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The Context

By Nick Andrea Do we remember the context of our existence when we do business? Below is a poem I wrote atop a mountain: Do we see the boundaryless Earth beneath our feet, That as we walk in Asheville, we walk also in Texas, in China, in the Congo? Do we see the cosmos as  Continue Reading »

What to Do – April 2014

Tuesday, April 1 April Fools’ Day Concert Free concert featuring Western Carolina University School of Music faculty members and students. 7:30 p.m. in the recital hall of the Coulter Building. For more details call (828) 227-7242. April 1, 8, 15 & 22 Field Shoot Workshop Tuesdays, 8 a.m. to noon. Photograph spring wildflowers, waterfalls, and  Continue Reading »

John Mac Kah Studio: April – June 2014

Landscape Oil Painting Workshops Color & Atmosphere in Oils: Special Effects April 24-26 Start the landscape season with new ways to add atmosphere to your paintings to portray subtle natural phenomena: fog, mist, reflections, rain, shadows, and snow, using a tonalist approach to oils. We will start from my studio, then venture on location in  Continue Reading »

April 2014

Inside: April 2014

Performance Sound Effects..p6 UNC Asheville Arts Fest..p7 Hendersonville Chamber Music..p10 Asheville Chamber Music..p11 HART..p30Music Robin Bullock..p7 Joe Kendrick ..p27 Daniel Iannucci..p27 Hank West and the Smoking Hots..p29 French Broad River Festival ..p38 LEAF: Fun for the Entire Family..p39 Fine Art Andrew Charles Gallery..p8 Weaverville Art Safari..p9 Art MoB Studios..p10 River of Art 2..p18 Jonas Gerard  Continue Reading »

Summer Zen Mindfulness, and Creativity Workshops

Great Tree Zen Temple, located in Alexander, NC, 20 minutes north of downtown Asheville, was established in 2001. It’s founder Rev. Teijo Munnich is a dharma heir of the late teacher Dainin Katagiri Roshi of Minnesota Zen Center and has strived over the last 9 years to keep the spirit of his practice here in  Continue Reading »

Stepping Into Ourselves

reviews by Marcianne Miller An Anthology of Writings on Priestesses I was an extremely religious child. I knew exactly what I wanted to be when I grew up — a priest. I would wear lacy vestments in season-matched colors and convert entire villages of pagans, whatever they were. I knew Jesus would certainly hear my  Continue Reading »

The Poets Voice: April 2014

A Confluence: Poetry and Jazz by Carol Pearce Bjorlie, Rapid River Magazine Poetry Editor/Columnist April shares her great transformation with poetry and jazz. Some committee somewhere designated April National Poetry AND National Jazz month. April has to share her pink spears of peonies, plum blossoms and crinkled rhubarb with Carl Sandburg and Oscar Peterson! I  Continue Reading »

Jonas Gerard Opens Additional Gallery at Riverview Station

Celebrates New Space with a Grand Opening Reception and Painting Performance Jonas Gerard’s new gallery at Riverview Station is the result of the powerful synergies possible when creative growth aligns with a thriving business. New explorations in flow painting techniques and a love for larger canvases, on top of an already vibrant and extensive body  Continue Reading »

Most Improved Camper

Comic storyteller C.J. Deering brings her incredibly funny, but all too true, tall tales of life, recovery, and survival to the HART Studio by popular demand. This performance by former mega-rock group tour manager, Los Angeles major record label executive, popular Texas radio deejay, nationally-acclaimed motivational speaker, hysterically funny comic, all-around wonderful person, and experienced  Continue Reading »

Interview with Fine Artist Teresa Pennington

Teresa Pennington is a self-taught colored pencil artist who often spends as much as four months on one drawing. Pennington has been commissioned by the Biltmore Estate and has completed four series of drawings capturing the grandeur of the house and gardens. Other scenes she has captured include Grandfather Mountain, Cold Mountain, and Mabry Mill,  Continue Reading »

WNC’s New Art Destination at Reynolds Village

The Andrew Charles Gallery opened its doors for business at Reynolds Village in North Asheville in late February, 2014, showcasing the paintings of local artist Joel Cole. It will continue featuring the contemporary work of local and regional painters, sculptors, printmakers, photographers and mixed-media artists in individual exhibitions and invitational group-shows based on themes. The  Continue Reading »

Weaverville Art Safari

Celebrate Spring with Free Studio Tours In the spring, Western North Carolina comes alive with native wildflowers, blackberry blossoms, and lush green foliage. In Weaverville, the town’s celebrated enclave of artists greets spring with the semi-annual Weaverville Art Safari studio tour. Held on the weekend of April 26-27, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., the  Continue Reading »

UNC Asheville Arts Fest

Concerts by the Steep Canyon Rangers and David Holt will highlight the first-ever UNC Asheville Arts Fest, April 10-13, 2014. This new four-day festival will feature music, theater, art and new media exhibitions, interactive sculpture, prose and poetry. All UNC Asheville Arts Fest events will be open to the community and while some events will  Continue Reading »

Great Tree Zen Temple: April – May 2014

Meditation Retreats, Mindfulness Workshops Great Tree is a residential women’s zen retreat center in the Soto Zen tradition. The center is located in Alexander, NC and offers meditation programs and practice for everyone. Check their website for Dharma teachings, zazen instruction, family meditation, youth and childrens’ programs and opportunities for community service. Zen Meditation Sesshins  Continue Reading »

Dining Out for Life: Thursday, April 24

The Western North Carolina AIDS Project (WNCAP) is revved up for the premier dining event of the year, Dining Out for Life®. “In a city like Asheville, where festivals and events are embedded in the culture, Dining Out for Life® is truly a “Festival for Life” states Chairman, Harry Brown. This largest fundraiser for WNCAP  Continue Reading »

Beauty in the Chaos

Observing and Absorbing by Greg Vineyard Our dramatically fluctuating weather can throw our local flora into a bit of a tizzy. Recently, the pink magnolia tree in my yard was suddenly in full bloom after a too-warm week, so I ran out into the increasing chill to photograph its sun-dappled flowers against the crisp, blue  Continue Reading »

Freedom From Fear

by Bill Walz “Freedom’s just another word for nothin’ left to lose.” ~ Kris Kristofferson, Janis Joplin Central to Buddhist teaching, and the teaching of all true non-duality spiritual masters, is the concept of liberation. Generally this is referring to liberation from suffering. However, the path to the liberation from suffering is in liberation from  Continue Reading »

Hank West and the Smoking Hots

by James Cassara One of the greatest pleasures of writing about music is discovering bands I might not have encountered. Such is the case with Hank West and the Smoking Hots, an energetic and immensely listenable five piece band that seem like men out of time: Which is part of their persona, and one that  Continue Reading »

Spinning Discs April 2014

by James Cassara As is more commonly the case there’s far too much music this month than to allow for lengthy reviews. But with brevity being the soul of wit (and I love the challenge of saying more with less) it’s away we go! Robben Ford A Day In Nashville Relativity Music Having made his  Continue Reading »