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9 KEEP THE LIGHTS ON Area nonprofits discuss approaches to overhead funding

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68 ANSWERING THE CALL Poet modernizes Asheville opera scene with a sensual, two-man production

40 TAKING IT TO THE STREET Asheville nonprofits minister to homeless

46 BLAZING A PATH Green Opportunities partners with city to build greenway trail 54 BEHIND THE FOOD SCENE A network of diverse businesses keep Asheville’s restaurant industry cooking

9 KEEP THE LIGHTS ON Area nonprofits discuss approaches to overhead funding 16 A GIFT BEYOND A LIFETIME Local nonprofits work with donors for planned giving 22 PITCH BATTLE Nonprofits compete for city, county funding 31 ASHEVILLE ARCHIVES Examining two of Buncombe County’s lynchings 34 CONSCIOUS PARTY Muddy Sneakers’ 10th anniversary 39 GIVE! LOCAL Xpress’ end-of-the-year giving platform 40 TAKING IT TO THE STREET Asheville nonprofits minister to homeless 46 BLAZING A PATH Green Opportunities partners with city to build greenway trail 51 TIME TO TAILGATE Where to get the goods from local farms 52 DIGGING IN Bounty & Soul’s U Grow initiative blossoms into a community celebration 53 GROWING COMMUNITY Shiloh Community Garden nurtures people and place 54 BEHIND THE FOOD SCENE A network of diverse businesses keeps Asheville’s restaurant industry cooking 58 SMALL BITES Sweethearts Supper benefits Youth Transformed for Life 62 THE BIG PICTURE Public art projects make murals available to everyone 5 LETTERS 5 CARTOON: MOLTON 7 CARTOON: BRENT BROWN 27 BUNCOMBE BEAT 31 ASHEVILLE ARCHIVES 32 COMMUNITY CALENDAR 34 CONSCIOUS PARTY 40 WELLNESS 46 GREEN SCENE 50 LOCAL CROSSWORD 52 FARM & GARDEN 54 FOOD 58 SMALL BITES 60 BEER SCOUT 62 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT 70 THEATER REVIEW 73 SMART BETS 77 CLUBLAND 83 MOVIES 85 SCREEN SCENE 86 FREEWILL ASTROLOGY 86 CLASSIFIEDS 87 NY TIMES CROSSWORD

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Asheville deserves those who will treat all equally We are an anthropology class at A-B Tech, intent on applying the principles of the discipline to the public discourse in our community through this forum. As anthropologists in training, we try to apply ethnographic research methods toward the common good, grounded on principles of holism, cultural relativity and reflexivity — identifying the biases and ethnocentrisms that lurk within us as we try to be as objective as possible in the study and understanding of others. The Citizen Times recently reported on an incident at a Racial Equity Institute training at MAHEC involving a number of local groups [“Black Lives Matter Activist Arrested After Dispute at Anti-racism Training”]. In the March 29 article, reporter Sam DeGrave described an event in which a 64-year-old attendee of the training and local leader in the Black Lives Matter movement “spoke out of turn” as a symbolic protest of being silenced by a white person. What followed was an escalation that most parties involved agree displayed aspects of the systemic, structural racism people of color experience every day in America. The woman refused to be silenced in what she felt was a perfect example of the kind of social context that requires training such as the one she was attending. She was

forcibly removed from the meeting, arrested and treated disrespectfully. She is the longtime friend of one of us in this anthropology class: When the event was related to us all, we felt the need to act. Anthropology inspires action on behalf of the marginalized. The chapters on gender, race, inequality and the other structures of power we have been tasked with unmasking this semester were brought to our classroom in real time. Gathering the data and spreading the word are our first steps. Since the event, the organizers of the training released a statement acknowledging the social injustice and systemic racism that influenced the outcome of the confrontation. Though they cited regulations she was breaking at the time, the statement failed to acknowledge that African-Americans have long had to break regulations that were unjust if they wanted to be heard. Bree Newsome removed the Confederate flag. Colin Kaepernick knelt during the national anthem. Rosa Parks [refused to give up her seat on] the bus. The training institute, MAHEC, the police force (which has reportedly been trained to uphold racial equity by the same institute) and everyone involved should reflect on how they will prevent such examples of racial inequity in their racial equity training and their everyday actions in the future. An anthropologist bent on studying the event might suggest embracing holism and cultural relativity in order

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to guide the creation of regulations that enabled and empowered diverse experiences and a plurality of voices within the context of such a training. As a multicultural community in which progressive values of inclusion and equality should prevail, Asheville deserves public servants, professionals and citizens who treat all people equally. We should all be more reflexive about that. — J.R. Johnston and Anthropology 220 Asheville Editor’s note: Xpress contacted the Racial Equity Institute, Biltmore Forest’s police chief and MAHEC, and received the following responses to a summary of the letter writer’s points. From the Racial Equity Institute’s managing director, Deena HayesGreene, and associate director, Suzanne Plihcik: “Much misinformation has circulated about this workshop, most by people not present. We agree that a black woman arrested at a racial equity workshop is a troubling occurrence and appreciate the opportunity to respond. Ms. [Sharon] Smith was disruptive from the outset, speaking over a black trainer explaining workshop expectations. Participants (black and white) asked

her to stop. She persisted in yelling and cursing. When invited multiple times by a black MAHEC representative to step outside and talk, Ms. Smith told her to call security. Security called the police. Police asked her to leave. She wouldn’t and was arrested. This wasn’t about white people trying to silence a black woman, something we’d never allow. Two of the three trainers were black. REI’s leader is black. We are an organization that is consistently accountable to black leadership. It’s disappointing that other anti-racist advocates have not sought additional information before rushing to judgment.” From Biltmore Forest Police Department Chief M. Chris Beddingfield: “On Friday, March 16, the Biltmore Forest Police Department responded to a disturbance call at the MAHEC facility on Hendersonville Road at 9:45 a.m. … Upon arrival, the officers requested the subject leave the premises as previously requested by the instructor and MAHEC staff. The subject refused to leave after repeated requests and stated to officers that she would have to be forcefully removed. The subject was escorted from the room and to the exterior of the building, where she was arrested. ... Witness statements taken

from conference participants and those at the MAHEC facility all confirmed that BFPD officers acted professionally and handled the call for service appropriately. The defendant was not disrespected in any way. Officers were respectful, courteous and asked her to leave on her own repeatedly before she was arrested. BFPD officers receive annual training on equity, sensitivity training and de-escalation techniques. Officers reacted to the subject’s behavior and utilized numerous de-escalation attempts before removing and arresting the subject.” From MAHEC External Communications Manager Jennifer Maurer: “While the REI training session was not a MAHEC event, we are invested in the success of racial equity in our community. Many of our employees have participated in REI trainings, some serving in leadership roles with the institute. On the morning of March 16, a participant involved in the training became disruptive and was asked to leave the training session. Attempts made by numerous individuals to deescalate the situation were unfortunately unsuccessful. Biltmore Forest police were called and after additional unsuccessful attempts to encourage the participant to leave the premises, she was arrested and removed from our campus. The REI training was then able to continue as were other trainings occurring in the building. MAHEC is committed to the good work that is going on in our community around addressing racial equity, and we remain dedicated to maintaining a safe and welcoming environment for all our patients and guests.”

Response on Christians and Trump yields word salad Here is my reaction to Carl Mumpower’s response to John Penley’s letter about Christians vis-a-vis Trump: a word salad that doesn’t really say much and is full of stereotypes and unfounded conclusions [“How Do Conservative Christians Square Support for Trump?” April 4, Xpress]. I wonder whether he is aware that the synonyms for truism are platitude and banality? Poor Carl — he tries so hard to sound like an intellectual and only comes off sounding like a jackass — except maybe to people who are easily fooled. — Darlene Wright Leicester 6

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Considering what a ‘code blue’ really means for patients Let’s talk about death. What? That’s not at the top of your list for breakfast conversation? Well, you’re not alone. Few of us want to discuss death, even though it is inevitable for us all [see “Endof-life Activists Ponder How to Die in a Death-averse Culture,” Dec. 27, Xpress]. As a physician working at MAHEC’s Family Health Center in Asheville, there are times I need to admit patients to the hospital. When I do, I ask a question about my patient’s values that spoils the illusion. If you are the patient, here’s what I ask you: “If your heart were to unexpectedly stop beating — in other words, if you were to die naturally — while you are in the hospital, what would you want the doctors to do?” Given you’ve come to the hospital to get better, my question may seem strange. The scenario I’ve just posed is called cardiac arrest. It occurs about 200,000 times each year across the United States, often unexpectedly during hospitalization for routine care such as surgery, dehydration or infections. The standard response to cardiac arrest is a “code blue,” where a medical team rushes to provide advanced cardiac life support, including cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Code blue is by no means gentle. Chest compressions must be vigorous enough to squeeze blood through the body and brain while the heart is not beating, which can result in broken ribs. A breathing tube is inserted in the throat. Pads placed on the chest deliver powerful jolts of electricity. According to a large study in the The New England Journal of Medicine in 2013, only one in six patients who experience a code blue will survive to hospital discharge and some will have permanent neurologic disability as a result. In a similar study published this year, researchers found that among Medicare beneficiaries treated for inhospital cardiac arrest, only one in 10 was still alive a year later. The odds for meaningful survival are often surprising to patients. If their expectations about our ability to “bring people back from death” are unrealistic, it is likely because of the way these heroic measures are portrayed in our popular culture. Researchers examining the medical television shows “Grey’s Anatomy” and “House” reported that half of the characters who received CPR in hospitals survived to discharge — three times more

often than in reality. Advertisements for hospitals, pharmaceuticals and medical technology routinely tout life-sustaining miracles. No wonder many of us expect miracles and code blue care. But for patients and their families, a code blue may be traumatizing and may cause profound and unnecessary suffering. This is especially true for those already suffering from chronic, life-limiting illness that make the odds of meaningful survival even lower. When equipped with this information, patients sometimes opt for an alternative — “do not resuscitate” — that directs medical providers to allow for a natural death in the event that their heart stops beating unexpectedly. DNR status applies only to the specific scenario of cardiac arrest and does not mean that doctors will delay treatment for other life-threatening medical conditions. While we need not live each day in the shadow of death, I urge my patients to give their hospital and emergency care some thought and not assume that, just because a medical intervention exists, it is necessarily in their best interest. — Casey Sharpe, M.D. Asheville Editor’s note: Sharpe reports that he is a family physician completing his third year of MAHEC’s Family Medicine Residency program in Asheville. He is interested in end-of-life care and has recently been selected for a MAHEC Hospice and Palliative Care fellowship.


A plea to fellow crossword lovers

Asheville’s future lies in investing in our kids

[One recent] morning as I settled in for my weekly self-care ritual, coffee with the Mountain Xpress crossword, I flipped to the final page to discover, yet again, that some other local enthusiast had already completed it and returned it to the news rack. I understand that I have the capacity and ability to check this upon picking up a copy. But simply getting my weekly copy requires effort, remembering to make my stop after Wednesday, and often I’m leaving a store already carrying purchased goods and grab it on the way out. Therefore, I am making a plea to my local community of crossword lovers. Please for the love of everything holy and sacred, if you begin a crossword in the Mountain Xpress, take it with you, recycle it, tear the page off, make origami. But please never return it neatly folded to the rack. You are literally robbing someone else of the pleasure you clearly enjoy. A veritable booby trap of broken dreams. — Casey Larkin Asheville and Everywhere USA  

We are not alone in our affordable housing crisis — nationally, for every 100 families that need one, there are 35 affordable homes available. Locally, one example will do: The most recent apartment complex built in the East End ended up with two supposedly affordable apartments out of a total of 163, while its website shows the lowest rent as $1,025 per month. For a market zealot, the fact that demand exists that is not met by increased supply can only be the result of excessive regulation. But watching the Kabuki theater of property speculators, their lawyers, Council and its committees paints a different picture. Time and again the same sad tale plays out: The project can only be financed if we build more apartments in total but fewer affordable ones. Later there’s a tale of woe about how unexpected developments mean that they need to pack in yet more apartments and cut back even further on the affordable units. Council members profess to be heartbroken and approve whatever is put in front of them. These performances have happened often enough that we can see some patterns.


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We are near the end of a 10-year period when interest rates were zero for the privileged; unprecedentedly low for the rest of us. Now that interest rates are going up, hurdle rates for investments will rise in parallel — and fewer projects will be able to meet them. So if Council believes what we have now is a crisis, their vocabulary is going to be sorely tested by the situation in five or 10 years’ time. “Unexpected developments” afflict amateurs. Professionals understand and hedge their risks, either financially or in their project design. Suppose Council had enforced its own ordinances and rejected these deficient projects. What would we have lost? Very few affordable homes — they’re not getting built. Lots of homes for rich folk, whose cars and trucks clog up our streets. And lots of apartments — cough, cough — on Airbnb. If a project falls short of its commitments, its managers have broken their contract with us, but it’s probably unrealistic to expect the city to police violations of the Unified Development Ordinances with the same vigor as violations of Section 19-85 for jaywalking. Simply repaying cash incentives received from the city is not enough:

By then, the project has left noncompliant buildings as a giant middle finger in our midst for years to come. At the very least, anyone connected with it should be made to understand that they will not receive any further financial aid funded by our taxes. Even if they included 50 affordable homes each — rather than two — it would take 100 projects to clear the 2014 estimate of our backlog. It’s time to stop sleepwalking into the future and accept that asking greed-driven property speculators to solve this crisis for us will never work. The way forward starts with understanding that the sugar high of property speculation and the accompanying trickle-down lies are not the answer: Up-skilling our kids is. Our future needs to be based on much more than just new buildings — jobs need to be created that pay well enough that the demand for affordable homes falls. And that begins with investing in public libraries, schools and out-of-school programs for our kids — and ourselves. — Geoff Kemmish Asheville

How to keep composting simple The “Cool Composting” article in Mountain Xpress April 18 was helpful for those interested in composting their kitchen organic scraps. However, for 30 years, living in Asheville and Fletcher, I’ve relied on the adage “Keep it simple,” or as it’s shortened to “KIS,” for my composting. Rather than the $40 investment in a Rubbermaid bin and worms, I’ve saved kitchen scraps in a closed container with some water added and then simply dug a hole in my garden and buried the scraps. What was initially hard and rocky soil soon was visited by worms, which multiplied, devouring the scraps, leaving no trace behind and creating a rich, easily turned soil. My gardens have flourished with this natural fertilizer! Not a purist, I’ve buried everything from the kitchen, including eggshells, coffee grounds, tea bags, meat scraps, dairy products and bones. Yes, an occasional animal has dug up the bones, but the worms in my gardens, who it was said [in the article] “like dark places,” are composting my kitchen scraps very nicely! — Dennis Kabasan Fletcher

Don’t give political power to litter and rats [In response to Leicester resident Alan Ditmore’s letter, “Slowing Gentrification Via Litter,” April 11, Xpress]: In the past, I worked in the service industry in Asheville barely able to meet my basic needs. So I do get gentrification, Mr. Ditmore. I have two dear friends, both disabled, who recently were asked to move from their rented home for 15 years due to the callous greed of their landlord selling to profiteering outsiders. So I do get gentrification, Mr. Ditmore. But, instead of purposefully turning the streets of Asheville to litter and consequently rats, roaches and to possible diseases as a means of protest, why not: • Demand the “Raleigh Gang” lift the state ban on raising minimum wages. • Implore the city of Asheville to address the plight of affordable rents and low wages to those at the base of the pyramid who support the privileged at the top. • Recognize the worth and dignity of all workers and citizens of Asheville. 8

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But please, Mr. Ditmore, let’s not give our political power to litter and to rats. At the unconsciousness rate we are polluting our planet and the threat of nuclear annihilation by our militaristic world leaders, vermin will probably inherit Earth soon enough. Meanwhile, please, let’s at least keep our local environment clean and free of litter. Thank you. — Sarah Brownlee Asheville

Leaders should make peace in WNC and world Peace activists here and elsewhere rejoiced when they saw the leaders of North and South Korea embrace recently. We can’t stop there. Many mothers in Western North Carolina are telling our families that all we want for Mother’s Day is peace in our community and world. Following up on the power of the “Me Too” movement, moms are demanding our leaders make peace, that our police officers become peace officers, and that Reps. Patrick McHenry and Mark Meadows vote to invest our tax money on our schools, health care and roads, and not on constant war. If voting against war means putting local jobs at risk, have those employees make school desks instead of bombs, for example. On Saturday, May 12, at 11 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial on the College Street side of Pack Square, a wide assortment of mothers and fathers will gather to hear the 1870 Julia Ward Howe’s Mother’s Day peace proclamation, in which she urges mothers around the world to demand peace from their leaders. No mother wants to offer up her children to the war gods, and we must unite to stop violence that permeates our lives. At our gathering, we’ll celebrate this original Mother’s Day from nearly 150 years ago. We will hear from one mother who lost a son to suicide following his military service, from a veteran mother who has struggled since her service and from a veteran father who hopes other fathers will join in efforts to say no to war for his children’s sake. Sure, moms will accept gifts from the commercialized Mother’s Day. But it’s more important for us to keep our children alive in a community and world of peace. We congratulate leaders in North and South Korea. May we see more hugs from leaders elsewhere in the world, beginning here in Western North Carolina. — Rachael Bliss Asheville






Area nonprofits discuss approaches to overhead funding

BY DANIEL WALTON To some extent, all nonprofits face the same problem: It’s hard to take a good picture of money. Donors respond to concrete images of impact in the world — tractor-trailers full of food, new shelters on the ground in disasterhit areas, rescue animals happily rambling over a verdant sanctuary — with contributions, while screenshots of spreadsheets tend to have the opposite effect. Even the promise of posing with a giant novelty check can fall short when convincing people to give what many organizations need the most: unrestricted operating funds. “Donors really like to know where their money is going, the hard numbers of specifically how they’re helping someone or something,” says Stefanie Gerber Darr, executive director of the Asheville Area Arts Council. “Paying staff or helping keep the lights on is just not as enticing.” Nonprofits are often judged by their overhead ratio, the percentage of their total expenses made up by administrative and fundraising costs. By this logic, lower overhead translates to more money flowing directly into programming, which translates to better outcomes for people in need. For example, the California-based America’s Most Cost-Effective Charities touts that its member organizations spend 5 percent or less of received donations on overhead costs.

BUILDING CONNECTIONS: Asheville Area Arts Council board member Eunice Ward, left, and program manager Mamie Fain collect feedback from the community during the Creative Sector Summit Resource Happy Hour. Photo by Jesse Roberts But as Jeanette Butterworth, a program consultant with the local nonprofit development group WNC Nonprofit Pathways, is quick to point out, organizations need funding to spend their funds well. “Just because we’re called nonprofits doesn’t mean that it doesn’t take

money to provide the services that we do,” she says. To meet the challenge, nonprofits turn to creative combinations of strategies as they work to change the narrative around what many organizations call the “overhead myth.”

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N EWS based Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project. About half of the local agriculture booster’s over $1 million in funding came from grant sources in 2016, supporting programs such as the Asheville City Market and local produce taste tests in area schools. While grants are vital to ASAP’s funding mix, their stipulations usually favor specific programs at the expense of overhead flexibility. “There’s an assumption that a grant is some kind of free money, and it’s absolutely not. It’s really cheap work,” says Charlie Jackson, ASAP’s executive director. “[Funders] are paying for work that they would like to have done, but they’re getting it at cost.” Jackson explains that most grants ASAP receives allot 10 percent of their money to overhead. However, the organization’s combined administrative and fundraising costs for 2016 represented roughly 17 percent of its expenses. “They’re structured in a such a way that they’re not covering the pieces you need to build capacity, train skills and maintain the work that you’re doing,” he says. “You have to raise


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other money just to pay for your grant work.” Donations, sponsorships and program income make up the other half of ASAP’s budget. The organization can use these unrestricted funds in any way it deems necessary, such as propping up the underfunded overhead of its grant-supported programs. “To do really effective grant work, I need high-quality, highly experienced staff,” Jackson says. “Money coming from these other sources lets me keep people like that so when I do get the grants, I’ve got the staff in place to do that good work.” DOUBLE DUTY In response to the difficulties of overhead fundraising, nonprofits have found ways for programs to further mission goals while simultaneously attracting much-needed income. Jackson gives the example of ASAP’s Local Food Guide: The publication is key to the group’s ethos of connecting local farmers with consumers, but it also


FEEDING DEMAND: Justin Bland, left, and Sheila Nuccilli of Roots & Fruits Market feed attendees at the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project’s Local Food Experience, which raises funds while connecting consumers with local food businesses. Photo by Chelsea Lane yielded over $50,000 in listing fees and advertising in 2016. Jackson also mentions the annual Business of Farming Conference, which offers sponsorships and col-

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Compassion June 28 - July 1 Camp P 2018 Earthaven Ecovillage Join us for the 1st Annual Compassion Camp where the Nonviolent Community of WNC dance, sing, celebrate, and learn skills for deepening relationships and building vibrant community together. Developed by Steve Torma and friends of the Real Center, Compassion Camp is an opportunity for both children and adults to practice their NVC skills, deepen relationships and have lots of fun. Our lineup of local presenters is designed to widen our ideas and practices of compassion and make strong connections with each other in Western North Carolina.





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serves as a sort of marketing for ASAP’s work. “It’s a visible way of letting the public know what we’re doing and achieving,” Jackson says. “If that spurs a donor to give us some money or a sponsor to come on board, then in a sense we’ve generated some overhead through increasing awareness.” Gerber Darr notes that the AAAC’s recent Color Ball fulfilled a similar purpose. On a programmatic level, the event fostered creativity by providing a public platform for the region’s painters, sculptors, musicians, dancers and other artists. At the same time, the ball raised a sizable chunk of unrestricted funds and gave potential donors good associations with the nonprofit. “We’re a really small staff, so throwing an event like that is a challenge,” Gerber Darr says. “But it brought awareness to a new group of people, re-engaged us with people who had been engaged in our early days and elevated us to that next level in the community.” Other organizations combine fundraising and mission work even more directly. Asheville-based EcoForesters,

SP RING NO NP ROFIT a conservation nonprofit led by professional foresters, charges slightly abovecost fees for the bulk of its consultation services to private landowners. Then the group funnels the proceeds of that work into funding forestry research and education. “Unlike a for-profit business, it is our function as a mission-driven nonprofit to divert resources toward working in this strategic capacity and thereby have the greatest positive impact on the forest at a landscape scale,” EcoForesters shares on its website. MYTH BUSTING Creative strategies such as the Color Ball have raised the AAAC’s profile, but Gerber Darr says her organization’s overall success is largely tied to the dayto-day sharing of its efforts. “Telling our story and sharing the impact we have throughout the county has worked really well for us,” she explains. “We talk about how when you donate for general purposes, it still helps us run the programs and offer the services that we do.” Since taking the helm of the AAAC two years ago, Gerber Darr has established more consistent communica-



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N EWS tions with the nonprofit’s supporters. Daily social media posts on Facebook and Instagram give followers a better idea of its different programs, while a concise monthly newsletter summarizes key points. The group also staffs tables at community events such as The Big Crafty arts fair and National Tourism Week Summit to build face-to-face connections. Butterworth emphasizes good donor communication as critical for organizations to explain their overhead needs. “It’s hard to tell that story in a letter that somebody gets once per year or a newsletter that they get a couple of times a year,” she says. “By building a relationship with individual donors, you help them understand how your nonprofit works, how your programs are run and what it takes to run them.” As that conversation shifts, Butterworth hopes that nonprofits

SP RING NO NP ROFIT can adjust from a scarcity mentality to a more sustainable approach. Her work at WNC Nonprofit Pathways encourages organizations to invest in their people and infrastructure, not merely spend the minimum for program funding. “Folks that graduate with an MBA can choose to work in the nonprofit world, or they can work in the for-profit world and make four times the amount of money,” Butterworth says. “That’s not a choice that many people can make. How can we raise the bar to a level where we aren’t losing talent? “There’s a lot of talk right now about changing the narrative and looking at what it would really take to overcome hunger or homelessness,” Butterworth adds. “If that takes dollars, which it does, then that’s not a bad thing.”  X

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A GIFT BEYOND A LIFETIME They say you can’t take it with you, but what will your money do without you after you’re gone? Many local nonprofits would like you to consider them as you ponder that question. “Most people want to take care of people first,” says Sheryl Aikman, vice president of development for the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina. But once the debts are paid and people supported, she adds, what’s left “could create some good in the world and good for the organizations that have touched us or that we care about ... and that doesn’t change anything about how you live now.” Aikman helps people structure their giving to charitable causes, and in some cases, that means gifts after their lifetimes are over. Planned giving can take many different forms, but the most common is a gift someone makes through a will or living trust. These transactions take place after the donors dies.


Local nonprofits work with donors for planned giving

According to GuideStar, a service that reports on nonprofits, the average bequest in the U.S. was $32,000 in 2010. That same year, as reported by The Nonprofit Times, Americans donated $22.83 billion in bequests. And Blackbaud, a fundraising tool and resource company, presented research in 2011 showing that the money is inexpensive to raise: Each dollar of bequest costs 3-15 cents in fundraising expenses. That ratio attracts both nonprofits and donors who want more of their money to support programs rather than overhead costs. Large local nonprofits such as colleges and their foundations, the CFWNC and Mission Health have long had their affairs in order for planned giving. Other area nonprofits are in the early stages of organizing their approaches to securing planned gifts or don’t pursue them at all, but many recognize the importance that bequests can have.

IN GOOD COMPANY: Bequests take the form of money, property or other assets ranging from small sums to sometimes millions of dollars in value. Like many other nonprofits, the YWCA of Asheville has set up a legacy society to honor and thank those who remember the organization in their end-of-life financial planning. The society is named for E. Thelma Caldwell, pictured, a pivotal leader in the YWCA’s history. Photo courtesy of the Asheville YWCA Photograph Collection located in the D.H. Ramsey Library Special Collections at UNC Asheville BROACHING THE SUBJECT When Julie Heinitsh started her career in fundraising, she thought the complexities of tax law would keep her from working in planned giving. She came to discover, however, that her job was more about explaining options and listening to goals than giving any legal or financial advice. 16

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“It’s more about the relationship and being able to talk in concept with donors about the different ways they can use their assets to make gifts,” Heinitsh says. Once donors are on board with the idea of planned giving, she can refer them to discuss the options with their legal and financial advisers. She has worked in planned giving for both Mars Hill University and UNCA, and she now handles major gifts for Eliada Homes.

Those conversations are getting easier, says Aikman, because baby boomers are reaching the age at which they start thinking about where their assets will go if they have more than they need at the ends of their lives. She’s found that older, financially successful people tend to start reflecting on their greater social impact. “[They want their success] to be of significance, and that sense lends itself to thinking about how they might use the assets they’ve accumulated to do something good for causes they care about,” Aikman explains. Aikman finds that most donors start the process of planning a gift because some life event has caused them to think about their money differently. A windfall, sale of a house or business, retirement or child leaving the home can all push them to begin the discussion. Aikman thus starts by asking donors about their motivations, personal causes and goals. “Maybe it’s about family values; maybe it’s about the asset that they want to use to make a gift. Maybe it’s about planning for a gift now that will be realized later,” Aikman says “But they want to make sure that the plan is in place and that what they want to have happen will happen.”

LOVE AND SURPRISES Aikman notes that people tend to designate planned gifts for organizations with which they’ve long volunteered or participated. Compared to the broader range of regular giving, final gifts usually go to a donor’s very dearest one or two organizations as an act of legacy. “All of us have lots of elements to our story,” Aikman muses, “but the last gifts that you make are a really important part. ... A gift at the end of your life is a way to tell a little bit more of your story.” David Bailey, CEO of the United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County, finds planned gifts particularly significant because of the thoughtfulness required to make them. Donors must take a step back from their personal end-of-life planning and think of the greater good, with an eye toward the lasting impact they’d like to have decades down the road, he says. Bailey concedes that there is plenty of science in soliciting planned gifts. “But it’s also very much an art,” he


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GIFT MASTER: In her position at the Community Foundation of WNC, Sheryl Aikman works with donors to connect them to the causes and goals they value the most and offers insight into how they might plan their support, including bequests. Photo courtesy of Aikman adds. “You never know when you touch somebody and they just say, ‘I believe in that.’” These unexpected connections can yield equally unexpected bequests. Heinitsh estimates that up to 70 percent of estate gifts are made without informing the organization in advance. Donors may not notify their future recipients out of privacy concerns or to avoid additional solicitation. While fundraisers are thankful for the unexpected windfalls, Heinitsh suggests that all parties benefit from advance notice of bequests. Nonprofits can properly thank and recognize their patrons, while donors can clarify exactly how they’d like their gifts to be used. They may even have the opportunity to see in their lifetime what they will be supporting when they are gone. Pauline Heyne, director of philanthropy for the Southern Appalachian Highland Conservancy, says that her group has received several significant gifts from previously unknown sources. “They’ve never been a donor with the organization, and all of a sudden we have a gift from this person who we never got a chance to meet or thank,” she recalls. “But they had been kind of silently following us through media, through our website, through newspapers, and had left us in their will.” Heyne shares her most recent example, that of a Riceville man named 18

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Raphael Rice. Although Rice had never been a member of SAHC or identified himself as a potential donor, he had allocated yearly payments from his trust to the nonprofit of a little less than $4,000. Other folks, longtime small donors, have surprised SAHC with unexpectedly large gifts of up to six figures in their wills. The United Way has also received many unexpected gifts from wills. Although there is value in an organization knowing what support is coming, Bailey also sometimes appreciates the anonymity of the surprises. “It’s joyful and very meaningful, sort of beyond words, to know that a quiet, sizable gift [was made] with pure intent on the donor’s part,” he says. “Not wanting any recognition, not wanting any special treatment, but they believed in your work. And that’s nice to have from time to time.” GETTING IN THE GAME Many local organizations have set up special “societies” to recognize those who are designating planned gifts. SAHC’s is simply called the Legacy Society and consists of roughly 80 members, according to Heyne. Other nonprofits have named their societies after notable figures in their organizational history. YWCA of Asheville, for exam-

S P R I N G N ON PR OF I T ple, names its society for E. Thelma Caldwell, who piloted the organization through the stormy desegregation and merger of the organization’s white and black branches in the 1960s and 70s. Stephanie Tullos, YWCA’s development coordinator, says her nonprofit’s organized approach to soliciting planned gifts is fairly recent, having formalized the program only in 2015. The society currently has 21 members, who are given complimentary tickets to an annual YWCA event and have their names posted in recognition. “We’re pleased with that,” she says, “but certainly it’s the sort of thing we’re wanting to put more intention and attention to.” Although United Way hasn’t yet developed as organized an approach to planned giving as other nonprofits, Bailey recognizes it as an important frontier in giving. However, he admits the difficulty of devoting resources and time for additional work to promote planned giving. “Because we’re so noseto-the-grindstone about our annual campaign every year and making our budgets ... we’re not good at communicating the need for [planned gifts] to our donors,” he says. Nonetheless, the organization has been the beneficiary of approximately 30-50 planned gifts in its

98-year history, with a similar number of declared future gifts. The efforts of these local nonprofits to foster planned giving may be part of a larger trend, as Tullos discovered at a recent international fundraising professional conference. She learned that many of her peers want to focus on these gifts but that many smaller nonprofits have trouble selling the idea to their boards due to the lack of short-term return. Heinitsh adds that while staff at large nonprofits have often worked with donors on planned gifts, smaller organizations are now also starting to realize the importance of planned gifts to a comprehensive fundraising program. Small nonprofits are particularly starting to push “easy things” such as bequests and naming nonprofits as beneficiaries on retirement accounts and life insurance. “It’s easy for donors,” she notes, “to see how they can do something to support an organization that doesn’t impact their lifestyle today.” LASTING LEGACY While bequests and planned gifts often come to nonprofits from wealthier



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supporters, Aikman emphasizes that planned giving is not reserved for Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg. “From where I sit, every gift is important,” she says. “There’s no gift more important than an ultimate gift that someone has A, planned for, and B, that represents ... their final act of philanthropy during their lifetime.” Heinitsh agrees wholeheartedly that planned giving isn’t just for the extremely wealthy. She thinks that virtually everyone who would have a will that distributes assets is capable of making a bequest. In her work, she has seen planned gifts ranging from just $1,000 to millions of dollars. When talking about planned giving, Aikman likes to remind people where their resources are located. “For many of us, our retirement plan actually represents the majority of our wealth over time, and retirement plans are conveyed by beneficiary designation,” she says. “The money that you have in a retirement plan doesn’t go into your will and then get distributed out again: It goes to the person or the charitable organization that you’ve filled out on a form when you signed up.” When designating beneficiaries, she notes, a person can assign a percentage

SP RING NO NP ROFIT or a contingent beneficiary status to a charitable organization. Aikman says that when a person setting up or updating a retirement account fills out a form designating a charity as a beneficiary, that action is essentially a planned gift. Although older folks often take the initiative to set up planned gifts, Aikman says anyone can think ahead with their resources. That includes someone who’s just getting a first job and filling out their first set of paperwork to prepare for retirement. “[They] can make a statement about what’s important to them and be mindful ... maybe it’s their school, or maybe it’s an organization that helped them when they were growing up,” Aikman suggests. That designation can always be updated and changed as life changes, so it isn’t a permanent commitment — but it is a plan. Whatever the size of the gift and whether it is expected or unexpected, this kind of giving can be transformative for a nonprofit, says Heyne. “It’s such a truly wonderful way to leave a legacy for an organization that you’re really passionate about, because you’re thinking about that organization past your life on this planet.”  X


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Nonprofits compete for city, county funding


ONE DISPARITY AT A TIME: African-American children are six times more likely to drown than white children. That’s something the YWCA is hoping to end through its Swim Equity program, which offers free swim lessons to preschoolers from low-income backgrounds. Photo courtesy of the YWCA



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Each year, like competitors on “Shark Tank,” representatives of dozens of local nonprofits pack the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners chambers to deliver a pitch. Standing at a podium facing the dais, representatives have three minutes to make their case to commissioners. After two minutes, a light on the podium turns yellow. Sixty seconds later, a red light accompanied by a high-pitched beep tells presenters their time is up. “Some people are really, really prepared for the presentation,” says Dawn Chåvez, the executive director of Asheville GreenWorks, a local nonprofit with a focus on the environment, “but other people just kind of ramble for three minutes.” Members of the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners and Asheville City Council hear funding requests from a series of nonprofit organizations as part of their annual budget deliberations. Both governments allot discretionary money for strategic partnership funds, grants that target issues elected officials have identified as priorities. Last year, Asheville distributed $158,400 to 15 nonprofits, and Buncombe County distributed almost $1.3 million to about 30 nonprofits. Those amounts are relatively small

drops in the city’s and county’s yearly budget buckets. Last year, the city had an operating budget of $175.4 million, and the county had an operating budget of $433.2 million. During the presentations to the Board of Commissioners, completed applications, along with a staff analysis, sit on the dais in front of each board member. “Staff does not provide recommendations or scoring or anything like that,” said Rachael Nygaard, the director of strategic partnerships for Buncombe County, “just analysis and compilation of information to help [commissioners] to make those funding decisions.” The city and county don’t just shoot from the hip when awarding program funding. City Council members evaluate a funding request’s alignment with the city’s 2036 Vision, which details what Asheville will look like in the future. To provide guidance for their decisions, county commissioners look to county strategic priorities as well as the county’s sustainability plan. HELPING HANDS African-American children are six times more likely to drown than white children, says YWCA Executive Director Beth Maczka.

That’s something the organization is trying to solve with its Swim Equity program, which offers free swimming lessons to students from low-income backgrounds. “It’s just one of those disparities that we think we can eliminate,” Maczka said. During the fiscal year that ends on June 30, the county has supported the program to the tune of $20,400 in strategic partnership funding. For the upcoming year, the YWCA is seeking $20,000 from both the county and the city to continue and potentially expand the Swim Equity program. The organization also hopes to secure city and county funding for a program it’s currently offering: a 16-session series of classes called Getting Ahead in a Just Gettin’ By World, which aims to empower lowincome women who live at or below 200 percent of the poverty level. The dollar amount that individual nonprofits request varies a great deal. The county gets requests for as little as several thousand dollars or as much as $150,000. The city sees a similarly wide range on a smaller scale. “We’ve managed grants as low as $1,500 to as high as $30,000 to $35,000 out of that funding stream, so there’s not really a typical amount,” says Heather Dillashaw, community development director with the city of Asheville.

WELCOME ENDORSEMENT The grants also mean different things to different organizations. For relatively large nonprofits like the YWCA, county and city grant funding makes up a relatively small percentage of the organizations’ total yearly budget. Still, a show of support by a governmental institution can be helpful when seeking funding from other sources. “It’s kind of a stamp of approval to have support from the county,” Maczka says. Dillashaw says funding from the city and the county probably makes up a relatively small percentage of the yearly budget for most nonprofits, but she seconds Maczka’s notion that it does look good to have that support. “If a public entity like a city, county or a municipality stands behind an organization and the work they’re doing, that tends to mean something to other funders as well,” she says. PUT THROUGH THEIR PACES Chåvez says the funding process, especially with the city, can be a bit cumbersome. For one thing, describing the grants as a “partnership” is a misnomer, she says. “It’s more of a grantor-grantee relationship. For these small sums of money, these small nonprofits have to jump through some pretty big hoops, and there’s high expectations around collaboration and partnering with each other that just aren’t realistic.” Receiving a grant from the county or the city comes with the expectation that the nonprofit will provide regular updates detailing progress toward performance goals set by the elected officials as part of the agreement to provide support. For its $20,400 grant award from the county for the Swim Equity program, for example, the YWCA tracks both the number of students participating in lessons and, of those, how many reach an adequate level of swimming competency. Dillashaw says the city has a similar system, which requires that organizations report progress toward anticipated outcomes whenever they submit a request for funds from their grant. YWCA, for example, received $12,000 for its Getting Ahead program from the city for the current year. As part of that agreement, the YWCA is expected to ensure that 80 percent of participants report an increased

understanding of the causes of poverty, among other outcomes. For Chåvez, the reporting requirements that come along with city grants aren’t in proportion to the amount of money that’s awarded. “If you get a $5,000 grant for a youth program, let’s say, that hardly makes a dent in what you could provide, yet you have to report on all the same amount of things as if you got a $150,000 grant,” Chåvez says. But Dillashaw says there’s only so much the city can do to streamline the process. “We have to have documentation to write a check,” she says. “It has to align with the outcomes that they’ve said they would do. We have to have proof that they’re doing that. I mean, that’s all public process stuff.” FINDING A WAY Asheville GreenWorks has applied for strategic partnership funding in the past but now has a contract with the city, which offers a much more reliable funding stream. “That’s never guaranteed,” Chåvez says, “but it has

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Yearly funding decisions, on the other hand, proceed in two phases: The Housing and Community Development Committee, which is composed of three members of Asheville City Council, hears funding requests from organizations, then sends its recommendations to the full Council, which has final say. The requests that members of the committee hear from nonprofits are similar to the presentations delivered before the county Board of

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S P R I N G N ON PR OF I T Commissioners. And like the presentations in front of the county commissioners, the city approval process can be nerve-wracking. There’s only so much money to go around. “I can’t really overstress this,” Dillashaw says, “and I’m sure the county would say the same: We have all these priorities that City Council wants community partners to meet, but there’s not enough money to fully fund all the requests. And so that’s really challenging for folks.” Chåvez says Council members have been upfront about this in the past, recalling one meeting where Council members told nonprofit representatives that some of them would be going home empty-handed. Ideally, Chåvez would like to see more people with nonprofit experience involved in the decision-making process. “I don’t want that funding to go away for anyone,” she said, “but I just think that it needs to be retooled.” While the available funding always falls short of meeting every organization’s needs, the city nonetheless is seeing more applications now than it used to, Dillashaw says. There’s also been an effort to ease the process for organizations that apply for funding from both the city and the county,

which tends to be pretty common. This year, the city and county used the same application and offered a joint workshop for nonprofits applying for grant funding. “They’re really trying to totally take away the burden of all that,” Maczka said. SPECIAL PROGRAMS The city and county also offer alternative grant programs. The county recently created the Isaac Coleman Economic Community Investment grant program, which aims to narrow the gap in economic opportunities for white and black residents through targeted investment. In 2017 — its first year — the grant awarded a total of $635,426 to seven grassroots organizations. The program hit a bump in the road early on, after one recipient, United Community Development, switched its planned job-training program from masonry to green infrastructure. An Oct. 9 letter from the county instructed the organization to freeze spending on certain categories of expenses to allow for


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GETTING AHEAD: Getting Ahead in a Gettin’ By World is a 16-session course offered by the YWCA that aims to empower women — including Getting Ahead Fall 2017 graduates, above — to make good financial choices. Image courtesy of the YWCA county input. The program got back on track and set up a weatherization job-training program, according to Nygaard. No other Isaac Coleman grant recipients have been the subject of corrective action by the county, she says. The county also offers smaller allotments of up to $5,000 through Tipping Point Grants, which are awarded to community members in an effort to catalyze work they’re already doing in the community. Asheville awards federal dollars to nonprofits through the Community Development Block Grant program, a program that Dillashaw says tends to have different — and more stringent — criteria than strategic partnership grants.

Even though some nonprofit leaders might find the process tedious, the grant funding offered by the city and county is simply one patch in the quilt of funding that most nonprofits must stitch together every year to perform work in the community. “There tends to never be enough to go around to meet some of these disparity gaps in the community,” Dillashaw says, “and so I think most nonprofits tend to try to get as much support as they can.”  X

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THE BIG PICTURE: Mission Health CEO Dr. Ron Paulus shares his rationale behind his health system’s intended sale to Hospital Corporation of America. Photo by Daniel Walton At least in name, Mission Health President and CEO Dr. Ron Paulus would fit right in with a list of Roman emperors — and with the recent signing of a letter of intent to sell his local nonprofit health system to Nashville, Tenn.based Hospital Corporation of America, he hopes to join the largest for-profit hospital empire in the U.S. One attendee at the Council of Independent Business Owners breakfast issues meeting on May 4 brought those comparisons to mind with a reference to the fate of the Roman Empire as he asked about limits to the growth of health care systems. Roughly 50 people had gathered in the Mountain View Room of UNC Asheville’s Sherrill Center to hear Paulus report on the potential sale. Paulus responded by reiterating a primary motivation for entering the deal: He sees system expansion through mergers as a nearly inevitable survival tactic in the current health care environment. “There are many leaders — not me, but Mayo Clinic and others — that believe within 25 years, there will be maybe four or five health systems in the U.S.,” he said. “Why? It’s because [of] what the government’s doing. There’s

no way that a small health system can exist whenever the revenue to that system is cut every single year.” Even as Mission’s expenses for drugs, medical supplies and labor to provide care continue to rise, Paulus said, government and insurance companies have resisted increases in their reimbursement rates. That issue sat at the heart of the health system’s rancorous battle with Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina last year (See “Mission Health and BCBSNC Continue to Battle over Contract,” Xpress, Sept. 6, 2017). “We don’t want to pay you another dollar,” Paulus summarized the perspective of Mission’s payers. “We don’t want to pay another dime; we don’t like what we’re paying you today.” Beyond these expenses, Paulus added, Mission’s efforts to make health care more affordable for individuals have often succeeded at the price of its income. He gave the example of the system’s neonatal intensive care unit, which developed an at-home method for managing neonatal abstinence syndrome in babies born to mothers with opioid addictions. In 2012, the National


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Institute on Drug Abuse estimated the average cost of that process in a hospital as $66,700 per infant. “Now that we can detox them at home, we’ve gone from getting paid millions for detoxing them in the hospital to not getting a cent,” Paulus said. “Our system is not just perverse, it is perverse in a way beyond imagination. And despite all the talk that insurers and others make about actually changing the model, they haven’t changed a darn thing.” By joining with HCA, Mission hopes to take advantage of the for-profit group’s expertise in back-office functions such as billing, as well as its unparalleled buying power. Because it manages 117 hospitals in comparison to Mission’s eight, Paulus said, HCA can demand the lowest available prices from vendors. He believes that efficiency will help Mission’s facilities stay solvent in the years to come.

In turn, Paulus said that Mission’s strong performance had allowed the system to negotiate favorable terms of acquisition with HCA, including guarantees of continued operation for its regional hospitals. “They’ve agreed not to change any service for at least five years, and after the five-year period, they have to lose money for at least two years, despite doing all commercially reasonable things to avoid losing money,” he explained. Paulus also expressed his excitement about the yet-to-be-named foundation that would emerge from the profits of the sale. Although the exact size of this nonprofit would depend on Mission’s final sale price, he estimates that a 5 percent spend rate would pump $75 million into the region annually; that computes to assets of $1.5 billion, making the foundation one of the largest in North Carolina.

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“Imagine now today that we have the same health system that we had, operating at a lower cost, and $75 million plus every year to invest in other important aspects of health,” Paulus said. Through focusing on social determinants such as food access, transportation and housing, he noted, this foundation would embrace Mission’s current mission statement “to improve the health of the people of western North Carolina and the surrounding region.” DECLINE AND FALL? Buncombe County Sheriff Van Duncan, the meeting’s second speaker, also riffed off the Roman theme in his remarks to CIBO members. As he criticized elected officials for living “in a bubble” of negative narratives about law enforcement, he voiced concern about the course of the country’s changes to policing. “We’ve been around about 250 years; I hope our autocorrect is not that of Roman Empire and some other democracies that have gone before us,” Duncan said. “I hope it’s a well thought through, planned-out correction.” The sheriff, who has chosen not to run for another term in this year’s election, explained his belief that the warped perception of law enforcement was a more intractable problem than any other facing his successor. “If I had to identify the biggest challenge going forward, you guys see it every day. Look at the newspaper — no offense to the media folks — turn on the TV,” Duncan said. “We are the only profession right now I know of


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that are judged by the worst acts of anybody in the profession.” Duncan’s remarks came a month after three Buncombe County commissioners — Jasmine Beach-Ferrara, Al Whitesides and Ellen Frost — publicly circulated a list of proposals to address racial bias and excessive use of force in area law enforcement agencies (avl. mx/4xh). In response, Duncan released a statement calling the proposals “a slap in the face” ( However, Duncan also took the opportunity to reflect on the highlights of his time in office. He expressed his pride at reducing major crime in his jurisdiction by 32.6 percent over the past decade, even as the county’s population swelled and Asheville’s crime rate increased by 7 percent. He also pointed to his office’s Community Oriented Policing Services program, which won an award from the National Association of Counties in 2014. As sheriff candidates Randy Smart and R. Daryl Fisher sat in the audience, Duncan closed by emphasizing that whoever takes up his mantle should advocate for increased staffing to better serve residents. After 5 p.m., he noted, his office covers 90 percent of the county with an average of 14 people a shift. “We’re getting to that critical point of being able to have enough folks to field these calls for service and be able to do the job that I feel like we need to be able to do in the community.”

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Commissioners require traffic study for sizable residential development projects

TRAFFIC TROUBLE: Planning Director Nathan Pennington presents a zoning amendment to the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners on May 1. The amendment, which the board passed unanimously, requires developers to include a traffic study in applications for projects that have more than 75 residential units. Photo by David Floyd Members of the Buncombe County Board of Adjustment will now receive another piece of paper as they consider some residential development projects. The county Board of Commissioners on May 1 unanimously passed an amendment to the county’s zoning ordinance to require developers of projects with more than 75 residential units to submit a traffic study to the Board of Adjustment along with the permit application.

Planning Director Nathan Pennington said county staff developed the amendment after noticing that the Board of Adjustment, which approves conditional use permits, had developed a habit of delaying its decisions on large residential projects to allow more time for the completion of a traffic study. “This document can provide additional tools in helping our volunteer Board of Adjustment make informed decisions

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in an often contentious environment,” Pennington told commissioners. This contentiousness was on display during a Board of Adjustment meeting in December, when county residents showed up in force to protest the proposed construction of a 296-unit apartment complex off Aiken Road. The board ultimately approved the project after requesting a traffic study from the developer. The ordinance doesn’t specify what information needs to be included in the traffic study, but the study must be conducted by a traffic engineer licensed in North Carolina.



HOW LOW CAN YOU GO? The commissioners reached their decision after toying with the idea of sending the measure back to staff, noting that the 75-unit threshold initially seemed too low. Commissioner Al Whitesides said he was concerned that the cost of completing a traffic study would be passed on to residents.

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by Virginia Daffron | “If we start talking about affordable housing, this could have an effect,” he said. Pennington said staff settled on the 75-unit threshold after reviewing past applications with an eye to the number of units that seemed to generate comments from the community. “We don’t want to go obviously too low because that could impact some of our smaller developments that could be more affordable,” Pennington said. Many developers, he said, do already include a traffic study in their application. Carter Webb, the president of the Oak Forest Property Owners Association, urged commissioners to approve the requirement, citing a proposal last year to construct a large residential development off Overlook Road. The developer had originally planned to put a 221-apartment, 30-townhome development on the property but pivoted to a 98-home subdivision after receiving blowback from the community. “If you’ve driven down Overlook Road, it’s pretty packed, it’s pretty crowded,” he said. “Even with 90 homes, it was still going to be an issue.” The subdivision was slated to go in front of the Planning Board in September but was ultimately withdrawn. SUBDIVISIONS PLAY BY DIFFERENT RULES This amendment doesn’t change the requirements for subdivision applications, which are approved by the Planning Board rather than the Board of Adjustment. Rules require a traffic study for subdivisions with 300 or more lots. Pennington said a separate amendment would have to be submitted to change the number of lots that triggers the traffic study requirement for subdivisions. “Staff will take time to study this and will likely have a discussion with the Planning Board later this summer,” he told Xpress. The 75-unit threshold passed by the Board of Commissioners is more rigorous than the N.C. Department of Transportation requirement for traffic studies, which requires one for residential developments with more than 300 units. The city of Asheville requires a traffic study for all new developments that would result in 100 or more vehicle trips during peak hours of the day, according to the city’s code of ordinances. Webb said a drunk driver going 60 mph in a 25-mph zone slammed into a tree near his house and flipped in October. “Thankfully, nobody was there,” he said.


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Commissioner Ellen Frost said she supported the amendment as proposed and noted that traffic tends to be one of the most prominent concerns she hears from the community. “This isn’t just a number,” she said. “This is people’s lives.” IN OTHER BUSINESS In light of the investigation into former County Manager Wanda Greene and her subsequent indictment on federal charges for fraud and embezzlement, the county board has asked for more frequent updates on the county’s financial status as part of efforts to tighten elected leaders’ oversight of county spending. Staff reported on May 1 that, of the $331 million amended budget for fiscal year 2018, the county had brought in about $254 million as of March 31. Most of that is in property tax revenue. The county has $459 million of outstanding debt. Almost 59 percent (about $270 million) of the county’s debt is related to spending on education facilities, which is paid for through sales tax revenue. The county will make a $36 million debt service payment on June 1. About $26 million will go toward the principal of that debt, while the rest will pay off interest. In accordance with its debt policy, the county must pay off 55 percent of its debt within 10 years. County Finance Director Tim Flora told commissioners the county is on track to pay off 63 percent of its debt within that timeframe. Commissioners also heard a presentation from Lew Bleiweis, the executive director of the Asheville Regional Airport. In 2017, the airport saw a 15.7 percent increase in passengers, reaching a total of 956,634. Bleiweis said the airport expects that figure to reach one million in 2018. Bleiweis also reported that the airport’s operating revenue in the last fiscal year was $10.7 million. Operating expenses were $8.4 million, with about $2.3 million going back into capital projects. The next Board of Commissioners meeting will take place at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 15, in room 326 at the county building at 200 College St. in downtown Asheville. The board will also hold a budget workshop at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 8, in the first floor conference room at 200 College St.

— David Floyd  X


Every May since 1991, residents of Asheville and the surrounding reason have been exhorted to Strive Not to Drive as a way of living happier, healthier and more environmentally friendly lives. While that core commitment remains, the event is making some big changes this year. For one, it has a new name: Strive. Organizers at the Land of Sky Regional Council want people to positively strive for more transportation choices, including walking, biking and taking the bus, rather than focusing on what not to do. In addition to its new, more positive spin, the event is also longer this year — spanning the entire month — and broader in its geographic scope, with special happenings planned in Buncombe, Henderson, Haywood and Transylvania counties. On Friday, May 18, 1-4:30 p.m., the Strive Beyond Summit at 100 Sierra Nevada Way in Mills River will include two moderated panels of local and national transportation experts discussing transportation options that have worked in similar regions. Registration for the free event is encouraged at Strive Waynesville Week began May 7 and runs through Friday, May 11. Event information is available at waynesville.strivebeyond. org. Strive Asheville Week kicks off at 5 p.m. on Friday, May 11, with

a bike skills workshop and a neighborhood ride that departs from 68 Haywood St. On Monday, May 14, attend an information session on Merrimon Avenue, including “two thrilling Merrimon crosswalk experiences.” Gather at 10:15 a.m. at Weaver Park, 200 Murdock Ave., for the one-hour program. For information on these and other planned events, visit asheville. Information on Strive Hendersonville Week, Friday, May 18-Friday, May 25, is available at

Asheville. An agenda will be posted online at before the meeting.


The city of Asheville’s efforts to make it faster, easier and more affordable for homes and businesses to go solar have garnered recognition from the national SolSmart program. “This designation demonstrates the city’s commitment to support a clean energy economy and transition to a clean energy future, which is one of the goals of the Energy Innovation Task Force,” says Bridget Herring, energy program coordinator for the city’s Office of Sustainability. “In an environment where state law restricts the financing mechanisms for renewable energy, it is important that the city does what it can to remove barriers and costs to such installations. The SolSmart designation comes at an opportune time as state regulators recently approved Duke Energy’s solar energy rebate program.”  X

The Air Quality Board, which governs the Western North Carolina Regional Air Quality Agency, will meet on Monday, May 14, 4-5 p.m., at the Buncombe County Permit Office, 30 Valley St., Asheville. For more information, visit ASHEVILLE COUNCIL, BUNCOMBE COMMISSIONERS TO MEET MAY 15

Asheville City Council will hold its next scheduled meeting Tuesday, May 15, at 5 p.m. in council chambers at City Hall, 70 Court Plaza. An agenda will be posted online at before the meeting. The Buncombe County Board of Commissioners will also hold its next scheduled meeting Tuesday, May 15, at 5 p.m. at 200 College St., Suite 326, in downtown


From 3-5 p.m. on Thursday, May 17, city of Asheville staff members are all yours for questions about downtown. The open office hours are held at Pack Square Park Pavilion at College and S. Market streets. ASHEVILLE EARNS SOLSMART GOLD DESIGNATION






by Thomas Calder |

‘A growing evil’

Lynch law

man. I am glad too, to know that the papers of our city have been so prompt in condemning the action of those who took part in the affair. The press of the entire country ought to come out squarely against mob law.” Adams went on to describe lynch law as “a growing evil” and noted that “[y]ou can scarcely pick up a paper without seeing an account of where a crowd of people have taken the law into their own hands.” Too often, the pastor added, the punishment is “inflicted upon the wrong person.” Four men would be arrested for the murder of Rankin: Erwin Allison, W.H. Mayo, Tim McCoy and Lum Bolch. But on Nov. 5, 1891, The Weekly Citizen reported that all four of the accused had been released due to insufficient evidence. The debate around lynching continued. On Dec. 24, 1894, The Citizen featured an article titled “The True Remedy for Lynch Law.” Its author, Walter Clark of Raleigh, declared:

REMEMBRANCE: The National Memorial for Peace and Justice features over 800 weathering steel monuments. Each represents a county where a racial terror lynching occurred. Photo courtesy of Equal Justice Initiative On April 26, the the Equal Justice Initiative, a private nonprofit, opened the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Ala. The memorial features over 800 weathering steel monuments. According to its website, each structure represents a county in the U.S. where a “racial terror lynching” took place. Names of victims are inscribed on each pillar. The nonprofit has also made a second pair of identical monuments available to all counties named. On its website, the Equal Justice Initiative writes: “Over time, the national memorial will serve as a report on which parts of the country have confronted the truth of this terror and which have not.” Buncombe is among the 800 counties represented, with three racial terror lynchings recorded between 1877 and 1950. During that same period more than 4,400 African-Americans were murdered by hanging across the U.S. In this week’s column we will examine two of the three lynchings that took place in and around Asheville. Both occurred in the 1890s. The Sept. 25, 1891, evening edition of the Asheville Daily Citizen reported: “’Twas a ghastly burden which a white-oak on the hill overlooking the French Broad river, south of Smith’s bridge, bore this morning. Hanging from the lower limb of the tree, was the form of a colored

man, left dangling there by a party of men, who, unwilling to give the man a fair and just trial, took the law into their own hands, and his life was made to pay the forfeit for his crime.” Hezekiah Rankin, an AfricanAmerican brakeman had been lynched. According to the paper, Rankin had been involved in a violent dispute with a fellow railroad worker, Fred A. Tyler. The confrontation ended with Tyler, a white man, being fatally shot. The paper condemned the lynching, to a point. It declared: “No one had any reason to suppose that Asheville’s criminal court is either indisposed or powerless to inflict just punishment upon all violators of the law, and so long as this is true the law must be maintained and the court upheld. When the courts fail it will then be time enough to consider whether the lynch law is the next best thing.” Three days later, the Asheville Daily Citizen spoke with a Rev. J.Q. Adams, who denounced the act. He stated: “This community has been shocked by the terrible occurrence in this city on Thursday night. And many of the timid have trembled with fear of what might follow. I refer to the lynching of the negro

“The cause of lynching is not a spirit of lawlessness. As a rule the men who participate in it wish ardently to enforce justice. The truth is society feels that it must protect itself. Whenever society has lost confidence in the promptness and certainty of punishment by the courts, then when ever an offence sufficiently flagrant is committed, society will protect itself by a lynching. There is the whole story.” Clark went on to claim trials were no longer about truth, but a matter of “legal skill on the part of the counsel.” He argued “every possible advantage is given to the defendant and every possible disadvantage is imposed on the prosecution.” Without legal reform, Clark maintained lynchings would continue. He wrote: “The purpose in hanging a man is not to reform him but to deter others. To have that effect the punishment must be prompt and certain whenever guilt is clear beyond all reasonable

doubt. This principle which is so often ignored by the courts is the one which instinctively actuates lynching mobs. The principle is in itself right and courts should act upon it and not leave it to be at once as a motive and a plea for the illegal execution of justice.” Three years later, on Aug. 11, 1897, the Asheville Daily Citizen reported “a sad story of lawlessness.” According to the paper, a mob of men destroyed the Asheville jail in their quest to punish Bob Brachett, a black man who had been arrested the previous day, accused of criminally assaulting Kitty Henderson, a white woman from Weaverville. (Brachett initially denied the claim, before a supposed confession.) Brachett was not in the jailhouse, but en route to Raleigh. Nevertheless, the article stated: “For several hours last night a portion of Asheville was in the hands of a howling and tipsy mob, not a cool and determined body of sober men impelled in their action by a laudable impulse and motive. It was bent upon the destruction of something, regardless of what that was. That the object destroyed was inanimate apparently made slight difference.” The mob would, however, manage to intercept Brachett’s transfer, kidnapping the prisoner from the authorities. The mob lynched Brachett later that evening at Reems Creek. No arrests would be made. The following day, on Aug. 12, the Asheville Daily Citizen reported on the event. The article stated: “One of the strange sights at the scene of the lynching was to see a number of women walking about, wearing small twigs taken from the tree on which Brachett was hanged.” Editor’s note: Peculiarities of spelling and punctuation as well as antiquated and offensive language are preserved from the original documents.  X

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ANIMALS ASHEVILLE HUMANE SOCIETY 828-761-2001, • SA (5/12), 11am-2pm - Low cost rabies clinic. Prices vary. Held at Leicester Community Center, 2979 New Leicester Highway, Leicester WNC NATURE CENTER 75 Gashes Creek Road, 828-298-5600, • FR (5/11), 5:30-8pm - "Brews + Bears," fundraising event featuring

local beer, cider, food, ice cream, for sale and an enrichment program with the black bears. $10/$8 members.

BENEFITS AHEPA MOTHER'S DAY LUNCHEON 828-253-3754 • SU (5/13), 11am2pm - Proceeds from this Mother's Day luncheon with cafeteria style Greek gourmet dishes benefit the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church. Carry outs: 828-253-3754. Prices range from $1-$12. Held at Morris Hellenic



Cultural Center, 227 Cumberland Ave. BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS • SU (5/13), 4pm & 6:15pm - Proceeds from “Our Friends: Liking, Laughter, Longings and Loss,” movement theater performance with personal story, movement and multimedia presented by Story Choreography Projects benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters WNC. $16. Held at Jubilee Community Church, 46 Wall St. 32

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CLASSES, MEETINGS & EVENTS BLACKSMITH CLASSES: WEAVERVILLE (PD.) •Knife Making, May 5, 9:30-4:30 •Magic Wands, May12, 9:304:30-•Knife making, May 26, 9:30-4:30 •Chef's Knife, June 4,6,8, 6pm-9pm •Candle Holders, June 9, 9:30-4:30. 828-9896651.

CHATTOOGA CONSERVANCY • FR (5/11), 6:30-9pm - Proceeds from “Stay Wild Chattooga” event featuring live music, reception, silent auction and presentations benefit Chattooga Conservancy’s work. $25. Held at The Block Off Biltmore, 39 South Market St.

CLASSES AT VILLAGERS (PD.) • Introduction to Primitive Pottery. Sunday, May 13. 5:308pm. $50. • Making Culinary and Medicinal Ghee. Wednesday, May 16. 6:30-9pm. $20. Registration/ Information: www.

CRADLE TO GRAVE 30K & 10K RACE • SA (5/12), 8am Proceeds from this 30K and 10K race benefit the Cradle of Forestry. Register online. $80. Held at The Cradle of Forestry, 11250 Pisgah Highway, Pisgah Forest MUDDY SNEAKERS • FR (5/11), 6pm Proceeds from the Muddy Sneakers tenth anniversary barbecue dinner with live music benefit Muddy Sneakers. $25/$10 children. Held at Brevard Lumberyard, 200 King St., Brevard

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Center, 1465 Sand Hill Road, Candler • TH (3/17), 3-6pm - "Using Wordpress to Blog For Your Business," seminar. Registration required. Free. Held at A-B Tech Small Business Center, 1465 Sand Hill Road, Candler

SWANNANOA VALLEY MUSEUM 828-669-9566, • SA (5/12), 2-4pm or 5-7pm - Proceeds from "Appalachian Spring Tea with Harriet," formal tea event with live music and a private tour of Whitemont Lodge and gardens, benefit the Swannanoa Valley

ATOMIC WATER DOG: George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic’s latest Asheville show doubles as a benefit for the riverkeeper in Togo, West Africa. Most people in that part of the continent lack access to clean drinking water, and developing additional sources is critical. The partnership between MountainTrue’s French Broad Riverkeeper and the Yoto River Waterkeeper has so far created three wells that aid hundreds of Togolese. The fundraiser takes place Friday, May 11, at Salvage Station with an 8 p.m. opening set by Asheville’s own Lyric. Tickets are $29 in advance and $34 day of show. There’s also a $125 VIP ticket that includes a 5-7 p.m. pre-party with appearance by Clinton, an acoustic set by Lyric, a full catered meal, drinks and a roped-off viewing area with a private bar. For more information, visit Photo courtesy of the artist Museum. $45/$35 members. THE VANISHING WHEELCHAIR 175 Weaverville Rd. Suite L., 828-645-2941, • 2nd & 4th FRIDAYS, 7pm - Proceeds from “Magic, Mirth & Meaning,” family-friendly, hour-long production featuring storytellers, singers, jugglers, and

magicians benefit The Vanishing Wheelchair. $10/$5 children. WORLD VISION • Through MO (5/14) - Proceeds from registration for the “World Vision Global 6K for Water,” worldwide road race taking place on Saturday, May 19 at 10am, benefit World

Vision’s efforts for global clean water. Registration: $50/$25 children. Held at Calvary Baptist Church, 1343 Bailey St., Mars Hill


• SA (5/12), 9am-noon "SCORE: Building Your Business Strategy and Business Planning," seminar. Registration required. Free. Held at A-B Tech Small Business Center, 1465 Sand Hill Road, Candler • MO (5/14), 10-11:30am - "Business Formation," seminar. Registration required. Free. Held at A-B Tech Small Business

EMPYREAN ARTS CLASSES (PD.) Restorative Stretch on Mondays 7:15pm. Pilates on Thursdays 4:15pm. Beginning Pole on Sundays 3:30pm, Mondays 6:00pm, Tuesdays 1:00pm and 7:00pm, Thursdays 8:00pm, and Saturdays 11:30am. Ballet Barre on Mondays 6:00pm. Aerial Yoga on Thursdays 5:15pm and Fridays 5:15pm. EMPYREANARTS. ORG * 828.782.3321 NEW MOON WOMB MEDITATION IN THE SALT CAVE (PD.) On this sacred evening we will gather to sing, meditate, and create altars.There promises to be drumming, oracle cards, essential oils, and lots of healing salts! 5/11, 6-7pm, $42/pp, book online:



Friday, May 18, 6pm8:30pm. Cost $30. Where: The Hub of Fairview, 1185 Charlotte Hwy Suite G, Fairview, NC 28730. • Create a charm necklace using Your own lost earrings or broken jewelry. Wire wrapping techniques and additional supplies are included. Call the Hub to register 828-628-1422. Asheville-Tarot-Circle/ • 2nd SUNDAYS, noon General meeting. Free to attend. Held at Firestorm Books & Coffee, 610 Haywood Road

dents of Hendersonville (up to two boxes or 50 pounds). Drop off for unused or expired prescription medicine with Hendersonville Police. Free. Held at Patton Park, Asheville Highway. Hendersonville

BIG IVY COMMUNITY CENTER 540 Dillingham Road, Barnardsville, 828-6263438 • MO (5/14), 7pm Community meeting. Free.

HOMINY VALLEY RECREATION PARK 25 Twin Lakes Drive, Candler, 828-242-8998, • 3rd THURSDAYS, 7pm - Hominy Valley board meeting. Free.

BUNCOMBE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARIES governing/depts/library • TH (5/10), 2pm "Using Linked In for Job Searchers," class. Free. Held at Weaverville Public Library, 41 N. Main St., Weaverville • TU (5/15), 6pm - Drop in yarn group for knitters and crocheters of all ages and skill levels. Free. Held at Skyland/ South Buncombe Library, 260 Overlook Road • TH (5/17), 5pm Spanish conversation group for all experience levels. Free. Held at Pack Memorial Library, 67 Haywood St.

LEICESTER COMMUNITY CENTER 2979 New Leicester Highway, Leicester, 828774-3000, Leicester.Community. Center • 3rd THURSDAYS, 7pm - The Leicester History Gathering, general meeting. Free.

AMERICAN LEGION POST NC 77 216 4th Ave. W, Hendersonville • 2nd THURSDAYS, noon - Korean War Veterans Chapter 314, general meeting. Free. ASHEVILLE CHESS CLUB 828-779-0319, vincentvanjoe@gmail. com • WEDNESDAYS, 6:30pm - Sets provided. All ages and skill levels welcome. Beginners lessons available. Free. Held at North Asheville Recreation Center, 37 E. Larchmont Road ASHEVILLE NEWCOMERS CLUB ashevillenewcomersclub. com • 2nd MONDAYS, 9:30am - Monthly meeting for women new to Asheville. Free to attend.

CITY OF HENDERSONVILLE • FR (5/11), 9-10:30am Paper shredding for resi-

MOMS DEMAND ACTION • WE (5/9), 6-8pm General meeting regarding gun laws and safety to end gun violence. Free. Held at The BLOCK off biltmore, 39 South Market St. ONTRACK WNC 50 S. French Broad Ave., 828-255-5166, • TH (5/10), noon1:30pm - "Budgeting and

Debt," class. Registration required. Free. • TH (5/10), 5:30-7pm "Understanding Credit. Get it. Keep it. Improve it." Registration required. Free. • WE (5/16), noon1:30pm - "Understanding Credit. Get it. Keep it. Improve it." Registration required. Free. • TH (5/16), 5:30-7pm "Budgeting and Debt," class. Registration required. Free. • TH (5/17), 5:30-7pm - "Preventing Identity Theft," workshop. Registration required. Free. PACK SQUARE PARK 121 College St. • SA (5/12), 11am Mother's Day community peace gathering. Free. Held at the Veterans' Memorial. PUBLIC EVENTS AT WCU 828-227-7397, • MO (5/14), 4-8pm Western North Carolina Civil War Round Table, dinner with Michael Hardy. Club meeting with access to civil war artifacts from 6-8pm at Hunter Library, Western Carolina University. Free. Held at Bogart's Restaurant & Tavern, 303 South Main St., Waynesville



FAIRVIEW WELCOME TABLE fairviewwelcometable. com • THURSDAYS, 11:30am1pm - Community lunch. Admission by donation. Held at Fairview Christian Fellowship, 596 Old US Highway 74, Fairview LEICESTER COMMUNITY CENTER 2979 New Leicester Highway, Leicester, 828774-3000, Leicester.Community. Center • WEDNESDAYS, 11:30am-1pm - Welcome Table meal. Free. MALAPROP'S BOOKSTORE AND CAFE 55 Haywood St., 828-2546734, • SU (5/13), 3pm - Ashley English presents her book, Southern from Scratch: Pantry Essentials and Down Home Recipes. Free to attend.

Harmon Dairy Lane, Columbus • SA (5/12), 4-10pm Proceeds from GRO Fest, outdoor, live music festival featuring local bands benefit local farmers. $30/$60 VIP.

GOVERNMENT & POLITICS BLUE RIDGE REPUBLICAN WOMEN’S CLUB • 2nd THURSDAYS, 6pm - General meeting and presentation by Matthew Burril, portfolio manager. Free to attend. Held at Gondolier Restaurant, 1360 Tunnel Road. BUNCOMBE COUNTY REPUBLICAN WOMEN'S CLUB 828-243-6590 • TH (5/10), 11:30am Monthly luncheon with presentation on primary election results by Sue

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

Muddy Sneakers’ 10th anniversary




NATURE BOYS: A trio of students connects with the outdoors through Muddy Sneakers. The Brevard-based education nonprofit celebrates its 10th anniversary on May 11 with a party at the Brevard Lumber Yard. Photo by Capturing WNC Photography WHAT: A party to benefit Muddy Sneakers WHEN: Friday, May 11, 6-10 p.m. WHERE: Brevard Lumber Yard, 170 King St. WHY: A decade ago, following the publication of Richard Louv’s book Last Child in the Woods, a small group of Brevard residents created Muddy Sneakers as a replicable model for partnering with public schools to bring students into the abundant natural resources in their backyards. “Two schools in Transylvania County, Brevard and Pisgah Forest elementary schools, were the first to partner with Muddy Sneakers, eager to enrich their science programs and wanting to better connect their students to the outdoors,” says Anna Ewing, the nonprofit’s WNC administrative assistant. “Today, we are in 39 schools in 13 school districts across the state, serving over 2,700 students.” Muddy Sneakers celebrates its 10th anniversary on Friday, May 11, with a party at the Brevard Lumber Yard. Each ticket includes nonalcoholic beverages, food by Blue Smoke BBQ and live music from Jeff Sipe’s Lotus Quintet. There will also be Oskar Blues Brewery beer, Bold Rock Hard Cider and regional wine available for purchase. 34

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The event is a chance for the organization to gather its community supporters and partners to celebrate its roots and growth over the past decade. It will also be a night to recognize the individuals who founded the nonprofit, acknowledge and thank those whose hard work has brought Muddy Sneakers to its current status, and to outline its vision for the next 10 years. “It’s hard to overstate the importance of our partners in all these endeavors. From school partners, both teachers and administrators, to our land trust partners in both the private and public spheres, and to the state, which has given us critical appropriations over the past two years to grow across North Carolina,” Ewing says. “Without these vital relationships, we would not be where we are today.” All proceeds from the anniversary celebration will go toward supporting existing Muddy Sneakers programming, including Camp Muddy Sneakers, its summertime day camp with offerings in Brevard, Hendersonville, Asheville and Rutherfordton. Muddy Sneakers’ 10th anniversary party takes place Friday, May 11, 6-10 p.m. at the Brevard Lumber Yard, 170 King St. $25 adults/$10 kids ages 14 and under, free for ages 3 and under.  X


Myrick, of Civitas Institute. Free to attend. CITY OF ASHEVILLE 828-251-1122, • TU (5/15), 5pm Asheville City Council public hearing. Free. Held at Asheville City Hall, 70 Court Plaza

KIDS ASHEVILLE MUSEUM OF SCIENCE 43 Patton Ave., 828254-7162, • 2nd & 4th FRIDAYS, 9-9:45am - Little Explorers Club: Guided activities for preschoolers (with their caregivers). Admission fees apply. • 2nd FRIDAYS, 5:307:30pm - "Night at the Museum," parents night out event for children 4-10 years old. Event includes pizza, movie and activities. Registration required. $15. BUNCOMBE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARIES buncombecounty. org/governing/depts/ library • WE (5/9), 4:30pm Create a paper flower craft for Mother's Day. For all ages. Free. Held at North Asheville Library, 1030 Merrimon Ave. • FR (5/11), 4pm - "Fandom Friday Cosplay Club," for ages 12 and up. Free. Held at Enka-Candler Library, 1404 Sandhill Road, Candler • 2nd SATURDAYS, 1-4pm & LAST WEDNESDAYS, 4-6pm - Teen Dungeons and Dragons for ages 12 and up. Registration required: 828-2504720. Free. Held at Pack Memorial Library, 67 Haywood St. • MONDAYS, 10:30am - Spanish story time for children of all ages. Free. Held at EnkaCandler Library, 1404 Sandhill Road, Candler

BUNCOMBE COUNTY RECREATION SERVICES Governing/Depts/ Parks/ • SA (5/12), 8:30am11:30am - Catch and release fishing tournament for children 15 and under. $10/$7 advance. Held at Lake Julian Park Marina, 406 Overlook Extension Arden CAMP CEDAR CLIFF 5 Porters Cove Road • Through SU (7/29) - Open registration for Camp Cedar Cliff "Week of Joy," July 30-Aug. 3, for children who have been touched by cancer. Sponsored by Mission Hospital. Registration: 929-450-3331. Free. FLETCHER LIBRARY 120 Library Road, Fletcher, 828-6871218, • WEDNESDAYS, 10:30am - Family story time. Free.

by Abigail Griffin 404-foot waterfall. Plan your adventure at ASHEVILLE BOTANICAL GARDENS 151 W.T. Weaver Blvd., 828-252-5190, ashevillebotanicalgardens. org • SU (5/13), 8-10am Morning bird walk with Aaron Steed. Registration required: 828-252-5190. $20/$15 members. BRIDGE PARK 76 Railroad Ave., Sylva • SA (5/12), 10am-3pm World Migratory Bird Day, event featuring live bird of prey demonstrations, informal bird walks for all ages and activities for all ages. Sponsored by Balsam Mountain Trust. Free. CHIMNEY ROCK STATE PARK 431 Main St., Chimney Rock, 828-625-9611, • SA (5/19) & SU (5/20) - "Girl Scout Day and Campout," event with programs and adventur-

ous activities for Girl Scout troops. Registration required by Saturday, May 12: 828-624-9611. $12 adult/$15 per scout/$5.50 youth/$8 per camper. FIRESTORM BOOKS & COFFEE 610 Haywood Road, 828255-8115, • SA (5/12), 3pm - Michael Hopping presents his coauthored book, A Field Guide to Mushrooms of the Carolinas. Free to attend. HENDERSON COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY 301 N. Washington St., Hendersonville, 828-6974725 • TH (5/10), 2-3pm - Amy Duernberger discusses her book, Exploring the Southern Appalachian Grassy Balds: A Hiking Guide. Free. MOUNTAINTRUE 828-258-8737, • WE (5/16), 6:30-9:30pm - No Man’s Land Film Festival, adventure film event featuring only wom-

MALAPROP'S BOOKSTORE AND CAFE 55 Haywood St., 828-254-6734, • WEDNESDAYS, 10am - Miss Malaprop's Story Time for ages 3-9. Free to attend. • WE (5/9), 6pm Short stories written and read by Odyssey School students. Free to attend. SWANNANOA VALLEY MUSEUM 223 W State St., Black Mountain, 828-669-9566, • 2nd & 4th SATURDAYS, 2-4pm - Historically oriented crafts and activities for children. Free to attend.

OUTDOORS CHIMNEY ROCK STATE PARK (PD.) Enjoy breathtaking views of Lake Lure, trails for all levels of hikers, an Animal Discovery Den and


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Moderate, three-mile, group hike to the grave of Samuel Davidson. Registration required. $35/$25 members. WOODFIN RIVER PARK 1630 Riverside Drive • SA (5/12), 8am-2pm - Fins and Gills Fishing Tournament, outdoor event for kids and adults with live music, prizes and food vendors. $20/$10 kids.

PUBLIC LECTURES ASHEVILLE DOWNTOWN ASSOCIATION 828-251-9973, • WE (5/9), 6pm Building our City Speaker Series: Lecture by Dennis Pieprz regarding his design expertise focused upon reviving urban districts, creating new communities, designing campus environments and revitalizing urban waterfronts. Information & registration: buildin-

by Abigail Griffin Free. Held at The Center for Craft, Creativity and Design, 67 Broadway ASHEVILLE ROTARY CLUB • TH (5/10), 5:30pm - Metro Talks: "Small Houses: Alternatives in WNC," presentation by Jeremy Stauffer, green builder and owner of Nanostead. Free. Held at Grove Arcade, 1 Page Ave. BUNCOMBE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARIES governing/depts/library • TU (5/15), 5:30-7:30pm - Presentation regarding upcoming travel adventures with local companies. Free. Held at Pack Memorial Library, 67 Haywood St. DEPARTMENT OF CULTURAL RESOURCES WESTERN OFFICE 176 Riceville Road, 828-296-7230 • TH (5/10), 6:30pm "Mounds and Towns in

the Cherokee Heartland of Western North Carolina," lecture by Dr. Ben Steere, director of Cherokee studies program at Western Carolina University. Registration required: 828-296-7230 x. 221. Free. HENDERSON COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY 301 N. Washington St., Hendersonville, 828-6974725 • WE (5/9), 4pm Presentation by Wilson Casey on his writing career and the process by which he became "The Trivia Man." Free. PUBLIC EVENTS AT UNCA • TH (5/10), 8-10am UNC Asheville Family Business Forum: Public lecture by Garry Ridge, WD-40 CEO. Free. Held at UNC-Asheville Reuter Center, 1 Campus View Road

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BEER BEARS: The Friends of the WNC Nature Center’s Brews + Bears series returns Friday, May 11, 5:30-8 p.m. The after-hours fundraiser features an enrichment program with black bears Uno and Ursa, music and yard games, plus beer from Highland Brewing Co., cider from Black Mountain Ciderworks and food available for purchase from Melt Your Heart and The Hop Ice Cream Co. The series’ remaining installations are set for July 13 and Sept. 14. Admission is $8 for Friends of the WNC Nature Center members and $10 for nonmembers. The event is intended primarily for adults, but youths are welcome to attend with the purchase of a ticket. For more information, visit wildwnc. org. Photo by Jodi Clere (p. 32) ROOTS + WINGS CREATIVE CAMPUS 573 Fairview Road, • TU (5/15), 7-9pm "Interfaith Connections," open discussion forum and community collaborative art making session hosted by Roots + Wings. Admission by donation. WNC AGRICULTURAL CENTER 1301 Fanning Bridge Road, 828-687-1414, • WE (5/9), 8-9pm "WLOS School Safety Town Hall," panel discussion with local school superintendents, local police and student March for Our Lives organizer. Registration required: Free.

SENIORS BUNCOMBE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARIES governing/depts/library • WE (3/7) through (3/21), (4/4), (4/11) & (5/9), 1pm - Chair yoga class series for seniors. Free. Held at North Asheville Library, 1030 Merrimon Ave.

• WE (5/16), 1pm - Chair yoga for seniors. Free. Held at North Asheville Library, 1030 Merrimon Ave. COUNCIL ON AGING OF BUNCOMBE COUNTY, INC. 828-277-8288, • TH (5/17), 2-4pm "Medicare Choices Made Easy," workshop. Registration required. Free. Held at Black Mountain Public Library, 105 N. Dougherty St., Black Mountain JEWISH FAMILY SERVICES OF WNC, INC. 2 Doctors Park, Suite E, 828-253-2900 • TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS, 11am-2pm - The Asheville Elder Club Group Respite program for individuals with memory challenges and people of all faiths. Registration required: 828-253-2900. $30. JEWISH FAMILY SERVICES OF WNC, INC. 828-253-2900, • WEDNESDAYS, 11am-2pm - The Hendersonville Elder Club for individuals with memory challenges and people of

all faiths. Registration required: 828-253-2900. $30. Held at Agudas Israel Congregation, 505 Glasgow Lane, Hendersonville

SPIRITUALITY ABOUT THE TRANSCENDENTAL MEDITATION TECHNIQUE • FREE INTRODUCTORY TALK (PD.) Meditation is fully effective when it allows you to transcend—to effortlessly settle inward, beyond the busy or agitated mind, to the deepest, most blissful and expanded state of awareness. TM is a tool for personal healing and social transformation that anyone can use to access that field of unbounded creativity, intelligence, and wellbeing that resides within everyone. NIH research shows deep revitalizing rest, reduced stress and anxiety, improved brain functioning and heightened mental performance. Thursday, 6:307:30pm, Asheville TM Center, 165 E. Chestnut. 828-254-4350.

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, ASTRO-COUNSELING (PD.) Licensed counselor and accredited professional astrologer uses your chart when counseling for additional insight into yourself, your relationships and life directions. Readings also available. Christy Gunther, MA, LPC. (828) 258-3229. EXPERIENCE THE SOUND OF SOUL (PD.) Sing HU, the most beautiful prayer, and open your heart to balance, inner peace, Divine love, and spiritual self-discovery. Love is Love, and you are that. HU is the Sound of Soul. Spiritual discussion follows. Sponsored by ECKANKAR. • Sunday, May 13, 2018, 11am. Eckankar Center of

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TIP PROJECT NO. U-6048 The N.C. Department of Transportation will hold an open house public meeting regarding the proposed project to improve U.S. 19/23 from Chestnut Mountain Road (S.R. 1836) to Wiggins Road (S.R. 1200) in Buncombe and Haywood Counties. The meeting will take place on Thursday, May 10th from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Colonial Theatre Annex located at 53 Park Street in Canton. The public may drop-in at any time during the meeting hours. NCDOT representatives will be available to answer questions and listen to comments regarding the project. The opportunity to submit comments will also be provided at the meeting or via phone, email, or mail by May 25th. Comments received will be taken into consideration as the project develops. Please note that no formal presentation will be made.

For additional information, contact Scott Miller, NCDOT Division 14 Construction Engineer at 253 Webster Road, Sylva, NC 28779, (828) 586-2141, or

NCDOT will provide auxiliary aids and services under the Americans with Disabilities Act for disabled persons who wish to participate in this meeting. Anyone requiring special services should contact Caitlyn Ridge, P.E., Environmental Analysis Unit at or (919) 707-6091 as early as possible so that arrangements can be made.

SHAMBHALA MEDITATION CENTER (PD.) Thursdays, 7-8:30pm and Sundays, 10-noon • Meditation and community. By donation. 60 N. Merrimon Ave., #113, (828) 200-5120. asheville.shambhala. org CHABAD HOUSE 127 McDowell St., 828505-0746, • 2nd THURSDAYS, 10:30-11:30am "Torah and Tea," ladies morning out with the Jewish Women's Circle. Registration required: 828-5050746. Free. EARTHFARE WESTGATE 66 Westgate Parkway, 828-253-7656 • TH (5/10), 5:306:45pm - "Introduction to Spiritism: the Science of the Soul," presentation by Kriya Yogi Steve Dean of the WNC Spiritist Group. Free to attend. GRACE LUTHERAN CHURCH 1245 6th Ave W, Hendersonville, 828693-4890, • WEDNESDAYS (4/11) until (5/9), 5:307:30pm - "A Clash of Kingdoms," five-week adult class. Dinner and childcare available. Free/$5 for dinner. • 2nd FRIDAYS, 1-2pm - Non-denominational healing prayer group. Free. URBAN DHARMA 828-225-6422, • THURSDAYS, 7:309pm - Open Sangha night. Free. Held at Urban Dharma, 77 Walnut St.

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MOUNTAINX.COM Free. LITERACY COUNCIL OF BUNCOMBE COUNTY 828-254-3442, volunteers@litcouncil. com • TU (5/15) 5:30pm & TH (5/17), 9am Information session for those interested in volunteering two hours per week with adults who want to improve reading, writing, spelling and English language skills. Free. Held at Literacy Council of Buncombe County, 31 College Pl., Suite B-221 STITCHES OF LOVE 828-575-9195 • MO (5/14), 7-9pm Volunteer meeting to knit and crochet items for local charities. Free. Held at New Hope Presbyterian Church, 3070 Sweeten Creek Road UNITED WAY OF HENDERSON COUNTY 828-692-1636, • Through TH (5/10)


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HAYWOOD STREET CONGREGATION 297 Haywood St., 828-246-4250 • 1st & 3rd THURSDAYS, 10amnoon - Workshop to teach how to make sleeping mats for the homeless out of plastic shopping bags. Information: 828-707-

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TAKE FOUR On the heels of helping raise over $123,000 for area nonprofits in 2017, the Give!Local team plans to raise even more in 2018, the project’s fourth year, via Give!Local’s end-of-year onlinegiving platform. Total donations grew in both 2016 and 2017, the project’s second and third years. Area nonprofits can apply through June 15 to participate in the 2018 effort. “On May 16, we’ll be meeting with local nonprofits who are interested in participating in our fourth year. We’ll be discussing what they can do to ensure they have a successful Give!Local campaign,” says  Susan Hutchinson, Give!Local project director. “Give!Local is a fairly elaborate program offering many opportunities for nonprofits seeking to raise awareness and funds. It takes some effort to understand all the possibilities and bring the fundraising possibilities to fruition,” Hutchinson notes. At the core of Give!Local is a website that is active during November and December. The site includes information about the campaign’s current 40 or so local nonprofits and allows donors — through a single credit-card shopping-cart transaction — to designate how much money they want to give to whatever mix of nonprofits they designate. The minimum donation is typically $20. Donations can be divided in $1 increments to any of the participating nonprofits. In addition to any tax benefits donors receive, Give!Local rewards all donors giving $20 or more — but particularly new and young donors, who may not be in a position to itemize their donations to the IRS — by sending them a voucher book for goodies and other incentives provided by area businesses. “Many of our donors are young people who can’t afford to give a lot, but everyone who gives $20 or more gets something, like a free slice of pizza and an ice cream cone, along with other items redeemable with vouchers from local shops,” says Hutchinson. Give!Local emphasizes young donors for a reason. “People who get in the habit of giving when they are young are more likely to continue giving when they are older, when they often have more disposable income. We hope we are developing the donor habits for the coming decades,” Hutchinson explains. Donations last year ranged from $10 to $10,000.


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“In 2017, we launched the ‘Every Penny Counts’ campaign,” Hutchinson adds, in which the campaign covered all credit card fees. “Every penny donated through Give!Local went to the designated nonprofits. We’re very proud of that,” she says. “We are currently searching for nonprofits who want to participate in this year’s fundraising campaign, as well as for local businesses who want to help incentivize donors,” Hutchinson says. The deadline for nonprofits to apply to be a part of this year’s Give!Local is June 15. The online application can be filled out online ( An organizational meeting for nonprofits wanting to know more about Give!Local will be held at The Block Off Biltmore on Wednesday, May 16 at 1 p.m. Give!Local is a project of Mountain Xpress, which is seeking business partners to help sponsor the program. If you have a business that is interested in participating, contact us at

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Asheville nonprofits minister to homeless

BY LESLIE BOYD The October 2016 death of Janett Marie Jones has had repercussions that she probably never would have imagined. Jones, who was homeless, died of hypothermia at the age of 53 in her sleeping bag just across the river from the New Belgium brewing plant. “I remember seeing a report on CNN that said homelessness is one of the most lethal conditions,” says the Rev. Amy Cantrell of BeLoved Asheville, an intentional community that serves marginalized people. Cantrell says that about 20 homeless people die prematurely in and around Asheville each year. People who are homeless often have no access to the most basic first aid, let alone full medical services, Cantrell explains. Most must either walk or use city buses for transportation, and without a calendar, a reliable timepiece and bus fare, it can be difficult to get to a doctor’s appointment. As a result, she continues, a small cut or insect bite can lead to a lifethreatening infection. And since many people on the street fear authority, she notes, it becomes important to help homeless people trust that helpers won’t report the location of their camps or arrest them for trespassing. BeLoved is one of several local nonprofits that have made it their mission to reach out to the homeless to help them gain access to medical care and other resources.

GIVING HOPE: Myriam Rehberg, program manager of Homeward Bound’s day center, AHOPE, dispenses over-the-counter medicines. Photo by Leslie Boyd PART OF THE SOLUTION As members of BeLoved’s Homeless Voices group discussed what might have prevented Jones’ death, the idea of a team of medics serving people experiencing homelessness was born. “We sat with that for a while and wondered what we could do,” Cantrell says. “It occurred to us that we could be the solution.”

The idea of teaching volunteers basic first aid and distributing bandages, antibiotic cream and overthe-counter medications took shape, and the BeLoved street medics program was born. BeLoved brings in trainers for the street medics, although some of them are already trained in CPR. The program currently has about a dozen medics who can address various medical issues, including heat exhaus-

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SP RING NONP RO FIT the politics of scarcity, there are enough resources for everyone to have basic needs met. “We have to stop thinking about the bottom line being about money and profit,” Spencer says. “That’s a false narrative.” Although there are resources for people who are released following a hospital stay, such as the medical respite care facility at Haywood Street Congregation, no such resources exist for those who have been to the emergency room or a free clinic. The BeLoved street medic program takes up that slack. It uses a van to store and transport supplies needed by people living on the streets, including antibiotic cream and bandages, anti-itch creams and more. James Gambrell of Asheville, formerly homeless, has taken the training and now knows how to properly warm near-frozen limbs, perform CPR, treat insect bites and poison ivy and otherwise treat minor ailments that could become major issues without the proper attention.



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WELLN ESS “I had always been told that if you put baking powder in a cut that’s bleeding, it’ll stop the bleeding,” he says. “Now I know that can cause infection. It used to be that with CPR, you’d do so many compressions and then breathe. Now they say to just do the compressions.” Also included in the training is information on plants with healing properties and how to make nonalcoholic tinctures and salves, he adds. For example, Gambrell says he learned that a mixture of powdered cayenne pepper and water can help increase blood flow to the extremities, which someone with hypothermia needs to warm fingers and toes more quickly. “Did you know you can get a lot of what you need right in the woods?” Gambrell says. “You don’t need expensive drugs for everything.” HELP WHERE IT’S NEEDED At the front desk of Homeward Bound’s day center, AHOPE, Myriam Rehberg, the center’s program manager, hands out ibuprofen and other over-the-counter medications. “We see a lot here, and if we see something serious, we call EMS,” Rehberg says. Most things can be dealt with using over-the-counter medicines and the first aid kit, but it’s all done in the center, she notes. “We do a lot here, but the street medics actually go out and look for people,” she says. “They go to camps and help people where they are.” Adrienne Sigmon, a member of the BeLoved community, says the van goes out every other week, visiting camps and other places homeless people congregate. “We’ll park in an area, and teams will go out and bring people back,” she says. “This gives us access to them, to the creation of community.” The van also carries a supply of hats, scarves, gloves and socks to distribute. Sigmon says BeLoved accepts donations. What’s needed most is triple antibiotic cream, anti-itch cream and over-the-counter medications. BeLoved also accepts donations of goods or money to help stock the van. Money can be donated via the website (, and other donations can be dropped off at the BeLoved House at 39 Grove St. in downtown Asheville. “We have a nurse case manager here who takes people down to the

SP RING NONP RO FIT Dale Fell clinic, which sees people without an appointment,” says Nicole Brown, director of homeless services at Homeward Bound. “That works well as an adjunct to the Minnie Jones clinic, which sees people by appointment.” The Dale Fell Health Center is located at 7 McDowell St. in Asheville; the Minnie Jones Health Center, operated by Western North Carolina Community Health Services, is at 257 Biltmore Ave. Of course, some health problems can’t be dealt with using first aid, Brown says. “Poor nutrition is a big part of the problem,” Brown explains. “A person who’s homeless will walk an average of 8 miles a day, usually with a heavy backpack, but they still gain weight because their diets consist mostly of carbs and sugar.” Places like 12 Baskets, the Haywood Street Congregation’s Wednesday lunch program and the BeLoved House provide nutritious food, but so far there are no programs that deliver nutritious food to people who are homeless. But at least, says Gambrell, the street medics are helping to improve the health of people on the streets. “It’s part of living in community, which is different than grabbing what you can,” he says. “I like the idea of being able to help people who need it. I have the chance to help people avoid amputation, to help save lives, even to help people find the medicines they need among the plants in the woods.”  X

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WELLNESS QIGONG (NEI GUNG) CLASSES (PD.) Begin your journey or take it to the next level in the Taoist water method of Qi development. Profound and simple practices taught in Private, group and online classes. Instructor Frank Iborra, AP, Dipl. Ac (NCCAOM) 954-815-1235. SHOJI SPA & LODGE • 7 DAYS A WEEK (PD.) Private Japanese-style outdoor hot tubs, cold plunge, sauna and lodging. 8 minutes from town. Bring a friend to escape and renew! Best massages in Asheville! 828-299-0999. SOUND HEALING • SATURDAY • SUNDAY (PD.) Every Saturday, 11am and Sundays, 12 noon. Experience deep relaxation with crystal bowls, gongs, didgeridoo and other peaceful instruments. • Donation suggested. At Skinny Beats Sound Shop, 4 Eagle Street. ASHEVILLE COMMUNITY YOGA CENTER 8 Brookdale Road, ashevillecommunityyoga. com • THURSDAYS (5/3) until (5/31) - "7 Sacraments of the Goddess: An Antidote to the Modern Day Mother Wound," yoga workshop. $50/$12 drop-in. • SA (5/12), 12:30-2:30pm - "Loss & The Mother: Navigating Through the Pain of Losing a Mother or Child," yoga workshop. $20. • SA (5/12), 3-5pm - "Align to Deepen Your Practice," yoga workshop. $20. BUNCOMBE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARIES governing/depts/library • SA (5/12), 11am - Mixed levels pilates class. Registration required. Free. Held at Pack Memorial Library, 67 Haywood St. LAND OF SKY REGIONAL COUNCIL 828-251-6622, • MONDAYS (4/16) until (5/21), 1-3:30pm - "Living Healthy with Chronic Pain" six-week series focused on managing pain, getting restful sleep, reducing stress, managing medications, combat fatigue and depression and eating to decrease inflammation. Registration required: or 828-251-7438. Free. Held at Blue Ridge Community Health Services, 2579 Chimney Rock Road, Hendersonville NORTH ASHEVILLE RECREATION CENTER 37 E. Larchmont Road • TUESDAYS (3/13) until (5/15), 7-8pm - Peace Education Program, ten-week course of self-

discovery based on work by Prem Rawat. Free. THE MEDITATION CENTER 894 E. Main St., Sylva, 828356-1105, • 2nd WEDNESDAYS, 6-8pm - "Inner Guidance from an Open Heart," class with meditation and discussion. $10. WAYNESVILLE BRANCH OF HAYWOOD COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY 678 S. Haywood St., Waynesville, 828-452-5169 • THURSDAYS (5/10) until (5/24), 1pm - "The Confident Caregiver," threepart workshop to provide training and increase the skills and confidence for caregivers of those with dementia. Registration: 828356-2507. Free.

SUPPORT GROUPS ADULT CHILDREN OF ALCOHOLICS & DYSFUNCTIONAL FAMILIES • Visit support for full listings. ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS • For a full list of meetings in WNC, call 254-8539 or ANXIETY SUPPORT GROUP 828-231-2198, • 1st & 3rd THURSDAYS, 7-8:30pm - Learning and sharing in a caring setting about dealing with one’s own anxiety. Held at NAMI Offices, 356 Biltmore Ave. ASHEVILLE WOMEN FOR SOBRIETY 215-536-8026, • THURSDAYS, 6:30-8pm – Held at YWCA of Asheville, 185 S French Broad Ave. ASPERGER’S TEENS UNITED AspergersTeensUnited • For teens (13-19) and their parents. Meets every 3 weeks. Contact for details. BRAINSTORMER’S COLLECTIVE 828-254-0507, • 3rd THURSDAYS, 6-7:30pm - For brain injury survivors and supporters. Held at Kairos West Community Center, 610002 Haywood Road BREAST CANCER SUPPORT GROUP 828-213-2508 • 3rd THURSDAYS, 5:30pm - For breast cancer survivors, husbands, children and friends. Held at SECU Cancer Center, 21 Hospital Drive CHRONIC PAIN SUPPORT 828-989-1555,

• 2nd WEDNESDAYS, 6 pm – Held in a private home. CODEPENDENTS ANONYMOUS 828-242-7127 • FRIDAYS, 5:30pm - Held at First United Methodist Church of Waynesville, 556 S. Haywood ,Waynesville • SATURDAYS, 11:15am – Held at First Congregational UCC of Asheville, 20 Oak St. • TUESDAYS 7:30pm Held at Asheville 12-Step Recovery Club, 22B New Leicester Highway DEBTORS ANONYMOUS • MONDAYS, 7pm - Held at First Congregational UCC of Asheville, 20 Oak St. DEPRESSION AND BIPOLAR SUPPORT ALLIANCE 828-367-7660, depressionbipolarasheville. com • SATURDAYS, 2-3pm – Held at Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance Meeting Place, 1316-C Parkwood Road DIABETES SUPPORT 828-213-4700, • 3rd WEDNESDAYS, 3:30pm - In room 3-B. Held at Mission Health, 509 Biltmore Ave. EATING DISORDERS ANONYMOUS 561-706-3185, • FRIDAYS, 4:30pm - Eating disorder support group. Held at Asheville 12-Step Recovery Club, 22B New Leicester Highway FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF ASHEVILLE 5 Oak St., 828-252-4781, • 3rd THURSDAYS, 6:308pm - Support group for families of children and adults with autism to meet, share and learn about autism. Childcare provided with registration: aupham@ Meet in classrooms 221 and 222. FOOD ADDICTS ANONYMOUS 828-423-6191 828-242-2173 • SATURDAYS, 11amHeld at Asheville 12-Step Recovery Club, 22B New Leicester Highway FOUR SEASONS COMPASSION FOR LIFE 828-233-0948, • THURSDAYS, 12:30pm Grief support group. Held at SECU Hospice House, 272 Maple St., Franklin • 2nd MONDAYS, 9am Men’s grief support group. Held at Mediterranean Restaurant, 57 College St. • TUESDAYS, 3:30-4:30pm - Grief support group. Held at Four Seasons Checkpoint, 373 Biltmore Ave. G.E.T. R.E.A.L.

• 2nd SATURDAYS, 2pm - Group for people with chronic ‘invisible’ autoimmune diseases. Held at Fletcher Community Park, 85 Howard Gap Road, Fletcher GAMBLERS ANONYMOUS 828-483-6175 • THURSDAYS 6:307:30pm - Held at Biltmore United Methodist Church, 378 Hendersonville Road GRACE LUTHERAN CHURCH 1245 6th Ave W, Hendersonville, 828-6934890, • 2nd THURSDAYS, 1-3pm - Seeds of Hope chronic condition support group. Registration required: 828693-4890 ex. 304. GRIEF PROCESSING SUPPORT GROUP 828-452-5039, locations/the-homestead • 3rd THURSDAYS, 4-5:30pm - Bereavement education and support group. Held at Homestead Hospice and Palliative Care, 127 Sunset Ridge Road, Clyde LIFE LIMITING ILLNESS SUPPORT GROUP 386-801-2606 • TUESDAYS, 6:30-8pm For adults managing the challenges of life limiting illnesses. Held at Secrets of a Duchess, 1439 Merrimon Ave.

NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS 828-505-7353,, • 2nd MONDAYS, 11am Connection group for individuals dealing with mental illness. Held at NAMI Offices, 356 Biltmore Ave. ORIGINAL RECOVERY • 2nd & 4th SATURDAYS, 7:30pm - Meditation meeting. Held at Original Recovery, 70 Woodfin Place, Suite 212 • WEDNESDAYS, 6:307:45pm - Alternative support group organization meeting to discuss service projects, workshops and social events to support the recovery community. Held at Firestorm Books & Coffee, 610 Haywood Road OVERCOMERS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE 828-665-9499 • WEDNESDAYS, noon-1pm - Held at First Christian Church of Candler, 470 Enka Lake Road, Candler OVERCOMERS RECOVERY SUPPORT GROUP • MONDAYS, 6pm - Christian 12-step program. Held at SOS

Anglican Mission, 1944 Hendersonville Road OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS • Regional number: 2771975. Visit mountainx. com/support for full listings. RECOVERING COUPLES ANONYMOUS • MONDAYS 6:30-7:30pm - For couples where at least one member is recovering from addiction. Held at Foster Seventh Day Adventists Church, 375 Hendersonville Road REFUGE RECOVERY 828-225-6422, • For a full list of meetings in WNC, call 828-225-6422 or visit SANON 828-258-5117 • 12-step program for those affected by someone else’s sexual behavior. Contact 828-258-5117 for a full list of meetings. SEX ADDICTS ANONYMOUS Meetings/UnitedStates • SUNDAYS, 7pm - Held at First Baptist Church of Asheville, 5 Oak St. • MONDAYS, WEDNESDAYS & FRIDAYS, 7pm - Held

at Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church, 789 Merrimon Ave. SMART RECOVERY 828-407-0460 • FRIDAYS, 2pm - Held at Sunrise Community for Recovery and Wellness, 370 N Louisiana Ave. • TUESDAYS, 6-7pm -  Held at Unitarian Universalists of Transylvania County, 24 Varsity St., Brevard • THURSDAYS, 6pm -  Held at Grace Episcopal Church, 871 Merrimon Ave. SUNRISE PEER SUPPORT VOLUNTEER SERVICES Sunriseinasheville • TUESDAYS through THURSDAYS, 1-3pm Peer support services for mental health, substance abuse and wellness. Held at Kairos West Community Center, 610002 Haywood Road SUPPORTIVE PARENTS OF TRANSKIDS • 2nd WEDNESDAYS, 7pm - For parents to discuss the joys, transitions and challenges of parenting a transkid. Held at First Congregational UCC of Asheville, 20 Oak St.

T.H.E. CENTER FOR DISORDERED EATING 50 S. French Broad Ave. #250, 828-337-4685, • WEDNESDAYS, 6-7pm – Adult support group, ages 18+. WNC ASPERGER’S ADULTS UNITED WncAspergers AdultsUnited • 2nd SATURDAYS, 2-4pm - Occasionally meets additional Saturdays. Contact for details. Held at Hyphen, 81 Patton Ave. • 2nd SATURDAYS, 3-5:30pm - Monthly meet and greet. Bring a finger-food dish to share. Free. Held at The Autism Society, 306 Summit St. WOMENHEART OF ASHEVILLE 786-586-7800, wh-asheville@ • 2nd THURSDAYS, 10am - Support group for women with heart disease. Held at Skyland Fire Department, 9 Miller Road, Skyland

LIVING WITH CHRONIC PAIN 828-776-4809 • 2nd WEDNESDAYS, 6:30pm - Hosted by American Chronic Pain Association. Held at Swannanoa Library, 101 West Charleston St., Swannanoa MINDFULNESS AND 12 STEP RECOVERY • WEDNESDAYS, 7:308:45pm - Mindfulness meditation practice and 12 step program. Held at Asheville 12-Step Recovery Club, 22B New Leicester Highway MOUNTAIN MAMAS PEER SUPPORT GROUP mountainmamasgroup • 2nd THURSDAYS, 1-3pm - Held at The Family Place, 970 Old Hendersonville Highway, Brevard NARANON • MONDAYS, 7pm - For relatives and friends concerned about the addiction or drug problem of a loved one. Held at West Asheville Presbyterian Church, 690 Haywood Road • WEDNESDAYS, 12:30pm - For relatives and friends concerned about the addiction or drug problem of a loved one. Held at First United Methodist Church of Hendersonville, 204 6th Ave. W., Hendersonville


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Green Opportunities partners with city to build greenway trail

ON TRACK: Students in the Green Opportunities Greenway Construction Training program smooth out the temporary trail on the Town Branch Greenway behind the Dr. Wesley Grant Sr. Southside Center. Photo courtesy of Green Opportunities

BY DANIEL WALTON Asheville’s greenway system is very much a work in progress.


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Established routes such as the French Broad River Greenway await their links to future projects, some still on the drawing board and others shovel-ready but yet to be funded. The city is searching for millions

of dollars in funding to complete the River to Ridge Greenway and Trail Network, over 10 miles of connected paths that would provide access from downtown to the French Broad River and Blue Ridge Mountains.

But even a work in progress can still yield dividends. For the 10 students in the Green Opportunities Greenway Construction Training program, greenway construction is already providing hope for a route

out of poverty. The job-training nonprofit teamed up with the city of Asheville to construct a temporary trail on the planned Town Branch Greenway, which opened to the public after a ribbon-cutting ceremony on April 27. J Hackett, executive director of Green Opportunities, explains that he didn’t have to look far for the partnership: The finished Town Branch Greenway would run directly behind the organization’s office in the Southside neighborhood. He reached out to Lucy Crown, the city’s greenway coordinator, with the idea for a collaboration that would contribute to the greenway, and together they identified a 1,000-foot stretch of planned path behind the nearby Dr. Wesley Grant Sr. Southside Center. Funded by a $10,000 grant from Mountain Area Workforce Development, a $5,000 grant from New Belgium Brewing Co. and $2,400 from the city Transportation Department, the project established a 6-foot-wide trail surfaced with fine gravel. The trail will serve pedestrians and cyclists until its planned removal in 2020 to make way for the greenway’s permanent

path. That construction hangs on the city’s ability to find additional money; last year, City Council cut the Town Branch Greenway from its funding package for the River Arts District Transportation Improvement Project. The project marked Green Opportunities’ first foray into building greenways, but the work was a natural extension of the organization’s construction training efforts, which have graduated 16 classes over 10 years. These free classes prepare students — all of whom must earn less than 80 percent of the area median income to enroll — for careers that can change the trajectories of their lives. “The construction industry is extremely forgiving,” says Hackett. “It works with people who are walking down the path to their future.” That description applies to student Keith Hendershot. “I came to this program as a recently homeless person who has substance abuse issues, and I was recommended by the Justice Resource Center after a DUI,” he says. “I’ve always wanted



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A DAY’S WORK: Green Opportunities Greenway Construction Training program students take a break at the job site, located behind the Dr. Wesley Grant Sr. Southside Center. Photo courtesy of Green Opportunities to learn carpentry and the trades, but where I grew up in Tennessee, no one actually sat down and taught me how to do things. Everything I’ve done with GO has been really just little miracles.” “[The program] is an opportunity, especially for people with backgrounds in their earlier life,” adds student William Raines. “Green Opportunities overlooks that past, and that’s a big help, because sometimes that can be a stumbling block for people.” Raines and other participants in the eight-week program split their time between classroom instruction and work at the greenway site. While city staff handled the heavy machinery, the Green Opportunities crew performed hands-on duties such as invasive plant removal, spreading gravel and building trail amenities like picnic tables and benches. Crown says she was impressed by the initiative she saw in her interactions with the Green Opportunities class. “I thought [the students] were very eager to help, and they had a great attitude,” she recalls. “I sat in on a number of the classes where guest speakers came in to talk about different aspects of maintenance


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S P R I N G N ON PR OF I T and trail building, and they asked great questions.” The students may eventually join Crown on a more regular basis. Graduates of the program are guaranteed an interview with the city of Asheville for suitable job openings, and Hackett suggests that Green Opportunities itself might bid as a subcontractor on future greenway work once it develops a sufficiently strong workforce.

While that particular work is contingent on funding for the greenways, graduates of the Green Opportunities program are confident they can put their newly developed skills to use. “We’ve all been through different things in our lives. Being here in this program, I’ve learned there’s nothing that can get in the way,” says student Lamont Eddings. “You can do better for yourself.”  X

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TIME TO TAILGATE Winter has finally loosened its grip on Western North Carolina, and that means tailgate market season is underway. While there is still some time before the full abundance of the growing season hits the markets, many farmers are already selling their locally grown produce at locations around the region. The 2018 season marks the 10th anniversary for the Asheville City Market — which takes place 8 a.m.noon Saturdays — as well as the launch of a brand-new tailgate market at Sierra Nevada Brewery Co. 4-7 p.m. Tuesdays. In addition, the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project will host its 10th annual Farm Tour Saturday and Sunday, June 23-24. The tour offers a fun and educational oppor-

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tunity to experience how food is grown in the mountains, sample farm-fresh products and meet many of the farmers who vend at local tailgate markets. Before heading out to experience the bounty of a mountain tailgate market for the first time, make sure to bring your own bags, grab a sunhat or slather on some sunscreen and know what form of payment is acceptable at the market you are going to. For more information about local tailgate markets, farmers and the 2018 local farm tour visit the ASAP website at You can also find a weekly tailgate market report from ASAP on

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Bounty & Soul’s U Grow initiative blossoms into a community celebration

BY GINA SMITH For almost four years, Black Mountain nonprofit Bounty & Soul has worked to empower its food-insecure clients to grow their own fresh vegetables through its U Grow gardening program. As this year’s growing season kicks off, Bounty & Soul coalesces U Grow’s efforts into a single, communitywide event, the U Grow Community Dig Day, on Saturday, May 19. A partnership with Black Mountain Recreation and Parks’ Eat Smart Black Mountain nutrition and gardening initiative, U Grow has taken a variety of forms since it launched as a pilot program in 2014. “It’s kind of evolved organically — pardon the pun — with the needs of the community,” says Ali Casparian, Bounty & Soul founder and director of programs. In its initial manifestation, the program focused on building raised garden beds for families and pairing new growers with a gardening mentor to provide guidance and support through the season. “But we quickly realized we were only able to impact six to eight families a year, and there was so much more desire in the community to grow,” says Casparian.

The Age of Consequences, film screening. Free.

ECO ASHEVILLE GREEN DRINKS • 3rd WEDNESDAYS, 6pm Informal networking focused on the science of sustainability. Free to attend. Held at The BLOCK off biltmore, 39 South Market St. CREATION CARE ALLIANCE OF WNC • THURSDAYS (4/12) until (5/17), 6-7:15pm - Community book discussion on Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming. Registration required: Free. Held at Jubilee Community Church, 46 Wall St. UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CONGREGATION OF ASHEVILLE 1 Edwin Place, 828-254-6001, • FR (5/11), 7pm - Environmental & Social Justice Film Series:


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GARDEN VARIETY: Volunteers help hand out garden plants and soil to Bounty & Soul clients at one of last year’s Dig Day gatherings. This year, the Black Mountain nonprofit will host a single U Grow Community Dig Day event Saturday, May 19, with vendors, free workshops and activities open to all area residents. Photo courtesy of Bounty & Soul

FARM & GARDEN ALL SOULS PIZZA 175 Clingman Ave., 828-2540169, • SA (5/12), 9am-noon Proceeds from the Asheville E-Z Gardener plant sale with a variety of cold-hardy perennial plants and bedding herbs benefit horticulture scholarships at Haywood Community College. Free to attend. ASHEVILLE GREENWORKS 828-254-1776, • TH (5/10), 3-4:30pm “Asheville Trees 201,” workshop led by urban forester, Ed Macie. Free. Held at Asheville Greenworks West Asheville, 2 Sulphur Springs Road


BULLINGTON GARDENS 95 Upper Red Oak Trail, Hendersonville, 828-698-6104, • SA (5/12), 9am-4pm - Mother’s Day plant sale faturing native and non-native perennials, unusual annuals, small trees and shrubs. Free to attend.

• TU (5/15), 7am - “A Glimpse into Growing Edible Mushrooms,” complimentary local breakfast and presentation. Free. Held in the Virginia Boone Building (Gate 5), WNC Agricultural Center, 1301 Fanning Bridge Road

BUNCOMBE COUNTY EXTENSION MASTER GARDENERS 828-255-5522,, BuncombeMasterGardeners@ • SA (5/12), 10am-2pm - Spring plant sale in partnership with the Asheville Blue Ridge Rose Society. Sale features roses, perennials, natives, pollinators, and garden implements and Extension Master Gardener Volunteers to help answer questions. Free to attend. Held at American Red Cross - Asheville, 100 Edgewood Road

BUNCOMBE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARIES governing/depts/library • TH (5/10), 6pm - “Gardening with Children,” presentation by Rachel Strivelli, gardener and teacher. Free. Held at Skyland/ South Buncombe Library, 260 Overlook Road


CITY OF HENDERSONVILLE • THURSDAYS, FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS, (3/1) until (5/13) Seasonal mulch and composted leaves giveaway. Thurs. & Fri.: 3:30-7pm. Sat.: 8am-noon. Free. Held at the old Waste Water Treatment Plant, 80 Balfour Road, Hendersonville

HENDERSON COUNTY COOPERATIVE EXTENSION OFFICE 828-697-4891 • MO (5/14), 6:30pm “Mountain Gardening Favorites,” workshop with Steve Pettis, Henderson county commercial and consumer horticulture agent. $25. Held at Henderson County Cooperative Extension Office, 100 Jackson Park Rd, Hendersonville JEWEL OF THE BLUE RIDGE 828-606-3130, • SA (5/12), 10am-noon - Knot tying class. $35. POLK COUNTY FRIENDS OF AGRICULTURE BREAKFAST • 3rd WEDNESDAYS, 7-8am - Monthly breakfast with presentations regarding agriculture. Admission by donation. Held at Green Creek Community Center, 25 Shields Road, Green Creek

Organizers also discovered that many of the area’s food-insecure clients faced space restrictions that made raised beds impractical. “Some lived in mobile homes or apartments or didn’t have enough yard for a garden, which excluded them, so we came up with container gardening,” Casparian explains. So last year, Bounty & Soul paired the effort with its existing mobile market program, which delivers free produce plus wellness and nutrition classes to locations in Black Mountain and Swannanoa. Twice — in spring and fall — the markets hosted events for market clients that included free plant starts, materials and education. That approach was successful by the numbers, says Casparian, with 75-100 people receiving the free plants and supplies. However, hauling the plants, soil and containers to the locations proved to be prohibitive. “Logistically it was a mess,” she says. This year’s U Grow Community Dig Day not only brings all the supplies and activities to one spot — the green space outside Bounty & Soul’s Black Mountain offices — but also opens the event to the broader community. Bounty & Soul clients will be able to pick up their free plants and soil (donated from Banner Greenhouses in Nebo) using tickets obtained from the mobile markets. Other community members can buy affordably priced plant starts and a variety of other items from vendors including Mellie Mac’s Garden Shack, Fermenti, Buncombe Botanicals and Green River Booch.

WHAT U Grow Community Dig Day WHERE Swannanoa Valley Medical Center 997 Old U.S. Highway 70 W. Black Mountain WHEN 1-4 p.m. Saturday, May 19 For more information, visit or call 828-419-0533.

The afternoon event will also feature a full roster of free workshops on topics such as cultivating oyster mushrooms and cordyceps, making kombucha and bone broth, and backyard foraging. For kids, there will be gardening demonstrations,

face painting and a pop-up playground from Asheville Adventure Play. Casparian says she also hopes to have musicians at the event and welcomes interested artists to contact her for more information.  X

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Roses for Mother’s Day!

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Shiloh Community Garden nurtures people and place

MENTORING THE NEXT GENERATION: Longtime Shiloh neighbors and friends, from left, Georgia Allen, Norma Baynes and Linda Carter joined neighborhood youngsters in the Shiloh Community Garden for planting and an al fresco lunch on May 5. Photo by Virginia Daffron Norma Baynes was born and raised in Asheville’s Shiloh neighborhood. As an adult, she moved to Maryland, where she lived for 40 years before deciding to return home in 1996. “I moved back to the same street I was raised on,” she says. A few years later, she helped to found the Shiloh Community Organization. In 2004, the Shiloh Community Garden was born. “It was very important that we start a garden where people could come and access food,” explains Baynes. “We give our food to the community. We don’t ask people to pay for it. Economically a lot of people can’t afford certain things. With a garden, people could come pick it themselves,” she says. The garden grows herbs, greens, tomatoes, peppers, squash, okra and so much more. “These days people eat a lot of fast food,” says Baynes. “Healthy food is very important.”

In addition to an amphitheater and outdoor pizza oven, the garden also has a roadside stand that sells crafts made by the local community. But Baynes says that her favorite thing about the garden is that it’s a place where children can come and learn. “It’s amazing when I go to the garden and they’re cutting up fruit for a fruit salad. You want to see kids eat fruit!” says Baynes. “They learn to cook vegetables and they learn about why they should eat vegetables and not always fast food.” Baynes adds that the kids who work in the garden also get a taste of environmental stewardship. “We have a creek that runs through the property and we monitor the water,” says Baynes. “The kids learn about the environment and the creatures in the water. We are teaching our children about the importance of the environment and that they are a part of it.”

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BEHIND THE FOOD SCENE A network of diverse businesses keeps Asheville’s restaurant industry cooking

KITCHEN CONFIDENTIAL: From left, Modesto owners Hector and Aimee Diaz meet in the kitchen with Mountain Area Restaurant Vendors members Savannah Price of ADT, Mac Minaudo of Blue Ridge Biofuels and Lee Gavalas of Performance Food Groups. The businesses and other MARV members help support Asheville’s restaurant scene with goods and services. Photo by Cindy Kunst

BY SHAWNDRA RUSSELL There’s a silent element to Asheville’s successful restaurant scene that many foodies probably seldom consider: Behind the unforgettable flavors, crave-worthy cocktails and James Beard nominations bubbles a vibrant but unobtrusive community of diverse ancillary businesses. Since 2010, the members of the Mountain Area Restaurant Vendors organization have worked together, tapping into the growth of the area’s hospitality industry while their multitude of offerings quietly help keep Foodtopia humming along. The group serves dual purposes, acting as a support and information network for member businesses and providing a one-stop source for local food and beverage businesses in need of services. Members provide everything from financial to promotional to technical services as well as an array of utilitarian solutions — from keeping the lights on to collecting and repurposing used cooking oil.

This year, the nonprofit group, which now counts 19 member businesses, aims for a more robust presence in Western North Carolina. It’s set to debut a brandnew website this month, and its membership is expanding with a growing roster of vendors from multiple sectors. KEEPING IT SIMPLE “The Asheville area can be a tough place to open a restaurant and break into [the business],” says Michelle Fleckner, MARV secretary and vice president of Human Capital Management for member business the Platinum Group. “Having a group like MARV to doublecheck the vendors you’re using can help avoid costly errors and provide access to the best available options to support your business.” MARV originated, Fleckner says, when two Asheville-based companies — restaurant brokerage firm National Restaurant Properties and property management group Leslie & Associates — joined forces to solve some problems the local hospitality industry was encountering at the time. The two busi-

nesses, which are still active in MARV, then began building a diversified membership of local vendors in order to address the full range of dilemmas and needs restaurants experience. “Each vendor plays a unique role in a restaurant’s success, and our goal is to simplify how a restaurant goes about finding what they need to be successful in one location,” she explains. Although there are other restaurant vendor associations established in cities throughout the country, MARV diverges from many of them in its focus, according to Fleckner. “Our group is unique because we actually work together with restaurants. We don’t just meet and discuss restaurant news — we call on each other to help our customers out,” she says. “We all live here and care about serving our customers, so we recommend people who we trust. We know that the ‘go local’ model works, and when locally owned businesses stick together, we share in each other’s growth and success.” To ensure its value as a resource to the restaurant community, MARV


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carefully vets its members. To join the organization, says Fleckner, a representative from the prospective business must attend one of the twice-monthly lunch meetings, which are held “to discuss restaurant trends and additional ways MARV can increase its value.” Appropriately, these gatherings take place at local restaurants. Afterward, the members vote on whether or not to admit the potential newcomer. The group only considers adding new members who offer servic-

es that aren’t already represented, and applicants must receive unanimous support from the membership to be invited to join. Once admitted, members must continue to uphold the organization’s high expectations. Ed Sullivan, owner of Signarama, explains, “If we see that a member is not meeting the standard, then they will be asked to leave so that we are and remain a trusted resource for the restaurant and bar owners.”

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PERSONAL CONNECTIONS Some of the vendors in the MARV network earn 100 percent of their annual revenue from working with area restaurants and bars, while others hover in the 25-40 percent range. The Platinum Group, for example, has more than 85 clients in the hospitality sector, comprising more than 30 percent of its business. It provides accounting and payroll services and helps restaurants “mitigate their risk in managing people and avoid costly tax penalties and fines from not meeting compliance requirements,” says Fleckner. About 60 percent of Signarama’s business is with the hospitality industry, including recently producing fleet graphics, exterior lit signage and Department of Transportation signs for Highland Brewing Co.’s recent rebranding. Performance Foodservice, however, depends even more on the hospitality sector. Headquartered in Virginia with its nearest office in Hickory, the company serves about 30 accounts in the Asheville restaurant community. Area Manager Lee Gavalas says the MARV organization is “a great way for us to learn from others in our field. We can use these relationships within MARV and provide solutions to our customers.”

National Restaurant Properties, which has an independent office in Asheville, earns 100 percent of its income from clients in the local food and beverage industries. As one of the founders of MARV, broker Brian Good says, the original goal was “to create our Angie’s List, if you will, of top resources for restaurateurs in the Western North Carolina area and help a lot of new and relocating businesses get established in the area.” But unlike Angie’s List, MARV’s resources are free to use. As a boutique brokerage and real estate firm, NRP clients buy and sell breweries nationwide. “We help with lease negotiations, business plans, attaining all permits including building and ABC permits. We also help longtime owners create a retirement or exit strategy,” Good explains. The desire to network with and reduce costs for Asheville’s restaurateurs is a common theme among vendors. Kurtis Powers of Happy Tap NC, which cleans and maintains tap lines, says he values opportunities for “making personal connections with real human beings in the service industry.” Member vendor Blue Ridge Biofuels actually pays restaurants for their used cooking oil, creating another potential income stream for businesses that often run on very tight margins. Mac Minaudo, the company’s client services and business development manager, says he currently has over 1,200 accounts, with about a third of all his new clients coming through MARV leads. “MARV offers exposure to other avenues of obtaining leads for restaurants that are opening or expanding or even changing hands,” he says. “Often we get busy in our lines of work and put our heads down to get the job done. It’s great to look up and see how others are working and collaborate. It’s more efficient than how we would normally work.” As MARV transitions into its next chapter, Fleckner lists some lofty goals for the organization, including continuing to simplify the way restaurants meet their business needs, making MARV a “definitive source” for hospitality businesses throughout Western North Carolina and upstate South Carolina, and to attract more quality vendors to the group. By 2019, she says, MARV has its sights set on being the “best go-to place for all restaurant resources and needs.” Mountain Area Restaurant Vendors’ new website is set to launch Friday, May 18, at  X


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SMALL BITES by Thomas Calder |




Sweethearts Supper benefits Youth Transformed for Life

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Youth Transformed for Life, a local nonprofit that provides after-school and summer programs for disadvantaged teenagers and young adults re-entering the workforce, is set to host its third annual Sweethearts Supper dinner Saturday, May 12. “We are working with students who are struggling academically, socially or emotionally,” says Executive Director Libby Kyles. The dinner, she adds, is the nonprofit’s largest fundraiser. This year’s multicourse meal will feature dishes prepared by chefs Clarence Robinson of Cooking with Comedy Catering and Sherri Davis of SD’s Home Cooking & Catering Service. Italian minimeatballs, spinach dip bread bowls and cheese and grape skewers will be served as appetizers followed by strawberry and feta salad, Mexican black bean soup and main dish options including bourbon brown sugar salmon or tofu or slowcooked beef brisket with roasted potatoes. Dessert will be provided by Baked Pie Co. According to Kyles, part of the evening’s proceeds will support the nonprofit’s summer expansion plans, including the addition of a new science course. “We also focus a lot on mindfulness,” she says. “We’re working really hard to teach our participants how to be present and how to recognize what’s happening in their bodies when they’re stressed and how to transfer that knowledge from summer camp to school and home.” Robinson, who has helped cater all three dinners, notes that the fundraiser is a great way to give back to a worthy cause and come together as a community. Guests will be able to meet YTL students, who will speak about the program’s offerings and offer general assistance throughout the evening. Kyles says she hopes diners leave the event filled not only with food but also inspiration. “All things are possible,” she says. “Our youth are very capable. They just need the support to help them be their best selves.” The YTL Sweethearts Supper runs 7-9 p.m. Saturday, May 12, at Arthur R. Edington Education & Career Center, 133 Livingston St. Tickets are $45 per person or $85 for couples. For tickets, visit

HEART WORK: Proceeds from the upcoming Sweethearts Supper will help local nonprofit Youth Transformed for Life expand its summer programming, including a new science course and mindfulness studies. Photo courtesy of Youth Transformed for Life MOTHER’S DAY EVENTS Sunday, May 13, is Mother’s Day. What are your plans for mom? Will you take her out to brunch? Maybe a cookbook signing event? Perhaps a gamethon? Possibly a combination of all three? The choice is yours. Here are a few local events that might help you map out your day. On the South Slope, Buxton Hall Barbecue, 32 Banks Ave., will serve its Mother’s Day brunch from 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Options include buttermilk fried chicken biscuit, hushpuppies, brunch burger, whole-hog barbecue sandwich and the Buxton barbecue hash plate, prepared by the restaurant’s James Beard-nominated chef, Elliot Moss. Brunch desserts, curated by pastry chef Ashely Capps, will include fresh cherry almond tart or a pecan bun covered in cinnamon brown sugar.

Meanwhile, White Labs Kitchen & Tap, 172 S. Charlotte St., will offer its standard Sunday brunch menu from 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. with some additional pink-themed options, including its Pink Pineapple Hibiscus Gose brewed in collaboration with Hoppy Trout Brewing. Along with food and drink, the afternoon will also feature a silent auction from noon-2 p.m. Items range from a hybrid bicycle to beer tours. All proceeds from the auction, as well as 18 percent of food sales, will benefit Beer for Boobs, a nonprofit that raises money to support breast cancer research and awareness. In South Asheville, Roux, 43 Town Square Blvd., will celebrate with a custom Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet, running 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Slow-roasted prime rib, traditional mac and cheese, shrimp and smoked gouda grits, and bananas Foster French toast are among the menu’s highlights. Reservations are required. Call 828-209-2715.

In Biltmore Village, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, 26 All Souls Crescent, will host brunch 11 a.m.-3 p.m. with a menu featuring brioche French toast, steak Benedict and barbecued shrimp and grits. Available wines include Château de Campuget 1753 rosé and Gran Courtage brut Champagne. Call 828-398-6200 for reservations. In North Asheville, Golden Fleece Slow Earth Kitchen, 111 Grovewood Road, will serve its Mother’s Day brunch 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Menu highlights include oat and apple pancakes, deviled eggs and lemongrass pork belly. Special craft cocktails, such as a Champagne mule and house fire shot bloody mary will also be available. Reservations are required. Call 828-424-7655 or book online by visiting Downtown, at 58 Wall St., Well Played Board Game and Café will host

a 24-hour Mother’s Day board gameathon. The event, which begins at 4 p.m. Saturday, May 12, and ends at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 13, will benefit Helpmate, a local nonprofit that provides services to victims of domestic violence in Buncombe County. Along with donating a percentage of its total sales, Well Played will also donate 100 percent of proceeds of sales from UpCountry Brewing Co. and Pisgah Brewing Co. draft beers. To learn more, visit Lastly, Malaprop’s Bookstore/Cafe will host local author Ashley English, who will present her latest cookbook, Southern From Scratch: Pantry Essentials and Down Home Recipes. In addition to discussing some of the work’s 150 recipes, English will also sign copies. The free event starts at 3 p.m. at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Cafe, 55 Haywood St.  X

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by Edwin Arnaudin |

Let’s get digital As Western North Carolina’s brewing industry continues to grow, with only a handful of beer producers exiting the scene, more questions arise regarding what will determine each establishment’s longevity. One of the factors that’s becoming increasingly crucial for local breweries to remain competitive is an attractive, informative and innovative online presence. While numerous area web developers provide that edge for nearby suds-makers, Craftpeak is the lone entity to focus exclusively on craft breweries. The Asheville-based technology startup builds websites and e-commerce solutions for enterprises both in town (Wicked Weed Brewing; Eurisko Beer Co.; Burial Beer Co.) in the region (South Carolina’s Birds Fly South Ale Project and Holy City Brewing) and beyond (Connecticut’s Kent Falls Brewing and New York City’s Other Half Brewing Co.).

THE FANTASTIC FOUR: From left, Julien Melissas, Zaq Suarez, John Kelley and Corey Bullman are the core members of Craftpeak. The Asheville-based technology startup currently works with over 40 craft breweries in the U.S. and U.K. Photo by Sarah Black


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Craftpeak helps breweries shine online


Creative director Corey Bullman and technical director Julien Melissas started Craftpeak in 2015. For one of their jobs, they were contracted by John Kelley of local company Galaxy Digital to overhaul and update its large web-based volunteer management platform without disrupting the online experience for hundreds of thousands of users in the process. Impressed with the duo’s work there and on subsequent projects, Kelley turned to them again when the owners of Wicked Weed approached Galaxy about building them a new website. “What Corey and Julien developed for Wicked Weed was not only a badass website that looked amazing, they had also custom-developed a number of brewery features built to address specific needs that Wicked Weed was experiencing during their rapid growth,” Kelley says. “They were on to something. We knew other great craft breweries needed this technology.” Bullman and Melissas (son of Wedge Brewing Co. brewmaster Carl Melissas) brought Kelley aboard as CEO and director of sales in spring 2016. One of their first actions was to focus wholly on craft breweries, a natural fit for the craft beer fans who also recognized the challenges of the rapidly changing mar-

ket and the tools breweries required to compete, survive and thrive. After refining the features and developing a craft beer-specific platform that they could market to the best brands in the country, Craftpeak hired Zaq Suarez. Referring to his colleague as “a local craft beer legend,” Kelley says Suarez’s “huge personality” and experience starting breweries, running brewery tours and working as the sales and distribution manager for Burial as it was expanding into new parts of North Carolina were instrumental in connecting with and signing Craftpeak’s second and third clients, Birds Fly South and Eurisko. Suarez has gone on to help cultivate relationships with dozens of respected beer brands domestically and internationally, part of over 40 breweries in the U.S. and U.K. with whom the company currently works. But even with that rapid growth, Craftpeak continues to support its current customer base — and its first client remains pleased with its services. “They have done a fantastic job of creating a website for us that hits all of our goals while staying true to our brand,” says Alanna Nappi, Wicked Weed’s marketing operations director. “We were especially impressed with

their ability to create such an intuitive and in-depth ‘beer finder’ section for us. We package up to 80 different beers in a year, so it was a pretty monumental task to create a place for consumers to not only see all of the different beers we produce but also be able to learn about each brand in an interactive way.” That challenge of representing a brewery’s numerous facets is something Craftpeak has encountered with each new collaboration. From the details of its taproom and overall space, how and where its products are sold and incorporating its online store, various special events and charitable outreach in the community, the niche industry sector carries distinct online requirements. Craftpeak also takes into account the vast array of different experiences among craft consumers in a market that’s still in its infancy. “Not only does a single website need to help support many different business functions for a brewery, it also needs to provide an engaging and educational user experience for every visitor, regardless of your level of experience with craft beer,” Kelley says. “With the help of our brewery clients, we have developed many features that help support these business challenges, while also creating an immersive experience for everyone from the craft curious to the lovable neck-beard craft enthusiast.” As Craftpeak helps drive traffic to its clients’ taprooms, it also provides breweries with a central online landing pad where they have complete control of their brand, versus the whims and ever-changing rules of various social media platforms. Similarly important is its creation of websites that are optimized for mobile devices, especially with about 65-75 percent of all web traffic to its sites coming from those sources. With Google’s recent announcement of moving to a policy of mobilefirst indexing, websites that lack a mobile-friendly experience may see a negative impact on their search engine rankings. Here and elsewhere, Craftpeak strives to keep its partners ahead of industry obstacles and, in doing so, will be expanding and creating more jobs for the Asheville community in the near future.  X


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Public art projects make murals available to everyone

DILLSBORO: In 2013, artist Doreyl Ammons Cain created the mural Oh Hallowed Ground, for the town of Dillsboro. Four years later, in 2017, she and her husband, Jerry, co-founded the Appalachian Mural Trail. Photo courtesy of Ammons Cain

BY THOMAS CALDER Local artist Doreyl Ammons Cain maps the region of Western North Carolina not by roads but by murals. In 2017, she and her husband, Jerry Cain, co-founded

the nonprofit Appalachian Mural Trail. The organization’s objective is to highlight historical works of public art in towns and cities within easy driving distance from the Blue Ridge Parkway (including parts of Virginia). Through consultation, the nonprofit also helps communities without murals find ways to add

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color to unadorned buildings. With an online mural map, as well as pamphlets available at all

welcome centers across the state, Doreyl believes the project could help stimulate local economies by

The Liminal State Panels While the completion of the fresco at Haywood Street mission congregation remains a few years away, the nonprofit recently acquired the life works of painter Rob Rikoon. The artist, who divides his time between Asheville and Santa Fe, N.M., spent 18 years creating the egg tempera series The Liminal State Panels. The four pieces — “Suffering,” “Liberation,” “Self-Imprisonment,” and “The Path to Freedom” — are now on display inside the church. On Friday, May 18, an opening reception will be held to celebrate the donation. “This is a raw place; there’s no polish on what we do here,” says Pastor Brian Combs. “There’s something appropriate about having the gambit of emotion one might feel as a human being all displayed here in Rob’s works.” Rikoon considers the church an ideal landing place for his series. “I really wanted this to be my gift to the people,” he says. But in no way was it a premeditated act. “There are things that you wait for the universe to unfold and let happen, and that’s kind of my approach to art and how these things came to the church,” Rikoon says. WHAT: The Liminal State Panels opening reception WHERE: Haywood Street Congregation, 297 Haywood St. WHEN: Friday, May 18, 4-7 p.m. Free

drawing visitors to lesser-known regions of the state. She also sees it as a chance for neighbors to come together to participate in a fun and inspiring activity. “It sort of gives an uplifting self-image to the community,” she says. “And through that, there is greater development of interest in the area.” In Asheville, four public projects are included on the trail. The Lexington Avenue Gateway mural features works by artists Molly Must, Daniel Beck, Joshua Spiceland, Harper Leich, Kurt Theasler and Steve Lister. At Pack’s Tavern, Doreyl’s own work, Shindig on the Green, highlights the region’s musicians. Chicken Alley, named for its location and designed by Must, interprets the history of a chickenprocessing plant owned by Sam and Argie Young. Meanwhile, Triangle Park, on Market Street, a collaborative effort involving the Just Folks Organization, the Asheville Design Center and Must, celebrates the stories of Asheville’s historic AfricanAmerican business district and East End neighborhood. Membership with the nonprofit is required for inclusion on the trail.

The mural must also be accessible to the public. In addition, Doreyl says, “The work should be highquality, and it should tell the story of the community.” FROM MURALS TO FRESCOES Currently, the nonprofit promotes 53 works. Of these designs, seven are frescoes. Unlike murals, frescoes use sand and lime to create a plaster that then is spread across a wall and subsequently painted on. (Michelangelo’s mural on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel is perhaps the most famous example of the medium.) In Asheville, plans are currently underway to create a fresco at Haywood Street, the United Methodist mission congregation and faith-based nonprofit. Early roadblocks, however, have postponed the project. Last year, the congregation was awarded a $72,500 grant from the Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority. But in March of this year, Haywood Street withdrew from the proposal due to ongoing objections



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SELF-IMPRISONMENT: The Rev. Brian Combs, pictured, believes the fresco project will take roughly two years to complete. In the meantime, the nonprofit enjoys the series of egg tempera paintings donated by local artist Rob Rikoon, who is featured in the work to the right of the skeleton. Photo by Thomas Calder


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SP RING NO NP ROFIT by the Freedom From Religion Foundation, a nonprofit based in Madison, Wis., that contested the use of taxpayers’ money on a project carried out by a religious-based organization. “The loss of the grant has not affected our belief that we’re going to make this happen,” says artist Christopher Holt, who has been commissioned to develop the fresco. To date, the congregation has raised $50,000 in donations for the artwork, with a total goal of $100,000. When completed, the piece will be 28 feet wide and 11 feet tall, located on the central wall of the congregation’s sanctuary. Once finished, it will be considered for inclusion on the Appalachian Mural Trail.

cation on the wall — will require all hands on deck. This community effort, says Combs, will ideally bring together all walks of life, both during the process and after its completion. “We hope when folks come here to see this painting, they’re going to say, ‘My understanding of God is white and male. Here, I see people considered sacred being depicted in entirely different ways. Why is that? Why is a church paying to have a fresco with homeless mod-

els? What else is happening here? What part of Asheville am I in?’” THE FULL SPECTRUM Funding for art projects is never a simple task, says Doreyl. And for some communities, no matter the desire, the money simply isn’t there. In such cases, the Appalachian Mural Trail encourages postage stamp murals.

“These are small murals,” Doreyl explains. “It still tells the history of the town. And it could still draw people in.” Perhaps more importantly, such works are still considered for inclusion on the nonprofit’s mural map. Meanwhile, at Haywood Street, Combs continues his nonprofit’s fundraising campaign. Despite a strong wave of support, one of the


BLESSED ARE THE POOR The fresco’s design is inspired by the Beatitudes, eight blessings recounted by Jesus in his Sermon on the Mount. In the address, Jesus declared that the poor, meek and merciful were among those considered blessed. Brian Combs, the congregation’s founding pastor, describes the homily as a “subversive sermon.” At the time of its delivery, he explains, only the rich and powerful were thought to be in God’s favor. Following the ethos of the Beatitudes, the congregation plans to go against tradition when it comes to its fresco. “When you look at the history of religious art, God is almost always rendered European and male,” says Combs. “That’s because the person paying for the art was European and male.” At Haywood Street, there will be no God figure featured in the project. “We want to do the opposite and say that the holiest people around here are the ones that are struggling the most,” Combs explains. The nonprofit plans to achieve this by inviting local members to pose for the piece. Its first model, Charles Burns, 62, considers himself blessed to be part of the design. “I’ve got lung cancer pretty bad, so I think they figured they were going to get me while they still had me,” he says with a laugh. Community involvement, notes Holt, is key to the project’s success. In addition to fundraising and modeling, the actual construction of the fresco — from the mixing of the materials to the plaster’s appli-


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critiques he often comes across is the very use of funds for such a project. Combs notes that all money raised for the fresco is independent of the congregation’s annual budget. Nevertheless, some still suggest the dollars could be put toward more useful programs. Combs acknowledges that art will not save the world, that it will not feed the hungry, that it will not house those without homes. “And yet, that need for beauty, for

inspiration, for awe, I would argue, is a fundamental tenet of being a human being,” he says. “And we in every way as a ministry want to say, ‘Actually, the full spectrum of being a human being and experiencing the world should be available to all of us.’” To donate to the Haywood Street Congregation’s fresco project, visit To learn more about the Appalachian Mural Trail, visit  X

Winston Churchill

Harriet Tubman

Alice Paul

portrayed by Larry Bounds

portrayed by Becky Stone

Monday June 18 Music by: Cary Fridley

Tuesday June 19 Music by: The Magills

portrayed by Leslie Goddard Wednesday June 20 Music by: Don Pedi

Francis Marion The Swamp Fox portrayed by

Ken Johnston Thursday June 21 Music by: Zoe & Cloyd

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by Kim Ruehl

KEEP MOVING ON It’s a beautiful spring day — sun high in the sky, birds chirping — when I meet Corey Parlamento, aka LivingDog, on the patio behind West Asheville’s OWL Bakery. He’s taking a break from rehearsals for a Saturday, May 12, show across the street at Ambrose West to celebrate the release of his stirring new Kickstarter-funded album, All This Beauty. As Parlamento relaxes with a lemonade, he talks about the value of spotlighting beauty in art at a time when the news is full of daily anxieties. He delves into Asheville’s music scene and what it’s like to be a singer-songwriter who doesn’t neatly fit the mold of so many folk singers in town. “I taught myself by learning songs that I liked at the time,” he explains of his musical development. “My hands just got used to [metal] progressions and that type of music, so even if I’m writing a folk song, the chords that I’m using are still somewhat rooted in that type of music — heavier stuff — and less rooted in Americana.” As a teenager in West Palm Beach, Fla., Parlamento developed an interest in Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan. But when it came to the music he played, he was far more drawn to the area’s punk, hardcore and metal scenes. He was in “crappy metal bands” before he began performing as LivingDog in Florida in 2010. By then, Parlamento knew West Palm Beach — with its juxtaposed beach culture, extreme wealth and working-class poverty — was not where he wanted to spend his whole life. So he took off, traveling for a while, working as a farmhand in various places, bouncing around. Living on the road, he stopped performing music, tore away from metal and tooled around with an acoustic guitar he’d brought with him for his travels. “[When] I left Florida,” Parlamento says, “the easiest thing to do was to have an acoustic guitar with me. It’s one of the most versatile instruments to travel with, and you don’t need a lot of equipment for it. I started writing a lot of songs on that, and I was listening to a lot of folk music at the time, so that’s where the LivingDog project came from. … Once I moved to Western North Carolina, it started

LivingDog draws from metal and folk for ‘All This Beauty’ … Inevitably, my project will change, and I’ll want to do something different with it. This is still LivingDog, it still sounds like my other stuff, but it’s totally different. That gives me confidence to try different things. I wanted to do something with horns and strings and see if it works. And it worked, so cool. What’s next?”  X

WHAT LivingDog album release show with Shane Parish & Family Dinner Improv WHERE Ambrose West 312 Haywood Road

WHAT’S NOW AND WHAT’S NEXT: The most impressive feature of LivingDog’s new album, All This Beauty, is the way frontman Corey Parlamento employs his band — something that will be well worth witnessing when they take the stage at Ambrose West. After all, he’s likely to try something else on the next album. “This is still LivingDog, it still sounds like my other stuff, but it’s totally different,” he says. Photo courtesy of Parlamento to pick up a bit, and creatively I started to feel more inspired.” Parlamento landed on a farm in Tryon in 2013, then fell into a job at a mental health facility, where he stayed for four years before deciding he didn’t want a future in that field. He was getting more serious about the music, driving to Asheville frequently for shows. He finally decided the time had come to just move to town. Digging into the scene as a local, he quickly discovered that Asheville is full of singer-songwriters, most of them channeling the folk, Americana and bluegrass music native to lower Appalachia. With his metal background, Parlamento stuck out like a sore thumb, but that didn’t bother him. He was more concerned with finding his own songwriting voice, experimenting with sounds and recording techniques. “Something that I like in a lot of musicians’ careers,” he says, “is their ability … to change their style up and do something different.” To that end, for his 2016 album, Childsurvivors, Parlamento recorded and mixed everything alone in Tryon. So to follow it, he decided to try something completely different, pulling from the abundant wealth of local players.

He worked with them individually and together, arranging parts in person as well as via a computer program at home. The band rehearsed tirelessly to prepare for their two-day studio block at Black Mountain’s Morbid Ranch studio, and Parlamento was inspired by their instinctive ability to follow each other through the song. The result is that All This Beauty sounds far more deeply considered than the average two-day recording. Katie Richter’s careful trumpet offsets Emily Spreng’s cello and Kayla Zuskin’s electric guitar with a delicate beauty unexpected from such typically assertive instruments. Adding in an intuitive rhythm section, Parlamento ties it all together with his creaky, quiet vocals, which careen easily around his poetic lyrics about emotional experiences and natural beauty — sometimes a beauty his characters see and sometimes one they miss altogether. Still, the album’s most impressive feature is the way Parlamento employs his band — something that will be well worth witnessing when they take the stage at Ambrose West. After all, he’s likely to try something else on the next album. “The nature of people being transient [in Asheville],” he says, “is that it’s hard to hold onto a band for very long.

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ANSWERING THE CALL Asheville-born writer and artist Gavin Geoffrey Dillard is bold: He talks about sex openly, says f*** a lot and, during the 1980s, became so well-known for performing poems in the nude that reporters with the Los Angeles Times called him The Naked Poet. He is, in many ways, the opposite of what someone might associate with opera. And yet Dillard’s latest project, When Adonis Calls, uses the traditional art form to speak on timeless issues: life and death, spirituality and the pursuit of something bigger than ourselves. Premiering Friday, May 11, at the Asheville Masonic Temple, When Adonis Calls reveals the intimate exchanges between an older, beenthere, done-that-type writer and a young, eager fan. Adapted for the stage by director John de los Santos and composer Clint Borzoni, the performance is based loosely on Dillard’s Nocturnal Omissions: A Tale of Two Poets, a text inspired by a nine-monthlong Facebook conversation Dillard shared with a New York-based poet. When presented as a libretto, the story is homoerotic and decisively modern — a first for producing company Asheville Lyric Opera. “It will really freak out their 80-yearold Republican base,” says Dillard. Though perceived as a rightwardleaning group, ALO is stepping out with this upcoming production. It’s the company’s first contemporary piece with an all-male, two-person cast (local dancers Gavin Stewart and Alan Malpass), and certainly the only gay-themed opera ALO has presented. Dillard credits the shift to a recent administrative shake-up that left Clive Possinger III as president. According to Dillard, who broke bread and talked

INTIMATE PRODUCTION: Asheville Lyric Opera’s first contemporary performance, When Adonis Calls, is a journey of sensuality and literary discovery. Photo courtesy of Gavin Geoffrey Dillard shop with the new leader on several occasions, Possinger understands that “you either stay relevant or you die” and that staying relevant in Western North Carolina means being inclusive. “We need to change Asheville’s opera audience,” the poet says. “Because without gays and Jews, do you even have an opera?”

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Of course, as a self-described “chronic rule breaker,” Dillard also sees this production as an overstated goodbye to the previous ALO administration. By hosting such a radical performance, the organization does run the risk of unnerving veteran operagoers. In fact, there’s already been some consternation regarding the original poster, which featured men au naturel. A revised version trickled out following the initial backlash, but viewers should still anticipate a confrontational piece. When Adonis Calls isn’t a typical love story, nor does it occupy a 21st-century, boy-meets-boy trope. In fact, it’s not a romance at all. “It’s more of a philosophical treatise and is pretty haughty in that respect,” says Dillard. “The two are arguing about life, creation, the relevance of art and aging. There’s this line in one of my poems about a fading, sagging ass. Here, that becomes physical — we’re living in a world that’s transitory, and we can’t stop that.” It sounds heady, but there’s a lighter, sexier subtext. Since the characters are

confined during the 90-minute staging, not meeting or touching until curtain call, a certain tension builds, mounting when the lights come up and the two men disrobe. The result is sensual and adult. “I’m hesitant to say,” Dillard responds when asked if the men will be completely nude. “There will be plenty of skin” but not necessarily the full monty. Audience members also shouldn’t come expecting to see a “gay” opera. “It’s unfair to plug it like that,” Dillard says, noting that an opera with a straight man and woman wouldn’t be described as “heterosexual.” He also stresses that the production is apolitical: “It’s more about the intimacy of self.” Presented in concert form on stages across the country, When Adonis Calls has already won Best New Work accolades from Fort Worth Opera’s Frontiers and OPERA America. The Asheville iteration will be the production’s first full-length premiere, after which it’s slated for Chicago’s Thompson Street Opera Company in September. There’s also talk of a West Coast debut. Dillard, who has only watched bits and pieces, is excited to see the collaboration (executed without its creators ever meeting in person) come alive. “It’s fun hearing my words done in such a different way. It’s like having a baby, except the child is the product of three people. The kid is neither yours nor theirs. It’s something else,” he laughs. “Aren’t they doing that in Britain now?” He continues: “The production is emotionally driven, and its intensity and intimacy will enthrall people. They will listen in ways they haven’t before. It might even be life-changing.” It will certainly change the way Asheville sees opera.  X

WHAT When Adonis Calls WHERE Asheville Masonic Temple 80 Broadway WHEN Friday, May 11, to Sunday, May 13. Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m. $30-$35

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Tiny Desk Contest winners Tank and the Bangas play Asheville

BE HONEST, BE REAL: The socially conscious lyrics of Tank and the Bangas’ music are just one highlight of the group’s genre-blurring approach. Photo by Gus Bennett Jr. One of the most intriguing and compelling musical acts to gain recent national attention is Tank and the Bangas. The New Orleans-based group combines spoken-word, hip-hop, gospel and other styles into a unique sound. Tank and the Bangas won NPR’s prestigious Tiny Desk Contest in 2017, and the group’s current tour comes to The Grey Eagle on Sunday, May 13. Slam poet Tarriona “Tank” Ball started the group in 2011, and by 2013, Tank and the Bangas had released a debut album, Thinktank. Ball’s approach of alternating sections of spoken word, freestyle rap and spirited vocals earned the group a strong following in New Orleans and beyond. But the group’s unique and defined sound isn’t the product of some carefully thought-out plan. “When I started with the band, we were still in the midst of finding our sound,” says keyboardist Merell Burkett. “It’s hard to pinpoint when — or even how — it became what it is today.” He believes it’s simply the product of the band members’ backgrounds and a commitment to allowing all members to contribute with no thought of genre. “It’s not like we have to mash every influence in every single song,” Burkett says. “We do what organically feels good to us; that’s what makes it our sound.”

Though Thinktank earned enthusiastic reviews, the group is best appreciated in the context of a live performance. Tank and the Bangas implicitly acknowledge that reality. To date, the group has released three live sets — The Big Bang Theory: Live at Gasa Gasa came out a year after the studio debut; there’s also a live EP (Jam in the Van), and the vinyl Live Vibes was released on Record Store Day this year. Burkett emphasizes that the string of live releases doesn’t signal difficulty crafting a studio album. He explains the multiple live releases as “a demand thing. People come to our show and enjoy it, so they want to take a piece of that home with them.” Burkett points out that each show is different from the next, so each live release — even if it shares some of the same songs — is unique: “Big Bang Theory is uptempo; Live Vibes is more intimate.” The band recently released a new single, “Smoke.Neflix.Chill.” And a studio release is planned for later this year. “We have something cooking in the oven, something in the works,” Burkett promises. Burkett describes Tank and the Bangas’ onstage demeanor as “organized chaos.” The band can take off on improvisational journeys, but it never loses the plot or descends into aim-

less jamming. The group’s live shows are boisterous and exciting, and Ball’s lyrics connect with the crowd. “I think the excitement makes people more attentive to what’s being said,” Burkett says. “And we like to break down the music to complement what’s being said when Tank gets deep in those poems.” Sometimes, Burkett says, “we just let Tank do her thing and we follow her. Kind of like church!” In fact, church creates a common bond among the band members. “Every last one of us grew up in church,” Burkett says. “My grandparents were choir mem-

bers; we had to go every Sunday.” Bassist Norman Spence’s father is a pastor, as is Ball’s grandfather. “I think [drummer] Josh Johnson’s dad is a preacher, too,” Burkett says. “And Albert [Allenback, alto saxophone] used to play at church with Norman.” The group is currently touring as a five-piece, but membership sometimes swells to twice that size. Burkett says that Tank and the Bangas feel more like a family than a band. “They’re like my brothers and sisters,” he says. “I couldn’t have chosen any better group to be a part of.” He says that he treasures “creating music with my friends. We’ll start something from scratch, and then the outcome is just crazy every time. I’m blessed to have them in my life.” With awards, successful albums, a tour and a new release on the way, Tank and the Bangas have a solid foundation to take the group into the future. Burkett already has his sights set on another achievement: a Grammy Award. With a smile, he asks, “Is that reaching too high?”  X

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‘Blithe Spirit’ at Parkway Playhouse

KINDRED SPIRITS: Amanda Klinikowski, Sarah Cooper and Myra McCoury star in Blithe Spirit. Photo courtesy of Parkway Playhouse When novelist Charles Condomine (played by Daniel Moore in Parkway Playhouse’s current run of the Noël Coward comedy Blithe Spirit) wants to research the occult, he invites Madame Arcati (Sarah Cooper) over for a séance. After the crystal ball reading, he gets more than he bargained for when the ghost of his first wife, Elvira (Amanda Klinikowski), is summoned up. Since Charles is the only one who can see her, Elvira aims to wreak havoc on his marriage to new wife, Ruth (Myra McCoury). It’s quickly discovered that Elvira may want Charles to rest in peace alongside her. The show runs through Saturday, May 19, at the Burnsville theater. Coward’s play is famous for its lighthearted fun. This production, directed by Jenny Martin, is content to remain in that zone, and,

in that manner, it does not disappoint. However, it might have been more rewarding to see a much spookier version. The signature character of Madame Arcati won the great Angela Lansbury a Tony award in 2009. In this production, a darker edge could have been brought forth with the medium. Instead, Cooper plays the role with eccentricity, but she produces many laughs and certainly appeals to the audience. As a whole, the cast is great, but there are three absolutely stellar performances in this production. Moore, Klinikowski and McCoury surprise us with remarkable synergy. Such a combination is absolutely essential to hold our attention through this three-act play.


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the best of this production, which weakened the ending. The old-fashioned sound design by Martin is wonderful, though. This show gives the impression of watching a classic, romantic ghost flick like Topper, starring Cary Grant and Constance Bennett. It was released in 1937, a few years before Blithe Spirit was produced, and their similarities are unmistakable. There’s a charming vintage quality to Blithe Spirit that truly resonates, and even though the message is weightless, it’s nice to walk away smiling.  X

WHAT Blithe Spirit WHERE Parkway Playhouse 202 Green Mountain Drive Burnsville WHEN Through Saturday, May 19 Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at 3 p.m. $11-22



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William Faulkner’s ‘The Hamlet’

Hot Dog Asheville audiences may remember Sadye Osterloh from her days with the Runaway Circus and Toy Boat Community Art Space. Now based in Bellingham, Wash., she’s teamed with physical comedian Della Moustachella of the Bellingham Circus Guild & The Real Food Show to form the comedy duo The Fun Bags. In their latest endeavor, the pair don full frankfurter costumes for their new show Hot Dog: A Comedic Circusy Type Show!, which promises to leave attendees “sweating and snorting on [their] own tears of joy, laughter and sorrow.” The duo’s nationwide tour stops by The Mothlight for performances on Thursday, May 10, at 7 p.m., and Friday, May 11, at 6 and 9 p.m. Tickets are a $10-$20 sliding scale for each show. Photo courtesy of the artists

Throughout his illustrious oeuvre, William Faulkner turned to first-person narration to delve inside the minds of the characters that populate his fictitious Yoknapatawpha County, Miss. For the first book in his Snopes trilogy, however, the author pivoted to third-person. On Thursday, May 10, at Battery Park Book Exchange & Champagne Bar, writers and friends Jim Stokley and Michael Sartisky take on the challenge of performing Faulkner’s prose with dramatic readings of portions of The Hamlet. The 1940 novel chronicles the rise of conniving Flem Snopes and his family in the small town of Frenchman’s Bend. The event begins at 6 p.m., and the bookstore hopes it will prompt an ongoing program of dramatic readings from the works of deceased authors. Free to attend. Photo of Faulkner by Carl Van Vechten, via Wikimedia Commons

AJ Ghent Instead of taking a seat to play pedal steel guitar in the style of such greats as Robert Randolph and Roosevelt Collier, AJ Ghent performs standing upright as if handling a traditional guitar. The Atlanta-based artist uses an over-handed technique that allows him to dance and have increased mobility during his live shows. The great-nephew of Willie Eason (creator of the Sacred Steel tradition), grandson of Henry Nelson (founder of the Sacred Steel rhythmic guitar style) and a mentee of the late, great Col. Bruce Hampton, Ghent blends blues, funk, rock and pop into a genre he calls “neo blues.” Backed by his wife MarLa on vocals, keys and bass synth, and Javares “JD” Dunn on drums, Ghent swings by the Salvage Station on Saturday, May 12, at 9 p.m. $7. Photo by MarLa Ghent

Never a Pal Like Mother Brunch is a fine way to express appreciation for the matriarch in one’s life the second Sunday each May, but this year four of Asheville’s most recognizable female lead singers and bandleaders are offering a more creative option. On May 13, Amanda Anne Platt (The Honeycutters), Aubrey Eisenman (The Clydes), Anya Hinkle (Tellico) and Mary Lucey (The Biscuit Burners; Uncle Earl) unite for a pair of special Mother’s Day shows titled Never a Pal Like Mother at Isis Music Hall. Combining guitar, fiddle, banjo and upright bass with their celebrated vocal styles and harmonies, the all-star band will perform cherished classic and original mother-themed songs, spanning a range of themes and emotions. The ensemble plays the upstairs lounge at 6 p.m. and the main stage at 8 p.m. $18 per show. Photo by Gen Kogure


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ART BLACKSMITH CLASSES: WEAVERVILLE (PD.) •Knife Making, May 5, 9:30-4:30 •Magic Wands, May12, 9:304:30-•Knife making, May 26, 9:30-4:30 •Chef’s Knife, June 4,6,8, 6pm-9pm •Candle Holders, June 9, 9:30-4:30. 828-9896651. vellecadesign. com BLACK MOUNTAIN COLLEGE MUSEUM & ARTS CENTER 56 Broadway, 828350-8484, • TH (5/17), 6pm Presentation by the American Institute of Architects Asheville regarding architecture and affordable housing in Western North Carolina. $5/ Free for members. BUNCOMBE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARIES buncombecounty. org/governing/ depts/library

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• TU (5/15), 6pm "Build a Hot Glue Sculpture," craft class for teenagers and adults. Free. Held at North Asheville Library, 1030 Merrimon Ave. • WE (5/16), 4pm - Presentation by Karen Hawkins regarding her sculpted storybook character dolls. Free. Held at Skyland/South Buncombe Library, 260 Overlook Road

• Through FR (6/15) - Submissions accepted for the 42nd annual Caldwell Visual Artists Competition. See website for details: caldwellarts. com. THE AUTUMN PLAYERS 828-686-1380, www., caroldec25@gmail. com • TU (5/15), 10:30am-2:30pm - Open auditions for The Perfect Murder, dark comedy. Contact for guidelines. Held at Asheville Community Theatre, 35 E. Walnut St.

FIREFLY CRAFT GALLERY 2689 D Greenville Highway, Flat Rock, 828-231-0764 • SA (5/12), noon2pm - Lenore Barnett artist reception and Mother's Day tea. Free to attend. ODYSSEY COOPERATIVE ART GALLERY 238 Clingman Ave., 828-285-9700, odysseycoopgallery • 2nd SATURDAYS, 11am-5pm "Second Saturday Celebration," event with food, music and artist demonstrations. Free to attend.

MOVEMENT THEATER: Specializing in creating collaborative, community-based performances, the Asheville-based, open-call theater company Story Choreography Projects will debut Our Friends: Liking, Laughter, Longings and Loss on Sunday, May 13. Directed by Barrie Barton, the movement theater presentation “reveals the multitude of friendship dynamics and life lessons that anchor us in sacrifice and love.” The performances take place at Jubilee! Community at 4 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. Tickets for each show are $16. $3 from every sale will be donated to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Western North Carolina. For more information, visit Photo courtesy of Story Choreography Projects (p. 32) THE ASHEVILLE SCHOOL 360 Asheville School Road, 828-254-6345, • TUESDAY through THURSDAY (5/8) until (5/10), 7pm - Looking Out, Looking In, performative works by students and local artists incorporating dance, music, writing and visual art. Audience members will need to travel short distances and have the ability to climb up and down stairs. Free.

ART/CRAFT STROLLS & FAIRS ALL SOULS CATHEDRAL 9 Swan St. • FR (5/11), 10am6pm & SA (5/12), 9am-6pm - WellCrafted Gift, arts and crafts pop-up shop featuring photography, jewelry, home goods, painting, apparel and pottery. Free to attend. MOONLIT ART MARKET • 2nd WEDNESDAYS, 8-11pm - Art and craft fair. Free to attend. Held at Burial Beer Co., 40 Collier Ave.


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TRANSYLVANIA COMMUNITY ARTS COUNCIL 349 S. Caldwell St., Brevard, 828-8842787, • Through TU (5/15) - Photograph submissions accepted for the annual White Squirrel Photo Contest. Contact for full guidelines.

DANCE EXPERIENCE ECSTATIC DANCE! (PD.) Dance waves hosted by Asheville Movement Collective. Fun and personal/community transformation. • Fridays, 7pm, Terpsicorps Studios, 1501 Patton Avenue. • Sundays, 8:30am and 10:30am, JCC, 236 Charlotte Street. Sliding scale fee. Information: LEARN COUNTRY TWO-STEP 6-WEEK DANCE CLASS (PD.) Wednesdays starting May 16, 7-8pm, Asheville Ballroom. 828-333-0715, $75, $65 Early Bird by May 11. www. ASHEVILLE BALLET 828-252-4761, • FR (5/11) & SA (5/12), 7:30pm - "Spring Into Dance: An Artistic Bouquet," dance works created by resident choreographers. $15-$50. Held at Diana Wortham Theatre, 18 Biltmore Ave. ASHEVILLE BUTOH FESTIVAL • MONDAYS, 6:308:30pm - "Aspects of Butoh," butoh

dance practice with the Asheville Butoh Collective. $15-$20. Held at 7 Chicken Alley ASHEVILLE MONDAY NIGHT DANCE 828-712-0115, • MONDAYS, 7:30-10:30pm Community contra dance. $7. Held at Center for Art & Spirit at St. George, 1 School Road DIANA WORTHAM THEATRE 18 Biltmore Ave., 828-257-4530, • SA (5/12), 1pm Asheville Academy of Ballet, 2018 Showcase. $7/$5 children. OLD FARMER'S BALL • 2nd SUNDAYS, 3-5pm - Family contra/square dances for families with children ages 6-12. All ages welcome. Free. Held at Harvest House, 205 Kenilworth Road • THURSDAYS, 8-11pm - Old Farmers Ball, contra dance. $7/$6 members/$1 Warren Wilson Community. Held in Bryson Gym Held at Warren Wilson College, 701 Warren Wilson Road, Swannanoa REVOLVE 122 Riverside Drive • WE (5/9), 7pm - "Sleeping on Rooftops," collaborative work of spoken word, dance and experimental cello music with Alli Marshall, Sharon Cooper, Coco Palmer Dolce and Melissa Hyman. $10.

MUSIC AFRICAN DRUM LESSONS AT SKINNY BEATS DRUM SHOP (PD.) Saturdays 5pm, Wednesdays 6pm. Billy Zanski teaches a fun approach to connecting with your inner rhythm. Drop-ins welcome. • Drums provided. $15/class. (828) 7682826. skinnybeatsdrums. com A CAPPELLA ALIVE acappellaalive, • THURSDAYS, 7-9pm - A Cappella Alive! womens choral group practice. Free. Held at Givens Gerber Park

Mother’s Day is May 13th (Community Room), 40 Gerber Road ASHEVILLE LYRIC OPERA • FRIDAY through SUNDAY (5/11) until (5/13) - When Adonis Calls, opera by Clint Borzoni, comprised from the poetry of Gavin Dillard. Fri. & Sat.: 7pm. Sun.: 3pm. $30-$35. Held at Asheville Masonic Temple, 80 Broadway ASHEVILLE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA 828-254-7046, • SA (5/12), 8pm - Classical music concert featuring the works of Bernstein, Hyken and Brahms conducted by Jacomo Bairos and showcasing guest violinist, Jennifer Frautschi. $24. Held at Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, 87 Haywood St. FLAT ROCK PLAYHOUSE 2661 Highway 225, Flat Rock, 828-6930731, • THURSDAYS through SUNDAYS (5/3) until (5/13) - The 3 Redneck Tenors, musical comedy concert. Thurs., Sat. & Sun.: 2pm. Fri. & Sat.: 8pm. $20 and up/$15 students. FLETCHER COMMUNITY CHORUS 828-651-9436, • TH (5/17), 7pm - "A Gershwin Portrait," concert featuring songs from George and Ira Gershwin. Free. Held at Feed & Seed, 3715 Hendersonville Road, Fletcher HENDERSONVILLE HIGH SCHOOL 1 Bearcat Blvd., Hendersonville, 828697-4802 • TH (5/17), 7pm Hendersonville High School orchestra and chorus concert. $5. PUBSING 828-254-1114 • 2nd SUNDAYS, 6-8pm - Gospel jam and sing-along. Optional snack time at 5:30pm. Free to attend. Held at French Broad River Brewery, 101 Fairview Road REVOLVE 122 Riverside Drive • SA (5/12), 8pm - "Warp & Woof," improvisational dance and music featuring Sharon Cooper, Elizabeth Lang, Cilla Vee, Daniel Levin, Amy Hamilton and Kimathi Moore. $10.

RHYTHM & BREWS CONCERT SERIES 828-233-3216, rhythmandbrewshendersonville • TH (5/17), 5-9pm - Outdoor music concert featuring "Appalachiacana" music by Tellico. Free to attend. Held at South Main Street, 301 S. Main St., Hendersonville TRYON FINE ARTS CENTER 34 Melrose Ave., Tryon, 828-859-8322, • TH (5/10), 7pm Sunset Series: Brother Bluebird, outdoor concert. Admission by donation. • TH (5/17), 7pm Sunset Series: William Florian, outdoor concert. Admission by donation.

SPOKEN & WRITTEN WORD ASHEVILLE LAND OF SKY TOASTMASTERS 828-274-1865 954-3832111 • TUESDAYS, 7-8am - Event to improve speaking skills and grow in leadership. Free. Held at Reuter YMCA, 3 Town Center Blvd. BLUE RIDGE BOOKS 428 Hazelwood Ave., Waynesville • SA (5/12), 3pm Nancy Nason presents her book, The Spirit of the Tree and Other Backyard Tales. Free to attend. BLUE RIDGE TOASTMASTERS CLUB blueridgetoastmasters. com/membersarea/, fearless@ blueridgetoastmasters. org • MONDAYS, 12:151:30pm - Learn-bydoing workshop in which participants hone their speaking and leadership skills in a supportive atmosphere. Free. Held at Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce, 36 Montford Ave. BUNCOMBE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARIES buncombecounty. org/governing/depts/ library • SA (5/12), 4pm West Asheville Book Club: Garden Spells and First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen. Free. Held at West Asheville Public Library, 942 Haywood Road • TU (5/15), 7pm - Black Mountain Mystery Book Club: The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware.

Free. Held at Black Mountain Library, 105 N Dougherty St, Black Mountain • TU (5/15), 7pm Fairview Evening Book Club: The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe. Free. Held at Fairview Library, 1 Taylor Road, Fairview • TH (5/17), 4pm - Skyland Library Book Club: And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini. Free to attend. Held at Skyland/South Buncombe Library, 260 Overlook Road FIRESTORM BOOKS & COFFEE 610 Haywood Road, 828-255-8115, • 2nd & 4th FRIDAYS, 2:30pm - Wild Words writing group. Free to attend. FLETCHER LIBRARY 120 Library Road, Fletcher, 828-6871218, • 2nd THURSDAYS, 10:30am - Book Club. Free. • 2nd THURSDAYS, 1:30pm - Writers' Guild. Free. MALAPROP'S BOOKSTORE AND CAFE 55 Haywood St., 828-254-6734, • TH (5/10), 6pm Joshua Darty presents his book, Asheville's Riverside Cemetery, and Anna M. Fareillo presents her book, Cherokee. Free to attend. • MO (5/14), 6pm - Renee Hodges presents her memoir, Saving Bobby: Heroes and Heroin in One Small Community. Free to attend. • MO (5/14), 7pm - Mystery Book Club: Dear Daughter by Elizabeth Little. Free to attend. • TU (5/15), 6pm Deborah Harkness presents her book, The World of All Souls: The Complete Guide to a Discovery of Witches, Shadow of Night, and the Book of Life. Free to attend. • WE (5/16), 6pm - Cathryn Hankla presents her book in conversation with Rick Chess, Lost Places: On Losing and Finding Home. Free to attend. • TH (5/17), 6pm Margaret Bradham Thornton presents her book, A Theory of Love. Free to attend. • TH (5/17), 7pm - Notorious HBC (History Book Club): Blitzed: Drugs in the Third Reich by Norman Ohler, translated by Shaun Whiteside. Free to attend.

SWANNANOA VALLEY MUSEUM 223 W State St., Black Mountain, 828-6699566, history.swannanoavalleymuseum. org • FR (5/11), 11:30am - Swannanoa Valley Museum Book Club: Pisgah National Forest: A History, by Marci Spencer. Free.


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35BELOW 35 E. Walnut St., 828254-1320, • FRIDAYS through SUNDAYS (5/4) until (5/20) - The Mercy Seat, drama presented by Ellipsis Theater Company. Fri. & Sat.: 7:30pm. Sun.: 2:30pm. $18. JUBILEE! COMMUNITY CHURCH 46 Wall St., • SU (5/13), 4pm & 6:15pm - Our Friends: Liking, Laughter, Longings and Loss, movement theater presentation by Story Choreography Projects. Proceeds benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of WNC. $16.

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MONTFORD PARK PLAYERS 828-254-5146, montfordparkplayers. org • FRIDAYS through SUNDAYS (5/4) until (5/26), 7:30pm - The Importance of Being Earnest, comedy. Free. Held at Hazel Robinson Amphitheatre, 92 Gay St. NC STAGE COMPANY 15 Stage Lane, 828239-0263 • WEDNESDAYS through SUNDAYS (4/25) until (5/20) - Burden, by Ron Bashford and Willie Repoley. Wed.-Sat.: 7:30pm. Sun.: 2pm. $16-$34. TRYON FINE ARTS CENTER 34 Melrose Ave., Tryon, 828-859-8322, • TU (5/15), 7pm - Stage Door Series: "Best of Enemies," staged reading from local actors. $5.


MAY 9 - 15, 2018


GALLERY DIRECTORY 310 ART 191 Lyman St., #310, 828-776-2716, • Through TH (5/31) ARTfoli: Emergence, group exhibition. ART AT MARS HILL UNIVERSITY • Through SA (5/12) - Senior art student exhibition. Held at Mars Hill University, Weizenblatt Gallery, 79 Cascade St., Mars Hill

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BLACK MOUNTAIN CENTER FOR THE ARTS 225 W. State St., Black Mountain, 828-669-0930, • Through FR (5/18) Woodworks, exhibition of works by Dirck Cruser and John Casey. EPIONE INTEGRATED CLINIC 19 Zillicoa St, Unit 3, 828-7716126, • FR (5/11) through FR (8/31) - The Sacred Is Creative, exhibition of work by Desiree DeMars. Reception: Friday, May 11, 6-9pm. FLOOD GALLERY FINE ART CENTER 850 Blue Ridge Road, Unit A-13 • Black Mountain, 828-357-9009, • Through SU (6/3) - The Art of Phil Kurz, exhibition. FOLK ART CENTER MP 382, Blue Ridge Parkway, 828-298-7928, • Through SU (6/24) - Exhibition of work from the graduating class of Haywood Community College’s professional crafts program. Reception: Saturday, May 12, 3-5pm. GRAND BOHEMIAN GALLERY 11 Boston Way, 877-274-1242, • Through SU (5/20) CONTEXTure, exhibtion of paintings by Stefan Horik. GROVEWOOD GALLERY 111 Grovewood Road, 828-2537651, • Through SU (6/3) - Interactions, contemporary ceramic sculptures by Taylor Robenalt. HAYWOOD COUNTY ARTS COUNCIL 86 N Main St., Waynesville, 828452-0593, • Through SA (5/26) - Creations in Oil and Handcrafted Mugs, exhibition featuring 12 local artists. MOMENTUM GALLERY 24 North Lexington Ave. • Through (6/23) - Exhibition featuring paintings by Michael Barringer, ceramic works by Jeannine Marchand and sculptures by Michael Sirvet.


MAY 9 - 15, 2018


STANDING IN THE MYSTERY: Pink Dog Creative Gallery holds an opening reception for Negative Capability, a solo exhibition of works in acrylic and mixed media by Joyce Thornburg, on Friday, May 11, 5-8 p.m. Thornburg says the show’s title comes from a term attributed to the poet John Keats, and in essence means “the ability to be in uncertainty without grasping for resolution or results,” a sentiment that resonates with the visual artist and poet’s current personal and world view. The exhibit runs through June 24. Image of Inferno courtesy of Pink Dog Creative Gallery

art of Philip DeAngelo, Tanya Franklin and Ray Charnell. Free to attend. PINK DOG CREATIVE 348 Depot St., • FR (5/11) through SU (6/24) - Negative Capability, solo exhibition of works in acrylic and mixed media by Joyce Thornburg. Reception: Friday, May 11, 5-8pm.

OPEN HEARTS ART CENTER 217 Coxe Ave. • Through FR (6/29) - Piece by Piece: A Show of Works in Collage and Assemblage, exhibition of works by Open Hearts Art Center artists.

PUSH SKATE SHOP & GALLERY 25 Patton Ave., 828-2255509, • Through FR (6/1) - Fake Field Trip, exhibition of artwork by Fian Arroyo, Rosy Kirby and Julie Armbruster.

PHILIP DEANGELO STUDIO 115 Roberts St. • SA (5/12), 3-6pm Convergence, exhibition reception featuring the collaborative

RED HOUSE STUDIOS AND GALLERY 310 W. State St., Black Mountain, 828-699-0351,

• TU (5/15) through FR (5/25) - Ten Days in May, exhibition of works from counselors and clients at the Black Mountain Counseling Center. Reception: Tuesday May, 15, 5-7pm ($10). STAND GALLERY 109 Roberts St, Asheville • Through TH (5/10) Exhibition of works by Molly Sawyer. SWANNANOA VALLEY MUSEUM 223 W State St., Black Mountain, 828-669-9566, • Through SA (6/23) - Step Back in Time: A Walking Tour of Black Mountain, exhibition of watercolor paintings by Jerald Pope. • Through MO (12/31) Black Mountain College and Black Mountain: Where 'Town' Meets 'Gown',

exhibition focusing on interactions between Black Mountain College and the surrounding community. TRANSYLVANIA COMMUNITY ARTS COUNCIL 349 S. Caldwell St., Brevard, 828-884-2787, • FR (5/11) through FR (6/8) - Brevard - Where Music Meets the Mountains, group art exhibition. TRYON ARTS AND CRAFTS SCHOOL 373 Harmon Field Road, Tryon, 828-859-8323 • Through FR (6/15) Synergy, exhibition of works by student and instructors. UPSTAIRS ARTSPACE 49 S. Trade St., Tryon, 828859-2828, upstairsartspace. org • Through FR (6/15) Looking Away: Arden Cone

and Glen Miller, exhibition of paintings by Glen Miller. • Through FR (6/15) Repressed Beauty: Recent Works, exhibition of works by Patti Brady. WOOLWORTH WALK 25 Haywood St., 828-2549234 • Through TH (5/31) Exhibition of the works of Cathy Nichols and Sylvia McCollum. ZAPOW! 150 Coxe Ave., Suite 101, 828-575-2024, • Through SA (6/30) - May The 4th Be With You, group exhibition. Contact the galleries for admission hours and fees





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INSTANT CLASSIC: When the rock and soul hybrid group The Liza Colby Sound takes to The Odditorium stage, expect a memorable night out featuring gritty electric rock ’n’ roll with arena-worthy production values honed on the Lower East Side of New York. Fronted by powerhouse singer Liza Colby, the group describes its sound as music for “sinful Saturday nights and redemptive Sunday mornings.” Colby’s voice pays soulful homage to female rock pioneers of the past, backed by a trio of fiery musicians who command attention in their own right. The Liza Colby Sound joins The Tip and Bobbie Snakes on Thursday, May 17 at 9 p.m. WEDNESDAY, MAY 9 185 KING STREET Vinyl Night, 6:00PM 5 WALNUT WINE BAR Les Amis (African folk), 8:00PM BLUE MOUNTAIN PIZZA & BREW PUB Open Mic hosted by Billy Owens, 7:00PM

CARMEL'S KITCHEN AND BAR Adi the Monk (jazz), 5:30PM CORK & KEG 3 Cool Cats, 7:30PM DOUBLE CROWN Western Wednesdays, 9:00PM ELLINGTON UNDERGROUND Magna Carda (hiphop), 10:00PM


FOGGY MOUNTAIN BREWPUB Doug Strahan & the Good Neighbors (rock, Americana), 9:00PM FUNKATORIUM John Hartford Jam w/ Saylor Bros (bluegrass), 6:30PM HIGHLAND BREWING COMPANY Woody Wood Wednesdays (rock, soul, funk), 5:30PM

ISIS MUSIC HALL & KITCHEN 743 Shawna Caspi w/ Steven Pelland (folk, singer-songwriter), 7:00PM JACK OF THE WOOD PUB Old Time Open Jam Session, 5:00PM LAZY DIAMOND Killer Karaoke w/ KJ Tim O, 10:00PM


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CLU B LA N D LOBSTER TRAP Cigar Brothers, 6:30PM ODDITORIUM Synergy Story Slam, 7:00PM The Styrofoam Turtles, Ghost Town Remedy, Obsidioneye, Max Gross Weight (rock), 9:00PM ONE STOP AT ASHEVILLE MUSIC HALL Evil Note Lab, 10:00PM ONE WORLD BREWING Jameson Cooper (soul, funk, R&B, hiphop), 9:00PM ORANGE PEEL Shakey Graves w/ & The Kids, 8:00PM PISGAH BREWING COMPANY Hunter Begley w/ David Cody, 6:00PM

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THE BLOCK OFF BILTMORE DJ Phantom Pantone, 8:00PM THE FAIRVIEW TAVERN Redleg Husky (country, blues), 9:00PM THE IMPERIAL LIFE The Berlyn Jazz Trio, 9:00PM THE MOTHLIGHT Tav Falco's Panther Burns w/ Dirty Dutch Trio, 9:00PM THE PHOENIX & THE FOX Jazz Night w/ Jason DeCristofaro, 7:00PM THE SOUTHERN Disclaimer Comedy Open Mic, 9:00PM TOWN PUMP 7 Mile Mushroom, 9:00PM TRESSA'S DOWNTOWN JAZZ AND BLUES JJ Kitchen All Star Jam (blues, soul), 9:00PM

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MAY 9 - 15, 2018


THURSDAY, MAY 10 5 WALNUT WINE BAR Pleasure Chest (blues, rock, soul), 8:00PM AMBROSE WEST Cosmic Charlie does Europe '72, 8:00PM ASHEVILLE GUITAR BAR Will Ray & The Space Cooties, 7:30PM BANKS AVE The Throwback Party @ Bass Jumpin Thursdays, 9:00PM BARLEY'S TAPROOM & PIZZERIA Alien Music Club (jazz), 9:00PM BIER GARDEN The Lincoln Project, 8:00PM BLUE MOUNTAIN PIZZA & BREW PUB Gene Holdway, 7:00PM BOLD ROCK HARD CIDER Redleg Husky, 6:30PM CAPELLA ON 9@THE AC HOTEL Ben Phan (Americana), 8:00PM CROW & QUILL Carolina Catskins (ragtime jazz), 9:00PM DOUBLE CROWN Sonic Stew w/ DJ Alien Brain, 10:00PM FLOOD GALLERY FINE ART CENTER Open Mic (6 PM sign up), 6:30PM FOGGY MOUNTAIN BREWPUB Gold Rose (folk, Americana), 9:00PM FRENCH BROAD BREWERY Juan Holladay (soul), 6:00PM HIGHLAND BREWING COMPANY Roots & friends open jam (blues, rock, roots), 6:30PM ISIS MUSIC HALL & KITCHEN 743 Rebekah Long (bluegrass), 7:00PM Freddy and Francine w/ Kiernan McMullan (Americana soul duo), 8:30PM JACK OF THE WOOD PUB Bluegrass Jam, 7:00PM LAZOOM ROOM Talk About Funny w/ Jason Scholder & Friends (comedy), 9:00PM

LAZY DIAMOND Heavy Night w/ DJ Bootch, 10:00PM LOBSTER TRAP Hank Bones, 6:30PM ODDITORIUM Thunderchief, Cursus & GAK (rock, metal), 9:00PM ONE STOP AT ASHEVILLE MUSIC HALL Mitch's Totally Rad Trivia, 7:00PM Brad Parsons Band w/ Starbird-Mazer/ Skursky/Smith, 10:00PM ONE WORLD BREWING Hannah Kaminer Quartet (folk, Americana), 9:00PM OSKAR BLUES BREWERY Charles Hedgepath (blues, Americana), 6:00PM PULP Slice of Life Comedy Night w/ Cody Hughes, 9:00PM PACK'S TAVERN Jeff Anders & Steve Moseley (acoustic rock), 8:00PM PURPLE ONION CAFE Fayssoux McLean & Brandon Turner, 7:30PM SANCTUARY BREWING COMPANY Ellen Trnka, 7:00PM SLY GROG LOUNGE Good Flavor, Carver Commodore, The Cannonball Jars, 8:00PM STATIC AGE RECORDS P.T.P., Musashi Xero, Herb Da Wizard (hiphop), 9:00PM STRAIGHTAWAY CAFE Open Mic, 7:00PM SUMMIT COFFEE ASHEVILLE Open Mic w/ Dylan Moses, 6:00PM THE GREY EAGLE Doss Church, 6:00PM Blue Water Highway w/ Christy Hays, 9:00PM THE IMPERIAL LIFE The Burger Kings (classic rock n' roll), 9:00PM THE MOTHLIGHT Hot Dog: A Comedic Circusy Type Show, 7:00PM THE WINE & OYSTER Ashli Rose, 6:00PM TOWN PUMP Lunchbox Junkies, 9:00PM

TRESSA'S DOWNTOWN JAZZ AND BLUES Jesse Barry & The Jam (blues, dance), 9:00PM WXYZ LOUNGE AT ALOFT HOTEL Jordan Okrend (singer-songwriter), 8:00PM

FRIDAY, MAY 11 185 KING STREET Shaw Davis & The Black Ties, 8:00PM 5 WALNUT WINE BAR Zapato (funk, jazz), 9:00PM AMBROSE WEST Simon & Garfunkel meet The Beatles w/ Peggy Ratusz & friends, 8:00PM ASHEVILLE GUITAR BAR AGB Celebrity All Stars, 7:30PM BLUE MOUNTAIN PIZZA & BREW PUB Acoustic Swing, 7:00PM BOLD ROCK HARD CIDER Midnight Snack, 6:30PM CAPELLA ON 9@THE AC HOTEL Phantom Pantone, 9:00PM CORK & KEG Red Hot Sugar Babies (vintage jazz, blues, swing), 8:30PM CROW & QUILL One Leg Up (Gypsy jazz), 9:00PM DOUBLE CROWN Rock 'n' Soul Obscurities w/ DJ Greg Cartwright, 10:00PM FLEETWOOD'S Wedding Reception Show w/ The Spiral, Shadow Show, Kitty Tsunami, 9:00AM FOGGY MOUNTAIN BREWPUB Train Jumpers (rock, roots), 10:00PM FRENCH BROAD BREWERY Todd Cecil & Backsouth (Americana, blues), 6:00PM HIGHLAND BREWING COMPANY Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats [SOLD OUT], 7:00PM ISIS MUSIC HALL & KITCHEN 743 Brian Ashley Jones Trio & Roosevelt Dime (Americana, country), 8:30PM

JACK OF THE WOOD PUB Chris Jamison's Ghost, 9:00PM

THE MOTHLIGHT Hot Dog: A Comedic Circusy Type Show, 9:00PM

LAZY DIAMOND Hot n' Nasty w/ DJ Jasper & DJ Chrissy (rock 'n' soul vinyl), 10:00PM

THE WINE & OYSTER Adi the Monk (jazz blues guitar), 7:00PM

LOBSTER TRAP Gypsy Jazz Trio of Asheville, 6:30PM

TRESSA'S DOWNTOWN JAZZ AND BLUES Josh Singleton & Patrick Dodd (blues, country), 7:30PM Jim Arrendell & The Cheap Suits (funk, soul), 10:00PM

ODDITORIUM Tombstone Highway, Electric Phantom, Heirlum & Mindshapefist, 9:00PM ONE STOP AT ASHEVILLE MUSIC HALL Free Dead Fridays w/ members of Phuncle Sam, 5:30PM Dirty Dead, 10:00PM ONE WORLD BREWING Grass To Mouth (newgrass, bluegrass), 9:00PM ORANGE PEEL Partyman's Showcase hosted by Ye, 9:30PM OSKAR BLUES BREWERY Ross Osteen Band (blues, rock, soul), 6:00PM PACK'S TAVERN DJ MoTo (dance hits, pop), 9:30PM PILLAR ROOFTOP BAR ZuZu Welsh Band, 8:00PM SALVAGE STATION George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic (funk, soul), 5:00PM Random Animals & SupaTight, 10:00PM SANCTUARY BREWING COMPANY Tessia, 4:30PM 28 Pages, 8:00PM SLY GROG LOUNGE Viva Le Vox & Velvet Crayon (punk rock), 8:00PM STATIC AGE RECORDS Nature Boys, Common Visions, WHRCKD (left field punk), 9:00PM THE GREENHOUSE MOTO CAFE The Mug Band (roots, classic rock, blues), 7:00PM THE GREY EAGLE Guided by Voices, 9:00PM THE IMPERIAL LIFE Select DJ Sets, 9:00PM

WHITE HORSE BLACK MOUNTAIN Underhill Rose w/ Aaron Woody Wood, 8:00PM WILD WING CAFE Rigged (80's, 90's & today), 9:00PM WXYZ LOUNGE AT ALOFT HOTEL DJ Abu Disarray, 8:00PM

SATURDAY, MAY 12 185 KING STREET Spalding McIntosh & Randy Boyd, 8:00PM 5 WALNUT WINE BAR Drayton & The Dreamboats (vintage jazz), 9:00PM AMBROSE WEST Livingdog Album Release Party (indie, folk), 8:00PM ASHEVILLE GUITAR BAR Jody Carroll (roots, blues), 8:00PM BLACK MOUNTAIN ALE HOUSE Eleanor Underhill (Americana soul), 7:30PM BLUE MOUNTAIN PIZZA & BREW PUB Larry Dolamore, 7:00PM BOLD ROCK HARD CIDER Andrew Thelston, 7:00PM CAPELLA ON 9@ THE AC HOTEL The Groove Arcade, 9:00PM CHESTNUT Jazz Brunch, 11:00AM COFFEE CARTS STUDIO Hope Griffin Duo (folk), 5:30PM CORK & KEG Old Time Jam, 7:30PM


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CROW & QUILL Big Dawg Slingshot (ragtime jazz), 9:00PM

PURPLE ONION CAFE Brandon Turner, 8:00PM

DOUBLE CROWN Soul Motion Dance Party w/ DJ Dr. Filth, 10:00PM

SALVAGE STATION AJ Ghent (gospel, soul, funk), 9:00PM

FLEETWOOD'S Strange Avenues, Mr.Mange, Thee Sidewalk Surfers, My Best Friend Is Invisible, 8:00PM FOGGY MOUNTAIN BREWPUB Scoundrels Lounge (rock, jam), 10:00PM

SANCTUARY BREWING COMPANY Daddy Rabbit, 8:00PM STATIC AGE RECORDS Dumb Doctors, Patois Counsellors, Survival Crimes (post-punk), 9:00PM


THE BLOCK OFF BILTMORE Youth OUTright's Drag Brunch, 11:00AM


THE GREY EAGLE Bahamas w/ Soul brother Stef [SOLD OUT], 9:00PM

ISIS MUSIC HALL & KITCHEN 743 Music on the lawn w/ Damsel & Distress, 6:30PM Eli Cook (blues), 7:00PM JACK OF THE WOOD PUB Old North State w/ A Different Thread, 8:00PM Lazy Diamond
Sonic Stew w/ DJ Alien Brain, 10:00PM LOBSTER TRAP Sean Mason Trio, 6:30PM MAD CO BREW HOUSE David Hughes & His Old American Music Project, 6:00PM MOE'S ORIGINAL BBQ WOODFIN Bald Mountain Boys, 8:00PM ODDITORIUM Girly Girl Burlesque Battle, 9:00PM ONE STOP AT ASHEVILLE MUSIC HALL Electric Orange Peel, 10:00PM ONE WORLD BREWING Roots and Dore Band w/ Kora Mancala (blues), 9:00PM ORANGE PEEL Michael Ian Black w/ Nick Thune, 9:00PM OSKAR BLUES BREWERY Steel String Regulators (bluegrass), 6:00PM PACK'S TAVERN The Lowdown Band (rock, pop, dance favorites), 9:30PM

THE WINE & OYSTER Kevin Lorentz (classical guitar), 7:00PM TRESSA'S DOWNTOWN JAZZ AND BLUES The Ben Falcon Trio, 7:30PM Virginia & The Slims (jump blues, swing), 10:00PM US CELLULAR CENTER Asheville Symphony: Hyken Reimagines Vivaldi, 8:00PM WHITE HORSE BLACK MOUNTAIN Mean Mary & the Contrarys, 8:00PM WILD WING CAFE SOUTH Trippin' Hardie (acoustic electric), 9:00PM WXYZ LOUNGE AT ALOFT HOTEL Special Affair (R&B, soul), 8:00PM

SUNDAY, MAY 13 185 KING STREET Sunday Sessions Open Electric Jam, 4:00PM 5 WALNUT WINE BAR An Ya & The Soulful Subjects (jazz fusion), 7:00PM ASHEVILLE GUITAR BAR Musicians Jam & Pot Luck, 3:30PM BLUE MOUNTAIN PIZZA & BREW PUB Benjo Taylor , 7:00PM

DOUBLE CROWN Killer Karaoke w/ KJ Tim O, 10:00PM


FUNKATORIUM Gypsy Jazz Sunday Brunch, 11:00AM

THE MOTHLIGHT Brother Hawk w/ Almuten, 9:00PM

HIGHLAND BREWING COMPANY Reggae Sunday w/ Chalwa, 1:00PM

THE OMNI GROVE PARK INN Bob Zullo (pop, rock, jazz, blues), 7:00PM

ISIS MUSIC HALL & KITCHEN 743 Never A Pal Like Mother (country, Americana, bluegrass), 6:00PM JACK OF THE WOOD PUB Traditional Celtic Jam, 3:00PM JARGON Sunday Blunch w/ Mark Guest & Mary Pearson (jazz), 11:00AM LAZY DIAMOND Punk Night w/ DJ Chubberbird & Frens (killer punk vinyl), 10:00PM ODDITORIUM 80s/90s Dance Party with DJ Baby Bear, 9:00PM ONE STOP AT ASHEVILLE MUSIC HALL Bluegrass Brunch, 10:30AM OSKAR BLUES BREWERY Searra Jade (blues, rock, soul), 3:00PM Trivia Night, 5:00PM PACK'S TAVERN The Sunday Social Club, 4:30PM PISGAH BREWING COMPANY Travers Sunday Jam, 6:30PM SLY GROG LOUNGE Sly Grog Open Mic, 7:00PM THE GREY EAGLE Tank & The Bangas [SOLD OUT], 8:00PM

TOWN PUMP Brother Oliver (psychic folk rock), 9:00PM US CELLULAR CENTER Brandi Carlile, 7:30PM

MONDAY, MAY 14 185 KING STREET Open Mic hosted by Christ Whitmire, 6:00PM 5 WALNUT WINE BAR Siamese Sound Club (R&B, soul, jazz), 8:00PM ASHEVILLE GUITAR BAR Classical Guitar Mondays, 7:30PM DOUBLE CROWN Country Karaoke w/ KJ Tim O, 10:00PM HIGHLAND BREWING COMPANY Game Night, 4:00PM HILLMAN BEER Hunter Grigg, 6:00PM JACK OF THE WOOD PUB Quizzo Trivia Night, 7:00PM Open mic, 9:00PM LITTLE JUMBO The Jay Sanders Quartet, 7:00PM LOBSTER TRAP Bobby Miller & Friends (bluegrass), 6:30PM

ODDITORIUM Risque Monday Burlesque w/ Deb Au Nare, 9:00PM OSKAR BLUES BREWERY Mountain Music Mondays, 6:00PM PILLAR ROOFTOP BAR Hope Griffin, 8:00PM THE GREY EAGLE Open Mic, 6:00PM THE IMPERIAL LIFE Ghost Pipe Trio (jazz), 9:00PM THE MOTHLIGHT 2 Slices, Des & Survival Crimes, 8:00PM

ONE STOP AT ASHEVILLE MUSIC HALL Turntable Tuesday, 10:00PM ORANGE PEEL Janine Rose, 9:00PM

TUESDAY, MAY 15 5 WALNUT WINE BAR The John Henrys (hot jazz), 8:00PM

CORK & KEG Old Time Moderate Jam, 5:00PM

JACK OF THE WOOD PUB Karaoke Industry Night, 8:00PM

ODDITORIUM Open Mic Comedy Hosted by Tom Peters, 9:00PM

TRESSA'S DOWNTOWN JAZZ AND BLUES Ryan Barber's R&B Jam (r&b), 9:00PM


ISIS MUSIC HALL & KITCHEN 743 Tuesday Bluegrass Sessions w/ Ken Chapple & Another Country, 7:30PM

Salsa & Latin Dance with DJ Malinalli

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Israeli writer/director Samuel Maoz paints a bleak but stylishly compelling picture of a problematic conflict, in Foxtrot.

Foxtrot HHHH DIRECTOR: Samuel Maoz PLAYERS: Lior Ashkenazi, Sarah Adler, Yonatan Shiray, Yehuda Almagor, Shira Haas DRAMA RATED R THE STORY: An Israeli family is devastated by the news that their son has died while performing compulsory military service, only to discover that a terrible mistake has been made.  THE LOWDOWN: A brutally conceived and beautifully executed political allegory that deftly balances human tragedy with occasional touches of blackhearted farce. In the history of cinema, there’s never been a shortage of films addressing the meaningless waste of life that war entails. But few films capture the utter absurdity of perpetual conflict and the human cost it incurs quite like Israeli writer/director Samuel Maoz’s Foxtrot. Had M.A.S.H. been directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet rather than Robert Altman and set in Israel rather than

Korea, it might look something like this bizarre little allegory. A story that vacillates between extremely sly black comedy and heart-wrenching tragedy, Foxtrot balances its bleak subject with an unerring directorial style that provides a pitch-perfect juxtaposition between significance and nihilism. There’s a lot going on here, but the film never loses its way among its heavy themes and heady message. Maoz sets up a tragicomedy of errors, in which a wealthy Israeli family learns that their son has been killed during his compulsory military service, only to find shortly thereafter that the notification has been a case of mistaken identity. But Maoz takes his narrative a step further, employing a circular story structure and a carefully parsed series of character developments that lead Foxtrot into some particularly compelling territory. Like the titular dance that is referenced several times in the film, Foxtrot locks its audience into a dialectical box step with no end and little discernible purpose, a metaphor for the ceaseless Israeli-

Palestinian conflict in which its characters are obligatorily engaged. Moaz never belabors his conceit, avoiding heavyhanded sermonizing about the societal ills of arming what amount to children and tasking them with fighting a perpetual war, instead focusing on the arbitrariness of the scars, both physical and emotional, inevitably imparted by such a scenario. The family’s anguish over the potential loss of their only son feels real — and their rage is personal, not political. Maoz has a keen eye for detail, and his directorial style elevates his already exceptionally crafted script. Foxtrot’s tripartite story structure slowly reveals a thematic mirroring between father Michael (Lior Ashkenazi) and son Jonathan (Yonatan Shiray), one rendered almost unfathomably cruel by the film’s emotional climax. God’s-eye-view camera angles put the audience directly in the heads of both Jonathan and Michael, but rather than evoking a spiritual context, these shots feel like the vantage point of an unfeeling demiurge, the perspective of a fatalistic force impelling unavoidable tragedy that conveys the inner landscape of this decidedly secular family in an overtly religious society. The claustrophobic composition of the first and third acts, taking place in the family’s luxurious but small apartment, contrast harshly with the vast openness of Jonathan’s posting at a remote desert checkpoint where his unit is bivouacked in a slowly sinking shipping container. Maoz displays a clear mastery of visual metaphor, and his every shot carries a deeper meaning. In tackling a hot-button political issue from a decidedly human — and bleakly humanistic — level, Maoz has contributed a nuanced and thought-provoking statement to a convoluted geopolitical quagmire. If there’s little cause for optimism to be found in Foxtrot, that is clearly by design. In Maoz’s worldview, the sins of the father inexorably become the responsibility of the son, and like the eternal repetition of a tragic two-step, this cycle of penance has no end in sight. It’s not exactly an uplifting sentiment, but that doesn’t make it any less true. Hebrew with English subtitles. Rated R for some sexual content including graphic images, and brief drug use. Now Playing at Grail Moviehouse. REVIEWED BY SCOTT DOUGLAS JSDOUGLAS22@GMAIL.COM

M A X R AT I N G Xpress reviews virtually all upcoming movies, with two or three of the most noteworthy appearing in print. You can find our online reviews at This week, they include: BAD SAMARITAN




Bad Samaritan HHS DIRECTOR: Dean Devlin PLAYERS: Robert Sheehan, David Tennant, Kerry Condon THRILLER RATED R THE STORY: When a burglar discovers a woman held prisoner in a house he’s robbing, he goes on a mission to bring the woman’s captor to justice. THE LOWDOWN: The pretty standard and otherwise forgettable low-budget thriller has only the whacked-out performance by David Tenant going for it, but that’s enough (he’s worth it). All right, so Dean Devlin is a director now. I wasn’t sure how serious he was after last year’s abysmal Geostorm, but it now appears that he’s got his heart set on getting his hands dirty with the same types of projects he became known for producing but that I now assume he must have thought could have been better handled with a little more of that Devlin magic behind the camera. Which is funny, because Bad Samaritan, while at least being better in every respect than Geostorm, is also exactly as by-thenumbers as that previous film. We have the typical cat-and-mouse


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shenanigans of the high-tech evil genius (he has a smart house he can control from an app on his phone) versus the scrappy underdog who knows his secret (because he was robbing the evil genius’s house at the time). What sets it apart, at least most obviously, is the performance by David Tenant as the cold and sadistic Cale Erendreich. Tenant pretty much goes nuts with the role, diving in and playing the stock character to the absolute hilt, squeezing every bit of seething, frustrated rage out of the trust fund brat who’s all grown up and taking his anger out on the world by being, essentially, a bad guy in a thriller. Very little of the film, Tenant’s character and performance included, could be said to be taking place in some version of reality, but that ends up being fine since the fun of these movies is in watching how it all

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plays out even when you know what the inevitable ending has to be. But before we get there, Bad Samaritan does a surprising amount of character- and world-building work to get us into what the movie is up to, and the movie is actually pretty smart about how it handles the various setups and payoffs required to make the final act satisfying. We meet Sean and Derek (Robert Sheehan and Carlito Olivero), go with them on several baby-step houserobbing gigs (their jobs as valets give them access to their targets’ homes), and learn a bit about their lives. By the time we reach the second act involving the woman held prisoner in Cale’s home (Kerry Condon, surprisingly underused here), we at least can pretend to care about these characters and what they’re going through. It’s too bad the film eventually has to give way to the plotting and pacing of most other movies like this before the big finish, which you’ve also seen a hundred times before. It would be unfair, though, to undersell just how much fun it is to watch Tenant straight-up walk away with the movie every chance he gets. He knows the material he’s working with and seems to just be having a blast with it, though his part feels strangely small despite the amount of screen time afforded him. I’d recommend it just for the scene where he threatens to skin someone alive and mentions offhandedly that “it’ll take 30 seconds.” Dean Devlin’s going to spend the rest of his directing career chasing another moment that effortlessly interesting. Rated R for violence, language throughout, some drug use and brief nudity. Now playing at AMC River Hills Classic 10, Carolina Cinemark, Epic of Hendersonville, Regal Biltmore Grande. REVIEWED BY FRANCIS X. FRIEL MOVIEJAWNX@GMAIL.COM



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Tully HHH DIRECTOR: Jason Reitman PLAYERS: Charlize Theron, Mackenzie Davis, Mark Duplass, Ron Livingston COMEDY DRAMA RATED R THE STORY: An overtaxed mother receives some much-needed help from a mercurial young night nanny.  THE LOWDOWN: An interesting take on the burdens and societal pressures of motherhood that goes thoroughly off the rails in its third act. In the interest of disclosing my biases, I should point out that I have never, ever, liked Diablo Cody. The first hour of Tully almost convinced me that I needed to reassess her work, but the third went so far astray that, if anything, my prior estimation of her oeuvre should have been harsher. Don’t get me wrong, I like quirky, dialogue-heavy indie dramedies as much as the next person; but Cody has long been an exemplar of a very specific tone that was championed in the late nineties and early aughts, only to be justifiably marginalized amid the unfortunate decline of the midbudget American independent production. If there had to be casualties in the course of that particular calamity, I’m glad that Cody was among them. While I’ve found her longtime co-conspirator Jason Reitman somewhat less objectionable in a general sense — at least on his own — I have yet to identify a redeeming quality between them when the two are working in concert. They seem to bring out the worst in each other, both narratively and stylistically, and the net result is a series of films, following Juno and Young Adult, that can most generously be described as tediously precocious. Tully is, unfortunately, no exception to this established pattern.

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It’s not all bad news for Tully, although its tepid box office receipts would indicate otherwise. Cody’s story tackles the subject of motherhood from an angle of postnatal depression, and there is something refreshing about the openness with which her script reexamines the perennial trope of the sainted mother. Charlize Theron gives a powerfully dynamic performance as Marlo, the beleaguered mother of three harried by the demands of caring for two young children, including a son with special needs, while also grappling with the stressors of bringing home a newborn. Her husband (Ron Livingston) is too busy with work — and video games — to pitch in, and so Marlo’s wealthy brother (Mark Duplass) gifts her a night nanny, the eponymous Tully (Mackenzie Davis). Things follow in a predictably Mary-pixie-dream-girlPoppins direction from there. But then there’s a third-act plot twist of M. Night Shyamalan proportions, at least in terms of its eye-roll-worthiness. Tully takes its strong central performances, competent if uninspired and largely styleless direction from Reitman, and novel perspective on motherhood and squanders all of that potential on a narrative contrivance so insipid that it becomes almost interesting by virtue of its wrongheadedness. Almost. Ultimately, this is a film that is alternately cynical and saccharine in all the wrong places, one which undercuts its own message with a desire to overcomplicate rather than elucidate. Cody has taken a character sketch that could have provided a relatable and humanizing counterpoint to decades of cinematic disingenuousness on the topic of motherhood and rendered it effectively null and void with a few misguided story points. But hey, at least there are no hamburger phones in this one. Rated R for language and some sexuality/nudity. Now Playing at Carolina Cinemark, Fine Arts Theatre, Regal Biltmore Grande. REVIEWED BY SCOTT DOUGLAS JSDOUGLAS22@GMAIL.COM

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Breaking In

Thriller starring Gabrielle Union, directed by James McTeigue. According to the studio: “Gabrielle Union stars as a woman who will stop at nothing to rescue her two children being held hostage in a house designed with impenetrable security. No trap, no trick and especially no man inside can match a mother with a mission when she is determined on breaking in.” No early reviews. (PG-13)

Life of the Party

Comedy starring Melissa McCarthy, directed by Ben Falcone (Bridesmaids). According to the studio: “When her husband suddenly dumps her, longtime dedicated housewife Deanna (McCarthy) turns regret into reset by going back to college … landing in the same class and school as her daughter, who’s not entirely sold on the idea. Plunging headlong into the campus experience, the increasingly outspoken Deanna — now Dee Rock — embraces freedom, fun and frat boys on her own terms, finding her true self in a senior year no one ever expected.” No early reviews. (PG-13)

S PECIAL SCR E E N IN GS MOTHER’S DAY: Emily Graham pauses while giving birth at her home. Graham’s experience is chronicled in the immersive documentary These Are My Hours, which screens at Grail Moviehouse on May 10. Photo courtesy of Swell Dudela Films • Grail Moviehouse, 45 S. French Broad Ave., presents These Are My Hours on Thursday, May 10. Director Scott Kirschenbaum describes the film as “a full sensory immersion into one woman’s physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual experience of giving birth.” He and Emily Graham, whose home birth is chronicled, will participate in a post-screening discussion. Tickets are $5 and available online and at the Grail box office. • Asheville Parks & Recreation begins its Movies in the Park series on Friday, May 11, at Pack Square Park, 80 Court Plaza, with a screening of Moana. Children’s craft activities begin at 6:30 p.m., and the film begins at dusk. Bring chairs, blankets and snacks. Free. • The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville, 1 Edwin Place, continues its Environmental & Social Justice film series on Friday, May 11, at 7 p.m. with The Age of Consequences. The 2016 documentary investigates the impacts of climate change on increased conflict, migration and resource scarcity through the lens of global stability and U.S. national security. Free. • AUX Bar, 68 N. Lexington Ave., continues its Late Night Cinema series on Friday, May 11, with outdoor screenings of Labyrinth (9 p.m.) and Creepshow (11 p.m.). Complimentary popcorn will be provided. The event is contingent on fair weather. Free to attend.

• Hi-Wire Brewing, 2 Huntsman Place, kicks off its Summer of Will film series, featuring movies starring Will Ferrell, on Saturday, May 12, at 8:30 p.m. with Old School. The parking lot of the brewery’s Big Top facility will be transformed into an outdoor movie theater for the rain-or-shine event. Attendees are asked to bring their own lawn chairs, blankets and other comfortable seating. Free. • Designed to allow viewers to use film as their window into the minds and culture of Israel, the monthly Israeli Film Series — a collaboration between Grail Moviehouse and the Asheville Jewish Community Center — continues Sunday, May 13, at 2 p.m. with Café Nagler. The documentary follows director Mor Kaplansky as she investigates the true story of her family’s legendary titular Berlin establishment. A discussion will follow the film. Tickets are $8 and available online or at the Grail box office. • Charles T. Koontz Intermediate School, 305 Overlook Road, presents a showing of Screenagers on Tuesday, May 15, at 6 p.m. The 68-minute documentary explores how technology impacts kids’ development and the challenges of parenting in the digital age. Free. • On Wednesday, May 16, New Belgium Brewing Co., 21 Craven St., hosts the No Man’s Land Film Festival. The only adventure film festival to exclusively feature woman-identified athletes begins at 8 p.m. Free.  X

The Wicker Man HHHHS

DIRECTOR: Robin Hardy PLAYERS: Christopher Lee, Edward Woodward, Britt Ekland, Diane Cilento, Ingrid Pitt, Roy Boyd HORROR Rated R One of only three films directed by Robin Hardy, much of what makes The Wicker Man (1973) so special can likely be attributed to recently deceased writer Anthony Shaffer, who also wrote Hitchcock’s Frenzy and both the stage and screen versions of Sleuth. This film is unquestionably a definitive cult classic, due largely to its low-budget location shooting in rural Scotland, a perverse pagan premise with a memorable plot twist and a standout performance from Christopher Lee. My illustrious predecessor, Ken Hanke, detested this film, referring to it as “an ugly little picture,” and “a vaguely unpleasant movie that’s about as entertaining and exciting as watching water evaporate — maybe less so, since that process might at least yield steam.” While I won’t disagree that it’s a pretty tough film, I would certainly differ with his assertion that it’s boring in the least. Thankfully absent are Nic Cage and his bees from the risible 2006 remake. Come see the original and decide if you agree with Ken or with me. The Thursday Horror Picture Show will screen The Wicker Man on Thursday, May 10, at 8 p.m. at The Black Cloud, located on the lower level at 723 Haywood Road, with an introduction by Xpress movie critic Scott Douglas.

Those Who Love Me Can Take the Train HHHH

DIRECTOR: Patrice Chéreau PLAYERS: Pascal Greggory, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Charles Berling, Jean-Louis Trintignant DRAMA Rated NR My entire familiarity with Patrice Chéreau prior to seeing Those Who Love Me Can Take the Train (1998) rested on seeing the video presentation of his famous (or infamous, depending on whom you ask) 1976 staging of Richard Wagner’s Ring cycle at Bayreuth. In terms of his talents as a filmmaker this told me nothing, but it proved a good grounding in his approach to the contents of his material. Though completely unrelated in storyline, Those Who Love Me Can Take the Train is definitely a product of the same sensibility that produced his Ring staging. The same mix of the high and low realms of art flows through them both: a seemingly incongruous mix of intellectual art and pop art that somehow feels strangely homogenous. This is a film where music by Gustav Mahler and dubbed-into-French film clips from Jack Sholder’s A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddie’s Revenge (1985) coexist comfortably, where a connection between Mahler and The Doors can be made with some degree of persuasion. This excerpt was taken from a review by Ken Hanke published on May 19, 2015. Classic World Cinema by Courtyard Gallery will present Those Who Love Me Can Take the Train on Friday, May 11, at the new Flood Gallery location in Black Mountain, 850 Blue Ridge Road, Unit A-13, Black Mountain.

Topper Returns HHHH

DIRECTOR: Roy Del Ruth PLAYERS: Joan Blondell, Roland Young, Carole Landis, Billie Burke, Dennis O’Keefe, Eddie “Rochester” Anderson COMEDY Rated NR The third and final of producer Hal Roach’s films based on Thorne Smith’s novel Topper, this hidden gem has long been overlooked due to the absence of original stars Cary Grant and Constance Bennett — and that’s unfortunate because this iteration easily equals the first Topper film and blatantly bests the second. Topper Returns (1941) ditches the screwball model in favor of an old-dark-house comedy/mystery hybrid, a genre mashup that serves its supernatural premise ideally. Roland Young returns as Cosmo Topper, the hapless banker with an undesired knack for attracting the attention of helpful ghosts, but this time around his spiritual guide is played by the exceptional Joan Blondell. It’s every bit as funny as it’s predecessors (more so at times), and distinguishes itself by virtue of its mystery premise. The Asheville Film Society will screen Topper Returns on Tuesday, May 15, at 7 p.m. at The Grail Moviehouse, hosted by Xpress movie critic Scott Douglas. MOUNTAINX.COM

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FREEWILL ASTROLOGY ARIES (March 21-April 19): The Torah is a primary sacred text of the Jewish religion. It consists of exactly 304,805 letters. When specially trained scribes make handwritten copies for ritual purposes, they must not make a single error in their transcription. The work may take as long as 18 months. Your attention to detail in the coming weeks doesn’t have to be quite so painstaking, Aries, but I hope you’ll make a strenuous effort to be as diligent as you can possibly be. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Born under the sign of Taurus, Edmund Wilson was a renowned 20th-century author and critic who wrote more than 30 books. He also served as editor for Vanity Fair and The New Republic, and influenced the work of at least seven major American novelists. When he was growing up, he spent most of his free time reading books: 16 hours a day during summer vacations. His parents, worried about his obsessive passion, bought him a baseball uniform, hoping to encourage him to diversify his interests. His response was to wear the uniform while reading books 16 hours a day. I trust you will be equally dedicated to your own holy cause or noble pursuit in the coming weeks, Taurus. You have cosmic clearance to be single-minded about doing what you love. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): It’s possible you could pass for normal in the next three weeks; you might be able to fool a lot of people into thinking you’re an average, ordinary contributor to the dull routine. But it will be far healthier for your relationship with yourself if you don’t do such a thing. It will also be a gift to your less daring associates, who in my opinion would benefit from having to engage with your creative agitation and fertile chaos. So my advice is to reveal yourself as an imperfect work-inprogress who’s experimenting with novel approaches to the game of life. Recognize your rough and raw features as potential building blocks for future achievements. CANCER (June 21-July 22): “Paradise is scattered over the whole earth,” wrote the scientific poet Novalis, “and that is why it has become so unrecognizable.” Luckily for you, Cancerian, quite a few fragments of paradise are gathering in your vicinity. It’ll be like a big happy reunion of tiny miracles all coalescing to create a substantial dose of sublimity. Will you be ready to deal with this much radiance? Will you be receptive to so much relaxing freedom? I hope and pray you won’t make a cowardly retreat into the trendy cynicism that so many people mistake for intelligence. (Because in that case, paradise might remain invisible.) Here’s my judicious advice: Be insistent on pleasure! Be voracious for joy! Be focused on the quest for beautiful truths! LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): These days, your friends and allies and loved ones want even more from you than they usually do. They crave more of your attention, more of your approval, more of your feedback. And that’s not all. Your friends and allies and loved ones also hope you will give more love to yourself. They will be excited and they will feel blessed if you express an even bigger, brighter version of your big, bright soul. They will draw inspiration from your efforts to push harder and stronger to fulfill your purpose here on Planet Earth. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): One of the advantages you get from reading my horoscopes is that I offer confidential information about the gods’ caprices and leanings. For example, I can tell you that Saturn — also known as Father Time — is now willing to allot you a more luxurious relationship with time than usual, on one condition: that you don’t squander the gift on trivial pursuits. So I encourage you to be discerning and disciplined about nourishing your soul’s craving for interesting freedom. If you demonstrate to Saturn how constructively you can use his blessing, he’ll be inclined to provide more dispensations in the future.


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LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Vincent van Gogh’s painting “The Starry Night” hangs on a wall in New York’s Museum of Modern Art. He created it in 1889 while living in a French asylum. Around that same time, 129 years ago, a sheepherder in Wyoming created a sourdough starter that is still fresh today. A cook named Lucille Clarke Dumbrill regularly pulls this frothy mass of yeast out of her refrigerator and uses it to make pancakes. In the coming weeks, Libra, I’d love to see you be equally resourceful in drawing on an old resource. The past will have offerings that could benefit your future. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Love everyone twice as much and twice as purely as you ever have before. Your mental health requires it! Your future dreams demand it! And please especially intensify your love for people you allegedly already love but sometimes don’t treat as well as you could because you take them for granted. Keep this Bible verse in mind, as well: “Don’t neglect to show kindness to strangers; for, in this way, some, without knowing it, have had angels as their guests.” SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): After meditating on your astrological aspects for an hour, I dozed off. As I napped, I had a dream in which an androgynous angel came to me and said, “Please inform your Sagittarius readers that they should be callipygian in the next two weeks.” Taken back, my dreaming self said to the angel, “You mean ’callipygian’ as in ’having beautiful buttocks’?” “Yes, sir,” the angel replied. “Bootylicious. Bumtastic. Rumpalicious.” I was puzzled. “You mean like in a metaphorical way?” I asked. “You mean Sagittarians should somehow cultivate the symbolic equivalent of having beautiful buttocks?” “Yes,” the angel said. “Sagittarians should be elegantly well-grounded. Flaunt their exquisite foundation. Get to the bottom of things with flair. Be sexy badasses as they focus on the basics.” “OK!” I said. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Now is a favorable time to discuss in elegant detail the semi-secret things that are rarely or never talked about. It’s also a perfect moment to bring deep feelings and brave tenderness into situations that have been suffering from half-truths and pretense. Be aggressively sensitive, my dear Capricorn. Take a bold stand in behalf of compassionate candor. And as you go about these holy tasks, be entertaining as well as profound. The cosmos has authorized you to be a winsome agent of change. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): In his 1931 painting “The Persistence of Memory,” Salvador Dali shows three clocks that seem to be partially liquefied, as if in the process of melting. His biographer Meredith Etherington-Smith speculated that he was inspired to create this surrealistic scene when he saw a slab of warm Camembert cheese melting on a dinner table. I foresee the possibility of a comparable development in your life, Aquarius. Be alert for creative inspiration that strikes you in the midst of seemingly mundane circumstances. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): “My whole life is messed up with people falling in love with me,” said Piscean poet Edna St. Vincent Millay. She spoke the truth. She inspired a lot of adoration, and it stirred up more chaos than she was capable of managing. Luckily, you will have fewer problems with the attention coming your way, Pisces. I bet you’ll be skilled at gathering the benefits and you’ll be unflummoxed by the pitfalls. But you’ll still have to work hard at these tasks. Here’s some help. Tip #1: Stay in close touch with how you really feel about the people who express their interest in you. Tip #2: Don’t accept gifts with strings attached. Tip #3: Just because you’re honored or flattered that someone finds you attractive doesn’t mean you should unquestioningly blend your energies with them.




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