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HB2 prompts Asheville company’s decision I’ve never written in but feel compelled to share our recent development. Human Companies is a small business-support company that provides mostly bookkeeping services ( on a national basis. We are in the process of expanding our service offering significantly, both in scope and geography, through licensing and franchising our operation. As such, our plan is to sell our first franchise in the coming months and have decided to do so out-of-state. While we will continue to keep our headquarters here in Asheville, a city dear to us, we will move our U.S. operations to Colorado with its more progressive policies. Our workforce telecommutes, so the choice is somewhat easy. While no place is perfect in its policies, North Carolina is painting itself into a corner as the laughingstock of the United States — nationally manifesting its insecurities on the larger stage. I look forward to the day when I open The New York Times and find our gorgeous state more prop-

erly represented than crude bathroom humor that I find far from funny. Best of luck in retaining more of our earnings at a future date based on performance! — Aaron Eisendrath Asheville

We must legally embrace all It all started a couple of months ago when the city of Charlotte passed an anti-discrimination law which was intended to prevent exclusion and general meanness against persons who are other than heterosexual ... One of the protections this law provided allowed men and women to use each other’s bathrooms, locker rooms, public showers, and any other quarters intended for purposes which expose their naughty bits. ... Generally, the reason is that traditionally the men’s room is for men and the women’s room is for women. You know, once upon a time, it was considered perfectly normal for white persons and black persons to be relegated to separate facilities. Perhaps the time has come to get rid of the separation of the sexes and make all public bathrooms unisex. This would take some getting used to, but I feel it ultimately would simplify the use of public space, and I think we are ready for it.

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Then the state of North Carolina stepped in (it) and overruled the Charlotte ordinance ... It seems a slap in the face to so blatantly exclude protection on the basis of sexual orientation/gender identity. Apparently, this is interpreted to mean that the law allows, or even encourages, discrimination against nonheterosexuals. I would like to point out it also does not include protection against discrimination on the basis of “cleanliness,” nor “dietary habits,” nor “fashion sense.” This could prove to be quite devastating to Asheville in particular. It is obvious that equal protection for all cannot be itemized in a law without naming every person and his peculiarities. I do not understand why the law does not simply state that “no person shall be denied access to the privileges of society.” In a truly inclusive world, we must legally embrace all persons, no matter how much they might offend some individuals. That said, the HB2 law does not say that everyone not mentioned as protected must necessarily be discriminated against. Chances are that [there] will be no difference in the way persons of various lifestyles are treated, no matter what the law says. It is a stupid law made by stupid legislators. But they deserve jobs, too. — Tom Cook Asheville

mechanism by which developers are forced to justify the cutting of these trees. In this way, the loss of this great heritage tree will have been a sacrifice worthy of its gracious life. I want to thank the many people, over 1,000 of you, who took the time to write comments and share stories of similar losses of legacy trees. These comments were read by members of Asheville’s City Council. They heard you. I believe City Council must pass an ordinance of the type I described above. If it had been already in place, the silver leaf would be alive right now, as it should be and has been since 1836, the year it was born. Asheville should no longer tolerate our historic trees being mowed down like summer weeds. Blessings to all who took the time to support the petition to “Save The Ancient Silver Leaf.” Thank you. — Kira Jahn Asheville

FELLED: Letter writer Kira Jahn stands beside the silver leaf maple tree before it was cut down recently. Photo courtesy of Jahn

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editor’s note: The following letter was received after efforts failed to prevent a silver leaf maple tree, estimated to be almost 200 years old, from being cut down on Broad Street in North Asheville. Despite best efforts, the silver leaf [maple tree] is gone … This is a tragedy, not only for the silver leaf, but for all of us. The trunk of the tree, when toppled, stood a good 15 feet high. It is difficult to describe how terrible is the sight of this special tree cut in pieces to the ground, killed for nothing ... I say it died for nothing, but that does not have to be the case. This tree can die to serve a larger purpose, if we want it to be so. It can die having raised awareness that this type of wanton destruction is happening all over Asheville, all the time, and that this needs to stop right now, and that only we can do it. We cannot rely on individuals to preserve these ancient trees. That much is abundantly clear. There must be a

Vance was a great man I think Zebulon Vance was a great man who served our people well as state governor and U.S. senator. By the time of his adult age, he had little to do with the few slaves his family had possessed. He was a staunch Unionist until his state was propelled into a war he wanted to avoid.

If he held patronizing views of American black folks, that wasn’t much different from the views of most white people of his time, including Abraham Lincoln (read Lincoln’s own speeches). I believe he well deserves our respect and the monument that stands in his honor! Most people of Vance’s time also held what we would today regard as patronizing attitudes toward women. Women could not vote, and it was believed by most people that a woman’s place was in the home. — Byron F. Hovey Asheville

Good government or taxation by deception? Taxation by deception: when your leaders feel only contempt for you. You know, the average person reads about the Panama Papers and the fraud that goes with it, [and] you can only shake your head. Back-door dealings with banks deceive us all, and leaders line their pockets in the process. You would like to think government at the local level is above that — but is it? Let’s look at the facts. After the housing crash of 2008, the city stopped its regular reassessing because the values had dropped, and [city leaders] did not want those losses reflected in the tax bills. Then two years ago, they did a new reassessment as housing values had recovered. You will notice when that happened, the tax rate may have dropped, but your tax bill went up due to the fact that they did not lower the rate to match the increase in value. Now the housing market is really booming and — surprise! — they want to do another reassessment. The property values will go up, but the rate of taxation may once again not go down to the appropriate level. If not, they will get a windfall of more tax money, and they will spend it. You will pay it. Just like you paid for the bank bailout in 2008. Just like you paid for the savings and loan crash in the ’80s. Just like you pay more tax so all the Panama Papers cheats can take food out of our mouths to put fuel in their yachts. We always end up paying because of the way our leaders think of us. Our leaders view us with contempt. They deceive us and laugh because they think we are just too stupid to know the difference. How does [our] Council view us? You can

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easily find out when the next budget is proposed by the Council. That reassessment will be done, and they will be licking their chops at the big numbers. All you have to do is look at last year’s budget increase (probably 3-4 percent — I haven’t looked recently) and then compare it to what budget increase is proposed this spring. Good government or taxation by deception? — Stephen Schulte Asheville

Think twice before littering As much as it disturbs me when I see the plethora of cigarette butts all over town, there may be one inconsiderate act that is even worse — chewing gum. I work downtown and walk around quite a bit. Part of my job includes picking up litter, including cigarette butts and chewing gum. As many times as I’ve picked up chewing gum on my shoes, today, my dog picked it up on his front paw. We stopped to get as much off that he’d be comfortable walking. He’s still working at getting it out

between his pads and has been for quite some time now. I’ve put ice on it trying to harden it to little avail. Unfortunately for him, he has hair between his pads and the gum is firmly stuck to it. As residents of Asheville, let’s be proud of our city and stop acting like cigarette butts and chewing gum are not litter — they are! Next time you think about throwing your gum on the ground (or tossing your cigarette butt out the window), think about some poor dog who cannot get it off of his paws (or may step on a hot cigarette butt). — Doug Williams Leicester

Call police about suspicious activity I left my house at 8:48 a.m., heading toward a common street that borders my road, and I saw two men who did not look like they belong in the neighborhood walking boldly in the middle of the road toward my house. I thought to myself that these folks do not belong here, and maybe I should call the Asheville Police Department. Then I thought that this could be an

“ist” mindset. So I did not call. At 9:15 a.m., I am calling 911 because I walk into my house, which is ransacked, and electronics are displaced inside and outside of my open swinging back door. “Are they still here?” is what I was thinking when I called. If you are CSI junky, I am sure you have dug up all the research about the case, but what the police want and what is the most helpful thing to do is report suspicious behavior and be proactive. If I had talked to those two folks when leaving my neighborhood or called the police to check it out, I would have not been trying to put every cabinet back together in my house. There is an old proverb that goes, “Many hands make light work”; we can do that for our community. worked really well for us, but if anyone sees anything suspicious, call the cops ASAP. And I am not talking about putting the recycling out three days early. — Name withheld Asheville editor’s note: Xpress usually does not withhold letter writers’ names, but we made an exception in this case because the writer is a victim of a crime.

Free events should include parking [Recently], the Friends of the Library put on two free concerts by David Holt, one for children and one for adults. Most children’s activities in the area cost money, so I was very excited to be able to take my grandson. As soon as we got off the freeway on Saturday morning, I saw the ominous signs in the church parking lots and got the sinking feeling: There is a special event at the Civic Center (I still call it by its old name). Sure enough, thanks to a regional dance competition at the Civic Center, we had to pay $5 for parking in order to attend a free concert at Pack Library. This concert was a ticketed event; it would have been very easy to grant ticket holders free or reduced fee parking. — Monika Wengler Asheville

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Women’s Work by Peggy newell In the second week of May, volunteers will break ground on the Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity’s 11th Women Build home — a two-bedroom, one-bath house in Habitat’s Creekside subdivision in the Shiloh neighborhood. Habitat for Humanity Charlotte planted the seed for Women Build when it completed its first all-women-built home in 1991. The Asheville affiliate followed suit in 1994, with women not only building the house but raising all the money. The handicapped-accessible home was purchased by a family that included four generations of women. Four years later, Women Build was officially established as a program of Habitat for Humanity International. The Asheville affiliate ramped up its Women Build program again in 2007, and our dedicated volunteers have built a house a year since then. Today, Habitat affiliates worldwide take part in the Women Build program, and women travel around the world to participate. Asheville Area Habitat hosted its first Women Buildfocused Global Village Team in 2014. Women came to Asheville from as far away as Saudi Arabia to volunteer for a week on our ninth house. Asheville resident Tricia Franck, a member of the Women Build leadership team, coordinated the group, going the extra mile to give them a total Asheville experience. They were entertained by Wild Bodema, an all-women West African drum group; they also toured Biltmore Estate, took a bus tour and, of course, ate well, while spending most of their days on the job site. Franck and her husband, Charlie, have been involved with 13 Global Village trips here and overseas. “It’s travel with a purpose,” says Tricia, who’s led GV trips in Nepal, Bali and Asheville. “Not every affiliate has construction supervisors with the wherewithal to handle 10-15 volunteers, whose skill levels vary, and engage them for five to six building days. We are fortunate to have that skill set here.” Besides paying to come here and covering their own room and board, each GV team member also makes a donation to the local Habitat affiliate. Accommodations

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Here in Asheville, the effort is led by the Women Build Advocacy Team, aka the WomBATs. Besides volunteering on the job site themselves, team members organize the wall-raising and keypassing ceremonies, recruit volunteers, and help with fundraising and community outreach. A lot of WomBATs have been part of the leadership team for many years. Volunteers, too, often return year after year. Construction supervisor Robin Clark says she “was tracked down by former Executive Director Lew Kraus to lead the first Women Build in 1994. He came back to me in 2007, when Asheville Area Habitat decided to do another Women Build house.” Until recently, she had a contracted assistant; current WomBATs Muffi Brown and Claudia Cady have both served in that capacity. Both came to Women Build at the request of Clark, who knew them as capable members of the local construction community. Now, they’re volunteers. And on one

auspicious day last year, four of the five former construction assistants volunteered on the build. Women Build is a win-win situation: Women gain experience and confidence working on a project alongside other female volunteers, and a family gets the rare opportunity to purchase a safe, affordable home. Volunteer slots for the current home are available between May 17 and July 16. At noon on Friday, May 6, we’ll hold a celebration of National Women Build Week at the job site (1000 W. Chapel Road in Shiloh). And on Friday, May 13 (a lucky day indeed), we’ll celebrate this year’s kickoff event: the wall-raising. It will be the start of another wonderful Women Build season, and we invite you to join us for these events or for a volunteer day at the job site. To learn more about the local Women Build program, or to volunteer or make a donation, visit The Women Build blog is at X

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LEttucE hELP: An intern with The Lord’s Acre helps distribute fresh produce at the nonprofit’s Food For Fairview Pantry Market. It’s one of the many ways The Lord’s Acre gets food to the community. Photo courtesy of The Lord’s Acre

BY Dan Hesse Heading up a local nonprofit is hard, whether it’s a shoestring operation or a large, well-established organization. For the leaders of Western North Carolina’s diverse array of charitable enterprises, pursuing their respective groups’ missions can entail everything from executive decision-making to grant writing to janitorial duties.

Backed by a community of eager volunteers and donors, however, these determined, passionate individuals are addressing key issues while enhancing the quality of life in the region. strEngth in numBErs Loving Food Resources provides food to people in 18 WNC counties who are living with HIV/AIDS or are in home-based hospice care for any reason. In 2015, more than 150 volunteers

helped the Asheville-based nonprofit distribute more than 100 tons of food. Before hiring nancy gavin as its first full-time executive director last year, the organization had been all-volunteer since its inception in 1991. Long-term volunteers, she says, are the reason the nonprofit has prospered. “We have a volunteer who makes sure routine cleaning and maintenance is performed on our refrigerators and freezers, volunteers who manage our community garden

that provides fresh produce to the pantry, volunteers who staff the office and take care of administrative duties, volunteers who drive our box truck for our MANNA FoodBank pickup, and volunteers who shop on the floor of MANNA.” The Lord’s Acre, based in Fairview, also makes the most of a skeleton crew consisting of one fulltime and one part-time employee. Executive Director susan sides says her organization feeds those in need

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PLay timE: N.C. Stage Company produces six professional productions and hosts about five nonprofessional theater companies every year. The nonprofit sells upward of 3,000 tickets per production. Photo courtesy of N.C. Stage Company while educating the public on how to grow food for themselves and/or to share. With the help of some 600 volunteers, the nonprofit donates about 11 tons of organic food annually. Sides says the community has rallied around The Lord’s Acre, and the group hasn’t generally had much trouble maintaining a volunteer base. Some local organizations are completely volunteer-driven. The POP Project, founded in 2009, distributes used books to schools, churches, correctional systems, homeless shelters and other facilities throughout Western North Carolina. Last year alone, the Asheville-based nonprofit donated more than 7,500 books worth an estimated $38,000, says sarah giavedoni, director of donations and volunteers. “The POP Project is built on the hard work of a handful of long-term volunteers, our wonderful board and several dozen short-term volunteers throughout the year,” she explains.


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Brother Wolf Animal Rescue, based in Asheville, relies on a roster of more than 2,500 volunteers. Founder denise bitz says the first full-time hire she made was a volunteer coordinator; she now has about 52 full- and part-time employees. And to keep up with the flow of volunteers, they’re now holding two orientations per week. “I think people come to Asheville because they love that people living here care about quality of life — for people and for animals. Volunteering and giving back is a great way for people to have a great quality of life.” The Asheville Downtown Association works to support downtown businesses while promoting a vibrant city center. That includes producing the Downtown After 5 concert series, the Independence Day celebration and the Asheville holiday parade. To pull off projects on that scale, the ADA needs a backbone of solid volunteer support. Executive Director meghan rogers, one of two full-time employees, says they call on about 350 volunteers.

But despite having a reliable core group, enlisting enough willing hands to adequately staff those happenings can be difficult. “One challenge for us is that our events occur on weekends and holidays, when many people have other plans. We also struggle to fill our second shifts, since many people like to get their volunteer service in early, then enjoy the rest of the event. We do our best to make sure our volunteers know they’re appreciated: Our perks program includes event T-shirts, beverage tokens and a great party.” many hats When ryan olson became executive director of the Brevard-based Muddy Sneakers, his support staff consisted of one part-timer. The nonprofit, which promotes experiential and wilderness education, works with six school systems, serving about 1,600 kids each year.

In the early days, notes Olson, he wore a variety of hats, including working on IT issues, developing programs, building human resource protocols and addressing other needs that there was no one else to take care of. Today, Muddy Sneakers has four 30-plushour employees, allowing Olson to focus more on things like partner relations, community outreach and grant writing. “As an executive director of a small nonprofit, you constantly have to be prepared to get pulled into anything. And the more dynamic you are, the more diverse your background, the better you’ll be served,” he observes. The N.C. Stage Company aims to bring professional-quality theater productions to Western North Carolina. Founded in 2001, the nonprofit now has three full-time and three part-time employees, with a

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supporting cast that varies depending on the play. Co-founder and Artistic Director charlie flynnmciver says he makes “a lot of the artistic decisions, hiring of all the people that design, act, direct. Dayto-day, I’m doing a lot of fundraiser letters, outreach, glad-handing with donors, picking [actors] up from the airport, taking them to housing that I hunted down, and brokering agreements with vendors to get breaks on prices in exchange for advertising.” Gavin, too, says that despite Loving Food Resources’ committed volunteers, she sometimes has to step up and do whatever’s necessary. “If a volunteer hasn’t taken care of cleaning the waiting area and bathrooms, I am certainly not above cleaning responsibilities. I also process intake forms for new clients, call to give them directions to the pantry and answer any questions they may have,” she says. And while Gavin loves working with the organization’s more than 150 volunteers, her many other responsibilities sometimes leave


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her feeling that “I’m not giving them the attention they deserve, and I’m not taking enough time to groom certain volunteers into taking leadership roles.” Sides’ duties at The Lord’s Acre also run the gamut, including “growing food, managing volunteers and interns, stuffing envelopes, helping with fundraisers, photography, social media, community engagement, attending board meetings, writing grants, attending conferences, strategic planning, personal education, writing thank-you notes.” And though Bitz presides over a fully staffed nonprofit, she says she still cleans up poop and takes animals to veterinarian appointments. Her primary focus, though, is “making sure Brother Wolf is living up to its mission — and, basically, raising the money so we can operate.” thE m-worD

BuDDy systEm: Students take a break from gathering materials to create insulation for a container of heated water. Muddy Sneakers works with six school systems across Western North Carolina. Photo courtesy of Muddy Sneakers

But if these nonprofit leaders are driven by passion, money is essential to keeping their organizations

DistriBution magic: Loving Food Resources provided more than 100 tons of food across 18 Western North Carolina counties in 2015. The nonprofit has only one employee and relies on more than 150 volunteers to accomplish its mission. Photo courtesy of Loving Food Resources

going. “The majority of my time is expected to be spent on fundraising: establishing relationships with current and potential donors, seeking out and applying for grants, organizing fundraisers,” says Gavin. “Seeking new funding sources is an ongoing need for any nonprofit; it can be very time-consuming and challenging, yet rewarding.” For that reason, Brother Wolf looks beyond traditional approaches, operating two thrift stores, a grooming service and a retail store. Bitz says she’s “always looking for new ways to generate revenue that doesn’t involve asking people directly for money,” though she still does that as well. “There are limited resources, and there are a great many wonderful nonprofits doing wonderful work. I don’t really see us in competition with anybody, because I think a lot of donors have multiple causes that are near and dear to them.” Olson says he’s constantly thinking of ways to present Muddy Sneakers as an investment, not a charity. He also believes in reaching out to likeminded organizations. “Nonprofits, historically, haven’t collaborated because of a fear of sharing their donor lists,” he notes. “We’re trying to broaden our partnerships. Donors want to see collaboration, and they believe organizations will

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be stronger partnering to get bigger projects done than working in silos.” As an all-volunteer organization with a roughly $3,500 annual budget, The POP Project is keenly aware of financial issues. Giavedoni says Asheville is an amazingly supportive community, but “There are so many nonprofits in the area with voices of varying strengths. It’s difficult for small organizations like ours to secure support for our services while competing with larger, staffed organizations whose causes are just as important.” Most of POP’s overhead, she says, involves book storage. “Our dream is to find someone who can donate space in exchange for the tax benefits of working with a nonprofit.” Sides sees the money hunt as involving more than just financial assets. “Fundraising is not simply asking for money or creating events — it’s also finding community assets and putting them to use, making new friends, building relationships, extending heartfelt thanks and loving folks,” she points out. Still, it’s “challenging, both practically and in the toll it takes on the personal energy of all involved. There is never a time we’re not thinking about or working on it.”

Asheville’s relatively small size also limits fundraising possibilities. FlynnMcIver says his theater peers in other cities “have a local place where they can write a competitive grant for operating expenses. We really have nothing like that here, and all my colleagues across the state are stupefied when they hear that.” Rogers sounds a similar note. “There are a lot of nonprofits in the Asheville area, and we’re often competing for the same donors or sponsors. That, coupled with the fact that Asheville doesn’t have a lot of major corporations, makes fundraising challenging. For the ADA, fundraising is primarily centered on event sponsorship, though we’re looking at ways to increase our nonevent income.” thE PayoFF But amid the endless herding of volunteers, juggling of duties and chasing after dollars, what keeps these local leaders going? “The most rewarding thing for me,” says Bitz, “is that we’re in the business

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of social change, and I’ve seen it happen right before my eyes.” Giavedoni acknowledges that The POP Project has faced challenges in its efforts to deliver books to prisons. Navigating the bureaucracy can be difficult, she says, and each institution has its own rules and restrictions. “We have learned over the years that prisons are certainly not a service industry. Yet, despite any small hurdles we hit, our passion for the mission keeps us moving forward.” Gavin, too, says seeing her organization’s mission come to life is a great way to stay grounded and recharge. “The reward is in the smiles of the people we see on Saturdays when they come to shop. They’re grateful for the service we provide, and that makes it all worthwhile.” Sides says The Lord’s Acre crew is enjoying the journey as much as fulfilling the mission. “No one on our board knew the first thing about nonprofit work when we began, and that’s been our challenge and our strength. What started simply as a way to provide fresh produce to our local pantry has become a way of bringing people together around food.”

For Flynn-McIver, part of the payoff is seeing the community support unorthodox arts projects — and watching them come to life. “We do more challenging things than some other theaters in town, and do it at a level that professional actors appreciate. … It’s a hard ticket to sell, but it’s very rewarding.” Rogers says she finds satisfaction in “working with volunteers to put together free, fun events for the citizens of Asheville. Also, seeing a project or program we’ve partnered on come to fruition in a way that makes downtown better for members, businesses, residents and visitors.” For Olson, the obvious answer is seeing kids learn about the region’s wilderness resources. But beyond that, he maintains, working in WNC’s nonprofit sector is its own reward. “If someone reading this article is thinking about getting into the nonprofit world, or sticking around to get to the executive level, I would encourage them to do so. Having worked in the for-profit sector, I realize just how lucky we are to have so many highly educated, invested folks that do care about quality of life.” X

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Gray area

Senior volunteers fuel local nonprofits

BY Virginia DaFFron

core volunteers (those contributing more than 100 hours of service per year) are over 55. stephanie wallace, who coordinates construction volunteers, says the average age of her core group is nearly 70. The net effect of their efforts is substantial: Last year, Habitat’s core volunteers contributed more than 41,000 hours with a dollar value of almost $1 million, says Wallace. “But more importantly,” she notes, “they have a huge impact on the lives of the people we serve. Their volunteer work means our houses are built with care and are affordable for our families.” A great gray army is at work throughout Buncombe County: retired people donating their time to groups of every stripe. At just about any nonprofit that relies on volunteer labor, the predominant hair color is likely to range from white to silver to steel. This unpaid workforce brings with it a wide variety of life experiences, but its members have remarkably similar goals: to forge connections and make this community a better place, finding meaning through giving back. According to the Corporation for National and Community Service, an estimated one in four Americans volunteers. In the Asheville area, the rate is even higher: Almost 30 percent of the population reported volunteer service in 2014, census data shows. Local volunteer coordinators say retirees account for at least half their unpaid helpers, adding that these folks’ flexible schedules and deep desire to serve make them particularly consistent and reliable team members. And while hard numbers aren’t easy to come by, it seems likely that upward of 10,000 retired or semiretired Asheville residents are actively engaged in volunteer work. michelle bennett directs the United Way’s Hands On AshevilleBuncombe program, which matches volunteers with groups needing assistance. Retirees, she says, “fill a lot of needs and support roles in the community.” Without their efforts, “A lot

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sEnior momEnt: Reading coach Ken Lenington with his Read to Succeed student at Vance Elementary. Photo by Kelsey Wayne of students and families and neighbors would be hurting.” If MANNA FoodBank’s retired volunteers suddenly failed to show up for a week or two, for example, the nonprofit would be able to help only a fraction of those it feeds through programs

like MANNA Packs for Kids and local food pantries, notes volunteer manager maxwell gruber. “Without our senior volunteers, the reach we currently have would be greatly diminished.” And at Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity, at least 80 percent of the 283

From its location on the UNC Asheville campus, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute gives newly arriving seniors tools to help them quickly get to know and engage with their adopted home. About 90 percent of the organization’s 2,300 members have moved here from other parts of the country, says Executive Director catherine frank. “What we provide, in part, is entree into community,” she explains. “Our members come to us looking for learning, engagement and friendship.” The nine-week Leadership Asheville Seniors program is a popular introduction to local history, culture, issues, organizations and leaders. Many participants, says Frank, “find a connection with a site we’ve visited or a nonprofit we’ve learned

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about.” That often leads to a deeper relationship: Over 65 percent of OLLI members report volunteering at least five hours a month. Retiree sarah reincke, who chairs the institute’s Civic Engagement Committee, says she sees the group’s role as “homing in on the kinds of volunteering opportunities we know will resonate with our members.” A recent survey found that OLLI members volunteer with over 100 local organizations. Analyzing the list, says Reincke, has revealed that her cohort is especially drawn to organizations working on education and food security.

The program generates impressive results: Over the 2014-15 school year, 60 percent of Read to Succeed students reached grade level in reading. Participating classroom teachers said that three-quarters of Read to Succeed students improved throughout the year across four measures of attitude and behavior. And, stresses Bastian, “They all say they need more reading coaches.” The nonprofit, she notes, hosts well-attended social events for its volunteers, who enjoy getting to know like-minded literacy advocates. “It’s wonderful to hear the coaches talk about their students. If you didn’t know better, you’d think they were talking about their own children.”

sELFish rEasons Reincke also echoes what other retirees have pointed out as well: Senior volunteers’ motives are by no means completely selfless. Volunteering, says Reincke, offers a multitude of rewards. Realizing that they’re still productive members of the community raises seniors’ selfesteem, and connecting with others is an antidote to isolation, boosting both mental and physical health. For her part, Reincke says she particularly values the intergenerational acquaintances she makes through her work at Asheville Middle School and as a docent at the Asheville Art Museum. “At every stage of life, those relationships are elusive. When you’re mom, everybody you know is a mom. When you retire, everybody you know is retired,” she reflects. “Especially in retirement, we need to connect with people of different ages and races to keep our perspectives wide and open.” Wallace recalls a recent conversation with a retired volunteer who said Habitat was “playing an important role in his aging process. We


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hELPing thE hELPErs

Packing a Punch: Volunteers from Givens Estates label bags for MANNA’s bulk repackaging program. Photo courtesy of MANNA FoodBank allow him to acquire new skills under supportive supervision. We keep his mind engaged and his body active. What better way to grow old than in the company of really good people while still working to make a difference?” But what about the physical demands of a construction site? “For the most part, volunteers know when to age themselves off roofs, then ladders and maybe eventually into the ReStore,” she explains. “And if they don’t do it themselves, their wives will call!” tackLing thE achiEvEmEnt gaP Pat bastian, the administrator for Read to Succeed, reports that “easily 95 percent”

of the organization’s volunteer coaches and buddies are 55 or older. Coaches make a substantial time commitment, pledging to work with one student twice a week from kindergarten or first grade through third grade. Reading buddies, on the other hand, commit to working with a student once a week throughout a single school year. Volunteers must also learn phonics-based, multisensory teaching methods. And though they come from diverse backgrounds, Bastian says the common thread is a desire to improve the futures of children from low-literacy homes, who are already behind their peers when they enter kindergarten. “Most volunteers are troubled by the achievement gap among Asheville students and have made a commitment to change that,” she observes.

Many well-heeled local retirees give back from a position of privilege, but all segments of society can and do contribute to the broader community, says ann whisenhunt, who manages the Land of Sky Regional Council’s Senior Companion Program. Senior volunteers with limited incomes receive a small stipend in exchange for helping the homebound elderly with things like preparing meals, visiting the doctor or shopping. The 39 senior companions currently serving in Buncombe County volunteer between 15 and 40 hours per week, enabling the people they assist to continue living independently in their own homes. Volunteers must earn no more than 200 percent of the federal poverty level (about $24,000 per year). They’re paid $2.65 per hour, which isn’t counted as income for the purpose of determining their own eligibility for services or housing subsidies.

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Land of Sky also administers the Foster Grandparent Program, which places low-income seniors in schools and child care facilities to work one on one with at-risk or special-needs children. Last year, 68 foster grandparents served in Buncombe County, says program manager stacy friesland. Five of them worked with children with developmental disabilities at the Irene Wortham Center in South Asheville. Foster grandparents provide an extra adult presence in the lives of kids with significant needs. The seniors are never alone with the children and don’t count toward state-mandated supervision ratios. Like senior companions, foster grandparents earn a stipend for their work and must meet income requirements. sounD aDvicE At the Buncombe County Council on Aging, volunteer peer counselors work alongside paid staff, advising other seniors about their eligibility for programs that can lower their monthly prescription drug costs. The 21 Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program volunteers must complete over 20 hours of online training to obtain certification. They’re then expected to provide at least 40 hours of service during the year. In 2015, the program saved Buncombe and Henderson County seniors over $483,120, says john wingerter, the director of insurance services. The


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busiest time of year, he continues, is Medicare’s annual election period: Oct. 15 through Dec. 7. Last year, SHIIP counselors assisted over 800 clients during that period. But requests for advice aren’t limited to those months. Nationwide, over 10,000 people a day turn 65, triggering their Medicare eligibility. “Some days,” says Wingerter, “with the phone ringing off the hook, it feels like all 10,000 are in Buncombe County.” His office also helps consumers choose a health insurance plan under the Affordable Care Act. Other Council on Aging volunteers provide transportation, do minor home repairs and deliver food to homebound recipients, says Executive Director wendy marsh. suPEr sEniors In an average week, about 500 people volunteer at MANNA FoodBank. About half are seniors who, as regulars, “know what to do and how to do it,” making their contributions especially efficient and effective, says Gruber, the organization’s volunteer manager. “We are part of their routine,” he notes, adding that it’s “not a stretch to say that retirees make MANNA run on a weekly basis.” And though volunteering in the warehouse can be physically demanding, a surprising number of older volunteers say it helps keep them fit. “I have

one weekly volunteer who’s 95, which tells you a lot about the benefits of retiring actively,” says Gruber. In addition, retirees’ flexible schedules mean “they’re able to fit into the needs that we have,” he explains. “People who are working, or students, have more rigid schedules that we have to work around.” One program, which involves driving trucks to pick up and deliver food on short notice, “definitely wouldn’t exist without our retired volunteers,” he reports. “I can put out a call online for a delivery on 24- or 48-hour notice, and I almost always get someone to fill that shift.” Besides tackling warehouse tasks, seniors also work in MANNA’s offices and serve on the organization’s board of directors. changing nEEDs The face of retirement is changing. Today’s retirees are often in good health, and many can expect to live another 20 to 30 years. “At no point in a person’s life do we remain unchanged over a period of 30 years,” notes Frank, the director of OLLI. And retirees’ volunteer commitments may reflect those changes. “Sometimes people will serve on a board for a while and then realize that they want to do something more routine that gives them a different kind of feeling of accomplishment,” she explains. After many years of working in executive positions, she

hEavy LiFting: Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity core volunteers Tom Berner and David Langdon lay block on a Habitat construction site. Photo by Greta Bush

recalls, one OLLI member told her, “I just want to drive the truck.” At OLLI itself, where hundreds of volunteers supplement the work of eight paid staff, says Frank, “People can give at so many different levels, from teaching a course to welcoming new members at a social event, and everybody is valued for what they bring.” Whisenhunt, too, sees many changes in the pool of volunteers she manages, compared with previous generations. Often, she points out, baby boomers are “still working after age 65, they are traveling a lot, and they may be taking care of elderly parents or grandchildren.” With so much on their plates, the “level of commitment is different” when it comes to things like taking on a regular volunteer shift. Meanwhile, says Whisenhunt, a 30-year veteran in the field of volunteer management, community needs continue to grow, so adapting to the needs of today’s senior volunteers is well worth the effort. Without retirees, she concludes, “I think we would see a catastrophe in Asheville. There is no way to overstate the value of what these folks are giving back to the community, in terms of their time and experience.” X

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WHy GiVe!LocaL?

2016 project builds on last year’s successes

BY JeFF FoBes Two-thirds of last year’s Give!Local donors gave $50 or less — which was perfectly fitting for Mountain Xpress’ locally based grassroots giving project. The minimum donation was $10, although kids could give $5 and get a free ice cream. In all, more than 280 donors gave more than $37,000 to 30 local nonprofits last November and December in the project’s first year. A second Give!Local is planned for the last two months of this year. This year’s goal is to top $100,000. Give!Local is an online shopping cart-style platform, administered by Xpress, that makes it easy for individuals to select exactly what they want to donate to any or all of the project’s selected nonprofits while visiting just one website. Each year’s Give!Local nonprofits are selected by Xpress to reflect a mix of size and types of groups. All donations go to the nonprofits. Local businesses join in the effort by offering goods and services as rewards to donors. Coming out on top of last year’s campaign was The Lord’s Acre, a relatively new nonprofit that raised $5,922 in the two-month giving period. The Lord’s Acre is sited on a 1-acre property in Fairview and manages to produce 9.5 tons of fresh produce annually, which is then donated to local food banks, with the aim of ending hunger holistically. It’s pretty clear that most Give!Local donors gave for the cause rather than the tax write-off, since they gave less than $50. But better than a tax deduction, each of them received a voucher book with coupons for free stuff like espresso, appetizers, chai and cookies from various local businesses. “We hope those donors got more in the habit of philanthropic giving,” said susan hutchinson, Give!Local’s director. “The fun and habit-building will return this November when the second Give!Local gets underway,” she added. “We plan to increase the number of Give!Local nonprofits this year by


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think LocaL, givE!LocaL: More than 280 donors gave more than $37,000 to 30 local nonprofi ts last year through the Give!Local project. This year, the goal is to top $100,000. 15, bringing the total to 45,” Hutchinson said. “And we’ll add to last year’s four nonprofit types — which were People, Environment, Pets, Nature — by dividing the People category into Community and Social Justice.” Give!Local also includes rewarding a particularly devoted nonprofit worker.

“This year, we hope to offer two $1,000 Julian Awards,” Hutchinson said. The 2016 Give!Local process gets started in early June, when nonprofits can apply online to be a part of this year’s program. Two orientation meetings will be held for interested nonprofits to ask questions about the program.

Participating nonprofits pay a modest flat fee to participate (to cover website and administrative costs), but there is no fee to apply. Participants will be chosen based on the project’s desired mix of size and type of nonprofits, and on the nonprofits’ ability to utilize to program in their fall fundraising. The Give!Local donation site goes live Nov. 1 and closes Dec. 31. The project builds excitement with four Big Give Days, spread out over the two months, when donors are entered into drawings for fabulous prizes. Xpress is currently seeking business partners to provide incentives for donations. There is no cash cost to be a business partner. Partners gain by finding new clientele for their products. The incentives Give!Local organizers are seeking fall into many categories: • Items for the 2016 Voucher Book, such as a slice of pizza, a free coffee or a free cookie. The book will be mailed to everyone who donates $20 or more. Print run is expected to be at least 400. • Gift certificates, dinners, event or attraction passes (things that fit into an envelope). These will be mailed to donors who give more than $250 (larger donors getting fatter envelopes). About 100 gift packages of various sizes will be sent out. • Physical samples that can be put into hand-delivered packages to Give!Local’s largest donors. • Single items or shopping sprees or event packages worth more than $500, to be used for Big Give Days. The larger the item, the better! • Cash is needed for a variety of prizes, including the Julian prizes. • Businesses can also participate by offering matching grants, such as an employer matching its employees’ donations, or a pledge to match funds raised by a nonprofit. • Businesses, such as bars and coffee houses, can host parties and benefits that link back to the Give!Local program. Xpress will help publicize such events. • Businesses may partner directly with one or more of the participating nonprofits. X

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tHe JuLian aWards Rewarding people who make a difference for WNC through nonprofit work

sErving othErs: Shaneka Simmons, health access coordinator at Western Carolina

Medical Society’s Project Access, was last year’s winner of Give!Local’s Julian Award, which honors exceptional nonprofit employees. Photo by Able Allen There are those among us who have chosen a life of service, who find meaningful work more important than a big paycheck. Many of these people work in the nonprofit sector. Give!Local’s Julian Award, named for Asheville philanthropist julian Price, honors a few dedicated nonprofit employees who have chosen to work for a good cause even though it doesn’t involve a glamorous paycheck. The awards’ $1,000 cash prizes (Give!Local organizers hope there will be two this year) are given in conjunction with the Give!Local project’s kickoff, and are sponsored by generous local businesses. shaneka simmons was last year’s recipient. Simmons works as health access coordinator at Western Carolina Medical Society’s Project Access. “I don’t come from a background where I had everything growing up. I was hit with a lot of things. I had my first child at 16,” she says. But, she adds, “I just know that if I can overcome my obstacles and bumps in the road, then I can also help and motivate someone else to do the same.”


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Simmons and her team helped 2,500 patients last year to get assistance from 500 local volunteer physicians. The value of that medical care is estimated at about $7.5 million. “We believe that the Asheville area has many people like Shaneka Simmons, working hard and doing good,” said Give!Local Director susan hutchinson. This year’s Julian Award winners will be selected from nominations made by coworkers and employers. To qualify for a Julian Award, nominees must: • be doing exceptional, creative work in the nonprofit sector, • work at least 30 hours per week for a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization in Buncombe, Henderson, Haywood or Madison counties and • earn no more than $35,000 per year. Nomination forms will be available online in June. If your business would like to sponsor one of this year’s Julian Awards, email X

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whErE thE nonProFits arE: The concentration of nonprofits in Buncombe County is shown with larger numbers placed in areas with the most nonprofits, as determined by zip code. Nonprofits are there to serve, so it’s no surprise that they are concentrated in population centers, but some populations are more served than others. In 2012, Buncombe County had 809 nonprofits, one for approximately every 302 people. Meanwhile Henderson County had a ratio of about 454 people per nonprofit, Haywood had one for every 449 people, Madison had one for every 380 people and Transylvania came close to Buncombe with a nonprofit for every 309 people.

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“Nonprofit” can mean a lot of things. It can mean a church or a school, a club or a fraternity. It can mean a quasi-governmental organization. It can mean, very generally, any tax exempt organization — or it can be the punchline of a bad joke about a business that’s not doing very well, as in “I run a nonprofit record store.” Three types of organizations fall into the category of 501(c)(3) nonprofits: private foundations, churches and public charities. While some private foundations are set up for purposes other than philanthropy, many are established by an individual, a family or a group to pursue charitable ends. Foundations generally do not solicit funds from the public, and their programs are guided by their trustees or directors. “Churches” is the umbrella term used by the IRS to designate qualifying worship organizations. Unlike other types of 501(c)(3) s, churches are not required to file any tax documents, regardless of revenues, though many do file voluntarily. Because of this inconsistency in reporting, churches are difficult to summarize as a category. Public charities are nonprofits that usually derive their funding or support primarily from the general public, receiving grants from individuals, government and private foundations. The term “charity” can be a bit misleading, however. While nonprofits are generally working for what they see as the public good, they are not necessarily direct relief organizations. Many function more like a business than anything else; Mission Health, with over 10,000 employees and upwards of $1 billion in annual revenue, is an example of a nonprofit that generates big money while also providing some charitable services. For each of the charts and graphs in this section, a nonprofit is defined as a 501(c)(3) IRS recognized tax exempt organization, donations to which are tax deductible, that is not also a house of worship (church, synagogue, mosque, etc.) or a simple association of people like a small club. The data presented here are the most recent available from the IRS, and the numbers are drawn from (2012) tax documents. X

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centage of nonprofits centered aroung the natural world, religion and the extra national. And, while the data aren’t conclusive, there is definitely a lower percentage of human services nonprofits. Even if the “unknown” portions of the local data charts were proportionally distributed among the other categories, their percentages would still be lower than the national average. *May use slightly different parameters for counting

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Ingles Asheville Savings Bank Harmony Motors The Orange Peel Asheville Color and Imaging

Ski Country Sports

Still Point Wellness

Return to Balance with Reki

Chai Pani

Sierra Nevada Brewing Company

River of Life Chiropractic

Roman’s Deli & Catering

Spellbound Children’s books

Dare to Fly Trapeze

The Hop

LaZoom Tours

Amber Golding

Motion Makers


EMERGE Asheville

Fine Arts Theatre

Highland Brewing Company

Meadows Town Ranch

Patton Avenue Pet Company

Thirsty Monk

Equinox Horse Foundation

John C Campbell Folk School

Sugar Hollow Solar

Mosaic Cafe


Mangum Pottery

Asheville Salt Cave

Zuma Coffee

Dr. Will Booker Chiropractic

Pet Poo Skiddoo

High Five Coffee

Nancy Allen

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artistic cLout BY aBle allen Asheville was recently listed by Top Value Reviews as No. 9 on its list of “30 Great Small Towns for Theater Lovers.” The online site singled out the strength of the plays put on by N.C. Stage Company and The Foundation Performing Arts in Spindale, as well as other performance efforts from Lex 18 Themed Dinners and the Brevard Summer Music Festival. Such offerings, often provided by area nonprofits, have large economic impacts on the community. To support this, Americans for the Arts, a national nonprofit advancing the cause of arts organizations, published studies

Study shows economic impacts of Buncombe arts groups

on the economic impact of arts organizations in 182 areas all over the county in 2012. One of the economic microclimates the organization chose to look at was Buncombe County. At that time, the study found 189 total eligible nonprofit arts and culture organizations, as identified by the city of Asheville Cultural Arts Division. Thirty-four of those groups participated in the study. The study looked at institutional data from the 2010 fiscal year, along with 1,061 audience-member surveys collected in 2011 at nonprofit arts and culture performances, events and exhibitions. The study found that industry expenditures in Buncombe County totaled nearly $44 million. That spending supported the full-time equivalent of 1,427 jobs, 550 of which were pro-

vided by arts and culture organizations. Arts activities also generated about $4.7 million in state and local government revenue. Nonresidents showed their appreciation for Asheville’s arts scene. According to the study, 321,726 nonresident attendees spent an average of $63.96 each that year on food, transportation, lodging, gifts and other things — excluding admission costs. The study also revealed local love for the strong community of arts nonprofits as well. A range of resident attendees were surveyed at a range of free and paid events to determine that about 455,390 visits by residents included average outlays of $13.71 per visit, over and above the price of admission, mostly on meals and refreshments. X

Wnc nonProFit stats, by county BUNCOMBE COUNTY (2013 POP. 247,912 ) • 450 nonprofits • report $1,958,287,610 in annual revenue • have 16,196 employees CHEROKEE COUNTY (2013 POP. 27,218) • 30 nonprofits • report $77,263,197 in annual revenue • have 969 employees CLAY COUNTY (2013 POP. 10,584) • 14 nonprofits • report $8,438,067 in annual revenue • have 66 employees GRAHAM COUNTY (2013 POP. 8,736) • 13 nonprofits • report $1,564,207 in annual revenue • have 37 employees HAYWOOD COUNTY (2013 POP. 59,183) • 66 nonprofits • report $71,099,156 in annual revenue • have 1,117 employees HENDERSON COUNTY (2013 POP. 109,540) • 132 nonprofits • report $280,488,726 in annual revenue • have 4,336 employees JACKSON COUNTY (2013 POP. 40,919) • 68 nonprofits • report 163,670,544 in annual revenue • have 1,514 employees MACON COUNTY (2013 POP. 33,857) • 73 nonprofits • report $53,371,021 in annual revenue • have 1,383 employees

MADISON COUNTY (2013 POP. 21,022) • 32 nonprofits • report $60,404,046 in annual revenue • have 735 employees MCDOWELL COUNTY (2013 POP. 44,961) • 35 nonprofits • report $15,481,404 in annual revenue • have 782 employees MITCHELL COUNTY (2013 POP. 15,328) • 29 nonprofits • report $20,525,419 in annual revenue • have 680 employees POLK COUNTY (2013 POP. 20,411) • 49 nonprofits • report $86,444,559 in annual revenue • have 883 employees RUTHERFORD COUNTY (2013 POP. 66,956) • 82 nonprofits • report $222,907,990 in annual revenue • have 2,148 employees SWAIN COUNTY (2013 POP. 14,058) • 29 nonprofits • rep0rt $35,136,935 in annual revenue • have 771 employees TRANSYLVANIA COUNTY (2013 POP. 32,903) • 66 nonprofits • report $51,954,904 in annual revenue • have 1,364 employees YANCEY COUNTY (2013 POP. 17,566) • 31 nonprofits • report $8,823,590 in annual revenue • have 256 employees

Data provided by N.C. Center for Nonprofits- includes quantity and revenue limited to organizations other than churches with annual gross revenues of $50,000 or greater, for fiscal year 2013. Employment data. Includes all employees at tax-exempt nonprofits of any type covered by the North Carolina Unemployment Insurance laws in 2013.


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WiLd turns & danGerous curVes Remembering the making of cult classic Thunder Road in Asheville “Let me tell the story, I can tell it all About the mountain boy who ran illegal alcohol His daddy made the whiskey, son, he drove the load When his engine roared, they called the highway Thunder Road. Sometimes into Asheville, sometimes Memphis town The revenoors chased him but they couldn’t run him down Each time they thought they had him, his engine would explode He’d go by like they were standin’ still on that Thunder Road…” — “The Ballad of Thunder Road,” words & music by Robert Mitchum, Don Ray & Jack Marshall This month marks the 58th anniversary of the release of the cult classic Thunder Road, much of which was shot in and around Asheville. Despite its humble origins as a lowbudget B flick, the film has endured over the years, especially among a certain segment of movie fans. In addition, it has earned a special place in the hearts of car and racing enthusiasts the world over. Thunder Road is a story about mountain moonshine runners (“The definitive moonshine picture” – Leonard Maltin), big-city mobsters, fast cars and the Treasury agents (“revenoors”) who chase them, along with a girl or two tossed in for good measure Its story line would later be exploited ad nauseam in other films, but was still fresh in 1958. The movie has always held a special attraction for men, many of whom have fond memories of either seeing it at their local theater or watching it with their dad or granddad at home. A strong antiauthoritarian streak runs through it, another reason for its appeal to young males. Among other notable achievements, Thunder Road is the movie that launched the muscle-car era in America, according to classic car expert Pete Dunton. “After Thunder Road, things would never be the same again (in the car world),” according to Dunton. Embedding it even more deeply in the popular culture was


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a Passion For acting: Charles Elledge, right, on the set of Thunder Road. Elledge played Jimmy, one of the local moonshiners in the film. Elledge, who was best-known for his role as Preacher Sims in the long-running outdoor drama Horn in the West, also served as the principal of Marion High School in McDowell County. Photo courtesy of L.B. Simmons Collection, D.H. Ramsey Library Special Collections, UNC Asheville “My father, charles elledge, was an educator and served as the principal of Marion High School in the 1950s. He also had a passion for acting and over the years appeared in various films and TV productions. He played one of the moonshiners in Thunder Road. It was a small part, but one he enjoyed. My dad had a big, imposing bearing, but [was] very con-

Bruce Springsteen’s 1970s rock anthem “Thunder Road,” the title of which he took from the movie poster. Other incarnations of the name have included amusement park rides, horse racing events, songs, mobile comics, rock bands, board games and even an alcohol distillery, just to name a few. And if all that weren’t enough, a 1975 spinoff, a movie called Moonrunners

“I remember the producers coming to buy some of their cars from my dad and uncle. I also remember both my dad and uncle having to go to Sandy Bottoms to teach them how to spin the cars out without

genial. He liked playing characters like this — he played Preacher Sims for years in ‘Horn in the West’ in Boone — and he knew how to portray them with authenticity. He and Robert Mitchum became friends during the production.” — cherie elledge-grapes, dallas, n.c.

(featuring Robert Mitchum’s son Jim) served as the inspiration for the wildly popular 1980s TV show “The Dukes of Hazzard.” All in all, not a bad legacy for a little movie made in a few short weeks on a shoestring. Robert Mitchum, known for being something of a maverick himself, had wanted to do the film for a long time. Having previously spent time in

running them in the river. A federal agent came to our house a few times looking for moonshine, as my family were moonshine runners after World War II.” — bill Parris, asheville

the South (he had family in South Carolina), he nursed an admiration for the independent, rebellious spirit of the region, especially the mountain culture of Western North Carolina and east Tennessee. If that part of the country had an “attitude problem,” it was one that Mitchum liked and attempted in some ways to emulate in his own life. From the start, Thunder Road was his baby. In fact, it was he who largely pulled the finances together for the project, while also serving as the film’s producer and co-writer. He even composed some of the music and lyrics and, it was rumored, directed several scenes himself. Making it a family affair, he cast his oldest son, Jim, in the part of his kid brother Robin (a role, according to Jim Mitchum, originally slated for Elvis Presley). All in all, this was one project where the sleepy-eyed actor, famous for his “I don’t give a damn” attitude both on and off the screen, was all in. The movie was released in May 1958 with little fanfare or advance publicity, and received almost no attention from the critics. It seemed destined to die a quick death, buried and forgotten along with a thousand other films of similar low pedigree. Except it didn’t. Instead, it stuck around, seldom receiving top billing at first-run movie houses, but frequently appearing as the second or third feature on a twin or triple bill, usually at an outdoor venue. In fact, it was probably the drive-ins, once so popular, that both saved the movie and eventually turned it into a cult classic. The movie remained especially popular in small towns throughout the South and Southeast, where

“I was present when the sports car club had an autocross event at mccormick field and Robert Mitchum’s son drove the ’50 Ford being used in the movie through the gate in right field and around the track, causing them to halt the event. The announcer made a very sarcastic remark, and Robert Mitchum left.” — jerry King, asheville

makin’ mountain DEw: The moonshine still used in Thunder Road. Photo courtesy of L.B. Simmons Collection, D.H. Ramsey Library Special Collections, UNC Asheville the so-called “car culture” first took firm root in the 1950s and 1960s, not to mention the cradle of NASCAR. At the heart of the story is the Mitchum character Lucas (Luke) Doolin, a tough, resourceful veteran of the Korean War, who, now that he has returned home, is resolved to carry on with the family business of making and “runnin’ moon” through the mountains. He becomes even more determined in his role as a “whiskey man” when challenged by government agents intent on squelching the illicit trade, along with syndi-

cate thugs out of Memphis looking to horn in on the business. “The movie respects the traditions of the Scots-Irish, who have a long tradition of moonshining and fierce independence,” says michael gouge, a lecturer of mass communication at unc asheville. “It also shows the encroachment of the modern world into the traditional family-based clan systems. The cars in the movie illustrate the postwar rise of hot rod culture. Skilled veterans home from war often sought out fast cars

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kaBoom! Explosion scene filmed on Merrimon Avenue near what is now City Foreign Auto. Photo courtesy of Park Circus

sounDtrack: Robert Mitchum and a young Randy Sparks on the set of Thunder Road. Photo courtesy of L.B. Simmons Collection, D.H. Ramsey Library Special Collections, UNC Asheville Musician Randy Sparks recorded the “Thunder Road” theme song for the movie soundtrack when he was 25 years old and just out of the Navy. He would go on to found the popular 1960s folk-pop group The New Christy Minstrels. Sparks recently shared his memories of the making of the film: Robert Mitchum saw me on “The Bob Crosby Show” on TV, in uniform, and told his agent, ‘That’s the guy I want to play my kid brother in Thunder Road. I learned many years later that he had probably pulled strings with the secretary of the Navy to get me an early release, and I went from Washington, D.C., to Asheville on my first day as a civilian. I had also been contracted to write and sing songs for the movie, and I had my lead sheets in hand upon arrival. But at the Battery Park Hotel, headquarters of Mitchum’s film company on location, I was told by Bob himself that my assignment had been significantly altered. His 16-year-old son, Jim, had lobbied him to play the acting role, and in the time between when I was contracted and my arrival on location, the title song had already been crafted by veteran songwriter Don Ray, with Mitchum’s collaboration, but I would still be the one to sing it. Bob politely refused to listen to my song titled ‘Thunder Road,’ but he wanted to hear ‘Whippoorwill’ (the alternative title), and he allowed that they might make use of it in a scene later in the film (Keely Smith sings it at the close of the film). I was disappointed, of course, and I had a right to be angry, but maintained a positive attitude. I was, after all, a nobody with zero movie credits, an outsider fully unprepared to combat nepotism, hardly a

bona fide actor, so if anything, I probably felt somewhat relieved. The social ambiance with the cast and crew in the lobby of the Battery Park reminded me of a meat market, and this was terribly disappointing. I had for 18 months in uniform refused to stoop to the level of the traditional image of sailors on liberty in a seaport, and I now felt like walking away. I spied a pretty girl about my age standing in one corner of the sprawling room and looking very much out of place, so I walked over to her and said, “You don’t look pleased to be here.” “I think I’m in the wrong place for the wrong reason,” she replied. “Bob just told me that I would be having a private dinner with him in his room, so that we could go over the script together, and I’m not that kind of girl.” “How would you like to have dinner with me?” I asked. “That’s the best offer I’ve had all day,” she said, and I led the way to the hotel’s dining room. Mitchum shortly came along, overtly expressing his dismay, and I thereafter faithfully served as her chaperone. I can assure you that she was untarnished by the evils of Hollywood in the coming weeks, but I had instantly forfeited my billing in the picture. Of course, I didn’t learn this sad fact until much later, and I’m still somewhat amazed that they left in place my vocal performance over the credits, which, by the way, wasn’t necessarily a boon to my musical career. Jack Marshall, the orchestrator, had written the instrumental track two or three keys too high for my voice, and I sound like a castrate. I begged for a change of key, but he refused. ‘We’re already over budget,’ he grumbled.

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“I was probably 12 or 13 when the movie was made in Asheville. I remember that some local folks got some bit parts, like the well-known wwnc radio announcer farmer russ (offhaus). I also remember a fellow Boy Scout I met at summer camp who was wearing a neckerchief slide carved from a piece of scrap balsa wood that he said was from

some of the debris of a wreck scene in the movie where the car crashed through some rail posts. His dad had some connection with the location shot, I think. A classmate of my older brother at Owen High crashed his ’52 Ford trying to duplicate that 180-degree spin in the scene at the bridge.” — steve norwood, asheville

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man and living strictly by his own rules (“I don’t fix; I don’t buddy up with one living soul,” he tells his brother). These were qualities Mitchum himself admired in mountain folk, romanticized as perhaps they were. His character would in turn embody them in the film, right to the bitter end. As it turned out, audiences loved it. “They [Hollywood] didn’t really understand the movie,” Jim Mitchum has said. “They didn’t have a clue who the audience was for the movie. Yet it has never been out of release in 50 years [plus]. It’s shown somewhere all the time.”

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“My uncle was Howard Penland, who was raised north of Weaverville on Ox Creek Road. His wife, Clara, told me years ago that that there was a time when the folks who lived on Ox Creek Road and Reems Creek Road were concerned that there might be an illegal moonshine operation near the Beech

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catch Thunder Road on the big screen The Fine Arts Theatre and Mountain Xpress have teamed up to screen Thunder Road Wednesday, May 11, in honor of the movie’s original May 1958 release. Opening remarks by Michael Gouge, lecturer of mass communication at UNC Asheville. Gouge previously taught a colloquium titled “Film, the Automobile and American Culture,” for which Thunder Road was required viewing. The show starts at 7 p.m. at the Fine Arts Theatre, at 38 Biltmore Avenue in downtown Asheville. Tickets to the event are $8 and available at the Fine Arts Theatre boxoffice or online at X

star PowEr: Publicity still taken inside the cabin where Robert Mitchum’s Doolin character was hiding out from Treasury agents. The cabin, still available for rental today, is on Weaverville Highway in Asheville. Photo courtesy of Park Circus ice in the hotel glass and poured a little shine. ‘Fill it up,’ she told me, so, OK, I did. The shine was incredibly smooth, and by the time my father walked out of his room, she had already finished it. ‘Ready?’ he asked her. ‘Ready,” she said. She stood up, and then fell over. She was out cold. My dad was horrified when I told him what she had drunk. He picked her up, put her on the couch, and he and I went to dinner.“ Postscript: If you see the movie, watch for the scene where some coun-

community. The reason was that they would occasionally see a hot rod car headed toward Weaverville at a very fast rate of speed. They were relieved when they later learned a movie called Thunder Road was being filmed in the area.” — danny starnes, black mountain

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“My great-uncle Joe Gouge was a moonshiner out of Mitchell County. Our family surname is used in the movie with the character Stacey Gouge, but the actor mispronounces it. Our name isn’t spoken like it’s spelled, but rhymes with Baton Rouge.” — michael gouge, asheville

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waLk a miLE in hEr shoEs: Our VOICE, Buncombe County’s Rape Crisis and Prevention Center, aims to raise $45,000 at its seventh annual Walk a Mile Asheville to help support its core programs. The event takes place Saturday, May 7, at the Roger McGuire Green. Registration begins at 10 a.m., and the walk takes place at 11 a.m. Participants are encouraged to walk in the shoes of another and raise money for Our VOICE through sponsorships, registrations for the walk and gifts to the event. For more information about individual or team registration or to learn how you can give to the event, go to or call 252-0562. Photo courtesy (p. 46)

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819 haywooD oPEn housE anD FunDraisEr events/1762746867291993 • SA (5/7), 5-8pm - Proceeds from this collaborative health open house event with live music, food and drinks, and raffle benefit a local family in need coping with the loss of an infant and caring for a pre-term twin. $5. Held at 819 Haywood Road, 819 Haywood Road

FaLaFEL 5k events/2016/7356/falafel-5k • SU (5/8), 10am - Proceeds from this 5k race benefit the Ywca’s mother’s love program. $30/$25 youth. Held at Jewish Community Center, 236 Charlotte St.

ashEviLLE community thEatrE 35 E. Walnut St., 254-1320, • SA (5/7), 7:30-9:30pm Proceeds from this viewing of the local Appalachian Trail documentary, The Long Start to the Journey, benefit the carolina mountain club and lifelines outdoor ministry. $7. congrEgation BEth israEL 229 Murdock Ave., 252-8860 • SU (5/8), 5-8pm - Proceeds from “Cafe Israel,” featuring Israeli dishes, wine tasting, live folk music and dance, silent auction and children’s activities

ira B. JonEs ELEmEntary 544 Kimberly Ave. • FR (5/6), 5-8pm - Proceeds from this “Spring Fling Fundraiser” with food, games, prizes, music and entertainment benefit ira B. Jones elementary. Free to attend. kiwanis 15k/5k • SU (5/15), 7:15am - Proceeds from this 15k and 5k race benefit Kiwanis charities. Preregistration only. $66.40 for the 15k/$48.47 for the 5k. Held at The Biltmore Estate, 1 Lodge St. mothEr’s Day Brunch at LakE Logan 25 Wormy Chestnut Lane, Canton, 646-0095 • Su (5/8), 11am-2:15pm Proceeds from this Mother’s Day brunch benefit lake logan. $25.

LEnoir comEDy cLuB FunDraisEr • SA (5/7), 7pm - Proceeds from this live comedy fundraiser featuring Dean Napolitano and Ryan Van Genderen and reception benefit the caldwell arts council. $35/$30 advance/$200 for a table of 8. Held at J.E. Broyhill Civic Center, 1913 Hickory Blvd. SE, Lenior morris hELLEnic cuLturaL cEntEr 227 Cumberland Ave. • SU (5/8), 11am-2pm Proceeds from the AHEPA Mother’s Day Luncheon with cafeteria style Greek gourmet dishes benefit Holy trinity greek orthodox church. Carryouts available from 10am-1pm: 253-3754. $1-$16 price range. Pisgah LEgaL sErvicEs rEnt Party BEnEFit 210-3444, • TH (5/5), 5:30pm - Proceeds from this party with live blues by The Chuck Beattie Band and a craft beer & wine reception benefit pisgah legal services. $20. Held at YMI Cultural Center, 39 South Market St.

PriDE Prom 633-1773 • SA (5/7), 7:30-10:30pm - Tickets to this 70s punk rock-themed concert and costume contest benefit anam cara theatre company. $25/$20 advance. Held at Toy Boat Community Art Space, 101 Fairview Road, Suite B PuBLic EvEnts at a-B tEch 398-7900, • FR (5/6), 9am-2pm - Proceeds from the 10th annual A-B Tech Plant Sale benefit the sarah r. gnilka memorial scholarship for biology students. Free to attend. Held on the lawn of the Sycamore Building. waLk a miLE in hEr shoEs • SA (5/7), 11am - Proceeds from this awareness event and march against sexual assault, rape and gender violence benefit our Voice. Registration at 10am. Free to attend. Held at Pack Square Park, Downtown Asheville wiLD south grEEn gaLa • SA (5/7), 6-10pm - Proceeds from this gala dinner with keynote speaker DeLene Beeland, live music and awards ceremony

benefit wild south. $35. Held at The Millroom, 66 Ashland Ave.

BusinEss & tEchnoLogy a-B tEch smaLL BusinEss cEntEr 398-7950, Held at A-B Tech Enka Campus, 1459 Sand Hill Road, Candler Registration required. Free unless otherwise noted. • TU (5/10), 10am-11:30am - “SBA: Programs and Services for Your Small Business,” seminar. • WE (5/11), 3-6pm - “An Entrepreneur’s Guide to Bridging the Digital Divide,” seminar. • TH (5/12), 6-8pm - “Evaluating the Potential of Your Natural Products,” seminar. mountain Bizworks 153 S. Lexington Ave., 253-2834, • FR (5/6) & (5/13), 9am-noon - “Brand & Content Marketing for Small Business,” workshop. Registration required. $20/$35 for both. • TH (5/12), 9-10am - “Fostering Success for Your Existing

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onE miLLion cuPs oF coFFEE • WEDNESDAYS, 9am - Presentations by local highgrowth startup businesses for entrepreneurs. Free. Held at RISC Networks, 81 Broadway Suite C

ashEviLLE nationaL organization For womEn • 2nd SUNDAYS, 2:30pm Monthly meeting. Free. Held at YWCA of Asheville, 185 S French Broad Ave.

PuBLic EvEnts at a-B tEch 398-7900, • FR (5/6), noon-2pm - Computer Technologies Expo, with student capstone exhibitions. Free. Held in the Mission Health/A-B Tech Conference Center. wnc Linux usEr grouP, • 1st SATURDAYS, noon - Users of all experience levels discuss Linux systems. Free to attend. Held at Earth Fare South, 1856 Hendersonville Road

cLassEs, mEEtings & EvEnts BLuE riDgE roLLErgirLs triPLE hEaDEr! (pd.) $2 Beer Special! SA (5/7), Begins at 2:30pm, 5pm & 7pm. A portion of proceeds from Roller Derby Bouts will benefit Asheville-based nonprofit, Our Voice. Adults $13, Teens $11, Children Free under 10. Held at the US Cellular Center, 87 Haywood St. More at thE BEst mosaic instruction in wnc! (pd.) Laura Rendlen: Building a Landscape with Color and Texture, May 14-15 • Linda Pannullo: Picassiette Planter workshop, Sunday, June 12 • Carol Shelkin: Tempered Glass Mosaics, July 16-17. For more information call Linda at 828-337-6749. Email:linda@lindapannullomosaics. com Website: thE connEction PracticE • EMPATHY AND INSIGHT FOR hEaLing rELationshiPs (pd.) Tuesdays, May 10-June 14. 7-9pm. Want better understanding and communication? Six intimate, transformative, experiential classes, private location. Information/ registration: 828-545-9681. ashEviLLE art musEum 2 N. Pack Square, 253-3227, • SA (5/7), 8:30am-2:30pm - 16th annual More Than Math professional development CEU workshop for fifth and sixth grade teachers.

ashEviLLE womEn in BLack • 1st FRIDAYS, 5pm - Monthly peace vigil. Free. Held at the Vance Monument in Pack Square. Big ivy community cEntEr 540 Dillingham Road, Barnardsville, 626-3438 • 2nd MONDAYS, 7pm Community club meeting. Free. BLuE riDgE cEntEr oF LiFELong LEarning 694-1740, • TU (5/10), 1-3pm - “The Mysterious Melungeons” class by Druanna Williams Overbay. Registration required. $30. Held at Blue Ridge Community College, 180 West Campus Drive, Flat Rock FirEstorm caFE anD Books 610 Haywood Road, 255-8115 • WE (5/4), 5:30pm - “Creativity and Social Justice,” open mic. Asheville Tarot Circle • 2nd SUNDAYS, noon-2pm Discussion group on the tarot. LaurEL chaPtEr oF thE EmBroiDErErs’ guiLD amErica 686-8298, • TH (5/12), 10am-noon - Monthly meeting with presentation regarding ZigZag bracelet beading. $7 kit fee for each bracelet. Held at Cummings United Methodist Church, 3 Banner Farm Road, Horse Shoe LEicEstEr community cEntEr 2979 New Leicester Highway, Leicester, 774-3000, Leicester.Community.Center • 2nd TUESDAYS, 7pm - Public board meeting. Free. ontrack wnc 50 S. French Broad Ave., 255-5166, Registration required. Free unless otherwise noted. • WE (5/4), noon-1:30pm “Understanding Credit. Get it. Keep it. Improve it.” Seminar. • WE (5/4), 5:30-7pm - “Budgeting and Debt Class.” • THURSDAYS (5/5) through (6/9), 5:30-7pm - “Money Buddies (5-part series),” budgeting class for women and a friend. Free. • TU (5/10), noon-1:30pm “Budgeting and Debt Class.” • WE (5/11), 5:30-7pm “Understanding Credit. Get it. Keep it. Improve it.” Seminar.

PLus sizE yoga comEs to ashEviLLE! Yoga for Big Bodies! Every Sunday 2:00-3:00pm Drop-in, $10 Beginners welcome, all genders welcome, please bring a mat if you can! 24 Arlington St, Asheville showing uP For raciaL JusticE • TUESDAYS, 10am-noon Educating and organizing white people for racial justice. Free to attend. Held at Firestorm Cafe and Books, 610 Haywood Road tarhEEL PiEcEmakErs quiLt cLuB • WE (5/11), 10am - General meeting and presentation on “Circle of Nines.” Free. Held at Balfour United Methodist Church, 2567 Asheville Highway, Hendersonville vEtErans For PEacE 582-5180, • 2nd TUESDAYS, 6:30-8:30pm General meeting. Free to attend. Held at Firestorm Cafe and Books, 610 Haywood Road

DancE stuDio zahiya, Downtown DancE cLassEs (pd.) Monday 5pm Ballet Wkt 6pm Hip Hop Wkt 7pm Bellydance Hip Hop Fusion 8pm Tap • Tuesday 9am Hip Hop Wkt 6pm Intro to Bellydance 7pm Bellydance 8pm Bellydance 8pm Hip Hop Choreo 2 •Wednesday 9am Hip Hop Wkt 5:30pm Hip Hop Wkt 6:30 Bhangra 7:45 Vixen Series 7:45 Hula 8pm Contemporary • Thursday 9am Hip Hop Wrkt 4pm Kid’s Dance 5pm Teens Hip Hop 7pm West African 8pm West African 2 • Saturday 9:30am Hip Hop Wkt 10:45am POUND Wkt • Sunday 3pm Tap 2• $13 for 60 minute classes, Wkt $5. 90 1/2 N. Lexington Avenue. :: 828.242.7595 ashEviLLE movEmEnt coLLEctivE • FRIDAYS, 7:30-8:30pm - Noninstructional, free-form dance within community. $8-$20. Held at NYS3, 2002 Riverside Dr. Studio 42-O Loft I Building (for parking purposes) • SUNDAYS, 9am & 11am- Noninstructional, free-form dance within community. $8-$20. Held at Asheville Masonic Temple, 80 Broadway

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Wild south’s Green Gala what: The eighth annual Wild South Green Gala, featuring keynote speaker, author delene beeland when: Saturday, May 7, from 6-10 p.m. where: The Millroom why: Wild South’s eighth annual Green Gala celebrates the organization’s 25-year legacy as well as others’ conservation work. “We’re really trying to showcase the history of Wild South as a leader in protecting public lands and wildlife in the region,” says hannah morgan, development and communications coordinator. The nonprofit’s programming will highlight environmental movers and shakers spanning an eight-state constituency, including the winners of its Roosevelt-Ashe Conservation awards. Locals in the running include will harlan of Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine, student and Boy Scout bennett david, dayna reggero of The Climate Listening Project, bob gale of MountainTrue, and carl silverstein of Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy. Additional recognition will go to Western North Carolinians ben Prater of Defenders of Wildlife, robin swayney of Qualla Boundary Library and gary Kaufman of U.S. Forest Service for various contributions. The night’s main attraction, though, is a talk by a local science and nature writer. “DeLene Beeland is the author of The Secret World of Red Wolves, which is the authoritative text on the red wolves that are an endangered species that live here in North Carolina,” Morgan says. “There are fewer than 50 left in the wild.” Beeland’s 2013 book has been an “invaluable resource to informing the fight” to save this threatened species, according to Morgan, who also notes Wild South’s efforts to prevent the Red Wolf Recovery Program from being discontinued. The writer’s speech will relate the red wolf conundrum to the wider topic of Southern conservation. Lightening the earnest tone will be live acoustic bluegrass music and a silent auction and raffle with “a fantastic slew of things — everything from a weekend vacation at a rental cabin in Wolf Laurel to a green investing consulting session to Kleen Kanteen reusable water bottles,” Morgan says. “And then the headline item is the beautiful painting [of wolves by Andrea Cassetta].” Each ticket ($35) includes a taco bar dinner and one drink. Visit for more information. X

FocaL Point: Local artist Andrea Cassetta was commissioned to create a piece of artwork for Wild South’s upcoming fundraiser. Her painting depicts endangered red wolves, which are also the focus of the event’s keynote speech by Asheville author DeLene Beeland. Image courtesy of Wild South

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Burton strEEt rEcrEation cEntEr 134 Burton St. • MONDAYS (except 3rd MONDAYS), 5:30pm - Groove dance. Free. Diana wortham thEatrE 2 S. Pack Square, 257-4530, • TH (5/5), 7:30pm - House of Tarot: A Reading Through Dance, presented by Studio Zahiya. $25. southErn Lights squarE anD rounD DancE cLuB 697-7732, • SA (5/7), 6pm - “Cinco de Mayo” themed dance. Advanced dance at 6 pm. Early rounds at 7 pm. Squares and rounds at 7:30pm. Free. Held at Whitmire Activity Center, 310 Lily Pond Road, Hendersonville thE vanishing whEELchair 645-2941, • Through MO (6/13) - Open registration for wheelchair bound dance classes beginning June 13 through July 25. Registration: 645-6115. Free. Held at Dimensions Studio of Mars Hill, 7401 NC-213, Mars Hill

FEstivaLs mama mia! FEstivaL • SA (5/7), noon-5pm - Mother’s Day street festival sponsored by the Madison County Arts Council with artists, music and Mother’s Day card making activity for kids. Free to attend. Held in Downtown Marshall. wart 95.5 649-1301, • SA (5/7), noon - The Voice of Madison County grand opening kickoff with dj’s. Free. Held at Madison County Arts Council, 90 S. Main St., Marshall wnc wELcomE cEntEr I-26W mile marker 6, 689-4257 • FR (5/6), 10am-2pm - “Annual Tourism Day,” with mountain music, clogging and craft demonstrations. Free.

FooD & BEEr Downtown wELcomE taBLE the-welcome-table • SUNDAYS, 4:30pm Community meal. Free. Held at Haywood Street Congregation, 297 Haywood St.

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FairviEw wELcomE taBLE • THURSDAYS, 11:30am-1pm - Community lunch. Admission by donation. Held at Fairview Christian Fellowship, 596 Old Us Highway 74, Fairview LEicEstEr community cEntEr 2979 New Leicester Highway, Leicester, 774-3000, Community.Center • WEDNESDAYS, 11:30am-1pm - Welcome Table meal. Free.

govErnmEnt & PoLitics city oF ashEviLLE 251-1122, • TU (5/10), 5pm - Public city council hearing. Free. Held at Asheville City Hall, 70 Court Plaza

kiDs anam cara thEatrE 545-3861, • TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS, 10-noon - Tiny Tots Circus Playtime with aerials, clowning, balance and acrobatics. Children up to 6 years old. $5. Held at Toy Boat Community Art Space, 101 Fairview Road Suite B ashEviLLE art musEum 2 N. Pack Square, 253-3227, • 2nd TUESDAYS, 11am12:30pm - Homeschool program for grades 1-4. Registration required: 253-3227 ext. 124. $4 per student. ashEviLLE uLtimatE cLuB, • THURSDAYS (5/5) through (5/19) - Learn to play ultimate frisbee clinic. Ages 10-14. Registration required: 232-4526. Free. Held at Memorial Stadium, attic saLt thEatrE comPany 505-2926 • SATURDAYS (5/7) through (5/21), 10am - Tricky, Tricky Trickster Tales. $5. Held at The Magnetic Theatre, 375 Depot St. FLEtchEr LiBrary 120 Library Road, Fletcher, 687-1218, • WEDNESDAYS, 10:30am Family story time. Free.

gracE LuthEran church 1245 Sixth Ave. W., Hendersonville, 693-4890, • Through MO (6/20) - Open registration for Henderson County Churches Uniting vacation bible school taking place June 27 through 30 from 9am to noon. For children ages 4 through 5th grade. Register online: Free. hanDs on! a chiLDrEn’s gaLLEry 318 N. Main St., Hendersonville, 697-8333 • WE (5/4), 10:30am-noon Reading with Oreo and meet Callie, national pet week event. Admission fees apply. • TU (5/3) through FR (5/6) “Make a Mother’s Day card” kids crafting event. Admission fees apply. • TU (5/10) through FR (5/13) - Pet themed crafts & activities for kids. Admission fees apply. • TU (5/10), 11am - “Animal Survival!” Activities for ages 3 and up. Registration required. $7. • WE (5/11), 11am - “Book n’ Craft,” book reading and craft activity. Admission fees apply. maLaProP’s BookstorE anD caFE 55 Haywood St., 254-6734, • TH (5/5), 11am - Ellen Fischer reads her book, if an elephant went to school. Free to attend. mLk youth schoLarshiP nominations 281-1624,, • Through (5/6) - Nominations accepted for the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Association of Asheville and Buncombe County Youth Scholarship program for graduating high school seniors. n.c. arBorEtum 100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way, 665-2492, • MONDAYS & TUESDAYS through (5/24), 10-11:30am Wee Naturalists program for ages 2-5 with crafts, exploration, stories. Registration recommended. $7 per child/$3 per additional child/Parking fees apply. Pisgah cEntEr For wiLDLiFE EDucation 1401 Fish Hatchery Road, Pisgah Forest, 877-4423 • MO (5/9), 9-11am - “Nature Nuts: Life Cycles,” class for ages 4-7. Registration required: EducationCenters/Pisgah/

EventRegistration.aspx. Free. • MO (5/9), 1-3pm - “Eco Explorers: Archery,” archery class for ages 8-13. Registration required: Learning/EducationCenters/ Pisgah/EventRegistration.aspx. Free. sPELLBounD chiLDrEn’s BookshoP 640 Merrimon Ave. #204, 708-7570, spellboundchildrensbookshop. com • SATURDAYS, 11am Storytime for ages 3-7. Free to attend. wnc naturE cEntEr 75 Gashes Creek Road, 298-5600, • SA (5/7), 1pm - Grand opening of a new mining sluice from the Colburn Earth Science Museum. Admission fees apply.

outDoors FriEnDs oF thE smokiEs 452-0720,, org • TU (5/10) - Strenuous 9.5-mile round trip hike to Hyatt Ridge in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Register for details: friendsofthesmokies. org/event/classic-hike-of-thesmokies-hyatt-ridge/. $20. Pisgah astronomicaL rEsEarch institutE 1 PARI Dr., Rosman, 862-5554, • SA (5/7), 10am-4pm - “Space Day” open house with tours and kids activities,. Free to attend. • MO (5/9), 7am-2:45pm - Public observation of the planet Mercury traveling across the face of the Sun with PARI astronomers and telescopes. Free. Held at Transylvania County Library, 212 S. Gaston St., Brevard Pisgah cEntEr For wiLDLiFE EDucation 1401 Fish Hatchery Road, Pisgah Forest, 877-4423 • SA (5/7), 9am-3pm “Introduction to Fly Fishing,” workshop. Registration required: Learning/EducationCenters/ Pisgah/EventRegistration.aspx. Free. • WE (5/11), 10am-3pm - “On the Water: West Fork Pigeon River,” fly fishing skills practice for ages 12 and up. Registration required: Learning/EducationCenters/ Pisgah/EventRegistration.aspx. Free.

Pisgah chaPtEr oF trout unLimitED • 2nd THURSDAYS, 7pm - General meeting and presentations. Free to attend. Held at Pardee Health Education Center, 1800 Four Seasons Blvd., Hendersonville PuBLic EvEnts at unca • MO (5/9), 7am-3pm Astronomy Club of Asheville hosts public viewing of the transit of the planet Mercury across the sun. Free. Held on the top level of the Kimmel Arena parking deck. transyLvania county LiBrary 212 S. Gaston St., Brevard, 884-3151 • TH (5/12), 6:30pm Presentation by filmmaker Chris Gallaway on his personal thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail.  Free.

ParEnting Big ivy community cEntEr 540 Dillingham Road, Barnardsville, 626-3438 • MO (5/9), 7-9pm - Homeschool meet and greet. Free.

PuBLic LEcturEs transyLvania county LiBrary 212 S. Gaston St., Brevard, 884-3151 • TH (5/5), 6:30pm Presentation by Susan and Lucy Letcher who hiked from Maine to Georgia and back again on the Appalachian Trail. Free. • TH (5/12), 6:30pm Presentation by filmmaker Chris Gallaway on his personal thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail. Free.

sEniors invitationaL sEnior art ExhiBit • Through FR (5/13) - Open submissions for the 2nd Annual “Creative Age Senior Art Exhibit.” Contact for full guidelines: LEicEstEr community cEntEr 2979 New Leicester Highway, Leicester, 774-3000, Community.Center

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• MONDAYS, 4:30pm - Christian based yoga for seniors. Free.

sPirituaLity 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, ExPEriEncE thE sacrED sounD oF hu (pd.) In our fast-paced world, are you looking to find more inner peace? Singing HU can lift you into a higher state of consciousness, so that you can discover, in your own way, who you are and why you’re here. Date: Sunday, May 8, 2016, 11am to1130am, fellowship follows. Eckankar Center of Asheville, 797 Haywood Rd. (“Hops and Vines” building, lower level), Asheville NC 28806, 828-254-6775. (free event).

Magical Offerings May 6 - Tarot Reader: Becky, 11-2pm May 7 - Henna w/ Kitty: 11-4pm May 8 - Men’s Alchemy Group: 5-7pm, Donations May 9 - Astrologer: Spirit Song, 12-6pm May 11 - Tarot Reader: Jonathan Mote, 12-6pm May 12 - Psychic: Andrea Allen, 12-6pm May 15 - The Welcoming Circle: 5-6:30pm, Donations

May 17 Tarot Reader: Byron Ballard, 1-3pm Young Maiden’s Group: 6:30-8pm, Donations

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attend. Held at Skinny Beats Drum Shop and Gallery, 4 Eagle St. cEntEr For sPirituaL Living ashEviLLE 2 Science Mind Way, 231-7638, • 1st FRIDAYS, 7pm - “Dreaming a New Dream,” meditation to explore peace and compassion. Free. cLouD cottagE 219 Old Toll Circle, Black Mountain, 669-6000, • 2nd & 4th TUESDAYS, 7-8:30pm Mindfulness training class. Admission by donation. gracE LuthEran church 1245 Sixth Ave. W., Hendersonville, 693-4890, • WEDNESDAYS through (5/18), 5:457pm - “John: The Gospel of Light and Life,” class. Free/$5 optional dinner. • FR (5/6), 6pm - Cinco de Mayo celebration. Free.

Looking For gEnuinE sPirituaL guiDancE anD hELP? (pd.) We are in a beautiful area about 10 minutes from downtown Asheville, very close to Warren Wilson College. www. 828-299-4359

JuBiLEE community church 46 Wall St., 252-5335, • THURSDAYS through (5/12), 6:30-8pm “Bringing Zen to Life: A Six Week Series to Empower Practice for Challenging Times,” zen meditation, teachings, discussion and practice presented by Windhorse Zen Community. Admission by donation.

oPEn hEart mEDitation (pd.) Experience and deepen the spiritual connection to your heart, the beauty and deep peace of the Divine within you. Increase your natural joy and gratitude while releasing negative emotions. Love Offering 7-8pm Tuesdays, 5 Covington St. 296-0017

nationaL Day oF PrayEr youth gathEring • SA (5/7), 5-8pm - Youth prayer gathering with music by Koat of Armour and keynote speaker Randy Shepherd from Crossfire Ministries. Free. Held at Pack Square Park, 121 College St.

shamBhaLa mEDitation cEntEr (pd.) 60 N. Merrimon Ave., #113, 200-5120, ashevilleshambhala. org • WEDNESDAYS, 10-midnight, THURSDAYS, 7-8:30pm & SUNDAYS, 10-noon - Meditation and community. Admission by donation.

om sanctuary 87 Richmond Hill Drive, 505-2300 • SATURDAYS, 11am-noon - Meditation session. Admission by donation.

VOICES OF WISDOM • MAY 21 anD 22 (pd.) Is a weekend gathering led by traditional elders Diane Longboat, (Mohawk) and Wanbdi Wakita (Dakota), May 21 and 22. For more information, please contact Scott Sheerin: 828 6451003, email or visit our website:

unitarian univErsaList congrEgation oF ashEviLLE 1 Edwin Place, 254-6001, • FR (5/6), 7-9pm - International lecture series of the Bruno Groening Circle of Friends, “Healing on the Spiritual Path - Medically Verifiable,” by Dr. Barbara Wagner. Free to attend.

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ashEviLLE cEntEr For transcEnDEntaL mEDitation 165 E. Chestnut, 254-4350, • THURSDAYS, 6:30-7:30pm Introductory talk on the Transcendental Meditation technique. Online registration. Free to attend.

comE writE now! (pd.) Join 2012-14 US Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey and expressive writing authors, pioneers, practitioners, and fans. Journal Conference 2016, May 19-22 near Asheville. Day rates. Web:

ashEviLLE sounD hEaLing 776-3786,, • SATURDAYS, 11am & SUNDAYS, noon - Healing concert with crystal bowls, gongs and chanting. Free to

ashEviLLE writErs’ sociaL • 1st WEDNESDAYS, 6-7:30pm - N.C. Writer’s Network group meeting and networking. Free to attend. Held at Cork & Keg, 86 Patton Ave.

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BLack mountain coLLEgE musEum & arts cEntEr 56 Broadway, 350-8484, • SA (5/7), 8pm - “Sandburg and the American South,” poetry readings with Catherine Carter, Tim Earley, Richard Garcia, Laura Hope-Gill, and David Hope. $8/$5 members.

• TH (5/5), 9am - “Spring Games Day,” with athletes from across Buncombe County, ages 6 years through adult, competing. Free. Held at TC Roberson High School, 250 Overlook Road

BLuE riDgE Books 152 S. Main St., Waynesville • FR (5/6), 2-4pm - Courtney Lix presents her book, Women of the Smokies. Free to attend. • 1st & 3rd SATURDAYS, 10am - Banned Book Club. Free to attend. • SA (5/7), 3pm - Joy Resor presents her book, Go In Joy! An Alphabetical Adventure. Free to attend. • SA (5/7), 12:30pm - Dr. Bart Ehrman presents his book Jesus Before the Gospels. Free to attend.

LitEracy counciL oF BuncomBE county - tutoring aDuLts (pd.) Information sessions for volunteers interested in tutoring adults in basic literacy skills including reading, writing, math and ESOL on May 25th from 9-10:30am or May 26th from 5:30-7pm at the Literacy Council office. Email ( for more information.

city Lights BookstorE 3 E. Jackson St., Sylva, 586-9499, • FR (5/6), 6:30-7:30pm - Courtney Lix presents her book, No Place for the Weary Kind: Women of the Smokies. Free to attend. FirEstorm caFE anD Books 610 Haywood Road, 255-8115 • WE (5/30), 6:30-8:30 - Queer Women’s Book Club: Discussion of Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters. Free to attend. FLEtchEr LiBrary 120 Library Road, Fletcher, 687-1218, • 2nd THURSDAYS, 1:30pm - Writers’ Guild. Free. • 2nd THURSDAYS, 10:30am - Book Club. Free. maLaProP’s BookstorE anD caFE 55 Haywood St., 254-6734, Free unless otherwise noted. • WE (5/4), 7pm - Courtney Lix presents her book, No Place for the Weary Kind: Women of the Smokies. • MO (5/9), 7-8pm - John Hart presents his novel, Redemption Road. synErgy story sLam • WE (5/11), 7:30-10pm - Storytelling open-mic night on the theme “Coincidence”. Stories told in 10 minutes or less. Free to attend. Held at Odditorium, 1045 Haywood Road thomas woLFE short story Book cLuB 253-8304, • TH (5/12), 5:30-7pm - Discussion of A Prologue to America and The Promise of America with David Madden. Free. Held at Thomas Wolfe Memorial, 52 North Market St.

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Fat city?

Looking for solutions to Asheville’s obesity problem

BY Kate lunDquist Earlier this month, survey company WalletHub marked Asheville as one of the “Fattest Cities” in the country. Asheville ranked No. 43 among the 100 most populated U.S. metro areas for obesity levels, weight-related health problems and environmental factors. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, meanwhile, reports that the South has the second-highest regional rate of obesity in the United States after the Midwest. Twenty-five years ago, North Carolina’s obesity rate was 12 percent; 15 years ago, it had risen to 20 percent; and two years ago, it was 30 percent, according to the CDC. The WalletHub survey arrived at its rankings by analyzing such factors as the number of people who are inactive, amounts of fruits and vegetables consumed and the weight of individuals. What do local health psychologists, dietitians and therapists see as sources and solutions to the hefty issue? “I think the work of big organizations and programs like Eat Smart, Move More is the way to go,” says dr. robert swoap, health psychologist and professor of psychology at Warren Wilson College. Research should be conducted on community-based interventions, partnering with schools and other organizations to identify places where intervention is possible, he says. “Most people have a mistaken belief that the obesity epidemic is largely caused by personal choices around eating, and my opinion is that the obesity epidemic is largely a structural environmental and cultural issue.” Swoap, a speaker at the April 25-26 Art and Science of Health Promotion in Orlando, Fla., explains that making interventions structural in nature means creating an environment in which healthy choices are also the easiest choices. The CDC reports that two out of three adults in the U.S. are considered overweight or obese, but Swoap says that we have the “fundamental attribution error,” which over-attributes obesity to a person and under-attributes it to the environment. The issue, Swoap says, is that people are finding themselves in toxic

FEast For FitnEss: Hillary Goldrich, an instructor with FEAST, helps students at Isaac Dickson Elementary School prepare and taste bruschetta. Produce is donated by Mother Earth Farm and bread from West End Bakery. Photo by Kate Lundquist food environments where the easiest choices to make are also the least healthy. “Financial situations are a big piece of this,” he says. “The food that promotes obesity tends to be the least expensive and most heavily promoted by the food industry.” We are also living in an era in which jobs encourage inactivity, and our lifestyle is highly sedentary, he adds. Swoap recommends that people trying to lose weight set very small goals and get support in making small changes, despite the environment of highly processed foods. People can make a choice to make one meal a week different from their normal meal, then gradually change to include more fresh veggies. He also encourages adults to teach children from an early age to try all sorts of different foods, colorful veggies and fruits.

sheree vodicka, registered dietitian, chair of Eat Smart, Move More NC and executive director of the North Carolina Alliance of YMCAs, agrees with Swoap that the focus needs to be on prevention. “Our current emphasis on paying to take care of people after they are already sick is unsustainable. We have an estimated 2.5 million people, just in North Carolina, with pre-diabetes,” Vodicka says. “Making our communities more walkable, which requires investments of public dollars into building and maintaining sidewalks and bike lanes and better, more connected transit … that would go a long way to reducing the burden of obesity,” she says. Another change that needs to happen, Vodicka says, is that employers need to take prevention seriously and design health insurance packages and worksite wellness efforts that support employees

in getting and staying healthy. For example, she notes, the Cleveland County government screened all of its employees for health risks. Those at risk for diabetes were referred to the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program. The program was so successful — with significant numbers of employees increasing their physical activity to 150 minutes per week and dropping at least 5-7 percent of their body weight — that the county was able to lop $500,000 off its health insurance premiums. Buncombe County states its health priorities in the Community Health Assessment Report for 2015-2018: “With 50 percent of adults and 33 percent of children either overweight or obese, it is essential to continue to make the healthy choice the easy choice. Diabetes mortality rates have worsened for the past eight years. There is a huge health disparity seen in diabetes deaths in North Carolina. There is a great deal of momentum around active transportation, access to affordable healthy foods, and new partnerships with clinical partners to build links between clinical care and community supports. In addition, there is a great deal of work happening to improve diabetes care and linkages with community partners.” A popular slogan among health psychologists, Swoap reports, is “Our jeans don’t fit our waist because our genes don’t fit our environment.” The brief comfort in greasy, caloriedense foods gives a quick boost in energy, he explains, but fast-food consumption is associated with overall body inflammation, which negatively affects mood in the long run. Noting the “brain/gut connection,” Swoap says, “When you feed [the gut] with highly processed, sugared foods, you create a feedback system … that is associated with worse brain health. There needs to be education around eating healthy food choices, not just regarding longevity and diabetes, but more immediate benefits for energy levels and to regulate emotions and to make effective decisions.” We need to build in opportunities for movement throughout the day at school and work rather than add on 30-45 minutes a day of exercise, Swoap says. He completed a research project with Instant Recess, a nationwide program created by Dr. Tony Yancey, to test the effectiveness of movement throughout the school day

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to improve mood, attention and focus in the classroom setting. “There is a relationship between poverty and health, so people in lower socioeconomic status situations are at higher risk for obesity and its related problems, including diabetes and heart disease,” Swoap says. “In Asheville, we have a problem with affordable housing and living, so we may have the perfect storm of people having less of an ability to buy and cook healthier choices.” hillary goldrich, registered dietitian for the Reuter YMCA and instructor for FEAST Asheville, also believes modeling good behavior is important for younger generations. Goldrich works with children in schools to help them try new foods, become more comfortable with food preparation and recognize there are multiple ways to prepare the same items. The kids practice hands-on food preparation in the classroom and are required to take a “no-thank-you bite” to try what they made, she adds. “I try to get students to use all five senses, since eating is an all-encompassing experience.” Goldrich says. “Oftentimes, there is produce students have never had or seen before.” The older population has a responsibility as well to combat the obesity epidemic sweeping our nation, Goldrich says; if they do not take care of themselves or are rescued by modern medicine, younger generations won’t learn how to take care of themselves and the negative implications of obesity will continue to grow. “Asheville is nature’s playground,” Goldrich says. “Find something you like to do that moves your body and do it. Rome wasn’t built in a day, so a 10-minute walk each night will make a difference and incrementally increase over time.” “There is usually a connection with a person’s family culture, what they were raised in, how they were taught and undiagnosed medical conditions that can affect all obesity,” says corey brown, licensed professional counselor in the state, expressive art therapist and yoga teacher. She utilizes all of her skills when working in individual, group and educational settings to promote stress reduction and healthy eating habits. We need a total paradigm shift, not just in diet and quality of food but also in education about eating as an emotional issue, which requires sup-

port medically and nutritionally, she argues. “One of the things that I notice when people come to me is that there is more of a lack of understanding and incongruent information than anything.” It’s a societal issue, Brown adds, in which the culture is constantly reinforcing the public to consume and do more. “So we fill ourselves up, and during the day our cortisol levels become so high it affects appetite, metabolism and mood; so people want to collapse at the end of the day,” Brown says. She helps clients create a program that covers them from the moment they wake up to recharge and keep their cup full instead of emptying it out and not having energy to do anything at the end of the day. Brown also encourages breathing exercises, planning dinner times with family and other stress-reduction techniques, such as art and yoga therapy. Sometimes eating is symbolic for something a person feels hungry for — spiritual, creative or expressive. Over time, poor eating habits could develop if those needs are not pursued, she explains. Eating instead becomes a coping mechanism to reward, relieve stress or deliver fulfillment. “Everyone wants to be able to say there is a magic thing that is going to change the obesity issue, to focus on one key factor, but we can’t,” says Brown. “We have to look at the whole picture, including quality of food, stressors, and education.” X

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Farm to Future

Farm Heritage Trail highlights and supports northwest Buncombe County’s agricultural legacy

thE Long viEw: “It’s a real treasure — for Buncombe County, for the city of Asheville, for the state of North Carolina,” says Sandy Mush Farm owner Dave Everett of his historic, conserved property in northwest Buncombe County. “If we’re successful in ruining these vistas, it will be a truly sad turn of events.” Photo by Cindy Kunst

BY gina smitH Out-of-towners who flock to Asheville for mountain views, world-class dining and a taste of Appalachian culture probably don’t often make a point of including a drive to northwest Buncombe County on their travel itineraries. Sparsely populated rural communities like Sandy Mush, Leicester, Newfound and Alexander tend to be pretty far off the radar for tourists — and even for many locals. But the Farm Heritage Trail, a recent collaborative effort from the Buncombe County Soil and Water Conservation District’s Farmland Preservation Program and a handful of passionate farmers, shines a spotlight on this quiet agricultural area just outside of Asheville. Open since April (but with an official kickoff celebration planned for Saturday, May 7), the trail is a driving and cycling route focused on preserving local heritage and boost-


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ing agritourism to support small farmers. The trail follows winding public roads, offering a mountain-studded tour of nearly a dozen centuries-old family farms. The entire route takes about two hours to drive. Six designated stops allow guests to tour small agricultural operations, interact directly with the farmers and support them by shopping for such diverse products as fresh produce, eggs, bison meat, herb starts, wine and Christmas trees. Participating farms will offer regularly planned events such as educational hikes, demonstrations and handson workshops (for a schedule, visit saving For thE FuturE “This is one of the few rural farming areas left in Buncombe County,” says trail organizer terri wells. “This [community] even has a dirt road, and there aren’t many of those left,” she adds, peering through the windshield of her SUV as it traverses a dusty shortcut that connects points on the

trail somewhere between Alexander and Leicester. Wells comes by her enthusiasm for farms — and dirt roads — honestly. A former educator and employee of the Asheville City Schools Foundation, she returned to her roots several years ago, taking over operation of the 200-yearold family farm (on a dirt road) where she grew up in Sandy Mush. That area still boasts the most overall farm acreage in Buncombe County, according to the BCSWCD. As the ninth generation of her family to work the land at Bee Branch Farm, she earns income from selling honey from her beehives and marketing her fruits and vegetables through a community supported agriculture program. Wells says the idea for the Farm Heritage Trail evolved from conversations with the communities’ farmers. In September 2015, a $6,000 grant from Buncombe County Parks and Recreation made the initiative possible. “The timing was finally good to launch the project because of the support from the community and organizations who value our farms,

healthy food and the many benefits that our local farms provide,” she explains. Aside from just having a love of farming, Wells and the other landowners on the Farm Heritage Trail are invested in preserving their farms for future generations. In 2009, Wells’ family conserved over 500 acres of their land with the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy. Although the farm is still privately owned by her family, it is now permanently preserved as an agricultural conservation easement. This means it can no longer be developed, regardless of who may have possession of it in the future — something of vital importance considering the amount of farmland in Buncombe County dwindled from more than 103,870 acres in 1987 to less than 71,500 acres in 2012 (county-level agricultural land data is only published every five years), according to statistics from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

All 11 farms currently featured on the trail share Wells’ interest in conserving their land. “So far, we are only working with farmers who have made some kind of commitment to farmland preservation,” says Wells, explaining this typically means the farms have obtained agricultural easements either through the county or SAHC. While the trail’s multipronged mission has recreational, historical and educational components, “part of what it’s about is the reality that we need to have farmland,” she says. “If we don’t take care of it, we won’t have the ability to grow all the local foods that we want to have here. And visitors, they’re drawn here for the food culture, they come here for that.” rEsPEct For thE LanD Wells keeps driving along the trail, pointing out such conserved properties as Carolina Bison, Gaining Ground Farm and the SAHC’s Community Farm, where the organization hosts its Beginning Farmer Incubator Program. Each farm on the trail is identified by green-andgray signage featuring the Farm Heritage Trail’s logo. She crosses New Leicester Highway, noting that people following the trail can stop there to refuel at a gas station or grab a meal at the Turkey Creek Cafe. Eventually, the small, white-painted Big Sandy United Methodist Church looms on a hill, marking the entrance to Big Sandy Mush. Just past the church, Wells turns left down a long drive and stops at dave and Kim everett’s historic Sandy Mush Farm. Stepping out of the vehicle, the only sounds are birdsong and wind chimes in the breeze. The view from the farm on this early spring day is

almost unbelievably beautiful. The sky seems impossibly huge, and the wide, green valley stretches into gentle slopes that erupt into blue peaks lightly dusted with snow and laced with clouds. Only a sprinkling of houses and barns dot the panorama. It is hard to imagine such an oldfashioned, pastoral landscape existing in 2016 — and just a few short miles from the bustle of Asheville. Compared to Wells, the Everetts are newcomers to the area. Having moved to Buncombe County in the early 2000s, they purchased their farm from the McCracken family, who had owned it for generations. By 2009, they had completed the process of obtaining a conservation easement through BCSWCD. The goal, says Dave Everett, was to demonstrate “the viability of taking on the project of an old farm sliding downhill and rehabbing it.” Despite the reality that running a small farm these days is “barely a break-even proposition,” Everett says he is still deeply committed to preserving his land for the generations to come. “This farm really goes back to an abiding respect for the land, a belief in the future of the land, a belief in the responsibility we have to the land,” he says, standing outside his immaculately restored home and glancing at the surrounding mountains and his cattle grazing in the fields. “It’s a real treasure — for Buncombe County, for the city of Asheville, for the state of North Carolina. It’s baffling to me when I think about the, I suppose, millions of dollars that tourism brings to Buncombe County, and the realization that people come here because it doesn’t look like anywhere else. Yet we spend so much of our energy in the name of progress to make it


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g rE En s cE n E look exactly like everywhere else. If we’re successful in ruining these vistas, it will be a truly sad turn of events.” While Sandy Mush Farm isn’t a regular farm stop, the Everetts will welcome guests to their property for a guided history hike during the trail’s kickoff celebration.

Buncombe County’s historic communities to maintain their agrarian ways — and gorgeous vistas — well into the future. “We’re just the temporary custodians, the stewards,” says Dave Everett. “We see the relentless development, the unending urban sprawl that is a threat to these viewscapes, and we want to do our part in slowing down some of that, in my words, insanity. So this land is conserved into perpetuity ... and that represents a chance to do something larger than ourselves as individuals. And that seems like a pretty worthy endeavor.” X

Back to naturE fairman and Kate jayne of Sandy Mush Herb Nursery joined the community a bit earlier than the Everetts. In the 1970s, they started their mail-order plant business on 400 acres of land, also purchased from the McCracken family, that had been a collection of small farms since the 1800s. The Jayne’s homestead is perched high on a mountain at the end of a narrow, bone-shaking dirt road. They welcome visitors for tours — and seeing their operation is well worth the adventure of getting there. Over the decades, they have carefully built a collection of rustic greenhouses filled with plants of every imaginable kind, as well as prolific herb and perennial gardens and a handcrafted home and outbuildings. In the glowing green of the forest, the place resembles something out of a fairy tale. “We had always wanted to have a place of our own, with water rising on the place and clean air. Good open land for our kids to grow up in,” says Kate Jayne. They raised their two children, christopher and nicketie, in that magical spot, and their hope is that the Farm Heritage Trail will allow them to draw more visitors, providing a means to share their land and knowledge with others. “Many people have no clue where their herbs come from, where their eggs come from,” says Kate Jayne. “There’s a big move right now to get people connected back to nature.” Along with tours (including a guided hike through their gardens and forests on Saturday, May 21), the Jaynes plan to offer workshops on various topics, such as wood selection and woodworking using trees from their forest and creating items at a sawmill on their property. “There are so many interesting woods up here,” Kate Jayne muses. “So many grains, colors and textures. Even just showing people wood samples would be informative.”


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Grand opening a DrivE in thE country: Dave Everett and Gus check out some of the scenic acreage on Everett’s historic Sandy Mush Farm. Photo by Cindy Kunst a worthy EnDEavor Heading back onto New Leicester Highway, Wells makes a final stop at dave snelson’s Sycamore Valley Farm Store, where a step inside the softly creaking screen door finds Snelson sitting behind the counter. Part of his business is raising and selling lamb — he jokes that he sold some that morning that was so fresh it was still walking around on four legs. At his little roadside store, he also offers seasonal fresh produce from his 150acre family farm seven days a week. Snelson, who says he’s been a member of the Buncombe County Farm Bureau for “a lot of years,” also stocks an assortment of eggs, meat and vegetables from other local farms. “We know the ones who are growing it, and that gives us knowledge of how it’s grown,” he says, explaining his commitment to supporting other small farmers and sustainable farming practices. “Dave is a farmer who understands the need to transition with the times,” says Wells. “From the dairy farm of our youth to the opening of his farm store and his local lamb market.”

Behind the store sits the house Snelson’s great-grandfather built in 1885. Wells remembers playing there with Snelson’s daughter when she was a girl. To preserve the rich, flat farmland that stretches as far as the eye can see, as well as his family’s heritage, he made his entire farm a conservation easement in 2011. Snelson hopes that by working with the Farm Heritage Trail, he can help younger generations learn about agriculture and the value of farmland. On Saturday, May 14, Snelson will host an all-day Farm Heritage Trail event featuring demonstrations by the North Carolina Apiary Inspection Program, a 3-D farm combine simulator and farm-focused children’s educational activities. “The kids can plant a squash or a cucumber seed in a cup and take it home,” he says of the event. “Some people, even the parents, have never planted a seed before, don’t know how it grows.” In the end, despite the broad diversity of the trail’s farms and farmers, they all seem to be united in their hope that the Farm Heritage Trail initiative will allow northwest

what: Grand opening party for the Farm Heritage Trail when: Festivities kick off at 11 a.m. with a guided hike at Sandy Mush Farm 1-2 p.m. Saturday, May 7 where: Parking is at the Sandy Mush Community Center, 19 School Road, Leicester. Activities will take place next door in the outdoor pavilion at Big Sandy United Methodist Church and across the road at Sandy Mush Farm. what: An introduction will be followed by a cookout lunch ($8 per person), live Appalachian string music and a native plant and herb sale with Sandy Mush Herb Nursery. A guided hike will be offered at the historic Sandy Mush Farm at 1 p.m. For details, visit X

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Eco BuncomBE county PuBLic LiBrariEs • TU (5/10), 5:30-7pm - Blue Ridge Naturalist Network presents Michelle Pugliese, Land Protection Director with the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy. Free. Held at West Asheville Library, 942 Haywood Road hEnDErsonviLLE trEE BoarD 692-3026 • FR (5/6), 12:30pm - Arbor Day Celebration. Free. Held at Bruce Drysdale Elementary School, N. Main St., Downtown Hendersonville. transition ashEviLLE 296-0064, transitionasheville. org • MO (5/9), 6:30-8pm “Electric Vehicles (EVs): History, Engineering, Benefits, & Trends,” presentation by Rudy Beharrysingh. Free. Held at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 337 Charlotte St.

Farm & garDEn traDitionaL FooDs For viBrant hEaLth with wiLD aBunDancE (pd.) May 22-27, Cooking demonstrations & feasting with wild-foraged edibles and vegetables from WA’s garden. Make fermented foods, bone broth, charcuterie & homemade cheese. Info: 775-7052, ashEviLLE garDEn cLuB 550-3459 • WE (5/4), 10am-noon - “Bird Friendly Gardening,” presentation by Tom Tribble of Elisha Mitchell Audubon Society. Free. Held at Asheville Botanical Gardens, 151 W.T. Weaver Blvd. BuncomBE county FriEnDs oF ag BrEakFast 250-4794, • TU (5/10), 7-8pm Complimentary local food breakfast with speakers from WNC Farmlink and WNC Pasture Network. Registration required: 280-4794. Free. Held at WNC Agricultural Center, 1301 Fanning Bridge Road

BuncomBE county PuBLic LiBrariEs depts/library • TU (5/10), 7pm - “Shade Perennials,” presentation by Tanya LaCorte of Reems Creek Nursery. Free. Held at Weaverville Public Library, 41 N. Main St., Weaverville craDLE oF ForEstry Route 276, Pisgah National Forest, 877-3130, • SA (5/7), 9am-5pm - Garden Day with programs on meadow conversion and backyard garden and volunteering opportunities in the garden. $5. Living wEB Farms 176 Kimzey Road, Mills River, 5051660, • TU (5/10), 6-7:30pm - “Identifying Snakes and Amphibians in the Garden,” class. $10. wnc siErra cLuB 251-8289, • WE (5/4), 7-9pm - “Backyard/ Patio Organic Gardens and Pest Management,” presentation by Meghan Baker, NC State agricultural agent. Free. Held at Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville, 1 Edwin Place

into thE wooDs: Kate and Fairman Jayne, owners of Sandy Mush Herb Nursery, will offer a guided walk through their gardens and forests on Saturday, May 21. The Farm Heritage Trail begins at the offices of the Buncombe County Soil and Water Conservation District, 49 Mount Carmel Road. There visitors can pick up a map and other materials, including a children’s scavenger hunt. Those following the trail may choose to do the entire route (about two hours of driving) or select from one of three shorter loops for the Alexander, Newfound/Turkey Creek or Sandy Mush areas. Maps and materials are also available online at Besides the trail’s grand opening party on Saturday, May 7, upcoming events include: • Plein air painting workshop at addison farms vineyard 9 a.m. Friday, May 13, and 2 p.m. Sunday, May 15 • farm day at sycamore valley farm store noon-5 p.m. Saturday, May 14 • guided walk at sandy mush herb nursery 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, May 21 • early’s mountain Partnership hike with highland brewing co. at bee branch farm 10 a.m. Saturday, May 28 For details or to find out about more upcoming events on the trail, visit X

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“My husband is from Israel, and when we moved here, we noticed there was nothing to celebrate Israel’s birthday. That’s what inspired us to start this with our synagogue,” says goldie weizman, the co-founder of the Café Israel event at Asheville’s Congregation Beth Israel. From homemade falafel to fresh baklava, the synagogue will host its 11th annual celebration on Sunday, May 8 — which is an auspicious day for moms as well. “We always have a celebration ... the Sunday before or after [Independence Day],” explains Weizman. “This year’s just happened to fall on Mother’s Day.” Previously known as Celebration Israel, the event’s new name emphasizes a change in its overall design. Whereas in the previous decade it was held as an outdoor afternoon

festival, this year’s gathering will take place inside the temple building beginning at 5 p.m. Co-founder and event chair michael weizman says the congregation wanted to create a more intimate feel to honor Israel’s 68th birthday. “We hope that this new format is a great success,” he says. Open to all members of the community, families can enjoy an array of authentic Israeli foods. Shawarma, hummus and couscous will be among items featured on the menu and available for purchase a la carte. “It’s all homemade,” says Goldie. “Nothing is bought. The only things that are bought are the ingredients to make the fresh food.” The desserts will be hand-prepared by Bruce B. Brown Catering.

Xpress readers are From malabi (sweet pudding) to watermelon with salty cheese cubes, the kosher treats will provide a sweet delight to cap off the evening’s meal, along with a cup of Turkish coffee. In addition to food, Café Israel will host a variety of activities and events. Live folk music will be performed throughout the evening, and films concerning Israel’s independence will also be on view in the synagogue’s sanctuary. Children can participate in an archaeological dig activity that offers take-home treasures, plus balloon twisting from Twister Theatre and a number of other craft activities and games. According to volunteer sally gooze, there is a “fancy little bounce house” in the works as well. While the kids play, adults can partake in a tasting of Israeli wines or enjoy a beer from Hi-Wire Brewing. A silent auction will include donations from local Asheville businesses, artists and doctors. A live auction at 7 p.m. will include a Moog Sub Phatty synthesizer, a Jonas Gerard acrylic abstract floral painting and a Jewish Community Center summer pool pass, among other items and offerings. “We just hope people will have a good time,” says Goldie. “Enjoy the food, enjoy the culture [and] learn a little bit about Israel.” X


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buffalo nickel brings the kentucky derby to West asheville Buffalo Nickel serves as a neighborhood watering hole on most nights. But a flood of Asheville’s fanciest folk will turn that casual atmosphere on its head when the pub hosts its second Kentucky Derby Party. The festivities are on Saturday, May 7. “I’ve never seen so many big hats,” proprietor lynn foster says, recalling the inaugural celebration. “People were wearing long gloves, jewelry and feather boas. Even the men were wearing suits, colorful neck ties, pink shirts and hats.” While the competing horses’ 1.25mile sprint is over in about two minutes, attendees can gallop around the bar for hours in elaborate attire. Foster’s team will be among those who take notice, scouting out potential recipients of the Most Dapper Gentleman and Most Southern Belle awards. Prizes will also go to those with the best neckties and hats (in multiple categories). The bar’s many televisions and its 8-foot projector screen will all broadcast the race, and games have been planned to heighten the excitement. “We have this big spinning wheel,” Foster says, that’s used to assign individuals to a horse. “If that horse wins, you’re part of the cash raffle that gets divided up.” A portion of those proceeds also goes to charity. The menu’s Derby-style makeover features foods like deviled eggs, ham biscuits and Benedictine spread with crackers. But it’s the mint julep that takes the spotlight, lining the bar and filling tabletops. According to the Derby’s official website, in-person spectators consume nearly 120,000 of the herb-and-bourbon concoctions over two days of races — a tradition that requires 1,000 pounds of fresh mint. Even the serving cup (of which Buffalo Nickel will offer more than 100 for sale) comes with time-honored instructions: The short, silver vessels become frosty when filled with ice, Foster explains. “So you don’t put your hand around the middle of the cup. You hold the bottom and the top. … That way, you drink it, and it stays really cold.”


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hat tricks: “We don’t get to dress up very often in Asheville,” says Buffalo Nickel proprietor Lynn Foster, but an upcoming Derby Party at her West Asheville pub provides just such an opportunity. Attendees can even win prizes for best hat, funniest hat and other fashion triumphs. Photo by Carr Elliott The Derby Party is at 5 p.m. Saturday, May 7, at Buffalo Nickel, 747 Haywood Road. Visit or call 575-2844 for more information. Table reservations recommended. Post 70’s DErBy Day cookout Post 70’s Derby Day Cookout offers a meaty alternative for those looking to watch the Derby on a 10-foot projector screen. “We will have artisan burgers and brats, hot and fresh off the grill, along with excellent mint julep, bourbon and beer specials,” reads the bar and restaurant’s Facebook page. Albi & The Lifters will play a jazzy set, and the best dressed patrons can win a gift card valid at Filo or Post 70. The Derby Day Cookout is at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, May 7, at Post 70, 1155 Tunnel Road. Visit for more details. LuELLa’s Bar-B-quE south oPEns Luella’s owners jeff and ashley miller have opened a second barbecue joint. Though it’s got the same menu and cozy feel as its sister eatery on Merrimon

Avenue, the South Asheville location has more TVs and a layout that’s better suited to live music. With indoor, outdoor and bar seating, the new spot can accommodate roughly 100 diners and uses two small smokers. Luella’s new location is at 33 Town Square Blvd. Hours are 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Visit for updates. Porch Party at thE LantErn rEstaurant & Bar After opening inside Hendersonville’s historic The Charleston Inn in 2015, The Lantern Restaurant & Bar is stretching out and adding porch seating. To celebrate, executive chef casey maness will host a day of al fresco festivities, including live music by local band West Sound from noon to 7 p.m., and a low country crawfish boil that comes with “a cheesy plastic bib,” according to the chef. Regular menu items like the low country shrimp and grits, she-crab soup and crab cakes will also be available. The Porch Party is 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, May 7, at The Lantern, 755 N. Main St., Hendersonville. The crawfish

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New Belgium Brewing Co. marked a milestone on May 2 when, after years of anticipation, the public was finally welcomed to the newly completed Liquid Center tasting room. It’s been about three years since the Colorado brewery began deconstructing the old Asheville Stockyards to make way for a new production facility in the River Arts District. With 18 taps, packaged beer and merchandise on offer, the Liquid Center (21 Craven St.) is open Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sundays from noon to 8 p.m. The tasting room will pour core brands like Fat Tire amber ale, Ranger IPA and 1554 black lager alongside seasonal offerings such as Heavy Melon watermelon lime ale and Hoppy Blonde ale. There will also be specialty beers from the brewery’s Lips of Faith series, including La Folie sour brown ale and a recently released golden strong ale crafted in collaboration with Belgian brewer Hof ten Dormaal. Many other limited-release drafts can also be expected to put in an appearance. And while the Asheville facility is focused on producing those core brands for East Coast distribution, plans are also in place to brew other year-round offerings here. In addition, the taproom will consistently feature Glütiny, the brewery’s new line of gluten-reduced beers, as a gesture of inclusion toward those trying to avoid the substance. Adorned with works by local artists and built using 14 linear miles of wood reclaimed from the dismantled stockyard buildings, the Liquid Center was designed with a local contingent in mind. A cantilevered deck complements the interior, offering a panoramic view of the French Broad River, the River Arts District and, eventually, the French Broad River 62

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unDEr thE sun: Locals get a chance to explore New Belgium’s Liquid Center and enjoy some cold beers at the venue’s outdoor seating area. The Liquid Center officially opened to the public on Monday, May 2. Photo courtesy of New Belgium Greenway Westbank Extension, now under construction. The Old Wood Co., which sits just across the river from the brewery, fashioned the seating and table space from reclaimed wood. “Ninety percent of the artists we work with have studios or shops within 5 miles of the site,” notes communications specialist susanne hackett. “Using local artists is part of how we make the space feel comfortable and familiar. We want it to feel like your living room — but with endless good beer.” Opening the Liquid Center now gives local drinkers a chance to explore the taproom before tourist season cranks up. The building is connected to the production facility by a series of paths and footbridges spanning Penland Creek, a revitalized tributary of the French Broad that bisects the site. Brewery tours, which will begin at the Liquid Center, are planned for later this summer, after the staff completes an intensive training process. “Something unique to New Belgium,” notes Hackett, is that “we hire

storytellers, so they need know how to tell stories as well as how to pour beer. One of the challenges is that we have to give them space to develop the story for their tours.” Although the brewery site is still a work in progress, once the landscaping is completed, New Belgium intends to use its extensive outdoor space to host things like movies and benefits for local charities. For the past six months, planning has been underway for numerous events, including Bike From Work Week. A cooperative effort developed in conjunction with other local breweries, it will benefit the Friends of Connect Buncombe and Asheville on Bikes. This summer’s festivities will culminate in the CeleBEERation, an Aug. 27 party commemorating both the opening of the Asheville facility and New Belgium’s 25th anniversary. Details of all events will be available on both the company’s website and through Mountain Xpress’ online “Beer

Today, Gone Tomorrow” local beer news column. Several preview events were held at the Liquid Center in advance of its public unveiling, giving community leaders, brewers and beer industry insiders an opportunity to meet their new neighbor and welcome New Belgium to Western North Carolina. “We’re very grateful to be a part of this community — and this beer community, in particular,” says Hackett. “We’re selling our beer beyond Asheville, but Asheville is our home. Being able to connect with our neighbors and our community here is important to us, just as it is up and down the East Coast and nationally. Opening our brewery here allows us to be a national brand and lowers our distribution carbon footprint, which is one of our reasons for building a brewery on the East Coast. I think it’s awesome that we were able to do that in Asheville.” X

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BY stepH guinan There are at least 10,000 barns in Madison County, according to a conservative estimate by the Appalachian Barn Alliance — that’s roughly one barn for every two people in the area. It’s already a shocking figure, but the organization’s lead researcher, architect taylor barnhill, says a more realistic estimate would near 20,000 or 30,000 barns. Many people quote a lower barn-count estimate, “because they really can’t believe how many barns there are here,” Barnhill says. His countywide study averages about five barns per mile of county road. At 3,800 miles of county roads, that’s 19,000 barns at least, and, “That doesn’t count all the barns up all these hollers and private roads that you can’t see from a county road,” he says. To celebrate that particular crop, the Appalachian Barn Alliance hosts Barn Month 2016, a series of events surrounding the third annual Barn Day on Saturday, May 21. The festivities kick off Friday, May 6, with the opening reception of The Barns of Madison County exhibit at The Madison County Arts Center. The Appalachian Barn Alliance, founded in 2012, is working to brand the county as the barn capital of North Carolina. “Madison County was the largest producer of burley tobacco, so consequently we have more barns than any [other] county in the state,” say sandy stevenson, president of the Appalachian Barn Alliance and one of its founding members. “When I drive home, in five miles there are easily 30 barns that I see.” Set within the steep mountain landscape, those structures become visual punctuation marks that are both an inspiration for artists and a curiosity for tourists. While the organization is interested in barn preservation, it’s focused on achieving that through photography, architectural drawings and documentation of oral histories. (This month’s Barn Month events include a showing of historical photographs and a photo preservation workshop.) Due to the present decline in agriculture and the end of the tobacco subsidy in 2004, barns are falling into abandonment and disrepair. Barnhill says that many barns, including his own, have become storage units. “Now they have old sewing machines and old beds and video game consoles and old TVs. You name it,” he says. Once functional structures, the buildings now serve as a kind of timeline of the county’s agricultural history. “In the mountains, everybody thinks they’re all tobacco barns,” says Barnhill. “We had a whole century of settlement and barn history in the mountains prior to tobacco.” A longtime resident of Madison County, he is slowly compiling his research into a book. “[In] the first century of farming in the southern Appalachian mountains, the barns were more related to livestock and storage of tools and implements,” Barnhill says. Then from 1870 to about 1920, the barns were designed for flue-cured tobacco — typically airtight log buildings that were heated to dry the leaves. Agriculture then shifted to burley tobacco, which was dried through air circulation. The fluecured tobacco barns were retrofitted for the burley


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FarmviLLE: The Appalachian Barn Alliance, founded in 2012, is working to brand the county as the barn capital of North Carolina. Among its initiatives is an annual barn tour. Here, visitors explore Thurman Briggs Barn in Mars Hill. Photo by Catherine Pawlik tobacco crop by removing the mud chinking between the logs to allow for better airflow. “It’s all a story about sustainability before they called it sustainability,” says Barnhill. “It was just making good use of what resources they had.” Barn Day — a chance to visit the celebrated barns — is an annual fundraiser for the Appalachian Barn Alliance. This year’s guided tour will be at james and geneva roberts’ farm, followed by a followed by dinner, catered by Chupacabra Latin Cafe, and silent auction. Another event during Barn Month will be an open house at Root Bottom Farm, home to a barn in recovery. When sarah jones decker and her husband purchased their property in 2011, the old tobacco barn was missing boards, had derelict patches and was filled with accumulated storage that was piled nearly two stories high. Collaborating with Asheville-based woodworker jon taylor on a massive renovation project, the refurbished structure — once used for drying tobacco — now boasts the farm’s 13 varieties of garlic hanging from its rafters to dry. “Today, the barn is a huge part of our small organic farm operation,” Jones Decker says in documentation of the restoration process, posted on the farm’s website. “We use the barn every day for washing and drying vegetables, storing tools, and when we need shelter from the summer heat and afternoon rainstorms that frequent our mountainous county.” What was once an eyesore has returned to its role as a functional structure. Decker sees the barn, which she’s named The Garlic Pearl, entering into its second life. X

barn month events • Opening reception of The Barns of Madison County exhibit at The Madison County Arts Center, 90 S. Main St., Marshall. Friday, May 6, at 5:30 p.m. Free. The exhibition remains on display throughout the month. • Open house at Root Bottom Farm, 1201 East Fork Road, Marshall. Saturday, May 7, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. • Barn Day Tour, led by architect and history buff Taylor Barnhill, followed by dinner (catered by Chupacabra Latin Cafe) and silent auction. Saturday, May 21, 2:30-7:30 p.m. Space is limited, and advance tickets are required. $35 per person/$65 for two. For information and reservations, call Nancy Larkin at 230-6982 or email info@ • Workshop on historic photo preservation at the Madison County Library, 1335 N. Main St., Marshall. Thursday, May 26, 6:307:30 p.m. • An exhibition of historic photographs from the photography archives of the Farmers’ Federation will be on display throughout May at the News Record & Sentinel offices, 32 Baileys Branch Road, Marshall. Info at X

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Spring LEAF celebrates Cuban music and art traditions

For the first time in more than 50 years, the doors of communication and collaboration between Cuba and the U.S. have been reopened. To honor this historic moment and celebrate Cuban culture’s influence on generations of Latin music acts across the globe, LEAF has chosen “World Fusion with Cuban Spice” as the theme for its annual spring festival, which runs Thursday, May 12, through Sunday, May 15. “From salsa to timba to AfroCuban jazz, percussion and brass, we welcome one and all to be inspired by a world of passionate rhythm and infectious groove from an island unlike any other,” says ehren cruz, LEAF performing arts director. “Not everyone has the ability to travel to Cuba yet at this time [due to the] significant logistic and resource challenges that one may incur, but everyone is welcome to find their home in the Appalachian mountains of Lake Eden to experience the sights, sounds and spice of Cuba and 20 additional fusions of roots and world music to boot.” Among the diverse acts set to grace LEAF’s six stages are Havana’s own Juan de Marcos and the Afro-Cuban All Stars; Portland, Ore.-based fusion ensemble MarchFourth!; and the Asheville-based circus theater troupe Clan Destiny Circus. The leaders of each share their thoughts with Xpress on Cuban music and the recent diplomatic progress. Xpress: the afro-cuban all stars are devoted to promoting the complete story of cuban music. what comprises that story? juan de marcos: Performing the different genres of our music, from the most traditional styles up to the contemporary ones, and sometimes mixing them to get a new and unexpected result. For us, it’s important to show new audi-

sPicE is nicE: For its spring festival, LEAF celebrates Cuban connections. “It’s crucial to expose ourselves to the great diversity of creative expression from all over the world,” says Ringmistress Iz Web of Clan Destiny Circus. “It can help keep our hopes up that we can bridge our differences.” From the top, Clan Destiny Circus photo by Mozingo Photography, Juan de Marcos and the Afro-Cuban All Stars photo courtesy of the band, MarchFourth! photo by Andrew Wyatt

ences the diversity and complexity of our music. Cuba, despite being a very small country, has been for years one of the strongest influences in all kind of music worldwide. Here in your country, for example, great symphonic composers like Bernstein, Copland and Gershwin to remarkable rock bands like Santana, The Grateful Dead and Steely Dan have used Cuban elements in their compositions and performances. Also, what your scholars call the “Latin Tinge” is one of the foundations of the New Orleans proto-jazz scene. how is your group’s work inspired by cuban arts and culture? ringmistress iz web (clan destiny circus): Our shows have always been inspired by the sounds and rhythms of world fusion, and we strive to bring dance styles from all over the world into our shows. For spring LEAF, we’re reworking one of our choreographies to be performed to a popular Cuban song, and several of our artists are learning Cuban dance to get ready for the weekend. john averill (marchfourth!): We’ve always been a genre-blending kind of band and we definitely have some Latin spice in our kitchen. We cook with ingredients from all over the world. Does Afro-Cuban count? We’ve got some of that. what do the improving relations between cuba and the u.s. mean to you? what impacts do you think this diplomatic shift will have on your art and other artists in both countries? de marcos: Finally, a U.S. administration has realized that the policy they were carrying on for years was absolutely unsuccessful, and this is a good beginning. The blockade — or embargo, as you call it — never worked. A flexible policy based on mutual respect is better and even could help the United States’ real interests. This is a first step. I hope that soon the U.S. government will revoke the restrictions that are in place now that make it impossible for artists to be signed by U.S. labels and be properly paid for their services. These restrictions have damaged the distribution of our music in your country. When Cuban music returns to its natural place here, everybody will be happier. averill: I honestly haven’t been paying much attention to world affairs lately … but I do know that Trump seems to be the closest thing

to a greedy, ignorant and bullying fascist that this country has ever seen in terms of a potential president. If he gets elected, then I imagine that previous (and future) diplomatic efforts — in Cuba and elsewhere — could be nuked back to the Stone Age, which could affect artists and people everywhere. web: I think I have a unique perspective on this, since as part of my “day job” I am a co-producer of Buena Vista Social Club Adios, a documentary of the band’s final tour and a follow-up to their original 1999 Oscar-nominated documentary, which is credited as bringing awareness of Cuban music to the masses. When you get to know the heart and soul of a people through their music, dance and art, and you start to see that they share the same love of life, the same trials and tribulations, the same hopes and dreams as the rest of us, it’s hard to keep seeing them as an enemy. I see this as a prime example of why sharing our art with other people is so important and why it’s crucial to expose ourselves to the great diversity of creative expression from all over the world. It can help keep our hopes up that we can bridge our differences. If we can find a way to celebrate our differences, en masse, then perhaps we can evolve into a more peaceful, more joyful world. We have so much we can learn from each other. X

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ParaLLeL interFace Asheville Electro Music Festival showcases high technology on a human scale In his influential 1982 book Megatrends, author John Naisbitt wrote, “Whenever new technology is introduced into society, there must be a counterbalancing human response, or the technology is rejected.” The very human and innovative nature of 21st-century synthesizer-based music is a realworld example of Naisbitt’s observation in action. A local group of musicians has focused on the nexus where music and technology intersect, creating the Asheville Electro Music Festival to showcase local and international music. The event takes place Friday and Saturday, May 6 and 7, in Black Mountain. “It all grew out of the Internetbased electro-music community — people who wanted the opportunity to get together and share their musical ideas and expressions,” says festival organizer greg waltzer. The event started in Philadelphia and eventually moved to New York. After Waltzer and his wife relocated to Asheville, they decided to start a similar gathering in 2012. It was initially called Mountain Skies. “There’s a great artistic community here, and there are a lot of creative people,” Waltzer says. Plus, Asheville was already a popular vacation destination for many of his musical friends. Though it features more than two dozen acts performing over the course of two days, the Asheville Electro Music Festival is distinctly different from other similarly themed events. Waltzer characterizes the participants as “more interested in their passion for music and for sharing it, than in music as a business or commercial enterprise.” He says the focus has always been more on community than “drawing big-name artists who will sell a lot of tickets.” For participants, it’s partly a networking event, says Waltzer: “It’s a chance to get together and collaborate with other artists who have similar interests.” He adds that it’s also an opportunity for the broader community to “experience music that’s a little bit different than what you see and hear in mainstream music.” Waltzer characterizes the music showcased at the festival as “less constrained to the conventional genres.”


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high-tEch mEEts high-touch: Where innovation and accessibility meet, the human scale of the Asheville Electro Music Festival encourages interaction between performers and audience. Photo by Hong Waltzer The lineup does emphasize accessibility. “It’s engaging music that’s innovative at the same time,” Waltzer says. The festival encompasses electroacoustic and electronic music, which means attendees will see and hear performances that employ synthesizers, homemade circuits, wooden flutes, voice and any number of found objects. Trance, ambient, space and electro-pop are just a sampling of the styles that will be featured. candy durant of Charlotte-based Tenderlash (performing Friday afternoon) believes that electronic music has the ability to be emotive and organic “if you let it. Turn that attack knob, add some delay or resonance, and even though the pattern is the same, it sounds completely different,” she says. “It takes on a whole other personality and mood. That’s a very organic process.” Performers are primarily drawn from the community that Waltzer has come to know via the website and larger events in New York. About

half are local or regional acts. If there’s a common thread among the performers, Waltzer says, it’s “passion for innovative music and expression, for doing something out of the ordinary.” While many of the acts on the bill have played at previous festivals, Waltzer says that he actively seeks to bring in as many new performers as possible for each year’s event. The intimate, up-close nature of the festival also means that there’s much less of a wall between performer and audience: It’s a living example of Naisbitt’s high-tech/high-touch paradigm. Attendees socialize with each other and with the musicians, Waltzer says. After each performance, concertgoers often “go up on stage and talk to the musicians about their technique and equipment, and how they make their music,” he says. “So it’s really interactive.” From the start, visuals have been a key component of the festival. Waltzer says that the goal is to “create visuals

that will complement the music and enhance the experience.” Each of the two days kicks off with a seminar/performance workshop. Waltzer’s goals for the future are decidedly modest and humanscale. “We’re not trying to grow it and become another Moogfest,” he says. “We’re not trying to make a profit. We just hope to keep doing it every year.” X

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sWeet sPot Vintage soul and R&B songs, despite their quintessentially American origins, embody a sort of universality. If music is the universal language, these genres might be the Rosetta stone. “The feeling of that music is a very upbeat feeling,” says lech wierzynski, vocalist and trumpet player of the California Honeydrops. “In rhythm and blues and New Orleans music, people hear something like the traditional second line, and everyone knows what it’s for right away. They hear it, and it sounds like fun.” That encapsulated sense of happiness — an open invitation to the party — is at the heart of a Honeydrops show. Following an enthusiastic reception at LEAF last fall, the Oakland, Calif.-based band returns to Asheville for a show at Isis Restaurant & Music Hall on Friday, May 6. But Wierzynski, who came to the U.S. as a young child, is wellversed in the genre’s cross-cultural power. His dad, a political refugee from Poland, had discovered soul and R&B when he was growing up, though those records were banned in his home country. “For him, it was the ultimate rebel music,” says Wierzynski. “For me and my brother, it was the building block of how to be American.” That joy of discovery — of sharing favorite records and bedroom dance parties — is felt at a Honeydrops show. The band feeds off of the energy of its audience, playing in the crowd and encouraging singalongs. The musicians (co-founder ben malament on percussion and washboard, johnny bones on

California Honeydrops bring their dance party back to Asheville

rEvisit anD rEvisE: “I love old music, and I respect it a lot,” says vocalist and trumpet player Lech Wierzynski. “But I always think, ’Hey, I’m probably going to do it a slightly different way.’” Photo courtesy of the band tenor saxophone and clarinet, lorenzo loera on keyboard and melodica and beau bradbury on bass and percussion) never make setlists, Wierzynski says. They know what songs to lead with (originals like the brassy, cheeky “When It Was Wrong” are at home next to covers like Wilson Picket’s “Don’t Let the Green Grass Fool You”), “but we’re usually open to go with the flow,” says Wierzynski. “And we try to get the audience to go with the flow and make something different happen that day.” While the Honeydrops play most of their shows in intimate venues (at LEAF, the band performed on the main Lakeside stage — along with kids they’d worked with as part of a LEAF Schools & Streets program — and inside Eden Hall), lately they’ve been on much big-

ger stages as openers for bonnie raitt. The famed blues songstress plays for a lot of sit-down crowds, Wierzynski points out, “but she has great fans. Her fans are music people.” The difference, he says, is a nice balance, allowing his band to “just focus on the music and focus on what we do.” He continues, “Seeing her perform has been an amazing experience, too, watching her put herself into her songs night after night.” Raitt is a consummate artist but Wierzynski — though looser in his delivery — also pours soul into each performance. Though the musician describes himself as shy, onstage he’s wide open. His intuitive horn solos are well-matched with his bandmates’ deep grooves and addictive rhythms. The Honeydrops play with

something close to telepathy, each instrument a separate limb of a single organism. And Wierzynski’s voice, lithe and emotive, is as responsive and adventurous as his trumpet. Despite a hectic touring schedule (since LEAF, the Honeydrops have been to Australia, and between dates with Raitt they’ve been lining up their own headlining appearances), Wierzynski says the band is working on a follow-up to last year’s release, A River’s Invitation. The new record “will probably be a step backwards,” he says, to “rootsy, folky and blues elements that were not as prevalent on the last record.” The Honeydrops are interested in the vintage recording equipment and techniques that help to capture that of-an-era sound, but the band is no revivalist project. “I don’t believe in evolution so much,” Wierzynski says. “I believe in things kind of cycling. We’re revisiting them at a different time.” The band leader also believes in “pushing it one step further onstage, and I encourage the audience to do the same thing.” Sing along, dance harder or, heck, dance for the first time. “When I see a really stiff crowd turn by the end of the night,” Wierzynski says, “that’s an amazing feeling.” X

who California Honeydrops where Isis Restaurant & Music Hall, when Friday, May 6, 9 p.m. $12 advance/$15 day of show

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Whole lotta soul RiverMusic season launches with Greyhounds According to Taxi Transitter, the three Ps of recording are pitch, pocket and passion. Change of Pace, the new album by Greyhounds, is a case study of those elements. Equal parts swagger and finesse, the 13 tracks marry contagious rhythms, vintage organs, smart lyrics and an emotional journey. If there’s a continuum, it’s the sense of groove and absolute commitment to the pocket. And, while guitarist and singer andrew trube lays down some searing solos, it’s the silk-andsmoke vocal of singer and keyboardist anthony farrell that is at the heart of Greyhounds’ sound. Touring in support of Change of Pace, released on the revived Memphis label Ardent Records (home of Big Star), the band will headline the first RiverMusic concert of the season on Friday, May 6. Trube and Farrell have performed together for a decade and a half. They call themselves a “junkyard band,” but what the duo (sometimes a trio with versatile drummer anthony cole) plays is soul flavored by blues, funk, rock and psychedelia. Their songs, sometimes slow dances and sometimes angsty jams, feel at once of the moment and somehow reclaimed from another era. (Just to add another layer of intrigue, they often perform with a dancing spaceman.) Farrell and Trube are also members of J.J. Grey and Mofro (they were onstage for that band’s last show at Pisgah Brewing Co.). But while they fit neatly into Grey’s Southern-fried rock lineup, the duo’s Greyhounds project actually long eclipses their tenure with Mofro. From politically and socially charged tracks like “Walls” (“What happened to the feelin’ that we can make a change / ‘Power to the People’ is what they used to say”) to the levity of Trube-led songs like “Late Night Slice” (it’s about exactly what its title suggests), Change of Pace demonstrates the range and extensive musical vocabulary of its players. Two standouts are the Farrell-sung back-to-back tracks “Free” (a refreshingly egalitarian love song) and the aching “Cuz I’m Here,” which extends its sting into precisely placed white space. The show takes place at the RiverLink Sculpture and Performance Plaza in the River Arts District. Gates open at 5 p.m. Les Amis (members of Toubab Krewe and Zansa) and Major and The Monbacks (rock, psychedelic) also perform. Alternative transportation is encouraged, and shuttles are available from the Asheville Visitors Center. Admission is free. X

BEst in show: Anthony Farrell, left, and Andrew Trube are the core members of soul project Greyhounds. Their songs feel at once of the moment and somehow reclaimed from another era. Photo by Alysse Gafkjen


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Handmade creations in fields like pottery, glass, photography, sculpture, jewelry, furniture, painting, drawing and fiber art will be on display during the self-guided Weaverville Art Safari. “We have 53 artists participating this spring, making it the biggest event we’ve had in our history,” says painter and 2016 Safari President Cindy Ireland. Visitors are welcome to meander through the town’s varied galleries, learning about each maker’s process during pit stops. “I personally love it when kids come to my studio. They have a perspective that I can learn from,” Ireland adds. Door prizes and demonstrations punctuate the free tour, which takes place twice per year. The spring 2016 iteration runs Saturday-Sunday, May 7-8, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit for a digital brochure with maps and information. Image by Cory McNabb

Posh Hammer’s new six-song EP, A Revolt into Style, achieves “a much more contemporary sound,” according to teen guitarist Navied Satayesh, who founded the local band with his younger twin sisters, Tasnim and Tiam. “We really tried to combine the pop music of our generation with all the vintage influences we picked up from the 1970s and 1980s pop music our parents raised us on. So, we really feel like this album is a picture of who we are.” The trio traveled to Nashville to record with Handmade Productions before a snowstorm halted the project — or so it seemed. Stranded in an old hotel lobby, the siblings wrote what would become the EP’s single, “Absolutely Everyone,” on an acoustic guitar. Catch Posh Hammer’s release show at Asheville Music Hall on Friday, May 6, at 9 p.m. $8/$10. Photo by Sandra Stambaugh

Ellen Fischer From the author of If an Armadillo Went to a Restaurant comes another hypothetical tale inspired by the animal kingdom. Ellen Fischer’s If an Elephant Went to School uses a question-and-answer format to draw similarities between lessons learned by wild creatures and those mastered by children in a classroom. The Greensboro-based author and elementary school teacher of more than 20 years highlights characters’ various behaviors (the elephant, for example, pursues trunk proficiency rather than alphabet mastery), prompting readers to consider their own unique potential. As part of Children’s Book Week at Malaprop’s Bookstore and Café, Fischer will read the entire new work, which is filled with friendly illustrations by Laura Wood, on Thursday, May 5, at 11 a.m. Free. Photo courtesy of the author

The New Stew’s tribute to Bill Withers Recently formed supergroup The New Stew features six musicians from genre-crossing acts like Living Colour, The Lee Boys, Derek Trucks Band, Susan Tedeschi Band, Stone’s Stew, Col. Bruce Hampton & Aquarium Rescue Unit and more. The sextet came together on a mission “to pay respect to those recordings that influenced the players and to reimagine recordings that they feel should be heard and experienced in a live setting,” according to a media release. First up is a songfor-song recitation of Bill Withers’ album Live at Carnegie Hall, which was recorded in 1972 and includes iconic anthems like “Use Me,” “Ain’t No Sunshine” and “Lean On Me.” The artists have already revived Withers’ acclaimed performance for several crowds, and they bring the show to The Orange Peel on Wednesday, May 11, at 8 p.m. $25/$28. Photo courtesy of Corey Glover

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miniaturE art: Art MoB Studios & Marketplace is hosting its inaugural Miniature Juried Art Show from Friday, May 6, until Sunday, June 12. The exhibit of tiny art will have an opening reception on Thursday, May 5, from 5-7 p.m. with the opportunity to choose “Best in Show” and “Honorable Mention.” Art MoB Studios & Marketplace currently features over 90 local artists and craftsmen in 5,000 square feet of creative space in downtown Hendersonville. Photo courtesy of Art MoB (p. 73) art coLor mixing/thEory cLass in oiL (pd.) • 2 sessions: Monday May 16th and 23rd, 6:30-9pm. $100, all supplies included plus Free credit for a future Wine and Design studio class. Create custom color charts, exercises in theory and practice. Wine and Design, 640 Merrimon Ave., sign up at: 828-255-2442 or www. ashEviLLE art musEum 2 N. Pack Square, 253-3227, • WE (5/4), 3-5pm - “First Wednesdays Free admission.” Free. • TU (5/10), noon - “Why a Painting Is Like a Pizza: A Guide to Understanding and Enjoying Modern Art,” presentation by Nancy G. Heller. Admission fees apply. Downtown ashEviLLE First FriDay art waLks • 1st FRIDAYS, 5-8pm Downtown Asheville museums and galleries open doors to visitors. Visit the website for participating venues and full details. Free to attend. FirEstorm caFE anD Books 610 Haywood Rd., 255-8115 • 1st FRIDAYS, 6:30pm - “The Tipout Artist Showcase,” open mic with local music, poetry and other arts. Free to attend. grovEwooD gaLLEry 111 Grovewood Road, 253-7651, • SU (5/8), 1-3pm - Flower arranging demonstration with


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Christopher Mello. Free to attend. LExington gLassworks 81 South Lexington Ave., 348-8427 • 1st FRIDAYS, 5-8pm - Glass blowing demonstrations, live music, and beer. Free to attend. PuBLic EvEnts at wcu 227-7397, • Through MO (5/23) - Appalachian Living craft and skills series: Bark basket workshop with biologist Jeff Gottlieb, Thursday, May 26, 5:30-8:30pm. Registration: 227-7129. $25. Held in the Mountain Heritage Center Gallery in Hunter Library. sPrucE PinE trac gaLLEry 269 Oak Ave., Spruce Pine, 765-0520, facilities/spruce-pine-gallery • TU (5/10), 10am-noon - “The Business Side of an Artist’s Life,” presentation by Jon Ellenbogen. Registration required: 766-1295. Free. tryon FinE arts cEntEr 34 Melrose Ave., Tryon, 859-8322, • 2nd & 4th TUESDAYS through (5/24), 10:30am - The Great Courses, dvd discussion and presentations. Registration:   859-8322. Free. wEavErviLLE art saFari, • SA (5/7) & SU (5/8), 10am-5pm - Driving tour of Weaverville artist studios featuring 53 artists. Brochures available at theArt Safari

information booth located on Main Street in Weaverville. Free.

art/craFt Fairs wnc yarn crawL • TH (5/5) through SU (5/8) - Selfguided tour of local yarn stores and fiber locations. Visit website for locations and schedule. Free to attend.

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tEDx tryon 393-0182, • Through (6/10) - Submissions accepted for musicians, dancers, poets, humorists and street performers for September 10, 2016 event to be held at Tryon Fine Arts Center. Free. thE autumn PLayErs 686-1380, www,ashevilletheatre. org, • TU (5/10), 10:30am-2:30pm - Open auditions for Good People. Contact for full guidelines. Held at 35below, 35 E. Walnut St.

music BirDhousE Bash 476-4231 • Through (5/5) - Birdhouse submissions accepted for the 4th Annual Birdhouse Bash to support Daydreamz community art-projects & open Door community garden. Bring completed birdhouses to 2nd Blessing Thrift Store, 39 Conley St., Waynesville. Call 476-4231 for more information. FoothiLLs FoLk art FEstivaL FoothillsFolkArtFestival • Through (10/1) - Artist applications accepted self-taught artists for the October festival. Contact for full guidelines: LocaL cLoth • Through (7/10), Textile submissions accepted for Local Cloth’s “Project Handmade 2016: Elements of Nature.” Full guidelines:

BLuE riDgE orchEstra CONCERTS MAY 7 & 8 • homEcoming: viEnna (pd.) Season Finale with Kathryn Gardner, violin, and Franklin Keel, cello. Beethoven and Brahms performed • Saturday, May 7, 7:30pm; Biltmore United Methodist Church, 376 Hendersonville Road, Asheville • Sunday May 8, 3pm; UUCA, One Edwin Place, Asheville • $15 General Admission; $10 Friends of the Blue Ridge Orchestra; $5 Students. • Tickets available online and (cash and checks only) at Soli Classica, 1550 Hendersonville Road, and Musician’s Workshop, 310 Merrimon Avenue, Asheville • Further information: THIS FRIDAY • RIVERMUSIC (pd.) The May 6 RiverMusic offers three bands whose grooveheavy sounds range from the Afro-Caribbean world music of

Asheville’s Les Amis to the smoky soul, funk and blues of Austin’s highly regarded Greyhounds. In between, Major and the Monbacks will kick up their retro, driving, rocking soul. ashEviLLE choraL sociEty 232-2060, • SA (5/7), 7:30pm - “The Music of the Living,” concert featuring, pop, classical composers and spirituals. $25/$20 advance/$10 students. Held at Central United Methodist Church, 27 Church St. PuBsing 254-1114 • 2nd SUNDAYS, 6-8pm - Gospel jam and sing-along. Optional snack time at 5:30pm. Free to attend. Held at French Broad Brewery, 101 Fairview Road st. mark’s LuthEran church 10 North Liberty St., 253-0043 • MO (5/9), 7pm - LYRA Vocal Ensemble from St Petersburg presents Russian Orthodox chants and folk songs. Free. unitarian univErsaList FELLowshiP oF hEnDErsonviLLE 2021 Kanuga Road, Hendersonville, 693-3157, • SA (5/7), 7-9:30pm - Salsa Shark, Afro-Cuban jazz ensemble concert. $15.

thEatEr 35BELow 35 E. Walnut St., 254-1320, • FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS (5/6)

through (5/22) - I’ll Eat You Last. Fri. & Sat.: 7:30pm. Sun.: 2:30pm. $15.. FLat rock PLayhousE 2661 Highway 225, Flat Rock, 693-0731, • WEDNESDAYS through SUNDAYS until (5/21) - Million Dollar Quartet. Wed., Thurs. Sat. & Sun.: 2pm. Wed. & Thur.: 7:30pm. Fri. & Sat.: 8pm. $15$40. Parkway PLayhousE 202 Green Mountain Drive, Burnsville, 682-4285, • FRIDAYS through SUNDAYS (5/7) through (5/21) - Steel Magnolias. Fri. & Sat.: 7:30pm. Sun.: 3pm. $20/$17 for seniors & students/$10 for children.; strEEt crEaturE’s PuPPEt PLayhousE 37 E Larchmont Road • FR (5/6), 7-9pm - Comedy improvisation with puppet class graduation. $5. • THURSDAYS (5/12) throught (6/30), 7-9pm - Comedy Improvisation class incorporating puppets. $10. thE magnEtic thEatrE 375 Depot St., 279-4155 • THURSDAYS through SATURDAYS (4/28) until (5/28), 7:30pm - Death of a Salesman. $24/$21 advance. tryon LittLE thEatEr 516 S. Trade St., Tryon, 859-2466, • THURSDAYS through SUNDAYS through (5/8) - Calendar Girls. Thurs. - Sat.: 8pm. Sun.: 3pm. $16.

gallerY DirectorY aPPaLachian Barn aLLiancE • Through TU (5/31) - Farmers’ Federation photography exhibit. Held at the offices of the News, Record & Sentinel, Back St., Downtown Marshall

mEtro winEs 169 Charlotte St., 575-9525, • Through SU (7/31) - Vintage Ceramics, mixed media exhibition by Asya Colie.

art at mars hiLL • Through SA (5/7) - Kairos and Everyday Roles, exhibition of the paintings and photographs of Jessica Woodbury and the fabric art of Heather Styles. Opening reception: Friday, April 22, 6-8pm. Held in Weizenblatt Gallery.

mountain gatEway musEum anD hEritagE cEntEr 102 Water St., Old Fort, • Through (5/31) - So Great the Devastation: The 1916 Flood, multimedia exhibition. Free.

art moB 124 Fourth Ave. E., Hendersonville, 693-4545, • TH (5/5) through SU (6/12) - Miniature Art Show, juried exhibition.

oDyssEy cooPErativE art gaLLEry 238 Clingman Ave., 285-9700, • Through TU (5/31) - Exhibition of the ceramic art of Chiwa Clark, Andrea Freeman, and Julie and Tyrone Larson.

ashEviLLE gaLLEry oF art 82 Patton Ave., 251-5796, • Through TU (5/31) - Earthlight, painting exhibition of the work of Karen Keil Brown. Opening reception: Friday, May 6, 5:30-8pm.

rED housE stuDios anD gaLLEry 310 W. State St., Black Mountain, 699-0351, • FR (5/6) through MO (5/30) - Now and Then, Swannanoa Valley Fine Art League group exhibition. Opening reception: Friday, May 6, 5-7pm.

grovEwooD gaLLEry 111 Grovewood Rd., 253-7651, • SA (5/7) & SU (5/8) - Mothers & Maker, artisan exhibition.

satELLitE gaLLEry 55 Broadway St., 305-2225, • FR (5/6) through TU (5/31) - Moet with Medusa, exhibition of multimedia art by Gus Cutty. Opening reception: Friday, May 6, 7-9pm.

hickory musEum oF art 243 3rd Ave. NE, Hickory, 327-8576 • Through SU (7/24) - Memories of Appalachia, paintings by Arlee Mains. Reception: June 23, 6:30pm. • Through SU (7/24) -We Are the Music Makers: Preserving the Soul of America’s Music, multimedia exhibition of photographs, audio recordings and video from Tim Duffy. maDison county arts counciL 90 S. Main St., Marshall, 649-1301, • FR (5/6) through TU (5/31) - Barns of Madison County, photography exhibition. Reception: Friday, May 6, 5:30-7:30pm. mark BEttis stuDio & gaLLEry 123 Roberts St., 941-587-9502, • Through FR (5/20) - Wedge Duos, exhibition featuring the collaborative art of 28 artists.


thE stuDios oF FLat rock 2702A Greenville Highway, Flat Rock, 698-7000 • Through SA (5/14) - WNC Design Guide Exhibition, featuring painting, basketry, wood and ceramics. Closing reception: Thursday, May, 12. toE rivEr arts counciL 765-0520, • Through SA (5/7) - Giftshop exhibition featuring the work of over 160 artists. Held at Burnsville TRAC Gallery, 102 W. Main St., Burnsville zaPow! 21 Battery Park Suite 101, 575-2024, • SA (5/7) through TH (6/30) - Space POP! Exhibition of space inspired art. Opening Reception: Friday, May 7, 7-9pm. Prizes for best space inspired costumes. Contact the galleries for admission hours and fees

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cLuBLanD crow & quiLL Carolina Catskins (ragtime jazz), 10pm

wEDnEsDay, may 4

DouBLE crown Sonic Satan Stew w/ DJ Alien Brain, 10pm

185 king strEEt Vinyl Night, 7pm

ELainE’s DuELing Piano Bar Dueling Pianos, 9pm

5 waLnut winE Bar Kenny Dore & Riyen Roots (blues, roots), 5pm Les Amis (African folk music), 8pm

FrEnch BroaD BrEwEry Matt Walsh (rock, blues), 6pm

550 tavErn & griLLE karaoke, 6pm

gooD stuFF Cameron Sutphin (country, folk, rock), 6pm

aLtamont thEatrE Poetry Open Mic w/ Caleb Beissert, 8pm

grEy EagLE music haLL & tavErn Liz Vice w/ Sweet Claudette (R&B, gospel, soul), 8pm

ashEviLLE BrEwing co. Latin Night w/ Juan Benavides Group (flamenco), 8pm BEn’s tunE-uP Honky Tonk Wednesdays, 7pm

isis rEstaurant anD music haLL An evening w/ Sarah Potenza (blues, folk, rock), 7pm Pat Donohue CD Release Celebration w/ Carla Ulbrich (blues, folk, jazz), 8:30pm

BLack mountain aLE housE Play to Win game night, 7:30pm

Jack oF thE wooD PuB Bluegrass jam, 7pm

BLuE mountain Pizza & BrEw PuB Open mic, 7pm

Lazy DiamonD Heavy Night w/ DJ Butch, 10pm

cLassic winEsELLEr Liam Matthews (jazz, pop, easy listening), 7pm

LEx 18 Ray Biscoglia Duo (jazz standards), 7pm LoBstEr traP Hank Bones (“The man of 1,000 songs”), 6:30pm

crow & quiLL Resonant Rogues Go East (Balkan, Gypsy punk), 9pm Dark city DELi Pool Tournament, 7:30pm DouBLE crown Honky-Tonk, Cajun, and Western w/ DJ Brody Hunt, 10pm Funkatorium John Hartford Jam (folk, bluegrass), 6:30pm gooD stuFF Jim Hampton & friends perform “Eclectic Country” (jam), 7pm grEy EagLE music haLL & tavErn Jay Brown & The Everydays (roots, acoustic), 8pm grinD caFE Trivia night, 7pm highLanD BrEwing comPany Woody Wood Wednesdays (rock, soul), 5:30pm Jack oF thE wooD PuB Old-time session, 5pm Lazy DiamonD Killer Karaoke w/ KJ Tim O, 10pm

Pisgah BrEwing comPany The Paper Crowns (Americana), 6pm

thE sociaL LoungE Phantom Pantone (DJ), 10pm

PuLP FTO & Live Garbage, 9pm

thE southErn Disclaimer Comedy open mic, 9pm

room ix Fuego: Latin night, 9pm

timo’s housE TOUCH Samadhi Psychedelic Wednesdays (electronic), 9pm

scuLLy’s Sons of Ralph (bluegrass), 6pm sLy grog LoungE Sound Station open mic (musicians of all backgrounds & skills), 7:30pm Cards Against Humanity Game Night, 10pm

LEx 18 Andrew J. Fletcher (barrel house stride piano), 7pm

soL Bar nEw mountain ADBC presents Axiom Wednesdays (drum ’n’ bass), 9pm

LoBstEr traP Ben Hovey (dub-jazz, trumpet), 6:30pm

straightaway caFE Redleg Husky (Americana), 6pm

mountain moJo coFFEEhousE Open mic, 6:30pm

taLLgary’s at Four coLLEgE Open mic & jam, 7pm Wu-Wednesdays (’90s hip-hop experience), 9pm

noBLE kava Open mic w/ Caleb Beissert, 9pm o.hEnry’s/thE unDErgrounD “Take the Cake” Karaoke, 10pm

thE BLock oFF BiLtmorE Hope Chest for Women fundraiser w/ Phuncle Sam (Grateful Dead tribute), 7pm

oDDitorium The Whappers w/ Clouds of Reason (rock), 9pm

thE Joint nExt Door Bluegrass jam, 8pm

oFF thE wagon Piano show, 9pm

thE miLLroom Flamenco nights w/ Juan Benavides Group, 9pm

oLivE or twist Swing dance lesson w/ Bobby Wood, 7:30pm 3 Cool Cats (vintage rock), 8pm onE stoP DELi & Bar Geeks Who Drink Trivia, 7pm


nEw sEnsations: New Mountain’s Sol Bar in downtown Asheville hosts an eclectic mix of electronica, alt-folk and experimentation this Saturday in its “Sensation” showcase. Local electronic artist dep brings his “film score meets electronica” soundscapes to the stage, followed by Asheville’s own freak-folk, fairy rock duo brief Awakening and Alabama’s singer-songwriter/electronica music project Munook. Stop by the Sol Bar May 7 at 9 p.m. to catch this unique blend of styles.

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moE’s originaL BBq wooDFin Suburban Love Junkies (alternative, rock), 5:30pm nEw mountain thEatEr/ amPhithEatEr Ott & The All-Seeing I w/ Higher Learning (electronic), 9pm o.hEnry’s/thE unDErgrounD Game Night, 9pm Drag Show, 12:30am oFF thE wagon Dueling pianos, 9pm oLivE or twist 42nd Street Band (jazz), 8pm

town PumP Open mic w/ Billy Presnell, 10pm

onE stoP DELi & Bar Streaming Thursdays (live concert showings), 6pm West End Trio (funk, Americana), 10pm

traiLhEaD rEstaurant anD Bar Acoustic jam w/ Kevin Scanlon & Andrew Brophy (bluegrass, old-time, Americana), 6pm

orangE PEEL Moonchild w/ Kamasi Washington (neo-soul, jazz trio), 9pm

trEssa’s Downtown Jazz anD BLuEs Blues & soul jam w/ Al Coffee & Da Grind, 8:30pm

oskar BLuEs BrEwEry Blue Ribbon Healers (old-time thrash), 6pm

thursDay, may 5 185 king strEEt Cinco de Chris-O (birthday party open jam), 6pm 5 waLnut winE Bar Pleasure Chest (blues, rock, soul), 8pm aLtamont thEatrE The Tall Pines w/ Billy Cardine & Friends (folk rock), 7pm BarLEy’s taProom AMC Jazz Jam, 9pm BLuE mountain Pizza & BrEw PuB Billy Litz (Americana, singer-songwriter), 7pm

thE mothLight Woods w/ Ultimate Painting (folk, rock, psychedelic), 9:30pm

Buxton haLL BBq Velvet & Lace w/ DJ Dr. Filth (dark classics, benefit), 10pm

thE PhoEnix Jazz night, 8pm

crEEksiDE taPhousE Singer-songwriter night w/ Riyen Roots, 8pm

markEt PLacE Ben Hovey (dub jazz, beats), 7pm

Pack’s tavErn Sidecar Honey Duo (indie, Americana, rock), 8pm Pisgah BrEwing comPany Trampled By Turtles w/ Devil Makes Three (Americana, rockabilly), 7:30pm PurPLE onion caFE Bruce Piephoff (singer-songwriter, folk, blues), 7pm rEnaissancE ashEviLLE hotEL Kevin Scanlon (blue grass, country), 6:30pm room ix Throwback Thursdays (all vinyl set), 9pm sanctuary BrEwing comPany Ashley Heath (Americana), 7pm scanDaLs nightcLuB DJ dance party & drag show, 10pm sPring crEEk tavErn Open Mic, 6pm taLLgary’s at Four coLLEgE Open jam night w/ Jonathan Santos, 7pm

thE BLock oFF BiLtmorE Open mic night, 7:30pm thE PhoEnix Andrew Thelston (singer-songwriter), 8pm timo’s housE Thursday Request Live w/ Franco Nino, 9pm town PumP Chris Long (roots rock, Americana), 9pm traiLhEaD rEstaurant anD Bar Open Cajun & swing jam w/ Steve Burnside, 7pm trEssa’s Downtown Jazz anD BLuEs Jesse Barry & Friends (blues, soul), 9pm twistED LaurEL Karaoke, 8pm wxyz LoungE at aLoFt hotEL Jim Arrendell (acoustic), 8pm

FriDay, may 6 185 king strEEt Henry River Honey (Americana, bluegrass, blues), 8pm 5 waLnut winE Bar Ram Mandelkorn & Friends (funk, rock, blues), 9pm aLtamont thEatrE An Evening w/ Webb Wilder (bluesy rock n’ roll), 8pm ashEviLLE music haLL Posh Hammer (vintage rock trio), 9pm athEna’s cLuB Dave Blair (folk, funk, acoustic), 7pm DJ Shy Guy, 10pm Basic BrEwEry Hope Griffin (folk, Americana, singer-songwriter), 6pm BEn’s tunE-uP Woody Wood & the Asheville Family Band (acoustic, folk, rock), 5pm Bhramari BrEwhousE Juan Benavides Trio (jazz/world), 7:30pm BLuE mountain Pizza & BrEw PuB Acoustic Swing, 7pm cLassic winEsELLEr Dallas Wesley (Americana, folk), 7pm cork & kEg One Leg Up (Gypsy jazz, Latin, swing), 8:30pm crow & quiLL Vendetta Creme (cabaret), 9pm


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thE mothLight AshevilleFM Spring Fund Drive (comedy, Bob Dylan tribute, covers), 8pm thE PhoEnix Howie Johnson Trio (blues, rock), 9pm thE sociaL Steve Moseley (acoustic), 6pm thE sociaL LoungE Rooftop Dance Party with DJ Phantom Pantone (electronic), 10pm tigEr mountain Dark dance rituals w/ DJ Cliffypoo, 10pm timo’s housE DJ Deacon (club, hip-hop, trap), 9pm

oFF thE wagon Dueling pianos, 9pm

OPEN MON-THURS AT 3 • FRI-SUN AT NOON SUNDAY Celtic Irish session 3pm til ? MONDAY Quizzo! 7-9pm • WEDNESDAY Old-Time 5pm THURSDAY Bluegrass Jam • 7pm


markEt PLacE The Sean Mason Trio (groove, jazz, funk), 7pm

thE mocking crow NC 63 (house band, rock), 8pm

SUN 5/15


252.5445 •

LoBstEr traP Calico Moon (Americana), 6:30pm

thE miLLroom Last Comic Standing Winner Jon Reep (comedy), 7pm

wiLD wing caFE south A Social Function (acoustic), 9:30pm

Every Tuesday

95 PATTON at COXE • Downtown Asheville

LExington gLassworks Bull Moose Party Band (bluegrass, country), 5pm

thE grEEnhousE moto caFE Roots & Dore (blues, country, roots), 6pm

oDDitorium Drunk In a Dumpster w/ No Anger Control, Valence & Flashbang! (punk), 9pm



LEx 18 Blue Ribbon Healers (old-time, swankytonk), 7:30pm

thE BLock oFF BiLtmorE DJ Malinalli, 5pm Clouds of Reason (indie rock, pop, funk), 8pm

SAT 5/14



Lazy DiamonD Totes Dope Tite Sick Jams w/ (ya boy) DJ Hot Noodle, 10pm

thE aDmiraL Hip-hop dance party w/ DJ Warf, 11pm

whitE horsE BLack mountain Asheville Electro-music Festival, 2pm


9PM FREE (Donations Encouraged)

JErusaLEm garDEn Middle Eastern music & bellydancing, 7pm

straightaway caFE Humming Tree Band (folk, country, indie), 6pm

o.hEnry’s/thE unDErgrounD Drag Show, 12:30am



Jack oF thE wooD PuB Little Lesley & The Bloodshots w/ The Go Devils (rockabilly), 9pm

soL Bar nEw mountain SOL Vibes w/ DJ Bowie (electronic), 9pm

twistED LaurEL Sarah Tucker (singer-songwriter, rock, folk), 6pm Live DJ, 11pm



isis rEstaurant anD music haLL An evening w/ Rebecca Folsom (Americana, bluegrass, old-time), 7pm The California Honeydrops (funk, gospel, R&B), 9pm

sLy grog LoungE Spoke Ashem w/ Saz FCR & Jameson Cooper (hip hop), 8pm

nEw mountain thEatEr/ amPhithEatEr SoGnar presents Late Night Radio & Artifakts (electronic), 9pm



highLanD BrEwing comPany Station Underground (reggae, dub, jam), 7pm

scuLLy’s DJ, 10pm

town PumP Porcelain (indie folk duo), 9pm



grEy EagLE music haLL & tavErn King Gizzard & The Wizard Lizard w/ The Murlocs and The Nude Party (garage, psychrock), 9pm

DJ dance party & drag show, 10pm

moE’s originaL BBq wooDFin Typical Mountain Boys (bluegrass), 5:30pm


TUE 5.10

DouBLE crown DJ Greg Cartwright (garage & soul obscurities), 10pm

FrEnch BroaD BrEwEry Murmuration (groove rock), 6pm

Rock Academy Quarterly Showcase @ 5:00

SAT 5.7

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oLivE or twist Westsound (dance, Motown, blues), 8pm onE stoP DELi & Bar Free Dead Fridays w/ members of Phuncle Sam (jam), 5pm Mustacheville goes to the zoo!, 10pm oskar BLuEs BrEwEry Conservation Theory (traditional mountain music), 6pm

wxyz LoungE at aLoFt hotEL West End Trio (funk), 8pm zamBra Zambra Jazz Trio, 8pm

saturDay, may 7 185 king strEEt Kentucky Derby Party w/ Todd Cecil & Back South (country, blues, roots), 8pm

Pack’s tavErn DJ OCelate (dance hits, pop), 9:30pm

5 waLnut winE Bar Shine Delphi (gypsy blues), 6pm Lyric (acoustic soul), 9pm

Pisgah BrEwing comPany Punch Brothers w/ Gabriel Kahane (newgrass, Americana), 8pm

aLtamont thEatrE Karen Lovely Band w/ Peggy Ratusz (blues), 8pm

rivErLink scuLPturE anD PErFormancE PLaza Les Amis w/ Major and The Monbacks & The Greyhounds (blues, funk, soul), 5pm

athEna’s cLuB Michael Kelley Hunter (blues), 6:30pm DJ Shy Guy, 10pm

sanctuary BrEwing comPany Dog Whistle, 7pm

BEn’s tunE-uP Gypsy Guitars (acoustic, Gypsy-jazz), 3pm Savannah Smith (southern soul), 8pm

scanDaLs nightcLuB Friday Fitness in Da Club, 7pm

Bhramari BrEwhousE Mandelkorn Trio (jazz), 7:30pm

BLuE mountain Pizza & BrEw PuB Larry Dolamore (acoustic), 7pm cLassic winEsELLEr Blue Ribbon Healers (Gypsy, old-time, jazz), 7pm cork & kEg Red Hot Sugar Babies (vintage jazz, blues, swing), 8:30pm crow & quiLL Skunk Ruckus (rockabilly), 9pm DouBLE crown Pitter Platter w/ DJ Big Smidge, 10pm ELainE’s DuELing Piano Bar Dueling Pianos, 9pm FEED & sEED The Slocan Ramblers (bluegrass), 6pm FrEnch BroaD BrEwEry Miriam Allen (roots), 6pm gooD stuFF Story Daniels (alternative, rock, hip hop), 8pm Freestone August (singer-songwriter, folk, pop), 9pm grEy EagLE music haLL & tavErn Greg Brown w/ Bo Ramsey (folk), 8pm highLanD BrEwing comPany The Rock Academy quarterly showcase, 5pm isis rEstaurant anD music haLL An evening w/ John McCutcheon (Americana, bluegrass, old-time), 8pm Jack oF thE wooD PuB The Resonant Rogues (Gypsy swing, oldtime, folk), 9pm JErusaLEm garDEn Middle Eastern music & bellydancing, 7pm Lazy DiamonD Sonic Satan Stew w/ DJ Alien Brain, 10pm LEx 18 HotPoint Trio (Gypsy, swing), 7:30pm LoBstEr traP Sean Mason Trio (jazz), 6:30pm markEt PLacE DJs (funk, R&B), 7pm oDDitorium Pasties & Pastries: Easy Bake Off (burlesque), 9pm oFF thE wagon Dueling pianos, 9pm oLivE or twist 42nd Street Band (big band jazz), 8pm Dance party (hip-hop, rap), 11pm onE stoP DELi & Bar Shakedown Saturdays craft bazaar, 12pm Hurricane Bob Band (electric blues), 10pm orangE PEEL Rip Haven w/ Amnesis & Verse Vica (metal), 9pm oskar BLuEs BrEwEry Momma Molasses (Americana, indie, folk), 5:30pm Fly Fishing Film Tour, 6pm Pack’s tavErn The Tailgators (rock, bluegrass), 9:30pm Pisgah BrEwing comPany American Gonzos (rock, funk), 8pm PurPLE onion caFE The Bad Popes (rock, country, western swing), 7pm

Letters to Abigail (Americana), 7pm scanDaLs nightcLuB DJ dance party & drag show, 10pm scuLLy’s DJ, 10pm sLy grog LoungE Odd 22 (Appalachian street music), 9pm soL Bar nEw mountain Sensation w/ Munook, Deep Awakening & Dep (singer-songwriter, electronic), 9pm straightaway caFE The Everydays (acoustic), 6pm thE aDmiraL Soul night w/ DJ Dr. Filth, 11pm thE BLock oFF BiLtmorE Siyah (hip hop, freestyle), 8pm thE mocking crow NC 63 (house band, rock), 8pm thE mothLight Matthew Logan Vasquez w/ Reverend Baron (rock), 9:30pm thE PhoEnix Paul Jones Trio (jazz-fusion), 9pm timo’s housE Dance Party w/ DJ Franco Nino, 9pm town PumP Daryl Hance Powermuse (Southern psychedelic swamp groove), 9pm toy Boat community art sPacE Anam Cara Pride Prom Fundraiser w/ Teem (punk), 7pm traiLhEaD rEstaurant anD Bar Dave Desmelik (Americana, folk, singersongwriter), 8pm trEssa’s Downtown Jazz anD BLuEs The King Zeros (blues), 7:30pm twistED LaurEL Free Flow (funk, soul, R&B), 8:30pm Indoor & Outdoor Dance Party w/ DJ Phantome Pantone (electronic), 10pm whitE horsE BLack mountain Asheville Electro-music Festival, 2pm wiLD wing caFE Karaoke, 8pm wxyz LoungE at aLoFt hotEL Siamese Jazz Club (R&B, soul, funk), 8pm zamBra Zambra Jazz Trio, 8pm

sunDay, may 8 185 king strEEt Sunday Funday open jam, 7pm

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

LIVE MUSIC... NEVER A COVER THU. 5/5 Sidecar Honey Duo

(indie, Americana, rock)

5 waLnut winE Bar The Paper Crowns (alt-folk), 7pm

FRI. 5/6 DJ OCelate

BEn’s tunE-uP Sunday Funday DJ set, 2pm Reggae night w/ Dub Kartel, 8pm

(dance hits, pop)

SAT. 5/7 The Tailgators

Bhramari BrEwhousE Sunday brunch w/ live music, 11am BLuE mountain Pizza & BrEw PuB Circus Mutt (bluegrass, roots), 7pm

(rock, bluegrass)

BywatEr Cornmeal Waltz w/ Robert Greer (classic country, bluegrass), 6pm

room ix Open dance night, 9pm

catawBa BrEwing south sLoPE Lindsey Lou & The Want To (classic country), 6pm

sanctuary BrEwing comPany Yoga with Cats, 10am

DouBLE crown Killer Karaoke w/ KJ Tim O, 9pm


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grEy EagLE music haLL & tavErn Joshua Davis (roots, rock ’n’ roll, singer-songwriter), 8pm highLanD BrEwing comPany Reggae Sunday w/ Dennis “Chalwa” Berndt, 1pm isis rEstaurant anD music haLL Sunday Classical Brunch, 11am Mother’s Day in the Lounge w/ Danika Holmes & Jeb Hart (alt-country, singer-songwriter), 5:30pm History of Jazz series: The Swing Era w/ One Leg Up, 7:30pm Jack oF thE wooD PuB Irish session, 5pm Lazy DiamonD Tiki Night w/ DJ Lance (Hawaiian, surf, exotica), 10pm



spring fund drive - donations! sat


matthew logan vasquez (of delta spirit) w/ reverend baron

5/8 sun mon


u.s. bastards

w/ all hell, 6ix 6ix dix


w/ peer review, p. ennio trise

5/10 5/11



marisa anderson

Sunday, May 8th Join us for Mother’s Day Festivities Hint: Moms dig cider. . .


dendera bloodbath

w/ saki bomb, polly panic, xambuca

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Details for all shows can be found at

maY 4 - maY 10, 2016

210 Haywood Road, West Asheville, NC 28806


550 tavErn & griLLE Cornhole, 5pm

courtyarD gaLLEry Open mic (music, poetry, comedy, etc.), 8pm

nEw mountain thEatEr/amPhithEatEr DubConsious (rock, jam), 7pm

crEEksiDE taPhousE Trivia, 7pm

oDDitorium Daniel Eyes and The Vibes, Votaries & Kitty Tsunami (psych rock), 9pm

crow & quiLL Los Abrojitos (Argentine tango quartet), 9pm

Pisgah BrEwing comPany Sunday Travers Jam (open jam), 5pm sanctuary BrEwing comPany Gabe Smiley (rock, folk), 3pm

Bhramari BrEwhousE Mexi Monday (jazz, world music), 5pm

Dark city DELi Trivia Night, 7:30pm DouBLE crown Country Karaoke, 10pm gooD stuFF Open mic w/ Laura Thurston, 7pm grEy EagLE music haLL & tavErn Contra dance (lessons, 7:30pm), 8pm Jack oF thE wooD PuB Quizzo, 7pm LExington avE BrEwEry (LaB) Kipper’s “Totally Rad” Trivia night, 8pm LoBstEr traP Bobby Miller & Friends (bluegrass), 6:30pm o.hEnry’s/thE unDErgrounD Geeks Who Drink trivia, 7pm

scanDaLs nightcLuB DJ dance party & drag show, 10pm

oDDitorium Rumbletramp, Lilli Jean & ManOhMan! (folk punk), 9pm

sLy grog LoungE Sunday Open Mic (open to poets, comedians & musicians), 7:30pm

oLivE or twist 2 Breeze Band (Motown), 6pm

straightaway caFE Gene Holdway (Americana, folk, bluegrass), 5pm taLLgary’s at Four coLLEgE Jason Brazzel (acoustic), 6pm thE BLock oFF BiLtmorE Michael Sunshine & William De Haro (medieval folk, sacred word), 7:30pm thE imPEriaL LiFE Ultra Lounge Listening Party w/ projections DJ Phantone Pantone, 10pm

w/ tashi dorji

5/12 thu


North Carolina’s First Cider Bar Family Owned & Operated Seasonal, craft-made hard ciders and tasting-room delights from local farmers & artisans.

5 waLnut winE Bar Siamese Jazz Club (soul, R&B, jazz), 8pm

moE’s originaL BBq wooDFin Ashley Heath (Americana), 5:30pm

oskar BLuEs BrEwEry The Applebutter Express (ukulele funk), 2pm

asheville 103.3 fm

185 king strEEt Open mic night, 7pm

BywatEr Open mic w/ Rick Cooper, 8pm

orangE PEEL Animal Collective w/ Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith [SOLD OUT], 9pm

w/ ultimate painting

monDay, may 9

LoBstEr traP Hot Club of Asheville (swing ’n’ grass), 6:30pm

onE stoP DELi & Bar Bluegrass brunch w/ Woody Wood, 11am Sundays w/ Bill & Friends (Grateful Dead tribute, acoustic), 5pm


wEDgE BrEwing co. Vollie McKenzie & Hank Bones (acoustic jazzswing), 6pm

aLtamont BrEwing comPany Old-time jam w/ Mitch McConnell, 6:30pm

oLivE or twist Live blues band, 6pm


timo’s housE Bring Your Own Vinyl (open decks), 8pm

LEx 18 Mothers Day Brunch & High Tea w/ Bob Strain (jazz piano), 11am Mothers Day Dinner Show Vintage Radio Broadcast: “Mother Knows Best”, 5:30pm

oFF thE wagon Piano show, 9pm


thE southErn Yacht Rock Brunch w/ DJ Kipper, 12pm

thE mothLight U.S. Bastards w/ All Hell & 6ix 6ix dix (rock ’n’ roll, punk), 9:30pm thE omni grovE Park inn Lou Mowad (classical guitar), 10am Bob Zullo (pop, rock, blues), 7pm thE sociaL Get Vocal Karaoke, 9:30pm

orangE PEEL The Sonics w/ The Woggles and Barrence Whitfield & The Savages [CANCELLED], 9pm oskar BLuEs BrEwEry Mountain Music Mondays (open jam), 6pm sovErEign rEmEDiEs Stevie Lee Combs (acoustic), 8pm thE mothLight Omnicaster w/ Peer Review & P. Ennio Triste, 9pm thE omni grovE Park inn Bob Zullo (pop, rock, blues), 7pm thE vaLLEy music & cookhousE Monday Pickin’ Parlour (open jam, open mic), 8pm tigEr mountain Service industry night (rock ’n’ roll), 9pm timo’s housE Movie night, 7pm

urBan orcharD Old-time music, 7pm

tuEsDay, may 10 5 waLnut winE Bar The John Henrys (hot jazz), 8pm aLtamont BrEwing comPany Open mic w/ Chris O’Neill, 8:30pm ashEviLLE music haLL Tuesday Night Funk Jam, 11pm Back yarD Bar Open mic & jam w/ Robert Swain, 8pm BLack BEar coFFEE co. Round Robin acoustic open mic, 7pm BLack mountain aLE housE Trivia, 7pm BLuE mountain Pizza & BrEw PuB Patrick Fitzsimons (blues, folk), 7pm BLuE riDgE taProom Tuesday Tease w/ Deb Au Nare (burlesque), 8pm BuFFaLo nickEL Trivia, 7pm catawBa BrEwing south sLoPE Reverend Finster (R.E.M. covers), 6:30pm crEEksiDE taPhousE Old School Low Down Blues Tues. w/ Matt Walsh, 6pm

onE worLD BrEwing Trivia, 6pm

LoBstEr traP Ben Hovey (dub-jazz, trumpet), 6:30pm

thE Joint nExt Door Bluegrass jam, 8pm

sanctuary BrEwing comPany Team trivia & tacos, 7pm

mountain moJo coFFEEhousE Open mic, 6:30pm

thE miLLroom Flamenco nights w/ Juan Benavides Group, 9pm

taLLgary’s at Four coLLEgE Jam night, 9pm

noBLE kava Open mic w/ Caleb Beissert, 9pm

thE BLock oFF BiLtmorE Jazz-n-Justice Tuesday, 7:30pm

o.hEnry’s/thE unDErgrounD “Take the Cake” Karaoke, 10pm

thE mothLight Dendera Bloodbath w/ Saki Bomb, Polly Panic & Xambuca (experimental, darkwave, electronic), 9pm

thE mothLight Marisa Anderson w/ Tashi Dorji (rock, blues, country), 9pm

oDDitorium The Melons & Abominable Creatures (rock), 9:30pm

thE PhoEnix Singer-songwriter Night, 8pm thE sociaL LoungE Phantom Pantone (DJ), 10pm timo’s housE Tech Tuesdays (video game tournament), 8pm

onE worLD BrEwing Redleg Husky (acoustic trio), 8pm

traiLhEaD rEstaurant anD Bar Acoustic jam w/ Kevin Scanlon & Andrew Brophy (bluegrass, old-time, Americana), 6pm

whitE horsE BLack mountain Irish sessions & open mic, 6:30pm

orangE PEEL The New Stew w/ Corey Glover & Roosevelt Collier (Bill Withers tribute), 8pm

trEssa’s Downtown Jazz anD BLuEs Blues & soul jam w/ Al Coffee & Da Grind ,8:30pm

wiLD wing caFE south Tuesday bluegrass, 6pm Trivia w/ Kelilyn, 8:30pm

wEDnEsDay, may 11

550 tavErn & griLLE karaoke, 6pm

DouBLE crown Honky-Tonk, Cajun, and Western w/ DJ Brody Hunt, 10pm

aLtamont thEatrE Poetry open mic w/ Caleb Beissert, 8pm

iron horsE station Open mic, 6pm isis rEstaurant anD music haLL Tuesday bluegrass sessions, 7:30pm Jack oF thE wooD PuB Carpal Tullar (pop rock), 9pm Lazy DiamonD Classic Rock ’n Roll Karaoke, 10pm LEx 18 Bob Strain & Bill Fouty (jazz ballads & standards), 7pm LoBstEr traP Jay Brown (acoustic-folk, singer-songwriter), 6:30pm markEt PLacE QuickChester (indie, rock), 7pm

BEn’s tunE-uP Honky Tonk Wednesdays, 7pm BLack mountain aLE housE Play to Win game night, 7:30pm BLuE mountain Pizza & BrEw PuB Open mic, 7pm

town PumP Open mic w/ Billy Presnell, 10pm

Pisgah BrEwing comPany 12AM Duo (jam, rock), 6pm room ix Fuego: Latin night, 9pm scuLLy’s Sons of Ralph (bluegrass), 6pm sLy grog LoungE Sound Station open mic (musicians of all backgrounds & skills), 7:30pm Cards Against Humanity Game Night, 10pm soL Bar nEw mountain ADBC presents Axiom Wednesdays (drum ’n’ bass), 9pm straightaway caFE Steve Weams, 6pm taLLgary’s at Four coLLEgE Open mic & jam, 7pm Wu-Wednesdays (’90s hip-hop experience), 9pm

cLassic winEsELLEr Liam Matthews (jazz, pop, easy listening), 7pm Dark city DELi Pool Tournament, 7:30pm DouBLE crown Honky-Tonk, Cajun, and Western w/ DJ Brody Hunt, 10pm Funkatorium John Hartford Jam (folk, bluegrass), 6:30pm gooD stuFF Jim Hampton & friends perform “Eclectic Country” (jam), 7pm grinD caFE Trivia night, 7pm highLanD BrEwing comPany Woody Wood Wednesdays (rock, soul), 5:30pm

oDDitorium Odd comedy night, 9pm

isis rEstaurant anD music haLL All You Can Eat Snow Crab Clusters w/ The West End Trio (swing, bluegrass), 5pm An evening w/ Carver & Carmody (blues, Americana), 7pm

oFF thE wagon Rock ’n’ roll bingo, 8pm

Jack oF thE wooD PuB Old-time session, 5pm

oLivE or twist Tuesday Night Blues Dance w/ The Remedy (dance lesson at 8), 8:30pm

Lazy DiamonD Killer Karaoke w/ KJ Tim O, 10pm

onE stoP DELi & Bar Turntable Tuesdays (DJs & vinyl), 10pm

timo’s housE “Hump Day Mixers” w/ DJ Fame Douglas (R&B, hip-hop), 9pm

urBan orcharD Billy Litz (Americana, singer-songwriter), 7pm

Dark city DELi Ping Pong Tournament, 6pm

highLanD BrEwing comPany Dr. Brown’s Team Trivia, 6pm

thE southErn Disclaimer Comedy open mic, 9pm

oLivE or twist Swing dance lesson w/ Bobby Wood, 7:30pm 3 Cool Cats (vintage rock), 8pm

trEssa’s Downtown Jazz anD BLuEs Funk & jazz jam w/ Pauly Juhl, 8:30pm

5 waLnut winE Bar Ryan Oslance Duo (jazz), 5pm Les Amis (African folk music), 8pm

grEy EagLE music haLL & tavErn Andy Buckner w/ Them Dirty Roses (outlaw country, Southern rock), 8pm

thE sociaL LoungE Phantom Pantone (DJ), 10pm

onE stoP DELi & Bar Geeks Who Drink Trivia, 7pm Opposite Box w/ Glostik Willy, Transit Method & Squidlord (experimental, rock, funk), 9:30pm

crow & quiLL Champagne Wilson & The French 75 Rowdy (New Orleans style jazz), 10pm

gooD stuFF Old time-y night, 6:30pm

oFF thE wagon Piano show, 9pm

thE PhoEnix Jazz night, 8pm

LEx 18 The Patrick Lopez Experience (modern & Latin jazz), 7pm

maY 4 - maY 10, 2016




HHHHH = Pick Of The Week

Christopher Plummer and Dean Norris in Atom Egoyan’s entertaining — and thoroughly preposterous — Remember.

Remember HHHH Director: Atom Egoyan plaYers: Christopher Plummer, Martin Landau, Dean Norris, Bruno Ganz, Henry Czerny, Jurgen Prochnow meloDrama RATED R tHe storY: An octogenarian — with some kind of dementia — is sent to hunt down and kill a former Nazi guard from Auschwitz. tHe lowDown: A pretty preposterous concept that almost transcends its unbelievable premise by


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virtue of Christopher Plummer’s performance — and which is rarely less than entertaining. I first heard of Atom Egoyan in 2001 when someone insisted I see his The Sweet Hereafter (1997), which she was convinced was not only a masterpiece, but one of The Great Films. I saw it and thought it was ... OK, but nothing I would watch a second time. (That this did not sit well with my friend is understating the case.) So, here I am, 15 years and three more Egoyan films later, staring down the barrel of my fifth excursion into his world with Remember. While I like


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the film more than most of the others, I’m still not “getting” Egoyan’s greatness. His world seems to mostly revolve around sin and guilt, with little, if any, hope for redemption. There’s a level of self-seriousness about it that appeals to some, but I am just plain not in tune with that. I’m also not entirely in tune with Remember — and for much the same reason — but I have to say that its story is compelling in its very strangeness. I admire its pulpy (almost lurid) premise, and I certainly have no qualms about the acting. Christopher Plummer (an Egoyan almunus) is excellent in the lead, and Martin Landau offers terrific support in a role that’s ultimately a tough sell. Really, everyone in the film is hard to fault. But it’s Plummer’s show, and it’s due to him that the film works. Looked at as a whole — and after the fact — the more difficult it is to believe that it works at all. Think of it as Memento (2001), but with an 80-plusyear-old lead character suffering from dementia. (Rather than tattooed clues, he has a letter he rereads to get his bearings.) If this sounds improbable, you’re only part way there. Plummer plays Zev Guttman, a nursing home resident who, upon the death of his wife, is given money and instructions by his sharper-witted (but physically incapacitated) old friend Max Rosenbaum (Landau), a self-styled Nazi hunter. This is all in the service of sending Zev on a mission to discover — and kill — which of three men going by the name of Rudy Kurlander is the Nazi guard at Auschwitz who tormented the two and murdered their families. Considering Zev’s age and mental state, this is clearly preposterous, but somehow it falls into place as a melodramatic thriller of the, well, trashy kind. The fact that the film seems completely oblivious to its ever-growing list of absurdities is actually in its favor, as long as the drama is onscreen. What is perhaps most intriguing about the film — and, again, I lay a lot of this at the feet of Plummer — is that the individual scenes often work quite well as drama. (There’s a disconcerting scene where the obviously out-of-it Zev

has no trouble legally purchasing a gun.) But the film’s most surprisingly effective scene involves Zev finding the son (Dean Norris) of one of the potential Rudy Kurlanders. Well, it’s not the right one, but it almost might as well be (you’ll understand if you see the film), and the film’s sudden shift into outright, overblown melodrama seems oddly believable in its very unexpectedness. What follows in its wake marks the point where the preposterous just topples over into the unbelievable, which is unfortunate. The ending itself still works, though, despite the fact that the final twist becomes pretty obvious faster than you can say, “Richard Wagner.” And it’s satisfying. All in all, I enjoyed Remember. I was never less than entertained by it, and I was more than entertained by Plummer’s performance. I’d like to believe that this is the point in Egoyan’s career where he has embraced his inner Lee Daniels as a salesman of tantalizing trash, but I’m not really sold on that. Not yet. I’ll have to see what he does next, because my suspicion is that he’s taking Remember as much more important than I am. Rated R for a sequence of violence and language. Starts Friday at Fine Arts Theatre. rEviEwED By kEn hankE

Keanu HH

Director: Peter Atencio plaYers: Jordan Peele, KeeganMichael Key, Tiffany Haddish, Method Man, Darrell Britt-Gibson comeDY RATED R

THE STORY: After his new kitten is kidnapped, a heartbroken stoner and his square cousin infiltrate an LA gang to get him back. THE LOWDOWN: A decidedly overdrawn and one-note comedy with a few high points, but a whole lot of disappointing lows. My entire experience with comedians Jordan Peele and KeeganMichael Key has been limited to the five-minute (or shorter) clips shared on social media from their sketch comedy show, Key and Peele. What I’ve seen has sometimes been smart or funny — and rarely worthy of cringing. Of course, the safety of sketch comedy is that it takes a special kind of awful to make something that’s only five minutes long into something unbearable. However — and this is true of so many TV shows turned into feature-length films — what works over a handful of minutes won’t necessarily stretch out over 100 minutes. This is unfortunately true of Key and Peele’s first movie, Keanu, something that takes a simple premise and can’t properly build a comedy around it, constantly repeating itself and driving what likability it has straight into the ground. The idea here is that stoner Rell (Peele) has been dumped by his girlfriend, which sends him into an emotional tailspin until an abandoned kitten shows up. Rell gets uncomfortably attached to this young cat, whom he names Keanu. Tragedy strikes when Keanu is kidnapped by a Los Angeles gang, requiring Rell, with the help of his uptight, nebbish cousin Clarence (Key), to attempt to infiltrate said gang to get his cat back. In doing so, they accidentally impersonate two hard-assed assassins (also played by Key and Peele), putting them in the middle of a drug deal organized by the gang’s leader, Cheddar (Method Man). The film turns into sort of an impromptu undercover buddy-cop thing with Rell and Clarence (who drives a minivan and loves George Michael) pretending to be hardnosed gangsters. There are tinges of Edgar Wright’s Hot Fuzz (2007) and, even more so, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller’s 21 Jump Street (2012) — but with neither of those films’ care or attention to detail. Keanu is specifically one-note (or just a couple of notes) and frustratingly never realizes this. The bulk of the humor is based on Rell and Clarence trying to pass themselves off as bloodthirsty killers and drug dealers — which they’re both the

exact opposite of — and a ton of jokes about George Michael. (So many, I lost count. Just George Michael jokes over and over.) I get frustrated just thinking about it. Key and Peele both seem to have more sense than this and the ability to be funnier than this. Both are genuinely likable on screen (really, this is what mostly keeps the film afloat), but the script (by Peele and TV writer Alex Rubens) feels half-baked. There’s something missing — some spark of creativity, perhaps — at every turn. Just when the film feels like it’s on to something (like the scene with a drugged-out Anna Faris as herself), Keanu just doesn’t quite go far enough or even know where to go. The entire film feels aimless and lacking, right down to the pat, unsurprising ending. It’s a film that wants to be a bit absurd and ridiculous, but can’t quite figure out how. But there are moments of what could’ve been a better comedy buried in Keanu, making the entire endeavor even more disappointing. Rated R for violence, language throughout, drug use and sexuality/nudity. Playing at Carmike 10, the Carolina Cinemark, Epic of Hendersonville, Regal Biltmore Grande. reviewed by Justin Souther

Mother’s Day S DIRECTOR: Garry Marshall PLAYERS: Jennifer Aniston, Julia Roberts, Kate Hudson, Timothy Olyphant, Jason Sudeikis, Margo Martindale, Aasif Mandvi, Jennifer Garner PURPORTED COMEDY RATED PG-13 THE STORY: Several tenuously connected groups of people examine maternal relationships in the days leading up to the titular holiday. THE LOWDOWN: Garry Marshall has done it again! And, by “it,” I mean waste the movie-going public’s time and money with an ill-conceived and poorly executed cash-grab. When Mother’s Day was conceived by Anna Jarvis in 1908, it was intended to be a sentimental celebration

inspired by the bond she had shared with her recently deceased mother. By the 1920’s, Jarvis was actively boycotting the holiday she herself had birthed, having become disillusioned by the commercialization of Mother’s Day at the hands of companies such as Hallmark. Were she still alive, Anna Jarvis would no doubt be arrested in front of a multiplex for protesting the release of Garry Marshall’s latest “effort,” Mother’s Day. While the United States may have developed the Marshall Plan as an economic reconstruction strategy for Europe following World War II, Garry Marshall has concocted a more cynical variation with the obvious intention of bolstering his own coffers. This Marshall plan entails selecting an arbitrary holiday to provide the basis for a shoddy script (and an exploitative marketing campaign), cobbling together a series of underdeveloped stories and casting a host of movie stars who each show up for maybe a week’s worth of shooting. From there, it’s a simple matter of watching the residual checks roll in each year as cable TV outlets fill their schedules with this schlock every time the appropriate date rolls around. Since Groundhog Day already exists and an Independence Day sequel is on the horizon, Marshall is running out of nationally recognized holidays. Only time will tell if his reign of terror will continue with a saccharine meditation on the true meaning of Labor Day or a light comedy about Columbus Day that glosses over that whole genocide thing. Marshall’s early work on such sitcoms as Happy Days, Mork and Mindy, and Laverne and Shirley clearly still holds sway over his current directorial instincts, as Mother’s Day bears all the dramatic heft of the worst examples of a sitcom clip show. The script follows at least three loosely associated “A” stories and an additional subplot, creating a sort of narrative buckshot effect. The principle behind this is ostensibly to give the audience so many characters to follow that they can’t help but relate to one. And, by pursuing so many interwoven plot threads, the viewer might overlook their glaring inconsistencies and lack of narrative consequence. The film’s ensemble cast, easily the most marketable aspect of the film, also proves to be its weakest link. As bad as the script is, terrible performances from actors who are capable of better strip Mother’s Day of any shot it may have had at establishing some sort of emotional resonance. Overacting abounds, with Jennifer Aniston hamming up her role as the harried housewife hot off a divorce;

T HEATER LISTINGS Friday, May 6 Thursday, may 12 Due to possible scheduling changes, moviegoers may want to confirm showtimes with theaters.

Asheville Pizza & Brewing Co. (254-1281) Daddy’s Home (PG-13) 1:00, 4:00 Seven Psychopaths (R) 10:00 Sisters (R) 7:00

Carmike Cinema 10 (298-4452) Carolina Cinemas (274-9500) Captain America: Civil War 3D (PG-13) 10:30, 12:50, 4:20, 5:30, 7:50, 11:20 Captain America: Civil War 2D (PG-13) 11:40, 2:00, 3:10, 6:40, 9:00, 10:10 Eye in the Sky (R) 10:50, 2:05, 4:40, 7:15, 9:50 Green Room (R) 12:00, 3:00, 5:25, 7:50, 10:20 A Hologram for the King (R) 11:15. 1:55, 4:25, 7:05, 9:35 The Huntsman: Winter’s War (PG-13) 11:00, 1:55, 4:50, 7:35, 10:25 The Jungle Book 2D (PG) 10:45, 1:30, 4:15, 7:10, 10:00 Keanu (R) 11:10, 1:45, 4:30, 7:00, 9:30 Mother’s Day (R) 10:35, 1:40, 4:35, 7:25, 10:15 Papa: Hemingway in Cuba (R) 10:40, 1:20, 4:00, 6:55, 9:40 Ratchet & Clank 2D (PG) 11:50, 2:40, 5:05, 7:30, 9:55 Zootopia 2D (PG) 11:05, 1:50, 4:40, 7:20, 10:05

Co-ed Cinema Brevard (883-2200) Captain America: The Civil War (PG13) 12:30, 4:00, 7:30

Epic of Hendersonville (6931146) Fine Arts Theatre (232-1536) Apples from the Desert (NR) Fri., May 6, 1:00 Miles Ahead (R) 1:20 (no 1:20 show Fri, May 6), 4:20, 7:20 (no 7:20 show Wed. May 11 and Thu., May 12), Late show Fri-Sat 9:30 Remember (R) 1:00, 4:00, 7:00, Late show Fri-Sat 9:00 The People vs. Fritz Bauer (NR) 7:00, Thu. May 12 Thunder Road (NR) 7:00, Wed., May 11

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moVies Kate Hudson phoning in her turn as a self-hating trailer park alumnus; and Julia Roberts playing her costume-jewelry-hawking, home-shopping maven with the emotional range of an android on opioids. Comedians Jason Sudeikis, Aasif Mandvi and Cameron Esposito all gamely try to mine the script for laughs. But, in a film which seems convinced that the mere sight of Sudeikis’ karaoke take on the Humpty Dance constitutes a joke in and of itself, the humor well has clearly run dry. Even poor Margo Martindale can’t do much as Hudson’s racist redneck mom, though she at least seems to enjoy her (ultimately failed) efforts to imbue this one-note joke of a character with some depth. Although the performances are uniformly poor, the script cannot escape blame. One of the laziest pieces of writing to have thrown shade on a screen in recent memory, Mother’s Day is filled with blunt exposition to compliment its paperthin characterization. An early and unaddressed voice-over narration from Penny Marshall (who appears nowhere in the film) reminds everyone that this movie is, in fact, about Mother’s Day. Characters state their motivations and circumstances with blunt literality that defuses even the most elementary examples of dramatic tension. This story takes place in a world wherein Atlanta is populated almost entirely by white people; Skype and karaoke machines are newfangled concepts that require repeated explanation; and Mother’s Day holds a position of social significance to rival that of Christmas. Rated PG-13 for language and some suggestive material. Playing at Carolina Cinemark, Epic of Hendersonville, Flat Rock Cinema, UA Beaucatcher. rEviEwED By scott DougLas

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Papa Hemingway in Cuba HS Director: Bob Yari plaYers: Giovanni Ribisi, Joely Richardson, Adrian Sparks, Shaun Toub, James Remar, Mariel Hemingway Biopic RATED R tHe storY: A young reporter befriends Ernest Hemingway and spends time with him in Cuba shortly before the author’s suicide. tHe lowDown: Unadulterated veneration of Hemingway during a stage in his life when he probably didn’t deserve it, Papa contributes nothing novel to the author’s posthumous mythos. The most striking thing about Papa Hemingway in Cuba is not that it was the first American film to be shot in Cuba since 1959, but that, for a film intended to lionize a great writer, it is exceptionally poorly written. Based on an autobiographical script penned by the late Denne Bart Petitclerc, who also wrote the screen adaptation of Hemingway’s Islands in the Stream, Papa plays like the ramblings of a nostalgic fanboy who never outgrew his hero-worship of the author. By all accounts that’s exactly what this film amounts to, as Petitclerc’s introduction to Hemingway came about through a mawkish fan letter that must’ve stroked the Nobel Laureate’s ego in just the right direction during the years of his creative decline. If Petitclerc fails to live up to his mentor’s accomplishments with this script, it should not come as any surprise. The majority of his screenwriting experience appears to have come in the form of a few Westerns written for TV in the ’60s, including a brief stint on Gunsmoke. This professional background could go a long way to explaining the stilted, unnatural dialogue and weak character development on display in Papa. However, paramount among the script’s myriad problems is its lack of dramatic tension. Those familiar with Hemingway’s death know 82

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that he committed suicide with a shotgun in Idaho, not a pistol in Havana, so the film’s constant threat of self-harm on the part of its focal point comes up short of inspiring anything other than boredom. And yet these scenes are the closest the film comes to having anything resembling a central narrative, as Giovanni Ribisi’s Petitclerc proxy (named Ed Myers for some reason) never accomplishes anything more than looking on in awestruck veneration as Hemingway descends into alcoholism and spouse abuse. Weak performances by a usually capable cast do nothing to conceal the screenplay’s flaws and, more often than not, come across as something you’d expect from a TV movie. There was a time when I liked Ribisi, but his slack-jawed bewilderment in this role made it difficult to remember why. Joely Richardson is given essentially two gears in which to operate, passive-agressive shrew and raging bitch, and she overplays both significantly. Adrian Sparks inhabits the character from a physical standpoint, but lacks the conviction to imbue his lines with any gravitas. Ultimately, Bob Yari’s direction fails both cast and subject, as his compositions often feel rushed and ill-considered. Only a handful of scenes capitalize on the picture’s exotic location, with the film spending most of its time in Hemingway’s historic home, now a museum maintained by the Cuban government. The entire enterprise feels like it was concocted by Yari as an excuse for a long vacation, with most scenes playing as though the director refused to shoot more than a few takes, so he could spend more of his time on the beach. Yari attempts to address shortcomings in narrative cohesion by the addition of both expository voiceover narration and extensive post-film captioning, contributing heavily to the air of laziness that pervades the film. At one point, Sparks’ Hemingway mentions “The power of less.” If Hemingway as an author is distinguished by his concision, Papa is a film defined by its excess. It’s difficult to recommend this to anyone with more than a cursory interest in Hemingway and his work, and those lacking such interest are unlikely to have any incentive to see the film in the first place. This leaves the film in a sort of limbo, not good enough for its intended audience and of little appeal to anyone beyond. The filmmakers bluntly suggest that the last years of Hemingway’s life were spent in an existential crisis rooted in impotence and writer’s block, but while they pay lip-service

to Hemingway’s internal conflict over the merits of his own existence, they don’t seem to have considered the possible lack of justification for their film’s existence. Perhaps some questions are better left unanswered, especially if you’re getting paid to hang out in Cuba. Rated R for language, sexuality, some violence and nudity. Playing at Carolina Cinemark, UA Beaucatcher. rEviEwED By scott DougLas

Ratchet & Clank S Director: Kevin Munroe, Jerrica Cleland plaYers: (Voices of) James Arnold Taylor, David Kaye, Jim Ward, Armin Shimerman, Rosario Dawson, Paul Giamatti, John Goodman, Sylvester Stallone, Bella Thorne animateD sci-Fi action comeDY RATED PG tHe storY: Some sort of alien cat creature and his defective robot sidekick fight an evil oligarch intent on remaking the galaxy in his image. tHe lowDown: A 90-minute commercial for the reboot of a 15-yearold video game, Ratchet & Clank is a real clunker. Ratchet & Clank might be deemed perfectly acceptable by its target demographic, but it’s pretty broad, even for a film aimed at children. As far as video game adaptations go, Ratchet may bear the dubious distinction of being the most accurate. I’ve never played the games, but I’m reasonably confident I’ve developed a thorough enough understanding of their mechanics after watching this feature-length cutscene to predict I’d be bored within the first five minutes should I decide to fire up a console. The cinematic equivalent of eating an entire box of Lucky Charms, Ratchet & Clank is devoid of any substance or content and will most likely lead to some metaphorical

moV ies queasiness in the adult viewer. The utter lack of originality on display can only invite the assumption that the sole story of any value to the film’s creative team is that of the imminent release of the game franchise’s next installment. That this impending game is purportedly based on this movie’s plot is far from encouraging, as Ratchet is sorely lacking in the story department. Every tired kids’ movie trope is rehashed to the point that it might feel redundant even to the eight-year-olds at whom this movie is aimed, but it might hold their attention long enough for tired parents to catch a short nap. While the film is competently animated, it shares the visual aesthetic of other modern children’s fare, meaning most of the characters appear to be constructed from polished Play-Doh, and the laws of physics are never in effect. Though the character designs were derived from the source material, a computer-animated film featuring a lead who looks like he was produced when a perpetually smirking bobcat mated with a Twinkie seems lazy, especially when that film is released in such close proximity to The Jungle Book. If anything, Ratchet’s cartoony sheen made me miss the awkwardly anthropomorphized facial expressions of Mowgli’s digital lupine brethren. If Ratchet & Clank had been a gorgeously rendered visual triumph (it isn’t), it still would have been difficult to watch due solely to its weak characterization. While many of its characters are obvious references to sci-fi mainstays, none of them are developed in even a cursory manner. Instead of progressing through a character arc, the protagonist seems to be on something of a character escalator, propelled through the story without any volition to speak of and arriving at transitional moments as though they were dictated by a page number in the script rather than any narrative logic. If I can say one thing in support of Ratchet & Clank — and believe me, that’s a stretch — it would be that the decision to bring back most of the voice cast from the games is commendable. The central performances of the original cast are every bit as strong as those of the celebrities in ancillary roles. In some cases, they’re stronger (looking at you, Stallone). John Goodman in particular sounds like he’s bored to be involved, and Paul Giamatti seems

to be entertaining himself by trying to deliver a broader performance than he did in Private Parts. To be fair, this film was never intended to be high art, and these otherwise laudable actors do have to pay the bills just like the rest of us. There are two essential types of stupid movies: movies that are selfaware enough to have fun with their own stupidity, and movies who think the audience might overlook said stupidity. Ratchet & Clank is the latter. For a film aimed at children to fixate so completely on narcissistic gratification and the legitimacy of egoistic grandiosity as a life goal seems like a great disservice to that target audience. Even if the sociological implications were set aside, this would still be a terrible movie strictly on the basis of its lack of entertainment value. Rated PG for action and some rude humor. Playing at Carmike 10, Carolina Cinemark, Epic of Hendersonville, Regal Biltmore Grande. rEviEwED By scott DougLas

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Here comes summer — all over again — with the next next big thing. You know what it is: an Avengers movie dressed as a Captain America movie. You know you have to be there for this latest spandex spectacular, or else face a violent loss of social status with all the cool people. You’ve been warned. (Pg-13)


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riP van anDroiD: Diane Keaton and Woody Allen in a still from 1973’s Sleeper. Film historian Frank Thompson will lead an in-depth discussion on Allen’s comedies at Asheville School of Film. Photo courtesy of MGM Home Entertainment • North Asheville Library’s May film series spotlights the musicals of elvis Presley every Saturday throughout the month. Selections include Clambake (May 7), Viva Las Vegas (May 14), Harum Scarum (May 21) and Kissin’ Cousins (May 28). Each film starts at 2 p.m. in the library’s meeting room. Free and open to the public. • Asheville School of Film is offering a series of film history and appreciation seminars. Film historian frank thompson will lead an indepth discussion on Woody Allen’s comedies on Friday, May 6, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The seminar costs $30, and Thompson will highlight a different filmmaker on the first Friday of each month. Plans are also in place to screen featured directors’ works at the Grail Moviehouse. On Saturday, May 7, from 2 to 6 p.m., local filmmaker and entrepreneur stephen nadeau will discuss how to make a living in the film industry, focusing on his experiences and recommendations. The Life After Film School seminar fee is $50 and will provide attendees with practical ideas on how to use their education and experience. Registration is also open for the weekend workshops Introduction to Digital Editing (Saturday, May 14, and Sunday, May 15, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; $175) and Documentary Filmmaking (Saturday, May 21, and Sunday,

May 22, from noon to 6 p.m.; $275). • Mechanical Eye Microcinema is accepting submissions for its next open screening. Filmmakers are invited to share their work (no longer than 10 minutes) with a live audience. All genres and styles, old, new and work-in-progress are welcome on DVD, QuickTime or MPEG file, 16mm and Super 8. Submit work early by email to or bring your work to the screening at the Grail Moviehouse on Thursday, May 19, at 7 p.m. First come, first served as time allows. A short audience feedback session will follow each film. • Black Mountain-based filmmaker chris gallaway and his wife larissa “sunshine” gore gallaway co-created the documentary The Long Start to the Journey about Chris’ thru-hike on the Appalachian Trail. During the trek, he “weathered challenges ranging from a blizzard and frostnip in the Great Smoky Mountains to a plague of mosquitos in the monsoon summer heat,” according to a press release. The documentary will be screened at Asheville Community Theatre on Saturday, May 7, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $7, and the event benefits the Carolina Mountain Club and Lifelines outdoor ministry. X

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Apples from the Desert HHHH director: Matti Harari, Arik Lubetzky Players: Moran Rosenblatt, Reymond Amsallem, Elisha Banai, Irit Kaplan, Shlomi Koriat, Tzvi Shissel drama Rated NR This week, the Asheville Jewish Film Festival is showing the Israeli drama Apples from the Desert (2014). Moran Rosenblatt stars as Rebecca Abravanel, an only child who is unfulfilled by her strictly Orthodox life in modern Jerusalem, under the patriarchal hand of an unbending father (Shlomi Koriat) and a subservient mother (Reymond Amsallem). Unbeknownst to her parents, Rebecca rebels by starting to flirt with a secular lifestyle, especially as concerns Dooby (Israeli singer-guitarist Elisha Banai), a young man from a kibbutz who coaxes her to a join a dance class he’s part of. Her father’s response to her rebelliousness is to agree to marry her to an older man, which, needless to say, doesn’t play well. In essence, it’s a fairly standard culture-and-generation-clash drama of a very old kind. However, it’s done so well and with such attention to detail, you probably won’t mind. You certainly won’t mind Rosenblatt’s Rebecca. Not only is she luminous, she captures the character with amazing nuance. The Fine Arts Theatre will show Apples from the Desert Thursday, May 5, at 7 p.m. with an encore showing Friday, May 6, at 1 p.m.

M HHHHH director: Fritz Lang Players: Peter Lorre, Otto Wernicke, Theodor Loos, Ellen Widmann crime thriller Rated NR Fritz Lang’s first talkie, 1931’s M, definitely shows its age in terms of the technical aspects of early sound — though there’s no denying it’s a big improvement over his final silent, The Woman in the Moon (1929), which I’ve been working my way through for years. However, it still has the power to grip an audience more than many slicker movies. As a story, it’s the perfect blending of Lang’s penchant for serial-like melodrama with something that has more on its mind. In this regard, as a successful fusion of the two elements, it’s probably only second to his next film, The Testament of Dr. Mabuse (1933). It is also probably not accidental that the two films are connected by the presence of Otto Wernicke as the same character, Inspector Lohmann, in each. On the one hand, M is a crime-thriller with a twist. Not only do we have the police on the hunt for a serial child murderer, Hans Beckert (Peter Lorre), the criminal underworld joins in as well. This is not from any altruistic motive, mind you. The underworld has grown tired of too much interference from the police (thanks to their increased presence in the search for the murderer), so it follows that his capture is in their best interest. Lang is fascinated by the mechanics of both forces engaged in this manhunt, but he’s equally interested in the psychology of Beckert himself — a character who manages to generate a measure of sympathy because he can’t help himself. No film had previously dealt with the idea of a serial killer like this — and few films have ever topped it for psychological perception. It’s entertaining, exciting and distinctly disturbing. Classic World Cinema by Courtyard Gallery will present M Friday, May 6, at 8 p.m. at Phil Mechanic Studios, 109 Roberts St., River Arts District (upstairs in the Railroad Library). Info: 828-273-3332,

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fReeWiLL aSTROLOGY ariEs (march 21-april 19): "Silence is not silence, but a limit of hearing," writes Jane Hirshfield in her poem "Everything Has Two Endings." This observation is apropos for you right now. There are potentially important messages you're not registering and catalytic influences you can't detect. But their apparent absence is due to a blank spot in your awareness, or maybe a willful ignorance left over from the old days. Now here's the good news: You are primed to expand your listening field. You have an enhanced ability to open certain doors of perception that have been closed. If you capitalize on this opportunity, silence will give way to revelation. taurus (april 20-may 20): Your ability to accomplish magic is at a peak, and will continue to soar for at least two more weeks. And when I use that word "magic," I'm not referring to the hocus-pocus performed by illusionists like Criss Angel or Harry Houdini. I'm talking about real feats of transformation that will generate practical benefits in your day-to-day life. Now study the following definitions by writer Somerset Maugham, and have faith in your ability to embody them: "Magic is no more than the art of employing consciously invisible means to produce visible effects. Will, love, and imagination are magic powers that everyone possesses; and whoever knows how to develop them to their fullest extent is a magician." gEmini (may 21-June 20): According to author Vladimir Nabokov, the Russian word toska means "a dull ache of the soul, a longing with nothing to long for, a sick pining, a vague restlessness." Linguist Anna Wierzbicka says it conveys an emotion that blends melancholy, boredom, and yearning. Journalist Nick Ashdown suggests that for someone experiencing toska, the thing that's yearned for may be "intangible and impossible to actually obtain." How are doing with your own toska, Gemini? Is it conceivable that you could escape it -maybe even heal it? I think you can. I think you will. Before you do, though, I hope you'll take time to explore it further. Toska has more to teach you about the previously hidden meaning of your life. cancEr (June 21-July 22): "Gandhi's autobiography is on my pillow," writes Cancerian poet Buddy Wakefield. "I put it there every morning after making my bed so I'll remember to read it before falling asleep. I've been reading it for 6 years. I'm on Chapter 2." What's the equivalent phenomenon in your world, my fellow Crab? What good deed or righteous activity have you been pursuing with glacial diligence? Is there a healthy change you've been thinking about forever, but not making much progress on? The mood and the sway of the coming days will bring you a good chance to expedite the process. In Wakefield's case, he could get up to Chapter 17.

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virgo (aug. 23-sept. 22): "Anytime you're going to grow, you're going to lose something," said psychologist James Hillman. "You're losing what you're hanging onto to keep safe. You're losing habits that you're comfortable with, you're losing familiarity." I nominate these thoughts to serve as your words of wisdom in the coming weeks, Virgo. From an astrological perspective, you are in a phase when luxuriant growth is possible. To harvest the fullness of the lush opportunities, you should be willing to shed outworn stuff that might interfere. LiBra (sept. 23-oct. 22): On Cracked. com, Auntie Meme tells us that many commonly-held ideas about history are wrong. There were no such things as chastity belts in the Middle Ages, for example. Napoleon's soldiers didn't shoot off the nose of the Sphinx when they were stationed in Egypt. In regards to starving peasants, Marie Antoinette never derisively said, "Let them eat cake." And no Christians ever became meals for lions in ancient Rome's Colosseum. (More: tinyurl. com/historicaljive.) In the spirit of Auntie Meme's exposé, and in alignment with the astrological omens, I invite you to uncover and correct at least three fabrications, fables, and lies about your own past. scorPio (oct. 23-nov. 21): Poet Charles Wright marvels at the hummingbird, "who has to eat sixty times his own weight a day just to stay alive. Now that's a life on the edge." In the coming weeks, Scorpio, your modus operandi may have resemblances to the hummingbird's approach. I don't mean to suggest that you will be in a manic survival mode. Rather, I expect you'll feel called to nourish your soul with more intensity than usual. You'll need to continuously fill yourself up with experiences that inspire, teach, and transform you.

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LEo (July 23-aug. 22): In the 16th century, European explorers searched South America in quest of a mythical city of gold known as El Dorado. Tibetan Buddhist tradition speaks of Shambhala, a magical holy kingdom where only enlightened beings live. In the legends of ancient Greece, Hyperborea was a sunny paradise where the average human life span was a thousand years and happiness was normal. Now is an excellent time for you to fantasize about your own version of utopia, Leo. Why? First, your imagination is primed to expand. Second, dreaming big will be good for your mental and physical health. There's another reason, too: By envisioning the most beautiful world possible, you will mobilize your idealism and boost your ability to create the best life for yourself in the coming months.

sagittarius (nov. 22-Dec. 21): "Anybody can become angry," said Greek philosopher Aristotle. "That is easy; but to be angry with the right person, and to the right degree, and at the right time, for the right purpose, and in the right way, that is not within everybody's power and is not easy." I'm pleased to inform you, Sagittarius, that now is a time when you have an exceptional capacity for meeting Aristotle's high standards. In fact, I encourage you to honor and learn all you can from your finelyhoned and well-expressed anger. Make it work wonders for you. Use it so constructively that no one can complain. caPricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): To celebrate your arrival at the height of your sex appeal, I'm resurrecting the old-fashioned word "vavoom." Feel free to use it as your nickname. Pepper it into your conversations in place of terms like "awesome," "wow," or "yikes." Use a felt-tip marker to make a temporary VAVOOM tattoo on your beautiful body. Here are other enchanted words you should take charge of and make an intimate part of your daily presentation: verve, vim, vivid, vitality, vigor, voracious, vivacious, visceral, valor, victory, and VIVA! aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): When he was a boy, Mayan poet Humberto Ak'ab'al asked his mother, "What are those things that shine in the sky?" "Bees," she answered mischievously. "Every night since then," Humberto writes, "my eyes eat honey." In response to this lyrical play, the logical part of our brains might rise up and say, "What a load of nonsense!" But I will ask you to set aside the logical part of your brain for now, Aquarius. According to my understanding of the astrological omens, the coming days will be a time when you need a big dose of sweet fantasies, dreamy stories, and maybe even beautiful nonsense. What are your equivalents of seeing bees making honey in the night sky's pinpoints of light? PiscEs (Feb. 19-march 20): "Sometimes, a seemingly insignificant detail reveals a whole world," says artist Pierre Cordier. "Like the messages hidden by spies in the dot of an i." These are precisely the minutiae that you should be extra alert for in the coming days, Pisces. Major revelations may emerge from what at first seems trivial. Generous insights could ignite in response to small acts of beauty and subtle shifts of tone. Do you want glimpses of the big picture and the long-range future? Then be reverent toward the fine points and modest specifics.


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