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It's the season to be spooky, and Xpress has rounded up a selection of Halloween happenings for all ages and interests. Horrifying high schools, macabre masquerades and daring dance parties make the list. Happy haunting!


  • Scary good: Halloween happenings in and around Asheville

    -by Alli Marshall
    Tricks, treats, haunted high schools, macabre masquerades, terrifying bike tours, frightening feasts, daring dance parties and maudlin makeout sessions: Xpress has hunted down the thrills and chills in and around…
  • How bestselling writer Beth Revis became an indie author

    -by Doug Gibson
    Beth Revis was having trouble getting her novel published. That may seem like an odd reversal for the author, who will be at Malaprop’s on Monday, Nov. 3, with a…
  • Smart bets: Lonesome River Band

    -by Alli Marshall
    Nashville-based bluegrass collective Lonesome River Band has been performing for more than 30 years. The group joined Steve Martin on the “Late Show with David Letterman,” it’s played the Grand…
  • Smart bets: Weaverville Art Safari

    -by Kat McReynolds
    Founded in 2001 by artist Lelia Canter, the Weaverville Art Safari is a free, self-guided art studio tour that “provides the exclusive opportunity to delve into the thriving artist enclave…
  • Smart bets: Ivy Rowe

    -by Kat McReynolds
    Barbara Bates Smith probably isn’t feeling any butterflies relating to her upcoming theatrical performance at N.C. Stage Company, having already embodied gutsy mountain woman Ivy Rowe more than 700 times…
  • Struggle, culture, faith

    -by Aiyanna Sezak-Blatt
    For the Alayo Dance Company of San Francisco, C.A., choreography is used to communicate an Afro-Cuban narrative. Alayo's work is especially dynamic because it draws from many styles and techniques,…
  • Smart bets: The Cosmic Happy Slam!

    -by Kat McReynolds
    Check your coat and your drama at the door. The Cosmic Happy Slam! youth poetry event was created to remind stressed teens that “in the midst of our crazy, busy…
  • Fully exposed: Renowned poet Gavin Geoffrey Dillard returns to WNC

    -by Alli Marshall
    If someone was making a movie of Gavin Geoffrey Dillard’s life, Jared Leto would fall all over himself to land the lead role: An Asheville-born artist and writer (Dillard grew…


  • Beignets come to Brevard

    -by Geraldine H. Dinkins
    If a Creole-inspired, French-named restaurant in a small town in Western North Carolina needs something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue for a lasting union, Louisiana-born chef Jaime…
  • Beer Scout: Noble Cider goes west

    -by Thom O'Hearn
    Since late 2013, it was clear the current Noble Cider facility on the edge of town in Arden would be a temporary home. “We’ve been working out of a shared…
  • CiderFest 2014: Cider industry flourishes in WNC

    -by Jacqui Castle
    Nina Zinn, the Western North Carolina Green Building Council’s development and outreach coordinator, is excited about this year’s CiderFest. “Instead of five cider makers, we have 16 this year,” says…
  • Cigar City Brewing scouts Asheville

    -by Thom O'Hearn
    What do Oskar Blues, Sierra Nevada, New Belgium and Cigar City have in common? They’re all award-winning craft breweries, and they’re all growing fast. Soon they might have another thing…


  • Conscious party: Give!Local blasts off

    -by Abigail Griffin
    Free party at The Orange Peel to celebrate Asheville’s first Give!Local campaign THE MISSION: To raise funds and awareness for 30 worthy local nonprofits that make a big difference where we…
  • Wisdom councils chart new pathways to direct democracy in WNC

    -by Jordan Foltz
    It’s election season — time to pay attention to candidate platforms, get educated on the issues and let your voice be heard … right? Though many dedicated voters go to…


  • Max Queen solid as an oak

    -by Letters
    Many in the political landscape are like tumbleweeds, blown by the prevailing winds of current opinion. I want to endorse a candidate for Buncombe County school board who is solid…
  • Terry Van Duyn demonstrates focus and priorities

    -by Letters
    In the six short months that Terry Van Duyn has served in the North Carolina Senate, she has clearly demonstrated her focus and priorities. She supports the following: strengthening the educational…
  • Elitist Asheville

    -by Molton
  • Tom Hill endorses equal rights and shares our priorities

    -by Letters
    Some readers of the Mountain Xpress may be reluctant to vote for Tom Hill for the U.S. House of Representatives because he has not been an outspoken supporter of LGBT…
  • What else do liberals want from county residents?

    -by Letters
      Asheville’s lobbyist in Raleigh makes $100,000, part of how they work against Buncombe County residents. If it weren’t for Rep. Tim Moffitt, Asheville would have taken over Biltmore Lake,…
  • Lifelong Republican supports Tate MacQueen for Congress

    -by Letters
    I wish everyone in the 10th Congressional District would have the opportunity to know Tate MacQueen as I do. I’ve known him his entire life, and I’m very proud that…
  • Swannanoa has more

    -by Letters
    I live in Swannanoa and was tickled to see the recent mention of Black Mountain and Swannanoa as small places you might not know about but might want to check…
  • You can see Ager and Frost at work; seeing is believing here in WNC

    -by Letters
    When it comes to east Buncombe County issues, I’ve seen John Ager and Ellen Frost show up at the Swannanoa Community Advisory Group meetings I helped organize. This group deals with…
  • Asheville Disclaimer 10/29/14

    -by Xpress Staff
    Asheville magistrates object to gay marriage
  • Ingles has been a pivotal player on food scene

    -by Letters
    In the recent issue of Mountain Xpress, they detail a timeline of “Asheville’s Food Scene Evolution” that includes many who work with food vendors and in food-related programs (ASAP, BR Food…
  • Swannanoa has a lot to offer

    -by Letters
    I’m very disappointed in your sparse coverage of Swannanoa in your “Spotlight on Small Towns” [Oct. 8, Xpress]. I was left wondering if Swannaoa boasts only the one business you…
  • Time to vote for Matthew Martin for District Court judge

    -by Letters
    Early voting has started, and this election I will be voting for Matthew Martin for Buncombe County’s District Court Judge. It is no secret that budgets across the state have…
  • Monster mashEVILle

    -by Brent Brown
    I was drinking in the L.A.B., late one night…