“Do our millions of yearly visitors think it’s some kind of modern art? Maybe Rockpile Impressionism, a Christo creation or abstract nihilism?”
“Sure enough, thanks to a regional dance competition at the Civic Center, we had to pay $5 for parking in order to attend a free concert at Pack Library.”
There are naming rights and there are naming not-so-rights.
Like much of the U.S., the Asheville area shows sharp political divides, with deep blue and deep red in the same county. The meeting of a crowd of Mitt Romney supporters with a smattering of protesters during the Thursday, Oct. 11, rally was one of those moments when the two sides bumped shoulders. (Photos by Max Cooper)
Preparations are well under way for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s visit to Asheville. Pictured: Uniformed U.S. Secret Service officers unload a truck in front of the U.S. Celluar Center. (photo by Bill Rhodes)
Follow live Twitter coverage of the Nov. 22 Asheville City Council meeting, including a vote on the controversial proposal to rename the Asheville Civic Center the U.S. Cellular Center.
This report by city staff provides a comparison of what cities are charging for naming rights to their arenas. City Council is scheduled to vote Nov. 22 on whether to rename the Civic Center the U.S. Cellular Center. The Charlotte arena, pictured above, was renamed the Bojangles’ Coliseum in 2008 for $1.25 million over 10 years.
The Blue Ridge Roller Girls season came to an end Saturday, November 19 with a double win over Charlotte. This also marks the last roller derby bout to be held in the Asheville Civic Center, as the team moves to their new home at the Western North Carolina Agricultural Center. The next home bout will […]
The Southern Highlands Craft Guild at the Civic Center featured over 200 craft booths, demonstrations, and live music and entertainment. Featured crafts included woodworking, printmaking, pottery, ceramics, glass, paintings, quilts, fabrics, hats, clothes, jewelry, and more.
The Buncombe County Board of Commissioners will kick off the month with what looks to be a short meeting. Topping the light Feb. 1 agenda, commissioners will consider appointing candidates to the Asheville Planning and Zoning Commission, the Adult Care Home Community Advisory Committee, the Civic Center Commission and the URTV Board.
Xpress staff reporter Michael Muller interviews Sam Powers, General Manager of the Civic Center and Director of Economic Development for the City of Asheville. In this exclusive video, Powers takes Xpress viewers on a guided tour and explains some of the changes coming to the 35-year old downtown institution.
At this evening’s meeting, Asheville City Council voted to raise various construction, planning and transit fees, as well as water fees; decided what to ask our local delegation what to push for in Raleigh; heard a Civic Center report; and held off deciding whether to support a League of Municipalities effort to release local governments from having to bargain collectively with unions.
A roof for the Civic Center? A city-wide composting effort? These questions and more inside.
Asheville Civic Center Director Sherman Bass, who took on the job 17 months ago, is headed back to Amarillo, according to an e-mail.
Our fine music writer Jake Frankel reviews last week’s Phish show, which includes minty-fresh updates from last night’s Bonnaroo show.
Asheville city officials are expecting nearly 10,000 Phish fans (7,200 inside the Civic Center, 2,500 outside) to descend on downtown tomorrow for the jam supergroup’s first concert in Asheville. The city will close roads and change bus routes to deal with the masses.
City green-lights Civic Center roof replacement Some gated communities can expand City to help fund water hookups for affordable/green housing Through snow and rain and heat and gloom of night … it leaked. Over the years, the Asheville Civic Center’s roof—probably the ailing facility’s No. 1 structural woe—has gotten less than glowing press. Celebrities have […]
The Asheville Civic Center—groaning under the weight of age-related maintenance needs and multiple studies that have borne little fruit—has seemed to be making progress recently. The city’s current capital-improvements plan budgets $400,000 a year for repairs; an engineer is researching the feasibility of an innovative-but-controversial green roof; and perhaps most importantly, increased revenues have the […]
A group of downtown residents is urging the city of Asheville to convert city property in front of the Civic Center into a new urban park.