Untangling travel: A look at city-county trip expenses

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Norn Cutson
In honor of this year’s Sunshine Week — a nationwide celebration of transparency in government (or the lack of it) — Xpress decided to take a look at publicly subsidized travel by elected officials and employees of Buncombe County and the city of Asheville during the 2016 calendar year. Here’s what we found.


  • Album review: ‘Pretty Little Troubles’ by Malcolm Holcombe

    -by Bill Kopp
    For this album, Holcombe has enlisted the musical support of multi-instrumentalist and producer Darrell Scott and a short list of other ace players.
  • Tours of Grovewood Village’s historic dye house start April 1

    -by Alli Marshall
    The dye house, located in historic Grovewood Village, next door to the Grove Wood Gallery, has sat empty since 1980. The building, part of Biltmore Industries, houses the original looms,…
  • Smart bets: Chinelo Okparanta

    -by Emily Glaser
    The novelist will read and discuss her writings with series creator Wiley Cash on Tuesday, April 4, in UNCA’s Laurel Forum.
  • Local spoken-word artist creates a platform for dialogue about race

    -by Ami Worthen
    Nicole Townsend's upcoming production, Existing While Black, was created because she was “wanting a platform to where we can go deeper and talk about things that are uncomfortable, that hurt,…
  • ACT and UNCA team up to produce ‘Peter and the Starcatcher’

    -by Lauren Stepp
    Asheville Community Theatre and the UNC Asheville the drama department collaborate on Peter and the Starcatcher, a Tony Award-winning prequel to Peter Pan. It opens on Thursday, March 30 at…
  • Smart bets: Wah!

    -by Emily Glaser
    Wah! will offer her vocal talents to the 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. services at Jubilee Community Church on Sunday, April 2, before her healing concert at 6 p.m.
  • The Allah-Las make their third concert visit to Asheville

    -by Bill Kopp
    The band played The Mothlight in 2014, and four years ago the Allah-Las first performed in Asheville at The Orange Peel; that night's bill included two other bands with a…
  • Smart bets: Livingdog

    -by Emily Glaser
    Expect to hear some new tunes during Livingdog's upcoming performance with Clint Roberts at Burger Bar on Friday, March 31.
  • Smart bets: The Blackpack

    -by Emily Glaser
    The Blackpack will host "How to Turn the News into Great Comedy,” a free preperformance discussion for ticketholders, at the BLOCK Off Biltmore on Friday, March 31, at 5 p.m.…
  • Conscious party: Harmonia by the River

    -by Kat McReynolds
    Harmonia brings sanctuary spaces to festivals of various sizes, and on Sunday, April 9, the nonprofit will host its own event — a donation-based fundraiser at Salvage Station.




  • Screen scene: Local film news

    -by Edwin Arnaudin
    The Asheville tennis community celebrates the life of Dave Carey, Grail Moviehouse kicks off its Silent Sundays series and more.