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Emily Busey. Cover photograph by Max Cooper, inside photo by Bill Rhodes


  • Juggling, pythons and motorized scooters

    -by Alli Marshall
    Asheville's punk scene may be underground (if it were mainstream, it wouldn't be punk, right?) but it's also vibrant and busy. Looking for a punk show? Check out the Asheville…
  • Carrying each other musically

    -by Webmaster
    There’s an old saying, “Who wants to sing, sings.” The West Asheville Community Chorus nurtures a passion for singing on this basis. Regardless of participants’ experience or skill level, the…
  • Trivia Night goes to the dogs

    -by Webmaster
    On Monday, March 12, Kipper’s Totally Rad Trivia does it doggy style. That is, the Everything Is Terrible video mash-up collective, dressed in dog costumes, will take over for the…
  • The Profiler

    -by Webmaster
    The Suspect: Miss Tess and the Bon Ton Parade NBC New York says, “They pull off that tightrope musical trick that is modern vintage without being twee or derivative.” Tess’…
  • Smart Bets: Krektones album release

    -by Xpress Staff
    Multi-instrumentalist extraordinaire Jason Krekel informs us that the Krektones are instro-rock — "don't call 'em surf cuz we's in the mountains" — and they'll be releasing their first EP on…
  • Smart Bets: Time Warped book signing

    -by Xpress Staff
    Inspiration can come from the most unlikely of places. For author Tracey L. Pacelli, the impetus for her young adult novel, Time Warped, rose out of a battle with stage…
  • Weekly Picks

    -by Webmaster
    One part hip-hop, two parts Indian dance, a Bhangra aerobics class will be offered on Wednesday, March 7 at Carver Community Center, 101 Carver Ave., Black Mountain, from 6:30-7:30 p.m.…


  • After the closing of Fiore’s, Chef Anthony Cerrato looks ahead

    -by Mackensy Lunsford
    Fiore's Ristorante Toscana abruptly closed on Tuesday, Feb. 28 after a family dispute over chef and co-owner Anthony Cerrato's announced departure from the restaurant. The building, owned by Cerrato's father,…
  • Mr. Frog’s Wild Ride

    -by Mackensy Lunsford
    After focusing on Italian, German and Indian food in his many years as a chef, Vijay Shastri is turning to the cuisine of the American South. This spring, Shastri will…
  • Small Bites: Mother Earth Produce takes farm-to-table to heart

    -by Webmaster
    Mother Earth Produce recently crossed our food radar, and we think the produce-delivery company is a novel idea. The business is run by two young entrepreneurs, Andrea and Graham DuVall,…
  • Small Bites: Umbrella drinks, coconuts and lobster

    -by Webmaster
    The now-shuttered Mo Daddy's won't be empty for long, says owner John Atwater, who closed the business because "it wasn't making any money," he tells Xpress. Atwater plans for Mamacita's…
  • Small Bites: Ready, set … GO! Food-service skills program gets money

    -by Webmaster
    The Buncombe County Board of Commissioners earlier this month voted to give $50,000 in start-up money to the GO Kitchen-Ready Training Program, managed by Green Opportunities and Mark Rosenstein, founder…
  • See those boys with the red dresses on

    -by Anne Fitten Glenn
    Hash House Harriers raise cash for American Heart Association More than 80 drinkers with a running problem showed up at Asheville Brewing Company last month to raise money for the…
  • Small Bites: Quick bites from around the Asheville area

    -by Webmaster
    Congrats to the local James Beard Nominees: Katie Button of Cúrate has been nominated by the James Beard Foundation for the Rising Star Chef Award, awarded to chefs under 30…


  • Slow and steady

    -by Caitlin Byrd
    Every Thursday at 4 p.m., Michael Davis swaps the white cotton maintenance uniform with his last name stitched on the chest for a silky jacket with a dragon embroidered on…
  • Conscious Party

    -by Webmaster
    What: The Fiddlers of Madison County to benefit The Madison County Arts Council. Where: The Madison County Arts Center, 90 S. Main St. in Marshall. When: Saturday, March 10. Two…
  • United/divided: Occupy Asheville shakes up local protest culture

    -by David Forbes
    [Editor’s note: The Occupy movement’s unusual nature makes it hard to generalize about the group’s aims, beliefs and even actions. In developing this story, Xpress spent months talking with a…
  • Signing off: Asheville City Council considers joining billboard lawsuit

    -by David Forbes
    Asheville City Council Feb. 28, 2012 meeting Lenoir-Rhyne University comes to Montford Council endorses local food campaign Some of the biggest news at Asheville City Council's Feb. 28 meeting concerned…
  • The Beat: Xpress wins six awards from the N.C Press Association

    -by Margaret Williams
    In the 2011 North Carolina Press Association awards, Mountain Xpress was honored in six different categories for various stories, projects and publications produced last year: • 1st place: News Feature…
  • Election 2012: Who’s in the running

    -by Webmaster
    Feb. 29 was the last day for candidates to file for all the races up for grabs in the May 8 primary. At this writing, there are 24 candidates for…


  • Crime

    -by Molton
  • Dichotomy Economy

    -by Brent Brown
  • Weekly Asheville Disclaimer Page: 03/07/12

    -by Webmaster
    • Fiore’s grounded until it’s thought about what it’s done Restaurant not allowed to hang out with customers until it’s spent ‘significant’ amount of time in thinking chair • Syrian…
  • It’s about us

    -by Webmaster
    Buncombe County needs greenways! I say this from several perspectives. First, I’m a runner. I love running, and I love to share that passion. The running bug bit me five…
  • ALE laws hinder Sunday morning religious activities

    -by Webmaster
    I was recently in a local store, intending to purchase a single bottle of wine. I was notified by the cashier that I'd have to wait until noon to purchase…
  • Ethan Wingfield: Conservative or fraud?

    -by Webmaster
    Twenty-six-year-old Ethan Wingfield is running for the GOP nod for the 11th Congressional District as a conservative businessman. Since he has not held office before, one can only judge the…
  • Ten reasons to vote Republican in November

    -by Webmaster
    If you want the government to come between a woman and her doctor in personal matters of family planning; if mandating a trans-vaginal ultrasound is more important than the economy…
  • Recent Xpress commentary is an embarrassment

    -by Webmaster
    Felicia Dickson's misguided, rambling commentary on the "N-word" so clearly displayed her near-complete ignorance of racial relations, the laws of our land and normal human behavior that I felt it…
  • Why don’t we choose compassion?

    -by Webmaster
    “Eat This Vacation,” a food story in the Feb. 7 Xpress, is a glaring example of the disconnect that most humans have about food. The article was accompanied by a…
  • What’re you up to?

    -by Webmaster
    If the current water talks end in the formation of a Regional Water Agreement, I was wondering if all the participating members will be burdened by the unfair Sullivan Acts,…
  • Thanks for noticing me

    -by Webmaster
    On Jan. 30, I forgot to follow through with a late water payment to the city of Asheville. Truly my bad. Fifteen days later, a man in a big truck…
  • Practice what you peddle

    -by Nathanael Roney
    Will the Asheville Police Department lead by example of the social order they've been tasked to uphold and not ride their bikes on sidewalks? As they pass, I'm forced to…
  • Anti-corporate and proud of it

    -by Webmaster
    Asheville City Council has adopted a measure denouncing corporate personhood and unlimited political campaign expenditures. Good for them. Despite being wholly symbolic, this adds Asheville to the growing list of…
  • People and profits are in harmony

    -by Webmaster
    In today's headlines and protest signs we hear pleas to "put people ahead of profits." But are people and profits opposed to one another? In commercial transactions, two parties profit:…