There is something comfortingly familiar about Ali Douglass’ whimsical illustrations and paintings. It might be the eye-pleasing color combinations, charming characters and quirky cityscapes and scenes — or it might actually be that you’ve seen them before. Douglass has been illustrating for countless magazines and newspapers — including Seventeen, Martha Stewart, Glamour and The New […]
Do you remember Asheville in the the ’90s, when Mountain Xpress was launched 20 years ago this summer? When… There wasn’t a parking problem downtown? Xpress‘ weekly issues were just 24 pages? Area club listings took about one page, compared to four pages nowadays? The only place to get a bite to eat downtown after […]
On Tuesday, July 22, WNCA staff and Creation Alliance steering committee members gathered at All Souls Cathedral in Biltmore Village to officially announce a new partnership.
Talk about offending readers. After reading the Movies section, I was appalled that you promote a movie ["Venus in Fur," July23, Xpress] directed by a sex criminal, Roman Polanski. No one should attend the movie Venus in Fur no matter how “great, great” it is or support its nasty director in any way, shape or form. Polanski […]
When I read Joe Stelpflug’s letter ["Beer Tourists, Beware of Gorges State Park," July 16, Xpress], I was not at all surprised by the pompous attitude possessed by the Gorges State Park ranger he encountered on the July Fourth holiday. For some reason, in most instances, law enforcement officers believe that a badge gives them […]
(Robert) Woolley’s article ["Profiles in Suspicion," July 16, Xpress], in which he claims, “A book’s cover does tell you something,” defends racial profiling with the erroneous argument that minorities commit crimes at higher rates. That’s a broad insult to make without any evidence to back it up. I wish Robert were aware of the insidious, […]
OK guys, I get it. I’ve been reading your reviews for a long time now, and I completely understand why you’d like a movie such as Life Itself over a movie such as Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Not enough substance in the summer blockbuster that is Dawn, too many explosions, and where […]
Robert Woolley’s commentary (“Profiles in suspicion, ” July 19, Xpress) is a disgusting, racist rant from someone whose worldview is clearly very deeply steeped in white supremacy — a fact of which he seems incomprehensibly oblivious. Woolley seems to have no understanding of the ways the criminal justice system, the police and the prison-industrial complex […]
There’s no easing into “Nashville Flood,” the lead track of Big Daddy Love‘s new album, This Time Around. In fact, that driving rocker — complete with The Turkuaz Horns — posses a kind of polished grit and music business savvy that seems a major departure from past Big Daddy Love offerings. But this is a […]
The Shiloh community celebrated their annual community garden potluck and summer celebration on Saturday, July 27. This year’s gathering was of particular significance to the community, as it marked the dedication of the garden’s new amphitheatre and outdoor kitchen.
Longtime Xpress commentary writer Jerry Sternberg shares a story about the Langren Hotel and the ironies of “progress.”
What can you do to tackle local water issues? The Water Sustainability Initiative of Western North Carolina is hosting a July 31 forum to explore solutions, big and small.
Shane Perlowin is prolific. His new solo album, Odei, follows less than a year after his last release, Anatomy of a Moment, with percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani. Also in that eight months or so, Perlowin toured in Europe, composed sheet music and begat an heir — hence Odei‘s spritely-if-contemplative middle track, “Is That You My Daughter […]
It’s the weekend. You want to go out, but maybe a week of rain storms has left you in a weird mood. Maybe you’re not a people person. Maybe you love people and hate dancing. Maybe you love dancing but don’t have anything to wear. Whatever the case, we’ve got the soundtrack for a perfectly […]
Veterans from around the world are in Asheville this week for the Veterans for Peace National Convention. The organization aims to build a culture of peace by helping the injured heal and helping educate the public about the true costs of war. The national convention started July 22 and runs through tomorrow, July 27, encompassing […]
CalCast brings together a wide range of community events in one handy podcast. Hosted by Theresa Amandi of Asheville Free Media’s Bombshell-ter Radio. Weekend of July 25-27
by Tim Potts Singer-songwriter Richard Buckner doesn’t work a crowd. It’s pretty much out of the question that he will shout, “put your hands in the air” at any point during his living room show in Asheville on Sunday, Aug. 24. There is also a good chance that the songs Buckner chooses to play won’t […]