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  • Johann come lately

    -by Jaye Bartell
    Most people consider classical music to be old music, unless you’re at a conservatory, which we aren’t. Even the term conservatory implies preservation, commemorating rather than creating. Composer and musician…
  • What comes around

    -by Alli Marshall
    It’s a night at the symphony and a night at the theater, says Dominic Aquilino, assistant director of Asheville Lyric Opera’s upcoming production of Carousel. He means it’s like an…
  • Constant Hitmaker

    -by Webmaster
    For a rock ‘n’ roller, Kurt Vile is a pretty perfect name. Like Johnny Rotten or Captain Beefheart before him, the rising indie rock star has a moniker that suggests…
  • Smart Bets: Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands

    -by Xpress Staff
    The twice-annual Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands (which “began in 1948 as a way to provide a regional market for the mountain craftspeople,” according to press) returns to the…
  • Storming the castle

    -by Edwin Arnaudin
    On nearly every weekend of the year, somewhere in the Kingdom of Atlantia, a passionate group of everyday citizens from South Carolina to Maryland recreates the best aspects of the…
  • State of the Arts

    -by Kyle Sherard
    There’s a lot of misunderstanding about what constitutes a permanent collection, according to Nancy Holmes. For Holmes, the long-time exhibition organizer at Tryon’s Upstairs Artspace, a true art collection has…
  • Smart Bets: Wild Mohicans Mardi Gras Indians

    -by Xpress Staff
    Here's something to do with the kids (especially if you have seven): Start a Mardi Gras Indian tribe and then travel and perform together in eye-poppingly ornate costumes of lace,…
  • Smart Bets: Justin Townes Earle

    -by Xpress Staff
    Although, of his most recent LP (2012's Nothing’s Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now), singer-songwriter Justin Townes Earle said, "This time I’ve gone in a Memphis-soul direction,"…
  • Smart Bets: Colston’s Cold Cuts

    -by Xpress Staff
    The latest project from local hip-hop outfit CrazyHorse and Colston is Colston's Cold Cuts. It's a new collection of songs by Max Hupertz and Bryan Godleski, with contributions from Molly…
  • Our words will make the whole planet float

    -by Rebecca Sulock
    The exhibit for The Art of John Lennon, coming to Asheville this weekend, avows to continue the Lennon legacy of peace and love through his prints. That’s a mighty task.…
  • Calendar highlights: Polyphony Marimba, brews and bikes and the new Spotlight Gallery

    -by Webmaster
  • Clubland features: Julian Marley and The Critters

    -by Webmaster





  • Asheville Abortion

    -by Molton
  • Asheville Disclaimer 07/17/13

    -by Webmaster
    A public-relations spin doctor lends a helping hand to NC Republicans
  • Keep up the great job

    -by Webmaster
    I am writing this letter about the great job that the Montford Players do. They do a great job doing Shakespeare plays. Montfod park players is a must-see. The staff…
  • Our air, our water

    -by Webmaster
    Summertime is a time to be outside. Whether it's a barbecue with the family or a raft down the river with friends, I love taking advantage of our beautiful mountain…