Hollywood has degraded the fascinating Venus flytrap, turning it into a silly monster. Consider the bloodsucking Audrey II in the macabre 1986 musical Little Shop of Horrors. Or Cleopatra, the prey-strangling pet of Addams Family matriarch Morticia. Sticking around: This sundew lies in wait for its insect prey. Upon landing, the hapless bugs find themselves […]
It took two years for Ed Subkis to snag StoryCorps for a local residency—a long time, considering how ripe Asheville is for such an endeavor. The Airstream cometh: At long last, NPR’s popular StoryCorps program rolls into Asheville. The mobile storytelling booth will be parked in front of WCQS for six weeks. “Our number finally […]
Kids used to return home from summer camp with little more than mosquito bites and bad folk songs bouncing through their heads. But the experience has grown considerably more sophisticated. Many local camps emphasize themes: writing, herbalism, stagecraft, robotics. Kids who attend the vastly eclectic array of Asheville-area programs will be chasing after insects (see […]
• Asheville Arts Center grabs the limelight this year with two spring-break performance camps. “Once Upon a Time …” is an exploration of fairy tales old and new for young ones age 2-6, and “Lights, Camera, Action!”, for kids 6-15, teaches movie-making from script to screen. Both programs will be held April 13-17. For rates […]
Powerful, potentially harmful herbicides like clorpyralid are not only creepy, they’re downright déclassé. An infinitely kinder and hipper form of kudzu control is Marvin, a veteran weed eater from Wells Farm in Horse Shoe. Kudzu? What kudzu? In two weeks, Ron Searcy’s weed-eating goats munched through most of the overgrowth plaguing this Madison County hillside. […]
I miss Marlin Perkins and his softly instructional nature shows. But Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom and the like have become as endangered as the Rameshwaram Parachute Spider or the Borneo pygmy elephant. Long gone is a serene, omniscient host like Perkins, cozily narrating the love moves of tawny African lions. Despite the coital element, […]
When times are lean, both people and products have to work twice as hard. Anyone whose parents or grandparents survived the Great Depression has heard examples of this protean creed: cardboard shirt inserts that were turned into shoe soles, scraps of tinfoil re-used for a decade. Hop to it: The Lobster Trap’s Billy Klingel (left) […]
My son’s passion for heavy equipment is rivaled only by his recent desire to be playing outdoors at all times. They tell me the dumper obsession is a common phase among toddler boys, who seem to have it mysteriously hard-wired into their little bodies. For 2-year-old Beau, “dumper” is a multitasking noun that he uses […]
Any old ghost can haunt a house—and some don’t require even that much real estate. I lived in one West Asheville apartment for six years, despite a thick, uneasy presence. If you stood at the kitchen sink for any length of time, you found yourself whipping your head around in defensive confusion—the better to catch […]
In a city blessed with more artists than spaces to show their work, repurposing restaurants to double as galleries makes sense. Stephen Lange has fashioned a career displaying his figurative watercolor paintings and collage wall hangings inside local businesses, including Ananda Hair Studio and a slew of local eateries. Would you like some art with […]
Sorghum syrup once flowed like creek water in the Southern Appalachians, and there are signs that this ultimate “slow food” may be flowing again. With help from the state, several local farmers have revved up production of the rich, old-fashioned syrup (sometimes called sorghum molasses). An old-fashioned juicer: This well-worn, horse-powered mill comes with directions […]
Flavor: Breakfast favorites from local sources Ambiance: Diner in organic clothing Price: $1.25-$7.75 Where: 640 Merrimon Ave. (Merrimon Square) Contact: 254-4122 or www.risenshinecafe.com Hours: 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Mon-Sat; 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sun Know where your food comes from. Such is the rallying cry that unites locavores and the restaurants that hope to serve them. Photo […]
It’s dry, it’s fall, the flowers are almost gone. And the bees want meat. Correction We had to shorten Jeff Ashton’s Outdoors column, “A Little Trout With Your Drought,” last week due to space constraints, and it resulted in distortions of the author’s meaning. For example, Ashton points out that in times of drought, water […]
Keeping up with the Joneses also typically means keeping up with the latest trends. It used to be that only folks who spent a lot of time digging in the dirt wore Crocs. Today, almost every major brand of footwear offers a version of the chunky rubber shoe, and almost every brand of human—from just-walking […]
Like capri-length pants, the “ladies first” edict is always stylish, in my opinion. This should hold true in any restaurant, whether its tables are set with plastic forks or with crystal goblets. But today’s emphasis on trendy atmosphere and table flipping often trumps the classic rules of service. Seeking to understand the current flavor of […]
Outdoor patios may be a fair-weather rage in Asheville, with culinary ratings that go sky-high, but their proximity to sometimes stupid-busy traffic tends to keep them off lists devoted to scenic mountain-area dining. Such a list follows here, although it is by no means exhaustive: Pre-emptive apologies go out to all the regional restaurants that […]
Australians don’t go in much for pat sentiment. With sandy wit, Waifs singer Vikki Thorn tells Xpress just how profoundly the experience of having two children in two years influenced her art. Americana from Down Under: Originally from Australia, The Waifs are Bob Dylan-approved folk rockers. Photo by Jason Ierace “My creative processes came to […]
It’s nice to see WCU’s Ron Rash included in the new Oxford American. But what’s up with the rest of the issue?
… So is it OK to like GN’R again?
Local rockers Woody Wood and Scott Sharpe start ugly-eyewear trend
Younger readers shouldn’t dismiss the upcoming Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands.