Cover Design Credit: Kathy Wadham

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38

Cover Design Credit:

Kathy Wadham

arts

  • Are you ready to HATCH your creative career?

    -by Webmaster
    This weekend, Asheville will host an eclectic liberal arts festival known as HATCH. Downtown galleries, studios and amphitheatres will be converted into HATCH venues for workshops and networking engagements. The…
  • Crowd pleasers

    -by Alli Marshall
    There's a lot happening on the soon-to-be-released album, Flowers and Chocolate, the sophomore effort by local band Secret B-Sides. There are synthesizers and horns, party noises and samples, guest artists…
  • A community quilt of stories

    -by Aiyanna Sezak-Blatt
    Hand Me Down, Bestowing Our True Inheritance Through Life Lessons and Legacy, a production by the Community Choreography Project, is a collage of personal stories woven around themes of “home”…
  • Doors always open

    -by Alli Marshall
    "My drummer Chester Thompson says, 'What you ain't seen hasn't passed you yet,'" says singer/songwriter/blues innovator Taj Mahal. Considering that his career has spanned five decades, taken him around the…
  • The Profiler

    -by Webmaster
    The Suspect: Danielson Frontman Daniel Smith has performed in a 9-foot fruit-bearing tree costume, a nurse’s uniform and in a somber Bible-salesman suit as the leader of this indie-pop gospel…
  • Smart Bets

    -by Xpress Staff
    Hush Little Beachcomber book signing Hush Little Beachcomber, by Dianne Moritz, is a charming storybook (for ages 4-8) that recounts a fun day at the beach. Better, it's meant to…
  • Weekly Picks

    -by Webmaster
    The fourth annual Music Video Asheville showcase, featuring films that pair Asheville musicians with filmmakers, will be screened on Wednesday, April 13 from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Fine…

food

  • Growing food, growing minds

    -by Mackensy Lunsford
  • Small Bites

    -by Mackensy Lunsford
    Finding Solace Bryan Kimmett, formerly of The Swag, an upscale inn located near Waynesville, and one-time employee of the L'Enfant Plaza Hotel in Washington, D.C., has signed a lease on…
  • Southern Appalachian Brewery, sudsy events and more

    -by Anne Fitten Glenn
    Southern Appalachian Brewery After more than a year of renovation and a significant upgrade to their brewing equipment, the newly renamed Southern Appalachian Brewery (formerly called Appalachian Craft Brewery) is…

living

  • Let your community garden grow

    -by Webmaster
    Reems Creek Nursery offers a variety of workshops and presentations throughout the growing season, and next up is the Home Orchards seminar. The Saturday, April 16, session is all about…

news

  • Bears, bills and health rankings

    -by Webmaster
    An April 4 report on the NaturalNews Network claimed that legislation in the North Carolina General Assembly was about to "criminalize naturopaths, homeopaths, herablists, midwives, aromatherapists as felons." But the…
  • Green Scene: Sultans of sewage

    -by Susan Andrew
    Most of us don’t give much thought to what happens once we flush the toilet — and thanks to the Metropolitan Sewerage District, we don’t have to. But without MSD,…
  • Crafty maneuvers

    -by Jake Frankel
    Asheville’s Folk Art Center faces an uncertain future due to a change in the Southern Highland Craft Guild’s operating agreement with the National Park Service. Located at milepost 382 on…
  • WNC Wellness review

    -by Wade Inganamort
    NC Senate Bill 31 amended & passed "Lawmakers approved an amendment, supported by Glazier, specifying that the felony penalty will not apply to midwives, naturopaths, homeopaths, or any other alternative…
  • Access or egress?

    -by Christopher George
    Buncombe County Board of Commissioners April 5, 2011 meeting Buncombe ranked N.C.’s 17th healthiest county Commissioners OK public-safety towers A standing-room-only crowd turned out for the Buncombe County Board of…
  • Green Scene

    -by Susan Andrew
    Green living is healthy living Last year’s Asheville Earth Day was a busy, community-oriented shindig that packed Martin Luther King Jr. Park. This year will be even bigger, with the…
  • Carney replaces Carter

    -by David Forbes
    Delegates to the Buncombe County Democratic Party’s annual convention elected Emmet Carney their new chair on April 9, marking a quick and peaceful end to a race that had shifted…
  • The bill-laden month of April

    -by Nelda Holder
    April is a busy time in Raleigh. State legislators have introduced more than 1,000 bills this session, only 18 of which had been ratified at this writing. Meanwhile, the General…
  • Missing in action

    -by David Forbes
    The State Bureau of Investigation is investigating the disappearance of 397 tablets of oxycodone, a prescription pain medication, from the Asheville Police Department’s property room. The APD estimated the missing…
  • The Beat: Shutdown

    -by Webmaster
    The finalists in the Mountain Xpress 2011 Poetry Prize contest read their winning verses on Friday, April 8, at the Masonic Temple downtown. What a time it was — an…

opinion

  • It takes a village

    -by Webmaster
    April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month — a chance for the Buncombe County Department of Social Services to educate area residents about how each of us can help support…
  • “Mountain Shame,” indeed

    -by Webmaster
    After reading “Mountain Shame,” Jake Frankel's account of the labor unrest and possible union organization of The Marion Manufacturing Company on October 2, 1929, my interest was piqued about that…
  • What is all the hurry about?

    -by Webmaster
    Recently I read several “road rage” letters in the Mountain Xpress. I agree with “Road Rage Recipes” by Glen Resse in the March 30 issue. I was a Buncombe County…
  • Capitalists strike back?

    -by Webmaster
    Nathan Strong is obviously a dyed-in-the-wool communist, so nothing I say is going to change his mind, but for the people who might be swayed I thought I should respond…
  • A tree grows in Asheville — make it an appropriate species

    -by Webmaster
    About the tree removals in downtown Asheville recently: While I understand that it is painful to lose trees, especially when they appear to be fine and healthy, people should not…
  • Thank you, City Council, for expanding living wage

    -by Webmaster
    I commend the Asheville City Council members who voted to phase in an extension of the living-wage ordinance to include contract workers. In a society dominated by big business, work…
  • Asheville Just Economics is just not economical

    -by Webmaster
    Just Economics has been campaigning for an increase in minimum wage. Just Ecomics calls this increase a living wage. They have successfully pushed their policy into local law. Now contractors…
  • Let’s have a no-nuke future

    -by Webmaster
    Proposed legislation promoting 200 new U.S. nuclear reactors is foolhardy. Construction costs will continue to escalate, exceeding $10 billion each before any could be operational 10 years hence; $2 trillion…
  • Don’t lose momentum: repurpose the Momentum site

    -by Webmaster
    I live near the Momentum site on Broadway in north Asheville, and I read recently in a People Advocating Real Conservancy newsletter that Momentum will not be built after all,…
  • A symposium on the political power of big money in America

    -by Webmaster
    It is deeply distressing that during this time of economic recession a few very wealthy people in this country are growing enormously wealthier while millions of other people battle to…
  • Edward Chapman’s freedom — a worthy cause, ignored

    -by Webmaster
    On March 31, a benefit was held at the Grey Eagle for Edward Chapman, who had been wrongly convicted, sentenced to death and imprisoned on North Carolina's death row for…
  • Commercial radio pays its own way

    -by Webmaster
    I want to reply to Fred Flaxman's letter of March 30 [“Don’t let public Media Go to Static,” Xpress]. National Public Radio wants the taxpayers to subsidize [its programming]. I…
  • Weekly Asheville Disclaimer Page: 04/13/11

    -by croth
    • Briefs • Longtime fan of Widespread Panic celebrates band’s 24th anniversary with crisis-of-confidence in parking lot • The SBI is investigating the APD’s evidence room. Why? • White House…
  • Jobless Benefits

    -by Molton
  • Welcome 2 Silly-ville

    -by Brent Brown