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July 28, 2014

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“You’re nuts! How nuts are you?!”

July 28 @ 12:44 PM

For those who sleep in on Saturdays, Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me!, National Public Radio’s weekly news quiz show, keeps an appropriate tempo. Wiseacres such as Paula Poundstone and Mo Rocca riff on current events while host Peter Sagal walks contestants through three-question rounds of quizzes, with the prize being the voice of Carl […]

“You Can Sing Me Anything”

July 28 @ 12:44 PM

I don’t get to write much for print. But a certain set of songs demanded the cover, and I allowed: a performance of The Magnetic Field’s iconic 69 Love Songs albums, recreated by nine local bands. The article consisted almost entirely of the performer’s answers to a series of questions I sent. It may have […]

“Workforce housing” leaves most workers in the cold

July 28 @ 12:44 PM

An article in the Nov. 24 Mountain Xpress [“Not Ready for Prime Time”] mentioned affordable housing as “workforce” housing and described such jobs as police officers, nurses, teachers and other workers. According to the article, affordable housing was based on 30 percent of the workers’ annual household income. There were examples of pricing at the […]

“When words are all that you have”

July 28 @ 12:44 PM

The North Carolina Writers’ Network’s 26th annual Fall Conference, held over the weekend in Asheville, was the group’s largest gathering in years, organizers said. (Photo of Silas House by Jon Elliston.)

“When silence is betrayal”

July 28 @ 12:44 PM

Mipso Trio’s first gig back in 2010 was a benefit show for an on-campus organization at UNC. Their second was a fundraiser for the Hope Chest in Asheville. Considering this, it’s hardly surprising the Chapel Hill-based bluegrass troupe is rolling back through this mountain burg, fusing its upcoming CD-release party at the LAB with an […]

“Whatever people hear, if they like it, that’s great”

July 28 @ 12:44 PM

Much-buzzed-about Philly rockers Low Cut Connie play The Emerald Lounge on Friday, Nov. 16. Here, they talk about an Asheville-based hero (Greg Cartwright of Reigning Sound), how they weathered Hurricane Sandy and how they took Jack White’s Third Man Records by storm. Photo by Ben Morse.

“Wellness” issue is a misnomer

July 28 @ 12:44 PM

a href=”“Calling the Jan. 25 Mountain Xpress a “Wellness” issue is quite a stretch. There were only a few articles dealing with wellness — one detailed how Asheville became an alternative medicine mecca and discussed Project Access, which provides free medical care to uninsured residents. But this so-called Wellness issue also included a piece that […]

“Wellness Review” not worth its salt

July 28 @ 12:44 PM

Wade Inganamort’s reference to the Organic.com story "Lower Salt Intake May Cause (Not Prevent) Heart Disease" leaves me wondering what can possibly be next [“Wellness Roundup,” June 15 Xpress]. Maybe "a recent study has shown that oatmeal may be a silent killer?” Inganamort surely needs some backup to support his blockbuster claim. — Ralph Dimenna […]

“We’re calling it Middle Eastern Kentucky”

July 28 @ 12:44 PM

"This could really be a Ricky Skaggs odyssey," the musician tells Xpress by phone. Skaggs (who started his career as an elementary-schooler when bluegrass legend Bill Monroe called him up on stage and placed his own mandolin around Skaggs' neck) could classify most of his half-century in music as an odyssey. He was still a […]

“We have to take care of words”

July 28 @ 12:44 PM

The words of a poem may dance around, sit quietly or even challenge you to a duel. But each word has an intention and a purpose.  Asheville Wordfest, an annual poetry festival, celebrates the creative use of words with a series of events, May 4 through 8. Laura Hope-Gill, the executive director of the festival […]

“We have a farm, but no land to grow on.”

July 28 @ 12:44 PM

Ten Mile Farm faces a common problem in Western North Carolina: lack of affordable land for small-scale farming. Ten Mile recently lost its lease after eight years as a fixture in the local food movement. In this post, operator Christina Carter shares her and her husband’s struggle to find a place to grow their crops, next year and into the future.

“We can keep doing this forever”

July 28 @ 12:44 PM

Mates of State is not your ordinary rock band. From their highly energetic, quirky keyboard/drum arrangements to their family-friendly touring entourage, the married duo is redefining the sound and face of rock ‘n’ roll—and they’re bringing the kids along for the ride. We’re all mates: The spunky duo have an Asheville connection: Harvest Records co-owner […]

“We are both mad men”

July 28 @ 12:44 PM

On paper, Howard Levy and Joe Craven seem like mismatched candidates for collaboration. Levy is a formally trained musician and a founding member of Béla Fleck’s Flecktones who has spent the the last 20 years focusing on the piano and the harmonica. It’s his singularly wowing virtuosity on the latter that has made him an […]

“Vadim Realism” painted the right picture

July 28 @ 12:44 PM

Thank you for Kyle Sherard's perceptive article about "Vadim Bora: A Visual Legacy of Expressive Freedom, From Initial Spark to Final Form," the retrospective at Warren Wilson College’s Holden Gallery [”Vadim Realism,” Oct. 24]. To see the arc of Vadim's work all at once is a wonderful reminder of the man and artist: a master […]