On Sunday, Nov. 4, the Diana Wortham Theater opened its doors to the exploration of ideas — TEDxAsheville. Xpress staffer Jordan Foltz attended. Here, he shares his personal observations. (In this photo, presenter Katie Spotz — who rowed across the Atlantic Ocean — speaks at the event. Photo by Matthew Abrams.)
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. TED is an acronym for Technology Entertainment and Design; the "x" represents an independently organized TED event. And this year, WNC has two. When TED […]
If you live and garden in Western North Carolina, chances are good you've heard of Jeanine Davis. If you're a farmer, chances are better that you've benefited from her research, expert advice or constant efforts to improve the quality of local farming. Davis is an associate professor at N.C. State University who’s stationed at the […]
The State Bureau of Investigation is investigating the disappearance of 397 tablets of oxycodone, a prescription pain medication, from the Asheville Police Department’s property room. The APD estimated the missing tablets’ street value at $20,000. Longtime evidence-and-property manager Lee Smith resigned Feb. 18 after 21 years with the department. He was placed under investigative suspension […]
It was a bad week for the Buncombe County Republican Party. In an online post, Xpress reported that "Rappelling 9/11 Fundraiser Creates Fallout for GOP." At the event, participants were invited to rappel down a 90-foot tower at the Bee Tree Fire Station and donors were asked to contribute $100 per rappel to raise money […]
Inspired by a farmer's pleading letter to President Franklin D. Roosevelt, When the Parkway Came by Anne and David Whisnant puts a human face on the creation of the Blue Ridge Parkway, the most visited unit in our national park system. Through the tale of one Appalachian family during the Great Depression, the book shows […]
ERC Broadband to get $15 million in stimulus funds ERC Broadband — a local nonprofit that aims to improve and expand the technological infrastructure — will receive approximately $15 million to build and maintain over 100 miles of fiber-optic cable in five western North Carolina Counties. The money is part of a $75 million stimulus […]
The TEDxAsheville multimedia conference happens today, Sat. Aug. 29. This post contains a live video stream of the event, which is being held at the Orange Peel in downtown Asheville starting at 5 p.m.
If you’re wondering what all the hoopla about TED and TEDxAsheville is (much less, what the monikers mean), ask local youth. They’re putting on a sister event to the second-annual local conference: TEDxNextGenerationAsheville, a free, four-hour conference scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 28. Xpress asked 18-year-old Estella Cumberford to explain the multimedia, interactive event. One of […]
Mountain Xpress is teaming up with several partners to bring you a live video Web stream, as well as a live audio stream, of tonight’s TEDx Asheville event right here.
The Asheville version of an annual California-based conference known as TED will be held Aug. 30 at the Orange Peel. Three speakers have been confirmed, but there’s still time to nominate others.