The Sustainability Issue

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  • Sustainable style

    -by Alli Marshall
    Fashion contains, within its definition, a nod to newness and immediacy. But it’s also based in custom and convention, and in industry. The hillside community known as Chicken Hill —…
  • At the intersection of art and technology

    -by Alli Marshall
    Just four months after announcing its split from Moogfest booker/promoter AC Entertainment, Moog Music released the news that the festival not only has a new date (April 25-27, 2014) but…
  • One life to live

    -by Alli Marshall
    “To be in the middle of a novel that’s going somewhere is the best feeling,” says North Carolina-born author Jill McCorkle. That’s definitely the case for readers, but McCorkle is…
  • Serious soul

    -by Webmaster
    The opening to “Thin Blue” hinges on a perfectly executed bait and switch. Smooth guitar, soft cymbal splashes, and far-off coos back Juan Holladay, leader and singer for Asheville’s Secret…
  • Avant-Punk

    -by Webmaster
    That Cut, the third solo effort from Chris Corsano, draws much of its inspiration from the Minutemen is a little hard to believe. Though undeniably eclectic and powerful, the seminal…
  • State of the Arts

    -by Kyle Sherard
    This is second of a two-part series about Asheville’s art market. The first article appeared March 26 and discussed Asheville artists taking their work elsewhere to find new exhibition outlets,…
  • The golden mean

    -by Alli Marshall
    Even though the music industry has changed drastically in the last decade or so, there’s still a certain career trajectory expectation: Make a great album, attract some label interest, tour…
  • Smart Bets: Sonmi

    -by Xpress Staff
    "Sonmi consistently explores the delicate balance between natural humanism and the harder side of modern technology in their compositions," the band says in its bio. Now, six years into its…
  • Smart Bets: Music Video Asheville

    -by Xpress Staff
    The videos have been filmed, the submissions are in, and, for the sixth year, Music Video Asheville gears up to celebrate local musicians and filmmakers. "Grammy-style attire with Asheville flair"…
  • Smart Bets: The Love Language

    -by Xpress Staff
    It's been just about a year since we last checked in with Raleigh-based The Love Language. At the time, the band — fronted by Stu McLamb — was working on…
  • Smart Bets: Asheville Creative Symposium

    -by Xpress Staff
    Organizers for the newly minted Asheville Creativity Symposium: From the Imagination Storm to the Creative Form, describe it as "an imaginatively dynamic event." Poet/creative entrepreneur James Navé and musician River…
  • In the gray area between tradition and innovation

    -by Webmaster
    “To be a craftsperson is to be inherently an inventor at heart,” says Kathryn Gremley, curator of Breaking Ground: Innovative Craft, on display at HandMade in America’s downtown Asheville exhibition…
  • Raising craft consciousness

    -by Webmaster
  • Calendar highlights: Earth Day, Grapes of Wrath, Children First/CIS

    -by Webmaster
  • Clubland features: VietNam, Earth Day and Asheville FM

    -by Webmaster
    Don’t call it a comeback: Brooklyn-based indie rock outfit VietNam quietly dissolved after the success of its self-titled debut in 2007, but principle songwriter Michael Gerner is back with a…


  • Bottle Blonde: Asheville Distilling releases a new whiskey

    -by Emily Patrick
    Troy & Sons Blonde is finally available at ABC stores.
  • This bread is our bread

    -by Emily Patrick
    How to read bread The color and texture of a loaf of bread tells a story about how it was made. When reading a loaf, remember that every baker has…
  • Tupelo takeover

    -by Emily Patrick
    Tupelo Honey Café announced last week that it’s opening a new location in Chattanooga. The restaurant, which opened on Pritchard Park in 2000, now has six locations in North Carolina…
  • Get your game on

    -by Emily Patrick
    Fifteen years ago, nine Asheville hunters got together at Fine Friends Restaurant on Merrimon Avenue to clean out their freezers. They brought the yields of hunts past, and the restaurant’s…
  • Peep the farm scene on the big screen

    -by Emily Patrick
    See what life is like on Asheville’s farms without getting your shoes dirty. On Wednesday, April 24, Slow Food Asheville will show three short films that focus on local food…
  • Once a wine shop, twice a wine shop

    -by Emily Patrick
    Charlotte Street's retail offerings took a hit last year after Blue Water Seafood and The Wine Studio closed within a few weeks of each other. But now, a wine shop…


  • Sustainability in the garden

    -by Webmaster
    Without seeds, gardens would just be masses of dirt. Everything from tiny tomato germ to a hefty handful of future watermelons hold the keys to life deep within their seed…
  • Tailgate time is here

    -by Webmaster


  • A healthy perspective: A local doctor ponders a future of better care

    -by Caitlin Byrd
    President and CEO of the Mountain Area Health Education Center for a little more than a year, Dr. Jeff Heck says the academic medical center has an eye toward not…
  • Missing link: The gaps in the sustainable economy

    -by David Forbes
    From a desk in a former public-housing unit across from the W.C. Reid Center, Marilyn Bass ponders what a sustainable economy should look like.
  • Shared creation: Building a better future from Asheville’s margins

    -by David Forbes
    In Asheville’s thirst for sustainability, it's easy to forget that a third of the city's workers are low-wage, and in some neighborhoods, survival is the top priority.
  • Challenging the paradigm: Environmental educators plant seeds of change

    -by Jake Frankel
    Even as corporations spend billions of dollars on advertising and lobbying to encourage maximum consumption, local environmental educators are working hard to shape a more sustainable worldview — one mind…
  • Sustainability: Looking forward

    -by Webmaster
    Earth Day means more than a one-day-a-year celebration. And it’s bigger than environmental issues. In our April 17 edition, we delve into the many issues under the sustainability umbrella.
  • Rooftop resources

    -by Webmaster
    It’s not every day that a local small business gets its product tested by a hurricane. But Living Roofs Inc., a local company founded 2006 by Kathryn Blatt Ancaya and…
  • Blotter

    -by Webmaster
    Openings Farm Burger, 10 Patton Ave. 348-8540. Hookah Joe’s bar, 388 N. French Broad Ave. (Pictured, dancer Ishani Ishaya, courtesy of Hookah Joe’s.) Pizza Pura, 342 Depot St.…
  • What’s next for Western Highlands Network?

    -by Caitlin Byrd
    One week after state officials notified Western Highlands Network of plans to end its Medicaid waiver contract July 31, WHN board members report that the future of the Asheville-based organization…
  • From Asheville to the world

    -by Webmaster
    American culture is ripe for a more positive economic system, and it’s entering “a period where neither reform or revolution is likely, and this will force people to build things,”…
  • Staying in the 10th

    -by Jake Frankel
    Despite poll numbers fueling speculation that he might run for U.S. Senate next year, Rep. Patrick McHenry says he'll seek another term in the U.S. House representing Western North Carolina's…
  • Back in the game

    -by Jake Frankel
    The former co-founder of Local Edge Radio is calling the new show "Les Radio," broadcasting Monday through Friday from 1-3 pm. Lesley Groetsch previously co-hosted Local Edge on 880 The…
  • Plotting the future

    -by Aiyanna Sezak-Blatt
    "Corporate capitalism is unable to meet the needs of people and planet," said community economic development specialist Howard Nemon, speaking on April 10 at the West Asheville EarthFare. He was…


  • Coming into focus: Asheville’s worldview war

    -by Webmaster
    Our little city is on the front lines of a full-blown worldview war — self-interest and sustainability.
  • Asheville Argus: You say “sustainability …”

    -by Max Cooper
    We've been working on the sustainability issue for weeks, and I thought I was off the hook. As staff photographer, I get to dodge a lot of big questions. In…
  • Fragmented?

    -by Jake Frankel
    Asheville made another top ten list April 9, but this one's not going to please the local chamber of commerce. Huffington Post columnist David Landsel features Asheville in his list…
  • Huffy Post

    -by Webmaster
    Asheville’s much-touted charm and mystique failed to impress social-media generalist David Landsel, who included 28801 in his April 8 Huffington Post travel polemic, “10 Terribly Overrated Destinations.” As a caption…
  • Litter by any other name

    -by Webmaster
    If a teenager drives by and tosses a used soda bottle in one driveway, he can be fined hundreds of dollars for littering. If the Asheville Citizen-Times drives by and…
  • Voting rights curtailed

    -by Webmaster
    House Bill 451, filed with the state legislature on March 27, will cut a full week of early voting and abolish voting on Sunday. While conservative politicians claim that this…
  • Thank you for telling a nearly forgotten story

    -by Webmaster
    Kudos to Jake Frankel for his revealing April article, “Bought and Sold,” regarding Buncombe County’s endeavor to publish records of the sale and trade of the very human beings upon…
  • Don’t throw red wolves under the bus

    -by Webmaster
    Thank you for your April 10 article "Don't Tread on Me." Your article mentions the possibility of closing the WNC Nature Center, home to one of the Species Survival Programs…
  • Heed the howl of America’s greatest symbol

    -by Webmaster
    After reading your April 10 article "Don't Tread on Me," I felt an immediate sense of both worry and dread. The article mentions the potential closing of the WNC Nature…