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"My Life," Tomorca. Source: Flickr (Creative Commons)
I did the “right” thing. I told my story right away and went through the systems in place that are supposed to protect me. I was told that my voice didn’t matter.

Ghost
It's our favorite time of year. As we draw closer to Halloween, we're getting more in the mood to be celebrate the season with these spooky things to do.

Rooftop Bars
We take you on a tour of our favorite rooftop bars in Asheville. Plus a whole bunch of stuff happening this weekend. Presented by Grail Moviehouse.

Carly Taich. Photo: Nathan Rivers Chesky. Dress: SOMOS by CocoNuco
Carly Taich's new music video, directed by Nathan Rivers Chesky, celebrates connection with self.

Toybox the Cartoon Witch. Photo: Jennifer Bennett
“Life is a journey, life is an adventure; let’s be grateful for this opportunity we have to create, to share, and celebrate.” Fall LEAF 2017 is almost here.

Lisa Zahiya. Photo: Nicole McConville
I am a performer, I am curvy, I am not skinny. I like tight, bold clothes and have no desire to hide myself, to attempt to “minimize” anything or abide by anyone’s decision of what I should wear.

River Road
My first inclination was to shake my head and walk away. But something told me to give him a chance. So I stared a little longer. He didn’t look like a serial killer.

Hatch This
Over the first weekend in November, teams will vie for seed money and support to create a brand new business in Asheville.

Designer Wendy Newman combines photography and fashion to produce apparel utilizing iconic Asheville locales...and even familiar personalities.

Photo: Sgt. Jose Ahiram Diaz-Ramos/PRNG-PAO (Wikimedia Commons)
Want to help with hurricane recovery? Here's where to start. We'll update this, so please loop us in if you know about local relief efforts or other ways to help!

This weekend, we got a sneak peek of the now sold-out CiderFest out at Salvage Station with friends from Urban Orchard and Daidala Ciders.

Woods & Wilds
Get in the mood for this Sunday's Woods & Wilds Storytelling and Music Festival by reading about why we love forests.

Asheville Coffee Expo
We talk to Asheville Coffee Expo founder Stu Helm about the most caffeinated event of the year.

Zombie Apocalypse
Is it imminent threat sounding in the revved engine? Derision caught in side-view mirror snapshot? Or plain old disdain drumming its fingers on the drivers’ side door?

Factory Theatre; Spacing's Theatre Architecture 2013. Source: kaykaybarrie (Flickr)
How you can enjoy the art of the stage for the small price of your time.

Vintage bottles. Source: Nancynance, 2012 (Flickr)
Growing up on the thrifty side of life.

GritVegas
We're back, and it's that weekend! Check out the full write-up here to see what's going down in the 828.

Vance Monument
At the recent downtown protest two different factions ended up squabbling with one another.

Luis Carlos Serapio. Credit: Renato Rotolo
The founder of Descubre Asheville, a new website devoted to Latino and Hispanic culture in the area, wants to build bridges and create community.

Goombay Stilt Walkers. Credit: Go Diva Photography
This year, Goombay—the area's premiere celebration of Afro-Caribbean culture—goes local.

Parking Deck
The woman looked into the windows as if shopping. I could have been out with my mother on an afternoon stroll. She stopped. “This!” she pointed at the window of a hair salon. Her face lit up.

Mobley
Mobley and Professor Toon headline this month's BEAT LIFE at Asheville Music Hall (9/1).

LAAF 2017
Downtown's festival is back this weekend; here's what to get excited about.

Invisible
It was eight in the morning, we were in line at Whole Foods, and the guy was wearing sunglasses.

MOB 2017
Are you the next Mayor of Brewgrass? Enter our Instagram contest and see if you'll be crowned! The winner gets amazing prizes and VIP access at this year's Brewgrass Festival on September 16th.

Eclipse Screenshot
Ok, so it's technically not happening on the weekend, but we'd be remiss not to dedicate this weekend update to the Great American Solar Eclipse of 2017.

Lisa Zahiya, DJ MP Pride, and Asheville Yoga Festival attendees
The Asheville Yoga Festival brought people from across the country together for a weekend of open-hearted celebration. All photos by Erin Fowler.

Kimberly McGrady. Photo: Niki Kordus
Local therapist Kimberly McGrady offers a new kind of counseling to area residents.

Asheville Comedy Festival
Kick off your weekend early—the Asheville Comedy Festival starts tonight. Plus the skinny on what else is going down in the 828.

Dog Park 10. Credit: trpnblies7. On Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/trpnblies7/6811773500/
A few more back and forths like this and I realize I’m the only White person who will join this Black couple—outsiders twice over—and that the larger group keeps their distance.

LEAF Downtown
We are ready to "Turn It Up" for LEAF Downtown, happening this Friday and Saturday. Check out the details, plus other events happening in town!

LEAF Downtown
This weekend, enjoy free music, performance, and more over two days of LEAF Downtown.

Relationship Goals
What's the buzz on Shanti-Jun?

The Asheville Yoga Festival kicks off this weekend; plus more in the write-up!

Tourism Rules Dunnoism
Tourism Rules Everything Around Me

Amanda Giacomini and the 10,000 Buddhas Project. Credit: Cody App
We talk with yoga teacher and artist Amanda Giacomini, who will be painting a wall for her 10,000 Buddhas Project at Strada in Asheville this week before the Asheville Yoga Festival.

Ask Audrey
Should I leave my job? Ask Audrey reflects on financial hardships and employment issues in Asheville.

Hatch. Photo: Sebastian Matthews
Earlier this morning, the shuttles were full of employees; the halls empty. Now we’re in full swing. I wait at the bar for an overpriced beer. The boys have joined the line for the Vortex, egging each other past their cartoon fear.

Natural Born Leaders. Credit: Grace Barron-Martinez
The band that bathes together...and more from local hip-hop/rock/gumbo funk/prog hop group Natural Born Leaders, including their new video for "Time Flies By," an Asheville Grit premiere!

An Incomplete Guide to Public Vulnerability
Routinely crucifying my privacy on the cross of feminist literature is my way of showing I care.

We checked out the local modular synthesizer company Make Noise, who will be presenting their new instrument and performing this Friday at the BMCM+AC.

Introducing the most enlightened fridge magnets you've ever come across.

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Ali McGhee has a conversation with Asheville hip-hop artist SIYAH on the That's So Asheville podcast.

Better than Unicorns on the GritVegas Weekend Update!
Check out the behind-the-scenes (and within-the-scenes) action at Better Than Unicorns, Asheville's local VR company, this week. Plus, our highlights for the music, entertainment, food, and fun happening this weekend.

Go To Jail / Monopoly
Activism in Asheville continues. Part 1 of a 3 part series. #livingsalary

Pelicans. Photo: Sebastian Matthews
The wind is so persistent up here the seagulls float in place above the tables, wings flapping as if in flight, making little dives at tossed tortilla chips.

Serve Safe, Drink Safe, Do the Right Thing
Asheville has one of the highest conviction rates for DWIs in the state, and alcohol-related crime is on the rise. How do we combat it and keep our community safe?

FBO on the GritVegas Weekend Update
We had Tuesday off, and now it's almost the weekend again! Here's how we recommend you spend it.

Intramurals Social Bowling League
Asheville's new Intramural Social Bowling League meets weekly beginning this Wednesday.

Ask Audrey
Also, what do I do if my kid might be going down the wrong path?

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