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Fee hike makes downtown less welcoming for locals Locals not welcome downtown. This is the (unintended?) message City Council sent to the community on [April 24]. Locals are still allowed to drive through and take out, but if you want to relax over coffee, meet a friend for lunch, take your toddler to Splashville, dance to music at our “free” street festivals or get your hair cut, it’s going to cost you. [See April 27 post “City Council Approves Parking Changes in Budget Work Session” on]. For decades, locals have relied on the first-hour-free policy in city garages to make it a little more affordable to spend time in our own downtown. We could run a quick errand and park for free, or pay $1.25 to enjoy two hours exploring amenities that make Asheville such a popular tourist destination. For those of us with more modest incomes, Council’s new plan continues the first hour free to maximize revenues from us, but the second hour is now $2.50 to keep us from cluttering up downtown. We didn’t get here by accident. By keeping the parking supply low, Council and staff have been able to jack up rates and make it harder to park, so many locals no longer try to come downtown. This reserves the heart of our city for tourists and locals able to pay. Downtown businesses catering to locals will struggle even more, we will see more touristcentered businesses open in their stead, and Council and staff will wonder why.

Monthly parking rates are also going up, and the additional stress on lower-wage downtown employees is disregarded — again. Long-promised satellite lots are nowhere to be seen. Council needs to quit blaming tourists and take care of locals — and local businesses. Here’s hoping Parking Services makes changes to its system to allow for quick and easy exits from the garages. Getting stuck in garage traffic could now cost you $2.50. — Monica Teutsch Asheville

Finding a way to health requires careful thought In reference to the Mountain Xpress March 7 letter to the editor from Arida Emrys, “Experience Yields Insights into Elder Care System,” and the [March 7] article in the Wellness section, “Vegan Stronghold: How Healthy Is a Plantbased Diet?” — Arida addresses the quality, or lack of, in today’s health care for elders. I agree with that, and, in my experience, what this must include is, first and foremost, establishing a sensitive, listening relationship and then considering together what their body needs to regain health and well-being. Food as medicine is a primary consideration. Environment that is supportive of healing, beauty, cleanliness, nature and the social-emotional milieu. This is the type of caring that makes a difference in achieving a quality life/death or not.

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The article in the Wellness section addresses food and diet, a major factor in living a quality life and carrying that into the dying process. What I have realized in living-in with people in the dying process, one-on-one, 24/7, is that no one knows what is best for another, that it is up to us as individuals to discover on our own. It is my belief that health care practitioners themselves need to be in the process of discovering or knowing what food, what diet, what lifestyle supports their individual mental, physical and spiritual well-being. Then we are in a position to support others to find their unique way to health. — David Krest Lake Lure

On movies, Spillcorn and Trump I’m still disappointed at the decision to carry only one or two movie reviews per week in the print issue. This section has long been my main reason to pick up a copy of the Xpress. Call me set in my ways, but I don’t see myself going online to read film reviews. I don’t see the logic in giving plenty of space to “Starting Friday” and “Special Screenings” at the expense of current reviews. Very good column by Milton Ready [“Beyond Stereotypes: Portrait of the Rural Mountain Community of Spillcorn,” April 4, Xpress]. Lots of insight into helping us transplanted urbanites comprehend the ongoing support for our current president, whom many of us consider an amoral charlatan, even when they are voting against their own interests. — Bill Golden Asheville Editor’s response: We share your love for print! Regarding the smaller number of reviews we publish each week in print, that decision grew out of our mission to build community through reporting on local matters. Since our reviews are our least locally focused content — and print space is limited — we made the decision to devote our resources and space to content that better fulfills our mission.

Assault weapons stance violates oath of office I live in Buncombe County, and a serious matter regarding a local threat of domestic terrorism has come to my attention. The mayor of the city of Asheville, Esther Manheimer, along with the entire City Council, have unanimously voted to tell North Carolina state as well as federal officials to “ban ‘assault’ 6

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weapons.” Manheimer admitted her agenda is to go further, to ban all semiautomatic firearms []. Resulting from political deceit, it is somewhat difficult to understand the meaning of “assault weapon,” because both the mainstream media and politicians such as these often erroneously refer to semiautomatic firearms as “assault weapons” in attempts to control the narrative and scare an uninformed public. In this case, it has been admitted by Manheimer that her agenda is to prohibit all semiautomatic firearms, which is nearly every single firearm in existence, including revolvers. Such declarations made by these pubic officials constitute a violation of their sworn oath of office to protect and defend the U.S. Constitution from all foreign and domestic threats. In doing so, they have exemplified incompetence to hold office, not only for violating their oath of office, but also for treason against the American people for conveying threats of domestic terrorism. As a very concerned citizen of Buncombe County, I have made these actions known to the office of the North Carolina governor. Every Asheville City Council member has violated their oath of office to protect and defend the U.S. Constitution by calling for the North Carolina state legislature to ban semiautomatic firearms, and should be removed from office immediately and also be charged for treason for communicating threats, which would directly violate the individual and unalienable natural right to self-defense, which the U.S. Constitution is designed to legally protect. In liberty, — Bernard Baruch Carman Fletcher Editor’s note: Xpress contacted the mayor and City Council for their responses but did not receive any replies.

Trump, WNC politicians fail to consult veterans President Trump mentioned veterans when he campaigned here and announced that he was going to change the Department of Veterans Affairs and make it more responsive to our needs and be more effective in helping us with our medical issues in every speech he gave. Now, that he is elected president with the help of many veterans, it is becoming clear that he cannot even put someone in charge or nominate someone to head the VA to do what he promised us. There is no way anyone can say at this point that veterans, even those who

C A RT O O N B Y B R E NT B R O W N voted for him, can have any confidence that he can make his promises during the campaign a reality. There are two groups that President Trump and Western North Carolina politicians have completely ignored and have not consulted about who should head the VA in either the first VA pick, who was forced out by Trump himself, or the [next] nominee who lasted two days because it seems Trump and his staff did not vet him properly. Those two groups are veterans and veterans groups and I ask the president why no one seems to care about any input from us about who we think should head the VA? — John Penley Asheville Editor’s note: Penley reports that he is a former Navy air traffic controller who was arrested at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte in 2012. Penley says he was nonviolently protesting about the rise in veterans’ suicides and lack of treatment by the VA, adding that he was found not guilty at his trial.

Word choice insults ’real immigrants’ The recent story, “Commissioners Hear Plea from Immigrant Community,” [April 18 post on] con-

stantly using the term “immigrants” as a politically correct substitute for the legal and accurate term “illegal aliens” is an insult to real immigrants and the rich tradition of immigration in America. At more than 1 million each year, the USA takes in more legal immigrants than any other nation on the planet, a group that includes this proud American’s adopted sister and many close friends. Illegal aliens are people here in violation of our extremely liberal immigration laws that must be enforced if we are to honor the legal immigrants who join the American family lawfully. Illegally jumping over a rickety border fence or overstaying a visa does not make anyone an “immigrant” and it does not make them Americans. Border patrol agents and ICE agents risk and too often lose their lives in their noble work to protect us from the crime of illegal immigration. Reading that illegals have the temerity to insist that county commissioners do something to stop immigration enforcement should enrage anyone who believes in the rule of law. If writers and readers are anti-enforcement on immigration, they should have the courage to speak up on their real goals: open borders. For the mindless libs who will recoil at the thought of supporting law enforcement officers and who will howl the sureto-come cries of “racism,” we suggest a good first step is to at least enforce our

immigration and employment laws as effectively and as enthusiastically as does Mexico, where there is no confusion on the “illegal” part of illegal immigration or apology for enforcement. For those confused about the difference between immigrants and illegal aliens: Immigrants do not require amnesty. D.A. King Marietta, Ga. Editor’s note: King reports that he is president of the Georgia-based Dustin Inman Society. So far as Mountain Xpress’ word usage goes, we adhere to the guidance of the Associated Press in this and many other matters of word choice. The AP advises: “Except in direct quotes essential to the story, use illegal only to refer to an action, not a person: illegal immigration, but not illegal immigrant. Acceptable variations include living in or entering a country illegally or without legal permission. “Do not use the terms alien, an illegal, illegals or undocumented (except when quoting people or government documents that use these terms).” Beyond the specific terms used to characterize immigrant communities, Xpress in general does not use language that implies a civil or criminal violation of the law to describe individuals or groups who have not been convicted of such a violation. MOUNTAINX.COM

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Growing Asheville’s tourism industry

BY THOMAS CALDER Everyone stationed behind the two-way mirror was sick, remembers Stephanie Pace Brown, president and CEO of the Explore Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau. In January, she and her team journeyed to Washington, D.C., Cincinnati and Atlanta to gather specific insights on the traveling habits of millennials and baby boomers. Along with runny noses, the team was loaded with laptops and notepads to feverishly jot down any pertinent information provided by those on the other side of the glass. Participants in all six focus groups had been recruited to discuss leisure travel; they didn’t know that Asheville was the target. Accordingly, the conversations were initially more generic: What locations have you visited by car in the last year? Where are some places you’d like to visit in the coming year? What factors play into your decision-making? What inspires you to seek out a destination? Meanwhile, in between the sneezes and coughing fits, those huddled behind the mirror were busy scribbling notes. Next, the conversation turned to print advertisements. Asheville was in the mix, but so were other destinations: Charleston, S.C.; Key West, Fla.; and Salt Lake City. Participants scanned the sample ads presented, offering feedback and critiques. Later, they viewed commercials that prompted similar discussions. Eventually, the groups’ real intention was revealed, followed by further in-depth conversations about Asheville. Those January visits turned into February findings presented to the Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority’s board; Explore Asheville, a nonprofit corporation, was formed by the TDA to advance its goals. Some of the information presented triggered immediate action, such as replacing single-image, full-page ads with mixed-imagery layouts. The Authority also assessed other, more nuanced aspects, including specific distinctions among the three markets and two age groups, and filed away the conclusions as grist for future marketing decisions. These qualitative findings, paired with broader, quantitative surveys, support Explore Asheville’s ongoing 8

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CAPITOL CAMPAIGN: Explore Asheville’s recent marketing campaign in Washington, D.C., included bus wraps with the message, “Take me back to Asheville.” Photo courtesy of Explore Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau


quest to better understand its expanding roster of target markets. Because while Asheville’s total visitation numbers continue to rise, so do those of other destinations that are competing for the same tourist dollars. And with over 90 hotels in the county now and more on the way, the need to keep ramping up demand in the local tourism industry means there’s no rest for the weary — or for those fighting winter colds. THE HOLY GRAIL Since 1983, the local occupancy tax has funded the TDA’s marketing efforts. It began as a 2 percent charge tacked onto room sales at all lodging facilities; over time, the rate has gradually increased. In 2015, it jumped from 4 to 6 percent, with 1.5 percent dedicated to the agency’s Tourism Product Development Fund. Guests at hotels, bed-and-breakfasts, vacation rentals and, more recently, Airbnbs, all pay this tax. In the fiscal year ending last June 30, the tax brought in more than $20 million, and as of the first half of the current fiscal year, those revenues were up about 5 percent. “We are agnostic on lodging choice,” notes Brown. “But we have to be able to plan and do some revenue projections for our budget, to help understand the dynamics of what’s influencing rates.”

As hotels continue to sprout up downtown, the potential damage done by a room surplus — which could trigger lower average rates — also grows. A drop in Explore Asheville’s annual budget would hinder its ability to reach the very tourists needed to fill those rooms. So while the organization makes a point of not promoting individual lodgings, it clearly has a stake in keeping higherend rooms, in particular, occupied at competitive rates, and this is reflected in the type of clientele targeted by the marketing efforts. Explore Asheville’s 2017-18 sales and marketing plan cites “elite empty nesters” as the nonprofit’s primary demographic. The report describes this segment as “prosperous, established … couples living sophisticated lifestyles with a taste for the finer things in life.” Secondary targets include “power families,” “experiential millennials,” “bargain-seeking retirees,” engaged couples and meeting planners. Among the many advantages offered by elite empty nesters is the potential for longer, nonweekend stays, when hotel occupancy is typically lower. “The holy grail of targeted marketing is getting people who will travel midweek,” Brown explains. And a lot of those folks are baby boomers, notes Marla Tambellini, the organization’s deputy director and vice president of marketing. Research, she says, shows that “Boomers are traveling more right now,” and they “have much

more flexibility in their travel, much more discretionary income.” EXPERIENCE VS. STUFF Still, as the recent focus groups and secondary targets suggest, other segments also factor into Explore Asheville’s marketing approach. And while decades divide baby boomers and millennials, what those groups have in common is a desire for new experiences, notes marketing consultant Chris Cavanaugh, who founded the Ashevillebased Magellan Strategy Group. “Baby boomers generally have all the stuff they want,” he says. “They don’t need any more stuff; they want to travel. Millennials, generally, haven’t shown much interest in getting stuff, but they have certainly shown an interest in experiences and travel.” Therefore, says Tambellini, Asheville’s message “doesn’t change drastically” from group to group. Nuances may exist — beer, for example, might be more heavily featured in ads targeting a younger audience — but the core theme of discovery remains the same. What has changed and continues to evolve, however, is how that message is delivered. In Tambellini’s early years in marketing, she recalls, it was mostly 800-numbers and print ads. These days, the options seem limitless: television, radio, Hulu, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram. And while the internet

MEASURED MARKETING: Qualitative and quantitative research helps inform Explore Asheville’s marketing strategies. Staffers include, from left, Sarah Kilgore, director of advertising; Stephanie Pace Brown, president and CEO; Marla Tambellini, vice president of marketing and deputy director. Photo by Thomas Calder makes it easier to reach a broader audience, it also makes those folks aware of a lot more other potential destinations. “One of the challenges we have as marketers is ensuring that we understand how our different channels sync up and which channels are supporting other channels,” notes Tambellini. “For example, you want to have your television out there, but then you have that layer of digital. And it’s those things that we’re constantly trying to improve and update, to ensure that we have the best marketing mix that is not only effective but efficient.” CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE In 2016, Explore Asheville hired Longwoods International to compile a visitor profile. The firm, which has offices throughout the U.S. and in Toronto, bases its findings on annual surveys conducted nationwide. “Participants are telling us about their travels — everything from the tools they used to plan their trips to the experiences they engaged in during their travels,” company President Amir Eylon explains. This data, he continues, “is overlaid with all the psychographic and demographic information.” From the size of the party to the type of getaway, Longwoods gave Explore Asheville specific breakdowns on who was visiting the city, why and for how long. One key finding was that most visitors to Asheville were daytrippers: Only 34 percent stayed overnight, and 58 percent of those who did said they’d been influenced by marketing efforts. Overall, the top five activities cited by those overnight visitors were shopping, visiting a landmark or historic site, eating out at fine dining establishments, visiting national or state parks and hiking or backpacking.

Not surprisingly, that information has made its way into Asheville’s marketing campaigns: Visitors holding shopping bags are shown strolling down Wall Street or cruising through a local market; time-lapse videos capture clouds rolling in over the mountains; shots of Biltmore Estate flash across the screen; backpackers wander among blooming rhododendrons; revelers patronize rooftop bars overlooking downtown. Since 2012, Jared Kay has been the eye behind the lens for many of those commercials. Kay, who founded the locally based videography and photography firm Amplified Media, says, “Asheville is funny, because I think Asheville is no longer just Asheville. Some cities, you fly in and you’re there. But when you arrive in Asheville you can kind of choose your own adventure.” That’s a key distinction for marketing the area, notes Brown. “We’re a countylevel organization: We’re promoting experiences throughout Buncombe.” Encouraging visitors to venture beyond downtown’s boundaries and the city limits, she says, may lay the groundwork for additional overnight stays and repeat visits — while helping dilute the impact of tourism and perhaps defusing some of locals’ complaints. MIXED BLESSING? Drive through Asheville with outof-state plates and you may catch a few nasty looks. Issues raised by residents in online comments and platforms include traffic congestion, overcrowding, environmental concerns, low-wage jobs associated with the hospitality industry and a lack of affordable housing attributed, in part, to visitorsturned-vacation-homebuyers.


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N EWS Yet “An Assessment of Impacts of Buncombe County Tourism,” a 2017 report by the Magellan Group, presents data showing consistent or even, in some cases, lower traffic volumes in 2016 compared with prior years. It also emphasizes the estimated $202.5 million in state and local taxes generated by the tourism industry in 2016, as well as the $1.7 billion in direct visitor expenditures in 2014 (with a projected jump to $2.1 billion by 2020).

In addition, says Cavanaugh, his company’s report underscores one of the less recognized aspects of the local tourism industry: “the number of small businesses in this town that are supported by it.” The assessment notes that 90 percent of Explore Asheville’s tourism partners are small, independent and locally owned. Nonetheless, local hostility toward the industry is palpable. On a recent downtown shoot, Kay spent part of the day filming foot traffic on Wall Street.

“I was going past Laughing Seed, and there were people sitting out front and it was a beautiful day,” he remembers. But once Kay took the footage back to his River Arts District studio, video editor Emily Lynes Green pointed out a glaring oversight on Kay’s part. “There was a guy literally covering his face with his hand and middle finger,” he recalls with a laugh. “We probably would have used it if Emily hadn’t noticed. Could you imagine? An ad with some random guy giving you the bird?”

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PRESERVING CORE VALUES Explore Asheville’s 2017-18 sales and marketing plan sets some ambitious targets: 4.7 million visits to, 3 billion “earned media impressions” (unpaid coverage resulting from public relations outreach efforts) and over 750,000 views of the organization’s videos. Other goals include turning more daytrips into overnight visits and encouraging tourists to visit year-round. “We now have a much bigger, broader brand awareness for visiting Asheville,” says Brown. This is evident in the presentation slides from the TDA’s 2017 annual meeting in September. A map of the Southeast highlighted the city’s expanding reach. Greensboro, Raleigh, Charlotte and Atlanta have long been Asheville’s core markets, but there are now 15, including locations in Florida, South Carolina and Tennessee, plus Cincinnati and Washington, D.C. “Every place is growing or declining,” says Brown. “I just don’t think places really tread water. … What’s important to Asheville’s growth is that we grow smartly and authentically and that growth, as much as possible, doesn’t change the characteristics that the community values.” THE FUTURE IS NOW

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HGTV, The Weather Channel and Travel Channel are the most recent additions to Explore Asheville’s media arsenal; television ads will air on these outlets throughout the spring. “That will give us a national reach in a consolidated time period,” says Tambellini. “It’s like leapfrog,” adds Brown. “You leap over one barrier and then you go on to the next one.” Meanwhile, however, the same thing is happening across the state, region, country and world. “When you’re in a very highly competitive marketing place, and as more and more destinations are investing in telling their story, you have to be consistent,” says Eylon. “It’s about frequency and reach.” But in order to remain competitive and sustain growth, Cavanaugh maintains, tourism marketing must also keep an eye on the future. “A lot of what I have done, not only for Asheville but for other destinations as well, is to look at what’s next,” he reveals. “As Wayne Gretzky once said, ‘Skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it is now.’”  X

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Historian Karen Cox confronts Confederate monuments When it comes to the discussion about Confederate monuments, historian and UNC Charlotte professor Karen Cox does not mince words: “Monuments are never about who they say they’re about; they’re always about the generation who put them there.” On Saturday, May 19, Cox will address this issue and other key aspects of the region’s history in her presentation, “Confederate Monuments in the Jim Crow South.” The gathering takes place in the Lord Auditorium at Pack Memorial Library. The event is part of the library’s ongoing effort to foster an open dialogue about the divisive topic, says Zoe Rhine, the forum’s co-organizer and North Carolina Room staff member. She notes that Cox’s talk will be the second program addressing the matter this year. The first took place in February, led by UNC Chapel Hill department chair Fitzhugh Brundage (see “Pack Memorial Library hosts forum on Confederate monuments,” Feb. 1, Xpress). “As always, our goal is to provide information and to add to the overall picture of our community’s history,” says Rhine. Jon Elliston, co-chair of the board of the Friends of the North Carolina Room at Pack Library, will introduce Cox at the event. Like Rhine, he views the upcoming talk as addressing an important local and national issue. “Our community, like many throughout the South and the nation, has been wracked with questions about how to deal with its monuments to the Confederacy,” he says. “As a center of local history, we took this topic on as one that resonates with our visitors and neighbors, hoping to add some insight to the discussion.” THE LOST CAUSE Cox is the author of three books, including her 2003 award-winning work, Dixie’s Daughters: The United Daughters of the Confederacy and the Preservation of Confederate Culture. Founded in Nashville, Tenn. on Sept. 10, 1894, the United Daughters of the Confederacy established a broad agenda intent on commemorating and vindicating the South. The organization, Cox declares, was pivotal in changing the Confederate narrative from one

overwhelming majority of these victims — 2,522 — were African-American (see “Asheville Archives: ‘A Growing Evil,’” May 15, Xpress). Memorials and murders are often considered separate matters, says Cox. But the two coexisted and are emblematic of the same time period. “That’s why I’ve worked really hard in my more recent talk to make the connection very clear,” she explains.




HISTORY IN THE MAKING: Historian Karen Cox will discuss the history of Confederate monuments at Pack Library on Saturday, May 19. “Toward the end of the talk I’ll discuss what historians and others have offered as potential resolutions,” she says. Photo courtesy of Cox of defeat to one of creating a generation of Lost Cause heroes (see “Asheville Archives: Reimagining the South,” page 16, Xpress). Part of this was accomplished through Confederate monuments. Their prominent placements before courthouses and town squares, Cox argues, conveyed messages of dominance and white power. “Somehow, it’s all been sanitized,” she says. “People want to say the monuments are just about honoring men who fought and died.” If this were the case, Cox claims, then such dedications should never have gone beyond cemetery gates. “People do not want to see the connection between the Jim Crow period and these monuments,” Cox continues. But dates are significant, as are numbers: She notes that the rise in monuments parallels the rise in lynchings. Immediately after the war, between 1865 and 1890, fewer than 30 memorials were erected in the state of North Carolina. Between 1890 and 1930 that number skyrocketed to over 130. Around this same period, the South saw a spike in lynchings. According to the 1919 NAACP report, Thirty Years of Lynching in the United States, more than 3,000 people were hanged between 1889 and 1918. The

On April 6, 1897 the Asheville Daily Citizen reported that roughly “200 ladies of Asheville ... signed a call for the formation of a chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy[.]” The paper included excerpts from the organization’s constitution. Article II declared: “The objects of this association are educational, literary, social and benevolent; to collect and preserve the material for a truthful history of the war between the Confederate States and the United States of America[.]” The North Carolina Room at Pack Library contains a large number of special collections, including items from the local chapter of the UDC. Within the collection is a pamphlet titled “A Catechism for the Children of the Confederacy of the North Carolina Division United Daughters of the Confederacy.” The undated document is believed to have been published in the 1930s. A slim leaflet, it totals eight pages and is designed as a series of questions and answers related to the causes and outcomes of “the War between the States.” The pamphlet’s final two Q&As read as follows: “80.Ques. Were the sufferings of the South ended by the surrender? Ans. No; they suffered from poverty, negro rule, and military domination. 81.Ques. What organization was formed, to protect the whites from negro rule? Ans. The Ku-Klux Klan, organized by Gen. N.B. Forrest.” Examples such as this catechism point to the broader influence of the UDC. For Elliston, this is an important component of the ongoing conversation and a prominent point in Cox’s book, Dixie’s Daughters. “She gets to the root of it all,” he says. “Including how one of the


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N EWS UDC’s primary missions was indoctrinating the ‘living monuments’ — children who would carry on the message of the Lost Cause.” HUNGRY FOR HISTORY In addition to her books, Cox has written on the subject of Confederate monuments for a number of national media outlets, including CNN, The New York Times, The Washington Post and the Huffington Post. She considers these contributions an important aspect of the modern-day historian’s work. “The idea of the historian as a scholar-activist, you might say, is that we know the material better than anybody else,” she explains. “We can provide the context and understanding about topics. … It’s a way to offer a more informed narrative.” Cox adds that her intention is not to single out or slam an individual culture. “I don’t give Northerns a pass,” she states. “They were as racist as the next person. … They turned their back on the issue of race, in terms of the way the South was handling it.” When it comes to Confederate monuments, Cox believes all sides need to come to the table. She insists the country “has a moral responsibility to discuss it.” The issue, she emphasizes, is not about whether these monuments ought to be destroyed; the issue is whether they should be removed from prominent public locations. “These are spaces shared by everybody in the community,” she declares. “It’s offensive to some people.” But in order to have a constructive conversation, Cox continues, community members must know their history. Too often, she states, the least-informed individuals are the loudest ones leading the debate. Fortunately, Cox says, people seem hungrier than ever to look into the country’s past. “There are a lot of people open to learning,” she says. “They don’t know the history, but they’re willing to hear it.”  X

A BROADER INFLUENCE: The United Daughters of the Confederacy did more than raise funds for monuments. The organization sought to influence the type of material and information children read about the country’s past. Photo courtesy of the North Carolina Collection, Pack Memorial Public Library, Asheville

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WINNERS CIRCLE: The winners of local races in the May 8 primary include, top row from left, Todd Williams, Quentin Miller, Amanda Edwards and Donna Ensley; bottom row from left, Amy Evans, Patrick McHenry, Phillip Price and Mark Meadows. Photos contributed by candidates’ campaigns With May 8’s primary election in the rearview mirror, the winners are fueling up for the road to the Nov. 6 general election. Buncombe County voters cast 30,119 votes, about 2,500 more than in the last nonpresidential primary in 2014. But when the increase in registered voters from then to now — 7,173 — is factored in, voter participation increased less than a full percentage point, from 15.01 to 15.75 percent. Those figures reflect unofficial primary results from the state Board of Elections. BUNCOMBE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY (DEM) Todd Williams Ben Scales



12,956 53.26 11,369 46.74

Incumbent Todd Williams managed to fend off a full-court press offensive from well-supported challenger Ben Scales. While Williams received nearly 60 percent of the early votes cast in the county, as precincts reported on primary-day results, his lead shrank to just 5.5 percentage points. In the 2014 election, after Williams unseated incumbent Ron Moore, Scales ran as an independent. Such a challenge could take place again, but with no Republican running, for now

at least, it appears Williams will get a second term. “I ask all who have voted for reform, whether by voting for me or voting for my opponent, to join together now to continue to expand the equity and fairness of our local justice system,” wrote Williams in a statement sent to supporters on the evening of May 8. BUNCOMBE COUNTY SHERIFF (DEM) Quentin Miller Randy Smart R. Daryl Fisher Chris Winslow Rondell Lance



13,168 53.93 5,828 23.87 3,335 13.66 1,305 5.34 780 3.19

Change candidate Quentin Miller, an Asheville Police Department sergeant, came out with a majority result in a five-way race for the Democratic nomination, claiming nearly 54 percent of the vote. In his primary campaign, Miller stated a desire to change the mindset of deputies “from that of warriors to that of guardians; from that of being intimidators to that of being protectors.” Looking to the general election, Miller anticipates that he will continue


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Ellen Frost currently holds the District 2 seat contested by the Democratic candidates but she is not seeking re-election. In her successful primary campaign, Amanda Edwards focused on education, the environment and restoring public trust in county government following allegations of fraud against former County Manager Wanda Greene. Edwards says she wants to find ways to increase the teacher salary supplement for K-12 teachers in Buncombe



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Donna Ensley, who will be running against incumbent Republican Robert Pressley for his District 3 seat in the fall, enjoyed a decisive primary victory, lapping up 61 percent of the vote to handily win the Democratic nomination. Ensley hadn’t responded to a request for an interview by press time. N.C. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES DISTRICT 115 (REP) Amy Evans Nathan West

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Amy Evans only narrowly eked out a victory, despite Nathan West’s announcement that he had ceased campaigning and was throwing his support behind his opponent. Evans will take on Democratic incumbent John Ager for the seat. U. S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES DISTRICT 10 (REP) Patrick McHenry Gina Collias Ira Roberts Jeff Gregory Seth Blankenship Albert Lee Wiley, Jr.



34,061 70.73 6,645 13.8 1,689 3.51 3,714 7.71 1,430 2.97 615 1.28

Seven-term House Rep. Patrick McHenry easily brushed aside five Republican challengers. McHenry racked up about 61 percent of the vote in Buncombe County with a total of 1,534 ballots cast in his favor. Gina Collias, who ran a campaign to the left of McHenry, was the second-place finisher, with 20 percent of the vote.

For the entire district, McHenry’s margin of victory was even larger, capturing over 70 percent of the vote. In addition to a portion of Buncombe County, the 10th Congressional District includes Polk, Rutherford, Cleveland, Gaston, Lincoln and Catawba counties. U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES DISTRICT 11 (DEM) Phillip G. Price Steve Woodsmall D. Scott Donaldson



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In the portions of Buncombe County that fall into the 11th Congressional District, the Democratic race to face Republican incumbent Mark Meadows in November was close. Locally, Phillip Price’s vote count bested that of Steve Woodsmall by only 32 votes. But across the entire district, which includes 17 western North Carolina counties in addition to parts of Buncombe, Price’s victory was more conclusive. “Thank you … to my primary opponents, Scott Donaldson and Steve Woodsmall, for running great campaigns that energized voters and brought them to the polls,” Price said in a statement released May 8. “I hope the candidates and voters will now turn their attention to the real target in this race and join forces to defeat Mark Meadows in November.” U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES DISTRICT 11 (REP) Mark Meadows Chuck Archerd



35,438 86.35 5,600 13.65

Two-term incumbent Rep. Mark Meadows of district 11 defeated his challenger, Chuck Archerd of Buncombe County. With neither candidate showing much sign of running an earnest primary campaign, Meadows took a little over 86 percent of the vote. In addition to Price, Meadows will also face Libertarian candidate Clifton B. Ingram in the fall. In a Congressional race that was also of interest to Asheville voters, City Council member Keith Young came up short in his out-of-district attempt at national office. He ran in Charlotte’s district 12 Democratic primary and garnered less than 6 percent of the vote. Incumbent Alma Adams won the race. — David Floyd, Able Allen and Virginia Daffron  X


FIRED UP: Representatives from county fire departments prepare to deliver their funding requests to the Board of Commissioners during a budget work session on May 8. Photo by David Floyd

Chiefs ask commissioners for fire tax increase At one time, Swannanoa Fire & Rescue was considered a minorleague farm team for the Asheville Fire Department, says Swannanoa Fire Chief Anthony Penland. “Because it seemed like I would train all of these guys, like they do in the minor leagues, and then they would go on to the professional ranks there at the city,” Penland told the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners during a budget work session on May 8. “Being able to retain our firefighters because we offer a competitive wage, that’s something we have to do.” Since he became fire chief in 2001, Penland says he has lost more than 25 firefighters to other jobs because he can’t offer a compensation package in line with other North Carolina departments. Commissioners learned during a workshop in January that, based on the outcomes of a pay study conducted by the N.C. Association of Fire Chiefs, fire departments in Buncombe County pay, on average, $2,452 to $51,071 below the pay scale of fire departments in the state. Penland and chiefs from 11 other fire departments discussed financial concerns with commissioners as the board plans the county’s fiscal year 2019 budget. The chiefs hoped to wrangle increases in fire tax rates for their districts from the process. Several chiefs were also hoping to snag funding for equipment upgrades, infrastructure and new staff positions.

The requests range from 0.8 cents to 6.5 cents and, if approved without change, they would equate to about $2.7 million in extra money for fire service in the county. Last year, the county’s fire district operating budget was $28 million. The FY 2019 requests are: • Barnardsville: $0.16/$100 to $0.20/$100 • Broad River: $0.14/$100 to $0.16/$100 • East Buncombe: $.099/$100 to $0.12/$100 • Fairview: $0.105/$100 to $0.17/$100 • French Broad: $0.14/$100 to $0.165/$100 • North Buncombe: $0.112/$100 to $0.12/$100 • Reynolds: $0.113/$100 to $0.123/$100 • Riceville: $0.11/$100 to $0.128/$100 • Skyland: $0.091/$100 to $0.101/$100 • Swannanoa: $0.129/$100 to $0.14/$100 • Upper Hominy: $0.125/$100 to $0.145/$100 • West Buncombe: $0.12/$100 to $0.135/$100 You can read more about the requests at The county will hold a public hearing on its fiscal year 2019 budget on Tuesday, June 5, and commissioners will render their final decision on Tuesday, June 19. — David Floyd  X

Even as the percentage of shelter animals adopted into new homes continues to increase, extremely fearful dogs remain difficult or impossible to successfully rehome. To help these dogs, many of which have experienced cruelty or neglect, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals opened a first-of-its-kind permanent behavioral rehabilitation center in Weaverville on May 10. The 28,000-square-foot facility is located on 13 acres and has the capacity to rehabilitate 65 dogs at a time. According to an ASPCA press release, the dogs will be treated daily by a team of animal behavior experts implementing scientifically sound techniques to reduce their fear of people and acclimate them to real-life situations that can induce trauma and severe stress. In addition to rehabilitating severely fearful dogs, the ASPCA will be launching a researchbased training program, called the Learning Lab, at the center for shelters around the country. The facility includes a dormitory and space for shelter professionals to visit and learn from the center’s team. For more information on the ASPCA Behavioral Rehabilitation Center, please visit RESIDENTS ASKED FOR INPUT ON SOUTH ASHEVILLE PARK CHANGES Jake Rusher Park is the city of Asheville’s only public park south of Interstate 40. In its current state, the facility doesn’t stand up to comparison with other city parks. A new design scheme adds amenities including restrooms, new parking and picnic areas with grills. For kids, the plans include playground

LEARNING TO TRUST: Flora, center, and Anderson, right, are two of the canine residents at the new ASPCA Behavioral Rehabilitation Center in Weaverville. ASPCA President and CEO Matt Bershadker, left, and ASPCA staffers Pia Silvani and Tim Molina interact with the dogs. Photo courtesy of ASPCA improvements and a new splashpad, while residents of all ages may enjoy proposed basketball, pickleball and tennis courts. To be sure the design fulfills community needs and wants, the city will host two meetings to collect feedback on the proposed plan: • Saturday, May 19, 2-4 p.m. in Jake Rusher Park, 132 Peachtree St., Arden • Thursday, May 24, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Skyland Library, 260 Overlook Road, Asheville Input from the sessions will help guide the final design, with bond-funded construction anticipated to wrap up in fall 2019. For more information, see A WORLD APART IN SWANNANOA A 526-acre tract abutting the Chemtronics Superfund site will remain a world apart, sealed off from the public but permanently protected for the benefit of wildlife, scenic views and buffering other protected lands. The Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy will serve as steward for the Swannanoa property, which was separated from a larger tract owned by Chemtronics; the remaining 535 Chemtronicsowned acres are classified as a Superfund site due to MOUNTAINX.COM

industrial contamination. According to a press release from SAHC, “Extensive site analyses indicate the land within the conservation easement boundary is not contaminated.” The forested, steep slopes of the property rise to elevations over 3,580 feet. The tract adjoins a large block of contiguous, protected land in the Black Mountains that includes the Asheville watershed, Pisgah National Forest, Mount Mitchell State Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway, which is located less than a mile away. The Audubon Society’s Black and Great Craggy Mountains Important Bird Area covers a portion of the property. SAHC stewardship staff will monitor the conservation easement area annually, and the property will be managed for forest health, according to a forest management plan. “This land has been a longtime priority for conservation for nearly 20 years, and I’m thrilled to see this project finally come to fruition,” says Michelle Pugliese, SAHC’s land protection director.  X MAY 16 - 22, 2018




by Thomas Calder |

Reimagining the South

The Lost Cause narrative

“It is the bounden duty of the southerner, the profound obligation imposed upon the Daughters of the Confederacy, as an organization, to employ every honorable means within their power to see that the text books of history used in our public schools shall be those giving the facts and truths about the cause and the war of ‘61-’65.” Five years later, author Daniel Harvey Hill would publish his 1916 textbook, Young People’s History of North Carolina. In addressing the question of slavery and its role leading up to in the Civil War, Hill wrote:

MAKING HISTORY: At the October 1893 Western North Carolina Confederate Veterans’ Association reunion, Col. J.M. Ray, featured front and center, addressed a crowd of Confederate veterans. He characterized the South’s efforts not as a lost cause, but as a gallant and stubborn fight. Photo courtesy of the North Carolina Collection, Pack Memorial Public Library, Asheville This week’s column is an accompaniment to the preview article on historian Karen Cox’s upcoming Pack Memorial Library presentation, “Confederate Monuments in the Jim Crow South” (see “Dixie’s Daughters: Historian Karen Cox confronts Confederate monuments,” page 11, Xpress). Among her many talking points, Cox will address the South’s “Lost Cause” narrative, which took shape in the aftermath of the Civil War. From textbooks to newspapers, from monuments to public orations, the Lost Cause mythology sought to present the Confederates’ wartime efforts not as one of defeat, but of heroism in the face of great odds. The campaign also aimed to reimagine slavery as both a benign and beneficial institution. On Oct. 10, 1893, a crowd of veterans boarded the westbound train, leaving Asheville for Waynesville to attend the annual reunion and encampment of the Western North Carolina Confederate Veterans’ Association. The Asheville Weekly Citizen recapped the gathering in its Oct. 19, 1893, edition. Among the highlights, the newspaper included a talk given by Col. James Mitchell Ray of the 60th N.C. Regiment, who proclaimed: “’Tis said ours was a lost cause. Again saw we, Nay! The effort to establish slavery was lost, the lives of thousands of true and gallant braves lost, but the greatest of all for which we so ably fought, the rights of a minority as against the usurpations of a grasping, tyrannical majority, was not lost … The gallant and stubborn fight we made will serve as a salutary warning to usurpers for all time to come.”


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Similar sentiment would echo for decades to come. In addition to highlighting wartime valor against an imposing federal government, the Lost Cause narrative often portrayed slavery as a system advantageous to the slave. On Sept. 18, 1896, The Asheville Daily Citizen reported on a meeting held by the Association of Southern Hospitals for the Insane. It took place inside the Battery Park Hotel. The article read: “One especially interesting feature was the discussion of the question ‘Has Emancipation Been Prejudicial to the Mental and Physical Health of the Negro?’” According to the paper, findings presented at the meeting suggested freedom had in fact had an adverse effect on African-Americans, especially former male slaves. The article went on to include the opinions of several doctors present at the event. One suggested that before emancipation, the slave “had as a rule been well treated. His master compelled him to remain in at night, he did not frequent the saloon, and at night he was well housed.” Another claimed that “during the period of servitude the negro was really more profitted than the slave owners.” The Lost Cause narrative would spread beyond the perimeters of the South. On June 3, 1901, The Asheville Daily Citizen included the transcription of a speech delivered by former Confederate Capt. Richmond Pearson Hobson of Alabama. The oration took place in Detroit at a ceremony honoring deceased federal soldiers. (“Another sign of the changes time has wrought,” the paper declared.) Within his speech, Hobson proclaimed:

“I believe that slavery as it had existed from the foundation of our nation was a part of divine providence to redeem a portion of the benighted races of Africa. How else would natives have ever been brought over? How else even if such a thing as voluntary immigration could have taken place, could the unhappy emigrants have taken care of themselves when found adrift in a new continent? How could they in such a condition have been brought under the uplifting influences of a higher civilization? There is no answer except that slavery was for these reasons necessary. And, my friends, believe me, for I have seen the old darkeys and have listened to their accounts of the times before war, that on the whole the condition of slavery with the highly cultured people of the south was indeed a beneficial one. Thus instead of the fact of slavery being a blot I consider it in all its elements a credit to the south.” Exactly 10 years later, on June 3, 1911, The Asheville Gazette-News reported the local Memorial Day speech delivered by a Rev. Saumenig. The article’s headline read, “Defeat of South not a Lost Cause.” Early on in his talk, Saumenig bemoaned his own absence from battle, stating: “It was my misfortune not to have been born in time to share the privations of those of my friends and brethren who manfully, honestly and bravely and with righteous, holy and well defined purpose fought under the flag of the Confederacy.” Near the end of his speech, Saumenig addressed the duty of all Southerners moving forward:

“The Abolition party of the North was growing stronger each year, and was by its pushing zeal keeping the nation stirred to its depths. Already many Southerners, feeling that the Constitution was being violated, were declaring the need of withdrawal from the Union.” Later in the textbook, Hill claimed relations between former slaves and ex-Confederates would have remained peaceful had it not been for the introduction of federal agencies in the South during Reconstruction. He wrote: “If they and their former owners had been left alone in the State, each race would soon have been helpful to the other.” Decades later, in the 1942 textbook, The Story of Our State: North Carolina, author W.C. Allen posed the following question to the book’s young readers: “Was slavery good or bad?” Allen answered: “Sometimes masters were cruel and treated their slaves brutally, but that was unusual. … It was greatly to the interest of slave owners to take good care of their slaves so that they would bring a good price when sold. Besides, the majority of slave owners in the South were good men and treated their slaves kindly, almost like members of their own families. Some time you will read ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin,’ a novel by Harriet Beecher Stowe, about slavery times, and you may get a different idea about how slave owners in the South treated their slaves. Harriet Beecher Stowe lived in the North and got the idea that our forefathers were cruel to their slaves. But the people who lived among us know that masters, with very few exceptions, were kind to their slaves.” Peculiarities of spelling and punctuation as well as antiquated and offensive language are preserved from the original documents.  X


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828761-200-1315, • FR (5/18), 5-9pm - Dog adoption event. Free to attend. Held at Oskar Blues Brewery, 342 Mountain Industrial Drive, Brevard • SA (5/19) & SU (5/20), 11am-3pm - Animal adoption event. Free to attend. Held at PetSmart Asheville, 150 Bleachery Blvd. • SA (5/19), 1:30-7pm Proceeds from the fifth annual Barn Tour Day, event featuring a guided bus tour of historic barns followed by a party, food and a performance by the Bailey Mountain Cloggers, benefit the Appalachian Barn Alliance. Registration required: or 828 380-9146. $45.

FIRESTORM BOOKS & COFFEE 610 Haywood Road, 828255-8115, • 3rd FRIDAYS, 6-7:30pm - Animal Rights Reading Group. Free to attend. MALAPROP'S BOOKSTORE AND CAFE 55 Haywood St., 828-254-6734, • SA (5/19), 6pm - Tammy Billups presents her book, Soul Healing with Our Animal Companions: The Hidden Keys to a Deeper Animal-Human Connection, with Brother Wolf Animal Rescue. Free to attend.

ASHEVILLE GREEN OPPORTUNITIES 828-398-4158, • TH (5/24) - Proceeds from Pints for Power, solar power learning event with Sugar Hollow Solar, benefit Asheville Green Opportunities. Bring your power bill. Free to attend. Held at The Wedge Studios, 129 Roberts St. CANONGATE CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL • SA (5/19), 6-10pm Proceeds from "Vintage Canonball" swing dance, reception and silent auction with live music from Drayton and

HISTORIC FESTIVITIES: Asheville’s longest-running free street fair, the Montford Music and Art Festival, celebrates 15 years of family fun Saturday, May 19, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., on Montford Avenue. David Holt headlines the day of continuous musical performances on a centrally located stage, and there will also be opportunities to stroll through numerous art and craft booths, including a selection of juried artists. For more information on the rain-or-shine event, visit Photo by All-Star Creative Media (p. 18) the Dreamboats benefit Canongate Catholic High School. $35/$60 per couple. Held at Calvary Episcopal Church, 2840 Hendersonville Road, Fletcher COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF WNC • TU (5/22) - Proceeds from the Power of the Purse luncheon featuring a keynote lecture by Maria Hinojosa benefit the Community Foundation of WNC. $75/$150 patron. Held at Crowne Plaza Expo Center, 1 Resort Drive HAYWOOD COUNTY ARTS COUNCIL 828-452-0593, • SA (5/19), 4:309:30pm - Proceeds from QuickDraw: Art in the

Making, live drawing event with 36-artists, dinner and live auction benefit the arts in Haywood County. Registration: $75. Held at Laurel Ridge Country Club, 49 Cupp Lane Waynesville

Charities. $65 15K/$50 5K. Held at The Biltmore Estate, 1 Lodge St. LAZOOM ROOM 76 Biltmore Ave., 828-7854238,

• SA (5/19), 8pm - Proceeds from this "girl power" music themed dance party with DJ Honey benefit the local South Atlantic Planned Parenthood Chapter. $15/$10 advance.

OPENDOORS OF ASHEVILLE 828-777-1135, • SA (5/19), 10am - Proceeds from "Bootcampers for Summercamp" outdoor, family-friendly, community fitness class benefit summer programming for local kids living in poverty. $20/$10 children. Held outdoors at The Asheville Market, 4 S. Tunnel Road

or walk event benefit Jackson County Parks & Recreation’s Outdoor programming. Registration online. $20/$18 advance. Held at Jackson County Greenway, 342 Old Cullowhee Road, Cullowhee

ST. JAMES EPISCOPAL CHURCH 766 N. Main St., Hendersonville, 828693-9351 • SU (5/20), 4pm Proceeds from this reception and concert with the A.C. Reynolds High School Madrigal Singers benefit the English as a Second Language program at Our Little Roses. $15.

A-B TECH SMALL BUSINESS CENTER 828-398-7950, • TH (5/17), 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 • SA (5/19), 9am-noon - “Marketing Your Business,” seminar. Registration required. Free. Held at A-B Tech Small Business Center,

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Power of the Purse WHAT: A luncheon and talk by Maria Hinojosa to benefit The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina’s Women’s Fund WHEN: Tuesday, May 22, noon-2 p.m. WHERE: Expo Center at Crowne Plaza Resort Asheville, 1 Resort Drive WHY: 2018 marks the 14th year that The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina’s Power of the Purse luncheon has been held. “When it was initiated, it was meant to highlight the power of women’s philanthropy,” says Lindsay Hearn, CFWNC communications director. “A key feature of the event is that our Women for Women Giving Circle announces their grants at this event. And so, I would say the majority of the audience is female, but it certainly attracts a broad spectrum of people.” The latest edition takes place Tuesday, May 22, in the Expo Center at Crowne Plaza Resort Asheville. The featured speaker will be journalist Maria Hinojosa, who’ll deliver a talk titled “My American Experience: Immigration, Disparity and Opportunity.” “It certainly seemed like her talk addressing issues of migration, immigration and changing demographics was timely and important for getting a community conversation going,” Hearn says. Proceeds from the event benefit an endowment CFWNC holds called the Women’s Fund. This year, $44,000 of spendable income from the Women’s Fund went toward the Giving Circle’s grant-making pool, which also receives funds from Giving Circle members’ annual fees. Always welcoming new members, the Giving Circle currently focuses on the facilitation of safe living environments for women and girls and is making numerous grants to support programs that address domestic violence, sexual violence and safety. “Something very exciting happening this year is that they have been working for the past four years to make a large grant designed to bring together the agencies in partnership around that issue,” Hearn says. “They are announcing one grant this year, but it’s a big grant. It’s $450,000 to a partnership of organizations. It’s their largest grant and it’s the Community Foundation’s largest competitive grant.” 2018 is also CFWNC’s 40th anniversary, and the organization is celebrating throughout the year. Hearn notes that when it was founded in 1978, gas was 63 cents a gallon and Saturday Night Fever and Close Encounters of the Third Kind 18

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TRANSYLVANIA COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY 828-884-5137,, • SA (5/19), noon-4pm "Historic House Ramble," tour of historic Brevard homes. $15. Tickets available at Silvermont, 364 E. Main St., Brevard beginning at 11am.

LITERACY COUNCIL OF BUNCOMBE COUNTY 31 College Place, Suite B-221 • FR (5/18), 8:30-9:30am - Coffee and tour to learn how literacy changes students' lives. Registration required: literacy-changing-livestour/. Free. OLD BUNCOMBE GENEALOGY SOCIETY 828-253-1894, • SA (5/19), 11am-3pm - Annual spring picnic. Meat, drinks, plates and utensils provided. Bring your favorite potluck dish and a lawn chair. Free. Held at Big Ivy Community Center, 540 Dillingham Road, Barnardsville

IMMIGRANT’S STORY: Journalist Maria Hinojosa will be the featured speaker for the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina’s Power of the Purse luncheon on May 22. Proceeds benefit CFWNC’s The Women’s Fund, which supports the unmet needs of women and girls throughout the region. Photo courtesy of the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina were playing at movie theaters. She adds that over that time, much like Asheville, CFWNC has changed a lot, growing from focusing on the greater Asheville area to, in 1982, expanding service to the 18-county region its serves today. In its first year, CFWNC had $310,000 in assets and awarded $10,600 of competitive grants. Today, its assets are $311 million, and it gives away about $18 million per year in partnership with its fundholders. The Power of the Purse luncheon takes place Tuesday, May 22, noon-2 p.m. at the Expo Center at Crowne Plaza Resort Asheville, 1 Resort Drive. $75.  X


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FESTIVALS HARMON FIELD MUSIC FESTIVAL • SA (5/19), noon-8pm - Outdoor music festival featuring five bands, classic car cruise-in and food vendors. $8. Held at Harmon Field, 430 Harmon Field Road, Tryon HOOK, LINE AND DRINKER FESTIVAL 76 Railroad Ave., Sylva • SA (5/19), 12:30-4:30pm - Outdoor event featuring fishing guides and fishing industry vendors, food and beer vendors, farmers market, children’s activities and live music. Sponsored by the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce. Free to attend. Held at Bridge Park, 76 Railroad Ave., Sylva

by Abigail Griffin MADISON MAYFEST • SA (5/19), 5:30-9:30pm - Proceeds from this fundraising festival with live music by the Resonant Rogues and Lillian Chase, silent auction and local food and drinkvendors, benefit the County Housing Coalition of Madison County. Register online. $50-$60. Held at Marshall High Studios, 115 Blanahassett Island, Marshall MONTFORD MUSIC AND ARTS FESTIVAL • SA (5/19), 10am-7pm - Outdoor street fair featuring continuous live music, art, craft and food vendors. Free to attend. Held at Montford Music and Arts Festival, 233 Montford Ave.

GOVERNMENT & POLITICS BUNCOMBE COUNTY DEMOCRATIC PARTY WOMEN'S CLUB 828-519-8656, buncombedemwomen@ • TH (5/17), 5:45pm "What's Going On," dinner meeting with leaders from the county presenting information about their groups and explaining how party members can connect and collaborate. $15/$12 for members. Held at Buncombe County Democratic Headquarters, 951 Old Fairview Road CITY OF ASHEVILLE 828-251-1122, • TU (5/22), 5pm Asheville City Council public hearing. Free. Held at Asheville City Hall, 70 Court Plaza

KIDS ASHEVILLE KID FAIR • SA (5/19), 1-6pm Asheville Kid Fair, familyfriendly event with knot tying, seed planting, tool skills, face paint, a bouncy house, slime making, OSEGA gymnastic bus and beer and food vendors. $5. Held at Thirsty Monk Warehouse, 92 Thompson St.

BUNCOMBE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARIES governing/depts/library • FR (5/18) - "Great Stuffed Animal Sleepover," event for kids to drop off and register their stuffed animal friend for a sleepover at the library. Stuffed animals can be pick them up after noon on Saturday, May 19. Each stuffed animal receives a certificate for their participation and a photo of the sleepover. One stuffed animal per person. Held at Oakley/ South Asheville Library, 749 Fairview Road • SA (5/19), 10am12:30pm & TU (5/22), 4-5:30pm - Read with Olivia the Therapy Dog. Registration required: 828-250-6482. Free. Held at Weaverville Public Library, 41 N. Main St., Weaverville • SU (5/20), 2pm - "Tall Tales, Short Tales, even No Tales (well, no tails)," storytelling with Pat and Becky Stone. Free. Held at Fairview Library, 1 Taylor Road, Fairview • MO (5/21), 4-5pm - Lego club for ages 5 and up. Free. Held at Weaverville Public Library, 41 N. Main St., Weaverville • 4th TUESDAYS, 1pm - Homeschoolers' book club. Held at North Asheville Library, 1030 Merrimon Ave. • WE (5/23), 4pm "Exploring Reptiles and Amphibians," activities for kids ages 5-13 with the NC Arboretum. Free. Held at Weaverville Public Library, 41 N. Main St., Weaverville • WE (5/23), 4pm"Herpetology for EcoExplorers," activities with the NC Arboretum for children. Free. Held at Weaverville Public Library, 41 N. Main St., Weaverville • TH (5/24), 3pm - All ages talk about dinosaurs with a hands-on dinosaur exhibit by the Asheville Museum of Science. Free. Held at Pack Memorial Library, 67 Haywood St. HANDS ON! A CHILDREN'S GALLERY 828-697-8333, handsonwnc,org, learningisfun@

1465 Sand Hill Road, Candler • WE (5/23), 5:308:30pm - "How to Start a Nonprofit," seminar. Registration required. Free. Held at A-B Tech Small Business Center, 1465 Sand Hill Road, Candler • TH (5/24), 10am-noon - "Starting a Better Business," seminar. Registration required. Free. Held at Montford Recreation Center, 34 Pearson Drive • TH (5/24), 6-9pm "Snapchat for Small Business Owners," seminar. Regsitration required. Free. Held at A-B Tech Small Business Center, 1465 Sand Hill Road, Candler FLETCHER AREA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION jim@ extraordinarycopywriter. com • 4th THURSDAYS, 11:30-noon - General meeting. Free. Held at YMCA Mission Pardee Health Campus, 2775 Hendersonville Road, Arden • 4th TUESDAYS, 11:30am-1pm Educational monthly with local business leaders discussing topics relevant and helpful to businesses. Free. Held at YMCA Mission Pardee

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COUNCIL ON AGING OF BUNCOMBE COUNTY, INC. 828-277-8288, • TU (5/22), 5:307:30pm - "Medicare Choices Made Easy," workshop. Registration required. Free. Held at Blue Ridge Community Health Services, 2579 Chimney Rock Road, Hendersonville

ASHEVILLE FRIENDS OF ASTROLOGY • FR (5/18), 7-9pm “Centaurs: Our Galactic Messengers including Chariklo and the Royal Wedding,” presentation by Shellie Enteen. Free to attend. Held at Earthfare Westgate, 66 Westgate Parkway BUNCOMBE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARIES governing/depts/library • TH (5/17), 5pm - Spanish conversation group for all experience levels. Free. Held at Pack Memorial Library, 67 Haywood St. • 4th TUESDAYS, 6-8pm - "Sit-n-Stitch," informal, self-guided gathering for knitters and crocheters. Held at North Asheville Library, 1030 Merrimon Ave. • TH (5/24), 5:30-7pm "Stitch it, Don't Ditch it," mending workshop. Bring a clothing item you want to repair. Free. Held at



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OUTDOORS CHIMNEY ROCK STATE PARK (PD.) Enjoy breathtaking views of Lake Lure, trails for all levels of hikers, an Animal Discovery Den and 404foot waterfall. Plan your adventure at BUNCOMBE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARIES governing/depts/library • TU (5/22), 7pm - "Bears of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park," presentation by historian Wilma Durpo. Free. Held at Weaverville Public Library, 41 N. Main St., Weaverville FRIENDS OF THE SMOKIES 828-452-0720,, • FR (5/18), 8pm Proceeds from "Evening Under the Stars," night-sky viewing, dinner, des-

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sert and drinks with the Asheville Astronomy Club benefit Friends of the Smokies. Register for location. $75. MALAPROP'S BOOKSTORE AND CAFE 55 Haywood St., 828-254-6734, • FR (5/18), 6pm - Tommy Caldwell presents his book, The Push: A Climber's Journey of Endurance, Risk, and Going Beyond Limits. Co-sponsored by Carolina Climbers Coalition. Free to attend. MOUNTAINTRUE 828-258-8737, • WE (5/16), 5:45-7:15pm - "No Man's Land," preshow conversation with female athletes Mirno Valerio, Laura Boggess, Julie White and Anna Zanetti. $15. Held at New Belgium Brewery, 21 Craven St. • WE (5/16), 6:30-9:30pm - No Man’s Land Film Festival, adventure film event featuring only woman-identified athletes. Free to attend. Held at New Belgium Brewery, 21 Craven St.

PARENTING BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF WNC 828-253-1470, • TH (5/17), noon Information session for single parents with children ages 6-14 interested in learning more about connecting their child with a mentor. Free. Held at Big Brothers Big Sisters of WNC, 50 S. French Broad Ave. Ste. #213.

PUBLIC LECTURES BLACK MOUNTAIN COLLEGE MUSEUM & ARTS CENTER 56 Broadway, 828-3508484, • 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.

ETHICAL HUMANIST SOCIETY OF ASHEVILLE 828-687-7759, • SU (5/20), 2-3:30pm “Inspiring Community Action to Build Opportunity for Children,” lecture by Greg Borum. Free. Held at Asheville Friends Meetinghouse, 227 Edgewood Road HENDERSONVILLE COMMUNITY CO-OP 60 S Charleston Lane, Hendersonville, 828-6930505, • SU (5/20), 3-4pm "Making the Case for 'Healthcare for All' to Conservative Voters," presentation and discussion. Free.

SENIORS ASHEVILLE NEW FRIENDS (PD.) Offers active senior residents of the Asheville area opportunities to make new friends and to explore new interests through a program of varied social, cultural, and outdoor activities. Visit ASHEVILLE NEW FRIENDS • TU (5/22), 9am-noon - 3-mile group hike for seniors at the NC Arboretum. Free. Carpool from outside Restoration Hardware at at Asheville Outlets, 800 Brevard Road, at 9am to the Arboretum BUNCOMBE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARIES governing/depts/library • 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

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. GROUP MEDITATION (PD.) Enjoy this supportive meditation community. Mindfulness meditation instruction and Buddhist teachings at Asheville Insight. Thursday evenings at 7pm and Sunday mornings at 10am. INTUITIVE READINGS (PD.) Listen to your Spirits messages for you. For

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SPORTS BUNCOMBE COUNTY RECREATION SERVICES Governing/Depts/Parks/ • Through TU (6/5) Open registration for adult league sand volleyball. Registration: buncomberecreation. org. $25.

VOLUNTEERING ASHEVILLE PRISON BOOKS ashevilleprisonbooks@ • 3rd SUNDAYS, 1-3pm Volunteer to send books in response to inmate requests in North and South Carolina. Held at Firestorm Books & Coffee, 610 Haywood Road GIRLS ON THE RUN 828-713-3132, • SU (5/20), 5:30am Volunteer to help with Girls on the Run 5K registration. Register online. Held at Asheville Outlets, 800 Brevard Road HAYWOOD STREET CONGREGATION 297 Haywood St., 828-246-4250 • 1st & 3rd THURSDAYS, 10am-noon - Workshop to teach how to make sleeping mats for the homeless out of plastic shopping bags. Information: 828-7077203 or Free. LITERACY COUNCIL OF BUNCOMBE COUNTY 828-254-3442, volunteers@litcouncil. com • 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 Place, Suite B-221 For more volunteering opportunities visit volunteering


ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM Seniors hesitant to engage in end-of-life conversations BY MONROE SPIVEY Asheville resident Sharon Evans, 66, had an unexpected brush with death five years ago. “I was cooking dinner for my brother, who was going to come and visit me for a couple of days. He found me sitting in a chair saying, ‘I’m not doing well,’” Evans says. “I don’t remember any of that.” Evans subsequently spent six days in a coma as a result of a severe allergic reaction to medication. Although Evans had regularly confronted the issue of end-of-life care decisions with patients in her 30-year career as a hospice nurse, she says her own death had not been “on the forefront of her mind.” But at 42, she notes, she had the foresight to put her endof-life wishes in writing, which turned out to be useful when her emergency occurred. When she was in a coma, the execution of her wishes became the responsibility of her health care power of attorney, who was not her brother. “My brother, he doesn’t like to talk about end-of-life decisions — he didn’t know what I wanted, because he didn’t want to talk about it,” Evans recalls. “So I had chosen a friend [for my health care power of attorney] that knew what I wanted and agreed that she would take over.” Evans harbors no illusions about what might have happened if she had not had her advance directive in place. “My brother would have wanted everything done,” she says. “It could have been disastrous and not my wish.” Most Americans lack Evans’ preparedness when it comes to planning for end-of-life care. According to a survey by Home Instead Senior Care, 75 percent of seniors feel more comfortable planning for their funerals than their end-of-life health care. The survey found that although 73 percent of seniors have made financial plans for their future, only 13 percent have planned financially for long-term care that may be necessary in their final years. To justify the gap in their planning, these seniors stated that they were still in good health and that they believed their loved ones would make preparations for them. Devin Kelly, gerontological nurse practitioner at Asheville’s Charles

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rate information. “[When] they have enough information, they feel really comfortable to make decisions,” she says. “[I] provide support for them to ask questions and get comfortable with it. Because if you give them enough information, there’s no more fear. The ‘what ifs’ kind of drop away.” READY RESOURCES Kate Barr, general manager at Home Instead Senior Care in Asheville, says the Compose Your Life Song initiative offers a free educational program and road map for one of life’s most difficult conversations. By spurring discussion about end-of-life care, financial affairs, insurance and funeral planing, the program seeks to empower senior citizens to live out their final years having made empowered and informed choices, she adds. “Seniors feel relieved knowing their families are aware of their wishes for their final years,” she says, “and their adult children also report feeling relieved and more confident. It has been a wonderful to see families have important conversations before it is too late.” Kelly points his patients toward the website Plan Your Lifespan, which is


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designed to help with end-of-life planning. “[It] walks you through everything you need to think about, including hospitalizations, where you would go, your local pharmacy,” he says. “You can put all of your information in there and make a plan. It really talks about all the things that aren’t usually covered, beyond an advance directive.” Kelly also suggests using the MOST (Medical Orders for Scope of Treatment) form, which offers providers more detail about a patient’s wishes than an advance directive, addressing issues such as intubation, cardiopulmonary resuscitation and feeding tubes. “What if you still have a heartbeat and you’re breathing, but you’re just a whole lot sicker,” Kelly asks. “Do you still want to go to the hospital, to the ICU, do you want to be on life support, or do you want to just stay at home and get your comfort needs met? And the form addresses this — it’s all on one page, like a takeout menu almost.” But Evans stresses that any measure is only as good as the hands it lands in. Advance directives and any other wishes should be communicated to the primary care physician, local hospital and health care power of attorney, she says.

As a result of her brush with death, Evans says she now encourages people to face end-of-life conversations headon. She recommends that they make arrangements for end-of-life care “as young as possible. And I know people aren’t going to listen, because ‘it’s never gonna happen to me’ — but I wish they would. I really wish they would.”  X


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STRIKING OIL IN WNC Although some question its sustainability, Blue Ridge Biofuels’ F3 program is bringing its closed-loop cooking oil initiative closer to home BY GINA SMITH In late 2013, Blue Ridge Biofuels took a bold leap toward developing a closed-loop biodiesel system for Western North Carolina when it produced its first batch of nonGMO, expeller-pressed canola cooking oil through a community partnership called the Field to Fryer to Fuel project. The effort, known as F3, aims to eventually reduce WNC’s dependence on imported fuels by creating a circular economy among the area’s agriculture, restaurant and biofuel industries. The idea is that local farmers will grow non-GMO oilseeds, such as rapeseed, sunflower, soybeans or grapeseed, which will then be cold-pressed into cooking oil that will ultimately be collected and recycled into biodiesel to fuel the tractors, trucks and machinery that keep the process running. In its pilot phase, the initiative was a collaborative effort funded by a grant from the Biofuels Center of North Carolina involving organizations including Advantage West Economic Development Group, Appalachian State University and the Catawba County EcoComplex. The project has had its share of growing pains but now seems to be maturing, with a brand-new pressing facility coming online in Catawba County this spring. To get a running start, F3 originally began operating through a partnership with AgStrong, an organic and non-GMO oilseed-crushing plant in Bowersville, Ga. Much of the canola and sunflower seed used was grown by partner farmers in Georgia and surrounding states, with the cooking oil products being marketed to Asheville restaurants since 2015. “The project evolved in such a way where we started marketing a non-GMO canola and sunflower product that was produced in the Southeast within 100 miles of Asheville, so it was, by some people’s standards, local,” says Woodrow Eaton, Blue Ridge Biofuels CEO and general manager.

PRESSING MATTERS: Blue Ridge Biofuels originally operated its F3 cooking oil program through a partnership with a non-GMO oilseed-crushing operation in Georgia. But the company recently acquired its own pressing facility — conveniently located across the street from its biofuel plant in Catawba County. Photo courtesy of Blue Ridge Biofuels SEASON OF CHANGE Things hummed along smoothly for a while, with about a dozen local restaurants eventually sourcing the product through partner business Mountain Food Products. But early this year, the project was forced to dive into the next stage of development when the Georgia operation

was suddenly no longer able to process for BRB consistently. “We had a hiccup that turned into an opportunity,” says Eaton. In a stroke of good fortune, the same week in late February that the partnership with AgStrong ended, BRB was able to secure a space to open its own processing plant — one that’s a little closer to home. While

Sustainably-Raised Summer Veggies the company’s headquarters and distribution hub are in Asheville, its biodiesel factory is about 80 miles from Asheville in Catawba County, and the new oil-pressing facility is right across the street. The operation is now in a state of transition. “We’re in the process of bringing that [new facility] online to process seed that we’re buying from local and regional farmers,” Eaton explains. For the time being, BRB is buying non-GMO oil from another supplier to meet its current demand. Most of the equipment for the new factory — including screw presses for cold-pressing the oil from the seeds plus a refiner and bleacher — are already in place, and Eaton predicts that everything will be ready for production in a month or two. Forging partnerships with WNC growers, however, is going to take a little longer. “At this point in time, we’re just wanting to prove our production process before we get into long-term relationships with farmers,” says Eaton. The timeline for closing that loop — for bringing growers onboard, getting fields planted and harvesting seeds for the presses — could be anywhere from a few months to a couple of years. The earliest Eaton foresees that happening is fall 2018 or winter 2019. THE RESTAURANT PERSPECTIVE Thus far, the program, which BRB considers something of a side project, has not been marketing its products aggressively. But as the new production system gains momentum, the company plans to expand its reach within the local restaurant industry. Asheville restaurants Corner Kitchen and Chestnut have been involved with F3 since 2013, when Blue Ridge Food Ventures helped debut the effort by inviting a few local chefs and restaurateurs to taste oils from the inaugural batch. Since the products have gone into distribution, both eateries have continued to use them in their kitchens. Vanessa Salomo, the restaurants’ director of business development, says there are a lot of reasons to choose F3 oil. She mentions its versatility — it can be used both in deep-frying and as a base oil for cooking and even vinaigrettes — and its long life in the fryer when properly filtered each day. The businesses, which dispose of their spent oil for recycling into bio-

diesel through BRB, are also very keen on the product’s sustainability profile. “We really like the concept of its low impact to our environment as well as keeping our local economy strong,” says Salomo. She notes a couple drawbacks, though, including the price, which she says is almost twice that of some commercially produced oils. She also says the product’s recent availability issues have at times left the restaurants “scrambling to obtain a product that we have committed to use.” Regarding the cost, Eaton acknowledges that F3 products, which are marketed wholesale in 35-pound tubs, tend to be a little more expensive than other nonGMO oils due to economy of scale since the operation is very small. “I couldn’t say exactly what the difference is, but we try to be as competitive as possible,” he says. “Plus we’re sourcing non-GMO seed, and we try to source the most sustainable seed that we can, and that does have a cost.” But Mountain Food Products owner Ron Ainspan says that while GMO canola oils tend to be cheaper, he’s found that F3 oils are generally comparable in price with similarly produced non-GMO products. “It was maybe 10 percent higher [when the program was] with AgStrong,” he says. “When I priced it out for the new facility, it seems to be running about $1 a pound.” Regardless, an increased cost doesn’t seem to be a deal-breaker for many restaurants. Ainspan says the demand for the F3 oil in WNC has outstripped its current availability.

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TRULY SUSTAINABLE? Some locals, however, have concerns about F3 beyond product availability and price points. Shortly after the program launched in 2013, local forager, author and sustainability activist Alan Muskat posted on his website a two-part treatise, “F3, a Canola of Worms,” calling attention to controversial health, agricultural and environmental issues that have been associated with the production and consumption of canola and soybean oils. In the articles, Muskat condemns the deleterious environmental impact of monoculture crops like canola and soy and urges WNC residents and the F3 project to transition from vegetable-based oils to animal and nut fats, such as lard


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FARM & GA R DEN and native hickory nut oil, for both nutrition and fuel purposes. Today, Muskat maintains his stance, advocating for a paradigm shift when it comes to the oils we use. “The point is that if you’re really going to do any good in this world rather than just perpetuate the problem, you have to take a larger view,” he says. Hickory nut oil, he says, is a better option than canola or soy, leveraging a material that’s already locally plentiful with excellent culinary qualities, including a smoke point similar to that of canola and soy. Nutty Buddy Collective co-organizer Bill Whipple agrees. Whipple and the other foragers and sustainability activists in the local group are doing small-scale commercial production of expeller-pressed wild nut oils from a facility at Smith Mill Works in West Asheville. In recent months, they’ve begun some low-key promotion of their oils in Asheville’s restaurant community. (See “Nuts in the Kitchen: Acornucopia Project Envisions and Edible Future for WNC,” Xpress, Feb. 22.)

Whipple also echoes Muskat’s sentiment about the urgent need to initiate fundamental transitions in how we approach agriculture and consumption. “If one looks at the bigger picture and weighs the external costs of canola and external benefits of trees, perhaps the fryers of Asheville diminish in importance,” he says. “We need to create a market demand for tree crops in order to incentify farmers to, first, get over the ludicrous idea that pastures need to be barren of trees and, second, to plant them,” he continues, noting that it would take about 20 years for oil orchards to come into production and become economically competitive. LOOKING TO THE FUTURE Eaton contends that given the current agricultural system and the production needs of restaurants, the reality right now is that most cooking oil used in professional kitchens tends to come from monocrop sources. Furthermore, it’s usually transported hundreds

or even thousands of miles from distant farms. “We feel that providing a local oil is much more sustainable than trucking it in from Canada or the Midwest,” he says. “If people want to use fryer or cooking oils, they’re coming from these other sources, so we’re trying to provide a sustainable option for that. If other options become available that are viable, then we’d definitely support that.” Although F3 is currently focused mainly on canola, the equipment at the new Catawba County facility is flexible enough to process a long list of materials, Eaton says. “We’ve had requests for lots of different products ranging from red raspberry seed to grapeseed, so we want to definitely get into those products as well. It’s just a matter of finding sources of that locally.” And using locally foraged nuts isn’t out of the question but does present some significant hurdles. “One of the big problems is that to make a decent supply of oil, you have to have a large volume of material to work with, and nuts are very challenging, especially black walnut because you have to dehull

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it,” he explains. “So, if we could solve all the problems around it, then yes.” In the meantime, Chris RebergHorton, associate professor of crop and soil sciences at N.C. State University, believes canola offers some options for local farmers interested in growing it for F3. “I think canola can fit sustainably into a crop rotation,” he says. “It rotates very well with other small grains, such as wheat, oats and barley. It’s also harvested early enough in the spring that soybeans can be planted immediately afterward, giving farmers the ability to harvest two crops in one year.” And Ainspan, a former farmer who has been distributing organic produce and local food products in WNC since the 1980s, believes the program is full of potential. “There’s opportunity for this to become a very sustainable venture in the next few months,” he says. “And I hope that within the next few years, they can really close this into a completely sustainable system.”  X

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BUNCOMBE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARIES governing/depts/library • WE (5/23), 6pm “Agroforestry and Silvopasture Systems,” presentation by Geoffrey Steen. Free. Held at Pack Memorial Library, 67 Haywood St. ORGANIC GROWERS SCHOOL 828-552-4979, • TU (5/22), 2-5pm - Tour a working homestead in WNC and learn how regional home-growers are transforming their land into thriving, productive and resilient ecosystems. Registration required. $5. 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


VIRGIN TERRITORY Mocktails claim their own space in Asheville’s craft drinks scene BY SHAWNDRA RUSSELL In Asheville, quality crafted beverages are arguably every bit as important as killer food options — and nonalcoholic drinks are no exception. Many local bartenders put as much energy and creativity into their mocktails as they do their cocktails, recognizing that some customers, for health and other reasons, choose to avoid the booze. So whether you always eschew spirits or just want to on occasion, there are plenty of spots in town that can make your palate happy sans liquor. During Asheville Cocktail Week in early May, event founder Kris Kraft also simultaneously opened a new watering hole on North Charlotte Street, The Waterbird. “We intentionally chose to be just outside of downtown and more neighborhoodcentric,” says Kraft. “Selfishly, I created the space that I wanted to work in, drink in and hang out in. I figured if I needed a place where I could work and have a cocktail at 3 p.m., then there were others.” Yet she wanted to make sure teetotalers would feel welcome, too, so in addition to craft cocktails, wine and beer, The Waterbird’s menu also features a wide variety of alcohol-free selections, from coffee and tea to juice elixirs and mixed drinks. A production manager Kraft has dubbed her “flavor guru” is conceptualizing and executing a host of mocktail syrups and fresh juice combinations for the menu, like a pear juice and ginger elixir that she recommends pairing with the fancy deviled eggs from her snack menu. Sovereign Remedies has always taken its cocktail-making seriously, and as reigning Best of WNC Cocktails winner three years running, the downtown bar could get away with not worrying about alcohol-free offerings. But the business stays true to its name, which honors “an old tradition in this area where families would come up with their own herbal medicines or ‘remedies,’ and since each one was proprietary, it was known as a ‘sovereign remedy,’” explains manager Brian DuBois. One of the brunch menu’s regular mocktails, the Haymaker Punch, is a salutary mixture of cherry bark, honey,

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F OOD “Our process for developing and deciding on mocktails is newer to us but has been quite an exciting development,” says DuBois. “The focus for the creative process is seasonal local ingredients, the ability for the drink to be made nonalcoholic, a variety of flavor profiles and embracing the ideals of Sovereign Remedies.” A mocktail special makes its way daily onto the drinks board at The Odditorium, one of West Asheville’s quirkiest dive bars. But co-owner Amy Marshall says that for additional inventive, alcohol-free options, customers need only ask. “Our staff is great at finding out what will suit a person’s taste and creating a concoction they will love on the spot.” “Allowing our staff to be creative is what we think works best for us and our patrons — especially since we are all ages,” adds fellow co-owner Tamy Kuper. One winning potion is the Virgin Radioactive Unicorn Tears, a mixture of orange juice and coconut cream with whipped cream and cherry topping. Another drink, which is clearly suited for the bold of palate, is the Bloody Ming Dy-nasty, a combination of wasabi, sriracha, ponzu, tomato juice and fish sauce with a sushi garnish. But less-adventursome drinkers need not despair — The Odditorium also carries tamer nonalcoholic options, such as Appalachian Mountain Culture kombucha, ginger beer, sodas and juices. Like The Odditorium, Isis Music Hall doesn’t have mocktails on its menu per se, but the bar has plenty of quality ingredients on hand for creating custom mocktails. In addition to making syrups in-house, the bartenders also squeeze fresh juices daily and prepare a variety of shrubs and nonalcoholic concentrates. “Depending on the time of year,

those shrubs, concentrates and syrups will change,” explains co-owner Harris Woody. “And then we create a tasty beverage from a marriage of the patron’s desire and the ingredients at our fingertips.” The staff regularly produces several signature mocktails, too. The veteran mocktail maker in town might just be Laughing Seed Café, which has been perfecting its nonalcoholic drinks game for nearly a decade. “We have a healthier clientele than many establishments, being vegetarian, so I was finding that a lot of folks were ignoring the drinks and sticking to water,” says bar manager Benjamin Combs. “I believe most people want a fun beverage when they go out, but it’s just often the same boring stuff at most places.” He has even enlisted a local company to make glycerite herbal tinctures so patrons can add energy, calming, immune-boosting or other health-supporting properties to their drinks. The Laughing Seed currently has 10 mocktails on the menu, from fruity lemonades to faux mojitos and creamsicles. “I think any restaurant bar program would benefit from a mocktail program,” says Combs. “It’s a great way to increase bar sales, and executed well, it can really take a dining experience over the top.” The Waterbird is at 197 Charlotte St. Visit for details. Sovereign Remedies is at 29 N Market St. For more information, visit The Odditorium is at 1045 Haywood Road. Find more information at Isis Music Hall is at 743 Haywood Road. Visit for details. The Laughing Seed Café is at 40 Wall St. Visit for details.  X

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IN THE BANK Thirty schools from 16 Western North Carolina counties participated in this year’s annual MANNA FoodBank Student Food Drive, resulting in nearly $10,000 raised and almost 17,000 pounds of food collected. These efforts combined will provide area residents in need with over 53,000 meals, thanks to the hard work of area students and teachers. MANNA recognized the following schools with awards for achieving certain goals: Best High School: A.C. Reynolds Best Middle School: French Broad River Academy Boys Campus Best Elementary: Blue Ridge Adventist Christian School Most Improved: Tri-County Christian School Rookie of the Year: Evergreen Community Charter Most Creative: Hendersonville Middle School Justine Redden, MANNA’s food drive coordinator, says 2018’s drive brought in the most money that’s ever been collected through this annual event, thanks in part to imaginative tactics employed by the students. “Some of these include an annual soup dinner benefiting MANNA, a school dance with the option of bringing two cans for admission and selling raffle tickets to pie a school staff member in the face,” she explains. “I enjoyed hearing how students took leadership of this project and got creative.” Evergreen Community Charter School’s seventh- and eighth-grade science teacher and food drive coordinator Jason Carter also loved seeing his students get inventive and


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DRIVE TO DO GOOD: The French Broad River Academy collected over 540 pounds of food for MANNA FoodBank this year, earning the title of Best Middle School in the organization’s annual School Food Drive. The academy made the effort fun by challenging students, including Ellis Brunk, left, and Will Yurko, right, to compete against their faculty advisers to bring in the most donations. Photo by Elizabeth Douglas


take ownership of the drive. “They visited each classroom and presented to the students about the importance of the drive,” he says, noting that the kids used Facebook and a large bulletin board at the school to announce updates. “They also gave the drive a cute dinosaur theme.” A bonus is that the food collection efforts dovetailed nicely with the school’s seventh-grade curriculum segments on food security and what it means to be a global citizen. “Food access is a big one that we investigate,” says Carter. In their fledgling year with MANNA’s student drive, Evergreen raised $560 and collected nearly 700 pounds of food along with participating in service projects. French Broad River Academy Boys Campus challenged its student body in a new way for this year’s drive, and the efforts paid off, earning the school the drive’s Best Middle School title for a haul of over 540 pounds of food. “We had an ‘advisory group challenge,’ which was a fun way for students to compete in small groups with their faculty advisers,” says admissions and communications director Elizabeth Douglas. “We didn’t even have a prize for the winning group;

the thrill of being first was enough to spur huge participation.” The school also weaves the foodcollection initiative into its broader learning targets. A heavy emphasis is placed on the importance of service, with a collective 1,053 service hours accumulated so far for the 2017-18 school year through work with partners including as MANNA and The Lord’s Acre. There is also an annual school trip to Costa Rica where students have the opportunity to experience the issues of food and diet in a foreign economic and cultural setting, and the school encourages students to write letters to their local, state or federal representatives advocating for policy changes related to the civic and environmental issues they study throughout the year. Hendersonville Middle School got tapped by MANNA as Most Creative in this year’s drive with a concept it has used before — turning its spring dance into a food-collection opportunity. “For the past three years, we’ve designated our spring dance as a food drive. In the past, we’ve just dropped off our collection at Loaves and Fishes but never made it offi-

cial by weighing it and submitting an entry,” says Kelly Deese, a student council sponsor and leadership teacher who also teaches language arts and social studies. Students could donate canned food in lieu of buying tickets to the dance. And even those who opted to pay cash helped with the drive since admission funds went to buying more canned goods. “We incorporate character education into our program as well, with a strong focus on being charitable and serving our community,” Deese says, noting a recent forum hosted on campus that focused on pathways to youth leadership, career opportunities and inspirational advice for young leaders. Schools interested in participating in 2019’s drive should keep an eye out for announcements in November leading up to the drive starting in March. “Over time, I would love for schools and students to feel inspired to stay aware and involved in the work of food insecurity in their communities yearround,” Redden says. For more information about MANNA FoodBank’s Student Food Drive and this year’s participating schools, visit  X


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Appalachian Ridge Artisan Cidery will host A Taste of the Vineyard, its fifth annual fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Henderson County, on Friday, May 18. The evening will feature food prepared by Flat Rock’s Cuisine Team, including Champagne-marinated shrimp with tarragon, sweet-and-sour meatballs in an apricot sauce and a Mediterranean walnut pesto chickpea dip. Tickets include a complimentary glass of wine from Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards, and a cash bar will be available featuring Green Man Brewery products. A silent auction at the event will offer items ranging from a Caribbean vacation to an Asheville getaway featuring two passes to the Biltmore Estate and dinners at Ruth’s Chris Steak House and Red Stag Grill. “The event continues to grow,” says Joey Popp, the event’s chair committee. To date, he notes, the fundraiser has helped the nonprofit mentor 85 young people in Henderson County. A Taste of the Vineyard runs 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, May 18, at the Appalachian Ridge Artisan Cidery’s historic barn next to Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards, 588 Chestnut Gap Road, Hendersonville. Tickets are $35. To purchase, visit

Dobrá Tea will host its latest tasting class on Sunday, May 20. The event will feature pu’ erh, a fermented and aged style of tea from the Yunnan province of China. Students will sample and discuss eight flavors, plus the event will feature a slideshow of images from recent travels to China by Dobrá Tea members. Dobrá Tea’s Chinese Pu’ erh Tea Class runs 9-11 a.m. Sunday, May 20, at its downtown location, 78 N. Lexington Ave. Tickets are $20. Email or call 828-575-2424 to sign up. UPCOMING WORKSHOPS AT VILLAGERS Villagers will host Fermented Alcoholic Beverages with Marissa Percoco on Sunday, May 20. According to Villagers’ website, the class will discuss, sample and make a variety of fermented alcoholic drinks. The session runs 5:30-8:30 p.m., and tickets are $25-$50 per person on a sliding scale. Also, on Wednesday, May 23, Chelsea Monarda Fox will lead Canning the Harvest, where participants will learn basic techniques for canning fruits, veg-


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THE ASHEVILLE CLUB The Asheville Club opened Tuesday, March 8, in the downtown space at the corner of Haywood Street and Battery Park Avenue that for decades was home to Kim’s Wig Center. The venue’s name is a nod to the building’s original purpose. “We really wanted to connect with some Asheville history,” says owner Trevor Reis. Built in 1901 by Richard Sharp Smith, the present-day Miles Building began as the headquarters for the Asheville Club, an all-male, nonpolitical organization (see “Asheville Archives: The Asheville Club Moves To Haywood Street, 1901,” Sept. 19, 2017, Xpress). “We’re a craft beer and wine bar featuring only local drafts,” says Reis. With 20 taps and an eclectic wine selection, Reis seeks to create an atmosphere reminiscent of days past. Current draft highlights include Catawba’s Friki Tiki IPA, Archetype’s Coffee Porter, Bhramari’s The Good Fight, Lazy Hiker’s Slack Pack IPA and Boojum’s Greenstone IPA. The Asheville Club is at 20 Haywood St. The bar opens at noon daily and has an open-ended closing time.

NEW PROJECTS FOR WHITE DUCK TACO In June, White Duck Taco plans to close its original River Arts District location in the Hatchery Studios. In its place, owners Ben Mixson and Laura Reuss will open Henrietta’s Poultry Shoppe, with a menu built around fried chicken. Meanwhile, White Duck (which currently has six additional locations in three states), will remain in the RAD, relocating to a new 3-acre space at 388 Riverside Drive. The venue includes a 3,500-square-foot military Quonset hut that can seat an estimated 60 people. “It gives us the winter seating capacity we need,” says Mixson. “It also gives us more prep space. The original White Duck was never designed to handle the volume it does now.” The riverfront location will also feature a refurbished bus equipped with beer taps and a fully stocked bar and a box truck that Mixson says will be used to screen films and Carolina Panther games. Future plans might also include outdoor art installations, but Mixson says decisions have yet to be finalized.  X

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THIRTY-SOMETHING The Downtown After 5 concert series celebrates a major anniversary BY TIMOTHY BURKHARDT Top-10 lists of all sorts attest: Downtown Asheville is a popular destination for live music and nightlife. That wasn’t always the case. In the 1980s, many storefronts were boarded up, and, according to locals, it was a bit of a ghost town. Rick Ramsey, one of the founders of the Asheville Downtown Association, says this is where the idea for Downtown After 5 — a monthly street festival held during the summer season — originated in 1988. “It was about bringing people downtown and showing how vibrant the city could be,” he says. “To get people’s interest in it. To have stores and hopefully have people live here.” He adds, “Restaurants! It’s hard to believe now, but there were very few back then.” That initiative (along with other efforts to revitalize downtown) clearly paid off. And, on Friday, May 18, the 30th annual Downtown After 5 concert series launches with an especially localcentric show: Asheville AllStars, a supergroup composed of a rotating cast of Asheville’s favorite singers and musicians. DANCING IN THE STREETS Guitarist, vocalist and All-Stars organizer Josh Blake hints that the concert may pay tribute to the music of 1988. “It’s possible that we will be touching on some throwback jams this year to make note of [the 30th anniversary], no pun intended,” he says. Blake explains that, even if audiences have heard the Asheville AllStars before, this show will be an entirely new experience. Fresh incarnations of the band have played Downtown After 5 every year since 2013. “There are so many people in town making music and creating a scene here, how can we pick a few people and call them ‘the all-stars?’” Blake muses. “It felt kind of inappropriate to the collaborative nature of our community, so we decided to rotate the band every year.” There have been 100 different musicians who have played Downtown

FRIDAY FANTASTIC: The 30th-anniversary Downtown After 5 lineup includes an array of local, regional and nationally touring acts, performing bluegrass, rock, soul and hip-hop. Oakland, Calif.-based Fantastic Negrito, pictured, returns to Asheville, performing his selfstyled “black roots music for everyone.” Photo by Lyle Owerko After Five as the Asheville All-Stars, according to Blake. This year, the lineup includes bassists Jake Wolf and Rob Geisler; drummers Claude Coleman Jr. and Eliza Hill; Kyle Travers on guitar, keyboards and vocals; pianist Andrew Fletcher; Alex Taub on keyboards; Elenore Underhill on vocals, banjo and guitar; vocalists Pam Jones and Ryan “RnB” Barber; Brie Capone, Dennis Berndt and Ram Mandlekorn on guitar and vocals; saxophonist Jonathan Cole; and Tom Smith on trombone. The concert series takes place on Lexington Avenue, near the Interstate 240 overpass, the third Friday of each month through September, at 5 p.m.

SLOW BUILD Ramsey says that Downtown After 5 didn’t always draw big crowds. “We had some lean years, we had a lot of rain. If we ordered two Port-a-John, and it rained, that could break us,” he remembers. “But we always felt that the festival could be so much more. Leslie Anderson was the downtown development director, and she trusted us.” The festival’s prospects for the future began to stabilize when Ted Warner, the owner of a popular local nightclub known as Gatsby’s (located in the Walnut Street space now occu-


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A&E pied by Mountain Madre Mexican Kitchen) began lending a hand. “Ted Warner gave us the parking lot on Lexington Avenue,” says Ramsey. “[Warner] would do most of the booking for the bands, and then he would have them there at Gatsby’s that night, so it would be a sort of double-pay deal for the bands. That helped us stay afloat for those years, and we started really growing then.” Downtown After 5 moved to Pack Square in 1998. “It brought us into the center of downtown,” Ramsey says. “All the city workers, all the attorneys and banks were all around there. You could feel it just blowing up.” These days, the series attracts an average of 5,000 visitors per event. SPREADING THE LOVE When Pack Square underwent reconstruction in 2006, the concert series found a temporary home on Battery Park Avenue, outside the Grove Arcade. It moved again in 2008, to its current home on Lexington Avenue. That site works well, says Meghan Rogers, Asheville Downtown

PARTIES PAST: Images from Downtown After 5 events, held in the summer of 2002, capture the food, music and community fun from when the concert series was held in Pack Square. Photos by Camille Alberice Architects, courtesy of the Asheville Downtown Association

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Association executive director. “We have brought on professionals to book the musical acts for us, and I think that it shows in our lineup. We’ve also hired more staff, and that’s been a big, positive change. We’ve been able to increase the number of volunteers that we have, which makes the event run more smoothly, as well as having great sponsors who support the event.” Rogers says Downtown After 5 has donated more than $150,000 to local charities over the past three decades. “We partner with five nonprofits each year — a different nonprofit at each event,” she explains, “They sell the wristbands [for beer sales] for us, and we donate $2,000 to each nonprofit.” This year’s nonprofit partners are Asheville Youth Villages, Girls on the Run, Big Brothers Big Sisters of WNC, Guardian Ad Litem of Buncombe County and Asheville Museum of Science.

Each concert depends on more than 125 volunteers who help pour beer and direct crowds. Rosie Palmisano from Asheville has volunteered every year. “I have met some wonderful and caring people, and developed some wonderful friendships,” she says.

One of Palmisano’s favorite memories of Downtown After 5 involves rain: “We had just finished setting up, and it poured,” she says. “We all got soaking wet. But within 15 minutes, the sun came out, and people were lined up for a beer.”  X

Downtown After 5 season lineup • May 18 — Asheville All-Stars (originals and covers in a range of genres and styles) • June 15 — Town Mountain (local bluegrass) with Sanctum Sully (local Americana) • July 20 — Fantastic Negrito (roots, blues) with The Get Right Band (local funk, rock, reggae) • Aug. 17 — Southern Avenue (soul, blues, gospel) with The Fritz (local soul-driven dance-rock) • Sept. 21 — The Pharcyde (West Coast hip-hop) with Free the Optimus (local hip-hop) Concerts are held the third Friday of every month, May to September, at 5 p.m., on Lexington Avenue near the I-240 overpass. Free.

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WRITE TURN Poet Reginald Dwayne Betts on words, incarceration and his commencement address

RHYME AND REASON: A graduate of Warren Wilson College’s MFA program, writer Reginald Dwayne Betts has published memoirs and poetry and went on to earn a law degree from Yale. “It hit me that the ways I might have imagined my life progressing in some linear [motion], it’s not doing that,” he says. “I’m finding ways to be become [more deeply] connected to things that I value.” Photo by Rachel Eliza Griffiths Poet and author Reginald Dwayne Betts chose Warren Wilson College for his Master’s of Fine Arts in Writing for a number of reasons, including the low-residency format. “I was about to have a kid and I was working full time,” he says. He also admired the work of fellow AfricanAmerican poets A. Van Jordan and Gary Lilley, who also received their degrees from Warren Wilson’s program. Betts, who completed his MFA in 2010, will return to Warren

Wilson on Saturday, May 19, to give the commencement address to the school’s undergraduate class. The college, located in Swannanoa, has a history of varied and surprising commencement speakers — last year, it was actor and director Bill Pullman (his sons Jack and Lewis are Warren Wilson grads); Kim Jordan, the CEO of New Belgium, spoke in 2015; Peter Sagal, host of NPR’s quiz show


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A &E “Wait Wait ... Don’t Tell Me,” spoke in 2014. But Betts’ pedigree is not one of celebrity or business acumen, and it’s probably not a story similar to that of many in the Warren Wilson community, though it’s a story worth hearing. At 16 — an honors student at the time — Betts was arrested for a carjacking and spent eight years in prison, including a year in solitary confinement. There, “you couldn’t have books and you couldn’t request books and you couldn’t go to the library, but people would somehow find ways to get books into their cells,” he said in a 2015 interview on NPR’s “Fresh Air.” One afternoon, someone slid a book under Betts’ door: “It was an anthology by Dudley Randall, it was called The Black Poets, and that’s the book that changed my life.” Spoiler alert: Not only did he succeed as a writer, publishing the poetry collections Bastards of the Reagan Era and Shahid Reads His Own Palm as well as A Question of Freedom: A Memoir of Learning, Survival, and Coming of Age in Prison and The Circumference of a Prison: Youth, Race, and the Failures of the American Justice System; Betts also went on to earn his law degree. Though he was released more than a decade ago, prison makes its way into Betts’ poetry, both as a place and a metaphor for a mental state. In his poem “What We Know of Horses,” incarceration recurs throughout the six-part study of the ravages of heroin on bodies, minds and communities. “Sometimes his cuffs / are on my wrists & I embrace / the way they cut, as if I am the one / domesticated, a broken horse,” he writes. But Betts maintains that he doesn’t really know what it means to be an at-risk youth. “We look at what’s going on in the news, we look at what’s going on with DACA, when you think about mass incarceration, when you think about the failing infrastructure of the United States, when you think about the struggle in public schools, in very real ways, we’re all at risk,” he says. The writer is hesitant to give away many hints about what his commencement address will touch on. He does point to some critical life lessons. “When I’ve been able to be satisfied with my journey and the things I’ve been able to do, has really been when I’ve been able to recognize that Yale Law School is no more significant


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in my life than Warren Wilson College, and Warren Wilson College is no more significant than Prince George’s Community College [which he attended in Largo, Md.],” Betts says. That’s not to downplay his educational trajectory. From completing high school while in prison to earning a law degree, Betts has crushed expectations and goals, including his own. But he’s also paid attention to synchronicities, such as that the late Reuben Holden, a former president of Warren Wilson, was also Yale University’s third-ranking executive for nearly 20 years — the school Betts ultimately attended. “It hit me that the ways I might have imagined my life progressing in some linear [motion], it’s not doing that. It’s circling,” he says. “And I’m finding ways to be become [more deeply] connected to things that I value.” Though law school was not Betts’ original plan, a degree from Yale in 2016 links him to the time he served. While incarcerated, he took a paralegal course to be better understand the system. “My concern with the law started with me being arrested, but it didn’t necessarily put me in law school,” he said in an interview with the Hartford Courant. To Xpress, he adds, “There are all kind of ways to make an impact on the world. My life has been really focused on what it means to be incarcerated. … The law is a crucial [means] to addressing all those concerns.” Betts continues, “Law is parallel to poetry. It’s an occupation with words. Lawyers are really good with words and, at its best, law is about some kind of sense of justice, some kind of sense of truth. “And I think that is what poetry is about, too, at its best.”  X

WHO Reginald Dwayne Betts giving a commencement address WHERE Warren Wilson College 701 Warren Wilson Road Swannanoa WHEN Saturday, May 19, 10 a.m.

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‘LOVE SONGS TO THE NATURAL WORLD’ Sarah Louise shares a new forest-themed record at The Mothlight When Sarah Louise enters and communes with nature, she seeks the same qualities that define her musical explorations: mindfulness, connection and awe. “I have such a familiarity with the natural world around here that seeing plants return in the spring is like greeting old friends,” Louise says. “I love to forage but always do so sparingly, as lots of plants in particular are overharvested. It’s nice to nibble here and there to feel connected to the land.” This strong bond with the outdoors is at the root of the Asheville vocalist and multi-instrumentalist’s new album, Deeper Woods, which receives a release show Thursday, May 17, at The Mothlight. Louise’s lyrics on the seven contemplative tracks teem with honesty and a sense of experience. Indeed, every detail of forest imagery — from saxifrage and Bowman’s root to a spotted fawn and salamanders — derives from direct observation. “I hope my words honor the places they describe,” she says. “I think of the songs on this record as love songs to the natural world.” Louise wrote most of the album’s lyrics a cappella and composed the guitar parts as solo instrumental pieces. Often while walking in the woods or driving around, ideas would come to her about how they might fit together. But all along, even during the time she recorded her solo 12-string guitar albums, she felt like Deeper Woods was the album to which she was building. “It was really just a matter of having enough words and gradually figuring out how to integrate them into my guitar compositions and letting the rest follow freely,” she says. Louise recorded most of the album herself at home last spring, with mics on loan from local musician Patrick Kukucka, who also recorded drums and a few other instruments. Selfrecording allowed for generous improvisation and freedom in exploring Louise’s vocal delivery, which is prominently featured for the first time on Deeper Woods. “Singing especially can be so raw and vulnerable that being alone, often late at night, helped me get takes that felt real,” she says. “It was a dialogue between me and the songs — I just tried to do what they called for.”

She adds, “I also have songs I’m working on in solitude, at the moment. It will be interesting to see how those two strands intertwine.”  X

THE CONSCIOUS FORAGER: Music and nature intertwine throughout Sarah Louise’s new album, Deeper Woods, whose lyrics are drawn exclusively from direct observations. “Mushroom hunting is one of my greatest joys,” she says. “Fungi are so magical. They tie the entire forest together, so it always feels meaningful to eat them.” Photo by by Judy Henson Here and on the instrumental front, the record felt so personal to Louise that it was important for her to be the one to develop its sound and arrangements. In addition to her usual 12-string guitar and electric sixstring guitar, she contributes electric piano, synthesizer, and alto and tenor recorders on the songs, a process that involved a good deal of autodidacticism. “I hadn’t played piano since I quit as a little kid. But I think years of continually disorienting myself with alternate guitar tunings trained my brain to understand intervals on different instruments, so I just used my ear,” Louise says. “I’m performing with keyboard live now, but since I’m improvising a lot of it, I’m spending a lot of time practicing playing freely on it so that performances can feel good.” Though she also tinkered with some auxiliary percussion and bass, Louise says she’s fortunate “to have friends who are masters at their instruments” and that it was a pleasure to invite them to join her on the album and share their gifts. In addition to a guest birdsong appearance by a Carolina chickadee for “On Nights When I Can’t Sleep,” the collaborators include Jason Meagher (electric bass), Tyler Damon (chimes), Sally Anne Morgan (fiddle), Emmalee Hunnicutt

(cello) and Thom Nguyen (drums). The latter three will join Louise onstage at the Mothlight show. “My music was really isolated for years, and I was very private about it. I gave myself the space to develop my own world. But since playing with Sally Anne in [traditional music duo] House and Land and with others like [Asheville-viaBhutan gutiarist] Tashi Dorji, I’m feeling so filled up by playing with others, especially improvising,” Louise says. “I feel like there are so many kinds of records I want to make right now. It feels good to be cracked open in that way.”

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PUBLIC DISPLAYS OF INVENTION Open mics in and around Asheville

ANYTHING GOES: West Virginia-based band The Change, in Asheville while leading a residency with LEAF Schools & Streets, recently played an open mic at One World Brewing. Photo by Cindy Kunst The Asheville area is known for its creative culture — from visual artists and craftspeople to architects and fashion designers. But it’s performers who draw crowds to concerts, readings and stand-up shows. So, how does a comic with a new bit or a poet with a work-in-progress polish that future hit piece? By trying it out at an open mic. Artists who are new to writing, performing or sharing work can also find a friendly audience and necessary feedback at open mics. The democratic, often anything-goes shows are made up of whoever signs up to perform on a given night. There’s typically a time limit for each presenter, and some open mics have a theme or a host to usher the evening along, but what happens in front of the microphone is, truly, wide open to possibility. Billing itself as “Asheville’s most open mic,” the Sly Grog Lounge invites solo performers, groups, songs, stories “or 38

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whatever you got to our welcoming and supportive stage.” That’s the kind of encouragement that can draw even the shyest poet to the spotlight. Meanwhile, comedians can polish their jokes at The Odditorium and The Southern, and writers find kindred spirits at Noble Kava and The Flood Gallery. The lion’s share of open mics are geared toward musicians. Songwriters and instrumentalists can claim their few minutes of fame at least four nights a week. MONDAYS • Music, hosted by Chris Whitmire, 6 p.m. at 185 King Street, Brevard, • Music, comedy and poetry on select Mondays, 6 p.m. sign-up, 7 p.m. show at The Grey Eagle, 185 Clingman Ave., • Music and poetry, 7:30 p.m. sign-up and 8 p.m. show at One World Brewing, 10 Patton Ave.,

rows & rows of REAL books at REALLY GREAT PRICES • Music, 9 p.m. at Jack of the Wood, 95 Patton Ave., TUESDAYS • Music, 8:45 p.m. at White Horse Black Mountain, 105-C Montreat Road, Black Mountain, • Music, hosted by Arrow Sound, 8 p.m. at UpCountry Brewing, 1042 Haywood Road, • Comedy, hosted by Tom Peters, 9 p.m. at The Odditorium, 1045 Haywood Road, WEDNESDAYS • Music, hosted by Mark Bumgarner and Billy Owens, 7 p.m. at Blue Mountain Pizza, 55 N. Main St., Weaverville, • Music, comedy, poetry, etc., hosted by Richard Yon, 7:30 p.m. sign-up and 8 p.m. show at Twin Leaf Brewery, 144 Coxe Ave., • Poetry, storytelling, spoken word, music, comedy and more, hosted by Caleb Beissert, 7:30 p.m. sign-up and 8 p.m. show at Noble Kava, 428 Haywood Road, • Disclaimer Comedy Open Mic, 9 p.m. at The Southern, 41 N. Lexington Ave.,


SUNDAYS • Poets and short stories, 5:30 p.m. at The Flood Gallery, 2160 U.S. Highway 70, Swannanoa, • Music, hosted by Billy Litz (through Aug. 26), 6 p.m. at The Barrelhouse, 1459 Merrimon Ave., • Music, with Fox Black and friends, 6 p.m. at Good Stuff, 38 Bailey’s Branch Road, Marshall, • Stories, music and more, 6:30 p.m. sign-up and 7 p.m. show at Sly Grog Lounge, 271 Haywood St.,

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UPCOMING: • David Joe Miller’s spoken-word open mic (formerly held at the SOL Bar and Buffalo Nickel) returns to Asheville. The free event, for storytellers and poets, launches at Habitat Tavern and Commons, 174 Broadway, on Monday, July 30. 7 p.m. sign-up and 7:30 p.m. show. It will continue on the last Monday of each month.  X

Authentic Asheville One of Asheville’s most beloved open mics was held at Beanstreets, a coffee shop at the corner of Broadway and College Street (now the home to Green Sage Café). Local music teacher Sonia Brooks writes on her website, “For two straight years, every Thursday night, I went to open [mic] night at Bean Streets. … The first year, I would become so terrified I would forget the words or the chords to the song and simply sit down in the middle of my act, especially if someone came in who I knew.” The downtown staple opened in 1993 and, during the ’90s and early 2000s, its weekly open mic was a major form of entertainment in a city that, at the time, had only a handful of music venues. It was also testing ground for artists such as singer-songwriters Juliana Finch and Stephan Evans and poets Pasckie Pascua and Matthew Mulder. Beanstreets shuttered in 2005 but is immortalized in an oil painting by Jeff Pittman the pages of the YA novel What I Came to Tell You by local author Tommy Hays. — A.M.  X

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Alice in Wonderland New Studio of Dance and Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre have a combined 86 years of operation between them — a little more than half the amount of time Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland has been in print. Pooling the organizations’ histories and talent, Susan and Giles Collard’s interpretation of the classic tale hews close to the source material and includes the story of the Duchess and her pig/child. The playful and colorful show promises such sights as children turning into doors, cats disappearing and reappearing, and Alice growing from tall to small and back again. Performances take place at the BeBe Theatre on May 18, 19, 25 and 26 at 7:30 p.m., and May 19, 20, 26 and 27 at 3 p.m. Students and seniors $12 advance/$15 day of show, $15 general admission advance/$18 day of show. Photo by Toby Maurer

Norse Folk Rave Curious Folk — organizers of Viking Fight Nights and the seasonal Medieval Markets — brings back another fan favorite with its latest Norse Folk Rave. On the docket for The Grey Eagle on Friday, May 18, are performances by three local groups, among them a morbid twist on Norse storytelling from puppeteer Toybox Theatre and music from ethereal folk duo Brief Awakening and dark folk band Grendel’s Mother. Period garb is suggested, and armorers and clothiers will be in attendance with new creations. All ages are welcome, though the content will be adult in nature, including rough language. The event gets underway at 7 p.m. and runs until 1 a.m. According to the event’s Facebook description, a portion of proceeds will be donated to the Southern Poverty Law Center “to help purge the lands of vile racism.” $10 advance/$13 day of show. Photo by Donnie Rex

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Welcome to the Bassooniverse To close out its 18th season, Pan Harmonia turns its attention to one of the less famous woodwinds and offers a pair of shows by a quartet of bassoons. The chamber music repertory company’s resident bassoonist, Rosalind Buda, will be joined by Susan Cohen, Jennifer Anderson and Will Peebles for a program of classical, romantic and modern works by Michel Corrette, Henri Tomasi, Alec Wilder, Amber Ferenz Spuller, TG Febonio and others. Dubbed Welcome to the Bassooniverse, the concerts will take place on Friday, May 18, at 7:30 p.m. at St. James Episcopal Church in Black Mountain, and Sunday, May 20, at 3 p.m. at Biltmore United Methodist Church. Free, but donations accepted. Photo courtesy of Pan Harmonia


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The latest featured comedian in local comic Petey Smith McDowell’s Petey’s Playhouse series, Rob Haze began his stand-up career while studying political science at the University of Georgia. Since then, the Atlanta-based funnyman has opened for Dave Chappelle, competed on the ninth season of “Last Comic Standing” and, in January, made his “Tonight Show” debut. When he’s not onstage cracking jokes about his old job at an airport chicken restaurant and the benefits of being bullied, he may be heard deciphering a surplus of material as the co-host of the Kanye West podcast, “The Book of Ye.” Haze stops by The Southern Kitchen and Bar on Saturday, May 19, at 9 p.m. Fellow Atlantan David Perdue and Asheville’s Kelly Morgan kick off the evening with their own sets. $7 advance/$10 day of show. Photo courtesy of the comedian


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ART BUNCOMBE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARIES buncombecounty. org/governing/depts/ library • WE (5/16), 4pm - Presentation by Karen Hawkins regarding her sculpted storybook character dolls. Free. Held at Skyland/South Buncombe Library, 260 Overlook Road GLENVILLE AREA HISTORICAL SOCIETY 828-743-1658, • SA (5/19), 9am4pm - Appalachian broom-making workshop. Registration: $35. Held at Glenville Community Center, 355 Frank Allen Road, Cashiers HAYWOOD COUNTY ARTS COUNCIL 86 N Main St., Waynesville, 828-4520593, haywoodarts. org/ • TH (5/24), 11am1:30pm - "Talk About


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Art: Find Meaning in Artworks," class regarding criticism models with Melba Cooper. Registration required. Free.

ART/CRAFT STROLLS & FAIRS BLACK MOUNTAIN CREATIVES 101 Black Mountain Ave., Black Mountain • SA (5/19), 10am3pm - Art market with live music and showcasing paintings, pottery, photography, jewelry, and handcrafted items. Free to attend. OOOH LA LA MARKET • SA (5/19) & SA (5/26), 10am-4pm Oooh La La Market, outdoor art market with live music. Free to attend. Held at Pritchard Park, 4 College St. SALUDA ARTS FESTIVAL 828-817-2876, artfestival.html • SA (5/19), 10am4pm - Outdoor fes-

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SALUDA AFTERNOON: Spanning the entire three blocks of the town’s historic Main Street, the 15th annual Saluda Arts Festival takes place Saturday, May 19, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Over 80 artists covering painting, pottery, woodworking, sculpting, pottery, fiber, jewelry, metal and more will be in attendance, and there will also be demonstrations of painting, blacksmithing and jewelry making. A designated children’s tent hosts art activities for kids of all ages, and five bands, ranging from Americana to funk, will play in McCreery Park and other venues on the street. “This is a perfect small-town festival where you can easily walk the entire festival area among historic buildings, along the railroad track and Saluda’s unique shops and restaurants,” says Mary Meyland Mason, festival organizer. Free to attend. For more information on the rain-orshine event, visit Photo by Cathy Jackson (p. 42) tival featuring over 80 art and craft vendors.


Free to attend. Held at Historic Downtown Saluda, 24 Main St., Saluda


CALDWELL ARTS COUNCIL 601 College Ave SW, Lenoir, 828-754-2486

• Through FR (6/15) Submissions accepted for the 42nd annual Caldwell Visual Artists Competition. See website for details: caldwellarts. com.

DANCE COUNTRY DANCE • AWARDS FOR THE BEST FRINGE (PD.) This Friday, May 18, 7pm10:30pm, Asheville Event

Center. Beginner lesson 7pm-8pm – Two-Step and Line Dance (30 minutes each). Dance/Lesson $15, Dance $10. 828-333-0715. •

EXPERIENCE ECSTATIC DANCE! (PD.) Dance waves hosted by Asheville Movement Collective. Fun and personal/community transformation. • This Friday, 7pm, May 18, Veda Studios, 853

Merrimon Ave, Asheville • Sundays, 8:30am and 10:30am, JCC, 236 Charlotte Street. Sliding scale fee. Information: 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 CONTEMPORARY DANCE THEATRE 828-254-2621, • FRIDAYS through SUNDAYS (5/18) until (5/27) - Alice in Wonderland, dance theatre. Fri. & Sat.: 7:30pm. Sat. & Sun.: 3pm. $18/$15 advance. Held at BeBe Theatre, 20 Commerce St. OLD FARMER'S BALL • THURSDAYS, 8-11pm - Old Farmers Ball, contra dance. $7/$6 members/$1 Warren Wilson Community. Held in Bryson Gym Held at Warren Wilson College, 701 Warren Wilson Road, Swannanoa SOUTHERN LIGHTS SQUARE AND ROUND DANCE CLUB 828-697-7732, • SA (5/19), 6pm - 36th anniversary dance. Advanced dance at 6pm. Early rounds at 7pm. Plus squares and rounds at 7:30pm. Free. Held at Whitmire Activity Center, 310 Lily Pond Road, Hendersonville TERPSICORPS THEATRE OF DANCE • SA (5/19), 7:30pm "Muses of Terpsicorps," dance concert featuring pre-professional dancers. $15. Held at Diana Wortham Theatre, 18 Biltmore Ave.

MUSIC AFRICAN DRUM LESSONS AT SKINNY BEATS DRUM SHOP (PD.) Saturdays 5pm, Wednesdays 6pm. Billy Zanski teaches a fun approach to connecting with your inner rhythm. Drop-ins welcome. • Drums provided. $15/ class. (828) 768-2826. ASHEVILLE SYMPHONY CHORUS • FR (5/18), 7:30pm "Love Song Waltzes," concert featuring the vocal chamber music of Brahms and American

folk music. $25/$15 students. Held at First Presbyterian Church, 40 Church St. Asheville • SA (5/19), 7pm "Love Song Waltzes," concert featuring the vocal chamber music of Brahms and American folk music. $25/$15 students. Held at Waynesville First United Methodist Church, 566 South Haywood St., Waynesville • SU (5/20), 4pm "Love Song Waltzes," concert featuring the vocal chamber music of Brahms and American folk music. $25/$15 students. Held at First Presbyterian Church, 471 Main St. Highlands BLUE RIDGE RINGERS HANDBELL ENSEMBLE blueridgeringers.tripod. com, blueridgeringers@ • FR (5/18), 7pm Proceeds from donations at the Blue Ridge Ringers handbell concert benefit Interfaith Assistance Ministry. Free. Held at Fletcher United Methodist Church, 50 Library Road, Fletcher • FR (5/20), 4pm Proceeds from donations at the Blue Ridge Ringers handbell concert benefit Homeward Bound. Free. Held at First Presbyterian Church, 40 Church St. Asheville • MO (5/21), 7pm - Blue Ridge Ringers handbell concert. Free. Held at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 22 Fisher Road, Brevard BRIDGEBACK MOVEMENT STUDIO 36 Bridge St., Marshall, 828-6491549, BridgeBack-MovementStudio-305449300357/ • SU (5/20), 4pm - Dana and Susan Robinson, Americana/folk concert. $15. BUNCOMBE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARIES governing/depts/library • TU (5/22), 7pm - Sweet Adeline’s International’s Song o’ Sky Chorus, concert. Free. Held at Skyland/South Buncombe Library, 260 Overlook Road DIANA WORTHAM THEATRE 18 Biltmore Ave., 828257-4530, dwtheatre. com • FR (5/18), 8pm - David Myles concert, singersongwriter. $35/$30 student/$20 children. DOWNTOWN AFTER 5 100 Block N. Lexington Ave. (at Hiawassee St.) Asheville • FR (5/18), 5pm Outdoor music concert featuring the Asheville All-Stars. Event includes food and beer vendors. Free to attend.

FLAT ROCK PLAYHOUSE DOWNTOWN 125 S. Main St., Hendersonville, 828-6930731, flatrockplayhouse. org • THURSDAY through SUNDAY (5/17) until (5/20) - Bubblegum Pop, concert featuring teenybopper hits from the 60s through the 90s. Thurs.: 7pm. Fri. 8pm. Sat. 2pm & 8pm. Sun.: 2pm. $35. 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 FLOOD GALLERY FINE ART CENTER 850 Blue Ridge Rd, Unit A-13 • Black Mountain, 828-357-9009, • MONDAYS, 6-7pm - Didjeridu lessons. Admission by donation. HENDERSONVILLE HIGH SCHOOL 1 Bearcat Blvd., Hendersonville, 828697-4802 • TH (5/17), 7pm Hendersonville High School orchestra and chorus concert. $5. MADISON COUNTY ARTS COUNCIL 828-649-1301,, info@ • SA (5/19), 7:30pm Joe Penland, mountain ballad concert. $15. Held at Mars Hill Radio Theatre, 70 N. Main St. Mars Hill MAGGIE VALLEY PAVILION Soco Road, Maggie Valley • SU (5/20), 6:30-8pm "Tip-Top Toe Tappers," outdoor concert by the Haywood Community Band. Free. PAN HARMONIA 828-254-7123, • FR (5/18), 7:30pm - "Welcome to the Bassooniverse," concert featuring bassoon and contrabassoon. Free. Held at St. James Episcopal Church, 424 W State St., Black Mountain • SU (5/20), 3pm "Welcome to the Bassooniverse," concert featuring bassoon and contrabassoon. Free. Held at Biltmore United Methodist Church, 378 Hendersonville Road RHYTHM & BREWS CONCERT SERIES 828-233-3216,

• 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 SKYLAND FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH 2115 Hendersonville Road, Arden • FR (5/18), 6:30-8:30pm - The Muley Holler Gang and The Ole Time Pickers, country/western/bluegrass concert. Free. SMOKY MOUNTAIN BRASS BAND • SU (5/18), 5pm Smoky Mountain brass band concert. Free. Held at Hazelwood Baptist Church, 265 Hazelwood Ave., Waynesville ST. MATTHIAS CHURCH 1 Dundee St, Asheville, 828-285-0033, stmatthiasepiscopal. com/ • SU (5/20), 3pm - Jazz piano concert featuring Michael Stevensand ensemble. Admission by donation. TRYON FINE ARTS CENTER 34 Melrose Ave., Tryon NC, 828-859-8322, • TH (5/17), 7pm Sunset Series: William Florian, outdoor concert. Admission by donation. • TU (5/22), 7pm - "Nina Now," one-woman musical tribute to Nina Simone featuring Destiny Stone. $5.

SPOKEN & WRITTEN WORD ASHEVILLE LAND OF SKY TOASTMASTERS 828-274-1865 954-383-2111 • TUESDAYS, 7-8am Event to improve speaking skills and grow in leadership. Free. Held at Reuter YMCA, 3 Town Center Blvd. BLUE RIDGE TOASTMASTERS CLUB blueridgetoastmasters. com/membersarea, fearless@ blueridgetoastmasters. org • MONDAYS, 12:151:30pm - Learn-by-doing workshop in which participants hone their speaking and leadership skills in a supportive atmosphere. Free. Held at Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce, 36 Montford Ave. BUNCOMBE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARIES governing/depts/library • TH (5/17), 4pm - Skyland Library Book Club: And the


MAY 16 - 22, 2018



Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini. Free to attend. Held at Skyland/ South Buncombe Library, 260 Overlook Road • TH (5/17), 4pm - Skyland Library Book Club: And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini. Free. Held at Skyland/South Buncombe Library, 260 Overlook Road • TH (5/24), 6pm Swannanoa Book Club: Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames. Free. Held at Swannanoa Library, 101 West Charleston St., Swannanoa FOLK ART CENTER MP 382, Blue Ridge Parkway, 828-298-7928, • SU (5/20), 3pm "Stories in May," storytelling with Jim May, Lloyd Arneach, Marvin Cole and Zane Chait. Hosted by the Asheville Storytelling Circle. $10. MALAPROP'S BOOKSTORE AND CAFE 55 Haywood St., 828254-6734, malaprops. com • WE (5/16) 6pm Cathryn Hankla presents her book in conversation with Rick Chess, Lost Places: On Losing and


by Abigail Griffin

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. • SU (5/20), 3pm "Writers at Home," monthly reading series featuring work from UNCA’s Great Smokies Writing Program and The Great Smokies Review. Free to attend. • MO (5/21), 6:30-8pm - Writers Coffee house, meeting for writers to discuss the business of writing, gather shared knowledge and to network. Free to attend. • TU (5/22), 6pm - Tom McConnell presents his book, The Wooden King, in conversation with Elizabeth Kostova. Free to attend. • TH (5/24), 6pm - Jenny Milchman presents her book, Wicked River. Free to attend.

THEATER 35BELOW 35 E. Walnut St., 828254-1320, • FRIDAYS through SUNDAYS until (5/20) The Mercy Seat, drama presented by Ellipsis Theater Company. Fri. & Sat.: 7:30pm. Sun.: 2:30pm. $18. FLAT ROCK PLAYHOUSE 2661 Highway 225, Flat Rock, 828-693-0731, • FRIDAY through SUNDAY (5/18) until (5/20), 1pm & 5pm Mutts Gone Nuts, comedy show featuring rescue animals. Fri.: 8pm. Sat.: 2pm & 8pm. Sun.: 2pm & 6pm. $32/$16 students. HENDERSONVILLE COMMUNITY THEATRE 229 S. Washington St., Hendersonville, 828-6921082, • FRIDAYS through SUNDAYS (5/18) until (6/3) - Guys and Dolls, musical. Fri. & Sat.: 7:30pm. Sun.: 2pm. $26/$20 students/$15 youth.

MAGNETIC 375 375 Depot St., • THURSDAYS through SATURDAYS (5/24) until (6/9), 7:30pm - Full-Tilt Boogie at the Big Bang Diner, comedy. $16. MONTFORD PARK PLAYERS 828-254-5146, • FRIDAYS through SUNDAYS 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, 828-2390263 • WEDNESDAYS through SUNDAYS until (5/20) - Burden, by Ron Bashford and Willie Repoley. Wed.-Sat.: 7:30pm. Sun.: 2pm. $16-$34. • FR (5/18) & SA (5/19), 9:30pm - Seven Devils and a French Nun, onewoman solo comedy by the Immediate Theatre Project. $20/$10 students.

HEALING DREAMS: Dream Notes, multimedia artist Amanda Schaaf’s new show at Alchemy, focuses on nature and its calming influences. Featured works include abstract mixed media and watercolors that integrate such organic materials as mica, tree bark and feathers found on area trails, other found objects and Lokta, a Nepalese paper handmade from plant fibers. Also on display are photographs captured with a 35mm camera that “filter nature’s soothing colors and textures through [Schaaf’s] uniquely magical perception.” The exhibit runs through May 31. Image courtesy of the artist 310 ART 191 Lyman St., #310, 828776-2716, • Through TH (5/31) ARTfoli: Emergence, group exhibition. ALCHEMY 62 Clayton St., 828-5759419 • Through TH (5/31) Dream Notes, exhibition of abstract mixed media, watercolor paintings and film photographs by Amanda Schaaf. ASHEVILLE ART MUSEUM 175 Biltmore Ave., 828253-3227 • SA (5/19) through SU (9/30) - Red Hot in the Blue Ridge, group glass art exhibition. Reception: Friday, June 1, 5-8pm. 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, 828771-6126, • Through FR (8/31) - The Sacred Is Creative, exhibition of work by Desiree DeMars.


MAY 16 - 22, 2018


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. GRAND BOHEMIAN GALLERY 11 Boston Way, 877-2741242, • Through SU (5/20) CONTEXTure, exhibtion of paintings by Stefan Horik. GROVEWOOD GALLERY 111 Grovewood Road, 828-253-7651, • Through SU (6/3) Interactions, contemporary ceramic sculptures by Taylor Robenalt.

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. PINK DOG CREATIVE 348 Depot St., • Through SU (6/24) Negative Capability, solo exhibition of works in acrylic and mixed media by Joyce Thornburg. 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.

HAYWOOD COUNTY ARTS COUNCIL 86 N Main St., Waynesville, 828-452-0593, • Through SA (5/26) - Creations in Oil and Handcrafted Mugs, exhibition featuring 12 local artists.

RED HOUSE STUDIOS AND GALLERY 310 W. State St., Black Mountain, 828-699-0351, • Through FR (5/25) - Ten Days in May, exhibition of works from counselors and clients at the Black Mountain Counseling Center.

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.

TRANSYLVANIA COMMUNITY ARTS COUNCIL 349 S. Caldwell St., Brevard, 828-884-2787, • 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, • 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., 828-254-9234 • 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


5/16 wed the moth: true

stories told live

5 WALNUT WINE BAR Les Amis (African folk), 8:00PM

(theme: ego)

BLUE MOUNTAIN PIZZA & BREW PUB Open Mic hosted by Mark Bumgarner, 7:00PM

5/17 thu sarah louise

album release show!

CARMEL'S KITCHEN AND BAR Adi the Monk (jazz), 5:30PM

w/ tashi dorji/ emmalee hunnicutt duo

CORK & KEG 3 Cool Cats, 7:30PM


DOUBLE CROWN Western Wednesday w/Bryan Marshall & His Payday Knights & DJ David Wayne Gay, 9:00PM FUNKATORIUM John Hartford Jam w/ Saylor Bros (bluegrass), 6:30PM


sk the novelist

w/ the phacts, danny blaze, ptp, mike l!ve

5/19 sat black'd: a dance

HIGHLAND BREWING COMPANY Woody Wood Wednesdays (rock, soul, funk), 5:30PM ISIS MUSIC HALL & KITCHEN 743 West End Trio, 6:30PM Wyatt Easterling & Louisa Branscomb w/ Jeanette & Johnny Williams (folk, storytelling, acoustic), 7:00PM Dirty Logic (Steely Dan tribute), 8:30PM JACK OF THE WOOD PUB Old Time Open Jam Session, 5:00PM





party benefit! erie choir

w/ joshua carpenter

mr. mange w/ the spiral, shadow show


5/22 tue foenix culpa

LAZY DIAMOND Killer Karaoke w/ KJ Tim O, 10:00PM

w/ the build, astoria

Yoga at the Mothlight

LOBSTER TRAP Cigar Brothers, 6:30PM

Tuesdays and Thursdays- 11:30am

MG ROAD Salsa Night, 8:00PM

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ONE WORLD BREWING Billy Litz (multiple instrumentalist), 9:00PM OSKAR BLUES BREWERY Letters to Abigail, 5:00PM SLY GROG LOUNGE Weird Wednesday Jam, 8:00PM THE BLOCK OFF BILTMORE ColinYou Home: w/ Colin James & Noah Proudfoot, 7:00PM THE FAIRVIEW TAVERN Redleg Husky (country, blues), 9:00PM THE GREY EAGLE Austin Barrett, 6:00PM THE IMPERIAL LIFE The Berlyn Jazz Trio, 9:00PM THE MOTHLIGHT The Moth: True Stories Told Live, 7:00PM THE PHOENIX & THE FOX Jazz Night w/ Jason DeCristofaro, 7:00PM THE SOUTHERN Disclaimer Comedy Open Mic, 9:00PM TOWN PUMP Open Jam w/Billy Presnell, 9:00PM TRESSA'S DOWNTOWN JAZZ AND BLUES JJ Kitchen All Star Jam (blues, soul), 9:00PM TWIN LEAF BREWERY Open Mic Night, 8:00PM WHITE HORSE BLACK MOUNTAIN The Aaron Price Trio (jazz), 7:30PM

THURSDAY, MAY 17 5 WALNUT WINE BAR Pleasure Chest (blues, rock, soul), 8:00PM AMBROSE WEST Charles Walker Band & The Hollows (funk, Americana), 8:00PM ASHEVILLE GUITAR BAR Will Ray & The Space Cooties, 7:30PM

STRING YOU ALONG: Christie Lenée, the 2017 international fingerstyle guitar champion, has been impressing both loyal followers and new admirers as she tours the country, spreading her folkie singer/songwriter melodic pop and unique guitar work. With a background in traditional jazz and folk rock, augmented by classically inspired techniques, Lenée’s performances bring charm and storytelling to the stage. Completing the evening are cellist Jenn Cornell and Searra Jade’s ‘philoso-folk’ style. Christie Lenée plays Isis Music Hall on May 23 at 8:30 p.m. Photo courtesy of event promoter BANKS AVE Bass Jumpin w/ DJ Audio, 9:00PM BARLEY'S TAPROOM & PIZZERIA Alien Music Club (live jazz), 9:00PM BLACK MOUNTAIN ALE HOUSE The Big Deal Band (bluegrass jam), 8:00PM BLUE MOUNTAIN PIZZA & BREW PUB Ionize, 7:00PM CAPELLA ON 9@THE AC HOTEL Sawyer Johnson, 8:00PM CROW & QUILL Carolina Catskins (ragtime jazz), 9:00PM

ISIS MUSIC HALL & KITCHEN 743 Rahm Squad (jazz, funk), 6:30PM A Different Thread (British-Americana), 7:00PM

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JACK OF THE WOOD PUB Bluegrass Jam, 7:00PM LAZY DIAMOND Jammbino & Mr. 1ne 5ive (hip-hop), 10:00PM LOBSTER TRAP Hank Bones, 6:30PM ODDITORIUM The Liza Colby Sound, The Tip, Bobbie Snakes, Hard Rocket (rock), 9:00PM

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

ONE STOP AT ASHEVILLE MUSIC HALL Mitch's Totally Rad Trivia, 7:00PM Vibe & Direct, 10:00PM


ONE WORLD BREWING Redleg Husky (bluegrass, country, folk), 9:00PM

FOGGY MOUNTAIN BREWPUB Fwuit (jam/soul), 9:00PM

OSKAR BLUES BREWERY Kevin Fuller (Americana), 6:00PM

FRENCH BROAD BREWERY West King String Band (bluegrass), 6:00PM

PACK'S TAVERN The Knotty G's (soul, roots, folk), 8:00PM

HABITAT TAVERN & COMMONS Red Rover Thursdays, 7:00PM

PURPLE ONION CAFE Jon Shain (folk), 7:30PM

HIGHLAND BREWING COMPANY Roots & friends open jam (blues, rock, roots), 6:30PM Trampled By Turtles w/ Hiss Golden Messenger, 7:00PM After Party w/ Fin Dog, 10:00PM


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ODDITORIUM Filth, Insvrgence, Deadland, 8 Vacant Graves & Systematic Devastation (metal), 9:00PM

THE BLOCK OFF BILTMORE Ton of Hay (Grateful Dead tribute) 9:00PM THE GREY EAGLE Andrew Thelston Duo , 6:00PM The Steel Woods w/ Jive Mother Mary, 9:00PM THE IMPERIAL LIFE The Burger Kings (classic rock n' roll), 9:00PM

ONE WORLD BREWING OWB 4th Anniversary Party w/ Super Smash Mouth 64 (jazz, rock, zone) , 9:00PM

THE MOTHLIGHT Sarah Louise (album release) w/ Tashi Dorji & Emmalee Hunnicutt, 9:00PM

ORANGE PEEL KICK- The INXS Experience, 9:00PM

TOWN PUMP Old Sap, 9:00PM TRESSA'S DOWNTOWN JAZZ AND BLUES Jesse Barry & The Jam (blues, dance), 9:00PM WHITE HORSE BLACK MOUNTAIN Tracey Schmidt & Friends (poetry & music), 7:30PM WXYZ LOUNGE AT ALOFT HOTEL Sarah Tucker, 8:00PM

FRIDAY, MAY 18 185 KING STREET DownTown Abby & The Echoes, 8:00PM 5 WALNUT WINE BAR Jesse Barry & The Jam (blues, funk), 9:00PM AMBROSE WEST Reasonably Priced Babies (comedy), 8:00PM ASHEVILLE GUITAR BAR Vince Junior Band, 7:30PM ASHEVILLE MUSIC HALL James Brown Dance Party, 10:00PM BLUE MOUNTAIN PIZZA & BREW PUB Calico Moon, 6:30PM Acoustic Swing, 7:00PM

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THU. 5/17 The Knotty G’s

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FRI. 5/18 DJ MoTo

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SAT. 5/19 The Groove Shakers (bluegrass, rock ‘n roll)



MAY 16 - 22, 2018


OSKAR BLUES BREWERY Shane Pruitt Band , 6:00PM PACK'S TAVERN DJ MoTo (dance hits, pop), 9:30PM PISGAH BREWING COMPANY Bayou Diesel (zydeco, Cajun), 8:00PM SALVAGE STATION The Disco Biscuits, 5:00PM SANCTUARY BREWING COMPANY Carrie Morrison, 4:30PM White Coyote, 8:00PM SLY GROG LOUNGE Forest Frequency Presents Flora (electronic), 9:00PM THE BLOCK OFF BILTMORE Noche de Rock w/ DJ Malinalli & Red lyah (Latin rock) 10:00PM THE GREY EAGLE Norse Folk Rave w/ ToyBox, Grendel's Mother & Brief Awakening , 7:00PM THE IMPERIAL LIFE Select DJ Sets, 9:00PM THE MOTHLIGHT SK The Novelist w/ The Phacts, Mike L!VE, Danny Blaze & P.T.P, 9:00PM TOWN PUMP Michael Martin Band, 9:00PM


TRESSA'S DOWNTOWN JAZZ AND BLUES In Deep feat. David Kwizera from Rwanda (live music, benefit), 7:30PM Strange Signals (modern funk, dance), 10:00PM

CORK & KEG The Resonant Rogues (gypsy jazz), 8:30PM

WHITE HORSE BLACK MOUNTAIN David Childers & Serpent Trio, 8:00PM

DIANA WORTHAM THEATRE David Myles (rock, pop), 8:00PM

WILD WING CAFE Iggy Radio (beatbox, loops), 9:00PM

DOUBLE CROWN Rock 'n' Soul Obscurities w/ DJ Greg Cartwright, 10:00PM


FLEETWOOD'S Video Shoot Party w/ The Zealots & Dex Romweber, 8:00PM


FOGGY MOUNTAIN BREWPUB Calvin Get Down (funk), 10:00PM

185 KING STREET Adam Kiraly Band, 8:00PM

FRENCH BROAD BREWERY Sidecar Honey Duo (folk rock), 6:00PM

5 WALNUT WINE BAR Lyric (soul, funk), 9:00PM

GINGER'S REVENGE Ryan Furstenberg (guitar, banjo), 7:30PM

AMBROSE WEST An Evening of Duos w/ Aaron Price, Peggy Ratusz & Jeff Thompson, 8:00PM

HABITAT TAVERN & COMMONS Sisters from Another Mister Improv (comedy), 8:00PM HIGHLAND BREWING COMPANY Moon Taxi w/ Moon Hooch, 7:00PM Afterparty w/ Jeff Santiago y Los Gatos, 10:00PM ISIS MUSIC HALL & KITCHEN 743 Upland Drive (rock, reggae), 6:30PM Jerry Salley (country, bluegrass, singer-songwriter), 7:00PM Sanctum Sully (Album Release) w/ Devils in Dust (bluegrass, funk, country), 9:00PM JACK OF THE WOOD PUB Kyle Lacy & The Harlem River Noise, 7:00PM

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ONE STOP AT ASHEVILLE MUSIC HALL Free Dead Fridays w/ members of Phuncle Sam, 5:30PM Desmond Jones, 10:00PM

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

ASHEVILLE GUITAR BAR Hard Rocket, 8:00PM ASHEVILLE MUSIC HALL Time Machine Dance party, 9:00PM BLACK MOUNTAIN ALE HOUSE Cynthia McDermott (swing mandolin), 7:30PM BLUE MOUNTAIN PIZZA & BREW PUB Chris Jamison, 7:00PM CAPELLA ON 9@THE AC HOTEL The Jordan Okred Trio, 9:00PM CHESTNUT Jazz Brunch, 11:00AM CORK & KEG Zydeco Ya Ya, 8:30PM


CROW & QUILL Drayton & The Dreamboats, 9:00PM

PISGAH BREWING COMPANY Dr. Dog Critical Equation Tour (psychedelic rock), 7:00PM

DIANA WORTHAM THEATRE Terpsicorps Theatre of Dance, 7:30PM DOUBLE CROWN Soul Motion Dance Party! w/ DJ Dr. Filth, 10:00PM FLEETWOOD'S The Switch: Bless Your Heart (Queer Country Night), 8:00PM FOGGY MOUNTAIN BREWPUB Burger Kings (rock, soul), 10:00PM

PURPLE ONION CAFE Rebecca & The Reckoning, 8:00PM

HABITAT TAVERN & COMMONS Sisters from Another Mister Improv (comedy), 7:00PM HEARTWOOD REFUGE AND RETREAT CENTER The Bliss Hippy Band Benefit Concert, 7:30PM HIGHLAND BREWING COMPANY Bobby Miller & The Virginia Dare Devils, 5:00PM HILLMAN BEER Wintervals, 7:00PM ISIS MUSIC HALL & KITCHEN 743 Mark Mandeville & Raianne Richards w/ Hoot & Holler (folk, Americana), 7:00PM John McCutcheon (singer-songwriter), 8:30PM



SALVAGE STATION The Disco Biscuits, 5:00PM




STATIC AGE RECORDS Western Weirdos Showcase (country), 9:00PM

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THE BLOCK OFF BILTMORE Saturday Salsa & Dance Party w/ DJ Amate 9:30PM THE MOTHLIGHT Black'd: A Dance Party Benefit, 10:00PM TOWN PUMP The Egg Eaters, 9:00PM TRESSA'S DOWNTOWN JAZZ AND BLUES Lenny Pettinelli (live music, evergreens), 7:30PM Free Flow (funk, soul), 10:00PM UPCOUNTRY BREWING COMPANY Smooth Goose (Americana funk rock), 8:30PM

JACK OF THE WOOD PUB The Fustics (rock), 9:00PM

WHITE HORSE BLACK MOUNTAIN The Asheville Jazz Orchestra, 8:00PM

LAZOOM ROOM Girl Power! A Dive Dance Party w/ DJ Honey, 8:00PM


LAZY DIAMOND Sonic Stew w/ DJ Alien Brain, 10:00PM



SLY GROG LOUNGE Monoculture, Ouroboros Boys, Shaken Nature (psych rock), 9:00PM

FRENCH BROAD BREWERY Talia Keys (funk/soul), 6:00PM







LOBSTER TRAP Sean Mason Trio, 6:30PM MG ROAD Late Night Dance Party w/ DJ Lil Meow Meow, 10:00PM NANTAHALA BREWING COMPANY Nick Dittmeier & the Sawdusters, 8:00PM

185 KING STREET Sunday Sessions Open Electric Jam , 4:00PM 5 WALNUT WINE BAR Redleg Husky (folk, Americana), 7:00PM AMBROSE WEST Mason Jennings w/ Brie Capone (singer-songwriter), 8:00PM

ODDITORIUM Party Foul: Drag Circus, 9:00PM

ASHEVILLE GUITAR BAR Classical Guitar Society Meeting, 1:00PM Musicians Jam & Pot Luck, 3:30PM

ONE STOP AT ASHEVILLE MUSIC HALL Three Star Revival (R&B, rock), 10:00PM ONE WORLD BREWING Calvin Get Down (funk), 9:00PM ORANGE PEEL An evening w/ Kevin Smith [SOLD OUT], 7:00 & 10:00PM

BLUE MOUNTAIN PIZZA & BREW PUB Phil Alley, 6:30PM Matt Sellars, 7:00PM BOLD ROCK HARD CIDER Izzi Hughes, 3:00PM

OSKAR BLUES BREWERY Somebody's Child , 6:00PM

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

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FLEETWOOD'S Horrible Girl & The Hot Mess w/ Crooked Ghost, 8:00PM

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LAZY DIAMOND Punk Night w/ DJ Chubberbird & Frens (killer punk vinyl), 10:00PM MAGGIE VALLEY PAVILION Haywood Community Band Concert, 6:30PM ODDITORIUM 80s/90s Dance Party with DJ Baby Bear, 9:00PM ONE STOP AT ASHEVILLE MUSIC HALL Bluegrass Brunch, 10:30AM ORANGE PEEL Meat & Metal: Solstice Slaughter, 4:00PM OSKAR BLUES BREWERY Trivia Night, 5:00PM PACK'S TAVERN Sunday Social Club, 4:30PM PURPLE ONION CAFE Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters 7:30PM SANCTUARY BREWING COMPANY Brother Bluebird, 2:00PM SIERRA NEVADA BREWING CO. Selwynn Birchwood (blues, soul, rock), 7:00PM SLY GROG LOUNGE Legacy of Dreamers Art & Music Fest, 12:00PM STATIC AGE RECORDS Party To The People (benefit), 9:00PM SUMMIT COFFEE ASHEVILLE Heather Taylor w/ Sean Jerome (Americana, singersongwriter), 11:00AM THE BLOCK OFF BILTMORE Swing Asheville & Jazz-n-Justice Tuesday w/ The Posey Quartet 9:00PM THE GREY EAGLE Zoe & Cloyd (freshgrass), 7:00PM

THE OMNI GROVE PARK INN Bob Zullo (pop, rock, jazz, blues), 7:00PM THOMAS WOLFE AUDITORIUM Chicago (classic rock), 7:30PM

MONDAY, MAY 21 185 KING STREET Open Mic w/ 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 FLEETWOOD'S Queer Punk Cake Off, 8:00PM HIGHLAND BREWING COMPANY Game Night, 4:00PM HILLMAN BEER Whiskey Foxtrot, 6:00PM JACK OF THE WOOD PUB Quizzo Trivia Night, 7:00PM Open mic, 9:00PM 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 Eric Congdon, 7:00PM SANCTUARY BREWING COMPANY Murder Ballad Monday, 8:00PM THE GREY EAGLE The Sea & Cake w/ James Elkington, 8:00PM THE IMPERIAL LIFE Ghost Pipe Trio (jazz), 9:00PM

THE OMNI GROVE PARK INN Bob Zullo (pop, rock, jazz, blues), 7:00PM TRESSA'S DOWNTOWN JAZZ AND BLUES Ryan Barber's R&B Jam (r&b), 9:00PM WHITE HORSE BLACK MOUNTAIN Jay Brown 7:00PM

TUESDAY, MAY 22 5 WALNUT WINE BAR The John Henrys (hot jazz), 8:00PM AMBROSE WEST Robbie Fulks, 8:00PM ASHEVILLE GUITAR BAR Gypsy Jazz Jam, 7:30PM ASHEVILLE MUSIC HALL Tuesday night funk jam, 11:00PM BLUE MOUNTAIN PIZZA & BREW PUB Billy Litz, 7:00PM DOUBLE CROWN Groovy Tuesdays (boogie without borders) w/ DJs Chrissy & Arieh, 10:00PM HABITAT TAVERN & COMMONS Asheville Beer and Hymns, 6:00PM HIGHLAND BREWING COMPANY Dr. Brown's Team Trivia, 6:00PM ISIS MUSIC HALL & KITCHEN 743 Tuesday Bluegrass Sessions w/ Unspoken Tradition, 7:30PM JACK OF THE WOOD PUB Cajun/Creole Jam led by Trent Van Blaircom, 7:00PM Karaoke Industry Night , 8:00PM LAZY DIAMOND Rock & Metal Karaoke w/ DJ Paddy, 10:00PM LOBSTER TRAP Jay Brown, 6:30PM ODDITORIUM Open Mic Comedy w/ Tom Peters, 9:00PM ONE STOP AT ASHEVILLE MUSIC HALL Turntable Tuesday, 10:00PM PISGAH BREWING COMPANY Foenix Culpa w/ The Build & Astoria, 9:30PM PURPLE ONION CAFE Never Too Late, 8:00PM SANCTUARY BREWING COMPANY Taco and Trivia Tuesday, 6:00PM THE GREY EAGLE Pussy Riot w/ Dorian Electra, 8:00PM THE MOTHLIGHT Foenix Culpa w/ The Build & Astoria 9:30PM THE SOUTHERN Robert's Totally Rad Trivia, 8:00PM THOMAS WOLFE AUDITORIUML Ghost, 7:00PM TOWN PUMP Gold Rose, 9:00PM TRESSA'S DOWNTOWN JAZZ AND BLUES Early Funk Jam hosted by JP & Lenny (funk, jazz), 9:00PM WHITE HORSE BLACK MOUNTAIN Irish Jam, 6:30PM Open Mic, 8:30PM

WEDNESDAY, MAY 23 185 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


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Director Sebastián Lelio crafts a moving story of religious repression and forbidden love, with Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams in Disobedience.

Disobedience HHHH DIRECTOR: Sebastián Lelio PLAYERS: Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams, Alessandro Nivola DRAMA RATED R THE STORY: The estranged daughter of an Orthodox rabbi returns home for her father’s funeral, only to be confronted with the harsh judgment of her community over an illicit love affair from the past that may not be as defunct as she thinks.  THE LOWDOWN: A methodically paced and carefully constructed character study of two women in love but separated by a common culture, with an emotional depth more shocking than its sensual subject matter. Fresh on the heels of his Oscar-winning portrait of a trans woman on the verge, 2017’s A Fantastic Woman, Chilean writer/director Sebastián Lelio has crafted another beautifully intricate character

study with his English-language debut, Disobedience. If this story of forbidden love within an Orthodox Jewish community lacks some of the stylistic flair that defined A Fantastic Woman, its emotional gut punches are no less impactful or well-developed, and its central cast delivers some of the most dynamic performances to hit screens in recent memory. Lelio is making a name for himself as a director uniquely attuned to rendering believable, relatable characters, and if Disobedience is any indication, he may make the jump from arthouse accolades to mainstream marketability in short order. While Disobedience may still be too niche for a wide audience, it is a film that suitably — and subtly — bridges the gap between the subcultural specificity of A Fantastic Woman and more broadly oriented melodrama. The story follows British expat Ronit (Rachel Weisz) living a secular life in Manhattan when she is

abruptly summoned home for the funeral of her estranged father, a revered rabbi. On arrival, Ronit is greeted with cold courtesy by childhood friend Dovid (Alessandro Nivola) — her father’s rabbinical protege — and somewhat more warmly by Esti (Rachel McAdams), who Ronit is shocked to learn has married Dovid. If you’ve seen the trailers (or even the posters), you already know why she’s so surprised — the breakdown of Ronit’s bond with her father was the result of a romantic relationship with Esti, a scandal that led to her exile from their conservative community. Lelio contrasts the unrequited sexual tension between the two erstwhile lovers with the stolid social structure of their peers both thematically and visually, with Dovid’s almost ritualistic affections and obsession with keeping up appearances standing in stark opposition to the simmering passion brewing between Ronit and Esti. Lelio frames his leads with surreptitious closeups, tinting their stolen moments together with warm hues that break up the implacable monochrome of the harshly judgmental religious culture that threatens to suffocate them both. One need only look at the two drastically different sex scenes featured in Disobedience to grasp Lelio’s point, couching the culturally mandated repression of identity in a viscerally carnal context. Weisz and McAdams play their characters’ distinctions with pitchperfect pathos, Ronit’s open sensuality circling Esti’s taciturn desire as two polar forces of nature drawn toward an inevitable collision. And while Nivola, Weisz, and especially McAdams all elevate their respective roles admirably, it’s Lelio’s slow-burn structure that makes Disobedience so much greater than the sum of its parts — when Ronit and Esti finally reconnect in the second-act climax, it’s like watching two starving people stumble on an all-you-can-eat buffet — and the tension built up along the way is almost as unendurable for the audience as for the characters. Disobedience is a study in oppositions, contrasting love and lust, freedom and obligation, without any shade of heavyhanded moralizing. Lelio has delivered a melodrama that skirts the pitfalls of its soap-opera-worthy premise by searching for the sacred in the salacious, and the result is a love story with a soul-churn-

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: 1945








ingly human heart. Rated R for some strong sexuality. Opens Friday at Fine Arts Theatre. REVIEWED BY SCOTT DOUGLAS JSDOUGLAS22@GMAIL.COM



DIRECTOR: Ferenc Török PLAYERS: Péter Rudolf, Bence Tasnádi, Tamás Szabó Kimmel, Dóra Sztarenki, Ági Szirtes, József Szarvas DRAMA RATED NR THE STORY: A small Hungarian hamlet is gripped by paranoia in the immediate aftermath of World War II when a pair of Jews return to the village, possibly to reclaim their property from the people who exploited it in their absence.  THE LOWDOWN: A moving morality play on a shoestring budget with an unfortunately timely message. Bigger is not always better, especially when it comes to well-trodden tragic territory like the Holocaust. While audiences are still cowed by Disney’s all-powerful money-printing Infinity Gauntlet, an understated Hungarian narrative is quietly raising some far more provocative ideas than any superhero massacre


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have plenty of time to speculate about their motives. Scripted by Török and Gábor T. Szántó, adapting from the latter’s short story “Homecoming,” 1945 is a remarkably affecting story made all the more unsettling for its conciseness. Clocking in at a brisk 91 minutes — and taking place in close to real time — Török and Szántó exploit every frame to render a suspenseful narrative landscape rife with conflict and interpersonal power struggles. Playing something like High Noon meets “The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street,” 1945 replaces the Cold War paranoia of Fred Zinneman’s anti-Western and Rod Serling’s Twilight Zone classic with a thoughtful meditation on the inescapable grasp of the human conscience. 1945 is something of a morality play, explicating the cost of greed and ambition in relation to the human tragedy such drives can impel. While the film feels occasionally slight in its scope, it’s rich in period detail that belies its minuscule budget. The climax may seem perfunctory by the time it arrives, and the narrative labors in the direction of its conclusion rather than developing organically toward its ultimate point, but that point is still well worth making. In a modern world defined by a state of seemingly perpetual warfare, maintaining a strong moral compass in the face of religious intolerance and opportunistic profiteering is not only rational but perhaps more necessary than ever. The fact that such a message is being conveyed by a no-budget Hungarian independent film rather than by more widely accessible fare is an indictment on the state of the popular cinema — but hopefully there are enough moviegoers willing to pass up the occasional blockbuster in favor of something less frivolous, that the moral of 1945 won’t fall on deaf ears and empty seats. Not Rated. Hungarian and Russian dialogue with English subtitles. Opens Friday at Grail Moviehouse.


ever could. With 1945, director Ferenc Török touches on the infrequently considered aftermath of World War II from an unvarnished human perspective, examining the guilt, fear and complacent complicity of a small village full of people who profited from the persecution of its Jewish residents — some more willingly than others. It seems that everyone in the town benefited when its Jews were dragged off to concentration camps, the remaining residents claiming homes and businesses from their absent neighbors. But with the war over, the village’s tenuous balance is thrown into upheaval by the arrival of two unidentified Orthodox Jews carrying a pair of mysterious crates. Are they returning to reclaim what was rightfully theirs? One of the villagers, overcome with guilt, drinks himself into a stupor. Others rush to destroy the evidence of their misdeeds. One much-maligned town clerk, Szentes István (Péter Rudolf), has a lot to lose — he’s set to marry off his son to a pretty peasant girl who broke her engagement to the man she loves so she can partake in the newfound wealth István enjoys courtesy of an illicitly claimed drugstore formerly owned by his Jewish best friend. As the two strangers take the long walk to town from the train station, the villagers

FILM BUNCOMBE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARIES governing/depts/library • FR (5/18), 3pm - BookTo-Movie Showing: We Need to Talk About Kevin, film screening and discussion. Free. Held at West Asheville Public Library, 942 Haywood Road


• TU (5/22), 6pm Summer of Noir Film Series: Double Indemnity, film screening. Free. Held at Fairview Library, 1 Taylor Road, Fairview FINE ARTS THEATRE 36 Biltmore Ave., 828232-1536 • TH (5/17), 7pm - Women AdvaNCe, a statewide nonpartisan nonprofit, host a pre-screening of the documentary, RBG.

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Information: $10. MOUNTAINTRUE 828-258-8737, • WE (5/16), 6:30-9:30pm - No Man’s Land Film Festival, adventure film event featuring only woman-identified athletes. Free to attend. Held at New Belgium Brewery, 21 Craven St.


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LEGALLY FIT: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg exercises in this still from the new documentary RBG. The statewide nonpartisan nonprofit Women AdvaNCe hosts a screening of the film on May 17 at the Fine Arts Theatre, one day before its official local release. Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures • Women AdvaNCe, a statewide nonpartisan nonprofit, hosts a prescreening of RBG on Thursday, May 17, at 7 p.m. at the Fine Arts Theatre, 36 Biltmore Ave. The new documentary on Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will be followed by a panel discussion on the Equal Rights Amendment, co-hosted by the ERA Alliance North Carolina, with an emphasis on local efforts to persuade North Carolina lawmakers to ratify the constitutional amendment. The event is also the launch of the 2018 N.C. Women’s Summit, which will take place Nov. 10 at The Collider. Tickets to the screening are $10 and available online and at the Fine Arts box office. RBG officially opens at the theater on May 18 • On Friday, May 18, 3-5 p.m., the West Asheville Library, 942 Haywood Road, hosts a Book-to-Movie showing of We Need to Talk About Kevin, starring Tilda Swinton, John C. Reilly and Ezra Miller (Justice League). Free. • The next selection in Nerdy Stitch Night at Purl’s Yarn Emporium, 10 Wall St., is Arrival, starring Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and Forest Whitaker. The screening takes place Sunday, May 20, at 6 p.m., and attendees are

invited to bring a project on which to work during the film. Free to attend. • On Tuesday, May 22, at 6 p.m., the Fairview Library, 1 Taylor Road, presents Billy Wilder’s Double Indemnity. The film is the first of four screenings and discussions of film noir classics. The events will be hosted by N.C. Film Critics Association member James Rosario, who will introduce each film and lead a post-screening talk. Free. • Archetype Brewing, 265 Haywood Road, shows The Last Dragon on Thursday, May 24, at 8 p.m. The martial arts film is part of the brewery’s Archetype Theater Presents series. Free to attend. • The Hendersonville Community Co-op, 60 S. Charleston Lane, hosts a screening of Farmers for America on Tuesday, May 24, 6:30-8 p.m. The documentary explores how young people are stepping up to help sustain the domestic farming industry. The event includes an information session about the Organic Growers School’s Farm Beginnings program, which trains new and beginning farmers and helps them overcome barriers to land and capital. Free to attend.  X


Kundun HHHS DIRECTOR: Martin Scorsese PLAYERS: Gyurme Tethong, Tsewang Migyur Khangsar, Tenzin Thuthob Tsarong, Tencho Gyalpo, Tulku Jamyang Kunga Tenzin BIOGRAPHICAL DRAMA Rated PG-13 “Important” films from Martin Scorsese tend to be divisive, not only because audiences would rather see him reiterate the same gangster tropes in perpetuity (remember when nobody showed up for his excellent Silence  last year?), but also because the director himself seems to get a little lost when he starts dealing with more serious subject matter. While The Last Temptation of Christ (1988) was an excellent example of what Scorsese can accomplish with heavily religious material, Kundun  (1998) has been widely cited as case study of where he can go wrong. This biopic — focused on the life of the 14th Dalai Lama, beautifully photographed by Richard Deakins and with a riveting score from Philip Glass — represents Scorsese at his most pensive, but ultimately, its episodic narrative structure, venerative tone and lengthy running time turned off audiences and critics alike. Still, it’s better than I remembered and it undoubtedly holds a special place in the Scorsese canon. The Hendersonville Film Society will show Kundun on Sunday, May 20, at 2 p.m. in the Smoky Mountain Theater at Lake Pointe Landing Retirement Community, 333 Thompson St., Hendersonville.

Not of This Earth / Attack of the Crab Monsters HHHH DIRECTOR: Roger Corman PLAYERS: Paul Birch, Beverly Garland, Jonathan Haze / Richard Garland, Pamela Duncan, Russell Johnson SCI-FI HORROR Rated NR In 1957, this pair of Roger Corman cheapies played on a double bill and was advertised as a “Terrorama! Double Horror Sensation!” As with most sci-fi horror pictures of its era, the ad campaign smacks of wishful thinking. Yet there’s no denying that Not of This Earth (a premise Corman liked so much that he produced two remakes) and Attack of the Crab Monsters are perfect — and perfectly enjoyable — examples of the type of movie that was being churned out at the time. Surprisingly, they’re also frequently stylish and have remarkably well-written screenplays. Bear in mind, however, that we’re talking well-written within the context of movies about a kind of vampire from outer space and giant mutant telepathic crabs bent on world domination. (In the case of the latter, I’ve never been quite clear what they planned on doing with the world once they got hold of it.) This excerpt was taken from a review by Ken Hanke published on July 5, 2011. The Asheville Film Society will screen Not of This Earth and Attack of the Crab Monsters on Tuesday, May 22, at 7 p.m. at The Grail Moviehouse, hosted by Xpress movie critic Scott Douglas.



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Book Club

Romantic comedy starring Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen and Mary Steenburgen. According to the studio: “Four lifelong friends’ lives are turned upside down to hilarious ends when their book club tackles the infamous Fifty Shades of Grey. From discovering new romance to rekindling old flames, they inspire each other to make their next chapter the best chapter.” No early reviews. (PG-13)

Deadpool 2

Sequel to the surprise superhero hit, directed by David Leitch and starring Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Zazie Beetz, Morena Baccarin and Julian Dennison. According to the studio: “After surviving a near fatal bovine attack, a disfigured cafeteria chef (Wade Wilson) struggles to fulfill his dream of becoming Mayberry’s hottest bartender while also learning to cope with his lost sense of taste. Searching to regain his spice for life, as well as a flux capacitor, Wade must battle ninjas, the yakuza and a pack of sexually aggressive canines, as he journeys around the world to discover the importance of family, friendship and flavor — finding a new taste for adventure and earning the coveted coffee-mug title of World’s Best Lover.” No early reviews. (R)


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Biographical documentary directed and produced by Betsy West and Julie Cohen. According to the studio: “At the age of 85, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has developed a breathtaking legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon. But without a definitive Ginsburg biography, the unique personal journey of this diminutive, quiet warrior’s rise to the nation’s highest court has been largely unknown, even to some of her biggest fans — until now.” Early reviews positive. (PG)

Wild Strawberries HHHHH DIRECTOR: Ingmar Bergman PLAYERS: Victor Sjöström, Ingrid Thulin, Bibi Anderson, Gunnar Björnstrand, Jullan Kindahl DRAMA Rated NR Ingmar Bergman was just 40 when he made Wild Strawberries, but he shows much of himself in the character of 78-year-old Isak Borg (Victor Sjöström). The very fact that he cast filmmaker Sjöström — a pioneer in Swedish film who had an impressive career in Hollywood silent film as Victor Seastrom — is telling, as is the framing story about Borg traveling to receive an honorary degree (Bergman, himself, was just then becoming truly lionized on an international level). All Bergman films are personal, but this one seems especially so. Bergman has here crafted a supremely reflective work in which an old man searches for self-realization through the present, the past and even the tenuous future. It’s poetic and richly elegant — and sometimes playful (but don’t tell anyone, because lots of people think of Bergman as stupefyingly serious). It also manages to be all these things in the space of 91 minutes. Think about that the next time you sit down to the bloated pretentiousness that all too often passes for profundity these days. This excerpt was taken from a review by Ken Hanke published on Aug. 8, 2007. Classic World Cinema by Courtyard Gallery will present Wild Strawberries on Friday, May 18, at the new Flood Gallery location in Black Mountain, 850 Blue Ridge Road, Unit A-13, Black Mountain.

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FREEWILL ASTROLOGY ARIES (March 21-April 19): According to my assessment of the astrological omens, your duty right now is to be a brave observer and fair-minded intermediary and honest storyteller. Your people need you to help them do the right thing. They require your influence in order to make good decisions. So if you encounter lazy communication, dispel it with your clear and concise speech. If you find that foggy thinking has started to infect important discussions, inject your clear and concise insights. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): A chemist named Marcellus Gilmore Edson got a patent on peanut butter in 1894. A businessperson named George Bayle started selling peanut butter as a snack in 1894. In 1901, a genius named Julia David Chandler published the first recipe for a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. In 1922, another pioneer came up with a new process for producing peanut butter that made it taste better and last longer. In 1928, two trailblazers invented loaves of sliced bread, setting the stage for the ascension of the peanut butter and jelly sandwich to its full glory. According to my analysis, Taurus, you’re partway through your own process of generating a very practical marvel. I suspect you’re now at a phase equivalent to Julia David Chandler’s original recipe. Onward! Keep going! GEMINI (May 21-June 20): One of the most popular brands of candy in North America is Milk Duds. They’re irregularly shaped globs of chocolate caramel. When they were first invented in 1926, the manufacturer’s plan was to make them perfect little spheres. But with the rather primitive technology available at that time, this proved impossible. The finished products were blobs, not globes. They tasted good, though. Workers jokingly suggested that the new confection’s name include “dud,” a word meaning “failure” or “flop.” Having sold well now for more than 90 years, Milk Duds have proved that success doesn’t necessarily require perfection. Who knows? Maybe their dud-ness has been an essential part of their charm. I suspect there’s a metaphorical version of Milk Duds in your future, Gemini. CANCER (June 21-July 22): In my vision of your life in the coming weeks, you’re hunting for the intimate power that you lost a while back. After many twists and trials, you find it almost by accident in a seemingly unimportant location, a place you have paid little attention to for a long time. When you recognize it, and realize you can reclaim it, your demeanor transforms. Your eyes brighten, your skin glows, your body language galvanizes. A vivid hope arises in your imagination: how to make that once-lost, now-rediscovered power come alive again and be of use to you in the present time. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): The etymological dictionary says that the English slang word “cool” meant “calmly audacious” as far back as 1825. The term “groovy” was first used by jazz musicians in the 1930s to signify “performing well without grandstanding.” “Hip,” which was originally “hep,” was also popularized by the jazz community. It meant, “informed, aware, up-to-date.” I’m bringing these words to your attention because I regard them as your words of power in the coming weeks. You can be and should be as hip, cool, and groovy as you have been in a long time. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): I hope you will seek out influences that give you grinning power over your worries. I hope you’ll be daring enough to risk a breakthrough in service to your most demanding dream. I hope you will make an effort to understand yourself as your best teacher might understand you. I hope you will find out how to summon more faith in yourself — a faith not rooted in lazy wishes but in a rigorous self-assessment. Now here’s my prediction: You will fulfill at least one of my hopes, and probably more.


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LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): The Polish pianist Ignacy Jan Paderewski once performed for England’s Queen Victoria. Since she possessed that bygone era’s equivalent of a backstage pass, she was able to converse with him after the show. “You’re a genius,” she told him, having been impressed with his artistry. “Perhaps, Your Majesty,” Paderewski said. “But before that I was a drudge.” He meant that he had labored long and hard before reaching the mastery the Queen attributed to him. According to my analysis of the astrological omens, you Libras are currently in an extended “drudge” phase of your own. That’s a good thing! Take maximum advantage of this opportunity to slowly and surely improve your skills. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): The ancient Greek poet Simonides was among the first of his profession to charge a fee for his services. He made money by composing verses on demand. On one occasion, he was asked to write a stirring tribute to the victor of a mule race. He declined, declaring that his sensibilities were too fine to create art for such a vulgar activity. In response, his potential patron dramatically boosted the proposed price. Soon thereafter, Simonides produced a rousing ode that included the phrase “wind-swift steeds.” I offer the poet as a role model for you in the coming weeks, Scorpio. Be more flexible than usual about what you’ll do to get the reward you’d like. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Here’s the operative metaphor for you these days: You’re like a painter who has had a vision of an interesting work of art you could create — but who lacks some of the paint colors you would require to actualize this art. You may also need new types of brushes you haven’t used before. So here’s how I suggest you proceed: Be aggressive in tracking down the missing ingredients or tools that will enable you to accomplish your as-yet imaginary masterpiece. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Useful revelations and provocative epiphanies are headed your way. But they probably won’t arrive sheathed in sweetness and light, accompanied by tinkling swells of celestial music. It’s more likely they’ll come barging in with a clatter, bringing bristly marvels and rough hope. In a related matter: At least one breakthrough is in your imminent future. But this blessing is more likely to resemble a wrestle in the mud than a dance on a mountaintop. None of this should be a problem, however! I suggest you enjoy the rugged but interesting fun. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): One of the saddest aspects of our lives as humans is the disparity between love and romance. Real love is hard work. It’s unselfish, unwavering and rooted in generous empathy. Romance, on the other hand, tends to be capricious and inconstant, often dependent on the fluctuations of mood and chemistry. Is there anything you could do about this crazy-making problem, Aquarius? Like could you maybe arrange for your romantic experiences to be more thoroughly suffused with the primal power of unconditional love? I think this is a realistic request, especially in the coming weeks. You will have exceptional potential to bring more compassion and spiritual affection into your practice of intimacy. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): In accordance with astrological omens, I invite you to dream up new rituals. The traditional observances and ceremonies bequeathed to you by your family and culture may satisfy your need for comfort and nostalgia, but not your need for renewal and reinvention. Imagine celebrating homemade rites of passage designed not for who you once were but for the new person you’ve become. You may be delighted to discover how much power they provide you to shape your life’s long-term cycles. Ready to conjure up a new ritual right now? Take a piece of paper and write down two fears that inhibit your drive to create a totally interesting kind of success for yourself. Then burn that paper and those fears in the kitchen sink while chanting “I am a swashbuckling incinerator of fears!”




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3 Refuge 4 Prefix meaning “cheap” 5 Longest sentence? 6 Tax org. 7 Up 8 Old AT&T symbol 9 Vogue rival 10 Turned brunette, maybe 11 Cigarette purchase 13 Fixes in place 15 ___-relief 16 Mike who hosted “Dirty Jobs” 17 Italian wines 22 Emaciated 23 Give 0 stars 24 Citi rival 25 Big “G” for Google, e.g. 26 It flows past Giza 27 ___ Inn 28 Kind of diagram 29 Parrot in “Aladdin” 30 Cousin of a gator 31 “And … ___!” (director’s cry) 34 Spy on DOWN 35 Tool for tilling 1 Lead vessel? 37 Tool for telling? 2 ___ Fett, “Star 38 Closing part of an address Wars” bounty hunter

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49 Practice to improve 50 What must go on, proverbially 51 Patella’s place 53 Sound of exasperation


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Mountain Xpress 05.16.18  

Independent news, arts and events for Western North Carolina.

Mountain Xpress 05.16.18  

Independent news, arts and events for Western North Carolina.