BY ASHEVILLE CITIZEN-TIMES EDWIN ARNAUDIN As Jerry Seinfeld might say, “What’s the deal with these EDM artists putting on masks and then taking them off? Doesn’t that defeat the purpose? Now instead of ‘Pixie Stix! Love the show!’ it’s ‘Hey, Bob, keep up the good work.’” Daft Punk’s Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter have […]Read more "MASKED EDM MARVEL SLOW MAGIC AT THE ORANGE PEEL DOWNTOWN ASHEVILLE"
BY JUSTIN HINTON WLOS CHANNEL 13 NEWS A policy change is coming to a number of Joe’s Crab Shack restaurants across the country as the seafood chain tests a no-tipping policy that also includes paying serves more.“I’m all for it,” said the general manager and owner of Blue Dream Curry House Chris Cunningham. He said he […]Read more "Joe’s Crab Shack Not Alone in No Tipping Policy"
BY ASHEVILLE CITIZEN-TIMES JOEL BURGESS An Asheville minister at the forefront of the same-sex marriage fight is running for a seat on the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners. The Rev. Jasmine Beach-Ferrara of the First Congregational United Church of Christ played a pivotal role in the national legalization of same-sex marriage. She is executive director […]Read more "PRO-GAY MARRIAGE MINISTER NOW A CANDIDATE FOR BUNCOMBE COUNTY COMMISSIONER"
BY MOUNTAIN XPRESS GINA SMITH The drive out to the American Miso Co. on a clear autumn day is stunningly beautiful — and a bit of an adventure. It seems straightforward enough heading east out of Asheville on I-40, but once you leave behind the interstate near Marion, getting to the manufacturing facility in Rutherford […]Read more "CULTURAL ARTS: JAPANESE MISO IS ALIVE & THRIVING IN WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA"
BY MOUNTAIN XPRESS LEA MCLELLAN Comedian and one-time Ashevillean Joe Zimmerman has been building an impressive resume over the last two years. The sharp-witted, New York-based comic has appeared on “Conan,” “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” and season 8 of NBC’s “Last Comic Standing,” and he recorded a Comedy Centralhalf-hour special in 2014. […]Read more "COMEDIAN JOE ZIMMERMAN RETURNS TO ASHEVILLE"
BY ASHEVILLE CITIZEN-TIMES TONY KISS After two years of planning, months of construction and one change in location, Bold Rock Hard Cider is ready to begin production in Mills River, just a few miles from the big Sierra Nevada brewery. Bold Rock has completed renovations of a 22,000-square-foot building at 72 School House Road in Mills River, […]Read more "BOLD ROCK HARD CIDER READY TO OPEN IN MILLS RIVER, NC"
BY ASHEVILLE CITIZEN TIMES EMILY PATRICK The Asheville Drum Circle, a fixture of downtown life during the warm months, is no longer seasonal. For the first time, it has a winter home. Since its typical location, Pritchard Park, becomes inhospitable when the temperature drops, the drum circle is moving to New Mountain music venue until the weather […]Read more "ASHEVILLE DRUM CIRCLE MOVES INDOORS FOR THE WINTER"
BY ASHEVEGAS JASON SANFORD Asheville residents opposed to chain stores opening up in downtown are planning a protest outside the new Anthropologie store on North Lexington Avenue, as well as the Urban Outfitters store on Nov. 21. The protest is being organized by Rebecca Hecht, the owner of Adorn Salon in downtown Asheville and an […]Read more "PROTESTS OF URBAN OUTFITTERS, ANTHROPOLOGIE STORES IN DOWNTOWN ASHEVILLE SET FOR NOVEMBER 21ST"
BY ASHEVILLE CITIZEN-TIMES MIKE CRONIN With 17 new hotels and about 1,659 more rooms in the pipeline, some worry whether Asheville’s tourism sector will be able to maintain demand for visitor accommodations. Often lost among the attention given downtown’s upscale hotels are the area’s other lodgings. And there are plenty of them – with more on […]Read more "HOTEL BOOM MAKES NOISE OUTSIDE OF DOWNTOWN ASHEVILLE"
BY ASHEVEGAS JASON SANFORD On December 4th and 5th, 2015, the North Carolina Natural Products Association will host an all-star gathering of ginseng experts at the second International American Ginseng Expo to discuss the impact of wild and wild-simulated American Ginseng on the economy, health, and culture of Western North Carolina, Appalachia, and the nation. (Tickets […]Read more "UNC Asheville to host International American Ginseng Expo Dec. 4-5"
BY ASHEVILLE CITIZEN-TIMES JOEL BURGESS A hotel just north of downtown has been dropped seven months after residents and other property owners protested plans for the 68-foot structure. Developers behind the proposed Towne Place Suites extended-stay hotel at 39 Elm St. had submitted detailed plans for the five-story building, which would have had 104 rooms and […]Read more "Asheville hotel plans next to downtown dropped"
BY ASHEVILLE CITIZEN TIMES EMILY PATRICK A major motion picture filming in Asheville is seeking all ages and types to work as extras. The film crew, led by director Jody Hill of “Eastbound and Down” and “Vice Principals,” has been working in Buncombe County this fall, according to Lisa Mae Fincannon, who worked on casting for the […]Read more "JODY HILL / DANNY McBRIDE / JOSH BROLIN MOVIE, ‘THE LEGACY OF A WHITETAIL DEER HUNTER’, SEEKING ASHEVILLE EXTRAS"
BY NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ADVENTURE MAGAZINE Where to Live and Play! Asheville’s outdoor enthusiasts come together for the festivals, markets, and bohemian art and music scenes in this Blue Ridge Mountains hot spot. PLAY Trek the Big Fork Ridge Loop in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The 9.3-mile (15-kilometer) circuit is notorious for its rough terrain […]Read more "NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ADVENTURE NAMES ASHEVILLE A BEST ADVENTURE TOWN"
BY MARKET WATCH In a recent poll about retirement destinations, Market Watch reported that Asheville was voted the top city in America to retire. Sarasota, Florida was second and Venice, Florida was third. Read the Article Here. The article states: “Because of its charming environment and mild weather, Asheville has long been a desirable retirement […]Read more "ASHEVILLE VOTED #1 PLACE TO RETIRE IN AMERICA"
BY NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC TRAVEL The 21st century has been heralded as the “Century of the City” by the Rockefeller Foundation as, for the first time ever, the majority of people live in urban areas. In a glossy, lavish tribute to cosmopolitan life, National Geographic Travel will offer urban adventurers a stunning new book this fall: […]Read more "Asheville named a best city by National Geographic"
BY CONDÉ NAST TRAVELER © Bill Gozansky / Alamy Known for its Blue Ridge Mountain scenery and music scene, Asheville has also become a craft beer-brewing epicenter, with a lengthy list of local options and more breweries per capita than any other U.S. City. History buffs explore the 250-room, 8,000-acre Biltmore Estate, the largest privately […]Read more "Readers of Condé Nast Traveler voted Asheville #3 among “The 30 Best Small Cities in America”"
BY ASHEVILLE CITIZEN-TIMES CAITLIN BYRD ON AVERAGE, ASHEVILLE TOURISTS WILL SPEND ABOUT $128 A DAY Stopping for two days on their way from New York to Florida, Cindy and Gary Jackson didn’t look like an economic engine as they strolled through the Grove Arcade. But the Fort Lauderdale residents most definitely were. “We’re staying at the […]Read more "TOURISM: ‘IN THIS INDUSTRY, YOU DO WHAT IT TAKES’"
BY ASHEVILLE CITIZEN-TIMES CAITLIN BYRD One year and one month after Christina and Blaise Forêt declared their love for each other in front of family and friends in South Carolina, they found themselves renewing their vows in front of strangers in Asheville this week. The bride wore gold — not white. The groom wore a blue suit […]Read more "WEDDINGS: THE INDUSTRY THAT LOVES ASHEVILLE"
BY ASHEVILLE CITIZEN-TIMES MIKE CRONIN But one local real estate agent worries that thriving sector could have negative consequences on tourism and hospitality workers Local real estate records keep falling as the Asheville and Buncombe County housing markets continue to gain steam, a boom for some and potentially bad news for people wanting to buy […]Read more "ASHEVILLE AREA HOUSING MARKET SETTING RECORDS"
BY NORML Vermont Senator and Democratic Presidential candidate, Bernie Sanders has introduced legislation to remove marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act. The Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2015 would remove all federal criminal penalties for possessing and growing the plant. This legislation gives states the power to establish their own marijuana policies while ensuring […]Read more "SENATOR SANDERS INTRODUCES BILL ENDING FEDERAL MARIJUANA PROHIBITION"
PRESS RELEASE BY DRUG POLICY ALLIANCE TONY NEWMAN & HANNAH HETZER Landmark Case Could Pave the Way for Marijuana Legalization Today, in a 4 to 1 vote, Mexico’s Supreme Court ruled that the prohibition of the consumption and cultivation of marijuana for personal use is unconstitutional. The Court determined that the prohibition of the consumption […]Read more "MEXICO’S SUPREME COURT DECLARES INDIVIDUALS HAVE THE RIGHT TO CONSUME AND CULTIVATE MARIJUANA"
BY ASHEVEGAS JASON SANFORD The massive job of remaking the 19-story tall BB&T office building in downtown Asheville into a building that’s home to new retail space, offices, condos and a boutique hotel cleared its first hurdle Monday. The new complex will be called the Vandre Nouveau Hotel. The Asheville Technical Review Committee gave its initial […]Read more "REMAKE OF ASHEVILLE’S BB&T OFFICE BUILDING INTO CONDOS & BOUTIQUE HOTEL NETS EARLY APPROVAL"
BY ASHEVEGAS JASON SANFORD The Orange Peel announced this week that Janeane Garofalo not only will be coming to Asheville perform on Jan. 15, but that the show that night will be taped for an upcoming Netflix special. Tickets go on sale at noon this Friday, Nov. 6 and are bound to sell out soon, […]Read more "COMEDIAN JANEANE GAROFALO TO TAPE NETFLIX SPECIAL AT THE ORANGE PEEL IN ASHEVILLE"
BY ASHEVILLE CITIZEN-TIMES EMILY PATRICK Burgaw, North Carolina, a blip near the coast, doesn’t seem like much — a correctional institute, a Food Lion, an interstate exit on the outskirts — but it happens to be the horse-drawn theater capital of the United States. So quipped Gabriel Harrell, who founded the equine-powered enterprise that is the […]Read more "HORSE-AND-WAGON THEATER ARRIVES IN ASHEVILLE"
BY MOUNTAIN XPRESS KAT MCREYNOLDS The American Planning Association (APA) today named Lexington Avenue in Asheville, North Carolina, as one of five Great Streets on the organization’s annual Great Places in America list. As part of National Community Planning Month, APA’s Great Places in America program recognizes streets, neighborhoods, and public spaces in the United […]Read more "LEXINGTON AVENUE IN DOWNTOWN ASHEVILLE, NC NAMED ONE OF GREAT PLACES IN AMERICA"
BY WIKIPEDIA In the United States, there are important legal differences between medical cannabis at the federal and state levels. At the federal level, cannabis per se has been made criminal by implementation of the Controlled Substances Act, but as of 2009, new federal guidelines have been enacted. “It will not be a priority to […]Read more "MEDICAL CANNABIS IN THE UNITED STATES: As of April 2015, 23 states and Washington D.C. have legalized cannabis for medical use with seven states pending legislation."
BY PATCH.COM MARC TORRENCE Sky-gazers have something to look forward to that they won’t see again until 2033. Next Sunday, Sept. 27, people in the United States can see something that hasn’t happened in more than 30 years: a supermoon combined with a lunar eclipse. In the evening, sky-watchers will see a larger-than-normal harvest moon […]Read more "RARE SUPERMOON LUNAR ECLIPSE WILL BE FIRST IN MORE THAN 30 YEARS"
BY LOVEBSCOTT.COM B. SCOTT Two-time Academy Award nominee Viola Davis made history as the first black woman to win Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series at tonight’s Primetime Emmy Awards. Her win—for her performance as Criminal Law professor and defense attorney Annalise Keating on ABC’s How to Get Away with Murder—comes 33 years after […]Read more "VIOLA DAVIS MAKES HISTORY AS FIRST BLACK WOMAN TO WIN EMMY FOR OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES"
BY ASHEVILLE CITIZEN-TIMES TONY KISS The latest town landing its own craft brewery will be Fletcher, where Blue Ghost Brewing looks to pour its first pints next year. Named for the famous glowing Blue Ghost fireflies that flutter through Dupont State Forest, the brewery will be a community gathering spot in Fletcher, which has been […]Read more "FLETCHER TO GET FIRST BREWERY"
BY MOUNTAIN XPRESS JONATHON AMMONS Up the long wooden steps of the Smoky Park Supper Club, the construction is starting to wrap up. The rustic structure built of recycled shipping containers rises between the river and the road like a temple to an alternative style of cooking for the commercial kitchen: wood-fired. And that temple has […]Read more "ALL FIRED UP: SMOKY PARK SUPPER CLUB ANNOUNCES OPENING DATE AND MENU"
David Bazan will perform songs from his new album, Blanco — along with other tunes from his back catalog — when he appears onstage at The Grey Eagle Wednesday, July 13. Source: David Bazan’s solo tour brings him to Asheville | Mountain XpressRead more "DAVID BAZAN’S SOLO TOUR BRINGS HIM TO ASHEVILLE"
BUFFALO, N.Y. – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders railed against “corporate greed” in a speech to almost 11,400 supporters in this city where a once vibrant manufacturing base has been hollowed out. “I voted against every one of these disastrous agreements,” Sanders said. “Secretary Clinton supported virtually every trade policy.”Read more "Bernie Sanders Draws Big Crowd in Trade-Battered Buffalo"
The American people must make a fundamental decision. Do we continue the 40-year decline of our middle class and the growing gap between the very rich and everyone else, or do we fight for a progressive economic agenda that creates jobs, raises wages, protects the environment and provides health care for all? Are we […]Read more "BERNIE SANDERS 2016: The Issues"