Big Ideas

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  • Smart Bets: Antique Firearms

    -by Xpress Staff
    The local indie-rock outfit promises a “a high-energy, intimate party not to miss” at The LAB on Friday, Jan. 10, at 9:30 p.m. Cover is $7.
  • Smart Bets: Mean Mary

    -by Xpress Staff
    Florida native Mary James didn't earn her stage name, Mean Mary, from kicking puppies or pantsing bandmates. It's all about her musical skills, namely her "lighting-fast fingers and raw, unmistakable…
  • Stand and Deliver

    -by Webmaster
    The Steep Canyon Rangers threaten to break some bluegrass rules with their eighth LP, Tell the Ones I Love. Following a succession of increasingly sparkling productions, the new album is…
  • Sunday morning meets Saturday night

    -by Alli Marshall
    “I was born and raised in a small town and grew up in church,” says vocalist Paul Janeway. “I feel bad, because it’s kind of a cliché now.” Then again,…
  • Smart Bets: Basil King

    -by Xpress Staff
    "Today I go back and forth between painting and writing, on two different floors of my house in Brooklyn," Basil King says on his website. "One feeds the other and…
  • Personalized punch lines

    -by Toni Sherwood
    Trucker-turned-comedian Julie Scoggins describes her comedy as observational — a day-to-day take on things. And, while she admits her husband is often the brunt of her jokes (“I can tell…
  • Smart Bets: Asheville Vaudeville

    -by Xpress Staff
    Come one, come all — Asheville Vaudeville kicks off the second half of its 2013-14 season with two shows at the Toy Boat Community Art Space. Watch as circus artists,…
  • No good in goodbye

    -by Kim Ruehl
    In the second verse of “Farewell Transmission,” one of the late Jason Molina’s finest compositions for his band Songs: Ohia, his voice starts to shake. “After tonight, if you don’t…


  • Cooperative cuisine

    -by Webmaster
    Neighbors may share greetings and laughs, and they may share stories. More concretely, they may even share a sidewalk, shrubbery or a fence. However, neighbors don’t often share ownership of…
  • Grow Down for the little guy

    -by Webmaster
    The Grow Down Kitchen is located in an unassuming building nestled on a side street in Black Mountain, directly across from the post office. As I navigate the street-side parallel…
  • Korean House

    -by Micah Wilkins
    After hiccups with inspections, installations and electrical wiring, Korean House on College Street is finally open after a six-month delay. After “miscommunication” in the inspection process, co-owner Jayson Im says…
  • A different tack

    -by Webmaster
    “We want to steal the show,” Loretta Woolley says of her new endeavor: a designated catering team at Loretta’s Café. With Chef Daniel Wright as director of catering she hopes…
  • Who’s your King Daddy?

    -by Toni Sherwood
    When restaurateur John Stehling wrestled with his sons, the loser was forced to say “King Daddy Master of Power.” Hence the inspiration for John and Julie Stehling’s new venture: King…


  • Horse Sense: Helping horses, helping people

    -by Ann Marie Molnar
    Having celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2013, Horse Sense of the Carolinas is an internationally recognized program and the leading resource for Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Equine Assisted Learning (EAP/L)…
  • Big Ideas: A short history

    -by Webmaster
    Here’s a short history of some of the biggest big ideas in the Asheville area in the past 100+ years.
  • Big Ideas: In a few words

    -by Jesse Farthing
    Xpress reached out to a variety of community leaders: What do they think the Big Ideas have been in the Asheville area?


  • Polar Plunge

    -by Molton
  • Winter Fell

    -by Brent Brown
  • Asheville Disclaimer 1/8/14

    -by Webmaster
    Five can-do wellness tips for 2014
  • Rethinking mental health

    -by Letters
    It was good to see that “Rethinking Mental Health: Local Practitioners, Groups Reject Mainstream Treatment” [Feb. 6 Xpress] was your fifth most viewed post in 2013. In 1978, Judi Chamberlin…
  • The actual data on climate change

    -by Letters
    This note is in reference to Michael Ivey’s letter “Carbon Dioxide Does Not Cause Global Warming” [Dec. 25 Xpress]. Mr. Ivey states, “Even the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change admits…
  • Global warming is real and must be addressed

    -by Letters
    In response to the letter, “Carbon Dioxide Does Not Cause Global Warming,” [Dec. 25 Xpress] written by Michael Ivey: It was amusing to read that Mr. Ivey, speaking of the…
  • Hot air

    -by Letters
    As a conservative, I have always maintained a small carbon footprint out of respect. Now that “global warming” has morphed into the politically correct “climate change,” the Sheeple continue the…
  • What are we to do?

    -by Letters
    I’ve long been an advocate of careful wisdom around newfangled technologies, no matter how cool. Thus, I’ve not become accustomed to using cellphones much, and despite the feeling that I…