'Meet the Neighbors' by Kent Ambler courtesy of American Folk Art

Weekend Picks: Friday, Dec. 23 – Sunday, Dec. 25

Check out this list of weekend highlights and visit the Mountain Xpress Community Calendar for a complete list of weekend events! EXHIBITIONS ‘The Wish List Celebration’ at American Folk Art 64 Biltmore Ave., 281-2134, amerifolk.com FR (11/25) through FR (12/30) – The Wish List Celebration, group exhibition. ‘We’re not who we thought we were’ at RAMP […]

WILLING SUBMISSION TO GOD: Local Muslims gather every Friday for fellowship, a short sermon and salah (pictured here), the act of wor- ship that combines physical, mental and spiritual elements — reciting verses and praying along with different postures. Photo by Able Allen

Diverse Muslim community finds common ground in Asheville

“You could say I was hungry for the truth without even realizing I was searching for it,” says Western North Carolina native Joseph (Yusuf) Gantt, “and that led to a journey of maybe 10 or 15 years in which I finally recognized Islam. It satisfied my hunger.” Two of Gantt’s family members, his mother and […]

Sustainability expert Doug Bruggeman is proposing an investment strategy to protect multiple watersheds in WNC.

N.C. Supreme Court rules taking of Asheville water system unconstitu­tional

“Many years ago,” says Mayor Manheimer, “our city leadership made the bold and wise investment in a watershed and water infrastructure that provided the foundation for the robust water system we have today … This ruling ensures that Asheville can continue to own this great water system and continue to provide safe drinking water for years into the future.”

District Attorney Todd Williams points out "substance consistent with blood" on the stock of the rifle recovered where Jerry Williams was mortally shot. Photo by Able Allen

DA Todd Williams to file no charges in fatal police shooting of Jai “Jerry” Williams

No charges will be filed against Asheville Police Department Sgt. Tyler Radford for shooting and killing local man Jai Lateef Solveig (Jerry) Williams. Buncombe County District Attorney Todd Williams says an investigation by the State Bureau of Investigation has revealed that Radford acted lawfully and justifiably in self defense.

EVERYDAY HUSTLE: Like many in Asheville, Sarajane Case finds ways to make a living through several different income streams: photography, blogging, marketing and  business consulting.

The new gig economy helps cash-strapped workers survive

On any given day, Sarajane Case may be juggling a number of jobs: photographer, business consultant, social media marketer and blogger. “Today’s a good example,” she says. “This morning I wrote a blog. I’m leaving right now to do a photo shoot with Persona,” the social media marketing company she co-founded in Asheville. “We’ll follow […]

John Farquhar describes "the Portland solution" to permitting homestay short-term rentals in accessory units. Photo by Virginia Daffron

Council balks at Pritchard Park fencing, maintains ADU homestay ban

City Council postponed a decision on Pritchard Park improvements, approved affordable housing grants of over $500,000 for a controversial South Asheville apartment complex, retained the city’s existing ban on homestays in accessory dwelling units and pitched in to support a planning collaboration that aims to expand access to preschool to all children in Buncombe County.