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  • Smart Bets: Community Choreography Projects

    -by Xpress Staff
    Secrets: Freeing the Hidden Story, this year's production by Community Choreography Projects, weaves together storytelling, drama, dance and multimedia. The performance troupe, led by artistic director Barrie Barton, guides locals…
  • Tell me everything

    -by Sharon Bell
    “You know, I don’t have any secrets,” Fiora Lizak says when asked about her role in Secrets: Freeing the Hidden Story, Community Choreography Project’s latest production,. A smile slowly spreads…
  • Quality over quantity

    -by Alli Marshall
    Not many opening acts get standing ovations, let alone return to the stage for an encore. But singer-songwriter Samantha Crain did when she opened for William Elliott Whitmore at The…
  • Shout it out

    -by Webmaster
    Mikal Cronin can’t help doubting himself. At seemingly every turn on MCII — the San Francisco garage rocker’s bright and buoyant sophomore effort — he’s questioning something he has just…
  • Finally timely

    -by Webmaster
    There is a profound difference between music that is ahead of its time and music that understands its time. Striking when the moment is right, solidifying growing trends into something…
  • Smart Bets: The Whispering Tree

    -by Xpress Staff
    There's a pretty romantic story behind folk rock duo The Whispering Tree: classically trained vocalist Eleanor Kleiner and French bassist Elie Brangbour met at music school in London and decided…
  • Smart Bets: Foster the People

    -by Xpress Staff
    Who didn't get pumped up by "Pumped Up Kicks," that viral dance song by L.A.-based pop band Foster the People? The trio was formed by Mark Foster, who found little…
  • Smart Bets: Resonant Rogues

    -by Xpress Staff
    The Resonant Rogues journey through a variety of folk traditions. With their band, Asheville songwriters Keith Smith (guitar, percussion, vocals) and Sparrow Pants (accordion, banjo, vocals) blend Balkan, klezmer and…
  • Smart Bets: BZDesign fashion show

    -by Xpress Staff
  • Camera ready

    -by Alli Marshall
    When the director calls "Action!" at the 48 Hour Film Project kickoff, it's no joke. Everyone involved, from writers of costumers to actors and camera crew better move at top…
  • Calendar highlights: June Jamboree, Grand Bohemian Gallery exhibit, Art in the Park

    -by Webmaster
  • Clubland features: Neutopia, Blank Tapes, That’s a Thing

    -by Webmaster
    Psychedelic textures: Cody Sarabia and friends invite local art lovers to “indulge all of your senses in a surreal environment filled with audio/visual textures” during Neutopia, an art installation and…



  • Farm & Garden: Garden tours and contests for kids

    -by Webmaster
    A garden-lover's paradise Lush, private gardens will open their arbors to the public for the Asheville-Buncombe County Master Gardeners Tour on Saturday, June 22. The "Follow Your Passion" tour will…


  • Code Red: How this team helped stop MSD’s record April 30 sewage spill

    -by Nelda Holder
    Many more millions of gallons of sewage might have flowed into the French Broad River on April 30, but the Metropolitan Sewerage District’s “code red” team — staffers Mark Ferris,…
  • Home economics

    -by Brandy Carl
    Treva Williams, a local single mother with three children, never thought she would be able to own a home. Now she is looking forward to moving into one, thanks to…
  • Running with wolves

    -by Brandy Carl
    Local writer T. Delene Beeland throws herself to the wolves. Red wolves, that is. Over the course of a year, she shadowed researchers with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s…
  • Budget brandishing

    -by David Forbes
    Those who arrived in Asheville City Council chambers June 11 expecting a resolution, or at least some more clarity, about the city's budget and taxes for the coming year were,…
  • Project X: the mystery is gone

    -by Webmaster
    On June 11 the uncertain budget met the economic development project no one had been allowed to talk about: Council signed off on $1.5 million in tax rebates for a…
  • Picking winners

    -by Jake Frankel
    After months of debate, Buncombe County Commissioners are poised to give local nonprofits slightly more money overall than last year, but much less than they want. The 2013-2014 budget proposal…