COMPLEMENTARY HEALING: More and patients look beyond traditional Western medicine or seek complementary care. Acupuncturist Nancy Hyton says that many patients have been referred by the doctors —  "People come to us because they've exhausted their conventional medical options or they've reached a plateau." Photo by Tim Robison

Local practition­ers explore medicine’s new frontier

Brian Lewis’ quest for a different kind of medicine began in medical school, where he received a grant to study healing methodologies from the Himalayas and Tibet. He later co-founded a student group on integrative medicine. Lewis, a physician at Integrative Family Medicine of Asheville, says he came to realize that “without treating the whole person, you [can] not do […]

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Treating the whole person: integrativ­e medicine in the Asheville area

Holistic medicine aims to treat the whole person, not just diseases and their symptoms. There is a growing awareness among practitioners — both traditional and alternative — that healing can be brought about or accelerated by involving all aspects of a person — physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. In back-to-back Wellness issues, Xpress looks at two different aspects of […]

HEALING SPACE: “The body follows the mind," says Linda Silwedel, a holistic resource nurse in the Mission Health's cancer program, of integrative approaches. Massage, for example, helps patients come "back to that nice, wonderful relaxed state, and that allows the body to heal more effectively and work with the cancer treatment plan so much better."  (Pictured: Silwedel and Kimberly Christenso; photo by Cindy Kunst)

Local providers increase use of nontraditi­onal treatments

In this town, if you haven’t had an acupuncture appointment, massage, energy-healing session or herbal consultation, it’s more than likely you know someone who has. Modalities that were once thought of as hokey, or at least incompatible with the Western medical model, are becoming less alternative and more mainstream — so much so that Mission Hospital, Park […]

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UNCA’s Center for Diversity Education to host civil rights photography exhibit and related events

James Baker was a photographer working with Washington State University’s Division of Industrial Research when he was sent to Selma, Alabama to cover the third civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery organized by the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in 1965. Baker captured rare images of the civil […]

NEW DIGS: Erin Dickey, left, and program director Alice Sebrell at the BMCM+AC's updated reception desk. Photo by Kyle Sherard

Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center debuts revamped gallery

The Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center officially reopens on Friday, Jan. 30, (following a monthlong closure and a complete gallery overhaul) with a reception for its newest exhibition, Poemumbles: 30 years of Susan Weil’s poems/images. The opening marks the completion of the first in a series of major renovations and program initiatives made […]

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Smart bets: Wuthering Heights and The Tempest

New York-based Aquila Theatre Company’s annual “two plays in two days” tradition sees the same cast performing two different productions on back-to-back nights in Asheville. The first show follows the plight of English lovers thwarted by fate in a new production of Emily Brontë’s mid-1800s classic Wuthering Heights, while the second calls on William Shakespeare […]

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Smart bets: Dynamic Narratives exhibit

“Clay is the only medium that uses every element: fire, water, air and earth,” according to Tennessee artist Cindy Billingsley. “It is meant to be touched by the heart, the eyes and the hands.” Billingsley, a pioneering force behind Women Ceramics Sculptors art collective, curated 12 members’ artwork for inclusion in a collaborative Dynamic Narratives […]

MADE IN THE SHADE: Book club members discuss E.L. James' popular (and often panned) 50 Shades of Grey in the production, 50 Shades! The Musical Parody. Photo by Carol Rosegg

50 Shades! The Musical Parody skewers the pop culture juggernaut

Ever since its 2011 printing, E.L. James’ erotic romance novel 50 Shades of Grey has been an inescapable presence in pop culture. While as literature — 500 pages of dominance, submission, bondage, discipline, sadism and masochism stitched together with little character development — James’ “mommy porn” leaves much to be desired, there’s no doubting the […]

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Superbowl XLIX companion: a game day guide to Asheville’s cheap booze, good eats and big screens

While nacho stains are certainly more socially acceptable in the comforts of one’s own home, why not venture out for some game day antics this year? Super Bowl XLIX, New England Patriots versus Seattle Seahawks, kicks off Sunday, Feb. 1, at 6:30 p.m., and Asheville-area businesses have planned a variety of celebrations to suit your football fancy.

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Smart bets: Super Sunday

Big screens are better than big crowds. At least that’s the rationale behind Carolina Cinemas’ Super Sunday Super Bowl watch party. Limited-release beers like Devil’s Britches and the 20th Anniversary Weizenbock from Highland Brewing Co.’s tap takeover will ease the strain of tense field goal moments, while games, trivia and prizes (including pint glasses and […]

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Asheville Buskers Collective continues discussing downtown busking issues

On Tuesday, Jan. 20, several members of the Asheville Buskers Collective met in the conference room above the French Broad Food Co-op for a post-holiday regroup, aiming to find consensus about what buskers do, who buskers are and whether (and how) enshrining their needs in city ordinances is a realistic possibility. Several weeks after a previous […]