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Around Town: Sylva’s American Museum of the House Cat lands on its feet
After being closed for more than three years, the American Museum of the House Cat will reopen in Sylva. Plus, a Weaverville novelist explores aging, the Asheville Orchid Festival returns and the Southern Highland Craft Guild hosts Glass & Metal Day.
Around Town: Concert honors Doc Watson’s 100th birthday
The Diana Wortham Theatre will host a concert celebrating Doc Watson’s 100th birthday. Plus, Eblen Charities gives away prom dresses and AVL Clothing Swap raises money for reproductive rights.
Around Town: A.C. Reynolds Symphonic Band will play at Carnegie Hall
The A.C. Reynolds High School Symphonic Band will play an evening concert at Carnegie Hall in April. Plus, Shakespeare & Friends presents two very different takes on A Doll’s House, a local author recounts growing up in the South and Story Parlor celebrates St. Patrick’s Day.
Around Town: Screening will feature movies made by local students
A long-time educator will present a screening of movies made by Asheville students. Plus, the Prom Dress Exchange is back for a second year, Free Radio Asheville is immortalized in film and the Asheville Fringe Festival returns.
Around Town: Zelda Fitzgerald Week returns to Asheville
Asheville will celebrate Zelda Fitzgerald’s legacy with series of events. Plus, Kenilworth residents honor George Gibson Sr. and South Asheville community, and the Folk Art Center hosts a tapestry exhibit.
Residents share memories of local historic African American sites
To commemorate Black History Month, Xpress asked longtime Asheville residents to share their memories of the three historic African American sites.
Around Town: Great Pottery Throwdown raises money for arts nonprofit
Local artists will compete in the inaugural Great Pottery Throwdown to raise money for All Together Art. Plus, a retired Mars Hill religion professor launches a podcast, Asheville plans a big music festival and local artist organizes a rally to support Ukraine.
Around Town: ‘The Vagina Monologues’ raises money for domestic violence nonprofit
The Orange Peel presents ‘The Vagina Monologues’ to raise money for Helpmate. Plus, a local poet releases a small collection, the Asheville Celtic Festival returns and Story Parlor’s AVL Revue series honors Black History Month.
Area fitness centers emerge from COVID-related downturns
For many local gyms and workout facilities, which saw membership plummet in 2020 and 2021, things took a positive turn in 2022. Most say they are at or near pre-COVID numbers. But virtual offerings, outdoor exercise and smaller exercise classes introduced during the pandemic are likely to stick around.
Around Town: Different Strokes Performing Arts Collective centers conversations about race
Different Strokes Performing Arts Collective presents Abe Lincoln and Uncle Tom in the White House. Plus, Grail Moviehouse screens Wattstax, an Asheville author recounts her experience reporting on cults and Historic Johnson Farm’s History Bites series returns.
Around Town: Side House Records opens for Asheville musicians
Asheville’s Side House Records wants to make recording a pleasant experience for local musicians. Plus, Henderson County author imagines strange doings in Flat Rock, two Asheville historic buildings get protected and the Asheville Symphony presents a renowned pianist.
A look back at Asheville’s precarious pro baseball history
Asheville’s McCormick Field has been home to a minor league baseball team every season since 1959, but the city has come close to losing baseball several times in that span. As the Tourists seek $30 million in improvements to the antiquated ballpark, the future of the national pastime in Asheville once again is in doubt.
Around Town: Well Played Board Game Café offers face-to-face interaction
Well Played Board Game Café offers variety of events for new year. Plus, an Asheville author plans to publish four novels in February, the Moog Foundation offers signed books and Ani Volkan will discuss printmaking processes at the Asheville Art Museum.
Deadline to submit writing & art for Xpress Kids Issues approaching
The deadline for local students to share work for possible publication in Mountain Xpress’ 2023 Kids Issues is Friday, Jan. 27.
Pack Square revitalization has been a constant for decades
For decades, officials have been looking for ways to revitalize historic Pack Square in the heart of downtown Asheville. With yet another reimagining under way, we take a look back at key some of the key changes that have transformed the city center since the 1960s.
Around Town: Literary series will focus on trees, nature in Jewish poetry
Yetzirah will present a reading featuring three Jewish poets. Plus, Artéria Collective students will document the reparations process, Asheville Junior Theater will put on Peter Pan Jr. and a Tyger Tyger exhibition will focus on the night.
Around Town: Terpsicorps Theatre of Dance plans 20th anniversary show
The Terpsicorps Theatre of Dance hires a new managing director and plans big 20th anniversary. Plus, a local author recounts his Mediterranean Sea adventures, Asheville Mardi Gras marks Twelfth Night and ArtSpace Charter School receives a prestigious honor.
Year in Review: Public safety issues were top of mind in 2022
Xpress asked activists, law enforcement leaders, government officials and others to weigh in on how local crime and related issues shaped the past year.
Around Town: Asheville Symphony welcomes 2023 with 007
The Asheville Symphony rings in the New Year with music from James Bond movies. Plus, Brevard hosts kitschy Christmas trees, a local author recounts Mediterranean tales and UNCA welcomes award-winning author.
Many Gen Zers in WNC explore new kinds of spirituality
When Marc Mullinax began teaching at Mars Hill University two decades ago, the school’s Southern Baptist roots were still plain to see in the student body. “I would say eight or nine people out of every 10 in my classes strongly identified as Christian,” says Mullinax, a professor of religion and philosophy. “We had a […]