Best Of WNC 2014 (Part 2)

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Cover Design Credit:

Laura Barry

Cover Photography Credit:

Tim Robinson
In this issue, discover WNC's favorite Eats - the most heavily voted section in all of Best of (we love our food). And a to o' the hat to other favored categories, from Best Hair Salon to Best All-Round Brewery.


  • Smart bets: Old Crow Medicine Show

    -by Alli Marshall
    You know Old Crow Medicine Show, even if you think you don’t, because of a little song called “Wagon Wheel.” It’s been sung by every busker on every street corner,…
  • Smart bets: Come to Leicester tour

    -by Kat McReynolds
    “The welcome mat is out, refreshments are on the table, and we look forward to seeing you on Aug. 16 and 17,” says a press release for the Come to…
  • Smart bets: Cicada Rhythm and Sans Abri

    -by Kat McReynolds
    Andrea DeMarcus (upright bass/vocals) and David Kirslis (guitar/vocals) of Cicada Rhythm claim they “tried to keep it professional” but became smitten when they started playing music together. The couple say…
  • State of the Arts: Past and present tense

    -by Kyle Sherard
    Time is of the essence for two current solo exhibitions. Dox Trash, An American Journey: Georgia to Philadelphia, organized by the Dolan/Maxwell Gallery and Georgia College Museum of Art is…
  • Living-room shows offer alternative music venues

    -by Brandon Bouchillon
    Home is where the concert is. Following a national trend, Western North Carolina residents are turning their living rooms into do-it-yourself performance spaces. Angela Magura, for example, will host her…
  • Grandpa-style: Seattle legend celebrates 50 years of music

    -by Edwin Arnaudin
    A half-century into his musical career, Baby Gramps has plenty of highlights from which to choose. Ask him to name a few, however, and he points to a pair of…
  • Smart bets: Stephanie Perkins

    -by Alli Marshall
    Stephanie Perkins, the local author behind the nationally beloved YA books Anna and the French Kiss and Lola and the Boy Next Door, returns with her third novel, Isla and…
  • Word play: Poetry Alive! celebrates 30 years

    -by Rich Rennicks
    Bob Falls had been working on an idea for a show using poetry to explore the stages of a person’s life but didn’t initially see himself as one of the…



  • Burns and Carwyn host ‘shadow work’ seminar

    -by Jordan Foltz
    WHAT: Shadow Work seminar by Christen Burns and Giles Carwyn WHERE: 11 Willow Street, Black Mountain WHEN: Introduction: Tuesday, Aug. 19, 7 p.m-10 p.m. Seminars: Friday, Aug. 22, 6 p.m.;…



  • Art Pope Quits

    -by Molton
  • Four Friendly Freebies

    -by Brent Brown
  • Asheville Disclaimer 8/13/14

    -by Xpress Staff
    Asheville headlines from 100 years ago
  • Asheville, any way you drink it

    -by Letters
    OK, I am really not a prude, and I occasionally have a drink, but I am concerned about the widespread promotion of alcohol in Asheville. Is anyone else? These past…
  • Should film critics consider moral characters of directors and actors?

    -by Letters
    Referencing Janet Burhoe-Jones’ letter [“Promotion of Roman Polanski Film Appalling,” July 30, Xpress] regarding the review of “Venus in Fur”:  Is Roman Polanski morally reprehensible? A court thought so. Should film…
  • Hemp could empower N.C. farmers

    -by Letters
    I have never written a letter to the editor. Maybe I have never felt this passionate before, but after attending Moral Monday, I feel compelled to. It’s not that I…
  • Separate greatness of art from loathsomeness of artist

    -by Letters
    From what I’ve read over the years about the filmmaker Roman Polanski, I would agree with letter-writer Janet Burhoe-Jones in the Mountain Xpress [“Promotion of Roman Polanski Film Appalling,” July 30,…
  • Don’t put collars on wild bears

    -by Letters
    It is so mean to put a collar on a wild bear! It is so self-serving to put a bear through human harassment. If people see lots of bears out there,…
  • Blatant racism of Republicans on display

    -by Letters
    A DO-NOTHING Congress and a House of Representatives, whose real speaker is a radical right-wing senator, not even a member of the House, have accomplished less and hurt the country…
  • When corporations have agendas

    -by Letters
    The series of paid informational advertisements by Ingles has taken the store out of advertising and into advocacy. This is dangerous ground for a company because it alienates customers who…
  • The Gospel According to Jerry: The no-tell hotel

    -by Xpress Contributor
    Longtime Xpress commentary writer Jerry Sternberg shares a story about the Langren Hotel and the ironies of "progress."