There was a time when quilts served as one of the few pieces of artwork in Appalachian homes, and they truly were works of art. “The hallmarks of great art always include line, color, patterns, texture, balance. Quilts are no exception,” according to a press release for American Folk Art & Framing’s upcoming exhibit, Pattern, […]
There is something comfortingly familiar about Ali Douglass’ whimsical illustrations and paintings. It might be the eye-pleasing color combinations, charming characters and quirky cityscapes and scenes — or it might actually be that you’ve seen them before. Douglass has been illustrating for countless magazines and newspapers — including Seventeen, Martha Stewart, Glamour and The New […]
Do you remember Asheville in the the ’90s, when Mountain Xpress was launched 20 years ago this summer? When… There wasn’t a parking problem downtown? Xpress‘ weekly issues were just 24 pages? Area club listings took about one page, compared to four pages nowadays? The only place to get a bite to eat downtown after […]
On Tuesday, July 22, WNCA staff and Creation Alliance steering committee members gathered at All Souls Cathedral in Biltmore Village to officially announce a new partnership.
There’s no easing into “Nashville Flood,” the lead track of Big Daddy Love‘s new album, This Time Around. In fact, that driving rocker — complete with The Turkuaz Horns — posses a kind of polished grit and music business savvy that seems a major departure from past Big Daddy Love offerings. But this is a […]
The Shiloh community celebrated their annual community garden potluck and summer celebration on Saturday, July 27. This year’s gathering was of particular significance to the community, as it marked the dedication of the garden’s new amphitheatre and outdoor kitchen.
Longtime Xpress commentary writer Jerry Sternberg shares a story about the Langren Hotel and the ironies of “progress.”
What can you do to tackle local water issues? The Water Sustainability Initiative of Western North Carolina is hosting a July 31 forum to explore solutions, big and small.
Shane Perlowin is prolific. His new solo album, Odei, follows less than a year after his last release, Anatomy of a Moment, with percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani. Also in that eight months or so, Perlowin toured in Europe, composed sheet music and begat an heir — hence Odei‘s spritely-if-contemplative middle track, “Is That You My Daughter […]
It’s the weekend. You want to go out, but maybe a week of rain storms has left you in a weird mood. Maybe you’re not a people person. Maybe you love people and hate dancing. Maybe you love dancing but don’t have anything to wear. Whatever the case, we’ve got the soundtrack for a perfectly […]
Veterans from around the world are in Asheville this week for the Veterans for Peace National Convention. The organization aims to build a culture of peace by helping the injured heal and helping educate the public about the true costs of war. The national convention started July 22 and runs through tomorrow, July 27, encompassing […]
CalCast brings together a wide range of community events in one handy podcast. Hosted by Theresa Amandi of Asheville Free Media’s Bombshell-ter Radio. Weekend of July 25-27
by Tim Potts Singer-songwriter Richard Buckner doesn’t work a crowd. It’s pretty much out of the question that he will shout, “put your hands in the air” at any point during his living room show in Asheville on Sunday, Aug. 24. There is also a good chance that the songs Buckner chooses to play won’t […]
On Wednesday, the board of the Housing Authority of the City of Asheville approved a plan to overhaul current management rules, Carolina Public Press reports.
As the sun rose above St. Basilica of Lawrence, a crew bustled to raise small shelters in the hot parking lot across the street. The largest building was about 10 feet wide and 13 1/2 feet long, its arched walls and ceiling giving plenty of headroom to passersby who stopped to check it out. Nearby, several […]
Veterans For Peace will present a special benefit concert featuring John McCutcheon as part of the 29th annual Veterans for Peace Convention.
Moogfest announced July 23 that the event will take a year off in 2015, with plans to return to Asheville in 2016.
We are lucky enough to live in an area of the country where several medicinal herbs are native to our region and can be found growing wildly all around us. But what medicinal herbs, native or otherwise, grow well here in the Blue Ridge Mountains? The answer is … countless. So let’s start with some […]
Expansive Brooklyn-based funk band Lettuce hits the 20-year this year back and isn’t slowing down. The group (Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff and Eric Krasno on guitars, Adam Deitch on drums, Erick “Jesus” Coomes on bass, Ryan Zoidis on saxophones, Neal Evans on keys and Eric Bloom on trumpet) got its start at the Berklee College of […]
Charlotte’s Web, the E. B. White classic tale of friendship, sacrifice and veganism before its time, is so well known you would think it would be hard to effectively present it on stage for contemporary audiences. In its sophomore season, Asheville Creative Arts easily overcame that concern. The company’s current version of the show, performed […]
After months of debate, Asheville City Council voted unanimously July 22 to approve a controversial new leasing arrangement for Pack Place and it’s tenants: Asheville Art Museum, Diana Wortham Theater and Colburn Earth Science Museum.