Asheville High team seeks support in Solar School Challenge

Asheville and Buncombe County schools are competing in the North Carolina Green Schools’ Solar Schools Challenge, a program that “helps students learn more about energy, about reducing environmental impacts and creates pathways to solar power for our schools.” The winning school earns a 1-kilowatt solar array for its campus. The purpose is greater than winning an electricity-generating […]

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Video: WCU’s marching band in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade

If you turned on your TV for some holiday festivities yesterday, you may have seen a familiar sight — all the way from New York City! Western Carolina University’s Pride of the Mountains Marching Band led the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in front of an estimated 3.5 million spectators and another 50 million at-home viewers.

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Asheville Anime Regional Convention plans night of music and nerdery

In its inaugural year, the Asheville Anime Regional Convention drew some 700 guests. To promote an even greater reception in 2015, AARC organizers will host “an unforgettable night of music, prizes and geek action” as a teaser for next year’s convention. The event draws on four musical acts, including self-described “highly danceable, theatrical nerd-pop” by […]

An election interpretation: Buncombe County one election ahead of future trend

The remarkable showing of Democratic Party candidates in local and Buncombe County elections, in stark contrast to state and national contests, was surely due in part to greater-than-average voter turnout, but equally important is that local Republicans, led by the likes of Tim Moffitt and Lisa Baldwin, overplayed their hand, their arrogance and posturing turning […]

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In photos: Asheville Holiday Parade

On Saturday, Nov. 22, Asheville’s annual holiday parade made its way through the streets of downtown. The festive lineup included floats, marching bands, majorettes, civic organizations, a visit from Santa and — perhaps an even bigger deal than St. Nick, judging from the number of exclamation points used in related tweets — “American Idol” winner […]

CANDLES FOR HANDLES: Mike Sule, left, founder and director of Asheville on Bikes, is pleased to partner with The Market Place's chef William Dissen, right, for Asheville on Bikes' eighth birthday bash. Dissen will prepare four small plates to be paired with New Belgium's craft beers. Photo courtesy of Asheville on Bikes

Asheville on Bikes throws 8th birthday party, Beer and Bites for Bikes

Throwing a birthday party to celebrate eight years of activism certainly fits the bill for Asheville on Bikes, whose official mission is to “cultivate the culture of urban and commuter cycling through advocacy & celebration.” Accordingly, Beer and Bites for Bikes, scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 3 at The Market Place, offers an open invitation to […]

PRESIDENTIAL PALATE: Chef William Dissen's trip to Washington, D.C. includes an invitation to meet President Obama's chef Sam Kass.  “Who knows? Maybe the first lady will step out to speak with us!” says Dissen in anticipation. Photo courtesy of The Market Place

Asheville chef demands GMO labeling at Capitol Hill, White House

Asheville chef William Dissen, owner and executive chef at The Market Place, is one of about two dozen chefs invited to gather at Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. on Tuesday, Dec. 2, in support of labeling food containing genetically modified organisms. Dissen and other renowned chefs, including Tom Colicchio, José Andrés, Art Smith, Andrew Zimmerman […]

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Smart bets: Greyhounds

A greyhound (the dog) is sleek and fast. A Greyhound (the bus) is more of an underdog — not to mention a vehicle of subculture and necessity. Greyhounds (the band), from Austin, Tex., are sleek underdogs with more swagger and style than either of their namesakes. Guitarist Andrew Trube and keyboardist Anthony Farrell call their […]

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In photos: Michael Brown justice rally draws hundreds in Asheville

About 200 people gathered in downtown Asheville Nov. 25 in support of Michael Brown, an unarmed black man who was killed by a Ferguson, Missouri, police officer earlier this year. Unlike protests in Ferguson and some other cities, the Asheville gathering at Vance Monument was peaceful as attendees held signs with phrases such as “Hold Cops Accountable” and “Where is Justice for Black America.”

Actress and writer Kelli Cozlin, right, has been teaming up with Lexington Avenue Brewery chef Michael Fisera, left, to produce a beer dinner experience like no other  in town. Photo by Cindy Kunst

Play with your food: Kelli Cozlin wants to bring more dinner theater to Asheville

Kelli Cozlin is cooking up a new feast for the senses. The actress and writer is hoping to add dinner theater to Asheville’s lively food and entertainment mix. And based on years of experience acting in and producing shows across the country, she thinks it’s sure to be a recipe for success. “I feel like […]

WEB COMMUNITY: Jeff Miller, owner of Luella's Bar-B-Que, volunteered to help with the development of Behind the Apron, a new online resource for the local restaurant industry. Photo by Dylan Ireland

Behind the Apron: Asheville Independent Restaurants launches a new online industry resource

In Asheville, many restaurateurs realize that cooperation trumps competition. The local culinary scene is well-known for its collaborative spirit, and behindtheapron.com, a new business-to-business website recently unveiled by Asheville Independent Restaurants, aims to enhance and expand that synergy. Unlike AIR’s current website, which is mostly consumer-based, Behind the Apron was created to be a resource for the organization’s 120-plus member restaurants. […]

MULTIMEDIA: "My mindset on a live performance is that I always want it to be new,” says MC Chris Shreve of Free the Optimus. The Boone-based artist teamed up with other rappers as well as local aerialists for a night of performance art collaboration. The event benefits Brother Wolf Animal Rescue. Shreve's photo by Carretto Studio, aerialist photo courtesy of Bromelia Aerial Dance Collective

Beats and feats: Rappers and aerialists collaborate on Hip-hop Circus

Think of hip-hop, and a number of images might come to mind: DJs, loose pants, B-Boys and graffiti, perhaps. Even if your list isn’t culled from stereotypes, it’s unlikely to include aerialists — though that might change after the Hip-hop Circus at The Orange Peel on Saturday, Nov. 29. That event pairs area hip-hop acts […]