Charting the future

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Nathanael Roney. Photograph by Jonathan Welch.


  • There’s a lot of information in laughter

    -by Jake Frankel
    Recently called "TV's greatest loudmouth" by Rolling Stone, Bill Maher has made a career out of ruffling feathers. The media Renaissance man's rabble-rousing has taken many forms over the years:…
  • Weekly Picks

    -by Webmaster
    Learn how to run and walk injury-free and more efficiently with a certified ChiRunning instructor at Carrier Park on Wednesday, April 20 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. These hour-long training…
  • Elementary, my dear Watsons

    -by Alli Marshall
    Twin sisters Chandra and Leigh Watson (known to the music world as The Watson Twins) are about to head out on tour. They'll open a string of shows for singer/songwriter…
  • West is the best

    -by Webmaster
    Now that West Asheville is vibrant with restaurants, bars, coffee shops and other small businesses, what’s to separate it from downtown proper (besides square footage and, oh yeah, the river)?…
  • Not just for the gals

    -by Kathryn Muller
    Over the past 10 years, Asheville’s undergone a knitting and crocheting revival: witness groups like Stitch ‘n Bitch and and Men’s Knitting Night. And our eclectic town has, of course,…
  • The Profiler

    -by Webmaster
    The Suspect: Overflow Jug Band According to the California Jug Band Association, “The essence of the jug-band idea is people jamming music for free and for fun with an extremely…
  • Smart Bets

    -by Xpress Staff
    Footloose! At first it was a Kevin Bacon vehicle with an '80s-reminiscnet soundtrack. Footloose came back this year on the big screen with dancer Julianne Hough as the love interest.…
  • “Let us suddenly / proclaim spring”

    -by Webmaster
    We received nearly 300 poems for the 2011 Mountain Xpress Poetry Prize. If every poet submitted the maximum two poems, that means there are at least 150 poets in Asheville…
  • Local Spin

    -by Webmaster
    OK, so Bouchons's owner (and Asheville's favorite French ex-pat) Michel Baudouin might not be the greatest music lover. But man, has he served some of music's greatest.   "It was…


  • Mud fish and menudo

    -by Mackensy Lunsford
    At Smiley's Flea Market in Fletcher, a young girl with black hair, a rose-patterned dress and silver cowboy boots kicks up dust as she runs between stalls piled with fruit,…
  • Small Bites

    -by Mackensy Lunsford
    Food fight! Did you know that the WNC Magazine Chefs Challenge is still in full swing? The competitions take place every Monday at Cucina 24 on Wall Street in downtown…
  • April showers bring farm-fresh flowers

    -by Webmaster
    The beginning of tailgate-market season is a bit like the start to a new year of junior high school. But instead of being excited to hear about your friends’ vacations,…


  • Keeping it simple

    -by Webmaster
    If you live and garden in Western North Carolina, chances are good you've heard of Jeanine Davis. If you're a farmer, chances are better that you've benefited from her research,…


  • Where to go?

    -by Webmaster
    The Buncombe County Department Of Health is in the process of relocating from its longtime home at 35 Woodfin Street to a renovated Human Services Building in downtown Asheville at…
  • A real lifesaver

    -by Tracy Rose
    When teams of kickboxers, Zumba dancers, cyclists and other athletic-minded volunteers converge on the Reuter Family YMCA April 30, they'll be raising money to help Buncombe County residents like Keldwyn…
  • Green Scene: Bats in the balance

    -by Susan Andrew
    The discovery of the deadly bat disease known as white-nose syndrome in more WNC counties doesn’t bode well for the future of many bat species here, according to biologists with…
  • Charting the future

    -by Anne Fitten Glenn
    Kit Cramer came on board as the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce’s president and CEO last fall. Xpress sat down with her recently along with Ben Teague, the Chamber’s senior…
  • WNC Wellness review

    -by Margaret Williams
    ”Never hike alone” “And plan ahead. Those are the biggest keys to a safe hike in the woods, according to area outdoors experts. ‘One thing we always advise folks is…
  • We were robbed

    -by David Forbes
    Asheville City Council April 12, 2011, meeting Commercial water customers face major rate hike Council calls for URTV equipment audit The item wasn't on the printed agenda, but toward the…
  • Multiple choice

    -by Nelda Holder
    The Joint Committee on Regulatory Reform, established by North Carolina legislators this year, is on the road. Its mission: Scrutinize “burdensome state rules and regulations on behalf of the private…
  • Stand Against racism events

    -by Webmaster
    Coordinated by the local YWCA, this year’s Stand Against Racism events involve 100 different organizations from across the community. Below is a calendar of major events. Look for the full…
  • The Beat: HATCH-ing a plan?

    -by Jake Frankel
    HATCH took over downtown Asheville, April 14-17. The annual networking event aims to be a “creative-idea and business incubator,” energizing "creative professionals and thought leaders who are serious about transforming…
  • HATCHed

    -by Lorin Mallorie
    What’s the future hold? Here are a few hints from the HATCH festival, held in Asheville April 15-19. Gaming notions Like the Grateful Dead? This August, Curious Sense is releasing…


  • Turn off the radio, Bob!

    -by Webmaster
    One has to shake one’s head trying to come up with a response to Bob Youngerman’s diatribe on pulling funding from public broadcasting — namely, National Public Radio [“Please Tell…
  • Proposed ID policy threatens voter participation

    -by Webmaster
    Do you have a driver’s license or another form of photo identification? If not, you may be in for a rude awakening next election. North Carolina state representatives have proposed…
  • The police have had free reign for long enough

    -by Webmaster
    It seems, once again, that the spotlight has fallen on one of North Carolina's law enforcement agencies, and once again the system is wrought with corruption. This time the Asheville…
  • Beware the "Dirty Air Act"

    -by Webmaster
    Earlier this week, the U.S. House of Representatives voted on what could best be called the "Dirty Air Act" — legislation that would permanently allow our nation’s biggest polluters to…
  • At least beer doesn’t talk back

    -by Webmaster
    When I go on a longer drive, I'll grab a 12-pack, hide it under the seat and drink while I cruise along. It helps alleviate the boredom of the interstate.…
  • If you can read this billboard, you’re being unsafe

    -by Webmaster
    I have been hearing about the legislature voting to allow lots of digital billboards on the interstate highway. I am a ninth-grade student, 15 years old, and I have seen…
  • Disaster Area

    -by Molton
  • Big Shoes

    -by Molton
  • Evidence

    -by Brent Brown
  • Weekly Asheville Disclaimer Page: 04/20/11

    -by croth
    • Briefs • Lifting the veil of secrecy from ‘The Hunger Game’ • Other uses for abandoned Momentum site • Evergreen students to study in Cambodia • New revelations as…
  • The Road to Hell

    -by Molton
  • Chad

    -by Molton