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  • Ready for their closeup

    -by Alli Marshall
    According to Robert Gaston, a filmmaker and the organizer of Asheville's first-ever LGBTQ film festival, QFest, there are certain programming rules for the opening feature. "You never open with a…
  • Pride minus prejudice

    -by Alli Marshall
    Pride in Asheville — we're not talking your run-of-the-mill civic pride (which is great too), but LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and questioning), Pride — has evolved over the years.…
  • “A certain methodic sensibility”

    -by Alli Marshall
    "My brother where do you intend to go tonight? I heard that you missed your connecting flight, to the Blue Ridge Mountains, over near Tennessee." So begins the song "Blue…
  • Wolfroy comes to town

    -by Jaye Bartell
    “Go folks! Go forth! Go folks! Trust your brain! Trust your body!” Perhaps the myths that cast Bonnie “Prince” Billy (stage name of Kentucky-born musician Will Oldham) as a misanthrope…
  • Art Bets: Phil Cheney at Ananda

    -by Webmaster
    Imagine navigating Dragon Con via the Beatles’ Yellow Submarine, or joining Dr. Who on a trip to Burning Man. Such is the work of Phil Cheney, whose paintings are bright,…
  • Art Bets: Patterns

    -by Webmaster
    Patterns is a broad theme for the broad range of art now on display at COOP studio, gallery and performance space in downtown Asheville. There are the geometric patterns drawn…
  • Art Bets: Porge Buck

    -by Kyle Sherard
    Porge Buck is a longtime resident of the River Arts District, iso it is suitable for the Flood Gallery Fine Art Center in the Phil Mechanic Building to host a…
  • Art Bets: Black Mountain Invasion

    -by Kyle Sherard
    a href=”” medley of art, dance, music and color theory stemming from the philosophical endeavors of ‘50s-era Black Mountain College is coming to Asheville. The first week of October will…
  • Art Bets: Gene Felice

    -by Webmaster
    Perhaps you’ve heard of rapid prototype technology — when objects are made in a machine programmed by a computer, rapidly. Interested in the “mutations” that can occur as the html…
  • The Profiler

    -by Webmaster
    The Suspect: Mates of State This California husband/wife, organ/drums duo just released Mountaintops in early September. Pitchfork calls the album’s first single, “Palomino,” “celestial pop with a chorus as big…
  • Smart Bets: Telic

    -by Xpress Staff
    Local metal band Telic describes its sound as creative, moving, epic, listenable and bursting with power. The group has been getting comfy on The Orange Peel stage (for their own…
  • Smart Bets: Zach Deputy

    -by Xpress Staff
    It's one thing to be a one-man band, but self-described "island-infused, drum 'n' bass, gospel-ninja-soul" performer Zach Deputy is (and we paraphrase) a one-man dance party. Thanks to singer/songwriter savvy,…
  • Smart Bets: Green Carpet Gala for Planned Parenthood

    -by Xpress Staff
    Rack up some serious good karma at the Green Carpet Gala. The evening of earth-friendly art and fashion is righteous enough — an art sale, raffle, silent auction and live…
  • Smart Bets: Hot Rize

    -by Xpress Staff
    Not only is bluegrass band Hot Rize a star-studded super group (original members are mandolin player Tim O'Brien and Pete Wernick on banjo; bassist Nick Forster joined three months in…
  • Weekly Picks

    -by Webmaster
    Liven up science at Crazy Chemistry, a program for children, on Wednesday, Sept. 28 at 10:30 a.m. Held at Hands On! 318 North Main St. in Hendersonville. Info: http://handsonwnc.org. Pulitzer…


  • Our life in cake

    -by Mackensy Lunsford
    Every town has a cake lady, says Jodi Rhoden. "These are the women who bake the cakes for their community's special occasions: weddings, birthdays, church barbecues and even funerals," she…
  • Small Bites: Culinary couple behind Never Blue brings their comfortable tapas style to Asheville

    -by Mackensy Lunsford
    Early next month, Jesse Roque and her husband, Edson, will open their third restaurant, Never Blue on Broadway, at 27 Broadway St. in downtown Asheville. The first of their burgeoning…
  • Small Bites: Look homeward, diner

    -by Webmaster
    Thomas Wolfe spent much of his childhood living in his mother’s ramshackle boardinghouse among transient visitors and small-town eccentrics. Many of those who filtered in and out of Wolfe’s life…
  • Get giddy, garlic lovers

    -by Webmaster
    If garlic has a cult following, WNC has its fair share of steadfast devotees. Not only do we eat it, but area farmers and home gardeners grow it. Lots of…
  • Small Bites: Wine and dine for dogs

    -by Webmaster
    On Tuesday, Oct. 4, Roux at the Hilton Asheville Biltmore Park hosts the second annual “Whine and Dine” Dinner Gala to benefit the Animal Compassion Network’s Foster/Adoption programs on Tuesday,…


  • Mark Cates

    -by Webmaster
    Name: Mark Cates Occupation: Aerospace engineer/small-business consultant/entrepreneur Party affiliation, if any: Republican Political experience: Class president, Landon Junior High School, class of ’84 Endorsements: Thomas Smith, president, WNC Cornhole Players…
  • Asheville City Council candidates: In their own words

    -by Webmaster
    Housing. Jobs. Poverty. Development. Budgets. Neighborhoods. Taxes. Fights with Raleigh. The accountability of those charged with enforcing and interpreting the law. These are some of the issues in this year’s…
  • The quality of Mercy

    -by Webmaster
    “The quality of mercy is not strain’d, It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven.” — The Merchant of Venice Plenty of people would be happy to give their mother-in-law…
  • Saul Chase

    -by Webmaster
    Name: Saul Chase Occupation: Retired teacher; SAT test-preparation coach Party affiliation, if any: Democrat Political experience: Boone Town Council, 1985-89, 1991-95; president pro tempore, 1993-95. Endorsements: Mayor Loretta Clawson of…
  • Jan Davis

    -by Webmaster
    Name: Jan Davis Occupation: Owner, Jan Davis Tire Store Party affiliation, if any: Democrat Political experience: Incumbent Asheville City Council, two terms. Endorsements: Esther Manheimer and Brownie Newman 1) How…
  • Lael Gray

    -by Webmaster
    Name: Lael Gray Occupation: Program development/marketing director, Asheville JCC Party affiliation, if any: Unaffiliated Political experience: Activist, community organizer; board member: Building Bridges of Asheville, Smart Start of Buncombe County,…
  • Marc Hunt

    -by Webmaster
    Name: Marc Hunt Occupation: Land conservation program officer, Open Space Institute Party affiliation, if any: Democrat Political experience: None Endorsements: Gordon Smith, Brownie Newman, Cecil Bothwell, Esther Manheimer, Sierra Club,…
  • Tim Peck

    -by Webmaster
    Name: Tim Peck Occupation: Warehouse order picker, Arvato Digital Services Party affiliation, if any: Unaffiliated Political experience: None yet. Endorsements: None provided. 1) How much money have you raised for…
  • Chris Pelly

    -by Webmaster
    Name: Chris Pelly Occupation: Real estate broker, Keller Williams Professionals Party affiliation: Lifelong Democrat Political experience: 12 years as president of Haw Creek Community Association; former president, Coalition of Asheville…
  • TJ Thomasson

    -by Webmaster
    Name: TJ Thomasson Occupation: Assistant innkeeper Party affiliation, if any: None Political experience: Volunteered in the successful campaigns of Patsy Keever, Susan Fisher, Barack Obama. Also volunteered for Hillary Clinton…
  • A Little Church and Great Big Elk

    -by Webmaster
    What: The Little Cataloochee Church is just a tiny white cabin with a steeple, but it’s been worth a visit since 1889. The Friends of the Smokies will offer a…
  • Green Scene: Superneighbor

    -by Susan Andrew
    "Would you like a bottle of water?" asks Larry Rice as we complete a brief tour of his family’s property off Mills Gap Road in south Asheville. Rice’s parents bought…
  • The Beat: Rumors brewing

    -by Webmaster
    “For weeks, rumors have swirled around town that the Colorado-based New Belgium Brewing is considering opening a brewery in Asheville — and that Asheville and Buncombe County officials might offer…


  • The Gospel According to Jerry

    -by Jerry Sternberg
    If you own a home, farm or business, you could suffer huge losses when Jesse James and his Eminent Domain Gang ride onto your spread — unless you know what…
  • Sen. Forrester: Black Mountain needs a new slogan too

    -by Webmaster
    It's been almost 30 years since I was moved to write another letter to a paper, but the urge to respond to the recent comments by Sen. Jim Forrester was…
  • What shall we do without us?

    -by Webmaster
    A few weeks ago I broke my knee. It was a big dramatic affair with a 911 call, firefighters and an ambulance ride. I rode in the ambulance to Mission…
  • Real progressives do!

    -by Webmaster
    You hear much about “Asheville, the bastion of the progressive,” as in “making progress toward better conditions; employing or advocating more enlightened or liberal ideas, i.e., a progressive community. “Making,”…
  • Jan, Jan he’s our man

    -by Webmaster
    Allow me to add my endorsement and wholehearted support to re-elect Jan Davis to Asheville City Council. His deep roots in the community and his four decades of civic and…
  • Vote for Chris Pelly

    -by Webmaster
    An experienced neighborhood advocate like Chris in City Council can ensure that our neighborhoods needs and concerns are heard! When residents and homeowners have to react to each issue in…
  • A valid driver’s license should be required to buy alcohol

    -by Paul King
    In North Carolina, individuals with revoked or suspended driver’s licenses can buy alcohol just like anyone else. This needs to stop. Please contact your state legislators and ask them to…
  • Facebook Outrage

    -by Brent Brown
  • Weekly Asheville Disclaimer Page: 09/28/11

    -by Webmaster
    • American hikers freed from Iran celebrate by skydiving into Syria at low altitude at night • Man arrested with 1 gram of ecstasy to be arraigned for possession; upgraded…