HAPPENINGS

Madame Onca sings, February 2017
The strange, the sexy, and the spectacular come together in this Grand Revue of Asheville Vaudeville.

Black Mountain Songs. Source: BMCM+AC
BCMC+AC's ReVIEWING conference happens next weekend, and brings two new interdisciplinary special events and exhibitions with it.

2016 Asheville Coffee Expo. Photo: David W.
Get caffeinated at the second Asheville Coffee Expo, happening Saturday, September 30, in the River Arts District. Free! Caffeine!

Hopscotch 2017
Since Moogfest’s move to Durham in 2016, local fans of multi-night, multi-venue festivals packed with top experimental rock and hip-hop acts have had no choice but to head to the flatlands to get their fill. Our next opportunity awaits us this weekend (Sept. 7-10) at Hopscotch Festival in Raleigh.

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

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.

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.

Spoiler Alert! Invasion of the Bee Girls
SPOILER ALERT! is back on August 31st at Habitat Brewing with Invasion of the Bee Girls. Find out what happens when science creates an army of women who seduce men TO DEATH.

Photo: Pierre Pastel // Dominar Films
Atlanta-based StarBenders bring their witchery to Asheville's Odditorium.

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.

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.

Asheville Comedy Festival
The Asheville Comedy Festival kicks off tomorrow. We asked participating local comedian Tom Scheve to fill us in on being funny.

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!

Yoga backpacks. Source: pexels.com
This Saturday, area studios partner with Hi-Wire Brewing and United Way to bring school supplies to children who need them.

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

Spaceman Jones and the Motherships
Spaceman Jones and the Motherships just dropped their second video from their self-titled May release. We are proud to bring you the premiere of "Soup and Cold Cuts."

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.

Summer Soul Party
Three local bands will play their take on soul music at this celebration of the sultry summertime, happening July 29th at Pisgah Brewing. We've got a pair of tickets to this event. Enter on Facebook.

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.

Lindsey Kelley Dance
“For Rumbough“ is a full-length dance performance on July 21st and 22nd at 8:00pm and July 23rd at 3:00pm at The Academy at Terpsicorps.

Spoiler Alert flyer
Spoiler Alert! is a live comedy event featuring a movie and three local comedians providing colorful commentary for extra amusement. This Thursday's pick is the gloriously awful Manos: The Hands of Fate.

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

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.

Photo: Tristan Wheelock
This Thursday, head over to the Fine Arts Theatre to see the best short films of this year's 48 Hour Film Project.

Jack Venson. Source: Jackie Venson
Soulful guitarist Jackie Venson opens for Gary Clark Jr. on Wednesday, July 19th at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium. Our interview with Venson here.

Papadosio
Papadosio comes to Pisgah Brewing in Black Mountain this Saturday, 7/15.

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

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.

Dance Class at Studio Zahiya
Rethink happy hour with this led class and dance party from Studio Zahiya, happening Saturday, July 8 at the Orange Peel.

Firefly Gathering on the Asheville GritVegas Weekend Update!
We interviewed some of the folks behind this year's Firefly Gathering, our featured event of the GritVegas Weekend Update! Plus, your 4th of July roundup.

Cindy Wilson
Wilson will bring her new subtle and psychedelia sound to Asheville for one night, this Tuesday, June 27, at The Mothlight.

Source: Asheville Fringe Arts Festival website
On June 28th, the Asheville Fringe Arts Festival celebrates community supports and fans of the Fringe at the Crow & Quill, and opens submissions for the 2018 Fringe Festival.

Natalie Bogwalker of Wild Abundance and the Firefly Gathering
We interviewed the creator and co-director of the Firefly Gathering, Natalie Bogwalker, about how she started the event and what to expect this year. Pre-registration for Firefly ends Monday.

Source: Asheville Percussion Festival
From June 26 to July 2, dance to the beat of your own (and some internally renowned others') drum at the Asheville Percussion Festival.

GritVegas weekend update
This weekend, we head to a 100-year-old house in Montford to check out an immersive theatrical performance.

A Good Trip
This weekend, comedian Shane Mauss returns to Asheville with a Saturday night show and Sunday live podcast taping on the final stop of his 100 city psychedelic comedy tour, "A Good Trip."

Vision Quest album cover
Samuel Paradise celebrates the release of his new album, Vision Quest, this Saturday at the Altamont Theatre in downtown Asheville, with support from Futexture and EmE. Read our album review here.

Better Dads Festival
Introducing the Better Dads Festival, happening June 17th and open to all.

GritVegas logo
All Go West is this Saturday and Sunday in West Asheville. Here's who we're most excited to see. Plus, your rundown of what else is happening this weekend.

CTZNWELL founder Kerri Kelly at a living wage rally. Source: ctznwell.org
This year, the Asheville Yoga Festival would like to introduce you to a few new faces.

Source: Ewan Munro, London // Wiki Commons
The I & J building on Haywood Rd. is slated to become West Asheville's newest neighborhood hot spot.

Lukr
In anticipation for Lukr's Asheville debut at Timo's House on Thursday June 15, he was kind enough to answer a few questions for us.

Jason and the Update
Your weekend is here! How will you spend it? Asheville Grit will be at Xpand Fest; come say hi!

Blacksmithing with Todd at Firefly Gathering. Source: fireflygathering.org
This year's Firefly Gathering, which takes place in Leicester, marks the 10th anniversary of the earth skills-based event. Early bird pricing for Firefly ends tomorrow.

Photo by Eric France; models: Sarah Hoover, Victoria Rae, Betsabe Fregoso Lee; hair by Twisted Sisters Event Styling Makeup by Terran Ward ; Clothing design by Amanda Rose of Amanda Rose Studios
Revisit—or discover—FASHMBOB IX: Cover Story with this video, produced by Anthony Harden of Alt Media Pros.

The weekend is full of fun, including Just Brew It, the homebrewing festival held at the Wedge. Check it all out!

All Go West 2016. Photo: Arieh Samson
All Go West is bigger and better this year, with a schedule that highlights musical talent from around the region over two days.

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