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  • Black Mountain College’s never-ending story

    -by Jon Elliston
    During summer sessions at Black Mountain College in the late 1940s, the futurist Buckminster Fuller struggled to create the geodesic dome. It would ultimately prove to be one of his…
  • Golden age

    -by Alli Marshall
    It's not easy to please everyone, but when it comes to music, the Sunday Jazz Showcase at Isis is making a valiant attempt. “We do stuff that's fairly accessible and…
  • Beating the spread

    -by Webmaster
    When you’re in a band, there are certain activities that you can’t accomplish without everybody in the same room. Obviously, it’s a requirement for performances and their preceding practices. You…
  • Smart Bets: Songs of Water

    -by Xpress Staff
    Greensboro, N.C.-based Songs of Water fuses ancient and modern, acoustic grass-roots jam sessions and classical training, jazz stylings and organic compositions. And there's the band's "uncommon use of the hammered…
  • Smart Bets: Viva

    -by Xpress Staff
    There are a number of bands working under the monicker Viva, including a classic rock cover band from Miami and a female pop group from India. But the Viva we're…
  • Smart Bets: Girls of Atomic City

    -by Xpress Staff
    In her new book, The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II, local author Denise Kiernan recounts the story of the…
  • Smart Bets: The Humms

    -by Xpress Staff
    "The show is to be an old tyme rock and raw hazing venture," say Athens, Ga.-based garage rockers The Humms. The trio's bio recounts their evolution through influences like "their…
  • Smart Bets: Everyone Orchestra

    -by Xpress Staff
    The Everyone Orchestra has a bit of a misleading name. Yes, their shows offer an orchestral-esque experience, with a conductor leading the band. But the “everyones” involved are players like…
  • Killing them softly

    -by Alli Marshall
    The way the Friday, Feb. 22 Tame Impala show (at The Orange Peel) opened (at least from my vantage point) was with a halo of green-gold light exploding just behind…
  • Calendar highlights: RollerGirls, River North Dance and Locust Honey String Band

    -by Webmaster
  • Pitchfork features local songwriter, Asheville music fans puzzled

    -by Dane Smith
    The Asheville music community let out a collective “Who the hell is Jackson Scott?” on Tuesday after Pitchfork plucked the 20-year-old former UNCA student from obscurity and featured his home-recorded…
  • Clubland features: Grandchildren and Minstrel Radio Yoghurt

    -by Webmaster
    Indie orchestra: Philadelphia-based Grandchildren began as a solo recording project but eventually spawned a six-piece “electro-coustic orchestral pop band” that melds acoustic folk stylings with live electronics and dance-inducing percussion.…


  • High Five: Rebranding a responsible coffee shop

    -by Webmaster
    While I chatted with Jay Weatherly at his business, High Five Coffee Bar, he cheerfully greeted half a dozen people as neighbors and friends. He petted their dogs and asked…
  • Tempeh in a shoe box

    -by Webmaster
    Smiling Hara began in a shoebox. Yancey says she was hooked after she tried the fresh tempeh. With a little patience, you can grow your own tempeh in an incubator.…
  • Seitan in your sink

    -by Webmaster
    Pamela Lalik of Wingbean makes seitan in large batches at the Blue Ridge Food Ventures test kitchen, where she prepares meals for home delivery. For home cooks working on a…
  • A beginner’s guide to plant-powered proteins

    -by Emily Patrick
    Protein Tofu Tempeh Seitan Textured vegetable protein (TVP) What is it? Concentrated protein from soy milk Fermented, fungus-covered legumes (soy or otherwise) Concentrated protein (gluten) from wheat flour Dehydrated, concentrated…
  • Tofish ‘n Chips

    -by Webmaster
    Tofish 'n Chips: 1 lb extra-firm tofu Nori seaweed Fish 'n chips batter mix Your favorite local beer Cut tofu into 8 slabs. Press and drain. Freeze tofu overnight and…
  • Not just for vegetarians

    -by Emily Patrick
    For 48 hours, Sarah Yancey tends her tempeh as it forms. It starts out as a bag of soybeans; as it ferments, fine white threads of fungus envelope the beans…
  • Unearthing Burial Beer

    -by Webmaster
    Three Seattle transplants are behind Burial Beer. They chose a scythe for the logo and their website has a lot of black. But when they open their doors in late…
  • More good stuff coming to South Slope

    -by Emily Patrick
    Chicken and waffles harbor a lot of mystique. No one's quite sure where the combination originated or why it tastes so good together. What is sure, though, is that they're…
  • Classic swank and cured meat

    -by Emily Patrick
    If Cary Grant were to saunter out of Notorious and onto the streets of Asheville, Josh Wright wants to make sure he'd have somewhere to get a martini. Wright opened…
  • Kooky culinary contests

    -by Emily Patrick
    Let the thrill of a contest pique your appetite. Whether you like sweets or savories, this week offers dining competitions for all palates. Cupcakes vs. Cancer On Saturday, March 16,…
  • Mexican food for the masses

    -by Emily Patrick
    Kevin Grant loves tacos for their broad appeal. When he imagines his customers, he thinks about a family of five, or a pair of 15-year-olds on their first date, or…
  • Back to its roots

    -by Emily Patrick
    Veg-In-Out has been rechristened. The vegan meal delivery service now goes by Eden-Out. Founder and chef William Najger sold Veg-In-Out in 2010. But in December, he returned to Asheville and…
  • The market as muse

    -by Webmaster
    You may know that there are more tailgate markets operating in WNC this winter than ever before. But did you know that they offer all of the same local foods…
  • Post-Consumer Pantry: Jolly good morning, y’all

    -by Webmaster
    English muffins may not be a Southern staple, but sometimes even the hungriest among us get overloaded on biscuits (blasphemy, perhaps, but it's happened to the best of us). When…


  • In the garden

    -by Webmaster
    From bees to to orchards, Organic Growers School has it all If you've always wanted to grow garlic, set up a homestead, raise goats or save seeds, Organic Growers School…


  • Got mold? Where there’s moisture, there’s a problem

    -by Megan Dombroski
    Asheville resident Jasmine George knows firsthand that mold in your home means something’s wrong. When she returned from a four-day Thanksgiving visit with family a few years ago, the walls…
  • Invest local

    -by Jeff Fobes
    Brasstown’s residents didn’t have much cash in the 1920s to build a school, but the tiny community at the westernmost tip of North Carolina managed to build one anyway. Neighbors…
  • What do you know about keeping investment dollars local?

    -by Webmaster
    Are you helping keep investment dollars in Western North Carolina? Are you exploring ways to grow our community by keeping capital right here where we live, work and play —…
  • Fingers to the wind

    -by David Forbes
    Once the Asheville High School marching band left, few observers remained as City Council members got an early look Feb. 26 at the budget and legislative challenges they face this…
  • Business Blotter

    -by Webmaster
    Openings Allgood Coffee, 10-B S. Main St. Gallery Mugen and Yazu Patisserie, 122 Riverside Drive, Studio C. or Smash Box food truck. Visit for locations. Closings…
  • Want to learn about ethical investing?

    -by Webmaster
    WHAT: Learn how socially responsible investing can make a difference while it makes you money. Three panelists will discuss and lead a conversation on ethical investing at on Thursday, March…
  • Post-recession Buncombe still struggling, local poverty rates surpass state and national average

    -by Caitlin Byrd
    After sharing 42 slides worth of charts, data and graphs, an independent economic consultant speaking to local doctors, health advocates, politicians and board members at the Feb. 22 meeting of…


  • I’ll Keep You Abreast

    -by Molton
  • Asheville Disclaimer

    -by Webmaster
    Loopholes in Rep. Moffitt’s anti-nipple bill
  • Long live Asheville: A city dying to be reborn

    -by Webmaster
    I won't regale you with stories of an idealized past, laud our many golf courses, or tout our “vibrant” local economy. I'd like to tell a different story. I am…
  • Up in arms

    -by Webmaster
    "A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed." Of the 27…
  • Clearing up window

    -by Webmaster
    Thank you for covering the launch of window in your Feb. 27 State of the Arts column. As the founder of this site-specific “gallery,” I’m excited to see what comes…
  • It’s a school, not a vase

    -by Webmaster
    As a parent of a fourth-grader and a third-grader at Isaac Dickson Elementary School, I was extremely disappointed to read some of the comments made by it's principal, Brad Johnson…
  • The table of brotherhood

    -by Webmaster
    Evidently, the young lady wrote the letter in favor of me, but she called it wrong [“Be Respectful or Be Gone,” Jan. 30 Xpress]. What she says was not exactly…
  • Equality is not a crime

    -by Webmaster
    Let me get this straight: In Asheville it is legal to be publicly intoxicated. It is only a misdemeanor to assault females, bruise and draw blood from children, abuse animals…