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An open letter to the Mountain Xpress regarding gender bias and racial bias We are writing to draw attention to the blatant bias evident in the “Big Ideas” history of Asheville recently published by the Xpress [“Big Ideas and Their Impact on the Community,” Jan. 8 Xpress] (written by Jake Frankel and David Forbes). The most egregious example of this bias is the “Big Ideas” timeline, which mentions 10 individual men by name and only one woman, and 10 individual white people by name and only one person of color. So for example, we see the names of Wally Bowen, Julian Price and Monroe Gilmour, but not those of Wilma Dykeman, Karen Cragnolin, Issac Dickson, Marjorie Lockwood, Emoke B’racz, Viola Spells, Lillian Exum Clement, Newton Shepherd, Irene Hendrick, Oralene Simmons, James and Barbara Ferguson, Al Whitesides, Annette Coleman, Leni Sitnik, Etta Whitner Patterson, Elizabeth Blackwell or Marvin Chambers. In the Xpress’ timeline, “big ideas” credited to men are written with active verbs, and the men’s names are the subjects of the sentence (“Monroe Gilmour hatches,” “Julian Price launches,”

“Wally Bowen starts,” “Oscar Wong opens”). In contrast, we see wording such as, “Desegregation of the city school system begins ... ” (with no mention of the individual activists behind desegregation efforts in Asheville) and “11 key blocks of downtown are nearly destroyed ... but key real estate is preserved,” (written in passive voice with no mention of the activists who fought to preserve downtown, many of whom were women). The only women mentioned in the Xpress’ timeline are Jennifer Pickering and the Sisters of Mercy (no individual Sisters’ names mentioned). Zero women of color and zero AfricanAmerican men are named. Did women and African Americans really contribute so few “big ideas” to shape our community? Of course not. In the article that follows the timeline, “What Was the Big Idea?” also by Frankel and Forbes, 28 local men are mentioned by name in bold type, only one of whom is not white. Ten local women are mentioned by name in bold type — nine white women and former Mayor Terry Bellamy. This makes the gender ratio more than 2:1 in favor of men and the ratio of white people to people of color 18:1. We know that Asheville’s rich history was shaped by many big ideas, ideas that came from communities and

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people as diverse as our city is today. We are dismayed to see the Xpress present such a skewed, biased view of the history of our community — a version of history that excludes women and people of color. In the interest of shining a light on this inaccurate historical record and uplifting and honoring the leaders who were omitted from the Xpress article, we invite community members to contribute names and “big ideas” important in the history of Asheville that were ignored by the Xpress. By compiling a more inclusive list of people and ideas that shaped our community, we look forward to presenting a more accurate and less biased history of our community. — Beth Trigg, Jodi Rhoden, Amanda Rodriguez, Byron Ballard, Rep. Susan Fisher, Heather Rayburn, Carolyn Mary Kemmett-Comeau, Debi Miles, Sarah Nuñez, Sara Legatski Asheville Thank you all for pointing out our bias and holding us to a higher standard. We knew we’d taken on a daunting challenge in attempting to provide highlights of the area’s big ideas. In our zeal and facing a deadline, our limited perspectives showed through as an unintended bias. But thanks to the push-back from a great community, we have an opportunity for ongoing dialogue. With input from you, dear readers, we propose to revise our Big Ideas timeline to better reflect the breadth and diversity of contributors to the area’s vibrancy. To view the full list of signers and to contribute more “big ideas” to the conversation, visit the group’s Facebook page at openlettertoxpress or website at

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Asheville as a hub for eco-business I know you had limited space and couldn’t include all of my comments in the “Big ideas” article [“Big Ideas and Their Impact on the Community,” Jan. 8 Xpress], but I did want to mention one idea I spoke about in the late ‘90s: Asheville and Buncombe County have potential to become hubs for eco-businesses, much as Raleigh and Durham have become hubs for research and development. From eco-tourism to businesses dealing with the environment, we could bring living-wage jobs to the area and still maintain our reputation for sustainability and environmental stewardship. Some of that is beginning to happen now. A next step could be the creation of an eco-industrial park to lure in and house those businesses, while maintaining the integrity and safety of these beautiful mountains. — Leni Sitnick Asheville

Clarification on climate change data In response to claims made by Michael Ivey’s letter [“Carbon Dioxide Does Not Cause Global Warming,” Dec. 25 Xpress], I have provided some clarification from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Mr. Ivey states that “CO2 is not a pollutant and has never caused the atmosphere to warm.” From Climate Change 2007: Working Group I: The Physical Science Basis: “The reason the Earth’s surface is this warm is the presence of greenhouse gases, which act as a partial blanket for the longwave radiation coming from the surface. This blanketing is known as the natural greenhouse effect. The most important greenhouse gases are water vapour and carbon dioxide. The two most abundant constituents of the atmosphere — nitrogen and oxygen — have no such effect. ... Human activities intensify the blanketing effect through the release of greenhouse gases. For instance, the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has increased by about 35 percent in the industrial era, and this increase is known to be due to human activities, primarily the combustion of fos-

sil fuels and removal of forests. Thus, humankind has dramatically altered the chemical composition of the global atmosphere with substantial implications for climate.” In another statement, Mr. Ivey states that the IPCC “admits that there has been no warming over the last 16 years.” From Climate Change 2007: Working Group I: Frequently Asked Question 3.1 “How are Temperatures on Earth Changing?”: “Expressed as a global average, surface temperatures have increased by about 0.74 degrees Celsius over the past hundred years. However, the warming has been neither steady nor the same in different seasons or in different locations. There was not much overall change from 1850 to about 1915, aside from ups and downs associated with natural variability but which may have also partly arisen from poor sampling. ... Warming, particularly since the 1970s, has generally been greater over land than over the oceans.” I do not think that Mr. Ivey has provided evidence against the claim that “carbon dioxide is causing the Earth’s atmosphere to heat up.” — Arnold Gnilka Weaverville

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mal foods in the belief they are an eco-friendly choice when compared to those raised at the concentration camps known as concentrated animal feeding operations. While factory farms do have unique problems, like mounds of toxic waste that contaminate the water and air — old-style small farms fail to live up to their claims of sustainability. For example, grass-fed animals require tremendous amounts of land. Where will these millions of acres come from? Overgrazing in previously cleared areas has

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A series of emails obtained by Xpress shed new light on a continuing dispute over lost, found, reviled and defended newspaper boxes downtown. The emails, written during the weeks before and after the boxes’ mysterious disappearance, reveal a vigorous behind-the-scenes discussion between city staff and Downtown Commission members concerning the boxes’ place in public life — and whether the city could legally remove them. The discussion also highlights an ongoing tug of war between downtown advocates and First Amendment protections. Dozens of boxes for distributing a bevy of publications — including The Laurel of Asheville, The Urban News and a promotional pamphlet for Shoji Retreats — suddenly disappeared around Nov. 19, and someone cleaned up the adjacent space. Then, on Dec. 9, city parking attendants discovered some of them in an abandoned, city-owned parking garage on Haywood Street. Neither Mountain Xpress nor the Asheville Citizen-Times had boxes removed. anoop krishnan, who owns Mela restaurant on Lexington Avenue, says he saw people with a city of Asheville truck remove some of them, but city staff deny any involvement, and an internal inquiry found no evidence of it. In the age of electronic media, some might see newspaper boxes as an anachronism whose disappearance would scarcely matter to anyone except mystery aficionados and the dozen or so affected publications. But beth grace, executive director of the North Carolina Press Association, says eliminating the boxes in the


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what’s in the box: Newspaper boxes for a variety of small, local publications went missing around Nov. 19 and 20. They were found in an abandoned parking garage Dec. 9. How they got there remains a mystery. Photo by Jeff Tallman

name of beautification restricts the public dialogue that’s essential to a healthy civic life. “Without those boxes, people can’t get their papers,” she points out. “People want the place where they live to be beautiful, but I think people also have the right to know, and to have those boxes in a convenient location. To take that away for aesthetics seems frivolous and shortsighted.” Even today, Grace maintains, newspaper boxes play an essential role in informing the public, especially in a connected, walkable area like downtown Asheville. To some downtown merchants, however, those boxes are merely an unsightly nuisance that hurts local businesses and detracts from downtown’s image. “You want a sandwich board, a sidewalk café, you want to paint your sidewalk — you have to get an encroachment. Why aren’t we holding newspaper boxes to the same standard that we hold our downtown merchants?” Asheville Downtown Association President adrian vassallo asked at the Dec. 13 Downtown Commission meeting. “If City Council truly wants a part-

nership with downtown, this is something they need to address.” behind the scenes Beginning in October, dozens of back-and-forth emails discussed whether newspaper boxes are still appropriate on the streets of Asheville — and whether those considered unsightly could simply be removed. On Oct. 7, Vassallo, who also serves on the Downtown Commission, complained to city staff that “There continues to be un-inhabited or un-utilized boxes all over. Many of these are tagged and are full of trash. I think it’s time to put a permit system in place.” City planner alan glines agreed to add the item to the agenda for the commission’s November meeting, to give staff time to “review the current situation.” That wasn’t the first time the issue had come up. In February of 2012, city staff met with local publishers and told them that due to aesthetic concerns, the city would begin regulating downtown newspaper boxes. But restricting

the boxes’ placement has significant First Amendment implications, and in the end, the publishers and city staff merely agreed to informally keep one another informed about any problems. Downtown Commission Vice Chair michael mcdonough says he’s satisfied with some of the voluntary changes local publishers have made, dubbing them “the good guys” and adding, “We’re almost there.” And even the commission members, he reveals, don’t entirely agree about the best approach to dealing with newspaper boxes. For his part, McDonough says he doesn’t favor as strict a permitting regime as Vassallo advocated in the emails. Meanwhile, city staff remained concerned about the lack of resources for enforcement and the “fine line” in dealing with First Amendment issues, noted Glines. Vassallo’s complaint triggered an Oct. 23 discussion among staff in which several people favored steering clear of a permitting process because of the money, time and “headache,” in Glines’ words, it would take to enforce such rules. to Remove oR not to Remove The dialogue continued into November, as staff considered whether they could remove abandoned or damaged boxes, where they could be stored, and how publishers might be notified. On Nov. 12, Vassallo submitted an official complaint through The Asheville App, a feedback program checked by various staffers. Development analyst abigail Riley quickly replied that city staff did not have jurisdiction in the issue. Planning Director Judy daniel responded that the city was reviewing the matter and crafting a policy to address “abandoned/trashy” boxes. She also noted that advertising publications have some First Amendment protections as well, and that the city’s Legal Department had advised them “to be very careful in how this is addressed.” Vassallo replied that the newspaper publishers had failed to police themselves, adding, “There are still numerous

Angela loves her VW. areas of downtown where these boxes are clustered and are just plain unsightly.” He then proposed that downtown business owners be allowed to decide whether boxes could be placed outside their premises. On Nov. 13, McDonough singled out Shoji Retreats, which later saw 11 of the 12 boxes for its promotional pamphlets vanish from downtown streets. “I would think we could tape a notice to Soji [sic] bins, letting them know they are illegal, and have 30 days to remove or they will be impounded,” he wrote, asking whether boxes could be considered “abandoned” after a certain number of days and then removed. A 1993 U.S. Supreme Court ruling, City of Cincinnati v. Discovery Network, Inc., found that advertising materials have similar rights to distribute in public space as newspapers do, and attorneys familiar with First Amendment cases confirmed this. Asked about his contention that Shoji’s boxes were illegal, McDonough replied, “We’ve asked the city attorney to advise us what we can or can’t say about that.” Soon after the Nov. 8 Downtown Commission meeting, the boxes disappeared, and sammy cox — whose business, Grass Routes, distributes a number of local publications — called attention to the mystery on Nov. 21, noting that he’d refilled one of the missing boxes only days before. Xpress Distribution Manager Jeff tallman then conducted a survey of downtown boxes and estimated that up to 50 had vanished. After about 20 turned up Dec. 9, Krishnan contacted Xpress, saying he’d seen two people in a city of Asheville truck removing them late at night on Nov. 19 or 20. Krishnan said they’d told him that newspapers now had to pay to be on the streets. whodunit? In an early December email, after some of the boxes had turned up, Glines called it “a real whodunit. ... Someone was making a point on the need to do something with the newspaper box policy, and that the city needs to remove those structures. Geez!” Meanwhile, Deputy Public Works Director david foster wondered, in an email to city staff, if the Downtown Commission or the Downtown Association could have “undertaken a guerrilla project on their own. They seemed put off that we were relucant to address the issue.” At a

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Last seen: Mela owner Anoop Krishnan saw people in a city truck remove boxes from Lexington Avenue. Photo by Alicia Funderburk

December Downtown Commission meeting, Vassallo and the other members present denied knowing who’d removed the boxes. dwight butner speculated that it might have been a prank. The same day, marsha stickford, the city’s Neighborhood/Volunteer Coordinator, opined, “I doubt that we will ever know who did it.” After Xpress reported Krishnan’s comments, city staff investigated, and in a Dec. 20 email, spokesperson dawa hitch said: “After learning of the encounter the Lexington Avenue business owner had with the people removing newspaper boxes, we went back again to all of the crews that could have been working during that time. We have been unable to find staff members that fit the description of the two people with whom the owner spoke. Furthermore, no evidence of staff involvement in the removal of newspaper boxes was revealed as we researched the new information.” City spokesperson brian postelle later explained that all Public Works vehicles are kept behind a locked gate after 6 p.m.

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Anatomy of the disappearing boxes oct. 7-nov. 13: Extensive email discussion between city staff and Downtown Commission members about regulating or removing some downtown newspaper boxes. Staff urge caution. nov. 19-20: Dozens of boxes for various small indie publications vanish from downtown. Mela restaurant owner Anoop Krishnan claims he saw people in a city truck removing boxes from Lexington Avenue. nov. 21: Sammy Cox (whose company, Grass Routes, distributes various local publications) notices that boxes he’d recently filled are missing and the areas around them swept clean. nov. 25: A survey by Xpress Distribution Manager Jeff Tallman concludes that up to 50 boxes may be missing. dec. 5: City parking attendants find about 20 of the boxes in an abandoned parking garage on Haywood Street. dec. 20: After investigating the incident, city staff say they found no evidence of city involvement in the boxes’ disappearance. To read more of the behind-the-scenes emails, go to and

There is a night crew that works from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m., but city officials say no staff members fitting the description Krishnan gave were working at that time, and it’s highly unlikely a non-employee could gain access to a city vehicle. Julian vorus, the manager of Downtown Books and News, said he wasn’t aware of anyone removing boxes; other neighboring businesses did not respond to requests for comment. McDonough, meanwhile, noted: “This is Asheville; all kind of funky things happen. Nothing really surprises me anymore.” beautY and the box Grace of the N.C. Press Association stresses the continuing value of newspaper boxes. “It’s important for every paper, but especially the smaller, free-distribution papers,” she asserts. “You go downtown to buy something, and you step out and there’s your local paper. ... It’s a civic treasure to have a local paper available anywhere, much less in the center of town.”


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The Asheville Daily Planet was among the affected businesses, and Publisher John north said that to publications already operating on slim margins in a rapidly changing industry, the loss of a box can be a significant hit. “It comes right out of my pocket.” Grace concurs, noting that for newspapers and other publications, “Boxes are an essential part of the distribution plan.” Like other business owners, she points out, those publishers also pay their bills — and their taxes. Still, despite the mystery surrounding the boxes’ disappearance, Grace says she wasn’t surprised by the incident. “Every so often you get a city or town that decides it’s going to beautify,” she reports. “For some reason, they think that the people’s right to know is not pretty to look at, and they take away the boxes.” coLLiding vaLues mike tadych, an attorney who’s worked with the Press Association and other groups on numerous First Amendment cases, notes that the Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority

incurred more than $900,000 in legal costs after a judge ruled that its attempt to ban newspaper boxes violated publishers’ rights. “This is the modern-day version of the newspaper boys and newsstands of days gone by,” says Tadych. “As long as they’re not blocking the right of way, they have a right to be there.” On Dec. 2, after news of the disappearance had broken, Vassallo once again emailed city staff calling for stiffer regulations. “I think this lends further evidence to the idea that we need to legitimize where these boxes are placed,” he wrote. “The boxes allow trash to accumulate and are also targets for graffiti, plus many of the boxes are not even true publications.” In a later interview, McDonough voiced a similar concern, saying, “I think each of us has an issue with ... marketing fliers riding on the coattails of the press.” Tadych, however, says there’s not much support in the law for requiring permits or letting businesses decide which papers get to use their stretch of sidewalk. “You can’t charge rent on the public square,” he explains. “Permitting could be seen as a tax on the First Amendment.” Meanwhile, city staff continue to try to balance the conflicting concerns. In December, Glines asked members of NCPlan (a Listserv for planning professionals in the state) how to tackle the problem. The email responders urged backing off, due to the constitutional issues involved and the complexity of attempting to regulate the boxes. As for any future city policy, Tadych notes that historically, the courts have had little sympathy for the aesthetic concerns that are central to the commission members’ complaints. “Sometimes free speech isn’t pretty,” he observes. “Get over it.” McDonough, however, believes the condition of some boxes raises genuine safety and sanitation concerns, and that other interests must be considered alongside those of newspapers. “The public ground is for everyone to share; we want to make sure one set of users isn’t pushing away others,” he explains. “Our hope is that you’ll sort yourselves out through peer pressure, or the good guys ... are going to have to pay for people [who] are abusing the privilege.” X








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At their first meeting of 2014, Buncombe County commissioners unanimously agreed to give $1.12 million in cash grants to Jacob Holm Industries to help it expand local operations. In exchange for the county money, the company agreed Jan. 7 to invest $45.93 million to grow its Candler facility and hire 66 new full-time workers at an average annual wage of $46,258 per year. That’s significantly more than the average annual wage in Buncombe County, which is about $36,348 per year, noted Planning Director John creighton. He also estimated that, by 2019, Jacob Holm’s investment will generate about $4.5 million in local tax revenue, more than paying back the county grants. Overall, the company’s expansion will generate about $30 million for the local economy in that period as the investment and job impact “ripple” through the area, he said. Based in Switzerland, Jacob Holm Industries produces nonwoven fabrics, bonding fibers together using high-pressure water jets, said Jeff sellers, vice president of operations. The fabrics are then used in a variety of hygiene and packaging products such as baby wipes, he said. The company opened its Candler plant at 1265 Sand Hill Road eight years ago and currently employs about 82 workers there. “We’re excited to be in Western North Carolina, and we’ll be around for a long time,” said Sellers. Commissioner david king, who represents the Candler area on the board, celebrated the deal. “I think this is wonderful. The return on this for Jacob Holm and Buncombe County is a great thing,” he said. “As a representative of District 3, we’re very excited about the expansion out there. It’s a beautiful facility that adds a great deal to our community.”


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In another spending decision, commissioners unanimously decided to allocate $213,726 to hire 17 new county workers at the Health and Human Services Department. The employees are needed to administer NC FAST, a new state program developed to determine eligibility for all public-assistance programs, said Buncombe County Public Assistance Director Jim holland. “It’s a transformational change,” said Holland. However, implementing the program presents some “significant challenges” because employees must enter additional data as part of a more stringent verification process for beneficiaries, he said. The program was created in part to comply with aspects of the Affordable Care Act, which requires a centralized access point for applying for benefits, Holland reported. In addition to the county money, the federal government will provide another $213,726 to help fund the new hires, he noted. The total funding will pay their salaries and benefits for five months, he said. Without the new hires, Holland worried that the county could sustain penalties for exceeding mandated time standards and create undue delays for beneficiaries. “We believe that we’re very lean and very efficient,” he said. Those needing public assistance “are the most vulnerable,” said Commissioner ellen frost. “And it’s incumbent on us to do whatever we need to do to make their lives a little bit better.” Before voting in support, Commissioner mike fryar asked Holland to consider downsizing the department when the NC FAST program is better established and as economic conditions continue to improve. “From what I understand, this NC FAST deal has pretty much been a disaster to put together,” Fryar said.

weaving a deaL: Jacob Holm’s Vice President of Operations Jeff Sellers stands in the Candler lot where the fabric company plans to expand its existing facility – with the help of $1.12 million in cash grants from Buncombe County. Photo by Nick King

Holland replied that he would continuously monitor staffing needs. “We don’t want to be overstaffed.” But for the time being, King added, “As a county, I think we rise to meet the challenge, and I think that’s what we’re doing.” who’s got the poweR In other business, commissioners unanimously approved a zoningordinance update that adds regulations on renewable energy facilities that cover more than 2 acres. The only person to speak during a public hearing on the matter was mary standaert, a Montreat resident. She urged approval, noting that the county drafted the rules in response to a New Mexico developer’s failed effort to install solar panels on 200 acres at the Ridgecrest Conference Center last year. The scale of that proposed solar farm had many neighbors up in arms about possible negative effects to the land and its scenic views. “Without this enactment, a Ridgecrest-type development could happen tomorrow,” Standaert cautioned. In the wake of that proposal, the county “received a number of requests to define utilities” and

put safeguards in place, said Josh o’conner, county zoning administrator. The new rules require buffers and other protections for residential neighborhoods and environmentally sensitive areas, he reported. Commissioner brownie newman praised the move as “a good step forward.” He added, “I think the standards are common sense standards.” Before the vote, Newman mentioned that he is employed by FLS Energy, a local solar development company, and said he had consulted the county attorney about whether his position constituted a conflict of interest. “Because the policy applies broadly” and there’s no direct financial gain to Newman or FLS Energy associated with the rules, there is no conflict of interest impairing his vote, he said. O’Conner noted that Buncombe is the first mountain county to pass rules governing solar farms. And Board Chair david gantt praised the zoning changes as forward-thinking. “The hard part of this job is to look ahead, instead of be reactive to everything,” he said, adding that the county “dodged a bullet” with the Ridgcrest proposal. X


by Kyle Sherard

Funding stream Arts Council sells 13 Biltmore Ave. property

On Dec. 30, the Asheville Area Arts Council closed on a deal to sell the last of its downtown properties: 13 Biltmore Ave. quietly transferred proprietorship to the owners of Cúrate, which is located next door in the formerly AAAC-owned 11 Biltmore Ave. The building “was a great boon as a resource,” AAAC Executive Director kitty Love told Xpress. “The monthly revenue that came from rent was great, but the responsibility of managing a building was becoming a problem. We don’t have the staff capacity to manage it,” she says. Now, that monthly revenue will be replaced by mortgage payments. AAAC is privately financing the purchase for the new owners, securing a steady income stream for nearly 15 years. Because of the sale, Love says, “we’ll be able to self-fund our strategic plan, and we’ll have money to match grants.” In 1987, AAAC leased 11 and 13 Biltmore Avenue from the Asheville Housing Authority; later, the nonprofit purchased the buildings. Through grants and a steady flow of donations that stemmed from an increase in fundraising, following the council-created and city-supported 1982 Cultural Action Plan, the Arts Council was able to pay off the bulk of the mortgage on both properties. But it was in 2010 that AAAC was able to completely free itself of these debts. That spring, the board elected to close the Front Gallery, where the Arts Council had hosted exhibitions since 2006, and sell 11 Biltmore Avenue. The sale generated funds to pay off the mortgage on the neighboring 13 Biltmore and settle debts accrued by the gallery’s high overhead and mounting staff and programming costs. Just a year later, then-interimdirector graham hackett relocated AAAC’s offices to the Pink Dog Studios in the River Arts District. In October 2013, AAAC announced that it would again be shutting down its gallery, now known as the Artery, and ultimately moving out of the space.

soLd: The Asheville Area Arts Council sold 13 Biltmore Ave. to the owners of next-door Cúrate. The sale helps the nonprofit generate revenue for programming, such as the upcoming Creative Sector Summit. Photo by Kyle Sherard

While the gallery has granted the Arts Council many benefits, including a prominent locale and over two years of exhibitions enriched by the RAD’s rich artistic culture, the costs ultimately outweigh the benefits, according to Love. The Artery, much like the former Front Gallery, functions as the organization’s aesthetic and practical facade. It’s their primary point of contact with both their valued donors and the general public. But when it comes down to it, says Love, the Arts Council’s purpose isn’t to organize and host monthly exhibitions — it’s to generate programming, raise and distribute funds to artists and to survey and respond to the county’s ever-evolving arts scene. Despite a common misconception, the AAAC, like most arts councils in the state, is a privately operated, nongovernmental nonprofit. However, the group acts as an extension of the North Carolina Arts Council, a staterun department created to distribute public funding to the arts. But AAAC’s October announcement didn’t come to fruition.

Following the announcement, Pink Dog’s owners Randy shull, an AAAC board member, and hedy fischer temporarily reduced the nonprofit’s rent by nearly 60 percent, thus allowing AAAC to extend its lease through the winter and into spring. During the next six months, AAAC has lined up a series of exhibitions that continue a months-long break from its usual single-artist show bookings.

Instead, the Arts Council has been handing over full creative license to a guest curator or curators. One of the upcoming exhibitions, tentatively slated for February, would be organized by the founders of Apothecary, a multimedia arts space that formerly leased space at the YMI center. While previous guest curators have utilized the space for juried exhibitions and group shows, frank meadows, one of Apothecary’s founders, sees the opportunity as a chance to transform the space and instill the experimental and creative energies harbored by the former collective. “It’s a way to encapsulate and define what Apothecary was,” he says. Love and the AAAC are also preparing for the Creative Sector Summit, an annual conference organized in partnership with the city of Asheville. Each year the conference brings together area arts entities and organizations, nonprofits, artists and creatives to evaluate the state of the arts in Buncombe County. This year’s conference, Love says, will draw a new focus on music, which has a creative and economic impact on Buncombe county and Western North Carolina that continues to grow each year. It’s easy to assume that an arts council’s sole purpose is to promote the visual arts. But in reality, it serves the entire arts community, and Love aims to reinforce this idea at this year’s summit. “It’s important to me that we step into the role of representing all creative media,” she says. “We need to represent the breadth of the creative industry in Buncombe County.” X

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CIBO gets preview of I-26 connector update

A North Carolina Department of Transportation engineer told a group of independent businesses owners Jan. 10 that upcoming hearings could lead to construction on Asheville’s Interstate 26 connector project starting in 2020. Construction engineer Ricky tipton gave the Council of Independent Business Owners a presentation on the current status of the controversial connector project along with a tentative schedule for work on Asheville’s highway system. The project, an ongoing topic of interest in the area since the early 1990s, deals with the section of I-26 between urban Asheville and Mars Hill that does not meet interstate standards. I-26 connects Charleston, S.C., with Kingsport, Tenn., and Interstate 81, providing a crucial route for incoming and outgoing freight at the ports of Charleston and Savannah. Vehicles traveling north on I-26 have to cross the connector between Asheville and Mars Hill. Traffic is routed partially through downtown on Interstate 240 over the Jeff Bowen Bridge. That leads to excessive wear and tear on the bridge, as well as congestion and accidents. The project has been a major topic of debate over the years, with critics saying the cost and damage to surrounding neighborhoods of some plans is too high. CIBO members have long been pushing to get the project completed. “We definitely have a problem on that bridge and that section,” says North Carolina Board of Transportation member david brown, as he lists the five state criteria for determining fund allocation, one of which is “congestion.” “In my office I can look out at least four times a week and see the traffic backed up to the Merrimon Avenue ramp because there’s been some accident in that area,” he says. Brown says 110,000 vehicles per day cross the Jeff Bowen Bridge, and this number could drastically be reduced if an alternate connector route were to

the futuRe i-26: Approximately 110,000 vehicles per day cross the Jeff Bowen Bridge, say N.C. Department of Transportation engineers. Photo by Hayley Benton

be constructed to remove interstate through-traffic from the local I-240 downtown expressway. “It’s not really designed for that, and it’s over capacity,” Brown says about the bridge. “DOT got started this month putting all the figures together as far as trying to determine what the prioritization [statewide] will be,” Brown says. “We actually should know how it competes by the other projects in the state by the first part of the spring — and that’s going to be very interesting. But we rate very highly on a lot of the criteria.” “The existing connection between US 19-23 [the future I-26 connector] from the north and I-240 follows sharply curved, single-lane ramps that do not meet the design requirements for an interstate freeway,” according to The specific Asheville connector project is fourfold: • To “provide an interstate connection through Asheville to safely

accommodate the expected volumes on I-26.” • To “improve the capacity deficiencies of the existing I-240 crossing of the French Broad River.” • To “reduce traffic delays and congestion along I-240 at the crossing of the French Broad River.” • To “increase the remaining useful service of the Jeff Bowen Bridge.” Tipton’s presentation listed the tentative schedule for the project, with a citizen’s informational workshop to be held this spring, and a public hearing later in the year. Further down the road, his schedule marked a right of way to be held in late 2018 and the first construction in late 2020. There are currently two proposed construction alternatives to the section of roadway marked “B” to be considered. “The two alternatives we’re looking at is [alternative] 3 in section B, and that’s $251 million dollars,” says Brown. “And alternative 4B is $332 million.” X


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From the news desk “Along the Blue Ridge Parkway, campgrounds, visitors centers, and picnic areas were closed and rangerled educational programs were cancelled for the summer,” Liz Kazal, field associate with Environment North Carolina, said Thursday in Asheville. “We don’t want a death by a thousand cuts for North Carolina’s national parks and forests.” Environment North Carolina was joined by Phil Francis, former superintendent for the Blue Ridge Parkway, Hugh Stephens from Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway, and Danny Bernstein of Carolina Mountain Club and Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail, for the release of their report.

new RuLes foR affoRdabLe housing in the woRks Starting off a potentially major overhaul of the city’s development policies, the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee met on the morning of Jan. 9 to discuss next steps. What’s in the mix? A hard target of new affordable units for the city to create, new rules allowing for more density, an effort by the city to buy land for future affordable housing development, a hope to raise more funds for the affordable housing trust fund and—most controversially— potential changes curbing the power of neighborhoods to block new development. The discussion follows a survey of 15 local developers about the reasons they don’t build affordable housing. Notably, the committee members didn’t all agree on some specific steps. Committee Chair Lindsey Simerly said she wants to streamline the process for affordable housing developments, meaning fewer public hearings, and curb the power of protest petitions from neighbors to block such development. But committee member Barber Melton, who represents the Coalition of Asheville Neighborhoods, noted that the group would vigorously oppose any such move. — David Forbes For more, see the online story at avl. mx/047. duke customeRs set RecoRd foR eneRgY use Customers served by various Duke Energy companies set all-time records for winter power use. For Duke Energy Carolinas, a new winter usage peak of 20,246 megawatt-hours was set Tuesday, Jan. 7, in the hour ending at 8 a.m. That exceeded the previous winter record of 18,985 megawatt-hours set on Dec. 15, 2010. magazine shines spotLight on asheviLLe Forbes Travel Guide has named Asheville as one of the “five secret delectable destinations worth a second look this year.” The other four are Minneapolis, Minn., Columbus, Ohio, Little Rock, Ark., and Boulder, Colo.

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the need: The nonprofit Mountain Housing Opportunities received 2,500 inquiries for 60 units at its Larchmont project in North Asheville. Photo c-ourtesy of Mountain Housing Opportunities

Forbes says: “Asheville prides itself on being on the wacky side, and a little bit of wacky goes a long way when it comes to interesting cuisine.” ac-t: chambeR of commeRce wants cLothes on topLess women The Asheville Citizen-Times reported that the Chamber of Commerce wants state lawmakers to address the problem of women baring their breast in public in Asheville. Chamber President kit cramer said she doesn’t care who fixes the problem as long as it gets done. schooL to seLL pRopeRtY to unc asheviLLe foundation Odyssey Community School Board of Trustees announced its

intent to sell its 90 Zillicoa Street property to the UNC Asheville Foundation. As part of the agreement, Odyssey Community School will lease the property from the foundation through June 2014, so it can complete the school year in place while establishing their new home for the 2014-15 school year. Odyssey is a community-centered integral learning institution spanning pre-k through high school with a low student-teacher ratio.

There was greater urgency this week to a call by State Health Director Robin Gary Cummings encouraging flu vaccination as the best protection against flu. Gary said the vaccine is especially important for women who are pregnant, people who are obese, and people who have medical conditions like heart disease or lung disease that place them at higher risk for severe illness. The state Department of Health and Human Services said the number of deaths from the flu had climbed past 20, with most deaths among young and middle-aged adults, most of whom had underlying medical conditions. Only two deaths had been reported in persons over 65. X

gRoup saYs budget cuts thReaten futuRe of bLue Ridge paRkwaY A new Environment North Carolina Research & Policy Center analysis, entitled Death by a Thousand Cuts, exposes the challenges facing the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Smokies and other national parks and forests as a result of mounting funding cuts to the National Park Service.

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Art with heart: Transylvania Community Arts Council will display works by clients of Transylvania Vocational Services, a non-profit manufacturer that provides career opportunities and related services for people with disabilities or barriers to employment. The exhibit, including this painting by Evan Connelly runs through Jan. 24 (p. 17).

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• SA (1/18), 9pm - A benefit show for Blue Ridge Husky Animal Rescue will be held at The Odditorium, 1045 Haywood Road. Features live music by Sons of Ralph and a silent auction. Pet supply donations will be accepted. $10. Info: Wild For Life Benefit Concert • SA (1/18), 7pm - The Mothlight, 701 Haywood Road, will hold a fundraiser to benefit Wild for Life Center for Rehabilitation of Wildlife. Includes live music, silent auction, zombie costume contest and more. $12/ $10 advance. Info:

Art American Folk Art and Framing Oui-Oui Gallery is located at 64 Biltmore Ave. Mon.-Sat.: 10am6pm; Sun.: noon-5pm. Info: or 281-2134. • Through WE (1/22) - Work from self-taught artists from the Southeast. Art at UNCA Art exhibits and events at the university are free, unless otherwise noted. Info: • FR (1/17), 6-8pm - Art Front will hold its annual members show in the university's Highsmith Intercultural Gallery. • FR (1/17) through MO (3/17) The university will hold its fifth annual Drawing Discourse, a juried exhibition of contemporary drawings. Held in the S. Tucker

Cooke Gallery. Opening reception Jan. 17, 6-8pm. • TH (1/23), 6pm - Large-scale installation artist Ledelle Moe will discuss her concrete sculptural installations and art-making practice. Held in the Humanities Lecture Hall. Asheville Area Arts Council Gallery Located at 346 Depot St. Hours: Tues.-Sat.: 11am-4pm. 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. Hours: Tues.-Sat.: 10am-5pm; 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. • Through SU (1/19) - Lasting Gifts: Black Mountain College Collection will feature works by students and teachers from Black Mountain College. • Through SU (3/9) - Cityscapes, paintings by Ben Aronson. Asheville Gallery of Art Located at 16 College St. Mon.Sat.: 10am-5:30pm; Sun.: 1-4pm. Info: or 251-5796. • Through FR (1/31) - Colors of Jazz by Eileen Ross. Bella Vista Art Gallery Located at 14 Lodge St. Hours: Mon., Wed., & Thurs.: 11am-4pm;

Fri. & Sat.: 11am-5pm. Info: or 768-0246. • Through FR (1/31) Works by Karen Jacobs and photographs by Paul Owen. BlACk mountAin CenteR foR tHe ARts Located at 225 W. State St., Black Mountain. Hours: Mon.-Fri.: 10am-5pm. Info: or 669-0930. • Through (1/24) - Clay studio exhibit and ceramics sale in the Upper Gallery. Free. Blue spiRAl 1 38 Biltmore Ave. Mon.-Sat., 10am-6pm, and Sun., noon5pm. Info: or 251-0202. • Through FR (2/28) - Tara, the Twenty-One Praises, an exhibit of works by C. Shana Greger. • Through FR (2/28) Surreal sketches by Ronald L. Ruble • Through FR (2/28) - New Works, a collection of contemporary mixed media which references the natural world. • Through FR (2/28) - New to the Third, a mixed media collection of debut works. folk ARt CenteR Located at MP 382 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Hours: 9am-6pm, daily. Info: 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. Hotel indigo 151 Haywood St. Info: or 239-0239. • ONGOING- An exhibit of paintings by Lelia Canter, Kathleen Kelley and Emily Shields explores human and animal relationships. Opening reception: Jan. 22, 5pm. seven sisteRs gAlleRy Located at 117 Cherry St., Black Mountain. Hours: Mon.-Sat.: 10am-6pm; Sun.: noon-5pm. Info: or 669-5107. • Through SU (3/16) - Acrylics and oils by Bridgette Martin-Pyles.

tRAnsylvAniA Community ARts CounCil Located at 349 S. Caldwell St., Brevard. Hours: Mon.Fri.: 9:30am-4:30pm. Info: or 884-2787. • Tthrough FR (1/24), 9am4pm - "Art with Heart," an exhibit of art by clients of Transylvania Vocational Services.

NCWN members. tRAnsylvAniA Community ARts CounCil Located at 349 S. Caldwell St., Brevard. Hours: Mon.Fri.: 9:30am-4:30pm. Info: or 884-2787. • Through WE (1/15), 5pm - Young artists may sign up for Transylvania Community

Auditions & CAll to ARtists

Arts Council's Performing Arts Talent Competition, held Jan. 31. Ages 10-17.

Adult sHoRt stoRy Contest • Through WE (1/15) The Friends of the Black Mountain Library will accept submissions to their annual Adult Short Story Contest. Info and guidelines: 250-4756. AsHeville ARt museum exHiBition • Through (3/1) - The museum is accepting submissions for its Prime Time: Annual New Media Juried Exhibition. The exhibition will open in April as part of Moogfest. Submission guidelines and info: BlACk mountAin tHeAtRe Co. Auditions • SU (1/19) & MO (1/20), 7pm - Black Mountain Theatre Company will hold auditions for actors/ musicians for “Smoke on the Mountain." Must play guitar, fiddle, upright bass, mandolin, or banjo. Held at White Horse, Black Mountain, 105C Montreat Road. Info: 704-898-1893. nCWn WRiting Contests The North Carolina Writers' Network is nonprofit literary arts service for writers of all stages. Info and submission guidelines: • 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 (2/15) Submissions will be accepted for the 2014 Doris Betts Fiction Prize. First place receives $250 and publication in the North Carolina Literary Review. $20/ $10

$5 application fee. • ONGOING - Transylvania Community Arts Council is calling for artists to take part in 2014 exhibitions. Themes and entry deadlines: Interwoven, Feb. 4; Exploring outdoors, March 4; Animals in art, May 6; Potters of WNC, June 3; Art Mart, Nov. 10. WRiteRs' WoRksHop events WW offers a variety of classes and events for beginning and experienced writers. Info: 254-8111 or • Through FR (2/28) - WW will accept submissions for its 25th Annual Poetry Contest. $25.

Benefits leAf sCHools And stReets • WEDNESDAYS, 5-7pm Wine tasting and jazz, to benefit leAf schools and streets, a local arts education program, will be held at 5 Walnut Wine Bar, 5 Walnut St. $5. Info: theleaf. org or Jocelyn@theLEAF. org. RetRomAniA • SA (1/18), 11am-4pm Retro Gamer and Retro Junkies will sponsor "RetroMania," a tournament of retro video games, with door prizes and food. Held at 87 Main St., Canton. Proceeds will benefit the luc gibson family. $5. Info: RetroGamerWNC.

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Wine Tasting for Homeward Bound of WNC at Metro Wines • WE (1/15), 5:30pm Metro Wines, 169 Charlotte St., will hold a benefit for Homeward Bound of WNC, which combats homelessness by providing housing and stability support. $10. Info: metrowinesasheville. com or 575-9525. Zumbathon for Philippines Typhoon Relief • SA (1/18), 5-8pm Zumbathon charity event to benefit Typhoon Haiyan relief. Held at Millroom, 66 Asheland Ave. $10. Info: 279-0086.

Business & Technology 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 Floor Studio Coworking, 9 Walnut St. Info:

Save the huskies WHAT: A benefit show for Blue Ridge Huksy Rescue featuring Sons of Ralph. WHERE: The Odditorium, 1045 Haywood Road WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 18, 9 p.m. $10. Info: WHY: To celebrate its second anniversary, Blue Ridge Husky Rescue will hold a fundraising party with raffle prizes, a door auction and a performance by bluegrass band Sons of Ralph. Founder Danielle Winkelman says the all-volunteer organization takes huskies and similar breeds in danger of being euthanized at area shelters and places them in foster homes where they receive


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medical attention and training for any behavioral issues while waiting to be placed in their forever home. Last year, 50 dogs were adopted through the program. “I had always wanted a husky growing up but never had one,” said Winkelman. “My first job in Asheville was with the Humane Society, and as soon as I started working with them I fostered my first husky.” Winkleman says she quickly realized the need for more husky fosters, leading her to found Blue Ridge Husky Rescue. “It was my original intention to foster on my own or through my friends,” she says. “But once we got started, it just really took off.” Attendees may also bring pet supplies, including food, toys and carriers, to donate at the event. X

Goodwill Career Classes Located at 1616 Patton Avenue. Info and registration: 298-9023, ext. 1106 • ONGOING - Hospitality classes for those interested in careers in the food and hotel industries will include hands-on training and American Hotel and Lodging Association Certification. Call for full listing of times. $25. • ONGOING - Entry level computer classes. Call for full listing of times. Free. • MONDAYS & WEDNESDAYS, 5:30-8:30pm - English as a second language classes. Registration required. Free. • TUESDAYS through THURSDAYS, 9am-12pm Adult basic education / high school equivalency classes. Registration required. • TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS, 12:30-3:30pm - Medical office support career classes. Fee waives for job seekers. Registration required. RiverLink Events Info: or 2528474. • TH (1/23), 10am-noon - "Starting a Better Business" will offer poten-

tial entrepreneurs an opportunity to learn the basics of starting a business in the French Borad River Watershed. Held at RiverLink's Warehouse Studios, 170 Lyman St. Free. Registration: 251-6025 ext. 22.

Classes, Meetings & Events FREE Acting Classes AT NYS3: the southeast’s professional acting conservatory (pd.) Youth and Adult Classes: Acting Technique, Improv, Voiceover, Movement/Voice, Writing, Auditioning and Vocal Technique. Classes offer skills for either future classes, productions, film, voiceover, singing, or life. • January 20-30, 6-10pm. All levels welcome. 2002 Riverside Dr. Studio 42-O, Asheville. • 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. Acting Classes at NYS3 • MO (1/20) through TH (1/30), 6-10pm - NYS3 will hold youth/adult acting classes covering skills to utilize future performances in productions, film, singing or voiceover. Held at the 2002 Riverside Drive, Studio 42-O. All levels welcome. Free. Info: Annual State of Downtown Luncheon • TH (1/16), noon - The Asheville Downtown Association's Annual State of Downtown Luncheon will be held in the banquet hall of the U.S. Cellular Center, 87 Haywood St. $10/$15 non-members. Info: Asheville Objectivists • TU (1/21), 6pm - Asheville Objectivists will meet at the N. Asheville Library, 1030 Merrimon Ave., in the meeting room. Free. Info: Bicycle Maintenance Class • MO (1/20), 6:15-8pm - Liberty Bicycles, 1378

Hendersonville Road, will offer a basic maintenance class. $25. Info and registration: drewc@libertybikes. com or 274-2453. Cribbage Gathering • MONDAYS, 6pm - A weekly cribbage game will meet at Atlanta Bread Company, 633 Merrimon Ave. All levels welcome. Free. Info: peter.ely@gmail. com. Ethical Society of Asheville Meetings held at the YMI Cultural Center, 39 S. Market St., unless otherwise noted. Info: or 687-7759. • SU (1/19), 2-3:30pm - A presentation about "Fulfilling Dr. King’s Dream Through Education" will be held at Friends Meeting House, 227 Edgewood Road. Free. Mlk Jr. Events at UNCA A series of special events will celebrate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Info: 251-6585 or • TU (1/21), 12:30pm - "Social Justice: What Does It Mean To You?" a lunch and learn workshop will be held in the Highsmith University Union Intercultural Center. • TH (1/23), 7pm - Marc Bamuthi Joseph, founder of Youth Speaks and Life is Living, will deliver the keynote speech for Martin Luther King Jr. Week. Held in the Lipinsky Auditorium. Free. MLK Jr. Events At WCU Western Carolina University will host a variety of free events to honor Martin Luther King, Jr. Info: wcu. edu. • MO (1/20), 4:30pm - Unity march meets at the A.K. Hinds University Center. • WE (1/22), 7pm - Melissa Harris-Perry, political science professor at Tulane University, will give the keynote address in the A.K. Hinds University Center. MLK, Jr. Association The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Association of Asheville and Buncombe county is dedicated to preserving and advancing the legacy of Dr. King. Info: • SA (1/18), 8:30am - The Martin Luther King, Jr. Association of Asheville &

Buncombe County will host its annual prayer breakfast. Held at the Omni Grove Park Inn, 290 Macon Ave. Tickets: 335-6896. • MO (1/20), 11:30am - A peace march and rally to honor Dr. King will depart from St. James AME Church, 44 Hildebrand St. • MO (1/20), 6pm - A candlelight ceremony honoring the recipient of the 2014 Martin Luther King award will be held at Nazareth First Baptist Church, 146 Pine St. WnC AgRiCultuRAl CenteR Located at 1301 Fanning Bridge Road in Fletcher. Info: 687-1414. • FR (1/17) through SU (1/19), 8am-3pm- The American Kennel Club Dog Agility Trial will be open to spectators. Free. Info: 713-3278  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 (1/19), 4-6pm - As part of "No Name-Calling Week," the group will screen films made by youth all over the country observing the event in past years.

Comedy AsHeville Community tHeAtRe Located at 35 E. Walnut St. Tickets and info: or 254-1320. • SA (1/18), 8pm - Funny "R" Us standup comedy will be held on the MainStage. $25. disClAimeR Comedy Info: disclaimercomedy. com. • WEDNESDAYS, 9pm Stand-Up Lounge open mic at the Dirty South Lounge, 41 N. Lexington Ave. Free. • FRIDAYS, 7-8pm - Weekly stand-up at Metro Wines, 169 Charlotte St. $10 includes a glass of wine. Info: disclaimercomedy. com.

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: www. 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. dAnCe At WAynesville ReC Held at 550 Vance St. Info: or 456-2030. • WEDNESDAYS through 2/19, 7-8pm - Waltz classes. $10 per class. Info: 3161412 or 356-7060. • SA (1/18), 7-8:45pm First dance of the new year. $10. • MONDAYS through 2/17, 7-8pm - Texas 2-Step classes. $10 per class. Info: 316-1412 or 356-7060. 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: soutHeRn ligHts sdC Held at the Whitmire Activity Building, 301 Lily Pond Road, Hendersonville. Info and cost: 693-3825. • SA (1/18), 6pm - "Beach Party Bingo." Advanced dance at 6pm. Squares and rounds at 7:30pm.

eCo AsHeville gReen dRinks A networking party that meets to discuss pressing green issues. Info: • WE (1/15), 5:30pm - The group will meet at Green Sage Coffeehouse, 5 Broadway. Topic is "Biltmore Estate’s Sustainability and Environmental Preservation." Free. RiveRlink's fRidAy sAlon seRies These interactive lectures are designed to explore environmental issues in a larger social, political and historic context. Held at the RiverLink offices, 170 Lyman St. Registration required. Info: or 252-8474. • FR (1/17), 3-5pm - "How Supreme Court Judges Decide," a lecture by retired Warren Wilson professor Frank Kalinowsk.


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uRBAn fARming seRies Local experts will teach workshops on backyard sustainability. Sponsored by the Hendersonville Community Coop, 715 S. Grove Street, Hendersonville. Info: 6930505 or hendersonville. coop. • SA (1/18), 1-3pm Chicken keeping workshop will teach about backyard chicken keeping and Hendersonville chicken laws. WnC sieRRA CluB Info: or 2518289. • WE (1/15), 7pm - Chuck Pickering will present "Biltmore Estate's Sustainability and Environmental Preservation." Held at Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville, 1 Edwin Place.

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Info: • SA (1/18), 10:30am Crafty Historian will offer a child’s tour of the Art Deco exhibit. Includes crafting an Art Deco piece. Recommended for ages 5 and older. Registration required. $4. • SA (1/18), 4pm - Crafty Historian will provide a child's tour of the "Douglas Ellington: Asheville's Boom Town Architect" exhibit. Reservations required by Jan. 16. $4.

honoRing the Lessons and LegacY of dR. king: UNCA will hold Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Week from Friday, Jan. 17, to Friday, Jan. 24. Events include a keynote address by spoken-word poet Marc Bamuthi Joseph (p. 18).

WnC nAtuRe CenteR 75 Gashes Creek Road. 10am-5pm daily. $8/$6 Asheville city residents/$4 kids. Info: 298-5600 or • WE (1/15), 10am-noon - The center will host "Critter Time for Tikes and Tots," to learn about animals. Ages 3-5 and parents. Registration: 2598082.

musiC gARdening HeAling gARdens • SA (1/18), 10am - A look at the role of nature in gardens will be held at Earth Fare, 66 Westgate Parkway. Presented by Nina Shippen. Continues with an optional winter tree walk in the Botanical Gardens at Asheville, 151 W.T. Weaver Blvd. Free. tAilgAte mARkets • SATURDAYS: • 9am-noon - Jackson County Markets Market, 23 Central St., in the Community Table. Through March. • DAILY: • 8am-6pm - WNC Farmers Market, 570 Brevard Road. Year-round.

goveRnment & politiCs tHe fRenCH BRoAd RiveR mpo A partnership between local and state governments that makes decisions about transportation planning in urbanized areas. Info: www. • TH (1/23), 12:30 pm - A board meeting and public hearing will be held at the Land of Sky offices, 339


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kids fRee! BABy sleep solutions ClAsses At tHe i plAy. stoRe (pd.) With Sleep Consultant Meggan Hartmann. • Tuesday, January 21: • Infant Class: 10:30am. • Toddler Class: Noon. Call the i play. Store at 828-5752617 for more information and to reserve your spot. AsHeville ARt museum Located on Pack Square in downtown Asheville. Hours: Tues.-Sat.: 10am-5pm; 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. • TU (1/21), 10:30 am - Tot Time, a program of the museum's interactive Art PLAYce for Children, will hold activities for preschool age children. fRee tHRoW Contest • FR (1/17), 5pm - Elks National "Hoop Shoot" Free Throw Contest, open to ages 8 to 13. Birth

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certification required at registration. Held at the Waynesville Rec Center, 550 Vance St. Info: 456-2030. 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 697-8333. • TU (1/14) through FR (1/17) - Curiosity Week will include self-directed activities. • TUESDAYS, 11am - Mad Scientists Lab. $7, includes admission fee. RiveRlink eARtH dAy ARt And poetRy Contest For preK-12 grade students. Categories: 2D, sculpture, photography, bookmark art and poetry as well as grade level. Winning art will be on display at in Holly Library at A-B Tech. For more info on how to enter: www.riverlink. org/earthdaycontest.asp • Through WE(3/19) Submissions will be accepted for students throughout the French Broad Basin. smitH mCdoWell House HistoRy CenteR Located on the A-B Tech campus, 283 Victoria Road.

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! 1-866-824-9547 AmiCimusiC A nonprofit chamber music organization. Info: • SA (1/18), 2 pm - Singer Madison Fiedler will perform with other young musicians from the Asheville Music School, including Cora and Phoenix Ortiz and Mishca Dzubay. Held at the Pack Memorial Library, 67 Haywood St. Free. • SU (1/19), 3pm - A concert will be held at 809 Quill Gordon Court, Asheville. $35. Reservations: 802-3698056. musiC At unCA Concerts are held in Lipinsky Auditorium, unless otherwise noted. Tickets and info: 251.6432. • WE (1/15), 7pm – Blue Ridge Orchestra will hold an open rehearsal in the

Reuter Center. Free. • FR (1/17), 3pm - "Opera 101,” a crash course in all things opera will be held in the Reuter Center. Free. • WE (1/22), 7pm – Blue Ridge Orchestra will hold an open rehearsal in the Reuter Center. Free. 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. • TU (1/21), 7:30pm Apollo Winds, a group of musicians who are also professors at colleges and university in WNC, will perform in the university's Coulter Building. Free. WHite HoRse BlACk mountAin Located at 105C Montreat Road. Info: or 669-0816. • TH (1/16), 7:30pm - Cary Morin will perform acoustic "Native Americana" blues. $10. • FR (1/17), 8pm "American Songbook From Broadway to Basie" will feature jazz musicians including James Earl Junior. $15. • SA (1/18), 7:30pm AmiciMusic Classical Series featuring Madison Fielder and Daniel Weiser. $15/ free for kids.

outdooRs Adult leAgue kiCkBAll • Through SA (3/15) - Registration is open for Buncombe County Parks, Greenways and Recreation's adult kickball league. Info: jay.nelson@ or 250-4269. 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.

lAke jAmes stAte pARk 6883 N.C. Highway 126, Nebo. Programs are free unless otherwise noted. Info: 584-7728. • SA (1/18), 2pm - Park Ranger Earl Weaver will lead a hike to search for winter animals. Meets at the Paddy’s Creek Area bathhouse breezeway. • SU (1/19), 10am - Park Ranger Earl Weaver will lead a hike in search of birds. Meets at the Holly Discovery Trail parking area. soutHeRn AppAlACHiAn HigHlAnds ConseRvAnCy SAHC offers free or low cost hikes in the WNC area. Info, registration and directions: or 253-0095, ext. 205. • SU (1/19), 10am Ecologist Chris Coxen will lead a hike to identify winter trees. $10/free for members.

puBliC leCtuRes puBliC leCtuRes At unCA Events are free unless otherwise noted. Info: unca. edu. • FR (1/17), 11:30am "Moonshine and More” with Dan Pierce, chair and professor of history. Free. Held in the Reuter Center. • FR (1/17), 11:25am "Colonialism and the Enlightenment" at Lipinsky Auditorium. • 11:25am "State of the World" at Humanities Lecture Hall.

spiRituAlity AstRo-Counseling (pd.) Licensed counselor and accredited professional astrologer uses your chart when counseling for additional insight into yourself, your relationships and life directions. Readings also available. Christy Gunther, MA, LPC. (828) 258-3229. AsHeville CompAssionAte CommuniCAtion CenteR (pd.) Free practice group. Learn ways to create understanding and clarity in your relationships, work, and community by practic-













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Send your event listings to Grace Lutheran Church 1245 Sixth Ave. W., Hendersonville. Info: or 693-4890. • WEDNESDAYS through (2/26), 5:45-7pm - “Death and Resurrection of the Messiah” class. Free. Optional dinner 4:45pm. $5. Registration required • TUESDAYS through (3/4), 6:15-8pm - Short Term Disciple Bible Study. Registration required. $13.

Gamers for a good cause: Canton’s Retro Gamer, a computer and game store, will host a tournament of retro video games, including Galaga, Ms. PacMan and Donkey Kong, on Saturday, Jan. 18. Proceeds from the $5 admission will be donated to a Canton family to help cover medical bills for their young child (p.17).

ing compassionate communication (nonviolent communication). 252-0538 or www. • 1st and 3rd Thursdays, 5:00-6:15.

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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.

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 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.


Asheville Open Heart Meditation (pd.) Deepen your experience of living a heart centered life. Connect with your spiritual heart and the peace residing within. Free, 7pm Tuesdays, 5 Covington St., 296-0017, http://www. Asheville Spiritual Radio • Saturdays, 1pm (pd.) “Guidance For Your Life” a talk show that explains spiritual wisdom. We guide you through the process of incorporating spiritual lessons into your daily life. 880AM.

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A Course of Love • WEDNESDAYS, 6:30pm - A class on spiritual transformation, taught in a similar style to A Course in Miracles, focusing on the experiences of the heart. Held at 1765 Hendersonville Road. Free with donations encouraged. Info: or 508-4013 Center for Spiritual Living Asheville Located at 2 Science of Mind Way. Info: cslasheville. org or 231-7638. • SUNDAYS, 11am "Celebration of Life," an inspirational and musical celebration of faith. Free. Coffee and Christ • 1st & 3rd WEDNESDAYS, 7pm - "Coffee and Christ," a casual conversation about Christian cosmology, meets at Edna's of Asheville, 870 Merrimon Ave. Free. Info: Eckankar Center of Asheville Located at 797 Haywood Road, W. Asheville. Info: or 2546775. • SU (1/19), 11am-noon Book discussion: 35 Golden Keys to Who You Are and Why You’re Here. Free.

Hendersonville First Congregational United Church of Christ Located at 1735 5th Avenue W. at White Pine St., Hendersonville. Info: 692-8630 or • FRIDAYS through (1/31), 10am- "Big History: The Big Bang, Life on Earth and the Rise of Humanity," a modern day creation story told in DVD-based lectures. Free. Kirtan Ceremony • TUESDAYS, 7-8:30pm Kirtan with Sangita Devi will be held at Nourish and Flourish, 347 Depot St. $10-$15 donation. Info: Kirtan with Shantala • SA (1/18), 7pm - Kirtan with Shantala will be held at 49 Broadway St. $23/$18 advance/free for kids under 15. Info: 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. The Shambhala Meditation Center Located at 19 Westwood Place, the center is part of an international community of over 180 urban meditation and rural retreat centers. Info: shambhalaashvl@ or 490-4587. • THURSDAYS, 7pm - A Dharma reading and discussion will be held at Shambhala Meditation Center of Asheville, 19 Westwood Place. Free. Info: asheville.shambhala. org.

Women's Bible Study at The Cove • TUESDAYS through (2/25), 9:45am & 6:30pm Women's Bible study will be held at The Cove, 1 Porters Cove Road. Free.

Spoken & Written Word DAMN LOVE • FREE READING • JASMINE BEACH-FERRARA (pd.) Fiction writer Jasmine Beach-Ferrara, will read from her collection of short stories, Damn Love (2013), Thursday, January 23, 7pm, in the church at All Souls Cathedral in Biltmore Village, with a reception and book signing to follow in the cathedral's Parish Hall. • A 2010 NEA Literature Fellow, Beach-Ferrara has published stories in American Short Fiction, Crazyhorse, The Harvard Review and other publications. • She is a minister in the United Church of Christ and the executive director of the Campaign for Southern Equality, which promotes LGBT rights in the South. Beach-Ferrara's reading is an offering of the Kay Falk Literary Project. For more information, please contact Emilie White at 828-274-2681. Altamont Poetry Series • MO (1/20), 7pm Altamont Poetry Series featuring M. Scott Douglass. Held at NC Stage, 15 Stage Lane. Info: CalebBeissert@gmail. com. Blue Ridge Books Located at 152 S. Main St., Waynesville. All programs free, unless otherwise noted. Info: or 456-6000. • TU (1/21), 6pm - "Book Club Bash" will feature refreshments and mingling. Registration required. Book Discussion Group • TU (1/21), 6:30pm The Intersections Book Discussion Group: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. Free. Held at 2 N. Pack Square. Info: 210-

9837 or 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 NA = North Asheville Library (1030 Merrimon Avenue, 250-4752) n SS = Skyland/South Buncombe Library (260 Overlook Road, 250-6488) n SW = Swannanoa Library (101 West Charleston Street, 2506486) • WE (1/15), 5pm Swannanoa Knitters. SW • TH (1/16), 2:30pm Book Club: American Lion by Jon Meacham. SS. • TU (1/21), 2pm - Book Club: Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter. NA. • TU (1/21), 7pm - Book Club: The Fate of Catherine Carr by Thomas H. Cook. BM • TH (1/23), 6pm - Book Club: My Reading Life by Pat Conroy. SW City Lights Bookstore Located at 3 E. Jackson St., Sylva. Events are free, unless otherwise noted. Info: or 586-9499. • TH (1/16), 10:30am Coffee with the Poet: Asheville poet Keith Flynn. • SA (1/18), 11:30-1pm -Gentle yoga. 11:30am for kids, noon for adults. Fountainhead Bookstore • SA (1/18), 5:30pm Reception honoring Susan Ray, winner of the 2013 Fountainhead Bookstore Short Story Contest, will be held at 408 N. Main St., Hendersonville. Info: fountainheadbookstore. com or 697-1870. Malaprop's Bookstore and Cafe 55 Haywood St. Info: or 254-6734. Events are free, unless otherwise noted. • FR (1/17), 7pm Nigerian writer Okey Ndibe's will discuss his new novel, Foreign Gods, Inc. • SA (1/18), 10am Humanist Greta Christina

will discuss the atheist blogosphere and her book Coming Out Atheist. • SA (1/18), 7pm - Local author Faith Hunter will discuss Black Arts, the latest from her Jane Yellowrock vampire hunter series. • SU (1/19), 3pm - Writers at Home, a monthly reading series featuring work from UNCA's Great Smokies Writing Program. • TU (1/21), 7pm - Comix Club: The Hypernaturals vol. 1 by Dan Abnett. spellBound CHildRen's BooksHop 50 N. Merrimon Ave. Free, unless otherwise noted. Info: or 7087570. • FR (1/17), 6pm - Book vs. Movie Club: Mary Poppins. Optional potluck. • SATURDAYS, 11-11:30am - Story time. Ages 2-6.

tHeAteR A visit WitH goldA meiR • SU (1/19), 1-2pm - For You My Door is Always Open, a one-woman show about Golda Meir, will be held at Beth Israel, 229 Murdock Ave. A brunch with performer RoseLynn Katz will be held at noon. Free. Info: bethisraelnc. org. AsHeville fRinge ARts festivAl A theatre festival focusing on cross-genre and avant-garde performances. Tickets available at Firestorm Books & Cafe, 48 Commerce St. $12 per show; all-access passes also available. Info & schedule: • SU (1/19), 7pm - Kick off party at The Odditorium, 1045 Haywood Road. Free to attend. • TH (1/23) & SA (1/25), 9pm - Two short plays, Fat Reserves and Don't Trust Anyone Under 30, at The Odditorium, 1045 Haywood Road. • TH (1/23) & SA (1/25), 7pm - The Man with the Birdcage on his Head, a theatrical memoir by Steve Samuels at The Odditorium, 1045 Haywood Road. • TH (1/23) & SA

(1/25), 9pm - Table Six by Different Strokes! Performing Arts Collective at The Mothlight, 701 Haywood Road. • TH (1/23), 10pm Magnetic Fringe Night at The Dirty South, 41 N. Lexington Ave. • TH (1/23) through SA (1/25), 7pm - LaZoom Bus Fringe Tour meets at corner of Coxe Ave. and Commerce Ave. • TH (1/23) & SA (1/25), 7pm - The Fringe Dance Showcase at The Bebe Theatre, 20 Commerce St. • TH (1/23) & SA (1/25), 9pm - Rope Burn by Anam Cara Theater Company at The Bebe Theatre, 20 Commerce St. events At 35BeloW This black box theater is located underneath Asheville Community Theatre at 35 E. Walnut St. Info: 254-1320 or • FR (1/17) through TH (1/23) - Sketch comedy group LYLAS will perform. Hours: Thu.: 7:30pm, Fri. & Sat.: 7:30pm & 9:30pm. $15. peRfoRmAnCes At diAnA WoRtHAm tHeAtRe Located at 2 South Pack Square. Info: dwtheatre. com or 257-4530. • WE (1/15), 3:30pm The Eisenhower Dance Company will teach children about dancing in an interactive performance. Recommended grades K-5. $7. • TH (1/23) through SA (1/25), 8pm - Intersections presents Dirty Barbie and Other Girlhood Tales. $22/$18 students.

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:, facebook. com/SuccessEquation or 768-2072. CHildRen fiRst/Cis mind tHe gAp touR • TH (1/16), 3:30pm - The Children First/CIS Mind

the Gap Tour will call attention to issues that hinder the success of children and families in poverty. Free. Info and registration: AllisonJ@ or 2599717. ConneCt pRogRAm RegistRAtion • Through (3/31) Registration is open for St. Gerard House's 10-week Connect program, which invites elementary through high school students to learn how thoughts, actions and reactions affect social situations. Held at 620 Oakland St., Hendersonville. $18 per week. Info and registration: jenniferlaite@yahoo. com or 693-4223. ‘BeComing A love And logiC pARent’ • MONDAYS 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@ or 254-2000.



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volunteeRing 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@ or 350-6135. AuRoRA studio & gAlleRy • 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 singleparent homes with adult mentors. Located at 50 S. French Broad Ave., Room 213, in the United Way building. Info: bbbswnc. org or 253-1470. • Through TH (1/23) Former participants of Big

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Brothers Big Sisters are invited to "Reunite Now," an event to match former Bigs and Littles from WNC and other parts of the country. Contact the agency or for more information. • ONGOING - Volunteers 18 and older are needed to share outings in the community twice a month with youth from singleparent 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. giRl sCouts of CARolinAs peAks to piedmont • ONGOING: Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont is in need of volunteers, especially leaders. Each troop is led by at least two adults. Membership in Girl Scouts is required. Must be 18 or older. Info: girlscoutsp2p. org or 800-672-2148.

Living the shift what: Living the Shift Salon Series is a 12-month lineup of discussions that will focus on awakening, freedom and becoming empowered on the path of personal evolution. Panel “catalyst” Kitty Love leads the discussions. wheRe: Co-Luminate, Biltmore Ave.


when: Wednesday, Jan. 29 7-10 p.m. whY: Xpress spoke with Co-Luminate co-founder BJ Harden Jones about the upcoming series. Mountain Xpress: What is this first salon all about? bJ harden Jones: The first salon is called What is Transformational Culture? which we envision as a discussion to frame the whole series and to lay a groundwork for what “living the shift” means and to bring a common ground to what it is that we are all talking about in our homes and in our lives.


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This is about taking these conversations from the fringe of culture and the fringe of our lives and bringing them to the center — to the public realm, so they become less of “This is what you’re talking about, and this is what I’m talking about,” and more “This is what we’re talking about.” We want the salon series to push this collective awakening movement into the forefront and to capture the changing tide of culture that is going on. While these are roundtable discussions, there will be what we call “catalysts” of the conversation — people who are really holding in their lives whatever topic is being discussed and have experience to draw upon to help focus the conversation. how would you describe transformational culture? I think a lot of it has to do with ... moving from a paradigm of finding our authority outside of us to finding our truth, sovereignty and our power always within us.

lAnd-of-sky RegionAl CounCil Info: 251-6622 or • MO (1/20), 9am-noon - Land of Sky Regional Council will hold a volunteer information session at their office, 339 New Leicester Highway, Suite 140. 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: volunteers@ 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. 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. 9am-11 and/or 11am2pm. 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: mannafoodbank. org, 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: alexander@memorycare. org. 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. ReAd to suCCeed AsHeville • Ongoing - The organization seeks volunteers to focus on in-school literacy coaching for atrisk children in kindergarten through grade 3. Coaches work one-onone with an Asheville elementary school student. Orientation: feb. 8. Free training: feb. 11 through march 8. Info: or 2514949.

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 2510595. WnC Aids pRojeCt An organization providing resources and support for AIDS patients and their families. Info: or 252-7489. • ONGOING - WNCAP seeks office/clerical volunteers to assist with data entry and computer-related tasks during daytime office hours Monday-Friday. • 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. 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 atrisk 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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More of the hard-hitting, gigantic notions that piloted Asheville to its current state of success: • Biltmore Park busker-to-Soylent-Green grinder/mixer

• Drinking Beer • A-B Tech’s “Speaking with European Affect” degree program

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• Miles-long toilet-free “Greenway” • Nipples • Allowing non-native Asheville residents to improve Asheville but still allowing natives to hate them for it

• Lettuce and tomato sandwich with — now get this — BACON and liberal guilt

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• Muttering, “Holy Moses, it’s cold. Man! It’s really cold.” • Making nests inside chimneys, which enables birds to warm up quickly and develop a gravelly chirp. • Eating high-calorie foods like corpse eyeballs and vericose veins. • Adjusting feathers with a “harrumph.” This creates pockets of warm air, and gets the point across. • Standing on one leg and drawing other leg up to body. Imagine how nice it is to have a stilike bird leg warming you! • Speeding up the cycle of life and crawling inside the mouth of the warmest looking cat.

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An update on H.D. Wimbledon, Disclaimer Comedy’s sponsored fighter in the 2014 Original Toughman Contest

We were initially concerned because Wimbledon did not meet the minimum required weight for the lowest weight class. Then we received fantastic news. The Original Toughman H.D. Wimbledon, Disclaimer Contest added a new Comedy (dot com)’s weight class so tiny sponsored fighter in Toughmen could also the 2014 Toughman Contest compete. For most males at this weight range, biting down on the mouthguard might lead to the loss of a baby tooth. Wimbledon suggested I get acquainted with the rules of the Original Toughman Contest to find out if it doing so gave panic attacks to others as well, and so I read them. My resulting distress was caused by the realization that, after Disclaimer Comedy paid for Wimbledon’s mouthguard following the payment of his entry fee, this would undoubtedly be a case of “throwing good money after bad.”

Oh good. That means that after this is over, Wimbledon will be pain-free.

From The Original Toughman Contest website:

Fighters must have limited amateur experience. If by “limited amateur experience” they mean teaching a cat to fist-bump with its nose, H.D. Wimbledon qualifies big-time.

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The Original Toughman Contest only accepts fighters that are 18 years old or older. At Wimbledon’s advanced age, an assault by a 17-year-old would probably qualify as a hate crime. If you’re 35 years old or older, the Toughman Contest suggests getting a physical from your personal physician. We should give the physician a heads-up to keep the office open late on Friday, Jan. 31, and to keep a sewing needle and some bright orange yarn handy, so that he can stitch Wimbledon’s mouth back together, starting from each ear and working back in toward what had originally been the corners of his mouth. There is no kicking or biting permitted. That’s unfortunate. The good news is they make no mention of pulling hair. The bad news is they make no mention of atomic wedgies.

Fights consist of three, one-minute rounds with a 60-second break between each round. It will be a miracle if we reach a point in the fight where H.D. Wimbledon takes a 60-second break that is not followed by many more 60-second breaks and hilarious banter on a gurney. Standard Marquis of Queensbury Boxing Rules apply, with three judges scoring by a 10 points must sytem. Regardless, Wimbledon’s strategy needs to be centered on a full-out attack against his opponent’s balls. Jab to the balls, jab to the balls, cross to the balls, hook to the balls. Repeat. Occasionally throw an uppercut that is launched from somewhere downaround-socks level and is aimed at the moon. Between socks-level and the moon: his opponent’s balls.

Toughman provides the 16-ounce boxing gloves, a padded kidney belt and headgear. Wimbledon must provide his own mouthguard, which I suggest should be a motorcycle helmet. Ideally, he will stitch padding into the seat of his boxing trunks to soften the fall(s). Several weeks ago, we wasted an hour discussing what phrase should be featured on the back of his robe. (His suggestion was the best, and it explains his initial enthusiasm for this endeavor: “Mama loved me too much.”)

Each fighter only fights once on Friday night … Yeah, no kidding. ... and winners return on Saturday night and eliminate down to one champion and one runner-up in each weight division. N/A. There was a moment during my most recent scouting trip to Camp Wimbledon (a “training session” that consisted entirely of his kitchen-table analysis of the Wham Bam Bowie Band and our shared confusion on what exactly jockstraps are) when I thought, “There’s the Eye of the Tiger.” The startling and immediate shift in his personality and bearing occurred when I mentioned how much I was spending at a local bakery for my child’s birthday cake. Wimbledon shot me a stone-cold stare and held it. Now, what’s this, I thought? Does the mention of bakeries, cakes or children’s birthday parties bring forth something dark, sinister and hate-filled in my fighter? I immediately felt embarrassed for bringing up such a nonviolent subject. But when he next spoke, staring me down like Tyson stared down hand-picked opponents who quivered mid-ring during the referee’s instructions, he said the single most un-Toughman statement I have ever heard, and the horrific impending reality of Jan. 31 returned. “I’m a mad scratch baker.”

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the continuing cRisis sucker’s game: (1) Homeless man James Brady had his New Jersey state benefits cut off in October for “hiding” income after he found $850 on a sidewalk in April, turned it in and eventually got it back when no one claimed it. He didn’t know he needed to report it as “income.” (2) A 16-year-old Fox Chapel, Pa., boy realized at a September football game that he was inadvertently carrying a pocket knife, conscientiously turned it in to a security guard — and received a 10-day suspension. The school’s “zero tolerance” rule, said the boy’s father, “sends a message [that] you should probably lie.” (3) Betty Green was fired as clerk at the Speedway gas station in Lexington, Ky., in November when she “just said no” to an armed robber, who smiled and walked out. Company rules require employees to surrender the money. Said Green, “I don’t think anybody knows what you’re going to do until it happens to you.” In November, the senior class president of Northwest Christian University in Eugene, Ore., “came out” — as an atheist. Eric Fromm, 21, is apparently popular on campus, and an ABC News report said he wasn’t pressured to resign or drop out. Said the director of university relations, “All of our students are on a journey. ... We as an institution meet students where they are at.” Fromm said he was impressed with the school during his initial visit. “No one was speaking in tongues or handling snakes, so I decided to stay.” bRight ideas not the usual modus operandi: (1) Marion County High School in Jasper, Tenn., was vandalized on the eve of a big football game in November. But despite the markings of arch-rival South Pittsburg, police arrested Marion County teacher-coach Michael Schmitt, who told officers he was only trying to inspire his team (which lost anyway, 35-17). (2) In December, police in Urunga, Australia, charged teacher Andrew Minisini with taking three female students to a motel,




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Jamye Davis is the assistant director for Big Brothers Big Sisters of WNC. The Big Brothers Big Sisters program in Buncombe County hopes to reconnect the everyday heroes among us who have made a difference in the past through Big Brothers Big Sisters in WNC and other parts of the country. To celebrate National Mentoring Month, BBBS is hosting the Reunite Now event on Jan. 23 to reconnect former program participants. Former Little Brother Jon Spoon, who is originally from Asheville, shared his story of meeting his Big Brother Dan Waldman: “Dan and I were matched for approximately three years. I moved to the Asheville area when I was 4 and my father died when I was 7. My mom signed me up for BBBS shortly after and Dan was assigned as my Big Brother. I was 7 when I began the program and left it when we moved from the area at the age of 10.” Jon is now 24 and is finishing law school.


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Big Sister andRea keLLeR and LittLe sisteR kenYa were matched for five years. Photo courtesy of Big Brothers Big Sisters

The impact that a Big can have on a Little’s life is significant. “Dan taught me many things,” recalled Jon. “I was fortunate to have an amazing mother. She helped me develop into the person that I was, but [she] couldn’t provide a tangible example of who I could become. Dan provided that model. He showed me that being successful did not mean compromising who you are to reach your goals. To the contrary, I learned that the greatest levels of success and happiness are attained by people who are true to themselves.” Many Bigs don’t realize how important they were in their Little’s life until their Little becomes an adult. Jon and Dan were able to reconnect over the past summer. “I had attended UNC Asheville and thought often of contacting Dan,” said Jon, “but I wanted to accomplish more before reaching out. This past summer, I was doing a legal internship at the Asheville Art Museum. I finally mustered the courage to send Dan a letter. Dan called me the day he received the letter. While I was still in

Asheville, I went to his house and had a great dinner with them. I’m sure it was odd to see me in slacks and a beard, but I felt the connection we had shared was instantly rejuvenated.” Jon and Dan are just one of the many stories about the difference that mentoring can make. Big Brothers Big Sisters invites anyone who has been a participant in a BBBS program to contact the agency at 253-1470 or email to learn about attending Reunite Now on Jan. 23. Readers interested in mentoring a young person are encouraged to contact the local office in their county. There are youths on waiting lists for mentors in all nine WNC counties that BBBS serves (Buncombe, Burke, Cashiers area, Cherokee, Haywood, Henderson, Highlands area, Polk, Swain). Call today or visit to find out how you can be a superhero to a child in your community. X


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Relief, naturally it seems that there’s more understanding of ic than there was in the past. Right now, there is a tremendous amount of interest, understanding, organizations, funding from the NIH [National Institutes of Health] — I am just thrilled and overwhelmed. I never thought we would get here. At times, 30 years ago, [the treatment was to] literally just pour bleach into your bladder. To say the treatments were barbaric was an understatement. It is encouraging to know there has been a tremendous amount of progress, and I am very happy about that.

Local writer receives award for her work with bladder disease

Interstitial cystitis (or IC) is a painful bladder disease that affects up to 20 percent of the entire population. For many years, very little was known about what caused it or how to treat it. Thankfully, pioneers such as former Asheville resident diana brady have worked to change that. After 30 years of struggling with IC herself, she spent five years researching and writing a book about IC and how to treat it with natural remedies: IC Naturally published in 2009. This year, Brady received a Woman of the Year award from the National Association of Professional Women for her work in the IC field. Xpress asked her a few questions about IC, the award and her advice to others. Mountain Xpress: what is your personal story with ic? diana brady: In my late 30s and early 40s, I started to have symptoms [of IC]. I was going back and forth between doctors — none of whom could find the problem. I went to about 15 different doctors in seven years. … I was subjected to two surgeries, neither of which were necessary. It was an incredibly horrible nightmare, and a very painful time, physically and emotionally. Finally, a couple of people were sent my way, and I started looking at natural treatments. I found an alternative-medicine doctor, who was wonderful, and an internist. I started dealing with people who were more into natural remedies and learning from them. I realized that after all the physical pain that I was in, I needed to get an additional education to share my knowledge. My goal was always to prevent other women from going through the hell that I had gone through (so I became a nutritionist). When I got to the ripe old age of 60, I realized I’m not going to

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be here forever, and I wanted to share my knowledge, so I spent five years writing my book. Now the book is out there, and it has gotten a lot of good press. Women tell me how much it has helped them — I feel comfortable that I have given back the knowledge I have. that’s quite a story. what did winning the woman of the Year award mean for you? It was quite nice! It was acknowledgment. I struggled for literally 30 years, and I tried so hard to benefit others, and to me this was acknowledgment that, “OK, lady, you’ve done good. You’ve helped others, you’ve accomplished your goals, and good for you.” how many people are affected by ic? Approximately 20 percent of the population [are affected by] IC/PBS — painful bladder syndrome. It’s a broader range [than IC alone], so it affects many more people.

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what is your suggestion to someone who might have ic? If someone believes or even suspects that they have IC, I would recommend they follow the IC diet because it is very, very important. For a lot of people, the symptoms diminish with the diet. Try it for a week or two, and if symptoms diminish, that’s a good indicator. You’ve gone through some really tough times to get this point. what would be your advice to someone who is struggling, especially with physical challenges? My advice would be to really be the guardian of [your] own health, be it physical or emotional. Doctors and therapists are there, and they’re wonderful, but you really have to take control of your own emotional and physical health. No one knows your body and your mind like you do. [The doctors] are there as counselors, but you have to be the one to know what’s going to work and what doesn’t work. how does it feel to be a woman pioneer in your field? It is very, very gratifying — it’s like the culmination of a life. I’ve spent 30 years of my life getting here. I’ve made decisions that have cost me. I’ve been told I’m crazy. I’ve struggled to help others. [The Woman of the Year Award] is a final accolade, and it’s extremely wonderful.

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Appointments and info: 684-4525. • MO (1/20), 8am-12:30pm - Arden Seventh Day Adventist Church, 35 Airport Road, Arden. Appointments and info: 684-4525. • ONGOING - Visit their website or mountainx. com/events for a full list of meetings in the WNC area.

type 1 diABetes WoRksHop • SA (2/1), 2:30-5:30pm - JDRF will host "How to Care for a Type 1 Diabetic" workshop at Great Beginnings Pediatric Dentistry, 10B Yorkshire St. Registration required by jan. 28. Info: ltai@jdrf. org or 704-561-0828.

BAlAnCe point CollABoRAtive Located at 263 Haywood St. unless otherwise noted. Info: or 348-6922. • 3rd TUESDAYS, 5:30-6:30pm - New Voice, a support group for eating disorder recovery.

suppoRt gRoups Adult CHildRen of AlCoHoliCs & dysfunCtionAl fAmilies ACOA is an anonymous 12-step program for women and men who grew up in alcoholic or otherwise dysfunctional homes. Info: adultchildren. org. • 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. AsHeville AlCoHoliCs Anonymous AA is a fellowship of men and women who share their experiences to solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. Info:

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 1316-C 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. gRACe lutHeRAn CHuRCH 1245 Sixth Ave. W., Hendersonville. Info: or 693-4890. • THURSDAYS through (2/20), 3:30-5pm - New course on grief through Hope and Healing Support Group. Free. Register by Jan. 13: or 693-4890 x304. HeARt of ReCoveRy meditAtion gRoup • TUESDAYS, 6pm - "Heart of Recovery," a meditation and discussion group that integrates meditation practice with any 12-step recovery program will be held at Shambhala Meditation Center of Asheville, 19 Westwood Place. Meetings are anonymous and confidential. Free. Info: asheville. memoRyCARegiveRs netWoRk Support for caregivers of loved ones who suffer from dementia and Alzheimer's. Info: 645-9189 or 230-4143. • 3rd TUESDAYS, 1pm - Meets at New Hope Presbyterian Church, 3070 Sweeten Creek Road. 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: • ONGOING - Visit their website or mountainx. com/events for a full list of meetings in the WNC area. 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. • 3rd TUESDAYS, 6pm - 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: 277-1975 • 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: 800580-4761. • TUESDAYS, 10:30am - Grace Episcopal Church, 871 Merrimon Ave. Info: 609-7310808. • 5:30pm - First Presbyterian Church, 46 Presbyterian Drive, Sylva. Info: 508-2586. ReCoveRing Couples Anonymous 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: 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: or 258-5117.

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Asheville’s spectrum of nocturnal food-and-drink destinations will soon expand: Nightbell will open Sunday, Feb. 2, at 32 S. Lexington Ave. Created by the family that owns and operates the popular Spanish tapas restaurant Cúrate on Biltmore Avenue, Nightbell will feature an assortment of premium liquors, craft cocktails, wine, dance music and imaginative cuisine. Cúrate chef and co-owner Katie Button says the name Nightbell harkens back to the late-night doorbells rung to get service. “To us it had this reference to the idea of having a speakeasy with a separate doorbell and entrance,” she says. “It’s a bar with fun craft cocktails, excellent food — interesting, surprising and whimsical. My brother-in-law Cesar will be the DJ, and we’re focusing heavily on the music,” Button says. She and her husband, Felix Meana, plan to feature specialty liquors that, they say, are found nowhere else in Asheville. “It’s certainly not an easy process, but the main prohibitory factors that

keep these liquors off the shelves of local restaurants and bars are that they’re expensive, and that you can’t buy just one bottle,” says Button, without disclosing exactly what specialty items she’s planning to bring in. “You have to buy them by the case,” she says. “It might take us months to finish a single bottle, but we look at it as an investment. Felix and I think it’s important to be able to offer them here.” Nightbell will feature a selection of fine wines by the glass that one would not typically find, says Meana. His strategy at Cúrate has been to educate customers about various Spanish wines. “I try to offer inexpensive wines and also the experience of wines that are less affordable but still a great value. What we want to do at Nightbell is the same thing but globally,” he explains. “Now we will offer wines from France, Italy, America and Spain,” he says. Fifteen table and premium wines will be sold either by the bottle or by the glass. Button characterizes Nightbell’s menu as “a modern twist on American bar food” — delicacies that can be picked up and consumed in one or two bites, even the Caesar salad. “We’re really focusing on the quality of the ingredients and try to present them in beautiful, unusual ways,” she says. Nightbell will serve an interesting variety of specially ordered fresh oysters shipped directly from oyster farms on the East Coast. Raw oysters will be served with

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gRate cocktaiLs: Nightbellco-owner Felix Meana grates nutmeg on top of a holiday horchata cocktail. Nightbell will offer specialty liquors that, owners say, are found nowhere else in Asheville. Photo by Mimi Crawford

a series of tinctures that can be applied as condiments, with selections such as lemon, fennel, smoke, vanilla, lavender or cumin. “You use just a drop or a spritz of this flavor aroma, and you taste the oyster and the true ocean flavor with just that hint of something extra,” Button says. Lobster will be poached to order in a beurre monté and finished with a sauce made from lobster shells for the lobster rolls. The “grilled cheese” will be a Gruyère and Comté cheese fondue with fresh herbs and truffle enclosed in a crisp pastry shell. The fried boneless chicken wings will be finished with a chicken

glace and served with blue cheese mousse and celery-apple slaw. Button’s variation on chicken and waffles replaces the chicken with duck confit, foie gras and duck glace arranged over light crisp waffles. The Philly cheesesteak will be served rare, topped with caramelized onions and a warm cheddar mousse. Hand-cut steak tartare will be finished with a horseradish cream and served in a thin brik pastry cone. Nightbell has three bars for serving beverages and one just for desserts. Since Button and family are assembling a pretty large pastry team, expect to see a wide variety of plated desserts. There will also be a “root beer float” interpreted by Button as a snowball of vanilla bourbon cream inside a hard shell made by dipping a ladle of the mixture in liquid nitrogen. It is served sitting on a bed of shaved ice drizzled with a homemade root beer and bourbon syrup. “You crack into the snowball and that vanilla cream oozes out into the root beer ice. It’s really refreshing,” she says. In another aspect of the restaurant, Button collaborated with her husband and mother, Liz, on Nightbell’s layout. “You enter on South Lexington through what looks like a vintage storefront,” Liz Button says. “The reception desk is an apothecary chest. After ascending the staircase, you enter the bar.” The dance floor will be in front of the elevated DJ’s booth. Seating options will include tables for two along a 21-foot-long banquette with stools, areas with sofas, chairs and tables, and two long communal tables with stools. “The feel will be vintage baroque and rococo with a little contemporary, but not industrial,” said Liz Button. Be on the lookout for Nightbell’s winged muse, inspired by Asheville model Samantha Rose Antaramian. Her image will be so ubiquitous it will become a part of Nightbell’s branding. Maybe she will inspire you to return and ring the nightbell. Nightbell opens Saturday, Feb. 2, at 32 S. Lexington Ave. thenightbell. com X


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The hole story Vortex Doughnuts makes headway toward opening its South Slope storefront After months of anticipation, it seems that Vortex Doughnuts is making progress toward a promised grand opening in its South Slope space on National Doughnut Day, June 6. Owners Ron and Valerie Patton plan to completely renovate a corner of the large, brick building at 32 Banks Ave., which previously housed a paper warehouse and wood-floored roller rink. The project will involve knocking out a major section of the front wall and raising the sunken floor up to street level. The Pattons say they are still working out details with architects, engineers, equipment vendors and city permitting, so they are not yet able to determine when they will be ready for what they hope will be the start of a long soft opening this spring. However, they are interviewing applicants for the post of pastry chef, and last week they announced that local coffee aficionado Zachariah Acquaviva-Brown has been hired as the shop’s head barista. “He’s very well-known in Asheville,” says Ron of AcquavivaBrown. “Very seldom have I ever run across someone who is so passionate about what he does. Zachariah takes the ‘do what you love and you’ll do great at it’ mantra to a whole new level. He loves all things coffee. He wears coffee on his sleeves — metaphorically and literally. He’s a great catch for us, and we’re thrilled to have him at Vortex as our head barista.” Acquaviva-Brown started his career as a barista at age 17 in Washington state. He is educated as a barista trainer, is a certified La Marzocco Espresso technician and says he has competed in numerous barista competitions and “latte art throwdowns.” Since moving to Asheville, he has been doing service and sales support for 1000 Faces Coffee of Athens, Ga., which he says includes “barista

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doughnuts and coffee: (From left), Zachariah AcquavivaBrown and owners Valerie and Ron Patton pose with Serena (far right) at the site of their new venture, Vortex Doughnuts.

training, cafe support and general coffee geekery.” “I am a foodie,” says AcquavivaBrown, “and I love the narrative around coffee. We are here to perfect the pairing of coffee and doughnuts.” Vortex will feature 1000 Faces Coffee as its house brand along with a rotating selection of products by Asheville-area roasters. Other drink offerings will include house-made sodas mixed with locally made Blue Blazes Soda syrups, Buchi kombucha and cold-brew coffees and teas. In other news, the Pattons have collaborated with Greg and Ashley Garrison of The Hop to create a new Vortex-themed ice cream flavor. According to Ashley, the premiere batch features chunks of cinnamonsugar doughnut swirled with Vortex Ring of Fire pepper-jelly sauce in vanilla ice cream for a sweet and “slightly spicy” effect. Future batches may use other sauce flavors, including Squeal Sauce, which won awards at Blue Ridge Food Ventures’ BaconFest last summer. The Hop plans to release its new concoction on Jan. 15. For more information, go to X

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Time to steep In a culture that has become increasingly focused on the “me,” tea enthusiast Sumitra D’Aragon hopes to bring the focus back to the “we.” In November, D’Aragon opened the small Panther Moon Tea Bar in the back of the West Village Market in West Asheville. In a culture of bustling, fast-paced lifestyles, Panther Moon is meant to slow people down, sip by sip. “It’s a gathering place where people can come even if they don’t know each other,” she says in her soft, steady voice. “They can sip tea, get to know each other and relax. ... It’s slow tea, not fast coffee.” D’Aragon is fairly new to Asheville. She grew up in Seattle, where her family owned a wholesale produce company. She opened an Italian fine-dining restaurant in her 20s, then worked as a sommelier, a personal chef, a cheesemonger and later opened a shop in California that sold natural medicinal items, crystals and books and served as a community space. This track finally led her to traditional tea culture. “I had to bring my spiritual path, my medicine path and my food path together in some way,” she says. “My mission is to promote peace, harmony and friendship through tea culture.” D’Aragon has been saving up for this tea shop for 10 years, importing different teas from China little by little over time. Two years ago, though she had never visited the area, she felt that Asheville was calling to her. She sold everything, loaded up her car and, bringing along her dog, drove cross-country, finally settling in the mountains of

the smaLL pictuRe: Sumitra D’Aragon pours tea in the Chinese gong fu style, using tiny teapots and cups. Photo by Alicia Funderburk

North Carolina with this little tea shop in mind. Before opening Panther Moon, D’Aragon started out pouring tea at the Farmacy Juice and Tonic Bar in the back of the West Village Market once every few weeks. She practices the traditional gong fu (or “skill” in Cantonese) tea-pouring

style, using small teapots and cups. After six months, D’Aragon and juice bar owners Carlysle and Judith Murphy decided to make tea a more regular feature in the space. “I just one day opened up,” D’Aragon says. Panther Moon is subtle and peaceful, just like D’Aragon herself. It is a small space, nestled in the back


New West Asheville tea bar focuses on taking life one cup at a time of the natural foods grocery store and is only open three days a week, from Sunday to Tuesday, on the days when the juice bar is closed. D’Aragon likes the arrangement, she says. “I’m so happy to be part of that family there at the West Village Market. Everyone’s so wonderful,” she says. “I love the idea of sharing a space within a space. It’s in alignment with the tea bar [because] what I want to promote is community.” Tea is the world’s most widely consumed beverage next to water. Tea culture, which has thrived in the Far East for thousands of years, is just now beginning to take hold in the United States. D’Aragon hopes that tea will continue to grow and gain popularity in the West, and not just because it’s healthy. “[Tea] opens your heart to your environment,” she says. “It opens you up to the nature around you. It reminds me about my intention to live a simpler life, a kinder life, a slower life.” And finally, tea promotes a sense of community. “The tea is more about ‘we,’” D’Aragon says. She hopes that Panther Moon Tea Bar will bring this sense of community to the West Village Market, to Asheville, and beyond. “The world needs more tea. I’ve been for a long time thinking we all need to do something that helps, and this is a way I can try and help, one tiny cup at a time.” Panther Moon Tea Bar is in the West Village Market, 771 Haywood Road. Hours are 1-6 p.m. Sunday and 2-8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. X


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catawba bRewing companY’s new pLan Catawba Brewing Co. kicked off the new year with the announcement that it is moving ahead with plans to open a second brewery and tasting room in Asheville. The Morganton-based company had begun renovations on a building at 2 Fairview Road in the Biltmore Village area last summer before the city of Asheville officials halted the project due to permitting issues. The company now plans to proceed by demolishing the existing structure and building a brand-new, two-story brewery and tasting room with outdoor beer gardens. Construction should begin in February, with a projected completion date in midsummer. In the meantime, starting in early February, beer lovers will be able to enjoy Catawba brews at a temporary tasting room that will be set up in an old strip mall at 63 Brook St., across the street from the construction site. The company has already hired an Asheville manager and plans to release its next seasonal beer, LeSexxxy Saison, at the temporary location in March. tv-themed beeR dinneR at Lexington avenue bReweRY The LaB is planning a fun mix of food, brews and TV with a beer dinner on Feb. 4. The evening will kick off at 6:30 with LaB cream-ale beermosas and amuse-bouche followed by six courses with beer pairings. An interesting twist is that Chef Mike Fisera will craft each course as an homage to a different popular TV show. There will even be a course honoring commercial breaks. What Fisera plans to prepare is under wraps, but the menu looks intriguing, to say the least. Course offerings include Bow & Marrow, inspired by Walking Dead;

Scientific METH-od, inspired by Breaking Bad; and Hot Ham Water, a tribute to Arrested Development. The menu will incorporate LaB’s own farm-raised beef, house-cured bacon, seafood and creative desserts. Featured programs will be shown on LaB’s big-screen TV as the courses come out. Manager Jeff Urban says the menu is being planned with omnivores in mind, so it’s not “vegetarianapproved.” Tickets are $40 each or $70 for couples. LaB will add a second dinner on Feb. 5 if interest is high. Guests must be at least 21 years old. Get tickets at LaB or call 252-0212.

fRom scRatch: A rendering of Catawba Brewing Company’s planned facility at 2 Fairview Road. The building will feature a second-floor tasting room with a mezzanine overlooking the brewing area. Image courtesy of Catawba Brewing Co.

nona mia does Lunch In addition to its regular evening hours, Nona Mia Italian Kitchen is now open for lunch. As of Jan. 13, the Haywood Road restaurant’s dining room offers counter service between the hours of 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday– Friday. The new menu features pizzas, soups and salads, but a highlight is Chef Peter Affatato’s creative artisan sandwiches. Choices include house-roasted meats on house-baked bread, club sandwiches with house-cured bacon, a Nona Mia version of New Orleans muffaletta and vegetarian selections such as handmade falafel and wood-roasted portabella mushroom. Lunch 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Monday-Friday, dinner starting at 5 p.m. MondaySaturday, 1050 Haywood Road.

toast asheviLLe The Asheville Art Museum will host Toast Asheville: A Taste of Beer, Wine and Spirits 5:30-8:30 p.m. Feb. 6. The event will highlight a selection of Asheville-area beverages along with offerings from local restaurants. There will be live music in the museum’s atrium and a silent auction featuring art, gift packages and locally made wine and beer. Proceeds from the event will benefit Asheville Art Museum’s exhibition and education programs. Advance tickets are $30 for museum members and $35 for nonmembers, or $40 at the door. Call for 253-3227 for reservations.

185 king stReet to add food Brevard music venue 185 King Street is in the early planning stages of adding food service. “We are in the beginning processes of adding food in some capacity,” says Marketing Director Kristin Johns. “We have a building that we are slowly gutting. We are also throwing around the idea of a smaller kitchen in the pre-existing building, and adding a wood-fired pizza oven/ smoker/griller to our patio area.” At this point, plans are still forming. More details to come. 185 King Street is at 185 King St., Brevard. X Join us during Asheville Restaurant Week January 21-27

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Pisgah gets canned In November, Paste magazine published an article titled, “10 Fiercely Local Beers That Define Their Region.” Alongside Yuengling of Pottsville, Pa., and Russian River of Santa Clara, Calif., sat Black Mountain’s Pisgah Pale. It’s hard to argue with that. While Highland Gaelic dominates malty ambers, and numerous local breweries fight to make the best IPA, Pisgah has won over the beer drinkers of Asheville with its pale ale. Yet until now, the only way to enjoy Pisgah Pale at home was to buy a growler (or a keg if you’re really thirsty). That may be OK for some, but most prefer bottles or cans. In addition to Oskar Blues, Sierra Nevada and New Belgium, local brewers already in cans include Asheville Brewing, French Broad and Catawba. “Cans are the most sustainable package you can put out there that doesn’t come back to the brewery,” says Benton Wharton, the public relations director for Pisgah Brewing. “They were an easy choice for us. ... They’re accessible, and they go many places [bottles can’t].” So Pisgah made the decision to launch Pisgah Pale in cans, with one or two additional styles likely to be added down the road (probably Summer Ale and Grey Beard IPA, according to Wharton). The first Pisgah cans are available at limited locations around town this week. Local bottle shops, as well as Ingles, Earth Fare and Greenlife, are getting

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• Rate Beer, one of the top beer review communities in the world, has announced it will hold its winter meetup in Asheville Feb. 6-9. Many details are still to come, but the organizers say the weekend will include a meet-and-greet welcome dinner, a bus tour and The Grand Tasting (a big-time bottleshare event). • Foothills Brewing in WinstonSalem will release Sexual Chocolate on Feb. 1. Folks are allowed to line up anytime starting at 2 a.m. for the 8 a.m. opening. If making a long night of it sounds like too much, Foothills will hold its traditional bottle share prerelease on Jan. 31 beginning at 7 p.m. can do: On Jan. 10, Pisgah Brewing Co. became the latest local brewery to offer its beer in cans. Photo by Alicia Funderburk

the cans first with other accounts to follow. “The cans will eventually be in the go-to places where people shop. It’s not going to be in every gas station, but we want it to be easy,” says Wharton. ReadY foR the demand Many were pleasantly surprised when Pisgah made the announcement; for years, the brewery has had trouble keeping up with demand. Running out of pale ale wasn’t a matter of what if, but when. According to Wharton, that all changed in September, when the brewery completed a major expansion. The brewhouse itself remains the same — each batch is 10 barrels in size. However, Pisgah has expanded the number of tanks from eight to 15 and made a number of other improvements. “My joke when I did the tour used to be that we’re actually a

glorified homebrewer’s playground,” says Wharton. “But now we’re changing some of that [manual labor]. For example, we have equipment so the brewers finally don’t have to lift all the grain for each batch themselves.” The brewery also scaled back distribution to better serve its core markets. “Unfortunately, we had to pull out of Charlotte due to the increase in demand even closer to the brewery. … We made the decision to prioritize our stronghold.” the oRganic issue The other big change for Pisgah happened earlier in 2013, but the root of it goes all the way back to 2009. It used to be that brewers could label their beers organic even if the hops were conventionally grown since there wasn’t enough organic supply. But based on the number of registered farms in 2009, the U.S. Department

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of Agriculture was confident that by spring of 2013 there would be enough organic hops available so that breweries would no longer need the exemption. “For us, that would mean getting the hops we need is more difficult. … We’d run into hops shortages and have less selection. And there’s no guarantee the supply can keep up with our demand,” says Wharton. So Pisgah chose to keep its recipes unchanged, with organic malt and whole-leaf (but nonorganic) hops, and drop the seal instead. “Our choice of ingredients was never for marketing,” says Wharton. “We do it because we believe in it ethically. We spend more for our ingredients because we think it makes better beer.” X

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PhotograPhic memory

Ten years of musical portraits at The Grey Eagle Story by Alli Marshall Photos by Sandlin Gaither


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About a decade ago, Sandlin Gaither was tending bar during one of his first shifts at The Grey Eagle. A country act performed. Afterward, the musicians hung out with the venue’s staff. “Six months later, they were on stage with Bon Jovi, playing the Texas Stadium,” says Gaither. The band in question was Sugarland. They’d blown up. “I was like, man, I should get a camera so I can document these people,” Gaither says. He wasn’t a photographer at the time. Gaither had some darkroom experience from a film class in high school. But, as he points out, “I work at the Grey Eagle not because I like beer but because I like music.” So, what started as a personal mission to chronicle the artists passing through that performance space turned into an evolving photography exhibit in the Grey Eagle’s lobby, hallway and bar (between 75 and 80 are on display, the complete collection contains around 175). Not only do those images showcase the progression of a self-taught photographer — Gaither has gone on to shoot for Rolling Stone, Filter and Sony Music Australia — but they also tell the Grey Eagle’s story. “The reason I ended up putting the photos on the wall is not to say, ‘Look what I’ve done,’” says Gaither. “It’s so you see all these great people who’ve played here and what they looked like on the day they were here.” Some of the bands, like Fleet Foxes, went from virtual unknowns to international sensations almost overnight. “Thirty seconds into it, I was like, these dudes are gonna be huge,” says Gaither of what was an opening set in March 2008. “I grabbed them on the way out the door.” Others had a less happy trajectory. “To me, [all of the photos] are special, but it makes it more sentimental when someone has died,” says Gaither. There’s an especially poignant image of singer-songwriter Vic Chesnutt, who took his own life in late ’09. A few months before Chesnutt died, he played the Grey Eagle. At the suggestion of the venue’s owner, Jeff Whitworth, Gaither climbed onto the roof to photograph the wheelchair-bound musician surrounded by a sea of gold and brown autumn leaves. After Chesnutt’s passing, the photo went viral. It showed up on blogs and magazine websites, at the Grammy Award ceremony and for sale on eBay.

“The reason I ended up putting the photos on the wall is not to say,‘Look what I’ve done.’ It’s so you see all these great people who’ve played here and what they looked like on the day they were here.” Sandlin GaiThEr, photographer Gaither drew a line at the latter, but he does allow the performers he photographs to use his images for promotion. And the musicians — except for a camera-shy (or maybe just grouchy) Will Oldham, aka Bonnie “Prince” Billy — have been obliging. “Chris Barron from the Spin Doctors was all about taking photos,” says Gaither. “He was very friendly, very cool, and this is somebody who’s sold millions of records.” Gaither describes reggae guitarist Tuff Lion as “very spiritual.” Dr. Dog’s members stood outside wearing blindfolds while Gaither got the lighting just right. “I had 50 people waiting for me at the bar, and I was like, ‘I gotta go do this!’” he remembers. The late country artist Charlie Louvin chatted with Gaither about their shared love of photography — Louvin, a Country Music Hall of Famer and ladykiller, used his digital camera to capture the women he met at his shows. Because he’s behind the bar during concerts, Gaither usually lines up his portraits in the quiet minutes before the music starts. Some are inspired in the moment. Others are concepts first, like that of a rocker being pulled into the women’s restroom. “We don’t see many people at the Grey Eagle with groupies,” says the photographer. “The idea came to me, and then I thought of who I could put in the photo.” Pop-rocker Will Hoge proved a willing participant. Gaither wanted to take a portrait of Bobby Bare Jr. shooting the bird, but the roots rocker (known for being pretty wild) wouldn’t give the one-finger salute. A couple of days later, outlaw country heir Shooter Jennings made that exact gesture without even being prompted, “as if he had overheard the conversation,” says the photographer. But even as Gaither closes in on his 10-year anniversary at the music hall and behind the lens, he’s still often star-struck. He says, “The only time that I’m not a little bit intimidated is when [bands] approach me and say, ‘We love all of your photos — will you take our photo?’”

Post-rock outfit Do Make Say Think (above) singer-songwriter Vic Chesnutt (below).

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Gaither adds, “You have this person who’s about to play a sold-out show, and you ask them to take a photo, and they’re like, ‘OK, what do you want me to do?’” It’s a kind of turning of the tables, but the photographer says he holds musicians in high regard, and he thinks they sense that. “They let their guard down, and I can get the shot,” he says. Every night, people ask him if they can buy one of his portraits. The images are not for sale, probably in part because they belong to the venue as much as they belong to Gaither. He calls the listening room a house of memories. Some of those mental images can’t be captured by the camera. At least not yet. Roots artists David Rawlings and Gillian Welch have played the Grey Eagle a number of times, but the stars never seem to align for Gaither to take their picture. “But the other day Gillian Welch was sound-checking, and no one else was in the room,” he says. “I thought, ‘How lucky am I?’” For more info on Gaither and to view his work, go to X

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Promoter Joe Greene adds color to Asheville’s entertainment scene

Asheville likes to celebrate diversity, and we’ve got the bumper stickers to prove it. But when it comes to actually experiencing diversity, that’s another story. “I come from Miami, and I’m so used to seeing a diverse group of people, all kinds of people, hanging out,” says Tiffany Gill of The Color ME Brown Project. “I’d like to see more of that here in Asheville.” Victoria Blount, the nonprofit’s creative director, puts it this way: “If


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you’re in a certain demographic, there’s a ton for you to do. But if you are not, it’s hard to get out there, so you have to make your own way.” Sheneika Smith of Date My City, a local initiative to encourage cultural diversity, says: “Diverse entertainment in Asheville is essential for the overall well-being of the community. I believe if we offer opportunities to unite, even through arts and entertainment, it will eventually give way to opportunities for civic engagement and improved community involvement.” Happily, promoter Joe Greene has a plan. “We’re promoting diversity through laughter,” he

says of the vision behind his production company, KJG Enterprises. Specifically, “KJG Enterprises is built upon the belief that the cultivation of diverse audiences can create positive exchanges and foster equity for all community residents in Asheville.” This goal grew out of his experience with what he calls the social, economic and cultural isolation of the established AfricanAmerican community. “That’s my whole focus,” says Greene. “To break down walls between people; to get everyone together.” KJG Enterprises’ next event, “Funny ’R’ Us,” will be held Saturday, Jan. 18, at Asheville Community Theatre. The show will feature urban comedians Tyler Craig, Fredo Davis and Terrell Marrow. All three are based in Atlanta. Craig, a native of that city, has performed on the BET network’s Comic View and worked with Chris Tucker; Davis, aka Fdstmp, has also worked for Comic View and the TV series Who’s Got Jokes?; Marrow is a standup art-

what Funny ’R’ Us Comedy Show featuring Tyler Craig, with Fredo Davis and Terrell Marrow. Lyric opens wheRe Asheville Community Theatre, when Saturday, Jan. 18, at 8 p.m. $25

ist. Asheville musician Lyric will open, and Blunation Films and Go Diva Photography will document the evening. A portion of the proceeds from “Funny ’R’ Us” will go to support My Daddy Taught Me That, a development program for 12- to 19-yearold males, run by local author and social worker Keynon Lake. The mentoring program supports participants in character building, academics and career preparation. There’s also an emphasis on “morals and being accountable for your actions,” says Lake. Greene says both he and Lake “want to show people that we can come together ... that everything a young black male presents is not negative.” Lake agrees, saying he wants to send a message to “bring

our different entities together to focus on one common goal.” Unfortunately, says Greene, “coming from a minority man’s point of view, it’s hard. I’m fighting every day to do something the right way, but I’m already put in that category and limited by that stereotype.” The Asheville native spent his childhood in the Klondyke public housing complex, then moved to West Asheville. He attended college in Greensboro, playing football for N.C. A&T State University. During that time, he got into event promotion. After college, Greene moved to Charlotte, where he continued working as a promoter. “I stayed away from Asheville for 10 years, because I thought there wasn’t anything for me here,” he says. When Greene finally did return to his hometown, he was disappointed by the lack of entertainment options that appealed to him, so he began putting on events. His first Asheville comedy show was at The Rocket Club in 2007. This was followed by events at venues like The Magnetic Theatre, Asheville Music Hall, Haywood Lounge, Diana Wortham Theatre, YMI Cultural Center, the Asheville Civic Center and Hole N Da Wall. During the past year, Greene took a break from putting on shows to focus on building his business skills. “I had to take a step back to learn,” he says. He participated in the Eagle Market Streets Development Corp.’s BLOCK Academy program and Mountain BizWorks’ Business Boot Camp. “This show,” says Greene, “is to introduce everyone to what I’ve been doing.” With an early start time (8 p.m.) and a classy venue, Greene says “Funny ’R’ Us” is for “people who want to dress up, go out, relax and have a laugh.” If things go as planned, KJG Enterprises will branch out into other types of events. Greene says he’s considering plays, R&B vocalists and old-school rappers. Greene says the latter is a strong possibility, since he hung out with Doug E. Fresh in New York City recently, thanks to connections made through KJG. “I’ve been doing this for a long time: I’m, like, 15-plus years deep in this,” says Greene. “I’m fighting for it. I am fighting to break the barriers down.” X

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If Saturday Night Live and Monty Python's Flying Circus rendezvoused in Canada, you'd get The Kids in the Hall. That sketch-comedy-troupe-turnedshow was founded in 1984 by Kevin McDonald and Dave Foley, who met in Toronto at The Second City Training Center. The TV show (with comedians Bruce McCulloch, Mark McKinney and Scott Thompson) ran from 1988-94 on CBC in Canada, and from 1989-95 on CBS and HBO in the U.S. But you don't have travel back in time to benefit from McDonald's unique brand of comic genius. He'll be in Asheville at Toy Boat Community Arts Space on Saturday, Jan. 18, for a comedy improv workshop and performance. The eight-hour workshop leads participants through the process of creating sketches and a comedy show in a single day. That same evening, workshop attendees will perform before a live audience. The evening show will include standup comedian Minori Hinds, an improv set by McDonald, and Asheville locals Nina Ruffini, Sadye Osterloh, Ingrid Johnson, Rigel Pawlak, Kristen Aldrich and Ryan Travers. Stay for a question-and-answer session. McDonald promises Kids in the Hall anecdotes — “Too many stories. You will have to shut him up,” predicts a press release. On the TV show, McDonald portrayed several popular recurring characters, including the King of Empty Promises, Sir Simon Milligan and Jerry Sizzler. Since the end of The Kids in the Hall in 1995, he’s played various roles in movies and TV shows and appeared in the music video for "Roses" by Outkast. The Jan. 18 improv workshop will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. $175 per person. Performance at 8 p.m., $22 per person. Make reservations at — A.W.

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Just keep pushing Daniel Bachman continues to refine his energetic acoustics

It’s easy to forget that Daniel Bachman hasn’t been playing guitar all that long. On Jesus I’m a Sinner, his latest collection of acoustic picking, the quick tunes bustle with tidy determination, and the pensive ones bask in full and sumptuous tones. He grounds himself in the blues and folk basics relied on by his American primitive forbears, but he makes room for diverse embellishments — the fiddle that frolics on “Happy One Step,” the mystifying murmurs of “Under the Shade of the Trees.” He’s 24 years old and has a boyish face that makes him look a good deal younger, but Bachman (who appears at The Mothlight on Wednesday, Jan. 22) plays with the assured grace of a time-tested veteran. His is the kind of proficiency that can only come from hours upon hours of practice and performance. He may be young, but he has most certainly paid his dues.

“It’s really, seriously all I do, man,” he laughs during a recent phone interview. “I just sit and practice all f**king day and email an absurd amount of people [about shows]. Never stop. Just keep pushing.” His determination led him quickly from the banjo-based drones he explored as a teenager to the complex picking he now spends his days refining. It’s been Bachman’s obsession since he was introduced to the music of John Fahey at age 16, and he has pursued it relentlessly. Since 2011, he has released four solo albums along with an array of singles, cassettes and collaborative efforts. Last year, he played more than 200 shows, and though 2013 also saw his daunting schedule complicated by a move from Fredericksburg, Va., to Chapel Hill, he still found time to knock out another record before Thanksgiving. If all goes according to plan, it’ll come out this spring. True to his word, Bachman never stops. Jesus benefits greatly from this quickly accrued experience. At once Bachman’s most diverse and cohesive outing, the album finds him fashioning varied ideas into tightly structured pieces that still form a unified collection.

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good acoustics: Newly settled in North Carolina, guitar picker Daniel Bachman grounds himself in the blues and folk basics. But, he says, “When I play live, I’ve been really trying to switch it up a lot, so it’s not just an hour of driving you into the ground.”

Take the opening duo of “Sarah Anne” and “Honeysuckle Reel.” The first song’s laid-back shuffle highlights the immersive rattle and hum of his rustic technique. “Honeysuckle Reel” is quicker and more severe, moving with steely vigor, but “Sarah Anne” primes listeners’ ears, encouraging them to enjoy the intricacy and warmth of Bachman’s plucks. Where previous efforts, such as last year’s heady and highstrung Seven Pines, have focused almost exclusively on his speedier tunes, Jesus indulges in a broader approach, one that reflects the guitarist’s growing confidence. “I always wanted to slow things down a little bit, and I’ve finally been able to do that,” Bachman says. “I don’t know why I’ve never been able to do that before. I think I’m just getting older and starting to feel it out a little bit more. I really wanted to have that room where it could start slow, build up, have low notes, and have a more crawling pace and build back up. I like records like that. I’ve been trying to do stuff like that for a while, and I’m just starting to tap into it. When I play live, I’ve been really trying to switch it up a lot, so it’s not just an hour of driving you into the ground.” To that end, Bachman’s next record will include a lot more lap steel, a change that should smooth out his often busy aesthetic. Last

year, he toured and and shared bills with many other guitarists, some of whom, like Nashville’s William Tyler and Philadelphia’s Chris Forsyth, fill out their ideas with elaborate orchestrations and

who Daniel Bachman with Stephen Molyneux wheRe The Mothlight, when Wednesday, Jan. 22, at 8:30 p.m. $5

the bombast of full-on rock bands. But Bachman is still enamored with his acoustic tools. He strives to execute one style exceptionally well, and while his listeners might disagree, he still feels he has plenty of room for improvement. “It’s never stale, or at least that’s how I feel,” he says. “There’s some stuff that obviously will sound like previous songs or hooks that are like embellished on or whatever. Sticking with just one thing for me is what I have to do because there’s a lot of stuff that I want to do that I haven’t done yet and that I want to get better at. It’s really all I want to do.” X


by Alli Marshall

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Isolation Studies No 2: The Hypermodern by Night’s Bright Colors

Isolation Studies #2: The Hypermodern is the latest in a series of conceptual releases by local musician Jason Smith, who records as Night’s Bright Colors. Unlike past collections, the eight tracks on Hypermodern are all instrumental and all short (the longest is just over three minutes, the shortest is 37 seconds). Smith has proved a master of brevity before, but these offerings feel like sound studies. Or song encapsulations: songs distilled into their very essences. Which is not to detract from their entertainment value or moody beauty. “Rook” is an exotic nocturne, captioned by hand drums, lithe piano and dashes of strings, all of which seem to float against a luminous and star-lit sky. Other tracks also take their names from chess pieces: “Queen” flutters and buzzes with sunny excitement. “Pawn” warbles and trips up and down scales, dancing along some razor’s edge between

danger and delight. “Bishop” straddles two worlds, merging organic, earthy rhythms with spacey, hightech atmospherics. “Knight” is a dark and searching track, its tension felt in its thrumming low notes and silences. And “King,” staccato in its upper register and commanding in its deep rumble, is all about regal bearing. The longest tracks are “Opening” and “Endgame,” which bookend the album. The first — sweeping, expansive and unhurried — breathes into the long and resonant sounds of strings. It’s a sunrise over a still pond, a first flush of color that shouldn’t seem miraculous yet scores the very sigh it elicits. The latter may well be the slow sinking of the sun below the horizon. It’s a tender drift through muted shades of blue and gray, imparting more about synesthesia than any board game. So is Hypermodern about chess, or is it inspired by some aspect of the game? Hard to say. Smith usually crafts buoyant, indie-pop songs whose brightness belies deeper emotions. He’s a composer who plays it close to the vest even as he extends the invitation to the secret worlds within the Isolation Studies series. Read about previous Night’s Bright Colors releases at and

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by Justin Souther

Flashback soundtrack Buster Keaton-themed Not-So-Silent Cinema comes to Isis “I think there’s going to be more and more space in experiencing film in the future,” says New York-based musician Brendan Cooney in regard to the constantly changing landscape of the movie industry. But Cooney is looking to that future by way of the past. He’s tapping the very origins of film — the silent era — through his long-running touring project, NotSo-Silent Cinema. For over the past half-decade, Cooney and various musicians have toured the country, hauling along silent films and accompanying them with live, original scores. Now, he’s touring the South with a selection of Buster Keaton short

what Not-So-Silent Cinema with Brendan Cooney and the New River Ensemble wheRe Isis Restaurant & Music Hall when Wednesday, Jan. 22, at 9 p.m. $10 advance/$12 at the door

films. The production comes to The Isis Restaurant and Music Hall on Wednesday, Jan. 22. Cooney grew up playing a wide array of genres, from classical to jazz and from bluegrass to Eastern European brass band music. But his introduction to silent film was purely by accident. “A friend of mine, a piano player, was asked to play along to a silent film in Philadelphia,” Cooney says. “She didn’t want to do it, so she asked me. I had never watched a silent film, so it was a new experience, but I got really into it


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and I discovered the whole interesting world of pre-sound films.” While he didn’t consider himself a cinephile, Cooney soon found a new appreciation for cinema. “I was never a film buff, but after I started writing for films and started watching them very closely, looking at the timing and the camera work, I got more and more interested,” he says. His diverse musical background and his newfound appreciation for these old films soon dovetailed. “One of the reasons I enjoy doing these silent films is that I can draw on a lot of different styles of music,” says Cooney, who writes brandnew scores for the films he tours with. In the past, he has presented F.W. Murnau’s 1922 Nosferatu with a klezmer ensemble and Fred Niblo’s 1920 The Mark of Zorro with flamenco music. His current iteration of Not-SoSilent Cinema includes Cooney and the New River Ensemble. That group, which Cooney has collaborated with in the past, has members in New York and rural Virginia. The program includes ’20s-era pictures Cops, The Electric House, The Haunted House and One Week. “I picked the ones most fun to watch and the most fun to write music to,” Cooney says of the shorts. The scores aren’t exactly true to what audiences might’ve heard in a movie house in the early ’20s but are instead meant to evoke the spirit of an era. “I’m really aiming for an early Americana vibe,” Cooney says, adding that his pieces leave room for improvisation. “The music is meant to capture the spirit of the urban American landscape of the ’20s. There’s a lot of ragtime, blues, hot jazz and classical music thrown in here and there. Probably, if you saw a film in 1920, you wouldn’t have heard much jazz and blues. But now, when we think of that time period, we culturally associate it with jazz and blues and ragtime, so it seemed appropriate to throw all of those styles into the films.”

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o hoLY night: Flora Wolpert Checknoff and her band, Holy Holy Vine, perform at The Odditorium on Wednesday, Jan. 22, at 9 p.m. Vio/Miré and Tashi Dorji share the bill. $5. Photo by Hannah Hawkins

Holy Holy Vine finds inspiration in Asheville’s experimental music scene

Flora Wolpert Checknoff fronts and writes the music for experimental outfit Holy Holy Vine, a band with a sound she describes as “unusual, though sturdily woven, repeating textures paired with accessible, relatable melodies [and] unpredictable, perhaps disjointed polyrhythmic drumming.” Sometimes she simplifies her description to “world music,” but that single genre can’t contain Holy Holy Vine’s rich and beautiful complexity. Checknoff got her musical start in Baltimore as part Metal Hearts. That band’s second album was released by Seattle’s Suicide Squeeze Records.


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A whirlwind of tours followed — around the U.S. and one in Europe. All that touring gave the band an itch to discover experiences outside its own music and led to a breakup. After Metal Hearts disbanded, Checknoff spent some time traveling and eventually landed in Black Mountain. There, she worked as a building apprentice for Earthaven Ecovillage before moving to Asheville, where she now attends UNC Asheville and plays live shows as often as she can. Holy Holy Vine performs on Wednesday, Jan. 22, at the Odditorium with Vio/Miré and Tashi Dorji. The group “began in 2008 in the farmlands north of Baltimore as a collaboration between myself and Los Angelino, now ex-pat-living-in-Berlin, Nick Zorn,” Checknoff said in an email interview. “When I traveled more and Nick moved away, I carried

on the name, and Holy Holy Vine currently is a project for my songs. I have continued to resurrect dormant, unfinished songs from as long ago as adolescence. This past year, however, undoubtedly as a result of coming into closer contact with Asheville’s music community, I’ve written more new material than I had in about eight years.” Checknoff has nothing but praise for the local music scene and the inspiration it has brought her. “There’s an infectious enclave of ‘experimental’ musicians here that is reliably inspiring as well as communal in terms of band members,” she says. “Most musicians end up playing together in rotating formations to help each other’s compositions out, and that differs greatly from the experience I had in Baltimore seven years ago. We’re all smushed together in little Asheville, but the constant presence of willing and fearless musicians really gives a music writer the impression of limitlessness. That, combined with a warmth of reception in Asheville, is all very encouraging.” She says it’s impressive that Holy Holy Vine has been able to put on a show about once a month for several years in Asheville. She chalks that up to the community having a real interest in “different” music, even if there are not always a lot of people at the shows. “[About] half of the time there are good turnouts — and in whatever numbers, whoever’s there always seems to genuinely care — yet again exemplifying a sense of community and true appreciation for all of these weirder musics intermingling at the fringes,” Checknoff says. “It is certainly largely anti-lucrative. But small audiences and small money returns are established facts to relax within — for me, at least, who hasn’t even finished a full-length album yet.” She continues, “It is important to note that though I paint an optimistic picture of Asheville’s music scene for both sides, I can fluctuate in this feeling, and if it weren’t a rewarding endeavor from within, I don’t think the outside would feel nearly so utopian.” Of next week’s show she says, “It is a convergence of rare beauty: touring cellos and organs ensemble, Vio/Miré and local experimental guitarist gaining recognition, Tashi Dorji.” Dorji’s most recent self-titled release, engineered by Checknoff and Holy Holy Vine member Michael Flanagan, was listed as one of NPR’s “Favorite Cassettes of 2013.” X




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by Alli Marshall and Lea McLellan

Cary Morin Cary Morin’s music has been described as “Native Americana fingerstyle blues.” If you have trouble imagining what that means exactly, it’s worth finding out. Morin performs original music that draws inspiration in part from his Native American heritage, complemented by his unique takes on some covers. And while his warm vocals and heartfelt lyrics certainly don’t hurt, his nimble acoustic picking will steal any bluegrass lover’s heart. Morin currently plays solo and with his bands, The Pura Fe Trio and The Cary Morin Band, in venues and festivals across the globe. He performs solo at the White Horse Black Mountain on Thursday, Jan. 16, at 7:30 p.m. $10.

Donna the Buffalo On its website, Trumansburg, N.Y.-based roots outfit Donna the Buffalo (pictured) describes its recipe for a 25-year career. The band is “infused with more spices than you’ll find at a Cajun cookout by way of a southern-fried, country bluegrass jamboree.” That, and the group has a knack for picking prime recording locations. New album Tonight, Tomorrow and Yesterday was tracked in a rustic church in Enfield, N.Y., and recorded live to analog tape. Donna the Buffalo returns to The Orange Peel on Saturday, Jan. 18, at 9 p.m. The Whiskey Gentry opens. That group, led by husband-and-wife duo Lauren Staley and Jason Morrow, has been described by Paste as a “toe-tapping, steamrolling kind of band.” $18/$20.

Sheila Kay Adams “Sheila Kay tells stories about her home here in the mountains,” says Madison County Arts Council executive director Laura Boosinger. “Her performances are full of humor and passion for this region.” But Adams (also an author, musician and seventhgeneration ballad singer) has a reach that extends far beyond Western North Carolina. She’s a National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellow, the recipient of the N.C. Folklore Society’s Brown-Hudson Award and has been hailed as “the key figure in carrying forward to this day the tradition of unaccompanied ballad singing that has enriched her community for more than two centuries.” Adams puts on a hometown performance at the Madison County Arts Center in Marshall on Saturday, Jan. 18, at 7:30 p.m. $15.

Eisenhower Dance With contemporary dance works ranging from soft and tender to athletic and fierce, Eisenhower Dance company combines dramatic choreography with striking technique to create performances that have been lauded by critics. According to a press release, Asheville audiences can expect a diverse lineup of works, including an innovative piece by Laurie Eisenhower that “utilizes old recordings of narrated music lessons spliced with new music samples,” as well as a suite of five dances to Southern blues music. The Michigan-based dance company performs at the Diana Wortham Theatre at Pack Place on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 17 and 18, at 8 p.m. Pre-show discussion at 7 p.m. Tickets: Regular $35; student $30; child $15; Student rush day-ofshow (with ID) $10.

JanuaRY 15 - JanuaRY 21, 2014


C L U B L A N D fRidAy, jAn. 17

WednesdAy, jAn. 15

185 king stReet Unspoken Tradition, 8pm

185 king stReet Barrett Smith, Mike Guggino, Mike Ashworth & Jeff Sipe (acoustic), 8pm

5 WAlnut Wine BAR The Blood Gypsies (soul, groove, jazz), 9pmmidnight

5 WAlnut Wine BAR Jamar Woods (soul, funk), 5-7pm Juan Benavides Trio (Latin, jazz), 8-10pm

AltAmont BReWing CompAny Salt & McFarland Troubadour Revue (folk-rock), 8pm

AdAm dAlton distilleRy 3D: Local DJ party (electronic, dance), 9pm

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

AltAmont BReWing CompAny Hank West Jam Residency (jazz, soul), 8pm Ben's tune-up Karaoke w/ The Diagnostics, 10pm

Blue mountAin piZZA & BReW puB Acoustic Swing, 7-9pm

BlACk mountAin Ale House Bluegrass jam w/ The Deals, 9pm

ClAssiC WineselleR Leo Johnson (guitar), 7pm

Blue mountAin piZZA & BReW puB Open mic w/ Mark Bumgarner, 7-9pm

CluB eleven on gRove DJ Jam (old-school hip-hop, R&B, funk), 9pm

douBle CRoWn DJ Dr. Filth (country), 9pm

CoRk & keg Hotpoint Trio (jazz, swing), 8:30pm

emeRAld lounge Blues jam, 8pm

douBle CRoWn Greg Cartwright (garage, soul), 11pm

gRey eAgle musiC HAll & tAveRn Big Smo w/ Redneck Gypsies (country, folk), 7pm

emeRAld lounge Mammoth Indigo w/ Black Iron Gathering (indierock), 8pm

gRind CAfe Trivia night, 7pm HigHlAnd BReWing CompAny Jay Brown (acoustic), 5:30-7:30pm iRon HoRse stAtion The Wilhelm Brothers (indie, folk-rock), 6-9pm isis RestAuRAnt And musiC HAll The Farewell Drifters (folk, indie, pop), 9pm loBsteR tRAp Ben Hovey (dub-jazz, trumpet, electronics), 7pm odditoRium Open mic, 9pm olive oR tWist Swing dance lessons w/ Bobby Wood, 7-8pm 3 Cool Cats Band (vintage rock 'n' roll), 8:30-11pm one stop deli & BAR Electric Soul Pandemic w/ Nomadic (electronic), 10pm tAllgARy's CAntinA Open mic & jam, 7pm toWn pump Open mic w/ Aaron, 9pm toy BoAt Community ARt spACe Speedy Ortiz (garage-rock), 8pm tRAilHeAd RestAuRAnt And BAR Open jam, 6pm

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.


JanuaRY 15 - JanuaRY 21, 2014

fRenCH BRoAd BReWeRy tAsting Room Leigh Glass & The Hazards, 6pm

Like godziLLa, but not: Indie-rock band Reptar will play at The Mothlight on Sunday, Jan. 19, at 8:30 p.m., with Giant Giants and Co Co Ri Co. The band is named after the Godzilla-like character from Nickelodean’s Rugrats. “I first tried to name the band Invisible Boyfriend,” said singer-guitarist Graham Ulicny on the band’s website. “And everybody goes, ‘That is the stupidest name I have ever heard in my life.’” So why Reptar? “It is the second stupidest band name we have ever heard.”

gRey eAgle musiC HAll & tAveRn of Montreal w/ Wild Moccasins (indie rock), 7pm HAvAnA RestAuRAnt Ashley Heath (singer-songwriter), 7pm HigHlAnd BReWing CompAny Letters to Abigail (acoustic quartet), 6-9pm iRon HoRse stAtion Barb Turner (R&B), 7-10pm isis RestAuRAnt And musiC HAll The Archrivals, 8pm

tRessA's doWntoWn jAZZ And Blues Shane Perlowin w/ Micah Thomas & Daniel Lannucci (jazz), 8pm

one stop deli & BAR Phish 'n' Chips (Phish covers), 6pm Noctuo w/ Rebel Savage & Morningstar (hip-hop), 10pm

vAnuAtu kAvA BAR Open mic w/ Caleb Beissert, 9pm

oRAnge peel Zoso (Led Zeppelin tribute), 9pm

tHuRsdAy, jAn. 16

oskAR Blues BReWeRy Salt & McFarland's Troubadour Revue (singer-songwriter), 6pm

jACk of tHe Wood puB Swayback Sisters (folk, blues), 9pm lexington Ave BReWeRy (lAB) East Coast Dirt w/ The Alarm Clock Conspiracy (rock, funk), 9:30pm odditoRium Future Primitiff, Casper & the Cookies & Minorcan (rock), 9pm

puRple onion CAfe Swayback Sisters (folk), 7pm

olive oR tWist 3 Cool Cats Band (vintage rock 'n' roll), 8:3011:30pm

Root BAR no. 1 Sugar Lime Blue (rock, blues), 9:30pm

one stop deli & BAR Kelly Jo Connect (rock, soul, party), 10pm

AltAmont BReWing CompAny Bradley Carter (old-time), 8pm

sCAndAls nigHtCluB Dance party, 10pm Drag show, 12:30am

oRAnge peel Rebirth Brass Band w/ MarchFourth Marching Band (brass), 9pm

Ben's tune-up Island dance party w/ DJ Malinalli, 10pm

soutHeRn AppAlACHiAn BReWeRy Chris Pagett (jazz, blues), 7-9pm

Blue mountAin piZZA & BReW puB Paul Cataldo (singer-songwriter), 7-9pm

tHe motHligHt James Wallace & The Naked Light w/ Cowboy Crisis & War Woman (folk, indie-rock), 8:30pm

oskAR Blues BReWeRy Morgan Greer of Drunken Prayer (singer-songwriter), 7pm

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

ClAssiC WineselleR The DuPont Brothers (guitar), 7pm CoRk & keg Vollie McKenzie & Jack Dillen (old pop, jazz, Beatles covers), 7pm

tHe soCiAl Caribbean Cowboys, 8pm timo's House Asheville Drum and Bass Collective, 9pm

douBle CRoWn DJs Devyn & Oakley, 9pm

toWn pump Carolina Bound (singer-songwriter, Americana), 9pm

fRenCH BRoAd BReWeRy tAsting Room One Leg Up duo, 6pm

tRAilHeAd RestAuRAnt And BAR Open jam, 6pm

gRey eAgle musiC HAll & tAveRn Blind Boy Chocolate & Milk Sheiks w/ Jessy Carolina & The Hot Mess, & Crow Quill Night Owls (jugband, jazz, stringband), 7pm

tRessA's doWntoWn jAZZ And Blues The Westsound Revue (Motown, blues), 9pm

HAvAnA RestAuRAnt Open mic (instruments provided), 8pm loBsteR tRAp Hank Bones ("man of 1,000 songs"), 7-9pm odditoRium Demon Waffle w/ Crazy Tom Banana Pants (ska), 9pm

Westville puB KT Van Dyke & Driftin Westward (Appalachian roots), 9:30pm WHite HoRse Cory Morin (acoustic, blues), 7:30pm WxyZ lounge Steelin' Time (Hawaiian Western swing), 8-10pm

pACk's tAveRn DJ MoTo (dance, pop hits), 8pm pisgAH BReWing CompAny Alex Krug Combo (indie, folk), 9pm Root BAR no. 1 Vagabond Philosophy (rock), 9:30pm sCAndAls nigHtCluB Dance party, 10pm Drag show, 1am sCully's TQ + 2 w/ Terry Lynn, 6-9pm DJ, 10pm-2am soutHeRn AppAlACHiAn BReWeRy The Howie Johnson Trio (blues, Americana, rock), 8-10pm spRing CReek tAveRn Paul Cataldo (Americana), 7-10pm tAllgARy's CAntinA Fine Line (rock), 9:30pm



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big smo w/ redneck gypsies 9pm • $10/$12

blind boy chocolate & the milk sheiks thu 1/16 jessy carolina & the hot mess crow Quill night owls 8pm • $10/$12

fri 1/17

of montreal w/ wild moccasins 9pm • $15/$18

mickie james

sat 1/18

5x wwe womens wrestling champion - turned country star 8pm • $15/$17

thu 1/23

djangofest 5th annual celebration of django reinhardt’s birthday 7pm • $10/$12

sat 1/25 tue 1/28 wed 1/29

john cowan band

w/ missy raines & the new hip 8pm • $15/$18

carrie rodriguez 8pm • $12/$15

kristian bush of sugarland w/ hannah thomas 8pm • $15/$18

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Music Blender Series: Great acts of different genres for a live Jukebox party! Feat: Marrietta’s Palm, The Black Iron Gathering, & Mammoth Indigo - Free!

Sunday, January 19th

Carolina Hip Hop Showcase NC & SC artists! Feat: Avid Money Ent, Fat Rat Da Czar, and more! Fluid Tour 2014 - Free!

Monday, January 20th Simply Pickin’ Bluegrass Jam Hosted by Merlefest 2014 artist: Mountain Feist! - Free!

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timo's House kuxxan SUUM, Shuhandz (techno, house), 9pm toWn pump The Traveler's Club (bluegrass), 9pm tRessA's doWntoWn jAZZ And Blues Jim Arrendell & The Cheap Suits (soul, funk), 10pm vAnuAtu kAvA BAR Kava Bar Duo: Max Milner & Caleb Beissert (electrocoustic improv), 9pm WHite HoRse Jesse Junior w/ Pam Jones, Nathan Hefner, Zack Page & Rick Dilling (cabaret jazz), 8pm Wild Wing CAfe A Social Function (acoustic), 9:30pm WxyZ lounge Ben Hovey (dub-jazz, beats, trumpet), 9-11pm

sAtuRdAy, jAn. 18 185 king stReet Malcolm Holcombe, 8pm 5 WAlnut Wine BAR Andrew Fletcher (piano, stride), 6-8pm Hotpoint Trio (jazz), 9pm-midnight AltAmont BReWing CompAny Open jam w/ Chris O'Neill, 9pm AsHeville musiC HAll Ghost Owl w/ Sky Walkers & GemNeye (electronica, rock, indie), 10pm AtHenA's CluB Mark Appleford (singer-songwriter, Americana, blues), 7-10pm DJ, 10pm-2am BlACk mountAin Ale House The Moon & You (Americana, folk), 9pm Blue mountAin piZZA & BReW puB Andy Ferrell (folk), 7-9pm ClAssiC WineselleR Joe Cruz (piano), 7pm CoRk & keg Old-time jam, 8pm


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gRey eAgle musiC HAll & tAveRn Mickie James (country), 7pm HAvAnA RestAuRAnt Hunter Amabile (singer-songwriter), 7-10pm HigHlAnd BReWing CompAny Red Honey (rock), 6-9pm iRon HoRse stAtion Mark Bumgarner (classic country, Americana), 7-10pm isis RestAuRAnt And musiC HAll Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen (bluegrass), 9pm jACk of tHe Wood puB The Floorboards w/ Hearts Gone South (folk-rock), 9pm lexington Ave BReWeRy (lAB) Shorty Can't Eat Books w/ The Dark Shave (rock, punk, soul), 9:30pm odditoRium Benefit for Blue Ridge Husky Rescue w/ Sons of Ralph (folk, bluegrass), 9pm olive oR tWist WestSound (70s, 80s, Motown), 8:30-11:30pm

oRAnge peel Donna The Buffalo w/ Whiskey Gentry (Americana), 9pm

backstage • 8:30PM • $10


oskAR Blues BReWeRy Alarm Clock Conspiracy (indie rock), 7pm


w/ MeaNs weLL

pACk's tAveRn Three Cool Cats (rock 'n' roll), 8pm

backstage • 9:30PM • $6

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fRenCH BRoAd BReWeRy tAsting Room The Bird & The Bear (folk), 6pm

one stop deli & BAR Bluegrass brunch w/ Grits & Soul, 11am Reggae Family Jam, 2pm

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

pisgAH BReWing CompAny Atlas Road Crew (rock), 9pm

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tigeR mountain thiRst paRLouR 407-0666 timo’s house 575-2886 town pump 357-5075 toY boat 505-8659 tReasuRe cLub 298-1400 tRessa’s downtown Jazz & bLues 254-7072 vanuatu kava baR 505-8118 vincenzo’s 254-4698 waLL stReet coffee house 252-2535 westviLLe pub 225-9782 white hoRse 669-0816 wiLd wing cafe 253-3066 wxYz 232-2838

isis RestAuRAnt And musiC HAll Jazz showcase, 6pm loBsteR tRAp Leo Johnson (hot club jazz), 7-9pm

Root BAR no. 1 Darlyne Cain (rock), 9:30pm sCAndAls nigHtCluB Dance party, 10pm Drag show, 12:30am sCully's DJ, 10pm-2am soutHeRn AppAlACHiAn BReWeRy Big Black Dodge (jazz, fusion, blues), 8-10pm spRing CReek tAveRn The Pleasure Chest (blues, soul, rock), 8-11pm tAllgARy's CAntinA Rory Kelly (rock), 9:30pm tHe motHligHt Wild for Life benefit show w/ Megan Jean & the Klay Family Band, Leeda "Lyric" Jones (Americana, funk), 7pm timo's House Third Nature, Floating Thought (live electronica, experimental, dance), 9pm toWn pump Joe Randolph (rock), 9pm toy BoAt Community ARt spACe Kevin McDonald workshop (sketch/improv comedy), 10am-6pm Kevin McDonald show (sketch comedy, improv), 8pm tRessA's doWntoWn jAZZ And Blues Ruby Mayfield & The Friendship Train (soul, blues), 10pm Westville puB One Leg Up (gypsy jazz), 10pm WHite HoRse AmiciMusic: Madison Fielder & Dan Weiser (vocalist & piano), 8pm Wild Wing CAfe Ashli Rose, 9:30pm WxyZ lounge Ritmos Latinos w/ DJ Malinalli (Latin), 9-11:30pm

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millRoom The Winter Classic w/ Electric Orchestra & DJ audio, 10pm-2am odditoRium Fringe Festival kickoff party, 9pm one stop deli & BAR Bluegrass brunch w/ The Pond Brothers, 11am Celtic Panda w/ Spongecake & The Fluff Ramblers (psychedelic, funk, jam), 10pm pulp Slice of Life open mic (comedy), 8pm puRple onion CAfe Beaucoup Blue (bluegrass, blues), 6pm sCAndAls nigHtCluB Dance party, 10pm Drag show, 12:30am

puRple onion CAfe Letters to Abigail (Americana), 7pm


soutHeRn AppAlACHiAn BReWeRy Eric Congdon CD release party (blues, rock), 5-7pm tAllgARy's CAntinA Sick Sound Sundays (DJ), 8pm tHe motHligHt Reptar w/ Giant Giants & Co Co Ri Co (alternative rock, pop), 8:30pm

mondAy, jAn. 20 185 king stReet Trivia night w/ Spencer Jones, 8pm 5 WAlnut Wine BAR The Jeff Thompson Band (soul, rock), 8-10pm ByWAteR Open mic w/ Taylor Martin, 9pm douBle CRoWn Punk 'n' roll w/ DJ Leo Delightful, 9pm emeRAld lounge Bluegrass jam w/ Mountain Feist, 8pm odditoRium Open dance night, 9pm

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Westville puB Trivia night, 8pm

tuesdAy, jAn. 21 5 WAlnut Wine BAR The John Henry's (ragtime, jazz), 8-10pm AsHeville musiC HAll Funk jam, 11pm Ben's tune-up Dance party w/ DJ Rob, 10pm Blue mountAin piZZA & BReW puB Patrick Fitzsimons (folk), 7-9pm

5 WAlnut Wine BAR The Crow Quill Night Owls (jugband, jazz), 7-9pm

CluB eleven on gRove Beginner swing lesson w/ Marc & Jessy, 7:30-8:30pm Dance, 8:30-11pm

AltAmont BReWing CompAny Hank West Residency (jazz, soul), 8pm

CReekside tApHouse Bluegrass jam, 7pm

Ben's tune-up Vinyl night (open DJ collective)

douBle CRoWn Punk 'n' roll w/ DJs Sean and Will, 9pm

BlACk mountAin Ale House NFL Sunday w/ pre-game brunch at 11:30am, 1pm

iRon HoRse stAtion Open mic w/ Ashley Heath, 6-9pm

Blue mountAin piZZA & BReW puB Larry Dolamore (acoustic), 7-9pm

isis RestAuRAnt And musiC HAll Bluegrass session, 7:30pm

douBle CRoWn Karaoke w/ Tim O, 10:30pm

jACk of tHe Wood puB Kevin Scanlon, 9pm

emeRAld lounge Carolina Hip-Hop showcase, 8pm

lexington Ave BReWeRy (lAB) Disclaimer Comedy: Myq Kaplan, 9pm

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emeRAld lounge Blues jam, 8pm

one stop deli & BAR Tuesday night techno, 10pm

gRind CAfe Trivia night, 7pm

oRAnge peel KISS Country Winter Jam w/ Joe Nichols, Jon Pardi & American Young, 6:30pm

HigHlAnd BReWing CompAny Alarm Clock Conspiracy Duo (indie-rock), 5:30-7:30pm


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FRidAY, JANUARY 17 thURsdAY, JANUARY 23 Due to possible scheduling changes, moviegoers may want to confirm showtimes with theaters.

diREctoR: Renny Harlin (Cutthroat Island) PLAYERs: Kellan Lutz, Gaia Weiss, Scott Adkins, Roxanne McKee, Liam Garrigan FANtAsY AdvENtURE RAtEd PG-13 thE stoRY: The rise of the mythological Greek hero, Hercules. thE LoWdoWN: A bargainbasement attempt at a grand fantasy epic that flounders thanks to a dull plot, bad effects and a listless star.

Director Renny Harlin was once Hollywood’s pre-eminent hack, so its almost nostalgic to see him helming a film that probably only exists because Brett Ratner and The Rock have a Hercules movie coming out this summer. It’s also mildly disconcerting. Regardless of how bad his The Legend of Hercules is — there is a certain professionalism to Harlin’s hackiness, and he does a lot of things right that many current directors often flub. The action scenes are mostly coherent and not a jumble of cuts and spastic camera movement, and he understands the importance of set dressing and atmosphere. Now that I’ve gotten the high points out of the way, I can mention that the rest of Legend of Hercules is pretty much garbage. This is, after all, a film where our demigod with a heart of gold, the legendary Hercules, is played by a dopey, emotionless mound of hairless muscle — Kellan Lutz of Twilight fame. The word fame is relative here; he’s probably only


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KELLAN LUtz shows off the excellent dentistry available in ancient Greece in Renny Harlin’s The Legend of Hercules.

the fourth most famous shirtless guy to come out of the Twilight franchise. This is an actor who has gone on the record saying he drew inspiration for his performance from The Passion of the Christ (2004), so you can be assured that he and his abs took this all very seriously. The idea behind The Legend of Hercules is to tell the story of the rise of a powerful half-man, halfgod — from the son of a king, to enslaved gladiator and back again. In reality, the movie exists to trick people into thinking it is the next 300 (2006), which is clearly this film’s biggest influence. Hercules lifts a lot of 300’s visual style and crams in plenty of slow-motion sword fights and similarly unfortunate haircuts. Despite some parallels, Hercules remains pretty bloodless and never quite has the guts to go for 300’s

R-rating. What’s left is a chintzy sword-and-sandals tale with a little bit of mythology thrown in. For a $70 million production, the movie looks surprisingly cheap — I’m talking production values akin to a mid-’90s CD-ROM game cut scene. Harlin seems to have blown most of the budget on smoke machines, and the forests are all sufficiently fogswept — all the better to lend gravitas to Lutz’s fits of mouthbreathing. Harlin and company at least have the sense to keep the movie under the 100-minute mark, though that’s still about 100 minutes too long. Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense combat action and violence, and for some sensuality. reviewed by Justin Souther Playing at Carmike 10, Carolina Cinemas, Epic of Hendersonville, Regal Biltmore Grande.

Asheville PizzA & Brewing Co. (254-1281) Please call the info line for updated showtimes. Despicable Me 2 3D (Pg) 1:00, 4:00 lee Daniels’ The Butler (Pg-13) 7:00 world war z 3D(Pg-13) 10:00 CArMike CineMA 10 (298-4452) American hustle (r) 1:10, 4:15, 7:05, 9:50 August: osage County (r) 1:30, 4:10, 6:55, 9:40 Devil’s Due (r) 1:05, 3:15, 5:30, 7:45, 10:20 her (r) 1:25, 4:20, 7:15, 10:10 The hobbit: The Desolation of smaug 2D(Pg-13) 1:15, 5:00, 8:15 The hunger games: Catching Fire (Pg-13) 1:00, 4:00, 7:00, 10:00 Jack ryan: shadow recruiter (Pg-13) 1:50, 4:30, 7:30, 10:05 The legend of hercules 3D (Pg-13) 7:30, 9:45 The legend of hercules 2D (Pg-13) 2:00, 4:40 lone survivor (r) 1:20, 4:05, 7:10, 9:55 ride Along (Pg-13) 1:35, 4:45, 7:40, 10:15 CArolinA CineMAs (274-9500) 12 Years a slave (r) 12:30, 6:00 (No 6:00 show Tue 1/21) American hustle (r) 12:00, 2:45, 5:30, 8:15 August: osage County (r) 10:15, 1:00, 3:40, 6:15, 9:00 Dallas Buyers Club (r) 3:30, 9:00 (No 9:00 show Tue 1/21) Devil’s Due (r) 12:30, 3:00, 5:15, 7:30, 9:45 Frozen 2D (Pg) 10:30, 1:00, 3:30 gravity 3D (Pg-13) 6:30 her (r) 10:30, 1:15, 4:00, 6:45, 9:30 inside llewyn Davis (r) 11:30, 2:00, 4:30, 6:50, 9:15 Jack ryan: shadow recruit (Pg-13) 10:30, 1:00, 3:30, 6:00, 8:30, 10:00 The legend of hercules 3D (Pg-13) 11:30 (No show on Sun 1/19) The legend of hercules 2D (Pg-13) 4:00, 6:15, 9:00 lone survivor (r) 10:30, 1:15, 4:15, 7:00, 8:30, 9:45 The nut Job 3D (Pg) 2:00, 8:45 The nut Job 2D (Pg) 10:30, 12:45, 3:00, 5:15, 7:30 Philomena (Pg-13) 10:45, 1:15, 3:45 ride Along (Pg-13) 11:30, 2:00, 4:45, 7:15, 9:30 saving Mr. Banks (Pg-13) 11:00, 1:45, 4:30, 7:15 The wolf of wall street (r) 6:00, 9:45 CineBArre (665-7776) Co-eD CineMA BrevArD (883-2200) August: osage County (r) 1:00, 4:00, 7:00 ePiC oF henDersonville (693-1146) Fine ArTs TheATre (232-1536) Dallas Buyers Club (r) 4:20, 7:20, Late show Fri-Sat 9:50 inside llewyn Davis (r) 1:00, 4:00, 7:00, Late show Fri-Sat 9:15 nebraska (r) 1:20 FlATroCk CineMA (697-2463) American hustle (r) 3:30, 7:00 regAl BilTMore grAnDe sTADiuM 15 (6841298) uniTeD ArTisTs BeAuCATCher (298-1234)

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Devil’s Due Nothing says January like low-rent horror, so here we have Rosemary’s Baby: The Found Footage Version — or so it seems. It’s all about some bozo videorecording his wife’s pregnancy and slowly realizing (ooweeoo) that she’s about to give birth to the Son o’ Satan. (See? The title is a joke. Get it?) It stars people you have never heard of and was made by two guys who made one of the episodes in V/H/S. In its potential favor, their episode was the best one in that film. Best is a relative term here. (R)

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan returns to the screen in the person of Chris Pine, which is probably OK. That the film was directed by Kenneth Branagh is almost certainly more than OK. And a cast that also includes Keira Knightley, Kevin Costner, Kenneth Branagh and Colm Feore should only help. The story appears to be about CIA agent Ryan uncovering a Russian plot to destroy the American economy. (pg-13)

The Nut Job The tagline for this latest animated kiddie-flick is “No Nuts, No Glory.” Make of that what you will. The plot seems to involve a curmudgeonly squirel, who is tossed out of his park (apparently for being curmudgeonly) and forced to eke out a meager existence in the city — where he discovers Maury’s Nut Store. A nut heist ensues. Voices are provided by Will Arnett, Brendan Fraser, Liam Neeson, Katherine Heigl and Maya Rudolph. (pg)

BusteR keAton ClAssiCs WitH oRiginAl sCoRes • WE (1/22), 9pm - The Not So Silent Cinema ensemble will perform live original scores during a screening of four Buster Keaton short films. Held at Isis, 743 Haywood Road. $10. Info: films At tHe AsHeville ARt museum Located at 2 S. Pack Square. Showings are free with membership or museum admission. Info: 253-3227 or ashevilleart. org. • FRIDAYS- A three part series “Art of Watching Films” will analyze cinematic elements and encourage viewers to to look at film as art. Concludes with a showing of Séraphine on Jan. 24. Hours: Jan. 10 & 17: 3pm. Jan. 24: 5pm. mARtin lutHeR king jR. events At unCA A series of special events will celebrate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Info: 251-6585 or • FR (1/17), 7pm - UNCA and The Martin Luther King, Jr. Association of Asheville will screen the documentary “Gideon’s Army,” which follows three public defenders in the South. A discussion with the filmmaker and one of the film’s subjects follows. Held in Lipinsky Auditorium. Free. Info: • TU (1/21), 7pm - UNCA will screen “American Promise,” a documentary that looks at issues or race, class and opportunity while chronicling the lives of two young boys attending a prestigious private schools. Held in the Highsmith University Union. Free. mlk jR. events At WCu Western Carolina University will host a variety of free events to honor Martin Luther King, Jr. Info: • MO (1/20) & TU (1/21), 6 pm - The documentary King: From Montgomery to Memphis will be screened in the A.K. Hinds University Center theater over the course of two nights.

Ride Along So when was the last time Tim Story made a really good movie? Let’s see, that was Barbershop back in 2002, which, coincidentally, was the last time Ice Cube starred in a really good movie. As a result, it’s permissible to evidence some cautious optimism in the two reteaming for Ride Along. There is also the question of your Kevin Hart tolerance, as he seems to be the real star here. The story has security guard Ben (Hart) riding along with cop brother-in-law James (Cube) to prove himself worthy of being married to James’ sister. (pg-13)

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comedY Rated NR Milos Forman’s The Firemen’s Ball (1967) created a good

bit of stir when it was released in the U.S. late in 1968. It even earned an Oscar nomination (as had his 1966 film The Loves of a Blonde). While it’s possible to understand the fuss in a historical context, it may be a little harder to actually feel it today. Classic World Cinema by Courtyard Gallery will present The Firemen’s Ball Friday, Jan. 17, at 8 p.m. at Phil Mechanic Studios, 109 Roberts St., River Arts District (upstairs in the Railroad Library). Info: 273-3332,

The Lair of the White Worm HHHHS hoRRoR comedY Rated R Ken Russell’s 1988 horror comedy, The Lair of the

White Worm, makes a return appearance at the Thursday Horror Picture Show. While it is one of the filmmaker’s lighter works, it’s also the Ken Russell picture that turned a lot of younger viewers onto his great films from the 1960s and 70s. It’s also just plain, cheeky fun. Not to mention it’s a chance to remember how young Hugh Grant was 36 years ago and to see Peter Capaldi long, long before anyone ever thought of making him Dr. Who. The Thursday Horror Picture Show will screen The Lair of the White Worm Thursday, Jan. 16, 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.

The Nuisance HHHH comedY-dRama Rated NR The great Lee Tracy stars in one of his best roles

in The Nuisance — a fast-paced, cynical comedy (with doses of drama) about a shrewd (and none-too-honest) ambulance-chasing lawyer who has refined the business of obtaining large settlements for accident claims into a science. The fast-talking Tracy is, of course, the lawyer in question, and he’s brilliant in the part. But don’t overlook the presence of Frank Morgan (in the days before he became completely mired in being the Wizard of Oz) as his drunken doctor cohort or the great Charles Butterworth as a professional victim. It’s all bright, funny and hard as nails.

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The Asheville Film Society will screen The Nuisance Tuesday, Jan. 21, at 8 p.m. in Theater Six at The Carolina Asheville and will be hosted by Xpress movie critics Ken Hanke and Justin Souther.

The Quiller Memorandum HHHH spY dRama Rated NR: As soon as there were James Bond movies, there was a

response with more seriously intended spy films. The Quiller Memorandum (1966) is one such film, and though it’s one of the more obscure ones, it is also one of the better ones. Oh, there are some problems, and Michael Anderson’s direction is never more than workmanlike, but Harold Pinter’s screenplay — with its repetitions and odd cadences — is absolutely mesmerizing. The Hendersonville Film Society will show The Quiller Memorandum Sunday, Jan. 19, 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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Keanu Reeves, Hiroyuki Sanada, Ko Shibasaki, Tadanobu Asano, Min Tanaka samurai fantasy adventure A group of disgraced samurai set out to avenge the death of their master. A mix of samuraimovie basics and occasional fantasy elements that combine to make a boring, unmemorable flick. Rated pg-13

American Hustle HHHHS Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence, Jeremy Renner cheerfully amoral sometimes factbased comedy drama Vaguely factbased (Abscam) comedy drama about not-very-bright people trying to out-con each other. Funny, cynical and even a little demented, David O. Russell’s latest boasts incredible turns from its high-powered cast, a genuine sense of the late 1970s and a pop soundtrack to die for. Rated R

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues HH Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell, David Koechner

comedy Buffoonish, loud-mouthed news anchor Ron Burgundy tries to rebuild his reputation on a cable news channel. A generally unfunny rehash of the first Anchorman that only occasionally works when it’s being satirical. Rated pg-13

August: Osage County HHHH Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Chris Cooper, Ewan McGregor, Margo Martindale, Sam Shepard theatrical black comedy drama An astonishingly dysfunctional family gathers for the funeral of its patriarch. Personalities clash, tempers flare, secrets are revealed. Essentially, this is an overheated melodrama, but it’s enjoyably performed as dark comedy by a highprofile cast. It’s not a great movie, but it’s a lot of twisted fun, great dialogue and scenery chewing. Rated R


AIDS and almost inadvertently becomes a major force in the gay community in battling the disease — if not in exactly orthodox methods. Brilliant performances from Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto propel this finely-crafted film into the realm of the must-see. It’s a strong work that refuses cheap sentimentality. Rated R

Frozen HHHS

(Voices) Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad, Santino Fontana, Alan Tudyk animated fantasy A newly crowned queen — with the ability to freeze things — plunges her country into perpetual winter. It’s certainly dazzling to look at, but apart from the presence of two female leads and no real male hero, it’s pretty standard Disney fare, decked out in a largely forgettable, but occasionally irritating, songs. Not a bad movie, but far from a great one. Rated pg

The Great Beauty (La Grande Bellezza) HHHHH Toni Servillo, Carlo Verdone, Sabrina Ferilli, Carlo Buccirosso, Iaia Forte comedy drama An aging trendsetter, journalist and writer takes a look at his life and the special world he lives in. A great bursting Roman candle (literally) of a film — a grand cinematic whirlwind that’s in touch with the past of Italian film but isn’t embalmed by it. There is nothing like it out there, and it’s truly stunning. Rated R

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


The Book Thief HHHH

Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Scarlett Johansson, Rooney Mara, Olivia Wilde, Matt Letscher

wwii drama Story of a young girl living with a foster family in Nazi Germany. Old-fashioned, a little stolid and safe, but well made and generally effective drama with some terrific performances that make up for most of its shortcomings. Rated pg-13

futuristic comedy drama Mildly futuristic story of a man who falls in love with his sentient computer operating system. It doesn’t all work, and Her is more simplistic than its ambitions to be a profound statement on modern technology would like. But it’s more workable than its premise might sound — and there’s an emotional wallop to it. Rated R

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travel through Middle Earth to breach the lair of a deadly dragon. Yet another overlong Tolkien adaptation, this one suffers from a sense of corner-cutting and a lack emotional center or any real dramatic arc. Rated pg-13

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire HHHS Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Donald Sutherland, Philip Seymour Hoffman

futuristic action thriller Sequel to The Hunger Games. Mostly an improvement on the first film — until it gets to the action centerpiece of the game, whereupon it not only spins the same wheels, but relies too heavily on the assumption that you have seen the first movie. Rated pg-13

Inside Llewyn Davis HHHHH Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake, Adam Driver, John Goodman, Garrett Hedlund drama with dark comedy and music A week of hard luck in the life of a moderately talented folk singer in the winter of 1961. The Coen brothers’ latest is one of 2013’s best films, but while it’s bitterly funny, it’s also a darkly disturbing film that’s likely to alienate some people. It’s a remarkable movie with a remarkable soundtrack, but despite some obvious similarities, don’t expect another O Brother, Where Art Thou? Rated R

Lone Survivor HHS

Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch, Ben Foster, Eric Bana war action Four Navy Seals in the Afghani wilderness are ambushed by Taliban forces. Its inherent nastiness and fits of being little more than an ‘80s action movie throwback keep the film from reaching its lofty intentions. Rated R

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Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom HHHS Idris Elba, Naomie Harris, Tony Kgoroge, Riaad Moosa

biopic The life of Nelson Mandela, from young activist to prisoner to president of South Africa. A run-of-the-mill biopic, with all the problems that entails, which doesn’t shy away from the pricklier aspects of Mandela’s life but fails to properly illustrate his importance. Rated pg-13

Nebraska HHHHS

Bruce Dern, Will Forte, June Squibb, Bob Odenkirk, Stacy Keach. Mary Louise Wilson, Rance Howard drama comedy A delusional old man insists on traveling to Lincoln, Neb., to claim his “winnings” in a contest he hasn’t actually won. A sometimes unpleasant look at small-town life that’s nicely balanced by a warmly human — and sometimes very funny — take on family relations and how little we know of each other. Another awards-season keeper. Rated R

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by Rob Brezny

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aRies (maRch 21-apRiL 19)

capRicoRn (dec. 22-Jan. 19)

scoRpio (oct. 23-nov. 21)

Whose enemy are you? Are you anyone's adversary or obstructionist or least favorite person? Answer honestly, please. Don't be in denial. Next question: Do you derive anything useful from playing this oppositional role? If your answer is yes, that's fine. I won't try to talk you out of it. Continue to reap the benefits of being someone's obstacle. But if, on the other hand, you get little value out of this negative relationship, now would be a good time to change it. You have more power than usual to free yourself from being an antagonist.

Metaphorically speaking, you have recently come into possession of some new seeds. They are robust. They are hardy. They have the potential to grow into big, strong blooms. So when should you plant them, metaphorically speaking? I’m going to suggest that you wait awhile longer. It wouldn’t be bad for them if you sowed them right now, but I think their long-term vitality will be even greater if you postpone the planting for at least a week. Two weeks might be better. Trust your intuition.

In his book Schottenfreude: German Words for the Human Condition, Ben Schott dreams up new compound German words for use in English. Here's one that would serve you well in the coming week: fingerspitzentanz, meaning "fingertips-dance." Schott says it refers to "tiny triumphs of nimble-fingered dexterity." His examples: fastening a bracelet, tightening a minuscule screw, unknotting, removing a recalcitrant sticker in one unbroken peel, rolling a joint, identifying an object by touch alone, slipping something off a high shelf. Both literally and metaphorically speaking, Scorpio, you now have an abundance of this capacity. Everything about you is more agile, deft and limber than usual. You'll be a master of fingerspitzentanz.

tauRus (apRiL 20-maY 20)

If a substance has been burned, it can't be burned again. There's no flammable stuff left to feed a fire. That's simple physics. Now as for the question of whether a person can be burned more than once — we're speaking metaphorically here — the answer is, unfortunately, yes. Some folks don't learn from their mistakes and don't have enough emotional intelligence to avoid the bullies and manipulators who burn them again in the future. But I'm confident that you aren't one of these types, Leo, or that at least you won't be in the coming days. You may have been burned before, but you won't be burned this time.

gemini (maY 21-June 20)

viRgo (aug. 23-sept. 22)

What part of your life is too small, and you want to make it bigger? Is there a situation that's overly intense and dramatic, and you wish you could feel more lighthearted about it, less oppressed? Are you on a quest that has become claustrophobic, and you'd love to find a way to make it more spacious and relaxed? If you answered yes to any of those questions, Gemini, there's good news. Very soon now, you will have a close encounter with the magic you need to open what has been closed and expand what has been narrow. Be alert for it. Be crafty as you gather it in and harness it for your use.

"People who don't take risks generally make about two big mistakes a year," said author Peter Drucker. "People who do take risks generally make about two big mistakes a year." In general I agree with that assessment. But I think it needs to be altered for your situation in the coming months. Here's the adjusted version of the formula: Virgos who don't take risks in 2014 will make an average of 3.1 big mistakes. Virgos who do take risks in 2014 will make, at most, a half a big mistake.

canceR (June 21-JuLY 22)

"You know what the greatest tragedy is in the whole world?" asks novelist Terry Pratchett. "It's all the people who never find out what it is they really want to do or what it is they're really good at. It's all the people who never get to know what it is that they can really be." If that description applies to you even a little, Libra — if you're still not completely sure what you're good at it and what you want to do — the coming months will be prime time to fix that problem. Start now! How? Open your mind to the possibility that you don't know yourself as well as you someday will. Take vocational tests. Ask smart people you trust to tell you what they think about your special aptitudes and unique qualities. And one more thing: Be wildly honest with yourself about what excites you.

In her poem "Catch a Body," Ilse Bendorf says she dislikes the advice "Don't ever tell anybody anything." On the other hand, she continues, "Tell everyone everything" isn't the right approach either. Judging from your astrological omens, Cancerian, I surmise that you're wavering between those two extremes. You're tempted to think you've got to do one or the other. Should you cultivate the power that comes from being silent, and keep people guessing about your true feelings? Or should you seek greater intimacy but risk giving away your power by confessing all your inner thoughts? I suggest you take a middle path. Tell the vivid truth, but carefully and incrementally. 62

Leo (JuLY 23-aug. 22)

You Tauruses are customarily more grounded than the rest of us. But this week, I'm wondering if you will be tempted to escape the laws of gravity and rebel against the call of duty. I suspect that your dreams, at least, will feature uninhibited forays into the wild blue yonder. While you're sleeping you may float weightlessly in an interplanetary spaceship, become an eagle and soar over forests, wear a futuristic jet pack on your back and zip through the sky, sail across the Serengeti Plains in a hot-air balloon, or have a picnic on a cloud with a feast of cotton candy, sponge cake and mint tea. Would you consider bringing this kind of fun into your waking life?

JanuaRY 15 - JanuaRY 21, 2014

LibRa (sept. 23-oct. 22)

sagittaRius (nov. 22-dec. 21) The four elements that compose cocaine are the same as those that make up TNT, caffeine, and nylon: hydrogen, carbon, nitrogen and oxygen. The combinations and proportions of elements are different in each substance, of course. But the point, for our purposes, is that the same raw materials lead to different results. I foresee a similar drama unfolding in your own life, Sagittarius. How you assemble the ingredients you currently have at your disposal could produce either a rough and ragged high, a volatile risk, a pleasant stimulation or a useful resource. Which will it be? aquaRius (Jan. 20-feb. 18) The Flemish artist Jan van Eyck (1385-1441) was renowned for his innovative mastery of oil painting. He signed many of his works not just with his name but also with his motto: Als ick kan. Its idiomatic translation is "The best I can do." What he meant was that he had pushed his talent and craft to the limit, and then stopped and relaxed, content that he had given all he could. I invite you to have a similar attitude as you wrap up the projects you're currently involved in, Aquarius. Summon all your passion and intelligence as you create the most excellent outcome possible, but also know when to quit. Don't try too hard; just try hard. pisces (feb. 19-maRch 20) It's an excellent time to rise up and revolt against conventional wisdom. I urge you to immunize yourself against trendy groupthink as you outwit and outmaneuver the status quo. Have fun and activate your playful spirit to the max as you create workarounds to the way things have always been done. At the same time, Pisces, stay acutely attuned to your compassion and common sense. Don't be a quarrelsome intransigent. Don't be rebellious just to please your ego. If you follow these guidelines, you will be able to pull off a graceful insurrection that both soothes and stimulates your soul.

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