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North Carolina writing contests in January

Why wait for the second quarter, or spring or summer to rack up a prestigious writing prize? Local and regional contests are currently accepting submissions. Prize purses, publications and accolades await. Plus, several of these contests honor local literary greats (Thomas Wolfe and Carl Sandburg among them). 1. North Carolina Poetry Society poetry contests The […]

Three out of five worker-owners of Firestorm Cafe and Books show off their new space, located at 610 Haywood Road (the space formerly occupied by Pro Bikes). Photo by Hayley Benton

Firestorm Café and Books finds a new West Asheville home

Firestorm Café and Books is coming back with a bang — revamped, refurbished — and in West Asheville. Soon to be located at 610 Haywood Road (formerly home to Pro Bikes), Firestorm Café and Books originally opened downtown in March 2008 in the Commerce Street space now occupied by the new Ethiopian restaurant Addissae. In April 2014, […]

photo by Cindy Kunst

2014’s greatest hits: The year’s most-viewed stories at Mountainx.­com

While not quite as attention-getting as the impending end of the world would’ve been, the “tube-ocalypse” sucked in a drove of zombie-hungry readers this year: The most-viewed story on Mountainx.com in 2014 was “Asheville Tries for Tubing World Record with ‘Zombie Float.’” Here’s a look at the the top-10 most-viewed stories.

Photo by Caitlin Byrd for Mountain Xpress.

Is Asheville no longer a ‘weirdo’ city?

In a piece originally titled “Remembering Max and Rosie’s,” Katie Herzog, social editor at Grist, takes a look back at Asheville’s changing cultural landscape over the last 10-ish years. The commentary, originally written for Charlotte’s NPR station in October, shows both Herzog’s nostalgia of Asheville’s “weirdo” population from a different time and her sadness that it has evolved […]

Kingdom by Brian Mashburn

Smart bets: Brian Mashburn art exhibit

Portentous and meticulously crafted urban landscapes typify painter Brian Mashburn‘s body of work, which often juxtaposes a calm observer — perhaps iconic of nature or purity — among background rubble. The artist, who has lived and worked in Asheville for more than a decade and garnered increasing national and international attention over the past two […]

NEW SPECIES: Artist Leslie Samuels embellishes mummified birds with insect wings and elongated feathers. Photo by Kyle Sherard.

State of the arts: Reliquarie­s and mummified animals at Edge of Asheville

Nearly two dozen chameleons, iguanas, frogs, eels, fish and birds make up the central cast of a theatrical exhibition on view through Tuesday, Dec. 23, at Edge of Asheville Gallery & Design Studio. But these are not your average anthropomorphic artworks. Nor are the birds, reptiles and amphibians among the ordinary — or the living. […]