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City Council’s brave, compassionate leadership On May 22, City Council voted to direct [interim] City Manager Cathy Ball to begin working with Asheville Police Chief Tammy Hooper on instituting written consent to search, whether it be a person’s vehicle or a person’s self or their backpack when probable cause otherwise does not exist. Thank you Brian Haynes, Julie Mayfield, Esther Manheimer, Sheneika Smith and, of course, Keith Young, who proposed the motion. You have given this issue plentiful review and have stood up for a just Asheville! Racial discrepancies in traffic stops have roused many in our community to stand up and speak out — and for good reason. From January through the end of March this year, there have been 52 searches of black drivers compared to just 46 for white drivers. But the rate at which contraband is found is 43 percent for white drivers and just 33 percent for black drivers. Back in November of 2016, the Criminal Justice Committee of the NAACP and Code for Asheville noticed these alarming trends and took action. During the course of the year and a half of committed and collaborative community efforts, including contributions from BeLoved House and others, spanning one CPAC meeting, three Public

Safety Committee meetings and two prior City Council meetings, the data had gotten progressively worse, where just last year, the contraband hit rate was even 40 percent for white drivers and 39 percent for black drivers. Check [] for more. So on May 22, five council members voted to finally institute this policy, and it is my hope that Councilman Vijay Kapoor and organizations such as the Police Benevolent Association can come to see this vote as the culmination of a year and a half of dedicated community engagement that has been built around data and has finally seen the light of day. Thank you, Justice Council! — Matilda Bliss Asheville

We must rekindle the fire of resistance I have been struggling with the poor showing of people [locally] at organized resistance to the assaults on our liberties, our democracy, our environment and our humanity that continue to hammer us daily. I hear, “It’s just too much,” “I am so depressed,” and “I’m overwhelmed and paralyzed.” People are retreating to their “normal” lives, protecting their hearts and minds from what someone recently called PTSD. I would reframe that as OTSR: Ongoing Traumatic Stress Response.

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It demonstrates cognitive dissonance, where we can’t reconcile reality with our expectations of how life “should” be. Shutting us down in this way is exactly the point of the daily assaults. We cannot and must not allow ourselves to fall for this tactic. Hiding only empowers those who wish to own our future. To prevent the demise of our democracy, we must participate in it. We must come out of our cocoons and rekindle the fire of resistance; and commit to this for however long it takes to block the clear and present rise of tyranny we’re seeing in the U.S. Leaders follow when the people lead. We must act together to guarantee a safe and healthy future for our children. — Carolyn Anderson Asheville

Insist that students receive peacemaking tools Thanks to Mountain Xpress for printing Ed Sacco’s letter lamenting the continued presence of military and martial-oriented influences in local


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public schools [“The Militarization of Our Children,” May 23, Xpress]. In a place like Asheville that likes to tout itself as progressive, you’d think our school administrators would be paying more attention to the educational treasures local citizen-teachers are offering here, both privately and in public venues. In particular, I refer to the ongoing and generous work of teachers like Steve Torma (The REAL Center), Cathy Holt (HeartSpeak), Jerry Donoghue (Inner Presence Coaching) and Roberta Wall (Steps2Peace), to name just a few. These dedicated citizens offer mind- and life-changing information and practices that have the power to transform our relationships with ourselves and others through the wisdom of NVC (Nonviolent Communication), restorative circles and other communication “technologies” that are at the forefront of inner and outer peacemaking efforts throughout the world. Their work helps us sort out the fabricated from the real, contend with fear, anger and resentment (among other challenging emotions) and learn the art of empathy toward ourselves and others.

Empathy — a natural human experience that has practically been expunged from public life except under the most tragic conditions — is no small thing; its value in transforming aggression into understanding and submission into empowerment is playing an increasing role in more enlightened governments and societies worldwide. Why wait, Asheville schools? And why wait, Asheville people? The time is now to insist our students receive tools that will give them, their families and their world a million times more benefit than would the tools of defense and attack still (sadly) popular even in progressive Asheville. Check the web! Sign up for a class! Learn and share! — Arjuna da Silva Black Mountain

Lost Cause myths continue to reverberate The letter to the editor from Brian Weber (from South Carolina) [“Civil War Historians Should Face Reality,” May 30, Xpress] complaining about Karen Cox’s statements about United

Daughters of the Confederacy is fascinating because his letter proves the points that Ms. Cox was making about the postwar creation of the “Lost Cause” idea, postReconstruction Jim Crow laws and how those myths continue to reverberate over 150 years later. Mr. Weber states that most of the Confederate soldiers were not slaveholders. This is true, but the overlooked fact is that the men who attended secession conventions across the South were almost all slaveholders, and the majority owned large numbers of slaves. Likewise, most government officials in the Confederacy were slaveholders. And by the later part of the war, many soldiers were complaining about bearing the burden of the war, while many plantation owners not only were exempted from military service but would refuse to rent their slaves as laborers to support the Confederate army. Mr. Weber states that there was no declaration of war declared by the United States. Again this is true, with a however. If the president had asked Congress for a declaration of war, it would have been a recognition that the Confederate States of America was a sovereign nation. When the Confederate army fired on U.S. forces at Fort Sumter, it was the South that started the war and required a response from the United States. That at least 618,222 men died in the Civil War — 360,222 from the North and 258,000 from the South — is a terrible tragedy, but surely the blame lies on both sides. He then says that Robert E. Lee was more anti-slavery than most Northern politicians. While Northern Democrats as a rule did not oppose slavery, Republicans did. As for his supposed ambivalence to slavery, Lee said he felt that it was more a burden to whites than black slaves. In a letter Lee wrote to his wife in 1856, he stated, “The blacks are immeasurably better off here than in Africa, morally, physically, and socially. The painful discipline they are undergoing is necessary for their further instruction as a race, and will prepare them, I hope, for better things. How long their servitude may be necessary is known and ordered by a merciful Providence.” During the Gettysburg campaign, Lee’s army kidnapped free black farmers for sale into slavery. In Reconstruction, Lee made it clear that he opposed political

C A RT O O N B Y B R E NT B R O W N rights for the former slaves. Lee told a congressional committee that he hoped that Virginia could be “rid of them (the freed slaves).” And when he was asked to condemn the Ku Klux Klan’s terrorist violence, Lee remained silent. Mr. Weber closes with the statement “... defend our noble and Godgiven right to remove ourselves from a corrupt nation.” He doesn’t state what corruption, but the supporters of the Lost Cause have long tried to obscure the reason for secession, but the secession articles from most states and the CSA constitution makes it clear that the preservation of slavery was the overriding reason. ... The irony that the supporters of the Lost Cause claim to oppose the rewriting of history is that in many cases, they were the ones who rewrote that history. One bit of history that was overwritten was that four regiments of white North Carolinians served in the Union Army: the 1st and 2nd North Carolina Union Volunteer Infantry, Eastern N.C., and the 2nd and 3rd North Carolina Union Mounted Infantry, Western North Carolina. The Union also recruited the North Carolina Colored Volunteers, which totaled three brigades and were made up of ex-slaves. — Frank E. Thomson Asheville

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Politically correct is not always accurate In response to your clarifying “note” on D.A. King’s letter [“Word Choice Insults ‘Real Immigrants,’” May 16, Xpress]: Your choice of words describing people who flout our immigration laws (repeatedly) is dictated by The Associated Press, the media’s correct terminology gatekeeper. Deemed to be “unacceptable” by the AP are terms such as “alien” or “undocumented.” These terms are both legal and accurate by any standard. But the AP, and all those who bow to its “standard of usage,” considers these terms to be improper, even hurtful. I’m curious what other class of lawbreakers does the AP dictate should not be offended by terms which describe their behavior? Bank robber, identity thief, murderer, rapist, drunk driver, arsonist, trafficker in illegal drugs and humans to be used as sex “workers” come to mind as possible terminology “cleansing” by the AP.

This is not a rhetorical question. Undocumented alien is just as legitimate a descriptive as any of the words used for any other crime, which describes the criminal and the crime. And “they’re human” doesn’t prevent the use of those other terms. Illegal entry by an alien in violation of our generous immigration laws makes them an “illegal alien” by any test of logic. — B.E. Vickroy Rogers, Ark.

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Green and diverse BY TAMIA DAME National parks, sustainability, social justice and inclusion: As a UNC Asheville student with a passion for studying these things, I felt compelled to attend the Spring Greenfest keynote address by authors Audrey and Frank Peterman. The Petermans delivered an insightful speech March 26 titled It’s Time to Break Race Barriers in the Great Outdoors, touching on the disproportionately small percentage of people of color who make up the overall national park visitor population, compared to the vast percentage of their white counterparts. This trend is a topic of conversation among conservationists, environmentalists, environmental justice advocates and others. Despite those who know and care, finding solutions to this problem can be tough. Aware of this, Audrey and Frank offered advice on effective practices they’ve used in over 20 years working to diversify green spaces.


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After their last child graduated, the Petermans decided to take a crosscountry road trip to explore the protected lands of our country. They visited national parks across 12,000 miles and were astounded by the places they found, including the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone and the Badlands. “I had no idea there was this much beauty in the world; the entire landscape seemed untouched by human hands. I had an incredible transformative revelation at that point: I realized that the same entity that created that also made me, and it seemed if that was beautiful and perfect, then I must be beautiful and perfect too, and so must be everyone and everything else,” Audrey remarked. There was one not-so-beautiful thing that Audrey and Frank became aware of by the end of their journey. “From coast to coast,” Audrey told the audience, “we saw a total of four black people.” Following their journey, Audrey remembers sharing her excitement

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TAMIA DAME about these awe-inspiring landscapes with a friend, another person of color. “‘What? I have no idea what you’re talking about,’” her friend had remarked. “She really had no clue these places existed in our own country, and if I had been in her position just a few weeks earlier, I would have been equally nonplussed because I didn’t even know these places were out there.” Audrey emphasized that recognizing the lack of information in the black community inspired them to “light a candle” and become pioneers in the movement to cultivate a population of outdoor enthusiasts that better represents U.S. demographics. The words the Petermans had to offer hit close to home for me. As a woman of color with a love for Mother Earth, I, too, question the racial demographics I’ve observed in most outdoor spaces. My favorite outdoor activity is hiking the Appalachian Mountains, and similar to the Petermans, it’s rare for me to see another person of color along any given trail. The typical outdoor enthusiast in my experience can be easily identified by hiking boots, name-brand outdoor apparel, a backpack full of gear and white skin. One exception I often see in national parks is people from around the globe who have traveled thousands of miles to see the mountains I grew up roaming. This eventually leaves me as usually the only American person of color I see on these public lands. If folks can travel from near

and far corners of the world to explore here, why does it seem our own black and brown citizens are left out of the national park visitor population? Embedded in everyday life are reminders of slavery and segregation, and many aspects are so wellhidden they’re tough to pinpoint. This is especially true for those on the outside looking in, namely white folks who struggle to understand why racial diversity and equity are so important. Segregation effectively taught people to believe there are designated “white-only” spaces. Today that manifests in the idea that dialect, behavior, locations, etc., can be described as exclusively white or black regardless of who participates. For most of us, this incites a stream of consciousness in which we inadvertently segregate ourselves. In short, a culture that believes in “white-people things,” creates a self-fulfilling prophecy. This is plainly evident when it comes to population demographics of public lands and green spaces. Environmentalism is notoriously known as a movement celebrated largely by white people. This is true despite the fact that nearly all natural disasters affect people of color at rates disproportionate to white people. One might ask if this trend over time may also have impact on how people of color think and feel about the natural world. The National Park Service conducted comprehensive surveys in 2000 and 2008-09 to measure the racial and ethnic diversity of national park visitors. As far as respondents who could name a national park they visited in the previous two years, there was growth across the board. The black response increased from 13 percent to 28 percent but remained the lowest percentage reported. Black respondents were also more likely to report that national parks are too far away and accommodations are too expensive. Perhaps most shocking is the 56 percent of black respondents who claim that they simply have little knowledge of national parks. While this disparity in national parks is evident, some still fail to understand the importance of diverse inclusion. Well-loved public lands are at stake, with some currently being considered as potential sites for mining and oil drilling. And with admission prices to popular national parks on the rise, we must emphasize that public lands are

not a privilege meant for those who can afford them. The majority alone cannot protect public lands; rather, we need a united community committed to protecting America’s greatest treasures. People of color must be engaged in the effort, and this begins with exposure and accessibility. People of color have the right to know about these lands and to be educated on policies that restrict their accessibility. “The benefit of being able to look over the last 20 years is that we’ve seen progress happen, but not nearly at the rate it needs to,” Audrey offered. This is why it’s crucial to acknowledge those who foster change and spread the word of the work being done. Opportunities for people of color to engage in environmental efforts aren’t as rare as they seem. The Petermans have contributed to the cause by initiating the Diverse Environmental Leaders National Speakers Bureau and the Atlantabased nonprofit Keeping it Wild. Other programs include Latino Outdoors, Outdoor Afro, the Environmental Professionals of Color Network and hundreds more.

THE GREAT OUTDOORS IS FOR EVERYONE: DuPont State Recreational Forest is among Western North Carolina’s treasures — and people of color must be engaged in protecting this and other public lands, stresses essayist Tamia Dame. Photo by Dame Local organization Asheville GreenWorks offers a Youth Environmental Leadership Program, a paid internship focused on advancing equity in the environmental field. This program provides high school and college age students with opportunities to

gain outdoor skills and education, provide meaningful service work and obtain useful skills for future employment. I’m personally thankful for Everybody’s Environment, a collaboration of environmental and community-based groups in WNC striving to

foster equity, plus the Conservation Trust for North Carolina’s Diversity in Conservation Internship Program, for which I’ll be serving my second summer AmeriCorps term this year. The public lands system unites American people beyond skin color: It taps into an innate sense of adventure and humility. Audrey and Frank Peterman are two wonderful leaders of change in the efforts to diversify these public lands. Though the future of diverse green spaces may seem far away, there are people nationwide making connections and creating opportunities for progress daily. It’s our responsibility to support those people and organizations; research the cause, donate, volunteer, follow and share their social media pages, and reach out and let your representatives know that this work is important. As Audrey states, “There is nothing in the way of our integrating the public lands system except for the desire and the commitment.” Tamia Dame is an undergraduate student at UNC Asheville working toward her bachelor’s degree in environmental management and policy.  X

RAISING THE ISSUE: Authors Audrey and Frank Peterman have traveled the country to bring attention to the disproportionately small percentage of people of color who make up the overall national park visitor population — and what steps can be taken to diversify public green spaces. The couple stopped in Asheville this spring to deliver the Spring Greenfest keynote address at UNC Asheville. Photo by Tamia Dame MOUNTAINX.COM

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Legal uncertainty surrounds city’s latest policing changes

BY DANIEL WALTON Local advocates for policing reform celebrated a victory last month. At Asheville City Council’s meeting on May 22, Council members voted 5-2 to approve three motions introduced by member Keith Young. Together the motions directed interim City Manager Cathy Ball to implement a written consent policy for voluntary searches, remove prior criminal record and suspicious behavior as causes for those searches and deprioritize stops for low-level regulatory violations such as expired registration. But recent developments suggest that those changes may not be a done deal. In a May 25 letter to Mayor Esther Manheimer and City Council, N.C. Police Benevolent Association Executive Director John C. Midgette claimed that Young’s motions “appear

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to violate the Asheville City Charter and other law.” In his own statement dated May 29, Council member Vijay Kapoor wrote that he’d be calling for his colleagues to rescind the motions at the Council’s next meeting on Tuesday, June 19, and have the proposed changes pass through “the normal committee process.” FINDING FAULT Midgette took a two-pronged approach in his challenge of the motions. He first criticized Young’s use of parliamentary procedure for a call of the previous question. As explained in Robert’s Rules of Order, Revised, Council’s procedural manual, approval of this motion ends debate on the topic under consideration and forces a vote. However, Robert’s Rules also notes that a call of the previous question must be approved by a two-thirds majority vote or unanimous consent. Manheimer, who in her role as mayor presides over all Council meetings, did not ask for a vote on calling the question. Council’s supplementary rules of procedure add that the motion is “not in order until there have been at least 20 minutes of debate, and every member has had an opportunity to speak once.” Neither requirement — a vote or the minimum time required for debate of the motion — was met.

Speaking with Xpress before the letter was issued, Manheimer said the process surrounding the motion had been flawed. “I should’ve had a vote on the call the question and I didn’t,” she said. “I frankly was a little bit startled by the whole [situation].” The mayor was less clear on whether Council’s failure to follow proper procedure invalidated its passage of the policing motions. “It depends. From a technical standpoint, on that kind of a motion, we’re not even required to take public comment,” Manheimer said. Young did not respond to multiple requests for comment on these procedural issues. PUSH COMES TO SHOVE Midgette’s second point concerned the substance of Young’s three motions. As clarified by Brandon McGaha, staff representative for the NCPBA, in a conversation with Xpress, “You can order the city manager to address this problem, but you can’t order the city manager to give an employee a direct order. That’s illegal, and that’s against their charter. (See sidebar, “Charter course.”) “If they don’t reverse their actions, we’re going to do what we have to legally and any other method to take care of that,” McGaha continued. He declined to give a direct answer as to whether the

NCPBA would consider legal action even if Council rescinded the motions. Young did not respond to multiple requests for comment on the substance of his motions, while Manheimer disputed the police group’s reading of their language. The mayor said that the motions’ intent was directed at Ball, who would have to figure out “how to cross the finish line” of actually making changes. “I think [Young] understands too that we have to tell the city manager, that we can’t tell the Police Department,” she explained. “She’s going to have to work with the Police Department so that it’s a policy adopted by them and used internally,” Manheimer said. “In other words, she can’t just implement policy. She can write it down, she can put it in place, but it’s not actually going to work unless the Police Department [works with her].” However, APD Chief Tammy Hooper’s comments at the May 22 meeting indicated that her department is not eager to embrace written consent. When Young asked directly where the APD was on the issue, she responded, “We’re not adopting a written consent policy.” Hooper continued to explain that the department’s body cameras provide an “absolute, 100 percent record of what happens during a consent stop” and that recently adopted policy requires all footage of such stops to be reviewed by a department supervisor. A May 30 letter by the N.C. Association of Chiefs of Police, of which Hooper is a member, also suggests that the department may be reluctant to cooperate. The NCACP wrote that prohibiting consent searches based on prior criminal record and suspicious behavior, as well as pat-down searches conducted without written consent, “weakens the ability of law enforcement to prevent crime and increases the likelihood that innocent citizens and officers will be the victims of crime.” Brandon Zuidema, NCACP president and chief of police for Garner, emphasized to Xpress that his organization was not taking a stance on the legality of Council’s actions. “We believe that’s for others to decide,” he said. “We’re speaking more to a professional opinion as to these being tools that law enforcement officers should have access to in order to effectively — and more importantly, safely — do their job.”

Zuidema added that he and Bill Hollingsed, chief of the Waynesville Police Department and Region I director for the NCACP, had been in conversation with Hooper about the concerns raised in the letter but did not “want to speak for her.” Hollingsed did not respond to a request for comment by press time. Christina Hallingse, public information officer for the APD, declined to comment on the NCACP letter. About the motions themselves, she said only that “the Asheville Police Department is working closely with city staff to understand the full scope of Council’s action.” VOICE FROM WITHIN Meanwhile, Council member Kapoor staked out his own position on the motions in his May 29 public statement. Citing Young’s failure to put the changes on the May 22 meeting’s agenda and his unwillingness to allow public comment, Kapoor criticized Council for its lack of transparency and due process. “This lack of basic democratic process is the same thing that many of us on Council decry Congress and the North Carolina General Assembly for doing

where bills are not fully considered and surprise agenda items abound,” Kapoor wrote. He voted against each of the measures during the meeting, as did Vice Mayor Gwen Wisler. In the letter, Kapoor wrote that he will ask Council to “reconsider” its actions at the upcoming meeting on Tuesday, June 19. Speaking with Xpress, he confirmed that he’ll be calling for the motions to be rescinded and their substance explored through the normal committee process. “I’m not talking about putting this away forever,” Kapoor said. “I’m just talking about having us, in my view, do what we would normally do on an issue that’s as significant as this one.” Kapoor’s letter also posed multiple questions to be resolved before he makes up his mind on the search policy changes. Many of these queries, including “Are African-Americans searched by police disproportionately in Asheville?” and “Does implementing written consent have any impact on the racial composition of searches?” were addressed in back-to-back presentations at the May 22 meeting by Ian A. Mance, staff attorney with the Southern Coalition for Social Justice, and Chief Hooper.



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WRITTEN DISSENT: The N.C. Police Benevolent Association’s communication to Asheville City Council asks for members to rescind their recent action on consent searches and vehicle stops. “We certainly prefer the opportunity to resolve these matters with you rather than exploring other measures available to us,” the letter reads. Image from letter by N.C. Police Benevolent Association However, Kapoor countered that the combative nature of those presentations did not help resolve Council’s understanding of the topic. “It’s like a LincolnDouglas debate: I say this, you say that,” he told Xpress. “Can we sit down, get this stuff synthesized, and see if we can figure out where people really are and where the differences are? That certainly hasn’t occurred.” Young did not respond to multiple requests for comment on Kapoor’s letter and remarks. Hallingse of the APD also declined to comment on the letter. Wisler, who joined Kapoor in voting against Young’s motions, said it was too early for her to take a position on rescinding the moves. Although she

believed Council’s previous vote to be “procedurally incorrect,” she said she’d wait to see Kapoor’s proposals before choosing whether to support them. “I don’t know procedurally how we’re going to reverse what was done,” Wisler said. “And I think just from a practical matter, I’m not sure the vote’s going to change.” Wisler did mirror Kapoor’s concerns about the conflicting information presented by Mance and Hooper. “I obviously am not supportive of any sort of racial profiling, but I also respect the chief a lot and respect her opinion,” she said. “I just don’t understand the discrepancies between the two sets of data.”  X

CHARTER COURSE Under the N.C. Police Benevolent Association’s interpretation, Council member Keith Young’s motions on policing are in violation of Section 23 of Asheville’s city charter. The group believes that ordering interim City Manager Cathy Ball to give orders to police employees is essentially the same as giving direct orders to those employees, which is illegal. The relevant language reads: “[N]either the Council nor any member thereof shall give an order to any city employee in the administrative service of the city, other than the city manager, relating to any matter in the line of his employment.” Regarding the consequences of such action, the charter continues, “Any violations of the provisions of this section by a member of the Council shall be a misdemeanor, conviction of which shall immediately forfeit the office of the member so convicted.” Young, along with Mayor Esther Manheimer and Council members Brian Haynes, Sheneika Smith and Julie Mayfield, voted for each of the motions. However, the charter also contains language suggesting that Ball may have the power to unilaterally decide police approaches. In Section 27, the document reads, “The manager… may himself assume and perform the powers and duties of director of one or more departments or offices and/or perform himself or delegate another any one or more functions or duties assigned to a department or office.”


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by Thomas Calder

FINDING SNOWBIRD DAY SCHOOL UNC Asheville students and faculty seek out Cherokee history Sometimes you’re asked to help plan a reunion. Rarely, if ever, does it result in a $50,000 grant. But this was the case for Trey Adcock, UNC Asheville assistant professor of interdisciplinary studies and director of the American Indian and Indigenous Studies program. An enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation, Adcock was approached last year by Eastern Band members from the community of Snowbird. As former students of the now defunct Snowbird Day School, the group hoped Adcock might assist with organizing and reaching out to fellow former classmates. Since the school’s closing in 1965, no such reunion had ever taken place. Adcock agreed to facilitate the gathering. But in the early stages, he quickly recognized the chance to host something far greater than a mere gettogether. If done correctly, members of the reunion could fill in some of the gaps of Cherokee history. In late February, UNCA announced that Adcock was one of seven national recipients of the White Public Engagement Fellowship. With the $50,000 grant, he and a team of students and colleagues began work on a project that they believe will take a minimum of two years to complete. The undertaking involves collecting, preserving and digitizing the stories of the Snowbird Day School through oral histories and archival research. “We are building an online archive,” Adcock explains. “The goal is to hand it all back over to the community once we’re done.” THE LEGACY OF LANGUAGE While no single narrative has dominated the 15 oral histories conducted thus far, a pair of names has come up again and again: Albert and Louise Lee. The couple arrived to Snowbird in 1949. Albert Lee was brought in as the day school’s principal. Meanwhile, Louise Lee was hired on to teach. The husband and wife team remained at the school until it closed in 1965. According to Adcock, the Snowbird community is unique in that a large portion of its elderly residents still speak their native language. He partially attributes this situation to the Lees, who allowed the children to interact in both English and Cherokee.

RECORDING THE PAST: Snowbird Day School alumni Gil Jackson, right, and Ella Bird discuss life in the classroom. Photo courtesy of Trey Adcock This was far from standard practice for most day school operations, notes Adcock. In the 1860s, the Bureau of Indian Affairs began establishing these institutions; one of the bureau’s primary goals was assimilation. Gen. Richard Henry Pratt, founder of the Carlisle Indian Industrial School in Carlise, Pa., perhaps best exemplifies the mindset of those in charge. His motto was, “Kill the Indian, save the man.” Gil Jackson, UNCA lecturer in modern languages and literature, is a former student of Louise Lee’s. He also manages the oral history component of the Snowbird Day School project, which he conducts in the Cherokee language. Like Adcock, he praises the role the Lees played at the day school. Their approach, he states, “was very unusual. I’m sure they were aware of the assimilation policy that the government had, but somehow or another they ignored it. I think they appreciated the language and the culture.” UNCA senior Dakota Brown, one of the students participating in the project, echoes Jackson’s sentiment. “The Lees came in with the idea that they were going to educate, but not necessarily assimilate,” she says. The result, Brown points out, is evident in the community to this day. There is a reason, she says, that Jackson is able to conduct his interviews in Cherokee. This very fact,


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N EWS she continues, is a direct result of the school’s legacy. HUMOR, PAIN AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN As a history major with a minor in American Indian and Indigenous Studies, Brown’s role as a researcher is a natural fit. But in addition to her academic credentials and interests, she is also from Snowbird. In fact, her father, uncle and grandparents all attended its former day school. For Brown, one of the main appeals of the project is its specificity. So often, she says, Native American history gets reduced to two acts: first contact and the subsequent removal out west. “People don’t usually talk about these little small community day schools and the experiences had,” she says. But it is in these types of stories, she adds, that a more nuanced history is revealed. Talk, however, can prove tricky. Brown recently interviewed her grandmother, Frieda Brown-Rattler, for the project. In 1954, Brown-Rattler was one of the first students from the Snowbird community to integrate into the nearby Robbinsville public school system. During their conversation, Brown notes, her grandmother was reticent to discuss the transition in great detail. “She didn’t want to say anything too negative,” Brown explains. “She said some students were very receptive and nice to her, and others were not.” In Brown’s view, this reticence is par for the course. “You have to listen and be receptive to what information they’re willing to give you and realize this isn’t your story,” she says. “This is their story, and you have to allow them to share what they’re willing to share and not push too much.” Along with reticent subjects, there is also the issue of memory itself. To combat its elusive nature, Jackson regularly brings old photographs to individual and group sessions. Since launching

UNCOVERING THE PAST: UNC Asheville assistant professor Trey Adcock is in the midst of establishing an online archive detailing the history of the Snowbird Day School. Photo by Thomas Calder the project, the UNCA research team has gathered over 300 images from the former day school. Most of these, notes Adcock, were taken by the Lees. Jackson says the stories run the gamut from humorous anecdotes to painful encounters. One participant recalled recesses spent playing in the nearby creek. Another remembered working in the lunchroom. A few have noted unpleasant run-ins with substitute teachers who objected when students spoke Cherokee.

For Adcock, it’s essential that the project capture the full range of experiences. “There is not one story that has come to the forefront,” he says. “I think it’s a collection that showcases a complicated history around assimilation and maintaining culture.” ‘THE STORY OF APPALACHIA’ Come August, former Snowbird Day School students will finally hold the offi-

cial reunion that inspired the project currently underway. The gathering will give the team of UNCA researchers a chance to present some of their findings to the group. This will be a significant moment for Adcock. “To me, the work doesn’t really have value unless it has value to the community,” he says. In the meantime, the crew continues its dive into state and regional archives, as well as its ongoing efforts to capture personal histories. But the project’s end result, says Adcock, is not set in stone. Nobody, including Adcock himself, knows where the information might lead them. Yet Adcock’s intention is clear. The project is meant to give voice to those previously silenced through assimilation and forgotten histories. In sharing the personal accounts of these alumni, Adcock hopes to break many of the stereotypes still held by non-natives. And by breaking the stereotypes, he aspires to forge a deeper connection between communities. “It’s not just a Cherokee story,” he explains. “It’s a story about segregation and desegregation. And that is part of the American story. And I think that’s an important story that needs to continue to be told.” After some additional thought, Adcock adds, “It’s also a Western North Carolina story. I mean Snowbird — you don’t get more remote than Snowbird. This is a rural population, a poor population. It’s the story of Appalachia.”  X

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The West Next Generation Network Initiative of the Land of Sky Regional Council is seeking public input on the availability and reliability of broadband service in Buncombe, Haywood, Henderson, Madison and Transylvania counties to identify underserved areas and places where infrastructure improvements could lead to expanded economic opportunities for residents and businesses. According to its website, the West NGN “is a regional initiative focused on stimulating the deployment of broadband networks in Western North Carolina. WestNGN’s goal is to encourage privatesector providers to deliver ultrafast bandwidth at highly affordable prices to ensure our region remains competitive and at the forefront of developing the next-generation applications essential to all sectors of the economy.” The survey is available at For more information, contact Erica Anderson at 828-251-6622 or  X



fill an unexpired term on its Civil Service Board, which works with the city’s Human Resources Department to resolve employee grievances and provide input on personnel administration issues. Candidates must live within the city limits and be registered to vote. They must not currently work for the city or have worked for the city for at least seven years. They also must not be married to someone currently employed by the city. The newly elected member will serve through Oct. 1, 2019. Those wishing to run should apply by 5 p.m. Friday, June 8. The election will be held Monday, June 25; city employees who are members of the Classified Service are eligible to vote. For more information, visit






Pool days return to Asheville and Buncombe County in early June, with city pools set to open on a regular schedule Saturday, June 9, and county pools opening on a full schedule Monday, June 11. City pool general admission is $3, with season and multivisit passes available. Pool hours are: • Malvern Hills Pool, 75 Rumbough Place, Monday-Friday, noon-6 p.m.; Saturdays, 11 a.m.6 p.m.; Sundays, 1-6 p.m. • Recreation Park Pool, 65 Gashes Creek Road, Monday-Friday, noon-6 p.m.; Saturdays, 11 a.m.6 p.m.; Sundays, 1-6 p.m.

• Walton Street Pool, 570 Oakland Road, MondayFriday, noon-6 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays, 1-4 p.m. County pool general admission is also $3, with season and multivisit passes available. County pool hours are Monday-Friday, noon-5:45 p.m.; Saturdays, 11 a.m.-6:45 p.m.; Sundays, 1-6:45 p.m. The county’s five pool locations are: • Cane Creek, 590 Lower Brush Creek Road, Fletcher. • Erwin, 58 Lees Creek Road, Asheville. • Hominy Valley, 25 Twin Lakes Road, Candler. • North Buncombe, 892 Clarks Chapel Road, Weaverville. • Owen, 117 Stone Drive, Swannanoa. For more information on city pools, visit For county pools, visit


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You know that bulky old television set taking up space in your basement? How about that garbage bag full of packing peanuts you’ve been saving for the last five years? On Saturday, June 9, Asheville GreenWorks’ Hard-2-Recycle event returns to help you get rid of tricky items without filling the landfill with bulky and possibly even toxic materials. With help from its event sponsors, Asheville GreenWorks collects items including electronics, TVs, batteries, styrofoam and books. The organization holds five collection events each year — in north, south, east and west Buncombe County and downtown Asheville. Disposal is free except for cathode-ray tube TVs and monitors, which contain lead and mercury. The fee for those items is $10. The event runs from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the east parking lot at 108 Monticello Road, Weaverville. More information is available at 828254-1776 or sustainability@

ties for April. Meanwhile, among the state’s 15 metro areas, Asheville enjoyed the lowest unemployment rate at 3 percent. The not seasonally adjusted rate for April was 3.7 percent statewide. According to a news release from the N.C. Department of Commerce, “The number of workers employed statewide (not seasonally adjusted) increased in April by 20,026 to 4,799,821, while those unemployed decreased 29,941 to 185,478. Since April 2017, the number of workers employed statewide increased 78,248, while those unemployed decreased 17,614.”

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Pop quiz, dear reader. When did writer Thomas Wolfe die? A. Sept. 15, 1938 B. May 14, 2018 C. Both of the above D. Neither of the above If you circled C, you are correct. It’s not often that two men, unrelated, share both a name and a profession. But this was the case for Thomas Clayton Wolfe and Thomas Kennerly Wolfe Jr. The former, an Asheville native and author of such books as Look Homeward, Angel and You Can’t Go Home Again was born Oct. 3, 1900, and died Sept. 15, 1938. The latter, of Richmond, Va., who wrote such works as The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test and The Bonfire of the Vanities, was born March 2, 1930, and died May 14, 2018. Unlike Thomas K. Wolfe, Asheville’s Thomas C. Wolfe did not quite reach the mature age of 88. Dead at 37, reports lamented his premature passing, a result of tubercular meningitis. On Sept. 16, 1938, The Asheville Citizen announced the news. Along with its reporting, the newspaper also featured coverage from the Charlotte News, which declared:

wanted to see you all again, and there was the impossible anguish and regret of all the work I had not done, of all the work I had to do — and I know now I’m just a grain of dust, and I feel as if a great window has been opened on life I did not know about before — and if I come through this I hope to God I am a better man, and in some strange way I can’t explain I know I am a deeper and wiser one — If I get on my feet and out of here, it will be months before I head back, but if I get on my feet, I’ll come back.”

“The death of Thomas Wolfe in Baltimore is a major blow to American letters and particularly to the south. Of all the young men who have been writing in Dixie in recent years and redeeming the reputation of the land as a place where novels were no more than dream stories about a dream south that was nearly indistinguishable from cloud-cuckoo country, he was by far the ablest.” Headlines announcing Thomas C. Wolfe’s demise were featured in papers across the country, from the Tampa Morning Tribune to the San Bernardino Daily Sun. As many reports noted, Wolfe first fell ill in Vancouver, British Columbia, while touring the Northwest. The initial cold soon developed into pneumonia, leading Wolfe to seek treatment at a sanatorium in Seattle. Eventually, he was transported east to Baltimore, where he underwent two surgeries at Johns Hopkins in a failed effort to save his life. Wolfe wrote his final letter while out West. Dated Aug. 12, 1938, the missive was addressed to his former


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WOLFE PACK: Unlike Thomas K. Wolfe, Asheville’s Thomas C. Wolfe did not quite reach the mature age of 88. Dead at 37, reports lamented his premature passing, a result of tubercular meningitis. Photo design by Scott Southwick editor Maxwell Perkins. In his brief letter, Wolfe wrote: “I’ve made a long voyage and been to a strange country, and I’ve seen the dark man very close; and I don’t think I was too much afraid of him, but so much of mortality still clings to me — I wanted most desperately to live and still do, and I thought about you all a 1000 times, and

Wolfe’s funeral services were held on Sept. 18, 1938, at the First Presbyterian Church in Asheville. He was buried later that day at Riverside Cemetery. His works, largely autobiographical, were controversial among Asheville residents throughout his lifetime (see “Tuesday History: ‘We are born alone,’” Oct. 10, 2017, Xpress). In her 2007 biography, Thomas Wolfe: When Do the Atrocities Begin? writer Joanne Marshall Mauldin addresses the divisive nature of his fiction. But Maudlin also offers insight into the intrigue his writing held for those outside Asheville, including an excerpt from a letter written by Wolfe’s literary agent, Elizabeth Nowell. On Feb. 14, 1956, Nowell wrote: “At Johns Hopkins I didn’t know and couldn’t believe then that Tom would die, and I kept thinking how he’d love to hear just what the family did and said: it was like living in a still unwritten book.” In an email exchange with Xpress, Tom Muir, site manager at the Thomas Wolfe Memorial writes: “There is an old quote that says you die twice: once when you die, and the second time when your name isn’t spoken anymore. In an odd way the passing of author Thomas K. Wolfe has helped to keep the memory of Asheville’s Thomas C. Wolfe alive. Rest in peace Tom Wolfe, 1900-2018, we continue to speak your name, but we don’t have a white suit on exhibit.” Editor’s notes: Thomas Calder leads occasional tours at the Thomas Wolfe Memorial. Peculiarities of spelling and punctuation are preserved from the original documents.  X



History, change and connection in one Asheville neighborhood Montford has more bears than some Asheville neighborhoods. That may be because we have woods, though fewer trees than we did six years ago when I moved here, as hillsides are cleared to make way for new houses. Changes are happening in Montford, but change has happened before in Montford. Friends who’ve lived here longer than I tell me about changes they’ve seen — friends, for example, like Annie Morgan. I met Annie not long after I settled in Asheville. She had paused on a spot near the Montford Community Center, and as sometimes happens when two walkers’ paths cross, we fell to talking. I asked her if she’d known that part of the neighborhood back when it was the African-American community called Stumptown, which sprang up early in the last century next


HOWDY, NEIGHBORS: Caroline Knox and her children, Adeline Lindow, on bicycle, and Jensen Lindow, greet fellow walkers on Pearson Drive. Photo by Carol Polsgrove

On the Ground is a new occasional series that will showcase locals’ love of walking in Western North Carolina’s varied neighborhoods. From Black Mountain to Shiloh, from Hendersonville to Canton, we welcome inquiries from readers who’d like to share their favorite urban jaunts in a personal essay. Author and journalist Carol Polsgrove kicks things off with a paean to her personal walking nirvana: Asheville’s Montford neighborhood.

BY CAROL POLSGROVE I’ve been walking neighborhoods for several decades but never with more pleasure than in Asheville’s Montford. In winter, children pull sleds down barely dusted streets at the first hint of

snow. In spring, pink phlox spills over garden walls. And in most seasons, you’ll find me and other walkers out walking. We walk with friends, we walk with dogs, we walk alone. Some days we walk down Pearson Drive to Patchwork Urban Farms to see what green things are sprouting or chickens scratching, then circle round Hibriten Drive to see what new house has appeared on the steep slopes. Some days we walk on Zillicoa past the 1927 English stone “castle” Homewood and sprawling yellow 1895 Rumbaugh Mansion — and if it’s a Fourth of July night, we pause on that hilltop to watch the fireworks. Some days we circle around the Byzantine-style Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church on Cumberland and work our way down to the Reed Creek Greenway that winds along Broadway to the Botanical Gardens and UNC Asheville. As a friend walking with me said just the other day, “Every street is an adventure.”

While some Montford streets turn here and there and trail off in intriguing ways, three parallel streets offer straight treks through the neighborhood: Cumberland Avenue, Montford Avenue and Pearson Drive. Of the three, Cumberland Avenue has the least traffic — it’s a quiet, broad street lined with brick sidewalks and ornate early 20th-century houses with fancy gardens to match. Montford Avenue has more and faster traffic than Cumberland but also has three popular restaurants — Nine Mile, Chiesa and Tod’s Tasties. Bus shelter picture panels feature grand houses lost to fire or demolition, the African-American presence in Montford and other places and people of the past. Then there’s Pearson, with more bungalows than the other long streets and a side route down Birch Street to Riverside Cemetery, where woodchucks scamper over the grass into their culvert homes. Pearson feels closer to nature than the other long streets: It was there I once saw a mother bear with two cubs scampering after her.


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REST AREA: A Montford pedestrian takes a break at the corner of Magnolia Avenue and Flint Street. Photo by Carol Polsgrove to the upscale residences built for well-heeled whites. Indeed, she did remember the Stumptown area before much of it was erased by urban renewal in the 1970s. She pointed to where a candy store stood, just there, and over there, rooming houses. Those elements of a thriving community and others were replaced by what we see there now: ballfields, the theater where Montford Park Players performs Shakespeare on summer nights and the community center — recently renamed for AfricanAmerican midwife Tempie Avery, whose home once stood on the site. We started a friendship that day, and from time to time we walk

together, sharing our walkers’ curiosity about what’s happening in the neighborhood — houses sold, built or transformed. As Asheville’s hot housing market raises prices and rents, we both fear that Montford is losing some of the diversity and flavor that make it interesting. All the more, then, we savor the pleasure of meeting our neighbors, exchanging words of greeting, sometimes falling into conversation — a way of knowing our place and the people who are part of it. Carol Polsgrove is the author of a memoir, When We Were Young in Africa.  X

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As in other neighborhoods in Asheville, pedestrians have suffered assaults in Montford — purse-snatchings, muggings and other forms of meanness. Some of us daytime walkers avoid walking at night. Montford is walkable not only because it’s an interesting place to walk in, but also because from it we can walk to downtown’s restaurants and drinking spots, library, theaters and more. But to get downtown via Montford Avenue, you must run the gauntlet of a busy intersection near the Asheville Visitor Center at 36 Montford Ave. Two stoplights just before the Interstate 240 overpass appear close together — confusing some motorists, who run the first, driving across the crosswalk or stopping right on it (under the impression, I suppose, that the second light is the one that really counts). That spot needs better signage, along with signals that will give pedestrians an exclusive green light to cross Montford Avenue without cars coming from any direction.  X


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UFOS AND THEIR SPIRITUAL MISSION (PD.) UFOs, Crop Circles. The emergence of Maitreya, The World Teacher. Rising voice of the people calling for justice and freedom. The old order is dying. What is behind these extraordinary events? • Saturday, June 23, 1pm. Crystal Visions, 5426 Asheville Highway. Free presentation. 828-4920876. VILLAGERS... (PD.) an Urban Homestead Supply store offering quality tools, supplies and classes to support healthy lifestyle activities like gardening, food preservation, cooking, herbalism, and more. 278 Haywood Road. BMYTALKS: MOVEMENT + COGNITION (PD.) w/ Functional Neurologist Dr. Michael Trayford, Wednesday, June 13, 6:45-7:45pm at Black Mountain Yoga: Explore the science of how movement (gait, balance, timing) impacts our higher human functions of memory, attention, impulse control +more. Experience ‘dual tasking’ and movement/balance while performing cognitive tasks to integrate the information into your personal body-


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mind-body interaction. By Donation. AMERICAN LEGION POST NC 77 216 4th Ave. W, Hendersonville • 2nd THURSDAYS, noon - Korean War Veterans Chapter 314, general meeting. Free. ASHEVILLE CHESS CLUB 828-779-0319, vincentvanjoe@gmail. com • WEDNESDAYS, 6:30pm - Sets provided. All ages and skill levels welcome. Beginners lessons available. Free. Held at North Asheville Recreation Center, 37 E. Larchmont Road ASHEVILLE NEWCOMERS CLUB • 2nd MONDAYS, 9:30am - Monthly meeting for women new to Asheville. Free to attend. ASHEVILLE ROTARY CLUB • THURSDAYS, noon1:30pm - General meeting. Free. Held at Renaissance Asheville Hotel, 31 Woodfin St.

HORSE WHISPERER: A Children First/ Communities In Schools student participates in a Heart of Horse Sense program. The equine therapy nonprofit’s Mane Event fundraiser takes place June 9 on its Marshall farm. Photo courtesy of Children First/CIS “It’s not petting horses and feeling better. If that’s all it was, that’s a pretty easy fix. The work that we’re up to here is interacting with horses to build healthy skills — healthy communication skills, healthy self-advocacy skills, healthy assertiveness skills. If you can do those things with a thousand-pound animal, you can do those things pretty much anywhere,” Knapp says. “To practice those skills here is basically [the adage] ‘teach a man to fish.’ Petting horses and feeling better is ‘give a man a fish,’ and that’s great, but when the fish is gone and the horse is gone, so is the good feeling. We want to make a difference long term.” The Mane Event takes place Saturday, June 9, 1-5 p.m. at Horse Sense of the Carolinas, 6919 Meadows Town Road, Marshall. $5 for children under age 12, $10 regular admission.  X


ASHEVILLE TAROT CIRCLE Asheville-Tarot-Circle/ • 2nd SUNDAYS, noon - General meeting. Free to attend. Held at Firestorm Books & Coffee, 610 Haywood Road BIG IVY COMMUNITY CENTER 540 Dillingham Road, Barnardsville, 828626-3438 • TH (6/7), 7pm "Common Sense Personal Safety and Community Watch," presentation by the Buncombe County Sheriff's Department. Free. DAVIDSON'S FORT HISTORIC PARK Lackey Town Road, Old Fort, 828-668-4831, • SA (6/9) & SU (6/10), 10am-4pm - "Forming of the Militia," outdoor history re-enactment event. $5. LAUREL CHAPTER OF THE EMBROIDERERS' GUILD OF AMERICA 828-686-8298, • TH (6/7), 10am Monthly meeting and program focusing on finishing tech-

niques for the cross stitch tape measure cover. Free. Held at Cummings United Methodist Church, 3 Banner Farm Road, Horse Shoe LEICESTER COMMUNITY CENTER 2979 New Leicester Highway, Leicester, 828-774-3000, Leicester.Community. Center • 2nd TUESDAYS, 7pm - Public board meeting. Free. LITERACY COUNCIL OF BUNCOMBE COUNTY 31 College Place, Suite B-221 • FR (6/8), 8:309:30am - Coffee and tour to learn how literacy changes students' lives. Registration required: literacy-changinglives-tour/. Free. PUBLIC EVENTS AT WCU 828-227-7397, • 2nd MONDAYS, 7pm - Western North Carolina Civil War Round Table, club meeting. Social meeting at 6:30pm. Free. Held at H.F. Robinson Administration Building, Cullowhee

DANCE For dance related events see the dance section in the A&E Calendar on p. _ CLASSIC MOVIE CLUB OF ASHEVILLE (PD.) 2nd Monday of every month-7pm- CLOUD ROOM- Wedge at Foundation- FREE open to the public. Playing Monday, June/11-7pm: ANNIE GET YOUR GUN, Betty Hutton as Annie Oakley/music by Irving Berlin CAROLINA FURNITURE CONCEPTS 100 Airport Road, Arden • FR (6/8), 4:30am7pm - "Break the Hunger," non-perishable food donations accepted at this all day food drive.

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ties for families. June 16, 12:30-9:30, Pack Square Park. ASHEVILLE VEGANFEST event-schedule/ • FR (6/8) through SU (6/10) - Three-day vegan focused event featuring speakers, live music and an outdoor festival. See website for full schedule. Free to attend. • SU (6/10), 11am5pm - Outdoor festival featuring educational speakers, kid's activities and vegan food, beer and lifestyle vendors. Free to attend. Held at Pack Square Park, 121 College St. XPAND FEST xpand-fest • SA (6/9), noon10pm - Outdoor festival featuring art vendors, 150 live performers and food and drink vendors. Free to attend. Held on Coxe & Burton Aves.

GOVERNMENT & POLITICS BLUE RIDGE REPUBLICAN WOMEN’S CLUB BRRWC • 2nd THURSDAYS, 6pm - General meeting. Free to attend. Held at Gondolier Restaurant, 1360 Tunnel Road. BUNCOMBE COUNTY DEMOCRATIC HEADQUARTERS 951 Old Fairview Road, 828-274-4482 • 2nd MONDAYS, 6:30-8:30pm - Progressive Democrats of Buncombe, monthly meeting. Free. CITY OF ASHEVILLE 828-251-1122, • 1st WEDNESDAYS, 5pm - Citizens-Police Advisory Committee meeting. Free. Meets in the 1st Floor Conference Room. Held at Public Works Building, 161 S. Charlotte St. HIGHLAND BREWING COMPANY 12 Old Charlotte Highway, Suite 200, highlandbrewing. com/ • SA (6/9), 3-6pm Meeting to discuss how to get money out of politics. Sponsored by WolfPAC NC. Information: m.a.maxwell9@gmail. com. Free to attend.

INDIVISIBLE COMMON GROUNDWNC • 1st WEDNESDAYS, 6:30-8pm -General meeting. Free. Held at St. David's Episcopal Church, 286 Forest Hills Road, Sylva

KIDS APPLE VALLEY MODEL RAILROAD & MUSEUM 650 Maple St, Hendersonville, • WEDNESDAYS, 1-3pm & SATURDAYS, 10am-2pm - Open house featuring operating model trains and historic memorabilia. Free. ASHEVILLE ART MUSEUM 175 Biltmore Ave., 828-253-3227 • 2nd TUESDAYS, 11am-12:30pm - Homeschool program for grades 1-4. Registration required: 253-3227 ext. 124. $4 per student. ASHEVILLE MUSEUM OF SCIENCE 43 Patton Ave., 828-254-7162, • 2nd & 4th FRIDAYS, 9-9:45am - Little Explorers Club: Guided activities for preschoolers (with their caregivers). Admission fees apply. • 2nd FRIDAYS, 5:307:30pm - "Night at the Museum," parents night out event for children 4-10 years old. Event includes pizza, movie and activities. Registration required. $15. ASHEVILLE TENNIS ASSOCIATION • Through SU (7/15) Open registration for Asheville Open Junior Tennis Championships played Friday, July 20 through Sunday, July 22 at Aston Park Tennis Center. Registration required: southern.usta. com, tournament ID 703940018. $33 singles/$13 doubles. • Through MO (6/11) - Open registration for kids tennis clinics from Monday, June 18 through Monday, July 9. Registration required. $30. BARNES AND NOBLE BOOKSELLERS ASHEVILLE MALL 3 S. Tunnel Road, 828296-7335 • SA (6/9), 11-11:30am - Storytime for children featuring the book, Incredibles 2:

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• TH (6/14), 5-6:15pm - "Playologist Training," volunteer training for rising 6th graders and above. Volunteer applications available online. Free. MALAPROP'S BOOKSTORE AND CAFE 55 Haywood St., 828-254-6734, • WEDNESDAYS, 10am - Miss Malaprop's Story Time for ages 3-9. Free to attend. SWANNANOA VALLEY MUSEUM 223 W State St., Black Mountain, 828-669-9566, • 2nd & 4th SATURDAYS, 2-4pm Historically oriented crafts and activities for children. Free to attend.

OUTDOORS CHIMNEY ROCK AT CHIMNEY ROCK STATE PARK (PD.) Celebrate National Get Outdoors Day on Saturday, June 9, from 11am-3pm with hiking, animal programs, rock climbing and more. Info at BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY HIKES 828-298-5330, • FR (6/8), 10am Hike of the Week: "Give Me Shelter," 1.5 mile, moderate,

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• Tuesdays through (8/7), 5:30-7:30pm "Asheville Hoop Jam," outdoor event hosted by Asheville Hoops, featuring hula hooping and music. Bring your own hula or borrow a demo. Free. Held at Pritchard Park, 4 College St. GRANDFATHER MOUNTAIN 2050 Blowing Rock Highway Linville, 828733-4337, • Through FR (6/8), 1pm - "Remarkable Rhododendron Ramble," guided hikes to observe and learn about rhododendron and their blooms. Admission fees apply. New-Meetinginformation.html • 2nd THURSDAYS, 7pm - General meeting and presentations. Free to attend. Held at Ecusta Brewing, 49 Pisgah Highway Suite 3 Pisgah Forest

CITY OF ASHEVILLE 828-251-1122, • WEDNESDAYS, 6-7:30pm - LEAF Cultural Arts event featuring live performances, interactive workshops and the LEAF Easel Rider Mobile Art Lab. Free. Held at Pritchard Park, 4 College St.

223 W State St., Black Mountain, 828-669-9566, • SA (6/9), 9am - Valley History Explorer Hike: Guided hike and historic tour of the Montreat College Athletic Campus. $35/$25 members.

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PARENTING BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF WNC 828-253-1470, • TH (6/7), noon Information session for single parents with children ages 6-14 interested in learning more about connecting your child with a mentor. Free. Held at Big Brothers Big Sisters of WNC, 50 S. French Broad Ave. Ste. #213.

PUBLIC LECTURES ASHEVILLE ROTARY CLUB • TH (6/14), 5:30pm - Metro Talks: "Arts in Our Community," presentation by Stefanie Gerber Darr, executive director, Asheville Area Arts Council. Free. Held at Grove Arcade, 1 Page Ave. BUNCOMBE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARIES buncombecounty. org/governing/depts/ library • TU (6/12), 7pm Jim Stokely discusses the significance of his mother, Wilma Dykeman. Free. Held at Weaverville Public Library, 41 N. Main St., Weaverville

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the Successful Aging Conference that takes place Thursday, June 14, 9am3:30pm. Registration: $25. Held at UNC-Asheville Reuter Center, 1 Campus View Road JEWISH FAMILY SERVICES OF WNC, INC. 828-253-2900 • TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS, 11am2pm - The Asheville Elder Club Group Respite program for individuals with memory challenges and people of all faiths. Registration required: 828-2532900. $30. Held at Jewish Family Services of WNC, Inc., 2 Doctors Park, Suite E • WEDNESDAYS, 11am-2pm - The Hendersonville Elder Club for individuals with memory challenges and people of all faiths. Registration required: 828-253-2900. $30. Held at Agudas Israel Congregation, 505 Glasgow Lane Hendersonville

SPIRITUALITY ASTROCOUNSELING (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.

ASHEVILLE NEW FRIENDS ashevillenewfriends. org • TU (6/12), 9am-1pm - Short group, wild flower hike to waterfall. $5. Optional carpool at 8:50am from Asheville Outlets, near Restoration Hardware, 800 Brevard Road. Held at Pearson Falls, 2720 Pearson Falls, Saluda

EXPERIENCE THE SOUND OF SOUL (PD.) Sing HU, the most beautiful prayer, and open your heart to balance, inner peace, Divine love, and spiritual self-discovery. Love is Love, and you are that. HU is the Sound of Soul. Spiritual discussion follows. Sponsored by ECKANKAR. • Sunday, June 10, 2018, 11am. Eckankar Center of Asheville, 797 Haywood Rd. (“Hops and Vines” building, lower level), Asheville NC 28806, 828-254-6775. (free event). www.eckankar-nc. org

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INTUITIVE READINGS (PD.) Listen to your Spirits messages for you. For your reading, or for more information, call 4pm-7pm, 828 551-1825.

by Abigail Griffin SHAMBHALA MEDITATION CENTER (PD.) Thursdays, 7-8:30pm and Sundays, 10-noon • Meditation and community. By donation. 60 N. Merrimon Ave., #113, (828) 200-5120. asheville.shambhala. org CENTER FOR ART & SPIRIT AT ST. GEORGE 1 School Road, 828-258-0211 • 1st & 3rd THURSDAYS, 2pm - Intentional meditation. Admission by donation. CHABAD HOUSE 127 McDowell St., 828-505-0746, • TH (6/7), 11:30am12:30pm - "Torah and Tea," ladies morning out with the Jewish Women's Circle. Registration required: 828-5050746. Free. CREATION CARE ALLIANCE OF WNC creationcarealliance. org • TUESDAYS through (7/2), 6-7:15pm Summer book study for people of all kinds of spiritual backgrounds featuring the book, Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We’re in Without Going Crazy by Joanna Macy and Chris Johnston. Free. Held at First Baptist Church of Asheville, 5 Oak St. • TH (6/14), 6-7:30pm - General meeting. Free. Held at St. Eugene's Catholic Church, 72 Culver St. FIRST CONGREGATIONAL UCC OF HENDERSONVILLE 1735 5th Ave. W., Hendersonville, 828-692-8630, • FR (6/8), 7pm & SA (6/9), 10am & 1pm - Walter E. Ashley Memorial Lecture Series: "A Handbook for a New America: Living Justly and Loving Powerfully in a Fractured World," lecture by Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III. $25. GRACE LUTHERAN CHURCH 1245 6th Ave W, Hendersonville, 828-693-4890, • Through (6/11) Open registration for vacation bible school for age 4 through 5th grade. Takes place Monday through Thursday (6/18) until (6/21), 9am-noon. Registration online. Free. • 2nd FRIDAYS, 1-2pm - Non-

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SPORTS ASHEVILLE ON BIKES • SA (6/9) - "Cycle Smart," roadway bicycling class. Participants must be 12-years old. Registration required: cyclesmartbuncombe. org. $15/$7 additional family members.

VOLUNTEERING HAYWOOD STREET CONGREGATION 297 Haywood St., 828-246-4250 • 1st & 3rd THURSDAYS, 10amnoon - Workshop to teach how to make sleeping mats for the homeless out of plastic shopping bags. Information: 828-7077203 or cappyt@att. net. Free. LITERACY COUNCIL OF BUNCOMBE COUNTY 828-254-3442, volunteers@litcouncil. com • TH (6/7) 5:30pm Information session for those interested in volunteering two hours per week with adults who want to improve reading, writing, spelling and English language skills. Held at Literacy Council of Buncombe County, 31 College Pl., Suite B-221 STITCHES OF LOVE 828-575-9195 • MO (6/11), 7-9pm - Volunteer to stitch or crochet handmade articles for local charities. All skill levels welcome. Held at New Hope Presbyterian Church, 3070 Sweeten Creek Road For more volunteering opportunities visit volunteering



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BY DANIEL WALTON The odds are stacked against Mission Health, says President and CEO Ron Paulus. Prices for essential equipment and labor keep going up, reimbursement rates from insurers and the government are flat or going down, and money-saving improvements to care end up reducing hospital income. In the resulting endless scramble to cut costs, he argues, the nonprofit health system risks losing sight of its actual mission: improving the health of the people of Western North Carolina. “Using up all of your energy and creativity and innovation on lowering your costs just to keep doing the same thing is not really what you want to be doing,” Paulus told those attending a May 4 breakfast meeting organized by the Council of Independent Business Owners. “You do want to change people’s health status. So the question is: What are the options?” Apparently, Mission’s leadership has decided that the best option is selling the system to the Nashville, Tenn.based HCA Healthcare, the biggest forprofit hospital operator in the country. On March 21, Mission Health’s board of directors announced that it had signed a letter of intent to be acquired by HCA, reaffirming the board’s “commitment to preserve and expand Mission Health’s world-class quality of care within a rapidly consolidating health care industry.” In the process, the health system hopes to radically re-define the way it serves the area. HCA’s purchase price for the system, plus Mission’s remaining net cash and investments, would fund a nonprofit foundation specifically devoted to boosting public health in the region. At the CIBO meeting, Paulus claimed that the new organization’s assets, which could range from $1 billion to $2 billion depending on the final sale price, would make it one of the three largest foundations in North Carolina and the richest foundation per capita anywhere on the planet. Paulus concedes that the deal wouldn’t remedy the fundamental structural problems in America’s health care system, but selling to HCA, he maintains, would give Mission’s facilities access to the corporation’s massive buying power, thereby cut-

THE BIG PICTURE: Mission Health CEO Dr. Ron Paulus shares the rationale behind his health system’s intended sale to HCA Healthcare at a Council of Independent Business Owners breakfast meeting on May 4. Photo by Daniel Walton ting costs and improving margins. And by cashing out now, while the health system is still relatively strong financially, Mission would get more money to fund the new foundation. Federal regulations, however, would bar the foundation from directly supporting any of the hospitals in the Mission Health system. Meanwhile, questions have been raised about HCA’s history of lawsuits and settlements, as well as the sale’s impact on WNC’s smaller regional hospitals. At this point, many aspects of the proposed transaction have yet to be determined. Mission staff is still working on the requisite due diligence, and once that hurdle is cleared, state Attorney General Josh Stein would have to sign off on it. In the meantime, however, Xpress spoke with Mission officials and independent experts to learn more about what the region can expect if this historic deal goes through. FOR THE PEOPLE Amid the uncertainties, one thing seems clear: IRS regulations would require the proceeds of any sale to be transferred to a charitable foundation. Because the nonprofit health system is tax-exempt, the community has indirectly supported it through reduced tax revenue. And since a for-profit company

would now benefit from Mission’s history as a 501(c)(3) charity, HCA would have to adequately compensate the public for the system’s assets — and that compensation would have to go to a charitable cause that was aligned with Mission’s current purpose. Legal strictures would also limit the the new foundation’s activities, however. According to Jim DeLauro, a San Diego-based consultant who specializes in health system fundraising, the foundation could fund equipment and programs at other nonprofit hospitals in the region but could no longer support Mission’s facilities. “The new foundation, because it’s a charitable entity, is restricted from making grants directly to the new hospital,” DeLauro explains. “It would be like a foundation making a gift to the local 7-Eleven. You can’t use charitable money to enrich someone who’s in a profit-making business.” Instead, the foundation would focus on broader community issues that affect public health. In his remarks at the CIBO meeting, Paulus said the new entity would try to address the “social determinants” of health status — such as homelessness, unemployment, lack of access to healthy food and transportation — that underlie many chronic illnesses.


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W ELL NESS Mission officials say it’s too soon to know exactly what form that support might take, but a similar deal in Virginia in 2013 involving the nonprofit Fauquier Health and the for-profit LifePoint Hospitals (now LifePoint Health) may provide some insight. As a result of that merger, more than $100 million flowed into the newly established PATH Foundation, charged with strengthening the health and wellness of residents in three counties.

Since then, PATH has tackled such core concerns as access to health care, child wellness, mental health and senior services. To that end, the organization has awarded grants to groups including the Boys and Girls Club, Habitat for Humanity and the nonprofit Fauquier Free Clinic. The PATH Foundation also operates a resource center that helps other nonprofits deal with matters of governance, philanthropy, marketing and volunteer recruitment.

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STARTUP CULTURE In Mission’s case, a newly established governing board would determine the foundation’s approach to improving community health. The health system’s current board of directors would have the final say on the new board’s makeup, explains Rowena Buffett Timms, Mission Health’s senior vice president of government and community relations. “The new foundation board,” says Timms, would consist “primarily of local community members, with the initial composition being established as part of the transaction process. It will not be controlled or influenced by HCA Healthcare.” Although Mission staff declined requests for comment on potential board members, saying it’s too early in the process, Timms says the health system is committed to transparency. She encourages interested community members to submit questions through the merger-specific Mission Health Forward website and to participate in two upcoming Facebook Live discussions (see box, “Looking Ahead”). DeLauro, meanwhile, urges whoever ends up appointing the new board members to keep the foundation’s broad community mission in mind as they make their choices. People in charge of creating such boards, he says, often “go about it as if they were a foundation raising money for a single entity and look for influential people in the community. But those may not be the people ... who have the skills and backgrounds to judge what are the greatest health needs in the community, and what’s the best way to try and meet those needs.” Although DeLauro notes that there are many different approaches to creating a board, he cites one “darkly humorous” similarity across the many such deals that he’s seen. “Often, it’s the attorneys who negotiate the sales who become heads of the new foundations,” he says. “You’ve got permanent employment, and you don’t have to do very much except give away money — it’s a nice job.” LAYING DOWN THE LAW Still, having a lawyer or two on the board might be advisable, given the nature of the new foundation’s responsibilities. In addition to improving community health, the new entity would be responsible for enforcing HCA’s contractual obligations concerning how the hospitals it’s acquiring are operated, according to the Mission Health Forward site.

At the CIBO meeting, Paulus said those obligations would provide “unbelievable protections” for Mission’s facilities, including its seven other member hospitals: Angel Medical Center in Franklin, Blue Ridge Regional Hospital in Spruce Pine, CarePartners and Children’s Hospital in Asheville, Highlands-Cashiers Hospital in Highlands, McDowell Hospital in Marion and Transylvania Regional Hospital in Brevard. HCA, he explained, has agreed not to change any service at Mission Health-affiliated hospitals for at least five years; after that, the company would have to lose money for at least two years before making changes. And if HCA wanted to close a hospital, it would first have to put the facility up for public sale and then offer it to the successor foundation if no willing buyers were available. A recent situation in Kansas City, Mo., however, suggests that the new foundation should be prepared to hold HCA’s feet to the fire if necessary. In 2017, the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City, which was created by HCA’s 2003 purchase of the nonprofit Health Midwest system, settled a seven-year legal battle over allegations that the for-profit operator had failed to fulfill multiple terms to which it had agreed in the acquisition. According to the Kansas City Business Journal, the Jackson County Circuit Court awarded nearly $434 million to the foundation in 2015 after finding that HCA hadn’t met its contractual obligations to upgrade existing hospitals, although the Missouri Court of Appeals later reduced that judgment to $188 million, and the two parties settled for $160 million in 2017. HCA also paid the foundation $15 million in 2015 to settle a lawsuit over its financial commitments to charitable care. In 2017, the company reported revenues of $43.6 billion, up from $41.5 billion the previous year. Asked about the lawsuits, HCA spokesperson Ed Fishbough responded as follows: “Fourteen years ago, HCA agreed to make $450 million in capital expenditures following the purchase of hospitals in Kansas City, and the Missouri Court of Appeals held that we had done so. The only issue was the timing of those expenditures over the five-year period. While we believe we met that obligation as well, we agreed to resolve the issue and focus on serving the Kansas City community, where we have invested more than $1 billion to meet the area’s health care needs. We also believe that we satisfied our charity and uncompensated care obligations. The resolution we reached with the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City provided addi-

tional funds for the benefit of the health care needs of Kansas City’s uninsured and underserved population. We have great relationships with communities across the country. Last year, HCA provided charity care and other uncompensated care at a cost of more than $3 billion. We also expect to invest about $10.5 billion in our facilities during the next three years.” Dr. Ed Weisbart, chair of the Missouri chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program, was not involved in the Kansas City settlement. But HCA’s track record, he maintains, should encourage the new Mission foundation to keep a close watch on the corporation’s behavior. Referencing cases such as a 2015 settlement over unnecessary ambulance rides, he says, “They’ve had multiple settlements or judgments of fraud against the government ... patients and even their own investors. [It’s a] pretty dreadful history.” And while Weisbart adds that the new foundation could do a lot of good through its community health grants, he encourages its board to take the watchdog function equally seriously. “They should be vigilant. They should pay attention to what [HCA is] doing,” he asserts. “They should maybe form some sort of organization that can perform this vigilance in an organized way.” Two of the Mission Health Forward FAQs address the corporation’s past legal troubles. One references “the history of HCA Healthcare overcharging” and the other noting “what was, up until a few years ago ... the largest Medicare fraud case in history.” In both cases, Mission’s response states that “The Columbia challenges are from more than 20 years ago. ... HCA Healthcare is a different company now and celebrates nine consecutive years as one of the ‘World’s Most Ethical Companies’ as designated by Ethisphere, the global leader in advancing the standards of ethical business practices.” The 20-year figure apparently refers to the Medicare fraud case; the other lawsuits mentioned above are much more recent, however. BLOOD, SWEAT AND TEARS If the HCA deal goes through, it will also spell the end of the existing Mission Health System Foundation, which provides general support to member hospitals. The most recent publicly available tax document, dating from fiscal year 2015, listed the foundation’s net assets at just under $26 million.

“Our donors are overwhelmingly supportive of this incredible opportunity for Western North Carolina, and we are committed to ensuring that their gifts have been or will be used for the purpose they intended when making their gift,” says Timms. At the time of the sale, she continues, any unspent money would either be rolled over to the new foundation or returned to the donors, according to their preference. Not included in the deal are any plans for the separate foundations connected to each of Mission Health’s regional hospitals. Because those facilities would also become for-profit entities, their associated foundations would need to decide on new destinations for their respective resources. As of fiscal year 2015, the assets of those nonprofits ranged in value from roughly $54,000 for the Angel Medical Center Auxiliary to nearly $20 million for the HighlandsCashiers Hospital Foundation. Although Mission officials say it’s too early to make general comments about the fate of those entities, Dr. Walter Clark, the head of the HighlandsCashiers Hospital Foundation, aims to maintain his organization’s independence. Citing the community “blood, sweat and tears” that have gone into keeping the rural hospital going through difficult financial times, Clark says he plans to support local public health initiatives, including opioid addiction counseling, free dental clinics and childhood immunizations. All of these changes, however, are contingent on the terms being finalized and all parties signing off on the sale. Due diligence, which began after the proposed transaction was announced in March, could take from three to six months, and once that’s done, the deal will still need to get past the attorney general’s review. Paulus, however, is optimistic about the transformation of the region’s approach to health care, saying, “It’s an extraordinarily exciting time. It’s a true win-win-win.”  X

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Pigeon River Fund pumps big bucks into local water quality efforts DECISIONS, DECISIONS

BY DAVID FLOYD Sunkist bottles, an inflatable raft and enough miscellaneous athletic equipment to fill a 50-gallon drum: Over the past year, all kinds of discarded flotsam have drifted into the gaping maw of the Trash Trout, a makeshift trash collector floating on Mud Creek in Hendersonville. Created by the environmental nonprofit Asheville GreenWorks, the contraption has a simple design: Trash carried downstream by the current is guided between two sturdy, plastic arms into a mesh net attached to a pontoon boat in the center of the creek. “It’s pretty slick,” says Dawn Chávez, the executive director of Asheville GreenWorks. Last year, the large funnel scooped up 1,000 pounds of trash in just four months. “When you can have something that’s just always in place 24 hours a day, seven days a week, it really adds up,” Chávez says. The organization constructed the floating net with the help of money it received from the Pigeon River Fund, a pool of grant funding established in 1994 to mitigate the environmental impact of a hydroelectric dam on the Pigeon River. Since then, the fund, which is administered by the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina and powered by Duke Energy, has distributed almost $7 million to nonprofit groups organizing projects in the service area of the former Carolina Power & Light Co., which encompasses Buncombe, Madison and Haywood counties, as well as the town of Fletcher in Henderson County. In mid-May, the fund announced the recipients of its most recent cycle of funding, awarding $217,010 to nine organizations. Of that funding, about $22,000 will help Asheville GreenWorks build another Trash Trout on Hominy Creek, which is the second-largest tributary of the French Broad River in Buncombe County. Asheville GreenWorks’ Eric Bradford says the creek travels through a heavily urbanized part of the county and catches a lot of the trash that’s carried downhill by runoff. “The Hominy Creek, we’ve been cleaning it up for 45 years …, so we know where the trash is coming from,” Bradford said. “Now we have a device 28

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JUNK FOOD: The Trash Trout, a project of Asheville GreenWorks, straddles a stretch of Mud Creek in Hendersonville. It collects floating trash carried by the creek’s current. Photo courtesy of Asheville GreenWorks


that we can plug into the creek that’s going to capture this trash for us.” WHERE IT ALL BEGAN In 1994, Carolina Power & Light Co. — which, through various corporate reorganizations and mergers, eventually became Duke Energy Progress — was seeking a new 40-year license from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to continue to operate and maintain the Walters Hydroelectric Project, which is located on the Pigeon River near the North Carolina/Tennessee border. The project was developed in the 1920s to provide power and flood management support to rural parts of Western North Carolina and downstream areas of eastern Tennessee, says Duke communications consultant Kim Crawford. The 108-megawatt project is the largest hydroelectric plant Duke Energy operates in WNC. The license was granted, but it came with some conditions. On top of regular payments to the newly created Pigeon River Fund, the license requires Duke to maintain a continuous minimum flow release from the station as well as assess water quality and the health of aquatic invertebrates and fish.

The Walters Dam isn’t the only environmental concern associated with industrial use of the Pigeon River. The former Champion International Paper Mill in Canton discharged significant amounts of industrial pollutants into the river for decades, a practice the federal permit says deposited dioxin-contaminated sediment in Waterville Lake above the dam. The 1994 license limits drawdowns of the lake to minimize the amount of contaminated sediment that could become suspended in the water. “The federal license strikes a balance between providing electric generation and protecting the environment,” Crawford says. According to an Asheville Citizen-Times article published on Dec. 9, 1994, the license required Carolina Power & Light (now Duke Energy) to provide $1 million in the first year to the fund followed by a series of smaller annual payments for the duration of the license. Starting in 1995, the station has also conducted scheduled releases from the Walters powerhouse, which Crawford says provides predictable flows for paddlers who take trips to Pigeon River rafting businesses that operate along the stream. In 2017, she says, 200,000 rafters, canoeists and kayakers spent time on Pigeon River.

The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina awards grants through the Pigeon River Fund twice per year — once in March and once in September. In a given year, $400,000 to $500,000 will be awarded through the fund, says senior program officer Tara Scholtz. Organizations can submit applications online during the six-week application period. Scholtz vets each funding application and passes the approved applications to the eight-member Pigeon River Fund Advisory Committee, whose members are appointed by the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality. Most projects will also receive a site visit before the advisory committee makes its final decision. In order for organizations to receive money from the Pigeon River Fund, they must present a project that meets at least one of the program’s four objectives: improving surface water quality, enhancing fish and wildlife management habitats, expanding public use and access to waterways, and increasing citizens’ awareness about their roles in protecting their resources. “It doesn’t have to do all of these,” Scholtz says. “It needs to do at least one of them.”

TRASHY WORK: An Asheville GreenWorks volunteer removes trash that’s been trapped in the mesh net of the Trash Trout. Volunteers kayak out to the contraption on a regular basis to clean it out. Photo by Eric Bradford of Asheville GreenWorks

an opportunity to learn about aquatic ecosystems firsthand. “Oftentimes classrooms are limited by time or accessibility,” says Justin Young, the program manager for RiverLink, “and so we were trying to come up with ways to bring the stream into the classroom for them.” The money that the organization has received this grant cycle will help pay for seven dissecting microscopes; a portable stream table, which produces a miniaturized water system to dem-

onstrate the dynamics of streams and rivers; and a backpack electrofisher, a tool that gives a light shock to fish so that researchers can take inventory of aquatic populations. Garrett Artz, the executive director of RiverLink, says the organization receives a significant amount of funding from the N.C. Clean Water Management Trust Fund, which offers upwards of several hundred thousand dollars in


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FUNDAMENTAL LEARNING: Money from the Pigeon River Fund will help RiverLink enhance the education programs it can offer to local students. Photo courtesy of RiverLink funding compared to the Pigeon River Fund’s typical range of $5,000 to $35,000. But the Pigeon River Fund does play an important role in expanding the organization’s funding capacity, supplementing the matches RiverLink must provide to receive funding from the state. “Sometimes we may not be able to reach for those several hundred thousand dollars if we didn’t have the Pigeon River Fund there to support us on those important matches,” Artz says. In past cycles, Asheville GreenWorks has used the funding to foster its Youth Environmental Leadership Program,

which recruits youths from low-income communities to participate in water quality testing, educational programs and environmental cleanups. As with other competitive grants, Chávez says, organizations are never guaranteed money from the Pigeon River Fund from one cycle to the next. “They do a site visit with us, and we have to make sure that we justify why this is a fundable project and why they should support it,” she says, “so we’re always happy when we do receive the funding.”  X

Recipients of March 2018 Pigeon River grant funding Information courtesy of the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina Haywood Waterways Association, Inc.: $44,970 for the elevated park stream improvement project on Jonathan Creek, a major tributary in the Pigeon River watershed in Maggie Valley. Mountain Valleys Resource Conservation & Development Council: $15,840 to replace a straight pipe with a septic system in the Spring Creek community outside of Hot Springs. Town of Black Mountain: $28,000 for planning services to create professional engineering plans for approximately 1,600 linear feet of the Swannanoa River in Veteran’s Park in Black Mountain.


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Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy: $15,000 to survey a conservation easement on the Terry Rogers Farm in Haywood County. The 160-acre farm includes significant headwaters of the Pigeon River that will be protected from real estate development. Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy: $15,000 to survey a conservation easement on the Edwin Rogers Farm in Haywood County. The 215-acre farm includes significant headwaters of the Pigeon River that will be protected from real estate development. Asheville GreenWorks: $22,200 to expand its Trash Trout project with a new installation on Hominy Creek. Maggie Valley Sanitary District: $30,000 toward the protection of the


163-acre Sirkin property in Haywood County. Acquisition of the Sirkin tract will protect drinking water supply and headwater streams of Jonathans Creek. The grant is contingent on other necessary funds being secured. RiverLink: $26,000 to purchase education equipment, including a portable stream table, dissecting microscopes and backpack electrofisher. Supplies will facilitate hands-on, inquirybased field for schools, summer camps and the public. North Carolina Arboretum Society: $20,000 to help transform a sediment catch basin into a stormwater wetland complex by increasing the pond’s storage capacity, improving filtering and management of stormwater and increasing habitat for the rare mole salamander and other aquatic species.

FIRST-RATE AMENDMENT: Burned waste wood becomes an excellent soil amendment when nutrients and beneficial microbes are added. Photo courtesy of Living Web Farms

BY GINA SMITH Many sustainability-minded growers are already hip to a simple kind of alchemy that turns downed tree limbs, pruned branches and other waste wood into gardening gold. The process of burning woody biomass in an oxygen-reduced environment yields biochar, an enhanced charcoal that can make for a superior soil amendment. On Tuesday, June 12, Living Web Farms in Hendersonville will host a workshop that focuses on ways to inoculate biochar with nutrients and beneficial microbes to create a powerful and long-lasting soil conditioner. Biochar’s porous structure allows it to draw and hold helpful bacteria. And its natural resistance to biodegradation means it can persist in the soil for hundreds, if not thousands, of years, says Living Web’s biochar facility manager, Dan Hettinger, who will present the class along with farm director Patryk Battle. “It’s well doc-

umented that biochar-amended soils can have greatly improved nutrient cycling,” says Hettinger. “For gardeners, this means less additional fertilizers are needed over a very long time.” The biochar method is not new, and it has benefits for the planet beyond improving soil quality. “There are archaeological sites where charcoal was mixed with other nutrient sources and blended with topsoil — these are some of the most fertile soils in the world,” he says, noting terra preta, a dark soil found in the Amazon that was made by ancient humans from charcoal, bone and manure. “It’s for this reason that biochar production can be a carbon-negative process: We are literally burying stored carbon that would otherwise re-enter the atmosphere by burning or being left to rot.” There are many simple methods for making biochar at home, says Hettinger. (A video and blog post at offer extensive information on how to do this.) “The best ones are easy to use and burn the excess gases [from

the wood] very clean at high temperatures.,” he says, adding that some processes also allow for the reclamation of heat for cooking and other uses. But biochar alone is not a fertilizer. “Inoculation involves loading raw biochar with nutrients and microbes that contribute to a soil food web — the complex system of microbes that support healthy plants,” Hettinger explains. “Properly inoculated biochar can be used to build very active garden beds, resilient soils for perennials or restore heavily damaged or otherwise lifeless soils.” During the 90-minute class, Hettinger and Battle will demonstrate — and participants will get hands-on experience with — easy inoculation techniques that imple-

ECO CREATION CARE ALLIANCE OF WNC creationcarealliance. org • TH (6/14), 6-7:30pm - General meeting. Free. Held at St. Eugene’s Catholic Church, 72 Culver St. HENDERSONVILLE GREEN DRINKS 8286920-385-1004, hvlgreendrinks • TH (6/14), 5:30-7pm - “From brownfield to brewery, building our East Coast home in Asheville, NC,” presentation by Sarah Fraser, with New Belgium Brewing. Free to attend. Held at Black Bear Coffee Co., 318 N. Main St. Hendersonville MOUNTAINTRUE 828-258-8737, • TH (6/7), 9am-noon - Volunteer to remove non-native invasive plants from the greenway. Wear close-toed shoes, long pants and long sleeved shirts. Bring water, snacks and work gloves. Free. Held at Oklawaha Greenway, Berkeley Road Hendersonville • WE (6/13), 6pm Joint MountainTrue & Sierra Club, environmental issues and actions meeting. Free to attend. Held at The Wedge at Foundation, 5 Foundy St. SIERRA NEVADA BREWING CO. 100 Sierra Nevada Way Mills River • MO (6/11), 5:306:30pm - “Home

Energy,” workshop with North Carolina Building Performance Association to learn how to reduce energy use at home. Registration required: Free to attend. WNC SIERRA CLUB 828-251-8289, • TH (6/7), 7-9pm “Energy Innovation Task Force: Pathway to Clean Energy for WNC,” presentation by City Councilwoman Julie Mayfield, County Commission Chair Brownie Newman, and Duke Energy District Manager Jason Walls. Free. Held at Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville, 1 Edwin Place

FARM & GARDEN BULLINGTON GARDENS 95 Upper Red Oak Trail, Hendersonville, 828-698-6104, • FR (6/8), 10-11:30am - Summer garden tour. Registration required. Free. BUNCOMBE COUNTY EXTENSION MASTER GARDENERS 828-255-5522,, BuncombeMasterGardeners@ • SA (6/9), 10am-1pm Drop-in backyard composting demonstration. Free to attend. Held at Jesse Israel Garden Center at

ment home compost, compost teas, worm castings and fermented liquid fertilizers. They’ll also discuss best practices for incorporating biochar into soils.  X

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WNC Farmer’s Market, 570 Brevard Road FLORA 428B Haywood Road • WE (6/13), 5:307:30pm - “Planning for Success with Shrubs and Perennials,” workshop with Philippa Coleman. Registration required: 828-2528888. $20. HENDERSON COUNTY COOPERATIVE EXTENSION OFFICE 828-697-4891 • TH (6/7), 6:30pm - “Gardening for Pollinators in Western North Carolina,” workshop Steve Pettis, Henderson County commercial and consumer horticulture agent. Registration required. $25. Held at Henderson County Cooperative Extension Office, 100 Jackson Park Road, Hendersonville • MO (6/11), 6:30pm - “Maintaining the Mountain Landscape Garden,” workshop Steve Pettis, Henderson County commercial and consumer horticulture agent. Registration required. $25. Held at Henderson County Cooperative Extension Office, 100 Jackson Park Road, Hendersonville JEWEL OF THE BLUE RIDGE 828-606-3130, JeweloftheBlueRidge. com • SA (6/9), 10am2pm - “Grapevine Training and Midseason Canopy Management,” workshop. $45.

LIVING WEB FARMS 176 Kimzey Road, Mills River, 828-5051660, livingwebfarms. org • SA (6/9), 1:30-7pm - “All About Allium Production,” workshop with Patryk Battle to look at genetics, soils and soil preparation, timing, seeds, sets, seedling production, crop care, harvest, best storage varieties and preparation methods. Registration required. $15. • TU (6/12), 6-7:30pm - “Inoculating Biochar,” workshop exploring techniques for effective biochar inoculation, including composting, vermicomposting and compost tea. $10. Held at Living Web FarmsBiochar Facility, 220 Grandview Lane Hendersonville POLLINATION CELEBRATION! • SA (6/9), 10-11:30am - “Pollinator Safari,” plant walk to learn about pollinators. Registration required: 828-645-3937. Free to attend. Held at Reems Creek Nursery, 70 Monticello Road, Weaverville VETERANS HEALING FARM 19 Mahshie Lane, Hendersonville • SU (6/10), 2-4pm - “Introduction to Beekeeping,” class. Presented by: Henderson County Beekeepers Association and Veterans Healing Farm. Registration required: veteranshealingfarm@gmail. com. $10.


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MOUNTAINX.COM “It perfectly sets me up like a dog on a leash: Master kicks the dog, and I’m supposed to bark? I think the kicking of the dog speaks for itself.” — author/chef Gabrielle Hamilton, owner of Prune in New York City For better and for worse, the restaurant industry has always functioned a bit like a pirate ship, or at least maintained a crew like one. The application process is typically brief, and for the most part, the primary qualification for the job is simply showing up. Almost anyone with any background can walk into a restaurant and get some kind of job as a server, bartender, cook or dishwasher. A high school kid can pick up a summer gig busing tables at the diner down the road; a college student can pick up shifts on the line

to help pay for school; and someone recently laid off, tired of their job or even fresh out of a correctional institution can make a new start behind the bar or flipping steaks. It is one of the best things about the restaurant industry and one of the reasons for its broad appeal among one of the country’s most diverse workforces. Closer to home, it’s one of the reasons for Asheville’s burgeoning restaurant scene, which accounts for nearly 30 percent of the city’s jobs, according to a 2017 Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce report. But this may also help explain why nearly 37 percent of all sexual harassment charges filed by women with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission come from the restaurant industry — more than five times the rate for the general female workforce, according to a 2012 report

from the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United titled “Tipped Over the Edge — Gender Inequity in the Restaurant Industry.” Any industry that requires insanely long hours working under high pressure in tight spaces for low wages, with few days off, is predictably going to attract mostly temporary laborers and transient workers, along with a smattering of dedicated, career-driven workhorses. That’s not a formula for encouraging professional behavior. Instead, the stereotypical restaurant staff is more likely to resemble the aforementioned pirate crew: a ragtag family of fun-loving, harddrinking, foul-mouthed misfits, most of whom would probably never have met if they hadn’t happened to land under the same flag. And this dims the prospects for curbing a disturbing, long-standing industry trend:

the objectification and exploitation of women. On the heels of the nationwide #MeToo movement and Asheville residents’ response to the 2015 Waking Life scandal, however, some local groups and individuals are starting to push back. NORMALIZING INAPPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR “We don’t make a lot: eight- to 12-hour shifts for shitty money,” says Sam Pennington, who’s been managing restaurants for a decade. Pennington grew up in Johnson City, Tenn., mopping the floors at her uncle’s bar, Cahootenanny’s. After moving to Asheville, she spent the better part of a decade working in a half-dozen local dining and drinking establishments. “As a result, you work a lot more, and pretty soon your restaurant family becomes your real family because you see them so much.” That casual familiarity, as well as many restaurants’ rough-and-tumble attitude, has the unfortunate effect of normalizing behavior that would be deemed inappropriate in other work environments. “When you walk by someone and maybe grab their hip, or say ‘You look really good today,’ I don’t think that is appropriate for the workplace,” says Pennington. Kristen Skelton agrees. Having put in her time at culinary school and invested seven years in the business, she considers it her career and hopes to eventually run her own kitchen. “Sometimes you just want to be friends with someone you work with and have good rapport,” she says. “That doesn’t mean you are interested, but finding that line can be weird.” It doesn’t help that women constitute a stark minority in restaurant kitchens. According to a 2016 Orlando Sentinel story, “just 18.7 percent of chefs and executive chefs are female.” Other sources give similar numbers. “There was one guy I worked for. ... It started as co-workers and friends, but he would send me inappropriate text messages: ‘What are you wearing right now?’ or ‘You should leave your husband.’ And he was my boss,” Skelton explains, adding, “It’s worse when it’s your boss because you feel like you can’t ask them not to do that.” Pinpointing what sexual harassment constitutes can be difficult, she acknowledges, adding that it wasn’t the off-color nature of the

kitchen banter that irked her. “You can keep a level of professionalism and still talk about sex because we are adults.” Yet, as Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart said about pornography, harassment may be hard to define, but you know it when you see it. “There was a guy I cooked with,” continues Skelton, “and he’d pull my apron string and pull me close to him and say, ‘I’m going to steal a kiss from you.’ And that is just the kind of crap I have to deal with, but I have shit to do. I’m trying to work a lunch shift. It’s busy! But at the same time, I’m not going to ruin that person’s life: I don’t want them to not ... have a job.” Far more women work front-ofhouse, yet the problems are the same. And like so many others facing similar situations, Skelton has left jobs for what she hoped would be a better situation. Unfortunately, though, there’s no guarantee that things will be any different elsewhere. “The EEOC did a study and found that around three-quarters of employees who experience harassment or assault in the workplace don’t ever report it — they just find another job,” says human resources attorney Sabrina Rockoff of McGuire, Wood & Bissette, who represents many local independent restaurants. “If you have a situation where there is a lot of unexplained turnover or even a lot of unexplained absences,” she advises, “you might want to do some investigating of the work environment in that department.”

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THE CUSTOMER IS ALWAYS RIGHT It’s not just a question of bosses abusing employees, however. “At Our VOICE, we have gotten an equal share of complaints of ‘I’m being sexually harassed by a colleague’ as we have of ‘I’m being sexually harassed by my manager or owner,’” Executive Director Angelica Wind reports. The nonprofit assists people who have been the targets of sexual violence. Clients, notes Wind, have said that some local restaurant owners have “encouraged them to wear skimpier clothes or to come see them after hours.” “While there are some pluses to a tourism economy, there are drawbacks in the sense that if you work in a restaurant and there are no other jobs, where are you going to go except another restaurant?”


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FOOD says Wind. “So it really puts survivors at a disadvantage in terms of their options.” Another key factor in the normalization of sexual harassment is restaurant patrons who take advantage of the service sector’s “customer is always right” attitude. “It’s gotten so bad for us this last year that I added a sexual harassment addendum to our service agreement,” says Lexie Harvey, co-owner of Cordial & Craft. The catering company provides bar services for local weddings and other high-end events. In one instance, a guest followed a staff member into the elevator of a downtown venue and assaulted her, grabbing her by the neck. The employee never reported the incident; Harvey found out about it through a mutual friend. “I really wish she had just come to me so I could have helped,” Harvey says. Still, Harvey says she understands why someone might be reluctant to report such an experience. “Sometimes when these kinds of things happen to you, you feel like you are the only one they’re happening to, and it feels like you must be causing them or that it must be something wrong with you.” POWER DYNAMIC Wind, meanwhile, points the finger at certain deep-rooted attitudes in the restaurant business. “Objectification [of service staff] plays a huge role in this industry,” she says, arguing that the prevalence and staying power of restaurants like Hooters underscores what she sees as the restaurant world’s primary weakness: “There is this pervasive mentality that you should do anything and everything to please the customer.” Further complicating matters is workers’ extreme dependence on tips. “It’s hard because those customers are paying your bills, more so than the establishment that has hired you,” notes Harvey. After taxes, she adds, most bartenders walk away with about a $15-$20 paycheck for a week’s work. “You can’t rely on a good tip by just being good at your job, and sometimes that entails not speaking up when a customer acts inappropriately.”

Nikki Bang, an organizer with the Asheville Sustainable Restaurant Workforce, maintains, “A lot of the underlying issue is financial. It is a poor-people issue; it’s a power dynamic of who’s writing the check and who is in control. And being in that kind of survival mode makes people feel trapped.” The situation, notes Bang, gets even tougher when you factor in Asheville’s rising cost of housing, which threatens to devour an even larger part of those already scant paychecks. “And the big paradox of that dynamic,” she continues, “is that we are the dominant workforce in this city, and we can’t afford to live here anymore.” ASRW founder Alia Todd agrees. “It perpetuates silence because you have so much more to protect. When you live on the bottom, you have a lot more to lose.” PUSHING FOR CHANGE Several local groups are taking steps to shine a spotlight on the problem. ASRW, the Asheville Independent Restaurant Association and Our VOICE have all hosted forums for different pockets of the industry in hopes of stimulating constructive dialogue, as the first step toward much-needed change. “We can all speak to being in work situations where there was a dynamic that was clearly not going to change,” says Hannah Morgan, who’s also involved with the restaurant workers group. “You don’t need to be changing jobs — we need to have the resources available to be able to actually make those changes in our workplace.” Training, argues HR attorney Rockoff, is the quickest route to addressing the issue. “It’s important to teach that we all come from different places, we all have different experiences, and we all have different definitions of our personal space. We have certain expectations about what is acceptable at work: Don’t touch each other, don’t talk about your sex life.” Often, she points out, “When someone becomes a supervisor or a manager, it’s because they were

good at what they did, not because they’ve had any training in being a supervisor or a manager, or even how to deal with people.” Our VOICE, meanwhile, does offer training for industry staffers, including the brand-new 86 Sexual Harassment in the Restaurant Industry course. “We want to help owners and staff have restaurants that still thrive and yet can be disrupters around this kind of behavior,” Wind explains. “I feel that a lot of the ignorance has to do with the silence around what sexual violence looks like. When we say sexual violence, we think of it as a spectrum. It starts with the inappropriate jokes, the catcalls and whistles, [escalating] to inappropriate touching, sexual harassment, all the way to full-on human trafficking and rape.” But the courses the nonprofit offers, she stresses, are “not about shaming.” During the training, she explains, “Folks are able to recognize that what they thought was a harmless joke actually had lasting implications, and they’re very open to getting the tools to help them be disrupters. … We see a lot of people saying, ‘I want to stop this; I just don’t know how.’” Although these behaviors are already illegal, the issue has only recently begun claiming public attention. Thus, training is a first step in expanding awareness, which is key to triggering a cultural shift. Beyond that, advocates say, it’s important to report workplace incidents — and seek the help of local organizations working to address the problem (see box).  X

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by Edwin Arnaudin |

Bridging the gap For many supporters of the local beer scene, there’s a good chance the man behind the bar of the Asheville Club will look familiar. The friendly face belongs to general manager Trevor Reis, who’s lived in Asheville since 2002, won the inaugural Asheville Beer Masters Tournament in 2011 and was employed at Highland Brewing Co. for eight years, most recently as one of its bar managers. Working for founder Oscar Wong, whom he calls “essentially the godfather of Asheville beer,” Reis learned a great deal about the local brewing business. “Quality, integrity, respect are the three words there,” Reis says. “But mostly what it taught me is that it’s fun, it’s a really fun industry to be in and that I wanted to stay in it. I had some other offers to do other things here in town and elsewhere in entirely different fields, but this is what I enjoy doing.” Officially open since May 8 in the former Kim’s Wig Shop space at the corner of Battery Park Avenue and Haywood Street, the Asheville Club takes its name from the all-male, nonpolitical organization that inhabited the Miles Building from its construction in 1901 until 1915. Reis’ sister,  Ashley Membreno, had lined up the spot for a candy store. But when her partner backed out, her husband, Sal Membreno, came to Reis — who’s worked in the food and beverage industry since he was a 16-year-old busboy and filled growlers part time at French Broad River Brewing before working at Highland — with the idea of putting a bar there. The brothers-in-law had been talking up the possibility of such a partnership for nearly two years and developed a serious interest in making it a reality in July 2017. Having briefly looked around town for a location without finding a standout option, the two jumped at the opportunity thanks to Sal’s enthusiasm, without which Reis says he’d probably still be working at Highland.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY: To turn the former Kim’s Wig Shop into the Asheville Club, general manager Trevor Reis and his business partner, Sal Membreno, removed layers of walls and flooring to reveal the space’s original wood and brick. Questions about the former inhabitants persist, but Reis is prepared for such queries: “When people come in and ask about the wigs, I tell them that the only hair left now is the hair of the dog.” Photo by Thomas Calder

REMEMBERING THE PAST Intent on honoring the building’s history, the two spent hours sifting through photos and articles in the North Carolina Room at Pack Memorial Library to establish the busi36

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ness’s look and feel. Among their findings was a roughly 100-year-old postcard with lettering that became the Asheville Club logo, part of the bar’s throwback vibe that Reis notes largely came about naturally. After serving as a wig shop for decades, there were some challenges to converting the space for its new purpose. “There’s not a right angle in here, and trying to get accurate measurements and do the necessary repairs was tough because the space itself is oddly shaped and has a lot of character and nuances to it,” Reis says. “And I didn’t know we’d be playing 1920s to 1940s jazz all the time,” he adds. “But it’s just kind of happened that way. It’s almost like the building itself has been steering the path of the theme here.” Reis lauds Sandy Kanupp, owner of Kim’s Wig Shop, for leaving the space “nearly spotless,” albeit with four layers of tile and carpet on the floors and “slat board on top of wood paneling from the ’70s on top of plaster” on the walls. Once all the layers were removed, there was significant damage to the original wood flooring. But after repairs, those floors now complement the original brick walls. Though Reis is happy with the redesign and is receiving positive feed-

back from the public on the Asheville Club’s historical nods, memories of the space’s previous inhabitant persist. “We probably should have named it The Wig Shop, actually. I’m sure that name was available, and everyone just calls it The Wig Shop anyway, or The Old Wig Shop,” Reis says. “Someone actually came in and gave me this line, but when people come in and ask about the wigs, I tell them that the only hair left now is the hair of the dog.” TAPPING A CUSTOMER BASE The Asheville Club has 20 taps for its maximum capacity of 48 people, featuring a mix of beers from self-distributed breweries (e.g. Hillman Beer, Wedge Brewing Co., Archetype Brewing and, in its downtown tap debut, Blue Ghost Brewing Co.) and rare offerings from those with a larger shipping footprint, such as Green Man Brewery’s The Dweller Imperial Stout. “I’m hoping to bridge that gap here where somebody who is coming to town to go to breweries will come here because they didn’t have enough time to go to all the breweries they wanted to,” Reis says.

Along those lines, Reis also has offerings from Sylva’s Innovation Brewing and Franklin’s Lazy Hiker Brewing Co., but the best-seller recently was Urban Orchard Cider Co.’s Tainted Love Raspberry Cider and Ginger’s Revenge Lime Agave was in the top five. With help from a one-man, Charlotte-based distributor, he’s additionally curated a global wine list, featuring eclectic, harder-to-find varieties from world-class winemakers at affordable prices. So far, sales have come from an even mix of locals and tourists, a pleasant surprise that Reis says has given the Asheville Club “a real neighborhood bar feel.” While that balance has included many knowledgeable craft beverage drinkers, he’s careful to include one particular option that’s a pragmatic tribute to the local scene’s history and his own past. “For a tourist walking in who knows nothing about Asheville beer, I usually start them with a [Highland] Gaelic [Ale]. It was the first beer in town. Just start with that, and we’ll work our way up from there,” Reis says. “It’s arguably still the best beer in town. It’s the gateway to Asheville beer.” Regarding how he’s cultivated relationships with local brewers and breweries to have exclusive or nearexclusive accounts, Reis points to his Asheville Beer Masters championship. Similar to Philly Beer Geek and Denver-based Wynkoop Brewing Co.’s Beer Drinker of the Year, the contest — which he’d like to help resurrect — involved rounds of beer knowledge and tasting. Reis says he “remarkably” won the event “just by dumb luck” but through it made lots of contacts in the local beer industry that he’s maintained in the interim. “A lot of the people involved with [Asheville Beer Masters] are now involved with some of the newer and up-and-coming breweries as well, and the North Carolina beer scene in general,” Reis says. “The Asheville beer community is pretty tightknit and really a very friendly scene, so it’s really great to work with these people. It’s not like some of the other industries that everybody’s trying to undercut each other, and it’s real cutthroat. Everybody’s friends. It’s like a big family.” Asheville Club is at 20 Haywood St. and opens daily at noon.  X


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by Gina Smith


DIVING IN AT THE BURGER BAR North Carolina’s No. 1 dive bar gets a new owner There’s a long list of bars one can visit in Asheville for an upscale cocktail experience, a draft beer or a burger. But don’t bother looking at the Burger Bar for any of those things. The tiny River Arts District fixture clings proudly to its place as one of the area’s few remaining old-school dive bars, offering an unpretentious atmosphere, affordable drinks, friendly faces and — belying its name — no in-house food service. And new owner Crystal Capettini wants to keep it that way. In late May, Capettini, who had worked at the Burger Bar for more than three years, including the past year in a management position, bought the Craven Street bar from owners Celeste and Chris King. The couple approached Capettini in October with the idea for her to take over the business so they could focus more on their two children. “And, of course, I said yes because I love this place,” says Capettini. “But it was one of those things where the bar wasn’t ever really up for sale because they love this place, too, and they wanted to make sure it maintains its history. They wanted it to go to someone who has a passion for it and understands what it should be and isn’t going to come in here and change everything.” Capettini says the bar is the oldest one in Asheville that has operated continuously under the same name. In a 2016 interview with Xpress, Celeste King said the building opened as a service station in 1931 and became the Burger Bar — named after Cincinnati’s popular Burger Beer — in

PASSING THE TORCH: In May, Crystal Capettini, left, bought the historic Burger Bar from Chris and Celeste King, pictured with son Charlie. ”The bar wasn’t ever really up for sale, because they love this place, too, and they wanted to make sure it maintains its history,” says Capettini . Photo by Cindy Kunst

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1960. She also noted that the bar had a few owners over the decades until she and her husband purchased it from Rita Pinczkowski in 2014. This background narrative is part of what drew Capettini to the Burger Bar after she moved to Asheville from Florida about four years ago. “I have a history of working at bars with history,” she says. Her first bartending job was the Respectable Street dance club, a West Palm Beach, Fla., institution that opened in 1987. Later, she worked at Max Club Deuce, established in 1926, which bills itself as “the oldest bar in Miami.”

Cementing Capettini’s historic dive bar cred is a September 2017 story on, “The Best Dive Bar in Every State,” which names the Burger Bar as the top dive in North Carolina and Max Club Deuce as No. 1 in Florida. With an eye toward preserving the Burger Bar’s scruffy charm, Capettini doesn’t plan to change much about the place. But there are also some practical reasons for keeping things the same. There will never be draft beer at the bar because there’s no space for kegs, she says. And even though people constantly stop in asking to see the burger menu, she won’t add a kitchen. “We just don’t

have the capacity,” she says. “There’s not enough room for refrigerators and kitchen equipment.” However, she does bring in a rotation of food trucks and fun food buskers. The Monday Disco Burger pop-up, for example, features two cooks from The Vault who spin hip-hop and rap and offer a different style of burger each week for $5. The one modification Capettini has made to the building’s comfortably shabby interior was getting rid of the pool table — which she says she’s a little upset about because she loves playing pool. But she made the sacrifice to create space for hosting more events and live bands. She also says she aims to grow her customer base, which is mostly locals. Tourists usually pass the place by on their way to New Belgium Brewing Co.’s large riverfront taproom across the street. “Sometimes we get the adventurous ones who are like, ‘That place looks cool, let’s stop in,’” she says. “But I feel like, more often than not, a lot of the tourists come by and look at us and say, ‘Let’s definitely not eat there. That place looks gross!’” For Celeste King, who had her son, Charlie, now 2½, after she and her husband bought the Burger Bar, selling the business was a hard decision but the right one for her family. “It’s bittersweet,” she says. “It still doesn’t feel real, but it was time. Crystal is going to do an amazing job with it. She’s going to put the life into it that it needs.” The Kings aren’t totally out of the bar scene, though. They have plans in the works for a new business, which will mesh better with their family life — look for more details on it soon. And Celeste says she’ll enjoy going to the Burger Bar occasionally as a customer. “As far as I’m concerned, it’s the best bar I’ve ever been to,” she says. “It’s got soul, it’s got character, it has a charm that you can’t make up — that’s something that takes time. “And it’s for the people of this town. It’s very rare that a tourist comes in, and if they do, they’re usually looking for burgers.” The Burger Bar is at 1 Craven St. Hours are 3 p.m.-2 a.m. daily.  X

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A La Mode Macaron opens on Merrimon Avenue When Autumn Fuller was 7 years old, a fire broke out in her family’s home. Overheated cooking oil sparked flames that consumed the property. While no one was injured in the blaze, Fuller says the event left her traumatized. As a result, the former bookkeeper-turned-baker avoided the kitchen throughout her childhood and much of her early adult life. “My husband did all the cooking,” she says. But in 2014, when her son, Bo, was born, things changed. “I was watching a lot of Food Network and thought, ‘It doesn’t look that scary,’” she says. “And eventually it got me out of my shell to where I was making caramel and boiling sugars on the stovetop. My husband was like, ‘Who are you?’” On Wednesday, June 6, Fuller plans to open A La Mode Macaron — her first storefront — on Merrimon Avenue. As its name suggests, the eatery will specialize in the European meringue-based cookie dessert (not to be confused with coconut-based macaroons) with an ever-changing rotation of weekly flavors, including vegan options. A highlight of the menu is macaron ice cream sandwiches, plus there are macaron lollipops and cupcakes. “On top of that we do character macarons,” Fuller says, noting specialities including Winnie the Pooh, unicorns and teddy bears. Fuller and her family arrived in Asheville earlier this year by way of Sarasota, Fla. The baker says she is still navigating the local food scene but notes the positive reception from people within the culinary community. When it comes to Asheville as a whole, Fuller says her hope is fairly simple. “Just like any ice cream parlor, I want to create a fun and enjoyable environment that families want to bring their kids back to again.” A La Mode Macaron is at 640 Merrimon Ave. It will open Wednesday, June 6. The store’s tentative hours are noon-8 p.m., seven days a week. For more information, visit

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find new ways to incorporate plants you already know and love into your everyday life,” says Rebekah Jopling, managing director at No Taste Like Home. “As with all our tours and classes, our hope is that everyone leaves feeling a little more connected to the natural world we share and inspired to learn even more.” Wildcrafted Cocktails runs 1-4 p.m. Saturday, June 9, at Hawk & Hawthorne Bed and Breakfast, 133 North Fork Road, Barnardsville. Tickets are $75 per person. To purchase, visit

led by herbalist Danielle Eavenson. Participants will be instructed on how to identify, harvest and use edible and medicinal plants. According to the event’s Facebook page, students will “learn about the abundant nutrition available in wild foods as we explore tinctures, vinegars, salves, poultices and tea.” Edible and Medicinal Wild Food runs 5:30-7:30 p.m. Sunday, June 10, at Villagers, 278 Haywood Road. Tickets are $20-$30 per person on a sliding scale. To purchase, visit



On Sunday, June 10, Green Life Inn at Mimosa in Tryon will host a spring garden party featuring barbecue, mimosas, wine, coffee, tea and beethemed desserts. The party will also feature lawn games and an auction, with all proceeds from the event to benefit The Free Clinics, a communitybased, volunteer-driven organization that offers health care for uninsured, low-income people in Henderson and neighboring counties. The spring garden party runs 12:303:30 p.m. Sunday, June 10, at Green Life Inn at Mimosa, 65 Mimosa Inn Drive, Tryon. Tickets are $35 for adults, $25 for children. To purchase, visit

After 10 years, Firestorm Books & Coffee recently announced that it will no longer offer its full-service cafe. However, guests will still find food and drink options inside the bookstore. A self-serve station will feature $1 drip coffee and tea (for those who bring their own mug or consume their beverage while on-site). Other options will include dried mango and chocolate minis from Equal Exchange, muffins from West End Bakery and locally made cookies and brownies. “Like all decisions, this was a trade-off,” the store posted on its website. “We’ve chosen to focus on books and community events over lattes and sandwiches because that’s what we think our community needs, and that’s where our passions are strongest.” Firestorm Books & Coffee is at 610 Haywood Road. For more information, visit  X

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Local artists confront gun violence

BY THOMAS CALDER Hedy Fischer understands that a local traveling art exhibit on gun violence and police brutality won’t likely impact the state, region or country as a whole. “I’m not naïve enough to think that,” says the Pink Dog Creative co-owner. But Fischer does believe that art can help communities enter into a more constructive dialogue on otherwise divisive issues. On Friday, June 15, Trigger Warning will debut at the YMI Cultural Center. The show will feature the works of 21 artists from Pink Dog Creative. Featured mediums include acrylic and oil paintings, collage, glass mosaic, handcrafted jewelry, pen-and-ink drawings, photography and pysanky (a Ukrainian craft that involves a wax-resistant method of designing and decorating eggs). Trigger Warning will travel to a series of venues throughout the summer and fall. After its inaugural event at the YMI, the exhibit will head to Habitat Brewing Co. in August, followed by the First Presbyterian Church in September, before the series

AS ONE: The latest Pink Dog Creative exhibit, Trigger Warning, features 21 artists, including, from left, Holly de Saillan, Viola Spells, Anita Shwarts and Stephen St. Claire. Photo by Thomas Calder returns home for a showing at Pink Dog Creative. For participating artist Joseph Pearson, showcasing the work in a diverse set of spaces is crucial for reaching a broad local audience. He also views it as a symbolic gesture. “By having the artwork in a neutral location, like a brewery, hopefully it will create a comfortable environment,” he says. “And hopefully the work will stimulate a civil conversation.”

SILENT NO MORE The impetus for Trigger Warning was a pair of events in February: the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland, Fla., which left 17 students and faculty dead, followed by the leaked body camera footage showing former Asheville police senior officer Chris Hickman, a white man, beating Asheville resident Johnnie Jermaine Rush, who is African-American. Since that time, violent acts have continued across the country, including a deadly shooting on April 19 in West Asheville, resulting in the death of a mother and two children, as well as the most recent school shooting on May 18 at Santa Fe High School in Texas, which left eight students and two teachers dead.

Such events have been on the minds of Pink Dog artists in preparation for their show. But in the process of creating the works, other issues such as privilege, naiveté, education and activism have also come up. “I think as a fairly typical white male, I was just blind to a lot of things,” says painter Stephen St. Claire. “And I don’t want to be anymore.” Graphite artist Anita Shwarts shares a similar experience. Before participating in Trigger Warning, she was relatively silent on social and political issues. “I feel guilty about having to be given that opportunity [to act],” she says. “I’m grateful to have it, to say something, but I wish I’d have had the courage to have done something a long time ago.”


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A& E ’THIS IS NORMAL?’ Shwarts and St. Claire say their participation in the show won’t be the extent of their contribution to the issues of gun violence and police brutality. They note their community involvement and outreach, as well as political engagement, must continue long after the exhibit wraps up. Others at Pink Dog agree. “You have to keep bringing the conversation to the forefront,” says jewelry maker Viola Spells. “As artists, that’s what we’re here to do. We’re here to reflect society and to think of ways to bring the subject to the community.” Collagist Holly de Saillan echoes Spells’ assertion. She hopes the upcoming show will lead people to contemplate the state of the country. “Gun violence, having active-shooter drills at schools, police beating people up and killing black people — this is normal?” she asks. In her collage, de Saillan keeps an ever-increasing tally denoting the number of gun-related deaths in the U.S. this year (excluding suicides). At press time (based on numbers provided by the nonprofit Gun

HOW MANY MORE: In Holly de Saillan’s piece “Tally GunDeaths in USA 2018,” the artist includes an ongoing count of those killed by guns this year. At press time, the number was 6,023. Photo courtesy of Pink Dog Creative Violence Archive), de Saillan’s piece includes 6,023 total marks. “Think about it,” she says. “You’re going to look at those marks, and a lot of people will be able to say, ‘One of those represents a person I know.’” COMMON GROUND In an effort to remain engaged, several of the show’s participating artists will lead summer workshops for children at the Arthur R. Edington Education & Career Center. The sessions will specifically explore the issue of gun violence. “It’s interactive,” Spells explains. “Rather than just bringing art for them to look at, they will have the tools to think through issues that happen in the community that they can then put on paper.” Pearson believes an interest in the physical and psychological well-being of children is what should unite all sides of the gun debate. “Our chil42

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dren’s safety is our point of commonality,” he explains. “The conversation can start there.” De Saillan offers a similar message, and it’s one that she hopes Trigger Warning can help convey. “We’re not at war with each other,” she says. “We should be helping each other. Our government should be caring about all its people. Police should be guardians. … Gun violence isn’t who we are. That’s our common ground.”  X

WHAT Trigger Warning opening reception WHERE YMI Cultural Center 39 S. Market St. WHEN Friday, June 15, 5-8 p.m. Free

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Free local summer festival takes on global issues that would be impacted by the event, they were excited by what we wanted to do. We knew we had found the right place.” The festival footprint spans Buxton to Coxe avenues. Neighbors ZaPow Gallery and Octopus Garden will host indoor stages, and the main stage will be on Coxe Avenue in front of Open Hearts Art Center. The Instant Karma Bus will also host music on its rooftop, and Urban Orchard Cider Co. and Bar, which has taken over the Eagles Nest Outfitters building, will have performances on its loading dock. That’s five total stages for acts such as Gypsy Grass, Hannah Kaminer, Doss Church, Paper Crowns and others. With the event garnering national attention, organizers are pioneering new ways to grow and improve. Like any first-time festival, last year’s


BAND TOGETHER: Last year, Asheville’s South Slope district saw the first Xpand Fest, a free community event dedicated to good music, good beer and do-gooding. The event returns June 9 with more opportunities for engagement. Photo by Drew Deporter With a beer in one hand and a taco in the other, most festivalgoers aren’t thinking about multigenerational poverty or climate change when their favorite band takes the stage. But Asheville-based event planner Johanna Hagarty wants to change that. As executive director and founder of the arts nonprofit Xpand Your Vision, Hagarty created last year’s Xpand Fest, a free community event with a do-good bent. Now in its second year, the celebration is scheduled for Saturday, June 9, in the South Slope district. Speaking of favorite bands onstage, this year’s lineup includes funk, jazz, rock and hip-hop collective Big Sam’s Funky Nation, from New Orleans, along with local artists Window Cat, Pink Mercury, Ashley Heath and Her Heathens, Ryan “RnB” Barber, Alex Krug and many others. Street Creature Puppets, Toybox Theatre, the Wandering Swordsmen and more roving acts will perform throughout the festival. But this is thoughtful fun: “Xpand Fest highlights music and art as an

innovative tool toward inclusive development and social change,” says Hagarty. “It was created to expand people’s vision of all art disciplines and to celebrate their profound societal impact locally and globally.” The event was founded on 17 sustainable development goals for addressing economic growth and making social change. Adopted by world leaders in 2015, these goals make up the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, a 15-year framework to end poverty, inequality and tackle environmental degradation. Lofty and overarching, they touch on things like “inclusive and quality education for all” and “sustainable consumption and production patterns.” Though no country is legally bound to achieve these goals, all citizens are expected to pull their weight. Xpand Fest supports these efforts by galvanizing action and providing a creative platform for conversation. Come showtime, dozens of nonprofit organizations, healing arts establishments and other thought-leading businesses are represented on the South

Slope. But rather than distribute brochures or swag, each vendor plans an interactive activity. A land conservancy, for instance, might have passersby plant a seed, or an animal shelter might use a doggy kissing booth to speak on adoption. “This gives [attendees] an authentic way to know their local businesses and creatives,” says Morgan Markowitz, Xpand Fest’s operations director. “We believe that building healthy communities requires education, but that to sustain and uplift those healthy communities, you need to ensure education is fun, authentic and organic.” Since most Asheville-based events are hosted in the heart of downtown, Markowitz and Hagarty chose the South Slope, an up-and-coming but lesser-acknowledged area, for a home base. “We realized it was a fast-growing area of our town,” says Markowitz. “It has a lot of new development, but there’s also a lot of history, graffiti and local charm in the area. When we started meeting with local businesses MOUNTAINX.COM

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A &E shindig had some hiccups, chiefly related to what Hagarty calls “flow.” The action took place on Banks and Buxton avenues, and attendees struggled to move from one activity to another, drifting somewhat listlessly between shows. “We had hoped that the small walkways and alleys would connect the two streets enough for festivalgoers, but even with adequate signage and a clear program, people had a challenge finding the stages,” she says. Traffic issues aside, organizers believe the first Xpand Fest was wildly successful. Honoring Sustainable Development Goal No. 11, to “make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable,” volunteers placed 2 tons of gravel in one of the event parking lots to prevent further erosion. They also used as many compostable wares as possible, provided recycling and composting options, and promoted reusable water bottles. (Organizers even set a goal to move toward a standard of zero single-use water bottles for future events.)

After the festival, volunteers also engaged in a day of action, picking up trash and “making the place a little better off than we left it,” says Hagarty, because, at its roots, that’s what Xpand Fest is all about: building a better community, locally and beyond. “We want Asheville to come out and be part of the South Slope neighborhood,” says Hagarty. “Our event is here to remind Asheville that the local arts scene is thriving, and we are giving that scene a home and a voice that is inevitably stronger together than individually.”  X

WHAT Xpand Fest WHERE Buxton and Coxe avenues WHEN Saturday, June 9, noon-10 p.m. Free

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Head to the heart of downtown Asheville for the Pritchard Park Songwriter Series. Local artists perform stripped-down sets on Thursdays, June 7-Aug. 9, 5-7 p.m. • June 7 — Jack Victor and Zack Kardon • June 14 — Carly Taich • June 21 — April B. & The Cool • June 28 — Stevie Lee Combs • July 5 — Santos Soul Music • July 12 — Maddie Shuler • July 19 — Christy Lynn Band • July 26 — Indigo De Souza Find more information about these free concerts and other Asheville Downtown Association events in Pritchard Park, such as Hoop Jam, LEAF Community Arts programming and the drum circle at

AU NATURAL: Brie Capone performs as part of last year’s Pritchard Park Songwriter Series. Photo by Kat McReynolds

RiverLink’s annual summer concert series, RiverMusic, offers live bands in an outdoor setting one Friday per month in June, July and September, 5-9:30 p.m. This year’s shows — all free — are held at New Belgium Brewing, 21 Craven St. • June 8 — Tony Furtado with The Saylor Brothers and Elonzo Wesley

• July 6 — The Mattson 2 with Super Doppler and Honey Island Swamp Band • Sept. 7 — The Jayhawks with Cris Jacobs Band and Dave Desmelik Learn more about these concerts and RiverLink’s annual RiverFest, scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 18, noon8 p.m., at

by Alli Marshall

MOON UNIT The lead story, “Search,” in Krystal A. Smith’s new short story collection, Two Moons, reads like an invocation. It’s haunting, riveting and magical. “Take careful steps, make your body in each one, leave nothing behind in five hundred moves,” she writes. And later, “Ask for love, for knowledge, for safety, for sturdier bones, for more flesh. Whatever it is, grant yourself the ask.” “I was afraid it was going to get rejected” from the collection, Smith says, “but it feels so right.” Despite questions from beta readers, Smith’s publisher, Stephanie Andrea Allen of BLF Press, fought for “Search” and its flagship placement. Indeed, it’s the pitch-perfect introduction to the assemblage of 14 Afro-futuristic tales. The author will present her book at Malaprop’s on Sunday, June 10. Smith studied with author Ron Rash (one could say the polar opposite of Afro-futurism) while working toward her master’s degree in English at Western Carolina University. Though Smith’s style has little in common with that of the Serena author, who often writes historical studies of white folks and their trials in the Appalachian mountains, “he really wanted students to write whatever was at the top of [our] heads and hearts,” she says. “He let you go as your own writer.” WCU proved fertile ground for the Greensboro-based author. There, Smith says, she was able to connect with world-class writers, such as novelist Pamela Duncan, through the university’s writing program and its annual literary festival. But she also discovered her unique voice, inspired by the likes of AfricanAmerican science-fiction writer Octavia Butler and Native American and LGBT-focused author, poet and playwright Jewelle Gomez. Of Gomez’s work, Smith says, “You’ve got black vampires and this whole idea of world building. Some of those stories are just examples of experimentation, like, ‘How do you come up with this stuff?’ It encourages me to [think], ‘Well, I don’t know if this is going to work, but let’s try it.’” That’s not to say Smith always feels fearless when she sits down to write. “Some days I’m like, ‘Nope, not gonna do that. People are

N.C.-based speculative fiction author Krystal A. Smith releases short story collection like, ‘That’s my hero. That’s a black girl riding her bike to Mars.’” For now, there are plenty of heroic (and antihero-type) adult characters in Two Moons. “Speculative fiction is so cool,” Smith enthuses. “It’s a whammy and another whammy and ‘Oh my god, I have to finish this book.’ It’s magic intensified.” And, though it’s such a good fit for Smith’s style, she didn’t start her writing career in the speculative fiction genre. Her romance stories have appeared in the Ladylit Publishing anthologies Summer Love: Stories of Lesbian Holiday Romance and Lez Talk: A Collection of Black Lesbian Fiction. “I was playing around with this idea of ‘What would happen if someone fell in love with the moon, and the moon fell in love back?’” Smith says. It was Allen of BLF Press who encouraged her to go for it, saying, “Your mind is a little bit different — what other stories can you come up with?” And that, says Smith, “sparked the flame.”  X

WHO Krystal A. Smith presents Two Moons

SOURCE MATERIAL: Author Krystal A. Smith says she loves mythology and original stories, and both influences are palpable in Two Moons. “The thing that kept me focused was the idea of transformation — there’s a little bit of transformation in every story to bring it all together,” she says. Author photo courtesy of Smith gonna think that’s crazy,’” she says. “Sometimes it’s like, ‘Just get it down on the page. Let’s see what happens.’ … It takes a lot — it’s a back-and-forth with your own mind.” But trusting her intuition and taking risks has paid off with results such as the title story from her new collection, in which a mystical young woman dreams of not only being close to the moon but also being a moon herself. In “Catch Me If You Can,” a woman shape-shifts into a fox. And in “A Rose for Brescia,” the protagonist’s lover appears in the form of a tangle of flowers. In each of Smith’s tales, the romance (and there is plenty of tender emotion) is between two women, and the characters are of African descent. “Mercury

gray eyes, a wide nose with a mole nestled in the corner, and honey brown lips,” is how Josie in “Any One Out There” is described. “I’ve read tons of literature, and it’s always a given that the characters are not people of color,” Smith says. “I don’t want there to be any doubt, whatsoever, that [my] characters are black. I want it to be clear as day. I want you to assume that the characters are black. I want you to feel it in your bones.” A fan of Beverly Cleary’s Beezus and Ramona Quimby books as a child, Smith was disappointed that there was not a single black character in the quirky sisters’ adventures. “If I get to a place where I write something for young adults or kids, I want them to be

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SECOND NATURE When singer-songwriter Samara Jade went into the studio to record her third album, A Wave of Birdsong, she didn’t know that there were big changes in store for her. Originally intended to be a simple folk music-styled album with sparse accompaniment, Jade says that the songs evolved during the recording process, growing into larger, more complex arrangements, with the assistance of sound engineer Kevin Harvey of Griffin Sound. The Asheville-based artist will release that project on Wednesday, June 13, at The Mothlight. “It was a transformation for sure,” says Jade. “We were going to keep it simple, but once we started playing with the tracks, some of it didn’t work, and some of it [Harvey] heard bigger things for.” Jade acquiesced, and soon she and Harvey were experimenting with the songs, adding horn sections, string arrangements and a backing choir to some of the tracks. They refashioned folk songs into funk jams, adding world music influence. “It was a little bit of an ego battle, but I’ve worked with [Harvey] on my previous albums, too, and he’s got such a brilliant musical sense that I have learned to just trust him,” Jade says, with a laugh. “So when he was like, ‘Hey I’ve got this crazy idea, it involves scrapping everything we have, but just bear with me here …’ And it pretty much always was a good idea. I had to surrender my songs, but it’s really beautiful to find someone who you trust with your music in their hands.”

DAWN CHORUS: “There is a magic we can discover and connections we can feel when we tune in to nature’s cycles and rhythms in things that happen every day,” says Samara Jade. “The big representation of that, in my world, is the birds.” Photo by Mary Arose Jade says that even though Harvey inspired major shifts in the direction of the album, there was plenty of collaboration between the two of them. “There was a lot of back-and-forth,” she says. “It was a very respectful thing, but he definitely upped the level of the tracks.” Another adjustment Jade is going through, as she releases her album, is taking on a new name. Until recently, the musician performed under the moniker Searra Jade. “Samara” is the botanical name for the seed pods from maple trees, “The ones that fall like little helicopters,” she says. “I was on a canoe trip last winter and I saw them spiraling down into the water. I



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remembered their name from a botany class and thought, ‘What if that were my name?’ I’m trying to learn to surrender and flow with the wind and the rivers, and it felt superresonant.” The new name, says Jade, expresses her in a way the name Searra no longer does — but the change hasn’t come without some confusion. “On my posters for the release party it says Samara Jade, previously known as Searra Jade,” she says. “I’m kind of just making it a humorous thing, because how I deal with things is just to be like, ‘OK, this is awkward, but let’s laugh about it.’” The album release show will feature Jade and her backing band per-

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forming A Wave of Birdsong in its entirety. She will be joined on stage by Mattick Frick on drums, Ryan Kijanka on upright bass, Drayton Aldridge playing violin, Franklin Keel on cello and Harvey playing keyboards. “It will probably sound pretty different from the album itself,” says Jade. “If I was going to perform the album exactly how it was, it would take, like, 20 musicians, but we’re going to get it as close as we can.” Aside from the musical composition, Jade says what matters to her is the message of her music. “It’s all tied into the theme of listening to and learning from nature, and the magic we can discover and connections we can feel when we tune in to nature’s cycles and rhythms in things that happen every day,” she says. “The birds are always singing when the sun comes up, and they’re always singing when the sun goes down, and it’s always sunrise and sunset somewhere, so there’s this wave of birdsong rippling around the planet. It’s the original music.”  X

WHO Samara Jade with Sister Ivy WHERE The Mothlight 701 Haywood Road WHEN Wednesday, June 13, 8 p.m. $5



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LGBTQ Pride concert with Tret Fure, Heather Mae and Crys Matthews In honor of LGBTQ Pride Month, commemorating New York City’s Stonewall riots, which occurred at the end of June 1969, Isis Music Hall hosts a concert on Wednesday, June 13, at 8:30 p.m. The evening features sets by three talented East Coast women, including Washington D.C.-based Heather Mae, a self-described “social justice songwriter, big-voiced singer and pop-piano performer.” Also on the bill is Mae’s Singing OUT Tour co-headliner, Crys Matthews, a native North Carolinian now living in Virginia who fuses Americana, folk, jazz, blues, bluegrass and funk. Rounding out the night is Florida singer-songwriter Tret Fure, who brings nearly 50 years of writing, recording and performing to the West Asheville stage. $15 advance/$20 day of show. isisasheville. com. Photos of Crys Matthews, left, and Tret Fure, courtesy of the musicians

Secundo Each month, 11 artists from the Asheville area meet to discuss and critique their creative endeavors. Calling themselves Secundo, the group works together as both friends and comrades in craft to support each other’s growth, meet professional challenges and develop as creators. The summer art exhibition at Asheville BookWorks features this collective, composed of Annie Cicale, Allison Dennis, Ann Edelman, Maria Epes, Hollis Fouts, Gaetana Friedman, Janet Hickey, Dyann Myers, Kristen Necessary, Carol Norby and Gerlinde Puchas. The show includes works on paper and personal stories bound into artist books, plus explorations in additional media. There will be an opening reception Thursday, June 7, 5:30-7 p.m., and the exhibition runs through Saturday, July 28. Free to attend. Photo of flag book by Janet Hickey courtesy of Asheville BookWorks

Toney Rocks Making his living as a touring musician, it’s only natural that highways and movement have become central themes in Toney Rocks’ lyrics. Blessed with a silky smooth voice, the Las Vegas singer-songwriter’s 2016 album, No Road Too Long, features the title track, “Winding Road” and “Walking Shoes.” Meanwhile, “Run to the Night” and “Not Gonna Run,” the two currently available singles from his new EP, Drifting, slated for an early August release, tell a compelling if contradictory story of motion. As he winds down the East Coast leg of his tour and works his way back West, Rocks stops by the French Broad Brewery on Thursday, June 7, for a 6 p.m. performance. Expect soulful, one-man band Americana with acoustic guitars, ukulele and keys. Free to attend. Photo courtesy of the musician

Charles Latham A self-professed troubadour and purveyor of anti-folk music, Charles Latham left the North Carolina Triangle in the mid-2000s for stints in Philadelphia, Nashville, Memphis and the U.K. Situated in Durham since late 2014, he’s doubled down on the local scene and recruited a wealth of area talent for his 2017 album, Little Me Time. On his current tour, Latham will be accompanied by his backing ensemble, known as the Borrowed Band. Among its members is pedal steel player Gordon Hartin, whose credits include Shooter Jennings’ touring band. The group makes its Asheville debut at the Burger Bar on Saturday, June 9, at 8:30 p.m. Local Americana singer-songwriter Gracie Lane opens. $3-5 suggested donation. Photo courtesy of Latham


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‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ by Montford Park Players The thing about most of William Shakespeare’s plays is that they’ve been around so long (400-plus years), they’ve all been treated to reimaginings, modernizations, film adaptations, returns to original form (as best we can guess), etc. There’s usually a gimmick, which keeps things interesting, but most theatergoers also have a version of each Shakespearean show that, for them, serves as the touchstone. In the case of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, for this writer, it’s the 1999 film starring Stanley Tucci as Puck and Michelle Pfeiffer as the fairy queen, Titania. The Montford Park Players are currently staging their own version of that beloved comedy (onstage at

the Hazel Robinson Amphitheater through Sunday, June 30) set in 1930s Appalachia. “I had the idea that it would be fun to give the story a similar treatment that the movie O Brother, Where Art Thou? gave Homer’s epic poem The Odyssey,” writes Mandy Bean in the playbill’s director’s note. It’s interesting that, also this month, the American Myth Center is staging an Appalachian version of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet in Asheville — that play’s director also found a correlation between Shakespearean dialect and that of Appalachia. It’s an intriguing idea, and the mashup ultimately works in some parts of the play better than oth-

WHAT A LITTLE MOONSHINE CAN DO: Montford Park Players reimagine Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream as a tale of love, mischief and magic set in the Appalachian Mountains in the 1930s, complete with a cabin facade, an onstage dog and some hilariously choreographed combat. Photo courtesy of Montford Park Players ers. The seersucker suits, boater hats and floral midi dresses of the ’30s are evocative of summer and the implied romance of wandering off into a mystical woodland. Jason Williams’ portrayal of Lysander as part lovable nerd, part used-car salesman somehow pulls together the sometimes disparate elements of Appalachian twang, Elizabethan vocabulary, ardor and comedy. Stephanie Nusbaum commits to Hermia as a young woman in love,


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vacillating from idealistic to footstompingly immature and impatient. And Laura Farmers’ Helena evolves from a spurned ugly duckling, always in Hermia’s prettier shadow, to a comedic swan. Her physicality often calls a wandering mind back to the show’s meatiest, most humorous aspects. Among many standout moments and players is veteran actor David Mycoff in the role of Nick Bottom. His portrayal is the most successful

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melding of 1930s Appalachia with 16th-century England (by way of ancient Greece, where the play is originally set). Mycoff’s interpretation elevates both the Bard’s writing and the MPP vision to something of a revelation. Bottom, here, is a moonshiner in a Texas tuxedo and union suit who, inexplicably yet delightfully, leads a group of workmen in producing the play within a play. A word of advice: The culmination of the play within a play comes at the end of the nearly three-hour show. Stay for it. While the actors in the fairyland scene do much to forward those dreamy parts of the story, the Appalachian influence feels a bit forced in that setting. Fairyland is beyond time and place and could have been represented without, say, patched overalls. The challenge in suspending belief on the part of the viewer is, due, at least somewhat, to the association with previous productions (the aformentioned ’99 film), and the risk, whether or not it totally pays off, is admirable. A sweet mountain ballad, sung in harmony by the fairy queen’s young attendants, is a lovely touch.

And Mars Mignon performs Puck — Southern twang and all — with such charming, Peter Pan-ish, thumbs-insuspenders panache that the trickster is remade as a mountain sprite. Worth mentioning, the Hazel Robinson Amphitheater is, itself, a character in this production. The setting allows for the actors to dart into the audience, chirping birds add to the ambiance, and when the first stars come out, the spell of a midsummer’s night is complete.  X

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SALAD DAYS: The latest edition of Dance Salad, Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre’s annual showcase of original dance art, promises to introduce “new and exciting flavors to the dance scene.” The creations for 2018 come from Ciera Budge, Gina Sassano and visiting Mexican choreographer Fanny Ortiz, plus a piece by Sara Keller on social issues in Alaska and Megan Jackson’s exploration of healing after cancer. Susan Collard and Melisa Wilhoit will also share new works. The performances occur at BeBe Theatre on Friday, June 8, and Saturday, June 9, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, June 10, at 6 p.m. Tickets are $12 for seniors and children in advance and $15 at the door. Adult tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door. For more information, visit Photo by Sandee Johnson (p. 51)



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ART ASHEVILLE AREA ARTS COUNCIL 828-258-0710, • MONDAYS through (6/11), 2-4pm - Weaving class for veterans. Registration required. Free. Held at Local Cloth, 207 Coxe Ave. BUNCOMBE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARIES governing/depts/library • FR (6/8), 5:30pm Nature photography class with photographer Bill Pattison. Free. Held at North Asheville Library, 1030 Merrimon Ave.

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HAYWOOD COUNTY ARTS COUNCIL 86 N Main St., Waynesville, 828-4520593, • WE (6/13), 9:30am “Plein Air Paint Out,” plein air painting demonstration and instruction. Register for location. $20. • TH (6/14), 10-11:30am - “Artist Coffee & Chat," social event for local artists. Registration: 828-4520593. Free. • TH (6/14), 5:307:30pm - “Paint and Wine," art class with Joan Doyle. Registration

required: 828-452-0593. Free. MOMENTUM GALLERY 24 North Lexington Ave. • FR (6/8), 4-7pm Artist talk and reception with Michael Enn Sirvet. Part of the exhibition featuring works by Michael Barringer, Jeannine Marchand and Sirvet that is up until Saturday, June 23. Free to attend ODYSSEY COOPERATIVE ART GALLERY 238 Clingman Ave., 828285-9700, odysseycoopgallery • 2nd SATURDAYS, 11am-5pm - "Second Saturday Celebration," event with food, music and artist demonstrations. Free to attend. TRYON ARTS AND CRAFTS SCHOOL 373 Harmon Field Road, Tryon, 828-859-8323 • TH (6/14), noon Crafts and Conversation Lunchtime Series: “The Magic and History of Weaving Scottish Tartan Plaids,” presentation by Marjorie Warren. Free.

ART/CRAFT STROLLS & FAIRS ANYTHING FIBER SALE afs.html • SA (6/9), 10am-2pm - A yard sale by fiber artists and hobbyists featuring fiber, yarn, materials and tools. Free to attend. Held at the Warren Wilson Gym, 701 Warren Wilson Road, Swannanoa CRUCIBLE GLASSWORKS 60 Clarks Chapel Road, Weaverville, 828-645-5660, • SA (6/9), 10am-5pm - "Summer of Glass Edition 1" studio stroll with glasswork demonstrations and refreshments. Free to attend. MOONLIT ART MARKET • 2nd WEDNESDAYS, 8-11pm - Art and craft fair. Free to attend. Held at Burial Beer Co., 40 Collier Ave. PINK DOG CREATIVE 348 Depot St., • SA (6/9), 3-8pm “Studio A,” five year anniversary celebration, with art, live music and

refreshments. Free to attend. RIVER ARTS DISTRICT STUDIO STROLL Depot St. • 2nd SATURDAYS, 10am-8pm - Gallery walks along a mile-long cluster of working artist studios, galleries and eateries with live demonstrations, live music and wine tastings. Free trolley rides available every hour. Free to attend.

AUDITIONS & CALL TO ARTISTS ASHEVILLE YOUTH CHOIRS • TH (6/7), 4-7pm - Auditions for the Asheville Youth Choir. See website for full guidelines.

DANCE 2-HOUR DANCE WORKSHOP - LEARN COUNTRY TWO-STEP (PD.) Saturday, June 16th, 3-5pm. Cathedral of All Souls in Biltmore Village. $20/pp, Early Bird $15/pp by June 9th. 828-333-0715. •

Send your event listings to 2-HOUR DANCE WORKSHOP • LEAN SALSA, SWING & CHACHA (PD.) Saturday, June 16th, 1-3pm. Cathedral of All Souls in Biltmore Village. $20/pp, • Early Bird $15/pp by June 9th. 828-333-0715. • COUNTRY DANCE "BUCKLES BELTS AND BOOTS" (PD.) Friday, June 15th, 7-10:30pm, Asheville Event and Dance Center. • Two-step lesson 7-8pm. Dance/Lesson $15, Dance $10. 828333-0715, • www. EXPERIENCE ECSTATIC DANCE! (PD.) Dance waves hosted by Asheville Movement Collective. Fun and personal/community transformation. • Fridays, 7pm, Terpsicorps Studios, 1501 Patton Avenue. • Sundays, 8:30am and 10:30am, JCC, 236 Charlotte Street. Sliding scale fee. Information:

ASHEVILLE CONTEMPORARY DANCE THEATRE 828-254-2621, • FR (6/8) & SA (6/9), 7:30pm & SU (6/10), 6pm - "Dance Salad" showcase of new dance theatre work by members of Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre and guest choreographers. $18/$15 advance. Held at BeBe Theatre, 20 Commerce St. ASHEVILLE MONDAY NIGHT DANCE 828-712-0115, • MONDAYS, 7:3010:30pm - Community contra dance. $7. Held at Center for Art & Spirit at St. George, 1 School Road ASHEVILLE SISTER CITIES 828-782-8025,, ashevillesistercities@ • WE (6/13) - Clogging team needed for event to demonstrate local heritage to a delegation visiting from Karpenisi, Greece. Information: 828-645-8301 or OLD FARMER'S BALL

• 2nd SUNDAYS, 3-5pm - Family contra/square dances for families with children ages 6-12. All ages welcome. Free. Held at Harvest House, 205 Kenilworth Road

MUSIC AFRICAN DRUM LESSONS AT SKINNY BEATS DRUM SHOP (PD.) Saturdays 5pm, Wednesdays 6pm. Billy Zanski teaches a fun approach to connecting with your inner rhythm. Drop-ins welcome. • Drums provided. $15/ class. (828) 768-2826. A CAPPELLA ALIVE acappellaalive, • TH (6/14), 7-9pm - Open house for women's a cappella group. Free. Held at Givens Gerber Park, 40 Gerber Road BLACK MOUNTAIN COLLEGE MUSEUM & ARTS CENTER 56 Broadway, 828-350-8484, blackmountaincollege. org • WE (6/6), noon-10pm - John Cage 33 1/3, per-

formed by María Chávez and audience. $8/$5 members. BREVARD MUSIC CENTER 828-862-2105, • TH (6/7), 7:30pm - Concert featuring classical guitarist Adam Holzman. $25. Held at Porter Center, 1 Brevard College Drive, Brevard • FR (6/8), 7:30pm - Jazz concert with trumpeter Randy Brecker. $25. Held at Porter Center, 1 Brevard College Drive, Brevard • TH (6/14), 7pm Faculty and student jazz concert. $25. Held at Porter Center, 1 Brevard College Drive, Brevard CITY OF ASHEVILLE 828-251-1122, • THURSDAYS 5-7pm - Pritchard Park singer/ songwriter series. Free. Held at Pritchard Park, 4 College St. • FRIDAYS, 6-9:50pm Asheville outdoor drum circle. Free. Held at Pritchard Park, 4 College St. CONCERTS ON THE CREEK • FR (6/8), 7-9pm - Dirty Soul Revival, blues/rock, outdoor concert. Free.

Held at Bridge Park, 76 Railroad Ave., Sylva FLAT ROCK PLAYHOUSE DOWNTOWN 125 S. Main St., Hendersonville, 828-693-0731, • THURSDAY through SUNDAY until (6/10) Carolina Shag, 50s beach music concert. Thurs.: 7:30pm. Fri. & Sat.: 8pm. Sat. & Sun.: 2pm. WE (6/6), 7:30pm. $35. FLOOD GALLERY FINE ART CENTER 850 Blue Ridge Road, Unit A-13, Black Mountain, 828-357-9009, • MONDAYS, 6-7pm - Didjeridu lessons. Admission by donation. MONDAY NIGHT LIVE! CONCERT SERIES 828-693-9708, historichendersonville. org • MO (6/11), 7-9pm - Outdoor concert featuring Daniel Sage & Friends. Free. Held at Hendersonville Visitor Center, 201 S. Main St., Hendersonville PUBSING 828-254-1114 • 2nd SUNDAYS, 6-8pm - Gospel jam and singalong. Optional snack

time at 5:30pm. Free to attend. Held at French Broad Brewery, 101 Fairview Road REVOLVE 122 Riverside Drive • WE (6/6), 8:30pm - "DroneChoir," performance created by Arone Dyer and consisting of an unrehearsed choir of women who are being fed instructions through headphones. Includes a movement and music piece by Isabel Castellvi and Salomé Navarro. • SU (6/10), 8pm Concert with Zach Rowden (cello) and Planting Moon. $10. RIVERLINK'S RIVERMUSIC 8282-528-4741, • FR (6/8), 5-9:30pm - Outdoor music concert featuring Tony Furtado, Elonzo Wesley and The Saylor Brothers. Donations benefit RiverLink. Free to attend. Held at New Belgium Brewery, 21 Craven St. TRANSYLVANIA COUNTY LIBRARY 212 S. Gaston St., Brevard, 828-884-3151 • FR (6/8), 7:30pm Summer Concert Series: Crooked Pine, old-time concert. Free.

UNITY OF THE BLUE RIDGE 2041 Old Fanning Bridge Road, Mills River, 828891-8700 • MO (6/11), 7-9:30pm - Concert featuring Bob Sima and John Stringer. $15.

SPOKEN & WRITTEN WORD ASHEVILLE LAND OF SKY TOASTMASTERS 828-274-1865 954-383-2111 • TUESDAYS, 7-8am Event to improve speaking skills and grow in leadership. Free. Held at Reuter YMCA, 3 Town Center Blvd. ASHEVILLE WRITERS' SOCIAL allimarshall@bellsouth. net • 1st WEDNESDAYS, 6-7:30pm - N.C. Writer's Network group meeting and networking. Free to attend. Held at Battery Park Book Exchange, 1 Page Ave., #101 BLUE RIDGE BOOKS 428 Hazelwood Ave., Waynesville • SA (6/9), 3pm - Royal Phillips presents their book, Priest: The Last Confession. Free to attend.

BUNCOMBE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARIES governing/depts/library • WE (6/6), 3pm - Book Discussion: Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami. Free. Held at Weaverville Public Library, 41 N. Main St., Weaverville • TU (6/12), 8pm - Mull it Over Beer & Book Club: I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes WIthin Us and a Grander View of Life, by Ed Yong. Free to attend. Held at The Wedge at Foundation, 5 Foundy St. FIRESTORM BOOKS & COFFEE 610 Haywood Road, 828-255-8115, • 2nd & 4th FRIDAYS, 2:30pm - Wild Words writing group. Free to attend. FLETCHER LIBRARY 120 Library Road, Fletcher, 828-687-1218, library.hendersoncountync. org • 2nd THURSDAYS, 10:30am - Book Club. Free. • 2nd THURSDAYS, 1:30pm - Writers' Guild. Free. GORGES STATE PARK 976 Grassy Creek Road, Sapphire, 828-966-9099

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• SU (6/10), 1pm Family-friendly storytelling event featuring Connie Regan-Blake and Marcy Thompson. Free. HENDERSON COUNTY COOPERATIVE EXTENSION OFFICE 828-697-4891 • FR (6/8), 6pm - #READFORCHANGE, event featuring Joanne O'Sullivan, Jodi Lynn Anderson, Jennie Liu and Marie Marquardt presenting novels that help middle-grade readers become involved in social action. Free to attend. Held at Malaprop's Bookstore and Cafe, 55 Haywood St. HENDERSON COUNTY LIBRARY 301 N. Washington St., Hendersonville, 828697-4725, henderson. • TH (6/14), 5:30pm - Jennifer McGaha presents her book, Flat Broke with Two Goats. Free. MACON COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY 149 Siler Farm Road, Franklin • MO (4/9), 6pm - Poetry reading with Franklin high school senior Morgan Guynn and Gilbert-Chappell distinguished poet Pat Riviere-Seel. Free. MALAPROP'S BOOKSTORE AND CAFE 55 Haywood St., 828-254-6734, • WE (6/6), 6pm - "Pride," event featuring Susan Green, Robin Phillips and Lynn Ames presenting parallel stories of love and the struggle for civil rights. Free to attend. • WE (6/6), 7pm Malaprop's Book Club: Under the Udala Trees by Chinelo Okparanta. Free to attend. • TH (6/7), 6pm - Caleb Johnson presents his book, Treeborne,


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in conversation with Denise Kiernan. Free to attend. • SU (6/10), 3pm - Krystal A. Smith presentsher book, Two Moons: Stories. Free to attend. • MO (6/11), 6pm Rebecca Todd Peters presents her book, Trust Women: A Progressive Christian Argument for Reproductive Justice. Free to attend. • MO (6/11), 7pm - Mystery Book Club: Where They Found Her by Kimberly McCreight. Free to attend. • TU (6/12), noon Discussion Bound Book Club: Studio Glass in America: A 50-Year Journey by Ferdinand Hampson. Free to attend. • TU (6/12), 6pm - Sarah Nicole Lemon presents her book, Valley Girls. Free to attend. • TH (6/14), 6pm - Silas House presents their book, Southernmost. Free to attend. NEW DIMENSIONS TOASTMASTERS 828-329-4190 • THURSDAYS, noon1pm - General meeting. Information: 828-3294190. Free to attend. Held at Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity, 33 Meadow Road SWANNANOA VALLEY MUSEUM 223 W State St., Black Mountain, 828-6699566, • 2nd FRIDAYS, 11:30am - Swannanoa Valley Museum Book Club: Return the Innocent Earth, by Wilma Dykeman. Free. SYNERGY STORY SLAM • WE (6/13), 7pm Storytelling open mic on theme "Long Day." Free to attend. Held at Odditorium, 1045 Haywood Road

THEATER ASHEVILLE COMMUNITY THEATRE 35 E. Walnut St., 828-254-1320, • FRIDAYS through SUNDAYS until (6/24) - The Full Monty, comedy. Fri. & Sat.: 7:30pm. Sun.: 2:30pm. Thursday performances on June 14 & June 21, 7:30pm. $25-$30. BUNCOMBE CHAUTAUQUA HISTORY ALIVE FESTIVAL greenvillechautauqua. org/June-Festival/ buncombe_chautauqua/ • MO (6/18), 7pm Buncombe Chautauqua History Alive Program: “Winston Churchill, British Bulldog,” portrayed by Larry Bounds. $5. • TU (6/19), 7pm Buncombe Chautauqua History Alive Program: “Harriet Tubman: General, Scout & Spy,” portrayed by Becky Stone with music by The Magills. $5. • WE (6/20), 7pm Buncombe Chautauqua History Alive Program: “Alice Paul: Iron-Jawed Angel,” portrayed by Leslie Goddard with music by Don Pedi. $5. • TH (6/21), 7pm Buncombe Chautauqua History Alive Program: “Francis Marion: The Swamp Fox,” portrayed by Ken Johnston with music by Zoe and Cloyd. $5.. DIANA WORTHAM THEATRE 18 Biltmore Ave., • SA (6/9), 2pm & 7pm & SU (6/10), 2pm Asheville Performing Arts Academy presents Disney’s Mary Poppins, Jr. $21-$26/$18 students. • TH (6/14), 7pm Proceeds from Says You benefit Blue Ridge Public Radio. $32-$45.

DIFFERENT STROKES PERFORMING ARTS COLLECTIVE 828-275-2093, • THURSDAYS through SATURDAYS (6/14) until (6/30), 7:30pm Eleemosynary. $21/$18 advance. Held at BeBe Theatre, 20 Commerce St. FLAT ROCK PLAYHOUSE 2661 Highway 225, Flat Rock, 828-693-0731, • WEDNESDAYS through SUNDAYS until (6/9) - Clue: the Musical. Wed.-Thurs.: 7:30pm. Fri. & Sat.: 8pm. Wed., Thurs., Sat. & Sun.: 2pm. $20 and up. MAGNETIC 375 375 Depot St., • THURSDAYS through SATURDAYS until (6/9), 7:30pm - Full-Tilt Boogie at the Big Bang Diner, comedy. $16. MONTFORD PARK PLAYERS 828-254-5146, montfordparkplayers. org • FRIDAYS through SUNDAYS until (6/30), 7:30pm - A Midsummer Night's Dream. Free. Held at Hazel Robinson Amphitheatre, 92 Gay St. NC STAGE COMPANY 15 Stage Lane, 828-239-0263 • THURSDAYS through SUNDAYS until (6/10) - As You Like It, NC Stage's new Ensemble Community Tour. Thurs.Sat.: 7:30pm. Sun.: 2pm. $20/$10 student. SOUTHERN APPALACHIAN REPERTORY THEATRE 828-689-1239, • THURSDAY through SUNDAY until (6/17) - Don't Dress for Dinner, comedy. Thurs.-Sat.:7:30pm. Sat. & Sun.: 2:30pm. $30/$18 students. Held at Owens Theatre, 44 College St., Mars Hill

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14 RIVERSIDE DRIVE ARTS & CULTURE CENTER 14 Riverside Drive • Through MO (10/8) North Carolina and the Studio Glass Movement, group exhibition. AMERICAN FOLK ART AND FRAMING 64 Biltmore Ave., 828-2812134, • Through TH (6/21) Spring Reunion, exhibition of artworks by Liz Sullivan & John "Cornbread" Anderson. ART AT WCU 828-227-2787, • TH (6/14) through FR (12/7) - Glass Catalyst: Littleton’s Legacy in Contemporary Sculpture, exhibition of glass works by and inspired by Harvey Littleton. Reception: Thursday, June 14, 5-7pm. Held at The WCU Bardo Arts Center, 199 Centennial Drive ASHEVILLE ART MUSEUM 175 Biltmore Ave., 8 28-253-3227 • Through SU (9/30) - Red Hot in the Blue Ridge, group glass art exhibition. ASHEVILLE BOOKWORKS 428 1/2 Haywood Road, 828-255-8444, • TH (6/7) through SA (7/28) - Secundo, exhibition of works by local artists working in book, print and mixed media. ASHEVILLE CERAMICS GALLERY 109 Roberts St. • Through SA (6/30) Exhibition of ceramic art by Frank Vickery. Reception: Saturday, June 9, 4-6pm. ASHEVILLE GALLERY OF ART 82 Patton Ave., 828-251-5796, • Through SA (6/30) - Color Our World, exhibition of paintings by Reda Kay. BLACK MOUNTAIN COLLEGE MUSEUM & ARTS CENTER 56 Broadway, 828-3508484, • Through SA (8/4) Shared History, exhibition highlighting the museum's partnerships, collaborations, programs, exhibitions, conferences and {Re}HAPPENINGs over the past 25 years. DISTRICT WINE BAR 37 Paynes Way, Suite 9 • Through SA (6/30) - The Legend of Rosebud, exhibition of paintings by Joyce Thornburg and Ken Vallario.

FRAGILE: Part of the Summer of Glass initiative, happening in conjunction with the Dale Chihuly exhibition at Biltmore Estate, Western Carolina University Fine Art Museum at Bardo Arts Center presents the exhibition Glass Catalyst: Littleton’s Legacy in Contemporary Sculpture. The show “explores the work of contemporary artists concentrating in glass and how they are building off the foundations laid by [Harvey] Littleton during the early years of the Studio Glass Movement.” An opening night reception takes place Thursday, June 14, 5-7 p.m. and the exhibit runs through Dec. 7. Photo of Knit Knot by Carol Milne courtesy of the artist EPIONE INTEGRATED CLINIC 19 Zillicoa St, Unit 3, 828-771-6126, epioneintegratedclinic. com • Through FR (8/31) The Sacred Is Creative, exhibition of work by Desiree DeMars. GRAND BOHEMIAN GALLERY 11 Boston Way, 877274-1242, • Through SA (6/30) Spring into Summer, exhibition of paintings by Karen Weihs and works by silversmith Alexandria Reznikoff. GROVEWOOD GALLERY 111 Grovewood Road, 828-253-7651, • SA (6/9) through SA (6/30) - Falling, exhibition of contemporary paintings byMichael Francis Reagan. Reception: Saturday, June 9, 2-5pm. HAYWOOD COUNTY ARTS COUNCIL 86 N Main St., Waynesville, 828-4520593, • Through SA (6/30) Freedom: An Artist’s Point of View, group exhibition in conjunction with REACH. MORA CONTEMPORARY JEWELRY 9 Walnut St., 828-575-2294,

• Through SA (6/30) Jewelry Edition Volume 4, group exhibition of fine jewelry. Reception: Friday, June 8, 5-8pm. PENLAND SCHOOL OF CRAFTS 67 Doras Trail, Bakersville, 828-7652359, • Through SU (7/15) - Personal | Universal: Narrative Works in Craft, group exhibition featuring 11 artists. PINK DOG CREATIVE 348 Depot St., • Through SU (6/24) Negative Capability, solo exhibition of works in acrylic and mixed media by Joyce Thornburg. SATELLITE GALLERY 55 Broadway St., 828-305-2225, • Through SA (6/30) - Opening Eyes: New Asheville Painting, exhibition by the Asheville based Contemporary Artists Group. Discussion: Sunday, June 10, 3-4pm. THE REFINERY 207 Coxe Ave., • Through FR (6/15) - Interconnection, exhibition of visionary art curated by Ka Amorastreya. • Through FR (7/27) - Process, exhibition of works by Erica Stankwytch Bailey, Asheville Makers,

Bright Angle and Emily Rogstad. TOE RIVER ARTS COUNCIL 828-765-0520, • Through SA (6/16) Glass on Fire, exhibit featuring glass work by eight glass artists from Yancey and Mitchell counties. Held at Burnsville TRAC Gallery, 102 W. Main St., Burnsville TRACEY MORGAN GALLERY 188 Coxe Ave., TraceyMorganGallery. com • Through SA (7/28) Lost Utopias, exhibition of photography by Jade Doskow. TRANSYLVANIA COMMUNITY ARTS COUNCIL 349 S. Caldwell St., Brevard, 828-884-2787, • Through FR (6/8) Brevard - Where Music Meets the Mountains, group art exhibition. YMI CULTURAL CENTER 39 South Market St., 828-252-4614, • Through TH (6/7) Exhibition of artwork and photography by Asheville High School honors and AP students. Contact the galleries for admission hours and fees


SWEET SOUNDS: If the idea of Suga Grits as a breakfast dish isn’t immediately appealing, Suga Grits as a musical act has a lot to recommend it. The Washington, D.C.-based funk and jam project (vocalist Dev Duff, drummer David Suggs, bassist James McCreavy, saxophonist Dan Janis and keyboardist Turk Gaines) come from backgrounds as varied as working in theater theatre pit crews and playing wedding gigs. The collective has even served as support for Asheville’s Toubab Krewe. Together, the Suga Grits musicians bring “some serious heat to the studio and the stage, creating a sort of tribal vibe within their funk regime,” according to the band’s bio. “They have a laundry list of cover tunes at their disposal, as well as their own original music for display.” Get a taste of the powerfunk outfit at The One Stop on Saturday, June 16, at 10 p.m. Photo courtesy of Randy Harris WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6 185 KING STREET Vinyl Night, 6:00PM 5 WALNUT WINE BAR Les Amis (African folk), 8:00PM AMBROSE WEST Poetic 828 Presents: LEFT OVER: An Exhibition of Reimaged Art & Music, 7:00PM BLUE MOUNTAIN PIZZA & BREW PUB Open Mic hosted by Billy Owens, 7:00PM CARMEL'S KITCHEN AND BAR Adi the Monk (jazz), 5:30PM CORK & KEG 3 Cool Cats, 7:30PM DOUBLE CROWN Western Wednesday w/ Todd Day Wait's Pigpen & DJ David Wayne Gay, 9:00PM HIGHLAND BREWING COMPANY Woody Wood Wednesdays (rock, soul, funk), 5:30PM ISIS MUSIC HALL & KITCHEN 743 Isis Lawn Series: Whistlepig, 6:30PM Damsel and Distress, 7:00PM David Ramirez, 8:30PM

JACK OF THE WOOD PUB Old Time Open Jam Session, 5:00PM LAZOOM ROOM Disclaimer Comedy Open Mic, 9:00PM LOBSTER TRAP Cigar Brothers, 6:30PM MG ROAD Salsa Night, 8:00PM NATIVE KITCHEN & SOCIAL PUB NC Songsmiths, 6:30PM NOBLE KAVA Poetry Open Mic w/ Caleb Beissert (7:30 sign-up), 8:00PM ODDITORIUM 80s/90s Dance Party w/ DJ Baby Bear, 9:00PM ONE STOP AT ASHEVILLE MUSIC HALL Evil Note Lab, 10:00PM ONE WORLD BREWING The Build (80's synth wave, folk, experimental), 9:00PM

SANCTUARY BREWING COMPANY French Broad Mountain Valley Acoustic Jam, 6:30PM SOUTHERN APPALACHIAN BREWERY Jazz Night hosted by Jason DeCristofaro, 7:00PM THE GREY EAGLE The Dickies 40th Anniversary Tour w/ The Queers & Pleasures of the Ultraviolet, 9:00PM

THURSDAY, JUNE 7 5 WALNUT WINE BAR Pleasure Chest (blues, rock, soul), 8:00PM AMBROSE WEST Karla Bonoff (singer, songwriter), 8:00PM ASHEVILLE GUITAR BAR Will Ray & The Space Cooties, 7:30PM

THE IMPERIAL LIFE The Berlyn Jazz Trio, 9:00PM

BANKS AVE Bass Jumpin w/ DJ Audio, 9:00PM

THE MOTHLIGHT Post Animal w/ Paul Cherry & Shaken Nature, 9:30PM

BARLEY'S TAPROOM & PIZZERIA Alien Music Club (jazz), 9:00PM

TIMO'S HOUSE The Spectral Monkey, DayoWulf & T.O.U.C.H Samadhi (electronica), 8:00PM TOWN PUMP Open Jam w/ Billy Presnell, 9:00PM

OSKAR BLUES BREWERY Owen Grooms (bluegrass), 5:00PM

TRESSA'S DOWNTOWN JAZZ AND BLUES JJ Kitchen All Star Jam (blues, soul), 9:00PM

PILLAR ROOFTOP BAR Jason Whitaker, 7:00PM


BLACK MOUNTAIN ALE HOUSE Bluegrass Jam w/ The Big Deal Band, 8:00PM BLUE MOUNTAIN PIZZA & BREW PUB Andy Ferrell, 7:00PM CROW & QUILL Carolina Catskins (gritty ragtime jazz), 9:00PM FLOOD GALLERY FINE ART CENTER Open Mic (6:00PM sign up), 6:30PM FOGGY MOUNTAIN BREWPUB Billy Litz (Americana), 9:00PM


JUNE 6 - 12, 2018



TAVERN Downtown on the Park Eclectic Menu • Over 30 Taps • Patio 14 TV’s • Sports Room • 110” Projector Event Space • Shuffleboard Open 7 Days 11am - Late Night THE SUNDAY SOCIAL LUB C IC ON THE P MUS ATIO @ 4:30PM

THU. 6/7 Steve Moseley Duo (acoustic rock)

FRI. 6/8 DJ MoTo

(dance hits, pop)

SAT. 6/9 The Groove Shakers (bluegrass, rock ‘n roll)

FRENCH BROAD BREWERY Toney Rocks (singer, songwriter), 6:00PM

SUMMIT COFFEE ASHEVILLE Open Mic w/ Dylan Moses, 6:00PM

GOOD STUFF Jim Hampton & friends perform "Eclectic Country" (jam), 7:30PM

THE BLOCK OFF BILTMORE Early Jazz Jam w/ Micah Thomas & Friends, 5:30PM David LaMotte, 8:00PM

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

THE GREY EAGLE Paul Edelman, 6:00PM

HIGHLAND BREWING COMPANY Roots & Friends open jam (blues, rock, roots), 6:30PM ISIS MUSIC HALL & KITCHEN 743 Isis Lawn Series: Upland Drive, 6:30PM Andrew McKnight, 7:00PM The Everly Brothers Experience & A Return to Peter Paul and Mary w/ The Zmed Brothers & Peggy Ratusz, 8:30PM JACK OF THE WOOD PUB Bluegrass Jam, 7:00PM LAZOOM ROOM Talk About Funny w/ Jason Scholder & Friends (comedy), 9:00PM LOBSTER TRAP Hank Bones, 6:30PM

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JACK OF THE WOOD PUB Laura Blackley & The Wildflowers w/ Ian Harrod, 9:00PM

THE MOTHLIGHT Peach Kelli Pop w/ Kitty Tsunami, 9:30PM

LAZY DIAMOND Special Hot 'n' Nasty w/ DJs Al Lover & Jasper, 10:00PM

TIMO'S HOUSE BRRRZDAYZ w/ Jj smash & Genetix, 8:00PM

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

TOWN PUMP Breadfoot, 9:00PM

MAGNETIC 375 Full Tilt Boogie at the Big Bang Diner, 7:30PM

TRESSA'S DOWNTOWN JAZZ AND BLUES Jesse Barry & The Jam (blues, dance), 9:00PM UPCOUNTRY BREWING COMPANY Paul Defatta, 7:00PM WICKED WEED FUNKATORIUM Balkun Brothers 8:30PM W XYZ BAR AT ALOFT Hope Griffin, 8:00PM

ODDITORIUM Party Foul Drag Circus, 9:00PM


ONE WORLD BREWING Nikki Forbes (singer, songwriter), 7:00PM Sarah Tucker (singer, songwriter), 9:00PM ORANGE PEEL Tyler Childers, 9:00PM OSKAR BLUES BREWERY The Deer (transcendental Texas folk), 6:00PM PACK’S TAVERN Steve Moseley Duo 9:30PM PULP Slice of Life Comedy Open Mic w/ Cody Hughes & Ryan Cox, 9:00PM PILLAR ROOFTOP BAR Jazzville, 7:00PM

185 KING STREET Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters, 8:00PM 5 WALNUT WINE BAR Fwuit (retro soul), 9:00PM AMBROSE WEST Akira Satake, Duncan Wickel & Anya Hinkle (Trans-Pacific Americana), 7:00PM ASHEVILLE GUITAR BAR AGB Celebrity All Stars, 8:00PM ASHEVILLE MASONIC TEMPLE Opal String Quartet, 8:00PM ASHEVILLE MUSIC HALL Litz (funk, psychedelic, jam), 10:00PM BLUE MOUNTAIN PIZZA & BREW PUB Acoustic Swing, 7:00PM CATAWBA BREWING SOUTH SLOPE Steelin' Time, 7:00PM CORK & KEG Whitewater Bluegrass, 8:30PM

PISGAH BREWING COMPANY Songs From the Road Band, 9:00PM

CROW & QUILL Momma Molasses (folk, oldtime), 9:00PM

PURPLE ONION CAFE Dogwhistle, 7:30PM

FOGGY MOUNTAIN BREWPUB Eleanor Underhill and Friends (soul, funk), 10:00PM

SANCTUARY BREWING COMPANY Ben Phan, 7:00PM SLY GROG LOUNGE M+N, General Chryst, Cool World Order, Prince Tryp, Scott Damage & Herb da Wizard (hiphop), 8:00PM STRAIGHTAWAY CAFE Open Mic, 7:00PM

ISIS MUSIC HALL & KITCHEN 743 Isis Lawn Series: The Matt Fassas Trio, 6:30PM Night Tree, 7:00PM

THE IMPERIAL LIFE The Burger Kings (classic rock n' roll), 9:00PM

MAGNETIC 375 Full Tilt Boogie at the Big Bang Diner, 7:30PM

ONE STOP AT ASHEVILLE MUSIC HALL Mitch's Totally Rad Trivia, 7:00PM Unaka Prong w/ Smooth Goose, 10:00PM

HIGHLAND BREWING COMPANY Special Affair (soul, R&B), 7:00PM

FRENCH BROAD BREWERY Ryan Barrington Cox & Lassos (country, folk), 6:00PM GINGER'S REVENGE Andy Ferrell & Carolina Tim (folk), 8:00PM HABITAT TAVERN & COMMONS Standup Meets Improv, 9:00PM

NEW BELGIUM BREWERY RiverLink's RiverMusic w/ Tony Furtado, Elonzo Wesley & The Saylor Brothers, 5:00PM NOBLE KAVA Comedy Night, 9:00PM ODDITORIUM Amnesis, Redefind, I The Supplier, Aesoterra (metal) $10, 9:00PM ONE STOP AT ASHEVILLE MUSIC HALL Free Dead Fridays w/ members of Phuncle Sam Acoustic, 5:30PM Miss Mojo, 8:00PM ONE WORLD BREWING King Garbage (soul, R&B), 9:00PM ORANGE PEEL Lee Camp Comedy Show w/ Grey, Debrissa McKinney & Austn Haynes (benefit), 7:30PM OSKAR BLUES BREWERY Pierce Edens Duo (Americana), 6:30PM PACK'S TAVERN DJ MoTo (dance hits, pop), 9:30PM PILLAR ROOFTOP BAR Lazy Birds, 7:00PM PISGAH BREWING COMPANY FinDog , 8:00PM SALVAGE STATION The New Mastersounds, 9:00PM SANCTUARY BREWING COMPANY Nikki Talley, 8:00PM SLY GROG LOUNGE The Power EP Show w/ Reese Mchenry & The Fox, Thee Sidewalk Surfers, 8:00PM THE BLOCK OFF BILTMORE Latin Night w/ DJ Victor, 9:30PM THE GREY EAGLE Typhoon w/ The Fourth Wall, 8:00PM THE IMPERIAL LIFE Select DJ Sets, 9:00PM THE MOTHLIGHT Mr. Fred's Pinecar Derby, 9:00PM











TIMO'S HOUSE DJ Drew (80s, 90s, 00s), 8:00PM The Tim Green Trio (jazz), 10:00PM TOWN PUMP The Heavy Halves, 9:00PM TRESSA'S DOWNTOWN JAZZ AND BLUES Lenny Pettinelli (piano evergreens), 7:30PM Virginia & The Slims (jump blues, swing), 10:00PM UPCOUNTRY BREWING COMPANY Billy Gilmore & Friends, 9:00PM WXYZ BAR AT ALOFT DJ Zues, 8:00PM WICKED WEED FUNKATORIUM Rebecca Quinn, 8:30PM WHITE HORSE BLACK MOUNTAIN Richard Smith, 8:00PM

SATURDAY, JUNE 9 185 KING STREET High Flying Criminals w/ Andrew Thelston, 8:00PM 5 WALNUT WINE BAR Old North State (Southern pop, rock), 9:00PM AMBROSE WEST Jay Gonzalez (60s & 70s hits), 8:00PM ASHEVILLE GUITAR BAR Shadowman, 8:00PM ASHEVILLE MUSIC HALL Saturday Night Jive w/ Oso Rey, 10:00PM BLACK MOUNTAIN ALE HOUSE Dave Dribbon (Americana, rock), 7:30PM BLUE MOUNTAIN PIZZA & BREW PUB Luke Wood, 7:00PM BOLD ROCK HARD CIDER Euphoria's 30th Anniversary w/ 28 Pages & Awake in the Dream, 5:00PM CHESTNUT Jazz Brunch, 11:00AM



CROW & QUILL Burger Kings (proto rock n' roll), 9:00PM

DISTRICT WINE BAR Pleasure Chest, 10:00PM FOGGY MOUNTAIN BREWPUB Sauce (jam. funk), 10:00PM

SANCTUARY BREWING COMPANY J.C. Tokes, 3:00PM Cynefin, 8:00PM SLY GROG LOUNGE Cruel Summer Peep Show (burlesque), 9:00PM

HIGHLAND BREWING COMPANY Kevin Maines & the Volts, 7:00PM HILLMAN BEER Record Prophets, 7:00PM ISIS MUSIC HALL & KITCHEN 743 Tremendous Trios, 7:00PM The Appalucians & Lazybirds (dual CD release), 8:30PM JACK OF THE WOOD PUB Another Country, 9:00PM

THE BLOCK OFF BILTMORE Youth OUTright's Drag Brunch, 11:00AM Saturday Salsa & Latin Dance Party Night w/ DJ Edi Fuentes, 9:30PM THE GREY EAGLE Funny Business w/ Stewart Huff (comedy), 8:00PM

LOBSTER TRAP Sean Mason Trio, 6:30PM

THE MOTHLIGHT RBTS WIN w/ Astrea Corp & Jon Charles Dwyer, 9:30PM

MG ROAD Late Night Dance Party w/ DJ Lil Meow Meow, 10:00PM

TIMO'S HOUSE U/ME & Friends (house), 8:00PM

MAGNETIC 375 Full Tilt Boogie at the Big Bang Diner, 7:30PM ODDITORIUM Stumblers Chopper Club (Danzig covers, metal), 9:00PM ONE STOP AT ASHEVILLE MUSIC HALL Erin & The Wildfire, 10:00PM Saturday Night Jive w/ Oso Rey, 10:00PM ONE WORLD BREWING The Bluegrass Sweethearts (bluegrass), 9:00PM ORANGE PEEL Antibalas & Lee Camp w/ Grey Benefiting Brother Wolf, 9:00PM OSKAR BLUES BREWERY Dagger Kayaks 30th Anniversary Party w/ Shane Pruitt Band, Tellico & Chalwa, 12:00PM PACK'S TAVERN The Groove Shakers (bluegrass, rock n' roll), 9:30PM PILLAR ROOFTOP BAR Armadilla, 7:00PM PISGAH BREWING COMPANY VegOut Fundraiser w/ The Paper Crowns, Chalwa, and The Campfire Reverends, 1:00PM PURPLE ONION CAFE JPQ Band, 8:00PM SALVAGE STATION Bill & Friends, 6:00PM



























Asheville’s longest running live music venue • 185 Clingman Ave TICKETS AVAILABLE AT HARVEST RECORDS & THEGREYEAGLE.COM

TOWN PUMP Bald Mountain Boys, 9:00PM TRESSA'S DOWNTOWN JAZZ AND BLUES Josh Singleton & Patrick Dodd (blues, country), 7:30PM Ruby Mayfield & Saxplay, 10:00PM UPCOUNTRY BREWING COMPANY Mason Via Bluegrass, 8:00PM W XYZ BAR AT ALOFT Caromia, 8:00PM WHITE HORSE BLACK MOUNTAIN The Belfast Boys, 8:00PM WILD WING CAFE SOUTH Bryce Denton, 9:00PM WICKED WEED FUNKATORIUM The Eccentrics w/ Brothers 8:30PM

SUNDAY, JUNE 10 185 KING STREET Sunday Sessions Open Electric Jam, 4:00PM 5 WALNUT WINE BAR The Get Right Band (funk, rock, reggae), 7:00PM


THU 6/7 FRI 6/8 SAT 6/9


Unaka Prong w/ Smooth Goose - [Prog Rock] Miss Mojo w/ Sister Ivy - [Soul/Pop] Erin and the Wildfire - [Rock]





FRI 6/8 - S HOW : 10 pm (D OORS : 9 pm ) - $ 5 S ugg e s ted D onation

SAT 5/9 - D OORS /S HOW : 10 pm $ 5 S ugg e s ted D onation


Turntable Tuesday - 10pm




Evil Note Lab

Mitch’s Totally Rad Trivia 6:30pm

F ree Dead F riday



SUNDAY: Bluegrass Brunch

ft. Bald Mountain Boys + Aaron “Woody” Wood and Friends - 10:30am-3pm

6/14 6/15 6/16 6/21 6/22

The Hip Abduction - [Indie/Alt] Supatight & Groove Fetish - [Funk] Saturday Night Jive w/ DJ Avx - [Dance] Magic City Hippies w/ Boulevards - [Indie/Funk] Travers Brothership + Empire Horns Wsp Dean Mitchell (Of Marcus King Band) - [Soul/Funk/Rock/Jam]


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C LUBLAND ASHEVILLE GUITAR BAR Classical Guitar Society Meeting & Player's Circle, 1:00PM Musicians Jam & Pot Luck, 3:30PM

From Miami to Asheville Rivet Nation & THE BLOCK off biltmore present:


STEAM COLORS Every Friday in June, 6-8pm


Steampunk Costume Contest & Burlesque Show


Steampunk Film Nite: Awardwinning, original short AUREA


Steampunk Tea Party & Tea Duel Hosted by Teabundance’s Lady Teaferrie, Music by Albi and the Lifters


So Long Steampunk Party/ Buskers Nite*, Music by DJ Lou *A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Asheville Buskers Association

39 S. Market St., Downtown AVL 828.254.9277

CROW & QUILL Sundays are a Drag (drag show), 9:00PM


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

THU 6/7

JACK OF THE WOOD PUB Traditional Irish Celtic Jam, 3:00PM





WED 6/13




John Pizzarelli

[world-renowned guitarist & singer]

Poetic 828 Presents:


LEFT OVER: An Exhibition of Reimaged Art & Music


Karla Bonoff


[acclaimed singer-songwriter]


Anya Hinkle/Akira Satake/Duncan Wickel


SAT 6/9

SUN 6/10

[Trans-Pacific Americana music]

Jay Gonzalez

of The Drive By Truckers [Power pop/AM gold]


for a private event

Listening Room & Event Space @ Beacham’s Curve

828-332-3090 312 HAYWOOD RD, WEST ASHEVILLE 56

JUNE 6 - 12, 2018


GOOD STUFF Open Mic w/ Fox Black & friends, 6:00PM




FUNKATORIUM Gypsy Jazz Sunday Brunch, 11:00AM


THU 6/14




ISIS MUSIC HALL & KITCHEN 743 Kerri Powers, 5:30PM We Aren’t Dead Yet, 7:30PM

NOBLE KAVA Reggae Sunday Brunch, 4:00PM ODDITORIUM SM Wolf, Jaeb, Disco Freque (power pop), 9:00PM ONE STOP AT ASHEVILLE MUSIC HALL Bluegrass Brunch, 10:30AM ORANGE PEEL Gomez, 8:00PM OSKAR BLUES BREWERY Quickchester (trio), 3:00PM PACK'S TAVERN Sunday Social Club, 4:30PM PURPLE ONION CAFE Mac Arnold & Plate Full of Blues, 8:00PM SALVAGE STATION Grateful Sunday, 5:00PM SANCTUARY BREWING COMPANY Brother Bluebird, 2:00PM SLY GROG LOUNGE Sly Grog Open Mic, 7:00PM THE BLOCK OFF BILTMORE Official VeganFest After Party w/ DJ Ra Mak & Jericho, 6:00PM THE GREY EAGLE Swamp Rabbit Railroad, 5:00PM Davina & The Vagabonds, 8:00PM THE IMPERIAL LIFE Select DJ Sets, 9:00PM


THE MOTHLIGHT The Stone Foxes w/ Matt Walsh, 9:00PM

FRI 6/15

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






TIMO'S HOUSE DJ Drew, 8:00PM TOWN PUMP Banjo Mitch & the Hilltop Haints, 9:00PM WHITE HORSE BLACK MOUNTAIN AmiciMusic: Violin, Clarinet, Piano, 2:00PM


SUN 6/17



TUES-SUN 5PM-until 743 HAYWOOD RD 828-575-2737

MONDAY, JUNE 11 185 KING STREET Open Mic hosted by Christ Whitmire, 6:00PM 5 WALNUT WINE BAR Siamese Sound Club, 7:00PM ASHEVILLE GUITAR BAR Classical Guitar Mondays, 7:30PM

CATAWBA BREWING SOUTH SLOPE Open Mic hosted by Jon Edwards, 6:00PM GOOD STUFF Bingo Wingo Thingo, 6:00PM HIGHLAND BREWING COMPANY Game Night, 4:00PM JACK OF THE WOOD PUB Quizzo Trivia Night, 7:00PM Open mic, 9:00PM LOBSTER TRAP Bobby Miller & Friends (bluegrass), 6:30PM









w/ paul cherry, shaken nature

ONE WORLD BREWING Open Mic Night, 7:30PM OSKAR BLUES BREWERY Mountain Music Mondays, 6:00PM PILLAR ROOFTOP BAR Ben Phan, 7:00PM SANCTUARY BREWING COMPANY Murder Ballad Monday, 8:00PM THE BLOCK OFF BILTMORE Bette Smith of Fat Possum (southern, 70's soul), 9:00PM THE GREY EAGLE Open Mic Night, 6:00PM THE IMPERIAL LIFE Ghost Pipe Trio (jazz), 9:00PM THE MOTHLIGHT Sleepy Poetry w/ BEX & Poet Radio, 9:00PM

peach kelli pop w/ kitty tsunami

NOBLE KAVA Mortified: Share the Shame, 7:00PM ODDITORIUM Risque Monday Burlesque w/ Deb Au Nare, 9:00PM

post animal

mr. fred's pinecar derby! rbts win


w/ astrea corp, jon charles dwyer

6/10 sun the stone foxes w/ matt walsh





sleepy poetry


w/ bex, poet radio


w/ rail tracer, ghostdog

Yoga at the Mothlight

Tuesdays and Thursdays- 11:30am Details for all shows can be found at

THE OMNI GROVE PARK INN Bob Zullo (pop, rock, jazz, blues), 7:00PM TIMO'S HOUSE Service Industry Night, 8:00PM TOWN PUMP The Fustics, 9:00PM TRESSA'S DOWNTOWN JAZZ AND BLUES R&B Jam w/ Ryan Barber (R&B, soul, funk), 9:00PM UNITY OF THE BLUE RIDGE Bob Sima & John Stringer, 7:00PM

TUESDAY, JUNE 12 5 WALNUT WINE BAR The John Henrys (hot jazz), 8:00PM ASHEVILLE MUSIC HALL Tuesday night funk jam, 11:00PM BLUE MOUNTAIN PIZZA & BREW PUB Mark Bumgarner, 7:00PM GOOD STUFF Old time-y night, 6:30PM HIGHLAND BREWING COMPANY Dr. Brown's Team Trivia, 6:00PM ISIS MUSIC HALL & KITCHEN 743 Tuesday Bluegrass Session w/ Unspoken Tradition, 7:30PM JACK OF THE WOOD PUB Karaoke Industry Night, 8:00PM LOBSTER TRAP Jay Brown, 6:30PM NOBLE KAVA Open Jam, 8:00PM ODDITORIUM Open Mic Comedy Hosted by Tom Peters, 9:00PM


JUNE 6 - 12, 2018



TIMO'S HOUSE Karaoke w/ Scottie Yass, 8:00PM

ORANGE PEEL Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness & Friends (acoustic), 7:30PM

TRESSA'S DOWNTOWN JAZZ AND BLUES Early Funk Jam hosted by JP & Lenny (funk, jazz), 9:00PM

SANCTUARY BREWING COMPANY Taco and Trivia Tuesday, 6:00PM

828-575-9622 356 new leicester hwy asheville, nc 28806

THE BLOCK OFF BILTMORE Swing Asheville & Jazz-n-Justice Tuesday w/ the Community Jazz Jam, 8:00PM THE GREY EAGLE Kuinka w/ Pink Mercury & Dr. Danny, 8:00PM THE MOTHLIGHT Null w/ Rail Tracer & Ghostdog, 9:30PM

WHITE HORSE BLACK MOUNTAIN Irish Jam, 6:30PM Open Mic, 8:30PM WILD WING CAFE SOUTH Bluegrass Night, 6:30PM

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 13 185 KING STREET Vinyl Night, 6:00PM 5 WALNUT WINE BAR Les Amis (African folk music), 8:00PM BLUE MOUNTAIN PIZZA & BREW PUB Open Mic hosted by Mark Bumgarner, 7:00PM CARMEL'S KITCHEN AND BAR Adi the Monk (jazz), 5:30PM CORK & KEG 3 Cool Cats, 7:30PM DOUBLE CROWN Western Wednesday w/ Blue Cactus & DJ David Wayne Gay, 9:00PM HIGHLAND BREWING COMPANY Woody Wood Wednesdays (rock, soul, funk), 5:30PM ISIS MUSIC HALL & KITCHEN 743 Isis Lawn Series: West End Trio, 6:30PM Molly Stevens, 7:00PM Asheville Celebrates LGBTQ Pride: Tret Fure, Heather Mae & Crys Matthews, 8:30PM JACK OF THE WOOD PUB Old Time Open Jam Session, 5:00PM LOBSTER TRAP Cigar Brothers, 6:30PM MG ROAD Salsa Night, 8:00PM ODDITORIUM Synergy Story Slam, 7:00PM SANCTUARY BREWING COMPANY French Broad Mountain Valley Acoustic Jam, 6:30PM SOUTHERN APPALACHIAN BREWERY Jazz Night hosted by Jason DeCristofaro, 7:00PM THE BLOCK OFF BILTMORE DJ Phantom Pantone, 8:00PM THE IMPERIAL LIFE The Berlyn Jazz Trio, 9:00PM THE MOTHLIGHT Searra Jade Album Release Show w/ Sister Ivy, 9:00PM TIMO'S HOUSE DJ Drew (hip-hop), 8:00PM TOWN PUMP Open Jam w/ Billy Presnell, 9:00PM TRESSA'S DOWNTOWN JAZZ AND BLUES JJ Kitchen All Star Jam (blues, soul), 9:00PM WHITE HORSE BLACK MOUNTAIN Jazz Night, 7:30PM


JUNE 6 - 12, 2018





Director John Cameron Mitchell romanticizes London’s early punk scene in his adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s short story, How to Talk to Girls at Parties

How to Talk to Girls at Parties HHHHS DIRECTOR: David Cameron Mitchell PLAYERS: Alex Sharp, Elle Fanning, Abraham Lewis, Ethan Lawrence, Nicole Kidman SCIENCE FICTION ROMANCE RATED R THE STORY: An alien from a suffocating culture ends up in England at the beginning of punk’s explosion. THE LOWDOWN: An endlessly playful piece of science fiction that’s rewarding if you have the patience for its romanticized nature. If you’re going to enjoy John Cameron Mitchell’s How to Talk to Girls at Parties as much as I did, I think you have to have a certain tolerance for corniness. There’s something especially romanticized and goofy (though occasionally self-aware)

about Mitchell’s rose-colored view of England’s punk scene at its birth. The way in which the film handles the idea of punk as revolutionary in a specifically full-throated kind of way — one that doesn’t quite jive with how the world turned out four decades later — can be tricky. Not to mention this movie asks you to accept (an especially fun) Nicole Kidman as some sort of punk maven. There’s a naivety and a certain pastiche here that I can see some audiences having trouble getting beyond, which is a shame since buried beneath these layers is the most human and humane film I’ve seen this year. Based on a short story by fantasy stalwart Neil Gaiman, the movie takes place right at the explosion of punk, focusing mainly on Enn (Alex Sharp) and his best friends John (Ethan Lawrence) and Vic (Abraham Lewis), three ancillary hangers-on to their local low-rent

punk scene. After a show, they end up at a strange party peopled by strangers in colorful vinyl costumes who all turn out to be visiting aliens there to basically sightsee. It’s there that the terminally awkward Enn meets Zan (Elle Fanning), who, already dissolute and feeling bored with her lot in life, leaves with Enn to learn how to truly live. What works is that, within the context of the film, there’s a genuineness to Zan’s search for meaning, life and love. There’s a hopefulness, an openness and an acceptance toward how difficult simply living is that makes Mitchell’s film work. As I mentioned, this is a wholly romanticized ideal of life’s potential, one that punk had at the beginning and a sense that has run throughout Mitchell’s filmography. It’s an especially playful film, too, as the tangential sci-fi elements of the movie allow Mitchell to indulge in his more playful inclinations as a filmmaker, feeling very much in tune with things like the abstractness of the ending of his Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001). And this is a good thing, since How to Talk to Girls shares all of Hedwig’s strongest features (while never quite matching its overall energy). The soundtrack is spot-on, the songs Mitchell and company have written for the film are excellent and the film’s exploration of sexuality and gender is its most fascinating aspect. Even though Enn and Zan’s romance takes up the bulk of the film, the most compelling and moving parts of the movie are the subplot involving Vic’s confusion over his sexuality (after encountering a sort of androgynous alien) and his eventual epiphanies in regard to this are handled exquisitely. Despite that dreaded warning that this film’s “not for everyone,” what remains is a movie that’s fun and touching, something that feels like a rarity these days. Rated R for language throughout, sexual content, some drug use and nudity. Now playing at Grail Moviehouse.


Xpress reviews virtually all upcoming movies, with two or three of the most noteworthy appearing in print. You can find our online reviews at movies/reviews. This week, they include: ACTION POINT ADRIFT BEAST








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Beast HHHS DIRECTOR: Michael Pearce PLAYERS: Jessie Buckley, Johnny Flynn, Geraldine James DRAMA, HORROR RATED R THE STORY: Sheltered, 27-year-old Moll falls for scruffy woodworker Pascal, who might secretly be the serial killer the police have been hunting for the past 10 years. THE LOWDOWN: A dark and haunting psychological thriller that figures out how to surprise while still being completely open with all the clues. For nearly all of its running time, Beast lays out all the pieces you’ll need to come up with a solution to its puzzle, but you still may come up short by the time the answers are all lined up. This isn’t exactly a failing of the film, but rather a side effect of having seen enough of these to think there might be a puzzle in the first place. Beast ends up playing things a lot straighter than its twisty, sometimes hallucinatory narrative structure might lead you to believe, and that ends up being a huge plus, because any other ending, given the nature of all that comes before it, would probably have felt like a cop-out.


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Jessie Buckley plays Moll, a seemingly sheltered woman still living at home with her parents on the island of Jersey. On her 27th birthday (which gets hijacked by her sister’s announcement that she’s having twins with her boring husband) she runs away from her own party, goes out drinking and dancing all night, and ends up meeting Pascal (Johnny Flynn), a sweet and charming guy who comes to her rescue just in time to prevent her from being sexually assaulted by another man she’d just met at the club. Oh, and Pascal is also the lead suspect in a string of abductions and murders that have been occurring all up and down the coast over the last few years. Right up front, Beast presents itself as an abusive narrative, as we see all the ways in which Moll’s life is controlled by everyone else around her. Even her own thoughts are dangerous at times as she lives most of her days and nights haunted by a past trauma as a result of a violent incident that took place when she was around 14. All of this adds up to some striking character beats as we see Moll attempt to navigate not only the demands of everyone else around her but her own subconscious as well. Beast works best when it goes deep into Moll’s head and gets to the heart of what it’s like living with the pain of not knowing how you fit into your own story. So, is Pascal the murderer everyone’s after? That’s the question, or at least one of them. Before it’s all over, the film offers plenty of evidence (or at least equal evidence) for the answer to be yes or no, with some hints that the title may refer to more than just the phantom stalking the young women of the town. When the answers finally come, it becomes less about either confirming or debunking your own theories (and the film’s own explicit solutions) than about giving yourself up to the dark psychological case study that’s been lurking beneath all that stuff with the detectives, abusive families and would-be boyfriends, and attempts to grab hold of what little concrete clues the characters see around them. It’s a weird, troubling story. But it ends, thankfully, in exactly the right spot. Rated R for disturbing violent content, language and some sexuality. Now playing at Carolina Cinemark. REVIEWED BY FRANCIS X. FRIEL MOVIEJAWNX@GMAIL.COM

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RISE UP WITH FISTS: Saar Maoz, center, performs with the London Gay Men’s Chorus in a still from Who’s Gonna Love Me Now? Grail Moviehouse screens the documentary on June 10 as part of its monthly Israeli Film Series collaboration with the Asheville Jewish Community Center. Photo courtesy of Heymann Brothers Films • Asheville Parks & Recreation continues its Movies in the Park series on Friday, June 8, at Pack Square Park, 80 Court Plaza, with a screening of Jaws. Children’s craft activities begin at 6:30 p.m., and the film begins at dusk. Attendees are asked to bring their own chairs, blankets and snacks. Free. • Burntshirt Vineyards, 2695 Sugarloaf Road, Hendersonville, hosts an outdoor screening of Field of Dreams on Friday, June 8, at sundown (approximately 8:309 p.m.). Seating is provided on the patio, but attendees are welcome to bring a blanket and sit in the meadow. The event is weather-dependent and may be canceled 24 hours in advance. Free to attend. • Hi-Wire Brewing, 2 Huntsman Place, continues its Summer of Will film series, featuring movies starring Will Ferrell, on Saturday, June 9, at 8:30 p.m. with Step Brothers. The parking lot of the brewery’s Big Top facility will be transformed into an outdoor movie theater for the rainor-shine event. Attendees are asked to bring their own lawn chairs, blankets and other comfortable seating. Free to attend. • Designed to allow viewers to use film as their window into the minds and culture of Israel, the monthly Israeli Film Series — a collaboration between Grail


• FR (6/8), 6:30pm Outdoor, family-friendly movie showing of Jaws. Kids crafts begin at 6:30pm, movie at dusk. Free. Held

Moviehouse and the Asheville Jewish Community Center — continues Sunday, June 10, at 2 p.m. with Who’s Gonna Love Me Now? The documentary chronicles the journey of Saar Maoz, who, at age 21, was kicked out of his Israeli religious kibbutz upon revealing he was HIV-positive and found a new family in the London Gay Men’s Chorus. The film takes place 19 years later when, after contacting his conservative family in hopes of reconciliation, Saar awaits his parents’ visit. A discussion will follow the film. Tickets are $8 and available online or at the Grail box office. • On Tuesday, June 12, at 6 p.m., the Fairview Library, 1 Taylor Road, presents Orson Welles’ Touch of Evil. The film is the second of four screenings and discussions of film noir classics. The events will be hosted by North Carolina Film Critics Association member James Rosario, who will introduce each film and lead a post-screening talk. Free. • The Polk County Film Initiative hosts a fundraiser for the 2018 Tryon International Film Festival on Saturday, June 9, 6-10 p.m., at the Foothills Equestrian Nature Center, 3381 Hunting Country Road, Tryon. Admission includes an all-you-can-eat barbecue. There will also be live music and a silent auction. Tickets are $35 and available online.  X

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Thriller from writer/director Paul Schrader. According to the studio: “Reverend Ernst Toller (Ethan Hawke) is a solitary, middle-aged parish pastor at a small Dutch Reform church in upstate New York on the cusp of celebrating its 250th anniversary. Once a stop on the Underground Railroad, the church is now a tourist attraction catering to a dwindling congregation, eclipsed by its nearby parent church, Abundant Life, with its state-of-the-art facilities and 5,000-strong flock. When a pregnant parishioner (Amanda Seyfried) asks Reverend Toller to counsel her husband, a radical environmentalist, the clergyman finds himself plunged into his own tormented past, and equally despairing future, until he finds redemption in an act of grandiose violence.” Early reviews positive. (R)

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Suspense thriller from director Drew Pearce (Iron Man 3), starring Jodie Foster as the proprietress of an underground hospital for criminals in a dystopian future Los Angeles and featuring an ensemble cast including Sterling K. Brown, Sofia Boutella, Jeff Goldblum, Brian Tyree Henry, Jenny Slate, Zachary Quinto, Charlie Day and Dave Bautista. No early reviews. (R)

Ocean’s 8

Ocean’s franchise spinoff in which Danny Ocean’s sister Debbie (Sandra Bullock), newly released from prison, recruits a team of accomplices to pull off a heist at New York City’s yearly Met Gala. Also starring Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Richard Armitage, Mindy Kaling, Awkwafina, Sarah Paulson, James Corden, Rihanna and Helena Bonham Carter. No early reviews. (PG-13)


Black Narcissus HHHHS DIRECTOR: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger PLAYERS: Deborah Kerr, Sabu, David Farrar, Flora Robson, Esmond Knight, Jean Simmons, Kathleen Byron DRAMA Rated NR Sensuality and spirituality collide in Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s hyperstylized melodrama Black Narcissus (1947) in a way that few other filmmakers could have balanced so deftly. While it may arguably fall short of other Powell/Pressburger pictures, such as The Red Shoes (1948) or I Know Where I’m Going (1947),  Black Narcissus represents the duo at the height of their powers and boasts a devastating performance from star Deborah Kerr and some remarkable soundstage sleight-of-hand from cinematographer Jack Cardiff. It’s a moving picture about human failings, and its subtle commentary on colonialism makes it one of  Powell and Pressburger’s most surreptitiously political films, granting it a psychological and sociological scope that rank it high amongst the team’s canon. The Hendersonville Film Society will show Black Narcissus on Sunday, June 10, at 2 p.m. in the Smoky Mountain Theater at Lake Pointe Landing Retirement Community, 333 Thompson St., Hendersonville.

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Psychological horror debut of writer/director Ari Aster, starring Toni Colette and Gabriel Byrne. According to the studio: “When Ellen, the matriarch of the Graham family, passes away, her daughter’s family begins to unravel cryptic and increasingly terrifying secrets about their ancestry. The more they discover, the more they find themselves trying to outrun the sinister fate they seem to have inherited.” Early reviews positive. (R)

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FREEWILL ASTROLOGY ARIES (March 21-April 19): According to my analysis of the astrological omens, you would be wise to ruffle and revise your relationship with time. It would be healthy for you to gain more freedom from its relentless demands; to declare at least some independence from its oppressive hold on you; to elude its push to impinge on every move you make. Here’s a ritual you could do to spur your imagination: Smash a timepiece. I mean that literally. Go to the store and invest $20 in a hammer and alarm clock. Take them home and vociferously apply the hammer to the clock in a holy gesture of pure, righteous chastisement. Who knows? This bold protest might trigger some novel ideas about how to slip free from the imperatives of time for a few stolen hours each week. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Promise me that you won’t disrespect, demean or neglect your precious body in the coming weeks. Promise me that you will treat it with tender compassion and thoughtful nurturing. Give it deep breaths, pure water, healthy and delicious food, sweet sleep, enjoyable exercise and reverential sex. Such veneration is always recommended, of course — but it’s especially crucial for you to attend to this noble work during the next four weeks. It’s time to renew and revitalize your commitment to your soft warm animal self. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Between 1967 and 1973, NASA used a series of Saturn V rockets to deliver six groups of American astronauts to the moon. Each massive vehicle weighed about 6.5 million pounds. The initial thrust required to launch it was tremendous. Gas mileage was 7 inches per gallon. Only later, after the rocket flew farther from the grip of Earth’s gravity, did the fuel economy improve. I’m guessing that in your own life, you may be experiencing something like that 7-inches-per-gallon feeling right now. But I guarantee you won’t have to push this hard for long. CANCER (June 21-July 22): Mars, the planet that rules animal vitality and instinctual enthusiasm, will cruise through your astrological House of Synergy for much of the next five months. That’s why I’ve concluded that between now and mid-November, your experience of togetherness can and should reach peak expression. Do you want intimacy to be robust and intense, sometimes bordering on rambunctious? It will be if you want it to be. Adventures in collaboration will invite you to wander out to the frontiers of your understanding about how relationships work best. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Which astrological sign laughs hardest and longest and most frequently? I’m inclined to speculate that Sagittarius deserves the crown, with Leo and Gemini fighting it out for second place. But having said that, I suspect that in the coming weeks you Leos could rocket to the top of the chart, vaulting past Sagittarians. Not only are you likely to find everything funnier than usual; I bet you will also encounter more than the usual number of authentically humorous and amusing experiences. (P.S.: I hope you won’t cling too fiercely to your dignity, because that would interfere with your full enjoyment of the cathartic cosmic gift.) VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): According to my analysis of the astrological omens, a little extra egotism might be healthy for you right now. A surge of superconfidence would boost your competence; it would also fine-tune your physical well-being and attract an opportunity that might not otherwise find its way to you. So, for example, consider the possibility of renting a billboard on which you put a giant photo of yourself with a tally of your accomplishments and a list of your demands. The cosmos and I won’t have any problem with you bragging more than usual or asking for more goodies than you’re usually content with.


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LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): The coming weeks will be a favorable time for happy endings to sad stories and for the emergence of efficient solutions to convoluted riddles. I bet it will also be a phase when you can perform some seemingly clumsy magic that dispatches a batch of awkward karma. Hooray! Hallelujah! Praise Goo! But now listen to my admonition, Libra: The coming weeks won’t be a good time to toss and turn in your bed all night long thinking about what you might have done differently in the month of May. Honor the past by letting it go. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): “Dear Dr. Astrology: In the past four weeks, I have washed all 18 of my underpants four times. Without exception, every single time, each item has been inside-out at the end of the wash cycle. This is despite the fact that most of them were not insideout when I threw them in the machine. Does this weird anomaly have some astrological explanation? — UpsideDown Scorpio.” Dear Scorpio: Yes. Lately your planetary omens have been rife with reversals, inversions, flip-flops and switchovers. Your underpants situation is a symptom of the bigger forces at work. Don’t worry about those bigger forces, though. Ultimately, I think you’ll be glad for the renewal that will emerge from the various turnabouts. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): As I sat down to meditate on your horoscope, a hummingbird flew in my open window. Scrambling to herd it safely back outside, I knocked my iPad on the floor, which somehow caused it to open a link to a Youtube video of an episode of the TV game show Wheel of Fortune, where the hostess Vanna White, garbed in a long red gown, revealed that the word puzzle solution was USE IT OR LOSE IT. So what does this omen mean? Maybe this: You’ll be surprised by a more-or-less delightful interruption that compels you to realize that you had better start taking greater advantage of a gift or blessing that you’ve been lazy or slow to capitalize on. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): You’re in a phase when you’ll be smart to bring more light and liveliness into the work you do. To spur your efforts, I offer the following provocations. 1. “When I work, I relax. Doing nothing makes me tired.” — Pablo Picasso. 2. “Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work, so most people don’t recognize them.” — Ann Landers. 3. “Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.” — Aristotle. 4. “Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.” — Scott Adams. 5. “Working hard and working smart can sometimes be two different things.” — Byron Dorgan. 6. “Don’t stay in bed unless you can make money in bed.” — George Burns. 7. “Thunder is good, thunder is impressive; but it is lightning that does the work.” — Mark Twain. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): “There isn’t enough of anything as long as we live,” said poet and short-story writer Raymond Carver. “But at intervals a sweetness appears and, given a chance, prevails.” My reading of the astrological omens suggests that the current phase of your cycle is one of those intervals, Aquarius. In light of this grace period, I have some advice for you, courtesy of author Anne Lamott: “You weren’t born a person of cringe and contraction. You were born as energy, as life, made of the same stuff as stars, blossoms, breezes. You learned contraction to survive, but that was then.” Surrender to the sweetness, dear Aquarius. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Between you and your potential new power spot is an imaginary 10-foot-high, electrified fence. It’s composed of your least charitable thoughts about yourself and your rigid beliefs about what’s impossible for you to accomplish. Is there anything you can do to deal with this inconvenient illusion? I recommend that you call on Mickey Rat, the cartoon superhero in your dreams who knows the difference between destructive destruction and creative destruction. Maybe as he demonstrates how enjoyable it could be to tear down the fence, you’ll be inspired to join in the fun.




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Mountain Xpress 06.06.18  

Independent news, arts and events for Western North Carolina.

Mountain Xpress 06.06.18  

Independent news, arts and events for Western North Carolina.