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Sarah Riddle

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Max Cooper


  • Scarlet fever

    -by Alli Marshall
    Emily Easterly releases her contagious new EP, “Get Bothered” at The LAB on Saturday, Sept. 28. Click through to see the new video for “Decent Animal.”
  • Smart Bets: Sigur Rós

    -by Alli Marshall
    Concert promoter AC Entertainment just announced through Facebook, that “Sigur Rós tickets are starting at just $33 for their Saturday, Sept. 28 show at ExploreAsheville.com Arena.” Get the discount price…
  • Calendar Highlights: Master Artists, “Doga,” Brevard Concert

    -by Webmaster
  • Booty calls

    -by Max Miller
    Five years can be a long time to wait for anything. If the body’s cells regenerate every seven years, after five years you’re more the new self than the old…
  • Fly Fishing Film Fest on Oct. 3

    -by Webmaster
    Whether you enjoy reeling in fish or watching reels of film with fish, there’s an event just for you. Be sure to catch the 2013 International Fly Fishing Film Festival,…
  • MantraFest

    -by Webmaster
    Asheville is no stranger to sacred chanting. From renowned kirtan leaders like Jai Uttal, Bhagavan Das and Wah! to sacred music artists like Shimshai and Snatam Kaur, to local musician/kirtan…
  • Marshall readies for Art on the Island

    -by Webmaster
    Dreaming of an island getaway but stuck in the mountains? Look no further than Marshall for its annual Art on the Island Festival located on Blannahassett Island, just over the…
  • Righteous mother

    -by Sharon Bell
    Folk singer and feminist icon Ani DiFranco begins her fall tour just five months after the birth of her second child, Dante DiFranco Napolitano. Admitting that mothering a newborn who…
  • From Black Mountain College with love

    -by Alli Marshall
    “When you finish a novel, your creative muscles are very much in shape, so I don’t like to waste that period and just doing nothing,” says North Carolina-based romance author…
  • Smart Bets: The Broadcast

    -by Xpress Staff
    Self-described "ground-shaking, soul-driven powerhouse" collective The Broadcast has not only been busily playing shows around the area and across the country (140 dates last year!), they've also been at work…
  • Smart Bets: Just Die!

    -by Xpress Staff
    Local hardcore and thrash outfit Just Die! was voted best punk band three years in a row by Xpress readers. The quartet (vocalist Steve Shell, drummer Dave Reinhardt, Jay McBones…
  • Smart Bets: Alex Krug Combo

    -by Xpress Staff
    Local singer-songwriter Alex Krug has been having a big year. With her band (Kevin Lampson on upright bass, Rachel Gramig on harmonizing vocals, Kyle Samples on electric guitar), she's opened…
  • Sound Track

    -by Alli Marshall
    More Songs About Animals and TV by Alligator Indian "You guys have an amazingly beautiful and bizarre sound," wrote one commenter about the Alligator Indian song "Corpsing." It's an apt…
  • Clubland features: Snarky Puppy, City and Colour, Yawpers

    -by Webmaster
    More is more: Texas- and New York-based fusion outfit Snarky Puppy isn't a band in the traditional sense: it's a collective of nearly 30 musicians swapping styles, instruments and influences…


  • Harvesting community in Oakley

    -by Gina Smith
    With its Thursday, Oct. 3 Harvest Festival, the Oakley Farmers Market celebrates two years.
  • Eat at Joe’s

    -by Emily Patrick
    After months of construction, Trader Joe’s hosts its grand opening Friday, Sept. 27, on Merrimon Avenue.
  • Behind the Scenes of a Brew Off

    -by Webmaster
    Just Brew It, an annual homebrew competition put on by Just Economics, is a ton of fun. About 50 homebrewers pack the outdoor area of the Wedge and serve up…
  • Undercover Funny

    -by Emily Patrick
    Tyler Capps never realized a pot of chili would land him a book deal with one of the largest publishers in the world — until just that happened. (Illustration for…
  • It’s all Greek to eat

    -by Emily Patrick
    Every year at Bele Chere a number of gyro vendors line the streets. To the untrained eye, they’re all alike. But if you’ve been to the Asheville Greek Festival, you…
  • Tiger beat

    -by Emily Patrick
    Brace yourself for the confusion that’s about to ensue. Soon, Asheville will be home to Tiger Mountain, the downtown bar frequented by the hipster set, and Tiger Bay Café, the…
  • Help end hunger with Bruschetta

    -by Webmaster
    As part of the national No Kid Hungry Campaign, Mellow Mushroom offers several edible incentives (and one wearable one) for diners to pitch in to Share Our Strength's fundraiser for…


  • ASAP shares Farm to School stories

    -by Webmaster
    There’s been a noticeable back-to-school buzz around area elementary schools recently. It’s not kids talking about a coveted new character lunchbox or even what neat things they did over the…
  • From 4-H to horticulture

    -by Jen Nathan Orris
    When 19-year-old Shannon Dexter packed her bags for her first year at NC State University this fall, she arrived with more than band posters and a mini-fridge. She brought her…


  • Taking flight

    -by Julia Ritchey
    A few months ago, bird handler Julia Gaunt received a phone call from a woman whose friend’s son had died. The son, 37 years old, had committed suicide, and the…
  • In her words

    -by Webmaster
    Xpress spoke with four female business owners and leaders on their experiences running businesses and networking in the Asheville area. The following are excerpts from these conversations. Natalie Pollard, owner…
  • The 6 percent solution

    -by Webmaster
    N.C. cities and counties have cut budgets and raised taxes in response to a sputtering economy, reduced federal and state revenues, stagnant property values and new spending mandates. Thanks to…
  • Business Blotter

    -by Webmaster
    Openings Hardcore Mamas fitness classes, Stone Bodyworks Studios, 25 Reed St. 808-3566. http://www.hardcoremamas.com. Trader Joe’s, 120 Merrimon Ave. 232-5078. http://www.traderjoes.com. Whist gift shop, 428-A Haywood Road. 252-5557. http://whistshop.com. Grand opening…
  • It’s a well-a-bration

    -by Webmaster
    Speaking to about 70 people at the Sherrill Center on Sept. 16, Shellie Pfohl urged audience members to view improving the health of the nation and ending childhood obesity as…
  • Terms of engagement

    -by Caitlin Byrd
    Whether it's four years on Asheville City Council, 30 years as a city official or eight years working in a downtown restaurant, all three candidates for mayor tout experience, though…
  • Asheville campaign calendar

    -by Webmaster
    Wednesday, Sept. 25 WHEN/WHERE: Noon, Magnolia’s Raw Bar & Grille, 26 E. Walnut St. WHAT: The Council of Independent Business Owners (CIBO) will host a mayoral candidate debate. WHEN/WHERE: 6:30-8:30…
  • Seeking balance

    -by Jake Frankel
    The Buncombe County Board of Commissioners sought to improve the balance between environmental protection and private property rights Sept. 17, unanimously approving an update to their land use plan. The…
  • Back in the saddle

    -by Jake Frankel
    Kathy Sinclair was elected Sept. 14 to chair the Buncombe County Democratic Party. She succeeds Patsy Keever, who, after four months on the job, stepped down to join the state…


  • Faux news

    -by Molton
  • A stack of rocks

    -by Brent Brown
  • Asheville Disclaimer 9/25/2013

    -by Webmaster
    Updates to Buncombe County land use plan
  • What a disappointment

    -by Webmaster
    I read with amazement the [opening sentence] of “New Crop,” the Sept. 11 cover story: “Follow a gravel road through the heart of Leicester, traverse a water-filled ditch, and you'll…
  • Dragnet

    -by Webmaster
    The Kenilworth neighborhood south of Asheville is not known for its mean streets. But an incident in early September showed that even the placid outskirts have their discordant moments. David…
  • Do you know where the heart of Leicester is?

    -by Webmaster
    Nice article and great work that these younger folks are doing, but c'mon, Jen: "Follow a gravel road through the heart of Leicester"? [“New Crop,” Sept. 11 Xpress] Really? Do…
  • Cowboys don’t wait for the cavalry!

    -by Webmaster
    Mother always told us to put our toys away. “Look what happens when you don’t,” she’d admonish. The real story about the one-time one hour and 46 minute police delay…
  • Strawberry the brave one has passed

    -by Webmaster
    On March 15, 2000, Mountain Xpress printed my letter describing the cruel shooting in the chest of one of three "woods" cats I fed that winter near Cruso. The letter…