My wife tells people that she moved to Asheville because of the North Carolina Arboretum, and I believe it’s true — she’s not a woman to be doubted. That said, I’m as apt as she is to suggest we head down Brevard Road for a visit. And when I saw this lotus blossom there, I […]
The farm is an immutable part of the American idiom. The image of the silo, the big red barn, and the sprawling ranch house are as indelibly marked on our indigenous identities as the stars and stripes, fried chicken and high school football. But with prepackaged food and grocery store convenience, it seems miraculous if a […]
What a great series on old Asheville concerning events that were not long ago at all. Change is swift in this country. The latest trends are sometimes weekly and quarterly. We suggest that you publish the entire series of articles, “Looking Back 20 Years,” including the relevant letters to the editor. These articles, of course, […]
Take an accomplished Hollywood writer, director and actress with decades of comedy writing experience, throw her unexpectedly into the flawed and unpredictable American healthcare system, and you’re bound to end up with entertaining anecdotes. Such as: A mysterious accident catapults an Asheville woman into a dystopia of drugs, disillusionment and worst of all, the dreaded […]
This week’s playlist starts with a deeply soulful groove and wraps up with delicate finger-strumming. In between, there’s trip-hop, hip-hop, indie-rock and reggae — all of which will make you want to dance, even if it’s a slow dance with your sweetie. • “Merci” by HoveyKraft, the solo project of multi-instrumentalist Ben Hovey, from his new […]
The Our Carolina Foothills campaign will host the inaugural Taste of Our Carolina Foothills wine and food festival on Sunday, Sept. 28, at Overmountain Vineyards in Tryon. The event is a fundraiser for the Our Carolina Foothills public relations campaign to create awareness about and promote tourism in Landrum, Tryon, Saluda and Columbus. Visitors will […]
Be Greek for a day — or a weekend. Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church of Asheville will host a celebration of Greek traditional foods, crafts and dances starting today, Sept. 26, and reveling on until Sunday, Sept. 28.
Hue Thairapy will be the host sight for the Asheville stop of the Pink Heals Tour, which raises awareness and funds for women and children battling cancer.
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 Sept. 26-28 Listen to Bombshell-ter Radio every Tuesday afternoon from 3-5 p.m. EST featuring the best trip hop, electronica, chillwave and dreampop music — only on 103.3 AshevilleFM.
A 76-year-old structure is bound to have stories to tell.
For most people, their sense of “history” begins when they arrive somewhere. So, here is my history of the French Broad River and what has evolved along it since 1986, when I started working for RiverLink When I arrived in Asheville, I didn’t even know there was a river. The downtown was dead and scary, […]
After reading letters like Kriss Sands’ on being barred from the Mountain State Fair for going barefoot ["Why I Won't Be Attending Mountain State Fair This year," Sept. 10, Xpress] and also seeing people disregarding the “No Shoes, No Service” public health codes in Asheville stores and restaurants, I feel people need a little biology and history lesson […]
“I had hiked to the top, going from 3,500 to 11,000 feet. … I sat there looking over this valley; I could see for miles. The feeling of the insignificance of me in the world was tremendous — but such a grand setting, the immensity of it all, was overwhelming. And then I realized, ‘This […]
A smorgasbord of Greek delicacies to tempt every palate will be part of the 28th Annual Greek Festival this weekend on the grounds of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church of Asheville in historic Montford. Visitors will be able to sample Greek recipes handed down through generations, all prepared fresh on-site and, fortunately, you don’t have to be able to pronounce […]
Ayurvedic medicine came to Asheville at least 12 years ago, when Vishnu Dass opened Blue Lotus Ayurveda, a Panchakarma clinic. Back then, “There was nobody practicing clinical Ayurveda in Asheville and very few in this entire region,” says Dass, who started teaching the art at various yoga and clinical herb schools in the area, including […]
Candidates for Buncombe County sheriff and district attorney faced off for the first time Sept. 25 at a forum held at the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce.
When you think about it, it’s not a stretch that the co-creator of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band would go on to write classical music. Paul McCartney has written oratorios, chamber music, sound collages and even an orchestral piece for a video game, all of which make the name of the upcoming concert by […]
If you enjoy three-part harmonies, talented violinists, drum kits with kitchen pots, a bass player who occasionally plays the harmonium and the kind of lead guitarist who weaves a feather between between his frets, I sincerely hope you were at the River Whyless show at The Grey Eagle on Saturday. (If not, the next best […]
While every band doesn’t need a drum set, sometimes powerful percussion is exactly what elevates an interesting indie-rock outfit above the sea of competition. And making that drum set portable is even more important, which is why Boston-based The Ballroom Thieves are smart to travel with a kit formed from a djembe, floor tom and […]
Having visited all of Asheville’s celebrated breweries, I’ve noticed a glaring lack of staff diversity. Is there a cogent, explicable, rational reason for this phenomena? Dennis Hill Asheville