Celebrating Earth Day

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Nathanael Roney


  • Asheville Art Museum grows up

    -by Kyle Sherard
    Looking at the big move into the new space On March 23, the Asheville Art Museum premiered Art Works PRIMED — the first phase of its Interim Expansion Project that…
  • Flower power

    -by Webmaster
    This year marks the 27th for Biltmore Estate’s annual Festival of Flowers. Running through Sunday, May 20, the festivities in question are the zillion plants in bloom (give or take…
  • This is what they want

    -by Kim Ruehl
    Once upon a time, all three members of Asheville indie roots band Now You See Them were deported from Australia. But, there’s more to the twisted, meandering tale of how…
  • Smart Bets: The Baker Family Band

    -by Xpress Staff
    It's been several years since The Baker Family Band (led by Baker spouses singer-songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Stuart and vocalist/keyboardist Liz) left Asheville for the sunny climes of Austin. Seems like Texas has…
  • Smart Bets: Somewhere Beyond the Constellation Norma

    -by Xpress Staff
    Worship, loss, ceremony and regeneration are the themes of Somewhere Beyond the Constellation Norma, a black-and-white photography exhibition by Ralph Burns. The show, which opens at Pink Dog Creative (348…
  • Smart Bets: Bombs Away Cabaret

    -by Xpress Staff
    Theatrics, music, talents, comedy, naughtiness … and a benefit for Brother Wolf Animal Rescue. That's the gist of High Skirts: Illicitly Yours, the latest production by local Burlesque troupe Bombs…
  • Smart Bets: Amy Winehouse tribute

    -by Xpress Staff
    If you've been missing the gritty '50s girl-group sound of Back to Black, Tressa's pays tribute to the late Amy Winehouse with a set by J'Amy Winehouse and The Retro…
  • Smart Bets: The Sound of Music

    -by Xpress Staff
    Yes, the original Sound of Music film, with Julie Andrews spinning through a flower-strewn meadow, was set in the Alps. But the stunning scenery recalls Western North Carolina — a…
  • Smart Bets: I Like it Wild

    -by Xpress Staff
    Although Indonesia is a world away, its rain forest is worth protecting (as are the 400 Sumatran tigers remaining in that habitat) and you can take action without leaving Asheville.…
  • Earth Day photo contest, week 6

    -by Webmaster
    Asheville Earth Day and Xpress have teamed up on a photo contest leading up to this week’s Lexington Avenue festival. (Read more about the Saturday, April 21 event in this…
  • Weekly Picks

    -by Webmaster
    Enjoy an episode of Art in the Twenty-First Century, featuring "artists at work and speaking in their own words as they demonstrate the power of art to alter perception,” on…


  • Getting Fresh

    -by Mackensy Lunsford
    Urban hydroponics is a growing field. New York City boasts the nation’s first commercial urban greenhouse, Gotham Greens. Covering just 15,000 square feet in an area where space is at…
  • Small Bites: Dining Out For Life celebrates 10 years

    -by Webmaster
    Where will you Dine Out For Life this year? On Thursday, April 26, Asheville and surrounding communities will join 55 other cities across the country and in Canada for the…
  • Small Bites: Flying falafel, gooey grilled cheese and personal pizzas

    -by Webmaster
    What's more nostalgically pleasing than a crispy on the outside, warm and gooey on the inside grilled cheese sandwich? One of Asheville's latest mobile food units, Melt Your Heart, specializing…
  • Asheville’s beer blitz

    -by Anne Fitten Glenn
    New Belgium on the Asheville map Lots of folks are still reeling from New Belgium’s announcement on April 5 that the company will build its second brewery in the River…


  • Kid composting

    -by Bill Rhodes
    A steady stream of kids come to the trash can with lots of uneaten food on their trays, from chili-macaroni leftovers to peaches. Danny Keaton — owner of Danny’s Dumpster,…


  • Wide open:No incumbent in District 3 commissioner races

    -by Jake Frankel
    In the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners races, District 3 seems fertile ground for Republicans. Five robust GOP candidates will face off in the May 8 primary, contending for two…
  • Affirmation or discrimination? Council rejects Amendment One

    -by Caitlin Byrd
    Asheville City Council April 10, 2012 meeting Manheimer proposes hiring Council liaisons City schedules April 24 public hearing on water system There were no presentations, no public hearings and no…
  • The Beat

    -by Webmaster
    Sen. Richard Burr toured Asheville's Thermo Fisher Scientific facility April 12 and held a town hall-style meeting with plant employees. Burr praised the manufacturer’s innovative practices and ideas, specifically the…
  • Forgiving the unforgivable

    -by Caitlin Byrd
    Historical grief and trauma don’t just disappear, even after many years, Patricia Grant explained during an April 5 presentation at UNCA. "When I think about being a Cherokee and what…
  • Earth Day intro

    -by Webmaster
    Earth Day is all year, of course, but on one particular day each year, and during one particular week (or so), Ashevilleans and Western North Carolinians join in a worldwide…
  • A Christian environmentalist: How faith and environmental stewardship work together

    -by Katie Rose Anderson
    Mallory McDuff, professor of environmental education at Warren Wilson College, is a proud Episcopalian and environmental activist. In her newest book, Sacred Acts:  How Churches are Working to Protect Earth’s…
  • Party for the planet

    -by Alli Marshall
    Earth Day has been celebrated since 1970, but Asheville's annual Earth Day Festival has some excellent surprises in store.
  • Earth Day 2012: A weekend of environmentally friendly fun

    -by Webmaster
    Asheville loves Earth Day, and this year is no exception.


  • The Nuts and Bolts of Amendment One

    -by Molton
  • NC Amendment One: It’s Okay

    -by Molton
  • Weekly Asheville Disclaimer Page: 04/18/12

    -by Webmaster
    • According to Farmer’s Almanac, several slaves will escape plantations this month during new moon, heavy rains • Man who set world record for most marriages homeless yet again
  • A sheltering village

    -by Webmaster
    “We have the resources to end poverty. The real question is whether we have the will.” — Martin Luther King Jr. The syllable "op" — as in optimism — derives…
  • Boycott Gannett!

    -by Matthew Burd
    I like to be informed about my community, so I have appreciated being able to hop online at any time to check out mountainx.com, citizen-times.com and the Asheville FM News…
  • The Blotter speaks out against Amendment One

    -by Webmaster
    We are some of the staff behind The Blotter, a magazine distributed throughout North Carolina. The proposed Amendment One could — among many other hateful things — forbid companies from…
  • Please sign the pledge, Mayor Bellamy

    -by Aile Shebar
    I don't know about you, but the politics of mudslinging and campaign rhetoric turn my stomach. I support efforts to reform “politics as usual” and would not choose to vote…
  • Keep it clean, Bellamy

    -by Webmaster
    I know election season means negative ads as much as springtime means pollen. Though I don’t own a TV, so rarely see the ads myself, I’m nonetheless grateful to Patsy…
  • Who put the bumps in my country road?

    -by Webmaster
    I just got home from a short motorcycle ride that took me down Cane Creek road in Arden/Fletcher. I'm sure much has been said about whatever black rubbery substance has…
  • Tell the children the truth

    -by Webmaster
    Concerning the issue of “pink slime,” as school students of North Carolina we are probably on a daily basis consuming this product some way or somehow. Whether in school with…
  • Who would want to debate Bothwell?

    -by Webmaster
    Long before Rep. Shuler announced his retirement, Cecil Bothwell had determined that he was willing to do what some would consider — in the current political climate — almost foolhardy, but…
  • Occupy the Democratic Party

    -by Webmaster
    Here are five guidelines for Democratic candidates: Support publicly financed elections (they are much less expensive than the auctions we ostensibly call elections today). Reverse Citizens United, a terrible ruling…
  • Patsy Keever supports all families

    -by Webmaster
    On May 8 there are two areas of our ballot I am particularly interested in: one is the anti-family marriage-amendment referendum, referred to as Amendment One; the other is deciding…
  • JoAnn Morgan homors mountain values

    -by Webmaster
    There is no one more qualified to speak for Buncombe County, District 2 (Fairview, Black Mountain, Swannanoa, Weaverville, Barnardsville, French Broad), than JoAnn Morgan. JoAnn, a farm girl and native…
  • Drew Reisinger embodies the ideal public servant

    -by Webmaster
    Integrity is not often a word heard in politics. Neither is compassion, sincerity or generosity. These are ideals we teach our children, aspire to in our own lives, but do…
  • A candidate with integrity is a candidate I can support

    -by Webmaster
    I am writing to endorse Terry VanDuyn for Buncombe County commissioner. In these tough times with our politicians, at all levels, more concerned about their jobs than their constituents, it's…