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buncombe countY It was a historic year for Buncombe County government, as the first Board of Commissioners to be elected by districts took the reins. After a protracted legal battle over the election results, Commissioner ellen frost was sworn in Jan. 15, giving Democrats a slim 4-3 majority on the board. With property values down, commissioners soon faced a major budget crunch and a tough choice — slashing popular services or raising taxes. After months of wrangling and debate, they opted for a 15 percent property tax rate increase. Commissioner mike fryar cast the lone dissenting vote. The budget also created a powerful new Culture and Recreation Authority, made possible by a change in state law, that is charged with managing the county’s libraries, parks and recreational facilities. It allocated about $20 million for a new building for Isaac Dickson Elementary, which is currently under construction. The commissioners opted to delay funding for a new Asheville Middle School, instead setting a tentative 2018 date for that project. Later they unanimously approved spending $1.9 million to buy land for a new intermediate school in Enka and $5.5 million for a new STEM high school in Emma. Another change in state law enabled the county to take control of A-B Tech’s capital-development plan, which had previously been managed by the community college’s board of trustees. Funded by a quarter-cent sales-tax increase


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approved in a 2011 referendum, the plan had included a $50 million health and workforce training building, but the commissioners downscaled that proposal in favor of creating more classroom space and parking. Amid considerable controversy, school President hank dunn stepped down after nearly four years on the job, and Fryar, one of his biggest critics, was appointed to the board of trustees. And in a contentious budget battle, Democrats also beat back a GOP proposal to permanently restrict nonprofit funding. On economic policy, the county continued to use incentives to lure businesses to expand. In their biggest and most complex deal of the year, commissioners agreed to spend $15.7 million on land acquisition and facility construction for GE Aviation — plus $2.68 million in cash grants. In terms of contentious social issues, the commissioners voted along party lines to extend employee benefits to both same- and opposite-

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licenses would violate state law). Reisinger also drew attention by apparently making Buncombe the first county in the country to digitize its original slave records. In the environmental arena, the commissioners helped fund several conservation easements to protect land from development. On a split vote with Fryar and Joe belcher opposed, they also approved a goal of reducing the county’s carbon emissions by 2 percent per year. — Jake Frankel

sex domestic partners and to safeguard workers from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Meanwhile, Register of Deeds drew Reisinger made headlines for being the first in the South to accept applications for marriage licenses for same-sex couples, pending approval by the N.C. attorney general (whose office later responded that issuing the

asheviLLe citY counciL “Tumultuous” might be the best way to describe the year the Asheville City Council had in 2013, marked by financial turmoil, the first major tax hike in more than a decade, the demise of a long-standing festival, and major fights with the Legislature in Raleigh. The first half of the year was dominated by budgetary wrangling, exacerbated by a good deal

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of uncertainty over how much revenue city officials might expect. State policies and budgets have a significant impact on what Asheville ends up with, and major debates in Raleigh (the governor, state House and Senate all had conflicting proposals) forced city staff to craft widely varying spending plans. The General Assembly didn’t resolve the differences until late July — weeks after the city had to finalize its budget. Meanwhile, a frustrated City Council held special forums to take their case directly to residents. Council also faced internal debates about what items most merited city investment and what longestablished practices they were willing to change. One notable casualty was Bele Chere, the city’s flagship festival. Council members concluded that the resources consumed by the massive midsummer street party, a perennial source of both praise and complaints among locals, could be better spent elsewhere. City leaders also broke a long aversion to tax increases, passing a substantial one to help fund a number of projects, including infrastructure, affordable housing and (most controversially) Asheville Art Museum renovations. In the end, the state budget’s impact proved less dire than predicted.

But that didn’t mean smooth sailing with Raleigh. Among other things, state lawmakers transferred control of the water system to the Metropolitan Sewerage District and excluded the city from Buncombe County’s new Culture and Recreation Authority. The water dispute wound up in court: The city filed a lawsuit alleging that the state’s new law is unconstitutional, and the transfer is on hold until a ruling is issued. During the summer, a series of emails among state legislators, city staff and elected officials revealed behind-the-scenes discussions aimed at resolving the conflict, and also indicated that Rep. tim moffitt was considering filing a bill to overhaul city elections, which didn’t happen. Although the tax increase was criticized by some candidates for City Council and mayor, the November elections saw supporters of the city’s current course swept to victory by considerable margins. The coming year promises more budget wrangling and some major fights over proposed developments, along with the possibility of more contention with Raleigh when the Legislature re-convenes in the spring. Stay tuned. — David Forbes X

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Big hits The year’s most-read news stories at Rising immigRation Our most-viewed story this year tapped into the continuing national debate over immigration policy. In the Xpress blog post titled “mexican consulate plans saturday, oct. 19 asheville visit to aid immigrants,” freelance writer ami worthen reported on an effort to help local immigrants obtain ID cards and other services. “Without the proper identification, people who have immigrated to this country from Mexico cannot even get a library card, let alone utilities or a bank account,” said carolina mccready, co-director of the nonprofit El Centro of Henderson County, which organized the effort. However, the report was picked up by the popular right-leaning Drudge Report national news site, and the majority of online commenters raised concerns that the event would inappropriately help people who came to the area illegally. More than 24,000 Mexicans live in Western North Carolina; nearly 9,000 are in Buncombe County, and about 8,500 in Henderson County, according to the Consulate General of Mexico. Life’s a show Next on the list of popular news blogs was “don Yelton Responds to criticism of his controversial daily show interview.” Yelton, a longtime local conservative activist, drew national attention for comments he made on the renowned comedy program as part of a segment on a controversial new state voter ID law. “The law is going to kick the Democrats in the butt,” Yelton declared, contradicting Republican Party leaders who’ve maintained that the law is not about partisanship. “If it hurts a bunch of college kids that are too lazy to get up off their bohonkas and go get a photo ID, then so be it,” continued Yelton. “If it hurts a bunch of whites, so be it. If it hurts a bunch of


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lazy blacks that want the government to give them everything, then so be it.” Amid national condemnation of his statements, Yelton told Xpress: “The comments that were made, that I said, I stand behind them. I believe them.” Under pressure from the state GOP, Yelton soon stepped down from his position as precinct chair. Written by Xpress staffer Jake frankel, the story was cited in several national outlets including Politico, The Atlantic and The Rachel Maddow Show. fiRe distRict Our third-most-viewed news story was “breaking: new belgium fire ‘very suspicious.’” Written by Xpress staffer caitlin byrd a couple of days after an April 5 fire consumed two buildings at the future New Belgium Brewery site on Craven Street, the story featured the first comments from Asheville Fire Department Battalion Chief carlo marzella indicating that it may well have been arson. “I would say that it’s very suspicious. Two buildings, the same location [and] a significant distance apart were on fire at the same time,” he noted. Later that week, the Asheville Fire Department officially determined that the fires had been intentionally set. They were the latest in a series of arsons in the neighborhood: Just a few days earlier, another blaze had heavily damaged the former Asheville Cotton Mill building on Riverside Drive. Authorities investigated the fires but were unable to determine who was responsible. No one was injured. Meanwhile, the fires spurred New Belgium to step up security measures at the site as it continues work on a $175 million production facility in West Asheville. fighting exposuRe In one of the first actions of his second term in Raleigh, Rep. tim moffitt of Buncombe County introduced legislation in January that would have made it illegal for women to publicly expose their nipples. In “moffitt proposes ban on public female toplessness,” Xpress staffer david forbes noted that the lawmaker’s proposal sought to expand the definition

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of “private parts” in the state’s indecent exposure law to include “the nipple, or any portion of the areola, of the human female breast.” Violators could have been charged with a felony. The bill included a specific exemption for breast-feeding but would have banned events such as the topless rallies held in Asheville the past several years. In 2012, Mayor terry bellamy and all members of the Asheville City Council signed a letter asking people to avoid the event and declared their intent to seek state legislation “that will clarify the law and allow Asheville and other communities in North Carolina to respond more effectively.” Moffitt said he introduced the proposal at the city’s request. Ironically, the stated goal of those rallies was to raise awareness of women’s right to appear topless. “Politicians are still missing the entire point,” said GoTopless President nadine gary in response to Moffitt’s bill. “Our rallies are aimed at bringing attention to a serious matter of unconstitutional, unequal treatment: In much of the United States, women are still persecuted or arrested for going topless, while men aren’t.”

After months of discussion, the North Carolina General Assembly declined to act on the measure; Moffitt has said he may reintroduce it in the future. chaLLenging assumptions More and more psychiatrists are challenging the most fundamental assumptions about mental illness. And in our fifth-most-viewed post, “Rethinking mental health: Local practitioners, groups Reject mainstream treatment,” freelance writer tracy Rose explored the perspectives of local doctors and patients alike concerning psychiatric medications and their side effects. “Unfortunately and sadly, more often than not, medications do more harm than good,” Asheville psychiatrist daniel Johnson said in the story. “And of course I had contributed to all that in my own practice. I had a lot of soul searching and reckoning to do on a personal level.” The article noted that many in the field disagree with Johnson’s assessment of medications. It also outlined a number of less-well-known local resources for people struggling with mental illness, such as the asheville Radical mental health collective, which seeks to destigmatize mental illness and give those dealing with it a greater voice. X

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The new year is upon us, and with 2014 comes the season of bold pronouncements — resolutions to get more exercise, be more social, discover new passions and stop smacking our gum. While it’s great to take that seasonal determination and use it to push ourselves to do better, what if this year we also look to make things better not only for ourselves but for our fellow creatures. To get you started, Xpress has compiled 14 organizations that could use your help in 2014. You can go for a run with a rescue dog at an animal shelter, make new friends while cleaning up local rivers and green spaces or find a passion for teaching while helping kids. The gum-smacking we’ll leave to you.


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asheviLLe aRea aRts counciL AAAC fosters the arts community in Asheville through exhibits, programs and workshops at its River Arts District gallery and professional development, workshops, funding and resources for local artists. Volunteers are needed to help with construction, installation of exhibits, gallery sitting, office tasks and graphic design. to sign up: Fill out the application at asheviLLe gReenwoRks GreenWorks coordinates grassroots projects like tree plantings, litter cleanups and creating green spaces to enhance the environment and quality of life in Asheville and Buncombe county. Volunteers can sign up for activities such as planting projects, river cleanups or invasive/exotic plant removal based on what fits their schedule.

to sign up: Call Eric Bradford at 2541776 or go to asheviLLe humane societY The Humane society works to give animals a home through rescue, reunion and rehabilitation. The nonprofit partners with Buncombe County to run both an adoption and education center and the Buncombe County Animal Shelter. Volunteering opportunities include fostering animals, manning information tables at events, cleaning kennels and bathing animals or keeping resident animals healthy and happy through walking, playing and cuddling. to sign up: Contact Heather Brannan at or 761-2001. Application and orientation required. chaRLie’s angeLs animaL Rescue Charlie’s Angels rescues homeless and abused animals by placing them in foster homes via partners throughout the Northeast, in homes as far away as Canada. Other animals are kept in the group’s Safe Haven no-kill shelter in Fletcher until they can be adopted. Charlie’s Angels needs volunteers to help with transportation, both locally to animals hospitals and spray/neuter clinics and over long distances to place foster pets in homes in various states. Cleanup, dog-walking and office help are also needed for Safe Haven. to sign up: Email volunteer@ with “Volunteer” in the subject line. counciL on aging of buncombe countY The council’s goal is to promote independence, dignity and wellness for older adults. The nonprofit has a desperate need for volunteers to take seniors to doctors appointments, grocery stores and other errands as part of the Call-A-Ride Program. Volunteers will use their own vehicles but will be reimbursed for mileage. Tutors are also needed on a long-term basis for the Medicare counseling and the Navigator Program, which teaches seniors how to use to sign up: Visit to fill out an application or call Zoe Trout at 277-8299. LiteRacY counciL of buncombe countY A recent recipient of the Stewardship Award, the state’s highest honor for nonprofits, the Literacy Council works

to increase literacy and English language skills. The center is seeking volunteers to tutor in three of its programs: Adult Education, which teaches basic reading, writing and spelling; English for Speakers of Other Languages, which works with adult immigrants; and The Augustine Project, where tutors help improve academic performance and self-esteem in low-income children testing under grade level. Previous teaching experience is not required. to sign up: Call 254-3442 or email Orientation is required.

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From the News Desk unaffiLiated More than one quarter of North Carolina’s registered voters are unaffiliated — up from 22 percent in 2008 (and just 8 percent in 1993), according to a recent study by Democracy North Carolina: “Despite North Carolina’s continued population growth, the major political parties are losing thousands of members from their peak five years ago while the number of unaffiliated voters is climbing higher for all ages and races. “Overall, after accounting for deaths, moves and party switches, the number of registered voters has increased by 210,000 since November 2008 to a total of 6,475,000 in November 2013, but there are 102,800 fewer Democrats and 12,400 fewer Republicans. The net gain of 306,500 Unaffiliated voters accounts for all the growth in registrations over the past five years.” — from “North Carolina Voters: Less White, More Independent,” at supeR soggY Before Christmas Day rolled around, more than 74 inches of rain had been recorded in Asheville. According to the Asheville CitizenTimes, that’s “a whopping 29.49 inches above normal [and] easily eclipses the old record of 64.91 inches set in 1973.” And those were the numbers before rain moved northeast from the Gulf Coast last weekend. — Margaret Williams

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Art and music fusion: Colors of Jazz by Eileen Ross will open at the Asheville Gallery of Art on Friday, Jan. 3. The paintings feature impressionist renderings of jazz musicians painted to the rhythms of jazz music. (p.16)

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Art Art in the Airport Gallery Located on the pre-security side of the Asheville Regional Airport terminal. Open to the public during the airport’s hours of operation. Info: • Through FR (1/3) - The gallery’s 19th exhibition will feature works from six local artists.

Art-in-Healing Gallery Coordinated by the Caldwell Arts Council, the gallery is located in the Caldwell Memorial Hospital, 321 Mulberry St. NW, Lenoir. Hours: 7am-8pm, daily. Info: or 7542486. • WE (1/1) through FR (3/28) Paintings by Theresa Gloster. Asheville Area Arts Council Gallery 346 Depot St. Tues.-Sat., 11am4pm. Info: or 258-0710. • Through FR (1/24) - A Girl and A Gun: Asheville Artists Cope With Love and Death, a multimedia exhibit. Asheville Art Museum Located on Pack Square in downtown Asheville. Tues.-Sat., 10am5pm and Sun., 1-5pm. Programs are free with admission unless otherwise noted. Admission: $8/$7 students and seniors/

children under 4 free. Free first Wednesdays from 3-5pm. Info: or 253-3227. • ONGOING - Rebels With a Cause, a traveling exhibition of artwork from the Huntsville Museum of Art. • ONGOING - Esteban Vicente: The Art of Interruption includes paintings, drawings and collages. • Through SU (3/9) - Cityscapes, paintings by Ben Aronson. • TU (1/7) through SU (4/27) 1970s video works by Robert and Ingrid Wiegand.

Bella Vista Art Gallery 14 Lodge St. Hours: Mon., Wed., & Thurs., 11am-4pm; Fri. & Sat., 11am-5pm. Info: bellavistaart. com or 768-0246. • Through FR (1/31) - Works by Karen Jacobs and photographs by Paul Owen.

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Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center The center, which preserves the legacy of Black Mountain College, is located at 56 Broadway St. Tues. & Wed., noon-4pm; Thurs.-Sat., 11am5pm. Info: blackmountaincollege. org or 350-8484.

16 College St. Mon.-Sat., 10am5:30pm; Sun., 1-4pm. Info: or 251-5796. • Through FR (1/31) - Colors of Jazz by Eileen Ross. Opening reception: Jan. 3, 5-8pm.

Black Mountain Center for the Arts 225 W. State St., Black Mountain. Mon.-Fri., 10am-5pm. Info: or 6690930. • Through (1/24) - Clay studio exhibit and ceramics sale in the Upper Gallery. Free.

• Through SA (1/4) Shaping Craft and Design. elements sPA And shoP Located at 29 W. French Broad St., Brevard. Hours: Sat.-Wed.: 9am-6pm. Thu: 9am-7pm. Info: 884-2701 • Through WE (1/8) Paintings by Karen Keli Brown. folk Art Center MP 382 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Open daily from 9am-6pm. Info: craftguild. org or 298-7928. • Through TU (1/28) - Book arts by Annie Fain and fiber wearables by Martha Owen will be on display in the Focus Gallery. n.C. ArBoretum Located at 100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way. 9am5pm daily. Info: or 665-2492. • ONGOING - A LEGO brick sculpture exhibit will feature works by Sean Kenney. Push skAte shoP & GAllery Located at 25 Patton Ave. Mon.-Thurs., 11am-6pm; Fri. & Sat., 11am-7pm; Sun., noon-6pm. Info: or 225-5509. • Through FR (1/3) - The Crossroads, a multi-media exhibit by Adam Void. seven sisters GAllery 117 Cherry St., Black Mountain. Mon.-Sat.: 10am6pm; Sun.: noon-5pm. Info: or 669-5107. • Through SU (3/16) - Acrylics and oils by Bridgette Martin-Pyles.

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• Through (1/30) Submissions will be accepted for the Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize. The winner, to be announced in April, will receive $1,000 and possible publication in The Thomas Wolfe Review. $25/$15 NCWN members. • Through FR (1/17) - Submissions will be accepted for the 2014 Rose Post Creative Nonfiction Competition, open to residents of NC and NCWN members. $12/ $10 for members. youth tAlent ComPetition • Through WE (1/15), 5pm - Young artists may sign up for Transylvania Community Arts Council’s Performing Arts Talent Competition, held Jan. 31. Ages 10-17. $5 application fee. Info: or 884-2787. {re}hAPPeninG CAll for Artists • Through WE (1/1) - Black Mountain College Museum & Arts Center’s {Re} Happening seeks artists for the annual event, which recreates the “happenings,” or artists gatherings, at BMC. Info:

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Floor Studio Coworking, 9 Walnut St. Info: GoodWill CAreer ClAsses Info and registration: 2989023, ext. 1106. • ONGOING - Classes for those interested in careers in the food and hotel industries. Hands-on training includes American Hotel and Lodging Association certification. $25. • MONDAYS through THURSDAYS, 9am-noon General Education Diploma classes. Intake process required. • MONDAYS & WEDNESDAYS, 5:308:30pm - English as a second language class. • ONGOING - Entry-level computer classes. • TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS, 1:30-4pm Classes for those interested in medical office support careers. Fee waived for job seekers. sCore: stArtinG smAll Business • WE (1/8), 5:45-9pm “SCORE: Simple Steps to Starting a Small Business.” Held at 1465 Sand Hill Road, Candler. Free. Info: or 2714786.

ClAsses, meetinGs & events 60+ men’s GrouP TUESDAYS, 6pm - A social group for men age 60+ for drinking, joking and discussing sports and other manly interests. Meets at Hi-Wire Brewing, 197 Hilliard Ave. Info: 275-6396.

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• Through WE (1/15) The Friends of the Black Mountain Library will accept submissions to their annual Adult Short Story Contest. Info and guidelines: 2504756.

Info: • TH (1/9), 5:30-7:30pm - The group’s January meeting will be held at Crowne Plaza Resort, 1 Resort Drive, in the Dogwood Room. Includes dinner. $25.

Asheville JeWish Community Center events The JCC is located at 236 Charlotte St., Asheville. Info: 253-0701. • TU (1/7), 6:30-7:30pm - “What Should I Click? Understanding the Affordable Healthcare Act & Website” will be held in the Zimerman Room.

nCWn WritinG Contests The North Carolina Writers’ Network is nonprofit literary arts service for writers of all stages. Info and submission guidelines:

Asheville mAkersPACe teCh tuesdAy • TUESDAYS, 6pm Asheville Makers, “a group for people who make stuff,” meets weekly to discuss projects and welcome new volunteers. Held at Top

Bike mAintenAnCe ClAss • WE (1/8), 6:15-8pm - Liberty Bicycles, 1378 Hendersonville Road, will offer a basic maintenance class. $25. Info and registration: or 274-2453.

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Cribbage Gathering • MONDAYS, 6pm - A weekly cribbage game will meet at Atlanta Bread Company, 633 Merrimon Ave. All levels welcome. Free. Info: peter. Embroiderers’ Guild Monthly Meeting • TH (1/2), 9:30am-noon The Laurel Chapter of the Embroiderers’ Guild of America will hold its monthly meeting with a program on doll making. Held at Cummings United Methodist Church, 3 Banner Farm Road, Horse Shoe. Info: 6868298 or 575-9195. Empathy Practice Group • TH (1/9), 7-9pm - Learn skills of communicating and listening from the heart with HeartSpeak and Empathy Practice Group. Donations encouraged. 386 Kenilworth Road. Info: cathyholt@gmail. com or 545-9681. Four Seasons Toastmasters • WEDNESDAYS, 8-9am Four Seasons Toastmasters will meet at Lake Pointe Landing, 333 Thompson St., Hendersonville. Info: fourseasonstoastmasters. com.

Warmth For Cold Nights What: Annual blanket drive for the Salvation Army Where: Donations can be brought to the Salvation Army office at 204 Haywood St. When: Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Info: asheville Why: We often talk about “the warmth of the holidays” but we may not consider that for some this season means facing many cold nights. The Salvation Army of Asheville will be accepting blanket donation as part of the organization’s



national blanket drive. Blankets are collected for the Center of Hope Homeless Shelter, where men, women and families in need are able to stay while they transition back to stability. The shelter also offers showers for anyone experiencing homelessness. Blankets collected will be used to replace shelter blankets, which are often taken by guests, a practice the organization does not discourage. If the shelter is full, the blankets will also be distributed to anyone who cannot be accommodated. In addition to blankets, the shelter accepts donations of winter coats, tents, tarps and can openers. Anyone interested in volunteering can call 253-4723.

Hendersonville Wise Women’s Discussion Group • 1st & 3rd WEDNESDAYS, 1:30pm - The Hendersonville Wise Women’s Discussion Group meets twice monthly for friendship, intellectual stimulation, personal growth and support. Info and directions: or 693-1523. Music Lessons at Asheville Music School • TUESDAYS, 5pm Asheville Music School, a nonprofit community music school, offers private lessons and group instruction for all instruments, voices and styles. 126 College St. Info: 252-6244. Western Carolinians for Peace and Justice • WE (1/8), 9:30am Western Carolinians for Peace and Justice in the Middle East will meet at Black Mountain Presbyterian Church, 117 Montreat Road. Info: WNC Agricultural Center Located at 1301 Fanning Bridge Road in Fletcher.

Info: 687-1414. • SA (1/4) & SU (1/5)Asheville Gun & Knife Show Youth OUTright A group for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth ages 14-23 led by trained facilitators. Straight allies also welcome. Meets at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 20 Oak St., unless otherwise noted. Info: • THURSDAYS, 5-6:30pm Poetry night. • SU (1/5), 4-6pm - Part one of “Climbing Towards Confidence” will discuss sexual harassment and safety. Registration required.

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Dance Beginner Swing Dancing Lessons (pd.) 4 week series starts first Tuesday of every month at 7:30pm. $12/week per person. • No partner necessary. Eleven on Grove, downtown Asheville. Details: Studio Zahiya (pd.) Studio Zahiya, Downtown Dance Classes Monday 7pm Bellydance 1 • Tuesday 8:15am 30 Minute Workout, 9am Hip Hop Workout Dance • Wednesday 5pm Beginner Bellydance, 7pm Bellydance, 7pm High Heels Hip Hop • Thursday 9am Bellydance Workout • 7pm Bollywood • 8pm Hip Hop • Sunday 3pm Yoga for Dancers$13 for 60 minute classes.• 90 1/2 N. Lexington Avenue. • 828.242.7595. DANCECLUB DANCE CLASSES (pd.) • Monday, 6pm: Jazz/ Funk • Tuesday, 6:30pm,

Starts January 14: Dance & Sweat, “Soul Train”, Learn original moves from “Soul Train”! • Wednesday, 6pm: Beginner Modern, Explore a new way to move! • Wednesday, 7:30pm: Burlesque, Feather Fans. • Thursday, 10am: Booty Camp Exercise. • Saturday, February 8, 1-3pm, Workshop: Saturday Striptease Class with costume accessories and bubbly, $25! $9-$11/class. 114 N. Lexington Ave. 828-2758628. Mountain Shag Club • TUESDAYS - The club meets weekly at Fred’s Speakeasy, 2310 Hendersonville Road, Arden. Free lessons from 6:30-7pm. Main dance from 7-10pm. $5. Info: mountainshagclub. com. Opportunity House Events Located at 1411 Asheville Highway in Hendersonville. Info: 698-5517 or 692-0575. • TU (1/7), 6:30-8:45pm - Line dancing. Beginner: 6:307:30pm. Intermediate: 7:458:45pm. $40/ $36 members. SOUTHERN LIGHTS SQUARE AND ROUND DANCE SA (1/4), 6pm - “Winter Wonderland Dance” will be held at the Whitmire Activity Building, Lily Pond Road, Hendersonville. Advanced dance at 6pm. Squares and rounds at 7:30pm. Info: 6259969 or 693-3825

Eco Asheville Green Drinks A networking party that meets to discuss pressing green issues. Info: • WE (1/8), 5:30pm - The group will meet at Green Sage Coffeehouse, 5 Broadway. Topic: “Landslides in Western North Carolina.” Free.

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GArdeninG men’s GArden CluB meetinG • TU (1/7), 11:45am - The Men’s Garden Club of Asheville will meet at the First Baptist Church of Asheville, 5 Oak St. Peter Lower will discuss native perennials of the Southeast. Free to attend. Optional $12 lunch. Info and reservations: 299-3315. tAilGAte mArkets sAturdAys • 9am-noon - Jackson County farmers market, in the Community Table, 23 Central St., Sylva through March. dAily • 8am-6pm - WnC farmers market, 570 Brevard Road. Ongoing.

Government & PolitiCs henderson County demoCrAtiC PArty Headquarters are located at 905 Greenville Highway, Hendersonville. Info: or 692-6424. • TU (1/7), 4:30-6:30pm

- The Hispanic American Democrats of North Carolina will hold their first meeting at the Black Bear Coffee Shop, 318 N. Main St., Hendersonville.

kids hAnds on! This children’s museum is located at 318 N. Main St., Hendersonville. Tues.Sat., 10am-5pm. Programs require $5 admission fee/ free for members, unless otherwise noted. Info: or 6978333. • TH (1/2), 11am - Healthy Kids Club will present “Fun with Fruits & Vegetables.” Sponsored by the Henderson County Department of Public Health. • TU (1/7) through FR (1/10) - World Braille Days will be celebrated during business hours. Includes braille related activities. • TUESDAYS, 11am - Mad Scientists Lab. $7, includes admission fee. leGo CluB • 1st FRIDAYS, 4-5pm - A lego club for kids will be held at the Enka-Candler Library, 1404 Sandhill Road. Free. Info: or 250-4758.

musiC sonG o’ sky Chorus (pd.) tuesday 6:459:30 Pm song o’ sky Chorus (Sweet Adelines International) Covenant Community Church, 11 Rocket Dr., 28803 Asheville’s premier a capella barbershop-style chorus! We welcome all women who love to sing! www.songosky. org 1-866-824-9547 mountAin sPirit Coffeehouse Concerts are held at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 1 Edwin Place. $15/$10 students. Info: or 299-4171. • SU (1/5), 7pm - Chuck Bodsky will perform. musiC At WCu Unless otherwise noted, performances are held at the Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center on the campus of Western Carolina University. Tickets and info: bardoartscenter. or 227-2479. • 1st THURSDAYS, 7-9pm - The college’s Mountain Heritage Center will host an old-time and bluegrass jam on the first Thursday of the month. Held on the ground floor of the college’s H.F. Robinson Administration building. Free.

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AssAult on BlACk roCk reGistrAtion • Through SU (3/22) Registration is open for the “Assault on Black Rock” a 7-mile trail race up Black Rock, located in Sylva. All proceeds donated to the Community Table, a nonprofit food pantry. $30/$25 advance. Info: barwatt@ or 506-2802. Box Creek run • SA (1/4), 8:30am-2pm - A 5K Walk/Run and a 10K Run to benefit union mills learning Center will be held in Box Creek. Meets at 6495 Hudlow Road, Union Mills. $20/ $15 advance for one race. $25/ $20 advance for both. Info and registration: GrAndfAther mountAin stAte PArk A state park near Linville. All events free unless otherwise noted. Info: or 963-9522. • WE (1/1), 1-4pm - A winter exploration hike will look for signs of animal activity. Meets at Lowe’s Grocery, 4000 North Carolina 105, Sugar Mountain. Info: grandfather. or 963-9622. • TH (1/2), 2pm - A hike along the lower flanks of the mountain will teach tree identification and general ecology. Green river Preserve neW yeAr hike • SA (1/4), 1pm - Green River Preserve, 301 Green River Road, Cedar Mountain, will host a New Year hike lead by a professional naturalist. Appropriate for adults or children 5 and over. Info and registration: charlotte@

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lAke JAmes stAte PArk 6883 N.C. Highway 126, Nebo. Programs are free unless otherwise noted. Info: 584-7728. • WE (1/1), 2 pm - Park Ranger Clay Veasey will lead a First Day Hike around Lake James. Meets at the Paddy’s Creek Area bathhouse breezeway. • SA (1/4), 10am - Park Ranger Clay Veasey will lead a hike to discover waterfowl. Meets at Holly Discovery Trail parking area. • SU (1/5), 10am - Park Ranger Clay Veasey will lead a hike to identify trees after their leaves have fallen. Meets at the Paddy’s Creek Area bathhouse breezeway. • TU (1/7), 6:30pm - Park staff and other experts will discuss a new fire management plan for the park. Meets at the Catawba River Area classroom.

PArentinG BAse CAmP oPen house • TH (1/2), 1-3pm - The Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department, 550 Vance St., Waynesville, will hold an open house for home school parents to discuss upcoming programs at Base Camp Waynesville. Info: 456-2030. PlAy And leArn for infAnts And toddlers • TUESDAYS, 10:30am & THURSDAYS, 10 & 11am - An 8-week series of pre-literacy classes for parents and children from Buncombe County. Tuesdays, ages 3-12 months; Thursdays, ages 13-35 months. Free. Info, location and registration: grace.ragaller@asheville. or 350-2932.

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Center (pd.) Free practice group. Learn ways to create understanding and clarity in your relationships, work, and community by practicing compassionate communication (nonviolent communication). 252-0538 or www. • 1st and 3rd Thursdays, 5:00-6:15. lookinG for Genuine sPirituAl GuidAnCe And helP? (pd.) We are in a beautiful area about 10 minutes from downtown Asheville,very close to Warren Wilson College. www.truththomas. org 828-299-4359 mindfulness meditAtion ClAss (pd.) Explore the miracle of healing into life through deepened stillness and presence. With consciousness teacher and columnist Bill Walz. Mondays, 6:307:30pm: Meditation class with lesson and discussions in contemporary Zen living. Asheville Friends Meeting House, 227 Edgewood Ave. (off Merrimon). Donation. Info: 258-3241. Asheville insiGht meditAtion (pd.) free introduction to insight or mindfulness meditation. 2nd and 4th Thursday. 7pm. Asheville Insight Meditation, Suite 200, 29 Ravenscroft Dr, (828) 808-4444, mindfulness meditAtion (pd.) “Asheville insiGht meditAtion Practice Mindfulness Meditation (aka Vipassana or Insight Meditation) with a supportive group. Group sessions: Wednesdays, 7pm-8:30pm. Sundays, 10am-11:30pm. 29 Ravenscroft Dr., Suite 200, Asheville. (828) 808-4444,www.” Aim meditAtion ClAsses (pd.) “ramp up your meditation practice with AIM’s Meditation’s Classes: mindfulness 101 - Basics of Mindfulness Meditation, mindfulness 102 - More advanced, intermediate class. Class dates and times:, (828) 808-4444” Asheville oPen heArt

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• WEDNESDAYS (through 2/26), 5:45-7pm - “Death and Resurrection of the Messiah” class led by Pastor Ken Langsdorf. Free. Dinner available 4:455:30pm. $5. Registration required. kirtAn Ceremony • TUESDAYS, 7-8:30pm Kirtan with Sangita Devi will be held at Nourish and Flourish, 347 Depot St. $10$15 donation. Info: sisters on the Journey • WEDNESDAYS, 6:308:30pm - Sisters on the Journey women’s circle will focus on living genuine, wholehearted and empowered lives. $10. Info and location: or sPirituAl develoPment 101 • WEDNESDAYS, 7pm Spiritual Development 101 will teach participants how to develop spiritual gifts. Held at the Dove’s Nest. Free. Info and directions: or 808-3879.

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BunComBe County PuBliC liBrAries liBrAry ABBreviAtions - All programs are free unless otherwise noted. Each Library event is marked by the following location abbreviations: n Bm = Black Mountain Library (105 N. Dougherty St., 250-4756) n eA = East Asheville Library (902 Tunnel Road, 250-4738) n eC = Enka-Candler Library (1404 Sandhill Road, 250-4758) n fv = Fairview Library (1 Taylor Road, 250-6484) n le = Leicester Library (1561 Alexander Road, 2506480) n ll = Law Library (Buncombe County Courthouse, 10th Floor, 250-4734) n nA = North Asheville Library (1030 Merrimon Avenue, 250-4752) n Pm = Pack Memorial Library (67 Haywood Street, 250-4700) n sA = South Asheville/ Oakley Library (749

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Fairview Road, 250-4754) n ss = Skyland/South Buncombe Library (260 Overlook Road, 250-6488) n sW = Swannanoa Library (101 West Charleston Street, 250-6486) n Wv = Weaverville Library (41 N. Main Street, 2506482) n WA = West Asheville Library (942 Haywood Road, 250-4750).

n Library storyline: 250KIDS. • 1st FRIDAYS, 4-5pm Lego club for kids ages age 5 to 12. eC. • TU (1/7), 7pm - Evening Book Club: The Lost Memory of Skin by Russell Banks. Wv. • TU (1/7), 6pm - Knit ‘n Chain. ss • TU (1/7), 7pm - Book Club: Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter. eC • WE (1/8), 3pm - Afternoon Book Club: My Reading Life by Pat Conroy. Wv. • TH (1/9), 7pm - Evening Book Club: Blue Asylum by Kathy Hepinstall. fv • TH (1/9), 1pm - Afternoon Book Club: The Monsters of Templeton by Lauren Groff. fv. holidAy PoP-uP shoP • Through SA (1/4) Asheville BookWorks will host A Gift of Art, with handmade book and print-related items, at 428 1/2 Haywood Road. Tues.-Fri., 1-5pm; Sat. & Sun. 1-4pm. Info: mAlAProP’s Bookstore And CAfe 55 Haywood St. Info: or 254-6734. Events are free, unless otherwise noted. • SU (1/5), 3pm - “Poetrio” will feature readings from poets Lisa Ezzard, Deborah Bernhardt and more. • MO (1/6), 7pm- Bridging Differences book club will discuss Andrew Solomon’s Far From the Tree. • TU (1/7), 7pm - Women In Lively Discussion book club will discuss How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran. Meets at Battery Park Book Exchange, 1 Page Ave. • TU (1/7), 7pm- Enneagram Series: The Basics & Type 3. Hosted by Sandra Smith. • WE (1/8), 6:30pm - Editors of Rag-Picker’s Guide to Poetry, featuring poets from the MFA Program at Warren Wilson College, will discuss the book.

• WE (1/8), 7pm Malaprop’s Bookclub will discuss A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash. • WE (1/8), noon- Autism Book Club will discuss The Speed of Dark by Elizabeth Moon. sPellBound Children’s BookshoP 50 N. Merrimon Ave. Free, unless otherwise noted. Info: or 708-7570. • SATURDAYS, 11-11:30am Story time. Ages 2-6. WnC red herrinGs • SA (1/4), 2-4pm - WNC Red Herrings will host Appalachian mysteries author Vicki Lane, who will discuss her books. Held in the N. Asheville Library Meeting Room, 1030 Merrimon Ave. Info: wncredherrings.blogspot. com.

theAter nC stAGe ComPAny Asheville’s professional resident theater company, performing at 15 Stage Lane in downtown Asheville (entrance off of Walnut Street, across from Zambra’s). Info and tickets: 239-0263 or • FR (1/3) through SU (1/5) - Asheville Playback Theatre will perform three improvised shows. Fri. & Sat.: 8pm. Sun: 2pm. $10/ $5 children. Info:

thrivinG Children Children first/Cis • ONGOING - Children First/ CIS seeks volunteers for its learning centers and after school program for elementary school children living in public and low-income housing. Mon.Thurs., 2:30-5:30pm. Info:, SuccessEquation or 768-2072. ‘BeCominG A love And loGiC PArent’ • MONDAYS (1/6) through (2/17), 6-8pm - Child Abuse Prevention Services will offer “Love & Logic,” a six-week parenting course. Held at 50 S. French Broad Ave. Free. Info: mary@childabusepreventionservices. org or 254-2000.

volunteerinG Asheville AreA hABitAt for humAnity • ONGOING - AAHH, a nonprofit whose goal is to provide safe and decent housing to Buncombe County residents, seeks ReStore volunteers. Opportunities include working with the deconstruction program and assisting with neighborhood pickups and deliveries. Info: Asheville City sChools foundAtion • ONGOING - The Asheville City Schools Foundation seeks volunteers to tutor/ mentor students (K-12) in need of support. Volunteer opportunities available Mon.Fri., 8am-6pm. Info: jay@acsf. org or 350-6135. AurorA studio & GAllery - sPeCiAl events • ONGOING - Aurora Studio, a planned collective art space for artists affected by mental illness, homelessness and/or addiction, needs volunteers for planning fundraisers in 2014. Info: or 335-1038. BiG Brothers BiG sisters of WnC The organization matches children from single-parent homes with adult mentors. Located at 50 S. French Broad Ave., Room 213, in the United Way building. Info: or 2531470. • ONGOING - Volunteers 18 and older are needed to share outings in the community twice a month with youth from single-parent homes. Activities are free or low-cost, such as sports, local attractions, etc. Volunteers age 16 and older are needed to mentor one hour per week in schools and after-school sites. • TU (1/7), noon- An information session will be held at the United Way Building, 50 S French Broad Ave., in room 213. literACy CounCil of BunComBe County The Literacy Council works to increase literacy and English language skills. Located at 31 College Place, Building B, Suite 221. Info: or 254-3442. • ONGOING - The center is seeking volunteers to tutor in three of its programs: Adult Education,

which teaches basic reading, writing and spelling; English for Speakers of Other Languages, which works with adult immigrants; and The Augustine Project, where tutors help improve academic performance and self esteem in low-income children testing under grade level. Previous teaching experience is not required. • WE (1/8), 9am & TH (1/9), 5:30pm - Volunteer orientation. Registration required. lovinG food resourCes LFR is an all volunteer special needs food pantry that provides food and personal care items to persons living with HIV/AIDS or in Home Hospice care with any diagnosis. Info: or 255-9282. • ONGOING - Loving Food Resources needs volunteers Tue. 9-11am, Wed. 9-11am, Fri. 9am-noon and Sat. 9am11 and/or 11am-2pm. Help is needed with stocking, helping clients shop, driving, food box delivery, sorting, internet related tasks, graphic design and office assistance. mAnnA foodBAnk • ONGOING - MANNA FoodBank seeks volunteers to work in its warehouse. Mon.-Sat. daytime and Thurs. evening shifts available. Info:, or 299-3663, ext. 245. memoryCAre AdminstrAtive suPPort volunteer • ONGOING - MemoryCare, a nonprofit dedicated to providing assessment, treatment and support for memoryimpaired individuals and their families, seeks a volunteer administrative assistant 2-3 hours a week on Tue., Wed. or Thur. for general office duties. Info: ProJeCt linus • ONGOING - The local chapter of Project Linus, a nonprofit which donates handmade blankets to children in crisis, seeks volunteers to create blankets. Knitted, crocheted, quilted, no-sew fleece or flannel blankets will be accepted. Info: 645-8800. riverlink Info: 252-8474, ext. 11, or riverlink. org. • WE (1/8), 5pm - A volun-

teer information session, including a presentation on Wilma Dykeman, for whom the RiverWay in named, will be held at the Riverlink office, 170 Lyman St. the rAthBun Center • ONGOING - The Rathbun Center, which provides free lodging for patients and their caregivers staying in Asheville for medical treatment, seeks volunteers to support and register guests. Weekend shifts: noon-3pm, 3-6pm and 6-9pm. Info: or 251-0595. WnC Aids ProJeCt Info: or 2527489. • ONGOING - WNCAP seeks office/clerical volunteers to assist with data entry and computer-related tasks during daytime office hours MondayFriday. • ONGOING - WNCAP is seeking dependable Saturday morning volunteers to deliver food-boxes to homebound men and women living with HIV/AIDS in the Asheville/ Buncombe area. Food boxes are delivered each second and fourth Saturday morning, year-round. Good driving record and confidentiality required.

Start off 2014 Feeling Better and Taking Charge of your Health! Yes!  You can Live a Healthy with a Chronic Condition Living Healthy is a 6-week self-management workshop for those living with a chronic physical or mental health condition and loved ones.

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Suggested donation of $30 for 6-week class. No one will be turned away due to lack of ability to pay.

Contact Rebecca at Land-of-Sky Regional Council for details: 828-251-7438 * Living Healthy is also known as the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program as designed by Stanford University.

ymCA reACh & rise mentorinG ProGrAm • ONGOING - YMCA seeks adult volunteers to mentor a child once a week for one year. Mentees are students in the YMCA’s at-risk afterschool programs. Training provided. Mentors must pass a comprehensive background check. Info: or 210-2265. yWCA Located at 185 S. French Broad Ave. Info: 254-7206. • ONGOING - YWCA seeks volunteers for its child care department to help prepare and serve meals and assist with classroom activities, including music, academic coaching and gardening. A background check, medical questionnaire, TB screening and a minimum age of 16 are required. CAlendAr deAdline The deadline for free and paid listings is 5 p.m. WednesdAy, one week prior to publication. Questions? Call (828)2511333, ext. 365

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Healing heart Shamanic nonprofit organization makes Asheville its new home

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“When you think about the American industrialized world,” says Jeff schmitt, teacher and chairperson of the Asheville branch of The Heart of the Healer Alliance, an international nonprofit dedicated to spreading shamanic wisdom, “this is a freak show.” Coming from this calm, friendly and professorial man, the statement doesn’t sound like any sort of heated accusation — it’s just a simple stating of fact. But it’s one that he hopes to change. Schmitt says we are living in a culture that has turned its back on its connection with the earth and ancient wisdom. As a result, “we consume and we consume, and we buy into this dark side of supply-chain economics … If only I had the next highest job in the company, a bigger house, a new sports car, then everything would be OK. And it’s that cycle that we’re in — that attempt to fill this void that in so many ways leads to destruction.” Schmitt, a self-proclaimed “recovering innovation junkie” and former department head at Wake University School of Medicine, left his 32-year career as a scientist in February in order to dedicate his full attention to developing The Heart of the Healer Alliance organization in Asheville. It was a career move that he believes will allow him to be a more positive and effective force of social change. “What we’re trying to do is bring people back to what is really in our DNA and in our spirit,” says Schmitt. “That, being the direct experience of the sacred dimension of being, the sacred web of life, the living earth and cosmos.”


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The Heart of the Healer Alliance advocates for a return to ancient, indigenous wisdom — largely through a cross-cultural blend of shamanic ritual. Peruvian shamanic teacher Oscar Miro-Quesada Solevo founded the international nonprofit more than a dozen years ago as a system of teachings called the Pachakuti Mesa tradition. He has been teaching that system in the West for more than 30 years. Through his workshops, Solevo has gained a worldwide following of tens of thousands of people and has trained 30 teachers across the U.S. and Europe. Locally, the organization employs five full-time staff as well as some part-timers. The organizers are currently looking for a physical space for the nonprofit’s day-to-day operations, as well as a venue for workshops and classes.

Reconnect: Jeff Schmitt, pictured, advocates a return to ancient wisdom through shamanic healing. Photo courtesy of Jeff Schmitt

Schmitt says that the teachings offered through The Heart of the Healer Alliance don’t advocate any particular religious approach or worldview. In fact, he says the shamanic practice itself is agnostic, and is especially adept at “bridge building” among different religious, spiritual and wellness traditions — an approach that has been embraced by the Asheville community, he says. The Heart of the Healer Alliance includes clergy members, rabbis, reiki practitioners and Wiccan priests, to name a few.

For those who tend to dismiss shamanic ritual as too far-out or unscientific, Schmitt likes to remind them that “healing and wellness practices in indigenous cultures have to be effective. When you’re living in an extreme environment — our lineage comes from places like small villages at 14,000 feet in the Andes and from the jungles of Peru — you don’t have the luxury of messing around. When you get sick, or you get off mentally, you have to fix it and move on in order to survive. So one of the things that I think we forget in our technologyoriented culture is that a lot of these old ways and traditions are extremely swift and effective, or they wouldn’t have persisted.” A large part of that healing is focused on the re-ritualization or reenchantment of our culture through shamanic ritual and ceremony. “We

are so intoxicated with the fruits and the power of Western science that the earth has become this dead resource to exploit, and that’s leading towards destruction,” says Schmitt. He claims that the de-ritualization and the loss of these ancient healing techniques is what has led to much of our individual and societal woes. “The tragedy of our time is that most people consider ritual and ceremony some either bizarre or charming artifact of primitive culture. But that neglects to embrace what ritual and ceremony do for us cognitively.” While the focus in the organization is on healing the individual, Schmitt says that individual healing is inextricable from the healing of our collective culture. In this way, The Heart of the Healer Alliance’s mission is also very closely linked with what he calls “sacred activism.” Schmitt says that when the intention behind environmental and social activism comes from a deep connection with the earth, the effects will be greater and more lasting than activism that stems from a political or theoretical perspective. “All well-intended efforts towards environmental preservation,” says Schmitt, “addressing issues like climate change, pollution — all these efforts, no matter how well designed and well

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intended, will ultimately fall short of their potential if people’s hearts and lives don’t change, if we don’t shift the way we relate to the earth and to each other.” To demonstrate his point, Schmitt offers an example: saving the polar bears in the arctic. “Imagine, though, what effect there would be if the people you were rallying towards that cause had the opportunity to sense and feel what the life of the polar bear is like, what is the essential living web of this distant arctic land?” says Schmitt. “Our value proposition in terms of activism is bringing back to the sense of experience of that wholeness. Imagine if the people that you rallied around you to save polar bears have an understanding from a visceral level — spirit, versus it just being theoretical.” This shift in perspective and intention is one that Schmitt believes is necessary if we want to enact real change in ourselves and in our culture. “It’s what we refer to as the sacred web of humanity that goes beyond politics, that goes beyond religious dogma that goes beyond the things that tend to divide us culturally,” says Schmitt. “It has to be that way if we stand a chance to move forward in a positive way.” Learn more about the Heart of the Healer Alliance at X

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yoGA for the eyes (pd.) Fridays, 10:45-12:00—Natural vision improvement through Yoga, Qigong and the Bates Method. Nourish & Flourish, 347 Depot St. River Arts District. All Levels. Instructor: Nathan Oxenfeld. $12. treAtinG Adhd Without mediCAtion (pd.) “The Science and Research behind Neurofeedback” by Phil Ellis, Ph.D. • Tuesday, January 7 from 6pm-7:30pm. The DoubleTree by Hilton, Biltmore Village, 115 Hendersonville Road, Asheville. Registration/Information: 828-281-2299 x 1. SLeePLeSS in aSheviLLe • eFFective And nonAddiCtinG treAtments for insomniA, stress And Anxiety (pd.) By Phil Ellis, Ph.D. • Tuesday, January 14, 6pm-7:30pm, The DoubleTree by Hilton in Biltmore Village, 115 Hendersonville Rd, Asheville. • Information/Registration: 828-281-2299 x 1. Asheville Community yoGA Center Located at 8 Brookdale Road. Info: • SA (1/4), 4:30-6:30pm - “Inversion Revolution” will teach yoga. All levels. $25. • SA (1/4), 2-4pm - “Abdominal Awakening” will teach deep abdominal exercises that will strengthen an integrated core. $25. • SU (1/5), 11:30am-1:30pm - “Meditation Workshop: Taking Your Practice off the Mat” teaches how to incorporate meditation into daily routine. $20. • WE (1/8) through WE(1/29), 6-7:30pm - “Yoga for Trauma,” a four-week series, will teach techniques to manage the effects of stress and trauma. All levels. $40.

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red Cross Blood drives Info: or 258-3888. Appointment and ID required for blood drives. • TH (1/2), 3-7:30pm - The Rush Complex, 1047 Patton Ave. Appointments and info: 1-800-REDCROSS. • FR (1/3), noon-4:30pm - Lowe’s 2201, 19 McKenna Road. Appointments and info: 1-800-RED-CROSS. • FR (1/3), noon-4:30pm - Lowe’s of West Asheville, 95 Smokey Park Highway. Appointments and info: 1-800-RED-CROSS. • SA (1/4), 11am-3:30pm - Jason Mathes Memorial Blood Drive at the Biltmore Square Mall, 800 Brevard Road. Appointments and info: 399-9281. Wellness events At JuBilee! Located at 46 Wall St. Info: or 252-5335. • TU (1/7), 7-9pm - Dr. Suka Chapel-Horst, author of Why Do I Feel This Way?, will discuss how to increase mental focus and memory. Free with donations encouraged.

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• FRIDAYS: • 7pm - Grace Episcopal Church, 871 Merrimon Ave. • SATURDAYS: • 8:30am - First Baptist Church, 312 5th Ave. W., Hendersonville • SUNDAYS: • 3pm - The Servanthood House, 156 E. Chestnut St. • 3pm - Clyde Town Hall, 8437 Carolina Blvd., Clyde • MONDAYS: • 7pm - First Congregational UCC, 20 Oak St. Al-Anon / AlAteen fAmily GrouP A support group for the family and friends of alcoholics. Info: or 800-286-1326. • WEDNESDAYS: • 11:30am - Pardee Education Center at the Blue Ridge Mall, 1800 Four Seasons Blvd., Hendersonville • 5:45pm & 7pm - Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church, 798 Merrimon Ave. • THURSDAYS: • 7pm - West Asheville Presbyterian Church, 690 Haywood Road • 7pm - Pinecrest Presbyterian Church, 1790 Greenville Highway, Flat Rock • 8pm, New Hope Presbyterian Church, 3070 Sweeten Creek Road, Fletcher • FRIDAYS: • noon - Brevard-Davidson River Presbyterian Church, 300 East Main St., Brevard • 1pm - First Baptist Church, 5 Oak St. • 8pm Cathedral of All Souls, 9 Swann St. • SATURDAYS: • 9am &10am - First Baptist Church Annex, 312 5th Ave. W., Hendersonville • 10am First Methodist Church, 66 Harrison Ave., Franklin • 10am - Grace Episcopal Church, 871 Merrimon Ave. • 10am - St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 337 Charlotte St. • noon - First Baptist Church, 63 N. Main St., Weaverville. • SUNDAYS: • 5pm - West Asheville Presbyterian Church, 690 Haywood Road. • MONDAYS: • noon - First Baptist Church, 5 Oak St. • 6pm - Grace Episcopal Church, 871 Merrimon Ave. • 7:30pm - First United Methodist Church, 77 Jackson St., Sylva • 8pm - Ledger Baptist Church, 208 Church Road, Bakersville. • 8pm - Pinecrest Presbyterian Church, 1790 Greenville Highway, Flat Rock. • TUESDAYS: • 10am - St. Barnabas Catholic Church, 109 Crescent Hill Drive, Arden • 4pm Grace Church, 242 Highway 107 N., Cashiers. • 7pm - First Congregational UCC, 20 Oak St. • 7:30pm - St. Phillips Episcopal Church, 256 East Main St., Brevard • 8pm - Brevard-Davidson River Presbyterian Church, 249 E. Main St., Brevard. deBtors Anonymous 12-step recovery on issues of underearning, debt and learning to live one’s vision in life. Info: • MONDAYS, 7pm - First Congregational UCC, 20 Oak St., Room 101. dePression And BiPolAr suPPort AlliAnCe: mAGnetiC minds • WEDNESDAYS, 7-9pm & SATURDAYS, 4-6pm Magnetic Minds provides self-help through weekly, peer-facilitated support meetings. Meets at 1316C Parkwood Road, across from the West Asheville BB&T. Free. Info: or 367-7660. emotions Anonymous: Asheville • TUESDAYS, 7pm - Emotions Anonymous offers a 12-step program for anyone desiring to live a healthier emotional life. Held at Oak Forest Presbyterian Church, 880 Sandhill Road. Info: 631434-5294. nAr-Anon fAmily GrouPs A group for relatives and friends who are concerned about the addiction or drug problem of

another. Info: • WEDNESDAYS, 12:30pm - First United Methodist Church, 204 6th Ave. W., Hendersonville. Info: 891-8050. • TUESDAYS, 7pm - West Asheville Presbyterian Church, 690 Haywood Road. nArCotiCs Anonymous of WnC NA provides support to men and women for whom drugs had become a major problem. Local helpline: 866-925-2148. Info: • WEDNESDAYS: • 12:30pm - Grace Episcopal Church, 871 Merrimon Ave. • 12:30 pm - First Presbyterian Church, 40 Church St. • 6:30pm - Higgins Methodist Church, 106 Academy St., Burnsville • 7pm - Skyland United Methodist Church, 1984 Hendersonville Road • 7pm - Cox House, 723 N. Grove St., Hendersonville • 8pm - Asbury United Method Church, 171 Beaverdam Road • 8pm - St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 10 N. Liberty St. • THURSDAYS: • 12:30pm -First Presbyterian Church, 40 Church St. • 7pm - Biltmore Church of Christ, 823 Fairview St. • 7pm - First Step Farm, 200 Pete Luther Road, Candler • 8pm - Calvary Presbyterian Church, 44 Circle St. • 8pm - First Step Farm, 215 Black Oak Cove Road, Candler • 8pm - Berry Temple UMC, 34 College Place • 8pm - Unity Church of Asheville, 130 Shelburne Road • FRIDAYS: • 12:30pm- Grace Episcopal Church, 871 Merrimon Ave. • 12:30pm - First Presbyterian Church, 40 Church St. • 6:30pm - Cornerstone Church, 12 S. French Broad Ave. • 7pm - St. James Episcopal Church, 424 W. State St. • 7:30pm Longs Chapel Methodist Church, 11 Old Clyde Road, Waynesville • 8pm - St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 10 Liberty St. • 8pm - Berry Temple, UMC 34 College Place (1st Fridays only) • SATURDAYS: • 10:30am - First Baptist Church, 5 Oak St. • 4:30pm - St. George’s Episcopal Church, 1 School Road • 8pm - St. Paul’s Church, 223 Hillside St. • 10pm - First Baptist Church, 5 Oak St. • SUNDAYS: • 3pm - Berry Temple UMC, 34 College Place • 4pm - Higgins Methodist Church, 106 Academy St., Burnsville • 7pm - Calvary Baptist Church, 531 Haywood Road • 7pm - Cox House, 723 N. Grove St., Hendersonville • 8pm - Kenilworth Presbyterian Church Hall, 123 Kenilworth Road • MONDAYS- • 12:30pm - Grace Episopal Church, 871 Merrimon Ave. • 12:30pm First Presbyterian Church, 40 Church St. • 6:30pm - Calvary Baptist Church, 531 Haywood Road • 6:30pm - First Baptist Church, 5 Oak St. • 7pm - Calvary Episcopal Church, 2840 Hendersonville Road, Fletcher • 8pm - Biltmore United Methodist, 376 Hendersonville Road • 8:15pm - St. George’s Episcopal Church, 1 School Road. • TUESDAYS: • noon - First Baptist Church, 5 Oak St. • 12:30pm - First Presbyterian Church, 40 Church St. • 7pm - St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church, 170 Fayetteville St. • 7pm Groce United Methodist Church, 954 Tunnel Road • 8pm - Biltmore United Methodist Church, 376 Hendersonville Road • 8pm Calvary Presbyterian Church, 44 Circle St. nAtionAl AlliAnCe on mentAl illness NAMI offers support to people living with mental health issues and their families, friends and loved ones. Located at 356 Biltmore Ave., Suite. 207. Info: or 505-7353. • WEDNESDAYS, 2pm - Dual Diagnosis Group at

the Central United Methodist Church, 27 Church St. • 1st SATURDAYS, 10am - Connection group and Family/Caregiver group at the NAMI office, 356 Biltmore Ave. overeAters Anonymous A fellowship of individuals who are recovering from compulsive overeating. A 12-step program. • THURSDAYS: noon - Biltmore United Methodist Church, 376 Hendersonville Road. Info: 2771975 • 6:30pm - Cox House, 723 N. Grove St., Hendersonville. Info: 329-1637. • FRIDAYS: • 10am- Biltmore United Methodist Church, 376 Hendersonville Road. Info: 277-1975. • SATURDAYS: • 9:30am - 424 W. State St., Black Mountain. Info: 669-0986. • MONDAYS: • 6pm - First Congregational UCC, 20 Oak St. Info: 516-650-5626. • 6:30pm - Balfour United Methodist Church, 2567 Asheville Highway, Hendersonville. Info: 800-580-4761. • TUESDAYS, 10:30am - Grace Episcopal Church, 871 Merrimon Ave. Info: 609-731-0808. • 5:30pm - First Presbyterian Church, 46 Presbyterian Drive, Sylva. Info: 508-2586. reCoverinG CouPles Anonymous

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Support group for couples where at least one member is recovering from addiction. Info: • MONDAYS, 6:30pm - Foster Seventh Day Adventist Church, 375 Hendersonville Road. Meets every other week. Info: 503-539-7350. s-Anon fAmily GrouPs • ONGOING - An anonymous 12-step program for those affected by another’s sexaholism. Four meetings available weekly in WNC. Days, times, locations and additional info: wncsanon@gmail. com or 258-5117. smArt reCovery A peer support group to help individuals gain independence from all types of addictive behavior (drugs, alcohol, gambling, sex, etc.). • THURSDAYS, 6pm - Grace Episcopal Church, 871 Merrimon Ave. Info: 407-0460. • SUNDAYS, 7pm - Crossroads Recovery Center, 440 East Court St., Marion. Info: 925-8626 • MONDAYS, 6:30pm - St. Andrew Celtic Church, 850 Blue Ridge Road, Black Mountain. Info: 2730256 t.h.e. Center for disordered eAtinG 297 Haywood St. Info: or 3374685. • WEDNESDAYS, 7-8pm - Group for adults, ages 18 and over. • 1st & 3rd MONDAYS, 5:30-6:30pm - Group for teens ages 15-17. • 1st & 3rd MONDAYS, 5:30-6:30pm - Group for family members, caregivers and friends of individuals struggling with eating disorders. more Wellness events online

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The year in restaurants Updates on some of Asheville’s newest eateries

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In the first of this two-part series, we check in with some of the many restaurants that opened in the Asheville area last year. Look for the next installment in the Jan. 8 issue. More than a dozen new restaurants opened throughout Asheville in 2013, adding even more to the city’s lively restaurant scene. With the beginning of the new year, Xpress checked in with some of the restaurants’ owners and chefs to see how things are going after their first few months in business. pizza puRa Pizza Pura is serious about pizza. White Duck Taco owners Laura and Ben Mixson opened their new restaurant in April with the intent to honor the Neapolitan style of pizzamaking, which requires high-quality ingredients and a specific, consistent technique for making dough, cheese and sauce. “Once you’ve had a serious, legitimate Neapolitan pizza, it’s a fantastic thing,” says Ben Mixson. Pizza Pura has become a popular spot in the River Arts District and is growing daily. But as with any new restaurant, Ben says, “it’s a lot of work, it’s a lot of stress. It has been difficult for us.” As things slow down in winter, the Mixsons hope to get some rest, take a step back and look at the big picture of where Pizza Pura is going as a restaurant. It is likely that the Mixsons will open yet another restaurant in Asheville in the near future, but for now, the couple are focusing on developing Pizza Pura, Ben says, “to make sure it’s a good piece of the River Arts fabric.” 342 Depot St.


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ambRozia baR and bistRo In small ways, Chef Sam Etheridge has managed to bring some New Mexico flair to his new restaurant in North Asheville. Ambrozia Bar and Bistro not only boasts some Southwestern dishes like the vegetarian enchilada with molé sauce, but it also refers to the “zia” sun, the symbol for New Mexico. In ancient Greek mythology, ambrosia is the word for the food of the Greek gods, but Etheridge’s version carries a “z,” the symbol for New Mexico. Before Etheridge and his wife moved to Asheville from Albuquerque 2 1/2 years ago, they owned two restaurants, one of which was also called Ambrozia. But Etheridge says that other than the name, there are not many similarities between their old restaurant and the new location. The menu changes constantly and largely depends on what is in season. Some Southern specialties are also featured at Ambrozia, including the beef short ribs braised in Cheerwine.

veggie fRiendLY: Cuban-style corn is one of many vegetarian menu items at Local Taco. Photos by Alicia Funderburks

Since opening in June, Ambrozia has seen a lot of success and growth, and has already gained some regulars from North Asheville. According to Etheridge: “We wanted to provide the downtown restaurant experience, but in this neighborhood.” 1020 Merrimon Ave. Beaver Lake Shopping Center. the LocaL taco For the past two months, the Local Taco on Lexington Avenue has been trying to recover from the “rocky start” it had when it opened in June, says Lisa

McCarthy, the current general manager. Changes in the executive Chef and management positions at the Local Taco just four months after the restaurant opened made for a turbulent beginning, but with new Executive Chef Justin Wesley, the food is “800 times better and more consistent,” she says. This “Tex-Mex fusion” restaurant, as McCarthy calls it, buys as many local (within 100 miles) ingredients as possible, and everything is made inhouse. Twelve different taco choices are available, three of which, like the avocado taco, are vegetarian. The menu’s vegetarian and vegan options will continue to expand, says Wesley, who has lived in Asheville long enough to know that meat eaters are not as prominent here as they are in a place like Nashville, where the first Local Taco restaurant opened. “[When we first opened in Asheville] we had pork belly and duck tacos, but I took those off the menu,” says Wesley. “I try to cater more to vegetarians and vegans. ... We know


...Honest food" Lunch. Brunch. Dinner. eaRLY success: Isa’s Bistro Executive Chef Duane Fernandes acknowledges that although Isa’s got off to a great start, the first year is always “a bit crazy” for restaurants.

Asheville really well. We’re trying to bring in the crowd that is Asheville.” 68 N Lexington Ave. isa’s bistRo People-watching is exceptionally enjoyable in Asheville, and patrons of Isa’s Bistro, on warmer days, are able to bask in this enjoyment on the new restaurant’s outdoor patio, on “one of Asheville’s most interesting intersections,” says Isa’s general manager, Jason Cancilla. “People spend hours out [on the patio] taking in the street musicians and everything that makes Asheville Asheville.” When the restaurant opened in May, it experienced early success, in part due to its event space, which can accommodate up to 80 people. But Duane Fernandes, the executive chef, admits that “the restaurant business is always a bit crazy — especially the first year — and we are no exception.” Cancilla, who has helped open six different restaurants in the past, says, “We have come up to speed well ahead of what is usually expected.” He adds that Isa’s tall ceilings, original architecture, large space, outdoor patio and free valet parking all make the restaurant unique. 1 Battery Park Ave.

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On a Wednesday night a few weeks before Christmas, dozens of local restaurateurs gathered at The Blackbird restaurant on Biltmore Avenue to exchange gift cards with each other. The collected cards were later distributed as Christmas presents to staff back at each chef or owner’s respective eatery. You might wonder why, if you have a restaurant, wouldn’t you just give your own gift cards to your staff? Because that’s just not how it’s done in Asheville. The gift-card exchange is an annual ritual organized by the Asheville Independent Restaurants group and is emblematic of the cooperative, rather than competitive, spirit found among restaurants in our town. Founded nearly 11 years ago by a group of restaurateurs spearheaded by Bouchon owner Michel Baudouin, AIR was formed to foster cooperation among Asheville’s numerous eateries and to use the strength of numbers to help achieve business objectives, such as better pricing from vendors. “As a small business, it’s sometimes difficult to get certain things compared to larger businesses,” says Baudouin. Volume creates discounts and certain

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opportunities that as a small business you can’t have.” And when grouped together, Baudouin says he believes Asheville restaurants are “probably one of the top three largest employers in the county,” which gives them significant purchasing power. The formation of AIR and the gift-card exchange are just two examples of the ways in which local restaurateurs work with each other. There is a much deeper and less formalized sense of community and cooperation here that ranges from sharing ingredients in a pinch to swapping staff and even recipes. In addition to Baudouin, Xpress talked to three other top chefs in town to find out more about the culture of cooperation that permeates Asheville’s restaurant scene. shaRing suppLies “Who do you go to when you need to borrow an egg?” asks Molly Irani, co-owner of Chai Pani and MG Road. “Your neighbors! Well, it’s the same with the downtown restaurants. We have often run over to Early Girl or World Coffee when struck by a Sunday night

milk or to-go container crisis, and it’s mutually supportive.” In fact, the more you talk to restaurateurs in town, the more you realize how much neighborly borrowing goes on. Katie Button, chef at Cúrate, says she has loaned salt cod to Jacob Sessoms at Table and, in exchange, borrowed oysters from him for a photo shoot. Baudouin has given mussels to his neighbors, and Joe Scully of Chestnut says he stores large chunks of ice in his walk-in coolers that are then parceled out to bartenders around town. One of the more interesting ways in which goods are shared is through food service suppliers. Button says that many of the restaurants share specific suppliers, so if one runs out of a certain ingredient, the chef can call the supplier, who will in turn find out if someone else in town has the item and then facilitate the exchange between restaurants. Sometimes even entire kitchens are shared. Scully recounts that the flood that hit Biltmore Village in 2004 decimated his eatery, Corner Kitchen, a mere six months after it had opened. But he soon heard from a neighbor. “The people from the Double Tree and Dining Innovations who do all their catering got in touch with me and said, ‘Hey, is there anything we can do? If you have catering jobs, you can just use our kitchen,’” Scully says. “So I was able to make money in their kitchen without paying them anything. That’s the kind of stuff that happens in this town.” shaRing staff It’s not only stuff that gets shared between restaurants; it’s staff too. Scully says, “We get prospective employees who come in and do a stage, which is a tryout, and they’ll be awesome but we won’t have a place for them. And I’ll tell them just put my name on your resume as a reference and go talk to this guy, this guy, this guy. And we keep the good cooks around.” He says that his restaurants have also benefited from this system. “My p.m. sous chef was basically given to me by Lobster Trap because they didn’t have a spot for him,” he says. Button echoes this policy, saying that she had an applicant come through her restaurant who was

a community. Why should I create my own HACCP plan and then make everybody else reinvent the wheel when we’re doing the same things?’ So we invited all the other restaurants and went over what we’d done and just shared our files.”

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overqualified for the position she was offering. A quick call to Duane Fernandes led to a position for the job seeker at Isa’s Bistro. shaRing ideas Sharing staff and supplies is one thing, but when it comes to that most valuable commodity in any business sector — ideas — you might think restaurateurs would play it close to the vest. Again, that’s just not the way it’s done in Asheville. Scully says that he heeded the call to help Mike Healy conceptualize his restaurant space when he was preparing to open Lexington Avenue Brewery (LAB), and Baudouin likewise mentions working with Eric Scheffer to convert the formal Savoy Restaurant into the more casual Vinnie’s Neighborhood Italian restaurant that it is today. Irani says, “With those we’ve become close with, we brainstorm

ideas and will call friends and family in the biz to process challenges and ask for advice, and occasionally jump into each other’s kitchens to learn and share techniques. From what I gather, this is a uniquely supportive business community, and for the most part we all try to show up for each other instead of worry or focus on the competition element.” Button exemplified this spirit recently in response to the stricter food service regulations put into place by the state of North Carolina known as hazard analysis and critical control points. It’s a system that requires extensive paperwork for certain processes, such as making your own charcuterie. “It’s been a big change for a lot of the restaurants to try to meet the requirements,” she says. “It’s this monstrous thing that hasn’t been required in North Carolina before, but it is in other states. What we did is that we decided to say, ‘Look, we’re

In addition to sharing with each other, the restaurants in Asheville share with the community. Baudouin calls attention to the fact that at charity events in town where food is served, the eats are invariably supplied by small area restaurants because larger chains can’t make those decisions locally. “You can’t just take,” he says. “You have to give back.” Button mentions the Downtown Welcome Table program. Run by the Haywood Street Congregation, the program provides free sit-down meals to anyone who wants them on Wednesday afternoons. Now there are plans for 12 local restaurants, from Fig to the French Broad Chocolate Lounge, to begin serving one meal a month through the program, which will bring a restaurantquality dining experience to those who might not otherwise be able to experience one.

With winter now in full swing, many locals are cutting the chill by turning on their slow cookers or looking for the daily soup specials at their favorite local eateries. From borscht to beef-and-barley, area residents and restaurants are cooking up spoon-friendly nourishment in myriad forms. Xpress is celebrating Asheville’s take on soup and stew by inviting readers to share triedand-true recipes and write about their favorite local restaurant offerings. Send your soup submissions to X — Gina Smith

being nice So what exactly makes Asheville such a cooperative city in which to run a restaurant? It might just be that famous mountain “vibe” that draws a particular kind of person to town. Or it might even be something more concrete. Scully says, “There are a lot of dang restaurants here, and there could be many possibilities for people not being as nice as they should, but I think everyone realizes that just doesn’t work. That’s the old days. It’s just easier to be friends with people.” X



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A new business dedicated to all things honeybee is coming to Haywood Road this winter. Jillian Kelly and Kim Allen, two former commodities traders from Chicago, are in the midst of renovating one half of the historic building at 707 Haywood Road that previously housed Mr. Fred’s Beds, with the goal of opening what they hope will be a local honey hub. Kelly and Allen say their store, Asheville Bee Charmer, will offer a selection of honeys from Asheville-area producers, along with varieties from all over the United States, including many organic and kosher choices. A tasting bar will allow customers to try before they buy. “Around here, we pretty much only get sourwood and wildflower honey,” says Allen. “But at our shop people will get to taste many different types of honey than what they can ordinarily find.” Kelly, a big fan of the movie “Fried Green Tomatoes,” says they want the space to have a “down-home feel; to take [customers] back to a different time.” To that end, the pair have contracted Asheville metal artisan and woodworker Shawn Oldham to create custom metal signage and design interior components, including the wooden tasting bar and backlit rustic shelving that will highlight the warm colors of the honey. The couple, who moved to Asheville in October after their son started college, also plan to sell bee-related apparel, beeswax candles, skin care products, beethemed jewelry, books and other merchandise, all made, as much as possible, by local artisans. “We really want to reach out to our neighbors here in West Asheville,” Kelly says. “We’ll be relying on as many local people as possible to make our products and we’re reaching out to as many people as we can.”

bee heRe now: Jillian Kelly, left, and Kim Allen, right, hope their new West Asheville store will provide a hub for honey lovers and the local beekeeping community. Photo by Paul Andrews

They plan for this outreach to include educating the public about colony collapse disorder and the plight of honeybees, along with creating a meeting spot for Asheville’s beekeeping community. “We want to be a clearinghouse for local honey,” Allen says. “We aren’t trying to compete.” The building’s owner, Paul Andrews, says he supports their plans. “I loved the idea immediately,” says Andrews. “I love honey.” Kelly and Allen, whose passion for bees stems from a love of cooking with honey, are also in the process of building a new home in North Asheville where they plan to keep their own bees. For them, Kelly says, everything is coming together. “We found the right space and the right landlord at the right time,” says Kelly. “We found our hive.” Asheville Bee Charmer is at 707 Haywood Road and is scheduled to open in early February. AshevilleBeeCharmer X


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Late-night bites: Ben’s Tune Up In a restaurant-rich city like Asheville, there’s one thing you can pretty much count on late at night: lots of hungry restaurant workers. According to Amelia Lindsey, the general manager at Ben’s Tune Up, the decision to do late-night dining was sparked specifically by this often-overlooked segment of Asheville’s population. “It’s an industry city,” she says. “Everyone works till 11 or 12, and we deserve to be fed.” Even though the menu’s genesis was in satisfying the rumbling tummies of restaurant folks, Lindsey says that it has fit well with Ben’s other late-night offerings, like the dance parties on Tuesday and Thursday nights. Part of the ethos behind the latenight menu at Ben’s is consistency, she says, mentioning that sometimes restaurants try out a latenight dining option but then just close if no one shows up. Ben’s is committed to staying open till 2 a.m. every night, no matter what. “We just decided if we’re going to do late night, we’re going to make it something that’s worth people’s time and really stick to it, be consistent and have people count on us,” she says. “We want to be there for the customer.” In a recent visit to the restaurant (now under the new guidance of Chef Jake Whitman), Ben’s food was definitely there for us. In the arugula salad, you could taste not only the fresh nuttiness of the greens, but it seemed as if you could get hints of the earth out of which they grew, thanks to an umami-maple-sesame dressing. The fire of the house-made green sriricha that dressed the wings was perfectly cooled by the nori-buttermilk dressing that came on the side. We also ventured off the latenight menu and tried out two things that we are hoping will make a move to the after-10 offerings: crispy tofu that was light and perfect for dipping into a bright carrot dashi; and big, succulent Chinese spareribs (not those anemic red-colored ones you grew up eating). The tingle of five-spice

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Common New Year’s resolutions aren’t something to look forward to. Who gets excited about eating less or exercising more? But it doesn’t have to be that way. This is Asheville — let’s make our resolutions with a beer in hand. LeaRn moRe about beeR A-B Tech’s new degree in Brewing, Distillation and Fermentation is great for those interested in career change, but there haven’t been many options for those just looking to learn more about beer (or those with only a couple hours a week to spare). That’s changing this spring when A-B Tech rolls out a handful of new Continuing Education classes taught by certified cicerones Matt McComish and Cliff Mori (a cicerone is also known as a beer sommelier). In one set of classes, students will learn all about beer styles by country — spending three weeks immersing themselves in the beers of Belgium, Germany, England and the United States. Whether you love Belgian beers or want to learn what makes American brewing so distinctive, this is a great set of classes to expand your knowledge. The other set covers three

beeR educatoRs: Certified cicerones Cliff Mori, left, and Matt McCormish, right, will guide students through A-B Tech’s new Brewing, Distillation and Fermentation program. Photo by Alicia Funderburk

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Sierra Nevada is brewing test batches down in Mills River, but mum’s still the word on the taproom’s opening date. Whenever the stars align, the brewer will let us know — and we’ll surely be there. However Sierra isn’t the only new Asheville brewery opening in 2014. Twin Leaf is slated to open in February or March. If the name sounds familiar, that might be because owners Tim and Steph Weber moved to Asheville in the summer of 2012 and have had a lease secured at 144 Coxe Avenue since October of this year. The process took longer than expected, but they are now both pouring all they can into the renovations — from cutting concrete to building taproom tables. More details will be released soon, but for now the owners say you can look forward to beers like Luminosity, a dangerously easy-drinking Belgian-style tripel, and 144 (code name: Juicy Fruit), a bright, juicy, citrus-packed IPA. “This has been our dream for nearly eight years now ... to see what we’ve worked so hard for, for so long, finally coming to life is beyond exciting. Seriously, we’re jumping up and down on a nightly basis.” staY oRganized (with an asheviLLe beeR caLendaR) If your resolution is to keep your life more organized, you can now do so with the help of beer. Rose Hecht and Christopher “Critter” Thomas recently put together the first Asheville Beer Calendar, which covers all of 2014. Talented local photographers hit the taprooms to capture beers in their natural habitat everywhere from Highland and Green Man to Hi-Wire and Burial. They also made sure to include some of the other businesses that make the beer scene so great — like Bruisin’ Ales and OBJoyful Hop Farm. Pick up your copy at or in person at Bruisin’ Ales, Downtown Books and News, Thirsty Monk, Asheville Growler and Barley’s Taproom. X

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On the brink Asheville’s hip-hop scene is poised to claim the spotlight Story by Max Miller | Photos by Nick King Multiplatinum Canadian hip-hop artist Drake likes to brag about how he started from the bottom. But for Drake, the “bottom” meant starring in Degrassi: The Next Generation and releasing mix tapes produced by Pharrell Williams and Kanye West. Asheville’s music scene harbors an eclectic blend of electronic soundscapes, world music fusions and minimalist experimentation, but when it comes to hip-hop, the local scene has had trouble breaking out of the underground — the bottom, if you will. And whether local or not, hip-hop has been only marginally represented in large-scale music events in the area, such as Bele Chere and Mountain Oasis. A long-standing fear of violence at shows kept local rappers out of prominent clubs for years and still sometimes impedes these artists’ progress. Despite all the obstacles, however, the Asheville hip-hop scene is packed with talented, ambitious rappers, producers and promoters possessing an unyielding passion for their art form. Most have lived in the area their whole lives, shedding immature delusions of grandeur for serious vision as they’ve honed their craft. Now, their hard work has begun to pay off as the stars align so local hip-hop can finally start getting the attention it deserves. veteRan Rookies In the world of sneakers, “dead stock” refers to shoes a company purposely sets aside in mint condition so it can sell them years later for greater profit as a vintage item. When local rapper Hard Knox formed Deadstock Clique about a year ago, he used the concept as inspiration for assembling an elite crew of local rappers.


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“I came up with the name, the whole swag, the concept of the whole Asheville music scene being so crazy and there being so much talent,” he explains. “Dead stock clothing is any brand or any item that comes out and gets put in a warehouse. That’s how I feel like we’ve been — just put in a warehouse, and now it’s time to bring that back out. We’re just a lot more expensive now.” Deadstock Clique was “warehoused,” so to speak, because both Hard Knox and fellow band member Davaion “Big Dave” Bristol did prison stints for nonviolent, drugrelated crimes. Hard Knox was released in 2010 and Bristol early in 2012. The time behind bars gave both of them a chance to reflect on getting serious about music. “We’re a lot older than a lot of the guys who are out there trying to rap right now. We’re all in our 30s, or close to it, so that kind of sets us apart,” says Bristol. “We’ve got a different viewpoint on life because we’re a little older; we’ve had a few more life experiences. We might see the same thing, but because of the way we came up, we see it differently.” Accordingly, both artists view Deadstock Clique as a much more serious project than their previous flirtations with hip-hop. Rounding out the group are local emcees A.R. Banks, T. Hugs Steel, Alpha Lee and Martin Snoddy; they all share a vision for expanding the Deadstock brand and conquering Asheville and the world beyond through their music. “Some guys are like, ‘I just do it for the love.’ I love hip-hop, but I see that it’s an opportunity — that I’ve been given a blessing with a talent and a vision,” says Bristol. “Why just make music in a bedroom? Hip-hop’s been a business from the beginning. I don’t think there are any barriers to what we can do.”

Hard Knox says Deadstock Clique members have been careful not to rush the group’s development. The collective worked on tunes and on defining their brand for five or six months before releasing any songs or even putting their name out. Most of them remember when getting hip-hop shows in Asheville was next to impossible, so they understand that a little professionalism goes a long way toward establishing themselves in the scene. “I sleep two or three hours a day. I’m constantly on the Internet, constantly finding new ways to progress the brand,” Hard Knox says. “It’s like for the last year we’ve just been building the brand and making sure we have some solid foundation. Now it’s time to get the people behind us.” With ventures like Bristol’s “Open Door Radio Show” (which he runs with his brother Heath on Asheville Free Media) and his promotions company, Out Tha Gutta Entertainment, the group has made strides toward hyping itself — and the entire Asheville hip-hop scene. The group recently rented out a space it has converted into a small studio to record the band’s own projects and those of other local rappers. Heath Bristol jokes that because some members had to take a step back and reevaluate how to tackle the rap game after their time in prison, Deadstock Clique is made up of veteran rookies eager to take their music more seriously than ever before. “Deadstock started off with the music, but it’s kind of like everything’s starting to branch out. We’re starting businesses and coming up with other ideas,” notes Hard Knox. “I guess a lot of people like to say the whole swag or style of things — the way we come across, the way we are in public — people want to be a part of that. ... If you listen to our music and you ride to it, you feel like you’re a part of Deadstock.”

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doubLe exposuRe Not to disparage his skills behind the mic, but Jon Farmer may do his best work from behind the curtain, promoting and supervising the local hip-hop scene. Farmer, who speaks with the confident pace and tone of a true businessman, performs around town under his own name and also shoots and edits local videos as Blunation Films. “I got really interested in photography and videography,” says Farmer. “I always had a vision of what I would want my own videos to look like, so I sold a really nice car I had to buy a camera.” Lacking the money for film school, Farmer taught himself how to shoot and edit. “I kind of used YouTube as my school,” he says. “When I would get off work, I’d come home and consistently watch tutorials on how to do things.” The results are impressive. Blunation Films has produced videos for local rappers like Mr. Say No Mo and regional artists like Atlanta’s Diamond, formerly of the hip-hop group Crime Mob. Farmer’s videos are thoroughly professional, yet his focus on Asheville-area locations maintains a local, independent vibe. And that, he says, is good news for struggling indie rappers. “If you’re going to do something like that, this is a good city to start in,” Farmer maintains. “People here are very loyal to the independent spirit in anything — in business, in music.” He compares local rappers with Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, whose single “Thrift Shop” became a smash hit after Seattle, their hometown, had fostered their growth without forcing them to turn to a major label. Farmer wants Asheville hip-hop artists to learn about the benefits of networking and selfpromotion so they, too, can transcend the limits of the scene. “When you package yourself professionally and present yourself to people, the perception is that you’ve been here before,” says Farmer. “When you don’t have professional images, when you don’t have professional sound quality, when your songs aren’t mastered or edited for radio or things like that, you give off the vibe that you’ve been stuck in first gear the whole trip.” That’s what led Farmer to organize Roc the Mic, a Nov. 22 hip-hop showcase at Club Metropolis. Many local artists, including The Last Word Benders, Meana Shyy and Kain Lawson, competed for the grand prize: a free video produced by Blunation Films, four hours of studio time, a radio interview with Bristol and a $100 gift card. But it was another Asheville artist, Rose Royce Rique (now based out of Atlanta), who took home the prize. Still, Farmer feels the competition offered plenty of benefits apart from winning. “I had seen a similar showcase a couple of years back,” he recalls. “There was a group of guys that came here from Atlanta that said they were going to give away a record deal, and you can perform live in front of A&Rs for Sony, and everybody’s a winner. Well, that’s cool when you’re in kindergarten, but the reality of the world is that you can lose as good as you can win. It just shows you a lesson of what you need to do better next time. What I want artists to recognize is that it’s a good networking opportunity.”

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Farmer worries that young rappers in the Asheville scene don’t realize how much effort it takes to get people to pay attention to them. The life of a hip-hop artist is not an easy one, and Farmer hopes people aren’t merely flirting with the rap game. “Hip-hop is a very competitive art form, and there’s nothing wrong with that. But even in competition, there’s still room for you to grow,” he points out. “I think it’s a good opportunity for an artist that’s serious about his or her craft. I don’t want people to think this is some kind of jock competition. This is about exposure for everyone.” the Reigning champs Not all of Asheville’s hip-hop talent has labored in total obscurity. With equal measures of talent and perseverance, two duos have scaled the summit of local hip-hop fame. In Xpress’ 2012 “Best of WNC” readers’ poll, CrazyHorse & Colston were named Best Hip-Hop Group, while that year’s second-place winner, Free Radio, claimed the top spot in this year’s voting. Max Hupertz, better known as CrazyHorse, produces the duo’s music and believes their popularity may stem from their genre-transcending instrumentation. “You don’t have to just like hip-hop to like our music,” he says. “I think it’s different in that we incorporate a lot of things that aren’t common for hip-hop. For instance, fiddle, harmonica — there’s some mountain elements to the music we do.” Perhaps it was CrazyHorse & Colston’s nontraditional sound that allowed them to play Bele Chere the past two years. The festival had been notoriously reluctant to book hip-hop acts, but the duo won over promoters and fans alike. “We had people come from Tennessee who said, ‘We just saw you guys last year randomly, and we came back up here to Bele Chere to see you guys play again,’” says Bryan Godleski, aka Colston. “We thought that was really awesome.” CrazyHorse & Colston are now preparing to release a follow-up to 2012’s Backroads & Bonfires, and Hupertz and Godleski hint that the new album will have a more futuristic sound than Backroads’ laid-back Appalachian vibe. The duo also performed at Gemfest 2013, a Nov. 16 benefit at Altamont Brewing Co. for Xander Kai Valentin, a local 2-year-old with leukemia. “We had a great response,” Hupertz said. “The place was at capacity most of the time. They had to ask people to leave before our show because there were too many people there.” Meanwhile, Johnny Reynolds and Austin Haynes of Free Radio feel the fact that they were born and raised in Asheville, and have made plenty of friends along the way, has contributed to their current prominence in the local scene. “We’re locals; we’re natives. We grew up in this town,” says Reynolds. “We’ve definitely felt the vibe for years, especially in hip-hop.” Songs such as “Something in the Water,” an anti-fracking composition for which the group released a video this summer, have a less vapid message than most mainstream hiphop offerings, notes Haynes. “People aren’t really used to it,” he says. “Most of the messages you get with rap music these days are associated with a lot of materialism — mindlessness, to a certain extent.” Free Radio, though, isn’t resting on its “Best of WNC” laurels. In 2014, the duo plans to focus on playing shows and getting their name out more and more as they prepare a successor to 2012’s The Powers That Be. They have recently added a full live band, featuring members of the Campaign 1984, Deadstock Clique and others. That fully fleshed-out Free Radio lineup performed at the Warren Haynes Christmas Jam Pre-Jam on Dec. 12, and

was joined by Warren himself, Austin’s uncle. “The crowd was a little older, and we were the first band that went on, so it took the audience a little while to kind of get used to us and see what we’re all about,” says Austin. “But I think a lot of people who were kind of skeptical for the first couple songs were jamming by the end. We definitely won them over.” These groups’ success demonstrates that there’s an audience for hip-hop in Asheville. More and more venues are booking local rappers, and though the scene still has some growing to do, most of these local artists are confident that they possess the skill and determination that can take them to the top. Maybe Deadstock Clique will claim top honors in a future “Best of WNC” poll. Or perhaps the winner of Jon Farmer’s next Roc the Mic will produce a viral hit video. But whatever the future holds, the Asheville hip-hop scene boasts an abundance of professional, forward-thinking, ambitious artists who are working hard to try to make a name for themselves. So keep your eyes — and ears — on the underground. Learn more about Deadstock Clique at deadstockclique; Jon Farmer, Blunation Films and the Roc the Mic showcase at; CrazyHorse & Colston at; and Free Radio at X

woRds fRom the wise Michael Capra, better known to fans as Foul Mouth Jerk, has been a part of Asheville’s hip-hop scene since the late ’90s. As difficult as it can be for rappers to make a name for themselves in the city today, it was often even harder in the past, when hip-hop couldn’t shake its reputation for inciting violence. As a member of Gurp City South and Granola Funk Express, Foul Mouth Jerk stands as one of Asheville hip-hop’s forefathers, a testament to perseverance in the face of an uninviting music community. “When I was starting out in Asheville, there was no hip-hop scene,” Capra says. “The only rapper doing it live in town besides GFE was MC Huggs, and no clubs in town would allow rap acts on their stages. We had to build a following street performing, doing house parties with cats like DJ Rayvis (now Ray Mak) in people’s basements and such. Then we started getting spots on pirate radio and playing our own recordings and dirt hustling lo-fi four-track tapes. Eventually, we got some guest spots with non-hip-hop acts that liked what we were doing and let us rap with them for a song or two at their shows. That led to a couple clubs finally letting us get our own shows, and things built from there.” Although hip-hop finds a more welcoming response in Asheville these days, rappers still have a lot of pressure placed on them to hone their craft in order to stand out. Foul Mouth Jerk has a few pointers for local artists looking to achieve the kind of longevity he has attained. “If I have any advice, it’s just to work crazy hard, build relationships and carve out your own lane,” he says. “Learn how to do publicity and promotion, booking and recording. And put on a kickass live show. And stop rapping over your own vocal tracks at the show — that shit sucks.” — Max Miller


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New Books | Calendars Greeting Cards Although husband-and-wife duo Daniel and Lauren Goans, aka Lowland Hum, is based in North Carolina, the couple have spent much of the last two years logging miles up and down the Eastern Seaboard. “For the most part, we have gone where people reach out to us,” says Daniel. The Goanses love touring, and recent national coverage by the likes of PopMatters has helped to build a burgeoning fan base, but they also have a soft spot for their home state. “We love North Carolina and want to be connected with communities here,” says Daniel.

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So the indie-folk outfit mapped out a “North Carolina Love Tour,” with 15 dates across the state. They’ll play Asheville on Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 6 and 7, at a house show and at One Stop, respectively. “Asheville was going to be one of the first stops back in August,” Daniel says of the band’s release tour for Native Air. That show didn’t work out, which was especially sad for Daniel, who counts author Thomas Wolfe among his creative inspirations. In a happy turn, the Asheville shows will be that much more special, incorporating the duo’s multisensory production. Infusing music with multimedia presen-

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tations (live painting, projections, backup dancers) is not new, but the Goanses have added their own touches. They work in lyric books, an art installation and scents. “Smell is the strongest memory trigger,” says Daniel. “It’s all about creating an atmosphere in which people can be present with the music.” In venues that allow it, the couple sets out up to six essential oil burners with mixtures like lavender and cedar wood. “Our goal is to remove any barriers between us and the audience,” says Daniel. Lowland Hum also opens the floor, at points in the concert, for comments or questions. “The audience brings so much to the experience,” Daniel says. “I think it can’t be superhealthy when every night you’re the main event. It’s wonderful to have other people give their thoughts. We’ve learned a lot from people.” Visual and aromatic aspects of the live show began as an opportunity for Daniel and Lauren to make use of their individual strengths. Lauren comes from a visual art background — she “experiences things in totally different ways,” says Daniel. “A lot of the multisensory ideas evolved from conversations about what it means for us to make music together and how we can do it so one of us doesn’t get diminished by the collaboration.” That shared project has led Lowland Hum to engage more deeply in art

and interpersonal relationships. “Our music has a lot of tension in it, lyrically and also melodically,” says Daniel. “On this record we just released in August, we’re unpacking lots of questions and confusions about identity. Our identity as people, but also as married people trying to create together.” Daniel says that his instinct, in working on music, is to involve others. He describes the process as a “communal artifact,” noting that a song often ultimately communicates something different from its original intent. The recording process for the Goanses has been as experimental as their performances. Before the formation of Lowland Hum, Daniel tracked his solo album, BrotherStranger, in a library overlooking the Chesapeake Bay. “I have not had tons of control over the spaces, but the spaces ended up becoming an integral part of each of the different albums,” he says. For Native Air, the couple set up a makeshift studio in Daniel’s parents’ basement. “It’s very quiet in there and it sort of felt like going back to the start, to discover this new identity as a band,” says Daniel. After all, Lowland Hum is a young group, and the album resulting from those basement sessions was a debut. Daniel says, “It felt appropriate to record in the house where I spent my young years.” X

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Tricks of the trade The Vanishing Wheelchair magic show launches its 2014 season

A skull wearing sunglasses cackles to announce the arrival of visitors to Magic Central, a retail shop on Weaverville Highway in North Asheville. The shop appears empty except for the autographed posters of celebrities that grace the walls and glass cabinets displaying magician’s wares. Finally, shop owner Ricky D. Boone appears from behind the back curtain, energetic and disarming. “Unfortunately the wheelchair is the first thing people see,” he says. Boone was born with rare bone disease and breathes with just one

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lung. He can’t drive or clothe himself and has limited movement in his hands. But maybe the wheelchair shouldn’t be the first thing people see: Boone, a practitioner of magic for more than 40 years, has been using comedy, illusion and the art of misdirection to captivate audiences for decades. That, and he was featured in Magic Man, a 2006 Emmy Awardwinning ABC news documentary by Leighton Grant. Boone is the founder of the 25-year-old WNC Magic Club and owns Magic Central. One of his magic tricks even earned him a Lifetime Achievement in Magic Award from the Southeastern Association of Magicians in 2008. And now the local magician is onto a new project, and he wants the community to get involved. Since last February, Boone and his business partner T.J. Shimeld have been putting on monthly performances under the auspices of their nonprofit organization, The Vanishing Wheelchair Inc. As always, their goal is to inspire people, but they also hope to form a community for disabled people and those who want to help them. Boone exudes positivity. “People need somebody ridiculous, and I’m ridiculous,” he says. He seems to embody magic: His whole life has been one long death-defying magic trick. “The doctors told my parents I wouldn’t live to be 4 years old,” Boone says. “I just turned 54.” He had a heart attack onstage while perform-

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ing magic at a convention for more than 500 people at the Renaissance Hotel, yet somehow completed the show. Two years before the heart attack he had brain surgery, which he claims “wasn’t so bad.” Shimeld first wandered into Magic Central seeking the camaraderie of fellow magicians. But it was later, after a devastating car accident left his left hand in ruins, that Shimeld tapped into the healing powers of Boone’s story. He remembered one of Boone’s signature tricks, an escape act complete with handcuffs and thumb cuffs. Boone says to the audience, “We all feel trapped and contained by our bodies. Maybe you wear glasses or you don’t like your hair.” Shimeld goes on to explain,

“Then Ricky escapes his chains the way he’s escaped his condition — by his magic, by doing what he loves.” Shimeld eventually regained full motion in his hand and went on to author Boone’s biography, The Four Foot Giant and the Vanishing Wheelchair. Boone attributes his interest in magic to a teacher he met when he was 13. He recalls first seeing Grove Norwood disembark from a Harley motorcycle. The Vietnam veteran soon became the school principal. Norwood inspired Boone’s comedic sensibility when he would order Boone to his office over the school intercom and then admonish him in front of the secretary. But once the two cohorts were behind closed doors, Norwood pulled out some magic tricks and showed his protégé the ropes. The goal of the Vanishing Wheelchair takes inspiration from this formative relationship that made all the difference in Boone’s life. “We don’t just want disabled people involved, we want all kinds of people to come together,” he says. The magician sees himself as lucky. “I’ve lived more in the real world than the disabled world,” he says. But he admits it’s been hard. Boone is especially angry at the way society perceives the disabled. “Einstein would be in a mental institute now,” he says, only halfjokingly. Now entering its second performance season, The Vanishing Wheelchair Inc. will be continuing its monthly shows, which are free to the public with donations greatly appreciated. “We don’t want to leave anyone out,” Boone explains. Performers include magicians Boone, Shimeld, Vanishing Wheelchair Vice President Gil Carlson, Judy Kovacs and Robert B. Jones, as well as storyteller Vixi Glenn and singer Kelti Buchholz. Funds raised at the performances will help facilitate monthly social dinners with the goal of discovering what people want to learn and what others have to offer. Boone refers to his business plan as the snowball effect, starting small and growing according to the desires of those involved. “If one thing doesn’t work, we try another,” Boone says — it’s a strategy that’s worked wonders so far. Anyone wanting to perform, teach skills, sign up for info about the social dinners or just to find out more, visit X



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State of the Arts Alternative art spaces allow for more risks and broader audiences

Chances are you’ve been invited to one of Asheville’s cafes, salons, bookstores or breweries not for a book, beer or haircut, but for an art opening. Whatever their main purpose, these businesses-turned-galleries are some of the city’s premier spaces for art. They’re accessible to new artists wanting to show their work, and approachable for those seeking an intimate view into Asheville’s everevolving arts scene. These spaces also offer experimental grounds for established artists seeking outlets for new material, collaborations or curating. Some artists and audiences prefer such rooms for the inherently low-profile ambiance. It’s not that the works on display in cafes and bookstores are any better, or worse, for that matter, than exhibits hanging in Asheville Art Gallery, Blue Spiral 1 or Satellite Gallery, among others. Rather, it’s about an atmospheric difference — one that opens both the setting and the artwork up to experimentation and, most importantly, a broader, less typical, audience. essentiaL space Larry Hopkins, owner of Ananda Hair Salon, began showing artwork in his downtown location just a year after it opened in 1995. He wanted to continue that trend with the Ananda’s new satellite location in the Wedge Studios. “I loved the energy, loved the trains, the artistry,” says Hopkins. “We wanted to absorb that culture, the culture of the neighborhood.” The salon owner partnered with River Arts District-based painter Jeremy Russell, who organizes Ananda’s exhibitions. “Jeremy is bringing in people who I couldn’t have,” Hopkins says. “It makes it more viable than it’s been in the past.” Russell uses the space to introduce lesser-known works by Asheville artists, particularly those who seldom show downtown.

“When I find work and a process that’s sincere,” Russell says, “I want to show it to other people.” But he does face one problem: creating a fine-arts mentality in a non-fine-arts setting. “When you walk into a gallery, you know what its primary function is — to show and sell work,” Russell says. In an alternative gallery, “how do you bridge that gap? How do you get people to take it seriously?” His plan includes a rotating exhibit calendar and scheduled openings. He hopes that the relaxed, artistic atmosphere of the Wedge building and its brewery will lure new patrons. Beyond that, Russell’s priority is the integrity of the work. “I’d love to move a lot of art,” he says, “but it’s more important to have good work than a lot of sales.” Such a sentiment would certainly make a gallerist cringe. Yet it helps illustrate the biggest ideological split between businesses that moonlight as art spaces and their white-walled and track-lit fine-arts brethren for whom exhibitions are the primary function: “One space is reliant on selling art,” Russell says, “the other isn’t.” When the artwork is freed from paying the bills, Russell says, there’s less pressure to sell and more room for artistic exploration. not foR saLe Ananda’s primary function is hairstyling. Likewise, Izzy’s serves coffee, and Push Skate Shop sells skateboarding equipment. While all three show and sell artwork, art is not the central moneymaker for any of them. “Push was a way to merge my two passions together — skateboarding and art — in the same room,” says shop owner Rob Sebrell. The store, he says, funds the gallery, allowing the artists to take risks.

saLes pitch: Severn Eaton’s 2011 show, See What Inspired Me, papered Push Gallery in advertisements but offered nothing for purchase.

tially a concrete box. You’re hanging on walls, but also in a minimalist space,” Ross says. “You either add or subtract from that.” When it comes to booking shows, the couple embrace that same experimental nature exhibited in the shop’s art. “There’s something that attracts, stylistically, a certain sect of artists,” Ross says. Many are untrained artists and craftsmen whose work he likens to new folk art. Urban folk art, maybe. Some months are better than others, Ross admits, recalling a handful of experimental shows that received negative customer reviews. But those shows, he says, however abstract or lackluster, are often the most talked about. “The conversation lingers throughout the year, and we appreciate that,” he says. “It really is a place for experimenting,” says Ross, who also credits the work as the purpose of the space. “We’re putting ourselves out there,” he says, “but the artists are putting themselves out there too.” X

“The artists can do whatever they’d like. I trust their vision for what they want back there,” he says, referring to the gallery’s location in the back of the store. “Some artists respond to that. But I don’t gauge the success of the shows on the number of sales.” Sebrell cites Severn Eaton’s December 2011 exhibition. Eaton covered the gallery from floor to ceiling with scraps from hundreds of advertising banners. He also papered the entrance, forcing gallery-goers to come in through a small crawl space. “I think Sev’s installation was probably the most successful show we’ve ever had,” Sebrell says, “and there wasn’t even anything for sale.” In 8 1/2 years, Push has featured everything from drawing and painting exhibits to group shows and a few full-gallery installations. The artists and conceptual content have been just as varied as the shows, says Sebrell. He attributes that to the space’s creative freedom. conveRsation piece Ross and Kristin Britton, the owners of Izzy’s Coffee Den, look at their Lexington Avenue space as a type of malleable canvas. “Izzy’s is essen-

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The Rag-Pickers Guide to Poetry

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As faculty members of the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College, Eleanor Wilner and Maurice Manning have, between them, decades of teaching experience, many published collections of poems and (in Manning’s case) Pulitzer Prize finalist status. All of which made them the perfect team to edit The Rag-Picker’s Guide to Poetry: Poems, Poets, Process. The volume, the MFA program’s seventh faculty anthology, includes the works and thoughts of 35 poets. A number of them — Alan Shapiro, Debra Allbery, Marianne Boruch, Jennifer Grotz, James Longenbach, Ellen Bryant Voigt, Alan Williamson and Karen Brennan, with Wilner and Manning — will give brief readings at Malaprop’s on Wednesday, Jan. 8. 6:30 p.m., free.

Leicester-based photographer Rob Morrill was a veterinarian for his first career. Following his retirement in ’99, he turned his attention to his camera. According to his bio, Morrill is “primarily devoted to dynamic floral images that were manipulated digitally, to varying degrees, in an attempt to blur the line between real and imaginary.” He has developed a technique “using Epsom’s water-resistant canvas mounted on a rigid backer and then sealed with a product that protects the image from dirt, fingerprints, even fading.” In the past seven years, Morrill has created more than 800 images, some of which will be hang in a new exhibition. The show runs Thursday, Jan. 2-Thursday, Jan. 30 at the Front Gallery at Woolworth Walk. An opening reception takes place on Friday, Jan. 3, 4-6 p.m. Image courtesy of Rob Morrill

Wine and Ink The new year is the time for, if not resolutions, then making plans and setting goals. Here’s a fun way to get going with creative projects: Wine and Ink, hosted by Ten Cent Poetry (aka singer-songwriter Chelsea Lynn La Bate). “Songwriters! Poets! Story makers! Drawers! Bring your ink and paper to Ten Cent Poetry’s Wine and Ink series at Battery Park Book Exchange and commune and write with other local writers,” La Bate says in an email. She will perform songs from 6-7:30 p.m., followed by an artists’ meetup. Held Wednesdays during the winter at Battery Park Book Exchange, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. avl. mx/prpy. Photo by Sooz White


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Twelfth Night Asheville Mardi Gras, billed as “the city’s only seasonlong festival,” kicks off three months of events with a Twelfth Night party. That fête, held a dozen days after Christmas (hence the name), includes an appearance by Asheville’s Second Line, a New Orleans-style marching band. “This is the night that the King and Queen of Asheville Mardi Gras 2014 will be chosen by fate from the crowd and crowned to lead the parade,” says a press release. Short Street Cakes provides a King Cake — one lucky participant will find a toy baby in his or her slice. “Costumery and buffoonery are welcome but not required,” says the press release, and Mardi Gras newcomers can learn more about upcoming activities. The Twelfth Night party is held at Club Eleven on Monday, Jan. 6, at 7 p.m. $10/free for AMG members with memberships available at the door. Photo courtesy of Tamra Hawes

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Worst relative ever donates lottery winnings to charity A recent Canadian Lottery winner shocked friends and family by donating the full $40 million prize to charity, following the lead of other generous lottery winners, many of whom made substantial gifts to the following charitable organizations: • Next round’s on me fund • Topless Jello wrestlers’ kiddie pool wagering stipend • Double rail of blow the size of actual train tracks grant • Top-of-the-dresser happy endings allocation • Naming school and hospital buildings after me benefaction • Gigantic crappy piece of art

that I have just because I can afford it award • Yes-men entourage fellowship allotment • Fast, sexy cars that get me laid endowment • Spacious nouveau riche gaudy mansion trust • Hangover remedy research foundation

From: Tom Scheve To: Cary Goff; Joe Shelton Re: 2014 Toughman Contest Over the holidays, I made a scouting trip to the “training camp” of H.D. Wimbledon,’s sponsored fighter in the 2014 Toughman Contest, which takes place Jan. 31. While I was hoping his home would smell like a gymnasium locker room H.D. Wimbledon, Disclaimer from his vigorous workComedy (dot com)’s outs in preparation for the upcoming Toughman sponsored fighter in the 2014 Toughman Face-punching Contest, Contest I was crushed to smell nothing but Christmas cookies and good cheer. There were a half-dozen nutcracker soldiers on display, the album “John Denver & The Muppets: A Christmas Together” playing and a large inflatable Santa on the front step. Distressingly, there were no signs of women or children living in his home. Unfortunately, this is the least of our worries. Dan’s current physique and attitude hardly stir fear in one’s heart. My 6-year-old daughter joined me on my scouting mission to the Wimbledon training camp, and she refused to high-five him when he offered his hand mid-air — not because she was intimidated; it was actually a blatant sign of disrespect on her part after sizing him up. I almost had to give him a standing-eight count right then and there. I fear H.D. Wimbledon has entered the Toughman Contest in the hopes that, shortly after the bell rings to commence warfare, a Smartman Contest will break out and a winner will be declared of the combatant who can rattle off the most arcane David Byrne quote. Our boy really does have a fighting chance, so long as a “thoughtful tattoo” contest erupts amid the chaos. It is not with enthusiasm that I must inform you that’s sponsored Toughman fighter has collegiate soccer and long-distance running as his athletic foundation. While no doubt kicking another man in the testicles and then running 80 miles has gotten Wimbledon out of more than one tight spot, these skills will be of no assistance in the Toughman ring. I bring this up to let you know to guard your testicles should you be standing nearby as we attempt to revive him immediately after his preliminary bout. There’s no telling what he will do when he regains consciousness, but kicking one of us in the testicles and running away is a pretty safe bet. Things are looking good, gentlemen. My 2014 New Year’s resolution is to take full responsibility for my actions, even if those actions spur on a dear associate or close acquaintance to voluntarily get hammered into man-jelly, and here we are. More updates as they come. Yours, Tom

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C L U B L A N D White Horse Music & Meditations: Richard Shulman, Kim Hughes & Bob Hinkle, 8pm

Wednesday, Jan. 1 185 King Street Bone Jugs & Harmony (novelty, jugband), 8pm

Saturday, Jan. 4

Adam Dalton Distillery 3D: Local DJ party (electronic, dance), 9pm

185 King Street Lovestruck Suckers (string band), 8pm

Altamont Brewing Company Hank West Jam Residency (jazz, soul), 8pm

5 Walnut Wine Bar GaryMac Fiddle (folk), 6-8pm The Crow Quill Night Owls (jugband, jazz), 9pmmidnight

Ben's Tune-Up Karaoke w/ The Diagnostics, 10pm Black Mountain Ale House Bluegrass jam w/ The Deals, 9pm

Athena's Club Mark Appleford (singer-songwriter, Americana, blues), 7-10pm DJ, 10pm-2am

Blue Mountain Pizza & Brew Pub Open mic, 7pm

Black Mountain Ale House Dave Dribbon & The Stomping Rain (rock 'n' roll), 9pm

Cork & Keg Irish jam w/ Beanie, Vincent & Jean, 7pm Double Crown DJ Dr. Filth (country), 9pm

Bywater Donna Hopkins (rock, jam), 9pm

Lobster Trap Ben Hovey (dub-jazz, trumpet, electronics), 7pm

Cork & Keg Deep River (country, dancehall, pop), 8:30pm

Olive or Twist Swing dance lessons w/ Bobby Wood, 7-8pm 3 Cool Cats Band (vintage rock 'n' roll), 8:3011pm One Stop Deli & Bar Gaslight Street w/ Paul Edelmen (rock, soul, blues), 10pm Pisgah Brewing Company Phuncle Sam acoustic (Grateful Dead tribute), 3pm Root Bar No. 1 Money Cannot Be Eaten w/ Ears to the Ground Family (rock, folk), 9:30pm Town Pump Open mic w/ Aaron, 9pm Trailhead Restaurant and Bar Open jam, 6pm

Thursday, Jan. 2 185 King Street Mary Gordon & Hilary Dirlam w/ Sycamore Flats (old-time), 8pm 5 Walnut Wine Bar Hank West & The Smokin' Hots (jazz, exotica), 8-10pm Adam Dalton Distillery Bridging the Gap (old school hip-hop, vinyl night), 10pm-2am Altamont Brewing Company George Terry (folk, blues), 8pm

Double Crown Lil Lorruh (50s & 60s R&B, rock 'n' roll), 10pm

Deep roots: Asheville native Leigh Glass, joined by her band The Hazards, will belt bluesy Appalachian tunes from One Stop Deli & Bar on Friday, Jan. 3, at 10 p.m. Glass and her band will share the stage that night with Athens, Ga.’s rock ‘n’ roll band The Woodgrains.



Highland Brewing Company Sanctum Sully (bluegrass), 6pm Isis Restaurant and Music Hall Three Cool Cats (vintage rock 'n' roll), 8pm Jack of the Wood Pub The Blood Gypsies (blues, gypsy jazz, funk), 9pm

Ben's Tune-Up Island dance party w/ DJ Malinalli, 10pm

Altamont Brewing Company Bare Down Easy (bluegrass), 8pm

Cork & Keg Vollie McKenzie & Jack Dillen (Beatles covers, jazz), 6pm

Athena's Club Mark Appleford (singer-songwriter, Americana, blues), 7-10pm DJ, 10pm-2am

Double Crown DJs Devyn & Oakley, 9pm French Broad Brewery Tasting Room Pamela Jones (jazz), 6pm Havana Restaurant Open mic (instruments provided), 8pm Lobster Trap Hank Bones ("man of 1,000 songs"), 7-9pm Odditorium Ivan The Terribles (rock), 9pm Olive or Twist Swing, Salsa & Bachata lessons w/ Randy Basham, 7-8pm DJ Mike Filippone (rock, disco, dance), 8-11pm One Stop Deli & Bar Phish 'n' Chips (Phish tribute), 6pm Travers Brothership w/ Porch 40 (alternative, blues, funk), 10pm

To qualify for a free listing, a venue must be predominately dedicated to the performing arts. Bookstores and cafés with regular open mics and musical events are also allowed / To limit confusion, events must be submitted by the venue owner or a representative of that venue / Events must be submitted in written form by e-mail (, fax, snail mail or hand-delivered to the Clubland Editor Hayley Benton at 2 Wall St., Room 209, Asheville, NC 28801. Events submitted to other staff members are not assured of inclusion in Clubland / Clubs must hold at least TWO events per week to qualify for listing space. Any venue that is inactive in Clubland for one month will be removed / The Clubland Editor reserves the right to edit or exclude events or venues / Deadline is by noon on Monday for that Wednesday’s publication. This is a firm deadline.

French Broad Brewery Tasting Room Ten Cent Poetry (indie-folk, singer-songwriter), 6pm

Bywater Lyric (funk, soul), 9pm Cork & Keg Pleasure Chest (rock, blues, rockabilly, soul), 8:30pm Double Crown Greg Cartwright (garage, soul), 11pm French Broad Brewery Tasting Room William Schmitt (folk), 6pm Highland Brewing Company The Get Right Band (funk, rock, reggae), 6pm Jack of the Wood Pub Johnny Appleseed w/ Bone Jugs & Harmony (country, novelty dance music), 9pm Lexington Ave Brewery (LAB) Turchi (blues-rock), 9:30pm

Orange Peel Clutch w/ The Sword, Mike Dillon Band & Crobot (rock), 8pm

Odditorium Thera Roya, Furnace Head & The Mighty (metal, postmetal), 9pm

Oskar Blues Brewery William Schmitt (singer-songwriter), 6pm

Olive or Twist 3 Cool Cats Band (vintage rock 'n' roll), 8:30-11:30pm

The Social Caribbean Cowboys, 8pm

One Stop Deli & Bar The Woodgrains w/ Leigh Glass & the Hazards (rock, soul, blues), 10pm

Timo's House Asheville Drum and Bass Collective, 9pm Town Pump Rocky & Jeff from Social Function (acoustic), 9pm Trailhead Restaurant and Bar Open jam, 6pm Tressa's Downtown Jazz and Blues The Westsound Revue (Motown, blues), 9pm

Friday, Jan. 3 5 Walnut Wine Bar El Duende (Latin jazz), 9pm-midnight

Orange Peel Todd Snider w/ Peter Cooper (alt-country, singer-songwriter), 9pm Oskar Blues Brewery Alex Krug Combo (singer-songwriter), 7pm Pack's Tavern DJ MoTo (dance, pop), 9pm Root Bar No. 1 Jeff Thompson (soul, rock), 9:30pm Southern Appalachian Brewery Ellen Trnka w/ Howie Johnson & Woody (Americana, rock, blues), 8-10pm The Social Jason Whitaker (acoustic), 8pm

Lobster Trap Riyen Roots Trio w/ Kenny Dore (blues), 7pm Odditorium Xanax Squaredance, Among Giants, Ancient Whales, Dharmamine (psychedelic-rock, punk), 9pm Olive or Twist WestSound (rock, Motown), 8:30-11:30pm Orange Peel Abbey Road Live! (Beatles tribute), 4pm & 8pm Oskar Blues Brewery Todd Cecil & Back South (old-time), 7pm Pack's Tavern "The Mix" 96.5 House Band (dance, rock, hits), 9pm Southern Appalachian Brewery Carolina Rex (blues, rock), 8-10pm Straightaway Cafe Ken Kiser (folk), 6pm The Green Room Bistro & Bar Chum Carter & John Looney, 8pm Timo's House DJ Story w/ DLX, Xist & Joshuasca (drum 'n' bass), 9pm Town Pump Brandon Reeves (modern blues), 9pm White Horse Andy Buckner (country), 8pm Wild Wing Cafe Caleb Johnson Duo, 9:30pm

Sunday, Jan. 5 5 Walnut Wine Bar The Get Right Band (blues, funk), 7-9pm Altamont Brewing Company Wilhelm Bros. w/ Jordan Allen & The Bellwethers (folk), 6pm Ben's Tune-Up Vinyl night (open DJ collective) Black Mountain Ale House NFL Sunday w/ pre-game brunch at 11:30am, 1pm




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(dance, pop hits)

SAT. 1/4

“The Mix” 96.5 House Band (dance, rock, hits)


fri. jan 3


backstage • 9:30PM • $8

THUrS. jan 9

reasonably priced babies improv sketch comedy backstage • 7:30PM • $7

fri. jan 10

antique firearms

w/ opposite box, american gonzos backstage • 9:30PM • $7

SaT. jan 11

the luxury spirit

w/ madre, comet west

backstage • 9:30PM • $5

fri. jan 17

east coast dirt

w/ the alarm clock conspiracy

backstage • 9:30PM • $5

SaT. jan 18

shorty cant eat books backstage • 9:30PM • $6

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thursdAy, JAn. 9 5 WAlnut Wine BAr Hank West & The Smokin' Hots (jazz, exotica), 8-10pm AdAm dAlton distillery Bridging the Gap (old school hip-hop, vinyl night), 10pm-2am AltAmont BreWinG ComPAny Bumper Jackson (country, swing), 8pm Ben's tune-uP Island dance party w/ DJ Malinalli, 10pm Cork & keG Vollie McKenzie & Jack Dillen (Beatles covers, jazz), 6pm douBle CroWn DJs Devyn & Oakley, 9pm frenCh BroAd BreWery tAstinG room CarolinaBound (folk), 6pm

AltAmont BreWinG ComPAny Hank West Jam Residency (jazz, soul), 8pm Ben's tune-uP Karaoke w/ The Diagnostics, 10pm BlACk mountAin Ale house Bluegrass jam w/ The Deals, 9pm Blue mountAin PiZZA & BreW PuB Open mic, 7pm douBle CroWn DJ Dr. Filth (country), 9pm Grind CAfe Trivia night, 7pm loBster trAP Ben Hovey (dub-jazz, trumpet, electronics), 7pm olive or tWist Swing dance lessons w/ Bobby Wood, 7-8pm 3 Cool Cats Band (vintage rock 'n' roll), 8:3011pm

Grey eAGle Whiskey Shivers w/ Lera Lynn, 8pm hAvAnA restAurAnt Open mic (instruments provided), 8pm lexinGton Ave BreWery (lAB) Reasonably Priced Babies (improv comedy), 7:30pm loBster trAP Hank Bones ("man of 1,000 songs"), 7-9pm olive or tWist Swing, Salsa & Bachata lessons w/ Randy Basham, 7-8pm DJ Mike Filippone (rock, disco, dance), 8-11pm one stoP deli & BAr Phish n' Chips (Phish tribute), 6pm orAnGe Peel The Machine (Pink Floyd covers), 9pm the soCiAl Caribbean Cowboys, 8pm

the Green room Bistro & BAr Paco Shipp, 8pm

timo's house ADBC Collective Presents: Unity Thursdays (drum 'n' bass), 9pm

toWn PumP Open mic w/ Aaron, 9pm

toWn PumP Dustin Martin & The Ramblers (blues, rock), 9pm

trAilheAd restAurAnt And BAr Open jam, 6pm

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tressA's doWntoWn JAZZ And Blues Patric Lopez (trumpet), 9pm

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bang bang, shoot shoot: Happiness is Antique Firearms, local indie rock ‘n’ roll band playing at Lexington Avenue Brewery Friday, Jan. 10, at 9:30 p.m. Based in Asheville, the band blends rock, folk and electronica to deliver a unique sound.

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Thursday, January 2nd

Dead NIght

w/ Phuncle Sam Friday, January 3rd

Cold Sweats, Pawtooth Saturday, January 4th

Emerald Jam Night Showcase Sunday, January 5th

9th Phoenix, Divine Mission, Dr. Aqueous, and Stereospread

sad Jams: Indie-emo rockers Muscle and Bone will be joined by fellow emo bands Foxing, Sinai Vessel and Weak Wrists at the Odditorium on Sunday, Jan. 5, at 9 p.m. for a celebration of band’s debut vinyl release.

Monday, January 6th

AVL Bluegrass Jam

hosted by Mountain Feist

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Cork & keG Vollie McKenzie & The Western Wildcats (honkytonk), 8:30pm

frenCh BroAd BreWery tAstinG room Alarm Clock Conspiracy (indie-rock), 6pm

douBle CroWn Lil Lorruh (50s & 60s R&B, rock 'n' roll), 10pm

Grey eAGle Hot Club of Cowtown, 8pm

frenCh BroAd BreWery tAstinG room Jenne Sluder CD release party (acoustic), 6pm

hiGhlAnd BreWinG ComPAny Devil's Britches release party, 4-8pm

Grey eAGle St. Paul & The Broken Bones w/ Patrick Sweany & Band, 9pm

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millroom Julie Scoggins (comedy), 7 & 9:30pm

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olive or tWist 42nd Street Band (jazz), 8:30-11:30pm orAnGe Peel Steep Canyon Rangers w/ Sam Bush (bluegrass), 9pm

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tHeAteR ListiNGs

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

FRidAY, JANUARY 3 tUesdAY, JANUARY 9 Due to possible scheduling changes, moviegoers may want to confirm showtimes with theaters.


diRectoR: Ben Stiller (Tropic Thunder)

Asheville PizzA & Brewing Co. (254-1281) Please call the info line for updated showtimes. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (Pg) 1:00, 4:00 lee Daniels’ The Butler (Pg-13) 7:00 Bad grandpa (r) 10:00 CArMike CineMA 10 (298-4452)

PLAYeRs: Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig, Shirley MacLaine, Kathryn Hahn, Adam Scott, Adrian Martinez, Sean Penn NeRd-emPoWeRmeNt FANtAsY RAted PG tHe stoRY: James Thurber’s short story gets turned into a sprawling nerd-empowerment fantasy in this latest big-screen treatment. tHe LoWdoWN: It’s good to look at and is certainly well-made, but it all ends up feeling like a vanity project for director-star Ben Stiller. Plus, it’s rather boring.

At first I thought, “I’m too old for this.” Then I thought, “Ben Stiller’s too old for this.” Finally, I settled into a kind of bored slump trying to figure out what Stiller actually hoped to accomplish with this unfocused and overly ambitious undertaking. Part of the problem is the source material. James Thurber’s 1939 short story about a henpecked husband who sought refuge from his existence by lapsing into daydreams of himself as an exciting and glamorous man lasted two pages. Two pages is about all the story can bear. The movie runs 125 minutes, and all the daydreams occur in roughly the first 30 minutes. That leaves 90 minutes to fill. The same basic problem plagued the 1947 Norman Z. McLeod version with Danny Kaye. There, they “solved” it by grafting on a thrill comedy tailored to Kaye’s unique ... talents. (I am not an admirer of




BeN stiLLeR in his own film of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, which turns James Thurber’s short story into an over-stuffed nerd-empowerment fantasy.

Kaye or the film. For that matter, I’ve never quite gotten the fuss over the short story.) Here, the solution — if that it can be called — is to turn the story into your basic nerd-empowerment story, which allows our hero to become everything he imagines himself to be (without him quite realizing it, of course). The storyline — which here owes more than a little to Preston Sturges’ The Sin of Harold Diddlebock (1947) — is so old that it predates the concept of nerdiness. Even so, it could have worked well enough — despite the fact that the fantasy here seems squarely aimed at 14-year-old boys — but not with Ben Stiller. Not only is the nearly 50-year-old Stiller too old for the role, but he’s unconvincing as a nerd. Stiller inevitably exudes a sense of his own belief in how cool he is — however dubious that belief may be. I never once got the sense of Walter Mitty finding his inner, manly action hero. All I got was Stiller showing off that he’s really not a nerd at all, but is this really cool guy — and he has made this vanity project to prove it.

The basic premise is that Mitty is this uber-nebbish who works as a “negative assets manager” (this means he keeps the photo negatives) for Life magazine, which has just been acquired by another company — one that plans to cut staff and turn it into an online publication. Ace photographer Sean O’Connell (Sean Penn) delivers a roll of film into Mitty’s hands — a roll that contains the photo for the cover of the magazine’s final print issue. (We will overlook the improbability of a cover photo on 35 mm film.) The problem is, the negative in question is missing and O’Connell is off on some photo shoot in some unknown, exotic locale. In movie logic, this means that Mitty will go track him down. In the process, Mitty will find himself and wow the girl of his dreams (Kristen Wiig) in the bargain. In its favor, there’s one near-brilliant sequence using David Bowie’s “Space Oddity.” Unfortunately, that takes up maybe three minutes, leaving about two hours to deal with. OK, the film — apart from some

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dodgy CGI — looks terrific. The cinematography is first-rate and is sometimes dazzling in itself. The supporting cast is generally solid, though Adam Scott doing his patented distinguished-douchery thing is a bit much. On the other hand, there’s way too much productplacement — sometimes the movie feels like a long commercial for and Papa John’s. In the end, it’s a good-looking movie that misses the mark most of the time. Frankly, it’s also a bit of a bore. Rated PG for some crude comments, language and action violence. reviewed by Ken Hanke Playing at Carolina Cinemas, Epic of Hendersonville, Regal Biltmore Grande, United Artists Beaucatcher.

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47 Ronin HH diRectoR: Carl Rinsch pLaYeRs: Keanu Reeves, Hiroyuki Sanada, Ko Shibasaki, Tadanobu Asano, Min Tanaka samuRai fantasY adventuRe Rated pg-13 the stoRY: A group of disgraced samurai set out to avenge the death of their master. the Lowdown: A mix of samurai-movie basics and occasional fantasy elements that combine to make a boring, unmemorable flick.

After over a year of reshoots and delays, Carl Rinsch’s samurai/ fantasy flick, 47 Ronin, has been plopped down into the moviegoing


fray that is Christmas Day, mostly to be ignored by audiences. And that’s probably just how it should be. 2013 managed to fit one last dull, forgettable movie into a year stuffed with them. I watched the movie on Christmas, and my memory of it is already fluttering away. This is kind of a pity, too, since 47 Ronin has some good things going for it — like its maturity (especially for a big-budget action flick) and visual style. None of those things, however, include any sort of true imagination or spark, leaving us a high-concept action picture that’s simply flaccid. The film itself is based on the story of the 47 Ronin, a tale that originated in the 1700s, about a group of samurai who set out to avenge the death of their master, knowing success will demand their own deaths. 47 Ronin takes this concept and sprinkles in some fantasticated elements from Japanese mythology. Despite the addition of demons and CGI beasts, the movie never raises above the level of a straight-faced samurai film. This more serious-minded, almost classy approach to an actionadventure film is surprisingly refreshing, but it also makes for a boring, wooden, inefficient movie that’s not very much fun. Director Rinsch so badly wants to pay homage to the films of Kurosawa that he has sucked the air out his own goofy fantasy film. According to the way the film is being promoted — 47 Ronin stars Keanu Reeves as the magical Kai, but he’s never the protagonist (that would be Hiroyuki Sanada (Sunshine), the shamed samurai, Oishi). Instead, the movie goes out of its way to make room for Reeves’ character, adding a love story (part of why the movie was delayed in the first place) and more screentime — things that simply bog down an already languid movie. It’s an incredibly inefficient film — the first third is all setup, while the rest is a lot of waxing on and on about honor and duty. This is broken up with a handful of solid action sequences, none of which are especially interesting — apart from the buildup to the film’s climax. This is director Rinsch’s one bit of truly impressive filmmaking, and the only time the film shows any life in its pace or editing. Beyond this, there’s little to recommend. Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, some disturbing images, and thematic elements.

HHHHH = max rating reviewed by Justin Souther Playing at Carolina Cinemas, Epic of Hendersonville, Regal Biltmore Grande, United Artists Beaucatcher.

Grudge Match S diRectoR: Peter Segal (Get Smart)

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pLaYeRs: Sylvester Stallone, Robert De Niro, Kim Basinger, Kevin Hart, Jon Bernthal dRamatic comedY Rated pg-13 the stoRY: Two ex-boxers in their 60s renew a 30-year-old rivalry in the ring.. the Lowdown: A one-note comedy and a half-baked melodrama that’s too long and too dumb

It’s been a good decade since anyone questioned where Robert De Niro’s career was headed, and even longer since anybody wondered about Sylvester Stallone’s. So it seems fitting and none-toosurprising that the two would team up for Grudge Match, a film about being washed up. Even less surprising is that the film is garbage, doubling as tone-deaf comedy and cornball drama. The premise has Stallone and De Niro reprising versions of cinema’s most famous boxers, Rocky Balboa and Jake La Motta, respectively. In this case, we’ve got Henry “Razor” Sharp (Stallone) and Billy “The Kid” McDonnen (De Niro), two washed-up boxers in their 60s who had a couple of historic fights three decades ago. After some bad blood and Razor’s sudden retirement just before their final rematch, the two have decided to get back into the ring and finally settle things. This is just a foundation for the movie’s supposedly bigger concern — taking a look at life after one’s glory has long faded. That’s a perfectly acceptable concept, except Stallone already made that same movie seven years ago with Rocky Balboa. That movie — while not great — is a solid, surprisingly personal film that was made after years of Stallone being relegated to straight-to-video junk. Stallone was

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at the true low-point of his career, and that aspect created a kind of sadness and sympathy that’s hard to find in Grudge Match. It’s almost if Stallone has become less self-aware in the intervening years. And neither star seems to have much idea as to where they stand inside of the film’s more metatextual aspects, making for a movie that’s obnoxiously full of itself. This means we get Stallone and De Niro playing Stallone and De Niro — a depressing notion in a film that is slathered in tough-guy posturing. Grudge Match is full of beer-commercial levels of phony machismo — all of it as antiquated and dull as it sounds. The movie fancies itself a kind of comedy, but the jokes range from dumb to borderline vile, full of misogyny and fits of gay panic. But wait, Grudge Match also has a sensitive side. There is a certain amount of melodrama packed on top of it all, brought on by characters like Razor’s old girlfriend (a wooden Kim Basinger) and the son she had with The Kid, BJ (Jon Bernthal, The Wolf of Wall Street). It’s all basic, uninvolving and lengthens an already excessive runtime — worsening an already lousy movie. Rated PG-13 for sports action violence, sexual content and language. reviewed by Justin Souther Playing at Carolina Cinemas, Epic of Hendersonville, Regal Biltmore Grande, United Artists Beaucatcher.

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Blood from the Mummy’s Tomb HHHS hoRRoR Rated PG This movie from the waning years of Hammer Films isn’t

great, but it’s still one of its better later-era works — despite the fact that it’s not really a mummy picture in the usual sense. Instead, it’s a tale of an evil Egyptian queen who is reincarnated in the lookalike daughter of the professor who discovered her secret tomb. It doesn’t always make sense, but it has a pleasing early ‘70s quality — and a terrific supporting cast. The Thursday Horror Picture Show will screen Blood from the Mummy’s Tomb Thursday, Jan. 2, at 8 p.m. in the Cinema Lounge at The Carolina Asheville and will be hosted by Xpress movie critics Ken Hanke and Justin Souther.

peteR o’tooLe and steve RaiLsback in Richard Rush’s complex comedy-drama The Stunt Man, which screens for one show only on Tuesday, Jan. 7 at 8 p.m. in Theater Six at The Carolina as part one of a two-film tribute to O’Toole.

The Stunt Man HHHHH comedY-dRama Rated R The Asheville Film Society starts 2014 with the first

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film of a two film-tribute to Peter O’Toole. First up is Richard Rush’s The Stunt Man (1980), for which O’Toole received his sixth Best Actor Oscar nomination. Here, O’Toole plays a slightly crazy movie director — a captivating blend of angel and devil whose motives aren’t always clear even to himself — making an anti-war film on location with an unexpected assist from a young fugitive from the law. It is one of the actor’s most beautifully modulated performances and it’s housed in one of his very best films.

Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones

The Asheville Film Society will screen The Stunt Man Tuesday, Jan. 7, at 8 p.m. in Theater Six at The Carolina Asheville and will be hosted by Xpress movie critics Ken Hanke and Justin Souther.

This latest from the seemingly bottomless barrel of Paranormal Activity scrapings appears to be an offshoot or spin-off for the franchise. In other words, this isn’t exactly Paranormal Activity 5. (Maybe.) At the same time, it’s obviously tied in with the other films, and it sounds like it will somehow offer a lead-in to a movie we’ve already seen. (In another sense, all of these are movies we’ve already seen.) This time around, a young Latino man finds himself marked by a malevolent spirit. Collectors of esoterica will want to know that this was written and directed by Christopher Landon, son of Michael Landon.(R)


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Rebecca HHHHS gothic meLodRama Rated NR Alfred Hitchcock’s first American film,

Rebecca (1940), is also his only film to win a Best Picture Oscar. That’s understandable because it’s the least idiosyncratic, most mainstream crowd-pleaser Hitchcock ever made. It’s a finely-crafted adaptation of Daphne Du Maurier’s novel that was designed — more by producer David O. Selznick than Hitchcock — to please the legions of fans of the book. Hitchcock himself told François Truffaut, “It’s not a Hitchcock picture,” and, to some degree, that’s true, but it’s a very good film all the same. The Hendersonville Film Society will show Rebecca Sunday, Jan. 5, at 2 p.m. in the Smoky Mountain Theater at Lake Pointe Landing Retirement Community (behind Epic Cinemas), 333 Thompson St., Hendersonville.

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aRies (maRch 21-apRiL 19) Deep bronzes, smoky cinnamons and dark chocolates will be your lucky colors in 2014. Mellow mahoganies and resonant russets will work well for you, too. They will all be part of life’s conspiracy to get you to slow down, deepen your perspective and slip into the sweetest groove ever. In this spirit, I urge you to nestle and cuddle and caress more than usual in the coming months. If you aren’t totally clear on where home is, either in the external world or inside your heart, devote yourself to finding it. Hone your emotional intelligence. Explore your roots. On a regular basis, remember your reasons for loving life. Stay in close touch with the sources that feed your wild soul. tauRus (apRiL 20-maY 20) For years, French painter Édouard Manet and French poet Stéphane Mallarmé hung out with each other every day. Mallarmé referred to their relationship as “the most complete friendship.” They influenced each other to become better artists and human beings. I’m guessing that in the coming months, Taurus, you’ll thrive on that kind of stimulating companionship. Having such regular contact with a like-minded ally might even be an important factor in ripening your intelligence. At the very least, I predict that soulful friendship will be a crucial theme in 2014. You will attract blessings and generate luck for yourself by deepening your ability to cultivate synergistic bonds. gemini (maY 21-June 20) St. Peter’s Basilica is a very old church in Vatican City. It contains a life-size bronze statue of St. Peter that’s at least 700 years old. Over the centuries, countless visitors have paid their respects by kissing and touching the feet of the idol. The metal composing the right foot has been so thoroughly worn down by these gestures that the individual toes have disappeared, leaving a smooth surface. You will have a similar kind of power in 2014, Gemini. Little by little, with your steady affection and relentless devotion, you can transform what’s rigid and hard. canceR (June 21-JuLY 22) Big rivers don’t travel in straight lines. Their paths are curvy and complicated, with periodic turns and bends. In some places they flow faster, and in others they’re slower. Their depth and width may vary along the way, too. Your own destiny is like one of those big rivers, Cancerian. In some years, it meanders for long stretches, slowing down as it wanders along a crooked course. It may even get shallower and narrower for a while. But I expect that in 2014, you will be moving more rapidly than usual. You will be traveling a more direct route, and you will be both wide and deep. 54

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capRicoRn (dec. 22-Jan. 19) Would you be interested in a motto that will help set the tone for you in 2014? I’ve got a suggestion that’s in alignment with the astrological omens. It’s from a poem by Margaret Atwood. Try saying this and see if it works for you: “Last year I abstained / this year I devour / without guilt / which is also an art.” If you choose to make this affirmation your own, be sure you don’t forget about the fact that devouring without guilt is an art — a skill that requires craft and sensitivity. You can’t afford to get blindly instinctual and greedy in 2014; you shouldn’t compulsively overcompensate for 2013’s deprivations. Be cagey and discerning as you satisfy your voracious hunger.

Leo (JuLY 23-aug. 22) “In games there are rules,” writes science fiction author Kim Stanley Robinson, “but in life the rules keep changing.” This is always true, of course, but I think it will be an especially poignant truth for you between now and your next birthday. During the coming months, you may sometimes feel as if every last law and formula and corollary is mutating. In some cases, the new rules coming into play will be so different from the old rules you’ve been used to, they may at first be hard to figure out. But now here’s the happy ending: It may take a while, but you will eventually see that these new rules have an unexpected logic and beauty that will serve your future well. viRgo (aug. 23-sept. 22) I predict that you will commit no major acts of self-sabotage in 2014. Congrats! I also foresee that you will be exceptionally careful not to hurt or damage yourself. Hooray! More good news: You won’t be as critical of yourself as you have sometimes been in the past. The judgmental little voice in the back of your head won’t be nearly as active. Yay! Even your negative emotions will diminish in frequency and intensity. Hallelujah! Whoopee! Abracadabra! LibRa (sept. 23-oct. 22) The citizens of Iceland love literature, but many are not content to simply read. One out of every 10 Icelanders writes and publishes a book at some time in his or her life. I know it’s unrealistic, but I would love to see at least one in 10 of all my Libra readers do the same in 2014. I think you’re ready to make a big statement — to express yourself in a more complete and dramatic way than ever before. If you’re not ready to write a book, I hope you will attempt an equivalent accomplishment.

scoRpio (oct. 23-nov. 21) I’m hoping you will find a new teacher or two in 2014, maybe even a mentor. Not a guru who tells you what to do. Not an exploitative “expert” who claims to know what’s right for you, or a charismatic narcissist who collects adoration. What I wish for you, Scorpio, is that you will connect with wise and humble sources of inspiration ... with lifelong learners who listen well and stimulate you to ask good questions ... with curious guides who open your eyes to resources you didn’t realize you needed. In the coming months, you are primed to launch a quest that will keep you busy and excited for years; I’d love to see you get excellent help in framing that quest. sagittaRius (nov. 22-dec. 21) In 2014, it’s possible you will be given a cabbage farm or a petting zoo or some bequest that’s not exactly in close alignment with your life’s purpose. But it’s more likely that the legacies and dispensations you receive will be quite useful. The general trend is that allies will make available to you a steady flow of useful things. Your ability to attract what you need will be high. In the coming months, I may even have good reason to name you an honorary Scorpio. You might match those Great Manipulators’ proficiency at extracting the essence of what you want from every situation. aquaRius (Jan. 20-feb. 18) The coming months will be a good time to meditate on the concepts of happy accidents and benevolent trouble. Go ahead and throw constructive mischief into the mix, too, and maybe even a dose of graceful chaos. Are you game for playing around with so much paradox? Are you willing to entertain the possibility that fate has generous plans for you that are too unexpected to anticipate? There’s only one requirement that you have to meet in order to receive your odd gifts in the spirit in which they’ll be offered: You’ve got to be open-minded, eager to learn and flexible. pisces (feb. 19-maRch 20) I think we humans need some new emotions. It’s true that old standards like sadness, anger, jealousy, and fear are as popular as ever. But I would personally love to be able to choose from a greater variety, especially if at least 51 percent of the new crop of emotions were positive or inspiring. Now it so happens that in 2014, you Pisceans will be primed to be pioneers. Your emotional intelligence should be operating at peak levels. Your imagination will be even more fertile than usual. So how about it? Are you ready to generate revolutionary innovations in the art of feeling unique and interesting feelings? To get started, consider these: 1) amused reverence; 2) poignant excitement; 3) tricky sincerity; 4) boisterous empathy.

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