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Takeaways from VeganFest In the afterglow of Brother Wolf Animal Rescue’s amazing three-day VeganFest earlier this month and based as well on my own tracking of the “veganisphere” more broadly, a couple things stand out to me. For starters, it seems the frontiers of veganism in the U.S. are being pushed these days by three groups: 1. Young kids and teenagers, who are easily among the most articulate, passionate voices and committed activists around; 2. athletes of the most rigorous kind, as in endurance athletes, NFL players and Olympic gold medalists; and 3. African-Americans,  including many in the first two categories (young people and athletes), plus highprofile celebrities and regular folks. What touches me deeply is that those we heard from at the festival were vegans not only for health reasons or competitive athletics, but also for the animals. Research shows that people who are “ethical vegans,” namely, out of compassion for other living beings, are the ones who stick with it for a lifetime. Another standout at the fest for me was Dr. Garth Davis, medical director of Mission Hospital’s Weight Management Center. If you want a voice who is both accessible and nerdy to the extent that he is informed by many hundreds of reputable studies on the impact of diet on our health — and no, not those paid for by the meat, dairy and poultry industries! — he’s your man.

We also saw promising early signs of ... cooperation across diverse social-change movements. Animal welfare attorney Jay Shooster detailed how a number of leading human rights advocacy groups in the U.S. have adopted a vegetarian or vegan policy for their events. As renowned New York University law professor Margaret Satterthwaite wrote to him: “The human rights community is beginning to recognize that our solidarity must extend to embrace not only all people, but also animals, the Earth and our environment.” Lest you think this shift is happening only in Asheville (keepin’ it weird) or even just the U.S., be assured that vegan associations, new vegan foods and other products, and eateries are springing up in every corner of the globe. The (r)evolutionary train has definitely left the station. Hop on board! — Cynthia Sampson Asheville

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when it comes to clean air and water — Mark Meadows. Let’s not forget who cost WNC millions of dollars by shutting down the government in 2013 — Mark Meadows. Let’s not forget who opposes federal grants for education reform and undermines public schools by supporting vouchers — Mark Meadows. If you care about WNC, support and vote for Phillip Price. He supports health care coverage for all, protecting the environment and public schools. Be the wave of change. Go to — Kathy Kyle Hendersonville Editor’s note: Xpress contacted Meadows’ office, but a spokesman declined to offer a response. Also, Kyle reports that she is volunteering with Price’s campaign.

Telling the story of integration at Asheville High Anyone who reads Mountain Xpress on a regular basis will rapidly become aware that Asheville now has a vast amount of amazingly talented play-


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wrights, directors and actors. [Recently], after reading about an adaptation of Romeo and Juliet here, I was thinking about my high school days (’69-’70) at Asheville High and what happened when Lee Edwards and Stephens-Lee were combined to form Asheville High. It occurred to me that if someone were to work with me and others who were there on a play and produce the result, it would make a historical and moving work about a critical time in Asheville’s history and also be an inspiring statement that could be a teaching lesson for the whole city. Since I was the co-captain of the first Asheville High integrated football team, and since my dad was made principal of Stephens-Lee the year before segregation ended when he became principal of South French Broad after that, I have a lot of memories of those days, both good and bad. I remember the first day speech “Pee Wee” Hamilton gave us in the locker room, where it became evident that he was going to create more problems by ordering everyone to get a militarystyle haircut, and some of the best players decided to quit and concentrate on playing basketball, and that the coach was overjoyed he could start forming


his new team early. I remember the day of the riot at Asheville High, which changed all our lives and made us painfully aware that we had to deal with racism, and that change was a reality whether we liked it or not. We were all aware that the war in Vietnam was raging, and with the draft any of us young men might soon be on our way to Vietnam and the war after graduation. Anyway, I have thrown this out in the hopes that some talented people might read this and decide to work with me on a play about it all. There are many people [including] African-American, white, Asian and others who could be contacted for insights as well. — John Penley Asheville Editor’s note: Penley reports that he can be reached via

Demand action to protect immigrant children In 1967, my family fled a communist oppressive government and came to this country seeking political asylum, much the same as families are doing right now. Instead of being given the

opportunity to build a better and safer life, as my family was, immigrant families are literally being torn apart for political theater. Seeking asylum is not in of itself a crime. Children’s mental and physical health are being used as a bargaining chip. Parents’ screams and tears are being used as a deterrent to send a message. This administration wants to tell the world that our borders are closed in the harshest and most sadistic manner possible. ... The decision to leave your country, your home, the place you’ve known all your life because you are terrified of what it has become, of what is happening beyond your control is not an easy one. ... These families take the risk because they believe in “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore.” I thought we did, too. This administration’s zero-tolerance policy is nothing short of a human rights violation. There is no law compelling them to carry out these acts. They are doing it because the fear of an equal mixed-race America is terrifying to them and their supporters. They are

C A R T O O N B Y B R E NT B R O W N doing it to keep white men in power. They are doing it because they can, and no one is stopping them. You and I need to stop them. We need to protect these children. Demand that your senator sign and support the Keep Families Together Act. Demand that your House representative sign and support the HELP Separated Children Act. Contact local organizations that help immigrants and ask what you can do to help. If you’ve been disheartened, disenfranchised and dismayed by the slow creeping of tyranny taking over our democracy, stand up and fight for it before it’s too late. — Adel Alamo Leicester Editor’s note: A longer version of this letter will appear at

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BY NANCY CASEY Ruby-throated hummingbirds arrived in the Asheville area in April after an epic, awe-inspiring journey. Each spring and fall, these tiny birds somehow summon the strength to fly 500 miles nonstop across the Gulf of Mexico, a trip lasting 20 hours. Migrating birds, including the hummingbird, possess impressive GPSlike abilities. They often find their way back to the same breeding spot or backyard feeder year after year. In today’s world, birds are also messengers — and they are sending us an urgent warning about the perils of climate change. All over the planet, even right here in our beloved Blue Ridge Mountains, birds are already dealing with the menacing effects of a shifting climate, and it will only get worse unless we act.


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COMING IN FOR A LANDING: Evidence shows that the arrival time of ruby-throated hummingbirds onto their breeding grounds is changing (see These migrating birds arrived in the Asheville area in April. Photo by Alan Lenk MOUNTAIN BIRDS AT RISK This spring, National Audubon Society scientists teamed up with the National Park Service to release a peer-reviewed study, which revealed that climate change is likely to have significant impacts on birds in over 270 national parks, including our own Blue Ridge Parkway and Great Smoky Mountains National Park ( The research shows that some bird species will disappear from parks by 2050 due to unsuitable climatic conditions. For example, 38 bird species could be pushed out of the Great Smoky Mountains. Familiar birds, like the rose-breasted grosbeak and ruffed grouse, will likely be gone from the Parkway and Smokies. On the other hand, other bird species may find their way to public lands, as they struggle to survive changing temperature and precipitation conditions. As a result, national parks and other protected areas will become more and more critical for birds as they attempt to find suitable habitat over the next few decades. HELPING BIRDS IN ASHEVILLE AND BEYOND National Audubon Society scientists worked with Audubon North Carolina, a state office of National Audubon, to identify a large swath of the Blue Ridge Mountains to be a “climate stronghold,” an area where some bird species will seek sanctuary

from the effects of climate change. Our mountains may offer the right combination of temperature and precipitation conditions to support a wide diversity of birds now and in the future. Consequently, continuing the protection of public lands in the Blue Ridge needs to be a conservation priority as birds and other species attempt to find an “island” refuge in a “sea” of changing conditions. Here are things we can do to help: • Join with Audubon North Carolina in advocating for responsibly sited wind and solar energy in our state ( • Speak out to your members of Congress in favor of protecting our national parks and other public lands. These areas provide critical habitat for plants, birds and other animals ( • Attend a local Audubon chapter meeting to learn more about birds and what you can do within your community. Asheville’s Elisha Mitchell Audubon Society is a great place to start ( Birds are sounding the alarm about climate change. Now, more than ever, their fate is in our hands. In the words of Audubon President and CEO David Yarnold, “You are what hope looks like to a bird.” Nancy Casey sits on the board of Asheville’s Elisha Mitchell Audubon Society and chairs its Advocacy Committee. Alan Lenk is a retired educator who worked as a science curriculum specialist with Buncombe County Schools and now enjoys bird photography.  X

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BREAKING THE LOGJAM Armed with data, local groups aim to boost minority business ownership BY DAVID FLOYD Arturo Chavarria Sr. could cut hair at a quick clip, typically getting through 30 to 50 haircuts in a single day at a rate of about 15 minutes per cut. Working long hours alongside his wife, who’s a stylist, Chavarria gained a reputation as one of the fastest barbers in South Texas, where he operated his own shop. “He was probably the last of the old-school barbers,” says his son Guadalupe Chavarria. Guadalupe moved here in 1995 and now owns Studio Chavarria in downtown Asheville. “We focus on an old-school technique of barbering,” he explains. “We don’t use guards. We’re freestyle.” Chavarria Sr., who passed away a couple of years ago, instilled a strict sense of responsibility in his sons, who would spend time doing chores around the shop. Growing up in a barbershop made haircutting come naturally to the brothers, says Arturo Jr. It also ingrained a certain business philosophy. Their father believed in maintaining a family-oriented atmosphere. “There’s a time and a place for foul language, and this is neither the time nor the place,” Guadalupe remembers him saying. “He was really adamant about that.” The brothers hope to bring their father’s approach to South Asheville, where they’re planning to open a second location. “Our customers were coming in asking, ‘Why don’t you guys open a shop in South Asheville?’” notes Arturo. Through their work with Mountain BizWorks, the brothers learned that there are very few barbershops in that area, making it a prime location. The long-running local nonprofit also helped the brothers assemble the financing. Mountain BizWorks provides training as well as small loans to both aspiring and current small-business owners. Now, however, the nonprofit has a new tool that it hopes will bolster business growth in Asheville — particularly among historically underrepresented groups. A report titled “Economic Leakage Study of the Asheville MSA” provides data that speaks directly to the 10

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BREAKING GROUND: Brothers Guadalupe and Arturo Chavarria are planning to expand Guadalupe’s salon, Studio Chavarria, to a second location on Hendersonville Road. They received assistance in their expansion from Mountain BizWorks. Photo by David Floyd issue. Sponsored by the Western North Carolina New Economy Coalition and funded by Mountain BizWorks and the city of Asheville, it identifies a long list of industry sectors that represent potential local business opportunities. NEC members include the Asheville Grown Business Alliance, the Center for Local Economies, the Eagle Market Streets Development Corp., Green Opportunities, Just Economics, Mountain BizWorks, the Self-Help Credit Union and others. The coalition hopes to use the study to boost the number of minority-owned businesses here by helping aspiring entrepreneurs identify economically viable possibilities. A BUSINESS OF ONE’S OWN There are 44,937 businesses in the Asheville metropolitan statistical area, which encompasses 446,840 people in Buncombe, Haywood, Henderson and Madison counties. According to the study, the overwhelming majority of those businesses — 40,714 — are owned by white residents. Black residents own 1,037, and Hispanics account for an additional 1,175.


The new study, however, indicates that this breakdown is out of sync with the area’s racial makeup. Although roughly 4.2 percent of the Asheville MSA’s population is black, those residents account for only about 2.3 percent of local business ownership. Similarly, some 6.6 percent of the local population is Hispanic, but they constitute just 2.6 percent of business owners. In contrast, 85.9 percent of the Asheville MSA population is white, but 90.6 percent of the businesses are white-owned. “Black business ownership is essentially invisible in Asheville. We’d like to see that change to where they have equal representation in the market as all entrepreneurs,” says Patrick Fitzsimmons, Mountain BizWorks’ executive director. “Entrepreneurship is a way for people to step up out of poverty. It’s one avenue for those people who have entrepreneurial zeal.” In addition, says Moriah Heaney, the nonprofit’s communications and development associate, “By creating your own business, you are accumulating more net worth and you’re creating assets that are much more transferable to the next generation. … You’re allow-

ing the ability to create wealth, not only for yourself but for individuals you hire, as well as an entity that’s much easier to transfer to another generation, either through your family or in your community.” But in Asheville, says Fitzsimmons, about 80 percent of African-American business owners are sole proprietors, meaning they typically operate out of their homes. And on average, they generate less than one-tenth the annual sales of their white-owned counterparts, according to data compiled by Mountain BizWorks. White-owned businesses average $428,000 annually; for Hispanic-owned businesses the figure is $163,000, and for black-owned businesses, it’s just $40,000. “This number is the most concerning,” says Matt Raker, Mountain BizWorks’ director of community investments and impact. The problem isn’t limited to Asheville, notes study author Debra Jones. “Certainly, on a national level, what we’re seeing in the Asheville MSA is very common, and it’s one of the reasons why there are minority business development programs, because those disparities exist

across the board.” Jones is the founder and president of TEQuity, a Durhambased management consulting firm. Beyond the hard data, Jones also interviewed local minority business owners and business development organizations about the area’s economic ecosystem. The study includes several pages of bullet points summarizing the problems those business owners face. Those interviewed cited a need for better access to capital as the No. 1 obstacle. They also said they’d like to see more efforts to inspire entrepreneurship among youth and a greater show of support from city and county governments, questioning whether local political leaders see helping minority businesses as a meaningful way to advance Asheville’s economy. The coalition has made an effort to disseminate this information through a series of workshops. The group will hold another workshop from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. July 26 at the Eddington Center about the results of the study, offering business owners and entrepreneurs the opportunity to learn more about how they can use the data to grow their businesses. IN TRANSIT Raker, however, cautions that the potential opportunities the study identifies don’t guarantee success. “These are just a couple of signals,” he stresses. “The data doesn’t mean that it’s a hard and fast ‘Go invest your life savings in this’ kind of thing.” Nonetheless, Mountain BizWorks has already been using the information to guide the aspiring entrepreneurs who come to the nonprofit for help. The organization has also held a series of workshops designed to inform members of the local business community about the study’s conclusions. Released last August, the study compares the Asheville MSA to 12 others across the U.S. that have similar populations. Averaging their characteristics to create a benchmark, it points out that certain sectors of the local economy are already thriving. For example, Asheville has more than three times as many retirement communities as the benchmark would project. The Asheville MSA also has more than twice as many bookstores and 45 percent more beer wholesalers. At the same time, however, the study suggests there are many goods and services that are being provided by businesses outside the Asheville MSA rather than by local entrepreneurs. For example, this area has only 14 percent of the expected number of barbershops. One of the local sectors showing the most growth potential is transportation,

an opening that Wakina Norris hopes to fill with a startup she’s developing called Mommy Mobile. “If you have a whole lot of kids, dragging them on the bus is really hectic; it’s not always easy,” says Norris, a doula who is African-American. Public transportation, she continues, can be a hit-or-miss alternative for getting your kids from point A to point B. She hopes Mommy Mobile will offer parents and pregnant mothers a controlled environment for traveling from one place to another. Data in the economic leakage study suggests that a service like the one Norris has in mind could be lucrative. Despite 58 percent growth in such businesses between 2010 and 2015, the area still has 35 percent less motor transit activity than expected based on the benchmarks. The study ranks the local business opportunities it identifies on a scale of 1 to 10, with the higher number representing the greatest growth potential. Bus and other vehicle transit systems have an opportunity score of 10. ROOM TO GROW Guadalupe Chavarria says he arrived in Asheville before the city’s massive population growth spurt. “There were very few people who lived and worked downtown,” he remembers. “And very few people my age who could afford to live downtown. It was more for elderly, retired people who could afford condos.” Arturo, who moved here soon after his father died, says his roughly 25-minute commute to work takes him along Hendersonville Road. “They’re building a lot of apartment complexes there,” he notes, adding, “Traffic has doubled in the last year, year and a half.” Besides working in his father’s barbershop, Arturo also cut hair in shops in Austin, Texas. So while Guadalupe continues to run the Rankin Avenue business, Arturo will manage the Hendersonville Road operation, which will be adjacent to the latest Biscuit Head location. In a tribute to their father, the new business will be called Arturo’s Barbershop. Guadalupe remembers his brother being shocked by how few Hispanicowned businesses there were in Asheville compared with South Texas, a disparity that reflects the two areas’ dramatic demographic differences. For her part, Norris believes there aren’t enough minority-owned businesses in the Asheville area, but the challenge doesn’t deter her. “It’s what you put your mind to,” she maintains, adding, “That’s my biggest thing.”  X MOUNTAINX.COM

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Budget and policing disagreements at forefront of Council meeting Asheville City Council took no additional public comment on the city’s more than $180 million budget at its June 19 meeting, but the Rev. Amy Cantrell still managed to make her position known. During remarks about Asheville’s new comprehensive plan, the founder of the intentional community and homeless support nonprofit BeLoved Asheville praised Council’s vision on community values such as interwoven equity while criticizing its lack of funding for those same values. “As a faith leader and a person of conscience, I cannot stand for this budget,” Cantrell said. She then proceeded to take a seat, calmly and cross-legged, in front of the podium in Council chambers. There she remained, even when approached by two police officers and asked to move, as city Chief Financial Officer Barbara Whitehorn gave her final remarks on the spending details. The one-woman sit-in represented the culmination of community protest over the budget, which included a teach-in on June 12 and a rally outside City Hall before the meeting. Cantrell and other advocates had argued against a $2 million increase for the Asheville Police Department, suggesting that the money should be moved to community programs such as fare-free transit, participatory budgeting and opioid overdose and abuse prevention. They also critiqued a lack of transparency in the budget process, particularly the APD’s strategy of meeting with small groups of Council members in an apparent effort to avoid public discussion of its funding. Whitehorn acknowledged some of these concerns in her statements to Council. “We do want more public transparency in the budgeting process, and that includes providing more details early on about the police budget,” she explained about her department’s goals for the next budget cycle. Whitehorn also expressed a desire to involve the public in strategic planning for use of a possible tax influx that could come as a result of the sale of Mission Health to the for-profit operator HCA Healthcare. No additional changes, however, made their way into this year’s budget as Council decided to adopt the ordinance in a 4-3 vote. Mayor Esther Manheimer, Vice Mayor Gwen Wisler, and members Vijay Kapoor and Julie Mayfield all voted in support 12

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SITTING TALL: The Rev. Amy Cantrell kept her seat on the floor of Council chambers in protest of the 2018-19 city budget, which Chief Financial Officer Barbara Whitehorn, left, presented to Council members. Photo by Daniel Walton of the budget. Members Brian Haynes, Sheneika Smith and Keith Young voted against the plan; all three had shown hesitation about the APD funding increase during previous work sessions, but only Haynes had gone on record saying he would not pass the budget. Reading from a prepared statement, Kapoor noted that he didn’t agree with all aspects of the budget but recognized the need for compromise to address serious issues in the city. About policing specifically, he said, “While I would prefer that we spend this money elsewhere or not spend it at all, the fact is we need more police officers in Asheville to deal with the level of service calls APD receives. Right now, our officers are being pulled from other locations in the city to respond to calls downtown.” Smith countered by saying Council would be funding a police increase without accurate information about how the department was functioning. She added that in other cities, expanding police presence has failed to reduce crime and caused “a lot of negative interactions around low-level crimes.” Interjecting from the audience, Asheville Fraternal Order of Police President Rondell Lance exclaimed, “What a ridiculous statement for someone to make.”


Council went into closed session after the budget vote, but Cantrell remained on the floor. Speaking with Xpress from her seat, she shared her hope that community voices would sway Council members to make changes in next year’s spending. “Rather than putting the onus on the police to clean up community problems, we should be giving them dignified work to do,” she said. “We should be putting our money toward the root causes of problems that we know we can face and solve together if we have the funds.” Shortly after that statement, Cantrell was again approached by the police. With hands unhandcuffed but behind her back, she was escorted out of Council chambers and into the elevator. She was subsequently arrested, charged with second-degree trespass and released later in the evening. A MATTER OF WORDS Upon returning from closed session, Council embarked on what Manheimer called “a do-over” of three controversial motions on policing policy adopted at its May 22 meeting. Young had introduced those motions to Council’s agenda without prior notice and used the par-

liamentary procedure of “calling the question” to cut off public comment and force a vote. After those mandates each passed 5-2, with Kapoor and Wisler dissenting, they attracted intense scrutiny from police advocacy groups such as the N.C. Police Benevolent Association and the N.C. Association of Chiefs of Police. The three resolutions presented on June 19 each rescinded one of the previously passed motions and replaced it with slightly different wording. Instead of directing interim City Manager Cathy Ball to implement written consent, search rationale and regulatory stop policies herself, the new language authorizes her to work with the APD to develop those policies. Haynes, however, emphasized that “although the wording may have changed in those [resolutions], the expectations have not.” Addressing Ball directly, he continued, “The policies should reflect the original intent of the motions passed by a 5-to-2 majority.” Roughly 30 speakers, some coming from an overflow room, offered their comments on the resolutions. The majority consisted of citizens and activists speaking in support of the measures, but police and several citizens also provided critiques. Law enforcement representatives focused on the specific wording of the written consent mandate, saying the current language would leave them vulnerable in certain situations. “The new resolution that’s being proposed gives the police absolutely no wiggle room whatsoever,” said Rick Tullis, an officer with the APD. “There are a multitude of calls for service that the police answer that call for police to possibly ask for consent where it’d be too dangerous to go back to a car to retrieve a form or to turn your back on somebody to retrieve a form.” Lance added that the FOP would be happy to approve of the language if the words “when safe and practical” were amended to the written consent resolution. Kapoor, who met with representatives from both police groups and the NAACP to discuss the policy, expressed his sympathy for the law enforcement perspective. He offered the theoretical example of a domestic violence dispute where an abusive husband might refuse to give written consent for a voluntary search, thus preventing an officer from entering the home and checking for weapons. “This resolution allows the chief to consider circumstances where she, as a nationally recognized law enforcement expert, believes not allowing verbal consent to suffice would put the public or officers at unnecessary risk,” Kapoor said.

DISSENT WRIT LARGE: Protesters outside the Council meeting shared their goals for the Asheville city budget in banner form. Photo by Daniel Walton “I’m going to go ahead and call b.s. on that,” Young responded, referencing the police’s ability to conduct searches without consent under their “community caretaker” function. He also roundly rejected the need for qualifying language in the written consent resolu-

tion. “From this point forward, if I see ‘ideally’ in a policy for this, we will back here again and again,” he said. “‘Ideally’ exercising my rights is not an option for you to decide.” Council members decided not to make any changes to the language as

they passed each of the new resolutions unanimously. Ball and Chief Tammy Hooper of the APD will now work out the details of the policies; at Council’s May 22 meeting, Hooper told Young, “We’re not adopting a written consent policy,” citing the department’s use of body cameras to record consent. After the meeting, Kapoor emailed Xpress to share his disagreement with Young’s interpretation of police powers. The N.C. Court of Appeals, he said, noted in the 2017 decision State v. Huddy that the community caretaker exception has never previously been applied for a residential search in the state. “It’s clear that these situations are reviewed on a case-by-case basis, and my point is simply that it’s reasonable in some situations to allow verbal consent to suffice,” Kapoor wrote. Council’s next regular meeting will take place on Tuesday, July 24, at 5 p.m. in Council chambers.

policies and that Greene did not follow legal requirements in issuing them. “None of these county employees had any knowledge or access to information that would have informed them that these policies were not approved nor of the actual cost involved,” the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners wrote in a statement released on the evening of June 5. “It is believed the Dr. Greene misled them as a vehicle for her own financial gain and that of her son.” Stone’s official retirement date is July 1, but she will be taking time off until then. BRIDGING THE GAP After singling him out as a candidate in a press release on June 18, the Board of Commissioners officially appointed George Wood as interim county manager in a unanimous vote. Commissioners, who received help in their search from the N.C. Association of County Commissioners, said they received glowing reviews from Wood’s references leading up to their decision. “I’m going to take you out to Lake Julian,” Commissioner Al Whitesides told Wood from the dais, “because … I want to see you walk on water.” Wood previously served as the county manager for both Wayne and Lincoln counties and

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County lowers property tax rate, approves interim manager An 11th-hour reduction in the county property tax rate, a proposed pay cut for members of the Board of Commissioners, a decision to withhold — at least temporarily — part of a funding increase for local school systems: It’s difficult to fit all the changes considered at the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners meeting on June 19 into a single sentence. A series of last-minute amendments to the fiscal year 2019 budget galvanized spirited debate among Buncombe County commissioners during the board’s last meeting before the end of the 2018 fiscal year. Two pivotal items on the board’s agenda were the approval of the FY 2019 budget and the appointment of an interim county manager after the sudden departure of former manager Mandy Stone. Stone notified board Chair Brownie Newman of her intention to retire on June 8, a few days after a new indictment was released charging former County Manager Wanda Greene with misappropriating $2.3 million to purchase wholelife insurance policies for herself, her son, Michael Greene, and eight county employees, including Stone. The county said all employees except Wanda and Michael Greene assigned their policies to the county after discovering that the board had not approved the


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has 35 years of experience in county and municipal government. Wood’s appointment will last until Feb. 28, 2019, or until the board selects a permanent county manager. The county said Wood will not be a candidate for the permanent position. Reading from an engagement letter, Newman said the board would compensate Wood at $83 per hour, and that due to Wood’s status in the N.C. Local Government retirement system, Wood’s maximum pay cannot exceed $83,111, and he cannot work longer than 999 hours. “I think the role of interim manager is to come in and obviously try to settle things down,” Wood told Xpress after the meeting. “You want to make sure that all of the ongoing projects and initiatives stay on track, give some guidance to the staff, be there to advise the board as they need it and generally do what a manager does normally, just on a temporary basis.” Wood said part of his responsibility will also involve briefing the board’s official choice for county manager on his perception of where the county stands, which he hopes will facilitate a smooth transition once the county has a permanent pick.

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TAG, YOU’RE IT: The Buncombe County Board of Commissioners unanimously appointed George Wood, left, who previously served as the county manager of Wayne and Lincoln counties, to the position of interim county manager. Photo by David Floyd The counties he’s worked for haven’t specifically experienced the kinds of problems Buncombe County is facing, “but they’ve had their share of turmoil,” Wood said. CUTTING TAXES Thanks to a last-minute show of generosity (or contrition) from commissioners, Buncombe County property owners will see a 1-cent reduction in their property tax rate, which will drop from 53.9 cents per $100 of valuation to 52.9 cents. A 52.9-cent tax rate had originally been proposed earlier in the budget process but was dropped to accommodate an increase in school funding requests. One cent equals about $3.7 million in county revenue. “I think we owe it to the people of Buncombe County to drop this tax rate,” said Commissioner Robert Pressley. Two commissioners, Jasmine BeachFerrara and Newman, voted against the decrease, cautioning that this decision could have a financial impact on the county in the long term. “I think the county can get by with a tax rate change of that amount or probably even more,” Newman said, “but the question is what is a sustainable tax rate, and I’m just concerned a 52.9-cent tax rate may very well not be sustainable.” Beach-Ferrara estimated that the cut would only bring property owners a reduction of $15 to $35 in their annual property tax bill, and Newman cautioned that the decision could cut into the county’s fund balance, drop14

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ping it from 15.6 percent to 13.5 percent in two years, a projection he said takes into account the $8 million in revenue the county could see from increased property tax payments following HCA Healthcare’s planned purchase of Mission Health. County policy requires that its fund balance stay at or above 15 percent. Newman suggested that reducing the property tax rate this year could limit the opportunity presented by the financial windfall from the Mission sale. Supporters of the decrease countered that this was a deliberate decision on the part of the board. “This was not willy-nilly, this was not out of the hat, this was after a lot of conversations with budget and our finance team,” said Commissioner Ellen Frost. “I think our citizens need a break. I would never suggest this if it were not sustainable.” Commissioner Joe Belcher said $15 to $35 is a lot of money for some people. “For most of the people I know, every little bit helps,” he said. CUTTING SALARIES Newman led an unsuccessful push to cut annual compensation for commissioners in the FY 2019 budget. Currently, the chair of the board receives $37,650 annually, the vice-chair receives $32,548 and commissioners each receive $28,916. “When you look at the amount county commissioners are compensated across North Carolina and other loca-


tions,” Newman said, “there’s a very strong relationship between the size of the county that they’re serving and what their compensation is.” Buncombe County is the seventhlargest county in North Carolina, but Newman says Buncombe commissioners receive the second-highest salaries among commissioners in the state — more than commissioners who represent Wake County (which encompasses Raleigh), Guilford County (which encompasses Greensboro) and Forsyth County (which encompasses Winston-Salem), according to an email Newman circulated to commissioners before the meeting. “This is not going to move the needle a lot in terms of where we land in this year’s budget,” he said, “but we have really been wrestling with issues around the county’s financial management for the last year.” Newman said commissioners have made a lot of progress in changing county policies to ensure county tax dollars are spent responsibly. There is, however, a perception in the community that too many people in county government are in it for the money, he said. While that perception isn’t true, Newman continued, reducing commissioner pay would communicate that people work for the county for the right reasons. Newman’s proposal would have cut pay for the chair of the board to $24,300 and pay for the commissioners and vice chair to $21,098, reductions that Newman said would put commissioner salaries in line with Buncombe’s status as the seventhlargest county in the state. The proposed amendment drew support from one other commissioner, Jasmine Beach-Ferrara, but encountered pushback from the remaining members of the board. Commissioners against the amendment pointed to the heavy workload associated with serving as a commissioner and concern that a cut in pay would deter those who aren’t wealthy from seeking elected office. Pressley said commissioners have been required to attend numerous meetings throughout the past year, tallying 24 regular sessions, 18 work sessions lasting four to five hours each, meetings before each regular session, and special meetings organized in response to the fallout from investigations into Greene’s alleged financial improprieties. “You get what you pay for,” Pressley said. “If we want to work for nothing, maybe we need people to run this county that don’t know nothing.” Pressley later volunteered to take the pay cut by himself to save other commissioners from the decrease.

Frost, who will be leaving at the end of her term this year, expressed concern about the impact the reduction would have on the makeup of the board, limiting participation to wealthier citizens. “It’s a token gesture, and I think we need a board of real people to represent our community,” Frost said. “After the last year, people might not think a lot of us, but I know how much work we’ve put in to rightsize the county.” Beach-Ferrara said she wrestled with this issue before making a final decision, acknowledging the concern about how the change might impact the composition of the board. “While we’ve done a lot of good hard work this year,” Beach-Ferrara said, “we have a lot of work left to do to make sure we’re fully upholding the fiduciary responsibility that we have.” The proposal ultimately failed by a 5-2 vote with Newman and BeachFerrara voting in the minority. SCHOOL FUNDING In another 5-2 vote, with Newman and Beach-Ferrara again on the losing side, the board approved an amendment to the budget to hold about $1.86 million of the proposed $3.2 million increase in funding for Asheville City and Buncombe County schools in contingency. “I believe that the school systems should be funded at a level sufficient to meet the educational need of students and to support a terrific workforce of certified and noncertified staff,” said Whitesides, reading the motion from a piece of paper. “In that spirit I believe, however, that we must assure the goals and requests of the county are fulfilled.” The board will require school systems to make a formal request and presentation to the board to receive all or part of the money held in contingency. The money will be held in the county fund balance until disbursed. Commissioners did not discuss the amendment during the meeting before casting a vote. The decision drew a rebuke during the period of public comment at the end of the meeting from Amy Churchill, a member of the Buncombe County Board of Education. “At some point I’d really love to sit down … to hear exactly where your concerns are with how we handle things in our schools, because there are several people who I believe are sitting here right now that could tell you differently,” she said.

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NEWS BRIEFS by Virginia Daffron | UNCA’S MILES RECEIVES STATE’S HIGHEST CIVILIAN HONOR Deborah Miles, founding director of UNC Asheville’s Center for Diversity Education, has been named to the Order of the Long Leaf Pine. The award, begun in 1963 and presented in recognition of extraordinary service to the state, was bestowed by Gov. Roy Cooper. Miles created the Center for Diversity Education 23 years ago as a project of the Asheville Jewish Community Center; the center became part of UNC Asheville in 2013. Providing workshops in schools, training for teachers, staging exhibitions and more, the center has brought learning about inclusion and equity to communities, schools and organizations throughout Western North Carolina, seeking to foster conversation and respect among cultures. Sen. Terry Van Duyn nominated Miles for the award and Buncombe County Commissioner Al Whitesides presented it at a June 14 celebration for the Center for Diversity Education and for Miles, who will retire at the end of July. “I want everyone to feel a sense of urgency about what is happening in our community, what is happening in our nation, in the world, and go out with full force with everything we do. This is not a time for slow motion,” Miles said. BROTHER WOLF TO HOST CAMP KINDNESS Beginning July 9, Brother Wolf will offer Camp Kindness to help build empathy and compassion in children. Weeklong terms will accommodate three age groups, with separate groups for grades 1-3, 4-6 and 7 and above. Each session meets at Brother Wolf’s Adoption Center, 31 Glendale Ave., Asheville, and runs Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. The registration fee of $300 per week per child covers all materials and activities.

PINE TIME: Buncombe County Commissioner Al Whitesides, left, presents Deborah Miles, director of UNC Asheville’s Center for Diversity Education, the Order of the Long Leaf Pine on June 14 on behalf of Gov. Roy Cooper. Miles will retire at the end of July. Photo courtesy of UNC Asheville On Thursdays and Fridays, campers will visit the organization’s animal sanctuary in Leicester. More information and registration at “There is a great demand year-round to teach children about the work we do,” says Brother Wolf founder Denise Bitz, “and it increases exponentially each summer, when kids are out of school. That’s why we’re so excited to announce Camp Kindness.” WOULD YOU LIKE TO SHARE A BIKE? Imagine having a bicycle available for a quick jaunt to the other side of downtown or West Asheville. It could happen — if a bike share program comes to Asheville. An open house to gather public input and share information about a cityfunded bike share feasibility study now underway will take place Thursday, June 28, 5-7 p.m. in the first floor conference room at Asheville City Hall, 70 Court Plaza. The feasibility study will also include an online survey. Find more information on the City’s Bike Share Study webpage at For more information, contact Transportation Planner Barb Mee at or 828-232-4540. VOLUNTEER ON JULY 4 FOR INGLES INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION It takes a lot of willing hands to put on Asheville’s

Ingles Independence Day Celebration, a volunteerpowered, free community event that features live music, beer, food, air dog competitions, bouncy houses, slacklines, yard games, fireworks and more. Those who volunteer with the Asheville Downtown Association to help make this event run smoothly can earn perks like two beverage tokens, a T-shirt and shift credits toward the end-of-year volunteer party with an open bar and food. Open roles for July 4 include beer service, water and soda sales, supervisors for the giant inflatables, ID-checking and wristband adhering, and more. Individuals and groups can sign up for a shift at or contact ADA volunteer coordinator Kat McReynolds at To learn more about ADA’s work, visit ASHEVILLE PARKING GARAGE FEES TO CHANGE JULY 1 Parking fees at cityowned garages will change on July 1. The first hour will remain free for motorists who enter and leave the garage within one hour. Those who stay longer will be charged for the first hour under the new structure. The hourly rate remains the same. The daily maximum will rise from $10 to $12. And there will be a $10 increase in monthly rates for the 950 monthly account holders at the city’s four parking garages. Metered on-street parking rates remain the same at $1.50 per hour.  X


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BIZ BRIEFS by Virginia Daffron |

NEW CITY DEVELOPMENT FEES GO INTO EFFECT JULY 1 Asheville’s Development Services Department’s fiscal year 2019 fee schedule goes into effect Sunday, July 1. To accompany the new schedule, DSD will release a set of supplements that break out applicable fees for common project types, including residential projects, signage and Level I, II and III commercial projects. Updated fees and submittal requirement checklists will also be added to many commercial and residential permit applications. New versions of these applications — including those for outdoor dining, events, temporary uses and pushcarts — will be available on the DSD’s website in fillable PDF format for easy access and completion beginning in July. Also in July, DSD will launch an updated version of its Open for Business fee calculator, which will allow customers to estimate permit costs using project-specific details. The Development Services Department is at 161 S. Charlotte St. in Asheville. For more information, visit the Development Services Department online at or call the Planner of the Day hotline at 828-259-5450. KUDOS • Pete Krull, founder and CEO of Earth Equity Advisors, was recognized by Investopedia as one of the 100 most influential financial advisers in the United States. • Local retailer Dancing Bear Toys received


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ROAD TRIP: Bicycle retailer Motion Makers’ new location on Big Cove Road in Cherokee opened in June. Photo courtesy of Motion Makers the National Award for Retailer Excellence from the American Specialty Toy Retailers Association. ASHEVILLE CHAMBER CALLS FOR END TO ZERO-TOLERANCE IMMIGRATION POLICY On June 20, the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce released a statement on immigration policy, writing: “As a chamber, we understand that immigration is key to our country’s ability to thrive and compete in the global economy. We have spoken out on the need to fix our broken immigration system, protect Dreamers, and leverage the economic asset that immigrants bring to the Asheville region, the state of North Carolina and our country as a whole. “We are a nation of laws and a nation that understands the importance of securing our border. But we are not a nation that forcibly removes children from parents who have traveled to this country to seek a better life, many of whom are fleeing violence and insecurity in search of asylum. “This zero-tolerance policy is not what we represent, and we are calling for it to end immediately. Immigrants in North Carolina paid $5.8 billion in taxes and hold $17 billion in spending power in 2016.

They are business owners, engineers and agricultural workers. They drive our local economy and make our community stronger and more vibrant. “The administration and the justice department should end this policy that goes against everything our country stands for as a beacon of hope and opportunity.” ON THE MOVE • Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Asheville Biltmore Area at 835 Brevard Road announced that Barbara Kish will be the hotel’s general manager. The lodging establishment will open in August. • At The Collider, new team members, including CEO Josh Dorfman, Marketing Manager Leah Quintal and Event Manager Tatiana Rivest, are planning a busy lineup of Lunch & Learn professional development events through the summer and fall. • Motion Makers Bicycle Shop, with stores in Asheville and Sylva, has opened a new location along with partner Outdoor 76 at 17 Big Cove Road, Cherokee. • Dr. Kathleen Allison and Dr. Sue Reinecke have opened Broad River Animal Hospital at 121 Barnardsville Highway in Weaverville.  X



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GROWING WITH THE CITY: In 1923, Bon Marché relocated to the corner of Haywood Street and Battery Park Avenue. On Nov. 11 of that year, The Sunday Citizen noted: “Bon Marche grew up with Asheville and in the acquisition of this new home it is felt that the store is merely keeping pace with the progress that is certain to be made by the city that supports it.” Photo courtesy of the North Carolina Collection, Pack Memorial Public Library, Asheville Throughout the 1880s, Asheville witnessed plenty. The railroads arrived, Riverside Cemetery was incorporated, electric streetlights shined brightly, the city’s first public schools opened, Mission Hospital formed and, of course, the prominent Jewish businessman Solomon Lipinsky moved to town by way of Tabor. OK, perhaps Lipinsky’s 1880 arrival didn’t garner the same attention as the other landmark events. (To be fair, he wasn’t prominent just yet.) But his name would soon be known, and his future department store, Bon Marché, would eventually become emblematic of the city’s own downtown growth and progress (as well as its eventual decline). Lipinsky and his half-sister Eva Ellick opened Bon Marché’s first storefront in 1889. On Oct. 3 of that year The Daily Citizen’s Business and Pleasure column noted the store’s available styles. This included Pearl shirts, along with “the noblest and most fashionable gentlemen’s neckwear, suspenders and gloves.” When Ellick died in 1893, Lipinsky took over as sole owner (later to be joined by his three sons). The business would relocate several times within its first two decades of operation. But from 1911-23, Bon Marché settled at the former Berkley Hotel on the corner of Patton and Lexington avenues (site of the present-day Kress Building). On Oct. 9, 1911, The Asheville Citizen reported that the only remaining semblance of the former Berkley Hotel was

“the four walls of the building which have housed numerous traveling men and hundreds of tourists.” The roof had been replaced and the interior of all three floors stripped, installing new hardwood maple floors and steel ceilings. Meanwhile, the paper noted, “A telephone exchange with fifteen stations connects the many departments and the electric elevator is doubtless the largest in the city.” Coverage of the new location continued throughout that year. On Nov. 4, The Asheville Gazette featured an overview of the store’s operations, noting Bon Marché employed roughly 60 people. At times, the breadth of its enterprise appeared to flummox the paper. “There is, for example, department E — hosiery and knit underwear,” the Gazette informed readers. “Sounds simple, yet it requires the work of six people.” Meanwhile, Department K, the article reported, was “nothing but corsets — a corset store.” By 1922, plans for a new, larger site were underway. The Oct. 16 edition of The Asheville Citizen declared: “The Bon Marche, S. Lipinsky and Sons, owners, will have one of the finest department stores in the entire State as the result of an agreement with E.W. Grove for the erection of a five-story fireproof building on Haywood Street.” Construction began in late December. By January 1923, the foundation’s concrete was poured. Early estimates had the

building’s completion set for early 1924. But the project would finish ahead of schedule, opening that November. (The building, which still stands today, is now occupied by Haywood Park Hotel and Isa’s Bistro.) Along with its numerous departments, the new Bon Marché also featured a Public Assembly room, located on its third floor. “Committees, divisions and all bodies of any of the civic organizations are free to use this room, by appointment, at any time they wish,” the Nov. 11 edition of The Sunday Citizen reported. Three days later, on Nov. 14, the department store held its official dedication. It included a brief address by the city’s mayor, John H. Cathey. The following day’s paper featured the mayor’s remarks. Cathey stated: “It has been my pleasure since a country boy of 10 years to watch Asheville grow. From an over-grown country village of 35 years ago, with narrow muddy streets, I have seen it develop into what it is today. In contrast to what we had then, we now have miles of paved streets, hundreds of miles of cement walks, a school system second to none in the entire South, a water supply equal to any in the country and churches in keeping with the times.

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“As Asheville has grown there has grown with it the Bon Marche. It has kept pace with progress and today we are here to dedicate to the service of the people of our City, a greater Bon Marche, one in keeping with the growth and progress of Western North Carolina[.]” Lipinsky died on March 28, 1925. The business remained family-owned until the late 1970s. In 1937, Bon Marché relocated its downtown store, moving the business across the street (into presentday Earth Guild). It continued to operate from this location until it closed in 1979. During this time, the department store also opened two additional locations at the Westgate Shopping Center (1956) and the Asheville Mall (1973). Sold to the Myers-Arnold Co. in 1979, the organization would eliminate the Bon Marché name from both storefronts in 1980. Editor’s note: Peculiarities of spelling and punctuation are preserved from the original documents  X.


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“Books were fine, but when I really got interested in Buddhism, I sought a teacher,” the Venerable Pannavati shares, swaying peacefully in a wicker rocking chair of what was once famously known as Hendersonville’s lakeside Osceola Inn. Formerly a Christian pastor, she often bridges the wisdom and compassion of Buddha and Jesus in her teachings. As a Buddhist monk and vice president of the U.S. chapter of the World Buddhist Bhikkhuni Association — an affiliation of 300 masters — Pannavati is also a coveted leader. She serves internationally while hosting both monks and lay teachers at the 1908 historic mansion, now known as Heartwood Refuge. “Regardless of religious persuasion, Heartwood vibes with anyone seeking a life of compassionate power that can only be developed through personal cultivation and transformation,” she says. This year’s retreat season is kicking off with a series of affordable weekend to 10-day retreats. The center currently accommodates 60 guests. Three daily vegetarian meals are provided. Retreatants are invited to visit and explore values of simplicity, gratitude and courage in facing the vicissitudes of life. Heartwood is only a few miles from Asheville but a world away, offering meditation, online studies, qi gong, extended-residence opportunities, a members-only wellness center and addiction recovery circle. Come explore the lovingly restored grounds and mansion. Talks exploring spirituality in the context of everyday life are held at noon every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.

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Foxy & Co. • A cool shop featuring tapes, vinyl, music gear, local goods, circuit-bent instruments, jewelry, one-of-akind clothing and weird stuff. • Instrument repair and customization. • Sales and consignment.

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FOURTH OF JULY ROUND-UP Please see p. 28 for a comprehensive look at Fourth of July events around Western North Carolina

ANIMALS BROTHER WOLF ANIMAL RESCUE 828-505-3440, • MO (7/2), 6pm Proceeds from this pet photoshoot with Andy Goldberg benefit Brother Wolf Animal Rescue. Information: asheville/. $50. Held at Archetype Brewing, 265 Haywood Road FEED & SEED 3715 Hendersonville Road, Fletcher, 828-216-3492, • SA (6/30), noon-3pm Low-cost rabies and vaccine clinic. Information: 828-553-5792. $15-$25. FULL MOON FARM WOLFDOG RESCUE 828-664-9818, • SA (6/30), 3-6pm "Howl In," event featuring a tour of wolfdog sanctuary and a potluck. Bring a side dish to share and new or gently used towels for donation. Register for location. $5. SPRING MOUNTAIN COMMUNITY CLUB 807 Old Fort Road, Fairview • SA (6/30), 11am2pm - Low-cost vaccine clinic with Dr. Stuart. Information: 828-7612008. $10-$25.


BENEFITS APPALACHIAN BARN ALLIANCE • TH (6/28), 5:30pm Proceeds from this farm to table dinner and tour benefit the Appalachian Barn Alliance. Registration required: info@appalachianbarns. org or 828-380-9146. $45/$40 members. Held at The Farmers Hands, 605 Phillips Valley Road, Mars Hill ASHEVILLE AFFILIATES • TH (6/28), 6-9pm Proceeds from "A Light in the Dark," benefit party with live music, local food, Catawba beer, and entertainment benefit Guardian ad Litem Association of Buncombe County. $30/$25 advance. Held at The Boathouse at Smokey Park, 350 Riverside Drive AURA HOME FOR WOMEN VETS aurahomewomenvets. org • FR (6/29), 6-9pm - Proceeds from the "Full Moon in June" fundraiser with live music by One Road Over and Linda Mitchell, picnic and desserts benefit Aura Home for Women Vets. $25/$20 advance. Held at Patton Parker House, 95 Charlotte St.

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STEP BY STEP: In past editions of Our VOICE’s Walk a Mile event, many men trekked a mile downtown while wearing women’s shoes as a sign of solidarity with victims of sexual violence. For the ninth annual happening, to be held Saturday, June 30, at 10 a.m. at Pack Square Park, the focus shifts to walking together while recognizing that all people, regardless of gender, age or background, are affected by rape, assault and harassment. The event features sign-making, an address from Our VOICE Executive Director Angelica Wind, other special guest speakers, a DJ, a kids art area and a nonprofit village with information about local organizations committed to community health and safety. “The message that we want to send is that we, as a community, stand in solidarity with survivors: They are not alone,” Wind says. “We also want to send the message that we all play a role in preventing sexual violence and creating communities that are free of sexual violence through prevention strategies.” Registration is $15 for students and $25 for adults. For more information, visit Photo courtesy of Our VOICE (p. 24) BOOTH FAIRY PROJECT theboothfairyproject • FR (6/29) through MO (7/1), noon-9pm - Proceeds from “The Good Ship Traveling Trunk Show,” featuring used clothing for sale benefit the Booth Fairy Project. Free to attend. Held at Ambrose West, 312 Haywood Road KIWANIS CLUB OF NORTH BUNCOMBE 828-645-4656,, Kiwanisfirecracker@yahoo. com • WE (7/4), 8-10am Proceeds from this 5K race benefit the Kiwanis Club of North Buncombe scholarships for collegebound North Buncombe High School students. Register online. $30. Held at PNC Bank, 81 Weaver Blvd., Weaverville MISSION 22 FUNDRAISING • SA (6/30) - Donations at this information booth with information regarding how nurse Kenny Hancock is helping to combat post-war PTSD related veteran suicide


benefit the 276-mile fundraising hike of Kenny Hancock for Mission 22. Free to attend. Held at Ace Hardware, 1888 Hendersonville Road HAYWOOD STREET FRESCO PROJECT • SU (7/1), 2-4:30pm - Proceeds from this piano concert with David Troy Francis benefit the Haywood Street Fresco Project. Registration required. $100. Held at the home of Anthony Schlarb and Michael Brodnax, 538 N. Main St., 2nd Floor, Hendersonville HEARTBEATS LIVE • WE (6/27), 6-8pm - Proceeds from “Heartbeats LIVE!” event featuring live performance of Arts For Life’s “Heartbeat Sessions,” a series of musical recordings that combine a pediatric patient’s heartbeat, their favorite song and a local musician benefit Arts for Life. Free to attend. Held at The Mothlight, 701 Haywood Road

LAUREL CHAPTER OF THE EMBROIDERERS’ GUILD OF AMERICA 828-686-8298, • TH (7/5), 11am-1pm - Proceeds from the “Stitchers Stash Sale,” featuring patterns, fabric and thread for sale benefit the Laurel Chapter of the Embroiderers’ Guild of America. Free to attend. Held at Cummings United Methodist Church, 3 Banner Farm Road, Horse Shoe REYNOLDS VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT GOLF BENEFIT • Through TH (8/2) - Proceeds from registration for the “Reynolds Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary Crazy Scramble Golf Experience” benefit the Reynolds Fire Department. $50 per golfer/$180 per 4-person team/$35 per golfer for first responders. Held at High Vista Country Club, 22 Vista Falls Road, Mills River STONEWALL COMMEMORATION WEEK

• SA (6/30), 7pm Proceeds from the Stonewall trans and nonbinary prom and dance party benefit Tranzmission. $7-$30. Held at Land of The Sky UCC, 123 Kenilworth Road UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST FELLOWSHIP OF HENDERSONVILLE 2021 Kanuga Road, Hendersonville, 828-6933157, • SA (6/30), 8am-1pm Proceeds from this yard sale with collectibles, tools, craft items, hardware, household decor, jewelry, toys, games, garden tools, furniture and pet supplies benefit the UUFH Backpack Program for Henderson County children. Free to attend. WALK A MILE ASHEVILLE • SA (6/30), 10am Proceeds from this march against rape, sexual assault and gender violence benefit Our Voice. Registration at 10am. Ceremony at noon. $25/$30 with t-shirt/$15 students/Free for kids

under 13. Held at Pack Square Park, 121 College St.

BUSINESS & TECHNOLOGY FLETCHER AREA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION jim@ • WE (6/27), 11:30am1pm - Educational monthly meeting to bring local business leaders to present and discuss topics relevant and helpful to businesses today. Free. Held at YMCA Mission Pardee Health Campus, 2775 Hendersonville Road, Arden FLOOD GALLERY FINE ART CENTER 850 Blue Ridge Road, Unit A-13, Black Mountain, 828-3579009, • THURSDAYS, 11am5pm - "Jelly at the Flood," co-working event to meet up with like-minded people to exchange help, ideas

and advice. Free to attend. THE COLLIDER 1 Haywood St., Suite 401, 1828, thecollider. org/ • TH (6/28), 1pm - Lunch & Learn: "Avoiding the HR Storm: The Startup’s Guide to Employment Law," presentation by attorney Jonathan Yarbrough. Registration required. $20.

CLASSES, MEETINGS & EVENTS EMPYREAN ARTS DROP IN CLASSES (PD.) Sultry Pole Tuesdays 5:30pm and Sundays 6:15pm. Floor Theory Dance Wednesdays 7:30pm. Flexibility Sundays 3:00pm, Mondays 7:15pm and Tuesdays 7:30pm. Ballet Barre Mondays 6:00pm and Saturdays 1:15pm. EMPYREANARTS. ORG - 828.782.3321

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. www.forvillagers. com ASHEVILLE ROTARY CLUB • THURSDAYS, noon1:30pm - General meeting. Free. Held at Renaissance Asheville Hotel, 31 Woodfin St. ASHEVILLE SUBMARINE VETERANS, • 1st TUESDAYS, 6-7pm - Social meeting for U.S. Navy submarine veterans. Free to attend. Held at Ryan's Steakhouse, 1000 Brevard Road PEACE EDUCATION PROGRAM • THURSDAYS through (8/23), 6:30-7:30pm

- "Peace Education Program," multimedia class series based on talks about personal peace by Prem Rawat. Free. Held at the Montford Community Center, 34 Pearson Drive SECULAR SANCTUARY • SU (7/1), 4-6pm “Secular Sanctuary,” gathering of secular freethinkers to celebrate curiosity and common sense in community. Free to attend. Held at the Block Off Biltmore, 39 South Market St. SHOWING UP FOR RACIAL JUSTICE showingupforracialjustice. org • TUESDAYS, 10am-noon - Educating and organizing white people for racial justice. Free to attend. Held at Firestorm Books & Coffee, 610 Haywood Road TRANZMISSION PRISON PROJECT

• Fourth THURSDAYS, 6-9pm - Monthly meeting to prepare packages of books and zines for mailing to prisons across the U.S. Free to attend. Held at Firestorm Books & Coffee, 610 Haywood Road VETERANS FOR PEACE 828-490-1872, • TUESDAYS, 5pm - Weekly peace vigil. Free. Held at the Vance Monument in Pack Square. Held at Vance Monument, 1 Pack Square dance
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GOVERNMENT & POLITICS ASHEVILLE ANARCHIST RAD FAIR AvlRadFair, • SU (7/1), noon-3pm Monthly gathering with grassroots activists and

organizations working towards liberation on the basis of mutual aid, horizontalism, direct action and autonomy. Free. Held at Carrier Park, 220 Amboy Road CITY OF ASHEVILLE 828-251-1122, • MO (7/2), 5pm - Special meeting of the Asheville City Council to consider adoption of an ordinance amending the Water Resources System Maintenance and Capital Fee for Fiscal Year 201819. Free. Held at Asheville City Hall, 70 Court Plaza • 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. DEMOCRATIC WOMEN OF BUNCOMBE COUNTY buncombedemwomen@ • TH (6/28), 6pm Democratic Women of

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Rebuild and Repair Chimney Rock Village

FOURTH OF JULY ROUND-UP Please see p. 28 for a comprehensive look at Fourth of July events around Western North Carolina

Buncombe County, barbecue with presentation by Wayne Goodwin, NC Democratic chairman. Registration required. $15/$12 members. Cost is $12 for members and $15 for non-members. Held at the Governor’s Western Residence, 45 Patton Mountain Road

IT TAKES A VILLAGE: The Gathering Place outdoor amphitheater at Chimney Rock Village suffered severe damage from flooding due to Subtropical Storm Alberto. Hickory Nut Gorge Brewery will hold a fundraiser July 6-8 to aid efforts to clean up and rebuild the structure, as well as bridges and sections of trail that were destroyed. Photo by Landdis Hollifield WHAT: A fundraiser to benefit the Chimney Rock Village Community Development Association WHEN: Friday, July 6-Sunday, July 8 WHERE: Hickory Nut Gorge Brewery, 461 Main St., Chimney Rock WHY: Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park annual passholders were planning on spending the first Saturday of June at the Views and Brews event, enjoying sunset views, gourmet appetizers and the release of Hickory Nut Gorge Brewery’s Higher Ground Huckleberry American Wheat. Then Subtropical Storm Alberto swept through the area, causing floods, mudslides, closing roads and businesses and knocking out neighbors’ power. “I was left with the feeling and the need to come together as a village, the feeling of appreciation of what we have and the motivation to be better,” says brewery co-owner Merri Fretwell. “The gorge is a bit of heaven that people cannot help but to foster and love.” Instead of saving Higher Ground for another occasion, Fretwell and Views and Brews co-organizer Landdis Hollifield, events and promotions manager for Chimney Rock Management, decided to debut it as part of a weekendlong fundraiser at the brewery for the Chimney Rock Village Community Development Association. The nonprofit organization promotes economic revitalization in Chimney Rock Village and is helping with storm cleanup. “Funds from this event will be used to rebuild bridges and sections of trail washed out or destroyed by the recent flooding event,” says Chimney Rock 26

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Village Mayor Peter O’Leary. “Trails and bridgeheads will also be fortified in a way to mitigate future flood damage. We will also be using funds to clean up and rebuild our Gathering Place outdoor amphitheater.” The fundraiser begins Friday, July 6, at 5 p.m. with live music from Americana singer-songwriter Jeff Gregory and concludes Sunday, July 8, with a performance by Appalachian roots band Chicken Coup Willaye. Local business owners have donated a range of items for a silent auction that runs through Saturday, July 7, at 5 p.m. In addition, a cash/check locked donation box will be located at the brewery, and at least $1 of every pint sold of Higher Ground will be donated to the village. The beer was inspired by the memorable views of the gorge that may only be seen from atop Chimney Rock. According to Hickory Nut Gorge brewer Matt Karg, regionally sourced huckleberries give the brew a light yellowish-purple color similar to those seen at dusk. “The fundraiser is not just a way of raising money for the village, but an avenue for us to dust our knees off and go forward,” Fretwell says. “Ultimately, our goal is to regain the sense of family, friendship and nature which people celebrate in gathering at the Riverwalk and Gathering Place. One might say those places as well as the Park are the core of what makes the village come together.” The weekendlong fundraiser to rebuild and repair Chimney Rock Village takes place Friday, July 6-Sunday, July 8 at Hickory Nut Gorge Brewery. Free to attend.  X


INDIVISIBLE COMMON GROUND-WNC • 1st WEDNESDAYS, 6:30-8pm -General meeting. Free. Held at St. David's Episcopal Church, 286 Forest Hills Road, Sylva PROGRESSIVE WOMEN OF HENDERSONVILLE • FR (6/29), 4-7pm Postcard writing to government representatives. Postcards, stamps, addresses, pens and tips are provided. Free to attend. Held at Sanctuary Brewing Company, 147 1st Ave., Hendersonville

KIDS APPLE VALLEY MODEL RAILROAD & MUSEUM 650 Maple St, Hendersonville, • WEDNESDAYS, 1-3pm & SATURDAYS, 10am2pm - Open house featuring operating model trains and historic memorabilia. Free. BARNES AND NOBLE BOOKSELLERS ASHEVILLE MALL 3 S. Tunnel Road, 828-296-7335 • SA (6/30), 11-11:30am - Storytime for children featuring the book, Pete The Kitty & The Groovy Playdate. Free to attend. BUNCOMBE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARIES governing/depts/library

• 2nd SATURDAYS, 1-4pm & LAST WEDNESDAYS, 4-6pm - Teen Dungeons and Dragons for ages 12 and up. Registration required: 828-250-4720. Free. Held at Pack Memorial Library, 67 Haywood St. • MONDAYS, 10:30am - "Mother Goose Time," storytime for 4-18 month olds. Free. Held at Skyland/South Buncombe Library, 260 Overlook Road HANDS ON! A CHILDREN'S GALLERY 828-697-8333, handsonwnc,org, learningisfun@ • WE (6/27), 9-11:30am "Taking It To The Skies," activities regarding aircraft and spacecraft design for 4-6 year olds. Registration required. Admission fees apply. Held at Hands On! A Children's Gallery, 318 N. Main St., Hendersonville • TH (6/28), 11am-noon - "Science on Wheels," activities for children. Registration required: 828-250-6408. Free. Held at Leicester Library, 1561 Alexander Road, Leicester WHOLE FOODS MARKET 4 S. Tunnel Road • MONDAYS, 9-10am "Playdates," family fun activities. Free to attend.

OUTDOORS CHIMNEY ROCK STATE PARK (PD.) Enjoy breathtaking views of Lake Lure, trails for all levels of hikers, an Animal Discovery Den and 404foot waterfall. Plan your adventure at BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY HIKES 828-298-5330,

by Abigail Griffin • FR (6/29), 10am - "The Falcon and the Giant," ranger-guided, moderately strenuous, 1-mile hike at Devil's Courthouse. Free. Meet at MP 422.4, Devil's Courthouse Overlook, Blue Ridge Parkway BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY RANGER PROGRAMS 828-295-3782, • SA (6/30), 9am - Guided ranger walk regarding the history of the Cone Estate. Free. Held at Cone Manor, MP 294, Blue Ridge Parkway • SA (6/30), 7pm "Stream Gems," ranger presentation about trout. Free. Held at Linville Falls Campground Amphitheater, MP 316, Blue Ridge Parkway 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. • Tuesdays (6/5) 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. CREATION CARE ALLIANCE OF WNC • SA (6/30), 11am-2pm "Reunion with Nature," group nature walk. Free. Held at Asheville Botanical Gardens, 151 W.T. Weaver Blvd. FRIENDS OF CONNECT BUNCOMBE weconnectbuncombe. org/about • FR (6/29), 9am - "Walk With Purpose," walk and learn about Woodfin’s future greenway, parks and river access features along the French Broad River and Beaverdam Creek and how these will connect with the greenways that Asheville is building along the French Broad River. Free. Held at Woodfin River Park, 1630 Riverside Drive

HIGHLAND BREWING COMPANY 12 Old Charlotte Highway, Suite 200, • TH (6/28), 6-7pm "Hiking with a Map and Compass," class for all skill levels. Hosted by Diamond Brand Outdoors and Frugal Backpacker. Free to attend. HOLMES EDUCATIONAL STATE FOREST 1299 Crab Creek Road, Hendersonville, 828-6920100 • SA (6/30), 10am-noon - Guided mushroom hike with Ranger Dwigans. Registration required: 828-692-0100 or Free.

PUBLIC LECTURES PASTORS FOR PEACE • TH (6/28), 6-8pm Pastors for Peace, potluck and presentation by Bill Hackwell, from the International Committee for Peace, Justice and Dignity to the Peoples. Free. Held at Asheville Friends Meetinghouse, 227 Edgewood Road

SENIORS ASHEVILLE NEW FRIENDS (PD.) Offers active senior residents of the Asheville area opportunities to make new friends and to explore new interests through a program of varied social, cultural, and outdoor activities. Visit AARP 828-380-6242, • TH (6/28), 1-2:30pm "AARP HomeFit," class to learn about features to make homes adaptable and safe for individuals of all ages and abilities. Registration required: 828-884-3166. Free. Held at Silvermont Senior Center, 364 E Main St., Brevard SENIOR OPPORTUNITY CENTER 36 Grove St. • MO (12/4), 2-3pm Bingo for seniors and older adults. .75 per card.

SPIRITUALITY ASTROCOUNSELING (PD.) Licensed counselor and accredited professional astrologer uses your chart when counseling for additional insight into yourself, your relationships and life directions. Stellar Counseling Services. Christy Gunther, MA, LPC. (828) 258-3229. INTUITIVE READINGS (PD.) Listen to your Spirits messages for you. For your reading, or for more information, call 4pm-7pm, 828 551-1825. 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 CALVARY WORSHIP CENTER 101 Calvary Drive, Marshall, 828-6491073, • SA (6/30), 10am2pm - "Summer Time Bash," vacation Bible school event with waterlide, inflatables, snow-cones, hotdogs and cotton candy. For ages 4-12. Registration: 828-6491073. CENTER FOR ART & SPIRIT AT ST. GEORGE 1 School Road, 828-258-0211 • 1st & 3rd THURSDAYS, 2pm - Intentional meditation. Admission by donation. 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. MILLS RIVER PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 10 Presbyterian Church Road, Mills River, 828-891-7101 • TH (6/28), 7-8:30pm - “Celtic Christianity: Then and Now,” informational session with Scottish refreshments and a presentation on the upcoming 2019 Presbyterian Heritage Tour of Scotland. Free.

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TUTOR K-12 STUDENTS IN READING WITH THE AUGUSTINE PROJECT (PD.) Dedicate two hours a week to working with a low-income K-12 student who is reading, writing, and or spelling below grade level. Sign up for an interest meeting on

(4:00 pm), by emailing

12 BASKETS CAFE 610 Haywood Road, 828-231-4169, • TUESDAYS 10am Volunteer orientation.


at Pack Square Park, 121 College St.

828-251-9973, • WE (7/4) - Volunteer to help with the Ingles Independence Day outdoor festival and fireworks show. Multiple different volunteering jobs available. Registration: volunteer@ or Held

BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF WNC 828-253-1470, • TH (6/28), noon Information session for those interested in volunteering to share their interests twice a month with a young person from a singleparent home or to men-

tor one-hour a week in elementary schools and after-school sites. Free. Held at Big Brothers Big Sisters of WNC, 50 S. French Broad Ave. Ste. #213. HAYWOOD STREET CONGREGATION 297 Haywood St., 828-246-4250 • 1st & 3rd THURSDAYS, 10am-noon - Workshop to teach how to make

sleeping mats for the homeless out of plastic shopping bags. Information: 828-7077203 or Free. For more volunteering opportunities visit volunteering

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site for full schedule and details. • Once the Beech Mountain activities conclude, partner town Banner Elk takes over hosting duties. The Fourth of July Parade gets underway at 11 a.m., followed by rubber-duck race and lawn games at 1 p.m. The events are free to attend and take place at Lees-McRae College and Tate-Evans Town Park., Western North Carolina towns exude charm throughout the year, but on Independence Day they take that appeal to another level. That tradition continues in 2018 with streets and parks across the mountains playing host to parades, live music, festivals and other family-friendly celebrations while the sun is out, followed by fireworks and shows to cap off the night. Unless otherwise noted, events take place Wednesday, July 4. For additional ideas, check out our Calendar section beginning on p. 24 or


ASHEVILLE • The Asheville Downtown Association hosts the annual Ingles Independence Day Celebration with children’s activities, Splashville and a bouncy house from 2-6 p.m. Ultimate Air Dogs competitions take place at 2, 4 and 6 p.m. with the finals at 7:30 p.m. Beer, cider and wine will be available for purchase, live music begins at 5 p.m., and fireworks are set for 9:30pm. Free to attend. • The Asheville Tourists play the Rome Braves at McCormick Field at 7:05 p.m., followed by a fireworks show presented by ABCCM. Attendees are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance as the game is expected to sell out. • On the south side of town, Lake Julian hosts a free fireworks show beginning at dark. The public is invited to come early and picnic, play volleyball or rent a boat. Food is available for purchase at the Hendersonville Road/ Fisherman’s Trail location at 6 p.m., benefiting the Asheville Rowing Club. A daytime shuttle will be available 8 a.m.-6 p.m. from Estes Elementary School on Long Shoals Road across from the lake.


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VOLUNTEER POWERED FUN: Asheville Downtown Association’s yearly Ingles Independence Day Celebration is powered through the help of volunteers. ADA is still seeking additional help for this year’s event, which takes place Wednesday, July 4. Volunteers can earn perks like beer and soda tokens, a T-shirt or shift credits toward the end-of-the-year volunteer party with an open bar and food. Volunteer roles include beer service, water and soda sales, supervisors for the giant inflatables, ID checking and wristband adhering. Individuals and groups can sign up for a shift at or email To learn more, visit Photo by Steve Barker of Icon Media Asheville courtesy of Asheville Downtown Association • To satisfy your musical cravings, The Double Crown is hosting a rock n’ roll and country music extravaganza featuring Brooklyn-based Megg Farrell, New Orleans songstress Esther Rose and Louisiana’s Sabra Guzmán, along with local support from Vaden Landers and the Do-Rights, Gracie Lane and El Musica. Doors open at 3 p.m., and proceeds from the event benefit Compañeros Inmigrantes de las Montañas en Accion. • Fleetwood’s is hosting a Fourth of July party featuring five bands for five bucks beginning at five p.m. The entertainment includes Reese McHenry and the Fox, The Power, Symptoms, Stevie and Video Age. Doors open at 5 p.m.


• Party with a purpose at the Patton Parker House at the Freedom Gala benefit for Consider Haiti. The event includes a bike ride, picnic-style dinner, live music and a great view for fireworks. Tickets to the event are $25 and can be puchased online. BANNER ELK AND BEECH MOUNTAIN • For the third consecutive year, Beech Mountain gets a jump on the festivities Friday, June 29, with its Mile High Fourth of July fiveday celebration. Saturday, June 30, features the annual roasting of the hog at 6 p.m., followed by fireworks. Live music and other entertainment fill in the week’s events. See web-

• Sutton Avenue in Black Mountain will be home to a free event with live music, street dancing and food vendors 5:30-9:30 p.m. Fireworks will start at dark from behind Bi-Lo. • The Montreat Conference Center presents the town’s 50th annual Independence Day parade at 10:30 a.m., plus a 5K, barbecue lunch, square dance and an old-timers’ softball game. • Once more offering an alternate way to experience the night’s sights, the Swannanoa Valley Museum holds its annual Independence Day Fireworks Hike, 6-11 p.m. The guided 1.5-mile, moderate trek to the peak of Sunset Mountain concludes with a watermelon snack and a viewing of Black Mountain’s fireworks. $35 museum members/$50 nonmembers. • Louise’s Kitchen is hosting a Fourth of July fireworks viewing party featuring the funk, rock and reggae of The Get Right Band from 6-11 p.m. BREVARD • Brevard’s Fourth of July Celebration starts at 8 a.m. with the Firecracker 5K and 10K runs and rolls on downtown through 5 p.m. with a fine arts and crafts festival, classic car show, elected officials reading the Declaration of Independence, live music, the Humane Society All Star Pet Show and more. The activities are free to attend and shift to Brevard College at 6 p.m. for a


MARSHALL • Bring your family and friends and a comfortable chair, some dollars for food concessions and get ready for fireworks in Downtown Marshall. The free show begins shortly after dark. MORGANTON

OH, SAY CAN YOU PLAY: Western North Carolina has Fourth of July fun around every nook and cranny. Whether you are looking for fireworks and a late-night show or family-friendly fun, these mountains offer Independence Day playtime galore. Photo by Steve Barker of Icon Media Asheville courtesy of Asheville Downtown Association duck race, food and live music, leading up to fireworks at dark. • Another afternoon option is Brevard Music Center’s Pendergrast Family Patriotic Pops, an outdoor concert featuring the “1812 Overture,” complete with a live cannon. The music begins at 2 p.m., and tickets start at $20. BRYSON CITY • Freedom Fest, the annual old-fashioned Fourth of July celebration and street festival, gets underway at 8 a.m. with a 5K, followed by crafts, the Strut Your Mutt pet show, live music, a watermelon eating race, Kidz Zone activities, food vendors and a nighttime fireworks show. • Nantahala Outdoor Center is offering a complimentary whitewater rafting adventure on the middle section of the Ocoee River to all veterans and active military this Fourth of July. This is a limited-time offer and is subject to guidelines and availability. For more information, email or call 423-207-5615. CHEROKEE • The 43rd annual Fourth of July Powwow at Cherokee’s Acquoni Expo Center runs Friday, June 29 to Sunday, July 1, with authentic Native American dancing, drumming, food and tribal regalia. A fireworks display takes place June

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• The 15th annual Red, White and Bluegrass Festival takes place Wednesday, July 4 to Saturday, July 7, featuring over 20 bands, plus camping and food and craft vendors. Balsam Range, Diamond Rio and Larry Sparks are the headliners. Tickets are required July 5-7, but the July 4 celebration is free and includes a frog jumping contest, a doughnut eating contest and fireworks at dark. SPRING CREEK

• Downtown Hendersonville’s free Music on Main Street concert series turns patriotic with live music by Wishful Thinkin’ from 7-9 p.m. and fireworks at sundown.

• Spring Creek brings its third consecutive Fourth of July celebration to the Spring Creek Fire Department with a free, familyfriendly celebration including food for purchase, live music by Zuzu Welsh and games starting at 5 p.m. Fireworks are schedule for 9:30 p.m.



• The multiday celebration at Lake Junaluska starts Monday, July 2, with a ticketed concert by Balsam Range and subsequent evening shows by The Martins (July 3) and the Lake Junaluska Singers (July 4). The festivities conclude on Independence Day with a Red, White and Bluegrass: Music of the Mountains parade at 11 a.m., giving way to a barbecue picnic, live music, family-friendly activities and a nighttime fireworks display.

• The Sylva Independence Day celebration gets underway downtown at 6:30 p.m. with free live music from rock band Crocodile Smile and dancing before fireworks begin at dark.


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plants. That can be anything from planting in a garden to carving a pumpkin, as long as it has something to do with plants.” One of three elements of Bullington Gardens’ mission is “to enhance life skills for children and adults with physical or mental challenges through horticultural therapy,” according to the nonprofit organization’s website. PLANTING THE SEEDS OF SUCCESS The gardens are home to the Henderson County high schools’

BOOST program, which helps students with special needs learn life skills, as well as “soft skills” such as interpersonal communication, time management, problem solving and working with others. Since 2004, BOOST students have planned and planted gardens based on a theme they select for a friendly yet fierce competition. Teams of high schoolers select the right plants for their design, grow them from seed and build garden structures by hand. Students contend with setbacks like inclement weather, disagreements

within the group and tapping into their own work ethic, Murphy says. “There’s a sense of accomplishment and self-esteem they have when they’re gardening,” he says. “In each of their visits here, there is an activity. And if they are successful in that activity, they take that with them throughout the rest of the school day.” HAPPY HARVEST On June 1, Bullington Gardens hosted its BOOST awards day to reward students who had been working at the garden throughout the year. Autumn Gillespie, 15, of Hendersonville was one of the students who racked up wins for her participation in the West Henderson High School BOOST team and for being an outstanding student in the program. “I like going to Bullington because I like creative stuff,” she says. “I’m very proud of our garden and what we’ve been able to do with it. … I really can’t explain it except that I can express myself in the garden.” Gillespie’s team created a pioneer theme for the garden that reflected various aspects of Western North Carolina’s heritage. Students used millet and other plants to represent the grains settlers from the state’s Piedmont region grew upon arriving in the mountains. They also built a wagon to symbolize the method of transportation used by many pioneers. Building the garden from the ground up helped the team complete a difficult assignment, Gillespie notes, as well as develop confidence in their skills. As a result of building the garden, Gillespie says, “I’ve seen myself gain a lot of confidence, and I’ve seen a lot of confidence develop in my teammates. And I think I learned how to express myself as a team leader. I’m not as scared to speak out as much as I used to be. I used to be scared to speak my mind. Now I feel more comfortable giving my opinion.” Autumn’s mother, Allison Gillespie, says her experience in the BOOST program has helped Autumn grow in other ways as well. “She loved it, and it’s been great to see her gain more independence,” Allison says. “She’s become more confident this year. She’s really grown through this program.” For some of the students, the program is a training ground for what comes after school. “I think they’ve learned a lot about teamwork and really gained a

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GREEN MEANS BUSINESS Asheville Workplace Challenge highlights local companies’ environmental leadership BY LIZ CAREY Launched on Earth Day in 2016, the Asheville Workplace Challenge recognizes the efforts of local companies as they do their part to create a more sustainable future for Western North Carolina. A partnership between the city of Asheville and Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce, the AWC provides self-assessment tools to help local businesses lower costs, reduce their environmental impact and gauge their progress toward more sustainable operations. Based on the number of points each business racks up on its self-assessment, participants earn level designations from platinum to gold to silver to bronze. While Asheville city government has established aggressive goals for reducing carbon emissions, the impact of the city’s actions only goes so far, says Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer. Citing “a great eagerness in our community on an individual and a business level to participate in slowing global climate change,” the mayor points out that the AWC provides businesses with support, guidance and recognition for their efforts. The program’s initial goal was to enroll 50 companies in each of its first and second years. As the second year came to a close, 63 local businesses had signed up to participate. Now, in conjunction with the work of the Energy Innovation Task Force, AWC organizers are exploring new options for expanding participation and engagement in the program. UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT A joint effort of the city, Buncombe County and Duke Energy, the EITF’s job is to identify and implement strate-

LEADING LIGHT: Asheville Workplace Challenge participant Samsel Architects installed a 21-kilowatt solar array on the roof of the firm’s building on Biltmore Avenue in downtown Asheville. The firm received a gold rating in the challenge, according to its website. Photo courtesy of Samsel Architects gies for reducing energy use, with the ultimate goal of avoiding or delaying the planned construction of a natural gas-fired “peaker” plant dedicated to providing power during periods of high demand, says Amber Weaver, the city’s sustainability officer. Based on the current rate of demand growth in Western North Carolina, Duke Energy proposes to build the new plant in 2023. While the task force’s role is to identify existing and possible new programs to encourage energy conservation among residential and business users, a marketing arm of the effort — the Blue Horizons Project — has been charged with getting the word out. Through funding contracts with the city of Asheville, Buncombe County and Duke Energy, as well as other grants, Asheville’s nonprofit Green Built Alliance has taken on administration and community outreach associated with Blue Horizons. According to Sam Ruark-Eastes, Green Built Alliance’s executive

director, taking on responsibility for running the AWC alongside other outreach programs makes perfect sense. The trend, he says, has been for Blue Horizons to take on “outward-facing” projects aimed at promoting wider use of existing incentive programs to both individuals and businesses. “We’re now at this point where we’re going to start taking [AWC] applications and start viewing those and also promoting it in the community,” he explains. “We are there to help people not only check a box but also figure out how to make a change that can help them save money and resources.” BRAGGING RIGHTS Of the 63 businesses currently participating in the AWC, two have achieved the platinum level, the program’s highest. (Ten companies are rated as having attained the gold level, 14 as

silver and 13 as bronze. Another 24 companies have registered for the challenge but haven’t yet completed their scorecards, according to Bridget Herring, the city’s energy program coordinator.) Platinum-rated Green Sage Café has implemented many of the strategies included in the AWC checklist for businesses — especially in the waste-reduction category. Each of the company’s three locations sends only one bag of trash to the landfill every week, says Seth Cole, community coordinator for Green Sage. “That is less than the average American household,” Cole continues. “Composting and recycling is the easiest and probably most impactful thing other restaurants can do.” In the future, Cole says, the café may start using reusable to-go boxes to reduce waste even further. Customers could place a deposit on the reusable to-go box when they pick up their first order. The deposit would be applied


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ed paper to line the floors of transport kennels, making interactive toys out of donated materials and implementing a scheduled naptime for the animals at the shelter every day. From 1-2 p.m., the shelter closes its animal areas to the public and turns off the lights, a simple measure that not only calms the pets but also saves money on energy. The Humane Society’s future plans include strategies to reduce waste, water use and energy use on the campus of the Buncombe County Animal Shelter in South Asheville. The nonprofit plans to evaluate solar energy options with SolFarm Solar. The shelter will also move to paperless adoption contracts and will include a section on sustainability goals in its staff newsletter. The efforts of AWC participants and other local businesses are critical to achieving the EITF’s goal of avoiding the need for the new peaker plant, says Corey Atkins, the chamber’s vice president of public policy. “From the research, we basically saw that there were six days during the year that required this new plant,” he says. “We all thought surely we could find ways to manage that usage. We all thought, ‘Let’s not spend billions to take care of those six days.’” Green Built Alliance’s RuarkEastes is on board with that goal and says the AWC provides companies with an opportunity to be recognized for their leadership and values. “It being Asheville, this is a progressive community, and people who care a lot about social environmental causes — we vote every day with our dollar,” he says. “And so businesses that choose to express their values through sustainability can attract customers that also have the same values.”  X

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above average and the warmest May on record, while the average precipitation across the U.S. in May was 2.97 inches, 0.06 inches above average. But Chris Hennon, chair of the atmospheric sciences department at UNC Asheville, says WNC’s climate has not yet experienced a dramatic shift. “Although temperatures have recently increased, the total is less than 1 degree Fahrenheit since 1900,” he says, citing data from the North Carolina climate summary published by NCEI. “There have been no detectable trends in annual precipitation or heavy precipitation events — days that receive 3 or more inches of rain. So, in my opinion, historical averages for gardeners are still useful guides.” In the future, gardeners in WNC can expect a longer warm season, says Hennon, along with overall increases in precipitation in winter and spring accompanied by increases in drought conditions. “The warmer temperatures that are expected will lead to higher soil-moisture loss, so more care will have to be made to keep plants hydrated,” he explains. And those changes will come quickly

As climate change begins to affect WNC, new gardening strategies, hardier plant varieties may be needed BY LIZ CAREY Increasingly severe storms, rising temperatures, too much or too little precipitation and an uptick in the number of wildfires are among the challenges growers face across the U.S. as the climate begins to change, reports the U.S. Department of Agriculture. As the climate shifts, Western North Carolina gardeners and farmers may need to explore new plant choices and growing strategies. “We are in the unfortunate situation of being the first generation of gardeners ever who cannot rely on historical weather records to tell us what our climate is or what to expect in the future,” writes Cornell University horticulture professor David Wolfe in The New American Landscape: Leading Voices on the Future of Sustainable Gardening. While in cooler climates, that may mean longer growing seasons, he says, it can also mean that “we are entering an era of great uncertainty that makes gardening even more challenging than it was before.” In January, the Asheville-based National Centers for Environmental Information reported that the past three years were the hottest ever recorded in America, and 2016 and 2017 were record hot years for Asheville. The area had an overall average temperature of 58.4 degrees, which is 2.6 degrees above normal, according to NCEI. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reports that this May was not only above average in temperature for 34 states in the U.S. but also saw record rainfall in the Mid-Atlantic states and throughout the Southeast, which led to mudslides and flooding, including in Asheville. Across the country, other states saw anomalies — 100 degrees Fahrenheit in Minnesota on May 28, the earliest ever recorded; the Northwest saw record melting of snow pack; and Alaska saw its fourthwettest May on record. The average temperature across the country was 65.4 degrees Fahrenheit, 5.2 degrees


WEED WHACKERS: Bridgett Lasitter, right, weed specialist with the N.C. Department of Agriculture, leads master gardeners on a hunt for invasive purple loosestrife near the airport as part of an annual eradication campaign. The weed has invaded the Bat Fork Creek watershed from a single plant growing in an individual’s backyard. As climate change leads to warmer temperature and milder winters, invasive plants may proliferate, crowding out native species. Photo courtesy of Henderson County Extension Office

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causing increased flooding and higher temperatures due to larger numbers of structures and paved areas. “One of the things we’re doing a lot now is educating homeowners and farmers about reducing stormwater runoff,” he says. Pettis recommends that gardeners install rain gardens (ponds that fill when it rains and slowly release water into the ground) and rainwater collection systems to help prevent flooding. With higher temperatures, there is also a greater likelihood of less rain. And the best way to pre-emptively address potential drought conditions and problem landscapes is to embrace native species. “We have too many beautiful native plants to replace them with plants from outside the area that may not grow as well or may become invasive,” he says. Some plants, such as miscanthus grass, may work beautifully in areas of Georgia, for example, but become invasive when they are transplanted to the mountains. Others, such as English ivy and Japanese honeysuckle, may be easily contained in other areas of the country but spread like wildfire in the mountains, Pettis says. With WNC being one of the best growing areas in the world, he says, native plants will thrive here if they don’t have to compete with nonnative interlopers. “As the climate changes and the winters get milder, those invasive species will just thrive and push the native species out even more,” he says. Pettis recommends that gardeners interested in using native plants in their landscapes and avoiding invasive species consult the North Carolina Native Plant Society at  X

• TH (6/28), 1-6pm - Volunteer to clean-up on the French Broad River. Meet at Woodfin River Park to be be shuttled to the Asheville River District to clean up while floating back to Woodfin. Boats and paddling gear provided, but you can bring your own. Suitable for all levels of paddlers. Register online. Free. Held at Woodfin River Park, 1630 Riverside Drive • WEDNESDAYS (6/27) until (7/18), 6-7:15pm - Book club to discuss Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming. Provide your own copy of the book. Free to attend. Held at Habitat Tavern & Commons, 174 Broadway

FARM & GARDEN ASHEVILLE GREENWORKS 828-254-1776, • SA (6/30), 2-3pm Composting workshop. Registration required: sustainability@ashevillegreenworks. org. Free. Held at Greenlife Grocery, 70 Merrimon Ave. ORGANIC GROWERS SCHOOL 828-552-4979, • TH (6/28) - Tour a working farm in WNC. Registration required.



Summer grilling ideas from Asheville chefs and shops


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Sure, you could just throw some hot dogs, burgers and brats on the grill this Fourth of July. But why not freshen up the menu with some new tricks? We went to a few Asheville experts for suggestions on how to spice up your summer grill game.

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THE MAIN EVENT One approach is to experiment with some of the lesser-known cuts of meat available at local butcher shops. Foothills Meats owner Casey McKissick suggests Denver steak, which is cut from the beef chuck and is known for its rich flavor. He also recommends merlot steak, which has a “velvety texture and deep red color that comes from its location on the beef animal’s shin. It’s surprisingly tender and wonderfully flavored.” The Chop Shop Butchery’s head butcher, PJ Jackson, says pork secreto is, as its name implies, a hidden gem and a unique alternative to the ubiquitous chops and tenderloin. Jackson’s secreto cut is the outside loin flap, although other butchers may take theirs from different parts of the pig. Jackson describes it as a “very limited cut, a favorite griller in Spain. Quick sear, just salt — perfection! [It’s a] wonderful way to enjoy pastured pork.” Lamb loin chops are another good bet. “They’re equivalent to a porterhouse or T-bone, a better value than rib chops, have more flavor and are gorgeous on a plate,” he says. Both Jackson and McKissick also recommend cap steaks — either sirloin (also known as coulotte) or a ribeye. “Caps have characteristics all their own — mostly in texture — and when sliced across the grain, deliver an awesome flavor and eating experience that can’t be found from the grocery store or traditional steakhouse,” McKissick explains. THE SECRET’S IN THE SAUCE It can also be fun to try different techniques for flavoring meats. McKissick says demi-glace, a rich sauce made from reduced meat



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A CUT ABOVE: Less common cuts of meat available from local butchers, such as merlot and Denver steaks or secreto pork, can be great for grilling. Pictured is Dave Kane from Foothills Meats. Photo courtesy of Foothills Meats stock, is something that can add a savory boost to both meats and sides. It can be made at home, and Foothills sells its demi-glace in grab-and-go containers. “We constantly have a 40-gallon kettle of beef demi cook-

ing at all times,” he says. “It forms the gravy for our poutine dish and accompanies every steak we serve.” He also shares a house secret: “Use aromatics — simple herbs and heat.”


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But vegetarians, never fear: “Marinated Brussels sprouts and asparagus spears are fantastic on the grill. Get one of those racks with a fine mesh for keeping veggies safe,” says McKissick, who is also in the process of developing vegetarian linked sausages, which will be available at Foothills’ West Asheville and Black Mountain butcher bar locations. And watermelon actually makes a great grill item, too. “Just a quick sear allows the heat to activate a new depth of flavor while retaining its crunch,” he says.


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His favorite for beef is fresh thyme. First, he soaks the thyme in a pan of warm water with crushed garlic cloves. Then he sears the steak on the grill over high heat directly over the flame, then transfers it to a hot pan that’s been warmed on the grill’s top shelf. The next step is to throw the soaked herbs into the pan with the steak, rubbing them on the steak’s surface thoroughly. Remove them just before they begin to burn. Use a meat thermometer, he advises, and remove the steak from the grill when it’s 5 degrees below your preferred temperature. He adds that it’s best to always rest a steak before cutting.

Courtesy of PJ Jackson If ribs are the choice for your summer soirée, Jackson offers up a favorite Chop Shop marinade that’s ideal for flanken-style beef ribs. Marinates up to 5 pounds of meat 1 cup soy sauce 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger

1 tablespoon minced fresh garlic

⅓ cup sesame oil

2 tablespoons brown sugar 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper

GRILLED ROMAINE AND BLUE CHEESE SLAW Courtesy of Parker Schultz of Laughing Seed Café

Three heads of romaine, cut in half, drizzled with olive oil, salt and pepper 1 cup red wine vinegar 3/4 cup sugar

1 cup canola oil 1½ cup crumbled blue cheese 1 tablespoon salt 1 small red onion, thinly sliced

Grill romaine on both sides until lettuce has wilted and has good char marks. In a small mixing bowl combine red wine vinegar, sugar, oil, cheese and salt. Mix well with whisk. Chop romaine finely and combine with red onion and blue cheese vinaigrette. Serve cold.

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Parker Schultz, head chef at the Laughing Seed Café, says grilled romaine becomes a special side dish when made into a slaw with crumbled blue cheese and red onion (see recipe). And broccoli is another

veggie that works well on the grill — olive oil, salt and pepper are the only seasonings required. “They grill quick and take a charred flavor on nicely,” he says. X

STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE WITH HOMEMADE BISCUITS AND WHIPPED CREAM No cookout would be complete without something sweet to enjoy before (or maybe better yet, during) fireworks. Pastry chef Meagan Schearer of Whisk AVL, which operates out of the Westville Pub’s recently expanded space on Haywood Road, was kind enough to share her strawberry shortcake recipe, which she makes with locally sourced berries, basil, flour and eggs. The macerated strawberries in this dish will add a festive pop of color to your spread. And as a bonus, says Schearer, everything can be made ahead, “so you have time for other cookout duties.”

MAKE IT AHEAD: To save time during grilling get-togethers, says Whisk AVL owner Meagan Schearer, this strawberry shortcake can be made in advance and assembled before serving. Photo courtesy of Whisk AVL


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Can be made up to two days ahead, then warmed in the oven for 10 minutes at 350° before serving.

2 cups all-purpose flour 1½ tablespoon baking powder 1½ teaspoon baking soda 2 teaspoons salt

2 sticks cold butter, cut into 1-inch cubes and refrigerated until mixing 2 cups buttermilk 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Mix cubed butter, flour and leavening with salt in a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on low until butter chunks become pea-sized. Add buttermilk and mix on low until combined. Turn out onto a floured surface and knead one minute. Pat out onto floured surface to 3/4-inch thick. Cut with 3-inch biscuit cutter. Place on parchment-lined pan so biscuits are touching. Bake at 350° for 15- 18 minutes until golden brown. WHIPPED CREAM Can be made and refrigerated up to 24 hours ahead. 3 cups heavy whipping cream, chilled 1/2 cup powdered sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Whip in stand mixer or hand mixer until soft peaks form, about five minutes. MACERATED BASIL STRAWBERRIES Can be macerated up to five hours before serving.

2 pounds fresh, local strawberries, rinsed and sliced 1/4 cup sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla 1/2 cup basil leaves (Genovese, purple or holy variety) and chiffonade into thin strips

Mix all ingredients with spatula. Let sit 10 minutes before assembly. To assemble, split warm biscuit, top with macerated berry-basil mixture and a healthy scoop of whipped cream. Top with biscuit top and garnish with berries, whipped cream and a basil leaf.


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BEER SCOUT by Edwin Arnaudin |

Growing gains

Sweeten Creek, UpCountry take next steps

After establishing themselves over a two-year period, a pair of neighborhood breweries with ample community support are making significant moves to grow their businesses. CREEKSIDE CANNING From day one, canning beer was the goal for Sweeten Creek Brewing owners Erica and Joey Justice. Getting to that point has involved slow and steady growth for the self-described “technical brewers” with backgrounds in science and engineering who prefer consistency and repeatability over chasing trends. “We started really small, and we didn’t want to overwhelm ourselves and under-deliver,” Erica says. “Now I feel like we’re in a better position to serve more people here and offpremise. I feel really good about the direction we’re headed.” After opening in December 2015, the Justices didn’t identify flagship beers but relied on customer feedback to shape the brewery’s offerings. They consider the brewery’s top-selling pilsner, session IPA and pale ale to be approachable styles that are well-done and balanced. Upgrading to a 10-barrel system at the end of May 2017 was the logical next step, and the Justices made adjustments to their recipes to make sure they were meeting the same flavor profiles as they’d produced on the smaller system. “I think it’s really important to take the time to get to know [the new equipment] and to do it right so that as your demand increases, your quality and consistency is still there,” Erica says. Although they recognize the nostalgic appeal of glass bottles, the Justices never really considered them for Sweeten Creek. Like many in the brewing industry, they consider cans, with their lack of light and oxygen ingress, to be a superior package for beer and feel that the stigma long associated with canned beer is dying off. Also appealing is the compatibility of cans with the area’s many outdoor enthusiasts, plus other benefits like cans’ low weight (which translates to decreased shipping costs), their more easily recyclable nature and not having to worry about broken glass on the floor of the brewery. Sweeten Creek Pilsner, Session IPA and Pale Ale will be sold in sixpacks of 12-ounce cans throughout the 40

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BEST-SELLERS: Sweeten Creek Brewing owners Erica and Joey Justice have canned their three most popular beers — their pilsner, session IPA and pale ale. The first of four seasonals, a spiced Belgian-style wit, was packaged June 22. Photo courtesy of Sweeten Creek Brewing year, featuring artwork from Asheville’s own Crooked Tree Creative, which also designed Sweeten Creek’s logo. Those three offerings will be joined by four seasonal releases with imagery designed by Raleigh-based Brasco Marketing — owned by Joey’s preschool friend — that reflects the changing natural and recreational scenery on the brewery’s namesake body of water that runs alongside its property. The first seasonal, Summer Sun Spiced Belgian-style Wit, debuted in cans June 22. Sweeten Creek will continue to offer 32-ounce crowlers of specialty beers at the brewery. The Justices are also interested in offering a mix-pack, which they see as a great way to get their brews to more people, namely via grocery stores. The challenge for realizing that idea is manpower, especially seeing how larger companies like Oskar Blues Brewery and Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. still create those packages using an old-fashioned method. “They usually have an assembly line of people hand-packing, so it’s more labor-intensive to do a mixpack,” Joey says. Likewise key to the brewery’s growth is the agreement the Justices signed with Empire Distributors to spread Sweeten Creek beers into Western North Carolina accounts from its regional hub. The partnership has noticeably increased outside sales and gotten the products into places


the Justices weren’t able to secure on their own. “We did some self-distribution for a few months and it was a lot of work. I have a huge appreciation for what they do and the logistics that go into getting beer and wine to everyone that orders,” Erica says. “It’s absolutely amazing.” BUILDING SUCCESS In 2016, when John Cochran purchased Altamont Brewing Co. on the Patton Avenue side of Haywood Road and renamed it UpCountry Brewing Co., one of the first things he wanted to change about the building was its numerous entrances. “Nobody knew where to go or how the flow should work,” Cochran says. In turn, many visitors to the brewery half were unaware that there was a restaurant on the other side of the wall and vice versa. To improve the flow, raise the ceiling and open up the room, Cochran worked with Emili McMakin at Form & Function Architecture and general contractor Jason Holtzclaw and woodworker Mike Roberts of Nail Guns For Hire. The kitchen closed Jan. 8, heralding a time marketing director Lauren Davenport jokingly refers to as “the dark ages.” The construction crew walled in the kitchen, installed a garage door

behind an all-new bar with 20 taps and built an open-air covered porch out back with ceiling fans. Beyond it in the previously unused lower space is additional seating and a corn hole area. UpCountry’s renovations were unveiled to the public May 10, and there was a grand reopening at the end of AVL Beer Week on June 2. A giant colorful mural by Asheville artist Julie K. Ross now welcomes visitors on the left wall, and an area near the entrance is dedicated to live music. The brewery will keep the longstanding stage in the former taproom open for larger musical groups, with drums being the general determining factor for which space artists will play. “We’re working to be the West Asheville family-friendly, dog-friendly [place] on this side [of Haywood Road],” Cochran says. To help accomplish that goal, the restaurant added dog food to its menu. After having the Buddha Bowl — rice topped with diced apples, sweet potato, chicken and a hard-boiled egg, Davenport says her dog will no longer eat its regular dry food. Still to come is an outdoor beer garden out front with tables and umbrellas, as well as an expansion on the brewery side. New fermenters will give UpCountry an additional 1,000 barrels per year under the direction of head brewer Bryan Bobo. There will also be a pilot brew system that people will see when they walk through the front door. Small-batch offerings and other fusion beers are already being crafted by new brewer Allison Carr, who moved to Asheville from Charlotte. “She is amazingly creative, so we’re trying to do a lot more varieties and experimental-type things in-house,” Cochran says. “We’re making great beer, but I feel like we can take it another step up.” While all of the above has been taking shape, UpCountry has rebranded with a new logo and over the summer will roll out cans of Mangose and UpCo Mountain Lager with redesigned graphics. The brewery is also ramping up its collaboration beers, both with local nonprofits — whose causes are reflected in artwork on custom-made pint glasses that customers can take home on Thursdays — and breweries, including a forthcoming ginger saison made with Ginger’s Revenge.  X


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SMALL BITES by Thomas Calder |

Mead and cupcakes at TreeRock Social Cider House Craft beer and cocktails may be the ruling parties of Asheville’s bar scene, but TreeRock Social Cider House owner Kristy Stinnett thinks mead is on the rise. And national trends appear to support her claim. According to the American Mead Makers Association, every three days a new meadery opens in the United States. The nonprofit further notes on its website that the sector has grown from 30 commercial meaderies in 2003 to nearly 300 in 2016. Yet the honey-based alcoholic beverage still remains unfamiliar to many. “I can’t tell you how many people walk in and say, ‘What is mead?’” Stinnett says. Among the previously uninitiated was Jill Wasilewski, owner of Ivory Road Cafe & Kitchen. But after a chance meeting earlier this year, she and Stinnett teamed up to plan a pairing event spotlighting mead and cupcakes. The gathering will take place Saturday, June 30, at TreeRock Social Cider House and will feature a flight of four 2-ounce pours of mead for $12 and four mini-cupcakes for $6. Before working with Stinnett, Wasilewski says she associated mead with a strong honey taste. “I didn’t know the flavors could be so varied,” the baker explains. But after sampling a wide selection at TreeRock, Wasilewski says her eyes were opened to the range of possibilities. Stinnett hopes those who attend the pairing will have a similar experience. Along with mead-infused cupcakes, the event will feature a variety of meads from around the world, including the spicy Bird’s Eye Honey Sun Iquilika produced by Makana Meadery of South Africa and tupelo honey-based Tupelo Ambrosia by St. Ambrose Cellars in Michigan. For Wasilewski, the event offers a departure from the typical wine-andcheese or beer-and-dinner parings. “Mead is something that is definitely unexplored,” she says. “This event will be educational and informational about the different kinds of meads.” Stinnett agrees. She says the familyand dog-friendly gathering should help open people’s minds and palates to the beverage’s diverse range of flavors. 42

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THE FRESH MARKET ADDS MORE LOCALLY SOURCED PRODUCTS The Fresh Market recently announced the expansion of its Local Program at its two Asheville locations and its Hendersonville store. The stores now offer products from Roots Hummus, Lusty Monk Mustard, Asheville Pretzel Co., Boone Barr, Postre Caramels, Dolce di Maria, Dr. King’s Carolina Bison and Münki Snacks. For The Fresh Market location nearest you, visit CÚRATE RECOGNIZED FOR WINE OFFERINGS

TAKING FLIGHT: TreeRock Social Cider House joins forces with Ivory Road Café & Kitchen to present paired mead and cupcake flights on Saturday, June 30. The flights will offer a taste of the range of flavors that can be found in the honey-based fermented beverage. Photo by Morgan Ford “It’s not something you want to drink a lot of,” she notes. “It’s pretty high in alcohol content. But it’s a nice after-dinner option — something that you can sip on with dessert.” The Mead and Cupcake Flight Pairing runs 4-6 p.m. Saturday, June 30, at TreeRock Social Cider House, 760 Biltmore Ave. For more information, visit

Foundation Inc., which provides services to the local community as well as support for broader international projects. Shrimp at the Farm runs 8-11 p.m. Saturday, June 30, at Hickory Nut Gap Farm, 57 Sugar Hollow Road, Fairview. Tickets are $75 per person. For more information, visit


Last year’s inaugural Hops for Hunger week saw over 27,000 meals’ worth of food collected by local breweries for MANNA FoodBank. The effort was aimed at mitigating child hunger in Western North Carolina, where one in six people and one in four children are affected by food insecurity. In its second year, the event includes more than 20 WNC breweries and will run for all of July, with proceeds from select beer sales, food donations, benefit dinners and pint nights among the opportunities for contributing to the cause. For a list of participating breweries and events details, visit

The Shrimp at the Farm fundraiser returns to The Barn at Hickory Nut Gap Farm for its second year on Saturday, June 30. The menu, catered by Blind Pig Supper Club, will include North Carolina cauldron-boiled shrimp, coleslaw, charred red-potato salad, grilled corn on the cob and seasonal berry crisp with Ultimate Ice Cream. Beer will be donated by Wicked Weed Brewing and wine by The Country Vintner. Live music will be provided by Westsound, and there will be a silent and live auction. Proceeds benefit the Rotary Club of Asheville Breakfast



Wine Enthusiast Magazine included Cúrate on its list of America’s 100 Best Wine Restaurants of 2018. Chef and co-founder Katie Button calls the recognition an honor. Since its opening in 2011, she says, Cúrate has remained committed to its wide selection of Spanish wines. Button notes that her husband and business partner, Felix Meana, “works really hard at making sure the [wine] list is wellbalanced and covers all the different regions and varietals and price points of Spanish wines.” Recently, Button adds, the restaurant has also expanded its sherry and vermouth selections. Cúrate is at 13 Biltmore Ave. For the complete list of American’s 100 Best Wine Restaurants of 2018, visit DOBRA TEA CLOSES IN BLACK MOUNTAIN Dobra Tea’s Black Mountain location will close on July 1. The store’s building will be replaced by the threestory Trestle Building, which will feature six retails spaces, 12 condos and a rooftop restaurant (see “Zoning Board Approves Controversial Black Mountain Development,” Nov. 18, 2017, Xpress). Construction will begin later in the month. A Facebook post by Dobra Tea Black Mountain says, “We do not have a new location to move into. We have been trying and working long hours to attempt to make something work, and things don’t seem to be lining up for us. Buildings in town are far beyond our budget, and many of them need lots of money in renovations. As we can see, our humble little mountain is growing very quickly. We hope the small businesses do not continue to be pushed out.” Dobra Tea is at 120 Broadway St., Black Mountain. The shop also has locations downtown and in West Asheville. For details, visit  X


SOMETHING IN THE WATER Andrew Scotchie & the River Rats and Doc Aquatic release new albums BY BILL KOPP Two Asheville-based rock bands are celebrating the release of new studio albums. Andrew Scotchie & the River Rats debut their third album, Family Dynamo, and Doc Aquatic launches Shadowless Man. Both shows are scheduled for Friday, June 29; the River Rats play Highland Brewing Co., while Doc Aquatic takes the stage at The Mothlight. THE FAMILY FOLD Family Dynamo represents a step forward for Andrew Scotchie & the River Rats. “It definitely has more of a theme” than the band’s previous efforts, says leader, songwriter and guitarist Scotchie. “The production is better, and I feel like it’s going to attract people who maybe didn’t like the last album.” He describes Family Dynamo as “not just a rock album. It’s a little bit more artistic and thought-out.” The group’s third release does showcase a noticeable shift in the character of the band’s music. “We’ve listened to so much more since the last studio album,” Scotchie says. Drummer Eliza Hill adds, “We’ve gained so much perspective by being able to travel and play different festivals and venues.” The addition of bassist/ keyboardist Keith Harry has made a difference as well, Scotchie says. Bluesy, melodic rock is a hallmark of Family Dynamo, but it’s varied: “Heartless Games” is Scotchie

WHO Andrew Scotchie & the River Rats WHERE Highland Brewing Co. 12 Old Charlotte Highway WHEN Friday, June 29, at 7 p.m. Free

DROWNING IN SOUND: Andrew Scotchie & the River Rats’ new album displays the band’s growing skill and confidence. The group celebrates the release of Family Dynamo with a June 29 show at Highland Brewing. Photo by Adam McMillan solo, and on the brief instrumental “Upside Down,” the guitarist channels his inner David Gilmour. And while some groups write in the studio, Scotchie takes a more traditional approach. “You have to road-test the songs,” he says. That has been the River Rats’ style since the beginning. “We used to play these long bar gigs, and we’d have all this extra time,” Hill explains. “So we’d just kind of jam and make up stuff on the spot.” In those days, the group didn’t have enough material for a four-hour show. “So we kind of didn’t have a choice,” Scotchie says. Today, the group’s more focused, professional method applies to making albums as well. “It’s not really a record until it’s released,” says Harry. “It’s a whole process — preproduction, packaging, all that — and you have to see it to the end.”

The group’s own history tracks with the growth of Asheville Barnaroo, a festival Scotchie launched in 2009. Now a thriving annual event, it had humble beginnings. “We started it in my mom’s backyard in Weaverville,” Scotchie recalls. “We did as much as we could there until we ran out of parking, the cops got annoyed and I almost got taken in for a noise violation.” Since 2013, the festival has been held in September at Franny’s Farm in Leicester. And, perhaps because of this connection to a homegrown music fest, the River Rats are often at their best onstage at festivals — both locally and farther afield. “We love Asheville very much,” Scotchie emphasizes, “but when we started getting out in front of new people in 2013 or so, building fans outside of town, that was a huge turning point.” Andrew Scotchie & the River Rats won Xpress’ Best of WNC read-

ers poll three years in a row for “Best Rock ’n’ Roll Band.” But those accolades don’t mean as much when the musicians travel to other locales. Hill notes that the band has to work even harder to win over crowds outside of the its home base. “You always put your best foot forward,” she says. “Because people may not think twice about you if your performance is half-assed.” The new album’s title refers both to Scotchie’s own nuclear family — his late father was known as the “family dynamo” — and to what the group considers its extended family of friends and supporters. “I feel like we’ve created a huge network just through doing what we do,” Hill says. Scotchie adds, “Music has expanded our family.”


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LIFE AQUATIC: Doc Aquatic’s new album, Shadowless Man, showcases the group’s modern take on late-period psychedelia. Doc Aquatic launches the album with a performance at The Mothlight. Photo by Zack Hayes CUE THE SMOKE MACHINE The hypnotic grooves and commitment to melody on Shadowless Man, the latest release from Doc Aquatic, displays the group’s skill at both drawing from classic influences and filtering those through the band’s own modern-day vision. “Always the hardest question to answer is, ‘What does your band sound like?’” says Charles Gately, who’s been with the band since its start in 2010. “So I say, ‘It’s like Pink Floyd in that it’s synthesizers with rock ’n’ roll, and it’s like the Flaming Lips in that it’s totally pop songs. It’s psych-rock, but with a pop sensibility.’” One of the standout songs on Shadowless Man is “Lowland, Shimmer & Gleam.” And there is a shimmering, polished quality to the album’s songs. The high production values let the songs shine. “There’s a little bit of ear candy when you put on headphones, for sure,” Gately says. “But there are melodies and grooves and catchy things, too.” Doc Aquatic returns home for its album premiere after playing in Manchester, Tenn., at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. Ahead of that potentially high-profile show, Gately expressed guarded optimism. “It’s kind of early in the day, so who knows? No one may be there,” he says. “But we’re still gonna have a blast.” The band began as a quartet, eventually paring down to three musicians. But, as time wore on, the nuanced texture within Doc Aquatic’s original songs led the 44

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group to expand to five people. Gately plays bass but also adds layered keyboard textures using vintage synthesizers, such as the Roland JX-3P, circa 1983. And while working on Shadowless Man, Gately says that he and bandmates (and brothers) JC and Zack Hayes realized, “We’re either gonna have to start playing to a click track and have triggers, or we need to get more people in the band.” The expanded Doc Aquatic now includes two multi-instrumentalists: Kevin Boggs and Max Murray, both also of Fashion Bath. “And now, for the first time, the songs sound live how they’re supposed to,” Gately says. “Well,” he backpedals, “there are a few minor things that are missing, but that’s what the record’s for.” He allows that some of the deeply subtle elements of the recordings can be lost onstage, but that’s not really a problem. “Those things are made up for because there are five dudes onstage rocking,” he says with a smile. “And there’s a bunch of cool lights and smoke everywhere.”  X

WHO Doc Aquatic with Fashion Bath WHERE The Mothlight 701 Haywood Road WHEN Friday, June 29, at 9:30 p.m. Free

by Lauren Stepp

SELF-MADE MAG Jessica C. White started making zines — handmade, self-published periodicals — in college. “Both my roommate and I were art students and did a lot of collages, so we created this zine that poked fun at pop culture,” says White. But when asked more about her creative roots, the University of Iowa graduate digs in. “I got a stapler when I was 10 or 11 and would make these little books,” she notes. “I would’ve never called them zines, but they definitely were.” Today, White is the unofficial matriarch of Asheville zine culture. Together with her husband, Shawn Scott Smith, she hosted the first Asheville Zine Fest in The Grey Eagle in 2016 and again in The Refinery Creator Space a year later. The event returns Saturday, June 30, in The Ideation Lab at The Center for Craft, this time with more space and vendors than ever before. White says one-third of attending zine creators will be local, including the likes of Warren Wilson College papermaking instructor Whitney Lyn Stahl and Western North Carolina printmaker John Mansfield. Other vendors will come from farther away. There’s brooding zinester Stephanie Phillips, who will be traveling from Ohio; Ben Sears, noted for his whimsical comics, who will be coming down from Kentucky; and Lucy White, a Chattanooga, Tenn., zinester focused on mental health, community and plants. Illustrator and fine arts instructor Tristin Miller will also be driving up from Greensboro to lead his Epic Zine Makin’ Jam Session. A beginner’s guide to zinemaking, the workshop will be held at 3 p.m. and will be more of an exercise in letting go than in mastering the art. “I’ve realized over the years that if you stress too much about getting it right, it never gets done,” says White, whose work has been described as a cross between Beatrix Potter and Edward Gorey. “You don’t have to be good at writing. You don’t have to be good at drawing. You don’t have to go to school for this.” Zines are accessible by design. Made popular during the independent arts movement of the ’60s, the medium gained ground in highly specialized niches like punk rock and sci-fi. “They are containers for anything you want to draw or write about,”

Asheville Zine Fest spotlights a ‘community many didn’t know existed’ guests and 40 vendors, including notable local authors like F.T. Lukens. A firm believer that every young person should have an opportunity to see themselves represented positively in media, Lukens writes young adult science fiction and fantasy novels that feature LGBTQ+ characters in lead roles. Her third novel, The Rules and Regulations for Mediating Myths & Magic, is a young adult urban fantasy featuring North American folklore and cryptids. She will be sharing a table with Carrie Pack, also an indie press author, who will have some feminist zines and her coming-of-age novel, Grrrls on the Side. “I love this event. It’s an opportunity for local zine creators and small press authors to display their creativity and talent in a fest specifically geared toward their craft,” says Lukens. White echoes that sentiment. “When I attend a zine fest, I look for kindred spirits,” she says. “I look to meet a community many didn’t know existed.”  X

CUT AND PASTE: Asheville Zine Fest co-organizer Jessica C. White considers zines one of the most accessible art forms. “Get a sheet of paper, cut it up, fold it in half and put something down,” she says. Photo courtesy of White. White says, citing a friend’s bicycle repair periodical and a zine on how to give and understand sexual consent. “Zines need to be a piece of ephemera: They can be left at the bus stop or on a bench. They shouldn’t be precious, and they are most effective when they are personal.” In many ways, zines erupted as an early form of social media. Before the internet, people updated friends and family by creating zines and sending them through snail mail. When blogging surfaced in the late ’90s and early 2000s, many zinesters feared virtual sharing would overshadow the age-old craft. But, as White points out, “there’s something so different about a zine. You can put a story down in a less filtered way without feeling overexposed.” She and Smith have created nine or 10 issues of His World, Her World — a series about things she likes, things he likes and where those concepts find common ground — in addition to their own editions. (He has a more literary, flash fiction style while she prefers a graphicheavy approach.)

When the couple relocated to the mountains in 2009, they expected WNC would have a zine fest. Much to their chagrin, the closest event was four hours away in Chattanooga. “We looked at each other and said, ‘OK, it seems like we’ll be the ones to make it happen,’” says White. The Asheville Zine Fest now fills a regional need, attracting some 300


WHAT Asheville Zine Fest WHERE The Ideation Lab at the Center for Craft Creativity and Design 67 Broadway WHEN Saturday, June 30, noon-5 p.m. Free

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by Thomas Calder

BREAK OUT The Chinese zodiac may claim 2018 as the year of the dog, but for many in Western North Carolina, it’s all about the glass. In May, the Biltmore Estate debuted its latest exhibit, a series of glass sculptures by world-renowned artist Dale Chihuly. Aware of the attention the collection would garner, several makers, organizations and galleries throughout the region saw an opportunity to showcase the area’s overall contribution to the medium. The ongoing result, Summer of Glass, is a series of exhibits, dedications, workshops and studio tours that run through September. On Sunday, July 1, Momentum Gallery will participate in the seasonal celebration with its exhibit, Reflections. The collection examines issues surrounding history and memory, as well as the opulence of the Vanderbilt family. The nine participating artists are nationally, regionally and locally based. For gallery owner Jordan Ahlers, participation in the series is a matter of “trying to create greater awareness for Western North Carolina as a glass center.” Ahlers notes that the region is often overshadowed by the Pilchuck Glass School, which Chihuly cofounded in 1971 in his home state of Washington. Yet, within the mountains of WNC, an equally rich legacy exists and continues to this day. In 1965, maker Bill Boysen built the Penland School of Crafts’ first glass studio. Three years later, the school brought in Mark Peiser as its inaugural glass resident. “He’s considered a top glass artist in the world,” Ahlers explains. By the late 1970s, Harvey Littleton, considered the “Father of Studio Glass,” retired from the University of Wisconsin in Madison and relocated to Spruce Pine. According to Penland’s website, the late artist led summer courses at the school as a visiting scholar between 1976 and 1984. Littleton’s legacy is being celebrated in the 12-artist, contemporary sculpture exhibition Glass Catalyst, on view at Western Carolina University’s Fine Art Museum through Dec. 7. “Historically, this area is a major area for studio glass,” Ahlers says. 46

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Glass artists test the limits in upcoming exhibit

POSSIBILITIES OF GLASS: Artist Kit Paulson models her glass headpiece, “Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie,” which will be featured in the Momentum Gallery’s exhibit, Reflections. Photo courtesy of Paulson Along with the region’s historical significance, Ahlers believes Reflections will further expose audiences to the possibilities of glass. “There are a lot of different techniques,” he explains. From lampworking (which employs a torch rather than a furnace) to the innovative use of mirrors, and from intricate ornamentation to blown glass, Ahlers says viewers can expect a wide range of expertise. Among the show’s participating makers is husband-and-wife team Thor and Jennifer Bueno. The couple’s piece, “Gilded Azure,” is an 84-inch diameter wall-mounted composition, made up of more than 100 pieces of blown glass, resembling


river stones. “It’s absolutely magnificent and creates an immersive experience for viewers,” says Ahlers, who notes the vein of gold that flows through the design’s varying shades of deep blue and aqua. The Toe River, which is close to the Bueno home in Spruce Pine, proved the inspiration for “Gilded Azure.” Jennifer says the water flow and layout of the riverbed helped shape the piece’s design. “These rocks are a way to contemplate nature and reflect on your life — both what’s going on around you as well as your connection to the natural world,” she explains. Thor, who studied under Chihuly in 1987 at Pilchuck, says the energy and enthusiasm around glasswork in

WNC is palpable. “Everyone is celebrating glass this year,” he says. “Our involvement [in Reflections] was a no-brainer.” For Jennifer, it’s also a chance to honor the influence of her husband’s former mentor as well as to contribute to the overall glass scene. “The wonderful thing about Chihuly is that he gives you this aspiration to attain,” she says. “You want to take it to the next level.” Fellow maker Kit Paulson, a 2018 resident at Penland, is another of the show’s featured artists. “She has a completely unique voice,” says Thor, “and mind-blowingly original work that has very strong conceptual ideas behind it.” Paulson describes her creations as delicate and ornamental. Many of her more recent designs, she adds, are inspired by Gothic architecture. She will have six pieces featured in Reflections, including “Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie.” Made of borosilicate glass, the headpiece depicts a deer skull with flowers running up the animal’s skeletal muzzle. Paulson hopes Reflections will contribute to a greater understanding and appreciation for the medium. “The artists who are featured in the exhibit really push the boundaries of the material,” she says. Thor agrees. “It’s like the chameleon,” he says, in describing glasswork. “It can take on so many different forms and shapes and look like so many different things, both of this world and not of this world.”  X

WHAT Reflections WHERE: Momentum Gallery 24 N. Lexington Ave. WHEN Opening reception Sunday, July 1, 5-8 p.m. The exhibit will remain on view through Saturday, Aug. 25. Free

Summer of Glass events

GO WITH THE FLOW: River stones were the inspiration for “Gilded Azure,” by artists Thor and Jennifer Bueno. Photo courtesy of Momentum Gallery • Glass Catalyst: Littleton’s Legacy in Contemporary Sculpture — Western Carolina University Fine Art Museum, 199 Centennial Drive, Cullowhee. On view through Dec. 7. • The Magic of Nature — Bender Gallery, 29 Biltmore Ave. Thursday, July 5, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., free. • Glassworks Concert Series — Lexington Glassworks, 81 S. Lexington Ave. Friday, July 6, 5-8 p.m., free. • Summer of Glass VIP weekend tour — North Carolina Glass Center, 140-C Roberts St. Friday-Sunday, July 13-15; Aug. 17-19; Sept. 7-9, $750. Tickets at • Second Saturdays at NCGC — North Carolina Glass Center, 140-C Roberts St. Saturday, July 14, 10 a.m., free. • Art Tour, Glass Studios No. 3 — Art Connections with Sherry Masters, 36 Montford Ave. Friday, July 20, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., $155. • Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands — U.S. Cellular Center, 87 Haywood St. Saturday and Sunday, July 21 and

22, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., $8 general admission/$12 weekend pass. • Glass Gateway dedication — Intersection of West Main Street and U.S. 19E, Burnsville. Friday, July 27, 4-7 p.m., free. • Alchemy: Contemporary studio glass — Penland School of Crafts, 3135 Conley Ridge Road, Penland. July 31-Sept. 16 (closed Mondays), free. • Glass studio guided tour — Mitchell and Yancey counties, 102 W. Main St., Burnsville. Aug. 3-24, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., $35-$75. • Lino Tagliapietra: The Maestro — Bender Gallery, 29 Biltmore Ave. Aug. 3-Sept. 3, 11 a.m.-8 p.m., free. • Falling Back to Pieces — Mark Bettis Studio & Gallery, 123 Roberts St. Friday, Aug. 3, 5:30-7:30 p.m., free. • Inspiration — Mark Bettis Studio & Gallery, 123 Roberts St. Saturday, Sept. 8, 5:30-7:30 p.m., free.


JUNE 27 - JULY 3, 2018



by Alli Marshall

GROWING SEASON “Most Philippines families own a karaoke machine in their house,” says singer-songwriter Haley Heynderickx. Her mother coerced her with Kraft singles and Chuck E. Cheese tokens to belt ballads by Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston — often in competition with other children — but “I was never proud of it,” she says. And, while there’s little diva influence on Heynderickx’s debut, full-length release, I Need to Start a Garden, the musician is definitely growing her talent and influence. Heynderickx and her band will perform at The Grey Eagle on Saturday, June 30 (it’s an early show, at 6 p.m.). The show is part of her first tour across the U.S. Based in Portland, Ore., Heynderickx has done two solo tours in Europe but before this month had never traveled through the American Midwest or seen the East Coast. Perhaps surprisingly, the journey has connected her with her roots: “I’ve been meeting more and more Filipino people from across the U.S. on the tour,” she says. “In the Philippines, I haven’t found a lot of folk music similar to what I love, but in the U.S., I’m starting find more Filipinos who like this music, and it gives me an adrenaline rush.” It’s not only those who share her ancestral homeland who are discovering Heyderickx’s music. When NPR announced its inaugural Tiny Desk Contest for 2015, the singer-songwriter says she felt like it was an omen: “When a friend posted it online … I got tremors just reading it. I felt like I should do it.” She sent in videos for her lilting “Drinking Song” in 2015 and the heart-rending “Jo”


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Tiny Desk Contest alumna Haley Heynderickx makes her Asheville debut

SELF HELP: While on her current tour, singer-songwriter Haley Heynderickx has asked herself what sort of energy or persona she represents for her audiences. “I just feel like my awkward self, but everyone seems to be fine with that,” she says. “Maybe awkward people are celebrating my music with me, and that makes me happy.” Photo by Alessandra Leimer in 2016. But it was her video for the prettily subversive “The Bug Collector,” submitted in 2017, that caught the ears of the judges. While Heynderickx wasn’t named the winner, she was included in a roundup of “10 More Tiny Desk Contest Entries We Loved” by NPR staff. She was also invited by the broadcaster to pen an essay about her experience, and she opened for 2017 Tiny Desk Contest


victors Tank and the Bangas when that band traveled through Portland. “I feel like a giddy high schooler when I talk about, to be honest. … I’m very grateful they believe in me,” Heynderickx says of the support she’s received from those working with the radio show. She mentions, with obvious awe, that she shook the hand of “All Songs Considered” host and “Tiny Desk Concert” creator Bob Boilen, “and he was very nice.” NPR partner stations, too, have been receptive to Heynderickx’s songs, helping to broaden her reach. She also signed with a label and met her producer and bandmates since (and, in part, because of) her video submission to the Tiny Desk Contest. “I think it’s easy to engulf yourself in music because you can love it so much, but sometimes the sharing part is the scary part,” Heynderickx says. “[NPR] always motivated me to push myself a little further … as in it would help me grow and meet new people and bring more joy through creating music.” But releasing that initial video and subsequent visual projects has not been easy. When asked if she and her band have scheduled their own Tiny Desk

Concert, Heynderickx reveals that it’s in the works. But for her, what could have emerged as onstage panic “bloomed in a different part of my brain where, if a huge camera is in front of me, if there’s two cameramen and a lighting guy … and an audience of people staring behind the cameras, my body shuts down. … All of my stage fright that could have gone toward performing [on] the stage, [translates] itself into videos.” Happily, the same is not true for studio recording. I Need to Start a Garden includes Heynderickx’s Tiny Desk submission songs along with other gems. “No Face” is a late-night confessional, personal and aching, with the vocals raw and close. The spookily titled “Show You a Body” brings in a flutter of piano notes and waltzing verses. It’s otherworldly: dreamy and haunting. And “Oom Sha La La,” which lends a line to the album’s title, mixes a doo-wop-style hook with a Moldy Peaches vibe — at once self-reflective and absurdist. It’s in this song that the usually shy Heynderickx releases a primal scream that conveys the handwringing frustrations of multitudes. It’s not that lashing out alone that landed the singer-songwriter the opening slot for a number of Ani DiFranco’s June tour dates. Heynderickx isn’t exactly sure where her crowd overlaps with that of the noted activist and shero. “The Ani crowd [has] a large queer population, having a party, having the best time ever,” Heynderickx says. “I’ve never brought that many queer people out. I get excited when that happens.” But, as she explores new-to-her parts of the country and tour life, Heynderickx is content to seek out quieter thrills, too. “I should take up a hobby in the car. … I’m going kind of mad, not being able to write [songs],” she says. “Maybe I should start crocheting.”  X

WHO Haley Heynderickx WHERE The Grey Eagle 185 Clingman Ave. WHEN Saturday, June 30, 6 p.m. $15-$20

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Puppet Paradise The Asheville area has been given numerous nicknames over the years. From Thursday, June 28, to Sunday, July 1, it will add Puppet Paradise to that list as it plays host to the Puppeteers of America Southeast Regional Festival. The long weekend features performances and workshops by some of the top puppeteers from across the country, including local pro Hobey Ford and Chapel Hill’s Tarish “Jeghetto” Pipkins, pictured. Also of note is the Wham, Bam! Puppet Slam, an evening of short-form puppet theater for adults hosted by Asheville-based Toybox. The festival runs June 28-30 at Warren Wilson College and July 1 at Sly Grog Lounge. Registration includes admission to all shows and workshops. $250 for Puppeteers of America members, $300 for general public and $150 for children 12 and younger. Individual tickets are $10 for adults/$5 for children. puppet-paradise.squarespace. com. Photo courtesy of Pipkins

Swannanoa Chamber Music Festival Back for its 48th year, the annual Swannanoa Chamber Music Festival is composed of a quintet of programs, a new one of which will be performed June 30-July 29 at Warren Wilson College on Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Waynesville’s First United Methodist Church on Sundays at 3 p.m. (except for July 22 at 7:30 p.m.). The kickoff program (June 30-July 1) features the Jasper String Quartet, countertenor Nicholas Tamagna and pianist Inessa Zaretsky performing songs and arias by Bach, Handel, Hasse and Poulenc, as well as Mendelssohn’s String Quartet in D major Op. 44, No. 1. Next up is the Enso String Quartet (Program 2, July 7-8) and The Tesla String Quartet (Programs 3 and 4, July 14-15 and 21-22). An all-star ensemble of Zaretsky, Alexander Velinzon (violin) Elisa Barston (violin), Tatjana Mead-Chamis (viola), Mihail Istomin (cello) and Joe McFadden (bass) close out the series July 28-29. $25 per show or $100 for a season ticket at a single location. Photo courtesy of Tesla String Quartet

Josiah Johnson

Love Makes a Home

A co-frontman of The Head and the Heart, Josiah Johnson took a break from touring with the Seattle-based folk rockers in 2016 to combat addiction and focus on recovery. He remains a key component on their recorded projects and performs with his bandmates at some of their bigger shows. In the interim, he’s found his groove as a solo artist, playing acoustic originals reminiscent of his hit group’s early, lessproduced days. Johnson stops by Ambrose West on Thursday, June 28, at 8 p.m. Opening the show is a pair of folk duos: Yakima, Wash.-based Planes on Paper, with whom Johnson also frequently performs, and upstate New York’s The Sea The Sea. $12 advance/$15 day of show/$18 VIP guarantees seating in the first three rows. ambrosewest. com. Photo courtesy of Johnson

After a successful pair of shows at White Horse Black Mountain last October, writer Kiesa Kay’s onewoman Rebecca Boone play Love Makes a Home has gained a significant amount of attention. The profile of the frontierswoman who stuck by her famous husband, Daniel, through raising their 10 children and relocating more than 20 times, is being brought to venues in the Cumberland Gap this summer and will be showcased at Berea College’s convocation in the fall. Featuring fiddle tunes chosen by Boone descendant Bruce Greene, the work will be staged locally on Saturday, June 30, at 3 p.m. at the Folk Art Center. Patti Louise Smith stars as Rebecca, and William Ritter, a rising star in old-time music, provides musical accompaniment. $10. rebeccaboone.brownpapertickets. com. Photo courtesy of Kiesa Kay


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The cautionary maxim “be careful what you wish for” is an understatement in the fantasy play The Love List by Norm Foster, showing on the main stage of Flat Rock Playhouse through Saturday, June 30. To obtain the perfect gift for his isolated best friend, Bill (played by Scott Treadway), Leon (Preston Dyar) pays a visit to an old Gypsy matchmaker. The result: For Bill’s 50th birthday, Leon gives him a blank top-10 list of the greatest attributes for a significant other. When he finally convinces Bill to fill it out, something very strange happens. A beautiful woman named Justine (Ryah Nixon) appears in Bill’s apartment, and she is certain they are in a committed relationship. Soon, the two friends realize the woman is their own creation, and her personality changes whenever they tweak the list. The upbeat comedy is dexterous, but the script owes more than a bit to the forgotten 1980s film romp Weird Science. A fan of that film, written and directed by John Hughes, will certainly like this play. However, the film is much better. This is largely due to the female character of Weird Science (played by a fetching Kelly LeBrock) being aware that she is, in fact, a creation. Such a twist gave her empowerment and helped guide the adolescent boys to understand themselves. In the play, the love interest is more like an entertainingly goofy apparition. With the male characters being adults, it becomes a statement of superficiality and control. It all works if we suspend our disbelief and don’t think too deeply. But we keep wondering why they didn’t return to the matchmaker when they realized the list was magical. If they had, it would have been a great opportunity for an additional character and added a level of seriousness to the play’s consistent lightheartedness. The two longtime FRP staples, Treadway and Dyar, are outstanding — not surprising given their history together. Their relationship onstage feels like “The Odd Couple” meets “Frasier.” Both have a sophisticated air about them, which allows even the biggest stick-in-the-mud to laugh at a


THREE’S COMPANY: What are the top-10 qualities of a perfect mate? From left, Preston Dyar, Ryah Nixon and Scott Treadway attempt to answer that question in ’The Love List.’ Photograph courtesy of Flat Rock Playhouse sex joke (and there are plenty here). It is diverting to see Treadway and Dyar erasing and rewriting the list, changing Justine back and forth like a robot. Nixon certainly has an admirable flair for comedy. She keeps up the pace, rapidly transforming into many different personality traits. It is a hoot to watch. On the other hand, there is a lack of substance. It would have been more interesting to see the part played with less farce. Also, her blaring blonde wig throws attention away from her undeniable charm. Lisa K. Bryant has directed a cheery production that is winning and easy to like. For those looking for a good time, it is impossible not to laugh at The Love List. Most importantly, we are reminded that the perfect person doesn’t exist, and it’s

often our flaws that help make us unique and lovable.  X

WHAT The Love List WHERE Flat Rock Playhouse 2661 Greenville Highway Flat Rock WHEN Through Saturday, June 30. Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. Matinees at 2 p.m. $20-$52

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DANCE EXPERIENCE ECSTATIC DANCE! (PD.) Dance waves hosted by Asheville Movement Collective. Fun and personal/community transformation. • Fridays, 7pm, Terpsicorps Studios, 1501 Patton Avenue. • Sundays, 8:30am and 10:30am, JCC, 236 Charlotte Street. Sliding scale fee. Information:

FRIEND LIKE ME: For its latest Studio 52 Family Friendly Series production, Flat Rock Playhouse’s presents Disney’s Aladdin Jr. The story of Aladdin, Jasmine, Jafar, Abu and the Genie translates the action, comedy and romance of the animated film to the stage, as well as such beloved songs as “A Whole New World” and “Prince Ali.” It stars a cast of locals and members of the 2018 Flat Rock Playhouse Apprentice Company. The musical runs through July 15 at Flat Rock Playhouse Downtown in Hendersonville. Performances take place Thursdays at 3 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 1 and 4 p.m., and Sundays at 3 p.m., except on Friday, July 13, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, July 14, at 2 and 7 p.m. Tickets are $14-28 and may be reserved by phone or online. For more information, visit Photo by Treadshots (p. 52)

FOURTH OF JULY ROUND-UP Please see p. 28 for a comprehensive look at Fourth of July events around Western North Carolina

ART LEICESTER COMMUNITY CENTER 2979 New Leicester Highway, Leicester, 828-774-3000, Leicester.Community. Center • 1st TUESDAYS, 6:30pm - Community art night for children and adults. Free. PUPPET PARADIS puppet-paradise. • TH (6/28) through SU (7/1) - Puppet Paradise, Southeast Regional Puppet Festival, fourday event featuring nine different performances by puppeteers from across the nation, workshops, community children's workshop and an adult puppet slam. See website for

schedule and prices. Held at Warren Wilson, 701 Warren Wilson Road, Swannanoa

ART/CRAFT STROLLS & FAIRS SUMMER SHOW & TELL MINI-POP (PD.) 6/21-7/1, 10am-7pm @TRADE & LORE COFFEE. Shop this curated mini-pop up shop feat. local/indie craft, design, and vintage. showandtellpopupshop. com • 37 Wall St., 28801. ART IN THE PARK ashevilleartinthepark. com • SATURDAYS until (6/30), 10am-5pm Outdoor, handcrafted art market featuring glass, ceramics, wood,

jewelry and metal. Free to attend. Held at Pack Square Park, 121 College St. DOWNTOWN BLACK MOUNTAIN 125 Cherry St., Black Mountain, • SA (6/30), 5-7pm Gallery stroll with wine in art galleries and specialty stores. Free to attend. OOOH LA LA MARKET • SA (6/30), 10am-4pm Oooh La La Market, outdoor art market with live music. Free to attend. Held in Pritchard Park, 4 College St.

AUDITIONS & CALL TO ARTISTS AUDITIONS FOR THEATRE (PD.) For a two character theatrical production to be performed in the town of Black Mountain, NC. Character description requires a woman in her early to late fifties. Candidate must have theatrical experience, and a commitment to the craft. Auditions will be held at: The Asheville Community Theatre / downtown Asheville. Dates and time are to be scheduled. To schedule an audition please e-mail: actorstheatre54@gmail. com

ART COUNCIL OF HENDERSON COUNTY 828-693-8504, html • Through FR (8/31) Submissions accepted for artists to demonstrate and sell their art and craft at the 59th annual Art on Main Festival in September. Contact for full guidelines. CALDWELL ARTS COUNCIL 828-754-2486, • Through SA (9/8) Submissions accepted for the Caldwell Arts Council Sculpture Celebration taking place on SA (9/8), 9am-4pm. See website for details. HAYWOOD COUNTY ARTS COUNCIL 828-452-0593, • Through SU (7/1) Submissions accepted for the Haywood County Arts Council Member Show. See website for full guidelines. NC WILDLIFE RESOURCES COMMISSION • Through SA (9/1) Submissions accepted for the annual Wildlife in North Carolina Photo Competition. See website for full guidelines.

LEARN TO DANCE! (PD.) Ballroom • Swing • Waltz • Salsa • Wedding • Two-Step • Special Events. Lessons, Workshops, Classes and Dance Events in Asheville. Certified instructor. Contact Richard for information: 828-333-0715. • HABITAT TAVERN & COMMONS 174 Broadway, • 1st MONDAYS, 7-8:30pm - "Salsa Dancing for the Soul," open levels salsa dance. Free to attend.

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. AMICIMUSIC 802-369-0856, • SA (6/30), 7:30pm - Minas Guitar Piano Duo, concert featuring combination of Brazilian and American Jazz. Held in a private home, register for location. $20. ASHEVILLE PERCUSSION FESTIVAL • FR (6/29), 8pm - "Masters of Percussion," concert featuring artists from the Asheville Percussion Festival. $35. Held at Diana Wortham Theatre, 18 Biltmore Ave. • SA (6/30), 10am-6pm Drum and dance workshops all day. See website for full schedule. Registration required. Free. Held at Odyssey Community School, 90 Zillicoa St.

BLACK MOUNTAIN COLLEGE MUSEUM & ARTS CENTER 56 Broadway, 828-350-8484, blackmountaincollege. org • WE (6/27), 8pm - Bonnie Whiting performs a simultaneous performance of John Cage’s 45 for a Speaker and 27’10.554 for a Percussionist. $12/$8 members. BREVARD MUSIC CENTER 828-862-2105, • WE (6/27), 12:30pm - Student piano recital. Free. Held at Searcy Hall at Brevard Music Center, 349 Andante Lane, Brevard • WE (6/27), 7:30pm Artist faculty concert featuring works by Mozart and Fauré. $28. Held at Ingram Auditorium at Brevard College, 1 Brevard College Drive, Brevard • TH (6/28), 7:30pm & SA (6/30), 2pm - Janiec Opera Company and Brevard Festival Orchestra present Puccini's Madama Butterfly. $35 and up. Held at Porter Center at Brevard College, 1 Brevard College Drive, Brevard • FR (6/29), 7:30pm Outdoor concert featuring the Brevard Music Center Orchestra and violinist Itamar Zorman playing Wagner, Berg and Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony. $20 and up. Held at Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium at Brevard Music Center, 349 Andante Lane, Brevard • SA (6/30), 7:30pm "Enigma Variations," outdoor concert featuring the Bravard Sinfonia and pianist Dasol Kim playing Mozart and Elgar. $20 and up. Held at Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium at Brevard Music Center, 349 Andante Lane, Brevard • SU (7/1), 7pm Brevard Music Center high school and college musicians compete positions in BMC’s Soloist of Tomorrow concert. $25. Held at Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium at Brevard Music Center, 349 Andante Lane, Brevard • 1st MONDAYS, 12:30pm - Community concert series. Free. Held in the Porter Center. Held at Brevard College, 1 Brevard College Drive, Brevard • MO (7/2), 7:30pm - "Beethoven Cycle I," concert featuring The Shanghai Quartet chamber ensemble playing Beethoven. $28. Held at Porter Center at Brevard College, 1 Brevard College Drive, Brevard • TU (7/3), 7:30pm - "Beethoven Cycle II," concert featuring The Shanghai Quartet chamber ensemble

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Music On The River & Equipment Rentals 230 Hominy Creek Road FRI 6/29


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all day music festival, flow artists, food & much more!

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SUN 7/8


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Hi Wire Brewing feat. Bonfire BBQ and live music by Gold Rose | 828.505.7371


Hominy Hoedown! Saturday, June 30 12 PM - midnight

Live music all day, flow artists, Instant Karma, UpCountry & other local brews, Deli Llammma, local art/crafts and much more!

$10 for all day!

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playin Beethoven. $28. Held at Porter Center at Brevard College, 1 Brevard College Drive, Brevard • WE (7/4), 12:30pm Student piano recital. Free. Held at Searcy Hall at Brevard Music Center, 349 Andante Lane, Brevard • TH (7/5), 7:30pm - "Just Brass," brass concert with Brevard Music Center faculty and students. $25. Held at Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium at Brevard Music Center, 349 Andante Lane, Brevard BURNSVILLE TOWN CENTER 6 Main St., Burnsville, crafts-fair • SA (6/30), 7pm RiddleFest concert featuring Laura Boosinger and Josh GoForth. Tickets: $20.

TRINITY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 587 Haywood Road, 828-253-5471 • SU (7/1), 3pm - All American Big Band Jazz Concert with Asheville Jazz Orchestra and Richard Schulman. Free.

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.

YANCEY COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY 321 School Circle Burnsville, 828-682-2600 • SA (6/30), 2pm RiddleFest, seminar focused on "song-catching" traditions. Tickets: traditionalvoicesgroup. com. Free.

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. MUSIC ON MAIN 828-693-9708, • FR (6/29), 7-9pm Outdoor live music event featuring 50s and 60s favorites from The Flying Saucers. Free. Held at Hendersonville Visitor Center, 201 S. Main St., Hendersonville SHINDIG ON THE GREEN 828258-610-1345, • SATURDAYS, 7pm Outdoor old-timey and folk music jam sessions and concert. Free. Held at Pack Square Park, 121 College St.

JUNE 27 - JULY 3, 2018


TRANSYLVANIA COUNTY LIBRARY 212 S. Gaston St., Brevard, 828-884-3151 • FR (6/29), 7:30pm - Ryanhood, outdoor music concert. Free.

CAT FLY FILM FESTIVAL • SA (6/30), noon - Live scoring workshop with Rozalind MacPhail. $10. Held at The BLOCK off biltmore, 39 South Market St.

CONCERTS ON THE CREEK • FR (6/22), 7-9pm - Carolina Soul Band, outdoor concert. Free. Held at Bridge Park, 76 Railroad Ave., Sylva


SWANNANOA CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL 828-771-3050, • SA (6/30), 7:30pm "Singular Sensation," concert featuring the Jasper String Quartet and Nicholas Tamagna, countertenor. $25. Held at Warren Wilson College, 701 Warren Wilson Road, Swannanoa • SU (7/1), 3pm "Singular Sensation," concert featuring the Jasper String Quartet and Nicholas Tamagna, countertenor. $25. Held at First United Methodist Church of Waynesville, 556 S. Haywood, Waynesville

SPOKEN & WRITTEN WORD 35BELOW 35 E. Walnut St., 828-254-1320, • TH (6/28), 7:30pm - "Listen to This" storytelling series hosted by Tom Chalmers and featuring stories and original songs from locals. $15. ASHEVILLE LAND OF SKY TOASTMASTERS 828-274-1865 • 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 BUNCOMBE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARIES governing/depts/library • TU (7/3), 7pm - Book Discussion: Family

of Earth, by Wilma Dykeman. Free to attend. Held at Weaverville Public Library, 41 N. Main St., Weaverville COMIC ENVY 333 Merrimon Ave. • SA (6/23), 11am-6pm & WE (6/27), 3-6pm - Sketches and book signings by iconic comic book artist and writer, Mike Grell. Free to attend. FIRESTORM BOOKS & COFFEE 610 Haywood Road, 828-255-8115, • SA (6/30), 3-4pm Jenny Sadre-Orafai reads and signs her new poetry collection, Malak. Free to attend. • First SUNDAYS, 5pm Political prisoners letter writing. Free to attend. MALAPROP'S BOOKSTORE AND CAFE 55 Haywood St., 828-254-6734, • WE (6/27), 6pm Leona Beasley presents their book, Something Better than Home. Free to attend. • TH (6/28), 6pm - Joe Crespino presents his book, Atticus Finch: The Biography. Free to attend. • TH (6/28), 7pm Works In Translation Book Club: The Stone Building and Other Places by Asli Erdogan, translated by Sevinc Turkkan. Free to attend. • SU (7/1), 3pm Elizabeth Catte presents her book, What You Are Getting Wrong about Appalachia and Ronni Lundy presents, Victuals: An Appalachian Journey, with Recipes. Free to attend. • MO (7/2), 7pm LGBTQ Book Club: Edinburgh by Alexander Chee. Free to attend. • TU (7/3), 6:30pm - Women in Lively Discussion Book Club (Wild): Moon Tiger by Penelope Lively. Free to attend. • TU (7/3), 7pm Current Events Book Club: No Turning Back: Life, Loss, and Hope in Wartime Syria by Rania Abouzeid. Free to attend. • WE (7/4), 7pm Malaprop's Book Club: The Aleph and Other Stories by Jorge Luis Borges. Free to attend. NEW DIMENSIONS TOASTMASTERS 828-329-4190 • THURSDAYS, noon1pm - General meeting. Free to attend. Held at Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity, 33 Meadow Road

THEATER DIFFERENT STROKES PERFORMING ARTS COLLECTIVE 828-275-2093, • THURSDAYS through SATURDAYS 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 (6/30) - The Love List, comedy. Wed. & Thurs.: 2pm & 7pm. Fri. & Sat.: 8pm. Sat. & Sun.: 2pm. $20 and up. FLAT ROCK PLAYHOUSE DOWNTOWN 125 S. Main St., Hendersonville, 828-693-0731, • THURSDAYS through SUNDAYS until (7/15) - Aladdin Jr., based on the animated Disney film. Thurs. & Sun.: 3pm. Fri. & Sat, (7/13) & (7/14).: 2pm & 4pm. Fri. & Sat., through (7/7), 1pm & 4pm. $14-$28. FOLK ART CENTER MP 382, Blue Ridge Parkway, 828-298-7928, • SA (6/30), 3pm - Love Makes a Home: The Life of Rebecca Boone, historical play. Tickets: $10. HENDERSONVILLE COMMUNITY THEATRE 229 S. Washington St., Hendersonville, 828-692-1082, • FRIDAYS through SUNDAYS until (7/1) - Moonlight and Magnolias, comedy. Fri. & Sat.: 7:30pm. Sun.: 2pm. $16. MAGNETIC 375 375 Depot St., • THURSDAYS through SUNDAYS (7/5) until (7/14) - Some Things You Should Know Before The World Ends (A Final Evening with the Illuminati), by Larry Larson and Levi Lee and directed by Rodney Smith. Thurs.-Sat.: 7:30pm. Sun.: 2:30pm. $12-$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.

GALLERY DIRECTORY 14 RIVERSIDE DRIVE ARTS & CULTURE CENTER 14 Riverside Drive • Through MO (10/8) - North Carolina and the Studio Glass Movement, group exhibition. 310 ART 191 Lyman St., #310, 828-776-2716, • Through SA (6/30) - Visual Melodies, group art exhibition. ANANDA WEST 37 Paynes Way, Suite 5, 828-236-2444, • Through TU (7/31) - Exhibition of paintings by Zach Briggs. ART AT MARS HILL UNIVERSITY • Through FR (8/10) Art & Manufacturing, exhibition. Held at Mars Hill University, Weizenblatt Gallery, 79 Cascade St., Mars Hill • Through TU (7/31) The War From Above: William Barnhill and Aerial Photography of World War I, exhibition. Held at The Ramsey Center in Renfro Library, 100 Athletic St,, Mars Hill • Through MO (12/31) - A Cabinet of Curiosities, exhibition featuring examples of rural Southern Appalachian farm and household artifacts. Held at Rural Heritage Museum at Mars Hill, 100 Athletic St., Mars Hill ART AT WCU 828-227-2787, • Through FR (12/7) - Glass Catalyst: Littleton’s Legacy in Contemporary Sculpture, exhibition of glass works by and inspired by Harvey Littleton. Held at The WCU Bardo Arts Center, 199 Centennial Drive ART IN THE AIRPORT 61 Terminal Drive Fletcher • Through SU (8/12) - Perspective, group exhibition featuring works by Julie Bagamary, Cynthia Decker, Derek DiLuzio, Ivana Larrosa, Hillary Frye, Mary McDermott, Robert LaBerge and Skip Rohde. ASHEVILLE BOOKWORKS 428 1/2 Haywood Road, 828-255-8444, ashevillebookworks. com • 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. • SU (7/1) through TU (7/31) - Exhibition featuring the ceramic work of Julie Covington. Reception: Saturday, July 14, 4-6pm. ASHEVILLE GALLERY OF ART 82 Patton Ave., 828-251-5796, ashevillegallery-of-art. com • Through SA (6/30) - Color Our World, exhibition of paintings by Reda Kay. • SU (7/1) through TU (7/31) - Bright and Bold, exhibition featuring the paintings of Bee Adams. Reception: Friday, July 6, 5-8pm. BLACK MOUNTAIN COLLEGE MUSEUM & ARTS CENTER 56 Broadway, 828350-8484, • Through SA (8/4) Shared History, exhibition highlighting the museum's partnerships, collaborations, programs, exhibitions, conferences and {Re}HAPPENINGs over the past 25 years. CAROLINA MOUNTAIN SALES 10 Brook St., Suite #235 • Through TU (7/31) - Exhibition of paintings by Naomi Diamond Rogers. 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. DOUBLETREE BY HILTON 115 Hendersonville Road • Through FR (8/31) - Exhibition of art work by Mark Holland.

HAEN GALLERY BREVARD 200 King St., Brevard, 828-883-3268, brevard/ • Through TU (7/31) - Celebrating Tim Murray: A Life in Art, exhibition. HAYWOOD COUNTY ARTS COUNCIL 86 N Main St., Waynesville, 828-452-0593, • Through SA (6/30) Freedom: An Artist’s Point of View, group exhibition in conjunction with REACH. MACON COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY 149 Siler Farm Road, Franklin • Through SA (6/30) - Exhibition of paintings by Kay Smith. MICA FINE CONTEMPORARY CRAFT 37 N. Mitchell Ave., Bakersville, 828-688-6422, • Through WE (8/22) - Exhibition of glass work by Colin O'Reilley. MOMENTUM GALLERY 24 North Lexington Ave. • SU (7/1) through SA (8/25) - Reflections, group glass exhibition in conjunction with Dale Chihuly exhibit at the Biltmore Estate and the Summer of Glass, featuring works by Thor & Jennifer Bueno, Amber Cowan, Jennifer Halvorson, Alli Hoag, Joanna Manousis, Kit Paulson, Pablo Soto and Tim Tate. Reception: Sunday, July 1, 5-8pm. MORA CONTEMPORARY JEWELRY 9 Walnut St., 828-575-2294, • Through SA (6/30) - Jewelry Edition Volume 4, group exhibition of fine jewelry.

GALLERY 1 604 W. Main St., Sylva • Through MO (8/6) - Exhibition of glassworks and paintings by Beth and Ken Bowser.

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.

GROVEWOOD GALLERY 111 Grovewood Road, 828-253-7651, • Through SA (6/30) - Falling, exhibition of contemporary paintings byMichael Francis Reagan.

PINK DOG CREATIVE 348 Depot St., • FR (6/29) through SA (7/28) - Exhibition of recent paintings by Morgan Santander. Reception: Friday, June 29, 5-8pm.

POSANA CAFE 1 Biltmore Ave., 828-505-3969 • TH (6/28) through TU (7/31) - Food, group art exhibition featuring paintings by over 25 artists in various styles. Reception: Thursday, June 28, 6-8pm. 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. THE REFINERY 207 Coxe Ave., • Through FR (7/27) - Process, exhibition of works by Erica Stankwytch Bailey, Asheville Makers, Bright Angle and Emily Rogstad. TRACEY MORGAN GALLERY 188 Coxe Ave., TraceyMorganGallery. com • Through SA (7/28) - Lost Utopias, exhibition of photography by Jade Doskow. UPSTAIRS ARTSPACE 49 S. Trade St., Tryon, 828-859-2828, • Through FR (8/3) - Four Women/ Four Journeys, Thoughtful Forms and Holland Van Gores: Polychrome Turnings, three exhibitions featuring 11 artists. WOOLWORTH WALK 25 Haywood St., 828-254-9234 • SU (7/1) through TU (7/31) - Journeys, exhibition featuring encaustic paintings by Julia Fosson. Reception: Friday, July 6, 5-7pm. YMI CULTURAL CENTER 39 South Market St., 828-252-4614, • Through FR (7/13) - Trigger Warning, 21-artist group exhibition on the issue of gun violence in the United States. Contact the galleries for admission fees and hours


JUNE 27 - JULY 3, 2018



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PRIDE MONTH: Vino & Vulvas “All Things Queer About Sex” Mon., 6/25 • 6:30pm $10 online in advance / $15 at door Tickets at

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ALL TALK: The 13-track album Mystic Bowie’s Talking Dreads does more than pay homage to new wave band Talking Heads. Jamaican artist Mystic Bowie was a member of Tom Tom Club with Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth, founding members Talking Heads. After several failed attempts at a reunion or new Talking Heads music, another idea emerged. Bowie dissected tunes such as “Psycho Killer” and “Burning Down the House­,” stripping the instrumentals completely, working only with the story and lyrics before layering the songs with roots reggae and ska sounds. He also made the decision to involve only Jamaican artists to create the project — with the exception of Cindy Wilson of The B-52s, who duets with Bowie on “Heaven.” “There was always the risk that if I worked with American musicians who were big Talking Heads fans, they might lean towards the original style and melodies,” Bowie says. “I wanted to make the album authentically Jamaican.” Mystic Bowie performs at The Grey Eagle Saturday, June 30, at 9 p.m. Photo courtesy of the musician

SAT 7/7

North Carolina’s First Cider Bar Family Owned & Operated

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Made with locally grown


Watermelon & Mint!


release: June 29th!


WED 7/11 THU 7/12



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

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27 185 KING STREET Vinyl Night, 6:00PM 5 WALNUT WINE BAR Les Amis (African folk), 8:00PM AMBROSE WEST Paper Crowns (Americana), 7:00PM 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 CROW & QUILL Tranzmission Presents: Stonewall Commeration, 9:00PM

DOUBLE CROWN Western Wednesday w/ Cyndi Lou & The Want To & 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: Mike O' Malley & Friends, 6:30PM The Traveling Ones w/ Thomas Kozak & The Poets, 7:00PM JACK OF THE WOOD PUB Old Time Open Jam Session, 5:00PM LOBSTER TRAP Cigar Brothers, 6:30PM MG ROAD Salsa Night, 8:00PM

NOBLE KAVA Poetry Open Mic w/ Caleb Beissert (7:30 sign-up), 8:00PM ODDITORIUM Ancient Rivers w/ The Spiral & The Mouthbreathers (rock), 9:00PM OLE SHAKEY'S Sexy Tunes w/ DJ's Zeus & Franco, 10:00PM ONE STOP AT ASHEVILLE MUSIC HALL Evil Note Lab, 9:00PM ONE WORLD BREWING WEST Daniel Earle & Friends (rock, singer-songwriter), 9:00PM PULP I, The Supplier, Backwater Drowning, Annabell Lee & As Sick As Us , 9:00PM

PILLAR ROOFTOP BAR Riyan Roots, 7:00PM PISGAH BREWING COMPANY Rebelution (roots, rock, reggae), 5:30PM SANCTUARY BREWING COMPANY French Broad Mountain Valley Acoustic Jam, 6:30PM SOUTHERN APPALACHIAN BREWERY Jazz Night hosted by Jason DeCristofaro, 7:00PM STATIC AGE RECORDS IN/VIA, Falcon Mitts, Bob Boob (experimental), 9:00PM THE BLOCK OFF BILTMORE Latin Dance Night w/ DJ Victor, 9:00PM



THE GREY EAGLE Kelly White, 5:00PM Back to Back to Black: Amy Whinehouse Tribute , 8:00PM THE IMPERIAL LIFE The Berlyn Jazz Trio, 9:00PM THE MOTHLIGHT Heartbeats: An Arts for Life Music & Arts Show, 6:00PM TIMO'S HOUSE DJ ZenGo (hip-hop, dance), 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 UPCOUNTRY BREWING COMPANY Music Bingo, 8:00PM WHITE HORSE BLACK MOUNTAIN Jazz Night, 7:30PM

THURSDAY, JUNE 28 5 WALNUT WINE BAR Pleasure Chest (blues, rock, soul), 8:00PM AMBROSE WEST The Sea The Sea w/ Josiah Johnson & Planes on Paper (indie, folk-rock), 8:00PM ASHEVILLE GUITAR BAR Will Ray & The Space Cooties, 7:30PM BANKS AVE Bass Jumpin w/ DJ Audio, 9:00PM BARLEY'S TAPROOM & PIZZERIA Alien Music Club (jazz), 9:00PM



BLACK MOUNTAIN ALE HOUSE Bluegrass Jam w/ The Big Deal Band, 8:00PM


ONE STOP AT ASHEVILLE MUSIC HALL Mitch's Totally Rad Trivia, 7:00PM Mr. Clifford, 10:00PM

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


THE MOTHLIGHT Oariana Album Release Show w/ Lommol, Jake Pugh & Andy Loebs, 9:00PM


CROW & QUILL Carolina Catskins (gritty ragtime jazz), 9:00PM

ONE WORLD BREWING Nick & Luke (Americana, jazz, old time), 9:00PM

FLOOD GALLERY FINE ART CENTER Open Mic (6:00PM sign up), 6:30PM

PULP Slice of Life Comedy Open Mic w/ Cody Hughes, 9:00PM

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

FOGGY MOUNTAIN BREWPUB 11:11 (jam, soul), 9:00PM

PACK'S TAVERN Jason Whitaker & Jeff Anders (acoustic rock), 8:00PM

TOWN PUMP Linda Mitchell, 9:00PM

FRENCH BROAD BREWERY Alexa Rose Band (folk, Americana), 6:00PM

PILLAR ROOFTOP BAR Three Cool Cats, 7:00PM

GOOD STUFF Jim Hampton & friends perform "Eclectic Country" (jam), 7:30PM HABITAT TAVERN & COMMONS AIC's Monthly Improv Jam, 7:30PM HIGHLAND BREWING COMPANY Roots & friends open jam (blues, rock, roots), 6:30PM ISIS MUSIC HALL & KITCHEN 743 Isis Lawn Series: Queen Bee & The Honeylovers Copy, 6:30PM Jesse Terry w/ Ryanhood, 7:00PM JACK OF THE WOOD PUB Bluegrass Jam, 7:00PM LOBSTER TRAP Hank Bones, 6:30PM NOBLE KAVA Hip Hop Night, 9:00PM ODDITORIUM Tombstone Highway w/ Aesoterra, Basilica, Septicemic, 9:00PM OLE SHAKEY'S Karaoke With Franco, 10:00PM

PISGAH BREWING COMPANY Melodic AF (soul, rock, blues), 8:00PM PURPLE ONION CAFE Jane Kramer Duo, 7:30PM

THE PILLAR 3 Cool Cats, 7:00PM

WICKED WEED FUNKATORIUM Earsight (jazz, funk), 8:30PM

THE GREY EAGLE Krekle & Whoa, 5:00PM Hayes Carll w/ Darrin Bradbury, Jon Latham & Nick Nace, 8:00PM
























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W XYZ BAR AT ALOFT Lincoln McDonald, 8:00PM

STATIC AGE RECORDS Jermiah Cymerman, Green Glass, Sally Anne Morgan (experimental), 9:00PM

THE BOATHOUSE AT SMOKEY PARK A Light in the Dark (benefit for GALABC), 6:00PM




WHITE HORSE BLACK MOUNTAIN The John Donald Blue Band, 8:00PM

THE BARRELHOUSE Trivia w/ Emilie, 7:00PM



TRESSA'S DOWNTOWN JAZZ AND BLUES Jesse Barry & The Jam (blues, dance), 9:00PM


THE BLOCK OFF BILTMORE Early Jazz Jam w/ Micah Thomas & Friends, 5:30PM Community Open Mic & Moving Party for Chris, 8:00PM





FRIDAY, JUNE 29 185 KING STREET Jeff' Sipe's Electric Buddha, 10:00PM 5 WALNUT WINE BAR Jesse Barry & The Jam (blues, funk), 9:00PM AMBROSE WEST Courtyard Series w/ Jeff Thompson & Aaron Price (pre-show), 5:00PM Secret B-Sides w/ Sister Ivy (soul, R&B, jazz), 8:00PM ASHEVILLE GUITAR BAR Ain't Deyd Yet Rock/ Blues, 8:00PM



THU 5/28 Mr. Clifford - [Future Soul/Electro Funk] FRI 5/29 Brass Lightning - [Brass] SAT 5/30 April B. & The Cool - [Electronic Soul]




Asheville Modern Big Band


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SAT 6/30 - S HOW/D OORS : 10 pm $5 S UGGESTED D ONATION - 21+


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

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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. 6/28 Jason Whitaker & Jeff Anders (acoustic rock)

ASHEVILLE MUSIC HALL Asheville Modern Big Band, 10:00PM BLUE MOUNTAIN PIZZA & BREW PUB Acoustic Swing, 7:00PM BOLD ROCK HARD CIDER Faded Jade (40's & 50's), 6:00PM CAPELLA ON 9@ THE AC HOTEL DJ Abu Disarray, 9:00PM



SAT. 6/30

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

FRI. 6/29 (dance hits, pop)

CROW & QUILL Burlesque & Sideshow, 9:00PM

The House Band (classic rock ‘n roll)

DIANA WORTHAM THEATRE Masters of Percussion Concert, 8:00PM

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FLEETWOOD'S Morbids EP Release show, 8:00PM FOGGY MOUNTAIN BREWPUB Grass to Mouth (soul, jam), 10:00PM FRENCH BROAD BREWERY Passerine (folk, Americana), 6:00PM GINGER'S REVENGE Daniel Earle & the Holy Ruckus, 8:00PM

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HABITAT TAVERN & COMMONS The Remainders, 9:00PM HIGHLAND BREWING COMPANY Andrew Scotchie & The River Rats, 7:00PM ISIS MUSIC HALL & KITCHEN 743 Isis Lawn Series: Jack Victor & Zack Kardon, 6:30PM The Howlin’ Brothers, 7:00PM Love Canon CD Release w/ Hank, Pattie and the Current, 9:00PM JACK OF THE WOOD PUB Jarvis Jenkins Band, 9:00PM

NOBLE KAVA Noble Pursuits: Original Music Series w/ Jason Moore, 9:00PM ODDITORIUM Strange Avenues, Jaeb & Brothrs, 9:00PM ONE STOP AT ASHEVILLE MUSIC HALL Free Dead Fridays w/ members of Phuncle Sam, 5:30PM Brass Lightning (brass), 10:00PM ONE WORLD BREWING Shy Spy (World, indie, jam), 9:00PM ONE WORLD BREWING WEST Purple (jazz, funk, soul), 9:00PM ORANGE PEEL Appetite for Destruction: Guns N' Roses Tribute, 9:00PM PACK'S TAVERN DJ MoTo (dance hits, pop), 9:30PM PILLAR ROOFTOP BAR Phuncle Sam, 7:00PM PISGAH BREWING COMPANY Sam Burchfield & The Scoundrels (indie), 8:00PM SANCTUARY BREWING COMPANY Tessia, 6:00PM The Abby Elmore Band, 8:00PM SLY GROG LOUNGE brief Awakening, 9:00PM STATIC AGE RECORDS Yanny w/ Goop Bois, Slowdrip, Morasso (hip-hop), 9:00PM THE BARRELHOUSE Hunter Beagley, 9:00PM THE BLOCK OFF BILTMORE Rivet Nation's Steam Colors' Steampunk Finale (benefit for AVL Busker's Association), 6:00PM Conner Law's Songwriter's Showcase, 8:30PM

JARGON The Gabe Dansereau Trio, 10:00PM

THE GREY EAGLE Christy Lynn Band, 5:00PM The Blasters w/ Clownvis Presley & Todd Albright, 9:00PM

LOBSTER TRAP Calico Moon (Americana), 6:30PM



THE MOTHLIGHT Doc Aquatic w/ Fashion Bath, 9:30PM

THE WINE & OYSTER Kevin Lorentz, 7:00PM TIMO'S HOUSE Jj Smash & genetix, 8:00PM TOWN PUMP Deadwood Drifters, 9:00PM TRESSA'S DOWNTOWN JAZZ AND BLUES Josh Singleton & Patrick Dodd (blues, country), 7:30PM The Shane Gang (blues, soul), 10:00PM UPCOUNTRY BREWING COMPANY The Astral Plainsmen (cosmic country), 9:00PM W XYZ BAR AT ALOFT DJ Captain EZ, 8:00PM WHITE HORSE BLACK MOUNTAIN Minas (Brazilian), 8:00PM WICKED WEED FUNKATORIUM Smooth Goose, 8:30PM

SATURDAY, JUNE 30 5 WALNUT WINE BAR Goldie & The Screamers (neo-soul), 9:00PM AMBROSE WEST Courtyard Series w/ Heather Taylor & Sean Jerome , 5:30PM Emmylou, Lucinda, Rosanne Tribute w/ Peggy Ratusz (Americana, folk), 8:00PM ASHEVILLE GUITAR BAR Swing Step - Weekly Swing Jam, 4:30PM Brad Hodge CD Release Celebration, 8:00PM ASHEVILLE MUSIC HALL Saturday Night Jive w/ Oso Rey, 10:00PM
Black Mountain Ale House Jason Moore & Mike Holstein Duo (jazz), 7:00PM BLUE GHOST BREWING COMPANY Chicken Coop Willaye, 7:00PM BLUE MOUNTAIN PIZZA & BREW PUB Erin Kinard, 7:00PM CAPELLA ON 9@ THE AC HOTEL Special Affair, 9:00PM

CHESTNUT Jazz Brunch, 11:00AM CORK & KEG The Big Dawg Slingshots (jazz, ragtime, country), 8:30PM CROW & QUILL Drayton & the Dreamboats (vintage moonlit pop), 9:00PM



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SUN 7/1

Traveling Trunk Show in the Beacham Room [formerly Urban Gypsy eclectic & vintage!]

DISTRICT WINE BAR Saturday Night Rock Show, 10:00PM


FOGGY MOUNTAIN BREWPUB Scoundrels Lounge (jam, rock), 10:00PM


w/ Josiah Johnson & Planes on Paper [Indie Folk-Pop]


PICNIC SERIES with Jeff Thompson & Aaron Price

The Sea The Sea

FRENCH BROAD BREWERY CarolinaBound (folk, country), 6:00PM


FRENCH BROAD OUTFITTERS HOMINY CREEK Chicken Coop Willaye (Appalachian roots), 2:30PM


w/ Sister Ivy [Soul/R&B, Jazz]


PICNIC SERIES with Heather Taylor & Sean Jerome

HIGHLAND BREWING COMPANY Boo Ray, 7:00PM HILLMAN BEER Jordan Okrend Experience, 7:00PM ISIS MUSIC HALL & KITCHEN 743 South Hill Banks, 7:00PM





[5pm pre-show, local talent]

Secret B-Sides

[5pm pre-show, local talent]

Emmylou, Lucinda, Rosanne Tribute hosted by Peggy Ratusz [Americana/Folk]



JACK OF THE WOOD PUB Don Merckle & The Blacksmiths, 9:00PM JARGON The Mark Small Trio, 10:00PM LOBSTER TRAP Sean Mason Trio, 6:30PM MG ROAD Late Night Dance Party w/ DJ Lil Meow Meow, 10:00PM MOE'S ORIGINAL BBQ WOODFIN Dirty Dead, 8:00PM NOBLE KAVA Shane Parish, 9:00PM ODDITORIUM Asheville After Dark Presents: Perversions (kink), 9:00PM ONE STOP AT ASHEVILLE MUSIC HALL April B. & The Cool, 10:00PM ONE WORLD BREWING WEST Muddy Ruckus CD Release Show (indie punk, blues), 8:00PM ORANGE PEEL Saved By The 90's, 9:00PM PACK'S TAVERN The Rewind House Band, 9:30PM


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CLU B LA N D PILLAR ROOFTOP BAR Open Mic Night w/ Laura Blackley & Special Guest Tina Collins, 7:00PM

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

PURPLE ONION CAFE Dulci Ellenberger & Friends, 8:00PM

FLEETWOOD'S Hardworker, 7:00AM Punk Flea, 10:00AM


FUNKATORIUM Bluegrass Brunch w/ Gary Macfiddle, 11:00AM

SANCTUARY BREWING COMPANY Vaden Landers, 3:00PM Jamison Adams Project, 8:00PM STATIC AGE RECORDS Michael Potter, Wet Garden, Bleachy Asshole (electronic, experimental), 9:00PM THE BLOCK OFF BILTMORE Saturday Salsa & Latin Dance Party Night w/ DJ Edi Fuentes, 9:30PM THE BARRELHOUSE Andy Farrell, 9:00PM THE GREY EAGLE Haley Heynderickx, 6:00PM Talking Dreads, 9:00PM

ODDITORIUM Air Sex Championships (comedy), 9:00PM ONE STOP AT ASHEVILLE MUSIC HALL Bluegrass Brunch w/ Woody & Krekel & Bald Mountain Boys, 10:30AM PACK'S TAVERN Sunday Social Club, 4:30PM

LOBSTER TRAP Dave Desmelik (Americana), 6:30PM ODDITORIUM Risque Monday Burlesque w/ Deb Au Nare, 9:00PM OLE SHAKEY'S Live Band Honky Tonk Karaoke, 9:00PM ONE WORLD BREWING WEST azz Jam Night at One World Brewing West, 8:00PM PILLAR ROOFTOP BAR Ben Phan, 7:00PM SANCTUARY BREWING COMPANY Takes All Kinds Open Mic Night, 7:00PM


THE WINE & OYSTER Jesse Barry w/ Kelly Jones, 7:00PM

SALVAGE STATION Grateful Sunday, 5:00PM

THE IMPERIAL LIFE Ghost Pipe Trio (jazz), 9:00PM

TIMO'S HOUSE DJ Deacon, 7:00PM


THE WINE & OYSTER Blue Monday: Jazz & Blues Open Mic hosted by Linda Mitchell, 6:30PM

W XYZ BAR AT ALOFT The Caribbean Cowboys, 8:00PM WHITE HORSE BLACK MOUNTAIN The David Cody Band, The Fixers, Jukes of Hazard, 8:00PM WILD WING CAFE SOUTH Keil Smith (rock), 9:00PM

SUNDAY, JULY 1 185 KING STREET Sunday Sessions Open Electric Jam, 4:00PM


LOBSTER TRAP Phil Alley, 6:30PM

FLEETWOOD'S Stunner & Hear/Say, 8:00PM

THE MOTHLIGHT ASG w/ Lo-Pan, BEiTTHEMEANS, & Delicious, 9:00PM

UPCOUNTRY BREWING COMPANY Pop Up Music Co-op Summer '18 Show, 3:00PM

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

CATAWBA BREWING SOUTH SLOPE Open Mic hosted by Jon Edwards, 6:00PM

THE GREY EAGLE C.W. Stoneking & Bill & The Belles, 8:00PM Strange Avenues w/ Styrofoam Turtles & Zin Vetro, 9:00PM

TRESSA'S DOWNTOWN JAZZ AND BLUES The Ben Falcon Trio, 7:30PM Strange Signals (modern funk & soul), 10:00PM


ISIS MUSIC HALL & KITCHEN 743 Minas (Brazilian Bosa Nova), 5:30PM

ASHEVILLE GUITAR BAR Classical Guitar Mondays, 7:30PM

SLY GROG LOUNGE Sly Grog Open Mic, 7:00PM THE BARRELHOUSE Open Mic w/ Billy Litz, 6:00PM THE BLOCK OFF BILTMORE Burlesque Brunch & Bubbles, 1:00PM The Living Trees Manifest Your Month w/ DJ InfiniteC, 8:00PM THE GREY EAGLE Brendan Fletcher, 8:00PM

TRESSA'S DOWNTOWN JAZZ AND BLUES R&B Jam with Ryan Barber (R&B, soul, funk), 9:00PM UPCOUNTRY BREWING COMPANY Monday Bluegrass Jam hosted by Sam Wharton, 7:00PM WHITE HORSE BLACK MOUNTAIN Jay Brown & Linda Go, 7:00PM



WHITE HORSE BLACK MOUNTAIN Tracey Schmidt, Isabel Castellvi, Nagmeh Farahmand, 7:30PM

ASHEVILLE GUITAR BAR Brad Hodge & Friends, 8:00PM


ASHEVILLE MUSIC HALL Tuesday night funk jam, 11:00PM

185 KING STREET Open Mic hosted by Christ Whitmire, 6:00PM


ISIS MUSIC HALL & KITCHEN 743 Tuesday Bluegrass Sessions hosted by Caleb Hanks & Friends, 7:30PM JACK OF THE WOOD PUB Nikki Talley on Industry Night, 7:00PM Karaoke Industry Night, 8:00PM LOBSTER TRAP Jay Brown, 6:30PM ODDITORIUM Open Mic Comedy Hosted by Tom Peters, 9:00PM OLE SHAKEY'S Booty Tuesday w/ DJ Meow Meow (rap, trap, hip-hop), 10:00PM ONE STOP AT ASHEVILLE MUSIC HALL Turntable Tuesday, 10:00PM PISGAH BREWING COMPANY Lake Street Drive w/ Madisen Ward & The Mama Bear, 7:00PM SANCTUARY BREWING COMPANY Taco and Trivia Tuesday, 6:00PM THE BLOCK OFF BILTMORE Swing Asheville & Jazzn-Justice Tuesday w/ the Community Jazz Jam, 8:00PM THE GREY EAGLE Stable Shakers , 8:00PM Brigid Mae Power, 9:00PM THE MARKET PLACE RESTAURANT AND LOUNGE Rat Alley Cats, 7:00PM THE MOTHLIGHT Brigid Mae Power (folk), 9:00PM TOWN PUMP Jeff Ruby, 9:00PM TRESSA'S DOWNTOWN JAZZ AND BLUES Early Funk Jam hosted by JP & Lenny (funk, jazz), 9:00PM UPCOUNTRY BREWING COMPANY Open Mic Night, 6:30PM WHITE HORSE BLACK MOUNTAIN Irish Jam, 6:30PM Open Mic, 8:30PM




Oscar-winning documentarian Morgan Neville’s latest, Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, pays touching tribute to incomparable Fred Rogers

Won’t You Be My Neighbor? HHHHS DIRECTOR: Morgan Neville PLAYERS: Fred Rogers, Joanne Rogers, McColm Cephas Jr., François Scarborough Clemmons, Junlei Li, Yo-Yo Ma BIOGRAPHICAL DOCUMENTARY RATED PG-13 THE STORY: A lionizing look at the life and legacy of PBS children’s show host Fred Rogers. THE LOWDOWN: An emotionally evocative tribute to a man who dedicated his career to selflessly helping children cope with an increasingly intimidating world, rendering an intimate portrait of a human being every inch as genuine as his public persona would suggest. It’s far too easy to take the best things in our world for granted. For those among us of a certain age, public television’s Fred Rogers is one such unduly overlooked treasure. It’s hard

to overstate the positive impact that “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood” imparted to a generation of impressionable latchkey kids and TV-addicted toddlers, but in Oscar-winning documentarian Morgan Neville’s love letter to the late Rogers, it’s not for lack of trying. Won’t You Be My Neighbor? is a very nearly perfect homage to a man whose off-screen personality was almost as unimpeachable as his on-screen persona, and Neville takes things a prescient step further by holding aloft Rogers’ unique brand of even-keeled strength as a beacon of hope and an exemplar of reasonable conduct in troubling times. With the same technical virtuosity that defined the director’s 20 Feet From Stardom, Neville delves into the man behind the cardigan and uncovers a human being that, almost implausibly, is every bit as

good-natured and caring as his mythos would suggest. Obviously, it wouldn’t be much of a movie if there weren’t more to the story than the superficial details. Those who were in the target demographic for the Neighborhood of Make-Believe during its 30-plus year run were likely oblivious to the often challenging political stances taken by Rogers’ show in its early days, ranging from addressing Robert Kennedy’s assassination in language children could understand to contravening prevalent segregationist practices by sharing a foot bath with Officer Clemmons, one of the first recurring black characters on a children’s show. Neville speaks to Clemmons, as well as many of the other adults who participated in the show’s production, and the interviews do reveal important shading to Rogers’ character off-screen. But ultimately, it’s not the circumstances of Rogers’ life that make Won’t You Be My Neighbor? so riveting; it’s the man himself. While it may elucidate the motivations underlying his “expression of care” to know that Rogers abandoned a career as a Presbyterian minister in favor of a less overt form of evangelism, that’s not really the point. Even humanizing comments from Rogers’ adult sons, who recount the difficulties of growing up with “the second Christ,” as one puts it, don’t fully encapsulate the undeniable allure of Neville’s documentary. The underlying appeal of Won’t You Be My Neighbor? is so firmly rooted in the warmth and decency of Fred Rogers that it becomes effectively impossible to differentiate Neville’s film from its subject. So hypnotic and universal is the grace exhibited by Rogers that it permeates even the frames in which he is absent, allowing Neville’s film to exude the same gentle acceptance that greeted children around the globe (and at least one famous gorilla) five days a week from 1967 to 2001. As a documentary, Neighbor competently contextualizes the role of Rogers’ career as both a product of its time and an enduring testament to the unheralded virtues of patience and humility. It’s not a warts-and-all exposé, but it is one of the most emotionally

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




affective documentaries I’ve seen in recent memory, cutting straight to the heart of the inner child within even the most disillusioned viewer (or critic). A theatergoer in an adjacent row at the screening I attended summed it up nicely: “I can’t believe I just cried this much.” Rated PG-13. Now playing at the Fine Arts Theatre. REVIEWED BY SCOTT DOUGLAS JSDOUGLAS22@GMAIL.COM

American Animals HHHH DIRECTOR: Bart Layton PLAYERS: Barry Keoghan, Evan Peters, Jared Abrahamson, Ann Dowd KNUCKLEHEAD HEIST DOCUCOMEDY RATED R THE STORY: Four Kentucky college students plan to rob the campus library, with the scheme quickly spiraling out of control faster than than the first-time criminals can handle. THE LOWDOWN: The best quasi-docucomedy of the year so far about a gang of not-quite criminal masterminds stealing rare books.


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Obvious comparisons to the likes of Charlie Kaufman, Errol Morris and I, Tonya will miss the point that Bart Layton’s American Animals owes more to the director’s own evolving style than anything else. Borrowing heavily from the prankster docu-drama of his own The Imposter, the film is both more playful and, at times, much more nervewracking than any of its influences. If it had to be forced into any one genre, it would be the Coens’ specific brand of “knucklehead heist cinema.” In fact, it would be easy enough to just call it a Burn After Reading knockoff but for the uneasy fact that all of this went down more or less the way it’s presented onscreen. This is one of those films you definitely want to go into as cold as possible. Even the trailer, mercifully for once, seems to agree, selling the film more as a cool, hipster robbery comedy than as the deeply weird and tragic story it actually ends up becoming. For one thing, these are — to put it mildly — some pretty dopey and unsympathetic characters we’re dealing with here, bored rich kids with nothing better to do than pop in Kubrick’s The Killing and say to each other, “We could do that.” It probably would’ve ben-


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efited them tremendously to have watched that particular film all the way to the end, however. Employing gorgeous cinematography by the great Ole Bratt Birkeland and some inventive filmmaking and narrative techniques (and tricks), Animals tells the true story of four Lexington, Ky., college students who — for no other reason than because they think they can get away with it — decide to liberate from their school library’s rare books collection Audubon’s Birds of America and Darwin’s On the Origin of Species. Any heavier psychological or thematic relevance these two books might have found in a more fictionalized version of this story is thrown out the window as the caper ends up being more interested in the lizardbrained and numb-skulled ambition of the guys involved. The inclusion of “interactive” talking-head interviews by the real gang (now in their late 30s) shows how confusing and lonely it can be to find yourself on the other side of what might have been a harmless diversion that turned into a lifechanging moment once set in motion and you realize that executing the plan was another galaxy from simply talking about it. If the film falters a bit by playing too sympathetically with its material in the home stretch after a shocking act of violence should negate that instantly, it’s only because there’s the burden of these guys actually being funny and easy to watch to contend with as the story initially gets going. Had the film simply turned on its characters after that point, it would have rung false after a pretty much note perfect tonal execution. But that’s where the Burn After Reading comparison comes back to mind. After it’s all over, you’ll probably find yourself asking, “What did we learn from all this?” As that film would answer, “Not to do it again.” The film refuses to answer for itself, and these guys, while funny, aren’t good guys. They simply are who they are. And this is just something that happened. Rated R for language throughout, some drug use and brief crude/sexual material. Now playing at Carolina Cinemark and Grail Moviehouse. REVIEWED BY FRANCIS X. FRIEL MOVIEJAWNX@GMAIL.COM


by Edwin Arnaudin |

PRACTICE WHAT YOU TEACH: On June 30, Canadian musician Rozalind MacPhail leads a workshop on live film scoring at The BLOCK off Biltmore. Later that night at Trade and Lore Coffee, she’ll show off her skills with flute and Ableton Live, crafting an original soundtrack for a series of short films. Photo by Alick Tsui • Asheville Pizza & Brewing Co., 675 Merrimon Ave., continues its Summer Superhero Showdown Series on Thursday, June 28, with 7 and 10:15 p.m. screenings of Logan Noir, the black-andwhite version of 2017’s Logan. Tickets are $3 and available online and at the main bar of the brewpub. • The Musical Matinees weekly summer film series continues at the Columbus Public Library, 1289 W. Mills St., Columbus, on Friday, June 29, at 1 p.m. with La La Land. Free. • Pack Memorial Library, 67 Haywood St., continues its Phenomenal Friday Fantasy Films series on June 29 at 3 p.m. with The Dark Crystal. Complimentary popcorn and drinks will be provided. Free. • On Saturday, June 30, the Cat Fly Film Festival brings Newfoundland, Canada-based touring artist Rozalind MacPhail to Asheville for a pair of events. At noon at The BLOCK Off Biltmore, 39 S. Market St., MacPhail will lead an interactive Live Scoring to Film workshop, where she’ll show musicians of all skill levels how to create musical accompaniments using Ableton Live. All instruments are welcome. At 7 p.m. at Trade and Lore Coffee, 37 Wall St., MacPhail will showcase her craft through her audiovisual project From the River to the Ocean, featuring short

FILM CAT FLY FILM FESTIVAL • SA (6/30), 7-10pm - From the River to the Ocean, screening

of film by Rozalind MacPhail. $15. Held at Trade & Lore Coffee House, 37 Wall St. MOUNTAINTRUE 828-258-8737,

films made in Wilmington by local and international filmmakers. Tickets are available online. The workshop costs $10 and the screening costs $15, or purchase both and receive a 10 percent discount. • The Party for Socialism and Liberation presents a screening of Paris Is Burning on Saturday, June 30, 1-3 p.m. at Pack Memorial Library. The 1990 documentary chronicles the drag ball culture of New York City and will be followed by a discussion led by members of the LGBTQ community. Free. • The Burger Bar, 1 Craven St., continues its Sunday Night Slaughterhouse Sinema film series on July 1 at 8 p.m. with Army of Darkness and Beyond Re-Animator. The series continues each week through Oct. 22. Free for members. • Tickets are on sale for Molly Ringwald Live at The Orange Peel, featuring screenings of two of the actress’ beloved collaborations with John Hughes and post-film discussions about the movie and her career. On Sunday, Sept. 23, Pretty In Pink will be shown at 3 p.m. and The Breakfast Club at 7:30 p.m. The Q&As with Ringwald will be moderated by Artisan Entertainment founder Mike Elis. Tickets to each show are $50 and available online and at The Orange Peel box office.  X

• WE (6/27), 6:30pm - Film screening of the documentary, Reinventing Power: America’s Renewable Energy Boom. Free. Held at The Collider, 1 Haywood St., Suite 401

STONEWALL COMMEMORATION WEEK • FR (6/29), 7pm Tangerine, film screening. Free. Held at WNC Community Center, 417 Biltmore Ave., #4a


Sicario: Day of the Soldado Sequel to the 2015 cartel crime thriller from Oscar-nominated screenwriter Taylor Sheridan, directed by Stefano Sollima. According to the studio: “In the drug war, there are no rules — and as the cartels have begun trafficking terrorists across the U.S. border, federal agent Matt Graver (Josh Brolin) calls on the mysterious Alejandro (Benicio Del Toro), whose family was murdered by a cartel kingpin, to escalate the war in nefarious ways. Alejandro kidnaps the kingpin’s daughter to inflame the conflict — but when the girl is seen as collateral damage, her fate will come between the two men as they question everything they are fighting for.” Early reviews positive. (R)

Uncle Drew Basketball comedy based on a series of Pepsi ads. According to the studio: “After draining his life savings to enter a team in the Rucker Classic street ball tournament in Harlem, Dax (Lil Rel Howery) is dealt a series of unfortunate setbacks, including losing his team to his longtime rival (Nick Kroll). Desperate to win the tournament and the cash prize, Dax stumbles upon the man, the myth, the legend Uncle Drew (NBA All-Star Kyrie Irving) and convinces him to return to the court one more time. The two men embark on a road trip to round up Drew’s old basketball squad (Shaquille O’Neal, Chris Webber, Reggie Miller, Nate Robinson and Lisa Leslie) and prove that a group of septuagenarians can still win the big one.” Early reviews mixed. (PG-13)


Dementia 13 HHHH DIRECTOR: Francis Ford Coppola PLAYERS: William Campbell, Luana Anders, Patrick Magee, Bart Patton, Mary Mitchell HORROR Rated NR Francis Ford Coppola’s feature directing debut, Dementia 13, may not be perfect, but it is essential viewing for the horror completist. Co-written by Coppola with pre-eminent schlockmeister Jack Hill (Spider Baby, Foxy Brown) and produced by the venerable Roger Corman, this film is arguably the genesis of the slasher subgenre. Sure, it’s got its problems and ultimately amounts to little more than a cheap Psycho knockoff, but it’s a chance to see a then-24-year-old Coppola on the verge of finding his authorial voice, and that alone is worth the price of admission. The Thursday Horror Picture Show will screen Dementia 13 on Thursday, June 28, at 8 p.m. at The Black Cloud, located on the lower level at 723 Haywood Road, with an introduction by Xpress movie critic Scott Douglas.

It Happened One Night HHHH DIRECTOR: Frank Capra PLAYERS: Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert, Walter Connolly, Roscoe Karns, Jameson Thomas ROMANTIC COMEDY Rated NR Frank Capra was no stranger to screwball comedy, and It Happened One Night (1934) is considered by some to be the progenitor of the subgenre. Potentially the best-known — if not necessarily the best — of Capra’s comedic works, it’s as charming and breezy as it is silly and cynical. Neither as outright funny as Capra’s later comedies or as socially conscious as his “message” pictures, It Happened One Night still deserves its status as a must-see classic. It swept the five major Oscars in 1934, with stars Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert taking home awards for their turns despite neither having been the first choice for their roles. The Hendersonville Film Society will show It Happened One Night on Sunday, July 1, at 2 p.m. in the Smoky Mountain Theater at Lake Pointe Landing Retirement Community, 333 Thompson St., Hendersonville.

What? (Diary of Forbidden Dreams) HHHHS DIRECTOR: Roman Polanski PLAYERS: Marcello Mastroianni, Sydne Rome, Hugh Griffith, Roman Polanski SURREAL COMEDY Rated R Roman Polanski’s little-seen — and much-maligned — 1972 film, What?, is undeniably one of the director’s strangest works. In essence, it’s a variation on Alice in Wonderland — except played out in surrealistic terms as a sex comedy. It’s no wonder that no one seemed to know what to do with it or how to market it, but for all that, the film has a screwy appeal — and it contains moments of incredibly fragile delicacy amid the madness. What? is easily Polanski’s lightest film, but with style to spare — it’s probably his best-looking film — and merits of its own. It’s a unique and essential Polanski film that ought to be better-known than it is. This excerpt was taken from a review by Ken Hanke published on March 7, 2007. Classic World Cinema by Courtyard Gallery will present What? on Friday, June 29, at the new Flood Gallery location in Black Mountain, 850 Blue Ridge Road, Unit A-13, Black Mountain. MOUNTAINX.COM

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FREEWILL ASTROLOGY ARIES (March 21-April 19): Your best ideas and soundest decisions will materialize as if by magic while you’re lounging around doing nothing in a worry-free environment. So please make sure you have an abundance of relaxed slack and unhurried grace. Treat yourself to record-setting levels of comfort and self-care. Do whatever’s necessary for you to feel as safe as you have ever felt. I realize these prescriptions might ostensibly clash with your fiery Aries nature. But if you meditate on them for even two minutes, I bet you’ll agree they’re exquisitely appropriate for you right now. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): “It is always what is under pressure in us, especially under pressure of concealment — that explodes in poetry.” Taurus poet Adrienne Rich wrote that in an essay about the poet Emily Dickinson. She was describing the process of tapping into potent but buried feelings so as to create beautiful works of literature. I’m hoping to persuade you to take a comparable approach: to give voice to what’s under pressure inside you, but in a graceful and constructive way that has positive results. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Introductory offers are expiring. The bracing thrills of novelty must ripen into the cool enjoyments of maturity. It’s time to finish the dress rehearsals so the actual show can begin. You’ve got to start turning big, bright fantasies into crisp, no-nonsense realities. In light of these shifting conditions, I suspect you can no longer use your good intentions as leverage, but must deliver more tangible signs of commitment. Please don’t take this as a criticism, but the cosmic machinery in your vicinity needs some actual oil, not just your witty stories about the oil and the cosmic machinery. CANCER (June 21-July 22): In the coming weeks, you will have an excellent chance to dramatically decrease your Wimp Quotient. As the perilously passive parts of your niceness toughen up, I bet you will encounter brisk possibilities that were previously off-limits or invisible to you. To ensure you remain in top shape for this delightful development, I think you should avoid entertainment that stimulates fear and pessimism. Instead of watching the latest flurry of demoralizing stories on Netflix, spend quality time summoning memories of the times in your life when you were unbeatable. For extra credit, pump your fist ten times each day as you growl, “Victory is mine!” LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): It’s not so bad to temporarily lose your bearings. What’s bad is not capitalizing on the disruption that caused you to lose your bearings. So I propose that you regard the fresh commotion as a blessing. Use it as motivation to initiate radical changes. For example, escape the illusions and deceptions that caused you to lose your bearings. Explore unruly emotions that may be at the root of the superpowers you will fully develop in the future. Transform yourself into a brave self-healer who is newly receptive to a host of medicinal clues that were not previously accessible. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Here’s my list of demands: 1. Avoid hanging out with people who are unreceptive to your influence. 2. Avoid hanging out with people whose influence on you is mediocre or dispiriting. 3. Hang out with people who are receptive to your influence and whose influence on you is healthy and stimulating. 4. Influence the hell out of the people who are receptive to your influence. Be a generous catalyst for them. Nudge them to surpass the limits they would benefit from surpassing. 5. Allow yourself to be deeply moved by people whose influence on you is healthy and stimulating. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): “If I didn’t define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people’s fantasies for me and eaten alive.” Activist author Audre Lorde said that, and now, in accordance with your current astrological and psychological needs, I’m offering it to you. I realize it’s a flamboyant, even extreme, declaration, but in my opinion, that’s what is most likely to motivate you to do the right thing. Here’s another splashy prompt, courtesy of philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre: “We only become what we are by the radical and deep-seated refusal of that which others have made us.”


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SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): André René Roussimoff, also known as André the Giant, was a French actor and professional wrestler. He was 7 feet, 4 inches tall and weighed 520 pounds. As you might imagine, he ate and drank extravagantly. On one festive occasion, he quaffed 119 bottles of beer in six hours. Judging from your current astrological indicators, Scorpio, I suspect you may be ready for a binge like that. JUST KIDDING! I sincerely hope you won’t indulge in such wasteful forms of “pleasure.” The coming days should be a time when you engage in a focused pursuit of uplifting and healthy modes of bliss. The point is to seek gusto and amusement that enhance your body, mind and soul. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): On her 90th birthday, my Great-Aunt Zosia told me, “The best gift you can give your ego is to make it see it’s both totally insignificant and totally important in the cosmic scheme of things.” Jenna, my girlfriend when I was 19, was perhaps touting a similar principle when, after teasing and tormenting me for two hours, she scrawled on my bathroom mirror in lipstick, “Sometimes you enjoy life better if you don’t understand it.” Then there’s my Zen punk friend Arturo, who says that life’s goodies are more likely to flow your way if you “hope for nothing and are open to everything.” According to my analysis of the astrological rhythms, these messages will help you make the most of the bewildering but succulent opportunities that are now arriving in your vicinity. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): In accordance with the astrological beacons, I have selected two pieces of advice to serve as your guiding meditations during the next seven weeks. You might want to write them on a piece of paper that you will carry in your wallet or pocket. Here’s the first, from businessman Alan Cohen: “Only those who ask for more can get more, and only those who know there is more, ask.” Here’s the second, from writer G. K. Chesterton: “We need to be happy in this wonderland without once being merely comfortable.” AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Ecologists in Mexico City investigated why certain sparrows and finches use humans’ discarded cigarette butts in building their nests. They found that cellulose acetate, a chemical in the butts, protects the nests by repelling parasitic mites. Is there a metaphorical lesson you might draw from the birds’ ingenious adaptation, Aquarius? Could you find good use for what might seem to be dross or debris? My analysis of the astrological omens says that this possibility is worth meditating on. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): I suspect that sometime soon you will come into possession of an enchanted potion or pixie dust or a pouch full of magic beans — or the equivalent. If and when that occurs, consider the following protocols: 1. Before you use your new treasure, say a prayer to your higher self, requesting that you will be guided to use it in such a way as to make yourself wiser and kinder. 2. When you use it, be sure it harms no one. 3. Express gratitude for it before and during and after using it. 4. Use it in such a way that it benefits at least one other person or creature in addition to you. 5. See if you can use it to generate the arrival or more pixie dust or magical beans or enchanted potion in the future. 6. When you use it, focus on wielding it to get exactly what you want, not what you sort of want or temporarily want.























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WANT YOUR OWN SLICE OF BLACK MOUNTAIN REAL ESTATE? Look no further! Find your sense of adventure in this 3 BR 2.5 Bath home on 2.82 acres!! Find out more at, and Call Audrey at 828-674-2360. MLS#3371765.

RENTALS COMMERCIAL/ BUSINESS RENTALS MOVIE THEATRE FOR RENT Vintage Event Space for Rent, 1947 Movie Theatre perfect for private Movie Screenings, Corporate Events, Birthdays and Anniversaries. Complete Sound System, Video and Facebook Live Broadcasting. 828-273-8250.

SHORT-TERM RENTALS 15 MINUTES TO ASHEVILLE Guest house, vacation/short term rental in beautiful country setting. • Complete with everything including cable and internet. • $150/day (2-day minimum), $650/week, $1500/month. Weaverville area. • No pets please. (828) 658-9145.

GROUNDSKEEPER A-B Tech is currently taking applications for a Full-Time position Groundskeeper (Extended to 7/9/18). For more details and to apply: postings/4858   IMMEDIATE OPENING FOR HVAC INSTALLER/ GENERAL LABOR/SERVICE TECH • HENDERSONVILLE NC Positions available for helpers, installers and professional HVAC technician including recent graduate of a technical school. Come check us out and talk to our of our managers about how to earn more $$ and work in a great positive environment. contact phone number is 828-585-5535 , ask for Dena or Ricky. Compensation ranges from $ 18 to $ 28 / hr depending on experience. dena@ NOT JUST A JOB • A CAREER! Be part of the process control industry! Immediate job openings, full time with benefits. • Assembly • Electronics • Machining • Calibration •Welding •CAD Design. Contact us, go to our website, or come in to apply. Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm. Palmer Wahl • 234 Old Weaverville Road, Asheville, NC 28804. (828) 6583131 • FAX (828) 658-0728 •

LAUGH, PLAY, ADVENTURE, PEDAL Make your own schedule, full or part-time, great wages! Needed: playful, charismatic, enthusiastic folks who love life, people, and Asheville! Simply pedal folks around downtown on battery-assisted pedicab-rickshaws. heretothereadventures. com

HUMAN SERVICES OPERATIONS DIRECTOR FTE position responsible for overseeing day-to-day program operations for non-profit agency located in Hendersonville, NC. • Master’s degree in behavioral health coupled with relevant experience serving behavioral health and homeless populations. Clinical licensure preferred. about-us/working-at-thrive/

PROFESSIONAL/ MANAGEMENT PROGRAM COORDINATOR Children First/Communities In Schools is hiring a Project POWER/ AmeriCorps Program Coordinator to direct, manage and support the AmeriCorps grant and serves as the main source of contact with the NC Commission. The coordinator will be the liaison between members, site(s) and site supervisors, constituents, and stakeholders. For full details and how to apply

REAL ESTATE ACCOUNTANT Private nonprofit community development corp. seeks skilled accounting professional for growing work in affordable housing development and finance. $10-15 mil annual production of single/multifamily homes, portfolio of 900+ apartments, and a $6 mil second mortgage loan fund. 4 year accounting graduate and 3 years real estate accounting experience preferred. • Work with finance mgr, professional development staff, investors, funders, regulators. Track multiple projects, job costs and cash flows. • Excellent analytical, computer skills, commitment to community, positive teamwork spirit. Position includes full benefits package including health insurance. EOE. Letter w/ resume & salary requirement to: Ms. Selena Jimenez, Finance Manager, Mountain Housing Opportunities, Inc. TAX MANAGER Storck CPA, P.C. seeks a full-time CPA to manage a diverse client base of businesses and individuals. Please see our job posting at classifieds/Jobs for more details.

TEACHING/ EDUCATION 5TH GRADE MATH AND SCIENCE TEACHER ArtSpace Charter School, a K-8 public school located near Asheville, North Carolina is seeking a fulltime 5th grade Math and Science Teacher beginning August, 2018. Applicants must have a current North Carolina teaching license in Elementary Education. Previous experi  ence as a lead teacher is highly preferred.  Candidate must be willing to work in a collaborative, integrated, experiential environment.  Knowledge of the arts and arts integration strategies is preferred, but not required.  Please send resumes and cover letters to: resumes@  with the subject heading “5th  grade Math/Science Teacher”. TEACH HUMANITIES AT MONTFORD HALL Teach Humanities at an amazing school near downtown Asheville! Montford Hall is a non-profit, therapeutic boarding school for teenage boys

in early recovery. Email sjcouture@montfordhall. org with resume and cover letter.



COMPUTER HUGHESNET SATELLITE INTERNET 25mbps starting at $49.99/month! Fast download speeds. WiFi built in! Free Standard Installation for lease customers! Limited time. Call 1-800-490-4140. (AAN CAN)

ENTERTAINMENT DISH TV $59.99 For 190 Channels + $14.95 High Speed Internet. Free Installation, Smart HD DVR Included, Free Voice Remote. Some restrictions apply. Call Now: 1-800373-6508 (AAN CAN)

HOME HOME OIL TANK SERVICES Happy Valley Environmental LLC is a fully insured, Residential, home heating oil tank company. 828 674 3607 828-674-3607

HOME IMPROVEMENT GENERAL SERVICES DRIVEWAY SEAL COATING Protects pavement and beautifies. Hand applied commercial grade sealer. Also: Painting • Powerwashing • Top quality work • Low prices • Free estimate • 30+ years experience. Call Mark: (828) 299-0447.

HANDY MAN HIRE A HUSBAND • HANDYMAN SERVICES Since 1993. Multiple skill sets. Reliable, trustworthy, quality results. Insured. References and estimates available. Stephen Houpis, (828) 280-2254.

HEATING & COOLING MAYBERRY HEATING AND COOLING Oil and Gas Furnaces • Heat Pumps and AC • • Radiant Floor Heating • • Solar Hot Water • Sales • Service • Installation. • Visa • MC • Discover. Call (828) 6589145.

ANNOUNCEMENTS ANNOUNCEMENTS LUNG CANCER? And Age 60+? You And Your Family May Be Entitled To Significant Cash Award. Call 844898-7142 for Information. No Risk. No Money Out Of Pocket. (AAN CAN)

GET TO THE ROOT OF YOUR PROBLEM Nell Corry, LCSW, NCGCll, Certified Primal Therapist. • Deep Feeling Therapy connects you with your inner child, uncovers the source. Heals depression, anxiety,  addictions, trauma, PTSD, many other issues. • Call me for free confidential halfhour chat: 828-747-1813. DeepFeelingTherapy

FOR MUSICIANS MUSICAL SERVICES MUSICIANS HEARING PROTECTION We offer custom fitted earplugs that enable you to hear while playing, yet filters harmful decibals. Lots of color and style options! (828) 7130767. thehearingguync@



1 Bottoms 5 “So funny!” 9 The “P” of 23-Down 13 Anti-inflammatory agent 14 Like some relationships 15 Grp. whose members have reserves 16 Beginning, expanded? 18 “Finding Dory” fish 19 Glass of public radio 20 Cold: Sp. 21 Order from a food truck 22 Forming a crust, expanded? 26 Detachable spacecraft 27 Poor area 28 Bit of fishing gear 31 Annoyance for an online gamer 33 ___ group 34 Member of a crew, informally 35 Staple of hippie fashion 38 Provided meals to 39 Like naughty privates?

41 Vet employer 42 Things counted at meetings 44 Big name in laptops 46 French Facebook connection 47 Choose in advance, expanded? 53 Kind of school 54 See 45-Down 55 Complaint about one’s calves? 56 Drag show props 57 Inspiration for something, expanded? 59 Italian province or its capital 60 Buff relative 61 Having nothing out of place 62 Track-and-field team calendar listing 63 Fall sound 64 “I’m not done …”

DOWN 1 Like a course labeled “101” 2 Extremely 3 ___ compass 4 Match at a casino

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5 Vehicle that goes “vroom” 6 “Grow ___!” (“Man up!”) 7 Long-beaked bird 8 Soldier or queen 9 Quarter barrel of beer 10 They get drunk before dinner 11 Minute Maid plant? 12 Prefix with warrior 17 Try 21 “I’m so frustrated!” 23 See 9-Across 24 ___ Azalea (“Fancy” rapper) 25 Popular gym chain 28 Head covering 29 Superman-like stance 30 Clear 31 Writer Tolstoy 32 Fuss 36 Polo competitor 46 Offered for 37 Tangle up 40 Snaps breeding 43 Massage parlor supply 48 Historical 45 With 54-Across, granter of backstage access stretch

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49 Island that’s the world’s thirdsmallest country, after Vatican City and Monaco 50 Letters that don’t need stamps

51 Appurtenances with blinds 52 Location of an Asian Disneyland 56 Collision sound 57 Group of gym reps 58 Educ. group


NOW ACCEPTING STUDENTS IN JAZZ PIANO, COMPOSITION, AND IMPROVISATION (ALL INSTRUMENTS). Michael Jefry Stevens, “WNC Best Composer 2016” and “Steinway Artist”, now accepting students in jazz piano, composition, and improvisation (all instruments). 35 years experience. M.A. from Queens College (NYC). Over 90 cds released. 917-916-1363.

PETS LOST PETS LOST CAT Black male, green eyes. Large cat, blue collar. Lost at US Post Office, Merrimon Ave., Sunday, June 10. Please call, 417-4511.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED VOLUNTEERS NEEDED VOLUNTEERS NEEDED The Ingles Independence Day Celebration seeks volunteers for wristband sales, drink sales and more! Email volunteer@ ashevilledowntown. org for details or sign up here: yan98clw

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JUNE 27 - JULY 3, 2018



JUNE 27 - JULY 3, 2018


Mountain Xpress 06.27.18  

Independent news, arts, events and information for Asheville and Western North Carolina

Mountain Xpress 06.27.18  

Independent news, arts, events and information for Asheville and Western North Carolina