From NPR and local station WCQS: It’s the first day of school at Hall Fletcher Elementary in Asheville, N.C. Principal Gordon Grant stands outside in a white suit and bow tie, greeting students. The kids arrive sporting fresh haircuts and new shoes. One even wears a tutu. But the biggest change on this first day […]
by Brandon C. Bouchillon Trampled by Turtles is slowing down. Known for firing off punk-inspired bluegrass diddies, the group’s new album, Wild Animals, feels like a sea change. It’s more controlled than the ones before it. Gone are the torrents of fiddle and mandolin, the notes now sparse and atmospheric. There’s more standing around. And […]
Blue Ridge Food Ventures (BRFV) will host an evening full of Asheville specialties, including artisan food, craft beer, signature cocktails, wine and, of course, live music. Proceeds will support BRFV in their mission to aid aspiring food entrepreneurs as they move food product ideas from the test kitchen to the marketplace.
I just finished reading your long story on burglary in Asheville (“Home Sweet Target,” July 2 Xpress). What stood out most for me, because of its unexpectedness, was the caution against profiling from Sean Davis, identified in the story as a “community resource officer” for the Asheville Police Department. You quote him as saying, “In no way does race, gender, sexual orientation or religion make an individual suspicious.” This was in the context of advising citizens to be vigilant for suspicious activity in their neighborhoods.
Photography by Zaire Kacz Story by Melanie McGee Bianchi Styling by Sara Fields Before thong swimsuits, fringed half-shirts and other travesties of the modern seascape, beach beauties dressed with an eye for silhouette, achieving a certain sun-drenched élan. Figure-enhancing swimsuits, leisure-class sunglasses and an ankle-kissing caftan all nod to mid-century beach culture. And because of […]
From the Sierra Club: On Satuday, July 12, local activist group Yogis Beyond Coal joined with Sierra Club to co-host an event in Pack Square Park in Asheville, highlighting community concerns with the local coal-fired power plant. The gathering, called Move for the Movement, sought to underscore that healthy living and clean energy are two sides of […]
by Kat McReynolds When you see three didgeridoos set up onstage at a concert, stick around. Friday’s RiverMusic festival certainly proved this to be a good choice. Three-piece global-Americana group The Billy Sea played a free performance on July 11 for the third segment of RiverMusic’s five-part summer concert series. Early on, front man and […]
By Carol Thomas The hills of Western North Carolina will be alive with the sound of music this summer as St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Burnsville hosts a series of Sunday concerts — two of them at a new outdoor performance area. Families can bring picnic suppers, chairs and blankets or dine by tailgate while […]
by Kyle Sherard and Steph Guinan Two local arts events return this month — the River Arts District Studio Stroll (now in its 20th year) and the sixth annual Asheville Art in the Park. Both provide art enthusiasts an opportunity to get outside (and inside as well, in the case of the RAD’s open workspaces), […]
Photos and captions by Morgan Ford If hair is the afterthought of most runway shows, Ananda Hair Salon’s upcoming fashion production, “A Moment in Time,” flips that idea on its well-coiffed head. The show, from which all proceeds benefit HandMade in America, takes place on Sunday, June 15, at The Millroom. Ananda’s stylists paired their […]
by John Granatino email@example.com Here’s what TV would have us believe about geeks: They live sheltered lives away from the public eye, stay up all night reading “Firefly” forums and only visit each other under the fluorescent light of a “Star Trek” convention. But while they may actually do those things, today’s geeks (nerds, Trekkies, techies) […]
In advance of GeekOut Asheville, held June 6-8 at UNC Asheville’s Kimmel Arena, the annual GeekOut Promenade took to Pritchard Park. Photographer Cindy Kunst was there.
In all of Eliada’s programs one can find a strong emphasis on family involvement. According to Eliada’s President & CEO Mark Upright, “Eliada strives to serve the ‘whole’ child, and that means serving the entire family and engaging the communities our families are embedded in.”
Review by By Jeff Douglas Messer Remember Neil Sedaka? Remember when the Catskills was a legendary place of song and comedy? Chances are, if you do, you’ll be right at home with Haywood Arts Regional Theatre’s new production of the toe-tapping, tuneful jukebox musical, Breaking Up is Hard to Do, featuring the music of Sedaka. […]
South Asheville Resident Approaches CTS Board of Directors; Calls on Immediate Cleanup FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE– In an unprecedented move a South Asheville resident, who attributes his children’s cancers to trichloroethylene (TCE) exposure from the CTS of Asheville site, drove nearly 700 miles to Illinois and approached CTS executives in person at their annual shareholders […]
Review by Mark-Ellis Bennett Last weekend Asheville Ballet staged Cinderella, the largest production of its 50-plus year history. Prokofiev’s powerful score, the stunning choreography and colorful new costumes and sets were enjoyed by an enthusiastic audience of all ages. According to Asheville Ballet’s artistic director, Ann Dunn, the company spent nearly a year rehearsing and […]
Review by Jeff Douglas Messer The Golden Age of Hollywood is alive and well at North Carolina Stage Company. All the glamor and some bits of the juicy gossip come to life in an intimate and fun evening, all wrapped in the special event: A Conversation with Edith Head starring Susan Claassen, artistic director of […]
By Rachel Ingram, Volunteer Intern, U.S. Forest Service National Forests in North Carolina I thought I knew it all. Only 22 years old, I had done more than my fair share of backpacking, kayaking, hiking and fishing. So when I, as a junior in the Mass Communications department at UNC Asheville, saw the posting on […]
Flat Rock couple builds tiny house, but not on purpose
Art is in the eye of the beholder. Still, I’m shocked that so many people seem to think graffiti is an art form and that these young people are merely “expressing” themselves.
Review by Jeff Douglas Messer In a brave new production of Diana Son’s play Stop Kiss, the audience is confronted with the uncomfortable reminder of how recently we, as a society, were far less accepting of same-sex relationships. And, while not as shocking as it may have been a decade ago, Stop Kiss still has […]