Local author Catherine Reid, a literary nature writer, is the director of Warren Wilson College’s undergraduate creative writing program. Her essays, stories and poems have appeared in a number of literary reviews, and she recently published Falling Into Place: An Intimate Geography of Home. “Reid writes on issues like environmental degradation, same-sex marriage, and war […]
Thank you, David Forbes, for the well-written account of the repeated run-off violations from Beverly-Grant’s strip-mall development on Merrimon Avenue (“Muddy Waters,” Jan. 29, Xpress ). As much as I respect Shannon Tuch, director of Asheville’s development services, I must strongly disagree with her statement that Beverly-Grant is “really trying” [to keep its pollution on-site]. […]
Jamie Fedele hates Yelp. Not because of any bad reviews he’s suffered, just the overall concept. His Charlotte restaurant, Soul Gastrolounge, opened in 2009 and has received accolades, acclaim and a steady stream of business in one of the hipper parts of town, Plaza Midwood. A former DJ and music business veteran, the ever-entrepreneurial Fedele […]
I feel bad for Louise Harrison, the reader who responded [”Thankful for Mountain Mobility,” Feb. 5, Xpress] to my letter about the shortcomings of Mountain Mobility, [”Mountain Mobility Can Do More,” Jan. 28, Xpress]. Again, I am grateful for their transport to my many doctor appointments and to food shopping. If Ms. Harrison had a […]
“Take everything you think you know about country music and throw it out the window,” wrote one reviewer. “That pop rock crap y’all call country is nothing compared to what Rachel Brooke is laying down.” Based in northern Michigan, Brooke grew up with bluegrass fans for parents. Meanwhile, she played in a punk band. Somehow […]
Apothecary closed and moved out of the YMI Cultural Center last November. But that closure didn’t spell the end for the experimental arts and music collective. Rather, it presented an opportunity for unrestricted transition. The group’s current incarnation is on view at the Asheville Area Arts Council. In Public is an exhibition of interdisciplinary, avant-garde […]
Have you ever caught yourself at a restaurant holding a piece of chicken with your fingers and wondered: Is anyone looking? “Emily Post said it’s correct etiquette to eat fried chicken with your hands,” says Chef Bob Wallace of Rocky’s Hot Chicken Shack. (His grandmother, he says, always quoted Emily Post.) Rocky’s co-owner Lauren Cundiff […]
In between snow events that brought most state roads to a halt, the Department of Transportation held an open house in Asheville Feb. 11 to encourage public input and conversation about upcoming plans — particularly those queued for Western North Carolina, such as the long-awaited (and oft-debated) Interstate 26 connector. With a respectable showing of […]
RE: [“Poultry for the people,” Feb. 5, Xpress] I commend the founder of the Asheville Chicken Club for pointing out that chickens are “fragile little birds and they need proper care.” I’d also like to share some information with those considering acquiring chickens. Half of the birds born at hatcheries supplying the egg industry (males) […]
Brooklyn-born, Asheville-based vocalist and composer Serpentine Arborvitae once said in an interview that she used to listen to early jazz and learn all the horn parts. Not that she plays horn, but her vocal — at turns rounded with longing and knife-sharp with power — is wielded like a brass instrument. After turning her attention […]
When the Asheville Beat Tape Collective celebrates its three-year anniversary at Emerald Lounge on Friday, Feb. 21, it may be the last time the uses that name. Technically, the moniker still refers to the organization started by formerly local DJ and producer Nigel Geiger in 2010 as a unifying force for sonic artists in Asheville. […]
In a rare joint session, Asheville City Council and the Asheville City Board of Education met Feb. 10 to consider the achievement gap, mutual priorities and the thornier social issues that complicate both agencies’ jobs. They gathered in the school system’s boardroom, the snow outside having closed the schools earlier that day. Members of both […]
I am overjoyed that our City Council is working to address the need for affordable housing in Asheville. Both as a professional working in public health and an Asheville City Schools Board of Education member, I know the web of challenges that children and adults face in Asheville. Affordable housing is one essential piece of […]
There are many forms of precognition, or predicting the future: Fortunetellers, crystal balls, dreams. Or, in the case of Matt Adams, songwriting. As the frontman for Los Angeles-based garage band The Blank Tapes, he wrote the song “Brazilia” off the band’s new album, Vacation, long before he ever toured that South American country. “It was […]
In the latest regional beer news, New Belgium and Riverbend debut their collaboration, Sierra Nevada tests single, fresh, wet and wild; and more.
At its Feb. 11 meeting, Asheville City Council approved incentives valued at $90,000 for Moogfest and opened the door to a continuing partnership. But while proponents hailed the move as an important investment in the city's future growth, one Council member maintained that it's an unreasonable amount of taxpayer dollars to funnel to an event […]
Gypsy-inspired bands Sirius.B and Szkojáni Charlatans play The Grey Eagle
The Daptone recording artist played a sold out show at The Orange Peel last weekend. Photo by Joseph DiLiberto, via Instagram.
Thank goodness for art titles. Otherwise, this week would look pretty bleak. At the same time, there are all those titles you possibly missed owing to the weather last week. Today (I’m writing this on Monday) marks the first day it has been possible to get out of my driveway since last Tuesday night. (Yes, I have cabin fever. You are warned.) That also resulted in the first time since I started reviewing for the Xpress in 2000 where some movies didn’t get reviewed.
Valentine’s Day can be not-so-funny for those who are single. That’s when it’s time for a good comedy show.
The rezoning request for Coggins Farm, a mixed-use development planned for a 169-acre tract in Riceville known as Old Coggins Farm, has been withdrawn by the developer, Coggins Farm LLC. It was scheduled to go before the Buncombe County Commissioners on Feb.18.