AVL LIFE

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!

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.

Roanline: Ferrell and Koral Alman
Let's Do This interviews Ferrell and Koral Alman, founders of outdoor clothing and gear company Roanline.

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.

Street Art
Places to go and people to see if you wanna tickle those civil liberties

Ali McGhee on Forest Friday
Dogwood Alliance spends some time outside, at Pisgah National Forest's Moore Cove Falls, with Asheville Grit editor Ali McGhee.

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

Red Wedding cocktail
Katie Button’s, small plate and craft cocktail restaurant, Nightbell will be a hosting a one-night event this Saturday, February 18.

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!

Women's March on Asheville. Credit: Ali McGhee
A detailed look at what organized efforts have accomplished already, and an exploration of where we go from here.

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

Source: Flickr user smkybear
Stand With Southerners and Say No To Enviva.

Art the Barred Owl
We have had some marvelous #ForestFriday guests so far, but Art is our very first Feathered Forest Friday Friend!

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!

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.

If you're in need of some comedy with a conscience, and a cocktail, head to The BLOCK this Saturday to catch some stand-up from Krish Mohan and David Coulter.

Fringe Fest Weekend Update
Happy Fringe Festival, all! See what's happening with sneak peeks from our Fringe Friends, plus more on this edition of the GritVegas weekend update!

Jim Sea
Jim Sea is bringing light to an issue that is often overlooked--and he's doing it in a way that not many have done before. His show "Unredeemable" will be on stage at Asheville's Fringe Festival on January 26th. Check out our interview and your chance to win two tickets to see "Unredeemable".

Michael Washington Brown
Michael Washington Brown has a lot to say, and we were recently lucky enough to listen. His show "Black!" will be premiering at Asheville's Fringe Festival on January 27th. Check out our interview and your chance to win two tickets to see "Black!"

Erin Everett
Dogwood Alliance embarks on another Forest Friday adventure! This week's Forest Friday guest features Erin Everett on the Mountains-to-Sea trail to the Rattlesnake Lodge Ruins.

Krampus GritVegas
Whether you want to get involved in Inauguration-related community events, find your niche in the arts, or take a ride with Krampus, we've got something just for you this weekend in Asheville.

Start 2017 with good music by heading to The Mothlight on Monday, January 16th to see Big Thief.

So many movies, so little time. Skip work and hit up some matinees. Skip sleep and go see some late night flicks. You're going to want to when you see this lineup.

GritVegas MLK Edition
Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr., on Monday, and fill the rest of your weekend with music and the arts!

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.

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