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BeLe S e d a N H L i C eR

The finer grains of Bele Chere’s rules, regulations and services The surf is roaring — or maybe it’s the clamor of thousands of landed buccaneers flooding the city of many hills that, for one weekend a year, becomes Bele Chere Island. At least according to Xpress, your blanket on the sand, the sail on your skiff, the parrot on your shoulder. In other words, welcome to Asheville’s biggest street festival. Whether you want to hear some music, spy some cool art, eat some delicious food or entertain the kids, Bele Chere Island is the place. Let Xpress be your map and compass. It’s better than a coconut and easier to open. What, when and where is Bele Chere? It’s an archipelago of art, music, food, beverages, street performers, a drum circle, children’s entertainment and more, held in Asheville’s central downtown business area. Bele Chere is always the last full weekend in July. Although many agree that, while you can sail away at any time, you can never leave. This year’s dates and hours: Friday, July 29, noon to 10 p.m.; Saturday, July 30, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, July 31, noon to 6 p.m. What is the history of Bele Chere? Bele Chere started in 1979 and celebrates its 33rd festival this weekend. About 300,000 people attend over the three days, according to festival statistics. Bele Chere may mean “beautiful living” in an ancient Scottish dialect, but in Island dialect, it describes waking dreams of flying with no wings. How do I get there? Consider biking, walking or taking the shuttle, as the festival is quite crowded. Two festival shuttles run every 20-30 minutes from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. The East route starts from the back of Asheville Mall on Tunnel Road, and runs to Market Street between College Street and South Pack Square (near the Taste of Asheville). The West route starts from the K-Mart Plaza on Patton Avenue, and runs to the Civic Center (across from the Basilica and behind the Haywood Street stage). Cost is $2 roundtrip. Asheville on Bikes will offer a bike corral at the corner of South Lexington and Patton avenues.

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Where can I park? All the downtown city parking decks (Civic Center, Rankin Avenue, Wall Street and Pack Place) are open. Several surface lots will also be open (a special-events fee will apply). Handicapped parking is available on the first level of the Rankin garage. For help and more info: Information Booths are located at key intersections. Also look for roving info-tendants, festival and staff wearing official Bele Chere T-shirts and carrying signs. First Aid tents are located at Pritchard Park, the Children’s Area (inside the Civic Center) and on Lexington near College Street. Where can I find an ATM? ATMs are located at the following downtown locations: Asheville Savings Bank, Patton Avenue at Arts Park; Bank of America, 162 College St. and 68 Patton Ave.; BB&T, 1 West Pack Square; First Citizens Bank, 108 Patton Ave.; Premier Credit Union, Haywood Street at the Civic Center; Wachovia, 1 Haywood St. Can I bring my dog? No. Pets are strictly prohibited inside of the festival boundaries. Animal Compassion Network offers a cool, clean and friendly place to house your pet for an hourly fee. Doggie Jail will be located in front of City Hall. Where’s the beer? You must have a $2 wristband to carry alcohol on the streets during Bele Chere. Wristbands are available from select downtown merchants or from vendors located adjacent to beverage booths. Be prepared to show your picture ID when buying alcohol, as the wristband itself is not proof of age. Wristband colors change every day. A wristband is not required to drink in downtown pubs — only on the streets. When and where can I drink beer? No alcohol on the streets after 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. No alcohol in the Children’s Area. No alcohol will be sold anywhere in the streets on Sunday. And remember: No coolers. No bicycles, blades, skates or skateboards. Let the islomania commence.

i d r y a f THE APACHE RELAY

by Joseph Chapman WNC Magazine’s Last Band Standing put five local bands in competition for a rather ceremonial Bele Chere slot: 4:30 p.m. Friday. That’s the kickoff, the Champagne bottle against the hull. Fletcher-based rock outfit BlackJack won the final round and proved that classic rock was not only timeless but ageless, too. With its deep riffs and a wealth of original songs, the band of 15-to-16-year-olds beat out rockers twice their age. Either vocalist Johnny Blackwell is an early bloomer or this teenager will have a hard-rock growl deeper than Warren Haynes by the time he’s 20 — and probably without the cigarettes. Blackwell and the rest of the band embrace their supportive parents who make the effort to attend every BlackJack performance. You will probably figure out who those “older” people rocking out and clapping profusely near the front of the Haywood Street Stage are. No one is a bigger fan than your own mom. Friday’s lineup brings some of the best indie rock and good-old-fashioned Americana to Bele Chere. Sharing the Festival-christening slot is Asheville’s If You Wannas, who recently released Electric Toaster & The Battle Axe, a retro indie-pop re-imagination of an 8-bit world of wizards and warriors. The band’s do-it-yourself approach means that a lot of the distortion and guitar effects you’ll hear at their show are from

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homemade equipment. If you’re a little more masochistic with your eardrums, be sure to stick around at the Battery Park Stage for the singularly loud The London Souls. Fresh from a May tour of China and Hong Kong, these well-traveled rockers re-ignite the sound of classic blues-rock bands with a healthy dose of distortion and fuzzed-over bass. Guitarist Tash Neal’s shrill upper octave solos and intermittent shreds bring a Hendrix flair to a Zeppelin sound. You’ll be hard-pressed to believe that the sheer volume of the London Souls is the work of a three-piece.

Folk rock ... and more folk rock Fans of The Avett Brothers will appreciate Nashville’s The Apache Relay, a harder blend of folk and foot-stomping. The two bands have worked with the same producer and recorded in the same studio, Doug Williams’ ElectroMagnetic Radiation Recorders in Winston-Salem. But where the Avetts like to soothe the crowd with the occasional slow-burner, the Apache Relay keeps the tempo up, the energy high and the crowd on its feet. Guitars, mandolin and violin blaze through the band’s set with acoustic rhythms that build to shouted harmonies and leave the listener with the sense that they’ve just seen something significant and authentic. If you finish the Apache Relay’s set and your hunger for hard-hitting folk rock still hasn’t

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by Alli Marshall While Bele Chere officially kicks off Friday afternoon, Saturday is when the festival hits its stride. Music cranks up at noon and doesn’t end until 10 p.m. (and then there are the afterparties in local venues, in case you like your Saturday to spill into Sunday). This year, from the opening notes of Leeda “Lyric” Jones (known for emotive and powerful busking performances on Asheville’s streets), it’s apparent that this is a different sort of Bele Chere Saturday. Take Bele Chere Saturday, 2009: It was a day of funk, reggae and blues acts. Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band headlined, as did two very different country acts — altcountry/Americana band Old 97’s and country/hip-hop artist Colt Ford. While the combo may not have made sense on a playlist, the individual acts sure got the crowds moving. This year’s Saturday crowd will be moving to a different drummer. Literally. The day reveals a couple of electronic bands. It’s not just the clubs and Moogfest that are seeing the electronica light, but street festivals as well. Local acts Paper Tiger and RBTS WIN (both Moogfest 2010 alumni) perform. Then it’s eclectic, exotic sounds with The Billy Sea and Sirius.B (both local, the former playing worldbeat, the latter a mash-up of Gypsy, funk, punk, jazz and rock) and Mamarazzi, a Brooklynbased jazz/hip-hop collective.

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Schedule Rock N’ Kiss Stage on Coxe Avenue Kelley & the Cowboys (country) 12:30-2 p.m. Paper Tiger (lounge) 2:30-4 p.m. Stephen Kellogg & The Sixers (rock) 4:30-6 p.m. Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit (rock) 6:30-8 p.m. Railroad Earth (Americana) 8:30-10 p.m.

U.S. Cellular Stage on Biltmore Avenue Vertigo Jazz Project (jazz) 12:15-1:45 p.m. Cedric Burnside Project (blues) 2:15-3:45 p.m. RBTS WIN (electronica) 4:15-5:45 p.m. Jessica Lea Mayfield (Americana) 6:15-7:45 p.m. Big Gigantic (electronica) 8:15-9:45 p.m.

Battery Park Stage Lyric (soul) noon-1:30 p.m. The Billy Sea (World beat) 2-3:30 p.m. Sirius.B (Gypsy fusion) 4-5:30 p.m. Kids These Days (hip-hop) 6-7:30 p.m. Rebirth Brass Band (jazz) 8-9:30 p.m.

Haywood Street Stage Clouds of Greer (Americana) 12:15-1:45 p.m. Mamarazzi (jazz/hip-hop) 2:15-3:45 p.m. Deep Fried Five (retro soul) 4:14-5:45 p.m. Kovacs & The Polar Bear (indie rock) 6:30-8 p.m.

And finally, there’s country. Only it’s country done differently. Kelley & the Cowboys opens the day on the Rock N’ Kiss stage with rockabilly and Western swing. Clouds of Greer, a brand-new local Americana act, performs early on the Haywood Street Stage, and nationally touring country-rock-noir singer/ songwriter Jessica Lea Mayfield has a prime evening spot on the U.S. Cellular Stage on Biltmore Avenue. Look for other Americana and alt-country artists, as well as indie-rock acts, throughout the festival. This year brings a turn both to the rootsy and the modern.

What’s up with the headliners? Bele Chere has tried a lot of different angles with headliners. Remember the ticketed shows? (Train.) Remember the ‘90s bands? (Blues Traveler, Rusted Root.) Remember the mainstream country? (Travis Tritt.) There have been some big names that excited and then disappointed by not showing up (De La Soul) and others who had that one hit ... a really long time ago (Fog Hat). This year’s headliner is neither a blast from the past nor a has-been nor a major hitter on the pop charts, but Railroad Earth does have a dedicated fan base. And, guessing by the group’s frequent Orange Peel stops, many of those fans live in Asheville. The New Jersey-based sextet combines bluegrass, rock ’n’ roll, jazz and

a d y u sn THE PROTOMEN

by Dane Smith Sunday at Bele Chere has always been a subdued and family-friendly affair. No alcohol is allowed on the streets, out-of-towners begin the trek home, street preachers with bullhorns are presumably at church somewhere and the rowdiest participants are generally all partied out. On a desert island, the festival’s closing day would be akin to the hours following a helicopter sighting; the ordeal is nearly over, and all that’s left to do is relax and wait for rescue. But along with relief comes the realization that while getting home will be nice, you’ll miss the freedom of island life. And although this year’s closing lineup offers plenty in the way of down-tempo roots music, it also includes soulful blues, space-y electronica and melodic indie rock. So don’t pack up the hut and toss the straw hat just yet. Here are a few shows to look out for:

Sunday picks Do it to Julia have been churning out Appalachian-tinged indie folk since its four members met while attending college in Boone half a decade ago. The band’s percussive sound is most recognizable from the melodic interplay between the sharp vocal harmonies of songwriters Halli Anderson and Ryan O’Keefe and Anderson’s soaring violin. Having just

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completed its sophomore album, the band very recently changed its name to River Whyless, though the majority of local fans still know the band by its original moniker. The band’s 2 p.m. Sunday performance at the Biltmore stage will follow a two-day run at the 10th annual FloydFest in Virginia. Doc Aquatic excel at uber-melodic, multilayered indie pop with a hint of psychedelia. The band’s high-energy shows have quickly earned it a devoted following and regular slots at local festivals — including All Go West and Music on the Mountaintop this year — along with opening spots for nationally touring acts. Despite the frequency of its local appearances, Doc Aquatic has avoided the pitfalls of overexposure with nuanced songwriting that offers something new with every listen. Last month, the band released its debut EP, Distance Means, and rumors of a full-length, due this fall, have begun to circulate, although the band has yet to announce a release. Its 2:15 p.m. performance at the Battery Park Stage promises to be a highlight of the weekend. There’s no denying that Sonmi Suite’s ethereal creations fall within the realm of electronic music. However, the band translates those delicately layered landscapes into live drums, guitars and synth for a space-worthy show that retains the performance element often lost by its peers. If you hear “electronic show” and expect one guy, a laptop and some MP3s think again.


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by Mackensy Lunsford Land-ho! Crossing the roiling oceans of Bele Chere festivalgoers is enough to give any otherwise smooth sailor a major case of seasickness. You can keep your mind off the nausea with games like count-the-mulletedshirtless-guys or find-the-baby-stroller-holding-the-beer-stash. Failing that, head straight for the Taste of Asheville, a landlubber’s oasis in a vast expanse of crazytown. A locals-only island, The Taste of Asheville is a place where unrecognizable meat-on-astick and giant barbecued legs of what could easily be pterodactyl are relegated to the borders. Here be the place to cool down with Rita’s Ice and Ultimate Ice Cream Company who will provide frozen treats alongside Nick’s lemonade. Speaking of frozen treats, The Green Sage will serve a selection of fruit-filled icepops, including flavors like ginger-piña colada, mango-chili-lime and strawberry-basil.

Not enough to shiver your timbers? Mela will serve the exotic flavors of India’s far-off climes, as will Chai Pani, whose streetwise concept translates perfectly to festival food. Chai Pani owner Meherwan Irani, for his part, promises to serve tandoori Ashley Farms chicken on a stick (should your festival experience be nothing without rations speared on a skewer). He’ll also dish out two sandwiches: the sloppy Jai, the vegetarian cousin to the sloppy Joe, and the pav bhaji. “It’s the ultimate veggie burger,” says Irani, “with squash, zucchini, corn, potatoes, sweet potatoes and tomatoes cooked down on a hot griddle with ghee (clarified butter).” Both sandwiches will be served on toasted sweet buns. And you can bet your sweet buns that Barley’s Taproom and Pizzeria will offer a great place to cool your jets with a pint of grog just a wee bit off the beaten Bele Chere path. We also bet that it will be more crowded than the first “massage parlor” on shore after a month


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There’s more to dressing for a festival than just slapping on whatever shorts and T-shirt are lying on the floor from the night before. This is your chance to express yourself and let you inner music-loving, hippie-dancing, easybreezy, bo-ho alter ego come out to play. Wondering what to wear? Gigi Fasano, owner of Vintage Moon (82 N. Lexington Ave. open during Bele Chere) has “hand-dyed slip dresses that are summery and feminine along with sun hats or parasols.� Franzi Charen, co-owner of Hip Replacements, has noticed this trend: “High-waisted shorts are a must-have for the women. Vintage scarves are a great inexpensive option to keep your hair back. You can often find beautiful silk or cotton prints that pair perfectly with a flirty sundress or jumper.� For the guys, “We’re liking the cutoff shorts and button-up Western shirts.� Hip Replacements, open during Bele Chere, will also have a booth near the corner of College Street and Lexington Avenue, featuring a suave selection of sunglasses and hats, locally made leather belts, T-shirts and jewelry. Bethany Adams, local designer with Rhetorical Factory, will be on hand showcasing her latest goodies, including skirts, blouses, cuffs and bags; Hip Replacements co-owner Kip Veno will be managing the store (72 N. Lexington Ave.). “You can cool off on the couch, listen to his latest selection of surf, garage rock or blues,� Charen says. “He may even put on an impromptu show with his latest band, Pleasure Chest.� Union (18 Haywood St.) has a fashion don’t: “Avoid other fabrics such as polyester or silk as they don’t breathe as well as cotton,� says shop co-owner Tiffany Hernandez. “We recommend lightweight cotton short-sleeve wovens for him and sundresses for her.� Union, open during the festival, has men’s and women’s wear. Hats are a definite do. Says Hernandez, “We plan on having an assortment of straw fedoras, caps, and other styles of hats for men, women and kids.� Find even more hats and sunglasses at the Costume Shoppe (32 N. Lexington Ave.). “The Shoppe is air-conditioned this summer, so checking out our summer-long sale for vintage or pieces for up-cycled costumes and fashion is a great way to take a break from the Bele Chere heat,� says proprietress Susan Sertain. Stop by for paper parasols and steampunk goggles (“UV protected

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Festive fashion do: Breezy sundresses and comfortable footwear. Don’t forget a hat and sunscreen! Need an outfit? Downtown merchants and Bele Chere vendors have you covered.

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PROSPERO FROM SHAKESPEARE’S THE TEMPEST VISITS BELE CHERE ISLAND by Jaye Bartell Bele Chere Island is as dense with revels as it is flush with inhabitants, and twice as strange. In the early morning hours during the last weekend in July, downtown becomes a kind of stage, pacific yet ripe for the early afternoon to part the curtains, bringing on a swarm of extras, unified within festival bounds to form the lead character: the crowd. When your prow skims to a stop on the pebbled curb of the island’s perimeter, navigating the downtown dunes can be a jog in the surf. The compass hands spin, fanning a slight breeze, but providing no direction. If only the sun did have the black shades and calm, attendant grin from the raisin boxes of childhood, it could guide the newly landed with its broad and total view of the events on the ground. (Attempts to reach the sun by phone melted after the second ring.) Fortunately, through a variety of deep-background sources, extending centuries into the past, and further into the visionary realm, Xpress summoned the counsel of a seasoned islander whose way with words is matched only by his near-fury for merry-making. A former duke who loves a good page-turner and the merciless vengeance made possible by sorcery and spiritual terror, Prospero knows the ropes and the rigging of summer street festivals. Xpress extrapolated some Bele Chere superlatives from the beach bum whose “every third thought” seems to be of fish tacos. When it comes to island magic, he’s an old salt. “The very minute bids thee open thine ear,” Prospero said with a voice that was simultaneously everywhere and nowhere. “I’m really excited about this year’s Taste of Asheville,” he said, naming Mamacita’s as a particular interest. “They won Best Burrito and Best Cheap Lunch in the 2010 Xpress Best of WNC poll, right? I boast her off, for thou shalt find she will outstrip all praise.” Mamacita’s is one of 16 local restaurants serving a paper plate at the festival, and Prospero assured Xpress that he would taste them all. “No sweet aspersion shall the heavens let fall to make this contract grow,” he said. “Just wait. I will eat Ed Boudreaux’s Bayou Bar-B-Que out of a waffle cone from Ultimate Ice Cream.” When it comes to live music, Prospero is no less ardent. “I have been known to raise a storm — have you ever heard the bones of the sea tear from the ligature of the moon’s bond? — but it is nothing compared to the totally ill, funkadelicious grooves that come from the four stages,” he said. “I have required some heavenly music, which even now I do, to work mine end.” Prospero counted off his favorites: “As my soul prompts it, I’ll definitely check out The Critters on Friday,” he said. “They remind me of a certain boatful of mariners who visited me, years ago, on their way back from a wedding.” The Critters play the Biltmore stage at 5 p.m. For Saturday, Prospero’s tastes linger on the local. “And deeper than did ever plummet sound, I can’t wait to see Lyric,” who plays from noon to 1 p.m. on the Battery Park stage. “We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life is rounded with a sleep. So I’m going to see Kovacs & the Polar Bear because, why not? All [that] we inherit shall dissolve, and who says emotions aren’t groovy?” Sunday, Prospero admits, isn’t as easy to plan for. “Sir, I am vex’d. Bear with my weakness; my brain is troubled. Should I see River Whyless (2 p.m., Biltmore stage) or Doc Aquatic (2:15 p.m., Battery Park stage)?” The evening performance seems an even graver dilemma. “Go charge my goblins that they grind their joints with dry convulsions, shorten up their sinews with aged cramps, and more pinch-spotted make them: Papadosio or Hoots and Hellmouth?” Both acts take to the stage — Haywood Street and Coxe Avenue, respectively — at 6:30 p.m. “This thing of darkness I acknowledge mine,” Prospero said.

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Even a spirit as lithe as Prospero’s can have a hard time keeping up. “For the past few years, the heat has been, well, I’m not what I formerly was,” he said. “It may be because there hasn’t been a Mountain Xpress booth, but I’ve been flagging.” Prospero admitted that his attitude shifted from “Where the bee sucks, there suck I,” to the same expression “without the article, and with a different noun.” “Miranda always told me, ‘I am a fool to weep at what I am glad of,’ and I am glad of Bele Chere Island. So who’s going to be a fool? Not Prospero.” Such excitement will put a spell on the most stubborn pessimist — and there isn’t room to host the overtures the man gave for the mist tent. But even Prospero knows not to overdo it. “Do that good mischief which may make this island totally fun,” he said, adding “do not give dalliance too much the rein: the strongest oaths are straw to the fire in the blood: be more abstemious, or else, good night your vow!” In other words, don’t throw any Xpress distribution boxes through any shop windows. X Jaye Bartell can be reached at

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where to keep the party going The free, outdoor music of Bele Chere ends at 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday (earlier on Sunday), but unless you’ve had too much sun, too much to drink or you’re just getting too old, the festivities continue into the early morning. Downtown clubs keep live music rocking until last call, so don’t miss the late-night action. The official festival may be over, but the party is just getting started. For a complete listing of shows, check out Clubland in this week’s Xpress.

Friday, July 29

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Electronic dance music with Matt Harper, Drew Dark and Olof Pohlson at Eleven on Grove (11 Grove St. 505-1612) 11 p.m. Free.

Sirius.B (Gypsy-flavored absurdist rock) and Blair Crimmins and the Hookers at Emerald Lounge (112 N. Lexington Ave. 232-4372) 10 p.m. $10.

Second annual unofficial Bele Chere Dance Party at Emerald Lounge (112 N. Lexington Ave. 232-4372) 8 p.m.-2 a.m. $10. Johnny Coit and John Dempsey (blues, covers) at Fred’s Speakeasy (122 College St. 281-0920), 10 p.m. $3. Leigh Glass Band (country-tinged blues rock) at Hannah Flanagan’s (27 Biltmore Ave. 252-1922). Cry Baby (jazz noir, R&B) at Jack of the Wood (95 Patton Ave. 252-5445) 9:30 p.m. $5. Cusses (female-led hard rock) with Wages and The Treatment, at Lexington Avenue Brewery (39 N. Lexington Ave. 252-0212) 10 p.m. Hell Chere at Arcade (130 College St.) with The Pleasures of the Ultraviolent, 6 p.m., Zombie Queen, 7 p.m., Bad Cop, 8 p.m., Ivan The Terribles, 9 p.m. and The Critters, 10 p.m. Free. Jeff Bates (country) at Wild Wing Cafe (161 Biltmore Ave. 253-3066). 10 p.m. $5. Vincent’s Missing Ear (“art-infused rock”) at MoDaddy’s (77 Biltmore Ave. 258-1550) 9 p.m.

The Scissormen (punk, blues) and The Gin Fits at Fred’s Speakeasy (122 College St. 281-0920). Brushfire Stankgrass (electroacoustic bluegrass) at Hannah Flanagan’s (27 Biltmore Ave. 252-1922) Sons of Ralph (bluegrass) at Jack of the Wood Pub (95 Patton Ave. 252-5445) 9:30 p.m. $5. The Honeycutters (country-influenced Americana) and The Nikki Talley Band at Lexington Avenue Brewery (39 N. Lexington Ave. 252-0212) 10 p.m. $8. Young Couples (indie pop) with Run Boy Run at MoDaddy’s (77 Biltmore Ave. 258-1550) 9 p.m. Phuncle Sam (Grateful Dead covers) at One Stop Deli and Bar (55 College St.) 10 p.m. $5.

Local hip-hop showcase at One Stop Deli and Bar (55 College St.) 10 p.m. $5.

DJ Moto (hip-hop, rock, dance) at Pack’s Tavern (20 S. Spruce St. 225-6944) 9:30 p.m.

ReggaeInfinity (reggae) at Pack’s Tavern (20 S. Spruce St. 225-6944) 9 p.m.

DJ Spy-V (hip-hop, rock, dance) at Temptations Red Room (5 Biltmore Ave. 252-0775) 10:30 p.m.

Drunken Prayer (neo-Americana) with You Dirty Rats at PULP (103 Hilliard Ave. below the Orange Peel) 9 p.m.

Unit 50 (classic and modern rock covers) at TallGary’s Cantina (4 College St. 232-0809) 9:30 p.m. Free.

Unit 50 (classic and modern rock covers) at TallGary’s Cantina (4 College St. 232-0809) 9:30 p.m. Free. DJ dance party (top-40 hits) at Temptations Red Room (5 Biltmore Ave. 252-0775) 10 p.m.

The Nightcrawlers (R&B, funk) at Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and Blues (28 Broadway St. 254-7072) 10 p.m.

Carolina Rex (blues and rock covers) at Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and Blues (28 Broadway St. 254-7072) 10 p.m.

Space Capone (funk, soul, R&B) and The Broadcast at Wild Wing Cafe (161 Biltmore Ave. 253-3066) 10 p.m. $10.

Space Medicine and the Mystic Ferrymen (ambient jam) at Vanuatu Kava Bar (151 S. Lexington Ave. 505-8118).

DJ Dance Party and drag show at Scandal’s (11 Grove St. 252-2838) 10 p.m.

DJ Dance Party at Athena’s (14 College St. 252-2456) 9 p.m.

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by Jen Nathan Orris Ultimate Air Dogs might be the luckiest dogs at Bele Chere. In addition to touching down in a refreshing pool of water, they are the only animals allowed at the festival (other than service dogs). Ultimate Air Dogs was created by former Detroit Tigers pitcher Milt Wilcox (he won the 1984 World Series with the team). Wilcox and his dog, Sparky, started the contest as part of a grassroots dock-jumping club in Michigan. (Sparky has performed on Good Morning America and The Late Show with David Letterman — making Sparky a very famous dog.) Wilcox is the still the main announcer for the events. Who will win this year? The dogs we interviewed had little to say on the matter, but you could pretty much tell they were feeling competitive. And hungry. And distracted by squirrels. Non-Ultimate dogs aren’t allowed downtown during the festival, and enforcement is strict. Forgot about that rule? This year, Animal Compassion Network, an Asheville-based animal rescue foundation, will be carrying on the tradition of the “Doggie Jail.” “The most important thing for the dogs is a safe environment where they are comfortable and having fun. People can go in and enjoy the

festivities knowing that their animals are taken care of,” says Cappy Tosetti, Animal Compassion Network’s volunteer coordinator. Instead of burning their paws and tripping pedestrians with their leashes, dogs are invited to relax. The lawn in front of City Hall will be transformed into a sanctuary of cold water, safe fences and large crates covered in sheets and blankets. Dogs get walked every 45 minutes, and the large magnolia tree provides shade. For an hourly fee, Animal Compassion Network keeps dogs out of harm’s way and raises money for its foster animal program. Although you won’t see animals roaming the streets of Asheville, there will be plenty of opportunities to watch dogs soar through the air and lounge in the comfort of grassy Bele Chere Island. The Doggie Jail accepts dogs on Friday from noon to 10 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 8 p.m. Cost is $5 for the first hour, $4 for subsequent hours, with a maximum of $20. Ultimate Air Dogs will fly on Friday, starting at 6 p.m., Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Limited spots for demonstration rounds and splashes are available on the day of the jump. X

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More doughtily than any other narrative formula, the stranded-on-a-desert-island theme has lurked around children’s stories like a vulture over a shipwreck, waiting patiently for the tradewinds to shift and resuscitate the concept in some fresh form. Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe was steered by everyone from civil-rights titan James Baldwin to surrealist filmmaker Luis Buñuel to Walt Disney to Pierce Brosnan: the story tends to gain and lose its cannibals depending on the intended audience. In 1980 there was the parody-ripe film Blue Lagoon, featuring a budding Brooke Shields (a story perhaps for older children). Tipping the better end of the dignity scale is the classic, downtempo YA novel Island of the Blue Dolphins — a Newbery Award winner that still makes elementary-school reading lists 50 years after its first print run. (Every Tween girl who gets hold of this one aches to become orphaned, self-sufficient Karana, blithely taming birds, otters and savage island dogs armed with little more than her suspiciously well-conditioned, waist-length hair.)

Best to skip over Lord of the Flies in today’s bully-thick milieu; the story has simply lost its exotic flair. Which leaves more room for Where the Wild Things Are, the most recent redux of the kid-escaping-parental-control-to-land-unfettered-in-paradise motif. Spike Jonze and Dave Eggers’ arty movie scored high critical marks for its unexpectedly dark treatment of Maurice Sendak’s immortal picture book, although anyone under age 10 or so left the theater with a double cache of CGI and animatronic fodder for nightmares.

“You can still walk around in your flip-flops” A couple of years ago, Bele Chere coordinators apparently decided that the festival’s Children’s Area, long located at a shadeless junction of College and Market streets, had gotten kind of scary, too. The heat, the noise, the long lines to access the few attractions that fit in the space, the family-photo-contest entries that got ruined in an apocalyptic thunderstorm — all of the above suggested a need to make

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A. Holy Ghost Tent Revival B. If You Wannas C. The Whigs D. The Secret B-Sides E. Floating Action F. Sanctum Sully G. Railroad Earth H. Rebirth Brass Band I. Big Gigantic J. Paper Tiger K. Kelley & the Cowboys L. Kids These Days M. Kovacs and The Polar Bear N. Deep Fried Five O. Sirus. B P. Jessica Lea Mayfield Q. Cedric Burnside Project R. Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers S. RBTS WIN T. Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit U. The Protomen V. River Whyless W. Hoots and Hellmouth X. Balsam Range Y. Skinny Legs and All Z. Doc Aquatic

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