Music Video Asheville — a hugely popular celebration that pairs creative ingenuity, artistry and local pride — has a lesser-known but equally important sister event: the Brown Bag Songwriting Competition. Every Monday for 11 weeks, starting Sept. 8, new and seasoned musicians showcase original songs in front of an audience and panel of judges. “It […]
Perhaps you’ve seen footage of Tibetan monks creating a sand mandala, or even have had the opportunity to see the ritual in person. If you haven’t, then attend Urban Dharma’s Circles of Healing: Medicine Buddha Sand Mandala and Wellness Festival, which kicks off Thursday, Sept. 4. The celebration will include the construction of a 3-by-3-foot sand mandala, as […]
By Dave Cantor Michael Hurley’s shirt was louder than the Saturday crowd gathered at Blannahasset Island in Marshall for Transfigurations II. The Oregon-based folk singer was just one of 30 players on the bill as part of a three-day celebration of Harvest Records’ 10th anniversary. Ashevillean Angel Olsen, Steve Gunn — who performed in a […]
The Buncombe County Board of Commissioners will meet Tuesday, Sept. 2, with a very light agenda planned. The two main items before the Board are a road-closing petition and public hearing, and, in “New Business,” a “Commitment of Spec Building Proceedings.” The first item references Oak Street in Upper Hominy Valley. It’s an unopened road — mapped but never constructed […]
A stop-motion movie featuring a banana, a taste of Coconut Curry Hefeweizen and donating money to Asheville on Bikes: It’s all part of New Belgium’s Clips Beer & Film Tour, which returns to Asheville on Friday, Sept. 5. “The short films this year are really good,” says Jesse Claeys, one of the festival’s producers. “We’ve […]
She may refer to herself as a “Georgia cracker,” but Janisse Ray is sowing the seeds of a food revolution. A writer, naturalist, environmentalist, professor and farmer, Ray will be in Asheville to deliver the keynote address on Saturday, Sept. 6, during the Organic Growers School’s first annual Harvest Conference at A-B Tech.
As Stephen Colbert said, “a young adult novel is a regular novel that people actually read.” So no need to feel guilty about indulging in Isla and the Happily Ever After, the just-published YA romance by local author Stephanie Perkins. The summer before her senior year in high school, Isla (pronounced eye-la) bumps into her […]
The Larry Keel Experience kicked off New Mountain‘s outdoor stage series last weekend. In advance of that show, the band performed a song for Acoustic Asheville. Video by Jesse Hamm.
“We’re indebted to all the classic cocktails,” explains Plant chef and owner Jason Sellers, pointing out the theme of the vegan restaurant’s new cocktail menu. He says the drinks are pre-prohibition, pre-martini cocktails, most of which contain at least one substituted ingredient.
Mutual Benefit is an ironic name for a band that’s singular rather than plural. Singer-songwriter Jordan Lee is the project’s sole permanent member. Then again, the benefit in question might be shared with Lee’s many collaborators — he assembles a group for each album he puts out. The most recent release, the dreamy and transcendent […]
In the Aug. 27 issue, we looked back at Mountain Xpress in the ’90s — the paper’s first years. Who produced it? Why did they do it? What difference did it make? For answers, we turned both to former staffers and to civic activists.
For those celebrating the 10th anniversary of Harvest Records by attending all or part of Transfigurations II (read about here, here and here) — or for those who can’t make it to the shows but want to live vicariously — there’s this: First, Rich Orris is shooting photos and took over the Harvest Records Instagram […]
I can trace my professional and personal roots back to the predecessor of the Mountain Xpress — Green Line. When people ask why I do what I do, part of the answer is my time as a reporter for the Green Line in the early ’90s. At the time, I was assigned to write a […]
In the early 1990s, Julian Price and Jeff Fobes began working together to transform Jeff’s tiny monthly eco-newspaper called Green Line into the snappy, colorful, popular weekly — chock-full of local news and features — that we know today as Mountain Xpress. The Xpress offered Julian a place to express his quirky, contrarian outlook via […]
In this article, Dr. Janet Bull, medical director at Four Seasons Compassion for Life in Henderson County, explains the difference between palliative care and hospice as part of a series presented by the Western Carolina Medical Society. This is a frequent question that people often ask us at Four Seasons Compassion for Life. First of all, […]
The years 1996-2003 were a great time to be in Asheville. Little did I know I was a part of the root-feeding system of a most successful alternative newsweekly. Mountain Xpress was just becoming known when I was offered the position of advertising director. To watch the product grow year after year was one of […]