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Asheville City Council elections

Volume
18
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15

Cover Design Credit:

Carrie Lare

arts

  • The X factor: Two WNC-based TEDx events offer local platform for big ideas — Nov. 13 and 15

    -by Alli Marshall
    Though the name sounds like some sort of futuristic delivery service, TEDx is, actually, a set of conferences based on the TED model owned by private nonprofit The Sapling Foundation.…
  • Well and smooth

    -by Webmaster
    To hear Dave Desmelik talk about making a record, you’d think it was easy. “This record was recorded in about three days,” says Desmelik. “I’ve always believed that if you’re…
  • ART BETS

    -by Kyle Sherard
    There lives an infernal mess of paintings, drawings, nuts, bolts, wooden sculpture and installed terror, abominable things to the normal gallery, because they don’t get on with them … The…
  • Smart Bets: Juniper Bends Reading Series

    -by Xpress Staff
    Quarterly literary reading series Juniper Bends celebrates its second anniversary with (what else?) a reading. The event takes place at BoBo Gallery on Thursday, Nov. 3 from 8-11 p.m. and…
  • Smart Bets: Dehlia Low

    -by Xpress Staff
    Did you know that River Arts District theater The Magnetic Field hosts more than just plays? The Magnetic Music series brings (as the name suggests) music to the stage. Local…
  • Smart Bets: Big Daddy Love

    -by Xpress Staff
    Local roots-rockers Big Daddy Love have only been performing for the past two years, but fast friendships among the band members, well-crafted songs and a great mix of driving beats…
  • Smart Bets: Kids These Days

    -by Xpress Staff
    In case you missed Kids These Days at Bele Chere (remember? the classically and jazz-trained musicians, ages 17-21, who filled in last-minute after Mambo Sauce dropped out?), here's another chance…
  • Smart Bets: Medeski Martin & Wood

    -by Xpress Staff
    It's weird when you can say you've known someone for 20 years, or lived somewhere for 20 years, or did something 20 years ago. For jazz-fusion trio Medeski Martin &…
  • Smart Bets: Rasputina

    -by Xpress Staff
    Cellos, feathers, corsets, punk-rock attitude, folkloric songs — this and more makes up dark cabaret trio Rasputina. The group is fronted by cellist/singer Melora Creager and recently added its first…
  • Smart Bets: Asheville Cinema Festival

    -by Xpress Staff
    Looking for a more mature film fest? Asheville Cinema Society (formed last year) presents this four-day affair, with screenings at the Regal Biltmore Grande Stadium, Asheville Community Theatre and the…
  • Smart Bets: Asheville International Children’s Film Festival

    -by Xpress Staff
    Billing itself as the largest children's film festival in the Southeast, the AICFF returns for the third year, bringing more than 70 films from 25 countries to a 10-day screening…
  • Pop Quiz

    -by Webmaster
    Country performers are like snowflakes … well, not exactly, but I reckon there’s a mighty big difference between Hank Williams and Sugarland. This week four great country performers are playing…
  • Weekly Picks

    -by Webmaster
    Bring your drum or borrow one from Skinny Beats Drum Shop and Gallery, 4 Eagle St., for a beginning drumming class. Billy Zanski will teach African drumming on Wednesday, Nov.…

food

news

  • The Beat

    -by Webmaster
    	Asheville residents are passionate about their trees. 	So when a contractor cut down the mature trees blocking Wells Fargo’s new sign on Patton Avenue in West Asheville, Shannon Tuch ,…
  • Spectacular fall colors around Lake Lure

    -by Webmaster
    What: Western North Carolina is covered in swaths of bright autumn hues, and leaf peepers from Asheville and beyond are heading to the mountains. Not sure which one to pick?…
  • Fully occupied

    -by David Forbes
    Asheville City Council Oct. 25, 2011 meeting Protesters’ usage fees waived City, MSD form joint task force on water system Occupy Asheville protesters packed the Council chamber and an overflow…
  • The R-word

    -by David Forbes
    About 40 Asheville residents trickled into a room at the YWCA on South French Broad Oct. 20 for a candidate forum sponsored by the alumnae chapter of the Alpha Sigma…
  • The race is on…

    -by Webmaster
    Six candidates. Three open Asheville City Council seats. Almost 65,000 registered voters in the city. Who’ll come out on top when the Buncombe County Board of Elections tallies the votes…
  • Mark Cates

    -by Webmaster
    Mark Cates Slogan: “Jobs. Before anything else.” Profession: Aerospace engineer/small-business consultant/entrepreneur Lives in: North Asheville Funds: $20,011 raised as of Sept. 26 Endorsements: Thomas Smith, president, WNC Cornhole Players Association…
  • Saul Chase

    -by Webmaster
    Saul Chase Slogan: “Elect Saul Chase.” Profession: Retired teacher, SAT-prep coach Lives in: Central Asheville Funds: $8,740 raised as of Sept. 26 Endorsements: Loretta Clawson, mayor of Boone; former Boone…
  • Jan Davis

    -by Webmaster
    Jan Davis Slogan: “Balanced leadership for a balanced community.” Profession: Owner, Jan Davis Tire Store Lives in: North Asheville Funds: $9,875 raised as of Sept. 26 Endorsements: Esther Manheimer, Brownie…
  • Lael Gray

    -by Webmaster
    Lael Gray Slogan: “Environment. Equality. Education.” Profession: Educator Lives in: Montford Funds: $9,784 raised as of Sept. 26 Endorsements: PARC, Sierra Club, Asheville Fire Fighters Association Website: www.laelgrayforcitycouncil.com Twitter: @laelgray…
  • Marc Hunt

    -by Webmaster
    Marc Hunt Slogan: “Together we can be our best.” Profession: Land-conservation officer, Open Space Institute Lives in: North Asheville Funds: $22,946 raised as of Sept. 26 Endorsements: Gordon Smith, Brownie…
  • Chris Pelly

    -by Webmaster
    Chris Pelly Slogan: “Neighborhoods United.” Profession: Real estate agent Lives in: Haw Creek Funds: $11,054 raised as of Sept. 26 Endorsements: PARC, Sierra Club, Asheville Fire Fighters Association Website: http://chrispellyforcitycouncil.com…

opinion

  • Let’s bag it

    -by Webmaster
    About the first thing Stephanie Miller did during her Asheville Civic Center show awhile back was shove some poor fan's camera phone down her pants. As part of her Sexy…
  • My .25 cents on A-B Tech

    -by Webmaster
    I'm a pro-tax progressive, meaning if something is for the common good (like, say, education), then it's worth spending the money to do it right. Republicans think all taxes are…
  • A-B Tech is for the county, so the county should be for A-B Tech

    -by Webmaster
    For 52 years, A-B Tech has provided education, training and re-training to residents of Buncombe County [”School or Scandal? ” Oct. 19 Xpress]. We've done it honestly and accountably, because…
  • The A-B Tech sales-tax referendum makes more sense than it takes

    -by Webmaster
    As one who has worked in economic and workforce development for many years, I am writing to express my personal and unequivocal support for A-B Tech’s sales-tax referendum in November.…
  • Kool-Aid and the tea party

    -by Webmaster
    Tim Peck has been reading too many Ayn Rand novels [“Occupy Wall Street Protests are Misguided,” Oct. 26 Xpress]. His “Greed is Good, Government Bad” view of unrestricted capitalism is…
  • Comparing Sen. Forrester to the Klan and Hitler is too extreme

    -by Webmaster
    Jery Tillotson’ letter needs to lighten up on the hyperbole a little [“Forrester, the Klan and Hitler: brothers under the skin?” Oct. 19 Xpress]. Tillotson compares Sen. James Forrester to…
  • Occupy Asheville faces Bullies

    -by Webmaster
    On Saturday morning, Oct. 22, Chad Nesbitt and a friend drove an extra-large street-sweeper style truck in circles around the Occupy Asheville campsite while blowing what amounted to an air…
  • Attention Asheville voters!

    -by Webmaster
    Are we going to lose Lael Gray’s unique independent voice because she doesn’t have the financial backing of an organized party? Lael Gray functions as a community-based advocate, with commitment,…
  • Gray is a leader and a listener

    -by Webmaster
    I am writing to support the candidacy of Lael Gray for City Council. I have known Lael as we were both serving on the Board of Building Bridges. I have…
  • I’m going Gray

    -by Karen Oelschlaeger
    It’s not every day you get the opportunity to vote for a candidate as refreshing and inspiring as Lael Gray. This July, I kept waiting for a candidate I could…
  • Lael Gray is the best

    -by Webmaster
    I am Lael Gray's 10-year-old daughter and she is running for City Council. She is an advocate for the environment, she wants less cars on the road so there will…
  • With Lael Gray, I get what I want

    -by Webmaster
    I want everything! I deserve everything I want! And I want a candidate who can give me that. With Lael Gray on City Council, I get that. With Lael, I…