Articles by: Lurphy DePalma

Asheville Tourists: Magic numbers, David Dahl’s return and the 2015 schedule

Asheville Tourists: Magic numbers, David Dahl’s return and the 2015 schedule

The Asheville Tourists return to McCormick Field for the final three home games of the regular season on Aug. 26.

by August 22, 2014 3 comments Asheville News, Asheville sports
Tantrum! Former Tourists manager Joe Mikulik has another classic meltdown, gets tossed from game

Tantrum! Former Tourists manager Joe Mikulik has another classic meltdown, gets tossed from game

Mikulik, already known for classic on-field tantrums, literally loses his shirt and shoes (along with his temper) this time. Check out the video.

by August 18, 2014 3 comments Asheville News, Asheville sports
Asheville Tourists: First-place battle, Kyle Freeland’s debut, and Raimel Tapia’s hot bat

Asheville Tourists: First-place battle, Kyle Freeland’s debut, and Raimel Tapia’s hot bat

The Asheville Tourists begin the week with a four-game lead in the SAL’s Southern Division, but things could tighten up quickly.

by August 11, 2014 0 comments Asheville News, Asheville sports
Asheville Tourists: Winning streak ends, Dahl gets promoted

Asheville Tourists: Winning streak ends, Dahl gets promoted

Even steamrollers have to come to a halt eventually.

Wish I Was Here
(Focus Features)

The Week in Film: Braff’s Back edition

The “Garden State” writer/director/star returns while Polanski delivers a hit, P.S. Hoffman goes German, and a host of new partnerships are forged.

Asheville Tourists/ photo by STEWART O'SHIELDS for ASHVEGAS.COM

Asheville Tourists: Crushing Sand Gnats, a first-place lead, and David Dahl’s rising profile

The Asheville Tourists are playing some great baseball and had a dramatic win Thurssday, winning 8-7 in the 14th inning.

Life Itself
(Magnolia Pictures)

The Week in Film: Thumbs Up edition

The joyful, moving Roger Ebert doc “Life Itself” is the main attraction, but don’t ignore the star-studded “Third Person.”

by July 17, 2014 1 comment Asheville film, Asheville News
Snowpiercer
(RADiUS-TWC)

The Week in Film: Snocomotive edition

Step aboard the Snowpiercer, enact some teenage rebellion, sing a few songs, and battle some damn dirty apes (not necessary in that order).

Asheville Tourists: First-place battle, Jemiola’s wizardry and new seats coming

Asheville Tourists: First-place battle, Jemiola’s wizardry and new seats coming

McCormick Field is getting some nice upgrades in advance of this year’s SAL All-Star Game.

Jodorowsky's Dune
(Sony Pictures Classics)

The Week in Film: Sci-Fi CouldaWoulda edition

An ambitious film that never came to be gets its due while a quartet of also-rans has this holiday weekend looking bleak.

Asheville Tourists/ photo by IAN CASSELBERRY for ASHVEGAS.COM

Asheville Tourists: Q&A with outfielder David Dahl

Dahl leads the team in triples and ranks in the team’s top five in every other offensive category.

We Are the Best!
(Magnolia Pictures)

The Week in Film: Swedish Punk edition

Will you rock out with some cool ’80s Swede teens this weekend or tell Michael Bay, “Why yes, I’d LOVE a 5th Transformers movie”?

Jude Law at Bouchon restaurant in Asheville/ photo courtesy of Gus Frisbee

Is Asheville the new celebrity hot spot?

Here’s your guide to celebrity spotting in Asheville, from Jude Law and Zach Galifianakis to President Obama.

Asheville Tourists/ photo by STEWART O'SHIELDS for ASHVEGAS.COM

Asheville Tourists will host 2015 South Atlantic League All-Star Game

The Tourists return to McCormick Field on Monday for an eight-game homestand.

Meteorologist Julie Wunder leaving WLOS-TV

Meteorologist Julie Wunder leaving WLOS-TV

The meteorologist says she will pursue other interests after her contract is up in July.

by June 19, 2014 23 comments Asheville News
22 Jump Street
(Sony Pictures)

The Week in Film: Sequelpalooza edition

Two appealing Pt.2s…on Friday the 13th? Must be the apocalypse.

Asheville Tourists: Two T’s alumni make the majors and the ‘bobblearms’ are coming

Asheville Tourists: Two T’s alumni make the majors and the ‘bobblearms’ are coming

The Asheville Tourists return to McCormick Field tonight (Thirsty Thursday) for a four-game series with the Rome Braves.

Asheville Tourists: Road warriors, All-Stars and a call to the majors

Asheville Tourists: Road warriors, All-Stars and a call to the majors

The Asheville Tourists are on a roll.

Edge of Tomorrow
(Warner Bros.)

The Week in Film: Sci-Fi Do-Over edition

Time-traveling Cruise and Blunt go up against John Green’s teens while Franco & Co. watch from the sidelines.

Asheville Tourists: It’s time for Correlle Prime

Asheville Tourists: It’s time for Correlle Prime

Prime is batting .326 for the month of May, and his ISO is .273. Also, he’s fifth among SAL batters in slugging percentage.

Cold in July
(IFC Films)

The Week in Film: Mullet Justice edition

It’s business in the front, party in the back this weekend for the superb ’80s thriller “Cold in July.”

The Week in Film: Moody Mutant Blues edition

The Week in Film: Moody Mutant Blues edition

Time-traveling mutants, 18th century drama, and Sandler/Barrymore III are yours for the taking.

Asheville Tourists: Ashley Graeter busts out, Pat Valaika promoted

Asheville Tourists: Ashley Graeter busts out, Pat Valaika promoted

The Tourists went 5-2 during their latest homestand. They’re currently in second place in the SAL Southern Division, with a 25-19 record.

Only Lovers Left Alive
(Sony Pictures Classics)

The Week in Film: Jarmuschian Vampire edition

Choose from artful blood-drinkers, hardscrabble Philadelphians, British P.O.W.s, giant lizards, and Indian baseball.

Asheville Tourists: Dahl and Valaika stay hot, T’s alum Arenado thrives

Asheville Tourists: Dahl and Valaika stay hot, T’s alum Arenado thrives

Current Tourists outfielder David Dahl is turning heads with his home runs, while former Tourist Nolan Arenado his grabbing headlines with an extended hitting streak the big leagues.

The Week in Film: Hometown Contamination edition

The Week in Film: Hometown Contamination edition

Katie Damien’s CTS documentary leads the way along with intriguing Allen/Turturro and Rogen/Efron pairings.

Asheville Tourists: Q&A with shortstop Pat Valaika

Asheville Tourists: Q&A with shortstop Pat Valaika

Valaika has a .380 batting average, second best in the South Atlantic League. He’s been one of the Tourists’ most consistent hitters the first month of the season.

Odd’s Cafe: new coffeeshop open on the booming West Side

Odd’s Cafe: new coffeeshop open on the booming West Side

Haywood Road continues its growth: right next to the brand-new Asheville Sandwich Company is Odd’s Cafe, a new coffeeshop with a light menu of savory pastries and sweet baked goods. It’s in a long-untenanted building that’s been completely remodeled. Of note: a spacious and breezy back deck. Owner Audrie Blomquist says her new venture is open until 10 pm nightly, and[Read More…]

Finding Vivian Maier
(IFC Films)

The Week in Film: Shutterbug Nanny edition

Photographers, rednecks, safecrackers, three-timers, debunkers, and undercover cops light up the screen this weekend.

by April 25, 2014 0 comments Asheville film, Asheville News
Asheville Tourists slumping, but fun awaits at McCormick Field

Asheville Tourists slumping, but fun awaits at McCormick Field

On May 2, the Tourists will wear Spider-Man themed jerseys (courtesy of Aaron’s Inc.) for their game against the Lakewood BlueClaws, in conjunction with the release of “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.”

Just your average night on Patton Ave.
(A24)

Ashvegas movie review: Under the Skin

Scarlett Johansson gets her “Species” on in this technically sharp, narratively poor sci-fi experiment.

by April 19, 2014 0 comments Asheville film, Reviews
Asheville Tourists: Ryan McMahon deserves our attention

Asheville Tourists: Ryan McMahon deserves our attention

The Tourists’ third baseman is playing too well to be ignored for long.

by April 17, 2014 0 comments Asheville sports
The Lunchbox
(Sony Pictures Classics)

The Week in Film: Mistaken Curry Identity edition

The rundown of this week’s new films in theaters, on DVD, and on Netflix Instant.

by April 16, 2014 3 comments Asheville film, Asheville News
Asheville Tourists: Pitcher Johendi Jiminian leads early standouts

Asheville Tourists: Pitcher Johendi Jiminian leads early standouts

The right-hander won his first two starts of the season, allowing no runs and just six hits in 11 innings.

by April 10, 2014 3 comments Asheville News
Sabotage
(Open Road Films)

Ashvegas movie review: Sabotage

Ah-nuld’s new shoot-’em-up is dumb fun until it turns plain old stupid.

by April 4, 2014 0 comments Asheville film, Reviews
Ashvegas movie review: Enemy

Ashvegas movie review: Enemy

Double your Gyllenhaal, double your mind#&*$.

by April 4, 2014 0 comments Asheville film, Reviews
Nymphomaniac: Vol. I
(Magnolia Pictures)

The Week in Film: Unrated edition

Not afraid of a little nudity, are we? (OK, there’s actually a LOT of nudity…)

The Asheville Tourists will open their 2014 season on Thursday at McCormick Field. Pictured, from left: infielder Alec Mehrten; pitching coach Mark Brewer;  manager Fred Ocasio; hitting coach Mike Devereaux; and pitcher Zach Jemiolia. /Photo by Stewart O'Shields

Asheville Tourists feature top prospects for 2014 season

The boys are back in town, and the 2014 edition of the Tourists has several potential stars to follow.

Ashvegas movie review: Divergent

Ashvegas movie review: Divergent

The latest “Hunger Games” challenger is better than Katniss & Co. despite following the formula of it and other dystopic YA peers.

by March 27, 2014 0 comments Asheville film, Reviews
The Week in Film: What’s a Cubit? edition

The Week in Film: What’s a Cubit? edition

Russell Crowe gets nautical, 2x Jake Gyllenhaal, Jason Bateman uses spell check, and Ah-nuld pops off a few rounds.

by March 26, 2014 0 comments Asheville film, Asheville News
The Grand Budapest Hotel
(Fox Searchlight Pictures)

The Week in Film: Checking In edition

Muppets return, plus the Next Big YA Thing, the Veronica Mars movie, theological debate, and what could be the year’s best film.

by March 18, 2014 0 comments Asheville film, Asheville News
(Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Ashvegas movie review: The Grand Budapest Hotel

A visual feast and a comedic showcase for Ralph Fiennes, Wes Anderson’s latest is the film to beat in 2014.

by March 15, 2014 3 comments Asheville film, Reviews
Asheville’s Mountain Oasis 2014 canceled

Asheville’s Mountain Oasis 2014 canceled

AC Entertainment pulls the plug on the second year of its Mountain Oasis electronic dance music festival in Asheville.

(Twentieth Century Fox)

Ashvegas movie review: Mr. Peabody & Sherman

Rob Minkoff’s smart, fun, and funny take on the classic Jay Ward cartoon cements 2014 as a great year for animation.

by March 9, 2014 0 comments Asheville film, Reviews
“Morning Song”: new video from The Avett Brothers has Asheville all over it

“Morning Song”: new video from The Avett Brothers has Asheville all over it

Hey Scott and Seth, thanks for the shout-out!

by March 5, 2014 3 comments Asheville Music
300: Rise of an Empire
(Warner Bros.)

The Week in Film: Slo-mo Persian edition (Part 2)

Enjoy your action slllloooooooowed dowwwwwwwn? Well, this is your lucky week.

by March 4, 2014 1 comment Asheville film, Asheville News
Non-Stop
(Universal Pictures)

Ashvegas movie review: Non-Stop

Liam Neeson delivers quality mindless thrills as an air marshal sniffing out a terrorist plot.

by March 1, 2014 0 comments Asheville film, Reviews
Xpress reporter Forbes: NLRB files complaint against Xpress for firing employee

Xpress reporter Forbes: NLRB files complaint against Xpress for firing employee

The action comes as some Mountain Xpress employees have been attempting to organize a union.

by February 28, 2014 12 comments Asheville News
Ashvegas Dish du Jour: New Asheville food truck, new Italian eatery on Tunnel, sake on the way, more

Ashvegas Dish du Jour: New Asheville food truck, new Italian eatery on Tunnel, sake on the way, more

Also, remembering Laurey Masterton, Asheville Sandwich Shop opens Friday and much more.

by February 26, 2014 5 comments Asheville food and drink
Lex 18: New moonshine bar coming to downtown Asheville?

Lex 18: New moonshine bar coming to downtown Asheville?

There’s a new Twitter account for a venue called Lex 18, a new “moonshine bar, Southern fusion cuisine” spot and “musical diversion” at 18 North Lexington Avenue, former location of the Green Light Cafe: We are excited to begin a new chapter in 18 North Lexington’s history. Lex18 coming soon! — Lex 18 (@Lex18AVL) February 20, 2014 More as we get[Read More…]

by February 20, 2014 0 comments Asheville food and drink