- Asking a writer to pick a favorite story for the year is a bit like asking them to name a favorite child. The choices, however, are revealing. They shed light…“Anybody can write, but to choose it as a profession? That’s a hard economic choice,” poet Glenis Redmond muses. “I think people were making those choices, no matter what, but…Here are some suggested philosophical states in which to dwell (with appropriately corresponding entertainment) when the clock strikes midnight.On Sunday, Dec. 31, the venue will ring in 2018 with performances from soulful blues group The Broadcast and jazz-funk opener Window Cat.The hip-hop pioneer plays The Grey Eagle on Dec. 29.The Tryon-based fiddler's annual Winter Solstice-oriented program of music, dance, poetry and stories takes place Dec. 29 at Asheville Community Theatre.Swing Asheville's Community Jazz Jam takes place Jan. 2 at THE BLOCK Off Biltmore and benefits the Hawthorn Community Herb Collective.
- Lower margins on Asheville's craft brews could negatively impact local restaurants.Southern tradition brings winter greens to Asheville's New Year's tables, but other cultures also embrace this abundant cold-weather food source.Throughout Western North Carolina, restaurants will celebrate New Year's Eve with parties and special dinners. Where will you ring in 2018?
- Local end-of-life activist Greg Lathrop questions whether we cheat ourselves of the chance for a more meaningful life if we spend our days running from the inevitability of death.
- Rock Eblen launches a crowdsourcing campaign to fund his film "Amy's Alien," a musical with a sci-fi twist that centers on school bullying.
- On the eve of 1918, wartime efforts overshadowed revelry.Looking back on 2017, Xpress highlights some of the hundreds of stories we covered in our print editions and online over the year.Every Christmas season since 1900, birders across North and Latin America have braved wintry conditions to participate in the National Audubon Society’s Christmas Bird Count. On Monday, Jan. 1, Asheville’s…
- "How is Duke Energy able to cut all the trees to the ground in my front yard? Some are still small from the last cutting!""The ordinances, as they stand today, are written in such a way that any developer can easily take advantage and get approved with guidelines that are shortsighted for today's standards…"Why are we expecting people to be in some other circumstance without considering the system that fails them? Where’s the rope and toehold?""Yesterday alone, I saw birds that should be conserving their energy in the colder winter months flushed by a person loudly listening to talk radio on an observation platform, another…ASHEVILLE"Please join us in helping our students rewrite their futures. Join our next reading coach training, which begins the week of Jan. 15 ... or the reading buddy training that…"Brownie Newman, Jasmine Beach-Ferrara, Al Whitesides and Ellen Frost voted in favor, and the three Republicans made speeches about how they support the environment before voting no."