Each week, Xpress highlights notable WNC crowdsourcing initiatives that may inspire readers to become new faces in the crowd. This week features a documentary on the human-turtle bond, a libertarian political satire podcast and a seventh grade physics field trip.
Indie-psyche duo-turned quartet DrgnKing, from Philadelphia, recently performed at The Mothlight. Before the show, the band played a special plugged in song for Acoustic… er, electric Asheville. Filmed at The Mothlight by Jesse Hamm. “Afraid Of”
Calcast brings together a wide range of community events in one handy podcast. Hosted by Theresa Amandi of 103.3 AshevilleFM’s Bombshell-ter Radio. Weekend of Dec. 26-28. Special guest host this week: Kim Roney of AshevilleFM’s Reel Talk and the AFM News Hour. Listen to Bombshell-ter Radio every Tuesday afternoon from 3-5 p.m. EST featuring the […]
Rev. [Keith] Ogden, where have you been for the past two months? [“Ogden: Two Officers Drive False Narrative about Chief of Police,” Dec. 10 Letters to the Editor, Xpress] William Anderson denied that there was a reprimand in Lt. Bill Wilkie’s file, and that was proven untrue. Lt. Mark Byrd advised that the radar equipment […]
After 24 hours stuck in the house with family, too much pie and wrapping paper wreckage, it’s time to venture out. By December 26 you could probably use a dose of live music, craft beer and people who aren’t related to you. If that’s not the case, bring the relatives with you — the day […]
In the course of a year, Xpress writers talk to a lot of visual artists, dancers, musicians, actors, crafters and designers. We also get to check in with local authors about their latest projects, book launches, writing tips, and what it means to publish work in a town with a deep connection to literature. Area […]
What’s better than one holiday playlist? Try two! Rock around your Christmas tree/yule log/menorah/kinara/bouquet of mistletoe to these tunes by local musicians. From the sardonic to the sublime, this sonic roundup hits all the key points. • “Christmas Bunnies in the Snow” by Hank West & the Smokin’ Hots from the just-released EP, Christmas 2014 • “Santa […]
In the emerging milieu of the 21st century, many traditional churches are being challenged to find new strategies to meet a rapidly changing culture.
With the influx of family that comes with the holidays, it’s always nice to have a little something to take the edge off. It’s amazing how a little whiskey allows the continuous sniveling of your cousin’s little ankle-biters to fade into the distance like white noise. Here to assist in your holiday relief are a […]
Ready or not, here comes the new year. Whether you can’t unload 2014 soon enough or you could actually use another month or two to tie up loose ends, the countdown to 2015 is on. It’s up to you how (and, perhaps more importantly, where) you want to greet it. Yes, watching the whole televised […]
WHAT: New Year’s Eve Masquerade Furball WHEN: Wednesday, Dec. 31, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. WHERE: Céline and Company, 49 Broadway, Asheville WHY: Want to ring in the new year with style? Well, you won’t go wrong with Brother Wolf Animal Rescue’s 2014 Masquerade Furball, an evening of heavy hors d’oeuvres, music, dancing, libations and masked revelry […]
On a Thursday, around 3 p.m., the crowds have just started to die down at the Mediterranean Restaurant in downtown Asheville. Pete Apostolopoulos stands in front of the grill he’s manned for 39 years. With your face buried in the menu, you hear the sound of his spatulas scraping across the flattop. It’s a long scrrrraaaaape, followed by a […]
William Najger is spreading his message this week in an unusual way: He’s dressed up as Moses and hanging out at the Vance Monument in downtown Asheville, channeling his inner McConaughey and telling people to just keep on L-I-V-I-N. The Asheville native said his Moses stunt started with him going to Hollywood in the past […]
When it comes to genres, brothers Dillon and Jantzen Wray refuse to pick just one … or two. Their band Carolina Wray’s 2014 single “America,” for example, combines uncharacteristically slow banjo strums with vocal and electric guitar tracks made of undiluted pop rock. The former Old North State band members take decisive strides into the […]
Internationally renowned Celtic violinist Jamie Laval’s Christmas in Scotland performance calls on a patchwork of art forms to revive traditional Celtic celebrations of the winter solstice and Christmas. Local guitarist and banjoist David Brown and multi-instrumentalist Rosalind Buda are among Laval’s supporting lineup of Celtic-influenced artists, in addition to a Welsh harpist and a Scottish […]
Check out the quiet side of downtown Asheville, say the restaurateurs and bar owners who inhabit the block of College, North Market, East Walnut and North Spruce Streets. Dubbing the area the “East Village,” the owners of Korean House, Twisted Laurel, Off the Wagon and others want everyone to know that they offer a globetrotting variety of […]
“There’s nothing to do” is a complaint rarely heard around Western North Carolina. There are rivers to raft, trails to hike, breweries to visit, galleries to browse, shops to consider, historical sites to take in, restaurants to sample and neighborhoods to stroll. And then — as if all of that isn’t enough fun — there’s […]
Sugary beverages are everywhere and are connected to every season. Why is that such a big deal? According to The Nutrition Source, Harvard School of Public Health’s resource for evidence-based diet and nutrition information, soft drink makers produce 10.4 billion gallons of sugary drinks each year. That is essentially one 12-ounce can for every American, every day of the year.
UNC-TV recently took a video tour of the new Sierra Nevada major new brewery in Mills River. The brewery is now producing beer but is only open to the public on a limited basis. You can visit the gift shop or make reservations for a tour here. Sierra Nevada plans to open a taproom and […]
Looking back to 1995 when The Goodies moved from Atlanta to Asheville, frontman Holiday Childress recalls a time of cheap rent, three restaurants and just as many bands. The first local entertainers to explore vaudeville and cabaret rock, the group made its mark on a slowly rejuvenating town. In the process, the band’s lead guitarist and vocalist […]