The little film that could Inbred Rednecks, the acclaimed indie “hillbilly” film that was written, produced, directed and filmed here in Asheville by local wunderkind Joshua P. Warren in 1997, scored yet another award recently, when it was named the 1999 Stoner Classic of the Year by Screaming Stoner Video Review. Associated with High Times […]

The Xpress poll

Rather than taking the traditional newspaper approach and letting an internal editorial board decide which candidate to endorse, we thought it would be more interesting — not to mention more democratic — to poll the whole Mountain Xpress staff about their favorites. These are not endorsements, but rather, a simple act of news reporting: Here’s […]

Political Institute participan­ts

Larry Blair — Prestige Dodge Don Clayton — Peppertree Resorts Ltd. Michelle Cox — chair, Buncombe County Republican Party James Ellis — Black Mountain Center David Miller — N.C. State Highway Patrol, 1st sergeant Michael Morgan — Total Home Maintenance, home builder Butch Patrick — Peppertree Resorts Ltd. Eugene Presley — Hayes and Lunsford Electrical […]

Happy Independen­ce Day!

Offering everything from fancy footwork to the requisite fireworks, local Independence Day celebrations kick off as early as July 1. Read on for a list of highlights. Independence Day in Asheville Festivities at City/County Plaza run 4-10 p.m. on July 4. Children’s activities, food vendors and highly danceable live music will be among the highlights. […]

What’s hot in Waynesvill­e

The Haywood County Summer Arts Festival is far from the only fun thing happening in Waynesville this summer. Below is but a small sampling of the festivities to be found on the streets of this quaint mountain town: • July 3: Stars and Stripes Celebration, a downtown festival featuring sidewalk sales, live music, refreshments and […]


Land of the sky-high rents As Asheville’s real-estate prices continue to rise, even renters are having to dig deeper into their pockets to keep a roof over their heads. If that’s your dilemma, a new rental guide published by the Affordable Housing Coalition may be of particular interest. Addressing such topics as what’s involved in […]

More haunted happenings

Halloween Fest in Transylvania County The U.S.A.’s only Transylvania County hosts this downtown-Brevard festival on Oct. 31, featuring a pumpkin-carving contest, a bicycle rodeo for kids, a costume parade and contest, mask-making workshops, a craft show, live music, and other activities for the whole family. Call 648-4523 for more info. The Haunt Factory This annual […]

Festival events

The Black Mountain Music Festival runs Friday through Sunday, Oct. 2-4, at Flat Rock’s Camp Ton-A-Wandah. Advance-ticket holders will be admitted starting at 10 a.m. on Friday; gates open at noon for everyone else. Performers: Besides Keb’ Mo’ (Saturday, 8:15 p.m.) and Rick Danko (Saturday, 5:30 and 10 p.m.), other featured artists include: the willfully […]

Non-apple Festival activities

Sure, you can enjoy apple-pancake breakfasts and apple-orchard tours and apple-recipe contests and the King Apple Parade, but — in case you need a break from all those red edibles — there are plenty of Apple Festival events that have nothing to do with fruit. Check out these festival highlights: • Western North Carolina Air […]


State “Polluter Pack” list released The Federation of State Conservation Voter Leagues, a national bipartisan, nonprofit organization working to increase the influence of state environmental leaders, recently released its first annual list of anti-environmental state legislators, known as the “Polluter Pack of 1998.” The list names 24 legislators from both parties, based on their voting […]