INTO THE WILD: In a wilderness setting, students have fewer distractions and the opportunity to detach from technology, says Shawn Farrell, executive director of SUWS of the Carolinas. “The result,” he says, “is that they are able to sit with themselves and begin to ask themselves who they are, what they want to be, and what they want to do differently.”

Wilderness works

Wilderness therapy “gave me my son back — and better,” says Stephen Mace. His son, Christian, age 15, participated in the wilderness program at SUWS of the Carolinas in Old Fort last year. SUWS is one of several local and regional organizations that use wilderness therapy. Sarah “Salli” Lewis, an Asheville-based clinical scientist, has conducted several […]

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Out of bounds: Adventurous art at [Re] HAPPENING 2014

The event, now in its fifth year, will take place Saturday, April 5, at Lake Eden, Black Mountain College’s former home. The [Re] HAPPENING, a collaboration between Black Mountain College +Arts Center and The Media Arts Project, “reimagines Black Mountain College’s tradition of Saturday night parties and performances, and pays homage to the innovative artists of the legendary Black Mountain College,”

Don’t glorify killing animals for food

The March 19 Mountain Xpress featured summer camps for kids. One camp, Five Farms, takes kids to five different farms. Teaching children how vegetables are grown is laudable, but last year many of the participating farms raise animals for food. I’m sure campers enjoy getting to know and interact with the goats, chickens and other […]

Smart Bets: The April Fool Show

This month would have marked the 60th birthday of the late (and much missed) local sculptor and painter Vadim Bora. The artist, originally from the Caucasus Mountains in Russia, came to the U.S. in 1993. At his downtown Asheville gallery, he “mounted an annual or sometimes biannual April Fool exhibition — celebrating a sharp wit, […]

The cast of Don Giovanni rehearses for Asheville Lyric Opera’s 15th anniversary production. Photo by Jonathan Ross

Seduction at the opera

When David Malis was invited to direct Asheville Lyric Opera’s season opener and 15th anniversary production, Don Giovanni, he was determined to accept. So determined, in fact, that he made arrangements to take leave from the University of Arkansas — where he is a voice professor and director of opera— and promptly headed east The […]

SPEAKING OUT: A Hall Fletcher student named Lydia aired her concerns at the March 18 meeting of the Nutrition Committee. "I don’t think all that sugar is good for all my friends and all the other kids in this school," she said. Photo by Micah Wilkins

And good nutrition for all

It all started with a letter from an 8-year-old to his school principal. “I wish the cafeteria were healthier,” wrote Liam Miller to Gordon Grant, Hall Fletcher Elementary’s principal. As a third-grader, Liam struggles with reading and writing, and his mother, Misty Miller, who knew that “every sentence of that letter was a struggle for […]

Tree-pruning standards lacking

Asheville has the distinction of being named Tree City, USA, for the past 33 years. While not every tree in our city grows near a utility power line, many of those we encounter every day in our commutes do. The recent effort of Duke Power to clear utility power line rights-of-way of tree growth is […]

Smart Bets: Reagan Boggs

On Reagan Boggs’ new album, Quicksand, the country singer-songwriter examines “those mired living a routine existence, only to wake up one day wondering whatever happened to their dreams.” It’s a road she has walked herself, having left the music business behind in 2009 to care for her newborn son. “You kind of go through a […]

CLASSIC WITH A TWIST: Silversmith Ali Reznikoff wears a pair of her handmade earrings at her work bench. Photo by Dave Gilbert

Fresh, local metalwork

Tailgate market season is back, and while many Ashevilleans are eager to fill their baskets with local, fresh kale and baguettes, other shoppers have their eyes on a different prize: fine jewelry. Starting on Saturday, April 5, tailgate markets will begin to crop up at 17 area locations. One local artist, Alexandria (Ali) Reznikoff, is […]

ON THE RISE: Pictured is City Bakery’s former head baker, Jesse Bardyn, at a previous Asheville Artisan Bread Bakers Festival. The festival, which started as a small event at Greenlife grocery, is now backed by the Breadbakers Guild of America. Photo by Suzannah Gebhart

Baked

What originally started as a married couple’s ploy to meet baking superstar Peter Reinhart has since turned into the Southeast’s largest baking and bread festival, drawing local and international world-class bakers and bread-lovers alike on Saturday and Sunday, April 12-13.

Todd Williams for district attorney

North Carolina native Todd Williams is running for Buncombe County district attorney and deserves our votes on May 6. Williams has nearly 15 years of experience as a defense attorney and has served as an assistant capital defender and assistant public defender for nine years in Buncombe County. Ron Moore has occupied this office for […]

Smart Bets: Majo John Madden and Tracey Schmidt

Though the styles of poets Tracey Schmidt and Majo John Madden are quite different — hers “beautiful, lyrical and haunting” and his “raw, sprawling and often very funny” — the local wordsmiths have much in common. Both poets are very personal, psychological and accessible in their approach, and both claim to write “poetry for people […]

GROUP EFFORT: With funding from the Rotary Club’s Rotarians Against Hunger project, volunteers at a recent event at the Reuter Family YMCA were able to package 215,000 meals for local people in need. Photo by Micah Wilkins

Helping hands

Every few minutes, a mallet struck a gong in the gymnasium, followed by cheers and applause. Each sounding of the gong, on loan from the Asheville Symphony, indicated that 5,000 meals had been assembled and packaged for hungry families in Western North Carolina. The sound rang down the halls of the Reuter Family YMCA in […]

Future vision

A proposed zoning plan for the Haywood Road corridor , which would regulate development based on six types of districts, received mostly positive feedback from residents and business owners at a March 27 open house. The “form-based code,” a marked departure from current practice, could become a model for rezoning other parts of Asheville. “We’ve […]

Asheville or Cultural Appropriationville?

I love this city; Asheville, it’s great, right? The mountains are beautiful in the background, we have lots of bars and restaurants here, good art and mostly lovely weather. But what else do we have? Hmmm, we have a vibrant and eclectic community, according to word of mouth. But, do we have people who represent […]

Had enough of Stewart David’s letters

Geez-o-pete. Again? Is or is not Stewart David and his cadre of chain letter writers the most published submitters of Letters to the Editor ever? Is David a stakeholder at MX or have something on Jeff Fobes? To me it seems that anything Stewart sends in gets published. I am just sick of being beat […]

Ron Moore is the right choice

On May 6, I will cast my vote for District Attorney Ron Moore in the Democratic primary. Over 20 years ago my husband and I decided to raise our family in Asheville. We were attracted to this safe, progressive community because of the people and the natural beauty. I continue to be awed by every […]