Photos by Rich Orris.
Local busker Leo may not have a website or a Facebook page, but he was more than happy to play this improv version of “Auld Lang Syne” on Pack Square on New Year’s Eve.
Downtown’s newest late-night haunt rings in the new year with free games, live music and midnight snacks.
Xpress co-managing editor Margaret Williams talks with reporter Jake Frankel about the MountainX.com’s online trends of 2010, from strangely popular photos of local hip-hop artists to the most popular and commented-upon stories of the year. Xpress environmental reporter Susan Andrew also shares a brief preview of her upcoming story about inactive hazardous waste sites in Buncombe County.
Chapel Hill-based euphonium player James Joyce performs this special request for the New Year on the corner of Wall Street and Battery Park. From all of us at Mountain Xpress, have a happy and safe New Year.
It’s a new year! Now that you’ve rung it in, here’s what to do with it.
Tough and elegant; Walnut St.
Members of local band The Last Call return with a new project: AutoWolfe. Listen to them here.
A North Carolina “Cash Five” lottery ticket worth $129,902 has not yet been claimed for a drawing held Dec. 20, and operators of the convenience store where it was purchased are seeking the ticket holder.
If ever there is a time to get out and celebrate, it’s New Year’s Eve. But that doesn’t mean you have to blow all your hard-earned cash. As always, we’ve got a rundown of budget-friendly events to keep you entertained without breaking the bank. And while you’re here, check out Clubland for a full listing of this weekend’s music.
Ushanka fur hat with badge, seen on Biltmore Ave.
Rocky’s Hot Chicken Shack is coming to West Asheville — good news for devotees of the fiery fried bird that Rocky Lindsley used to serve in Arden.
— Photo by Jonathan Welch
Before writing this story, I spent an afternoon working at the Pisgah View Community Peace Garden combing through rows of garlic and tugging at strongly rooted invaders with caretaker Robert White and a small group of volunteers. I was touched by the scene: Children played games in the grass by the shed; a little girl […]
It’s an important decision, this issue of where to spend New Year’s Eve. Cold Play didn’t coin the phrase “start as you mean to go on,” but the band made it famous-ish. And if there’s any truth to the concept, do you really want to begin 2011 watching the ball drop from the solo, Snuggie-draped […]
Fifty-one weeks of news, arts and entertainment may be difficult to summarize — especially a period as seemingly vibrant and active as 2010. This year, Xpress offers a review in parts, through a selection of stories and images that staff writers, designers, photographers (and, in some cases, the readers) found the most interesting and memorable. […]
From Asheville's Toubab Krewe we've come to expect the unexpected. Kora, kamelengoni, soku. The band requires of its fans both a nominal West African vocabulary and a willingness to go there — if not to West Africa itself, than to the sonic border crossing between American rock and roots, and African rhythms and melodies. Which […]
The year seems like such a whirlwind. In early 2010, the news team underwent some major changes, with three staffers moving on and several new ones coming on board. The newbies quickly got their feet wet, from election coverage to the CTS issue to Bele Chere. What have we accomplished? What’s next? While we ponder […]
Our area and its rich arts scene continues to astound me: with shows from Beach House (at the Grey Eagle) to Joanna Newsom (at the Orange Peel), local bands from Sky Lake to Sonmi Suite, theatre from community to equity, literature, visual art and dance, there’s never a quiet night around WNC. What follows are […]
Reams of text are regularly devoted to Asheville’s beer, food, arts, local businesses, architecture and natural beauty — as well as whatever new development City Council is considering this week that will, we’re told, either save or doom everything we hold dear about our hometown. But a far more pressing topic is often completely ignored. […]
"Which part are you interested in interviewing? His fist, or his foot?" I braced myself for such words when I called Chuck Norris ahead of the inaugural Actionfest film festival in early April. But my fears proved unfounded, as his wife picked up the phone and thanked me profusely for taking the time to speak […]
The way Rebecca Robinson looked me in the eyes and told me how Buncombe County's Adult Treatment Court saved her life from an intense addiction to prescription narcotics was one of the most haunting moments I experienced all year. I hope that shining a light on her story and the program may have inspired others […]