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  • Smart Bets: Paleface

    -by Alli Marshall
    The indie-folk duo of singer-songwriter/namesake Paleface and percussionist/vocalist Mo Samelot performs at Warren Wilson College on Friday, April 4, at 9 p.m. Free.
  • Running away from Oz. Embracing Oz.

    -by Alli Marshall
    The many facets of N.C.-based chamber-pop project Fan Modine. That band plays The Mothlight, with Brazilian psych-pop outfit Boogarins and local folk-rockers Warm the Bell, on Saturday, April 5.
  • Out of bounds: Adventurous art at [Re] HAPPENING 2014

    -by Alli Marshall
    The event, now in its fifth year, will take place Saturday, April 5, at Lake Eden, Black Mountain College’s former home. The [Re] HAPPENING, a collaboration between Black Mountain College…
  • Smart Bets: The April Fool Show

    -by Xpress Staff
    This month would have marked the 60th birthday of the late (and much missed) local sculptor and painter Vadim Bora. The artist, originally from the Caucasus Mountains in Russia, came…
  • Seduction at the opera

    -by Toni Sherwood
    When David Malis was invited to direct Asheville Lyric Opera’s season opener and 15th anniversary production, Don Giovanni, he was determined to accept. So determined, in fact, that he made…
  • Smart Bets: Reagan Boggs

    -by Xpress Staff
    On Reagan Boggs’ new album, Quicksand, the country singer-songwriter examines “those mired living a routine existence, only to wake up one day wondering whatever happened to their dreams.” It’s a…
  • Fresh, local metalwork

    -by Webmaster
    Tailgate market season is back, and while many Ashevilleans are eager to fill their baskets with local, fresh kale and baguettes, other shoppers have their eyes on a different prize:…
  • Smart Bets: Majo John Madden and Tracey Schmidt

    -by Xpress Staff
    Though the styles of poets Tracey Schmidt and Majo John Madden are quite different — hers “beautiful, lyrical and haunting” and his “raw, sprawling and often very funny” — the…


  • As American as pierogies: Buffalo Nickel adds eclectic twist to West Asheville dining scene

    -by Jonathan Ammons
    West Asheville has been booming lately. Within the past year, Haywood Road has seen some significant changes to its dining and bar scene, the latest of which is the highly…
  • And good nutrition for all

    -by Micah Wilkins
    It all started with a letter from an 8-year-old to his school principal. “I wish the cafeteria were healthier,” wrote Liam Miller to Gordon Grant, Hall Fletcher Elementary’s principal. As…
  • Baked

    -by Webmaster
    What originally started as a married couple’s ploy to meet baking superstar Peter Reinhart has since turned into the Southeast’s largest baking and bread festival, drawing local and international world-class…
  • Helping hands

    -by Micah Wilkins
    Every few minutes, a mallet struck a gong in the gymnasium, followed by cheers and applause. Each sounding of the gong, on loan from the Asheville Symphony, indicated that 5,000…
  • BEER SCOUT: North Carolina Beer Month

    -by Thom O'Hearn
    Here in Asheville, we’ve long been ahead of the curve when it comes to craft beer. Now the entire state of North Carolina is getting up to speed as our…



  • A shifting identity: West Asheville’s storied past

    -by Grady Cooper
    West Asheville has maintained an identity so distinctive that visitors frequently ask if it’s really part of Asheville. That’s not surprising, considering the area’s history. (images courtesy of the N.C.…
  • Future vision

    -by Jesse Farthing
    A proposed zoning plan for the Haywood Road corridor , which would regulate development based on six types of districts, received mostly positive feedback from residents and business owners at…


  • Hendersonville

    -by Molton
  • Jack B. Nimby

    -by Brent Brown
  • Asheville Disclaimer 04/02/14

    -by Webmaster
    New bar named “Public “School” opening soon in Asheville
  • Don’t glorify killing animals for food

    -by Letters
    The March 19 Mountain Xpress featured summer camps for kids. One camp, Five Farms, takes kids to five different farms. Teaching children how vegetables are grown is laudable, but last…
  • Tree-pruning standards lacking

    -by Letters
    Asheville has the distinction of being named Tree City, USA, for the past 33 years. While not every tree in our city grows near a utility power line, many of…
  • Todd Williams for district attorney

    -by Webmaster
    North Carolina native Todd Williams is running for Buncombe County district attorney and deserves our votes on May 6. Williams has nearly 15 years of experience as a defense attorney…
  • Asheville or Cultural Appropriationville?

    -by Letters
    I love this city; Asheville, it’s great, right? The mountains are beautiful in the background, we have lots of bars and restaurants here, good art and mostly lovely weather. But…
  • Had enough of Stewart David’s letters

    -by Letters
    Geez-o-pete. Again? Is or is not Stewart David and his cadre of chain letter writers the most published submitters of Letters to the Editor ever? Is David a stakeholder at…
  • Ron Moore is the right choice

    -by Letters
    On May 6, I will cast my vote for District Attorney Ron Moore in the Democratic primary. Over 20 years ago my husband and I decided to raise our family…
  • Hi-Fi Cafe nourishes community

    -by Letters
    Every Tuesday afternoon a group of Asheville Middle School students and I walk a block and a half from the middle school to the Asheville Downtown Market, where we gather…
  • Don’t evict Hi-Fi Cafe

    -by Letters
    I cannot tell you how shocked I was to read about the eviction of Hi-Fi Cafe at the Downtown Market.  There are no businesses of this style in this area. …
  • Building owners respond to Hi-Fi Cafe concerns

    -by Letters
    Charlie and Troy Ball provided the following response to reader concerns about Hi-Fi Cafe and their plans for the building they own at 45 S. French Broad Ave.: There have…