The Spirituality Issue

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Cover Design Credit:

Caroline Stoltzfus

Cover Photography Credit:

Marilynne Herbert


  • Listening party: A year of local music

    -by Alli Marshall
    We take in a lot of music here at Xpress. Happily, there’s a lot of great music to be found in and around Asheville. Less happily, there aren’t enough hours…
  • Smart Bets: Daryl Hance

    -by Xpress Staff
    Daryl Hance, founder and former and guitarist of the band JJ Grey and Mofro, goes solo with his own brand of bluesy, groove-driven Southern rock. Hance says that while he…
  • From black light to starlight

    -by Alli Marshall
    There are a number of business maxims — dress for success, learn more from your failures than from your successes, reinvent yourself every day — that could be applied to…
  • Smart Bets: Wham Bam Bowie Band and The Cheeksters

    -by Xpress Staff
    It's a decade-jumping retro-fabulous double bill. Asheville's ’60s-pop-reminiscent Cheeksters share a stage (for the first time ever) with David Bowie tribute act, Wham Bam Bowie Band. While it wouldn't usually…
  • Tartan tidings

    -by Bill Kopp
    “By the time Scots-Irish settlers came to this area, the Christmas music tradition had already been well-established,” says award-winning fiddler and Asheville resident Jamie Laval. So, while there is a…
  • State of the Arts

    -by Kyle Sherard
    During the past year, DeSoto Lounge had an entire exhibition of taxidermied African beasts. The exhibit redrew, if only for a moment, the boundaries of fine craft and the decorative…


  • Spirits of the holidays: Local cocktails brighten the season

    -by Jonathan Ammons
    Traditionally, everyone has a beverage in their hand to raise high when the clock strikes midnight on New Year's Eve. Why not welcome the new year with some new spirits?…
  • Something to stew about

    -by Sharon Bell
    A change of just one little letter turns a chili pepper — an ordinary spicy restaurant garnish — into a chile — an authentic, traditional New Mexican treat. The green…
  • All symbols are not created equal

    -by Toni Sherwood
    As we peruse our local grocery store shelves, we can all rest assured that the familiar arrow symbols and numbers displayed on product packages mean the material can be recycled.…
  • SMALL BITES: Asheville Independent Restaurants names new executive board

    -by Gina Smith
    Asheville Independent Restaurants recently named its new executive board for 2014, tapping Posana Café co-owner and Executive Chef Peter Pollay as president. Chosen as president-elect at the end of 2012,…
  • SMALL BITES: A Noble New Year’s Eve at All Souls

    -by Gina
    If artisan pizza and a glass of crisp, hard cider sound like a perfect combination, the Very Noble New Year’s celebration, a collaboration between All Souls Pizza and Noble Cider,…
  • SMALL BITES: A room with a Vue

    -by Toni Sherwood
    A new restaurant, Vue 1913, has debuted in Asheville’s historic Omni Grove Park Inn, promising an American twist on the European brasserie. The name pays homage to both the inn’s…


  • Sacred activism

    -by Jordan Foltz
    For many leaders and members of the local spiritual and faith community, the crux of spiritual experience comes in standing up for something larger than themselves.


  • Dancing with spirit: Birth dancing fosters a connection among women

    -by Lea McLellan
    Michelle Dionne, who teaches birth dancing and belly dancing classes in Asheville and the surrounding area, says that giving birth doesn’t have to look like it does in the movies.…
  • Teach and tech

    -by Webmaster
    In a fourth-grade classroom at Hall Fletcher Elementary, two boys are huddled around the pint-sized table they use as their desk. One is reading from Page 72, problem No. 4,…
  • Train buffs

    -by Hayley Benton
    Railfans, train buffs, trainspotters, tetsu-oka, gunzels — whatever the moniker, train enthusiasts of almost any nationality would know the green-and-yellow 1950 Alexander Railroad Company ALCO diesel engine No. 7 parked…
  • Freeing the feminine

    -by Lea McLellan
    For people who think belly dancing is simply a sexy form of entertainment, teacher Michelle Dionne is quick to clarify: “Belly dancing is sexy,” she says, but she makes an…
  • Inspiration

    -by Webmaster
    The end of one year and the beginning of the next are a traditional time of reflection and gathering, so we’ve collected here a variety of spiritual voices whose hopes…
  • The electric slide

    -by Webmaster
    It’s less than it used to be, but most of Western North Carolina’s electricity comes from coal — nearly 60 percent. WNC also gets a higher percentage of its juice…
  • From the news desk

    -by Webmaster
    Report shines light on Asheville’s hunger, homelessness Recently, the U.S. Conference of Mayors released an in-depth report examining the hunger and homelessness situations in 25 cities across the country, including…


  • Christians and Pagans

    -by Molton
  • Checking It Twice

    -by Brent Brown
  • Asheville Disclaimer 12/25/12

    -by Webmaster
    Christmas Jam musicians, fans help build Habitat house with own hands
  • Support men who experience sexual trauma

    -by Letters
    This letter responds to the article “Breaking the Silence” [Dec. 18 Xpress] regarding sexual violence experienced by men. I applaud the comments made by John Langlois, who courageously speaks out…
  • A place for poetry

    -by Letters
    I wonder why there is no poetry printed in your paper, when it was once a common fact of everyday culture to have verses printed. Yeats was printed in local…
  • Carbon dioxide does not cause global warming

    -by Letters
    Among the many false beliefs with which people have been brainwashed, the belief that human generation of carbon dioxide is causing the Earth’s atmosphere to heat up is one of…
  • Dangerous highway is a disgrace

    -by Letters
    Does anyone doubt that the 50 yards or so past Westgate on Interstate 240 west is the worst piece of highway in North Carolina? And every halfhearted attempt to patch…

    -by Webmaster
    In last week’s food article about Katuah Market, a new grocery store in Biltmore Village [“Katuah Market Stocks the Shelves,” Dec. 11 Xpress], it was reported that the store would…