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Nathanael Roney. Photograph features work by Jen Swearington


  • Reluctant fashionistas

    -by Alli Marshall
    Handmade apparel, wearable art, DIY, craft: These are well-worn terms in local lingo. They also call to mind certain retail opportunities, like the artist booths at LEAF and The Big…
  • On a mission

    -by Alli Marshall
    Apologies for quoting Dave Matthews in a story about Amos Lee, but it was Matthews who penned the line, "Somebody's broken heart becomes your favorite song." That sentiment could easily…
  • Open Letter Music Series Presents …

    -by Jaye Bartell
    Click the PDF below to view full screen Rob Mazurek's Starlicker Wednesday, May 11 9 p.m. Bobo Gallery Starlicker is Rob Mazurek (cornet), John Herndon (percussion) and Jason Adasiewicz (vibraphone).…
  • The Profiler

    -by Webmaster
    The Suspect: Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker These two groups helped define alternative music, CVB in the ‘80s, and Cracker in the ‘90s. Since CVB re-formed in 1999, frontman David…
  • Other reeds

    -by Jaye Bartell
    There is a lot of hay in the Asheville music scene. The traditional sound in these mountains is more than a little country. Considering that North Carolina is a major…
  • Smart Bets

    -by Xpress Staff
    Diva*licious Cinq The annual musical fundraiser Diva*licious (now in its fifth season) may involve drinks and hors d'oeuvres, but the real treat takes place on the main stage when contestants…
  • Weekly Picks

    -by Webmaster
    Modern childhood brings to mind hours of video games and television, but author Donald Davis grew up surrounded by the outdoors. Davis will read from his memoir Tales from a…


  • It’s not all manure and cowhorns

    -by Mackensy Lunsford
    To many in the Asheville area, Kathy Taylor and Les Doss are more than former bartenders — they're hospitality specialists. They're experts in the field of drink. In 2004, Taylor…
  • Another chocolate shop comes to town, Jack’s Nut Butters and spices to get you cookin’

    -by Mackensy Lunsford
    More chocolate! Can you ever have enough chocolate? We may be about to find out. Chocolate Gems, a chocolatier in Black Mountain, is moving to downtown Asheville this summer, joining…
  • Brews News

    -by Anne Fitten Glenn
    Asheville for the hat trick The votes have been tallied, and guess who won? For the third year in a row, Asheville voters propelled us to victory as Beer City,…


  • A hand in every pot

    -by Webmaster
    To say that Hop'n Blueberry Farm is, well, hopping is an understatement. The much-used word “diversity” takes on a whole new meaning on Van Burnette’s small farm just east of…


  • Keep it clean

    -by Webmaster
    So you’re looking to get some ink: a new tattoo, something cool that lets the world know what you’re about. Being frugal, though, you start searching online to find the…
  • Facing the ax

    -by Jake Frankel
    Pending major budget cuts could limit the ability of the N.C. Cooperative Extension — and its Buncombe County office — to provide important services. The agency, an affiliate of N.C.…
  • Less is more

    -by Jake Frankel
    Buncombe County Board of Commissioners May 3, 2011 meeting Adult-care homes see more mentally ill residents Commissioners contest state-imposed district elections URTV renews financial demands At their May 3 meeting,…
  • Hail to the Chief

    -by David Forbes
    On the heels of Bill Hogan’s abrupt retirement, Asheville has named Capt. Wade Wood, a veteran department administrator, as interim police chief. The city announced Wood’s appointment May 5. In…
  • NCMatters: Moffitt bill targets Asheville water system

    -by Webmaster
    State Rep. Tim Moffitt filed legislation May 4 that would seize Asheville’s water system and give it to the Metropolitan Sewerage District — without informing either City Council or MSD…
  • The Beat: Still striving

    -by Jake Frankel
    Organizers of this year's Strive Not to Drive hope this month’s high gas prices will inspire locals to consider alternatives to getting around alone in their cars. The annual campaign…


  • Screwed by the state

    -by Webmaster
    For me, as for most of the other employees, working at the Swannanoa Valley Youth Development Center was a calling. I’d been a teacher there since 2001; many others had…
  • -by Webmaster
    MPAC debts discharged Last August, Mountain Xpress reported that some groups and individuals involved in a Fourth of July Block Party organized by the nonprofit MPAC hadn’t been paid (see…
  • -by Webmaster
    In the May 4 food article, “Going Wild,” we reported that Alan Muskat served an appetizer made with air potato on a wild-foods walk he recently hosted. We reported that…
  • Hogan’s a hero

    -by Webmaster
    I am very distressed that Asheville Police Chief Bill Hogan has decided to retire. This is a clear signal to me that [city staff] does not know the quality character…
  • We got Wood

    -by Molton
  • Festers

    -by Brent Brown
  • Break the cycle of corruption in Asheville

    -by Webmaster
    It appears that the employees of the entire Buncombe County criminal “justice” system are afflicted by a particular pathology that makes it virtually impossible for them to conduct themselves in…
  • Muffin Republicans, go home

    -by Webmaster
    We read Richard Thatcher's love-fest letter to the editor (regarding Whole Foods) with amusement [“Wholly Satisfied with Whole Foods,” May 4 Xpress]. Wow. We moved here from Atlanta to get…
  • Clean but wasteful?

    -by Webmaster
    I am a ninth-grader at Arthur Morgan School. I read one of your articles about the raw sewage processing plant in the April 13 Xpress [“ Green Scene: Sultans of…
  • The greatest form of government is the one closest to the people

    -by Webmaster
    Articles in print and online share the results of the “listening sessions” that Sen. David Rouzer and Rep. Roger West participated in as intended for the N.C. Joint Committee on…
  • Weekly Asheville Disclaimer Page: 05/11/11

    -by Patrick Conant
    • Video evidence in Buncombe murder taped over with soap opera • DA Moore questions episode selection, citing prosecution’s need for scheming look-alike or deathbed sequence • URTV contemplates suing…