Funds from Marshall's IndieGogo campaign will help cover the costs of a multi-state book tour and publicity campaign for her forthcoming debut novel. Cover art "Glowingg" by Joshua Spiceland. Cover design and layout by Susan Yost.

Xpress editor Alli Marshall launches crowdfunding campaign for debut novel ‘How to Talk to Rockstars’

From record releases and concerts to theatrical performances, literary events to stand-up comedy shows, Xpress arts and entertainment section editor Alli Marshall has eagerly documented the stories of Asheville’s most creative doers for years. Now, with her debut novel to be released this May, Marshall’s got her own tale to tell. Although it’s not an autobiography […]

SWEET AND SAVORY: The Mothlight in West Asheville is adding hand pies to the nightly lineup. Woodpecker Pies, the brainchild of Vincent Gagnon and Matt Bailey, will crank out their made-from-scratch mini meals from a small space near the Mothlight's back gallery following renovations. “It's going to be very intimate,” Gagnon jokes about the space. “Matt and I will really get to know each other.”  Pictured, from left to right, are Mothlight owners Jon and Amanda Hency, Matt Bailey and Vincent Gagnon.

Punk and pie: Woodpecker Pies sets up shop inside the Mothlight

Asheville is about to get pied — in the hand. Business partners Vincent Gagnon and Matt Bailey, who recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund their business opening, have lofty goals of becoming Asheville’s first exclusive pie purveyors (mini-hand pies, specifically). The joint venture will begin operating from within the Mothlight by this summer, if […]

The Appalachian Studies Association held its 38th Annual Appalachian Studies Conference last weekend at Eastern Tennessee University. Photo by Max Hunt.

Mountain medley: Reflection­s on the 2015 Appalachia­n Studies Conference

In an ongoing effort to connect those dispersed communities, the Appalachian Studies Association held its 38th annual conference last month in Johnson City, Tenn. The one-of-a-kind event unites scholars and musicians, activists and academics, to celebrate the often misunderstood region’s distinctive heritage, culture and physical landscape.

BATTLE OF THE BANDS: The members of Foul Mouth Jerk's hip-hop act, left, actually have a lot in common with country band The Honeycutters, right. Both local bands recorded new records at Echo Mountain Studios; both will launch those albums at Isis Restaurant & Music Hall this week.

The Honeycutte­rs and Foul Mouth Jerk play Isis on consecutiv­e nights

Place The Honeycutters and Foul Mouth Jerk side by side and one can’t help but notice their differences. The former play country roots music while the latter raps and, unless one puts undue emphasis on the “cut” of Honeycutters, even their names reflect opposite sensibilities. But beyond these sonic and stylistic splits, the two Asheville acts have a substantial amount in common.

"The Fox & Beggar Theater is Asheville's answer to Cirque du Soleil, but with a much heavier focus on narrative, poetics and the incredible power of a locally-minded circus theater,” explains Nat Allister, the organization's founder and artistic director. Tarocco: A Soldier's Tale, the theater's forthcoming production, will be performed at the Orange Peel on four weekend nights. Tarocco artwork courtesy of the Fox and Beggar Theater

Faces in the crowd: WNC crowdfundi­ng initiative­s

Each week, Xpress highlights notable WNC crowdsourcing initiatives that may inspire readers to become new faces in the crowd. This week features the Fox and Beggar Theatre’s art fusion production, Noah Proudfoot Stockdale’s musical musings on love, improved resources for the Drum Heads podcast and a traveling documentary and art exhibit about estranged siblings’ visual art.