Each week, Xpress highlights notable WNC crowdsourcing initiatives that may inspire readers to become new faces in the crowd. This week features local gluten-free chips and dips as well as a photography exhibit.
Having worked at Mountain Xpress for 20 years, I have seen many changes — in staff, in technology, in delegation of duties and, of course, in the growth of the paper. Back when I started in 1994, Xpress had only a dozen employees or so, and not all were full-time. Jeff Fobes, our publisher, oversaw […]
In the early ’90s, more than 20 people filed for the Asheville City Council primary election. Instead of Mountain Xpress reporters interviewing the candidates, the paper asked for community volunteers to help. A group of volunteers met with Julian Price in an upstairs room on Page Avenue. We were given a set of questions to […]
One of the first connections I made when arriving in WNC in 1991 was with Green Line and Jeff Fobes, and right away I got the go-ahead to do a piece on the proposed passenger rail service to Asheville. Now, 20-plus years later, rail service to Asheville is still “proposed” (dream on), but Green Line […]
CalCast brings together a wide range of community events in one handy podcast. Hosted by Theresa Amandi of 103.3 AshevilleFM’s Bombshell-ter Radio. Weekend of August 29-31 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 103.3 AshevilleFM.
Eagle Market Streets Development Corporation and Asheville Lyric Opera have moved the Celebrate the Block Friendraiser to the historic Berry Temple United Methodist Church. The event will feature a performance by gospel singer Audrey DuBois Harris.
Buncombe County native Chris Spurrier was paralyzed in a car accident during his junior year of high school. He needs to purchase a specially modified van to continue his work in WNC. To help offset the cost of a new vehicle, Eblen Charities is sponsoring an auction that will include gift certificates to local establishments and a variety of local art and appliances.
In Theaters. Words of advice: this week watch those movies on your desk you’ve been meaning to get around to, go see Calvary or Magic in the Moonlight or Boyhood (even if you’ve already seen them). Why? Because there are only two movies opening this week — both of the mainstream variety, and both looking […]
Asheville’s a great place to live, unless you suffer from FOMO (fear of missing out). Even if you catch the drum circle, a gallery crawl, three bands and a late-night DJ, your Twitter feed will still be full of reports and photos from the indie-film screening, book launch, poetry reading and symphony concert that you […]
Fresh on the heels of creating the first beer for LaZoom’s Sister Bad Habit, Asheville Brewing Co. is at it again. This time, they’ve collaborated for a more serious cause: the United Way. On Thursday, Sept. 4, at the Millroom, Asheville Brewing will tap the first keg of United Way Pale Ale at 5 p.m. […]
Although “pretty much everybody” told them it wasn’t a good idea, Matt Schnable and Mark Capon opened Harvest Records in 2004. “We were just out of college and pretty headstrong about it,” says Schnable. “We figured even if were open just a year, at least we had seen something through.” The West Asheville-based store was […]
Grace Slick sang, “One pill makes you larger, the other makes you small. And the ones that mother gives you don’t do anything at all,” on Jefferson Airplane’s “White Rabbit,” cementing the figurative connection between Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and the ’60s drug culture. Perhaps that’s why an educational anti-drug video, produced 20 […]
In the days before commenting on websites, Facebook and other social-media platforms, Mountain Xpress got readers talking each week. Every issue featured two, three and sometimes four commentaries, often from wildly different worldviews. The Aug. 31, 1994, Xpress featured four, including the first “Gospel According to Jerry [Sternberg].” Readers reacted strongly to Sternberg’s support for […]
Recently, I asked my daughter to run to Lowe’s to pick up a mop bucket for me. As soon as she picked up her keys to go, our beloved rat terrier, Daisy, wanted to go, too. I have taken Daisy before. She is only 11 pounds of love. As soon as my daughter got out […]
Talk about the people. Find the drama. Look where no one else is looking. That’s what Mountain Xpress publisher Jeff Fobes told me and Neal Evans when we started covering local government in 1994. Neither of us was on staff for the nascent publication, despite what the masthead said. Seemingly there were 15 or so […]
When I look back at the early ’90s, I can remember a lot of issues that everyone worked on. Specifically, though, when I think about Green Line and then the Mountain Xpress, I am reminded of publisher Jeff Fobes’ mother, Hazel Fobes. She attended meeting after meeting, waiting to speak her opinion on all kinds […]
In 1994, the year Mountain Xpress started, I was sharing a $365/month place in Montford with my sister. It was a narrow little flat in a Victorian-era home, its backyard adjacent to the property where Zelda Fitzgerald died in a mental-hospital fire in 1948. The same apartment, no bigger but much refurbished, rents for $950 […]