The Blue Ridge Agility Club of Western North Carolina hosted a United States Dog Agility Association agility trial the weekend of Dec. 16-18 at the WNC Agricultural Center. More than 150 dogs and their owners were in attendance to show their skills on a variety of obstacles and in a variety of categories.
Patrick Mitchell and Patrick Callahan busk by the Iron sculpture in downtown Asheville with their version of the Carl Perkins hit “Blue Suede Shoes.”
Local cartoonist Brent Brown shares a dash of holiday spirits …
From the Asheville Police Department: A warrant has been issued for Devon Armond Gayles of Candler after a downtown shooting leaves one dead on Dec. 24.
It’s time again to look back on some of the memorable moms of the past year.
Local holiday busking favorite James Joyce performs his euphonium rendition of “I’ll Be Home for Christmas.”
In partnership with Warren Wilson College’s Environmental Leadership Center, Xpress presents The Swannanoa Journal, short audio essays on regional environmental sustainability issues, written and recorded by WWC students. In this edition, Aaron Smith talks about environmentally friendly cleaning products.
Consider that bell ringer. He represented maybe half a percent of the population of that scene. In the face of those numbers, where does he get the conviction to believe he can do good in the world? I mean, doesn’t he have any decency?
Five very different sounds of the season, from three very different bands: Mad Tea, Alligator Indian, Reigning Sound, Now You See Them and Canyon Creek.
Pops of red — a hat band, a skinny tie, an embroidered bag and a pair of Nikes — along with a tiered gold skirt.
The last segment of our obscure holiday mixtape (as chosen by local musicians) features a slew of great, non-played-out tunes by Elvis, Low, Dave Matthews and others, as well as the rousing country stomper “Hang Myself (From The Christmas Tree)” by Asheville’s own Tony Wain and the Payne.
I’m sure a lot of you view Chistmas as a moviegoing day. I’ve never quite gotten the hang of the idea myself, though I did get bamboozled into going to see Vanilla Sky in 2001, even though I’d aleady seen it once. That was also my first actual encounter with the idea of trooping off to a movie on Dec. 25, so imagine my astonishment when I found myself parked behind the theater in a section I thought only existed for romantic trysts and dealings of dubious legality. (Indeed, that does seem to be its function 364 days out of the year.) Assuming, however, that this is your cup of lapsang souchong, I’ll offer a few glimpses at what’s out there.
Asheville-based euphonium player James Joyce caught our ear in the holiday season of 2010. This year, he’s back with his version of “The First Noël.”
With holiday music from James Joyce on euphonium
Listen to Part Two of our obscure holiday mixtape (as chosen by local musicians), featuring a secret Flaming Lips side project and a rare cover of “White Christmas” by Bob Marley and the Wailers.
New Year’s Eve is just around the corner. Still looking for the perfect dress? Xpress found three at local downtown Asheville boutiques. Iman Payne models them at The Marketplace. Photos by Bill Rhodes.
Among the junk that Buncombians throw away, perhaps nothing is more persistent than old tires. And lately, someone has been dumping them, each cut neatly across the tread with a saw or similar tool, in secluded spots such as Asheville’s River District. Photos by Bill Rhodes.
Members of the Blue Ridge Roller Girls signed autographs at the Hop on Merrimon Ave.
The Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce has signed a contract to sell 45 percent of the Chamber of Commerce building at 36 Montford Ave. to Lenoir-Rhyne University, to be used as the Center for Graduate Studies of Asheville, according to an announcement today from Chamber CEO Kit Cramer.
Hearings of the Legislature’s Metropolitan Sewerage/Water System Committee, headed by Buncombe County’s Rep. Tim Moffitt, are set to begin Jan. 23 in Raleigh. The study grew out of legislation filed by Moffitt that would have demanded “conveyance of a city water system to a metropolitan sewerage district” under certain conditions — conditions that happened to specifically match Asheville and Buncombe County.
The Asheville Police Department has released surveillance photos of two individuals suspected of breaking into a car downtown.