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 […]
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 […]
A public dispute has arisen over Asheville City Council member and congressional candidate Cecil Bothwell‘s angry voicemail to Joe Dunn, after the former Council member wrote a letter to the Asheville Citizen-Times criticizing Bothwell and Council candidate Lael Gray.
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 Jekyll Met Hyde brings several generations of Asheville’s actors together in a wild ride of a show(s).
On Friday, Jan. 13, The American Chamber Players perform as part of the Asheville Chamber Music Series, now in its 59th year. Xpress spoke with violist Miles Hoffman, the founder and artistic director of the ensemble. (Photo by Mary Noble Ours)
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.)
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 […]
Steve Martin (yes, the comedian) comes to Brevard’s Mountain Song Festival, touring his album The Crow: New Songs for the Five-String Banjo.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
"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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
The Wall Street Journal has highlighted the ill fate of a plan by a Spruce Pine real-estate developer.
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 […]
— Photo by Tadd Clarkson
Black Mountain College Museum and Arts Center and Norte Maar, a nonprofit arts organization based in Brooklyn, N.Y., host a night of collaborative performance, poetry, music and dance at the Masonic Temple Saturday, Aug. 6, at 8 p.m. The show’s title remains prospective: Untitled (as of yet). They’d better hurry! The event is tonight!