- Walking the streets of downtown Asheville can be a musical experience. Most evenings bring encounters with an assortment of buskers, drummers and dancers. The city also hosts a large, if…Planned for Sunday, July 26, Aloft's next donation-based rooftop concert features jazzy duo HoveyKat and benefits Asheville Humane Society.Want to learn or new instrument of take your playing to the next level? There are plenty of classes and instructor in the area, teaching everything from fiddle and guitar…Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams have, between them, played with Phil and Friends, Bob Dylan, Levon Helm, Mavis Staples, Emmylou Harris and more. They present their first duo album at…Myrtle Beach-based reggae trio TreeHouse! wears tie-dye, practices karate and could offer a master class on having a good time. The group will bring the beach weather (and soundtrack) to…Although Sharkmuffin's debut full-length Chartreuse isn't officially out until Friday, August 7, the band brings its angsty, pop-punk catalogue and a sneak peek of what's to come to Tiger Mountain…In this special issue, Xpress looks into the local music industry and an evolving trend. As full-service recording studios downsize, a new generation of hybrid home-professional studio is on the…Western North Carolina's recording professionals speak up about the climate of their industry, from the proliferation of full-fledged, home-based studios to musicians' piecemeal assembly of modern albums.White Horse Black Mountain hosts the new quartet's debut on Friday, July 25, at 8 p.m.There’s a luthier for every strumming style. From modern and edgy to rooted in tradition, local makers imbue their instruments — from fiddles and guitars to bouzoukis and bagpipes —…Bask is celebrating the first anniversary of debut LP American Hollow with a bespoke beer created by Burial Beer Co., and a set at the Mothlight on Friday, July 25,…
- Asheville now boasts the highest number of breweries per capita of any U.S. city. But given the city’s failure to extend mass transit hours even as the number of watering…Local culinary experts offer home-cooks a fun and relaxed way to sharpen skills, enjoy good food and make new friends.
- The massive earthquake that rattled Nepal in April left entire villages flattened and hundreds of thousand of people homeless. But here in Asheville, a team of natural builders believe they…Neuroplasticity is the brain’s ability to reorganize itself in response to changes in environment, emotion, thought and behavior. In other words, you can teach your brain new tricks. One way…
- This week in local moviemaking, Asheville 48 Hour Film Project winners are named, a new silent film series launches and WCU's Controlled Chaos Film Festival screens student work.
- Of course bakers need an oven, but do they need a storefront? A few Asheville-area business owners are proving that a bakery can take many forms.Sixteen candidates have officially thrown their hats into the ring for the Asheville City Council elections this fall. Each week, Xpress will introduce, in brief, four candidates’ backgrounds and ideas…A new initiative of the Asheville-Buncombe Food Policy Council enlists the help of UNC Asheville students to track regional data and lay the groundwork for developing appropriate food policy for…Todd Williams was sworn in as Buncombe County District Attorney on Jan. 1. During his campaign, Williams promised to bring fairness, rule of law and “a new perspective to the…In this week's local food news, Mela celebrates 10 years with a $10 deal, Verner Learning Center receives an early-childhood nutrition distinction, Burntshirt Vineyards is named North Carolina Winery of…
- "Clean energy, the solution to climate change, will give us lower energy bills, millions of jobs and lower taxes. Over 2,500 major economists agree, nine of them with Nobel Prizes.""By [letter writer Mike Ivey's] logic, you could drink a glass of water spiked with cyanide: It can't possibly harm you, since "there is not enough of cyanide compared to…"Global warming deserves more critical analysis and not sound bites.""We know from published accounts of the oil, coal and gas companies how much they sell, and if all their products are burned (a good assumption) there will be enough…"It is imperative that we seriously begin the transition to alternative, renewable energy sources."One man’s trash… is another man’s trash… which is sitting next to another man’s trash (in certain recent developments), but at least it is treasure to some non-men."A common misconception is that the dose of fluoride in our water is low enough to avoid these toxic effects of fluoride. But in fact, as with lead and arsenic,…"The water-vapor effect is a positive feedback mechanism that is not under our control, which makes it that much more important to curb carbon emissions, which are.""When residents and businesses know their trash will be sorted for them, they will resort to the belief that when in doubt, throw it in.""We seem to be living in a society that wears scientific ignorance as a badge of honor. ""Glaciers are receding absolutely everywhere; tundra is turning to muck; species, both flora and fauna, are heading toward the poles; and none of this is conjecture.""The young people I am fortunate to know through volunteering at YouthOutright, an organization serving LGBTQ youth in Western North Carolina, may have the most intimate understanding of homophobia’s systemic…"For many industries, promotion of public ignorance is far preferable to public scientific literacy when profits are on the line."