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Uneasy answers

The Dec. 5 cover story, “No Easy Answers: Lexington Avenue’s Uncertain Future,” which explored the state of affairs on the last, northern block of the street, proved to be aptly titled. Many readers responded. Here are their letters, along with Xpress’ response, links to the original story and a report on the followup meeting with Lexington Avenue retailers. (Photo of North Lexington Avenue by night by Max Cooper)

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Mark your calendars MEOW!

On Saturday, Nov. 17, please join Mountain Xpress and Grey Eagle (#2 music venue) for a celebration of all things Best of WNC! The confetti of festivities includes music, comedy, trivia, a drag show and more! A portion of the proceeds from the evening benefit the top-three nonprofit organizations: Brother Wolf Animal Rescue, MANNA FoodBank and Asheville-Area Habitat for Humanity.

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Merry memento mori

The Asheville Symphony Chorus performs the seasonally apt “Music of Eternal Light” at Central United Methodist Church on Saturday, Nov. 3 at 7:30 p.m. ASC’s new music director, Michael Lancaster, conducts two dramatic choral works: Maurice Duruflé‘s Requiem and Morten Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna. Both solemnize the passing season and winter’s approach while announcing the inevitable return of light and the rebirth of a new year. (Photo of Morten Lauridsen from Peermusic Classical)

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Michelle Cann at the Asheville Art Museum

The Asheville Art Museum’s 2012 Pianoforte Concert Series continues on Sunday, Oct. 21, with pianist Michelle Cann. Ever wonder what happens to those brilliant, good-natured teen musicians you hear on NPR’s “From the Top?” Cann was one of them, back in 2007, when she was 18. The AAM offers the chance to experience where such promise leads. (Photo from the artist’s Facebook page.)

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City of 1,000 Easels (abridged)

(This post contains a slideshow.) On Oct. 14 from 3 to 6 p.m., downtown played host to the Asheville Area Arts Council’s annual plein air festival, City of 1,000 Easels, “a self-guided walking tour of visual artists at work in outdoor locations in downtown Asheville,” according to AAAC’s website. “Visual artists working in any media are invited to set up a miniature outdoor studio to create work live in front of an audience of passers-by.” (Pictured: Sienna Ferguson)

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Vote now (or never!)

… at least until 2013. It is the last day to vote for your favorites in the 2012 Best of WNC readers’ poll. And what a difference a day makes … unless you don’t vote, in which case the thousands of ballots we’ve already received will call the shots. Voting ends tomorrow, Aug. 22, at midnight. Don’t miss out! Make your legends real: Vote!


Time for taste In the 2010 Best of WNC poll, Mountain Xpress readers named “Jewish Deli” one of Asheville's still-needed restaurants. The next January, Viva Deli opened at 625 Haywood Road. After 2011's votes were tallied, Viva tied for first place in the “Sub Shop/Deli/Sandwiches” category and a New York-style deli was no longer on […]

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A perkier taste

The now 30-year-old Malaprop’s Bookstore and Café has introduced a new roaster for a new decade. After many years of serving Waynesville-based Smoky Mountain Roasters, the café welcomes Mountain Air Roasting, an Asheville-based company with a lofty, if considerate motto: “It is our our mission to give you the best cup of coffee you’ve ever had, every morning.”

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Let the game (and the season) begin

On the heels of the Asheville Symphony Orchestra’s recent announcement of its 2012-2013 season, Music Director Daniel Meyer will throw the first pitch at the Asheville Tourists game on Wednesday, Aug. 1. Read on for ASO season information and an entertaining example of sports-meets-classical-music courtesy of Peter Schickele. (Pictured: ASO’s principal violist, Kara Poorbaugh, who performs Vaughan Williams’ “Flos Campi” on April 20, 2013. Photo by Michael Morel)

Trouble with the Best of WNC poll?

Did you have trouble with the Best of WNC poll this past weekend? Are you trying to log in to your saved poll, but encounter error messages? Xpress used a new survey program this year, and we’ve got the glitches cleaned up. Read on if you experienced problems. If you’re voting for the first time, it should be calm waters from here on out.