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L-R: Susan Reinhardt, Aftermath at Jewish Film Festival, Tupelo Honey Café cookbook, Green Day, Taking Shape exhibit MUSIC | 4.3 | 8PM
PERFORMANCE | 4.9 | 7PM
An Evening with Susan Reinhardt
The Altamont Theater, 18 Church Street Frank Vignola is one of the most extraordinary guitarists performing before the public today. His stunning virtuosity has made him the guitarist of choice for many of the world’s top musicians. Vignola’s jaw-dropping technique explains why the New York Times deemed him “one of the brightest…stars of the guitar.” www.thealtamont.com/frank-vignola/
The Mill Room, 66 Ashland Ave. Come spend an evening with columnist, author and radio personality Susan Reinhardt and enjoy her perspective of life as a “Cracked Southern Belle.” Reinhardt is a well-known columnist and author of 6 books along with many anthologies. An evening of laughter, life and lite raunch. www.ashevillemillroom.com
FILM | 4.3, 4.10, 4.17, 4.24
Asheville Jewish Film Festival
First Friday Art Walk
The first Friday Art Walk of 2014, a fresh breath of Spring art! Explore 25 downtown galleries, studios and museums — all located within a half mile radius. Galleries, museums, and jewelry studios present a fun-filled evening full of exceptional art and activities. www.ashevilledowntowngalleries.org
The Pedrito Martinez Group
Diana Wortham Theatre, 2 South Pack Square World-renowned Cuban conga player Pedrito Martinez and his bandmates comprise a one-of-a-kind Afro-Cuban ensemble. The group has developed a charismatic sound rooted in Afro-Cuban rumba and Santeria’s bata beats and chants, but also tinged with North American rhythms. www.dwtheatre.com/
Fine Arts Theater, 36 Biltmore Ave. This year’s films are “Dancing in Jaﬀa,” a film of how dance can overcome diﬀerences; “Sukkah City,” tracks the competition to design a modern Sukkah; “A Bottle in the Gaza Sea,” the story of a turbulent but tender long-distance friendship between two young people; and “Aftermath,” called “the most controversial Polish film ever”. www.ashevillejewishfilmfestival.com/ ART | 4.4 | 5-8PM
MUSIC | 4.11 | 8PM
THEATER | 4.11-4.27
Asheville Community Theater, 35 East Walnut Street In the backwoods of the Bible Belt, the beleaguered Turpin family proves that living and dying in the South are seldom tidy and always hilarious. Amidst the chaos, the Turpins turn for comfort to their eccentric community of misfits who just manage to pull together and help each other through their hours of need. www.ashevilletheatre.org/
COMEDY | 4.11
Nate Bargatze & Louis Katz
The Millroom, 66 Asheland Ave. Two of comedies leading new talents take over the Mill Room for a double dose of raucous humor. Nate Bargatze has had four late night appearances on Conan and a popular comedy album, Yelled at by a Clown. Louis Katz is a regular on the comedy circuit and had a “Comedy Central Presents” special along with “If These Balls Could Talk,” on Comedy Central Records. www.ashevillemillroom.com THEATER | 4.16
Green Day’s American Idiot
US Cellular Center, 87 Haywood Street Based on Green Day’s Grammy Award-winning multi-platinum album, The two-time Tony Award winning hit musical American Idiot tells the story of three lifelong friends, forced to choose between their dreams and the safety of suburbia. Their quest for true meaning in a post 9/11 world leads them on a thrilling theatrical journey. www.uscellularcenterasheville.com MUSIC | 4.18
Rob Garza of Thievery Corp. w/ Molly Parti
The Orange Peel, 101 Biltmore Ave. Rob Garza’s infusion of electronic music with the global ﬂavors of dub, trip hop, reggae, and bossa nova gave birth to an new era of sound that has attracted a cult following across the decades. Garza travels to the far corners of the globe with a DJ set showcasing the best of Deep House and Nu-Disco. www.theorangepeel.net FAMILY | 4.19 | 2-5PM
Easter on the Green
Roger McGuire Green at Pack Square Park Age-speciﬁc Easter egg hunts throughout the afternoon, plus a 21-foot slide, an inﬂatable obstacle course and even a mini bounce house for toddlers. Earth Fare will be stuﬃng the eggs with all natural candy and sweets. www.ashevilledowntown.org/easter-green-0 ART | Thru 5.18
Asheville Art Museum, 2 North Pack Square Social Geographies asks viewers to experience artwork
regarded as diﬀerent, diﬀerently. The exhibition features 40 mostly large-scale works by American artists that represent space and place informed by their experiences of industrial encroachment, displacement, social exclusion, institutionalization and inequality. www.ashevilleart.org/ FOOD & LIT | 4.25
Tupelo Honey Cafe Tasting & Signing
Malaprop’s Books, 55 Haywood Street The combo that made the ﬁrst Tupelo Honey Café cookbook such a success, Elizabeth Sims and Chef Brian Sonoskus, will discuss the delicious second course! Gorgeous photos and delightful recipes grace the 240 pages of Tupelo Honey Café: New Southern Flavors from the Blue Ridge Mountains. A sampling and a celebration of regional, home cooked food. www.malaprops.com/ CRAFT | Thru 5.3
Taking Shape: Celebrating the Windgate Fellowship
The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design, 67 Broadway St. The Windgate Fellowship provides essential resources and experiences to the next generation of makers. This special exhibit is the ﬁrst group display of Windgate Fellows’ work, spanning a range of approaches, media, and processes. Taking Shape features a selection of recent objects completed by Fellows awarded years 2006-2010, revealing a cross-section of up-and-coming perspectives on craft. www.craftcreativitydesign.org MUSIC | 4.23-4.27
Multiple venues in downtown Asheville Moogfest is a 5-Day fest dedicated to the synthesis of technology, art and music. With an experimental line up of daytime conference programming and landmark nightly performances by the like of Kraftwerk, Nile Rodgers, M.I.A., Flying Lotus and many more this is no ordinary music festival. Moogfest welcomes futurists, thinkers, inventors, entrepreneurs, designers, engineers, artists, scientists, musicians and Moog devotees to participate in a conversation that celebrates new technology and creative expression. www.moogfest.com/
Pet Shop Boys come to Moogfest
MoogFest Rocks Asheville For fans of electronic music and there’s only one thing on their mind: MoogFest. Billed as “the synthesis of technology, art and music” MoogFest is a 5-Day fest dedicated to the synthesis of technology, art and music. With an experimental line up of daytime conference programming and landmark nightly performances, this is no ordinary music festival. But if it’s music you want, how about the Pet Shop Boys, Kraftwerk, M.I.A., Chic featuring Nile Rodgers, Flying Lotus, Q-tip, Laurie Anderson and literally dozens more. Impressed yet? Probably the most important festival of this type in the USA, it’s not to be missed. April 23-27. www.moogfest.com
Spring Into Motion So, you’ve indulged in downtown’s many eateries and now you’re eager to get a good dose of physical activity. There’s a wide variety of things to do that’ll spring your body into motion and get the blood ﬂowing and the calories burning. Take a Walk! Walking the city’s charming streets is invigorating, especially with Spring in the air. Walk the Urban Trail and view the many artistic and historic sites of downtown. Or walk to Pack Square Park and its open plaza and fountains. Take a Bike Tour Don’t let Asheville’s hills intimidate you. With a pedalassisted bike, they’re a breeze. Electro Bike Tours oﬀers a twohour guided tour of Asheville, a unique way to experience the beautiful architecture, history, and energy of the city. www.electrobiketours.com/ Climb a Wall You don’t have to be Spider Man to climb the walls at Climbmax Climbing. Climbmax is family friendly and oﬀers something for everyone, from basic climbing to the most challenging terrain. climbmaxnc.com/ Just Breath Yoga is an integral part of Asheville’s culture, as evidenced by the plethora of yoga mats,
Get moving at Studio Zahiya
pants and studios. Downtown is home to some of the city’s leading yoga studios. Go Yoga teaches Baptiste Yoga in its zen like space. This potent physical yoga practice uses meditation and active self inquiry as tools of transformation. goyogainc.com One Center Yoga is dedicated to the practice and teaching of yoga for overall health, including strength and flexibility of body, clarity of mind, and generosity of spirit. onecenteryoga.com Get Dancing You don’t need a disco to get down. Head on over to Studio Zahiya, a boutique movement and dance studio for classes in bellydancing, hip hop, and more. studiozahiya.com During the month of April, the YMI Cultural Center will host a West African dance class with Nadirah Rahman, Artistic Director of La’Ney West African Dance & Percussion. All ages and levels welcomed to this free class. ymiculturalcenter.org
Pop Goes the Art Asheville’s art scene is an eclectic array of galleries and studios with a mix of styles and mediums, ranging from craft to folk art to contemporary art. Among that diverse selection are galleries representing an urban, aesthetic, featuring pop, outsider and street art. Here’s a few of dowtown’s edgier galleries that are well worth checking out.
Art of The Video Game, art inspired by all of your favorite video games. ZaPo! also features workshops, performances and events, giving patrons a full spectrum art experience. It’s a one of a kind gallery that reﬂects the fun and funky side of Asheville’s art scene.
The Satellite Gallery 55 Broadway St.; thesatellitegallery.com Opened by William Thompson as ZaPow! Illustrative Art Gallery an extension of the 21 Battery Park; zapow.net Phildelphia-based Lineage ZaPow! carries an expansive Gallery, The Satellite Gallery selection of fun, whimsical, quirky reﬂect his interest in contempoillustrations and pop art. Run by rary “low brow” art. The Satellite Matt and Lauren Johnson, ZaPow! Gallery specializes in bringing is a collection of member artists. concepts for shows come from local, national, and international the artists and have included “Rock artists to the Southeast. Satellite has shown works by some of the and Roll Art”, “Postcards From South’s leading contemporary Asheville” and the current artists like Gabriel Shaﬀer, Brian exhibition, Bits and Bytes; Mashburn, Julie Armbruster and Dustin Spagnola.
Joshua Spiceland at Satellite Gallery
Push Skateshop & Gallery 25 Patton Ave.; pushtoyproject.com With a skate shop in front and gallery in the rear, Push is a street-oriented space in every sense. Representing Asheville's underground youth culture, Push shows local artists as well as hosting events that feature DJs, musicians, performances and video. Past shows include “Neon Heathens”, a local artist showcase, works by Ted Harper, Gus Cutty, Larry Turner, Lisa Nance.
We Got the Beats
Asheville’s music scene tends to lean toward live music but its DJ culture is alive and spinning. Here’s where to find your favorite grooves to move to. Nightbell, 32 S. Lexington Ave. An upscale lounge with a Speakeasy theme, Nightbell features resident DJs Dulitel and Celebrity with guests. Timo’s House, 5 Biltmore Avenue Situated in a basement setting, Timo’s House is literally an underground club. DJ nights feature techno, house and drum’n’bass.
Nightbell’s DJ Dulitel
Wxyz Lounge, 51 Biltmore Avenue Aloft Hotel’s lounge has an urban sophistication that invites dressing up. DJs include local favorites like Kipper, Cleofus, and Malinalli The Underground, 237 Haywood St This long-running gay club features house, industrial and techno with DJ Rasa, J-Hecht and others. The Mill Room, 66 Asheland Avenue Opened in May, The Mill Room has a modern, industrial vibe with a large open ﬂoor. Special events only.
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FOOD Over Easy Cafe, 32 Broadway Street Breakfast, brunch and lunch dishes made fresh to order. Supporting local farmers, organic ingredients whenever possible. Taste the diﬀerence. City Bakery Cafe, 60 Biltmore Ave. Artisan breads, pastries, coﬀee. Specializing in traditional French breads, breads are formed by hand and use as little yeast as possible. ble. Mamacita’s Burritos, 77 Biltmore Ave. e. Fresh, made from scratch Mexican cuisine from ﬁsh tacos, huge burritos, and pulled pork that converts vegetarians daily. Beer too.
Cucina 24, 24 Wall Street Traditional Italian cuisine using local ingredients, with a Southern twist. Also featuring an ever-changing late night menu that is more experimental. Storm Bistro, 125 S. Lexington Ave. An exceptional new-world approach to classic food and drink. Combining Low Country cuisine, a full bar and late night menu in an inviting setting.
Laurey’s, 67 Biltmore Ave. Gourmet comfort food served in an airy and open room. Delicious, made-right-here food from locallysourced products.
Rosetta’s, 116 N. Lexington Ave. whole-foods kitchen & cafe serving A whole lunch, dinner, late night, and Sunday lunc brunches. Vegetarian and vegan br foods. fo
Heiwa Shokudo, 87 N Lexington Ave. Heiwa Shokudo translated from Japanese means “Peaceful Dining”. A Japanese restaurant focused on providing quality, taste, good health. Chai Pani, 22 Battery Park Ave. Innovative, fun, aﬀordable & delicious Indian cuisine. Serving chaat — brightly ﬂavored Indian street snacks; and thalis — traditional meals. The Noodle Shop, 3 SW Pack Square Authentic family-style Chinese food with an emphasis on noodles. Spicy Szechuan noodles, rice noodles, vegetable and meat soups and more. Bouchon, 62 N. Lexington Ave. Traditional French comfort food including Croque Monsieur, Quiche du Jour and Boeuf Bourguignon. Extensive wine list.
Zambra, 85 Walnut Street A tapas restaurant with a modern, local vision of the tastes and ﬂavors of the western Mediterranean: Spain, M Portugal, Gypsy, and North Africa. Po
Limones, 13 Eagle Street Limo inspirational mix of Mexican and An insp Californian ccuisine along with inventive bar selections. Serving dinner and weekend brunch. www.limonesrestaurant.com Laughing Seed Cafe, 40 Wall Street Organic, Seasonal, farm to table vegetarian cuisine with an international Flair. Serving beer, wine and sake. Outdoor seating on Wall Street. www.laughingseed.jackofthewood.com Chorizo, Grove Arcade, Suite 139 Latin fare and specialty drinks from Spain to Argentina using the freshest of ingredients. Delicious sangria, mojitos, paella and churrasco.
COFFEE, TEA & DESSERT Izzy’s, 74 North Lexington Ave. A Lexington Avenue meeting ground for all types. Counter Culture Coﬀee and local treats, stay for the free wi-ﬁ and monthly artist exhibits.
High Five Coﬀee Bar, 190 Broadway St. Brewing coﬀee is a craft. Barista’s are Counter Culture Coﬀee-trained and High Five-certiﬁed to craft only the ﬁnest beverages. Local beers on tap. Double D’s, 41 Biltmore Ave. Set in a vintage double decker bus. With coﬀees from all over the world and local desserts made with love it’s one of Asheville’s most beloved staples. Eagle Street Coﬀee Emporium, 39 Market Street Comfy and inviting coﬀee shop with an old school bohemian vibe in the historic YMI Building. Great coﬀee, tasty treats, books, art and warm hospitality. Dobra Tea, 78 N. Lexington Avenue Teas sourced directly from their regions of origin. Tea menu is arranged by country, and each tea tells its own story based on travels and experience. French Broad Chocolate Lounge, 10 South Lexington Ave. Hand-crafted artisanal chocolates and pastries featuring superb local and organic ingredients. Lounge and savor the delicious richness of chocolate.
BEER, WINE & SPIRITS Sante Wine Bar, Grove Arcade European style wine bar featuring wines by the glass and bottle with ﬂights and light fare including cheese boards, dips, salads and sweets. www.santewinebar.com The L.A.B., 39 N Lexington Ave. Serving a wide variety of in-house brews from farmhouse ale to nitro porter, along with American pub food. Live music in its back room stage. Asheville Brewing Co., 77 Coxe Ave. Brews like Shiva and Rocket Girl. A full menu of great pub food and pizzas, a
full bar along with fresh brews on tap straight from the tanks. Cork & Keg Bar, 86 Patton Ave. 12 NC Beers on tap, and wine by the bottle or glass, as well as cheese plates and lite fare. Live bluegrass, country and latin music, along with a streetside patio. 5 Walnut Wine Bar, 5 Walnut St. An eclectic selection of quality wines many in the $5-to-$15-a-glass range, favorite local beers on tap and local bites. Live music with local blues, rock and funk. Wicked Weed, 91 Biltmore Ave. Crafting big-ﬂavor, hop-forward beers that push our creative boundaries. We believe in the wildness of beer, its’ nonconformist attitude, its’ ability to resist being tamed. The Imperial Life, 48 College Street An extensive list of small batch spirits, local beers, a seasonally changing selection of craft cocktails—classic and modern—and a well honed wine list. MG Road, 19 Wall Street A cosmopolitan bar and lounge serving specialty, made by hand cocktails. A great place to lounge with friends. Low key, sophisticated and seductive. Green Man Brewery, 23 Buxton Ave. The tasting room of Green Man, one of Asheville's best-kept secret hang outs. The brewery and tasting room are casual and have a great outdoor patio. Burial Beer Co., 40 Collier Avenue Taproom of Burial Beer set in an industiral space. Serving Belgian farmhouse ales, german lagers and good ole American gold. Ben’s Tuneup, 195 Hilliard Avenue If it sounds like a car garage that’s because it was one. Now it’s a funky, Asian inspired restaurant and lush urban beer garden.
APPAREL frock, 4 Battery Park Ave. A fresh and friendly mother/daughter-run boutique oﬀering casual luxe comfort and style. www.befrocked.com Ragtime Vintage, 20 E. Walnut St Ragtime Vintage Clothing specializes in stylish and wearable vintage fashion for men, women, and children. New items are added weekly. Hip Replacements, 72 N Lexington Ave. Hand picked vintage, independent designers and local artists curated with nostalgia of yesteryear. Minx, 64 N. Lexington Ave. Fashion that tells a story. Timeless, romantic, modern, playful. Ten years of clothing, adorning, providing for and empowering the women of Asheville. Old North, 82 N. Lexington Ave. Superior goods for the rugged man. Men’s clothing, rugged wear, workwear, boots, shirting, selvedge denim. Dolce Vita, 34 Wall Street An eclectic gift boutique that sells locally made wine, cards, handbags, candles, skincare, jewelry, art unique home decor. Union, 18 Haywood Street A unisex boutique with a cosmopolitan sensibility. Stocking a curated assortment of quality brands known for their unique and sophisticated styling. Spiritex, 14 Haywood Street Locally sewn, organically grown, unique cotton clothing. Sustainable clothing for women, men and children. L.O.F.T., 53 Broadway Long forgotten treasures, mingled with unique furniture, handmade journals,
ironwork, art, baskets, French Soap, candles, pottery and garden stuﬀ. Garage 34 Project, 34 South Lexington Handcrafted goodness. Local and national handcrafted wares and a newly launched Hitched Handmade wedding line. Maison Mary, 58 Broadway Unique and one of kind pieces as well as the basics featuring limited exclusive designs, coats by Yeohlee NY, collectible vintage accessories.
BOOKS Malaprop’s Bookstore & Cafe, 55 Haywood St. One of the leading indie book stores in the Southeast, with a wide selection of regional and local literature. Readings and signings by leading authors. A downtown landmark. The Captain’s Bookshelf, 31 Page Ave. Sellers and buyers of second hand and rare books. Stock includes numerous signed books, ﬁrst editions and leather bindings. Downtown Books & News, 67 N. Lexington Ave. Specializing in used and rare books. Also oﬀer a large selection magazines, newspapers and micro-published ‘zines. Battery Park Book Exchange & Champagne Bar, 1 Page Ave. Oﬀers books and wine, side by side. Peruse thousands of books in dozens of categories while sipping a ﬁne wine, sparkling wine, or Champagne. Dog friendly so Fido is welcome too!
WIFI Free wifi is available at these cafes: High Five Coﬀee, 190 Broadway St. Izzy’s Coﬀee Den, 74 N Lexington Ave. City Bakery, 60 Biltmore Ave. Hi-Fi Café, 45 S. French Broad Ave. Double Decker Coﬀee, 41 Biltmore Ave.
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