OUR 22ND YEAR OF WEEKLY INDEPENDENT NEWS, ARTS & EVENTS FOR WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA VOL. 22 NO. 52 JULY 20 - JULY 26, 2016
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OUR 22ND YEAR OF WEEKLY INDEPENDENT NEWS, ARTS & EVENTS FOR WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA VOL. 22 NO. 52 JULY 20 - JULY 26, 2016
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Folkmoot returns to WNC
Now in its 33rd year, Folkmoot brings international folk dance and music to Western North Carolina. For 2016, the cultural festival expands both its programming and its reach. COVER PHOTO Patrick Parton (www.patrickparton.com) COVER DESIGN Norn Cutson
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I’d like to share some ideas about what we as white Americans can do right now to support people of color, who are disproportionately affected by police brutality and discrimination. Statistics show that American police kill far more frequently than police in other developed countries. One shocking statistic is that American police killed more people this March than U.K. police did in the entire 20th century (source: thinkprogress.com). Video footage is increasingly demonstrating that racially motivated police brutality and killings are proliferating across the country and are not merely local phenomena. We cannot remain apathetic and inactive. It’s human nature to feel that events that come to national media attention are distant from us. But let’s not forget that a black man was killed by police here in Asheville on July 2 under questionable circumstances, and an investigation is underway. Without drawing hasty conclusions about that event, we ought to realize that the types of killings that make national news headlines are not isolated events, but
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happen across the nation with disturbing frequency. If we’re complacent, we increase the possibility of people of color being discriminated against and targeted by police in our own community. Those opposed to changing the status quo in relation to law enforcement practices often argue that most police officers are good people and that they wouldn’t unjustly kill anyone — black, white or brown. But that’s beside the point. The point is that the events that have recently come to light are a symptom of a pervasive illness, and we can’t predict where or when we’ll see yet more evidence of it. A militaristic and racist culture plagues American law enforcement nationwide, and we need systematic change and new paradigms of law enforcement training and practice. This is not the same as saying that individual police officers in general are racists; what I mean is that law enforcement institutions demonstrate a trend toward racial prejudice and violence, highlighted by events like the killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. Beyond taking to social media, we ought to write our local law enforcement departments to inquire about what programs they have in place, or are planning, to train their officers in nonlethal intervention and anti-discrimination practices. We should also write our city, county and state political leaders to ask what they’re doing to help
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develop, encourage and strengthen such programs. Let them know that we want not only to feel safe ourselves, but we want people of color in our community to feel protected rather than threatened by police. We should also write our local media outlets and ask them to investigate the policies and training of our local law enforcement agencies. We can also support this cause by helping to organize and by attending public demonstrations alongside our neighbors of color. We need a nationwide shift in the way law enforcement agencies operate and the way they train and outfit their officers. We can’t wait for federal legislation to dictate this from above. If we demand change at a local level, we can change the ethos of law enforcement agencies across the country. — Luke Hankins Asheville
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I’d like to respond to “Pop Culture’s Negative Effects on Teen Girls” [July 6, Xpress] by Lily Harlin. Your problem, actually your gift, is that you are ahead of your time. I hate to tell you that because you are more mature than your peers, you may find it hard to fit in. Kids your age are trying to see where they fit in and are willing to shape themselves based on what is appealing to others in order to do that. Probably because of your upbringing, you seem to have skipped that step, and that’s something they (kids your age) won’t understand. You don’t have to make all the mistakes in order to learn from them. I’d like to thank you for easing my mind. I was afraid of having a daughter because I would hate to tell her that for most of her life, she can safely assume that a man is only going to want one thing from her. Please continue to master the art of being yourself. You are a beacon of hope for those of us who have already run the gauntlet you’re going through and are constantly saying, “If I could do it over again ...” I’d do it the way you are. Thanks for speaking up! — Daniel Amick More than twice your age, but not double your maturity level Hendersonville
Shindig calls for dancing Once again, great music [at Shindig on the Green], but [I’m] disappointed by continued opposition to audience dancing.
After several attempts by email to encourage participation and thorough enjoyment by all, I was once again rebuffed by the OCD rejection by the “controllers” of free music, with unkind, unrealistic oversight of the activity. They have maintained that the staged dancing as entertainment is the only acceptable form. If however, anyone foolish wants to enjoy the music by dancing, go dance in the area designated for children and fools. “Shindig” by definition [is a] dance, party, lively gathering (sitting is hardly lively = nonparticipation). Square dancing was initiated in 17th-century England, 18th-century France. Clogging evolved in the mid-1700s in Appalachia. Buck dancing, flatfooting, is a solo dancing style and the oldest form of truly American folk dance, not of European origin. Keep this in mind, Shindig organizers, when you squelch dancing, the true natural response to our American Shindig — dance, party, lively gathering! [It] honestly requires participation in the music, not separation from it, as an entertaining art form. Kudos to the awesome musicians, who are the real magic makers! ($5 fees in the parking garage = ripoff). — Cheryl Shepley Marshall
Safety is first concern at Shindig The Folk Heritage Committee gives area performers important recognition of their talents in preserving our Southern Appalachian heritage for over 50 years now at the Shindig and 89 years at the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival. The Shindig on the Green and Mountain Dance and Folk Festival demonstrates quality, authentic, traditional music and dance presented to thousands of individuals, stimulating awareness and appreciation for the musical and cultural heritage Western North Carolina holds. [Regarding the letter, “Shindig Calls for Dancing” in this issue of Xpress], the committee has received two letters from this same individual. We have responded to both letters promptly, one in August of 2015 and the other in May of 2016. Now again, we are addressing her concerns. The inevitable — children have been disruptive in the past, without proper supervision of parents. We have requested time and again to please keep them off the stage, steps and columns. Musicians on stage have been interrupted during performances to catch a child falling off the stairway. The children [were] climbing up and around the
columns, running, jumping, tripping on electrical cords. Also, very disruptive to the audience and to the musicians during performances. Safety is always our first, deepest concern. We had repeated requests of the audience to “please calm the children.” Two committee members tried to stand on each side, and the parents were rude because we would ask, “Please don’t get up there” or “no climbing,” etc. The police assisted when requested, but attention is needed [for] other ... downtown issues. We implemented a pattern to alleviate audience use of the stairs. There is a dancing area at the right of the stage (looking upon it). This wonderful freestyle dancing area is huge. It doesn’t disrupt the bands, nor the audience. And it keeps our audience safe, out of harm’s way. — Loretta Freeman Chair, Folk Heritage Committee Asheville
Having fun with the media Asheville Disclaimer Throwing down the Gannett-let: Josh Aw-try — the Asheville CitizenTimes’ now former, aw-shucks wunderkind executive editor — periodically gave presentations, trying to explain Gannett’s latest “flavor of the month” strategy for doing “journalism” while gutting and then destructuring (“perestroika”) and misdirecting (“glasnost”) their newsrooms. “I’ll be back again in a few months,” he told a recent gathering. “I’ll get it figured out.” But, having got it figured out, he got “kicked upstairs”* to corporate, leaving everyone else in the dark. *See “percussive sublimation,” The Peter Principle, Dr. Laurence J. Peter, c. 1969. Where’s the rest of me? Echoing Ronald Reagan’s cry in the classic film Kings Row, Asheville’s alternative weekly — the Mountain Xpress — appealed to someone —anyone — to please find and restore its long-missing news section. “We did an in-depth analysis and found that news just wasn’t carrying its weight,” said Jeff Fobes, the paper’s editor and publisher. “City Council and the County Commission don’t buy ads; restaurants and yoga instructors do.” So, what would ordinarily be just the interior, features-arts-culturelifestyle-beer-entertainment-calendarclassifieds section of a good, muckraking alt-weekly, is now “the whole enchilada,” Fobes explained.
C ART O O N B Y B R E N T B R O W N I.P. Daily: Alliterative and proud, Carolina Public Press says it’s “In-Depth, Investigative and Independent.” If only the online-only, Asheville-based, profit-free news organization got any R-E-S-P-E-C-T, confessed Angie Newsome, its founder and primary fund-raiser. “If only I could quit constantly badgering people for their tax-deductible (hint, hint) donations — not to mention to get online and read us,” she said. “Do you know how much it costs to publish on actual paper? Who’s got that kind of dough?” Meanwhile, Dough, Asheville’s former pre-trend-shus deli on Merrimon, closed after only a year or so in business — for lack of dough. Like Katuah Market. Oby wan: “We’re not pay-for-play!” expostulated Oby Morgan, the publisher of Asheville’s most slickly produced free — and pointless — vanity publication, Capital at Play. “True,” thought the applicant for managing editor. “Local entrepreneurs probably don’t buy a pricey ad in the magazine as an outright ‘quid pro quo’ for an article about them — only in the probably well-founded hope that the fancy rag will get around to doing one in due course.” It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s … The Daily Planet: Or is it The Asheville Tribune? Are these twin titans of local print journalism both still around? Do
you ever see Clark Kent and Superman in the same place — at the same time? Meanwhile, “If it wasn’t for DISrespect, I wouldn’t get no respect at all,” warbled the nation’s only avowed posttheist elected official (and the Tribune’s official whipping boy), City Councilman Cecil “Danger Mouse” Bothwell. “And what is the world coming to when an area’s official Tea Party organ is the only paper doing creditable local coverage?” he wondered. Street-walker-talker: The January/ February issue of Sophie included, on page 8, a woman-on-the-street photo feature … [which] meekly? cheekily? eschewed all principles of journalism by reporting subjects’ apparent, baffling “answers” to mostly un-apparent questions, and by not identifying them by at least first name and, perhaps, occupation or … something. — David Tell Editor and publisher Local Fake News publication (out of print) Bunkum magazine: That’s a lot of bunk Marshall Editor’s note: The original Asheville Disclaimer notes that it is parody/satire, and we are reasonably sure that this aims to be, too.
Where is Justice4Jerry coverage? I have been very disappointed that, although two issues of the Xpress have been published since Jerry Williams was killed by Asheville Police Department Sgt. [Tyler] Radford on July 2, neither issue has covered the story, or the story of the solidarity/support movement that has sprung up in response to this horrible incident (and in response to a broader national context of ongoing murder of black people by the police). Although web-based Xpress content has reflected this story, the print version doesn’t even acknowledge that it happened. It’s hard to see this discrepancy as anything other than willful neglect, and this reader would like to see the absence corrected. As the eyes of the nation are on Baton Rouge and Minnesota, we can’t ignore the fact that fatal use of force against black people also happens in Asheville. It happened here less than two weeks ago. Since then, an unprecedented level of community response and coordination has emerged to support the Williams family and seek accountability for the killing — an effort that bridges racial and class
backgrounds, social networks and neighborhoods. These are the facts. You can’t say your paper represents what’s going on in Asheville when the front page features tacos and train hoppers while people are in the street chanting for justice. This isn’t about taking a stand on who is right and wrong; this is about doing your job as a part of the press. Cover this story, and let people decide for themselves if and how they want to engage with a movement that is already here and isn’t going away. — Julie Schneyer Asheville Editor’s note: We, too, want to see coverage of this issue in print in Xpress. However, with a fast-paced story like this one, online coverage has thus far offered us (as a weekly publication) the most effective solution, and we have relied on it. We are discussing ways to provide balanced and thoughtful coverage in the coming weeks, both in print and online. Crime is not a primary focus for us, so the resources we will be able to devote to coverage will likely center on how citizens and government interact, rather than straight reportage of events. Thank you for your passionate involvement and for providing your views.
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The Gospel According to Jerry BY JERRY STERNBERG Poker is a game in which luck definitely plays an important part. Let me tell you about my luckiest poker game ever. In my last column, I wrote that in the early ’70s, Alvin Ledford ran a poker house on Merrimon Avenue, near where The Fresh Market is now. On Sunday nights he held his “big game,” which began around 6 p.m. The stakes were higher than in his regular weekly games, and people of every stripe came from all over to play. One particularly hot Sunday night in July, I had taken an early nap and woke up around 10 p.m. I thought, “This is a good time to go get in the game.” I liked to wait until it had been going for a while, because you had a better read on the players and could more easily tell the winners from the losers. The winners often played a little more conservatively, to try to preserve their winnings; the losers tended to be more aggressive, making heavier bets on weaker cards to try and get their money back. In gambling circles, this is known as “steaming.” I arrived at the house about 10:30. Even though it was hot, I was surprised to see a guy they called Doc, who was a small-time bookmaker, standing on the porch wearing a pair of undersized denim shorts and no shirt. Alvin was there too, dressed in a pair of jeans that barely covered his knees and a shirt that was open because it was too small to be buttoned. “What’s up?” I said casually. “They cleaned us out,” they answered. I had never been in a game with Doc, but this news didn’t surprise me about Alvin: Even though he was in the business, he was a terrible poker player. He would occasionally sit in on a game, but I never saw him win. This, by the way, seems to be typical of people in the gambling business. I’ve watched professional blackjack dealers, pit bosses and dice croupiers, and when they gambled with their own money, their lack of skill was pathetic. I walked past Doc and Alvin and into the house; the scene in the dining room was absolutely
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JERRY STERNBERG shocking. It looked like something out of some really weird Roman bath. About eight men were sitting around the table, some wearing articles of clothing that were way too small for them. A big, fat pimp was wrapped in a bedsheet; another big guy was swathed in a tablecloth. Some, including a doctor from Hendersonville, were totally naked. None had shoes on, and they just sat there staring at one another, totally disgraced and dejected. It was so bizarre that I started to laugh — but then I realized that there was something very unfunny about the situation. Before I go further, I have to tell you about the main character in this drama, because he was the person I knew best, and he’s the one who told me the rest of the story. His name was Larry, but everybody called him Mush because he had a very pronounced mustache. He was a good friend of Odell Harris, my partner in the Sky Club venture. He was always impeccably dressed. He seemed very intelligent, had a charming personality, and his comic banter would put a smile on every face.
He also appeared to have plenty of money but no visible means of support. As was my policy with all the characters in Odell’s circle whose escapades fascinated me, I never asked any questions, and they always treated me with dignity and respect. It turned out that Mush was just your friendly local pharmacist, a man who could deliver your drug of choice for the right price. He was actually quite a capable guy, though, and during one of the times when he was legit, he went into the remodeling business with Doc, who was also pretty bright. Mush came to me to see if I had any work for him; as it happened, I had a big building that had been a junkyard. The floors were caked with 2 inches of grease, and the walls and ceiling were covered with soot. I had just leased the building to a mattress manufacturing company, and it needed extensive cleaning. Mush signed a contract and hired every thug and drunken painter he could find to clean up and repaint the place. He worked these guys mercilessly; they even scrubbed the floors with nitric acid. He did an excellent job, though: brought it in on time, and when he was through it looked like a new building. This guy has a future, I thought. Sadly, however, Mush went back to his former business, did time in Craggy Prison and died a young man. That poker game, though, is a story that Damon Runyon couldn’t have concocted. It seems that all these guys were sitting around the table playing when two men with ski masks and sawed-off shotguns came through the back door and got the drop on the whole group. They were ordered to take off all their clothes and shoes and put them — along with all their money and possessions — into bags the men provided. After that they were told to stand against the wall and not talk or move. There were several handguns in the crowd, but under the circumstances, no one was foolish enough to go up against a sawed-off shotgun. Mush said he and Doc had come in just a few minutes earlier; they were hanging out in the living room, booking baseball bets and figuring out their payoffs. Mush heard someone standing over him who said, “Stand
Luck of the draw up.” He didn’t, and the guy repeated himself: “I said stand up.” Mush said he looked up and this guy had the barrels of that sawed-off shotgun pointed right between the eyes. He said, “I thought I was looking into the Holland Tunnel, those barrels looked so big.” He and Doc were forced to strip and join the party in the next room, facing the wall with their hands up. Then, whether it was intentional or not, one of the robbers fired a blast into the ceiling, totally terrorizing and traumatizing those macho men. As the thieves were finishing up their business, one noticed that Mush was wearing his class ring, which he hadn’t been able to remove for five years. “Take off that ring,” the guy commanded. Mush said, “I can’t take it off.” But when the guy shoved the barrel of that gun into Mush’s side, he yanked off that ring like it was three sizes too big. There was another character in the game named Forrest, who’d lost his leg in an industrial accident. His lawyer had succeeded in getting him the first million-dollar judgment ever awarded in this area. Nothing was sacred to these guys, however: Forrest was even relieved of his prosthesis. As the robbers were getting ready to leave, one of them asked the group, “Where is that smartass with the mustache?” Somebody told me later that he looked down the wall and could see Mush trying desperately to use his lower teeth and lip to cover up his mustache. Finally they left, after jerking the phone out of the wall and making off with a haul estimated at up to $200,000. Some of those boys carried huge amounts of cash around. It was only later that I fully appreciated the plight these guys were in. They couldn’t call the cops, even if they’d wanted to, and say they were participating in an illegal gambling game. And when the robbers took their possessions, they also took their car keys. So they had no clothes or shoes, even though some had managed to get into the clothes they found upstairs, where Alvin’s teenage son stayed. They weren’t about to go out
on the street that way and attract police attention. So when I arrived, about a halfhour after the robbers had left, I was their ticket out of there. I drove Mush — who was wearing the teenager’s ill-fitting trousers and nothing else — to his girlfriend’s house to get her set of keys for his car, so he could take the other guys home. In typical Mush mentality, the thing he was most upset about was that they’d taken his brand-new cowboy boots that he was so proud of. Those robbers, though, had pulled off the perfect crime. It was never investigated, for obvious reasons, and to this day it’s never been solved. There was much speculation about the thieves’ identities. I remembered that when Odell had briefly run the poker game at the Sky Club, I’d seen two strangers who someone said were from Tennessee. They were tough-looking hombres and appeared to be very professional poker players. I told Odell that they had to go and that we really needed to shut down that game. I heard later that
those two guys might have previously played in Alvin’s game, which would have given them a chance to case the joint; it appears that they knew the layout and had some idea of how much money might be there for the taking. They were my suspects. But the reason I said this was my luckiest poker game ever is that if I’d arrived a half-hour earlier, I would probably have ended up standing with the other guys, naked, humiliated and stripped of my possessions — or worse. Asheville native Jerry Sternberg is a longtime observer of the local scene. His new book, The Gospel According to Jerry, 85th Birthday Edition, is available at the Grovewood Gallery, Gallery of the Mountains at the Grove Park Inn, the Estes-Winn Antique Car Museum and the Battery Park Book Exchange. The price is $25 per copy, and all proceeds will be donated to Helpmate. The book can also be ordered directly from Helpmate online (email firstname.lastname@example.org) or by mail (P.O. Box 2263, Asheville, NC 28802). X
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Scamming, skimming and financial fraud in WNC
KNOWING THE RISK: Scam artists are constantly finding new, ingenious ways to exploit security loopholes and gain access to consumers’ personal information, from installing “skimmers” (pictured above) on unmanned points of transaction to hacking into financial databases. In turn, law enforcement and cyber security experts encourage consumers to protect themselves by being vigilant in knowing how and where scammers strike. Photo courtesy of the Asheville Police Department
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ways to hijack people’s personal and financial information. Asheville is no more immune from con artists and hackers than anywhere else, says cyber security expert Daniel McCauley, who co-founded the annual BSides Asheville information security conference. “I don’t think we’re special, in the sense of not being a target for cybersecurity threats,” he says. “There’s a
good startup scene, a lot of [software/ IT] developers and graphic designers, but I’ve noticed — not by anyone’s fault — the lack of focus on the security side of things.” As of last month, the Asheville Police Department had already received 145 reports of fraud this year, 38 of which involved credit cards. That’s more than half the total number of credit card fraud cases reported in 2015.
Today’s savvy scammers have a whole host of increasingly sophisticated techniques to quickly steal information and drain bank accounts. To combat these crimes, IT professionals, law enforcement personnel and government officials are encouraging consumers and businesses to remain vigilant at transaction points and take other steps to safeguard themselves from the threat of online hackers.
and other unmanned points of transaction, says Thiel. Colloquially known as “skimming,” the procedure involves physically installing a device on the face of an ATM or gas pump that then collects and saves each user’s credit card information. Criminals, the detective explains, “look for vulnerabilities. … They figure out what kind of system it is, [put the skimmer] over the actual card reader, and it looks the same.” After a day or two, the thieves remove the device, harvest the data and sell it to counterfeiters who produce fake credit cards. The complex network behind these operations often makes it difficult for local and even federal authorities to track down the culprits. “These groups — a lot of them — seem to be from out of state,” Thiel reveals. Hendersonville police recently released a public warning regarding the use of First Citizens Bank ATMs, which Thiel says are the latest to be targeted. “A few years back it was SunTrust, and a few years before that it was Wells Fargo. They find these banks they can latch onto and really hammer down on it.”
SHUT OUT Realizing that someone has coopted your financial or personal information can come as a nasty shock. Asheville resident Wes Cordell says he regularly checks his bank accounts each week to stay on budget. But a few months back, he noticed “a huge disparity” in his checking account. “About $500 was missing,” he recalls. “Sometimes I get off budget, but I actually hadn’t had time to get out as much as I normally do [that week].” Luckily, Cordell contacted his bank, the Telco Community Credit Union, immediately and was able to clear up the issue. “They had my money back in my account before I could even get back to my office,” he says. “I left work in a panic, and not 30 minutes later, I was completely at ease. [They were] really helpful.” Others have experienced more difficulty in clearing fraudulent activity, however. Asheville entrepreneur Benji Boessel says he found out that his information had been harvested when he received a Citibank debit card in the mail that he’d never signed up for. Boessel says he contacted Citibank to find out details about who may have accessed his account, but the bank was reluctant to divulge information. Even worse, the thief had set up his own security measures. “I needed to answer the personal questions to get into the account, such as ‘What is your mother’s maiden name?’” he recalls. “How on earth would I know the hacker’s mother’s maiden name?” After six additional calls to various Citibank departments, Boessel finally got the bogus account shut down. But while running a credit history report, available to consumers for free three times a year, he discovered another startling fact: “Someone opened a $15,000 credit card with Capitol One,” he reveals. “I called them — luckily there was no balance yet, so I shut down the account and reported it as fraud.” After that, Boessel put a 90-day freeze on his credit file, to prevent outside access. But while the freeze is free, it’s temporary, and Boessel plans to reinstate it after the three months are up. “Why would I ever want my credit file open to creditors in the first place?” he asks. “It should always be frozen unless I unlock it to apply for credit myself.”
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LEARN FROM THE PROS: Cyber security expert Daniel McCauley co-founded the annual BSides Asheville information security conference to help local businesses and residents learn how to spot and prevent fraud. Photo courtesy of Daniel McCauley SHIFTING THE RISK Browse online forums such as Reddit and you’ll probably find conversations alleging that a particular business was where someone had their financial information stolen. To a certain extent, says McCauley, they may be correct. “I would not rule out particular locations in town that could have been compromised,” he says. “Without further forensic network investigations, you cannot really count that possibility out.” But the specific ways that thieves can evade a business’s security measures have evolved dramatically in recent years. And though there are still instances of an unscrupulous bartender or server stealing payment information, they’re not as common as one might think, according to Detective Kyle Thiel of the Hendersonville Police Department. Often, the problem is with the actual credit card reader or the database where financial information is stored.
The recent introduction of EMV technology, which embeds a chip in the credit card, has made transactions more secure, says McCauley, but many businesses have been slow to adopt the system. And this despite the fact that as of last October, most merchants who haven’t made the switch are now liable in cases of fraud, under the terms of a “payment network liability shift” mandated by credit card companies. (For businesses with gas pumps, the deadline is October 2017.) “You still see businesses without chip and PIN, or they have it but it’s not set up,” he notes. “As a company, you’re taking on liability. You acknowledge the risk, yet you haven’t activated the ability to mitigate that.” Business owners, he continues, “need to be proactive, educate themselves and pass that along to employees.” TROUBLE AT THE PUMP More recently, scammers have turned their attention to gas pumps
Skimming may be an easy and popular way to steal information, but it’s only one of many methods criminals are using these days to hack databases or persuade you to give them sensitive personal information. On July 1, the Asheville CitizenTimes reported on fraudsters posing as Duke Energy employees who tricked several local business owners into giving them financial information by threatening to cut off power to their businesses if they didn’t comply. And that’s only the tip of the iceberg, says Celeste Collins, executive director of OnTrack WNC. Her organization recently hosted North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine Marshall and several other speakers at a regional summit on elder fraud. If scammers “would just take this great creative energy and use it for good,” Collins points out, “what kind of world would we live in?” A pamphlet released by the office of North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper, titled Scams & Fraud: Protect Yourself —Don’t Be A Target, outlines a dizzying variety of tricks employed by swindlers, ranging from phony emails offering great prizes to crooked contractors and even scammers pretending to be someone’s grandchild in distress.
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MIND YOUR ELDERS: OnTrack Financial Services Executive Director Celeste Collins notes that the elderly are often common targets for financial scammers due to their larger savings accounts and unfamiliarity with newer technology. Photo courtesy of Celeste Collins With comparatively fewer debts and larger savings accounts, the elderly are an inviting target, notes Collins, particularly because they may be less familiar with newer technology and are sometimes vulnerable due to cognitive decline associated with old age. “One out of every four people who turn 78 will have early-onset dementia,” she notes, citing statistics from the National Consumer Law Center. Scammers, says Collins, “can obtain lists of people who’ve recently turned 78.” In such cases, she maintains, it’s up to younger relatives and friends to make older folks aware of potential scams. “Older adults can get defensive if they’ve done something that’s not very wise,” adds Collins. Learning about the latest swindles and sharing that information with loved ones before a hustler strikes “helps them not feel singled out.”
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PREVENTIVE MEASURES The sheer number and diversity of scams can make protecting yourself seem like an impossible task. But staying vigilant about how and where you access your financial information can help protect consumers and businesses alike, says Collins. “Passwords on devices are huge,” she says. “Put a password on your device, and make sure it’s strong: ‘12345’ or, my favorite one, ‘letmein,’ don’t cut it.” Don’t access your sensitive information on public networks like Starbucks, advises McCauley, who also stresses the value of keeping operating systems patched and up to date. “That’s a very effective way to essentially reduce your attack surface,” he says. And if a chip card reader isn’t available, Thiel advises residents to
KNOWLEDGE IS POWER: McCauley hopes that conferences like BSides Asheville, held this year from July 22-23 at Mojo Coworking in downtown, will continue to “bring current and relevant security discussion” to consumers and local businesses looking to protect themselves from fraud and theft. Photo courtesy BSides Asheville
physically inspect the equipment first. If the card reader looks newer than the rest of the machine, is slightly off kilter or comes off when you pull on it, it’s probably a skimmer. “We’ve encouraged the public to start tugging on the card readers a little bit before using them,” he explains. “I know a lot of us are in a hurry, but when you walk up to it, just take a look. Once you put [your card] in there and start entering your information, they’ve got it.” RECLAIMING YOUR IDENTITY For those who believe they’ve been the victim of credit card fraud or identity theft, the APD’s website (http:// goo.gl/9E1QAq) offers step-by-step instructions and a variety of resources. Contacting your financial institution immediately freezes your account, protecting it from further fraudulent charges and beginning the process of reversing any purchases that have already occurred. Some folks stop there, but Thiel says it’s also important to contact law enforcement. “It needs to be investigated. Once you get done talking to the bank, you should report it to the law enforcement agency in whatever juristiction you’re in.” Still, the best way to prevent fraud in all its forms, most experts and law
enforcement personnel agree, is simply to rely on common sense. “Some of us use our electronics so robotically,” notes Collins. “You have to do something to interrupt that pattern. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.” For businesses, taking the time to modify the default settings on transaction programs and keeping technology up to date with the current patches is often enough to discourage most attacks, says McCauley. “An attacker’s going to take the path of least resistance for most non-targeted attacks. If you make it time-consuming enough, that alone will most likely dissuade them. They may have limited resources as well.” OLD HABITS DIE HARD In the wake of high-profile hacking activity, large corporations and online companies have beefed up digital security. But despite all the current risks, most consumers probably won’t drastically change their habits anytime soon, says McCauley. And while no one wants to be a target of identity theft, he continues, in most cases, it’s not devastating. “It’s an inconvenience, but it’s very rare that their whole financial situation is wiped out because of this,” he reports. “They’re going to get a
card reissued; they’re going to get those transactions reversed. It’s just time-consuming.” Neither Cordell nor Boessel says he’s significantly changed his spending habits since being targeted by scammers. “You can’t walk around to every business that accepts cards wondering if your identity is going to be stolen,” Cordell maintains. “Just be smart about the way you spend, and make sure that card readers and ATMs aren’t compromised by inspecting them both visually and physically.” McCauley, meanwhile, strongly encourages business owners and entrepreneurs who can’t afford to hire a fulltime IT team to take advantage of such cybersecurity resources as the local conference he organizes each year. The next BSides Asheville event takes place Friday, July 22 until Saturday, July 23 at Mojo Coworking in downtown Asheville. More information is available at bsidesasheville.com. “It’s gut-wrenchingly hard to secure your own computer, let alone securing a business network,” McCauley maintains. “That’s what we’re trying to do with the BSides conferences: bring current and relevant security discussion to Asheville.” X
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ST. MATTHIAS CELEBRATES 150 YEARS Asheville’s first African-American church now a haven of diversity
SUCCESS STORY: Longtime congregation member David Jones Jr., left, and the Rev. Jerry Prickett stand in front of St. Matthias Church. Photo by Leslie Boyd At a time when the nation is reeling from racially fueled violence and grieving the losses of young AfricanAmerican men and five Dallas police officers, a small haven of racial love, respect and understanding in downtown Asheville is gearing up to celebrate its success with a 150th birthday party (see box, “If You Go”). “We all agree to be ourselves and to love each other,” says Barbara Jones, the first woman to serve as senior warden at St. Matthias Episcopal Church.
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“We talk to each other about things that aren’t comfortable.” “We also do diversity training,” says church member Dodie King. “We work at it.” The venerable institution was founded in 1865 as the Freedmen’s Church. In the course of doing historical research, says St. Matthias member Diane Mance, they discovered that it was founded two years earlier than they’d thought, but “We decided to celebrate anyway.”
Believed to be the oldest AfricanAmerican congregation in Asheville, it was renamed Trinity Chapel in 1872 and became St. Matthias in 1894, when construction of the current brick structure was begun. In 1870, the church founded the city’s first school for African-Americans. Former slave owners (and Confederate officers) Thomas Patton and James Martin and their wives helped found the Freedmen’s Church, in cooperation with Trinity Episcopal
Church. Patton donated the land on Dundee Street where the brick building stands today, overlooking downtown and with a view of the Black Mountains in the distance. Patton wanted the church to have an African-American priest, says the Rev. Jim Abbott, who retired as rector in 2011, but “He couldn’t get anyone ordained here, so he went north and recruited a priest.” The church’s members have included such community leaders as Isaac
Dickson and Francine Delany, both of whom have schools in Asheville named after them. Another member, James Vester Miller, was born a slave. As a free man, he became a builder and constructed the municipal building that now houses the police and fire departments, the old post office and other public buildings and churches — including St. Matthias. According to Abbott, after the 1993 Diocesan Convention, Ms. Pamela Hemphill, a member of the vestry of St. Stephen’s, Morganton, wrote Bishop Robert Johnson a letter protesting the lack of African-Americans in leadership positions in the diocese. That led to the formation of the Task Force on Racism And Cultural Issues. A few years later, the task force developed a training program called Dismantling Racism; still offered today, it’s been brought to various churches and schools. “It started as a task force,” says Mance, who serves as head of St. Matthias’ Anniversary Celebration Planning Committee. “Later, when we decided it shouldn’t be temporary, we changed it to the Commission to Dismantle Racism.”
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STILL SEGREGATED Nonetheless, more than two decades after the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. called 11 a.m. on Sunday the most segregated hour of the week, St. Matthias — like most churches across the country — was still segregated. But that began to change 20 years ago, when Ron Lambe came to play the church organ. “I was working at St. George’s then,” he says. “I would play for their two morning services and then come here and play for the 11 o’clock service. After two years here, I left St. George’s.” Lambe didn’t even know the congregation was African-American until he walked through the door and fell in love with the building, its acoustics and its classic church organ. Lambe went on to become the congregation’s first white member. St. Matthias wasn’t thriving at that point, says David Jones Jr., a church member for 65 years who retired as head of the Asheville Housing Authority in 2005. He began attending when he met his future wife, Barbara, a descendant of the founding families.
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THROUGH THE YEARS: Church members David and Barbara Jones talk about the work they have done to keep the church open. Photo by Leslie Boyd “We didn’t have a priest, and we were down to a few members who came on Sunday,” says Jones. “But we paid Ron’s salary, and we managed to keep the doors open.” Other bills were looming, however: repairs to the roof and a diocesan assessment. Determined to keep the church from closing, Jones visited each family on the membership roll and asked for a pledge to meet the expenses. No one refused, though one woman wrote a check without pledging. “I had to dip into some of my own money,” says Jones, “but we paid the bills.” The next task was increasing membership even as the supply of priests to conduct Sunday services was running dry. “The Lord told me this church had a future, and that I had to keep these doors open,” says Jones. “I told him I needed help, and I received all the tools I needed.” He called his friend the Rev. David Sailer, then the rector of Calvary Episcopal Church in Fletcher, who gave him the phone numbers of a few priests who might be willing to serve one Sunday a month, when the church served Holy Communion.
“Suddenly we had a six-month supply,” says Jones. Later, Calvary Episcopal members came in to help repair the stained-glass windows. A SAFE PLACE In the late 1990s, the congregation began having conversations about intentional diversity. Longtime member Bill Mance says people were invited to come, each bringing his or her own gifts. “The way it ends is groups like this, where everyone is equal and we are allowed to have difficult discussions. This is a safe place.” In 1999, Abbot retired as rector of a church in Columbia, South Carolina, and moved to Asheville to be closer to his aging parents. “I knew I didn’t want to be CEO of a large church anymore,” he says. “I hadn’t really thought about full retirement, but I wanted to be closer to the ground, doing the real work.” Abbott took on the part-time job of rector at St. Matthias and stayed 11 years. After that, the Rev. Gerald Prickett took the reins. Prickett was chaplain and taught English at Asheville School, but he wanted to serve as a parish priest. He approached the bishop and asked where he might serve. Soon afterward, the bishop called and asked whether he’d be inter-
ested in St. Matthias. He visited, met with some of the members and was invited to preach. “I preached one Sunday, and I guess I got a C or a C-minus,” he says. “But they must have figured I would improve, because I’m still here.” Today, the church that some thought was finished in the late 1990s is still standing and, after over 150 years, its members are still working to build a better community. “God has a plan for St. Matthias,” says Jones. “It’s not by mistake that Jerry Prickett is here. He is part of God’s plan: We still have work to do.” X
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ANIMALS CATAWBA SCIENCE CENTER 243 3rd Ave. NE, Hickory, 322-8169, catawbascience.org • Through (9/5) - Flutter-By Butterfly Habitat exhibit. Admission fees plus $1. WNC NATURE CENTER 75 Gashes Creek Road, 298-5600, wildwnc.org • FR (7/22), 6-8pm - “Beat the Heat After Hours,” event with music, drinks and local food. $10.
BENEFITS ’A RASH OF STORIES’ ncstage.org • FRIDAYS through SUNDAYS (7/22) until (7/31) - Proceeds from “A Rash of Stories,” theatre adaptations of Ron Rash’s stories, benefit The Downtown Table. Fri. & Sat.: 7:30pm. Sun.: 2pm. $15-$35. Held at NC Stage Company, 15 Stage Lane AMICIMUSIC 802-369-0856, amicimusic.org • SU (7/24), 7pm - Proceeds from this “Live at the USO,” concert with singers Amanda Horton and Jonathan Ross benefit the Saluda Historic Depot. $50. Held at the Orchard Inn, 100 Orchard Inn Lane, Saluda FINE ARTS THEATRE 36 Biltmore Ave., 232-1536
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• TH (7/21), 7pm - Proceeds from the The Asheville Section of the American Institute of Architects movie screening of, Reimagining Lincoln Center and the Highline, benefit Asheville Parks and Greenways Foundation. $10.
auction and comedy fundraiser with Tom Peters, Clifton Hall and Blacklist Improv benefit the Asheville Poverty Initiative’s 12 Baskets Cafe. $6/$5 advance. Held at The Mothlight, 701 Haywood Road
FOLKMOOT USA 452-2997, folkmootusa.org • TH (7/21), 6pm - Proceeds from the Wanderlust Gala with ten group performances featuring over 200 dancers and musicians, live and silent auction and international food and beverages benefit Folkmoot USA. $150 and up. Held at Eaglenest Center Complex, 2701 Suco Road, Maggie Valley
LAW ENFORCEMENT K9 BBQ DINNER • SA (7/23), 5-8pm - Proceeds from this barbecue dinner benefit Waynesville police department K-9 units. $10. Held at Waynesville Middle School, 495 Brown Ave., Waynesville
FRIENDS OF THE MOUNTAIN BRANCH LIBRARY rutherfordcountylibrary.org • WE (7/20), 11:30am-2pm - Proceeds from “Books & Bites,” with author Bob Covert benefit the Mountain Branch Library. $25. Held at Lake Lure Inn and Spa, 2771 Memorial Highway, Lake Lure HOMINY VALLEY RECREATION PARK 25 Twin Lakes Drive, Candler, 242-8998, hvrpsports.com • SA (7/23), 9am-3pm - Proceeds from the “Car Show & More,” featuring silent auction, prizes, bake sale, live music and vendors benefit the Hominy Valley Youth Cheerleaders. Free to attend. LAUGH YOUR BASKETS OFF Ashevillepovertyinitiative.com • WE (7/20), 7pm - Proceeds from this silent
POKER RUN BENEFIT communitytable.org/eventcalendar.htm • SA (7/23), noon-5pm - Proceeds from the motorcycle run to Franklin and back to Sylva benefit The Community Table. $25/$35 per couple. Meets at Sneak E Squirrel Brewery & Taproom, 1315 W Main St., Sylva ST. PHILIP’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH 256 E. Main St., Brevard • FR (7/22), 4-8:30pm & SA (7/23), 10am-3:30pm Proceeds from the “Art of the Mountains,” annual art show and sale benefits local non-profits in Brevard and Transylvania County. Free to attend. STAND UP FOR AUTISM PADDLEFEST paddleguru.com/races/ StandUpforAutismPaddleRace • FR (7/22), 5-9pm - Proceeds from this event with live music, beer, food and raffle prizes benefit the Autism Society of North Carolina. $35/$15 kids/$10 under 10. Held at Wild Wing Cafe South, 65 Long Shoals Road, Arden
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BUSINESS & TECHNOLOGY A-B TECH SMALL BUSINESS CENTER 398-7950, abtech.edu/sbc Registration required. Free unless otherwise noted. • WE (7/20), 6-8pm - “Business Formation: Choosing the Right Structure,” workshop. Held at A-B Tech Enka Campus, 1465 Sand Hill Road, Candler • WE (7/20), 10-11:30am - “Doing Business with the Government,” seminar. Held at A-B Tech South Site, 303B Airport Road, Arden • TH (7/21), 11:30am-1pm - “Financing Your Small Business,” seminar. Held at A-B Tech Enka Campus, 1465 Sand Hill Road, Candler • WE (7/27), 3-6pm - “e-Commerce Elements for Successful Online Businesses,” workshop. Held at A-B Tech Enka Campus, 1465 Sand Hill Road, Candler
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CLASSES, MEETINGS & EVENTS 3RD ANNUAL HARVEST CONFERENCE— SAVOR THE ABUNDANCE (pd.) 9/10/16— Presented by Organic Growers School and held at AB Tech Asheville Main Campus. 25+ classes on fall & winter growing, preservation, fermentation, homesteading & self reliance, cooking. $40 by 7/31, $45 after. Organicgrowersschool.org. ONE MILLION CUPS OF COFFEE (pd.) WEDNESDAYS, 9am - Asheville’s startup community gathers weekly for presentations by founders of emerging high-growth startup businesses. Run by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs. Free coffee, open to the public. RISC Networks, 81 Broadway. www.1millioncups.com/asheville ASHEVILLE CHESS CLUB email@example.com • WEDNESDAYS, 6:30-10pm - Weekly meeting with sets provided. All ages welcome. Free. Held at North Asheville Recreation Center, 37 E. Larchmont Road ASHEVILLE MAKERS 207 Coxe Ave. Studio 14, ashevillemakers.org • TUESDAYS, 7-9pm - Open house & meeting. Free. ASHEVILLE TOSTMASTERS CLUB 914-424-7347, ashevilletoastmasters.com • THURSDAYS, 6:15pm - General meeting. Free. BIG IVY COMMUNITY CENTER 540 Dillingham Road, Barnardsville, 626-3438 • 4th MONDAYS, 7pm - Community center board meeting. Free. BLUE RIDGE HOLISTIC NURSES 989-4981 • SA (7/23), 10am-noon - “The Spiritual Dimension of Whole Person Care,” presentation by guest speaker Ed Rubenstein PhD. Free to attend. Held at EarthFare - Westgate, 66 Westgate Parkway BUNCOMBE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARIES buncombecounty.org/governing/depts/library Free unless otherwise noted.
• WE (7/20), 4pm - “Coloring & Conversation,” for adults. Held at Swannanoa Library, 101 West Charleston St., Swannanoa • 4th TUESDAYS, 6-8pm - “Sit-n-Stitch,” informal, self-guided gathering for knitters and crocheters. Held at North Asheville Library, 1030 Merrimon Ave. • TH (7/28), 6-7pm - “Preventing Identity Theft,” class presented by OnTrack WNC. Free. Held at Pack Memorial Library, 67 Haywood St.
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WHAT: A variety show benefiting The Vanishing Wheelchair WHERE: The Vanishing Wheelchair Little Theatre WHEN: Fridays, July 22, and Aug. 12 and 26, at 7 p.m. WHY: In fall 2015, The Vanishing Wheelchair began moving into its new location on Weaverville Highway — a cozy meeting and performance space of about 600 square feet. Since then, the interior has seen gradual upgrades and a stream of new guests, some of whom come for a family-friendly, bi-monthly variety show: Magic, Mirth & Meaning. “It does act as a fundraiser for The Vanishing Wheelchair,” co-founder T.J. Shimeld says, “but the main purpose is to give an opportunity for people with disabilities to display their talents.”
Storytellers, magicians, jugglers, singers and more take the stage — from amateurs to professionals and pre-teens to adults. Some of these Vanishing Wheelchair members also attend the nonprofit’s free skill-building workshops to refine their talents. And periodic performances in the purposefully limited-capacity room are “a way they can hone their skills before we would do a larger fundraiser show,” Shimeld explains. A magician himself, Shimeld says his nonprofit was founded on the principle of misdirection. More specifically, he encourages people to focus on one another’s abilities rather than the opposite. Frequent performer Kelti Buchholz exemplifies this.
“She has multiple different disabilities, but when she sings, it’s like all that drops away,” he says, and after each set, she’s determinedly preparing for the next. Another member launched wheelchair dancing classes at Dimensions Studio in Mars Hill, though that group requires a larger stage than the Little Theater has. “Every show is different,” Shimeld continues. “It’s meaningful for our performers, but it’s also a very inspirational moment for the audience.” Admission to Magic, Mirth & Meaning is by donation, and the majority of proceeds go back into the space, including keeping programming free for members and guests. Visit vanishingwheelchair.org for more information. X
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BUNCOMBE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARIES buncombecounty.org/governing/depts/library • 4th TUESDAYS, 1pm - Homeschoolers’ book club. Free. Held at North Asheville Library, 1030 Merrimon Ave. CATAWBA SCIENCE CENTER 243 3rd Ave. NE, Hickory, 322-8169, catawbascience.org • Through (8/28) - “When the Earth Shakes,” hands-on interactive exhibit that explore the science of earthquakes, tsunamis, tectonic plates and earthquake engineering. Admission fees apply. CRADLE OF FORESTRY Route 276, Pisgah National Forest, 877-3130, cradleofforestry.org • WEDNESDAYS through (8/10), 10:30am12:30pm - Junior Forester Program for children 8-12 years old. $4 per child/$2.50 per adult. FLETCHER LIBRARY 120 Library Road, Fletcher, 687-1218, library.hendersoncountync.org • WEDNESDAYS, 10:30am - Family story time. Free. HANDS ON! A CHILDREN’S GALLERY 318 N. Main St., Hendersonville, 697-8333 • WE (7/20), 1-5pm - “Dino Dig!” Dinosaur related activities for ages 7-11. Registration required. $40/$30 members. • TH (7/21), 1-5pm - “Forces in Motion!” Events to build catapults, circuits, ramps and levers for ages 7-11. $40/$30 members. • FR (7/22), 10:30am-12:30pm - “Science Play ~ Wild Water!” Activities to explore water for ages 3-6. $20/$15 members. SPELLBOUND CHILDREN’S BOOKSHOP 640 Merrimon Ave. #204, 708-7570, spellboundchildrensbookshop.com • SATURDAYS, 11am - Storytime for ages 3-7. Free to attend. THE VANISHING WHEELCHAIR 175 Weaverville Highway, Suite L, 645-2941, VanishingWheelchair.org • 2nd & 4th FRIDAYS through (8/26), 7pm - “Magic, Mirth & Meaning,” family-friendly magic and variety show. Free. URBAN DHARMA 29 Page Ave., 225-6422, udharmanc.com • Last SUNDAYS, 10am - “Meditation for the Young,” children’s meditation program in conjunction with Jubilee! Community Church. Free. WNC4PEACE wnc4peace.com • Through WE (9/7) - Submissions accepted for Buncombe County students creative works that promote the importance of peacemaking. Categories include: poetry, video, artwork and essays. Entries sent to: email@example.com. For more information contact: 378-0125. Free.
OUTDOORS BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY HIKES 298-5330, nps.gov • TH (7/21), 7pm - Blue Ridge Parkway After Hours Hike: “Game On!” Easy to moderate,
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PUBLIC LECTURES BUNCOMBE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARIES buncombecounty.org/governing/depts/library • Last WEDNESDAYS through (9/28), 6-7:30pm “Asheville in the 1980s: A Formative Decade As Told By Those Who Shaped It,” presentation series sponsored by the Friends of the North Carolina Room. Free. Held at Pack Memorial Library - Lord Auditorium, 67 Haywood St. PRESERVATION SOCIETY OF ASHEVILLE AND BUNCOMBE COUNTY 321-271-4593, psabc.org • SA (7/23), 1-3pm - History talk about the Sayles Village and Bleachery and the surrounding neighborhood development. $10. Held at Oakley Community Center, 749 Fairview Road
SENIORS COUNCIL ON AGING OF BUNCOMBE COUNTY 277-8288, coabc.org • WE (7/20), 6-8pm – “Medicare Choices Made Easy,” class. Free. Held at Skyland/South Buncombe Library, 260 Overlook Road • WE (7/25), 2-4pm – “Medicare Choices Made Easy,” class. Free. Held at A-B Tech Madison Site, 4646 US 25-70, Marshall • TH (7/26), 10am-noon – “Medicare Choices Made Easy,” class. Free. Held at Sacred Heart Church, 150 Brian Berg Lane, Brevard • TH (7/26), 3-5pm – “Medicare Choices Made Easy,” class. Free. Held at St. Eugene’s Catholic Church, 72 Culver St. MEMORYCARE 771-2219, memorycare.org • FR (7/22), 9:30-11:30am - “Driving and Aging-When Is It Time to Stop?” Driving evaluation
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SPIRITUALITY ASHEVILLE INSIGHT MEDITATION (pd.) Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation. Learn how to get a Mindfulness Meditation practice started. 1st & 3rd Mondays. 7pm – 8:30. Asheville Insight Meditation, 175 Weaverville Road, Suite H, ASHEVILLE, NC, (828) 808-4444, www.ashevillemeditation.com. ASTRO-COUNSELING (pd.) Licensed counselor and accredited professional astrologer uses your chart when counseling for additional insight into yourself, your relationships and life directions. Readings also available. Christy Gunther, MA, LPC. (828) 258-3229. OPEN HEART MEDITATION (pd.) New Location 70 Woodfin Pl. Suite 212 Tues. 7-8 PM. Experience the spiritual connection to your heart and the stillness & beauty of the Divine within you. Suggested $5 Love Offering. OpenHeartMeditation.com SHAMBHALA MEDITATION CENTER (pd.) Wednesdays, 10-midnight, Thursdays, 7-8:30pm and Sundays, 10-noon • Meditation and community. Admission by donation. 60 N. Merrimon Ave., #113, (828) 200-5120. asheville. shambhala.org CENTER FOR ART & SPIRIT AT ST. GEORGE 1 School Road, 258-0211 • Last Tuesdays, 7-9pm - Aramaic, Hebrew and Egyptian vocal toning, breath work and meditation. Admission by donation. CENTER FOR SPIRITUAL LIVING ASHEVILLE 2 Science Mind Way, 231-7638, cslasheville.org • SU (7/24), 1-2:3opm - “Master of SelfAwareness,” workshop taught by Michele Laub. Information: 665-1673. Admission by donation. • MONDAYS through (8/22), 7-9pm - Summer Prosperity Series. Admission by donation. GRACE LUTHERAN CHURCH 1245 Sixth Ave. W., Hendersonville, 693-4890, gracelutherannc.com • Through TH (8/11) - Open registration for the autumn “Disciple Bible Study” classes. Free. HENDERSONVILLE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 699 North Grove St., Hendersonville, 692-3211, hendersonvillepc.org • WE (7/20), 6:30pm - Operation Christmas Child event featuring past shoebox gift recipient, Dania Yadago. Free. URBAN DHARMA 29 Page Ave., 225-6422, udharmanc.com • SU (1/24), 10am- Meditation for children with a Buddhist tale, contemplation, meditation and snack. Free.
BUFFALO NICKEL 747 Haywood Road, 575-2844, buffalonickelavl.com • WE (7/20), 7pm - “Spoken Word Open Mic!” 10 minute showcase. Registration at 6:30pm. Free to attend. BUNCOMBE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARIES buncombecounty.org/governing/depts/library • TH (7/21), noon-5pm, FR (7/22), 10am-5pm & SA (7/23), 10am-4pm - Friends of the Library book sale. Free to attend. Held at Pack Memorial Library, 67 Haywood St. MALAPROP’S BOOKSTORE AND CAFE 55 Haywood St., 254-6734, malaprops.com Free unless otherwise noted. • SA (7/23), 7pm - William Frey presents his book, Ease into Freedom: Keys for Reducing Stress and Unlocking Your Potential. • WE (7/27), 7pm - Erica Westly presents her book, FASTPITCH: The Untold History of Softball and the Women Who Made the Game. STORIES ON ASHEVILLE’S FRONT PORCH facebook.com/storiesonashevillesfrontporch • SATURDAYS through (7/30), 10am - “Listen To This,” hosted by Tom Chalmers. Free. Held in the courtyard. Held at Diana Wortham Theatre, 2 S. Pack Square
SPORTS BUNCOMBE COUNTY RECREATION SERVICES buncombecounty.org/Governing/Depts/Parks • Through SU (7/31) - Open registration for fall adult kickball leagues. Registration information: email@example.com. $40.
VOLUNTEERING LITERACY COUNCIL OF BUNCOMBE COUNTY:TUTORING ADULTS (pd.) Information sessions for volunteers interested in tutoring adults in basic literacy skills including reading, writing, math and ESOL on July 20 from 9-10:30am or July 21 from 5:30-7pm at the Literacy Council office. Email volunteers@litcouncil. com for more information. HANDS ON ASHEVILLE-BUNCOMBE 2-1-1, handsonasheville.org Registration required. • SA (7/23), 9am-noon – Volunteer at MANNA to help pack food items into backpack-sized parcels for distribution to local schools. • TH (7/28), 11-12:30pm – Volunteer to cook and serve a homemade lunch to the men staying at the ABCCM Veteran’s Restoration Quarters. • TH (7/28), 4-6pm – Volunteer to assist with unpacking and pricing merchandise in a fair-trade retail store.
HOMEWARD BOUND OF WNC 218 Patton Ave., 258-1695, homewardboundwnc.org • 3rd THURSDAYS, 11am - “Welcome Home Tour,” tours of Asheville organizations that serve the homeless population. Registration required. Free to attend.
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DANCE AS MEDICINE FOR HEART AND SOUL
Qoya emerges as a new feminine movement modality in Asheville
BY EMILY NICHOLS firstname.lastname@example.org One of Asheville’s newest activities embraces dance, yoga, shamanic ritual, pilgrimage and community connection, says local astrologer Virginia Rosenberg. It’s called Qoya (pronounced COY-uh), and “the guiding principle is there is no way you can do it wrong,” she says. ‘Qoya,’ which means ‘queen’ in Quechuan, a pre-Incan language in Peru, captures the empowerment women feel when they practice this form of movement. Rosenberg introduced Qoya to the Asheville area, but it was developed for women by yoga teacher and dancer Rochelle Schieck. She calls the movement practice a way of “remembering through movement that our essence is wise, wild and free. ” Schiek held two recent Qoya workshops and teacher training in Asheville July 16-17, says Rosenberg. “We focus less on how something looks and more on how it feels,” she says. “The way you know you are doing it right is that it feels good and true to you.” Like swimming in the French Broad River or dancing with your girlfriends, “Qoya is something you want to do, not just because you will feel good or because it is good for you, but because you want to,” says local Qoya teacher Kitty Cavalier, author of “Sacred Seduction.” “My whole life, I tried to exercise like a good girl,” she says. “I did aerobics, took runs in the park, [practiced] yoga, [and] endured torturous, sleep-deprived mornings at the gym, where I would run full-tilt towards myself in a mirrored wall in front of the treadmill. But the truth was, all I really wanted to do was run as far away from myself as I possibly could.” Cavalier says that exercise had become “little more than atonement, a way of trying to right the wrongs of this feminine body that was always too fat, too pale, just … not right.” Instead of feeling better after
DANCING QUEENS: “Qoya means ‘queen,’ and we are preparing the space for queens to enter, for goddesses, for royalty. Flowers, spritzers, candles, cards,” says Lyndsey Azlynne about the movement practice. Photo by Emily Nichols working out, she found that exercise only perpetuated an internal dialogue that revealed how deeply unhappy she was with herself and her body. For fellow Qoya teacher, Lyndsey Azlynne, “Qoya is a tool for self-discovery … using dance as a metaphor and an oracle to reveal deeper aspects of who we are.” Schiek notes, “With Qoya we often say, ‘Come as you are, leave as more of who you are.’” Qoya classes are designed to cultivate a sense of inner knowing, she says. Another local teacher, Caroline Padgett, says, “More times than not, women (and a couple of men) have felt deep gratitude for the freedom and
insight they gained within themselves.” Classes follow a rough outline usually held together around a theme, says Schiek, such as “setting an intention, circling, heart opening, hip opening, dancing our yoga as prayer, dancing with the shadow of the theme, shamanically shaking it out, learning some simple choreographed steps (like the Charleston or the Grapevine), embodying the theme with free dance, sharing the experience with a partner, final stretching and then a deep relaxation.” It’s all done to a soundtrack that may take participants from India to the Lower East Side, up to the heights of heaven and back down to the dance floor of Soul Train. “The music is a col-
lection of everything, because Qoya is a collection of everything,” says Cavalier. “The arc of the class is truly a journey inward and deep medicine for the heart and soul,” she says. Qoya naturally brings people together in such a way that they can be exactly who, how and where they are in their lives, says Rosenberg. “The shadow component is one of the connective parts of the class, because when you see someone at their worst, or when real shit goes down, those are the experiences that bring us closer together,” she explains. Azlynne says, “The shadow dance
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is where we consciously visit the aspects of ourselves and our inner worlds that might often be repressed, hidden or avoided. This can be a very tender part of class and is meant to be a little bit uncomfortable.” Participants “are coming together to feel; generally, if people feel, when they feel, it’s often in isolated places, in the isolation of their home,” she says. For Padgett, the space to feel was instrumental in her own healing journey. “I had lost a child and almost my own life during childbirth earlier in the year and was in an intense healing process physically and emotionally,” she says. Padgett had hesitated to sign up for any kind of dancing retreat but says that attending one with Schieck was just what she needed. “I was able to be right where I was in my pain, in my grief, in my gratitude, in my joy. When I felt physically tired during class, I could curl up in a ball and cry and it really was OK, and I felt I was still doing Qoya, since the beauty of the Qoya invitation is one of deep listening.” Rosenberg says, “That’s why [Qoya] feels like family; that’s why it’s different than a relationship with your neighbors or people you see every day. We don’t even have to talk about it or look at each other, but we dip into that space together.” “More importantly than feeling good is that it feels honest. It feels resonant,” says Schieck. “People can expect a supportive, encouraging group of people gathered in a circle, exploring the class theme through the feeling in the body.”
“To say Qoya is a movement class is like saying the ocean is made up of a few raindrops. True, but not the whole story,” says Cavalier. “Qoya is a spiritual temple, a shamanic journey and the dance party you have always dreamed of. It is communing with the very throb and heartbeat of life through your very own skin and bones,” she continues. “You know the feeling you get when you see a gorgeous garnet sunset? Or hear a baby’s giggle? Or see a three-legged dog wagging its tail? Or witness a rainstorm in the jungle? These are the moments when we remember. We remember that life is magic and mysterious, and we feel humbled to be a part of it. “Qoya is a form of exercise, but at its essence, Qoya is a way of accessing this sacred remembrance any time we want it. Through movement we remember that we are all wise, wild and free.” X
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BY VIRGINIA DAFFRON email@example.com For more than a year, Arden resident Jeri Cruz-Segarra has been using bottled water supplied by Duke Energy for drinking and cooking. She and her husband live on 7 acres just outside the Asheville city limits — and directly across the French Broad River from Duke’s Lake Julian power plant. “I can see the plant from my back deck in the winter when the leaves are down,” she explains. Last year, Cruz-Segarra received a letter from the state Department of Environmental Quality offering to test her well water. She agreed
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and, soon after, received another letter — this one not from the DEQ but from the Department of Health and Human Services — advising her not to drink the well water. This spring, however, another letter arrived from HHS, reversing the previous recommendation and declaring her water fit for consumption. On June 14, Cruz-Segarra shared her frustration over the mixed messages with Asheville City Council members. In light of the conflicting letters, and the fact that a nearby neighbor’s well was found to contain hexavalent chromium (a known carcinogen) at a higher concentration than the limit set by state epidemiologists, Cruz-Segarra said she no longer
trusts that her water is safe to drink. She believes that leakage from coal ash ponds at the Lake Julian plant has contaminated the area’s groundwater, and she wants the utility to pay for extending city water service to the seven homes on her street. TOO STRICT? Xavier Boatright, an environmental justice organizer and researcher for the nonprofit Clean Water for North Carolina, spoke to Council on behalf of Tom and Leona Rice, who also live just across the river from the plant. Tests of the Rices’ well water, he said, revealed hexavalent chromi-
um significantly above what was then the state’s acceptable level. The Rices’ son, who lived at home with his parents, died of cancer in 2014, and Tom Rice has advanced stomach cancer. Lifting the gallon jugs of bottled water provided by Duke Energy has been difficult for the couple, who are in their 80s, noted Boatright, adding, “It’s wrenching to see them live this way.” Jade Dundas, Asheville’s water resources director, has told the Rices it would cost less than $10,000 to run water to their home, Boatright said at the Council meeting. On May 18, however, Dr. Randall Williams, the state health director,
said he believed HHS had set too strict a standard when it pegged the safe level of hexavalent chromium at 0.07 parts per billion in drinking water. The state standard for total chromium (which exists in various forms) is now 10 ppb. Williams’ comments came during a deposition to the Southern Environmental Law Center; the nonprofit is a party in an ongoing lawsuit over coal ashrelated water contamination. According to state epidemiologists, the 0.07 ppb number represents a one-in-a-million chance of getting cancer — a widely accepted standard for determining acceptable risk. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has been considering whether to revise its maximum contaminant level for total chromium in drinking water. A decision had been expected by the end of last year, but none was made, and it’s unclear if or when that will happen. Lacking either a federal drinking water limit or a state groundwater standard for the metal, state epidemiologists developed the 0.07 figure. At the June 14 meeting, Council member Julie Mayfield, who is co-director of the environmental nonprofit MountainTrue, told Cruz-Segarra and Boatright that a bill addressing their concerns was working its way through the North Carolina General Assembly. A previous bill dealing with those issues had been vetoed by Gov. Pat McCrory on June 6, sending lawmakers back to the drawing board. “This legislation is not good for the environment or for the rule of law in North Carolina,” McCrory said about the bill he killed, adding that it “lacks a firm deadline to connect well owners to alternate water supplies.” The governor, a former Duke Energy executive, also objected to keeping oversight of coal ash cleanups under an appointed commission rather than the Department of Environmental Quality. SOUNDING THE ALARM But as the legislative session was winding down in the last days of June, environmental nonprofits, including MountainTrue, sent out urgent messages informing constituents and the media about provisions in the revised legislation that would weaken oversight and allow some coal ash sites to be left in place indefinitely. In a June 28 media release, Mayfield blasted House Bill 630, which the governor signed into law on July 15.
“The General Assembly has abdicated its responsibility to clean up North Carolina’s coal ash and protect us from the ill effects of toxic pollutants,” said Mayfield, calling the new rules “a betrayal of the people of North Carolina.” In a press release announcing the signing, however, McCrory said: “This new law is a significant improvement over the bill I vetoed. The previous bill only required a plan to provide water connections with no deadline for actually installing them and it had no requirements for fixing dams or recycling coal ash. The new law protects the environment while also protecting consumers from higher electricity prices.” Back in January, Rep. Chuck McGrady told Xpress, the state Supreme Court upheld the governor’s challenge to the method for appointing members to North Carolina’s Coal Ash Management Commission. In response, McGrady — a Republican who represents Henderson County — drafted a workaround bill that created a new appointment procedure for the commission and required Duke Energy to pay for running water lines to homes close to coal ash ponds. That’s the bill McCrory vetoed. Legislators then drafted HB 630, which gives the DEQ authority over coal ash cleanups. The latter bill, McGrady wrote on his blog, “was good in that it provided water to households adjoining the coal ash basins and had a strong provision dealing with beneficial reuse of coal ash. The bill was unsatisfactory ... because it will result in all of the largest coal ash basins being classified as low risk and likely capped in place. Having no confidence in the Department of Environment Quality (sic), I voted against the bill, although it passed by a vote of 82-32,” continued McGrady, who spearheaded state coal ash legislation after the massive Dan River spill in 2014. Since the coal ash ponds at Lake Julian are classified high-risk, McGrady explains, the cleanup there will continue, and water lines will be extended to property owners within a half-mile of the plant. But the law, he notes, “does not provide water if you are across the other side of a river or on the other side of a lake. No one really believes that water would flow under a river to get to the other side.” According to that argument, the contamination that the Cruz-Segarras and their neighbors are concerned about must come from some other source. Hexavalent chromium does occur nat-
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G REEN S CE N E urally in water supplies, and McGrady points out that, in the past, coal ash was commonly spread on fields and used as construction fill. Duke Energy spokesperson Danielle Peoples says the utility is committed to complying with the law, noting that even before the governor signed the bill, Duke had started researching the infrastructure that will be used to connect qualifying residents to city water. But that requirement, she emphasizes, doesn’t apply to either the Rices or the Cruz-Segarras, who live across the river from the coal ash ponds. FACTS AND FEARS On July 7, Peoples and fellow Duke staffer Jason Walls visited the CruzSegarra home along with someone from the SynTerra consulting firm to discuss the results of a recent test of the family’s well. According to Peoples, the utility is still conducting studies to get a complete picture of “the entire network of groundwater conditions in the area.” Until that’s done, she explains, “We can’t share conclusive results.” But multiple tests of the Cruz-Segarras’ well, Peoples
emphasizes, didn’t reach the state’s initial 0.07 parts per billion threshold for hexavalent chromium, let alone the current 10 ppb standard. Ricardo Cruz-Segarra says the representatives told him that geologic studies show groundwater in the area flowing away from, not toward, their property. He says Duke wouldn’t commit to annual testing to monitor the well or to paying to connect CruzSegarra’s property to city water lines. Those actions, notes Peoples, are not required by the new law. According to a fact sheet on Duke Energy’s website, “DEQ well data show these same substances occur naturally at varying levels across the state away from ash basins.” The fact sheet also points out that the ash basins are “relatively shallow” and that “The concentrations of hexavalent chromium and vanadium are typically higher the deeper you sample into bedrock. These suggest the source is natural geology.” But Jeri Cruz-Segarra says she’s not convinced. Just down the street, her neighbors’ well was found to be contaminated with hexavalent chromium, and three people who lived
there — Mark and Sissy Sumner plus another man — all died of cancer, Cruz-Segarra reports. Her two dogs, she notes, also died of cancer recently. CLASS-ACTION LAWSUIT? The new legislation allows property owners across the river from Duke Energy to make the case that the contamination in their wells is related to the coal ash ponds, says Mayfield. And while proving such a connection “does seem daunting in some ways,” she concedes, professor Avner Vengosh of Duke University has developed a way to compare markers in coal ash ponds with well water constituents to determine whether the ponds are the source of the contamination. “I don’t know how much that testing costs or how difficult or onerous it is,” cautions Mayfield. Peoples, however, says, “It gets a little complicated if everyone who has an exceedance is trying to attribute that to us.” The company, she continues, understands that “This issue has been confusing for plant neighbors, and that is why we are making Duke staff accessible to those who have questions.”
Asked whether and for how long Duke Energy would continue providing bottled water to residents across the river from the Lake Julian plant, Peoples said she had no additional comment, reiterating that the company will obey the law. But Katie Hicks of the nonprofit Clean Water for North Carolina argues that “There should be some type of independent oversight of the groundwater modeling and other investigations that Duke Energy is performing. It would make sense to have someone other than the potentially responsible party review the conclusions of those studies and the proposed actions based on them.” And to Ricardo Cruz-Segarra, the issue seems straightforward enough: “This situation was caused by Duke Energy, and they should take responsibility to correct it,” he asserts. The Cruz-Segarras are considering banding together with neighbors to bring a class-action lawsuit that would compel the company to pay for new water lines. X
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THE DEATH OF FINE DINING How Asheville’s culinary culture was reborn BY JONATHAN AMMONS
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CHOP CHOP: “The recession hit, and ... it was like you were going 90 miles an hour down the highway, and someone just pulled the emergency brake,” says chef William Dissen of his 2009 purchase of Asheville landmark restaurant The Market Place. At that point, Dissen revamped the eatery’s fine-dining format to offer a more casual and affordable but still highquality experience. Photo by Cindy Kunst “It was very hard for me,” says Scheffer. “It really was giving up an identity.” He had cultivated some major talent: James Beard-nominated chef Brian Canipelli (who now owns Cucina 24) and Knife & Fork chef de cuisine Stewart Lyon both cut their teeth in Savoy’s kitchen, so making the transition without the likes of them was a sobering street to cross. “I was really concerned in the beginning what this would do to me on an emotional level, as well as from a financial perspective,” Scheffer explains.
Meanwhile, Mark Rosenstein was celebrating the 30th anniversary of The Market Place, his pioneering downtown eatery, by handing over the keys to a sprightly young chef who’d left The Greenbrier resort in West Virginia and the Westchester Country Club in New York to run his own restaurant here. William Dissen bought the yawning 110-seat establishment in 2009, just as many fixtures of the local dining scene were taking down their signs.
“When I bought the restaurant, it was white tablecloth, $30 to $40 entrées, up to $300 bottles of wine, and the average two-top was about three hours for a meal,” says Dissen. “The recession hit, and in the summer of 2009, it was like you were going 90 miles an hour down the highway, and someone just pulled the emergency brake. The economy just crashed and burned. I went into that winter wondering, ‘Oh my God, what have I done?’ I started working on some plans to evolve the food, change the menu and give the restaurant a face-lift.” Where restaurateurs once relied on a few high rollers who’d come in every other week and blow $90 on food and hundreds more on wine, no one was spending that kind of money anymore. Suddenly, chefs had to depend on regular weekly customers who’d drop $20 on dinner and another $25 on drinks, and most of them represented a starkly younger demographic. “People still wanted to go out — they still wanted that connection — but things were more reserved,” says Scheffer. At a fine-dining establishment, it’s not just the food that you’re paying for, it’s the total experience: the army of servers, who somehow appear out of nowhere to top off your wine or sweep up the crumbs every time you butter your bread; the fresh flower service; the linen service; the crystal glasses and fine flatware. It’s the cost of you occupying that chair for a leisurely three-hour meal instead of turning that table over three or four times in the course of one dinner service. CHANGING THE GAME So what happens once all of that is packed away? As Dissen puts it, “Fine dining is dying, but fine-dining chefs are still around. We still have this drive to create great food, but how can we do that in an environment that’s not stuffy and, frankly, arrogant?” Chef Nate Allen, who owns Knife & Fork in Spruce Pine, says, “It’s funny: We actually have customers that will come in and ask if I can put a tablecloth on their table. They must just not like having that casual experience at all, and it must make a difference. I opened up my restaurant in the middle of that recession. I think people like me who were just getting into the game when people were panicking and fleeing the
industry caused a big shift in how things were done, totally changing the way you make a restaurant and play that dining game.” Knife & Fork offers what Allen calls “casual fine dining.” “To me, fine dining is a level of attention to detail: It has nothing to do with the tablecloth,” he says. “It’s a carefully curated wine list; it’s having the appropriate silver before something hits your table; it’s having someone that’s going to knowledgeably take care of your needs, anticipate your desires and answer your questions. And then, of course, you have the most important part: the food. It’s the idea of achieving a level of fine dining without putting on any airs, and I think we’ve succeeded.” Almost every local restaurant saw a similar change. Dinosaur-sized cuts of meat were out; vegetabledriven dishes with smaller amounts of more obscure forms of protein were in. “Instead of serving a 20-ounce, bone-in rib-eye for $45,” says Dissen, “we found different cuts of meat and serve 7-ounce portions, which allows us to lower the price point while serving really healthy cuisine.” Those smaller servings of meat are often supplemented with larger portions of regional vegetables and heirloom grains. In 2013, the Grove Park Inn converted Horizons — perhaps the last restaurant in town with white tablecloths — into Vue 1913. Billed as “an American brasserie,” the retooled version plays light rock instead of stuffy classical music, and there are no tablecloths. We asked all the chefs and restaurateurs interviewed for this article the same question: Are we missing anything now that the long-running fine-dining trend is on the wane in Asheville? Without exception, every one of them responded, pretty quickly, with a resounding “no.” “I think, hopefully, we’ve lost a sense of exclusivity and elitism in people’s concept of what dining is,” says Allen. “Restaurants seem to be more relaxed as far as their overall appearance and presentation, so I think it makes them more approachable. People get scared by white tablecloths and maitre d’s in tuxes. I think it’s a good thing that we’ve lost that level of pretension.” X
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FAR EAST MEETS DEEP SOUTH Asheville chefs head to Atlanta to celebrate Korean cuisine “Korean immigration to the Southeast has been on the rise for a while now,” says food writer Matt Rodbard, “and, lord knows, we could all stand to have a little more kimchi in our lives.” Rodbard, who along with New York City chef Deuki Hong, co-authored the recently released bestseller Koreatown: A Cookbook, asserts that although every major city has its ethnic enclaves — its Chinatowns, Little Italys and Latin Quarters — America’s
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modate the simplicity of the American palate, but that’s not necessarily been the case with Korean fare, says Rodbard. “Koreans have oftentimes taken their food and kept it within their families, and have not made the effort to market their food outside their community,” he says. “Because of that, the food is really unspoiled. So there isn’t a lot of change or fusion going on in that cuisine; it’s very pure.”
But, regardless of the heretofore unalloyed nature of America’s Korean food tradition, as with all popular cuisines, fusion is inevitable. When chefs learn the specific techniques and flavor profiles of another culture, it is only a matter of time before they start blending that new knowledge with the methods and ingredients they hold dear. On that point, Rodbard and Hong connected with Irani, owner of Asheville’s Chai Pani and its sister location in Decatur, Ga., when they met at the recent Atlanta Food & Wine Festival. (Irani also owns
the street food-focused Botiwalla restaurant in midtown Atlanta). After sharing a few whiskeys, Rodbard and Hong invited the Chai Pani team to tag along with them on a road trip to do research for their cookbook. “We ended up going to a few places, and their photos ended up in the book,” says Rodbard. “While Chai Pani isn’t Korean, it’s really similar to what we are trying to do, which is capture traditional flavors and approach food in a really casual way. ... They are doing some really interesting things with some flavors that really aren’t that common.” Koreatown: A Takeover, which was held at Chai Pani’s Decatur location, was part of Rodbard and Hong’s book tour. The sprawling, nationwide pop-up kitchen extravaganza has clocked nearly a dozen collaborative dinners so far, with stops in cities including Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston, Los Angeles and San Francisco, with a planned July 24 dinner at Houston’s celebrated Underbelly. In addition to Rodbard, Hong and the Asheville team, the kitchen crew for the Chai Pani dinner included Atlanta chefs Chris Hathcock (previously coexecutive chef at Asheville’s Gan Shan Station), Cody Taylor and K-pop sensation-turned-chef Jiyeon Lee, both of Heirloom Market BBQ, and Allen Suh of Gaja. “It was pretty awesome to be a part of such a mix of Asian chefs; that’s a rare thing to get the chance to do,” says Cousler, who plans to launch her own seafood-themed pop-up, Dive, at Buxton Hall this summer. Hopefully, she says, she can involve some of the chefs she met and worked with at the Takeover in this effort. A RISING FORCE Beyond being a stop on a book tour, the Koreatown takeover of Chai Pani in Decatur highlights Korean cuisine as a growing culinary force in the American South. In the past four years, Asheville has seen a spate of Korean restaurant openings, including Korean House and Koreana. It’s also notable that celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain of CNN’s “Parts Unknown” recently visited town for a meal at Stone Bowl in South
Asheville. And the popularity of the Atlanta Koreatown dinner indicates that the trend applies to the Deep South as well — its 150 tickets were sold out weeks in advance. At the event, guests were treated to a series of family-style service settings, beginning with traditional banchan — a succession of small pickles, ferments, salads and veggies. A behemoth onslaught of courses followed, many of which departed from Korean convention to incorporate the span of cultural diversity represented in the kitchen. Chefs were allowed to insert either elements of their own heritage into a Korean dish, or they could add Korean touches to one of their own culture’s offerings. In the first setting, Suh dished out raw Copper River salmon with shaved gochujang, puréed soybeans and rice cake with marigold. There was also the Poolside Platter from Cousler that employed international newspapers as a base upon which to pile red kimchi paste, adobo canned oysters, smoky crab, vegetables and pork rice. “I had no experience at all with Korean food,” says Cousler, who is of Philippine heritage. “A lot of my inspiration is actually from my mom — her culinary influences are all across the board. I always thought that kimchi was a part of Philippino food until I got older, because of her.” Set two included smoked tri-tip with shaved onion, Korean pear, sesame leaf and uja mayo with a soy wasabi dressing from Taylor and Lee. That was followed by Goan-chujang pork vindaloo with fermented and steamed rice and urad dal cakes from Irani and Grogan. Set three featured Hathcock’s smoked beef bulgogi sausage with Carolina Gold rice grits, kimchi and radish along with Hong’s Korean fried chicken with a roasted garlic and scallion salad. “One of my favorite things about these dinners is being able to see what all the chefs do with Korean food,” says Rodbard, “and so this one was one of my favorites, because it was a mix of Korean-American chefs and nonKorean chefs, and it was just a lot of really great talent coming together.” Rodbard appreciates that through writing and promoting Koreatown: A Cookbook, he has been afforded a rare opportunity to meet a diverse crosssection of American chefs with a real interest in Korean food. “We even have a section in the book for these guest chefs’ recipes, which we call ‘Respect,’ which — as the title implies — is respect for the Korean culture and flavors, but, of course, they are offering their own play on it.” X
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SMALL BITES by Thomas Calder | firstname.lastname@example.org
OWL Bakery pairs Old World recipes with local flavors “We don’t have an expansive menu,” says Susannah Gebhart, owner of the artisan bakeshop Old World Levain (OWL) Bakery. “But the menu we do have allows us to play a lot with seasonal flavors.” This culinary cavorting results in items such as a peach-almond pastry cream with anise hyssop, an herbed chevre, fig and crystallized thyme tartelettini and a kale salad with cucumbers, sweet and spicy nasturtiums, blackberries, almonds and lemon vinaigrette. Handmade breads and quiches are also in the mix, as is a full espresso bar with beans supplied by Mountain Air Roasting and Black Tap Coffee. Upton Tea Imports provides the shop’s 14 varieties of tea, while its herbals come from Mountain Rose Herbs. The bakery opened in May, but it wasn’t until July 14 that it announced its grand opening. “We wanted to keep it low-key until we figured out our systems,” Gebhart explains. OWL’s European-inspired pastries stem from Gebhart’s years abroad. “At that time my [undergraduate] research and personal interests were centered around food cultures, farming communities and foods of the West African diaspora,” she says. “While I was not pursuing ... the acquisition of a craft or, specifically, baking, I was immersed in a melange of culinary traditions ... which had an enormous impact on my sensibilities around food.” Since arriving in Western North Carolina in 2006, Gebhart learned the ins and outs of the bakery business by working at both Annie’s Bakery in Sylva and the Montford Walk-In. Now, with a storefront of her own, she has an opportunity to combine the knowledge she’s gained with her own interests and philosophies. “The idea is that we’re using superfresh, gorgeous ingredients grown locally and well, and letting those shine in what we make,” she says. Variety is another key component to OWL Bakery. Gebhart notes that she doesn’t want to overwhelm the case. “Rotating special pastries on certain
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CHEERWINE AND KRISPY KREME DOUGHNUTS LAUNCH CHEERWINE KREME SOFT DRINK Cheerwine and Krispy Kreme Doughnuts have teamed up to offer a new soft drink called Cheerwine Kreme. According to a media release, Cheerwine Kreme tastes like “Cheerwine with the perfect hint of Krispy Kreme’s Original Glaze.” It will be available in major grocery chains throughout North Carolina, South Carolina and parts of Georgia. On Saturday, July 23, Krispy Kreme will offer free samples of the beverage at its North Carolina stores (in addition to its South Carolina stores and Savannah, Ga., locations). To learn more, visit cheerwine.com and KrispyKreme.com. GRANTING WISHES WITH THREE DISHES
TEAM OWL: “All of the folks that are on the team now found me and OWL and reached out,” says owner Susannah Gebhart. “They’re all people that have a lot of life experience outside of baking, and most are bringing that inspiration and different interests into the bakery while getting trained here.” Pictured, from left, are Brett Wyatt, Gebhart, Lindsay Black, Rose Caplan and Chrystina Powers. Photo by Thomas Calder days allows us to explore different cultures through our pastries,” she explains. On Tuesdays, the shop offers pasteis de nata (a Portuguese egg tart). On Wednesday afternoons, Tea Time is served after 1 p.m., which includes European-style tea with a plate of either brown bread and chutney or scones and clotted cream. Cookies, shortbreads and madeleines are among other specialty items, which aren’t offered on assigned days but are part of a weekly rotation. “We want to create a space where people can come and either have a sense of discovery or a respite from the bustle of life,” Gebhart says. “A space where people can slow down and really engage with what’s in front of them.” Old World Levain Bakery is at 295 Haywood Road. Store hours are 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. To learn more about the menu, as well as the bakery’s upcoming events and catering options, visit owlbakery.com.
FAHRENHEIT PIZZA & BREWHOUSE Fahrenheit Pizza & Brewhouse is scheduled to open in South Asheville this week. The new pizzeria can seat up to 48 guests and will offer New Yorkstyle pies. “It’s not exactly thin crust, but it’s crispy ... not the flimsy, fold over type,” says owner Sam Kloman. In addition to pizza, the restaurant will offer smoked chicken wings (Buffalo, barbecue and garlic-Parmesan flavors), salads, fried pickles and mozzarella sticks. Beer drinkers can choose from 12 self-pour taps. These will include local beers, as well as a few national brands. “In September, we’ll have our own brewing equipment and will be dedicating two of those taps to our own beers,” Kloman adds. Fahrenheit Pizza & Brewhouse is at 17 Lee St. S. Hours are 11:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday and 11:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Friday-Sunday. Dishes run $11-20. For more information, visit avl.mx/2sd.
Red Stag Grill at the Grand Bohemian Hotel in Biltmore Village has brought back Granting Wishes with Three Dishes, a popular culinary celebration that raises money for Make-A-Wish Central and Western North Carolina. “[As] always, we are very happy to be working with this important charity once again,” says John Luckett, general manager of Grand Bohemian Hotel, in a media release. A baby-iceberg wedge salad, panroasted duck, summer Sunburst Farms trout and chocolate waffle sundae are among items featured on the special three-course menu. The cost is $38, and from each meal purchased, $3 will be donated to the charity. The benefit will conclude with a four-course Hi-Wire Brewing beer dinner at the Red Stag Grill on Wednesday, Aug. 31. Tickets are $58 each, with $5 from each ticket benefitting Make-A-Wish. Red Stag Grill is at 11 Boston Way in Biltmore Village. Granting Wishes with Three Dishes runs through Wednesday, Aug. 31. Meals can be purchased every day for all reservations booked between 5-6:30 p.m. The Hi-Wire Brewing beer dinner is at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31. To learn more, visit nc.wish.org or call 3985600 for reservations. X
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A R T S & E N T E R TA I N M E N T
Folkmoot expands programs, adds Asheville events
BY ALLI MARSHALL email@example.com There’s a saying that if you want to change the world, start in your own backyard. But what if you want to see the world? Usually that requires a journey far beyond the familiar confines of your immediate neighborhood or hometown — unless you happen to live in Waynesville. For 33 years, Folkmoot USA has brought dancers and musicians to this mountain town from around the world. The 2016 edition will feature about 200 artists from countries as farflung as China, Finland, Poland and Ghana. Parades, performances and dance parties span the two-week festival, in which international troupes share their various cultures while learning about Appalachian sights, sounds and customs. “They participate in an international band and work on songs together,” says Executive Director Angeline Schwab, who recently moved back to WNC and joined Folkmoot last year. The chock-full schedule, which includes the Many Cultures Kids Carnival, a global issues forum and a number of Asheville-based happenings, runs from Friday, July 22, to Sunday, July 31. “We have these late-nighter events where people [play] games from their country. They create teams that are sometimes multinational and sometimes one [country] against another,” Schwab continues. “People sing and they dance and they laugh. I kind of think of Folkmoot as a peace circus or an Olympic village of folk dance.” IMMERSION STUDIES While the late-night and behindthe-scenes happenings are mostly for the performers, some locals also get to participate. Since its early years, Folkmoot has enlisted a number of guides — usually area college students, many of whom speak multiple languages — to serve as personal assistants to the visiting artists. “I’ve been going to the festival my entire life. … When I was 14 or 15 I started volunteering,” says Haywood County native Elizabeth
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NO PASSPORT NEEDED: Folk dance troupes like the one from the Philippines, pictured, travel to Waynesville each year for Folkmoot. The cultural festival, now in its 33rd year, brings around 200 international dancers and musicians to Western North Carolina annually, and is in the process of expanding its programming and its reach. Photo courtesy of Folkmoot USA Burson. She became a guide at age 16 and was assigned to a group from Ireland. Although she’s no longer a guide, Burson will be working as a staff member once again this year, for the seventh time. “I can’t quite seem to quit Folkmoot,” she jokes. Burson has worked with troupes from Peru, Thailand, Ecuador, Romania —plus a Canadian group that performed Chinese dances. “I get nervous about [the language barrier] every time,” she says. “The first group I had that didn’t speak any English was Peru, and I cried on the bus ride home.” But through a mashup of English and Spanish, and with help from translation apps, Burson was able to communicate. Guides meet their groups at the airport and handle everything from the details of performance schedules to free-time activities. “You live in the room with them,” says Burson. The
international dancers are housed at the Folkmoot Friendship Center, the former Hazelwood Elementary School in Waynesville. “You’re constantly with this group, so they become like your family. For 10 days, you build a deep bond with these people,” she says. FANCY FOOTWORK The dancers and musicians bond with one another, too, and friendships and romances sometimes bloom across cultures. “We have so many love stories we can’t count,” says Schwab. She sees those relationships maintained through social media, and the dancers — who are often on a circuit of folk festivals during their touring season — may meet again in other locales. But the international artists are also curious about Western North Carolina’s culture. One of this year’s new events
is Cherokee Ambassadors Day on Tuesday, July 26. During the free program, Cherokee representatives will share their traditions and history with visiting dancers and festivalgoers alike. Meanwhile, other local musicians and dancers will showcase WNC mountain culture. The J. Creek Cloggers take their cues from The Soco Gap Cloggers — the area’s first dance team, started in the 1930s by the grandfather of state Rep. Joe Sam Queen. “It’s old-style. It’s flatfoot, buck dance and clogging steps,” says J. Creek director Kim Ross. “It’s not precision [the contemporary form of clogging]; it’s more of a freestyle. … But everybody’s still in rhythms with their taps.” Ross, who grew up in southwest Virginia near the Carter Family Fold, was influenced by flatfoot dancing. When she moved to WNC, she noticed that traditional square dancing and styles like flatfoot and buck dancing — the latter form tracing back to African-American slaves — were dying out. She decided to start a dance team both to preserve that heritage and to educate her sons, whom she was home-schooling. “Now I’m teaching mountain dance classes as a continuing ed course at Haywood Community College,” she says. “Not only the movements, but also the history behind it, so people understand and they won’t forget.” A former Folkmoot board member, Ross currently handles the hiring of clogging teams and bluegrass and old-time bands. This will be the J. Creek Cloggers’ fourth year performing at the festival; because the dancers prefer live music, Ross booked local artists Darren Nicholson and the Stuart Family Band. The Bailey Mountain Cloggers will represent precision clogging. Even though there’s not a language barrier for English-speaking spectators watching the clogging teams, there’s still a need for education. “They’ve asked me to speak at a few of the events, so people understand the different styles of steps and the history behind it. People will understand it’s not just some [variant] of Irish Riverdance,” says Ross. “That’s what got me into Folkmoot — they’re trying to bring cultures together and preserve a lot of things. Our traditional mountain-style dance and music fits right in with that.”
JOIN IN Feedback from festivalgoers has indicated a desire not just to learn about other cultures but to actively participate. “What we heard the community say was that it was important for them to not just sit in seats the whole time,” says Schwab. Accordingly, Folkmoot has added three parades and dance lessons at several events. One of the parades will take place in Asheville. There’ll also be performances at the Hazel Robinson Amphitheatre (Wednesday, July 27) and the Diana Wortham Theatre (Friday, July 29) and a dance party at The Orange Peel, DJed by Oso Rey (Saturday, July 30). “There are a lot of Spanishspeaking and Asian families near Asheville,” says Schwab. “We were asked to do more in Asheville [because] the 20- to 30-minute drive to Haywood County felt like a geographic barrier.” Schwab herself grew up in East Asheville. The Orange Peel event will offer a unique opportunity to mingle — the 200 international performers will be on the floor, boogying alongside Folkmoot attendees. “I’m trying to pull music from a bunch of different places rather than being a producer/ DJ with a specific sound and a specific scene,” says Rey. His background includes performing with Soulgrass Rebellion and Debrissa and the Bear King, as well as producing music and creating visual art. A longtime fan of reggae and Afro-pop, “Now I’m going deep into cumbia and all these other styles, just trying to cover the globe,” he says. There’ll be nods to sounds from each of the 10 countries represented at this year’s Folkmoot. Rey says he asked every dance troupe for a favorite song or two. “I have a bunch of samples from different places, and I’m looking more for similarities within as opposed to [being] specific to their scenes,” he says. That kind of sonic melding promises an eclectic soundtrack. “The one thing that will tie it together is rhythm,” says Rey. You can hear “a basic hip-hop beat in djembe players from Africa, and you may hear it from [Japanese] taiko players. I think there are certain truths in
STEP RIGHT UP: The J. Creek Cloggers were formed to preserve WNC heritage. During late-night gatherings, dance groups from different countries check out each other’s moves. “You might think something bad [about another culture] because you hear something in the news,” says director Kim Ross, but at Folkmoot, “you throw the stereotypes out the window.” Photo by Diane Jettinghoff
music — at the end of the day, that’s what I’m going for.” Folkmoot recently received a $30,000 grant from The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina and the affiliated Fund for Haywood County. And last year, the festival launched a $1.2 million campaign to restore the Friendship Center, increase the endowment and expand programming. Other efforts are on the horizon as well. Because LEAF and Folkmoot have complementary programming, Schwab hopes the two organizations can collaborate in the future. “People in the community and on the Folkmoot board were feeling like it was a mistake for us to not have activities throughout the year,” she says. “[We’re] providing an American experience for international people who are visiting, but also creating an international experience for the community that surrounds us.” X
Folkmoot schedule FRIDAY, JULY 22 • Grand opening matinee (all groups) at Eaglenest Entertainment, 2701 Soco Road, Maggie Valley. 2-4 p.m. Adults $21-$31/children half price • Grand opening (all groups ) at Stuart Auditorium, 20 Chapel Dr., Lake Junaluska. 7–10 p.m. Adults $21-$31/ children half price SATURDAY, JULY 23 • Parade of Nations on Main Street., Waynesville. 10 a.m.-noon. Free • Many Cultures Carnival with booths, games and crafts at the Folkmoot Friendship Center. Noon-5 p.m. Free. Ticketed performances take place inside the Sam Love Queen Auditorium, 112 Virginia Ave., Waynesville, at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. $5 children and students/$15 adults/$30 families • All groups perform at Haywood Community College, 185 Freedlander Dr., Clyde. 7-9 p.m. $21-$31 SUNDAY, JULY 24 • Cultural conversation and dance performance at First United Methodist Church, 566 S. Haywood St., Waynesville. Noon-3 p.m. Performance plus lunch $10 children/$25 adults, performance only $5/$15 • Sunday matinee (four groups) at The Drendel Auditorium, 243 Third Ave. NE, Hickory. 3-5 p.m. $5 kids ages 12 and younger/$10 adults • Performance (four groups) at The Drendel Auditorium. 6-8:30 p.m. $5 kids ages 12 and younger/$10 adults TUESDAY, JULY 26 • Cherokee Ambassadors Day, 545 Tsali Blvd., Cherokee. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free • Performance (four groups) at Colonial Theater, 53 Park St., Canton. 7 p.m. $5 children/$20 adults
• Performance (three groups) at Swain County High School, 1415 Fontana Road, Bryson City. 7 p.m. $8 children and students/$16 adults WEDNESDAY, JULY 27 • Performance (all groups) at Blue Ridge Community College, 180 W. Campus Dr., Flat Rock. 2 p.m. $15.75 children and students/$31 adults • Performance (five groups) at The Hazel Robinson Amphitheatre, 92 Gay St., Asheville. 7 p.m. $5 children and students/$16 adults THURSDAY, JULY 28 • Parade in downtown Franklin. 5-6:30 p.m. Free • Performance (all groups) at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, 1028 Georgia Road, Franklin. 7 p.m. Students $10.50, $13 and $15.50/adults $21, $26 and $31 FRIDAY, JULY 29 • Parade in downtown Asheville. 4 p.m. Free • Performance (all groups) at Diana Wortham Theatre, 2 S. Pack Square, Asheville. 7 p.m. Children $16.05/ adults $33.17 SATURDAY, JULY 30 • International Festival Day on Main Street, Waynesville. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free • Dance party with DJ Oso Rey at The Orange Peel, 101 Biltmore Ave., Asheville. 9 p.m. $15. SUNDAY, JULY 31 • Candlelight closing (all groups) at Stuart Auditorium. 7 p.m. Adults $20-$30/students and children half price Learn more and purchase tickets at folkmoot.org
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by Thomas Calder
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A VOICE TO THE PAGE: Barbara Bates Smith says her greatest talent is knowing a good story when she reads one. Her longtime stage partner Jeff Sebens, left, adds, “Every show we do, she makes a connection with an audience that is deep and emotional. After every show, there’s always people who reach out to her about the unique experience.” Photo courtesy of Barbara Bates Smith
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For a quarter of a century, Barbara Bates Smith has been adapting works of literature for the stage. Four years ago, she took on
on her first Ron Rash piece. The short story “Lincolnites” centers on a Southern woman whose husband is in the Union Army. When a Confederate
soldier arrives to her home to confiscate her chickens and horse, the wife offers herself to the soldier in order to keep the animals. The result
is far from what the Confederate has in mind. Let’s just say a sewing needle is involved. Smith found the story to be a pageturner, but didn’t realize how special it was until she performed it for a group of high schoolers in Elkin. Admittedly, such a crowd created some initial jitters for Smith. But midway through the performance, when she looked out onto the group, she discovered that — much to her joy and relief — “nobody was fooling with their handheld devices. They were at rapt attention.” Smith performs A Rash of Stories at N.C. Stage Company Friday, July 22, through Sunday, July 31. The shows benefit Downtown Welcome Table, a food and fellowship ministry run by the Haywood Street Congregation. Rash, who was named the John Parris Distinguished Professor of Appalachian Studies at Western Carolina University (and has received a series of literary awards, including the Frank O’Connor International Award and two O. Henry prizes) is best-known for his novels Serena and The World Made Straight (both made into films). But it’s his short stories that continue to inspire Smith. In addition to “Lincolnites,” she has adapted “Burning Bright,” “Casualties and Survivors,” and “The Night the New Jesus Fell to Earth” into her production. From a lonely widow finding love with a stranger, to a married couple working through communication challenges, to a car salesman convinced he needs to re-create the crucifixion on his church’s front lawn, the stories are a combination of humor, compassion, love and suspense. “We’ve worked with Barbara for several years,” says Steven Hageman, executive director of N.C. Stage, who is volunteering the space for the production. “She’s done several benefits here.” He adds that her talents as an actor, paired with her dedication to the community, make opening the theater to her a no-brainer. According to Smith, what led her to initially volunteer at the Haywood Street Congregation was a newspaper article describing it as a place of holy chaos. Every Wednesday, more than 500 people come through its doors. Smith has contributed her time to the organization in a variety of ways, including Story Circle, a weekly gathering at the congregation that encourages people to share their narratives in a group setting. “They are the most dynamic and diverse and profound group I’ve ever worked with,” she says.
Often mislabeled a storyteller, Smith attributes this to the fact that she is indeed telling great tales. But unlike storytellers who adhere to the unscripted, oral tradition, Smith’s works are meticulously edited, memorized and performed. Unlike plays or films, which may reinterpret a piece, Smith neither adds nor rearranges the author’s words. “It’s just tightening,” she says. The process involves reading through the material a number of times and underlining the story’s critical points. “I don’t think about what I’m leaving out,” she says. “I think about the most important points and how they link.” In between each of the four stories told in her latest production, longtime stage partner, manager and musician Jeff Sebens plays and sings a variety of songs on his dulcimer, banjo or guitar. From traditional gospels to more contemporary tunes, the music acts as both an interlude and prelude to the next story. Variety played a large factor in the pieces Smith selected from Rash’s five short story collections (the author has since released a sixth — Something Rich and Strange). “‘Burning Bright’ and ‘Casualties and Survivors’ are love stories,” Smith says. “Maybe not your traditional love stories, but love stories of a sort.” “Lincolnites,” she says, delves into darker matters. But of the four stories performed, “The Night the New Jesus Fell to Earth” holds a special place in Smith’s heart. “People say [Rash] only writes dark and scary and violent stories,” she says. “Well, we laughed and laughed after reading [that one].” When she met Rash at a literary festival and relayed the experience, he told her, “Well, I can write funny, too.” But Smith says, “I haven’t found another [funny] one like it, yet.” X
WHAT A Rash of Stories WHERE N.C. Stage Company 15 Stage Lane ncstage.org WHEN Friday, July 22 through Sunday, July 31. Fridays and Saturdays, 7:30 p.m. Sundays at 2 p.m. $35
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by Lea McLellan
PODCAST TO THE PEOPLE A few short years ago, if you wanted to express yourself to the masses via the internet, you would start a blog. In 2016, the podcast is the way to reach niche audiences who actually want to listen to you talk for hours about the stuff that interests you. Matt Johnson is a staple in the local podcasting community. He produces and co-hosts two programs on his ZaPow Podcast Network — “Figures Sold Separately” and “Illustration and a Beer.” He produces two others — “AVL Food Fans” and “AVL informer.” Johnson studied radio and television broadcasting in college and worked for CBS radio for eight years. “I decided to start and distribute my own talk content on subjects you just don’t hear on traditional radio,” says Johnson of his switch to podcasting. “Topics that serve a much smaller, more niche, but much more enthusiastic and loyal audience.” Emily Trimnal is a local journalist who added podcasting to her repertoire for similar reasons. “Podcasting is great because it is a free media,” she says. “Unlike with traditional media forms, you aren’t fighting for the same viewership or the same slice of the pie.” Johnson and Trimnal are part of The Asheville Society of Podcasters — a closed group on Facebook with more than 40 members — where people can share their questions and successes. Member podcast topics range from country music and local food to health and wellness. Whether you’re a podcast newbie or an enthusiast, these local podcasts are worth a listen.
FIGURES SOLD SEPARATELY “Figures Sold Separately” is a weekly nerd/pop culture show hosted by Johnson, Ken Krahl, James MacKenzie and Renee Hill. The hour-long episodes have cheeky, geeky titles like “Make America Hydra Again” and “Trek Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself.” A recent episode starts with Hill sharing her thoughts on musical artists Missy Elliot and Fall Out Boy recording the new Ghostbusters theme song. (Hill is pro-Missy, FYI.) In addition to some charmingly pro-nerd banter, the podcast has featured some prominent guests, including Amber Nash, who plays Pam Poovey on the animated comedy Archer; former WWE superstar Edge; and Adam Copeland, the voice behind the Honest Movie Trailers on YouTube. The program totals about 180 one-hour shows since 2012, so new fans have plenty to catch up on. Listen: FSSPodcast.com
LISTENING PARTY: Matt Johnson produces four local podcasts under his newtork, ZaPow Productions. Photo by James W. Johnson WHAT’S RAY SAYING?
AVL FOOD FANS “AVL Food Fans” is hosted by local food blogger Stu Helm with Joe Scully, the co-owner and head chef of Corner Kitchen and Chestnut. Helm says his goal with the podcast is to amuse and inform. “We also try to bring up important issues, like tipping or workplace depression,” he says. “I think our interviews with local food makers, from chefs to farmers to coffee roasters, and even food writers and PR people, serve to connect the listeners with the names, voices and personalities in the food scene.” Recent guests include chef Elliot Moss from Buxton Hall, along with chef and author Chris Hill. Listen: avlfoodfans.com or tune in to WPVM 103.7 FM every Friday at 5 p.m.
Raymond Christian is a storyteller living in Boone. He says that he started his show as a forum to highlight his life and the social and cultural history of African-Americans, noting that the black population in Boone is less than 1 percent. The “What’s Ray Saying” podcast is less than six months old, but Christian has some serious storytelling cred. He was featured on NPR’s “Snap Judgment” in June, has been featured on Kevin Allison’s “RISK!” podcast and makes monthly trips to Asheville to participate in The Moth StorySLAM, which he has won four times. “But the foundation of what I do is tell stories, my personal truth and the truth of black Americans as I know it, as a way of undermining ignorance,” he says. Listen: whatsraysaying.libsyn.com FINDING ASHEVILLE Trimnal of Asheville Blog volunteered to keep “Finding Asheville” going when the original founder moved across the country. Each weekly episode features a guest speaker from the local community, ranging from entrepreneurs to notable locals. “We speak with them about their business and use the opportunity to educate our listeners on issues or topics that they might not otherwise be exposed to,” says Trimnal. Recent episodes included Michael Spremulli, aka the Asheville Mindreader; Robin Vabolis, founder of
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Listening in to local free-media programs
The WNC Advocacy League; and N. John Shore Jr., author of the serial novel Ashes to Asheville. “Our goal with the podcast is to have listeners feel like they are getting a personal look at a private, casual, fun conversation between us and our guests,” says Trimnal. Listen: findingasheville.com APPALACHIAN PI Blaine Kerr is the administrator of the Asheville Society of Podcasters and the producer of “Appalachian Pi,” which provides listeners with an insightful look at the region. “I try to feature artists, real people or individuals who embody our independent spirit as Appalachians,” says Kerr. “Anyone with a different opinion that may just cause you to nod your head or wag your tongue.” A big part of Kerr’s mission is to break down stereotypes. “Let’s agree we Appalachians are not just dumb, drunk, toothless hillbillies or conservative hicks like the caricatures would make the world believe,” he says. “I guess in their own ways, all of the guests I have spoken with contribute to an opening of minds and breaking those stereotypes down.” His favorite episode to date is an interview with standup comedian and activist Lee Camp. Listen: itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ appalachian-pi X
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PUT GOOD LINES IN THE VERSES Singer-songwriter James McMurtry returns to Asheville He’s done dates at The Orange Peel, too; in fact, half of his Live in Aught-Three album was recorded there. “We had tried to do it all in Salt Lake City at a place called The Zephyr,” he recalls. “It’s a perfect place to do a live record. We did two nights there and recorded both shows. I could have made a record off of that, but I thought that some of the takes weren’t up to par.” So his crew recorded off of The Orange Peel’s soundboard and captured better performances, including “Rex’s Blues” and “Levelland.” McMurtry notes that “Live in Aught-Three’s version of ‘Lights of Cheyenne’ is the only officially recorded version that exists.”
McMurtry’s wry, often deadpan humor pervades his albums, and that understated quality is even more to the fore on his live albums — Live in Aught-Three and 2009’s Live in Europe — and onstage at his concerts. In his songwriting, McMurtry resists any temptation to hit listeners over the head by overdoing things. “The best way to ruin a line is to put it in a chorus and sing it over and over again, ad nauseam,” he says. “It will make the song stick in your head, and you might get a hit song, but I don’t like to beat a line to death. I put good lines in the verses; you hear ’em once.” X
WHO James McMurtry with the Amy Black Band and Curtis McMurtry WHERE The Grey Eagle, 185 Clingman Ave. thegreyeagle.com WHEN Friday, July 22, 8 p.m. $17 advance/$20 day of show
IT’S COMPLICATED: Always a popular draw on his regular concert dates in Asheville, James McMurtry plays The Grey Eagle on July 22. Photo by Mary Keating-Bruton “The room is the instrument,” says Austin, Texas-based singer-songwriter James McMurtry. Considering that he began playing his original songs live onstage more than 30 years ago, he should know. The son of novelist and screenwriter Larry McMurtry, James has seen his share of honky-tonks, rock clubs and concert halls. A frequent and longtime visitor to Asheville, McMurtry will play The Grey Eagle on Friday, July 22 — his son, Americana artist Curtis McMurtry, opens the show. Every room is different, McMurtry says, and a musician has to adapt. “You have to figure out how to play whichever ‘instrument’ you’re given on a given night,” he says. “If it’s a big venue, you might have to slow it down to make things a little more deliberate, to fill all that space. A theater room is basically an acoustic amplifier, built to amplify the sound coming off the stage without any help from electronics. So you’ve got to keep your stage volume way low; otherwise it can just get out of hand. “And,” he adds, “you don’t tell any real complicated jokes; stick to one-line sound bites.”
Venues like The Grey Eagle are different, McMurtry says. “In a bar with low ceilings, pack it full of people, and you can turn it way up. Nobody cares; it’s not gonna slap back from anywhere. The people soak it up.” Although — thanks in large part to the well-drawn characters that populate many of his songs — he’s sometimes pegged as a folk or Americana artist, McMurtry bristles at genre labels. If he fits anywhere, he says it’s into “the broad genre of rock ’n’ roll, which you can put pretty much anything into. That’s usually what I tell people in the elevator when they ask me what I play.” Complicated Game from 2015 is McMurtry’s 12th album; “Painting by Numbers,” a single off of his 1989 debut, Too Long in the Wasteland, reached No. 33 on the mainstream rock charts. His subsequent albums have sold in varying measures, but critical acclaim has been near unanimous and constant. Most of McMurtry’s tours bring him to Asheville. “We actually played at the original Grey Eagle when it was in Black Mountain,” he says. “Then they moved to Asheville, and we kept playing there.”
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Tarocco “From puppeteers to choreographers to set designers to poets, Tarocco is an enormous fusion of Southern creativity,” says the play’s writer, director and producer, Nat Allister. His plot sees a World War I soldier comforting a wounded man by crafting a tale based on a deck of Tarocco Piemontese cards. And Allister’s army of creative collaborators brings these successive tarot characters to life using intricate visuals and striking spectacles of the body. “It’s meant to hit you hard and make you feel something — the way you might feel after waking up from a particularly vivid dream.” To that end, Allister tweaked several scenes and production elements following Tarocco’s 2015 debut, and now the emboldened work is set for tour. Showings at the Diana Wortham Theatre are on Friday and Saturday, July 22 and 23, at 8 p.m., and Sunday, July 24, at 4 p.m. dwtheatre. com. Photo by Rodney Smith/ Tempus Fugit Design
Billy Jonas Band “At a Billy Jonas Band family show, every song has a part for the audience, either sung, spoken or a hand dance,” says the group’s frontman. “We truly believe that everybody’s in the band.” This interactive climate, Jonas says, helps spur the imagination of young and seasoned listeners of all learning styles. And between songs, the musicians take suggestions for improvised tunes (“Those are consistently magical,” Jonas says) and encourage innovative clapping techniques, like squares and fireworks of applause. It’s fair to say parents get two shows for each Billy Jonas Band ticket: the entertainment onstage, plus giddy reactions from the next seat over. White Horse Black Mountain hosts the next participatory experience on Sunday, July 24, at 3 p.m. $10/$12 (free for fans younger than 2). whitehorseblackmountain.com. Photo courtesy of the band
The Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands
Wayland Frontman Mitch Arnold describes his rock ’n’ roll band as “blues-based, melodydriven, guitar-crushing, hard-hitting, dirty and independent.” And it’s that rougharound-the-edges aesthetic that beckons Wayland’s concertgoers to swap their daily stressors for a rowdy, sweaty evening of escape. Popular single “Get A Little,” for example, combines ’80s rock testosterone with singalongs for the modern worker: “Counting down the days to Friday night / By the end of the week, I think I’ve earned the right / to get a little drunk / get a little stoned / catch a good buzz to my favorite song.” Fans can even tick some of those boxes alongside the band members, who offer VIP ticketholders a beer and shot on their tour bus. Wayland plays The Grey Eagle on Saturday, July 23, at 9 p.m. The Low Counts, Jeff Santiago and 710 OIL open. $14/$17. thegreyeagle.com. Photo courtesy of the band 46
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The Southern Highlands Craft Guild is a nonprofit representing more than 900 craftspeople from nine Southeastern states. And nearly 200 of those members will put their works of clay, wood, metal, glass, fiber, natural materials, paper, leather and more on display at the guild’s next summer fair. Beyond retail, the showcase aims to inform and inspire through ceramic art demonstrations and educational features by The Asheville Quilt Guild and WNC Fibers/Handweavers Guild. Live bluegrass and old-time performances get added to the mix after the four-day event’s opening night. Now celebrating its 69th year, the Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands takes place at the U.S. Cellular Center Thursday to Saturday, July 21-23, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, July 24, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $8 (free for children under 12). uscellularcenterasheville.com. Photo courtesy of SHCG
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Send your event listings to email@example.com ART ARROWHEAD GALLERY 78 Catawba Ave., Old Fort, 668-1100 • TH (7/21), 6-8pm – “Brushes N Brew,” follow along painting class. Bring your own beverage and snacks. Registration required. $35. • SA (7/23), 1-2:30pm - “Vintage Look T-shirts” workshop for teens to adult. Registration: 668-1100. $36. • SA (7/23), 10:30am-noon – “Batik T-Shirt,” workshop for ages 8-12. Registration: 668-1100. $36.
ARTS FOR RECOVERY: From Saturday, July 23, until Sunday, Sept. 18, The North Carolina Arboretum is hosting Aurora; Rays of Dawn; Growth Through Nature, an art exhibit featuring work from Aurora Studio & Gallery program. Aurora is a supportive art studio for artists in recovery from behavioral health issues, addiction and homelessness. The program offers art supplies, instruction and community to artists who would not otherwise have access to art classes. The opening reception takes place Saturday, July 23, from 2-4 p.m. Artwork of bee and flower by Robert Ransom courtesy of Aurora Studio & Gallery (p. 49)
ARTS COUNCIL OF HENDERSON COUNTY 401 N. Main St., Hendersonville, 693-8504, acofhc.org • Through FR (8/19) - Submissions accepted for the North Carolina Arts Council Grassroots Arts Program subgrants. Contact for full guidelines. • TH (7/21), 3:30-5pm - Grant writing workshop for artists interested in applying for the North Carolina Arts Council Regional Artist Project Grants. Registration required. Free. ASHEVILLE FRINGE ARTS FESTIVAL ashevillefringe.org • WE (7/27), 8pm - Monthly show-
case of Fringe artists. $5. Held at Crow & Quill, 106 N. Lexington Ave TRANSYLVANIA COMMUNITY ARTS COUNCIL 884-2787, tcarts.org • 4th FRIDAYS, 5-8pm - Gallery Walk. Free to attend. Held in downtown Brevard.
ART/CRAFT FAIRS THE CRAFT FAIR OF THE SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS southernhighlandguild.org • TH (7/21) through SU (7/24) - 69th annual craft fair with over 150 vendors. $8/Free under 12 years old. Held at US Cellular Center, 87 Haywood St.
AUDITIONS & CALL TO ARTISTS ARTS COUNCIL OF HENDERSON COUNTY 693-8504, acofhc.org • Through (8/1) - Submissions accepted for arts and crafts vendors for the 10/1 & 10/2 Art on Main Festival. See website for full guidelines.
• Through (8/19) - Applications accepted for North Carolina Arts Council Regional Artist Project Grants. See website for full guidelines. BLUE RIDGE ORCHESTRA blueridgeorchestra.com • Through SU (8/17) - Open auditions for clarinet, viola, and violin. See website for full guidelines. Free. THE WRITERS’ WORKSHOP 254-8111, twwoa.org • Through TU (8/30) - Submissions accepted for the Literary Fiction Contest. Contact for guidelines. $25.
MUSIC ANDALYN • THIS SATURDAY • JULY 23 (pd.) With Zach Haney guitar, special guest Patrick Dodd heats up the DFR Room at Ecusta Brewery, 36 E. Main St., Brevard. Rocking Blues, Country Cool, and Rock, 9pm (8pm doors open). $8 advance (brewery) or $10 door. andalynrocks.com AMICIMUSIC 802-369-0856, amicimusic.org • SA (7/23), 7:30pm - “Guitar
Gusto,” with guitarist Steve Newbrough & pianist Daniel Weiser playing works by Boccherini, Diabelli and Rodrigo. $35. Held in a private residence. • SU (7/24), 3pm - “Guitar Gusto,” with guitarist Steve Newbrough & pianist Daniel Weiser playing works by Boccherini, Diabelli and Rodrigo. $20. Held at All Souls Cathedral, 9 Swan St. BREVARD MUSIC CENTER 862-2100, brevardmusic.org Held at 349 Andante Lane, Brevard, unless otherwise noted. • WE (7/20), 12:30pm - Student piano recital. Free. • WE (7/20), 7:30pm - Bill Preucil and friends, concert. $27. Held at the Brevard College Porter Center. • TH (7/21), 7:30pm - High school symphonic winds concert. Free. • TH (7/21), 7:30pm - Harpath Rising, concert. $25. Held at the Brevard College Porter Center • FR (7/22), 7:30pm - Saint-Saens, Piano Concerto No. 2, outdoor concert with pianist Conrad Tao. $15 lawn/$25 and up regular seating. • SA (7/23), 7:30pm - Daphnis and Chloe’, outdoor symphony concert. $15 lawn/$25 and up regular seating. • SU (7/24), 3pm - “Franck
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Symphony in D Minor,” outdoor concert. $15 lawn seats/$25 and up regular seating. • MO (7/25), 12:30pm - Chamber music concert with college division students. Free. Held at Transylvania County Library, 212 S. Gaston St., Brevard • TU (7/26), 12:30pm - “New Music,” concert of new works written by composition students. Free. • WE (7/27), 12:30pm - Student piano recital. Free. • WE (7/27), 7:30pm - “Dvorák in America Festival,” featuring Kevin Deas, bass baritone. $27. Held in Brevard College Ingram Auditorium • TH (7/28), 7:30pm - “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” adaptation by Benjamin Britten featuring countertenor David Daniels. $35 and up. Held at the Brevard College Porter Center
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choirs. Free. • SU (7/24), 2-3:30pm – Fried Melon Blues Band, traditional & contemporary blues. Free. MUSIC AT WCU 227-2479, wcu.edu • WE (7/20), 7pm - Summer Concert Series: Mangas Colorado, Americana/folk/rock. Free. Held on the lawn of A.K. Hinds University Center MUSIC ON MAIN 693-9708, historichendersonville.org • FR (7/22), 7-9pm - Concert with Deano and the Dreamers and the Classic Car Cruise-In. Free to attend. Held at Hendersonville Visitor Center, 201 S. Main St., Hendersonville
CRADLE OF FORESTRY Route 276, Pisgah National Forest, 877-3130, cradleofforestry.org • SUNDAYS through (7/31) Songcatchers Music Series. $6/$3 children.
NORTH MAIN MUSIC SERIES 692-6335 • SA (7/23), 5-7:30pm - Stepchild, soft-rock/classic country. Free to attend. Held at Green Room Cafe & Coffeehouse, 536 N. Main St., Hendersonville
HICKORY MUSEUM OF ART 243 3rd Avenue NE , Hickory, 3278576 • SA (7/23), 6pm – “Reflection of the Evolution of Gospel Music in This Century,” performed by five
QUEST CENTER 22 Ravenscroft Drive, Asheville • WE (7/20), 7pm – “Songs from the Silence,” with Amithabhan, singersongwriter. Information: 209-7684007 or firstname.lastname@example.org. $15.
Send your event listings to email@example.com RHYTHM & BREWS CONCERT SERIES 233-3216, facebook.com/ rhythmandbrewshendersonville • 3rd THURSDAYS (5/19), 5-9pm - Outdoor concert series. Free to attend. Held between Allen & Caswell Streets, Hendersonville SHINDIG ON THE GREEN 258-6101 x345, folkheritage.org • SATURDAYS (7/2) through (7/23), 7pm - Outdoor live traditional and old-time music and dancing. Free. Held at Pack Square Park, 121 College St. SWANNANOA CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL 771-3050, scm-festival.com • SA (7/23), 7:30pm - “Souvenir,” concert by the Jasper String Quartet featuring works by Mozart, Couperin and Tchaikovsky. $25. Held at Warren Wilson College • SA (7/24), 7:30pm - “Souvenir,” concert by the Jasper String Quartet featuring works by Mozart, Couperin and Tchaikovsky. $25. Held at Hart Theatre, 250 Pigeon St., Waynesville THE CENTER FOR CRAFT, CREATIVITY & DESIGN 67 Broadway, 785-1357 • TH (7/28), 6:30pm - “Overshot: A Composition for String Quartet and Electronics,” presentation by Chris Kincaid and Leslie Clements. $3-$8.
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TODD SUMMER CONCERT SERIES toddnc.org • SA (7/23), 6-8pm - Amantha Mill, bluegrass/folk. Free. Held in Cook Park in Downtown Todd TRYON FINE ARTS CENTER 34 Melrose Ave., Tryon, 859-8322, tryonarts.org • Through (7/23) - Roots Music Festival. See website for full schedule. Free.
THEATER 35BELOW 35 E. Walnut St., 254-1320, ashevilletheatre.org • WE (7/20), 7:30pm - “Olde Virden’s SuperHappy Trivia Challenge.” Local comics and personalities participate in a 1970’s style panel show. $12. CARL SANDBURG HOME 1928 Little River Road, Flat Rock, 693-4178, nps.gov/carl • WEDNESDAYS & FRIDAYS through (8/12), 10:15am - Spink, Skabootch and Swipes in Rutabaga Country, performed by Flat Rock Playhouse Apprentice Company. Free. • THURSDAYS & SATURDAYS through (8/13), 10:15am - Rootabaga Express, performed by Flat Rock
Playhouse Apprentice Company. Free. DANIEL BOONE AMPITHEATRE 591 Horn in the West Drive, Boone, 264-2120, horninthewest.com • TUESDAYS through SUNDAYS, until (8/6), 8-10pm - Horn in the West, drama. $24. DIANA WORTHAM THEATRE 2 S. Pack Square, 257-4530, dwtheatre.com • FR (7/22) through SU (7/24) - The Fox & Beggar Theater presents Tarocco: A Soldier’s Tale. Fri. & Sat.: 7:30pm. Sun.: 4pm. $27.50/$22.50 students. FLAT ROCK PLAYHOUSE 2661 Highway 225, Flat Rock, 693-0731, flatrockplayhouse.org • WEDNESDAYS through SUNDAYS (7/28) until (8/20) - 9 to 5. Wed. & Thurs.: 7:30pm. Fri. & Sat.: 8pm. Wed., Thurs., Sat. & Sun.: 2pm. $15-$40. FLAT ROCK PLAYHOUSE DOWNTOWN 125 S. Main St., Hendersonville, 693-0731, flatrockplayhouse.org • THURSDAYS through SUNDAYS (7/7) until (7/24) - The Importance of Being Earnest. Thurs.: 7:30pm. Thurs., Sat. & Sun.: 2pm. Fri. & Sat.: 8pm. $28 and up.
HART THEATRE 250 Pigeon St., Waynesville • THURSDAYS through SUNDAYS (7/8) until (7/31) - Jesus Christ Superstar, musical. Thurs.-Sat.: 7:30pm. Sun.: 2pm. $18 and up. MALAPROP’S BOOKSTORE AND CAFE 55 Haywood St., 254-6734, malaprops.com • SU (7/24), 3pm - “How I Became a Pirate,” pre-performance warm-up performance. Free to attend. MONTFORD PARK PLAYERS 254-5146, montfordparkplayers.org • FRIDAYS, SATURDAYS & SUNDAY (7/8) through (7/30), 7:30pm - Titus Andronicus. Free to attend. Held at Hazel Robinson Amphitheatre, 92 Gay St. THE MAGNETIC THEATRE 375 Depot St., 279-4155 • THURSDAYS through SATURDAYS until (7/30), 7:30pm - Capital Liar, noir comedy. $24/$21 advance. UNTO THESE HILLS goo.gl/LohSnf • Through (8/13), 8pm - Unto These Hills, drama. $23/$13 children under 13/Free children under 5. Held at Mountainside Theatre, 688 Drama Road, Cherokee
G AL L E RY D I RE CTORY ART AT ASU 262-3017, tcva.org • Through SA (10/8) - Color Me This, jewelry exhibition guest-curated by Eliana Arenas. Reception: Friday, July 1, 6-10pm. Held in the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts. ART MOB 124 Fourth Ave. E., Hendersonville, 693-4545 , artmobstudios.com • Through (8/19) – WNC Local Inspiration Juried Art Show. Opening Reception: Friday, July 22, 5-8pm. ARTWORKS 27 S. Broad St., Brevard, 553-1063, artworksbrevardnc.com • FR (7/1) through SU (7/31) - Over Head and Hills- Sky Dancing, exhibition of the pastel paintings of Cathyann Lautier Burgess. Reception: Friday, July 22, 5:30-7pm. ASHEVILLE AREA ARTS COUNCIL 207 Coxe Ave., 258-0710, ashevillearts.com • Through SA (8/6) - Point of View Exhibition featuring new media works curated by Shira Service and MUX. • Through SA (8/6) - Two Roads One Vision, the Works of Fian Arroyo & Joe Burleson.
BLACK MOUNTAIN COLLEGE MUSEUM & ARTS CENTER 56 Broadway, 350-8484, blackmountaincollege.org • Through (8/20) - M.C. Richards, Centering: Life + Art 100 Years. • Through SA (8/20) - Wide Open, Randy Shull’s Architecture + Design, exhibition curated by J. Richard Gruber. BLUE SPIRAL 1 38 Biltmore Ave., 251-0202, bluespiral1.com • Through FR (8/26) - Spectrum, invitational exhibit featuring work in a variety of media by 12 artists who explore emotive and optic uses of color. • Through FR (8/26) - LINE: from Minimalism to Abstraction, ten artist exhibit utilizing linear elements to render representational and abstract works. • Through FR (8/26) - Southern artist series - Will Henry Stevens (1881-1949), exhibition. • Through FR (8/26) - Southern artist series—Maltby Sykes (1911-1992), exhibition. CHIESA RESTAURANT 152 Montford Ave., 552-3110, chiesaavl.com • Through MO (10/3) - Three Colorful Women, exhibition of paintings by Joan Martha, Bee Adams and Sally Brenton.
ASHEVILLE BOOKWORKS 428 1/2 Haywood Road, 255-8444, ashevillebookworks.com • Through WE (8/31) - Almost 40 Years in Purgatory, exhibition of Purgatory Pie Press books and works.
DOWNTOWN BOOKS & NEWS 67 N. Lexington Ave., 348-7615, downtownbooksandnews.com • Through SU (7/31) - Exhibition of the watercolor art of CJ Randall.
ASHEVILLE CERAMICS GALLERY 109 Roberts St., ashevilleceramics.com • Through SU (7/31) - Exhibition of the ceramics of Peter Rose.
DR. LULU NATUROPATHIC CLINIC 12 1/2 Wall St. Suite M, 708-8818 • Through SA (7/30) - The Art of Healing, painting exhibition by Virginia Pendergrass.
ASHEVILLE GALLERY OF ART 82 Patton Ave., 251-5796, ashevillegallery-of-art.com • Through SU (7/31) - Colors of Summer, exhibition of the work of Joyce Schlapkohl.
GREEN SAGE CAFE SOUTH 1800 Hendersonville Road, Hendersonville • Through (10/1) - Beyond the Visible: Infrared Photography of Nature, group exhibition of impressionistic infared photographs.
ASHEVILLE MUSEUM 35 Wall St., 785-5722 • Through (7/31) - Bought and Sold: Voices of Human Trafficking, multimedia artwork by Kay Chernush.
GROVEWOOD GALLERY 111 Grovewood Road, 253-7651, grovewood.com • Through SU (7/24) - A Show of Hands 2016 Calligraphy Exhibit.
BLACK MOUNTAIN CENTER FOR THE ARTS 225 W. State St., Black Mountain, 669-0930, blackmountainarts.org • Through (8/2) - Studies in Sacred Geometry, exhibition of large format mixed-media by José Bello.
HAYWOOD COUNTY ARTS COUNCIL 452-0593, haywoodarts.org • Through (8/14) - What a Wonderful World, exhibition of the paintings of Martha Tracy. Held at Hart Theatre, 250 Pigeon St., Waynesville
LONDON DISTRICT STUDIOS
8 London Road, londondistrictstudios.com • Through (7/31) - Thrust, paintings by Ian M. Cage.
55 Broadway St., 305-2225, thesatellitegallery.com • Through SU (7/31) - New Work, exhibition of paintings by Dustin Spagnola.
MICA FINE CONTEMPORARY CRAFT 37 N. Mitchell Ave., Bakersville, 688-6422, micagallerync.com • Through MO (9/5) - Luminous, paintings by Tim Turner and glass by Kenny Pieper and Pablo Soto. MORA CONTEMPORARY JEWELRY 9 Walnut St., 575-2294, moracollection.com • Through (7/31) - Jewelry exhibition by Anna Johnson. N.C. ARBORETUM 100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way, 665-2492, ncarboretum.org • Through SU (9/18) - Shadow and Color, exhibition of paper art by Leo Monahan. Parking fees apply. • SA (7/23) through SU (9/18) – Aurora; Rays of Dawn; Growth Through Nature, exhibition featuring artists from Aurora Studio & Gallery. Opening Reception: Saturday, July 23, 2-4pm.
SOUTHERN APPALACHIAN BREWERY 822 Locust St. Suite 100, Hendersonville, 684-1235 • Through (7/31) - Intrinsic Flow, exhibition of paintings from three local artists. SURFACE GALLERY 14 Lodge St., 552-3918, surfacegallery.com • Through (8/22) - Birds of a Feather: Collaborative Wooden Sculptures, work by Melissa Engler and Graeme Priddle. THE CENTER FOR CRAFT, CREATIVITY & DESIGN 67 Broadway, 785-1357 • Through SA (8/20) - WARPED, exhibition of art on the intermingling of sound and weaving. TOE RIVER ARTS COUNCIL 765-0520, toeriverarts.org • Through SA (8/13) - Landscapes: Four Ways, exhibition of textiles, clay, glass and oil paintings by Lori LaBerge, Teresa Pietsch, Simona Rosasco, and Kat Turczyn. Reception: Friday, August 22, 5-7pm. Held at Spruce Pine TRAC Gallery, 269 Oak Ave., Spruce Pine
ODYSSEY COOPERATIVE ART GALLERY 238 Clingman Ave., 285-9700, facebook.com/odysseycoopgallery • Through SU (7/31) - Exhibition of the ceramic art of Christine Sams, Diana Gillispie and Tara Underwood. PENLAND SCHOOL OF CRAFTS 67 Doras Trail, Bakersville, 765-2359, penland.org • Through SU (9/4) - Wendy Maruyama: the wildLIFE Project, mixed-media exhibition about elephants.
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PUSH SKATE SHOP & GALLERY 25 Patton Ave., 225-5509, pushtoyproject.com • Through (8/2) - Sunset Motel, exhibition of acrylic paintings by Brock Forrer & Ally Alsup. RED HOUSE STUDIOS AND GALLERY 310 W. State St., Black Mountain, 699-0351, svfalarts.org • WE (7/27) through SU (8/28) - Swannanoa Valley Fine Arts League Members Juried Exhibition. Opening reception: August 5, 5-7pm. SALUDA HISTORIC DEPOT 32 W. Main Street, Saluda, facebook.com/savesaludadepot/ • Through (8/31) – How the West Was Won: Trains and the Transformation of Western North Carolina, exhibition of videos, narratives photos and artifacts from Mars Hill University’s Rural Heritage Museum.
373 Harmon Field Road, Tryon, 859-8323, tryonartsandcrafts.org • Through FR (7/29) - Little Clay One Way, exhibition of small clay-works by regional artists. TRYON FINE ARTS CENTER 34 Melrose Ave., Tryon, 859-8322, tryonarts.org • Through FR (7/29) - Carolina Camera Club exhibition. UPSTAIRS ARTSPACE 49 S. Trade St., Tryon, 859-2828, upstairsartspace.org • Through (7/29) - Clay Four Ways, Basketry, and Drawing Marathon, exhibitions. ZAPOW! 21 Battery Park Suite 101, 575-2024, zapow.net • Through WE (8/31) - Dream: An Experiment in Creative Community Collaboration, group exhibition. Contact the galleries for admissin hours and fees
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CLUBLAND TALLGARY'S AT FOUR COLLEGE Open mic & jam, 7:00PM Wu-Wednesdays ('90s hip-hop experience), 9:00PM
WEDNESDAY, JULY 20 5 WALNUT WINE BAR Kristin Center (jazz, pop), 5:00PM Les Amis (African folk), 8:00PM
THE BLOCK OFF BILTMORE Jazz happy hours w/ Mike Holstein & friends, 5:00PM Michael Jefry Stevens Chamber Jazz Ensemble, 8:00PM
550 TAVERN & GRILLE karaoke, 9:00PM ALTAMONT THEATRE An Evening w/ Mike Dillon & Jim Laughlin (tribute to Elliott Smith & Neil Young), 8:00PM BARLEY'S TAPROOM Dr. Brown's Team Trivia, 8:30PM BEN'S TUNE-UP Honky Tonk Wednesdays, 7:00PM
THE DUGOUT Karaoke, 9:00PM
DOUBLE CROWN Sonic Satan Stew w/ DJ Alien Brain, 10:00PM
SCANDALS NIGHTCLUB DJ dance party & drag show, 10:00PM
THE JOINT NEXT DOOR Bluegrass jam, 8:00PM
ELAINE'S DUELING PIANO BAR Dueling Pianos, 9:00PM
SMOKY PARK SUPPER CLUB The Digs (funk, soul), 6:00PM
THE MOCKING CROW Open Mic, 8:00PM
FRENCH BROAD BREWERY Ryan Furstenberg (Americana), 6:00PM
SPRING CREEK TAVERN Open Mic, 6:00PM
THE PHOENIX Dave Dribbon (folk, rock), 6:00PM Jazz night, 8:00PM
BLUE MOUNTAIN PIZZA & BREW PUB Open mic, 7:00PM
THE SOCIAL LOUNGE Phantom Pantone (DJ), 10:00PM THE SOUTHERN Disclaimer Comedy open mic, 9:00PM TIMO'S HOUSE MR. CLOCK (audio/visual multimedia performance), 9:00PM
BUFFALO NICKEL Spoken Word Open Mic, 7:00PM
TOWN PUMP Open mic w/ Billy Presnell, 10:00PM
BURGER BAR Karaoke, 6:00PM CREEKSIDE TAPHOUSE Open mic w/ Riyen Roots, 8:00PM CROW & QUILL Tasche de la Rocha & Up Up We Go (jazz), 9:00PM FUNKATORIUM Staves & Strings (bluegrass), 6:30PM GOOD STUFF Jim Hampton & friends perform "Eclectic Country" (jam), 7:00PM GREY EAGLE MUSIC HALL & TAVERN Tuba Skinny (ragtime, blues, jazz), 8:00PM GRIND CAFE Trivia night, 7:00PM HIGHLAND BREWING COMPANY Woody Wood Wednesdays (rock, soul), 5:30PM ISIS RESTAURANT AND MUSIC HALL An evening w/ Los Abrojitos (Argentine tango), 7:00PM JACK OF THE WOOD PUB Old-time session, 5:00PM
RETURN TO THE STAGE: Local multi-instrumentalist, busker and balladeer John Gernandt has been collecting traditional ballads and composing original music since the 1970s. As a former member of Celtic band Waxie’s Dargle and The Blue Rags, Gernandt performed at variety of local venues, including the former Black Mountain Festival and Belle Chere. Gernandt returns to the stage at Downtown Books & News after a severalyear hiatus to share stories from Asheville’s past and perform with his psychedelic-fusion band Hope Huntington on Saturday, July 23, beginning at 7 p.m. NOBLE KAVA Open mic w/ Caleb Beissert, 9:00PM O.HENRY'S/THE UNDERGROUND "Take the Cake" Karaoke, 10:00PM ODDITORIUM Caskets Filled With Flowers w/ The Spiral, Sentiments, Armadilla & Tongues of Fire (rock), 9:00PM
PISGAH BREWING COMPANY Michael Franti & Spearhead w/ George Porter Jr. and The Running Pardners (soul, hip hop, reggae, rock) , 7:30PM ROOM IX Fuego: Latin night, 9:00PM SALVAGE STATION 4th Qtr, 7:00PM SANCTUARY BREWING COMPANY Matt Jackson (singer-songwriter), 7:00PM
OFF THE WAGON Piano show, 9:00PM
SCULLY'S Sons of Ralph (bluegrass), 6:00PM
OLIVE OR TWIST Swing dance lesson w/ Bobby Wood, 7:30PM 3 Cool Cats (vintage rock), 8:00PM
SLY GROG LOUNGE Sound Station open mic (musicians of all backgrounds & skills), 7:30PM Cards Against Humanity Game Night, 10:00PM
LOBSTER TRAP Ben Hovey (dub-jazz, trumpet), 6:30PM
ONE STOP DELI & BAR Geeks Who Drink Trivia, 7:00PM
MOUNTAIN MOJO COFFEEHOUSE Open mic, 6:30PM
ORANGE PEEL Marianas Trench w/ Skylar Stecker (pop, punk, rock), 8:00PM
SOL BAR NEW MOUNTAIN ADBC presents Axiom Wednesdays (drum 'n' bass), 9:00PM
JULY 20 - JULY 26, 2016
LAZY DIAMOND Killer Karaoke w/ KJ Tim O, 10:00PM LEX 18 Andrew J. Fletcher (barrel house stride piano), 7:00PM
SANCTUARY BREWING COMPANY Jeff Michels & Jim Robertson (rock 'n' roll covers), 8:00PM
BLACK MOUNTAIN ALE HOUSE Play to Win game night, 7:30PM
BLUE RIDGE TAPROOM Laugh Your Baskets Off w/ Tom Peters, Clifton Hall & Blacklist Improv (comedy, fundraiser), 7:00PM
STRAIGHTAWAY CAFE Dave Dribbon (acoustic), 6:00PM
CREEKSIDE TAPHOUSE Station Underground (reggae), 8:00PM
SALVAGE STATION FASHMOB VIII: Find Yourself (community photography & modeling event), 6:00PM Krekel and Whoa (rock 'n' roll), 8:00PM
CROW & QUILL Carolina Catskins (gritty ragtime jazz), 10:00PM
THE MOTHLIGHT Asheville Poetry Initiative Fundraiser w/ comedy show & silent auction, 7:00PM
BHRAMARI BREWHOUSE Hump Day Jam w/ Ryan Oslance, Ben Bjorlie & Ram Mandelkorn, 7:00PM
CLUB ELEVEN ON GROVE The Low-Down Sires (jazz), 8:30PM
TRAILHEAD RESTAURANT AND BAR Acoustic jam w/ Kevin Scanlon & Andrew Brophy (bluegrass, oldtime, Americana), 6:00PM TRESSA'S DOWNTOWN JAZZ AND BLUES Blues & soul open mic night w/ Al Coffee & Da Grind, 8:30PM WHITE HORSE BLACK MOUNTAIN Wednesday Night Waltz, 7:00PM WILD WING CAFE Paint Nite, 6:00PM WILD WING CAFE SOUTH Skinny Wednesdays w/ J Luke, 6:30PM
THURSDAY, JULY 21 5 WALNUT WINE BAR Pleasure Chest (blues, rock, soul), 8:00PM ALTAMONT BREWING COMPANY Momma Molasses & Brittany Anne Trananbough (Americana), 9:00PM BARLEY'S TAPROOM AMC Jazz Jam, 9:00PM BLACK MOUNTAIN ALE HOUSE Bluegrass Jam w/ The Big Deal Band, 8:00PM BLUE MOUNTAIN PIZZA & BREW PUB Patrick Fitzsimons (roots music), 7:00PM CATAWBA BREWING SOUTH SLOPE Thursday troubadour series w/ JW Teller, 6:00PM
GOOD STUFF Sparklehorse/Danger-Mouse documentary, 7:30PM GREY EAGLE MUSIC HALL & TAVERN Mail The Horse (rock, country, gospel), 9:00PM ISIS RESTAURANT AND MUSIC HALL An evening w/ Tiny Rhymes (classical, folk, rock), 7:00PM
STONE ROAD RESTAURANT & BAR Open Mic w/ Tony the Pony, 8:00PM THE BLOCK OFF BILTMORE Jazzy Happy Hours w/ Bill Gerhardt, 5:00PM Open mic night w/ Jordan Okrend, 7:30PM THE CHOP HOUSE Whitewater Bluegrass Company, 6:30PM
JACK OF THE WOOD PUB Bluegrass jam, 7:00PM
THE IMPERIAL LIFE The Roaring Lions (jazz), 7:00PM
LEX 18 Ray Biscoglia Duo (jazz standards), 7:00PM
THE MOTHLIGHT The Moth: True Stories Told Live (storytelling), 7:30PM
LOBSTER TRAP Hank Bones ("The man of 1,000 songs"), 6:30PM
THE PHOENIX Ellen Trnka (singer-songwriter), 8:00PM
MARKET PLACE Ben Hovey (dub jazz, beats), 7:00PM
TIMO'S HOUSE TRL REQUEST NIGHT w/ DJ Franco Nino, 7:00PM
ODDITORIUM Ellipser w/ Brainstems (punk), 9:00PM
TOWN PUMP David Wiseman (blues, folk ballads), 9:00PM
OFF THE WAGON Dueling pianos, 9:00PM
TRAILHEAD RESTAURANT AND BAR Open Cajun & swing jam w/ Steve Burnside, 7:00PM
OLE SHAKEY'S Phantom Pantone (electronic), 10:00PM OLIVE OR TWIST DJ sets (variety), 8:00PM ONE STOP DELI & BAR Streaming Thursdays (live concert showings), 6:00PM Sweet Sweet (indie, Americana), 10:00PM ORANGE PEEL "Dog Days of Summer w/ Betsy Puckett, Grayson Morris, Jeff Santiago & Los Gatos Negros (storytelling about dogs), 7:30PM OSKAR BLUES BREWERY Fat Face Band (New Orleans jazz), 6:00PM PULP Slice of Life Comedy Open Mic, 9:00PM PACK'S TAVERN Jason Whitaker (acoustic rock), 8:00PM PISGAH BREWING COMPANY Atlas Road Crew w/ Stop Light Observations (jam, rock), 9:00PM PURPLE ONION CAFE George & Sally, 8:00PM ROOM IX Throwback Thursdays (all vinyl set), 9:00PM
TRESSA'S DOWNTOWN JAZZ AND BLUES Jesse Barry & The Jam (blues, soul), 9:00PM TWISTED LAUREL Karaoke, 8:00PM WHITE HORSE BLACK MOUNTAIN The Cody Blackbird Band (alternative, fusion), 7:30PM WILD WING CAFE Jeff and Justin, 6:00PM WILD WING CAFE SOUTH Mike Snodgrass (soul, pop, rock), 6:00PM DJ dance party, 9:30PM WXYZ LOUNGE AT ALOFT HOTEL Sarah Tucker (songwriter, acoustic), 8:00PM
FRIDAY, JULY 22 5 WALNUT WINE BAR Carolina Wray (Southern pop rock), 9:00PM ALTAMONT BREWING COMPANY Cindy Lou and the Want to (country), 9:30PM
ALTAMONT THEATRE Zach Deputy (blues, R&B), 7:00PM
GOOD STUFF Ryan Taylor (folk), 9:00PM
ASHEVILLE MUSIC HALL The Digs Disco Funk Soul Dance Party, 9:00PM
GREY EAGLE MUSIC HALL & TAVERN James McMurtry w/ The Amy Black Band & Curtis McMurtry (rock, altcountry, Americana), 8:00PM
ATHENA'S CLUB Dave Blair (folk, funk, acoustic), 7:00PM DJ Shy Guy, 10:00PM BEN'S TUNE-UP Woody Wood & the Asheville Family Band (acoustic, folk, rock), 7:00PM BHRAMARI BREWHOUSE Evan Smith, 7:00PM BLACK MOUNTAIN ALE HOUSE Steve Evans (singer-songwriter), 8:00PM BLUE MOUNTAIN PIZZA & BREW PUB Acoustic Swing, 7:00PM BURGER BAR Bike night, 6:00PM BYWATER Rondo Rigs CD release party (electric old-time, Americana), 9:00PM CORK & KEG Red Hot Sugar Babies (jazz, blues, swing), 8:30PM CREEKSIDE TAPHOUSE Pistol Hill, 8:00PM CROW & QUILL Fringe Night!, 8:00PM DJ Passe (vintage 78's), 10:00PM DIANA WORTHAM THEATRE Tarocco: A Soldier's Tale (music, theatre), 8:00PM DOUBLE CROWN DJ Greg Cartwright (garage & soul obscurities), 10:00PM
HIGHLAND BREWING COMPANY Buncombe Turnpike (bluegrass), 7:00PM ISIS RESTAURANT AND MUSIC HALL AmiciMusic presents "Guitar Gusto" (classical), 7:00PM Della Mae (Americana, bluegrass, old-time), 9:00PM JACK OF THE WOOD PUB Unspoken Tradition Bluegrass Band, 9:00PM JERUSALEM GARDEN Middle Eastern music & bellydancing, 7:00PM
OSKAR BLUES BREWERY Sweet Sweet (indie, Americana), 6:00PM PACK'S TAVERN DJ MoTo (dance hits, pop), 9:30PM PISGAH BREWING COMPANY The Alarm Clock Conspiracy w/ Dirty Soul Revival (indie, rock), 9:00PM SANCTUARY BREWING COMPANY Jamison Adams Project (classic rock), 8:00PM SCANDALS NIGHTCLUB DJ dance party & drag show, 10:00PM SCULLY'S DJ, 10:00PM SOL BAR NEW MOUNTAIN SOL Vibes w/ Wind Down/Up, 9:00PM
LAZY DIAMOND Totes Dope Tite Sick Jams w/ (ya boy) DJ Hot Noodle, 10:00PM
SOUTHERN APPALACHIAN BREWERY The Howie Johnson Band (rock, blues), 8:00PM
MARKET PLACE The Sean Mason Trio (groove, jazz, funk), 7:00PM
STRAIGHTAWAY CAFE Joe Hallock & Friends, 6:00PM
O.HENRY'S/THE UNDERGROUND Drag Show, 12:30AM ODDITORIUM Ascend/Descend (punk), 9:00PM OFF THE WAGON Dueling pianos, 9:00PM OLIVE OR TWIST Live bands (Motown & more), 8:00PM
ELAINE'S DUELING PIANO BAR Dueling Pianos, 9:00PM
ONE STOP DELI & BAR Free Dead Fridays w/ members of Phuncle Sam (jam), 5:00PM The Cliftones (reggae), 10:00PM
FRENCH BROAD BREWERY The Jangling Sparrow (indie, folk), 6:00PM
ORANGE PEEL Trial By Fire (Journey tribute), 9:00PM
THE ADMIRAL Hip-hop dance party w/ DJ Warf, 11:00PM THE BLOCK OFF BILTMORE Jazz Happy Hours w/ Yana Sarokina (boogie woogie), 5:00PM Up Jumped Three (modern jazz), 8:00PM
Sunset Concerts Every Week 7 - 10PM
THE MOCKING CROW Karaoke, 9:00PM
THE MOTHLIGHT Bloodshot Bill w/ Wahyas (rockabilly, hillbilly, rock 'n' roll), 9:30PM
THE PHOENIX Joe Hallock & friends (folk, Americana, old-time), 6:00PM West End String Band (bluegrass, Americana), 9:00PM
LIVE HONKY TONK AMERICANA
WOODY WOOD LIVE ACOUSTIC SET
SAT SAT GYPSY GUITARS *3PM - 6PM
SUN SUN DUB CARTEL REGGEA/SKA
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JULY 20 - JULY 26, 2016
Dinner Menu till 10pm Late Night Menu till
Wed •July 20 Woody Wood @ 5:30pm
Fri•July 22 Buncombe Turnpike @ 7pm Sat •July 23 The Everydays @ 7pm
Sun•July 24 Reggae Sunday hosted by Dennis Berndt of Chalwa @ 1pm
WED 7/20 5-9 PM – ALL YOU CAN EAT SNOW CRAB LEGS : $35 MUSIC BY WEST END TRIO ON THE PATIO
7:00 PM –AN EVENING WITH LOS ABROJITOS
7:00PM – LAID BACK THURSDAYS WITH
COMBO LIBRO WITH
Tue• July 26
MIKE LIBRAMENTO & FRIENDS
Team Trivia w/ Dr. Brown @ 6pm
7:00 PM – AN EVENING WITH TINY RHYMES
7:00PM – CONCERT ON THE LAWN WITH
BEATEAM (BLAKE, BRONSON, BLAKE)
9:00PM – DELLA MAE SAT 7/23
7:00 PM – AN EVENING WITH SCOTT AINSLIE
SUN 7/24 7:00PM – BLUES WITH
JESSE BARRY & DANNY IANNUCCI 7:30 PM –HISTORY OF JAZZ SERIES:
BEBOP VOL. 1 TUE 7/26
7:30 PM –TUESDAY BLUEGRASS SESSIONS
Downtown on the Park Eclectic Menu • Over 30 Taps • Patio 13 TV’s • Sports Room • 110” Projector Event Space • Shuffleboard Open 7 Days 11am - Late Night
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WED 7/27 5-9 PM – ALL YOU CAN EAT SNOW CRAB LEGS : $35 MUSIC BY WEST END TRIO ON THE PATIO
7:00 PM –AN EVENING WITH SLAID CLEAVES 9:00 PM –THE MOBROS, SWEET CLAUDETTE,
THE HIGH DEFINITIONS, & PK GREGORY THU 7/28
7:00 PM –AN EVENING WITH
THU. 7/21 Jason Whitaker
PAT DONOHUE & ADAM RAFFERTY 9:00 PM – TUESDAY’S SERMON
( acoustic rock)
7:30 PM –ROOTS AND DORE
FRI. 7/22 DJ MoTo
“BLUES & BEYOND” CD RELEASE PARTY 9:00 PM –JGBCB: JERRY GARCIA BAND COVER BAND- JERRY GARCIA BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION,
(dance hits, pop)
SAT. 7/23 Flashback
CL U B L A N D THE SOCIAL Steve Moseley (acoustic), 6:00PM
BYWATER Skribe (garage folk), 9:00PM
THE SOCIAL LOUNGE Rooftop Dance Party with DJ Phantom Pantone (electronic), 10:00PM
CATAWBA BREWING SOUTH SLOPE Astral Plainsmen (bluegrass), 6:00PM
TIGER MOUNTAIN Dark dance rituals w/ DJ Cliffypoo, 10:00PM
CORK & KEG Zydeco Ya Ya (two-steps, waltzes), 8:30PM
TIMO'S HOUSE DJ Fame Douglas, Yogas & Togas (dance, trap, old school hip hop), 9:00PM
CREEKSIDE TAPHOUSE Zip The Hippo (Americana, fusion, rock), 8:00PM
TRAILHEAD RESTAURANT AND BAR Ben Scales (originals), 8:00PM TWISTED LAUREL Jason Whitaker (acoustic, rock), 7:30PM WHITE HORSE BLACK MOUNTAIN David Wilcox w/Peppino D'Agostino (singer-songwriter, guitarist), 8:00PM WILD WING CAFE Shotgun Gypsies, 6:00PM WILD WING CAFE SOUTH A Social Function (acoustic), 9:30PM WXYZ LOUNGE AT ALOFT HOTEL DJ Nex Millen (hip-hop), 8:00PM ZAMBRA Zambra Jazz Trio, 8:00PM UNWINE'D AT MELLIE MAC'S Bread & Butter Band (bluegrass, country, rock), 6:00PM
SATURDAY, JULY 23 5 WALNUT WINE BAR The All Arounders (blues), 6:00PM The Digs (funk, jazz), 9:00PM ALTAMONT BREWING COMPANY Phuncle Sam (dead covers), 9:30PM ALTAMONT THEATRE Jane Kramer w/ Honey Be Nice (folk, Americana, Appalachian), 8:00PM ASHEVILLE MUSIC HALL Make America Dance Again w/ live rotating DJs (dance), 9:00PM ATHENA'S CLUB Michael Kelley Hunter (blues), 6:30PM DJ Shy Guy, 10:00PM BEN'S TUNE-UP Gypsy Guitars (acoustic, Gypsy-jazz), 3:00PM Savannah Smith (southern soul), 8:00PM BHRAMARI BREWHOUSE Les Amis (world music), 7:00PM BLACK MOUNTAIN ALE HOUSE Like Minded Trio (groove jazz), 8:00PM BLUE MOUNTAIN PIZZA & BREW PUB Matt Sellars (Americana, blues, roots), 7:00PM BOILER ROOM Art Of War w/ I-Supplier & Nailed Shut (metal, rock), 9:00PM
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BURGER BAR Asheville FM 103.3 DJ Night, 6:00PM
DIANA WORTHAM THEATRE Tarocco: A Soldier's Tale (music, theatre), 8:00PM DOUBLE CROWN Pitter Platter w/ DJ Big Smidge, 10:00PM DOWNTOWN BOOKS & NEWS John Gernandt & Hope Huntington (ballads & multi-instrumentals), 7:00PM ECUSTA BREWERY Andalyn Lewis Band (rock, country, Americana), 9:00PM ELAINE'S DUELING PIANO BAR Dueling Pianos, 9:00PM FRENCH BROAD BREWERY Kingdoms & Classes (rock, blues), 6:00PM GOOD STUFF Nellen Dryden (singer-songwriter), 8:30PM GREY EAGLE MUSIC HALL & TAVERN Wayland w/ The Low Counts, Jeff Santiago & 710 OIL (rock), 9:00PM HIGHLAND BREWING COMPANY The Everydays (acoustic), 7:00PM ISIS RESTAURANT AND MUSIC HALL An evening w/ Scott Ainslie (Americana, blues, singer-songwriter), 7:00PM JACK OF THE WOOD PUB Angela Perley & The Howlin Moons (Americana, rock 'n' roll), 9:00PM JERUSALEM GARDEN Middle Eastern music & bellydancing, 7:00PM LAZY DIAMOND Sonic Satan Stew w/ DJ Alien Brain, 10:00PM LOBSTER TRAP Sean Mason Trio (jazz), 6:30PM LOOKOUT BREWING COMPANY Indian Summer Jars (alt, folk, indie), 6:30PM MARKET PLACE DJs (funk, R&B), 7:00PM NEW MOUNTAIN THEATER/ AMPHITHEATER The Mantras (jam), 10:00PM O.HENRY'S/THE UNDERGROUND Drag Show, 12:30AM ODDITORIUM The Girly Girl Revue Burlesque Battle Vol. 1 (burlesque), 9:00PM OFF THE WAGON Dueling pianos, 9:00PM OLIVE OR TWIST 42nd Street Band (big band jazz), 8:00PM Dance party (hip-hop, rap), 11:00PM
ORANGE PEEL Swans (experimental, post-punk, rock), 9:00PM OSKAR BLUES BREWERY The Breedlove Brothers (alt-country, folk), 6:00PM PACK'S TAVERN Flashback (rock), 9:30PM PISGAH BREWING COMPANY The Vegabonds (rock 'n' roll), 8:00PM PURPLE ONION CAFE Ellen Trnka & Dan Keller Trio (jazz), 8:00PM ROOM IX Open dance night, 9:00PM SALVAGE STATION The Dead 27s (rock, soul), 9:00PM SANCTUARY BREWING COMPANY Yoga w/ cats, 10:30AM Chris Jamison Trio (Americana), 8:00PM SCANDALS NIGHTCLUB DJ dance party & drag show, 10:00PM SCULLY'S DJ, 10:00PM SOL BAR NEW MOUNTAIN Venture Nights (house music), 9:00PM SOUTHERN APPALACHIAN BREWERY Carolina Rex (blues), 8:00PM STRAIGHTAWAY CAFE Rift shifters, 6:00PM THE ADMIRAL Soul night w/ DJ Dr. Filth, 11:00PM THE BLOCK OFF BILTMORE All Love for All of Us w/ Colin Martin, Gabe Myers, I Star, Truth-I Manifest, Aradhana Silvermoon & Noah Product, 7:00PM THE MILLROOM Jarrod Harris (comedy), 8:00PM THE MOCKING CROW Live music, 8:00PM THE MOTHLIGHT Pretty Pretty w/ Fashion Bath & Jeffery Carson Hayes (punk, rock), 9:00PM THE PHOENIX Chicken Fried Possum (old-time & modern mountain music), 9:00PM TIMO'S HOUSE Free the Optimus, Hunter, Oak City Slums & P.A.T. Junior, 9:00PM TOWN PUMP Wheelin' & Dealin' (country, honkytonk), 9:00PM TRAILHEAD RESTAURANT AND BAR Mark Bumgarner (Americana, bluegrass), 8:00PM TRESSA'S DOWNTOWN JAZZ AND BLUES The King Zeros (blues), 7:30PM TWISTED LAUREL Goldie and The Screamers (soul, R&B), 9:30PM Indoor & Outdoor Dance Party w/ DJ Phantome Pantone (electronic), 11:30PM WEDGE BREWING CO. Wedge Movie Night: Thunder Road, 8:30PM
WHITE HORSE BLACK MOUNTAIN AmiciMusic presents: "Guitar Gusto" (classical), 7:30PM WILD WING CAFE Saturday karaoke, 6:00PM WILD WING CAFE SOUTH Nisha, 6:00PM WXYZ LOUNGE AT ALOFT HOTEL Free Flow Band (funk, groove), 8:00PM ZAMBRA Zambra Jazz Trio, 8:00PM UNWINE'D AT MELLIE MAC'S King Garbage w/ Jason Moore (soul, jazz), 6:00PM
SUNDAY, JULY 24 5 WALNUT WINE BAR Chuck Lichtenberger Collective (jazz, funk, rock), 7:00PM BARLEY'S TAPROOM Swing State Ramblers, 7:30PM BEN'S TUNE-UP Sunday Funday DJ set, 2:00PM Reggae night w/ Dub Kartel, 8:00PM BHRAMARI BREWHOUSE Sunday brunch w/ live music, 11:00AM Jon Emil (Americana, blues), 2:00PM
BLACK MOUNTAIN ALE HOUSE Sunday Jazz Brunch w/ James Hammel & friends, 11:30AM BLUE MOUNTAIN PIZZA & BREW PUB Mark Bumgarner (Americana), 7:00PM BURGER BAR The Maggie Valley Band (folk, Americana, bluegrass), 6:00PM BYWATER Cornmeal Waltz w/ Robert Greer (classic country, bluegrass), 6:00PM CORK & KEG Vollie McKenzie (jazz, blues, country), 3:00PM
JACK OF THE WOOD PUB Irish session, 5:00PM
LEX 18 Havana Nights: Dining & a Musical Tribute to the Buena Vista Social Club (ticketed event), 8:00PM
ONE STOP DELI & BAR Bluegrass brunch w/ Woody Wood, 11:00AM Sundays w/ Bill & Friends (Grateful Dead tribute, acoustic), 5:00PM
ISIS RESTAURANT AND MUSIC HALL Sunday Classical Brunch, 11:00AM Blues w/ Jesse Barry & Daniel Iannucci, 5:30PM History of Jazz series Vol 1: Bebop, 7:30PM
MICHAEL FRANTI &SoulSPEARHEAD Rock 9:00 PM
ATLAS ROAD CREW W/ STOP LIGHT OBSERVATIONS
OFF THE WAGON Piano show, 9:00PM
DIANA WORTHAM THEATRE Tarocco: A Soldier's Tale (music, theatre), 3:00PM
HIGHLAND BREWING COMPANY Reggae Sunday w/ Dennis "Chalwa" Berndt, 1:00PM
ODDITORIUM 80s/90s Dance Party, 9:00PM
OLIVE OR TWIST Zen Cats (blues), 6:00PM
7:30 PM $29.50/$35/$60 VIP
LOBSTER TRAP Hunnilicious (singer-songwriter), 6:30PM
CREEKSIDE TAPHOUSE Keegan Avery, 2:00PM
DOUBLE CROWN Killer Karaoke w/ KJ Tim O, 9:00PM
LAZY DIAMOND Tiki Night w/ DJ Lance (Hawaiian, surf, exotica), 10:00PM
Southern Rock/Jam 9:00 PM
ALARM CLOCK CONSPIRACY W/ DIRTY SOUL REVIVAL
6pm EARLY SHOW FREE
ORANGE PEEL Teatro del Gusto (circus, cabaret), 8:00PM
OSKAR BLUES BREWERY Nellen Dryden (Americana), 2:00PM PISGAH BREWING COMPANY Sunday Travers Jam (open jam), 5:00PM
THE VEGABONDS Rock
SUNDAY TRAVERS JAM Open Jam Aug 5-6
DARK STAR ORCHESTRA
Mon-Wed: 4pm – 9pm* M-W: 4pm-9pm TH-F: 2pm-9pm* Thurs & Fri: 2pm – 10pm* SA: 12pm-9pm* SU: 2pm-9pm* Sat: 12pm w/ – 10pm* Sun: 1pm 9pm* *Nights live music may–go later *Taproom open later on nights with music. Brewery Tours: Saturdays @ 3:15pm
SALVAGE STATION Maradeen (rock, Americana, blues), 8:00PM
FRI UNSPOKEN TRADITION BLUEGRASS BAND 7/22 9PM / $5
SAT ANGELA PERLEY & THE HOWLIN’ MOONS 7/23 9PM / $5 FRI THE ARMADILLOS THE BUCHANAN BOYS 7/29 w/ 9PM / $5
Largest Selection of Craft Beer on Tap • 8 Wines Music Trivia Every Monday- 7:30pm 7/23- DJ Night 9pm 7/28- Founders Pint Night 7/30- Chicken Crawl for Asheville Poverty Initiative!
West Asheville Pub Crawl! 2pm Start
Karaoke every Wed. 8pm! Sing for your pizza slice & $3.50 Pints!
Free Pool Games on Thursdays!
$4 Mimosa Sundays!
Serving food from Asheville Sandwich Company!
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JULY 20 - JULY 26, 2016
CLUBLAND SANCTUARY BREWING COMPANY Jangling Sparrows (Americana), 3:00PM SCANDALS NIGHTCLUB DJ dance party & drag show, 10:00PM SLY GROG LOUNGE Sunday Open Mic (open to poets, comedians & musicians), 7:30PM SOUTHERN APPALACHIAN BREWERY Gospel Brunch w/ Redneck Mimosa (gospel), 12:00PM STRAIGHTAWAY CAFE Barstool Sailors, 1:00PM Steve Trisman, 5:00PM TALLGARY'S AT FOUR COLLEGE Jason Brazzel (acoustic), 6:00PM THE BLOCK OFF BILTMORE Reggaefinity w/ Ras B, 5:00PM THE IMPERIAL LIFE Ultra Lounge Listening Party w/ projections DJ Phantone Pantone, 10:00PM THE MOTHLIGHT Mr. Fred's Summer Fair (arts & craft fair), 12:00PM THE OMNI GROVE PARK INN Lou Mowad (classical guitar), 10:00AM Bob Zullo (pop, rock, blues), 7:00PM THE PHOENIX Straight From The Heart (singer-songwriter), 12:00PM
TIMO'S HOUSE Bring Your Own Vinyl (open decks), 8:00PM
SOVEREIGN REMEDIES Stevie Lee Combs (acoustic), 8:00PM
WEDGE BREWING CO. Pierce Edens (Americana), 5:30PM
THE BLOCK OFF BILTMORE "Jazz Duo Elixirs" w/ Roberta Baum & Mike Holstein, 5:00PM Grown, Sexy & Fabulous w/ DJ W-Nasty (Jerry Williams family benefit), 8:00PM
WHITE HORSE BLACK MOUNTAIN Billy Jonas Band Family Show, 3:00PM Richard Smith (acoustic), 7:30PM WICKED WEED Summer Concert Series, 4:00PM WILD WING CAFE SOUTH Sunday Funday w/ Crocs Duo, 5:00PM
MONDAY, JULY 25 185 KING STREET Open mic night, 7:00PM 5 WALNUT WINE BAR Siamese Jazz Club (soul, R&B, jazz), 8:00PM 550 TAVERN & GRILLE Cornhole, 5:00PM
THE SOUTHERN Yacht Rock Brunch w/ DJ Kipper, 12:00PM
BURGER BAR Honky-Tonk night, 6:00PM
URBAN ORCHARD Old-time music, 7:00PM
DOUBLE CROWN Country Karaoke, 10:00PM
GOOD STUFF Songwriter's "open mic", 7:30PM
GREY EAGLE MUSIC HALL & TAVERN Contra dance (lessons, 7:30pm), 8:00PM
mr. fred"s summer fair mon ï¿½tin foil hat
OSKAR BLUES BREWERY Mountain Music Mondays (open jam), 6:00PM
f ly golden eagle
PULP Vic Crown w/ Blinding Isaac & Pleasure To Burn (rock, metal), 9:00PM
w/ warehouse, aunt sis sat
w/ white woolly, gold light
w/ decathlon, the power
Details for all shows can be found at
LUELLA'S BAR-B-QUE Chris Flanders, 6:00PM O.HENRY'S/THE UNDERGROUND Geeks Who Drink trivia, 7:00PM
LOBSTER TRAP Bobby Miller & Friends (bluegrass), 6:30PM
tue v fri
JACK OF THE WOOD PUB Quizzo, 7:00PM LEXINGTON AVE BREWERY (LAB) Kipper's "Totally Rad" Trivia night, 8:00PM
w/tony mozz, celia verbeck
JULY 20 - JULY 26, 2016
TIMO'S HOUSE Timo's Film Society Movies (free popcorn), 7:00PM
TWISTED LAUREL Phantom Pantone (industrial electronic), 9:00PM
w/ fashion bath, jeffrey carson hayes
TIGER MOUNTAIN Service industry night (rock 'n' roll), 9:00PM
THE SOCIAL LOUNGE Sunday brunch on the rooftop w/ Katie Kasben & Dan Keller (jazz), 12:30PM
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THE VALLEY MUSIC & COOKHOUSE Monday Pickin' Parlour (open jam, open mic), 8:00PM
ALTAMONT THEATRE Charles Walker Band w/ Stephen Evans (funk, R&B, blues), 8:00PM
CREEKSIDE TAPHOUSE Trivia, 7:00PM
THE PHOENIX Eric Congdon (Americana, acoustic, world), 8:00PM
THE SOCIAL Get Vocal Karaoke, 9:30PM
COURTYARD GALLERY Open mic (music, poetry, comedy, etc.), 8:00PM
THE OMNI GROVE PARK INN Bob Zullo (pop, rock, blues), 7:00PM
ALTAMONT BREWING COMPANY Old-time jam w/ Mitch McConnell, 6:30PM
BYWATER Open mic w/ Rick Cooper, 8:00PM
THE MOTHLIGHT Tin Foil Hat w/ Tony Mozz & Celia Verbeck (synth pop), 9:00PM
SANCTUARY BREWING COMPANY Get Up Stand Up South: A Comedy Showcase and Open Mic, 8:00PM
TOWN PUMP Skribe (garage folk), 9:00PM
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GOOD STUFF Old time-y night, 6:30PM GREY EAGLE MUSIC HALL & TAVERN K Phillips w/ Copernicus (rock, soul, roots), 8:00PM HIGHLAND BREWING COMPANY Dr. Brown's Team Trivia, 6:00PM IRON HORSE STATION Open mic, 6:00PM ISIS RESTAURANT AND MUSIC HALL Tuesday bluegrass sessions w/ Dear Brother, 7:30PM JACK OF THE WOOD PUB Cajun Two Steppin' Tuesdays w/ Cafe Sho's, 7:00PM LAZY DIAMOND Classic Rock 'n Roll Karaoke, 10:00PM LEX 18 Bob Strain & Bill Fouty (romantic jazz ballads & standards), 7:00PM LOBSTER TRAP Jay Brown (acoustic-folk, singersongwriter), 6:30PM ODDITORIUM Odd comedy night, 9:00PM OLIVE OR TWIST Tuesday Night Blues Dance w/ The Remedy, 8:30PM ONE STOP DELI & BAR Turntable Tuesdays (DJs & vinyl), 10:00PM ONE WORLD BREWING Trivia w/ Gil, 7:00PM PULP Groove Matter w/ What The Funk, 9:00PM SANCTUARY BREWING COMPANY Team trivia & tacos, 7:00PM
ASHEVILLE MUSIC HALL Tuesday Night Funk Jam, 11:00PM
TALLGARY'S AT FOUR COLLEGE Jam night, 9:00PM
BACK YARD BAR Open mic & jam w/ Robert Swain, 8:00PM
THE BLOCK OFF BILTMORE Jazzy Happy Hours w/ Bill Gerhardt, 5:00PM Jazz-n-Justice Tuesday w/ Flint Blade (psychedelic, fusion, jazz), 7:30PM
BEN'S TUNE-UP Eleanor Underhill (country, soul), 7:00PM BLACK BEAR COFFEE CO. Round Robin acoustic open mic, 7:00PM BLACK MOUNTAIN ALE HOUSE Trivia, 7:00PM BLUE MOUNTAIN PIZZA & BREW PUB Mark Bumgarner (Americana), 7:00PM BLUE RIDGE TAPROOM Tuesday Tease w/ Deb Au Nare (burlesque), 8:00PM BUFFALO NICKEL Trivia, 7:00PM
THE MOTHLIGHT Water Liars w/ Livingdog (alternative), 9:30PM THE PHOENIX Open mic, 8:00PM THE SOCIAL LOUNGE Phantom Pantone (DJ), 10:00PM TIMO'S HOUSE T3 Video Gamer Night, 7:00PM TRESSA'S DOWNTOWN JAZZ AND BLUES Funk & jazz jam w/ Pauly Juhl, 8:30PM
BURGER BAR J.C. Tokes (honky-tonk), 6:00PM
URBAN ORCHARD Billy Litz (Americana, singer-songwriter), 7:00PM
CREEKSIDE TAPHOUSE Matt Walsh (blues), 6:00PM
WEDGE BREWING CO. The Digs (nu-soul, funk), 6:00PM
DOUBLE CROWN Honky-Tonk, Cajun, and Western w/ DJ Brody Hunt, 10:00PM
WHITE HORSE BLACK MOUNTAIN Irish sessions & open mic, 6:30PM
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JULY 20 - JULY 26, 2016
REVIEWS & LISTINGS BY JUSTIN SOUTHER & SCOTT DOUGLAS
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Wiener Dog HHHHS DIRECTOR: Todd Solondz PLAYERS: Greta Gerwig, Danny DeVito, Julie Delpy, Ellen Burstyn, Kieran Culkin DARK COMEDY RATED R THE STORY: A Dachshund touches the lives of several people in a series of vignettes that only Todd Solondz could present. THE LOWDOWN: A beautiful film (if you’re the type of person that appreciates Solondz’s twisted brand of beauty), this is arguably the apogee of the filmmaker’s recent work. Hilarious and heart-wrenching in equal measure.
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Todd Solondz is most certainly an acquired taste, but those who appreciate this distinctive auteur’s morbid and often depressing aesthetic will find Wiener Dog a tour de force. For those of the appropriate bent, this film is required viewing. As a longtime fan of Solondz’s oeuvre, the prospect of revisiting the characters from Welcome to the Dollhouse gave me pause because I have always felt that film to be complete in and of itself. Add to that initial trepidation this nominal sequel’s narrative and structural debt to Robert Bresson’s Au Hasard Balthazar — a film to which very few compare favorably — and you can understand why my optimism was tempered. I am happy to say
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that my concerns were unfounded, as Wiener Dog currently sits near the top of the pile in my assessment of Solondz’s catalog. One of the most impressive and surprising facts evident in Wiener Dog is that this is clearly the work of a filmmaker whose output has reached its maturity, even if that work has always been characterized by an innate sense of immaturity. Solondz may not have softened with age, but he has certainly learned to temper his anarchistic sadism with a pathos more sincere than the cringe-inducement he has traditionally favored. This is certainly not to say that Solondz’s pitch-black humor and bleak worldview have taken a back seat — they are just as biting as ever. The dog in question is alternately named “Doodie” by Greta Gerwig’s Dawn Wiener (“Like s---?” asks Kieran Culkin) and “Cancer” by a grizzled grandma (Ellen Burstyn). But there’s something deeper going on in Wiener Dog, the exploration of a broadened emotional palette for Solondz. Sure, the climax of the first vignette is punctuated by a lengthy tracking shot of the titular Dachshund’s diarrhea, but that shot is beautifully executed by cinematographer Edward Lachman (Carol), and scored with Claude Debussy’s “Clair de Lune,” in a tragic sequence that inexplicably manages to transcend the obvious irony and scatological humor. A remarkable camera setup placing Gerwig and Culkin in the same frame through a masterful use of motel room mirrors (as the former listens to a hitchhiking mariachi band and the latter shoots up) evokes a sense of isolation that would not be out of place in a Ingmar Bergman film. Solondz has been criticized in the past as having a mastery of only soul-crushing ennui and despair as emotional notes. With Wiener Dog, however, the director seems to have developed a genuine affection for his characters — the dog included — even as he puts them through hell. And he expresses all of this through purely filmic means. While Solondz’s cinematic and narrative accomplishments are indeed laudable, they are in danger of being
overshadowed by the exemplary performances he coaxes out of his cast. While I was initially skeptical of Gerwig’s casting as Dawn (Heather Matarazzo was approached, but declined to reprise the role), she absolutely nails the character’s quintessentially awkward screen presence. Julie Delpy is a standout, showcasing superb comedic timing as a French ex-pat who’s now a suburban soccer mom. Ellen Burstyn revels in her role as a crotchety, Kaopectate-chugging grandmother confronting her mortality. But, for my money, Danny DeVito steals the show as an over-the-hill screenwriter and increasingly obsolete New York University film professor pushed to his breaking point by an aggressively progressive administration and a dilettantish student body more worried about making films that transgress normative gender identities than they are about learning to tell stories. (It’s obviously difficult not to draw assumptive parallels with Solondz’s own position as an NYU professor here.) I can honestly say that Wiener Dog marks the first time I’ve ever teared up watching Danny DeVito, so that should give you some sense of what he pulls off with this performance. Wiener Dog manages to hit all the appropriate Solondz notes, from in-crowd film references to meditations on the masochistic mundanity of modern life, and yet adds a fascinating new level of complexity to the proceedings. After all, I doubt anyone could’ve predicted that he might deliver a happy ending for Dawn. (The closest thing to a happy ending — euphemisms aside — that any character gets in a Solondz film, of course.) The director has famously been quoted as saying, “My movies aren’t for everyone, especially people who like them.” Wiener Dog might just make him eat those words. Rated R for language and some disturbing content. Now playing at Grail Moviehouse REVIEWED BY SCOTT DOUGLAS JSDOUGLAS22@GMAIL.COM
Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie HH DIRECTOR: Mandie Fletcher PLAYERS: Jennifer Saunders, Joanna Lumley, Julia Sawalha, Jane Horrocks, Chris Colfer COMEDY RATED R THE STORY: Two aging, drug-addled socialites go on the run after one of them accidentally murders Kate Moss. THE LOWDOWN: A shrill and grating attempt at creating commentary on the rich and famous, but one with no teeth and little direction. My sole experience with the ’90s BBC sitcom Absolutely Fabulous is via ads that used to run for it on Comedy Central in my middle school days. Without those 30-second clips (which weren’t enough to entice me into actually watching an episode of the show), my knowledge of Absolutely Fabulous would be nil. So, to say I’m amazed that, in 2016, there’s a film version of the show is an understatement. At the same time, not being a part of the show’s cult following (at least here in the U.S.) means that I’m obviously not the target audience for this movie. With that out of the way, after sitting through 90 minutes of Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie, I think my familiarity with the show will remain at its current level. There’s a fundamental problem with many (if not most) cinematic adaptations of TV shows: What works within a 20-minute span rarely translates when stretched out to a feature length. This is the most slack I am willing to cut Absolutely Fabulous, a film that amounts to a grating, meandering journey into the lives of a couple of truly dimwitted boobs. The film is about foundering public relations hack Edina Monsoon (Jennifer Saunders) and her best friend and fashion journalist Patsy Stone (Joanna Lumley), two women who are constantly sedated to the world thanks to some variation of mind-altering substances. Both are struggling with aging and their
oncoming irrelevance, though neither has the self-awareness to understand this. In a last-ditch effort to maintain her extravagant lifestyle, Edina attempts to become Kate Moss’ PR agent, only to accidentally knock the model into the River Thames, presumably murdering her. It’s here that the plot finally kicks in (mind you, this is about a quarter of the way into the film), allowing Edina and Patsy to get into some mild high jinks and generally embarrass themselves while being too vapid to realize it. They’re selfish and uncouth and wholly unlikable, which isn’t necessarily the death knell for a film. But Absolutely Fabulous lacks anything aesthetically pleasing (the movie is shot like a slick, stylistically void sitcom) to make up for its general banality. Of course, the film doesn’t find itself this pointless, propping itself up as a satire on the shallowness of PR, high fashion and the rich. But Absolutely Fabulous isn’t really saying anything, instead taking cheap, simple shots at modernity with throwaway gags about selfie sticks and Tinder. There’s no depth to the humor here, just references to disposable pop culture touchstones (and endless celebrity cameos) and bouts of general rudeness. Even when the film gets things right (OK, so Stella McCartney throwing a brick through Edina’s window is funny for some reason), it’s fleeting. Longtime fans of the show will likely find more to recommend here. Otherwise, be wary. Rated R for language, including sexual references, and some drug use. Opens Friday at the Grail Moviehouse REVIEWED BY JUSTIN SOUTHER JSOUTHER@MOUNTAINX.COM
Ghostbusters HHS DIRECTOR: Paul Feig (Spy) PLAYERS: Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, Chris Hemsworth SCI-FI ACTION COMEDY RATED PG-13 THE STORY: With ghosts invading Manhattan, three scientists and a transit system worker begin hunting them down. THE LOWDOWN: A needlessly meandering and achingly jokey reworking of a supposed classic, one that leans too heavily on in-references and wastes a likable cast.
For the sake of full disclosure, Ivan Reitman’s Ghostbusters (1984) was my favorite movie when I was a wee Justin many decades ago. I watched it incessantly (to the point where all of its musical cues and the intonations of the actors’ voices were seared into my gray matter), owned the toys and watched the Saturday morning cartoon. I adored it. With that being said, my tastes have — thankfully — evolved over the years, and when I revisited Reitman’s original earlier this week, I found that much of that luster had worn off. Much of what wowed me as a 5-year-old feels rote at age 33, since the film feels like a precursor to many needlessly loud and special effects-heavy blockbusters I now see and rarely enjoy. I mention this for a couple reasons. First, Paul Feig’s (Spy) reboot of the Ghostbusters franchise is most notable for casting women — Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones — as its leads. This, in a fit of arrested development, has caused some men on the internet to wail and gnash their teeth, claiming their childhoods have been ruined. I don’t want to get into the silliness of this too much, but it does remind of what James M. Cain said when asked about what Hollywood did to one of his novels: “They haven’t done anything to my book. It’s right there on the shelf.” So, with Retiman’s Ghostbusters still intact and everyone’s childhood in one piece, how is Feig’s reimagining? It’s a mixed bag. This Ghostbusters, in a lot of ways, is a culmination of what Reitman’s original hinted at three decades ago — and not in a specifically satisfying way, either. Where Reitman’s sci-fi action comedy featured its fair share of explosions and New York City being laid to waste, Feig’s Ghostbusters ratchets this up to 2016 levels, complete with grenade-wielding Ghostbusters and slo-mo action scenes. But, at the same time, Feig’s version lacks an amount of scope. There’s nothing (at least from a pop culture standpoint) as iconic as, say, a giant marshmallow man traipsing through midtown Manhattan. And this film seems to know it, playing off numerous repeated references to the original film, speeding quickly past “loving homage” and quickly into“fan service.” If anything in this movie ruined my childhood, it’s Dan Aykroyd’s grating cameo. The film’s script, written by Feig and Katie Dippold (The Heat), stalls out often, taking pains to build up explanations and origins of every aspect of the script. The original film was just about some scientists who found ghosts, built (offscreen) stuff to catch them and then
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went from there. Here, the movie just languishes as they build things and test things and explain why they own jumpsuits. Feig’s strength as a director (if he has one) is not efficiency or — with a 120-minute running time — the ability to get out of his own way. So much of the film seems pointless (every time Chris Hemsworth’s ditzy receptionist pops up the film suffers) and most of the humor feels jokey, leaning heavily on pop culture references that have been tired for decades. It’s 2016, and this supposedly forward-thinking movie is riffing on the most obvious lines from The Exorcist (1973) and Scarface (1983). In the movie’s defense, the leads are good — especially McCarthy, who’s finally given a role that doesn’t involve her being a white-trash rube or a bumbling goof. In fact, it’s refreshing to find a comedy featuring characters who are functioning adults. Unfortunately, the rest of the film does the cast few favors. Rated PG-13 for supernatural action and some crude humor. Now playing at Carolina Cinemark, Regal Biltmore Grande, UA Beaucatcher REVIEWED BY JUSTIN SOUTHER JSOUTHER@MOUNTAINX.COM
Hunt for the Wilderpeople
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MOVIES DIRECTOR: Taikia Waititi PLAYERS: Julian Dennison, Sam Neill, Rima Te Wiata, Rachel House, Oscar Kightley, Rhys Darby, Taika Waititi ADVENTURE COMEDY RATED PG-13 THE STORY: A troubled New Zealand teen — and self-proclaimed “gangsta” — is sent to live with a new adoptive family on a remote farm. But after his new “auntie” dies unexpectedly, he and his “uncle” must go on the run from the authorities to keep their family intact. THE LOWDOWN: Wilderpeople is a coming-of-age story unlike any you’ve ever seen, with heart and humor to spare. Taika Waititi is one of the most distinctive writer-directors making films today. Horror mockumentary What We Do in the Shadows was one of my favorite films last year, and he’s slated to direct the next installment in the Thor franchise, a spectrum too broad for most filmmakers to grasp successfully. There were some understandably raised eyebrows when a director primarily known for quirky, low-budget comedies was tapped to helm a multimillion dollar superhero epic, but Hunt for the Wilderpeople should go a long way toward allaying those concerns. If nothing else, this film has firmly established Waititi’s reputation as one of the best around. Closer in tone and subject to the director’s 2010 film Boy than last year’s Shadows, Wilderpeople could easily have dashed itself on the rocks of tired cliche. After all, how many times can you watch the story of a rebellious and angst-riddled teen learning the value of family from a gruff father figure before it becomes unduly repetitive? But this is Waititi we’re talking about, so rest assured that you’ve never seen the story told in quite this way. Wilderpeople has more heart than any movie I’ve come across in recent memory and manages to be emotionally effective without succumbing to saccharine sentimentality. Waititi’s greatest gift as a writer is his ability to generate pathos while maintaining an incisive sense of humor that is just strange and engaging enough to keep things from getting maudlin. His characters are perennial outsiders who manage to build surrogate families in spite of themselves, but there’s nothing particularly unique in that thematic thread. What makes Waititi’s work so special is that he treats these characters with a genuine warmth, often sweet but never cloyingly so. Wilderpeople focuses on Ricky Baker, an overweight teen hiding behind the affectations of hiphop culture. A character who should
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be annoyingly unexceptional becomes something far more through Waititi’s gentle humor: a moving and relatable protagonist. Jokes about Ricky’s weight, urban sensibilities or utter lack of survival skills are never anything less than goodnatured, and, as with most of Waititi’s characters, he’s written with a sense of inherent self-worth that allows jokes made at his expense to contribute to character development rather than undermining it. This is a delicate balancing act that lesser writers often fail to achieve, and Waititi makes it look effortless. The success or failure of an initiation story along the lines of Wilderpeople is entirely contingent on the chemistry of its leads, and Waititi’s cast does not disappoint. No stranger to portraying imposing and domineering figures, Sam Neill plays Ricky’s adoptive uncle with a sense of depth and nuance that firmly grounds the film’s more absurdist elements, and I can safely say that I have not enjoyed Neill this much since Event Horizon nearly two decades ago. But it’s Julian Dennison’s turn as Ricky that truly impresses, imbuing the role with a sense of charm and confidence that makes it impossible not to love him. Working with children has flummoxed many great directors (Dakota Fanning in Steven Spielberg’s War of the Worlds comes to mind), but Waititi has found in Dennison that rarest of gems: a child actor as talented as he is endearing. Solid supporting turns from Rima Te Wiata as Ricky’s doting Auntie Bella, Rhys Darby as an unhinged hermit and Rachel House as the world’s most psychotically overzealous social worker contribute a complexity and texture to the story world, as does the beautifully shot New Zealand bush country. It’s difficult to overstate how enjoyable Wilderpeople actually is, bolstered in its moments of tragedy by stellar performances and a singularly offbeat sense of humor. Waititi’s characters never feel sorry for themselves, even when they could justifiably do so, and it’s this unflappable determination that drives the narrative and makes the film so resoundingly successful. While studios such as DisneyPixar seem to be on a constant quest to produce the fabled four-quadrant movie that will appeal to kids and adults equally, Hunt for the Wilderpeople is a film that actually attains that goal. I might have to borrow my brother’s teenage kids so I have an excuse to see it again, but then, for a film this good, no excuse is required. Rated PG-13 for thematic elements and some language. Now playing at Fine Arts Theatre REVIEWED BY SCOTT DOUGLAS JSDOUGLAS22@GMAIL.COM
The Infiltrator HH DIRECTOR: Brad Furman PLAYERS: Bryan Cranston, John Leguizamo, Diane Kruger, Benjamin Bratt, Olympia Dukakis, Amy Ryan, Joseph Gilgun BIOGRAPHICAL CRIME THRILLER RATED R THE STORY: An adaptation of the factbased memoir of U.S. customs agent Robert Mazur, who went deep undercover to take down the Medellin Cartel by exposing Pablo Escobar’s money laundering efforts. THE LOWDOWN: What should have been 90 minutes of pot-boiler fun turns out to be 127 minutes of pretension and tedium. As much as I would like to say that The Infiltrator marks Bryan Cranston’s return to the Shakespearean grandstanding of Walter White, it does not. It’s not even a return to Benny Blanco’s Bronx heyday for John Leguizamo. Instead, this film is a perfectly passable bargain-basement neo-noir thwarted by its aspirations to third-tier Scorsese status, and it’s that very sense of strained self-seriousness that undermines whatever pulpy fun might’ve been mined from the film’s salacious source material. Cranston is the only real draw here, and his performance as a deep-cover customs agent does have its high points, most notably a pie-(or cake-)in-the-face routine with an unfortunate waiter. Leguizamo is appropriately slimy, but he’s all but forgotten in the third act. The problem with The Infiltrator has little to do with acting and a lot more to do with literally everything else. While Cranston and Leguizamo do their dead-level best to elevate the material they’ve been given — ably supported by Olympia Dukakis, Amy Ryan and Benjamin Bratt — the cast is utterly failed by inept direction and a terrible screenplay. Whether this is due to simple inexperience or outright incompetence on the part of director Brad Furman and screenwriter Ellen Brown Furman is a question of little relevance considering the overall ineptitude of the resultant work. And, if you suspected a family connection behind the similar surnames in that pairing, you were not mistaken, as this film is the result of a son direct-
ing his mother’s first screenplay. (If my mom had handed me this script, I would’ve told her to take another pass at it.) Furman the Younger has a proven track record of putting A-list talent in B-movie melodramas, having most recently paired Ben Affleck with Justin Timberlake in the abysmal Runner Runner, preceded by coaxing Matthew McConaughey into the largely forgettable The Lincoln Lawyer. Furman’s directorial style, or lack thereof, predominantly consists of abusing the extreme closeup and visual flourishes that clearly indicate the influence of better directors — without an adequate understanding of what made them good in the first place. Many of his more extravagant setups look as though they would be more at home in a made-for-TV movie, and those constant closeups read like the cinematic equivalent of an email typed in all caps. As mediocre as the direction is, it’s the screenplay that provides the greatest cause for complaint. One could be forgiven for mistaking Mama Furman’s script with a poorly translated foreign language dub with her laughable use of profanity doing a great disservice to a genre typically defined by its celebratory profusion of expletives. But the pacing is the real killer here. An interminably long and overwrought second act does nothing to enhance character development, and the rate at which the plot advances could be easily bested in a race with a glacier riding a drunken snail. All of this culminates in a thoroughly absurd faux-wedding climax that has all the earmarks of a novice screenwriter who read too much Syd Field and decided that only weddings or funerals could provide appropriate endings. For a movie stretching over two hours to rely entirely on Animal House-style captions for its denouement is absolutely unacceptable. As a somewhat mindless crime thriller, The Infiltrator could have worked. It’s not the worst true-crime adaptation out there, but there are better ways to spend your time and money this weekend — unless you absolutely have to see a mainstream release and the new Ghostbusters isn’t your thing. What was intended to be a high-concept hybrid of Scarface and The Departed ended up somewhere closer to Miami Vice fan-fiction. There is, however, something inherently interesting about watching a mother and son fail together in similar fashion, as both Furmans ape their influences to a fault. Just because an apple doesn’t fall far from the tree doesn’t
MOV IES mean you should eat it. Rated R for strong violence, language throughout, some sexual content and drug material Now playing at UA Beaucatcher and Carolina Cinemark REVIEWED BY SCOTT DOUGLAS JSDOUGLAS22@GMAIL.COM
The Innocents HHHH DIRECTOR: Anne Fontaine (Coco After Chanel) PLAYERS: Lou de Laage, Agata Buzek, Agata Kulesza, Vincent Macaigne, Joanna Kulig DRAMA RATED PG-13 THE STORY: In post-World War II Poland, a French Red Cross nurse looks after a convent whose nuns have been sexually assaulted by Soviet soldiers. THE LOWDOWN: A heavy, serious meditation on faith, womanhood and abuse that’s not easy to watch but is worthy, thanks to its intelligence. For those exhausted by the summer movie season, Anne Fontaine’s The Innocents is perhaps a respite — at least for those in search of something intelligent. This is a very serious film about a very serious topic, something which you’ll have difficulty finding in theaters right now. That’s also its greatest drawback, since this is not a particularly enjoyable film. Despite moments of levity and humanity, The Innocents is inexorably a picture, set in post-World War II Poland, about abuse, trauma and faith — making for a film that can be difficult to stomach at times but is nonetheless worth the effort of viewing it. An excellent, understated Lou de Laage plays Mathilde, a French Red Cross nurse stationed in Poland after the end of the war with the sole purpose of caring after French patients. But she’s approached by a Polish nun asking for help at her convent, something Mathilde reluctantly agrees to. There she finds that many of the nuns have been impregnated and learns of sexual abuse committed at the hands of Soviet soldiers as the war ended. Much of The Innocents’ narrative push focuses on the fate of the nuns. There’s a secretiveness to the plot, in
that the nuns’ pregnancies could cause scandal for the convent and its eventual closure. In addition, there are the nuns’ concerns that their pregnancies — even though forced upon them — will condemn them in the eyes of God. What this reality ensures, thematically, is that Fontaine (Coco After Chanel) is allowed to examine the nature of faith in the face of such unimaginable horror. Here is a film with much on its mind, from the effects of war on women (a film written and directed by women and featuring mostly women is always welcome in such a male-centric art form) to the push and pull between religion and science — not to mention the balance between motherhood and faith. The majority of The Innocents is handled with an even hand (although there’s an unfortunate sense as the film marches on that it’s looking down on the supposed naivety of the nuns) and with a measured approach, despite the heaviness of the topics at hand. This measuredness is an aspect of The Innocents that is an occasional drawback. Fontaine shoots everything with a workmanlike quality. Even with its slow pacing, the film feels efficient, and there’s no time for nonsense. This does not mean that Fontaine’s straight-faced approach totally lacks joy, but it’s in short supply, something expected from the film’s subject matter. Unfortunately, this doesn’t leave much to put in relief against The Innocents’ backdrop of weighty emotion. Occasionally — as with Mathilde’s complex romantic relationship with the cynical doctor Samuel (Vincent Macaigne) — the veil is lifted to show human connection and even love. But these moments are brief, as the film gives way again to its other concerns. The Innocents is not an easy movie to watch, and a near impossible one to “enjoy,” but its thirst for exploring ideas makes it worth a look. Rated PG-13 for disturbing thematic material, including sexual assault, and for some bloody images and brief suggestive content. Now playing at Fine Arts Theatre REVIEWED BY JUSTIN SOUTHER JSOUTHER@MOUNTAINX.COM
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SONS OF INDIANA JONES: Chris Strompolos, Eric Zola and Jayson Lamb pause in the 1980s on the set of their shot-by-shot remake of Raiders of the Lost Ark. On July 22, Grail Moviehouse hosts a screening of Raiders! – a new documentary about their efforts. Photo courtesy of Alamo Drafthouse Cinema • The Fine Arts Theatre partners with the Asheville section of the American Institute of Architects for a screening of Reimagining Lincoln Center and the High Line on Thursday, July 21, at 7 p.m. The documentary details how the New York City architecture firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro converted the derelict High Line railroad tracks on the city’s West Side into a sophisticated 1 1/2-mile elevated urban park, a project completed at the same time the firm’s revitalization and expansion of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts was wrapping up. Proceeds from the screening will benefit Asheville Parks and Greenways Foundation to help fund projects in the Asheville community. Tickets are $10 and are available at the Fine Arts box office and online. avl.mx/2sj • Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center shows the documentary M.C. Richards: The Fire Within on Thursday, July 21, at 7:30 p.m. Created by Richard Kane and Melody Lewis-Kane, the film celebrates the life and legacy of Richards, a Black Mountain College potter, poet, painter, author, translator and educator who was at the school from 1945-51. Free for BMCM+AC members and students/$5 for nonmembers. blackmountaincollege.org
• Mechanical Eye Microcinema presents No Home Movie on Thursday, July 21, at 7 p.m. at the Grail Moviehouse. The final feature from the late Chantal Akerman is a portrait of the director’s relationship with her mother, Natalia, a Holocaust survivor and frequent presence in many of her daughter’s films. Tickets are $5, available at the Grail box office and online, and proceeds go to Mechanical Eye. avl.mx/2sk • On Friday, July 22, at 7 p.m., the Grail Moviehouse hosts a screening of Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made. Featuring interviews with John Rhys Davies, Eli Roth and others, the documentary chronicles the efforts of three 11-year-old Mississippi boys to make a faithful shot-for-shot adaptation of Steven Spielberg’s Raiders of the Lost Ark. After seven years of work, the young filmmakers had finished every scene except one, and over two decades later they reunite with the original cast to complete their labor of love. The film will be followed by a Q&A session with Eric Zala — subject of Raiders! and director of the remake fan film — and a showing of the cult fan film made by Zala and his friends in the mid-’80s. Tickets are $10 and available at the Grail box office and online. avl.mx/2sl X
JULY 20 - JULY 26, 2016
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Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie See Justin Souther’s review
The directorial debut of Joel and Ethan Coen, this seminal neo-noir is being revived as a part of the Grail Moviehouse’s repertory schedule. To quote the late, great Ken Hanke: “As good as it is on its own merits, Blood Simple worked as the Coens Brothers’ announcement of themselves to the moviegoing world — showing off, to the best of their ability on a low budget, exactly what they had to offer the movies.” If you’ve never seen it on the big screen, you should. (R)
Ice Age: Collision Course
Redundancy has almost certainly set in with this fifth installment of the Ice Age franchise, but ticket sales are likely to be brisk nonetheless. According to the studio: “Scrat’s epic pursuit of the elusive acorn catapults him into the universe where he accidentally sets off a series of cosmic events that transform and threaten the Ice Age World. To save themselves, Sid, Manny, Diego and the rest of the herd must leave their home and embark on a quest full of comedy and adventure, traveling to exotic new lands and encountering a host of colorful new characters.” Early reviews have been...unkind. (PG)
The feature debut of director David F. Samberg based on his supernatural horror short of the same name and produced by James Wan, Lights Out follows two siblings plagued by a malevolent spirit only visible in the dark. Early reviews are extremely limited, but uniformly favorable. (PG-13)
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Death Becomes Her HHS DIRECTOR: Robert Zemeckis Players: Meryl Streep, Goldie Hawn, Bruce Willis BLACK COMEDY Rated PG-13 While it’s by no means a classic, Death Becomes Her might be more timely now than ever, considering the amount of social media scorn recently heaped upon former ingenues Meg Ryan and Renée Zellweger for their inability to remain perpetually youthful. A black comedy focused the obsessive quest to do just that, at any cost, might be better received now than it was when it premiered in 1992 — were it not for the fact that it was never a great film in the first place. That said, Death Becomes Her is not without its high points. It did, after all, win an Academy Award for visual effects, and Meryl Streep and Goldie Hawn deliver enjoyably bitchy performances (although Bruce Willis seems woefully miscast). Robert Zemeckis’ directorial reach seems to exceed his grasp in this case, as the tone of this film seems too malicious for his specific talents to accommodate. If nothing else, Death is a notable example of what could be accomplished through practical effects in the days before computer graphics became the crutch of a creatively hobbled industry. While those Oscarwinning effects are often cartoonish enough to fracture the suspension of disbelief, the humor is often fun in a very bleak way even if the principle characters are universally reprehensible and the script is rife with structural problems. Sandwiched between the later Back to the Future films and Forrest Gump in Zemeckis’ catalog, Death Becomes Her seems like an aberrant misstep for a director who has always played to his strengths. That being said, there’s still something interesting about looking at this film with the benefit of hindsight. The Hendersonville Film Society will show Death Becomes Her Sunday, July 24, at 2 p.m. in the Smoky Mountain Theater at Lake Pointe Landing Retirement Community, 333 Thompson St., Hendersonville.
The Old Dark House HHHHH DIRECTOR: James Whale Players: Boris Karloff, Melvyn Douglas, Ernest Thesiger, Gloria Stuart, Raymond Massey, Lilian Bond, Eva Moore BLACK COMEDY HORROR Rated NR James Whale’s The Old Dark House (1932) is not by any means the first Old-Dark-House movie, but it’s the only one adapted from the J.B. Priestley novel by that name (though in Britain, the book was called Benighted). (We will not discuss that 1963 abomination by the same title.) The movie — believed to be lost for years — was Whale’s followup to Frankenstein, and the first horror picture designed as a starring vehicle for Boris Karloff. It’s ironic then that Karloff’s role as the mute, mad and possibly murderous butler is not the center of attention — the filmmaking is. This is every inch a director’s picture. It’s about a group of travelers — Melvyn Douglas, Raymond Massey, Gloria Stuart, Charles Laughton, Lillian Bond — stranded by a landslide during a thunderstorm in the Welsh Mountains. They end up (despite Massey’s reservations that “it might be wisest to move on”) staying the night with the very peculiar Femm family in an — you guessed it — old and dark house.The house is lorded over by Rebecca Femm (Eva Moore), a religious fanatic fond of announcing, “No beds! They can’t have beds!” Her more hospitable but no less odd brother Horace (Ernest Thesiger) likes drinking gin, sneering at his sister, and hinting at dark secrets. There’s also a 102-year-old patriarch (actually played by a woman) upstairs — and something far more unsettling at the very top of the house. It’s all stylish, spooky fun that’s as much (or more) a dark comedy as a horror film — and a very fine one. The Thursday Horror Picture Show will screen The Old Dark House Thursday, July 21, at 7:30 p.m. in the Grail Moviehouse and will be hosted by Xpress movie critic Scott Douglas.
Touch of Evil HHHHH DIRECTOR: Orson Welles Players: Charlton Heston, Janet Leigh, Orson Welles, Akim Tamiroff, Marlene Dietrich FILM NOIR CRIME/DRAMA Rated PG-13 Perhaps the most legendary of all Orson Welles films, apart from Citizen Kane, Touch of Evil (1958) actually deserves its legend status— even if some of the legend is fabricated. (The notion put forth in Tim Burton’s Ed Wood (1994) that Universal was spuriously offering up Charlton Heston as a Mexican to Welles is nonsense, since it was Heston who was fobbing Welles off on a very unenthused Universal.) Today, this rich, dark noir thriller can be seen as one of Welles’ most controlled and effective works—in part because it can now be seen as Welles intended. When it appeared in 1958, Universal had no interest in it, didn’t like it, recut it, and shipped it off to play at drive-ins. How much of this was Hollywood’s still burning desire to punish Welles for being “difficult” is impossible to say; but it likely also has at least as much to do with the unsuitably grim atmosphere that hangs over the film in comparison to the straightforward thriller the studio had been hoping for. One of the ironies today is that Touch of Evil is rarely thought of for its star, Heston, but rather for both Welles’ direction and Welles’ performance as the corrupt border-town Sheriff Hank Quinlan. That’s understandable, because it really is every inch Welles’ film on both levels. His shambling, looming, sweaty figure pervades the film and is far more interesting than Heston’s hero. Welles’ casting of Marlene Dietrich (whose only previous screen connection with Welles had been in 1944 in his magic act in Follow the Boys) as a fortune-telling brothel keeper and Quinlan’s apparent mistress further takes the edge away from the ostensible star. Not only does Dietrich get the film’s funniest line—“Lay off the candy bars,” she tells the padded-for-extra-girth Welles at one point—but she gets the line that now seems prophetic: “Your future is all used up.” In a sense it was. Despite the fact that at least one masterpiece, Chimes at Midnight (1965), lay ahead, Touch of Evil would be the last film Hollywood allowed Welles to make. But what a way to go out! The Asheville Film Society will screen Touch of Evil Tuesday, July 26, at 7:30 p.m. at the Grail Moviehouse and will be hosted by Xpress movie critic Scott Douglas. This is a ticketed event.
Trafic HHHH Star Trek Beyond
For the third film in producer J.J. Abrams’ series of Star Trek reboots, the studio says: “Captain Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise encounter an alien warrior race when marooned on a distant planet after the destruction of their spaceship in this thrilling sequel directed by Fast & Furious director Justin Lin.” Critical consensus is currently leaning in the positive direction, but your affinity (or lack thereof) for the first two films will likely inform your interest in this one. (PG-13)
JULY 20 - JULY 26, 2016
DIRECTOR: Jacques Tati Players: Jacques Tati, Maria Kimberly, Marcel Fraval, Honoré Bostel, François Maisongrosse COMEDY Rated G Not that Jacques Tati’s films were ever exactly mainstream successes in the U.S., his final theatrical feature, Trafic (1971), fared worse than most. I’m not sure why, but a couple of things do come into play. The first is that while Tati is still playing his traditional Monsieur Hulot character — the tan raincoat, the battered soft hat, the pipe in his mouth — here, M. Hulot isn’t quite the engine of innocent destruction we expect. Despite the fact that the film is built on a parade of disasters — all involving the transport of the absurd “camper car” Hulot has invented from Paris to a car show in Amsterdam — the disasters are rarely his fault. They just occur for a variety of reasons. But there was something else working against Trafic: the mood of the moment. It was released in the U.S. around Christmastime in 1972 with a G rating — and then, even more than now, that was pretty much the kiss of death unless the movie came from Disney. The assumption was that G-rated pictures were kiddie fare. That’s too bad because while Trafic is rarely wildly funny — an elaborate multiple car wreck to one side — it’s breezily amusing throughout. I do question why Tati gave so much of the film over to Maria Kimberley as an American PR representative, but it does allow us to get a good look at the delightfully quirky (and apparently appallingly made) Siata Spring sports car she drives. (It looks like the bastard child of a 1952 MG and a Jeep — and, at the time of the film’s release, was being given a big push in the U.S. — that didn’t quite take, which may account for its presence.) Tati also devotes long stretches of the film to observing the way people behave in their cars — with special attention to the basic driver assumption that you’re somehow in a private space (even though you’re surrounded by glass). Not one of Tati’s best films, but well worth a look. Classic World Cinema by Courtyard Gallery will present Trafic Friday, July 22 at 8 p.m. at Phil Mechanic Studios, 109 Roberts St., River Arts District, upstairs in the Railroad Library). Info: 273-3332, www.ashevillecourtyard.com
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JULY 20 - JULY 26, 2016
FREEWILL ASTROLOGY ARIES (March 21-April 19): You now have more luxuriant access to divine luck than you've had in a long time. For the foreseeable future, you could be able to induce semi-miraculous twists of fate that might normally be beyond your capacities. But here's a caveat: The good fortune swirling in your vicinity may be odd or irregular or hard-tounderstand. To harvest it, you will have to expand your ideas about what constitutes good fortune. It may bestow powers you didn't even realize it was possible to have. For example, what if you temporarily have an acute talent for gravitating toward situations where smart love is in full play? TAURUS (April 20-May 20): A directory published by the U.S. Department of Labor says that my gig as an astrologer shares a category with jugglers, rodeo clowns, acrobats, carnival barkers, and stuntpersons. Am I, therefore, just a charming buffoon? An amusing goofball who provides diversion from life's serious matters? I'm fine with that. I may prefer to regard myself as a sly oracle inflamed with holy madness, but the service I provide is probably more effective if my ego doesn't get the specific glory it yearns for. In this way, I have certain resemblances to the Taurus tribe during the next four weeks. Is it OK if you achieve success without receiving all of the credit you think you deserve?
GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Over the course of a 57-year career, Japanese movie director Akira Kurosawa won 78 major awards for his work, including a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Oscars. Among the filmmakers who've named him as an inspirational influence are heavyweights like Ingmar Bergman, Werner Herzog, Bernardo Bertolucci, Robert Altman, Francis Ford Coppola, and Martin Scorsese. But Kurosawa wasn't too haughty to create lighter fare. At age 86, he departed from his epic dramas to create a 30-second commercial for a yogurt drink. Did that compromise his artistic integrity? I say no. Even a genius can't be expected to create non-stop masterpieces. Be inspired by Kurosawa, Gemini. In the coming weeks, give your best to even the most modest projects. CANCER (June 21-July 22): Capricorns may be the hardest workers of the zodiac, and Tauruses the most dogged. But in the coming weeks, I suspect you Cancerians will be the smartest workers. You will efficiently surmise the precise nature of the tasks at hand, and do what's necessary to accomplish them. There'll be no false starts or reliance on iffy data or slapdash trial-and-error experiments. You'll have a light touch as you find innovative short cuts that produce better results than would be possible via the grind-it-out approach. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): My friend's 12-year-old daughter Brianna got a "B" on her summer school math test. She might have earned an "A" if it weren't for a problem her teacher had with some of her work. "You got the right answer by making two mistakes that happened to cancel each other out," he wrote on her paper next to question seven. I suspect you will soon have a similar experience. Leo. But the difference between you and Brianna is that I'm giving you an "A." All that matters in the end is that you succeed. I don't care if your strategy is a bit funky. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Have ever fantasized about being a different gender or race or astrological sign? Do you suspect it might be fun and liberating to completely change your wardrobe or your hairstyle or your body language? The coming weeks will be an excellent time to experiment with these variables, and with any others that would enable you to play with your identity and mutate your self-image. You have a cosmic exemption from imitating what you have done in the past. In this spirit, feel free to read all the other signs’ horoscopes, and act on the one you like best. Your word of power is "shapeshifter."
JULY 20 - JULY 26, 2016
- BY ROB BREZNY
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): The Golden Goose Award is given annually to "scientists whose work may have been considered silly, odd, or obscure when first conducted," but which ultimately produced dramatic advances. Entomologists Raymond Bushland and Edward Knipling were this year's winners. More than 60 years ago they started tinkering with the sex life of the screwworm fly in an effort to stop the pest from killing livestock and wildlife throughout the American South. At first their ideas were laughed at, even ridiculed. In time they were lauded for their pioneering breakthroughs. I suspect you'll be blessed with a vindication of your own in the coming weeks, Libra. It may not be as monumental as Bushland's and Knipling's, but I bet it'll be deeply meaningful for you. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): I hope it doesn't sound too paradoxical when I urge you to intensify your commitment to relaxation. I will love it, and more importantly your guardian angel will love it, if you become a fierce devotee of slowing down and chilling out. Get looser and cozier and more spacious, damn it! Snuggle more. Cut back on overthinking and trying too hard. Vow to become a high master of the mystic art of I-don't-give-a-f*ck. It's your sacred duty to steal more slack from the soul-anesthetizing grind. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): I regularly travel back through time from the year 2036 so as to be here with you. It's tough to be away from the thrilling transformations that are underway there. But it's in a good cause. The bedraggled era that you live in needs frequent doses of the vigorous optimism that's so widespread in 2036, and I'm happy to disseminate it. Why am I confessing this? Because I suspect you now have an extra talent for gazing into the unknown and exploring undiscovered possibilities. You also have an unprecedented power to set definite intentions about the life you want to be living in the future. Who will you be five years from today? Ten years? Twenty years? Be brave. Be visionary. Be precise. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Here's one strategy you could pursue, I guess: You could spank the Devil with a feather duster as you try to coax him to promise that he will never again trick you with a bogus temptation. But I don't think that would work, frankly. It may have minor shock value, in which case the Devil might leave you in peace for a short time. Here's what I suggest instead: Work at raising your discernment so high that you can quickly identify, in the future, which temptations will deliver you unto evil confusion, and which will feed and hone your most noble desires. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): After a cool, dry period, you'll soon be slipping into a hot, wet phase. The reasonable explanations that generated so much apathy are about to get turned inside-out. The seemingly good excuses that provided cover for your timidity will be exposed as impractical lies. Are you ready for your passion to roar back into fashion? Will you know what to do when suppressed yearnings erupt and the chemicals of love start rampaging through your soft, warm animal body? I hereby warn you about the oncoming surge of weird delight -- and sing "Hallelujah!" for the revelatory fun it will bring. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): I'm composing your horoscope on my iPhone after midnight on a crowded bus that's crammed with sweaty revelers. We're being transported back to civilization from a rural hideaway where we spent the last 12 hours at a raging party. I still feel ecstatic from the recent bacchanal, but the ride is uncomfortable. I'm pinned against a window by a sleepy, drunken dude who's not in full control of his body. But do I allow my predicament to interfere with my holy meditation on your destiny? I do not -- just as I trust you will keep stoking the fires of your own inspiration in the face of comparable irritations. You have been on a hot streak, my dear. Don't let anything tamp it down!
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JULY 20 - JULY 26, 2016
JULY 20 - JULY 26, 2016
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