Filmmaker John Waters talks Christmas, career, criminals and more

“I’ve been doing this Christmas show for 12 years,” Waters says. “Even when I made all the movies, I use to always do a show called This Filthy World or An Evening with John Waters. It began when I use to tour with the movies to introduce them. I’ve always had a stage show of some kind or other — I never gave up on Vaudeville.”

Preserving tradition: Appalachia­n Food Storybank collects tales of mountain meals

Lester and Marietta Crayton of Asheville have been married for 70 years and grew up on farmland that is now the Oakley community in East Asheville. Marietta recalls going barefoot all summer and that when fall came, she gathered chestnuts to sell to the grocery man so she could buy shoes in Mars Hill for school. The Appalachian Food Storybank has been collecting stories like these since 2011. (photo by Tim Robison)

UNC Asheville 2015 Weather Calendar goes on sale

For local weather wonks, the annual Western North Carolina Weather Calendar has been a must-have for decades. The 2015 version goes on sale today, Nov. 11, and marks the 30th published by the UNC Asheville Atmospheric Sciences Department. As always, the unique 12-month calendar features an assortment of Asheville updated climatological data such as monthly […]

Festivenes­s for foodies

Holiday blues got you down? A flurry of local workshops, wine tastings and tea parties offer opportunities to infuse your holiday social calendar with culinary merriment. With so much deliciousness (and/or alcohol) in your belly you’ll be rendered incapable of muttering “humbug.”

Season’s eatings: holiday food adventures for the family

The Asheville area’s holiday offerings include a multitude of palatable family-friendly events. Indulge your family’s senses in holiday spirit with the smells and tastes of local, seasonal fare. Even the littlest bellies will find edible holiday cheer in abundance. The appeal occasionally draws our favorite visitor from the North Pole to dine and mingle with his gracious fans, especially, it seems, when there are pancakes to be had.