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  • Smart Bets: Fiesta Latina

    -by Alli Marshall
    The largest and oldest celebration of Latin American culture in the region returns this weekend. Swing Original Monks from Ecuador (pictured) performs, among many other acts.
  • Stephen King’s libretto coming to Thomas Wolfe

    -by Justin Souther
    With more than 50 published novels and hundreds of short stories to his name, author Stephen King is obviously prolific. He’s also proven to be quite versatile, taking the jump…
  • Hendersonville and Flat Rock

    -by Julia Ritchey
    Growing up in Hendersonville, my friends and I would unkindly refer to our town as “God’s waiting room,” an allusion to its popularity among retirees. After high school, I went…
  • Page turners

    -by Alli Marshall
    Magic words Just because there’s a princess, a witch and a guy called Dragon doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a fairy tale. Especially in the case of Lonely in the Heart…
  • Brevard

    -by Julia Ritchey
    Modern-day Brevard is like a smaller, more laid-back Asheville. You’ve got your independent record store, a few ethnic food restaurants, craft breweries and enough outdoor attractions to keep you occupied…
  • Black Mountain Bauhaus

    -by Kyle Sherard
    Black Mountain College is known best as an innovative, experimental liberal arts institution that attracted such luminaries as John Cage, Robert Rauschenberg, Merce Cunningham and Willem de Kooning, among others.…
  • Waynesville and Canton

    -by Webmaster
    There’s nothing all that small about Waynesville, from its hopping Main Street to its dynamic arts scene (think heritage and contemporary crafts, public sculpture, theater and a certain annual folk…
  • Horseplay

    -by Steph Guinan
    At the lumbering speed of 2.5 miles per hour, the Rural Academy Theatre is making their second tour through Western North Carolina. The horse-drawn performance troupe loads all of its…
  • Cullowhee & Sylva

    -by Webmaster
    Sylva To the visiting outsider, the Jackson County town of Sylva epitomizes the western reaches of Southern Appalachia: soft but tall hills flush with blue-green hues, forming a horizon shrouded…
  • A festival to tie-dye for

    -by Julia Ritchey
    Longtime local Grateful Dead cover band Phuncle Sam celebrates 10 years together in March of next year. What better way to mark this approaching milestone than to headline a new…
  • A whole lot of crockery

    -by Steph Guinan
    North Carolina’s pottery tradition stems from the very makeup of its geography: lots of clay. While the clay-laden soil may be a challenge for gardeners, it also provides a rich…
  • Smart Bets: Angel Olsen and Jaye Bartell

    -by Xpress Staff
    New West Asheville listening room The Mothlight throws open its doors this Saturday! OK, the venue actually holds its inaugural show on Friday, Oct. 11, with singer-songwriter Richard Buckner. But…
  • Smart Bets: Luzius Stone

    -by Xpress Staff
    Here's a show that's been a looooong time in the making: Luzius Stone (the music project of WNC-based artist Justin Miles) finally performs songs from new album Electric Dream. Miles…
  • Smart Bets: Sandra Bernhard

    -by Xpress Staff
    Comedian, singer, actor and author Sandra Bernhard has spent most of the last 40 years answering interview questions about women's rights, gay rights, politics, fashion, pop culture and her friendship…
  • Calendar Highlights

    -by Webmaster
  • Clubland features: Comedy benefit, Colleen Green

    -by Webmaster


  • Molasses, bear stew and vinegar pie

    -by Gina Smith
    Saturday, Oct. 12, the Big Ivy Historic Society will offer a day-long trip back in time and a great opportunity for a free food adventure with its Fourth Annual Heritage…
  • South Asheville eats

    -by Jonathan Ammons
    Sometimes the outskirts of Asheville remind you of a different city entirely. The quirky, independent and free-spirited vibe of the town seems to fade into a haze of strip malls…
  • Hot wings

    -by Webmaster
    “West Asheville is really poppin',” says Hosea Jackson, owner of the Haywood Lounge Bar & Grill. "I've seen it change a lot, especially over the past five years.” An Asheville…
  • Another twist on tempeh

    -by Gina Smith
    The same crew of tempeh enthusiasts who put on last fall's Epic Tempeh Reuben Challenge have decided to run for the border. Based on the popularity of the vegetarian sandwich…
  • Got goat milk?

    -by Gina Smith
    Seminars on how to make different kinds of goat cheese — including old-fashioned clabber cheese (made without rennet or cultures) and mozzarella — will be among a wide range of…
  • Beer Scout: Thirsty Monk opens in Biltmore Park

    -by Webmaster
    When the original Thirsty Monk opened in 2008, it was in the basement of 92 Patton Ave. downtown. As it became known as one of the nation’s best beer bars,…
  • Post-Consumer Pantry: Five-minute apple cider

    -by Webmaster
    Venturing into the orchard and filling baskets with fresh apples has been an Orris tradition since before we were married. One of our first dates involved crisp apples, hot doughnuts…


  • ASAP farm tour photo winners

    -by Jen Nathan Orris
    ASAP's Farm Tour always brings out the crowds – and the cameras. Shutterbugs from near and far descended upon Western North Carolina's family farms on Sept. 21 and 22. They…


  • Finding hope

    -by Webmaster
    For 16 years, Kasey Cramer hid her disease in plain sight. She skipped meals; she binged and purged. When she did want to eat, Cramer experienced such severe panic attacks…
  • Longterm service

    -by Webmaster
    When Consumer Credit Counseling Service of WNC was founded 1973, the organization’s main focus was helping a few hundred clients to make sense of their new credit cards. As the…
  • A Unified Presence

    -by Toni Sherwood
    Emmy Award-winning Trivette Images — founded by Asheville husband-and-wife team Dylan and Melanie Trivette — strives to dismantle stigmas with its recent film, A Unified Presence. “Documentaries are associated with…
  • Navigating the real world

    -by Lea McLellan
    Utility bills, student loans, rent checks and roommates can be an intimidating universe for Buncombe County teenagers and young adults to navigate. At the Oct. 1 Goodwill-sponsored, community collaborative Real…
  • Jockeying for position

    -by Jake Frankel
    Amid tense deliberations on Oct. 1, the Board of Commissioners named three of its own members and four other prominent community members to oversee a powerful new government entity that…


  • God bless

    -by Molton
  • Asheville Disclaimer 10/09/13

    -by Webmaster
    I-40, I-26 to close on Friday due to government shutdown
  • For what it’s worth

    -by Webmaster
    I hate to kick the Mountain Xpress when it's down in the wake of the fallout from the Leicester “gravel road” brouhaha, but another geographical snafu appeared in the the…
  • Animal abuse is ubiquitous

    -by Webmaster
    The Sept. 25 cover story, “Homing In,” failed to mention that birds ceremonially released sometimes die due to collisions with cellphone towers, power lines and high-rises, or are killed by…
  • Nourish what you cherish

    -by Webmaster
    It is not due to chance that, together, Pisgah and Nantahala national forests are the second-most visited parks in the country. No one lives in Western North Carolina long without…
  • Prioritize forests

    -by Webmaster
    In the context of the forest plan revision for Nantahala-Pisgah National Forest, it is important to understand that the vast majority of the last management plan has not been implemented.…
  • Bothwell is not interested in being a big shot

    -by Webmaster
    I write in support of Cecil Bothwell's candidacy for re-election to Asheville City Council. My initial meeting with Cecil took place when he first ran for City Council. I was…
  • Wisler will be an excellent addition to City Council

    -by Webmaster
    Gwen Wisler is an outstanding candidate running for a seat on Asheville City Council. She is passionate about our city and will be an excellent addition to Council. Gwen is…