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EAT OF THE WEEK: Southern Comfort for Breakfast

EAT OF THE WEEK: Southern Comfort for Breakfast

Not that kind of Southern Comfort, Numbskull. No no no, I’m not talkin’ about the sweet, sweet… sickeningly sweet… alcoholic beverage long-popular with America’s under-aged drinkers [ LINK ], I’m talkin’ about the kind of pure emotional comfort that I feel when I tuck into a really effing good, hot, fresh, hearty, wholesome dish of Southern cooking! Fuck, yeah. When[Read More…]

As Asheville prepares to celebrate Zelda Fitzgerald, pop culture awareness peaks

As Asheville prepares to celebrate Zelda Fitzgerald, pop culture awareness peaks

Two major Hollywood pictures are in the works, and a new Amazon series, focus on the life and impact of Zelda as Asheville prepares to celebrate her once again.

Soundcheck AVL: Emma’s Lounge

Soundcheck AVL: Emma’s Lounge

Emma’s Lounge stops by the Ashvegas studio ahead of their Friday night show at the Altamont Theater to join Caleb Calhoun for another edition of Soundcheck AVL.     Learn more about Emma’s Lounge @ emmasloungemusic.com.

by March 3, 2017 0 comments Asheville News, feature
Asheville community events for Southern Conference basketball tourney

Asheville community events for Southern Conference basketball tourney

Events include the Downtown Dribble for children, a Cancer Awareness Day and an event honoring local veterans and law enforcement officers.

by February 27, 2017 0 comments Asheville sports, feature
Asheville Symphony focuses on diverse list of finalists for music director

Asheville Symphony focuses on diverse list of finalists for music director

The Asheville Symphony could hire its first woman music director.

by February 26, 2017 0 comments Asheville Music, feature
Matt Addis of Habitat Brewing.

As Habitat Brewing celebrates grand opening, it puts neighborhood first

Music, food trucks and more highlight the grand opening events today at tomorrow at Habitat Brewing on Broadway.

by February 24, 2017 0 comments Asheville food and drink, feature
Ryan Conrad, Asheville yogi, dies after cancer fight

Ryan Conrad, Asheville yogi, dies after cancer fight

A celebration of Ryan’s life will be held March 12 in Candler.

by February 23, 2017 0 comments Asheville News, feature
Manheimer announces run for second term as Asheville mayor

Manheimer announces run for second term as Asheville mayor

Manheimer, who was elected mayor in 2013, served on Asheville City Council for four years prior to that.

Asheville music scene revels in Grammy win for Secret Agent 23 Skidoo

Asheville music scene revels in Grammy win for Secret Agent 23 Skidoo

The win validated the work of a host of musicians who have pursued their art and their music in Asheville for years.

by February 18, 2017 0 comments Asheville Music, feature
VIDEO: Bike Love 2017 and Asheville weekend events roundup

VIDEO: Bike Love 2017 and Asheville weekend events roundup

Here’s a quick look at some of what’s happening around town, including Bike Love ’17 and the season opener for the Blue Ridge Roller Girls.

by February 16, 2017 0 comments Asheville events, feature
Costumes worn by Johnny Depp and Radha Mitchell in the film “Finding Neverland” stand in the Banquet Hall of Biltmore House as part of “Designed for Drama: Fashion from the Classics.” The exhibit will be on display through July 4./ Photo courtesy of Biltmore Estate

New Biltmore Estate exhibition spotlights movie costumes with literary twist

“Designed for Drama” showcases more than 40 award-winning movie costumes from films based on favorite books in the collection of George Vanderbilt.

by February 16, 2017 0 comments Asheville events, feature
Wook Hunting: A Personal Essay, and the time I was bagged and tagged

Wook Hunting: A Personal Essay, and the time I was bagged and tagged

Exploring the cultural phenomenon of snapping photos of dread-locked, drugged-out music fans and sharing them online.

by February 15, 2017 1 comment Asheville Music, feature
News obit: Nelia Hyatt, matriarch of famous Asheville bluegrass jam, dies

News obit: Nelia Hyatt, matriarch of famous Asheville bluegrass jam, dies

A modest home on Brevard Road was once a destination for music-lovers around the world who sought a taste of bluegrass.

by February 15, 2017 0 comments Asheville Music, Asheville News, feature
The AC Hotel, under construction at the corner of College and Broadway in downtown Asheville, is one of a wave of new hotels under construction in downtown./ photo by Jason Sandford

Asheville Downtown Commission: Changes to development rules would unduly politicize process

Members of the Asheville Downtown Commission said last week that standards for development should be clearly expressed.

by February 13, 2017 5 comments Asheville News, feature

Ashvegas Hot Sheet: Gan Shan Station announces West Asheville location

Also, photographer Lydia See will celebrate the opening of a new exhibition on Feb. 16, and much more.

by February 13, 2017 3 comments Asheville News, feature
VIDEO: What to do in Asheville weekend of Feb. 10

VIDEO: What to do in Asheville weekend of Feb. 10

Drag Queen Bingo, y’all.

by February 9, 2017 0 comments Asheville events, feature
EAT OF THE WEEK: Gotta Go Get a Bulgogi Bibimbap!

EAT OF THE WEEK: Gotta Go Get a Bulgogi Bibimbap!

Daily food intake is a requirement of my continued existence.  Okaaaay… So, despite the fact that reality seems to be upside-down and inside-out, and facts are no longer facts, and I found out that there are people in this world who chew and swallow 35 pieces of gum… every day… before noon [ link ]… and that makes me wanna[Read More…]

by February 8, 2017 6 comments Asheville food and drink, feature, Reviews
Asheville P&Z votes down new rules aimed at curbing hotel construction boom

Asheville P&Z votes down new rules aimed at curbing hotel construction boom

The new regulations are a fear-based reaction to growth, one commission member said.

by February 7, 2017 3 comments Asheville News, feature

Ashvegas Hot Sheet: Asheville Art Museum construction plans reviewed

Also, Asheville is one of the fastest gentrifying cities in the U.S. according to a report, and more.

by February 6, 2017 6 comments Asheville News, feature
VIDEO: Weekend Roundup of Events in Asheville

VIDEO: Weekend Roundup of Events in Asheville

At GritVegas, we wouldn’t actually mind six more weeks of winter since winter kinda wimped out on us this year. Then again, 70 degree days in January are nice. But now it’s February, so who knows what’s coming our way? While you might not be able to control the weather, you can control the level of fun you’re having. We’ve[Read More…]

by February 2, 2017 0 comments Asheville events, feature
APPROVED: ‘Disney-esque’ Parisian Hotel passes muster at Asheville P&Z

APPROVED: ‘Disney-esque’ Parisian Hotel passes muster at Asheville P&Z

After reviewing The Parisian hotel’s design, one commissioner asked, “What’s next, a pyramid?” Still, the project was approved on a 6-1 vote.

by February 2, 2017 10 comments Asheville News, feature
New Asheville arts festival dubbed Xpand Fest set for June on South Slope

New Asheville arts festival dubbed Xpand Fest set for June on South Slope

Xpand Fest organizers have experience working with local arts nonprofits, and in event planning and marketing.

by January 31, 2017 2 comments Asheville arts, feature

Ashvegas Hot Sheet: Sunshine Sammies opening shop in downtown Asheville

Also, the Montford Park Players are planning a big group photo in May, and much more.

by January 30, 2017 1 comment Asheville News, feature
New hotel proposed near Biltmore Village in Asheville goes back to drawing board

New hotel proposed near Biltmore Village in Asheville goes back to drawing board

The Home2Suites by Hilton hotel is a 5-story, 117-room hotel proposed for a location on Thompson Street.

by January 27, 2017 5 comments Asheville News, feature

Asheville City Council Election ’17 update; Roney in, Smith out

Councilman Gordon Smith won’t seek re-election, newcomer Kim Roney says she’s running and others are testing the waters.

by January 27, 2017 0 comments Asheville News, feature
VIDEO: Events for this weekend + a peek at Fringe Fest 2017

VIDEO: Events for this weekend + a peek at Fringe Fest 2017

Here’s a look at events coming up this weekend, including the Asheville Fringe Festival.

by January 26, 2017 0 comments Asheville events, feature
Asheville entrepreneurs are inventors first, ‘Moonshiners’ second

Asheville entrepreneurs are inventors first, ‘Moonshiners’ second

Chad Slagle and Keith Mort have a process to speed up the aging process of whiskey, and they showcase it on this season of “Moonshiners.”

by January 24, 2017 0 comments Asheville News, feature
VIDEO: Weekend Events in Asheville

VIDEO: Weekend Events in Asheville

Ready for another wacky weekend in Asheville? We are! Here’s our roundup of what’s happening in town this weekend. Plus, we have a very special guest who will sing to you of the evils of Krampus when you watch our video… Thursday, January 19 The Ghostlight Project @ Magnetic 375 5:30 pm The local chapter of the national Ghostlight Project will[Read More…]

by January 19, 2017 0 comments Asheville events, feature
EAT OF THE WEEK: It’s Hot, It’s Brown, It’s Asheville Hot Brown!

EAT OF THE WEEK: It’s Hot, It’s Brown, It’s Asheville Hot Brown!

Hot Brown is the Description that’s also a Dish. I absolutely love that there’s a traditional plate of food which is actually, officially, hilariously named “hot brown.” I love it for so many reasons. Let’s leave aside any obvious comparisons to a “dutch oven,” a “philly steamer,” or a “rusty trombone.” …yeah, no, let’s not bring up those things at[Read More…]

Roots run deep at Yancey County’s first craft brewery, Homeplace Beer Co.

Roots run deep at Yancey County’s first craft brewery, Homeplace Beer Co.

John Silver hopes to begin serving beer in downtown Burnsville this spring.

by January 18, 2017 4 comments Asheville beer, feature
‘Cheesy’ hotel proposal gets thumbs down from Asheville Downtown Commission

‘Cheesy’ hotel proposal gets thumbs down from Asheville Downtown Commission

The Asheville Downtown Commission rejected a downtown hotel design last week, with one member calling the design “cheesy” and another expressing reservations about the intentions of developers. On a 5-4 vote, the city advisory board dismissed plans for The Parisian hotel proposed by MRK Property Development and presented to the commission by Asheville architect Peter Alberice. The vote may not significantly alter[Read More…]

by January 16, 2017 9 comments Asheville News, feature
The area shaded in gray is the part of the Asheville Art Museum that is set to be demolished.

Demolition of downtown Asheville Art Museum set to begin

Plans for new construction on the museum project must still meet city approval.

by January 16, 2017 0 comments Asheville News, feature
Asheville’s venerable Grey Eagle venue ushers in new year with changes

Asheville’s venerable Grey Eagle venue ushers in new year with changes

Look for more comedy shows, more late-night dance parties and the quality music programming fans have grown to love.

by January 15, 2017 0 comments Asheville Music, feature
VIDEO: Billy Strings

VIDEO: Billy Strings

Check out Billy Strings.

by January 13, 2017 0 comments Asheville Music, feature
VIDEO: Things to do around Asheville for weekend of Jan. 12

VIDEO: Things to do around Asheville for weekend of Jan. 12

Monday is the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, featuring a planned march/rally and a candlelight vigil in downtown Asheville.

by January 12, 2017 0 comments Asheville events, feature
In top form, The Infamous Stringdusters’ bring album release show to Orange Peel Friday

In top form, The Infamous Stringdusters’ bring album release show to Orange Peel Friday

An album release show from The Infamous Stringdusters, with Billy Strings opening. It doesn’t get much better than this if you’re a bluegrass fan.

by January 11, 2017 0 comments Asheville Music, feature
‘Dirty Dancing’ remake filmed around Asheville to air May 24 on ABC

‘Dirty Dancing’ remake filmed around Asheville to air May 24 on ABC

The “Dirty Dancing” remake stars Abigail Breslin as Baby and Colt Prattes as Johnny.

by January 11, 2017 0 comments Asheville film, feature
Updated: Asheville City Council delays Embassy Suites hotel vote

Updated: Asheville City Council delays Embassy Suites hotel vote

Two city advisory boards have split on their approval of the downtown hotel project.

by January 10, 2017 0 comments Asheville News, feature
News obit: Barry Olen, downtown Asheville champion and business owner, dies

News obit: Barry Olen, downtown Asheville champion and business owner, dies

Olen was a key player in an effort to revitalize Asheville in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

by January 10, 2017 1 comment Asheville News, feature
VIDEO: What to do around Asheville weekend of Jan. 5

VIDEO: What to do around Asheville weekend of Jan. 5

It’s going to be cooold this weekend, Asheville! Beat the chill with our selection of wonderful winter events. Thursday, 1/5 Auditions for Pulse, an Anam Cara Theatre production @ Toy Boat Community Arts Space Thursday + Saturday @ 6 pm Pulse is Anam Cara’s latest original production that opens in February, and you can vie for your spot in the spotlight this weekend at Toy[Read More…]

by January 6, 2017 0 comments Asheville News, feature
RIFFED! WLOS anchor Larry Blunt abruptly let go from Asheville TV news station

RIFFED! WLOS anchor Larry Blunt abruptly let go from Asheville TV news station

Blunt wrote in a Facebook post that he was assured he had done nothing to trigger the sudden elimination of his job.

by January 4, 2017 36 comments Asheville News, feature
2016 STOOBIE AWARDS, PT 2: “3 SQUARES (+1)” Asheville’s Best Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch

2016 STOOBIE AWARDS, PT 2: “3 SQUARES (+1)” Asheville’s Best Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch

Stoobies Part Toobies… Hey-ey! Welcome back to the annual Stoobie Awards, Asheville’s most… um… Prestigious? Meaningless? Somewhere inbetweeningiest… culinary awards! The Stoobies are given out once a year by little ol’ me, Stu Helm, and nobody else.  This is Part Two, in which I will dole out awards for the best places to get breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and of[Read More…]

VIDEO: What to do around Asheville on New Year’s Eve weekend 2016

VIDEO: What to do around Asheville on New Year’s Eve weekend 2016

If you’re feeling anything like we are about 2016, you’re ready to wave goodbye and turn over a new page. This New Year’s weekend, we’ve got a list of the hippest and most happening things in the area, which are guaranteed to send you into the future with a bang. We advise you to rest up Thursday and Friday so you can[Read More…]

by December 29, 2016 0 comments Asheville News, feature
Asheville Unreported: Lawsuit filed to declare Asheville bond vote invalid

Asheville Unreported: Lawsuit filed to declare Asheville bond vote invalid

The lawsuit points to problems with bond referendum wording.

by December 27, 2016 1 comment Asheville News, feature
VIDEO Things to do in Asheville weekend of Christmas ’16

VIDEO Things to do in Asheville weekend of Christmas ’16

Need to get out of the house? Check out the Spazmatics at the Salvage Station, and more.

by December 22, 2016 0 comments Asheville News, feature
12 Bones barbecue joint closing Riverside restaurant Jan. 6, moving down the road

12 Bones barbecue joint closing Riverside restaurant Jan. 6, moving down the road

President Barack Obama helped the catapult the restaurant to fame after several stops and mentions.

by December 21, 2016 1 comment Asheville News, feature
Ashvegas Hot Sheet: N.C. lawmakers to consider repealing HB2

Ashvegas Hot Sheet: N.C. lawmakers to consider repealing HB2

Also, Lonely Planet is teaming up with Explore Asheville and Biltmore Estate for a big travel giveaway.

by December 20, 2016 0 comments Asheville News, feature
EAT OF THE WEEK! Getting Pied at Pete’s in Downtown Asheville

EAT OF THE WEEK! Getting Pied at Pete’s in Downtown Asheville

My Whole Family Loves a Good Meat Pie. I’m from a pie family. We like pie. Apple pie, sweet potato pie, rhubarb, pumpkin, cherry pie… make any pie out of any fruit, squash, custard, or pudding, and we will eat it. Make a pie out of meat, and we will eat ALL of it. You and your family will have no[Read More…]

by December 16, 2016 3 comments Asheville food and drink, feature, Opinion, Reviews
Things to do around Asheville weekend of Dec. 15

Things to do around Asheville weekend of Dec. 15

No matter your flavor of celebration, one thing is undeniable: the holiday season is almost upon us! We’ve got some great events for you this weekend that will help you get in the festive mood, get your shopping done, and chill out before the madness begins! Now, on to the GritVegas Weekend Update… Friday, December 16 Holiday Mingle and Jingle @[Read More…]

by December 15, 2016 0 comments Asheville News, feature
Doc Brown’s BBQ now open in Candler

Doc Brown’s BBQ now open in Candler

Doc Brown’s all over the place, as usual. Doc jumps from one topic to another, rapid-fire, as his thoughts race. In an hour-long conversation at his new 1320 Smoky Park Highway restaurant, Doc Brown’s BBQ, he muses on everything from contact theory to Candler’s gradual gentrification. He references the influence of Kitty O’Kelly, “the queen of Hominy Valley,” and ticks off the[Read More…]

by December 13, 2016 6 comments Asheville food and drink, feature