Best of WNC, Part 2

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Cover Design Credit:

Elizabeth Bates

Cover Photography Credit:

Sarah Whelan
Xpress readers, it’s all about you again this week — and what you love the best in our area. We proudly present part two of WNC’s biggest poll about who we are and what we value. Enjoy!


  • Smart bets: Ne-Hi

    -by Kat McReynolds
    Local rock groups Shallows and Isaacson open for Ne-Hi, which is currently touring the country in support of Drag, at the Mothlight on Tuesday, Aug. 18, at 9 p.m.
  • ACT ends 69th season with ’60s farce

    -by Jeff Messer
    The British farce Not Now, Darling, written by by John Chapman and Ray Cooney, seems so fabulously retro now. In reality, it was just another modern play of the era.…
  • Smart bets: Jeff Alt

    -by Kat McReynolds
    The author will hold a free talk and book signing at Malaprop's Bookstore and Café on Saturday, Aug. 15, at 3 p.m.
  • Upcycled fashion creates an eco-friendly and uniquely Asheville look

    -by Xpress Staff
    In a way, upcycling is like the recycling we do with our cans and bottles: It also uses that concept of reusing and reducing waste material — but it's not…
  • A healthy dose of music and friendship to help Kenny Capps battle cancer

    -by Kat McReynolds
    Days before heading to Atlanta for surgery and a month of isolation to combat an aggressive form of bone marrow cancer, Black Mountain resident Kenny Capps will be the guest…
  • 5Point Film Festival establishes regional hub in Asheville

    -by Edwin Arnaudin
    The 5Point Film Festival, held on Friday, Aug. 14 and Saturday, Aug. 15, is based in Colorado but celebrates the WNC community and hopes to inspire environmental stewardship and outdoor…
  • Smart bets: Andrew Tyson

    -by Kat McReynolds
    The young pianist brings his talents to Haywood County Arts Council's Young Artist Series, performing at Waynesville's First United Methodist Church on Friday, Aug. 14, at 7:30 p.m.
  • Smart bets: The Holland Bros

    -by Alli Marshall
    Three or four times a year Mark and Michael Holland — offstage twins and an onstage old-time, country and blues duo — make the trip up the mountain from Carrboro…
  • LYAO festival represents Asheville’s growing stand-up scene

    -by Hannah Sentenac
    Laugh Your Asheville Off isn’t your average comedy fest, says Head of Development Charlie Gerencer. With more than 50 new comics and no repeat performances, each of the four nights…


  • Asheville VeganFest: Come for the animals, stay for the food

    -by Lea McLellan
    Brother Wolf Animal Rescue hopes its inaugural Asheville VeganFest will offer opportunities to change minds and diets.
  • Say (vegan) cheese!

    -by Lea McLellan
    Vegan cheese isn't an oxymoron. Some creative Asheville vegan chefs are taking the idea of dairy-free cheese to a new level.
  • Beer Scout: Mills River Brewery

    -by Thom O'Hearn
    Soon Sierra Nevada won't be the only brewery in the Arden area. Now the Mills River Brewery is just a craft beer bar and deli, but the opening of its…