Smart Bets: Callaghan

Singer-songwriter Callaghan left London in 2010 to record her debut album with singer-songwriter Shawn Mullins — a collaboration that began with a MySpace message. Since her move to the States, Callaghan has been touring heavily in support of that album, titled Life in Full Colour. Her style combines folk, pop and country influences to create […]

Along for the ride: Charleston, S.C.-based duo Shovels & Rope has made Asheville a tour stop for years. From house shows and small audiences to sold-out headlining slots, they’ve stayed true to their creative vision.

Paying off

Usually the job of the supporting act is to ready the crowd for the headliner. In the case of Shovels & Rope opening for Dawes at The Orange Peel last June, it was less of a warm-up and more of an inferno. So much so that the crowd thinned significantly after the Charleston, S.C.-based husband-and-wife […]

HEALTHY  COMBINATION: Gibson Webb, a preschooler at Mountain Area Child and Family Center, snacks on a winning mix of celery, nut butter and raisins. Courtesy of Mountain Area Child and Family Center

Rainbow table

If I had a nickel for every time my daughter asked me for a snack, well — you know how the saying goes. Snacks are a big topic when you are a little person. They can be a great way to fill nutritional gaps and can help a child from getting too hungry and cranky. […]

Polluters are the real criminals

It was just over two years ago when Greenpeace activists went into the coal plant in South Asheville and hung banners. They did it to point out that coal is destroying our mountains, destroying our air, causing climate change and poisoning our water and our lands. They were arrested for this action. And yet, the […]

RELEASE THE BEAST: Hi-Wire Brewing will debut its new Man Eater double IPA at its March 8 English Breakfast event. Photo courtesy of Hi-Wire Brewing Co.

SMALL SIPS

Sierra Nevada introduces IPA 4-pack Sierra Nevada is best-known for its hoppy Pale Ale and Torpedo IPA. Now it’s taking the hoppiness one step further and rolling out a variety four-pack with Torpedo and three new hop-forward beers. According to the company, the variety pack, which will roll out in the next couple of weeks […]

Biz blotter

Openings Apex Brain Centers, 2 Walden Ridge Dr. Suite 80. 708-5274. apexbraincenters.com Mojo Kitchen & Lounge, 55 College St. 255-7767. facebook.com/mojokitchenandlounge Katuah Market, 2 Hendersonville Road. 676-2882. katuahmarket.com King James Public House, 94 Charlotte St. 252-2412. facebook.com/kingjames.publichouse Love Hate Asheville, 37 Wall St. 424-7176. Nightbell, 32 S. Lexington Ave. 575-0375, thenightbell.com Posh Boutique Hotel, 8 […]

Voicing support for Ron Robinson

I’m writing as a citizen and resident of Jackson County to voice my support for Ron Robinson for N.C. Senate, 50th District. The seat is currently occupied by tea party extremist, Jim Davis. As a person deeply concerned about the degradation of our natural environment, I see candidate Robinson as someone I can trust to […]

Cranky Hanke’s Weekly Reeler March 5-11: Generation 300 Rise of Mr. Peabody

OK, the Oscars — where it was decided that 12 Years a Slave made itself — are over, so now we can start worrying about next year. Something tells me that nothing coming our way this week will be involved. We have but two mainstream titles and one art title, though the art title is so long that it’s in two parts and perhaps should count as two movies. It will, I imagine, come as no surprise that it’s the one film I’ve seen. The other two … well, we’ll see about those. And, no, despite what you may have heard, Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel won’t make it to Asheville till March 21.

Challengers join the fray as filing for 2014 local elections ends

As filing ended at noon Feb. 28 for this year’s local elections, a flurry of candidates threw their hats into the ring. Two challengers, in different districts, will take on incumbent Democratic Buncombe County Commissioners, a Republican commissioner got another challenger and an opponent emerged for the current sheriff.