Wish you were here…  Small Towns #2

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John Zara


  • Worth waiting for: Fletcher’s Scott Waldrop crafts balsamic vinegars

    -by Webmaster
    Fletcher artisan Scott Waldrop crafts balsamic vinegar in the footprints of his wine-making ancestors. And what he produces ... is worth waiting for.
  • Booking it: Behind the scenes of LEAF’s extensive lineup

    -by Alli Marshall
    LEAF is held this weekend, Thursday, Oct. 17-Sunday, Oct. 20, at Camp Rockmont in Black Mountain. Today is the last day to buy tickets.
  • Woodfin and Weaverville

    -by Webmaster
    Two of Asheville’s neighbors to the north — Woodfin and Weaverville — have truly come into their own in the past few years. Ensconced squarely between Asheville and Weaverville, Woodfin…
  • Black Mountain and Swannanoa

    -by Webmaster
    Lying at the edge of the Blue Ridge escarpment, Black Mountain and Swannanoa are known as "the front porch of the mountains." These towns have long served as a resting…
  • A dance for decent women: Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre’s provocative new production

    -by Aiyanna Sezak-Blatt
    In keeping with its commitment to producing provocative work, the company will present The Decent Women of Calle 58, a performance that strives to recreate the struggles and courage of…
  • Hot Springs and Marshall

    -by Webmaster
    Locals say that Hot Springs is where Mayberry meets the Twilight Zone. And neighboring town of Marshall is the kind of place where people shout out "happy birthday" to their…
  • Learning from mistakes

    -by Webmaster
    For all of its charms, the CBS comedy How I Met Your Mother doesn’t excel when it comes to music references. Ted Mosby, the protagonist searching for his true love,…
  • Burnsville, Celo and Spruce Pine

    -by Webmaster
    Thanks to a brand-new widened highway, Ashevilleans are now less than an hour away from a trio of distinct towns that offer a broad range of mountain living. Burnsville, Celo…
  • Art rock with extra art

    -by Alli Marshall
    “Nobody who sees us isn’t entertained,” says Shawn Kilroy, frontman for Philadelphia rock outfit Weird Hot. The band was a long time in the making, partly because Kilroy also stays…
  • State of the Arts: Target practice

    -by Kyle Sherard
    It would seem that shipping containers are becoming a staple in the River Arts District. The Lego-like, steel behemoths, often temporary, are finding permanency in the neighborhood — for extra…
  • Smart Bets: Home Movie Day

    -by Xpress Staff
    "Your home movies are probably a lot more interesting than you remember," insists a press release for the 11th annual Home Movie Day, a worldwide event. It originated as "a…
  • Smart Bets: Tommy Hays

    -by Xpress Staff
    Local author Tommy Hays, known for adult fiction Sam’s Crossing, In the Family Way and The Pleasure Was Mine, just published his first young-adult novel. The new book, What I…
  • Smart Bets: Chic Gamine

    -by Xpress Staff
    Motown soul, '60s girl-group harmonies and Canadian indie-pop all meet in Chic Gamine. The powerhouse ensemble, from Winnipeg, has opened for Smokey Robinson and shared a stage with Mavis Staples.…
  • Smart Bets: Comet West

    -by Xpress Staff
    Local indie-rockers Comet West (Samuel Robbins, Shane Bennet, Nick Rodriguez and Britt Benson-Greer) are set to release their new EP, Weaker Things. The six tracks range from the ardent "Strong…
  • Calendar highlights

    -by Webmaster
  • WNC Vote Tracker website launches to track local legislation

    -by Hayley Benton
    On Oct. 2, Western North Carolina Vote Tracker launched. It's an online service that aims to help area voters follow legislation pertaining to six categories: economic security, education, environment, health…
  • Clubland features: Crazyhorse and Colston, Hey Marseilles, Wild Belle

    -by Webmaster


  • Mountain-Creole fusion

    -by Jordan Foltz
    For well over a year, quirky and artistic downtown Marshall was without a full-service restaurant. The old stone building at 18 N. Main St. — which used to house Bacchus…
  • A HardLox life

    -by Gina Smith
    For one day only, local residents can grab a real Coney Island knish without hopping a plane to New York City. Organizers of the HardLox Jewish Food and Heritage Festival,…
  • Sweet support

    -by Aiyanna Sezak-Blatt
    In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month and in an effort to raise money for Helpmate, a local nonprofit dedicated to serving women and children in Buncombe County, the Chocolate…
  • Grandma’s chopped liver

    -by Webmaster
    For 10 years, Vinnie’s Neighborhood Italian Restaurant owner Eric Scheffer has been making his grandmother’s chopped-liver recipe to be served up at the HardLox Festival. The recipe for the festival…


  • Extending the season

    -by Jen Nathan Orris
    The bounty of summer is over, but that doesn't mean that fresh veggies are a thing of the past. When the sun sets early and the nights get chilly, there…


  • Resources for tenants

    -by David Forbes
    A list of resources for dealing with tenant issues, including mold. These government agencies and private organizations may be able to provide legal assistance or professional censure.
  • Off the records: no easy way to access Asheville’s housing complaints

    -by David Forbes
    Concerns about substandard rental housing in Asheville are nothing new. But assessing the extent of the problem has proved to be a slippery slope: Although tenant complaints are a matter…
  • Breaking the mold: complaints spotlight Asheville’s rental housing issues

    -by David Forbes
    Multiple complaints about mold, rot, and other woes at a Merrimon Avenue apartment complex earlier this year casts doubt on the ability of local governments to deal with what many…
  • A dangerous spiral

    -by David Forbes
    In the Asheville area and across the country, far too many people are living with an abusive spouse. Besides the physical danger to themselves or their children, they’re afraid of…
  • Across the multiverse

    -by Cameron Huntley
    Editor’s note: This summer, Cameron Huntley explored a niche in the Asheville-area economy — comic-book and gaming stores. In this installment, he takes a close look at one store’s weekly…
  • East-west revival

    -by Webmaster
    "It's on fire," says Carrie-Welles Craven about the business growth near Wood & Spoon, the store she and her husband Mark Craven opened in September. Located on Clingman Avenue, close…
  • Want to go?

    -by Webmaster
    What: “Trapped by Poverty, Trapped by Abuse: Pursuing Justice for Victims of Domestic Violence,” a forum and fundraiser presented by Pisgah Legal Services. When: Reception at 5:30 p.m., forum at…
  • Asheville campaign calendar

    -by Webmaster
    Cast your ballot EARLY VOTING begins Thursday, Oct. 17, and runs through Saturday, Nov. 2 Residents can register to vote during this period. For more information, visit buncombecounty.org/vote or call…


  • Embarrassing

    -by Molton
  • A falling out

    -by Brent Brown
  • Asheville Disclaimer 10/16/2013

    -by Webmaster
    Friends doubt recent breakup between Fed, Pisgah Inn will stick following Inn’s back-and-forth compliance/defiance of government shutdown
  • During peak season, reopen N.C.’s federal parks

    -by Webmaster
    As the seasons turn to fall, many of us here in North Carolina typically head to the mountains of the Pisgah and Nantahala national forests before the cold rolls in.…
  • Cancel Asheville’s topless summit

    -by Webmaster
    I advise the city of Asheville to cancel the “topless women" meeting between city officials and downtown business owners planned for Oct. 21. This meeting will be yet another obvious…
  • Manheimer a practical choice for mayor

    -by Webmaster
    I am writing in support of Esther Manheimer in her run to for mayor. I met Esther when she first ran for City Council four years ago, and I was…
  • The Gospel According to Jerry

    -by Jerry Sternberg
    Ladies and gentlemen!!!! From the producers of “Murdock Madness,” “Kimberly KonKrete Kar Krushers” and “Macon Mayhem” now comes their final (we hope) chapter: “Charlotte Street Constipation,” featuring “multimodal” (which sounds…