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Art in Action

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Cover Design Credit:

Laura Barry

Cover Photography Credit:

Shara Crosby
River Arts District (RAD) Studio Stroll & Asheville Art in the Park


  • David Wax Museum becomes a family band

    -by Kyle Petersen
    When David Wax Museum first emerged on the national Americana scene in 2010, it felt like an exhilarating step forward for American roots music. Effortlessly blending Mexican folk elements and instruments…
  • Smart bets: Seun Kuti

    -by Lea McLellan
    “Prince of Afrobeat” Seun Kuti joins Egypt 80, the band of his legendary father Fela Kuti, to create a powerful and high-energy sound with a distinctly political message. With his latest…
  • Smart bets: Art in Bloom

    -by Lea McLellan
    What better way to celebrate art than to highlight the natural beauty that surrounds us? Art in Bloom is Black Mountain Center for the Arts’ biggest yearly fundraising event. This…
  • Smart bets: Balsam Range

    -by Lea McLellan
    Named after the majestic range of mountains where the Smokies meet the Blue Ridge, Balsam Range has been steadily making its mark on the bluegrass scene since the five musicians…
  • The modern primitive: Firefly Gathering blends traditions

    -by Lea McLellan
    If you’re looking to learn how to make your own bow and arrow, weave a belt or carve a wooden spoon, the Firefly Gathering is the place to be. But…
  • Thousands expected: RAD Studio Stroll and Art in the Park take it to the streets

    -by Xpress Contributor
    by Kyle Sherard and Steph Guinan Two local arts events return this month — the River Arts District Studio Stroll (now in its 20th year) and the sixth annual Asheville…
  • Ananda Hair Salon’s “A Moment in Time” show pairs hair, fashion, makeup and history

    -by Xpress Contributor
    Photos and captions by Morgan Ford If hair is the afterthought of most runway shows, Ananda Hair Salon’s upcoming fashion production, “A Moment in Time,” flips that idea on its…
  • Smart bets: Henry V

    -by Alli Marshall
    Wedged between Memorial Day and the Fourth of July, the ultra-nationalistic Henry V is the perfect choice to launch The Montford Park Players’ 42nd season of free Shakespeare in the…
  • Questions without answers: Andrew Bird plays The Orange Peel

    -by Alli Marshall
    On tour for "Things Are Really Great Here, Sort Of...," a collection of re-imagined Handsome Family songs, Andrew Bird returns to Asheville. His band includes Tift Merritt.


  • Rainbow table: Growing a love for healthy foods

    -by Bronwen McCormick
    The more our children know about the food they eat, the more likely they are to make healthy food choices. Research strongly supports that children who grow their own food…
  • In pursuit of the perfect cup

    -by Elizabeth Reynolds McGuire
    Whether you experiment with brewing styles and create latte art or simply love the smooth, strong taste of an espresso, a barista jam is something to add to your coffee lover’s bucket list.…
  • Beer scout: Homebrewers add flavors with syrups

    -by Thom O'Hearn
    Asheville Beer Week's Just Brew It! Homebrew Festival is one of the most interesting events of the year. All stripes of homebrewers showcase all sorts of beer, with no commercial…




  • Medically Needy

    -by Molton
  • Mountain Hazards

    -by Brent Brown
    Just because fracking (which is the popular term for hydraulic fracturing [which is the popular term for injecting a poisonous cocktail of high-pressure streams of trade-secret ingredients into the ground]…
  • GOP and Moore are pointing the wrong way

    -by Letters
    Mr. [Fuller] Moore’s letter “Van Duyn and ‘Moral Mondays’ Taking us in Wrong Direction,” May 28, Xpress] represents the very worst of thought in our society and a misunderstanding of…
  • Letterpress lives on

    -by Letters
    When I read the Mountain Xpress article “Power of the Press” [May 14], I thought to myself “what, nothing about Mark Olson?” Then his name came up in Arnold Wengrow’s…
  • Hamil made Black Mountain Farmers Market work

    -by Letters
    While I wish the new owners of the market all the best, the article, “Black Mountain Farmers Market Reborn as Roots and Fruits,” [May 14, Xpress] owes an apology to…
  • Asheville under glass: Get your docs (not ducks) lined up

    -by Colleen Kelly Mellor
    Where is that Obamacare medical warehouse we all were promised? You know, the one that will store our medical data such as the list of meds we take, when we…