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Animal planet

In a lot of ways, The Stray Birds and Wild Ponies (who both play WNC on March 22) are alike. Both are hard-touring folk music trios that revolve around the music partnership between one man and one woman. They boast classic folk harmonies, acoustic basses and feral fauna monikers. And they use similar instruments to play a similar sort of music — to the point where you might be forgiven for confusing the two.

The Gospel According to Jerry

In the wake of Martin Nesbitt’s recent passing, there will be many columns and articles about our great and honorable friend’s extraordinary contributions. His loss will leave a huge void in the lives of so many friends and constituents. Still, I felt that giving a bit of my personal history with my dear friend Martin […]

SHORT ORDER: Ella Triber, 8, serves Sunday brunch at her parents’ restaurant, The Junction, to customer Mary Pollock. Photos by Alicia Funderburk

Very young professionals

Each Sunday, Ella Triber readies herself for another shift of waiting tables at The Junction. Notepad in hand, she approaches her customers, takes orders and delivers piping hot plates of pretzel French toast and sweet potato hash. Meanwhile, miles away at Adelbert Farm, Joshua Kirstein is tending to his chickens and calculating how many trades […]

Community is …

A little kindness by Fox Smith The Learning Community School fifth grade The week of the big snow, I went and asked my neighbor if I could go sledding on his hill. Not only did he say “yes” but he came out and played with me. I love living in Asheville because of how kind […]

Duke can do better on tree trimming

Every four to five years Asplundh Tree Expert Co.,  the tree pruning company hired by Duke Energy, comes to WNC to trim trees back from the power lines.  Duke Energy claims that “maintaining trees and vegetation along their power lines helps to ensure reliability, minimize outages and enhance safety for customers, Duke’s employees and contractors.”  […]

Hot topic: Willie Repoley, left, and Hanna Sloat star in Venus in Fur, a “multilayered piece examining power dynamics in an audition.” N.C. Stage further shifted the dynamic by inviting local creative types to view and comment on an early rehearsal. Photo by Ray Mata

Power play

When you’re determined to blur the boundaries of traditional theater, what’s more appropriate than a play about blurred boundaries? N.C. Stage Compay producing director Angie Flynn-McIver describes Immediate Theatre Project’s upcoming production, Venus In Fur, as “A multilayered piece examining power dynamics in an audition.” A 2013 Tony Awards nominee for Best Play, Venus in […]


Family by Matthew Griffith Community High School Wanna know what CHS means to me? Family. I feel like CHS is a family that backs one another to the end. My view on school has changed since I moved to CHS. I moved from a school that judges people by their appearance. To them I was […]

Community service

Community service by Julie Hollifield. 11th grade, Owen High School Last semester, my English class participated in a community service project. We were writing persuasive essays on environmental issues. This led us to want to get involved in helping our local environment. We took a field trip to the Dr. John Wilson Community Garden here […]

Smart Bets: Proof

“Proof delves into deeply emotional problems that arise from mental illness battling with true genius,” says F. Scott Keel, director of Rarely Theatre’s inaugural production of David Auburn’s play. The Tony Award-winning drama examines the story of a young woman haunted by the mathematical genius of her father while grappling with a mental illness she […]

CHILD’S PLAY: Visitors to Lookout Brewing Co. can relax and enjoy some of its many kid-friendly events and games. Here, Asher Garcia plays chess on Lookout’s handcrafted chess table. Photo courtesy of Lookout Brewing Co.

Where the toys are

We are lucky to live in one of the most family-friendly places on the planet, where fun (and often free) things to do with kids of all ages abound. So after your day hike to Graveyard Fields, afternoon at Splasheville or stroll through the Western North Carolina Nature Center, where should you and your family […]

Knowledge is power: Vernon White II aims to empower his community with job-seeking skills and connections at two events to be held in the Shiloh next month. photo by Alicia Funderburk

Working relationships

By Ami Worthen It might not surprise Vernon White II’s former teachers and classmates at T.C. Roberson High that this two-time MVP, who was awarded a full basketball scholarship to N.C. A&T State University, is once again tackling a challenge with his trademark persistence, energy and enthusiasm. With a bachelor’s degree in sports medicine and […]

Smart Bets: Lindi Ortega

Nashville-based, Toronto-born country songstress Lindi Ortega writes songs about loneliness, desire, crumbling relationships and the plight of a struggling musician. After spending a decade as an independent artist in Canada, Ortega moved to Music City, where she continues to gain recognition for her skilled songwriting and distinct voice. The title track on her latest album, […]


The Life of a paintbrush by Meadie Jernigan The Learning Community School Fifth grade A fuzzy tip hovers over the canvas. Should it paint a farm with fields of cows sheep and chickens? Maybe abstract with thousands of lines stuck together? Or possibly a forest with life and wonder? Even painting a bear in a […]

THE BOYS FROM BRASILIA: Brasilia Churrasco owner Shutao Wang, right, is pictured with Joe Lipscomb, left, and Antonio Gonzales, center, who will be gaucho and head chef, respectively, of the restaurant’s new Asheville location. Photo by Toni Sherwood

Steaking a claim

Shutao Wang, owner of Brasilia Churrasco Steakhouse of Spartanburg, S.C., will open a second location in downtown Asheville any day now thanks to some word-of-mouth promotion from traveling Ashevilleans. “We were debating between Charleston, Charlotte and Asheville,” says Wang. “Asheville people would come into my Spartanburg restaurant talking about how great their city is.” Wang […]