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Carrie Lare

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Courtesy by Keather Weidman, courtesy of the John C. Campbell Folk School


  • Out of the box and onto the stage

    -by Alli Marshall
    Moog Music is known for its instruments. More specifically, analog synthesizers, the ones designed originally by Dr. Robert Moog and that carry his name. But even the best synthesizer is…
  • Pride and no prejudice

    -by Sharon Bell
    Shawna Morey remembers attending the very first Blue Ridge Pride Festival back in 2009. Since then, she says, “It’s gotten huge.” But the annual event is only one of the…
  • Art meets madness

    -by Alli Marshall
    The Fitzgeralds (F. Scott and Zelda) have been in the collective consciousness a lot lately. There was the Baz Luhrmann remake of The Great Gatsby this spring; the May publication…
  • Welcome to the gun show

    -by Justin Souther
    Big, brash Broadway-style musicals aren’t up everyone’s alley — when people gnash their teeth about musicals, they’re usually railing against gaudy showtunes. What’s interesting is that this kind of passionate,…
  • Smart Bets: The Emerald Ball

    -by Xpress Staff
    No need to survive a tornado or follow a yellow-brick road or battle a wicked witch: The Emerald City is well within reach. Well, at least the Emerald Ball is.…
  • Smart Bets: Doc Aquatic at Emerald Lounge

    -by Xpress Staff
    Local psychedelic/indie-rock trio Doc Aquatic is no stranger to recorded music: The group’s Bandcamp page boasts three EPs — Memories, Distance Means and, most recently, three-song offering Tombs. The band…
  • Smart Bets: Spencer Herr

    -by Xpress Staff
    “Layers of acrylic, crudely scratched lines and deftly drawn/painted detail construct his figurative images,” says the bio of local artist Spencer Herr. It’s a description that barely scratches the surface…
  • Smart Bets: Jimmy Landry’s 5th annual Big Birthday Bash at White Horse

    -by Xpress Staff
    In 2008, local singer-songwriter Jimmy Landry was diagnosed with congestive heart failure and given six months to live. That’s the bad news. The good news is that he’s beating the…
  • Calendar Highlights

    -by Webmaster
  • The business of craft

    -by Kyle Sherard
    Craft is a loaded term, as far as the arts are concerned. It carries descriptive weight, yet deceptive weight that is all-encompassing and still means so little. And the term…
  • Crafty happenings: Celebrate American Craft Week close to home

    -by Max Miller
    It’s American Craft Week, Oct. 4-13, and in Western North Carolina, there are many ways to celebrate it and explore.
  • Tip toe through the studios

    -by Webmaster
    Downtown Asheville Art Walk Stroll through dozens of galleries, studios and museums within a half-mile radius of downtown Asheville. Held on the first Friday of each month, April through Dec.…
  • craft calendar highlights

    -by Webmaster
  • Clubland features: Shine Brothers, Femcare benefit, Skunk Ruckus

    -by Webmaster


  • Gather ’round the Rhubarb

    -by Emily Patrick
    The main reason to visit Rhubarb may not be the most obvious. People will tell you about the James Beard Award-winning chef and owner, John Fleer. They'll mention his background,…
  • The twist on top

    -by Emily Patrick
    In 1905, at a certain bar in Albuquerque, every drink was served with a fried oyster, according to Chall Gray's research. While Top of the Monk, the bar Gray helped…
  • Rice, reinvented

    -by Emily Patrick
    Like the fermented beverage it serves, Blue Kudzu Sake has developed over time. The plan for the nation's fourth independent sake brewery (as the owners slate it) began in 2011.…
  • Viva Woodfin

    -by Emily Patrick
    Zak Yancey, owner of Neo Burrito, admits he's interested in showing off — but in a good way. He's planning a new Neo Burrito at the Reynolds Village development in…
  • Culinary evolution

    -by Margaret Williams
    Watch for more voices in Xpress’ Food section, thanks to Gina Smith, our new coordinator who took over last week from outgoing Food Writer Emily Patrick. She will help evolve…


  • Eat by the rhythm of the farm

    -by Jen Nathan Orris
    When Joe Yonan, the food and travel editor of The Washington Post, tells you to eat your veggies, you better grab a fork. Author of Eat Your Vegetables, he’s a…


  • The Local Economy

    -by Webmaster
    Three-time world champion Cherokee hoop dancer Daniel Tramper helped kick off the 30th Annual Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week of WNC Awards. Tramper was one of four local winners recognized…
  • Doubleheader

    -by Caitlin Byrd
    The stages and supporters could not have been more different: A Sept. 25 power lunch at Magnolias Raw Bar & Grille, sponsored by the conservative Council of Independent Business Owners,…
  • Getting things rolling

    -by David Forbes
    This year's Asheville City Council races are off to a late start. With just five candidates competing for the three available seats, there was no primary for the first time…
  • In the news

    -by Jake Frankel
    UNCA professor in national spotlight for photographic discovery The discovery of Abraham Lincoln in a rare photo at the scene of the Gettysburg Address has put local professor Christopher Oakley…
  • From bees to Bele Chere

    -by David Forbes
    In a short, two-hour Sept. 24 meeting, Asheville City Council members grappled with several major topics: Urban agriculture: Council approved new rules allowing local agriculture throughout the city, while setting…
  • Asheville Campaign Calendar

    -by Webmaster
    Thursday, Oct. 10 WHEN/WHERE: 6 p.m., UNCA Reuter Center, 1 University Heights WHAT: The Asheville-Buncombe League of Women Voters will host an Asheville City Council candidates forum. Co-sponsored by Asheville…


  • Tunnel light tax

    -by Molton
  • Sanging Bad

    -by Brent Brown
  • Asheville Disclaimer 10/02/2013

    -by Webmaster
    Asheville Citizen-Times City Marathon boosts local economy, reports last remaining AC-T staff member following last round of layoffs
  • Know your farmers

    -by Webmaster
    I’m so grateful for your focus on healthful milk [”From Cow to Cup,” Sept. 18 Xpress]. Let me say at the outset that, as many conscientious people know, the best…
  • More on milk

    -by Webmaster
    In order for a dairy cow to be profitable, it must give milk regularly [”From Cow to Cup,” Sept. 18 Xpress]. This is done by inseminating cows within weeks [after…
  • My compass is fine

    -by Webmaster
    Fuller Moore's Sept. 11 letter, “Who's Playing God Here,” is a typical conservative male response to abortion. The sly reference to Gov. Pat McCrory “stepping on tender toes” and Fuller's…
  • How dare you make light of obesity

    -by Webmaster
    I sat down to my weekly bagel on a date with my husband. We only get one day every so often to spend together. Then I found the Brent Brown…
  • Manheimer is a leader we can rely on

    -by Webmaster
    I support Esther Manheimer for mayor because she is the candidate who has the combination of commitment and experience that we need to lead our city. My endorsement of Esther…
  • Vote for the multimodal candidates

    -by Webmaster
    As we approach Asheville City Council elections and the mayoral race, it's good to see multimodal issues (e.g., bike, public transit, cycling) resonate with so many voters. A balanced transportation…
  • Martin Ramsey for a better Asheville

    -by Webmaster
    Dear millennials (and everyone else) of Asheville: I enthusiastically encourage you to vote for Martin Ramsey for mayor in the Oct. 8 primary. You already know that as Asheville continues…