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8 HIGH-ELEVATION WONDERS The cloud forest in our backyard 10 FUTURE SHOCK Local schools’ sustainability programs answer many needs 14 ROBBING THE LANDFILL WNC Repair Café returns to Living Web Farms 16 BUNCOMBE BEAT City sustainability efforts fall short of annual goal in 2017

PAGE 30 ORIGINAL BLESSING The upcoming Creation Spirituality Community international gathering at Jubilee! will celebrate the sacred. COVER DESIGN Hillary Edgin


10 FUTURE SHOCK Local schools’ sustainability programs answer many needs


14 ROBBING THE LANDFILL WNC Repair Café returns to Living Web Farms


34 TWO YEARS IN Energy Innovation Task Force leaders cite new marketing campaign, dedication from Duke as positive action


42 BREAKING DOWN BARRIERS Nonprofits help WNC families clear hurdles to food access


50 FROM PAGE TO STAGE New festival/conference examines the intersection of art and social justice



52 V FOR VARINA Charles Frazier’s fiction returns to the Civil War



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26 PUZZLE XPRESS 30 ORIGINAL BLESSING Matthew Fox headlines upcoming Creation Spirituality Community gathering at Jubilee! 34 TWO YEARS IN Energy Innovation Task Force leaders cite new marketing campaign, dedication from Duke as positive action 37 COOL COMPOSTING Worms eat Stephanie Harper’s garbage 38 LIVING SOIL Megan Naylor farms with biodynamic principles in mind 39 MEN ABOUT TOWN Gardening club continues legacy of service, friendship 42 BREAKING DOWN BARRIERS Nonprofits help WNC families clear hurdles to food access 45 TO-GO BOX REVIVAL REDUX Resuscitating restaurant leftovers with Ashley English and Nate Allen 5 LETTERS 5 CARTOON: MOLTON 7 CARTOON: BRENT BROWN 8 COMMENTARY 19 ASHEVILLE ARCHIVES 20 COMMUNITY CALENDAR 22 CONSCIOUS PARTY 30 WELLNESS 34 GREEN SCENE 39 FARM & GARDEN 42 FOOD 48 SMALL BITES 50 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT 56 SMART BETS 57 THEATER REVIEW 61 CLUBLAND 67 MOVIES 69 SCREEN SCENE 69 CLASSIFIEDS 70 FREEWILL ASTROLOGY 71 NY TIMES CROSSWORD

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On Earth Day, do something real In the spring of 1970, I picked up litter along a lake with fellow high school students for the first Earth Day. The following year, I helped organize our school’s second Earth Day, when we gathered the litter bags at my friend’s house so we could recycle the glass and metal. Somehow I got the idea of smuggling the U.S. flag from the school cafeteria and planted it on the huge pile, the flag remaining through the weekend, the weekend of twin anti-war marches in San Francisco and D.C. I didn’t know until recently, but the national coordinator of the first Earth Day grew up in my small hometown. For this upcoming 48th Earth Day, I encourage people to pick up roadside litter near your neighborhood. The date is April 22, a Sunday. Try to clean up a mile stretch of road. Buy a good litter picker. The best I’ve found is the Dramm PickUp Stix, which uses your whole hand for mechanical power instead of your finger. Be safe. Wear nitrile gloves and a safety green or orange vest. Use 13-gallon white kitchen bags inside a similar-sized plastic garbage can. If you have curbside trash service, Waste Pro will accept 12 of those bags per household. Recycle all you can. Invite friends. Have fun. Litter isn’t about life or death like so many issues we face today, but it is a measure of the spiritual health of a society. Unlike protesting, a largely symbolic

activity, picking up litter is something real and nonpolitical we can do as individuals without depending upon moving a bureaucracy. Roads are not wildernesses, my favorite places in the world. They aren’t nature’s pure, untrammeled beauty. But alas, they’re where we spend much of our lives. So, let’s clean them up! — Mickey Hunt Asheville Editor’s note: Hunt reports that he authored A Pictorial Guide to the Monarch Butterfly Migration Over the Southernmost Blue Ridge Parkway. Readers may learn more at

Listen to children’s voices on guns The mean old men who represent Western North Carolina in Congress — Congressmen Patrick McHenry and Mark Meadows and Sens. Richard Burr and Thom Tillis — are committed to ensuring that our children will continue to be at risk when they go to school. Mirroring their sadistic paymasters at the National Rifle Association, these men even suggest that shoehorning more guns into our schools is a reasonable response to school violence. Understand this: What compels these men are the continued obscene profits of gun manufacturers. Period. Given a choice between those profits and the lives of children, Burr, Tillis, Meadows and McHenry will always side with the guns.


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Send your letters to the editor to mental professionals rely on sampling and laboratory analysis as an essential tool for evaluating exposure to environmental contaminants, mold notwithstanding. The lack of established regulatory limits for mold exposure doesn’t diminish the value of data, collected and evaluated by a competent indoor environmental professional, for making major decisions and identifying unseen health hazards. There are normal background concentration ranges for common mold spores in the air in our region. The degree to which indoor concentrations exceed these ranges is a measure of potential health risk. Regulatory limits for mold in air are not feasible due to the complexities involved; however, there is guidance from regulatory agencies and industry standards for mold inspection and remediation. The U.S. EPA outlines mold conditions that should be managed by environmental professionals. Industry standards include mold inspection and testing to characterize the nature and extent of contamination and airborne concentrations. It’s true that identification of mold species is not necessary before taking measures to address mold and eliminate the underlying causes; however, it is important and a standard practice to perform air sampling, before and after mold remediation, to ensure reduction of high concentrations and effective containment during remediation. It is a disservice to the community to suggest that mold testing is unnecessary. — John Mueller, PE Mueller Environmental & Home Inspection Candler Editor’s response: Thank you for adding emphasis and information to the hazards of indoor air pollution, including mold.

We should all listen to the children now, not those pathetic apologists for the gun industry. The kids are right. — Michael Carlebach Asheville Editor’s note: Xpress contacted McHenry, Meadows, Tillis and Burr for a response but received no reply as of press time.

Thanks for fixing industrial noise problem All’s quite on the western front — at last. Jacob Holm [Industries (America)] seems to have fixed the annoying whine and stopped mine also. [See “Sleepless in Candler, Thanks to Industrial Noise,” Jan. 31, Xpress.] Thank you Mountain Xpress and Jacob Holm. It was five years coming, and we appreciate all who had a hand in the fix. Thank you. — G. P. Cheney Candler

Air sampling for mold offers valuable data I was disappointed by the lack of acknowledgement of the value and benefits of air sampling for mold by the interviewees in Kim Dinan’s article, “Hidden Hazards: Is Your Home Making You Sick?’ [Feb. 21, Xpress]. As a registered professional environmental engineer, licensed home inspector, certified mold inspector/remediator and recognized mold expert by the Buncombe County court system, I can offer a different perspective on this pervasive health issue in our region. I often get calls from people who are getting sick after they or someone unqualified dealt with a mold situation without the requisite knowledge, equipment and procedures. Qualified environ-


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High-elevation wonders The cloud forest in our backyard BY TAL GALTON On some mornings, the mountains across our valley radiate in the dawn light, but frequently they are coyly veiled by clouds. These are the highest peaks in the East — ancient mountains, among the oldest on the continent — and a tattered shawl of dark forest drapes over the ridge and its craggy shoulders. This high-elevation dark green forest is one of Western North Carolina’s unique natural features, the Southern Appalachian spruce-fir forest. This plant community was once ranked as the second-most endangered ecosystems in America and is responsible for the names of iconic mountain ranges: the Blacks and the Balsams. For those who live in or visit the region, it is worth getting to know this bewitching habitat better.

This forest’s story is compelling — the more you know, the more endearing these woods are. If you drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway, hike in Pisgah National Forest or on the Appalachian Trail, visit Mount Mitchell or the high elevations of the Smokies, you will find yourself in this forest, and you should know how singular it is. I often hear people say that we live in a temperate rainforest. Most of our mountain forests, though temperate and humid, are not considered temperate rainforests by ecologists. However, the highest mountains in the region — ones that rise a mile or more above sea level — are considerably cooler and wetter than most of the lower hills and valleys where the towns are. Mount Mitchell averages 75 inches of rain per year, while Asheville — the epicenter of the driest valley in WNC — averages a mere 37 inches.

TAL GALTON But even more important than the quantity of rain is how frequently the mountaintops are blanketed by clouds. When immersed, cloud vapor condenses on the trillions of coniferous needles and drips onto mossy beds below. This phenomenon, called fog drip, is most famous as the source of water for coastal forests of the Pacific Northwest. Similarly, fog drip is the mechanism that irrigates our high mountain forests — the headwaters of most of our mountain creeks and rivers. The spruce-fir really is a temperate rainforest, or more specifically, a cloud forest. About 12,000 years ago, during the last ice age, evergreen forests blanketed much of the southern uplands. Glaciers covered the northern half of the continent: all of Canada, New England, New York and the Midwest down to the southern tip of Illinois. Those regions were scraped clean of plant life, and it took centuries for trees and herbs to recolonize the vast landscape. Meanwhile, the Southern U.S. was a refuge for a fantastic array of plant and animal species. Nowhere was the diversity more prominent than in the mountains, where the various elevations provided numerous habitats, from alpine tundra to lush hardwoods of the foothills. Plants, unlike many animals, can only migrate so far in any given year, decade or even century. Here in the Southern


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mountains, they only had to move a few miles uphill to recolonize newly temperate territory. Due to this history and current variations in topography and climate, exceptional diversity remains a key feature of Southern mountain ecology. As the climate warmed, these conifers retreated to the mountaintops, where it stays cool and moist year-round. Only about 70,000 acres of Southern Appalachian sprucefir remain in the entire world, and every acre is within 100 miles of Asheville. The trees that give the forest its name are red spruce, a tree more at home in the boreal (northern) forests of New England and Canada, and Fraser fir, a Southern Appalachian endemic found nowhere else in the world. Fraser firs, historically confused with the northerly balsam fir, prefer the very highest peaks, thriving at elevations above 6,000 feet. In an effort to simplify ecology for tourists, signs in the local parks often refer to these forests as “Canadian” or boreal. Though it is a close cousin to boreal and alpine (mountainous) forests throughout the hemisphere, Southern Appalachian spruce-fir is its own special variant. Some of its species are unique and exceptionally rare — Fraser fir, Carolina northern flying squirrel and spruce-fir moss spiders are the most oft-cited examples. The trees give the forest its name and fame, but lowly moss is the magic sauce that engenders the forests’ enchanted feel. Mosses and liverworts are bryophytes, nonvascular plants that evolved before flowering plants and ferns. They lack roots and xylem, so they absorb water directly through their leaves. Though common the world-round, mosses are at their most abundant — and imposing — in temperate rainforests. Thick beds of mosses provide the feel of a cloud forest, but their individual natures are often overlooked. Due to high levels of ambient moisture, the species of mosses that grow here are ones more typically seen in boreal forests or in the rainforests of the Pacific Northwest. Most bryophytes are tiny by nature (remember: no roots or vasculature

IN THE CLOUDS: A lush carpet of moss covers the ground beneath this stand of pure Fraser fir growing at an elevation of around 6,300 feet near Mount Mitchell. Photo by Tal Galton to move water and nutrients), but in a cloud forest, where they benefit from fog drip, mosses can attain much greater stature. Growing in the shade of the Fraser firs, stairstep moss and big shaggy-moss are giants of the moss world. These mosses and others, like the conspicuous knight’s plume, make a plush bed, a striking contrast to the relatively modest mosses of lower-elevation hardwood forests. Though mercilessly plundered for virgin timber 100 years ago — the Black Mountains were once crisscrossed with logging railroads — these forests, due to their high and remote locations, are now the backbone of the largest Appalachian wildlands. However, numerous bleached tree skeletons serve as a stark reminder of the fragility of this forest. From the 1970s through the 1990s, these forests were severely threatened by acid rain and balsam woolly adelgids, which attack mature Fraser firs. (The pests are an invasive cousin of hemlock woolly adelgids, which prey on hemlocks). Meanwhile, due to power plants and vehicular emissions, the cloud layer, the lifeblood of the forests, had become an acidic soup.

Thanks to regulations on coal plants and diesel engines, the acidity has moderated over the past two decades. The forests have recovered remarkably from both the logging and the more recent die-off, but the adelgid and other potential invasives are lingering threats, as are the unknown future effects of anthropogenic climate change. Scientists believe that the future health of these forests will largely depend on the continued flow of mountaintop moisture. Even in a warming world, if the atmosphere provides abundant water for the high mountains, our world-unique Carolina cloud forest may remain intact for many more generations. Although the hold these forests have on our mountaintops is tenuous, take this moment in time to appreciate their lush beauty. When you are next caught in a dense cloud bank on the Blue Ridge Parkway, visualize how the cool mist infuses the evergreen forest with its life force. Burnsville resident Tal Galton is a naturalist who loves introducing people to wild places. He runs Snakeroot Ecotours in Yancey County..  X MOUNTAINX.COM

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Local schools’ sustainability programs answer many needs

VOCATION FORMATION: Students in Warren Wilson College’s sustainability-oriented degree programs — which include both undergraduate and graduate options — are drawn by the opportunity to build relevant job skills they can leverage to make a positive impact on society and the planet, according to Amy Knisely, chair of the college’s environmental studies department. Photo courtesy of Warren Wilson College

BY LIZ CAREY For Asheville-area colleges and universities, providing degree programs on sustainability is a way to train students for the jobs of the future while helping create environmentally friendly policies.

Several local campuses now offer sustainability-related programs ranging from certificates and associate degrees to master’s degrees. Some of those programs have been in place for several years; others are just getting started. At A-B Tech, Heath Moody, who chairs the school’s construction management, sustainability

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and construction science technologies department, says such programs aren’t just about a different way of looking at things. “This is about looking to the future,” he explains. “We know climate change is real. There’s no debate in the science community that climate change is an issue. I think we’re seeing the last of the fossil fuels, and in my mind, soon they will be as obsolete as running a lamp on whale oil is today.” MANY OPTIONS For the past eight years, the school’s sustainability technologies program has been growing both in popularity and in its ability to place students into full-time jobs. Students pursuing the associate degree in applied science learn about renewable energy, green building technology and environmental technology through courses covering topics like energy management, waste reduction, renewable energy,

site assessment and environmental responsibility. In 2013 (the first year for which Moody has data), the program had just eight students. Today there are 21 full-time students and many part-timers. “We have a lot of part-time students that come here to train for a new job,” says Moody. “What we’re finding is that they will take a couple of courses and start to look around for companies that need employees with their skills, and the companies will just hire them right up.” Meanwhile, over at UNC Asheville, students may choose to focus on sustainability, but even those doing coursework in other fields can take sustainability classes. Additionally, the college’s McCullough Fellowship program provides funding, materials support and a faculty stipend for students engaged in projects in the Asheville area involving things like land use and conservation, urban planning and sustainable agriculture. And Warren Wilson College recently signed a deal that allows students in its Advantage Program to pursue sustainability-related master’s degrees at partner schools in other areas after just three years of undergraduate courses at Warren Wilson. One of those partners is Bard College in Annandaleon-Hudson, N.Y. “The 3+2 is an incredible opportunity to accelerate a leadership career in sustainability, whether in business, nonprofits or government,” says Eban Goodstein, director of graduate programs in sustainability at Bard. “Our 3+2 graduates are entering high-impact, purposedriven careers and making a difference in their 20s.” Students in the program can pursue a master of science degree in either environmental policy (which focuses on things like environmental science policy and natural resource economics) or in climate science and policy (which looks at the interplay among climate systems, ecosystems and agricultural systems).

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GREEN TEAM: A-B Tech’s sustainability-related courses empower students to implement sustainable policies through green building and installing clean energy equipment. Photo courtesy of A-B Tech TRAINING FOR TOMORROW’S JOBS The 3+2 programs aim to address various needs, says Amy Knisley, who chairs Warren Wilson’s environmental studies department. “Colleges like Warren Wilson and Bard are working to be responsive to the job market out there, and these degree programs allow students to more quickly and effectively enter into the workplace,” she says. Employers, notes Knisley, “have told us that these are necessary skills for the future.” Students and their families, she continues, also want to ensure that the education they’re getting will be applicable in the coming, more environmentally conscious economy. Graduates with either degree might work in the public sector, helping governments develop sustainable policies; in the private sector, helping corporations identify suitable sustainability practices; or even in an educational setting, teaching others about sustainability at zoos, public parks and other environmentally significant institutions.

Meanwhile, the students in A-B Tech’s sustainability programs will be the ones who’ll implement those policies. “Our students will be the construction managers ... the ones installing solar panel systems and alternative fuel systems,” says Moody. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, sustainability jobs are one of the fastest-growing sectors in the country, along with health care. Between 2016 and 2026, the bureau predicts, nine out of 10 new U.S. jobs will be in the service sector, to the tune of more than 10.5 million jobs during that decade. But sustainability is only one component of the broader green jobs category, which spans such areas as water conservation, biofuels, sustainable forestry, geothermal energy and recycling. Nationally, the median annual salaries in those fields range from about $30,000 to more than $160,000; sustainability jobs average about $45,000 a year. More traditional trades may also offer possibilities. “There are a lot of people retiring out of the trades,” notes Moody.


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N EWS “This presents tremendous opportunity for the younger generation to come in and apply sustainability practices within areas like construction management and HVAC.” HOPE FOR THE FUTURE Sometimes, the training program recognizes a need even if there aren’t any actual job openings yet. “We were hearing that if you had an electric car, there was no mechanic in the area that could work on it,” says Carol Ann Lydon, chair of sustainability efforts at Blue Ridge Community College. The school now has several charging stations and several electric cars on campus for students to work on. But there’s more at stake than just finding a job, school officials say. “From a Warren Wilson perspective, we, as a college, draw and educate and graduate a lot of motivated, purposeful, mission-driven students,” Knisley explains. “Moving even more of these passionate students into the world with master’s degrees will make them even more impactful. I think you’ll see them

begin to shift the landscape when it comes to policymaking and investments, and that their awareness of sustainability will begin to increasingly affect the bigger systems of economics and the government. And down the road, those shifts in the bigger systems will result in a much larger cultural shift that will play out across the system as a whole.” Moody agrees. “These programs allow us to train people and put them in jobs they really care about,” he says. “I think we’ll see a massive movement at some point where we push aside all the politics and special interests to address the coming issues in a real way. … A lot of our students are depressed because they don’t see a pathway for moving beyond an oil economy ruled by those who make a living off of war and have a strange stranglehold on power in our country. “I think programs like these give them hope that there is a better future out there, that there is a way out,” he continues. “It’s hope not only for our students but for our community. These programs will put them in meaningful jobs that address the issues facing our society.”  X

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by Liz Carey

ROBBING THE LANDFILL WNC Repair Café returns to Living Web Farms For Daniel Hettinger, there’s more to fixing broken small appliances than just offering neighbors a helping hand. Hettinger is in charge of the WNC Repair Café, which matches volunteer experts with area residents who bring broken items to Living Web Farms’ biochar facility at 220 Grandview Lane in Hendersonville. The upcoming free event, slated for Tuesday, April 24, 5-8 p.m., is the second of four such gatherings planned for this year. The first one, in January, drew more than 40 people and resulted in 30 repairs, remembers Hettinger. That night, volunteers gave new life to a clock, a snow globe, two bicycles and many other items. “We’ll have volunteers standing by to fix a wide variety of things,” he explains. “And it’s hands-on help, meaning they will teach you how to fix it yourself. So in that sense, you’re not just helping


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a neighbor: You’re also providing an educational element for those who can’t repair these things themselves.” The items brought in, he says, run the gamut from tools and knives in need of sharpening to small engines, bicycles, household appliances and some electronics. The inspiration for the event grew out of Hettinger’s experience of buying an oven and having it break down. “All of my friends were saying, ‘Just get a new one,’ but I didn’t want to do that,” he recalls. “I went online, figured out what was wrong with it, and I fixed it. … That was a pivotal moment for me.” BUILDING RESILIENT COMMUNITIES But Repair Cafés aren’t just a local phenomenon. The first one, the brain-


child of Martine Postma, took place in Amsterdam in October 2009. The event was so successful that she organized several others across the city. In 2010, Postma launched the Repair Café Foundation, a nonprofit that provides professional support to groups around the world that want to establish such a program in their area. There are at least 47 Repair Cafés in the United States today, and that number doesn’t include similar models operating under different names. The goal is to remind folks that there are alternatives to the throwaway culture. The idea is a good fit with Living Web Farms’ philosophy of sustainability, notes Hettinger. “It’s about building resilient communities,” he explains. “It’s about teaching people to be landowners and managers of their own resources and teaching them to be self-sufficient.”

Hettinger says he relies on a dozen or so volunteers to do the repairs and teach. Many are retirees who grew up in a time when things were built to last and people didn’t view everything as disposable. “I think many of them … just want to give back to the community. They have these skill sets, and it really does match up with what we need, so we’re able to marry those together to fit in with the mission of the farm.” Still, continues Hettinger, they could definitely use more volunteers. Along with free repairs, refreshments will also be provided, as well as plenty of how-to books that attendees can read or borrow. At the January event, zucchini bread, apple cider and coffee were on offer.

MAKE DO AND MEND: Volunteers Ken Huck, left, and Tom Harter helped an attendee repair a broken pot handle at the first WNC Repair Café, held earlier this year. In addition to saving money and building new skills, the workshops keep repairable objects out of the landfill, says Dan Hettinger, who leads the effort locally. Photo courtesy of Dan Hettinger SUBVERTING THE THROWAWAY CULTURE Hettinger urges those interested in attending to sign up in advance and let him know what the problem is. “If we know how many people are coming, we can stagger the times a little bit so people aren’t spending so much time waiting,” he says. “And if we know what you need fixed, there’s an increased likelihood that we’ll be able to fix what you bring in.” While volunteers supply the knowhow, labor and tools, if parts must be purchased to complete the repair, Hettinger says the volunteers can help owners figure out how to get the right part, so they can bring it with them to the café. There are, of course, things the volunteers won’t be able to fix — such as older televisions, cars and motorcycles — but they can handle most things they’re likely to see.

Besides saving residents some money, stresses Hettinger, the Repair Café is good for the environment. “When we fix these things, it keeps them from being tossed aside or thrown away. You wouldn’t believe how many things you can find in landfills that are 99 percent OK. There are people like us who don’t mind going out and figuring out how to fix things. But a lot of folks just aren’t comfortable doing that. The Repair Café not only helps them learn a new skill but keeps those things that would otherwise go to a landfill in use and in people’s homes. It’s just a better way to manage your resources and make your community more sustainable.” For more information about the free event, or to volunteer or sign up for repairs, visit, call Living Web Farms at 828-891-4497, or email  X

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City sustainability efforts fall short of annual goal in 2017 Progress toward Asheville’s waste and carbon reduction goals has moved in the wrong direction in the past year, Sustainability Officer Amber Weaver told members of Asheville City Council at their regular meeting on April 10. “From 2016 to 2017, we actually slipped and lost traction with our waste goal,” Weaver said, explaining that the city’s current goal is a 50 percent reduction in solid waste sent to the landfill by 2035. In 2016, the city achieved a nearly 7 percent reduction, but in 2017, the reduction was only 5 percent. Population growth is one culprit, since the measurement is based on the aggregate volume of waste collected in the city, Weaver explained. A second possible explanation for the backtracking relates to waste generated by commercial customers. Since the city doesn’t collect recycling from businesses, “There’s not an offset there,” Weaver said. Growth in commercial waste volume is not balanced by a corresponding increase in recycling volume, since the businesses must contract separately with Curbside Management for that service. Efforts to reduce the city’s carbon footprint by 80 percent from a 2008 baseline by 2039, Bridget Herring told Council, also yielded less-thanhoped-for results. For the first time since the goal’s adoption, in 2017 the city didn’t achieve its annual reduction target. Herring, the city’s energy program coordinator, attributed the slowdown to growth, as well as the increased use of electricity for amenities like outdoor lighting in city parks and greenways and the city’s transition to electric buses. City-employee commuting patterns also contribute to the


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WHAT A WASTE: Asheville’s progress toward reducing the amount of solid waste it sends to the landfill took a hit in 2017, falling back to a 5 percent reduction versus a nearly 7 percent reduction in 2016. Graphic provided by the city of Asheville’s Office of Sustainability trend: Only a quarter of those employed by the city live inside city limits, Herring said. Over the past year, city staff has grown by 6.5 percent, and the average distance employees travel to get to work has increased 3.9 percent. WASTE NOT Asked by Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer what sorts of programs could help move the needle on the solid waste goal, Weaver pointed to a proposal in the fiscal year 2018-19 budget (which Council has not yet adopted) to develop a solid waste management plan; she also advocated for adding a staff position to focus


on solid waste reduction. “The goal is to use all the data that we’ve gathered over the past years, for pay-as-you-throw and our organics feasibility study, and to be able to incorporate that into a long-range plan,” she said. Council member Julie Mayfield elaborated on the pay-as-you-throw planning effort, explaining that its purpose was to create financial incentives for residents to recycle a larger percentage of their waste, thereby reducing the volume of garbage the city collects. “In order for a pay-as-you-throw program to be successful, you have to be paying the true amount of what it costs to pick up waste per household,” Weaver responded. The city’s sanitation and pub-

lic works departments estimate that at $22 per month. “So we’re not there yet,” Weaver said. “You would want to be capturing that fee, so that you could offer a lesser amount if you’re throwing away a lesser amount.” The city hasn’t implemented a pay-as-you-throw program, and the thought of raising trash collection fees as a prelude to implementing a variable pricing scheme for garbage collection seemed to give Manheimer pause. “We still subsidize trash pickup significantly,” she said. “I have, like, PTSD from when we took away leaf vacuuming; this is a far more radical change.” An audit showed that 26 percent of the city’s waste stream consists of organic material — meaning trash that could be broken down by composting — Weaver told City Council. A joint study with Buncombe County that explored the possibility of working together to collect and process organic waste didn’t yield a conclusive result, and the county ended up going in a different direction. Weaver recommended developing a citywide composting solution as part of the proposed solid waste management plan; meanwhile, the city is partnering with Asheville GreenWorks to offer home composting workshops. Recycling accounts for 18 percent of the city’s garbage, and not all residents have access to recycling programs. In 2017, 388 units of public housing were provided with recycling containers and service; in 2018, 256 more units will be added to the city’s program. Weaver said she hopes future changes to the city’s solid waste ordinance will require recycling service in multifamily housing throughout Asheville. CARBON DATING In 2017, the city missed its 4 percent annual carbon reduction goal, adding 249 tons more carbon dioxide to the

atmosphere than the city had targeted, Herring said. The challenge is continuing to reduce city emissions from the 2008 baseline while also offsetting growth and increased use of electricity. “Our goal is no trash and no carbon, and it’s hard to get there,” Manheimer quipped. “What do you need from us to make sure you get back on track?” Mayfield asked. Unfortunately, Herring said, no initiative on the horizon has the potential to positively impact the city’s carbon

reduction goals to the extent that the 2012-13 $2.5 million streetlight replacement project did. Smaller projects are “more economical, but you’re not going to see the bigger gains,” she said. Still, the city is moving ahead on a number of fronts. “It’s going to continue to be a challenge to find something that’s going to get us those big chunks, unless we invest in something citywide. Or put a lot more investment into it,” Herring said. Ongoing initiatives include the community clean energy policy framework

that aims to create a clean energy economy, the Energy Innovation Task Force and a climate resiliency assessment in collaboration with the National Environmental Modeling and Analysis Center at UNC Asheville. Weaver also outlined her department’s work in support of the city’s Food Policy Action Plan, the Asheville Edibles Community Garden program and the Adopt-a-Spot program.

— Virginia Daffron  X

Sheriff, commissioners hash it out after ‘slap in the face’

COURSE CORRECTION: Buncombe County Sheriff Van Duncan spoke to the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners on April 10. Duncan addressed policing policies advanced by three members of the board the week before. Photo by David Floyd Sheriff Van Duncan acknowledged that when he called a proposal released last week by three county commissioners “a slap in the face,” he was using strong language. “But that’s really what it felt like,” he told the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners during a meeting on April 10, “because it’s hard for me not to refer to Jasmine, Al and Ellen by their first names because I know them all very well, and I have had many conversations with them outside this boardroom.” Commissioners Jasmine BeachFerrara, Al Whitesides and Ellen Frost ignited public drama on April 3 when they released a list of proposals designed to bolster protections against racial bias and excessive use of force among law enforcement agencies in Buncombe County. The proposals were put together in response to body camera footage leaked on Feb. 28 that showed a former officer in the Asheville Police Department, who is white, beating a black city resident. After releasing a critical statement on April 3, the sheriff clarified his position the following day, saying that he was specifically against the oversight proposals outlined in the commissioners’ statement. Duncan’s

appearance during the meeting on Tuesday signaled the beginning of a search for common ground. “I think where we ran afoul was the process and how the conversation started, but that doesn’t mean it can fail because the conversation started in a bad place,” Duncan said. Duncan indicated support for two items on the commissioners’ list of proposals: more training and the creation of a committee to address human relations. He pointed out, however, that county commissioners don’t have legal authority to dictate policy to the Buncombe County Sheriff ’s Department. “You guys have fiduciary responsibilities to approve budgets,” he said. Duncan said the Sheriff ’s Department trains continuously, and he would love to see deputies involved in more of it. The biggest barrier to training, however, is staffing levels. Many members of the community, he said, have expressed concern about the number of deputies on staff. “We generally have 13 or 14 that are out fielding your calls for service in a county that’s 656 square miles, and 90 percent of that falls to us,” he said. Why doesn’t the office have more deputies? “Because we make it work and we’ve been able to make it work.

We know that when we come to ask you for more personnel, that’s a hit on the tax base.” Duncan said the high cost of training comes from the allocation of time, not the cost of hiring instructors. “When you have an agency of 420 people, to pull all those folks in and put them through a mandatory training, that’s a huge expense,” he said. Duncan also expressed support for the establishment of a Human Relations Council, pointing to the standard set by the now-dissolved Asheville Buncombe Community Relations Council. Asheville City Council voted to create a Human Relations Commission on April 10. All the commissioners who put their names on the statement expressed support for the work done by the Sheriff ’s Department but said their proposals sprang from a desire to serve their constituents. “What we did last week, I question if it is wrong,” Whitesides said. “I have one fault, and that is I care about people, I care about everybody. … We didn’t want us to end up in the same place that the city of Asheville is in.”


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N EWS Beach-Ferrara said she understands that there is concern about overreach. “At the same time,” she said, “one of the things that I take from the situation that happened in Asheville is that there weren’t enough mechanisms in our community for someone to report a use-of-force incident, have access to victim services and have access to information about what legal representation they were afforded and support in moving through that legal process.”

Duncan again reminded the board that, as an elected official, he has a certain level of autonomy. He also left the board with a cautionary statement: “When elected officials jump on board with something that’s very loosely grounded in fact, and they make people in the community feel like they have something to fear from people that are trying help them, you’re adding to the problem,” he said.

by Jeff Fobes | complaint has merit, the owner will receive a notice of violation, and the owner will be given a specific amount of time, depending on the nature of the violation, to make repairs that bring the home into compliance with the Minimum Housing Code. However, the Q&A notes: “The Housing Code Coordinator acts as a neutral party, not advocating for anything other than adherence to the Minimum Housing Code.”

— David Floyd  X

I FELT THE EARTH MOVE: In July 1924, steam shovels worked to finish leveling Battery Park Hill in front of the Battery Park Hotel. Photo by George Masa, courtesy of the North Carolina Collection, Pack Memorial Public Library, Asheville LEARN HOW E.W. GROVE TRANSFORMED COXE AVENUE Find out what the South Slope looked like before E.W. Grove reshaped it with dirt bulldozed from the hill on which the first Battery Park Hotel stood. Rich Mathews will explore the changes, using photos gathered from several collections, on Wednesday, April 25, 6-7 p.m. at Pack Memorial Library’s Lord Auditorium. The talk is sponsored by the Friends of the North Carolina Room. CITY OF ASHEVILLE ISSUES NATIONWIDE CALL FOR ARTISTS Are you interested in depicting — with images,

video or audio — the history, contribution and experience of Asheville’s AfricanAmerican community? The city is seeking artists to join its Visiting Artist Program. Deadline for proposals is Friday, April 27. Visit for more info. HELP OFFERED FOR RENTERS LIVING IN SUBSTANDARD CONDITIONS Renters can file complaints with Asheville’s housing code coordinator, who enforces the city’s Minimum Housing Code. Complaints should be specific, according to a recently issued Q&A from the city, available at If the inspector finds the

MEET ASHEVILLE’S SISTER CITY DELEGATION FROM OSOGBO, NIGERIA There will be two chances this week to catch up with the Sister City delegation from Osogbo, Nigeria. Delegation members include a doctor, teacher, engineer, nurse and the governor of Osun State, where Osogbo is located. • Friday, April 20: A spiritual supper, featuring Orisha songs with the Sahara Peace Choir, at the Edington Center, 133 Livingston Street, 5:30-8 p.m. Donations welcomed. More info: 828-808- 7816 • Saturday, April 21: The Art of Citizen Diplomacy, featuring the Celestial Grooves of Song of Life Ensemble, at the Refinery Creator Space, 207 Coxe Ave., 5-7 p.m. Advance tickets are required: $25, available online at  X


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‘The first tourist’ Buffalo return to WNC

BUFFALO ROAM PISGAH: In 1916, plans were announced to bring herds of elk and buffalo to Pisgah National Forest. The objective encountered many roadblocks and delays. Photo courtesy of the North Carolina Collection, Pack Memorial Public Library, Asheville The headline for the May 22, 1914, issue of The Asheville Citizen declared: “Government buys Pisgah Forest; will welcome great National Park.” Roughly 86,700 acres were acquired from the Biltmore Estate, two months after George Vanderbilt’s untimely death in March. At $5 an acre, the National Forestry Commission paid a total purchase price of $433,851.30. The newspaper went on to proclaim: “The purpose of the commission is to turn Pisgah Forest into a national game preserve and means have already been adopted to bring this about as soon as possible.” By 1916, The Asheville Citizen reported on plans to obtain herds of elk and buffalo to populate Pisgah. The paper’s May 29 edition declared, “With this big game as a start, the members of the Appalachian Park association expect the park to become one of the greatest drawing cards for tourism in the coming years[.]” Talk continued throughout the year. The newspaper’s July 12 headline read, “Southern Foresty delegrates welcomed to Asheville by Mayor Rankin and Governor Locke Craig.” Among the event’s guest speakers was Edmund Seymour, president of the American Bison Society. According to the paper, “The speaker said that experiments in raising apples on bleak hillsides not adapted to them is a waste of money, but all the mountains are suitable for buffalo and they should be here.” Seymour went on to remind his audience that the large animal once roamed the area, calling the buffalo the region’s “first tourist.” Before big game could arrive, though, a fence was needed to enclose

the area formerly known as Morgan pasture. It would cost an estimated $2,500 to encompass the 250-300 acres. Efforts to raise funds among neighboring counties failed. Ultimately, the city of Asheville and Buncombe County were the project’s sole local financiers, contributing $1,000. The remaining costs were mitigated by donations from the United States Steel Co. and the American Steel Wire Co. The Southern and Burlington railroads also volunteered their services to transport the creatures free of charge. Not everyone shared in the enthusiasm over the future arrivals. “What kind of protection have the citizens of Asheville itself from these wild animals?” asked The Asheville Citizen on Nov. 27, 1916. The article continued: “Suppose that herds of buffalo should break through the pasture fence some day and tear down Patton avenue? Don’t you know that would be an embarrassing situation for the traffic cops? The buffalo … don’t know anything about traffic ordinances, and think what would happen to the motor cars on the square and crowded Patton avenue.” Despite such fears, plans moved forward (albeit, with much delay). On Jan. 15, 1917, The Asheville Citizen reported the arrival of W.J. McGrath, “the fence expert of the American Steel company[.]” The paper noted that the pasture would be enclosed on both sides of the road, with runways underneath the thoroughfare, so that the big game could travel between sections. The

fence, the paper continued, “will be the only one of its kind east of the Mississippi river.” On March 16, The Asheville Citizen announced the arrival of 20 elk, by way of Yellowstone National Park. “There were twenty-five of the animals in the car when it started on its twelve-day journey, but five of them died,” the paper noted, adding: “The buffalo to inhabit the pasture with the elk will also arrive here soon it is stated.” However, by April 2, the paper informed readers: “Owing to the extreme difficulty experienced in securing proper express cars for transporting the buffalo destined for Pisgah National Forest … the big animals will not be forwarded from New Hampshire until the fall.” When autumn arrived, transportation options remained unavailable due to wartime efforts (See “Asheville Archives: A cloud of war welcomes 1918,” Xpress, Jan. 2). On Dec. 1, 1917, The Asheville Citizen reported that “there are no hopes entertained of securing” the big game. The War Department, the paper continued, “has a first claim on all the available express cars ... and just now is exercising its claim.” Despite these setbacks, a herd of six buffalo would arrive at the Hominy train station on Jan. 21, 1919 — three years after the plan’s initial announcement. Wagons hauled the crates out to the old Morgan pasture. According to the Jan. 22, 1919, edition of The Asheville Citizen: “A large crowd of people, including a number from Asheville, witnessed the event.” Among the participants was Martin S. Garretson, secretary of the American Bison Society, who named all six creatures. Designations included: Daniel Boone, Simon Kenton, Davy Crockett, Virginia Dare, Winnie Davis and Bettie Zane. “It will be noticed that the names are those of famous southern characters,” the paper pointed out. Sadly, the animals did not fare well. On Jan. 10, 1921, The Asheville Citizen reported that the original herd “suffered severe depletion through deaths due to the difficulty of speedy acclimation.” Such results, however, did little to deter those involved in the project. The article added: “The Board of Trade has not permitted itself to become discouraged over the relatively large mortality rate and is now arranging for the shipment of additional buffalo.” Editor’s note: Peculiarities of spelling and punctuation are preserved from the original documents.  X

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• 4th TUESDAYS, 11:30am-1pm - Educational monthly meeting to bring local business leaders to present and discuss topics relevant and helpful to businesses today. Free. Held at YMCA Mission Pardee Health Campus, 2775 Hendersonville Road, Arden

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For more Earth Day/sustainability oriented events, please see our Eco and Farm & Garden calendar on p. 40

M ASHEVILLE GREENWORKS 828-254-1776, • SA (4/21), 2pm - “Love Your Trees,” event with a colorful tree “yarn bombing,” and tree-focused activities for children and adults. Free. Held at Pack Square Park, 121 College St. • SU (4/22), 10am-1pm - Earth Day volunteer river cleanup. Registration: sustainability@ashevillegreenworks. org. Meet at Amboy Riverfront Park M ASHEVILLE MUSEUM OF SCI-

ENCE 610 Haywood Road, 828-255-8115, • SU (4/22), 2pm & 3:30pm - “Earth Day with Bats,” family-friendly 1.5 hour workshop to learn about bats and to make a bat house. Free.

M BARNES AND NOBLE BOOKSELLERS ASHEVILLE MALL 3 S. Tunnel Road, 828-296-7335 • SA (4/21), 11am - Story time for children featuring the book, Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth. Free to attend. M CHIMNEY ROCK STATE PARK 431 Main St., Chimney Rock, 828625-9611, • SA (4/21), 11am-3pm - Earth Day event with rangers, biologists and educators to learn about environmental work at Chimney Rock Park. Free. Held at Chimney Rock Village


OF WNC • SU (4/22), 5:30-7:30pm - Earth Day interfaith vigil with songs, reflections and messages from local faith and community leaders. Free. Held at First Baptist Church of Asheville, 5 Oak St.

M EARTH DAY KIDS’ FESTIVAL • SA (4/21), 10am-2pm - Familyfriendly, RiverLink sponsored festival with environmental education, arts and crafts, performances, and exhibition of winners from the Voices of APRIL 18 - 24, 2018


CLASSES AT VILLAGERS (PD.) • Making Pigments from the Earth. Sunday, April 22. 5:30-8pm. $60. • Spring Green Tonics. Wednesday, April 25. 6:30-9pm. $15-25. Registration/Information:

the River Art and Poetry Contest. Free to attend. Held at Salvage Station, 468 Riverside Drive





M OM SANCTUARY 87 Richmond Hill Drive, 828-2527313 • SU (4/22), 12:30-5:30pm - “Earth Day 2018: Dare to Care,” featuring keynote presentation by climate scientist Dr. Michael Mann, hikes, activities and lectures. Registration: $15 and up. M ORGANIC GROWERS SCHOOL 828-552-4979, • SU (4/22), 6:15pm - Earth Day Film Screening & Panel: Look & See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry. Free. Held at Lenoir Rhyne Center for Graduate Studies, 36 Montford Ave. ANIMALS FIRESTORM BOOKS & COFFEE 610 Haywood Road, 828-255-8115, • 3rd FRIDAYS, 6-7:30pm - Animal Rights Reading Group. Free to attend.

BENEFITS ASHEVILLE BUNCOMBE COMMUNITY CHRISTIAN MINISTRIES 828-259-5300, • WE (4/18), 1-5pm - Proceeds from the this golf tournament benefit ABCCM. Registration: events/golf. $95/$380 foursome. Held at Etowah Valley Golf and Resort, 470 Brickyard Road, Etowah FELINE URGENT RESCUE OF WNC • SA (4/21), 5:30-8pm - Proceeds from the Wet Your Whiskers Wine tasting and appetizer buffet benefit Feline Urgent Rescue of WNC. $35/$125 sponsorships. Held at Hart Theatre, 250 Pigeon St., Waynesville FRANKLIN SCHOOL OF INNOVATION 21 Innovation Drive, 828-318-8140, • SU (4/22), 2-5pm - Proceeds from the Founders’ Day Carnival


TREE HUGGERS UNITE: Earth Day celebrations for 2018 include free, family-friendly options on Saturday, April 21. RiverLink sponsors a kids festival 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Salvage Station with environmental education, arts and crafts and performances. Chimney Rock State Park features its rangers, biologists and educators talking about their environmental work, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. And later that day at 2 p.m., Asheville GreenWorks hosts a Love Your Trees event with a colorful tree “yarn bombing” and tree-focused activities at Pack Square Park. Then on Sunday, April 22, the Asheville Museum of Science offers 90-minute workshops at 2 and 3:30 p.m. where families may learn about bats and construct a bat house. (p. 20) and Mud Run benefit the Franklin School of Innovation. Registration: $25 adults and teens mud run/$15 children mud run.

Aaron Price, Liquid Sirens, Sneaky McFly, Tina & Her Pony, Tom Peters and Shane Parish benefit Our Voice. Admission by donation. Held at The Mothlight, 701 Haywood Road

GRANDFATHER MOUNTAIN HIGHLAND GAMES • FR (4/20), 7pm - Proceeds from this Celtic music concert with Seven Nations and Piper Jones Band benefit the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games. $10. Held at Jack of the Wood, 95 Patton Ave.

RUN FOR THE PAWS 2016-run-for-the-paws • SU (4/22), 9am-1:30pm - Proceeds from this family-friendly and dogfriendly 5k or walk benefit Brother Wolf Animal Rescue. $40 run/$25 walk/$20 children. Held at Carrier Park, 220 Amboy Road

HENDERSONVILLE SWING BAND 912-484-5245, • SA (4/21), 3pm - Proceeds from this Hendersonville Swing Band concert benefit the Hendersonville Medical Loan Closet. $10. Held at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 900 Blythe St., Hendersonville HOMINY VALLEY CRISIS MINISTRY PANCAKE BREAKFAST • SA (4/21), 8-10am - Proceeds from this pancake breakfast benefit the Hominy Valley Crisis Ministry. $10. Held at Fatz Cafe, 5 Spartan Ave. OUR VOICE 828-252-0562, trauma-education-series • MO (4/23), 7pm - Proceeds from “Talent! A Show” featuring local artists Chris Rodrigues, Abby the Spoon Lady, Forty Fingers & A Missing Tooth, How to Ruin Your Life Sketch Comedy Troupe, Kathleen Hahn, Kevin Evans and

SAFELIGHT 828-693-3840 • WE (4/18), 11:30am-2:30pm Proceeds from “Safelight: Hope and Healing for Families” luncheon benefit Safelight. Call for registration and information.. $75. Held at Kenmure Country Club, 100 Clubhouse Drive, Flat Rock SOUND EFFECTS 828-252-6244, • TH (4/19), 6-9:30pm - Proceeds from this concert featuring Asheville musicians and Asheville Music School student ensembles performing the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album benefit Asheville Music School programs. $20/$15 advance. Held at Isis Music Hall & Kitchen 743, 743 Haywood Road TEMPLE BETH HATEPHILA 43 North Liberty St.

• Through MO (4/30) - Open registration for the Mahj Mania, mah jong tournament taking place Sunday, May 6. Proceeds benefit Temple Beth HaTephila. Registration: $36.

BUSINESS & TECHNOLOGY A-B TECH SMALL BUSINESS CENTER 828-398-7950, • TH (4/19), 11:30am-1pm “Asheville SCORE Women’s Business Roundtable,” workshop with Lauren DeWorde of ZaPow Gallery. Registration: conta. cc/2DHoS7v. Free. Held at A-B Tech Small Business Center, 1465 Sand Hill Road, Candler • SA (4/21), 9am-noon - “Basics of Bookkeeping,” seminar. Registration required. Free. Held at A-B Tech Small Business Center, 1465 Sand Hill Road, Candler • WE (4/25), 1-4pm - “Effective Fund Development Strategies,” seminar. Registration required. Free. Held at A-B Tech Small Business Center, 1465 Sand Hill Road, Candler FLETCHER AREA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION • 4th THURSDAYS, 11:30-noon - General meeting. Free. Held at YMCA Mission Pardee Health Campus, 2775 Hendersonville Road, Arden

EMPYREAN ARTS CLASSES (PD.) Sultry Pole on Sundays 6:15pm and Tuesdays 5:30pm. Beginning Pole on Sundays 3:30pm, Mondays 6:00pm, Tuesdays 7:00pm, and Saturdays 11:30am. Beginning Aerial Arts on Sundays 2:15pm, Tuesdays 1:00pm, Wednesdays 7:30pm, and Thursdays 5:15pm. Restorative Stretch on Wednesdays 7:30pm. EMPYREANARTS.ORG * 828.782.3321 ASHEVILLE FRIENDS OF ASTROLOGY, • FR (4/20), 7-9pm - Mela Carreira presents an introduction to Chinese Astrology. Free to attend. Held at EarthFare - Westgate, 66 Westgate Parkway ASHEVILLE SISTER CITIES 828-782-8025,, • TH (4/21), 5-7pm - “The Art of Citizen Diplomacy,” featuring a dinner, raffle and live music and the Deputy Governor and delegation of Osogbo, Nigeria. $25. Held at The Refinery, 207 Coxe Ave. BIG IVY COMMUNITY CENTER 540 Dillingham Road, Barnardsville, 828-626-3438 • 4th MONDAYS, 7pm - Community center board meeting. Free. BUNCOMBE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARIES depts/library • WE (4/18), 4-5pm - Pack Makers and Shakers: “Sit Upons,” class to make your own seat cushion. Free. Held at Pack Memorial Library, 67 Haywood St. • 4th TUESDAYS, 6-8pm - “Sit-nStitch,” informal, self-guided gathering for knitters and crocheters. Held at North Asheville Library, 1030 Merrimon Ave. HOMINY VALLEY RECREATION PARK 25 Twin Lakes Drive, Candler, 828242-8998,

• 3rd THURSDAYS, 7pm - Hominy Valley board meeting. Free. LAND-OF-SKY REGIONAL COUNCIL OFFICES 339 New Leicester Highway, Suite 140, 828251-6622, • 3rd FRIDAYS, 9-10:30am - Community Advisory Committee for Adult Care Homes, meeting. Registration: Free. LEICESTER COMMUNITY CENTER 2979 New Leicester Highway, Leicester, 828774-3000, Leicester.Community. Center • 3rd THURSDAYS, 7pm - The Leicester History Gathering, general meeting. Free. LENOIR RHYNE CENTER FOR GRADUATE STUDIES 36 Montford Ave., 828778-1874 • MO (4/23), 4-6pm Grand opening of the second floor expansion. Free.

MARINE CORPS LEAGUE ASHEVILLE 828-273-4948, • Last TUESDAYS - For veterans of the Marines, FMF Corpsmen, and their families. Free. Held at American Legion Post #2, 851 Haywood Road

M N.C. ARBORETUM 100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way, 828-6652492, • Through SU (5/6) Roots of Wisdom: Native Knowledge, Shared Wisdom, exhibition showcasing the relationship between indigenous peoples and cuttingedge science. Admission fees apply. OLD BUNCOMBE COUNTY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY 128 Bingham Road, Suite 950, 828-253-1894, • SA (4/21), 2pm - Open house. Free.

ONTRACK WNC 50 S. French Broad Ave., 828-255-5166, • TH (4/26), 5:30-7pm “Understanding Credit. Get it. Keep it. Improve it.” Registration required. Free.


PUBLIC EVENTS AT A-B TECH 828-398-7900, abtech. edu • TH (4/19), 4-7pm - A-B Tech, college and career open house featuring advisors, employers and department spokespeople. Free. Held at A-B Tech Mission Health Conference Center, 16 Fernihurst Drive

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COMMUNITY CENTER 60 State St. • SA (4/21), 9am-3pm - “Really, Really Free Market,” communitymarket featuring food, clothing, small appliances, building materials, skill shares and workshops. Free.

828-456-7898 • WE (4/25), 5:30pm #MeToo, rally against domestic violence and sexual assault with speakers and the Haywood County Domestic Violence/ Sexual Assault Task Force. Free. Held at the Waynesville Historic Courthouse, Main Street, Waynesville TRANZMISSION PRISON PROJECT • Fourth THURSDAYS, 6-9pm - Monthly meeting to prepare packages of books and zines for mailing to prisons across the U.S. Free to attend. Held at Firestorm Books & Coffee, 610 Haywood Road


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C O N S C I O U S PA R T Y by Edwin Arnaudin |

Highland Games benefit concert

AIR SCOTLAND: The Piper Jones Band plays April 20 at Jack of the Wood. Funds raised from the show benefit the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games. Photo by Dave Fimbres WHAT: A night of Scottish traditional music to benefit the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games WHEN: Friday, April 20, 7 p.m. WHERE: Jack of the Wood, 95 Patton Ave. WHY: If the right parties are involved, honest mistakes have the potential to turn serendipitous. Such was the case when bagpipe-based Scottish music groups — and Grandfather Mountain Highland Games artists — Seven Nations and the Piper Jones Band were unintentionally double-booked to play Jack of the Wood on Friday, April 20. “When the pub called to tell us about the double booking, we decided we would just play together and use the date to help promote the Games that support us,” says EJ Jones of the Piper Jones Band. “It’s the best possible schedule conflict.” The 63rd annual GMHG will be held July 12-15, at MacRae Meadows on Grandfather Mountain near Linville. Now in his fifth year as GMHG entertainment director, Jones was brought in to return the nonprofit’s music lineup to Scottish “tradition-connected” music and away from some of the commercial rock music that led to a drop-off in attendance many years ago. Now that GMHG is back to supporting artists who know Scottish traditional music and inspire new generations to carry on its legacy, Jones says the Games have seen three consecutive years of attendance increases, the last two of which set patronage records. 22

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“GMHG is a lot more than just music. It’s a gigantic picnic in the meadow for about 25,000 people and anybody with Scottish heritage or just an appreciation for Scottish culture,” Jones says. “Since there are so many events at GMHG that celebrate aspects of Scottish culture — like the dancing, athletics, crafts, pipe bands and competitions, not to mention the songs and tunes — I am looking for acts that will be appreciated by the audience members who also appreciate the other parts of the festival.” Already host to a weekly Traditional Irish/Celtic Jam Session that unites players of various skill levels, Jack of the Wood is, in Jones’ words, “the perfect room for us because the audience can get a good meal and relax among their friends in an informal atmosphere where they can dance, talk with each other or just sit and enjoy the show.” When he’s not touring, Jones is in his Asheville workshop making custom bagpipes that are significantly quieter than the ones he normally plays. He says he can make a bagpipe that plays any volume, including pipes that one person may comfortably sing along with in an acoustic setting, and will have many different varieties for different songs during the concert. The Grandfather Mountain Highland Games benefit concert takes place Friday, April 20, at 7 p.m. at Jack of the Wood. $10 cover and donations encouraged to support GMHG.  X


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M BIG IVY COMMUNITY CENTER 540 Dillingham Road, Barnardsville, 828-6263438 • SA (4/21), 5pm Community meal. Admission by donation.

M FAIRVIEW WELCOME TABLE fairviewwelcometable. com • THURSDAYS, 11:30am-1pm - Community lunch. Admission by donation. Held at Fairview Christian Fellowship, 596 Old US Highway 74, Fairview M FOOD NOT BOMBS HENDERSONVILLE • SUNDAYS, 4pm - Community meal. Free. Held at Black Bear Coffee Co., 318 N. Main St. Hendersonville M LEICESTER COMMUNITY CENTER 2979 New Leicester Highway, Leicester, 828-774-3000, Community.Center • WEDNESDAYS, 11:30am-1pm Welcome Table meal. Free. FESTIVALS MONTREAT COLLEGE 310 Gaither Circle Montreat, 828-6698012, • FR (4/20), 5pm Coda Music Festival featuring Tyler Ramsey, Floating Action and local bands. Tickets and information: $20/$15 advance.


M ARTHUR R. EDINGTON EDUCATION AND CAREER CENTER 133 Livingston St., 828254-1995 • TH (3/22), 6pm Choosing Equity: “Becoming an Equity Advocate,” community series on integration, inclusion and equity in schools. Childcare and food provided. Free.


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Methodist Church, 85 N. Main St., Weaverville • TH (4/19), 9:30am & 10:45am - “Preschoolers We Love You,” variety show for children. Free. Held at Black Mountain United Methodist Church, 101 Church St., Black Mountain • SA (4/21), 10:30am “Hear It, Think It, Draw It Story Time,” workshop for children with story-

teller Dan Antonelli. Free. Held at Pack Memorial Library, 67 Haywood St. • MO (4/23), 4-5pm - Lego club for ages 5 and up. Free. Held at Weaverville Public Library, 41 N. Main St., Weaverville • 4th TUESDAYS, 1pm - Homeschoolers’ book club. Held at North Asheville Library, 1030 Merrimon Ave.

Fresh Mussels in white wine only $12 Happy Hour: Mon-Thurs 4-6pm featuring our $1 “oyster of the day” Monday: All oysters $1.50 / $2 beer Tuesday: $5 oyster shooters / $5 martinis Wednesday: 50% off wine by the bottle! Thursday: Wine flights $9 (reg. $14)


Thu, 4/19: Houston guitarist / vocalist Paul De Fatta 6-8pm Fri, 4/20: Jazz sounds of Jason DeCristofaro 7-9pm Sat, 4/21: Comfortable Covers with Jason Whittaker 7-9pm Reservations and Full menu at


DEMOCRATIC WOMEN OF BUNCOMBE COUNTY • TH (4/19), 5:157:30pm - Dinner meeting and forum for county commission candidates. $15/$12 members. Held at Buncombe County Democratic Headquarters, 951 Old Fairview Road HENDERSON COUNTY LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS • TH (4/19), 4-5:30pm - General meeting with presentation by Suzanne Hale, president of the Friends of the Oklawaha Greenway, and Katie Breckheimer, president of the board of MountainTrue. Free to attend. Held at Hendersonville Community Co-Op, 60 S Charleston Lane, Hendersonville

KIDS BUNCOMBE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARIES buncombecounty. org/governing/depts/ library • Through MO (4/30) - “Story Book Characters on Parade,” exhibition of handmade dolls inspired by children’s book characters. Free. Held at Pack Memorial Library, 67 Haywood St. • WE (4/18), 9:30am & 10:45am “Preschoolers We Love You,” variety show for children. Free. Held at Weaverville United


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• TU (4/24), 4-5pm - Read with Olivia the Therapy Dog. Registration required: 828-250-6482. Free. Held at Weaverville Public Library, 41 N. Main St., Weaverville • LAST WEDNESDAYS, 4-6pm - Teen Dungeons and Dragons for ages 12 and up. Registration required: 828-250-4720. Free. Held at Pack Memorial Library, 67 Haywood St. CAMP CEDAR CLIFF 5 Porters Cove Road • Through SU (7/29) Open registration for Camp Cedar Cliff “Week of Joy,” July 30-Aug. 3, for children who have been touched by cancer. Sponsored by Mission Hospital. Registration: 929-450-3331. Free. CHIMNEY ROCK STATE PARK 431 Main St., Chimney Rock, 828-625-9611, • WE (4/18), 9:30am12:30pm - “Homeschool


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Day,” with activities and programs for homeschool students. Registration required: 828-625-9611. Admission fees apply. DIANA WORTHAM THEATRE 18 Biltmore Ave., 828257-4530, • MO (4/23) & TU (4/24), 10am & 12pm - Diana Wortham Theatre’s Matinee Series for Students and Families: Dragons Love Tacos and Other Stories, presented by Theatreworks USA. $8.50.

M HANDS ON! A CHILDREN’S GALLERY 828-697-8333, handsonwnc,org, learningisfun@ • WE (4/18), 4-5pm “Science on Wheels,” hands on science activities for children. Registraiton required: 828-890-1850. Free. Held at Mills River Library, 124 Town Center Drive Suite 1. Mills River

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• TH (4/19), 10:30-11am - Healthy Kids Club: “Wonderful Water,” activities for ages 3 and up. Admission fees apply. Held at Hands On! A Children’s Gallery, 318 N. Main St., Hendersonville MALAPROP’S BOOKSTORE AND CAFE 55 Haywood St., 828254-6734, • WE (4/25), 6pm Constance Lombardo presents their book, Mr. Puffball: Escape from Castaway Island. Free to attend. • TH (4/26), 6pm Charles Waters presents his book, Can I Touch Your Hair? Poems of Race, Mistakes and Friendship. Free to attend. MARS HILL UNIVERSITY 265 Cascade St., Mars Hill, 828-689-1571 • SA (4/21), 10am Traditional old time and bluegrass music workshops with Junior

Appalachian Musicians, Inc. Registration: Register onsite at 9am. Student performance at 4pm. Free.

M PISGAH CENTER FOR WILDLIFE EDUCATION 1401 Fish Hatchery Road, Pisgah Forest, 828877-4423 • TH (4/26), 9-11am “Nature Nuts: Turtles,” class for ages four to seven. Free. • TH (4/26), 1-3pm - “Eco Explorers: Birdwatching,” class for ages 8-13. Free. THE ASHEVILLE SCHOOL 360 Asheville School Road, 828-254-6345, • SA (4/21), 2-8pm - “Shakespeare and Friends Day,” dramatic workshop with N.C. Stage and Montford Park Players for local high school students. Registration required: bit. ly/2pFS6yy or leinerk@ $10.

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1. Get moving, like a polar cap 5. Sandal part 10. Appalachian Naturals product 14. Island known for gamelan music 15. Like Mountain Xpress readers, about all things Asheville 16. Ahi, at Wasabi 17. Noted 25-down 18. Non-native ground cover 19. What BAD and RAD have in common? 20. Like half the days in April, weather-wise 22. VaVaVooom offering 24. ____ to Royals Rescue 25. PennyCup’s favorite currency unit? 26. Sell sustainable wares at Mother Earth News Fair 29. Place to store rare 25-acrosses 30. Help in seeing a 57-across? 33. What Italian tourists feel for Asheville? 34. Passage troubled by pollen 35. Compete 36. Cautious 37. Briefly sustained botanical gardens bit 38. Crime or tax follower 39. Beat- or peace- suffix 40. Mountains-to-Sea, for one 41. Sustain-able Moog add-on 42. Crafty 43. Something to lean on in times of anger 44. Heists, cinematically 45. Pleads 46. UNCA dept. offering Topology 47. Contra dance leader 50. Switch from unsustainable to sustainable? 54. Bowl-bound berry 55. Overact 57. Migraine symptom 58. Asheville may be a cesspool of these

M YMCA OF WNC 828-210-2265, • SA (4/21), 10am-1pm - “Asheville Healthy Kids Day,” family-friendly event with kids activities focused on health. Free. Held at YMCA Youth Services Center, 201 Beaverdam Road OUTDOORS CHIMNEY ROCK STATE PARK (PD.) Enjoy breathtaking views of Lake Lure, trails for all levels of hikers, an Animal Discovery Den and 404-foot waterfall. Plan your adventure at

59. Fractals Cafe attraction, with “light” 60. Snow day need 61. Puts it together 62. Unfriendly-faced 63. Possible designation for a 40-across


1. Amt. in an Asheville Kitchen class 2. “Unboxing” video kin 3. Not aweather 4. Hogwarts curriculum 5. Indifferent to consequences, on Twitter 6. There are three sets on the UNCA women’s soccer team 7. Tirade 8. Circle piece 9. With sustained calm 10. Youngster available at Fifth Season 11. Yours and mine 12. Stake at Harrah’s 13. “Asheville Archives” subject 21. BOGO for a 25-across at Topps 23. Change for $20 25. Waterway 26. Small figures at a Pritchard Park table

27. Way to contact City Council 28. Stereotype for a 46-across-lover 29. 1960 Greensboro protest 30. Ignore April 15? 31. Hindustani classical instrument 32. Fruit detritus 34. Prepares 16-across 37. Becoming more sustainable, for example 38. Verbally backpedal 40. Pronoun that proved unsustainable 41. Spread at Bouchon 44. Formation at Linville 45. Happiest tattoo parlor in town? 46. One paid by Passport Parking 47. ___ Dei Bambini preschool 48. Not base 49. ___of Sky Regional Council 50. 4-down outfit 51. Toni Morrison’s second novel 52. God who isn’t 9-down 53. Abby the Spoon ___ 56. Welcoming one?


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HOT SPRINGS TRAILFEST (PD.) Celebrating the Appalachian Trail, hikers, and the outdoors, Hot Springs will roll out the welcome for TrailFest 2018. People attending TrailFest can expect delicious food, the company of outdoor lovers, vendors, local art and music.


COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARIES governing/depts/library • FR (4/20), 7pm “The Swannanoa Star Party,” public skywatching session for ages eight and up. Free. Held at Swannanoa Library, 101 West Charleston St., Swannanoa

M CHIMNEY ROCK STATE PARK 431 Main St., Chimney Rock, 828-625-9611, • SA (5/19) & SU (5/20) - “Girl Scout Day and Campout,” event with programs and adventurous activities for Girl Scout troops. Registration required by Saturday, May 12: 828624-9611. $12 adult/$15 per scout/$5.50 youth/$8 per camper. M PUBLIC EVENTS AT UNCA • FR (4/20), 8:3011:30pm - “NC Star Party,” night sky viewing event in conjunction with 37 other North Carolina locations. Registration required:

lookoutobservatory. Free. Held at Lookout Observatory Held at UNC-Asheville, 1 University Heights

M WNC SIERRA CLUB 828-251-8289, • SA (4/21) - Moderate group hike for on the Coontree Loop. Registration: or 828-713-1607. Free. PARENTING



828-253-1470, • TH (4/19), noon Information session for single parents with children ages 6-14 interested in learning more about connecting your child with a mentor. Free. Held at Big Brothers Big Sisters of WNC, 50 S. French Broad Ave. Ste. #213. MALAPROP’S BOOKSTORE AND CAFE 55 Haywood St., 828254-6734, • MO (4/23), 6pm - “CDS Learns: Discussions on Education and Parenting,” discussion between Steve Henry, director of athletics at Carolina Day School, and Dr. Robert Swoap, professor of psychology at Warren Wilson College. Free to attend.


M ASHEVILLE MUSEUM OF SCIENCE 828-254-7162, • FR (4/20), 6pm Science Pub: “Bringing a River Back to Life: Restoring the French Broad River Watershed One Species at a Time,” presentation by Rachel Muir, former U.S. Geological scientist and aquatic ecologist. Refreshments provided. Free. Held at The Collider, 1 Haywood St., Suite 401

BURNSVILLE TOWN CENTER 6 Main St., Burnsville, crafts-fair • TH (4/19), 6:30pm - “Yancey Schools; Diversity and Progress,” panel discussion and performance by the Mars Hill University Gospel Choir. Free. PUBLIC LECTURES AT WCU 828-227-7397, • TH (4/19), 7:309pm - Astronomy for Everyone: “The Itty Bitty Solar System – Comets, Asteroids, and Meteors,” presentation. $15/$12 advance. Held at WCU at Biltmore Park, 28 Schenck Parkway, Suite 300 PUBLIC LECTURES AT MARS HILL • TH (4/19), 6-7pm Appalachian Evenings: “The View from Home: Images of Appalachia and the ‘Rural-Urban Divide’” lecture by Tim Marema, editor of the Daily Yonder. Free. Held at Mars Hill University, 265 Cascade St., Mars Hill PUBLIC LECTURES AT UNCA • WE (4/18), 6pm “Holocaust: When Law and Righteousness Clashed,” lecture by holocaust survivor and scholar, Walter Ziffer. Free. Held at UNC Asheville, Humanities Lecture Hall, One University Heights, Asheville • WE (4/18), 7pm “Mass Incarceration and Racial Inequities in Policing: Solutions from a Police Chief,” lecture by Chris Burbank of the Center for Policing Equity. Free. Held at UNC Asheville Sherrill Center, 227 Campus Drive • TH (4/19), 7pm - Mark Lilla presents his book, The Once and Future Liberal: After Identity Politics. Registration required: events. Free. Held at UNC Asheville, Humanities Lecture Hall, One University Heights, Asheville


M COUNCIL ON AGING OF BUNCOMBE COUNTY, INC. 828-277-8288, • FR (4/20), 2-4pm “Medicare Choices Made Easy,” workshop. Registration required. Free. Held at Goodwill Career Training Center, 1616 Patton Ave. SPIRITUALITY ABOUT THE TRANSCENDENTAL MEDITATION TECHNIQUE • FREE INTRODUCTORY TALK (PD.) Meditation is fully effective when it allows you to transcend—to effortlessly settle inward, beyond the busy or agitated mind, to the deepest, most blissful and expanded state of awareness. TM is a tool for personal healing and social transformation that anyone can use to access that field of unbounded creativity, intelligence, and well-being that resides within everyone. NIH research shows deep revitalizing rest, reduced stress and anxiety, improved brain functioning and heightened mental performance. Thursday, 6:30-7:30pm, Asheville TM Center, 165 E. Chestnut. 828-2544350. ASHEVILLE INSIGHT MEDITATION (PD.) Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation. Learn how to get a Mindfulness Meditation practice started. 1st & 3rd Mondays. 7pm – 8:30. Asheville Insight Meditation, 175 Weaverville Road, Suite H, ASHEVILLE, NC, (828) 808-4444, www. ashevillemeditation. com. 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. GROUP MEDITATION (PD.) Enjoy this supportive meditation community. Mindfulness meditation instruction and Buddhist teachings at Asheville Insight. Thursday evenings at 7pm and Sunday mornings at 10am. ashevillemeditation. com. SHAMBHALA MEDITATION CENTER (PD.) Thursdays, 7-8:30pm and Sundays, 10-noon • Meditation and community. By donation. 60 N. Merrimon Ave., #113, (828) 200-5120. asheville. CENTER FOR ART & SPIRIT AT ST. GEORGE 1 School Road, 828258-0211

• 3rd SATURDAYS, 7:30-9:30pm “Dances of Universal Peace,” spiritual group dances that blend chanting, live music and movement. No experience necessary. Admission by donation. • Last Tuesdays, 7-9pm - Aramaic, Hebrew and Egyptian vocal toning, breath work and meditation. Admission by donation. GRACE LUTHERAN CHURCH 1245 6th Ave W, Hendersonville, 828693-4890, • Fourth TUESDAYS, 10am - Volunteer to knit or crochet prayer shawls for community members in need. Free. • WEDNESDAYS until (5/9), 5:307:30pm - “A Clash of Kingdoms,” fiveweek adult class.

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C OMMU N IT Y CA L EN D AR GRATEFUL STEPS 30 Ben Lippen School Road, Suite 107, 828277-0998, • TH (4/26), 5:307pm - Interfaith discussion with Ron Eddings, Grateful Steps author and coauthor of the screenplay, From My Eyes: The Ron Eddings Story. Free to attend. JUBILEE! COMMUNITY CHURCH 46 Wall St., • THURSDAYS until (4/19), 6:30-8:15pm - “Spirituality and the Unconscious,” five-part series with Lawson Sachter and Sunya Kjolhede. Admission by donation. SHAMBHALA MEDITATION CENTER 60 N Merrimon Ave., #113, 828-200-5120, asheville.shambhala. org

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EBLEN CHARITIES 828-255-3066, • FR (4/20), 4:30am7pm - Gently used coats accepted for those in need. Held at Ashley Homestore, 233 Airport Road, Arden or Eblen Charities Office, 50 Westgate Parkway


HAYWOOD STREET CONGREGATION 297 Haywood St., 828-246-4250 • 1st & 3rd THURSDAYS, 10amnoon - Workshop to teach how to make sleeping mats for the homeless out of plas-

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LITERACY COUNCIL OF BUNCOMBE COUNTY 828-254-3442, volunteers@litcouncil. com • TH (4/19), 5:30 pm - Information session for those interested in volunteering two hours per week with adults who want to improve reading, writing, spelling, and English language skills. Free. www. Held at Literacy Council of Buncombe County, 31 College Pl., Suite B-221


PROJECT LINUS 828-645-8800 • FR (4/20), 10amnoon - “Make a Blanket Week,” event for volunteers to pick up a blanket kits and/ or a fleece kit for those in need. Kits

are completed at home and returned on April 27, from 10am-noon. Free. Held at BrevardDavidson River Presbyterian Church, 249 East Main St., Brevard


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ORIGINAL BLESSING Matthew Fox headlines upcoming Creation Spirituality Community gathering at Jubilee! cal crisis is to treat the Earth as if it’s divinely created, an expression of the divine.” Although creation spirituality has been around since the first human gazed at a sunset and felt awe, says Ransom, Fox ignited the movement in the United States in the 1980s. He “was expelled from the Dominican Order of the Catholic Church in 1993 for teaching that people are born in original blessing, not original sin, and for other statements outside of traditional Catholic teachings,” she notes.

BY SUSAN FOSTER “I promise to be the best lover and defender of the Earth that I can be.” Those attending the international gathering of the Creation Spirituality Community, held April 26-29 at Jubilee! at 46 Wall St. in Asheville, will have an opportunity to come together to make this vow, says theologian, author and Episcopal priest Matthew Fox. Fox, 77, will be a keynote speaker at the event, whose theme is Sacred Earth, Sacred Work. “I will be talking about the movements today that are bringing alive a sense of the sacred,” says Fox. “People are invited from all religious traditions or none to take a single vow together. … Like any vow, like a marriage vow, it gives a sense of focus from distractions — social media, the news and all the rest. All our work is dedicated to the awareness of loving and defending the Earth.” “Just one weekend after Earth Day is a good time to be talking about the Earth and taking our vows,” Fox points out. Fox addresses the question “What is Creation Spirituality?” in his book, Order of the Sacred Earth, due out in July: “Honoring all of creation as Original Blessing, Creation Spirituality integrates the wisdom of Eastern and Western spirituality and global indigenous cultures with the emerging scien-


SPIRITUAL MAVERICK: Dismissed by the Catholic Church for his heretical views, theologian Matthew Fox will be a keynote speaker at the international gathering of the Creation Spirituality Community April 26-29 in Asheville. Photo courtesy of Matthew Fox tific understanding of the universe and the passion of creativity.” Gail Ransom, president of Creation Spirituality Communities and one of the organizers of the conference, explains that creation spirituality is “an appreciation of the spirituality of all of creation — we live within it, breathe it, move in

it all the time. It causes us to have awe and gain wisdom. We find traces of it in all the different religions.” Ransom, who is based in Pittsburgh, says the planet needs creation spirituality for its very survival: “We are part of the Earth. We don’t just walk on top of it. … Our only hope for this ecologi-

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The conference will draw approximately 140 people from across the United States and three other countries, according to Ransom. It kicks off Thursday night with a concert by Abraham Jam, she says. The interfaith trio — Billy Jonas, David LaMotte and Dawud Wharnsby — are “brothers” from the three Abrahamic faith traditions: Judaism, Islam and Christianity. The concert is “a big deal for Asheville,” Ransom says, because each performer is an internationally renowned musician in his own right, and the group has played in Asheville only once before, even though two of the three (Jonas and LaMotte) are locals. Ransom notes some of the other highlights of the weekend: On Friday morning, an Earth-activist panel composed mostly of locals, including Jeff Firewalker Schmidt, shaman from the Asheville-based Eagle Condor Council, and Daniel Barber, coordinator of instrumental music at Jubilee!, will discuss actions people are taking in Western North Carolina to promote ecological justice. And on Friday night, author and worship designer Marcia McFee, who hails from Lake Tahoe, Nev., will give a keynote address launching six new services for progressive Christian churches seeking to incorporate elements of creation spirituality into their worship. A Cosmic Mass, led by Barber, caps off Saturday’s activities. Fox describes the Mass as “a new way to worship.” “The idea came from

HANDS UP: Participants capture the energy of a Cosmic Mass at a creation spirituality gathering in 2010. Photo courtesy of Creation Spirituality Communities young Anglicans in Sheffield, England, that were part of the rave movement [and] brought the rave into church, into liturgy,” he says. Instead of putting people in pews and trying to keep them awake during a sermon and readings, he explains, worship leaders design a liturgy in which people dance in the presence of postmodern art, including DJs and visuals. After dancing, “we do grieving together, then we do communion,” Fox says. “And the last part is another dance to stir up the warrior energy that makes a difference in the world.” He adds that the masses tend to draw people from different religious traditions. Fox gives a nod to Asheville as “a special place to be gathering. … It’s been drawing artists for a long time. … And Jubilee! Church has a long history of being on the edge of what a church is often considered to be.” “Jubilee! is the most long-term and most successful creation spirituality community,” says Howard Hanger, minister at Jubilee!. “We’re the mothership. We started in 1984 .... offering an alternative worship experience.” Hanger notes that he will present as part of an elder panel at the conference, lead the Sunday morning worship service and participate in the welcoming and closing ceremonies. SUSTAINING CREATION Creation spirituality is about “finding the spirit in the universe — the

holy, the divine,” says Hanger. “You get filled with something beyond yourself. Checking out the spring flowers coming up can knock your socks off.” The imperative to care for the Earth stems from its holiness, he says. “You don’t trash something that’s holy,” he says. “As you begin to regard creation as holy, then it’s a no-brainer — to give it not just high regard but high care. If the mountain is indeed a cathedral … then you sure as hell don’t trash the mountain.” He explains that creation spirituality people “don’t recycle because the city says to recycle. They recycle because that’s the way to treat the holy.” Most ecological activism, Hanger says, is focused on human survival. “This whole environmental program is not really about saving the Earth,” he says. “It’s about saving our place on the Earth so we humans can survive. It’s very species-centered.” Creation spirituality, on the other hand, advocates caring for the Earth because “there’s holiness here, sacredness here. It’s a whole different orientation,” he says. “It’s about treating the Earth as you would a god or goddess.” Fox also emphasizes the importance of going beyond “human narcissism” or “anthropocentrism,” which he says “makes all its decisions on the basis of human needs, not on the basis of the needs of other beings and other species.” The problem, he continues, is that “when you begin with the human agenda, you rarely get out of it. So then everything is determined by the bot-


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WELLNESS tom line, how much profits corporations and their shareholders are making as distinct from what we are doing to keep the Earth healthy for future generations — not only of our children and grandchildren but of other species as well.” Sustaining the health of the Earth is vital to all life, he says. “As the Earth’s health diminishes, the health of our children, the air we breathe, the food we eat, the soil we grow things in, the trees and other animals will be affected,” he says. Fox advises that “people from Asheville and Western North Carolina should ... get together to wrestle and debate their own local issues.” But he adds that “we’re always dealing with communal issues that are are bigger than the local as well. It’s a ‘both/and’ thing — the local and the larger community. ... We are our brother’s keeper and our sister’s keeper. Compassion does not just end at our neighbor’s door. We’re all neighbors today, and we’re all going to go under or we’re going to resurrect.” Climate change is real, he maintains, even though “half the politicians are in complete denial and won’t even use the word.” But there are solutions, he notes. As an example, Fox notes something he learned at a scientific


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Fox says the upcoming conference will have “a special emphasis on the intergenerational dimension,” with several young leaders attending. “I think it’s so important that the elders are opening the doors to the young people to speak [of] their spiritual needs. Many of them do not find their needs being nourished by churches or religions in their current state.” He says the March for Our Lives, a student-led demonstration against gun violence which took place on March 24 in Washington, D.C., and other locations across the United States, was “an amazing example of how young people can lead and will lead from conscience, not just their investments.” He calls the march “a sign of resurrection, of Passover, of Easter — it’s all about stories of liberation from the death spiral. “There’s a lot in our culture today that’s in the death spiral,” he continues. “All our institutions — education, politics, economics, religion, certainly the media, too — have to be penetrated by a sense of the sacred and conscience.”

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Ransom says the conference will help us “connect whatever we do during the day, all day long, to creation, with its sacredness. So if I lift my fork, I can do it with awe and wonder [and] a sense of the larger life of this planet, which is part of the larger life of the universe.”

She adds that it’s important for people who are not already part of the creation spirituality movement to attend the conference “because they can get structure or scaffolding of what they naturally feel already. They can find words for it and find company to appreciate it and articulate it and make it work in their own lives.” Ransom sums up the main reason for the gathering: “It’s urgent that we attend to our relationship to creation and find something more true to our nature … that helps us preserve this beautiful Earth that is such a gift.”  X

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Energy Innovation Task Force leaders cite new marketing campaign, dedication from Duke as positive action

BY GREG PARLIER Two years ago, Asheville, Buncombe County and Duke Energy Progress began a collaborative task force to work collectively toward avoiding the need to construct another fossil fuelfueled power plant. Duke is already building two natural gas-fueled power plants to replace its 53-year-old coal-fired plant on Lake Julian, but a third plant, tentatively slated for construction in 2027, would address spikes in energy demand. The task force hopes to lessen peak demand and avoid the need for the extra plant. In March, the Energy Innovation Task Force launched arguably its most concrete achievement to date, a marketing-centric pilot project designed to increase public participation in Duke’s energy efficiency programs and help connect low-income residents to affordable home efficiency upgrades. The Blue Horizons project is designed as a “comprehensive hub of energy efficiency programs” available in the region through a variety of sources, according to its website. The project aims to streamline residents’ efforts to increase their home’s energy efficiency, giving them a onestop shop of available resources, as well as help low-income families access efficiency improvement resources for low or no cost. Generally, Blue Horizons is being applauded as a step in the right direction by members of the task force. “The main achievement to date is the launch of the public campaign,


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POWER PLAYERS: Leaders instrumental in the launch of the Blue Horizons Project visited the Kenilworth home of Sam Quick Jr. on March 21 to see a volunteer crew making weatherization and energy efficiency upgrades. Pictured, front row from left, are Brad Rouse, Energy Savers Network; Himanshu Karvir, Holiday Inn Asheville-Biltmore West; Jeremiah LeRoy, Buncombe County’s Office of Sustainability; Bill Maloney; Jane Hatley, Self-Help Credit Union; Robert Sipes, Duke Energy; Julie Mayfield, Asheville City Council; Brownie Newman, Buncombe County Board of Commissioners; and Dee Williams. Back row from left are Ed Katz, UNC Asheville; Corey Atkins, Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce; Sonia Marcus, UNC Asheville; Sam Ruark-Eastes, Green Built Alliance; Sophie Mullinax, Blue Horizons; Jason Walls, Duke Energy; and Jonathan Gach, Blue Horizons. Photo courtesy of Blue Horizons which signals the move from planning to public engagement and implementation,” says Julie Mayfield, an Asheville City Council member and the city’s representative on the EITF. But some environmental advocates and climate-conscious community leaders say the task force has been bogged down by bureaucracy, and change will


have to accelerate in order to meet ambitious city and county goals. Buncombe County passed a resolution in 2017 to use only clean and renewable energy sources for county operations by 2030, and in all homes and businesses by 2042. The city of Asheville is currently considering a pledge to hit the same goal by 2050. “We’re trying, but we’re not going to be where we need to be,” says Richard Fireman, task force observer and a co-founder of the Alliance for Energy Democracy, which advocates for a “sustainable and democratically controlled energy system.” The task force’s stated goals are twofold. First, avoid or delay Duke’s construction of a 190-megawatt natural gas plant in Western North Carolina, planned for 2023. Second, in the longer term, transition Duke to a “cleaner, affordable and smarter energy future, rooted in community engagement and collaboration.” Duke is currently building two 280-megawatt natural gas-powered

plants on the shores of Lake Julian in South Asheville, expected to be completed by the end of 2019. Before the N.C. Utilities Commission OK’d the new facilities in 2016, clean energy advocates bemoaned the new investments in fossilfuel power and argued the new plants were bigger than necessary. But construction of those plants moved forward, and only the peaker plant could still be taken off the table. Duke already delayed construction of the peaker plant from 2023 to 2027, a move Duke spokespeople credited to the work of the task force. There is a long way to go to fully reach the task force’s end goals, but the first step, two years after the initiative’s launch, is to spread the word. That’s where Blue Horizons comes in. BRIGHTER DAYS AHEAD Blue Horizons, run by two employees operating out of the Green Built Alliance, has a two-tiered approach to

increasing community engagement with more energy efficient practices. The website, BlueHorizonsProject. com, is essentially a one-stop shop for those looking to increase their home’s efficiency or learn more about it. For the first time, people don’t have to go down an internet rabbit hole of programs and possibilities, often through Duke, to find out what is possible for their home. “Part of it is doing marketing and outreach on social media and via the website. But a large part of it is the energy-upgrade program, which provides free weatherization services to incomequalified residents,” says project coordinator Sophie Mullinax. Jonathan Gach, manager of the energy upgrade program, is excited to do more than just reduce energy waste. He aims to increase people’s quality of living by making them more comfortable and healthy in their homes. “When we’ve connected with someone who may have a hole in their roof, or they need a wheelchair ramp, or their heating and cooling system is broken, I’m the one that meets with them and identifies those opportunities for improvement and helps them apply for services that can help them with different needs,” Gach says. At a minimum, Gach would consult with homeowners trying to make their home more efficient and send them to the company or nonprofit with the right service offering. The maximum offering might have homeowners release their utility data to Gach, who could analyze it, along with demographics, and determine what rebates

or discounts the homeowner might qualify for. Utility data also benefits Gach, who hopes to assemble a catalog of data that can help him design programs and direct where Blue Horizons’ resources are best used. So far, the young project has helped weatherize just one home, that of Sam Quick, Jr. Quick was raised in his 1950 Kenilworth home. Gach led a group of volunteers from UNC Asheville, the Energy Savers Network and United Community Development to weatherize, seal air leaks and install LED bulbs in the home. Quick also received a used furnace from Mountain Housing Opportunities, another connection made through Blue Horizons. “The results of this work will be a more comfortable, energy efficient home for Mr. Quick,” Mullinax says. The largest energy expense in any home is maintaining a comfortable temperature; sealing any air leaks, like in electrical outlets, light switches, windows and doors has the greatest impact on a home’s temperature, Gach says. “Once you’ve sealed (the holes) up, it’s like closing the window. You can imagine somebody heating their home with a space heater and not realizing the [equivalent of a] window is open just because of all the cumulative leaks,” Gach says. “When we control the movement of the air, it also manages moisture, which has an impact on structural durability and respiratory health.”


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Ultimately, Blue Horizons is simply a middleman, helping to connect potential beneficiaries or residents interested in making their home more energy efficient with Duke-run programs that can help, as well as private and nonprofit entities that specialize in improving structural energy efficiency. For Gach, it’s about more than a saved dollar or megawatt. “People sell these ideas or services in terms of energy savings or return on investment, but it turns out that, as the best salesman knows, price isn’t the only deciding factor. It definitely plays into it, but ultimately people want to be comfortable. They want to be healthy. And they want to make sure water is not destroying their house,” he says. “I just really want to provide quality of living to people and I’m happy I get to do that in this line of work.” SLOW PROGRESS “It’s been slow, but it’s been very productive,” says Dave Hollister, owner of Sundance Power Systems and a member of the Energy Innovation Task Force. Brownie Newman, Buncombe County’s EITF representative and the chair of the county’s Board of Commissioners, echoes Hollister’s assessment of the bureaucratic task force. “I would have liked for us to be further along in the process than we are now, but planning and coordination takes a lot of work. We are eager to move this into more of a community campaign phase now that we have hired staff to coordinate these efforts,” he says. Hollister says the task force has essentially spent two years analyzing data just to push existing energy efficiency programs that Duke wasn’t effectively marketing. “There was a decision early on, something that a few of us were definitely not aligned with, but the decision was to move ahead with a marketing program for existing Duke programs,” Hollister says. But once that was decided, he acknowledges that studying the issue and having focused conversations among community leaders has helped move the needle. Now that Blue Horizons is in place, he hopes the conversation can continue to move forward. “We’ve created some collective consciousness in the room, educated the leaders in the community and focused that energy on what the problems really are and created a marketing program to promote these existing programs to be better adopted,” he says. One positive from those talks has been the creation of a spinoff group

organized by task force member and the director of sustainability at UNC Asheville, Sonia Marcus. “Since the beginning of this overall program, we have been emphasizing how important it would be for businesses and major institutions in the region to step up and take ownership of the campaign,” Marcus says. So the group was created with all of the non-Duke and nongovernmental members of the EITF with the goal of adding other interested businesses and institutions to discuss how they can help solve the energy issues in the community. “We couldn’t possibly be successful if the public understood this to be ‘just’ a government initiative or ‘just’ a Duke Energy program. I advocated very early on in my role as the SACEE representative on the committee that there needed to be buy-in and engagement in the formative stages instead of just a call at the end for institutions to hop on board,” Marcus says. “We’ve had that, and it has made the campaign a lot stronger and the process a lot more transparent than it would have been otherwise.” The group has had two meetings so far, and its next steps are to grow its membership. Beyond that, the EITF has another, arguably more directly impactful claim to progress. In 2017, in part due to working with the EITF, say Newman and Hollister, Duke invested in two lithiumion batteries for energy storage. Duke is installing a 9-megawatt battery at a substation in the Rock Hill community off Sweeten Creek Road and a 4-megawatt battery in Hot Springs. It’s a $30 million investment as part of Duke’s Western Carolinas Modernization Plan that includes replacing Asheville’s coal-fired power plant with a natural gas plant in 2019. “We are actively looking at other opportunities to use battery technology as part of the solution in Western North Carolina,” notes Robert Sipes, a Duke Energy vice president who heads the modernization project. “This investment will help avoid the need for the peaker plant while at the same time enabling more renewable energy deployment onto the grid,” Newman says. WHAT’S NEXT? Meeting the goals of the task force involves three levels of potential action: • Demand-side management, where we limit our demand during peak use of electricity. • Increased energy efficiency in commercial and residential properties, reducing energy waste


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As part of our monthlong celebration of sustainable ways of living and working in our local community, Xpress is highlighting some of those who are taking action on a variety of creative and inspiring initiatives. SUSTAI NABI L I TY SE R I E S : TA KI NG A C T I O N

Cool composting Worms eat Stephanie Harper’s garbage

AS THE WORM TURNS: Red wiggler worms in Stephanie Harper’s vermicomposting bin transform food waste into gardening gold. Photo courtesy of Stephanie Harper When Stephanie Harper’s brotherin-law told her about vermicomposting a few months back, she was intrigued. She’d moved to Asheville a year prior and was surprised to find that curbside composting wasn’t available as it had been in her home state of California. “I thought, ‘OK, this is a challenge. I have to do my part.’” To learn more about vermicomposting, she signed up for a class at Fifth Season, a gardening and “Urban DIY” store in Asheville. “After the class, I bought my materials and I got my worms,” she says. Her materials consisted of a Rubbermaid bin with some holes drilled in the top and bottom for drainage, shredded newspaper, leaves and cardboard. She bought a pound of red wiggler worms from the class instructor. Back at home, her four kids helped her assembled the worm bin. Total investment: less than $40.

Harper stores her worm bin in a closet in the guest bedroom. “Worms like dark places,” she says. She feeds the worms veggies, fruit, coffee grounds, shredded coffee filters, brown rice and food scraps. Meat and dairy can’t be included, and she chose to omit eggshells as well because “the worms don’t digest them well.” Though it’s not required, Harper blends the food into a liquid before feeding it to her worms because large solid materials are harder for the worms to break down. The result of Harper’s efforts is worm castings that she plans to use in her garden. “It’s like gold compost for your soil,” she says. To her, the worms are “kind of like pets.” As Harper explains it, “You feed [the worms] and keep their bedding moist, but the worms do all the work.”

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G REEN SC E N E • Transferring to renewable energy, as both the city and county have pledged to do. Hollister says the third item has to be the next piece the EITF works on. “We have not even begun to address that piece. Two years in, we have not seriously addressed the elephant in the room, which is that we all want to see 100 percent renewable energy for our community,” he says. While slow-moving, like any government-led agency or action group, the EITF appears to be making a difference. The conversation, at least, is moving forward. “We’ve all addressed what the problem is, what’s causing the peak demand and what drives peak, we understand the market sectors we need to focus on to decrease that peak demand, we’ve created a marketing campaign that is promoting some existing programs that Duke has created, we’ve leveraged city and county dollars to work in this way as well, and we’re creating spinoff affiliate programs to empower local businesses and individuals into participating in solving this problem for our community,” Hollister says. Now, it is up to not only the EITF but everyone to keep the momentum going. “It’s my belief that it’s not just going to be up to the people of WNC to market

these programs but it’s also going to be up to Duke to come up to the table and really promote some new programs that are going to enhance adoption, that are very enticing to get people to step up to the plate,” Hollister says. Mayfield has some specific goals moving forward. “We need to continue to be looking for new opportunities for pilot programs, we need to bring community solar here when that is approved, and we need to continue to push for an easier customer experience in utilizing Duke’s programs. We also need to find more resources for the campaign to support the Green Built Alliance, which is housing the campaign staff, for marketing, for more investments in efficiency, etc.,” she says. Newman and Mayfield are both confident the task force will be successful in that mission. “People have invested a lot of time and effort to getting us to this point. I think it’s premature to give us any grade, but it will be key for us to achieve the many goals we have set for ourselves over the next 12 months to prove that this model of community and utility collaboration can be successful,” Newman says.  X

The cost of innovation Volunteers have devoted hundreds of hours to getting the Energy Innovation Task Force off the ground, but some of the initiative’s activities have required cold hard cash. Here’s where that money has come from. BUNCOMBE COUNTY $135,000 committed to date • $50,000 to fund research performed by the Rocky Mountain Institute • $60,000 in grant matching funds for weatherization upgrades for lowincome homeowners • $25,000 for project coordinator salary and overhead CITY OF ASHEVILLE $116,240 committed to date • $50,000 to fund research performed by the Rocky Mountain Institute

• $15,000 in grant matching funds for weatherization upgrades for lowincome homeowners • $25,000 for project coordinator salary and overhead • $26,240 in city staff resources (labor) DUKE ENERGY PROGRESS $585,000 committed as of November 2017 • Rocky Mountain Institute study of peak energy demand in Western North Carolina • Shelton Group marketing consulting services

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Living soil Megan Naylor farms with biodynamic principles in mind

HOG HEAVEN: At her Wild Mountain Farm in Barnardsville, Megan Naylor labors to create a closed system that nurtures livestock, plants, the soil and humans. Photo by Megan Naylor “I spent most of my childhood traveling,” says Megan Naylor, owner of Wild Mountain Farm, a small biodynamic farm in Barnardsville. “It gave me a great perspective on cultures, but as a young adult, I had a deep need to ground myself, get to know one piece of land and grow food.” So Naylor settled down on a 6-acre homestead and started a farm. When she first moved onto her land “our property was almost over the roof with brush and weeds,” she said. “Our goats cleared the property, then we put chickens in behind them, and they scattered the manure from the goats.” Now in its third season, the farm has grass growing, wildflowers and honeybees in addition to chickens, goats, donkeys, cattle, horses and ducks. “It isn’t about bringing a bunch of stuff in,” explains Naylor. “It is about using what we already have.” As a biodynamic farmer, Naylor embraces a holistic and ethical closed-

loop system. “We produce as much as possible on our farm to feed our own animals and feed the soil,” she says. “Not only for the benefit of feeding our family and the community, but also for the health of the soil and the animals,” explains Naylor. “The idea is to live in harmony with your own property and the land instead of continuously taking from it.” Naylor advises anyone interested in biodynamic farming to ask a lot of questions and take it slow. “It’s easy to get excited and want to build Noah’s Ark and get two of everything,” she says. “There are certain animals that are much more labor-intensive. Goats require a lot more work than chickens,” Naylor explains. Overall, she tells people to start small. “Even if it’s just a potted plant on your front porch, there are ways that everyone can be involved.”

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Gardening club continues legacy of service, friendship These days, about 90 men are continuing this legacy of community service, says Gerry Hardesty, who joined the club after moving to Asheville from the Chicago area in 1990. Tim Tipton, executive director of the Western North Carolina Historical Association, says the club’s work to restore and maintain the Smith-McDowell House & Museum’s landscape allows visitors “to step back in time and enjoy pleasures from a time past.” “In today’s time of smartphones and instant gratification, it is rewarding to see folks disconnect for a few minutes and enjoy the view and scent of blooming flowers and budding plants,” Tipton says.

MEN AT WORK: Ted Faber, horticulture director of Asheville’s Men’s Garden Club, waters plants at the group’s greenhouse off Azalea Road in East Asheville. Photo by Max Hunt

BY MAX HUNT You may be familiar with the horticultural efforts of the Men’s Gardening Club of Asheville without even realizing it. For over 75 years, the club has beautified locations across the city. These days, the group’s work is on display at Beaver Lake, UNC Asheville’s Reuter Center, Asheville Community Theatre and on the grounds of the Smith-McDowell House. Ahead of the club’s biannual plant sale at the Botanical Gardens at Asheville’s Days in the Garden event

SEEDS OF TOMORROW The Men’s Garden Club bases its operations out of a green-

house facility off Azalea Road in East Asheville. Showing Xpress around in March, Hardesty noted, “We’ll have 10,000 plants in here,” including a variety of geraniums, marigolds, petunias and zinnias. In addition, the club propagates woody shrubs each summer to sell in the fall. Proceeds from the plant sales fund beautification projects across the city, as well as two scholarships at Mayland Community College and Blue Ridge Community College for students interested in horticulture. Scholarship recipients have gone on to work for The Biltmore Co., B.B. Barns and several local nurseries.


on Friday, May 4, noon-6 p.m. and Saturday, May 5, 9 a.m.- 3 p.m., members are gearing up for a new season of education and community service. PROUD TRADITION Founded in 1939, the club spearheaded the local World War II Victory Garden initiative, helping fellow Asheville residents grow food to free up resources for the war effort. Later, the group turned its attention to supporting the Charles George VA Medical Center, the YMCA, Asheville GreenWorks and local schools.

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The club also aims to educate the public and inspire the next generation of gardeners. The group’s meetings, held on the first Tuesday of the month at the First Baptist Church of Asheville at 5 Oak St., feature guest speakers on a variety of garden-related topics. The group also organizes periodic field trips. Another annual highlight is the club’s container garden contest for kindergarten through fifth-grade classrooms in the Asheville City and Buncombe County schools. (See “Container gardening contest seeks elementary classroom participation,” March 10, 2016, Xpress) “The point is not the awards, it’s to introduce them to gardening at a young age,” says Hardesty, who turned 90 in March. “These are old guys — grandfathers and great-grandfathers — working with 6-, 7- and 8-year-olds. It’s intergenerational.”

Creating bonds between generations and neighbors is perhaps the most important function of the Men’s Gardening Club, agrees Ralph Lambert, another longtime member. “For me, it’s getting the friendships with the fellow members, the camaraderie and the ability to share common interests.” Members range in age from 30-90; some are new to gardening, while others are seasoned veterans. The majority are transplants to the area, says Nelson Sobel, who arrived in 2006.

membership is restricted to men,




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M ASHEVILLE GREEN DRINKS • 3rd WEDNESDAYS, 6pm Informal networking focused on the science of sustainability. Free to attend. Held at The BLOCK off biltmore, 39 South Market St. M ASHEVILLE

GREENWORKS 828-254-1776, • SA (4/21), 2pm - “Love Your Trees,” event with a colorful tree “yarn bombing,” and tree-focused activities for children and adults. Free. Held at Pack Square Park, 121 College St.

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events are open to the public, club notes Hardesty. “There are 22 women’s garden clubs in Asheville; this is the only men’s garden club.” “We




whether expert gardeners or novices,” he says. More information about the club and membership is available at “Horticulture is important, but the friendship is more important,” Hardesty concludes. “That’s what

WHAT Men’s Garden Club of Asheville biannual plant sale WHEN Friday, May 4, noon-6 p.m. and Saturday, May 5, 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. WHERE Botanical Gardens at Asheville, 151 W.T. Weaver Blvd., Asheville MORE INFO See or the events page for the Botanical Gardens at

brings people into the club.”  X

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M CREATION CARE ALLIANCE OF WNC • THURSDAYS until (5/17), 6-7:15pm - Community book discussion on Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming. Registration required: chas.jansen@mtsu. edu. Free. Held at Jubilee Community Church, 46 Wall St.

M RIVERLINK 828-252-8474, • TH (4/19), 3:30-5pm - “New Belgium Sustainability Tour,” event featuring the stormwater and sustainability features of the New Belgium Property. Register online. Free. Held at New Belgium Brewery, 21 Craven St. • TU (4/24), 2-4pm Volunteer to remove non-native invasive plants. Register online. Free. Held at Givens Estate, Asbury Commons, 100 Wesley Drive


SMOKIES 828-452-0720,, • TH (4/19), 6-8pm - Trivia night on the subject of public lands. Free to attend. Held at The Wedge at Foundation, 5 Foundy St.

M LIVING WEB FARMS 828-891-4497, • TU (4/24), 5-8pm - “WNC Repair Cafe,” event featuring volunteers with tools and supplies, available to fix broken objects while offering instruction and hands on help. Bring in broken objects. Free. Held at Living Web Farms- Biochar Facility, 220 Grandview Lane Hendersonville

M PACK SQUARE PARK 121 College St. • WE (4/25), 7-10pm - “Local Responses to Global Climate Change,” event featuring local artists, environmental groups, presentations, speeches by students, teachers and local officials and food trucks. Organized by

M THE COLLIDER 1 Haywood St., Suite 401, 1828, • TU (4/24), 6:30-8:30pm - Climate & Environmental Film Series: Climate Stories, documentary film screening regarding North Carolinians who have been affected by climate change. $10/$20 per family. M TRANSYLVANIA

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M BULLINGTON GARDENS 95 Upper Red Oak Trail Hendersonville, 828-6986104, • THURSDAY through SATURDAY (4/26) until (4/28), 9am-5pm - Spring plant sale featuring native and non-native perennials, more than 20 varieties of tomatoes and other vegetable starts, herbs, unusual annuals and small trees and shrubs. Free to attend. M BUNCOMBE COUNTY EXTENSION MASTER GARDENERS 828-255-5522,, BuncombeMasterGardeners@ • TH (4/19), 10am - “Planting for Pollinators,” workshop. Registration required. Free. Held at Buncombe County Cooperative Extension Office, 49 Mount Carmel Road M CITY OF HENDERSONVILLE • THURSDAYS, FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS until (5/13) - Seasonal mulch and composted leaves giveaway. Thurs. & Fri.: 3:30-7pm. Sat.: 8am-noon. Free. Held at the old Waste Water Treatment Plant, 80 Balfour Road, Hendersonville

M DR. JOHN WILSON COMMUNITY GARDEN 99 White Pine Drive, Black Mountain • TUESDAYS through (4/24) Organic gardening class series on all aspects of growing: planning, planting, production and pests. Taught by Diana Schmitt McCall at a different location every week. Registration required. $35 per pair of classes/$90 for the series. M JEWEL OF THE BLUE

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BY JONATHAN AMMONS Asheville is a tailgate market town. Nearly every day of the week during growing season, one can find white tents popping up in parking lots, fields and even in the middle of downtown streets, with local farmers hawking their produce, meat, eggs, honey and other products.


When the weather turns cold, markets in some areas head indoors to keep things hopping until spring. And in other locales, cooperatives and small grocery markets take over as dependable outlets for sourcing locally grown food products. Both farmers markets and grocers serve as vital links between local growers and residents. But accessing these options can prove challenging

A 2015 survey by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service found North Carolina to be the eighthmost food-insecure state in the nation. And in 2016 in Western North Carolina, over 20,300 residents — more than a third of whom are children — received Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits (formerly known as food stamps) to help put food on the table. The federal program that became SNAP was first introduced in 1933 during the Great Depression through the bipartisan Farm Bill, which was designed to permanently link agricultural subsidies with hunger assistance programs. The idea was to use existing food distribution systems and markets to help feed families in need, while the expenditure of those dollars would provide stimulus to the nation’s farmers. Families would be freed to spend what little money they had to cover needs other than groceries, which would boost the overall economy. Although just 2 percent of the national budget is allocated to SNAP, Moody’s Analytics calculates that the program generates $2 in economic activity for every federal dollar spent. In the same spirit of supporting both growers and low-wealth consumers, some WNC nonprofits are looking to help improve access to fresh, locally produced foods for SNAP recipients while also broadening the base of support for local agriculture. “One of the key barriers for SNAP recipients shopping at farmers markets — and it is cited time and time again — is [the need for] low-cost transportation,” says David Smiley, a program coordinator for the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project’s Local Food campaign. With help from a three-year grant from the U.S. Department of

Agriculture, Smiley collaborated with Asheville Redefines Transit in 2017 to develop a map linking bus riders with local tailgate markets. “Public transportation can be one of the most obvious ways to get people places,” he explains. “When we compared bus routes with local markets, there was nearly an identical match with where farmers markets are and the ART bus routes. There is a bus stop literally steps away from every farmers market in town.” ASAP also has other initiatives in place to help connect SNAP recipients with area farmers. “Our goals are to better promote farmers markets that accept SNAP, to engage communities that aren’t currently supporting farmers markets or local food and help markets that don’t participate in SNAP yet become more SNAP-friendly,” he says. Of the nine markets in town, all but two — the WNC Farmers Market and the Oakley Farmers Market — are set up to take SNAP payments. “SNAP sales don’t make up a huge portion of market sales,” he points out. “It is a common misconception that people who use SNAP only use SNAP. Most people that use SNAP at markets are also using credit cards, they are also using cash, and it definitely makes a difference with vendors’ sales, being able to accept SNAP, and most farmers are doing better because of it.”

DOUBLING UP For those who can’t make it to the markets for one reason or another, Bountiful Cities has a solution. At the request of the AshevilleBuncombe Food Policy Council, the local nonprofit helped launch the Double Up Food Bucks pilot program at two local markets last year. Double Up Food Bucks, which was originally conceived to combat food insecurity in Detroit, increases consumer buying power by matching each SNAP credit spent on local produce dollar for dollar. Still in its testing phase, the local program has thus far proved successful. Since September, nearly 300 customers have used Double Up Food Bucks at the two Asheville test sites — the French Broad Food Co-op and the West Village Market. “Many thousands of dollars worth of produce have been purchased at those two locations, and of course, all the customers are using SNAP for those purchases,” says Nicole Hinebaugh, Bountiful Cities program director and the access cluster representative for the ABFPC. “These are all people who, by definition, might be considered food-insecure, so this is literally thousands of dollars worth of food that is going, by choice, into the hands of people who are food-insecure.”



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TO MARKET, TO MARKET: The Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project and Asheville Redefines Transit took advantage of a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant to develop a map of local bus routes that connect with the area’s tailgate markets. Image courtesy of ASAP

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Both ASAP’s collaboration with ART and Bountiful Cities’ Double Up Food Bucks program will reach the end of their grant funding soon. But ASAP intends to continue the map initiative by shifting it to function through other existing programs. And Bountiful Cities has plans to hand Double Up Food Bucks over to MountainWise, a nonprofit that works with regional health departments to promote healthy eating and lifestyles. Hinebaugh hopes that ultimately being connected with the larger nonprofit will help open some doors for the Double Up program. From the outset, one of Double Up’s biggest hurdles for growth was finding funding to implement the system in larger grocery stores. For the program to work, every federal SNAP dollar spent has to be matched with grant money, and that can add up to a lot of cash on the barrelhead when applied to large grocers like Ingles or Bi-Lo.


“It’s a matter of building up capacity so that we can go after one of those really big fish,” says Hinebaugh. “Because MountainWise partners with health departments in all of the counties in the western region, they actually have access to a different realm of funding than we, as a grassroots organization, have access to.” While it might be easy to reduce both of these programs to a matter of metrics, to only evaluate their success by how many people they have directly served, Hinebaugh notes that the more important work comes in changing the prevailing culture. “It’s a matter of systems change versus symptoms change,” she says, noting the classic analogy of saving babies in a river. “You discover that there are babies floating down the river, and you start pulling [them out], and you organize efforts to get the babies out of the river and you document your efforts, and that is a really obvious way to

help those babies,” she explains. “But the other way to help those babies is to figure out why they are winding up in the river in the first place. Do people need meals to be distributed? Yes, absolutely. But the reason that they need meals to be distributed is because we have food insecurity.” The trick, muses Hinebaugh, is to address the fact that people need to be fed by having emergency resources like food pantries while also tackling the underlying reasons behind the community’s food-insecurity issues. And part of the way to do that is to make sure there is adequate support for local agriculture. Find the ASAP/ART farmers market bus map at, click on “Find Local Food.” Or pick one up at the downtown ART bus terminal. To get multiple copies for distribution, call ASAP at 828-236-1282. To learn more about Double Up Food Bucks, visit  X

by Jonathan Ammons

TO-GO BOX REVIVAL REDUX Resuscitating restaurant leftovers with Ashley English and Nate Allen It’s a busy weeknight at a downtown restaurant with full tables all around as an all-too-familiar scene unfolds. “Would you like to take your leftovers with you?” asks the server. “No, thanks,” replies the guest. Then, turning to his friend, he adds, “I just hate eating the same thing two days in a row.” In a community that places increasing value on local food systems and sustainability, food waste is a major dilemma, but one that everybody can do something about. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that one-third of all food grown in the United States is wasted, giving our nation the highest ranking in the world when it comes to trashed eats. And full-service restaurants in North Carolina waste close to 180,000 tons of food per year, according to the state’s 2012 Food Waste Generation Study — and that’s before the meals even make it to the consumer. It’s understandable that the twoday-old chicken sandwich in the back of the fridge looks a lot less appetizing as the lettuce begins to brown, but what if it could be made into something entirely different? For this second installment in our ongoing series about reinventing leftovers, Xpress reached out to chef Nate Allen and cookbook author Ashley English to get ideas for fun ways to reuse the half-eaten meals in our restaurant doggy bags. Allen and English were assigned fictional to-go boxes containing mostly eaten entrées from local establishments. Using basic ingredients from their home pantries, they were asked to build entirely new meals from the contents. PORK LOIN FRITTATA English’s writing covers a wide range of subjects, from raising chickens and keeping bees to canning and preserving. She’s also penned a slew of cookbooks, including the brandnew  Southern from Scratch, which debuts this month. She and her husband and co-conspirator, Glenn, were asked to come up with a way to reinvent a three-day-old box of leftovers from The Admiral — a half-eaten pork loin, braised red cabbage and a little

browned. They are then set aside to drain on a paper towel. Next, she cracks a half-dozen fresh eggs into a bowl and whisks in some coarse mustard and a pinch of salt. This mixture is then poured into the same pan she just pulled the potatoes from and placed on a burner set to mediumlow. “When the eggs are halfway set, they would be topped off with the potatoes, thin slices of the pork loin that have been cut across the grain, the spaetzle and the braised cabbage,” says English. The pan then goes into a 350-degree oven to cook for roughly five to 10 minutes until set. After pulling the pan out of the oven, let it rest for a minute, then invert the pan onto a large plate and again onto a flat, round platter so the prettier side of the dish is visible.


ENGLISH BREAKFAST: Cookbook author Ashley English puts an Italian spin on leftover pork loin and cabbage by making a breakfast frittata. Photo by Cindy Kunst bit of spaetzle drizzled in a now mostly dried-up stout glaze. They decided to put an Italian spin on the German fare. “In our house, we would most likely use up the leftover pork loin, cabbage, and spaetzle in the Italian tradition of using up last night’s protein, veg and pasta in the next morning’s — especially on the weekend — frittata, but in this case, with the twist of a Germanic flavor profile,” says Ashley. From the pantry: • One large potato, thinly sliced • Six eggs (or more, depending on the number of servings needed) • Stoneground mustard to taste • Salt and pepper to taste With a nod to famed chef Ferrán Adriá’s renowned potato chip tortilla Española, she thinly slices potatoes with

a mandolin — although hand-slicing would also suffice — before pan-frying them in a neutral oil until lightly

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F OOD “We top it off with some grated Amish butter cheese and maybe some garlic scapes from the yard — they are a revelation when charred,” she suggests. “Cut it with a pizza cutter and serve it up in wedges.” PORK AND POTATO SOUP At the end of March, Nate Allen closed Knife & Fork, his James Beardnominated kitchen in Spruce Pine. But before he left town for new opportunities, he was kind enough to give us a useful — and entertaining — description of one way to use up the leftover half of a Foothills Meats Cuban sandwich, consisting of pulled pork, Swiss cheese, Lusty Monk mustard and deli ham on a Cuban roll with a house-made dill pickle and hand-cut tallow fries on the side. It has been in the fridge for a few days, so the bread is getting soggy and the meat is starting to dry out a bit. So what would Allen do? He’d make a soup with croutons. From the pantry: • One onion or several green onions • A few cloves of garlic • Bacon fat or oil


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• Chicken or vegetable stock • Caraway seeds • Whiskey “Cut the roll and the tallow fries roughly into approximate cubes,” he says. “Toss with a spoonful of the bacon fat — you know you should keep it in an old coffee can somewhere in the kitchen. Sprinkle with a bit of salt and pepper and toast at 350 until hot and crispy and revitalized.” Any oil will suffice for making these croutons if you lack the reserved bacon fat. “Next pull whatever sad little bits of onion or limp green onion you have in the purgatory of your back left crisper drawer, and chop that up and toss in a hot pan with the meaty bits of the sandwich. If you have some form of garlic put a bit of that in there, too,” he advises. From there, give the onion, meat and garlic a few minutes to crisp in the pan “as they aromatize the kitchen with the potpourri of culinary rebirth.” Just before the ingredients in the pan start to burn, Allen instructs us to go to the fridge for one of your “least-favorite beers, the one someone brought over but you just haven’t felt so low or thirsty that you could defend the hipster clout of Lowenbrau.” Add a bit of the beer to the

Responsible Automotive Service & Repair pan to deglaze, then add broth (chicken, veggie or any other variety will work) to make the amount of soup desired. Taste and add salt as needed. At that point, more seasonings may be in order. “Maybe you’ve been looking at a small container of caraway seeds in the pantry for a few years, and you think that would really tie the whole thing together? You’re right. Smash a dozen of them with the back of a spoon, and toss those in there,” he says. Then place the hot soup in a bowl, lay the reserved

Swiss cheese on top and cover with the bread and potato croutons. Finally, Allen suggests a couple of finishing touches. “Did you eat that pickle while you were making this?” he asks. “I did. If not, chop it up and sprinkle it on. Last but not least, put a jigger of whiskey in a metal ladle and hold a lighter under it until it heats up and catches fire. Pour this right on top. Now sit back and see if old man winter is just going to stay on our couch for the spring.”  X

Want to learn more about food waste in WNC? The steering committee of a developing regional food waste and recovery group for Western North Carolina invites interested residents of Asheville and the surrounding communities to attend its quarterly meeting 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 26, at THE BLOCK Off Biltmore, 39 S. Market St., Asheville. The gathering will include a presentation on an upcoming compost conference along with snacks and networking time. Attendees are encouraged to bring along information about any projects they or their organizations are working on related to food waste. Those who have an interest in helping build this new group by joining the steering committee should plan to arrive by 5:30 p.m. To RSVP attendance, contact Cathy Cleary at

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Cider, Wine and Dine Weekend In Henderson County, a strong partnership has developed between the craft beverage industry and the local agriculture scene, says Lindsay Dorrier III, vice president of retail operations at Bold Rock Hard Cider. And this relationship will be on full display at the upcoming inaugural Cider, Wine and Dine Weekend, she says. More than 40 free and ticketed events will take place Friday-Sunday, April 20-22, at seven locations throughout the county: Appalachian Ridge Artisan Cider, Bold Rock Hard Cider, Burntshirt Vineyards, Flat Rock Hard Cider, Point Lookout Vineyards, Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards and Saint Paul at Flat Rock tasting room. “If you want something quiet, like a cider mimosa and a French pastry, there’ll be that,” says Michael Arrowood, event coordinator for Henderson County Tourism Development Authority. “But if you want free music or an opportunity to actually talk with the makers, there’s that, too.” Eight events kick off the weekend on Friday, including a lowcountry boil dinner and dance at Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards and free pizza and live music at Flat Rock Ciderworks. The festivities continue Saturday with almost two dozen events, such as an apple-brandy tasting at Appalachian Ridge Artisan Cider, the Bold Rock Food Truck Festival and Wine Styles Blind Tasting at Saint Paul Mountain Vineyard. On Sunday, a dozen scheduled activities wind down the weekend revelry, including the Free Range Apple Blossom Orchard Hike or Bike at Appalachian Ridge Artisan Cider, wine and mead tastings and tours at

fifth-grade students in eight counties across Western North Carolina. Pisgah Coffee Roasters is at 6283 Asheville Highway, Pisgah Forest. The grand opening runs 4-8 p.m. Friday, April 20. For more information, visit To learn more about Muddy Sneakers, visit  BREAD, BRIE AND BUBBLES

CELEBRATING AGRITOURISM: Seven local Henderson County venues, including Bold Rock Hard Cider, will host over 40 events during the inaugural Cider, Wine and Dine Weekend April 20-22. Photo by Sam Dean Point Lookout Vineyards, and wine and food pairings at Saint Paul at Flat Rock. “Western North Carolina and the Asheville area in particular gets a tremendous amount of attention for a robust beer culture, and rightfully so,” says Dorrier. “But we feel that it is long overdue to highlight the great products being crafted a stone’s throw away in Henderson County.” Eventually, Dorrier continues, “We hope the region will circle their calendars for late April as an important weekend to descend on Henderson County for awesome cider and wine, fun-filled events and delicious eats.” Cider, Wine and Dine Weekend runs Friday-Sunday, April 20-22. For a complete list of events, visit UPCOUNTRY BREWING CONTINUES PINT NIGHT SERIES UpCountry Brewing will host its third Pint Night on Thursday, April 19. Throughout April, the brewery has held the weekly fundraiser to benefit 12 Baskets Cafe, an eatery at West Asheville’s Kairos West Community Center that uses fresh, uneaten food donated from local restaurants to serve free meals to all. Hop Dread will be the featured pint at


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the Thursday event, with live music from Nick Gonnering. The brewery’s final gathering, scheduled for Thursday, April 26, will feature Isoprene Hazy IPA. Pint Night begins at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 19, and Thursday, April 26, at UpCountry Brewing, 1042 Haywood Road. For more information on 12 Baskets Cafe, visit For more on UpCountry Brewing, visit PISGAH COFFEE ROASTERS OPENS Pisgah Coffee Roasters in Pisgah Forest will host its grand opening on Friday, April 20. The event will include coffee tastings, a tour of the facilities, food and beer (while supplies last) and music by Tiago Costa. Owner Jotham Lipsi was raised on a coffee plantation in the Cerrado region of Brazil, where Pisgah Coffee Roasters sources its main line of beans. “We also slowroast our coffee in small batches to ensure an even roast, providing for a smooth and consistent profile,” says manager Ashlynne Ray. The shop can seat up to 25 guests. A portion of the proceeds from sales during the grand opening will be donated to Muddy Sneakers, a nonprofit that provides environmental education programs for

Great Harvest Bread Co. will partner with MetroWines for a sourdough bread workshop and tasting on Friday, April 20. Participants will learn how to make sourdough bread, and fresh loaves will be available to sample, along with brie and French sparkling wine. Students can carve their initials into individual loaves, which will be baked overnight and can be picked up the following morning. Bread, Brie and Bubbles runs 5:307:30 p.m. Friday, April 20, at Great Harvest Bread Co., 1838 Hendersonville Road. Tickets are $20 plus tax. Seating is limited. To purchase, visit  BEER PAIRING DINNER AT CORNER KITCHEN New Belgium Brewing Co. and Corner Kitchen are teaming up for a beer pairing dinner on Tuesday, April 24. The five-course meal, prepared by Corner Kitchen’s executive chef Josh Chapman, will honor Earth Day. According to the event’s Facebook page, “Both chef Chapman and New Belgium Brewing are taking into account the carbon footprint of every ingredient and will share with guests the trials and learning experiences garnered from this challenge.” The menu will feature beer-poached North Carolina shrimp and clams on house-made spent-grain bread, spring onion-braised pork belly with ramp mustard and candied pig ears with pecans. Beers will include Fat Tire Belgian White, Fat Tire Belgian Amber Ale, Citradelic Tangerine IPA, Voodoo Ranger Juicy Haze IPA and New Belgium’s latest brew, The Hemperor Hemp IPA. The dinner is at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, at Corner Kitchen, 3 Boston Way. Tickets are $88 per person and include tax and gratuity. For tickets, visit  X


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A R T S & E N T E R TA I N M E N T


New festival/conference examines the intersection of art and social justice

BY ALLI MARSHALL It’s so easy to feel helpless when faced with the issues of the world, or even just within our own community, says Jessica Tomasin. “How am I, as one person, going to make a dent?” she asks. “How do we find those ways where we can open the space for connecting and communication?” Faced with those questions, Tomasin, the studio manager at Echo Mountain Recording and an events planner for initiatives such as Goombay Festival, harnessed her own passions, skill set and considerable list of contacts. The result is Connect: Beyond The Page Festival + Conference, which will take place in Asheville from Friday, April 20, to Sunday, April 22. The three-day gathering delves into social justice issues through the lenses of music, storytelling and film. And it brings together luminaries from those fields such as Maya Lilly, who is producing a film based on The Fifth Sacred Thing by neopaganism and ecofeminism theorist Starhawk (who will also be part of the festival); and filmmaker and Emmy Award-winning conflict journalist Joyce Ferder Rankin, among many others. “Art is a great place to start influencing change,” Tomasin notes. Despite Asheville’s issues, such as segregation and gentrification, due to positive attributes such as a desire for unity and inclusivity, it remains a community with the potential to serve as a model for other places, she says. “There’s something about bringing people in from the outside to connect with our local community. The sky’s the limit to learn from each other.”


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INTERDISCIPLINARY: “Art is a great place to start influencing change,” says Jessica Tomasin, who created Connect: Beyond The Page Festival + Conference with an eye on how creativity intersects with social justice. Drawing on artists and innovators across artistic genres, the festival includes contributions from the likes of, clockwise from top left, playwright and professor Lydia Diamond, author Natalie Hopkinson, broadcast journalist and producer Lori Knight and electronic music duo Sylvan Esso. Photos courtesy of the artists Still, with its varied contexts — film, storytelling, music and literature — Tomasin found it a challenge to weave together the themes of Connect: Beyond


The Page. There’s a hint of the spirit of Moogfest 2014 (the last year that festival was held in Asheville) when music performances were interspersed by panels

and discussions focused on the intersection of art and technology. Hard to tailor into an elevator speech? Maybe. Inspiring and impactful? Definitely.

“As I started getting people confirmed, panelists and performers and artists, they got excited and wanted to bring something else to the table,” says Tomasin. For example, Lilly will not only talk about the process of turning Starhawk’s book into a film but will also share a portion of her one-woman show, Mixed, about growing up as a multiracial person. Showcasing the common ground of those working in varied creative fields, the Women in Media and Entertainment panel brings into conversation the potent voices of Lilly, Rankin, producer and visual effects artist India Osborne (Thor, Allegiant), playwright and professor Lydia Diamond (Smart People) and author Natalie Hopkinson (A Mouth Is Always Muzzled). And through her years at Echo Mountain, producing festivals and films, and in other music industry capacities, Tomasin has a sizable contacts list of friends and collaborators. One such connection, singersongwriter Johnny Irion, will take part in multiple events — including interviewing Swannanoa resident Billy Edd Wheeler who, at 85, has just published his memoir, Hotter Than a Pepper Sprout: A Hillbilly Poet’s Journey From Appalachia to Yale to Writing Hits for Elvis, Johnny Cash & More. Irion, with songwriter Johnny Goodwin, will also speak about the process of turning long-form stories into song — timely, as Irion purchased the films rights to the book Stand Up That Mountain: The Battle to Save One Small Community in the Wilderness Along the Appalachian Trail by Jay Erskine Leutze (about a community near Boone that took on a mining company). Irion, along with Goodwin and Jeff Bridges, is writing songs for that forthcoming film. Among other filmmaking initiatives on the roster is the collaboration between actor/producer Zak Kilberg of Social Construct Films and Dr. Benjamin Gilmer, who will appear on the panel Dr. Gilmer — A Life Event Turned Into a Social Justice Movement Through the Power of Media and Storytelling. Gilmer’s story aired on a 2013 episode of “This American Life.” The short version is that Gilmer took a job at a rural clinic in Cane Creek, near Asheville, and learned his predecessor — who had the same surname — went to prison after killing his father. But in talking to Vince Gilmer’s patients, Benjamin Gilmer only heard how kind the previous doctor was. Vince didn’t sound like a killer. So Benjamin started to

dig into the mystery, which led to the startling discovery of a misdiagnosed condition suffered by the incarcerated physician. Benjamin worked with Kilberg and Iz Web (also of Social Construct Films) to turn the story into a film; the team just sold the rights for that project to a production company. Kilberg and Web will screen the drama The Song of Sway Lake, with score composer Ethan Gold. Local musician Ben Lovett will speak on a composers panel with Gold and others, and will screen the horror film The Ritual (for which he composed the score), with director David Bruckner. Reaching across the delineations of music, film and literature at every juncture, the festival also includes the insights of Cold Mountain novelist Charles Frazier, synth-pop duo Sylvan Esso and Bob Boilen, the tastemaker behind NPR programs “All Songs Considered” and “Tiny Desk Concert.” Based on the concept behind his recent book, Your Song Changed My Life, Boilen will conduct onstage interviews of singer Amelia Meath and producer Nick Sanborn of Sylvan Esso and Asheville-based singer-songwriter Christopher Paul Stelling. And, because no event filled with music industry insiders would be complete without live music, Tomasin has handpicked the members of a superband for Saturday’s closing event. The likes of Ben Sollee, Big Chief Juan Pardo, Leeda “Lyric” Jones, Jaze Uries, Jacob Rodriguez and others will team up for what Tomasin is calling “a night of songs about social justice.” Because, in the Venn diagram that is the inaugural Connect: Beyond The Page Festival + Conference, social justice is the point where all circles overlap.  X

WHAT Connect: Beyond The Page Festival + Conference WHERE Various locations in downtown Asheville WHEN Friday, April 20, to Sunday, April 22 See website for schedule Three-day passes are $125 general/$249 VIP. Single-day passes are $40-$50


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by Thomas Calder

V FOR VARINA In his latest novel, Varina, acclaimed writer Charles Frazier returns to a familiar era: the Civil War. “I really thought after Cold Mountain … I was not going to go back to that time period,” he says. But plans changed when he discovered the lesser-known story of his book’s titular character, Varina Davis, wife of Confederate President Jefferson Davis. On Saturday, April 21, Frazier will read passages from his new work at UNC Asheville’s Lipinsky Auditorium. The author will later be joined onstage in conversation by fellow novelist and UNCA writer-in-residence Wiley Cash. For Cash, the chance to participate in the event is an honor. He considers Frazier — who was born in Asheville, raised in Andrews, and still lives part time in the area — as one of his literary heroes. “I’ve gotten to know Charles pretty well over the past few years, but I’ve never been able to look past the huge influence he’s had on me as a reader and writer,” Cash says. Frazier’s new work, Cash continues, “shows how complicated this history of our region is ... and how so many people and groups of people view such a defining moment in our country’s history in so many different ways.” In Varina, Frazier offers a retrospective tale characterized by anguish and regret. While the book spans multiple decades, readers are primarily grounded in two specific times: 1865 and 1906. In the more recent year, the novel’s eponymous character (whom Frazier refers to as “V” throughout the story) is a widow living in New York City, far from the South and ruin of her past. Nevertheless, much of her time is spent remembering that bygone era and her desperate attempt to flee the country after the fall of the Confederacy. “I liked the idea of an older person struggling, day by day, to understand their complicity with a hugely damaging part of our history and trying to move forward,” says Frazier. Throughout the novel, guilt and dread plague Varina. As a fugitive in 1865, she and her cohort of runaways are constantly confronted by the atrocities of the war. In one scene, a young girl sits at the far 52

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Charles Frazier’s fiction returns to the Civil War

NEVER FAR BEHIND US: In Varina, author Charles Frazier offers a retrospective tale of a past riddled with anguish and regret. Photo by Mark Humphrey bank of a river, shouting directions to the outlaws as they cross the waterway. Once they reach the other side, Varina attempts to pay the child for her assistance. But the girl has no need for money; there isn’t anything left to buy. Instead, the child asks for water, despite the tributary that flows before them. “That river’s nasty,” the girl explains. “It’s got dead people in it, just laying there spoiling.” Other moments in the book sound eerily familiar to the present day. “If you haven’t noticed … we’re a


furious nation, and war drums beat in our chest,” Varina states at one point. In another passage, Jefferson Davis is noted for his corruption of both the language and symbols of freedom. Near the novel’s end, Varina contemplates the origin and consequences of the Confederacy. Enraged, she acknowledges the culpability of a people who would “vote out God in favor of the devil if he fed them back their hate and fear in a way that made them feel righteous.” Frazier hopes his latest work shows readers the ramifications that

arise when history is whitewashed. “A lot of people get to the point where they just want to defend their past and the past of their culture,” he says. “I think we see a great deal of that in general, right now.” The result of such behavior is a country forever haunted by its former days. In the four years it took Frazier to write Varina, acts of violence driven by racist ideology continued to unfold. The author points to the deadly church shooting in Charleston, S.C., that left nine African-American parishioners dead and the violence that erupted in Charlottesville, Va., after a rally protesting the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee, as examples. “It was hard not to think about the current manifestations of the Civil War in writing this book,” he says. With the complex and rich character of Varina, Frazier makes it clear: You cannot ignore or outrun the past. In the book, he writes: “Being on the wrong side of history carries consequences. V lives that truth every day. If you’ve done terrible things, lived a terrible way, profited from pain in the face of history’s power to judge, then guilt and loss accrue.” This note is hit again and again throughout the story’s pages. Frazier shows moments of hope, as well. The possibility for redemption, no matter how slim, is there. “About 99 percent of the time, we’re more awful than any animal you can name,” Varina states early in the novel. “But, in that final decimal, we’re so beautiful.”  X

WHAT Charles Frazier presents Varina, in conversation with Wiley Cash WHERE Lipinsky Hall at UNC Asheville 1 University Heights WHEN Saturday, April 21, 7-9 p.m. Free

by Edwin Arnaudin

QUANTITATIVE GROWTH Stefanie Gerber Darr understands that when people think of the Asheville Area Arts Council and its services, music may not be the first thing that comes to mind. In identifying sources for that misconception, the organization’s executive director points to the AAAC’s Coxe Avenue building and its tendency to feature exhibitions of visual and craft arts instead of musical works, and the behind-the-scenes nature of the organization’s grants, many of which support local musicians. But, with the recent study by the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce’s Economic Development Coalition measuring the impact of the music industry on the local economy, efforts of the AAAC and other arts and culture groups are gaining more prominence. Fortified by data that Buncombe County’s music industry grew 52 percent between 2010 and 2016, that corner of the arts is the logical focus of the AAAC’s eighth annual Creative Sector Summit on Friday, April 20, at The Grey Eagle. “We’re such an artistic and culturally rich city and county, and we have a lot of growing pains right now,” Gerber Darr says. “Being able to talk about the health of arts and culture and what they mean both to everybody’s wellbeing, as well as the economy around here and making sure that artists have their place and have their support is really important ... so they’re not lost in the growth of the city.” The summit, titled Rhyme or Reason: Measuring Patterns of Growth and presented by Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority, begins with a keynote address from Bob Boilen, creator and host of NPR’s “All Songs Considered” and “Tiny Desk Concert.” Gerber Darr says Boilen was the first person she and her board of directors thought of once the event’s core topic was set. AAAC board member David Feingold, general manager and CEO of Blue Ridge Public Radio, used his NPR connections. The numerous local and national music business contacts of fellow board member Gar Ragland, through his company, NewSong Music, sweetened the deal and solidified Boilen’s participation. Factor in the significant media attention that Asheville’s music scene attracts, and Boilen’s informed perspective on the ebb and flow of the industry and his pointers on what to

NPR’s Bob Boilen headlines the Creative Sector Summit

DESK JOB: Bob Boilen will be the keynote speaker at the AAAC’s annual Creative Sector Summit on April 20. The creator and host of NPR’s “All Songs Considered” and “Tiny Desk Concert” used to play at the Swannanoa Gathering at Warren Wilson College. Photo courtesy of Doby Photography/NPR expect as the city’s musical offerings grow become especially vital. “He’s involved and knowledgeable about artists who maybe haven’t hit the mainstream yet but are working hard and are supertalented, and he features them on the ‘Tiny Desk Concert,’” Gerber Darr says. “It made a lot of sense for him to talk about his knowledge of the national music scene and what he’s done.” Boilen is familiar with Asheville, as well. He’s attended both the Swannanoa Gathering at Warren Wilson College and Moogfest. Boilen’s talk will be followed by a pair of panel discussions. The first, A Composition of the Local Music Scene, focuses on the county’s diverse musical makeup and will be moderated by Blue Ridge Public Radio arts and culture producer Matt Peiken. The panel will spotlight the perspectives of individual artists with industry connections, such as pianist Andrew J. Fletcher, who’s also an advocate for the Asheville Buskers Collective; local gear manufacturers Kelly Kelbel and Tony Rolando of Make Noise; and artist manager Danielle Dror of Sabra Music. The afternoon panel, Understand Your Impact on the Local Economy, is

composed of organizations with which the AAAC has partnered to purchase a Creative Vitality Suite, a creative economy data tool. Gerber Darr, AAAC grants manager Janelle Wienke and representatives from the city of Asheville (strategic development office director Stephanie Monson Dahl), The Center for Craft (assistant director Mike Marcus), the Chamber of Commerce and EDC (director of research Heidi Reiber) and River

Arts District artists (Wendy Whitson of NorthLight Studios) will present the findings of the EDC’s study. Before moving to the city’s River Arts building at 14 Riverside Drive for a Resource Happy Hour, the group will welcome audience feedback and discuss how residents may become more involved. With an overall goal of informing individual artists and elected officials about the economic impact of the arts, Gerber Darr and her collaborators have invited all elected officials from the city and county, as well as state representatives to attend the summit. A handful have confirmed they will attend, and efforts are being made to increase that number. “I think we’re on a precipice, so the more we can do to support the arts, I think it makes us a stronger community and ensures we keep this rich artistic community at the core of everything,” Gerber Darr says. “In addition to the natural beauty, that really is what draws people to this area. If we don’t put focus on making sure local artists can stay here and afford to live here, we’re digging a big hole for ourselves.”  X

WHAT AAAC’s Creative Sector Summit WHERE The Grey Eagle 185 Clingman Ave. WHEN Friday, April 20, 9 a.m-4 p.m. $25 AAAC members/$35 public


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by Bill Kopp

READY TO ROLL The annual Music Video Asheville event has grown from humble beginnings to its current status as a highprofile event attracting top talent. But even as the competition earns more recognition for the filmmakers and musical artists who take part, organizers make a point of maintaining that which makes it special: developing connections among local artists. The 11th annual Music Video Asheville showcase takes place Wednesday, April 25, at Diana Wortham Theatre. More than a decade into its celebratory chronicling of the local music scene, MVA is still evolving. One specific and ongoing goal is to make the competition as inclusive as possible. “We make a concerted effort to reach out to communities, people and musical styles that haven’t been [fully] represented,” says MVA event organizer Kelly Denson. “And I realize it’s not just something that’s gonna land in my lap. I have to do it with intention.” As she prepares for the upcoming awards ceremony — this year, 85 submissions were culled to a top 27 that will be screened during the April 25 show — Denson reflects on the defining characteristics of the event. “Music Video Asheville is about trusting the artists around you,” she says. “I’m an event planner. I’m not the traditional creative. But I love to work with creatives, and I’m inspired by them. And to watch them exceed my expectations — repeatedly, every single year — is so exciting.” Denson mentions filmmaker Kira Bursky as an exemplar of the kind of talent spotlighted at MVA. Bursky’s video for Ian Ridenhour’s song “Dancing Children” tied for first place in the 2017 competition, and her film

Music Video Asheville puts local talent on the big screen

VIDEO OR IT DIDN’T HAPPEN: Spotlighting artists from a wide array of sounds and styles, this year’s Music Video Asheville awards ceremony recognizes works by the likes of R&B vocalist Leeda “Lyric” Jones, left, and hip-hop emcee Marcus “Mook” Cunningham, pictured at last year’s ceremony. Photo by Scott Duncan for local shoegaze band VIA’s “We Are the People” took home the Best Visual Design award that year. Bursky has won top prizes in at least five other nationallevel competitions as well. “All films are collaborative,” Bursky says. “Every perspective, every hand and eye and ear that graces the creative process leaves its mark.” This year, she entered two videos in the competition, including one for Ridenhour’s “You Help Me Fall Asleep.” “Music Video Asheville is fueling the growth of artistic collaborations and partnerships,” Bursky says. “Occasionally I hear people say, ‘Music videos are dead,’” Denson says. “No.

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Music videos are alive and well, and stronger than they’ve ever been.” Stressing that creativity and storytelling are the key ingredients to success, she says, “Never underestimate the power of a music video.” Also, never underestimate a yearly party spotlighting that particular art form. Music Video Asheville was launched in 2008 by Jenny Fares as a way to encourage local artists to pursue their creativity. (The popular Brown Bag Songwriting Competition was another of Fares’ initiatives.) But, after five years running MVA, Fares was ready for new challenges. The logistics involved with the event were “becoming a little overwhelming,” suggests Denson. “I think she was feeling that it was time to pass the baton.” Denson attended the fifth MVA in 2012, when she met and became friends with Fares. “I kind of had this moment of, ‘I’ll do it!’” she recalls with a laugh. “I had no idea what I was getting myself into.”

Music Video Asheville 2018 lineup The following videos will be screened at the April 25 show and are eligible for awards, including Crowd Favorite and Best of Music Video Asheville 2018, both selected at the event. • “Give Me a Likeness” by Carly Taich (indie-pop) • “Deeper Thirst” by David Earl (Americana) • “Pray Me Over” by Don Clayton (country) • “Inside Out” by eleventyseven (indie-pop) • “Scofflaw” by Foul Mouth Jerk and Gus Cutty (hip-hop) • “The Toast” by Free the Optimus (hip-hop) • “Make Believe” by Hustle Souls (rock) • “You Help Me Fall Asleep” by Ian Ridenhour (indie-pop) • “Lost in the Sauce, Devil” by King Garbage (indie-rock) • “Like It” by KQ and AMBY (dream pop) • “Focus on Us” by Leeda “Lyric” Jones (R&B) • “Magic” by Midnight Snack (indie-pop) • “Unbreakable Soul” by Mook! (hip-hop)

• “Return of Jafar” by Natural Born Leaders (soul-rock) • “AVL Funk” by Ryan RnB Barber (R&B) • “Mozartistic” by Secret Agent 23 Skidoo and the Asheville Symphony (hip-hop, classical) • “Sepia Sun” by Sister Ivy (soul-jazz) • “Limit Pusher” by SK the Novelist (hip-hop) • “Make a Slaughter” by Spaceman Jones and The Motherships (hip-hop) • “Send Nobody Up” by Stephanie Morgan and the Mercurists (indie-pop) • “Kids Like Us” by Stereo Reform (synth-pop) • “Little Pictures” by Taylor Martin (singer-songwriter) • “My Life” by TEYG (hip-hop) • “Birthday Song” by The Honeycutters (country) • “Love in the Heir” by Virtuous (hip-hop) • “All Promo” by Xero God (art rap) • “Lucille” by Yellow Feather (Americana)

In the intervening years, many technological changes have taken place. Denson notes that access to high-quality audiovisual equipment is much more affordable now. “So the overall quality of submissions has increased exponentially,” she says. Other upgrades to the annual event have been more lighthearted. Working with Jason Guadagnino, aka JasonG, Denson endeavored to expand MVA. She says that after one more year hosting the event at Cinnebarre in the space then known as Biltmore Square Mall,

“we quickly outgrew that.” They moved the awards ceremony downtown to the Fine Arts Theatre. “And then Jason had this idea: ‘We should add a red carpet!’” That idea was originally a playful, silly one, Denson admits. “But it became something that we’ve polished, and we were even featured in USA Today last year.” She and Guadagnino worked to improve all areas of the competition and ceremony and, Denson proudly notes, “Music Video Asheville is starting to make some waves in the music and film scene.”

Denson sees MVA’s biggest success in the connections that creatives make with one another. “Music Video Asheville is a spotlight place where other people can see what these artists are about and who they are,” she says. “I think that for both filmmakers and musicians, it’s a great platform.” Plus, the event exposes audiences to the work of more than two dozen musical artists. “Where else can you do that in three hours?” Denson asks.  X

WHAT Music Video Asheville WHERE Diana Wortham Theatre 18 Biltmore Ave. WHEN Wednesday, April 25. Lobby pre-party at 5 p.m., curtain at 7 p.m. $20 general admission/$40 VIP


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Asheville Music School’s Sound Effects Five weeks shy of its 51st anniversary, The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band receives the local tribute treatment at the sixth annual Sound Effects concert to benefit Asheville Music School. The album will be performed in its entirety with full instrumentation by AMS teachers and advanced students. “This is the third Beatles album we’ve performed live and possibly the most challenging,” says Sound Effects musical director Ryan Reardon. The event also features performances by the AMS rock band Minør, pop band Vinyl Crossroads and sets by AMS teachers, including gypsy jazz group Hot Club of Asheville. The show takes place Thursday, April 19, 6-10 p.m. at Isis Music Hall. $15 advance/$18 day of show/$7 children younger than 12/free for children ages 2 and younger. Photo courtesy of Asheville Music School

Talent! A Show For several years, writer Mandy Gardner has been hosting talent shows from the porch of her West Asheville home. On Monday, April 23, she and fellow local writer Leah Shapiro bring that backyard entertainment to The Mothlight in the form of Talent! A Show, highlighting area creatives while raising funds for Our VOICE during Sexual Violence Awareness Month. Performers include musicians Tina and Her Pony, Chris Rodrigues and Abby the Spoon Lady; juggling troupe Forty Fingers & A Missing Tooth; How to Ruin Your Life Sketch Comedy Troupe; Kathleen Hahn of DANCECLUB Asheville; poet Kevin Evans and comedian Tom Peters. Between acts, brief live auctions will take place, and select audience members may come onstage to share a talent in a minute or less. The event begins at 8 p.m. and is for ages 18 and older. Donations encouraged. Photo of Kevin Evans by Byron Tenesaca


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Toubab Krewe It’s been seven years since beloved Asheville instrumental quintet Toubab Krewe released a studio album, but now that the engaging sounds of Stylo are out in the world, it’s as if the recording hiatus never happened. The eight-track collection draws inspiration from Appalachian, West African, Lollywood (aka Pakistani cinema) and New Orleans music, all of which is funneled through the experienced ensemble’s worldly style. Following warmup gigs in Colorado and major East Coast cities, the band closes out its Southeast mini-tour with consecutive night shows at Ellington Underground, featuring opening sets from local comrades. Friday, April 20, loops in The Digs and Window Cat, while Saturday, April 21, features tunes from Josh Phillips Big Band and Dillon N’ Ashe. Both start at 10 p.m. $25. Photo by Kenny Appelbaum

Constance Lombardo All good things must come to an end, including the adventures of Hollywood stunt cat Mr. Puffball. The creation of Asheville-based author and illustrator Constance Lombardo takes his third and final bow in Escape from Castaway Island, which finds him pursuing his big breakthrough on such reality television shows as Feline Ninja Warrior, Celebrity Birthday Cake Wars and the titular adventure program. Lombardo’s books — which also include Stunt Cat to the Stars and Stunt Cat Across America — have drawn comparisons to such comedic, middle-grade series as Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Origami Yoda. She’ll have a launch party and reading at Malaprop’s on Wednesday, April 25, 6-8 p.m. Free to attend. Author photo by Chris Chromey Photography

T H E AT E R R E V I E W by Tony Kiss |

‘Diary of Anne Frank’ at Asheville Community Theatre play, written by Frances Goodman and Albert Hackett, and is newly adapted by Wendy Kesselman. In the story, Anne tries to live as normal a life as anyone could in this situation, even as her world crumbles

around her. She mostly keeps a bright attitude, believing that people are basically good at heart. It is that touching philosophy that makes The Diary of Anne Frank a must-see show.  X

TAKING NOTES: Faith Creech stars in The Diary of Anne Frank at Asheville Community Theatre. The beloved story is of a teenage girl trying to live a normal life while hiding from the Nazis. Photo by Studio Misha Photography First staged on Broadway in 1955, the Pulitzer Prize-winning play The Diary of Anne Frank remains a moving, timely and important production. It’s set during World War II in the Netherlands, where eight Jews are hunkered down in a tiny upstairs apartment, hiding from the Nazis. But it could unfold in any time or place, whenever a crazed, power-hungry madman turns his wrath on an innocent minority. The production is onstage at Asheville Community Theatre through Sunday, April 29. Yes, this is a heavy load for audiences to absorb. There is no happy ending here and a lot of terror along the way. But director Adam Cohen includes enough lighter moments to ease the bleakness. And he’s greatly aided by this talented cast, led by 13-year-old Faith Creech as Anne. She seems to completely understand the character and makes viewers laugh and cry. And, ultimately, she breaks the hearts of the audience members. Her performance is worth the price of the ticket. But there’s strong support all around, especially from Thomas Trauger as Anne’s father, Otto Frank, and last-minute cast addition Robert Dale Walker as the grouchy dentist Mr. Dussel, who disrupts this bunch when he moves into the crowded apartment. None of these characters wants to be in this virtual prison, but they have no choice as Hitler is round-

ing up the Jews and sending them to death camps. The Frank family includes Anne’s mother, Edith (Samantha GonzalezBlock), and the quiet, older daughter, Margot (Grace Derenne). Also sharing this cramped space is the van Daan family — the bitter and greedy father (Marc Cameron); the oblivious mother (Kathy O’Connor), forever clutching her fur coat; and their son Peter (Brendan Nickerson), who at first is an annoyance to Anne and then becomes her friend. Bringing them food are Kraler (Paul Clark) and Miep (Rachel Adams). There are many subtle touches here, including the scenic design by Jack Lindsay, costumes by Carina Lopez and lighting by Bryan Marks. The real Anne faithfully recorded all this drama in her diary, which became the

WHAT The Diary of Anne Frank WHERE Asheville Community Theatre 35 E. Walnut St. WHEN Through Sunday, April 29. Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 2:30 p.m. $26 general/$12 children MOUNTAINX.COM

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by Abigail Griffin


ART ASHEVILLE AREA ARTS COUNCIL 828-258-0710, • FR (4/20), 9am-4pm - ““Rhyme or Reason: Measuring Patterns of Growth,” Creative Sector Summit with panel discussion and keynote speaker Bob Boilen, creator and host of NPR’s All Songs Considered and Tiny Desk Concert. Presented by the Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority. Lunch included. $35/$25 for members. Held at The Grey Eagle, 185 Clingman Ave. • MONDAYS through (4/30), 10am-1pm “Explorative Fibers,” fiber workshop for veterans. Registration required: 828-258-0710. Free. Held at Local Cloth, 207 Coxe Ave. BALSAM MOUNTAIN TRUST 81 Preserve Road Sylva, • SA (4/21), 10am-noon - “April, Paint, Palette and Pixels,” photography workshop. Registration required: 828-631-1062 or mskinner@bmtrust.


org. Admission by donation. HAYWOOD COUNTY ARTS COUNCIL 86 N Main St., Waynesville, 828-4520593, • SA (4/21), 10am-5pm - Watercolor painting demonstrations by Chelsea Summers and Joan Doyle. Free. IKENOBO IKEBANA SOCIETY 828-696-4103, • TH (4/19), 10am - “Using Bottles as Containers for Ikebana Arrangements,” class and general meeting. Free. Held at First Congregational UCC of Hendersonville, 1735 5th Ave. W., Hendersonville • TU (4/24), 10am - Presentation and demonstration of bonsai techniques. Free. Held at Folk Art Center, MP 382, Blue Ridge Parkway

ART/CRAFT STROLLS & FAIRS ART MOB 124 Fourth Ave., E. Hendersonville, 828-6934545, • SA (4/21), noon-3pm - “Sipp’N Saturdays,” demonstrations by

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sixties. Candidates must have theatrical experience, and a commitment to the craft. • Auditions held at The Asheville Community Theatre, downtown Asheville. Audition dates/times: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, April 24, 25 and 26, 4pm-6pm and Tuesday, Wednesday, May 1 and 2, 4pm-6pm. • To schedule an audition please e-mail: actorstheatre54@

pastel artist, Jan Jackson and intasia artist, Tom Livingston. Free to attend. DAVIDSON’S FORT HISTORIC PARK Lackey Town Road, Old Fort, 828-668-4831, • SA (4/21), 10am-4pm - 18th Centure Market Faire featuring art and craft vendors. $5. TRYON ARTS AND CRAFTS SCHOOL 373 Harmon Field Road, Tryon, 828-859-8323 • SA (4/21), 10am-5pm & SU (4/22), 11am5pm - Spring Arts and Flowers Festival, craft event featuring fine art and craft items from artisans throughout the Southeast, spring plants, food and music. Free to attend.

ART ON MAIN html • Through TU (5/1) - Artist applications accepted for the juried Art on Main Fine Art show. Registration: acofhc@ or 828693-8504. Held at Arts Council of Henderson County, 401 N. Main St., Hendersonville

AUDITIONS & CALL TO ARTISTS AUDITIONS FOR THEATRICAL PRODUCTION (PD.) Auditions will soon be open for a two character theatrical production to be performed in Black Mountain, NC. Character description requires a man and a woman, both in their late fifties-


THE UNIVERSAL ORCHESTRA: Gamma rays, gravitational waves and vibrations across the physical spectrum will transmit original compositons and “rectified Copernican versions” of classics to receptors human and otherwise on Thursday, April 19, at 9 p.m. in UNC Asheville’s Lipinsky Auditorium. Experimental philosopher and conceptual artist Jonathon Keats will direct the pieces. Free. For more information, visit Photo by Akim Aginsky (p. 59)

ASHEVILLE AREA ARTS COUNCIL 828-258-0710, • Through MO (5/7), 5pm - Applications accepted from nonprofit organizations for North Carolina Arts Council Grassroots Arts Program sub-grants. See website for full guidelines.

TRANSYLVANIA COMMUNITY ARTS COUNCIL 349 S. Caldwell St., Brevard, 828-884-2787, • Through TU (5/15) - Photograph submissions accepted for the annual White Squirrel Photo Contest. Contact for full guidelines.

DANCE 2 HOUR DANCE WORKSHOP: LEARN TO LEAD! (PD.) Saturday, April 28, 1-3pm, Asheville Event Center. Created for Anyone who wants to be able to lead dances effectively. Be independent and bold. With Richard and Sue, $20/ person, $15 Early Registration by April 21. 828-333-0715. naturalrichard@mac. com • EXPERIENCE ECSTATIC DANCE! (PD.) Dance waves hosted by Asheville Movement Collective. Fun and personal/community transformation. • Fridays, 7pm, Terpsicorps Studios, 1501 Patton Avenue. • Sundays,

8:30am and 10:30am, JCC, 236 Charlotte Street. Sliding scale fee. Information: ASHEVILLE BUTOH COLLECTIVE • MONDAYS, 6:30-8:30pm - “Aspects of Butoh,” butoh dance practice. $15-$20. Held at 7 Chicken Alley OLD FARMER’S BALL • THURSDAYS, 8-11pm Old Farmers Ball, contra dance. $7/$6 members/$1 Warren Wilson Community. Held in Bryson Gym Held at Warren Wilson College, 701 Warren Wilson Road, Swannanoa SOUTHERN LIGHTS SQUARE AND ROUND DANCE CLUB 828-697-7732, • SA (4/21), 6pm - “Singin’ in the Rain” themed dance. Advanced dance at 6pm. Early rounds at 7pm. Plus squares and rounds at 7:30pm. Free. Held at Whitmire Activity Center, 310 Lily Pond Road, Hendersonville THEATER AT UNCA 828-251-6610, • TH (4/26) & FR (4/27), 7pm - Spring Dance Sharing, student dance performances. Free. Held at Belk Theatre, UNC Asheville Campus, One University Heights THEATER AT WCU 828-227-2479, • FR (4/20), 7:30pm Spring student and faculty dance showcase. Held at Western Carolina University Hoey Auditorium, 176 Central Drive, Cullowhee

MUSIC AFRICAN DRUM LESSONS AT SKINNY BEATS DRUM SHOP (PD.) Saturdays 5pm, Wednesdays 6pm. Billy Zanski teaches a fun approach to connecting with your inner rhythm. Drop-ins welcome. • Drums provided. $15/class. (828) 768-2826. www. A CAPPELLA ALIVE acappellaalive, • THURSDAYS, 7-9pm - A Cappella Alive! womens choral group practice. Free. Held at Givens Gerber Park, 40 Gerber Road, Asheville ASHEVILLE ART MUSEUM 828-253-3227, • SU (4/22), 3pm Pianoforte concert featuring Alexander Schwarzkopf. $16 + tax/$8 + tax for members. Held at Unitarian Universalist

Congregation of Asheville, 1 Edwin Place BLUE RIDGE SYMPHONIC BRASS Blue-Ridge-SymphonicBrass-472866629591180/ • TH (4/26), 7:30pm - Brass concert with Dr. Eric Peterson and the Brevard College Wind Ensemble. Free. Held in the Porter Center at Brevard College, 1 Brevard College Drive, Brevard BUNCOMBE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARIES governing/depts/library • TU (4/24), 6:30pm Concert featuring guitarist Paul Hutchison. Free. Held at Leicester Library, 1561 Alexander Road, Leicester CENTRAL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 27 Church St., 828-2533316, • WE (4/18), 5-7:30pm Donations at this concert featuring the storytelling and music of Abby the Spoon Lady and Chris Roderigues benefit homeless ministries supported by Central UMC. Admission by donation. FLAT ROCK PLAYHOUSE DOWNTOWN 125 S. Main St., Hendersonville, 828-6930731, • THURSDAYS through SUNDAYS (4/19) until (4/29) - “The Music of Garth Brooks and Alan Jackson,” featuring Ben Hope. Thurs.: 7:30pm. Fri. & Sat.: 8pm. Sat. & Sun.: 2pm. $35. LAND OF THE SKY CHORUS 866-290-7269, • SA (4/21), 7:30pm - “A Cappella Fest,” featuring Sh’Boom VLQ (Very Large Quartet), Pastyme and UNCA’s Bluebirds. $22/$12 students/$5 children. Held at Diana Wortham Theatre, 18 Biltmore Ave. MARS HILL RADIO THEATRE 70 N. Main St. Mars Hill, 828-747-9664, • FRIDAY through SUNDAY (4/20) until (4/22) - Keith Green contemporary Christian music tribute concert. Sponsored by Lakehouse Music. Fri. & Sat.: 7pm. Sun.: 2pm. $10. MILLS RIVER PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 10 Presbyterian Church Road, Mills River, 828-8917101 • SA (4/21), 2pm - “Spring Tea Party,” event featuring tea and refreshments and live music by flutist Jessica Chitwood, violist Sara Crawford and The Brittain Family. Registration required: 828-890-8065. $12. MUSIC AT MARS HILL

• TH (4/19), 7:30pm Spring wind symphony concert. Free. Held in Moore Auditorium Held at Mars Hill University, 265 Cascade St., Mars Hill • FR (4/20), 7:30pm University Choir concert. Free. Held at Broyhill Chapel, 338 Cascade St, Mars Hill • TU (4/24), 7:30pm Student horn recital featuring Matt Keenan. Free. Held at Broyhill Chapel, 338 Cascade St, Mars Hill • WE (4/25), 7:30pm - Big band jazz concert. Free. Held in Moore Auditorium Held at Mars Hill University, 265 Cascade St., Mars Hill • TH (4/26), 7:30pm Student euphonium recital featuring Andrew Ennis. Free. Held in Moore Auditorium Held at Mars Hill University, 265 Cascade St., Mars Hill MUSIC AT UNCA 828-251-6432, • TH (4/19), 9pm “Universal Orchestra,” Jonathon Keats concert featuring instruments that generate gamma rays, gravitational waves, and vibrations across the physical spectrum. Free. Held at Lipinsky Auditorium at UNC Asheville, 300 Library Lane MUSIC AT WCU 828-227-2479, • SA (4/21) - Annual Jazz Festival featuring music clinics, masterclasses, rehearsals and performances. See website for full schedule and details: bit. ly/2quadYG. Held at The WCU Bardo Arts Center, 199 Centennial Drive

SPOKEN & WRITTEN WORD 35BELOW 35 E. Walnut St., 828254-1320, • TH (4/26), 7:30pm - “Listen to This” storytelling series hosted by Tom Chalmers and featuring stories and original songs from locals. $15. ASHEVILLE LAND OF SKY TOASTMASTERS 8282741865954-3832111 • TUESDAYS, 7-8am - Event to improve speaking skills and grow in leadership. Free. Held at Reuter YMCA, 3 Town Center Blvd. ASHEVILLE TOASTMASTERS CLUB 914-424-7347, ashevilletoastmasters. com • THURSDAYS, 6:157:45pm - General meeting to develop leadership, communication and speaking skills within community. Free. Held at YMI Cultural Center, 39 South Market St.

BLACK MOUNTAIN CENTER FOR THE ARTS 225 W. State St., Black Mountain, 828-6690930, • SA (4/21), 7:30pm “Taking the Stage,” storytelling performances featuring students in Connie Regan-Blake’s storytelling workshop. $20/$15 advance. BLUE RIDGE BOOKS 428 Hazelwood Ave., Waynesville • SA (4/21), 2-4pm Bronwen Talley-Coffey presents and signs her books. Free to attend. BLUE RIDGE TOASTMASTERS CLUB blueridgetoastmasters. com/membersarea/, • MONDAYS, 12:151:30pm - Learn-bydoing workshop in which participants hone their speaking and leadership skills in a supportive atmosphere. Free. Held at Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce, 36 Montford Ave. BUNCOMBE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARIES governing/depts/library • FR (4/20), 10am-6pm & SA (4/21), 10am-4pm - Friends of the EnkaCandler Branch Library spring book sale. Free to attend. Held at EnkaCandler Library, 1404 Sandhill Road, Candler • SA (4/21), 2pm - Book reading and signing with author Howard Hanger. Free. Held at Pack Memorial Library, 67 Haywood St. • TU (4/24), 7pm - “Maya Angelou: Woman of Words,” portrayal of Maya Angelou by Becky Stone. Free. Held at Fairview Library, 1 Taylor Road, Fairview

Held in room 038. Held at UNC Asheville - Karpen Hall, 1 University Heights • SA (4/21), 7pm Charles Frazier, in conversation with Wiley Cash, presents his novel, Varina. Free to attend. Held at Lipinsky Auditorium at UNC Asheville, 300 Library Lane MALAPROP’S BOOKSTORE AND CAFE 55 Haywood St., 828254-6734, • WE (4/18), 6pm Michael Farris Smith presents his book, The Fighter. Free to attend. • TH (4/19), 6pm - Amy Willoughby-Burle, in conversation with Sara Gruen, presents her book, The Lemonade Year. Free to attend. • TH (4/19), 7pm - Notorious HBC (History Book Club): Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition by Daniel Okrent. Free to attend. • FR (4/20), 6pm - Meg Wolitzer presents her book, The Female Persuasion. Free to attend. • SU (4/22), 3pm - Ann B. Ross presents her book, Miss Julia Raises

the Roof. Free to attend. • TU (4/24), 6pm “Rep Picks Night,” featuring Penguin Random House sales representative book picks. Free to attend. • TH (4/26), 7pm Works in Translation Book Club: Omon Ra by Victor Pelevin, translated by Andrew Bromfield. Free to attend THE WRITER’S WORKSHOP 387 Beaucatcher Road, 828-254-8111, twwoa. org • FR (4/20), 6-8:30pm - Potluck dinner and writers’ group. Bring a dish and piece of writing to share. Registration required: Free.

THEATER ASHEVILLE COMMUNITY THEATRE 35 E. Walnut St., 828254-1320, • FRIDAYS through SUNDAYS until (4/29) - The Diary of Anne Frank, directed by Adam Cohen. Fri. & Sat.: 7:30pm. Sun.:

2:30pm. $26/$12 students. ATTIC SALT THEATRE COMPANY 828-505-2926 • FRIDAYS through SUNDAYS until (4/22) - Mass Appeal, comedy. Fri. & Sat.: 7:30pm. Sun.: 2:30pm. $20. Held at Asheville Community Theatre, 35 E. Walnut St. NC STAGE COMPANY 15 Stage Lane, 828239-0263 • WEDNESDAYS through SUNDAYS (4/25) until (5/20) - Burden, by Ron Bashford and Willie Repoley. Wed.-Sat.: 7:30pm. Sun.: 2pm. $16-$34. NORTH BUNCOMBE HIGH SCHOOL 890 Clarks Chapel Road, Weaverville • THURSDAY through SUNDAY (4/19) until (4/22) - Bye, Bye Birdie, student musical. Thurs.-Sat.: 7pm. Sun.: 2:30pm. $12/$8 students. OWEN HIGH SCHOOL 99 Lake Eden Road, Black Mountain, 828686-3080 • FRIDAY through SUNDAY (4/20) until

(4/22) - Shrek, Jr., performance by students of the Learning Community School. Fri.: 6pm. Sat.: 4pm. Sun.: 2pm. $10. THE MAGNETIC THEATRE 375 Depot St., 828279-4155 • THURSDAYS through SATURDAYS (4/19) until (5/5), 7:30pm Doll, play by local playwright Brenda Lunsford Lilly. $16. THEATER AT MARS HILL • THURSDAY through SUNDAY (4/26) until (4/29) - Proof, student production. Thurs.-Sat.: 7:30pm. Sun.: 2:30pm. $10/$8 seniors. Held at Owens Theatre, 44 College St., Mars Hill THEATER AT UNCA 828-251-6610, • FRIDAY through SUNDAY (4/20) until (4/22) - This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing, student production. Fri. & Sat.: 7:30pm. Sun.: 2pm. $12/$10 seniors/$7 students. Held at Belk Theatre, UNC Asheville Campus, One University Heights

FIRESTORM BOOKS & COFFEE 610 Haywood Road, 828-255-8115, • SA (4/21), 6pm - Indie Gantz presents their book, Passage: Book I of the Akasha Series. Free to attend. FLOOD GALLERY FINE ART CENTER 850 Blue Ridge Road, Unit A-13, Black Mountain, 828-3579009, • SUNDAYS, 2-5pm - Halcyone Literary Magazine meeting for writers, reviewers, poets and artists interested in helping with the formation of the magazine. Free. LITERARY EVENTS AT UNCA • WE (4/18), 6pm Lecture by author and theater director, Robert Gipe. Free.


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GALLERY DIRECTORY 310 ART 191 Lyman St., #310, 828776-2716, • Through TH (5/31) ARTfoli: Emergence, group exhibition. AMERICAN FOLK ART AND FRAMING 64 Biltmore Ave., 828-2812134, • Through TH (4/19) - Face Jug Show, exhibition of ceramic jugs from local potters. ART AT MARS HILL UNIVERSITY • Through TH (4/19) Student art exhibition. Held at Mars Hill University, Weizenblatt Gallery, 79 Cascade St., Mars Hill • Through TU (7/31) The War From Above: William Barnhill and Aerial Photography of World War I, exhibition. Held at The Ramsey Center in Renfro Library, 100 Athletic St,, Mars Hill ART AT UNCA • Through FR (4/27) - One Gold Song, an exhibition of abstract paintings by Celia Gray using traditional folk rag rug hooking. Held at UNC Asheville - Owen Hall, 1 University Heights ASHEVILLE AREA ARTS COUNCIL 828-258-0710, • Through FR (5/4) - 51st Annual UNC Asheville Juried Student Exhibition. Held at The Refinery, 207 Coxe Ave. • Through SA (5/26) - I Am Are U?, exhibition of paintings, sketches and prints by Zander Stefani. Held at The Refinery, 207 Coxe Ave. ASHEVILLE BOOKWORKS 428 1/2 Haywood Road, 828-255-8444, • Through TU (5/29) - Third Fridays: A Decade of Communion and Critique, group exhibition featuring artist books by Lisa Blackburn, Clara Boza, Margaret Couch Cogswell, Laurie Corral, Gwen Diehn, Michelle Francis, Heather Allen Hietala and Laura Ladendorf. ASHEVILLE GALLERY OF ART 82 Patton Ave., 828-2515796, • Through MO (4/30) - Memory Makers,

exhibition featuring the landscapes and still lifes of Johnnie Stanfield. BASCOM CENTER FOR THE ARTS 323 Franklin Road, Highlands, 828-526-4949, • Through SU (6/10) Spring group exhibition. BLACK MOUNTAIN CENTER FOR THE ARTS 225 W. State St., Black Mountain, 828-669-0930, • FR (4/20) through FR (5/18) - Woodworks, exhibition of works by Dirck Cruser and John Casey. Reception: Friday, April 20, 6-8pm. BLUE SPIRAL 1 38 Biltmore Ave., 828-2510202, • Through FR (4/27) - Still Life, group exhibition featuring works in glass, sculpture and paint. BUNCOMBE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARIES governing/depts/library • Through WE (5/9) Evergreen Community Charter School spring art exhibition. Held at Pack Memorial Library, 67 Haywood St. FLOOD GALLERY FINE ART CENTER 850 Blue Ridge Road, Unit A-13, Black Mountain, 828357-9009, • Through SU (6/3) - The Art of Phil Kurz, exhibition. GALLERY 1 604 W. Main St., Sylva • Through MO (4/30) Exhibition of the photography of Terry Barnes. GRAND BOHEMIAN GALLERY 11 Boston Way, 877-2741242, bohemianhotelasheville. com/ • FR (4/20) through SU (5/20) - CONTEXTure, exhibtion of paintings by Stefan Horik. Reception: Friday, April 20, 5-8 pm.

MORA CONTEMPORARY JEWELRY 9 Walnut St., 828-5752294, • Through MO (4/30) Little Wonders, exhibition of stud earrings by 25 jewelers. PENLAND SCHOOL OF CRAFTS 67 Doras Trail, Bakersville, 828-765-2359, • Through SU (5/13) - I Dwell in Possibility, group show featuring 15 artists working in ceramics, glass, metal, painting, photography, printmaking, wood and mixed media. PINK DOG CREATIVE 348 Depot St., • Through SU (5/6) - I am My Own Muse, exhibition of mixed media acrylics by Jenny Pickens. POSANA CAFE 1 Biltmore Ave., 828-5053969 • Through TH (5/31) - Storms, group art exhibition. SWANNANOA VALLEY MUSEUM 223 W State St., Black Mountain, 828-669-9566, • Through SA (6/23) - Step Back in Time: A Walking Tour of Black Mountain, exhibition of watercolor paintings by Jerald Pope. SWANNANOA VALLEY MUSEUM 828-669-9566, swannanoavalleymuseum. org • Through MO (12/31) Black Mountain College and Black Mountain: Where ‘Town’ Meets ‘Gown’, exhibition focusing on interactions between Black Mountain College and the surrounding community. Held at Swannanoa Valley Museum, 223 W State St., Black Mountain


THE ASHEVILLE SCHOOL 360 Asheville School Road, 828-254-6345, • Through TH (4/19) Alumni and Friends, group exhibition.

111 Grovewood Road, 828-253-7651, • Through MO (4/23) Spring Awakening, a pediatric patients’ exhibition to benefit Arts For Life.

THE WEDGE AT FOUNDATION 5 Foundy St., 828-5052792, location-wedge-foundation/

• Through MO (4/30) Natural Elements, group exhibition featuring the paintings of Elise Okrend, Tessa Lang and Jen Gordon. TOE RIVER ARTS COUNCIL 269 Oak Ave, Spruce Pine, 828-682-7215, toeriverarts. org • Through SA (4/28) Annual Blacksmith Exhibit, group metal work exhibition. Reception: Friday, April 27, 5-7pm. TRACEY MORGAN GALLERY 188 Coxe Ave, • Through SA (5/26) - Four French Photographers, exhibition of works by Edouard Boubat, Robert Doisneau, Bernard Plossu and Phillipe Salaün. TRANSYLVANIA COMMUNITY ARTS COUNCIL 349 S. Caldwell St., Brevard, 828-884-2787, • Through FR (5/4) Exhibition of the work of students from Transylvania County Public Schools. Reception: Thursday, April 19, 4:30-6pm. TRYON ARTS AND CRAFTS SCHOOL 373 Harmon Field Road, Tryon, 828-859-8323 • Through TH (4/26) Twisted Sisters: A Journey in Fiber Arts, exhibition. WOOLWORTH WALK 25 Haywood St., 828-2549234 • Through SU (4/29) Figures, Feathers and Form, exhibition of the glass art and paintings of Kyle Keeler and Laurie Yeates Adams. ZAPOW! 150 Coxe Ave., Suite 101, 828-575-2024, • Through SA (4/28) Wizarding World; All Things Harry Potter in Parody and Tribute, group exhibition. Contact the galleries for admission hours and fees

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Vote for Urban Orchard “Best Cider!” FESTIVAL FIRST LOOK: Leading up to its annual Labor Day gathering, Surrounded By The Sound Music & Arts Festival will host its first artist showcase this week with a performance by hardworking headliners Sun Dried Vibes. There’ll be lots to dance to with Vibes’ signature bright, dreamy rock leading the bash. The grassroots festival, now in its sixth year, focuses on the rock and reggae genres during three days of camping, music, visual arts, workshops and disc golf. The family friendly festival takes place Labor Day weekend in Long Creek, S.C., but in the meantime, dream about hotter temps as Elephant Convoy, Galaxy Girl and Positive J & Bubba Love join the Vibes on stage at Asheville Music Hall on Thursday, April 19, at 8 p.m. Photo courtesy of the band WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18 185 KING STREET Vinyl Night, 6:00PM 5 WALNUT WINE BAR Les Amis (African folk), 8:00PM ASHEVILLE GUITAR BAR Brad Hodge & Friends, 7:30PM BLUE MOUNTAIN PIZZA & BREW PUB Open Mic w/ Mark Bumgarner, 7:00PM CARMEL'S KITCHEN AND BAR Adi the Monk (jazz), 5:30PM CENTRAL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH Abby the Spoon Lady & Chris Roderigues at Central UMC, 6:00PM CORK & KEG 3 Cool Cats (50s & 60s rock n' roll), 7:30PM CROW & QUILL Sparrow & Her Wingmen (swing jazz), 9:00PM DOUBLE CROWN Western Wednesday w/ Unholy Trio & DJ David Wayne Gay (country, rock n' roll), 9:00PM

FLEETWOOD'S Comedy at Fleetwood's: Richie Tolway & Austin Chardac, 9:00PM

ONE STOP AT ASHEVILLE MUSIC HALL Evil Note Lab (Ableton push jam), 9:00PM

FUNKATORIUM John Hartford Jam w/ Saylor Bros (bluegrass), 6:30PM

ONE WORLD BREWING Billy Litz (multi-Instrumentalist, songwriter), 9:00PM

HIGHLAND BREWING COMPANY Woody Wood Wednesdays (rock, soul, funk), 5:30PM ISIS MUSIC HALL & KITCHEN 743 Halo Circus w/ Laurel & the Love-In, 7:00PM India Ramey & Alexa Rose, 8:30PM JACK OF THE WOOD PUB Old Time Open Jam Session, 5:00PM LAZY DIAMOND Killer Karaoke w/ KJ Tim O, 10:00PM LOBSTER TRAP Cigar Brothers , 6:30PM NOBLE KAVA Open Mic w/ Caleb Beissert (sign up 7:30 pm), 8:00PM ODDITORIUM Tom Peters Theremin Oligarchy & PrettyPretty (experimental), 9:00PM

THE SOUTHERN Disclaimer Comedy Open Mic, 9:00PM TOWN PUMP Open Jam w/ Billy Presnell, 9:00PM


TRESSA'S DOWNTOWN JAZZ AND BLUES JJ Kitchen All Star Jam (blues, soul), 9:00PM



SANCTUARY BREWING COMPANY French Broad Mountain Valley Acoustic Jam, 6:30PM

WHITE HORSE BLACK MOUNTAIN Brian Palmeri (jazz) 7:30PM

SLY GROG LOUNGE Weird Wednesday Jam, 8:00PM THE BLOCK OFF BILTMORE SHAG! W/ DJ Dr. Filth & the Double Crown Soul Motion Dance Party 8:00PM THE GREY EAGLE Anderson East w/ Devon Gilfillian [SOLD OUT], 8:00PM THE IMPERIAL LIFE The Berlyn Jazz Trio, 9:00PM THE MOTHLIGHT RLYR w/ Fotocrime & Secret Shame, 9:30PM

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THURSDAY, APRIL 19 5 WALNUT WINE BAR Pleasure Chest (blues, rock, soul), 8:00PM AMBROSE WEST Grateful Asheville Music Experience w/ Spiro of The Paper Crowns, 8:00PM ASHEVILLE GUITAR BAR Will Ray & The Space Cooties, 7:30PM

4/18 wed rlyr

w/ fotocrime, secret shame

4/19 thu the moth: true stories told live 4/20 fri chastity belt

w/ lala lala, aunt sis

4/21 sat hex vii: dance party benefit 4/23 mon "talent! a show" 4/24 tue durand jones & the indications w/ major murphy

Yoga at the Mothlight

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CLU B LA N D ASHEVILLE MUSIC HALL SBTS Artist Showcase w/ Sun-dried Vibes, Elephant Convoy, Positive J & Bubba Love, Galaxy Girl, 8:00PM BANKS AVE Bass Jumpin! Every Thursday at Banks Ave, 9:00PM




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TUES-SUN 5PM-until 743 HAYWOOD RD 828-575-2737

LAZY DIAMOND Heavy Night w/ DJ Bootch, 10:00PM

THE MOTHLIGHT The Moth: True Stories Told Live, 7:30PM

LOBSTER TRAP Hank Bones, 6:30PM

TOWN PUMP John the Revelator (blues), 9:00PM


BARLEY'S TAPROOM & PIZZERIA Alien Music Club (jazz), 9:00PM


BLACK MOUNTAIN ALE HOUSE Bluegrass Jam w/ The Big Deal Band, 8:00PM

ODDITORIUM Medieval Fight Night, 9:00PM

CAPELLA ON 9@THE AC HOTEL Jordan Okrend, 8:00PM CASCADE LOUNGE Thursday Night Mashups w/ DJ Oso Rey, 9:30PM

ONE STOP AT ASHEVILLE MUSIC HALL Mitch's Totally Rad Trivia, 7:00PM Mtn Vibez, 10:00PM ORANGE PEEL Ugly God, 8:00PM

CROW & QUILL Carolina Catskins (ragtime jazz), 9:00PM

OSKAR BLUES BREWERY Charles Hedgepath (blues, Americana), 6:00PM

DOUBLE CROWN Sonic Stew w/ DJ Alien Brain, 10:00PM

PACK'S TAVERN Eric Cogdon (acoustic rock), 8:00PM

FLEETWOOD'S The Wedding Funeral, Nosedive & Jessie Smith, 9:00PM


FLOOD GALLERY FINE ART CENTER Open Mic (6 PM sign up), 6:30PM FOGGY MOUNTAIN BREWPUB Circus Mutt (folk, jam), 9:00PM FRENCH BROAD BREWERY Robin Lewis (folk, Americana), 6:00PM GIVENS GERBER PARK (COMMUNITY ROOM) A Cappella Alive!, 7:00PM GOOD STUFF Jim Hampton & friends: Eclectic Country (jam), 7:30PM HABITAT TAVERN & COMMONS Red Rover Third Thursdays w/ Redleg Husky & Hope Griffin Trio, 7:00PM HIGHLAND BREWING COMPANY Roots & friends open jam (blues, rock, roots), 6:30PM ISIS MUSIC HALL & KITCHEN 743 Sound Effects Benefit Concert- Sgt. Pepper's LIVE, 6:00PM JACK OF THE WOOD PUB Bluegrass Jam, 7:00PM

PISGAH BREWING COMPANY Gaslight Street, 8:00PM PURPLE ONION CAFE Bob Sinclair and the Big Deals, 7:30PM SALVAGE STATION

TRESSA'S DOWNTOWN JAZZ AND BLUES Jesse Barry & The Jam (blues, dance), 9:00PM UPCOUNTRY BREWING COMPANY Upcountry pint night with Nick Gonnering, 7:00PM WHITE HORSE BLACK MOUNTAIN Wonky Tonk, 7:30PM WXYZ LOUNGE AT ALOFT HOTEL Sarah Tucker, 8:00PM

FRIDAY, APRIL 20 185 KING STREET Schnoz Mahal & The Illegal Smiles, 6:00PM 5 WALNUT WINE BAR Fwuit (retro, soul), 9:00PM AMBROSE WEST Dead Horses (folk), 7:00PM ASHEVILLE GUITAR BAR Hard Rocket, 7:30PM ASHEVILLE MUSIC HALL Ghost Light Asheville Music Hall, 8:30PM BEN'S TUNE UP Vinyl Dance Party w/ DJ Kilby, 10:00PM

Ben Sollee, Nicole Atkins & Wild Reeds, 7:00PM




SOUTHERN APPALACHIAN BREWERY Wintervals (Americana, folk), 7:00PM

CORK & KEG John Lilly (Americana, country), 8:30PM

STRAIGHTAWAY CAFE Open Mic, 7:00PM SUMMIT COFFEE ASHEVILLE Open Mic w/ Dylan Moses, 6:00PM THE BARRELHOUSE Trivia, 7:00PM THE BLOCK OFF BILTMORE Metro Rock Opera EP release w/ Zabuls & Star Baby 7:00PM THE GREY EAGLE Zach Deputy & Pierce Edens, 9:00PM THE IMPERIAL LIFE The Burger Kings, 9:00PM

CROW & QUILL Reefer Madness (4/20 themed burlesque), 9:00PM DIANA WORTHAM THEATRE The Subdues, 8:00PM DOUBLE CROWN Rock 'n' Soul Obscurities w/ DJ Greg Cartwright, 10:00PM ELLINGTON UNDERGROUND Toubab Krewe {Night One}, 10:00PM

FRENCH BROAD BREWERY Saylor Brothers Duo (folk), 6:00PM GINGER'S REVENGE Liz Teague Band, 7:30PM HIGHLAND BREWING COMPANY Sam Burchfield (southern soul), 7:00PM ISIS MUSIC HALL & KITCHEN 743 Tiny Little Teeth (funk, rock), 6:30PM Idlewheel w/ Jack Sundrud & Craig Bickhardt, 7:00PM Grass is Dead (Bluegrass, Grateful Dead), 9:00PM JACK OF THE WOOD PUB Seven Nations & Piper Jones Band Benefit for Grandfather Mountain Highland Games (Celtic), 7:00PM LAZY DIAMOND Hot n' Nasty w/ DJ Jasper & DJ Chrissy (rock 'n' soul vinyl), 10:00PM LOBSTER TRAP Calico Moon, 6:30PM MAD CO BREW HOUSE The Sound Chase, 6:00PM MOE'S ORIGINAL BBQ WOODFIN Kevin Fuller, 6:00PM NEW BELGIUM BREWERY Belle Adair (indie rock), 7:00PM NOBLE KAVA Comedy Night, 9:00PM ODDITORIUM Savannah Sweet Tease Burlesque, 10:00PM ONE STOP AT ASHEVILLE MUSIC HALL Free Dead Fridays feat. members of Phuncle Sam 5:30PM 4/20 Extravaganza w/ Ganja & The Snozzberries, 10:00PM ONE WORLD BREWING Byrdie & The Mutts (Americana, folk, bluegrass, jam rock), 9:00PM OSKAR BLUES BREWERY Wonky Tonk (folk, country), 6:00PM PACK'S TAVERN DJ MoTo (dance hits, pop), 9:30PM

FLEETWOOD'S Heavy Metal DJ Night with Reuban, 9:00PM

PILLAR ROOFTOP BAR 3 Cool Cats (50s & 60s rock n’ roll), 7:00PM

FOGGY MOUNTAIN BREWPUB Grass to Mouth (soul, jam), 10:00PM





The Nth Power, 9:00PM

Jason DeCristofaro (jazz), 7:00PM

SANCTUARY BREWING COMPANY Tessia, 4:00PM Vintage Vinyl, 8:00PM


SUMMIT COFFEE ASHEVILLE Hawthorne & Izzy Heltai, 6:00PM

Lenny Pettinelli, 7:30PM Strange Signals w/ Chloe Ann Davidson, 10:00PM



THE GREY EAGLE Mo Pitney w/ Presley & Taylor, 8:00PM

Mia Rose Lynne, 8:00PM

THE IMPERIAL LIFE Select DJ sets, 9:00PM THE MOTHLIGHT Chastity Belt w/ Lala Lala & Aunt Sis, 9:30PM

WXYZ LOUNGE AT ALOFT HOTEL DJ Phantom Pantone, 8:00PM ZAMBRA Miss Cindy Trio, 8:00PM

SATURDAY, APRIL 21 185 KING STREET Official Songsmith Gathering Afterparty w/ The Remarks, 8:00PM 5 WALNUT WINE BAR King Garbage (soul, indie), 9:00PM AMBROSE WEST Carly Taich Band w/ Jack Victor Band (folk, pop), 8:00PM ASHEVILLE MUSIC HALL String Cheese afterparty w/ Sodown, 11:00PM BLACK MOUNTAIN ALE HOUSE Alex Krug (Americana, rock), 7:30PM


BOLD ROCK HARD CIDER Food Truck Festival, 12:00PM


CAPELLA ON 9@THE AC HOTEL The Jordan Okrend Trio, 9:00PM













CHESTNUT Jazz Brunch, 11:00AM




CORK & KEG The Savoy Family Cajun Band, 8:30PM






















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CROW & QUILL Drayton & the Dreamboats (vintage moonlight pop), 9:00PM DIANA WORTHAM THEATRE Land of the Sky Chorus presents: A Cappella Fest 2018 7:30PM


APRIL 18 - 24, 2018



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ELLINGTON UNDERGROUND Toubab Krewe {Night Two} w/ Josh Phillips Big Band, 10:00PM

SALVAGE STATION Earth Day Kid's Festival, 10:00AM Jellyroll & Struggle Jennings, 9:00PM

FLEETWOOD'S Last Rond Show, 9:00PM FRENCH BROAD BREWERY Scott Bianchi & Crosby Cofod (gothic folk), 6:00PM HABITAT TAVERN & COMMONS Saturday Improv, 9:00PM HIGHLAND BREWING COMPANY Spoon Bread (blues, funk, rock), 7:00PM ISIS MUSIC HALL & KITCHEN 743 Jonathan Byrd and The Pickup Cowboy, 7:00PM Candyrat Guitar Night w/ Peter Ciluzzi & Spencer Elliott, 9:00PM JACK OF THE WOOD PUB Vaden Landers & The Do Rights (blues, cajun, jug), 9:00PM LAZY DIAMOND Sonic Stew w/ DJ Alien Brain, 10:00PM


LOBSTER TRAP Sean Mason Trio, 6:30PM


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APRIL 18 - 24, 2018


ODDITORIUM Broken Dead, Autarch, Nomadic War Machine (punk) , 9:00PM ONE STOP AT ASHEVILLE MUSIC HALL Cofresi (electronic, future bass), 10:00PM ONE WORLD BREWING Gino Fanelli (1930's New Orleans Jazz), 9:00PM OSKAR BLUES BREWERY Salt of the Earth (experimental folk), 6:00PM PACK'S TAVERN Groove Shakers (bluegrass, rock n' roll), 9:30PM PILLAR ROOFTOP BAR In Flight Duo, 7:00PM PISGAH BREWING COMPANY Pisgah's 13th Anniversary Party, 5:30PM

SANCTUARY BREWING COMPANY RiverKeeper Beer Series, Pickup, Paddle, Party, 1:00PM Hustle Souls, 8:00PM STATIC AGE RECORDS Fad Nauseam, Mutineers, Drunken Prayer & Xambuca, 10:00PM THE BARRELHOUSE Byrdie & The Mutts, 9:00PM THE MOTHLIGHT HEX VII: Dance Party Benefit (select DJ sets), 9:30PM THE WINE & OYSTER Jason Whittaker (comfortable covers), 7:00PM THOMAS WOLFE AUDITORIUM Rockin' Road to Dublin , 7:00PM TOWN PUMP The Karma Mechanics, 9:00PM TRESSA'S DOWNTOWN JAZZ AND BLUES Ruby Mayfield 7:30PM Free Flow (funk, soul), 10:00PM US CELLULAR CENTER The String Cheese Incident, 8:00PM WHITE HORSE BLACK MOUNTAIN Abby The Spoon Lady & Chris Rodrigues, 8:00PM WXYZ LOUNGE AT ALOFT HOTEL Tom Waits for No Man (Tom Waits covers), 8:00PM

SUNDAY, APRIL 22 185 KING STREET Sunday Sessions Open Electric Jam 4:00PM 5 WALNUT WINE BAR The Moon & You (cello, folk, soul), 7:00PM

ARCHETYPE BREWING Post-Brunch Blues w/ Patrick Dodd, Ashley Heath & Joshua Singleton, 3:00PM ASHEVILLE GUITAR BAR Musicians Jam & Pot Luck, 3:30PM ASHEVILLE MUSIC HALL EOTO, 9:30PM BELK THEATRE, UNC ASHEVILLE CAMPUS This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing, 2:00PM BEN'S TUNE UP Good Vibe Sundays , 4:00PM BLUE MOUNTAIN PIZZA & BREW PUB Matt Sellers, 7:00PM BOLD ROCK HARD CIDER Brunch & Bluegrass, 12:00PM DOUBLE CROWN Killer Karaoke w/ KJ Tim O, 10:00PM FLEETWOOD'S Lou Barlow, 6:00PM Comedy at Fleetwood's: Josh Cocks, 9:00PM FUNKATORIUM Gypsy Jazz Sunday Brunch, 11:00AM GOOD STUFF Open Mic w/ Fox Black & friends, 6:00PM HIGHLAND BREWING COMPANY Reggae Sunday w/ Chalwa, 1:00PM ISIS MUSIC HALL & KITCHEN 743 Heather Pierson Acoustic Trio, 5:30PM Cathy Fink, Marcy Marxer, Sam Gleaves and Sheila Kay Adams, 7:30PM JACK OF THE WOOD PUB Traditional Celtic Jam, 3:00PM JARGON Sunday Blunch w/ Mark Guest and Mary Pearson (jazz), 11:00AM LAZY DIAMOND Shaken Nature Tape Release Party & Indigo De Souza, 10:00PM NOBLE KAVA Reggae Sundays, 2:00PM NORTH BUNCOMBE HIGH SCHOOL Bye Bye Birdie, 2:30PM

ODDITORIUM Rock Europa, The Spiral, The Styrofoam Turtles (Rock) , 9:00PM ONE STOP AT ASHEVILLE MUSIC HALL Bluegrass Brunch - Every Sunday , 10:30AM ORANGE PEEL Ghostland Observatory w/ Gibbz, 9:00PM OSKAR BLUES BREWERY Trivia Night, 5:00PM PACK'S TAVERN The Sunday Social Club, 4:30PM PISGAH BREWING COMPANY Moe w/ Travers Brothership & Luthi, 6:30PM SLY GROG LOUNGE Open Mic, 7:00PM

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THE IMPERIAL LIFE Select DJ sets, 9:00PM THE OMNI GROVE PARK INN Bob Zullo (pop, rock, jazz, blues), 7:00PM TOWN PUMP Redleg Husky (folk, Americana), 9:00PM WHITE HORSE BLACK MOUNTAIN Abby The Spoon Lady & Chris Rodrigues, 7:30PM

MONDAY, APRIL 23 5 WALNUT WINE BAR Siamese Sound Club (R&B, soul, jazz), 8:00PM ARCHETYPE BREWING Old Time Jam, 6:00PM ASHEVILLE GUITAR BAR Classical Guitar Mondays, 7:30PM DOUBLE CROWN Country Karaoke w/ KJ Tim O, 10:00PM GOOD STUFF Bingo Wingo Thingo, 6:00PM


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LOBSTER TRAP Bobby Miller & friends, 6:30PM

JACK OF THE WOOD PUB Quizzo Trivia Night, 7:00PM Open mic, 9:00PM

NOBLE KAVA Infinite Third, 9:00PM

LAZY DIAMOND Hank & The Hammerheads & Hot Garbage (punk rock, psychedelic rock), 10:00PM

ODDITORIUM Risque Monday Burlesque w/ Deb Au Nare, 9:00PM OLE SHAKEY'S Karaoke From Muskogee w/ Jonathan Ammons & Take The Wheel (live band karaoke), 9:00PM

ORANGE PEEL Old Crow Medicine Show [SOLD OUT], 8:00PM OSKAR BLUES BREWERY Mountain Music Mondays, 6:00PM PILLAR ROOFTOP BAR Ashley Health, 7:00PM SANCTUARY BREWING COMPANY Open Mic Night presented by Takes All Kinds, 7:00PM THE GREY EAGLE Open Mic Night, 6:00PM Jeremy Garrett, 8:00PM THE IMPERIAL LIFE Ghost Pipe Trio, 9:00PM THE MOTHLIGHT Talent! A show (benefit for Our Voice), 7:00PM THE OMNI GROVE PARK INN Bob Zullo (pop, rock, jazz, blues), 7:00PM TRESSA'S DOWNTOWN JAZZ AND BLUES Ryan Barber's RnB Jam Night (r&b, jam), 9:00PM

TUESDAY, APRIL 24 5 WALNUT WINE BAR The John Henrys (hot jazz), 8:00PM ASHEVILLE GUITAR BAR Gypsy Jazz Jam Tuesdays, 7:30PM ASHEVILLE MUSIC HALL Tuesday Night Funk Jam, 11:00PM BLUE MOUNTAIN PIZZA & BREW PUB Billy Litz , 7:00PM DOUBLE CROWN Groovy Tuesdays: Boogie Without Borders w/ DJs Chrissy & Arieh, 10:00PM GOOD STUFF Old time-y night, 6:30PM HABITAT TAVERN & COMMONS Asheville Beer and Hymns, 6:00PM HIGHLAND BREWING COMPANY Dr. Brown's Team Trivia, 6:00PM ISIS MUSIC HALL & KITCHEN 743 Tuesday Bluegrass Sessions, 7:30PM


APRIL 18 - 24, 2018


JACK OF THE WOOD PUB Kitchen Racket , 7:00PM LAZY DIAMOND Rock & Metal Karaoke w/ DJ Paddy, 10:00PM LOBSTER TRAP Jay Brown, 6:30PM NOBLE KAVA Open Jam Night, 7:30PM ODDITORIUM Open Mic Comedy Hosted by Tom Peters, 9:00PM ONE STOP AT ASHEVILLE MUSIC HALL Turntable Tuesday, 10:00PM ORANGE PEEL Old Crow Medicine Show [SOLD OUT], 8:00PM SANCTUARY BREWING COMPANY Taco and Trivia Tuesday, 6:00PM STATIC AGE RECORDS Cunabear, SB The Moor, Wrongboy, Luci & DK , 9:00PM THE BLOCK OFF BILTMORE Swing Asheville & Jazz for Justice w/ The House Hoppers, 9:00PM THE GREY EAGLE Of Montreal w/ Locate S,1 (indie rock), 8:00PM THE MARKET PLACE RESTAURANT AND LOUNGE Bob Zullo, 6:30PM THE MOTHLIGHT Durand Jones & The Indications w/ Major Murphy, 9:30PM TOWN PUMP Derek Curtis, 9:00PM TRESSA'S DOWNTOWN JAZZ AND BLUES Early Tuesday Jazz & Funk Jam (jazz, funk), 9:00PM UPCOUNTRY BREWING COMPANY Open Mic Night hosted by Arrow Sound, 6:30PM WHITE HORSE BLACK MOUNTAIN Irish jam & open mic, 6:30PM




Xpress reviews virtually all upcoming movies, with two or three of the most noteworthy appearing in print. You can find our online reviews at This week, they include: BEIRUT







Russian writer/director Andrey Zvyagintsev’s pitch-black melodrama, Loveless, delivers a tough political allegory about his country.

Loveless HHHH DIRECTOR: Andrey Zvyagintsev PLAYERS: Maryana Spivak, Alexey Rozin, Matvey Novikov, Marina Vasilyeva, Andris Keishs, Aleksey Fateev DRAMA RATED R THE STORY: A couple in the midst of a divorce neglect their adolescent son, who has run away days before they notice he’s missing.  THE LOWDOWN: A coldhearted political allegory masterfully executed by Russian writer/director Andrey Zvyagintsev. As far as titles go, they don’t get much more on-the-nose than Andrey Zvyagintsev’s latest film, Loveless. The Leviathan director has never been known for excessive warmth or optimism, but Loveless is bleaker and more cynical than any recent film that I can call to mind. If film noir hinges on irredeemable people doing awful things and facing terrible consequences, Zvyagintsev has crafted a world in

which similarly irredeemable people live in a world so consumed by awful things that consequences seem almost irrelevant. It’s a pitch-black melodrama that functions as a political allegory and leaves absolutely no room for hope, either for its characters or the culture they inhabit. Set in Russia during the early days of Putin’s push to annex Crimea, Zvyagintsev’s film follows a warring couple on the verge of divorce. Boris (Aleksey Rozin) wants to shack up with his heavily pregnant mistress, and Zhenya (Maryana Spivak) is ready for a life of luxury with her oligarchic lover. The only problem is they have a 12-year-old son (Matvey Novikov as Alyosha) whom neither wants to take care of — dad thinks mom should take him, mom wants to send him off to a boarding school she describes as an orphanage, and both seem to think they would have been better off having gotten an abortion. But what neither knows is that Alyosha has been privy to these arguments and, having had enough of his loveless home life (get it?), runs away. What ensues — at least


after mom and dad finally notice their son’s absence days later, that is — consists of a half-hearted search involving underfunded and unconcerned police, inept volunteers and a pair of parents who seem far more concerned with lashing out at each other and engaging in their respective trysts than with their own child’s well-being. Zvyagintsev realizes his vision of a heartless Russia masterfully. The landscape is perpetually frozen, and only the hearts of his characters seem colder. A wide shot of a search party combing through an apartment block is framed behind falling snow, and as the flashlights peek out of doors and windows from floor to floor, the perfunctory and futile nature of the expedition is revealed through entirely visual means. As the story progresses, we watch Boris and Zhenya as their new relationships devolve — from passionate sexual embraces to emotionally distant cuddling, and ultimately to complete indifference — mirroring the lack of fulfillment that reaching for something new instead of dealing with the problems at hand necessarily incurs. It’s a metaphor. If Loveless is a film particularly lacking in hope, it’s also one that conveys a prescient warning. The mistakes of the past are repeated ad infinitum because no one seems inclined to learn from them, and lives are destroyed in the process. The film’s central relationships are intended to depict the callous disregard for humanity that defines Putinistic plutocracy and the complacency that makes such power structures possible

M A X R AT I N G in the first place. There’s no hope for Alyosha, and there’s no hope for the Russian people — or the rest of the world — as long as everyone is fixated on satisfying their baser urges rather than putting in the hard work to grow in a positive direction. Zvyagintsev has made a great film, but one that’s almost as difficult to write about as it is to watch — so in the interest of lighenting up this review, I’ll paraphrase a quote from the great Nigel Tufnel in This Is Spinal Tap in summation: “It’s like, how much more bleak could this be? And the answer is none. None more bleak.” Rated R for strong sexuality, graphic nudity, language and a brief disturbing image. Now Playing at Grail Moviehouse. REVIEWED BY SCOTT DOUGLAS JSDOUGLAS22@GMAIL.COM


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The Devil and Father Amorth HHHH

Day for Night HHHHH

DIRECTOR: William Friedkin PLAYERS: William Friedkin, Gabriele Amorth DOCUMENTARY Rated NR THE STORY: Director William Friedkin presents the only documentary footage ever shot of a genuine exorcism. THE LOWDOWN: Friedkin’s unprecedented access to Vatican exorcist Father Gabriele Amorth provides unsettling food for thought in this riveting doc. While the Asheville Film Society has always been a vehicle for bringing repertory programming to local theaters, something special has come along that prompted the curator (me) to schedule a film’s local premiere. That something is a new picture from director William Friedkin, returning to the subject matter that effectively cemented his status as one of the 20th century’s greatest filmmakers with his exorcism documentary, The Devil and Father Amorth. Friedkin’s brief — but never slight — foray into non-narrative cinema provides the only example of a Vatican-sanctioned exorcist consenting to be filmed while battling a case of demonic possession. If that premise sounds salacious, well, that’s because it is. Of course, I had to show it. While Friedkin’s adaptation of William Peter Blatty’s novel The Exorcist resulted in one of the greatest horror films ever made, The Devil and Father Amorth is unlikely to similarly change the documentary landscape. But it does provide a fascinating glimpse behind the curtain of a mysterious rite that has long remained a carefully guarded secret, the details of which were known only to those inside the Catholic Church. As Friedkin — doing double duty as both director and narrator/presenter — points out, exorcism is on the rise, with 500,000 Italians having undergone the ritual. The principal purveyor of these spiritual treatments is Father Gabriele Amorth, the Vatican’s exorcist-in-chief, who allowed Friedkin to film the ninth exorcism of a young architect named Christina under the provision that he bring no crew and minimal equipment. Shot on a diminutive Sony A 7sII mirrorless camera, Friedkin’s fly-on-the-wall perspective and occasionally heavy-handed narration (co-written by critic Mark Kermode) lend the doc a subtle sense of exploitation cinema, which suits the subject matter surprisingly well. Christina’s exorcism is harrowing, with her family gathered for support as several men hold her down during Father Amorth’s ministrations. Her voice taking on a timbre eerily similar to that of Mercedes McCambridge’s performance as the demonic presence in The Exorcist, there is clearly something deeply wrong with Christina. What exactly that something is depends entirely on your perspective regarding supernatural possession, and even the talking head interviews Friedkin provides from neurologists and psychologists seem to support the conclusion that nobody really knows definitively what underlies this phenomenon. Despite Friedkin’s on-camera presence, the real star of the show here is Father Amorth — a spry 91 at the time of filming and having died shortly thereafter — a likable and compelling character who bears little resemblance to Max von Sydow’s Father Merrin beyond his occupation. Amorth seems almost playful, literally thumbing his nose at the devil as he undertakes the strenuous ritual and speaking of treating spiritual disease with the worldweary confidence of a battle-hardened veteran. If Satan is real and truly possesses people, we’ve been lucky to have Father Amorth on our side all these years. Like the fictional Father Merrin, Father Amorth died before he could complete Christina’s exorcism, and Friedkin’s account of his final encounter with her is chilling. There’s clearly an agenda at play on the director’s part, and exactly how factual his documentary actually is will undoubtedly be a subject for debate. But regardless of your position on the matter, no one will leave the theater with any doubt that there are powerful forces of some sort at play. Friedkin had never witnessed an actual exorcism before making his seminal film on the topic, but now everyone has the opportunity to do so — for one night only, April 24 at Grail Moviehouse — and while Friedkin’s documentary may not resolve your questions on the existence of God or the devil, it will give you something very unsettling to think about.  One screening only, Tuesday, April 24, at 7 p.m. at Grail Moviehouse. Followed by supplementary interview footage with William Friedkin.

DIRECTOR: François Truffaut PLAYERS: Jacqueline Bisset, Valentina Cortese, Dani, Alexandra Stewart, Jean-Pierre Aumont, François Truffaut COMEDY/DRAMA Rated PG-13 François Truffaut’s Day for Night (1973) is not only a great movie about movies, but it’s fascinating as an example of how international cinema truly is. By this I mean that while we think of foreign film as a separate world, Day for Night is clearly the kind of movie that could only have been made during that era from about 1965 through 1975 and is very much a part of the explosion of art-house fare as mainstream film that existed during that time. Truffaut reveals just enough without revealing too much, and he does so with a purpose — that purpose being to make you marvel all the more at the true magic of how all this can ever result in a coherent, let alone great film. And yet it does. That’s the beauty of Day for Night and the secret of its own potent magic. This excerpt was taken from a review by Ken Hanke published on July 15, 2009. Classic World Cinema by Courtyard Gallery will present Day for Night on Friday, April 20,  at the new Flood Gallery location in Black Mountain, 850 Blue Ridge Road, Unit A-13, Black Mountain.

Elizabeth HHHS DIRECTOR: Shekhar Kapur PLAYERS: Cate Blanchett, Geoffrey Rush, Clive Owen, Abbie Cornish, Samantha Morton HISTORICAL DRAMA Rated PG-13 Fie on those who have trashed this entertainingly overheated historical conceit! Yes, it’s completely indefensible as history. So what else is new? Anyone going to a movie like this expecting historical accuracy is in the same unseaworthy vessel as the student who watches James Whale’s Frankenstein (1931) and uses it to turn in a book report on Mary Shelley’s novel. So, you wonder, after cataloging Elizabeth’s amassed nonsense, why I am awarding the film 3 1/2 stars and heaping coals on its detractors? Simple: All this swashbuckling, scenery-chewing, way-past-ripe absurdity is glorious fun. It’s shaky history and overblown filmmaking that’s fun if not approached as more than it is. This excerpt was taken from a review by Ken Hanke published on Oct. 17, 2007. The Hendersonville Film Society will show Elizabeth on Sunday, April 22, at 2 p.m. in the Smoky Mountain Theater at Lake Pointe Landing Retirement Community, 333 Thompson St., Hendersonville.


I Feel Pretty

Comedy starring Amy Schumer. According to the studio: “A woman who struggles with feelings of deep insecurity and low self-esteem that hold her back every day wakes from a brutal fall in an exercise class believing she is suddenly a supermodel. With this newfound confidence, she is empowered to live her life fearlessly and flawlessly, but what will happen when she realizes her appearance never changed?” No early reviews. (PG-13)

Super Troopers 2

Sequel to the 2002 cult hit from comedy troupe Broken Lizard. According to the studio: “When an international border dispute arises between the U.S. and Canada, the Super Troopers — Mac, Thorny, Foster, Rabbit and Farva — are called in to set up a new Highway Patrol station in the disputed area. Unconventional police work follows.” No early reviews. (R)

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FILM AT MARS HILL • WE (4/25), 7pm Reel Appalachia: First Language, The Race to Save Cherokee, film screening and discussion. Free. Held at The Ramsey Center in Renfro Library, 100 Athletic St,, Mars Hill

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DARING SOLIDARITY: The Color Purple author Alice Walker will participate in and attend screenings and events throughout the 2018 Movies & Meaning Experience, April 26-28 at Diana Wortham Theatre. The weekend will mark the movie lover’s first visit to Asheville. Photo courtesy of Movies & Meaning Growing up in Northern Ireland, writer Gareth Higgins saw local politicians who worked for peace achieve worldwide fame, yet remain ordinary people to their neighbors. “There are public figures whose work is very distinguished [but they] just want to be treated like ordinary human beings,” Higgins says. “They feel quite refreshed when they’re approached with an invitation to do something substantial rather than something that’s just flashy.” That method has attracted The Color Purple author Alice Walker, author and theologian  Brian McLaren and other notables to Asheville for the 2018 Movies & Meaning Experience — hosted by Higgins — Thursday, April 26, to Saturday, April 28, at Diana Wortham Theatre. There, attendees will watch seven movies, hear seven stories and participate in seven activities — including group discussions, quiet personal reflection and celebrations — aimed at nurturing community. The weekend will mark Walker’s first time in Asheville. She was invited by Higgins, now an Asheville-area resi-

dent, to participate in the 2017 festival in Albuquerque, N.M., and accepted because she loves movies and believes that, in the right context, they can teach viewers a great deal. That potential will be on display at the April 26 opening night screening of the fact-based coming-of-age film Queen of Katwe. “I love this film for its honesty and beauty, its daring solidarity with the young heroine who would seem to have so little going for her, [and] its understanding that such remarkable spirits must be celebrated and their radiance shared, especially with other youths,” Walker says. “Young people feel so disheartened and underappreciated in these times, when children are so brutally harmed all over the planet. It is good for them to see films in which they shine with their own intelligence and courage.” Walker and director Mira Nair will have a post-screening discussion during which Walker hopes Nair will tell the audience about what drew her to the story and talk about the titular slum in Uganda. McLaren’s April 27 presentation, The Seventh Story, grew from his theological work. He sees Movies & Meaning as carrying on the tradition of storytelling’s vitality, in tune with people moving from campfires or candlelit churches and cathedrals to more technologically advanced settings. “For many people, we now gather to share stories by the light of a projector in a theater,” he says. “It’s tragic on many levels when stories become mere amusement, which means ‘not thinking.’ Movies & Meaning helps movie-watching to become ‘musement’ — meaningful musing or reflecting. This honors the work of great filmmakers who want to convey meaning in their art, and it honors the need of viewers who need meaning in their lives.” While Higgins loves to introduce people to movies they wouldn’t otherwise have seen, he’d also like for attendees to depart the weekend feeling that they’ve been participants instead of just spectators. It’s also his desire that they leave with the sense that something positive has changed in their lives or that they can see a step forward. “Everybody has the same need for belonging and security, and I would hope people would come out of this feeling like we’re a little bit closer to loving ours neighbors better,” he says. WHAT: The Movies & Meaning Experience WHERE: Diana Wortham Theatre, 18 Biltmore Ave., WHEN: Thursday, April 26-Saturday, April 28. Full schedule and pricing online  X

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FREEWILL ASTROLOGY ARIES (March 21-April 19): In the early history of the automobile, electric engines were more popular and common than gasoline-powered engines. They were less noisy, dirty, smelly and difficult to operate. It’s too bad that thereafter the technology for gasoline cars developed at a faster rate than the technology for electric cars. By the end of the first decade of the 20th century, the petroleum-suckers were in ascendance. They have remained so ever since, playing a significant role in our world’s ongoing environmental degradation. Moral of the story: Sometimes the original idea or the early model or the first try is better. According to my analysis of the astrological omens, you should consider applying this hypothesis to your current state of affairs. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): The Chesapeake Bay is a fertile estuary that teems with life. It’s 200 miles long and holds 18 trillion gallons of water. More than 150 streams and rivers course into its drainage basin. And yet it’s relatively shallow. If you’re six feet tall, you could wade through over 1,000 square miles of its mix of fresh and salt water without getting your hat wet. I see this place as an apt metaphor for your life in the coming weeks: an expanse of flowing fecundity that is vast but not so deep that you’ll get overwhelmed. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): You’ll soon arrive at a pressure-packed turning point. You’ll stand poised at a pivotal twist of fate where you must trust your intuition to reveal the differences between smart risks and careless gambles. Are you willing to let your half-naked emotions show? Will you have the courage to be brazenly loyal to your deepest values? I won’t wish you luck, because how the story evolves will be fueled solely by your determination, not by accident or happenstance. You will know you’re in a good position to solve the Big Riddles if they feel both scary and fun. CANCER (June 21-July 22): Strong softness is one of your specialties. So are empathetic rigor, creative responsiveness and daring acts of nurturing. Now is a perfect time to summon and express all of these qualities with extra flair. If you do, your influence will exceed its normal quotas. Your ability to heal and inspire your favorite people will be at a peak. So I hereby invite you to explore the frontiers of aggressive receptivity. Wield your courage and power with a fierce vulnerability. Be tenderly sensitive as an antidote to any headstrong lovelessness you encounter. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): In 1973, Pink Floyd released the album The Dark Side of the Moon. Since then, it has been on various Billboard charts for over 1,700 weeks and has sold more than 45 million copies. Judging from the astrological aspects coming to bear on you, Leo, I suspect you could create or produce a beautiful thing with a similar staying power in the next five months. What vitalizing influence would you like to have in your life for at least the next 30 years? VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): I beg you to take a break sometime soon. Give yourself permission to indulge in a vacation or recess or sabbatical. Wander away on a leave of absence. Explore the mysteries of a siesta blended with a fiesta. If you don’t grant yourself this favor, I may be forced to bark “Chill out, dammit!” at you until you do. Please don’t misunderstand my intention here. The rest of us appreciate the way you’ve been attending to the complicated details that are too exacting for us. But we can also see that if you don’t ease up, there will soon be diminishing returns. It’s time to return to your studies of relaxing freedom.


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LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Singer-songwriter Roy Orbison achieved great success in the 1960s, charting 22 songs on the Billboard Top 40. But his career declined after that. Years later, in 1986, filmmaker David Lynch asked him for the right to use his tune “In Dreams” for the movie Blue Velvet. Orbison denied the request, but Lynch incorporated the tune anyway. Surprise! Blue Velvet was nominated for an Academy Award and played a big role in reviving Orbison’s fame. Later the singer came to appreciate not only the career boost, but also Lynch’s unusual aesthetic, testifying that the film gave his song an “otherworldly quality that added a whole new dimension.” Now let’s meditate on how this story might serve as a parable for your life. Was there an opportunity that you once turned down but will benefit from anyway? Or is there a current opportunity that maybe you shouldn’t turn down, even if it seems odd? SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): You’ve been to the Land of No Return and back more than anyone. But soon you’ll be visiting a remote enclave in this realm that you’re not very familiar with. I call it the Mother Lode of Sexy Truth. It’s where tender explorers go when they must transform outworn aspects of their approach to partnership and togetherness. On the eve of your quest, shall we conduct an inventory of your capacity to outgrow your habitual assumptions about relationships? No, let’s not. That sounds too stiff and formal. Instead, I’ll simply ask you to strip away any falseness that interferes with vivacious and catalytic intimacy. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): In 1824, two British explorers climbed a mountain in southwestern Australia. They were hoping to get a sweeping view of Port Phillip Bay, on which the present-day city of Melbourne is located. But when they reached the top, their view was largely obstructed by trees. Out of perverse spite, they decided to call the peak Mount Disappointment, a name it retains to this day. I suspect you may soon have your own personal version of an adventure that falls short of your expectations. I hope — and also predict — that your experience won’t demoralize you but will rather mobilize you to attempt a new experiment that ultimately surpasses your original expectations. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Capricorn rock musician Lemmy Kilmister bragged that he swigged a bottle of Jack Daniel’s whiskey every day from 1975 to 2013. While I admire his dedication to inducing altered states of consciousness, I can’t recommend such a strategy for you. But I will love it if you undertake a more disciplined crusade to escape numbing routines and irrelevant habits in the next four weeks. According to my reading of the astrological omens, you will have a special knack for this practical art. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Germany was one of the big losers of World War I, which ended in 1919. By accepting the terms of the Versailles Treaty, it agreed to pay reparations equivalent to 96,000 tons of gold. Not until 2010, decades after the war, did Germany finally settle its bill and fulfill its obligation. I’m sure your own big, long-running debt is nowhere near as big or as long-running as that one, Aquarius. But you will nonetheless have reason to be ecstatic when you finally discharge it. And according to my reading of the astrological omens, that could and should happen sometime soon. (P.S. The “debt” could be emotional or spiritual rather than financial.) PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): “I would rather have a drop of luck than a barrel of brains,” said the ancient Greek philosopher Diogenes. Fortunately, that’s not a choice you will have to face in the coming weeks, Pisces. According to my reading of the cosmic signs, your brain will be working with even greater efficiency and ingenuity than it usually does. Meanwhile, a stronger-than-expected flow of luck will be swirling around in your vicinity. One of your main tasks will be to harness your enhanced intelligence to take shrewd advantage of the good fortune.



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41 First in a line of 23 popes 42 diagram 43 Jennings who wrote “Brainiac” 44 Garden hose annoyance 47 “Hell if I know” 49 A cappella genre 53 Hieroglyphics snakes 56 Fanzine favorite 57 Spa amenity that originated in Finland 58 “Su-u-u-ure it is” 59 “Mr. ___” (1983 Styx hit) 61 Sauce made from ingredients mixed up in 16-, 24-, 37- and 49-Across 63 Simpleton, disparagingly 64 Brewski 65 Pres. advisory group 66 German state with Wiesbaden 67 Recipe meas. 68 C major, for one


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Mountain Xpress 04.18.18  

Independent news, arts and events for Western North Carolina.

Mountain Xpress 04.18.18  

Independent news, arts and events for Western North Carolina.