Breaking the Code

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  • Smart Bets: Telecine

    -by Xpress Staff
    It's weird to describe noise-rock as cozy, but there's something to the guitar-bass-and-drums bombast of local trio Telecine that's strangely soothing. Maybe it's the fuzzy sweater hug of static at…
  • Watermark

    -by Alli Marshall
    You might think you know Shannon Whitworth. With her Americana roots and her Belk commercials and her pageant-pretty-turned-Bohemian looks. And then you listen to her new album, High Tide. It…
  • Smart Bets: Yamato: The Drummers of Japan

    -by Xpress Staff
    Think of it as STOMP, only from Japan’s Nara Prefecture, and centered around the ancient art of Taiko drumming as opposed to making rhythms with janitorial equipment. This year marks…
  • With a banjo on his knee: One local instrument-maker’s search for perfection

    -by Steph Guinan
    As with most artists and artisans, both the product and the method are tools for self-discovery: Jim Huskins has been making banjos since the early 1970s, and he shares with…
  • Smart Bets: Ray Charles Boogaloo Dance Party

    -by Xpress Staff
    Take a moment to wrap your head around this spectacle: "Performing as the voice of Ray Charles, Zach Deputy will pair up with the ultimate groove band and play a…
  • Funny pages

    -by Justin Souther
    NC Stage’s production of The Book Club Play attempts to walk a fine line, displaying the transformative power of reading, all the while not being as pretentious, stodgy or boring…
  • Smart Bets: Orange Goblin

    -by Xpress Staff
    Despite metal music being listed as a factor in juvenile delinquency in certain academic reports, London-based metal outfit Orange Goblin describes the genre as "a motivating mindset, a positive force…
  • State of the Arts

    -by Kyle Sherard
    Jefferson Pinder: Work A video installation at Warren Wilson College has left the Elizabeth Holden Gallery shrouded in total darkness. That darkness, though, is intermittently broken by Jefferson Pinder: Work,…
  • Calendar highlights: Foster adopt festival, zombie theater, Christmas bazaar

    -by Webmaster
  • On the radar

    -by Alli Marshall
    River Arts District studio stroll Don’t be fooled by the “studio stroll” title. Sure, this twice-a-year happening is about visiting the workspaces of the River District’s artists. But it’s really…
  • Clubland features: Jeff Thompson, Fine Peduncle and Kayo Dot

    -by Webmaster


  • Koreana: A new Korean-themed eatery brings authentic flavors to South Asheville

    -by Jonathan Ammons
    If you’ve ever driven through south Asheville, you may have noticed a few Korean churches — an indication of a population that has always been strong in the suburbs to…
  • Winter harvest: Local chefs and farmers strategize for ways to beat the cold

    -by Toni Sherwood
    Miki Kilpatrick, co-owner of Homegrown Restaurant in Asheville, grew up canning tomatoes and pickles and freezing corn for winter. “Putting up,” as she calls it, was part of the seasonal…
  • Invitation to readers

    -by Gina Smith
    In the spirit of promoting a more community-oriented Food section, Xpress is planning a Thanksgiving issue that will feature personal, food-related stories from readers’ Thankgivings past.
  • The Buchi Bar at Rosetta’s Kitchen: New kombucha bar now slated for March opening

    -by Gina Smith
    Stay tuned: Rosetta Star, owner of Rosetta’s Kitchen, says a new buchi bar is still in the works for the downtown restaurant.
  • Dissen does a James Beard Dinner

    -by Jonathan Ammons
    In America, there are few words one can pair with the name of a chef that garner more respect than James Beard. Whether a chef is a “James Beard Award…
  • Readers recommend

    -by Webmaster
    Xpress invites readers to weigh in on their favorite local eateries. This week, Judith Young, who was joined by her husband, Art Kuchuk, shares her experiences at Haw Creek’s Café…
  • Late-night bites

    -by Michael Franco
    In this installment of correspondent Michael Franco’s continuing exploration of Asheville’s late-night dining scene, he checks out the offerings at Cucina24. Late-night hours: 10:30 p.m.-1 or 2 a.m. Dishes: $3-10…


  • Breaking the code: Gender stereotypes hinder women in tech fields

    -by Caitlin Byrd
    In 2011, women held 57 percent of all professional positions in the country but only 25 percent of technology jobs, according to U.S. Department of Labor statistics. Does the Asheville…
  • Young at heart

    -by Dewitt Robbeloth
    Since opening Asheville's first yoga studio in 1981, Lillah Schwartz has practiced and taught yoga to hundreds of Asheville locals, many of whom have gone on to become yoga teachers…
  • Gaining authority

    -by Jake Frankel
    The newly formed Buncombe County Culture and Recreation Authority met for the first time Oct. 29, drafting an ambitious list of goals for the months ahead. The board is charged…
  • Towers and sunlight

    -by David Forbes
    Longtime local developer and property owner Tony Fraga can picture a new building at the corner of Battery Park and Page Avenues: an upscale, 14-story hotel and parking garage, complete…
  • In the line of duty

    -by David Forbes
    Around 1 p.m. on Oct. 29, an Asheville Police Department patrol car went off the Jeff Bowen bridge. Later that afternoon, APD Chief William Anderson announced that the crash had…


  • Tiny comfortor

    -by Molton
  • Thick as Thieves

    -by Brent Brown
  • Walking in community

    -by Webmaster
    Walk any day along the Hominy Creek Greenway (not to be confused with Hominy Creek River Park) and you’ll pass scores of walkers, nature lovers, runners and families. To me,…
  • Art Museum money is not a tax

    -by Webmaster
    I have something amazing to say: I agree with Ken Michalove in his recent letter about voting to change government if you don't like it (see “Don’t Like Asheville Government?…
  • We need a fresh start

    -by Webmaster
    Asheville citizens paying even rudimentary attention to the problems in the city are acutely aware of the lack of proper oversight by the city manager, the mayor and Council during…

    -by Webmaster
    A Small Bites article in last week's issue (“All Souls Pizza Adds Lunch and More,” Oct. 30 Xpress) incorrectly said that All Souls Pizza will host a supper for the…