A Carol, a Jam and a freakshow

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Kathy Wadham. Photograph by Max Cooper


  • Something so extremely positive about it

    -by Webmaster
    “There’s something special about the music that’s made when people know they’re doing it for charity and not getting paid,” says Warren Haynes, longtime guitarist with the Allman Brothers Band,…
  • An old tale with a heightened malevolence

    -by Webmaster
    This year’s spooky production of A Christmas Carol is a Victorian vision quest set in malefic 19th-century London. At the foreboding Masonic Temple, the winter home for the Montford Park…
  • The bus-busiest season of all

    -by Alli Marshall
    While its status as the “hap-happiest season of all” is debatable, the weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve are easily in the running for the bus-busiest of all. But…
  • Bizarre as beautiful

    -by Webmaster
    “As someone who is born different, and performs on stage, my goal is to make it better for kids who are growing up like I grew up,” says Black Scorpion,…
  • Folk and punk: not so different

    -by Kim Ruehl
    For more than 20 years, Amy Ray has been known as one half of the folk-rock duo Indigo Girls — two women whose music is built around counterpoint harmonies, catchy…
  • Smart Bets: The Luxury Spirit

    -by Xpress Staff
    Here's the back story: Three friends from Mars Hill College got together a year or so ago and formed a band, one which they describe as "rock with some progressive…
  • Smart Bets: Benefit for Billy Constable

    -by Xpress Staff
    Avery County musician Billy Constable is known for his Appalachian approach to the banjo and for his contribution to such bands as Hypnotic Clambake, The Larry Keel Experience and Big…
  • Smart Bets: David Earl and the Plowshares

    -by Xpress Staff
    David Earl Tomlinson describes his sound as "amphetamine folk," though new songs posted on his ReverbNation page have plenty of slow-burn rock, too. Tomlinson's band, David Earl and the Plowshares,…
  • Smart Bets: Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion

    -by Xpress Staff
    Americana heirs Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion (off-stage spouses/members of The Guthrie Family Rides Again with her dad, Arlo Guthrie/children's music makers/band in their own right) used to live…
  • The Profiler Pitch

    -by Webmaster
    Viva DeConcini plays Pisgah Brewing on Friday, Dec. 9 at 8 p.m. The Pitch: She’s the blond Joan Jett here to bring her scorching guitar licks all the way from…
  • Weekly Picks

    -by Webmaster
    Celebrate Bernard, the “awesome” rescue hound, at Bernard’s Birthday Benefit, a fundraiser for the Avery County Humane Society. Held on Wednesday, Dec. 7 at the Altamont Brewing Company, 1042 Haywood…



  • Planting a seed

    -by Max Cooper
    In the former Square D plant in Emma, vacant since the electrical-components manufacturer moved operations to Mexico in 2005, Jennifer Lapidus perches on a 1-ton “tote” of grain. Behind her…
  • The Beat: On the fly(er)

    -by Webmaster
    In early November, Asheville police arrested Helen Roberts for passing out Occupy Asheville fliers, claiming she was violating a city ordinance. But the charges against Roberts were quickly dropped, and…
  • Giving: Food&shelter

    -by Webmaster
    The United Way of Asheville Buncombe oversees and helps coordinate a wide array of charitable efforts. While they aren't engaged in any holiday-specific efforts themselves, through their Hands On Asheville-Buncombe…
  • Big fish story

    -by Webmaster
    On a clear, cool mid-November afternoon, a small-scale fishing derby was under way along Cullowhee Creek on the Western Carolina University campus. Working with WCU recreational-therapy students Shawn Chapman and…
  • Green Scene: The root of the problem

    -by Susan Andrew
    The Blue Ridge Mountains are known the world over for the quality and diversity of their plant life, particularly ornamentals and medicinal herbs. Harvesting these treasures has been a fixture…
  • Deck the boughs of someone else’s trees

    -by Webmaster
    What: Whether a festive Christmas tree is scraping your living room ceiling, or you’d rather enjoy evergreens outside the home, take a break from the holiday stress and let someone…


  • Business Combos

    -by Brent Brown
  • Cutting Corners

    -by Brent Brown
  • Risqué Obelisqué

    -by Molton
  • Weekly Asheville Disclaimer Page: 12/07/11

    -by Webmaster
    As of Thursday, there are 35 new N.C. state laws. In addition to passing the “Truth in Stereotypes Sentencing Act” and the “Pothole Multiplication Gas-Tax Cap,” state legislators have made…
  • Something’s happening here

    -by Michael Hopping
    Last month, Council member Gordon Smith asked OccupyAsheville to designate representatives who could deal with city officials. OA declined. It was a less in-your-face response than Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper…
  • Mother knows she didn’t say that

    -by Webmaster
    As one of the mothers quoted in the Nov. 23 Mountain Xpress Wellness article, "Mother Knows Best?" I feel the need to clarify and correct a quote attributed to me…
  • “Identify theft” is the new American way

    -by Webmaster
    Less is more, cheaper goods, lower pay and more money to business — that has been the goal of our hedonistic corporate government for decades now [“Identity Theft,” Nov. 30…
  • It’s time for the silent majority to be silent no more

    -by Webmaster
    In light of the misrepresentations and downright untruths that are being spread about the events of Nov. 15 in downtown Bakersville, I thought I would share some “truths” about the…
  • The Mitchell County Gay Straight Alliance is about community, not conversion

    -by Webmaster
    On Nov. 15, the Mitchell County Gay Straight Alliance held its first meeting at the Bakersville Library. On the street outside, dozens of people came to demonstrate. Some people said…
  • (Not so) broad way

    -by Webmaster
    After several years of living in the "Five Points" neighborhood and walking downtown as much as possible, I am still amazed that the sidewalk going from hereto Lexington Avenue is…
  • Recent consolidation of school is questionable

    -by Webmaster
    Recently North Carolina has opted to close The Governor Morehead School for the Blind and consolidate its programs and administration under that of the Eastern North Carolina School for the…
  • Call the Civic Center what you want if it’s easier to get in

    -by Webmaster
    I recently attended the String Cheese Incident concert at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium at the Asheville Civic Center and was very disappointed by the way the crowd was being (mis)handled.…
  • Greenlife needs to re-evaluate what community is

    -by Webmaster
    In the third paragraph of Greenlife’s letter in the Nov. 23 issue of Mountain Xpress, Sherri Sterken states, “Greenlife remains as committed as ever to Asheville, and during the past…