THE ART OF GUMBO: With their new restaurant, Pork & Pie owners Jaime and Deena Hernandez bring affordably-priced Creole/Italian fare and artisan pizzas to Marshall. Courtesy of Jordan Foltz

Mountain-Creole fusion

For well over a year, quirky and artistic downtown Marshall was without a full-service restaurant. The old stone building at 18 N. Main St. — which used to house Bacchus Bistro and Stone House Pizza — remained vacant from early 2012 until this summer, when Marshall’s culinary drought officially ended as Jaime and Deena Hernandez […]

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Collective liberation

Guitar innovator John McLaughlin comes to The Orange Peel on Thursday, June 13, with his band, The 4th Dimension. The current incarnation of the 4th Dimension features Gary Husband on keys, Etienne Mbappe on bass, McLaughlin on guitar and Ranjit Barot on percussion. Read on for an extensive interview with McLaughlin on the six-string, Miles Davis and a life in music.

“There’s more than one way to be Buddhist, and Urban Dharma is trying to communicate that,” Dr. Hun Lye photo by Taylor Johnson

Taking it to the streets: Urban Dharma brings Buddhist teachings to the heart of Asheville

Take one look at the “spirituality” section of our calendar, and it’s easy to see that the Asheville area aims for wellness of mind and heart in a variety of ways — meditation, mindfulness, earth medicine, prayer, peacefulness, the metaphysical and Zen listings abound. One of those gems is Urban Dharma, where Hun Lye welcomes those seeking to practice and learn more about Buddhism. (Pictured: Hun Lye; photo by Taylor Johnson)

The future’s agape: Swimming the Blue Ocean in a post-Christian culture

Blue Ocean Faith will hold its 2013 Southeastern Conference Thursday-Saturday, March 7-9, at the Blue Ridge Vineyard Church in north Asheville. Curious about the ideas and folks behind the conference, I asked Tom Camacho, pastor of the Blue Ridge Vineyard, whether we’re experiencing a contemporary reformation. (Pictured: Tom Camacho; photo by Jordan Foltz)

What’s so edgy about statistics?

It’s not that the “The 7 Billionth Person on Earth” was an offensive, controversial or even inaccurate article, it was just plain superfluous [“Edgy Mama,” Nov. 9 Xpress]. Couldn’t something have been communicated in a half-page more than just a slew of inanimate statistics that we all know? If you ask me, statistics are about […]