Asheville! Go Local 2014

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Lori Deaton


  • Winged songs

    -by Lea McLellan
    It’s hard to understand a kirtan concert if you haven’t experienced it firsthand. But if anyone is equipped to describe the experience, it’s Asheville-based, nationally known musician and chant artist…
  • Smart Bets: Everything is Terrible

    -by Xpress Staff
    How about a little holiday jeer? Everything Is Terrible, a psychedelic found-footage comedy tour, promises, "A millennium's worth of VHS memories of misplaced sentimentalities, fistfights over Toys for Tots, erotic…
  • Smart Bets: Poetry Reading at BMCM+AC

    -by Xpress Staff
    Asheville is in a long-term relationship with poetry, from the verses of Thomas Wolfe and the raucous ’90s-era poetry slam days, to the work of LEAF in Schools & Streets…
  • Art as medicine

    -by Ann Marie Molnar
    Artist Caty Carlin believes that “textile-making is a direct connection to healing,” adding, “Cloth was the medium through which I found sacredness.” And while textiles are Carlin’s preferred mode of…
  • Smart Bets: Fist Fam with Hank West & the Smokin’ Hots

    -by Xpress Staff
    In a recent Q&A with Xpress, Ronny Mac of local hip-hop collective Fist Fam talked about the group's move from San Francisco back to Asheville. "We have more time on…
  • The gift that keeps on giving

    -by Webmaster
    William Sydney Porter, better known by the pen name O. Henry, led a fascinating life. He coined the term “banana republic,” spent five years in prison and worked as a…
  • Smart Bets: Marley Carroll

    -by Xpress Staff
    Although Sings, the new album by local producer Marley Carroll, was released earlier this week, it's already had some prominent exposure. Stereogum streamed the record, while Rolling Stone shared the…
  • Marching into the festive season

    -by Webmaster
    The Asheville Holiday Parade made its way through downtown on Saturday, Nov. 23. It was the 67th iteration of the annual event that brought out marching bands, floats, cyclists, roller…
  • Markets, tours and Christmases past

    -by Kyle Sherard
    Cool Craft Holiday Market — Join 40 of the Asheville area’s finest craft artists, jewelers and potters at HandMade in America’s second Cool Craft Holiday Market. This year, the market…
  • Christmas Jam Q & A (compilation of highlights)

    -by Webmaster
    We asked a variety of performers playing at Christmas Jam a few questions. Here’s a sample of those conversations. To read the complete interviews, and for more coverage of the…


  • Beer Scout: Wicked Weed turns one

    -by Webmaster
    Wicked Weed has made a name for itself in its first year in business, from becoming the first Asheville brewery to routinely keep two-dozen of its own beers on tap…
  • Have knife, will travel: An interview with nomadic chef Elliot Moss

    -by Jonathan Ammons
    When I asked the former Chik-fil-A line cook turned James Beard Award-nominated Asheville Chef Elliott Moss — formerly of the Admiral and Ben’s Tune Up — to pick a restaurant,…
  • Punk Wok with Elliott Moss

    -by Michael Franco
    No, that’s not a typo (nor is it the name of a new Sex Pistols cover band from the East), it’s the name of the new pop-up dining concept recently…
  • Katuah Market stocks the shelves

    -by Webmaster
    Flowers and freshly prepared food are the first things you see when you walk into Katuah Market. If you look to the right, there’s a café with exposed wood beams.…
  • Taking it personally

    -by Jordan Foltz
    For those who haven’t served time in food service, health regulations require that foods sold to the public must be prepared and stored in a commercially certified kitchen. The exception…
  • Readers’ recipes: Honey pecan pie

    -by Webmaster
    Editor’s note: Ed and Cathie Osada of Osada Bee Farm in Asheville have been keeping bees for more than 30 years and selling their honey, beeswax candles and baked goods…


  • Storytelling for wellness

    -by Ann Marie Molnar
    Laura Hope-Gill’s fascination with story and healing began when she was diagnosed with late-onset deafness. She felt that the language her doctor used in delivering her diagnosis had nothing to…
  • Elf for all

    -by Lea McLellan
    For people with autism spectrum disorder, an afternoon at the movie theater can sometimes be more challenging than fun. The Autism Society of North Carolina (ASNC) and Asheville Pizza and…
  • From the newsdesk

    -by Webmaster
    ‘I have no regrets’: Mayor Bellamy says farewell On Dec. 2, outgoing Mayor Terry Bellamy’s portrait joined that of her predecessors on the walls of City Hall, as she bid…


  • Cat-egorical

    -by Brent Brown
    The Asheville Chamber of Commerce recently produced a “Christmas Cat” video to promote the city, in hopes that they could catch some of that elusive virulence that cat memes seem…
  • Free-Market Lovin’ Americans

    -by Molton
  • Sacrilicious

    -by Brent Brown
  • Asheville Disclaimer 12/11/13

    -by Webmaster
    15-year-old reveals Illuminati conspiracy to stunned sidewalk audience
  • The meaning of statistics

    -by Letters
    Thanks for showcasing the important work of so many of Asheville’s nonprofits [“Doing Good in WNC,” Nov. 20 Xpress]. A lot of information is gathered in one place, but there…
  • Tackling global warming in Buncombe County

    -by Letters
    I am encouraged by the Buncombe County commissioners’ resolution to take bold action to tackle global warming. North Carolina has a lot at stake when it comes to global warming,…
  • A turkey named Martha

    -by Letters
    Thanks to Stuart David and his letter to the editor [“Adopt a Turkey This Thanksgiving,” Nov. 13 Xpress], our family was able to have a turkey for Thanksgiving for the…
  • Thankful for the Affordable Care Act

    -by Letters
    I want to extend my thanks to the wonderful folks at Blue Cross Blue Shield on Hendersonville Highway who helped me through this past Tuesday and got me signed…

    -by Letters
    In last week’s article, “The Twelve Plays of Christmas,” an incorrect date and ticket price was listed for Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol. The correct dates for the show are Wednesday…
  • The Gospel According to Jerry

    -by Jerry Sternberg
    Jeremy Goldstein, the chair of Asheville’s Planning and Zoning Commission, recently had the stones to say what no one else has publicly admitted: The NIMBY emperor is standing out in…