Sandor Ellix Katz, Gina Smith and Janelle Lucido-Conate at Selina Naturally. (Carrie Eidson/ Mountain Xpress)

Web bites: A fermentation demonstration with Sandor Ellix Katz

Do-it-yourself-food activist and internationally acclaimed author Sandor Ellix Katz played a vital role in kickstarting the modern fermentation craze. When Katz ventured to the Asheville area recently as a featured speaker at Mother Earth News Fair, he met with Xpress at the test kitchen of Selina Naturally in Arden to demonstrate how easy it is to make a delicious and fool-proof batch of fermented sauerkraut.

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Asheville eateries rank among America’s Greenest Restaurants of 2014

Three Asheville food establishments made the top 20 list of America’s Greenest Restaurants of 2014, a ranking compiled annually by culinary website The Daily Meal based on data from the Green Restaurant Association. The French Broad Chocolate Lounge, Green Sage Coffeehouse & Café and Luella’s Bar-B-Que were ranked seventh, 10th and 19th on the list, respectively.

City Council to unveil 2014-15 Strategic Operating Plan

Asheville City Council and Mayor Esther Manheimer will host a community meeting, from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 29, at Charles T. Koontz Intermediate School (305 Overlook Road) to discuss the 2014-15 Strategic Operating Plan with the public. Each year, Council develops a SOP outlining goals for the upcoming fiscal year  and used as a roadmap for policy […]

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Janelle Monáe leads Moogfest discussion on creativity and community

Psychedelic soul superstar Janelle Monáe came to Moogfest April 24 for a wide ranging talk on everything from the evolution of the music business and community building to what kind of music aliens might enjoy. She was joined at the panel discussion by a pair of colorful musical collaborators from the Wondaland Art Society record […]

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R3MiX3D fundraiser and Moogfest afterparty

Following a Monday, April 14 fire, local business owner Wendy Owens lost the contents of her store, R3MiX3D (remixed). Located on Merrimon Avenue, near Luella’s Bar-B-Que, the store served UNC-Asheville students as well as the North Asheville community. Owens told Xpress that she had chosen the location with the idea to create an artistic hub. […]

Pat McCrory made a surprise appearance at a Moogfest VIP party at the Aloft Hotel. Photo by Alicia Funderburk

Moogfest begins with jobs panel, protest, surprise McCrory visit

At Moogfest’s first big panel discussion on April 23, state and local leaders discussed the role of technology and innovation in cultivating economic development. Mike Adams, CEO of Moog Music, said the goal of the panel was to “get people thinking about economic development” in ways that are outside of the box. “It doesn’t have […]

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Smart Bets: Pimps of Joytime

Pisgah Brewing Co. is turning 9, and for its big anniversary party, the beer lovers responsible for some of the region’s favorite craft brews have also demonstrated their fantastic (and funky) taste in music. The in-your-face, can’t-help-but-dance, Brooklyn-based soul band Pimps of Joytime will headline the outdoor celebration. With an infectious single titled “Booty Text” […]

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Smart Bets: Jimbo Mathus

While songwriter and former Squirrel Nut Zippers frontman Jimbo Mathus is known more for his energetic romp through the archives of American music, his newest offering is a departure of sorts. The title track to Dark Night of the Soul (recorded with The Tri-State Coalition) bleeds intensity, raspy vocals and shimmery guitars. “From the gritty, […]

TRUST ISSUES: Lyle Mitchell, left, balances on a slackline as Ryan Earls and Lillian Jacobs strike an AcroYoga pose in front of 7 Juice Bar on Wall St. Photo by Micah Wilkins

All fun and games

Ryan Earls lies on the ground with his legs up in the air to support his partner, Lillian Jacobs. As she attempts to distribute the weight of her body on his feet, she gasps, lets out a few screams, a few laughs, and eventually becomes still. It takes a lot of trust to allow someone else to hold you several feet off the ground. But that’s the goal of Urban Ashram Studio: to build trust and a stronger sense of community.

Captain planet: From Digable Planets' Doodlebug to the frontman of his own nine-piece funk and rock-tinged outfit, Cee Knowledge continues to forge ahead. Photo by Laura DeSantis Olsen

Still digable

Digable Planets would disband just a few years later after its 1993 Grammy-winning crossover smash “Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat),” with its three members each going onto to their own solo careers. Cee Knowledge, who went by Doodlebug in the group, will be playing a show with his Cosmic Funk Orchestra at The Grey Eagle on Thursday, April 24.