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I wanted to write and express my support of Apollo Flame Bistro, featured in Mountain Xpress [“All Greek to Me,” March 25]. My family patronizes the Hendersonville Road location frequently. I recommend the Big Fat Greek Platter, which comes with a massive Greek salad. The Greek dressing, meatballs, lamb and marinated chicken are terrific, and the servings are huge. I don’t know how they do it for the price, and I have often told my husband we can eat less expensively at Apollo Flame than we can buying our own groceries. In addition, the service is extremely prompt and friendly. If you want takeout, you are better off here than at the fast-food chains. The food is healthier, for a similar price, and I defy the chains to serve you as fast as Apollo Flame does. I have not tried the other restaurants in your article, so I can’t speak to them. However, I was so happy to see that all of these folks expressed their love of the United States and their appreciation for the opportunities we are all afforded here. With Americabashing so popular these days, it was refreshing to read about people who understand how fortunate we are to live in this wonderful place. — Jennifer Bleasdale Black Mountain

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Jobs implosion In WNC’s Graham County, Stanley Furniture announces closure, layoffs

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Buncombe County has one of the lowest unemployment rates in North Carolina’s 100 counties. But other parts of Western North Carolina aren’t faring as well. On April 3, Carolina Public Press reported this news about one of WNC’s poorest counties — Graham. Billy davis hesitated about taking on ownership of Graham County Cleaners in Robbinsville. That was three years go. Rumors that Stanley Furniture — the town’s bread and butter — might close was the reason. On April 1, those rumors became reality when Stanley announced it would cease furniture production in Robbinsville. “I think it will impact the whole county,” said Davis. “I hate it for the people who have jobs at Stanley.” The closing will mean the elimination of 400 jobs in the rural Western North Carolina county that, in a string of recent months, has had one of the highest unemployment rates in the state. N.C. Department of Commerce data showed that in January, the most recent data available, joblessness in Graham County reached 14.4 percent. That was the highest rate across the mountain region, and it was the second-highest among all of North Carolina’s 100 counties. With a labor force of about 3,500, Stanley’s closure will nearly double the number of people looking for work, according to state labor force numbers. (See the graph accompanying this article.) The closing will also devastate the 600-resident town of Robbinsville and its coffers, said Alderman Bobby smith.


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“We’ve got some people who have put a lifetime into that place,” Smith said. “As far as staying in this county … our children won’t have much to look forward to.” The town collects about $8,000 to $9,000 a month for providing sewer and water service to the sprawling plant. There also will be a loss in tax revenue. “I would hate to guess [how much],” Smith said. County Manager greg cable and Economic Development Director andy cable could not be immediately reached for comment. reported April 3 that the county is working to find a buyer for the facility. The Robbinsville Stanley Furniture plant, which has been around since the 1960s, makes Young America furniture. According to the company, the furniture is made from hardwoods and maple veneers and

Big Loss: Stanley Furniture, the largest employer in Graham County, recently announced it’s closing its manufacturer plant. Photo by Gwen Albers, courtesy of Carolina Public Press

designed to carry a child “from crib to college.” “After a thorough review of both our own operations and the current marketplace for nursery and youth furniture, management and the board concluded that the Young America business could not achieve an acceptable level of revenue within an adequate time frame to assure sustainable profitability and has decided that it is time for our company to focus its efforts on our profitable and growing

Stanley brand,” glenn Prillaman, president and CEO, said in a news release announcing the closing. david Petersen, vice president of marketing for the 90-year-old company, said on April 2 that he could not provide additional details, including the last day of operations or whether severances will be offered to employees. “Those are the details we will be sharing with our employees as we get through the process internally,” Petersen said. “What is important now is that we exit our domestic operation in a way that minimizes the impact on our retail customers and that we do all we can to help our approximately 400 associates in Robbinsville with this difficult change for them and their families,” Prillaman added.” Additionally, we have retained services to assist in maximizing value

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from assets related to the Young America brand.” News of the closing took resident Jerry collins back several decades to when Lees Carpet moved from the same plant. A house painter then, Collins had to find work out of town. Many of his family members moved away, never to return. “I couldn’t even buy a job here for two years,” the 68-year-old said. “It was really bad.” Resident J.c. Payne noted the closure will devastate the county of 8,700. “I think it’s going to be bad,” the 80-year-old retired postal worker said. “Outside of that, we have no industry left. When 400 (lose jobs) in a county that does not have a big population, that’s a big chunk.” The news came as a shock to many residents, including Jarren Ledbetter, a 25-year-old cook at McDonald’s in Robbinsville. “I can’t believe it,” Ledbetter said. “That plant has been open as long as I can remember. My aunt worked there for 20-something years. It will take a miracle of God to get through this.” david cable, owner of Cable Auto Parts for 23 years, said he didn’t see the Stanley plant’s closure coming. “It’s sad, it’s very sad,” Cable said. “We both know people who work there,” added dirk cody, whose

family owns the nearby Crown Food Mart. The company will honor all orders for Young America products placed on or before April 28, according to the news release. Orders for the company’s Stanley brand were up double digits in the first quarter, even with the weather-related challenges that plagued retailers across the country, according to the news release. “We have a healthy Stanley business that is making money,” Prillaman said. “It is supported by a wonderful heritage, strong product in the field and future pipeline, and we are looking forward to the prospects of focusing our team solely on the growth and profitability of this brand in the short-term.” The company ended its first quarter with approximately $16.7 million in cash and remains debt-free. X

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Small loans, big impact? Buncombe Commissioners approve $50,000 for Mountain Bizworks microloans on party line vote

into the fund and be available for other loans, said McMinn. She estimates the average loan will be paid back in three to five years. “This is so smart because it’s an investment now that will really grow in perpetuity, said Jones.

Buncombe commissioners voted along party lines April 1 to give Mountain Bizworks $50,000 toward a new microloan program that will help small local businesses get needed capital. The local business nonprofit will leverage the county funds to receive an additional $300,000 from the federal Small Business Association Microloan Program. “The funding will help local entrepreneurs make their dreams and vision a reality,” said eileen mcminn, chair of the Mountain Bizworks board. “We loan money to people who no one else will loan money to.” In increments of $2,500 and up to $50,000, the nonprofit will use the funds to make at least 25 microloans to small businesses in Buncombe County over the next year, according to McMinn. “We’re committed to supporting small businesses, and this is a real way to do it,” said Board of Commissioners Vice Chair ellen frost, who helped put the plan together along with Commissioner Brownie newman. After evaluating different partner organizations and programs for months in the search for a cost-effective way to help small businesses, Newman said, “We concluded that piloting this program with Mountain Bizworks was a great way to go. … We don’t need to reinvent the wheel.” If it’s successful, Newman said he’d like to see the county’s initial “modest” investment grow in the years ahead. Frost and Newman were joined in strong support by fellow Democratic Commissioner holly Jones and Board Chair david gantt. Interest rates will range from 7.5 to 11 percent. As borrowers repay the initial loans, proceeds will go back

In response to questions about the risks involved from Republican Commissioner mike fryar, Mountain Bizworks’ Chief Credit Officer Brian griffin reported that the nonprofit has loaned more than $7 million to small businesses since 2007 and has had a loan loss rate consistently under 2 percent. “It is really impressive,” said Griffin. In order to receive microloans, local entrepreneurs will have to meet a series of criteria. “There has to be some kind of sweat in the game for us to take it seriously,” said Griffin, noting that the organization regularly denies loan requests. “We are very realistic about who we approve,” added Jaime Beasley, the organization’s smallbusiness lender. He estimated that Mountain Bizworks loans have generated 3,000-4,000 local jobs over the last 25 years. “We are very proud of our track record,” he said. “These are not gifts. These are not handouts.” The roster of successful enterprises the organization has helped fund or train over the years includes LaZoom Tours, The Organic Mechanic, FLS Energy and the French Broad Chocolate Lounge, among many others. However, as the county heads into what is likely to be another tough budget year, Fryar still worried that giving the nonprofit $50,000 wouldn’t be a wise use of resources. “Maybe we can go down to the tax office and see if people want to give them $1 apiece. I work for the taxpayers,” he declared. Frost quickly countered: “For people who want a small business realized, this is it. This is a blessing. For anyone to say this is wrong, have them get in front of a

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heLP on the way: Eileen McMinn, chair of the Mountain Bizworks board, presented a plan to Buncombe commissioners to provide microloans to local entrepreneurs. Photo by Jesse Farthing

small-business owner who needs to get a leg up.” Fryar also questioned the stability of the program as Mountain Bizworks continues to restructure after a liquidity crisis this winter forced it to cut more than half its staff and drop a number of educational programs. “We are looking very closely at all of our programs to make sure they are cost-effective and sustainable,” McMinn responded. “It’s definitely sustainable.” Meanwhile, Republican Commissioner Joe Belcher said he couldn’t support the deal because it wasn’t included as part of the community grant application process typically used for nonprofit requests. “If we would do it through that process, I think I could get behind it,” he said. The county’s nonprofit funding guidelines favor organizations that keep their administrative costs below 12 percent; Mountain Bizworks’ are closer to 15 percent. But Jones told her skeptical colleagues they should approach the deal with the same importance and urgency that they give to economic incentive requests from large corporations. “We click our heels … and we are on it. I think it’s only fair to treat this money in the same way,” she said. In the last year, commissioners have unanimously approved giving

international corporations such as GE Aviation and Jacob Holm Industries millions of dollars in exchange for expanding local operations. “When some of the bigger manufacturing projects come in, we’ve really gone to bat for those. … People often ask what’s the county doing for small businesses,” Newman told Xpress. “I think that’s a really good question. So we’re trying to put some ideas forward for what the county can really do to support and foster the smallbusiness sector in the community, which is really where the majority of jobs will be created in the future.” Republican Commissioner david king joined Fryar and Belcher in voting against the funding. X

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Madam senator Buncombe County Democrats appoint Van Duyn to fill Nesbitt’s term In a special April 3 election, Buncombe County Democratic leaders picked longtime community activist terry van duyn to serve as the area’s new North Carolina senator. Van Duyn will complete the unexpired term of Sen. martin nesbitt, the state senate minority leader who died in March after representing District 49 in the General Assembly since 2003. After three rounds of voting among the Buncombe Democrat’s 149 precinct chairs, vice chairs and elected officials, Van Duyn emerged victorious over the five other candidates vying for the position: veronika gunter, michelle Pace wood, charlie owen, keith young and aixa wilson. Before the voting, each took turns trying to garner support by making 3-minute speeches in the packed new wing of the Buncombe County Courthouse. Several of the candidates had also been lobbying voters for several weeks via phone calls, emails and mailers. In her winning pitch, Van Duyn presented herself as a champion for “ordinary people.” “For the last 20 years, I’ve helped organizations in Buncombe County that serve children at risk, the elderly and victims of domestic violence,” she said. “What motivates me to do

that work is that I will never forget how I got here. I am the product of good public policy. I am the product of great public education. And that’s why it’s important to me to stand up for everyday people.” Van Duyn said she’s the oldest of eight children and that her mom and dad didn’t graduate from college. Van Duyn retired after a successful career as a systems analyst and business woman. She lives in Biltmore Forest. She has served on the boards of a long list of local organizations, including Carolina Day School, Meals on Wheels, the Autism Society of North Carolina and the Children’s Welfare League. Most recently, Van Duyn worked as a volunteer health-care navigator, helping local residents sign up for new insurance plans available as part of the Affordable Care Act. She’s also been active in the Moral Monday movement and was arrested in Raleigh at a June protest against the Republican legislative agenda. In her speech to Buncombe County Democrats, she blamed the GOP for low teacher pay as well as “draconian cuts to unemployment insurance, failure to take the medicaid expansion” and “tax cuts for the super rich and corporations.” “It is no wonder that they have to suppress our vote,” she asserted, rousing the party faithful to loud applause. Van Duyn went on to echo President Barack obama’s winning message in 2012 against mitt Romney — telling attendees that state Republicans view citizens who need help or those who work in gov-

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ernment jobs such as teachers, fireman or police officers are “takers.” “We know that is just wrong,” she said. Changing that mentality in state government “is not going to be easy,” she cautioned. “We have a state legislature that is so drunk on power, they won’t even let their own legislators vote their conscious.” In the special party election, state rules stipulated that the winning candidate earn over 50 percent of votes — at least 76 in this case. Van Duyn received the most votes in every round, though it took three bouts before she surpassed the magic number. In the end, she beat second place finisher Gunter, 93 votes to 53. Buncombe County’s most successful campaign manager for the last 15 years, Gunter helped Asheville Mayor esther manheimer, Commissioner Brownie newman, Register of Deeds drew Reisinger and many others earn their jobs. “In Buncombe County, this winning has meant better schools, living wage jobs and environmental stewardship,” she told leaders before they cast their votes. “We’ve been winning in Buncombe County and moving forward, even as the rest of our state has been moving backward.” But although she didn’t mention it in her public comments,

Van Duyn has also played a key role in electing Democrats over the years as a major donor. Van Duyn made an unsuccessful 2012 bid for the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners in District 3, which encompasses the most conservative part of the county, including EnkaCandler and Sandy Mush. Despite outspending every other candidate, she lost by a wide margin to Republicans. But in her first general election to maintain her new Senate seat in November, Van Duyn will be in much friendlier territory: District 49 encompasses almost all of Buncombe County, including Asheville, where Democrats outnumber Republicans significantly. Still, Van Duyn says she’s not taking anything for granted. Three Republicans are vying in the May 6 primary to test the new incumbent in the fall: former State House Rep. mark crawford, former N.C. Senator R.L. clark and tea party activist clarence young. “There’s no rest for the weary. I take this responsibility very seriously,” Van Duyn told Xpress just minutes after winning her new job. “We will start working tomorrow putting together a campaign and just talking to folks out in the county and letting them get to know me, letting them understand that my values are their values; start working to get teachers a better deal.” X

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Newsdesk Mother Earth News Fair to draw crowds and big names Mother Earth News will make a return to Western North Carolina with the Mother Earth News Fair, an event that will feature 200 hands-on workshops focused on self-sufficiency and sustainability. The fair began in 2010 at the Seven Springs Mountain Resort in Pennsylvania as a means to provide hands-on demonstrations of the concepts discussed in the magazine. In 2011, a second venue was added at Payallup, Wash., and a third venue was added in Topeka, Kan., in 2013.

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This year marks the fair’s inaugural premiere at the Western North Carolina Agricultural Center in Fletcher. Mother Earth News, now in its 44th year, has a history with handson learning specific to WNC. The magazine hosted visitors at its 600acre Eco Village in Hendersonville from the mid-1970s through the mid-1980s, focusing on education related to homesteading activities. Several notable speakers will headline the fair, including Joel salatin, farmer and owner of Polyface Farms in Swoope, Va. Salatin has been featured in a number of documentaries, including Food, Inc. and Farmageddon, and he was featured prominently in Michael Pollan’s book, The Omnivore’s Dilemma. When asked why one should attend the fair,

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AnimAls HorsebAck riding instruction (pd.) By retired horse show judge. Learn to ride correctly for pleasure or show. All levels-your stable/ horse or mine. Call 450-2724. Email: or visit AsHeville HumAne society donAtion drive, 761-2001, ext. 301 • SA (4/12), 10am-6pm - Registries for this "Baby Shower" drive, to support foster kittens and puppies, can be found at Target, Walmart and Amazon. Donations may be dropped off at the Adoption Center, 14 Forever Friend Lane. Full moon FArm WolFdog

rescue 664-9818, • SA (4/12), 3-6pm - "Howl In," includes tour and potluck. $5 per plate. Pet loss suPPort grouP 258-3229 For anyone who has lost or is anticipating the death of a pet. Free. • 1st WEDNESDAYS, 6pm - 1 Edwin Place. Free.

beneFits doWn Home, A beneFit For HAbitAt For HumAnity (pd.) • SA (4/26), 6-10pm – DOWN HOME, a benefit for Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity, at Taylor Ranch in Fletcher. Cocktail hour, presentation by Allison Ramsey Architects, BBQ dinner, contra dancing (beginners wel-

come) with caller Diane Silver, music by Good & Plenty and much more. Info/tickets: or 828.210.9385. 'Are you smArter tHAn A FiFtH grAder' 259-9717, • TH (4/10), 6pm - A trivia fundraiser for children First/ cis. Held in the A-B Tech Auditorium. Admission is $5 or 5 cans of food. AsHeville music scHool beneFit concert 252-6244, • TH (4/10), 6:30pm - Proceeds support scholarships and outreach ensembles. Held at Isis, 743 Haywood Road. $12/$6 children age 3-10. HArry Potter AlliAnce book drive • Through WE (4/30) - Books will be donated to Accio books and the

Pop Project. Contact for drop-off locations. keeP tHe beAt beneFit, kyefin@ • TU (4/15), 7pm - Portion of sales and donations from bachelor auction raises funds for an Asheville woman's medical costs. Free to attend. Held at Urban Orchard, 210 Haywood Road. Pretty 4 Prom donAtion drive 550-9511 • Through (4/30) - Collecting dresses, accessories and cash donations for local girls in need. recyclery bike donAtion drive 255-7916, Donations may be brought to 90 Biltmore Ave., Tue.-Thu.:4-8pm; Sat: 1-5pm. • Through WE (4/30) - Bikes and bike

parts may be donated for kids and adults.

Lifelong Learning Center. $25. Registration required.

tHrive rescue Home bAcHelor Auction 582-5151, • SA (4/12), 6:15pm - Ticket sales benefit the organization's work to rescue, restore and release children involved in sex-trafficking. $15/$10. Held at Asheville Event Centre, 291 Sweeten Creek Road

buncombe county rePublicAn Women 828-337-47189, madilujen@ • 2nd THURSDAYS, 11:30am - Meeting held at The Corner Stone Restaurant, 102 Tunnel Road.

WAlk to end luPus noW 877-849-8271, • Through (5/16) - Registration is open for this May 17 event for lupus Foundation of America. Participants agree to raise $100.

business & tecHnology score counselors to smAll business 271-4786, Held in A-B Tech's Small Business Center, Enka campus. Free. • WE (4/9), 6-9pm "Advanced Internet Marketing."

clAsses, meetings & events PysAnky WorksHoPs in tHe river Arts district (pd.) Or at your location. Learn to make beautiful Ukrainian Easter eggs. Call (828) 423-6459 for more info. Visit sPring symPosium - Four Futures For mountAin FArmlAnd (pd.) Rethinking sustainability and land use: Agriculture? Development? - Innovation? - Conservation? WarrenWilson College, Canon Lounge, Thursday, April 17. Register today at www. A-b tecH cAreer oPen House 398-7852, marthagball@ • TH (4/10), 4-7pm - Open to the public. Held in the college's Coman Gym and Magnolia Building. AmericAn business Women's AssociAtion • TH (4/10), 5:30 - Speaker: Leslie Frey, founder of

decluttering WorksHoP • TU (4/15), 2pm - Held at Etowah Library, 101 Brickyard Rd., 891-6577, Four seAsons toAstmAsters 606-3890, • WE (4/9), 8-9am - Open house. Held at Smoky Mountain Theater, 333 Thompson Road, Hendersonville. goodWill cAreer clAsses 828-298-9023, ext. 1106 • ONGOING - Classes for careers in the food and hotel industries. Includes American Hotel and Lodging Association Certification. Call for times. $25. • TUESDAYS through THURSDAYS, 9am-noon Adult basic education/ high school equivalency classes. Registration required. • MONDAYS & WEDNESDAYS, 5:30-8:30pm - ESL classes. Registration required. • TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS, 12:30-3:30pm - Medical office support career classes. Registration required. Henderson county HeritAge museum Main St., Hendersonville, 6941619, Located in the Historic Courthouse. Free unless otherwise noted. • Through WE (12/31) Coming of the Railroad, Civil War exhibit. internAtionAl FestivAl At Wcu or 2277494. • WE (4/9), 11am-3:30pm - Held at Hinds University Center. Free. lAnd oF sky toAstmAsters • TUESDAYS, 7am - Meets at the Reuter YMCA, 3 Town Square Blvd.

tAx AssistAnce 277-8288 Local libraries will offer federal & state tax assistance through April 15. Attendees must bring required documents. • MONDAYS & WEDNESDAYS, 10am-4pm - Pack Memorial Library, 67 Haywood St. • THURSDAYS, 10am-4pm - Weaverville Library, 41 N. Main St. • SATURDAYS, 10:30am2:30pm - Pack Memorial Library, 67 Haywood St. Not available March 15. • TUESDAYS, 9am-4pm West Asheville Library, 942 Haywood Road. • 10am-4pm - Black Mountain Library, 105 N. Dougherty St. tHe big dAy Wedding & celebrAtions FAir • SU (4/13), 1-6pm - $15/$10 in advance. Held at Held at Asheville Art Museum, 2 N. Pack Square West AFricAn drum clAss All levels welcome. • SATURDAYS through (4/26), 4pm - Held at Carver Community Center, 101 Carver Ave., Black Mountain. Western cAroliniAns For PeAce And Justice in tHe middle eAst • WE (4/9), 9:30am - Held at Black Mountain Presbyterian Church library, 117 Montreat Road, Black Mountain.

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Wnc HeAltH AdvocAtes PresentAtion • WE (4/9), 7-9pm - With columnist, author and radio personality Susan Reinhardt. $20. Held at the Millroom, 66 Asheland Ave. Tickets: avl. mx/07a. Wnc knitters And crocHeters For otHers

575-9195, • MO (4/14), 7-9pm - Meets at New Hope Presbyterian Church, 3070 Sweeten Creek Road. Wnc orcHid society • SU (4/13), 2pm - Meets at 8 Medical Park Drive.

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Fun fundraisers

Dance Beginner Swing Dancing Lessons (pd.) 4 week series starts first Tuesday of every month at 7:30pm. $10/week per person. • No partner necessary. Eleven on Grove, downtown Asheville. Details: www.SwingAsheville. com Studio Zahiya, Downtown Dance Classes (pd.) Tuesday 9am Hip Hop Wrkt 6pm Bellydance 1 7pm Bellydance 2 8pm West African • Wednesday 6pm Bellydance 3 • Thursday 9am Hip Hop Wrkt 10am Bellydance Wrkt 4pm Kid's Dance 5pm Teen Dance 6pm AfroBrazilian 7pm West African • Sunday 5:15pm Yoga • $13 for 60 minute classes. 90 1/2 N. Lexington Avenue. www.studiozahiya. com :: (828) 242-7595 International Folk Dancing 350-2051 • MONDAYS, 2:15-4pm Held at Harvest House, 205 Kenilworth Road. Free.

Thrive Rescue Home hosts Charity Bachelor Auction WHAT: Charity Bachelor Auction WHERE: Asheville Ballroom, 991 Sweeten Creek Road WHEN: Saturday, April 12, at 7:15 p.m. WHY: The goal of Thrive Rescue Home is to rescue, restore and, ultimately, release children who have been affected by sex trafficking. In combination with the Love Justice Project in Asheville, which was created earlier this year, Thrive Rescue Home is holding a Charity Bachelor Auction to help raise awareness for the cause. The auction aims to bring the concept of “selling people” to life in an exciting way, while still addressing a critical issue that exists throughout the world.


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After spending time with Thrive Rescue Home in Thailand, Darien McClung, the director of Love Justice in Asheville, is working to shed light on the topic in the United States. “The most important thing I learned in Thailand is how networking is key,” says McClung, who mentioned networking as an integral part of the effort here at home. “My favorite part of the auction … is going to be raising awareness. It’s always awesome to hear how [different people] learned about the human trafficking issue.” Single men over the age of 18 are eligible to apply to be a bachelor, and anyone over the age of 18 is invited to attend the event. The price is $10 for a basic ticket; for $15, attendees can buy a VIP ticket, which offers early seating at 6:15 p.m. and a dinner served by the bachelors. Visit for more information. — By Tanner Hall


Festivals Zeugner Center Easter Egg Hunt 684-5072 • SA (4/12), 1-4pm - Located at 90 Springside Drive. $2 or a can of food for MANNA Food Bank.

Government & Politics Blue Ridge Republican Women & Buncombe County Republican Men 230-1444 • 2nd THURSDAYS, 6:30pm - Registration required for optional dinner: 6 pm, $18. Held at The Renaissance Hotel, 31 Woodfin St. Free. Henderson County Democratic Party 692-6424, Meets at 905 Greenville Highway, Hendersonville, unless otherwise noted. • WE (4/9), 9am - Discussion Group. Held at Mike’s on Main, 303 N. Main Street, Hendersonville. • SA (4/12), 10am - Convention of Precinct Delegates. Held at 305 Williams Street, Hendersonville. • WE (4/16), 11:30am - Senior Democrats meeting.

Asheville Green Drinks • WE (4/9), 6pm - "FaithBased Perspectives on Climate Change." Held at Lenoir Rhyne University Graduate Center, 36 Monford Avenue. Free. • WE (4/16), 6:30pm Presentation of Al Gore’s slideshow on climate change. Held in UNCA's Humanities Lecture Hall. Free. Invasive Plant Eradication 258-8737, Hosted by Western North Carolina Alliance. • SA (4/12), 10am-2pm - Held at Richmond Hill Park, 280 Richmond Hill Drive. Tools and instruction provided. RiverLink Events 252-8474, • SA (4/12), 11am-2pm - Sierra Nevada River Cleanup with Asheville Greenworks. Free. Held at Held at Carrier Park220 Amboy Rd. • TU (4/15), 10am - Riverlink Walks: Amphibians and macroinvertebrates. Free. Registration required.

Kids Dance Classes at Black Mountain Center for the Arts 669-0930, blackmountainarts. org 225 W. State St., Black Mountain. $40 per month. Registration required. • THURSDAYS, 3:30-4:30pm Kids in Motion. Ages 3 to 5. • MONDAYS, 4-5pm & THURSDAYS, 4:30-5:30pm Beginners Hip Hop. Ages 6-10. • SATURDAYS, 9am - Ballet Diana Wortham Theatre 2 South Pack Square, 2574530, • FR (4/11), 6:30pm Traditional camp songs with musicians Beth and Jim Magill. $10/free for children under 12 . Parks and Recreation Department's Fit Kids Class • TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS through (4/10) - For ages 6-11. Meets at Stephens-Lee Recreation Center, 30 George Washington Carver Ave.

Smith McDowell House History Center Located on the A-B Tech campus, 283 Victoria Rd., • SA (4/12), 1-3pm - Easter crafts, prizes and games. $5/$3 non-crafting children. Tot Time at Asheville Art Museum 282-253-3227, ashevilleart. org. Held in the museum’s ArtPLAYce. • TU (4/15), 10:30am - $8/$7 students & seniors/ages 5 and under free. Youth Garden Club at the Stephens-Lee Center • FRIDAYS, 4-5pm - Held in the George Washington Carver Edible Garden, 30 George Washington Carver Ave.

Outdoors NC Science Festival 251-6442, • FR (4/11), 11am-3pm - Solar observing. Held on UNCA's Main Quad. Free. Swannanoa Valley Museum Hikes 669-9566, swannanoavalleym@ • SA (4/12), 10am - Hike to the summit of Watch Knob Mountain. Meets at the museum, 223 West State St., Black Mountain. $30/ $20 members.

Parenting First Parent Center Workshop 277-1315, • FR (4/11), 9-11am - For families with disabilities. "Engaging the Spectrum." $15. Registration required. HeartSpeak for Parents & Kids • THURSDAYS, 5-6pm - Ages 8 and up. Held at Rainbow Community School, 574 Haywood Road. Registration and info: or 545-9681.

Public Lectures Dialogue on Race Series 419-0730, robertamadden@ Held at Carver Community Center, 101 Carver Ave., Black Mountain. Free. • TH (4/10), 6-7:30pm "Legacy of Slavery."

Public lectures At mArs Hill university 866-642-4968, • WE (4/9), 7pm - State Superintendent of Public Instruction discusses "Fighting for Education on the Front Lines." In Moore Auditorium. • TU (4/15), 3:30pm - Former NC governor James B. Hunt, Jr. discusses "The State of Education in North Carolina." In Moore Auditorium. Public lectures At uncA Free unless otherwise noted. • WE (4/9), 7pm - "The Right Treatment for the Right Patient at the Right Time: Personalized Medicine and Statistics." Lipinsky Auditorium. • SA (4/12), 6pm - Joel Salatin, author and organic farmer. Humanities Lecture Hall.

seniors Adult Forum At First congregAtionAl 1735 5th Ave W., in the Felix building. 692-8630,

• SU (4/13), 9:15pm Discussion of Death Cafes.

sPirituAlity About tHe trAnscendentAl meditAtion tecHnique: Free introductory lecture (pd.) Healing and Transformation Through Transcendental Meditation. Learn about the authentic TM technique. It's not concentrating, trying to be mindful, or common mantra practice. It's an effortless, non-religious, evidence-based technique for heightened well-being and a spiritually fulfilled life. The only meditation recommended by the American Heart Association. • Topics: How the major forms of meditation differ—in practice and results; What science says about TM, stress, anxiety and depression; Meditation and brain research; What is Enlightenment? • Thursday, 6:30-7:30pm, Asheville tm center, 165 E. Chestnut. 828-254-4350 or

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: www. events, (828) 808-4444 AsHeville comPAssionAte communicAtion center (pd.) Free practice group. Learn ways to create understanding and clarity in your relationships, work, and community by practicing compassionate communication (nonviolent communication). 252-0538 or www.ashevilleccc. com • 2nd and 4th Thursdays, 5:00-6:00pm. AsHeville insigHt meditAtion (pd.) introduction to mindFulness meditAtion Learn how to get a Mindfulness Meditation practice started. 2nd & 4th Wednesdays. 7pm – 8:30. Asheville Insight Meditation, 29 Ravenscroft Dr, Suite 200,

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by Grady Cooper & Carrie Eidson

Send your event listings to groce united metHodist cHurcH 954 Tunnel Rd., 298-6195, • 2nd & 4th MONDAYS, 6:308:30pm- A Course in Miracles study group. mAHA sHAkti mAndir 11 Sand Hill Court, facebook. com/mahashaktimandir • WEDNESDAYS, 7-9pm Arati, chanting and spiritual discourse. • SATURDAYS, 6-8pm - Shiva and Sri Chakra Puja. out to tHe nAtions conFerence 278 Haywood Road, • FR (4/11) through SU (4/13) - Theme is "Restoring the Father's Reputation." $20.

homewaRd Books: The Pop Project, which works to spread to power of literacy to inmates, the homeless, impoverished children and others in need, seeks volunteers to help create book packages for clients of Homeward Bound of Asheville. Volunteers will meet on Saturday, April 12 to create book packages for these readers as they prepare to move into their new homes. (p.20)

(828) 808-4444, 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, 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. AquAriAn consciousness FelloWsHiP (pd.) Metaphysical program inspired by spiritual growth topics of your choice. Meditation, potluck, St. Germain live channeled piano music. • Second and Fourth Wednesday. 6:30pm. • Donation. (828) 658-3362. gurdJieFF: tHe FourtH WAy (pd.) In search of the miraculous? What are the possibilities of inner evolution? New groups forming for those who wish to pursue inner work. (828) 232-2220. www.


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mindFulness meditAtion (pd.) "AsHeville insigHt meditAtion Deepen your authentic presence, and cultivate a happier, more peaceful mind by practicing Insight (Vipassana) Meditation in a supportive community. Group Meditation. Thursdays, 7pm-8:30pm. Sundays, 10am-11:30pm. 29 Ravenscroft Dr., Suite 200, Asheville, (828) 808-4444, www. 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. www.billwalz. com A course oF love 505-0413, • WEDNESDAYS, 6:30pm - A class on spiritual transformation. Contact for directions. AsHeville center For trAnscendentAl

meditAtion 165 E. Chestnut, 254-4350, • THURSDAYS, 6:30 pm Introductory lectures on transcendental meditation. Free. AsHeville sHAmAnic Journey circle 369-0630, dreamtimejourneys. net • WEDNESDAYS, 6:30-9pm Shamanic Journey experience required. $10. Registration required. center For sPirituAl living AsHeville 2 Science Mind Way, 231-7638, Center for Spiritual Living • SUNDAYS, 11am - Musical celebration of life. Free. eckAnkAr center oF AsHeville 797 Haywood Rd., 254-6775, • SU (4/13), 11am - Community HU song. Free. grAce lutHerAn cHurcH 1245 Sixth Ave. W., Hendersonville, 693-4890, • WE (4/9), 4-5pm - Bilingual tour of the Stations of the Cross. Free. • WEDNESDAYS through (4/9), 4:45pm - Lenten supper in Stull Hall. Reservations required. • SU (4/13), 8:15, 9:45 & 11:15am - Palm Sunday services.

PAlm sundAy luncHeon • SU (4/13), 11am-2pm - Held at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 227 Cumberland Ave. qiqong PresentAtion • FR (4/11), 6pm - Daoist Priest Zhong Xuechao will discuss qigong at the Daoist Traditions College, 382 Montford Ave. Free. Info: 401714-1051 or tAoist tAi cHi society oPen House • SA (4/12), 1pm Demonstration of how Tai Chi can reduce tension. tHe sHAmbHAlA meditAtion center 19 Westwood Place, 490-4587, The Shambahala Meditation Center • THURSDAYS, 7pm - Dharma reading and discussion. Free. tHe teAcHings oF bruno groening • TU (4/15), 7pm - Held at N. Asheville Library, 1030 Merrimon Ave. Registration required. Info: suejtosh@live. com. Women's book study And discussion grouP 277-6400 • MONDAYS, 7-8:30pm Meets at Seacoast Asheville, 123 Sweeten Creek Road. Registration required.

sPoken & Written Word 2014 lAurette lePrevost Writers symPosium events 726-2334, With Denise Kiernan, author of The Girls of Atomic City.

Free. • TH (4/10), noon - Caldwell Community College, Watauga Campus. • TH (4/10), 7pm - J.E. Broyhill Civic Center, 1913 Hickory Blvd SE, Lenoir. • FR (4/11), noon - Caldwell Community College campus, in the gym. FountAinHeAd bookstore 697-1870, • SA (4/12), 2pm - Middle school fiction authors panel. Held at Skyland Arts Cinema, 538 N. Main St., Hendersonville Hendersonville Public librAry 301 N. Washington St., Hendersonville, 697-4725, • FR (4/11), 2-3pm "Poemscapes," a photography and poetry show. In Kaplan Auditorium. Hotel indigo 151 Haywood St., 239-0239, • WE (4/9), 5-7pm - Elise and Phil Okrend discuss their book, Messages to the Heart. mAlAProP's bookstore And cAFe 55 Haywood St., 254-6734, Events are free, unless otherwise noted. • TH (4/10) 7pm - "New Worlds," young adult fiction panel • FR (4/11), 7pm - Sheila Turnage discusses her book The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing. • FR (4/12), 10am Writing workshop with author Amy WilloughbyBurle. • SA (4/12), 7pm Ashley English discusses her book Handmade Gatherings: Recipes & Crafts for Seasonal Celebrations & Potluck Parties with tasting and demonstrations. • SA (4/13), 3pm Bulgarian authors discuss their works. • MO (4/14), 7pm Mystery Book Club: The Poison Tree by Erin Kelly. • TU (4/15), 7pm - Comix Club: Blue by Pat Grant • TU (4/15), 7:30pm Anne Clinard Barnhil discusses her novel Queen Elizabeth’s Daughter. • WE (4/16), 7pm - Patti Digh discusses her book The Geography of Loss.

n.c. Poet lAureAte events 919-807-6530, ncartseveryday. org Readings and discussions with poet Joseph Bathanti. Sponsored by the N.C. Arts Council. • FR (4/11), 7pm - Keynote address at UNCA ArtsFest. • SA (4/12), 2pm - Holly Library on the AB Tech Asheville campus. • SU (4/13), 2pm - Watauga County Library, 140 Queen St., Boone. • MO (4/14), 7pm - ASU's Belk Library, Boone. oPen mic reAding At metro Wines 575-9525, • SA (4/12), 3-5pm - Held at Metro Wines169 Charlotte St.

volunteering girls on tHe run Wnc A nonprofit teaching selfrespect and healthy living to girls. or Through (5/17) - Volunteers needed for various tasks before and during the 5k held at UNCA on May 17. HAnds on AsHevillebuncombe The volunteer center for the United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County. Registration required. 2-1-1, • SA (4/12) - Volunteers needed to sort books for “started book shelf kits” for Homeward Bound clients. • SA (4/14) - Volunteers needed to create supplemental classroom materials to help students improve math skills. • SU (4/14), 6:30pm Volunteers needed to make cookies for families staying at the Rathbun Center. HAyWood county sPeciAl olymPics or 456-2030 TU (4/15), 6-7pm - Information for volunteers interested in being committee chairs. Held at Waynesville Recreation Center, 550 Vance St., Waynesville. For more volunteering events, visit


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Merrimon Avenue Chick-Fil-A campout attracts hundreds, including a handful of locals not bussed in for publicity stunts Man faces multiple peeping charges stemming from Easter basket marshmallow candy incident Finalists for Asheville Schools superintendent stumble over the question: ‘What kind of tree would you be?’ Chimp attack victim denied opportunity to sue the state after being repeatedly told not to make eye contact with the judge Asheville Disclaimer is parody/satire Contact: Contributing this week: Joe Shelton, Cary Goff, Tom Scheve

Just one short year after previous day of work, Warren Wilson College students roll up their sleeves on Work Day

SWANNANOA, MONDAY — Students at Warren Wilson College put on their tightest jeans and nearly broke a sweat during the college’s annual Work Day. “It was an interesting experience — working,” said student James Galway. “I wouldn’t necessarily want to do it all the time, but working was a fun time.” Students across the campus joined together in doing work, and by day’s end many felt like “workers.” “My intention is to stay in school for about eight more years, so that’s more than a week’s worth of work I will have accumulated by graduation,” said student Jessie Crabtree. Close to 900 undergraduate students pitched in to work on a new six-foot stretch of sidewalk which, after a few more annual Work Days, will be close to finished. “It’s a good thing we have a 364-day break before the next Work Day, because I’m beat,” said Galway. “But it’s definitely given me a lot to think about. Mostly about how I don’t like to do work.”

Advance look at highway patrol job fair quiz: • Do you long for the feel of a cold steel, 38-caliber killing machine cradled in your loving hands? • Does starched polyester make you blush uncontrollably? • If you’re from Chicago, how come you’ve got them Illinoiz plates, boy? • Name four Denny’s entrees for under $5. • ‘Bout me for a haircut, isn’t it son? • Are you the type of goody-goody who’s going to drive real fast and then tell on yourself? • Are you ready to forever swear off $3 plastic flashlights for the Mag-lite cranium-cracker? • How much free traffic-stop schwag can just one patrolman smoke in 24 hours? • Can you use the brim of a large hat to capture rainwater and channel it into a driver’s lap? • Can you manage your time well enough to arrive at a crime scene just as local police are wrapping things up?

Kid Care with Arnold

Arnold Crapacan is a Korean War veteran and member of the Woodfin Lions Club.

Dear Arnold,

I have a 5-year-old son who was diagnosed yesterday with ear infections in both ears and the beginnings of bronchitis. Can you tell me what causes bronchitis and what can be done to prevent its recurrence? —Wendy

Dear Wendy,

Bronchitis is caused by angry bladder spirits and having too much blood. I’d prescribe a morning bleeding with four leeches and a good spanking to get those spirits to come out in his next stool. I’d take a thimble full of corn liquor every hour on the hour and it wouldn’t hurt to give some to your kid.

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Watch and learn Playback Theatre creates community healing By ann maRie moLnaR

“Let’s watch.” These words commence the evening’s performance at Playback Theatre. Actors come forward, improvising as they go to illustrate a story. Audience members will likely resonate with the unfolding tale because it is, after all, their story. Within this theatrical environment, actors and audience participate in a night of theater and storytelling that can be validating, healing and transformative for participants. A Playback performance typically includes five actors, a musician and a stage conductor who leads the event. In the beginning, the conductor might introduce a theme for the evening, such as “one’s unexpected turns in life.” The conductor then invites an audience member — referred to as a teller — to share a personal story from their past or present. The conductor helps draw the story forth by asking questions and clarifying the tale. The actors then turn the story into a performance.


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acting out: Playback Threatre “brings a new perspective and understanding” to people’s experiences through storytelling, says workshop facilitator Deb Scott. Photo by Taylor Johnson

Unlike its forerunner, psychodrama, a fairly widespread form of therapy where participants act out internal conflicts through performance, Playback is not an exclusively therapeutic process. However, it often has healing effects for participants. “In the act of selecting words and choosing how you tell the story, you’re creating it anew, discovering it as you go,” says former artistic director Deb Scott, who remains connected to the company by facilitating Playback workshops. “It brings a new perspective and understanding in the act of telling it.” Scott says the therapeutic component goes beyond sharing stories. “The most powerful aspect is not the telling but the power of being heard, even by people whom you have never met,” she adds. “Your story has a resonance with other people.”

For the actors themselves, listening to and acting out the story is a method of getting in touch with their own emotions and playing them back in an honest, insightful way. In listening closely to the story, the actors “can intuit beyond the words, take a risk and find the story underneath the story and tap into that,” says Scott. “This can extend the healing process.” In debating whether or not to visit her 97-year-old mother, one teller, Deidre Duffy, shared her frustration about coping with an aging parent who lives far away. Each actor embodied a different facet of her dilemma. But when one actor played “the part of me that was not ready to let my mom go, I was moved to tears,” says Duffy. “I was amazed at how that moved me so. My mom had been in and out of hospitals for years.

Now she’s in hospice. I thought I was completely ready to let her go, but from my reaction to that simple scene, I realized I was not. It wasn’t long after that that I booked a flight to Cleveland to visit her.” Another Playback participant, Maria Thomas says, “When I tell my story it’s like a mirror, but it’s more than just a mirror. It’s enlarging.” This process itself helps provide perspective on whatever dilemma the teller might be experiencing at the time. “We’re just inviting stories, and one story seems to inspire another story. We’re all in this exploration,” company member Daniel Barber adds. “One person’s story answers another person’s story. … What that person needs to hear, somebody else answers. It’s a community experience.” Along with public performances, Scott offers a free, three-hour Playback workshop every third Saturday of the month for people who would like to explore the process. Anyone curious about Playback, including newcomers with no acting experience, are encouraged to attend. Sarah Herman attended a Playback workshop for the first time, expecting to sit back and get a sense of it. “I’m not an actress,” she says. “But it felt like a really safe and intimate space.” After jumping in and acting out a story, Herman comments, “I was surprised at how I felt such an empathic connection to a stranger’s story.” Free Playback workshops take place every third Saturday of the month, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Harvest House, 205 Kenilworth Road. or more information, visit or call 273-0995.

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Herb party American Herbalist Guild celebrates 25th anniversary The American Herbalist Guild may be celebrating its 25th anniversary, but the nonprofit moved its headquarters to Asheville from Boston just over a year ago. The organization is a hub for educational resources for herb enthusiasts, from providing herb school listings to offering training webinars to promoting professionalism through a rigorous herbalist registration process. The two-day event will take place on Friday and Saturday, April 11-12 at 125 S. Lexington Ave. Author and herbalist Steven Horne will present a workshop titled “Trauma and Healing With Herbs,” and traveling medicine-maker Lorna Mauney-Brodek will receive the guild’s 2013 Community Service Award for founding the The Herbalista Free Clinic, also known as the Herb Bus. The Atlanta-based mobile herb clinic — which will be present during the event — provides herbal first aid and earth-based constitutional medicine to underserved populations. The American Herbalist Guild moved its headquarters to Asheville because of the vibrant herbal community here, says executive director Mimi Hernandez, who was largely behind the move. “I just recognized [Asheville] as an area and a region that is very robust with herbalism,” says Hernandez. “There is a great diversity of native plants and a cul-

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We started on the model of a potager, the French term for a kitchen garden that is located close to where the cooking is happening so that cooks can step out and snip fresh herbs or grab some greens for the evening salad. what makes your garden unique? We try to provide an edible oasis in the hustle and bustle of town. Everything that is harvested from our garden goes directly to the kitchen staff. Where the gardeners wield a shovel and spade, the kitchen, in turn, wields their knives to transform the garden goods into food on the plate. It’s a great symbiotic relationship.


what’s you favorite dish to make, straight from your garden? Here’s one with a seasonal swing, as rhubarb should be ready soon.

for the salad: 6 cups fresh spring greens (baby spinach, arugula, deer tongue lettuce) 3 cups sliced ripe strawberries 6 ounces fresh local goat cheese

The garden at Sunny Point Cafe is based on the French idea of a potager, or a kitchen garden that grows herbs, flowers, fruit and vegetables to be quickly harvested by the chefs. Photo by Alice io Oglesby, courtesy of Sunny Point Cafe

tomatoes to okra, beans and zinnias. We try to fit as much as we can in our little urban farm, where veggies and flowers align as happy neighbors. We also attempt to seek out unique varieties to add visual interest to both the garden and plate. what has the garden added to the restaurant? Besides a positive riot of color and activity and a source of extremely local and organic produce for the kitchen, the garden is a point of pride for the entire Sunny Point staff.

for the vinaigrette: 1 small shallot, peeled and thinly sliced 1 cup thinly sliced rhubarb stalk 1/4 cup honey 2 tablespoons water 1/4 cup raspberry vinegar 2 teaspoons whole grain mustard 1/2 cup rice bran oil 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon white pepper 1. To make the vinaigrette, place shallot, rhubarb, honey and water in a small sauce pot and bring to a simmer over low heat. Cook until rhubarb just begins to break down. Remove from heat and cool. 2. Add raspberry vinegar, mustard, oil, salt, and pepper to the rhubarb mixture and puree until smooth using a stick blender. 3. Wash greens and pile in a large bowl. 4. Place sliced strawberries in a small bowl and toss with 1/2 cup vinaigrette. 5. Top with crumbled goat cheese and serve with Salted Lavender Shortbread. X


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Cultural revolution The revival of fermented food traditions

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The kitchen of Janelle LucidoConate’s West Asheville home is literally bubbling with life. Its shelves and countertops, decorated with a large and motley assortment of jars and crocks, reflect Lucido-Conate’s passion for cultured foods. Each vessel is packed with a different vegetable, dairy or sourdough ferment, and all are fizzing away contentedly as beneficial microbes go through various stages of the fermentation process. As Lucido-Conate talks about what she’s brewing, she picks up the colorful jars — containing things like pickled brussels sprouts and elderberry kombucha — and offers aromatic samples. The love and care invested in these concoctions are obvious, and it’s clear that the cultures themselves play a role in her life that runs deeper than just what’s for dinner. A recent transplant from the San Francisco Bay Area, Lucido-Conate considers it her mission to share — through local workshops she calls “kraut parties” and via her website — her knowledge and love of the art of fermentation. “I want to help people who need that nudge, that boost of confidence, to take a leap,” she says. “I want to teach people to use what’s fresh, what’s in abundance: If you have a bunch of it, let’s ferment it and see if it tastes good. That’s what I’m all about.” Lucido-Conate taught herself how to ferment about eight years ago after reading Sally Fallon’s landmark food-culture book Nourishing Traditions. Frustrated by a first stab at making sauerkraut, LucidoConate upended her $5 thrift-store crock but then realized that the stuff on the bottom wasn’t rotten: It had fermented and was amazingly tasty.


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Inspired, she kept experimenting and later honed her skills while making monthly large-scale ferments for up to eight families for a year as part of a food-swap cooperative. She also discovered the work of self-described “fermentation revivalist” Sandor Katz (see “Revival Eating” elsewhere in this issue). “He gets fermentation in a way that’s very spiritual,” she says. And like him, she feels that cultured foods “are the food of the people. It belongs to all of us. It’s not just for foodies … or people who can afford to go out and buy raw, fermented foods at the store; it’s for all of us.” univeRsaL Legacy Ethnobotanist Marc Williams was also inspired by Katz’s ideas as well as by his friend and colleague, the late herbalist Frank Cook. Williams, who teaches fermentation and plant identification classes at A-B Tech,

PReseRving the haRvest: A simple mixture of fresh vegetables, salt and time can yield delicious, fermented results. Photo by Jayson Im

the Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine and numerous other local educational institutions, believes the recent resurgence of interest in fermenting is a natural reawakening for humanity. “If you look at the food traditions of pretty much any indigenous culture all over the world, they’ve got some form of fermentation they were practicing,” he says. “So I do believe that it’s literally written into our DNA, and it’s the legacy of all of us, wherever we are from.” Lucido-Conate aims to empower folks to start making their own cultured food so they can enjoy a healthy, tasty way of preserving

the harvest while also moving closer to a deep-rooted cultural tradition. “This is one of the reasons I call my website Our Daily Kraut. We think of bread as a symbol of our culture … that our lives center around, but bread is essentially [made by] a fermentation process,” she explains. “Basically, the yeast we use from a packet is made to mimic what we make with a sourdough starter. The truth is that it’s an industrialization of what already belongs to us. It’s our birthright. When people emigrate from one place to another, what they take with them is their seeds and their starter, whatever that starter is. … This is not just for rich people or poor people; this is of the people.” BeneficiaL micRoBes According to Williams, the rising popularity of fermented foods is also linked to a growing interest in probiotics and the revolutionary concept

of the microbiome, the scientific term for the teeming communities of symbiotic, beneficial microorganisms that inhabit human bodies and are essential in supporting life functions. “We’ve really pigeonholed microbes into being negative,” he explains. “Yet, just like with people, the vast majority of these microbes, especially the bacterial ones, are beneficial or neutral. It’s just the few bad actors, if you will, that give microbes a bad name.” With probiotics, he says, it’s a multistep process. “Nature abhors a vacuum, so if we create open space, say with antibiotics, nature is going to fill it. So it’s our choice at that point: Do we want to fill it with whatever comes along ... or do we choose to fill it with good microbes?” The process continues, he says, as the good microbes go on to add nutrients to food, break down anti-nutrients and facilitate digestion. Lucido-Conate agrees. Getting up close and personal with the fermentation process, she says, can trigger “a whole paradigm shift. When we step into fermentation, all this fear [of bacteria] comes up, and it’s unexpected. When I started fermenting, it transformed how I looked at the world. It’s so empowering to have bacteria on your side instead of feeling like you’re up against a wall and somebody is attacking you.”

Brendan Reusing of All Souls Pizza says it’s something many chefs in the area have been playing around with for quite some time. “It tastes good; it makes you feel good,” he says. Plus it’s creative and simple. “It’s fun, and you can just play around with it.” All Souls offers shots of beet kvass, a traditional Russian fermented beverage, as well as kimchi, sauerkraut and a ferment plate featuring a seasonally rotating variety of items such as puréed, fermented turnips; celeriac; and chilies served with fresh bread and olive oil. “We sell a ton of it,” says Reusing. His fire-roasted, red jalapeño chili sauce is particularly popular. (Sriracha fans, take note: This sauce could change your life. Seriously.) Learning to ferment, notes Williams, can also give budding food entrepreneurs a viable cottage industry. Local fermented food and drink businesses such as Buchi kombucha and Smiling Hara Tempeh (never mind the region’s many craft breweries) have met with success, and Williams thinks there are still plenty of unfilled niches, starting with products like kvass. These local resources can help anyone get started making cultured foods, whether for home enjoyment or with an eye toward a future business.

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But it’s not just urban homesteaders who are getting on the fermentation bandwagon. As more palates become attuned to the rich, lively flavors fermented foods can offer, local restaurants have gotten on board in a big way.

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Spicy pickled carrots This cultured carrot recipe is, according to Janelle LucidoConate, great for beginners because it is simple, spicy and has a great pickle-y flavor. ingredients filtered or well water 1 teaspoon sea salt 1-2 sprigs fresh dill 1-3 bay leaves 2-4 cloves garlic, peeled 5 peppercorns 1/4 teaspoon red chili flakes or 1/2 serrano chili sliced in big pieces (optional) carrot sticks to fill the jar

Desired seasonings (i.e. parsley, cilantro, garlic, salt, curry powder, ground chili pepper, etc. in any amount you like) Oil or fat for cooking to make: Soak rice and lentils for at least eight hours in nonchlorinated water. Strain and grind in a blender or food processor together with the yogurt, kefir, kraut juice or water. Ferment the mixture at room temperature with a permeable cover for at least 12-24 hours or longer, depending on the intensity of flavor desired. When it tastes good to you, add 1 cup water and any desired seasonings. Cook on the stovetop as you would pancakes or bake in an oven. Make sure to use some type of fat liberally, as dosas have a tendency to stick. — Marc Williams

to make: Place spices and herbs in the bottom of a clean pint jar. Wedge carrot sticks into the jar (peeled or not — your choice). Sprinkle salt over carrots and fill jar with water to 1/2-inch below top. Tighten lid on jar and let sit on your counter for a few days. Taste after three days. You can continue to let it ferment on your counter for up to a month; when you like how it tastes, put it in the fridge. — Janelle Lucido-Conate

Dosas ingredients 2 cups rice 1 cup lentils 1 cup yogurt, kefir, fermented sauerkraut juice or water 1 cup water

Local ethnobotanist Marc Williams (pictured above) shares a simple, south Indian recipe for savory gluten-free pancakes, or dosas, he adapted from the book Wild Fermentation by Sandor Katz.

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Revival eating An interview with fermentation guru Sandor Ellix Katz

to the WNC Agricultural Center Saturday-Sunday, April 12-13. Xpress caught up with him recently to talk about fermentation, its renewed popularity and its implications for individuals and society.

Whether we realize it or not, the ancient art of fermenting food is an integral part of our daily lives. Bread, yogurt, cheese, pickles, chocolate, beer and wine are just a few of the edibles and drinkables that have been blessed by the transformative power of beneficial microbes. And with our embarrassment of craft breweries, locally made cultured-food products and innovative restaurants, Ashevilleans have even more access to the lively world of fermentation. Many of the area’s fermentation pioneers were no doubt inspired or influenced by the work of author and do-it-yourself-food activist Sandor Ellix Katz. His books — which include The Revolution Will Not Be Microwaved: Inside America’s Underground Food Movements, Wild Fermentation and The Art of Fermentation — have helped spark the modern fermentation revival. Katz began experimenting with fermentation after moving from his native New York City to an intentional community in rural Tennessee in the mid-1990s. Since Wild Fermentation was published in 2003, he’s traveled the world teaching workshops aimed at empowering people to reclaim the tradition of fermenting food in their own kitchens. Katz will be a featured speaker at the Mother Earth News Fair, coming

Mountain Xpress: you often refer to yourself as a “fermentation revivalist.” can you comment on that revival and why it’s important, especially in american culture? sandor katz: Fermentation is practiced in every part of the world. … It’s been one of the most important ways we’ve had to preserve food, to make food more digestible, more delicious. It has all these varied practical applications, and it’s very central to food cultures. In a way, I would say agriculture would not even be possible were it not for fermentation. This is something which has been practiced in every community, and in most households, forever — until the last century, as people became more and more distanced from all aspects of food production. The continuity of it being passed down from one generation to the next was severed in the course of just a couple of generations. That’s what I mean by a fermentation revival. Although everybody eats fermented food products every day in some form, many people are utterly mystified by the process, and because this failure to pass it down through the generations occurred at a time that people were mostly becoming terrified of bacteria, people projected a huge amount of fear onto the process. How can they can be sure they’re getting good bacteria growing in their sauerkraut instead of bad bacteria? The work that I do is demystifying this process and showing people how simple it is.

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where’s the line between a food — sauerkraut, for example — being rotten and it being cultured? The USDA tells us there has never been a single documented case of food poisoning from fermented vegetables. We hear every year about people getting sick from raw

tRaditionaL foodways: Self-described “fermentation revivalist” Sandor Katz will present workshops on the ancient art of making cultured foods Saturday-Sunday, April 12-13 at the Mother Earth News Fair. Photo courtesy of Sandor Katz

vegetables. … Statistically speaking, the process of fermentation makes food safer. So what’s the difference between rotten and delicious? If it’s rotten, you can smell it, you can taste it. There are no invisible dangers lurking in sauerkraut. Things can go wrong — you can get an awful flavor, horrible mold, a terrible texture — but those things would be abundantly clear to you: None of them are invisible, silent killers, which is what people are really afraid of. as a person living with aids, what do you believe are the health benefits of fermented foods? I feel like in talking about this I walk a little bit of a fine line. ... I’ve read lots of articles about myself that say I’ve cured AIDS with fermented foods, and that is not the story — I mean, I take anti-retroviral drugs every day. And yet I believe there are many factors involved in our health, and I feel that eating lots of liveculture, fermented food helps keep my digestion good and my overall immune functioning in really good shape, and I feel like that’s a large part of why my day-to-day health has been so good. But I would also really caution people not to expect that eating a particular food is going to cure every disease and solve every problem. Well-being is complex and multivariable, and a food that offers the potential to improve digestion, nutrient assimilation and overall immune functioning — that’s a huge benefit for anyone. you’ve written about food activism and corporate food production as a social-justice issue. can you com-

ment on how the way we eat and produce our food relates to your idea of a revolution? The participation of many people in producing food and the tradition of local and regional food self-sufficiency got replaced during the 20th century by a model of centralization and mass production. … For the most part people really embraced that, but I think that over the last decade or so, people have been waking up to the fact that we have lost important things in the process: that the food that’s produced by this system is, for the most part, nutritionally diminished; that the methods that allow so few people to produce so much food are environmentally destructive. ... It turns out that the tradition of self-sufficiency is at the core of economic stability. ... For all these reasons, people are trying to reclaim their food, become more connected to their food, meet farmers, start their own gardens. I don’t know if this is revolutionary; in a way, it could be described as conservative. But because of the context, it’s a radical kind of change. I think there is a political component to the idea of people reclaiming their food, and I think fermentation is an integral part of that process. The Mother Earth News Fair will happen Saturday and Sunday, April 12-13, at the WNC Agricultural Center, 1301 Fanning Bridge Road, Fletcher. Sandor Katz will present fermentation workshops both days from 1-2 p.m. For details and tickets, go to X


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Jennifer Lapidus, owner of Carolina Ground Flour Mill, was on a mission to find locally grown, soft white wheat seed to stone-grind at her mill. When she called Paul Murphy, professor of crop science at N.C. State University in Raleigh, she found what she was looking for. Murphy had in fact developed a soft white wheat seed, but he advised Lapidus that there was no market for it. “I told him we are the market,” says Lapidus. David Baur, co-owner of All Souls Pizza in the River Arts District and Farm & Sparrow bakery and flour mill in Candler, was in the very same market and, happily, the shared goal of obtaining the local wheat brought the two businesses together. On Saturday, April 12, All Souls Pizza will host a pig roast dinner and fundraiser for Carolina Ground. The money raised will be used to purchase the soft white wheat foundation seed, as well as support Carolina Ground’s efforts to expand seed varieties in the Southeast. According to Lapidus, the majority of grain grown in North Carolina is soft red wheat, which is what makes the local soft white wheat seed so special. Not to

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mention, it tastes better in certain applications. “Lots of bakers prefer to make their pastry flour from white wheat because it is lighter with less bran and therefore has less bitter tannins,” explains Bauer, who says he is excited to experiment with flour derived from this new seed variety at both his restaurant and bakery. The seed will be a public variety, meaning anyone has access to it. Lapidus describes Carolina Ground as a “mission-driven for-profit.” Part of that mission is closing the gap between farmer and baker. The hope is that more producers buy from local growers rather than importing from the larger markets in the Midwest. Both Lapidus and the folks at Carolina Ground’s sister company, Riverbend Malthouse, were satisfied with Murphy’s seed sample. After gaining approval, Murphy sent 40 pounds of seed to the Rocky Mount Research Station to be grown as foundation seed. According to Lapidus, the plan is for Looking Back Farms in Tyner, N.C., to plant 14 acres of the seed

in June. This certified seed will be available for the 2015 planting season, making expanded seed varieties that grow well in the Southeast and work well in a food-grade application — such as bread, beer and spirits — a reality. The relationship between Carolina Ground and All Souls Pizza was first formed in 2013, when Bauer’s bakery and mill, Farm & Sparrow, lost 97 percent of its wheat supply due to rains. Bauer turned to Lapidus, who was able to connect him with local growers whose wheat had survived. “You can’t go it alone on grains,” Bauer says. The fundraiser dinner will be prepared by All Souls chef/coowner Brendan Reusing. Reusing plans to slow-roast the pork and serve it alongside plentiful vegetarian offerings such as cowpeas with spring veggies, bulgur wheat salad with fermented vegetables, fresh greens, breads and pastries. In addition, tickets include one pour from a Riverbend Malthouse featured beer. “I think Carolina Ground is awesome,” Reusing says, “We’re all connected.” X

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Spirit Savvy hosts Bar Wars The daisy doesn’t sound like much of a threat. But its namesake cocktail is soon to become the centerpiece of a local mixed-drink war. Spirit Savvy Cocktails will host Bar Wars AVL Tuesday, April 15 through Wednesday, April 30. The competition will call upon local bartenders to create their own twist on the daisy, a cocktail dating from the late 1800s. The refreshing and fruity drink is composed of citrus, spirit, sugar, a cordial and soda water. Each contestant will put his or her own spin on the time-tested formula with the hope of winning the title for the cocktail’s top crafter. Bar Wars isn’t only about competition; it’s about cooperation. Participating establishments will funnel a portion of each daisy sale to a charity of their choosing. Spirit Savvy owner Mary Rich says the event combines her mission to “raise awareness of great craft cocktails


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and the really talented bartenders we have in Asheville” while helping local charities raise money. She describes the event as a true “win-win” for everyone. During the competition period, customers will be able to taste the different cocktails and cast their votes online at The four bartenders who get the most votes will go on to a live, final mix-off. The finalists will then create another type of cocktail that will be announced on the website. The grand winner will have his charitable contribution matched by area businesses. At press time, Spirit Savvy was still busy signing up restaurants and bars to participate. Confirmed establishments thus far include: Nightbell, MG Road, Bull and Beggar, 151 at Hotel Indigo, Metro Wines and Pulp. Before the start of the competition, a full list of participants will be available on the Spirit Savvy website and at the event’s Facebook Page, Bar Wars AVL. So get ready to drink some daisies and join the fray. War is rarely this tasty. X


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Small bites

authoR ashLey engLish aims to insPiRe at uPcoming maLaPRoP’s event

English’s Homemade Gatherings will publish in early April and can be purchased along with her other work at More information about the event can be found at sunday BRunch and dinneR at the maRket PLace RestauRant The Market Place Restaurant has launched Sunday brunch and din-

fLeeR’s canyon kitchen Launches new season Executive Chef John Fleer, the owner of Rhubarb in downtown Asheville, has announced the season opening for Canyon Kitchen at Lonesome Valley in Cashiers. Fleer and his team started their sixth season at Canyon Kitchen this month and will be hosting guests for culinary events every weekend until the middle of May. Fleer is known for taking local, organic ingredients found in Lonesome Valley’s community garden and transforming them into high-quality cuisine for guests to enjoy in the Blue Ridge Mountain setting. Alongside his work at Rhubarb and Canyon Kitchen, Fleer is a three-time finalist for the James Beard Best Chef in the Southeast Award and was named to the Rising Stars of the 21st Century by the James Beard Foundation.

Notes from the Asheville food scene

Author Ashley English returns to Malaprop’s Bookstore and Café in Asheville to present her latest book, Homemade Gatherings: Recipes and Crafts for Seasonal Celebrations and Potluck Parties, on Saturday, April 12, at 7 p.m. English will present some of her recipes and discuss hosting collaborative food events with family, friends and community. Collaborative food events were the inspiration behind Homemade Gatherings. “My husband, Glenn, and I love to entertain, and do so often, typically in the form of potlucks. We also cook with a seasonal focus,” said English via email. “Uniting those loves of seasonal cooking and collaborative entertaining in book form just made sense, and so Homemade Gatherings was born,” she continued. In her book, English features 16 events — four for each season — that took teamwork and effort from friends and family to pull off. In customary potluck fashion, the author includes recipes, decoration designs and hosting strategies throughout. The goal of the Malaprop’s event, according to English, is to inspire: “I just want people to come away from the event inspired and excited and catalyzed to go on and host these kinds of collaborative events themselves,” she said.

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homemade maven: Ashley English, author of Homemade Gatherings: Recipes and Crafts for Seasonal Celebrations and Potluck Parties, will present some of her recipes and discuss hosting collaborative food events with family, friends and community at Malaprop’s Bookstore and Cafe. Photo by Lynne Harty

ner service featuring a seasonal, locally sourced menu with a wide price range to appeal to a variety of customers. Brunch is offered 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. and will be accompanied by live music in the lounge and bar area. Also included is the opportunity to watch the best that Sunday sports has to offer, especially during football season, when the restaurant will display NFL Sunday Ticket on multiple TVs to watch games from around the league. In the evenings, the bar will open at 5 p.m., followed by Sunday dinner at 5:30 p.m. Starting in May, the restaurant will serve dinner seven days a week and brunch on both Saturdays and Sundays. The extensive brunch menu, consisting of banana bread French

For more information about Fleer, Canyon Kitchen and the upcoming season, visit the Lonesome Valley website: canyon-kitchen. chef katie Button: anotheR James BeaRd nominee fRom asheviLLe Also nominated by the James Beard Foundation is Katie Button, executive chef for Cúrate and the new Nightbell club in Asheville. Button was named as a James Beard Rising Star SemiFinalist in 2012-13 and is a finalist once again this year. In 2012, Button held a Spanish Holiday Table for the foundation,

which featured a recipe of baby beet salad with Marcona almonds, pickled oranges, Idiazabal cheese and blood orange vinaigrette. Button will be preparing another dish for the James Beard Award ceremony in May, but in the meantime, check out Cúrate and Nightbell to see what the hype is all about:; thai to go A new Thai food restaurant, Thai To Go, has opened in Asheville after a successful run in Brevard several years ago. Thai To Go specializes in bringing Thailand’s cuisine to the Asheville community in an authentic manner that suits busy lifestyles. Thai To Go also has indoor and outdoor seating for those wanting to stop by, enjoy the food and relax. Thai To Go is open MondayFriday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., for lunch and 5-8 p.m. for dinner. It’s open on Saturdays 4-8 p.m. Thai To Go is closed on Sundays. Thai To Go is at 18 Sardis Road. For more information, call 667-8505. X

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Is it summer yet? PisgAH: Live Music: Lefty Williams Band w/ Josh Roberts & The Hinges (blues, rock), 9pm; Food: Appalachian Smoke; Release: Baptista (Belgian)

Sierra Nevada and Wicked Weed are gearing up for big openings

soutHern APPAlAcHiAn: Live Music: The Howie Johnson Band, 8-10pm Wedge: Food Truck: Cecilia’s Culinary Tour

Perhaps it was a coincidence that the Sierra Nevada media preview last week felt like the first real day of spring. But after winding up an entryway that will make the Biltmore Estate look over its shoulder, after walking into an entire warehouse where the lights are motion-activated and bags of malt are stacked as far as the eye can see, after seeing clusters of brewing tanks so large they won’t fit inside the building, after looking up at a three-story mill and after seeing the canopy of solar panels, is it really a stretch to think that Sierra Nevada might be able to control the weather? According to Brian Grossman, manager of the Mills River location and son of company founder Ken Grossman, the beautiful weather was a nice touch, but the media day was never meant to happen this early. The brewery scheduled a recycling conference for March, then noticed media members were signing up for a glimpse at the brewery. “So,” Grossman says, “we’re showing off a glorified construction site.” The brewery itself took up most of the tour. Sierra Nevada expects more than 100,000 beer lovers will soon tour the brewery every year. Many will do so on guided tours, but the brewery will be friendly to self-guided tours as well — meaning many of the processes and people will be visible behind glass from the second story. There are still no firm dates as far as when the facility will open to the public. However, because the brewery is almost finished, Grossman says there could be tour groups invited onsite as early as July if the weather cooperates for the remainder of the construction. The grand opening will come later. The Big Room, a hub for music and events ,as well as the pub and outdoor stages are still very


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sAturdAy FrencH broAd: Live Music: Tina & Her Pony (indie-folk), 6-8pm HigHlAnd: Live Music: DJ Bear King, 6:30-8:30pm Hi-Wire: Food: English breakfast & soccer, 10am-2:30pm; Slow Smokin’ Barbeque, 4-11pm

can’t wait: Construction on the new brewery is almost finished, and Brian Grossman, manager of the Mills River location, says tour groups could be invited onsite as early as July. Photo by Thom O’Hearn

much a work in progress with a target completion date of November. Until then, put on your safety glasses and enjoy the mini-tour. X

tHursdAy AsHeville breWing comPAny: All pints $3.50 at Merrimon location cAtAWbA: Live Music: Sweet Martha & the Belligerent Hillbillies, 7-10pm






FrencH broAd: Live Music: One Leg Up Duo (jazz), 6-8pm oskAr blues: Live Music: Naren (singersongwriter), 6pm

WednesdAy AsHeville breWing comPAny: “Wet nose Wednesday” (dog-day), 5-8pm; $3.50 all pints at Coxe location cAtAWbA: Slideshow & stories from the Grand Canyon, 6-7pm FrencH broAd: $7 growler fills; Tiny Batch: Hoppy Red Ale HigHlAnd: Live Music: Amy & Mike (acoustic), 5:30-7:30pm Hi-Wire: New Release: Hop Burst Spring Ale lAb: $3 pint night oskAr blues: Wednesday night bike ride, 6pm oyster House: $2 off growler fills PisgAH: Live Music: Campfire Reverends (blues, Americana), 6pm Wedge: Food Truck: Cecila’s Culinary Tour

PisgAH: Live Music: American Aquarium w/ The Dead 27s (alt-country, rock, Americana), 9pm Wedge: Food Truck: Tin Can Pizzeria FridAy AsHeville breWing comPAny: “Hop Domination” Mystery Hop series at both locations cAtAWbA: Live Music: Bluegrass w/ Fireside Collective Trio, 6-9pm; Beer, Bites & Bands: FrencH broAd: Live Music: Todd Cecil & Backsouth (rock, Americana), 6-8pm HigHlAnd: Live Music: Ras Alan & The Lions (reggae), 6:30-8:30pm; Food Truck: The Lowdown Hi-Wire: Food: Slow Smokin’ Barbeque, 3-9pm oskAr blues: Live Music: One Leg Up (gypsy jazz), 7pm; Firkin Friday: Mango Salsa Mama’s

oskAr blues: Live Music: Soldier’s Heart, 5pm; Food Truck: Little Bee Thai, 4-8pm PisgAH: Live Music: Phuncle Sam (Grateful Dead covers), 9pm; Food: DOGS; Release: Bastogne Gold (Belgianstyle golden ale) soutHern APPAlAcHiAn: Live Music: Franklin’s Kite (jam band), 8-10pm Wedge: Food Truck: El Kimchi sundAy HigHlAnd: Now open on Sundays Hi-Wire: Live Music: CarolinaBound (singer-songwriter), 4:30pm lAb: $10 pitchers soutHern APPAlAcHiAn: Live Music: Jason DeCristofaro Duo (jazz vibraphonist), 5-7pm Wedge: Food Truck: Cecilia’s Culinary Tour mondAy AltAmontlive music: Old-time jam AsHeville breWing comPAny: Firkin: Ninja porter + bourbon oak chips FrencH broAd: $2.50 pint night Hi-Wire: Kettle Corn Monday Wedge: Food Truck: El Kimchi tuesdAy AsHeville breWing comPAny: $2 cans & slices Hi-Wire: 2 for $2.50 house pints Wedge: Live Music: Pleasure Chest (rock, blues, soul), 7pm; Food Truck: Tin Can Pizzeria

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s m e e po

Versify Alli Marshall | estern North Carolina’s connection to poetry may have crystallized during the 1990s, at the height of slam and spoken word poetry: The National Poetry Slam was held in Asheville in 1994, and the local team won that competition in ’95. The green door, a sinceclosed venue on Carolina Lane, was home to performers like Allan Wolf, Glenis Redmond, Christine Lassiter, James Navé and Laura Hope-Gill. (The venue’s name was never supposed to be capitalized, says Wolf.) In fact the WNC + poetry = TLA relationship goes back much farther. Native son Thomas Wolfe, known for his magnum opus Look Homeward, Angel, also had a talent for verse. His poems are collected in A Stone, A Leaf, An Unfound Door. Spoken word artist Henry Rollins has often mentioned Wolfe among his influences. Journalist and Abraham Lincoln biographer Carl Sandburg picked Flat Rock to relocate to from Chicago. In Flat Rock, he could spend time with his family and his writing, and there he penned more than a third of his published work, including his Pulitzer Prizewinning poetry. Sandburg named his property Connemara after the



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Irish region, which has long been associated with writers. But why look to the Emerald Isle when this region lays claim to five out of seven North Carolina poets laureate: Arthur Talmage Abernethy, Fred Chappell, Kathryn Stripling Byer, Cathy Smith Bowers and, currently, Joseph Bathanti. Bathanti makes two National Poetry Month-related local appearances: He’ll give the keynote address at UNC Asheville’s Arts Fest on Friday, April 11, at 7 p.m.; and he’ll read from his work and distribute student poetry awards as part of RiverLink’s awards ceremony and reception at A-B Tech on Saturday, April 12, from 2-5 p.m. Poetry is alive and well in WNC these days. Recent years gave us the Roof Top Poets among other collectives. In 2011, Xpress received around 300 entries for our Poetry Prize, which culminated in a reading at the Masonic Temple. Last year, Slam Asheville Youth competed in the international Brave New Voices youth poetry slam. Asheville Wordfest holds its weekendlong event in May. Local reading series, school programs and published works are going strong. Speaking of published work, Asheville Poetry Review celebrates its 20th anniversary this year: an impressive milestone. And, speaking of 20th anniversaries, 2014 also marks the big 2-0 for Xpress. With that number in mind, we asked readers to compose short-form poems around the theme of 20 years.

h t o t ode

An n o i g e r e h t f o s t e o p d n a Laura Owens, Untitled, 2011, acrylic on canvas, 24 x 24” [The leaves change. The change becomes us. The tennis court at Montford Rec

cracks. A stroke without a comet. I’m surprised the ball thwocks over, little hairlime. What would you call the colors between trees? Stay awhile. A plastic bag drifts on court, fishes for itself. A stand of chairs blows in. The players at the Open have to let up control, loosen form to wave on wave of wind. How to explore ignorance in the body at a time like this? Connors/McEnroe: I love watching this as an anger story in them.]

Laura Owens, Untitled, 2011, acrylic on linen, 24 x 24” [Blue moon. Last night I asked the girl at the register about the writing tat-

tooed on her chest: your handwriting? She broke into candy colors: Yes, no one ever asks me that! Her red lips nested together again. She beamed to hand us our wine. And I hate to use these colors. But one of the words under her bra strap was CARROT and it is addressed to this tenderness c/o Laura Owens, Los Angeles.] — Elaine Bleakney, excerpted from the chapbook 20 Paintings by Laura Owens. Bleakney recently released For Another Writing Back, her first collection of prose poetry.

Missing 20 or, Turning 21 Defeated under the all-knowing sun, he rests his sickly pride, blackened blue.

Sterile sheets toss like flags of surrender, flapping against offensive day lights. His head throbs lapse around swampy pillows while solemn concrete threads, hand-knit into stone, cover his tomb’s entrance. Do not wake the tiny chrysalis. For now he is barely proteins, his riveting cells mimic Winter chills shivering into Spring relief. Emergent, he’ll bloom with powers like gods swearing, never again. — Joseph Jamison

Until I Turned 20: A Haiku Voices from above Told me what to do in life Clean up, aisle nine — Katie K

InThatPrint for 20 which remains, a residue.

The residue of money; of liberty; of error. What we call philosophy is but the residue of questions unanswered, says James. Weiss answers: an artist takes his work to be a residuum of the creative process. And Solomon said, “if you need me, why don’t you call me.” As for justice, the residue is on the scrap heap. — Marty Weil

“THe POInTs Are nOT THe POInT; THe POInT Is POeTry” said Allan Wolf

(pictured at The Green Door Retrospective at Malaprop’s, in 2008) prior to the 1994 National Poetry Slam in Asheville. The phrase became the Slam moto; Wolf and the Asheville team became slam champions in ’95. Photo by John Fletcher Jr.

Untitled Poems are like a diary

of the who’s, the where’s, and the why’s, all individual thoughts collected into a sort of autobiography written just to say to someone the things that matter most. — Paul Viera

Timeless Yesterday is just an eternity away.

Tomorrows but a borrowed promise from the condemned fate of today. Present seconds fleeting lessons bless the minutes that will fade into hours losing power Black and white blend into grey. Time is but a shadow of a battle that will rage within the doubts and fears and shallowness allowed within our brains. Transcend constraints of time to find the value of the day. When the sun becomes one of the stars your bars allow themselves to break. — August West

Free I was a butterfly,

Wings broken by the storm. What I needed was shelter Not a cage. How will I ever fly again? — Janis Hall

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MeMOry LAne: Poet

Ray McNiece performs at the green door on Carolina Lane. 1990s-era photo by David Hobbs, the venue’s owner, bartender and resident artist. Image courtesy of Allan Wolf

Delta Blues rising ‘Nother midday sun broiling

Bent folks in fields toiling Man-child sweat pouring Delta blues rising this morning — Henry Albert Smith

Brooklyn (a double sijo) Everything is borrowed or everything is gone:

The kitchen is filthy, the train won’t come, and of my entire soul Poured forth to be realized, won’t anything start pouring back. In twenty days, I’ll be two months gone from Brooklyn. Surel y someone else waiting will have boarded the train by then And someone else waiting will put a bed where my bed used to be. — Hannah Callahan

Poetic Paradox 20-year-old daughter thinks poetry “stupid”

“Hell,” she says, “Many don’t even rhyme. They’re just meaningless clumps of words Strung together In hopes of being sublime.” — Colleen Kelly Mellor

Untitled Who are we to say roses are red?

They reflect the light, then they are dead. This speck in time bred intelligent clowns. Do you hear the swan's song? Do you hear it's sounds? The circle of dirt will keep spinning free. And roses ... well ... roses will just be. — John Kelleher

nagasaki Kitchen

A short fuse smolders in my Nagasaki kitchen. Perpetual warfare: the pot repeatedly calling the kettle black. The egg-timer ticks down to Doomsday. Bombs away... Fallout never ends in my Nagasaki kitchen. — William Swarts

Us route 20 That was the summer we crossed the wingspan of the United States on

the yellow lined vein of Highway 20. Best friends in our twenties twentytwenty vision outside elbows sunburned, folded pink in the August heat of the Chevrolet's roll down window. The gas tank filled for the price of two IHOP breakfasts and the sun, a yolk, running gold in the rearview mirror. — Chelsea Lynn La Bate X 38

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The fire within


Asheville Writers in the schools hosts slam poetry competition for teens Lea McLellan | “I was initially intimidated by slam,” says Kimbi Mullins, also known as Kimbi the Goddess. With a stage name like that — not to mention her magnetic stage presence — it’s hard to picture the Greenville, S.C., poet as anything but confident. “What it did,” she continues, “was bring out a fire in me and my writing through the true spirit of a poetry slam. This is the same advice I give to others who may fear it or be against it for whatever reasons: It allows you to tap into that fire within.” Mullins will encourage young poets to tap into that same creative energy at the Asheville Wordslam, a night of slam poetry hosted by local nonprofit, Asheville Writers in the Schools. The Asheville Wordslam will take place at the Wesley Grant Center on Friday, April 25, 6-9 p.m., for middle school students and Saturday, April 26, 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., for high school students. Eight middle school teams and 10 high school teams will com-

WHAT Asheville Wordslam WHERE Wesley Grant Center

WHEN Friday, April 25, 6-9 p.m. for middle school students and Saturday, April 26, 11:30 a.m.5:30 p.m. for high school students

pete, with a maximum of four members per team, plus an alternate. The teens will face off for a trophy and the title, but both Mullins and Janet Hurley, director of Asheville Writers in the Schools, agree that the slam is about way more than prizes. Hurley compares the poetry slam format to a parody on sports teams. While the points are downplayed by the emcee and judges, and the focus remains on performances and supporting fellow poets, Hurley can’t deny that the competition and the camaraderie inherent in the slam helps to draw in students and would-be poets who might not otherwise be attracted to writing. And in essence, says Hurley, that’s exactly why the poetry slam is so closely aligned with the nonprofit’s goals. “Our mission is to connect creative writers with students, teachers, families and community members through innovative writing programs in order to build literacy skills and to help to build really healthy imaginations,” she says. “I think for any writer there is that process of sitting down and writing, which is a very solitary pursuit, but then there’s that need for creative communities. There’s that need for somebody else listening and then celebrating your words. That is just so affirming.” There will also be an open mic for students who wish to share their poetry but don’t want to compete. During the competition, the young poets will present their best poem onstage, awaiting snapping fingers and cries of approval from audiences. In past Wordslams, Hurley says she’s heard poetry on topics ranging from domestic violence to mental illness to the joys of teen life. “We’ve had many poems about differ-

GODDess eMCee: Greenville

poet Kimbi the Goddess (right) emcees Asheville Wordslam. Photo courtesy of the artist. Last year’s Asheville Wordslam winners (above) pose with the gold trophy. From left: Sam Bible Sullivan, Devon Dunbar, Devin Jones, and Nian Avery. Photo courtesy of Janet Hurley

ent forms of oppression, so one might say that they can be a little more in the political realm,” she says. “Most of the poems are written from a very personal point of view, so they explore issues like racism or sexism, or gun violence, that type of thing, that are political in many ways but offer personal experiences.” Not all topics are heavy, she adds. Hurley has heard younger students explore their love/hate relationship with math. Another middle school student wrote a beautiful poem about watching his cat. No matter what the subject matter, getting up onstage and sharing verse can be an empowering — but often terrifying — act. “They’re really taking huge risks,” Hurley says of the teens. “They’re not only risking their creative impulses, how they put words together, but often

they’re sharing very deeply held values, or sharing about experiences that have been really challenging. Particularly at the high school level, more often than not, we see that poetry tends to be raising a lot of issues into this place of awareness, to say, ‘Hey, these things are important, and even though I’m young, I know this already.’” “These kids have their own voices, their own stories to share,” says Mullins. “And it is so healthy — mentally, spiritually and psychologically — for the young ones to get their stories out. … Once their story [or] message is out, and if only one person ‘gets it’ and understands, that equals success. That’s a reminder of our greater purpose on this planet. Your voice matters, you matter and you are not alone.” X

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Sound off spoken word events around Asheville rich rennicks |

WOrDs WITH FrIenDs: Members of Juniper Bends Reading Series (from left, Dana

Middleton, Reid Drake and Lockie Hunter) hold four standing-room-only events each year. Other popular spoken word programs range from open mics to curated showcases with out-of-town featured performers. Photo by Shara Crosby

The Asheville spoken word scene, vibrant since its ’90s-era heyday, has continued to grow steadily over the years. Between several ongoing reading series, there’s now a network of vibrant, recurring events where a large rotating cast of local poets (from polished veterans to earnest students) strut their stuff and share their latest creations. There are so many events that when Caleb Beissert, host of the Altamont Reading Series at N.C. Stage, gave a shoutout to several upcoming readings during a January event, almost every subsequent poet who read mentioned yet another event or series. 40

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The audience left with an incredibly long list of events to check out. So, where does one go for the best local spoken word events? Here are some of the principal programs taking place around Asheville and tips on how to attend them like a poetry pro.

Juniper Bends

— The Juniper Bends series is now in its fifth year, and the group hosts quarterly events at Downtown Books & News (67 N. Lexington Ave.). This event attracts a group of both established and emerging poets to share their works in progress. January’s event featured (among others) local author and UNC Asheville

professor Katherine Min, who read from her long-awaited second novel, The Fetishist. The Juniper Bends series is produced by Lockie Hunter, Dana Middleton and Reid Drake. The group maintains an active presence on Facebook and Twitter to spread the word about events. The next Juniper Bends reading takes place on Friday, May 9, at DBN and features wellknown local poets Vievee Francis and Holly Iglesias, as well as emerging poets Lily Latini, Trevor Clark and Timothy Burkhardt. expert tip: DBN is usually packed to the rafters for these events, so turn up early if you want a seat. juniperbends.readingseries

Altamont Poetry series

— In the fall of 2013, Beissert and local poet Jeff Davis moved their regular spoken word event from The Altamont Theatre to N.C. Stage Company (15 Stage Lane) and rechristened it The Altamont Poetry Series. The format is slightly different from other local poetry gatherings as the event features a guest performer from out of town and consequently has a cover charge in order to meet expenses. N.C. Stage is a great venue for poetry. Its black box environment — and the ability to socialize before the reading in the lobby — means there are no distractions from the performance. The collaborative aspect of the Asheville scene is evident at these gatherings: Poets share news and opinions as they introduce their work, and the guest performances bring some fresh voices and perspectives to the local scene. The next Altamont Reading Series event takes place on Monday, April 21, at N.C. Stage. It features Mississippi native R. Flowers Rivera, a poet and award-winning short story writer. expert tip: It’s not cool to leave immediately after reading your poems. These are serious poets eager to talk about poetry. Stick around, you might learn something. Third Wednesdays. $5.

Open Mic at noble Kava

— Beissert is also responsible for a weekly open mic at Noble Kava (15 Eagle St.). This is the most eclectic spoken word event in town, drawing, in Beissert’s words, “a very diverse crowd from college students to wise white-haired wordsmiths to esoteric drifters [and] journal-keepers to performance spoken word artists.” Anything goes at this open mic, and Noble Kava provides an atmosphere in which young poets can read their work for the first time and more experienced writers can try out

new work. Occasionally, tourists even get up to perform poems from their home countries. The audience is notably enthusiastic — and noisy, as this is a very social event — and aptly showcases the ongoing passion for spoken word in Asheville. expert tip: Get your name on the list early if you want to read. The event will continue until very late, and the crowd grows more raucous as the night goes on. Every Wednesday, 9 p.m.-midnight. Free.

Word Play radio

— Hosted by Davis (of Altamont and organizer of the Mad Hat series, below) and Hunter (of the Juniper Bends series), Word Play is a weekly radio show on Asheville FM. It focuses on the local poetry and literature scene. Guests have included poets ranging from Pulitzer Prize winners to local high school students. Spoken word fans can listen to the programs (which often feature recordings of poets reading at some of these local events) at ashevillefm. org. Live broadcasts are Sundays from 5-6 p.m., and shows can be streamed online after they air. expert tip: The station just received its FCC license, so Word Play will soon be broadcasting at 103.3 FM, bringing the eclectic Asheville poetry scene to an even wider community.

Mad Hat — The Mad Hat readings take

place at the Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center (55 Broadway). There isn’t a set schedule, but there are usually about four events a year. expert tip: BMC+AC hosts the weekend workshop The Poetics of Audience: Experimenting with Points of Address in Poetry, Friday-Sunday, May 2-4. Jaye Bartell, Eric Gelsigner, Nathanael Roney and Bridget Elmer lead three days of lectures, writing exercises, bookmaking and panel discussions. For info and to register, call 350-8484.

Anam Cara open mics

— Local theater company Anam Cara hosts open mics around various themes. While there’s not a set schedule (check the website for upcoming events), next week offers back-to-back events at Toy Boat Community Arts Space (101 Fairview Road). On Thursday, April 17, poetry and songwriting are featured. Amanda DePaola hosts, and bar sales benefit Toy Boat. A Tales & Ales storytelling open mic follows on Friday, April 18. Both events begin at 8 p.m. expert tip: As part of the poetry and songwriting open mic, willing participants will be “prompted to write a clever and erotic haiku in the moment for the chance to win a prize.” Entry fee is $3, and proceeds benefit programming at Anam Cara. X

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Screen shot Music Video Asheville goes big

Music Video Asheville is having a banner year. The local event, which marks its seventh year on Wednesday, April 16, received a record number of submissions and moved into a new venue. Produced for the third year in a row by Kelly Denson and Jason Guadagnino of Asheville’s Lush Life Productions, the event is both a networking social and a fundraiser. But the real purpose of Music Video Asheville is to showcase area bands and their visual, cinematic representations. As Denson says, “It’s a chance to celebrate the collaboration between musicians and filmmakers.” The event also gives those artists — whether they’re emerging or





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established — the opportunity to reach an audience. “It really gives them something to make their videos for,” says Denson. “Instead of just putting them on YouTube, they can win something.” Music Video Asheville exists as part small-scale film festival and part awards show, complete with red carpet. Entrants are given the chance to claim victory in a number of categories: Crowd Favorite, Judge’s Choice, Best Soundtrack, Best Costume Design, Best Cinematography, Best Visual Design and Best Editing. The first two are the big ones, though, with the Crowd Favorite (selected by text message voting by those in

attendance) walking away with $500, and the Judge’s Choice (picked by a panel of local experts) winning a full day of recording at Echo Mountain Studio. The most noticeable change to 2014’s Music Video Asheville will be its venue. After spending most of its life at Cinebarre (and one year at Fine Arts Theatre), the event’s popularity has spurred a move into the Diana Wortham Theatre. “We realized we needed a bit more room to grow,” Denson says. “It’s a beautiful venue right downtown.” The other big change comes in the form of Music Video Asheville’s submissions policy. In years past, at least one member of each band or production team had to be a resident of Buncombe County. Now, one person simply has to live within 60 miles of the county borders — and that has led to a boom in submissions. There’s also a new vetting process, led by a panel of 12 experts in film and music production fields. Everything from the technical aspects of the filmmaking to aesthetic choices are taken into account (though Denson says that the quality of the music is weighted a little heavier than other categories), until it’s all whittled down to the finest hourand-a-half possible. The total 90-minute run time of the videos is, for the first time, shorter than in years past, partly to give more time for socializing and networking, two aspects that Denson has found to be important and unique to the event. “I feel like that’s part of what it’s about — the networking, getting to know one another,” she says. “And it’s almost a family reunion of Asheville’s musicians. It’s the one event where everyone gets together. You combine that with the other part of the creative community — the filmmakers — and it’s got such a great, cool energy.” But Denson sees Music Video Asheville as more than just a night of schmoozing. Proceeds from beer sales (provided by Sierra Nevada) will help support Asheville Music School’s schol-

Red caRPet Ready: Now in its seventh year, the annual Music Video Asheville celebrates local musicians and filmmakers with 90 minutes of visuals, along with networking and prizes. Photo by Natasha Meduri

arship program. That will allow Music Video Asheville to continue cultivating the community’s music and filmmaking scene, even as the event continues to grow. “We have toyed around with the idea of expansion. In my dream world, I’d love to have [events] throughout the country and have them all come together in Asheville,” Denson says. “The bigger the event grows, the higher the platform. The more we’re able to make this event,

where we have these incredible videos that are really well-produced, it starts to put Asheville on the map as somewhere where great music and great filmmaking is coming out of.” She adds, “As we elevate the status of the event, we’re in turn elevating the status of the musicians and the filmmakers as well, and hopefully getting them seen and acknowledged even by people who are outside of our city.” X

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Thou hast seen nothing yet Tapping timemanagement skills and Don Quixote, Los Gatos Negros releases a record

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With all that local musician Jeff Santiago has going on in his life, it’s a minor miracle that his new album, Rolling Towards the Moon, exists. On Saturday, April 12, the singer/ guitarist and his indie rock band Los Gatos Negros celebrate that achievement with a record-release party at Asheville Music Hall. Joined by openers Andrew Scotchie & The River Rats and Empire Strikes Brass (who’ll both serve as the headliners’ horn section and close out the night), the show looks to be a highlight in an already busy week, one full of activity from different sides of the music industry. One of six members of the Orange Peel management team, Santiago breaks off into different groups

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depending on what the club needs. Specifically, he and another manager review potential bookings with AC Entertainment and figure out what opportunities best fit The Peel and the local market. Other responsibilities include staffing, hiring new staff and managing the shows themselves, which also involves making sure the band gets paid. This work requires a minimum of 45-50 hours


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per week and much more time during the venue’s busy season. “It’s my bread and butter,” Santiago says. “The day-to-day is really about The Peel for the most part. I’ve got a good management team that allows me to have something to do elsewhere. One helps the other and keeps those muscles sharp, and I’m able to approach the business from different angles.” The chief secondary gig is his side booking business, Rozinante Music. Inspired by Don Quixote, one of Santiago’s favorite books, the name comes from the title conquistador’s horse. In that equine character (whose name — Rocinante — is a pun that deals with pushing the boundaries of ability) Santiago sees a fitting symbol of the area music scene. “It’s the vehicle where dreams meet reality,” he says. “It’s something I use toward helping bands start getting gigs and booking on a smaller local level and trying to develop them to get to the next level if possible.” Booking acts for LAB and Aloft Hotel’s W xyz bar demands 15-20 hours a week, and Santiago tries to take one full office day a week for that business. The remaining time is spent with his wife, helping care for his elderly parents, catching up on sleep, planning the next iteration of DIG Fest (of which he’s a founding member) and slipping in writing when he can. “It’s superimportant for me to be creative, to write and perform music and be able to get together with other cool musicians to make that happen,” Santiago says. “It helps my inner sense of being and that happiness that I need in my life in general. It helps me connect to both sides.” Since the Orange Peel shows can fall on any night of the week, Santiago has no set schedule and no pattern to his days off. Simply making time to practice is difficult enough, but producing work up to his high personal standards amid these myriad obstacles can often be a quixotic struggle. “More

woRk haRd, PLay haRd: Despite a hectic schedule that includes talent booking and venue management, Jeff Santiago y Los Gato Negros found time to record Rolling Towards the Moon. From left: Jared White, Debrissa McKinney, Clayton Jones, Santiago and Brandon Burney. Photo by Duncan Chaboudy

challenging is finding the time to get inspired,” Santiago says. “I can’t force a quality song out of a short window of time. I try to push through that, but it takes me a little while to shed my other responsibilities when I start playing.” Los Gatos Negros helps in that regard. Band members Jason Daniello (guitar and vocals), Clayton Jones (drums), Jared White (bass) and Debrissa McKinney (vocals) push Santiago to focus. Alone, the prospect is tougher as he considers what he wants to write about, what he’s feeling and how he wants to express those thoughts through music. Santiago and his band amassed enough material for a demo at Candler’s Hillcreek Studio in 2012. But “once we tracked those songs and sat on them for a bit, we realized that we were really a live band,” Santiago says. As the songs continued to evolve, it became clear that they needed to re-record. A perfectly timed call from Jessica Tomasin at Echo Mountain Recording Studio helped reverse those fortunes. The studio had some time for local artists, and Santiago jumped at the opportunity. Under the guidance of engineer/producer Julian Dreyer, with whom Santiago developed a

close friendship, Los Gatos Negros embraced its on-stage identity and recorded the main tracks with a live-show feel. Derrick Johnson of Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band later laid down trombone and trumpet. In fact, the recording process went so well that the band wants to get back in the studio as soon as possible. When it does, guitarist Brandon Burney will take over for Daniello, whose frequent travel for his Moog Music job makes regional touring difficult. Both guitarists will perform at the Asheville Music Hall release for Rolling Towards the Moon. That show serves as a torchpassing ceremony and one more milestone on the band’s distinct journey. X

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Adrian Rice If great art comes from suffering, there were plenty of hard knocks to be had in embattled Belfast, Northern Ireland. That’s where poet Adrian Rice grew up and published collections including Impediments and The Mason’s Tongue. Nobel Prize recipient Seamus Heaney said that Rice “has a nice sense of what he is up to as a poet: I like and admire the way his district and his diction are so artfully tongue-in-cheek and hand-in-glove.” In ’05, Rice came to North Carolina as a visiting writerin-residence at Lenoir-Rhyne College. He met his wife and settled in Hickory, where he continues to teach, write and perform as part of Irish music duo The Belfast Boys. Rice and fellow Belfast Boys musician Alyn Mearns (of the solo project Yes the Raven) present From Belfast with Love, at White Horse Black Mountain on Saturday, April 12, at 8 p.m. $12 advance/$15 at the door. whitehorseblackmountain. com. Photo by Jon Eckard

Hard Rocket and Posh Hammer Two rock ’n’ roll bands on one stage — always a good thing. But what’s interesting about this shared bill, says Hard Rocket bassist Didier Rubio, is “the ages of the members. Hard Rocket is an older experienced group of musicians (in our late 40s) while Posh Hammer is are all in their teens.” Plus, Hard Rocket has two brothers in the band (guitarist Joel Schantz and drummer Ari Schantz) while Posh Hammer is made up of twin sisters (Tasnim and Tiam Setayesh on vocals and bass, respectively) and a brother (Navied Satayesh on lead guitar). All those connections are fun, but what matters most is that both bands can really rock. They’ll do just that that at The LAB on Thursday, April 10, at 9 p.m. $5. Photo courtesy of Hard Rocket

UNCA Arts Fest UNC Asheville is presenting its first Arts Fest, and if the name sounds broad, that’s because it is. Highlights of the eclectic lineup include musical acts Steep Canyon Rangers and David Holt and the Lightning Bolts as well as a performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, set in contemporary Asheville. Poetry slams, creative writing workshops, photography exhibits and even an Anagama kiln firing fill out the schedule. The Arts Fest runs from Thursday, April 10-Sunday, April 13 on UNCA’s campus. Many of the events are free, while others (yes, like the Steep Canyon Rangers show) are ticketed. For full scheduling and pricing, visit Photo by David McClister


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Dean Ween Group Experimental rock band Ween formed in the mid-’80s and, after a remarkably long tenure, broke up weirdly and publicly in 2012. But all was not lost. The band’s founding members, Aaron Freeman and Mickey Melchiondo (aka Gene and Dean Ween, respectively) went on to pursue solo projects. These days, Dean Ween runs a charter boat fishing business and fronts his namesake group. “I am finally branching out on my own and doing solo gigs and releasing my first ‘proper solo record’ this year,” he writes on his website. “Now I’m getting ready to take it on the road, and I’m very excited about it.” Dean Ween Group takes the stage at Asheville Music Hall on Friday, April 11, at 10 p.m. $16 advance/$18 day of show. Photo courtesy of the band

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by Grady Cooper & Carrie Eidson

• FR (4/11), 8pm - Cuban conga player Pedrito Martinez. $30/$25 students/$12 children under 12. Henderson County Library Centennia Concert • TH (4/10), 6:30pm - With Kenmure Show Chorus. Free. Held at 301 N. Washington St., Hendersonville. Magnolia Acoustic Concert Series or 697-2463 • 2nd SUNDAYS, 3pm - Held at Flat Rock Cinema, 2700 Greenville Highway, Flat Rock. $15. Mountain Spirit Coffeehouse Located inside the Unitarian Universalist Congregation. 1 Edwin Place, uuasheville. org • SU (4/13), 7pm - Buddy Mondlock, singer/songwriter. $15.

Always more to see: Artist John Nebraska writes that his goal is to make art that “has more to say every time one looks at it.” You can catch his show, Visual Proof, or give it a second look at Satellite Gallery through May 4. (p.49)

Art Jonas Gerard at Riverview Station Grand Opening Reception and Painting Performance (pd.) This Saturday. The grand opening for the new 4,700 sqft gallery kicks off with a Live Painting Performance, followed by an equally vivacious Opening Reception. Live music, hors d’oeuvres, wine and refreshments paired perfectly with vibrant art will make this a celebration not to be missed! • Grand Opening, April 12. • Live Painting Performance: 2-3:30pm • Opening Reception: 4-8pm. (828) 350-7711. Jonas Gerard at Riverview Station, 191 Lyman St., Studio #144. • Free. Asheville Art Museum 2 N. Pack Square, 253-3227, • FR (4/11), noon-1pm - Lunchtime Art Break: Permanent Collection: 140 Years of American Art. $8/$7 students and seniors/free under six. • WE (4/16), 7-8pm - Outsider art discussion. Free with admission. Asheville Urban Landscape Project Open air painting events, held in public green spaces and hosted by Asheville artists., • MO (4/14), 9:30am-12:30pm - Printer, potter and painter Jim Southerland's technique documented. Held at Botanical Gardens at Asheville151 W.T. Weaver Blvd. Giant Puppet Building Workshops Hosted by Street Creature puppet collective. Free. • THURSDAYS, 6pm - Held at N. Asheville Community Center, 37 East Larchmont Drive.


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N.C. Arboretum 100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way, 665-2492, $12 gate fee for non-member vehicles. • Through SU (7/6) - Scenography by Barbara Sammons.

Auditions & Call to Artists Henderson County Open Studio Tour Open to all Henderson County artists. • Through (5/31) - Event will be held Sept. 20-21, 10am-5pm. Transylvania Community Arts Council 884-2787, • ONGOING - Submissions open for 2014. Themes and deadlines: Animals, May 6; Potters, June 3; Art Mart, Nov. 10.

Music Song O' Sky Chorus (pd.) Tuesday 6:45-9:30 PM Song O' Sky Chorus Calvary Baptist Church (Chandler Center), 531 Haywood Road, 28806. Asheville's only a capella barbershop-style chorus! We welcome all women who love to sing! or (866) 824-9547 Parking available behind the church. Black Mountain Center for the Arts 225 W. State St., Black Mountain, 669-0930, • SA (4/12), 7:30pm - Robin Bullock, celtic/ folk artist. Diana Wortham TheatRE 2 S. Pack Square, 257-4530

Music at WCU 227-2479, Free unless otherwise noted. • WE (4/9), 8pm - Kacey Musgraves, country singer. Ramsey Center. $20-$25. • TH (4/10), 7:30pm - Gamelan concert with the Low Tech Ensemble. Coulter Building. • MO (4/14), 7:30pm - Western Carolina Civic Orchestra. Coulter Building. • 1st THURSDAYS, 7-9pm - Old-time and bluegrass jam. Mountain Heritage Center. Musical Performances for National Library Week 697-4725 ex. 2320, Free. • MO (4/14), 4pm - Harpist Carroll Ownbey Held at Edneyville Library, 2 Firehouse Road, Hendersonville • TU (4/15), 2pm - Pianist Karen Hensley and instrumentalist Curtis McCarley. Held at Fletcher Library, 120 Library Road, Fletcher • WE (4/16), 3:30pm - Singer/songwriter Tom Fisch Held at Green River Library, 50 Green River Road, Zirconia • WE (4/16), 3:30pm - Guitarist M. King Goslin. Held at Etowah Public Library, 101 Brickyard Road. Pan Harmonia • MO (4/14), 7:15pm - Violin, cello & bassoon concert. Haen Gallery, 200 King St., Brevard. $24/$22 advance/$8 students. UNCA ArtFest 251-6432, • TH (4/10), 8pm - Steep Canyon Rangers. Kimmel Arena. $11.50-$34.50.

Theater 35below 35 E. Walnut St., 254-1320, Located underneath Asheville Community Theatre. • THURSDAYS through SUNDAYS until (4/19) - Women and Wallace. Thu.-Sat.: 7:30pm; Sun.: 2:30pm. $15.

Anam Cara Theatre 545-3861, • FR (4/11), 8pm - Space Feelings. $12/ $10 advance. Held at Toy Boat Community Art Space, 101 Fairview Road, Suite B Asheville Community Theatre 35 E. Walnut St., 254-1320, ashevilletheatre. org • FRIDAYS through SUNDAYS until (4/27) - Dearly Departed. Fri.-Sat.: 7:30pm; Sun.: 2:30pm. $22/$19 seniors & students/$12 children under 17. Flat Rock Playhouse Highway 225, Flat Rock, 693-0731, • THURSDAYS through SATURDAYS until (4/19) - Laughter on the 23rd Floor. Wed.Thu.: 2pm & 8pm; Fri.: 8pm; Sat.: 2pm & 8pm; Sun.: 2pm. $40. Hendersonville Little Theatre 229 S. Washington St., Hendersonville, 6921082, • THURSDAYS through SUNDAYS (until 4/27) - Close Ties, a warm-hearted and funny family drama. Thu.-Sat. 7:30pm; Sun., 2pm. $10-$20. Toy Boat Community Art Space 101 Fairview Rd. Suite B, 505-8659, • SA (4/12), 7:30pm & 10pm - Asheville Vaudeville with guest emcee Sneaky McFly. $15/$12.


American Folk Art and Framing 64 Biltmore Ave., 281-2134, • Through TH (4/24) - Uprooted, works by Southern self-taught artists • Through WE (4/23) - Face Jug show. Art at UNCA • Through WE (4/16) - Musical Mentors, photography by David Holt. Lipinsky Hall. • Through SA (5/17) - International Photo Exhibit. Ramsey Library. • Through MO (4/14) - New Media student show. In the Highsmith gallery. Art at WCU 227-3591, Exhibits on display in the Fine Art Museum, unless otherwise noted. • Through FR (5/9) - Pottery from a private collection. • Through FR (5/23) - Photographs by Hugh Morton: An Uncommon Retrospective. In the Mountain Heritage Center. • TH (4/10) through FR (5/30) - Remote Sites of War, photography. Arts Council of Henderson County • FR (4/4) through FR (4/18) - Art of Tomorrow, works by school students. At First Citizens Bank, 539 N. Main St., Hendersonville. Asheville Area Arts Council Gallery 346 Depot St., 258-0710, • Through FR (4/25) - Impromptu, mixed media.

AsHeville Art museum 2 N. Pack Square, 253-3227, • Through SU (5/18) - Social Geographies: Interpreting Space and Place, mixed media. • Through SU (6/2) - Take 10: Collectors’ Circle 10th Anniversary, mixed works. • Through SA (6/22) - Pierre Daura: Modernist in the Mountains, paintings. • Through SU (7/20) - Ralph Burns: A Persistence of Vision, photography.

rivervieW stAtion 191 Lyman St., • Through WE (4/30) - Works by members of Women In The Arts Foundation.

AsHeville gAllery oF Art 16 College St., 251-5796, • Through WE (4/30) - Landscapes by artist Reda Kay.

tHe bender gAllery 12 S. Lexington Ave., 505-8341, • Through FR (4/18) - Glass sculptural works by Kerrick Johnson.

bellA vistA Art gAllery 14 Lodge St., 768-0246, • Through WE (4/30) - Paintings by Christin Zelenka.

tHe center For crAFt, creAtivity & design 67 Broadway St., 785-1357, • Through (5/3) - Works by Windgate Fellows.

bender gAllery 12 S. Lexington Ave., • Through SA (5/31) - Glass sculptors by Toland Sand.

tHe circle AsHeville 426 Haywood Rd., 254-3332, thecircleasheville. com • Through FR (4/11) - Linoleum prints by Isadora Bullock.

blAck mountAin center For tHe Arts 225 W. State St., Black Mountain, 669-0930, • Through (4/11) - Emerging artists exhibit. blAck mountAin college museum + Arts center 56 Broadway, 350-8484, • Through (5/17) - Cynthia Homire: Vision Quest, mixed media. blue sPirAl 1 38 Biltmore Ave., 251-0202, • Through SA (5/24) - Zen, Asian-inspired works. • Through SA (5/24) - Narration, mixed media. • Through SA (5/24) - Nancy Kubale, ceramics. cAstell PHotogrAPHy gAllery 2C Wilson Alley, 255-1188, • Through SA (5/31) - The New Construction, mixed media. Folk Art center MP 382, Blue Ridge Parkway, 298-7928, • Through TU (4/29) - Works by five Southern Highland Craft Guild members. • Through SU (5/11) - Eyecatchers: The Hunter Collection, quilts. JonAs gerArd Fine Art 240 Clingman Ave., 350-7711, jonasgerard. com • ONGOING - Large flow paintings. PusH skAte sHoP & gAllery 25 Patton Ave., 225-5509, pushtoyproject. com • Through MO (4/14) - Portrait/street photography by Anthony Bellemare. red House studios And gAllery 310 W. State St., Black Mountain, 699-0351, • Through MO (4/28) - Motion Emotion, mixed media.

sAtellite gAllery 55 Broadway St., 305-2225, thesatellitegallery. com • Through SA (5/4) - Visual Proof, paintings by John Nebraska

tHe curiosity sHoPPe 118 Cherry St. Suite C, Black Mountain, 6697467, • Through (5/7) - Abstract pastels by Bridget Risdon Hepler trAnsylvAniA community Arts council 884-2787, • Through WE (4/30) - Works by Transylvania County Public Schools students tryon Fine Arts center 34 Melrose Ave., Tryon, 859-8322, tryonarts. org • Through SA (4/19) - Old Ironsides and the War of 1812, an educational exhibit. WoolWortH WAlk 25 Haywood St., 254-9234 Paintings by John Nelson • Through TU (4/29) - Paintings by John Nelson.

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C L U B L A N D Scandals Nightclub Dance party, 10pm

Wednesday, April 9

The Mothlight Max Pain & The Groovies w/ Mystery Cult (psychrock), 9:30pm

5 Walnut Wine Bar Drayton & The Dragons (jazz, folk), 5pm Juan Benavides Trio (Latin), 8pm

The Phoenix Bradford Carson (Americana), 8pm

Barley's Taproom Dr. Brown's Team Trivia, 8pm

The Social Open mic w/ Scooter Haywood, 8pm

Black Mountain Ale House Bluegrass jam w/ The Deals, 9pm

Town Pump Finer (electronic pop, rock), 9pm

Bywater Soul night w/ DJ Whitney, 8:30pm Cork & Keg Irish jam w/ Beanie, Vincent & Jean, 7pm

Tressa's Downtown Jazz and Blues Pauly Juhl & Oso, 8:30pm The Westsound Revue (Motown, blues), 9pm

Double Crown DJ Dr. Filth (country), 10pm

Vincenzo's Bistro Ginny McAfee (piano, vocals), 7pm

Emerald Lounge Blues jam, 8pm

WXYZ Lounge Shane Perlowin (jazz guitarist), 8pm

Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern Roadkill Ghost Choir (rock), 9pm

Friday, April 11

Grind Cafe Trivia night, 7pm

5 Walnut Wine Bar Jamar Woods Acoustic Band (soul, funk), 9pm

Highland Brewing Company Amy & Mike (acoustic), 5:30pm

Alley Kats Tavern Amos & The Mixx Live, 9:30pm

Hotel Indigo Leigh Glass (rock, Americana, blues), 8pm Jack of the Wood Pub Old-time session, 5pm

Altamont Brewing Company The Bayou Diesel Band (dance, Cajun, zydeco), 9:30pm

Millroom Susan Reinhardt (storytelling), 7pm

Altamont Theater David Wilcox's Musical Medicine (folk), 8pm

Odditorium Children In Heat (Misfits tribute band), 9pm

Asheville Music Hall The Dean Ween Group w/ Donnie Dies (rock, jam), 10pm

One Stop Deli & Bar The Brown Bag Songwriting Competition w/ Alex Krug, 6:30pm Hannah Thomas w/ Peggy Ratusz & The Sugs (Americana, rock), 10pm Pisgah Brewing Company Campfire Reverends (blues, Americana), 6pm Sly Grog Lounge Open mic, 7pm The Mothlight Outer Spaces w/ Kangarot, Must Be The Holy Ghost & Human Pippi (experimental, indie-rock), 9pm The Phoenix Jazz night, 8pm The Social Karaoke, 9:30pm Tiger Mountain Thirst Parlour Sean & Will (classic punk, power pop, rock), 10pm Timo's House Release w/ Disc-Oh! (bass), 9pm

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.


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Books, News & Fiddle: Julia Read’s soothing voice and simple strumming will echo out over the shelved books at Downtown Books and News on Friday, April 11, at 8 p.m. Read will be joined by the soft sounds of fellow folk musicians Chris Head, Looking Forward Fireweed and Hospital Call.

Athena's Club Mark Appleford (singer-songwriter, Americana, blues), 7pm Classic Wineseller Ben Wilson (60s, 70s, 80s covers), 8pm Cork & Keg The Gypsy Swingers (jazz, Latin, 30s pop), 8:30pm Downtown Books & News Julia Read w/ Chris Head, Looking Forward Fireweed & Hospital Call (violin, singer-songwriters, indie-folk), 8pm

Town Pump Open mic w/ Aaron, 9pm

Emerald Lounge Kalob Griffin Band (Americana-rock), 8:30pm

Tressa's Downtown Jazz and Blues Blues & soul jam w/ Al Coffee & Da Grind, 8:30pm

French Broad Brewery Tasting Room Bryan White (jazz, funk), 6pm

Vanuatu Kava Bar Open mic w/ Caleb Beissert, 9pm

Havana Restaurant Open mic (instruments provided), 8pm

Vincenzo's Bistro Aaron Luka (piano, vocals), 7pm

Jack of the Wood Pub Bluegrass jam, 7pm

Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern Holly Golightly & The Brokeoffs w/ The Shine Brothers (singer-songwriter, garage-rock), 9pm

White Horse Matuto (Brazilian bluegrass), 7:30pm

Lexington Ave Brewery (LAB) Hard Rocket w/ Posh Hammer (power-pop, rock 'n' roll), 9pm

Havana Restaurant Ashley Heath (singer-songwriter), 7pm

Thursday, April 10 5 Walnut Wine Bar Jessy Carolina & The Hot Mess (hot jazz), 8pm

Nightbell DJ Bümerang (electro-swing, swing-hop & future funk), 8pm Odditorium Squidling Bros Real Live Sideshow, 9pm

Emerald Lounge Art Show & Spoken Word w/ Monica McDaniel & others, 8pm French Broad Brewery Tasting Room Tellico (country, bluegrass), 6pm

Highland Brewing Company Ras Alan & The Lions (reggae), 6:30pm Iron Horse Station Mark Shane (R&B), 7pm Jack of the Wood Pub Woody Pines (ragtime, jazz, country swing), 9pm

Adam Dalton Distillery Bridging the Gap (old school hip-hop, vinyl night), 10pm

One Stop Deli & Bar Phish 'n' Chips (Phish covers), 6pm BIG Something (jam, rock), 10pm

Alley Kats Tavern Open mic night, 7pm

Orange Peel Daniel Rossen (of Grizzly Bear) w/ William Tyler (rock), 9pm

Millroom Nate Bargatze & Louis Katz (stand-up comedy), 8pm & 10:15pm

Oskar Blues Brewery Naren (singer-songwriter), 6pm

Nightbell Celebrity DJ (electronic, deep house), 10pm

Pisgah Brewing Company American Aquarium w/ The Dead 27s (alt-country, rock, Americana), 9pm

Black Mountain Ale House Lyric (acoustic, soul), 9pm

Odditorium Drunken Prayer, Impossible Vacation, Violaine (rock), 9pm

Posh Bar Acoustic jam, 6pm

Classic Wineseller The DuPont Brothers (folk-rock, Americana), 7pm

Purple Onion Cafe Marshall Ballew & Wanda Lu Paxton, 7:30pm

One Stop Deli & Bar Free Dead Fridays w/ members of Phuncle Sam (jam), 5pm The Main Squeeze (funk, rock), 10pm

Double Crown DJs Devyn & Oakley, 10pm

Root Bar No. 1 Cedric Burnside Project (blues), 9pm

Altamont Brewing Company Fox Street All Stars (rock, funk, soul), 9pm Asheville Music Hall Andreilien (Heyoka) & Kaminanda (psychedelic bass), 10pm

Lobster Trap Mark & Aimee Bumgarner (Americana), 7pm

Orange Peel Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors w/ Judah and the Lion (alt-rock), 9pm

oskAr blues breWery One Leg Up (gypsy jazz), 7pm

toWn PumP Brandon Reeves (blues, guitar), 9pm

PAck's tAvern DJ MoTo (pop, dance, hits), 9pm

vAnuAtu kAvA bAr Seraphim Arkistra (electro-coustic, ambient improv), 9pm

PisgAH breWing comPAny Lefty Williams Band w/ Josh Roberts and The Hinges (blues, rock), 9pm

vincenZo's bistro Steve Whiddon (old-time piano, vocals), 5:30pm

root bAr no. 1 Darlyne Cain (rock, acoustic), 9:30pm sAge cAFe At WArren Wilson The Bread & Butter Band (bluegrass), 9pm scAndAls nigHtclub Dance party, 10pm Drag show, 1am scully's DJ, 10pm soutHern APPAlAcHiAn breWery The Howie Johnson Band, 8pm sPring creek tAvern Jordan Igoe, 8pm tHe green room bistro & bAr Up Jumped Three (jazz), 8:30pm tHe motHligHt Apache Dropout w/ Three Tsunamis & Doomster (garagerock, proto-punk), 9:30pm tHe PHoenix Jonathan Scales Fourchestra (jazz, fusion), 8pm tHe sociAl Thicket (rock, country), 9pm tiger mountAin tHirst PArlour Dr. Filth (soul, psych, punk), 10pm timo's House Can I Kick It?: MIC L!VE, Martin Snoddy, The Professor, DJ Jet & more (hip-hop fundraiser), 9pm

WHite Horse PiperJones Band (R&B), 8pm Wild Wing cAFe A Social Function (acoustic), 9:30pm WxyZ lounge The Alarm Clock Conspiracy (rock, singer-songwriter), 9pm

sAturdAy, APril 12 5 WAlnut Wine bAr Tristen Brooke (singer-songwriter), 6pm Aaron Kaz Electro Folkloric (world beat), 9pm Alley kAts tAvern The Twisted Trail Band, 9:30pm AsHeville music HAll Jeff Santiago y Los Gatos Negros CD release party w/ Andrew Scotchie and the River Rats & Empire Strikes Brass (rock, funk), 10pm

emerAld lounge Female Rockers Showcase w/ Crimson Countess, Polly Panic, Signs of Iris & St. Famine Society, 8:30pm

PisgAH breWing comPAny Phuncle Sam (Grateful Dead tribute), 9pm

FrencH broAd breWery tAsting room Dave Desmelik (Americana), 6pm

PulP Matt Townsend & Charlie Boxwood (singer-songwriter), 8:30am

green room cAFe & coFFeeHouse Darryl Olivier (jazz, blues), 6:30pm

PurPle onion cAFe Tellico (Americana), 8pm

grey eAgle music HAll & tAvern Holy Ghost Tent Revival w/ Sweet Claudette (rock 'n' roll), 9pm

root bAr no. 1 The Suffering Bastards (classic rock), 9:30pm

HAvAnA restAurAnt Billy Litz (singer-songwriter), 7pm

scAndAls nigHtclub Dance party, 10pm scully's DJ, 10pm

HigHlAnd breWing comPAny DJ Bear King, 6:30pm

soutHern APPAlAcHiAn breWery Franklin's Kite (jam band), 8pm

iron Horse stAtion Barb Turner (R&B), 7pm JAck oF tHe Wood Pub Megan Jean & The KFB w/ Marina Orchestra (Americana), 9pm lobster trAP Crossroad String Band (bluegrass, jazz, blues), 7pm millroom VOV CD release party & local musician showcase, 8pm

sPring creek tAvern Pleasure Chest (rock, blues, soul), 8pm tHe AdmirAl Soul night w/ DJ Filth, 8pm Soul night w/ Dr. Filth, 11pm tHe green room bistro & bAr Blood Gypsy Trio (rock, soul, blues), 8:30pm

nigHtbell DJ Sam (old school hip-hop), 10pm

tHe motHligHt Brother Hawk w/ Old Flings & The Old One-Two (blues, rock, alternative, grunge), 8:30pm

odditorium The Kneads, Panels & The Poles (rock), 9pm

tHe PHoenix Jamboogie (jam band), 8pm

blAck mountAin Ale House Asheville Aces (blues), 9pm

one stoP deli & bAr Reggae Family Jam, 2pm KADAVAR (progressive, psychedelic, rock), 10pm

tHe sociAl Karaoke, 9:30pm

clAssic Wineseller Joe Cruz (Beatles & Elton John covers), 7pm

oskAr blues breWery Soldier's Heart (Americana), 5pm

cork & keg Hot Point Trio (jazz, gypsy jazz, swing), 8:30pm

PAck's tAvern Three Cool Cats (rock 'n' roll), 9pm

AtHenA's club Mark Appleford (singer-songwriter, Americana, blues), 7pm

tiger mountAin tHirst PArlour DJ Devyl's Hands (psychedelic, indie, metal, rock), 10pm timo's House Island Fever: The Knock Brothers, Disc-Oh! (dancehall, reggae, roots), 9pm

thurs. APr 10

hard rocket w/ PoSh haMMer

backstage • 9:00PM • $6

thurs. APr 17

Sex knuckle

w/ MIndShaPeFISt, ZoMbIe Queen

backstage • 9:00PM • $6

thurs. mAy 1

Mother exPloSIveS w/ oldMan rabbIt

backstage • 9:00PM • $6

thurs. mAy 22


w/ MonkeY In PodShIP, craZY toM banana PantS

backstage • 9:30PM • $6

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toWn PumP Brett Harris (singer-songwriter), 9pm vincenZo's bistro Steve Whiddon (old-time piano, vocals), 5:30pm WHite Horse Yes The Raven & Adrian Rice (folk), 8pm

4/11 Woody Pines 10/25 Sarah Lee9PM Guthrie & Johnny Irion 4/12 Meagan Jean & The KFB W/ MARINA ORCHESTRA 9PM w/ Battlefield • 9pm $10 10/26Levee Firecracker Jazz Band 4/14 Drivers 9PM & HALLOWEEN Costume 4/15 Blue Ribbon Healers Party & Contest • 9pm $8 9PM 10/27Blair Vinegar Creek • 9pm FREE 4/18 Crimmons Hookers 10/28& The Mustard Plug • 9pm $8 W/ DARYL HANCE, GUITARIST FROM w/ Crazy Tom Banana Pants JJ GREY & MOFRO 9PM 10/29 Singer Songwriters 4/19 Brushfi re Stankgrass • 7-9pm FREE 9PM in the Round

sundAy, APril 13 5 WAlnut Wine bAr Mande Foly (African beat), 7pm blAck mountAin Ale House Jazz brunch w/ Mike Gray Trio, 11:30am clAssic Wineseller Gospel Sunday Brunch w/ Rockell Scott, 11:30am double croWn Karaoke w/ Tim O, 9pm grey eAgle music HAll & tAvern Clay Cook vs. Levi Lowrey ("The Battle of the Ballads"), 8pm Hi-Wire breWing CarolinaBound (Americana, folk, country), 4:30pm Hotel indigo Jeff Thompson, 8pm

w/ Anthony Tripi, Elise Davis

iron Horse stAtion Kevin Reese (Americana), 5pm

4/20 MudMichaela Tea • 9pmAnne FREE 10PM

isis restAurAnt And music HAll Jazz showcase, 6pm

Open Mon-Thurs at 3 • Fri-Sun at Noon SUN Celtic Irish Session 5pm til ? MON Quizzo! 7-9p • WED Old-Time 5pm SINGER SONGWRITERS 1st & 3rd TUES THURS Bluegrass Jam 7pm

JAck oF tHe Wood Pub Irish session, 5pm lobster trAP Tim Marsh (multi-genre), 7pm nigHtbell DJ Sam (old school hip-hop), 10pm

95 Patton at Coxe • Asheville 252.5445 •

odditorium (New England) Patriots & Busted Chops Squidlord (punk, metal), 10pm one stoP deli & bAr Bluegrass brunch w/ The Pond Brothers, 11am The Get Right Band w/ Italo & The Passions (reggae), 8pm


orAnge Peel Doug Benson (stand-up comedy), 4:20pm


DOWNTOWN ON THE PARK Eclectic Menu • Over 30 Taps • Patio 13 TV’s • Sports Room • 110” Projector Event Space • Shuffleboard • Darts Open 7 Days 11am - Late Night

PurPle onion cAFe Matuto (Brazillian bluegrass), 6pm


Brown Bag Songwriting Competition Hosted by Alex Krug 6:30pm  Free to Watch

one stop




$3 to enter All Ages

one stop one stop



FRI. 4/11



10 THU

SAT. 4/12

one stop

The Main Squeeze w/ Debrissaandthebearking 10 PM   $8/$10    21+ 


APR Dean Ween Group w/ SICMaN & 11 The Donnie Dies 9 PM   $16/$18    21+ AMH

(rock n’ roll)


Charlie Traveler Presents: An Evening with BIG Something 10 PM  $7    21+ 10 PM $12/ $15   21+


Three Cool Cats

Hannah Thomas w/ Peggie Ratuse and The Sugs 10 PM    21+ 

one stop



Blue Presents: KADVAR 12 Stella 10 PM $10 21+  SAT


Jeff Santiago y Los Gatos Negros CD Release


12 Party w/ Andrew Scotchie & The River Rats + SAT

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Empire Strikes Brass  10 PM $7-21+ / $10-18+ Get Right Band w/ Italo and The 13 The Passions  8 PM  $2  21+n  SUN APR

APR & Valerie Mayfield and TBA 15 David 8 PM $2   All Ages



scAndAls nigHtclub Dance party, 10pm soutHern APPAlAcHiAn breWery Jason DeCristofaro Duo (jazz vibraphonist), 5pm tHe motHligHt Vincent Wrenn w/ Hematite & Palatheda (ambient), 8pm tHe sociAl '80s night, 8pm vincenZo's bistro Steve Whiddon (old-time piano, vocals), 5:30pm

Andreilien (Heyoka) & Kaminanda


DJ Moto (dance, pop hits)

PulP Doug Benson After Party w/ Slice of Life Comedy, 7pm

mondAy, APril 14 185 king street Monday Night Trivia w/ Spencer Jones, 8pm 5 WAlnut Wine bAr Eleanor Underhill & Friends (Americana, blues), 8pm Alley kAts tAvern Open mic, 8pm AltAmont breWing comPAny Old-time jam, 7pm blAck mountAin Ale House Karaoke, 9pm byWAter Open mic w/ Taylor Martin, 9pm courtyArd gAllery Open mic (music, poetry, comedy, etc.), 8pm

185 king stReet 877-1850 5 waLnut wine BaR 253-2593 aLtamont BRewing comPany 575-2400 the aLtamont theatRe 348-5327 aPothecaRy (919) 609-3944 aqua cafe & BaR 505-2081 aRcade 258-1400 asheviLLe civic centeR & thomas woLfe auditoRium 259-5544 asheviLLe music haLL 255-7777 athena’s cLuB 252-2456 BaRLey’s taP Room 255-0504 BLack mountain aLe house 669-9090 BLue mountain Pizza 658-8777 BoiLeR Room 505-1612 BRoadway’s 285-0400 the BywateR 232-6967 coRk and keg 254-6453 cLuB Remix 258-2027 cReekside taPhouse 575-2880 adam daLton distiLLeRy 367-6401 diana woRtham theateR 257-4530 diRty south Lounge 251-1777 douBLe cRown 575-9060 eLeven on gRove 505-1612 emeRaLd Lounge 232- 4372 fiRestoRm cafe 255-8115 fRench BRoad BReweRy tasting Room 277-0222 good stuff 649-9711 gReen Room cafe 692-6335 gRey eagLe music haLL & taveRn 232-5800 gRove house the gRove PaRk inn (eLaine’s Piano BaR/ gReat haLL) 252-2711 hangaR Lounge 684-1213 haRRah’s cheRokee 497-7777 highLand BRewing comPany 299-3370 isis music haLL 575-2737 Jack of the wood 252-5445 Lexington avenue BReweRy 252-0212 the LoBsteR tRaP 350-0505 metRosheRe 258-2027 miLLRoom 555-1212 monte vista hoteL 669-8870 moonLight miLe 335-9316 native kitchen & sociaL PuB (581-0480) nightBeLL (575-0375) odditoRium 505-8388 onefiftyone 239-0239 one stoP BaR deLi & BaR 255-7777 o.henRy’s/tug 254-1891 the oRange PeeL 225-5851 oskaR BLues BReweRy 883-2337 Pack’s taveRn 225-6944 the Phoenix 877-3232 Pisgah BRewing co. 669-0190 PuLP 225-5851 PuRPLe onion cafe 749-1179 Red stag gRiLL at the gRand Bohemian hoteL 505-2949 Root BaR no.1 299-7597 scandaLs nightcLuB 252-2838 scuLLy’s 251-8880 sLy gRog Lounge 255-8858 smokey’s afteR daRk 253-2155 the sociaL 298-8780 southeRn aPPaLacian BReweRy 684-1235 static age RecoRds 254-3232 stRaightaway cafe 669-8856 taLLgaRy’s cantina 232-0809

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 westviLLe PuB 225-9782 white hoRse 669-0816 wiLd wing cafe 253-3066 wxyz 232-2838

odditorium Comedy open mic w/ Tom Peters, 9pm one stoP deli & bAr David & Valerie Mayfield (bluegrass), 8pm Tuesday night techno, 10pm orAnge Peel The Zombies w/ Pat Sansone of Wilco & Autumn Defense (British invasion-era rock), 8pm scully's Triva night, 9pm tAllgAry's cAntinA Open mic & jam, 7pm tHe motHligHt Lost in the Trees w/ All Tiny Creatures (orchestral folk-pop), 8:30pm tHe PHoenix The Wilhelm Brothers (indie-folk), 8pm

double croWn Punk 'n' roll w/ DJ Leo Delightful, 10pm

tHe sociAl Big Generator (rock, blues), 7pm

JAck oF tHe Wood Pub Quizzo, 7pm Levee Drivers (old country), 9pm

timo's House 90s night w/ DJ Ra Mak (90s dance, hip-hop, pop), 9pm

lookout breWery Daryl Hance (Southern rock), 6pm millroom Lionize w/ American Gonzos (rock, psychedelic, reggae), 9pm odditorium Ghost Mice, Cotton Tail, Moon Bandits & Special European guest (punk, acoustic), 9pm oskAr blues breWery Mountain Music Mondays (open jam), 6pm tHe bull And beggAr The Big Nasty (jazz), 10pm tHe PHoenix Jeff Sipe & Friends (jam, fusion), 8pm tHe sociAl Newgrass jam w/ Ben Saylor, 8pm tiger mountAin tHirst PArlour Honky-tonk (classic country & rockabilly) w/ DJ Lil Lorruh & David Wayne Gay, 10pm

vincenZo's bistro Steve Whiddon (old-time piano, vocals), 5:30pm Westville Pub Blues jam, 10pm WHite Horse Irish sessions --- Open mic, 6:30pm

WednesdAy, APril 16 5 WAlnut Wine bAr The Buncombe County Boys (folk), 5pm Juan Benavides Trio (Latin), 8pm AsHeville music HAll ZOOGMA w/ A Ghost Like Me & Phil.harmoniq (electronica), 10pm bArley's tAProom Dr. Brown's Team Trivia, 8pm blAck mountAin Ale House Bluegrass jam w/ The Deals, 9pm

vincenZo's bistro Steve Whiddon (old-time piano, vocals), 5:30pm

byWAter Soul night w/ DJ Whitney, 8:30pm

Westville Pub Trivia night, 8pm

cork & keg Irish jam w/ Beanie, Vincent & Jean, 7pm Throwback 3rd Thursday w/ Old Asheville Natives 70s & 80s highschool, 7pm

tuesdAy, APril 15

double croWn DJ Dr. Filth (country), 10pm

185 king street Salsa lesson, 8pm

emerAld lounge Blues jam, 8pm

5 WAlnut Wine bAr The John Henry's (ragtime jazz), 8pm

grey eAgle music HAll & tAvern Thee Silver Mount Zion Memorial Orchestra w/ Amen Dunes (experimental rock, post-rock), 9pm

Alley kAts tAvern Bluegrass Tuesday, 8pm AltAmont breWing comPAny Open mic w/ Chris O'Neill, 8pm blAck mountAin Ale House Trivia, 7pm club eleven on grove Dance, 8:30pm

grind cAFe Trivia night, 7pm Hotel indigo Paula & Tony, 8pm iron Horse stAtion Jesse James (Americana), 6pm JAck oF tHe Wood Pub Old-time session, 5pm

cork & keg Honkytonk jam w/ Tom Pittman & friends, 6:30pm

odditorium Speed-dating event, 9pm

double croWn Punk 'n' roll w/ DJs Sean and Will, 10pm

one stoP deli & bAr The Brown Bag Songwriting Competition w/ Alex Krug, 6:30pm The Royal Noise (retro-future funk), 10pm

grey eAgle music HAll & tAvern Shivering Timbers, Greg Humphreys & Joe Fletcher (folk-rock, indie), 8pm

PisgAH breWing comPAny Shampoo Duo w/ Shane Pruitt (blues), 6pm

iron Horse stAtion Open mic w/ Mark Shane, 6pm

sly grog lounge Open mic, 7pm

isis restAurAnt And music HAll Bluegrass session, 7:30pm

tHe PHoenix Jazz night, 8pm

JAck oF tHe Wood Pub The Blue Ribbon Healers (old-time, jazz), 9pm

tHe sociAl Karaoke, 9:30pm

lobster trAP Jay Brown (Americana, folk), 7pm

tiger mountAin tHirst PArlour Sean & Will (classic punk, power pop, rock), 10pm




roadkill ghost wed choir w/ the hermit kings 4/9 9pm • $8/10 fri 4/11

holly golightly & the brokeoffs w/ the shine brothers

sat 4/12

holy ghost tent revival w/ sweet claudette 9pm • $10

sun 4/13 tue 4/15

9pm • $17/20

“the sing in the ring”

clay cook vs. levi lowrey 8pm • $10 shivering timbers, greg humphreys & joe fletcher 8pm • $8/10

thee silver mount wed zion memorial orchestra 4/16 w/ amen dunes 9pm • $15/$18 thu mac demarco w/ juan 4/17 wauters 9pm • $10/$12 fri 4/18

seryn w/ john & jacob

sat 4/19

8pm • $10/$12

the milk carton kids w/ brian wright 8pm • sold out

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deLta BLues: The funky, soulful sounds of The Cedric Burnside Project will fill the Root Bar on Thursday, April 10, starting at 9 p.m. Inspired by Mississippi legends Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker and Robert Johnson, Burnside takes a modern approach to the generations-old style of delta blues.

timo's House Release w/ Disc-Oh! (bass), 9pm toWn PumP Open mic w/ Aaron, 9pm tressA's doWntoWn JAZZ And blues Blues & soul jam w/ Al Coffee & Da Grind, 8:30pm vAnuAtu kAvA bAr Open mic w/ Caleb Beissert, 9pm vincenZo's bistro Aaron Luka (piano, vocals), 7pm

tHursdAy, APril 17 5 WAlnut Wine bAr Hank West & The Smokin' Hots (hot jazz), 8pm Alley kAts tAvern Open mic night, 7pm AsHeville music HAll Future Rock w/ Up Until Now (electronica, future funk), 10pm blAck mountAin Ale House Lyric (acoustic, soul), 9pm double croWn DJs Devyn & Oakley, 10pm emerAld lounge oddSTAR w/ SIIINES (electronica, alternative, pop), 8:30pm FrencH broAd breWery tAsting room Rob Williams (Americana, acoustic), 6pm grey eAgle music HAll & tAvern Mac Demarco w/ Juan Wauters (rock 'n' roll), 9pm HAvAnA restAurAnt Open mic (instruments provided), 8pm JAck oF tHe Wood Pub Bluegrass jam, 7pm lexington Ave breWery (lAb) Sex Knuckle w/ MindShapeFist & Zombie Queen (rock, punk), 9pm odditorium Straight Up Queer Time Variety Show w/ JoyBang (punk, garage), 9pm


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one stoP deli & bAr Phish 'n' Chips (Phish covers), 6pm Flux Capacitor w/ Electrochemical (jam, electro), 10pm PisgAH breWing comPAny Movie night: Anchorman 2, 8pm PosH bAr Acoustic jam, 6pm PurPle onion cAFe The Wilhelm Brothers (folk, indie), 7:30pm scAndAls nigHtclub Dance party, 10pm sPring creek tAvern Blue Ribbon Healers (old-time, jazz), 6pm tHe motHligHt Blusongs IV w/ Shenzen, Echo Rush, Difference Clouds, Kirume Sands-Pleine & Alligator Indian, 9pm tHe PHoenix Naren (singer-songwriter), 8pm tHe sociAl The River Rats (rock, funk), 8pm toWn PumP Brandon Reid (singer-songwriter), 9pm tressA's doWntoWn JAZZ And blues Pauly Juhl & Oso, 8:30pm The Westsound Revue (Motown, blues), 9pm vincenZo's bistro Ginny McAfee (piano, vocals), 7pm WxyZ lounge HotPoint Trio (jazz trio), 8pm

FridAy, APril 18 185 king street Vagabond Philosophy (folk-rock), 8pm 5 WAlnut Wine bAr The Screamin' J's (hot jazz), 9pm Alley kAts tAvern Amos & The Mixx Live, 9:30pm AsHeville music HAll The Motet w/ Kung Fu (funk), 10pm AtHenA's club Mark Appleford (singer-songwriter, Americana, blues), 7pm

Bloody mary Bar Sundays @ noon clAssic Wineseller Dulci Ellenberger (Americana, oldies), 8pm club eleven on grove DJ Jam (old-school hip-hop, R&B, funk), 9pm cork & keg 3 Cool Cats (rock 'n' roll), 8:30pm

scAndAls nigHtclub Dance party, 10pm Drag show, 1am scully's DJ, 10pm

FrencH broAd breWery tAsting room The Blue Ribbon Healers (old-time), 6pm

sPring creek tAvern Mark Shane, Kevin Reese & J Thomas (Southern rock), 8pm

green room cAFe & coFFeeHouse Carrie Morrison (Americana), 6:30pm

tHe green room bistro & bAr Pierce Edens (Americana), 8:30pm

grey eAgle music HAll & tAvern Seryn w/ John & Jacob (folk, indie, pop), 8pm

tHe motHligHt The Love Language w/ Antique Firearms (indie-rock, alternative), 9:30pm

HAvAnA restAurAnt Ashley Heath (singer-songwriter), 7pm iron Horse stAtion Dave Desmelik (Americana), 7pm JAck oF tHe Wood Pub Blair Crimmons & The Hookers w/ Daryl Hance (jazz, dixieland, ragtime), 9pm millroom Monkey in Podship (rock, pop-punk), 8pm odditorium Warm Needles, Doomster & Full Tilt Sleaze (punk), 9pm one stoP deli & bAr Free Dead Fridays w/ members of Phuncle Sam (jam), 5pm

tHe PHoenix Carter & Co. (string band), 8pm

pinball, foosball, ping-pong & a kickass jukebox kitchen open until late 504 Haywood Rd. West Asheville • 828-255-1109 “It’s bigger than it looks!”

tHe sociAl Ashli Rose, 9pm

6.95 DVD SALE!


tiger mountAin tHirst PArlour Dr. Filth (soul, psych, punk), 10pm timo's House Key, Floating Through, Third Nature (rock, electronic, indie), 9pm toWn PumP Ben Sutton Band (alt-country), 9pm vAnuAtu kAvA bAr Max Melner & Caleb Beissert (electro-coustic improv), 9pm

orAnge Peel Rob Garza of Thievery Corporation w/ Molly Pearl (electronic), 9am

vincenZo's bistro Steve Whiddon (old-time piano, vocals), 5:30pm

PAck's tAvern DJ MoTo (pop, dance, hits), 9pm

Wild Wing cAFe A Social Function (acoustic), 9:30pm

root bAr no. 1 Next 2 The Tracks (rock), 10pm

WxyZ lounge Turkish Delight (gypsy jazz), 9pm

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Wednesday, April 9th

ELO Blues Jam! 8PM -12AM • FREE! Thursday, April 10th

Mangas Colorado w/ the 1X KGB duo - Rob & KG (from the Kalob Griffin Band) 8:30PM • $5 Friday, April 11th

Monica McDaniel Book Release Event “Misty’s Blues Secret Diaries” • 8:30 PM


Saturday, April 12th




Crimson Countess w/ Polly Panic, Signs of Iris, and 18 Days•8:30pm

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FRiday, aPRiL 11 thuRsday, aPRiL 17 Due to possible scheduling changes, moviegoers may want to confirm showtimes with theaters.

diREctoR: Gareth Evans (The Raid) PLayERs: Iko Uwais, Arifin Putra, Oka Antara, Tio Pakusodewo, Julie Estelle, Yayan Ruhian

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cRimE thRiLLER RatEd R thE stoRy: Sequel to the popular Indonesian actioner The Raid: Redemption — with more of everything. thE LoWdoWn: Depending on your tastes in such matters, The Raid 2 is likely to be either the ultimate in martial arts action thrillers, or it will be too much of a violent thing — especially at 2 1/2 hours. But it’s certainly brilliantly made.

Gareth Evans’ sequel to his own Indonesian crime thriller The Raid: Redemption (2011) is probably everything you could want in a bloody, brutal martial arts movie — and more. A lot more. Maybe too much more. The first film was relatively compact in its “30 floors of chaos” setting and 101-minute running time. The Raid 2 is all over Jakarta and then some. It’s also a whopping 150 minutes, making the film something of an endurance test. (Note to Mr. Evans: giving someone the line, “This will never end,” at the 2-hour mark in a movie this long is not wise.) Let’s face it, 2 1/2 hours of violence can be pretty wearing, and the violence here is most certainly not for the squeamish. Some have said that the violence is more extreme and gorier than in the original. Not having seen The Raid in a while, I’m disinclined to weigh in on this. The Raid 2 definitely seems at least


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Hammer Girl (JuLiE EstELLE) and Baseball Bat Man (VERy tRi yuLisman) in combat with undercover cop Rama (iKo uWais) in Gareth Evan’s brutal, bloody and often brilliant The Raid 2.

… er … juicier than its predecessor, but that may just be the extra 50 minutes. Regardless, it is bloody, it is brutal and it is excessive. Isn’t that what a film like this is supposed to be? Where The Raid had a very straightforward plot — a police raid that goes wrong thanks to internal corruption — the new film presents the illusion of something far more complex. In fact, some critics have complained that it’s hard to follow. The truth is that its complexity really is an illusion. All we have here is a collection of crime movie tropes: the deep undercover cop, the even deeper undercover cop, warring criminal factions crossing each other’s territories, the hot-headed son who wants to take over his father’s gang, etc. There’s nothing here you haven’t seen before. It’s just been jumbled together to create a Russian novel’s worth of storylines and characters. It’s a beguiling compendium of cliches — a crime thrillers’ greatest hits package on steroids. And much like the original film, it isn’t much more than a movie version of a videogame. What I

said about The Raid largely applies here: “The situation is simple — get past a bunch of largely generic machete-wielding bad guys (there are enough machetes here for a dozen Friday the 13th series) and one really unstoppable bad guy to get at the crime lord.” All that has changed, apart from the varied locations, comes in the form of more characters, different weapons and more challenges. The story picks up almost exactly where The Raid ends and centers on Rama (Iko Uwais), our hero in the first film, who is forced into going undercover in order to bring down the apparently all-pervasive crime syndicates and corrupt police. This requires him to go to prison (for two years, no less) and become the champion of the also incarcerated Uco (Arifin Putra), the powerhungry son of crime lord Bangun (Tio Pakusadewo). This, of course, assures Rama a high-level place in the organization upon his release from prison. You can undoubtedly take the plot from there. The plot, however embellished and involved, is not really what a film like this is all about. You’re

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here — if you’re here at all — for the action scenes, and the action scenes in The Raid 2 are beyond first-rate. Not only is Gareth Evans a master film stylist — there is rarely an uninteresting composition or an ill-judged camera move — but he actually understands and knows how to edit action. In a world where action is all too often nothing but an incomprehensible mess of close-shots thoughtlessly slapped together, seeing well-constructed scenes is a treat in itself. There is, in fact, a car chase scene here that is on the far side of absurd — starting with the fact that one of the drivers has just been shot in the knee — but it is so brilliantly and breathlessly constructed that it feels real. It is certainly exciting. Questions arise, however. The first is how much of this sort of thing you can take before a kind of numb overkill sets in? When is it one fight too many? More of a problem for me is the tendency for individual fights to go on so long that my mind wanders, and that’s increasingly the case here. Your mileage may be greater than mine, but as a martial arts action picture The Raid 2 is about as good it gets. For some, it may even be the ne plus ultra. Rated R for sequences of strong bloody violence throughout, sexuality and language.Rated R reviewed by Ken Hanke Starts Friday at the Carolina Cinemas.

Nymphomaniac Vol. II HHHH diRectoR: Lars von Trier PLayeRs: Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgard, Stacy Martin, Shia LaBeouf, Jamie Bell, Mia Goth dRama Rated nR the stoRy: Part two of Lars von Trier’s study of the life of a nymphomaniac as she tells it to a sympathetic listener. the Lowdown: Grimmer and less fun than Vol. I but with its share of dark humor, Vol. II is consistently interesting, and occasionally, it truly soars. I suspect it would be (largely) comprehensible without seeing the first part, but much of the resonance would be lost.


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Darker, less playful and certainly more disturbing than Nymphomaniac Vol. I, this second (and final) film is still fascinating in its own right — at least for most of its length. Nymphomaniac Vol. II picks up where Vol. I ended, which is to be expected, since Lars von Trier didn’t intend this to be two films. It’s pure chance that Vol. I had such a perfect ending — part resolution, part cliffhanger — with lead character Joe (played by Stacy Martin as a young woman and Charlotte Gainsbourg as an older one) having become sexually numb and reconnecting with Jerome (Shia LaBeouf). Vol. II can be seen as affording the answer to that cliffhanger, but it’s considerably more than that. This is where the gears shift and where story and framing story start inching closer together. The second part catalogues Joe’s further adventures, but they’re no longer so amusing and, despite the slower pace of Vol. II, feel more desperate. Reuniting with Jerome does nothing to reawaken her sexuality, and her best efforts to build a life with him — complete with a child — are doomed. In order to feel something (or anything) she takes up with a sadist called “K” (Jamie Bell) who both tortures her and refuses to have actual sex with her. This is no more than another distraction, and it’s one that leads to the destruction of her relationship with Jerome in a sequence that’s barely one dead toddler shy of being straight out of von Trier’s Antichrist (2009). The allusion to the earlier film is obviously deliberate (it even uses the same Handel piece on the soundtrack), but whether it serves any real function is another matter. Maybe it’s just an injoke for the faithful. There’s still a good deal of dark comedy to be had in Vol. II. Whether it’s in the guise of two Africans (with prodigious erections) arguing over who does what to Joe — to a point where Joe just opts to leave — or von Trier putting a lyric from The Sound of Music’s “How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?” into the mouth of a nymphomaniac, the filmmaker’s perverse wit is never far away. One of the more rarefied jokes involves using Mozart’s Requiem as a background score to a scene where Joe

HHHHH = max rating tries to bury every possible thing in her life that could possibly arouse her. The vast catalogue of objects is funny enough. The idea that they’re getting a requiem mass takes it to a whole different level of cinematic sarcasm — with the joke on our selfdramatizing heroine. Her stint as a “debt collector” for the unscrupulous “L” (Willem Dafoe) seems like the film’s most curious tangent, but it ultimately leads us to her weird relationship with her protege, “P” (Mia Goth), challenging the film’s underlying notion that all roads lead to Jerome. It also sets up the presence of a certain Russian author’s idea about showing the audience a gun. Where that leads, however, may well be the least successful — and least satisfying — aspect of the film. It’s not something that ruins the film, but, for me at least, it definitely demeans an otherwise mostly admirable work. Not Rated, but contains explicit graphic sex. reviewed by Ken Hanke Starts Friday at the Carolina Cinemas.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier HHHS diRectoR: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo (You, Me and Dupree) PLayeRs: Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Redford, Sebastian Stan comic Book action Rated Pg-13 the stoRy: Captain America returns to battle a mysterious, powerful assassin. the Lowdown: A noisy actioner that is passable as big-budget entertainment.

More consistent than the clunky Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) without quite scaling the heights of the best (nor plumbing the depths of the worst) of Marvel Studios’ ever-fattening oeuvre, Captain America: The Winter

Soldier works as solid, big-budget entertainment. Despite surfacelevel attempts to include timely political commentary, this movie — deep down in its big, noisy heart — wants nothing more than to be a high-priced spectacle. To that end, the movie is mostly successful, and it will certainly make a ton of cash. Just don’t expect much beyond the usual comic book antics. Shorn of the first film’s tedious origin story, the sequel feels leaner and jumps straight into the action. The plot roams around a bit, but that isn’t a huge problem. After all, the storyline is simply a mode for transitioning from one explosion to another. The idea here is that Captain America (Chris Evans) — a WWII supersoldier bred by the military and accidentally frozen and thawed out decades later — is embroiled in a confusing and short-sighted plot to to dismantle S.H.I.E.L.D. and murder a ton of Americans. All of this seems to center on a mysterious masked assassin with a metal arm called The Winter Soldier. There are lots of fights along the way (for a PG-13 rating, the visceral nature of the violence is unexpected), a dumpster fire in an amateurish car chase and plenty of CGI explosions and property damage. It is the kind of sound and fury that has become so commonplace that the value of its spectacle has been totally lost. With that said — assuming you care about the extended Marvel serial — there are some serious consequences to the comic book universe the studio has constructed. Unfortunately, this news might carry more weight if it wasn’t explained to us by a Nazi scientist’s brain (voiced by Toby Jones) trapped in a computer, which is infinitely less fun than it sounds. Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, who are best known for their sitcom work, the filmmaking is smart at times, and the non-action scenes are welcomely cheeky. Captain America himself is a more interesting character outside of his origin story and placed inside this hero-outside-oftime scenario. It’s not only the culture shock (which is mostly played for laughs but is never quite overdone) but the greater issue of a wholly old-fashioned American superhero finding himself in a world with ethical shades of gray he never imagined. Here, the movie becomes critical of the cur-

rent surveillance state and drone warfare, with a heavy dose paranoia. In theory, the simple inclusion of political commentary is commendable, but it doesn’t go anywhere or ultimately say much, keeping Winter Soldier from being anything more than loud and engaging. Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence, gunplay and action throughout. reviewed by Justin Souther Playing at Carolina Cinemas, Epic of Hendersonville, Regal Biltmore Grande, United Artists Beaucatcher.

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Draft Day Why is it, do you suppose, that the only mainstream release this week that doesn’t have any reviews is Ivan Reitman’s Draft Day? OK, Kevin Costner isn’t the draw he once was, but he’s surrounded by an interesting cast — Jennifer Garner, Dennis Leary, Ellen Burstyn, Frank Langella — and sports movies (especially the PG-13 variety) tend to be popular. The studio tells us: “On the day of the NFL Draft, general manager Sonny Weaver (Costner) has the opportunity to save football in Cleveland when he trades for the number one pick. He must quickly decide what he’s willing to sacrifice in pursuit of perfection as the lines between his personal and professional life become blurred on a life-changing day for a few hundred young men with dreams of playing in the NFL.” Sounds serviceable if not exciting. So why the silence? We shall see. (Pg-13)

You know what this is — the inevitable sequel to a popular animated kids’ movie. It will make a mint. It boasts a pricey voice cast, lots of bright colors and some musical numbers. The plot has something to do with Blu (Jesse Eisenberg) and Jewel (Anne Hathaway) leaving Rio for further adventures in the wilds of the Amazon jungle. (If you can discern anything more from the trailer, you’re up on me.) So far the reviews are mostly positive but rarely ecstatic. (Pg)

The Raid 2 See review in “Cranky Hanke.”

Nymphomaniac vol. 2 See review in “Cranky Hanke.”


Oculus Filmmaker Mike Flanagan has been around for a while — mostly in the horror-fantasy realm — but Oculus marks his first shot at a breakthrough into the mainstream. It has no star power to speak of (mostly people from TV), but it has a spooky premise that’s full of promise: “Ten years ago, tragedy struck the Russell family, leaving the lives of teenage siblings Tim and Kaylie forever changed when Tim was convicted of the brutal murder of their parents. Now in his 20s, Tim is newly released from protective custody and only wants to move on with his life; but Kaylie, still haunted by that fateful night, is convinced her parents’ deaths were caused by something else altogether: a malevolent supernatural force unleashed through the Lasser Glass, an antique mirror in their childhood home.” Its trailer is solid if not overwhelming. Plus, it has nothing but positive reviews from the first 10 critics to review. A small sampling, yes, but a diverse one that isn’t all from horror fan sites. (R)

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Monte Carlo HHHHS musicaL comedy Rated NR Ernst Lubitsch’s second sound film Monte Carlo finds the great filmmaker without the benefit of Maurice Chevalier but with a much tighter, funnier screenplay than its famous predecessor. Lubitsch himself seems more relaxed with the new medium of sound here and creates a wonderful souffle of comedy and music — of the kind that only he could make. The Asheville Film Society will screen Monte Carlo Tuesday, April 15 at 8 p.m. Theater Six at The Carolina Asheville and will be hosted by Xpress movie critics Ken Hanke and Justin Souther.


Last Year at Marienbad HHHHS suRReaList fantasy/dRama Rated NR World Cinema continues their monthlong Alain Resnais tribute with the director’s enigmatic Last Year at Marienbad — a dreamlike fantasy about two people who may or may not have met “last year at Marienbad” meeting there again. It is by turns mesmerizing and maddening, but it is never less than fascinating. Its meaning has been open to debate for over 50 years. In itself that may be a barometer of its greatness. Classic World Cinema by Courtyard Gallery will present Last Year at the Marienbad Friday, April 11 at 8 p.m. at Phil Mechanic Studios, 109 Roberts St., River Arts District (upstairs in the Railroad Library). Info: 273-3332,

High Noon HHHHS musicaL comedy Rated NR It snagged four Oscars (including best actor) and

was nominated for three more (including best picture), but what continues to set High Noon apart stems from its extreme simplicity. The narrative — a retired marshal stays on to deal with the return of the man he put in prison despite receiving no support from his fellow townsmen and supposed friends — is played out in more or less real time and is completely unadorned. Somehow this transforms into what is perhaps the most iconic western of all time. The Hendersonville Film Society will show High Noon Sunday, April 13, at 2 p.m. in the Smoky Mountain Theater at Lake Pointe Landing Retirement Community (behind Epic Cinemas), 333 Thompson St., Hendersonville.

Sukkah City HHHH documentaRy Rated NR The Asheville Jewish Film Festival’s second offering this year is another documentary. This one is Jason Hutt’s Sukkah City — a film about an architectural competition devoted to coming up with new designs for building a sukkah (a traditional temporary structure used during the festival of Sukkot). The idea is intriguing, and the designs range from the fanciful to the downright gimmicky to the socially conscious. The Asheville Jewish Film Festival and Fine Arts Theatre will screen Sukkah City Apr. 10 at 7 p.m. with an encore showing on Friday, April 11 at 1 p.m. Admission is $8.50.

Werewolf of London HHHHH hoRRoR Rated NR Werewolf of London is the first werewolf movie, and it

remains the best and most adult, though it is often shunted aside in favor of the more famous Lon Chaney Jr. Wolf Man movies. That’s too bad for a variety of reasons — not the least of which is that it’s just plain better than its successors. Literate, atmospheric, chilling and intelligent, this is a landmark horror film, and it’s one that threatens to cross its genre boundaries to become a great movie without qualifications. The Thursday Horror Picture Show will screen Werewolf of London Thursday, April 10 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.


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Dinah is a beautiful, affectionate girl with lots of love to give! Though she’s getting older, she has all the curiosity and energy of a kitten. Dinah loves her people, she’ll even climb in the shower or crawl under the covers to be near you. Dinah does have some medical needs that will require special food and regular veterinary care. This special kitty is looking for a special family to give her a loving home.

Mindy & Millie

Females, Spaniel Mix, 10 years old

Meet Mindy and Millie! Two super sweet older girls looking someone or a family that would be willing to take both of them together. They have been best friends for nine years. Mindy has a history of seizures and must take medicine twice a day for the rest of her life. These two girls are very happy little dogs and want nothing more than to be with their people and enjoy life!

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fReewiLL astRoLogy tauRus (aPRiL 20-may 20)

It's Love Your Messes Week, Taurus. In accordance with the astrological omens, you are authorized to love the hell out of the messes in your life — from the small, awkward knots of confusion to the big, beautiful heaps of fertile chaos. This is not a time to feel embarrassed or apologize for your messes, or to to shy away from or ignore them. On the contrary, you should explore, celebrate and even take advantage of them. Whatever else they are, your messes are untapped sources of energy. Learn to love them for the mysterious lessons they keep teaching you. Love them for the courage and willpower they compel you to summon. Love them for the novelty they bring your way and the interesting stories they add to your personal legend.

aRies (maRch 21-aPRiL 19) Freedom is the most important kind of joy you can seek right now. It’s also the most important subject to study and think about, as well as the most important skill to hone. I advise you to make sure that freedom is flowing through your brain and welling up in your heart and spiraling through your loins. Write synonyms for “freedom” on your arm with a felt-tip pen: liberation, emancipation, independence, leeway, spaciousness, carte blanche, self-determination, dispensation. Here’s one more tip: Connect yourself with people who love and cultivate the same type of freedom you do.

canceR (June 21-JuLy 22) In 2007, J.K. Rowling finished writing the concluding volume of her Harry Potter books, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. The day it was published it sold 11 million copies. But Rowling had actually written the final chapter of this last book way back in 1990, when she first conceived the story she would spend the next 17 years working on. She knew the climax right from the beginning. I foresee a similar theme unfolding for you in the coming weeks, Cancerian. As you plot a project you’ll be developing for a long time to come, you will have a vision of what it will be when it’s fully mature. Leo (JuLy 23-aug. 22) When you see your shadow, it's usually right next to you there on the ground or floor, a fuzzy black shape that follows you around closely. But today I saw my shadow waving back at me from afar. I was standing on top of a hill, and the sun's rays created a dusky version of me in the meadow way down below. I think this is a useful metaphor for an opportunity that's available to you. In the coming days, you will be able to view the shadowy, undeveloped parts of your personality as if from a distance. That means you will have more objectivity about them, and thus greater compassion. You can get 62

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a calm, clear sense of how they might be mucking with your happiness and how you could transform them.

When I took an intermediate painting class in college, our first assignment was to imitate an old master. My choice was the Flemish painter Pieter Breugel the Elder (1525-69). I worked on reproducing his painting The Fight Between Carnival and Lent as precisely as I could. It was tedious and liberating. I invoked Breugel's spirit and prayed for his guidance. I sank my psyche deeply into his. By the end of the four-week process I'd learned a lot about painting. Given the current astrological omens, Sagittarius, I suggest you try something similar. Pick someone who excels at a way of working or a state of being that you’d like to master yourself, and copy that person for a while. For the best results, have fun with it. Play!

viRgo (aug. 23-sePt. 22)

caPRicoRn (dec. 22-Jan. 19)

"You cannot use butterfly language to communicate with caterpillars," said psychologist Timothy Leary. That's good advice for you to keep in mind in the near future. You might want to find a way to carry on constructive dialogues with people who have a hard time understanding you. They’re not necessarily stupid or resistant to your charms. The problem is that they haven't experienced some of the critical transformations you have. They can't be expected to converse with you in your butterfly language. Are you willing and able to speak caterpillar?

Capricorn author J.R.R. Tolkien spent 14 years working on The Lord of the Rings. In using a typewriter to produce over 1,200 pages, he relied solely on his two index fingers. He never learned the 10-finger typing method. I suppose it didn't matter in the end. Presumably, his impediment didn't affect the quality of his work, but only made it harder to accomplish and required him to spend a lot more time on it. Is there a fixable limitation on your own ability to achieve your dream, Capricorn? Is there some handicap you could, with effort, overcome? If so, now would be an excellent time to begin.

LiBRa (sePt. 23-oct. 22)

aquaRius (Jan. 20-feB. 18)

Are you thinking of linking your fortunes to a new ally? Or deepening your collaboration with a familiar one? Have you fantasized about bonding intensely with a source that may be able to give you more of what you want and bring out more of the best in you? These prospects are worth contemplating, Libra. But I suggest you let your connection ripen a bit more before finalizing the shift. I'm not necessarily saying there's a potential problem. I simply suspect that you need further exploration and additional information before you can make the smartest move possible.

"The truth's superb surprise," wrote poet Emily Dickinson, may be "too bright for our infirm delight." Sometimes we've got to be careful about articulating what's really going on. "The truth must dazzle gradually," she said. If it hits us too fast and hard, it may be difficult to digest. So did Emily suggest that we should lie and deceive? No. "Tell all the truth," she declared, "but tell it slant." This is excellent advice for you in the coming days, Aquarius.

gemini (may 21-June 20) "A snowball's chance in hell" is an American idiom that's equivalent to saying "It probably won't happen." After all, a snowball would instantly melt if exposed to the scorching fires that rage in the underworld. But what if there's an exception to this axiom? Let's call on another American idiom: "when hell freezes over." It's another way to say "It probably won't happen." But the truth is that now and then a cold front does indeed sweep through the infernal region, icing its flames. When that happens, a snowball's prospects of surviving there improve dramatically. And that's exactly what I predict will happen for you in the coming week.

super hard, it also inspires you to cut away extraneous desires and home in on your deepest purpose. It motivates you to build strong structures that free you to express yourself with maximum efficiency and grace.

scoRPio (oct. 23-nov. 21) Saturn has been in the sign of Scorpio since October 2012 and will be there until the end of 2014. (It will make another visit from June to September 2015.) What does that mean? I have a view of Saturn that's different from many astrologers. They regard it as the planet of limitation, struggle, and difficulty. Here's what I think: While Saturn may push you to be extra tough and work

Pisces (feB. 19-maRch 20) Here's my report on your progress. You are not struggling to embody a delusional state of perfection as it is imagined by other people. Rather, you are slowly but surely evolving into an ever-more-soulful version of your idiosyncratic self. You are not dazedly trudging along a narrow track laid down by thousands of sheep. Instead, you are lively and creative as you bushwhack a path for yourself through the wilderness. To celebrate this ongoing success, Pisces, I suggest you get yourself a new power object that symbolizes your inventive devotion.

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