Women who shape WNC!

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Elizabeth Bates
Women are making their mark on Western North Carolina — in business, politics, the environment and beyond. In this special issue, Xpress takes a look at some of those efforts that make a difference in the community.


  • Smart bets: Lord Huron

    -by Alli Marshall
    "I wanted this to feel sort of like an origin story from a comic book," musician Ben Shneider told NPR about the track "World Enders." Lord Huron performs at The…
  • Constance Lombardo’s film-loving feline finds his way into a middle-grade novel

    -by Doug Gibson
    By the time the protagonist of Mr. Puffball: Stunt Cat to the Stars made it into print, he had already gone through at least two of his nine lives. Author…
  • Swedish singer-songwriter captures 37 states in music and imagery

    -by Alli Marshall
    Swedish singer-songwriter Sofia Talvik and her husband, Jonas Westin — a videographer who quit his day job in TV for the trip — traveled through 37 states in an RV.…
  • Smart bets: Sonny Vincent

    -by Kat McReynolds
    The hell-bent punk veteran plays to support Spiteful — his latest album recorded with members of The Damned, The Sex Pistols and The Stooges — at the Odditorium on Sunday,…
  • Daniel Nevins exhibits paintings inspired by the Torah

    -by Alli Marshall
    Childrens book publisher Candlewick Press paired local artist Nevins with writer Amy Ehrlich and together they created With a Mighty Hand: The Story in the Torah. Nevins' part of that…
  • Jill Andrews debuts The War Inside at The Grey Eagle

    -by Hannah Sentenac
    Andrews got her start as part of alt-country band the everybodyfields. She formed that group with fellow singer-songwriter Sam Quinn; they met as teens while working at summer camp. Andrews’…
  • Smart bets: Douglas Gibson

    -by Kat McReynolds
    Find out more about the imaginative adventure, recommended for students in grades four through seven, when Gibson discusses his debut book Tales of a Fifth-Grade Knight at Malaprop's on Saturday,…
  • Barnaroo offers most diverse lineup to date

    -by Edwin Arnaudin
    While past Barnaroos have unintentionally focused on rock and blues acts, this year includes groups like Les Amis, Danielle Howle and Bare The Traveler. The sixth annual festival is held…
  • Smart bets: Ariel String Quartet

    -by Kat McReynolds
    The ambitious four, who recently won the prestigious Cleveland Quartet Award, bring their international travels to Asheville's Unitarian Universalist Congregation on Friday, Sept. 25, at 8 p.m.




  • Screen scene: Local film news

    -by Edwin Arnaudin
    This week's round up includes an update on the Grail Moviehouse, the “Jeepers Creepers Theater" series in October, and a screening of "The Mark of Zorro."