Listen this afternoon at 2 for another live performance from our studio as we welcome guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Robin Bullock. Robin has roots in Celtic music, but he has recently released a recording of works by Bach and Dowland. He'll share his music with us at 2 this afternoon. Please join us.
The 2013 North Carolina Apple Festival tops Tony's list of things to do this Labor Day Weekend. There are a number of holiday related events including the Canton Labor Day Parade. There's also lots of live theater offerings and a couple of new movies.
Co-Managing Editor of the Mt. Xpress Rebecca Sulock sits in for Asheville Citizen Times' Tony Kiss for our look at the weekend entertainment scene. Tony returns next week. Topping Rebecca's list, a celebration of the 120th Anniversary of the Y.M.I. in Asheville, music with Super Chunky, a benefit for the Rock Academy, and the Asheville Wine and Food Fest.
A recent New York Magazine profile of Marisha Pessl describes a lecture the thirtysomething author gave at Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory four years ago. She quoted an interview with Stan Cordova. The presentation went on. Lots of people quote famous people in lectures, sure-- but Pessl had just cited the work of a character in Night Film, a book she hadn't even published yet.
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This Threadless "Causes" project engages listeners, encourages creativity, and promotes the public radio brand in a popular space. It's also an opportunity for users and visitors to the Design Challenge page on Threadless.com to donate to their favorite public radio station.
Tony Kiss has festivals on his mind and there are plenty to chose from in Western North Carolina, including the Sourwood Festival in Black Mountain, the Wild Goose Festival in Hot Springs, and Riverfest along the French Broad River.
It hasn't even been 11 full months since The Avett Brothers released The Carpenter, the North Carolina band's most recent collection of poignant and infectious, bluegrass-inflected folk-rock. And, given the lengthy touring cycle that each major album release generally spawns - the Avetts of last month's Newport Folk Festival with songs from The Carpenter - fans had no reason to expect new music this year.
The 35th and final Bele Chere street festival has come and gone. The City of Asheville has decided it can no longer afford to fund the event. Asheville Citizen Times reporter and columnist John Boyle spoke with David Hurand about the end of what has been billed as the largest free street festival in the southeast.