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  • Local film premiers tonight at the Fine Arts Theatre

    -by Webmaster
    Astronomer Carl Sagan once opined that you have to understand the past in order to understand the present. That’s one of the central themes of Present, from local filmmaker Joe…
  • Clubland features: They Might Be Giants, Ivan and Alyosha

    -by Webmaster
    Larger than life: Since 1986, They Might Be Giants have released 16 albums (including three children’s albums), won two Grammys, posted new tracks and demos on an answering machine dubbed…
  • The believers

    -by Webmaster
    When Grammy-nominated father-daughter bluegrass gospel duet Jerry and Tammy Sullivan play in Asheville’s All Souls Cathedral on Friday April 12, they will share a family’s musical legacy that spans more…
  • Grotto rock

    -by Webmaster
    The connection between The Cave Singers’ vocals and their guitar lines is among the most satisfying in all of indie rock. It might surprise first-time listeners when they figure out…
  • Smart Bets: Curve Studios twilight party

    -by Xpress Staff
    There are many signs of spring around Asheville — the return of the downtown gallery crawls, hula-hoopers and outdoor seating. And this: Curve Studios 2013 Spring Open House Weekend and…
  • Smart Bets: Ryan Sheffield and the HighHills

    -by Xpress Staff
    Singer-songwriter Ryan Sheffield and his band headline a night of local indie-rock. Sheffield and company recently released Telescope, an album's worth of songs that rock, Pogues-like, at turns thoughtful and…
  • Smart Bets: World Fashion Show

    -by Xpress Staff
    Celebrate both diversity and haute couture at the World Fashion Show. Stylists from Ananda Hair Salon team with local makeup artists, fashion designers and photographers for a collaborative fashion event…
  • Smart Bets: The Broadcast

    -by Xpress Staff
    The big news for rock/soul/groove outfit The Broadcast is that they recently finished recording a new studio album (at Echo Mountain, naturally) and will be releasing it this summer. But,…
  • Blue Bell brings Nikki back home

    -by Webmaster
    Local singer-songwriter Nikki Talley is "a hardworking, energetic, mountain girl with a big voice,” so goes her press. A year ago, with her husband, Jason Sharp, she set out in…
  • Onward and upward

    -by Alli Marshall
    "Funk reigns supreme!" wrote local electronic funk/rock band The Fritz in a recent website post. "Music unites us in an unprecedented way, regardless of extraneous conditions." They've parlayed both that…
  • Calendar highlights: Healthy kids, art quilts and landscapes

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  • Colla-beer-ation

    -by Webmaster
    When you mention an event in late March, college students usually think of spring break. Brewers on the other hand, their minds go to the Craft Brewers Conference — held…
  • Presents for Grove Park Inn

    -by Emily Patrick
    The Grove Park Inn is celebrating its 100th birthday with new chefs, beer and dining opportunities. The resort is in the midst of a restaurant makeover. KSL Partners, the group…
  • One Love moving

    -by Emily Patrick
    One Love Jamaican Restaurant, an island of Caribbean delights in a country field just outside Canton, is moving its banana cornbread, goat curry and oxtail stew farther from Asheville. The…



  • The Breckheimer’s investing odyssey comes home

    -by Webmaster
    Fifteen years ago, it was hard to find financial advisors specializing in responsible investing, so Katie and Steve Breckheimer became members of Co-Op America (now Green America) and began looking…
  • In the minority: Fisher tackles new leadership role in N.C. House

    -by Nelda Holder
    Elected in January as one of three Democratic whips, Rep. Susan Fisher of Asheville must know each bill’s contents and be able to explain them to her party’s caucus.
  • CarePartners announces plans to merge with Mission Health

    -by Caitlin Byrd
    Two health-care providers went public on April 4: If all goes well, local nonprofit CarePartner’s affiliation with Mission Health — the state's sixth-largest system — will be official by October.…
  • On second thought

    -by Caitlin Byrd
    As members of the community stood before Buncombe County commissioners with Bibles in hand, legal statutes in folders and opinions in mind, public comment took a personal turn when it…
  • Don’t tread on us

    -by David Forbes
    To hear Asheville City Council and staff tell it, a manageable budget gap has evolved into a looming crisis. Combine lingering post-recession challenges with state legislation that chops municipal revenue,…
  • Top draw

    -by Webmaster
    More than 282 million people visited America’s national parks in 2012, an increase of more than 3 million over 2011. Two parks with a local connection — the Blue Ridge…
  • Smart money

    -by Caitlin Byrd
    UNCA attracts more than degree-seeking students to the Asheville area: It sparks a $268 million economic impact, according to a recent study. The findings come from local research economist Tom…


  • Asheville Austerity Try-Athalon

    -by Brent Brown
  • Look homeward, Asheville

    -by Webmaster
    Asheville will have a unique opportunity next year to show the world why our town is special. Will we stand up and seize this chance or let the gift pass…
  • You don’t have to choose between faith and sexual identity

    -by Webmaster
    Pastor Keith Ogden is entitled to his opinions of my LGBTQ brothers, sisters and otherwise-gendered siblings, outlined in his March 27 letter, “What's Next, Polygamy Benefits?” I welcome the fact…
  • 1930 all over again

    -by Jaye Bartell
    Thomas Wolfe as a significant tourist draw is not so remote a possibility, and has precedent in the Asheville of the 1930s. According to Christian Edwards of the Thomas Wolfe…
  • Face your fear and stand with us

    -by Webmaster
    What is this, target practice? In that case, go long next time. To Pastor Keith A. Ogden: your “argument” has been countered so many times, it has become redundant and…
  • Breeders with puppy mills

    -by Webmaster
    Many people advocating for more animal legislature have good hearts but almost no practical experience in breeding, raising, training animals or any other form of animal husbandry [“Protect Our Puppies,”…
  • How can we help?

    -by Webmaster
    Attending City Council's April 3 town meeting was heartening. I’m grateful to the Asheville City Council for hosting us and listening to our input. I heard pleas for keeping the…
  • Asheville Disclaimer

    -by Webmaster
    Proposed bill would force NC spouses to separate for 2 years before divorce, instead of current eternal 1 year