When: Saturday, Aug. 17, 8 p.m.-2 a.m.
Where: The Odditorium, 1045 Haywood Road. $5. Info: http://www.theashevilledarkroom.com
Why: Reports of the death of the darkroom have been greatly exaggerated. Even as many professional and amateur artists move toward digital photography, a group of local artists are sticking with old-fashioned film (including Laila Alamiri, whose work is pictured above).
The Asheville Darkroom gives analog photographers with some experience a place to develop black-and-white film. Its River Arts District facility also offers educational programs, photo critiques and demonstrations.
"We value lifelong education, accessibility to all who wish to learn technical processes and artistic practices, and forums for individuals to learn and share their expressions and experiences," explains the group's website.
The Asheville Darkroom hopes to become a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, but it needs support to achieve this goal. The group will host a fundraiser at The Odditorium on Saturday, Aug. 17, featuring music, a raffle and silent auction.
Musician André Cholmondeley will present OPTION ANXIETY, a mixed-media event featuring songs, musique concrete, noise, electro and other genres. He currently plays with Bowie Band, which played to a packed crowd at Lexington Avenue Brewery last month, according to Asheville Darkroom organizer Bridget Conn.
The event will include performances by Wes Tirey and Claypool, and karaoke may round out the evening (although a DJ set might take its place as a grand finale). If you can't make it to the show, check out the Asheville Darkroom's Indiegogo crowdsourcing campaign at http://avl.mx/yp through Thursday, Aug. 22.
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