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YOU ARE LITERALLY THE BEST The story of the Wampus Cat has many versions in Appalachian and Cherokee folklore. By most accounts, the creature is a half-cat, half-human who either protects the village or terrifies it. (For our purposes, we’ll go with the first.) The Wampus makes its home in the mountainous wood, loves to go out at night and has been described as both lazy and “quick to rile.” Just add “has a taste for craft beer” and “rides a bike to work” and the Wampus Cat is a WNC resident in full! In Issue One, Wampus sallied and sauntered among the region’s top-shelf restaurants, bars, retail stores and more. Now that he has settled in, he can ramble and gambol with Asheville’s cultural treasures, peculiarities, practitioners and media favorites. He even ventures to the outskirts of town for a prance among regional favorites, from Black Mountain to Hendersonville and beyond. A final thanks to you, Xpress readers, before we close the annals of another season of local celebration. You are, literally, the best!

EDITORS Jaye Bartell, Rebecca Sulock ART & DESIGN MANAGER Carrie Lare LAYOUT & DESIGN Nathanael Roney, Emily Busey, John Zara COVER DESIGN Carrie Lare PHOTOGRAPHERS Max Cooper, Caitlin Byrd, Bill Rhodes, Halima Flynt WRITERS Jaye Bartell, Caitlin Byrd, Jon Elliston, David Forbes, Jake Frankel, Jen Nathan Orris, Alli Marshall, Dane Smith, Rebecca Sulock WAMPUS Jaye Bartell, Emily Patrick. Copyright 2012

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This region is pretty deluxe, no matter wh ich hill you’re stand When a certain cat wi ing on. th a side ponytail and a of WNC first visited our valley, some of you taste for the finer things may have been perple perhaps even a little xed, scared. But as Issue Two spins off the pre the Wampus Cat is alr ss rolls, eady a familiar sight — a kind of countrym This is not to say tha t Wampus is not gre at, not a legend. Rathe an. a dish of jelly beans, r, like pictures of baby anima ls or episodes of Tom Jerry, greatness blend and s in with greatness, making one, larger thing. Read on for act great two of a stellar displa y of local love, as dec by you, the local lov ers. ided

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HAUTE CAT-TURE

L A N O S PER SERVICES MANGY!

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MIRACLE STYLIST ACUPUNCTURIST 1. EVAN BUSSANICH, ASHEVILLE ACUPUNCTURE 20 BATTERY PARK AVE. SUITE 303 477-4575 DOWNTOWNHERBS.COM

T A C E S U O H LY E M O H S M R O F S TRAN

FROM MUTT TO MADONNA

OK. Evan BusOn pins and needles about acupuncture? That's approach to ic holist a takes re unctu Acup ille sanich of Ashev l medicine. herba with ncture acupu ng healing his clients — mergi g the first session Bussanich takes a complete health history durin After studying and and makes a collaborative plan with clients. settled into the nich Bussa lly, ationa intern ncture practicing acupu e healing to provid to ille Ashev town Flatiron Building in down this part of the world. — C.B.

2. NANCY HYTON, CENTER FOR HOLISTIC MEDICINE 779 HAYWOOD ROAD 505-3174 CENTERHOLISTIC.COM 3. CAT FINKS, ASHEVILLE COMMUNITY ACUPUNCTURE 378 HAYWOOD ROAD 777-8804 COMMUNITYACUPUNCTURE.COM

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ALTERNATIVE HEALING CENTER

Best of WNC Four Years!

1. SOURCE FOR WELL-BEING 411-B W. STATE ST., BLACK MOUNTAIN 669-8800 SOURCEFORWELLBEING.COM

Thank You for Voting for Us!

Best Alternative Healing Center (#2) Best Acupuncturist (#2) Best Massage Therapist (#3) 779 Haywood Road • Downtown West Asheville www.CenterHolistic.com • 828-505-3174

For the second year in a row, Source For Well-Being remains the source of choice when it comes to alternative healing. Whether you're looking for energy work or dream work, occupational therapy or sex therapy, the Black Mountain center has got it and then some. The 10-year-old institution employs 13 practitioners who offer clients close to 30 different modalities. — C.B.

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1. ORGANIC MECHANIC 568 HAYWOOD ROAD 255-2628 ORGANIC-MECHANIC.COM According to its website, “The Organic Mechanic began with a jack and a bag of tools in May of 2004.” Within two years, the Haywood Road auto shop won the 2006 Best of WNC poll for car repair — a position it has maintained since. Organic Mechanic offers a comprehensive range of services, such as oil changes and tune-ups,

2. CENTER FOR HOLISTIC MEDICINE 779 HAYWOOD ROAD 505-3174 CENTERHOLISTIC.COM 3. APPALACHIA SCHOOL OF HOLISTIC HERBALISM 2 WESTWOOD PLACE 350-1221 HERBSHEAL.COM 3. ASHEVILLE COMMUNITY ACUPUNCTURE 378 HAYWOOD ROAD 777-8804 COMMUNITYACUPUNCTURE. COM

but with an added element of broader responsibility. “Reducing our impact on the environment is a top priority,” says the website. “It's clear that we can't keep following our current road. Maybe one day all mechanics will be just a little bit more organic.” — J.B.

2. XPERTECH 1295 TUNNEL ROAD 298-3612 3. MOSTLY AUTOMOTIVE 253 BILTMORE AVE. 253-4981 AUTOREPAIRASHEVILLE.COM

Y “I WORE A COLLAR FOR YEARS, BUT EVENTUALL

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CATTYWAMPUS COLUMN?

THE CAT’S LAME BACK DOES THE TWIST

CHIROPRACTOR 1. DR. JOHN FAHERTY 39 MCDOWELL ST. 254-5212 ANIMALMOVEMENT.COM

“I WOULDN’T DRIVE ON A ROAD

THIS CURVY!”

for 27 years, After practicing in Asheville the same: John Faherty's mission remains patients. his to help est hon ide to prov event," an not ess, proc a is "Chiropractics using chiroFaherty says. When he's not an clients, practic treatment on his hum cats, dogs to nt tme trea the g idin he's prov of the one It's n. tow nd arou and horses ce on Tuesreasons why he closes his offi days and Thursdays. — C.B.

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2. DR. RENEE GRAZIANO, SOURCE FOR WELL-BEING 411 W. STATE ST., BLACK MOUNTAIN 669-8800 SOURCEFORWELLBEING.COM 3. AWAKENING HEART 30 RAVENSCROFT DRIVE 254-1767 AWAKENINGHEARTCHIROPRACTIC.COM 3. DR. DAVID GRAHAM 183 BARTLETT ST., SUITE 120 2535844 DRDAVIDGRAHAM.COM 3. DR. KAREN HARTMAN 667 BREVARD ROAD 667-4060

Thanks votingfor forme measasone BEST EALTOR in the Thanksfor for voting of theR BEST REALTORS BestBest of 2012 Contest. in theMOUNTAIN MOUNTAINXPRESS XPRESS of 2012 Contest.

Think of Me When Your Friends Want to Call Asheville Home.

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1. CHARLOTTE STREET COMPUTERS 252 CHARLOTTE ST. AND 300 AIRPORT ROAD SUITE 30, ARDEN 225-6600 AND 651-6600 CHARLOTTESTREETCOMPUTERS.COM This year, Charlotte Street Computers achieves its 10th consecutive Best of WNC win. What a computer is and does has changed so drastically over the past decade, that it’s a particular feat for a retail

and repair outlet to keep pace. Charlotte Street Computers specializes in Apple systems, but just as ably services PC devices. Check the company’s website for a schedule of regular classes and tutorials on software, security and how to use your computer for business, art and everyday tasks. — J.B.

2. CITY MAC 755 BILTMORE AVE. SUITE 101 251-4242 CITYMAC.COM 3. COMPUTER MECHANIX 4 VERMONT AVE. SUITE 2 281-4379 COMPUTERMECHANIX.COM

GET TO E M W O N K ASKED IF HE WAS A MAC OR PC CAT, WAMPUS GAVE A ONE-WORD ANSWER: TYPEWRITER

Fine Latin Cuisine • Dine In • Take Out • Parties • Catering

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DENTIST 1. DR. TIMOTHY E. GILLESPIE 36 ORANGE ST. 252-9351 DRTIMGILLESPIE.COM

rience, With more than 25 years of expe for Dr. it was hardly like pulling teeth s for Timothy Gillespie to earn top mark for es whit ly pear C’s WN his treatment of dentist the second year in a row. The local his speoffers a range of services. From rative resto and ant impl etic, cialty in cosm wisdomdentistry to routine cleanings,

ELDER CARE FACILITY 1. GIVENS ESTATES 2360 SWEETEN CREEK ROAD 7712203 GIVENSESTATES.ORG Situated on more than 200 acres of hillside, Givens Estates, a United Methodist retirement community, has more than a beautiful setting to offer its residents. With classes like strength training, watercolor painting and water aerobics, aging doesn’t have to happen on a porch. At Givens Estates, it can happen with a thrust in Tai Chi, or with a pivot turn in a linedancing class. — C.B.

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can smile teeth extraction and fillings, you in the one the re you’ n whe r easie a little chair. — C.B.

2. MARKS FAMILY DENTISTRY 674-A MERRIMON AVE. SUITE 230 255-8447 NORTHASHEVILLEDENTIST.COM 3. SCOTT PEELE DENTISTRY 1087 HENDERSONVILLE ROAD 274-4747 ASHEVILLEDENTALWELLNESS.COM

2. DEERFIELD RETIREMENT COMMUNITY 1617 HENDERSONVILLE ROAD 274-1531 DEERFIELDWNC.ORG 2. CAREPARTNERS 68 SWEETEN CREEK ROAD 277-4800 CAREPARTNERS.ORG 3. HIGHLAND FARMS 200 TABERNACLE ROAD, BLACK MOUNTAIN 669-6473 HIGHLANDFARMS.COM


ESTHETICIAN 1. HOLLY MORRISON, THE WATER LILY ORGANIC SALON 7 BEAVERDAM ROAD 505-3288 WATERLILYSALON.COM 1. KELLY DAVIS, L'EAU DE VIE 20 BATTERY PARK AVE. SUITE 203 258-9741 LEAUDEVIESALON.COM Hair is organic, so perhaps it’s best if the products used to treat and style it are, too. Holly Morrison of The Water Lily Salon in north Asheville applies the same principle to mani-pedis, facials and waxing. Using high-quality, organic products in an “el-

EYE CARE 1. ASHEVILLE EYE ASSOCIATES 8 MEDICAL PARK DRIVE 258-1586 ASHEVILLEEYE.COM

Asheville Eye Associates is so popular, it’s not just in Asheville anymore. The eye-care center has been providing services since 1961, and now offers comprehensive treatment from eye exams to surgery. And if you’re not in Asheville, don’t worry. Ashe-

HAIR SALON for voting Tina ford cox best hairdresser and 3rd best make-up artist Blue Hughes 3rd best hairdressers and ginger kelly 3rd best esthetician

1. WILLOW'S DREAM SALON 64 BROADWAY ST. 225-5922 WILLOWSDREAM.COM Marcy Lanier and her team of 15 stylists (and one esthetician / spa professional) recently moved their full-service salon downtown from north Asheville, and their clients must be thrilled at the accessibility of the new location. Several stylists earned accolades in other categories, including Make-up Artist,

HAIR STYLIST 1. TINA FORD-COX, WILLOW’S DREAM SALON 64 BROADWAY ST. 225-5922 WILLOWSDREAM.COM

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It’s clear that Tina Ford-Cox is on the contact list for legions of local gals and guys. A self-proclaimed hair artist, she “utilizes her artistic background in all her hair cuts, color and styles, and believes in the concept and aesthetic practice of creating a hair style just like any other art masterpiece,” according to her Willow’s Dream profile. Ford-Cox is also a local favorite make-up artist. She frequently announces openings on her Facebook page, and otherwise can be

egant, comfortable environment,” Morrison has made a name for herself and Water Lily with Xpress readers. Downtown, Kelly Davis uses equally highquality products and skills in the elegant Flatiron Building. Davis has won or placed in the Best of WNC throughout the years, proving to be a trusted professional in one of the more private sides of body care. Take the elevator up to the second floor and visit one of Asheville’s treasured professionals. — J.B.

2. SARA JUDY, SENSIBILITIES 59 HAYWOOD ROAD 253-3222 SENSIBILITIES-SPA.COM 3. GINGER KELLEY, WILLOW’S DREAM 64 BROADWAY ST. 2255922 WILLOWSDREAM.COM ville Eye Associates has locations in Arden, Franklin, Bryson City and Sylva, as well. — R.S.

2. ENVISION EYECARE 180 CHARLOTTE ST. 254-6757 MYENVISIONEYECARE.COM 3. TUNNEL VISION 4 S. TUNNEL ROAD 298-6500 TUNNELVISIONASHEVILLE.COM

Esthetician and Hair Stylist. Willow’s Dream also has a boutique that sells candles, clothing, pottery, jewelry, scarves and gloves, cards, stationery and, of course, hair- and body-care products. — J.B.

2. WINK HEADS AND THREADS 18 BROOK ST., SUITE 103 277-4070 ILOVEWINK.COM 3. BLUE RIBBON HAIR SALON 506 HAYWOOD ROAD 251-4288 BLUERIBBONSALON.COM booked via Willow Dream’s 24-hour online appointment service. — J.B.

2. TERRA MARSHALL, BEAUTY PARADE 783 HAYWOOD ROAD 257-4073 BEAUTYPARADESALON.COM 3. BLUE HUGHES, WILLOW’S DREAM SALON 64 BROADWAY ST. 225-5922 WILLOWSDREAM.COM 3. JAMI REDLINGER, THE MIDDY 51 S. FRENCH BROAD AVE. 254-4247 THEMIDDY.COM


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2. AMANDA LYNNE ANDERSON AMANDALYNNE.COM DREAM 3. TINA FORD-COX, WILLOW’S 2 64 BROADWAY ST. 225-592 WILLOWSDREAM.COM

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1. ZACH COMER, ADVANCED PAIN RELIEF THERAPY 191 E. CHESTNUT ST. 776-1392 MEDICALMASSAGEASHEVILLE.COM

For area massage therapist Zach Comer, relaxation is a side-effect of body work, although a pleasant one. “My extensive training allows me to do much more and help you with all kinds of pain problems and injuries,” he says on his website. “I've helped people with repetitive use injuries, low back pain, neck and shoulder pain, headaches and much more. In fact, I've even helped some clients avoid having to go through dangerous and painful surgeries.” Reasonable rates and accommodating office hours make it convenient to take him up on his offer. — J.B.

2. LEE STANFORD, ADORN SALON AND BOUTIQUE 58 COLLEGE ST. 225-8828 LEESTANFORDMASSAGE.COM 3. KAT CORTELLUCCI 20 BATTERY PARK AVE. 335-0675 3. AMANDA CROWE, CENTER FOR HOLISTIC MEDICINE 779 HAYWOOD ROAD 505-3174 CENTERHOLISTIC.COM

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MARTIAL ARTS STUDIO 1. SUN SOO TAE KWON DO, ASHEVILLE 1009 PATTON AVMARTIAL ARTS MARTIALARTSASHEVILLE.C E. 505-4309 OM

According to Sun Soo’s website, Tae Kwon Do me ans “the art of kicking and pun ching.” Founded and dire cted by Master Tony Morris, fell ow instructors Michael Dickinson, Amy Dexter and Elizabe th Goyer guide practition ers of all ages in their pursuit of the five principles of the discipline: loyalty, filial duty, trustw orthiness, valor and just ice. Dozens of video and written testimonials on the Sun Soo website speak to the center’ s creative and fulfilling approach. “It's a family affair with heart in all the best ways,” says one. “I've got to say, and I kno w I may sound corny, but what I do here has made my spi rit indomitable.” — J.B.

2. SHAOLIN KUNG FU 619 HA 775-9122 ASHEVILLESHAO YWOOD ROAD LIN.COM 3. WHITE OAK MARTIAL AR TS 231 S. LIBERTY ST. 483-572 WHITEOAKMARTIALARTS.C 1 OM


THE HAIRIER THEY COME... THE SLOWER THEY CRAWL

PHYSICIAN 1. DR. DAVID “GUS” VICKERY, VICKERY FAMILY MEDICINE 15 YORKSHIRE ST. 274-1600 VICKERYFAMILYMEDICINE.COM

WAMPUS MISTAKES TREADMILL FOR A SOFA

1. DR. JODI SCHWAB, OUR FAMILY DOCTOR 43 OAKLAND ROAD 252-2511 OURFAMILYDOCTORASHEVILLE.COM

Two Mountain Area Health Education Center graduates have earned top honors from their Western North Carolina patients. Defending her title for the second year in a row, Dr. Jodi Schwab of Our Family Doctor tied with this year's firsttime winner, Dr. David “Gus” Vickery of Vickery Family Medicine. Whether you're due for a wellvisit or have to make an unexpected sick-visit, these docs will take care of you. — C.B.

2. DR. MEREDITH POLANSKY, OUR FAMILY DOCTOR 43 OAKLAND ROAD 252-2511 OURFAMILYDOCTORASHEVILLE.COM 3. DR. EMILY DIZNOFF, ASHEVILLE FAMILY MEDICINE 41 OAKLAND ROAD, SUITE 300 252-8885 MISSIONMD.ORG/ASHEVILLEFM

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EXERCISING YOUR MIND?

YMCA

PIERCING STUDIO 1. DIAMOND THIEVES PIERCING AND TATTOO 1570 PATTON AVE. 225-3845 DIAMONDTHIEVES.NET

Did Claire’s at the mall refuse to pierce your sternum when you were 17? Now that we’re all older, and Diamond Thieves Piercing and Tattoo has three technicians — Damon James, Kri and Katie Brophy — to help make your skin an artful pin cushion of ornamentation. As far as the online portfolios testify, no appendage or configuration is verboten. Except perhaps the eyeballs, but one never knows. — J.B.

2. MAN’S RUIN TATTOOS & PIERCINGS 660 MERRIMON AVE. 253-6660 MANSRUINTATTOOS.COM 3. EMPIRE TATTOO 83 PATTON AVE. 252-8282 EMPIRETATTOOING.NET

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“I JUST PUT THESE DOWN, I SWEAR.”


THANK YOU ASHEVILLE from

PLACE TO WORK OUT 1. YMCA VARIOUS LOCATIONS, INCLUDING 30 WOODFIN ST. AND 3 TOWN SQUARE BLVD. 210-9622 AND 651-9622 YMCAWNC.ORG

some Has it been awhile since you’ve seen reof your more fit friends? Establish or on a new your YMCA membership and get one treadmill. Everyone who isn’t on that is time the all on is one every that ite webs nd fi can’t you If out. ing probably work ht anyone on the machines, try the weig . One room, the pool or the basketball court

A warm thank you Asheville for voting us as one of the best in the local jewelry designer category! We are delighted to be a part of this community and look forward to many more years serving you.

ore of the new satellite locations, in Biltm with Town Square, goes beyond the gym art classes, a climbing wall and Bollywood le — dance classes. Look out Village Peop even there’s a new anthem coming, with more fabulous outfits. — J.B.

2. THE RUSH 1056 PATTON AVE. 274-7874 THERUSH247.COM 3. YWCA 185 S. FRENCH BROAD AVE. 254-7206 YWCAOFASHEVILLE. ORG

DIET SECRET “SUBTLE MUSCLES” NEXT TIME YOU’RE BRUSHING YOUR TEETH — FLEX

Chris Van Dyke, GG, Proprietor, Kick Butt Jeweler

REAL-ESTATE AGENT 1. MARK LAVIN, ADVOCATE REALTY 107 MERRIMON AVE. 233-5555 SELLASHEVILLEREALESTATE.COM 120 Coxe Ave. Suite 3A • Asheville, NC 828-225-1904 • www.onecenteryoga.com

I am honored to be voted Best Yoga teacher of WNC for 2012. Thank you. Please join me for classes at One Center Yoga. photo by Deborah Tobias

“We at One Center Yoga are dedicated to the practice and teaching of yoga for overall health, including strength and flexibility of body, clarity of mind, and generosity of spirit.”

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If you’re selling your house, the first thing you might like to see at the website of a real-estate agent is a hyperlinked image of a pile of money. There’s something enriching about the sight of cash, especially if you’re in the high-stakes situation of real estate. Many local home marketeers trust agent Mark Lavin to help navigate the often arduous task of selling or buying property. The local broker tops the inaugural

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1. THE GROVE PARK INN 290 MACON AVE. 800-4385800 GROVEPARKINN.COM

e The promotional materials for The Grov : verbs great of lots in conta Park Inn Spa eDescend. Discover. Feel. Soak. Sip. Rejuv slicnate. Can’t you just feel the cucumber inaimag the All eyes? d lidde your on es tion in north Asheville won’t soothe those Maknotted muscles, so cruise up scenic thy con Avenue and treat yourself. Desire,

year for this category, so you have some sound recommendations for looking him up the next time you’re buying or selling a new set of keys. — J.B.

2. KATHERINE KADERABEK, BEVERLY-HANKS & ASSOCIATES (SOUTH-SKYLAND) 1 TOWN SQUARE BLVD., SUITE 140 684-8999 BEVERLY-HANKS. COM 3. RORY HELLER, KELLER WILLIAMS REALTY 86 ASHLAND AVE. 279-7699 151275. YOURKWAGENT.COM apy name is massage, wraps, aromather with and hand and foot rituals enhanced essential oils. — J.B.

2. SENSIBILITIES DAY SPA 59 HAYWOOD ST. AND 43 TOWN SQUARE BLVD. 253-3222 AND 687-8760 SENSIBILITIES-SPA.COM 3. SPA THEOLOGY 53 COLLEGE ST. 255-4171 SPATHEOLOGY.COM


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#1 THERAPIST!

TATTOO ARTIST

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1. DANNY REED, HOT STUFF TATTOO 416 HAYWOOD ROAD 251-6040 DANNYREEDTATTOO.COM

Best of WNC 2009 cover model Danny Reed gets his name in ink for the fourthstraight year, and he took his whole shop with him (see Best Tattoo Parlor). Wednesdays through Saturdays, Reed can be found at the shop, which recently relocated a few doors down to 416 Haywood

TATTOO PARLOR

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1. HOT STUFF 416 HAYWOOD ROAD 251-6040 DANNYREEDTATTOO.COM

(See Best Tattoo Artist)

3 0 1 E a s t C hes t nut St.

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Road. Check Reed’s website (or the Hot Stuff Facebook page) for photo galleries, testimonials and other information. — J.B.

2. HEATHER RUIN, MAN’S RUIN 660 MERRIMON AVE. 253-6660 MANSRUINTATTOOS.COM 3. GALEN HOLLAND, FREAKS & GEEKS TATTOO SIDESHOW 745 HAYWOOD ROAD 254-4429 FREAKS-N-GEEKS.COM

2. FREAKS AND GEEKS 745 HAYWOOD ROAD 254-4429 FREAKS-N-GEEKS.COM 3. MAN’S RUIN TATTOOS AND PIERCINGS 660 MERRIMON AVE. 253-6660 MANSRUINTATTOOS.COM

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Shannon South www.drshannonsouth.com

Thank you for your vote! Classics of Yoga Teacher Training STARTS MAY 2013

THERAPIST 1. CINDY SHEALY 67 CHARLOTTE ST. 564-1298 1. SHANNON SOUTH 1 ZILLICOA ST. 230-5477 DRSHANNONSOUTH.COM

Can we dialogue about this, WNC? We’ve got some cognitive dissonance going on when it comes to picking the best therapist in the region — and for good reason. Shannon South understands what debilitating anxiety and panic disorders feel like. And after a transformative mediation experience, she found inner peace. Hoping this will help others, she brings a holistic approach to each session. Like

South, Cindy Shealy knows there isn’t just one avenue to mindfulness. She takes an eclectic approach and tailors her treatment that continues all the way to the bill, offering her work on a sliding scale. — C.B.

2. SHANNON O’NEILL 25 ORANGE ST. 713-5875 3. NANCY MERCER 12 1/2 WALL ST. 713-6697 NANCYMERCERTHERAPY.COM 3. PRIPO TEPLITSKY, HEARTSHARE COUNSELING & CONSULTING 25 ORANGE ST. 712-8398 HEARTSHARECOUNSELING.COM

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YOGA STUDIO 1. ASHEVILLE COMMUNITY YOGA 8 BROOKDALE ROAD, SUITE A ASHEVILLECOMMUNITYYOGA.COM

isn’t the most Yoga, like most athletic endeavors, for centering tial essen also it’s But frugal pastime. , but you’re the mind and body. If money is tight ice, Asheville determined to advance your pract The studio is Community Yoga is the place for you. regardless of one, every to open and donation-based wallet is full, their economic situation. But if your suggested don’t forget to bring it. Many classes have to help ns reaso tless coun are there and , donations C.B. — . unity comm the to give the gift of yoga

2. ASHEVILLE YOGA CENTER 239 S. LIBERTY ST. 254-0380 YOURYOGA.COM 3. BIKRAM YOGA ASHEVILLE 802 FAIRVIEW ROAD, SUITE 800 299-7003 HOTYOGAASHEVILLE.COM 20

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MASTE” WAMPUS ATTAINS INNER PEACE THROUGH ANCIENT TECHNIQUES

NEWLY MINTED SAGE THROWS FEAR, ILLUSIONS TO THE MAT

“THE MIND IS A MOUSE ...

LET IT SCURRY”

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YOGA TEACHER 1. CINDY DOLLAR, ONE CENT YOGA 120 COXE AVE., SUITEER 225-1904 ONECENTERYOG 3A A.COM

Back in 1984, Cindy Do llar of One Center Yoga began teaching yoga ent husiasts how to suppor t their spiritual and physica l health. As a certified Iyengar-yoga instructor, specializing in the use of props, such as blocks and bla correct asanas, Dollar use nkets to encourage s her creative energy to encourage a nurtur ing yoga environment. Whether you’re new to the practice or an accom plished yogi, Dollar ’s com passionate approach is sure to leave you refresh ed and focused. — C.B.

2. CAT MATLOCK, WEST AS YOGA 602 HAYWOOD ROAD HEVILLE 1167 WESTASHEVILLEYOGA350.COM 3. MICHAEL JOHNSON, CLEARLIGHT YOGA 586-201 -8989 CLEARLIGHTYOGA.COM 3. MADO HESSELINK TRUESELFYOGA.COM


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BEST CLASSICAL ENSEMBLE 1. ASHEVILLE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA ASHEVILLESYMPHONY.ORG

Now part of the Asheville music scene for more than a half-century, The Asheville Symphon y Orchestra performs not just the classics, but inno vative concerts involving theater, vocalists, up-and-c oming soloists and new composers. Since taking his position in 2004, conductor and music director Daniel Meyer has increased ASO’s community presence, with local in-school performances and other educational programs. — A.M.

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edly risque e-cards to Direct all of those suppos e’s an occasions-expert your spam folder — ther is not only bawdy and who its lim city within the rious. And furtherhila and y funny, but raunch es physical cards duc pro s more, Robin Plemmon hing says “hearNot l. that you can send in the mai baby quite like new the h wit nds frie r hear” to you an with your hum a ing mak on “Congratulations for more om all.c ally hew genitals.” Visit ballstot to live. ons reas and ers cards, jokes, fake book cov — J.B.

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1. SIRIUS.B SIRIUSBMUSIC.COM

We may or may not have included a tongue-in-cheek category specifically for Sirius.B’s self-d eclared genre to acknowledge the hold this “gypsy-ab surdist-folk” ensemble seems to have on Best of WNC voters. A gypsy absurdist can understand such a ploy, hopefully. It’s just that, since it’s clear that Sirius.B is everyone’s favorite band, why not enshrine them thus? — J.B.

2. STEPHANIESID STEPHANIESID.COM 3. YO MAMA’S BIG FAT BOOTY BAND BOOTYBAND.COM

WAMPUS’ FAVORITE FILMS, IN ORDER 1. STEEL MAGNOLIAS 2. MILO AND OTIS 3. SANDLOT (END OF LIST)

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FIBER ARTIST 1. BZ DESIGN BZDESIGN.BIZ

BZ Design is the work of textile artist Barbara Zaretsky, who has lived in Asheville since 2001. Her work is understated and elegant, using natu ral dye extracts, sustainable or organic fabrics and texti le paints in an earthtone palette. BZ Design creates both apparel and home goods. “I’ve always been fascinate d with textiles and the influence they have on our cultu re,” Zaretsky says on her website. “Inspired by the thing s around me — color, movement, light, nature, architect ure and design — I am moved to create art for everyday use.” — A.M.

2. JUDE STUECKER COTTON MILL STUDIOS, 122 RIVERSIDE DRIVE, STUDIO D 505-2958 JUDESTUECKER .COM

3. R. BROOKE PRIDDY 428-A HAYWO OD ROAD 242-1378 SHIPTOSHORESHOP.CO M


!!!!!!!!! GLASS ARTIST 1. ALEX GREENWOOD, ASHEVILLE GLASS CENTER 140-C ROBERTS ST. 505-7110 ASHEVILLEGLASS.COM Alex Greenwood has been working with glass for more than a decade (he got his start with a small torch in his own kitchen). After studying at the Appalachian Center for Crafts in Tennessee, he settled in Asheville and organized the Asheville Glass Center with Logan MacSporran. Greenwood’s Asheville Glass colleague, Robert Gardner, joins Greenwood (in sec-

GRAPHIC DESIGNER 1. BRITTANY TURNER, TWANG CREATIVE 333-9596 BRITEAGENCY.COM/BRITTANY.HTML

Turner Brite Agency designer Brittany s to Bate Kata with up ed recently team ng Creform marketing company Twa of Just ative. They’ve worked for the likes and est geW anta Adv , inals Ducky Orig rding to Colton Groome & Company. Acco

JEWELRY ARTIST 1. SUSAN WEST, BLUE GOLDSMITHS 1 SWAN ST. 277-2583 BLUEGOLDSMITHS.COM

Jeweler Susan West went from work ing in large sculpture to small design when she moved to Asheville and opened Blue Goldsmiths. Her studio crafts not only luxe rings, earrings and pendants, but also home goods in hand-blown glass . — A.M.

LISTENING ROOM 1. THE ALTAMONT 18 CHURCH ST. 274-8070 MYALTAMONT.COM

Originally envisioned as a theater for actors, the Altamont has evolved into an intimate listening room for local and nationally touring musicians. “We are sophisticated but by no means stuffy,” the

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ond place). Asheville Glass offers classes, demonstrations, studio rentals and readymade works by participating members. — A.M.

2. ROBERT GARDNER 140-C ROBERTS ST. 505-7110 ASHEVILLEGLASS.COM 3. ROB LEVIN REPRESENTED BY BLUE SPIRAL 1 GALLERY, 38 BILTMORE AVE. ROBERTLEVIN.COM 3. SHANE SMITH ETSY.COM/ PEOPLE/SHANESMITH2 lty pleaher online profile, Turner’s “gui pajamas sures” include “staying in my and all day, french fries, reality television . A.M — cleaning.”

2. JENNY GREER, SOUND MIND CREATIVE 362 DEPOT ST. 279-4166 SOUNDMINDCREATIVE.COM 3. MICHAEL FILES 471-7104 MICHAELFILES.COM

2. PAULA DAWKINS, JEWELS THAT DANCE 63 HAYWOOD ST. 254-5088 JEWELSTHATDANCE.COM 3. JOANNA GOLLBERG 42 HAW CREEK CIRCLE 216-8369 JOANNAGOLLBERG.COM

theater ’s bio asserts. The entrance to the Church Street venue also hosts revolving visual-art exhibits. — A.M.

2. THE GREY EAGLE 185 CLINGMAN AVE. 232-5800 THEGREYEAGLE.COM 3. LEXINGTON AVENUE BREWERY 39 LEXINGTON AVE. 252-0212 LEXAVEBREW.COM


!!!!!!!!! LOCAL ACTOR (MALE OR FEMALE) 1. CHARLIE FLYNN-MCIVER, N.C. STAGE COMPANY 15 STAGE LANE 239-0263 NCSTAGE.ORG

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Co-owner and artistic director of North Carolina Stage Company, Charlie FlynnMcIver is known around Asheville not just as a passionate advocate for the arts, but also as an engaging artist himself.

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With three levels of art exhibits and a wide range of mediums represented (ceramics and sculpture share space with paint, glass and multimedia), Blue Spiral 1 has long been a favorite with local art enthusi-

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e, Despite his rise to national prominenc nauthor and poet Ron Rash (a Parris Disti re guished Professor of Appalachian Cultu s his at Western Carolina University) keep subject matter regional. His books, from

LOCAL BAND: ACOUSTIC/FOLK 1. JOHN WILKES BOOTHE AND THE BLACK TOOTHE MYSPACE.COM/JOHNWILKESBOOTHEANDTHEBLACKTOOTHE Immediately recognizable for their natty vests (Myles Holt and Ben Melton) and beard (Holt), this folk trio (with Paul Blackwell) promises to “to assassinate

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Flynn-McIver seems to shine especially in droll comedic roles where his trademark deadpan wit is in full effect. — A.M.

2. SCOTT TREADWAY, FLAT ROCK PLAYHOUSE 2661 GREENVILLE HIGHWAY FLAT ROCK 693-0731 FLATROCKPLAYHOUSE.ORG 3. TRACEY JOHNSTON-CRUM, THE MAGNETIC THEATRE 372 DEPOT ST. 257-4003 THEMAGNETICFIELD.COM

asts and visitors to Asheville. The gallery represents Southern work, including that of a number of local artists. — A.M.

2. ZAPOW! 21 BATTERY PARK AVE., SUITE 101 575-2024 ZAPOW.NET 3. WOOLWORTH WALK 25 HAYWOOD ST. 254-9234 WOOLWORTHWALK.COM

The best-selling novel Serena to this year’s set Cove to poetry collection Waking, are the among the Appalachian landscapes of nCarolinas where he grew up and conti ues to live. — A.M.

2. SARAH ADDISON ALLEN SARAHADDISONALLEN.COM 3. THOMAS WOLFE WOLFEMEMORIAL.COM

your blues and chase away the crushing despair of modern life.” They do that with intricate finger-style instrumentation and lush harmonies. — A.M.

2. UNDERHILL ROSE UNDERHILLROSE.COM 3. SIRIUS.B SIRIUSBMUSIC.COM 3. THE HONEYCUTTERS MYSPACE.COM/THEHONEYCUTTERS


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LOCAL BAND: AMERICANA/ COUNTRY 1. THE HONEYCUTTERS THEHONEYCUTTERS.COM

t Sweet, is est album, When Bitter Me The Honeycutters’ new tt’s voice. Pla a and Am n ma frontwo a perfect summation of sunsets, of ia talg nos rich with the Emotive, a touch of twang, s band writes the Thi ers. lett ed low yel lost loves, first snow, favorites. instantly like dog-eared kind of originals that feel — A.M.

DIRTY WORK 2. PIERCE EDENS AND THE PIERCEEDENS.COM RHILLROSE.COM 2. UNDERHILL ROSE UNDE ND REVERBNA3. SOUTHBOUND TURNAROURNAROUND TION.COM/SOUTHBOUNDTU

1. RBTSW IN RBTSWIN.COM While fans were busy voting for repeat winners RBTS WIN, the prolific band was busy in the studio working on new album Palm Sunday, along with other projects. Like remixes (Danny Brown’s “Blunt After Blunt”). And weddings (congrats, Cliff B.!). — A.M.

2. SONMI SONMIBAND.COM 3. PAPERT IGER PAPERTIGERMUSIC.COM REMEMBER MILLI VANILLI’S 1984 VENTRILOQUIST HIT,

“BLAME IT ON THE RAIN?” WAMPUS SANG THE VANILLI PARTS

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LOCAL BAND: HIP-HOP 1. SECRET AGENT 23 SK SECRETAGENT23SKIDO IDOO O.COM Jus

t when you thought kid-hop couldn’t get MC 23 Skidoo dropp any cooler, local ed Make Believers, wi th not only more loc guest musicians and al more positive messa ges, but also more mu sical genres as canvas es for his lithe, muscu lar verses. — A.M.

1. CRAZYHORSE & COLS COM/CRAZYHORSEAND TON REVERBNATION. COLSTON

While CrazyHorse & Colston’s Max Hupertz and Bryan Godleski (with DJ Kil by) grew up in Ashev ille and have been growing their sound for awhile, the duo rea local scene this sum mer with a Bele Chere lly burst onto the set, an opening slot for Gift of Gab and the release of their distin ctly WNC-flavored Backroads & Bonfires. — A.M.

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LOCAL BAND: JAM/PROGRESSIVE 1. TOUBAB KREWE TOUBABKREWE.COM

Remember back in 2005 when Africaninspired rock/jam outfit Toubab Krewe was playing its first shows? Now the hard-touring band (the members of which have mostly relocated throughout the East Coast) is a festival favorite. So

LOCAL BAND: JAZZ

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1. FIRECRACKER JAZZ BAND FIRECRACKERJAZZ.COM Nouveau Dixieland sextet Firecracker Jazz Band has ignited many an Asheville evening, in larger and smaller clubs and festivals. The revered ensemble includes Squirrel Nut Zippers’ alum Je Widen-

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1. KINGS OF PRUSSIA MYSPACE.COM/ KINGSOFPRUSSIA Repeat winners King of Prussia formed in Miami more than half a decade ago. They released their debut, Occurring Before in Time, locally, before it was picked

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1. THE CRITTERS SOUNDCLOUD.COM/THE-CRITTERS Now having played LAAFF and Bele Chere, as well as a Moog AHA AVL set, The Critters are a known entity. But with their catchy songs, wild stage antics and

LOCAL BAND: NOISE/DRONE 1. SOFT OPENING REVERBNATION.COM/SOFTOPENING

Don’t go searching any of the sparselyfilled-in websites of local heavy psych band Soft Opening for insights into likes,

much so, in fact, that the band launched its own festival, Carnavalito, in Black Mountain this past summer. — A.M.

2. MAKAYAN REVERBNATION. COM/MAKAYAN 3. BRUSHFIRE STANKGRASS STANKGRASS.COM 3. PHUNCLE SAM PHUNCLESAM.COM

house, stride piano virtuoso Andrew Fletcher and guitarist Hank Bones. The group’s personnel expands, contracts and changes from time to time, but the sound remains consistent and compelling. — J.B.

2. BIG NASTY BIGNASTYJAZZ. BANDCAMP.COM 3. ASHEVILLE JAZZ ORCHESTRA ASHEVILLEJAZZ.ORG up by Miami-based label Seven Trumpets Recordings. KOP recently headlined the Orange Peel, where they debuted new material. — A.M.

2. RITUAL REVERBNATION. COM/RITUALBAND 3. TELIC MYSPACE.COM/TELICNC

psychedelic meets thoroughly modern sound, it’s likely that the Critters will be big well beyond the local stage. — A.M.

2. COMMON FOUNDATION REVERBNATION.COM/COMMONFOUNDATION 3. FLOATING ACTION FLOATINGACTION.COM

dislikes, influences or plans. This group (fronted by Jamie Hepler) has to be experienced, in all its darkly layered sonic pummel. — A.M.

2. AHLEUCHATISTAS AHLEUCHATISTAS.COM 3. KNIVES AND DAGGERS KNIVESANDDAGGERS.COM


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LOCAL BAND: OLDTIME / BLUEGRASS 1. BALSAM RANGE BALSAMRANGE.COM Few bands have a day named for them: Balsam Range does. August 10 was proclaimed “Balsam Range Appreciation Day” in Haywood County. It’s a well-

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1. STEPHANIESID STEPHANIESID.COM Led by golden-throated frontwoman Stephanie Morgan, stephaniesid has been true to its lush, hooky, layered indie-pop sound since before Asheville seemed ready to fully embrace pop. But (as repeat wins in this category prove),

LOCAL BAND: PUNK 1. PLEASURES OF THE ULTRAVIOLENT PLEASURESOFTHEULTRAVIOLENT.BANDCAMP.COM It’s been about a year since local punk band Pleasures of the Ultraviolent released its self-titled debut. Check it out

LOCAL BAND: R&B/BLUES 1. PEGGY RATUSZ REVERBNATION.COM/PEGGYRATUSZ

the Peggy Ratusz is a go-to chanteuse for life. more sultry side of Asheville night y She often performs, with backers Dadd on Longlegs, at Tressa’s Jazz and Blues iBiltmore Avenue. Check out her rend

LOCAL BAND: ROCK

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1. THE CRITTERS SOUNDCLOUD.COM/THE-CRITTERS

(See Best Local Band: Next Big Thing)

earned accolade. The group has racked up the awards, including the 2011 International Bluegrass Music Association’s Song of the Year for “Trains I Missed.” And, of course, this award. — A.M.

2. STEEP CANYON RANGERS STEEPCANYON.COM 3. SANCTUM SULLY SANCTUMSULLY.COM

stephaniesid’s edgy-gorgeous sound is a key component to the local soundtrack. — A.M.

2. THE CRITTERS REVERBNATION.COM/ THECRITTERSBAND 3. KOVACS AND THE POLAR BEAR KOVACSANDTHEPOLARBEAR.COM

on the group’s Bandcamp page: athletic, galloping beats, fierce vocals and nearchaotic delivery that promises to whip any listener into a frenzy. — A.M.

2. ZOMBIE QUEEN AVL.MX/LG 3. JUST DIE! JUSTDIEHARDCORE.BANDCAMP.COM

of tion of “Weary Blues” for an example beat down , spare with even nesse her fi lisblues. For something with more pep, J.B. — ” ten to “Big Man.

2. THE SECRET B-SIDES MYSPACE.COM/ENTERTHEBOOM 3. LYRIC REVERBNATION. COM/LYRICFANS

2. DOC AQUATIC MYSPACE.COM/DOCAQUATIC 3. FLOATING ACTION FLOATINGACTION.COM


LOCAL BAND: SOUL 1. SECRET B-SIDES THESECRETB-SIDES.COM

Earlier this year, The Secret B-Sides released a new full-length, Easy Magi c. That album shows that the B-Sides decadent, soulful Flowers & Chocolate was no mere one-off. Easy Magic beings more

deep grooves, retro cool and space-age romance. Probably why the B-Sides were picked to open for Arrested Development at the Orange Peel. — A.M.

2. LYRIC REVERBNATION. COM/LYRICFANS 3. WESTSOUND WESTSOUNDPRODUCTIONS.NET

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LOCAL BAND: TRADITIONAL SEAGULL 1. WHAT THE HELL IS TRADITIONAL SEAGULL?

LOCAL BAND: WORLD/REGGAE 1. COMMON FOUNDATION REVERBNATION.COM/COMMONFOUNDATION Blending reggae, rocksteady and uptempo ska, all with a big band horn section, Common Foundation comes to the

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LOCAL BUSKER / STREET PERFORMER

1. SILVER DRUMMER GIRL SILVERDRUMMERGIRL.COM A repeat winner, Jessica Smith (aka Silver Drummer Girl) got her start as a performer, including playing snare drum in

LOCAL COMEDIAN 1. PAT HINSON

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YOU ARE THE REASON WE BREW

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Climbing to the top after last year’s second place win in this category, Pat Fudgin’ Hinson takes inspiration for his comedy from his life. Like working at a tattoo shop and performing in an all-

Come on, Asheville: Haven’t you ever , been to Pleasure Point Pier in Bridgeport throw to ary Febru of end the Conn., at shells at the unceasing arrival of cold tic waves that drag time across the Atlan to waters like an unshod Tobiano horse h whic e abov line, shore ng the ever-shifti sea the gulls dive at the soaring husks of creatures long washed away? — J.B.

stage equipped with a party-ple asing sensibility. Upbeat, melodic and utterly danceable, Common Foundatio n is already building its fan base thro ughout the Southeast. — A.M.

2. TOUBAB KREWE TOUBABKREWE.COM 3. CHALWA MYSPACE.COM/CHALWA

a New Orleans jazz band. She translated that to her Asheville-based street performance. Still as a statue, put a dollar in the hat and she comes to life, executing a snare roll. — A.M.

2. BIG NASTY FACEBOOK. COM/BIGNASTYJAZZ 3. LYRIC REVERBNATION. COM/LYRICFANS

male dance troupe. We’re not sure if both of those are true. He’s performed at the Get Down, The Magnetic Field and, recently, as part of Laugh Your Asheville Off. — A.M.

2. TOM CHALMERS 3. MINORI HINDS


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The big purple bus boasts, “It’s more de than a tour, it’s a show!” Tours inclu city comedy, haunted comedy and spe-

LOCAL DANCE COMPANY 1. TERPSICORPS TERPSICORPS.ORG

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For 10 seasons now, Terpsicorps Theatre of Dance has tapped professional dancers on summer break from their regular companies to perform in Asheville. The resulting shows, largely choreographed by founder and artistic director Heather Maloy, are highly conceptual, daring and often a little bit spooky. — A.M.

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cial seasonal productions with costumed up hosts and crazy characters that pop at various points along the route. Even — better: You can BYOB while you ride. A.M.

2. THE FERAL CHIHUAHUAS FERALCHIHUAHUAS.COM 3. LYLAS LYLAS.ORG

2. ASHEVILLE CONTEMPORARY DANCE THEATRE BEBE THEATRE, 20 COMMERCE ST. 254-2621 ACDT.ORG 3. ASHEVILLE BALLET 4 WEAVERVILLE HIGHWAY 252-4761 OR 258-1028 ASHEVILLEBALLET.COM

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1. KIPPER SCHAUER KIPPERSTRIVIA.COM Probably best known for his “Totally Rad Trivia Night,” Kipper Schauer also announces bands for Moog Music’s AHA

AVL series and spins records at local venues. The bio for his twitter hand le, @kipperisrad, boasts “Bad Ass DJ/Trivia Enthusiast.” — A.M.

2. ROB CASTILLO 3. MARLEY CARROLL MARLEYCARROLL.COM

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I WANT TO VISIT ALL THE LOCAL DRAG NIGHT 1. SCANDALS 11 GROVE ST. 505-1612 SCANDALSNIGHTCLUB.COM

Grove Scandals, one of the clubs in the shows House, has been hosting drag happen for three decades. Performances with ays, Sund ugh thro ys rsda Thu t mos Turn en Que Drag the like ts special even n for a Around (when the queens retur

second set as men) and Drag King — A.M.

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2. CLUB HAIRSPRAY 8 N. FRENCH BROAD AVE. 2582027 CLUBHAIRSPRAY.COM 3. DRAG QUEEN BINGO, BROTHER WOLF ANIMAL RESCUE FUNDRAISER BWAR.ORG/EVENTS


LOCAL FILMMAKER 1. PAUL BONESTEEL BONESTEELFILMS.COM

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While Bonesteel Films takes on projects beyond documentaries, it’s his treatment of local heroes (writer Carl Sandburg, photographer George Masa) that might capture our imagination the most. The film company’s bio says that its objective is always to “produce work that com-

LOCAL GYPSY ABSURDIST PUNK ROCK BAND 1. SIRIUS.B SIRIUSBMUSIC.COM Who else? The self-described “absurdist gypsy metal folk funk punk” outfit has

municates creatively,” and Xpress readers agree. — A.M.

2. CHRIS BOWER CHRISBOWER.TUMBLR.COM 2. KATIE DAMIEN KATIEDAMIEN.COM 3. PAUL SCHATTEL PAULSCHATTEL.COM a habit of sweeping Best of WNC categories. They also recently ran a successful Kickstarter campaign to finish a new 12song album (the band’s third), The Triumphant Return of Black Eyed Norman and the One and Only Harlequin Slinky. — A.M.

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LOCAL KARAOKE NIGHT 1. BROADWAY’S 120 N. LEXINGTON AVE. 285-0400

It’s called “Broadway’s Karaoke Disaster,” it happens on Sundays and, according to its Facebook page, “This is a no-

LOCAL LIVE THEATER 1. ASHEVILLE COMMUNITY THEATRE 35 E. WALNUT ST. 254-1320 ASHEVILLETHEATRE.ORG Asheville Community Theatre has been staging productions for more than six decades. The current season includes musicals (Hairspray), dramas (Steel Mag-

rules, no judgment-style karaoke night. If you can’t sing, who cares? It is about fun, it is about good times.” — A.M.

2. THE GET DOWN 1045 HAYWOOD ROAD 505-8388 GETDOWNASHEVILLE.COM 3. THE CORNER 167 PATTON AVE. 575-2449 nolias) and dark comedies (The Santaland Diaries). And don’t forget the semi-annual costume sale, for all your gold lamé jumpsuit needs. — A.M.

2. N.C. STAGE COMPANY 15 STAGE LANE 239-0263 NCSTAGE.ORG 3. THE MAGNETIC FIELD 372 DEPOT ST. 257-4003 THEMAGNETICFIELD.COM


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1. SECRET AGENT 23 SKIDOO, “GOTTA BE YOU,” FEATURING MC FIREWORKS AVL.MX/LH

Positive reinforcement and personal encouragement in the hallways of a school aren’t always the norm — at least they weren’t back in the early ‘90s (or maybe that’s just my experience?). Things may be different now: Ira B. Jones Elementary, which has a cameo in Secret Agent 23 Skidoo’s “Gotta Be You,” looks to be a bright, positive place. Especially with

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is Repeat winner Glenis Redmond Afher on y poetr her g basin for n know y. rican-American heritage and her famil r, leade shop work and r write a both She’s

Skidoo and guest MC Fireworks (aka Skidoo’s daughter, Saki) leading a virtual parade of skateboarding, rambunctious, confident kids celebrating individuality — everyone’s! — J.B.

2. CHACHILLIE, “5150” AVL.MX/LI 3. CHACHILLIE, “ROME IS BURNING” AVL.MX/LJ 3. TOTAL WAR, “YOU’RE OVER IT” AVL.MX/LK

less and though her local appearances are d frequent these days (in fact, she’s move inr majo a still she’s , S.C.) , nville to Gree fluence in the poetry scene. — A.M.

2. BARBIE ANGELL BARBIEANGELL.COM 3. LAURA HOPE-GILL THEHEALINGSEED.COM

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1. ECHO MOUNTAIN 232-4314 ECHOMOUNTAIN.NET

Asheville: 828-258-0036 Black Mountain: 828-664-4322 www.thaibasilnc.com

It seems like almost every musical act touring through Asheville either has or is about to record at Echo Mountain. Even with such national acclaim, the studio is also committed to working out ways for

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LOCAL TRIVIA NIGHT 1. KIPPER’S TOTALLY RAD TRIVIA BROADWAY’S, 120 N. LEXINGTON AVE. KIPPERSTRIVIA.COM

auer, “Quiet, According to Kipper Sch ts are for nigh ia triv ite boring, and pol original, pop losers.” His 100-percent t (with audio culture-oriented trivia nigh on Mondays held is ) nds rou al and visu

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local bands on tight budgets to record incredible-sounding albums. — A.M.

2. COLLAPSEABLE STUDIOS 503 HAYWOOD ROAD 2753709 COLLAPSEABLESTUDIOS.COM 3. SOUND TEMPLE STUDIOS 633-2149 RGPRODUCTIONS. NET

grown into a at Broadway’s. Kipper has rs, proven yea few a local celebrity in just ost Colorful by his placement in the “M r. — A.M. Character” category this yea

2. JACK OF THE WOOD 95 PATTON AVE. 252-5445 JACKOFTHEWOOD.COM 3. WESTVILLE PUB 777 HAYWOOD ROAD 225-9782 WESTVILLEPUB.COM


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LOCAL VIDEO STORE OOD 1. ORBIT DVD 783 HAYW OM .C ROAD ORBITDVD

DVD in West Asheville Forget Netflix, Orbit mere $2 and also offers a for s ase rents new rele sure what to rent? The t No subscription plans. ovies we really like” “m store’s website has a kider tips, like The Par section with some ins that follows a ary ent um doc a — ing Lot Movie ndants. — A.M. group of parking lot atte

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1. FINE ARTS THEATRE 36 BILTMORE AVE. 232-1536 FINEARTSTHEATRE.COM

Art-house theaters around the country have struggled in this age of multiplexes and home theaters, but Fine Arts stands strong each year in Xpress readers’ hearts. Could be the deft curation of fine flicks, or its one-night-only events (the theater recently hosted a nearly sold-out screen-

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ing of LCD Soundsystem’s Shut Up and Play the Hits, for example). And don’t forget $5 Tuesdays. — R.S.

2. THE CAROLINA ASHEVILLE 1640 HENDERSONVILLE ROAD 274-9500 CAROLINACINEMAS.COM/ASHEVILLE 3. REGAL BILTMORE GRANDE 292 THETFORD ST. 684-1298 REGMOVIES.COM

2. GUS CUTTY GUSCUTTY.COM 3. MOLLY MUST MOLLYMUST. WORDPRESS.COM

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MAKE FOR SOLID FRIENDS TOGETHER / WE CHANGE COLOR IN THE RAIN MUSIC SERIES 1. DOWNTOWN AFTER 5 ASHEVILLEDOWNTOWN.ORG

This free street party, put on by the Ashe ville Downtown Association, takes place t the third Friday of the month throughou the summer. The lineup is a mix of local and national acts, and packs Lexington

PAINTER 1. JONAS GERARD 240 CLINGMAN AVE. 3507711 JONASGERARD.COM Moroccan-born painter Jonas Gerard works with acrylics on canvas, mixedmedia and found-objects collage, among other media. His paintings are instantly recognizable for their bright colors and bold strokes. Gerard also makes his studio available as a venue for events. — A.M.

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end Avenue (near I-240) with early week revelers. — A.M.

2. MOOGFEST MOOGFEST.COM 3. SHINDIG ON THE GREEN FOLKHERITAGE.ORG/ SHINDIGONTHEGREEN

2. GABRIEL SHAFFER GABRIELSHAFFER.COM 3. ADAM STRANGE MYSPACE.COM/ ADAMSTRANGE 3. WENDY WHITSON WENDYWHITSON.COM


2. MAX COOPER, MOUNTAIN XPRESS MAXCOOPERPHOTO.COM

PHOTOGRAPHER 1. MICAH MACKENZIE MICAHMACKENZIE. WORDPRESS.COM

South Carolina-born photographer Micah Mackenzie works in portraits, fashion, studio shots and live performance. His images are a play of light and dark, firm and soft textures, bold and subtle colors. Most of all, he seems to capture the attitude of Asheville’s creative community in his live-action shots. — A.M.

PLACE TO DANCE 1. THE ADMIRAL 400 HAYWOOD ROAD 252-2541 THEADMIRALNC.COM

It’s one of the smaller dance floors in town, but that doesn’t stop the scenesters from lining up on Saturday nights. And line up they do, cause after 11 p.m., it’s usually one-in-one-out, thanks to the soul and R&B spinning of Whit ney

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1. THE ORANGE PEEL 101 BILTMORE AVE. 225-5851 THEORANGEPEEL.NET

eciative The Orange Peel offers its appr ns: eioptio ning liste iple mult audience stage, or ther upstairs, within view of the full bar downstairs at Pulp, featuring a . And, feed o vide live a and ng with seati Rolling though it’s been four years since

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3. COURTNEY ROBBINS FACEBOOK.COM/COURTNEY. ROBBINS.PHOTOGRAPHY 3. ZEN SUTHERLAND ZENASHEVILLE.BLOGSPOT. COM

PUBLIC ART EVENT 1. LAAFF NORTH LEXINGTON AVENUE LEXFESTASHEVILLE.COM The 2012 installment of the Lexington Avenue Arts and Fun Festival brou ght more music, more interactive events and more local food, drink and vendors. This

year also saw the addition of a LAA FF eve pub crawl, filling downtown Ashe ville venues with local bands as a fund raiser for Arts2People. — A.M.

2. THE BIG CRAFTY THEBIGCRAFTY.COM 3. RIVER ARTS DISTRICT STUDIO STROLL RIVERARTSDISTRICT.COM

PERSONALLY, I PREFER

GIACATMETTI TO PICASSO Shroyer (Dr. Filth) and Greg Cartwright (of Reigning Sound). Looking for a place to watusi? Here it is. — R.S.

2. SCANDALS 11 GROVE ST. 505-1612 SCANDALSNIGHTCLUB.COM 3. ARCADE ASHEVILLE 130 COLLEGE ST. 258-1400 ARCADEASHEVILLE.COM

nation’s Stone named the Peel among the inues cont club local the es, top five venu White to land big-name acts (with Jack stellar and Morrissey among this year ’s lineup). — A.M.

2. THE GREY EAGLE 185 CLINGMAN AVE. 232-5800 THEGREYEAGLE.COM 3. PISGAH BREWING 150 EASTSIDE DRIVE 669-0190 PISGAHBREWING.COM

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SCULPTOR 1. JUSTIN BLOWERS 207 ½ HILLSIDE ST. 432-0452 JUSTINBLOWERS.COM

Sculptor Justin Blowers works in stone and (granite, marble and limestone) as deals with restoration and cleaning, fabers Blow . work new ng crafti as well

WOODWORKER 1. GABE AUCOTT HORIZONLINEPICTURES.COM/ THERIVERARTISTS 1. RUSSELL GALE RUSSELLGALE.COM Based out of the Candle Station in the River Arts District, Gabe Aucott builds fine furniture from found materials . He also does collaborative work with the artists at Asheville Glassworks. Auc ott was recently the subject of a short docu men-

as ricates mantles and columns, as well ic gorgeously carved and curved artist ville Ashe the on work at also He’s s. piece Fountain Project. — A.M.

2. STEEBO DESIGN 355 HAYWOOD ROAD 253-4610 STEEBO.COM 3. HOSS HALEY HOSSHALEY.COM

tary film series about Asheville ’s River District artists, filmed by Hori zonline Pictures. — A.M. Cabinetmaker Russell Gale says that he feels most at home in his work shop. He grew up in WNC and left just long enough to study at the College of the Redwoods Fine Woodworking Prog ram. His work has appeared in Lark Books’ 500 Cabinets and Fine Woodwor king, among other publications. — A.M .

2. BRIAN BOGGS BOGGSCOLLECTIVE.COM 3. HENRY HARRIS


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g has helped pu Viva Ashvegas! The blo n behind the Ashvegas to quit counting. The ma now at the Asheville ut abo ’re we rs er many yea ort rep al loc e rd, a longtim g to curtain is Jason Sandfo ues to connect by stickin tin con he , eld fi ed wd ds. tho me his g tin ova Citizen-Times. In a cro inn ethic while constantly a s” de new ma as rd rs dfo mo San “ru his r, and a major redesign last yea locks — but den gol The website rolled out ark dem tra his nge, shearing cosmetic personal cha scene. — J.E. Asheville’s social-media he’s still the Samson of

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“MEOW MEOW MEOW MEOW — MEOW MEOW MEOW MEOW — MEOW MEOW MEOW MEOW MEOW MEOW MEOW MEOW” #MEOW


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FAVORITE FEATURE IN XPRESS 1. NEWS OF THE WEIRD NEWSOFTHEWEIRD.COM

love News of the How much do Xpress readers h a fit when the pitc e som that h muc So Weird? an issue of the from cut ally sion feature is occa seem weird can s new l loca paper. While our own dup of offbeat true enough, this syndicated roun ld’s headlines, is stories, gleaned from the wor diet. — J.E. ia med l loca the of still a key part

2. CRANKY HANKE MOUNTAINX.COM/MOVIES 3. FREE WILL ASTROLOGY FREEWILLASTROLOGY.COM 3. COMMUNITY CALENDAR MOUNTAINX.COM/EVENTS NG 3. FOOD MOUNTAINX.COM/DINI

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FEATURE XPRESS NEEDS TO ADD 1. OUTDOORS Xpress has published an out doors column intermittently thro ughout the years, but the coverag e has since been dispersed into other sections (such as Wellness). Don’t despair, though: Parts of the section still live on online, at mountainx.com/outdoors, whe re you can also find multimedia cov erage of our great outdoors. — J.E.

2. SPORTS 3. INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING 3. RESTAURANT REVIEWS

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FEATURE XPRESS NEEDS TO TWEAK 1. FOOD SECTION

both popXpress’ food section has long been taste are ular and provocative. Matters of yone’s ever and all, after e, ectiv subj highly on secti the , said That te. pala got a different that keeps tries to grow and evolve at a pace in just the up with WNC’s appetites. And bye to good said ss Xpre ths, mon past few one: new a d ome welc and er one food writ section are Emily Patrick. So tweaks to the certainly on the menu. — J.E.

2. ASHEVILLE DISCLAIMER MOUNTAINX.COM/DISCLAIMER 3. COMMUNITY CALENDAR LAYOUT 3. WEBSITE MOUNTAINX.COM

FREE PUBLICATION OTHER THAN XPRESS 1. THE LAUREL OF ASHEVILLE THELAURELOFASHEVILLE. COM A monthly compendium of local arts, business and entertainment features, The Laurel of Asheville reflects many facets of what makes the city an extraordinary place. The publication’s high-end production values — lovely presentation on the pages of a glossy local mag — come at an almost unheard-of price : free. — J.E.

2. WNC WOMAN WNCWOMAN.COM 3. VERVE MAGAZINE VERVEMAG.COM


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THE FIRST WEBSITE WAMPUS VISITS WHEN HE DIALS UP THE NET? LOCAL ARTS REPORTER 1. ALLI MARSHALL, MOUNTAIN XPRESS MOUNTAINX.COM/AE

arts reporter, you After nine years as Xpress’ lead lose some of her ld wou l shal Mar Alli might think Marshall always g: wron be d you’ But zest for the job. with interviews ing, read us s keeps it fresh, and keep ucopia of local, naand features that explore a corn tional and global arts. — J.E.

2. KEN HANKE MOUNTAINX.COM/MOVIES 2. TONY KISS, ASHEVILLE CITIZEN-TIMES/THE SCENE CITIZEN-TIMES.COM 2. URSULA GULLOW, MOUNTAIN XPRESS MOUNTAINX.COM 3. CAROL MOTSINGER, ASHEVILLE CITIZEN-TIMES/THE SCENE CITIZEN-TIMES.COM 56

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LOCAL PRINT REPORTER 1. JOHNB OYLE, ASHEVILLE CITIZEN-TIMES CITIZEN-TIMES.COM Asheville Citizen-Times veteran John Boyle juggles his many professional roles — reporter, Answer Man columnist, opinion writer — without dropping the ball. In the past year, this old dog has added some new tricks, including stories on hot-button topics like the topless rallies and the Chikfil-A gay-marriage wars. He’s the rare reporter who can navigate the tides of societal change while covering topics ranging from serious to silly. — J.E.

2. DAVID FORBES, MOUNTAIN XPRESS MOUNTAINX.COM 3. JAKEF RANKEL,M OUNTAIN XPRESS MOUNTAINX.COM

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EMBROIDERYDAILYNEWS.COM LOCAL RADIO PERSONALITY 1. MATT MITTAN AND AGNES 1350 AM TAKE A STAND! MACHEEK, TTANDAGNES.COM Ash

eville’s reigning talk-radio mainstays have had a big probably not in the ways year, but they were expecting. Their “Take a Stand!” show had a long run on Cle ar Channel station WWNC 570 before the two broke off and comman deered a station of their own . At WZGM 1350, Matt and Agnes are still yapping it up during weekday drive time, pulling in old and new audiences. — J.E.

2. EDDIE FOXX, 99.9 FM KISS COUNTRY 99KISSCOUNTRY.COM

3. AARON LAFALCE, 98.1 FM THERIVERASHEVILLE.COM THE RIVER

3. BLAKE BUTLER, 880 AM LOC AL EDGE RADIO 880THEREVOLUTION.COM


Thank You, Mountain Xpress Readers, for Voting Dr. John Faherty, DC

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LOCAL TV REPORTER 1. DARCEL GRIMES, WLOS WLOS.COM

I’ve been honored to serve the Asheville community for 27 years. – Dr. John Now also providing Animal Chiropractic Care Please visit:

www.animalmovement.com

WLOS’ Darcel Grimes is Asheville’s top news anchor in more ways than one. After more than three decades on the job

on brings radio. The Spindale-based stati that keep s tune and s show s, new the claim its WNC dialed in. It can rightly — J.E. o.” radi ered -pow ener motto of “list

2. WCQS 88.1 WCQS.ORG 3. 98.1 THE RIVER 981THERIVER.COM

at the ABC affiliate, she’s regarded as an eloquent, enthusiastic and trustworthy television presence. — J.E.

2. TAMMY WATFORD, WLOS WLOS.COM 3. JULIE WUNDER, WLOS WLOS.COM

TWEETS FROM @WAMPUS: “SRSLY, SHIVER ME TIMBERS! I MEAN IT MY TIMBERS ARE SHIVERING.” #METIMBERS

828-254-5212 | 828-712-8017

LOCAL WEBSITE 1. ASHVEGAS ASHVEGAS.COM (See Best Local Blog)

MOST OVERREPORTED STORY 1. GO-TOPLESS RALLY

Understood. I, for one, can’t bare to write about this titillating event, and feel like a boob for staying a-breast of it. No thanks for the mammaries! — J.E.

SOCIAL-MEDIA PERSONALITY 1. JASON SANDFORD ASHVEGAS.COM, @ASHEVEGAS (See Best Local Blog)

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2. MOUNTAIN XPRESS MOUNTAINX.COM 3. #WHATSHOULDAVLCALLME WHATSHOULDAVLCALLME. TUMBLR.COM

2. CHICK-FIL-A VS. GAY MARRIAGE 3. ASHEVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT EVIDENCE ROOM INVESTIGATION AVL.MX/L2 3. OCCUPY ASHEVILLE OCCUPYASHEVILLE.ORG

2. #WHATSHOULDAVLCALLME WHATSHOULDAVLCALLME. TUMBLR.COM 3. JULIE ATALLAH, BRUISIN’ ALES BRUISIN-ALES.COM, @BRUISINALES


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WAMPUS DISCOVERS THE 8TH WONDER OF THE WORLD —

A CLEAN BAR BATHROOM!

OMG! DON’T HAVE TO FLUSH WITH MY FEET!

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year old, Occupy Asheville is less than a gh of the but already it’s captured enou to the top city’s imagination that it went ist group of reader’s minds as the best activ ville’s Ashe er, wint last ing Start . in town re ultu subc py Occu r large branch of the s longtime quickly hit a chord from the city’ groups protest culture, pulling together old cause. le sing a er und ists activ and new inboth , utes disp and es Plenty of clash Occupy ternal and external, followed, but and a Asheville is still alive and kicking, re. cultu ist activ s city’ the of part t prominen — D.F.

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1. NOT TELLING

dear Every year, we try to trick you, And readers, into spilling the beans. for rt sma too be to e prov you each year, s, our chicanery. Some secrets, it seem really are best left untold. But if you Go want to know, here’s what you do: powask Best Local Villain Carl Mum it er, write down his answer and take t Mos ’s year this it, Hab to Sister Bad

se Colorful Character. Follow her cour Then, on. stati bus the to get you l unti well, you’re on your own. — J.F.

2. SKY BAR 18 BATTERY PARK AVE. 225-6998 2. THE ADMIRAL 400 HAYWOOD ROAD 252-2541 THEADMIRALNC.COM 3. THE BYWATER 796 RIVERSIDE DRIVE 232-6967 BYWATERBAR.COM


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B&B/BOUTIQUE HOTEL 1. HOTEL INDIGO 151 46 HAYWOOD ST. 877-846-34 ICHOTELSGROUP.COM

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1. LEXINGTON AVENUE BREWERY 39 LEXINGTON AVE. 252-0212 LEXAVEBREW.COM An extended visit to most bars usually results in a battle of the bladder to avoid multiple trips to the bathroom. But the Lexington Avenue Brewery’s facilities are so snazzy you’ll have no problem getting down to your business. Plus, there’s no excuse not to wash your hands: The modern sinks and dryers are like a car wash for your palms. — J.F.

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1. “KEEP ASHEVILLE WEIRD”

The freak flag keeps flying — at least on the back of Asheville vehicles. Of course, weird is in the eye of the beholder. But

ints for the Hayand the initial bluepr oss from the Baacr wood Street property igo has proven Ind ce, ren silica of St. Law J.B. itself as a trailblazer. —

2. THE GRAND BOHEMIAN 49 11 BOSTON WAY 505-29 ILLE. BOHEMIANHOTELASHEV COM L 301 3. PRINCESS ANNE HOTE 86 09 8E. CHESTNUT ST. 25 OM PRINCESSANNEHOTEL.C

2. STORM RHUM BAR 125-A S. LEXINGTON AVE. SUITE 103 5058560 STORMRHUMBAR.COM 3. THE GREEN SAGE CAFÉ 5 BROADWAY ST. AND 1800 HENDERSONVILLE ROAD 52-4450 AND 274-4450 3. ASHEVILLE PIZZA AND BREWING COMPANY 675 MERRIMON AVE. AND 77 COXE AVE. 254-1281 AND 255-4077 ASHEVILLEPIZZA.COM

let’s hope this ongoing declaration against normalcy indicates an empathy for unique lifestyles as well as creative and unconventional thinking. Let the adventure in weirdness continue. — J.F.

2. “CESSPOOL OF SIN” 3. “CO-EXIST”

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LOCAL COLORFUL CHARACTER 1. SISTER BAD HABIT LAZOOMTOURS.COM

Oxford American recently sent a reporter to interview our favorit e Sister, that firebreathing, tall-bike cyc ling nun who causes tourists to exclaim and locals to smile knowingly. “My favorite personal sighting involved her hol iness high-stepping at full speed dow n Patton Avenue as if in headlong pursui t of Satan and,

without breaking stride, hurdling the rail into the Thirsty Monk to the shock of imbibing patrons,” wrote OA ‘s Gary Carter. “One man quickly crosse d himself and a woman clutched her hea rt, while at least three obviously lapsed Catholics flung down their pints and fell to their knees. For Sister Bad Habit, this is just part of her twisted calling.” — R.S.

2. BROTHER CHRISTOPHER

3. BOBBY SAX

3. KIPPER SCHAUER


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tion from everyone from locals to New Belgium Brewing Company, the environmental nonprofit may be seeing its long, hard work finally bear fruit. — D.F.

1. RIVERLINK P.O. BOX 15488 252-8474 RIVERLINK.ORG

2. WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA ALLIANCE 29 N. MARKET ST. 258-8737 WNCA.ORG

For almost 20 years, RiverLink has labored to clean up and improve the River Arts District, seeking to undo decades of pollution, litter and mess. Now, as the neighborhood draws increasing atten-

LOCAL EYESORE 1. BB&T BUILDING 1 N. PACK SQUARE

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Towering 220 feet above downtown Asheville’s predominantly historic and colorful architecture, Western North Carolina’s tallest building sure does stand out. Built in 1965, the gray monstrosit y of glass, concrete and metal continues to serve as a testament to the pitfalls of inappropriate planning, design and deve lopment. However, the views are much better from the inside: the windows

LOCAL FESTIVAL

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1. LEXINGTON AVENUE ARTS AND FUN FESTIVAL N. LEXINGTON AVENUE LEXFESTASHEVILLE.COM

$3 LUNCH TACOS!

It may have run into some financial turbulence this year, but Xpress readers still love the Lexington Avenue Arts and Fun Festival. In a city where every

828-255-8681 • 697 Haywood Rd

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LOCAL ENVIRONMENTAL GROUP

1. CAPT. JEFF BOWEN CAPTAINJEFFBOWEN.COM

voting us as one of the best Thanlkls forin Mitchell & Yancey Counties! to a 828.765.4583 • 585 OAK AVE • SPRUCE PINE • www.drycountybrewing.com 2012 BEST OF WNC

offer those who work in its chambers outstanding vistas of town and the surrounding hills. — J.F.

2. ALOFT HOTEL 51 BILTMORE AVE. 232-2838 ALOFTASHEVILLEDOWNTOWN.COM 3. HOTEL INDIGO 151 HAYWOOD ST. 239-0239 ICHOTELSGROUP.COM 3. STAPLES 65 MERRIMON AVE. STAPLES.COM

other weekend seems to bring some sort of street celebration, they voted the annual September gathering — which features artists, performers, and musicians on Lexington in all their freakiness and finery — the best festival in town. — D.F.

2. BELE CHERE BELECHEREFESTIVAL.COM 3. LAKE EDEN ARTS FESTIVAL THELEAF.ORG

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The entire community was shaken by the loss of Asheville Fire Department Capt. Jeff Bowen, who died last year while fighting a fire at a medical building. In the ensuing year, the city has paid tribute to Bowen with everything from a scholarship fund to renaming the Smoky Park Bridge in his honor. Small tributes to a man who gave his life saving others. — D.F.

2. CECIL BOTHWELL, ASHEVILLE CITY COUNCIL ASHEVILLENC.GOV 3. FRANZI CHAREN, ASHEVILLE GROWN BUSINESS ALLIANCE ASHEVILLEGROWN.COM 3. GORDON SMITH, ASHEVILLE CITY COUNCIL ASHEVILLENC.GOV


Thank you to the good people who grew the food, cooked the food, served the food.

ThAnk you A shevegA s! Gratefully, Greg, Miki, Charlie & Magnolia

LOCAL NONPROFIT / NOT-FOR-PROFIT GROUP 1. BROTHER WOLF ANIMAL RESCUE 31 GLENDALE AVE. 505-3440 BWAR.ORG

371 Merrimon Ave.

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Brother Wolf Animal Rescue operates the largest no-kill adoption shelter in the Asheville area, and is a very public presence trying to find ways to find loving homes for dogs, puppies, cats and kittens. Active since 2006 with its adoption

LOCAL POLITICIAN 1. CECIL BOTHWELL, ASHEVILLE CITY COUNCIL ASHEVILLENC.GOV

wn year for forIt’s been an up-and-do e activist, and gtim lon tor, mer Xpress edi City Counlle evi ardent progressive Ash congresHis ell. hw Bot il Cec er cil memb Demot tric Dis 11th sional run for the al attention ion nat got tion ina nom cratic es, but he ended from progressive websit

Thank you WNC for voting us one of the best. We appreciate you! — Carol Ray, Principal of Asheville High school

LOCAL VILLAIN

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1. CARL MUMPOWER THECANDIDCONSERVATIVE. COM

It’s been almost four years since Carl Mumpower occupied a seat on Ashe ville City Council as its lone conserva tive. Yet Xpress readers still vote him the top villain. Despite losing his last cam paign, Mumpower hasn’t faded into quie t re-

NEIGHBORHOOD 1. WEST ASHEVILLE ONHAYWOOD.COM

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We love our little proletariat neighborhood of many bars, of delicious break fast joints and burrito hangouts and bike ing shops and record stores. We love walk our up and down Haywood, or riding ing bike to the village market, or grabb

center at 31 Glendale Ave. open seven days a week, Xpress readers have shown their support of Brother Wolf by voting them the local nonprofit they admire most. — D.F.

2. MANNA FOODBANK 627 SWANNANOA RIVER ROAD 299-3663 MANNAFOODBANK. ORG 3. ASHEVILLE AREA HABITAT FOR HUMANITY 33 MEADOW ROAD 258-1567 HABITAT.ORG

’s cast dissenting up losing that fight. He from the sale of g gin votes on issues ran chain to renamel hot a for ty per pro city Center. In spite ic Civ lle evi Ash ing the those struggles, of) e aus (or perhaps bec their favorite him Xpress readers voted D.F. — . ian itic pol lle evi Ash

2. GORDON SMITH, ASHEVILLE CITY COUNCIL ASHEVILLENC.GOV 3. PATSY KEEVER KEEVERFORCONGRESS.COM

tirement: He remains an active cons ervative commentator and anti-imm igration campaigner, and has organized counterprotests to the annual Go Topless rally, all sure to draw plenty of ire in a prog ressive city. — D.F.

2. REP. TIM MOFFITT AVL.MX/5P 3. MAYOR TERRY BELLAMY ASHEVILLENC.GOV

the a coffee and bagel at the bakery in s morning. We love renting videos acros wine end week a up g hittin and t, stree the tasting. We love saying hello to each othgeter, and meeting at the dive bar, and ting breakfast at the diner. West Asheville wins every day. — R.S.

2. MONTFORD MONTFORD.ORG 3. NORTH ASHEVILLE


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PLACE TO GET IT ON 1. BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY We would hate to see your moments of romantic bliss disturbed by a hairpin curve and a fall down a cliff on one of the Blue Ridge Parkway’s numerous beautiful overlooks. The potential pitfalls of

“breakup table.” This North Lexington Avenue bar is an institution of hard rock and hard loving. But don’t let your tainted love get you down. Walk back upstairs and dance by yourself; it might not be too long until someone borr ows a line from Lionel Richie and says “Hello, is it me you’re looking for?” — J.F.

2. DRUM CIRCLE AT PRITCHARD PARK 3. PACK SQUARE making out off-road are much less dangerous. Problems caused by leaves and dirt can easily be mitigated by a blanket or a towel (or not, if you’re into that kind of thing.) — J.F.

2. MY HOUSE 3. ANYWHERE

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ON THE ONION MOUNTAIN OVERLOOK PLACE TO GET MARRIED 1. BILTMORE ESTATE 1 LODGE ST. 800-411-3812 BILTMORE.COM Offering a combination of elegance and natural beauty, the Biltmore Estate hosts more than 250 weddings a year. George

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1. BILTMORE ESTATE 1 LODGE ST. 800-411-3812 BILTMORE.COM

might as well If you’re going down, you r last few moyou y go down in style. Enjo of the estate’s one ing sipp h eart on ts men veling at the mar and es win homegrown Mountain as ah Pisg of outstanding view n better, be it bursts into flames. Or eve

Vanderbilt’s chateau makes brides and grooms feel like royalty, with a plethora of venue and dining options to suite a variety of different budgets and groups. Plus, there’s no need to travel afterward for a honeymoon — stay and enjoy the romantic Inn at Biltmore. — J.F.

2. BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY 3. NORTH CAROLINA ARBORETUM NCARBORETUM.ORG make your sure to bring a shotgun and from the bies zom off last stand picking re they befo ony balc s riou luxu estate’s recruit and you elm eventually overwh bloodthirsty the of on legi r thei to you find George and damned. (Couldn’t apocalypsebiezom et secr ’s bilt der Van basement? te’s esta the proof shelter in J.F. — l!) wel Oh

2. SKY BAR 18 BATTERY PARK AVE. 225-6998 3. MY HOUSE


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PLACE TO TAKE YOUR PARENTS 1. BILTMORE ESTATE 12 1 LODGE ST. 800-411-38 BILTMORE.COM

shopping, dinalso offers plenty of ns, including tio op ing nk dri ing and -site taverns. on and its own winery to spending d (Hey, if you’re not use you might ves ati rel r you time with a visit to , ver we need a drink.) Ho so make sure , cey pri be can ate the est r parents are ahead of time that you J.F. — l. going to foot the bil

and their aging Fun for adult kids tmore Estate ofBil the parents alike, active visitors, for fers lots of options es, hiking, garrid k bac rse ho as h suc rse, tours of the den strolls, and of cou for those seekt Bu u. famous chatea e, the estate pac ing a more relaxed

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REASON TO LEAVE ASHEVILLE 1. NO JOBS

Asheville has wonderful mountains, a vibrant culture, great food and drink ... and no jobs. At least that’s the feeling of our readership. Statistically, the Ashe-

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REASON TO LIVE IN ASHEVILLE 1. MOUNTAINS

infraAsheville has low pay, crumbling it-card structure and high levels of cred s. For debt. But look at those mountain

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2. GROVE PARK INN 290 MACON AVE. 252OM 2711 GROVEPARKINN.C AY 3. BLUE RIDGE PARKW

ville area’s unemployment is among the lowest in the state. But that doesn’t tell the whole story: The average worker ’s pay here is $97 less a week than the state average, leaving many Ashevilleans feeling like they’ve no hope of making ends meet, even if they’re employed. — D.F.

2. NO REASON TO LEAVE

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THING DOWNTOWN ASHEVILLE NEEDS 1. MORE PARKING

If Xpress readers are to be believed, people around here really want a plac e to park their car downtown. Of course, som e things

are easier said than done. Building the most recent parking deck at 51 Biltmore, for example, was a contentious issue. Like Goldilocks, Ashevilleans sometimes wan t things only if they’re “just right.” — D.F.

2. MORE GREEN SPACE 3. BIKE LANES

3. HIGH COST OF LIVING ty here Xpress readers, the natural beau breath, deep a take to n is a good reaso stay in relax, and try to find a way to ntains Asheville. Once again, the mou ning, retur ans ville Ashe g derin keep wan D.F. — ts. plain whatever their com

2. THE PEOPLE 3. DIVERSITY

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THING YOU’D LIKE TO SEE LOCAL GOVERNMENT DO 1. MORE BIKE LANES

As a pedal-friendly city, Ashevilleans like bike lanes, so much that they want their local government to provide more of them.

While more bike lanes have sprung up around the city in recent years, the demand still continues. The city’s receptive: Its bicycle master plan calls for more lanes in the coming years, but finding the money remains a tricky issue. — D.F.

2. GREENWAYS 3. MORE SIDEWALKS


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LOCAL SHOP 7 CHERRY ST., 1. SEVEN SISTERS 11 9-5107 BLACK MOUNTAIN 66ERY.COM SEVENSISTERSGALL 103 2. TOWN HARDWARE MOUNTAIN K W. STATE ST., BLAC ARE.COM 669-7723 TOWNHARDW 105 3. THYME AND AGAINMOUNTAIN K AC CHERRY ST., BL AGAIN.US 669-5981 THYMEAND 105-F 3. ACOUSTIC CORNERACK MOUNTAIN MONTREAT ROAD, BL ORNER.COM 669-5162 ACOUSTIC-C

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1. WHITE HORSE BLACK MOUN ROAD 669-0816 WHITEHORSEBTAIN 105-C MONTREAT LACKMOUNTAIN.COM 2. PISGAH BREWING COMPAN BLACK MOUNTAIN 669-0190 Y 150 EASTSIDE DRIVE, PISGAHBREWING.COM 3. TOWN PUMP 135 CHERRY BLACK MOUNTAIN 357-5075 ST., TOWNPUMPTAVERN.COM

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0 CHERRY ST., 1. MY FATHER’S PIZZA 11 44 MYFATHERSPIZZA.COM BLACK MOUNTAIN 669-49 ZA 100 2. FRESH WOOD FIRED PIZBLACK MOUNTAIN 669-6999 , E. AV SOUTH RIDGEWAY COM FRESHWOODFIREDPIZZA. E. AURANT 47 BILTMORE AV 3. THE BLACKBIRD REST RESTAURANT.COM 669-5556 THEBLACKBIRD


E L L I V & E S N BUR N I P E C U R P S O L CE & HOW MITCHELL IT COST

TO GO YANCEY

THE MOUNTAINS?

(IT’S FREE TO DREAMERS) counties epitomize Neighboring Yancey and Mitchell North Carolina. But tern Wes of ty beau ular sing the of the Blue Ridge “scenic” isn’t the word for a view ble high points mera innu of Mountains from one “fantastic” are and ” in the area — “epic,” “majestic County is known ey Yanc in e svill Burn . tting fi e mor Mitchell and 18 adfor its beautiful vistas of Mount 6,300 feet, accorded exce that in ditional peaks with itself sits at 2,815 ing to burnsvillenc.com. (The town a unique cluster of to e hom is re squa town The ) feet. r mountain nooks, restaurants, art galleries and othe of WNC sites by Best as ed nam many of which were nty, was founded in locals. Celo, also in Yancey Cou h it is still today. 1937 as a land-trust community, whic Grandfather and hell Mitc nt Mou een Couched betw is the definty Cou hell Mitc in Mountain, Spruce Pine c a fire tragi a wing Follo nition of Main Street America. ric Mineral City, the histo the d tene threa that 2007 in wback and a moddowntown survives as both a thro . — J.B. town ll sma ic ernization of the class

ART GALLERY 1. TOE RIVER ARTS COUNCIL GALLERY P.O. BOX 882, BURNSVILLE 682-7215 TOERIVERARTS.ORG 2. CRIMSON LAUREL GALLERY 23 CRIMSON LAUREL WAY, BAKERSVILLE 688-3599 CRIMSONLAURELGALLERY.COM 3. PENLAND SCHOOL OF CRAFTS 3135 CONLEY RIDGE ROAD, PENLAND 765-6211 PENLAND.ORG

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OUTDOOR SPOT 1. MOUNT MITCHELL 2. CAROLINA HEMLOCKS 3. TOE RIVER

RESTAURANT

E FORK, SPRUC 1. KNIFE AND ST ST. 765-1511 PINE 61 LOCU KNC.COM KNIFEANDFOR LI 107 2. GARDEN DEE, BURNSVILLE TOWN SQUARRDEN-DELI.COM 682-3946 GA SHOP 3. THE PIZZA NTY BREWING AND DRY COU5 OAK AVE., COMPANY 58 765-4583 SPRUCE PINE

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E L L I V N O S R E D N E H K C O R FLAT r, somewhat ndersonville is a smalle theast of Asheville, He of sin.” This is not to ool ssp “ce Less than 30 miles sou the of n -eccentric versio regardless of (read: considerably) less n sovereign delights, lle doesn’t have its ow onville.org nvi ers rso end nde ich He tor t his tha at say 2012 events calendar ’s city e rs to music Th tou . ic sin tor cou his its nearby ging from bird walks and s destination places ran ies, ivit act ily -da shows almost some seriou aking of food, there are s’ favorites). Neighboring Flat and food festivals. Spe der rea our of few a t jus of Henfor or city, has the charm over in 28792 (read on e” rather than a town use — llag “vi yho d Pla ibe ck scr Ro t -de Fla self Rock, a Sandburg home and rl Ca ute e Th trib re. con iatu ets ass min al dersonville in and other cultur r of North Carolina — ains.” — J.B. unt Mo the of the official state theate n sto as the “Little Charle to Flat Rock’s reputation

ATTRACTION 1. FLAT ROCK PLAYHOUSE 2661 GREENVILLE HIGHWAY, FLAT ROCK 693-0731 FLATROCKPLAYHOUSE.ORG 2. CARL SANDBURG HOME 81 CARL SANDBURG LANE, FLAT ROCK 693-4178 NPS.GOV/CARL 3. DOWNTOWN HENDERSONVILLE

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HENDERSON COUNTY FLAT OUT ROCKS

AND SOMETIMES ROLLS

FESTIVAL 2. GARDEN JUBILEE HENDER VL/ ELH AV /TR / SONCOUNTYNC.ORG GARDEN_JUBILEE.HTM ER3. FIREFLY GATHERING (WILD ENINT S ILL -SK AD NESS/HOMESTE SIVE) FIREFLYGATHERING.ORG L 3. FLAT ROCK MUSIC FESTIVA M .CO ICFESTIVAL FLATROCKMUSIC

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LOCAL SHOP 1. MAST GENERAL STORE 527 N. MAIN ST. 696-1883 MASTGENERALSTORE.COM 2. THE WRINKLED EGG 2710 N.C HWY 225, FLAT ROCK 696-399 . 8 THEWRINKLEDEGG.COM 3. DANCING BEAR TOYS 418 N. MAIN ST., HENDERSONVILLE 69 4500 DANCINGBEARTOYS.COM 3-

RESTAURANT 1. WEST FIRST WOOD FIRED PIZZA 101 FIRST AVE. WEST, HENDERSONVILLE 693-1080 2. NEVER BLUE 119 S. MAIN ST., HENDERSONVILLE 693-4646 THENEVERBLUE.COM 3. UMI JAPANESE FINE DINING 633 N. MAIN ST., HENDERSONVILLE 698-8048 UMISUSHINC.COM


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LOCAL MUSICIAN/GROUP 1. STEEP CANYON RANGERS STEEPCANYON.COM 2. JEFF SIPE MYSPACE.COM/JEFFSIPETRIO 3. SHANNON WHITWORTH SHANNONWHITWORTH.NET

3. DAVE DESMELIK DAVEDESMELIK.COM

OUTDOOR SPOT

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E E H & W O L L CU A V L Y S CULLOWHEE SYLVA CULLOWHEE GOLD PLACE TO GET BEER While Western Carol ina University is sea ted in Cullowhee, the Sylva lures its studen darling downtown of ts and teachers away with its restaurants, their small size, the Jackson County ham bars and shops. For lets offer plenty of op pers and strollers. Syl tions for diners, sho va’s pthe gorgeous backdrop Main Street is as picturesque as it is histor ic, flanked against of the Balsam Moun tains. And WCU’s Joh Performing Arts Cente n W. Bardo Fine & r attracts a variety of intriguing acts, from formances to tourin g acts such as the Up student theater perright Citizens Brigad SoLe Sanctuary. An e and Savion Glover d the section of the ’s Blue Ridge Parkway Sylva and Cullowhee that leads travelers is one of the prettiest to there is, in our opini highest in elevation, on, and the Parkway’ which is a fact. — R.S s .

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A friend of ours recen ville, buyin tly forsook g a house West Ashev ju the north. While we in st on the outskirts of ille for Weaveritially scof that small just how m fed tow u bakery, a b ch Weaverville has g , future visits have re n to oing on th ustling piz ese days: a vealed zeria, a thri Asheville splendid ving pub ow staple Jack of n The place is lovely an the Wood’s owners ed by downtown wind dow and many d charmin n ea g, and wh others. il is happenin rly, there’s plenty of delight e the action may g. Between to devoid of W b e ea fo verville an und while downtown d Ashev it b teresting b usinesses al ut awash in interest ille lies Woodfin, in ongside of g eateries an Weavervil le Highway d in. — R.S.

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