Cover Design Credit: John A. Zara

Democracy by decree

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Cover Design Credit:

John A. Zara


  • Johann come lately

    -by Jaye Bartell
    Most people consider classical music to be old music, unless you’re at a conservatory, which we aren’t. Even the term conservatory implies preservation, commemorating rather than creating. Composer and musician…
  • What comes around

    -by Alli Marshall
    It’s a night at the symphony and a night at the theater, says Dominic Aquilino, assistant director of Asheville Lyric Opera’s upcoming production of Carousel. He means it’s like an…
  • Constant Hitmaker

    -by Webmaster
    For a rock ‘n’ roller, Kurt Vile is a pretty perfect name. Like Johnny Rotten or Captain Beefheart before him, the rising indie rock star has a moniker that suggests…
  • Smart Bets: Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands

    -by Xpress Staff
    The twice-annual Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands (which “began in 1948 as a way to provide a regional market for the mountain craftspeople,” according to press) returns to the…
  • Storming the castle

    -by Edwin Arnaudin
    On nearly every weekend of the year, somewhere in the Kingdom of Atlantia, a passionate group of everyday citizens from South Carolina to Maryland recreates the best aspects of the…
  • State of the Arts

    -by Kyle Sherard
    There’s a lot of misunderstanding about what constitutes a permanent collection, according to Nancy Holmes. For Holmes, the long-time exhibition organizer at Tryon’s Upstairs Artspace, a true art collection has…
  • Smart Bets: Wild Mohicans Mardi Gras Indians

    -by Xpress Staff
    Here's something to do with the kids (especially if you have seven): Start a Mardi Gras Indian tribe and then travel and perform together in eye-poppingly ornate costumes of lace,…
  • Smart Bets: Justin Townes Earle

    -by Xpress Staff
    Although, of his most recent LP (2012's Nothing’s Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now), singer-songwriter Justin Townes Earle said, "This time I’ve gone in a Memphis-soul direction,"…
  • Smart Bets: Colston’s Cold Cuts

    -by Xpress Staff
    The latest project from local hip-hop outfit CrazyHorse and Colston is Colston's Cold Cuts. It's a new collection of songs by Max Hupertz and Bryan Godleski, with contributions from Molly…
  • Our words will make the whole planet float

    -by Rebecca Sulock
    The exhibit for The Art of John Lennon, coming to Asheville this weekend, avows to continue the Lennon legacy of peace and love through his prints. That’s a mighty task.…
  • Calendar highlights: Polyphony Marimba, brews and bikes and the new Spotlight Gallery

    -by Webmaster
  • Clubland features: Julian Marley and The Critters

    -by Webmaster




  • Done deal: Lessons from the 2012 district elections

    -by Jake Frankel
    As state Rep. Tim Moffitt contemplates a move to switch Asheville to predominantly district elections, similar changes he pushed for the Buncombe County commissioners continue to have far-reaching effects.
  • The district advantage

    -by Jake Frankel
    UNCA political science professor Bill Sabo sees definite advantages to district election systems in cities with populations over 100,000. But with Asheville well below that threshold, it’s less clear what…
  • Apps and the art of innovation: CEO of Asheville software firm makes apps to keep businesses fresh

    -by Webmaster
    Pull back the curtain on some of the more visible Asheville tech happenings in recent years — TEDxAsheville, Spark Tech Talk podcast, Asheville Green Drinks — and you’ll find the…
  • Democracy by decree: State lawmakers may impose new city election system

    -by David Forbes
    A June 3 email from Rep. Tim Moffitt to Asheville Mayor Terry Bellamy revealed a plan that has city officials and some residents up in arms.
  • District elections: Beyond the rhetoric

    -by Webmaster
    The recent disclosure that state Rep. Tim Moffitt had drafted a bill to change Asheville City Council contests from an at-large system to predominantly district elections has triggered heated debate…
  • No foul

    -by David Forbes
    Asheville City Council members emerged from a half-hour closed session during their July 11 special meeting declaring their support for Police Chief William Anderson. An internal investigation, they said, had…


  • Asheville Abortion

    -by Molton
  • Asheville Disclaimer 07/17/13

    -by Webmaster
    A public-relations spin doctor lends a helping hand to NC Republicans
  • Keep up the great job

    -by Webmaster
    I am writing this letter about the great job that the Montford Players do. They do a great job doing Shakespeare plays. Montfod park players is a must-see. The staff…
  • Our air, our water

    -by Webmaster
    Summertime is a time to be outside. Whether it's a barbecue with the family or a raft down the river with friends, I love taking advantage of our beautiful mountain…