LEAF is almost here — the festival’s 40th iteration runs Thursday-Sunday, May 7-10. In advance, Xpress is talking to performers about what they have planned and why being part of LEAF’s 20th anniversary is so special. Grammy-nominated kid-hop artist Secret Agent 23 Skidoo has been regularly making the trip back to LEAF from his new […]
The 2015 Asheville Wine and Food Festival kicked off Friday evening with a new event: Amuse. The small-plate and craft cocktail tasting served as the preliminary round of competition for the annual mixology and culinary showdown and allowed guests to sample creative fare from five Asheville chefs and six local bartenders. Story by Gina Smith
Even at 11 tracks, the new self-titled album from former Ashevillean Woody Pines is just over 30 minutes long. It’s an album that wastes little time. Each note feels precise, the melodies are wrench-tight and the lyrics are delivered with an efficient snap. That said, each of those 11 tracks is packed with humor, history […]
Calcast brings together a wide range of community events in one handy podcast. Hosted by Theresa Amandi of WSFM 103.3 AshevilleFM’s Bombshell-ter Radio. Weekend of May 1-3. Listen to Bombshell-ter Radio every Tuesday afternoon from 3-5 p.m. EST featuring the best trip hop, electronica, chillwave and dreampop music — only on WSFM 103.3 AshevilleFM.
Greensboro-based photographer Smith Woosley recently shared a timelapse video that features scenic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The film, he says, “is my attempt at capturing the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Locations photographed include Mount Mitchell, Linville Falls, Lakes Powhatan and Tahoma, the city of Asheville, and several sections […]
Did you miss it? LEAF turns 20, a local couple travels the country with a small carbon footprint and local bakers rise to the challenge of artisan bread baking — all this and more in Xpress’ feature reads from the last week.
For the last two years, Dr. Perry Stamatiades with Zöe Dental Care has sponsored Dentistry from the Heart events that provide patients with free dental care. The event, scheduled on Saturday, April 25, was for those who may not be able to pay for dental care, he says. “This event is about the community, and we want to give back. To have a […]
On May 1, activists rallied in Asheville to celebrate workers and their struggle. The modern International Workers Day, or May Day, was born out of the May 4, 1886, Haymarket riot in Chicago.
Safety concerns on certain city thoroughfares make the idea of going out of town for dangerous thrills redundant.
The local air agency has extended the public comment period for the proposed Duke Energy plant in Arden to May 7, 2015.
It’s starting to become a common occurrence: Another week, another excellent Asheville chef sees national recognition. This time it’s Gan Shan Station’s Chris Hathcock‘s turn, receiving a nomination for Eater’s Young Guns of 2015. With over 50 nominees from across the United States, Hathcock slips in at number 13 and is the only chef from North […]
Singer-songwriter Jonathan Santos is community activist as well as a musician. This year, instead of performing his own set, he’ll be working with LEAF Schools & Streets students at the festival.
The Spring Herb Festival returns to the Western North Carolina Farmers Market this weekend. The festival brings together over 60 growers and vendors offering locally grown herbs or herbal products including soaps, oils, extracts, tinctures and more.
Castell Photography and Blue Spiral 1 are teaming up for a one-night-only collaborative opening event on Friday, May 1, from 5 to 8 p.m. Both galleries will debut group photography exhibitions in conjunction with the Downtown Asheville Arts District’s monthly first Friday art walk.
The 2015 lineup for LEAF, which prides itself on its globally conscious reach, is unsurprisingly excellent. Topping the bills each night are acts that range from soul revival firebrand Charles Bradley & his Extraordinaires to Australian world-roots act Xavier Rudd & the United Nations, demonstrating the festival’s knack for mixing quality bedrock American music with an eclectic range of styles that span the Earth.
A steady stream of Buncombe County residents queued up April 7 to voice opposition to loosening restrictions on mobile homes. The concern stemmed from local media reports that the county may consider allowing manufactured housing in all residential districts, prompting discussion on whether mobile homes are actually affordable.