WELCOME TO THE 2017 KIDS ISSUE: Mountain Xpress presents this year's Kids Issue, our annual celebration of K-12 student art and writing.

What matters to me? (Kids issue)

Volume
23
/ Issue
34

Cover Design Credit:

Caroline Tintinger, seventh grade (face), and Oriah Doellgast, first-grade (background), both of Rainbow Community School

Cover Photography Credit:

Norn Cutson
Xpress asked local K-12 students to submit art, essays and poetry on the theme “What Matters to Me?” We received about 450 entries (our largest response ever), ranging from thoughtful submissions on social justice issues to sweet tributes to family, friendship and pets.

arts

  • KIDS Issue 2017: Moving to Asheville

    -by Xpress Contributor
    We continue to share more of the engaging student art and writing from the 2017 Kids Issue. In this post, we feature contributions from students at Asheville School and Claxton…
  • Kids Issue 2017: My life with friends

    -by Xpress Contributor
    We are continuing to share student art and writing from the 2017 Kids Issue. In this post, we feature contributions from students at Asheville School and The Learning Community School.
  • Kids Issue 2017: Music to my ears

    -by Xpress Contributor
    More lively art and writing from our spring 2017 Kids Issue. In this installment, writing from The Learning Community School and art from Claxton Elementary School.
  • Kids Issue 2017: The disappearance

    -by Xpress Contributor
    More engaging art and writing from our spring 2017 Kids Issue. In this installment, writing from The Learning Community School and art from Claxton Elementary School.
  • Kids Issue 2017: What has this become?

    -by Xpress Contributor
    "I am a proud black boy who is confused. I am confused why people with different skin colors don’t have equal rights. Black people have their rights, and white people…
  • Kids Issue 2017: Making the most of life

    -by Xpress Contributor
    "Because the thing about connecting with other people is it inspires you; maybe gives you new views, beliefs, new ideas of what you want to do."
  • Welcome to the Kids Issue 2017

    -by Tracy Rose
    Welcome to the online version of part I of Xpress’ 2017 Kids Issue, our annual feature celebrating the creativity of this area’s K-12 students. This year, we asked kids and…
  • Chicano Batman plays The Mothlight

    -by Bill Kopp
    The Los Angeles band's music — as showcased on its third and latest album, Freedom is Free, released March 3 — weds infectious soul grooves to thought-provoking lyrics, and draws…
  • Blackalicious makes its Grey Eagle debut

    -by Edwin Arnaudin
    DJ/producer Chief Xcel discusses the Sacramento hip-hop duo's Imani trilogy and the heightened sense of urgency stemming from lyricist Gift of Gab’s health issues.
  • Smart bets: The Moon and You

    -by Emily Glaser
    New Wave performance artist Daniel Ouellette will open the show at N.C. Stage Company on Sunday, March 19.
  • Ambient music trailblazer Hans-Joachim Roedelius returns to Asheville

    -by Bill Kopp
    Roedelius makes a rare North American appearance at The Mothlight on March 18 before heading to Knoxville for this year's Big Ears Festival.
  • Smart bets: Black Robin Hero and David Earl

    -by Emily Glaser
    Black Robin Hero and David Earl will celebrate their achievements with a dual record-release party.
  • Allan Wolf’s latest YA novel draws on the death of a childhood friend

    -by Doug Gibson
    Decades after the death of Allan Wolf’s boyhood friend Ed Disney, Wolf and his brother set out along a back road near their hometown of Blacksburg, Va., to find the…
  • Smart bets: The Dirty Badgers

    -by Emily Glaser
    The band will perform in Highland Brewing Co.’s tasting room on Friday, March 17.
  • Smart bets: The Space Cowboys & The Cosmic Girls

    -by Emily Glaser
    Deja Fuze opens the St. Patrick's Day show and DJ Shake1 will play dancing tunes late into the night.
  • Remembering Roseland Gardens

    -by Timothy Burkhardt
    While WNC remained segregated, Horace Rutherford — rumored to never turn away business — wasn’t opposed to allowing white people to drink at his bar, and Roseland Gardens may have…

food

living

  • Telehealth takes hold in Western North Carolina

    -by Peggy Hustad
    The mountains are calling, using a technology that still is deciding on what to call itself — whether telemedicine or telehealth. “Some say there’s no difference” between one term and the…
  • Conscious party: FEAST on the FARM

    -by Kat McReynolds
    Admission to an upcoming barbecue benefiting FEAST includes unlimited servings of pulled pork (raised on the same pasture hosting the event), collard greens, salad greens, barbecue tofu, baked beans, corn…

movies

  • Screen scene: Local film news

    -by Edwin Arnaudin
    Mechanical Eye hosts three events in as many days, Asheville Pizza screens a 4K restoration of Manhattan and more.

news

opinion

  • Letter writer: Movement seeks power for voters

    -by Letters
    "I represent an organization, NCwethepeople.org, whose intent is to engage enough public support that the legislators in Raleigh will recognize the wisdom in allowing “The People” to vote in November…
  • Letter writer: Act now on gerrymandering

    -by Letters
    '[Gerrymandering] encourages a lack of cooperation and increases the partisan divide because incumbents have almost guaranteed their re-election based on partisan district lines. Millions of votes across the nation go…
  • Letter writer: Is Hendersonville training center justified?

    -by Letters
    "While the threat of domestic terrorism is certainly real and merits public attention, when regarded dispassionately and juxtaposed with American suicide statistics, one must ask, which is the greater problem…
  • Tell your state legislators to ratify the ERA

    -by Xpress Contributor
    "I’ve learned that laws can be overturned, executive orders can be changed and congressional acts can be reversed. It is now clear that until women are explicitly included in the…
  • Letter writer: Early childhood funding shouldn’t require economic argument

    -by Letters
    "The case for investment in early childhood development is settled, really. Now, it becomes a matter of convincing state leaders to make the investment and to make it wisely."