AVL LIFE

Still from The Conquest of Canaan
The Conquest of Canaan, filmed in 1921 in Asheville, will be screened at Grail Moviehouse on January 22nd with live piano accompaniment.

GritVegas Weekend Update January 5-8
Cold weekend ahead? Heat it up with this edition of the Asheville GritVegas Weekend Update, our first of the new year!

Asheville Fringe Festival
It's the most wonderful time of the year again--Fringe Festival time! Tickets and limited Fringe Freak Passes are on sale now!

Jeremy Horton of Unification Tattoo. Photo: Tiffany Narron
Tattoo artist & hip hop beat maker Jeremy Horton shares how he learned the trade while traveling and helped Key West gain its ability to tattoo legally. Also: the most ridiculous thing he's ever drawn on someone.

GritVegas Weekend Update New Year's Edition
Start the champagne toast now, here are your weekend plans for the final days of 2016.

Rosebud Video is going out of business. Go support them one last time.

Christine Garvin Dance + Transform. Photo: Megan Torgerson
Christine Garvin Dance + Transformation (CGD+T) is offering a new certification program in 2017. They'll also be donating to a different non-profit every month.

All your New Year's Eve party opportunities in one spot.

Diamond Brand giveaway
Finally be prepared for your next camping trip with our 12th Day of Grit-Mas giveaway: a two-man combat tent from Diamond Brand ($450).

12 Days of Grit-Mas logo
We're celebrating 12 Days of Grit-Mas this year! Starting on Monday, December 12th, we'll be giving away exclusive gifts and packages from some of our favorite local businesses!

Photo: Allie Tyner
On the 11th Day of Grit-Mas, we're giving away a hammock and straps from Eagle's Nest Outfitters (ENO)!

GritVegas Holidays
Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukah, Happy Kwanzaa, Good Yule! Celebrate the holidays with the Asheville GritVegas Weekend Update!

Salvage Station
Get your New Year's Eve plans right with our Day 10 Grit-Mas Giveaway: 2 tickets to Salvage Station's New Year's Eve party AND a $25 giftcard!

Barley's and Grail images
We've created the ultimate package for you on Day 9 of Grit-Mas: dinner and a movie. Enter today to win a $30 gift certificate to Barley's and a Night out at the Movies at Grail Moviehouse.

Wreath People!
Celebrate the end of the year by lending a hand to a local organization.

Lever Gear Silver Toolcard
On the eighth day of Grit-Mas, we're giving away 2 silver Toolcards from Lever Gear + 2 pairs of socks from Nester Hosiery!

Bellyak + Recover
On the seventh day of Grit-Mas, we're giving away a pair of neoprene gloves from Bellyak and a hoodie from Recover!

Did you buy all your gifts yet? Didn't think so. Good news is that LoLo's got your back.

Pure Yoga Asheville
On the sixth day of Grit-Mas, we're giving away a month of unlimited yoga from Pure Yoga Asheville ($79 value) to one lucky winner!

Claire Veale and Shayanne Gal, Creators of Voices of Refugees
Local photographer Shayanne Gal and co-creator Claire Veale began Voices of Refugees to document the stories of displaced Syrians and other refugees in Greece.

Malaprop's coffee mugs
On the fifth day of Grit-Mas, we're giving away a gift certificate ($25) and a bag of donation books from Malaprop's to one lucky winner!

GritVegas Weekend Update December 16-18
We're gearing up for the holidays, and we've got fun events to help you celebrate, shop, and relax!

Drew Powell at the top of Lookout Mountain in Montreat, NC
Recently, Dogwood Alliance launched #ForestFriday, where we go out into the woods with a guest and celebrate forests together. Most recently, we had the privilege of venturing out with Bat Biologist Drew Powell. Drew surveys bats in the summertime in West Virginia for Apogee Environmental.

On the fourth day of Grit-Mas, we're giving away a pair of BANGS shoes to one lucky winner!

Suwanee River Live Oaks. Photo: Stewart Tomlinson
A testament to memory, longing, love, and identity, Audrey Amir's powerful "Etymology" is the first runner-up for our Asheville Grit/Dogwood Alliance Flash Writing Competition.

Whist gift bag
On the third day of Grit-Mas, we're giving away a gift bag full of goodies ($65) from Whist to one lucky winner!

Corvallis and Eastern Railroad Logging Car. Source: Wiki Commons
Ryn Bradford Hayes shared her wonderful "Forests by Owl-Light" with us, and we chose is as the second runner-up for our Asheville Grit/Dogwood Alliance flash writing competition.

Woods & Wilds. Source: Dogwood Alliance
Announcing this year's Dogwood Alliance + Asheville Grit Flash Writing Competition Winners and finalists! We'll publish one winning story a day, ending with our Grand Prize Winner!

Christmas Jam GritVegas
It's gonna be cold this weekend, Asheville! We've got events and activities to keep you toasty!

Head to the Asheville Food Park on Saturday, December 3rd, to check out pottery on sale from local artists at 8am-1pm.

Source: Outdoor Gear Builders of WNC
The Outdoor Gear Builders of WNC are here with a gift guide for the outdoor enthusiast in your life!

GritVegas Weekend Update: Forest Creatures!
Whether you're into woodland frolicking or getting out on the dance floor, the Asheville GritVegas Weekend Update has something for you!

Manhattan. Photo: Graeme Maclean (Glasgow, UK)
Bar Wars is back, baby! This year's cocktail is the Manhattan. Find out where to drink it and how to vote for your favorite, and check out the very special events that go along with it.

Brie Capone
Asheville Grit talked with singer-songwriter Brie Capone's about her gorgeous new EP, Orbit, Asheville, and life so far.

Cpt HyperDrive
Cpt. HyperDrive and special guests will celebrate the release of his debut album at Sol Vibes on December 2nd.

Craggy Pinnacle
Asheville Grit and Dogwood Alliance are now accepting submissions to the 2016 Flash Writing Contest in honor of Dogwood Alliance's 20th Anniversary!

Thanksgiving GritVegas
Happy Thanksgiving! Once you're totally stuffed, walk, dance, drink, or shop it off by checking out our weekend suggestions!

Source: frankieleon on Flickr
Just in time for your holiday travel! Kiri flies the friendly skies on an airline that rhymes with Smelta. Driving might have been faster.

The shakeout
"The Shakeout" comes to New Mountain this Saturday to promote inclusion and creativity through music, art, and fashion.

Dakota Access Pipeline Native American protest site, on Highway 1806 near Cannonball, North Dakota, August 15th, 2016. NODAPL! Photo: Shane Balkowitsch
The Army Corps just denied Dakota Access the right to construct the Missouri River portion of the Dakota Access Pipeline. What does this mean, and how can you help?

GritVegas Weekend Update 11-17
The weekend before Thanksgiving has a lot to be thankful for. Check it all out here.

Marisol Tomás of SolReflection
Local therapist and LCSW Marisol Tomás is taking her penchant for fashion to her clients through an innovative approach: therapeutic image consulting.

North Carolina red and blue map
To outsiders, Asheville is a city that wears it bold colors proudly, but what outsiders don’t know is that Asheville accepts those who just want to wear gray.

GritVegas Weekend Update November 10-13
Need to unwind after a very stressful week? Not sure what the future holds? Go out and celebrate the AVL community--follow along with us!

The Bar at Habitat Tavern and Commons. Source: Habitat
Habitat Tavern and Commons, a brewery and community space, will open their door this week. We caught up with the team and checked out the space.

Chocolate. Lots of it.
Peppermint Patties Proven to Purge the Effects of Polls Instilling You with False Hope. Follow along for a fun recipe with no political agenda.

Source: Martin Falbisoner. Wikimedia Commons
Our list of where to watch the election results come in. Don't worry, alcohol (or mocktails) are available at most of these spots!

Asheville Adventures
Clayton Manche, founder of the new outfitting company Asheville Adventures, has a unique vision for his brand and for a brighter future.

Flock of Dimes
Flock of Dimes, the solo project from Jenn Wasner of Wye Oak, comes to the Mothlight this Sunday, 11/6/

This weekend, check out Asheville and nearby Brevard for all of your event needs. We've got the scoop!

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