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  • Here come the boys (and girls)

    -by Webmaster
    It’s the region’s most epic display of hip-hop culture, and it’s gonna be bigtime. This Saturday, b-boys and b-girls from seven states will congregate at the Asheville JCC for a…
  • Assume the piano

    -by Jaye Bartell
    The Asheville Chamber Music Series has been raising funds for a new piano throughout the year. “Well, I shouldn’t say a new piano,” says Richard Wrightson, president of ACMS. “It…
  • A vision of America

    -by Dane Smith
    There's something inherently American about the songwriting of Blitzen Trapper's Eric Earley. A deep longing for freedom, the inquisitive fearlessness of exploration and a stoic realism on matters of the…
  • Running on full

    -by Alli Marshall
    It's one thing to channel the cool, dusty, boots-and-aviators California country rock of the '70s, filtered through a 21st-century aesthetic. It’s really something to effortlessly evoke that Laurel Canyon sound…
  • “Follow the leads until something feels right”

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    Charles Frazier seems bemused that his new novel, Nightwoods, has been described as a backwoods thriller or Appalachian gothic with a touch of Flannery O’Connor. To be honest, he says,…
  • Sister Swagger

    -by Webmaster
    For a bunch of self-proclaimed slack-asses, Kovacs and the Polar Bear have sure had a stellar year: headlining The Grey Eagle, high-profile gigs opening for Tyler Ramsey and War On…
  • Pop Quiz

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    1. Why did The Milk Carton Kids decide to make their live album, Retrospect, available as a free download? a. Mercury was in retrograde. b. Their focus group suggested a…
  • Weekly Picks

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    Join the WNC Green Building Council for an hour of green trivia at Posana Cafe, 1 Biltmore Ave., on Wednesday, Oct. 19 at 5:45 p.m. Questions will cover general knowledge…
  • Smart Bets: Honey Holler at Craft Fair of Southern Highlands

    -by Xpress Staff
    This one's a twofer. First, it's the biannual Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands, from Thursday, Oct. 20-Sunday, Oct. 23. (10 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday; $8…
  • Smart Bets: Hello Hugo CD release

    -by Xpress Staff
    Local experimental/instrumental outfit Hello Hugo is Rosser Douglas, Nick Prather, Reid Weigner and Justin Holt. Douglas, Prather and Holt made up the band Seawhistle before Hello Hugo's inception. They describe…
  • Smart Bets: Asheville Zombie Walk

    -by Xpress Staff
    It's not every day that you come across an event that is both family-friendly and "dripping with fake blood and shambling." Well, the day (Saturday, Oct. 22) has arrived, and…
  • Smart Bets: Asheville Bookfest

    -by Xpress Staff
    From kids' books to hard hitting political topics, there's a book for every type of reader. Which is great, but what's even better is meeting the authors behind the books.…


  • Have a very local Halloween

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    Find a last-minute jack-o-lantern at area farmers tailgate markets through this weekend. Hugh Wright of Arbor Studios is even slated to offer pre-carved, porch-ready pumpkins at Asheville City Market Saturday.…
  • Pumpkin by the Pint

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    This time of year, Michael Porterfield’s farm turns into one giant pumpkin patch. He grows other cool-weather crops now, too — from carrots to radishes — at New Sprout Organic…
  • Small Bites: The chef of Cúrate talks about hosting Bourdain and her next apprenticeship

    -by Mackensy Lunsford
    Anthony Bourdain's Saturday, Nov. 5 appearance at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium is approaching. After the speaking event, Cúrate will host 125 people for a private, ticketed book-signing featuring Bourdain and…
  • Small Bites: Ruth’s Chris location under construction in south Asheville

    -by Mackensy Lunsford
    You may have heard that the upscale steakhouse Ruth's Chris is coming to Biltmore Village, offering another answer to a question posed by visiting parents citywide: Where do I get…
  • Small Bites: Falderal Winery offers DIY wine-making, along with wines made on site

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    A fascination with fermentation started early for Paul Kovacich, co-owner of Falderal Winery in Hendersonville. Kovacich says he began experimenting with the alchemy of sugars and yeast as a boy,…
  • Linked in, market-style

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    Want to connect with other local food lovers? Check out ASAP’s new community site, which makes its full launch this fall(http://www.FromHere.org). Its goal? To serve as a central online space…
  • Talking turkey (and honey and beef and … )

    -by Webmaster
    It’s never too soon to start thinking of your Thanksgiving turkey. Many farmers will offer sign-up sheets at their tailgate booth in the coming weeks, so be sure to get…
  • Fall for Local Food

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    How do we love thee, fall? Let us count the ways: local apples, beets, cheese, greens, lettuce, meats, pumpkins, radishes, turnips, winter squash … We could go on and on.…


  • The birds of autumn paradise

    -by Webmaster
    What: Grab a pair of binoculars and take a bird-watching stroll through the beautiful fall foliage of James Lake State Park. With more than 100 species of birds migrating through…


  • School or scandal?

    -by Jake Frankel
    Amid continuing tough economic conditions, A-B Tech is asking Buncombe County residents for help. On Nov. 8, voters will weigh in on a quarter-cent sales-tax increase to fund capital improvements…
  • State your occupation

    -by David Forbes
    Asheville City Council Oct. 11, 2011 meeting City scraps community-media initiative Waneta Street rezoning narrowly approved It wasn't on the agenda, but the Occupy Asheville demonstrators who packed the Asheville…
  • The Beat: A prime event

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    On a rainy primary Tuesday, Asheville voters came out in record-low numbers, handing candidates Marc Hunt, Chris Pelly and Lael Gray the most votes while eliminating Tim Peck and TJ…