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10 PHOTO GALLERY A look at our various personal styles 12 BALANCING ACT How will new downtown construction affect Asheville’s future? 24 HAIR’S THE THING Asheville hairstyling brings people together and sets them apart

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12 BALANCING ACT How will new downtown construction affect Asheville’s future?

30 CALM IN THE STORM Caiyalynn Burrell Child Crisis Center opens in Asheville


34 STYLE OUTWARD BOUND Local outdoors outfitters keep things stylish and environmentally friendly

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23 ASHEVILLE ARCHIVES Instagram account brings 1940s Asheville to life 38 CULTURE OF CUISINE Local restaurants’ design and menu strategies help define Asheville’s unique style 44 TASTE AND SEE Taproom styles convey breweries’ brands 48 DIALED IN Podcasts and broadcasts that take Asheville’s pulse 52 TAILORED TO WNC Local fashion leaders reinvent couture, Asheville style 54 PUZZLE XPRESS Asheville style edition 6 LETTERS 6 CARTOON: MOLTON 8 CARTOON: BRENT BROWN 9 CARTOON: IRENE OLDS 19 BIZ BRIEFS 20 BUNCOMBE BEAT 23 ASHEVILLE ARCHIVES 26 COMMUNITY CALENDAR 28 CONSCIOUS PARTY 30 WELLNESS 34 GREEN SCENE 36 FARM & GARDEN 38 FOOD 42 SMALL BITES 44 CAROLINA BEER GUY 46 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT 55 THEATER REVIEW 56 SMART BETS 61 CLUBLAND 67 MOVIES 68 SCREEN SCENE 70 FREEWILL ASTROLOGY 70 CLASSIFIEDS 71 NY TIMES CROSSWORD

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Two reasons to unseat Rep. Patrick McHenry A few weeks ago I called Congressman Patrick McHenry to express my support for a carbon fee and dividend program. I support such legislation despite the fact it is not radical enough to sufficiently address climate change. It is certainly better than nothing. Mr. McHenry responded to my phone call with an email that mentions H.R. 3420 (The American Opportunity Carbon Fee Act) introduced by Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., last summer. Mr. McHenry stated in the email that he does not support such legislation because he believes “a carbon fee would harm the best interests of the United States as well as American families and businesses.” Apparently, Mr. McHenry believes that one of the most conservative means of addressing climate change is against the interests of American families. Mr. McHenry also stated the following in his email: “With a stagnant national economy, the absolute last thing American families need is to be burdened with skyrocketing utility bills.” A stagnant national economy? News outlets and Republicans are consistently trumpeting about how booming our economy is. So, Mr. McHenry, is our economy actually booming like your Republican comrades say it is, or is it not?

We need politicians in office that are willing to propose radical and even not-so-radical solutions to climate change, which is an existential threat to human civilization. We also need politicians in office that are authentic, can keep their story straight and speak the truth. It is time to unseat Mr. McHenry. — Clay Hurand Asheville

Whither the Asheville Film Society? First, I’ll say that I’ve enjoyed [Scott Douglas’] reviews in the Mountain Xpress each week, and like Ken [Hanke] did for so long, [he] has maintained that high level of analysis and insight that readers (and movie buffs) like. What I’d like to ask … about is the future of the Asheville Film Society. My wife and I have enjoyed the Tuesday night screenings at the Grail Moviehouse and [Douglas’] synopses before those showings. It seemed that the Grail and the AFS were a perfect marriage, especially considering that the AFS became more centrally located (and rightfully) in the downtown area. It seemed to make perfect sense, and a culturally rich downtown Asheville deserved it. Now, the news that Grail will no longer be home to the AFS is both disappointing and puzzling. While I am not naive and realize that these

kinds of decisions almost always center on the money brought in (or lack thereof), these screenings of classic movies were done on Tuesday evenings (typically, a pretty quiet night in movie-theater land). I’m hoping that [Douglas] has some good news for AFS (and future) members. The continuation of the AFS in Asheville (and in a downtown location) helps to enrich our culture here, and its demise would be a sad thing. — Brad Dawson Weaverville Editor’s note: In fact, Xpress movie critic Scott Douglas does have some good news for Asheville Film Society fans. He writes: “Thanks for your kind words of support and continued interest in the Asheville Film Society, Brad. I share your disappointment in the Grail’s decision to discontinue our screenings there, but after a decade of bringing repertory film screenings to the Asheville community, I’ll be damned if this thing’s going to die on my watch. “To that end, I’m very pleased to announce that the AFS will be back and better than ever this August. So far, I’ve locked down monthly ticketed

screenings at the Fine Arts Theatre, weekly screenings at Asheville Pizza & Brewing Co.’s Merrimon Avenue location, and, of course, we’ll be continuing our Thursday Horror Show screenings at The Black Cloud in West Asheville. “We’re also in the process of reincorporating as a 501(c)(3) under a new name — the Ken Hanke Memorial Asheville Film Society (a bit unwieldy as far as titles go, but credit where credit’s due). I’ll be sending out an email to our regular recipients soon, but anyone with questions or comments can send me an email at my personal address (jsdouglas22@ or respond in the online comments section below this letter at See y’all at the movies!”

Defeating an attack on our kids’ futures If you can’t count, you don’t count. Perhaps that‘s not literally true, but it’s clear that in the future, decent



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C A R T O O N B Y B R E NT B R O W N jobs will increasingly head for numerate cities. With the halving of school resources over the last few years, it looks like Raleigh wants to make quite sure that our kids “don’t count.” Defeating this brazen attack on our own and our kids’ future will need volunteer efforts over the long haul, not one-time flashes in the pan. We need long-term stable income for the Asheville City Schools Foundations to offset the worsening state of textbooks and other resources and to fund in- and after-school programs UNCA’s Asheville Initiative for Mathematics needs the resources to extend its existing Marvelous Math Club program. There need to be more out-of-school programs supporting kids through the drudgery of math homework as well as the fun of math exploration. Math-averse parents and grandparents need somewhere to find support so that they can be a positive, rather than a negative, influence on our students’ homework. The city continues to fritter away precious resources on things like $3 million-a-mile greenways from nowhere to nowhere, so overcoming Raleigh’s malign neglect toward our future is a job for the rest of us. After all, neither tourists nor retirees can guarantee prosperity — they are transients with little or no incentive to care about our city’s future. 8

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But as the man said: “Failure is not an option.” Otherwise, as Asheville sinks into another half-century-long slumber, your expensive home will become worthless, and your rent will grow far beyond your ability to pay. — Geoff Kemmish Asheville

Downtown advertising strikes sour chord My family and I were driving in downtown Asheville on [a recent] Saturday evening. Our windows were down and we were enjoying our conversation — until a full-size truck pulled alongside us, with music loud enough that we were forced to stop talking until the truck moved on. This truck was advertising for a local business, complete with a mannequin in the back. A block later, we encountered a convertible with another mannequin, advertising for the same business. Downtown is already crowded with cars, and these two seemed to be circling incessantly, taking up space, using lots of gasoline and making unwanted noise. I’m no marketing expert, but I think it’s best if your advertising doesn’t annoy the public. I won’t be patronizing this business until it finds a form of

advertising that is less obnoxious and closer to carbon-neutral. — Scott Paxon Asheville Editor’s note: Although the letter writer didn’t identify the business by name, we guessed it to be Off the Wagon Dueling Piano Bar and contacted the business for a response to a critique of its advertising. General Manager Ben Reese offered the following statement: “We like our advertising and understand there are those out there who don’t care for it. We have no plans of changing what we do until it no longer becomes effective.” He added, “If you don’t like it, quit yelling at us, threatening us and spitting at us. We will defend ourselves if we are inclined to do so under a threat. We recommend ignoring us … if you don’t like our advertising.”

Thumbs-down on airport parking signage I have just spent $60 for 2 ½ days parking at Asheville Regional Airport. It was posted on all the entrances: long-term parking full. So I parked in short-term and was robbed. The signage is horrible! — Jim Meiring Highlands

Contraceptive education can precede sex ed

Yes, Adrienne, please come!

I read your article “Touchy Topic: Experts and Parents Weigh In on Sex Education in Public Schools” [May 30, Xpress] with great environmental interest, since it will exclusively determine Buncombe soil and water quality and the Provincetown [Mass.] school tax. Of particular interest is the surprise that the Buncombe school system is ahead of the Asheville system in sex ed, despite Asheville not having viable fundamentalist opposition, unlike in Buncombe. This negates the main reason to preserve two independent systems. My complaint is that you leave unchallenged the false assumption that sex ed is prerequisite to contraceptive ed, when this is only true of barrier and perhaps calendar-based methods. Hormonal methods, IUDs and surgical methods can be explained without, and therefore long before, any explicit knowledge of sex, and therefore well before any potential onset of fertility, which is an absolute deadline. — Alan Ditmore Leicester

Yes, Adrienne [Fortune], you will be welcome here in Asheville [Letters, “Will I Be Welcome in Asheville?”, July 11, Xpress]. Not by all, but by most I believe. There is a growing number of people here in A-Town because it has what many people want — culture, diversity, acceptance of varying lifestyles, nature, food options, music and art and most importantly….you. As you stated, you are one of the reasons Asheville is what it is today: a melting pot of people from other states, backgrounds and lifestyles. You are drawn to this city because of its “energy,” which has everything to do with connection, with contribution, with wanting to be a part of an actual “community,” embracing all those of us who have already landed here, as well as all those who have called Asheville home for generations. Asheville is the cultural mecca it is due to the spirit of all those who have been here for generations welcoming the rest of us. I don’t/ can’t speak for all, but I know I speak for many. We welcome you. — Jason Ference Swannanoa


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Does Asheville still have its own distinctive style? That’s the question we’re pondering in this week’s issue of Mountain Xpress. As the city has grown and prospered, how has the gritty charm and offbeat culture of the Paris of the South evolved? And as 2 million visitors flock to our mountain metropolis every year, what effect does the presence of all those out-of-towners have on the mix? Style has many dimensions, but one of the first that comes to mind is the personal aesthetic expression of those who live, work and pass through here. While many base their hairstyles and clothing on expediency and what readily blends in, others use their look to tell the story of their values, identity and passions. From African braids to punk regalia to brightcolored cycling togs, people-watching on Asheville’s streets offers a kaleidoscope of variety — though these days, you have to look for it, swimming amid the mundane. Beyond the trappings of its inhabitants, our city prides itself on its architectural heritage, with an evocative mix of art deco masterpieces like Asheville City Hall and the S&W Cafeteria glistening alongside a supporting cast of turn-of-the-century brick buildings. In our residential neighborhoods, arts and crafts bungalows coexist with rambling Victorians, punctuated by midcentury ranch houses and the funky slant-roofed dwellings popping up in areas like West Asheville. As more new buildings join the old, who guards the legacy of Asheville’s built envi-


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ronment, and are we defending the city’s architectural birthright fiercely enough? There’s hardly an aspect of our town that doesn’t leverage a stylish presentation to set itself apart, from the settings where Asheville’s restaurants, bars and breweries offer up sustenance to the always evocative offerings of the arts and entertainment community. We hope you’ll enjoy this celebration of Asheville’s style and join with us in carrying forward an appreciation of the varied expressions that make this place different from anywhere else.  X


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BALANCING ACT How will new downtown construction affect Asheville’s future?

defend. I think that the jury is going to be out on that for several decades.” STRIKING A BALANCE

DOWNTOWN TAPESTRY: Architecture styles from different eras coexist in Asheville’s urban core. Photo by Joe Pellegrino

BY EDWIN ARNAUDIN In tandem with the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains that surround it, Asheville’s architecturally rich, pedestrian-friendly downtown draws visitors throughout the year as well as an increasing number of new residents. But as the city continues to grow and evolve, new construction is changing downtown’s look and feel in ways that not everyone is happy about. “I think that, appropriately, there is criticism of some of the new stuff we’re seeing,” concedes Jack W.L. Thomson, executive director of the Preservation Society of Asheville and Buncombe County. “So much of it is driven by the marketplace and how to capitalize on the use of a piece of real estate ... instead of the potential contribution that architecture can have to the public realm, to the entire city.” Even attempts to harmonize new construction by incorporating more traditional design elements have their critics. “I think you diminish what’s historic when you start to just copy it. Downtown starts to feel like a theme park,” says local architect Laura Berner Hudson. And as the cost of construction materials continues to rise and more new build12

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ings are erected within the downtown historic district, the direction Asheville’s evolving urban style takes may have a significant impact on the city’s future. HISTORICAL FOUNDATION “Downtown Asheville is a history museum of sidewalks. It’s a place for the visitor to experience history by walking the sidewalks, observing the architecture,” says Thomson. For him, the art deco structures from the 1920s, including such memorable creations as City Hall, are “the evocative expression of architecture in downtown Asheville. There are pockets of art deco across the country, but for this relatively small mountain city to have such exuberant specimens is pretty special,” he says. At the same time, he continues, “Probably the largest inventory of historic architecture downtown [consists of] relatively more modest examples from an earlier period, from the 1890s through the teens, of this two- and three-story brick mercantile architectural inventory. And I feel like those somewhat understated historic buildings are kind of the glue or the fabric that holds these really expressive art deco examples together.”

Rounding out downtown’s architectural mélange is the Gothic Revival style of the Jackson Building and the Grove Arcade, which Thomson says were “very flamboyant for their time period.” Also key to the central business district’s aesthetic character are unusually shaped structures such as the Miles Building and, adjacent to it, one of the few flatiron buildings outside of Manhattan. Those designs, he says, were mandated by Asheville’s topography, which influenced street layouts and oddly drawn lots. Thomson calls the Preservation Society “a relatively small and modest advocacy organization” that is “working in a high-pressure development scenario.” Thus, the primary concern is potential threats to historic buildings. “We consider historic resources nonrenewable resources. Once they are gone, they’re gone,” he points out. As community support for the group’s efforts continues to grow, Thomson hopes it can become more influential in assessing the quality and scale of new construction. In the meantime, however, “What we hope is that the new architecture will be of a quality that preservationists 50 years from now will want to

There are still some structures downtown representing later eras, such as I.M. Pei’s Akzona/Biltmore Building (1980), and even the new designs sometimes incorporate or reference older styles. The current makeover of the circa 1965 former BB&T Building, for example is abandoning the original stark, glass-and-steel exterior in favor of a more ornate and varied approach. In its new avatar as “The Arras,” it will feature 128 hotel rooms, 54 condos and a pair of restaurants. Hudson, however, says she’s seeing a lot of what she calls “art deco lite” and other “themed” buildings featuring external ornamentation that has nothing to do with the structure’s actual function. “If you want to build a real replica out of stone with a mason, go for it: Make that gorgeous,” she argues. “But you see these buildings that have these big, huge, oversized cartoon cornices. They’re made out of styrofoam covered in stucco. What’s the point in that? There’s no authenticity. It’s not a creative interpretation. … The answer is not to go back and just re-create the past: It’s to put more effort into what we’re doing today.” Thomson feels this “tribute aesthetic” may have a place in today’s downtown, though he stresses that it “still needs to embrace a contemporary base line or foundation of the design. I think there’s room for both, but it can be tricky,” he points out. “We’re a community, in general, that wants to embrace the notion of allowing for good contemporary architecture and new construction. We should honor and respect our historic architecture. We should leverage it for our economy, which is what we do, but a city really needs to be dynamic. And so allowing for new design to come in without the risk of loss of historic resources, I think, has a strong merit.”

One example of a creative solution to the past vs. present conundrum is the Asheville Art Museum’s current renovation and expansion project. Developed by the New York City-based Ennead Architects, it will preserve the current facility’s historic elements while juxtaposing a glass box facade that represents a thoroughly modern approach. Both Hudson and Alan Glines, assistant director of the city’s Planning and Urban Design Department, praise the design. “It’s something that’s contemporary and today, and it will be beautiful in contrast with everything that’s happening around it,” says Hudson. “I feel like Asheville’s a bold city. I wish we had bolder buildings.” ECONOMIC DRIVERS Earlier this year, notes Glines, the Downtown Commission — which makes recommendations to City Council concerning downtown issues and also carries out design review on major development projects within the central business district — announced that its priority over the next three years will be to encourage downtown

CLASSIC ASHEVILLE: Jack Thomson, executive director of the Preservation Society of Asheville and Buncombe County, calls City Hall and other art deco structures from the 1920s “the evocative expression of architecture in downtown Asheville.” Photo by Joe Pellegrino

residential development “of all stripes and price points.” Sage Turner, chair of the Downtown Commission, says the agency intends to accomplish that goal by continuing to work with developers to incorporate mixed-income housing, urging city staff and Council to fund needed infrastructure and working “with other boards and commissions on initiatives like the land use incentive grant that provides future tax rebates based on location and access.” Up till now, much of the residential construction in the area has been limited to four to six stories, and while the code allows developers to build higher, doing so may not make financial sense. “After seven stories,” says local architect Peter Alberice, “typically a project becomes classified in the building code as a high-rise.” And once that happens, “There are a lot more code restrictions that add to the cost of the project. There’s not really a mandate, but it’s one of those self-regulating issues that the building code brings.” Parking is another complex issue. Particularly with condos, notes Alberice, “The height and size of a



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PEOPLE FIRST: By prioritizing mixed-use purposes over interior parking, the developers of the 150 Coxe Ave. building have earned praise from local architects and city officials for an improved design. Photo by Virginia Daffron building ... is determined by how much secure parking can be provided within the project.” Building the parking, he explains, is “more expensive than what you could ever sell the spaces for, so there’s a balance between what is basically something you have to have to sell the units, and then how many units can be put in the building.” But the decision to keep these new structures in scale with the existing ones, notes Glines, “will shape how we experience downtown for years to come, because those buildings will be there for a good long time and you can’t really add on, at least with today’s technology.” Asheville architect Michael McDonough, a former Downtown Commission chair, says a contractor told him recently that the price of many construction materials has risen 40 percent. “It’s getting more and more challenging to design and build a building that has high-quality materials and highquality design and allows a developer to make money,” McDonough points out. “If we want nice buildings, we have to sell them or lease them at higher prices to pay for the nice materials and design. ... Unfortunately, there’s not a lot of inexpensive new housing downtown, but I think the architecture would have to be very tame, with a lot of synthetic stucco and cement panels and all that in order to bring costs down.” In terms of standout new residential designs, both Glines and McDonough praise the building at 150 Coxe Ave., which houses the ZaPow gallery on the ground floor and The Lofts at South Slope above. McDonough, who reviewed the plans while serving on 14

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the Downtown Commission, says the developer’s pivot from a combination parking garage/apartment building to a mixed-use facility that includes groundlevel commercial spaces led to a better overall design. If the city provided more parking as part of the infrastructure, he argues, “It would free up developers to say, ‘Let’s put a building very close to it ... and then it can become a better building because it can be designed for people rather than cars.’” And as people become less dependent on personal automobiles in the years ahead — and, thus, on having on-site storage for them — McDonough sees great potential for this formula downtown. GUIDING PRINCIPLES Other key factors that are helping drive the look of the city center are the Downtown Master Plan and Downtown Design Review Guidelines, which City Council approved almost a decade ago. Before that, notes McDonough, there really were no downtown design standards or height restrictions. Many of the guidelines, he explains, “were adopted into the Unified Development Ordinance. Compliance is mandatory as part of the zoning staff review and as reviewed by the Downtown Commission.” They’re aimed, he says, at creating buildings that have “a healthy relationship with the public realm, specifically with regard to sidewalks and pedestrian activity.”

Ironically, however, the master plan also curtailed City Council’s ability to review proposed developments, limiting it to only the very largest projects. In the wake of the 2008 recession, says McDonough, “There was not a lot of construction activity downtown for a few years, and then things started to crank up. So we are now seeing, 10 years later, the physical results of that master plan and guidelines that were adopted. I think it is instructive to look at the buildings that were created. Were they improved? Are they better buildings because of the downtown master plan and those guidelines? That judgement has less to do with the aesthetics of the building and more to do with how it fits into the context.” There’s also the Planning & Zoning Commission, which Hudson chairs. Although it’s not a design review board, it can get involved when a proposed project requires conditional zoning. The commission, she says, tries not to be overly prescriptive in its design recommendations, but in those instances it’s within P&Z’s purview to make aesthetic suggestions. “What I think the city actually champions,” says Hudson, “is an independent artistic spirit that is evident in many of our historic buildings, and we celebrate that by preserving and restoring some of the most spectacular examples of Asheville’s authentic design. The problem is that cities are living organisms that cannot be frozen in a certain decade. So I believe the best way to honor the ‘historic flavor’ is to channel that independent artistic spirit and add new buildings that future generations will appreciate.” A PLACE FOR EVERYONE Still, what happens when the new construction starts to outnumber the historic structures? Or when the scale of the high-rise hotels simply overwhelms the older four- and five-story buildings? And because of its compact size, is Asheville’s downtown at particular risk compared with larger historic districts in bigger cities? “Of course we are concerned about the balance between new and old and how it impacts the attractiveness of our city,” says Thomson. But the city’s ability to regulate development is limited. “Even though the old downtown core is a national registered area, it’s not a local district,” Glines explains. In local historic districts such as Montford, he continues, “The Historic Resources Commission can dictate the style and detail down to the color of the siding.” And while McDonough says that “Many on city staff and appointed com-

missions are concerned about the historic character being overwhelmed by new construction,” finding a solution isn’t easy. “There have been several efforts by the Historic Resources Commission to explore a historic district downtown to offer regulation and control,” he notes, “but this takes buy-in by a lot of property owners.” These concerns aren’t limited to the central business district, either. “One should not overlook the importance of surrounding historic urban neighborhoods and the contribution they make to the attractiveness of the downtown,” Thomson points out. “Protecting those areas is just as important. The demolition threats in unprotected neighborhoods next to downtown will be tremendous if the current market trends continue. Even historic suburban neighborhoods like Lakeview Park are seeing tear-downs today.” And in the meantime, what about tourism? If downtown’s historic flavor — which the city actively championed for decades and which has played a key role in creating the current boom — is compromised to the point that the city center ends up looking like Anyplace, USA, will the tourists decide to go elsewhere? Some people, notes McDonough, “might have concerns about tourism, but most I know (and me) do not see any obligation or desire to make decisions based on what tourists might prefer, or might do, with regard to how we manage growth downtown. In fact, we were more concerned about the negative effects of tourism, most recently in terms of long-term housing being replaced by short-term rentals.” Hudson, meanwhile, maintains that “if we mimic history to keep tourists happy, we will become another Williamsburg and will have lost the very thing that makes us special.” In the end, she believes, downtowns should be “a place for everyone,” and public spaces play a key role in civic life. For this reason, she encourages residents with an interest in downtown Asheville’s architectural future not to lose sight of their ability to influence it by attending Planning & Zoning and Downtown Commission meetings, writing letters to local officials and voicing support for new, innovative designs. “We have more potential than we realize to make a statement, to be the artists and the risk takers that we consider Asheville to be,” Hudson asserts. “Not everyone sees meaning in architecture, but we perceive it whether we realize it or not. It reflects back to us.”  X

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ROAD MAP If a resident of Asheville has a choice about whether to ride the bus, that person probably doesn’t. According to a rider survey undertaken in December 2017 and January 2018 by volunteers from Just Economics and the People’s Transit Campaign, less than a third of the city’s bus users take public transit voluntarily. The 2016 federal American Community Survey found that fewer than 2 percent of employed Ashevilleans commute by bus, with over threequarters driving alone. The city’s new Transit Master Plan (, set for approval at Asheville City Council’s regular meeting on Tuesday, July 24, aims to shift those statistics in a big way. The ambitious proposal would increase bus service hours by 44 percent starting in fiscal year 2020, construct a new $50 million operating facility by 2024 and double the current fleet by 2029. By the end of the next decade, operating and maintenance costs for the expanded transit services are projected to cost the city more than $21 million annually, well over twice the fiscal year 2019 Transit Fund budget of roughly $8.5 million. Elias Mathes, transit planning manager for the city, says these bold changes are needed to make Asheville Redefines Transit a viable alternative to automobile commuting for the city’s future. A previous version of the plan, developed in 2009 and adopted in 2010, no longer reflected the state of Asheville’s transit needs. “Development patterns have changed, traffic patterns are different, and all of that has changed the ways we can provide transit,” he says. “We really had to take a comprehensive look at what the needs of the people are for public transit and if how we’re providing them now is serving those needs.” Increased investment in the system will boost the coverage area, provide service into the late evening and increase the frequency of buses along key routes. “At that point, people are going to run out of excuses for not using the bus,” Mathes says. 16

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Transit Master Plan proposes big changes for Asheville’s bus service

HERE, THERE AND EVERYWHERE: Asheville’s Transit Master Plan proposes a new route in West Asheville, as well as extended service hours throughout the network, as the first of many ambitious changes. See larger version of image at Graphic courtesy of the city of Asheville GETTING THERE The Transit Master Plan represents months of collaboration between city staff, citizen stakeholders and consultants from Florida-based Tindale Oliver (which received $115,161 for its work on the project). Through workshops, online and on-bus surveys, discussion groups and public meetings, the project team received extensive input about what problems exist for current riders and what barriers keep prospective users from getting on board. In a staff report, Mathes lists four main takeaways from public engagement that informed the plan. Community members emphasized on-time performance and overall system reliability as crucial to successful public transit. Reducing between-bus transfers was also important, particularly for passengers with disabilities.


Increasing access to areas with few current bus routes and maintaining access to necessities such as groceries and medical care rounded out the key goals identified by the public. The Transit Master Plan also considers the city’s plethora of related plans, including the Asheville in Motion Plan and Living Asheville: A Comprehensive Plan for Our Future. While these previous documents outlined broad goals and aspirations for the city’s transit system, the new plan takes a more granular approach. “The Transit Master Plan is focused on specific steps that need to be taken to attain those goals,” Mathes explains. Members of the city’s Transit Committee, an advisory board for the Multimodal Transportation Commission, praised the responsiveness of the planning process. “I’ve

been involved in city politics and plans for about 3 ½ years now, and this is one of the first times I’ve not only gotten to participate, but actually seen it work,” says committee member Kim Roney. “Community engagement was taken very seriously, not only by the staff but also the consultants.” Roney points to changes made between the first draft of the plan, released in late March, and the final draft being presented on Tuesday. She says that initial effort removed the Haw Creek and Kenilworth neighborhoods from transit service and created serious inconveniences for residents of the Pisgah View Apartments public housing neighborhood. After the Transit Committee offered feedback, the project team worked out a solution that preserved service while still improving on-time performance.

Transit Committee Chair Adam Charnack agreed that the process has been fair while acknowledging the difficult trade-offs inherent in transit planning. “It’s very difficult to balance the needs of providing bus service everywhere with the need of providing really good service in the places we want to provide really good service,” he says. “They did a good job of maximizing the community benefits.” CHARTING THE COURSE The plan’s most dramatic recommendations would be implemented in its first year, currently scheduled for fiscal year 2020, which begins July 1, 2019. All routes would run until 10 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 8 p.m. on Sunday, extensions of roughly two hours over existing service times. Additionally, at least one route along Asheville’s main north, south, east and west corridors would run through midnight on weekdays. Those extra hours could make all the difference for employees working schedules that differ from the standard 9-to-5. “We’re going to be able

to reach those workers who say they can get to work on the bus but can’t get home because the bus stops at 7:30 or 8,” says Roney. “Now they’ll be able to get to work and back.” West Asheville will see an entirely new route, WPVA, that connects the Pisgah View Apartments to downtown. Besides directly serving a low-income community with a need for public transit, the change will boost the frequency of buses along Haywood Road to once every 15 minutes, which Mathes says could transform how people use the system. “If you’re standing on any section of Haywood Road going out to State Street and you’re trying to get into downtown, you really don’t even need to know the route schedules or which route you’re trying to catch,” Mathes explains. “It really lowers the bar of having to understand the system and the details of the schedule and it lowers the wait time.” The following years of the plan call for similar increases in frequency along major corridors, including Patton Avenue and Tunnel Road, through a combination of new routes



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N EWS and additional buses. “That has the potential to really change the perception of what buses can mean in Asheville as something that the general population can really depend upon and start to build their lives around,” says Charnack. Crosstown routes, which would not require riders to transfer on their way through downtown, are also proposed. While Mathes says Asheville’s topography prevents the city from completely eliminating the ART station as a transfer hub, the proposed east-west and north-south crosstown routes would pass through a new transfer point at Pack Square. A free downtown shuttle, to be implemented in fiscal year 2025, would circulate riders from that point to the ART station, parking garages and entertainment areas. FOOTING THE FLEET? With higher levels of service, however, come higher expenses. Operating and maintenance costs for the Transit Master Plan’s first year are estimated at $10.6 million, more than $2 million over the same costs in this year’s budget. First-year capital expenses will include two new buses at $860,000 each — as well as $90,000 for a study about where and how to build an estimated $50 million maintenance and administrative facility. Mathes says that ART’s current garage, built in 1971 and located at 360 W. Haywood St., is nearing the end of its federally established 50-year service life and will need to be replaced regardless of the plan’s approval. He estimates that a new facility would require 8-10 acres of land but does not yet know where it might be located. Although Mathes emphasizes that staff will look to build away from the city’s center to avoid high land prices and competition with affordable housing, he notes that calculating the optimal placement is tricky. “If we locate the facility farther away from downtown, we also have to factor in the distance that buses have to drive every day to get from that facility,” he says. “If you look at that cost over a 50-year lifespan, that can definitely add up.” After expected federal funding covers 80 percent of the facility’s cost, the city’s share of the bill will be approximately $10 million. Mathes says his staff will examine every available option for funding, including federal grants and partnerships with Buncombe County, but he doesn’t rule out additional 18

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taxes or bond issues. “That’s a determination Council’s going to have to make,” he says. Once the new garage is in place, expenses will grow at a much more gradual pace. Operating and maintenance costs will increase by roughly $1 million per year from fiscal 2023 onward, while the fleet will continue to add buses through 2029. The plan calls for a peak fleet of 36 vehicles with 16 spares for a total of 52. FARE THEE WELL The Transit Master Plan is more cautious about another monetary issue for the system: fare-free transit. Eliminating fares would have comparatively little impact on ART finances; less than 10 percent of bus funding, an estimated $720,000 in fiscal 2019, comes from ticket and pass sales. Mathes says the primary obstacle to fare-free service is instead the potential overcrowding and ontime performance issues generated by increased ridership. Rather than moving to a completely fare-free policy, as recommended by the People’s Transit Campaign and other groups, the plan suggests a trial of fare-free weekends for the first year to assess the impact of changes on the system. At the conclusion of the trial, Mathes and his staff would then have real-world data to inform Council’s decision about fares. “We may do that and say, ‘We were being overly concerned about overcrowding,’ and [Council] may decide to go fare-free much quicker than they would have otherwise,” he says. Roney disagrees with this incremental approach. She says that overcrowding would likely not be an issue on all but the busiest east-west routes, which will already see increased bus frequency under the new plan. “If the No. 1 argument is that we don’t want too many people riding the bus, then I think that’s a foolish reason not to consider fare-free,” Roney says. “I don’t know a single person in this town who doesn’t see traffic, parking and/or pollution as a problem, so I say let’s get more people on the bus.” Charnack, however, says the farefree debate may be missing the larger point about public transit. “People aren’t riding the bus because it’s not a service that comes often enough and that people can rely upon,” he says. “Those are the two things that we need if we actually want to shift the perception and shift people’s way of getting around.”  X

BIZ BRIEFS by Virginia Daffron | KAPLAN TO LEAD VENTURE ASHEVILLE Former software developer Jeff Kaplan will become the Asheville area’s entrepreneur-inchief when he takes the reins of Venture Asheville, the high-growth entrepreneurship initiative of the Economic Development Coalition for AshevilleBuncombe County and the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce, on Aug. 6. Venture Asheville is charged with growing Asheville’s startup community and connecting highgrowth entrepreneurs to talent, mentors and investors through programming and events. At Anthroware, a local software development company, Kaplan was a product owner and consultant. He has also been active with Hatch AVL Foundation, planning programs and events for the entrepreneurial community. Kaplan holds a Master of Science in Entrepreneurship from the University of Florida and, according to a press release, has been involved in several startups, with experience in product development, project management and design thinking. ON THE MOVE • Jeff Washburn, licensed real estate broker and certified shopping center manager, has joined Whitney Commercial Real Estate Services as director of property management. Washburn most recently served as general manager of the Asheville Mall for 14 years. • U.S. Cellular named Brian Posey sales manager for its store at 1043 Patton Ave. in Asheville. • Irena Pivovarevich and Anya Inochkina recently joined Johnson Price Sprinkle PA as associates.

GROWTH SPURT: The population growth rate of the Asheville metro area topped that of the state and the nation in 2016 and 2017. Graphic courtesy of Johnson Price Sprinkle PA; data from U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis WHAT’S NEWS • Letitia Walker has opened Puma Yoga at 697 D Haywood Road in West Asheville. • Heather Stefani and Leeann Mayes opened blue29, a high-end denim and home decor store at 146 Church St. in Asheville’s South Slope. • Allegra Marketing Print Mail recently ranked among the Top 100 Quick and Small Commercial Printers compiled by Printing News in its annual survey. Allegra, owned by Dave Campbell, ranked No. 16 and appears on the list for the third consecutive year. Campbell operates four locations in Asheville and also has locations in Brevard and Hendersonville. • The Collider announced a new conference, [Food + Beverage] Collider, which will explore how leading food and beverage companies are identifying and addressing climate risk, on Oct. 23-24. POPULATION RISES IN ASHEVILLE METRO AREA Local accounting firm Johnson Price Sprinkle PA released an analysis of the U.S. Census Bureau’s recently released 2017 population numbers for metro areas in the nation.

JPS wrote: “According to the new data, the fourcounty Asheville metro (Buncombe, Haywood, Henderson and Madison counties) grew by 1.2 percent between 2016 and 2017; adding a net of 5,231 new residents to a total population of 456,145. Asheville metro remains the sixth-largest among all 15 metros in the state and sixth for its pace of growth. “How does Asheville metro’s current population growth rate compare to the state and nation? At 1.2 percent, Asheville metro’s population growth rate is just a hair above North Carolina’s current rate of 1.1 percent and solidly above the national rate of 0.7 percent. “How does Asheville metro’s current growth rate compare to its own recent past? Over the last 20 years, the metro’s population growth rate has ranged from a peak of 2.1 percent in 2006 to a low of 0.7 percent in both 2011 and 2012. The dramatic shift closely follows dates of the recent economic recession, which began in late 2007 and lasted until mid2009. The statewide pattern of population growth follows a similar path.” For the full analysis, along with charts illustrating the data, see on the JPS website.  X MOUNTAINX.COM

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Trash charges on the rise in Buncombe Waste Pro subscribers in Buncombe County should budget for an 8.7 percent increase in the cost of trash collection over the next several months. On July 10, Buncombe County commissioners unanimously approved two 4.35 percent (64-cent) bumps in the monthly rate, which will go into effect on Aug. 1 and April 1. Subscribers currently pay $14.77 per month to have their solid waste and recycling collected by Waste Pro. These rate increases will bring that total to $15.41 on Aug. 1 and $16.05 on April 1. Waste Pro has had an exclusive franchise on the collection of solid waste and recyclables in unincorporated parts of Buncombe County since Jan. 1, 2010. The franchise agreement ends on Dec. 31, 2019. Waste Pro had initially asked commissioners to bring the rate up to about $17.25 per month. “We’ve gone through some growing pains,” Robert Allen, director of government relations for Waste

WASTE NOT: Representatives from Waste Pro answer questions from members of the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners on July 10. Photo by David Floyd Pro, told commissioners. Drivers are collecting higher salaries, and the price of new vehicles is increasing. The cost of handling recycling has also jumped. Commissioners noted they have received calls from constituents about trash not being collected. “It’s a people business,” Allen said, “and it sounds really simple that you drive around and pick it up and take it away.” But challenges such as new drivers, winding roads and weather get in the way. “Are there going to be misses? Absolutely, but the whole idea is to respond quickly — get out there and get it out.” Commissioner Al Whitesides said he was surprised when he was elected a year and a half ago at the number of complaints the county was receiving about trash not being picked up; he said the trash collection model the county is using is outdated. “I know nothing about trash,” Whitesides said, “but common sense tells me that what we’re doing is not going to get any better.” The last Waste Pro increase went into effect in July 2012. The 8.7 percent increase approved by commissioners on Tuesday is in line with growth in the consumer price index (issued monthly by the Bureau of Labor Statistics) since then. COUNTY GREEN-LIGHTS SEARCH FIRM In a step the board didn’t take when it chose Mandy Stone to replace former County Manager Wanda Greene,


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commissioners decided to seek the assistance of an executive search firm to help with the selection of a new permanent county manager. The board announced in early June that Stone would be retiring effective July 1, almost exactly a year after she accepted the position. The county manager recruitment process outlined by interim County Manager George Wood contrasts with the process the Board of Commissioners went through about a year ago when it chose Stone for the position. “There was no process other than simply choosing Mandy for the job,” board Chair Brownie Newman told Xpress after the meeting. “I strongly disagreed with this and publicly advocated for a full, open search process. However, the other board members did not agree and simply choose Mandy without considering other candidates.” Citing a booklet from the UNC School of Government, Wood said the best-case time frame for the selection of a county manager would be four months, and the worst case would be seven months. This estimate, however, doesn’t take into account the time necessary to conduct a request for qualifications to hire the consultants, Wood said, a step he anticipates would tack on an extra 45 days. Wood pointed to a list of attributes commissioners may want to consider in their ideal candidate, including interpersonal skills, financial management experience and technical knowledge of county services. An

imminent next step in the selection process involves putting together a series of public input sessions for each county district. “The main thing is to give the public an opportunity to tell you what they view as the most important attributes [of a county manager],” Wood said. “Then we’ll have the department heads do it, and then ultimately it will be your decision as to what you want to emphasize.” Asheville is conducting a similar search process for a city manager after City Council voted to boot longtime City Manager Gary Jackson in March, about nine months shy of his planned retirement. The city opened a request for proposals in early March for an executive search firm and received nine responses. After Buncombe County selects its executive search consultant, the firm will advertise the position and then screen applicants to develop a list of top candidates. The Board of Commissioners will decide how it will interview the candidates, and the firm will develop the interview questions and grading system. Commissioners will review the top candidates and decide whom they want to interview. Once the board agrees on a top choice, the firm will conduct a reference check, criminal history and credit check and confirm the candidate’s academic history. Wood anticipates a search firm will cost Buncombe County about $80,000, which is a third of the county manager’s annual salary. In a memo he sent to commissioners on July 2, Wood said he has frozen a program analyst position worth about $65,000 plus benefits to help offset the cost of the search firm. Former County Manager Wanda Greene has been accused of misappropriating $2.3 million to purchase whole-life insurance policies for herself, her son, Michael Greene, and several county employees and purchasing more than $200,000 of personal items with county-issued purchase cards. The next meeting of the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners will take place at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 7, in the third floor conference room at 200 College St. in downtown Asheville.

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IT’S FUN TO PLAY AT THE YMCA: The Cheshire Fitness Club in Black Mountain will become the Black Mountain YMCA on Sept. 4, following its purchase by the nonprofit YMCA of Western North Carolina. Photo courtesy of the YMCA of WNC CITY COUNCIL TO MEET JULY 24 When Asheville City Council convenes on Tuesday, July 24, at 5 p.m., Council members are tentatively scheduled to hear public comment on three items: a rezoning request for property at 643 Brevard Road to Highway Business District; an economic development incentive grant to General Electric Corp. and Unison Engine Components; and a proposed amendment to the city’s zoning code to add standards to the outdoor lighting ordinance. City Council meets in council chambers at City Hall, 70 Court Plaza. An agenda will be posted at before the meeting. BLACK MOUNTAIN TO GET YMCA When the owners of the Cheshire Fitness Club in Black Mountain approached the nonprofit YMCA of Western North Carolina about buying the 17,000-square-foot facility, the Y saw the purchase as a way to better serve residents of Black Mountain, the Swannanoa Valley and Old Fort, according to Charles Frederick, chair of the YMCA of WNC board of directors. Adding the Cheshire Fitness Club to the YMCA portfolio will open the door for after-school programs at Black Mountain Elementary, Black Mountain Primary and W.D. Williams Elementary.

The Y’s existing charitable programs in the area include scholarships for after-school child care and summer camp, youth mentorship, food distribution and nutrition education. The new Y will serve as home base for these programs and others, including swim lessons and youth sports. It will also offer chronic care management programs to manage arthritis, prevent falls, reduce high blood pressure, prevent and control diabetes, and regain strength after cancer. The new stand-alone Y will join Black Mountain’s YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly, which has been located in the community since 1906. Current Cheshire Fitness members will automatically become Black Mountain YMCA members in September, giving them access to seven other YMCAs in the region and YMCAs around the country. AZALEA MOUNTAIN SCHOOL RECEIVES ACCREDITATION, CHANGES NAME Azalea Mountain School in Asheville received national accreditation by the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America, becoming the first official Waldorf School in Asheville and only the second in the state. Azalea Mountain School has officially changed its name to Asheville Waldorf School. The school joins 160 member schools and 14 teach-

er education institutes in North America. Founded in 2010, Asheville Waldorf School will accept students from nursery through sixth grade for the 2018-19 school year. The Asheville Waldorf School Azalea Campus on Balm Grove Road will serve first through sixth grade, and a new Magnolia Campus on Baker Avenue will serve as the Early Childhood Campus, providing parentchild classes, nursery and kindergarten. For more information about the school and programs or to schedule a tour, contact Brita Nordgren at enrollment@, 828-575-2557. TRAVEL GRANTS AVAILABLE FOR N.C. PUBLIC SCHOOLS Does your public school feel like hitting the road for a field trip to the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh? Travel grants are available this fall to help cover a portion of travel costs. Title I public schools, Title VII American Indian schools and other schools with a high percentage of low-income or at-risk students will receive priority for the funding. Last year’s travel grant program awarded a total of $55,000 to 55 schools in the state. This year, the online application process runs through Friday, Sept. 14; apply online at Questions can be sent to Chelsea Weger at chelsea.weger@  X


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Sharing history

Instagram account brings 1940s Asheville to life Throughout that decade, she traveled the country and world as a member of the USO. On Aug. 9, 1945, Berkowitz and her troupe performed at the former Moore General Hospital in Swannanoa. Photographs from the collection also show the group exploring parts of Asheville, including downtown and the Grove Park Inn. On Aug. 14, 1945 — the troupe’s final day in the city — The Asheville Citizen’s headline read: “Tokyo says Japs to accept surrender terms; Second World War over if broadcast is true; no allied confirma-

STREET STYLE: Estelle Berkowitz snaps a photo of her USO troupe on a sidewalk in downtown Asheville. Photo courtesy of Emily Capps In 1998, freelance writer Emily Capps was antiquing in Atlanta when she came across a pair of boxes. Inside, Capps found hundreds of images of a woman named Estelle Berkowitz. As Capps flipped through the collection, captivated by the subject’s smile and attire, it became evident this was a pictorial history of Berkowitz’s adult life. For several years, Capps played around with ways of showcasing the collection. At one point, some of the images hung from a pair of old window panes inside her home. Later, she dedicated an entire room to the pictures. More recently, she created the Instagram handle, @theestelleburke.

USO TROUPE: On Aug. 9, 1945, Estelle Berkowitz and her fellow USO troupe members visited soldiers at the former Moore General Hospital in Swannanoa. Photo courtesy of Capps

The project, which launched in 2017, is a fictional account of Berkowitz’s life. But in the process of creating and sharing her story, Capps caught the attention of a former high school friend and researcher, Lee Howard. Intrigued by the series, Howard says he began looking into Berkowitz’s past as a way to provide Capps with “some anchors to build this mythology around.” What the pair now know is that Berkowitz (who also listed her last name as Borke and Berke) was born in Rochester, N.Y., on July 22, 1912. In the 1940 U.S. census, she noted her profession as a “speciality dancer.”



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AT THE LANGREN: Berkowitz stands on the steps of the Langren Hotel in downtown Asheville. The hotel opened on July 4, 1912. It was razed in 1964. Today the site is home to the AC Hotel Asheville Downtown. Photo courtesy of Capps

ON THE GREEN: Members of Berkowitz’s USO troupe pose on the golf course below the Grove Park Inn. Photo courtesy of Capps

tion likely before 9 a.m.” The following day’s headline confirmed the news. Capps’ collection totals more than 1,000 images. Along with her Instagram account, she is currently considering writing a book about the series. For Howard, the Berkowitz photographs speak to the hidden treasures that too often are ignored. “People might have an archive in their attic or basement,” he says. For folks who do, he encourages digitizing their personal histories. “It’s part of our collective cultural memory that we all share,” he says. For additional images, follow Emily Capps at @theestelleburke.  X



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HAIR’S THE THING Asheville hairstyling brings people together and sets them apart within the framework of a classic, lower-maintenance cut, like juxtaposing a brighter-than-natural blonde or shockingly deep brown with a crisp bob. Not all trends come from stylists’ advice. If one style is screaming “Asheville” to her right now, Ford-Cox says, it’s middle-aged and older women who are not dying their gray or white hair but are brightening their locks with tinsel instead. The so-called “fairy hair” doesn’t damage hair, lasts for months, can be brushed and is easily undone. She thinks the look just might be more than a fad; after a few years of growing popularity, she’s even considering adding it to her services. Yet Ford-Cox laments that other voices in Asheville’s stylistic scene aren’t speaking as loudly. Between the influx of new residents and the onslaught of tourists, she says, “our local style has been a little watered down.” She no longer sees as many of the iconic looks downtown that make her say, “That’s so Asheville.” That view may make her a “grumpy local,” Ford-Cox admits, but she believes Asheville’s style is supposed to be eclectic. From her time growing up in the area and attending Warren Wilson College, she remembers “crusty punks, people with gauges, people with tattoos, people that smell bad, people with dreads, people doing their own thing” — an assortment of expression paying no attention to the normal or mainstream.

Strolling down a couple of blocks in Asheville, one might see a neat buzz cut, long dreadlocks, a cute bob, a tight weave, fairy hair, mermaid hair, hair everywhere and a big, bushy mustache — maybe even all on the same person. When it comes to hair, Asheville is “anything goes,” says Jami Redlinger, Best of WNC Hall of Famer for Hairstylist and co-owner of The Middy. But beneath that diversity, she explains, is a unifying theme: selfexpression. “I feel like there’s a lot of really creative people here, so people want to get really creative with their hair, too.” Tina Ford-Cox, a former multiyear Best of WNC champion who operates out of The Parlor of Asheville, agrees that Ashevilleans do their ’dos with purpose. “Asheville is not sloppy,” she says. “People dress with intention.” And the same goes for hair. AS WITHOUT, SO WITHIN For Ford-Cox, style comes down to what’s inside. After she won Best of WNC, before she built her current client base, she had people coming to her under the impression that she could “fix them.” But that’s not how style works, she says. “They would use their hair as a metaphor for [what was wrong with them] … [but] your style is

FROM MANY, ONE: The deft fingers of Soce Ahmed, left, fashion intricate weaves and braiding patterns that are clean, tight and eye-catching. In her little shop on Eagle Street, she has served all sorts of folks over the past 18 years, including Gelisa Madden, right. And she’s built a community for herself through her work. Photo by Joe Pellegrino not going to fix what’s wrong with you. Your style is going to exemplify who you are, the best of you.” Redlinger’s best advice for Ashevilleans looking to purposefully get their looks right is to trust the stylist and be open to their professional perspective. “If you’re going to try something new, really find someone that you can trust and have some fun with it,” she says. After 20 years of experience, Redlinger says, she does her best work when people let her do what she knows. “I’m pretty good at judging people’s boundaries with hair, like I know that my client from Biltmore Forest is not going to want a mohawk.” She likes to add funky twists


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FACE FUZZ Candler collagist Terry Taylor also has fond memories of Asheville style, but he doesn’t think the spirit of individuality has left the region quite yet. With the progressive bent of Asheville, he says, “everybody’s trying to find something that will mark them in some fashion apart from somebody else.” For him, it isn’t the hair on his dome, but rather that which graces his face. “No two mustaches look alike,” he says, and he appreciates that his look is his alone. In his post-pubescent life, Taylor has always had some sort of facial hair, even if it sometimes dwindled to just a scraggly little mustache. But about 10 years ago, he started seeing mustaches appear everywhere in subversive pop culture, perhaps spurred by the rise of


MUSTACHE YOU A QUESTION: Terry Taylor is a longtime mustache wearer. He’s even put together a book on the subject — “‘Stache: Frivolous Facts and Fancies about That Space Between the Nose and Lip” — featuring pictures, facts and even mustache-related craft activities. Photo by Thomas Calder hipster fashion. In the midst of what some might call peak mustache era, he told his barber at Tom’s Barber Shop in West Asheville (where he has been going for nearly 30 years), “let’s just let this grow and see what happens.” Taylor says he just wanted to see if he could grow his mustache into a handlebar of some kind — and indeed he could. In his fully groomed glory, Taylor has a well-sculpted handlebar, flatter than some but with a distinct upward flair at the ends. In a more distinctive move, at the suggestion of his barber, he’s also elected to leave his eyebrows long and often waxes them into horns emulating the hair on his lip. Admittedly, Taylor’s style isn’t always the most practical. On days he doesn’t groom it, things can get messy. “It’s big and bushy,” he says, “and I can’t eat soup that day.” Even worse, he adds, red wine invariably drips on his shirt. But he’d never give it up; he says it’s part of his face. Taylor doesn’t venture to say whether mustache enthusiasm is on the rise in Asheville. But walking around town, he says, he experiences a “sort of brotherhood of people who have mustaches, who just look at each other and go, ‘Uh-huh, that’s nice.’”

That sense of community around hair doesn’t arise solely among people with similar coifs or cookie dusters. Holiday Childress, a repeat top three Best of WNC winner for best Hairstylist at Sola Salon Studios, has found himself getting closer to all sorts of people who hop into his chair. While he initially thought hairstyling would be superficial work, he says he’s found the exact opposite to be true. “The hair is just a medium for the deeper relationship with the patron,” Childress explains. Soce Ahmed, who learned to braid hair socially as a little girl in Senegal and currently runs Soce’s African Hair Braiding on Eagle Street, beams as she talks about her own variety of clients: all walks of life, young and adult, homeless and well-situated, people of many races. She says she’s watched clients grow up in her chair, braiding the same locks for years as elementary school children grow up, get jobs and start families themselves. “I am not rich in money,” she says, “but I am rich in people.” The community aspect is also part of Redlinger’s interest in her work. “I don’t want to say it’s like networking — it’s more like connecting,” she says. Through her salon, she has put clients together to help people find jobs, houses and new area connections. But Redlinger finds that hairstyling doesn’t just help her make connections between people — she builds connections with them as well. “When they leave here, everyone feels better than when they walked in. And that’s really a really powerful thing for me,” she says. “I call it ‘hairapy’ sometimes,” says Ford-Cox about her client relationships, “because people dish and vent and work through their issues.” She theorizes that hair’s social aspects come about not just because patrons have to spend a good deal of time with their stylists, but also because appearance and self-esteem are so closely tied. There’s a grand tradition of hair-care professionals being rooted in the people they serve, says Childress. “It’s just taking care of people, like barbers and hairdressers have taken care of their patrons for hundreds of years. I’m the community hairdresser, and I like to take care of my community because it’s a rich fabric of people in this town.” And while many factors contribute to the sense of well-being one gets fresh out of the barbershop or hair salon, Childress says, it boils down to a pretty simple idea. “If you feel right about the way that you look, in the way that you are in the world, that gives you more confidence and makes you feel more like yourself.”  X MOUNTAINX.COM

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Bascom Gala with raffle, live music by Steve Johannason and a plated dinner benefit The Bascom. Registration: 828-787-2866.

CALENDAR GUIDELINES For a full list of community calendar guidelines, please visit For questions about free listings, call 251-1333, ext. 137. For questions about paid calendar listings, please call 251-1333, ext. 320.

ANIMALS BUNCOMBE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARIES buncombecounty. org/governing/depts/ library • TU (7/24), 6pm “Soul Fauna Critter Encounters,” educational, hands-on presentation about various types of snakes. Free. Held at Enka-Candler Library, 1404 Sandhill Road, Candler FIRESTORM BOOKS & COFFEE 610 Haywood Road, 828-255-8115, • 3rd FRIDAYS, 6-7:30pm - Animal Rights Reading Group. Free to attend.

BENEFITS APPALACHIAN BARN ALLIANCE • FR (7/20), 9am-noon - Proceeds from this 10-passenger van tour of historic barns benefit the Appalachian Barn Alliance. Registration required. $40. BIKES AND BEERS • SA (7/21), 9:30am - Proceeds from the Bikes and Beers 15and 30-mile bike ride and all-day party benefit Blue Ridge Bicycle Club. $45. Held at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., 100 Sierra Nevada Way Mills River COMEDY BENEFIT • FR (7/20), 7pm & 9:30pm - Proceeds from this comedy show featuring performances by Cary Goff, Tom Peters,



Hilliary Begley, Ben Atkins, Blaine Perry, Art Sturtevant, Kelly Morgan, Chesney Goodson and Moria Gorey benefit the family of the late local comedian Michael Roach. $12/$10 advance. Held at The Grey Eagle, 185 Clingman Ave. FRIENDS OF THE SMOKIES 828-452-0720, friendsofthesmokies. org, friendsofthesmokies. org • SA (7/21), 7pm Proceeds from the Stomp Barn Party with a gourmet farm-totable dinner, live music by NewTown, drinks and square dancing benefit Friends of the Smokies. $100. Held at Hickory Nut Gap Farm, 57 Sugar Hollow Road, Fairview GRAN FONDO BENEFIT 828-452-0720, • SU (7/22) - Proceeds from this 30, 60 and 100 mile bike competition benefit Eblen Charities. Register for location. $90 for 30 miles/$125 for 60 miles/$145 for 100 miles. HENDERSONVILLE HISTORIC PRESERVATION COMMISSION 828-697-3088, • SA (7/21) - Proceeds from this historic home tour of three of the earliest estates in Flat Rock benefit Historic Flat Rock. Registration required: 828-698-0030. $40/$35 advance. LAKE TOMAHAWK PARK 401 S. Laurel Circle Drive Black Mountain,

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CLIPS FOR A CAUSE: Stylists from across North Carolina will descend upon Salvage Station on Sunday, July 22, noon-6 p.m., for the second yearly Humble Hairdresser fundraiser. Haircuts, beard and bang trims, hair chalking and face painting for all ages are available to the public in exchange for a donation to Humble Hairdressers, a nonprofit that provides high-quality cuts for those who can’t afford to go to a salon. Funds raised from the styling as well as sales of Archetype Brewing’s HumbleHops, a dry-hopped Brett IPA created especially for the event, will go toward the purchase of new tools and allow the group to expand its reach. For more information, visit Photo courtesy of Humble Hairdressers 828-669-8610, townofblackmountain. org/rec&parks.htm • WE (7/18), noon7pm - Proceeds from "National Hotdog Day," hotdog and cheerwine fundraising sale benefit Black Mountain Counseling Center. $2. PISGAH LEGAL SERVICES 828-253-0406, • SU (7/22) & SU (7/29), 7pm - Proceeds from The Happy Together Revue, cabaret concert with music from the 50s, 60s and 70s, benefit Pisgah Legal Services. $20. Held at Attic Salt Theatre, The Mills at Riverside, 2002


Riverside Drive, Suite 42-O REYNOLDS VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT • 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 SALUDA HISTORIC DEPOT

• SA (7/21), 5-10pm - Proceeds from the costumed Rock n’ Roll Dance and Dinner fundraiser, with live music by the Super 60s Band, benefit the Saluda Historic Depot. $25/ Free for children under 12. Held at Party Place & Event Center, 221 Friendship Church Road, Saluda ST. JAMES EPISCOPAL CHURCH 424 W State St., Black Mountain, 828-669-2754 • SU (7/22), 2pm Proceeds from the "Feminine Faces of God" concert featuring works by Annelinde Metzner and former opera soprano

Kimberly Hughes benefit the New Hope for Tomorrow Women's and Children's shelter. Admission by donation of $15 and up. ST. MARK'S LUTHERAN CHURCH 10 North Liberty St., 828-253-0043 • SA (7/21), 9am-2pm Proceeds from this rummage, bake and plant sale with thousands of items benefit ABCCM Transformation Village. Free to attend. THE BASCOM 323 Franklin Road, Highlands, 828-5264949, • SU (7/22), 6-10pm - Proceeds from The

A-B TECH SMALL BUSINESS CENTER 828-398-7950, • TH (7/19), 10amnoon - "Starting a Better Business," seminar. Registration required. Free. Held at AB Tech South Location, 303 Airport Road, Room 113, Arden • TU (7/24), 10-11:30am - "Business Contracts and Leases for Small Business Owners," seminar. Registration required. Free. Held at A-B Tech Small Business Center, 1465 Sand Hill Road, Candler • TH (7/26), 6-9pm "Which Social Media Tools Should I Use for My Business," seminar. Registration required. Free. Held at A-B Tech Small Business Center, 1465 Sand Hill Road, Candler FLETCHER AREA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION jim@ extraordinarycopywriter. com • 4th THURSDAYS, 11:30-noon - General meeting. Free. Held at YMCA Mission Pardee Health Campus, 2775 Hendersonville Road, Arden • 4th TUESDAYS, 11:30am-1pm Educational monthly 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 HATCHWORKS 45 S. French Broad Ave. • WE (7/25), 6pm - Asheville Coders League Tech Talks: "Machine Learning in Production with scikits-

learn," presentation by Andrew Harris. Free. THE COLLIDER 1 Haywood St., Suite 401, 1828, • TU (7/19), noon Lunch & Learn: "How to Build an Influencer Platform, Strengthen Your Brand, and Make Marketing Obsolete," presentation by Matt Frazier, vegan marathoner and ultrarunner. Registration required. $20. • TU (7/24), noon - Lunch & Learn: "Leveraging Public Relations to Influence the Influencer," seminar and lunch with Krista Valiante, marketing pro. $20/Free for members. • TH (7/26), noon - Lunch & Learn: "How Sensor Technologies Are Disrupting Businesses & Unleashing Opportunities," seminar and lunch with Scott Schwartz. Registration required. $20/Free for members.

CLASSES, MEETINGS & EVENTS FARM BEGINNINGS® FARMER TRAINING (PD.) Applications open for Organic Growers School’s Farm Beginnings, a yearlong farmer training course teaching practical business skills to start sustainable farms. Course open to aspiring and beginning farmers. organicgrowersschool. org THIRSTY THURSDAY AT CALYPSO! (PD.) Join us for Women In Conversation ALL DAY. Laid back atmosphere, sample tropical St. Lucian flavors and bottomless Mimosas for $15. 18 N. Lexington Ave. at Calypso Restaurant. 828-575-9494. VILLAGERS... (PD.) an Urban Homestead Supply store offering quality tools, supplies and

BUNCOMBE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARIES buncombecounty. org/governing/depts/ library • 4th TUESDAYS, 6-8pm - "Sit-nStitch," informal, selfguided gathering for knitters and crocheters. Held at North Asheville Library, 1030 Merrimon Ave. • TU (7/24), 6pm Mending workshop for adults and teens. Bring a garment to mend. Free. Held at Pack Memorial Library, 67 Haywood St.

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

FOOD & BEER ASHEVILLE GREEN OPPORTUNITIES 828-398-4158, • FR (7/20), 5:30pm & 7pm - Kitchen Ready job training program three course community din-

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PEACE EDUCATION PROGRAM • THURSDAYS through (8/23), 6:307:30pm - "Peace Education Program," multimedia facilitated class series based on talks about personal peace by Prem Rawat. Free. Held at Montford Community Center, 34 Pearson Drive. PUBLIC EVENTS AT MARS HILL UNIVERSITY • SU (7/22) - "Trying to Get By: [Not] Making Ends Meet in North Carolina," exhibition documenting stories of North Carolinians trying to survive in today’s low-wage service economy. Free. Held in Lunsford Atrium Day Hall Held at

ner. $10. Held at Arthur R. Edington Education and Career Center, 133 Livingston St.






LEICESTER COMMUNITY CENTER 2979 New Leicester Highway, Leicester, 828-774-3000, Leicester.Community. Center • 3rd THURSDAYS, 7pm - The Leicester History Gathering, general meeting. Free.

SWANNANOA VALLEY MUSEUM 223 W State St., Black Mountain, 828-669-9566, • Through SU (8/5) - NC Digs! Traveling exhibit featuring artifacts from the Berry Site located in

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LAND-OF-SKY REGIONAL COUNCIL OFFICES 339 New Leicester Highway, Suite 140, 828-251-6622, • 3rd FRIDAYS, 9-10:30am Community Advisory Committee for adult care homes, meeting. Registration: julia@ Free.

OLD BUNCOMBE COUNTY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY 128 Bingham Road, Suite 950, 828-2531894, • SA (7/21), 2-3pm - "Writing a Book from Your Family Research," presentation by Dr. Terry Roberts and monthly meeting of the Old Buncombe County Genealogy Society. Free.

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HOMINY VALLEY RECREATION PARK 25 Twin Lakes Drive, Candler, 828-2428998, • 3rd THURSDAYS, 7pm - Hominy Valley board meeting. Free.

momsdemandaction. org • WE (7/25), 6pm - Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, meeting. Free to attend. Held at The BLOCK off biltmore, 39 South Market St.

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COM M U N I TY CA LEN DA R from France in celebration of Asheville's French sister city of Saumur. Admission by donation. Held at The BLOCK off biltmore, 39 South Market St. FOLKMOOT USA 828-452-2997, • SU (7/22), 5pm Folkmoot Friendship Dinner hosted by the Blind Pig Supper Club with a tasting menu from eight countries. $65/$30 student. Held at Folkmoot Friendship Center, 112 Virginia Ave., Waynesville FOOD NOT BOMBS HENDERSONVILLE • SUNDAYS, 4pm Community meal. Free. Held at Black Bear Coffee Co., 318 N. Main St. Hendersonville

SISTERS IN MOTHER MARY: Annelinde Metzner, left, and Kimberly Hughes will perform July 22 in Black Mountain. Photo by Susa Silvermarie WHAT: A concert to benefit Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministry WHEN: Sunday, July 22, 2 p.m. WHERE: St. James Episcopal Church, 424 W. State St., Black Mountain WHY: When local composer and pianist Annelinde Metzner heard that former opera soprano Kimberly Hughes had moved to Black Mountain, she jumped at the chance to work with her. In the subsequent 10 years, the two have performed short programs together, mostly connected to Metzner’s poetry readings, but on Sunday, July 22, at St. James Episcopal Church in Black Mountain, they’ll combine forces in new and exciting ways. Titled “Feminine Faces of God” — a phrase that Hughes received in a meditation in early January — the concert is a reflection of the friends’ shared dedication to honoring Mary Magdalene’s teachings and historical significance, as well as other females and feminine representations of God that Hughes says have been suppressed, written out of history or maligned untruthfully. “I think it’s meant to balance things out a bit,” Hughes says. “Images have power in the mind. The feminine images of God need to be seen and sung about, too.” Held on the Feast Day of Mary Magdalene, the program includes settings of Metzner’s poetry, such as one inspired by her pilgrimages to look for Mother Mary in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and her settings of works by contemporary poets, including as Alice Walker (“We Have a Beautiful Mother”) and Diane di Prima (“O Lady, Loba”). 28

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“One of the songs, ‘Magdala, Tower,’ came about because Kim asked me to set to music a poem I wrote for Mary Magdalene and performed five years ago at the Light Center,” Metzner says. “This is probably the most powerful, emotional center of the whole concert, especially since Kim has just returned from a pilgrimage to Mary Magdalene sites in France, which will further inform her strength of expression.” The pair will be joined by soprano Jennifer Worthen, Rita Hayes (flute) and Isabel Castellvi (cello), while Maggie Moon will perform sacred dance. The Venerable Archdeacon Kristi Neal of St. James Episcopal will speak, as will Cheryl Wilson, director of the Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministry, whose Hope for Tomorrow women’s and children’s shelter’s construction will receive a financial boost as the beneficiary of the event’s donation-based admission. “Their mission speaks to me because, in my opinion, our government has largely abandoned the underprivileged, and that abandonment is worsening,” Hughes says. “Someone needs to help, and SVCM has been doing that beautifully for a long time. The Hope for Tomorrow home in Black Mountain for women and children will extend that help in extraordinary ways.” Feminine Faces of God takes place Sunday, July 22, 2 p.m., at St. James Episcopal Church, 424 W. State St., Black Mountain. $15-$150 suggested donation.  X


LEICESTER COMMUNITY CENTER 2979 New Leicester Highway, Leicester, 828-774-3000, Leicester.Community. Center • WEDNESDAYS, 11:30am-1pm Welcome Table meal. Free.

FESTIVALS FOLKMOOT USA 828-452-2997, • TH (7/19) through SU (7/29) - Ten-day festival taking place in Waynesville, Clyde, Lake Junaluska, Maggie Valley, Canton, Cherokee, Franklin, Hickory, Asheville, Greenville and Hendersonville featuring cultural ambassadors and dance performing groups from many countries. See website for full schedule, costs and locations. SPRUCE PINE BBQ & BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL sprucepinebbqbluegrass. org • FR (7/20) & SA (7/21) - Spruce Pine BBQ & Bluegrass Festival. Outdoor event featuring live music and food vendors. $5/Free for

children under 12. See website for full schedule. Held at Riverside Park, Spruce Pine

GOVERNMENT & POLITICS CITY OF ASHEVILLE 828-251-1122, • TU (7/24), 5pm Asheville City Council public hearing. Free. Held at Asheville City Hall, 70 Court Plaza HENDERSON COUNTY DEMOCRATIC PARTY 828-692-6424, • TH (7/19), noon-2pm “Protecting the People of North Carolina," luncheon with Attorney General, Josh Stein. Registration required: donate/Stein. $50. Held at Mountain Lodge and Conference Center, 42 McMurray Road, Flat Rock

by Abigail Griffin HANDS ON! A CHILDREN'S GALLERY 318 N. Main St., Hendersonville, 828697-8333 • TU (7/24), 10:3011:30am - "Bubble Makers," class for 3 year olds. Admission fees apply. • WE (7/25), 9-11:30am - "Superheroes Conquer the World," activities for children aged 4-6. Admission fees apply. • TH (7/26), noon4pm - "To Infinity, and Beyond," activities for children aged 7-11. Admission fees apply. WNC HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION • SA (7/21), 10:30am12:30pm - Crafty Historian Series: "It's a Looper Free For All," create your own cotton sock looper project. Registration required. Free. Held at Smith-McDowell House Museum, 283 Victoria Road

KIDS EMPYREAN ARTS CIRCUS CAMP (PD.) SUMMER CIRCUS CAMP Ages 7-12, July 30thAugust 3rd, 9:00am1:00pm. $220 per student for the week. EMPYREANARTS.ORG - 828.782.3321. BARNES AND NOBLE BOOKSELLERS ASHEVILLE MALL 3 S. Tunnel Road, 828296-7335 • SA (7/21), 11am Storytime for children featuring the book, Happy Dreamer by Peter H. Reynolds. Free to attend. BUNCOMBE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARIES governing/depts/library • 4th TUESDAYS, 1pm - Homeschoolers' book club. Held at North Asheville Library, 1030 Merrimon Ave. • 2nd SATURDAYS, 1-4pm & LAST WEDNESDAYS, 4-6pm - Teen Dungeons and Dragons for ages 12 and up. Registration required: 828-2504720. Free. Held at Pack Memorial Library, 67 Haywood St.

OUTDOORS CHIMNEY ROCK AT CHIMNEY ROCK STATE PARK (PD.) Meet the Park’s animal ambassadors at 2pm daily during this summer’s Family Animal Encounters Programs. Info at BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY HIKES 828-298-5330, • FR (7/20), 10am - "Exploring the Mountains-to-Sea Trail," ranger-guided moderate hike. Free. Meet at MP 402.6, Blue Ridge Parkway BUNCOMBE COUNTY RECREATION SERVICES Governing/Depts/ Parks/ • SA (7/21), 10am Guided, group hike at Bent Creek Trail. Registration required: buncomberecreation. org. Free. CITY OF ASHEVILLE 828-251-1122, • Tuesdays through (8/7), 5:30-7:30pm -

"Asheville Hoop Jam," outdoor event hosted by Asheville Hoops, featuring hula hooping and music. Bring your own hula or borrow a demo. Free. Held at Pritchard Park, 4 College St. • 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. HIGHLAND BREWING COMPANY 12 Old Charlotte Highway, Suite 200, 828-299-3370, • TH (7/26), 6-7pm - "Tying Knots," hands-on clinic. Free to attend. HOLMES EDUCATIONAL STATE FOREST 1299 Crab Creek Road, Hendersonville, 828692-0100 • SA (7/21), 10am-noon - Guided mushroom hike with Ranger Dwigans. Registration required: 828-692-0100 or holmesesf.ncfs@ Free.

PUBLIC LECTURES BUNCOMBE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARIES governing/depts/library • TH (7/26), 1:303pm - Fraud Watch Network, presentation. Registration: PreventFraud SouthBuncombe or 877-926-8300. Free. Held at Skyland/South Buncombe Library, 260 Overlook Road FILM AT UNCA 828-251-6585, • TH (7/19), 7pm - You’ve Got to Be Carefully Taught, video screening and discussion with Holocaust escapee and diversity educator Rubin Feldstein. Free. Held at UNC-Asheville Reuter Center, 1 Campus View Road

EMPYREAN ARTS LEADERSHIP ASHEVILLE SUMMER BREAKFAST SERIES 828-255-7100, • WE (7/18), 8am "Nurturing Equity and Inclusion," presentation regarding sexual and gender diversity and breakfast. $20. Held at Crowne Plaza Expo Center, 1 Resort Drive PRESERVATION SOCIETY OF ASHEVILLE AND BUNCOMBE COUNTY 321-271-4593, • TH (7/19), 5:30pm - "A Long, Storied Road from Then to Now," presentation of the history and heritage of Fletcher by Brenda Coates. Admission by donation. Held at Feed & Seed, 3715 Hendersonville Road, Fletcher

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 ashevillenewfriends. org HENDERSON COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY 301 N. Washington St., Hendersonville, 828-697-4725 • WE (7/25), 2-3pm Side by side singing event for those with short term memory loss, Parkinson’s Disease, and/or are interested in exploring song as a way to promote healthy aging. Free. LGBT ELDER ADVOCATES OF WNC 828-251-7438,, stephaaiee@yahoo. com • FR (7/20), 3-7pm Summer picnic with

food, music and yard games. Free. Held at Lake Tomahawk Park, 401 S. Laurel Circle Drive, Black Mountain

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.

• Through FR (7/20) - "Peace Lab," vacation Bible school for children. Registration required: mrumc. UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST FELLOWSHIP OF HENDERSONVILLE 2021 Kanuga Road, Hendersonville, 828693-3157, • TH (7/19), 7pm “Your Core Self-Healing

Tools,” presentation by inspirational speaker Alice McCall. Free.

VOLUNTEERING TUTOR ADULTS IN NEED WITH THE LITERACY COUNCIL (PD.) Dedicate two hours a week to working with an immigrant who wants to learn English

or with a native Englishspeaking adult who wants to learn to read. Sign up for volunteer orientation on 8/7 (9:00 am), 8/9 (5:30 pm), by emailing volunteers@

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INTUITIVE READINGS (PD.) Listen to your Spirits messages for you. For your reading, or for more information, call 4pm-7pm, 828 551-1825. 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 DANCES OF UNIVERSAL PEACE 5 Ravenscroft Drive • 3rd SATURDAYS, 7:30-9:30pm "Dances of Universal Peace," spiritual group dances that blend chanting, live music and movement. No experience necessary. Admission by donation. GRACE LUTHERAN CHURCH 1245 6th Ave W, Hendersonville, 828693-4890, • Fourth TUESDAYS, 10am - Volunteer to knit or crochet prayer shawls for community members in need. Free. MILLS RIVER UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 137 Old Turnpike Road, Mills River


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JULY 18 - 24, 2018 Childhood and the teen years can be lonely times, and a new crisis center has emerged as a place of refuge, named for a girl who understood struggle from the inside out. Caiyalynn Burrell loved to encourage other people to stay healthy and strong. “Wrists are for bracelets, not for cutting,” she wrote on her Facebook page, quoting singer Kellin Quinn. In 2014, 12-year-old Caiyalynn died in what her family believes was an accidental overdose intended as a cry for help in response to bullying at school and on social media. When Pam Coppedge attended the 12-year-old’s funeral, sadness welled in her heart. She, too, knew the struggles faced by many children, teens and their families. She left the funeral determined that Caiyalynn’s death would not be in vain. Since then, hundreds of people from 23 counties have worked together to create the Caiyalynn Burrell Child Crisis Center. Coppedge, once a worried


parent herself, has emerged to become the director of the new center. She got involved in this work because she desperately needed some answers. “My son struggled in his preteen years,” Coppedge says. “The difficulty we had to try to find resources for him was unbelievable. I did not know how to deal with these issues. He’s doing great now but he didn’t find the resources he needed until he became an adult.” Anyone can call the center at any time of day or night, and a professional will be there to listen and help find answers. The number is 877-277-8873, and it rings to someone who cares. Many staff members at the newly formed crisis center have first-person, lived experience with struggle, as well as professional expertise. Children, teens and family members can drop into the center to talk anytime. CATALYST FOR CHANGE “Crisis is an opportunity for change and a catalyst for change,” says Carson Ojamaa, interim state director for

Family Preservation Services of North Carolina, which will operate the facility. “We know that the experience of trauma changes the wiring and firing of the brain. We can help rewire, so children can grow. The challenge is to capitalize on that opportunity to change.” Before the Caiyalynn Burrell Child Crisis Center opened, planners gathered from Vaya Health, Buncombe County, the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, Family Preservation Services of North Carolina, Mission Hospital and more. Over three years, they assessed the needs and how to meet those needs. They conducted community conversations in a 23-county area. The groups shared the goal of creating not only a temporary respite in times of trouble, but also a place to initiate positive transformation. “It’s important to have a window into kids’ lives,” Coppedge says. “We offer short-term stabilization to route them in a new direction.” At the center, families find help for making progress away from crisis. The center is one of only two child crisis

centers in the state and the first one in Western North Carolina. The 16-bed facility operates from 277 Biltmore Ave. After admittance, children and teens receive thorough assessments. “Every child gets a complete headto-toe nursing assessment of all bodily systems and a complete psychiatric assessment,” Coppedge says. “Crisis can be caused by many factors.” A SETTING THAT SOOTHES Sometimes the assessments will be enough, and the child or teen will be referred immediately to outpatient resources in home communities. Other times, some inpatient care will come first, generally lasting five to seven days. This care involves a steady stream of support that includes yoga, outdoor recreation, music and art in a pleasant, relaxed environment. “It doesn’t have an institutional feel,” Ojamaa says. “It’s a soothing, calming place, with an abundance of natural light — a setting designed for trauma-informed care. For some children and adolescents, it will be just the right environment.”

Groups will discuss medication management, feelings, future goals and how to avoid risky behavior. The schedule begins at 7 a.m. and continues through the evening, packing as much information and care as possible into each child’s stay. “Crisis can be scary, overwhelming and out of control,” Ojamaa says. “We offer predictability and consistency.” The center will have at least one professional on duty for every three people in residence, plus a registered nurse on-site at all times. The staff includes certified peer support specialists who know how it feels to reach out for help. “Effective person-centered treatment plans and crisis plans will be put in place for any teen or child who stays at the center, and staff will follow up with the families at intervals of 30, 60 and 90 days, to make sure that plan stays on track and to continue offering support. “We have a dedicated team of case managers to follow up,” Ojamaa says. “We want to make sure that when a child leaves the facility, staff helps with that transition, to make re-entry into daily life as seamless as possible.




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Comprehensive psychiatric care can become expensive, but the crisis center received a $1 million grant from the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services to renovate the facility and get going. The center accepts insurance and Medicaid, plus no child or teen will be turned away for inability to pay. “We don’t want children to be afraid to come to someone for help,” Coppedge says. “We’re providing this center as a place for hope and healing.” Coppedge has been tracking data since March 2016 on the number of children who present in a state of crisis in Buncombe County. The numbers keep rising, up to 204 children in a month. One in every five teenagers struggles with mental health crisis, so the potential to do good looms large. At full capacity, the center can help up to 75 children in a month. Since the need exceeds capacity, the center hopes to become a model for more places of healing. “Success will be when all the beds are full, and we are helping as many children as we can,” Coppedge says. “When we have turned even one child to a different direction, we will have success.” The center works to ensure that children’s emotional and mental health needs can get attention, so an option besides the emergency room exists for children and teens in crisis. Early intervention can prevent a crisis from developing into entrenched, long-term behavior and can be an option in place of involvement with the juvenile justice system. Resources will be available for parents, legal guardians and family members as well as for the children and teens. “As a parent, I did not know how to handle the situations and had no one to help me deal with the issues facing my child,” Coppedge recalls. “We don’t want to see any parent go through what I had to go through.” CRY FOR HELP Not everyone knows how to read the signs of internal struggles, and sometimes children work hard to hide that they need help, particularly in situations that involve abuse or bullying, Coppedge says. Caiyalynn, like many others, hid her pain when she could, trying to conform while staying true to her own ideals. “I tried so hard to be what you wanted me to be,” she wrote on her Facebook page.


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LASTING LEGACY: Caiyalynn Burrell died in 2014 as a result of what her family believes was an accidental overdose that was a cry for help. Burrell had experienced bullying at school and online. Photo courtesy of the Burrell family At times, the most creative, sensitive, kindhearted people endure inner struggles that no one else can guess, and they don’t know how to convey those experiences. They don’t want to trouble anyone. Other times, they explode in rage, estranging friends and family when they most need support. “Sometimes, we think what’s happening might be part of adolescence and hormonal surges,” Coppedge says. “It’s an outcry when a child or teen talks about wanting to die, feeling hopeless, feeling like a burden to others, self-harm or wanting to kill themselves. Sometimes, their grades decline, and they seem tired all the time. Other times, they show mania, anxiety and irritability, quick to anger with extreme mood swings. Kids react the best way they know how to react in difficult situations.” The center currently makes referrals for anyone needing involuntary commitment or severe medical intervention. The staff does not use any restraints, seclusion or forced medications. Instead, caregivers focus on deescalation, stabilization and resources. Caiyalynn Burrell’s family says she would have been happy to know that she’s become a symbol of hope for others. Her middle name was Hope. “We all knew that Caiyalynn would do amazing things in life, and she did,” her family wrote in a statement. “Now she also gets to do them in the afterlife as well.”  X


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STYLE OUTWARD BOUND Local outdoors outfitters keep things stylish and environmentally friendly

BY DAVID FLOYD Polyvinyl chloride, better known as PVC, seems to be just about everywhere. According to Tox Town, a website set up by the National Library of Medicine that tracks toxic materials, the compound can be found in raincoats, toys, shoe soles, upholstery, furniture and credit cards. PVC also appears in life jackets. “It’s synthetic, it’s easily produced, it has some nice performance characteristics, it’s easy to work with, but it does contain toxic materials,” says Bryan Owen, sales manager at Astral, an Asheville-based company that specializes in shoes and personal flotation devices. “As they break down, they can leech into the soil and eventually get into the groundwater, and it ends up polluting the very water that we’re paddling on.” Astral founder Philip Curry, Owen says, wanted to do something about the widespread use of PVC in the life jacket industry. Working in conjunction with the company that produces the foam used for its personal flotation devices, Astral helped develop Gaia foam, a PVC-free alternative. “[Curry] freely shared Gaia foam with the rest of the PFD [personal flotation device] industry and really started a shift away from PVC toward a more friendly, environmentally considerate foam,” Owen says. Today, the company uses both Gaia foam and kapok, a buoyant plant fiber found in rainforest trees, in its personal flotation devices. It also shies away from neoprene, another toxic plastic that frequently appears in products designed for water sports. Astral’s Asheville origins have a palpable influence on its environmental consciousness, but the city also leaves its mark on the company’s style. “I think that a lot of Asheville’s music culture, [as well as] our connection to local artists and craftspeople, kind of keeps our designs looking fresh,” Owen says. And Astral isn’t the only local outdoors 34

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GREEN MACHINE: Sylvan Sport designs, engineers, manufacturers and distributes its adventure camping trailers from its Brevard facility, all with an environmentally conscious attitude. Photo courtesy of Sylvan Sport company that draws on the tone of the surrounding area for its products. A VERDANT INDUSTRY Western North Carolina is an influential part of the state’s outdoor industry, playing host to major outdoor-oriented businesses such as Astral, Liquid Logic, Diamond Brand Gear, Sylvan Sport and Eagles Nest Outfitters. And it’s a big industry: According to the Outdoor Industry Association, 56 percent of the state’s population participates in outdoor recreation each year. The sector generates $28 billion in consumer spending annually in North Carolina and fosters 260,000 jobs statewide, which together account for $8.3 billion in spending on wages and salaries and $1.3 billion in state and local tax revenue. “We see our natural surroundings and activities as a major asset advantage in this industry,” says Corey Atkins, vice president of public policy with the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce. “We feel that we can set the tone for the entire state when it comes to growing the outdoor recreation industry sector. This can lead, and has led, to a growth in the styles of the gear and


clothing our region outputs, influencing the entire state.” John Delaloye, CEO of Diamond Brand Gear, agrees with Atkins’ assessment. “We really want to take what is great about Asheville outside of Asheville,” he said. “The way we’re trying to incorporate that is through taking the things and partnering with the things that … really help define Asheville and help define WNC.” ASHEVILLE IN THE BAG For Delaloye’s company, the region’s craft legacy is a key part of its greatness. Diamond Brand Gear recently partnered with Biltmore on a series of themed bags in an effort to put the history of the estate across the shoulders of customers across the U.S. “We’re looking to local crafts people to provide some of the fabric and some of the design looks … to really speak to the Biltmore story,” Delaloye said. One source of this fabric is the Oriole Mill in Hendersonville. Founded in 2006, the mill was built from scratch and has a skilled labor pool drawn from the area around Hendersonville. “Everything we make is designed, woven, cut and sewn, all in one building,” says Bethanne Knudson,

the design director and co-founder of the Oriole Mill. Aside from Diamond Brand Gear, the mill also partners with Sew Co., which is housed in the same building as the Oriole Mill and produces all of the mill’s sewn goods. The Biltmore bags are part of the Diamond Brand Gear’s broader “retro perspective” toward style, says Delaloye. The company has been around in some iteration since the late 19th century, and many of the packs its sells today are inspired in some way by the products it was producing in the 1960s, ‘70s and ‘80s. But that approach doesn’t mean the company is simply copying its older work. “We don’t necessarily want to make reproductions. We want to make bags that are inspired by those bags we made before and be in dialogue with the past,” Delaloye says. Modular design, in which components such as pockets and straps can be added or removed depending on the user’s preferences, brings Diamond Brand Gear’s bags in line with the present trend toward customization. The brand also has a strong connection with the military and has received contracts from the U.S. government to provide supplies to the armed services. That has influ-

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IT’S A STITCH: A Diamond Brand Gear employee works on a Great Day Pack, one of the company’s many classic designs with modern elements. Photo courtesy of Diamond Brand Gear enced the company to make its products as multifunctional as possible. “If we can have one bag that meets a few needs, that’s a better outcome than a bag that meets one need,” Delaloye says. For example, Diamond Brand Gear sells a cooler bag that can be used to transport perishable food, but the inside layer is also removable, making it more versatile for carrying other items. ENVIRONMENTAL CONSCIOUSNESS The ethos of the region’s burgeoning local agriculture movement informs Sylvan Sport and its founder, Tom Dempsey. “We believe that it makes the most sense, not only from a cost standpoint but from an environmental footprint standpoint, to make things as close to the point that you’re going to use them as possible,” he says. “That reduces fuel and costs with transporting products long distances.” Dempsey calls Sylvan Sport “a classic, good old-fashioned soup-to-nuts company” for its integrated approach to manufacturing products such as the Sylvan Sport GO camping trailer. “We design, engineer, produce the tooling, manufacture our products and do all our marketing, sales and distribution out of this building,” he says about the firm’s Brevard facility. Those products aim to help buyers cut their carbon emissions as they explore the outdoors. Dempsey says the Sylvan Sport GO allows small, fuel-efficient cars to compete in transport ability with more spacious but gas-guzzling vehicles. “It kind of turns your Prius into a pickup for the weekend chores,” he explains, “and turns your Prius into this RV for the weekend warrior.”

But the company goes further green through its use of efficient recyclable materials. The Sylvan Sport GO, for example, is made in part out of aluminum, which is one of the only manufacturing inputs with practically infinite recyclability. Unlike steel, plastic or cardboard, Dempsey says, aluminum does not degrade as it’s recycled and can be repurposed for a myriad of different products. When Sylvan Sport must use plastic, the company often chooses polyethylene, which Dempsey says is among the most commonly used plastics and therefore has the most complete recycling stream. LOCALLY SOURCED, GLOBALLY SOLD The Asheville approach to the outdoors is spreading far beyond the mountains of WNC. Astral, for example, has distributors as far away as South America, Europe and Asia. “[Asheville] was our original market for sure, and it’s where we came from,” Owen says. “But our product has been widely adopted across the U.S. and actually internationally.” Astral’s office at 829 Riverside Drive serves primarily administrative purposes. The company does all of its warehousing and sales out of the building, and a number of staff designers also work there. Meanwhile, the brand’s footwear is made in Vietnam, and the life jackets are made in China. “We’re very much a global company,” says Owen. Sylvan Sport also sells internationally, with dealerships in Canada, New Zealand and South Korea all stocking its products. But Dempsey says his inspiration comes from spending time outdoors — and MOUNTAINX.COM

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Now that a reluctant spring has fully given way to the heat of another Western North Carolina summer, many residents are gleefully gleaning the rewards of gardening. Those lacking space or sun exposure for a traditional garden, however, may be feeling a bit more blue than green. Whatever the challenge, opportunities abound with container gardening. Whether using pots or DIY upcycled vessels, this approach offers creative options for growing vegetables, herbs and flowers — proving gardens don’t have to be sprawling to be enjoyed. “Maintenance is a lot less and easier than a big, traditional garden,” says Jessie Parham of Fifth Season Gardening. With pots and other growing containers readily available for purchase or easily constructed from repurposed materials, this style of gardening can also be very affordable, he says. In fact, according to the North Carolina Cooperative Extension, almost anything can serve as an upcycled container as long as it has drainage holes. This could include everything from old filing cabinets and wooden dressers to galvanized metal buckets. And it’s not too late in the season to get started. In fact, explains Fifth Season co-owner Kristin Weeks, “This year’s late spring seems to have resulted in an extended period for growing.” “Gardening can be done all the time, especially the planning,” says Megan Riley, owner of MR Gardens. “And that’s the most important part when you’re working with nature.” A naturalized-landscape proponent and sustainable-gardening teacher, Riley says now is the time to prepare growing spaces and plan fall container crops that can be planted in August, such as leafy greens, beets, carrots, parsley, fennel and more. Weeks says folks are often surprised at the array of plants they can grow in containers. Heat-tolerant lettuces, tomatoes and corn are standards. More surprisingly, “blueberries, raspberries ... even small citrus trees,” says Weeks, are available as container varieties that can turn an empty patio into a grazing spot.


NEW LIFE: Discarded containers — or even furniture — can be fertile ground for creative repurposing. Here, an old filing cabinet and grate are home to climbing vines, maximizing patio space at MR Gardens in Oakley. Photo by Melissa Belkin Presti Weeks points out that some decorative perennials such as hostas thrive in shady areas, but herbs, fruits and vegetables need some sun. To maximize solar exposure, consider adding rolling casters on the bottom of the container or buying wheeled trays, which allow pots to easily be moved to follow the sun, she advises. Riley recommends using trays in general, whether wheeled or not, to serve as water reservoirs that

will safeguard the soil against drying out in summer heat. The summer lull also affords an opportunity to learn about your soil choices, which include digging your own or purchasing. Riley recommends buying bagged organic soil, which has a generalized mix of nutrients suitable for most plants. Amendments such as nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus — also available at local gar-

den stores — may be needed if using soil that is depleted. Emphasizing the importance of microbe-rich soil, Riley recommends adding organic compost or biochar to container gardens. For the lat-

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CULTURE OF CUISINE Local restaurants’ design and menu strategies help define Asheville’s unique style


COMMITTED TO MEMORY: Corner Kitchen in Biltmore Village purposely employs a clean, simple style of decor that complements the 120-year-old home in which it’s housed. The building was designed by Richard Sharp Smith, who was the Biltmore Estate’s resident architect around the turn of the 20th century. Photo courtesy of Westmoreland & Scully

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eclectic art culture, well-preserved architecture and picture-perfect convergence of mountains, rivers and sky seem to call people to Western North Carolina.

That gravitational pull has brought a diverse community of culinary artists to the area, each of whom helps contribute to and define the city’s distinct food scene.

Many local restaurateurs find themselves in Asheville after traveling or living abroad, and their experiences help bring a global flavor and feel to the city. St. Lucia native Esther Joseph moved from New York City to open her Lexington Avenue restaurant, Calypso, in 2016. She planted roots in Asheville after realizing how much the landscape reminded her of birthplace in the West Indies. “When I look out my bedroom window, it reminds me just of my childhood bedroom window. The view is almost identical,” Joseph says. “Asheville doesn’t have an ocean … but it’s mountainous, it’s green, and there’s water everywhere.” The only thing missing, she says, was the taste of home. With that notion, she created Calypso. Although it’s housed in a historic Asheville building known for its stint as a speakeasy during Prohibition, the space is immediately reminiscent of a Caribbean escape. Outside, string lights hang alongside an “Island Cocktails” sign, and the walls are accented with bright shades of purple and yellow. Inside, warm decor creates a simple yet homey atmosphere for the dining room, and a tiki bar rounds out the island vibe. “The style and what I’m trying to create is being in the island. I want the restaurant to reflect the restaurants that I grew up in, and that was never anything fancy,” Joseph says. “That’s how I keep grounded when decorating the space.” Not far from Calypso, in another historic downtown building that used to be a bus depot, Cúrate celebrates its acclaimed classic Spanish tapas menu with a floor plan and design elements that invite communal dining. Owner and chef Katie Button drew from her training at Spain’s famed El Bulli and her experiences in that country to create both Cúrate’s menu and its aesthetic.

The recently renovated and expanded space offers guests a chic yet casual dining experience where they can not only share tapas, but also share in the experience of the food preparation. “We always wanted to offer a more complete Spanish experience,” Button says. “Now we have a charcuterie station with Spanish hams hanging from the ceiling. It’s a dedicated space where they can slice and prep those hams — you see it straight from the entry. And the vermuteria [traditional Spanish vermouth bar] is a very classic concept in Spain.” One of the most long-standing restaurants in Biltmore Village, Rezaz features a menu and atmosphere that channels the culinary arts of the Mediterranean. The restaurant opened in 2003 and recently went through a major renovation to combine the restaurant and Enoteca Wine Bar into a one-of-a-kind experience for guests. “Mediterranean cuisine is one of the oldest forms of cooking. It is healthy, fresh and is season-driven — all aspects which [are embraced by] the burgeoning farm-to-table movement in Asheville,” says chef and co-owner Brian Smith.

The recent upgrades to the space have maintained its signature look, a mix of Mediterranean and Appalachian, that features beaded curtains, handetched glass and local artwork, such as the “pandelier” — a chandelier crafted from Rezaz’s original sauté pans — that hangs in the middle of the kitchen. “We believe in an understated elegance that embraces modernity but does not forget about the classic Mediterranean foundation of an ancient cuisine,” says Smith. The MAGIC & Live MUSIC Returns Enjoy dinner AND a show!

A NOD TO THE PAST Western North Carolina’s history has also played a significant role in the development of many area restaurants, including Corner Kitchen. Open since 2004, many facets of the landmark farmto-table operation, owned by Joe Scully and Kevin Westmoreland, are inspired by its location in a historic home designed by Richard Sharp Smith, who was the Biltmore Estate’s resident architect starting in the late 1890s. “Corner Kitchen is in one of the original Richard Sharp Smith homes and has the lines and design touches


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MEDITERRANEAN MEETS APPALACHIAN: A longtime fixture in Biltmore Village, Rezaz blends Mediterranean flavors and aesthetics with Appalachian ingredients and decor steeped in local art and crafts. Photo courtesy of Rezaz that you will see in his other houses around Asheville,” says Westmoreland. “To complement that, we kept the design and decor in the restaurant purposely clean and simple. “We are in historic Biltmore Village, where the restaurants all seem to fill a different niche and style,” Westmoreland adds. “In Asheville proper, there is no other restaurant that gives guests the experience of dining in a 120-year-old home and also having the level of food that we offer.” In another historic building in downtown is Button’s second Asheville restaurant, Nightbell. While the interior of the upstairs space is upscale and elegant, and the small-plates menu dazzles with intricate, gorgeously plated dishes, the restaurant’s ethos is rooted in Appalachian simplicity. Button says that in creating the restaurant’s menu, she reflected on what defines local cuisine. “When we started formulating Nightbell … we asked ourselves, ‘What is the food of Western North Carolina and Southern Appalachia?’” says Button. “And really, when it gets down to it, the basis, the core of traditional dishes from Southern Appalachia, is not wasting food. It’s people living off the land and preserving, pickling and drying.” Through that lens, Button has developed a seasonal, locally sourced menu of playful small-plate offerings that creates as little waste as possible. And Nightbell’s bar program embraces the same style.


“Our cocktail program and our kitchen really play off of each other,” says Button. “They use the jams and preserves and pickles between both. They’re constantly working on how to reduce waste and how to save products and share it and do something creative with it.”. GOING WEST Among West Asheville’s eclectic assortment of restaurants, TacoBilly has a style all its own. Hunter Berry, who opened the business in 2015, drew on influences from his native Texas and several years spent living in Mexico for both its food and its look. The outside patio is adorned with a mural of three women making tortillas that was inspired by Berry’s time in Chiapas. Inside, a collection of thrift store landscape paintings superimposed with an image of the restaurant’s signature orange billy goat is arguably one of TacoBilly’s most talked-about décor items. But TacoBilly gets additional inspiration from its community. “Since living here, I really discovered how big tourism was, but more importantly discovered how strong the locals support local, independent businesses,” Berry says. “We’ve been overwhelmed with support.” Also on the west side, Jargon also takes a multifarious approach with its decor but goes for a more refined angle. The upscale yet cozy retreat is

decorated entirely with local art and upcycled goods. Jargon’s bar and tabletops are made of repurposed bowling alley floors. Vintage illustrations are encased in shadowboxes created by Jon Arge, hand-blown glass pendants are by Lexington Glassworks, and a glass-tile mosaic in the vestibule was crafted by owner Sean Piper’s wife, Shelley Piper. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and Piper used his life’s savings in remodeling it to meet historical renovation standards. In May, Jargon won the Preservation Society of Asheville and Buncombe County’s Griffin Award for Historical Rehabilitation. (Cúrate received the same award for its 2017 expansion project.) “With help from Wilson Architects, we were able to save the historic structure and focused on maintaining the historical aspects, such as saving the original brick façade inside and out while trying to maximize functionality of a modern restaurant,” Piper says. Ultimately, with all of the diverse offerings in Asheville, Button says the thing that truly defines the city’s culinary scene is the support and shared respect among its independent restaurant owners. “Asheville is a very entrepreneur-driven community,” says Button. “Everyone is really pushing themselves to create something that’s unique and of the best quality they can, and that, I think, is really what makes Asheville special.”  X

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HOT DAYS, BREEZY DRINKS Asheville bartenders cool down with summer cocktail recipes

THE WILD SIDE: Waterbird bartender Andrea Seng’s Wild Water Punch sticks to the traditional five-ingredient punch profile with a balance of sweet, tart and herbal. “It’s equally delicious without the booze,” she says, “though not quite as fun!” Photo by Cindy Kunst Every season is a good season for cocktails. But while winter begs for slow-sipping, stirred drinks with warm spices like clove and allspice or shrubs from vinegared preserves, summer calls for brighter flavors — the sharp acidity of citrus, melons and berries fresh from the harvest, shaken until ice cold. Now is the time for punches, smashes, Collins and tiki drinks, all of which are aimed at quenching thirst and relieving the tension of hot days. And while it’s enjoyable to relax on a barstool at your local watering hole for some liquid revival, it’s always nice to be able to mix things up at home as well. Here are a few ideas from myself and other local bartenders for easyto-make drinks to beat the heat at the home bar. WILD WATER PUNCH When Waterbird opened this spring, it promised to be not only a

great neighborhood café and coffee shop for the North Asheville area, but also a destination for nighttime revelers in search of a decent cocktail. This mix appealed to bartender Andrea Seng, who was lured away from the Montford Rooftop Bar to helm the bar program at Charlotte Street’s newest watering hole. “To me, a perfect summer cocktail is easy to make, easy to drink, a late-afternoon porch sipper, packed in a canteen for poolside quaffing or at the top of a long hike,” says Seng. The following recipe sticks to the traditional five-ingredient punch profile with a nice balance of sweet, tart and herbal. The touch of cinnamon, she notes, adds a hint of heat that opens up the other flavors. “It’s equally delicious without the booze,” she says, “though not quite as fun!”

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• 1 ounce silver tequila (100 percent agave) • 1 ounce homemade limoncello • 1½ ounces watermelon juice • ½ ounce lemon juice • ¼ ounce honey syrup (One part honey to one part water. Optional — if the limoncello is supersweet, forget the honey.) • Dash of Jack Rudy Aromatic Bitters Fill a shaker with ice and shake the cocktail until the tin is frosted (5-7 seconds). Strain into a coupe and serve neat. If you want to get fancy, double strain it with a fine mesh strainer and garnish with a lemon peel and a sliver of watermelon or pickled watermelon rind.

• 1½ ounces The Chemist gin • ½ ounce dry vermouth (Dolin works well) • ½ ounce Cocchi Americano • Dash Regan’s orange bitters Combine ingredients in a mixing glass and stir until chilled. Serve up in a coupe or martini glass. To garnish, express the oils from a lemon peel and drop it in the glass.

LOVE AIN’T NOTHING BUT A MONKEY ON YOUR BACK Named for a great warm-weather tune by Johnny Nash and in keeping with the citrus-driven nature of good summer tipples, here’s a riff on a tikistyle drink I’ve been toying with lately. Homemade limoncello is extremely easy to batch. Just throw leftover lemon peels into a Mason jar full of vodka. Seal and let it sit for a week or two, strain and sweeten to taste with honey or simple syrup. Depending on how sweet you make your limoncello, you might want to skip the honey in this drink. Despite the melon and limoncello, this kicky little cocktail tends to be more acidic than sweet.

Some quick notes on method: Remember that the colder a cocktail is, the more diluted it will often be — unless you start with chilled liquor, of course. So be cautious when shaking a drink to not water it down. Start by completely filling your shaker tin with ice (not just a handful of cubes). Then pay attention to the sound it makes when you are shaking. If, after a couple of seconds, it just sounds like ice swimming in liquid, you are making more of a cold, diluted alcoholic soup than a potent and wonderful cocktail. It’s preferable to use large, square whiskey ice cubes. Molds for these are available at most kitchen stores. Also, keep in mind that cocktails that do not contain citrus don’t actually need to be shaken. Stirring them in a full glass or shaker tin of ice will allow the flavors to fully blend and chill without watering them down. Fruit-based cocktails and anything high in acid have a harder time blending, and a little dilution helps the process. Thus, shake anything containing citrus or other fruit.  X

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Chef Brian Canipelli branches out A new partnership has formed at Burial Beer Co. On July 11, the Asheville craft brewery launched its new kitchen, simply known as Burial, under the direction of James Beard Award-nominated chef and Cucina 24 owner Brian Canipelli. The new addition replaces Salt & Smoke, which closed not long after owners Shannon and Josiah McGaughey opened Vivian in the River Arts District. Like Cucina 24, Canipelli says the menu at Burial will be seasonal. “As things come in, that’s the way I like to make dishes,” he explains. But unlike Cucina 24, his latest project will not be based on Italian food traditions. Burgers and sandwiches are among the kitchen’s staples, with brunch options served on Sunday. Prices are in the $6-$12 range. Over time, Canipelli notes, he intends to experiment with and find inspiration from beer byproducts. In addition to the new operation at Burial’s South Slope taproom, Canipelli will also act as food director at the brewery’s second location at 16 Shady Oak Drive just outside Biltmore Village. The Forestry Camp restaurant and bar is scheduled to open this fall. Menu plans are still in the works, but according to co-owner Jess Reiser, the venue will offer a variety of seasonal boards and family-style options. Along with food, the Forestry Camp will focus on international beer, wines and amaro, and its coffee program will highlight roasters from across the country. For Canipelli, the chance to work with a group of like-minded people is what drew him to the new venture. Both he and the folks at Burial, he points out, share an interest in and respect for deeply rooted traditions. “The older I get, as far as cooking goes, the more I rely on things that are classics,” he says. “I like to take the knowledge that I’ve accrued and the things that interest me and the ingredients that I get in and apply them to classic ideas.”

Burial Beer Co. is at 40 Collier Ave. The kitchen is open 4-9 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, 2-9 p.m. FridaySaturday and noon-3 p.m. Sunday. Visit for more details. NC FINE WINE SOCIETY DINNER Posana’s NC Fine Wine Society Dinner on Thursday, July 19, will feature a six-course meal paired with six North Carolina wines. The dinner’s mission is to introduce diners to fine wines made in-state. Menu highlights include confit seafood ravioli, grilled ahi tuna and sous vide heritage pork shoulder. The evening’s wines, judged by advanced sommeliers from the Court of Master Sommeliers, include Point Lookout Vineyards Riesling 2016, Raffaldini Vineyards Vermentino Superiore 2016, Midnight Magdalena Vineyards Merlot NV, Parker-Binns Vineyard Cabernet Franc 2015, Jones Von Drehle Petit Verdot 2014 and Surry Cellars Blue Ridge Bubbles 2016. The NC Fine Wine Society Dinner runs 6:30-9:15 p.m. Thursday, July 19, at Posana, 1 Biltmore Ave. Tickets are $100 each. Seating is limited. For details and tickets, call 828-505-3969. SPRUCE PINE BBQ & BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL The seventh annual Spruce Pine BBQ & Bluegrass Festival returns Friday and Saturday, July 20-21, with food and craft vendors, live music, championship mountain clogging teams and an antique tractor and farm equipment show. Pets, coolers and outside drinks are prohibited. A portion of the event’s proceeds will go toward the hiking/biking path from Riverside Park in Spruce Pine to the Blue Ridge Parkway along the historic Overmountain Victory Trail.

COMBINING FORCES: Chef Brian Canipelli, center, recently joined Burial Beer Co. as its food director. Also pictured, from left, are Doug Reiser, Jess Reiser and Tim Gormley of Burial. Photo by Thomas Calder The festival runs 4-10 p.m. Friday, July 20, and 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, July 21, at Riverside Park, 305 Tappan St., Spruce Pine. Single-day general admission is $5. Children 12 and younger enter for free. A $1 beer wristband is required for adults 21 and older who wish to consume alcohol. For more, visit SUNDAY SOIREE FRIENDSHIP DINNER Folkmoot, the nonprofit dedicated to celebrating cultures from around the globe, has teamed up with Blind Pig Supper Club for an evening of locally grown, internationally themed delicacies. Along with the evening’s meal, four youth cultural groups will perform, including Lillian Chase, Dvdaya Swimmer, The Urban Arts Institute and the Tuscola High School Jazz Band. The Sunday Soiree Friendship Dinner begins at 5 p.m. Sunday, July 22, at the Folkmoot Friendship Center, 112 Virginia Ave., Waynesville. Tickets are $65 for adults, $30 for kids. To purchase, visit or call 828-452-2997. TREEROCK SOCIAL’S COOKIE-CHILL-OFF TreeRock Social Cider House is hosting its inaugural Cookie-Chill-

Off on Sunday, July 22. The event will benefit Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build Project. The bake-off will feature a multitude of desserts, including cookies and brownies, along with ice cream from Luscious Liquor Ice Cream. Prizes will be awarded in several categories, including gluten-free and children ages 7-12. The entry fee is $10 per item. Tasting/judging tickets are $5 per person. Outdoor games will be available throughout the day. The gathering is dog-friendly. The Cookie-Chill-Off runs 2-5 p.m. Sunday, July 22 at TreeRock Social Cider House, 760 Biltmore Ave. To register, email AWARD OF EXCELLENCE FOR THE BLACKBIRD RESTAURANT Wine Spectator recently recognized The Blackbird Restaurant with an Award of Excellence. Noted for its selection of Californian, French and Spanish wines, The Blackbird Restaurant will be included in Wine Spectator’s Aug. 31 issue. The Blackbird is at 47 Biltmore Ave. Visit to view its wine list. X MOUNTAINX.COM

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Taste and see

Taproom styles convey breweries’ brands

Sometimes it’s not enough to simply make great beer. Many breweries put nearly as much energy into crafting appealing tasting rooms to enhance the overall customer experience. Some business do it with fancy lighting fixtures and music or with artwork and creative seating. Certain spaces are big, while others are small and cozy, but regardless of the approach, the style each one employs speaks volumes about the brewery’s brand. FIERY FLOURISHES Ginger’s Revenge owners David Ackley and Christina Hall wanted to convey the individuality of their ginger beer with their space at 829 Riverside Drive, which opened in March 2017. “Our product is a little different, so we wanted the tasting room to feel a little different,” Ackley says. “We were thinking about ginger in particular and how it has a fiery quality. So we brought in some bold colors, the copper trusses and the red wall. We also wanted to convey energy — that ginger sort of stimulates your circulation.” As a small startup brewery, Ackley and Hall were also mindful of their budget. “We used paint as a relatively inexpensive way of bringing some nice finishes to the space,” he says. The owners made most of the style decisions themselves and hired Brushcan Custom Murals of Asheville to paint a giant version of the Ginger’s Revenge logo on the tasting room’s back wall. Another priority was that the brewing equipment be visible to visitors. “Going to many breweries, I always enjoyed the opportunity to see what was going on behind the scenes,” Ackley says. Tap handles have further added to the brewery’s style. “We ended up with a fairly simple concept,” he says. “The tap handles are basic wooden handles painted black.” Ackley says he is continuing to tweak the space by adding new seats and would love to eventually put in some windows. 44

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UPCYCLED CHIC: New Belgium Brewing Co.’s Liquid Center tasting room features tables and chairs made from repurposed wood from the old Asheville stockyards and auction house that had previously occupied the property by the French Broad River. Photo courtesy of New Belgium Brewing Co. RIVERSIDE COMFORT When New Belgium Brewing Co. began building its East Coast expansion plant and Liquid Center tasting room on what had been the old Asheville stockyards and an auction house, the company was determined to recycle many materials into its design. “We like to showcase that [history],” says spokesman Michael Craft. “All the wood for the chairs and a couple of the really big tables [were repurposed].” He adds that with a big patio that overlooks the French Broad River, the Asheville tasting room is a “welcome center” for New Belgium visitors. The space opened in early 2016, and the indoor room is filled with tables and chairs with a long bar along the front wall, with plenty more seating on the patio. Since then, the company has frequently refreshed the room. “We hung a couple of our New Belgium Cruisers [bicycles] in there,” he says. “I would hope that someone would call [the space] hospitable or homey or comfortable. We wanted to create a space with a lot of natural light. It’s big,


it’s open. It’s designed for people to grab a beer or two.” AUTHENTIC HISTORY Highland was Asheville’s first craft brewery, but it was the last of the city’s legacy brewers to open a public space. The taproom at 12 Old Charlotte Highway welcomed its first guests in January 2011, and this spring it was given a makeover as part of a brand refresh. “The tasting room is part of the brand experience, and I wanted people to feel it,” says company President Leah Wong Ashburn. “It’s casual and friendly. That’s what the revamp did. We’re looking to convey authenticity — that’s the Asheville spirit.” The bar was made longer, and a lengthy community table was also built to accommodate a predicted increase in visitors. Refreshing the space also involved repainting the walls and upgrading the lighting. “We added furniture, including plush seating,” Ashburn says. “Some cushy seating was important for me.”

Highland’s pilot brewery, where small batches of beer are made, is visible through a window in the tasting room. Highland also operates a rooftop beer garden with mountain views, an event center for parties and receptions, and meadow space for live music and familyfriendly fun. RUSTIC CHARM Homeplace Beer Co., the only brewery in Burnsville and Yancey County, opened in June 2017 with a distinctly Appalachian vibe. “I would say [the tasting room] is quaint,” says brewery founder John Silver. “We have décor that gives the sense of being in the mountains. We have an old ironing board for a table, and a lot of the photography [on display] reflects the history of the area.” Other than the repurposed ironing board, all the tables in the space were made by hand. “Some of the wood that we used came from an old chicken coop I had growing up,” Silver says. “We couldn’t have opened a flashy brewery with loud graphics or décor. Not that I wanted to — it had to be homey.”  X


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The Magnetic Theatre gets infested with ‘Bugs!’

BY THOMAS CALDER Asheville buskers have plenty to juggle beyond just their playlists and chord progressions. Peak hours, crowd size, noise levels and time restraints are among their additional concerns and responsibilities. On top of that, a few of these talented street performers have recently endured the harrowing experience of being transformed into insects. OK, so maybe that last part isn’t true. But it is the basis for Bugs!, the latest production and first original musical by the professional children’s theater group Asheville Creative Arts. Written by Gina Stewart and Brenda Gambol, the work is composed of a series of vignettes that combine live performance and puppetry. The family-friendly show runs Thursday, July 19, to Sunday, July 29, at The Magnetic Theatre. On its surface, Bugs! tells the story of a band of buskers struggling to communicate with each other. Frustrated by the group’s dysfunctional relationship, its leader (played by local singer-songwriter Laura Blackley), casts a spell over the musicians, transforming the unit into an insect ensemble. The only way for the buskers to return to their former human selves is by opening up to and hearing out their fellow bugmates. For director Abby Felder, the production is far from whimsical. “It’s kind of this beautiful allegory about how important it is to listen and look for the humanity in others in order to have a more harmonious and healthy and functioning world around us,” she says. The musical’s overall message, she adds, “is very apt and relevant, particularly now.” Puppets are employed to convey the actors’ transformations. Local artist, puppeteer and cast member Edwin Salas Acosta designed the unconventional creations. “These are not your normal hand or string puppets,” he explains. Instead, the wooden structures (some of which are several feet tall) are strapped to the actors’ bodies. But, because the production is about buskers, musicianship takes precedence over puppetry skills and acting experience. On account of this, many of the performers selected for the musical are new to theater. In addition to Blackley, the show fea46

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BUGGING OUT: In the musical Bugs! a band of buskers is transformed into insects. From the left, actors Holly HeveronSmith, Edwin Salas Acosta and Jake Donham rehearse in preparation for the show’s July 19 opening at The Magnetic Theatre. Photo by Sarah Elizabeth Malinak tures local musicians Holly HeveronSmith and Jake Donham. Along with the newbies, Bugs! also includes Acosta and actor Tristan Cameron. “What I’ve found in the rehearsal room is a special group of people who are really in tune with each other,” says Felder. Like music, she continues, theater requires active listening. “That’s kind of the fundamental of acting: to be present enough to listen and to be able to react to what your partner is handing to you,” she explains. Of course, complications have arisen. But they’ve had less to do with eliciting emotional responses or memorizing lines and more to do with manipulating Acosta’s wooden designs. “It’s been really challenging and really exciting at the same time,” says drummer HeveronSmith, who plays the praying mantis. Heveron-Smith notes that the grace Acosta exhibited in his initial tutorials did not immediately transfer over to her once she strapped on the praying mantis. Unlike Acosta, Heveron-Smith could not carry herself with the same balletic ease. Nor could she squat nearly as low as the skilled puppeteer. But, over time, she says, she has learned to manipulate the puppet, whose legs, she adds, double as drumsticks.


Meanwhile, for Acosta, language barriers and an unfamiliarity with American humor created some hiccups during the early stages of rehearsal. Born in Mexico and raised in Costa Rica, he considers comedy in the U.S. more lighthearted than what he finds in his home country. “In Mexico, we have a more dark humor,” he says. “Because in Mexico, the persons who don’t joke with the past things that happened don’t survive.” Along with individual challenges, Felder notes the chronic obstacle faced by those involved in children’s theater — namely, how to create a show for youngsters that will simultaneously entertain adults. Fortunately, Asheville Creative Arts has identified some general rules for success over its last six seasons. At the top of the list, explains Felder, is relevancy and respect. “You can’t discount the younger audiences’ ability to understand bigger ideas or themes,” she says. Interactive productions also help keep all parties engaged and involved. And layered narratives allow for children and adults alike to pick up on various meanings that a joke may imply. “In addition to what we’re doing with the artists onstage, we have also

created a really intentional community engagement component for the works that we do,” Felder adds. For Bugs!, this means a postshow collaboration with a number of local organizations and people who will lead a conversation on the topic of humanity and the power of transformative experiences. The goal, says Felder, is that audience members will take these new perspectives with them and hopefully enter into their own individual metamorphosis that will help bring about positive change. X

WHAT Bugs! WHERE The Magnetic Theatre 375 Depot St. WHEN Thursday, July 19-Sunday, July 29 Times vary. $12-$23

Edwin Salas Acosta presents ‘Seven Deadly Sins in the Border’

DARK SIDE: The multilingual Seven Deadly Sins in the Border, based on Dante’s Inferno, is “set in the modern purgatory of the U.S./Mexican border.” Photo courtesy of Edwin Salas Acosta The show comes with a warning: “Content may be offensive or disturbing to some audiences.” (Unlike Bugs!, this one is probably not for the whole family.) And a language notification: Expect English, Spanish and Spanglish. Also expect puppetry, noise installation and … the unexpected. Edwin Salas Acosta, a Mexico-born, Asheville-based director, writer, puppeteer and artist, brings his original work Seven Deadly Sins in the Border to The BeBe Theater for two shows on Saturday, July 21, and Sunday, July 22. Based on Dante’s Divine Comedy and “set in the modern purgatory of the U.S./ Mexican border,” according to a press release, the production “examines the darkly comic plight of a man who is trying to cross the border and who is facing the demons, in the form of many different animals, of his sins and fears.”

The show is in collaboration with Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre, with which Salas has performed. It’s dedicated “to all the illegals who lost their lives to cross the border; but especially for Claudia Patricia Gómez González, who was killed by a U.S. Border Patrol agent” in May. WHAT Seven Deadly Sins in the Border WHERE The BeBe Theatre 20 Commerce St. WHEN: Saturday, July 21, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, July 22, at 6:30 p.m. $13 at the door


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by Alli Marshall


Podcasts and broadcasts that take Asheville’s pulse

LISTENING ROOM: The hosts of “Slumber Party” on Asheville FM spotlight local news, culture and arts events on a weekly show. Ali McGhee, Jake Frankel and Michele Scheve often invite area artists and organizers into the studio to discuss their initiatives in a fun, informal format. Photo by Cindy Kunst While it might be possible to home in on an Asheville look (yoga-ready, upcycled, self-expressive) or flavor (farm-to-table, fermented, hoppy), it’s more of a challenge to pinpoint a local sound. We’re not necessarily talking about music — though soulful, well-traveled and eclectic fit the bill. This is about the ideas, commentaries and narratives that help to shape local conversation. As podcasts and their on-air partners, broadcasts, gain national and international popularity, plenty of locally produced and focused shows are also winning fans and generating discussion. While there are many to tune into, here’s a starting playlist: • WordPlay: Local poets Lockie Hunter and Jeff Davis host this weekly, hourlong examination of the the literary scene. The show “features poets and writers of creative prose, sometimes in performance and sometimes in conversation about their craft and ideas,” says the landing page on the Asheville FM website. Guests are not always based in the Asheville area but are usually tied to the local and regional scene (such as recent visitor John Lane, a poet and professor of English and environmental studies at Wofford College). Sundays, 3-4 p.m. on Asheville FM, 103.3.


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• Waters and Harvey Show: Co-hosts Darin Waters, assistant professor of history, and Marcus Harvey, assistant professor of religious studies — both at UNC Asheville — use their 30-minute program to explore “the experiences of historically marginalized people and their communities, and considers the influence those experiences have within our increasingly diverse society,” according to the show’s webpage. Local guests include UNCA political science professor Dwight Mullen, discussing his State of Black Asheville report, and filmmakers Diane Tower-Jones and Sekou Coleman talking about their documentary, Beneath the Veneer, which looks at “success, opportunity and equality in America through the eyes of several African-American boys in Asheville.” Sundays, 3 p.m. on Blue Ridge Public Radio, 107.9. •  Slumber Party: Hosts Michele Scheve, Jake Frankel and Ali McGhee invite an array of area guests into the studio to discuss topics including visual and performing arts, festivals, news, local politics and the environment. Frequent return visitors add to the fun, lighthearted feel of the show, and there are often in-studio performances and what can only be described as shenanigans. The two-hour slot flies by, but Scheve, Frankel and McGhee are also active on social media and keep the “Slumber Party” vibe going beyond the broadcast. Wednesdays, 4-6 p.m. on Asheville FM, 103.3. • Local Hearted: Hosted by WNC-based painter Meredith Adler, the Local Hearted (hint: “Art” is in red in the logo) podcast spotlights area artists “and some of the people who create opportunities

for our local artists and help them shine,” as Adler says in her introduction. A recent episode featured watercolor artist Polly Gott, who has been based in Madison County, where she and her husband lived as homesteaders. Other shows include a conversation with Joseph Pearson about guiding the next generation, a talk with Amanda Heinz-Stevenson about her matchbox shrines and two installments with Dawn Chitwood about how artists can use Facebook for their businesses. New episodes are posted sporadically. Sign up for notifications at the podcast website. • Busker Broadcast: “It’s not about getting free music for your city … sometimes lawmakers can look at this the wrong way,” Abby “The Spoon Lady” Roach explains on an episode of “Busker Broadcast.” “It’s about community, meaning your neighbors can come out and hang out with you, or listen to you or play music with you.” On “Busker Broadcast,” Roach plays DJ, spinning recordings by the vast array of musicians who either call Asheville home (and its streets

their stage) or who pass through this city. Sundays, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Asheville FM, 103.3. • Palimpsest: First the bad news: The locally produced, biweekly audio drama “Palimpsest” is between seasons. The good news is you have from now until Sept. 4, to catch up on previous episodes before the launch of season two. The program, about “memory, identity and the things that haunt us,” according to the website, is written and produced by Jamieson Ridenhour and performed by co-creator Hayley Heninger (aka Maeve from the Asheville-made web series “Transplanting”), with a score by Ian Ridenhour. Chapters run about 20 minutes each and include a downlandable script for those who want to read along. The gist is that Anneliese is processing feelings about the loss of her sister, Claire, via phone recorder, for her therapist. She’s recently moved into a new apartment from which strange sounds emerge. The story is poetic and searching, instantly friendly, quickly creepy and totally addictive.

• The Shine Box: Love movies? Travis “T Rex” Kelly and friends host “The Shine Box,” “a show about all things FILM. Reviews, retrospectives and updates on local movies being filmed,” according to the series’ Facebook page. Grail Moviehouse underwrites the program, which celebrated its first anniversary in May. Tuesdays, 7-9 p.m. on WPVM, 103.7. • The Final Straw Radio: In operation for eight years now, weekly anarchist report “The Final Straw Radio” “gets you the voices of activists struggling on the ground  for the earth, on both sides of the bars against incarceration, on the streets against racism and in the pages of contemporary books troubling a better world,” according to the show’s website. Produced in Asheville, it’s rebroadcast by stations in California, Ohio, Washington and Alaska, and is archived at A recent episode featured an unnamed interviewee “involved in the occupation of the entryway of an Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility in Portland,

Ore.” Local topics covered by the show include the Service Workers Assembly in Asheville and the recent May Day rally and march. Sundays, 2 p.m. on Asheville FM, 103.3 • Living Well: Bob Hanna, an Asheville-based psychologist, hosts the weekly, hourlong show dedicated to exploring “the many ways we can live well in our lives and in our community,” according to the series’ introduction. Hanna interviews guests from around WNC who speak on topics such as tarot readings, doula services, sustainability, relationship therapy and energy healing. Hanna also offers commentary on national and global topics that are impacting the Asheville community. Episodes are archived at Mondays, 11 am. on Asheville FM, 103.3  X


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by Bill Kopp


Singer-songwriter David LaMotte readies two new albums

For many Asheville-based musicians, making music is just one of the things they do. Cobbling together a financially sustainable lifestyle means taking on one or more part-time side hustles. In a sense, that’s what singersongwriter David LaMotte does. But the nature of his involvement in myriad pursuits takes the form of multiple full-time gigs. Somehow he makes it all work, and there are new albums — his 13th and 14th — on the way. In a spare moment between other commitments, LaMotte will play a solo date at Ambrose West on Friday, July 20. LaMotte’s website identifies him as “musician, speaker, author.” But a look at his activities of late might lead one to suspect he’s not dividing his energies equally among those three areas. “I can’t claim to find balance very often,” he admits. Grateful to have found work that’s meaningful for him, he nonetheless feels pulled in several directions. “There is so much to do that feels like it matters,” he says. “And I say

IF YOU WANT SOMETHING DONE, ASK A BUSY PERSON: In between his extramusical commitments, speaker-author David LaMotte has made time to work on two upcoming album releases, and he’s scheduled a solo show at Ambrose West on July 20. Photo by Sarah Blandin


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yes more often than I should. That’s not healthy or sustainable, but we are living in an intense time, and there’s a lot to do.” And he does a lot. “Speaking and workshops are definitely taking a lot of my time and energy these days,” LaMotte says. His 2017 TEDx Asheville talk, Music Can Help Us Understand Peace and Conflict, further boosted demand for LaMotte as a speaker. “I really value that work,” he says. “So it’s hard to figure out where to cut back.” LaMotte’s multiple pursuits also include serving as president of the nonprofit PEG Partners, an organization founded by him and his wife, Deanna LaMotte, to support “literacy, critical thought and artistic expression in Guatemala.” Meanwhile, his most recent album, The Other Way Around, was released almost two years ago. So it’s fair to wonder if he’s set aside his musical career. “I was at an event recently where we were supposed to shout out a sentence together, and there was a blank


to fill in with our vocations,” LaMotte recalls. “And I just stood there baffled.” But he still identifies as a musician. “I’ve had a chance to be a full-time musician for 27 years,” LaMotte says. “That’s taken a lot of different forms, but it’s still the heart of how I see my work.” For his upcoming (and as yet untitled) albums, LaMotte has repeated some of what’s worked for him in the past; in other ways, he’s exploring uncharted territory. The connection with the past comes in the form of a crowdfunding the album. Following the success of a Kickstarter campaign to finance The Other Way Around, he launched a new campaign for the upcoming records — one live, one a studio project, both produced by Chris Rosser — due out in October of this year and May 2019. The crowdsourcing effort was another success. “It was a heavy lift and a big goal, but folks really came through to support it,” LaMotte says. The campaign raised 108 percent of its $45,000 target. “Crowdfunding invites the community to

directly support creating the art, and I love that invitation and participation,” he says. “People take ownership of the project because they really do own it.” On his earlier albums, LaMotte often drew upon the talents of friends and musical associates. But for the new studio album, he’s taking things a step further. “This is going to be my first true band album,” he says. “This will be the first time several people are making the decisions together.” The group — LaMotte plus Billy Jonas and Dawud Wharnsby — is Abraham Jam, and LaMotte’s description of it reads like the opening of a joke: “A Jew, a Muslim, and a Christian start a band … .” The collective’s diverse character will provide the studio album’s theme. “It’s a pretty counterintuitive message for the time we’re living in,” LaMotte admits. “The point we’re trying to get across — aside from the intrinsic value of the music — is that we don’t have to agree about everything in order to be in relationship that is beautiful and rich.” LaMotte makes a subtle but important distinction about that message. “We like to frame it as ‘harmony is even better than unity.’ Given the horrific headlines these days, it’s important that folks with platforms find a way to tell better stories,” he says. “We all need a little hope.” Meanwhile, LaMotte remains busy with writing, speaking, nonprofit work … and this month’s local performance. “I really haven’t done a solo show in Asheville in a very long time,” he says. “So it will be fun.” Even though he has his hand in many different pursuits, live performance remains among LaMotte’s most treasured experiences. “It really is a cooperative effort,” he says. “The power of songs happens in the space between the artist and the listener.” X

WHO David LaMotte WHERE Ambrose West 312 Haywood Road WHEN Friday, July 20, at 8 p.m. $17 advance / $20 day of show

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by Lauren Stepp

TAILORED TO WNC Local fashion leaders reinvent couture, Asheville style

At face value, Western North Carolina “fashion” could be summed up as hiking boots and fleece jackets. After all, this is a region of weekend warriors, entrepreneurs, artists and variations on those themes. Clothes are clothes are clothes, right? But, on closer examination, you’ll find local designers challenging the area’s casual-meets-utilitarian ethos. Mothers are creating delicate tops with salmon scalloping, artists are recycling flower petals to dye dresses, and longtime West Ashevilleans are importing French lace for sexy intimates. (For those who hesitate at haute couture, all of this can be paired with boots.) Rite of Passage: Textiles aren’t dead. At least, that’s the philosophy driving Rite of Passage. “Rite of Passage is a collection built to symbolize the elegance and sophistication of American-made textiles and the meaningful role clothing holds in our individual archive,” says maker Libby O’Bryan. “The intimate relationship our bodies have with the textiles that adorn us empower the garments we wear.” O’Bryan and co-creator Giovanni Daina Palermo work with parent company Western Carolina Sewing Co. (aka Sew Co.), a full-service manufacturer housed in a 72,000-square-foot frozen-vegetable packaging plant in Hendersonville. All fabrics are sourced from The Oriole Mill, a small-scale textile producer based in the same plant. By sharing a roof, Oriole and Sew Co. create a closed circuit. Similarly practical, Rite of Passage features cool colors and simple, serviceable designs. The company’s debut collection is an “intuitive expression of garments” made for the everyday — “a versatile uniform that takes us from the office to dinner or to our child’s play date,” says Palermo. The fall 2018 collection will launch with a special event in Hendersonville, followed by shows in New York City and San Francisco. 52

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The Charles Josef Co.: Charles Josef always welcomes travel, whether to Simpsonville, S.C., or Sirmione, Italy. “But one thing that makes a trip easier is having clothes that you can throw on without having to put too much thought into it,” says Josef, an Asheville designer best known for his women’s bridal designs. The Retreat Collection for Men gives the modern traveling dude just that. The brightly colored, Seussian line mixes formal and casual wear with under-the-sea motifs. A sharp blazer, for instance, features a lime green textile patterned with pink starfish. Perfect for a summer vacation, Josef’s swimwear incorporates similar prints: starfish, clownfish, fish scales. “Last year in Paris, when my photographer nearly got arrested for putting a model in a merman tail in one of the fountains at the Place de la Concorde, I fell in love with everything merman and started sketching textiles that related to the merman theme,” says Josef. For 2019, ocean life will move ashore, and the collection will feature new prints inspired by both land and sea.

CHIC UTILITY: Since 1996, the number of North Carolina textile and apparel plants has decreased by 40 percent, according to a Duke University study. That doesn’t faze Libby O’Bryan and Giovanni Daina Palermo, who source textiles from The Oriole Mill in Hendersonville to create serviceable garments that complement both work and play. Photo by Matt Coch


Looking Glass Clothing Co.: Form follows function in this apparel line designed by mothers for daughters. The brainchild of Jen Nicks and Leigh Ann Conner, Looking Glass Clothing Co. creates supersoft knits that are low on fuss and big on fashion. “Being moms to four little girls, we know that little girls have strong opinions about the things that they wear, and sometimes practicality doesn’t always win,” says Conner. “We believe that clothing can be practical as well as pretty.” The result is whimsical (lots of butterflies, birds and florals) and functional. The Bee Charmer Scallop Dress, for instance, features a bright yellow print trimmed with salmon scalloping. Though perfect for summer, a pair of Morning Dew Ruffle Leggings extends the garment’s shelf life into early fall. For now, both pieces are offered in sizes 2-8, but there is talk of expanding to include infant and 10-plus sizes. “Our style is ‘inspired by nature, made for play,’” says Nicks. “We believe that children should be free to move and play comfortably in clothes they feel good in.”

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SOMOS by CocoNuco: Local designer CocoNuco believes in slow fashion. To create garments in her latest collection of intimates, AMANTE, CocoNuco first collects floral and food scraps, healing herbs and minerals from Flora in West Asheville and Lady Luck Flower Farm in Leicester. Fabrics are then soaked in small batches and later imbued with elements of herbalism, chromotherapy and aromatherapy. Each piece is thought of as an amulet and should make the wearer feel playful, spontaneous and confident. “A lot of what I do is also intended to create a special sensation,” says CocoNuco. “I want anyone who throws on one of my garments to think, ‘Damn, I feel so good.’” Consumers also feel good knowing their intimates — defined loosely as

“something personal, tender closeness and maybe even special armor” — were manufactured using a zerowaste process. “I started making botanical pigments when I realized how harmful the chemical process of creating color is to the environment and anyone working in that field,” says CocoNuco. “Now I’m using ingredients from the earth to make unique color blends.” Wendy Newman Designs: Asheville is reflected in the fabric of Wendy Newman’s garments, quite literally. In 2015, the former Miss Florida began creating fine art mandalas using photographs of downtown icons — the Omni Grove Park Inn, Biltmore Forest Golf and Country Club, Biltmore Estate.


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COMMON THREAD: Designer CocoNuco’s latest line, AMANTE, is a collection of intimates, but also so much more. “It’s a poem of fiber and botanical color, an overlap in history and intention, a nostalgic relationship with Earth,” says CocoNuco, who recycles floral and food scraps to dye her sustainable fabrics. Photo by Sara Hooker.

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C O M PA S S I O N F R U I T Encouraged by positive feedback, she transferred the images to dresses, scarves, leggings, kimonos and her latest line of colorful umbrellas. “Most of my designs are inspired by the architecture all around me, whether it is the Jackson Building, a bottle of fine Napa pinot noir or a historic church in Charleston,” says Newman. “I love enriching and illuminating the patterns and colors that affect me so deeply.” Hazel Twenty: Fashion never stops moving. That is especially the case for Lexi DiYeso, owner and founder of Hazel Twenty, a mobile boutique operated from a repurposed FedEx truck. “It’s a fresh take on retail that is innovative,” DiYeso says when asked about her on-the-go business model. “And I felt like having a mobile boutique would be a great way to test the market.” The market proved inviting. After more than four years spent navigating the downtown landscape, Hazel Twenty has moved to a permanent location on Patton Avenue, which means fashionistas can peruse an even wider variety of garments. Of her cultivation philosophy, DiYeso says she chooses “classic, wearable

looks that are not overly trendy.” By doing so, the customer base is inclusive of ages, 15-55. “I want clothes that moms can share with their daughters and vice versa,” says DiYeso. On The Inside Lingerie: Underwire is the worst. It’s a universal truth that guided Elise Olson to her life’s passion: lingerie. “The idea behind my brand, first and foremost, is to make lingerie that is comfortable and makes you feel good. And if you feel good, you feel empowered and sexy,” says Olson, owner of On The Inside Lingerie. A self-described “West Asheville girl,” Olson opened a brickand-mortar shop on Haywood Road last October after two years working out of studios and selling in boutiques. Made from French laces and sustainable fabrics, her bras and panties are meant to be worn every day but are beautiful enough to make it “feel like a special occasion,” says Olson. The Sassafras bra, for instance, is an anchor design and best-seller, with good reason: Made from beautiful stretch lace, it hugs in all the right places and works for many different body shapes. Plus, no underwire. X


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26. Tent, Sioux-style 27. Health relevant to 50-across 28. Asheville adjective, Food Network-style 29. Attendees of “My Sistah Taught Me That” programs 30. Effort counterpart, in yoga 31. Asheville ___ Trail 33. Rotations, prosaically 34. Assent, casually 35. Single, frontierstyle 36. Means justification? 38. Sch. fundraisers 41. Fox-style 42. Fancy firs? 44. Style the truth a bit 45. Moroccan capital 46. Dutch isle 47. Floor styles? 48. Word with “go” and “get” 50. One with a stylist 51. Dress style 52. Style inspiration 53. Southern hip-hop style 54. Gym in and on Woodfin 55. Bright little bird of Australasia or Wonderland 56. Love, Greek-style


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THEATER REVIEW by Kai Elijah Hamilton |

‘Mame’ at HART Theatre we are able to consider the unfair shaming that is often placed on women. Ryan Albinus is absolutely terrific as Mame’s houseboy, Ito. With his cool vibe and smooth sexiness, he steals every scene he’s in. Had Albinus been given more to do, we could have seen the story in the background through his eyes. Both Delbene and Matthew Harper, playing younger and older iterations of Patrick, do satisfying jobs. They are a perfect visual pairing. However, as the play progresses, we somehow don’t feel the heart-tugging moments of fading adolescence as deeply as we should. Other players that stand out of the large ensemble were the comedic Alex Likens and Stephen A. Gonya, as well as the fleeting but memorable Allison Stinson as Mother Burnside. To be honest, it is almost incomprehensible that the original play was

formed into a musical to begin with, as the story does not scream for such a transformation. However, there are some famed songs that can deliver the goods, and this production’s live orchestra, led by musical director Sarah Fowler, is worth the viewing alone. There’s also some impressive scenic art by Lyle Baskin. This jazzy production manages to miss the coming-of-age aspect that makes Mame stick with us. However, it is flamboyant, and there is certainly enough for audience members to feast their eyes on. X

WHAT Mame WHERE Haywood Arts Regional Theatre 250 Pigeon St Waynesville WHEN Through Sunday, July 29 Thursday-Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. $27.82

IT’S ALL RELATIVE: Lyn Donley stars as the free-spirited Mame Dennis, whose life takes an unexpected turn when her orphaned nephew comes to live with her. The musical is currently onstage at HART Theatre. Photo courtesy of HART The unconventional life of oddball partyer Mame Dennis (played by Lyn Donley) is shaken up when, after her brother-in-law passes away, she’s entrusted with her young nephew, Patrick (Andrew Delbene). Through song, we follow the ups and downs of their amusing journey in the Tony Award-winning musical Mame, onstage at HART Theatre through Sunday, July 29. The musical is based on the 1955 novel Auntie Mame by Patrick Dennis. It quickly became a Broadway play, and the popular movie version soon followed. That film earned the charming Rosalind Russell, who had also starred in the Broadway hit, an Oscar nomination. The successful musical version was later realized in 1966 but was ultimately a major flop on the big screen. Nonetheless, the show lives on as a classic staple for the theatrical stage. Director Steve Lloyd, who also makes a nice cameo, chose to cast

HART favorite Donley in the title role. It requires an enormous amount of pizzazz and, for the most part, the production’s energy wanes around her. However, when she really pushes herself, her voice hits the rafters nicely, leaving a positive impression. It’s the great supporting performances that define this production. Janice Schreiber as the lush Vera Charles is outstanding. She has the zeal required for a kitschy show like this and is strongly reminiscent of Patti LuPone. The song “Bosom Buddies” with Schreiber and Donley is, as it should be, a high point. Karen Covington-Yow plays Agnes Gooch with a timid showiness, which isn’t easy to pull off. Agnes, the nanny and secretary for Mame, undergoes a revitalizing makeover and becomes pregnant out of wedlock. This leads to the play’s biggest attempt at having a message. Thankfully, Covington-Yow doesn’t wither away in the scene, and MOUNTAINX.COM

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Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands

From a Welsh word meaning a “meeting of the people,” Folkmoot unites cultures from around the world each year in Western North Carolina for a wealth of activities, live music, dance instruction and performances. For the organization’s 35th annual festival, groups from Ghana, Italy, Czech Republic, Mexico, Venezuela, Jamaica, Northern Cyprus and Thailand, as well as local Appalachian and Cherokee dancers and musicians, will gather in communities throughout the region from Thursday, July 19, to Sunday, July 29. Various permutations of the groups will perform over the 10-day celebration. Among the offerings involving all of the groups are the free Parade of Nations on Saturday, July 21, at 10 a.m. in downtown Waynesville, and ticketed shows at the Diana Wortham Theatre on Friday, July 27, at 2 and 7 p.m. Check website for full schedule and pricing. Photo courtesy of Folkmoot

Now in its 71st year, the Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands continues to promote and encourage contemporary and traditional craft. From Friday, July 20, to Sunday, July 22, works of clay, fiber, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, natural materials, paper and wood will fill the concourse and arena levels of U.S. Cellular Center, along with the artists behind the items. The featured maker for 2018 is Morganton-based woodworker Steve Noggle, who spins chunks of wet, green wood into bowls and vessels with a satin finish. Additional demonstrators include Cindi Becker Lemkau (embroidery and appliqué), Bill Lee (ceramics and wheel throwing) and Charlie Patricolo (cloth dolls). The craft fair is open 10 a.m-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and  10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. $8. Free for children younger than 12. Image of “Purple Nutmeg” by mixedmedia artist Sheree Sorrels, courtesy of the craft guild

8-Bit Brawl

Shannon & the Clams

For their Friday, July 20, show at The Mothlight, Asheville bands Plankeye Peggy and Battery Powered Hooker Boots are drawing inspiration from video game competitions. Titled 8-Bit Brawl, the evening is a twist on the usual Battle of the Bands format in which the two groups will be performing together in a series of three-song showdowns. “Rather than the opener/closer approach — so old-fashioned! — we’ll be provoking one another into musical battles, always in good-natured and, hopefully, musically interesting ways,” says Plankeye Peggy’s Dave Gilbert. Noting his “rivals’” creative incorporation of old video games into their songs, Gilbert is also weaving in visual artists and dancers for a full-on sensory experience. Video game character costumes are encouraged, though not required. The show begins at 9:30 p.m. $8. Image courtesy of the band

For their fifth studio album, Onion, the members of Shannon & the Clams flew from Oakland, Calif., to Nashville and spent 10 days with The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, collaborating on the songs in his Easy Eye Studio. Under the Grammy-winning artist and producer’s guidance, Shannon Shaw (vocals/bass), Cody Blanchard (guitar), Nate Mahan (drums) and Will Sprott (keyboards) added layers of psych-pop and soul to their foundation of ’60s surf-style rock, complementing lyrics that reflect on the band’s Bay Area underground scene. The quartet translates those new sounds to The Grey Eagle stage on Saturday, July 21, at 9 p.m. A pair of punk trios — Asheville’s The Power and Charlotte-based Paint Fumes — is set to warm up the crowd. $15 advance/$17 day of show. Photo by Alysse Gafkjen

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ARTISTIC PROCESS: Visitors to Grovewood Village on Saturday, July 21, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., will gain access to its resident artists’ creative processes, plus receive a glimpse at their most recent works. In the monthly Open Studio Art Tour, makers of media ranging from sculpture to jewelry to pottery open their studios to the public. Free to attend. For more information, visit Photo of jeweler/metalsmith Kathleen Doyle courtesy of Grovewood Village (p. 56) ART BLACK MOUNTAIN COLLEGE MUSEUM & ARTS CENTER 56 Broadway, 828-350-8484, blackmountaincollege. org • FR (7/20) & SA (7/21), noon-5pm Mend Piece for the World: A Participation Art Work interactive art piece created by Yoko Ono and facilitated by the museum. Free. HAYWOOD COUNTY ARTS COUNCIL 86 N Main St., Waynesville, 828-4520593, haywoodarts. org/ • TH (7/19) - Creative sketching class with artist Haidee Wilson. Registration required: 828-452-0593. $20/$15 members. IKEBANA INTERNATIONAL ASHEVILLE • TU (7/24), 9:30am - “Making a Reed Fan Using Midollino Sticks,” ikebana demonstration. Free. Held at Folk Art Center, MP 382, Blue Ridge Parkway IKENOBO IKEBANA SOCIETY 828-696-4103, • TH (7/19), 10am - “Free Style

Emphasizing Slanting Form,” demonstration and monthly meeting. Free. Held at First Congregational UCC of Hendersonville, 1735 5th Ave. W., Hendersonville

ART/CRAFT STROLLS & FAIRS CASHIERS PLEIN AIR FESTIVAL cashierspleinairfestival. com • Through SA (7/21) - Painting festival featuring vending and live painting by plein air artists from around nation. See website for full schedule. Held at the Village Green, intersection of Highways 64 & 107, Cashiers CRAFT FAIR OF THE SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS southernhighlandguild. org • FR (7/20) & SA (7/21), 10am-6pm, SU (7/22), 10am-5pm - Craft fair featuring hundreds of vendors showcasing a variety of craft ranging from contemporary to traditional in works of clay, wood, metal, glass, fiber, natural materials, paper, leather, mixed media and jewelry. $8/Free for children under 12. Held at the US Cellular Center, 87 Haywood St.

GROVEWOOD VILLAGE 111 Grovewood Road, 828-253-7651, • SA (7/21), 11am-4pm - Open studio art tour at Grovewood Village. Free to attend. OOOH LA LA MARKET • SA (7/21), 10am4pm - Outdoor art market with live music. Free to attend. Held at Pritchard Park, 4 College St.

AUDITIONS & CALL TO ARTISTS ART COUNCIL OF HENDERSON COUNTY 828-693-8504, • 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. • Through WE (8/15) - Applications accepted for North Carolina Arts Council Grassroots Arts Program subgrants. See website for guidelines.

NC WILDLIFE RESOURCES COMMISSION • Through SA (9/1) Submissions accepted for The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission annual Wildlife in North Carolina Photo Competition. See website for guidelines.

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: 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: 828-3330715. naturalrichard@ • www.


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A &E CA LEN DA R HENDERSONVILLE STREET DANCING 828-693-9708, historichendersonville. org • MO (7/24), 7-9pm - Outdoor street dance with bluegrass by Appalachian Fire and clogging by the Southern Connection Cloggers. Free to attend. Held at Hendersonville Visitor Center, 201 S. Main St., Hendersonville OLD FARMER'S BALL • THURSDAYS, 8-11pm - Old Farmers Ball, contra dance. $7/$6 members/$1 Warren Wilson Community. Held in Bryson Gym at Warren Wilson College, 701 Warren Wilson Road, Swannanoa SOUTHERN LIGHTS SQUARE AND ROUND DANCE CLUB 828-697-7732, • SA (7/21), 6pm - "Summer Splash Party" themed dance. Advanced dance at 6pm. Early rounds at 7pm. Plus squares and rounds at 7:30pm. Free. Held at Whitmire Activity Center, 310 Lily Pond Road, Hendersonville

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. Dropins welcome. • Drums provided. $15/class. (828) 768-2826. skinnybeatsdrums. com BLUE RIDGE ORCHESTRA blueridgeorchestra. com • WE (7/18), 7:30pm - Concert featuring violinist Ayane Okabe with pianist Kimberly Cann playing Tchaikovsky's Memory of a Dear Place. $20. Held at Biltmore United Methodist Church, 378 Hendersonville Road BREVARD MUSIC CENTER 349 Andante Lane Brevard, 828-8622105, • WE (7/18), 12:30pm BMC piano students in recital. Free. • WE (7/18), 7:30pm - Quartet for the End of Time, with clarinet, violin, cello and piano. $28. Held at Porter Center at Brevard


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College, 1 Brevard College Drive, Brevard • TH (7/19), 7:30pm - "WQXR Showcase," featuring Brevard Music Center musicians. $25. Held at Porter Center at Brevard College, 1 Brevard College Drive, Brevard • FR (7/20), 7:30pm - Outdoor concert featuring the Brevard Music Center Orchestra and pianist Conrad Tao playing works by Mozart, Beethoven and Strauss. $20 and up. • SA (7/21), 7:30pm - Outdoor concert featuring the Brevard Festival Orchestra, violinist Sergey Khachatryan and cellist Narek Hakhnazaryan playing Brahms. $20 and up. • SU (7/22), 3pm "Pines of Rome," outdoor concert featuring the Brevard Concert Orchestra and violinist Annelle Gregory playing Respighi’s four-movement tone poem for orchestra. $20 and up. • MO (7/23), 12:30pm - College division Brevard Music Center students perform chamber music. Free. Held at Transylvania County Library, 212 S. Gaston St., Brevard • MO (7/23), 7:30pm Brevard Music Center faculty concert featuring works by Anton Arensky. $28. Held at Ingram Auditorium at Brevard College, 1 Brevard College Drive, Brevard • TU (7/24), 12:30pm - Performance of new works written by BMC composition students. Free. • TU (7/24), 7:30pm - US Army Quartet concert. Free. • WE (7/25), 12:30pm - Student piano recital. Free. • WE (7/25), 7:30pm Brevard Music Center faculty concert featuring obert Schumann’s Piano Trio No. 1. $28. Held at Ingram Auditorium at Brevard College, 1 Brevard College Drive, Brevard • TH (7/26), 7:30pm - Candide, concert featuring the Janiec Opera Company and the Brevard Festival Orchestra. $35 and up. Held at Porter Center at Brevard College, 1 Brevard College Drive, Brevard BUNCOMBE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARIES buncombecounty. org/governing/depts/ library • WE (7/18), 4-5:30pm - Ukulele strum and sing for beginners. Free. Held at Weaverville Public Library, 41 N. Main St., Weaverville

• FR (7/20), 6pm - Concert featuring instrumental guitarist Marq-Paul. Free. Held at North Asheville Library, 1030 Merrimon Ave. CITY OF ASHEVILLE 828-251-1122, • THURSDAYS 5-7pm Pritchard Park singer/ songwriter series. Free. Held at Pritchard Park, 4 College St. • FRIDAYS, 6-9:50pm - Asheville outdoor drum circle. Free. Held at Pritchard Park, 4 College St. CONCERTS ON THE CREEK • FR (7/20), 7-9pm - Outdoor concert featuring the Andalyn, rock/country. Free. Held at Bridge Park, 76 Railroad Ave., Sylva DOWNTOWN AFTER 5 100 Block N. Lexington Ave. at Hiawassee St. • FR (7/20), 5pm Outdoor concert by The Get Right Band and Fantastic Negrito. Event includes food and beer vendors. Free to attend. FLAT ROCK PLAYHOUSE 2661 Highway 225, Flat Rock, 828-693-0731, • FRIDAYS through SUNDAYS until (7/21) - "Broadway on the Rock," Broadway music concert. Wed., Thurs., Sat. & Sun.: 2pm. Wed. & Thurs.: 7:30pm. Fri. & Sat.: 8pm. Sat. & Sun.: 2pm. $20-$55/$17 children. FLOOD GALLERY FINE ART CENTER 850 Blue Ridge Road, Unit A-13, Black Mountain, 828-3579009, • MONDAYS, 6-7pm - Didjeridu lessons. Admission by donation. HIGHLAND CHRISTIAN CHURCH 46 Haywood St. • SA (7/21), 6:30pm - Hip hop concert featuring Escape Music Group. Event to provide awareness regarding Gladiator Sports Academy. Admission by donation. LAKE JUNALUSKA CONFERENCE & RETREAT CENTER 91 North Lakeshore Drive, Lake Junaluska, 828-452-2881, • WE (7/18), 6:30pm - Proceeds from the "Lakeshore Goes Broadway" concert and dinner with the Lakeshore Singers

benefit the Lakeshore Singers. $50 includes dinner. MACON COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY 149 Siler Farm Road, Franklin • SA (7/21), 7pm Songwriters in the Round, showcase featuring live music by George Gray and Bill Peterson. Free. MADISON COUNTY ARTS COUNCIL 828-649-1301, madisoncountyarts. com, • SU (7/22), 4pm - Tony McManus concert. $25/$20 advance. Held at Ebbs Chapel Performing Arts Center, 271 Laurel Valley Road, Mars Hill MUSIC ON MAIN 828-693-9708, historichendersonville. org • FR (7/20), 7-9pm Outdoor live music event featuring Flashback, the Party Band and a Classic Car Show. Free. Held at Hendersonville Visitor Center, 201 S. Main St., Hendersonville NC STAGE COMPANY 15 Stage Lane, 828239-0263 • FR (7/20), 8pm - Up Close Listening Room Series: Joe Pug concert, singer-songwriter. $25/$22 advance. RHYTHM & BREWS CONCERT SERIES 828-233-3216, rhythmandbrewshendersonville • TH (7/19), 5-9pm - Rhythm & Brews outdoor music concert. Free to attend. Held at Historic Downtown Hendersonville, 145 5th Ave E, 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. SUMMER TRACKS CONCERT SERIES 828-290-4316, • FR (7/20), 7pm Aaron Burdett Band, outdoor concert. Free. Held at Rogers Park, 55 W. Howard St., Tryon SWANNANOA CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL 828-771-3050,

• SA (7/21), 7:30pm - Chamber music concert featuring the Tesla String quartet with pianists Lenore Fishman Davis and Inessa Zaretsky playing Beethoven and Debussy. $25. Held at Warren Wilson College, 701 Warren Wilson Road, Swannanoa • SA (7/22), 7:30pm - Chamber music concert featuring the Tesla String quartet with pianists Lenore Fishman Davis and Inessa Zaretsky playing Beethoven and Debussy. $25. Held at First United Methodist Church of Waynesville, 556 S. Haywood Waynesville

SPOKEN & WRITTEN WORD BLUE RIDGE BOOKS 428 Hazelwood Ave., Waynesville • SA (7/21), 3pm - Michael Cody presents his book, Gabriel's Trumpet. Free to attend. BUNCOMBE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARIES buncombecounty. org/governing/depts/ library • WE (7/18), 3pm History Book Club: The Ghost Map by Steven Johnson. Free. Held at Enka-Candler Library, 1404 Sandhill Road, Candler • TH (7/19), 2:30pm - Skyland Book Club: God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy. Free. Held at Skyland/South

Buncombe Library, 260 Overlook Road • FR (7/20) & SA (7/21), 10am-4pm - Used book sale benefiting the Friends of Buncombe County Libraries. Free to attend. Held at Pack Memorial Library, 67 Haywood St. • MO (7/23), 6pm - "Whodunnit?" Discussion by three local mystery authors: John Gordon, Trisha Durrant and R. F. Wilson. Free. Held at North Asheville Library, 1030 Merrimon Ave. • TU (7/24), 6-8pm "Is There a Children’s Book In You?" Writing workshop for adults and older teens. Registration required: 828-2506480. Free. Held at Leicester Library, 1561 Alexander Road, Leicester MALAPROP'S BOOKSTORE AND CAFE 55 Haywood St., 828-254-6734, • WE (7/18), 6pm Robert Gipe presents his book, Weedeater. Free to attend. • TH (7/19), 7pm - Notorius History Book Club: Bitter Fruit: The Story of the American Coup in Guatemala by Stephen Schlesinger and Stephen Kinzer. Free to attend. • TU (7/24), 6pm Delilah S. Dawson and Kevin Hearne present their book, Kill the Farm Boy: The Tales of Pell. Free to attend. • WE (7/25), 6pm Jonathan Santlofer

presents his book, The Widower's Notebook: A Memoir. Free to attend. • TH (7/26), 6pm - Rasha presents, Oneness: The Meditations. Free to attend. • TH (7/26), 7pm Works in Translation Book Club: For Bread Alone by Mohamed Choukri, translated by Paul Bowles. Free to attend. SALUDA HISTORIC DEPOT 32 W. Main St., Saluda, savesaludadepot/ • FR (7/20), 7pm Saluda Train Tales: Presentation by film historian Frank Thompson with clips from two surviving features produced in Asheville in 1918 and 1921 as well as rare images of other films made in Western North Carolina. Free. THE BLOCK OFF BILTMORE 39 South Market St., 828-254-9277, • MO (7/23), 7-9pm - Asheville Poetry Slam Team, poetry slam. $5.

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GALLERY DIRECTORY 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 • Through FR (8/31) Where We Worked: the Place of Employment in Madison County, photography exhibition. Held at Mars Hill University, Weizenblatt Gallery, 79 Cascade St., Mars Hill 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 AREA ARTS COUNCIL 828-258-0710, • Through FR (7/27) - Contemplative Art in the Age of Distraction, exhibition curated by Susana Euston. Held at The Refinery, 207 Coxe Ave. • Through FR (7/27) Process, group exhibition featuring work by Erica Stankwytch Bailey, Asheville Makers, Bright Angle and Emily Rogstad. Held at The Refinery, 207 Coxe Ave. ASHEVILLE CERAMICS GALLERY 109 Roberts St. • Through TU (7/31) Exhibition featuring the ceramic work of Julie Covington. ASHEVILLE GALLERY OF ART 82 Patton Ave., 828-251-5796, ashevillegallery-of-art. com • Through TU (7/31) Bright and Bold, exhibition featuring the paintings of Bee Adams. CAROLINA MOUNTAIN SALES 10 Brook St., Suite #235 • Through TU (7/31) Exhibition of paintings by Naomi Diamond Rogers. DOUBLETREE BY HILTON 115 Hendersonville Road


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VIVID TALES: The pastels and acrylics of Atlanta-based artist R. John Ichter are the focus of the exhibition Color Stories at the Grand Bohemian Gallery. Known for his colorful, stylized landscapes, Ichter first visited Asheville about 30 years ago and he has returned on a regular basis to paint the area’s rich temperate rainforest woodlands. He’ll be at the opening reception on Saturday, July 21, 5:30-8:30 p.m. The exhibit runs through Aug. 31. Image of Amazed courtesy of the Grand Bohemian Gallery • Through FR (8/31) - Exhibition of art work by Mark Holland. GALLERY 1 604 W. Main St., Sylva • Through MO (8/6) Exhibition of glassworks and paintings by Beth and Ken Bowser. GOOD SHEPHERD EPISCOPAL CHURCH 495 Herbert Hills Drive, Hayesville • Through SU (7/23) Sacred Threads, art quilt exhibition. GRAND BOHEMIAN GALLERY 11 Boston Way, 877-274-1242, bohemianhotelasheville. com/ • Through FR (8/31) - Color Stories, exhibition of pastels and acrylics by R. John Ichter. Reception: Saturday, July 21, 5:30-8:30pm. HAEN GALLERY BREVARD 200 King St., Brevard, 828-883-3268, • 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 (7/28) - Forty-artist member show. HOMEWARD BOUND OF WNC  • Through SA (7/31) - I Am Home, art show by homeless to benefit the homeless. Held at Habitat Tavern & Commons, 174 Broadway 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. • Through WE (8/25) - Dale Chihuly, glass exhibition. • 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. • Through SA (8/25) - Therman Statom: Contemporary Glass Pioneer, exhibition. MORA CONTEMPORARY JEWELRY 9 Walnut St., 828-575-2294, • Through TU (7/31) Exhibition of jewelry by Anna Johnson. OPEN HEARTS ART CENTER 217 Coxe Ave. • SA (7/21) through SA (8/18) - Through The Eyes of Open Hearts, exhibition of photographs from artists at Open Hearts Art Center. Reception: Saturday, July 21, 5-8pm. PINK DOG CREATIVE 348 Depot St., • Through SA (7/28) Exhibition of recent paintings by Morgan Santander. POSANA CAFE 1 Biltmore Ave., 828-505-3969 • Through TU (7/31) - Food, group art exhibition featuring paintings by over 25 artists in various styles.

TOE RIVER ARTS COUNCIL 269 Oak Ave, Spruce Pine, 828-682-7215, • Through SA (8/18) Clay +, exhibition of clay works by Cynthia Bringle. Reception: Saturday, July 28, 5-7pm. UPSTAIRS ARTSPACE 49 S. Trade St., Tryon, 828859-2828, • 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., 828-2549234 • Through TU (7/31) Journeys, exhibition featuring encaustic paintings by Julia Fosson. ZAPOW! 150 Coxe Ave., Suite 101, 828-575-2024, • SA (7/7) through SU (8/18) - Tin to Plastic; The Toys That Made Us, group exhibition. Contact the galleries for admission hours and fees


TOP GUNS: In the wake of founding its own record label in 2016, alt-country band The Mavericks hits the road in support of Brand New Day, the Nashville-based quartet’s first studio album since stepping out on its own. The new EP is filled with diverse, energetic songs reflective of the group’s fresh independence, though still as genre-bending as its previous contributions from a quarter-century career. Mixing elements of Cuban bolero, soul, blues and rock, the band members pay homage to the richness of their artistic backgrounds and influences, while encouraging acceptance, equality and love in their lyrics. The Mavericks play Pisgah Brewing’s outdoor stage on Friday, July 27, at 7:30 p.m. Photo by David McClister WEDNESDAY, JULY 18

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185 KING STREET Vinyl Night, 6:00PM

MG ROAD Salsa Night, 8:00PM

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

NOBLE KAVA Open Mic w/ Caleb Beissert (sign-ups at 7:30pm), 8:00PM

BLUE MOUNTAIN PIZZA & BREW PUB Open Mic hosted by Billy Owens, 7:00PM

ODDITORIUM Malevich (punk), 9:00PM

CORK & KEG 3 Cool Cats, 7:30PM DOUBLE CROWN Drayton Aldridge & the All-Nighters, DJ David Wayne Gay, 9:00PM FLEETWOOD’S Post Moves, Wes Tirey & Boy Band, 9:00PM HIGHLAND BREWING COMPANY Woody Wood Wednesdays, 5:30PM ISIS MUSIC HALL & KITCHEN 743 Isis Lawn Series: West End Trio, 6:30PM Flagship Romance, 7:00PM JACK OF THE WOOD PUB Old Time Jam, 5:00PM LAZY DIAMOND Killer Karaoke w/ KJ Tim, 10:00PM

OLE SHAKEY’S Sexy Tunes w/ DJ’s Zeus & Franco, 10:00PM ONE STOP AT ASHEVILLE MUSIC HALL Disclaimer Lounge Comedy Open Mic, 9:00PM ONE WORLD BREWING OWB Downtown: Billy Litz (Multiinstrumentalist), 9:00PM PILLAR ROOFTOP BAR Jason Whitaker, 7:00PM SALVAGE STATION Roots & Dore Band, 9:00PM 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 Benefit for RAICES (avant garde, experimental), 10:00PM THE BLOCK OFF BILTMORE JJ Gunn Band, 9:30PM THE GREY EAGLE Joywave & Grandson, 8:00PM THE IMPERIAL LIFE The Berlyn Jazz Trio, 9:00PM THE MOTHLIGHT Spindrift w/ Cadavernous, 9:30PM TOWN PUMP Open Jam w/ Billy Presnell, 9:00PM TRESSA’S DOWNTOWN JAZZ AND BLUES JJ Kitchen All Star Jam (blues, soul), 9:00PM

WHITE HORSE BLACK MOUNTAIN Jazz Night: Up Jumped Three, 7:30PM

THURSDAY, JULY 19 5 WALNUT WINE BAR Pleasure Chest (blues, rock, soul), 8:00PM AUX BAR Phantom Pantone & Friends (G house, trap, rap), 10:00PM AMBROSE WEST Grateful Asheville Music Experience (Grateful Dead tribute), 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

TWIN LEAF BREWERY Open Mic Night, 8:00PM

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




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PACK’S TAVERN Jeff Anders & Steve Moseley (acoustic rock), 8:00PM

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


DOUBLE CROWN Rock ‘n’ Roll Vinyl w/ DJ Alien Brain, 10:00PM


FLEETWOOD’S Rod Hamdallah w/ Shadow Show & Prabir Trio, 9:00PM

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FOGGY MOUNTAIN BREWPUB Smash Mouth 64 (jam, soul), 9:00PM

SALVAGE STATION Chuck Lichtenberger, 9:00PM

FRENCH BROAD BREWERY Mr. Jimmy (blues), 6:00PM


FUNKATORIUM Added Color, 8:30PM

SLY GROG LOUNGE Owl w/ Autocrat, 9:00PM

HIGHLAND BREWING COMPANY Happy Hour w/ DJ Marley Carroll, 6:00PM ISIS MUSIC HALL & KITCHEN 743 Isis Lawn Series: Queen Bee & The Honeycutters, 6:30PM Freebo & Alice Howe, 7:00PM Brian Dunne & Laura Rabell, 8:30PM JACK OF THE WOOD PUB Bluegrass Jam, 7:00PM LAZY DIAMOND Heavy Vinyl Night w/ DJ Butch, 10:00PM LOBSTER TRAP Hank Bones, 6:30PM NOBLE KAVA Cuttlefish Collective: Beat Workshop & Show, 7:30PM ODDITORIUM Party Foul: Drag Circus, 9:00PM OLE SHAKEY’S Karaoke w/ Franco, 10:00PM ONE STOP AT ASHEVILLE MUSIC HALL Mitch’s Totally Rad Trivia, 7:00PM MELD w/ The Knotty G’s (cinematic R&B), 10:00PM ONE WORLD BREWING Keegan Avery (Tiny Little Massive), 9:00PM

STATIC AGE RECORDS MoZaic, Dr. Ock & Effigy, 10:00PM THE BLOCK OFF BILTMORE Early Jazz Jam w/ Micah Thomas & Friends , 5:30PM Night Like This: 80’s Dance Party w/ DJ hook, 9:00PM THE GREY EAGLE Patio Show w/ Paul Edelman, 6:00PM Pressing Strings w/ Skribe, 9:00PM THE IMPERIAL LIFE The Burger Kings (classic rock n’ roll), 9:00PM THE MOTHLIGHT The Moth: True Stories Told Live (Theme: Age), 7:30PM TOWN PUMP Mitch Hayes, 9:00PM TRESSA’S DOWNTOWN JAZZ AND BLUES Jesse Barry & The Jam (blues, dance), 9:00PM TWIN LEAF BREWERY Craft Karaoke, 9:30PM UPCOUNTRY BREWING COMPANY Brewer Bryan Bobo (Acoustic), 7:00PM W XYZ BAR AT ALOFT WXYZ Unplugged w/ Sarah Tucker, 8:00PM








FRIDAY, JULY 20 5 WALNUT WINE BAR Tom Waits 4 No Man (blues, rock, folk), 9:00PM

FRENCH BROAD BREWERY Nick Gonnering (singer-songwriter), 6:00PM FUNKATORIUM Grut, 8:30PM

AMBROSE WEST Courtyard Series: Drew Matulich & Friends, 5:30PM David Lamotte (singer-songwriter), 8:00PM

GINGER’S REVENGE Chris Cooper Project, 8:00PM

ASHEVILLE MUSIC HALL Official DTA5 Afterparty w/ Dynamo, 10:00PM


BARTACO BILTMORE Phantom Pantone: DJ Collective (tropical house), 5:30PM

ISIS MUSIC HALL & KITCHEN 743 Isis Lawn Series: Letters to Abigail, 6:30PM Oceanic (pop/rock), 7:00PM Virginia Man & SondorBlue, 9:00PM

HICKORY TAVERN Chicken Coop Willaye, 8:00PM

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JARGON Triforce (jazz), 10:00PM LAZY DIAMOND Hot ‘n’ Nasty Night w/ DJs Jasper & Chrissy (rock & soul), 10:00PM

CATAWBA BREWING SOUTH SLOPE Katie’s Randy Cat, 7:00PM CORK & KEG The Jaguars & The Long Shots (Americana, old-time), 8:30PM CROW & QUILL Jon Hatchett Band (honky tonk), 10:00PM DOUBLE CROWN Rock ‘n’ Soul Obscurities w/ DJ Greg Cartwright, 10:00PM


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JACK OF THE WOOD PUB West End String Band, 9:00PM

MOE’S ORIGINAL BBQ WOODFIN Dave Desmelic, 7:00PM NORTH ASHEVILLE LIBRARY The Marq-Paul Shred Show, 6:00PM ODDITORIUM Savannah Sweet Tease Burlesque Revue, 9:00PM ONE STOP AT ASHEVILLE MUSIC HALL Free Dead Fridays w/ members of Phuncle Sam acoustic, 5:30PM Surprise! w/ members of Red Clay Revival & Grass to Mouth, 10:00PM

ONE WORLD BREWING OWB Downtown: Fwuit!, 9:00PM

THE WINE & OYSTER Natalie Fitz w/ David Anderson, 7:00PM

ONE WORLD BREWING WEST OWB WEST: Grudatree (Blues, Rock, Soul, Funk, Jazz), 9:00PM

TOWN PUMP Open Road, 9:00PM

ORANGE PEEL GWAR w/ Light the Torch Against The Grain, 8:00PM PACK’S TAVERN DJ MoTo (dance hits, pop), 9:30PM PILLAR ROOFTOP BAR Ashley Heath, 7:00PM PISGAH BREWING COMPANY Andrew Thelston Band, 8:00PM SALVAGE STATION Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters, 9:00PM SANCTUARY BREWING COMPANY Todd Hoke, 4:30PM Blake Ellege & The Country Resonators, 8:00PM STATIC AGE RECORDS Marley Carroll, Tin Foil Hat, The Touch (synthpop, dreampop), 9:30PM THE BLOCK OFF BILTMORE Art Trap House: Nationally-traveling Music & Arts Festival, 3:00PM Pressing Strings, 9:30PM THE GREY EAGLE Best of Asheville Comedy Benefit - 2 Shows, 7:00PM & 9:00PM THE IMPERIAL LIFE Phantom Pantone DJ Collective (house, hip-hop), 9:00PM THE MOTHLIGHT Plankeye Peggy & Battery Powered Hooker Boots:8-bit Brawl, 9:30PM

TRESSA’S DOWNTOWN JAZZ AND BLUES Lenny Pettinelli (music evergreens), 7:30PM What The Funk (modern funk), 10:00PM W XYZ BAR AT ALOFT WXYZ Electric w/ DJ Zeus, 8:00PM














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SATURDAY, JULY 21 5 WALNUT WINE BAR Vince Junior Band (modern blues), 9:00PM AMBROSE WEST Courtyard Series: Lo Wolf, 5:30PM Tribute to Etta James (soul, blues), 8:00PM











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WHITE HORSE BLACK MOUNTAIN Chuck Brodsky, 8:00PM WILD WING CAFE SOUTH A Social Function (classic rock), 9:00PM




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FRI. 7/20

ASHEVILLE GUITAR BAR Swing Step - Weekly Swing Jam, 4:30PM Jody Carroll, 8:00PM


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ASHEVILLE MUSIC HALL Saturday Night Jive w/ DJ AVX, 10:00PM


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THU 7/19 MELD w/ the Knotty G’s - [Cinematic R&B] FRI 7/20 Surprise! ft. members of Red Clay Revival [Americana/Funk/Soul] SAT 7/21 Rossdafareye w/ Juggernaut Stomp [Appalachian Space Funk/Blues]

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SUNDAY: Bluegrass Brunch

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Jahman Brahman w/ TUB Saturday Night Jive LYD Set w/ DJ Marley Carroll Envisioned Arts Presents: Kursa + Reso Official LEAF Downtown Afterparty w/ Eric Krasno Band + JBOT Official LEAF Downtown Afterparty w/ Wax Tailor + DJ Oso Rey



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CLU B LA N D BYWATER Uncle Buck Wild Saturday, 8:00PM

FUNKATORIUM Jeff Sipes ‘Little Big Band’, 8:30PM

CAPELLA ON 9@THE AC HOTEL Capella on 9 w/ Siamese Sound Club, 9:00PM

HIGHLAND BREWING COMPANY The Maggie Valley Band , 7:00PM



CHESTNUT Jazz Brunch, 11:00AM CORK & KEG Zydeco Ya Ya, 8:30PM

LOBSTER TRAP Sean Mason Trio (jazz), 6:30PM

HILLMAN BEER Saturday Sounds w/ Another Country, 7:00PM INNOVATION BREWING Dorian Michael (acoustic guitar), 8:00PM

CROW & QUILL Drayton & the Dreamboats (vintage crooner jazz), 9:00PM DISTRICT WINE BAR Saturday Night Rock Show, 10:00PM DOUBLE CROWN Soul Motion Dance Party w/ DJ Dr. Filth, 10:00PM FOGGY MOUNTAIN BREWPUB Grass to Mouth (jam, soul), 10:00PM FRENCH BROAD BREWERY Chicken Coop Willaye Trio (blues, Americana), 6:00PM

LAZY DIAMOND Rock ‘n’ Roll Vinyl w/ DJ Alien Brain, 10:00PM

MG ROAD Late Night Dance Parties w/ DJ Lil Meow Meow, 10:00PM MAD CO BREW HOUSE Aaron Burdett , 6:00PM MOE’S ORIGINAL BBQ WOODFIN Dirty Dead, 7:00PM NOBLE KAVA Jason Decristofaro Trio, 9:00PM

ISIS MUSIC HALL & KITCHEN 743 Cliff Eberhardt w/ Louise Mosrie, 7:00PM Saturday Night Dance Party w/ Jim Arrendell (soul, Motown, oldies), 9:00PM JACK OF THE WOOD PUB Chelsea Lovitt & Boys, 9:00PM JARGON The Justin Ray Trio (jazz), 10:00PM

ONE STOP AT ASHEVILLE MUSIC HALL Rossdafereye w/ Juggernaut Stomp, 10:00PM ONE WORLD BREWING OWB Downtown: The Adam Kiraly Band (Groove Music), 9:00PM ONE WORLD BREWING WEST OWB WEST: Derek McCoy Trio (Jazz, R&B, Funk, Country), 9:00PM

ORANGE PEEL Sane Voids w/ Styrofoam Turtles, OBSiDEONEYE & Bex, 8:00PM PACK’S TAVERN Andalyn (classic hits), 9:30PM PILLAR ROOFTOP BAR King Garbage , 7:00PM PISGAH BREWING COMPANY The Lazybirds, 8:00PM PURPLE ONION CAFE Charles Johnson & Charlyhorse, 7:30PM SALVAGE STATION Phuncle Sam, 6:00PM TurnUp Truk, 9:30PM SANCTUARY BREWING COMPANY Vaden Landers, 3:00PM Modern Strangers, 8:00PM SLY GROG LOUNGE Southern Soul Sessions w/ Karl Almaria, Trevor Lamont, Ramin Neshan & Melodious Funk, 9:00PM

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STATIC AGE RECORDS Percussor, Descendency, Kingdom Faust & Krvsade (metal), 10:00PM SWEETEN CREEK BREWING Well Lit Strangers, 3:00PM The Acousticats, 6:00PM THE BLOCK OFF BILTMORE Saturday Salsa & Latin Dance Party Night w/ DJ Edi Fuentes, 9:30PM THE GREY EAGLE Shannon & The Clams w/ Paint Fumes & The Power, 9:00PM THE MOTHLIGHT PC Worship w/ MANAS, 9:30PM THE WINE & OYSTER Kylie B & The Birds, 7:00PM TOWN PUMP Born Again Heathens, 9:00PM TRESSA’S DOWNTOWN JAZZ AND BLUES The Ben Falcon Trio, 7:30PM Ruby Mayfield & Sax Play (dance music), 10:00PM TWISTED LAUREL Phantom Pantone DJ Collective (hip hop, top 40s), 11:00PM W XYZ BAR AT ALOFT WXYZ Live w/ The Secret B-Sides, 8:00PM WHITE HORSE BLACK MOUNTAIN Robin Bullock, 8:00PM WILD WING CAFE Karaoke Saturday Night, 9:00PM

SUNDAY, JULY 22 185 KING STREET Sunday Sessions Open Electric Jam, 4:00PM 5 WALNUT WINE BAR Gypsy Grass Trio (Gypsy, bluegrass), 7:00PM AUX BAR Phantom Pantone DJ Collective (soul, R&B), 1:00PM AMBROSE WEST Sideline (bluegrass jam), 8:00PM ASHEVILLE GUITAR BAR Musicians Jam & Pot Luck, 3:30PM

BLUE MOUNTAIN PIZZA & BREW PUB Luke Wood, 7:00PM BOLD ROCK HARD CIDER Ales for Ashley, 2:00PM CATAWBA BREWING SOUTH SLOPE Ashley Heath, 6:00PM CORK & KEG Che Apalache (Latin-grass), 5:00PM

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CROW & QUILL Beards of Valenccio (music, art, poetry), 7:00PM DOUBLE CROWN Killer Karaoke w/ KJ Tim O , 10:00PM FLEETWOOD’S Witchsister & Mega X, 8:00PM FUNKATORIUM Bluegrass Brunch with Gary Macfiddle, 11:00AM HIGHLAND BREWING Reggae Sunday w/ Chalwa, 1:00PM ISIS MUSIC HALL & KITCHEN 743 Jonathan Byrd & The Pickup Cowboy, 5:30PM The Music of Duke Ellington & The Cotton Club, 7:30PM JACK OF THE WOOD PUB Traditional Irish/ Celtic Jam, 3:00PM JARGON Sunday Blunch w/ Albi Podrizki (American swing), 11:00AM LAZY DIAMOND Punk Night w/ DJ Chubberbird, 10:00PM LOBSTER TRAP Drew Matulich & Friends, 6:30PM NOBLE KAVA Reggae Sundays, 4:00PM ODDITORIUM The Velvet Wolves (rock), 9:00PM ONE STOP AT ASHEVILLE MUSIC HALL Bluegrass Brunch w/ Woody & Krekel & Bald Mountain Boys, 10:30AM PULP Gak, 9:00PM PACK’S TAVERN Sunday Social Club, 4:30PM PILLAR ROOFTOP BAR Open Mic w/ Laura Blackley & special guest Dorsey Parker, 7:00PM


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w/ cadavernous



the moth: true stories told live plankeye piggy & battery powered hooker boots: 8-bit brawl **at the grey eagle** shannon and the clams w/ paint fumes, the power



pc worship

w/ manas (tashi dorji & thom nguyen)

7/23 mon

witch mountain




w/ royal thunder, almuten


(album release show!) w/ fashion bath

Yoga at the Mothlight

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

SANCTUARY BREWING COMPANY Pentley Holmes, 3:00PM SLY GROG LOUNGE Sly Grog Open Mic, 7:00PM THE BLOCK OFF BILTMORE A Night of Music, Conversations and Stories w/ Gustavo Guerrero, 7:30PM THE GREY EAGLE Patio Show: Chelsea Lovitt & Boys, 5:00PM THE IMPERIAL LIFE Phantom Pantone DJ Collective (house, hiphop), 8:00PM TOWN PUMP When Particles Collide, 9:00PM UPCOUNTRY BREWING COMPANY NC Songsmiths Series, 7:00PM WHITE HORSE BLACK MOUNTAIN The Cody Blackbird Band, 7:30PM

MONDAY, JULY 23 185 KING STREET Open Mic hosted by Christ Whitmire, 6:00PM 5 WALNUT WINE BAR Siamese Sound Club (R&B, soul, jazz), 8:00PM ASHEVILLE GUITAR BAR Classical Guitar Mondays, 7:30PM BYWATER Baile w/ Shift Mojo, Konglo, & Scripta, 12:00PM CATAWBA BREWING SOUTH SLOPE Open Mic hosted by Jon Edwards, 6:00PM FLEETWOOD’S REELS , Patchouli Shower, & Interstellar Perpetual, 8:30PM JACK OF THE WOOD PUB QUIZZO Trivia & Open Mic, 7:30PM LOBSTER TRAP Bobby Miller & Friends, 6:30PM NOBLE KAVA Comic Book Femme Night, 7:00PM

ODDITORIUM Risque Monday Burlesque w/ Deb Au Nare, 9:00PM

BYWATER Baile w/ Shift Mojo, Konglo, & Scripta, 12:00PM

OLE SHAKEY’S Live Band Honky Tonk Karaoke, 9:00PM

DOUBLE CROWN Tuesday Grooves (international vinyl) w/ DJs Chrissy & Arieh, 10:00PM

ONE WORLD BREWING OWB Downtown: Open Mic Night, 7:30PM ONE WORLD BREWING WEST OWB WEST: Jazz Monday & Open Jam, 8:00PM PILLAR ROOFTOP BAR Laura Thurston, 7:00PM SANCTUARY BREWING COMPANY The Gathering Dark w/ Songs about Cars, 7:00PM THE GREY EAGLE Open Mic Night, 6:00PM THE IMPERIAL LIFE Ghost Pipe Trio (jazz), 9:00PM THE MOTHLIGHT Witch Mountain w/ Royal Thunder & Almuten, 9:00PM THE WINE & OYSTER Blue Monday: Jazz & Blues Open Mic hosted by Linda Mitchell, 6:30PM TOWN PUMP Chelsea Lovitt & The Boys, 9:00PM TRESSA’S DOWNTOWN JAZZ AND BLUES R&B Jam with Ryan Barber (R&B, soul, funk), 9:00PM TWIN LEAF BREWERY Claire Brockway, 8:00PM UPCOUNTRY BREWING COMPANY Monday Bluegrass Jam hosted by Sam Wharton, 7:00PM

TUESDAY, JULY 24 5 WALNUT WINE BAR The John Henrys (hot jazz), 8:00PM ASHEVILLE GUITAR BAR Gypsy Jazz Jam Tuesdays, 7:30PM ASHEVILLE MUSIC HALL Tuesday night funk jam, 11:00PM BLUE MOUNTAIN PIZZA & BREW PUB Mark Bumgarner, 7:00PM


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ISIS MUSIC HALL & KITCHEN 743 Tuesday Bluegrass Sessions hosted by Serene Green, 7:30PM JACK OF THE WOOD PUB Cajun/Creole Jam, 7:00PM LAZY DIAMOND Rock ‘n’ Metal Karaoke w/ KJ Paddy, 10:00PM LOBSTER TRAP Jay Brown, 6:30PM NOBLE KAVA Open Jam, 8:00PM 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

TRESSA’S DOWNTOWN JAZZ AND BLUES Early Funk Jam hosted by JP & Lenny (funk, jazz), 9:00PM TWIN LEAF BREWERY Team Trivia Tuesday, 8:00PM UPCOUNTRY BREWING COMPANY Open Mic Night, 6:30PM WHITE HORSE BLACK MOUNTAIN Irish Jam, 6:30PM Open Mic, 8:30PM

WEDNESDAY, JULY 25 185 KING STREET Vinyl Night, 6:00PM 5 WALNUT WINE BAR Les Amis (African folk), 8:00PM BLUE MOUNTAIN PIZZA & BREW PUB Open Mic hosted by Mark Bumgarner, 7:00PM BYWATER Open Can of Jam, 8:00PM

ONE STOP AT ASHEVILLE MUSIC HALL Disclaimer Lounge Comedy Open Mic, 9:00PM ONE WORLD BREWING OWB Downtown: Dorian Michael (fingerstyle, blues), 9:00PM SALVAGE STATION Another Country, 8:00PM SANCTUARY BREWING COMPANY French Broad Mountain Valley Acoustic Jam, 6:30PM SOUTHERN APPALACHIAN BREWERY Jazz Night hosted by Jason DeCristofaro, 7:00PM THE GREY EAGLE

CORK & KEG 3 Cool Cats, 7:30PM

Patio Show: Josh Carland, 5:00PM

PURPLE ONION CAFE Never Too Late, 7:00PM

DOUBLE CROWN Miss Cyndi & the Knockin’ Boots, DJ David Wayne Gay, 9:00PM

Olivia Chaney, 8:00PM

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

HIGHLAND BREWING COMPANY Woody Wood Wednesdays, 5:30PM

SLY GROG LOUNGE Tomato Calculator, 8:00PM

ISIS MUSIC HALL & KITCHEN 743 Isis Lawn Series: Whistlepig, 6:30PM Amber North, 7:00PM Sweet Sweet w/ Cory Parlamento, 8:30PM

STATIC AGE RECORDS Wilder Maker (indie), 7:00PM THE BLOCK OFF BILTMORE Swing Asheville & Jazz-n-Justice Tuesday w/ the Community Jazz Jam, 8:00PM THE GREY EAGLE Patio Show: Jake Burns, 5:00PM The Rad Trads w/ Jesse Daniel Edwards, 8:00PM THE MARKET PLACE RESTAURANT AND LOUNGE Rat Alley Cats, 7:00PM THE MOTHLIGHT Pretty Pretty Album Release show w/ Fashion Bath, 9:30PM TOWN PUMP Folkfaces, 9:00PM

JACK OF THE WOOD PUB Old Time Jam, 5:00PM LAZY DIAMOND Killer Karaoke w/ KJ Tim, 10:00PM LOBSTER TRAP Cigar Brothers, 6:30PM MG ROAD Salsa Night, 8:00PM NOBLE KAVA Open Mic w/ Caleb Beissert (sign-ups at 7:30pm), 8:00PM ODDITORIUM Viking Dance Party, 9:00PM OLE SHAKEY’S Sexy Tunes w/ DJ’s Zeus & Franco, 10:00PM

THE IMPERIAL LIFE The Berlyn Jazz Trio, 9:00PM THE MOTHLIGHT Bit Brigade performing Live Soundtrack to Zelda, 9:30PM TOWN PUMP Open Jam w/ Billy Presnell, 9:00PM TRESSA’S DOWNTOWN JAZZ AND BLUES JJ Kitchen All Star Jam (blues, soul), 9:00PM TWIN LEAF BREWERY Open Mic Night, 8:00PM UPCOUNTRY BREWING COMPANY Music Bingo, 8:00PM WHITE HORSE BLACK MOUNTAIN Jazz Night: Nancy Jackson Simmons, 7:30PM




Writer/director Boots Riley’s Sorry to Bother You delivers a brutally incisive sci-fi satire with an absurdist streak

Sorry to Bother You HHHHS

DIRECTOR: Boots Riley PLAYERS: Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, Armie Hammer, Terry Crews, Steven Yeun, Danny Glover SCI-FI SATIRE RATED R THE STORY: A young man finds success as a telemarketer, only to be ensnared in the megalomaniacal machinations of an unhinged corporate fat cat.  THE LOWDOWN: A surrealist satire with an anarchic streak that defies description, as insightful as it is brutally funny. The world in which we live could be generously described as insane, and filmmakers (understandably) seem to be following suit. But few films have gone as all-in on that front as Boots Riley’s feature debut, Sorry to Bother You — a scathing socio-political satire the silliness of which is only sur-

passed by its depth of insight. Writer/ director Riley gives no quarter to the systems of power he seeks to undermine, and yet his approach is so bombastically ludicrous that the resultant film never approaches condescension or preachiness. It’s a film that recognizes the inherent absurdity of the modern world writ large and the equally ridiculous idea of protesting that self-evident idiocy with a quasisci-fi movie about telemarketing. In a word, it’s hilarious. Hilarious, yes, but also deeply unsettling. Riley’s story is set in a pseudo-surrealist world where people are offered the option of self-imposed slavery in prisonlike work camps in order to escape crushing debt, and yet no-one seems to bat an eye at this state of affairs. Bother’s protagonist, the aptly named Cassius (Lakeith Stanfield in a standout star turn), is a somewhat feckless unemployed

everyman struggling through an existential crisis. When he lands a job at a call center, the advice of a colleague (Danny Glover) to use his “white voice” sets him on a career trajectory that ingratiates him to deranged CEO Steve Lift (Armie Hammer) even as it places him at odds with his activist girlfriend (Tessa Thompson) and unionizing buddy (Steven Yeun). To indulge in further plot summary would be to risk severely detrimental spoilers, but it should suffice to say that what sounds like the setup to a conventional workplace comedy goes in an absolutely inconceivable direction under Riley’s ministrations. Let’s just say things get weird and leave it at that. Sorry to Bother You is a study in contrasting influences, and Riley blends the constituent elements of his antecedents with a fluency reminiscent of the French New Wave. The film plays something like a cinematic love child fathered by Mike Judge and Spike Jonze that was then raised by Michel Gondry, and I mean that in the best possible sense. It’s worth noting that Riley openly acknowledges this last reference with a mise en abyme stop-motion short attributed to “Michel Dongry” — a move indicative of the film’s sense of humor, simultaneously reverential and nosethumbing, which Riley brings to bear on subject matter that is anything but lighthearted. While Sorry to Bother You will undoubtedly draw innumerable comparisons to Jordan Peele’s Get Out — and I have no doubt that the surprise success of that film paved the way for Bother — Riley’s film is a horse of a different color. Its perspective on race, plutocracy and the mindnumbing effects of mass-media inundation are far broader in their scope than the focus of Peele’s film, even if the end result feels less polished. But that very lack of refinement is what makes Bother such a bizarrely impactful experience, one that lingers on the brain long after the uncomfortable laughs subside. The long-term impact of Sorry to Bother You remains to be seen, but as it stands, I can’t imagine a more appropriate artistic statement to capture the cultural zeitgeist of 2018. Rated R for pervasive language,

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some strong sexual content, graphic nudity, and drug use. Now Playing at Fine Arts Theatre. REVIEWED BY SCOTT DOUGLAS JSDOUGLAS22@GMAIL.COM

Leave No Trace HHHH DIRECTOR: Debra Granik PLAYERS: Ben Foster, Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie, Jeff Kober, Dale Dickey DRAMA RATED PG THE STORY: A widower and traumatized war veteran raises his daughter on the fringes of society, surviving in densely forested parklands while trying to avoid the authorities.  THE LOWDOWN: A moving melodrama with a resonant emotional core that benefits from immaculate characterization and a beautiful backdrop. There’s no shortage of films addressing veterans dealing with PTSD, just as there are more than a few survivalist fantasies of people abandoning society to eke out an existence in the wild. And there’s


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certainly no dearth of movies exploring the nuanced intricacies of the father-daughter bond. Writerdirector Debra Granik’s Leave No Trace could be aptly described as any of the above, but it distinguishes itself by virtue of its subtlety, the profound depth of its characterizations and its perceptive grasp of the emotional core at the heart of its narrative. In short, it’s a distinctly human drama that puts the emphasis on the human aspect without exaggerating the drama. The drama is real, however, and the stakes are high. Granik’s film follows Will (a brooding Ben Foster), a vet whose struggle to reacclimatize to civilian life was derailed by the death of his wife, the mother of his daughter, Tom (Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie). But none of this backstory is ever explicitly clarified by Granik — we just see the life Will has built for him and Tom, foraging in the wilds of a state park in the Pacific Northwest and trying to evade a society that threatens to box him in. The audience is largely left



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to infer details of plot and character, and Granik’s script, co-written by Anne Rosellini and based on a 2009 novel by Peter Rock, teases them out so judiciously that the narrative has an organic feel paralleled by its lush arboreal settings. The relationship between Will and Tom is not only the driving force behind Granik’s narrative, but effectively the very fabric of the film itself. Every shot is subjective, which is what makes the visual dissonance between the verdant greens of cinematographer Michael McDonough’s heavily forested landscapes so jarring in contrast to the bland beige of the “civilized” world into which Will and Tom are forcibly returned. It’s a visual leitmotif that evokes Tom’s character arc and makes the inevitable conflict with her reclusive father that much more relatable. In developing character through visual means rather than falling back on blunt exposition, Granik shrewdly sidesteps any pat resolutions or easy answers, allowing the audience a more immersive identification with characters whose experiences might otherwise feel too foreign. By stepping away from the pulpy crime-thriller tropes that defined her earlier films, Granik has created something far more earnest and deeply affecting without abandoning the vitality that made Winter’s Bone so notable. And while McKenzie has already drawn comparisons to Jennifer Lawrence’s turn in Granik’s previous picture, her performance shows a great deal more promise if only because of its delicacy. As a study in cinematic and narrative efficiency, it’s masterful, and Granik brings out the best in both Foster and McKenzie — but as a singular work of emotional expressionism, Leave No Trace is a film that will leave an indelible mark on the hearts of moviegoers. Rated PG for thematic material throughout. Opens Friday at Fine Arts Theatre. REVIEWED BY SCOTT DOUGLAS JSDOUGLAS22@GMAIL.COM

• FR (7/20), 3-5pm - Book to Movie Film Series: Life of Pi, film screening and discussion. Free. Held at West Asheville Public Library, 942 Haywood Road FILM AT UNCA 828-251-6585,


• TH (7/19), 7pm - You’ve Got to Be Carefully Taught, video screening and discussion with Holocaust escapee and diversity educator Rubin Feldstein. Free. Held at UNC-Asheville Reuter Center, 1 Campus View Road

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SCIENTIFIC ESCAPISM: In partnership with Malaprop’s and the Asheville Art Museum, Grail Moviehouse screens Rocaterrania, a documentary about the late scientific illustrator Renaldo Kuhler, pictured, on July 21. Photo courtesy of Brett Ingram • The West Asheville Library, 942 Haywood Road, continues its Book to Movie Film Series on Friday, July 20, 3-5 p.m., with Life of Pi. Free. • The Musical Matinees weekly summer film series continues at the Columbus Public Library, 1289 W. Mills St., Columbus, on Friday, July 20, at 1 p.m. with Mamma Mia! Free. • Grail Moviehouse, 45 S. French Broad Ave. will show Rocaterrania on Saturday, July 21, at 2 p.m. The 2009 documentary chronicles the life and work of the late scientific illustrator Renaldo Kuhler, who created hundreds of plates for the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, drawing diverse flora and fauna for scientific journals, reference books and exhibits. To escape from a world that didn’t understand him, he also invented the titular country — a tiny sovereign nation of European immigrants on the border of New York and Canada — as a teenager and secretly illustrated the nation’s history for 65 years. Staff from the Asheville Art Museum will introduce the film and participate in a post-screening Q&A along with Brett Ingram, the film’s director and author of The Secret World of Renaldo Kuhler. Tickets are $10 and available online and at the Grail box office.

• World Peas Animations offers a pair of Movie Making Summer Camps, Monday, July 23-Friday, July 27. In the Live Action Movie Making camp, students will work together to write, storyboard, act in, direct and edit a movie. For the Stop Motion Animation camp, students will work with clay, paper, white boards and more to make an animated film. All materials will be provided, and both camps conclude with a screening of the finished works for family and friends. Each camp is intended for ages 5-14 and costs $275. For camp location and to register, call 828-335-9349 or email • On Wednesday, July 25, 6-7 p.m. at Pack Memorial Library, 67 Haywood St., local film historian and author Frank Thompson will lead a discussion of movies produced in Asheville from 1900 until the end of the silent film era in 1929. Free. • In partnership with the Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center, the Fine Arts Theatre, 36 Biltmore Ave., screens Alice’s Restaurant on Thursday, July 26, at 7 p.m. The film will be preceded by a short talk on director Arthur Penn’s legacy in American film and how his career was influenced by his experiences at Black Mountain College. Tickets — available online and at the Fine Arts box office — are $8 for students and BMCM+AC members and $10 for nonmembers. X


Equalizer 2 Director Antoine Fuqua and writer Richard Wenk reteam with star Denzell Washington for a follow up to their 2014 action TV adaptation. According to the studio: “Denzel Washington returns to one of his signature roles in the first sequel of his career. Robert McCall serves an unflinching justice for the exploited and oppressed — but how far will he go when that is someone he loves?” No early reviews mixed. (R)


Leave No Trace See Scott Douglas’ review

Mama Mia! Here We Go Again Sequel to the 2008 musical, directed by Ol Parker and featuring an ensemble cast. According to the studio: “You’re invited to return to the magical Greek island of Kalokairi in an all-new original musical based on the songs of ABBA, as the film goes back and forth in time to show how relationships forged in the past resonate in the present.” No early reviews. (PG-13)

Unfriended: Dark Web Sequel to the 2014 real-time social media horror film, written and directed by Stephen Susco. According to the studio: “When a 20-something finds a cache of hidden files on his new laptop, he and his friends are unwittingly thrust into the depths of the dark web. They soon discover someone has been watching their every move and will go to unimaginable lengths to protect the dark web.” Early reviews mixed. (R)


Doctor Faustus HHHS DIRECTOR: Richard Burton, Nevill Coghill PLAYERS: Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor, Andreas Teuber, Ian Marter, Elizabeth O’Donovan ARTSY HORROR DRAMA Rated NR When it was first released in 1967, Richard Burton’s film version of Marlowe’s The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus was pretty soundly trounced by the critics. And while from today’s perspective it’s not hard to see why, it is hard to understand how they didn’t at least recognize they were in the presence of a bona fide cinematic two-headed cow. Since the film was made at a time when Burton and Elizabeth Taylor were in between divorces, he opted to cast Liz as Helen of Troy — and as a variety of other women of somewhat vaguer origin throughout the film. Yes, this is a respectable adaptation of the Marlowe play, but Burton and co-director Nevill Coghill opted to open it up and to tart it up — the overall effect is like a cross between a garishly colored Hammer horror film and a textbook example of ’60s hallucinogenic trendiness. Calling the film uneven is a kindness, but that doesn’t keep Burton’s attempt to bring Marlowe to the screen a positively mesmerizing experience that … well, has to be seen to be believed. This excerpt was taken from a review by Ken Hanke published on July 13, 2005. The Hendersonville Film Society will show Doctor Faustus on Sunday, July 22, at 2 p.m. in the Smoky Mountain Theater at Lake Pointe Landing Retirement Community, 333 Thompson St., Hendersonville.

24th Annual Twin Rivers Multimedia Festival Classic World Cinema’s regular programming gives way to the 24th annual Twin Rivers Media Festival this week at the newly renovated Flood Gallery Fine Art Center, 850 Blue Ridge Road, Black Mountain. The two-day festival kicks off Friday, July 20, with a feature film screening scheduled for 8 p.m., followed on Saturday, July 21, with selections in the Animation, Short Drama, Experimental and Documentary categories showing from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Admission is free, and more information can be found at

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FREEWILL ASTROLOGY ARIES (March 21-April 19): “Take a lover who looks at you like maybe you are magic.” Whenever that quote appears on the Internet, it’s falsely attributed to painter Frida Kahlo. In fact, it was originally composed by poet Marty McConnell. In any case, I’ll recommend that you heed it in the coming weeks. You really do need to focus on associating with allies who see the mysterious and lyrical best in you. I will also suggest that you get inspired by a line that Frida Kahlo actually wrote: “Take a lover who looks at you like maybe you are a bourbon biscuit.” (If you don’t know what a bourbon biscuit is, I’ll tell you: chocolate buttercream stuffed between two thin rectangular chocolate biscuits.) TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Here’s what author Franz Kafka wrote in his diary on August 2, 1914: “Germany has declared war on Russia. I went swimming in the afternoon.” We could possibly interpret his nonchalance about world events to be a sign of callous self-absorption. But I recommend that you cultivate a similar attitude in the coming weeks. In accordance with astrological omens, you have the right and the need to shelter yourself from the vulgar insanity of politics and the pathological mediocrity of mainstream culture. So feel free to spend extra time focusing on your own well-being. (P.S.: Kafka’s biographer says swimming served this role for him. It enabled him to access deep unconscious reserves of pleasurable power that renewed his spirit.) GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Am I delusional to advise a perky, talkative Gemini like yourself to enhance your communication skills? How dare I even hint that you’re not quite perfect at a skill you were obviously born to excel at? But that’s exactly what I’m here to convey. The coming weeks will be a favorable time to take inventory of how you could more fully develop your natural ability to exchange information. You’ll be in robust alignment with cosmic rhythms if you take action to refine the way you express your own messages and receive and respond to other people’s messages. CANCER (June 21-July 22): Self-described skeptics sometimes say to me, “How can any intelligent person believe in astrology? You must be suffering from a brain dysfunction if you imagine that the movements of planets can reveal any useful clues about our lives.” If the “skeptic” is truly open-minded, as an authentic skeptic should be, I offer a mini-lecture to correct his misunderstandings. If he’s not (which is the usual case), I say that I don’t need to “believe” in astrology; I use astrology because it works. For instance, I have a working hypothesis that Cancerians like myself enjoy better-than-average insight and luck with money every year from late July through the month of August. It’s irrelevant whether there’s a “scientific” theory to explain why this might be. I simply undertake efforts to improve my financial situation at this time and I’m often successful.


LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): A reader asked Libran blogger Ana-Sofia Cardelle, “How does one become more sensual?” I’ll ask you to meditate on the same question. Why? Because it’s a good time to enrich and deepen your sensuality. For inspiration, here are some ideas that blend my words with Cardelle’s: “Laugh easily and freely. Tune in to the rhythm of your holy animal body as you walk. Sing songs that remind you why you’re here on earth. Give yourself the luxury of reading books that thrill your imagination and fill you with fresh questions. Eat food with your fingers. Allow sweet melancholy to snake through you. Listen innocently to people, being warm-hearted and slyly wild. Soak up colors with your eager eyes. Whisper grateful prayers to the sun as you exult in its gifts.” SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): “If people aren’t laughing at your goals, your goals are too small.” So says bodybuilder Kai Greene. I don’t know if I would personally make such a brazen declaration, but I do think it’s worth considering — especially for you right now. You’re entering into the Big Bold Vision time of your astrological cycle. It’s a phase when you’ll be wise to boost the intensity of your hopes for yourself and get closer to knowing the ultimate form of what you want and be daring enough to imagine the most sublime possible outcomes for your future. If you do all that with the proper chutzpah, some people may indeed laugh at your audacity. That’s OK! SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): This mini-chapter in your epic life story is symbolically ruled by the fluttering flights of butterflies, the whirring hum of hummingbird wings, the soft cool light of fireflies and the dawn dances of seahorses. To take maximum advantage of the blessings life will tease you with in the coming weeks, I suggest you align yourself with phenomena like those. You will tend to be alert and receptive in just the right ways if you cultivate a love of fragile marvels, subtle beauty and amazing grace. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): I swear the astrological omens are telling me to tell you that you have license to make the following requests: 1. People from your past who say they’d like to be part of your future have to prove their earnestness by forgiving your debts to them and asking your forgiveness for their debts to you. 2. People who are pushing for you to be influenced by them must agree to be influenced by you. 3. People who want to deepen their collaborations with you must promise to deepen their commitment to wrestling with their own darkness. 4. People who say they care for you must prove their love in a small but meaningful way.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Here are some of the fine gifts you’re eligible for and even likely to receive during the next four weeks: a more constructive and fluid relationship with obsession; a panoramic look at what lies below the tip of the metaphorical iceberg; a tear-jerking joyride that cracks open your sleeping sense of wonder; erasure of at least 20 percent of your self-doubt; vivid demonstrations of the excitement available from slowing down and taking your sweet time; and a surprising and useful truth delivered to your soul by your body.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): You will never find an advertisement for Nike or Apple within the sacred vessel of this horoscope column. But you may come across plugs for soul-nourishing commodities like creative freedom, psychosexual bliss and playful generosity. Like everyone else, I’m a salesperson — although I believe that the wares I peddle are unambiguously good for you. In this spirit, I invite you to hone your own sales pitch. It’s an excellent time to interest people in the fine products and ideas and services that you have to offer.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): During the last three months of 2018, I suspect you will dismantle or outgrow a foundation. Why? So as to prepare the way for building or finding a new foundation in 2019. From next January onward, I predict you will re-imagine the meaning of home. You’ll grow fresh roots and come to novel conclusions about the influences that enable you to feel secure and stable. The reason I’m revealing these clues ahead of time is because now is a good time to get a foreshadowing of how to proceed. You can glean insights on where to begin your work.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Would you do me a favor, please? Would you do your friends and loved ones and the whole world a favor? Don’t pretend you’re less powerful and beautiful than you are. Don’t downplay or neglect the magic you have at your disposal. Don’t act as if your unique genius is nothing special. OK? Are you willing to grant us these small indulgences? Your specific talents, perspectives and gifts are indispensable right now. The rest of us need you to be bold and brazen about expressing them.

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7 Book preceding Romans 8 Uninspired 9 Conrad who wrote “Lord Jim” 10 Pinnacle 11 Tiny brain size 12 Place to take a shot 13 “Life Is Good” rapper 15 Blues singer Ma 18 Tony-winning musical with the song “Another Suitcase in Another Hall” 22 Net asset? 23 Hockey feint 24 Soothing 25 Ways to wend 26 Turmoils 27 Some flat screens 28 So-called “Father of the DOWN String Quartet” 1 Group that inspired 29 Kansas City team Broadway’s 30 Stately home “Mamma Mia!” 2 “Darn!” 33 “Ditto” 3 Part of un día 34 “That’s good”: Fr. 4 Reactions to 35 Dispute settler buffets? 37 Material for a 5 Surreptitiously military uniform 6 Not take any more 38 Prepare for eating, cards as shrimp

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Mountain Xpress 07.18.18  

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

Mountain Xpress 07.18.18  

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