enjoyable old-school murder mystery.

Medieval Market
We're featuring the inaugural Medieval Market and so much more! Happy weekend!

P.T.P. (Peter the Poet). Design: Emma Sharon
Check out a hip-hop showcase this Friday at downtown's Static Age Records featuring P.T.P., SIYAH, and more.

Best Short Documentary
Dayna Reggero and Andrea Desky win Best Short Documentary at the Belize International Film Festival for their film, "The Wood Thrush Connection." Celebrate this Thursday, November 16th, at the Climate City Soiree, hosted by The Collider and Asheville Affiliates.

Thor: Ragnarok
Finally, a superhero film that successfully showcases the outlandish and ridiculous aspects of the genre in the best of possible ways.

Cotton Mill Studios
This weekend, check out the official RAD Fall Studio Stroll, then head to the After-Party at the Cotton Mill! Plus a whole lot more. Presented by Grail Moviehouse.

Time of the Apes
A Japanese rip-off of Planet of the Apes is heading your way with live commentary from three comedians, free popcorn, and more. It's Spoiler Alert! Plus, how to win two tickets!

Tin Foil Hat. Credit: Sarah Hooker Photography
Local producer, musician, and vocalist Tin Foil Hat recently released his EP, Dance w/ You. Here's why you need to listen to it.

EarthCry. Photo: Pierce Photo (2016)
EarthCry, feat. Mike Healy, brings experimental electronic to Isis on Saturday, 11/11. We talk with Anthony Thogmartin, founder of EarthCry and member of Papadosio, about what to expect. Kri Samadhi and Illumination Station also perform.

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