Poems

The Life of a paintbrush by Meadie Jernigan The Learning Community School Fifth grade A fuzzy tip hovers over the canvas. Should it paint a farm with fields of cows sheep and chickens? Maybe abstract with thousands of lines stuck together? Or possibly a forest with life and wonder? Even painting a bear in a […]

Community by the cinquain

Asheville By Loren Fun Old, special Exciting, Interesting, Amazing An extremely creative city Asheville Asheville By: Anonymous Weird, bizarre Drumming, expressing, entertaining The people, places and hippies Carolina Asheville By: Lola Special place Unique, creative Thinking, saying, doing Stay weird Asheville Lake Toxaway By: Katt Magical, mysterious Hiking, camping, climbing Beautiful sunsets between the mountains […]

SWEET COUPLE: Catawba Brewing and French Broad Chocolate Lounge will marry the flavors of chocolate and beer at a five-course tasting on Friday, March 21. Photo by Nathan Metcalf

BEER SCOUT

Highland announces major expansion While it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of new brewery openings, it’s also exciting to see that Asheville’s oldest craft brewery is not sitting still. According to Highland Brewing Vice President Leah Wong Ashburn, the company is gearing up for an expansion that could allow output to double […]

My heroes

Nurses are my heroes My mom is a nurse.  She helps us not get sick.  She works in the emergency department in the hospital, so she helps a LOT of different people, at different times.  During the snowstorm, she stayed at the hospital for 3 days to take care of people!  She helps people not […]

Catherine & Katharine, Sisters Wee Bit Irish will tell their tales at the The Boarding House Venue in Saluda. Photo courtesy of Kate Brighton

Shamrock shake-up

Whether you choose to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by donning your most flattering shade of green, embarking on a corned beef and cabbage bender or simply practicing a fake Irish accent in public — there’s a place for that in Asheville. And if none of that strikes your fancy, there are a multitude of Irish-themed […]

BALANCING ACT: With the drinks menu at Rhubarb, bartender Hank Fuseler tries to maintain a healthy balance between cocktail geekery and the tried-and-true. Photo by Michael Franco

BEHIND THE BAR

In the new, regular interview series Behind the Bar, Michael Franco talks to some of the talented men and women who keep the beer, wine and spirits flowing at some of Asheville’s favorite watering holes. Many a bar has been blamed for luring students away from their studies. But in Hank Fuseler’s case, the call […]

LOCAL GOODNESS: If you don’t have time to make your own quiche, many local eateries offer the protein-packed finger food by the slice for a grab-and-go meal. Pictured is a piece of spinach-feta quiche from City Bakery. Photo by Nathan Metcalf

THE FAMILY KITCHEN

I once read a science fiction novel where quiche was the pizza of the future. I don't remember much else about the book, but the quiche idea stuck with me. The beauty of quiche, much like pizza, is that you can eat it with your hands. What differentiates it from pizza is the protein-and-veggie-to-carbohydrate ratio. […]

Save cover for pressing issues

I have to admit, dear Mountain Xpress, I was put off and disappointed by your cover story, “Going Up?” [Feb. 19, Xpress]. With the wide range of social/political/environmental issues that are currently affecting our community, I was truly surprised that your lead story featured the elevator inside the Flatiron building, its operators and some scandalous […]

Along for the ride: Charleston, S.C.-based duo Shovels & Rope has made Asheville a tour stop for years. From house shows and small audiences to sold-out headlining slots, they’ve stayed true to their creative vision.

Paying off

Usually the job of the supporting act is to ready the crowd for the headliner. In the case of Shovels & Rope opening for Dawes at The Orange Peel last June, it was less of a warm-up and more of an inferno. So much so that the crowd thinned significantly after the Charleston, S.C.-based husband-and-wife […]

HEALTHY  COMBINATION: Gibson Webb, a preschooler at Mountain Area Child and Family Center, snacks on a winning mix of celery, nut butter and raisins. Courtesy of Mountain Area Child and Family Center

Rainbow table

If I had a nickel for every time my daughter asked me for a snack, well — you know how the saying goes. Snacks are a big topic when you are a little person. They can be a great way to fill nutritional gaps and can help a child from getting too hungry and cranky. […]

RELEASE THE BEAST: Hi-Wire Brewing will debut its new Man Eater double IPA at its March 8 English Breakfast event. Photo courtesy of Hi-Wire Brewing Co.

SMALL SIPS

Sierra Nevada introduces IPA 4-pack Sierra Nevada is best-known for its hoppy Pale Ale and Torpedo IPA. Now it’s taking the hoppiness one step further and rolling out a variety four-pack with Torpedo and three new hop-forward beers. According to the company, the variety pack, which will roll out in the next couple of weeks […]

Biz blotter

Openings Apex Brain Centers, 2 Walden Ridge Dr. Suite 80. 708-5274. apexbraincenters.com Mojo Kitchen & Lounge, 55 College St. 255-7767. facebook.com/mojokitchenandlounge Katuah Market, 2 Hendersonville Road. 676-2882. katuahmarket.com King James Public House, 94 Charlotte St. 252-2412. facebook.com/kingjames.publichouse Love Hate Asheville, 37 Wall St. 424-7176. Nightbell, 32 S. Lexington Ave. 575-0375, thenightbell.com Posh Boutique Hotel, 8 […]

Groovy, baby: Kelsey Anne Carter and Erin Schmidt model clothing by Charles Josef, Kristina Benshoff and Hip Replacements Clothing and hair and makeup by Amy Day Dougherty, Joanne Bolet Cafaro and Nicole Franklin of Aabani Biltmore Salon. Photo by Morgan Ford Photography

Time capsule collection: Asheville Affiliates bring back ’60s fashion

The Product of the ’60s Fashion Show features local stylists and clothing purveyors, including designers Charles Josef, Kristina Benshoff, Simone Berhardt, Aurora Moulin, Rhetorical Factory and Danielle Miller of Royal Peasantry, as well Hip Replacements, Honeypot and The Costume Shoppe. The event takes place on Friday, Feb. 28 at the Renaissance Asheville Hotel.

FORM AND FUNCTION: The Bull and Beggar’s upcoming dinner, “Pairing Elements: An Artful Dining Experience,” combines fine art and craft with a locally-sourced, hand-crafted meal. Photo by Nick Moen

Pairing Elements

Art and craft. They share similar audiences, but split crowds when it comes to applying those definitions to the work itself. It’s a dialogue that’s most often played out in studios, galleries and museums and in the occasional after-hours argument at bars or breweries. (Certainly this is the case at the Wedge.) But what if […]

Flower power: John Brute, Meg Proffitt Heathman and Amanda McGuire (from left) of The Petticoat Government will wear daffodils to celebrate Welsh heritage at the inaugural St. David’s Day Jam. Photo courtesy of the band

Wales watching

“What’s with the flower?” is a question John Brute has become accustomed to answering on March 1 each year.  Since his youth in the small Welsh town of Mochdre, which translates as “Pig Town,” he’s worn a daffodil in honor of St. David’s Day. It’s his homeland’s holiday, comparable to St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland. […]