Known as Asheville’s village witch, Byron Ballard practices what she calls “hillfolk hoodoo,” a form of Appalachian folk magic. Ballard came by hoodoo naturally, growing up in a poor community in the mountains of Western North Carolina where hoodoo was practiced. She laments that the practice is disappearing: “Local hillfolk are no longer practicing hoodoo, […]
Are you packing on those extra pounds after gorging on office holiday cookies and sugared paraphernalia? Are you spending your evenings hiding under your blankets and waiting for spring? Then you may be missing out on the great outdoor events Western North Carolina has to offer. We’ve rounded up some options for activities and great-outdoors clubs that will keep you moving well into the early […]
This past weekend marked the 10th anniversary of the North Carolina Grand Prix cyclocross races. Lees McRae graduate — and Banner Elk native — Kerry Werner, took the win on both days in the professional men’s race, while BethAnn Orton doubled up in the women’s professional field.
This weekend is shaping up to be spectacular in terms of weather. I know a lot of you will be tying up traffic on Tunnel Road trying to snatch up a few Christmas gifts, but there are a few things happening worth checking out. For those who were proactive enough to get their Christmas shopping done early, or if […]
Many practitioners of the healing energy arts — including reiki masters, sound healers and shamanic practitioners — say they can “send” healing energy to a client anywhere in the state, country or world. In fact, the nine practitioners interviewed by Xpress report sending out healing energy to such distant places as Kazakhstan, Syria, Russia, Japan, India, South Africa, Peru, Hong Kong and Singapore
Each week, Xpress highlights notable WNC crowdsourcing initiatives that may inspire readers to become new faces in the crowd. This week features a dark fantasy film about combating abuse and an online listings network for reduced-cost mental health services.
Not much seems to shock Nancy Baumgarten. At about 2 1/2 years old, her daughter awoke in the middle of the night to report that there were two people standing in the doorway of their room — two people that Baumgarten herself could not see. So Baumgarten — a self-described “’60s flower child” — started an […]
As Lenoir-Rhyne University wrapped up its third annual Taste of Bioneers conference on Friday night, Nov. 21, the panel presentation “Scaling Solutions for Social Change” took center stage. Three local business leaders fueled discussions about the opportunities and the challenges Asheville-area businesses face as they seek to expand their organizations and contribute to community sustainability as […]
Asheville chef William Dissen, owner and executive chef at The Market Place, is one of about two dozen chefs invited to gather at Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. on Tuesday, Dec. 2, in support of labeling food containing genetically modified organisms. Dissen and other renowned chefs, including Tom Colicchio, José Andrés, Art Smith, Andrew Zimmerman […]
The 48,000 panels of the AIDS Memorial Quilt not only represent well-known AIDS victims Ryan White and Freddie Mercury, but also others who touched lives around them — fathers, uncles, husbands and wives. For the seventh time, part of the quilt has traveled to Asheville to allow those touched by the disease to mourn, and […]
Activists who gathered Thursday night, Nov. 20, during the Transgender Day of Remembrance (TdoR) say there is ongoing danger toward transgender people living in Asheville, and it may not be an issue that is on people’s radar. “There is danger for transgender people living in Asheville. I know of transgender women who have faced danger […]
“People who had done [the AIDS Memorial Quilt] panels put their love into it,” says Roberta Binder. The quilt will be on display Nov. 24-Dec. 1 at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Asheville.
It looks like things are starting to slow down a bit this weekend as far as trademark events are concerned. That being said I was able to dig around a bit and find some neat things happening in the area. Hopefully they peak your interest, so let’s get rolling.
Judy Major aims to create a nonprofit community birth center in Asheville, close to a hospital but free-standing, a place where certified nurse midwives can offer care to all women in the community who want an out-of-hospital birth experience.
Each week, Xpress highlights notable WNC crowdsourcing initiatives that may inspire readers to become new faces in the crowd. This week features office relocation campaigns for a doula and childbirth services organization and an experiential therapy provider.
According to a press release from the Southern Environmental Law Center, the U.S. Forest Service has proposed opening a 700,000-acre chunk of Pisgah National Forest to a logging program. Email NCplanrevision@fs.fed.us to leave your comments.
MSG CX, NC Cyclocross State Championships, Veni, vidi, vici Trail Race and Dog Tag Dash 5k this weekend! #getoutside #avlout
Nutrition experts from across the country are gathering in Asheville Friday-Sunday, Nov. 14-16, for the inaugural Plant-based Prevention of Disease Conference. One of the reasons the conference is being held in Asheville is that our local restaurants are already modeling “how alternative dietary patterns and eating styles can be made accessible to a broad population,” says Amy Lanou, chair of […]
Things have settled down a bit this week and it feels like we are heading into a nice routine. There are still some really good things happening and I encourage you all to take advantage of these opportunities.
Pumpkin Pedaler an Super Heroes 5k rescheduled for this Saturday!
Ted Minnick has been a military man all his life. You can see it in his disciplined posture, his purposeful gait, his even gaze. What you cannot see, however, are the wounds he suffered as a result of his service — not from gunfire or shrapnel, but from exposure to a deadly, now-infamous herbicide known as […]
Despite the weather acting like a jerk this weekend, there are still some mighty fine events taking place. If you do plan on braving the cold, you have a rich selection of quality outdoor entertainment.
Swank 65, Couch Potato, Bookwalter Binge, Shut-In Trail Race and Superhero 5k all this weekend!
After next weekend you can look forward to going to work in the dark and leaving work in the dark. The endless days of summer are now an afterthought and the cool, early nights of autumn are starting to sink in. That means it’s time to try and squeeze in all of those post-work activities you’ve been telling yourself you were going to do all summer.