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Volume
20
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41

Cover Design Credit:

Lori Deaton

Cover Photography Credit:

Just Folks, Asheville Design Center and Molly Must

arts

  • Smart Bets: Brian McGee

    -by Alli Marshall
    “By the time every 30-something punk dude and their mom had picked up an acoustic guitar and started singing ‘This Land is Your Land,’ Brian had found his way back…
  • Smart bets: Weekend of Wonder

    -by Lea McLellan
    The Weekend of Wonder is your “golden ticket into the world of pure imagination, perfect for children, families and everyone who loves magic,” according to a press release. The event…
  • Smart Bets: The Accomplices

    -by Lea McLellan
    When The Accomplices come to WNC, the Lowcountry string band makes it worth its while. You have three chances to catch the four-piece from Savannah, Ga., this week. According to…
  • Written invitation: Asheville Wordfest expands its literary reach and community focus

    -by Kyle Sherard
    Asheville Wordfest, now in its seventh year, sets its sights beyond mere merriment. “It's a reflection of what Asheville is, what matters to us, what we love,” says event founder…
  • Brave art

    -by Alli Marshall
    Set in the upstairs lounge of Isis Restaurant & Music Hall over the month of May, ĭd weekly will include two sets of music from stephaniesĭd split by a segment…
  • A festival for one and all

    -by Edwin Arnaudin
    For more festivals, visit Calendar and mountainx.com. LEAF, at Lake Eden in Black Mountain, returns for its spring installment with family-friendly camping, arts (performance, visual, healing, etc.), dance, crafts, kids…
  • Reigning men

    -by Patrick Wall
    "Tomorrow’s Hits" is the band’s fifth record in as many years, discounting 2013’s gap-filling alternate-takes collection Campfire Songs. And the band is as hard-working as it is prolific, stringing together…
  • Vinyl versus the air: Sean Hayes on change, solo shows and returning to the South

    -by Alli Marshall
    Singer-songwriter Sean Hayes has been crafting his soul-tinged songs for more than two decades. “I think one of the challenges of working at home alone is you can get a…
  • Going with the flow

    -by Edwin Arnaudin
    That fête returns with three days full of family-friendly music, art, camping and outdoor recreation from Friday-Sunday, May 2-4.
  • Smart Bets: The Gospel of Flying Saucers, Dinosaurs & Love

    -by Alli Marshall
    Although it’s tricky to describe the central philosophy of local R&B outfit The Secret B-Sides (flowers, spaceships, prehistoric creatures and the intersection thereof), once you’ve danced to one of the…

food

  • Beer scout: Oskar Blues goes nitro

    -by Thom O'Hearn
    Sure, Oskar Blues is known for their great beer, but founder Dale Katechis has also made a name for the company when it comes to canned beer. It is widely…
  • Farewell to the queen

    -by Jonathan Ammons
    Asheville is losing an icon. The sweet, fiery, exceedingly talented Cynthia Turner, our very own queen of the cocktail, is returning home to New Orleans, leaving behind a legacy built…
  • Celebration Israel

    -by Sharon Bell
    Falafel, vegetarian schwarma with hummus, matbucha Moroccan tomato salad and pita, all paired with a hearty serving of baklava for dessert and washed down with mint lemonade: This is just…
  • The third place: Green Sage looks ahead with Westgate location

    -by Gina Smith
    The opening of the third Green Sage location in Westgate Shopping Center brings co-owners Randy Talley and Roger Derrough full circle: The pair established the first Earth Fare store in…
  • A tale of two sakes

    -by Thom O'Hearn
    There are only a handful of independently owned sake breweries in the United States (fewer than 10 at last count). So adding two within the Asheville city limits — within…

living

  • Giving back: Supporting adult education with A-B Tech

    -by Carrie Eidson
    In our new section, local nonprofits tell us about their programs and the volunteering opportunities that are currently available. This week Martha Bell, communications specialist for Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, talks…
  • Why I grow: Gleaning with Willie Jones

    -by Carrie Eidson
    In our new section, area growers discuss their gardens and growing projects. This week Willie Jones, an AmeriCorps VISTA with Western Carolina University’s Center for Service Learning and Food Security…
  • A balanced good time

    -by Lea McLellan
    LEAF ticket holders may come for the music, but the healing-arts lineup has grown more and more robust, adding to a festival culture that puts a unique emphasis on wellness.
  • In the end

    -by Lea McLellan
    Kristin Scott’s mother had strong preferences about her own medical care as she neared the end of her life. She was able to make those wishes clear in an advance…

news

  • Hidden in plain view

    -by Cameron Huntley
    Members of the WNC Diversity Engagement Coalition’s are discussing ways to create and foster a more diverse community and workforce. It started with an April 25, 2013, conference titled “Realizing…

opinion

  • Asheville Disclaimer 04/30/14

    -by Webmaster
  • On The Road

    -by Brent Brown
  • Speed humps are a joke

    -by Letters
    I saw recently that the city is revisiting the issue of adding of more speed humps. Granted, traffic speeds along in most areas, particularly neighborhoods, at an unprecedented speed. It’s…
  • Disappointed in DeBruhl

    -by Letters
    I was very disappointed to hear Miranda DeBruhl, candidate for Buncombe County Commissioner in District 3, criticize the county’s plan to reduce its energy usage ["The Politics of Sustainability," April…
  • Yes to park on Haywood

    -by Letters
    To the town of Asheville, especially the mayor: Here are more citizens who strongly favor NO Building – YES Park on the property on Haywood in front of Basilica of St.…
  • Asheville should cultivate green space

    -by Letters
    The city of Asheville owns the property that lies adjacent to the Basilica of St. Lawrence  and US Cellular Center, and it is a proposed site for yet another downtown hotel.…