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Vanderbilt Apartments has story to tell, too I enjoyed your article about Battery Park residents [“The Age of Experience: Life, Death and Drama in the Battery Park Apartments,” Aug. 3, Xpress]. Thank you for remembering the downtown senior residents. Nevertheless, you didn’t mention anything about us over here a block away at Vanderbilt Apartments, which also has its own story and is home to many wonderful persons as well. Here is what [the website for the Asheville section of the American Institute of Architects] says about our home, built just one year after Battery Park: “The once-grand Vanderbilt Hotel, built in 1924 and designed by W. L. Stoddard, was modified in the 1960s. At that time, the U. S. government in the 1960s and 1970s was to provide modest housing for the elderly in either new buildings or in renovated buildings. If an ornate building was approved for a federal grant for retrofitting for apartments, it was the policy of the U.S. government to have all of the decorative façade removed by the developer during the retrofit. The thought behind this policy was to demonstrate to the public that public funds were not being lavishly spent on public housing units. Such was the

fate of the ornate façade of the George Vanderbilt Hotel.” Most likely, because Vanderbilt Hotel was never listed on the National Register of Historic Places, our building was stripped of its beautiful facade, while Battery Park, so registered, was kept in all its beauty outside. I invite you inside, however, to take in some of the splendor and photos that show Vanderbilt’s better days. Also, note that our apartment building, 10 floors of us with up to 14 apartments per floor, is very near the Duke Energy Progress downtown substation. More than 100 older residents may be exposed to electromagnetic waves on a daily basis. We are very close to the 100foot distance from the substation the city has suggested for siting such substations near residences. Since we are older, does our health not count? Some advocates for no substations in their backyards even suggest that [this] downtown substation be made larger. Many of us, who have to walk to nearby grocery stores on Merrimon, walk down that small alley between the U.S. Cellular Center and the substation regularly on our way to the stores. No signs about the danger of being that close are posted, only signs that people shouldn’t go inside the fence. With your story on Battery Park, you missed half the story about elders in downtown Asheville. Do you know we have a resident here who is a famous recording artist? Do you know that

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c art o o n B Y B r e n t Br o w n some residents meet new friends and fall in love here? I am probably not the only one who feels badly that we weren’t recognized in your article, especially now that we know the dangers of living so close to the Duke downtown substation. Come see us sometime. — Rachael Bliss Asheville editor’s note: Xpress reporter Thomas Calder responds: “I appreciate you reaching out to us about the article. Vanderbilt was certainly on my radar. I had the opportunity to speak with Vanderbilt resident Joe Wakefield. But time did not allow me to expand beyond Joe’s interview, which meant I had to narrow my focus to Battery Park. That piece has now been published at highlighting Joe’s craft (he is a woodworker who builds birdhouses in his apartment).”

Time and demographics on Democrats’ side To old friend [Asheville City Council member] Cecil Bothwell, I’d like to suggest heeding some lines from the country tune “The Gambler”: “You never count your money While you’re sittin’ at the table.

There’ll be time enough for countin’ When the dealin’s is done.” There was never a time when Bernie Sanders wasn’t a long shot to win the presidential primary and, no matter the degree of Democratic National Committee interference, he lost the race. But the game’s not over. Bernie, bless his heart, has moved the Democratic Party to the left; he’s gotten Hillary to give on important areas and, as a senator with a national constituency, he’ll be able to keep the pressure on for progressive legislation, regulation and appointments. This election won’t be the end for Bernie or his issues, but the beginning of a new effort. This is consistent with American history. Change comes in bits and pieces. The suffragettes won mainly by getting states one by one to approve their amendment; abolitionists won by hanging in there and agitating through the years until Northern pressure for abolition brought about election of a Republican abolitionist. Past progressive insurgencies have gone down in flames, but this time it should be different; not total victory, but progress. You can calculate your losses, give up on the Democrats and leave the game. But time and demographics are on our side with or without you. — Tom Coulson Marshall

Bothwell echoes Sanders’ plan [Asheville City Council member] Cecil Bothwell’s leaving the Democratic Party because he is a Bernie Sanders supporter seems to echo his candidate’s behavior. Bernie Sanders was not a Democrat prior to his running for president. He has said he will identify as an independent when he returns to the Senate. Then, why did he run to be the Democratic Party’s nominee for president? He used the power of the Democratic Party to help him to raise money, to get publicity and to be part of the mainstream, politically. That use of the one of the two major, established political parties seems to contradict his constant assertion that he is a revolutionary. Since he has not given decades of loyalty to and support of the Democratic Party, why should the party give him total support and loyalty? He was clearly using the party for what it could do for him without his having done anything for the party. While he touts having brought thousands of new voters to the party, the behavior of his independent supporters throughout the Democratic National Convention shows that he did not bring more people to the party. He used the power of the party to bring more voters to himself.

Therefore, for Sanders’ supporters to abandon the Democratic Party because he is not its nominee really makes no sense. He has never been a Democrat and apparently will not be a Democrat in the future. I hope that if their failure to support the Democratic nominee results in a Trump presidency, the Sanders supporters will be happy with the results of their revenge. — Pat Scherer Weaverville editor’s note: When contacted by Xpress, Bothwell offered the following statement in response to this letter and the preceding one in this issue: “My exit from the Democratic Party was not triggered by the nomination of Clinton. I became fed up with the corruption at the top, the violation of Democratic Party rules by the Democratic National Committee, and the utter subservience of the national party to corporate money. I have always been an advocate for the working class (of which I am one) and the ideal of government transparency. The DNC has violated those ideals. Anyone who supports the DNC today is an advocate for oligarchy.” X august 10 - august 16, 2016



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smAll towNs hit the biG time: With housing options limited in Asheville, current residents and newcomers to the mountains are increasingly looking toward the surrounding small towns and communities as a place to settle down or launch a new business. In response, towns across WNC are managing the opportunities and challenges that come with growth. Illustration by Brent Brown Asheville may be a top dream destination for many folks, but for an increasing number of newcomers and old-timers alike, the No. 1 dream destination may be just down the road a ways. With the challenges of urbanization besetting Asheville, newcomers and locals alike are turning to surrounding towns and communities in search of cheaper housing and a less urban representation of the mountain experience. “For some people, [Asheville] is much bigger than what they expected and a little more eclectic than what they thought,” says beth carden, executive director of the Henderson County Tourism Development Authority. “People might not have realized, but they’re looking for more of a small-town mountain experience. That’s what we have to offer.” But like the city, many of these small towns and communities are grappling with the challenges of maintaining their identities while encouraging smart growth, even as they seek to ensure that their contributions to the region aren’t eclipsed by Asheville’s popularity. tAke me home, coUNtRY RoAds “Small towns ... offer the authenticity that make them unique and a real draw for tourists,” says steve morse, a professor at Western Carolina University who studies tourism development. “Tourists spend money in small towns and rural areas that reflect the area’s authenticity in culture, history, music, arts and crafts, and food.” carol groben, who moved to Swannanoa in 1999, says she was drawn by the beauty of the area, the access to outdoor activities, a friendly atmosphere and the ability to be close to Asheville while still living in a rural community. “One of the things we love best about Swannanoa is that, despite its proximity to Asheville, it has its own very distinct identity and character,” she says. White Horse Black Mountain owner and WNC native bob hinkle


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moved to Black Mountain in 2007 after several decades of living in New York City. Since then, he says he’s noticed an influx of people seeking an arts-focused culture without the hustle and bustle of Asheville.

“You hear these stories of people trying to go to the Asheville Symphony and spending 45 minutes trying to park,” he says. In Black Mountain, by contrast, “parking is free, and it’s abundant. Stuff like that is helpful.”

The small-town vibe is a central marketing tool for places like Hendersonville, according to Carden, who proudly points out that Henderson County recently ranked 15th in the state for tourist draw. “It’s a feeling people get,” she notes. “People even

soUtheRN hosPitAlitY: Events like Hendersonville’s Garden Jubilee have helped drive tourism, says Henderson TDA executive director Beth Carden, by offering visitors an “small-town mountain experience” they may not find in Asheville. Photo courtesy of the Henderson County Tourism Development Authority speaking to you on the street is becoming a rarity in America, and you still get that here.” GRowth bY NUmbeRs The communities that comprise the Asheville metropolitan area have all experienced growth to varying degrees, according to census data from 2004-14. North of the city, growth has surged in places like Weaverville (31 percent) and Woodfin (11 percent). In Black Mountain, a few miles east of the city, the tide has been slower, at 6.9 percent. To the south, Arden has grown by about 20 percent in the past year alone, according to jonathan jones,

owner of the Welcomemat Services Asheville franchise, which helps local businesses connect with new residents. While retirees and families make up a big portion of small-town population growth, a surprising number of transplants are millennials, Jones says. “The midmarkets [like the Asheville area] are incubators for [younger] entrepreneurs, where they can try out new things and really start their business, and still provide the urban accommodations they need.” Outside Buncombe, growth correlates roughly to transportation infrastructure. Hendersonville, a relatively short drive down Interstate 26 from Asheville, saw its population grow nearly 18 percent between 2004 and 2014, while Mars Hill,

north of the city on I-26, grew by 25 percent in the same time frame. Farther from the interstates, growth has been slower. Marshall’s population, for example, grew by only 6 percent during that time, while Burnsville grew by only 4 percent. New kids oN the block While the raw data may not show a vast change in population in all of these places, numbers don’t always tell the whole story. Oftentimes, the types of people coming into a small community can impact its character. The neighborly vibe of Weaverville lured matt danford, a semiretired transplant from Washington, D.C., to

open Blue Mountain Pizza and Brew Pub there in 2004. “I wanted to have a restaurant that would become a kind of hangout place,” he recalls. “I looked in Canton [and] downtown Asheville, but I couldn’t find everything I wanted. So I went out to Weaverville, and it was love at first sight.” Danford says he’s witnessed the rebirth of Weaverville’s Main Street in his time there. “People used to think Weaverville was just a place off the highway,” he notes. “Now, it’s a real artsy place, where people can come and spend an afternoon, have something to eat, walk around. The town has really grown up around us.” But a flood of new faces has its drawbacks: In Fairview, retirees and affluent newcomers have driven up the cost of living and subsequently driven younger people out, says adam reeck, a graduate student at North Dakota State University who wrote a study on community assets in Fairview while living there over the past year. “There’s two ways that a population can get older: if older people are moving in, or if younger people are moving out,” he notes. “Based on the demographics, it’s a combination of both happening in Fairview.” This flux has also caused some tension within the community, says longtime Fairview resident and N.C. District 115 Rep. john ager. “The growth of Asheville has put development pressures on Fairview, and there is a certain distrust between newcomers and the older families.” To some degree, these tensions are inevitable, Morse notes. “Growth always changes things. For some it’s positive, for others it’s negative.”

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FACING FUTURE GROWTH: In an effort to maintain the character of their downtowns, places like Black Mountain have renovated their historic centers while limiting larger retail chains to the outskirts. Photo courtesy of the Black Mountain/Swannanoa Chamber of Commerce KEEPING UP MAIN STREET The growing number of new residents in these outlying areas offers opportunities for both established businesses to expand their consumer base as well as economic development officials seeking to attract new industries to the area. “The value of the new families moving in is they’re nobody’s customer yet,” Jones says. “It’s the perfect time [for businesses] to build a relationship with that new family because they’re out of place like no other time in their lives.” David Gantt, chairman of the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners, confirms that “much of Buncombe’s recent job growth has been outside the city of Asheville in more rural areas of our county,” adding that Buncombe officials work regularly with local representatives from these areas


and regional groups like the Land of Sky Council to help promote these communities to potential new businesses. But where people tend to congregate, big retail chains usually aren’t far behind. “I found it interesting that people moved to [WNC], and as soon as they got here, wanted to make it like the place they left,” says Danford. “It didn’t matter that there was already a good local hardware store; they wanted the big-box store.” In response, many towns have taken proactive steps to preserve the character of their downtown areas. “I don’t always agree with the town fathers, but they have made a great decision to limit chain retailers to outside the ‘village’ of Black Mountain,” Hinkle notes. “As long as that remains in place, [downtown] Black Mountain will remain the kind of picturesque place it is.”

For communities without established economic centers, however, keeping residents’ dollars in town can be difficult. “When you look at the data for employment, your average business in Fairview is really small,” Reeck notes. “You can also find data that your average Fairview resident drives over 18 or 20 miles to work. They’re making money in an outside area, but a lot of it is [also] being spent outside of the community.” RUNNING OUT OF ROOM Many smaller towns, similar Asheville itself, are hampered in their efforts to accommodate the legions of new residents knocking to get in by the limited amount of available developable land in the mountains.

“[Between] the six conference centers, the two colleges, downtown, the river, the interstate — you’ve got a limited amount of land that can be developed,” says bob mcmurray, executive director of the Black Mountain/ Swannanoa Chamber of Commerce. “Right now, rentals are as scarce as I’ve ever seen them.” With developable land at a premium, the threat to open spaces and farmland has become more pronounced, despite the efforts of local farmland preservation officials and private land trusts to implement conservation easements. (See “Saving WNC’s Farms,” Nov. 27, 2015, Xpress) Between 2002 and 2012, Buncombe County’s farm acreage shrank by 25 percent, from 94,934 total acres to 71,480 acres, while the total number of farms dropped from 1,192 to 1,060, according to statistics from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Meanwhile, Madison County’s total number of farms decreased 26 percent, while similar declines occurred in Haywood (25 percent) and Henderson (11 percent) counties. This phenomenon has been on display all too clearly in Fairview, says Reeck. “With the price of land going up and the [increasing] number of people that want to get into Fairview, there’s a lot of pressure for people who do own large tracts of land to split it up and sell it off to a developer.” tRAffic woes Traffic infrastructure has also become an issue for WNC’s small towns, many of which lack consistent access to public transportation. As more outlying areas become bedroom communities for commuters working in Asheville, everyone winds up grappling with increasing congestion along main arteries to and from the city. Danford recalls that when Blue Mountain opened in Weaverville, “You could sit [in the middle of] Main Street and talk to people. Now you have a hard time crossing Main Street, there’s so much traffic.” Efforts to address infrastructure deficiencies can have adverse side effects for a community, such as road closures and long-term construction projects. “Infrastructure is the biggest challenge for local business owners,” Jones acknowledges. “Long-term construction can [alter] traffic patterns and really impact certain businesses. Infrastructure often becomes the last thing cities look at, when it needs to be the first.”

ideNtitY cRisis: Since Beacon Blanket factory’s 2003 closing, Swannanoa has strived to reinvent itself and restore prosperity to its downtown area. Photo courtesy of the Swannanoa Valley Museum Despite the technical difficulties, improving local infrastructure remains a priority for small towns. Black Mountain officials are advocating for a new interchange between I-40 and Blue Ridge Road to reduce traffic in the downtown area in the coming years, says McMurray. “If we can get that interchange, it’ll be a big plus for Black Mountain.” In Brevard, town leaders are also beginning to look at parking expansion downtown, according to stephen “billy” harris, a real estate broker in the area for 13 years, as well as updating the unified development ordinances and code changes to address the commercial growth in the corridors leading to and from the downtown area. “With Oskar Blues and new industry coming to town, it has put light on current and future infrastructure needs,” he says. While no specific direction has been taken yet, Harris says that local and county officials are working with businesses to identify potential infrastructure needs for the future. AN issUe of iNcoRPoRAtioN Unincorporated communities — populated areas that lack an official municipal structure, leadership or boundaries

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— face an especially complex situation when deciding how best to manage growth and maintain their distinct charms. With no local administrative body to lobby county and state government for their needs, determining what direction to take in response to growth issues can be a challenge. “One of the things that all Fairview residents seem to be fairly united upon is that they want to keep Asheville out,” says Reeck. Local debates over zoning changes and incorporation throughout the 1980s and ’90s “pretty much divided the community,” he reports, with popular sentiment ultimately coming down against incorporation. Similarly, a referendum in Swannanoa on incorporation in 2009 was soundly defeated by residents, who cited increased taxes and fears about future annexation by Asheville. And Barnardsville, once an incorporated community, took the unusual step of unincorporating in the mid1970s, according to bob bowles, a resident of Barnardsville for 25 years and former director of the Big Ivy Community Center. “At that point in time, the federal government was providing more money for unincorporated areas than incorporated areas,” he says. “In order to get some of the things done that the town leaders thought they should have, they disbanded themselves.” Remaining unincorporated, however, can make upgrades to infrastructure harder to push through. Barnardsville has struggled with a lack of high-speed internet access, Bowles says, as well as calls to discontinue its post office branch and concerns over being lumped together in voting districts with other communities it has little cultural connection to. “Who do we turn to when we need to talk about having a new medical center or how we get improved access to economic opportunities?” he asks. In Swannanoa, the closure of the Beacon blanket factory — once the largest blanket manufacturing site in the world and the focal point of the community — in 2003 created an identity crisis that the community is still seeking to recover from, says Groben. “It would be wonderful to see a revitalization of this historic downtown area,” she notes, “as well as positive development on the now-vacant 40-plus acres that once were home to Beacon Manufacturing.” gets credit for Sierra Nevada being in WNC, but it’s in Henderson County, by Sierra Nevada’s choice, she notes. “It’s hard to build a brand destination when they don’t give you credit sometimes for being who you are.” Similarly, McMurray says that while Black Mountain relies on Asheville and Buncombe County for tourism marketing, the town has a strong reputation on its own merit. “We think between the conference centers, the camps and the tourists, there’s over half a million people a year coming through the area,” he notes. “We’re our own destination.” lookiNG towARd the fUtURe

dUe cRedit: While Asheville and nearby towns are often viewed as one and the same, small-town representatives hope to be recognized for their achievements. Photo by Cindy Kunst towN ANd the citY While each town and community surrounding Asheville maintains a distinct character and heritage all its own, their proximity to the city undeniably remains vital to their prosperity. Less developed communities often rely on the city for access to amenities and employment. “The exodus I see going out of Barnardsville every day into Asheville is phenomenal,” Bowles observes. “[Residents] work in the universities there, in the medical centers, and the farmers market is there. I don’t think the community could survive without that relationship.” What’s more, Asheville’s marketing prowess benefits the entire region by attracting tourists to the area. “Some in economic development see tourism [to] Asheville as ‘the first kiss’ of a long relationship in getting visitors to become business investors in surrounding areas,” Morse says. “Tourists, like entrepreneurs, usually don’t know and don’t care where city and county lines are; they see the area as a region.” Despite the symbiotic relationships among WNC communities, Carden admits it’d be nice to be recognized more often for the contributions her community brings to the table. Asheville often

With folks continuing to flock to the mountains for business, pleasure or to start a new phase of their life, it’s reasonable to expect that more and more residents will seek outlying communities as an alternative to Asheville in the near future. “While Asheville has become a nationally recognized, iconic destination, we will not have the affordable or workforce housing to support all the people who wish to relocate here,” Gantt predicts. “Many folks will move to communities that are more affordable or that provide less urban settings than we do.” The geography of the mountains limits the city’s options for expansion and encourages movement to the surrounding towns, says Jones. “You can’t have the urban sprawl that a place like Phoenix might have. You have to go north and south to Arden, Fletcher, Hendersonville, Weaverville and Burnsville along those corridors.” As advanced technology makes it easier for folks to work remotely, Morse believes the next generation of WNC entrepreneurs and business owners will increasingly choose to settle outside urban centers. “With fast and reliable broadband connections like we have in WNC, this next generation of creative class of workers will be choosing smaller towns with a high quality of life,” he says. Regardless of the direction and pattern that future growth takes, Gantt says it’s important that the city and the surrounding communities work together to ensure a mutually beneficial relationship for the entire region. “Good planning, partnerships with developers of workforce housing and coordination of financial resources between local governments will be an essential part of the solution.” In many ways, WNC is more the sum of its parts than a collection of separate municipalities, says Carden. “It’s like a big quilt. We all make the experience much better when we work together.” X


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ANimAls bUNcombe coUNtY PUblic libRARies • TU (8/16), 7pm - Meet guide dog puppies from the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind. For ages 7 and up. Free. Held at Swannanoa Library, 101 West Charleston St., Swannanoa cARoliNA Poodle RescUe 850-766-8734, • SA (8/13), 11am-2pm - Poodle dog adoption event. Free to attend. Held at Patton Avenue Pet Company, 109 Patton Ave. cAtAwbA scieNce ceNteR 243 3rd Ave., NE Hickory, 322-8169, • Through (9/5) - Flutter-By Butterfly Habitat exhibit. Admission fees plus $1.

Asheville AReA chAmbeR of commeRce 258-6114, • WE (8/10), 1-7pm - Regional Chamber Business Expo with over 120 businesses. Free. Held at WNC Agricultural Center, 1301 Fanning Bridge Road

tRANsYlvANiA commUNitY ARts coUNcil • SU (8/14), 5-8pm - Proceeds from the "Art Spark" fundraiser with live and silent art auction, raffle, and reception benefit the transylvania community arts council. $65. Held at the Bishop Place Farm, 714 Reasonover Road, Cedar Mountain • 3rd WEDNESDAYS, 11:45am - General meeting. Free to attend. Held at Black Forest Restaurant, 2155 Hendersonville Road, Arden

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‘Red wolf RevivAl’: The Friends of the WNC Nature Center and the Defenders of Wildlife are hosting a screening of the film Red Wolf Revival followed by a panel discussion. The event, which takes place Tuesday, Aug. 16, is being held to celebrate red wolves and to explore what people can do to support this highly endangered species. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. for a reception, and the film will begin at 7 p.m. The event is free, but reservations are required. For reservations or information, call 298-0182 or visit wildwnc. org. Photo courtesy of Red Wolf Revival (p. 17)

398-7950, • WE (8/10), 3-6pm - "Using Analytics to Develop Your Business Platform," seminar. Registration required. Free. Held at A-B Tech Enka Campus, 1459 Sand Hill Road, Candler • TH (8/11), 10am-noon - "Starting a Better Business," seminar. Registration required. Free. Held at A-B Tech South Site, 303B Airport Road, Arden • TU (8/16), 6-8pm - "Small Business Bookkeeping," seminar. Registration required. Free. Held at A-B Tech Enka Campus, 1459 Sand Hill Road, Candler

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moUNtAiN bizwoRks 153 S. Lexington Ave., 253-2834, • TH (8/11), 9-10am - "Legal Help for Your Small Biz: Employee Contracts (Part II of II)," seminar. Registration required. $20. • FR (8/12), 9am-noon - "Identity & Content Marketing for Small Business: Content & Inbound Marketing Strategy (Part II of III)," workshop. Registration required. $20. moUNtAiN bizwoRks 253-2834, • WE (8/17), 6-8pm - "Cheers to Encore Entrepreneurs," event for entrepreneurs over 50 with Highland Brewing Company founder Oscar Wong. Co-sponsored by AARP. Registration required. Free to attend. Held at Highland Brewing Company, 12 Old Charlotte Highway

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. fARm beGiNNiNGs® fARmeR tRAiNiNG (pd.) Organic Growers School presents Farm Beginnings® Farmer Training, a 180+ hour, yearlong, farmer-led program designed to help aspiring, new, and expanding farmers plan and launch sustainable farm businesses. Mix of classroom and on-farm. Starts October 2016 in Asheville, NC. Applications due 8/31. farm-beginnings or (828)338-9465. Nvc clAss seRies/ANGeR & foRGiveNess (pd.) 4-week series with Roberta Wall, certified Nonviolent Communication trainer. steps2peace. com $100. Thursdays 6:30-8:30 September 8,15,22,29 at the Jewish Community Center. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Contact Polly (828) 775-6333. polly.medlicott@ oNe millioN cUPs of coffee (pd.) WEDNESDAYS, 9am - Asheville’s startup community gathers weekly for presentations by founders of emerging high-growth startup busi-

nesses. Run by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs. Free coffee, open to the public. RISC Networks, 81 Broadway. asheville/ thiNk it! dRAw it! (pd.) Wednesdays, Aug17 - Sept 21 7-9pm; $100; ages 16+ Learn a foundation of drawing skills and find the depths of your imagination. Students will explore techniques ranging from classical realism to nonobjective abstraction. This class is for the beginner or experienced artist. Go to rootsandwingsarts. com for registration. A-b tech 340 Victoria Road, 398-7900, • TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS until (8/11), 5:308:30pm - "Maximizing Interview Skills," course. Registration: 398-7333. Free. Asheville chess clUb • 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, • TUESDAYS, 7-9pm - Open house & meeting. Free. Asheville NAtioNAl oRGANizAtioN foR womeN • 2nd SUNDAYS, 2:30pm - Monthly meeting. Free. Held at YWCA of Asheville, 185 S French Broad Ave. Asheville timebANk 348-0674, • WE (8/17), 5:30-8pm - Asheville Timebank birthday party potluck and meeting. Free. Held at West Asheville Park, South end of Vermont Ave. Asheville toAstmAsteRs clUb 914-424-7347, • THURSDAYS, 6:15pm - General meeting. Free. Held at YMI Cultural Center, 39 South Market St. bUNcombe coUNtY PUblic libRARies • MONDAYS (8/15) through (8/29), 10am-noon - "Itchy Stitchers," knitting club. Free. Held at Weaverville Public Library, 41 N. Main St., Weaverville • TU (8/16), 2pm - Meet Olympian cyclist Lauren Tamayo. Free. Held at Enka-Candler Library, 1404 Sandhill Road, Candler • WE (8/17), 4pm - "Coloring and Conversation," coloring for adults. Free. Held at Swannanoa Library, 101 West Charleston St., Swannanoa ebleN chARities 255-3066, • WE (8/10), 4:30-7pm - "Tools for Schools." School supplies donations accepted. Held at Ingles Tunnel Road, 29 Tunnel Road fiRestoRm cAfe ANd books 610 Haywood Road, 255-8115 • 2nd SUNDAYS, noon-2pm - Discussion group on the tarot. Free to attend. fRieNds of the wNc NAtURe ceNteR 259-8092,, • TU (8/16), 6:30-9:30pm - Red Wolf Revival, documentary film screening, discussion and

reception co-hosted by the Defenders of Wildlife. Reservations: Free. Held at Asheville Community Theatre, 35 E. Walnut St. heNdeRsoN coUNtY dePARtmeNt of sociAl seRvices 694-6252 • Through WE (9/14) - Open registration for foster parent training classes that will take place THURSDAYS, (9/15) through (10/20), 6-9pm. heNdeRsoN coUNtY PUblic libRARY 301 N. Washington St., Hendersonville, 697-4725 • 3rd TUESDAYS, 2-4pm - Apple Users Support Group. Free. homiNY vAlleY RecReAtioN PARk 25 Twin Lakes Drive Candler, 242-8998, • 3rd THURSDAYS, 7pm -Hominy Valley Board Meeting. Free. • 3rd THURSDAYS, 7pm - Hominy Valley board meeting. Free. leicesteR commUNitY ceNteR 2979 New Leicester Highway, Leicester, 774-3000, • 3rd THURSDAYS, 7pm - The Leicester History Gathering general meeting. Free. moms demANd ActioN • MO (8/15), 4:30pm - General meeting for moms demanding gun sense in America. Free. Held at St. Mary's Episcopal Church, 337 Charlotte St. oNtRAck wNc 50 S. French Broad Ave., 255-5166, • TH (8/11), noon-1:30pm - "Understanding Reverse Mortgages," seminar. Registration required. Free. • SATURDAYS (8/13) & (8/20), 9am-12:30pm - "Manage Your Money Series." Registration required. Free. • MO (8/15), 5:30-7pm - "Understanding Credit. Get it. Keep it. Improve it." Seminar. Registration required. Free. • WE (8/17), 5:30-7pm - "Going to College without Going Broke," class. Registration required. Free. PUblic eveNts At A-b tech 398-7900, • FR (8/12), 1-5pm - Open house event for the new Advanced Manufacturing Center. Free. Held at the A-B Tech Maple Building, 340 Victoria Road showiNG UP foR RAciAl JUstice • TUESDAYS, 10am-noon - Educating and organizing white people for racial justice. Free to attend. Held at Firestorm Cafe and Books, 610 Haywood Road • 3rd TUESDAYS, 7pm - Coalition building session. Free. Held at Kairos West Community Center, Haywood Road, Asheville tARheel PiecemAkeRs QUilt clUb • WE (8/10), 10am - General meeting. Stained glass technique presentation by Judy Morin. Free. Held at Balfour United Methodist Church, 2567 Asheville Highway, Hendersonville

dANce stUdio zAhiYA, dowNtowN dANce clAsses (pd.) Monday 5pm Ballet Wkt 6pm Hip Hop Wkt 7pm Zydeco 7pm Hip Hop Fusion 8pm Tap • Tuesday 9am Hip Hop Wkt 6pm Intro to Bellydance 7pm Bellydance 2 8pm Bellydance 3 •Wednesday 9am Hip Hop Wkt 5:30pm Hip Hop Wkt 6:30pm Bhangra 7:30pm POUND Wkt 8pm • Thursday 9am Hip Hop Wrkt 7pm West African • Saturday 9:30am Hip Hop Wkt 10:45 Electronic Yoga Wkt • Sunday 3pm Tap 2 6:30pm Vixen 7:30pm Vixen • $13 for 60 minute classes, Wkt $5. 90 1/2 N. Lexington Avenue. www.studiozahiya. com :: 828.242.7595 Pole fitNess ANd dANce clAsses At dANceclUb Asheville (pd.) Pole dance, burlesque, jazz, funk, exercise dance! 6 Week Intro to Pole Series starts August 3 6 Week Burlesque Chair Dance Series starts August 2. All other classes are drop in. Info: Email: 828-275-8628

GoveRNmeNt & Politics bUNcombe coUNtY RePUblicAN meN's clUb 712-1711, • 2nd SATURDAYS, 7:30am - Discussion group meeting with optional breakfast. Free to attend. Held at Corner Stone Restaurant, 102 Tunnel Road the ceNteR foR cRAft, cReAtivitY & desiGN 67 Broadway, 785-1357, • MO (8/15), 6-7:30pm - Town hall with NC Senator Terry Van Duyn (D-Buncombe) and NC Representative Susan Fisher (D-Buncombe). Free.

kids Asheville ARt mUseUm 2 N. Pack Square, 253-3227 • TU (8/16), 10:30am-noon - "Tot Time," activities for pre-school age children. Admission fees apply. Attic sAlt theAtRe comPANY 505-2926 • SATURDAYS through (12/31) - Family theater performances. $5. Held at The Magnetic Theatre, 375 Depot St. blUe RidGe PARkwAY RANGeR PRoGRAms 295-3782, • TH (8/11), 10:30am - Cone Manor children's hour with storytelling, traditional games and/or crafts. For ages 4-12. Free. Held at MP 294 bUNcombe coUNtY PUblic libRARies • FR (8/12), 4pm - Teen Cosplay Club for ages 13 and up. Free. Held at Enka-Candler Library, 1404 Sandhill Road, Candler • SA (8/13), 10:30am - "S-T-R-E-T-C-H," yoga story time. For ages 3-6. Free. Held at Enka-Candler Library, 1404 Sandhill Road, Candler • SA (8/13), 11am - Storyteller Tim Lowry performance. Registration suggested. Free. Held at Weaverville Public Library, 41 N. Main St., Weaverville

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c o N s c i o U s PA R t Y By Kat McReynolds |

the center for craft, creativity & Design celebrates 20 years

Magical Offerings Aug. 11 - Tarot Reader: Becky, 12-6pm

Aug. 12 - Healing Medium: Andrea Allen, 1-6pm anD manY more: The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design has plans to diversify its craft-championing efforts in the coming years, in part by utilizing additional spaces at its downtown headquarters. Still frame from footage by Mavis Clapp

Aug. 14 - Tarot Class w/ Susan: 3-5pm, $20 Aug. 15 - Astrology with SpiritSong:12-6pm Aug. 16 - Tarot Readers: Byron Ballard, 1-3pm Jonathan, 3-6pm

Aug. 18 - Circle Round: Astrology in Magic, 7-9pm Aug. 21 - Tarot Reader: Heather,12-6pm

555 Merrimon Ave. (828) 424-7868 Daily readers. Walk-ins including Scrying, Runes, Tarot, & More!


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what: A 20th anniversary party with art installations, live music and refreshments where: The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design (CCCD) when: Thursday, Aug. 11, from 7-10 p.m. why: “Craft, for a long time, was not recorded in the history of art, and a lot of the makers were overlooked in publications,” says CCCD Executive Director stephanie moore. “So, the center was birthed out of the need to advance craft in higher education.” To that end, the nonprofit’s programs are largely aimed at documenting the roots and growth of American craft and design while spurring innovation in the fields. For instance, CCCD has supported dozens of academic publications, including textbooks Makers: A History of American Studio Craft and The Journal of Modern Craft; It hosts an

annual think tank in addition to public education opportunities and rotating exhibitions, and each year, the organization awards over $350,000 in grants to further the research and practice of makers nationwide. It’s locals that stand to benefit most from CCCD’s in-person programs, though, including forthcoming project The Hive AVL. Upon completion, this revenue-generating “creative campus” will boast co-working and events rooms, tenants and a basement maker space. CCCD’s next fundraiser provides an early glimpse of the transformation. “It’s more of an open house,” marketing and development coordinator lauren pelletier says of the event. “[People] get to see our whole space and the potential for what it can be.” Guests will enter into CCCD’s current Warped exhibit, which explores the relationship between sound and

weaving. They can then visit three more floors that are typically closed to the public, enjoying local artisan food and drinks on each level. Two interactive art stations are planned: Brice Garrett of Brooklyn, N.Y., will create an installation from plaster jewels casted by attendees, and Jay Fox and Ellie Richards of the Penland School of Crafts will pair printed images with sentiments written up by guests. Meanwhile, the basement will offer a photo booth and live music from The Reggie Sullivan Band. And up top, CCCD’s scenic mezzanine will be configured as a “comfy, cozy lounge space,” Pelletier says. Visit for more information or to purchase tickets, which cost $50 for students and young professionals, $100 for general admission and $250 or more for patrons. Proceeds support CCCD’s general operations. X

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• MO (8/15), 4-5pm - Lego club for ages 5 and up. Free. Held at Weaverville Public Library, 41 N. Main St., Weaverville cAtAwbA scieNce ceNteR 243 3rd Ave., NE Hickory, 322-8169, • 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, • 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, • WEDNESDAYS, 10:30am - Family story time. Free. GiRls oN the RUN 713-3132, • WE (8/17), 5:30-6:30pm - Girls on the Run information session with exercise lesson. Free. Held at Carrier Park, 220 Amboy Road hANds oN! A childReN's GAlleRY 318 N. Main St., Hendersonville, 697-8333 • WE (8/10), 1-5pm - "Train Like an Astronaut!" Space exploration activities for ages 7-11. Registration required. $40/$30 members. • TH (8/11), 11am-noon - "Blue Ridge Humane Day!" Activities with Blue Ridge Humane Society. $5/Free for members. • TH (8/11), 1-5pm - "Think and Train like a Scientist!" Science activities for ages 7-11. Registration required. $40/$30 members. • FR (8/12), 10:30-noon - "Royal Tea Party," for ages 3-6. Registration required. $20/$15 members. • TU (8/16), 10am-3:30pm - "Critter Craft–Dogs," crafts for kids. Admission fees apply. • WE (8/17), 4-5pm - "Mad Scientist on Wheels," activities. Registration required. Admission fees apply. • TH (8/18), 11am - "Healthy Kids Club," for kids of all ages. Admission fees apply. moUNtAiN GAtewAY mUseUm ANd heRitAGe ceNteR 102 Water St., Old Fort, • 2nd SATURDAYS, 10am-3pm - Plein air painting demonstrations. Free. smith-mcdowell hoUse mUseUm 283 Victoria Road, 253-9231, • Through SA (8/20) - Open registration for The Crafty Historian Series back-to-school craft using decoupage technique and illustrations from Our State Magazine. $5. sPellboUNd childReN's bookshoP 640 Merrimon Ave., #204, 708-7570, • SATURDAYS, 11am - Storytime for ages 3-7. Free to attend. the vANishiNG wheelchAiR 175 Weaverville Highway, Suite L, 645-2941, • 2nd & 4th FRIDAYS through (8/26), 7pm “Magic, Mirth & Meaning,” family-friendly magic and variety show. Free.

two sisteRs fARmsteAd 218 Morgan Cove Road, Candler, 707-4236, • SA (8/13), 10am-noon or 1-3pm - Tour of the farm Picnic at noon. Free. wNc4PeAce • 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: For more information contact: 378-0125. Free.


Tree Work & Landscape Design

oUtdooRs blUe RidGe PARkwAY hikes 298-5330, • TH (8/11), 7pm - 3-mile, moderate, ranger-led hike to the Haw Creek Valley rock. Free. Meet at MP 381.5 • FR (8/12), 10am - Blue Ridge Parkway Hike of the Week: “From Ferrins to Fire Towers,” 2-mile round-trip ranger-led hike to the top of Ferrin Knob. Meet at MP 401.7


blUe RidGe PARkwAY RANGeR PRoGRAms 295-3782, • SA (8/13), 10-11am - " Skunks," ranger presentation. Free. • SA (8/13), 7pm - "Wings of the Night," ranger presentation about owls and bats. Free. Held at Linville Falls Campground Amphitheater, MP 316 fRieNds of coNNect bUNcombe • SA (8/13), 10am - Greenway walk from UNC Asheville to Downtown Asheville. Free. Meets at Luella's Barbecue, 501 Merrimon Ave. holmes edUcAtioNAl stAte foRest 1299 Crab Creek Road, Hendersonville, 692-0100 • SA (8/13), 11am-1pm - Celebrate Smokey the Bear's 72nd Birthday with crafts and games. Free. lAke JAmes stAte PARk 6883 N.C. Highway 126, Nebo, 584-7728 • FR (8/12), 10am - "Summertime Boat Tour," ranger led boat expedition. Registration required. Free. moUNtAiNtRUe 258-8737, • SA (8/13) - "French Broad River Section Paddle." Easy, class II guided paddle from Blanhasset Island to Barnard. $10/$10 rental.

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PisGAh AstRoNomicAl ReseARch iNstitUte 1 PARI Drive Rosman, 862-5554, • TH (8/11), 10pm-midnight - Late night observation session of the Perseid meteor shower. Registration required. $15/Free under 11. • FR (8/12), 7pm - Presentation about lightning and its global impact. Activities include a tour of the campus and observations of the night sky. Registration required. $20/$15 seniors & military/ Free children under 11. PisGAh ceNteR foR wildlife edUcAtioN 1401 Fish Hatchery Road, Pisgah Forest, 877-4423 • SA (8/13), 9am-noon - "Fly Tying: Level II," class for ages 12 and up. Registration required. Free. PisGAh chAPteR of tRoUt UNlimited html

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Teacher Appreciation Month

The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) will hold an open-house public meeting for the proposed conversion of Liberty Road (S.R. 1228) Grade Separation over I-40 to an interchange, and construction of a new roadway between U.S. 19 (Smokey Park Highway) / N.C. 151 and Monte Vista Road (S.R. 1224) in Asheville. The project will address the lack of connectivity along I-40 between U.S. 19/23 and Wiggins Road by providing an alternate access point to I-40.

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The open-house public meeting will be held in the Gymnasium at St. Francis Asbury United Methodist Church, located at 725 Asbury Road, in Candler from 4:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. Interested citizens are encouraged to attend at any time during those hours. NCDOT and Consultant staff will be available to provide information on the project, answer questions and receive comments. Please note there will be no formal presentation. A map of the proposed project is available on the NCDOT Public Meetings Website at: Anyone desiring additional information regarding the project may contact Ahmad Al-Sharawneh, NCDOT Project Development Engineer at (919) 707-6010 or by email at Comments may be submitted until September 13, 2016. NCDOT will provide auxiliary aids and services under the Americans with Disabilities Act for disabled persons who wish to participate in this workshop. Anyone requiring special services should contact Ms. Diane Wilson, Senior Public Involvement Officer at (919) 707-6073 or email: as early as possible so that arrangements can be made. Aquellas personas que hablan español y no hablan inglés, o tienen limitaciones para leer, hablar o entender inglés, podrían recibir servicios de interpretación si los solicitan antes de la reunión llamando al 1-800-481-6494.

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• 2nd THURSDAYS, 7pm - General meeting and keynote presentation by Oxbow Snorkeling. Free to attend. Held at Pardee Health Education Center, 1800 Four Seasons Blvd., Hendersonville RiveRliNk 252-8474, • Through FR (8/12) - Open registration for the "Anything that Floats Parade," that takes place on SA (8/13) as part of RiverFest on the French Broad River. See website for full details. $40/$20 members.


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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. ceNteR foR sPiRitUAl liviNG Asheville 2 Science Mind Way, 231-7638, • MONDAYS through (8/22), 7-9pm - Summer Prosperity Series. Admission by donation. GRAce lUtheRAN chURch 1245 Sixth Ave., W. Hendersonville, 693-4890, • Through TH (8/11) - Open registration for the autumn "Disciple Bible Study" classes.

• 2nd FRIDAYS, 1pm - Healing prayer gathering. Free.

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• SA (8/13), 9am-noon - "Grace 101: A Class to Learn about Lutherans and Grace Lutheran Church." Registration required. Free.

blUe RidGe books 152 S. Main St., Waynesville • SA (8/13), 3pm - Joseph Meigs presents his book,

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Artists' Tales. Free to attend.

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• FR (8/12), 7-9pm - "Surrender", non-duality meet-

747 Haywood Road, 575-2844, buffalonickelavl.

ing with Mary Whitesides. Includes silent sitting, talk and Q&A. Admission by donation. Held at Asheville Women's Wellness & Education Center, 24 Arlington St.

com/ • WE (8/17), 7pm - David Joe Miller presents "Mountain Stories" with Adam Booth and Vixi Jil Glenn. $15/$12 advance.

woodsoN bRANch NAtURe school 14555 US-25, Marshall, • SA (8/13), 10am-4pm - Open house. Free to attend.

seNioRs coUNcil oN AGiNG of bUNcombe coUNtY, iNc. 277-8288, • FR (8/12), 2-4pm - "Medicare Choices Made Easy," class. Free. Held at Goodwill Career Training Center, 1616 Patton Ave.

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, 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. exPeRieNce the sAcRed soUNd of hU (pd.) In our fast-paced world, are you looking to find more inner peace? Singing HU can lift you into a higher state of consciousness, so that you can discover, in your own way, who you are and why you’re here. Date: Sunday, August 14, 2016, 11am-11:30am, fellowship follows. Eckankar Center of Asheville, 797 Haywood Rd. (“Hops and Vines” building, lower level), Asheville NC 28806, 828-254-6775. (free event). fUll mooN tRANsmissioN meditAtioN woRkshoP (pd.) Want to help the world, but don't know where to start? Transmission Meditation. Group meditation that 'steps down' energies from the Masters of Wisdom for use by people working for a better world. Non-sectarian. No fees. A simple altruistic service for the world. Free. Wednesday, August 24, 7pm, Crystal Visions, 5426 Asheville Hwy. Information: 828-398-0609. 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.

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com m U N i tY cA leN dA R bUNcombe coUNtY PUblic libRARies • TH (8/11), 6pm - Swannanoa Book Club: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. Free. Held at Swannanoa Library, 101 West Charleston St., Swannanoa • SA (8/13), 11am - Storyteller Tim Lowry performance. Registration suggested. Free. Held at Weaverville Public Library, 41 N. Main St., Weaverville • TU (8/16), 3pm - Storyteller Adam Booth performance. Free. Held at Black Mountain Public Library, 105 N. Dougherty St., Black Mountain • TU (8/16), 7pm - Black Mountain Mystery Book Club: Sun Storm by Asa Larsson. Free. Held at Black Mountain Public Library, 105 N. Dougherty St., Black Mountain • TH (8/18), 2pm - Skyland/South Buncombe Book Club: Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks. Held at Skyland/South Buncombe Library, 260 Overlook Road • TU (8/18), 2pm - Storyteller Adam Booth performance. Free. Held at Leicester Library, 1561 Alexander Road, Leicester fletcheR libRARY 120 Library Road, Fletcher, 687-1218, • 2nd THURSDAYS, 10:30am - Book Club. Free. • 2nd THURSDAYS, 1:30pm - Writers' Guild. Free.

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 Sept. 21 from 9-10:30am or Sept. 22 from 5:30-7pm at the Literacy Council office. Email for more information. hANds oN Asheville-bUNcombe 2-1-1, • WE (8/10), 5-7pm - Volunteer to help maintain the Verner Community Garden. Registration required. Free. • SA (8/13), 9am-noon - Volunteer to pack food items into backpack-sized parcels that are distributed to local schools. Registration required. • SA (8/13), 10am-1pm - Volunteer to assist with unpacking and pricing merchandise in a non-profit, fair-trade store. Registration required. • SA (8/13), 10:30am-noon - Volunteer to help create book packages for people recently placed in new housing by Homeward Bound of Asheville. Registration required.

heNdeRsoN coUNtY PUblic libRARY 301 N. Washington St., Hendersonville, 697-4725 • TU (8/16), 6:30pm - "Authors Visit," with Duane Christianson, Bob Covert, Charles Derrick, John Ross and Mercedes Town. Free.

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leNoiR RhYNe ceNteR foR GRAdUAte stUdies 36 Montford Ave., 7781874 • TH (8/18), 6-9pm - "Mining The Fools Gold," story writing workshop with Adam Booth. Sponsored by The Thomas Wolfe Center for Narrative and The Asheville Storytelling Circle. $35.

the homeless population. Registration required.

sPellboUNd childReN's bookshoP 640 Merrimon Ave., #204, 708-7570, • SU (8/14), 4pm - ROYAL Book Club for adults reading teen/young adult lit. Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver. Ages 18 and up. Free to attend. sYNeRGY stoRY slAm • (8/10), 7:30-10pm - Open-mic storytelling event with the theme "breaking point." Free to attend. Held at Odditorium, 1045 Haywood Road

218 Patton Ave., 258-1695, • 3rd THURSDAYS, 11am - "Welcome Home Tour," tours of Asheville organizations that serve Free to attend. moUNtAiNtRUe 258-8737, • 2nd SATURDAYS, 9am-1pm - Urban Forest Workdays: Richmond Hill Park invasive plant removal work days. Held at Richmond Hill Park, 4641 Law School Road, East Bend ReAd to sUcceed Asheville 484-1R2S • SA (8/13), 9:30-noon - Information session for prospective reading coach or buddy volunteers. Registration required: 747-2277. Free. Held at Asheville Housing Authority, 165 S. French Broad Ave. RiveRliNk 252-8474,


• SA (8/13) - RiverFest volunteers needed. Held at RiverLink Sculpture and Performance Plaza, 144

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filiNG fUN: Professional organizer Sage Linden creates a paper flow system for Brian Greenfield, left, in his home office. Photo by Cynthia Greenfield everyone must have clutter-free space to be productive or happy or well,” she says with a laugh. “We all have different tolerances for how sparse or filled our spaces are. I personally lean toward the minimalist side, but all my organizing training has shown me that people have different ways for getting

organized, depending on their personality and preferences.” But research shows that most people benefit from having less clutter, says Linden. “There was one major study by Princeton University, [which] found that when your environment or mind is clut-

tered and it feels chaotic, you are not able to focus fully. From a neuroscience perspective, distractions affect your brain’s ability to focus or process information,” she says. “So when we’re talking about physical clutter, it distracts you visually, and mind clutter affects you mentally.” An example of mental clutter, Linden adds, is keeping a list of tasks in one’s head instead of writing them down or keeping them in an electronic task-management system. “Less mind clutter means more space for creative thoughts,” she says. Some people can become “addicted to things, addicted to clutter in a way,” says robert uherka, owner of Simply Change Now. “They find safety in belongings and sometimes forget that their true value is themselves.” Uherka exudes empathy when he talks about the people who call him, so it’s not surprising his clients open up to him about the health challenges accompanying their organizational issues. People have “everything from headaches to body pains, lack of sleep, lethargy, appetite changes and mood swings,” he says. “Mood swings is a big one. It’s kind of like, what came first — the chicken or the egg. Was it the mood swing that caused the house to become more and more disorganized, or was it the disorganization that created mood swings?” He says it can go both ways. Clutter is related to health problems, Uherka notes, because “everything we own has an energy to it. It either gives us something or sucks from us.” He tells the story of a client in her early 70s whose problems began after a monthslong illness. “She just got overwhelmed with her home. There were too many bills and paperwork coming in. ... It just got to be too much,” says Uherka. “Her house got really cluttered really fast, and she maintained it like that for a few years; she just didn’t have energy to put it back together. She lived in this depressing space, which caused her to be depressed, and which also caused her to not fully heal from an injury from two years previous,” he says. Uherka worked with her to restore her house to its previous condition and put systems in place to maintain it. After that, she had a full recovery. “She was even on medication for depression at the time, but she was able to come off of antidepressants and live a very healthy, full life,” he says.

“Oftentimes that is what I see happen. [Disorganization] just starts to spiral. Then it affects every area of your life, including relationships and the way you treat yourself,” says Uherka. Some people keep things out of guilt, he continues. That was the case with another client who had so much stuff it was impossible to walk through her house, a condition known as hoarding. She had inherited a lot of her mother’s belongings and felt too guilty to get rid of them, says Uherka. The client became so depressed that she often didn’t change clothes or bathe, he says. Over the course of three months, Uherka estimates, she removed 60 percent of the items in her home with his help. “The last time I stopped by, the house looked great. She had a big smile on her face, she was active with neighbors, going out more frequently, her health was way better, and she was participating in life again,” he says. What is the best way to get organized? People can easily get overwhelmed “looking at piles of things,” says Brown. “My advice is to start imperfectly and allow yourself to begin without knowing how far you’re going to get or what the end point will look like.” Uherka suggests one step a day. “If you did that, that would be 365 steps in a year that you took to be more organized in your life — one drawer in the kitchen, one cupboard, one sock drawer, let go of one thing,” he says. A problem with the busy lifestyle so many people lead these days, Uherka maintains, is that “when our space isn’t organized, it creates more of a chaotic mind. What I find is that most people’s minds are really racing. A calm, organized space will help support a calm, organized mind.” X

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Horse power Using draft animals in the 21st century

dRiviNG the mill: Some area farmers still use draft animals as a cost-effective, environmentally friendly way to keep their operations up and running and preserve their heritage. Photo courtesy of Doubletree Farm

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As late as the 1950s, many farmers in WNC were still relying on draft animals, says buster norton, a native of Madison County who grows corn, tobacco and sorghum. “We only had horses when I was growing up, until I was 10,” Norton says. “It used to be everybody had at least one horse, and they would double up when they needed teamwork and borrow each other’s horses.” Despite owning five tractors, Norton continues to keep a team of draft horses for light work around his farm and select tasks. “If I’m in a real big hurry, I use the tractor, but if I’ve got time, I like to use the horses,” he says. “There’s a few jobs they excel in, such as pulling the cane mill, getting wood off these rough hills or plowing on steep land where the tractors can’t.” Next door to him, cathy guthrie, the owner of Doubletree Farm, relies solely on her horse team to run her sorghum operation, from which she makes molasses. A native of Kentucky who grew up

It’s one of the iconic images of rural America’s past: the farmer behind the plow, guiding it across an empty field behind a team of draft animals, furrowing the earth in preparation for the spring planting. While tractors and mechanized farm equipment have now largely replaced draft animals, a small but passionate contingent of farmers in Western North Carolina continues to rely on them to help with the daily work around their farms and as a source of extra income at times. Drawing on the knowledge of longtime farmers and Amish farming communities, these contemporary farmers hope to keep the tradition of draft animals alive and inspire the next generation of farmers.


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around horses, she says her love for the animals was rekindled while working on a friend’s farm outside Greeneville, Tenn., in the mid-1990s. “A neighbor came by with his team of horses on the road going to do some work — it completely blew my mind,” she recalls. “I didn’t have a plan as an adult to do anything with draft horses, but when I saw this old man and his team, I immediately sought him out, and we became friends.” After moving to Madison County in 1999, Guthrie decided to eschew a tractor in favor of draft animals. “It brings you in touch with a lot of history, both agricultural and [technological],” she says of her decision. “If there’s any reason I’m still farming, it’s because of the horses. I don’t think I could do it behind a machine.” In 2015, Guthrie co-taught a class on draft horses at the Organic Growers School in hopes of helping more young farmers recognize the potential of choosing draft labor over machines. “I think there is a lot of interest, but I’m always amazed that more people aren’t trying to

do it,” she says. “With all of the people that are wanting to be sustainable and organic, it surprises me nobody’s taking that extra step and doing a draft horse-powered farm.” PAst meets PReseNt Over in Swannanoa, however, Warren Wilson College is trying to further that mission. The school keeps a team of draft horses for use on the college farm and garden, and to assist in forestry work, says ben mackey, Warren Wilson’s garden manager and horse crew overseer. “Last spring, I’d say close to 80 percent of our field work for the garden was done by the horses,” he reports. Using draft-horse labor, Mackey continues, offers several distinct advantages over machinery: “You’re able to grow most of your own feed [compared to buying fuel for machinery], depending on what cropping you have and if you have pasture space. They’re also producing manure every day, [which is] a great source of fertilizer and can be integrated into an effective composting system to provide nutrients back into the fields.” For young farmers just starting out, draft animals can be an economical alternative to buying expensive machinery. A 2015 article in Modern Farmer pins the cost of purchasing draft horses at roughly $2,000 to $3,000 per team, as opposed to nearly $30,000 for a four-wheel drive tractor. Additionally, Modern Farmer estimated the per hour cost of draft horses, based on specific examples, at approximately $3.39 per hour, as opposed to a perhour cost of $21.21 for a tractor. “That’s a big deal these days because a lot of younger farmers are not looking to go purchase that [expensive] tractor and be farming for the bank for the next 20 years,” Mackey notes. “It frees you up to make better choices on your farm.” In addition, draft horses are often used for wagon and carriage rides, which can bring a farmer extra income, as well as timber work. “We did a lot of logging with them here in the forest, because you don’t have to clear a big swath of the forest to get in a skidder or a tractor,” says Mackey. “It’s a lot more ecologically sensitive and allows for easier regeneration and more understory growth there.” beAsts of bURdeN Warren Wilson graduates Kevin and Kate lane, who founded the Homemade in Marshall dairy farm

with a friend in 2009, have taken this idea in a slightly different direction. Unsure what to do with the male calves born on their farm, Kevin decided to try them out as draft animals. “We’ve raised up a couple for meat, but it kind of dawned on me that maybe they could do some work for us,” he says. If the use of draft horses on local farms is rare, using oxen for work is nearly unheard of in the modern day. While it may seem archaic, Kevin asserts that the steers offer him the freedom to experiment with different farm projects without making the large investment of purchasing farm equipment. “It makes sense because it fits into our holistic goal,” he says. “In the winter, we can do firewood and pull out logs with them; in the spring, we can try to work with them to plow some sections. The steers give me the opportunity to try things I otherwise wouldn’t be able to.” PRActice mAkes PeRfect While using draft animals may be a cheaper, lower-impact alternative to mechanized equipment, it’s not easy. “It takes a lot of sweat to work horses, especially in these summer days,” Norton says. Teaching the animals to pull a plow and follow commands takes patience and perseverance, he notes, as well as a fair amount of mutual trust. “Horses learn by repetition,” Norton explains. “They have to get used to the plows and the traces against their legs, and if you’re doing mowing and raking, that makes different noises, so they have to learn to be tolerant of those noises and the different vibrations.” A farmer must also be aware and respectful of the power of the animal itself. “It takes years to learn how to handle the animals and make it some-

thing you can do safely,” says Guthrie. “Once you put a leather harness on a horse and hook it to a giant piece of metal, you are potentially putting yourself in a really dangerous situation if you don’t know what you’re doing.” Many local teamsters rely on the skills of the Amish to help train draft horses and design new equipment. Mackey says that Warren Wilson purchases its draft horses from an Amish community in Ohio, where the animals are taught how to do the work expected of them. “We’re kind of gleaning that knowledge, through a horse, from the Amish,” he notes. “They have that breadth of knowledge required to train horses, which is kind of falling away in modern culture.” For those who might think using animals to pull heavy plows or timber is cruel, Guthrie says that work is part of a draft animal’s nature. While cases of mistreatment, as with any domesticated animal, do happen, she says that is not the norm in the modern day. “I think most people these days that are depending on their animal to get the work done are going to be giving them the best possible care,” she asserts. “That attitude of wanting to do it fills you with a sense of love for your animals and for your choice to live a certain way.”

Norton says he takes the opportunity to participate in as many Plow Days as he can, and he also hosts wagon rides at church and school events around Madison County, to share the traditional farming culture he remembers from his childhood.


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While he is doubtful draft horses will ever become as popular as they once were, Norton says he’ll continue to use his team, if for no other reason than the sense of calm he gets from it. “I just do it because I love to use the draft horses,” he says. “It’s peaceful around them.” X

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AsHeVille Al Fresco Local diners embrace outdoor eating

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BY JonatHan ammons Before it was Beer City or Foodtopia, Asheville was known as the Land of the Sky. The name conjures mental images of ubiquitous local vistas: Massive, elongated skies, streaked with sinewy cirrus clouds and bracketed by hazy blue mountains. In the evenings, those clouds glow neon with pinks, purples and blues. Talk to some old timers in the area, and they’ll tell you they miss the Land of the Sky label and the time when Asheville was known simply for what it is rather than what it produces. With those beautiful views and an abundance of available outdoor activities, it’s easy to spend the


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majority of your time in Asheville outside. And lately, an increasingly varied selection of local eateries is offering options for appreciating the city’s food and drink offerings in an outdoor setting. “I think that the fresh air is a big deal to a lot of people,” says Kristie Quinn, an Asheville native and managing partner at the Smoky Park Supper Club. “Asheville has a lot of really beautiful spots that should be outdoor hangout spaces. But when you really start to look, we’re still kind of limited on what the offering actually is.” The River Arts District serves up a slew of recently added al fresco dining options. Situated on the banks of the French Broad River, the Smoky Park Supper Club dishes out fancier plates for the outward bound. The

entirely wood-fired kitchen pairs its food and cocktails nicely with a sprawling patio and lawn that leads right up to the river’s edge. “The property itself kind of dictated itself in how we were going to meet the land,” says Quinn. “We had a lawn and a river right out in front, and it was definitely [owner] matt [logan’s] motivation to work around the river and have that beautiful green space and the lawn and the patio to create a really communal outdoor space. People can order a drink from the bar, walk around the property, go down to the river or go to a picnic table.” Meanwhile, on the other side of the tracks, Salvage Station offers a slightly elevated riff on standard bar fare — tater tots accom-

pany slow-cooked pulled pork, fancy nachos and the like — as well as a full bar and a yawning, severalacre lawn to play about on. Just up the road on Riverside Drive, Ole Shakey’s offers outdoor games like root ball and cornhole while customers sip on cold beers and wait for their food from one of the venue’s rotating list of food trucks. Up the hill from the river, visitors to the South Slope can kill two birds with one stone at Burial Beer Co. Guests can grab a beer at the bar before hitting the backyard to get a bite from permanently installed food truck Salt & Smoke. Dishing out Old World European cuisine with a Southern twist, it’s quickly becoming known as one of Asheville’s best places to eat and a perfect place to do so in the sunshine. For many locals, an easy downtown weekend brunch fix for the past five years has been the Yacht Rock brunch at the The Southern Kitchen and Bar. DJ Kipper starts the pleasure cruise around noon, bedecked in his sailor cap and manning the wheel at the turn table. Regarding the edibles that accom-

pany the entertainment, chef joe marple notes, “We always try to make an effort, whether it’s with food or cocktails, to make a more pleasant experience on the patio for people by just providing lighter options.” The Southern’s menu currently offers summery items like a kale caprese salad and a roasted chicken dish with cucumber salad and green beans. The charming patio at The Southern is a significant asset for the restaurant. “If it’s too cold for people to be dining on the patio, that’s 14 tables that we’re losing right there,” Marple points out, noting that outdoor seating isn’t just about a pleasant experience but is also a great way for smaller spaces to increase the number of people they can serve. “It basically doubles our seating capacity. It’s definitely a big difference when the patio season comes into play.” Just up the block, Sovereign Remedies serves lunch, dinner, brunch and its highly regarded classic craft cocktails on a tiny patio that was converted in April from what was previously parking spaces and a loading zone. Owner charlie hodge

worked with the city of Asheville to rezone the area next to the eatery to accommodate the 16-seat outdoor area. “The way that they’ve worked this out, we are in this really perfect situation where they were able to move the loading zone up and move another parking space,” Hodge told Xpress in an April interview. “So it’s not like we’re taking over a bunch of parking spaces.” On the north end of town, hidden off of the blink-and-you’ll-missit Liberty Street, the Liberty House Café is an old house retrofitted to be a neighborhood coffee shop. With a menu offering fresh salads and sandwiches galore, the tree-lined patio makes a great place to linger over a plate, sip an iced coffee and catch up on some light reading. Those in a little more of a rush might want to check out Mamacita’s sister restaurant, the Taco Temple on Charlotte Street. With ample outdoor seating behind a white picket fence, the counter service makes it easy to grab a margarita and taco (wrapped in a house-made tortilla) and duck under the shade of an umbrella.

Also on Charlotte Street, Gan Shan Station boasts another great outdoor area with plenty of shade to accompany its Pan-Asian cuisine. With at least as many, if not more, tables outside as in, there’s usually a spot available on the patio when most other venues might be full. On the east side, there are some great porches for watching the sun set as well. By day, Filo has a few outdoor seats roadside, which lend themselves to the restaurant’s evening transition into Post 70 Indulgence Bar. Situated in front of the rustic architecture of the old stone building, the patio makes an idyllic setting for Post 70’s seasonal oyster roasts and regular Sip & Smoke cigar and spirits tastings. Also on Tunnel Road, Copper Crown serves a diverse menu of small plates and entrées that range from homespun American cuisine to European comfort food on a large covered patio that’s perfect for watching an evening rain wash away the remnants of a hot summer day. X

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steve liebenhaut “was one of those people who came in the door and you’d automatically write him a check for $200,” says greg garrison, owner of The Hop Ice Cream Cafe. Liebenhaut’s interest in providing a voice for nonprofits began in earnest in 2008. For his 50th birthday, he threw a celebration at The Grey Eagle — dubbed An Eagle Flies on Sunday — to raise money for a local nonprofit organization. Its success led Liebenhaut to use each subsequent birthday as an opportunity to generate funding for other local groups. Organizations supported by his efforts include Our VOICE, Loving Food Resources and the WNC Advocacy League. It was through these fundraisers that Garrison met Liebenhaut. “He always touted that he never put on an event that didn’t make money,” remembers Garrison. “He had really strong support in the community.” Over the years, The Hop became one of Liebenhaut’s main supporters. Garrison not only wrote checks but supplied ice cream for events and offered Liebenhaut advice on social media platforms as well as general consulting. In 2010, the two men partnered for their first event, raising money for Big Brothers, Big Sisters at the Jewish Community Center. “That sort of solidified the relationship we had already started and made it a little bit deeper,” says Garrison. Diagnosed with cancer in 2014, Liebenhaut died on July 2, 2016. At the time of his death, Garrison and Liebenhaut were in the midst of their final collaboration, Helping Others, a project Garrison says, “was and is going to be focused more on programs for kids.” On Thursday, Aug. 11, The Hop will host its first iteration of the effort, which has since been renamed: Helping Others in Honor of Uncle SteveNyou. The latter half of the name calls attention to both the man and the organization he founded, SteveNyou Presents — a coordinating company that helped raise funds for and awareness of a variety of nonprofits. Helping Others’ inaugural event will highlight and benefit Asheville Music School, which got its start in

1996 as a for-profit before restructuring as a nonprofit in 2012 in order to have a greater reach and impact on the community. “We have seven student ensembles in all types of genres,” says charlotte sommers, executive director of Asheville Music School. “We go out to community sites and do free performances and free group classes.” The organization’s main program is private music lessons — it serves more than 300 students with 35 teachers. “We teach every instrument known to mankind,” says Sommers. “And that includes the didgeridoo.” The nonprofit also provides need-based scholarships for families who can’t afford private lessons. Since it shifted to 501(c)3 status, Asheville Music School has offered over $30,000 in scholarships, with $12,000 set aside for this year’s budget. The school is also working on an instrument library. “This will allow us to loan out instruments to families who can’t afford to rent or buy them right off the bat,” says Sommers. The first Helping Others in Honor of Uncle SteveNyou event will include live musical performances by teenage Asheville Music School students christina thompson, abigail earley and nilah wharton, as well as a presentation by gabrielle tee, the school’s program director. The acoustic set will incorporate ukulele, guitars and vocals. Garrison will also lead a Q&A session with the organization. “We want to give them a platform to be able to speak,” he says. “We’ll have a list of questions that go deeper than mission statement and facevalue stuff and let them share what they’re passionate about.” The Hop will donate 50 percent of its sales during the hour-long event to Asheville Music School. Garrison is in the process of scheduling the next round of Helping Others in Honor of Uncle SteveNyou events. His goal is to host a gathering every other month at The Hop’s Merrimon Avenue location.



UNcle steve: Within the community, Steven Liebenhaut, left, was known by many as Uncle Steve. “People were always willing to back him, because of what he gave to the community,” says Greg Garrison, right. Here the two men are participating in Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, an Our VOICE fundraiser. Garrison says Liebenhaut ran the entire race in his pair of red high heels. Photo courtesy of Greg Garrison The focus, he says, will continue to be on family-related nonprofits. Garrison sees the ongoing series as a chance to bring awareness to nonprofits in the area, and each gathering is an opportunity for the community to remember Liebenhaut. “This is what his passion was for eight years,” says Garrison. “Steve’s idea was to have a conversation where we could really get into what the nonprofit was doing. He wanted to make an opportunity to really learn about the people behind the scenes — the passion behind the volunteers. It’s important not just for me personally to carry it on, but for all those people that he had a positive impact on to continue that love.” X

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A taste of Hemp HempX Asheville publicist jill lieberman ticks off reasons why organizers of the upcoming event — two days focused on farming, cultivation, processing, uses and legal status of industrial hemp — are eager to have chef and Plant restaurant co-owner jason sellers return for this year’s gathering. “He’s an accomplished chef,” says Lieberman. “He is supercreative and loves to experiment.” But perhaps the most important thing for Lieberman is something she learned about Sellers while planning last year’s inaugural function. “When we first approached him last year, he informed us he’d been cooking and experimenting with hemp for years,” she says. Sellers will kick off the second iteration of HempX with a two-hour lunch event, A Taste of Hemp. Among items planned for the menu are hemp cheese ravioli, a vegan cheesecake with hemp crust and a dreamsicle — a creamy ice pop with a hemp twist. Throughout the meal, Sellers will offer guests insight on the benefits of cooking with hemp. Lieberman notes the difficulties many vegetarians face when trying to meet their daily protein needs. “It can be challenging,” she says. “That’s why hemp seed is great. It has it all. It’s super healthy and a complete protein.” In addition to protein, hemp seed is loaded with 20 amino acids, omega fatty acids and fiber, she adds. Proceeds from A Taste of Hemp (which is the only ticketed event throughout the weekend gathering) will benefit two organizations: Growing Warriors and Accelerating Appalachia. The former is a nonprofit organization that teaches farming skills to military veterans; the latter is an incubator that helps grow naturebased businesses. Lieberman hopes folks will come for the food but stay for the speakers and panels. “It’s really aimed at bringing people together that are interested in the possibility of hemp,” she says. “It’s a great way for anybody interested in applying for industrial hemp [permits] to come and learn more about everything from the agricultural side of how to grow it to the legal side of what you’re going to have to do to apply to what you’d be able to do with the crop once you do grow it.”


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PlANt-bAsed PRoteiN: Hemp cheese ravioli will be among the dishes featured by Plant chef Jason Sellers, left, at the upcoming Taste of Hemp luncheon event at Highland Brewing Co. Photo of ravioli courtesy of Plant, photo of Sellers by Cindy Kunst A Taste of Hemp runs noon-2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19, at Highland Brewing Co., 12 Old Charlotte Highway. Tickets are $20 (including food and drinks) and are available at For HempX details, visit bRevARd bites food toURs “I’m excited to showcase the best restaurants in Brevard,” says matthew sharpsteen in a media release. The 16-year-old recently launched Brevard Bites Food Tours, a walking tour that leads guests through downtown Brevard highlighting the area’s history and architecture, while offering samples from a variety of local restaurants. Some of the food stops on the tour include Marco Trattoria, Jordan Street Café, Hobnob, Wine Down, Blue Ridge Bakery, The Proper Pot and Kiwi Gelato. Brevard Bites Food Tour takes place 2-4:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. For details and reservations, contact Sharpsteen at

NAtioNAl hoNoRs foR locAl RestAURANts In a recent article in Food Republic, writer Megan Giller lists French Broad Chocolates as one of the 12 best places in the United States and Canada for bean-to-bar chocolate ice cream. “I highly advise that you prepare yourself before you walk into this adorable café in Asheville because it is truly a wonderland of scrumptious chocolate offerings,” she says in the write-up. Also, on Aug. 2, Bon Appétit magazine named Buxton Hall Barbecue to its list of America’s 50 Best New Restaurants for 2016. Acknowledging that the country is in the midst of a “barbecue boom,” Andrew Knowlton and Julia Kramer write, “Old-school joints are finally getting their due, and new-school smokehouses — like Buxton Hall — are proudly carrying on the tradition while shaking things up a little.” The magazine will whittle down the group of 50 to a top 10 on Tuesday, Aug. 16. For the full Food Republic article, visit To view Bon Appétit’s top 50 list, visit bonappetit. com/best-new-restaurants. X

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AsAP’s locAl food exPeRieNce Looking Glass Creamery, Buxton Hall Barbecue, Hickory Nut Gap Farm, Sunburst Trout Farms, Imladris Farm, Green River Picklers, Waynesville Soda Jerks, Ultimate Ice Cream, French Broad Chocolates and HomeGrown are among the many local businesses that will be handing out samples and small plates at ASAP’s Local Food Experience on Thursday, Aug. 18. The gathering also offers visitors a chance to meet area farmers and features family-friendly activities and a silent auction with a local food theme. ASAP’s Local Food Experience happens 5:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18, at the Highland Brewing Co. Event Center, 12 Old Charlotte Highway. Tickets are $20 and include food and nonalcoholic beverage tastings. Tickets for children ages 12 and younger are $10 and are available at the door. Proceeds benefit ASAP. Buy tickets at

Food writer Jonathan Ammons lets us in on his favorite dish du jour. stuffed squash blossoms at cucina 24: Slightly crispy, delicate and gorgeous, Cucina 24’s squash blossoms stuffed with ricotta cheese are as elegant as they are delicious, resembling a piece of modern art when arranged atop their bed of fresh service berries and sesame. This is definitely one of those small plates you taste before saying to the server, “Can we get two more of these?”

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Back in session

A-B Tech and BRCC brewing programs begin new year

As summer burns bright and begins its descent into fall, students across the country are returning to classrooms. Among those most eager to learn are students enrolled in North Carolina community colleges that offer degree-based brewing programs, two of which are in the Asheville area. the oRiGiNAtoRs A-B Tech Community College’s Craft Beverage Institute of the Southeast was the first brewing, distillation and fermentation program in the state and the first such twoyear degree program in the nation. Limited space and equipment cap each year’s incoming class at 24 fulltime students, and since A-B Tech is an open-enrollment school, the first two dozen applicants who meet the prerequisite standards are accepted. Even with the first come, first served approach that may not necessarily favor the most qualified parties, program director jeff “puff” irvin has been pleased with the composition of each class thus far. “We get a great diverse group of students coming in with all sorts of backgrounds. We’re lucky that a lot of the students that come back through this program, a majority of them tend to have a degree already. They’re looking to get into this industry,” he says. “Our program is based 60-percent hands-on, so I certainly could take more, but I’d rather have the student get the actual hands-on training that they’re going to need to do the job on a daily basis.” The CBI curriculum uses a cohort design in which students who began in the same year take all of their classes together. While that method largely prevents learners from different years from directly intermingling, Irvin is developing a mentor program so students can seek advice from those who’ve gone before them on balancing studies with work and life, as well as network and meet others with similar interests within the industry. Enhancing the program for 2016 is an added wine capacity and a distillation kit to train students for work in cideries and microdistilleries.


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lAb to the boNe: From left, Craft Beverage Institute of the Southeast students Jared Turbyfill, Samuel Bryant and Schuyler Nowicki examine brewing ingredients in the A-B Tech lab. CBI students and those in Blue Ridge Community College’s Brewing, Distillation and Fermentation program begin classes this week. Photo courtesy of A-B Tech The CBI recently received a donation of another 2-barrel brewhouse to complement its 10-hectoliter brewhouse and four pilot systems, and has a canner on line to help provide packaging experience. The new equipment directly supports the program’s Beverage Logistics Academy, which focuses on safe work in distributorships and warehouses and offers a craft beverage laboratory certificate for growing breweries that want a full-time quality control person on staff. A distillation diploma is also being developed, as are other programs, many of which have been suggested by the supervisors of students during summer internships between their first and second years. Another new addition this fall is Highland Brewing Co. co-founder john lyda, who takes the role of the program’s full-time brewmaster and lead instructor, a coup of epic proportions that Irvin is still wrapping his head around. “I couldn’t believe it,” Irvin says. “It adds such a great dimension with his years of experience. It’s a huge feather in A-B Tech’s cap to have him here.”

APPle coUNtRY bRews Blue Ridge Community College’s Brewing, Distillation and Fermentation program offers a wide selection of educational tracks depending on each student’s time, finances and level of interest. Opportunities range from a comprehensive two-year Associate in Applied Science degree to a one-year diploma program with a focus on brewing to certificate programs on brewing basics, winemaking and distillation, and one on equipment, packaging and maintenance. Students can start the program in either the fall or spring semester, and most classes are capped at 16-20 people. Since the courses build on each other, program director and lead instructor gabe mixon advises students who begin in the spring that many of their classmates have already taken the introductory courses. But if the learner is up to the challenge, Mixon trusts that the work will be done. “One of the neat things about having it kind of staggered like that as opposed to having discrete cohorts is that we do sometimes have first-year and second-year students in the same class — depending on what they have and haven’t taken — and we can have some

of that transfer of knowledge and experience from the more senior students to the more junior students,” Mixon says. Starting this fall, a new studentrun brewing club aims to further foster relationships. Through the club, students and alumni will be able to make additional batches of beer together in the brewing lab, which consists of nine half-barrel systems, a 3-barrel commercial system, a pair of 3-barrel fermenters and one 3-barrel brite tank. Mixon annually consults a faculty advisory council made up of local brewers, and owners and managers of local breweries, wineries and cideries on what they’d like to see in BRCC’s program. By gauging the desirable characteristics they seek in recruits and learning about the latest equipment being used, he’s able to offer the training these businesses prefer and better prepare the industry’s incoming workforce. Though Mixon notes that the curriculum changes on a daily basis to keep pace with developments in the industry, one of BRCC’s recent shifts is to place a greater emphasis on cider, given the ever-growing number of local cideries and Henderson County’s reputation as Apple Country. The program grows apple trees on its Flat Rock campus and has a press in the lab. For those unable to take classes during the day, BRCC offers continuing education courses at night through its Craft Beer Academy. These a la carte classes vary from preparing students to take the exam for the General Certificate in Brewing to the BRCC Brew School at Oskar Blues Brewery, in which students combine on-site experience with classroom learning. “In the brewing industry, there is no substitute for actually setting foot in a brewery and getting that experience hands-on,” Mixon says. CBI spots filled up shortly after admissions opened on April 1, but opportunities remain available through A-B Tech’s continuing education classes. Applications are still being accepted for Sensory Analysis of Beer and a two-part Business of Beer course, and more classes will be offered in the spring. For details, visit Enrollment for the associate degree program at BRCC closes Thursday, Aug. 11. Registration for continuing education classes is ongoing. For details, visit X

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Local studios offer aerial arts lessons for all skill levels

BY eliza J. stokes Asheville’s Aerial Space studio overflows with hanging circus apparatuses: Aerial silks, suspended hoops and trapezes, and a 25-foot rope are secured to the ceiling’s beams. In her nearly twohour-long classes for kids, teacher and Aerial Space owner blue de leeuw has an unconventional approach to making exercise fun. She encourages children to improve their flexibility by imagining their bodies as paper fans, and teaches them to tie different types of knots while they hold their splits. As the class comes to a close, de Leeuw guides 9-year-old sky young and 7-year-old ava walicky into aerial silk poses over thick safety mats. The girls hang upside down with the fabrics pinched between their knees, giggling as their legs fly through the air. Ava’s mother, nicole walicky, looks on with a wide smile as she records a video of Ava on her phone. “Ava’s proud at the end of class that she’s accomplished something,” her mother says. “Plus, she gets to play.” Performing aerial arts — aka aerials — such as silks, trapeze and hoop may seem to require an almost superhuman amount of strength. But as new circus-arts studios and collectives have opened throughout Asheville in the past decade, opportunities for both serious performers and beginners have grown. Classes begin at basic levels, and instructors build students up gradually in terms of both height and skill. “If you can’t do a pullup, that’s OK,” de Leeuw says. “If you can sit on a chair, you can sit on a sling.”

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fiRst iN fliGht Aerials were largely unheard of in Asheville until 2007, when professional aerialist christine aiken retired here after 20 years of performing in circuses across the globe. Aiken had a mission: to expose what she now calls “teeny tiny Asheville” to the joy of aerials. Aiken gathered a large group of beginners who were eager to learn and began to teach trapeze in her backyard. Over time, the group narrowed to eight serious performers. They made their official debut as the Asheville Aerial


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competition, because as long as people are teaching in a safe and ethical way, I think there should be more of it.” One such student is waverly jones, who was a 21-year-old bartender when she took her first Aerial Space class in 2010. Jones was hooked immediately, and after only six months of rigorous training, she was invited to join the Asheville Aerial Arts company. Since then, Jones has catapulted into worldwide fame. She has performed with members of LCD Soundsystem, judged Vertígo, Ecuador’s national aerial and pole competition, and boasts more than 27,000 Instagram followers. Aerialists now travel to Asheville from all over the U.S. to take private classes with her. Perhaps surprisingly, “I like to be more in the back of the room, as opposed to front and center nowadays,” Jones says. “Teaching is extremely rewarding. I’ve seen a lot of bodies that are not your typical athletic build do some really amazing things.” With professional aerialist heather poole, Jones co-opened Empyrean Arts in the South Slope. The aerial and pole fitness studio recently celebrated its first anniversary with a showcase called “Celebrity Circus.” Supporters crowded around to watch 11 students perform routines while dressed as Charlie Chaplin, Lady Gaga and even the pope. While many of the performances were flirtatious, Empyrean teacher amber victoria closed the show by stating, “This is not just about sensuality. It’s about strength from all different angles, and sensuality can come out of that.”

AiRboRNe: Waverly Jones, pictured, took her first aerial lesson in 2010. She went on to perform with members of LCD Soundsystem and judged Ecuador’s national aerial and pole competition before opening Empyrean Arts with fellow aerialist Heather Poole. Photo by Jack Sorokin Arts troupe with a show at the Haywood Park Hotel in June, 2007. De Leeuw was one of those pioneers. She opened Aerial Space in 2009 and now has eight instructors offering classes in silks, hoop, static trapeze, acrobatic

yoga and hand balancing. She also has a transportable rig to offer free aerial yoga classes for events like LEAF festival. Now, de Leeuw says, some of her former students have even opened their own studios. “I’m really not worried about the

Asheville’s Toy Boat Community Arts Space has more of a do-it-yourself approach to the circus arts. The venue opened four years ago with a mission of providing “an affordable, inclusive space where anyone can learn, teach, practice, meet and perform their skills,” as long as they are cleared for safety. Toy Boat’s direction has moved away from aerials and toward theater, but co-owner nina ruffini would love to see more trained aerialists make use of the space. Toy Boat has mats and rigs available at a rate of $100 for 16 hours per month, and weekly open hours on Sundays from 4 to 6 p.m. for a suggested $3-5 donation. Reflecting on her original mission of bringing aerials into Asheville’s public eye, Aiken feels successful. Her latest pursuit, Dare to Fly, opened flying trapeze rigs on Swannanoa River Road and Broadway in 2015 to accommodate anyone “willing, able and ready.” While tied into safety lines and guided

by trained callers, 90 percent of students successfully execute a trick in their first class. The rigs were recently shut down due to theft and vandalism, but Aiken plans to re-open next spring. Asheville’s studios take strides to make aerials accessible to people from all walks of life. Empyrean Arts teaches workshops for recovering addicts from a nearby rehab clinic. Dare to Fly offers flying trapeze classes for deaf and blind students, and Aerial Space has discounts for students on food stamps. Aerials can be especially empowering for students with selfesteem issues — de Leeuw says she watches confidence levels soar in preteens. “I see girls who are barely even talking, and they come into the studio and light up. They start trusting their bodies and me and the fabric.” When a man in his 60s was turned away from gymnastics, de Leeuw accepted him as a student and watched him excel at aerial silks and trapeze. But are aerials actually safe for everyone? Physical therapist brian lawler of Asheville Physical Therapy says most people can generally practice aerials safely under the guidance of instructors, but expresses concern for those with unstable shoulders, back

problems or a history of joint dislocations. “If they have lower back pain or disc injuries,” he says, “they probably want to be cleared by a physician.” Lawler emphasizes that the most important precaution is for students to work with trained teachers who will teach them moves that are appropriate for their skill levels. Asheville Aerial Arts will hold its yearly ticketed show, Becoming, at Asheville Community Theatre Friday to Sunday, Sep. 2 to 4. The family-friendly show uses aerials to interpret an array of metamorphoses, including caterpillar to butterfly, male to female and child to adult. The show costs $25 for adults and $10 for kids and students. Viewers who are inspired to attempt their own transformations can find lessons at local aerial studios. Learn more at Asheville Aerial Arts, 301-5615,; Aerial Space, 46 New Leicester Highway,; Dare to Fly Trapeze, 301-5615,; Empyrean Arts, 32 Banks Ave.,; and Toy Boat Community Art Space, 101 Fairview Road, Editor’s note: Writer Eliza Stokes is an aerialist herself and a former student of Waverly Jones. X

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Now in its fifth year, GeekOut is finding its place in the Asheville community, seeking to blend a universal love of nerdy pursuits with a healthy dose of the city’s local creative arts scene. The theme of this year’s GeekOut is “Indie, Meet Tech.” It will showcase art that has a technological flair to its aesthetic. GeekOut begins Friday, Aug. 12, with a promenade and costume photo shoot at Pack Square. “Anyone who wants to don a costume and join us is welcome,” says janaé elisabeth, program director for the convention. Festivities will continue at New Mountain on Friday night and all day on Saturday, Aug. 13. “We seem to have found our niche with geeky art this year,” says Elisabeth. “GeekOut is evolving to offer something different — a focus on arts and creativity across genres.” To illustrate a shift toward celebrating the creators and innovators in pop culture, the festival changed its tagline from “WNC’s Popular Arts Convention” to “Asheville’s Fan Arts Festival.” “We’ve decided not to bring expensive screen or voice actors to the event this year,” says Elisabeth. “Our guests are musicians, print and graphic artists, fashion designers, podcasters, technophiles and geeks like us.” Thirty artists will present their merchandise, with many demonstrating crafts ranging from makeup to live drawing. Writers, such as children’s author and illustrator j rutland and fantasy novelist s.c. houff, will share career advice. Members of North Carolina’s first official “Star Trek” fan club, The USS Alaric, will also be in attendance. Panels, workshops and demonstrations offer opportunities to learn about innovations such as LED displays, the live coding music synthesizer Sonic Pi and cutting-edge Arduino robotics sensors. The convention also features mark Zoran’s movie car replicas (such as his recreations of the Back to the Future DeLorean, and the Ghostbusters car), a live broadcast of the “Figures Sold Separately” podcast with Ken Krahl, renee hill and Car2-D2, and a talk on the use of technology in movie costumes and props. The interest in creative film apparel makes the Cosplay Couture Fashion Show a natural fit for GeekOut. The

PlAYdAte: GeekOut moves back to downtown Asheville this year. The event, with panel discussions, workshops, demonstrations and a fashion show, kicks off Friday evening with a promenade and costume photo shoot at Pack Square. Photo by James W. Johnson project was dreamed up and directed by Asheville designer and model ginger wilde. “There are a few steampunk outfits from designer charlotte cat murphy, a Pokémon Go outfit from local designer Katdog couture, and several new pieces from olivia mears,” she says. “There will be great costumes from local designers, plus the fun element of having some of the costume contest winners walk the runway in the show as well. It will not be a huge show, maybe between 10 to 20 models this year.” Mears, who describes herself as an avant-geek designer, says that “GeekOut is talked about in the Western North Carolina area by anyone who enjoys comics, anime, video games, and the community that comes

from those interests. Add fashion, and you’ll find some truly passionate artists.” For the runway, “I’m implementing the use of some unconventional materials, such as lights and thermoplastics to create sci-fi corsets that go over each of the dresses in the show, including a ‘dark versus light’ set of designs,” she says. Mears will also exhibit a design inspired by the 1979 sci-fi film Alien. GeekOut began in 2012 when 800 people attended the inaugural convention at the Renaissance Asheville Hotel. Last year, the gathering took place at UNC Asheville, followed by an after-party at New Mountain. This year, the organizers of GeekOut moved the conven-

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tion to New Mountain. “Holding the entire event downtown gives attendees the opportunity to experience Asheville’s natural quirkiness,” says Elisabeth. The change in venue will limit some of the activities from prior GeekOuts — there won’t be space for a video game room or for the last year’s popular attraction, the live action role-play castle. “We will have LARP gaming set up outside this year. It won’t be the whole big castle, but there will still be room to play,” says Elisabeth. “We are also writing a fun pen and paper quest game that everyone who attends will be able to play if they want to.” Similar to a scavenger hunt, it also involves a number of wandering costumed characters. Elisabeth adds, “A lot of geeky stuff happens at the space where indie-art and technology overlap.” X




schedule Events are held at New Mountain, 38 N. French Broad Ave., and are for all ages unless otherwise noted. Saturday events are ticketed. Day passes $5 kids/$15 adults. After-party only $15. Combo pass $25. fRidAY, AUG. 12 • Promenade and costume photo shoot for all ages at Pack Square, 6 p.m. • Pre-party (ages 18+) with Geektastic: A Burlesque Revue, 9 p.m.

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A plAce For iDeAs BMCM+AC opens a second location on Broadway “It’s a flexible space,” says alice sebrell, program director at Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center. She points toward a wall in the middle of BMCM+AC’s newest addition at 69 Broadway. “randy [shull] built it on casters. We can move it up front as a big title wall or it can be a partition wall. It’s just a nice feature. We don’t have that flexibility across the street.” Currently, the organization is distinguishing its two spaces numerically. Both are located on Broadway. The original BMCM+AC, founded in 1993 by mary holden, is referred to as 56. The new venue, next door to The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design on the other side of the street, is 69. The latter opened its doors last month. Both spaces aim to educate the public on the history of Black Mountain College, a campus founded by john a. rice in 1933 that attracted the likes of cy twombly, robert rauschenberg and elaine de Kooning. Owned and operated by its faculty until it closed in 1957, its legacy continues to impact and intrigue artists, scholars and tourists alike. “Just yesterday, there was a journalist from Germany who came by,” says Sebrell. “She’s touring all of North Carolina, but her priority was Black Mountain College.” The grand opening of the second BMCM+AC building featured the exhibit Wide Open: Architecture + Design at Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center. The exhibition shows artist and builder Shull’s process of creating the new space at 69 Broadway. In addition to designing the layout for the new BMCM+AC space, Shull was in charge of the renovations for the original BMCM+AC building. Both projects were funded by the Windgate Charitable Foundation. Shull’s project also highlights a component of the new space that BMCM+AC wants to continue to emphasize — its interest in current and future projects that fall under the umbrella of Black Mountain College’s influence. “We’re never stuck in the past,” says Sebrell, adding that the current research done on Black Mountain College carries its legacy forward. History remains a component of the new venue. The additional space


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upcoming events at BMcM+Ac Josef AlbeRs + the ARchitectURe of coloR what A presentation on the influences and ideas about color in architecture and painting where 69 Broadway

Active PARticiPAtioN: Jeff Arnal, executive director of Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center sees the new location at 69 Broadway as a place for artists and scholars to gather and converse. “You have to go out into the world and see other work, but you also have to investigate what’s happened before. All of this is surrounding a dialogue,” he says. Photo by Thomas Calder allows the organization to present more from its collection, such as original paintings, sculptures and other primary materials related to the former college. However, even with the added square footage, much of the collection remains in storage. “Our long-term goal is to have a digital catalog,” says jeff arnal, executive director of BMCM+AC, “so that it’s more available and becomes active storage.” Similar to the first BMCM+AC space, the new location offers a library and study room. Reference material at the 69 Broadway building comes courtesy of ronald r. janssen, retired professor emeritus of writing studies and composition at Hofstra University. “Janssen came to our [annual] conference for several years,” says Sebrell. “He’s particularly interested in the poets and writers associated with Black Mountain College.” Arnal sees the library as a resource unlike any other in Asheville. “You can come here and have access to the original print editions of books,” he says. He’s hopeful such a feature will attract artists, scholars and thinkers to visit the new location not merely to view the latest exhibit, but to take advantage of the unique space. “We want people to

know this is a place to gather,” he says. “A place to think and to study and to exchange ideas. That’s part of what a study center is about. And we welcome folks to come and do that.” Preconceptions are a major obstacle to overcome. Arnal points out that so often galleries, museums and libraries can carry with them a closed-door feel. There are also a variety of components that give pause. “People aren’t sure if they might have to buy something, or if there might be a heavy ticket price,” Arnal says. Both BMCM+AC locations are donation-based. Membership is available and new members are always welcome, but it is not a requirement to use the space. “We are in the business of serving the community,” Arnal says. “That’s part of this expansion. We’re trying to thoughtfully grow and to grow deep. We want to really look around us and ask, ‘Who are our neighbors? Who are our friends? Who are the like-minded folks?’ Because there are plenty. Folks come from all over the world, but we also need folks from West Asheville and Weaverville and Hendersonville to come in. ... This is the source, the faucet for many ideas.” X

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Anything That Floats Parade and RiverFest On any sunny day, there’s the chance of glimpsing unorthodox, makeshift watercrafts floating down the French Broad River. But RiverLink’s Anything That Floats Parade may provide the best raft-watching experience of the year. Teams plop their DIY vessels into the water at Hominy Creek Park on Saturday, Aug. 13, at 11 a.m., hoping to impress judges with their handiwork. The procession then floats past riverside onlookers (try the viewing platform at French Broad River Park) before arriving at the nonprofit’s larger event, RiverFest — held at the RiverLink Sculpture and Performance Plaza. There, floaters and their dry counterparts come together over beer, food-truck fare and, beginning at 2:30 p.m., solar-powered live-music sets by Grits & Soul, Sirius.B and aptly named headliner (at least for this event) Floating Action. The free-to-attend fundraiser lasts from 1 to 7 p.m. Image courtesy of RiverLink

Elizabeth Cook “I had been shielded from tragedy for a long time,” country songstress Elizabeth Cook told The Wall Street Journal. “And then I got repeated doses in a short amount of time. It changes a person.” Cook’s luckless bout involved multiple deaths, divorce and a fire at her family’s house. It’s no wonder, then, that her new album, Exodus of Venus, comes laced with dark and defiant tones, from a kick drum stomping its way through the title track to no-nonsense guitar licks peppering the collection. Even Cook’s slow numbers sound as troubled as they are calm, though she balances it out with occasional pep — most notably on the chorus of “Straightjacket Love,” which she sings with Patty Loveless. Derek Hoke opens for the seasoned performer at The Altamont Theatre on Saturday, Aug. 13, at 8 p.m. $15/$18 ($25 VIP). Photo by Jim McGuire

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Sourwood Festival “Sourwood honey is like the Cadillac of honeys,” says Bob McMurray, who organizes the Black Mountain-Swannanoa Chamber of Commerce’s annual celebration of the local sweet treat. In addition to honey and bee demonstrations, the 39th annual Sourwood Festival offers hourly live music performances, carnival rides and a kid fun park. Meanwhile, hundreds of vendors line Sutton Avenue and surrounding streets, selling eclectic foods and artisan wares — from carved candles to knives, educational wooden toys to lip balms, bonsai trees to leather belts and plenty more. Pets are welcome at this alcohol-free, family-friendly happening, which starts with The Sourwood Idol competition on Friday, Aug. 12, from 7 to 10 p.m., and continues with the vendor street fair on Saturday, Aug. 13, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 14, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. Image courtesy of organizers 46

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Plenty of literary magazines have published the stories of Adam O’Fallon Price, but the recent release of The Grand Tour marks his debut as a novelist. In the book, aging, antisocial writer Richard Lazar, who’s seen little success with previous works, pens a memoir on his military service in Vietnam. An unexpectedly favorable reception sends Lazar on a book tour, during which he meets superfan Vance Allerby. The aspiring writer’s offer to join his idol on the road kicks off a joint misadventure that’s “both hilarious and heartbreaking, full of pathos and surprising poignancy,” according to a media release. Price, who is hopefully more congenial than his protagonist, will stop at Malaprop’s as part of his own book tour. The free reading takes place on Tuesday, Aug. 16, at 7 p.m.

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Send your event listings to ARts coUNcil of heNdeRsoN coUNtY 693-8504, • Through (8/19) - Applications accepted for North Carolina Arts Council Regional Artist Project Grants. See website for full guidelines. blUe RidGe oRchestRA • Through SU (8/17) - Open auditions for clarinet, viola, and violin. See website for full guidelines. Free. cAldwell ARts coUNcil 754-2486, • Through SA (9/10) - Sculptors are invited to bring up to 3 sculptures for this one-day competition on Saturday, September 10. Contact for full guidelines. the wRiteR's woRkshoP 254-8111, • Through TU (8/30) Submissions accepted for the Literary Fiction Contest. Contact for guidelines. $25.

50 seAsoNs of shiNdiG: “Along about sundown” (or 7 p.m. for those who wear watches) Saturday nights from Aug. 13 through Sept. 3, Shindig on the Green returns to the heart of downtown Asheville at Pack Square Park’s Roger McGuire Green for its 50th season. The free event, which is a celebrated mountain tradition, features traditional and mountain string bands, informal jam sessions, ballad singers and big circle mountain dancers and cloggers. Since the outdoor event’s inception in 1967, hundreds of thousands of individuals have shared and enjoyed the rich traditional music and dance heritage of the Southern Appalachian Mountains. Photo by Julie Carter courtesy of the Folk Heritage Committee (p. 47) 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. ARts coUNcil of heNdeRsoN coUNtY 401 N. Main St., Hendersonville, 6938504, • Through FR (8/19) - Submissions accepted for the North Carolina Arts Council Grassroots Arts Program subgrants. Contact for full guidelines. Asheville ARt mUseUm 2 N. Pack Square, 253-3227 • FR (8/12), noon - Art Break: "The Art of the Landscape," with education intern Amanda Click. Admission fees apply. blAck moUNtAiN colleGe mUseUm & ARts ceNteR 56 Broadway, 350-8484, • SU (8/14), 4pm - "Josef Albers and the Architecture of Color," presentation by Marcia R. Cohen. $8/Free for members.

moRA coNtemPoRARY JewelRY 9 Walnut St., 575-2294, • Through WE (8/31) - Jeweler Spotlight Series: Exhibition of the jewelry of Laura Wood. Reception: Thursday, August 12, 5-8pm. moUNtAiN GAtewAY mUseUm ANd heRitAGe ceNteR 102 Water St., Old Fort, • 2nd SATURDAYS, 10am-3pm - Plein air painting demonstrations. Free. odYsseY cooPeRAtive ARt GAlleRY 238 Clingman Ave., 285-9700, • 2nd SATURDAYS, 11am-5pm - Gallery open house with food, music and artists' demonstrations. Free to attend. the ceNteR foR cRAft, cReAtivitY & desiGN 67 Broadway, 785-1357, • (8/12) & (8/13), noon-6pm "Back to the Drawing Board," interactive artist installations by Chris Watts, Ellie Richards, and Jay Fox. Free to attend.

the wedGe stUdios 129 Roberts St., • TH (8/11), 5-7:30pm Opening reception for The Visual Word, exhibition of 23 artist/poet pairings. Free to attend

ARt/cRAft fAiRs mooNlit ARt mARket • 2nd THURSDAYS through (10/13), 8-11pm - Arts and craft market. Free to attend. Held at Burial Beer Co., 40 Collier Ave.

AUditioNs & cAll to ARtists ARRowheAd GAlleRY 78 Catawba Ave., Old Fort, 668-1100 • TH (8/18), 4-6pm - Artists are invited to submit their work for the, Bring Us Your Best, annual juried exhibition. Contact for full guidelines.

mUsic 2016 RiveRfest (pd.) On Saturday, August 13, 1pm, RiverLink’s RiverFest offers an outstanding eclectic bands starting with Grits & Soul, the local Americana duo blending bluegrass with gospel and soul. • Next, perhaps Asheville’s favorite band, Sirius B., offers their “absurdist gypsy folk funk punk.” RiverFest closes with Floating Action, featuring outstanding singer-songwriter Seth Kauffman, whose “low-fi Carolina funk” is as cool as indie rock gets. 144 Riverside Drive. www. diANA woRthAm theAtRe 2 S. Pack Square, 257-4530, • WE (8/17), 8pm - Dougie MacLean, songwriter, guitarist and fiddler. $38/$33 student/$20 children. fiNes cReek blUeGRAss festivAl • FR (8/12), 6pm & SA (8/13), 4pm - Proceeds from this live music festival benefit the Fines creek community association. $15/$25 both nights/Free under 17. Held at the Fines Creek Community Association, 190 Fines Creek Road, Clyde flAt Rock ciNemA 2700 Greenville Highway, Flat Rock, 697-2463 • SU (8/14), 3pm - Magnolia Concert Series: Underhill Rose. $15.

flAt Rock PlAYhoUse dowNtowN 125 S. Main St., Hendersonville, 693-0731, • THURSDAYS through SUNDAYS (8/11) until (8/21) "The Music of Buddy Holly," concert. Thurs.: 7:30pm. Fri. & Sat.: 8pm. Thurs., Sat. & Sun.: 2pm. $28 and up. mUsic At UNcA 251-6432, • FR (8/12), 3pm - Opera talk with Asheville Lyric Opera General Director David Craig Starkey. Free. Held at the Reuter Center mUsic iN the mill • FR (8/12), 8pm - Kristian Bush. $25/$20 advance. Held at The Crossing at Hollar Mill, 883 Highland Ave. SE mUsic oN mAiN 693-9708, • FR (8/12), 7-9pm - Classic Car Cruise-In and live music by Rock and Roll Reunion. Free. NoRth mAiN mUsic seRies 692-6335 • SA (8/13), 5-7:30pm - Letters to Abigail. Free to attend. Held at Green Room Cafe & Coffeehouse, 536 N. Main St., Hendersonville PUbsiNG 254-1114 • 2nd SUNDAYS, 6-8pm - Gospel jam and sing-along. Optional snack time at 5:30pm. Free to attend. Held at French Broad Brewery, 101 Fairview Road RhYthm & bRews coNceRt seRies 233-3216, 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, • SATURDAYS (8/13) through (9/3), 7pm - Traditional and oldtime string bands, bluegrass, ballad singers, big circle mountain dancers and cloggers. Free. Held at Pack Square Park, 121 College St. toP of the GRAde coNceRts • FR (8/12), 7pm - Bob Sinclair & The Big Deals. Free. Held at McCreery Park, Smith Drive, Saluda

theAteR ANAm cARA theAtRe 545-3861, • FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS until (8/12), 8pm & TH (8/11), 8pm - Barbed Wire Suit. $18/$15 advance. Held at Toy Boat Community Art Space, 101 Fairview Road, Suite B Asheville commUNitY theAtRe 35 E. Walnut St., 254-1320, • FRIDAYS through SUNDAYS (8/12) until (8/28) - Crimes of the Heart, comedy. Fri. & Sat.: 7:30pm. Sun.: 2:30pm. $22/$19 seniors & students/$12 children. cARl sANdbURG home 1928 Little River Road, Flat Rock, 693-4178, • 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. flAt Rock PlAYhoUse 2661 Highway 225, Flat Rock, 693-0731, • WEDNESDAYS through SUNDAYS until (8/20) - 9 to 5. Wed., Thurs., Sat. & Sun.: 2pm. Wed. & Thurs.: 7:30pm. Fri. & Sat.: 8pm. $15-$40. moNtfoRd PARk PlAYeRs 254-5146, • FRIDAYS through SUNDAYS until (8/27), 7:30pm - Measure for Measure, by William Shakespeare. Free to attend. Held at Hazel Robinson Amphitheatre, 92 Gay St. PARkwAY PlAYhoUse 202 Green Mountain Drive, Burnsville, 682-4285, • FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS (7/30) until 8/13), 7:30pm - Grease. $22/$20 seniors, students & military/$12 children under 17. the mAGNetic theAtRe 375 Depot St., 279-4155 • FRIDAYS through SUNDAYS until (8/14) - Asheville Creative Arts presents, How I Became a Pirate. Fri.: 7pm. Sat.: 1pm & 4pm. Sun.: 1pm. $23/$12 students.

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g al l e rY Di re ctorY AmeRicAN folk ARt ANd fRAmiNG 64 Biltmore Ave., 281-2134, • Through WE (8/24) - Memoirs: Paintings Spanning 1997-2016, exhibition of paintings by Elli Ali. ARt At mARs hill UNiveRsitY 689-1307, • Through (8/17) - Exhibition of the art of Dusty Benedict. Held in Weizenblatt Gallery • Through SU (10/16) - A Cabinet of Curiosity: Selections from the Permanent Collection, exhibition of late 19th century Appalachian homesteading objects. Held in the Rural Heritage Museum ARt At UNcA • MO (8/15) through WE (8/28) Renderings and drawings from the international exhibit Costume at the Turn of the Century: 1990-2015. Reception: Friday, August 26, 5pm. Held in the Ramsey Library Blowers Gallery. • MO (8/15) through WE (9/7) Exhibition of UNC Asheville student work in theater costuming. Held in the Highsmith Art & Intercultural Gallery. ARt mob 124 Fourth Ave., E. Hendersonville, 6934545, • Through (8/19) - WNC Local Inspiration Juried Art Show. ARts coUNcil of heNdeRsoN coUNtY 693-8504, • Through FR (8/19) - Bring Us Your Best, all-media visual art exhibition. Opening reception: Friday, August 5, 5-7pm. Held in the TEDC Building Blue Ridge Conference Hall. Held at Blue Ridge Community College, 180 West Campus Drive, Flat Rock ARtwoRks 27 S. Broad St., Brevard, 553-1063, • Through WE (8/31) - Etude in Black and White, exhibition of the black and white photography of

Steve Owen. Opening reception: Friday, August 26. Asheville AReA ARts coUNcil 1 Page Ave., 258-0710, • FR (8/12) through FR (9/16) - Hello My Name Is.., painting exhibition by Douglas Lail. Reception: Friday, September 2, 5-8pm. • FR (8/12) through (9/16) - Point of View Exhibition: Off The Clock, curated by local poet Elaine Bleakney. Reception: Friday, September 2, 5-8pm.

• Through SA (10/15) - With These Hands: An Appalachian Barn Photography Exhibit, photography of Bonnie Cooper & Don McGowan. GRovewood GAlleRY 111 Grovewood Road, 253-7651, • Through WE (8/31) - Southern on High, solo exhibition by Greg Krolick. Opening reception: Saturday, August 13, 3-6pm.

Asheville ARt mUseUm 2 N. Pack Square, 253-3227 • Through FR (9/30) - Geometric Landscapes by Black Mountain College Artists, exhibition.

hickoRY mUseUm of ARt 243 3rd Ave., NE Hickory, 327-8576 • Through WE (10/9) - Holy Land Revisited, exhibition of works by Norma Suddreth. Reception: Friday, August 12, 6-7:30pm.

Asheville GAlleRY of ARt 82 Patton Ave., 251-5796, • Through WE (8/31) - Layers, exhibition of oil and acrylic paintings by Jane Molinelli.

moRA coNtemPoRARY JewelRY 9 Walnut St., 575-2294, • Through WE (8/31) - Laura Wood jewelry exhibition. Reception: Thursday, August 11, 5-8pm.

beARfootiN’ PUblic ARt wAlk • Through (10/22) - Public art display featuring fiberglass outdoor bear sculptures decorated in different themes. Free. Held outdoors on Main Street, Hendersonville

N.c. ARboRetUm 100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way, 6652492, • Through SU (9/18) - Aurora; Rays of Dawn; Growth Through Nature, exhibition featuring artists from Aurora Studio & Gallery. • Through SU (10/23) - Nature Connects - Art with LEGO Bricks, exhibition. • Through SU (9/18) - Shadow and Color, exhibition of paper art by Leo Monahan.

blowiNG Rock ARt & histoRY mUseUm 159 Chestnut St., Blowing Rock, 2959099, • SA (8/13) through SA (11/19) Elizabeth Bradford: Time + Terrain, exhibition. Reception: Thursday, September 1, 5:30-7:30pm. GRANd bohemiAN GAlleRY 11 Boston Way, 877-274-1242, • Through WE (9/14) - Beyond the Red Barn, exhibition of Bruce MacDonald’s minimalist landscapes. GReeN sAGe cAfe - westGAte 70 Westgate Parkway, 785-1780,

odYsseY cooPeRAtive ARt GAlleRY 238 Clingman Ave., 285-9700, • Through WE (8/31) - Exhibition featuring the ceramic art of Reiko Miyagi, Mary Jane Findley, and Matt Wegleitner. Red hoUse stUdios ANd GAlleRY 310 W. State St., Black Mountain, 6990351, • Through SU (8/28) - Swannanoa Valley Fine Arts League Members Juried Exhibition.

sAlUdA histoRic dePot 32 W. Main St., Saluda, 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. toe RiveR ARts coUNcil 765-0520, • 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 • SA (8/13) through SA (9/24) - Twins, exhibition of photography of twins by Marthanna Yater. Opening reception: Saturday, August 13, 5-7pm. Held at Burnsville TRAC Gallery, 102 W. Main St., Burnsville tRAckside stUdios & GAlleRY 375 Depot St., 545-2904, TracksideStudios375/ • Through WE (8/31) - New Approaches to Fine Art Commissions, exhibition of paintings by Sahar Fakhoury. tRYoN PAiNteRs & scUlPtoRs 78 North Trade St., Tryon, 859-0141, • Through SA (9/10) - Exhibition of the art of Charlotte Brass, Kathy Gagnon and Sharon Eng. UPstAiRs ARtsPAce 49 S. Trade St., Tryon NC, 859-2828, • Through FR (9/16) - Filling A Void: The Art of Installation, exhibition of the work of five artists. Contact the galleries for admission hours and fees

2016 music industry issue Join us as we take a look at the business, venues, studios, and people behind Asheville’s killer music scene! Coming September 7th! 48

august 10 - august 16, 2016

clUblANd sANctUARY bRewiNG comPANY Tessia (singer-songwriter), 7:00PM slY GRoG loUNGe Sound Station open mic (musicians of all backgrounds & skills), 7:30PM sol bAR New moUNtAiN Christopher the Conquered (interstellar soul), 9:00PM stRAiGhtAwAY cAfe Hustle Souls, 6:00PM tAllGARY's At foUR colleGe Open mic & jam, 7:00PM Wu-Wednesdays ('90s hip-hop experience), 9:00PM the block off biltmoRe Wednesday Hemp Day w/ Leif Erickson (folk, blues, reggae), 9:00PM the cRow ANd QUill Drayton and the Dream Pipe (jazz quartet covers classic video game tracks), 9:00PM the JoiNt Next dooR Bluegrass jam, 8:00PM

heAliNG PoweR of mUsic: Ithaca, New York punk quartet Izzy True isn’t afraid to wear their emotions on their sleeves. Much of the material for their recently released album, Nope, is drawn from frontperson Isabel Reidy’s struggles with mental illness, which the band channels into an upbeat, wry jangle with echoes of R.E.M. and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Catch Izzy True on Sunday, August 14 at Asheville’s Odditorium for a 9 p.m. show.

the mockiNG cRow Open Mic, 8:00PM the mothliGht Al Lover w/ Debtors Prism & Kangarot (psychedelic), 9:00PM the PhoeNix Jazz night, 8:00PM the sociAl loUNGe Phantom Pantone (DJ), 10:00PM

isis RestAURANt ANd mUsic hAll Julian Pinelli & Ethan Setiawan (bluegrass, jazz, funk), 7:00PM

timo's hoUse Dj Franco Nino, 8:00PM

185 kiNG stReet Vinyl night & cornhole league, 6:00PM

JAck of the wood PUb Old-time session, 5:00PM

towN PUmP Open mic w/ Billy Presnell, 10:00PM

5 wAlNUt wiNe bAR Ryan Oslance Duo (jazz), 5:00PM Les Amis (African folk music), 8:00PM

lAzY diAmoNd Killer Karaoke w/ KJ Tim O, 10:00PM

tRessA's dowNtowN JAzz ANd blUes Blues & Soul Jam, 9:00PM

lobsteR tRAP Ben Hovey (dub, jazz), 6:30PM

white hoRse blAck moUNtAiN The Core (jazz), 7:30PM

lookoUt bRewiNG comPANY James Hammel (singer-songwriter), 6:30PM

wild wiNG cAfe soUth J Luke (Acoustic), 6:30PM

wedNesdAY, AUGUst 10

AltAmoNt theAtRe Noble Kava pop-up bar & Poetry Open Mic w/ Caleb Beissert, 8:00PM bARleY's tAPRoom Dr. Brown's Team Trivia, 8:30PM beN's tUNe-UP Honky Tonk Wednesdays, 7:00PM blUe moUNtAiN PizzA & bRew PUb Open Mic, 7:00PM bURGeR bAR Karaoke, 6:00PM bYwAteR Billy Gilmore & friends (jam), 9:00PM cReekside tAPhoUse Open mic w/ Riyen Roots, 8:00PM

moUNtAiN moJo coffeehoUse Open mic, 6:30PM Noble kAvA Open mic w/ Caleb Beissert, 9:00PM o.heNRY's/the UNdeRGRoUNd "Take the Cake" Karaoke, 10:00PM odditoRiUm Synergy Story Slam, 7:00PM Jackson Harem (rock), 9:00PM off the wAGoN Piano show, 9:00PM

thURsdAY, AUGUst 11 5 wAlNUt wiNe bAR Pleasure Chest (blues, rock, soul), 8:00PM AltAmoNt bRewiNG comPANY Sha Man Band (gypsy jam) , 9:30PM AltAmoNt theAtRe McKayla Reece w/ Keil Nathan Smith (country, rock), 8:00PM bARleY's tAPRoom AMC Jazz Jam, 9:00PM

olive oR twist Swing dance lesson w/ Bobby Wood, 7:30PM 3 Cool Cats (vintage rock), 8:00PM

blAck moUNtAiN Ale hoUse Bluegrass Jam w/ The Big Deal Band, 8:00PM blUe moUNtAiN PizzA & bRew PUb Ben Phan (indie, folk, singer-songwriter), 7:00PM

fUNkAtoRiUm Staves & Strings (bluegrass), 6:30PM

oNe stoP deli & bAR Geeks Who Drink Trivia, 7:00PM Soulshine Farm Festival pre-party w/ Displace & Groove Fetish (jam, rock), 10:00PM

Good stUff Jim Hampton & friends perform "Eclectic Country" (jam), 7:00PM

PUlP Blitch w/ The Beard & Fist To The Ground (rock, metal), 9:00PM

GReY eAGle mUsic hAll & tAveRN Hard Rocket (rock 'n' roll), 6:00PM

PisGAh bRewiNG comPANY Andy Ferrell (Americana), 6:00PM

cRow & QUill Carolina Catskins (ragtime, jazz), 10:00PM

GRiNd cAfe Trivia night, 7:00PM

Room ix Fuego: Latin night, 9:00PM

hiGhlANd bRewiNG comPANY Laugh Your Asheville Off: Night Two (comedy showcase), 8:00PM

sAlvAGe stAtioN Boy Named Banjo, 8:00PM Unspoken Traditions, 8:00PM

diANA woRthAm theAtRe Laugh Your Asheville Off Comedy Festival, 8:00PM

cRow & QUill Drayton & the Dream Pipe (jazz, video game theme covers), 9:00PM foGGY moUNtAiN bRewPUb Lawn Drama (folk, pop), 9:00PM

clUb eleveN oN GRove Bad Penny Pleasuremakers (vintage jazz), 8:30PM cReekside tAPhoUse Station Underground (reggae), 8:00PM

elAiNe's dUeliNG PiANo bAR Dueling Pianos, 9:00PM

august 10 - august 16, 2016


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GReY eAGle mUsic hAll & tAveRN Laurel Lee & the Escapees (Americana, honky-tonk), 6:00PM hi-wiRe biG toP "BarnaBrew ESB" release party w/ Andrew Scotchie, Pierce Edens, David Earle & the Asheville Music School Rock Band, 5:00PM isis RestAURANt ANd mUsic hAll Laid Back Thursdays w/ Ram & friends (jazz, reggae, funk), 6:30PM The Everydays (Americana, indie), 7:00PM Travers Brothership w/ Burris (funk, jazz, rock), 9:00PM JAck of the wood PUb Bluegrass jam, 7:00PM k loUNGe #WineitUp Thursday w/ Dj AUDIO, 9:30PM lobsteR tRAP Hank Bones ("The man of 1,000 songs"), 6:30PM lookoUt bRewiNG comPANY Laura Thurston (Americana, folk), 6:30PM odditoRiUm Dr. Sketchy Burlesque, 6:30PM Glitter (punk), 9:00PM off the wAGoN Dueling pianos, 9:00PM

sPRiNG cReek tAveRN Open Mic, 6:00PM stoNe RoAd RestAURANt & bAR Open Mic w/ Tony the Pony, 8:00PM the block off biltmoRe Jazzy Happy Hours w/ Bill Gerhardt, 5:00PM Thursday open mic night w/ Teron!, 7:00PM



PUlP Slice of Life Comedy Open Mic, 9:00PM PAck's tAveRN Marc Keller (acoustic rock, folk), 8:00PM

cRow & QUill 9th Street Stompers (swing, jazz, blues), 9:00PM

PisGAh bRewiNG comPANY Vibe & Direct (electronic, jam), 8:00PM

timo's hoUse Roxzandra Rockheart mid-summer art/music showcase, 7:00PM

diANA woRthAm theAtRe Laugh Your Asheville Off Comedy Festival, 7:00PM Laugh Your Asheville Off Comedy Festival , 9:30PM

sAlvAGe stAtioN Pleasure Chest, 9:00PM

doUble cRowN DJ Greg Cartwright (garage & soul obscurities), 10:00PM

scANdAls NiGhtclUb DJ dance party & drag show, 10:00PM

elAiNe's dUeliNG PiANo bAR Dueling Pianos, 9:00PM

scARlet's coUNtRY dANce clUb DJs (request play), 8:00PM

towN PUmP Morrowville (indie, rock), 9:00PM tRAilheAd RestAURANt ANd bAR Open Cajun & swing jam w/ Steve Burnside, 7:00PM tRessA's dowNtowN JAzz ANd blUes Jesse Barry & The Jam, 9:00PM twisted lAURel Karaoke, 8:00PM

fRidAY, AUGUst 12 185 kiNG stReet Will Overman Band w/ Hustle Souls (folk, soul), 8:00PM 5 wAlNUt wiNe bAR The Blood Gypsies (gypsy blues), 9:00PM


PURPle oNioN cAfe Eric Congdon & Garry Segal (Americana), 8:00PM

Asheville mUsic hAll Sun-Dried Vibes w/ Tatanka (reggae), 9:00PM


Room ix Throwback Thursdays (all vinyl set), 9:00PM

AtheNA's clUb Dave Blair (folk, funk, acoustic), 7:00PM


sAlvAGe stAtioN Disc Golf Weekly Competition, 5:30PM

[classic country, bluegrass] 6pm FREE

sANctUARY bRewiNG comPANY Sean Bendula (singer-songwriter), 7:00PM

beN's tUNe-UP Woody Wood & the Asheville Family Band (acoustic, folk, rock), 7:00PM


Feat. Robert Greer and Friends

august 10 - august 16, 2016

oskAR blUes bReweRY Skunk Rukus (hillbilly rock), 6:00PM

the PhoeNix Valorie Miller w/ Aaron Price (singer-songwriter), 8:00PM

PisGAh bRewiNG comPANY The Old Chevrolette Set (country, Americana), 8:00PM


oRANGe Peel Rumours (Fleetwood Mac tribute), 9:00PM

PAck's tAveRN DJ MoTo (dance hits, pop), 9:30PM

AltAmoNt bRewiNG comPANY Electric Campfire BDay Bash w/ Ton of Hay (rock, pop, Dead covers), 9:30PM

[Sign Up is 7:30]

oNe stoP deli & bAR Free Dead Fridays w/ members of Phuncle Sam (jam), 5:00PM Whiskey Dixie (rock), 10:00PM

cReekside tAPhoUse Keegan Avery, 8:00PM

oRANGe Peel ZOSO (Led Zeppelin tribute), 9:00PM


olive oR twist Jesse Barry Band, 8:00PM

the imPeRiAl life The Roaring Lions (jazz), 8:00PM


oskAR blUes bReweRY Billy Litz (Americana, ragtime), 6:00PM

cAtAwbA bRewiNG soUth sloPe Andy Ferrell (folk, singer-songwriter, Americana), 6:00PM

off the wAGoN Dueling pianos, 9:00PM

coRk & keG Cafe Sho (Cajun two-steps, waltz), 8:30PM

wxYz loUNGe At Aloft hotel CaroMia (roots, soul, acoustic), 8:00PM

9pm $8

bYwAteR Sister Ivy w/ Rachel Waterhouse, 6:00PM Jordan Tice & Horse County (acoustic, singer-songwriter), 9:00PM

odditoRiUm Tripping the Mechanism w/ Wilted Spine & Veldtchasm (metal), 9:00PM

the cRow ANd QUill Carolina Catskins (ragtime jazz), 10:00PM

oNe stoP deli & bAR Story Daniels w/ Keenan Kid (alternative), 10:00PM


bURGeR bAR Bike night, 6:00PM Laurel Lee and the Escapees (honky tonk), 8:00PM

9pm $6


smokY PARk sUPPeR clUb Lyric (acoustic, soul), 6:00PM

wild wiNG cAfe soUth DJ dance party, 9:30PM



fReNch bRoAd bReweRY Russell James Pyle (country, folk), 7:00PM

olive oR twist DJ sets (variety), 8:00PM



blUe moUNtAiN PizzA & bRew PUb Acoustic Swing, 7:00PM

ole shAkeY's Phantom Pantone (electronic), 10:00PM

9pm $7


scANdAls NiGhtclUb DJ dance party & drag show, 10:00PM

wild wiNG cAfe Caribbean Cowboys (reggae, rock), 9:00PM



foGGY moUNtAiN bRewPUb Wild Card Trio (funk, jazz), 9:00PM

blAck moUNtAiN Ale hoUse Stephen Evans (singer-songwriter), 8:00PM

foGGY moUNtAiN bRewPUb Bone & Marrow w/ The Homeless Apians (folk, rock), 10:00PM Good stUff The Karma Mechanics (rock), 9:00PM GReY eAGle mUsic hAll & tAveRN Porch 40 w/ Major and the Monbacks & Sam Burchfield (progressive funk rock), 9:00PM hiGhlANd bRewiNG comPANY Bayou Diesel (rock), 7:00PM isis RestAURANt ANd mUsic hAll Rhythm Serenaders album release (jazz, swing, ragtime), 8:30PM JAck of the wood PUb Grand Ole Uproar (Americana, rock 'n' roll, hippie-tonk), 9:00PM

sANctUARY bRewiNG comPANY Mojomatic (rock), 8:00PM

stRAiGhtAwAY cAfe Jay Brown, 6:00PM the AdmiRAl Hip-hop dance party w/ DJ Warf, 11:00PM the block off biltmoRe Benefit for Jerry Williams' family w/ Weak Wrists, Carolina Catskins, TMF Legends, Upland Drive & surprise guests, 5:30PM the biltmoRe estAte Casting Crowns w/ Jeremy Camp, 7:30PM the cRow ANd QUill 9th Street Stompers (swing jazz, blues), 9:00PM the imPeRiAl life DJ Malinalli, 10:00PM the lANteRN RestAURANt & bAR Jason Whitaker, 6:00PM

JeRUsAlem GARdeN Middle Eastern music & bellydancing, 7:00PM

the mothliGht Holy Ghost Tent Revival w/ Tall Tall Trees (rock, soul, folk), 9:30PM

lAzY diAmoNd Totes Dope Tite Sick Jams w/ (ya boy) DJ Hot Noodle, 10:00PM

the PhoeNix Chix Coop Willaye Trio (jug band, blues), 9:00PM

lobsteR tRAP Calico Moon (Americana), 6:30PM

the sociAl Steve Moseley (acoustic), 6:00PM

lUellA's bAR-b-QUe Ashley Heath (Americana), 8:00PM

tiGeR moUNtAiN Dark dance rituals w/ DJ Cliffypoo, 10:00PM

mARket PlAce The Sean Mason Trio (groove, jazz, funk), 7:00PM

timo's hoUse DJ Deacon (hip hop, R&B, top 40), 9:00PM

o.heNRY's/the UNdeRGRoUNd Drag Show, 12:30AM

towN PUmP The Loose Hinges (eclectic indiepop), 9:00PM

white hoRse blAck moUNtAiN Yes The Raven (folk, indie, alternative), 8:00PM wild wiNG cAfe Flashback (70's, 80's, 90's), 9:00PM wild wiNG cAfe soUth A Social Function (acoustic), 9:30PM wxYz loUNGe At Aloft hotel Ben Hovey (live souljazztronica), 8:00PM zAmbRA Zambra Jazz Trio, 8:00PM UNwiNe'd At mellie mAc's Ben Phan (soul, folk), 6:00PM

sAtURdAY, AUGUst 13 185 kiNG stReet The Good Bad Kids (folk, rockabilly), 8:00PM 5 wAlNUt wiNe bAR Matt Walsh (blues), 6:00PM Jason Moore & Trust Trio (funk, jazz), 9:00PM AltAmoNt bRewiNG comPANY Billy Gilmore & Friends (jam, bluegrass), 9:30PM AltAmoNt theAtRe Elizabeth Cook w/ Derek Hoke (country, singer-songwriter), 8:00PM Asheville mUsic hAll Lose Yourself to Dance w/ DJ Marley Carroll (dance), 9:00PM Make America Dance Again w/ live rotating DJs (dance), 9:00PM AtheNA's clUb Michael Kelley Hunter (blues), 6:30PM bhRAmARi bRewhoUse Bend & Brew (yoga class), 11:00AM blAck moUNtAiN Ale hoUse Matt Walsh (blues), 9:00PM

isis RestAURANt ANd mUsic hAll An evening w/ Carsie Blanton & The Rondo Rigs (blues, jazz, singer-songwriter), 7:00PM The Secret B Sides w/ Whitney Moore (blues, hip hop, R&B), 9:00PM JAck of the wood PUb Astral Plainsmen (bluegrass), 9:00PM JeRUsAlem GARdeN Middle Eastern music & bellydancing, 7:00PM lAzY diAmoNd Jaye Jayle w/ Nate Hall (dark space twang, rock), 10:00PM lobsteR tRAP Sean Mason Trio (jazz), 6:30PM

New moUNtAiN theAteR/ AmPhitheAteR GeekOut 2016, 10:00AM GeekOut After Party w/ Phutureprimitive and RBTS WIN, 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 oNe stoP deli & bAR Vibe & Direct (jam, electronic), 10:00PM

PAck's tAveRN Grand Theft Audio (classic rock), 9:30PM

bURGeR bAR Asheville FM 103.3 DJ Night, 6:00PM

Room ix Open dance night, 9:00PM

bYwAteR Junto (Americana, country, rock), 9:00PM

sAlvAGe stAtioN Blue Dragons, 9:00PM

cReekside tAPhoUse Adamas Band, 8:00PM cRow & QUill Stale Bread Scottie & the 9th Street Stompers (blues), 9:00PM diANA woRthAm theAtRe Laugh Your Asheville Off Comedy Festival, 9:00PM doUble cRowN Pitter Platter w/ DJ Big Smidge, 10:00PM elAiNe's dUeliNG PiANo bAR Dueling Pianos, 9:00PM

august is a ghost town series

08/16 tue

public life w/alex brown

annelise kopp & dj walkhome





the moth:

true stories told live

jackie lynn

w/ erica eso, difference clouds

08/20 sat

erica russo album release! w/ livingdog, darien



ahleuchatistas w/ ava mendoza, jessica pavone

08/23 tue


august is a ghost town series

marian mclaughlin

w/autumn burnett, truly

Details for all shows can be found at

oskAR blUes bReweRY Calvin Get Down (funk), 6:00PM

PURPle oNioN cAfe Andy Ferrell Trio (Americana, roots), 8:00PM

coRk & keG Old-time jam, 7:30PM

w/�tall tall trees the chickenhawks

o.heNRY's/the UNdeRGRoUNd Drag Show, 12:30AM odditoRiUm Trees On Mars w/ Mr. Mange (rock, metal), 9:00PM

holy ghost tent revival


08/15 mon the mudbottoms f ree! w/ odd squad,

mARket PlAce DJs (funk, R&B), 7:00PM

blUe moUNtAiN PizzA & bRew PUb Patrick Fitzsimons (roots music), 7:00PM

clAssic wiNeselleR Speakeasy Night w/ The 9th Street Stompers, 7:00PM


sANctUARY bRewiNG comPANY Yoga w/ cats, 10:30AM Carolina Catskins (ragtime, jazz), 3:00PM Hunnilicious (Americana duo), 8:00PM scANdAls NiGhtclUb DJ dance party & drag show, 10:00PM scARlet's coUNtRY dANce clUb The Fine Line Band (Southern rock), 9:00PM stRAiGhtAwAY cAfe Shawn Hagan, 6:00PM the AdmiRAl Soul night w/ DJ Dr. Filth, 11:00PM the block off biltmoRe Jordan Okrend (rock, jazz, soul), 7:30PM

foGGY moUNtAiN bRewPUb Gruda Tree (funk, jazz), 10:00PM

the cRow ANd QUill Stale Bread Scottie & The 9th Street Stompers (gritty, low down blues), 9:00PM

fReNch bRoAd bReweRY The LeMasters (folk, rock), 7:00PM

the lANteRN RestAURANt & bAR Tyler Herring, 5:30PM

Good stUff Ivy Hill (progressive grunge, rock), 9:00PM

the PhoeNix Dave Desmelik Trio (Americana), 9:00PM

GReY eAGle mUsic hAll & tAveRN Joyce Manor w/ Chris Farren & Broken Beak (punk, rock, indie), 9:00PM

timo's hoUse Zero Distance (local electronic showcase), 9:00PM

TAVERN 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

LIVE MUSIC... never a cover THU. 8/11 Marc Keller

(acoustic rock, folk)

FRI. 8/12 DJ MoTo

(dance hits, pop)

SAT. 8/13 Grand Theft Audio (classic rock)

20 S. Spruce St. • 225.6944

august 10 - august 16, 2016


Wed •Aug 10 Woody Wood @ 5:30pm

check website for details about Laugh Your Asheville Off

Dinner Menu till 10pm Late Night Menu till




Full Bar

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towN PUmP Joy on Fire (punk, jazz), 9:00PM

Fri•Aug 12 Bayou Diesel @ 7pm

tRAilheAd RestAURANt ANd bAR The Mayfields (bluegrass), 8:00PM

Sat •Aug 13 Roaring Lions @ 7pm

tRessA's dowNtowN JAzz ANd blUes The King Zeros (blues), 7:30PM

Sun•Aug 14 Reggae Sunday hosted by Dennis Berndt of Chalwa @ 1pm

Tue• Aug 16 Team Trivia w/ Dr. Brown @ 6pm






7:00PM – 9:00PM –




white hoRse blAck moUNtAiN The Asheville Jazz Orchestra (big band, swing), 8:00PM wild wiNG cAfe Saturday karaoke, 6:00PM Karaoke, 9:00PM




Sunset Concerts Every Week 7 - 10PM TUESDAYS

Eleanor Underhill & Friends WEDNESDAYS

Live Honky Tonk Americana FRIDAYS

Woody Wood Live Acoustic Set SATURDAYS

Gypsy Guitars *3pm - 6pm

WED 8/17



THU 8/18

6:30PM – LAID



FRI 8/19




80’S MEETS 90’S

Every Tuesday 7:30pm–midnite



Dub Cartel Reggae/Ska

195 Hilliard Ave 52

august 10 - august 16, 2016


beN's tUNe-UP Sunday Funday DJ set, 3:00PM Reggae night w/ Dub Kartel, 7:00PM bhRAmARi bRewhoUse Sunday brunch w/ live music, 11:00AM blAck moUNtAiN Ale hoUse Sunday Jazz Brunch w/ James Hammel & friends, 11:30AM

wild wiNG cAfe soUth Steve Mosley (acoustic), 9:00PM

blUe moUNtAiN PizzA & bRew PUb Billy Litz (Americana, ragtime), 7:00PM

wxYz loUNGe At Aloft hotel Siamese Jazz Club (R&B, neosoul, groove), 8:00PM

bYwAteR Cornmeal Waltz w/ Robert Greer (classic country, bluegrass), 6:00PM

zAmbRA Zambra Jazz Trio, 8:00PM

coRk & keG Vollie McKenzie (jazz, blues, country), 3:00PM

UNwiNe'd At mellie mAc's Roberta Baum (jazz), 6:00PM

sUNdAY, AUGUst 14

SAT 8/13


AltAmoNt bRewiNG comPANY Record Night w/ DJ Kilby and Ed Mertz, 6:30PM

5 wAlNUt wiNe bAR Los Abrojitos (tango), 7:00PM

cReekside tAPhoUse Andy Ferrell (Americana), 2:00PM doUble cRowN Killer Karaoke w/ KJ Tim O, 9:00PM hiGhlANd bRewiNG comPANY Reggae Sunday w/ Dennis

"Chalwa" Berndt, 1:00PM isis RestAURANt ANd mUsic hAll Sunday Classical Brunch, 11:00AM Mountain Spirit and Isis present: An evening w/ Tacoma Narrows, 5:30PM History of Jazz series: Bebop, vol. 2, 7:30PM JAck of the wood PUb Irish session, 5:00PM lAzY diAmoNd Tiki Night w/ DJ Lance (Hawaiian, surf, exotica), 10:00PM lobsteR tRAP Hot Club of Asheville (swing, bluegrass), 6:30PM odditoRiUm Minorcan w/ Izzy True, Shadow Show and more (rock, punk), 9:00PM off the wAGoN Piano show, 9:00PM olive oR twist Zen Cats (blues), 7:00PM oNe stoP deli & bAR Bluegrass brunch w/ Woody Wood, 11:00AM Sundays w/ Bill & friends, 5:00PM PUlP Chicken Coop Willaye Trio w/ The Paper Crowns & Nate Sly (Appalchian music, percussion), 5:30PM

tAllGARY's At foUR colleGe Jason Brazzel (acoustic), 6:00PM the block off biltmoRe Jason Cline (Americana, folk, singer-songwriter), 7:00PM Spiritual Musical Workshop w/ Haile Israel & Ras B, 7:00PM the biltmoRe estAte Emmylou Harris and Mary Chapin Carpenter (folk, country), 7:30PM the imPeRiAl life DJ Phantone Pantone, 9:00PM the omNi GRove PARk iNN Lou Mowad (classical guitar), 10:00AM Bob Zullo (pop, rock, blues), 7:00PM the PhoeNix Carolyn & Keturah (Americana), 12:00PM the sociAl Get Vocal Karaoke, 9:30PM the sociAl loUNGe Sunday brunch on the rooftop w/ Katie Kasben & Dan Keller (jazz), 12:30PM the soUtheRN Yacht Rock Brunch w/ DJ Kipper, 12:00PM timo's hoUse BYOV Night (Bring your own vinyl), 8:00PM wedGe bRewiNG co. Cheaters & Samples (grunge swing, jazz), 5:30PM white hoRse blAck moUNtAiN Roochie Toochie and the Ragtime Shepherd Kings (tin pan alley), 7:30PM wicked weed Summer Concert Series, 4:00PM wild wiNG cAfe soUth Sunday Funday w/ Crocs Duo, 5:00PM

moNdAY, AUGUst 15 185 kiNG stReet Open mic night, 7:00PM

URbAN oRchARd Old-time music, 7:00PM

coURtYARd GAlleRY Open mic (music, poetry, comedy, etc.), 8:00PM

white hoRse blAck moUNtAiN Jay Brown and Aaron Price (singer-songwriter), 7:00PM

cReekside tAPhoUse Trivia, 7:00PM

tUesdAY, AUGUst 16

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 JAck of the wood PUb Quizzo, 7:00PM lexiNGtoN Ave bReweRY (lAb) Kipper's "Totally Rad" Trivia night, 8:00PM lobsteR tRAP Bobby Miller & friends (bluegrass), 6:30PM o.heNRY's/the UNdeRGRoUNd Geeks Who Drink trivia, 7:00PM odditoRiUm Odditorium karaoke, 9:00PM oRANGe Peel Summer movie series: Ferris Bueller's Day Off, 8:00PM oskAR blUes bReweRY Mountain Music Mondays (open jam), 6:00PM soveReiGN Remedies Stevie Lee Combs (acoustic), 8:00PM the block off biltmoRe Albi & The Lifters (jazz), 7:00PM the mothliGht The Mudbottoms w/ Odd Squad & The Chickenhawks (rock, blues), 9:00PM the omNi GRove PARk iNN Bob Zullo (pop, rock, blues), 7:00PM the PhoeNix Andrew Thelston (singersongwriter), 8:00PM the sociAl loUNGe Industry Night Karaoke, 8:00PM the vAlleY mUsic & cookhoUse Monday Pickin' Parlour (open jam, open mic), 8:00PM

5 wAlNUt wiNe bAR The John Henrys (hot jazz), 8:00PM AltAmoNt bRewiNG comPANY Open mic w/ Chris O'Neill, 8:30PM Asheville mUsic hAll Tuesday Night Funk Jam, 11:00PM bAck YARd bAR Open mic & jam w/ Robert Swain, 8:00PM 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, 7:30PM blUe moUNtAiN PizzA & bRew PUb Matt Sellars (Americana, blues, roots), 7:00PM blUe RidGe tAPRoom Tuesday Tease w/ Deb Au Nare (burlesque), 8:00PM bUffAlo Nickel Trivia, 7:00PM bYwAteR DJ EZ & fire-spinning, 9:00PM coRk & keG Old time jam, 5:00PM cReekside tAPhoUse Matt Walsh (blues), 6:00PM cRow & QUill Boogie-Woogie Burger Night (early rock n' roll, burgers), 10:00PM doUble cRowN Honky-Tonk, Cajun, and Western w/ DJ Brody Hunt, 10:00PM

MONDAYS Quizzo – Brainy Trivia • 7:30pm CAJUN TWO STEPPIN’ TUESDAYS Featuring Cre’ole Mountain Dewds Every Tuesday in August • 7pm Gumbo, Po Boys and more! WEDNESDAYS Asheville’s Original Old Time Mountain Music Jam • 5pm Brewery of the Month: Blowing Rock / Pint Specials THURSDAYS Mountain Feist • 7pm Bluegrass Jam • 9:30pm Bourbon Specials

FRI GRAND OLE UPROAR 8/12 9PM / $5 SAT ASTRAL PLAINSMEN 8/13 9PM / $5 FRI CYNDI LOU & THE WANT TO w/ BAILEN FROM NEW YORK CITY 8/19 8PM / $5 IRISH SUNDAYS Irish Food and Drink Specials Traditional Irish Music Session • 3-9pm

Good stUff Old time-y night, 6:30PM


hiGhlANd bRewiNG comPANY Dr. Brown's Team Trivia, 6:00PM


iRoN hoRse stAtioN Open mic, 6:00PM

8/10 8/11 8/12 8/13 8/17

8/18 8/18 8/19 8/20




stRAiGhtAwAY cAfe Barstool Sailors, 1:00PM Laura Thurston, 5:00PM

coRk & keG Gal Holiday & The Honky Tonk Revue (country), 8:00PM

twisted lAURel Phantom Pantone (industrial electronic), 9:00PM


scANdAls NiGhtclUb DJ dance party & drag show, 10:00PM

bYwAteR Open mic w/ Rick Cooper, 8:00PM

Where The Blue Ridge Mountains Meet the Celtic Isles


sANctUARY bRewiNG comPANY Ellen, Howie and Woody (Americana trio), 3:00PM

tRessA's dowNtowN JAzz ANd blUes Service Industry Night, 7:00PM


bURGeR bAR Honky Tonk night, 6:00PM


Roots ANd fRUits mARket Joe Hallock, 11:00AM


timo's hoUse Timo's Film Society Movies (free popcorn), 7:00PM


AltAmoNt bRewiNG comPANY Old-time jam w/ Mitch McConnell, 6:30PM


PisGAh bRewiNG comPANY Travers Jam, 6:00PM


tiGeR moUNtAiN Service industry night (rock 'n' roll), 9:00PM


5 wAlNUt wiNe bAR Siamese Jazz Club (soul, R&B, jazz), 8:00PM

Shadowed Self w/ A March Through May & Divided We Stand (hard rock, metal), 9:00PM


95 PATTON at COXE • Downtown Asheville

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c l u Blan D isis RestAURANt ANd mUsic hAll Tuesday bluegrass sessions w/ The Darren Nicholson Band, 7:30PM JAck of the wood PUb Cajun Two-steppin' Tuesday w/ The Cre'ole Mountain Dewds (Cajun, zydeco, dance), 7:00PM lAzY diAmoNd Classic Rock 'n Roll Karaoke, 10:00PM

oNe stoP deli & bAR Turntable Tuesdays (DJs & vinyl), 10:00PM

blUe moUNtAiN PizzA & bRew PUb Open Mic, 7:00PM

PUlP Galena (alt. rock), 9:00PM

bUffAlo Nickel David Joe Miller Presents 'Mountain Stories' w/ Adam Booth, 7:00PM

sAlvAGe stAtioN Fish & Friends, 8:00PM sANctUARY bRewiNG comPANY Taco and Trivia Tuesday, 7:00PM Team trivia & tacos, 7:00PM

lobsteR tRAP Jay Brown (folk, singer-songwriter), 6:30PM odditoRiUm Odd comedy night, 9:00PM olive oR twist Tuesday Night Blues Dance w/ The Remedy, 8:00PM

cRow & QUill Michael Luctan (original piano compositions & covers), 9:00PM

the biltmoRe estAte Boz Scaggs and Michael McDonald (rock, R&B), 7:30PM

diANA woRthAm theAtRe Dougie MacLean (singer-songwriter), 8:00PM

the mothliGht Alex Brown w/ annelise Kopp & DJ Walkhome, 9:00PM

foGGY moUNtAiN bRewPUb Phil Alley w/ special guests (folk, Americana), 9:00PM

the PhoeNix Songwriter Showcase w/ Chris Wilhelm, Kim Smith & Keturah, 8:00PM

fUNkAtoRiUm Staves & Strings (bluegrass), 6:30PM

sol bAR New moUNtAiN KP and the Boom Boom w/ The Soul Magnetics (neo-soul), 9:00PM

the sociAl loUNGe Phantom Pantone (DJ), 10:00PM

Good stUff Jim Hampton & friends perform "Eclectic Country" (jam), 7:00PM

stRAiGhtAwAY cAfe Dave Ribbon, 6:00PM

timo's hoUse Tech Tuesdays (video gamer night), 8:00PM

GReY eAGle mUsic hAll & tAveRN Golden Gate Wingmen (jam), 9:00PM

tRessA's dowNtowN JAzz ANd blUes Early Funk Jam, 9:00PM

GRiNd cAfe Trivia night, 7:00PM

URbAN oRchARd Billy Litz (Americana, singer-songwriter), 7:00PM

hiGhlANd bRewiNG comPANY Woody Wood Wednesdays (rock, soul, funk), 5:30PM

wedGe bRewiNG co. Cheaters and Samples, 6:00PM

isis RestAURANt ANd mUsic hAll Kelcy Mae (alt. country, rock, bluegrass), 7:00PM

w/ Keenan Kid

5 wAlNUt wiNe bAR Riyen Roots & Kenny Dore (blues, roots), 5:00PM Les Amis (African folk), 8:00PM

moUNtAiN moJo coffeehoUse Open mic, 6:30PM

Lose Yourself to Dance Party w/ DJ Marley Carroll

Vibe & Direct 54

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o.heNRY's/the UNdeRGRoUNd "Take the Cake" Karaoke, 10:00PM odditoRiUm Yeesh (rock), 9:00PM

beN's tUNe-UP Honky Tonk Wednesdays, 7:00PM

off the wAGoN Piano show, 9:00PM


sAlvAGe stAtioN Circus Mutt, 8:00PM sANctUARY bRewiNG comPANY Adoptable Pet Night w/ Blue Ridge Humane, 6:00PM Ben Phan (singer-songwriter), 7:00PM slY GRoG loUNGe Sound Station open mic (musicians of all backgrounds & skills), 7:30PM

tAllGARY's At foUR colleGe Open mic & jam, 7:00PM Wu-Wednesdays ('90s hip-hop experience), 9:00PM the block off biltmoRe DD Weiss w/ Cary Cooper (acoustic, percussion), 7:30PM the JoiNt Next dooR Bluegrass jam, 8:00PM the mockiNG cRow Open Mic, 8:00PM the PhoeNix Jazz night, 8:00PM the sociAl loUNGe Phantom Pantone (DJ), 10:00PM timo's hoUse Endymion is the Moon (experimental, folk), 10:00PM towN PUmP Open mic w/ Billy Presnell, 10:00PM tRessA's dowNtowN JAzz ANd blUes Blues & Soul Jam, 9:00PM white hoRse blAck moUNtAiN Wednesday Night Waltz, 7:00PM wild wiNG cAfe soUth J Luke (acoustic), 6:30PM Skinny Wednesdays w/ J Luke, 6:30PM



8.11 10PM


(Alternative) AMH (Reggae)


Noble kAvA Open mic w/ Caleb Beissert, 9:00PM

bARleY's tAPRoom Dr. Brown's Team Trivia, 8:30PM

8.12 9PM


lAzY diAmoNd Killer Karaoke w/ KJ Tim O, 10:00PM lobsteR tRAP Ben Hovey (dub, jazz), 6:30PM

8.10 10PM


JAck of the wood PUb Old-time session, 5:00PM

185 kiNG stReet Vinyl night & cornhole league, 6:00PM

Schedule at a Glance

Story Daniels

Room ix Fuego: Latin night, 9:00PM

the block off biltmoRe Jazzy Happy Hours w/ Bill Gerhardt, 5:00PM Jazz-n-Justice Tuesday, 7:30PM

AltAmoNt theAtRe Noble Kava pop-up bar & Poetry Open Mic w/ Caleb Beissert, 8:00PM

Disp LAce & Groove Fetish

PisGAh bRewiNG comPANY Steel City Jug Slammers (jug band, old-time), 6:00PM

cReekside tAPhoUse Open mic w/ Riyen Roots, 8:00PM

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bYwAteR The Lazybirds (swing, jazz), 9:00PM

oNe stoP deli & bAR Geeks Who Drink Trivia, 7:00PM

tAllGARY's At foUR colleGe Jam night, 9:00PM

white hoRse blAck moUNtAiN Irish sessions & open mic, 6:30PM

Soulshine Farm Festival Pre Party w/

bURGeR bAR Karaoke, 6:00PM

olive oR twist Swing dance lesson w/ Bobby Wood, 7:30PM 3 Cool Cats (vintage rock), 8:00PM

8.13 9PM

AMH (Dance)

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Make America Dance Again




GiRl, YoU thoUGht he wAs A mAN, bUt he wAs A zAPPA: Frank Zappa speaks from beyond the grave in Eat That Question

Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words HHHHS

Director: Thorsten Schütte plaYers: Frank Zappa BiograpHical DocumentarY RATED R tHe storY: Frank Zappa in his own words (as the title would imply), this collection of interviews and performance footage elucidates the musician and composer’s thoughts over the course of his 30-year career. tHe lowDown: Of interest to more than just die-hard Zappa fanatics, this movie presents a fascinating portrait of an iconoclastic genius.

I once tried to explain the appeal of Frank Zappa to an older brother of mine, talking at length about Zappa’s integrity, musical virtuosity, creative genius and awe-inspiring audacity. The crux of my argument was that a man so intelligent and talented could’ve done absolutely anything he wanted, and the fact that he chose to make absurdly intricate rock music with silly lyrics was possibly the most respectable thing he could’ve done with his life. My brother still doesn’t listen to Zappa. I still do. Eat That Question is the ammunition I was lacking in that intellectual firefight. No one can make the case


for Zappa better than the man himself, and German documentarian Thorsten Schütte made the wise decision to facilitate that process rather than impede it. Forgoing the voice-over narration, talking-head interviews and contextual B-roll so replete in modern documentary films, Schütte instead sifted through what must’ve been hundreds of hours of archival interview and performance footage to craft a narrative, through Zappa’s own words, of his tragically brief 30-year career. I would consider myself a casual Zappa fan, lacking the exhaustive knowledge of his catalog that some possess. This is why, in my explanation of his work to my brother, I was excessively reductive in my descriptions of his career and contributions to society. Question admirably fills in those gaps in knowledge for the novice, presenting with equal attention Zappa’s work not only as a rock musician but as a modern composer, satirist and free-speech advocate. It’s far from a simple biographical retrospective or performance film — and it was never intended to be. What this film achieves is a perfect balance of the two, both of which are in service to the personality of the man himself. By drawing heavily on interview footage, Question paints a complex picture of a complicated man: a control freak with an authority problem who was consistently the smartest guy in the room and was a paradoxical icon of the hippie movement — famously opposed to drugs and constantly lampooning his core audience. What makes Question so entertaining, beyond Zappa himself, is the manner in which the filmmakers pieced together his narrative without intrusion. The audience gets to see Zappa transform from a 23-year-old playing the bicycle on The Steve Allen Show to a mature artist speaking out against censorship before Congress, and then to a dying man who has accepted his fate but refuses to quit working in a Today Show interview filmed shortly before cancer claimed his life — all without any posthumous commentary. This might sound a little boring to nonfans, but this is where the filmmakers’ judicious sense of pacing saves the day. Schütte chooses interviews that showcase Zappa’s innate sense of growing

frustration with vapid interviewers, and editor Willebald Wonneberger cuts performance segments with an almost preternatural sense of when they’re detracting from the narrative thread. What’s presented here is a glimpse of the man as he portrayed himself. It may not be unvarnished, but it is accurate. When Zappa states in the Today interview that he feels no desire to be remembered, one wonders if he would’ve ruled out this sort of film or not. Eat That Question is a masterfully balanced, if not wholly unbiased, biographical documentary. The filmmakers are clearly fans and may therefore gloss over some of the more difficult aspects of Zappa’s life and personality, but that’s not particularly uncommon for any biopic, narrative or documentary that deals with any musician of note. What’s remarkable about this piece is the intimate understanding that the audience can derive from Zappa’s words, with the direct knowledge of his extreme intolerance for mediocrity and b.s. coming through in his interviews and performances. For all servant fans of Frank, this movie is a must-see. For all those familiar with Zappa only in passing, this movie is a must-see. Rated R for language, some sexual references and brief nudity Opens Friday, Aug. 12, at Grail Moviehouse Reviewed bY scott doUGlAs

Anthropoid HHHS Director: Sean Ellis plaYers: Jamie Dornan, Cillian Murphy, Charlotte Le Bon, Anna Geislerová, Toby Jones Historical Drama RATED R tHe storY: Based on the true story of Operation Anthropoid,

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the assassination of high-ranking Nazi Reinhard Heydrich by Czechoslovakian resistance fighters. The Lowdown: Flawed but worthwhile, Anthropoid is a compelling take on an important subject. DIRECTOR: Sean Ellis PLAYERS: Jamie Dornan, Cillian Murphy, Charlotte Le Bon, Anna Geislerová, Toby Jones HISTORICAL DRAMA RATED R The Story: Based on the true story of Operation Anthropoid, the assassination of high-ranking Nazi Reinhard Heydrich by Czechoslovakian resistance fighters. The Lowdown: Flawed but worthwhile, Anthropoid is a compelling take on an important subject. Sean Ellis’ Anthropoid is something of a conundrum; as a film, it fails where success seemed assured and succeeds where it looked most likely to fail. It’s this uneven quality that precludes Anthropoid from attaining greatness, but it still manages to tell a fascinating and important story with enough watchability to garner my recommendation with only minor caveats. The principal issue here is one of pacing, a problem most likely originating with the script, penned by Ellis and Anthony Frewin. The first half of the film confuses tedium for tension, and the second half abandons subtlety altogether for a frenetic shootout sequence that dominates the vast majority of the third act. However, this imbalance is predominantly overcome by a particularly bold narrative gambit and some excellent performances. The film takes its title from Operation Anthropoid, a secret mission undertaken by the Czechoslovakian government-inexile and a small band of Czech and Slovak resistance fighters to assassinate SS-Obergruppenführer Reinhard Heydrich. Known as “The Butcher of Prague,” Heydrich is considered to have been the principal architect of the Nazi’s Final Solution and was dubbed “the man with the iron heart” by Hitler himself. In short, Heydrich was an evil son of a bitch, and easily the best villain any historical drama could hope for. And Anthropoid depicts the historical events surrounding his assassination with meticulous accuracy, at times to a fault. That


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said, even though I know the story of Heydrich’s death well, the film still managed to surprise me with the attack itself, a nigh-miraculous achievement. By placing this event at the second-act climax, as opposed to in third act, where most screenwriting books would’ve suggested it belonged, the filmmakers buy themselves the opportunity to examine the tragic consequences of the heroic mission on a very human level. If the film largely succeeds on the level of structure, it falls short in the characterization department. Cillian Murphy and Jamie Dornan star as Josef Gabcík and Jan Kubis, the British-trained Czechoslovak operatives who carry out the assassination, supported by Charlotte Le Bon, and Anna Geislerová. The pitfall inherent to depicting historical figures is often that we know what they did, but seldom why they did it. Therefore, character motivations beyond sweeping platitudes such as “patriotism” or “duty” tend to be overlooked, and this is definitely the case with Anthropoid. However, Murphy imbues some depth to Gabcík’s simmering rage, and Dornan is so convincing that I forgot all about his 50 Shades of cinematic sin until after the credits rolled. Le Bon is competent, or at least better than she was in The Walk, and Geislerová steals a particularly entertaining scene out from under Murphy. I have to mention Toby Jones, if only because I’m happy when he turns up in a film, but he’s not given much to do this time around. Ultimately, the cast performs admirably in spite of the rigid material they’ve been handed, and location shoots in Prague lend the film a sense of credibility and scope that go a long way in overcoming the script’s fixation on historical minutiae. Anthropoid exits in a strange market niche as a foreign arthouse title with aspirations to summer shoot‘em-up status, but it manages to carve a spot for itself in a week replete with solid movie-going options. Those who miss the days when The History Channel ran seemingly endless blocks of WWII programming instead of vapid reality TV will find a welcome familiarity in Anthropoid, and even those who have little familiarity with, or interest in, the events depicted will likely find the film to be memorable and compelling on its own cinematic merits. While a film about the assassination of one of the most despicable men to ever walk the Earth may not sound like the feel-good hit of the summer, if you’ll pardon the pun, it’s definite-

ly worth a shot. Rated R for violence and some disturbing images. Starts Friday, August 12 at Carolina Cinemark reviewed by Scott Douglas

Florence Foster Jenkins HHHS DIRECTOR: Stephen Frears PLAYERS: Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant, Simon Helberg, Rebecca Ferguson, Nina Arianda BIOGRAPHICAL COMEDY DRAMA RATED PG-13 THE STORY: Based on the final year in the life of Florence Foster Jenkins, a wealthy heiress and New York socialite widely regarded as one of the worst singers on record. The Lowdown: A light and exceptionally gentle piece of summer counterprogramming, Stephen Frears’ fingerprints find their way onto every frame of film and standout performances from Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant round out the production to make this an exceptional piece of diversionary fare. When Pathé Pictures International, the studio behind Stephen Frears’ Florence Foster Jenkins, chose to promote the film by publishing a list of the title character’s admirers — ranging from the likes of Sir Thomas Beecham and Enrico Caruso to Barbra Streisand and the late David Bowie — they clearly recognized that her story was of persistent interest in the musical zeitgeist since her death. If the premise sounds familiar, it should. Another movie loosely based on Jenkins, Xavier Giannoli’s Marguerite, premiered at Grail Moviehouse a scant two months ago. While I enjoyed Giannoli’s approach more than Frears’ take on the subject, Florence is clearly a much slicker production with vastly broader potential popular appeal. Jenkins’ life story has seen a resurgence of popular interest in recent years. Although it would take a sociologist to explicate the timing, the appeal is somewhat more self-explanatory. Jenkins

represented the epitome of wealth and entitlement, leveraging her social status in a bid to become a renowned grande dame of the New York opera scene without regard for her complete lack of skill or sonority — and there’s a cringe-inducing entertainment value in her misguided quest. I’m tangentially reminded of Dorothy Comingore’s Marion Davies proxy in Citizen Kane, a similarly talentless operatic hack thrust into the spotlight by sheer force of finance. Unlike Comingore’s Susan Alexander Kane, however, Jenkins was blissfully unaware of the fact that she sucked until the final weeks of her life (depicted in the film’s climactic sequence of the singer’s disastrous 1944 public performance before a sold-out crowd at Carnegie Hall). So, is the moral of this story that a dream deferred dries up unless you’re affluent enough to buy success? It’s difficult to say whether audiences are posthumously laughing with or at Jenkins, but the fact of the matter is her story is pretty funny if you don’t think about its implications too closely. While I may not find myself among this film’s intended target demographic, even I found it to be a largely entertaining diversion. Though it may not be my favorite of Frears’ films, it’s in the top 10 (if not the top five), and is an undeniably impressive period piece considering its relatively modest budget. That said, the film is not without its flaws, with most of these deficiencies derived from Nicholas Martin’s script. The narrative is almost entirely devoid of character development, and its principal characters remain largely unchanged by the story’s end. The closest thing this film has to a villain might be reality itself — never the easiest story to write. But tremendous performances from Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant redeem the film, and that’s an immeasurable boon to audiences everywhere. Without them this movie would’ve almost certainly descended into a meaningless exercise in mawkish sentimentality. Streep unsurprisingly shines as Jenkins, reveling in every simian squawk and tone-deaf aria with a sense of endearing naiveté that never quite succumbs to saccharinity. While she’s is obviously the draw here, Grant’s performance as Jenkins’ husband-gigolo-managerreality filter is the best work I’ve seen from him in quite some time. I was initially wary of sitcom star Simon Helberg’s casting as Jenkins’ young piano accompanist, and he does come out of the gate with a healthy serving of ham. But he finds

his footing by the second act and delivers a performance ingratiating enough to lead me to suspect he might be capable of more than the broad geek-farce of the Big Bang ilk. Few of the supporting players register for more than a scene or two, but the central cast is strong enough to sell even the weakest script. Ultimately, Florence Foster Jenkins comes together as more than the sum of its parts precisely because those constituent parts are so accomplished, which may be its sole advantage over Marguerite. While Jenkins’ audiences were deceptively kind throughout the majority of her life, whatever unduly positive bias in the critical consensus might exist on the basis of Streep’s involvement is strictly marginal. This film may not be quite as good as many critics seem to think, but it’s certainly a more worthwhile expenditure of time than Jenkins’ artistic output. Rated PG-13 for brief suggestive material. Opens Friday, Aug. 12, at Fine Arts Theatre reviewed by Scott Douglas

Gleason HHHS

DIRECTOR: Clay Tweel (Finders Keepers) PLAYERS: Steve Gleason, Michel Varisco-Gleason, Mike Gleason, Rivers Gleason DOCUMENTARY RATED R THE STORY: A former NFL player is diagnosed with ALS (aka Lou Gehrig’s disease) just before discovering his wife is pregnant with their first child.  THE LOWDOWN: An emotionally open picture of a family dealing with a debilitating disease that will be of most interest to people curious about the fight against ALS. It’s difficult to fault in Clay Tweel’s Gleason as a whole. While it has definite flaws, it’s so good-natured and well-meaning that it’s difficult to hate, even if I don’t really expect much of an audience for it. And, due

to its specialized content, I can’t think of many people I’d wholeheartedly recommend it to. This is, of course, often the case with documentaries — inherently the most specialized form of filmmaking. Gleason is no different, though it does occasionally go beyond its message and into more emotional territory. The film’s subject is Steve Gleason, a former NFL player who was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease), when he was 34. On top of this, just weeks after his diagnosis, Gleason learned that his wife, Michel, was pregnant with their first child. The film is told through the video diary Steve kept to document his illness and the gradual degradation of his condition — but also as a means of communicating with his son later on. In this sense, the main thrust of the film is to create awareness of ALS. Not only does Gleason show the effect the disease has on the body of a world-class athlete, it follows Steve as he becomes an activist for research and helping those who suffer from the condition. As a means of conveying information (which is the main purpose of a documentary),  Gleason  succeeds, even if it doesn’t make for the most riveting viewing at face value. Thankfully, the film takes time to focus on Steve and his various relationships. Early on, he states that one of his priorities is making sure his relationships are in order, particularly with his father and the difficulty the two have had seeing eye-to-eye on religious matters. Steve wants to allow his father the comfort of Christianity but doesn’t want it forced on him, instead taking a more spiritual approach to his worldview. There’s an honesty in what the cameras show, and there seems to be little that the audience isn’t allowed in on when it comes to Steve and his family. The most particularly harrowing moments are the ones involving Steve and Michel and the unimaginable toll ALS takes on their marriage. While Gleason’s more emotional moments make the film something more than it could’ve been, the focus is still on Steve and his disease. This means that a person’s particular interest in the fight against ALS or in Gleason’s fight for awareness is likely to make the most difference on how they feel about the movie. Rated R for language. Opens Friday August 12 at Carolina Cinemark reviewed by Justin Souther

Holy Hell HHHH DIRECTOR: Will Allen PLAYERS: Will Allen, Dimitrius Pulido, Phillipe Coquet, Amy Allen, Cristala Allen, Gina Allen DOCUMENTARY RATED NR

T HEATER inf o Asheville Pizza & Brewing Co. (254-1281) Carmike Cinema 10 (298-4452) Carolina Cinemas (274-9500) Co-ed Cinema Brevard (883-2200) Epic of Hendersonville (693-1146) Fine Arts Theatre (232-1536) Flatrock Cinema (697-2463) GRAIL moviehouse (239-9392)

THE STORY: A young man documents the rise and fall of a cult from the inside. THE LOWDOWN: A difficult film to watch but an important one to see, Holy Hell might not change your views on cults, but it will affect the way you see those that fall under their spell. Faith is a powerful thing. It is at once the pinnacle of human endeavor and one of the most dangerous weapons mankind has at its disposal. Countless lives have been lost or destroyed as a result of misplaced faith, both at the hands of the world’s major religions and its smaller, more obscure spiritual movements. Few films have exposed the double-edged sword of faith as explicitly as Holy Hell, largely because few filmmakers have had the level of access to the rise and fall of a spiritual movement afforded to documentarian Will Allen. Holy Hell is a remarkably personal film, in the most literal sense of that term. Shot by Allen over the course of 22 years as the de facto videographer of the Buddhafield, this work documents the filmmaker’s involvement in what initially appeared to be a benign spiritual movement, but turned out to be a cult of the most malignant nature. The key to the success of Holy Hell is that you know how it’s going to end before it begins, but it still manages to surprise and terrify. The halcyon early days of the Buddhafield look almost utopian through Allen’s camera, a group of statuesque people building a community dedicated to spiritual work under the guidance of a benevolent and charismatic guru, the enigmatic “Michel.” I watched this film expecting the other shoe to drop, and eventually it does so violently, but for the first 45 minutes, I found myself thinking, “Hey, that doesn’t look so bad.” But as is the case with most cults, the truth was far worse than anyone imagined. Beneath the facade of adoptive family and spiritual enlightenment was a single twisted individual, a speedo-clad out-of-work actor with

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megalomaniacal leanings and a passing understanding of hypnosis. Michel, later known as Andreas, was born Jaime Gomez, and what he was able to accomplish through a narcissistic drive for self-aggrandizement is nothing short of staggering. At the cult’s height, Michel was able to amass over 100 followers, bend them to his will and dominate every aspect of their lives. By the time the documentary reveals the true extent of Michel’s callous depravity, it’s not the systematic rape or the forced abortions that shock the audience, but how easy it all seems to have been for the bastard to get away with. If the film is technically and stylistically uneven, it’s due to the fact that Allen’s point-of-view camera work develops over the course of the movie, following his maturation as a filmmaker over two decades. Once it becomes clear how much he was suffering during the course of filming, that he was able to carry on at all is nothing short of astounding. But because of his courage and tenacity, Allen has been able to give the world a gift of tremendous value, a truly unique account of the perils inherent in giving oneself over to something greater. And yet, none of this comes across as a diatribe against religion or spirituality, but rather as a cautionary tale. One doesn’t get the sense that the former members of the Buddhafield have become uniformly disenchanted with notions of a higher power, but that their trials have granted them a wisdom that could not have been achieved through faith alone. Perhaps the most chilling aspect of the story that Allen reveals is how utterly sane and normal the

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movies Buddhafield’s adherents actually are. These rational, intelligent men and women all found themselves in an untenable situation through their pursuit of very relatable goals: a desire to fulfill the basic human need for meaning, belonging and a sense of some greater purpose. It is the virtue of faith to help meet those needs, but this capacity carries an implicit danger for abuse. The old adage, “There, but for the grace of God, go I” has never seemed quite so menacing. Not Rated Opens Friday, August 12 at Grail Moviehouse reviewed by Scott Douglas

Nine Lives HHS

DIRECTOR: Barry Sonnenfeld PLAYERS: Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Garner, Robbie Amell, Chrisopher Walken, Mark Consuelos, Malina Weissman. FAMILY-FRIENDLY COMEDY RATED PG THE STORY: A CEO consumed by his ego and a project to build North America’s tallest skyscraper finds his consciousness trapped in the body of his daughter’s new pet cat.  THE LOWDOWN: Nine Lives smartly avoids the easy cat-centric puns, blandly entertaining with actors trading in prestige for quick cash, but the result is not as bad as expected from the concept of “Kevin-Spaceytrapped-inside-a-cat.” As a published film critic for the past 12 years, I usually know the crux of a film review before the credits begin to roll. That changed Saturday as I left a recent screening of Nine Lives. “It wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be,” said an unapologetic father said to his children as they left the theater following this Kevin-Spacey-is-trappedinside-a-cat feature. “At least there were no awful cat puns.” This prompted his daughter to respond, “Yeah, but I still don’t think it was a very good movie.” That, ladies and gentlemen, is a spot-on assessment of this family-


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friendly film. If you want drippingly cheesy puns or obnoxious pop music covers while animated animals fart and dance, go see whatever 3-D cartoon is aimed at preteen viewers this week — Nine Lives deftly avoids most of those pitfalls. What it offers instead is an adequately average plot showcasing a cast of several acclaimed actors exchanging their previous prestige for a chance to entertain both parents and their kids. The result may be as utterly forgettable as the remains of a litter box (and there is one pet-poop joke in the film), but it is nowhere near as offensive as those with more discriminating cinematic tastes may have anticipated. Spacey portrays Tom Brand, a pompous CEO more concerned with building North America’s tallest skyscraper than with the 11th birthday of his young daughter (Malina Weissman), his doting-but-alienated wife (Jennifer Garner) or the business aspirations of his son (Robbie Amell) — until a lightning bolt sets in motion a chain of events that puts Brand in a comma and traps his conscience inside the pet cat he had just purchased for his child. Christopher Walken is entrusted with the role of “cat whisperer,” the owner of the pet store from whence the cat came from, who is able to telepathically communicate with the Brand-in-Mr. Fuzzypants, and he advises Spacey’s character to concentrate more on what he did to get in this situation than focusing on how to get out of it. Mild hilarity ensues when a CGI-version of the cat participates in some family-friendly physical comedy, while an evil corporate lackey (Mark Consuelos) maneuvers to take over Brand’s company in his absence and derail the skyscraper’s completion and opening ceremony. This big screen endeavor did not look appealing from the outset. Spacey’s opening narration (“You think this is cute, don’t you? People are so desperate for something to hold onto. But, no matter how lonely you are, a cat is not a person.”) sets a smarmy and condescending tone with its presumed audience. This apprehension was prolonged in the first scene when our protagonist skydived from a plane, landing on the top floor of his still-under-construction skyscraper to hold a press conference about the project’s importance. Director Barry Sonnenfeld wisely limits his main character’s self-loathing meta-commentary early on and avoids the more obvious cat puns but gives the rest of his players very little to work with. Jennifer Garner must have been on the losing end of her divorce

from Ben Affleck to take a role that often forces her to play direct to the camera as a beleaguered stepmother to a cloying, doe-eyed Weissman. To be fair, though, any teenaged thespian would have trouble believably reciting such naïve lines as, “I know it sounds stupid, but sometimes I think my dad is looking out for me through the cat.” For his part, Walken eschews his usual trademark strangeness and selfaggrandizing odd line-readings (lately reserved for Adam Sandler yuk-fests) and manages to play his part fairly straightforward and even with a bit of uncharacteristic tenderness. As the prescient pair leaving the theater Saturday summarized, Nine Lives is not as bad as feared, but that faint praise does not make it much more than average. If you are a cat person or a parent looking for largely inoffensive film fare, you will probably chuckle at the animal antics. Others may just accept that something not being horrible is enough to entertain just about anyone in the family for nearly 90 minutes.  Rated PG for language and some rough humor.  Now playing at Carmike 10, Carolina Cinemark and Epic of Hendersonville. reviewed by Jonathan Rich

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DIRECTOR: David Ayer (Fury) PLAYERS: WIll Smith, Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman, Viola Davis, Jared Leto SUPERHERO ACTION RATED PG-13 THE STORY: An expendable group of bad guys is gathered by the government as the world’s final defense against catastrophe.  THE LOWDOWN: A mismatched, cobbled-together superhero movie crippled by a poor script, forced levity and, worst of all, nothing new to add to the superhero genre. I’m not sure if this says more about this summer’s crop of movies or just the film at hand, but somehow the movie event of the season became “Just how bad is Suicide Squad?” There’re a few moments toward the beginning of

the film where all the sketchy production rumors (Jared Leto sending used sex toys to cast members as part of his method, director David Ayer physically and mentally abusing the cast to get them into character), reports of reshoots to make the film more fun and the generally eviscerating early reviews of the film all felt moot. “This isn’t so bad,” I thought. Maybe my lowered expectations of yet another superhero film — not to mention one that appears on the surface to be an unmitigated train wreck — meant I was expecting a film that wasn’t quite as bad as the critical dogpile had led me to believe. This impression lasted about two minutes. Ayer’s film is, in a technical sense, a movie. There are actors and a plot, and things happen on the screen. But there’s no cohesion and no coherent vision here. Ayer wanted to make a gritty, serious superhero movie in the vein of the rest of DC Comics “cinematic universe” (a phrase I’d be happy never typing again), self-serious and slathered in muted colors and big explosions. But, after the success of Tim Miller’s Deadpool (2016) and the aforementioned reshoots, there’s an amount of “fun” that’s been added to the film. Most of this (the colorful introductions of the characters, the soundtrack that feels like your dad’s greatest-hits compilation) you can pick out as plastered on and forced into the film. The rest is dreary, cobbled together and — worst of all — nothing new. As fresh as Suicide Squad wants to be, it’s still just a bunch of people with goofy names fighting nondescript CGI bad guys. The setup is that government agent Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) wants to form team of villains as Earth’s last defense against someone like Superman. So she drags a bunch of these ne’er-dowells out of prison, sticks explosive tracking devices in their necks (at least she’s seen 1981’s Escape from New York) and sends them off to do her bidding. Among the team is an archaeologist (Cara Delevigne), who is possessed by an ancient witch, and the special forces agent (Joel Kinnaman) who’s in love with her. (“The only woman I’ve ever cared about is trapped inside of a witch,” he says at one point — if you’re wondering what level of eloquence this movie’s running on.) There’s also Deadshot (Will Smith playing the hit man with a heart of gold), The Joker’s (Jared Leto) girlfriend Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie with

by Edwin Arnaudin a shoddy Brooklyn accent) and the various racial stereotypes — a BET-loving crocodile man (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje), an Asian ninja (newcomer Karen Fukuhara) and a fire-spewing Mexican gangster (Jay Hernandez). Since the film really wants to focus on Deadshot and Quinn, everyone else just sort of pops into the movie thanks to the magic of exposition, occasionally being given things to do. None of those things include creating a three-dimensional character, since the movie’s purpose is getting to the big climax (that is basically out of the original  Ghostbusters) so everyone can learn honor and teamwork. For all of the press dedicated to Leto and his method acting to accomplish his Joker, he has maybe fifteen minutes of screen time. And he doesn’t even do anything especially interesting or devious, instead preening around and channeling Heath Ledger’s version of the character. For all the effort Ayer and company (he reportedly showed Kinnaman videos of beheadings and made the cast fistfight one another) put into making the most twisted PG-13 superhero movie ever, the result is amazingly generic. What a waste. Rated PG - 13 for sequences of violence and action throughout, disturbing behavior, suggestive content and language. Now playing at Carolina Cinemark, Regal Biltmore Grande, UA Beaucatcher, Epic of Hendersonville. reviewed by Justin Souther



THE LOWDOWN: An intelligent, beautifully acted and scripted story of love and its difficulties. In the midst of all of the summer’s big tentpole films — filled with aliens, explosions and superheroes — I forget the breadth of what cinema can cover. I forget that movies can be quiet and focus on human emotions like love and desire and can tackle complicated social issues. Catherine Corsini’s Summertime is exactly one of those films, one that overflows with intelligence and an innate, natural humanity. Set in France in 1971, the film follows Delphine (Izia Higelin), a young woman who grew up helping tend to her family’s farm in the French countryside and has, for a long time, come to understand her own sexuality and her attraction to women. While feeling comfortable about this within herself, the conservative bent of her community and her family forces her to Paris. There she falls in with group of radical feminists who spend their time passionately debating politics and staging protests. This is also, most importantly, where she meets Carole (Cecile De France), whom she immediately falls for. Carole, however, lives with her boyfriend, Manuel (Benjamin Bellecour), and has never been attracted to women. This doesn’t stop a sexual relationship from eventually budding, something that’s interrupted when Delphine’s father (Jean-Henri Compere) has a stroke, and she must return home to tend to the farm. Carole soon follows her there, learning the difficulties of their relationship when put up against the mores of Delphine’s family and the small town where they live, as well as French society at a time when homosexuality could get you committed. While Summertime could be little more than a story of forbidden love, director Corsini builds the film into something greater, constantly playing around with expectations. In its own small way, the fact that Delphine, with her rural upbringing, is more

DIRECTOR: Catherine Corsini (Three Worlds) PLAYERS: Izia Higelin, Cecile De France, Noemie Lvovsky, Kevin Azais, Benjamin Bellecour DRAMA RATED NR THE STORY: A romance between two women in 1970s Paris is transferred to the French countryside, where the stresses of loyalty and lifestyle take hold. 

Film Buncombe County Public Libraries • SA (8/13), 2pm - French New Wave Film Series: Breathless. Free. Held at North Asheville Library, 1030 Merrimon Ave. Movies in the Park, • FR (8/12), 6:30pm - Children's crafts followed by a showing of The Good Dinosaur at dusk. Free. Held at Pack Square Park, 121 College St.

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FOUNTAIN DAYS: The cult leader known as Michel is featured in this still from the documentary Holy Hell. Screenings of the film at Grail Moviehouse will be followed by a Q&A session with film subject Phillipe Coquet. Photo courtesy of WRA Productions • The city of Asheville Parks and Recreation Department’s 2016 Movies in the Park series continues Friday, Aug. 12, at Pack Square Park with a screening of The Good Dinosaur. Children’s craft activities start at 6:30 p.m., and the movie begins at dusk on a giant screen on the park stage. Free and open to the public, but please bring a chair or a blanket. • On Friday, Aug. 12, the Grail Moviehouse opens Holy Hell, director Will Allen’s documentary about his two decades living inside a guru-based society in West Hollywood. Following the 7 p.m. shows on Aug. 12 and 13, Asheville resident Phillipe Coquet, a former cult member and one of the primary interviewees in the film, will participate in a Q&A session. • Submissions are currently being accepted for Underground Sound: The Path to Music Video Asheville, a contest sponsored by local arts, culture and entertainment website Asheville Grit. Musicians who live within 60 miles of Asheville are invited to upload a video of themselves performing an original song that they would like to turn into a professional video. There is a

$20 fee to enter, and videos will be accepted through Wednesday, Aug. 31, after which they will be voted on until Friday, Sept. 30. The winner will be announced Friday, Oct. 1, and will receive $2,500 to fund the production of a video that will be entered into Music Video Asheville, the annual local showcase that takes place April 19, 2017. For complete contest details, rules and to apply, visit undergroundsound • Registration is open for Asheville School of Film’s “Film Production Design Weekend Workshop” on Saturday, Aug. 27, and Sunday, Aug. 28, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Stephen Marsh, a professional production designer with more than 30 years of experience, will guest instruct. Using a short script, the course covers reading and breaking down the writing into scenes and settings. Discussions include colors and textures needed for locations, the use of lenses, how films are photographed and how visual effects are produced. Students will also learn how to make a cost estimate as well as construct models of the sets and drawings of the filming sites to be used. The course costs $275.  X

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in touch with herself than the citybred Carole feels surprising. At the same time, the film never becomes a story of a jealous boyfriend nor a love triangle, since Manuel’s existence (while handled deftly and honestly) isn’t focused on for long and because (it’s amazing how surprising and rare this feels in this day and age) Summertime is a movie about women. The film’s main concern is the emotional drama between these two women, and Corsini’s style matches this aesthetic. The shots are quiet, with the emphasis on Corsini and co-writer Laurette Polmanss’  intelligent dialogue and the acting of Higelin and De France. They’re capable of expressing the nuance and emotion necessary for a film like this, with the appropriate dignity and maturity, all of which makes Summertime  a welcome surprise. Not Rated. Opens Friday, Aug. 12, at Grail Moviehouse. reviewed by Justin Souther



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The directorial debut of longtime Ang Lee producer James Schamus, this adaptation of Philip Roth’s novel “takes place in 1951, as Marcus Messner (Logan Lerman), a brilliant working class Jewish boy from Newark, New Jersey, travels on scholarship to a small, conservative college in Ohio, thus exempting him from being drafted into the Korean War. But once there, Marcus’s growing infatuation with his beautiful classmate Olivia Hutton (Sarah Gadon), and his clashes with the college’s imposing Dean, Hawes Caudwell (Tracy Letts), put his and his family’s best laid plans to the ultimate test.” Reviews have been mixed, leaning positive. (R)

Pete’s Dragon

A computer-generated reboot of the classic 1977 Disney mixed-media musical, the story would appear to be largely unchanged with the exception of some environmental-conservation plot threads shoehorned in for good measure. The short version, according to the studio, is pretty self-explanatory: “Pete’s Dragon” is the adventure of an orphaned boy named Pete and his best friend Elliott, who just so happens to be a dragon.” Starring Bryce Dallas Howard and Robert Redford, early reviews have been predominantly positive. (PG)

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American Graffiti HHHS Director: George Lucas Players: Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, Cindy Williams, Harrison Ford, Mackenzie Phillips COMEDY DRAMA Rated PG I’ve never particularly cared for American Graffiti and have been unable to join in the nostalgic navel-gazing of a generation to which I don’t belong — but I have always at least found American Graffiti a noteworthy member of the pantheon of American cinematic classics. This movie immediately precedes Star Wars in George Lucas’ directorial output, and was produced by Francis Ford Coppola; it stars a post-Andy Griffith but pre-Happy Days Ron Howard, a pre-Han Solo Harrison Ford, and Richard Dreyfuss in one of his first major roles in a feature film. If you’ve never seen American Graffiti on the big screen, it’s worth a look. Grail Moviehouse will show American Graffiti as part of its Grail Canon repertory program, with nightly shows starting Friday, Aug. 12.

Dementia 13 HHHS Director: Francis Ford Coppola Players: William Campbell, Luana Anders, Patrick Magee, Bart Patton, Mary Mitchell HORROR Rated NR Francis Ford Coppola’s feature directing debut, Dementia 13 may not be perfect, but it is essential viewing for the horror completist. Cowritten by Coppola with preeminent schlockmeister Jack Hill (Spider Baby, Foxy Brown) and produced by the venerable Roger Corman, this film is arguably the genesis of the slasher sub-genre. Sure, it’s got its problems, and ultimately amounts to little more than a cheap Psycho knockoff, but it’s a chance to see a 24 year old Coppola on the verge of finding his authorial voice, and that alone is worth the price of admission (which is free, although donations are appreciated). The Thursday Horror Picture Show will screen Dementia 13 Thursday, Aug. 11, at 7:30 p.m. at Grail Moviehouse, hosted by Xpress movie critic Scott Douglas.

Love’s Labours Lost HH Director: Kenneth Branagh Players: Kenneth Branagh, Alicia Silverstone, Natasha McElhone, Matthew Lillard, Nathan Lane MUSICAL COMEDY Rated PG For my money, this is possibly the worst of Kenneth Branagh’s Shakespeare adaptations, which I usually like. This one shifts the setting to the late ’30s, because it was 2000 and recontextualizing Shakespeare was the style at the time. This adaptation also trumpeted what passed for an ensemble cast of young actors in those days, which means you’ll get to see Alicia Silverstone and Matthew Lillard try to tackle the Bard. This is not a plus in my book. The Hendersonville Film Society will show Love’s Labours Lost Sunday, Aug. 14, at 2 p.m. in the Smoky Mountain Theater at Lake Pointe Landing Retirement Community, 333 Thompson St., Hendersonville.

Brought to you by the team behind This Is the End with the addition of a guy who directed a bunch of episodes of Thomas the Tank Engine, this is being billed as “the first R-rated CG animated movie.” The story follows “one sausage leading a group of supermarket products on a quest to discover the truth about their existence and what really happens when they become chosen to leave the grocery store,” according to the studio’s blurb. Early reviews are scant, but positive across the board. (R)

Director: Gus Van Sant Players: Tim Streeter, Doug Cooeyate, Ray Monge, Nyla McCarthy DRAMA Rated NR Though not being a general fan of Gus Van Sant, I find this film, Van Sant’s low-budget feature debut, slightly less objectionable than some of his later output, if only for its DIY aesthetic and pseudo-noir feel. At the very least, the director’s frank depiction of homosexuality was certainly ahead of its time, and an indication of his future work. Classic World Cinema by Courtyard Gallery will present Mala Noche Friday, Aug. 5, at 8 p.m. at Phil Mechanic Studios (109 Roberts St., River Arts District, upstairs in the Railroad Library). Info: 828-273-3332,


Director: Samuel Fuller Players: Constance Towers, Michael Dante, Anthony Eisley, Virginia Grey DRAMA Rated NR Sam Fuller’s stylish noir masterpiece on the big screen is an opportunity not to be missed. This is one of Fuller’s most brutally cynical films, and that’s saying something, because Fuller has never been known as an optimistic filmmaker. If the opening sequence in which Constance Towers roughs up her pimp doesn’t hook you, then I don’t know what will. The Asheville Film Society will screen The Naked Kiss Tuesday, Aug. 16, at 7:30 p.m. at Grail Moviehouse, hosted by Xpress movie critic Scott Douglas.

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FReeWILL aSTROLOgY ARies (march 21-April 19): Using scissors, snip off a strand of your hair. As you do, sing a beloved song with uplifting lyrics. Seal the hair in an envelope on which you have written the following: "I am attracting divine prods and unpredictable nudges that will enlighten me about a personal puzzle that I am ready to solve." On each of the next five nights, kiss this package five times and place it beneath your pillow as you sing a beloved song with uplifting lyrics. Then observe your dreams closely. Keep a pen and notebook or audio recorder near your bed to capture any clues that might arrive. On the morning after the fifth night, go to your kitchen sink and burn the envelope and hair in the flame of a white candle. Chant the words of power: "Catalytic revelations and insights are arriving." The magic you need will appear within 15 days. tAURUs (April 20-may 20): This would be a good time to have a master craftsperson decorate your headquarters with stained glass windows that depict the creation stories of your favorite indigenous culture. You might also benefit from hiring a feng shui consultant to help you design a more harmonious home environment. Here are some cheaper but equally effective ways to promote domestic bliss: Put images of your heroes on your walls. Throw out stuff that makes you feel cramped. Add new potted plants to calm your eyes and nurture your lungs. If you're feeling especially experimental, build a shrine devoted to the Goddess of Ecstatic Nesting. GemiNi (may 21-June 20): You Geminis are as full of longings as any other sign, but you have a tendency to downplay their intensity. How often do you use your charm and wit to cloak your burning, churning yearnings? Please don't misunderstand me: I appreciate your refined expressions of deep feelings -- as long as that's not a way to hide your deep feelings from yourself. This will be an especially fun and useful issue for you to meditate on in the coming weeks. I advise you to be in very close touch with your primal urges. cANceR (June 21-July 22): Be vulnerable and sensitive as well as insatiable and irreverent. Cultivate your rigorous skepticism, but expect the arrival of at least two freaking miracles. Be extra nurturing to allies who help you and sustain you, but also be alert for those moments when they may benefit from your rebellious provocations. Don't take anything too personally or literally or seriously, even as you treat the world as a bountiful source of gifts and blessings. Be sure to regard love as your highest law, and laugh at fear at least three times every day. leo (July 23-Aug. 22): Let's assume, for the sake of fun argument, that you do indeed have a guardian angel. Even if you have steadfastly ignored this divine helper in the past, I'm asking you to strike up a close alliance in the coming weeks. If you need to engage in an elaborate game of imaginative pretending to make it happen, so be it. Now let me offer a few tips about your guardian angel's potential purposes in your life: providing sly guidance about how to take good care of yourself; quietly reminding you where your next liberation may lie; keeping you on track to consistently shed the past and head toward the future; and kicking your ass so as to steer you away from questionable influences. OK? Now go claim your sublime assistance! viRGo (Aug. 23-sept. 22): Although you may not yet be fully aware of your good fortune, your "rescue" is already underway. Furthermore, the so-called hardship you've been lamenting will soon lead you to a trick you can use to overcome one of your limitations. Maybe best of all, Virgo, a painful memory you have coddled for a long time has so thoroughly decayed that there's almost nothing left to cling to. Time to release it! So what comes next? Here's what I recommend: Throw a going-away party for everything you no longer need. Give thanks to the secret intelligence within you that has guided you to this turning point.


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libRA (sept. 23-oct. 22): Here comes a special occasion -- a radical exemption that is so rare as to be almost impossible. Are you ready to explore a blessing you have perhaps never experienced? For a brief grace period, you can be free from your pressing obsessions. Your habitual attachments and unquenchable desires will leave you in peace. You will be relieved of the drive to acquire more possessions or gather further proof of your attractiveness. You may even arrive at the relaxing realization that you don't require as many props and accessories as you imagined you needed to be happy and whole. Is enlightenment nigh? At the very least, you will learn how to derive more joy out of what you already have. scoRPio (oct. 23-Nov. 21): In the coming weeks, I suspect that Life will attempt to move you away from any influences that interfere with your ability to discern and express your soul’s code. You know what I'm talking about when I use that term "soul's code," right? It's your sacred calling; the blueprint of your destiny; the mission you came to earth to fulfill. So what does it mean if higher powers and mysterious forces are clearing away obstacles that have been preventing you from a more complete embodiment of your soul's code? Expect a breakthrough that initially resembles a breakdown. sAGittARiUs (Nov. 22-dec. 21): Maybe you know people who flee from the kind of Big Bold Blankness that's visiting you, but I hope you won't be tempted to do that. Here's my counsel: Welcome your temporary engagement with emptiness Celebrate this opening into the unknown. Ease into the absence. Commune with the vacuum. Ask the nothingness to be your teacher. What's the payoff? This is an opportunity to access valuable secrets about the meaning of your life that aren't available when you're feeling full. Be gratefully receptive to what you don't understand and can't control. cAPRicoRN (dec. 22-Jan. 19): I placed a wager down at the astrology pool. I bet that sometime in the next three weeks, you Capricorns will shed at least some of the heavy emotional baggage that you've been lugging around; you will transition from ponderous plodding to curious-hearted sauntering. Why am I so sure this will occur? Because I have detected a shift in attitude by one of the most talkative little voices in your head. It seems ready to stop tormenting you with cranky reminders of all the chores you should be doing but aren't -- and start motivating you with sunny prompts about all the fun adventures you could be pursuing. AQUARiUs (Jan. 20-feb. 18): What you are most afraid of right now could become what fuels you this fall. Please note that I used the word "could." In the style of astrology I employ, there is no such thing as predestination. So if you prefer, you may refuse to access the rich fuel that's available. You can keep your scary feelings tucked inside your secret hiding place, where they will continue to fester. You are not obligated to deal with them squarely, let alone find a way to use them as motivation. But if you are intrigued by the possibility that those murky worries might become a source of inspiration, dive in and investigate. Pisces (feb. 19-march 20): Are you ready for your mid-term exam? Luckily I'm here to help get you into the proper frame of mind to do well. Now study the following incitements with an air of amused rebelliousness. 1. You may have to act a bit wild or unruly in order to do the right thing. 2. Loving your enemies could motivate your allies to give you more of what you need. 3. Are you sufficiently audacious to explore the quirky happiness that can come from cultivating intriguing problems? 4. If you want people to change, try this: Change yourself in the precise way you want them to change.

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