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  • Smart Bets: Woody Pines

    -by Xpress Staff
    Singer-songwriter/bandleader/natty dresser Woody Pines possesses an old soul. His style spans vintage country, viper jazz, swing, rockabilly and whatever other retro sounds work their way into his arsenal of songs…
  • Smart Bets: Drunken Prayer

    -by Xpress Staff
    Asheville-by-way-of-Portland-by-way-of-Asheville folk-noir outfit (and sometimes one-man band) Drunken Prayer was, according to press, inspired by a conversation with Tom Waits at a fish market in Sebastopol, Calif. The band, fronted…
  • Smart Bets: Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears

    -by Xpress Staff
    If it hadn’t been for a job at a pawn shop, Joe Lewis might never have learned to play the guitar. And then the soulful, juke joint blues rock of…
  • From movies to Moogerfoogers

    -by Alli Marshall
    LAAFF is more than bands, hula hoops, stilt walkers and costumes. It’s also educational. In fact, some of the festival’s interactive events teach skills, hone talents and offer workshop experiences…
  • The big year

    -by Alli Marshall
    DJ and multi-instrumentalist Marley Carroll is in the middle of a big year. His spring included touring with Emancipator and festival dates at Coachella and Sasquatch; at the end of…
  • Start LAAFFing even sooner

    -by Alli Marshall
    The biggest change for this year’s Lexington Avenue Arts and Fun Festival is that, while it won’t keep its two-day format from last year (that expansion was special for the…
  • Art Bets: Sophia Allison at Brevard College

    -by Webmaster
    Immediately appealing about Sophia Allison’s work is her clean-yet-imperfect handmade aesthetic, and upon further examination, her sculptures and 2D images reveal layers of hidden meaning. The Los Angeles-based artist returns…
  • Art Bets: Jan Parker at FLOOD Gallery

    -by Webmaster
    There may be no other substance as beloved and hated as hair. Cultural icons like Farrah Fawcett and The Beatles inspired social movements with their hairdos, while a lone hair…
  • Art Bets: Shift at Castell Photography

    -by Webmaster
    Castell Photography once again brings nationally acclaimed photographic artists to Asheville with the group show, Shift. The four featured artists all deal in some way with shifts of time and…
  • Art Bets: Brook Reynolds at Urban Dharma

    -by Webmaster
    Inspired by Soto Zen Buddhism, the silver gelatin photographs of Brook Reynolds find a fitting home at Urban Dharma, a new Buddhist center at 29 Page Ave. in downtown Asheville.…


  • A product of a complex process

    -by Emily Patrick
    In high summer, when the heat reaches its peak, there’s energy and excitement in apple country. The fruit brightens on the branch as growers prepare to pick the earliest varieties…
  • And the winner is …

    -by Emily Patrick
    It’s official: the title of Best Chef in WNC goes to David Ryba of Inn on Biltmore. He earned the honor in the Aug. 23 finals, after six months of…
  • Brews News: Delicious new releases on the way, and get ready for Brewgrass

    -by Anne Fitten Glenn
    There are lots of special beer releases and fun festivals coming up in late August and September, as always. Some of my favorite beers are released this time of year…
  • Foodwire: Head out on the cheese trail, grab some local whiskey

    -by Xpress Staff
    You cheddar believe it Western North Carolina will soon have a cheese trail, ushering us into the ranks of regions such as the state of Vermont and California’s Sonoma and…


  • When I go

    -by Caitlin Byrd
    Ron Scheinman says his philosophy of life helped him make difficult decisions about end-of-life care. ‘You never know what could happen,’ the 69-year-old observes. ‘You have to give these things…