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Smart Bets: Ann VanderMeer

It’s one thing to be a steampunk: the top hats, the goggles, the rad gadgets. But to be queen of the steampunks is a whole other level. That title is reserved for author and editor Ann VanderMeer who, with her husband, Jeff VanderMeer, penned Steampunk, the 2008 anthology of steampunk fiction, The Thackery T. Lambshead […]

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Smart Bets: Pimps of Joytime

Pisgah Brewing Co. is turning 9, and for its big anniversary party, the beer lovers responsible for some of the region’s favorite craft brews have also demonstrated their fantastic (and funky) taste in music. The in-your-face, can’t-help-but-dance, Brooklyn-based soul band Pimps of Joytime will headline the outdoor celebration. With an infectious single titled “Booty Text” […]

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Smart Bets: Jimbo Mathus

While songwriter and former Squirrel Nut Zippers frontman Jimbo Mathus is known more for his energetic romp through the archives of American music, his newest offering is a departure of sorts. The title track to Dark Night of the Soul (recorded with The Tri-State Coalition) bleeds intensity, raspy vocals and shimmery guitars. “From the gritty, […]

More to love: This year's Moogfest pairs tech-based day events with nighttime music. Thereminist Dorit Chrysler, pictured, appears as part of the day programming. Photo by Mrs. Lee

At the crossroads

Moogfest has undergone an evolution since it last took place 2012. Now spanning Wednesday-Sunday, April 23-27, and more than 20 locations throughout downtown Asheville, Moogfest has also expanded its coverage. This year, the focal point broadens to include technology. And not just in the pedals and synthesizers sense.

TRUST ISSUES: Lyle Mitchell, left, balances on a slackline as Ryan Earls and Lillian Jacobs strike an AcroYoga pose in front of 7 Juice Bar on Wall St. Photo by Micah Wilkins

All fun and games

Ryan Earls lies on the ground with his legs up in the air to support his partner, Lillian Jacobs. As she attempts to distribute the weight of her body on his feet, she gasps, lets out a few screams, a few laughs, and eventually becomes still. It takes a lot of trust to allow someone else to hold you several feet off the ground. But that’s the goal of Urban Ashram Studio: to build trust and a stronger sense of community.

Captain planet: From Digable Planets' Doodlebug to the frontman of his own nine-piece funk and rock-tinged outfit, Cee Knowledge continues to forge ahead. Photo by Laura DeSantis Olsen

Still digable

Digable Planets would disband just a few years later after its 1993 Grammy-winning crossover smash “Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat),” with its three members each going onto to their own solo careers. Cee Knowledge, who went by Doodlebug in the group, will be playing a show with his Cosmic Funk Orchestra at The Grey Eagle on Thursday, April 24.

Local writer Bill Ramsey, one of the creators of Blue Ridge Bookfest, will discuss his new work, Me Now — Who Next?, at this year's festival. Photo courtesy of the author.

Memory lane

Blue Ridge Bookfest, now in its sixth year, takes place at Blue Ridge Community College over the weekend of April 25 and 26. More than 35 authors from around the country will participate; Bill Ramsey, who became an author since helping to start the festival, will be among them.

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Smart Bets: Weaverville Art Safari

Get to know Asheville’s artistic neighbors to the north at the Weaverville Art Safari, a self-guided tour through 40 local and nationally known artists’ studios and galleries. “Weaverville is so fortunate to have so much talent,” says Cindy Ireland, Weaverville Art Safari chairperson. “Our hardworking artists not only thrive on the creative process, but we […]

Jerome C. Glenn predicts the future — with science.

Cyborgs R us

A sneak peek at Moogfest’s daytime lineup by Lea McLellan and Carrie Eidson Moogfest gets an added boost of brainpower this year with a rich lineup of panels and presentations. Xpress talked to three of those presenters to learn more about what Moogfest has to offer by day. Claire L. Evans, lead singer of YACHT […]

JUICE FEAST: During a five-day juice cleanse, the body gets all the nutrients it needs and can get rid of what it doesn't need, according to Brian Lumb of Nourish & Flourish. Photo by Cindy Kunst

Spring cleaning

Spring is a time of upward movement as wild edibles begin to push up from the ground: violets, chickweed, ramps, dandelions and other greens. Spring is rising, and the changing of the season, from cold to warm to hot, is the appropriate time for cleansing and renewal of the body, says Uma Sawicki, an Ayurvedic practitioner at Living Alchemy in Weaverville.

Assistant City Manager Cathy Ball presents proposed graffiti ordinance to City Council. (Mountain Xpress/Jesse Farthing)

Graffiti ordinance, Henderson County agreement pass City Council

Asheville’s controversial graffiti ordinance passed City Council during the April 22 meeting, with only Council member Cecil Bothwell voting against it. Also during the meeting, City Council voted to authorize Mayor Esther Manheimer to enter into an interlocal agreement with Henderson County regarding a 137-acre lot in the Bent Creek area owned by Henderson County that would otherwise be returned to Asheville ownership on July 15.

GOLDEN MOMENT: John Parks, left, accepts a gold World Beer Cup award on behalf of Asheville Brewing Co. from Brewers Association President Charlie Papazian. Photo courtesy of Brewers Association

Craft Brewers Conference

Over 7,000 brewing industry professionals gathered in Denver April 8-11 for the 2014 Craft Brewers Conference and World Beer Cup, sometimes referred to as the Olympics of Beer. The week was packed with seminars, events, tastings and an awards ceremony that placed some of North Carolina’s breweries among the best in the world.