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Megan Kirby

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Courtesy of Rural Life Museum, Mars Hill College


  • Smart Bet: DJ Equal

    -by Alli Marshall
    Asheville native Elliot Heller (aka DJ Equal) is based in New York City, but makes regular visits back to his hometown where he not only catches up with family and…
  • Smart bets: Grandma Gatewood’s Walk

    -by Lea McLellan
    “I did it,” said Emma Gatewood on Sept. 25, 1955.  “I said I’d do it, and I’ve done it.” The 67-year-old mother of 11 and grandmother of 23 stood on…
  • Smart bets: Ancient Voices

    -by Lea McLellan
    “My art combines elements and sources to capture the essence of things that endure, things that last, ancient voices that speak to our hearts in modern times,” says Indianapolis-based wood…
  • Summer playlist: RiverMUSIC rides again

    -by Dave Gilbert
    Few things symbolize Asheville better than the intersection of culture and nature, and RiverMUSIC offers the best of both.
  • Young at heart: Old 97’s grew up. Then they got Messed Up

    -by Patrick Wall
    Halfway through our conversation, the phone line goes dead, and Old 97’s bassist Murry Hammond is cut off midsentence while answering a question about the writing process of Most Messed…
  • Unfinished story: Narrative printmaking exhibition opens at Blue Spiral 1

    -by Steph Guinan
    Local artist Andy Farkas works primarily on engravings and Japanese woodblock prints known as moku hanga. The process, he says, results in “a more watercolor-y feel” — rather than rolling…
  • Smart Bets: Afroman

    -by Alli Marshall
    Joseph Edgar Foreman, aka Afroman, launched his career by selling home recordings of his raps to his eighth-grade classmates. His first tape, which moved 400 copies, was about a teacher…
  • Number crunch: CRA board recommends $1.17 million for nonprofits, denies Moogfest

    -by Jake Frankel
    As Buncombe County’s June 30 deadline to finalize its budget draws near, the competition among local groups seeking public funding has reached fever pitch.
  • Ship shape

    -by Alli Marshall
    World Party comes to Asheville It’s possible that the most famous World Party song is “She’s the One,” made a hit single by Robbie Williams in the late ’90s. But…
  • Howling at the moon: Austin duo The Ghost Wolves play primordial psychobilly blues

    -by KPeterson
    Austin duo The Ghost Wolves play primordial psychobilly blues Technically, The Ghost Wolves are a young band. Composed of married duo Carley and Jonny Wolf, the group has been around…
  • Smart Bets: Bombadil

    -by Alli Marshall
    Back in 2009, just before Durham-based folk-pop outfit Bombadil released Tarpits and Canyonlands, bassist Daniel Michalak was diagnosed with neural tension. The condition made it impossible for him to brush…
  • Smart Bets: Cobra Rock Boot Company and Bow + Arrow Apparel

    -by Alli Marshall
    Local apparel company Bow + Arrow announces a pop-up shop in collaboration with Marfa, Texas-based Cobra Rock Boot Company. "There is currently a year long waiting list for their boots,…



  • In the Spirit: Bruno Groening and healing on the spiritual path

    -by Jordan Foltz
    Bruno Groening (1906-1959) believed humanity is surrounded by a divine healing force, or “heilstrom,” that is readily accessible to everyone who employs the proper methods. On Wednesday, June 4, Dr.…
  • A little bit of understanding

    -by Lea McLellan
    There is no shortage of facts and figures about dementia. In North Carolina, there are more than 170,000 adults with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia. In Western North…



  • Shuler and Meadows

    -by Molton
  • Udder Shame

    -by Brent Brown
    In our festival-laden area, it is just grazing the surface to mention those that are outstanding in their fields, such as Brewgrass and Moogfest (and there used to be Bele…
  • Campaign Prayer

    -by Molton
  • Un-fare: Ride-free day showcases Asheville’s transit system

    -by Dewitt Robbeloth
    May 19 was Transit Rider Appreciation Day and Asheville’s buses were free, so I rode as many routes as I could, viewing the city through the windows. It was foggy as…
  • Van Duyn and ‘Moral Mondays’ taking us in wrong direction

    -by Letters
    Terry Van Duyn, who was picked to replace state Senator Martin Nesbitt, who passed away, is up to her eyeballs with the “Moral Mondays” protests, begging and demanding increased monies…
  • 70 years old and still up for outdoor adventures

    -by Letters
    In regard to the article about a grandmother ziplining [“Leap and the Net Will Appear,” May 14, Xpress], please allow me to boast. Last year, at the age of 70,…
  • Letterpress artist deserves attention

    -by Letters
    Your fine article on the letterpress revival in Asheville [“Power of the Press,” May 14, Xpress] unfortunately omits one of our finest pressmen, Mark Olson of Innerer Klang Letterpress at…
  • Hunt’s cycling behavior was disrespectful

    -by Letters
    There is nothing fun about traffic, nor do I consider it an acceptable avenue for City Council to express their civic applicability. I found nothing lighthearted about Marc Hunt’s recent…