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  • College application

    -by Alli Marshall
    It was at a Black Mountain College celebration at Lenoir-Rhyne University where poet and musician Ted Pope met the writer Michael Rumaker. “He gave one of the most energetic readings,”…
  • More than a picker

    -by Webmaster
    William Tyler is a guitarist. He’s a guitarist so skilled and adaptable that his mastery of the instrument can’t help but define him. The evidence of the 34-year-old’s talent abounds…
  • State of the arts

    -by Kyle Sherard
    The Ice House has been gone for a few weeks now, leaving behind only a smokestack and a dirt lot. The building had been a hub for transients, neighbors in…
  • Smart Bets: Do Tell Festival

    -by Xpress Staff
    Who doesn't love a good story? "Storytelling is not just for kids," says press for the Do Tell Festival. "This is intelligent entertainment for all ages, by some of the…
  • Smart Bets: Black Angels

    -by Xpress Staff
    Austin, Texas-based psych-rockers Black Angels have been recognized by style magazines like Esquire and NYLON. But "Don't Play With Guns," the new single form the band's new album, Indigo Meadow,…
  • Smart Bets: Ouroboros Boys

    -by Xpress Staff
    New(ish) local band Ouroboros Boys (made up of former members of Ahleuchatistas and Blind Boy Chocolate & The Milk Sheiks) calls itself "weird surf." The group explains, "We are an…
  • Smart Bets: Trio Solisti

    -by Xpress Staff
    During a decade as Trio Solisti, the group (violinist Maria Bachmann, cellist Alexis Pia Gerlach and pianist Jon Klibonoff) has earned the accolade of "the most exciting piano trio in…
  • Calendar highlights: Nia dance fundraiser, WCU’s production of The Medium and comedian Joe DeR

    -by Webmaster
  • Clubland features: Phutureprimitive, Erin McKeown and MamaRoux

    -by Webmaster


  • Thai’d up

    -by Emily Patrick
    The Sweeten Creek Stop-and-Go gets another new Thai restaurant.
  • Up close and sociable

    -by Emily Patrick
    Anthony Cerrato celebrated his restaurant's first birthday in March. With a year behind him, he hopes to expand on Strada's Italian menu with a new tapas concept that pulls from…
  • Doughnuts win first place

    -by Emily Patrick
    That big, golden circle on Asheville's Horizon? It's not the sun — it's a doughnut, a yeasty paczki (pronounced punch-key) filled with apricot and chili pepper caramel sauce, to be…
  • Pisgah goes conventional

    -by Webmaster
    Compare a bottle of Pisgah Pale Ale from February with one from April, and you'll notice a difference on the label. A small green circle is absent from the latter.…
  • Post-Consumer Pantry

    -by Webmaster
    Olive oil is one of those slippery beasts that spans all price ranges. Middle-of-the-road olive oil will get the job done, but there's nothing quite like a drizzle of high-end…


  • Organic gardening for beginners

    -by Webmaster
  • In the garden

    -by Jen Nathan Orris
    Edible park springs to life The Dr. George Washington Carver Edible Park got its start in 1998 and gained momentum as the concept of urban gardening took off. A few…



  • For the benefit of Mr. and Mr. Kite

    -by Webmaster
    As the national same-sex marriage debate hold the floor of the Supreme Court, Buncombe County had its own microcosmic pivotal moment over the question of domestic partner benefits — for…
  • Hypocrisy, plain and simple

    -by Webmaster
    Pastor Ogden, you are a hypocrite [“What's Next, Polygamy Benefits?” March 27 Xpress]. You and many other Christians are so quick to fervently oppose legalizing gay marriage without also expressing…
  • When love truly fills your heart all fear vanishes

    -by Webmaster
    In response to Rev. Keith Ogden's March 27 letter regarding the current “dangerous” homosexual legislation, here are some reasons we should oppose Marriage Equality [“What's Next, Polygamy Benefits?” Xpress]. Being…
  • Stop wasting everyone’s time

    -by Webmaster
    Why don't we just stop pretending that the citizens of Asheville have any say whatsoever in what happens here? City Council meetings that are supposed to encourage comment and input…
  • We want a fair budget

    -by Webmaster
    In response to the state budget proposal, the North Carolina Student Power Union finds it necessary to remind Gov. Pat McCrory, state budget director James “Art” Pope, and the members…
  • Intolerance is poor theology

    -by Webmaster
    Why is it that some religious folks are bent on inserting themselves (and their particular beliefs) into the business of government or civil matters, such as equality for all taxpaying…