In Theaters. In a slightly unusual turn of events, this week’s Reeler serves as a pretty decent guide to the Christmas movies since four of the five movies hitting on Christmas Day have been seen and reviewed, so there’s very little crystal gazing involved. Of course, there was supposed to be a sixth movie opening […]
If someone told you an Asheville brewery was expanding by opening a second location in the center of town, whom would you think of first? Highland would make sense. Or wait, maybe Pisgah? Both of those breweries have been around and growing for years, and they might want a second location closer to downtown. Yet […]
It’s the monster hit, the one you just can’t get away from. For musicians, it’s that one song that, if left unplayed at a show, will leave fans outraged. And for a chef, that hit might be fried chicken okra fries or a “f**king burger.”
If you’ve ever done any writing, or if you’ve read some writing, and if you live in Western North Carolina, there’s a pilgrimage that needs to be had to national historic site Connemara Farms, the home of Carl Sandburg. You go not because of a vague eighth grade memory of a poem he wrote about […]
If “organic Appalachiacana” isn’t an actual genre, it should be. That’s how local quartet Tellico (Anya Hinkle, Stig Stiglets, Aaron Balance and Jed Willis) describe its roots-influenced sound. The group formed earlier this year (its members come from Dehlia Low, Town Mountain and Wooden Toothe), and has already been gaining fans and momentum. In November, Tellico […]
Each week, Xpress highlights notable WNC crowdsourcing initiatives that may inspire readers to become new faces in the crowd. This week features Abby the Spoon Lady’s instructional DVD and an Asheville public housing documentary.
Guest columnist Jodi Ford explains the significance of CIS’s holiday giving program in the lives of local children from low-income families.
Hard as it is to believe, Wicked Weed is less than two years old — well, at least until Dec. 28. The brewery plans to ring in its second anniversary by releasing a special beer one day early, Terrible 2’s Centuplicate IPA, on Saturday, Dec. 27. This beer is the company’s biggest and hoppiest IPA […]
Twice monthly, my blog 30 Days Out spotlights upcoming music shows and events of note, shining a light into some less well-lit corners, where some fascinating artists schedule performances. I do my best to give ample advance notice so that you can adjust your budget and calendar in a way that lets you get to […]
In literal terms, “solstice” means “sun stands still.” This year, according to the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute, the sun will stand still (in the Northern Hemisphere, at least) at 6:03 p.m. EST on Sunday, Dec. 21. That night will be the longest of the year, and the solstice will mark the official onset of the […]
Ski Country Sports is birthing an offshoot bike shop adjacent to its North Asheville store. The new outlet, Asheville Bicycle Company, will occupy about 3,000 square feet at 1000 Merrimon Avenue in a space that previously housed AAA Carolinas for 15 years. When renovations are complete this spring, the shopping plaza will house “two stores […]
Whether you’re celebrating Solstice, Yuletide, Christmas, Saturnalia or nothing at all (Humbug Day is Dec. 21), we’ve got a song for you. Actually, local musicians have a song for you. From new releases, recorded just for the holidays, to old favorites (remember the Yo, Humbug! album from 2000, featuring Tyler Ramsey among other WNC-based artists?), […]
After 21 years of continuous ownership, the Asheville Wine Market has officially changed hands. Opened in 1993 by Eberhard Heide after he left Weinhaus, the store became Asheville’s second wine shop. But rather than a buyout, this takeover seems more like a passing of the scepter.
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. 19-21. 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 […]
After years of asking for it, Asheville finally has its own Ethiopian restaurant. Addissae opened on Tuesday, Dec. 16, for the first in a string of soft-opening nights. Currently only accepting around 50 reservations per night, the owners are trying to ease into their launch.
What do you think were the most interesting or important local issues, events and stories that shaped 2014?
In a holiday season filled with the expected shows around the local theater scene, Little Women might seem like a strange choice. However, it was the popular audience choice for Hendersonville Little Theatre‘s Christmastime show. Plus, act 1 begins just days before Christmas, and act 3 closes the show a year later, so there are […]
The Asheville Chamber of Commerce recently produced a “Christmas Cat” video to promote the city, in hopes that they could catch some of that elusive virulence that cat memes seem to engender on the internet. Some criticism of the video was that it was too “generic” and there was nothing specifically “Asheville” about it. Therefore, […]
Ethnobotanist and educator Marc Williams recently joined Xpress in the test kitchen at Selina Naturally to show us how to create “bliss bites” — a healthy treat for the holiday season
What if a band is less about its members and more about the vehicle for a set of songs? If that’s the case, the dissolution of a band is not really a breakup as much as the completion of a project. Not that musician and filmmaker Joe Chang is saying that. Still, the disbanding of […]
The Appalachians may never rival the Rockies, but outdoor enthusiasts say WNC offers more opportunities for winter adventures than many residents realize. This year local ski areas are celebrating a long list of improvements and forecasters are predicting a cold, snowy winter.