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Privacy not guaranteed Photographer Brian Green “frames” Asheville BY CARRIE EIDSON 251-1333 ext. 114

Pay no attention to the man behind the camera — really. Brian Green does not want you to notice him. Slight of build and dressed in dark, nondescript clothing, Green walks the streets of Asheville looking for images. He takes photographs every day, pretty much everywhere he goes, some days heading out 9 to 5 as if it were his job, amassing a collection of captured — some might say stolen — images of strangers. “It can go one of two ways,” Green says of taking street photos. “Sometimes you take someone’s photo and they get mad. Sometimes they swing at you.” FACES IN THE CROWD If you’ve walked down Biltmore Avenue anytime in the last two months, you may have noticed Green’s work displayed on a DIYstyle gallery near Doc Chey’s — specifically, on the wall that runs in front of the patio of the former Hannah Flanagan’s. Neatly spaced and attached via staple gun are rows and rows of neatly spaced black-and-white snapshots of Asheville and other cities’ residents — men cleaning windows, people sipping coffee in cafés, window-shoppers, police officers, subway riders, firefighters. “I’ve always been fascinated with people,” Green says. “I’ve always been more of a people-watcher. Once I got comfortable with photographing people, I just started doing it more and more and more. “I guess it’s an obsession now,” he adds. Green has received no formal photography training, but he’s been taking photos since he was “8 or 9” after his mother gave him a Polaroid cam-


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era. It took him a while to work up the courage to take photos of familiar people, let alone the nerve to take photos of strangers — a practice he calls both “not normal” and “uncomfortable” — but about five years ago, Green says, he stopped shooting anything other than strangers on the street. He estimates that he shoots for at least three to five hours every day, though there have been days when he’s gone out at 8 a.m. and didn’t stop shooting until the next day. Sometimes he has a destination in mind, but he says often he just walks laps, meandering up and down the streets, the odometer on his phone calculating that his typical walk adds up to 10 to 15 miles. “If I go out without [a camera], I hate myself for the rest of the night because I’ll miss so many photos,” he says. “So now, I don’t go anywhere without one. I just came down

MOMENTS WITH STRANGERS: “Once I got comfortable with photographing people, I just started doing it more and more,” says photographer Brian Green, whose work captures images from the streets of Asheville, New York, Boston, Atlanta, Orlando and other cities he’s visited. “I guess it’s an obsession now.” (Photos by Brian Green)

four floors to talk to you, and I still brought one.” Green didn’t get permission to post his photos on Biltmore. After all, he jokes, “You don’t need permission when you have a staple gun.” He’s never met the owner, though he says he would like to. He picked the spot because it was already plastered with playbills

and graffiti, seemingly a tolerated space for street art — at least for awhile, as Green says the owner does occasionally repaint the wall once it becomes too densely covered. “After the last time the wall was repainted, I figured, ‘Well, it’s my turn,’” Green says. “I figured I shoot the photos on the streets, so why not show them on the streets?” Green installed his street gallery in early April, but the initial reception was much less rewarding than he had envisioned. “It went terrible,” he says. “They got ripped down really quickly, usually at night. So, I went back and did about double what I did the first time.” These days, the photos remain mostly untouched and frequently become a source of conversation among passersby. Green says he will sometimes linger by the wall, eavesdropping as people discuss his photographs.

“All these people are strangers to me, but if you stand there long enough, someone who knows someone on that wall walks by,” he says. “Asheville is a city but it’s really a small town. And that’s interesting to me, being new and basically being a stranger myself.”

ONE IN A MILLION: Anyone can take street photos, but not everyone does, notes Green, seen here in front of his DIY-style street gallery on Biltmore. “At the end of the day,” he says, “normal people don’t do this.” Photo by John Gellman

SHOOT FIRST, ASK LATER Since the photos went up in April, Green says he’s been frequently asked, “How do you get permission to take someone’s photo?” He doesn’t. A follow-up question: “Does it make people feel uncomfortable?” It does, he says. Another question: “Isn’t it exploitation?” “I had someone argue with me that it’s exploitation of people,” Green says. “But so much for me is automatic. You see something and something in your head just clicks, and right after that clicking is the clicking of the shutter. I don’t even think about it. I see an image, I take it. “To me there’s no difference — whether I’m hanging out with friends or on the streets. If I see something, I shoot it,” he adds. It’s important to note, Green’s approach is different from that of many other street photographers and photojournalists (though you could perhaps draw a parallel to secretive Chicago street photog-

rapher Vivian Maier). This isn’t Humans of New York. Green isn’t approaching interesting-looking people on the street to learn their story. Rather, Green is effectively stealing their story, capturing it in a candid moment he frames in his lens before, hopefully, disappearing back into the crowd. “A lot of people don’t even know I’m taking a photo, and I prefer it that way,” Green says. “I try not to do posed work at all, because my work is about human behavior, existence, life. When someone’s posing they’re giving you the way they want to be perceived, not the way they are.” It’s an approach that hasn’t always gone over well. “Every now and then, there will be incident where I know if I take this guy’s photo, he’s going to hit me,” Green says. “And thankfully, I guess, I have that disconnect where I say, ‘I’ll take it, and if he

gets mad, he gets mad.’ I have no concern for my own well-being when I have a camera in front of my face.” Green has been swung at. He’s been yelled at. In Orlando, he got in a heated and prolonged exchange with a police office after he took photos of emergency medical technicians assisting a man who had been assaulted. (You can watch the entire incident on Green’s YouTube channel). In that exchange, Green defended his right to photograph people in public places, which he says he’ll continue to do. “Anyone can take photos of anyone on the street: There’s no expectation of privacy in public. Period,” Green says. “You should have that expectation of privacy in your home. For people living on the streets, it is their home and I try to respect that. But otherwise, if you’re on the street, you’re fair game. “I always say, ‘I would rather shoot a photo and question whether I should use it later than question first and not shoot the photo,’” he continues. “If you don’t take the photo, or if you wait too long and question it, it will be gone. It happens that fast. This isn’t the studio, and it isn’t posed, so if you miss it, it’s just gone.” Green says his work has taken him to rough neighborhoods and uneasy situations. In Orlando, he


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witnessed a woman committing suicide by jumping off a parking deck, landing right in front of him. The photo he snapped of the paramedics that arrived to the scene would later run in the Orlando Sentinel. He has walked around alone, for hours, day and night in New York, Atlanta, Orlando, Boston — the cities where he has lived for brief periods of time as part of his “largely nomadic” lifestyle. He’s been in Asheville for six months now, working in a print shop and snapping photos in his off hours. It’s the longest he says he has stayed in one place in the last two years. “I know that, a lot of times, I don’t talk to people, and that’s why it makes moving and traveling so easy,” Green reflects. “I don’t really have any connections, so I can free-range and just do my thing. It’s interesting to me, looking in at other people’s lives — I focus so much on work, on taking photos 9 to 5, I kind of neglect my own.” “At the end of the day,” he adds, “normal people don’t do this.” FLEETING MOMENTS Green’s work is currently on display at 51 Grill on Merrimon Avenue and will hang at Early Girl Eatery on Wall Street beginning in August. Photos still go missing from the Biltmore wall, though Green says lately it seems to be more from people taking home the prints than simply ripping them down. “You could tell someone had really painstakingly removed the staples to take one down,” he says. “Someone on the street was really mad and said [to me], ‘I can’t believe someone would do that!’ But I know how much time it took me to put it up there — it probably took double that to take it down neatly. If they wanted it that bad, I’m glad they took the time to take it.” Green shrugs off the lost prints in much the same way he shrugs off the angry stares, the thrown punches, the shouted threats — it’s all part of being on the street. He knows his behavior isn’t normal; he knows his photos often make people uncomfortable. Anyone can take street photos, he says, but not everyone does. So then, the seemingly obvious question: Why do it? “I’ve never actually sat down and said, “OK, this is why I do this,” Green says. “I just always took pho-

tos and I always focused on people. “My dad passed away when I was younger, and I only have one photo of him,” he explains. “Obviously, these people out here aren’t important to me in the same way, but yeah, I do think something in me is trying to capture and save the moments that are around me. I do think that’s part of it.” Green answers this last question by phone while in New York City. In the last two days he’s been through Washington, D.C., parts of New Jersey and Baltimore. The next day he’ll be in Boston before returning to Asheville. He’s taken pictures all along the way, not even stopping during this phone call, even when almost hit by a cab. “You shoot these images trying to capture these moments and remember them, and a lot of times, you’re capturing everything you’ve lost,” he adds after the cab passes. “It’s sort of a dark way of looking at it, but a lot of what I have [photographed] is places I grew up or relationships that have taken a turn. There’s always the flip side of the coin where you’re preserving some things, gritty things — like the suicide — that you would probably want to forget.” Green says he plans to completely cover the Biltmore wall when he returns to Asheville and continue to “refresh” the photos as long as he’s in town — though even Green doesn’t know how long that will be. Green also hopes to expand the project — maybe finally meet the owner; maybe add Plexiglas to make the display more permanent, the gallery nicer-looking; maybe even expand to another wall on another street. He’s started receiving emails from other photographers and students at UNC Asheville asking for advice on how to approach street photography. His answer? “There’s no normal reason to walk up and put a camera in a stranger’s face,” Green says. “You’re creating art; you’re creating a beautiful image, yes. But you’re making someone uncomfortable. And if you’re OK with that, you’ll be a good street photographer.” You can see more of Green’s work at or on his YouTube channel at BrianWilliamGreen. You can also connect with him directly via If you’re interested in a print, he does prefer that you email him before ripping it down. X


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Igniting Asheville Some of Asheville’s brightest entrepreneurial thinkers came together May 15 to pitch ventures that could transform the human experience. Gathered at The Orange Peel, representatives of 10 innovative small businesses explained how their work could help “Ignite Asheville,” sparking jobs and enhancing quality of life. Organized by the Economic Development Coalition for Asheville-Buncombe County, the event aimed to help the city “become a hub for worldclass companies,” said host Josh Dorfman, the coalition’s director of entrepreneurship development. Each speaker had 5 minutes to convince the 100 or so attendees of their businesses’s potential. Attendees then voted for their favorite idea. The winner, BarberWind Turbines, received $1,000 toward its goal of building cheaper, more efficient wind turbines. BarberWind CEO Michael Shore said they’re developing a way to harness wind power without a gearbox, “bringing something very profound, very disruptive into the market.” Shore previously co-founded FLS Energy, now a $75 million local business with some 50 employees. Inspired by a passion for making society more sustainable, Shore said that although global warming poses great risks, it has the potential to “bring everyone together” for positive change. People, he continued, “want to belong to causes greater than themselves. We are in for an incredible ride.”

• Jay Schauer of HotWax, which hopes to “unleash a world of creativity” by changing the way websites are built. This, he said, will enable the company to “shake up a billiondollar industry.” • Angela Newnam of Knock Out! said, “It’s a simple idea: to make better underwear,” noting that in just a few years, the company’s already sold 150,000 pairs of panties in 500 retail locations. • Sarah Benoit of JB Media Institute said, “Learning to market on the Internet is like learning to dance: You have to learn the steps as well as the art. We want our students to become Internet rock stars.” SHORING UP SUPPORT: Michael Shore won the Ignite Asheville ideas competition by presenting his BarberWind Turbine company as capable of reshaping the renewable energy industry. Photo by Jake Frankel

The second-place company, Outrider USA, received $500. The Fletcher-based business, which builds electric trikes, made headlines last month for holding one of the area’s most successful Kickstarter campaigns, raising $126,231 in only 30 days to help fund development of a new all-terrain electric cycle for people with disabilities. Co-owner Jesse Lee said the idea came out of his years as a bicycle

commuter at Appalachian State University. His advice to fellow entrepreneurs: “Find the people who believe in what you believe in.” No other Ignite Asheville speaker was awarded any money, but they did garner praise from those using Twitter to follow the event. Rich Orris tweeted, “Props to all the folks coming up with big ideas and having the guts to get up in front of a room.” The other participants were: • Mariano deGuzman of Appalatch. Using local fibers and cutting-edge 3D printing technology to create custom-fit outdoor apparel, the company aims “to create hope and opportunity” by revitalizing the region’s once thriving textile industry. • Jackson Anderson of Blue Blaze Soda & Syrup Co., handproducing all-natural soda syrups containing more antioxidants and fewer calories than typical sodas. Anderson said his company wants to put Asheville on the map as a source of other quality beverages.


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Safety measures Buncombe County officials joined with community partners May 13 to unveil a new plan to curb domestic violence. In 2013 there were five domestic homicides in Buncombe County — a record high. And there were 7,230 calls to 911 involving domestic violence allegations, resulting in 400 investigations by the county’s Child Protective Services Department. Nationwide, domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women — more than car accidents, muggings and rapes combined. It’s the seventh-leading cause of death. On average, roughly 1 in 4 women will experience violence at the hands of an intimate partner sometime in their life. “We have thousands of people who are not safe,” said Buncombe Commissioner Holly Jones at the May 13 announcement event. “The ultimate goal of the plan is to turn the tide. The community needs to say, ‘Enough. No more violence.’” The event was the first step in a public education campaign that will seek to increase awareness of the issue in months to come. The plan also creates a “High Risk Team” made up of law enforcement, social workers, court officials and others who “will treat offenders with the greatest scrutiny, including home visits and safety checks.” They will conduct “lethality assessments” to help determine if offenders are at high risk for repeat violations. If so, they’ll be added to a watch list monitored by the risk team partners.


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TIME TO SAY ENOUGH: Flanked by other officials, Holly Jones, center, announced a new domestic-violence prevention plan. Left to right: HelpMate Executive Director April Burgess-Johnson, former judge Rebecca Knight, Buncombe County District Attorney Ron Moore, Buncombe Sheriff Van Duncan. Photo by Jake Frankel

“It’s an unprecedented collaboration. ... Every victim and every offender will get an individualized plan of action,” said former District Court Judge Rebecca Knight. “We’re going to coordinate so the information gets to where it needs to go quickly.” It will become standard protocol for officers at the scene of crimes

to immediately notify Helpmate on behalf of the victims. Helpmate is a local nonprofit that offers emergency shelter, counseling and court advocacy programs for victims. In addition, the county will invest $100,000 in new electronic monitoring equipment that will track offenders 24/7 and alert the victim and law enforcement if they are nearby, immediately triggering the individualized safety plan. The cost of the monitoring systems is minimal compared “to the cost of not doing anything,” said Sheriff Van Duncan, citing numerous financial consequences associated with domestic violence, such as court administration costs, worker absenteeism and emergency room visits. “The outcomes of domestic violence are very costly,” he said. “The cost of doing nothing sends a message to our sons and daughters about what is acceptable behavior in a relationship,” added April Burgess-Johnson, executive director

of Helpmate. “Offenders need to know there’s dire consequences.” More than 2,000 people reach out to Helpmate for assistance every year, she reported. “The message that we’re sending to them is your not alone in this.” A similar electronic monitoring system in Pitt County, N.C., has been very effective in preventing repeat offenses, according to Knight. Outgoing District Attorney Ron Moore said he’s hoping that Buncombe County will also soon have a special Domestic Violence Court, overseen by a judge who’s focused entirely on related issues. “Having the same judge is important so people can’t get away with saying, ‘I won’t do this again,’” he said. “They’ll know about the family situation.” Todd Williams, who beat Moore in the May 6 Democratic primary, said he supports the idea. “I hope we never have another year like we had last year with five intimate partner homicides,” added Duncan. As part of the public outreach campaign, Buncombe County launched a new website May 13 with information and resources for victims (


Later that evening, Buncombe County commissioners voted unanimously May 13 to give manufacturer BorgWarner $1.92 million in economic incentive grants. In exchange, the company agreed to hire 154 new local workers over the next five years and invest $55 million into its Arden facility at 1849 Brevard Road. The agreement stipulates that the new jobs pay an average annual wage of $74,571 — more than twice the county average. According to the approved resolution, “If the county did not promise such economic development incentives, then BorgWarner may not complete the project,” it reads. BorgWarner’s facility in Arden opened in 1977 and currently employs over 650 full-time workers. The company is based in Michigan and operates 60 plants in 19 coun-

tries. The local expansion will help meet growing demand for its turbocharging engine systems, which are used in a range of vehicles, from commercial trucks and off-highway equipment to high-performance race cars, said company officials. “We want them to be part of the community,” said Buncombe County Planning Director Jon Creighton. “They’re here and willing to invest.” In five years, the company’s investment will generate roughly $10 million in local tax revenue, he said. Commissioner David King was criticized by opponent Miranda DeBruhl in the recent Republican primary campaign for previous votes he took in favor of such economic incentive deals. DeBruhl won that race by a wide margin, forcing King out of his commission seat at the end of the year. But he joined with his Republican incumbents May 13 in enthusiastically supporting the BorgWarner deal. “This is about real people,” he said, noting that he worked at the company in the 1980s. “This company has done a great deal for the community and will continue to do so. ... I’m very excited. … It’s a great thing for Buncombe County.” No attendees spoke during a public comment session on the issue.

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The right to choose Activists rally for GMO labeling at March Against Monsanto

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The 2014 March Against Monsanto and Asheville GMO-Free Street Festival is slated for Saturday, May 24, at Pack Square beginning at noon. The gathering is a demonstration against Monsanto and genetically modified organisms — foods whose ingredients were created though genesplicing the DNA from a variety of plants and animals. In America, GMO labeling is not required by law, though the nonprofit Non-GMO Project estimates that 80 percent of conventional processed foods contain GMOs. Monsanto is a leading producer of genetically modified seeds, as well as the Roundup brand of herbicide. For the local nonprofits GMO Free WNC and Do Not Alter, which are organizing the protest along with community volunteers, the event is about promoting public awareness of GMOs and petitioning for labeling, but it’s also about thinking to the next stage. “We want GMOs labeled, [so that] we’ll be able to vote with our wallets and boycott them” says Louise Heath, a lead volunteer. “And, in the end, we want them banned. We want GMOs out of the Blue Ridge Mountains, out of North Carolina and out of our farms.” Guest speakers will include permaculturist Allan Kennedy; Samm Simpson, associate producer and writer for the film Genetic Roulette; Paul Berry, the director of Brother Wolf Animal Rescue, who will discuss GMOs in pet food; Sue Huelbig, a geo-engineering activist; and Samantha Holland, a community organizer and volunteer with Moms Across America.   “We have the right to choose,” says Holland. “If you don’t give us the right to know what’s in our food

THE FREEDOM OF CHOICE: “If you don’t give us the right to know what’s in our food and beverages, then you take away our freedom,” says activist Samantha Holland who will be particpating in the March Against Monsanto on May 24. Photo of the 2013 March Against Monsanto by Jordan Foltz.

and beverages, then you take away our freedom. I believe we have the right to freedom.” Holland’s interest in the potential health threats of genetically engineered food began after she experienced two miscarriages, which she believes were directly correlated to the processed foods that were a large part of her diet. “I noticed the trend with my miscarriages and my diet, and that’s when I started to get really serious about this,” says Holland, who has a son and a daughter. “Because the majority of processed food is GMO and the majority of animal feed is GMO, even [with] a label we don’t have much of a choice, and that is an issue. I personally don’t want to consume GMOs and I don’t want my children consuming GMOs.” Asheville activist Marion Felter says she is participating in the event because she wants to see GMO labeling. “I just can’t imagine that there’s any reason why we shouldn’t know what’s in our food supply,” Felter says. “Roundup-ready food has the

pesticide built into the food. In other words, you can’t wash that pesticide off.” The event is family-friendly, with music by local bands Free Radio, The River Rats, Jarvis Jenkins and The Old Guard. Drums, bells and hula hoops are welcomed and local food trucks will also be on hand, with over 20 local vendors represented. “A lot of kids my age, and I’m 21, have a really big misconception about this event, and [about] protest itself,” says Andrew Scotchie, lead singer of The River Rats. “I think, to them, it comes off as just a bunch of people waving signs. I’d say, come open your ears a little.” Asheville’s March Against Monsanto is being held as part of an international day of action, with demonstrations taking place throughout Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. “It’s a basic right, of not just humans but every entity on the planet, to have clean, unadulterated food, clean air and clean water,”

says Heath. “It’s that simple, and that’s what the March Against Monsanto is on a global level.”













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Twin events aim to help Mexico’s Tarahumara people BY LEA MCLELLAN 251-1333 ext. 127

EL CHIVO What do a Harvard professor, the editor of Blue Ridge Outdoors magazine, an Asheville expatriate living in a canyon in Mexico and a local film director all have in common? They’re all fascinated by the Tarahumara, the indigenous people of Mexico’s Copper Canyon. While their interests in the culture vary, the four men are collaborating with one another to support a common aim: providing the Tarahumara with access to seeds and education through a local nonprofit organization called Barefoot Seeds. Two events take place this week to support their efforts. On Friday, May 23, at 7 p.m., Dan Lieberman, chairman of the department of human evolutionary biology at Harvard University, will talk about his recent book, The Story of the Human Body: Evolution, Health, and Disease at Malaprop’s. Known as the “Barefoot Professor” for running marathons in minimalist sandals, he has conducted experiments with running cultures around the globe to support his hypothesis that humans are adapted to run. And on Saturday, May 24, at 10:45 a.m., local director and producer Rod Murphy will present the rough cut of his documentary, El Chivo, (the goat, in Spanish) at the Fine Arts Theatre, which chronicles Will Harlan’s experience with the Tarahumara and his champion longdistance running. Harlan, editor of Blue Ridge Outdoors, founded the nonprofit Barefoot Seeds to provide the Tarahumara with seeds and a scholarship program for student runners. Former Asheville resident Mickey Mahaffey now lives in the Urique Canyon with the


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ON THE RUN: A man runs in traditional Tarahumara clothing and footwear. Photo courtesy of Will Harlan

Tarahumara community and acts as a liaison for the organization. Mahaffey and Harlan will also speak at both events. THE BAREFOOT PROFESSOR Lieberman says he had known about the Tarahumara for decades. In 2004, he published a paper called “Born to Run,” which appeared on the cover of Nature arguing that humans were adapted to run. One of the classic cases cited was the Tarahumara, a people who engaged in persistent hunting, running down prong-horned antelope for food. Because of his research, he was interviewed by Chris McDougall, the author of Born to Run, a book that brought the Tarahumara and barefoot running to international attention. The scope of Lieberman’s new book isn’t limited to running but takes a broad look at how our bodies have evolved over millions of years and how modern culture has butted up against our adapted traits.

“The key phrase is mismatch,” explains Lieberman. “Our bodies are imperfectly adapted to many aspects of modern life. There are advantages but also a lot of disadvantages. And this mismatch can lead to a bevy of diseases. ... Heart disease, for example, is the No. 1 killer of Americans, and in most cases it’s preventable because we are using our bodies in a way that isn’t compatible with evolutionary history.” An example of a mismatch, he says, is that humans never evolved to eat food that is low in fiber. When we eat food that is high in starch and sugar, our livers and pancreases can’t handle it, resulting in conditions like fatty liver syndrome, Type 2 diabetes, obesity, etc. Lieberman is an adviser to Harlan’s nonprofit, Barefoot Seeds — a project he says he is especially passionate about. “When you have someone get help from somebody, you also want to help them

As an ultramarathon runner, Harlan’s interest in the Tarahumara was less about biology and more about sport. He won the 80K Ultra Caballa Blanco in Urique Canyon in 2009, beating Arnulfo Quimare — the hero in Born to Run. The experience led him to found Barefoot Farms in Barnardsville, an effort, says Harlan, to emulate the Tarahumara’s simple lifestyle. Murphy documents Harlan’s champion long-distance running as well as the Tarahumara culture in El Chivo. “Obviously, we are a far cry from the genuine ways of life that the Tarahumara live,” says Harlan of his off-the-grid organic farm, “but we are trying to live as humbly and as simply as we can.” Barefoot Farm is also a nonprofit, and all of the proceeds and fundraising goes to Barefoot Seeds, helping the Tarahumara have the tools and materials that they need to survive, he says. While he was initially fascinated with the Tarahumara’s running ability, it is clear that his relationship with the people there goes deeper than running. “There was a lot of interest after Born to Run, and Chris McDougall wrote a phenomenal book that really captured the spirit of the Tarahumara runners, but a lot of that interest translated into new footwear perhaps, or different running techniques, but not a lot of help has trickled down to the canyons,” he says. “The Tarahumara have not benefited from the book as much as people might expect, so that’s where we’re trying to step in and create more awareness and more help.” Donations will be accepted at both events to help fund Barefoot Seeds. Learn more at X

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Whacked! Cooking competition brings together chefs, culinary students and lunchroom staff BY MICAH WILKINS

The storeroom of downtown’s FRS storefront turned into a hot, crowded kitchen on May 13. With phrases like “Behind!” “Sharp knife!” “Hot pan!” being thrown out every few minutes, the competition’s participants hurried from the stove to the cutting board to the oven, then back to the cutting board. The dozens of spectators crowding around the workstations saw a blur of checkered pants, chef coats and wisps of hair under chef caps as the competitors hurried to complete their dishes in the time allotted. All the hustle and bustle was part of the second annual Whacked! cooking competition hosted by FRS, Asheville’s restaurant supply store. The contest, named as a play on the Food Network’s reality cooking show “Chopped,” brought together teams of cooks led by chefs from three Asheville Independent Restaurants member businesses all vying for a chance at victory.

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CHOP CHOP: Chef Jason Roy of Biscuit Head rushes through a round of competition at the recent Whacked! cooking contest. Photo by Micah Wilkins

“Most of the chefs want to be involved because it’s a community event, and they’re getting to interact with different people,” says Sheila Bivins, the FRS store manager. The teams, led by Green Sage Cafe’s Christopher Cox, Biscuit Head’s Jason Roy and Bobby Lang, who was filling in for Andy Favilla of Favilla’s New York Pizza due to illness, were accompanied by culinary students from the Eliada School of Trade Arts and the Green Opportunities KitchenReady program. Eliada’s program provides culinary training for young adults aging out of foster care programs and the

juvenile justice system. Eliada students “have seen more than the average 17- or 18-year-old,” Bivins says. “But they need life skills, and that’s what this program is doing for them.” And students of the GO Kitchen-Ready program “have hit rough spots in their lives,” says Bivins. “Many are homeless or close to it. Many are on their last leg. Mark’s [Rosenstein, the Kitchen-Ready training manager] program gives them a viable, marketable skill.” In addition to the culinary students, the teams also featured lunchroom staff members

from Buncombe, Henderson and Haywood counties. Lisa Payne, Buncombe county’s child nutrition director, approached her staff members, “and they said ‘Let’s go to win!’” she remembers. Payne has been wondering how to get her staff members more involved with the local restaurant scene, and this seemed like an appropriate bridge. With more food ending up in trash cans rather than in bellies, Bivins says, “[Payne] would like local chefs and the local restaurant scene to assist the local lunchroom staff in making their lunches better, and more like the Asheville food scene. You find out that what’s perceived to be little, sweet ladies, are actually quite adept at being creative and doing a whole lot with just a little.” The improvisation and quick thinking of each team member came in handy during the competition, as the ingredients for each course were unknown to the teams. Each group was presented with a basket of secret ingredients at the beginning of each round, and the team had to think of an appetizer, entree and dessert to make for the panel of five judges in a small amount of time. With unusual ingredients like Spam, Buchi kombucha, beef heart, doughnuts and more, the groups hurried to whip up their dishes, sometimes working right until the 10-second countdown to get their food plated and presented to the judges. After tasting three 3-course meals, the panel of judges tallied up the results, and just one point separated each team. Roy’s team scored 385 points, Lang’s team scored 386 points, and Cox’s team scored 387 points. While Cox’s team was victorious in the overall competition, Roy’s team managed to take home the Whacked School Tray Plate Up Award for the most attractive lunch tray display. “It’s good to get these groups together so they can have a good time together,” Bivins says. “While [the chefs] love being involved, and they like getting the attention and that kind of thing, they also like helping the community.”X


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The secret in the sauce From Asian-inspired, vegan mayonnaise to simple and spicy mustard aioli, homemade condiments offer something a little more special than what you might find in a ketchup bottle. “The trick to creating a uniquely delicious condiment is to put your signature on something based in tradition, so the result is reminiscent of the product that inspired you,” says Jason Sellers, chef and co-owner of Plant on Merrimon Avenue. “You know a condiment is good when you could imagine eating it on anything savory.” Plant features a whole-grain, ground mustard that is fermented with live brine and cultures. A condiment often reserved for hamburgers and hot dogs adds a bold edge to Sellers’ applewood smoked “porto’ house” portobello mushroom dish. The same could be said

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for Plant’s togarashi mayo, which is inspired by the Japanese dry condiment made from black peppercorns, orange, poppy seed, chilies, seaweed, garlic and onions. The complex sauce is served with the shishito peppers, accompanied by floral cucumber and shiitake bacon. “The secret with mayo is to go over the top,” says Sellers. “There’s no place for subtlety. Ours has a hint of hot sauce, floral notes and pungency.” In lieu of the traditional, egg-based mayonnaise, Sellers makes this creamy vegan sauce with tofu, agave and lemon juice — plus some of Sellers’ secret ingredients. On the other side of town, at Sunny Point Cafe in West Asheville, people line up for biscuits topped with homemade, locally sourced, mixed-berry jam, aptly named, “It’s The Jam.” According to Bridget Bolding, the general manager of Sunny Point Cafe, “The recipe is always the same, but of course each batch of berries will have a slight change in flavor depending on numerous seasonal variances.” On the flipside of indulgence, Sunny Point also offers a breakfast salad served with its maple dijon vinaigrette. Greg Rogers, owner of Haw Creek Honey, supplies honey for the hemp and honey vinaigrette, which is delicious with any spring salad. Both dressings are available for retail purchase. Other notable housemade dressings on the menu include the spicy orange dressing on the chicken and waffles, as well as the buttermilk blue cheese dressing. A few blocks down Haywood Road, Asheville Sandwich Co. offers a menu of sandwiches rich in flavor, packed high with crispy, thin french fries and finished with a layer of sauce. Its hot ham and cheese sandwich would not be complete without the house-made Lusty Monk mustard aioli. It’s a simple recipe — made with Lusty Monk Mustard, mayonnaise and house seasoning — but the creamy kick of this sauce leaves a lasting impression. The most popular sandwich, according to co-owner Brian Good,

SAUCY SAMMIES: House-made condiments — and, of course, the skinny fries — make Asheville Sandwich Co. sandwiches special. Photo by Alicia Funderburk

is the hot sauce chicken with housemade, spicy Sriracha mayonnaise. This sandwich offers a balanced mix of tender chicken, crispy fries and a creamy sauce that adds a little oomph to an already mouthwatering bite. You can satisfy your condiment craving with one of Good’s signature sandwiches during Sammies and Suds, a Beer Week event in which Asheville Sandwich Co. will feature a different specialty sandwich paired with an area craft beer every day at noon, May 23-31. For a spicier, thicker housemade Sriracha-like hot sauce, head to All Soul’s Pizza in the River Arts District. Brendan Reusing is the coowner of the restaurant and creator of its lacto-fermented chili paste. “I started making this at home a few years back because I got a case of red jalapeños, and I really enjoy spicy, fermented foods,” he says. “Roasting the red jalapeños in the wood-fired pizza oven adds great depth.” The sauce can be ordered as an extra topping and is always served with the clam and mozzarella pizza.X

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Small bites HICKORY NUT GAP FARM PHOTO PROJECT The Center for the Study of the American South in Chapel Hill will exhibit “Useful Work,” a collection of photographs taken by Asheville photographer Ken Abbot that capture the essence of Fairview’s simultaneously historic and progressive Hickory Nut Gap Farm. The show will feature 16 images selected from the project, which Abbot completed with funding he received from an N.C. Arts Council Artist’s Fellowship in 2006. The farm and the old Sherrill’s Inn on the property, which once served as a stagecoach stop along one of the early roads into the Blue Ridge Mountains, was bought in 1916 by Jim and Elizabeth McClure, a honeymooning couple from Illinois who later helped found Western North Carolina’s Farmers Federation. Today the farm is still worked and managed by fifth-generation descendants of the same family, who also run the nearby Flying Cloud Farm, which produces organic fruit, flowers and vegetables. These days Hickory Nut Gap is a well-known area supplier of grass-fed beef and pastured pork and poultry, as well as a grower of organic apples, berries, asparagus and, recently, shiitake and oyster mushrooms. The farm also operates as an educational facility, offering tours that provide a glimpse into the day-to-day workings of a successful family farm that strives to practice sustainable agriculture. “All in all it’s a great story,” Abbot says in his artist’s statement for the exhibit. “Like a successful photograph, all the pieces fit together and suggest something larger — a shape and order that is reassuring and hopeful.” A larger collection of Abbot’s pictures of the farm and inn, along with essays by Rob Neufeld about the farm’s history, will be published as a book, “Useful Work: Photographs of Hickory Nut Gap Farm,” in early 2014 by GFT Books. An opening reception with the artist and members of the farm family will be held at 5:30 p.m. May 30 at the center in Chapel Hill. The

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City USA, participants will be able to taste a selection of exotic honeys from around the world, as well as some locally produced sourwood and wildflower varieties. In addition to a honey-tasting bar, the Asheville Bee Charmer will offer imported gourmet and small-batch local honey as well as local artwork and craft items with honeybee themes. 5-6 p.m. June 16 at Asheville Bee Charmer, 707 Haywood Road. For details, visit or PIZZA CHALLENGE

FARM LIFE: This picture of farmhand Clarence Owenby is featured in an exhibit of images of Hickory Nut Gap Farm that opens May 30 in Chapel Hill. Photo by Ken Abbott

reception will feature oral histories from the Southern Oral History Program’s “Mountain Voices” collection and live mountain music. The show runs May 30-Sept. 1 at the Center for the Study of the American South, 410 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill. For details, call 919-962-5665 or visit hickory-nut-gap-farm/. HONEY-TASTING EVENT Although it is running a couple of months past its previously anticipated spring launch, Asheville Bee Charmer is set for a soft opening in early June. Owners Kim Allen and Jillian Kelly will kick off their new bee- and honey-focused business with a honey tasting on June 16 that will be part of Bee City USA’s weeklong series of events for the annual Asheville Pollination Celebration. For the cost of a $10 donation to Bee

The WNC Green Building Council will host the Local Pizza Challenge — Make it Green contest during the organization’s annual Networking Celebration 5:30-8 p.m. Thursday, May 22, at Highland Brewing Co. Local pie makers including FRESH, Favilla’s, Piazza, Native Kitchen & Social Pub and Mellow Mushroom will battle it out for the title of Best Local Pizza. The event is open to the public. A $5 donation is suggested to benefit the WNC Green Building Council, and Highland Brewing will donate 50 cents from each beer sold during the event. Winners will be chosen by people’s choice and Asheville Scene Food Writer Mackensy Lunsford. Pizza businesses wishing to compete should contact Nina Zinn by 10 a.m. May 22 at 254-1995 or nina@  To register to attend or for details, visit BEER WEEK ALTERNATIVE If you are feeling beered out from Beer Week activities or just aren’t much of a brew hound, The Cheese Store of Asheville is partnering with Grapevine Distributors to offer the Anti-Beer Week Cheese and Wine Tasting at 5:30 p.m. May 29 at The Weinhaus, 86 Patton Ave. The evening will include a tasting and tutorial on pairing wine with a variety of different cheeses. Tickets are $15 per person. Space is limited, so reservations are recommended. For details, go to and click on “Events.”X

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BENEFITS ASHEVILLE HOMELESS NETWORK BENEFIT CONCERT AshevilleHomelessNetwork • SA (5/24), 8pm - Donations benefit this nonprofit's work to provide housing, food and medical care to those experiencing homelessness. Free to attend. Held at Adam Dalton Distillery, 251 Biltmore Ave. FRENCH BROAD RIVERKEEPER BENEFIT • SA (5/24), 11am-5pm - All beer sales benefit this program from WNCA and Asheville on Bikes that works to protect the French Broad River. Held at Universal Joint, 784 Haywood Road. HEARTSTRINGS FAMILY FUN CHALLENGE 274-2267, HeartStrings2014 • SU (5/25), 1-4pm - Entry to this


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JAVA FOR JUSTICE: Local coffee houses City Bakery (60 Biltmore Ave.), Bruegger’s Bagels (671 Merrimon Ave.), High Five Coffee Bar (190 Broadway), Izzy’s Coffee Den (74 N. Lexington Ave.), West End Bakery (757 Haywood Road) and Mosaic Cafe (Biltmore Town Square) will host a fundraiser for Pisgah Legal Services on Thursday, May 22. Visitors can make donations to the nonprofit and talk with PLS ambassadors to learn more about the organization’s efforts to prevent homelessness, stop domestic violence and secure health care for low-income individuals in six counties in WNC.

family team competition supports Western Carolina Medical Society’s Project Access. Held during Mountain Sports Festival. $5 per family. Held at Carrier Park, 220 Amboy Road. HELIOS WARRIORS MEMORIAL DAY BENEFIT 299-0776, • SU (5/25), noon - Donations, local food and beer sales and a live auction benefit this holistic therapy program for veterans. Event includes live music. $5 entry. Held at Bywater, 796 Riverside Dr. JAVA FOR JUSTICE 253-0406, • TH (5/22) - A portion of sales from participating coffee shops will be donated to Pisgah Legal Services. Contact for full list of locations. JFS FRIENDS FEST 2014 253-2900, • TH (5/29), 6-9pm - Entry to this food, music and dancing event benefits social services provided by Jewish Family Services of


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WNC. $50. Held at Millroom, 66 Ashland Ave. READ, WRITE AND RUN 5K, • Through SA (5/31) - Registration is open for this May 31 event benefiting youth literacy programs at Woodfin Elementary. $30. RIDE ON KIDS FUNDRAISER 318-3740, laurentamayo@gmail. com • WE (5/21), 6:30-9pm - Tickets to this dinner and silent auction benefit a free cycling program for area youth. $70. Held at Homewood, 19 Zillicoa St. RUN FOR KIDS SAKE 5K 253-1470, • Through (6/21) - Registration is open for this marathon benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters of WNC held at Warren Wilson College on June 21. $25 advance/ $30 after June 18. ZIPPING FOR AUTISM 236-1547,

• Through (5/23) - Teams can register for this zipline fundraiser for The Austism Society held June 1 in downtown Asheville. Teams agree to raise $1100.

CLASSES, MEETINGS & EVENTS COMMUNITY MEDIATION TRAINING (pd.) Fridays, June 13, 20, and 27, 9am to 5pm at the Mediation Center. Info at www.mediatewnc. org AMERICAN KENNEL CLUB DOG AGILITY TRIALS 693-8353 • FR (5/23) through MO (5/26) Sponsored by Blue Ridge Agility Club. Free to attend. Fri.-Sun.: 8am-3pm; Mon.: 8am-2pm. Held at WNC Agriculture Center, 1301 Fanning Bridge Road, Fletcher ASHEVILLE MAKERS • TUESDAYS, 6-8:30pm - Weekly

social held at Asheville Pizza, 77 Coxe Ave. GOODWILL CAREER CLASSES 828-298-9023, ext. 1106 • TUESDAYS through THURSDAYS, 9am-noon Adult basic education/ high school equivalency classes. Registration required. • MONDAYS & WEDNESDAYS, 5:30-8:30pm - ESL classes. Registration required. • ONGOING - Classes for careers in the food and hotel industries. Includes American Hotel and Lodging Association Certification. Call for times. $25. • TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS, 12:30-3:30pm - Medical office support career classes. Registration required. IKEBANA FLOWER EXHIBITION 768-2027, • TU (5/20) & WE (5/21), 10:30am7pm - Hosted by the North American Regional Conference of Ikebana International. $10/ free for members. Held at Renaissance

Asheville Hotel, 31 Woodfin St. LAND OF SKY TOASTMASTERS • TUESDAYS, 7am - Meets at the Reuter YMCA, 3 Town Square Blvd. MURPH MEMORIAL DAY PARTY 209-8786, • MO (5/26), 10am-6pm- A crossfit fitness event. Donations accepted for the LT Michael P. Murphy Memorial Scholarship Foundation. Free to attend. Held at Summit CrossFit, 21 A McArthur Lane NO ROOF LEFT BEHIND 628-0390,, • Through MO (6/30) Community members may nominate deserving families or individuals in Buncombe, Henderson or Haywood counties to receive a new roof as part of this national campaign.

PERSONAL HISTORY SHOW & TELL 595-2501, • TH (5/22), 1pm - Memorial Day remembrance event showing personal items from loved ones. Free to attend. Registration required. Held at Green Room Cafe & Coffeehouse, 536 N. Main St., Hendersonville TRANSITION ASHEVILLE 296-0064, transitionasheville. org • WE (5/21), 6:30-8pm "Resiliency Stories," an open community conversation. Free. Held at Community Action Opportunities, 25 Gaston St. WNC CARVERS 665-8273 • SU (5/25), 1:30-4pm Monthly meeting includes basswood caricature demonstration. Held at Harvest House, 205 Kenilworth Road YOUTH OUTRIGHT • SA (5/24), 7-11pm - "It's YO Prom: Be Fabulous." For ages 14-23. Registration required.

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ECO GREEN BUILDING COUNCIL NETWORKING CELEBRATION 254-1995, • TH (5/22), 5:30-8pm - A mingling event for companies and those interested in the green building industry. $5 entry benefits WNCGBC. Held at Highland Brewing Company, 12 Old Charlotte Highway WNC ALLIANCE 258-8737, • FR (5/23), 11am - Tour of EnergyXChange, a renewable energy center located in Burnsville. $5/free WNCA members. Registration required.


Have a heart — and some fun, too WHAT: Western Carolina Medical Society’s Heartstrings Family Fun Challenge WHERE: Mountain Sports Festival, held at Carrier Park WHEN: Sunday, May 25, from 1-4 p.m. WHY: In addition to all the music, sporting activities and fun events planned for the Mountain Sports Festival, kids and adults also have the chance to help their uninsured neighbors gain access to health care — by simply playing a game. During the second day of the festival, The Western Carolina Medical Society will hold its annual Heartstrings fundraiser, an athletic challenge that combines health and fun. Heartstrings raises funds for WCMS Project Access Program, which provides health care to more than 3,000 individuals in Buncombe County whose annual income is too low to qualify for the Affordable Care Act. “This is the 12th year of Heartstrings,” says Julia Lockamy, lead fundraiser for WCMS. “Before it was more of an athletic event for individuals, but we thought it would


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be good to include families. We wanted it to be more accessible to the community at large.” The Heartstrings Family Fun Challenge allows families to pass through a series of 10 stations, including a pool-noodle javelin throw, an obstacle course and a dress-up relay, while making their way to the finish line to receive their medal. The event is open to ages 5 and older. A prize basket valued over $1,000 will also be raffled at the event. “The whole idea is for families to come out and have a good time,” Lockamy says. Project Access draws on a network of over 500 Buncombe County physicians as well as Mission Hospital, area pharmacies and other volunteers who donate time, resources and expertise without reimbursement to provide health care to those not covered by Medicaid or insurance. Lockamy says volunteers will be on hand to provide more information about Project Access. The entry fee for the event is $5, which can be made at the event or in advance via the website. Additional donations are also welcome. For more information about the Heartstrings Family Fun Challenge, visit


LAKE LURE ARTS AND CRAFTS SPRING FESTIVAL 625-4683 • SA (5/24) through MO (5/26) - Includes music, clogging, vendors and kids' activities. Held in the Arcade Building at Lake Lure beach. Sat.-Sun., 10am6pm; Mon., 10am-4pm. Free. TOWN OF WEAVERVILLE 645-7116, • MO (5/26), 2pm - Memorial Day ceremony  at Lake Louise with N.Buncombe High School Chamber Choir and NJROTC Honor Guard, and the Police Rifle Squad. Free.

FOOD & BEER WESTSIDE FEST • SU (5/25), 1:30-5pm - West Asheville Neighborhood craft beer and cider festival. $23. Held at Urban Orchard, 210 Haywood Road

GOVERNMENT & POLITICS HENDERSON COUNTY DEMOCRATIC PARTY 692-6424, Meets at 905 Greenville Highway, Hendersonville, unless otherwise noted. • WE (5/21), 11:30am - Senior Democrats meeting.

KIDS GROWING GODDESS • SUMMER CAMPS (pd.) Rites of Passage, when girls (11-14) are becoming

women. Through supportive sisterhood we reveal each young woman’s inner gifts and authenticity. We inspire confidence, compassion, and motivation! PRIVATE PIANO LESSONS • KIDS • ADULTS (pd.) Piano teacher with extensive pupil experience, graduate Brevard College, majoring in piano/minor in voice, now accepting students. Will travel to your home or mine. Call 606-0561. DANCE CLASSES AT BLACK MOUNTAIN CENTER FOR THE ARTS 669-0930, blackmountainarts. org 225 W. State St., Black Mountain. $40 per month. Registration required. • THURSDAYS, 3:30-4:30pm Kids in Motion. Ages 3 to 5. • MONDAYS, 4-5pm & THURSDAYS, 4:30-5:30pm Beginners Hip Hop. Ages 6-10. • SATURDAYS, 9am - Ballet. Ages 3 and up. • MONDAYS, 5-6pm - Tween dance. Ages 11-15. DOLLYWOOD PENGUIN PLAYERS 250-4700, depts/library • TU (5/27) through FR (5/30) - A musical production of singalong songs. Free. Held at Buncombe County Libraries. Contact for times and locations. EAST ASHEVILLE LIBRARY 902 Tunnel Rd., 250-4738 • SA (5/24), 10:30am-noon - Ballon animals and puppet crafting with Jolly Balloonsmiths and the LEAF easel rider. Free. Limited to 20 children. Registration required. TEK-KIDS COMPUTER PROGRAMMING CLUB 250-4700, • SATURDAYS through (5/31), 1pm - For students of all ages. Bring a laptop or portable device. Free. Held at Pack Memorial Library, 67 Haywood St. YOUTH GARDEN CLUB AT THE STEPHENS-LEE CENTER 350-2058, • FRIDAYS through (5/30), 4-5pm - Held in the George Washington Carver Edible Garden, 30 George Washington Carver Ave.

OUTDOORS ASHEVILLE ULTIMATE CLUB Held at Memorial Stadium. • Through (8/20) - Registration is open for the summer league. $40/ $25 for new women participants. • Through (6/2) - Registration open for Women's Ultimate Camp, which runs June 2-July 28. Free. • Through (6/2) - Registration open for Youth Ultimate Clinics, for grades 3-5. Free. LAKE JAMES STATE PARK 6883 N.C. Highway 126, Nebo, 584-7728 • SA (5/24), 9am - A canoe excursion. Meets at Paddy's Creek Area bathhouse breezeway.  Registration required. Free. • SU (5/25), 10am - A hike discussing snakes and their habitats.  Meets at Holly Discovery Trail. Free.

SENIORS ADULT FORUM AT FCC 692-8630, • SU (5/25), 9:15am - A discussion of the role humans play in evolution.

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Classes: Mindfulness 101Basics of Mindfulness Meditation, Mindfulness 102 - More advanced, intermediate class. Class dates and times:, (828) 808-4444 ASHEVILLE COMPASSIONATE COMMUNICATION CENTER (pd.) Free practice group. Learn ways to create understanding and clarity in your relationships, work, and community by practicing compassionate communication (nonviolent communication). 252-0538 or • 2nd and 4th Thursdays, 5:00-6:00pm. ASHEVILLE INSIGHT MEDITATION (pd.) Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation. Learn how to get a Mindfulness Meditation practice started. 1st & 3rd Wednesdays. 7pm – 8:30. Asheville Insight Meditation, 29 Ravenscroft Dr, Suite 200, (828) 808-4444,

ASHEVILLE OPEN HEART MEDITATION (pd.) Experience effortless techniques that connect you to your heart and the Divine within you. Your experience will deepen as you are gently guided in this complete practice. Love Offering 7-8pm Tuesdays, 5 Covington St. 2960017 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) 2583229. GURDJIEFF: THE FOURTH WAY (pd.) In search of the miraculous? What are the possibilities of inner evolution? New groups forming for those who wish to pursue inner work. (828) 232-2220. MINDFULNESS MEDITATION (pd.) "ASHEVILLE INSIGHT MEDITATION Deepen your

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ASHEVILLE HARE KRISHNA 506-0996, gopalonetwo@ • SUNDAYS, noon - Includes chanting, discussion and a vegetarian meal. Free. Held at Kuntao Arts, 211 Merrimon Ave. ASHEVILLE SHAMANIC JOURNEY CIRCLE 369-0630, dreamtimejourneys. net • WEDNESDAYS, 6:30-9pm Shamanic Journey experience required. $10. Registration required. CENTER FOR SPIRITUAL LIVING ASHEVILLE 2 Science Mind Way, 231-7638, • MONDAYS through (6/16), 7-9pm - "The Law of Attraction & Creation," with Dr. Barbara Waterhouse. Free to attend.

The Mandela Way WHAT: John Lockley leads a Blessing Ceremony followed by a five-weekend vision quest intensive, based in the indigenous South African tradition of Xhosa Sangoma. WHEN: Thursday, May 29, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Suggested donation $30 (but none will be turned away). WHERE: Jubilee! Celebration Church, 46 Wall St. WHY: Xpress spoke with Lockley to find out more. Mountain Xpress: Why did you choose to seek the Sangoma healing tradition? Lockley: One never chooses the Sangoma path, but rather, you are called. It is a calling just like most indigenous shamanic paths in the world today. In South Africa, the calling can be quite severe in the sense that many of us get a calling illness known as the “twaza.” I was called at the age of 18. I had a strong dream about a Xhosa medicine man, or sangoma, and when I woke I had boils over my legs, and this was the start of my “twaza.” ... I was sick for over seven years until I met my teacher, Mum Ngewvu, [who] comes from the Xhosa tribe — the same tribe as Nelson Mandela. How can people benefit from the medicine you provide, and why


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is this type of medicine important? I teach the Mandela Way. A core philosophy behind Mandela’s phenomenal leadership style was Ubuntu, or, humanity. He learned this growing up as a traditional Xhosa man. As a Xhosa medicine man, I focus on this principle because it is one of the hallmarks of our practice. It literally means, “I am what I am because of who we all are.” It teaches us that life is a circle between birth and death. It teaches a profound remembering of the human spirit where no one is forgotten, and where all of our mothers and fathers are honored. ... When we remember our forebears with love and respect, then it becomes easier for us to accept death and the brevity of life. As a circle, Ubuntu also stretches into the natural world. When people honor their ancestors in ceremony they often dream about animals. Why? Because they are owning their human birth and honoring the gift of life. This circle keeps widening into the plant worlds where where the dreams continue to deepen and teach us on many different levels. Why is this important? Because this human birth is sacred, and once we start honoring where we come from, then it is possible for us to develop more understanding and meaning in our lives.X


CO-LUMINATE 69A Biltmore Ave., 409-1603, • MO (5/26), 7-8pm - Guided hypnosis with text and prayer from A Course in Miracles. Free. ECKANKAR CENTER OF ASHEVILLE 797 Haywood Rd., 254-6775, • SU (5/25), 11am-12:30pm Spiritual Laws of Life Workshop: The Law of Creativity. ECKHART TOLLE DISCUSSION GROUP • MONDAYS, 7-9pm - Meetings include viewing of video interviews with Eckhart Tolle, meditation and discussion. Held at Insight Counseling, 25 Orange St. GANDEN KADAMPA BUDDHIST CENTER EVENTS 668-2241, • SUNDAYS through (6/15), 7pm - "Karma: A User's Guide." $8/$5 students & seniors. Held at Rainbow Mountain Community School, 574 Haywood Road GREAT TREE ZEN TEMPLE 679 Lower Flat Creek, Alexander, 645-2085, • Last SUNDAYS, 10:30amnoon - Family Meditation with Rev. Teijo Munnich. JUBILEE COMMUNITY CHURCH 46 Wall St., 252-5335, • TH (5/29), 6:30-8:30pm - Blessing Ceremony with John Lockley-Sangoma from South Africa.

MAHA SHAKTI MANDIR 11 Sand Hill Court, facebook. com/mahashaktimandir • WEDNESDAYS, 7-9pm - Arati, chanting and spiritual discourse. • SATURDAYS, 6-8pm - Shiva and Sri Chakra Puja. MOUNTAIN ZEN PRACTICE CENTER 450-3621,, • TUESDAYS, 7-8:30pm Conscious compassionate awareness meditation and group discussion. Contact for directions.

SPOKEN & WRITTEN WORD BOOK SIGNING WITH AUTHOR LAURA ANN GREEN • THIS SATURDAY (pd.) The Chattooga River: A Natural and Cultural History. May 24, 2pm, Headwaters Outfitters Outdoor Adventures, 25 Parkway Road, Rosman NC 28772. BLUE RIDGE BOOKS 152 S. Main St., Waynesville, 456-6000, blueridgebooksnc. com • SA (5/24), 3pm - Victoria A. Casey McDonald discusses her book Under the Light of Darkness • MO (5/26), 2-4pm - Charles A Van Bibber discusses his book, Valentine's Day: A Marine Looks Back. BUNCOMBE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARIES LIBRARY ABBREVIATIONS - All programs are free unless otherwise noted. Each Library event is marked by the following location abbreviations: •BM = Black Mountain Library (105 N. Dougherty St., 2504756) •SW = Swannanoa Library (101 West Charleston Street, 250-6486)  •WV = Weaverville Library (41 N. Main Street, 250-6482)  • SA (5/24), 10am-3pm - Memorial Day book sale. WV. • TU (5/27), 7pm - Author Martha Peterson discusses her book, Imaging My Inner Fire. BM • WE (5/28), 10am - Sewing club  project. SW CITY LIGHTS BOOKSTORE 3 E. Jackson St., Sylva, 5869499, • SA (5/24), 3pm - George Singleton will read from Between Wrecks, his short story collection.

HEADWATERS OUTFITTERS 25 Parkway Rd., Rosman, 8773106, • SA (5/24), 2pm - Laura Ann Garren discuses her book, The Chattooga River: A Natural and Cultural History. MALAPROP'S BOOKSTORE AND CAFE 55 Haywood St., 254-6734, Events are free, unless otherwise noted. • WE (5/21), 7pm - Tamasin Noyes discusses her cookbook, Vegan Finger Foods • FR (5/23), 7pm - Daniel Lieberman discusses his book, The Story of the Human Body: Evolution, Health, and Disease. • MO (5/26), 7pm - Politics of Food Bookclub: Near a Thousand Tables by Felipe Fernandez-Armesto. &nbsp; • TU (5/27), 5pm - YA Bookclub: Scar Boys by Len Vlahos • TU (5/27), 7pm - Jane Carter discusses "How to engage with technology with losing our minds." • WE (5/28), 7pm - Salon discussion of Women Who Run With the Wolves by Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes. • TH (5/29), 7pm - Corban Addison discusses his novel The Garden of Burning Sand. OPEN MIC NIGHT 575-9525 • SATURDAYS, 3-5pm - For poets and writers. Free. Held at Metro Wines, 169 Charlotte St. SPELLBOUND CHILDREN'S BOOKSHOP 50 N. Merrimon Ave., 708-7570, spellboundchildrensbookshop. com • SATURDAYS, 11-11:30am Storytime. Ages 2-6. Free.

VOLUNTEERING HENDERSONVILLE CLEANUP DAY 674-3067, • WE (5/28), 9am-noon - Volunteers needed to improve the appearance of the Seventh Avenue business district and  surrounding neighborhoods. Meets at Depot Street, Hendersonville. RIVERLINK 828-252-8474, ext. 18, • WE (5/21), 10am -5:30pm -  Volunteer information session. Held at 170 Lyman St. For more volunteering events, visit volunteering.



When you wake up on May 23, it might seem like you’re starring in Groundhog Day. If you lived in Asheville last May or the one before that, you’ve already lived through Asheville Beer Week, right? Not exactly. While the first year was a ton of fun, there were a lot of lessons learned. Everyone was busy figuring out how to drive this thing. Then last year the number of events exploded. There were more pint nights than you could shake a free glass at. But this year you won’t see any additional events. In fact, you’ll actually see fewer pint nights and swag giveaways. In their place, you’ll find a slew of creative events that just seem more, well, Asheville. In what other city, in what other week, could you find everything from a blindfolded beer tasting and a beer-themed short film festival to a trolley pub crawl and a farm-to-table beer dinner that actually takes place on a farm? Where else could you be forced to choose between a beer-filled “carnival” and an epic sour beer festival that takes place in a “Funkitorium?” Once again, this guide is an attempt to manage the unmanageable. It provides a day-byday breakdown of what’s happening where — and why a particular event might be worth your time and money. There is one key change from last year’s guide: We’ve pulled out all the beer dinners from the daily events and listed them separately. We figured that if you’re picking a beer dinner, you’re just going to go with your favorite(s), whichever day they’re happening. Cheers from Thom O’Hearn, David Ackley, Edwin Arnaudin and the Mountain Xpress team PHOTOS BY TIM ROBISON 2




by Edwin Arnaudin


Adam McCrary and Lawrence Frost at Wicked Weed Brewing

Beer festivals are an excellent way to sample a wide range of craft breweries and styles. But if the festival scene doesn’t sound appealing, beer fans can create their own diverse festival at their own pace on almost any day of the week — while also getting the most out their drinking budget. The answer: flights. “You can’t really taste a beer until you have a full pint, but a flight gives you at least a window into what that beer might be like,” says John Garcia, owner and master brewer of Lookout Brewing Co. in Black Mountain. All 15 craft breweries in Buncombe County offer flights of their current lineup throughout the year, and bars like the Thirsty Monk and growler stores Appalachian Vintner, Asheville Growler and Craft Room Growlers provide a variety of local and North Carolina breweries along with those from outside the region. Flights are composed of pours ranging from Lookout’s 3.5-ounce to Green Man Brewery’s 6-ounce and vary in the number

of samples, going as high as Wedge Brewing Co.’s 10-beer serving. Altamont Brewing Co. and Lexington Avenue Brewery are two of several that have a set flight while others, such as Asheville Brewing Co., offer customization. Served in 3- to 4-inch tasting glasses, the styles are identified by various means, from pre-printed laminated sheets (French Broad Brewing Co.; Catawba Brewing Co.) to handwritten names on the paper lining an oyster tray (Oyster House Brewing Co.) to a poker chip that sits below its corresponding brew (Lookout). To get the flights from tap to table, glasses often rest on a notched wooden paddle, as they do at Hi-Wire Brewing, or an elevated board with legs. Wicked Weed Brewing’s flights of six are served on a carrier made out of bourbon barrel staves (with a handle for easy lifting), while Twin Leaf Brewery’s Tim Weber is building twotiered rectangular boards in his and wife/ co-brewer Steph’s garage. (Twin Leaf bartenders currently carry the 5-ounce pours

of the brewery’s five house beers out to customers one by one.) Throughout the county, the small tastes have proved popular among beer tourists and locals alike, and breweries are delighted to offer them to their customers. “It’s honestly one of the best ways to showcase the variety that we have on tap. You want people to try everything and get a feeling for who you are,” says Jessica Reiser, co-owner of Burial Beer Co. Due to the representative nature of flights, brewers are also apt to repay that across-the-board patron interest with insight on getting the most out of their creations. “It’s good to educate your customer when they get the flight on when to drink them. You want to start with pilsners and pales, then the slightly heavier stuff like ESBs and IPAs, then finish off with bigger beers that tend to get better as they warm up,” Garcia says. In addition to sampling that range, flights offer access to a brewery’s more adventurous endeavors without the risk of blindly investing in a full pint. Among these experiments are Burial’s occasional split-batch series, in which they brew a barrel of one variety, separate it into three equal quantities and treat each keg with a special ingredient. So far, these ventures have included a blonde inoculated with German weisse, Belgian ale and American ale yeasts, and a gastronomy porter series, in which individual infusions of fresh ginger and peaches, smoked shiitake mushrooms and a combination of raspberries and coconut created a morning, noon and night feel. Sampled side by side, customers may compare the series’ three beers and decide if a full pour of one is in order — or perhaps another flight trio. With demand for flights remaining high, Burial recently invested in more tasting glasses, though other breweries have opted not to offer the popular option during their busiest hours. Twin Leaf doesn’t do flights on Fridays or Saturdays from 6 to 8 p.m., Wicked Weed doesn’t do them at all on those days (or on weeknights after 7), and both Highland Brewing Co. and Pisgah Brewing Co. restrict flight sales during music events. “That’s when the band rolls in and we have [500] to 600 people, and it just doesn’t work,” says Jamie DeJohn, Highland’s bar manager. Still — considering the spectrum of breweries and beers around town — with a little planning, that specialized festival of flights is well within reach.

Join us for our BEER & SUB pairing event. PERFECT FOR FATHER’S DAY. June 12th, 6 to 8pm. $5 @ MetroWines, 169 Charlotte Street. Let us know you are coming: 575-9525

Edwin Arnaudin is an Asheville-based music and beer writer and film reviewer.X MOUNTAINX.COM/BEER



BEER WEEK DINNERS The Craft Beer of the Carolinas -Since 1999-

Beer Week 2014 Events Friday May 23


at Creekside Tavern

Brewer and owner supported “tap takeover.” Keep the logo glass.

Saturday May 24


15th Anniversary Hawaiian Luau, Pig Roast w/Moe’s BBQ, King Coconut Porter Release, Island Music of Con Tiki.



at FIG Bistro (Biltmore Village) Fantastic and unique food/pairing courtesy of one of Asheville’s best restaurants.

Monday May 26


Asheville Sandwich Co., West Asheville

Dine in or take-out food/beer to go enjoy Memorial Day activities— sandwich and beer specials.

Tuesday May 27

Tuesday May 27


Beer and Truffles - 4 decadent French Broad truffles paired with 4 specialty beers.

Thursday May 29


HNG, King James Public House, & Catawba present a farm-to-table dining and craft beer experience.

Friday May 30


Enjoy a riverside evening of Catawba beers & food truck pairings. Celebrate music & AVL Beer Week in the RAD.

Friday May 30


at Creekside Taphouse

Chef and brewer collaboration for a unique food/beer pairing. Head Brewer Kevin Sondey on site.

Saturday May 31


Downtown Asheville

Local breweries and special guests show off their wares in downtown Asheville!


Saturday 5/31

Buy a Catawba growler fill, get a free half-gallon growler. Small batch and specialties available.

at Biltmore Tasting Room

on Merrimon Ave



Jamar Woods Trio brings their unique funk/soul/pop experience back to Biltmore - great topper to a great week!



Weekends may be prime time for festivals and other big events, but the hosts of Asheville Beer Week have put together a wide variety of beer dinners to keep us thoroughly occupied on weekdays too. All Souls Pizza and Riverbend Malt House will prepare a unique malt-centric meal, and Sunny Point Café and Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. will team up for a garden-to-table feast. Vinnie’s Neighborhood Italian and Hi-Wire Brewing will host what may be the first Italian food/craft beer dinner Asheville has seen, and there are a dozen other options as well. On the following pages, we’ve listed them by price rather than day, so you can find the best one (or two, or three) that fit your budget. Work your way down from the multicourse meals to the handful of events where you can pay à la carte.


Bruisin’ Ales and King James Public House Beer Dinner $65, King James Public House, Sunday, May 25, 6 p.m., 252-2412 Every other coursed beer dinner spotlights the talents of a single brewery, but when Bruisin’ Ales is the host, you’re sure to see a masterful multibrewery selection instead. The preliminary beer list is as mouthwatering as the food, with everything from The Bruery’s Rueuze sour blonde to Olde Hickory’s Irish Walker barley wine. King James chef Steven Goff is preparing a five-course meal to accompany the beers, so expect hearty fare featuring local meats, like an English pork pie with fried marrow and a riff on the house duck wings.

Burial Beer Co./Bull and Beggar Beer Dinner $65, The Bull and Beggar, Sunday, May 25, 6:30-9 p.m., 575-9443 Some restaurants do beer dinners only once in a blue moon. The Bull and Beggar is one of them. The menu won’t be announced until the day of the event,

but you can bet it will include some tasty meat and seafood. On Burial’s side, expect favorites like Scythe Rye Pale Ale alongside rarer offerings like Battle Axe Belgian Strong. Four courses and four beers, including dessert.

Catawba Brewing Co., King James Public House and Hickory Nut Gap Farm Beer Dinner $75, Hickory Nut Gap Farm, Fairview, Thursday, May 29, 5-9 p.m., catawbabrewingco. com If you’ve never been to Hickory Nut Gap Farm, it’s probably about how you’d imagine it: a pastoral, hilly patch of land with roaming animals, berry bushes and a farm store. Nestled at the base of Berry Hill, organizers plan to reverse the farm-to-table concept, bringing the table to the farm. King James Public House’s kitchen crew, led by chef Steven Goff, will join forces with Catawba Brewing’s team and set up one long table for 75 guests. A selection of charcuterie will start the evening — only fitting, since it’s made from meat raised on the surrounding hills. Four courses and four more beers will follow over a few relaxing hours. For those who’d rather not drive to the country and park in a pasture, Asheville Brews Cruise will be offering a shuttle (which must be purchased separately).

Mother Earth Brewing and Rhubarb Beer Dinner $60, Rhubarb, Thursday, May 29, 6:30-10 p.m. (after-hours hangout starting at 10 p.m.), The staple Mother Earth Brewing beers can always be found around Asheville, but this dinner will give diners a chance to sample some of its harder-to-find brews, including a cask offering. If you can’t make the dinner, you can stop by afterward for a special bar menu and pay-per-pint beer.



Riverbend Malt House and All Souls Pizza: Grazing in the Grass $60 All Souls Pizza, Wednesday, May 28, 6-10 p.m., 254-0169 All Souls has done such a stellar job not only with pizzas but also with polentas, sandwiches and fermented foods that it’s hard to believe it’s less than a year old. Yet this will be the first full spring and summer where we get to enjoy its outdoor space. All Souls plans to kick off the outdoor-dining season with what’s sure to be one of the most interesting dinners of Beer Week. In addition to Riverbend malts in beers from Hi-Wire, Oyster House and Burial, expect to see some creative uses of grain. For example, Fonta Flora’s Todd Boera plans to send a fermented malt vinegar, Asheville Fungi is providing mushrooms grown in malt rootlets and other cast-aside malt pieces, and French Broad Chocolate Lounge is doing chocolate featuring malt pieces.

Wicked Weed V: Five Breweries. Five Courses. Five Rare Beers $75, Wicked Weed Brewing, Tuesday, May 27, 6:30-9:30 p.m.,

Wicked Weed Brewing’s V beer dinner was one of the quickest sellouts last year. It’s sure to be the same story this time around, but ask your friends or check online for a last-minute ticket. While this year’s guest breweries include such familiar names as Dogfish Head, Stone, Allagash and NoDa, the beers will be anything but ordinary. Everyone will bring something hard to find, and the chefs at Wicked Weed will build a menu around those selections. When Wicked Weed says, “Prepare to be excited by what we have on tap,” it’s best to listen.


Catawba Brewing and FIG Bistro: Block Party Pairing Dinner $50, FIG Bistro, Sunday, May 25, 6-9 p.m., 277-0889 Last year, FIG Bistro was the venue for the big reveal about Catawba’s Asheville tasting room. This year, the two are teaming up again. FIG chef Jerami Jones will work with Catawba owners Billy and Scott Pyatt to match five courses with five beers. They’ll also go a step beyond the standard pour by developing a unique beer cocktail with the FIG mixology team. Billy and Scott will both be on hand to answer questions and talk about their future plans in Asheville. MOUNTAINX.COM/BEER






Sierra Nevada and Sunny Point Café Beer Dinner

IPA Night with Foothills Brewing and Sierra Nevada

$55, Sunny Point Café, Wednesday, May 28, first seating 6 p.m., second seating 7:30 p.m., 252-0055

No entry fee: pay per beer or dish, Jack of the Wood, Thursday, May 29, 8 p.m., jackofthewood. com

Sierra Nevada is to pale ale what Sunny Point is to huevos rancheros. These two companies are simply at the top of their game when it comes to delicious food and beer. Special guests from Sierra Nevada will join Sunny Point chef April Moon for a brief garden-tour happy hour followed by a multicourse meal.

Considering the hosts, you can expect Torpedo and Hoppyum to be flowing. However, both breweries also plan to bring harder-to-find IPAs. Meanwhile, Jack of the Wood will provide a range of small plates designed to complement (and contrast with) IPAs.

Twin Leaf Brewery and The Barleycorn Beer Dinner

The Junction Third Anniversary BBQ Bash, Featuring Foothills Brewing

$55, The Barleycorn, Tuesday, May 27, doors open at 6 p.m.; dinner 7-10 p.m., Sunny Point and Sierra Nevada may be the sure thing, but it’s always fun to check out the new kids on the block. One of Asheville’s newest breweries teams up with The Barleycorn, a recent West Asheville addition, on a four-course beer dinner. Twin Leaf will be bringing a combination of house favorites, such as its Belgian-style wit and tripel, and rarer beers like Mexican Chocolate Stout. The Barleycorn will pair them with such dishes as pan-seared scallops with beer jus and succotash, stuffed loin of rabbit, and a raspberry-and-orange trifle. Twin Leaf Brewery

Hi-Wire and Vinnie’s Neighborhood Italian Beer Dinner $50, Vinnie’s Neighborhood Italian, Tuesday, May 27, 5-9 p.m., 253-1077 Beer and pizza go hand in hand. Yet we rarely see beer on the menu with anything else that’s even remotely Italian. Vinnie’s Neighborhood Italian is taking a bold step here with the week’s only Italian-food-and-craft-beer dinner. The chefs will match some of the brews with beer-infused dishes, like pale-ale-poached shrimp and pesto bruschetta. Other dishes will see beers intermingling with more classic Italian fare, such as fettuccine in a Marsala cream sauce. Hi-Wire will bring an assortment of its favorites as well as a brand-new rum-barrel-aged scotch ale.

The LAB Presents Super Hero Beer Dinners No. 1 and No. 2


Catawba Brewing and French Broad Chocolates: Truffle & Beer Pairing

$45 ($80 per couple), $45 ($80 per couple), Lexington Avenue Brewery, Tuesday, May 27, 6-9 p.m.; Wednesday, May 28, 6-9 p.m.,

$20, Catawba Brewing Co.’s Asheville Tasting Room, Tuesday, May 27, 6-7 p.m., eventbrite. com/e/french-broad-chocolates-catawbabrewing-present-a-truffle-beer-pairing-tickets-11330127717

Are you sick of fancy beer dinners? Or just sick of leaving your cape (or your Spider-Man costume) at home? Then the LAB’s Super Hero Beer Dinner is the meal for you. This six-course event is sure to be out of the ordinary. Costumes are encouraged, and a variety of short performances will take place throughout the evening. LAB’s beer dinners have proved popular in the past, so the restaurant is offering both Tuesday and Wednesday seatings to accommodate all of Asheville’s heroes.

If you’d rather eat at home during Beer Week and just grab a dessert pairing instead, French Broad Chocolates and Catawba Brewing are your one-and-only option. Four decadent French Broad truffles will be paired with four Catawba beers in an interactive tasting. According to the organizers, “You’ll be able to share opinions, moans and pure joy with your fellow chocolate and beer lovers.” You’ll also learn about truffle making and the differences between cacao from different countries. MOUNTAINX.COM/BEER

No entry fee: pay per beer or dish (reservations encouraged), The Junction, Tuesday, May 27, 6-10 p.m., As The Junction enters its third year, it’s no longer a secret that this River Arts District restaurant turns out some of the most interesting plates in town. And thanks to recent partnerships with New Belgium and Hi-Wire, it’s no stranger to beer, either. Expect perfectly paired food and beer options from chef Chad Kelly and the Junction team alongside a selection of Foothills beers. A portion of the proceeds and raffle ticket sales will benefit Brother Wolf Animal Rescue.

A Night with Anderson Valley Brewing, No entry fee: pay per beer or dish, Jack of the Wood, Tuesday, May 27, 8 p.m., Anderson Valley Brewing Co. plans to bring a sampling of its farmhouse-inspired beers, including hard-to-find sours. Jack of the Wood will serve up a selection of complementary small bites.

Stone Brewing Soirée No entry fee: pay per beer or dish, Jack of the Wood, Wednesday, May 28, 8 p.m., Stone Brewing Co. plans to throw a big bash at Jack of the Wood, with plenty of special beers on tap and a surprise firkin. There’ll also be live music and food specials to round out the program. X



by Gina Smith

ALL IN THE FAMILY ASHEVILLE’S BREWERY CULTURE BUILDS COMMUNITY surrounding region). So it’s clear that these mountains are home to a healthy population of brew hounds with a hankering for handcrafted suds. And though many local beers can be found on tap at area restaurants and bars, some breweries don’t distribute beyond their own boundaries or even offer take-home options like growlers. This means that if you want to sample Burial’s Skillet Donut Stout, you must be up for a little taproom socializing. “I think taprooms separate themselves from bars specifically because you might not be able to get their product anywhere else,” says Lookout Brewing co-owner John Garcia. “Ours in particular you can’t get anywhere else in the world.” Guests at Lookout in Black Mountain can take their favorite flavors home in quartsize Mason jars, but Garcia and his wife, Alison, don’t bottle or can their beer for wider distribution.


Adam McCrary, left, with wife, Lauren, and son, Abram, on vacation from Chattanooga, Tenn., at Wicked Weed Brewing

n a field flush with fresh grass and rimmed with friendly shade trees, a sizable crowd has gathered to watch local favorites The Secret B-Sides unleash some soulful tunes from an outdoor stage. It’s early on a Friday evening, and The Meadow is speckled with a patchwork quilt of picnic blankets harboring lawn chairs, food containers and the occasional dog. A gray-haired couple sporting matching straw hats holds hands and sways to the music. Children run in loud, gleeful packs, veering off occasionally to climb a tree or kick a ball around, while adults stand in loose groups, talking and sipping pints of amber beer. The aroma of smoked meat and



deep-fried edibles beckons from a pair of food trucks stationed at the perimeter. It could be a scene from LEAF or some other local festival, but it’s actually a weekly happening known to many locals as simply “Fridays at Highland.” With its flat, open outdoor area, free live music and laid-back, welcoming vibe, Highland Brewing Co. is just one of numerous craft breweries in the region that, for many, have come to be about much more than just the artisanal beer.

IF WE BREW IT, THEY WILL COME Local breweries run the gamut from Lookout Brewing Co.’s half-barrel, 20-gal-



lon-per-batch system and cozy, homey tasting room to Sierra Nevada’s expansive Mills River operation, with its international distribution and ambitious plans (restaurant, tasting room, estate gardens, indoor and outdoor music venues, hiking/biking trails and French Broad River kayak and tubing landings). But whatever their size or flavor, craft brewery tasting rooms are increasingly becoming regular community gathering spots for Asheville residents of all ages and walks of life. The beer, of course, is a major draw. Some 15 breweries now operate — and apparently thrive — just within the Asheville city limits (and others in the

Still, he maintains, there’s something more at work here. “Being the way we are, having our family there all the time and with Alison and me working there most of the time … it’s a place where people can meet and feel like it’s their living room and have this atmosphere that’s intimate and small, but they don’t have to [meet] at their house.” Catawba Brewing Co. co-owner Billy Pyatt says he was surprised to witness the same phenomenon when he opened a 1,700-square-foot brewery in the little town of Morganton, N.C., back in 2007. “We didn’t have a taproom or anything,” remembers Pyatt. “We were just concentrating on production. … We never realized it would become a gathering spot … but then we realized that we were seeing a lot of families, a lot of people over and over again. We had people who had met there, then got married and had the reception there. It’s just been really interesting.” Catawba embraced its role as a local, all-ages hangout in Morganton and has extended that approach to the temporary Biltmore Village tasting room the brewery opened recently. Pyatt says he hopes to create the same environment at the larger tasting room and brewery the company intends to build across the street. “Plans since Day One have been to create a community gath-




Peanuts are free at Wedge Brewing Co.

ering space with the new facility,” says Pyatt. Architectural renderings show both indoor and outdoor areas with a German beer garden feel and plenty of room for socializing. Grant DaSantos, Highland’s tasting room manager, says The Meadow, with its outdoor bar and stage, evolved in a similar fashion. About five years ago, he recalls, the company opened a small taproom in the back corner of its East Asheville production facility (an area he and other Highland employees jokingly dubbed “the prison yard” because of its barbed-wire-topped chain-link enclosure). DaSantos decided to book bands to play free shows starting at 6 p.m. for folks who couldn’t make it out to local music venues with 10 or 11 p.m. start times. “People started bringing their families, because it was a convenient time, and we thought, ‘How cool!’” he explains. “We had to ask ourselves, ‘Do we want to be a kid-friendly place?’ And we all agreed that it would be pretty neat. I mean, in some countries, that’s pretty standard.”

SYNERGY West Asheville cabinetmaker Terry White finds elements of his native London’s pub life at Wedge Brewing Co., his favorite Asheville hangout. “The typical English person is always looking 10

to find a pub,” says White. “I’ve got a lot of friends at the Wedge that are German, Belgian, French. It’s just a really good meeting place, and you can bring your family too.” He’s quick to add, however, “The Wedge is particularly good, because they have really good beer.” Leah Mathews, an economics professor at UNC Asheville, frequently visits local breweries with her husband, who works for Sierra Nevada. During a recent study she conducted of local tailgate markets, Mathews, an applied environmental economist, found that the social interactions and community-building aspects influence purchasing behavior and are crucial to bringing customers back week after week. She sees the same dynamic at work in breweries. “As an observer,” says Mathews, “I think there are aspects of microbreweries in Asheville that make them what we might call ‘third places’: a place where you can gather that’s not work and not home, where you can meet up with people you won’t necessarily encounter at work or home but who you want to cultivate relationships with.” Peter Nieckarz, an associate professor of sociology at Western Carolina University, likes to hang out at Sylva’s recently opened Innovation Brewing. He believes taproom socializing is part of a broader reaction against an increasingly globalized, homogeneous culture.



Outside Wedge Brewing Co.

“People don’t want to just drink Budweiser or even Heineken anymore,” says Nieckarz. “They want to feel connected to the places where they live, and they’re ready for something different. They find this difference in craft brew … and it becomes this community-embedded thing where people have to drive to the Wedge or to French Broad and get their growler. Oftentimes when I buy my growler, I will sit down and have a pint or two, and it just feels very organic, very natural. You get to know the other people, and chances are the people in that brewery feel the same way you do about investing in your local community, and I think there’s a lot of synergy there.”

BRING THE KIDS AND DOGS Many breweries, notes Nieckarz, now have business models aimed at nourishing that synergy. They do it, he says, by creating an atmosphere reminiscent of The Bywater, a River Arts District bar that offers outdoor recreation areas, picnic tables and the option of bringing or even cooking your own food. “The people who drink craft brew tend to be a little older, in their late 20s, 30s, 40s; they tend to be middle-class and often have children,” Nieckarz explains. “If you want those people to come drink your beer, you have to welcome a family environment, and most of these breweries in WNC have done that — made it a place where you can sit on

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a Saturday afternoon, bring your children and not feel ostracized or feel like you’re being a bad parent.” Indeed, most Asheville-area brewery taprooms are both kid- and dog-friendly, and many actively encourage families and pet owners to hang out by providing things like toys; games; juice, sodas and snacks for the kids; and water bowls (and sometimes even doggie treats) for the canine contingent. Many breweries also feature familyfriendly closing times — often as early as 8 p.m. — offering free music and other activities earlier in the day, when families are more likely to be out and about. East Asheville resident Amy Tepper and her two young daughters, Rae and Cora, can often be found dancing to the music in Highland’s Meadow on Friday evenings. “There are people from our neighborhood who go there, and other families,” she says. “My kids can interact with their peers, and I get time to socialize with my peers.” Tepper, a single parent, also notes that Highland’s free music and community atmosphere give her an option for an evening out that wouldn’t otherwise be possible. “I can go there and have a beer, get my kids a pizza and, you know, have a Friday night. … I can’t afford to go out and see a band and pay a baby sitter. … And I know Downtown After 5 is free, but it gets crazy down there.” At Highland, she continues, “There’s usually someone there I know, and I feel like it’s a

“There’s usually someone there I know, and I feel like it’s a community: It’s family-friendly, not just a lot of people getting drunk.” — EAST ASHEVILLE RESIDENT AMY TEPPER

community: It’s family-friendly, not just a lot of people getting drunk.” Jacqui Castle, a mother of two who recently moved to Asheville from Portland, Ore., says it’s this feeling of community that sets Asheville’s brewery scene apart. She paused to talk with Xpress as she and her family packed up their picnic blanket after their first visit to Highland’s Meadow — a practice she says they plan to make a weekly tradition. “There are a lot of family-friendly places in Portland,” she says, “but what we don’t have there is the small, community feel that we have here. There aren’t many places you can take the kids and hang out with friends and feel like you don’t have to be watching them every second. … We all look out for each other; it’s amazing. It makes it such a relaxing experience for everybody.”

KEEPING IT SAFE But does the mix of potent beer, children and dogs ever create problems? “We worry, because we want everyone to be safe, so we’re constantly looking for potential safety hazards,” says Leah Wong Ashburn, Highland’s vice president. “It’s impossible to make an industrial manufacturing facility 100 percent safe, so we’re really trying to find balances, and the closer parents can keep an eye on their kids, that helps,” continues Ashburn, the daughter of company founder Oscar Wong. To that end her husband, Brock, has devoted himself to clearing The Meadow’s wooded area of poison ivy and other potential fun killers. The contractor and engineer also tries to keep an eye out for other technical issues that need attention.

“Most places don’t really encourage families, because it’s a lot to keep up with,” says DaSantos, speaking about tasting rooms elsewhere in the U.S. “But I think it helps our vibe. We don’t really have to deal with any drunkards, because it has that natural family environment and everyone’s here just to relax.” And John Garcia says with a laugh, “I’ve had a few dogfights and a couple of kid fights, but no more than you’d find at a local playground or anywhere else.” His taproom at Lookout has the feel of a family living room, with chess boards and other games indoors, free popcorn and a cozy fire pit on the outdoor patio. “I find that introducing [kids and dogs] to the atmosphere definitely changes it from that of a bar. I worked in a bar for quite a while, and it’s just different,” he says. “We don’t have as many people who are there to get drunk. We have people who are there to enjoy a great product. Instead of asking, ‘How many of these can I drink?’ people say, ‘I’m going to try a couple of these and then we’ll probably go on our way.’”

SOCIAL CAPITAL Ultimately, these brew-centric venues are much more than watering holes for beer aficionados. By offering places where folks of all ages and walks of life can congregate and connect, breweries may be doing their communities a real service. “Opportunities to establish, maintain and foster social ties,” says Nieckarz, “tend to strengthen communities and build social capital, which can result in further opportunities for community improvement.” Pyatt, meanwhile, says building community around a pint glass may just be human nature. Before launching his brewing career, Pyatt traveled the globe for 27 years as a marketing executive, and in places like Germany, Austria and France, he saw a similar dynamic at work. After you travel for a while, he says, “You start looking at how people gather: It’s coffee shops and beer gardens. This is not a new phenomenon; this has been with us since antiquity. Folks have been doing it forever.” Gina Smith can be reached at 251-1333, ext. 107, or at

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LIKE A LOCAL HOW ASHEVILLEANS CELEBRATE THEIR BREWS Asheville has one of the best beer scenes around, but also one of the quirkiest. Wondering how the locals celebrate craft beer? Check out the tips below: Bring your baby. It’s surprisingly common to see people with their babies at bars and breweries around town. (Makes you wonder how many bars and breweries are indirectly responsible for said babies.) Let the kids run wild at Highland Brewing Co.’s Meadow, play games at Asheville Brewing Co. or Burial Beer Co., or enjoy some free popcorn at Lookout Brewing Co. in Black Mountain. There’s no reason Asheville Beer Week can’t be fun for the whole family. Bring your dog. Fido is welcome at many local establishments, especially breweries. You might even catch a pup

behind the bar at Twin Leaf Brewery. Let your mutt hydrate at the water tap at Wicked Weed Brewing’s downstairs patio. Just about anywhere you go, your happy hound is welcome. Fair warning: Pets are not allowed at Beer City Fest. Let your beard hang low. Something about beer seems to bring out the beards. They will be out in all their hairy glory all week long, so be sure to let yours go wild. What’s that? You don’t have a beard? There’s a great shop on Broadway that sells those stick-on mustaches. Yes, that will do nicely. Get your homebrew on. Just Brew It is the official Asheville Beer Week kickoff event, a massive homebrew festival with over 50 area homebrewers serving up more than 200 creative concoctions.

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You might come across a hibiscus wit, a triple IPA, a poblano porter and a honey saison in a matter of minutes. It’s all fair game at Just Brew It. The event supports the local nonprofit Just Economics, an organization that works to implement living wages throughout Western North Carolina. Is your favorite brewery living-wage certified? Hang out at your favorite local brewery. If you do nothing else all week, get out and support your favorite local brewery. Don’t have a favorite yet? Consider a Brews Cruise, Asheville Brewery Tour or a downtown pub crawl to help you in your “research.” Spot the biking nun or the Pubcycle. Spend much time in Asheville, and you’re bound to see some interesting sights — a man in drag dressed as a 12



nun riding a bike, for example. “Sister Bad Habit” makes a regular fly-by to the Thirsty Monk. We also have a Pubcycle in town — a 13-person, pedal-powered mobile bar. Book the Pubcycle or a LaZoom comedy bus tour (both BYOB) for a one-ofa-kind Asheville Beer Week experience. Use the #AVLBeerWeek hashtag. Share the fun by tagging all your beer week updates with #AVLBeerWeek. It’s a good way to keep up with what’s happening around town. Come back next year. You’re just about guaranteed to have a great time at Asheville Beer Week. So go ahead: Put it in the book for next year. You’ll be glad you did. David Ackley is an Asheville-based writer and marketing consultant with a passion for promoting the craft beer industry.X

BEER EVENTS eries and Belgian beer — in this unique event. Sure, there will be breweries you can’t normally find in Asheville among the 20 to 30 invitees, including Outer Banks Brewing and Fullsteam. However, even our own team will be bringing some Belgians you just won’t see anywhere else, like Oskar Blues’ Tickled Pink Raspberry Saison and Nantahala Brewing Co.’s Devils Courthouse Belgian Golden Strong.


Multibottle Release Party 10 a.m.-11:30 p.m., 10 a.m.-11:30 p.m., Wicked Weed Brewing, free entry, pay per beer,

Ben and Lauren Jones of Winston-Salem, N.C. in The Meadow at Highland Brewing Co.


Menage-A-Freak Release Party Noon-11:30 p.m., Wicked Weed Brewing, free entry, pay per beer, Just like Christmas, Wicked Weed’s Triple IPA comes but once a year. And though the name of the beer has changed (last year it was Freak of Nature), not much else has: It’s still made with nearly 100 pounds of hops and weighs in at an intense 11 percent ABV. It won’t be released in bottles or distributed: It’s just Wicked Weed’s way of saying, “Happy Beer Week.” To help celebrate the release and to kick off the week, Wicked Weed’s party will feature the Americana Burlesque & Sideshow Fest. The beer will be tapped at noon, but the kickoff party starts at 6 p.m.

Catawba Pint Night 5 p.m.-2 a.m., Creekside Taphouse, no entry fee, pay per beer,, If you’re looking to ease into Beer Week instead of jumping in feet first, head to East Asheville favorite the Creekside Taphouse for a lower-key Friday evening. Catawba is the featured brewery all month, which means $3 pints day in and day out. On Friday, however, brewer Kevin Sondey will be hanging out to talk beer and give away Catawba goodies.

Thirsty Fest: North Carolina Belgian Beer Festival 6-9 p.m., Thirsty Monk North (Reynolds Village), $15 ($50 in combination with May 28 Thirsty Fest: Not So Big BIG Beer Festival), Beer Week ends with the big Beer City Festival on May 31, so why not kick it off with a festival as well? Thirsty Monk combines two of its favorite things — North Carolina brew-

If you’re looking for something to do in the morning, or if you’re skipping Just Brew It, two bottle-release events are worth a look. The earliest one is hosted by Wicked Weed, which has held a few popular bottle-release events this spring. For Beer Week, it’s ratcheting it up with double the fun. At press time, the two beers hadn’t been announced, but it’s a smart bet to show up early, as the first 100 people will get in as VIPs ahead of the 11 a.m. official start time for bottle sales. There’ll be live music throughout the day, and the beers will run $10.95 to $12.95 per bottle.

Ringmaster’s Reserve Bottle Release Party 11 a.m., Hi-Wire Brewing, free entry, pay per beer/per breakfast, reservations: The second bottle-release event is at Hi-Wire, whose immediate success has been due in large part to its signature lager. On Saturday, however, Hi-Wire will debut a new series that walks on the wilder side. Ringmaster Reserve offerings will be limited-release, “envelopepushing” beers in 750 mL bottles. The first one is a wine-barrel-aged Belgian IPA, so Hi-Wire is celebrating with a Belgian breakfast. Expect Belgian waffles and pommes frites — and, of course, first crack at the bottles.

Escape from Beer City: The Wild West Mobile Cruise 1-6:30 p.m., Asheville Brews Cruise, tour departs from Vance Monument, $75,


If you think you’ve seen all there is to see in town, Asheville Brews Cruise is ready to take you beyond the city limits. From the Vance Monument, the tour immediately heads west: first to Sylva, where “Gnometown” favorite Heinzelmännchen Brewery will pour a variety of Germanand American-inspired beers. Then it’s down the street to newcomer Innovation Brewing to sample both traditional and more experimental beers. The next stops will be in Waynesville, where local brewers Frog Level and BearWaters will be the hosts. The trip will end where it began — which, if you’re not already beered out, happens to be just down the street from Wicked Weed’s event.

Just Brew It Homebrew Festival 2-5 p.m.,Wedge Brewing Co., $20 and up (tickets available only in advance) From massive lines to hordes of people trying their best to get their money’s worth, outdoor beer festivals can get out of control. Just Brew It has been the complete opposite of that for years. For a reasonable $20 donation, you get to walk around, sample beer and talk to some of the best homebrewers the area has to offer. (And we’re talking about Asheville, where some of these folks have been brewing since long before it was popular … or even legal!) While there are certainly the rare and wild — chamomile wheat or blueberry stout, anyone? — there are also exceptional IPAs, Pilsners and even a cider or two mixed in among the 100-plus beers. To put the cherry on top, the entry fee is a donation to one of the area’s hardest-working local nonprofits, Just Economics.

Trail Mix: fundraiser for the Appalachian Trail Conservancy 3-11:30 p.m., Altamont Brewing Co., no entry fee, pay per beer, What better way to start Beer Week than by moving from one fundraising event to another? After the Just Brew It Festival, head over to Altamont for a bit of live music and a full pint after a day of small sips. More than a dozen small-batch and specialty taps from regional brewers will be pouring.



Catawba’s 15th Anniversary Luau and King Coconut Release Party 4-10 p.m., Catawba Brewing Co.’s Asheville Tasting Room, Free entry, pay per beer, Catawba Brewing Co. may have been born in Morganton, but it has been serving beer in Asheville ever since. Fifteen years later, Catawba was finally able to open its first tasting room within the city limits. Help Catawba celebrate this momentous occasion luau style. King Coconut porter, one of Catawba’s most sought-after beers, will be pouring for the first time in about a year; a whole pig will be roasted, and Con Tiki will provide island tunes starting around 4 p.m.


Sunday Beer Run with Bruisin’ Ales, LaZoom and The Feral Chihuahuas 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. departures, departs from Asheville Pizza & Brewing Co.’s Coxe Avenue location, $28,

The patio at Highland Brewing Co.




For the third straight Beer Week, the Sunday Funday dream team is back. Bruisin’ Ales and The Feral Chihuahuas will hop on the bus and join the LaZoom crew for their once-a-year, beer-centric tour of Asheville. For the 2014 edition, LaZoom says the bus will be hot on the case of a notorious international beer assassin. Detective Lazer McSteel and the Feralton Police Force must solve the case to restore order to Beer City. Unlike most LaZoom tours, this one includes two free on-bus local beers for anyone 21 and up. And note that the tour itself is only for those 18 and up, as there’ll be adult language and “intense torture scenes … with wieners,” according to LaZoom.

Westside Fest 1:30-5 p.m., Urban Orchard Cider Co., $23, While most of Beer Week focuses on, well, beer, the Westside Fest looks to do something a bit different. The inaugural edition will take place in the courtyard at Urban Orchard Cider Co. and include craft cider and kombucha in addition to craft beer. The invitees draw heavily from West Asheville: Altamont, Oyster House, New Belgium, Wedge and, of course, Urban Orchard will all be in attendance. They’ve also invited Noble Hard Cider and Black Mountain Ciderworks. Tickets include unlimited cider and beer samples, and special infusions and cider cocktails will also be available. Live music and food will round out the fest — check the website for last-minute details.

Spread Like Wildfire: Dogwood Alliance Benefit 2-9 p.m., Twin Leaf Brewery, free entry, pay per beer, With a name like Twin Leaf, you’d expect the brewery owners to be passionate about the outdoors. Tim and Steph Weber love exploring local trails by hike or by bike whenever they’re not brewing, so issues like forest destruction and deforestation are always top of mind. To help raise awareness of those issues, a portion of all beer sales at this event will benefit the Dogwood Alliance. Twin Leaf will also release a special Wildfire Chili Ale featuring poblano, ancho and arbol chilis. They say they want to spread the word like wildfire that burning trees as “renewable” energy is not the answer to finding an alternative to fossil fuels.

Local Beer and Cheese Tasting 3:30 p.m., Weinhaus, $15,, 254-6453 The Cheese Store of Asheville will provide a variety of cheeses for Weinhaus experts to pair with various local beers. RSVPs are encouraged.


Innovation Brewing IPA Tap Takeover 4-11 p.m., Innovation Brewing (Sylva); no cost to attend, pay per beer; If you’re looking for a good excuse to check out Sylva’s newest brewery, Innovation

will be pouring five of its own IPAs in pints or flights.

Sierra Nevada Presents: Drinking in the Dark 6:30-10 p.m., Thirsty Monk (downtown), $20, You’re tired of food and beer pairings. You’ve had all the IPAs before. You’ve experimented with sours. Wait a minute ... is your beer-tasting life getting boring? Spice things up with this unusual event — probably the only one in Beer Week that comes with a blindfold. At certain times during this guided experience, you’ll be asked to use it to taste a variety of beers without seeing them. Get in tune with the rest of your senses, and find out what you smell and taste when you’re quite literally left in the dark. Sierra Nevada Beer Ambassador Bill Manley will be the evening’s host. Wicked Weed Brewing


Ben’s Beer Carnival

Monk and Oskar Blues even produced a collaboration beer that will debut here: No Country for Old Hops.

5 p.m.-2 a.m., Ben’s Tune-up, free to attend, pay per beer,, events/320266164787278

Catawba Brewing Growler Takeover

Ben’s beer garden has quickly become one of the go-to places to grab a brew outdoors. True, much of the magic comes from the courtyard itself — from the landscaping to your fellow imbibers — but Ben’s also tends to have a solid draft list, and it just released its first four house sakes as well. On Tuesday, May 27, Ben’s will throw a big bash and invite a dozen breweries to bring their best. Expect carnival acts, music and other oddities alongside beers like Left Hand Brewing Co.’s Smokejumper smoked imperial porter and Great Divide’s oak-aged Yeti imperial stout.

Thirsty Monk/Oskar Blues Trolley Crawl 5-10 p.m., Starting at Thirsty Monk (downtown), free trolley ride, but must reserve a seat and pay per beer, What’s better than a pub crawl? A pub crawl where the Oskar Blues trolley takes you from pub to pub, of course. Departing from downtown, the trolley will drive participants to four Thirsty Monk locations — including the new Woodfin venue — and Oskar Blues will tap a special beer at each one. Thirsty

5-9 p.m., Asheville Growler, free to attend, pay per growler fill or beer, events/320266164787278 Catawba head brewer Kevin Sondey will be on hand, and all Catawba fills will come with a free Catawba growler.


Hop Domination Challenge 3-9 p.m., Asheville Pizza & Brewing Co., no entry fee, $7 for a 7-beer flight, For the past couple of months, Asheville Pizza & Brewing Co. has been releasing the same beer with one key change: A different variety of hops is used for each release. Weekly contests have been rewarding those with discriminating palates, but for Beer Week, APB is issuing the ultimate challenge: Guess four out of seven and win a beer prize pack. Identify all seven, and you can become a “hop legend” at Asheville Brewing.

Asheville Beer Week Pint Night 4-11:30 p.m., Thirsty Monk (downtonw, Biltmore Park, Gerber Village and Reynolds Village), free to attend, pay per beer, Did you miss out on that beer that Wicked Weed brewed with New Belgium? And who was it who teamed up to make a white IPA? Catch up on any partnerships you’ve missed at this pint night, where Thirsty Monk will showcase many of the beer collaborations produced by Asheville breweries during the past year.

Goose Island Pint Night 4-11:30 p.m., Thirsty Monk (Biltmore Park), free to attend, pay per beer, Before you yawn, thinking this will be a night of beers like 312 Urban Wheat and Honkers Ale, remember where it’s taking place. Thirsty Monk has invited Goose Island to bring its MOUNTAINX.COM/BEER



Saison Tap Takeover

opportunity to check out which small-batch beers Highland has on tap, and $1 per pint goes to Veterans Helping Veterans of WNC.

Wicked Weed deserves a lot of credit for popularizing saison, a Belgian-style farmhouse ale, in Asheville. It always keeps a few rotating on draft, but for the Saison Tap Takeover it’s promising more than a baker’s dozen. Of course there’ll be considerable variety, with everything from Appalachian Saison (with sweet potato and grits) to Puer Saison (fermented Chinese black tea). If you’re nuts enough, you can enlist a friend and sample the whole collection with the ultimate saison flight.

Follow the Hops

6-11 p.m.,Wicked Weed Brewing, no entry fee, pay per beer,

Carolina Cinemas and Oskar Blues “Can” Film Festival 7-9 p.m., Carolina Cinemas, free to attend, pay per beer,

best, and Goose Island has promised to deliver, with beers including the highly-sought-after Bourbon County Stout, Matilda, Lolita, Sofie and more.

Twin Leaf Brewery Mutt Mingle 4-10 p.m., Twin Leaf Brewery, free to attend, pay per beer, It’s rare to stop by Twin Leaf and not see a pup or two hanging out in the taproom, but you’re likely to see a heck of a lot more of them at this dog-centric event. It’s really as simple as it sounds: Bring your dog to the brewery to meet other dogs. There’ll be beer for the humans and complimentary doggie treats made from spent brewing grains for the pups. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Charlie’s Angels, a local animal rescue organization. (Dog and cat food donations will also be accepted.) Last but not least, some lovable and very adoptable pups will attend, ready to meet their future parents.

5 p.m.-2 a.m., Ben’s Tune-Up, Free to attend, pay per beer, Highland Brewing Co. will take over Ben’s Tune-Up to celebrate the brewery’s 20th anniversary. Highland staff will be on hand with commemorative pint glasses and other merchandise.

Thirsty Fest: Not So Big BIG Beer Fest 6-10 p.m., hosted by Tryon Distributing and Thirsty Monk at its future South Slope location (92 Thompson St.), $35 ($50 in combination with Thirsty Fest: North Carolina Belgian Beer Festival on 5/23), While many of Asheville Beer Week’s events celebrate local breweries, a few notable doings bring in stellar breweries and rare beers from outside the state. This is one of those events. Allagash, Avery, Bell’s, Dogfish Head, Stone, Victory and more have all provided something you’d normally find only at a really BIG beer festival. Except here, limited ticket sales will keep the crowds small, so only the beers are big. An early peek at the list showed Founders’ Boilermaker, Allagash Avancé and a tripel from Victory that was made for the Craft Brewers Conference. Organizers say that ticket holders are likely to be surprised when they find out. 2014 ASHEVILLE BEER WEEK OFFICIAL GUIDE


Beer and a 12-legged Chicken 3-11:30 p.m., Altamont Brewing Co., free to attend, pay per beer,

Highland Tap Takeover


Carolina Cinemas is always a safe bet on Wednesdays. Who can say no to a $5 movie? On Wednesday during Beer Week, however, there’s another reason to head down Hendersonville Road. A handful of local filmmakers submitted short films (three minutes or less) to be screened at this event. Attendees can sip a beer, watch the clips and vote for their favorites. “Oskars” will be given to the winners, and a variety of prizes will be awarded as well, including the chance to brew for a day at Oskar Blues in Brevard.


Altamont Brewery was a bar first and brewery second, which is worth mentioning because this neighborhood favorite knows what it’s doing when it comes to its guest taps. On this particular Thursday, Altamont has invited friends from a dozen breweries to put one of their favorite beers on tap while serving up the one and only 12-legged chicken.

Community Pint Night

4-10 p.m., Burial Beer Co. and Twin Leaf Brewery, free to attend, pay per beer, and Since Twin Leaf opened, people have slowly but surely figured out a shortcut between the two breweries. This event will highlight that shortcut in the best way possible: with a hop-marked trail. Stop by both taprooms if you want to try the full complement of IPAs they’ll be pouring. Among the dozen single-hop creations you’ll find familiar names as well as some of the new hops on the block, like Mosaic and Rakau.

Rare Belgians Tap Takeover 4-11:30 p.m., Thirsty Monk (downtown), free to attend, pay per beer, Thirty Monk’s downstairs taproom is always the place to go in town if you’re craving a Belgian brew. On Thursday, it plans to surpass its own high standards, putting some Belgians on tap that you rarely see the rest of the year. Expect offerings from Duvel, Ommegang, Chimay, Unibroue and Gouden Carolus, among others.

Can vs. Draft: Oskar Blues Blind Taste Test! 6-9 p.m., Bar of Soap, 255-7710 Does canned beer really taste different from beer fresh out of the tap? Challenge your palate with a blind tasting of Mama’s Little Yella Pils, Dale’s Pale Ale, G’Knight and Old Chub. There’ll be prizes for anyone who can correctly guess all four.

Hi-Wire Pint Night 5-11 p.m.,The Brew Pump, no entry fee, pay per beer, Check out Asheville’s only gas-station bar and collect a free Hi-Wire glass with any beer purchase. The brewery owners will be there to shake hands and kiss babies.


4-8 p.m., Highland Brewing Co., free to attend, pay per beer,

Highland Brewing Co.’s 20 Events for 20 Years

Highland Brewery invites everyone in the community to stop by for this monthly event. While it’s not beer-driven, it’s a good

10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., Westville Pub, free to attend, pay per beer, Westville Pub, a West Asheville institu-

tion, has partnered with Highland on 20 events to celebrate the brewery’s 20th year in business. The 10th event falls on this Beer Week Friday. Highland will have a variety of its 20th anniversary specialty beers on tap, and Westville will bring in a number of other regional offerings. Brewery representatives will be on hand to talk beer and give away some brewery swag.

Fonta Flora Feature noon-11:30 p.m., Thirsty Monk (downtown), free to attend, pay per beer, Fonta Flora Brewery is less than an hour away in Morganton, but it’s popular in its own town, so it rarely has beer to spare for the Asheville market. It has made an exception for Beer Week, and if you stop by the Thirsty Monk on Friday you’ll find 10 of Fonta Flora’s creative offerings. It’ll pour taproom favorites like Hop Beard IPA as well as a passel of saisons.

For Love of Beer and Mountains: Razor Wit Release Party 4-9 p.m., Highland Brewing Co., free to attend, pay per beer, If you’re attending Beer Week from out of town, a stop at Highland Brewing Co., the godfather of Asheville’s beer scene, is mandatory. For its 20th anniversary, it’s releasing 20 special brews throughout the year, and it’s sure to have a couple of them on tap. On Friday, Highland will give tourists and locals alike an even bigger reason to come by: the release of its summer seasonal Razor Wit. As with all the brewery’s seasonal release, the party is thrown in partnership with the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy. That means a percentage of proceeds from beer sales will go toward protecting the beautiful mountains around us.

Skillet Six Ways 4-10 p.m., Burial Beer Co., free to attend, pay per beer, Explore one of Burial’s most popular brews, Skillet Donut Stout, served up with six different flavor infusions, including vanilla, coconut and raspberry. Stop by and try one before Funk Asheville — or make a night of it and order a flight of all six.

Night Flights 5-7:30 p.m., Weinhaus, $10 for a five-beer flight, While you might think of wine when you hear the word Weinhaus, they’re leaving the reds and whites on the shelf for this tasting. Five beers will be on offer, and there’ll be live music from One Leg Up, a Gypsy jazz band.

Funk Asheville: A Gathering of Wild & Sour Beers 7-10 p.m. (VIP at 6 p.m.), hosted by Pints for Prostates and Wicked Weed at the Funkitorium (147 Coxe Ave.), $80 (VIP $100), Wicked Weed has quickly made a name for itself with its sour and wild beer program. It even brought back Asheville’s first Great American Beer Festival Gold for one of its beers made with the wild yeast Brettanomyces. So when it announced that it would throw Asheville’s first sour-centric festival, it just made sense. In addition to the killer tap list — which will include special offerings from breweries like Green Man and New Belgium as well as out-of-market rarities from Crooked Stave and Cigar City Brewing — the event will also provide a sneak peek into Wicked Weed’s new Funkitorium space, which won’t open until later in the summer. A silent auction of unique beer experiences and collectible items will benefit Pints for Prostates.


Innovation Brewing’s Reggae Day Party Noon-11:30 p.m., Innovation Brewing, Free to attend, pay per beer, If a low-key day trip sounds like your ideal way to wind down Beer Week, head to MOUNTAINX.COM/BEER


BEER EVENTS Innovation Brewing’s Sylva taproom where you’ll find a reggae party in full swing. There’ll be a salsa-andbeer pairing in partnership with Soul Infusion Tea House and Bistro, while Positive Mental Attitude provides the tunes.

Beer City Festival 1-6 p.m., Roger McGuire Green, $45, With live music, unlimited beer in the middle of downtown, and tickets that go on sale to locals first at a reduced rate, it’s easy to see why the Beer City Festival has grown into one of Asheville’s most popular beer events. In many ways, it’s like a big block party to kick off the summer. As usual, the brewery list is heavily weighted toward local and regional, though Brooklyn Brewery, DuckRabbit, Green Flash, Lagunitas and more will also be pouring. The live music lineup will feature The Jamar Woods Acoustic Band, The Resolvers and Flow Tribe.

Escape from Beer City: The East Side Mobile Cruise 1:30-5:30 p.m., Asheville Brews Cruise, meet at Vance Monument, $60, ashevillebrewscruise. com Maybe you missed out on Beer City Festival tickets, and you’re bitter. Or maybe you just can’t stand the crowds. Whatever the case, if you’re looking to get out of Dodge on the day of the big event, RSVP and meet the Brews Cruise team at the Vance Monument. From there, you’ll be whisked out of town to the HopN-Blueberry Farm, a seventh-generation family farm specializing in hops, blueberries, medicinal herbs and pollination. After touring the beautiful land with pint in hand, you’ll head to Lookout Brewing Co. — Black Mountain’s newest brewery and a big proponent of using local hops. The last stop will be Pisgah Brewing, for a brewery tour and a taste in their taproom, where they always serve up far more beers than what you see around town.

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Even though the Beer City Festival ends relatively early (6 p.m.), there’s never been a formal afterparty. Catawba aims to change that. It’ll keep the beer flowing and the live music funky with Asheville’s own Jamar Woods.

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Asheville Sandwich should probably be a stop on your Beer Week itinerary at some point: After all, it has sandwiches with fries built right in. But this week, Asheville Sandwich is giving you another reason to pop in: creative beer pairings. Featured breweries include Burial, Catawba, Frog Level, Hi-Wire, New Belgium, Oskar Blues, Sierra Nevada and Twin Leaf. Oh, and if you’re one of the first 20 people to enjoy that day’s special, you can also win a beer-related prize. X

If you haven’t been to the LAB in a while, stop by during Beer Week and see what the new head brewers are up to. They’ve retooled a few favorites and brought a few additional styles to LAB, including a Belgian-style tripel and a hop-burst ultrahoppy pale ale. All pints will be $3 during Beer Week. And since they just rolled out a new spring menu, they’ll also be offering a three-beer/three-small-bite combination each day for $9.

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Agent provocateur ABSFest showcases burlesque and sideshow arts with social relevance


This year’s Americana Burlesque and Sideshow Festival will include, among other spectacles, “the world’s foremost authority on sideshow,” James Taylor. Not “I’ve seen fire and I’ve seen rain” James Taylor — the other one, whose personal collection of sideshow memorabilia includes a taxidermied unicorn from the roaming circuses of yesteryear. ABSFest is set for Friday through Sunday, May 23-25 — aka Memorial Day weekend, when families across the country fire up the grill and head for the beach. The eighth annual ABSFest, instead, will tease, juggle and flip through four venues around Asheville. The event has been going on since 2006 when, inspired by festivals taking place in major cities worldwide, Lauren “Madame Onça” O’Leary, professional belly dancer, started thinking: Why not start one here in Asheville? The festival has grown WATCH AND LEARN: “People think burlesque is just a parade of people emulating the beauty standards of the past,” says Onça O’Leary. “The point is using every tool — costuming, athleticism, comedy — to explore social issues.” Photo courtesy of ABSFest

drawing from this rich and often enchanting lineage. “In belly dance, we have deeply specific folkloric roots that we’re supposed to [pull from]. Artists make a choice from there to honor or break the tradition, but what makes belly dance [what it is] is its awareness of those foundations,” O’Leary says. “I was seeing all these artists who are clearly creating a different kind of art and coming from a different folk idiom. I was so excited to see … what they had in the burlesque genre was unlimited access to creativity.” Burlesque means satire or parody, so nothing is too sacred to be lampooned, the festival organizer explains. There are no social issues that can’t be explored. “For me as an activist, it’s a really natural fit,” says O’Leary. “I found I was working more and more alongside these people and, as someone who has a lot of experience as a belly dancer and festival producer, I wanted to give this community of powerful artists, particularly feminists, a voice.” So, she built a festival that presents numerous performances, from girly shows to juggling acts, from live music to aerial dancers and so on. In addition to Taylor, who is receiving the Phil Slomski Artist Recognition Award this year, the roster includes Texas burlesque queen Coco Lectric, ukuleleist Mab Just Mab, local

WHAT to welcome presenters and performers from around the world, and has wowed thousands. Listening to O’Leary talk about her creation, it becomes clear that ABSFest is not just an excuse to gawk at pretty ladies and unconventional entertainers. She sees her forbears as the giants of vaudeville — those who dedicated themselves to holding a mirror to society, drawing


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out the inner workings of our common curiosities, squashing our fears and bringing possibility into the light. Like the performers her festival presents, O’Leary is conscious of the deep roots of burlesque and sideshow arts, and wants to honor those traditions. Indeed, ABSFest came about when O’Leary started realizing the folks with whom she was frequently sharing the stage were

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juggling sideshow favorites Forty Fingers & A Missing Tooth, the Bombs Away Cabaret troupe and New Orleans-based brass band the Soggy Po’ Boys, among many others. The whole schedule has been planned with the intention of embracing not only the burlesque tradition but the entirety of vaudeville. O’Leary is quick to recognize that what works for other locales doesn’t necessary fit in Asheville. Some big-city festivals center on a competition, “but I’ve always thought of this as more of a cooperative village approach to entertainment, where everyone’s bringing their very best to create something exciting together, rather than [pitting] artist against artist,” she says. There’s also this misconception to address: “People think burlesque is just a parade of people emulating the beauty standards of the past,” says O’Leary. “But, to me that’s not the point. As an artist, pushing the envelope is not the point. The point

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is using every tool — costuming, athleticism, comedy — to explore social issues.” There are signs that our culture needs such a wakeup call: “Any kind of violence is OK in the public sphere but breast-feeding is a crime and a perversion? That’s insane,” says O’Leary. “We need to air these things out until people [start to think], ‘Oh, maybe bodies aren’t inherently evil.’” The ABSFest schedule ensures that folks attending aren’t simply entertained. There are also plenty of workshops and lectures to teach audiences about the history of the form, the purpose of the performances and how they can use the craft themselves. Offerings this year include an in-depth education on working a boa, playing ukulele, peeling off clothing, enhancing a belly dance routine and a 90-minute aerial dance class called “Strong Is Sexy.” O’Leary wants people to understand that it can be fun to watch, but joining the show can be even more thrilling. And empowering. X



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by Edwin Arnaudin

Drums + dance

THE BEAT GOES ON: “Each drum rhythm and song have specific dances to match,” says bassist Ryan Reardon, left, of Zansa’s songs. The local Afropop outfit headlines opening night of Mountain Sports Festival. Photo courtesy of the band

Zansa kicks off big summer plans at Mountain Sports Festival Asheville Afropop band Zansa’s name comes from a Nouchi slang word from Ivory Coast meaning “combination” or “blend.” True to that moniker, Adama Dembele (lead vocals and djembe), Patrick Fitzsimons (guitar), Sean Mason (drum set), Ryan Reardon (bass) and Matt Williams (acoustic and electric violins and electric guitar) have placed a greater emphasis this year on mixing with some of West Africa’s finest performers, going so far as to bring a few of them to Western North Carolina. Zansa’s chief current collaboration is with dancer Barakissa Coulibaly, Dembele’s friend from their shared homeland. She’ll be joining the local group, which plays the opening night


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of the Mountain Sports Festival (Friday, May 23). The band helped Coulibaly in the lengthy process of extending her U.S. visa. They brought her to Asheville to teach and perform, beginning with Zansa’s April 18 show at Isis Restaurant & Music Hall alongside fellow dancer Nadirah Rahman. “[Barakissa] really takes the show to a new level,” Reardon says. “Zansa’s music is inspired in part by traditional West African music, which is thoroughly intertwined with dance. Each drum rhythm and song have specific dances to match, so Barakissa already knew a lot of our music even before arriving in Asheville.” Drawing on her 24-year professional dance career, which has included instructional opportunities in nearly 20 countries, Coulibaly was able to quickly put together choreography to Zansa’s tunes. Invigorated by the partnership, Reardon and his bandmates

are hoping to keep Coulibaly in Asheville as long as possible. To help with that, the group is throwing a “soumu” (a West African celebration of music, dance, food and culture) for her on Thursday, June 5, at The Orange Peel. (They had a similar party for Dembele in February 2012 to help him raise funds to obtain his green card.) Coulibaly, however, isn’t the only Ivorian artist in town. Moussa Kone has been playing guitar with Zansa as well as with Dembele, Fitzsimmons and a revolving cast of musicians in the acoustic side project Mande Foly. Reardon describes the collective as “a much looser group than Zansa” and “more of an African jam session,” featuring styles from Mali and Burkina Faso, the home of frequent member Arouna Diarra. Moussa, says Reardon, “plays a very unique style of fingerpicking. It’s like his fingers smack the strings rather than pluck them, but he’s still nuanced at the same time. Catch him while you can: We’re not sure how long he’ll be able to stay here, either. Not to get political, but U.S. immigration is tough these days. It’s just a fact.” Fortunately, Dembele didn’t encounter such trouble when he traveled to Ivory Coast in February. While there, he played at the Market for African Performing Arts festival, the first since 2007 due to fighting under the Gbagbo regime. Now that the country is at peace under President Alassane Ouattara, the festival was able to return. In Dembele’s absence, Zansa didn’t rehearse much, but the musicians did complete the video for their song “Jahili,” which premiered at Music Video Asheville in April. A “jahili” is someone or something that divides people, and in the song Dembele sings in Bambara, “It is not good to be a jahili, my friend.” In the video, local actor Tj Lee portrays the jahili, creeping into the mindset of lovers and friends to cause strife. At a certain point, the jahili reveals his true self, and the witnesses realize that once people recognize the things in their lives that cause conflict, those obstacles may be overcome. “It sounds like a serious subject, and it is, but the video turned out pretty fun in the end,” says Reardon. “We had a big cast of friends

and fans who came out one day for the crowd scenes. Don’t get me wrong: Our actors were great, but our extras took it up a notch.” Zansa plans to harness that energy during festival season, beginning with the three-day Mountain Sports Festival at Carrier Park. Coulibaly will be there, as will Kone if his immigration issues are ironed out in time. Regardless of who’s onstage, it promises to be a performance that takes full advantage of the space, with a little help from instruments that aren’t often used indoors. “I’ve found that outdoor shows require a bit more heft,” says Reardon. “The sound can easily escape with no walls to hold it in, so we hope to be able to bring the big drums.” X

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by Alli Marshall

Transfiguratively speaking

VENTURED AND GAINED: The Clean, an indie-rock band from New Zealand, is one of the confirmed acts at Transfigurations II. The festival celebrates Harvest Records’ 10th anniversary. Photo by Tim Soter

Harvest Records announces Transfigurations II lineup Unless you work for, say, AC Entertainment, or are just a glutton for punishment, you probably don’t want to organize music festivals on a regular basis. That’s kind of how Harvest Records owners Mark Capon and Matt Schnable felt after pulling off their highly regarded Transfigurations Festival — and these are two guys who know how to put on a show. Capon and Schnable starting producing concerts together back in college and went on to open their record store in West Asheville. They celebrated the five-year anniversary (against the odds; it’s a dying businesses in which they’re not only surviving but thriving) of that shop in 2009 with the first Transfigurations. You see where this is heading, right? “We’ve probably been talking about the 10-year thing since not long


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after the five-year mark: ‘If we ever make it, we’re really going to blow it out,’” says Capon. This week, he and Schnable announce that Harvest Records’ 10th anniversary culminates in Transfigurations II, set for Thursday-Saturday, Aug. 28-30, in West Asheville and on Marshall’s Blannahassett Island. They selected the latter location based on a special Bonnie “Prince” Billy show held there in 2011 — “It was magical, and we wanted to keep that vibe,” says Capon. Plus, the outdoor space allows them to grow the event. “An indoor/outdoor potential festival place, on an island in the French Broad River, in a small town at the end of summer: To me it’s the perfect concept,” says Capon. He envisions Daptone Records soul singer Lee Fields performing as the sun sets. Fields is just one of a number of exciting names on the festival’s roster — confirmed acts are listed below. But how did the Harvest Records guys decide whom to book? “For the last two years we’ve

had a running list of who would be cool,” says Capon. Six months ago they started reaching out to artists from two groups: friends like local performers Angel Olsen and Reigning Sound, and long shots like The Clean — a Harvest favorite all the way from New Zealand — and Michael O’Hurley, who hasn’t stopped through Asheville in most of a decade. “We tried to balance who we’re connected with and going for stuff that no one gets to see here,” says Capon. “Let’s gun for some stuff that, maybe it’s on a smaller, underground level, but people will be like, ‘Holy sh*t.’” Shows will take place at The Grey Eagle and The Mothlight on Thursday and Friday. On Saturday, the festival moves to Marshall High Studios on Blannahassett Island in Marshall with both an indoor and outdoor stage. Weekend passes go on sale Friday, May 23, with individual show passes on sale in June. Info at transfigurations X

Transfigurations II CONFIRMED ACTS INCLUDE: • The Clean — indie-rock from New Zeleand, formed in 1978 • Lee Fields & The Expressions — soul, led by native North Carolinian Fields • Mudhoney — grunge from Seattle, formed in 1988 • Michael Hurley — singer-songwriter and guitarist. • Moon Duo — psychedelic-rock from San Francisco • Angel Olsen — singer-songwriter, now based in Asheville • Mount Eerie — the solo project of Phil Elverum • Sonny & The Sunsets — beachpop from San Francisco • Endless Boogie — rule-breaking rockers from New York City • Reigning Sound — garage-rock from Asheville • The Sadies — country rock band formed in Toronto in 1994 • Steve Gunn — singer-songwriter, formerly of The Violators • Bassholes — rock ’n’ roll from Columbus, Ohio • Disappears — shoegaze and krautrock from Chicago

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Arts & Crafts ISLAND MUSIC: Lee Fields & The Expressions will perform on Marshall’s Blannahassett Island. Photo courtesy of the musician

• Kevin Morby — singer-songwriter and bassist for Woods • Quilt — psychedelic indie-rock band from Boston • Sir Richard Bishop — guitarist and singer-songwriter • Pete Swanson — experimental electronic/noise artist • William Tyler — indie-rolk artist, former member of Lambchop • Fountainsun — project of Daniel Higgs of Baltimore’s Lungfish • Wooden Wand — psychedelicfolk project of James Jackson Toth • EDJ — solo project of Eric D. Johnson of Fruit Bats • Bitchin Bajas — experimental synth trio from Chicago • Axxa/Abraxas — psychedelic rock and art project of Ben Asbury. • Container — instrumental techno project of Ren Schofield. • Profligate — pre-techno dance from Noah Anthony • Dylan Golden Aycock — American primitive singer-songwriter and guitarist • Nest Egg — local psych andkrautrock outfit — A.M.


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Anything could happen

SOUND VISION: WorldLine debuted its Live Art Project at UNC Asheville. The band’s record release also includes a multimedia approach. Photo by Lucy Butcher

WorldLine launches Compass Sky with a multisensory show

Finding the right venue for WorldLine’s album-release show was a challenge. The science fictioninspired, four-piece textural rock band had a very specific vision for how it would present its second record, Compass Sky. There had to be a light show, video projection — and most important — live art. This collaborative, multisensory space is “inspiring, because everybody is there with the same common goal, which is to create art,” says frontman Andrew Schatzberg. “Whether it’s music or paintings or drawings, whatever is happening, you’re just feeding off of whatever is happening in a room. We’re creating the soundtrack, and the artists are painting whatever they’re seeing in their heads.” The band found a good fit for its dream show at Isis Restaurant &


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Music Hall. The album-release celebration takes place on Saturday, May 24, at 9 p.m. Local acts Tin Foil Hat and dep will also perform WorldLine debuted its Live Art Project concept last year at UNC Asheville, where easels were stationed around the room and students were invited to paint and draw along to the band’s set. At the Isis show, artists Jon Graham and Joshua Spiceland will create alongside the band. The artists, while familiar with the music, are given no instructions about what to paint, and the audience is able to watch the artwork unfold as

WHO WorldLine with Tin Foil Hat and dep WHERE Isis Restaurant & Music Hall WHEN Saturday, May 24, at 9 p.m. $8 advance/$10 at the door

they listen. With the band’s mix of otherworldly and organic themes, as well as frequent left turns between experimental sound and more familiar rock melodies, there’s no telling just how the art will reflect the music. For Schatzberg and his bandmates — Mark Sheaffer on drums, Art Lubin on bass and backing vocals and Brian Turner on keyboards and backing vocals — the visual component to the show is inseparable from the music. Even the album art is infused with subtle references to song lyrics. Lubin compares bringing the artists onstage to playing with new musicians. Turner agrees, adding, “It’s kind of like when I show up to jazz gigs and play with people I’ve never played with before. We play a show, and since music is this universal language, you can connect with people instantly. It’s the same thing with art.” The light show, too, was a collaboration. An engineering student at UNCA designed the LED light system, and each light can be individually tailored to create a color and pattern suited to each song. It’s probably not a stretch to point out the overlap between the spontaneity of a live-art performance and the improvisational leanings of the band. But make no mistake, the songs on Compass Sky were composed and carefully sequenced, Schatzberg says. And while it’s not exactly a concept album, the band often plays the songs without breaks, maintaining that cohesion and flow. But before the tracks were laid down in Schatzberg’s North Asheville studio, the band tested the songs out on the road — where there was room for experimentation. “We have an improvisational component to what we do,” Schatzberg says. “We have these songs that are written, but within these songs there’s this framework where we can jam and just see where the songs take us and what can happen. The whole beauty of the live art is that you don’t know what’s going to happen.” Many of the songs on the album originated from the guiding forces of improvisation and inspiration. “We have these crazy, epic jam sessions — we call them movie jams — where we put on our favorite sci-fi films, and we just record our own soundtracks and record hours and hours of music. Then we go back and we listen,” Schatzberg says. “We’d say, ‘Oh that’s cool,’ and write a song from that 10 seconds of music.”

Perhaps more than anything else, the multimedia production serves to build community and blur the lines between performer and audience. “As we were dreaming up this whole live-art thing, we were thinking, ‘How many disciplines can we get involved with what we’re doing?’” says Schatzberg. “When we go to the universities and perform, we’re not just bringing in visual artists; we want dancers to come out and maybe even choreograph, and engineers with the lights, and all these different things to bring the community and the minds together, so we can see what can happen when you put all these crazy things in a blender.” X

Long live live-painting

IN THE MOMENT: Makasi Seeko Siriwayo paints at Moogfest 2014. Photo by Jason K.

Asheville is no stranger to the band-and-visual artist collaboration. Here is a partial list of some memorable teams, past and present: It’s hard to talk about live painters without mentioning reggae/slamgrass/psychobilly collective Snake Oil Medicine Show and artist Phil Cheney. Even post-Snake Oil (though the group did recently reunite at the French Broad River Festival), Cheney’s colorful, kinetic and music-inspired canvases have

remained a vital part of the Asheville tapestry. Rootsy, swampy, ragtimey Scrappy Hamilton (who left Asheville and morphed into Americana rockers Truth & Salvage Co.) partnered for a time with artist Erin Hunt. Hunt’s illustration of the band can be found on a YouTube video for the 2001 song “Alligator Crawl.” Keith “Scramble” Campbell was the artist behind the 3-D art that festooned the walls of Stella Blue (now Asheville Music Hall). He painted musicians as they performed at the H.O.R.D.E. tour and Lillith Fair, he contributed art to Woodtsock ’94 and the ’96 Olympics, and often jumped onstage with Asheville bands. “I use only positive colors and symbology,” he told Xpress in a ’98 interview. Artist, designer and photographer Laura Sellers has live painted at Gnarnia, Trinumeral, LEAF and more, and with musicians such as Futexture, Brett Rock and Medisin. Andy Reed (aka Infinite Geometry) created visual art beside acts like Nas, Santigold and Bela Fleck, among others. According to his bio, he is “the continual live painter for Papadosio, The Malah and Zoogma, often touring with these bands, painting at multiple shows and festivals throughout the year.” Melissa Kay Glaze, a muralist with Asheville Mural Project, has live-painted at LAAFF, Downtown After 5 and Flat Rock Music Festival, among other events. Blais Bellenoit, the son of an illustrator mother and a guitarplayer father, recently had his work featured in the Vision Lab Artist Development Gallery at LEAF and was confirmed as a live painter at Luna Light Music and Arts Festival in Pennsylvania in July. Makasi Seeko Siriwayo, aka Seeko the Kid, is a graphic designer, photographer and sculptor as well as an illustrator and painter. He’ll livepaint at Blackstock Music Festival in South Carolina later this month; his art is currently on display at West End Bakery. Painter Joshua Spiceland has not only had his art hang in galleries and on downtown Asheville walls, it has also graced album covers such as Antique Firearms’ Vicious Behavior. Spiceland was commissioned by Moogfest to create a chalk design and will live-paint on May 31 as part of the Visionary Extravaganza at New Earth in downtown Asheville. — Alli Marshall


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Selfie-obsessed If the advent of the camera singlehandedly changed our perceptions of portraiture in the 19th century, then it could be said that the selfie is certainly our generation’s most consequential mark on the portrait. In late 2013, “selfie,” a word born out of a chatroom thread in 2002, was officially added to the Oxford English Dictionary, where it enjoyed an extra moment in the literary spotlight as the OED’s “word of the year.” As this simple act of photographing oneself at arm’s length continues to thrive in the social media stratosphere, selfies and similar digital photo-based imagery are gaining ground in the world of fine art, where they’re influencing contemporary portraiture and media installations. In John D. Monteith: Portraits, a new exhibition on view through Friday, June 20, at Upstairs [Artspace] in Tryon, we find just that — an artist invigorated by and instilling his own digitally evolving social landscape into portraiture, selfies included. The show features a series of oil portraits and diptychs that Monteith, a Columbia, S.C.based artist, painted using images from photo shoots. While many artists work from photographs for guidance, Monteith paints the visual degradations of the photograph itself. Each painting-to-be is printed out on his home printer, which is admittedly sub-standard. It’s also precisely what gives Monteith’s

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paintings their softened forms and surreal, saturated color. The portraits are cropped down, giving each work a theatrical, frozen element. In “Untitled (w8),” a women cranes her head out of a loosely rendered bathtub. She’s fully clothed, in full makeup and with a scarf around her head. Like the other women in Monteith’s portraits, this character has pale, porcelainlike skin brought out by the smoothness of the oil paint and the Dura-Lar paneling. The diptychs take that abstract balancing act a step further by getting even closer. Some works reveal only an eye in a mass of cloth and tattooed skin. Others present a larger view, but immediately cover it with a gloved hand or straps of cloth. To say they’re sensual is to overlook the measures Monteith’s taken to obscure and anonymize his subjects. In between the two walls of portraits rests “The Free World,” a digital video installation composed of 30 4-by-6-inch LCD screens. The work features digital stills from Monteith’s collection of over 16,000 selfies, each one culled from online chatrooms. Most were downloaded from profile pictures that North and South Carolina residents took with webcams and clunky, early-model digital cameras. All are from the Internet’s glitchy, low-res infancy between 1999 and 2005. “Back in the day, there was no way to control privacy, so all of these were public,” Monteith says. “In a sense, they’re paleo-selfies.” These developmental years of chatrooms and similar social media outlets had a certain luster to them. Maybe it was our short-lived ignorance in understanding just how public the Web was, or thinking that we were truly alone on the Internet. But that newness unleashed a certain bravado in those willing to explore the

TO THINE OWN SELFIE BE TRUE: “The Free World,” digital image installation, 2011. Photo by Kyle Sherard

then-uncharted territory, Monteith says. These scouts and surveyors are his subjects; they form a collective digital coming-of-age archive. Men and women slouch, flex and flaunt their bodies in bathrooms, bedrooms and kitchens. They pose with household objects, sprawl across couches and stare endlessly into the glow of their computer screens. Some have guns. Others are showing off Christmas presents. An overwhelming number of them are naked while others are in mid-striptease. One image even features a man in a casket with an explanatory note taped above him — a kind of postmortem selfie. There’s an initial joyous shock at viewing the work, seeing the thousands of individuals from every walk, size and shape of life in an endless cycle, all pining for attention. It spurs an anxious and addled surge that’s not unlike looking at a debauched family album, fear-

ing that you may be tucked in there somewhere. You could be, after all. But as the gravity and breadth of the work sets in, so does a sense of scrutiny. The work could be construed as an ode to narcissism, though Monteith disagrees. “Taking the pictures isn’t nearly as narcissistic as posting them online,” he says. Nearly all of these images were directed to one or a few private recipients, so he sees them with a certain innocence: more like genuine exploration than the vanity associated with Facebook and Instagram. “It’s really no different than looking at yourself in the mirror,” Monteith says. “It’s just part of being human.” View John D. Monteith: Portraits through Friday, June 20, at Upstairs [Artspace] in Tryon. The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is free to attend. X

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TOE-TAPPING FUN: Regional and national musicians of the folk world will converge at the Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site for the annual Folk Music Festival. The free festival happens on Monday, May 26, and features performances from Nitrogras, Ruby Mayfield and Friends, John Shain and the King Bees. (p.42)

ART ASHEVILLE AREA ARTS COUNCIL GALLERY 346 Depot St., 258-0710, • TH (5/22), 6-7pm - Look Again curator Hoss Haley discusses the exhibit. ASHEVILLE ART MUSEUM 2 N. Pack Square, 253-3227, • FR (5/23), noon-1pm - Lunchtime Art Break: a discussion of Ralph Burns: A Persistence of Vision.  BLACK MOUNTAIN COLLEGE MUSEUM + ARTS CENTER 56 Broadway, 350-8484, • TH (5/29), 7:30pm - Painter Jacquelin Gourevitch will discuss her time at BMC. MISSION FOR TEMPORAL ART 68 N. Main St., Marshall, 917-650-7321, • SA (5/24), 2-6pm -  "OpenFloor," an improvisation session for movement, music/sound or spoken word. Free. ODYSSEY CENTER FOR CERAMIC ARTS 236 Clingman Ave., 285-0210, • WE (5/28), 2-4pm - “Creative Souls” tour. Free. TRANSYLVANIA COMMUNITY ARTS COUNCIL 884-2787, • 4th FRIDAY,  5-9pm - Fourth Friday Gallery Walk through businesses in downtown Brevard. Free to attend.

AUDITIONS & CALL TO ARTISTS AAAC'S REGIONAL ARTIST PROJECT GRANT • Through (10/14) - Applications will be accepted for this grant from the Asheville Area Arts Council to provide financial support for committed, accomplished artists.


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ASHEVILLE COMMUNITY THEATRE 35 E. Walnut St., 254-1320, • TU (5/27) & WE (5/28), 6-8pm - Auditions for Driving Miss Daisy. TRANSYLVANIA COMMUNITY ARTS COUNCIL 884-2787, • Through TU (5/27) - Call to artists to create or provide chairs for the "Chair-ity" Auction on Aug. 3.

MUSIC SONG O' SKY CHORUS (pd.) Tuesday 6:45-9:30 PM Song O' Sky Chorus Calvary Baptist Church (Chandler Center), 531 Haywood Road, 28806. Asheville's only a capella barbershop-style chorus! We welcome all women who love to sing! or (866) 824-9547 Parking available behind the church. CARL SANDBURG FOLK MUSIC FESTIVAL • MO (5/26), 11am-4pm - Features folk musicians from across the region. Free. Held at Carl Sandburg Home, 1928 Little River Road, Flat Rock JOYFUL NOISE COMMUNITY CENTER 649-2828, • FR (5/23), 7pm - Student concert and benefit show. Entry is donation to Joyful Noise. Held at First Baptist Church of Weaverville, 63 N. Main St., Weaverville MUSIC AT MARS HILL 866-642-4968, Broyhill Chapel • FR (5/23), 7pm - The Madison Singers of James Madison University. Held in Broyhill Chapel. Free.

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AMERICAN FOLK ART AND FRAMING 64 Biltmore Ave., 281-2134, • Through WE (6/11) - Resolve and Transform, self-taught Southern artists. ARTETUDE GALLERY 89 Patton Ave., 252-1466, • Through SU (6/1) - New Beginnings, sculpture. ASHEVILLE AREA ARTS COUNCIL GALLERY 346 Depot St., 258-0710, • Through (6/15) - Look Again, a look at the byproducts of contemporary society. BELLA VISTA ART GALLERY 14 Lodge St., 768-0246, • Through (7/31) - Pastels by Nicora Gangi. BENCHSPACE GALLERY & WORKSHOP 67 Broadway, 785-1357, craftcreativitydesign. org • Through SA (8/23) - Ctrl + P,  3-D printer works BLACK MOUNTAIN CENTER FOR THE ARTS 225 W. State St., Black Mountain, 669-0930, • Through (6/12) - Art in Bloom, works from regional galleries. BLACK MOUNTAIN COLLEGE MUSEUM + ARTS CENTER 56 Broadway, 350-8484, blackmountaincollege. org • TH (5/29) through SA (8/23) - Site Reconstruction, paintings of  the World Trade Center site by Jacquelin Gourevitch. GRACE COMMUNITY CHURCH 495 Cardinal Road, Mills River, 891-2006, • Through MO (7/7) - 2014 Appalachian Pastel Society Non-Juried Exhibition.

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HANDMADE IN AMERICA 125 S. Lexington Ave. #101, 252-0121, • Through TU (8/19) - All Kinds of Quilts, works by Asheville Modern Quilt Guild. IZZY’S COFFEE DEN 74 N. Lexington Ave., 258-2004 • Through SA (5/31) - Innocent, collages by Adam Void. THE MOTHLIGHT 701 Haywood Road • Through (5/30), 5pm-2am - Images by Ron Killian TRANSYLVANIA COMMUNITY ARTS COUNCIL 349 S. Caldwell St., Brevard, 884-2787, • Through FR (5/30) - Walk On The Wild Side, depictions of animals in various mediums. Opening reception May 23, 5pm. TRYON ARTS AND CRAFTS SCHOOL 373 Harmon Field Road, Tryon, 859-8323, • Through FR (5/30) - Craft Tryon, works by Tryon artists. UPSTAIRS ARTSPACE 49 S. Trade St., Tryon, 859-2828, upstairsartspace. org • Through SU (6/20) - Textile Constructions, largescale fabric works by Terry Jarrard-Dimond. • Through (6/20) - Portraits, paintings by John D. Monteith. • Through (6/20) - New Faces, works by of seven emerging local artists WEST ASHEVILLE LIBRARY 942 Haywood Road • TH (5/9) through (6/30) - Jamaica People, photography by Jessica Rehfield.

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CANnes Film Festival: A short-film contest Oskar Blues and Carolina Cinemas have teamed up for the CANnes Film Festival: A short-film contest. While submissions are still being accepted at press time (the deadline is May 21), the idea is pretty simple: “Make a short film featuring an Oskar Blues beer can (or two, or 10) and win a chance to brew your own beer with one of our brewers in Brevard and have a beer release party at the brewery with some of your friends,” explains a press release. Screen the short films (all five minutes or less) at a special Beer Week event held in the Cinema Lounge of Carolina Cinemas on Wednesday, May 28, at 7 p.m. Free.

Truth & Salvage Co. The last time Americana rockers Truth & Salvage Co. rolled through Asheville was in 2013 when the band headlined a Downtown After 5 concert. It’s been nearly a decade since Scott Kinnebrew, Walker Young and Bill “Smitty” Smith — all former members of local swamp-ragtime outfit Scrappy Hamilton (see sidebar “Long live live-painting on pg. 41) — moved to L.A. There, they met Tim Jones, Adam Grace and Dean Moore and became Truth & Salvage. But whatever they call themselves and wherever they call home, they’re always welcome back in Asheville. The group plays an intimate show at The LAB on Sunday, May 25, at 10 p.m. $12. (Catch them while you can — rumor has it the band is on the move again and it might be awhile before another local show.) Photo courtesy of the band

Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre celebrates 35 years of modern dance while the New Studio of Dance marks its 45th anniversary of dance education. The local artistic strongholds commemorate those milestones with a performance of Alice in Wonderland. “You may already know Alice, the Mad Hatter and the Queen of Hearts, but how long has it been since you’ve heard the story of the duchess and her pig/child?” asks a press release. “This dance theater production will bring you back to the book where it all started, Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.” The production runs at BeBe Theatre, Fridays and Saturdays, May 23 & 24 and 30 & 31, at 7:30 p.m., and Sundays, May 25 and June 1, at 3 p.m. $15 advance/$17 at the door; $10/$12 for students and seniors. Photo by Toby Maurer

Daniel Ellsworth and The Great Lakes Daniel Ellsworth and The Great Lakes craft the sort of contagious, instantly familiar indie-pop songs that are right at home on a playlist. The band’s live show is infused with overcaffeinated enthusiasm. “They never look the same at the end of their set; a pair of hip horn-rimmed glasses breaks in half, buttons become undone, and their once slicked-back hair is simply not anymore,” says a press release. “But they wouldn’t be themselves if it were any other way; they thrive when they render themselves void of energy.” The band recently released its sophomore album, Kid Tiger. The tour, in support of that record, brings them to The Millroom on Thursday, May 22, at 9 p.m. Kyle Andrews also performs. $8 advance/$10 day of show. Photo courtesy of the band


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5 WALNUT WINE BAR Peggy Ratusz (jazz), 5pm Juan Benavides Trio (Latin), 8pm

SCANDALS NIGHTCLUB Dance party, 10pm

ASHEVILLE MUSIC HALL 12 Bar All-Stars (blues), 9pm

SOUTHERN APPALACHIAN BREWERY Chris Titchner (songwriter, acoustic, rock), 7pm

BEN'S TUNE-UP Live band karaoke w/ The Diagnostics, 9pm

SPRING CREEK TAVERN Kevin Reese (Americana), 6pm

BLACK MOUNTAIN ALE HOUSE Bluegrass jam w/ The Deals, 9pm

THE GREEN ROOM BISTRO & BAR Local Artist Series: Scott Murray (pedal steel), 9pm

BLUE MOUNTAIN PIZZA & BREW PUB Open mic w/ Mark Bumgarner, 7pm

THE MOTHLIGHT Oumar Konate (world), 9pm

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

THE PHOENIX Dave Desmelik Duo (singer-songwriter), 8pm

CORK & KEG Irish jam w/ Beanie, Vincent & Jean, 7pm

THE SOCIAL Open mic w/ Scooter Haywood, 8pm

DOUBLE CROWN DJ Dr. Filth (country), 10pm

TIMO'S HOUSE Asheville Drum 'n' Bass Collective, 9pm

EMERALD LOUNGE Blues jam, 8pm

TOWN PUMP Jay Roemer (bluegrass), 9pm

GOOD STUFF Three State Famous (rock, blues, jam), 7:30pm

TRESSA'S DOWNTOWN JAZZ AND BLUES The Westsound Revue (Motown, blues), 9pm

GREY EAGLE MUSIC HALL & TAVERN Birds of Chicago w/ JT Nero & Allison Russell (roots), 8pm

VINCENZO'S BISTRO Ginny McAfee (piano, vocals), 7pm WHITE HORSE Brandenburg Concerto, Pan Harmonia (classical), 7:30pm

GRIND CAFE Trivia night, 7pm IRON HORSE STATION Jesse James (Americana), 6pm ISIS RESTAURANT AND MUSIC HALL Wednesday World Music w/ Jackomo (Cajun w/ Cajuninspired food), 7:15pm JACK OF THE WOOD PUB Old-time session, 5pm

SONGBIRD SING: Formed in 1996, the Lazybirds have had plenty of time to perfect the ragtime, old-style American underground music that they perform. The birds will be resting their wings for a session at Pisgah Brewing in Black Mountain on Saturday, May 24, at 7:30 p.m.

ODDITORIUM Art & Performance by Yanni the Contortionist w/ Social Finger (variety show, rock, metal), 9pm OLIVE OR TWIST Swing dance lesson w/ Bobby Wood, 7pm 3 Cool Cats Band (vintage rock 'n' roll), 8pm ONE STOP DELI & BAR Magpie w/ Caromia & Steve Lee Combs (blues, folk, soul), 10pm PISGAH BREWING COMPANY Pierce Edens & Scott Law (acoustic, Americana), 6pm SLY GROG LOUNGE Open mic, 7pm

STRAIGHTAWAY CAFE The Get Right Band, 6pm

BOGART'S RESTAURANT & TAVERN Eddie Rose & Highway Forty (bluegrass), 6:30pm

TALLGARY'S CANTINA Open mic & jam, 7pm

DOUBLE CROWN DJs Devyn & Oakley, 10pm

THE PHOENIX Jazz night, 8pm

FRENCH BROAD BREWERY TASTING ROOM Dave Dribbon (acoustic), 6pm

THE SOCIAL Karaoke, 9:30pm

GOOD STUFF Mr. Charlee Boxwood (singer-songwriter), 8pm

TIGER MOUNTAIN THIRST PARLOUR Sean & Will (classic punk, power pop, rock), 10pm

GREY EAGLE MUSIC HALL & TAVERN The Supersuckers & Nashville Pussy w/ Roger Alan Wade (rock, country), 9pm

TIMO'S HOUSE Release w/ Disc-Oh! (bass), 9pm TOWN PUMP Open mic w/ Aaron, 9pm TRESSA'S DOWNTOWN JAZZ AND BLUES Blues & soul jam w/ Al Coffee & Da Grind, 8:30pm

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38 N. FRENCH BROAD Trade Routes (reggae, world-fusion, prog-rock), 9pm 5 WALNUT WINE BAR Hank West & The Smokin' Hots (jazz), 8pm

LOBSTER TRAP Ben Hovey (dub-jazz, trumpet, beats), 7pm MILLROOM Bird In Hand w/ Owen Beverly (indie, folk), 8pm


VANUATU KAVA BAR Open mic w/ Caleb Beissert, 9pm VINCENZO'S BISTRO Aaron Luka (piano, vocals), 7pm

THURSDAY, MAY 22 5 WALNUT WINE BAR The Big Nasty (gypsy jazz), 8pm ADAM DALTON DISTILLERY Bridging the Gap (old school hip-hop, vinyl night), 10pm ALLEY KATS TAVERN Open mic night, 7pm

HAVANA RESTAURANT Open mic (instruments provided), 8pm ISIS RESTAURANT AND MUSIC HALL von Grey (soul, quartet), 8:30pm JACK OF THE WOOD PUB Bluegrass jam, 7pm LEXINGTON AVE BREWERY (LAB) Bearknuckle w/ Monkey In Podship & Crazy Tom Banana Pants (grunge-rock, ska), 9:30pm LOBSTER TRAP Hank Bones ("The man of 1,000 songs"), 7pm MILLROOM Kyle Andrews w/ Daniel Ellsworth & The Great Lakes (indierock), 9pm ODDITORIUM Straight Up Queer Time (variety show), 9pm OLIVE OR TWIST Blue Dawg Band (blues, swing), 8pm

ALLEY KATS TAVERN Amos & The Mixx Live, 9:30pm ALTAMONT BREWING COMPANY Mustache contest, 6pm ASHEVILLE MUSIC HALL L.E.A.F. World Music Series w/ Culture, Kenyatta Hill & others (reggae), 9pm ATHENA'S CLUB Mark Appleford (singer-songwriter, Americana, blues), 7pm BEARWATERS BREWING COMPANY Sauce Boss (blues), 8pm BLUE MOUNTAIN PIZZA & BREW PUB Bob Zullo, 7pm BYWATER Captive Eddies & Gospel Flats (Americana), 9pm CARRIER PARK Fritz Beer & The Crooked Beat (Americana), 5:15pm Get Right Band (funk, rock), 6:30pm Zansa (Afro-pop, world), 7:45pm CLASSIC WINESELLER Joe Cruz (Beatles & Elton John covers), 7pm DOBRA TEA ROOM BLACK MOUNTAIN Folk Music Duo w/ Noah Stockdale & Ashe Tenderfire, 8pm FRENCH BROAD BREWERY TASTING ROOM The Reids (folk), 6pm GOOD STUFF Michael McFarland (singer-songwriter), 8pm Pierce Edens (Americana), 9pm GREY EAGLE MUSIC HALL & TAVERN The 8th Annual Americana Burlesque & Sideshow Festival, 8pm

ASHEVILLE MUSIC HALL Transcendance w/ 9th Phoenix & DSOM (house), 9pm

ONE STOP DELI & BAR Phish 'n' Chips (Phish covers), 6pm Red Dirt Revelators w/ Moses Brown (blues, Americana, rock), 10pm


PACK'S TAVERN Ashli Rose (indie, acoustic), 9pm

HIGHLAND BREWING COMPANY Delta Moon (blues, rock, Americana), 6:30pm

BLUE MOUNTAIN PIZZA & BREW PUB Joe Lasher Jr. (Southern rock, country), 7pm

POSH BAR Acoustic jam, 6pm

IRON HORSE STATION Dave Desmelik (singer-songwriter), 7pm


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ISIS RESTAURANT AND MUSIC HALL stephaniesid (pop-noir), 7pm Miss Tess & The Talkbacks (swing, blues, country, folk), 9pm JACK OF THE WOOD PUB Unspoken Tradition (bluegrass), 9pm LOBSTER TRAP Mark & Aimee Bumgarner (Americana), 7pm METRO WINES Stand up comedy w/ Disclaimer Comedy, 7pm NIGHTBELL Dulítel DJ (indie, electronic, dance), 10pm ODDITORIUM iii & Plankeye Peggy (ABS after party, rock), midnight OLIVE OR TWIST Late Night DJ (techno, disco), 11pm ONE STOP DELI & BAR Free Dead Fridays w/ members of Phuncle Sam (jam), 5pm ORANGE PEEL Grind (Alice In Chains tribute), 9pm PACK'S TAVERN DJ MoTo (dance, pop, hits), 9pm PISGAH BREWING COMPANY The Invisible III (improv-funk, jazz-fusion), 9pm ROOT BAR NO. 1 Linda Mitchell (blues, jazz), 9pm SCANDALS NIGHTCLUB Dance party, 10pm Drag show, 1am SCULLY'S DJ, 10pm SOUTHERN APPALACHIAN BREWERY Carolina Rex (blues, rock, Americana), 8pm SPRING CREEK TAVERN Ben Wilson (Americana), 8pm STRAIGHTAWAY CAFE Everydays, 6pm TALLGARY'S CANTINA Mojomatic (blues, rock), 9:30pm THE GREEN ROOM BISTRO & BAR Hot Point Trio (jazz), 9pm THE MOTHLIGHT Nate Hall album release, Cadavernous, Birth & DJ Hillbilly Ocean afterparty (rock, punk), 9:30pm




THE SOCIAL Andrew Scotchie & The River Rats (rock, funk), 9:30pm

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

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FRI. 5/23 DJ MoTo (dance, pop hits)





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MAY 21 - MAY 27, 2014

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Red Dirt Revelators w/

Moses Brown  10 PM    $5  21+ 

Transcendance feat. 9th Phoenix & DSOM 9 PM $8/$10  18 + ($3 surcharge for under 18) 

24 Glory & O.N.E. 10 PM  FREE  21+ 

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(rock, funk, blues, grass)



(indie, acoustic)

SAT. 5/24 The Sloantones

Magpie w/ Caromia & Steve Lee Combs 10PM   $5   21+

21 12 Bar All-Stars 9 PM    $5     21+ one stop

THU. 5/22 Ashli Rose




THE PHOENIX Carter & Co. (old-time, string band), 9pm

TAUK w/ Nomadic & Porch 40 10 PM  FREE  21+ 

Electric Soul Pandemic

w/ Broccoli Samurai  10 PM  21+ 

Ces Cru w/ Info Gates & special guests

SkyBlew,The Last Word Benders, Bo Carbona & Hippy Chris9 PM $5/$8    21+

27 The Reids 8PM   $2   All Ages TUE



TIGER MOUNTAIN THIRST PARLOUR Dr. Filth (soul, psych, punk), 10pm TIMO'S HOUSE FTO, Nige Hood, Toon & The Real Laww (hip-hop), 9pm TOWN PUMP Wink Keziah (honky-tonk), 9pm TRESSA'S DOWNTOWN JAZZ AND BLUES Early Spotlight w/ Browyn Holmes & guests, 7pm VANUATU KAVA BAR Dan Keller (eclectic jazz guitar), 8:30pm VINCENZO'S BISTRO Steve Whiddon (old-time piano, vocals), 5:30pm WHITE HORSE Cabaret Jazz w/ James Hammel, 8pm WILD WING CAFE A Social Function (acoustic), 9:30pm

SATURDAY, MAY 24 5 WALNUT WINE BAR Andrew J. Fletcher (piano stride), 6pm What It Is (jazz), 9pm ALLEY KATS TAVERN The Twisted Trail Band, 9:30pm ASHEVILLE MUSIC HALL TAUK w/ Nomadic & Porch 40 (jam, rock, funk), 10pm ATHENA'S CLUB Mark Appleford (singer-songwriter, Americana, blues), 7pm



BLACK MOUNTAIN ALE HOUSE Point & Shoot (soul, rock), 9pm BLUE MOUNTAIN PIZZA & BREW PUB Mark Bumgarner (Americana), 7pm CARRIER PARK Corey Bullman & Leigh Glass (rock, Americana, blues), 12:30pm Burning Houses (kids band), 1:30pm Raising Caine (country), 2pm Plankeye Peggy (rock, experimental), 3:30pm Earphunk (funk, jam), 5:15pm Robert Walter's 20th Congress (jazz, funk), 7:30pm CLASSIC WINESELLER Jazz Dinner w/ Michael Jefry Stevens Trio, 7pm CORK & KEG Zydeco Yaya (zydeco, Cajun), 8:30pm EMERALD LOUNGE Asheville Synthpop #3 w/ Stereospread, The Volt Per Octaves & oddSTAR, 9pm GOOD STUFF Raven & Red (country, bluegrass, acoustic), 7:30pm Joe Cat (Americana, rock), 9pm GREEN ROOM CAFE & COFFEEHOUSE Elise Pratt & Mike Holstien (jazz), 6:30pm HIGHLAND BREWING COMPANY Thicket (rock, country), 6:30pm

SPRING CREEK TAVERN Andy Buckner & The Southern Soul Campaign (Southern rock), 8pm STRAIGHTAWAY CAFE Carver & Carmondy, 6pm TALLGARY'S CANTINA Jarvis Jenkins (Southern rock), 9:30pm THE ADMIRAL Soul night w/ DJ Dr. Filth, 11pm THE GREEN ROOM BISTRO & BAR Leigh Glass (Americana), 9pm THE MOTHLIGHT Lilac Shadows w/ Oulipo, SoftSpot & Morbids (indie-pop), 9:30pm THE PHOENIX Bradford Carson (Americana), 1pm The Get Right Band (rock, funk, reggae), 10pm THE SOCIAL Karaoke, 9:30pm TIGER MOUNTAIN THIRST PARLOUR DJ Devyl's Hands (psychedelic, indie, metal, rock), 10pm TIMO'S HOUSE Subterranean Shakedown: Big Ben, McDubbin, ShuHandz (bass party), 9pm TOWN PUMP Gina Dalmas & The Cowtippin' Playboys (indie, honkytonk), 9pm TOY BOAT COMMUNITY ART SPACE It's YO Prom: Be Fabulous! (LGBTQ & allies ages 14-23) w/ DJ Abu Disarray, 7pm TRESSA'S DOWNTOWN JAZZ AND BLUES Al Coffee & Da Grind (blues, soul), 10pm VINCENZO'S BISTRO Steve Whiddon (old-time piano, vocals), 5:30pm

BARLEY'S TAPROOM Skylark (jazz, swing), 7:30pm

JACK OF THE WOOD PUB Carolina Still w/ Possessed by Paul James (folk, Americana, old-time), 9pm

BLACK MOUNTAIN ALE HOUSE Jazz brunch w/ Mike Gray Trio, 11:30am

ODDITORIUM Embassador Payne (DJ), 9pm OLIVE OR TWIST 42nd Street Band (jazz, swing), 7:30pm Late Night DJ (techno, disco), 11pm

BLUE KUDZU SAKE COMPANY Karaoke & brunch, 1pm BLUE MOUNTAIN PIZZA & BREW PUB Larry Dolamore, 7pm BYWATER Helios Warriors benefit for veterans w/ The Northside Gentlemen, Ben Scales & Caine McDonald, noon CARRIER PARK Pam Jones Band (jazz), 12pm Blood Gypsies (gypsy-jazz, blues), 1pm Pierce Edens & The Dirty Work (Americana, folk-rock), 2:30pm Honey Island Swamp Band (rock, funk), 4:30pm

ONE STOP DELI & BAR Reggae Family Jam, 2pm Glory & O.N.E. (reggae, hip-hop, rock), 10pm

DOUBLE CROWN Karaoke w/ Tim O, 9pm

ORANGE PEEL 8th Annual Americana Burlesque & Sideshow Festival, 8pm

HI-WIRE BREWING Zaq Suarez, 6pm

PACK'S TAVERN Sloantones (rock, funk, blues), 9pm PISGAH BREWING COMPANY The Lazybirds (old-time, jazz, blues, swing), 8pm

BENEFIT CONCERT Blind Fury x Benihana Kenobi: Carolina Underground King vs. B.E.T All-Time Freestyle Friday Champ!



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5 WALNUT WINE BAR The Roaring Lions (hot jazz), 7pm

ISIS RESTAURANT AND MUSIC HALL WorldLine album release (sci-fi-rock, psychedelic), 9pm

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



ASHEVILLE MUSIC HALL Ces Cru w/ Info Gates, SkyBlew, The Last Word Benders, Bo Carbona & Hippy Chris (rap, hip-hop), 9pm

LOBSTER TRAP Crossroad String Band, 7pm

May 23rd •9pm-Until

WESTVILLE PUB The Morning After (bluegrass, soul, jazz), 10pm

IRON HORSE STATION Mark Shane (R&B), 7pm

JERUSALEM GARDEN Middle Eastern music & bellydancing, 7pm



PURPLE ONION CAFE Shana Blake Band (R&B, soul, funk), 8pm

JACK OF THE WOOD PUB Irish session, 5pm Soggy Po Boys (New Orleans-style jazz), 9pm

ROOT BAR NO. 1 Echoes of the Future (funk, lounge), 9pm

LEXINGTON AVE BREWERY (LAB) Truth & Salvage Co. (Americana), 10pm

SCANDALS NIGHTCLUB Dance party, 10pm

LOBSTER TRAP Bobby Miller & Friends (bluegrass), 7pm


NIGHTBELL Dulítel DJ (indie, electronic, dance), 9pm

5/23 Unspoken Tradition

10/25 9PM Sarah • $5 Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion 5/24 Possessed by w/ Battlefield • 9pm $10 Paul James 10/26 W/ Firecracker CAROLINA STILLJazz 9 PM Band $10 & HALLOWEEN Costume 5/25 Soggy Po Boys Party9&PMContest • 9pm $8 FREE (DONATIONS ENCOURAGED] 10/27 Vinegar Creek • 9pm FREE 5/26 Eleanor 10/28 MustardUnderhill Plug • 9pm $8 (EVERY MONDAY IN MAY) Pants w/ Crazy Tom Banana 9 PM Free 10/29 (DONATIONS Singer Songwriters ENCOURAGED) in the Round • 7-9pm FREE 5/27 Dixie Ghost w/ Anthony Tripi, Elise Davis 9 PM WFREE Mud Tea • 9pm FREE

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

thurs. may 22

bearknuckle w/ MOnkeY In

PODSHIP, craZY TOM banana PanTS

backstage • 9:30PM • $6 sun. may 25

TruTH & Salvage cO. PreSenTeD bY STella blue

backstage • 10:00PM • $12

thurs. may 29

THe greaT barrIer reefS w/ nOaH STOckDale

backstage • 9:30PM • $6

sat. june 7

MelanIe MarTIneZ w/ aSHleY HeaTH

backstage • 8:00PM • $15


SunDaY bluegraSS bruncH frontstage • 12PM-3PM

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MAY 21 - MAY 27, 2014




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BEAUTIFUL BLENDS: Daniel Shearin, formerly of Uncle Mountain, who also performs with River Whyless, will knock out a solo show at the Mothlight, Monday, May 26, at 9 p.m. In his first solo headlining show, Shearin will play many different instruments, such as the harmonium, kalimba and both electric and acoustic guitars. Ryan Lassiter from Uncle Mountain will join him on a few songs for vocals and percussion, and indie-rock band Marmalakes will open the show. Open Mon-Thurs 4-8pm, Fri 4-9pm Sat 2-9pm, Sun 1-6pm

We’ve rolled back all prices to 2005

Hookah Joe’s 79 Coxe Ave.

Asheville’s Original Hookah Lounge... since 2005 Open Daily 5pm - 2am

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MAY 21 - MAY 27, 2014


ODDITORIUM Ex Friends, Campaign, Rubrics, Spliff & Chris Head (punk), 9pm OLIVE OR TWIST Shag & swing lesson w/ John Dietz, 7pm DJ Michael Filippone (beach, swing, ballroom, rock), 8pm ONE STOP DELI & BAR Bluegrass brunch w/ The Pond Brothers, 11am Electric Soul Pandemic w/ Broccoli Samurai ("Endless Summer Powwow"), 10pm

BYWATER Open mic w/ Taylor Martin, 9pm COURTYARD GALLERY Open mic (music, poetry, comedy, etc.), 8pm DIRTY SOUTH LOUNGE Chance Wayne (blues), 9pm DOUBLE CROWN Punk 'n' roll w/ DJ Leo Delightful, 10pm

SCANDALS NIGHTCLUB Dance party, 10pm

GOOD STUFF Ralph Jeffers (singer-songwriter, Americana), 8:30pm

SOUTHERN APPALACHIAN BREWERY Blue Sunday blues jam w/ Garry Segal, 5pm

JACK OF THE WOOD PUB Quizzo, 7pm Eleanor Underhill (Americana), 9pm

SPRING CREEK TAVERN Mark Bumgarner (Americana), 1pm STRAIGHTAWAY CAFE Saylor Brothers, 6pm THE PHOENIX Jay Brown (one-man-band, acoustic folk, blues), 2:30pm, 5pm, 8pm & 11pm

LOBSTER TRAP Dana & Susan Robinson (folk), 7pm ODDITORIUM Lutheran Heat, The Dimarcos, Ouroboros Boys (punk), 9pm OSKAR BLUES BREWERY Mountain Music Mondays (open jam), 6pm

THE SOCIAL '80s night, 8pm

THE BULL AND BEGGAR The Big Nasty (jazz), 10pm

TIMO'S HOUSE Art Show, 9pm

THE MOTHLIGHT Daniel Shearin w/ Marmalakes (singer-songwriter, rock, pop), 9pm

VINCENZO'S BISTRO Steve Whiddon (old-time piano, vocals), 5:30pm WHITE HORSE Asheville Tango Orchestra, 8pm

MONDAY, MAY 26 185 KING STREET Monday Night Trivia, 8pm 5 WALNUT WINE BAR The Soul Magnetics (R&B, soul), 8pm ALLEY KATS TAVERN Open mic, 8pm ALTAMONT BREWING COMPANY Old-time jam, 8pm BLACK MOUNTAIN ALE HOUSE Karaoke, 9pm

THE PHOENIX Jeff Sipe & friends (jam-fusion), 8pm THE SOCIAL Hartford bluegrass jam w/ Ben Saylor, 8pm TIGER MOUNTAIN THIRST PARLOUR Honky-tonk (classic country & rockabilly) w/ DJ Lil Lorruh & David Wayne Gay, 10pm VINCENZO'S BISTRO Steve Whiddon (old-time piano, vocals), 5:30pm WESTVILLE PUB Trivia night, 8pm

TUESDAY, MAY 27 185 KING STREET Swing dance lessons, 8pm

Smokey’s After Dark 5 WALNUT WINE BAR The John Henry's (ragtime, jazz), 8pm

BLUE MOUNTAIN PIZZA & BREW PUB Open mic w/ Billy Owens, 7pm

ALLEY KATS TAVERN Bluegrass Tuesday, 8pm

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

ALTAMONT BREWING COMPANY Open mic w/ Chris O'Neill, 8pm

CORK & KEG Irish jam w/ Beanie, Vincent & Jean, 7pm

ASHEVILLE MUSIC HALL Tuesday Night Funk Jam, 11pm

DOUBLE CROWN DJ Dr. Filth (country), 10pm


EMERALD LOUNGE Blues jam, 8pm

BLUE MOUNTAIN PIZZA & BREW PUB Paul Cataldo (Americana, roots, folk), 7pm

GRIND CAFE Trivia night, 7pm

BUFFALO NICKEL Trivia night, 7pm

HIGHLAND BREWING COMPANY Acoustic Wednesday w/ Lyric, 5:30pm


IRON HORSE STATION Paul Cataldo (Americana), 6pm

CORK & KEG Honkytonk jam w/ Tom Pittman & friends, 6:30pm

ISIS RESTAURANT AND MUSIC HALL Wednesday World Music w/ One Leg Up (gypsy jazz), 7:15pm

DOUBLE CROWN Punk 'n' roll w/ DJs Sean and Will, 10pm GOOD STUFF Old-time jam, 7pm GREY EAGLE MUSIC HALL & TAVERN Dale Watson w/ New Country Rehab (country), 8pm HIGHLAND BREWING COMPANY Taper Tuesday (pre-recorded live concerts) w/ Sly & The Family Stone, The Grapes and Widespread Panic, 4:20pm IRON HORSE STATION Open mic w/ Mark Murray, 6pm ISIS RESTAURANT AND MUSIC HALL Bluegrass session, 7:30pm JACK OF THE WOOD PUB Dixie Ghost (Americana), 9pm LOBSTER TRAP Jay Brown (Americana, folk), 7pm MILLROOM Stereospread (electro-pop), 9pm ODDITORIUM Comedy open mic w/ Tom Peters, 9pm ONE STOP DELI & BAR The Reids (alternative, Americana, blues), 8pm Tuesday night techno, 10pm SCULLY'S Trivia night, 9pm TALLGARY'S CANTINA Open mic & jam, 7pm THE SOCIAL Ashli Rose (singer-songwriter), 7pm TIMO'S HOUSE 90s night w/ DJ Ra Mak (90s dance, hip-hop, pop), 9pm TOWN PUMP Johnny Delaware (indie, singer-songwriter), 9pm TRESSA'S DOWNTOWN JAZZ AND BLUES Early Tuesday w/ Pauly Juhl & Oso, 8:30pm VINCENZO'S BISTRO Steve Whiddon (old-time piano, vocals), 5:30pm WESTVILLE PUB Blues jam, 10pm WHITE HORSE Irish sessions --- Open mic, 6:30pm

WEDNESDAY, MAY 28 5 WALNUT WINE BAR Larkin Dodgen Sextet (jazz), 5pm Juan Benavides Trio (Latin), 8pm ALTAMONT BREWING COMPANY Dave Desmelik, Woody Wood & Mary Ellen Davis (singer-songwriters), 9pm

Mon. Wed. Thur. Fri. Sat. Sun.

Free Pool Karaoke Thirsty Thursday “After Dark” $1 Draft May 23rd - Live music w/ NC63 Karaoke Bloody Marys

Open 7 Days A Week • Asheville’s Oldest Bar 18 Broadway, Downtown • 253-2155

JACK OF THE WOOD PUB Old-time session, 5pm LOBSTER TRAP Ben Hovey (dub-jazz, trumpet, beats), 7pm

Over 40 Entertainers!

ODDITORIUM Desperate Pilot, Ryan Sheffield & The High Hills, Ben Trickey (rock, acoustic), 9pm

A True Gentleman’s Club

OLIVE OR TWIST Swing dance lesson w/ Bobby Wood, 7pm 3 Cool Cats Band (vintage rock 'n' roll), 8pm PISGAH BREWING COMPANY Campfire Reverends (blues, Americana), 6pm PULP The Manifest Process (experimental, metal), 9pm SLY GROG LOUNGE Open mic, 7pm TALLGARY'S CANTINA Open mic & jam, 7pm THE MOTHLIGHT Diarrhea Planet w/ State Champion, Doomster (rock), 9:30pm THE PHOENIX Jazz night, 8pm THE SOCIAL Karaoke, 9:30pm TIGER MOUNTAIN THIRST PARLOUR Sean & Will (classic punk, power pop, rock), 10pm TIMO'S HOUSE Release w/ Disc-Oh! (bass), 9pm TOWN PUMP Open mic w/ Aaron, 9pm



birds of chicago wed 5/21 (Jt Nero & allison russell) 8pm • $10/$12 thu 5/22

fri 5/23

TRESSA'S DOWNTOWN JAZZ AND BLUES Blues & soul jam w/ Al Coffee & Da Grind, 8:30pm VANUATU KAVA BAR Open mic w/ Caleb Beissert, 9pm VINCENZO'S BISTRO Aaron Luka (piano, vocals), 7pm

THURSDAY, MAY 29 185 KING STREET 185 Blues Power Jam, 8pm 5 WALNUT WINE BAR Four Year Anniversary Party w/ Delta House Band, Hank West & The Smokin' Hots, The Big Nasty and Jamar Woods Acoustic Band, 5pm ALLEY KATS TAVERN Open mic night, 7pm ALTAMONT BREWING COMPANY Hank West & The Smokin' Hots (jazz), 9:30pm

ASHEVILLE MUSIC HALL 12 Bar All-Stars (blues), 9pm

ASHEVILLE MUSIC HALL Pangea official pre-party w/ Pericles, KRI & Damascus (electronica, IDM), 10pm

BEN'S TUNE-UP Live band karaoke w/ The Diagnostics, 9pm


BLACK MOUNTAIN ALE HOUSE Bluegrass jam w/ The Deals, 9pm


sat tue 5/17 5/27 fri 5/30

the supersuckers & Nashville pussy w/ roger alan wade 9pm • $15/$18

8th Annual americaN burlesque & sideshow festival 8pm & 10:30pm • $15 per show/$25 for both shows

dale watsoN w/ New Country Rehab 8pm • $10/$12

old 97’s

w/ lydia loveless

suN 6/1


9pm • $18

An Evening with:

crystal bowersox 8pm $18 Advance $20 Day Of $50 V.I.P


Mon – Thurs 6:30pm–2am | Fri – Sat 6:30pm–3am



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MAY 21 - MAY 27, 2014



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DOUBLE CROWN DJs Devyn & Oakley, 10pm

BYWATER Woody Wood & Tony Holiday (blues), 9pm

FRENCH BROAD BREWERY TASTING ROOM CarolinaBound (folk, country), 6pm

CLASSIC WINESELLER Ben Wilson (60s, 70s, 80s), 7pm

HAVANA RESTAURANT Open mic (instruments provided), 8pm

CLUB ELEVEN ON GROVE DJ Jam (old-school hip-hop, R&B, funk), 9pm

ISIS RESTAURANT AND MUSIC HALL An Evening w/ Geoff Achison (funk, blues, jazz, soul), 7:30pm Kopecky Family Band (indie-rock), 9pm

CORK & KEG One Leg Up (jazz, swing), 8:30pm

JACK OF THE WOOD PUB Bluegrass jam, 7pm LEXINGTON AVE BREWERY (LAB) Great Barrier Reefs w/ Noal Stockdale (funk, jam), 9pm LOBSTER TRAP Hank Bones ("The man of 1,000 songs"), 7pm

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Thur 5/22

Full Bar

$5 ADDED TO TAB • 7:15pm There will be room for dancing.

VON GREY  $10/$12 • 8:30pm

Fri STEPHANIESID PRESENTS: ID WEEKLY IN MAY $5 • 7PM (lounge) 5/23 MISS TESS AND THE TALKBACKS $8/$10 • 9PM (music hall) Sat 5/24


5/28 FOOD AND WINE PAIRINGS OF THE FRENCH PERSUASION (there will be room for dancing) 7:15 PM

Thur 5/29

AN EVENING W/ GEOFF ACHISON $10 • 7:30pm (lounge) KOPECKY FAMILY BAND 9 PM • $8/$12 (music hall)

Every Sunday JAZZ SHOWCASE 6pm - 11pm • $5 Every Tuesday BLUEGRASS SESSIONS 7:30pm - midnite

ODDITORIUM Grown Up Avenger Stuff & Gnarly Charlies (alternative, indie-rock), 9pm OLIVE OR TWIST Blue Dawg Band (blues, swing), 8pm ONE STOP DELI & BAR Phish 'n' Chips (Phish covers), 6pm Sweet Life Society w/ Bümerang (swing, hip-hop, electronica), 10pm PACK'S TAVERN Steve Mosley Duo (acoustic rock), 9pm PISGAH BREWING COMPANY Bruckshot w/ members of Chalwa (reggae, roots), 8pm POSH BAR Acoustic jam, 6pm PULP The Bipolar Express w/ Blayr Nais & Ryan Van Genderen (comedy), 9:30pm PURPLE ONION CAFE Red Hot Sugar Babies, 7:30pm SCANDALS NIGHTCLUB Dance party, 10pm SOUTHERN APPALACHIAN BREWERY TEAM Day Fundraiser w/ Jeff Michels, 6pm SPRING CREEK TAVERN Jesse James, 6pm THE GREEN ROOM BISTRO & BAR Local artist series w/ Simon George (jazz piano), 9pm


THE MOTHLIGHT Ohioan w/ Wes Tirey, Drunken Prayer & Many Trails (folk, experimental, country), 9pm THE PHOENIX Jay Brown (one-man-band, acoustic folk, blues), 8pm THE SOCIAL Open mic w/ Scooter Haywood, 8pm TIMO'S HOUSE Asheville Drum 'n' Bass Collective, 9pm TRESSA'S DOWNTOWN JAZZ AND BLUES The Westsound Revue (Motown, blues), 9pm VINCENZO'S BISTRO Ginny McAfee (piano, vocals), 7pm

FRIDAY, MAY 30 185 KING STREET Strung Like A Horse (bluegrass-punk), 8pm 38 N. FRENCH BROAD Phuncle Sam (Grateful Dead tribute), 9pm 5 WALNUT WINE BAR Jamar Woods Acoustic Band (soul, R&B), 8pm ALLEY KATS TAVERN Amos & The Mixx Live, 9:30pm ALTAMONT BREWING COMPANY Red Honey (rock), 9pm ASHEVILLE MUSIC HALL Makayan & A Ghost Like Me w/ Jones for Revival (rock, jam, electronica), 10pm


MAY 21 - MAY 27, 2014


DOBRA TEA ROOM BLACK MOUNTAIN Folk Jazz w/ Jun, Noah Stockdale & Ashe Tenderfire, 8pm FRENCH BROAD BREWERY TASTING ROOM CrumbSnatchers (indie), 6pm GOOD STUFF The Old Guard (folk, blues), 7pm GREEN ROOM CAFE & COFFEEHOUSE Lake & Moore (folk, Americana), 6:30pm GREY EAGLE MUSIC HALL & TAVERN Old 97's w/ Lydia Loveless (alternative, country-rock), 9pm HAVANA RESTAURANT Ashley Heath (singer-songwriter), 7pm IRON HORSE STATION Barb Turner (R&B), 7pm ISIS RESTAURANT AND MUSIC HALL stephaniesid (pop-noir), 7pm An Evening w/ Sanctum Sully & friends (bluegrass), 10pm JACK OF THE WOOD PUB Vollie McKenzie & The Western Wildcats (swing, honky-tonk, old-time), 9pm LOBSTER TRAP King Leo (jazz trio), 7pm METRO WINES Stand up comedy w/ Disclaimer Comedy, 7pm ODDITORIUM Sex Knuckle, Dissent & The Days Remain (hard rock, metal), 9pm OLIVE OR TWIST 42nd Street Band (jazz, swing), 7:30pm Late Night DJ (techno, disco), 11pm ONE STOP DELI & BAR Free Dead Fridays w/ members of Phuncle Sam (jam), 5pm Skee-Town Stylee w/ DJ Red Spinach & Big Ben (reggae, hiphop, alternative), 10pm ORANGE PEEL Lucinda Williams w/ The Kenneth Brian Band (blues, country, folk), 9pm PACK'S TAVERN DJ MoTo (dance, pop, hits), 9pm SCANDALS NIGHTCLUB Dance party, 10pm Drag show, 1am SCULLY'S DJ, 10pm SOUTHERN APPALACHIAN BREWERY Dave Desmelik & Betsy Franck (Americana, alt-country), 7pm SPRING CREEK TAVERN The Wilhelm Brothers, 8pm STRAIGHTAWAY CAFE Utah Green, 6pm TALLGARY'S CANTINA Overhead (rock), 9:30pm THE GREEN ROOM BISTRO & BAR Whitney Moore (singer-songwriter), 9pm THE PHOENIX The Blood Gypsies (soul, blues, jazz), 9pm THE SOCIAL My Back Pocket (classic rock, R&B), 9:30pm TIGER MOUNTAIN THIRST PARLOUR Dr. Filth (soul, psych, punk), 10pm TIMO'S HOUSE Underground Unheard w/ Bobby FKN White, Vinnie the Creep, Maru Karu & DJ Whistleblower (hip-hop), 9pm TOWN PUMP Thicker Than Water (bluegrass, rock), 9pm TRESSA'S DOWNTOWN JAZZ AND BLUES Early Spotlight w/ Outside Suburbia, 7pm VANUATU KAVA BAR Steve Karla (gypsy jazz jam), 8:30pm

ATHENA'S CLUB Mark Appleford (singer-songwriter, Americana, blues), 7pm

VINCENZO'S BISTRO Steve Whiddon (old-time piano, vocals), 5:30pm


WILD WING CAFE A Social Function (acoustic), 9:30pm














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FRIDAY, MAY 23 THURSDAY, MAY 29 Due to possible scheduling changes, moviegoers may want to confirm showtimes with theaters.

DIRECTOR: Amma Asante (A Way of Life) PLAYERS: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Tom Wilkinson, Sam Reid, Emily Watson, Miranda Richardson, Sarah Gadon, Penelope Wilton

ASHEVILLE PIZZA & BREWING CO. (254-1281) Please call the info line for updated showtimes. Muppets Most Wanted (PG) 1:00, 4:00 Noah (PG-13) 7:00, 10:15

BIOGRAPHICAL DRAMA RATED PG THE STORY: Fact-based story of Dido Elizabeth Belle, a bi-racial woman raised as an upper class lady in late 1700s England. THE LOWDOWN: Beautiful to look at, Belle is that rare thing — a costume drama of warmth, wit and humanity that isn’t in the least dull or stuffy.

I approached Amma Asante’s Belle with a great deal of trepidation. The term “costume picture” has come to suggest the Masterpiece Theatre or Merchant Ivory realm of movies — a type of movie that more often than not is what I think of as le cinema avec a stick up its butt. So with echoes of Alfred Hitchcock saying, “I can never imagine people in costume pictures going to the bathroom,” ringing in my ears, I settled in for what I assumed would be a trial — especially at a 9 a.m. screening. I was very pleasantly surprised when it turned out that Belle is actually a good movie — not a great movie, but it’s a good one that is sometimes very, very good. It has heart, wit and it’s very entertaining. It is also a stunningly gorgeous film with some of the finest uses of natural light I’ve seen in years. Belle tells the story of Dido Elizabeth Belle (Brit TV actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw), the illegit-


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GUGU MBATHA-RAW and SARAH GADON in Amma Assante’s art-house sensation Belle, a surprisingly good costume drama that ranks as one of the most popular art films of the year.

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mate daughter of Captain Sir John Lindsay (Matthew Goode), who deposits his motherless child (played as a child by newcomer Lauren Julien Box) at the family estate in the charge of the young girl’s great uncle, Lord Mansfield (Tom Wilkinson). The catch is that he has neglected to tell the family that Dido’s mother was black. Even so, Lord and Lady (Emily Watson) Mansfield have little choice but to raise Dido — who becomes like a sister to their daughter, Elizabeth (Sarah Gadon, A Dangerous Method). However, she is not allowed to dine with the family (more, it seems, because she’s illegitimate than because of her color), and, unlike Elizabeth, she is not “brought out” into society. Ironically — because her father has died and she is an heiress — she is the one who becomes engaged to a socially prominent young man. All of this is played against the background of Lord Mansfield — who is Lord Chief Justice — sitting in judgment on a very high-profile case involving an insurance claim in which a “cargo” of slaves was thrown overboard and drowned — supposedly because there wasn’t water for

them. The two stories complement each other. The legal case also ties Dido ever further to would-be lawyer abolitionist John Davinier (Sam Reid, The Railway Man), with whom she had a “meet cute” early in the film. (Yes, you know where this is going. This is, after all, a movie.) Though the film is fact-based — and heavily touted that way — it strongly appears that the facts have been somewhat manipulated for dramatic purposes. Filmmaker Amma Asante has, in fact, said that the film was created from her response to Johann Zoffay’s painting of Dido and Elizabeth: “Everything you will have taken thematically from the film is what the portrait said to me the first time I saw it,” she says. She further notes, “I looked at that portrait and thought: Oh my God — look how Elizabeth loves her! I have never seen a person of color in a painting from this period not being treated as a pet. ... It said: I am here. I’m relevant. I’m a lady. I’m brown. I’m made up of many things. I’m happy with who I am.” In other words, the film is only partly concerned with being an historically accurate biopic and is more a depiction of what

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Godzilla HHHS DIRECTOR: Gareth Edwards (Monsters) PLAYERS: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston, Sally Hawkins, Juliette Binoche, David Strathairn GIANT MONSTER SCI-FI ACTION RATED PG-13 THE STORY: Godzilla rises from the watery depths to do battle with new horrors. THE LOWDOWN: It’s solid and good looking, but it’s also overlong and suffers from too many uninteresting humans and not enough monsters — plus, it lacks the crude power of the 1954 original.


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Assante felt was underlying in that painting. Traditional? Maybe not, but it works — thanks to Asssante’s skills and the splendid performances of a first-rate cast. Rated PG for thematic elements, some language and brief smoking images. Starts Friday at Carolina Cinemas and Fine Arts Theatre. reviewed by Ken Hanke

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Here we have this year’s latest Next Big Thing, and except for the fact that no one wears Spandex, it is largely in the same key as the earlier Next Big Things we’ve seen. By this I mean it’s loud, looks expensive, contains a lot of property damage and it will be, I’m sure, financially successful and almost instantly disposable. Is it better than Roland Emmerich’s 1998 Godzilla? Yes. I’d also say it works better as a giant monster movie than Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim (2013) — if only because it makes its action more visible, while giving us a better sense of the size of these badtempered behemoths. On the other hand, Godzilla lacks Pacific Rim’s sense of humor. Actually, it lacks any sense of humor whatever. Of course, the same can be said of Ishiro Honda’s 1954 original, but Honda’s film was straightforward, completely lacking this one’s typical 2014 bloat, had memorable characters and was almost imme-

BRYAN CRANSTON and AARON TAYLOR-JOHNSON in Gareth Edwards’ sometimes impressive Godzilla.

diately mythic. I doubt the new one will ever be mythic. I’m not quite sure how to approach Godzilla. It’s not really a remake — though in a nice touch it does give Ken Watanabe’s character the name Dr. Serizawa, which was the name of the tragic hero of the 1954 film. The somewhat confused screenplay almost acts like — or suggests — the events of the original actually happened. The film itself has more in common with later entries in the series, since it’s firmly in the realm of a monster smackdown — something that didn’t crop up till the cheapjack 1955 sequel Godzilla Raids Again (which was released in the U.S. as Gigantis the Fire Monster in 1959). The idea of Godzilla as a good guy monster doesn’t appear until Honda’s 1964 film Ghidora, the Three-Headed Monster. This film, however, goes an extra step by making Godzilla take down two new monsters in a case of nature balancing itself. (The makers have clearly seen Koyaanisquatsi (1982) and applied the idea to giant monsters.) The new Godzilla is not a bad movie in itself, and if you haven’t seen every blockbuster that’s come along, it’s probably even better. It is, however, too long. It takes 40 minutes to get to its first monster, and the film is half over before we really see ol’ Godzilla himself. To a degree, that makes sense. It is typical of the genre to keep the monster offscreen for a while — dating back to King Kong (1933). But this pushes the

idea too far, and the material leading up to the monsters is less fun than that leading up to Kong. It’s also largely devoid of the growing dread in the 1954 Godzilla. The big — or biggish — name cast has little to do between the film’s “nuclear accident” opening and the main action, and most of the characters are not very interesting. The two most interesting ones — played by Bryan Cranston and Juliette Binoche — are done away with very quickly. Watanabe takes up some of the slack with his Dr. Serizawa and his memories of Hiroshima. But most of the film is given over to “action hero” Aaron TaylorJohnson (whose neck — somewhere between 2009’s Nowhere Boy and this — has become larger than his head). It isn’t that he is bad — it’s that he’s given nothing interesting to say or do. His role, like those of Elizabeth Olsen and Sally Hawkins, is charmless and thankless. The film’s saving grace is the big knockdown battle between Godzilla and the two flying horrors called M.U.T.O.s. While it isn’t all that different than the battles between Spider-Man and his various foes — or what have you — it has a certain personality to it. It also has one truly original moment involving Godzilla’s radioactive blast. On the other hand, the M.U.T.O.s feel generic and are not nearly as clever in design as any of Godzilla’s admittedly cheesy earlier foes. Godzilla himself is a mixed bag for me. Yes, he’s certainly more realistic than his Japanese counterparts, but something is lost in the translation to


modern CGI — his gravity perhaps. It’s all very solid and professional, yes, and Alexandre Desplat’s score at least has something that suggests Akira Ifukube’s Godzilla theme. (At other times, it sounds like imitation Danny Elfman — and a little borrowed György Ligeti thrown in.) Regardless, the film is expected to end up north of a $100 million gross opening weekend, so expect sequels. Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of destruction, mayhem and creature violence. Playing at Carmike 10, Carolina Cinemas, Epic of Hendersonville, Regal Biltmore Grande. reviewed by Ken Hanke

Million Dollar Arm HHS DIRECTOR: Craig Gillespie (Lars and the Real Girl) PLAYERS: Jon Hamm, Suraj Sharma, Madhur Mittal, Lake Bell, Pitobash UPLIFTING SPORTS DRAMA RATED PG THE STORY: A struggling sports agent tries to take two kids from India and turn them into baseball pitchers as a last ditch effort at becoming a success. THE LOWDOWN: A generally harmless movie with a skewed emotional center and milquetoast plotting

It would be easy to call Craig Gillespie’s Million Dollar Arm manipulative. But I’m not sure that’s accurate, since to be truly manipulative, you can’t be wholly predictable — something that plagues Gillespie’s (Lars and the Real Girl) film from its opening scenes. This can partly be blamed on the film’s based-on-a-true-story, upliftingsports-movie format, in which two Indian athletes named Rinku and Dinesh (Suraj Sharma and Madhur Mittal) are brought to America in a harebrained scheme to become baseball pitchers. Neither of these young men have ever played baseball, but both want to succeed — partly for their own pride and partly to help their impoverished families.

It’s a pretty easy guess where this is going. But Million Dollar Arm is only tangentially about these two. The film focuses mostly on JB (Jon Hamm), a failed sports agent clawing for one last chance at success. His desperation leads him to concoct the idea of finding baseball talent in the untapped lands of India, but it’s obvious from the onset that JB is little more than a type. He is a selfish, narrow-minded workaholic. He’s also a playboy who refuses to commit to a relationship and shuns the woman (Lake Bell) who rents out his guest house because she’s not a model. Don’t think too hard about where his character — and where every other character, for that matter — ends up. Something this wholly uninspired might (and this is a huge might) work if JB had a lick of likability to him. But, as I mentioned before, he is selfish, as well as hard-headed and a bit ignorant. Most of the film’s humor is derived from JB’s culture shock after arriving in India and being around Rinku, Dinesh and the goofy Amit (Pitobash) — the stock comic relief — an aspect of the film that’s both lazy and close to being offensive. (The more serious aspects of Rinku and Dinesh’s eventual American culture shock work better, but was handled more honestly and firmly in Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck’s Sugar (2008).) You can also add greedy to the mix, since JB’s drive to succeed appears to be tied to his desire to keep his Porsche and his great big house in LA with a swimming pool. That the Porsche gets sold halfway through the movie is immaterial, since JB remains an unrepentant numbskull. As you may have figured out by now, JB ends up learning that there’s more to life than money and work, and Rinku and Dinesh finally succeed. That Sharma and Mittal have a genuine charm about them and manage to make the film’s climax vaguely touching is about all that Million Dollar Arm can get truly right. The rest is totally forgettable. Rated PG for mild language and some suggestive content. Playing at Carmike 10, Carolina Cinemas, Epic of Hendersonville, Regal Biltmore Grande. reviewed by Justin Souther


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Blended Adam Sandler teams with Drew Barrymore (for the third time) and with hack director Frank Coraci (for the fourth time) in yet another rom-com that you can bet has been run through the Sandlerizing machine. The story concerns two people who have one date, cordially detest each other and then find themselves (and their children) trapped together on an African vacation. Unsurprisingly, this has not been screened for critics. (PG-13)

X-Men: Days of Future Past The Big Thing this week is, of course, Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past. One the plus side, Singer’s original two X-Men films are among the best comic book movies of all time. If we toss out (and who wouldn’t?) Bret Rattner’s fairly appalling X-Men: The Last Stand — and set the Wolverine solo turns to one side — the X-Men franchise is something of a genre high watermark. Plus, this latest has a giltedged cast. On the down side ... well, so far as I know, there really isn’t one. (PG13)

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The Beauty of the Devil (La Beauté du Diable) HHHHS Director: René Clair (A Nous la Liberte) Players: Michel Simon, Gérard Philipe, Nicole Besnard, Simone Valere, Carlo Ninchi, Raymond Cordy, Tullio Carminati FANTASY Rated NR Though his post-World War II French films are generally considered lesser works, the great René Clair — whose innovative early sound films brought French film into the talkie era — remained invariably interesting. On occasion, he even came close to recreating the magic of his early movies, perhaps never so much as with The Beauty of the Devil (1950), his elaborate, fanciful and largely comedic take on Faust. It’s a joyous, lively movie built around the presence of French star Michel Simon’s Mephistofeles, a self-confessed “second-rate demon,” who is hell-bent on snaring Faust’s soul. A true — and insufficiently seen —delight. The Asheville Film Society will screen The Beauty of the Devil Tuesday, May 27, at 8 p.m. in Theater Six at The Carolina Asheville and will be hosted by Xpress movie critics Ken Hanke and Justin Souther.

When Father Was Away on Business HHHHS Director: Emir Kusturica (Arizona Dream) Players: Moreno D’E Bartolli, Predrag Manojlovic, Mirajana Karanovic, Mustafa Nadarevic DRAMA Rated R Emir Kusturica’s Oscar-nominated When Father Was Away on Business (1985) is more than just a very good film. It’s a look into a world and a country (Yugoslavia) that no longer exists. The story is rooted in the perils of the time — father isn’t really away on business, he’s in a labor camp because of his sympathies with communist party. Told mostly, though by no means completely, from the viewpoint of a young boy, the film is a fascinating and frequently moving look at life in Yugoslavia (specifically) Sarajevo at the time. Classic World Cinema by Courtyard Gallery will present When Father Was Away on Business Friday, May 23, at 8 p.m. at Phil Mechanic Studios, 109 Roberts St., River Arts District (upstairs in the Railroad Library).  Info: 273-3332, 211,000 Absolute Unique Web Visitors per month.

Good Night, and Good Luck HHHHS Director: George Clooney Players: David Strathairn, George Clooney, Jeff Daniels, Frank Langella, Robert Downey Jr. HISTORICAL DRAMA Rated PG Good Night, and Good Luck marked George Clooney’s second time as a director — and seemed to firmly establish Clooney as a major filmmaker. Then came Leatherheads (2008), The Ides of March (2011) and this year’s The Monuments Men — and the inevitable downgrading of Clooney’s luster. But go back to Good Night, and Good Luck and see how very good Clooney’s take on broadcaster Edward R. Murrow and his takedown of “red baiting” Sen. Joseph McCarthy is — and how good Clooney might yet be. The Hendersonville Film Society will show Good Night, and Good Luck Sunday, May 25, at 2 p.m. in the Smoky Mountain Theater at Lake Pointe Landing Retirement Community (behind Epic Cinemas), 333 Thompson St., Hendersonville.

Forbidden Zone HHHHH Director: Richard Elfman (Shrunken Heads) Players: Herve Villechaize, Susan Tyrell, Marie-Pascale Elfman, Toshiro Baloney, Danny Elfman CULT MUSICAL COMEDY FANTASY Rated R Perhaps the ultimate cult movie, Richard Elfman’s (Danny’s big brother) Forbidden Zone (1980) is a clear-cut, love-it-or-hate-it proposition. It is irreverent, iconoclastic, deliberately politically incorrect and utterly selfindulgent. It’s a compendium of their obsessions and enthusiasms: Max Fleischer cartoons, Cab Calloway, old jazz, Yiddish humor and (in Danny Elfman’s own words) “pissing people off.” (Don’t sell that last short.) There is nothing out there like it. The Thursday Horror Picture Show will screen Forbidden Zone Thursday, May 22 at 8 p.m. in the Cinema Lounge at The Carolina Asheville and will be hosted by Xpress movie critics Ken Hanke and Justin Souther.

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ARIES (MARCH 21-APRIL 19) I believe your persuasive powers will be stronger than usual in the weeks ahead. The words coming out of your mouth will sound especially interesting. I also suspect that your intelligence will get at least a temporary upgrade. The clarity of your thoughts will intensify. You’ll see truths you’ve been blind to in the past. Innovative solutions to longrunning dilemmas are likely to occur to you. The only potential snag is that you might neglect to nurture your emotional riches. You could become a bit too dry and hard. But now that I've warned you of that possibility, let's hope you’ll take steps to ensure it won't happen. TAURUS (APRIL 20-MAY 20) If there was a Hall of Fame for scientists, physicist Isaac Newton (1642-1727) would have been the charter member. He was like Elvis Presley and Chuck Berry were to rock ’n’ roll, or Babe Ruth to baseball. The theory of gravity and the three laws of motion were his gifts to the world. He made major contributions to mathematics and optics and was a central figure in defining modern science. There is also a legend that he invented the cat door, inspired by his pets. Whether or not that's true, it’s an excellent metaphor. Now’s the time for you to apply your finest talents and highest intelligence to dream up small, mundane but practical innovations. CANCER (JUNE 21-JULY 22) The moon shows us a different phase every 24 hours, which makes it seem changeable. But in fact, not much actually happens on the moon. It has no atmosphere, no weather, no wind, no plant life, no seasons. There is some water, but it's all frozen. Is there anything like this in your own life, Cancerian? Something that, on the surface of things, seems to be in constant motion but whose underlying state never actually shifts or develops? According to my analysis, now would be an excellent time for you to revise the way you understand this part of your world and then update your relationship with it. LEO (JULY 23-AUG. 22) Have you thought of organizing a crowdfunding campaign to boost your pet project or labor of love? I suggest you get serious about it in the next four weeks. This coming phase of your cycle will be a favorable time to expand your audience, attract new allies and build a buzz. You’ll have a sixth sense about how to wield your personal charm to serve your long-term goals. More than usual, your selfish interests will dovetail with the greater good — perhaps in unexpected ways. VIRGO (AUG. 23-SEPT. 22) Years ago I had a Virgo friend who was a talented singer. She had technical skill, 58

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GEMINI (MAY 21-JUNE 20) During the next 12 months, you’ll have exceptional opportunities to soak up knowledge, add to your skill set and get the training you need to pursue interesting kinds of success over the next six to eight years. What’s the best way to prepare? Develop an exciting new plan for your future education. To get in the mood, try the following: make a list of your most promising but still unripe potentials; meditate on the subjects that evoke your greatest curiosity; brainstorm about what kinds of experiences would give you more control over your destiny; and study three people you know who’ve improved their lives by taking aggressive steps to enhance their proficiency. stylistic flair and animal magnetism, making her worthy of being a lead vocalist in almost any great band. Yet when she was asleep and dreamed about performing, she often found herself standing in the shadows, barely visible and singing tentatively, while her backup singers hogged the spotlight. Moral of the story: Some of you Virgos are shy about claiming their full authority. It doesn't always come easy for you to shine your light and radiate your power, but you can most definitely learn to do so. The coming weeks will be an excellent time to make progress in this direction.

SAGITTARIUS (NOV. 22-DEC. 21) "When people tell you who they are, believe them," writes blogger Maria Popova ( "Just as importantly, however, when people try to tell you who you are, don’t believe them." Those suggestions are especially crucial for you to keep in mind these days. You’re entering a phase when your best relationships will be up for review, revision and revitalization. To foster an environment in which intimacy will thrive, you've got to be extra receptive, curious, tolerant and tender. That's all! Not hard, right? A good place to start is to proceed as if your allies know who they are better than you do — even as you ask them to return the favor. CAPRICORN (DEC. 22-JAN. 19) "Kludge" (pronounced klooj) is a slang word that refers to a clumsy but effective fix for an engineering problem. It's a cobbled-together solution that works fine, at least temporarily, even though it’s inelegant or seems far-fetched. I'm guessing that you’ll be a kludge master in the coming days, skilled at making the best of mediocre situations. You may have surprising success at doing things that don't come naturally, and I bet you’ll find unexpected ways to correct glitches that no one else has any idea how to fix. AQUARIUS (JAN. 20-FEB. 18)

"There is always an enormous temptation in all of life," writes Annie Dillard, "to diddle around making itsy-bitsy friends and meals and journeys for itsy-bitsy years on end. ... I won't have it. The world is wider than that in all directions, more dangerous and bitter, more extravagant and bright." Your assignment in the coming weeks, Libra, is to transcend whatever is itsy-bitsy about your life. The alternative? Head toward the frontier and drum up experiences that will thrill your heart and blow your mind.

I hesitate to compare you to fellow Aquarian Kim Jong-il. When he was alive and ruling North Korea, he was an egomaniacal tyrant. You're definitely not that. But there are certain descriptions in his official biography that remind me of the kinds of powers you may soon exhibit. He was called The Great Sun of Life and Highest Incarnation of Revolutionary Comradely Love, for instance. Titles like that might suit you. It’s said that he invented the hamburger. He could command rain to fall from the sky. He once shot 11 holes-in-one in a single round of golf, was a master of gliding down waterslides, and never had to use a toilet because he produced no waste. You may be able to express comparable feats in the coming weeks. (Do it without falling prey to excessive pride, OK?)



"We are all searching for someone whose demons play well with ours," writes novelist Heidi R. Kling. That's good advice for you to keep in mind these days, Scorpio. Those little imps and rascals that live within you may get you into bad trouble if they feel bored. But if you arrange for them to have play dates with the imps and rascals of people you trust, they are far more likely to get you into good trouble. They may even provide you with bits of gritty inspiration. What's that you say? You don't have any demons? Not true. Everyone does.

Even if you had a sensitive, nurturing mommy when you were growing up, and even if she continues to play an important role in your life, now would be a good time to learn how to mother yourself better. You are finally ready to appreciate how important it is to be your own primary caregiver. And I'm hoping you’re no longer resistant to or embarrassed about the idea that part of you is still like a child who needs unconditional love 24/7. So get started! Treat yourself with the expert tenderness a crafty maternal goddess would provide.

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