- From exhibits to fundraisers, Lauren Andrews and Deborah Robertson kept readers up-to-date on the latest happenings around town in 2019.The year in local art could be summed up in hellos, goodbyes and triumphant returns.The globe-spanning vibe of 'I Am Listening' will be captured at the Grey Eagle album release show with the help of guest musicians River Guerguerian (percussion) and flautist Scott Sheerin.Where will you welcome in the next decade? Check out Xpress' extensive list of ideas.From theater and live music to art exhibitions and literature, 2019 produces great works across genres.The Asheville-based electro-synth/prog-rock quintet plays Dec. 27-28 at Isis.The local singer/songwriter debuts new songs in acoustic form, Dec. 27 at The Grey Eagle.
- Derek Allen, partner at Allen Stahl + Kilbourne and nonvoting legal counsel for the Asheville Brewers Alliance, reviews local beverage industry highlights of 2019. On-site sales of cocktails at distilleries. Having a…Burnsville resident Ronni Lundy is the author of Victuals, An Appalachian Journey with Recipes, winner of the 2017 James Beard Foundation Awards for Best Cookbook and Best American Cookbook. She…Asheville-area brewery representatives name their favorite local and nonlocal beers from 2019, as well as standout industry accomplishments.From beer trends to brewery expansions, staff writer Edwin Arnaudin considers the industry's 2019 highlights.The executive director of Asheville Independent Restaurants looks back at a year of success and change for Western North Carolina's food scene.After more than 30 years writing about Nashville’s dining scene, Kay West reflects on some culinary highlights of her first year in Asheville.Following a trademark dispute, District Wine Bar has announced it's in the processing of changing its name. Also: The Scarlet Bee plans a dim sum pop-up. And if you need…
- Dr. Jeff Heck, CEO of Mountain Area Health Education Center, shared his take on threats to health in this area, remarking, "Ironically, what makes Western North Carolina so desirable —…As the only faith-based, not-for-profit health care system in Western North Carolina, says Jimm Bunch, president and CEO of AdventHealth Hendersonville president and CEO, the institution takes its sacred responsibility…
- Each week, our Instagram account features photos from our latest issue, along with happenings we come across in and around town. To recap 2019, we’ve selected one post from each…How has print advertising changed in the last year? What are the new challenges advertisers face? Susan Hutchinson answers these questions and more.News 13 anchor Darcel Grimes recently announced her retirement. We asked the host to reflect on the changes she’s seen throughout her career. One of the big changes was the move from…What trends did you observe in covering Asheville’s food scene in 2019? Bubble tea. CBD. Plastic straw angst. Food halls. Ramen — so much ramen. All those trends were evident…Jeremiah LeRoy, Buncombe County's sustainability officer, shares his top five reasons from 2019 to keep up hope about the county's sustainability work.Amy Cantrell, co-director of BeLoved Asheville, reflects on things that made her hopeful in 2019. Proud to Be Brown at BeLoved Asheville, MANOS of Buncombe County Schools and De Mujer…Colleagues and friends offer praise of local historian and librarian Zoe Rhine, who will retire at the end of 2019.Avril Pinder, Buncombe County manager, reflects on Buncombe County government's top five efforts to restore the community's trust.Whether digging through archives or covering the latest community news, Thomas Calder had a busy year. The Xpress writer shares his most memorable stories from 2019.From Buncombe's corruption to HCA's purchase of Mission Hospital, Jon Elliston offers a reflection of the top news stories of 2019.Judy Mattox, chair of the Western North Carolina Sierra Club Group, shared her top five highlights from a year of advocacy with Mountain Xpress.ASHEVILLE, N.C.Franzi Charen, founder of Asheville Grown Business Alliance, reflects on the ways Asheville showed its support of local businesses in 2019.Dr. Jennifer Mullendore, medical director for Buncombe County, reflects on positive shifts in our local health and wellness culture.Laura Hackett reflects on her recent start at Xpress.ASHEVILLE, N.C.Whether going with the flow at the Metropolitan Sewerage District or climbing a Fairview mountain in search of herbicide helicopters, Daniel Walton had quite the eventful year. The Xpress Green…Chris Cooper, Western Carolina University professor and Political Science and Public Affairs Department department head, considers the top five ways districting could play out in the region.Adriana Chavela, executive director of Hola Community Arts, offers her top five takeaways on the state of the region's Latinx community.
News in brief: Asheville City Schools names new superintendent; candidates announced for APD police chiefAsheville City Schools selects Gene Freeman for superintendent Asheville City Schools announced Dec. 19 that the system had chosen Gene Freeman as its new superintendent. Freeman is currently the superintendent…Distribution coordinator Cindy Kunst talks strange occurrences, popular pickup locations and more.From new communities to one-on-one engagement, local nonprofits, faith organizations and city-funded initiatives aim to provide housing and support for some of Asheville’s most vulnerable residents.Libby Kyles, Chief executive officer of the YWCA of Asheville and WNC, reflects on the state of race in Asheville in 2019.Brooke Randle’s reporting in 2019 took her from boardrooms to living rooms and everywhere in between, as she sought to uncover the issues, people and happenings that shape our city.…Dawn Chávez, the executive director of Asheville GreenWorks, found many threats to the region's sustainability in 2019. She listed the top five of her worries for Xpress's year-end review.Xpress managing editor Virginia Daffron reflects on a satisfying year of writing and collaborating with talented, engaged coworkers.Quentin Miller, Buncombe County sheriff, discusses how Buncombe County moved toward becoming a ‘community of we’ in 2019.Nancy J. Cable, chancellor of UNC Asheville, reviews her best reads in 2019.Mission Hospital President and CEO Chad Patrick reflects on his new life in Asheville.Barbara Volk, Mayor of Hendersonville, reflects on the what makes her city great.Speaking at a Dec. 17 meeting of the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners, attorney Ron Payne said that Stanley had been accused in a sworn deposition by former Assistant County…
- "In order to house, clothe and feed your family with an income that insulting, you need support from subsidized housing, subsidized transport, food banks and other charities.""There can be no justification for the willful and arbitrary cancellation of an election."How did Xpress readers process all the local news and changes this year? Here’s a look at the topics that generated the most commentaries, letters to the editor and online…"I pray that more people are as moved as was I to give."