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Project Real Asheville: What secret nooks, crannies and stories do you want to share that makes Asheville, Asheville?

Project Real Asheville: What secret nooks, crannies and stories do you want to share that makes Asheville, Asheville?

On Reddit, someone is sharing his or her favorite best-kept secrets and hidden fun in Asheville, and asking others to do the same: I made a flippant suggestion that the real Asheville was a guy noodle dancing at a Belle Chere jam band show. I apologize and to make up for this narrow vision of Asheville, here are three secrets:[Read More…]

by June 11, 2012 0 comments Asheville News
Asheville gets a comics convention this October

Asheville gets a comics convention this October

First Fanaticon (R.I.P.), then Geekout. Now it seems Asheville is getting another chance for a comics convention: Asheville Comics Expo (ACE), with East Asheville comics shop Comic Envy as a sponsor. Facebook page Website Dates and more details as they become available. Please follow and like us:

by June 11, 2012 0 comments Asheville News
Asheville Distilling Company and Troy & Sons moonshine on CBS This Morning

Asheville Distilling Company and Troy & Sons moonshine on CBS This Morning

From a segment that aired Thursday at 6:40 a.m.: Mom gives moonshine a classy makeover, the story behind Troy Ball and her small-batch, craft moonshine made in Asheville. Troy and Sons is the brand for white whiskey produced by Asheville Distilling Company–a small-batch distillery making legal moonshine from an heirloom variety of North Carolina corn that dates back to the[Read More…]

Pictures of Asheville: Didgeridoo outside Asheville Art Museum

Pictures of Asheville: Didgeridoo outside Asheville Art Museum

Photo by Gordon Smith. Please follow and like us:

by June 9, 2012 0 comments Pictures of Asheville
Great bear photo from Haw Creek neighborhood

Great bear photo from Haw Creek neighborhood

“Bears tend to be timid but it did pull me up short when I came upon this guy as I walked down my driveway…” Photo by Rick Fornoff. Please follow and like us:

by June 8, 2012 0 comments Asheville News
One dead in this morning’s minivan-motorcycle accident on Haywood Rd.

One dead in this morning’s minivan-motorcycle accident on Haywood Rd.

Reports are still coming in.  Haywood Rd. was closed for investigation from Battlecat east according to the most recent report. From Mountain Xpress this morning: According to people on the scene, there was a young male and female riding a motorcycle involved in an accident on Haywood Road. The male was taken by ambulance immediately; the female was worked on[Read More…]

by June 8, 2012 3 comments Asheville News
Hotel protest planned for Saturday at St. Lawrence

Hotel protest planned for Saturday at St. Lawrence

PARC, a politically liberal downtown Asheville PAC, plans a protest of the sale of public land to the McKibbon Hotel Group to build a hotel across from the basilica. The protest is this Saturday at 11 a.m. From a PARC email: Let’s get it together! Let’s stage a picket at St. Lawrence Basilica to protest the possible sale of the[Read More…]

by June 8, 2012 0 comments Asheville News
BID opinion roundup: Who opposes, who endorses

BID opinion roundup: Who opposes, who endorses

According to the Downtown Asheville Business Improvement District Formation Report produced by the City of Asheville, the BID is: …a self-imposed way for downtown business and property owners to fund enhanced services or improvement projects within the district, using revenues generated by an assessment on real and personal property valuations in the district. A district will build on the city’s long tradition[Read More…]

by June 8, 2012 0 comments Asheville News
Ashvegas weekend: Events and happenings June 8-10

Ashvegas weekend: Events and happenings June 8-10

Your guide to weekend fun in Asheville. All weekend Asheville Percussion Festival  “Tradition to Innovation”: There will be concerts & workshops with master teachers- Jamey Haddad (Paul Simons percussionist), David Cossin (tours with Sting) and other local and regional teachers. Topics include performing, improvising and composing. Info: ashevillepercussionfestival.com Friday Live Letterpress Party: FR (6/8), 8-midnight – A live letterpress party[Read More…]

by June 8, 2012 2 comments Asheville events
UNCA men’s basketball headed to San Juan for Puerto Rico Tip-Off in November

UNCA men’s basketball headed to San Juan for Puerto Rico Tip-Off in November

The Puerto Rico Tip-Off is an ESPN pre-season college basketball tournament happening in November  in San Juan. This year,  it’s Nov. 15-18. The 2012 tournament also includes NC State, Massachusetts, Akron, Oklahoma State, Penn State, Providence and Tennessee. From the Tip-Off website: The 2012 Puerto Rico Tip-Off, an early-season men’s basketball tournament, has secured all eight teams in the field, including NCAA Championship invitees North Carolina State and UNC[Read More…]

by June 7, 2012 0 comments Asheville News
Better Than College: Asheville author crowdfunds book for $9K, gets blurb from millionaire CD Baby founder

Better Than College: Asheville author crowdfunds book for $9K, gets blurb from millionaire CD Baby founder

Asheville’s Blake Boles, an advocate of “unschooling,” or seeking nontraditional means to education and success, has a book out tomorrow. Better Than College has attracted attention from CD Baby founder Derek Sivers, who provides the cover blurb, and NYT bestselling author Dan Pink (Drive), who also provides a blurb. And I don’t think Blake was kidding on Facebook when he[Read More…]

Mojo Co-working opening this fall at 60 N. Market St. in downtown Asheville

Mojo Co-working opening this fall at 60 N. Market St. in downtown Asheville

From the Mojo Coworking newsletter. Mojo is currently on Wall St. near Mayfel’s, but relocates this fall to a much larger, 4500-square-foot space downtown: We are extremely excited to announce that after an exhaustive search throughout downtown Asheville … Drum Roll Please … We finally sealed the deal on the perfect location for the new Mojo Coworking!  We’ll be opening[Read More…]

by June 6, 2012 0 comments Asheville News
Harvest Recordings teams with Jim James’ (My Morning Jacket) record label to co-release new record from Floating Action

Harvest Recordings teams with Jim James’ (My Morning Jacket) record label to co-release new record from Floating Action

On the heels of an Asheville musician joining Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, more big Asheville music news: Asheville band Floating Action, who’d previously attracted attention from major-label act Dr. Dog, scores big again. Harvest Recordings (the record label of Asheville’s indie record store, Harvest Records), together with Removador Recordings and Solutions (Jim James’ label), releases  Floating Action’s upcoming record “Fake[Read More…]

by June 6, 2012 6 comments Asheville Music
Pictures of Asheville: Maxfield Parrish sunset

Pictures of Asheville: Maxfield Parrish sunset

Last night’s sunset during the transit of Venus. Instagram by @fotojennic/Jen Bowen. Please follow and like us:

by June 6, 2012 2 comments Pictures of Asheville
Harris Teeter on Hendersonville Road closing: 25-50% off frozen food, dairy, select meats

Harris Teeter on Hendersonville Road closing: 25-50% off frozen food, dairy, select meats

From the Asheville Citizen-Times: The Harris Teeter store on Hendersonville Road will close June 17 and reopen around July 1 as a Lowes Food store, part of an agreement between the two companies involving 16 grocery stores in the Carolinas. The South Asheville grocery store confirmed it is now offering discounts on food: case meats (hotdogs, etc.) are 25% off; dairy is[Read More…]

by June 6, 2012 0 comments Asheville News
Beauty Will Come: CD release day for Asheville bluegrass/Americana band, Red June

Beauty Will Come: CD release day for Asheville bluegrass/Americana band, Red June

Beauty Will Come is available on CD Baby and iTunes, as well as locally at Harvest Records, Karmasonics and Acoustic Corner. Listen here. From Facebook: Red June is an acoustic power trio from Asheville, NC, performing beautifully distilled Americana music that literally drips with soul. The Red June sound is as versatile and original as the musicians themselves; they touch[Read More…]

by June 5, 2012 0 comments Asheville Music
New CD, single and video from Asheville’s Secret Agent 23 Skidoo

New CD, single and video from Asheville’s Secret Agent 23 Skidoo

The “kid-hop” artist (with a lot of grown-up fans) released a new album last month after a successful funding run on Kickstarter. “Make Believers” is the new CD, and here’s the video for “Gotta Be You,” the first single. Please follow and like us:

by June 5, 2012 0 comments Asheville Music
Author of Pinterest for Dummies is Ashevillean Kelby Carr

Author of Pinterest for Dummies is Ashevillean Kelby Carr

Asheville writer, blogger and conference organizer Kelby Carr is the author of the how-to guide Pinterest for Dummies, published just last month. She appeared at BookExpo America in New York City today, signing copies of her new book. Carr is the organizer of the Type-A Parent Conference (formerly the Type-A Mom Conference), which recently moved from Asheville to Charlotte. That’s[Read More…]

by June 5, 2012 3 comments Asheville News
Transit of Venus across the Sun: Rare astronomical event, 6 p.m. daytime viewing today at the Asheville Chamber parking lot

Transit of Venus across the Sun: Rare astronomical event, 6 p.m. daytime viewing today at the Asheville Chamber parking lot

From the Astronomy Club of Asheville, a great family event: Come see this last-chance-in-your-lifetime event on Tuesday evening, June 5th, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. — the transit of the planet Venus across the disk of our Sun. If you miss this Venus transit, you’ll have to wait until the year 2117 for the next oppoutunity! Our club will have safe solar[Read More…]

by June 5, 2012 0 comments Asheville News
Cycle to Farm benefit ride: 62 miles of rural road and forest, plus local food and farm samples

Cycle to Farm benefit ride: 62 miles of rural road and forest, plus local food and farm samples

Asheville’s bountiful supper club and outdoors scene not enough for you? Check out Cycle to Farm, a metric-century (62-mile) bike ride that combines farm-to-table food with Asheville’s budding bike scene. New Belgium is on board as a sponsor. Cycle to Farm is sixty-two miles through farmland and greenways, with farm stops along the with samples included in the registration fee[Read More…]

“Watercolor photos” of Asheville by ace photographer zen Sutherland

“Watercolor photos” of Asheville by ace photographer zen Sutherland

Shared with permission. “Seen at The Walk during brunch: just a very pretty human being.” “Dustin Spagnola himself contemplates his work so far of Thich Quang Duc at the RAD warehouses. I can hardly express the fierce tenacity that he and Ishmael have in putting up their art there – On it every day and standing back and adjusting, composing, creating.[Read More…]

Asheville food rocks another vegan blogger’s world

Asheville food rocks another vegan blogger’s world

Colorado food blogger That Was Vegan? shares a trip with her mom, and some well-chosen gourmet vegan food from Laughing Seed, Plant, Green Light Cafe and Mellow Mushroom. Warning: reading this post will make you hungry. I chose the Tempeh Reuben with Daiya (and a side of kimchee salad) (and OMG that bread!): It was amazing. I never ate a Reuben[Read More…]

RAD street party Tuesday: Clingman Circle Celebration & River Arts District One Neighborhood Benefit

RAD street party Tuesday: Clingman Circle Celebration & River Arts District One Neighborhood Benefit

The Clingman Circle Celebration & RAD One Neighborhood Benefit is a traveling street party, benefit concert and silent auction.  West End/Clingman Ave. neighbors and project supporters are invited to celebrate the recent completion of the $1.2 million Clingman Avenue streetscape enhancement project. From a Facebook event: On Tuesday June 5th at 5:30 PM, the public is invited to join Mayor Terry[Read More…]

by June 4, 2012 0 comments Asheville events
Circus arts rehearsal and performance space opening in Asheville: Toy Boat Toy Boat Toy Boat

Circus arts rehearsal and performance space opening in Asheville: Toy Boat Toy Boat Toy Boat

Congrats to the crew behind the new Toy Boat Toy Boat Toy Boat Community Arts Space, coming to Asheville this month and funded by fans on June 2 via Kickstarter. The new space gives Asheville’s circus arts community (jugglers, acrobats, trapeze artists, aerialists, stilt walkers, puppeteers and more) a place to gather, rehearse, practice and even perform. Eighty-one backers were[Read More…]

by June 4, 2012 0 comments Asheville News

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