Manifest destiny, suburban style

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Emily Busey


  • A great escape

    -by Jon Elliston
    Amid the flood of new books marking the Civil War’s 150th anniversary, one tells a uniquely North Carolinian story — that of a desperate prison break in the Piedmont and…
  • Girl land

    -by Alli Marshall
    Summer camp is to kids what Vegas is to adults: what happens there (between the canoeing and the s’mores), stays there. Sort of. Campfire-building skills and lifelong friends — those…
  • Armchair rockstars

    -by Alli Marshall
    While most bands are looking to upsize, working from small stages to full-on arenas, Baltimore, Md.-based Peals is taking a smaller-is-better approach. “We recently played a tea room in Philadelphia,”…
  • Neverending story

    -by Alli Marshall
    “I don’t think this is our breakout record,” says Tay Strathairn, keyboardist for Americana/rock band Dawes. He’s talking about the group’s recent release, Stories Don’t End. The record is Dawes’…
  • Strange birds

    -by Toni Sherwood
    Most circus troupes use elements of theater in their productions, and most theater companies could probably benefit from a ring or two of the circus in theirs. The Fox and…
  • State of the arts

    -by Kyle Sherard
    A new exhibition in Firestorm Café & Books approaches the news with a different pace. Asheville artists Chelsea Ragan and Adam Void’s dual exhibition features works that use printmaking methods…
  • Smart Bets: Ben Lovett premiers Black Curtain

    -by Xpress Staff
    More than a year after a weekend-long film shoot at the Masonic Temple wrapped on Ben Lovett's Black Curtain, the music video/short film is set to screen during a night…
  • Smart Bets: Strings and Suds Festival

    -by Xpress Staff
    String and bluegrass bands take over Pisgah Brewing Company, and the lineup — though steeped in tradition — boasts some new configurations. Namely, the collaboration between singer-songwriter Keller Williams and…
  • Smart Bets: The Decent Women of Calle 58

    -by Xpress Staff
    Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre and White Dog Dance Project International are set to stage The Decent Women of Calle 58, "Inspired by the exhibit by social anthropologist Christian Rasmussen and…
  • Smart Bets: Elijah Hooker

    -by Xpress Staff
    Local rockers Elijah Hooker (vocalist Caleb Johnson, drummer Frank Skulski, Wade Wilson on bass, guitarist Josh Sawyer and Brian Turner on keys) claims that their "sole purpose is to spread…
  • Calendar highlights: Art at Woolworth Walk, Castell Photography Gallery and American Folk Art and Fr

    -by Webmaster
  • Clubland features: Sonen, Pressed And

    -by Webmaster
    Sweaty mess: Electronic dance-pop trio SONEN has a reputation for keeping crowds moving with its driving analog beats, male/female vocal harmonies and post-punk atmospheres. Creative Loafing's “Best Electronic Act of…



  • In the Garden

    -by Webmaster
      Gardens that give A half-acre doesn’t sound like a lot of land, but it’s more than enough for The Lord’s Acre. This volunteer-based garden in Fairview grew more than…


  • Care to join us: Western Highlands, Smoky Mountain finalize management agreement

    -by Caitlin Byrd
    From a resolution of intent to a signed management agreement, board members from Western Highlands Network and Smoky Mountain Center made swift decisions to make way for a July 2014…
  • Manifest destiny: Local businesses breathe life into the American strip mall

    -by Julia Ritchey
    Beyond the typical tanning salons, pawnshops and big-box stores, you will find other complexes that, like Stone Bowl Korean Restaurant or Liberty Bike’s, feature small, independently owned businesses with a…
  • New Belgium delays construction of Asheville brewery

    -by Jake Frankel
    New Belgium is delaying construction at its new Asheville brewery, but the huge scope of the project remains the same. The timeline will be moved back about 8 months, with…
  • Paying the cost

    -by Jake Frankel
    Presenting her budget-balancing proposal to the board of commissioners May 28, Buncombe County Manager Wanda Greene recommended a big tax increase. Her plan for the 2013-14 fiscal year, which begins…
  • What if?

    -by David Forbes
    Asheville's budget process has been on a roller coaster this year. Faced with an aggressive, GOP-dominated state Legislature that’s often been at odds with city government, and charged with crafting…


  • Monsanto Does Not Label Its Poison

    -by Molton
  • Asheville Disclaimer 06/05/13

    -by Webmaster
    Task force recommends steps to make Buncombe schools safer
  • Dispatches from the March Against Monsanto

    -by Webmaster
    More than 1,000 people gathered at Pack Square in downtown Asheville on May 26 to protest international company Monsanto, a leading producer of genetically engineered seeds. The rally and demonstration…
  • Local investments, local results

    -by Webmaster
    I love the “buy local” campaign for Buncombe County. As president of a locally owned bank, I know how important it is to have support from our neighbors. Putting our…
  • Mountain Xpress responds

    -by Webmaster
    Troy and Rob: We’re glad you care enough about Xpress to write us about what’s missing or overdone. In these post-recession times, the paper is slightly smaller than it used…
  • Why on earth are you waving at me?

    -by Webmaster
    To my fellow Western North Carolina motorcycle riders: It's time to stop with the waving. It's foolish and, arguably, unsafe. I mean, riders are waving to each other across interstate…