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  • Dread-nauts

    -by Webmaster
    Ask David “Dread” Hinds where his band — the legendary British reggae stalwarts Steel Pulse — rates in the pantheon of rasta and “riddim” rockers both past and present, and…
  • Country soul sisters

    -by Webmaster
    The way singer Stacy Claude of Dehlia Low describes how she first met fellow vocalist Anya Hinkle, their encounter was clearly destined. “Anya had just moved to town and I…
  • The softer side of hard

    -by Dane Smith
    To the average ear, Soft Opening is actually rather hard. The band's pounding psychedelia, laden with feedback, ambience and echoey wails, undoubtedly falls on the heavier side of the musical…
  • Skirting the issue

    -by Alli Marshall
    Jon-Jon Goulian, author of the memoir The Man in the Gray Flannel Skirt, has only booked a handful of locations outside of New York for his book tour. One of…
  • The Profiler

    -by Webmaster
    The Suspect: Michael McDonald McDonald’s musical career has spanned more than 35 years, first as a back-up vocalist for Steely Dan, then as the lead vocalist of the Doobie Brothers…
  • Smart Bets

    -by Xpress Staff
    DJ Skillz at Emerald Lounge One doesn’t have to look hard in Asheville to find an Americana or indie rock show to attend. But what if you’re looking for hard-driving…
  • Weekly Picks: May 25-31, 2011

    -by Webmaster
    Calvary Baptist Church, 531 Haywood Road in West Asheville, invites the public to join Merlin Merritt, director of life support for the lunar module during the Apollo 13 saga, who…


  • Meatless burgers revisited

    -by Mackensy Lunsford
    Another e-mail from Stewart David, one of Asheville’s most vocal vegetarians, popped up in my inbox last week. What, I wondered, had I done to disturb the meat-eschewing contingent of…
  • Small Bites

    -by Mackensy Lunsford
    Where's the beef? The Chop Shop Butchery is coming to Charlotte Street sometime later this summer. Karen Fowler is partnering with Josh Wright to open the old-school, full-service butcher shop…
  • Brews News

    -by Anne Fitten Glenn
    Canning craft beer locally Longtime local brewery Asheville Brewing Company is making some huge and long-awaited changes over the next few months. First off, the brewery has purchased a canning…


  • Outdoors: The adventure continues

    -by Eric Crews
    The Mountain Sports Festival kicks off this weekend, May 27-29, with live music, outdoor-sports competitions and a variety of free gear-and-sports demos. Focused on “all-things outdoors,” the three-day event is…
  • Stop and smell the roses

    -by Webmaster
    On Saturday, May 27, the Asheville Blue Ridge Rose Society Exhibition debuts at the North Carolina Arboretum and continues through Sunday, May 29. Award-winning roses of every color and size…
  • Outdoors

    -by Webmaster
    The event kicks off Friday, May 27, at 5 p.m. and continues through Sunday, May 29. Admission to the Festival Village at Carrier Park is free. All races and events…


  • Looking up

    -by Margaret Williams
    What’s in store for local businesses as the region and the nation creep out of recession? The answers are as varied as the companies, employees and entrepreneurs who call the…
  • WNC Wellness review

    -by Webmaster
    N.C. bills requiring insurance for autism remain in committee level “North Carolina House and Senate bills that would require all health benefit plans in the state to provide coverage for…
  • Deeper purpose

    -by Webmaster
    A business metamorphosis is unfolding in Asheville. It’s not about business as usual, but rather unusual ways of doing business: One of those approaches is creating a “conscious business” —…
  • Crystal ball

    -by David Forbes
    The economy may not be as shaky as it was, but many people are still struggling, and rising gas and food prices are affecting everybody’s budget. In Asheville, as elsewhere,…
  • Small is beautiful

    -by Anne Fitten Glenn
    Since becoming Mountain BizWorks’ CEO in the fall of 2009, Shaw Canale has seen the rise of numerous women-owned small businesses in Western North Carolina. Her colleague Sharon Oxendine is…
  • Too little, too late?

    -by Christopher George
    Ben Teague of the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce sees a light at the end of the tunnel for unemployed Buncombe County residents. Teague, who’s executive director of the Chamber’s…
  • By the numbers…

    -by Webmaster
    • $258,045 Average price of a home in Asheville in 2009, down from $278,428 in 2008 (source: National Board of Realtors). • 101.1 Cost of living in the Asheville metropolitan…
  • Who you gonna call?

    -by Tracy Rose
    If you’re casting about for help in starting a new business — or are primed to take your business to the next level — there are a number of resources…
  • Taking care of business

    -by Tracy Rose
    Try as you might, you’d be hard pressed to find more enthusiastic, hardworking, community-minded women than Mountain BizWorks’ three 2011 Entrepreneur of the Year winners. “Those are really … people…
  • Beyond the green dwelling

    -by Susan Andrew
    EDITOR’S NOTE: The 2011 Building Healthy and Sustainable Communities Conference has been canceled. We can change our lifestyles; we can change how we interact with each other; we can change…
  • County budget dodges tax increase

    -by Christopher George
    Buncombe County Board of Commissioners meeting May 17, 2011 • Sheriff’s Office seeks $1.4 million increase • Nursing homes “dumping” problem residents Financial concerns dominated the Buncombe County Board of…
  • The Beat: A week of striving

    -by Jake Frankel
    A group of local elected officials and community leaders gathered May 18 for the Mayor’s Leadership Ride, an annual bicycle tour designed to highlight recent transportation-infrastructure improvements and upcoming projects…