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  • Apocalyptic folk

    -by Dane Smith
    "These are songs about love and octopi or whatever, but there's definitely still a dark underbelly and kind of a subtext of menace," says Miles Holt, one half of John…
  • Allan Wolf sets sail with a sinking ship

    -by Webmaster
    Before The Watch That Ends the Night: Voices from the Titanic was even published, local author Allan Wolf’s latest novel had already garnered three starred reviews from The Horn Book…
  • Saturday Night Pop Quiz

    -by Webmaster
    1. The reason the band Chicago's former lead singer Peter Cetera always sings with his jaw clenched: a. He's self-conscious about his very tiny teeth. b. He finds awfully hard…
  • Smart Bets: Sidney Barnes

    -by Xpress Staff
    Soul singer Sidney Barnes made a bit of a splash earlier this year backing up local band The Secret B-Sides on their album Flowers & Chocolate. But Barnes has been…
  • Smart Bets: Manipulated

    -by Xpress Staff
    Castell Photography's newest exhibition, Manipulated, introduces 50 works by 32 artists, selected from a pool of nearly 400 entries. The show was juried by Ariel Shanberg, the executive director of…
  • Smart Bets: LEAF

    -by Xpress Staff
    What's better than having an annual weekend-long family-friendly festival of eclectic music, dancing, storytelling, poetry, visual and performance arts, jam sessions, kids activities and camping? How about having it twice…
  • Smart Bets: Lucinda Williams

    -by Xpress Staff
    Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Lucinda Williams makes a return trip to Asheville this year, this time to benefit Wild South. (The local nonprofit "aims to protect wild lands, wildlife and the wild…
  • Smart Bets: Independent Video Store Day!

    -by Xpress Staff
    You've heard of Record Store Day, right? Well, now independent video stores get their day, too. Saturday, Oct. 15 is to be the first Independent Video Store Day — a…
  • Smart Bets: George Terry McDonald art exhibit

    -by Xpress Staff
    Though he's best known as the frontman for Asheville/Charlotte power-pop trio The Zealots, George Terry McDonald is also a visual artist. A host of renowned painters (Carravagio, Rembrandt, Warhol), cartoons,…
  • Weekly Picks

    -by Webmaster
    Trade your unwanted platinum or gold jewelry for something new at an Alex Sepkus trunk show at Jewels That Dance, 63 Haywood St., on Wednesday, Oct. 12 from 3-9 p.m.…


  • The new face of Laughing Seed

    -by Mackensy Lunsford
    Laughing Seed Café has a new chef at the helm. Jason Sellers left his longtime post at the well-established vegetarian restaurant to open his new vegan eatery, Plant, and in…
  • Small Bites: Ahoy! The Admiral revives the late-night menu

    -by Webmaster
    Has The Admiral been going through an identity crisis? It seems like that might be the case — at least in some respects. Yes, the dinner service is fruitful, and…
  • Saag Paneer

    -by Webmaster
    Molly and Meherwan Irani of Chai Pani share the secrets of their authentically green crowd-pleaser. Makes enough for a large family, with some left over (also great for a potluck…
  • Beyond collards

    -by Webmaster
    Here in the South, collards slow-simmered with a ham hock is a tradition — a staple that soothes and nourishes the soul. But collards aren’t the only local greens up…
  • Small Bites: Road to a food future?

    -by Webmaster
    Ever wanted to bottle your famous five-alarm hot sauce? Here’s your chance. A five-week course, “Starting Your Specialty Food Business,” will be offered at Blue Ridge Food Ventures (an initiative…


  • Vacation altercation

    -by David Forbes
    Buncombe County Commissioners Oct. 4, 2011 meeting Residents question CTS demolition delay $476,000 allocated for affordable housing projects Zoning is a relatively recent arrival in Buncombe County, having taken effect…
  • The Beat

    -by Webmaster
    a href=“” Hunt leads pre-election fundraising among Council candidates The latest campaign-funding reports show that two candidates have raised more than $20,000 as of Oct. 4. Marc Hunt led the…
  • Access excess?

    -by Susan Andrew
    What happens when Buncombe County physicians offer free specialty care to uninsured, low-income patients amid a down economy? A deluge. In Buncombe County alone, there were about 38,000 such residents…


  • Protesting Protests

    -by Brent Brown
  • Weekly Asheville Disclaimer Page: 10/26/11

    -by Webmaster
    • Another large brewery considers WNC HQ, with low-lit tasting room to maintain local Baptists’ anonymity • Black Mountain poised to approve liquor by the drink, then make romantic overtures…
  • Best of WNC, Volume 1 Correction

    -by Webmaster
    Two entries in the Best of WNC, Volume 1, contained inaccurate information. The profile for the Off-Road Assault on Mount Mitchell, the Best Bike Race in the Outdoors category, conflated…
  • Mountain “X” should change its name to Mountain “L”

    -by Webmaster
    If history teaches us anything, it’s that homogenous groups inevitably self-destruct. That reality applies to the success of Asheville’s liberal majority in championing a conforming City Council — a triumph…
  • Twelve reasons to join the Occupy Asheville Movement

    -by Webmaster
    1: It's good to participate rather than just being upset. 2: The issues being addressed do affect you and how you will live. 3: A strong message is being delivered…
  • A-B Tech’s quarter-cent sales tax doesn’t sound like much

    -by Richard Mauney
    You know it’s more than just the money we‘re talking about. It’s about making sure we have a healthy local economy. It’s about making sure Buncombe County is a place…
  • Bravo, Reed Creek Greenway

    -by Webmaster
    I'd like to take a moment to recognize all those who made possible the Reed Creek Greenway and thank them profusely for their efforts. As a north Asheville/Five Points resident,…
  • Lael Gray rocks

    -by Webmaster
    I have known Lael Gray since 2007. As a friend and colleague, I find Lael intelligent, experienced and honest in her approach to issues that she encounters. I respect her…
  • We do not have to support big banks

    -by Webmaster
    We do not have to support big banks. The credit union is one of my favorite alternatives to larger banks. According to Wikipedia, “A credit union is a cooperative financial…
  • The end of Eden

    -by Webmaster
    “At times I think there are no wordsBut these to tell what’s trueAnd there are no truths outside the Gates of Eden.” — Bob Dylan, “Gates of Eden” It’s the…
  • Pining for the past

    -by Webmaster
    When the game is on the line, this familiar cheer simultaneously rises from the throats of tens of thousands of screaming fans. But how many of them have any idea…
  • Letters to the editor

    -by Webmaster
    Christian “pride” day would be redundant In response to Petros Rex’s suggestion that the Christian community band together for a “Christian Pride Day” [“Let’s See a Christian Pride Day,” Nov.…