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Privacy should be guaranteed Photographer Brian Green (“Privacy Not Guaranteed,” May 27, Xpress) doesn’t seem to have a very strong moral compass. Addressing some folks’ concerns that his work — which seems to consist mostly of nonconsensual photographs of people in public, sometimes taken without their knowledge — is exploitative, he basically says he can’t help it, and that he [doesn’t] “even think about it.” Later, he adds, “Anyone can take photos of anyone on the street. There’s no expectation of privacy in public. Period.” Cool, real strong stance there, buddy. Is that in the Constitution or something? I’ve walked by Green’s latest DIY show on Biltmore Street countless times over the past few weeks, and every time I do, it makes me so

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mad! In one of the photos, someone is literally covering their face with their hand, clearly indicating a desire to not be photographed. But I guess Green doesn’t care about stuff like that. I’m not interested in whether what he does is legal (it probably is ...) or whether it’s art (what isn’t?); what I care about is basic human decency. It’s a sad truth that we live in an an era where our rights to privacy are quickly being destroyed by the NSA, smartphones, social media, and even more nefarious techno-gadgets like Google Glass, but that doesn’t make what Green does any more OK. Would it be that hard for him to check in with folks after he’s photographed them and ask them how they feel about it? Oh wait, yeah, I guess it would, because most people would probably be pissed off. Or at the very least they might want him to throw some dollars their way instead of using their likenesses, without permission or acknowledgment, to advance his art career. Mr. Green, why not try making art that calls into question, rather than exploits, our growing lack of privacy? Sam Kaplan Asheville

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Can't trust Turner Who would trust progressive candidate Brian Turner? What legislator would want to work with him? He is running against Rep. Tim Moffitt for N.C. House District 116, and he has already made several poor and underhanded decisions. Turner has secretly recorded his so-called “friend,” [Buncombe] County Commissioner David King (District 3). Secondly, Turner photographed himself with children in public schools and posted them

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on Facebook (his own children attend private school). Wisely, he has since removed the pictures. And Turner trumped up charges against Moffitt for things allegedly said during a meeting that Turner requested and a witness said were not true. Turner did this for publicity and political advantage only, but his scheme will backfire. Why would anyone want progressive Turner to represent them in Raleigh when he is so untrustworthy?  Perhaps Moffitt should sue Turner for slander, libel and abuse of process. Even though he is running in Buncombe County District 116, not Asheville’s 114th, Turner is really Asheville progressives’ candidate. Every member of Asheville City Council donated to his campaign, and 80 percent of Turner’s contributions have come from outside his 116th District, most from Asheville. County voters, be forewarned. Janet Burhoe-Jones Swannanoa

“5 cent refund for NY, MA, VT, CT” and so on. This is a list of states that will give you money for your plastic. This means if you were to keep all of your bottles and take them to a redemption center, you would receive money. Normally the amount of money for each bottle is 5 or 10 cents. A bottle bill works because of the cash incentive to recycle. A bottle bill is just another step toward a clean environment and getting people to recycle. Nearly 40-60 percent of all litter is drink

containers that could be recycled, according to But as you probably could have guessed, out of the 10 states that do this, our great state of North Carolina is not one of them. So surprising. I’m guessing Pat McCrory and the N.C. General Assembly are too busy oppressing voters, preventing abortion and trying to break the separation of church and state to care about a bottle bill. To learn more about what you can do to pass a bottle bill in our state, visit Benjamin Fleagle Asheville

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Branching out ExchangeTree links people, needs BY HAYLEY BENTON 251-1333 ext. 128

All over the country, collaborative economies are sprouting like dandelions. From online communities offering travelers a couch for the night to those seeking a safe car pool to get to work, the concept of “sharing economies” aims to help people link up based on their needs and wants. And variations on these economies are popping up in Western North Carolina. Popular sites like couchsurfing. org sprang up as a way to help foster relationships among people who might otherwise never have met, enabling them to share unique experiences all across the globe. Traveling through town and need a place to stay? Check out a number of couch surfers’ profiles, read about their interests, find a local who knows where to get the best burger in town — and, in the process, score a cozy, free place to stay. Live like a local everywhere you go. Make a new friend in the process. And that’s just one example. Service-based sites like TaskRabbit offer backgroundchecked individuals to do jobs as simple as grocery shopping or as complex as website-building. Meanwhile, somewhat more controversial sites like Airbnb offer short-term rental accommodations for travelers — kind of like a popup hotel (though it may conflict with zoning requirements). In the last few months, though, something uniquely Asheville has blossomed. And though ExchangeTree is still in its “training wheels” phase, the site (which, at this point, is operating only in Asheville and Boston) is fully operational. Rather than couch-to-couch travel-


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ing or currency-based exchanges, however, it works via barter. Suppose you play guitar, but you want to learn Spanish. Maybe there’s someone in Asheville who’s a good match. ExchangeTree seeks to help locals leverage their unique skills or possessions to learn new things, obtain new goods or build new friendships. “People, in my experience, tend to be a little more generous with what they’re giving when they’re not thinking about it so numerically,” says founder Julie Osburne. “Before I came to Asheville, I was traveling around the U.S. and Canada for 14 1/2 months, busking and couch surfing and hitchhiking and writing about my experience,” she continues. “I found a lot of things from this, but one of the main things is that people had so many cool things they could do. There are a lot of eccentric people out there. I learned about things

ENDING UP IN ASHEVILLE: Julie Osburne, founder of, gathered her inspiration for the barter-based site from time spent busking across the United States and Canada, landing in Asheville last fall.

that I would never have encountered otherwise. There were a lot of people who were looking to reach out — meet other people and help other people. And I was just struck by how many people were kind of lonely, even — and just looking for ways to connect with each other.” Out of those experiences with kind-hearted strangers around the continent, was born. “Asheville, in my travels, stood out from anywhere else,” says Osburne, citing her first trip

here last fall. “It’s a unique place, for sure. In my brief time when I was traveling, I saw that people [in Asheville] were doing this kind of stuff a lot, so I actually moved [from Boston] to start ExchangeTree here. Everywhere you look, people are more open-minded about this stuff. “Where I’m from, in Boston, there’s a lot more division of groups. There’s people with money and people without — people who have homes and people who are homeless. Here, things kind of blur together — students, homeless folks, people recovering from addiction, people who have jobs and are doing fine. It’s like we can’t just look at someone and tell what they’re all about. People seem to interact a lot more.” So Osburne decided Asheville would be the perfect place to test her vision of a more connected community. More than 200 Ashevilleans have signed up since the website’s March 10 debut, enabling locals to trade for

if you don’t have money, you can still do stuff. “Our society values people based on how much they make and what they do for a living.” Through barter, however, those who don’t make a lot of money “get a chance to shine and to get the things they want in return.” The day after Xpress spoke with Osburne, she was planning to head back to Boston for the summer. But first, she had work to do: babysitting in exchange for a handmade necklace and a place to stay for the night — no money involved. “Everyone’s talking about the economy and how bad everything is and how nobody has money to do anything,” Osburne explains. “And this is a beautiful alternative that’s not just about getting what you want, but also about connecting with people. People are always talking about making things smaller and more local, and this is a tangible way to do that.” go

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Signature events In the wake of Todd Williams’ historic victory over District Attorney Ron Moore in the May 6 Democratic primary, two unaffiliated candidates are mounting petition campaigns to get their names on the November ballot. Ben Scales, a local attorney in private practice, and Rebecca Knight, a former Buncombe County District Court judge, are each seeking to collect the 7,331 signatures needed to make a run against Williams in November. But with the June 12 deadline for submitting the signatures to the Buncombe County Board of Elections coming up fast, neither challenger has gathered anything like that amount. If they’re not successful, Williams will cruise to victory Nov. 4 by default, as no Republican opted to enter the race. Meanwhile, both Scales and Knight say Williams lacks the requisite experience to succeed in the powerful position, which is responsible for prosecuting all criminal cases in Buncombe County and advising law-enforcement officials. Moore made a similar argument in the run up to the primary, citing his 24 years on the job; nonetheless, Williams crushed the incumbent, winning 68 percent of the vote. But the would-be challengers say they’re trying to position themselves to the right of Williams politically, hoping that the general election would prove to be a whole new ballgame. If given a chance, they maintain, higher turnout and support from moderates and registered Republicans could help propel them to victory. Todd Williams did not respond to several requests to be interviewed for this story. TIPPING THE SCALES Scales says he made up his mind to run for district attorney a year ago but doesn’t “agree enough with either of the major two political parties to affiliate with them.” He adds: “I believe law enforcement should be nonpartisan.” Scales says he began preparing for the campaign well before the primary but was keeping “a gentleman’s agreement” with Williams not to publicly announce his effort until afterward.


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COMING WRITE UP: Rebecca Knight (left) and Ben Scales (right) each need 7,331 signatures by June 12 to get on the Buncombe district-attorney ballot. Left photo courtesy of Rebecca Knight; right photo by Alicia Funderburk

Scales, Knight launch petition drives in DA race

time on crimes where there are no victims. I would prioritize the office to look on a case-by-case basis. … I would work with law enforcement to make sure that the cases that were coming before me were cases that I felt were a good use of their time and mine.” Scales says his top priority would be domestic violence, “followed in close second by crimes against the environment and natural resources … such as chemical spills and graffiti and littering.” On seeking the death penalty, Scales says he “would be more moderate, almost conservative” compared with Williams. An Asheville resident since 2002, Scales also maintains that he has more leadership experience than Williams, citing his stints as president of the Preservation Society of Asheville & Buncombe County and leader of the Isaac Dickson PTO. A musician and producer, Scales also helped found the Southeast Regional Folk Alliance, an organization dedicated to promoting the region’s folk traditions. STEPPING UP

During a lunch that was also attended by Register of Deeds Drew Reisinger (a Williams supporter), Scales says the three men “agreed that the county needed a new DA.” In addition, says Scales, Williams and Reisinger persuaded him to stay out of the primary fray in order not to “muddy Todd’s message” and fragment the anti-Moore vote. “If I played the spoiler and Ron won, and then … say I don’t come up with the signatures … then we’d be stuck with Ron for four years. … I didn’t want to be the Ralph Nader of that election,” Scales explains. “I remember feeling that there was a lot of pressure being put on me to not run.” Now, however, Scales’ campaign is working hard to come up with the requisite number of signatures of registered Buncombe County voters. As of June 2, Election Services staff had verified 2,987 signatures — less than half of what’s needed.

In the final days leading up to the June 12 deadline, Scales will be aided by dozens of volunteers from across the state who are affiliated with organizations such as the North Carolina Cannabis Patients Network. Scales helped found the group to advocate for patients who use marijuana for medical purposes. He also recently helped write a proposal, introduced in the N.C. General Assembly by Mecklenburg County Rep. Kelly Alexander, that would amend the state constitution to legalize medical marijuana. “This is an issue that really resonates with people,” says Scales. “They want sick people to have access to a natural medicine.” His private law practice focuses on defending people facing marijuanarelated charges, most of which he considers “victimless crimes.” And while Scales says he’s not opposed to prosecuting some marijuana cases if he’s elected, “I want to make sure the focus of the district attorney’s office is on crimes where there are victims, and not waste

After serving as a Buncombe County District Court judge for 22 years, Knight says she first contemplated a run for district attorney in 2012 but held off due to health problems. Those issues have since been resolved, but she says it wasn’t until the morning after the May 6 primary, when a group of people she declines to identify encouraged her to get into the race, that she gave serious thought to mounting a petition drive. “This new opportunity presented itself. I thought about it and decided to make that effort,” Knight explains, adding, “I think the community should have a choice in the election process.” That didn’t give her much time to organize, however, and Knight says she’s relying on word of mouth to gather her signatures. As of June 2, the Board of Elections had verified only 10 signatures supporting Knight’s effort. “I’m getting a lot of really good feedback,” she reports, noting that she only recently launched a Facebook page and sent out an email newsletter seeking help.

But after six successful District Court campaigns and service in various local leadership roles, Knight says she’s hopeful things could move fast. She’s beaten the odds before, having worked as a PE teacher, assistant Buncombe County attorney and assistant district attorney before becoming one of the area’s first female judges in 1990. Along the way, Knight helped start local teen and truancy courts aimed at helping young people avoid getting enmeshed in the “revolving door” of the criminaljustice system. Most recently, she worked for the county as a consultant, helping develop a domestic-violence-prevention plan that will marshal resources from the district attorney’s office and law enforcement agencies to reduce homicides and abuse. If Knight is elected, she envisions employing a wide range of programs “to save taxpayer dollars and free up resources that can be used to go after those violent, aggressive offenders.” Her top priority, she says, is “the dangerous, violent, repeat offenders, the sex offenders, the child abusers, the drug dealers. All of those need swift and aggressive prosecution at all stages. We need to make our community safer.” Knight also points out that she’s the only one of the three candidates who’s actually worked as a prosecutor. “I understand what that job is set up to do: I think that experience is invaluable,” she says. “Neither of them has ever prosecuted a case. I’m the only candidate who has actually prosecuted a death penalty case.” A registered Democrat, Knight calls herself a moderate on the political spectrum. “I like to address the issues based on the issues and not on a political agenda,” she explains. And despite the challenges of running as an independent, the candidate says she feels good about the process. “It should be hard, and it should be tough,” she says, noting that it wouldn’t serve the public to have “ballots with 30 or 40 names on them.” “I’m very satisfied that I’m raising the right issues, that I have the experience and integrity to get the job done,” she continues, adding, “How it turns out is anybody’s guess.” X

Waldrop mounts petition drive for Board of Commissioners In another eleventh-hour race, Nancy Waldrop announced May 29 that she’s mounting a petition drive to get on the November ballot as an unaffiliated candidate for the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners in District 3. In the May 6 Republican primary, political newcomer Miranda DeBruhl decisively defeated Waldrop’s husband, incumbent David King, winning 59 percent of the vote. To get on the fall ballot, Waldrop will need to collect 2,300 signatures from registered voters living in District 3 by June 12. That’s more than the 2,054 votes DeBruhl received in the primary. If Waldrop is not successful, DeBruhl will win the general election by default, as there are no Democrats in the race. District 3 encompasses much of western Buncombe County, including Enka-Candler, Sandy Mush and Biltmore Forest. “This was not an easy decision to make, but I felt it was important for Buncombe County voters in District 3 to have the option to be represented by a commissioner who cares more about the community than about a political party — that there be a continued effort to work together to solve problems and make life better for families and businesses, rather than playing politics with our future,” Waldrop said in her May 29 announcement. She also called DeBruhl an “ultraconservative.” A retired Buncombe County schoolteacher, Waldrop holds a master’s degree in education from Western Carolina University. She previously co-owned a small coffee and gift shop as well as a real estate office. She’s volunteered with several local organizations, including the Children’s Welfare League and the Asheville Art Museum, and she recently served on the planning team for the Buncombe Discovery Academy, a new STEMthemed high school. X


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FEATHERED FRIENDS: Francine Delany New School students adopted Shadow, a barred owl, as their mascot. Photo by Cindy Kunst

FEATHERED FRIENDS: FRANCINE DELANY STUDENTS ADOPT AN OWL Students at Francine Delany New School in Asheville welcomed an unusual new addition to the classroom: a barred owl named Shadow. The owl is the school’s mascot, and after the first graders completed a Birds of Prey program lead by the Balsam Mountain Trust staff, the class raised over $1,000 to adopt Shadow for three years. On May 30, Shadow and some other owl friends visited the students at Francine Delany for an adoption ceremony. — by Lea McLellan, photo by Cindy Kunst


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IS FRACKING COMING TO WNC? On May 29, North Carolina legislators ended a moratorium on issuing permits on fracking for natural gas across the state. Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, is a controversial method of injecting a mix of water, chemicals and other materials deep into rock in order to extract oil and gas. Gov. Pat McCrory is expected to sign the bill, allowing the state to start issuing permits next spring. Before then, geologists with the N.C. Department of Environmental and Natural Resources will start collecting rock samples this year across

seven Western North Carolina counties to help determine if such drilling might be feasible: Haywood, Jackson, Swain, Graham, Macon, Cherokee and Clay, according to the Asheville Citizen-Times. The N.C. Statehouse approved the May 29 fracking bill on a vote of 64-50 and the senate followed suit 33-12. Here’s how Buncombe’s delegation in the General Assembly voted: Rep. Tim Moffitt (yes); Rep. Susan Fisher (no); Nathan Ramsey (no); Sen. Tom Apodaca (yes); Terry Van Duyn (no).— by Jake Frankel CHARLOTTE STREET STARBUCKS HELPS SEND KIDS TO SUMMER CAMP Employees and customers at the Starbucks location on Charlotte Street rallied to raise funds to send Asheville kids from lowincome families to summer camp. The Asheville employees collected funds from April 28 to May 31 to cover the cost of summer camps through in-store collection jars and donations. The campaign raised over $1,200, thanks in part to an anonymous $300 donation made by a customer, says Nicole Krieger, the barista who initiated the project. The campaign’s funds will send 12-year-old Shiiquan McCalister to two weeks at Camp Rockmont and a 13-year-old girl to a weeklong camp at The Appalachian Institute for Creative Learning. Additional funds raised during the last few days of the campaign will go toward sending a third child to camp. Krieger says the Starbucks staff sought community nominations when looking for the most deserving kids, ultimately finding the children through help from the nonprofit Open Doors of Asheville and an Early Head Start program. Jennifer Ramming, executive director for Open Doors, noted that kids in working families are often at high risk in the summer months when working parents and guardians cannot be home to provide supervision and attention. Ramming credits Camp Rockmont and the Learning Community with providing a $2,400 camping slot for a reduced cost of $800, split by Starbucks and Open Doors. “It was all pretty magical and a great community effort,” Ramming said. “It was totally Asheville-style the way it played out.” — by Carrie Eidson X

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The merger of the Self-Help and United Services credit unions means that come July 1, members of both institutions will be able to access their accounts at nearly two dozen branches across the region. Both organizations are memberowned nonprofits. It’s the latest step by Self-Help to expand its presence across a market where bank lending remains selective, says Regional Director Jane Hatley, a former longtime loan officer there. “People are still hurting,” she notes, adding that Self-Help has made businesses loans for as little as $500. Announced last October, the merger came after United Services had spent about a year and a half in negotiations with other credit unions in Western North Carolina. “We were looking to partner up with folks who have a similar vision as ours,” says CEO Bill Carrington. United Services has about 11,000 members and seven locations, most of them in WNC. The merger did not result in any layoffs or branch closures by either organization. Under the agreement, United Services will change its name to Self-Help; signs at its branches will be changed in the coming months. In 2009, Self-Help merged with the Carolina Mountains Credit Union, which had about 7,000 members at the time. That institution will also now bear Self-Help’s name. Carrington says Self-Help has a “more in-depth” approach, citing the $44 million in loans the organization has made over the past 25 years in the Asheville area alone. In addition to small businesses, recipients have included child and community care centers and multifamily housing developments. Chartered by the state in 1980, SelfHelp is an arm of the nonprofit Center for Community Self-Help, a Durhambased advocacy and financial organization. The credit union has since grown to include nearly 60,000 members across North Carolina.

COMING TOGETHER: Self-Help and United Services credit unions have merged. On July 1, members of both institutions will be able to access their accounts at nearly two dozen branches across the region.

When Self-Help opened a regional office in Asheville in the late ’80s, says Hatley, it was instrumental in spurring economic revitalization, offering loans to startups such as the French Broad Food Co-op, which went on to become fixtures in the local business landscape. The credit union has also played a role in West Asheville’s economic vibrancy, she notes. Environmental sustainability has since emerged as one of the credit union’s focal points: In 2012 the organization established a $15 million fund in Asheville to help finance energy-efficiency projects with low-interest loans. One of the recipients was FLS Energy, an Asheville-based company that builds, owns and operates utility-scale solar farms across the Southeast. “When you’re starting out and trying to get going … it’s a great resource,” notes company spokesman Frank Marshall. FLS — short for Forward-Looking Sustainable Energy — used the loan to help

finance projects in eastern North Carolina, he reports. As a community development financial institution, Self-Help must meet certain investment standards, using federal grants and tax credits to support demographics such as minorities and those at the lower end of the income spectrum or in underserved areas. For example, the credit union offers 12-month loans to “DREAMers” — undocumented immigrants brought to this country at an early age — to help them apply for a federal program granting a two-year reprieve from potential deportation. To many financial institutions, such policies might seem too risky. But at Self-Help, they’ve come to define themselves in terms of the organization’s efforts to help clients become more upwardly mobile economically. “We’re putting our money where our mouth is,” Hatley declares, asserting that neither income level nor socio-economic status has any bearing on whether borrowers repay their loans. X

Innovation & entrepreneurship thrive in the Appalachian Mountains The Asheville area is lucky in many ways — not least of which are our talented, imaginative residents who fuel our local economy. In this special advertising section, Mountain Xpress highlights some of the intriguing new enterprises that have opened in the past year. Written by the business owners themselves, these Open for Business essays serve as an introduction to a wealth of goods and services on offer here. You’ll find everything from savory and traditional Korean food to hot yatra yoga, small-batch handcrafted ale and backyard bird-feeding experts. In short, Open for Business offers a sampling of the entrepreneurial spirit that helps to make this area such an exciting place to live, work and play.


to Crêperie Chef How does one go from construction contractor in Florida to crêperie chef in Weaverville, N.C.? Well ... it’s complicated. But the most important thing to know is Jake and Stephanie were driven by their love of food, people and the Western North Carolina mountains. Jake came from a large family. His mom kept the fridge full but, ironically, there was never anything to eat! So he got creative with ingredient combinations and became a master homegrown chef, which explains the eclectic, imaginative menu! Jake began cooking with their daughter, Ellie, at a very young age and she too, developed the love for food. She appropriately earned the nickname ”Little Chef ” by her coworkers. Stephanie is a fervent upcycler with a quirky sense of style. It was important for her to create a “Welcome Home” dining atmosphere, from the friendly staff to the living-room feel of the dining area, pillows and all. The music will have customers tapping their toes, but the food leaves everyone smacking their lips and licking the fine china!


The Leonards aim to please EVERYONE! Their restaurant is 100% gluten free. However, most of the patrons don’t even know it. It’s just that good! Consider this your personal invitation to visit the Crêperie and Cafe of Weaverville, your home away from home.

113 N. Main St., Weaverville, NC 28787 • 828-484-9448

HOURS: Mon - Wed 7:30am - 3pm Thurs - Sat 7:30am - 9pm Sun 9am - 2pm


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Craft Room Growlers

Linda Pannullo Mosaics and Workshops Asheville mosaic artist/instructor Linda Pannullo just finished making her latest pieces — “Potheads” — which

Craft Room Growlers, located at 1987 Hendersonville Road in Asheville, began operations on Feb. 1, 2014. The store specializes in growler fills and refills into 64- and 32-ounce containers with fresh craft beers. Craft Room Growlers has 24 taps of rotating beers to choose from. The selection of beers usually contains several from North Carolina and various beers from around the country and occasionally some highly rated foreign beers. The store is owned and operated by Asheville native Alan Lowe and his wife, Leslie. Craft Room Growlers offers pints and flights as well as bottled and packaged beer selections. Store hours are Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-8 p.m. and Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Come and see why Craft Room Growlers is quickly becoming one of South Asheville’s favorite places to enjoy a cold beer or to pick up a great beer for home. Tap list at

1987 Hendersonville Road, Suite C • 828-676-3060 •

are great gifts for weddings, gardeners and, just in time for Father’s Day, dads. She will help you incorporate your cherished china into a personal, unique piece or plan a mosaic party at your home. Linda values the history of traditional mosaics while exploring new techniques and materials for contemporary art. She creates pieces suitable for the home and garden, and several local galleries carry her work. In addition to teaching mirror mosaics and picassiette (broken china) classes, Linda is bringing some of the most renowned mosaic instructors (Carol Shelkin, Deb Aldo, Kelley Knickerbocker and more) to Asheville to share their diverse styles and techniques. “I want to increase the visibility of this medium and inspire many to satisfy their creativity through mosaics and connect local mosaic art lovers,” she says. Commissions and workshop inquiries are welcome. Classes range from beginning to advanced.

61 Lookout Dr. Asheville, NC 28804 • (828) 337-6749

Willow Place

A Healing Place for Women Willow Place is a partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient program for women with substance dependence, eating disorders and other co-occurring disorders. Our programs are designed to meet the unique needs of women by using a holistic approach to treatment, incorporating evidence-based therapies with art, writing, yoga and other experiential therapeutic approaches. Our goal is to help women gain awareness about themselves — mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually — and to foster self-reliance and independence. Group and individual therapy is offered by clinical psychologists, licensed social workers and professional counselors as well as licensed and certified addictions professionals. Our onsite medical director provides all women with a

medical and psychiatric evaluation and follow-up as needed. Specific therapeutic interventions that may be part of a patient’s individualized treatment program include psychoAn artistic exploration of body image and self acceptance education about disease processes and created by the women at Willow Place recovery principles, relapse prevention, 12-step focused groups, coping and Middle River and New Life as well as Oxford life skills groups, Medical Nutrition Therapy, Houses and others. We work closely with the nutritional planning and healthy habits support, houses to provide comprehensive treatment and meal support groups, family therapy sessions, trauma informed treatment, trauma aware staff and accountability for the women. education, EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) for trauma recovery, art therapy, Willow Place For Women offers love, safety and support, and our goal is to guide women on their yoga, meditation, spirituality and other creative path to stability, hope and healing.  approaches to treatment.  Willow Place also collaborates with numerous supportive living programs in the area, including The Lilly Pad, Hominy Creek, 11th Step House,

Contact us for a phone assessment and to verify insurance benefits as we are out of network with all private insurance plans.

172 ASHELAND AVE SUITE D2 ASHEVILLE NC 28801 • 828-254-3484 • 16

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DogLog Services Professional Pooper Scoopers

DogLog Services is Western North Carolina’s premier pet-waste removal service. Our professional staff come to your home and clean up after your dog so you don’t have to. Never worry about dog poop again!

Cleaning by Kim

Clean you can count on. Service you will love. I’m the housekeeper you have been looking for, and I’d like to have the chance to show you! I maintain a limited number of clients so that I can develop long-term relationships and provide security, dependability and exceptional service.

I consider my home to be a sacred space, and I feel the same way about my clients’ homes. Confidentiality, courtesy and respect for my clients and their property are things I take very seriously. Cleaning by Kim is a member of the Asheville Grown Alliance.

For your protection and peace of mind, Cleaning by Kim is fully licensed, insured and bonded. I only use eco-friendly products for your health and mine! Should you prefer that I use your products, I am happy to do so as long as they are nontoxic and perform well for the intended task.

To schedule a free consultation, call 828-772-4276, or visit for more information.

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Fresh Baked Goods Baking has always been a huge part of my life — learning from my father, who apprenticed in Germany, and being part of our family bakery for 25 years. When looking to relocate from Long Island, N.Y., my wife, Rosemary, and I picked North Carolina, where my mother, Geraldine, was born and raised. Asheville was the perfect choice for us. Geraldine’s is your traditional neighborhood bakery where you can stop in for a cup of coffee and a doughnut on the way to work or have us make your cake for any special occasion. We are a full-line bakery featuring cakes, cookies, pastries, pies and bread, plus breakfast

Traditional Neighborhood Bakery and lunch sandwiches. Everything is made in house, from scratch. Emily’s and Cassie’s baking skills are some of the finest I have seen, and they are always happy to assist you in choosing that special cake. With Rosemary’s background in social work, we look forward to becoming more involved in the community. Please stop in, say hello and let our family be part of your family’s next special occasion.

840 Merrimon Ave. • 828-252-9330 • MOUNTAINX.COM

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Asheville Wild Birds Unlimited

Western North Carolina School of Massage Embrace your dream ...

Create a refuge in your own backyard We all love feeding birds. We love watching Cardinals feeding their chicks or Hummingbirds buzzing around the feeder in the summer or Bluebirds feeding on suet during the winter. Did you know that birdfeeding is one of the most of the popular hobbies in the country? Backyard bird feeding is the most relaxing, fulfilling, educational and exciting hobby that anyone — young or old — can enjoy. At the Asheville Wild Birds Unlimited store we know birds and what you need to attract them to your yard. We don’t just sell bird feeders, bird houses, bird baths and bird food. We pride ourselves on providing the most accurate information and knowledge about your local birds. Come in for a visit! Our mission, “We Bring People and Nature Together®,” includes informing and educating people about the wonders of birding and nature. Our Certified Bird feeding Specialists™ are trained to show you how to turn your yard into a bird-feeding habitat that not only brings song, color and life to your home, but also benefits wild birds and the environment. It is our goal for you to have the best possible experience from your bird-feeding hobby.

Gerber Village, 10 Crispin Court, Asheville, NC 28803 • 828-687-9433 •

touch the world! At the Western North Carolina School of Massage (WNCSOM), we believe it is an honor to touch another human being and that touch is essential for human health and well-being. Touch is not a luxury, but a basic human need. In this spirit, we train people to bring conscious and expert touch to the world, through the highest quality and most innovative bodywork education available. Executive Director Hope Morgan is a successful LMT (10846), writer, educator and leader in the community. Her compassionate nature, coupled with her dedication, knowledge and experience, makes her a powerful resource to help you along your educational path. John Morgan, LMT (2151), our program director, brings over 20 years of experience in massage therapy education and is nationally recognized as a subject-matter expert and authority in the field. John is a test writer for the MBLEX licensure exam required for entry into the profession.

46 Haywood St, Suite 200 Asheville, NC 28801 828-761-1553 •

Authentic Korean food, prepared fresh in downtown Asheville

As the only Korean restaurant in downtown Asheville, we serve a variety of authentic dishes such as bulgogi, dol-sot bibimbab, jabchae and kimchi soup. We take great pride in providing the most nutritious and fresh mixture of meat and produce. Most of our vegetables come from the local farmers market, as we prepare our side dishes every morning in order to serve them fresh. Typical side dishes include homemade kimchi, pickled radishes, seaweed salad, sweet potatoes, etc. Korean barbecue will be also available in mid-July, when customers can cook their own food on a barbecue grill right on their tables. It is the most traditional and fun way to cook Korean food. We also offer many dishes that are vegetarian or gluten free. So, don’t worry, health freaks and vegetarians. We are on your side!

Korean House 122 College St Asheville NC 28801 828-785-1500 18

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Growing Community Through Food You’re Not Just Dropping Off Your Dog, You’re Building a Relationship! After great success with his Fairview location, groomer/owner Richard Bohannon has opened a second location in North Asheville. Richard brings 25 years of experience to the grooming table. He is a successful AKC dog-show judge, and his “Aery” miniature poodles are known worldwide.

Our mission is to provide the Black Mountain area with the best possible products while building a sense of community. We sell local, organic, ethical products and support small, local farmers as much as possible. We take pride in our suppliers of farm-fresh eggs, grass-fed meats, dairy products and local produce. We carry many varieties of GMO-free, gluten-free, bulk products plus natural household and beauty products. We are developing an urban permaculture garden next to the store — complete with fruit trees, herb spirals and a wide array of garden beds. This provides the store with the freshest possible produce. We look forward to hosting community events that encourage healthy living. We feel grateful to be a part of such a welcoming community and look forward to becoming your favorite local market! Formerly Black Mountain Farmers Market

151 S. Ridgeway Ave. Black Mountain, NC 28711 (828)-664-0060 •

Offering full services for both dogs and cats, Shampoodles carries a selection of grain-free kibbles and frozen raw foods, as well as a curated boutique of handmade collars and other supplies. Build a relationship with Shampoodles for the health, safety and beauty of your pet!

Richard and his team believe the relationship with you is vital to the experience. Both shops are designed to have open grooming areas. Your dog is not shuttled behind some closed door for a mystery day; instead, the team works in a clean, bright, well-designed space that allows for a conversation and consultation with you in a “no secrets” environment.

The Shops at Reynolds Village • 51 N. Merrimon Ave, Suite 117 Woodfin, NC 28804 • 828-252-7171 •

Rhetorical Factory A recycled clothing company on a mission

Rhetorical Factory is on a mission to recycle clothing, inspire questioning and be 100 percent good. Spurred by the necessary shift toward solutionbased business, Bethany Adams developed the brand Rhetorical Factory in 2010 to provide an alternative to ”fast-fashion,” and to inspire an awakening around consumption in general. The flagship store for the brand opened April 29 of this year in West Asheville. It’s a creative community hub where one can be inspired,

have interesting conversations and, of course, find ethical, unique style that supports our local economy. The clothes available at Rhetorical Factory are all recycled, wearable art. Donated and thrifted clothes are cleaned, processed and screen-printed on-site with Bethany’s original art. The result is a vibrant, ever-changing collection reflecting Asheville’s true eclectic style. The Rhetorical Factory collection is available online as well, making it a leader in the one-of-a-kind clothing

niche, and opening it up to an international audience. The success of this brand will bring value to our town while spreading awareness and

recycling clothes! Of the many ways to support this mission to be 100 percent good, questioning everything is a good place to start.

444 Haywood Rd. #102 • 828-424-1378 • MOUNTAINX.COM

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Still Point Wellness

Massage. Float. Ahhhhhh. Still Point Wellness is a unique spa experience. The owners, Corey Costanzo and Robin FannCostanzo, have brought Esalen® massage and other cutting-edge body/mind modalities to Asheville. They are highly trained professionals who believe that the spa experience is an opportunity to deeply relax and support the body’s natural healing ability. The Still Point Wellness experience is an adventure of body and mind, offering world-class Esalen® massage, cranial sacral therapy, saltwater floatation, somatic psychology, yoga therapy and life coaching. Esalen® massage is famous for its incredibly relaxing and therapeutic qualities. Robin FannCostanzo, 2012 inductee of the World Massage Hall of Fame, teaches Esalen® massage and cranial sacral therapy locally and internationally and trains the massage therapists at Still Point Wellness. Saltwater floatation is a profound way to relax and restore the body and mind to an optimal state. The float chamber is a place to take a vacation from the overstimulation of today’s world. You will deeply rest while stress and tension effortlessly melt away. Your experience at Still Point will leave you feeling deeply cared for, relaxed and connected. You’ll quickly see why Tripadvisor has named it the No. 2 attraction in Western North Carolina for spa and wellness!

81-B Central Ave. Asheville NC 28801 • 828-348-5372 •

Quantum Vintage A Curated Vintage Experience

At Quantum Vintage we specialize in offering fabulous items from the 1930s to the 1970s, in addition to antiques, vintage clothing, and local arts & crafts, all at great prices.

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We love the thrill of discovering something amazing from the past that is still wonderful for use today. And even more, we love the joy a customer feels when they find something special they fall in love with, whether for themselves, or as a unique gift. We get new items in weekly, including vintage clothes and shoes for women and men, jewelry, retro barware, vintage cookbooks, linens, kitchenware, china, furniture, lamps, clocks, radios, comics, toys, tools, and a wide variety of collectibles, art and home décor. In addition, come in and discover R3S33D (Retro & Modern Unique Boutique), formerly R3MiX3D on Merrimon Ave. Personal Stylist W3ndy Owens has almost 2 decades of vintage and modern fashion expertise and offers you a diverse selection of Retro/Mod/Vintage/Funky/Festi/Posh/ Classy and Sassy Unique Boutique fashions. 10% off all R3S33D items. We are excited to now be open in downtown Asheville and look forward to your visit. Stop by today to say Hi and see what treasures you will find at Quantum Vintage!

Now offering fantastic vintage clothing from the former R3MIX3D Retro Modern Clothing Boutique! 46 Commerce St., Asheville, NC 28801 • 828-771-4757 • 20

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Goldenseal Wellness Whole health for your whole self. Wellness for the body and mind.


Goldenseal Wellness offers quick, easy access to the supplements, vitamins and natural products sought by the healthy, whole person. Unlike most online supplement stores, all of our products are vetted by either our founding psychiatric doctor or our on-site naturopathic doctor. They have hand-chosen the very best products available and will be constantly adding new, exciting items to our store. Why do we have so few supplements here when other online stores have 10 to 15 of everything? The difference is we know that every single product for sale here works. We see it work every day with the clients at our Wellness Center, as they achieve their healthiest, happiest selves in a matter of weeks.

Anjali Hot Yatra Yoga


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At Anjali Hot Yatra Yoga, we believe in the power of yoga to promote health and well-being for every body type. We offer 17 Hot Yatra yoga classes per week. Heated to 96 to 98 degrees using radiant heat panels, the health benefits of Hot Yatra are numerous. It softens muscles for lengthening, enhances the immune system, and promotes physical strength and mental concentration — all while supporting the body’s detoxification process.

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We also offer three “cool” classes per week. These classes emphasize gentle stretch, breath work and deep relaxation. Our intention is to create a safe, calm place where all people can move toward their greatest self. Come feel the difference our studio offers. Introductory offer is $29 for 30 days of unlimited classes. Join us for our Summer Solstice Celebration June 21. Anjali will host ALIVE music class at 5 p.m. featuring Kristin Luna Ray, followed by a Kirtan at 7 p.m. ($15 each/$30 for both).

780 Hendersonville Road, Suite 14 • 828-785-1366 •

Mon – Fri lunch: 11:30am - 2pm dinner: 5pm - 10pm Fresh Salad made Daily 25 Items & 6 meats on our Lunch Salad Bar and 35 Items & 16 meats for Dinner

Saturday dinner:

4pm - 10:30pm

Sunday Lunch:

12pm - 3pm

dinner: 4pm - 9pm

26 E. Walnut St. • Asheville, NC 28801 828-785-1599 • MOUNTAINX.COM

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INTERFAITH ANIMAL BLESSINGS 669-8050, • SU (6/8), 11am-noon - Animal blessing by interfaith minister Rev. Michael Carter. Held at Lake Tomahawk Park, 401 S. Laurel Circle Drive, Black Mountain.


KEEP SAFE AND INOCULATE: UNC Asheville’s Police Department and Appalachian Animal Hospital will host a rabies clinic and community event on Saturday, June 7. In addition to reduced-cost shots for rabies, feline leukemia and other potentially fatal ailments, the clinic will host a performance from Asheville band The Melons, human and canine ice cream from The Hop and adoptable pets from Brother Wolf and the Asheville Humane Society. Overseeing the proceedings will be Rocky, UNCA’s Victorian bulldog mascot — a rescue dog himself. Photo courtesy of UNCA. (p.22)

BEER AND BITES 210-3444, • TH (6/5), noon-2pm - Entry to this networking event benefits Pisgah Legal Services.  Includes beer and food samples. $15. Held at Wicked Weed, 91 Biltmore Ave.

PET LOSS SUPPORT GROUP 258-3229 For anyone who has lost or is anticipating the death of a pet. Free. • 1st WEDNESDAYS, 6pm - 21 Edwin Place. Free.

BLUE JEAN BALL 299-3664, blue-jean-ball • SA (6/7), 7-11pm - Tickets to this "come-as-you-are" dance party and auction benefit MANNA FoodBank. $75. Held at 627 Swannanoa River Road.

UNCA RABIES CLINIC 251-6710 • SA (6/7), 10am-2pm - Featuring family friendly entertainment and lowcost preventative shots. Held on UNCA's campus. Free to attend. Contact for shot pricing.

BREAK THE HUNGER FOOD DRIVE 620-9091, features/break-the-hunger • FR (6/6) - Hosted by WLOS. Collecting non-perishable items for Children First/ CIS to be distributed to students over summer break. Two locations:

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2617 Hendersonville Road, 4am-7pm; and 121 Eagles Nest Road, Waynesville, 9am-7pm. CAR & TRADE SHOW BENEFIT 694-1835 • SA (6/7), 9am-3pm - Tickets to this car show benefit Blue Ridge Community College automotive students. $15/$12 advance. Held at Blue Ridge Community College, 180 West Campus Drive, Flat Rock 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. SHINDIG ON THE GREEN 5K & FUN RUN 258-6101, • Through (6/28) - Registration is open for this run to benefit the free summer concert series. $30/ $25 before June 26.

SOUMU: A CELEBRATION OF AFRICAN MUSIC, DANCE, FOOD & ART 774-2277, • TH (6/5), 6pm - Tickets to this music, dance and cultural event benefit arts education in Ivory Coast. $15/$12 advance. Held at Orange Peel, 101 Biltmore Ave. WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA AIR MUSEUM 1340 Gilbert St., Hendersonville, 698-2482, • SA (6/7) & SU (6/8), 10am5pm - 25th anniversary celebration includes vintage themed food & music and helicopter & WWII plane rides to benefit the museum.


Held on the Enka campus. All events are free unless otherwise noted. Registration required. • FR (6/6), 8am-4pm - Seminar on trade and finance. • TU (6/10), 10-11:30am Seminar on programs and services for small businesses hosted by U.S. Small Business Administration. • TH (6/12), 6-9pm - Seminar on starting a nonprofit organization. • TH (6/12), 10-11:30am Seminar on programs and services for small business hosted by U.S. Small Business Administration. Held at 303B Airport Road, Arden.

CLASSES, MEETINGS & EVENTS EASYBRIDGE!2 CLASSES FOR NEWER DUPLICATE BRIDGE PLAYERS (pd.) And ambitious social bridge players beginning Wednesday, June 11-August

13, 9-11am or 6-8:30pm at the Asheville Bridge Room, 800 Fairview Rd. Please call 828-4078654 or e-mail 13TH AMENDMENT TOUR STOP 252-482-2637, Juneteenth • TH (6/12), 11am-7pm - A viewing of North Carolina's original copy of the document. Held at Vance Birthplace, 911 Reems Creek Road, Weaverville AMERICAN BUSINESS WOMEN'S ASSOCIATION, • TH (6/12), 5:30-7:30pm - Speaker: Marian Hobson. $25, includes dinner. Registration required. Held at Crowne Plaza Expo Center, 1 Resort Drive ASHEVILLE MAKERS • TUESDAYS, 6-8:30pm - Weekly social held at Asheville Pizza, 77 Coxe Ave.

ASHEVILLE OBJECTIVISTS, • TU (6/10), 6pm - Held at North Asheville Library, 1030 Merrimon Ave. FRENCH BROAD RIFLES 658-1354, frenchbroadrifles. com • FR (6/6) through SU (6/8), 9:30am-5pm - "Heavy Metal Shoot," shooting contest and camping event held in Marshall. $25. Registration required. GEEKOUT 2014 • SA (6/7) & SU (6/8), 10am6pm - "Geek" pop culture convention includes workshops and panels related to animation, film, comics, art and more . $25/$15 one-day pass/$5 children. Held in the Sherrill Center on UNCA’s campus. 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. LAND OF SKY TOASTMASTERS

• TUESDAYS, 7am - Meets at the Reuter YMCA, 3 Town Square Blvd. LAUREL CHAPTER OF THE EMBROIDERERS' GUILD OF AMERICA 654-9788, • TH (6/5), 9:30am-noon Held at Cummings United Methodist Church, 3 Banner Farm Road, Horse Shoe SMITH-MCDOWELL HOUSE HISTORY CENTER 283 Victoria Road, 2539231, Located on the A-B Tech campus. • SA (6/7) through WE (12/31) Exhibit: Hillybilly Land: Myth and Reality of Appalachian Culture.  VETERANS FOR PEACE vfpchapter099wnc. • TU (6/10), 6:30pm Monthly meeting. Held at Phil Mechanic Studios, 109 Roberts St. WCU SUMMIT ON NATURAL PRODUCTS 227-3086, graduate.wcu. edu • TU (6/10), 9am-1pm Discussion of natural production development in WNC, in conjunction with the university's masters of chemistry program. Free. Registration required. WNC ORCHID SOCIETY • SU (6/8), 2pm - Monthly meeting with speaker from Kool-Logs. Held at Asheville Eye Associates, 8 Medical Park Drive. WOMEN OF WISDOM 251-0600, • TH (6/5), 5:30pm - 25th anniversary party. Hosted

by the NC Association of Women Attorneys. Held at The Venue, 21 N. Market St. YOUTH OUTRIGHT • SUNDAYS, 4-6pm - Weekly meeting for LGBTQ youth and straight allies. Held at First Congregational UCC of Asheville, 20 Oak St.


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9am Hip Hop Wrkt 10am Bellydance Wrkt 4pm Kid's Dance 5pm Teen Dance 6pm AfroBrazilian 7pm West African • Sunday 5:15pm Yoga • $13 for 60 minute classes. 90 1/2 N. Lexington Avenue. www.studiozahiya. com :: (828) 242-7595 SOUTHERN LIGHTS SQUARE AND ROUND DANCE CLUB 697-7732, • SA (6/7), 6pm - "Teddy Bear Picnic" dance. Held at Whitmire Acitivity Building, Lily Pond Road, Hendersonville


GARDENS THAT GIVE WNC GARDEN TOUR • SA (6/7), 9am-1pm- Selfguided public garden tour of member gardens. Proceeds sponsor creation of new donation gardens. $5 or $25/vehicle. See website for locations. LIVING WEB FARMS 176 Kimzey Road, Mills River, 505-1660, • SA (6/7), 1:30-7:30pm - Informational workshop on black solider flies and their use in composting and other growing needs. $15 donation suggested.

WNC SIERRA CLUB 251-8289, • WE (6/4), 7pm - Slideshow presentation: “River Canoeing on Utah’s Dirty Devil River." Held at Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 1 Edwin Place


Bling it On WHAT: MANNA FoodBank’s annual Blue Jean Ball WHEN: Saturday, June 7, from 7-11 p.m. WHERE: MANNA’s warehouses, 627 Swannanoa River Road WHY: MANNA FoodBank celebrates the 15th year of its Blue Jean Ball — a “come as you are” dancing, music and auction event that raises money for MANNA’s efforts fighting food insecurity in 16 counties in WNC. This year’s theme is “Bling It On,” and guests are encouraged to add some sparkle to their outfits or bedazzle their jeans. “It may seem an incongruous theme for a food bank, but as we enter our 15th year, we are poised to break the $1 million raised mark —  so for that reason we say, ‘Bling it on,’” says Alisa Hixon, corporate relations director for MANNA


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and the event’s coordinator. “The $1 million will have provided around 3 million meals.” Hixon said last year’s event raised $95,000 — enough to provide 285,000 meals. Organizers hope to break that record this year, with a goal of $100,000. The Blue Jean Ball will feature musical performances by Lyric, Wham Bam Bowie Band and a live DJ. The silent auction includes vacation packages, gift baskets and half a day of instruction in the kitchen with Cúrate chef Katie Button. Over 20 Asheville restaurants, including Cantina at Biltmore Village, Chestnut, Lobster Trap, Rosetta’s Kitchen, French Broad Chocolate Lounge and Red Stag Grill, will be providing tasting plates. Tickets are $75, or $800 for a table of ten. For more information or to purchase tickets visit mannafoodbank. org or call 299-3663.


888-233-6111, visitoldfort. com • FR (6/6) & SA (6/7), noon5pm - Includes gold mining demonstrations, vendors and artisans. Free to attend. Held at Mountain Gateway Museum and Heritage Center, Water St., Old Fort

GOVERNMENT & POLITICS BLUE RIDGE REPUBLICAN WOMEN & BUNCOMBE COUNTY REPUBLICAN MEN 230-1444 • 2nd THURSDAYS, 6:30pm - Registration required for optional dinner: 6 pm, $18. Held at The Renaissance Hotel, 31 Woodfin St. Free. BUNCOMBE COUNTY REPUBLICAN WOMEN 828-337-47189, madilujen@ • 2nd THURSDAYS, 11:30am - Meeting held at The Corner Stone Restaurant, 102 Tunnel Road.

KIDS FOOD & BEER LIVERMUSH FESTIVAL 652-2215 • FR (6/6), 6:30-9pm - Includes livermush eating contests, family activities and live music. Held in downtown Marion. Free to attend.

GARDENING UNIQUE WORKSHOPS (pd.) In our 40 year old Paradise Garden: wasabi cultivation, growing and using native and Chinese herbs, perennial vegetables, wildfoods, etc. Also bare root useful plants and seeds. www.

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. • MONDAYS, 5-6pm - Tween dance. Ages 11-15.

FOREST SERVICE'S KIDS FISHING DAY 689-9694, • SA (6/7), 8am-3pm - For children 12 and under. Free. Held at Max Patch Pond, Highway 209 South, Hot Springs 'KIDICAL MASS' FAMILY FRIENDLY BIKE RIDES 250-4264 • SU (6/8), 1:45-3:30pm Sponsored by the Buncombe County Library Recreation Department. Starts at Black Mountain Elementary School. Funny outfits encouraged. Free. LEGO CLUB AT THE LIBRARY 250-4758 or 250-6482 • 1st FRIDAYS, 4-5pm - For ages 5 to 12. Free. Held at Enka-Candler Library, 1404 Sandhill Road, Candler • MO (6/9), 4-5pm - For ages 6 and up. Held at Weaverville Public Library, 41 N Main St., Weaverville

OUTDOORS 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! BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY RANGER PROGRAMS • FR (6/6), 10am - Hike of the week: moderate 1-mile trip to Devil's Courthouse, guided by park rangers. Free. Meets at MP 422.2. LAKE JAMES STATE PARK 6883 N.C. Hwy. 126, Nebo, 584-7728. Free unless otherwise noted. • SA (6/7), 9:30am - Photo safari.  Meets at Catawba River area office breezeway. • SU (6/8), 9am - Birding hike. Meets at Holly Discovery Trail parking area. • TU (6/10), 9am - Canoe excursion. Meets at Paddy's Creek area bathhouse breezeway. Registration required. SOUTHERN APPALACHIAN HIGHLANDS CONSERVANCY HIKES 828-253-0095, ext. 205, Registration required. Contact for directions. • SA (6/7), 10am - Open house and guided hike at SAHC's Community Farm.

Happy Father’s Day! PUBLIC LECTURES PRESBYTERIAN HERITAGE CENTER 318 Georgia Terrace, Montreat, 669-6556, • WE (6/11), 2:30pm - James Aydelotte discusses Israel and Palestine.

SENIORS AARP SMART DRIVER CLASSES 253-4863, aarpdriversafety. org • FRIDAYS through (6/13), 4:30pm - $20/$15 members. Registration required. Held at Skyland Fire and Rescue, 9 Miller Road. ADULT FORM AT UCC 1735 5th Ave. W., Hendersonville,, 692-8630 • SU (6/8), 9:15am - "Our Unique and Special Role in

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SPIRITUALITY ABOUT THE TRANSCENDENTAL MEDITATION TECHNIQUE: FREE INTRODUCTORY LECTURE (pd.) Healing and Transformation Through Transcendental Meditation. Learn about the authentic TM technique. It's not concentrating, trying to be mindful, or common mantra practice. It's an effortless, non-religious, evidencebased technique for heightened well-being and a spiritually fulfilled life. The only meditation recommended by the American Heart Association. • Topics: How the major forms of meditation differ—in practice and results; What science says about TM, stress, anxiety and depression; Meditation and brain research; What is Enlightenment? • Thursday, 6:30-7:30pm, Asheville TM Center, 165 E. Chestnut. 828-254-4350 or AIM MEDITATION CLASSES (pd.) Ramp up your meditation practice with AIM’s Meditation’s Classes: Mindfulness 101- Basics of Mindfulness Meditation, Mindfulness 102 - More advanced, intermediate class. Class dates and times: www.ashevillemeditation. com/events, (828) 808-4444 AQUARIAN CONSCIOUSNESS FELLOWSHIP (pd.) Metaphysical program inspired by spiritual growth topics of your choice. Meditation, potluck, St. Germain live channeled piano music. • Second and Fourth Wednesday. 6:30pm. • Donation. (828) 658-3362. ASHEVILLE COMPASSIONATE COMMUNICATION CENTER (pd.) Free practice group. Learn ways to create understanding and clarity in your relationships, work, and community by practicing compassionate communica-


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tion (nonviolent communication). 252-0538 or www. • 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, www. 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. 296-0017

Celebrating 100 years WHAT: On June 7, 1914, the First Congregational Church in Asheville was chartered. This weekend Asheville’s First Congregational UCC will be celebrating its centennial with a special One Hundred Year Dinner for congregation members and a celebration worship service on Sunday, June 8 at 10:30 a.m. The service will feature a brass quintet and guest preacher Rev. Dr. Richard Ward, the Fred Craddock distinguished chair of preaching at Phillips Theological Seminary. WHY: Xpress spoke with current Senior Minister Joe Hoffman to find out more. Mountain Xpress: What are some of the milestones from the church’s past 100 years?  Hoffman: The founding pastor, Rev. Dr. Brainerd Thrall, brought Boy Scouts to the Western North Carolina region. He also started the Thrall School for Boys in 1920, which met in the church, and he


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was the headmaster. A first building was erected in 1917. The church has been fortunate to have had many well educated and motivated clergy such as the founding pastor. Rev. Frank Ratzell pastored the church from 1951-64 and was a strong advocate for racial justice and desegregation. Dr. Paul Limbert came to pastor this church after serving as president of Springfield College and then serving for 10 years as the secretary general of the World Alliance of YMCA’s in Geneva, Switzerland. How do you plan on furthering your mission in the years to come? In the past 18 years, under [my] leadership, this church has worked hard for equal rights and justice for the LGBT community, become a Just Peace Church and worked for Environmental Justice — such as being the first faith community in WNC to install solar panels. As we begin our 2nd 100 years, we seek to continue following in the ways of Jesus, which we think is a way of justice and love for all people.X


ASTRO-COUNSELING (pd.) Licensed counselor and accredited professional astrologer uses your chart when counseling for additional insight into yourself, your relationships and life directions. Readings also available. Christy Gunther, MA, LPC. (828) 258-3229. MINDFULNESS MEDITATION (pd.) "ASHEVILLE INSIGHT MEDITATION Deepen your authentic presence, and cultivate a happier, more peaceful mind by practicing Insight (Vipassana) Meditation in a supportive community. Group Meditation. Thursdays, 7pm-8:30pm. Sundays, 10am-11:30pm. 29 Ravenscroft Dr., Suite 200, Asheville, (828) 808-4444, www.ashevillemeditation. com MINDFULNESS MEDITATION CLASS (pd.) Explore the miracle of healing into life through deepened stillness and presence. With consciousness teacher and columnist Bill Walz. Mondays, 6:307:30pm: Meditation class with lesson and discussions in contemporary Zen living. Asheville Friends Meeting House, 227 Edgewood Ave. (off Merrimon). Donation. Info: 258-3241.

ASHEVILLE CENTER FOR TRANSCENDENTAL MEDITATION 165 E. Chestnut, 254-4350, • THURSDAYS, 6:30 pm Introductory lectures on transcendental meditation. Free. 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, • WEDNESDAYS, 6:309pm - Shamanic Journey experience required. $10. Registration required. BURKE COUNTY REAL EVANGELISM CRUSADE BurkeCountyBailey SmithCrusade • FR (6/6) through SU (6/8), 7pm - With Bailey Smith, former President of the Southern Baptist Convention. Held at Burke County Fairgrounds, 145 Bost Rd., Morganton CENTER FOR SPIRITUAL LIVING ASHEVILLE 2 Science Mind Way, 2317638, • MONDAYS through (6/16), 7-9pm - "The Law of Attraction & Creation," with Dr. Barbara Waterhouse. Free to attend. ECKANKAR CENTER OF ASHEVILLE 797 Haywood Road, 2546775, • SU (6/8), 11-11:30am Community HU song. 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.

GRACE LUTHERAN CHURCH 1245 Sixth Ave. W., Hendersonville, 693-4890, • Through WE (6/4) Registration open for sevenweek women's Bible study course that begins June 16. $13. MAHA SHAKTI MANDIR 11 Sand Hill Court, • 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. THE TEACHINGS OF BRUNO GROENING • WE (6/11), 7pm - Held at N. Asheville Library, 1030 Merrimon Ave. Registration required.

SPOKEN & WRITTEN WORD BLUE RIDGE BOOKS 152 S. Main St., Waynesville, 456-6000, • SA (6/7), 3pm - Lynne Hinkey discusses her book Ye Gods! A Tale of Dogs and Demons and Amy R. Biddle discusses her book The Atheist Prayer. BUNCOMBE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARIES LIBRARY ABBREVIATIONS - All programs are free unless otherwise noted. Each Library event is marked by the following location abbreviations: •EA = East Asheville Library (902 Tunnel Road, 250-4738) •FV = Fairview Library (1 Taylor Road, 250-6484) •PM = Pack Memorial Library (67 Haywood Street, 250-4700)  •SA = South Asheville/ Oakley Library (749 Fairview Road, 250-4754) •SS = Skyland/South Buncombe Library (260 Overlook Road, 250-6488)  •WV = Weaverville Library (41 N. Main Street, 2506482) 

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• WE (6/4), 5pm Swannanoa Knitters. SW. • WE (6/4), 3pm Afternoon book club: Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Just Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain. WV. • TH (6/5), 6:30pm Book Club: We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler. EA. • FR (6/6), 10am-4pm Used book sale. SS • FR (6/6), 10:30am-3pm 25-Cent Book Sale. PM • TU (6/10), 1pm - Book Club: The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philipp Sendker. LE • WE (6/11), 10am Swannanoa Sewing Circle. SW • TH (6/12), 1pm Afternoon Book Club: In the Kingdom of  Men by Kim Barnes.  FV CITY LIGHTS BOOKSTORE 3 E. Jackson St., Sylva, 586-9499, • FR (6/6), 6:30pm Lawrence Thackston discusses his mystery, Tidal Pools. FOUNTAINHEAD BOOKSTORE 408 N. Main St., Hendersonville, 697-1870, fountainheadbookstore. com • MO (6/9), 7pm -  Karen White discusses her book A long Time Gone. $10. Held at Skyland Theater, 538 N. Main St., Hendersonville. MALAPROP'S BOOKSTORE AND CAFE 55 Haywood St., 254-6734, Events are free, unless

otherwise noted. • WE (6/4), 7pm - Monica Byrne discusses her novel, The Girl in the Road. • WE (6/4), noon - Autism Bookclub: The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the Spectrum by Temple Grandin and Richard Panek. • WE (6/4), 7pm Malaprop's Bookclub: Stag's Leap, poems by Sharon Olds • FR (6/6), 7pm Jeannette Walls discusses her book The Silver Star. $10. • SA (6/7), 7pm - Author Lee Zacharias discusses her collection of essays, The Only Sounds We Make. • SU (6/8), 3pm - Henry Niese discusses his book, The Medicine is Sacred. • MO (6/9), 7pm - Mystery Book Club: Look Again by Lisa Scottoline. • Tu (6/10), 7pm - Karen White discusses her novel, A Long Time Gone. • WE (6/11), 7pm - Salon discussion: Women Who Run With Wolves. • TH (6/12), 7pm - Roy Hoffman discusses his novel, Come Landfall. SPELLBOUND CHILDREN'S BOOKSHOP 50 N. Merrimon Ave., 7087570, • SATURDAYS, 11-11:30am - Storytime. Ages 2-6. Free. WNC RED HERRINGS, wncredherrings.blogspot. com • SA (6/7), 2-4pm - Author Michael Havelin discusses his writing process. Held at North Asheville Library,

1030 Merrimon Ave. WRITERS AT WOLFE SERIES • SA (6/7), 10-11am - Poet Fred Chappell reads from his works. Held at Thomas Wolfe Memorial, 52 N. Market St



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The North Carolina Republican Party will have its state GOP convention at Harrah’s Casino this weekend, and one party official says they are “itching to roll the dice on North Carolina policy.” “We are going all in on fracking,” said Todd Poole, the state party’s executive director. “We are willing to wager health and the environment. We would never bet something we weren’t willing to lose.” State Republicans will also unveil a new game of chance that allows North Carolina teachers a small, one-time pay raise if they surrender tenure. “Will they still have a job the following school year?” Poole said. “You gotta play to find out.” N.C. Republicans also plan on placing a health care chip on the blackjack table. “We intend to keep hitting until we bust,” said Poole.

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GIGADOLLARS AND CENTS In April, Anton Purisima filed a claim in Federal District Court in New York City that the Lowering The Bar blog calculated was the largest monetary demand ever made in a lawsuit — “$2,000 decillion” (or 2 followed by 36 zeroes, which of course is many times more money than exists on planet Earth). Purisima’s lawsuit names Au Bon Pain, Carepoint Health, Kmart, the New York City Transit Authority and LaGuardia Airport among the parties allegedly causing him so much distress (through fraud, civil rights violations and even “attempted murder”). Lowering The Bar noted that “$2,000 decillion” could also have been accurately nominated as “$2 undecillion” or even “two octillion gigadollars.” LATEST RELIGIOUS MESSAGES An unnamed 60-year-old Buddhist monk was arrested in Nantou County, Taiwan, in April after a convenience-store manager said he was caught red-handed swiping packets of beef jerky. “I don’t know why,” he told police, “but lately I had this craving for meat.” He also had trouble with honesty, initially denying his guilt before finally confessing to the officer that “I have let Lord Buddha down.” (Buddhists are traditionally strict vegetarians.) FINE POINTS OF THE LAW • The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals ruled in 2013 that it wasn’t necessarily illegal for teachers to send students sexually oriented text messages, because the state law banning the practice violated “free speech.” So in February, Tarrant County prosecutors dropped their case against a junior-high teacher who’d exchanged 688 text messages with a 13-year-old female student over a six-day period in 2012, on topics such as “sexual preferences and fantasies” and whether either of them ever walked around the house naked. Such messages would be illegal, the court ruled,





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only if they led to a meeting or an offer of sex. • Despite a 1971 U.S. Supreme Court decision saying governments can’t punish people who are merely “annoying,” dozens of towns (according to a March Wall Street Journal report) continue to regard the behavior as criminal. (The justices decided the word is too vague to give fair warning of which behaviors are illegal, but an Indiana deputy attorney general told the Journal that anyone with “ordinary intelligence” knows what’s annoying.) New York has such a law, as do Lawrence, Mass., and Cumberland, Md., among many others. • Among the discretionary punishments Georgia judges can impose is banishing an offender from the county in which the crime was committed. Ricardo Riley complained: “I didn’t commit no murder; I’m not a sex offender; I’m not a criminal. I just got a speeding ticket.” Judge Brad Brownlow, perhaps irritated at Riley’s request to reduce the original $250 fine, instead piled on punishments — including banishment from Walton County, just outside metro Atlanta. Riley, who lives in adjacent Gwinnett County, has friends and co-workers in Walton whom he can no longer visit.

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Rites of passage Journeymen helps boys become men of integrity

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Frederick Douglass once said, “It’s easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” Glenn Geffcken, board member for Journeymen, a local nonprofit that provides mentorship and rites-ofpassage ceremonies for boys, cites an African proverb in the same vein: “If we do not initiate the young, they will burn down the village to feel the heat.” Through initiation ceremonies and mentoring, Journeymen, which is modeled on the national organization Boys to Men, seeks to guide boys into manhood. Jeffrey Goldwasser, president of the Journeymen board, admits that the challenges boys face today are more complicated than those he faced growing up. On top of the hormonal shifts that all adolescents must deal with, many boys are living in homes without male role models, and Goldwasser believes there is a greater opportunity for isolation with the pervasiveness of video games and the Internet. “We could look at this from many different angles,” says Goldwasser. “But clearly in our society today, whether a boy is being raised in an intact family or one that isn’t intact anymore, there’s a great need for the boy to be guided into what it means to become a man in this modern-day world.” Even with families that are intact, says Goldwasser, it’s not always the case that fathers are active in their sons’ lives or that their journey from boyhood to manhood is acknowledged and nurtured. “We see our purpose as to help provide that,” he says. “We’re a community of men that come together for initia-


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GROWING UP: The Journeymen gather for a group shot at the spring Rite Of Passage and Adventure Weekend. Photo courtesy of Journeymen

tion … so they’re actually journeying into manhood, and then we’re there afterwards to guide them in that process so they can grow up to be men of integrity.” Ceremony is integral to the nonprofit’s mission. “Indigenous culture always had rites-of-passage ceremony, which has mostly been lost,” says Geffcken. During the initiation weekends — held in the spring and fall — called ROPAW (Rite Of Passage and Adventure Weekends) a group of boys and adult male mentors ventures into the woods for a weekend of bonding and ceremony. There are typically more than 30 men to support and supervise 10-15 boys. Geffcken describes the boys as coming from a wide range of different backgrounds. Some come from broken families and struggle with

alcohol and drug abuse, while others come from very stable homes. While Geffcken and Goldwasser stop short of describing the ceremony in detail, the weekend is based on sharing and trust. The boys set up camp and sleep outdoors for the full weekend, and Geffcken says that the experience is meant to be challenging. “For some of these boys,” says Geffcken, “it’s just being able to say ‘thank you,’ to have one little piece of gratitude for something in their lives, because that’s a big thing for adolescents.” Goldwasser recalls a moment during the last ROPAW when the men and boys were sitting around the final council fire. “We asked the boys to share something about their experience. …

And one of the boys said that he gained a real appreciation and was so happy that his parents were his parents, and that’s just one little snippet of what they shared. He had that opportunity through the separation, through the ordeal, through ceremony to really look back on what he has in his life.” The ceremony is important, but Goldwasser says that in terms of the program, it’s just the beginning. “[The initiation] is the doorway — being a boy and that entry into being a man — and we continue this process with them,” he says. The boys then have the opportunity to meet biweekly for what are called in-group sessions. “We’re revisiting things we’ve touched on in the weekend, introducing new value systems,” explains Goldwasser. “We’re not there to judge the boys. We’re not there even to discipline the boys. Or fix them. We’re there to hold space for them, to give them guidance and show them possibilities, to take a look at maybe what isn’t working in their lives, but I’m not there to say that’s wrong and this is what you’re supposed to do. Between the parents, the laws, there’s enough people out there doing that.” What they are there to do, says Goldwasser, is to “draw out the genius inside of that boy. … We’re looking into them and seeing whatever genius is there and really working to mentor them and guide them to see their gift. ... I just said it to a boy the other day who just came back after being away for four months. We had taken a break in our circle, and I just went up to him, and I was talking to him, and I said, ‘You know, you have a lot of wisdom inside of you. Every time you speak, you speak from a really deep place.’ And this is a kid who is struggling. He’s really struggling. So for me as an elder, for me to go up to him and say, ‘I see,’ that’s important.” Journeymen is currently seeking male mentors as well as female volunteers. Those interested in volunteering or donating can visit for more information. X

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• Pregnancy Care Management • Tobacco Cessation Counselor • Breastfeeding Peer Counselor • Ultrasound through Mission Hospital • Scheduled Clinic Visits with a Provider We accept most insurances including Medicaid, or we can base payment on a sliding fee-scale. Call us today for your next appointment, or come by the Madison County Health Department for more information! LIKE FATHER LIKE SON: Sekou Coleman with his son Sadiq Coleman reunite at the Journeymen homecoming ceremony. A Father’s Day brunch will take place Sunday, June 15 to support Journeymen’s mission.

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Implications of salestax regulations remain unclear BY JOSH O’CONNER

During the months when most farmers and tailgate markets were on seasonal hiatus, a new state law caused a stir in the local food community — with many alarmed at the potential for negative impacts on farmers markets. But despite months of discussion and a market season now in full swing, the implications of the legislation still remain unclear. On Aug. 23, 2013, Gov. Pat McCrory signed into law a rather cumbersomely named bill (“An Act to Make Technical, Clarifying, and Administrative Changes to The Revenue Laws and Related Statutes, As Recommended by the Revenue Laws Study Committee”). As originally presented, the bill made a modification to N.C. General Statute 66-255 — by requiring that vendors at specialty markets display a certificate of registration from the N.C. Department of Revenue. The certificate would show either the vendor’s exemption from sales-tax collection or proof that NCDOR had records of the vendor’s existence. The law would also require operators of specialty markets to create daily registration lists of vendors for inspection by law enforcement or NCDOR agents upon request. Central to the ensuing confusion was the definition of a “specialty market operator” — stated by the General Statute to be “a person, other than the State or a unit of local government, who rents space, at a location other than a permanent retail store, to others for the purpose of selling goods at retail or offering goods for sale at retail.” Market operators were left struggling to answer an essential question: “Do farmers markets count as specialty markets?” In an email circulated to local food advocates across the state,

AMBIGUITY ABOUNDS: Changes to a N.C. revenue law have left many markets struggling to understand the implications for their future. “Sale and use tax laws should be overseen by government officials — not volunteers,” says Montford Farmers Market manager Christa Tolson. Photo of Blue Moon Farms’ stand at the Montford Farmers Market by Carrie Eidson.

Jake Parker, state legislative director to the N.C. Farm Bureau, wrote that it did appear that the law was applicable to local farmers markets and their vendors, regardless of their tax-exempt status. However, Charlie Jackson, executive director for Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project, says that the definition fails to respect the nature of farmers markets, which he credits with having a more complex relationship with their vendors than the simple provision of space. Often farmers markets operate from spaces they do not own and provide their vendors with space under agreements too vague to be considered “rental,” Jackson notes. The ambiguity also left many market operators concerned about how they would meet the paperwork burden the law entailed. “Our market is a nonprofit with an all-volunteer board,” says Linda Britain from the Mills River Farmers’ Market. “We have volunteers acting as manager, and this changes weekly, [with] no paid market manager. How could a volunteer be held legally responsible for keeping the records they requested we keep?”

As discussion of the bill continued and the markets opened for the season, little clarification became available. And though the Research Division of the N.C. General Assembly issued a clarification on the law, Jackson says it didn’t exactly clear things up. “The NCDOR representative replied in a way to make things even more confusing,” Jackson says. “I’ve also been in private conversations [by email] with other state representatives, the NCDOR, and the Legislative Research Department. I am unable to find any concrete and clear presentation of what the law means in practice.” So how is it playing out? The Asheville City Market has informed its vendors that it will not be requiring sales-tax documents or enforcing the certification display, given the ambiguity of the law. Other markets are divided, with some markets interpreting themselves as outside the purview of the legislation and others choosing to adhere to the new standard. A number of the markets expressed concern that the additional paperwork would place


EYE OPENER a burden on their volunteers, as well as divert their attention from the day-to-day tasks of managing the markets — effectively putting volunteers into the role of enforcement agents for NCDOR. “A farmers market’s simple budget goal is to keep the market organized and advertised,” says Christa Tolson, manager of the Montford Farmers Market. “I can hardly prioritize that sort of micromanagement of individual businesses. The implementation of sale and use tax laws should be overseen by government employees — not volunteers or very part-time paid folks like me.” Leslie Logemann, market manager of the Transylvania Farmers Market, said she is working to find the best way to teach her volunteers about the new regulations. “We’ve spent hours wading through the information from the state and then getting that information to vendors, answering questions, getting tax certificates from over 60 vendors, recording all that information, putting it into a spreadsheet and keeping a weekly roster,” Logemann says, adding that the market received assistance from the Cooperative Extension Office. None of the markets approached reported any interaction with the NCDOR regarding their adherence to the new rules. Jackson continues to advocate for a clear exemption for farmers markets and their managers from the provisions of the law, and says he believes there will be some changes during the current session, which convened May 14. Rep. Nathan Ramsey, R-Buncombe, says that he and Rep. Jonathan Jordan, R-Watauga, plan to introduce revisions to the N.C. General Statutes that would clarify the definition of a specialty market. But NCGS 66-255 isn’t the only sales-tax rigmarole affecting growers this season. On May 29, the state legislature passed a second adjustment to N.C. House Bill 1050. The bill, part of the governor’s tax-reform measures, originally passed in 2013 and is scheduled to go into effect July 1. However, The Carolina Farm Stewardship Association raised concerns that the bill was doing little to relieve the tax burden of startup farmers. The bill provided a sales-tax exemption for farmers grossing more than $10,000 per year. The Stewardship Assocation hoped to see changes in the law to account for growing season volatility and a

“ramp up” period for new farmers. Revisions to the law, as passed in the first adjustment on May 20, protected farmers from income losses during a single year by basing the $10,000 requirement on an average income over three years. The Stewardship Association asked individuals to contact their legislator requesting the bill be amended again to allow startup farmers a sales-tax exemption for the first 5 years of their business — allowing the farmers time to meet the $10,000 threshold. The bill, as passd on May 29 in its third edition, granted a three-year conditional exemption from sales tax to startup farmers. According to the Stewardship Association, the law will allow beginning farmers to receive the same tax treatment as more established farms during the critical early years of their business. Send your garden news ceidson@mountainx.comX













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“Write about the succulent glories of Tar Heel barbecue at one’s own peril,” warned Rosemary Roberts of the Greensboro News & Record, “It’s much safer to take on the National Rifle Association.” Barbecue is North Carolina’s love, lust and food of choice. Hell, it might as well be our state religion. And if love, religion and food are the three most common causes of rifts, rivalries and wars, barbecue is a deeply entrenched battleground.

A BRIEF HISTORY OF TAR HEEL BARBECUE North Carolina might be the birthplace of American barbecue. In the 1700s, German and Dutch immigrants brought with them a love of pork and a craving for vinegar. Smoking the meat helped preserve it, and the seasonings and sauces developed in tandem with the tastes of the people who created them and the trade routes. From those isolated communities emerged several distinct barbecue camps, whose territories remain

ferociously entrenched to this day. Hinged on the hog’s butt and shoulders, eastern South Carolina barbecue favored a mustard-based sauce. “My family settled in Lexington, near Columbia, in the 1700s,” says Jason Caughman, Pisgah Brewing Co. co-founder and barbecue bon vivant. “They put the Germans in the wildest part,” the native South Carolinian explains. “They gave all the immigrants the land on the frontier, to buffer themselves from the Indians. I guess they must have had mustard with them.” Around the same time, though, something totally different was happening in eastern North Carolina, whose inhabitants loved whole smoked swine, coarsely chopping the crisp skins along with the fatty parts and drowning it all in vinegar and black pepper. But a little later in the game, in a different Lexington in North Carolina in the mid 1800s, the pitmasters began to innovate on what had become an ingrained barbecue tradition in the East.

“Western North Carolina barbecue is an anomaly. Where are the momand-pop restaurants that have been doing barbecue since the 1920s or earlier? I don’t think there are any!” — Chef Mike Moore, Blind Pig Supper Club

“Western North Carolina barbecue is an anomaly,” says chef Mike Moore, founder of the Blind Pig Supper Club and the owner of Seven Sows Bourbon & Larder. “I see ‘WNC barbecue sauce’ on modern restaurant menus and I say to myself, ‘What is that?’ Where are the mom-and-pop restaurants that have been doing barbecue since the 1920s or earlier?” says Moore, who’s cooked with some legends of Carolina ’cue, including Ed Mitchell of The Pit, a Raleigh barbecue mecca. “I don’t think there are any at all in Western Carolina! Lexington is considered Western North Carolina, but not to us that live in the mountains.” Moore’s not the only one who finds WNC barbecue hard to pin down. “I feel like, back in the day, there were a lot more barbecue places in WNC that probably had their own sauces, but all those places are closed down now,” says former Admiral chef Elliott Moss, who’s working toward opening his own barbecue pit in Asheville. “I know of Little Pigs and their sauce, but I haven’t had enough of it to say ‘Oh, hell yeah, that’s Western North Carolina style.’ Even 12 Bones is doing a hybrid, where all of the sauces are represented. It’s the same with Moe’s and Luella’s.’” Lexington, N.C., began mixing tomato into its sauces in the 1800s, but in keeping with barbecue’s slow evolution, it took time to catch on. Still, by the 1940s, the cultural divide was firmly fixed, and the Wilmington Star lambasted the tomatobased barbecue, calling it “the loathsome Lexington style.” Ironically, it became known as Western North Carolina barbecue: fitting, in a way, since Asheville had only two ’cue joints before 1980 and none before 1962, when Gus Koole opened the now defunct Barbecue Inn; the following year, Joe Swicegood started pit smoking at Little Pigs on McDowell Street. “That’s one of the things that has always boggled my mind,” says Moore. “We have such a rich history of trading between the low country, the Carolinas high country and the Cherokee nation: Why aren’t there more barbecue restaurants in Asheville?” Moore talks a lot about the old Buncombe Turnpike (also called the Drovers Road), an early 19th century trade route enabling farmers in Kentucky, east Tennessee and WNC to

send herds of hogs and other animals to Charleston. “It’s crazy to think about,” he says. “But Sherrill’s Inn was a really historic point where drovers would stop and stay the night.” And Aston Park, continues Moore, “used to be a plot of land where all of the herds of cattle and pigs were penned up. There’s a lot of history that revolves around the pig here.” Not everyone was happy about it. Civil War-era Gov. Zebulon Vance complained, “The rain continues to fall, and our streets are almost impassable with the mud, and thousands upon thousands of hogs moving through the town adds to the general filthyness of everything around.” Meanwhile, in the wake of Sherman’s march, the infrastructure linking Asheville and the low country all but vanished. “There are so many barbecue pits in the Piedmont region that have been around since the early 1900s,” notes Moore. “Those places have been doing their own sauce for that long. And you don’t see that in Western North Carolina.”

THE SMOKELESS MOUNTAINS Because mountain barbecue got started so late, we weren’t as bound by tradition as the folks in other regions. By the time our pig scene developed, Asheville already had a tourism-based economy, and rather than creating its own techniques, mountain barbecue just assimilated everything that had passed through. The Blue Ridge Barbecue Festival became a showcase for Tennessee, Alabama, Texas and Kansas City ’cue, rather than troubling itself with the trifles of the Western vs. Eastern Carolina rivalry. “That’s actually something really great about the barbecue scene here: Since there is no strict tradition, people aren’t so deep-seated in their preconceived notions about it,” says former 12 Bones chef Chad Gibson. “The reason there’s so much variation throughout the state is that even though there is a lot of tradition, everywhere barbecue has popped up, people have always done their own thing. They’ve added their own flavors; they’ve come up with their own recipes.” That’s abundantly evident in Asheville. Luella’s, for example, which specializes in Missouri style ’cue, offers almost a


dozen sauces to choose from — some spicy, some sweet. A far cry from the Eastern and Piedmont traditions of one true sauce, often chopped in with the meat. “I’ve been cooking for over 17 years, and there is no other segment of food culture as adamant, arrogant and as mean as people are when it comes to barbecue,” Gibson declares. Author John Shelton Reed, he points out, “called the Carolinas ‘the Balkans of Barbecue,’ because if you go 40 minutes from here to over there it’s a different culture; it’s a completely different product. And not only is it different, but they are adamant that only what they know, only what they grew up with, and only what they’ve had is the right way to do it.” “You know who really screwed that up for everybody is KC Masterpiece, Heinz, Sticky Fingers and all that crap that came out in the ’80s,” says Moore. “There was just an explosion of tomato-based, sugary sauces.” And it’s true that bottled stuff can now be tasted in every potato chip and Hot Pocket in every gas station across the country. As for Asheville’s barbecue scene, “What’s really missing,” says Moore, “is smoke. It’s the wood: It takes a lot of time to tend to the fire, stoke the coals and whatnot.” There are more than 300 barbecue restaurants, stands and food trucks in North Carolina these days, but the North Carolina Barbecue Society estimates that fewer than 30 of them still use pits. Most have converted to modern smokers with temperature regulators, automated dampers and robotic bellows. It’s so much simpler: You throw five or so logs in the furnace, set your temperature, rub down your meat, wait 13 hours, and then indulge yourself with a perfect butt or shoulder (smokers are generally too small to accommodate a whole hog). “Can you produce the same quality barbecue in a smoker as you can in a pit?” asks Gibson. “I believe so. But with a pit you have one guy whose sole job is to watch that pig and know when it’s done. When you switch to the smoker, you don’t have that. A pit gives you a continuous interaction with the product.” MOUNTAINX.COM

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wood I usually put on is around 9 o’clock at night, and to be perfectly honest, that’s why nobody does it.” “Even some of the great, classic barbecue places that you presume are operating traditional pits,” he continues, “are not doing it anymore.”

MORE THAN THE MEAT “Here’s the really disappointing secret of barbecue,” says Gibson: “Making the meat isn’t the hardest part. It’s really the sides that make barbecue great.” “The reason I ended up working at 12 Bones was because a friend took me there, and I was eating their grits, and I was looking at the little peppers in there. It was very clear to me that nobody put those in a Buffalo Chopper. The only way to get your peppers cut like that is to cut them by hand and take your time. And it occurred to me that someone who gives a s**t is making this food. It’s not fun to dice 30 or 40 poblano peppers, you know? I started as the nighttime prep cook, and that pretty much meant coming in at 4 p.m., when they closed, and cooking into the night just to have enough prep for the next day.” Moss, too, lauds 12 Bones’ sides. “In South Carolina, it’s just all about the sides,” he says. “I remember moving here and the thing that I liked the most about 12 Bones was that the sides were way above the bar for barbecue joints anywhere. It was cool to see


WHERE THERE’S SMOKE, THERE’S FIRE “I’m definitely drawn to the pit, but it comes from wanting to cook whole hog,” says Moss, who’s teaming up with fellow James Beard Award nominee Meherwan Irani of Chai Pani on a new barbecue venture. It’s too early to say when Buxton Hall will open, but Moss promises there’ll be wood-fired pits. “For me, the core of barbecue is that you have a pit. You can cook a butt in anything: even a barrel. But a pit comes from cooking whole hog, and that becomes a whole different thing. You don’t just have one piece of meat: It’s long, stringy pieces of belly and chopped shoulder, pulled pork. … It’s just everything, and you get all the different textures and flavors of meat.” No one’s doing whole hog around Asheville, which is what makes Buxton Hall such a standout in the world of mountain barbecue. “With whole hog, you’re cooking the animal in its own skin, its own fat,” he explains. “It doesn’t tend to dry out like a Boston butt, which is just raw meat with a bone in it. I think a lot of people put rubs and things like that on Boston butts because that will help seal in the juices, which creates a layer, but then that’s all you’re tasting is the rub. I just want to taste the meat with some salt on it and a sauce. I don’t want a dry seasoning on my barbecue.” “Growing up, we cooked whole hog and just smothered it in vinegar and pepper,” Moss recalls. “I can enjoy other people’s barbecue, but I just prefer mine.” Still, even once Buxton Hall opens, Moss won’t be the mountains’ only pitmaster. Starr Teel — owner of Hubba Hubba Smokehouse, a hidden gem in Flat Rock, N.C. — has been smoking in his custom pit for over seven years. “We’re a throwback,” says the energetic, passionate Teel, a graduate of France’s Le Cordon Bleu. “When I started all this, I’d had a history with baking and wood-fired ovens and building them commercially, including the original oven at the Flat Rock Village Bakery. And I’ve always felt like that craft piece lent something to it, and made it special in a way that these mechanical add-wood smokers can’t quite accomplish.” Teel’s labor of love lends a rich, smoky, tender flavor to his pulled pork, chicken, brisket and ribs. “Wood is a 24-hour-a-day event.” he says. “Once I start the fire, I burn it around the clock up until right before we close at Christmas. It’s a seven-day-a-week event. Once my pit reaches optimal temperatures, right around that 200 degree mark, I maintain it by adding the right amounts of wood throughout the day; then, overnight, I don’t have to chase my heat. You don’t want to chase that heat up or down. It’s hard to get a consistent product if you don’t have a nice, constant burn in there.” A typical day in the pits, says Teel, starts “as early as 6 in the morning. You come in, you check to see how things are, and the meat starts coming off around 7:30 or 8 o’clock. Your brisket will go for another couple of hours, then you start pulling out the pork butts, your ribs, your chicken goes on… and you’re doing that throughout the day. Then at the end of the day, with everything out, you’re still feeding the fire until things go back in at 7:30 or 8 o’clock in the evening, and they go on overnight. The last 38

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some place that doesn’t just serve potato salad and coleslaw: They’ve got smoked mushrooms and stuff. And it can change every day! You can’t do that down south: People get pissed if they don’t get their hush puppies or whatever it is they like.” Moss, too, plans to focus on what Gibson calls “froufrou barbecue,” depending on local farmers for everything from greens to hogs and offering seasonally oriented sides. “We’re going to be using good meat and good veggies, all North Carolina or South Carolina products,” he reports. “Not just in North Carolina but all over, barbecue can be thought of as not really trying to be sustainable with local products. Nobody blinks an eye anymore paying $12 for a cheeseburger, but with a barbecue sandwich that takes 13 hours to cook, wood to burn it and a good hog, it can get expensive.” Fortunately, in barbecue terms, expensive tends to mean Asheville may not have eastern North Carolina’s rich barbecue history or the Piedmont region’s legacy of pride and innovation. Yet restaurants like Little Pigs, 12 Bones and Luella’s have been instrumental in developing an autonomous mountain barbecue scene that’s set the stage for pitmasters like Moss and Teel. With their integrity of craft, their respect for tradition and their willingness to innovate, it’s hard not to think of what John Shelton Reed wrote in his 2008 book Holy Smoke: “Maybe a hundred years from now there will be three competing, mutually scornful barbecue regions in North Carolina.”X

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Barbecue festivals are a great way to learn about ‘cue traditions from all over the country. Here are a few upcoming festivals that might be worth the short drive:

21st Annual Blue Ridge BBQ & Music Festival | June 13-14 Festival, Harmon Field Tryon, NC Carolina Mountain Ribfest July 11-13 WNC Agricultural Center Fairgrounds, Fletcher, NC

WNC BBQ Festival | July 25-26 Maggie Valley Festival Grounds, Maggie Valley, NC

Mountain High BBQ and Music Festival | Aug. 8-9 Wayne Proffitt Agricultural Center, Franklin, NC

31st Annual Lexington Barbecue Festival | Oct. 25 Uptown Lexington Lexington, NC

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THE RETURN OF CHEF HUNDERTMARK Local restaurateur Michel Baudouin recently brought Asheville food-scene veteran Tres Hundertmark onboard as executive chef for his two Lexington Avenue eateries, Bouchon and Creperie Bouchon. Hundertmark, former vice president of Asheville Independent Restaurants and past executive chef of The Lobster Trap, has made Asheville his home on and off since the late 1980s, alternating with stints in regions as diverse as Nantucket Island and New Orleans. He most recently worked as the executive sous chef at House of Blues restaurant and The Foundation Room in New Orleans before making his latest return to WNC. Apparently not content to confine himself solely to the kitchen, Hundertmark has also worked as an oyster farmer and fisherman and is a three-time winner of the Charleston Oyster Festival oyster shucking contest. While Hundertmark plans to maintain the original menus at Creperie and Bouchon, he will add some new touches for the summer. Additions at the Creperie will include two new crepes that give a nod to Hundertmark’s time in the Big Easy — the Poydras Sidewalk filled with roast beef and topped with debris gravy; and the Central Grocery, which is a creperie spin on a the traditional New Orleans muffuletta sandwich. At Bouchon, expect to see spring and summer menu favorites, including appetizers such as an avocado stuffed with chilled crab and shrimp salad and a classic scallop gratin. Hundertmark has also added a lamb of the day dish in order to give the prep staff and chefs experience with breaking down subprime cuts of meat for use in stock and paté. “My primary focus and efforts in the beginning are not the fun stuff in the kitchen that folks associate with cooking,” says Hundertmark via email, “but the tedious exercise of costing out and rescaling recipes, and setting up systems so our small restaurants communicate more like a hotel or casinos operate internally for accounting and operational

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purposes, maximizing efficiencies and evaluating execution so we can all be better at what we do — the chef stuff.” The two restaurants undoubtedly hold a certain amount of nostalgia for Hundertmark, as one of his first apartments in Asheville was on the Bouchon courtyard back in 1989. “We have exciting stuff on the horizon and I am very excited to be here at Bouchon and in Asheville for it,” he says. “I have a great deal of memories in this courtyard that go back 25 years, and I am looking forward to making some new ones.” SOUTH AFRICAN BARBECUE AND WINE EVENT The Wines of South Africa From BBQ to Braai 2014 tour will stop at Asheville’s Katuah Market 2-5 p.m. June 21. The tour was created to promote a better understanding of South African wine by hosting casual, outdoor “braai,” or South African-style barbecue, events that feature food and wine pairings. At the Asheville event, South African braai master Hugo Uys will offer a menu that combines North Carolina barbecue flavors with South African cooking traditions, complemented by a variety of South African wines. Tickets are $25 with proceeds

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Michael Twitty teaches history, equality and grace through food For most chefs, a two-hour microburst rainstorm at 8 a.m. does not create any significant hurdles in the workday, but for Michael Twitty, it really does. When we show up to the Blind Pig’s These Southern Things dinner, the clouds have cleared, the sun is beaming down on Hickory Nut Gap Farm’s historic Sherill’s Inn, and Twitty, a tall, hulking figure, is looming over his outdoor pit, the smoke billowing across the field in front of the house. “All this wood was cut down by ax yesterday afternoon, right in those woods over there,” he says pointing toward the thicket of trees just behind the Inn. The pit is a mere trench dug into the ground — it might be 8 feet by 3 feet, at most. Twitty has placed branches across part of the hole to form a makeshift grill, upon which crackle and hiss the skins of pork butts and chickens. To the right of the rustic grill, a hog leg swings from a rope tied to a wrought iron tepeelike tripod, dangling above the burning wood coals. Throughout the yard, cast iron pots and pans sit on smaller beds of fire, their contents bubbling as they simmer in the open air, which hangs heavy with the smells of spring — a mix of grilling meats, cow manure from the farm just over the hill and dampened soil from the morning’s cloudburst. But just hours earlier, Twitty and his team — Asheville chefs Mike Moore and Elliott Moss — were frantically trying to figure out how to dry not just their wood, but the ground itself so they could begin cooking a meal that literally takes all day to prepare. You see, Twitty is not just a chef of pre-Civil War slave foods; he is a historian of that time as well as an author, and when he cooks, he does everything as it would have been done by his ancestors, who were enslaved in North Carolina. ARCHAEOLOGY “I don’t come at this from one angle,” says Twitty. “I have to learn the rudiments of the archaeology of slave life. That is a major source of evidence.


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OLD WAYS: Historian and chef Michael Twitty, left, and Mike Moore, right, gather wild spices for a recent Blind Pig Supper Club event. Photo by Cindy Kunst

So when you understand that, you can retranslate those factors to culinary stuff. ... What kind of utensils did they have? Did they have the capability to pickle something? And in a lot of cases they didn’t, which makes you think about how they would eat over the course of a year. Then you have to know the ecology of each region.” His foods are simple, as one would expect, as they came from an era long before the food processor, the sous vide machine or even the indoor stove. But the flavors are complex. Even so, the fried chicken, barbecued pork, stewed okra and catfish stew are all pretty much seasoned with the same thing. “Just about everything is made with what we call ‘kitchen pepper,’” he tells us, “and saying ‘kitchen pepper’ is like saying ‘curry,’ meaning that everyone has their own; it could be anything.” “When we were making the sweet potatoes, I told Mike don’t put any spices in that, only put spiced rum in it,” he explains, “because if you were enslaved near

the proximity to a town, only then, you might have had access to spices, but typically [the plantation mistress] kept those under lock and key. But when enslaved people wanted to develop flavors for certain foods, they were very resourceful. If they wanted allspice flavors, they used spicebush from the woods, down by the creek,” which is what Twitty and his team foraged the day before for the dinner we were eating that night. “If you wanted cinnamon, nutmeg or mace flavors in you foods, you resorted to spiced rum,” he continues. Twitty says that at the time, slaves were often given casks of rum a few times a year in the guise of a tip or gift, but often it was merely a distraction to quiet discontent. “But of course, every time they’d get their rum, it was always watered down,” Twitty says, “so what they would do is take cinnamon, mace and nutmeg whole, throw them in with the watered-down liquor to color the water brown and give it that taste.” You may have first heard of Twitty, a North Carolina native currently liv-

ing in Washington D.C., from his open letter to Paula Dean published by the Huffington Post shortly after her very public and shame-inducing meltdown that involved racist language. Rather than berate her, Twitty invited her to cook with him at a fundraiser for Historic Stagville, a North Carolina plantation that once enslaved over 900 African-Americans. “I want you to walk the grounds with me, go into the cabins, and most of all I want you to help me cook,” wrote Twitty, “Everything will be cooked according to 19th-century methods. ... If you’re brave enough, let’s bake bread and break bread together at Historic Stagville.” VOICES FROM THE PAST When dinner is served, it is at sprawling community tables, set on the wrap-around porch of the old house. The meal is familystyle — diners serve themselves from the same large platters and bowls.There is a timbre in the voices that fill the air that is ripe with respect for what is on the table before us — as if voices

from the past, silenced by generations of oppression and slavery, can finally be heard through the simple foods on our plates. They may not have been able to personally tell their stories, but Twitty is here to see to it that their culinary legacy speaks for them. For the enslaved on the plantations across America before the Civil War, eating was a matter of dignity. You may have been given the scraps from the white man’s table, but that didn’t mean that it couldn’t be good-quality, nourishing food. For them, it had to be good. But beyond self-respect, antebellum African-American cooking was a connection to a homeland across the ocean that many had never even seen. “We don’t know where we come from,” says Twitty, telling of confrontations he has had with people of other ethnicities who do not understand his work, “We think that one day we went to the beach for a cruise, we ended up in America, we found ourselves in Alabama picking cotton and the next thing you know, we’re in the ghetto playing basketball. “Even black people think that’s

black history,” he continues. “And the narrative is of this struggle for freedom and equality as opposed to becoming American just like everybody else. That narrative get’s lost. We spend so little time on the cultural transformation of people of African descent, and we get so caught up in the other part of the narrative. But being able to tell that other part of the story is important, because no one part of that story is monolithic.” The culture-shifting aspects of the African-American story could not be any clearer in Twitty’s work. After all, what is more American than fried chicken and barbecue? But it all came from across that pond; it was all made by the hands of those who were taken from their homes to build our cities, roads, churches and homes, because we also made them cook for us. “I don’t like to use the word ‘proud,’ because we’re not proud of it all, but I feel humble and blessed,” says Twitty. “I feel touched by people who open their hearts and their minds, and that is the important story here.” Michael Twitty is working on a book, The Cooking Gene. Learn more at X

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Brine and brews “Nobody would be alive without pickles and beer,” says Beau Martin, co-owner of Green River Picklers. Alcoholic beverages saved people from water-borne illnesses, and pickled and fermented foods got people through the winter long before water filters and grocery stores provided year-round produce, he explains. Bringing brine and beer together in the form of pickle-and-beer tastings is one of the first things Martin and co-owner Brandi Morrow want to do after their planned expansion to a new space in Weaverville. The families of both Martin and Morrow have been pickling foods for generations, and the two were eager to carry on the tradition. “I’ve been making pickles since I was 14 with my family,” says Martin, who hails from Tuxedo, a small community in Henderson County. The names of their products, such as Dave’s Spicy Green Tomatoes or The Narrows (a sweet-and-spicy pickle concoction named for a particularly wicked section of the Green River favored by kayakers from all around the world), all have personal meaning or Western North Carolina provenance. “All of our product names have something to do with family names or something we love about the area,” says Morrow, who grew up in Candler. Green River Picklers began in summer 2012 when Morrow and Martin sold their products at tailgate markets around Asheville. Today, they sell seven products year-round in groceries like the French Broad Food Co-Op, specialty products at the seven to eight tailgate markets

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they attend each week, and a mix of products at restaurants like Desoto Lounge and Homegrown, which features Beau’s Pickle Plate. At the tailgate markets, Morrow and Martin bring out seasonal selections, such as pickled asparagus, ramps and garlic scapes. The 10 employees — or “picklers,” as Martin and Morrow call them — are almost all from WNC. “We’re a tribe of natives,” says Morrow. “It just seemed that those people gravi-


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tated toward our business. They’re supercommitted to the area.” Green River Picklers has been renting out the Grow Down Home commercial kitchen in Black Mountain, where its crew works two or three days a week. But an increase in demand has led to the need for a larger space, so the owners have decided to move to a bigger place in Weaverville. A 5,000-square-foot industrial building will serve as an office, kitchen and tasting room. Just in time for the fall leaf season in September or October, Martin and Morrow hope to offer “Brews ‘N’ Brines” in the tasting room — intentional pairings of specialty pickles and local beer. “The beers will be made specifically for our products,” says Martin. “We’re beer people. It made sense.” Though the new space is a 20-minute drive from downtown Asheville, Martin and Morrow aren’t worried about having trouble attracting people to the tasting room. “Once we get people out there, they’re going to want to come back,” says Morrow. The new space can hold roughly 50 occupants and

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offers plenty of outdoor seating — just right for live music. The Weaverville location will also feature small plates that include the company’s pickles as ingredients, according to Martin. The picklers have plans to start their own garden, where they will grow cayenne peppers, fresh dill, rosemary and other herbs and spices for pickle-making. The company also aims to produce as little waste as possible, says Morrow, whose old family land in Marshall is now part of a landfill. “We don’t like to send stuff over there,” says Martin. The picklers try to cut back on biodegradable waste too. After using spring onions in one batch of pickles, they take the leftovers, dry them and use them to season another batch. Green River’s supply farms are not always certified organic, though, “because that’s hard to afford,” says Morrow. The pickers try to buy from local farms that share their ethics. “There’s the local versus the ‘localer,’” says Morrow. “We want to try and support other local businesses that support local businesses. We don’t have a Sam’s Club membership, for example, nor will we ever.” When farmers don’t sell all of their produce at market, they take it to the Green River Picklers, usually in exchange for a few jars of pickles, and the picklers are up all night in the commercial kitchen, pickling and labeling veggies that would have otherwise gone to waste. “We have maybe three receipts from Wal-Mart, and they’re all from after midnight because we ran out of ink, and it was the only place that was open,” says Martin. The business tries to purchase ingredients within a 400-mile radius, but finding vinegar and sugar that close can be a challenge, says Martin. In the future, the owners hope to start making their own vinegar. “We’re always working toward making things ‘localer,’” says Morrow. Green River Picklers will soon be selling to EarthFare and Ingles. Even as the business grows, however, Martin and Morrow hope to maintain their mission, with an emphasis on supporting local businesses and the local economy. “That’s why we support the local community, to show larger corporations you can be successful this way,” Morrow says.X


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The best of Asheville Beer Week A blindfolded beer tasting, a rabbit-andbeer pairing, a luau, new festivals and more

event for at least another hour. While it would be a sad day if every beer festival in Asheville was $80, Wicked Weed proved that we do have room on the festival schedule for at least one of them. CATAWBA BREWING’S ENTHUSIASM

Having just celebrated its third birthday, Asheville Beer Week is still a collective experiment: It’s a weeklong series of events that will continue to evolve based on what we choose to attend. So perhaps it’s no surprise that in a town as creative as Asheville, we’re starting to see a slew of more inventive offerings, where each year has topped the last. Sure, there are still run-of-the-mill events that wouldn’t be out of place on a normal week. But there are also breweries and venues pushing Beer Week forward. Here are the standouts for 2014:

BLIND-SIDED: Sierra Nevada’s Drinking in the Dark event challenged attendees with beer samples and cups of aromatics like grapefruit, mango and rosemary.

BURIAL BEER’S EVENTS Not long ago, Burial showed that it’s as adept at events as it is at brewing when it hosted the first Sharpen the Blades saison festival. During Beer Week, the brewery proved the saison fest was not a fluke. Events like Skillet Six Ways gave Burial regulars a pay-as-you-go option that celebrated a taproom favorite. The brewers spiked Skillet Stout with everything from coconut to peanut butter and you could order by the half-pint or flight to try them all. You could also pair them with French Broad Chocolate Lounge truffles. True, its beer dinner cost $65. However, it took place at Bull & Beggar, where one could easily spend that much on a normal dinner with a bottle of wine. The brewers and chefs delivered course after course that showed they really put some thought into how the beer and the food interacted, matching dishes like savory rabbit with Belgian strong ale. And Burial’s three owners didn’t just dryly introduce beers; they mingled and poured samples of beers you can no longer find at the taproom in between courses. They enjoyed the dinner and might even have been a little tipsy by the end. It was exactly


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Sierra Nevada’s Bill Manley that was equally popular with extreme brew nerds and those new to beer.

While many of Asheville’s established breweries took part in just one or two Beer Week events, Catawba Brewing Co. went for it every day of the week. The brewery gave some love to the east side with a pint night and beer dinner at Creekside Taphouse, then followed up with another beer dinner at its Biltmore Village neighbor, Fig. It threw a luau with a pig roast at its new tasting room to celebrate its 15th anniversary and brewed the Asheville Beer Week collaboration beer. It hosted the first post-Beer City Festival funk jam, and it partnered on a handful of smaller events as well, with companies like Asheville Sandwich Co. and Asheville Growler. Catawba’s excitement to finally have a home in Asheville was noticeable, and it gave the week an injection of energy. X

THIRSTY MONK’S NEW IDEAS With Just Brew It, Beer City and two other festivals already on the schedule, I’ll admit I rolled my eyes a little when Thirsty Monk announced it was throwing two festivals of its own. However, it turned out that the Monk was doing its festivals a little differently. Its North Carolina Belgian Beer fest was essentially a bargain deal on a flight — a great way to sample a bunch of rare beers and share the experience without wristbands. Monk’s other festival, the Not So Big BIG Beer Festival, took all the highly sought-after beers of a large festival and served them in a smaller setting. Knowledgeable folks were pouring, there were guaranteed short lines and the price tag was just $25 (a $10 gift card to Thirsty Monk came with the $35 ticket). Oh, and Monk’s premier non-festival event was one of the most creative of the week: a blindfolded tasting guided by


WICKED WEED’S FUNK ASHEVILLE There was plenty of online (and offline) grumbling about an event with $80 tickets, but Wicked Weed stuck to its guns and put on an event that felt like it was worth it. It brought in beer from out-of-market breweries that could only be found at the event, like Crooked Stave, Cascade and Perennial. It unveiled a brand-new location that isn’t open to the public yet and decorated the place with massive art installations from R. Brooke Priddy and Parker J. Pfister. It hired Marley Carroll to DJ. It served complimentary small bites instead of pretzels. It provided Belgian tulips for the tasting glasses. Then, when people weren’t exactly leaving at the end, nobody got kicked out. Instead, after making sure everyone working the event was fine with it, the owners extended the





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CATAWBA: Mixed-Up Mondays: beer infusions; $2 off growler fills FRENCH BROAD TASTING ROOM: $2.50 pints OSKAR BLUES: Mountain Music Mondays, 6pm WEDGE: Immoral Monday: $4 beers are $3.50, $5 beers are $4, pitchers are $10; Food Truck: El Kimchi (Korean/Mexican street food)


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Old west, new west All Go West pairs new bands with some long-awaited reunions


Asheville is a town of many dichotomies, not the least its residents’ simultaneous nostalgic yearnings and forward leanings. “This town was better 10 years ago” vs. “Why is there still no Ethiopian restaurant?” The SexPatriates at Vincent’s Ear vs. Beck at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium. But past and present collide in the best way at this year’s All Go West Music Festival, set for Saturday, June 7, in West Asheville. The free, daylong event features a lineup that aligns some of the area’s current favorite bands (jazzexotica collective Hank West & the Smokin’ Hots, hip-hop act Free Radio and indie-rockers The Hermit Kings) with some of the most popular groups of the past decade. A GFE performance, all too rare these days, is always fun: That band warms up the stage for headliner Cee Knowledge — a nationally known rap-rocker for whom the local group has been opening. Preceding GFE on the Isis Restaurant & Music Hall stage is Strut, who, like rockers tHE POLES, are actually reuniting for this festival. “It’s been about eight years since all five of us of have played in Asheville,” says

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bassist Elijah Cramer, who, with his brother Casey Cramer, Biko Casini, Agent Ishi and Patrick Thomas, comprise Strut. “The timing just felt right, and everybody was able to do it.” Not that the band’s members strayed too far: Casini has been playing percussion with Rising Appalachia and recently settled back in the area. Both Cramers played with Josh Phillips Folk Festival, and Ishi contributed to Dub Kartel. And there’s been an annual family reunion at The Farm, the commune in Tennessee where Strut’s musicians grew up together. All Go West wasn’t even a gleam in its founder’s eyes during Strut’s local heyday. The festival was launched

BRING THE NOISE: “Sousaphone is the funkiest instrument,” says All Go West organizer Arieh Samson. Stooges Brass Band, above, performs along with local reunions by Strut, tHE POLES and Delicious. Photo by CR Photography

in 2010 by Arieh Samson and co-organizer Jimmy Hunt, who told Xpress at the time that West Asheville was “where I go out and have dinner and beer and walk my dog. But there was no big festival.” Hunt and Samson filled the void with bands like Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band and River

Whyless (then called Do It to Julia). The Archrivals launched an album as part of the festival and, when the rain started, the outdoor stage moved inside to the Rocket Club (now the site of The WALK) where Kovacs and the Polar Bear played as if their lives depended on it. While Kovacs and Co. called it quits this spring, another local institution recently regrouped. tHE POLES resurfaced on Facebook late last year, quickly racking up Likes and show dates. The band recently posted a thank-you to “everyone who came out and got their faces melted at The Odditorium”: a tentative reunion this is not. Luckily, All Go West has a stage for that. “This year, I did want to change it

up,” says Samson. “Having the Mothlight as a stage allowed me to get edgier.” That’s where tHE POLES will perform, along with bands such as The Tills (who last played All Go West under the moniker The Critters) and rock outfit Delicious — another reunited act. Since the venues are so close together, Samson says he hopes festivalgoers will split their time among the spaces. “It’s free, and it’s your opportunity to see something new,” he says. “I hope there’s some crossover — I encourage people to see stuff that’s different.” At last year’s festival, many listeners were introduced to math-rock duo Ahleuchatistas — a band that’s hard to explain but quick to win over would-be fans. Equally hard to explain to newcomers: that less than halfa-decade ago, West Asheville was a bit of a wasteland when it came to live music. Both Isis and The Mothlight have opened since All Go West started, though it’s still the only live music festival on Asheville’s west side and still aims to please — hence a third stage in the Isis parking lot, which promises even more programming. There, Secret Agent 23 Skidoo kicks off the day with a set of kid-hop. Later, Mr. Elevator & the Brain Hotel (psychedelic rockers from Los Angeles) and Brooklyn-based Elephant Wrecking Ball (which classifies its genre as “science”) share space with local R&B collective The Secret B-Sides and soulful singer-songwriter Josh Phillips. And, even though scheduled food event Savor the Westside, slated to be part of the festival, was canceled, “Isis will be doing a Southern-style barbecue outside on the lawn,” says Samson. Stooges Brass Band from New Orleans closes the outdoor stage. “When Hurricane Katrina hit, that’s when you saw a lot of these bands that would never have to leave New Orleans [suddenly have to] get out of town to tour,” says Samson. The Stooges “have a little bit of  a hip-hop element to their style. They have a young energy and, to me, the sousaphone is the funkiest instrument.” He adds, “It’s the vibe I want to leave people with.” X

JAZZ HANDS: Local band Hank West & the Smokin’ Hots plays the Isis stage. Photo courtesy of the band

All Go West lineup MAIN STAGE (OUTSIDE) • Secret Agent 23 Skidoo (kid-hop), 11-11:45 a.m. • Soldier’s Heart (Americana), 12:15-1 p.m. • Elephant Wrecking Ball (dub jazz science), 1:30-2:15 p.m. • Emily Easterly (indie-rock), 2:453:30 p.m. • Mr. Elevator & The Brain Hotel (psyche-rock), 4-4:45 p.m. • The Secret B-Sides (soul), 5:15-6 p.m. • Tauk (funk), 6:30-7:30 p.m. • Josh Phillips and Suzanna Baum (indie-folk), 7:45-8:15 p.m. • Stooges Brass Band (funk, hiphop, brass), 8:45-10 p.m. ISIS STAGE • Rock Academy (student musicians), 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. • Brown Bag Songwriting Competition winners, 12:40-1:20 p.m. • The Horse You Rode In On (funk fusion), 1:40-2:15 p.m. • The Get Right Band (funk, rock, reggae), 2:45-3:25 p.m. • The Invisible III (instrumental power trio), 3:55-4:35 p.m. • Hank West and the Smokin’ Hots (futuristic jazz), 5:05-5:40 p.m.

• Eef Barzelay (alt-country), 6:106:50 p.m. • The Hermit Kings (indie-rock), 7:20-8 p.m. • Doc Aquatic (indie-rock), 8:30-9:15 p.m. • Strut (funk), 9:45-10:45 p.m. • GFE (hip-hop), 11:15 p.m.-12:15 a.m. • Cee Knowledge (hip-hop/rock), 12:45-2 a.m. MOTHLIGHT STAGE • Onawa (reluctant dance), 2-2:30 p.m. • Future West (rock), 3-3:30 p.m. • Ancient River (dream-pop), 4-4:30 p.m. • Harvey Leisure Mellotron Odyssey (psyche-rock), 5-5:30 p.m. • Delicious (rock), 6-6:30 p.m. • tHE POLES (rock), 7-7:40 p.m. • Free Radio (hip-hop), 8:10-8:50 p.m. • Comet West (indie-rock), 9:20-9:50 • The Tills (indie-rock), 10:20-11 p.m. • Hello Hugo (instrumental electronic), 11:30 p.m.-12:15 a.m. • Desert Noises (jangle-rock), 12:452 a.m. — A.M.

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by Doug Gibson

Blood tide Lawrence Thackston sets a page-turner on the SC beaches

It’s the first week of June — the start of the summer season — and a lighthouse keeper on one of the barrier islands near Charleston, S.C., has died a grisly death, an apparent suicide. But then, just as tourists are flocking to the local beaches, the killing spirals into a bizarre series of ritual slaughters. And the only ones who can stop the bloodshed are rookie policeman Tyler Miles and Chloe Hart, a researcher for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. That’s the plot of Tidal Pools by Lawrence Thackston, who will read from his book at City Lights in Sylva,

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on Friday, June 6. The setting, of course, is coastal South Carolina — its barrier islands, beaches and resorts, stretching from Charleston to Savannah, Ga. Most of the action takes place on two fictional islands that may strike many readers as familiar. The first is Amoyeli, a counterpart to Dafuskee, the Gullah island near Savannah that served as a refuge for freed slaves. The second is Galeegi, a nearby tourist destination. “Galeegi is a kind of combination of Edisto Island and Kiowa,” Thackston says, and it contains bits and pieces from other resort islands up and down the South Carolina coast.


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Thackston, a soft-spoken South Carolina native, wrote Tidal Pools with visitors in mind. “I hope that people who go down to those islands pick up the book for their long weekend and read it on the beach,” he says. But while the terrain may be familiar, the background may not be. In addition to being a fast-paced thriller, the book is based on Thackston’s research into Gullah culture and African religious practices and beliefs that survived the trip across the Atlantic Ocean. “I got into a lot of the African mythology,” Thackston says. Some transported Africans, faced with being forced to give up their native religion, blended their customs with Christianity to form Hoodoo. Others, however, clung to Vodun, the polytheistic West African religion that entered the popular imagination as Voodoo. As he investigated more deeply, Thackston was surprised by what he learned about the survival of Vodun among the residents of the Gullah islands and about the tenacity of Hoodoo even today. “It’s still very prevalent there,” he says. “One of the things I adapted for Tidal Pools is how [practitioners] use the color blue to ward off evil spirits.” Even these days, he points out, you can go to the lowcountry and see houses painted blue as a form of protection. Thackston admits that he played up the darker aspects of Vodun to put together a mystery-thriller. But he insists there’s more to Gullah culture and that visitors to South Carolina’s lowlands can still find remnants of the residents’ African heritage. Gullah survives in the language, the food and in the quality of personal interactions. “You can walk the streets of Charleston and still see the basket-weaving,” Thackston says. Unfortunately, modern development — from condominiums to golf courses — is diluting the culture that remains. Nonetheless, Thackston relied on the coastal landscape to inspire Tidal Pools. “I guess it’s a Southern thing,” he says. “If you’re out on

DANGEROUS SEAS: “I hope that people who go down to those islands pick up the book for their long weekend and read it on the beach,” author Lawrence Thackston says of his new thriller, Tidal Pools. It’s set on the South Carolina coast. Photo by Joni Thackston

that jungle area of a barrier island or going down that black river, you start to see things, and characters are generated from that. Plot follows, and it all kind of puts itself together.” He notes that his first novel, The Devil’s Courthouse, had a similar inspiration — the Blue Ridge Parkway landmark by that name, which he visited often as a teenager. Like Tidal Pools, Courthouse provided the author and his readers with an opportunity to explore

the native cultures and folklore that evolved out of these familiar landscapes. And for Thackston, a teacher and father of three who writes “whenever life allows it,” the exploration of people and culture is central to his work. His books, he hopes, are “kind of like going on a good vacation. You go, you enjoy yourself, you have a great time, but when you come home, a little bit stays with you and forms who you are.”X

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O, death Death and taxes — they’re life’s only two constants. Or so they’ve been called by the likes of Ben Franklin, Daniel Defoe and Dorothy Parker. But while you can avoid your taxes (at risk of a hefty prison sentence) the former is still, and always will be, wholly inescapable. It’s a cold fact that can either inhibit a life or fill it with vigor and vitality — and it’s the sole, contemplative subject of Catacombs, a new mortality-minded exhibition of works by Marshall-based painter Francesco Lombardo. The show opens Friday, June 6, at Izzy’s Coffee Den. The exhibit features nearly 250 4-by-5-inch oil paintings, each bearing a study of an individual skull. Some are loose renderings defined only by bulky, curvilinear shapes pulled from chalky-gray and burnt-brown backgrounds. Others are painstakingly crafted, with gentle brushwork defining each and every socket, fold, bump, dimple and depression. Still others are buried within shadowy depths, seen only by ghostly highlights. These studies have long served as a brief yet technical reprieve between Lombardo’s work on his lavish, neo-baroque figure paintings, which make up the bulk of his artistic direction. But, as these small skeletal studies began to pile up, so did their psycho-gravi-

tational pull. “[The skulls] became a loop that built upon itself,” Lombardo says. In fact, the renderings began to remind the artist of Roman catacombs. Those crypts provided meeting places for refugees, pirates, smugglers, revolutionaries and cults, Lombardo says. The idea caused him to wonder how much of an impact the mortal motifs left on their secluded visitors and in what ways the skull imagery can affect a modern audience. The setting in Asheville (and in Izzy’s for that matter) is a long way from the historic Italian catacombs. Still, Lombardo views cafe culture as a similar-minded breading ground for personal and interpersonal thought, action and reaction. Cafes are where people go to meet, read and think, he says, and in that, they share in the reflective environs that the catacombs provided. But in amassing and exhibiting the works, Lombardo isn’t necessarily attempting to re-create such a space. It’s more an effort to temporarily add an unfamiliar psychological undercurrent — those nearly-250 sets of eyes — to what he sees as a pre-existing and evercontemplative space. (He refers to death as “the univited counselor.”) And it’s an aim that’s only augmented by Izzy’s dimly lit and narrow space.

REMAINS OF THE DAY: Catacombs, on view at Izzy’s Coffee Den, features 250 paintings of skulls by Marshall-based artist Francesco Lombardo.

Lombardo isn’t obsessed with death. Rather, his work is about the impact on one’s decisions and direction. “It’s not a fear of death,” he says, “it’s a reminder that death is just a constant.” Much of Lombardo’s art draws from the writings of Marcus Aurelius (who embraced his own mortality as a means of freeing himself from its psychological limits) and from Nietzsche’s concept of eternal reoccurrence. Aurelius’ meditations have long served as a conceptual foundation for the daring

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Geek squad Local heroes and superheroes join forces for GeekOut Asheville

Here’s what TV would have us believe about geeks: They live sheltered lives away from the public eye, stay up all night reading “Firefly” forums and only visit each other under the fluorescent light of a “Star Trek” convention. But while they may actually do those things, today’s geeks (nerds, Trekkies, techies) openly celebrate their superb referencedropping skills and costume-making abilities at major delegations like Comic-Con, Dragon Con and Meta Con. From Friday through


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Sunday, June 6-8, locals can celebrate their inner (and outer) nerds at GeekOut Asheville. “All conventions are about bonding over a shared enjoyment of movies, books, TV and comics,” says GeekOut director Ken Krahl. “The artistic culture in Asheville can’t help but flip that formula to make an event like GeekOut not just a celebration of what we consume, but of the things we create.” That’s a cool take on what makes this event special. Held at UNC Asheville’s Sherrill Center and Kimmel Arena, it taps such diverse worlds as pop culture, gaming, television, voice acting, makeup, costuming and comic book art. That’s a lot of ground to cover — especially since last year’s GeekOut was a one-day event with just 14 booths. “Each of our main tracks is about as big as last year’s whole convention,” says Janae Elisabeth, the festival’s programming director. This year’s event is studded with artists, combat and stunt demonstrations and — for those in need of specter-removal counsel — Carolina Ghostbusters. The all-star roster of presenters includes Emmy-winning voice actor Rob Paulsen (“Animaniacs,” “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”), Eisner Award winner and Asheville native Hope Larson (A Wrinkle in Time), Disney imagineer Katie Correll (“Sesame Street,” “King of the Nerds”), the cast from AMC’s “The Walking Dead” and nationally acclaimed body paint artist Georgette Pressler. The festival also extends an invitation to any hero who wishes to show off his or her brass in battle. In addition to the gathering’s 20-plus Dungeons & Dragons scenarios for tabletop play provided by the Asheville Pathfinder Lodge, and the free-to-enter card games hosted by The Deck Box, Alliance Crossroads promises a fully laid-out fantasy world for live-action role players. It’s not just people wandering around a park with cardboard swords — this staging comes with a waiver and a fully fleshed-out fantasy world. And should anyone suggest that LARPing is, well, weird, there’ll be experts on hand who will speak to role playing’s benefits. “Gaming

SUPERHERO SIGHTINGS: GeekOut Asheville provides opportunities for gaming, costuming, networking and meeting top fantasy artists and writers. Photo courtesy of Mutiverse Asheville

is good for you,” says Charlottebased therapist Josué Cardona, who’ll give a presentation on geek therapy. “There’s a concept of ‘positive psychology’ that uses the good things in your life [and] all of your strengths to help you deal with all the bad stuff,” says the therapist, who references pop culture, television shows and video games in his practice. At comic conventions in San Diego, New York and Atlanta, Cardona has joined forces with other presenters to discuss how geek culture has improved lives. At GeekOut, he’ll run his own booth. “I think it will give people a lot of time to ask their own questions and maybe give their own examples, because it’s just me,” he says. In fact, besides enabling participants to showcase battle prowess and costume swagger, the convention will offer abundant opportunities to support and be supported in all things geek. Among

those returning to the event is James Lyle, a veteran comic book artist who chairs the National Cartoonists Society’s Southeast Chapter. The Waynesville native says he’s looking forward to networking — which can happen in a cape just as well as in a business suit. “I want artists to come to me and show me their portfolios,” he says. “Hopefully [I can] give them some encouragement and steer them in the right direction.” X

WHAT GeekOut Asheville, WHERE: The Sherrill Center at UNC Asheville WHEN Friday through Sunday, June 6-8. Full schedule online. $15 Saturday or Sunday, $30 weekend pass, $5 kids age 6-11


by Edwin Arnaudin

Going the distance Jonathan Scales Fourchestra explores long-form on new album

Since 2010, Jonathan Scales and Roy “Futureman” Wooten have crossed paths roughly three or four times a year. On each occasion, whether it be Wooten sitting in with the Asheville steel pannist and his eponymous Fourchestra or generally imparting knowledge to Scales’ captive mind, the percussionist for Bela Fleck and the Flecktones has charged his mentee with an important mission. “He calls me ‘a man named Scales’ and says, ‘A man named Scales, he gotta write long-form,’” Scales says. “Long-form is this practice of writing these epic pieces. Not just a 3 1/2

WHAT Jonathan Scales Fourchestra album release celebration with Pamela Jones WHERE Isis Restaurant & Music Hall WHEN Friday, June 6, at 9 p.m. $10/$12

minute song, but more like a musical journey that takes the listener through several phases. More like a grander work or a symphonic idea.” After what he calls “years and years” of Wooten preaching to him about pushing the art form to new compositional heights, Scales at last decided to heed those words with Mixtape Symphony, his latest album with bassist Cody Wright and percussionist Phill Bronson. A record release show, slated for Friday, June 6, at Isis Restaurant & Music Hall celebrates the dense, 33-minute work.

The title alludes to a dual nature in numerous ways. First, there’s the symphony aspect. “We have this multimovement work ... where it’s a grander image, a grander vision for music where one song leads seamlessly into the next song,” Scales says. “But there’s this ongoing, overarching vibe that you might hear in a symphonic work. “At the same time, on the mixtape side, each of those pieces can stand on its own as its own piece,” he continues. “So, there are these little pieces that come together that can make a grander statement.” Ambitious though the project may be, due to its relative brevity and completion not quite a year after the Fourchestra’s 2013 self-titled album, Scales also compares the work to the mixtapes that rappers put out between their major releases. As such, he and his bandmates never intended the guest-free record to be an event album, but after reaching No. 6 on the iTunes jazz charts, it was clear that the Fourchestra has something special on its hands. In crafting the long-form work, Scales set a goal for himself not to overthink the process. Well aware of symphonic conventions from his studies at Appalachian State University, he, Wright and Bronson aimed to merely allude to these patterns while keeping innovation at the forefront. “One thing about being a composer is to know the rules so that you can break the rules. And I know the rules,” says Scales. “I’ve studied sonata form, I’ve studied symphonies, and so I kind of wanted to free all that for a second and just go for whatever I wanted to. In this case, it’s all about motivic development and having certain themes reappear and certain ideas.” At the outset, it may not seem that all five movements are connected, other than the fact that each piece flows seamlessly into the next. While the listener is almost certain to catch that effect, little motivic fragments that get passed along in different move-

IN THE MIX: “One thing about being a composer is to know the rules so that you can break the rules,” says steel pan player Jonathan Scales, right. His new album, Mixtape Symphony, works with long-form songs. Photo by Zaire Kacz

ments will likely prove elusive. For example, the theme from Movement IV is the same as the theme from Movement I but is masked in a different key with a different feel. “It’s easy for that to go over someone’s head if they’re not listening for it, but it ties it all together whether they realize it or not,” Scales says. Then there’s the Mixtape Symphony’s sixth track, a titular reprise that sneakily goes through a cycle of all five movements in, according to Scales, “a minute or less.” Beyond it is the closing number, “Desert [Encore],” a composition from the Fourchestra’s out-ofprint first album that complements the preceding movements. “I wanted to treat it as if you were going to a symphonic concert, and so ‘Desert’ as an encore is kind of like a detachment from Mixtape Symphony,” Scales says. “The encore is just kind of like a palate cleanser: You sat through this entire concert, and now here’s an extra piece that we’re going to come out and do.” Though the Fourchestra has played Mixtape Symphony live in its entirety, which is the plan for the Isis show, the stand-alone status of the songs lets the trio to select and perform individual ones to best fit each venue. However, even in its complete half-hour form,

the opus allows for copious offthe-cuff variations that keep the music fresh. “The way that we set it up definitely combines our jazz influences and those elements to where there are certain parts that are going to be different every night, and there are certain parts, of course, that are going to be the same every night, just like you would in a symphony,” Scales says. “But the improvisation is something that’s an outside influence that’s not going to make it a true symphonic work.” Sounds like Futureman’s challenge has been answered. X


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Primordial forms “The foundation for my work lies within the understanding of primordial forms and their purpose throughout history,” says glass artist Chad Holliday. He creates contemporary glass sculpture to communicate these timeless shapes, many of which are derived from European architecture and gothic cathedrals. Along with his solo exhibition, titled Primordial Forms, at the Bender Gallery, Holliday will give a talk and live demonstration on Saturday, June 7, from 1-3 p.m. The demo is free, but reservations are encouraged. The opening reception for the show takes place on Friday, June 6, 5-8 p.m. in conjunction with downtown Asheville’s First Friday Art Walk. Photo courtesy of Bender Gallery

Battlefield Love is a battlefield: This we know. But Battlefield is also a Los Angeles-based Americana band made up of singer-songwriters Matt Ducey, Jenny Weaver and James Addison. According to a press release, “Their tight vocal harmonies, contemplative lyrics and stirring melodies reflect the famous folk and gospel artists of America’s past.” The trio recently passed through Asheville: “We played at Jack of the Wood this past October and were blown away by the local support we received,” Weaver said in an email. The band’s June tour (launched just a year after its inception) brings it back to Western North Carolina for a show at The Root Bar on Friday, June 6, at 10 p.m. reverbnation. com/venue/therootbar. Photo courtesy of the band

Casey Neill Casey Neill and his backing band, The Norway Rats have “all been in the trenches of the Northwest music world together since the mid ’90s,” says the musician. Even before forming the band, he was performing in the U.S. and around the globe. So while Neill is hardly a newcomer to the music scene, it could be said that he’s firmly stepped into his own with his band’s latest album release, All You Pretty Vandals. It’s an anthemic, junkyard rock album that Neill says he’s “spent a decade trying to get to — both my own writing and the sound of the band.” Neill plays solo at the Madison County Arts Center on Saturday, June 7, at 8 p.m. $15. Photo by David Belisle


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Henry Niese American contemporary art pioneer Henry Niese has work in the Whitney Museum and The Corcoran Gallery. His friends include Willem de Kooning, Franz Kline and William Carlos Williams. Niese has also immersed himself in the Lakota Sioux culture and its Sundance tradition. That ceremony takes place over four days and involves fasting, personal sacrifice and, sometimes, ritual piercing. In his new book, The Medicine is Sacred (published by local press Logosophia), Niese — who, at 89, still participates in Sundances — offers a glimpse into the spiritual practice. He reads at Malaprop’s on Sunday, June 8, at 3 p.m. Photo courtesy of the author

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by Grady Cooper & Carrie Eidson WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA AIDS PROJECT 252-7489, • Through (6/20) - Artists may submit works for consideration as the Signature Piece of WNCAP's Raise Your Hand benefit auction in October. The winning entry raises funds for supporting AIDS patients and their families and will be featured in regional media publications.









WRITERS' WORKSHOP EVENTS 254-8111,, • Through SA (8/30) - Submissions will be accepted for the Literary Fiction Contest. Contact for guidelines.

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.

QUICK, INSTINCTUAL AND PERSONAL: Photographer Adam Void will show his exhibit of a decade’s worth of Polaroids at Castell Photography Gallery, June 6 through June 26. In his artist’s statement, Void says he sought to explore counterculture in his photography, seeking out concepts of “the outsider.” Image courtesy of Castell Photography Gallery. (p.56)

ists studios. Free. Fri.: noon-4pm; Sat.-Sun.: 10am5pm.  Opening reception and artist preview: June 6, 5-7pm at 269 Oak Ave., Spruce Pine.

ART ART IN OAKLEY FESTIVAL • THIS SATURDAY (pd.) 10am-7pm, May 31, Highland Brewing Company, 12 Old Charlotte Hwy, Asheville, NC 28803. More information: (828) 575-3743 or TWO WORLDS • AN EXHIBIT OF ABSTRACT WATERCOLORS BY MICK DONELAN (pd.) • Opening reception this Sunday, June 1, 5:308:30pm, Ambrozia Bar & Bistro, 1020 Merrimon Avenue, North Asheville. Through June. 350-3033. ART LEAGUE OF HENDERSON COUNTY 692-9441,, • FR (6/6), 10am-5pm & SA (6/7), 10am-4pm - An art show and sidewalk sale featuring works from Art League members. Held at Laurel Park shopping center, Hendersonville. ASHEVILLE ART MUSEUM 2 N. Pack Square, 253-3227, • TU (6/10), 3-5pm - Discussion of The Flamethrowers by Rachael Kushner. Admission fees apply. FLOW GALLERY 14 South Main St., Marshall, • TH (6/12), 6pm - Artist talk with potter Emily Reason. POTTERY CLASSES AT TC ARTS COUNCIL Held at 349 S. Caldwell St., Brevard. $40 per participant. • SA (6/7), 9-11am - Pottery for Families. 'Try Pottery' Class at TC Arts Council • SA (6/7), 6-8pm - "Try Pottery." For ages 15+. TOE RIVER ARTS COUNCIL 765-0520, • FR (6/6) through SU (6/8) - Self-guided tour of art-


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WAYNESVILLE'S ART AFTER DARK 452-9284, • FR (6/6), 6-9pm -  Art stroll through working studios and galleries on Main Street, Depot Street and Frog Level in Waynesville.

COMEDY NO SHE DIDN’T! (pd.) A Comedy Burlesque Show. The Altamont Theatre, June 6, 7:30pm, June 7, 7:30 & 10pm. www.

AUDITIONS & CALL TO ARTISTS ATTENTION ARTISTS • FESTIVAL THIS SATURDAY (pd.) Entrance fee $80 (10 ft x 10 ft space). You may share a booth and the fee. Call Bravo (828) 575-3743 or 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. ASHEVILLE GALLERY OF ART 16 College St., 251-5796, • Through TH (6/12) - Area artists may apply for membership. Contact for requirements.


AMICIMUSIC 802-369-0856, • FR (6/6) through SU (6/8), "An American Affair" with violin and piano. Held in private homes. Fri.: 7:30pm, Sat.: 7:30pm; Sun.: 8am, 4pm. $35. Directions given when reservations are made. BREVARD BLUES FESTIVAL 862-2105, • SA (6/7), 3-11pm - Featuring regional blues bands, barbecue and drinks. $25/$20 advance. Held at Brevard Music Center, 349 Andante Lane, Brevard CO-LUMINATE 69A Biltmore Ave., 581-9030, • SU (6/8), 7pm - Libby Kirkpatrick, folk musician. $10. DULCIMER WORKSHOP 298-1090 • SATURDAYS through (6/28), 1-2:30 Beginner level dulcimer workshop taught in a private home in E. Asheville. Free with registration required. Contact for directions. HENDERSON COUNTY LIBRARY CENTENNIAL CONCERT SERIES 697-4725, • TH (6/12), 6:30pm - Harpist Carroll Ownbey. Free. Held at Henderson County Public Library, Hendersonville, 301 N. Washington St., Hendersonville HENDERSONVILLE'S MUSIC ON MAIN STREET 693-9708, • FRIDAYS, 7-9pm - Tuxedo Junction, show band. Free. Held at the Visitors Information Center, 201 S. Main St., Hendersonville. MAGNOLIA ACOUSTIC CONCERT SERIES 697-2463, • 2nd SUNDAYS, 3pm - Held at Flat Rock Cinema, 2700 Greenville Highway, Flat Rock. $15.

Mountain Xpress and Sherwood’s Music Present: Our weekly web series featuring area musicians continues this Thursday with a second performance from singer-songwriter Hannah Kaminer. Look for it on Thursday at

MOUNTAIN SPIRIT COFFEEHOUSE 1 Edwin Place, Located inside the Unitarian Universalist Congregation. • SU (6/8), 7pm - Neptune's Car and Flagship Romance, acoustic folk duo.. $15/$10 students/ free children under 14. SMITH-MCDOWELL HOUSE HISTORY CENTER 253-9231, • SA (6/7), 2pm - Southern folk singer Laura Boosinger performs in conjunction with Hillbilly Land exhibit. Held at AB-Tech's Ferguson auditorium. $5. ST. MATTHIAS CHURCH 1 Dundee St., 285-0033, • SA (6/7), 7pm - Clive Carroll, multi-genre acoustic guitar. $10. TRANSYLVANIA LIBRARY SUMMER CONCERT SERIES 828-884-3151 ext. 252, • FR (6/6), 7:30pm - Crooked Pine, old-timey bluegrass. Free. Held at Transylania County Library, 212 South Gaston St., Brevard TRYON FINE ARTS CENTER 34 Melrose Ave., Tryon, 859-8322, • TH (6/5), 8pm - Chris Padgett and Noah Stockdale, singer-songwriters. Free. Held in the outdoor amphitheater.

THEATER ANAM CARA THEATRE 545-3861, • FR (6/6) through SU (6/8) - Roadkill Confidential. Fri., Sat.: 8pm; Sun.: 1pm.  $15/$12 advance. Held at Toy Boat Community Art Space, 101 Fairview Road.

ASHEVILLE COMMUNITY THEATRE 35 E. Walnut St., 254-1320, • FRIDAYS through SUNDAYS (6/6) until (6/29) - Spamalot. Fri., Sat.: 7:30pm; Sun.: 2:30pm. $25/$22 seniors, students/$15 children. FLAT ROCK PLAYHOUSE DOWNTOWN 125 S. Main St., Hendersonville, 693-0731, • WEDNESDAYS through SUNDAYS (5/29) until (6/22) - The Last Five Years. Wed.- Sat.: 8pm; Thurs., Sat., Sun.: 2pm. $40/$38 seniors/$30 students. MONTFORD PARK PLAYERS 254-5146, • FRIDAYS and SATURDAYS (6/6) through (6/28), 7:30pm -  Henry V. Free. Held at Hazel Robinson Amphitheatre, 92 Gay St.


AMERICAN FOLK ART AND FRAMING 64 Biltmore Ave., 281-2134, • Through WE (6/11) - Resolve and Transform, self-taught Southern artists. • TH (6/5) through WE (6/25) - Keeping of the Moon, paintings inspired by the Moon.  Opening reception: June 6, 5-8pm. ANANDA WEST 37 Paynes Way Suite 5, 236-2444, • Through (6/29) - Rinse, sculptures and paintings by Randy Shull. Opening reception: June 6, 7-10pm ART AT WCU 227-3591, Exhibits on display in the Fine Art Museum, unless otherwise noted. • Through FR (7/18) - Works by North Carolina art educators. • Through FR (9/5) - Flora, botanical themed prints. ARTETUDE GALLERY 89 Patton Ave., 252-1466, artetudegallery. com • SA (6/7) through TU (7/1) -  On the Verge, sculptors by Leonid Siveriver and photography by Robert Asman. ASHEVILLE ART MUSEUM 2 N. Pack Square, 253-3227, • Through SU (10/5) - Farm to Table: American Silver, handmade American silver objects. • FR (6/6) through SU (9/14) - The Uncharted Course from Realism to Abstraction, paintings and prints by Minna Citron.  Opening reception:  June 6, 5:30pm. ASHEVILLE GALLERY OF ART 16 College St., 251-5796, • Through MO (6/30) - Espressioni, paintings by Ruth Ilg. Opening reception: June 8, 5-8pm. BENCHSPACE GALLERY & WORKSHOP 67 Broadway, 785-1357, craftcreativitydesign. org • Through SA (8/23) - Ctrl + P,  3-D printer works

BLACK MOUNTAIN COLLEGE MUSEUM + ARTS CENTER 56 Broadway, 350-8484, blackmountaincollege. org • Through SA (8/23) - Site Reconstruction, painting of the World Trade Center site by Jacquelin Gourevitch. CANTON BRANCH OF HAYWOOD COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY 11 Pennsylvania Ave., Canton, 648-2924, • Through FR (8/1) - Fly Over, photography of WWII warbirds by Barbara Sammons. CASTELL PHOTOGRAPHY GALLERY 2C Wilson Alley, 255-1188, • FR (6/6) through TH (6/26) - Instant Photography: 2003-2014, polaroids by Adam Void. Opening reception: June 6, 6-8pm. GRACE COMMUNITY CHURCH 495 Cardinal Road, Mills River, 891-2006, • Through MO (7/7) - 2014 Appalachian Pastel Society Non-Juried Exhibition. MICA FINE CONTEMPORARY CRAFT 37 N. Mitchell Ave., Bakersville, 688-6422, • Through MO (6/30) - Visual Cues, encaustic paintings by Jane Wells Harrison. MOOG MUSIC GALLERY 170 Broadway, 239-0123, • Through MO (6/23) - The Early Days of the Moog Synthesizer, photography. RED HOUSE STUDIOS AND GALLERY 310 W. State St., Black Mountain, 699-0351, • FR (6/6), 5-7pm - Impressions/Expressions, works by the Swanannoa Fine Arts league. THE BENDER GALLERY 12 S. Lexington Ave., 505-8341, • FR (6/6) through TH (7/3) - Primordial Forms, contemporary glass sculpture by Chad Holliday.  Opening reception: June 6,  5-8pm. TRANSYLVANIA COMMUNITY ARTS COUNCIL 349 S. Caldwell St., Brevard, 884-2787, tcarts. org • FR (6/6) through FR (6/20) - Works by potters from Transylvania County and WNC. Opening reception: June 6, 5-7pm. UPSTAIRS ARTSPACE 49 S. Trade St., Tryon, 859-2828, • Through SU (6/20) - Textile Constructions, large-scale fabric works by Terry JarrardDimond. • 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 • Through (6/30) - Jamaica People, photography by Jessica Rehfield. WINDOW 54 Broadway, • Through (7/7) - re/production, re/presentation, photography by Lorne Blythe.


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C L U B L A N D ONE STOP DELI & BAR Phish 'n' Chips (Phish covers), 6pm


ORANGE PEEL Soumu: a celebration of African music, dance, food & culture w/ Mande Foly, Juan Benavides & Zansa, 7pm

185 KING STREET HotPoint Trio (gypsy jazz, swing), 8pm

OSKAR BLUES BREWERY Michael McFarland (singer-songwriter), 6pm

5 WALNUT WINE BAR Wine tasting w/ Drayton & The Dreamboats (jazz), 5pm Juan Benavides Trio (Latin), 8pm

PACK'S TAVERN Jeff Anders & Scott Raines (acoustic rock), 9pm

ASHEVILLE MUSIC HALL Afroman w/ Philo, Metaphonia & members of Empire Strikes Brass (rap, funk), 10pm

PISGAH BREWING COMPANY Jeff Sipe Trio w/ The Shack Band (funk, jazz), 9pm

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

POSH BAR Acoustic jam, 6pm

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

PURPLE ONION CAFE Cabo Verde, 7:30pm

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

RENAISSANCE ASHEVILLE HOTEL Chris Smith (acoustic, alt-country), 6:30pm

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

SCANDALS NIGHTCLUB Dance party, 10pm

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

SPRING CREEK TAVERN The Wilhelm Brothers (indie, folk-rock), 6pm

DUGOUT Karaoke, 9pm

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

EMERALD LOUNGE Blues jam, 8pm

THE MOTHLIGHT The Featured Creeps w/ Fritz Beer & The Crooked Beat, Daniel Sage (alt-rock, Americana), 9:30pm

GOOD STUFF Jeff Ruby (60s rock), 7pm GREEN ROOM CAFE & COFFEEHOUSE Nello Masci & Mark Sherren (ragtime, jazz, pop), 6:30pm GRIND CAFE Trivia night, 7pm HIGHLAND BREWING COMPANY Even the Animals (acoustic, folk), 5:30pm

THE PHOENIX Bradford Carson & Will Knight (Americana), 8pm

LIVE AT THE MILLROOM: Former winner of the San Francisco International Comedy Competition, Bengt Washburn has been featured on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Live at Gotham on Comedy Central and Conan. Performing with sharp-witted James Hodge, Washburn will perform at The Millroom on Friday, June 6, at both 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

IRON HORSE STATION Paul Cataldo (Americana), 6pm

LOBSTER TRAP Ben Hovey (dub-jazz, trumpet, beats), 7pm ODDITORIUM Ghost Wolves, Ancient Whales, Future West, Chuck Falcon (garage-rock, punk, grunge), 9pm OLIVE OR TWIST Swing dance lesson w/ Bobby Wood, 7pm 3 Cool Cats Band (vintage rock 'n' roll), 8pm

PISGAH BREWING COMPANY Shampoo Duo WSG Jim Peterman w/ Shane Pruitt (blues), 6pm

ADAM DALTON DISTILLERY Bridging the Gap (old school hip-hop, vinyl night), 10pm

ROOT BAR NO. 1 Bread & Butter Band (bluegrass), 8pm

ALLEY KATS TAVERN Open mic night, 7pm

SLY GROG LOUNGE Open mic, 7pm

BLACK MOUNTAIN ALE HOUSE Lyric (acoustic soul), 9pm

TALLGARY'S CANTINA Open mic & jam, 7pm

ORANGE PEEL Black Star Riders (members of Thin Lizzy, rock), 9pm

THE MOTHLIGHT Páciens Trine, XIAN INTL, Nick James & Lambodoorz (experimental, house), 9:30pm

OSKAR BLUES BREWERY Hogtown Squealers (old-time), 6pm

THE PHOENIX Jazz night, 8pm THE SOCIAL Karaoke, 9:30pm

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TIMO'S HOUSE Unity Thursdays w/ DJ ODI, Crux, Secret, Klose (drum 'n' bass), 9pm TOWN PUMP Jun (indie-folk), 9pm TRESSA'S DOWNTOWN JAZZ AND BLUES The Westsound Revue (Motown, blues), 9pm

JACK OF THE WOOD PUB Old-time session, 5pm


THE SOCIAL Open mic w/ Scooter Haywood, 8pm

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 TRESSA'S DOWNTOWN JAZZ AND BLUES Blues & soul jam w/ Al Coffee & Da Grind, 8:30pm


CORK & KEG Square dance, 7pm

201 S. MAIN ST. (HENDERSONVILLE) Music on Main Street w/ Tuxedo Junction (oldies, R&B, rock 'n' roll), 8pm

DOUBLE CROWN DJs Devyn & Oakley, 10pm GOOD STUFF Finer w/ Justin Payne (rock), 8:30pm GREY EAGLE MUSIC HALL & TAVERN Whitey Morgan & The 78's w/ J.P. Harris & The Tough Choices (honky-tonk, country), 8pm HAVANA RESTAURANT Open mic (instruments provided), 8pm HIGHLAND BREWING COMPANY The Bernie Worrell Orchestra w/ Brushfire Stankgrass (rock, funk, bluegrass), 8pm

VANUATU KAVA BAR Open mic w/ Caleb Beissert, 9pm

JACK OF THE WOOD PUB Bluegrass jam, 7pm

5 WALNUT WINE BAR Hank West & The Smokin' Hots (jazz), 8pm


FRIDAY, JUNE 6 185 KING STREET The Woodgrains (psychedelic-rock), 8pm

URBAN ORCHARD Poetry on Demand w/ Eddie Cabbage, 6:30pm


VINCENZO'S BISTRO Ginny McAfee (piano, vocals), 7pm

BUFFALO NICKEL Mr. Gray & All One Music, 9pm

ISIS RESTAURANT AND MUSIC HALL Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen w/ Melody Walker & Jacob Groopman (bluegrass), 9pm

VINCENZO'S BISTRO Aaron Luka (piano, vocals), 7pm

URBAN ORCHARD Stevie Lee Combs (acoustic, Americana), 6:30pm

LOBSTER TRAP Hank Bones ("The man of 1,000 songs"), 7pm MARKET PLACE Ben Hovey (dub jazz, beats), 7pm MILLROOM Matrimony (alt-folk, pop), 9pm NEW MOUNTAIN Seven Handle Circus (bluegrass), 9pm

5 WALNUT WINE BAR Jamar Woods Acoustic Band (funk), 9pm ALLEY KATS TAVERN Amos & The Mixx Live, 9:30pm ASHEVILLE MUSIC HALL MANG (Ween tribute), 10pm ATHENA'S CLUB Mark Appleford (singer-songwriter, Americana, blues), 7pm BYWATER Pierce Edens & The Dirty Work (Americana), 9pm CLASSIC WINESELLER Dana & Susan Robinson (folk), 7pm CORK & KEG The Gypsy Swingers (jazz, Latin, swing), 8:30pm DUGOUT Fine Line (rock), 9pm GOOD STUFF Eddie Taylor (of Cousins) & Steve Gilbert (singersongwriter), 8pm GREEN ROOM CAFE & COFFEEHOUSE Carrie Morrison & Steve Whiteside (Americana), 6:30pm

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whitey morgan & the 78s w/ J.P. harris and the tough Choices

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Crazyhorse & Colston: offiCial birthday smash w/ antique firearms, danielle soul & matt anderson

9pm • $10

8pm • $8/10

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twin forks w/ Chris Carrabba

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bill kirChen & too muCh fun 8pm • $15/$18

tue 6/10

Jonathan wilson w/ will Carter

fri 6/13

the broadCast w/ the heritage & anna haas


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GREY EAGLE MUSIC HALL & TAVERN Crazyhorse & Colston birthday smash w/ Antique Firearms, Danielle Soul & Matt Anderson (hip-hop, alternative, experimental), 8pm

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JACK OF THE WOOD PUB The Green Boys (Americana, alt-country), 9pm JERUSALEM GARDEN Middle Eastern music & bellydancing, 7pm LEXINGTON AVE BREWERY (LAB) Bread & Butter Band w/ Fireside Collective & Thicker Than Water (bluegrass, rock), 7pm LOBSTER TRAP Mark & Aimee Bumgarner (Americana), 7pm MARKET PLACE The Sean Mason Trio (groove, jazz, funk), 7pm METRO WINES Stand up comedy w/ Disclaimer Comedy, 7pm MILLROOM Bengt Washburn w/ James Hodge (stand-up comedy), 7:30pm & 9:30pm NIGHTBELL Dulítel DJ (indie, electronic, dance), 10:30pm ODDITORIUM GirlsRock benefit, 9pm OLIVE OR TWIST 42nd Street Band (jazz), 7:30pm Late Night DJ (techno, disco), 11pm ONE STOP DELI & BAR Free Dead Fridays w/ members of Phuncle Sam (jam), 5pm All-Star No Moore Voter Appreciation Party (Todd Williams congrats party), 8pm

PISGAH BREWING COMPANY If Birds Could Fly (Americana, rock 'n' roll), 8pm ROOT BAR NO. 1 The Battlefield (Americana), 9pm The New Left for Dead (rock, jam), 9pm SCANDALS NIGHTCLUB Dance party, 10pm Drag show, 1am SCULLY'S DJ, 10pm SOUTHERN APPALACHIAN BREWERY Drunken Prayer (indie, blues, country), 8pm SPRING CREEK TAVERN The 3 Amigos (Southern rock, R&B), 8pm

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TALLGARY'S CANTINA Unit 50 (rock), 9:30pm

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THE MOTHLIGHT Late Night Show Asheville Tonight! (variety show, comedy), 9:30pm

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THE GREEN ROOM BISTRO & BAR Jamie Laval (violin), 9pm

THE PHOENIX Red Leg Husky (Americana, folk), 9pm

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THE SOCIAL Skylark (swing, jazz), 9:30pm

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TIMO'S HOUSE Dark Room w/ In Plain Sight & Red Tree (house), 10pm

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ISIS RESTAURANT AND MUSIC HALL Jonathan Scales Fourchestra CD release (jazz), 9pm

PACK'S TAVERN DJ OCelate (pop, dance, hits), 9pm

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IRON HORSE STATION Andy Buckner (Southern rock), 7pm

OSKAR BLUES BREWERY West End String Band (bluegrass), 6pm

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HIGHLAND BREWING COMPANY Point & Shoot (Americana, indie-rock), 6:30pm

ORANGE PEEL Failure (post-grunge rock), 9pm

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HAVANA RESTAURANT Ashley Heath (singer-songwriter), 7pm


TIGER MOUNTAIN THIRST PARLOUR Dr. Filth (soul, psych, punk), 10pm

TOWN PUMP Michael McFarland (alt-pop), 9pm



ISIS RESTAURANT AND MUSIC HALL All Go West Festival w/ Rock Academy, Brown Bag songwriting winners, The Horse You Rode In On, The Get Right Band, Invisible III, Hank West & The Smokin' Hots, Eef Barzalay, The Hermit Kings, Doc Aquatic, Strut, GFE, Cee Knowledge & The Cosmik Funk Orchestra, 11am JACK OF THE WOOD PUB Mr. Elevator & The Brain Hotel from California w/ Todd Day Waits Pigpen (psychedelic rock), 9pm JERUSALEM GARDEN Middle Eastern music & bellydancing, 7pm LEXINGTON AVE BREWERY (LAB) Melanie Martinez w/ Dresses & Ashley Heath, 8pm LOBSTER TRAP Sean Mason Trio (jazz), 7pm MARKET PLACE DJs (funk, R&B), 7pm

TOY BOAT COMMUNITY ART SPACE Anam Cara: Roadkill Confidential (comedic theatre), 8pm

NIGHTBELL Dulítel DJ (indie, electronic, dance), 10:30pm ODDITORIUM Radiant Beings of Light, Birth, Crook (metal), 9pm

VANUATU KAVA BAR Dan Keller (jazz guitar), 8:30pm

OLIVE OR TWIST Late Night DJ (techno, disco), 11pm

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

ONE STOP DELI & BAR Reggae Family Jam, 2pm Signal Fire w/ Nice Bison (rock, reggae), 10pm

WATER'N HOLE Love Medicated, 8pm WHITE HORSE AmiciMusic: Tim Schwarz "An American Affair", 7:30pm WILD WING CAFE A Social Function (acoustic), 9:30pm

SATURDAY, JUNE 7 5 WALNUT WINE BAR Patrick Fitzsimons (jazz), 6pm What It Is (funk, blues), 9pm ALLEY KATS TAVERN The Twisted Trail Band, 9:30pm ANDREWS BREWING CO. River Whyless (rock, pop, folk), 6pm ASHEVILLE MUSIC HALL ILL-Esha w/ Subsqswad, In Plain Sight, Mydriasis & Spaghettiman (, 10pm ATHENA'S CLUB Mark Appleford (singer-songwriter, Americana, blues), 7pm BLACK MOUNTAIN ALE HOUSE Del Greco Gorman (Americana, rock), 9pm BREVARD MUSIC CENTER Brevard Blues Festival, 3pm

PACK'S TAVERN The Nightcrawlers (R&B), 9pm PURPLE ONION CAFE The Bad Popes, 8pm SCANDALS NIGHTCLUB Dance party, 10pm SCULLY'S DJ, 10pm


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THE GREEN ROOM BISTRO & BAR Blood Gypsy Trio (rock, blues), 9pm THE MOTHLIGHT All Go West w/ Onawa, Albert Adams, Ancient River, Nest Egg, Delicious, tHE pOLES, Free Radio, Comet West, The Tills, Hello Hugo & Cusses, 2pm

TIGER MOUNTAIN THIRST PARLOUR DJ Devyl's Hands (psychedelic, indie, metal, rock), 10pm

CREEKSIDE TAPHOUSE Bread & Butter Band (bluegrass), 7pm

TIMO'S HOUSE Agobi Tribe & Electrochemical (jam, electronica), 10pm

DUGOUT Slumberjack (folk), 9pm

TOWN PUMP Sister Mary (singer-songwriter), 5pm Stephen Lee (alt-country, punk), 9pm

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


Asheville River Oasis

THE ADMIRAL Soul night w/ DJ Dr. Filth, 11pm

CORK & KEG Country Pride (country, old-time), 8:30pm

HIGHLAND BREWING COMPANY The Blue Dragons (rock, blues, Americana, jazz), 6:30pm

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TALLGARY'S CANTINA Jarvis Jenkins (Southern rock), 9:30pm

THE SOCIAL Karaoke, 9:30pm

HAVANA RESTAURANT Pickin' on the Patio w/ Mande Foly (African), 12:30pm Nomadic (funk, rock), 10pm

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SOUTHERN APPALACHIAN BREWERY The Get Right Band (funk, rock, reggae), 8pm

CLASSIC WINESELLER Mike Pilgrim & Don Mercz (gypsy jazz), 7pm

GREY EAGLE MUSIC HALL & TAVERN Twin Forks w/ Chris Carrabba (folk-rock), 9pm

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OSKAR BLUES BREWERY Serious Clark (folk-rock), 6pm

THE PHOENIX Zorki (folk-rock), 1pm Dust N' the Wynn w/ Blown Glass (blues, rock), 9pm

GREEN ROOM CAFE & COFFEEHOUSE Nello Masci & Mark Sherren (ragtime, jazz, pop), 6:30pm

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ORANGE PEEL Houndmouth (indie-rock), 9pm

BYWATER Zansa (world), 9pm

GOOD STUFF Eddie Taylor (acoustic), Dana & Susan Robinson (folk, Americana), 7pm


TOY BOAT COMMUNITY ART SPACE Anam Cara: Roadkill Confidential (comedic theatre), 8pm VINCENZO'S BISTRO Steve Whiddon (old-time piano, vocals), 5:30pm WATER'N HOLE Humps & The Blackouts (outlaw, rockabilly), 9pm WHITE HORSE Bil Lepp & Andy Irwin (storytellers), 8pm

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Tuesday Night Funk Jam 11PM FREE  21+


ATL TO AVL: Seven Handle Circus, alternative bluegrass-rock act out of Atlanta, will stop by Asheville’s newely re-named venue, New Mountain (38 N. French Broad), on Thursday, June 5, at 8 p.m. “Ok, so we are not really a bluegrass band,” says Seven Handle Circus’ lead banjo player Colin Vinson. “We have these instruments, the acoustic sounds, but we really just play whatever we want.” Guitarist Shawn Spencer explains, “I think it’s about finding beauty in music, in whatever form, and packaging it up in the Seven Handle way in order to share it with the world. And sometimes it’s just about playing a little bluegrass.”

5 WALNUT WINE BAR The Big Nasty (jazz), 7pm

THE SOCIAL '80s night, 8pm

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

TOWN PUMP Aviva & The Flying Penguins (pop), 9pm

BLUE KUDZU SAKE COMPANY Karaoke & brunch, 1pm

TOY BOAT COMMUNITY ART SPACE Anam Cara: Roadkill Confidential (comedic theatre), 1pm

CO-LUMINATE Libby Kirkpatrick (folk), 7pm

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

DOUBLE CROWN Karaoke w/ Tim O, 9pm

YACHT CLUB Steely Dan brunch, 2pm

DUGOUT Pop The Clutch, 3pm GOOD STUFF Daniel Amedee w/ Sarah Burke (folk, singer-songwriter), 4pm GREY EAGLE MUSIC HALL & TAVERN Bill Kirchen & Too Much Fun (rockabilly), 8pm HI-WIRE BREWING The Stump Mutts (acoustic), 5pm IRON HORSE STATION Mark Shane (R&B), 6pm ISIS RESTAURANT AND MUSIC HALL Classical brunch w/ AmiciMusic "An American Affair", 11am Jazz showcase, 6pm

MONDAY, JUNE 9 185 KING STREET Monday Night Trivia w/ Evan Smith ($50 prize), 8pm 5 WALNUT WINE BAR The Moon & You (folk), 8pm ALLEY KATS TAVERN Open mic, 8pm ALTAMONT BREWING COMPANY Old-time jam, 8pm BLACK MOUNTAIN ALE HOUSE Karaoke, 9pm

JACK OF THE WOOD PUB Irish session, 5pm

BYWATER Open mic w/ Taylor Martin, 9pm

OLIVE OR TWIST Shag & swing lesson w/ John Dietz, 7pm DJ Michael Filippone (beach, swing, ballroom, rock), 8pm

COURTYARD GALLERY Open mic (music, poetry, comedy, etc.), 8pm

ONE STOP DELI & BAR Bluegrass brunch w/ The Pond Brothers, 11am Supatight w/ Wave Lynx (funk, reggae, world), 10pm ORANGE PEEL Waka Flocka Flame (rap) w/ DJ Mayhem, 9pm PURPLE ONION CAFE Nora Jane Struthers & The Party Line, 6pm SCANDALS NIGHTCLUB Dance party, 10pm SOUTHERN APPALACHIAN BREWERY Eric Congdon (Americana, blues), 5pm

DOUBLE CROWN Punk 'n' roll w/ DJ Leo Delightful, 10pm GREY EAGLE MUSIC HALL & TAVERN Contra dance, 8pm JACK OF THE WOOD PUB Quizzo, 7pm The Harmed Brothers (indie, bluegrass), 9pm ODDITORIUM Suzi Trash w/ Busted Chops, War Journal & Soft Talk (punk, rock), 9pm OSKAR BLUES BREWERY Mountain Music Mondays (open jam), 6pm

SPRING CREEK TAVERN Andy Buckner (Southern rock), 2pm

THE MOTHLIGHT Clay Rendering w/ Lussuria & Dual Action (post-industrial, ambient), 9:30pm

THE MOTHLIGHT Wham, Bam! Puppet Slam, 8pm

THE PHOENIX Jeff Sipe & Friends (jam-fusion), 8pm

THE SOCIAL Hartford bluegrass jam w/ Ben Saylor, 8pm

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

TIGER MOUNTAIN THIRST PARLOUR Honky-tonk (classic country & rockabilly) w/ DJ Lil Lorruh & David Wayne Gay, 10pm

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

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

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

WESTVILLE PUB Trivia night, 8pm

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

TUESDAY, JUNE 10 5 WALNUT WINE BAR The John Henry's (swing, jazz), 8pm ALLEY KATS TAVERN Bluegrass Tuesday, 8pm ALTAMONT BREWING COMPANY Open mic w/ Chris O'Neill, 8pm ASHEVILLE MUSIC HALL Tuesday Night Funk Jam, 11pm

DUGOUT Karaoke, 9pm EMERALD LOUNGE Blues jam, 8pm GOOD STUFF The Woodgrains (rock 'n' roll), 7:30pm

IRON HORSE STATION Jesse James (Americana), 6pm


ISIS RESTAURANT AND MUSIC HALL Wednesday World Music w/ Carlo Aonzo, 7:15pm

BUFFALO NICKEL Trivia night, 7pm

JACK OF THE WOOD PUB Old-time session, 5pm


LOBSTER TRAP Ben Hovey (dub-jazz, trumpet, beats), 7pm

CORK & KEG Honkytonk jam w/ Tom Pittman & friends, 6:30pm DOUBLE CROWN Punk 'n' roll w/ DJs Sean and Will, 10pm GOOD STUFF Old-time jam, 6pm GREY EAGLE MUSIC HALL & TAVERN Jonathan Wilson w/ Will Carter (folk-rock), 9pm

ODDITORIUM Comedy open mic w/ Tom Peters, 9pm ONE STOP DELI & BAR Dim Combo & RedLeg Husky (progressive, Americana), 8pm 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 TOY BOAT COMMUNITY ART SPACE Women with Knives (animation film screening), 8pm 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

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OLIVE OR TWIST Swing dance lesson w/ Bobby Wood, 7pm 3 Cool Cats Band (vintage rock 'n' roll), 8pm ONE STOP DELI & BAR Gabe Dixon (pop-rock), 8pm

ISIS RESTAURANT AND MUSIC HALL Bluegrass session, 7:30pm

MARKET PLACE The Rat Alley Cats (jazz, Latin, swing), 7pm

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ODDITORIUM Uninhabitable, Burnt Books, Aneides, Harsh Words (experimental, punk, rock), 9pm

IRON HORSE STATION Open mic w/ Mark Shane (R&B), 6pm

LOBSTER TRAP Jay Brown (Americana, folk), 7pm

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5 WALNUT WINE BAR Wine tasting w/ The Sufi Brothers (folk), 5pm Juan Benavides Trio (Latin), 8pm BEN'S TUNE-UP Live band karaoke w/ The Diagnostics, 9pm


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ORANGE PEEL Poliça w/ Reputante (synth-pop, alt-rock), 9pm PISGAH BREWING COMPANY Likewise (Americana), 6pm

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TALLGARY'S CANTINA Open mic & jam, 7pm

BLACK MOUNTAIN ALE HOUSE Lyric (acoustic soul), 9pm

THE MOTHLIGHT Sons of Hippies w/ Gold Light, Ellipser (ex. That's A Thing) (indie, psych-rock), 8:30pm THE PHOENIX Jazz night, 8pm

BUFFALO NICKEL Jason Daniello, 9pm CLASSIC WINESELLER Joe Cruz (piano), 6pm DOUBLE CROWN DJs Devyn & Oakley, 10pm

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

DUGOUT Slumberjack (folk), 9pm

TIMO'S HOUSE Release w/ Disc-Oh! (bass), 9pm TOWN PUMP Open mic w/ Aaron, 9pm

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5 WALNUT WINE BAR Hank West & The Smokin' Hots (jazz), 8pm

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FRENCH BROAD BREWERY TASTING ROOM The Wilhelm Brothers (Americana), 6pm HAPPY HOLIDAY RV VILLAGE Lonesome River Band (bluegrass), 8pm HAVANA RESTAURANT Open mic (instruments provided), 8pm ISIS RESTAURANT AND MUSIC HALL Carsie Blanton CD release (jazz, pop), 7:45pm JACK OF THE WOOD PUB Bluegrass jam, 7pm

VANUATU KAVA BAR Open mic w/ Caleb Beissert, 9pm

LOBSTER TRAP Hank Bones ("The man of 1,000 songs"), 7pm

VINCENZO'S BISTRO Aaron Luka (piano, vocals), 7pm

MARKET PLACE Ben Hovey (dub jazz, beats), 7pm

WHITE HORSE Trae Pierce & T-Stone, 7:30pm

MILLROOM Underhill Rose, 8pm ODDITORIUM Ashes vs. Leaves, Desperate Pilot, Minorcan (rock), 9pm OLIVE OR TWIST Pop the Clutch Band (R&B, MoTown, beach, swing), 7:30pm ONE STOP DELI & BAR Phish 'n' Chips (Phish covers), 6pm The Southern Belles (psychedelic, rock), 10pm ORANGE PEEL Andrew Bird & The Hands of Glory w/ Tift Merritt (indiefolk-rock), 8pm PACK'S TAVERN Howie Johnson & Eric Congdon (acoustic rock), 9pm POSH BAR Acoustic jam, 6pm PURPLE ONION CAFE One Leg Up (gypsy jazz), 7:30pm RENAISSANCE ASHEVILLE HOTEL TLQ + 2 (soul, country), 6:30pm SCANDALS NIGHTCLUB Dance party, 10pm SPRING CREEK TAVERN Mark Shane (R&B), 6pm THE GREEN ROOM BISTRO & BAR Local artist series w/ Simon George (jazz), 9pm THE MOTHLIGHT The Hawks (of Holy Rosary) w/ Joshua Carpenter & The Natural Causes, Wild Fur & Lord King (alternative, punkrock), 9:30pm THE PHOENIX Mike Sweet (acoustic rock), 8pm THE SOCIAL Open mic w/ Scooter Haywood, 8pm TIMO'S HOUSE Unity Thursdays w/ Asheville Drum 'n' Bass Collective, 9pm TRESSA'S DOWNTOWN JAZZ AND BLUES The Westsound Revue (Motown, blues), 9pm URBAN ORCHARD Stevie Lee Combs (acoustic, Americana), 6:30pm VINCENZO'S BISTRO Ginny McAfee (piano, vocals), 7pm WHITE HORSE The Black Feathers, 7:30pm


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Palo Alto HHHS

FRIDAY, JUNE 6 THURSDAY, JUNE 12 Due to possible scheduling changes, moviegoers may want to confirm showtimes with theaters.

DIRECTOR: Gia Coppola PLAYERS: Jack Kilmer, Nat Wolff, Emma Roberts, James Franco, Val Kilmer, Zoe Levin

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TEEN ANGST DRAMA RATED R THE STORY: A look into the lives of a group of aimless, upscale teens. THE LOWDOWN: A mixedbag debut for writer-director Gia Coppola. A lot of it is typical lifestyles of the ennui-ridden overprivileged, but there are moments of near brilliance and an ending that makes up for much.

Palo Alto, the debut film from Gia Coppola (granddaughter of Francis, niece of Sofia and Roman), is one of the more peculiar movie-watching experiences of my life. While watching it, I mostly hated it. It’s based on a book of short stories by James Franco, and it feels every bit as aimless and pretentious as its author suggests. (It’s going to take a miracle to get me to think of Franco as anything other than a threat after sitting through As I Lay Dying and Interior. Leather Bar.) The fact that the specters of Gus Van Sant, Aunt Sofia (fascination with disaffected upscale youth) and (worse yet) Harmony Korine hover over the whole thing don’t help. It’s one of those coming-of-age stories featuring vapid teens with no particular interest in anything and adults who are either clueless, absent or even more messed up. (It has none of the wit, style, perception or canny musical choices of 2012’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower.)


CARMIKE CINEMA 10 (298-4452)

JAMES FRANCO and EMMA ROBERTS in Gia Coppola’s filmmaking debut Palo Alto, an uneven work with moments of brilliance.

So why does it get three-and-a-half stars and the Weekly Pick? Well, the latter is by default. (It’s not that hard to be better than Maleficent and A Million Ways to Die in the West.) But the rating is because there are aspects of the film — including its last 15 minutes — that I can’t get out of my mind. For most of its length, the film has no shape. It simply meanders from day to day and party to party like its characters. Perhaps like its characters, the film is merely self-absorbed and isn’t really interested in anything but itself. I suppose people with no interests beyond the next party exist, but they don’t make for very compelling characters. The only person in the movie with any interests at all is the troubled (if he wasn’t troubled he wouldn’t be here) Teddy (Jack Kilmer, son of Val). He has some artistic inclinations, but only just, and he’d really rather hang out and get in trouble with his repressed homosexual sociopath buddy, Fred (Nat Wolf). Otherwise, Teddy flirts with the idea of taking up with the school’s token virgin, April (Emma Roberts), but she’s so wrapped up in her not-

quite-a-relationship with the soccer coach (James Franco), she barely notices. If these kids sound interesting to you, you’ll get more out of this than I did. Whether or not you can buy into the clueless adults in the film may be a separate matter. Some aspects of the movie, however, are a very different kettle of fish. I like the way in which the film establishes Fred’s father (Chris Messina) as a 40ish stoner with a taste for high school boys. But better than this is that the film subtly suggests — never states — that this is behind Fred’s closeted self-loathing and self-destructive tendencies. Best of all, however, is the film’s final 10-15 minutes where it — and its three main characters — actually begin to do something. Two of them may be on a better path. One of them is clearly on a worse — though inconclusive — one. The mere fact that they have broken out of their torpor of ennui is bracing, and these scenes have a raw power that sticks in the mind. This latest Coppola to try her hand at filmmaking — as uneven as the bulk of her film is — may just be the goods. She certainly bears watching. Rated R for strong

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197 Charlotte St. • 828-250-9500 DIRECTOR: Seth MacFarlane (Ted) PLAYERS: Seth MacFarlane, Charlize Theron, Liam Neeson, Giovanni Ribisi, Amanda Seyfried, Sarah Silverman, Neil Patrick Harris OVERLONG WESTERN PARODY RATED R THE STORY: An inept sheep rancher becomes involved with a notorious gunslinger’s wife. Predictability ensues. THE LOWDOWN: Stupefying in its unfunniness, arrogance and outright narcissism, A Million Ways to Die in the West is a shoo-in for my Worst of the Year list come December.

It is now certain: I do not find Seth MacFarlane funny. This had been a suspicion based on the trailer for Ted (2012) and his hosting chores on the Oscars. (They certainly were a chore for me.) His latest effort (if any actual effort was taken), A Million Ways to Die in the West, has more than confirmed those suspicions. It isn’t just that the movie is amazingly unfunny. (I chuckled once.) It isn’t even that it’s at least 30 minutes too long for its own good, or that its shock value gags haven’t been shocking for 40 years. (Just because an extended diarrhea gag elicits an “ewww” doesn’t mean it shocked anyone.) No, it’s the arrogance and narcissism of the whole thing that does it in for me, and it’s what sinks the film in a broader sense. I suspect that MacFarlane thought he was making the new Blazing Saddles (1974). The truth is he’s made the new Shakiest Gun in the West — Don Knotts’ 1968 rehash of Bob Hope’s The Paleface (1948) — except MacFarlane’s picture isn’t even up to the none-too-exacting standards of the Don Knotts movie. The essential element of the star vehicle, Wild West comedy is that it’s built around the


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comedian’s established movie persona. That’s fine if the star is Bob Hope or Don Knotts or Groucho Marx or W.C. Fields. Problem here is that MacFarlane has no movie persona. He’s a guy who stands around and makes obvious observations designed to show how much hipper he is than everybody else — and in this case, how awful life in the old West was. This is pretty thin as the basis for a two-hour movie — unless, of course, you find MacFarlane’s shtick endlessly funny. If the prospect of seeing some poor boob gruesomely crushed under a gigantic block of ice followed by MacFarlane remarking, “That went south so fast,” strikes you as funny, this is your movie. You’ll get 116 minutes of this sort of thing — over and over. Such plot as there is has MacFarlane playing an inept and cowardly sheep rancher named Albert, who gets dumped by his girlfriend (Amanda Seyfried) in favor of the owner of the local “moustachery,” which — apart from the saloon and the whorehouse — seems to be the only prosperous business in town. (Since a later gag has the populace being astonished by the mere sight of a dollar bill, one wonders who is spending money in these businesses.) But then Anna (Charlize Theron) comes to town and takes up with Albert, neglecting to tell him that she’s married to a merciless gunslinger (Liam Neeson). Apart from teaching Albert how to shoot and providing a new romance for him, Anna seems to exist to tell us — numerous times — that Albert is a “good man,” which, I guess is necessary, since the film offers no evidence of this otherwise. It’s basically NerdEmpowerment 101 (Albert calls himself a nerd) to have the hottest woman in the movie see the main character’s inner goodness, but when words are being put in her mouth by the nerd himself, it’s offputting in its narcissism. Adding to the problems is the film’s astonishing sloppiness. The staging is largely amateurish. Gags are built up without payoff. When Mel Brooks had his sweeping Western panorama end up with Count Basie and His Orchestra playing in the middle of nowhere, MacFarlane’s panoramas are just there as window-dressing. There’s a lengthy scene where MacFarlane and Theron remain very still and talk without moving their mouths

HHHHH = max rating so a marauding rattlesnake doesn’t strike — again no payoff or even resolution. The scene just stops. (The snake perhaps got bored and left. An understandable response.) When there are gags, they’re repeated many times, and familiarity does not improve them. But since MacFarlane’s comedy seems to consist of belaboring the obvious by remarking on it, repeating the same jokes is perhaps to be expected. For me, the film’s major accomplishment lay in making Maleficent look ever so much better. Rated R for strong crude and sexual content, language throughout, some violence and drug material. Playing at Carolina Cinemas, Epic of Hendersonville, Regal Biltmore Grande, United Artists Beaucatcher. reviewed by Ken Hanke

Maleficent HHS DIRECTOR: Robert Stromberg PLAYERS: Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Sharlto Copley, Lesley Manville, Imelda Staunton, Jono Temple, Sam Riley, Brenton Thwaites REVISIONIST FANTASY RATED PG THE STORY: Retelling of Sleeping Beauty that presents the evil Maleficent as a scorned woman seeking revenge on the man who betrayed her. THE LOWDOWN: Despite an amusing performance from Angelina Jolie, Maleficent is a sloppy, overly designed movie that completely disposes of the appeal of the title character.

Wicked — in its various guises — has much to answer for in the realms of revisionist fairy tales. I suppose it is unfair to actually blame Gregory Maguire’s book for this. (I am less forgiving of the stage show, but that has to do with years of working in a movie theater and having those “Broadway basic” showtunes driven into my head like railroad spikes.) However, Wicked it is at least half of the fount from whence “serious” attempts at these revisionist takes spring. They also have their roots in the comic book — and comic book movie — world of origin stories. In the case of this latest, Maleficent, we are treated to a whitewash job that

would have done Aunt Polly’s fence proud. In essence, what the film does is take one of the most belovedly evil characters of modern times and turn her into a woman scorned — but with a good heart. This is kind of like turning Dr. Fu Manchu into a misunderstood humanitarian. What makes the character appealing is lost. I have no special fondness for Disney’s 1959 take on Sleeping Beauty, but I did see it when it was new — and when I was pretty new myself. At the age of 4, Maleficent — and the dragon version of her and those briars — terrified me. In fact, as I’ve noted elsewhere, I spent a lot of the movie hiding underneath my theater seat. Maleficent had no such impact on me. (Just as well, since it would have taken the combined resources of a fellow critic, my wife and a friend to haul me off the floor at this point.) All these elements are here, but the dragon isn’t a menace to anyone we theoretically care about, the briars are just sort of there and Maleficent is finally a big tub of mush — at least where Princess Aurora is concerned. The best I can say about Maleficent is that it isn’t as bad as I thought it would be, but that’s faint praise indeed — and is all directed at Angelina Jolie, who at least makes Maleficent occasionally amusing. The actual origin story takes up very little of the film where young (Isobelle Molloy) and teen (Ella Purnell) Maleficent cavort with young (Michael Higgins) and teen (Jackson Bews) Stefan in her untroubled fairy kingdom that sits next to the world of humans where Stefan lives. It’s all youthful innocence followed by overstated high school romance — at first. Then King Henry (Kenneth Cranham) decides to invade the fairy world and is bested by adult Maleficent (Jolie), causing him to offer his crown to whoever brings him Maleficent’s head. Well, since Stefan has grown to manhood and has become the inherently shifty Sharlto Copley (affecting a dodgy Scots accent), he’s also grown ambitious and can’t resist such an offer. He can’t bring himself to decapitate his old girlfriend, but he manages to drug her and amputate her wings — sufficient proof of having disposed of her for King Henry. And from this, all the trouble begins, and the movie becomes a largely incoherent rehash of Sleeping Beauty. What happens rarely makes good sense. When Aurora is born — and immediately cursed by the jilted and betrayed Maleficent — Stefan has all the spinning wheels in the king-

dom destroyed (albeit ineffectually) and then mystifyingly packs Aurora off to live unguarded in the woods with three moronic “comic” pixies (Lesley Manville, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple) in attendance. That Aurora survives childhood is mostly due to Maleficent protecting her — so she can fall prey to the curse. Then the predictable happens, and the evil one comes to dote on Aurora, but finds she can’t break her own curse. In the meantime, Stefan has become more paranoid than Richard Nixon on a bad day. Prince Philip (Brenton Thwaites) is virtually written out of the story — after all, we live in the age of statements of female empowerment. He also looks like a refugee from a boy band, and, of course, is as ineffectual as the hero in a B-horror picture. The rest practically writes itself. In fairness, the film has obviously been cut down from a longer one and is barely held together by a clumsy narration from Janet McTeer. Whether the longer version would be better is a mystery that will likely never be solved. Probably, it would be more coherent, but matte painter and effects technician Robert Stromberg seems miscast as a director. He has art directed the film to within an inch of its life. Everything is so busy that little really registers. Supposedly breathtaking visions of fairies are much less enchanting that those in P.J. Hogan’s Peter Pan (2003). The less said about James Newton Howard’s ersatz-Danny Elfman score the better. Actually, the less said about the whole thing, the better. Rated PG for sequences of fantasy action and violence, including frightening images. Playing at Carolina Cinemas, Epic of Hendersonville, Regal Biltmore Grande, United Artists Beaucatcher. reviewed by Ken Hanke

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CAREPARTNERS SCREENING 277-4800, • SU (6/8), 2-4pm - Screening of The Happy Movie, a documentary about how different cultures experience happiness. $10. Ticket sales benefit CarePartners. Held at Millroom, 66 Ashland Ave.

COMEDY WESTERN FILM SERIES AT PACK LIBRARY 250-4700 • WE (6/4), 3pm - El Dorado. Free. Held at 67 Haywood St. MOVE TO AMEND OF BUNCOMBE COUNTY 299-1242,, • 1st THURSDAYS, 7pm - First Thursday film series: The United States of ALEC. Held at Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 500 Montreat Road, Black Mountain OUTDOOR FILM SCREENINGS AT WCU 838-227-3618, Held in Central Plaza. Free. • TH (6/5), 9:30pm - Divergent. • TH (6/12), 9:30pm - The Lego Movie.


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Edge of Tomorrow Doug Liman could do with a hit, and this Tom Cruise actioner with sci-fi underpinnings might just prove to be one. Cruise and Emily Blunt play soldiers dropped into a battle against aliens. The trick is that every time they get killed, they get brought back to life and try again. Think of it as a videogame or maybe Groundhog Day with more mayhem. Early reviews have been very positive, but they’re mostly from the UK and Australia, which are often very different from those of U.S. critics. (PG-13)


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The Fault in our Stars Director Josh Boone made a picture called Stuck in Love that never made it to Asheville. His second film, however, is getting a wide release from Fox, and it stars Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort as young cancer victims in love. The studio assures us these are “two extraordinary teenagers who share an acerbic wit, a disdain for the conventional and a love that sweeps them — and us — on an unforgettable journey. Their relationship is all the more miraculous, given that they met and fell in love at a cancer support group.” Tear ducts will be assaulted no doubt. (PG-13)

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Nazarin HHHHS Director: Luis Buñuel Players: Francisco Rabal, Marga López, Rita Macedo, Jesús Fernández, Noé Murayama ALLEGORICAL DRAMA Rated NR Possibly Luis Buñuel’s most accomplished Mexican film, Nazarin is a complex work about the impracticality — even impossibility — of living a life by the strict example of Jesus Christ, as depicted by the efforts of one priest who tries to do just that, but finds himself constantly at odds with the Church and society. By turns devastating and slyly comic. Classic World Cinema by Courtyard Gallery will present Nazarin Friday, June 6, at 8 p.m. at Phil Mechanic Studios, 109 Roberts St., River Arts District (upstairs in the Railroad Library). Info: 273-3332,

Nosferatu the Vampyre HHHHS Director: Werner Herzog Players: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Olivia Williams, Sam Worthington, Mireille Enos, Joe Manganiello HORROR Rated R More than a simple remake of F.W. Murnau’s silent classic Nosferatu (1922), Werner Herzog’s Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979) is more of an extension of and homage to the Murnau film. Herzog, of course, was free to drop the pretense that this wasn’t Dracula (copyright on the book had lapsed) and called his characters by the names from Stoker’s book. But the tone is more in keeping with Murnau, and it elaborates on things (like linking Dracula to the plague) that Murnau would have lacked the budget to flesh out. It doesn’t supplant Murnau’s film — and it isn’t better than it — but the Herzog film serves as a wonderful companion piece to it. The Thursday Horror Picture Show will screen Nosferatu the Vampyre Thursday, June 5 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.

The Glass Key HHHHS Director: Stuart Heisler (The Monster and the Girl) Players: Alan Ladd, Veronica Lake, Brian Donlevy, Joseph Calleia, Bonita Granville, William Bendix FILM NOIR MYSTERY THRILLER Rated NR Admirers of the Coen Brothers’ Miller’s Crossing will find much of its plot is drawn from both Dashiell Hammett’s 1930 novel, The Glass Key, and from Stuart Heisler’s 1942 film version. Conceived as a follow-up to cash in on the surprise popularity of Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake in This Gun for Hire (1942), Paramount had mystery writer Jonathan Latimer add a romance between their characters — something the Coens borrowed. This second film adaptation of the novel may be less stylish than the (rarely seen) 1935 version, but the romance and the slick production values make it an essential film noir mystery thriller. The Asheville Film Society will screen The Glass Key Tuesday, June 10 , at 8 p.m. in Theater Six at The Carolina Asheville and will be hosted by Xpress movie critics Ken Hanke and Justin Souther.

The Legend of 1900 HHH Director: Giuseppe Tornatore (Cinema Paradiso) Players: Tim Roth, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Bill Nunn, Melanie Thierry. Peter Vaughan, Clarence Williams III FANTASTICATED DRAMA Rated R The Legend of 1900 (1998) was Giuseppe Tornatore’s bid to really take the next step after the art house success of his Cinema Paradiso (1988). Nothing else had had its success, so he decided to make something similar in style and scope — and in English. The results were not what he hoped for. Many people seem to love the movie, and there’s no denying that it looks terrific. But the story of a man born on an ocean liner who never sets foot on land becomes increasingly hard to buy into, and the whole thing lacks a true emotional center. But it looks swell. The Hendersonville Film Society will show The Legend of 1900 Sunday, June 8, at 2 p.m. in the Smoky Mountain Theater at Lake Pointe Landing Retirement Community (behind Epic Cinemas), 333 Thompson St., Hendersonville.


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ARIES (MARCH 21-APRIL 19) "We are born with whirlwinds, forest fires and comets inside us," writes novelist Robert R. McCammon. "We are born able to sing to birds and read the clouds and see our destiny in grains of sand. But then we get the magic educated right out of our souls. We get it churched out, spanked out, washed out, and combed out. We get put on the straight and narrow path and told to be responsible." That's the bad news, Aries. But now here's the good news: The next 12 months will offer you a series of excellent opportunities to re-magic yourself. If you haven’t yet caught wind of the first invitation, I bet you will soon. TAURUS (APRIL 20-MAY 20) "When given a choice between owning an object and having an experience," says art critic Holland Cotter, "I always choose the experience." He prefers to spend his money on adventures that transform his sense of self and his understanding of the world. I recommend that approach to you in the coming weeks, Taurus. The most valuable "possessions" you can acquire will be the lessons you learn, the skills you hone and the relationships you ripen. CANCER (JUNE 21-JULY 22) "Little horses cannot carry great riders" says a Haitian proverb. In accordance with the astrological omens, I'm urging you to meditate on its meaning for your life. Here are four possibilities: 1. Are you a "little horse" trying to carry a "great rider" who's too much for you? 2. Are you a little horse that could grow into a bigger, stronger horse worthy of a great rider? 3. Are you a "great rider" who is in need of a horse that is big and strong enough to serve your big, strong ambitions? 4. Would you like to be a "great rider," but you can't be one as long as you have a horse that is too small and weak? LEO (JULY 23-AUG. 22) Declare victory, Leo, even if it isn’t quite won yet. Even if your success is imperfect and still a bit messy around the edges, raise your arms up in elated triumph and shout: "I am the purified champion! I am the righteous conqueror! I have outsmarted my adversaries and outmaneuvered my obstacles, and now I’m ready to claim my rightful rewards!" Do this even if you're not 100 percent confident, even if there is still some scraping or clawing ahead of you. Celebrate your growing mastery. Congratulate yourself on how far you've come. In this way, you will summon what's needed to complete your mission and achieve final, total victory. VIRGO (AUG. 23-SEPT. 22) Give special attention to what will last the longest. That's my main recommendation for you in the coming weeks. Devote less of your energy to transitory pleasures and short70

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GEMINI (MAY 21-JUNE 20) In Marcel Proust’s novel Swann’s Way, the narrator speaks of how profoundly he’s inspired by an older writer named Bergotte: “Each time he talked about something whose beauty had until then been hidden from me, about pine forests, about hail, about NotreDame Cathedral ... with one image he would make that beauty explode into me.” I bring this to your attention, Gemini, because in the coming days I suspect a great deal of beauty will explode into you. Why? I think it’s because you’re more receptive than usual to being delighted and enchanted. The triggers could be anything: exciting people, eavesdropped conversations, good books, surprising music and who knows what else?

term hopes. Turn away from the small obsessions that demand far too much of your energy. Withdraw from the seemingly pressing concerns that will soon start to fade because they really aren't that important. Instead, Virgo, devote your love and intelligence to the joys and dilemmas that will animate your life well into the future. Express reverence and care for the mysteries that will teach you and teach you and teach you for years to come. LIBRA (SEPT. 23-OCT. 22) My favorite bridge in the world is the Golden Gate Bridge. In the hundreds of times I’ve driven on it over San Francisco Bay, it has never let me down. I've always gotten from one side to the other without any problem. In addition to its reliability, it uplifts me with its grandeur and beauty. What's your most beloved bridge, Libra? I suggest that in the coming weeks you make it your lucky charm, your magical symbol. Why? Because the next chapter of your life story requires you to make a major crossing. You will traverse a great divide, and having your favorite bridge as an inspiration will give you strength and courage. SCORPIO (OCT. 23-NOV. 21) U2's Bono has called Leonard Cohen's song "Hallelujah" "the most perfect song in the world." It is mournful and triumphant, despairing and uplifting. It's a riddle that improbably offers cathartic release. Over 300 recording artists have covered it, and it’s even been the subject of books. Yet it was a challenge for Cohen to compose. He wrote more than 80 verses before choosing the few he would actually include in the final version, and in one famous session


he resorted to banging his head on the floor to stimulate his creative flow. "To find that urgent song," he said, took "a lot of work and a lot of sweat." I nominate "Hallelujah" to be one of your sacred symbols for the next 12 months, Scorpio. From your strenuous efforts, I predict, will come masterful creations. SAGITTARIUS (NOV. 22-DEC. 21) Let me outline the breakthroughs I hope to see for you in the coming months. First, what’s pretty good about you won’t interfere with what’s potentially great but will instead cooperate with it and boost it. Second, your past accomplishments won't hold back your progress; you won’t be tempted to rely on them at the expense of future accomplishments. And third, the brave ideas that have motivated you so well won't devolve into staid old dogmas; you will either renew and reinvigorate them or else move on to a new set of brave ideas. CAPRICORN (DEC. 22-JAN. 19) If you’re in even moderate alignment with cosmic rhythms during the next 12 months, you’ll be a connoisseur and master of recycling. I'm speaking metaphorically here. What I hope is that you will reanimate worn-out inspirations and convert faded dreams into shiny new fantasies. You will find ways to revive alliances that went off track. A once-vibrant shtick or trick that lost its cool could be retrieved from the ash heap of history and turned into a fresh, hot asset. Gear yourself up for some entertaining resurrections.

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AQUARIUS (JAN. 20-FEB. 18) I wish I could tell you that your power animal this month is the eagle or dolphin or panther. Having a glamorous creature like that as your ally might boost your confidence and charisma. To be paired with one of them might even activate dormant reserves of your animal intelligence. But I can't in good conscience authorize such an honor. That's not what the astrological omens are suggesting. In fact, your power animal this June is the bunny rabbit. Please understand that there is no shame in this. On the contrary, you should be charmed and appreciative: It means you’ll be fertile, fast, a bit tricky and very cute. (To read an essay on the mythology of the rabbit as trickster, go to PISCES (FEB. 19-MARCH 20) Buddhist meditation teacher Chogyam Trungpa said that one of the best ways to become fearless is to cultivate tenderness. As you expand your heart's capacity to feel compassionate affection for the world, there’s less and less to be afraid of. That's the opposite of the conventional wisdom that says you become brave by toughening up, by reinforcing your psychic armor. Of all the signs of the zodiac, you Pisceans are best set up to benefit from Trungpa's method — now even more than usual.

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33 Rubber ducky’s spot 36 Peeples of “Fame” 37 Epic battle in technology … or a hint to four crossings in this puzzle 40 G.I. morale booster 41 Locale for a hammer 42 “-zoic” periods 43 Comparable to a beet? 45 “Going Rogue” author 47 Like Muddy Waters’s music 48 Antiriot spray 50 Stick in a purse, maybe 53 Online music source 55 “The signature of civilizations,” per Beverly Sills 56 Dark purple fruit



60 “Two Women” star, 1960 61 Winning advantage 63 Singer who’s the subject of Carl Perkins’s “The Whole World Misses You” 64 Award for 60-Across for her role in “Two Women” 65 Flying Cloud of autodom 66 Large item in Santa’s bag, maybe 67 Pint-size 68 Close one DOWN 1 Fit nicely 2 Palindromic man’s name 3 “Fierce workingclass domestic goddess” of a sitcom 4 AOL, for many 5 Colorful parrots 6 Garden ground cover 7 Honda line 8 Ball belle 9 Early tie score 10 Movies, TV, hit songs, etc. 11 Lira spenders 12 Wee bit 15 Escort’s offer 17 Belly button type 21 Subway handful 23 Fabergé coating 24 Nutritional figs. 26 Doggie bag item

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44 Poison ___ 46 Post-Trojan War epic 47 Superhero ally of Commissioner Gordon 48 Marathon markers 49 Coral ring 51 Break down, in a way

52 ___ Wayne, a.k.a. 47-Down 54 U.S.N.A. grad: Abbr. 57 Be a nag 58 Field 59 Heathen’s figurine 61 Rug rat 62 Be nosy

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