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  • Festival Xpress

    -by Alli Marshall
    Chances are, by the time you read this you’ll already be knocking the dirt off your sandals from a festival or two (Big Love, All Go West and MerleFest came…
  • “We have to take care of words”

    -by Webmaster
    The words of a poem may dance around, sit quietly or even challenge you to a duel. But each word has an intention and a purpose.  Asheville Wordfest, an annual…
  • The Golden Birds takes flight

    -by Bill Kopp
    Mark Casson and Shannon Hines Casson — the husband-and-wife musical team leading The Cheeksters — clearly aren’t from around here. Mark’s British accent and Shannon’s Memphis lilt make it clear…
  • The hope to become whole

    -by Webmaster
    At the age of 18, I yearned to find a place to live where my ideals and notions of personal responsibility could thrive. My attempt at college in the Blue…
  • The Profiler

    -by Webmaster
    The Suspect: Turtle Island Quartet with Mike Marshall This dynamic string quartet has been pushing the envelope of chamber-music innovation for more than 25 years. They won the 2008 Grammy…
  • Smart Bets

    -by Xpress Staff
    Evening of poetry at The Altamont Part swanky date-night, part world tour, on Friday, May 6 The Altamont hosts five area poet-translators reading English-language versions of renowned bards. Thomas Rain…
  • Weekly Picks

    -by Webmaster
    Join Brian O'Hara, president of the N.C. Offshore Wind Coalition, for a discussion of offshore wind energy and economic development at the WNC Sierra Club's meeting on Wednesday, May 4…


  • Going wild

    -by Mackensy Lunsford
    Alan Muskat is wearing pink Crocs. He’s standing in front of a group of people gathered in dappled sunlight on the lawn of the Laughing Frog Estate, a lush 200-plus-acre…
  • Small Bites

    -by Mackensy Lunsford
    The perfect storm There are a few recent restaurant openings of note. Storm Rhum Bar was watched with interest as it neared completion early this year, mostly due to the…
  • Grilled asparagus and strawberry salad

    -by Webmaster
    From Nate Allen, Knife and Fork (knifeandforknc.com) Ingredients: Salad: 1 oz extra virgin olive oil 1 bunch local tender young asparagus, trimmed 1/2 dry pint local whole fresh strawberries 1/4…
  • The berry month of May…

    -by Webmaster
      It’s strawberry time For many local food lovers and area chefs, the month of May is circled on kitchen calendars in red with a big exclamation mark. That’s because…


  • It’s bloomin’ time

    -by Webmaster
    It’s garden season in Western North Carolina. While festivals, plant sales and the like abound in the Asheville area, nearby Waynesville has its own event — the ninth annual Whole…


  • Green Scene: On the chopping block

    -by Susan Andrew
    It’s a volatile point in the state’s budgeting process, and like their colleagues in other state agencies, employees of North Carolina’s Department of Environment and Natural Resources can only watch…
  • Wellness: The COPA debate

    -by Margaret Williams
    Sen. Jim Davis isn’t out to make Mission Health System close its doors, he told Xpress in a recent interview. “I wouldn’t do anything knowingly to harm Mission. It’s critical…
  • Enough is enough

    -by David Forbes
    Asheville City Council April 26, 2011 meeting No tax increase in proposed $132 million budget Weirbridge Village tax exemption approved Leicester incorporation narrowly endorsed It began with the airport —…
  • WNC Wellness review

    -by Wade Inganamort
    Legislation would limit Mission Health’s acquisitions The bill, introduced by Sen. Jim Davis (R), would also place a cap on Mission’s employment of physicians by limiting it to 10 percent…
  • Dueling for dollars

    -by Jake Frankel
    Tensions continue to mount between Buncombe County and URTV: The county attorney says all funding due to the nonprofit has been paid, even as the public-access station threatens legal action.…
  • The Beat: The race is on

    -by Margaret Williams
    Asheville City Council member Cecil Bothwell’s decision to run against Rep. Heath Shuler in the 2012 Democratic primary made the top online news at mountainx.com last week. Bothwell had previously…


  • This is your captain speaking…

    -by Webmaster
    Storm clouds collide as lightning seems to surround the airplane — immediately followed by the ear-splitting, heart-stopping reverberation of thunder booming through the cabin. Gusts of wind buffet the plane…
  • Wholly satisfied with Whole Foods

    -by Webmaster
    I read Lance Hardcastle's attack letter several weeks ago, and I wanted to write in to give my wholehearted support to the new, improved Greenlife [“Whole Foods: The Bigger the…
  • Xpress’ poetic side

    -by Webmaster
    I loved the poetry scattered throughout the classifieds [“Let Us Suddenly Proclaim Spring,” April 20 Xpress]. If it's not a permanent feature, it should be. Thanks for supplying my weekly…
  • Healthcare reform needs your voice

    -by Webmaster
    Although "healthcare reform" was passed, the state is now making decisions about how North Carolina will respond to the new federal rules. The N.C. General Assembly is considering legislation that…
  • Come off it, Moffitt

    -by Webmaster
    I can't believe the hubris of newly elected Buncombe County Rep. Tim Moffitt in attempting to rush through a bill (HB 471) in the North Carolina Legislature — without prior…
  • Let Buncombe vote!

    -by Webmaster
    A bill hurdling through the General Assembly [HB 471] will erase 220 years of Buncombe County tradition overnight, without the consent of the Buncombe County residents that it will affect.…
  • Like it or not, cyclists are here to stay

    -by Webmaster
    I would like to personally and publicly thank the individual who decided it was necessary to throw and hit me in the back with a full plastic water bottle from…
  • Bothwell vs. Shuler

    -by Molton
  • Weekly Asheville Disclaimer Page: 05/04/11

    -by Webmaster
    • Your 2011 Baseball Guide to the Asheville Tourists!
  • Public Art

    -by Brent Brown
  • Transplant

    -by Molton