Opinion

Ask A Woman: Why are some guys freaked out by menstruation?

Ask A Woman: Why are some guys freaked out by menstruation?

I don’t think the majority of grown men find menstruation to be disgusting.

by July 16, 2019 0 comments Asheville News, Opinion
Ask A Woman AVL: Why do so many Asheville women have hairy armpits?

Ask A Woman AVL: Why do so many Asheville women have hairy armpits?

That’s what these various standards of femininity are all about: making sure that women are constantly chasing an unrealistic version of ourselves.

by June 25, 2019 5 comments Asheville News, Opinion
Opinion: Reframing perceptions of the Asheville Flatiron Building

Opinion: Reframing perceptions of the Asheville Flatiron Building

It is wrong to say that the Flatiron is the soul and spirit of Asheville.

by June 6, 2019 0 comments Asheville News, Opinion
Asheville musician Joshua Phillips, shown here, and fellow musicians Philo Reitzel, Elijah Cramer, Casey Cramer, Oso Rey, and Patrick Armitage have a popular Beastie Boys tribute band called High Plains Drifters. They'll be playing at the Salvage Station on Friday./ photo by Katherine Powell via High Plains Drifters

The enduring appeal of cover bands on the Asheville music scene

Cover and tribute gigs can represent a lucrative (by Asheville musician standards) way to play out on a regular basis.

by June 4, 2019 0 comments Asheville Music, Opinion
U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, who is running for the Democratic nomination to run for president in the 2020 Election, stumped in Asheville on Friday, May 18, at the Salvage Station music venue. /photo by Stephan Pruitt

In Asheville, Bernie Sanders rallies his supporters

It’s 85 degrees and about a thousand percent humidity and we are all, literally, feeling the Bern.

by May 20, 2019 0 comments Asheville News, Opinion
Josh Blake/ photo by Sandlin Gaither

Josh Blake, vulnerable and showing us his way with new release, Nothing’s In The Way

Asheville musician Josh Blake will celebrate the release of his new album, “Nothing’s In the Way,” with a

by May 13, 2019 0 comments Asheville Music, Opinion
Ask A Woman AVL: Why do y’all always go to the bathroom together?

Ask A Woman AVL: Why do y’all always go to the bathroom together?

I’m guessing you want some porno answer like we’re doing cocaine off of each others boobs or practicing kissing. Sorry to disappoint

by April 26, 2019 0 comments Asheville News, Opinion
Ask A Woman AVL: Do menstrual cramps really hurt? Like, really?

Ask A Woman AVL: Do menstrual cramps really hurt? Like, really?

Yes it really hurts. Jeez, man. What did you think?

by April 15, 2019 0 comments Asheville News, Opinion
Ask A Woman AVL: Why did the flirty waitress shoot me down?

Ask A Woman AVL: Why did the flirty waitress shoot me down?

Here’s a hint: women who work in the service industry work for tips, so being friendly is part of their job.

by March 27, 2019 0 comments Asheville News, Opinion
Ask A Woman AVL: Is she flirting with me when she takes off her glasses?

Ask A Woman AVL: Is she flirting with me when she takes off her glasses?

Is the take-off-your-glass move seduction or something else completely?

by March 18, 2019 0 comments Asheville News, Opinion
Warren Haynes and the Asheville Symphony on Saturday at Thomas Wolfe Auditorium. / Photo for Ashvegas.com by DAVID SIMCHOCK

Asheville Symphony and Southern rock alight in Haynes’ ‘Dreams’

It was a transcendent night.

by March 17, 2019 0 comments Asheville Music, Opinion
Ask A Woman AVL: I smacked my boyfriend for being a jerk. Was that too harsh?

Ask A Woman AVL: I smacked my boyfriend for being a jerk. Was that too harsh?

Sometimes the most powerful thing you can do is nothing at all.

by February 21, 2019 0 comments Asheville News, Opinion
Ask A Woman AVL: Am I wrong in thinking ‘toxic masculinity’ is BS?

Ask A Woman AVL: Am I wrong in thinking ‘toxic masculinity’ is BS?

A writer tells Ask A Woman that he’s ticked off by a new Gillette advertising campaign taking aim at toxic masculinity.

by February 1, 2019 1 comment Asheville News, Opinion
Ask a Woman:  Do I need to grow a beard to get a date in Asheville?

Ask a Woman: Do I need to grow a beard to get a date in Asheville?

Why are all the women in this town going for the hirsute he-man look?

by January 15, 2019 1 comment Asheville News, Opinion
With gut-wrenching emotion, ‘Army of Love’ faces down childhood cancer

With gut-wrenching emotion, ‘Army of Love’ faces down childhood cancer

Singer-songwriter Dave Desmelik penned one of the most powerful Asheville albums of 2018; it’s a record about childhood illness.

by January 3, 2019 0 comments Asheville Music, Opinion
Lack of diversity detracts from first Asheville climate conference

Lack of diversity detracts from first Asheville climate conference

The conference is another disappointing example of how some of our most respected civic and business leaders still fail to take into account people of color and their concerns.

by March 19, 2018 9 comments Opinion
Ashvegas Op-Ed: Rising fees hurt Asheville’s Aston Park Tennis Center

Ashvegas Op-Ed: Rising fees hurt Asheville’s Aston Park Tennis Center

If Asheville City Council wants to convert Aston Park into a country club-like facility, they’re well on their way to doing so.

by February 17, 2018 2 comments Asheville News, Opinion
South Asheville sounds off, propelling Kapoor to big City Council win

South Asheville sounds off, propelling Kapoor to big City Council win

Broadly speaking, voters were motivated by an anti-incumbent streak and a clear desire to vote against a district election plan for Asheville City Council.

by November 8, 2017 5 comments Opinion
Moving the Asheville arts forward, one review at a time

Moving the Asheville arts forward, one review at a time

Getting at the role of a reviewer in Asheville.

by April 25, 2017 3 comments Asheville arts, Opinion
Will there finally be justice for Zebb Quinn and his family?

Will there finally be justice for Zebb Quinn and his family?

A prime suspect in the mysterious disappearance of Quinn has reached a plea agreement in a separate homicide case; are answers forthcoming?

by April 25, 2017 0 comments Asheville News, Opinion
STRAWS SUCK! Turtles Hate Them, and You Should Too

STRAWS SUCK! Turtles Hate Them, and You Should Too

You saw that turtle video, right?

EAT OF THE WEEK: It’s Hot, It’s Brown, It’s Asheville Hot Brown!

EAT OF THE WEEK: It’s Hot, It’s Brown, It’s Asheville Hot Brown!

Hot Brown is the Description that’s also a Dish. I absolutely love that there’s a traditional plate of food which is actually, officially, hilariously named “hot brown.” I love it for so many reasons. Let’s leave aside any obvious comparisons to a “dutch oven,” a “philly steamer,” or a “rusty trombone.” …yeah, no, let’s not bring up those things at[Read More…]

EAT OF THE WEEK: Holiday Confit Ho Ho Hoe Cakes!

EAT OF THE WEEK: Holiday Confit Ho Ho Hoe Cakes!

Everybody say “Ho-oh!” As in hoe cakes. Also as in “ho ho ho,” for the Holidays, or in this case: HO-leeee shiiiiit, that’s good food! Last Tuesday, I ate a “Holiday Confit Ho Ho Hoe Cake” from the Root Down Food Truck that was so insanely tasty, I ate it again on Thursday. I ferkin’ lerved it both times and[Read More…]

by December 23, 2016 3 comments Asheville food and drink, Opinion, Reviews
EAT OF THE WEEK! Getting Pied at Pete’s in Downtown Asheville

EAT OF THE WEEK! Getting Pied at Pete’s in Downtown Asheville

My Whole Family Loves a Good Meat Pie. I’m from a pie family. We like pie. Apple pie, sweet potato pie, rhubarb, pumpkin, cherry pie… make any pie out of any fruit, squash, custard, or pudding, and we will eat it. Make a pie out of meat, and we will eat ALL of it. You and your family will have no[Read More…]

by December 16, 2016 3 comments Asheville food and drink, feature, Opinion, Reviews