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  • Clown college

    -by Webmaster
    If you’ve ever dreamed of walking away from your desk to dangle from the trapeze, or of juggling the contents of the fruit bowl on your kitchen table, load up…
  • The chronicles of Gnarnia

    -by Webmaster
    There are plenty of reasons to buy your tickets in advance for the inaugural Gnarnia Festival. To begin with, the first two tiers of early bird tickets have already sold…
  • Their life is a carnival

    -by Alli Marshall
    Asheville-founded Afro-Americana fusion outfit Toubab Krewe knows a thing or two about festivals. They’ve done a few Jam Cruises. This summer alone they’re playing Afro Roots Music Festival, gathering of…
  • Cracking open the Inner Mountain

    -by Webmaster
    In recent years, Asheville’s underground music scene has benefitted greatly from an influx of well-established musicians, DIY label honchos and motivated show promoters. Arriving from all corners of the country,…
  • That’s Clarence (Mr. Blowfly if you’re nasty)

    -by Webmaster
    It is possible that this article is NSFW. Blowfly is nasty. Nasty and weird. For more than 40 years, the 73-year-old performer has sung tweaked versions of soul, rap, and…
  • Smart Bets: Free Planet Radio and The Billy Sea

    -by Xpress Staff
    Two of Asheville's world music super groups are set to share the stage at The Altamont Theatre. The two trios — Free Planet radio (with multi-instrumentalist/producer Chris Rosser and Grammy…
  • Smart Bets: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

    -by Xpress Staff
    Now that we're well into summer (you can tell by the heat, the fireflies, the watermelon cravings), it's the perfect time for Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Lucky for you,…
  • Smart Bets: Land-of-the-Sky Barbershop Choir

    -by Xpress Staff
    The N.C. State Historic Sites series 2nd Saturdays continues at the Thomas Wolfe Memorial on Saturday, July 14 with Asheville’s Land of the Sky Barbershop Chorus. The vocal performance group…
  • Smart Bets: Permanent Camp

    -by Xpress Staff
    Naturalist George Ellison chronicles over 30 years of his life, marriage, family and work as a writer — all while living on the edge of the Great Smoky Mountains National…
  • Smart Bets: Valorie Miller’s Turtle Shell

    -by Xpress Staff
    Local singer-songwriter and guitarist Valorie Miller is set to release her sixth album, Turtle Shell. The project was recorded at Echo Mountain in a mere 10 hours. Guests on the…
  • Weekly pics

    -by Webmaster
    Enjoy traditional Appalachian music as Steve and Jean Smith present a free dulcimer concert at the Hendersonville Library, 301 N. Washington St., on Wednesday, July 11 at 6:30 p.m. Info:…


  • Small Bites: Foodwire

    -by Webmaster
    Feast for FEAST On Saturday, July 14, join Slow Food Asheville for beer and barbecue-studded fun at Highland Brewing Company from 4 until 8 p.m. The event is a fundraiser…
  • The straight dish

    -by Mackensy Lunsford
    Through the past few decades, the public perception of chefs has shifted. Once a strictly back-of-the-house position, chefs are now considered rock stars in aprons shouting at underlings, and globe-trotting…
  • Small Bites: Foodwire

    -by Webmaster
    Feast for FEAST On Saturday, July 14, join Slow Food Asheville for beer- and barbecue-studded fun at Highland Brewing Company from 4 until 8 p.m. The event is a fundraiser…
  • Beer Camp, Green Man expands and Liquid Assets

    -by Webmaster
    Local brewers taste Sierra Nevada Beer Camp A number of WNC’s brewers and brewery owners were recently invited to Chico, Calif., to attend a special session of Sierra Nevada Brewing’s…



  • Head to head

    -by Jake Frankel
    Republicans Mark Meadows and Vance Patterson will face each other in a July 17 runoff election to see who will represent their party against Democrat Hayden Rogers in the fall…
  • Mark Meadows

    -by Webmaster
    Slogan: Life, Liberty & Less Government Profession: Small-business owner Residence: Cashiers Top three donors: House Conservatives Fund, Family Research Council Action PAC, Madison Project Total raised: $223,225 Top three endorsements:…
  • Vance Patterson

    -by Webmaster
    Slogan: Jobs – Prosperity – Now Profession: Manufacturer, small-business owner Residence: Morganton Top three donors: Self-funding ($271,000), dozens of WNC small donors ($18,000), no special-interest money Total raised: $289,000 Top…
  • Smart Bets: Golden Animals

    -by Xpress Staff
    Being the opening act can be a thankless task, what with playing to a crowd who didn’t come to see you and taking the less-glamorous early slot. But it’s also…
  • Newswire

    -by Webmaster
    CarePartners CNA-featured in job-shadow video When CarePartners certified nursing assistant Kelly Robertson goes to work, she doesn't usually bring a film crew. However, in early May, that's exactly what happened…
  • Lifesavers

    -by Megan Dombroski
    Buncombe County struggles with a high suicide rate, and though old wives’ tales say that letting someone talk about killing themself will make them more likely to do it, local…


  • Beer City

    -by Brent Brown
  • Andy Griffith

    -by Molton
  • Weekly Asheville Disclaimer Page: 07/11/12

    -by Webmaster
    • Spending The Day In Asheville Like A Local
  • Business Blotter

    -by Webmaster
    Openings Asheville Adventure Rentals, 704 Riverside Drive 505-7371 Bellyak (body-boarding style kayak manufacturer/retailer), by appointment at 2000 Riverside Drive, Suite 21 505-7931 Laughing Mask Candies, 84 N. Lexington Ave. 505-4081…
  • You are losing readers

    -by Webmaster
    I picked up your June 27 issue, looked at the table of contents and saw there was no “News of the Weird” or “Free Will Astrology.” I just put it…
  • Open letter to Tim Moffitt

    -by Webmaster
    Dear Representative Moffitt: we need your help over here in north Asheville badly. The clueless City Council wants to make Charlotte Street three lanes, even though it is one of…
  • Whose land is it anyway?

    -by Webmaster
    The money used to purchase the property [across from the St. Lawrence Basilica] came from tax dollars. The income of the sale is less or equal to the original purchase…
  • Quality of life first

    -by Webmaster
    Please stop insisting that McKibbon must build a hotel and parking! It sure feels like you are in collusion. The new plain and cheap-exterior Broadway Hotel, if built near the…
  • People care about proper treatment, not buildings

    -by Webmaster
    Pardee Hospital mistakenly blames its low patient-satisfaction rating on the old hospital at the main campus. [For more about the patient-satisfaction survey, visit] Pardee mistakenly believes that the old…
  • Yet another reason to eat at Frank’s

    -by Webmaster
    Hats off to Asheville’s Frank’s Pizza on Tunnel Road for doing its part to cut back on Styrofoam trash. They have switched to plastic tumblers for drinks instead of those…
  • We need leadership with less baggage

    -by Webmaster
    I think there's an important question that needs to be asked as we choose our next congressman. Is Mark Meadows the savior of the N.C. District 11 Republican Party, or…