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Laura Barry

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Sandlin Gaither


  • Diversity through laughter

    -by Ami Worthen
    Laugh track: Local promoter Joe Greene believes that “the cultivation of diverse audiences can create positive exchanges and foster equity for all community residents in Asheville.” After a yearlong break,…
  • Smart Bets: Cary Morin

    -by Xpress Staff
    Cary Morin’s music has been described as “Native Americana fingerstyle blues.” If you have trouble imagining what that means exactly, it’s worth finding out. Morin performs original music that draws…
  • Smart Bets: Eisenhower Dance

    -by Xpress Staff
    With contemporary dance works ranging from soft and tender to athletic and fierce, Eisenhower Dance company combines dramatic choreography with striking technique to create performances that have been lauded by…
  • Smart Bets: Donna the Buffalo

    -by Xpress Staff
    On its website, Trumansburg, N.Y.-based roots outfit Donna the Buffalo (pictured) describes its recipe for a 25-year career. The band is "infused with more spices than you’ll find at a…
  • Just keep pushing

    -by Webmaster
    It’s easy to forget that Daniel Bachman hasn’t been playing guitar all that long. On Jesus I’m a Sinner, his latest collection of acoustic picking, the quick tunes bustle with…
  • Smart Bets: Sheila Kay Adams

    -by Xpress Staff
    “Sheila Kay tells stories about her home here in the mountains," says Madison County Arts Council executive director Laura Boosinger. “Her performances are full of humor and passion for this…
  • Flashback soundtrack

    -by Webmaster
    “I think there’s going to be more and more space in experiencing film in the future,” says New York-based musician Brendan Cooney in regard to the constantly changing landscape of…
  • Willing and fearless

    -by Jesse Farthing
    Photo by Hannah Hawkins Flora Wolpert Checknoff fronts and writes the music for experimental outfit Holy Holy Vine, a band with a sound she describes as “unusual, though sturdily woven,…
  • Sound Track

    -by Alli Marshall
    Isolation Studies #2: The Hypermodern is the latest in a series of conceptual releases by local musician Jason Smith, who records as Night's Bright Colors. Unlike past collections, the eight…


  • The hole story: Vortex Doughnuts makes headway toward opening its South Slope storefront

    -by Gina Smith
    After months of anticipation, it seems that Vortex Doughnuts is making progress toward a promised grand opening in its South Slope space on National Doughnut Day, June 6. (photo by…
  • Ring the Nightbell

    -by Webmaster
    Asheville’s spectrum of nocturnal food-and-drink destinations will soon expand: Nightbell will open Sunday, Feb. 2, at 32 S. Lexington Ave. Created by the family that owns and operates the popular…
  • Time to steep

    -by Micah Wilkins
    In a culture that has become increasingly focused on the “me,” tea enthusiast Sumitra D’Aragon hopes to bring the focus back to the “we.” In November, D’Aragon opened the small…
  • SMALL BITES: Catawba Brewing Co.’s new plan

    -by Gina Smith
    Catawba Brewing Company’s new plan Catawba Brewing Co. kicked off the new year with the announcement that it is moving ahead with plans to open a second brewery and tasting…


  • Relief, naturally

    -by Webmaster
    Interstitial cystitis (or IC) is a painful bladder disease that affects up to 20 percent of the population. For many years, very little was known about what caused it or…
  • Shadowboxing

    -by David Forbes
    A series of emails obtained by Xpress shed new light on a continuing dispute over lost, found, reviled and defended newspaper boxes downtown. The emails, written during the weeks before…
  • Asheville as a hub for eco-business

    -by Letters
    I know you had limited space and couldn’t include all of my comments in the “Big ideas” article [“Big Ideas and Their Impact on the Community,” Jan. 8 Xpress], but…
  • Funding stream

    -by Kyle Sherard
    On Dec. 30, the Asheville Area Arts Council closed on a deal to sell the last of their downtown properties: 13 Biltmore Ave. quietly transferred proprietorship to the owners of…
  • Connecting

    -by Hayley Benton
    A North Carolina Department of Transportation engineer told a group of independent businesses owners Jan. 10 that upcoming hearings could lead to construction on Asheville's Interstate 26 connector project starting…
  • Forward thinking

    -by Jake Frankel
    At their first meeting of 2014, Buncombe County commissioners unanimously agreed to give $1.12 million in cash grants to Jacob Holm Industries to help it expand local operations. In exchange…
  • Biz blotter

    -by Webmaster
    Openings Wildflower Bridal, 2 Town Square Blvd., Suite 140. (917) 620-4533 Benyo Pottery, 119A Roberts St. 243-3033 Tervis Tumblers, 3 Swan St. 277-4012 Off The Wagon Dueling Piano Bar, 22…


  • Mountain Mobility can do more

    -by Letters
    I have never been to any of your cultural events, small restaurants, craft fairs, films, etc. You name it, I haven’t been there. Ditto for places and events in Asheville…
  • Lazy Bums

    -by Molton
  • NC INK

    -by Brent Brown
  • Asheville Disclaimer 1/15/14

    -by Webmaster
    The Big Ideas, Part 2
  • An open letter to the Mountain Xpress regarding gender bias and racial bias

    -by Letters
    We are writing to draw attention to the blatant bias evident in the “Big Ideas” history of Asheville recently published by the Xpress [“Big Ideas and Their Impact on the…
  • Clarification on climate change data

    -by Letters
    In response to claims made by Michael Ivey’s letter [“Carbon Dioxide Does Not Cause Global Warming,” Dec. 25 Xpress], I have provided some clarification from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate…
  • Eating for the environment

    -by Letters
    It’s good to see letter-writers countering the spurious claim that man-made climate change is a myth. But what is even more perplexing to me than the deniers are those who…