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Scott Southwick

Cover Photography Credit:

Leslie Boyd; Artist's rendering courtesy of Buncombe County Schools
A new school year brings a number of changes to our local schools. New Asheville City Schools Superintendent Denise Patterson talks about her background and her vision for the system’s students. Plus, both the city and county school systems have millions of dollars in capital improvements underway.


  • Smart Bets: Back to music school week

    -by Edwin Arnaudin
    Asheville Music School kicks off a week of free demos and lessons with a concert featuring its student ensembles at Barley's on Tuesday, Sept. 5.
  • Read this year’s Indie 500 flash fiction contest winners

    -by Alli Marshall
    The grand-prize winner of this year's Indie 500 flash fiction contest is "Lucky Stars," by Black Mountain-based author Amy Manikowski. The runners up are "Winsome," by Eugene McLaughlin and "Small-town…
  • Smart Bets: Daren Wang

    -by Edwin Arnaudin
    The former public radio producer will discuss his debut novel in conversation with Charles Frazier at Malaprop’s on Tuesday, Sept. 5.
  • The Stump Mutts celebrate ‘Love Hate’ with an album release party

    -by Bill Kopp
    The four-man group from Asheville unapologetically calls itself a rock band. The band celebrates the release of its fourth studio album, Love Hate, with a Friday, Sept. 1 show at…
  • AAAC exhibition examines environmental issues

    -by Lauren Stepp
    Dialogue is the hope for the opening reception, when seven artists — Deanna Chilian, Chuck Hunner, Julie Miles, Roger Munch, Leslie Rowland, Molly Sawyer and exhibition curator Joseph Pearson —…
  • Smart Bets: LAAF

    -by Edwin Arnaudin
    The rebranded festival takes place on Lexington Avenue on Sunday, Sept. 3.
  • Legendary quintet graces The Double Crown

    -by Taylor Green
    To mark the Double Crown's 25th gospel night — on Thursday, Aug. 31 — venue owner Steve Mann booked one of the most influential bands in gospel music history. “The…
  • Smart Bets: Beat Life

    -by Edwin Arnaudin
    Mobley, Professor Toon, Vietnam Jerry and Raj Mahal play Asheville Music Hall on Friday, Sept. 1.
  • Conscious Party: Arts for Life exhibition

    -by Edwin Arnaudin
    Grovewood Gallery hosts an exhibition of artwork by Arts For Life pediatric patients Sept. 2-17.




  • Screen scene: Local film news

    -by Edwin Arnaudin
    Habitat Brewing hosts an MST3K-like screening, Pack Library celebrated Banned Book Month with a screening of the first Harry Potter film and more.