What our city leaders can do in 2012 to make the climate more conducive to local and independen­t bus

In 2012, let’s dedicate ourselves to a maker system of economics, one that is based on creating new value, not trading old value. Let’s focus on those who develop tools within our community to replace consumption as an end in itself, and create a manifesto that guides city contracts and organizations, including the Chamber of […]

Smart Bets: West African Night

You may have caught the episode of Portlandia where Fred and Carrie are being hounded by invites to DJ nights. This particular turntablist venure is not one to hide from. Adama Dembele, front man of local Afropop ensemble Zansa, spins music from the Ivory Coast. He'll trade off DJ sets with live performances by Zanza, […]

Smart Bets: Fist Fam

Gurp City South artists (and San Francisco-by-way-of-Asheville musicians) Fist Fam return to their home turf for an end-of-year show. "Take two parts Carolina moonshine, one part San Francisco liquid acid, three parts four-track rap, and a pinch of ‘60s punk and you have the Fist Fam’s new record Posted," says press. Looking for new music? […]

Best Albums of 2011

1. Fleet Foxes: Helplessness Blues — Sure, it sounds medieval, but they are great players, the tones are amazing and there are some songs on there … songs meaning actual decent songs. “Blue Spotted Tail” is a great song. The album does an excellent job of capturing the feeling of being in the Cascades. 2. […]

Dear Occupy Asheville

Dear Occupy Asheville: Here’s a list of ten things you can do that will make more of a difference and be less annoying: 1. Educate yourselves: Read three books on the economic collapse. The Big Short, The Greatest Trade Ever, When Genius Failed and A Colossal Failure of Common Sense are good ones. All of […]

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Midnight marauders

Before you head out to celebrate the last sparkling moments of 2011, you need the perfect party apparel. Here, model Iman Payne shows off three ways to shine in dresses from local boutiques. (All photos shot in The Market Place Restaurant’s new bar and lounge — check the roundup below for The Market Place’s New […]

Rep. Shuler and H. R. 1148

On Nov. 13, 60 Minutes reported on a “special privilege” members of Congress enjoy: the ability to buy or sell stocks, bond and other securities based on insider information gained while performing their professional duties. You and I could go to jail — like Martha Stewart — if we acted on insider information for our […]

Support Cecil!

Cecil Bothwell is running for U.S. Congress in Western Northern Carolina. He is looking to unseat the conservative pro-corporate Blue Dog Democrat Heath Shuler in the next Democratic Party primary to be held on May 8, 2012. This is a rare opportunity for the people of Western North Carolina to elect an honest and forward-thinking […]

Weekly Picks

Some birds may be heading south for the winter, but Lake James State Park wants to know exactly how many are left. A bird census will meet on Wednesday, Dec. 28 at 8:30 a.m. at the park’s Paddy’s Creek Area on N.C. Highway 126. Info: 584-7728. If you’ve ever wished you were part of the […]

Weekly Picks

Some birds may be heading south for the winter, but Lake James State Park wants to know exactly how many are left. A bird census will meet on Wednesday, Dec. 28 at 8:30 a.m. at the park’s Paddy’s Creek Area on N.C. Highway 126. Info: 584-7728. If you’ve ever wished you were part of the […]

Cranky Hanke’s Weekly Reeler Dec. 28-Jan 3: No news is no news

We are officially in the doldrums this week. That is to say that absolutely nothing is slated to open this week. With the possible exception of some theaters doing some tweaking of times (and how corporate offices do dearly love to do that to help justify their existence), everything that is playing on Christmas Day is very likely to be playing through Jan. 5. This week you may breathe easily or play catch-up with those movies you have yet to make it to. Next week at least I can pretty much promise you one treat and almost definitely promise you a cheesy-looking horror picture (of the low-budget R rated variety). But for the moment, I can say no more since things do change when you least expect it.