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Future vision

Form-based zoning plan for Haywood unveiled

Jesse Farthing

The Biz: Feeling the crunch

Mountain BizWorks tackles funding crisis

Jake Frankel

The Biz: The revolution will be printed

3-D Innovation Lab opens in Asheville

Jake Frankel

Green Scene: Analysis paralysis?


Susan Andrew

NC Matters

Arts & Entertainment

Smart Bets: The April Fool Show

Xpress staff

Seduction at the opera

Asheville Lyric Opera’s Don Giovanni tempts Asheville for its 15th anniversary production

Toni Sherwood

Smart Bets: Reagan Boggs

Xpress staff

Fresh, local metalwork

The Silversmith returns to Asheville’s tailgate markets

Dave Gilbert exactlywhereiam@gmail.com

Smart Bets: Majo John Madden and Tracey Schmidt

Xpress staff

Opinion / Letters

The Gospel According to Jerry

R.I.P. Martin Nesbitt

Commentary by Jerry Sternberg | 1 Comment

Don’t glorify killing animals for food

Letter by Kayla Worden | 1 Comment

Tree-pruning standards lacking

Letter by Reavis T. Eubanks, Jr

Todd Williams for district attorney

Letter by Leslee Ann Thornton

Asheville or Cultural Appropriationville?

Letter by Lindsey Miguelez | 1 Comment

Had enough of Stewart David’s letters

Letter by Winthrop E. Dow | 1 Comment

Ron Moore is the right choice

Letter by Nancy Fargo

Hi-Fi Cafe nourishes community

Letter by Leslee N. Johnson

Don’t evict Hi-Fi Cafe

Letter by Helen Hyatt

Building owners respond to Hi-Fi Cafe concerns

Letter by Charlie and Troy Ball | 1 Comment


Wilderness works

An alternative therapy offers promising results

Susan Foster

Master Gardeners seek fertile ground:

MANNA FoodBank’s expansion sends Master Gardeners searching for a new plot

Jen Nathan Orris

Five Animal Qi Gong with Master Bing

Jordan Foltz

Music for the music school

Asheville Disclaimer: 04/01

New bar named “Public “School” opening soon in Asheville

Wilderness works

An alternative therapy offers promising results

Susan Foster

Hendersonville | Molton

Jack B. Nimby | Brent Brown

Food & Drink

And good nutrition for all

Asheville parents, teachers rally for healthier school menus

Micah Wilkins, micahwwilkins@gmail.com


Asheville Artisan Bread Bakers Festival celebrates its 10th year

Sharon Bell, sharon.m.bell@gmail.com

Helping hands

Feeding the hungry, one mac-and-cheese meal at a time

Micah Wilkins, micahwwilkins@gmail.com

BEER SCOUT: North Carolina Beer Month

North Carolina Beer Month

Thom O'Hearn, avlbeerscout@gmail.com


Bad Words

Justin Souther


Ken Hanke

Dancing in Jaffa

Ken Hanke

The Face of Love

Ken Hanke

Hiroshima, Mon Amour

Ken Hanke


Ken Hanke | 13 Comments

Nymphomaniac Vol. 1

Ken Hanke


Justin Souther | 6 Comments

Shanghai Express

Ken Hanke | 5 Comments

Spider Baby, or the Maddest Story Ever Told

Ken Hanke

Stranger by the Lake

Ken Hanke

Tim’s Vermeer

Ken Hanke

Alli Marshall | 1 week, 5 days ago

The indie-folk duo of singer-songwriter/namesake Paleface and percussionist/vocalist Mo Samelot performs at Warren Wilson College on Friday, April 4, at 9 p.m. Free.

David Forbes | 1 week, 5 days ago

Primary candidates for District Attorney, District Court Judge and Clerk of Superior Court will face off in separate debates next Friday. April 11 starting at 4 p.m. in the Buncombe County Judicial Complex.

David Forbes | 1 week, 5 days ago

Local business owners raised their voices and things got, by the moderator’s own admission, “a little out of hand” at Friday morning’s Council of Independent Business Owners meeting when it came to the issue of graffiti. With the district attorney, city leaders and a state representative on hand, opinions differed — sometimes sharply — on possible solutions and who should foot the bill.

David Forbes | 1 week, 5 days ago

Concerned about the effects of gentrification, the city of Asheville is requesting proposals from local organizations for more sustainable and affordable redevelopment of the East of the Riverway area.

David Forbes | 1 week, 6 days ago

UNCA professor Dwight Mullen has been named a recipient of the 2014 UNC Board of Governors’ Excellence in Teaching Award.

Jake Frankel | 1 week, 6 days ago

In a special April 3 election, Buncombe County Democratic leaders picked community activist Terry Van Duyn to serve as the area’s new North Carolina senator. (Photo by Alicia Funderburk)

David Forbes | 1 week, 6 days ago

While Asheville City Council’s meeting next Tuesday, April 8, doesn’t include any hot-button public hearings, it does include projects meant to tackle the lack of housing, especially for the chronically homeless, and improve economic development by bringing in a tech sector “fellow.”

Kyle Sherard | 1 week, 6 days ago

On Friday night, the City of Asheville’s Public Art and Cultural Commission (PACC) will host a public comment and review session for three project proposals in order to determine which new piece of public art will be installed at the 51 Biltmore Ave. parking garage.

Carrie Eidson | 1 week, 6 days ago

Mountain Xpress and Sherwood’s Music are partnering to showcase local musicians through a series of stripped-down performances for the web. This week Luzius Stone perform “Past Life.”

Sharon Bell | 1 week, 6 days ago

Over 75 community members attended Asheville-Buncombe Food Policy Council (ABFPC) meeting on Wednesday evening, April 2 to discuss initiatives for 2014.

Alli Marshall | 1 week, 6 days ago

The thing about a Kishi Bashi concert is that you don’t necessarily have to be familiar with the songs to get the show. In fact, there’s something to be said for coming into contact with a Kishi Bashi (the project of singer-songwriter/violinist/composer K Ishibashi) song for the first time. They’re not so much songs in the verse-chorus-verse sense as tiny worlds encapsulated in sound that ranges from bubbly pop to sweeping classical composition. The Athens, Ga.-based musician played The Grey Eagle on Tuesday in advance of his new album, “Lighght”; Tall Tall Trees opened.

David Forbes | 1 week, 6 days ago

While the sign-up deadline for health care under the Affordable Care Act passed March 31, some can still sign up, according to an attorney with one of the local nonprofits that has assisted WNC residents in doing so. People who dealt with technical difficulties or have a major life change can still get healthcare under the ACA. Also, due to North Carolina’s government refusing to expand Medicaid, many locals will not face a penalty for not having insurance.

Grady Cooper | 1 week, 6 days ago

West Asheville has maintained an identity so distinctive that visitors frequently ask if it’s really part of Asheville. That’s not surprising, considering the area’s history. (images courtesy of the N.C. Collection, Pack Memorial Library, Asheville)

Alli Marshall amarshall@mountainx.com | 2 weeks ago

The many facets of N.C.-based chamber-pop project Fan Modine. That band plays The Mothlight, with Brazilian psych-pop outfit Boogarins and local folk-rockers Warm the Bell, on Saturday, April 5.

Hayley Benton | 2 weeks ago

It’s walkable, artistic, neighborly, inspiring and it’s not filled with tourists. It has grit and its own unique spirit. It’s not downtown — it’s West Asheville.

Jake Frankel | 2 weeks ago

Buncombe Commissioners voted along party lines April 1 to give Mountain Bizworks $50,000 toward a new microloan program that will help small local businesses get needed capital. The local business nonprofit will leverage the county funds to receive an additional $300,000 from the federal Small Business Association Microloan Program.

Lea McLellan | 2 weeks ago

Diehard Chick-fil-A fans have set up camp outside the restaurant chain’s new location on Merrimon Ave. The first 100 patrons will receive a one-year supply of free Chick-fil-A meals. Doors open Thursday, April 3, at 6 a.m.

Grady Cooper | 2 weeks ago

The report showed that, overall, the WNC county with the best ranking is Watauga County, which ranked second highest in the state. The lowest-ranked county in the region was Swain County, which ranked 94 out of the state’s 100 counties.

Mark-Ellis Bennett | 2 weeks, 1 day ago

In a series of Fire on the Rock cooking competitions in Wilmington, Asheville, Greensboro, Raleigh and Charlotte, North Carolina’s top culinary talents are vying for the title of the state’s best chef. A crowd of 125 foodies assembled at Biltmore Estate’s Lioncrest on Monday, March 31 to indulge in a sumptuous, six-course feast. Chef Michelle Bailey of Season’s at Highland Lake Inn & Resort in Flat Rock and her team went up against Chef Sam Etheridge and his team from Ambrozia Bar & Bistro in Asheville.

Alli Marshall | 2 weeks, 1 day ago

The event, now in its fifth year, will take place Saturday, April 5, at Lake Eden, Black Mountain College’s former home. The [Re] HAPPENING, a collaboration between Black Mountain College +Arts Center and The Media Arts Project, “reimagines Black Mountain College’s tradition of Saturday night parties and performances, and pays homage to the innovative artists of the legendary Black Mountain College,”

Alli Marshall | 2 weeks, 1 day ago

Paper Tiger holds an album preview and dance event with a silent Auction. Held at The Millroom on Thursday, April 3. Photo by Ben Mason

Ken Hanke | 2 weeks, 1 day ago

Captain America: The Winter Soldier crashes, bursts and bludgeons his way into theaters this Friday (or Thursday night for the Truly Dedicated) and no mere mortal mainstream movies dare to challenge his might. Locally, however, no less than four art titles willing to stand up to the onslaught. They won’t defeat him, of course, but they’re willing to give his tights a tug.

David Forbes | 2 weeks, 1 day ago

The city of Asheville is touting the results of its annual point-in-time count of the local homeless population, showing a slight decline since 2013. The count also showed a major drop in the chronic homeless population since the beginning of city initiatives to house them in 2005. However, family and youth homelessness remains an issue.

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