Isaac Dickson: an Asheville pioneer

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Carrie Lare. Photograph courtesy of Pack Library’s N.C. Collection


  • Asheville gets smART Space

    -by Webmaster
    Friday, Jan. 6, 2012 It’s been one month since Melissa Terrezza, Sean Pace and Jeremy Russell set up studio on the ground level of the Pioneer Building on Broadway. Paintings…
  • “Sacred mischief”

    -by Alli Marshall
    "Great poetry can be like spending time with the grandeur of nature, and really, in a way, having beauty speak to you," says poet Daniel Ladinsky, who is well known…
  • As they say, laissez

    -by Rebecca Sulock
    a href=”“God bless these New Orleans folks. They know the best music, the brightest colors, the wildest adventures and, good heavens, the best food. And bless ‘em for getting together…
  • Are all women like that?

    -by Webmaster
    For its performance of Cossi fan tutte, the Asheville Lyric Opera will transform the stage into Naples of the Roaring-’20s — an equally transformative innovation of the 1790 opera by…
  • The Profiler

    -by Webmaster
    The Suspect: Blind Pilot This indie band from Portland did a West Coast bicycle tour in 2008, even carting their own instruments on bike trailers.They’ve opened for Gomez, the Hold…
  • Smart Bets: Hoopers Ball

    -by Xpress Staff
    Just because it's winter (sort of) doesn't mean it's not hula-hooping season in Asheville. Melanie MacNeil of Asheville Hoops announces two fun-filled hooping events (and even if you can't keep…
  • Smart Bets: Boots and Books

    -by Xpress Staff
    While it's advisable to keep your reading and hiking/gardening/outdoor adventuring separate, The North Carolina Arboretum has cleverly combined boots and books into a two-day indoor-outdoor event in celebration of the…
  • Smart Bets: Asheville Improvisational Music Festival

    -by Xpress Staff
    While Asheville has a high per capita resident-to-music-festival ratio, there's always room on the calendar for one more. And the inaugural Asheville Improvisational Music Festival won't just be something new,…
  • Smart Bets: Chicago

    -by Xpress Staff
    Murder, drama, action, song and dance: The musical Chicago has it all. Set in the Roaring '20s, the play follows a pair of lady killers (as in killers who are…
  • Weekly Picks

    -by Webmaster
    Get a closer look at the threat of domestic terrorism as Pack Memorial Library, 67 Haywood St., hosts a screening of A Noble Lie: Oklahoma City 1995, which includes previously…



  • Never forget

    -by Caitlin Byrd
    It’s known as the silent killer, capable of annihilating a person’s cognitive function within a matter of years. Destroying brain cells and wiping memories, Alzheimer’s disease affects more than 5.4…
  • Up from slavery: Isaac Dickson, Asheville pioneer

    -by Webmaster
  • Space race

    -by Jake Frankel
    Big changes are coming to downtown Asheville’s North Lexington and Rankin avenues, including new restaurants, office space, condos, galleries, a courtyard and a terrace, property owner John Lantzius reveals. The…
  • Boxed in

    -by David Forbes
    At a sometimes tense Feb. 2 meeting, representatives of more than a dozen local publications (including Mountain Xpress) met with city staff concerning possible restrictions on newspaper boxes in downtown…
  • The Beat

    -by David Forbes
    The upcoming budget year, a raise for city employees and sending a lobbyist to Raleigh were key topics in the wide-ranging discussion at Asheville City Council's annual retreat. Held Feb.…
  • From Boots to Books

    -by Webmaster
    What: The N.C. Arboretum’s Natural Garden Trail has its secrets. No, it’s not a hidden message on the bottom of a hiker’s shoe. Nor is it a clandestine vine climbing…


  • Local Services

    -by Webmaster
  • The Right Stuff

    -by Molton
  • Weekly Asheville Disclaimer Page: 02/15/12

    -by Webmaster
    • Ghost Town in the Sky sold at auction New owner looks forward to multiple delays before reopening money-losing venture for 3 months in 2014 before sliding into bankruptcy •…
  • Just say no

    -by Webmaster
    I recently witnessed an unfortunate set of events. As I rounded the corner from Broadway onto Lexington, headed to meet a friend for a bowl of organic fare, I saw…
  • Correction

    -by Webmaster
    The Jan. 25 article “What Is PechaKucha? Why do You Care?” about the Asheville version of the international art-and-design event incorrectly described it as a benefit for the Flood Gallery…
  • Amen to the workday success

    -by Webmaster
    I applaud and thank all the environmentalists who came out and removed the invasive exotic weeds at Richmond Hill [“The Richmond Hill Workday Was a Success,” Feb. 1 Xpress]. That’s…
  • Build high-rise hotels outside of downtown proper

    -by Webmaster
    We desperately need a park downtown and, even more importantly, we need to protect the beautiful historical Basilica and its environment. [See Asheville City Council member Marc Hunt’s open letter…
  • Protect downtown’s architectural treasure

    -by Webmaster
    Against the wishes of the people, city officials have made it clear that, for a variety of reasons, they want to restart negotiations with McKibbon Hotel Group as the developer…
  • Traditional conservatives are conservationists

    -by Webmaster
    I recently read the Feb. 7 story about Rep. Patrick McHenry’s dismal record in protecting the environment and want to share with your readers my thoughts about how conservative…
  • Free speech must be protected

    -by Webmaster
    Mayor Terry Bellamy and City Council feel that they must react to the protestors’ encampment and have been trying to do so in their own fashion by passing some new…
  • Progressively poisoning our water

    -by Webmaster
    Asheville’s latest exercise in intellectual dishonesty has Republican Rep. Tim Moffitt in the crosshairs. His mock effort to “study” the best way to secure the theft of Asheville’s water system…