Paradise and parking lots

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Cover Design Credit:

Carrie Lare. Photograph by Max Cooper


  • Auf Wiedersehen, Heinz Kossler

    -by Webmaster
    Heinz Kossler — the good-natured, forthright and oft-irreverent ceramics artist who has inhabited 115 Roberts St. in The Wedge Building for more than 15 years — is leaving town. This…
  • All tatted-up and no place go? Think (and ink) again

    -by Webmaster
    A tattoo festival in Asheville? Could there be any doubt? The city that Rolling Stone calls the new freak capital of America is more than a natural fit for the…
  • A Camp Under Fire

    -by Webmaster
    The relationship between the indie music world and rap is a contentious one, rife with racial tension and gross misunderstandings. It doesn't really matter if the opinions are generally positive…
  • Leaving it all on the stage

    -by Alli Marshall
    In 2009, Dr. Dog bassist and founding member Toby Leaman told Xpress, "The way we've always been as a band is the recorded thing and the live thing can't be…
  • The Profiler’s ClubNotes

    -by Webmaster
    Character(s): Van Ghost: Michael Harrison Berg, Jennifer Hartswick, Grant Tye, Greg Marsh and Klem Hayes Setting/Time: Pisgah Brewing, Saturday, March 17 at 9 p.m. The Beginning: Vocalist Harrison Berg leaves…
  • Time and space

    -by Dane Smith
    Phil Moore is enjoying his last hours at the secluded cabin he and his girlfriend Beth Tacular built from the ground up. In two days, their band Bowerbirds will head…
  • Smart Bets: Jamie Laval

    -by Xpress Staff
    Need an advance St. Patty's day fix? Here's just the thing: Premier (and locally based) Celtic violinist Jamie Laval performs a St. Patrick's concert with his Large Band (EJ Jones…
  • Smart Bets: Chachillie’s album release party

    -by Xpress Staff
    Local hip-hop artist Chachillie (aka Chach, aka Charles Stewart) gave us a taste of his talent on last year's Secret B-Sides release (Chach raps on "On to You"). This year…
  • Asheville Earth Day photo contest

    -by Webmaster
    Asheville Earth Day and Xpress have teamed up on a photo contest leading up to this year’s Saturday, April 21 festival. Photo entries are to be uploaded to the official…
  • Weekly Picks

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    Learn how to support friends and loved ones in their darkest hour when Ginny Callaway reads from her book A Friend in Grief: Simple Ways to Help at Malaprop's Bookstore…



  • Cultivate thyself

    -by Webmaster
    If you and your school want to create an educational garden, there’s a grant for that: The Extension Master Gardener Volunteers of Buncombe County offers small grants for Learning Gardens.…


  • Pride and prejudice:Food assistance cuts could hit WNC hard

    -by Megan Dombroski
    Looming cuts in food-assistance funding could spell big trouble for Western North Carolina residents: Funds for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps, may be cut by…
  • Paradise and parking lots

    -by Webmaster
    An Asheville icon said to have the largest free-standing elliptical dome in North America, the Basilica of St. Lawrence made the news in December when the Diocese of Charlotte offered…
  • The conservative card: Forum features GOP 10th District congressional candidates

    -by Jake Frankel
    After facing off at a March 3 forum at A-B Tech sponsored by the Buncombe County Republican Party, incumbent Rep. Patrick McHenry bested challenger Ken Fortenberry in a straw poll,…
  • Green Scene: Analysis paralysis?

    -by Susan Andrew
    South Asheville’s Robinson Creek has been a PLAY SPACE for generations of kids in the once-rural Mills Gap Road community. But these days, residents warn their kids to stay AWAY…


  • Read Between the Trees

    -by Brent Brown
  • Weekly Asheville Disclaimer Page: 03/14/12

    -by Webmaster
  • A scam by any other name…

    -by Cecil Bothwell
    [Editor’s note: Cecil Bothwell submitted the following commentary unsolicited, not knowing that we were planning a special feature on the basilica in this issue. This piece represents Bothwell’s opinion; it…
  • The new party of change

    -by Webmaster
    Contrary to your Asheville letter writer last week concerning big government, I am a county resident and delighted to see our democratic rights finally exercised with two representatives from each…
  • Asheville leads state in recycling

    -by Webmaster
    Asheville is currently rolling out the new recycling program, Zero Waste Asheville. Look for your new "Big Blue" recycling bin. Asheville residents have had about an 80 percent participation rate…
  • Protecting N.C.’s Air Toxics Program

    -by Webmaster
    Do you enjoy our beautiful mountains, clean air and water and wonderful wild places? Me too, so I was shocked to find out that some of our legislators want to…
  • It’s time for Moffitt to hear from Asheville

    -by Webmaster
    How do voters in Rep. Tim Moffit's district feel about the representative they have sent to Raleigh? He has been very busy on their behalf. Moffitt is on the N.C.…
  • Downtown doesn’t need another hotel

    -by Webmaster
    Right now, Asheville city officials have on the table two bids to purchase the city-owned property on Haywood Street across from the Basilica of St. Lawrence. One bid is from…