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High-rises, trailers are not the answer to affordable housing I am writing in response to “Solving Asheville’s Affordable Housing Crisis: The Gospel According to Jerry” [July 25, Xpress]. Why does the Mountain Xpress see fit to give [Jerry Sternberg] a column called “The Gospel According to Jerry”? Being a lifetime resident of a town certainly gives you a perspective on a place, but not the one that will solve any problems like affordable housing. ... I do think Jerry did a good job of pointing out that there is a lack of training and education, and the NIMBY problem, but is also letting developers off the hook by saying they won’t make any revenue if affordable units are included in housing developments — this is a misnomer. I have over eight years of experience in working on multifamily housing developments in the D.C. area — all of these developments in the city had to include a certain number of affordable units. This can easily be factored in when designing a building by adding the appropriate number of units and using less costly finishes and materials there. ... I have never seen anything more discriminatory than the way Asheville has handled public housing — by putting developments in the hidden and isolated corners of the city, where residents have very little interaction with other income levels. It has been proven over and over again that mixed-income housing is better for all residents. It gives the poorer,

less educated a chance to see what life could be like, to mingle with people who might hire them or advise them — a chance they don’t have when they are grouped together and not exposed to anything but the same poverty cycle that so many get stuck in. Putting people in high-rises or trailers is not the solution! ... These high-rises become like storage units for poor people — they have no stake in their living place and no motivation to go anywhere else. They feel (and are) isolated from the rest of the world. Trailers are also not the answer! Trailers do not appreciate in value and therefore are not a good solution to the housing problem. It is also discriminatory to give poor people poorly constructed places to live. Filling our neighborhoods with trailers is a terrible idea! I’m all for urban infill and increasing density in the city, but I shudder at the thought of hideous trailers in the city. ... I think if we look hard enough and get creative, there is plenty of land in and around Asheville that can be used for housing. ... If I had the $25 million to use for public housing, I would use it to completely revamp and rebuild in some of the existing areas such as Livingston Heights and Walton Street to include more dense development, not high-rises, and create a mixed-use environment that would have people of varying income levels as well as those who need public assistance in the same complex, along with businesses that they could shop at and work in. ... Bottom line is we are shooting ourselves in the foot on this problem — using

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the same solution over and over to no different conclusion. We are creating pockets of undesirable development when we could be creating something that could benefit us all. Creating multi-income, multiuse developments and requiring affordable units in new multifamily developments is a much better way of solving this problem and maybe actually helping some folks along the way. — Emily Richter Asheville Editor’s note: Columnist Jerry Sternberg’s expertise on the subject stems from his years of work in development and his active involvement in local politics, along with his decades-long view of the community’s efforts to construct affordable housing. A longer version of this letter will appear at

Buncombe County should trash Waste Pro contract I have been told by Mountain Xpress that Waste Pro [USA] is one of the most popular companies to complain about. I now have three weeks of unpicked-up recycling blue bags at the bottom of my driveway. Bags have been attacked by animals; bags have been driven over by vehicles; broken glass and scattered trash is the result. Calling the local Waste Pro Arden office is a futile exercise. You get a recording telling you all representatives are “helping other customers,” followed by an announcement about how much Waste Pro “cares” and how to be green. Followed by a disconnect. This happens repeatedly. The difference in cost to homeowners for trash removal was pennies between the previous company and Waste Pro. I do not recall having repeated problems before Waste Pro got the Buncombe County contract, but do recall repeated problems with Waste Pro over and over for lack of pickup. One year, in the middle of the summer, their trucks broke down, and they just dumped everything on the edge of our road over a long weekend. Stray dogs and bears had a good time. Of course, Waste Pro could not be contacted; their offices are closed on weekends. One has to wonder: How did Waste Pro get a 10-year contract? Who, at the Buncombe County administration made that decision and why, in view of constant complaints? Waste Pro’s service is horrible! Please, Buncombe County, pick another company. Enough is enough. — S. Anderson Fairview Editor’s note: Since writing the letter, Anderson reports that she heard


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back from Waste Pro, and the company finally picked up five weeks of recycling (though the bags had been attacked by animals in the meantime). Xpress also contacted Waste Pro USA about the complaint, and received the following response from Senior Vice President Ron Pecora, who said in part: “We have reviewed our onboard video, and no garbage was dumped on the street. What occurred is a resident did not realize that blue recycling bags are temporarily placed on the back of a rearload garbage truck on garbage routes and then placed in a central location for later pickup so as not to commingle. We have been doing this for years because it is more efficient and reduces truck time in neighborhoods. ... “We have invested significantly in systems to answer calls quicker. ... We recently directed the overflow calls to our regional Surge Support Center with the wait-time goal less than 1 minute. “If we miss a stop, we apologize and get it corrected as soon as we can. ... I will say misses are fraction of the thousands of stops every week, and our crews work hard but, no excuses, if we miss, we get it corrected.”

The problem with bears is too many people In response to Allison Frank’s letter about “doing something” about the bears in her Grove Park neighborhood in the Aug. 1 edition [of Xpress]: Dear Ms. Frank, Did it ever occur to you that overpopulation of people is the problem [behind] most bear encounters here in Asheville? Humans are encroaching on bears’ habitats and are creating less and less wilderness for them to live and forage for food. It’s the overpopulation of Asheville that is the problem. Yes, they are a nuisance when they get into our garbage, but they are just trying to survive in man’s world. I feel sorry for them. They are generally terrified of people and not a threat unless you threaten them. If people moving here don’t want to have occasional bear encounters, then move somewhere “more civilized.” There is always downtown — or maybe Charlotte, Winston-Salem — Miami? The way Asheville and the world’s population is growing, the bears, sadly, may soon be a thing of the past. — Ellen Foltz Asheville


Yes, we have wildlife in Asheville I was amused by Allison Frank’s letter regarding bears in Asheville [“Sounding the Alarm About Town Bears,” Aug. 1, Xpress]. Some of the “transplants” seem shocked that we actually have wildlife here. I remember a woman in my complex running and screaming in terror from — a turkey. Bears are here. Act accordingly. — Tim Duncan Asheville

Progressive causes remain intact Mr. Carl Mumpower claims Asheville progressives’ original dedication to “liberty, progress and humanity,” have been kidnapped [“Asheville Progressives Are Losing Ground,’” Aug. 1, Xpress]. I disagree and thank him for his recognition of the causes many are dedicated to. How unfortunate that those three standards appear to have been rejected by Mr. Mumpower and the administration he supports. Rather

than trying a dialogue, he prefers to add his own fuel source. He may call what I stand for whatever he wishes; that is his right. However, it has become quite evident that progressives will never support bankrupting or compromising our country simply to appease the extraordinarily destructive, narcissist vanity of one man as heartily as Mr. Mumpower does. Liberty, progress and humanity are what great nations guarantee their people, no matter what. — Dinah Williams Asheville

Thanks to Xpress cartoonists [Mountain Xpress], you pack so much information into any one issue that we need about a month to read even just a part of it. Thank you so much for how you pull it all together and keep those issues in the stands. Especially, thank you for the illustration skills of Irene Olds and Brent Brown. Much appreciation for Olds’ mastery of the figure and Brown’s multilayered visual supports of his alwaysincisive text. Watching his skills develop has been very interesting. — Elizabeth Semple Waynesville


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Trump administration’s trade war worries WNC businesses


The Trump administration’s own tariffs on European, Canadian and Mexican steel and aluminum, set respectively at 25 and 10 percent, may threaten Henderson County’s apple industry as well. “Everything we use to farm with is made out of steel or aluminum. All of these prices are going up, and they’ll trickle right on down to everything else you use,” Barnwell says. Somewhere in a dark and refrigerated warehouse on the West Coast are apples. Hundreds of thousands of them, they were originally intended for shipping to distant shores: foreign markets such as Mexico, China and India. Due to retaliatory tariffs by these countries on American apples, however, growers on the West Coast may be looking to offload these apples closer to home. Soon, the fruit might be on its way to North Carolina, dragging down market prices for Henderson County apple farmers — and creating unintended casualties in the federal government’s ongoing trade war. In January, President Donald Trump fulfilled what had been a major campaign promise by announcing tariffs on solar panels and washing machines. Later in the year, he imposed tariffs on steel


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and aluminum, launching what the Chinese government has called “the biggest trade war in economic history.” Trump’s administration claimed that the measures were necessary to protect American workers and ensure national security for key industrial inputs. Shortly after these announcements, the targeted countries unleashed a host of tariffs of their own in retaliation. And, while Trump has tweeted that “trade wars are good, and easy to win,” Western North Carolina’s businesses are less bullish about the economic conflict. Owners of iconic regional enterprises, from apple orchards to craft breweries to the Moog synthesizer factory, feel anxious over what they see as market uncertainty and rising input costs. APPLES VS. APPLES North Carolina is the seventh-largest apple-producing state in America, and

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apples from Henderson County account for 85 percent of those grown in the state. Although the region’s production mostly stays close to home — Kenny Barnwell, a fifth-generation apple farmer in Hendersonville and president of the North Carolina Apple Growers Association, says the target market for the majority of the county’s apples is within 90 miles — tariffs could still take their toll on area farmers. Barnwell explains that many West Coast orchards usually export their fruit overseas. But with Mexico, China and India imposing retaliatory tariffs on American apples of 20, 15, and 80 percent, respectively, many of those orchards may now flood the domestic market. “There is a huge amount of apples in storage out West,” Barnwell says, “and they will try to do something to recoup their money. And so they will dump them on our market, at some price.”

Increased metal prices are also of concern to the area’s thriving craft beer industry. In a statement released in March, the North Carolina Craft Brewers Guild wrote that “the administration’s proposed aluminum and steel tariffs threaten existing jobs in North Carolina’s craft brewing industry and may put a freeze on planned expansions that would add new jobs in the state.” Leah Wong Ashburn, president and CEO of Highland Brewing, says that she’s seen price increases of 25 percent on brewing equipment in the last three months. While she hopes that the additional costs won’t impact how much consumers pay for beer, she admits that the reality of business may make a price hike inevitable. “It’s not at that point,” Ashburn says. “But if it continues, there might not be any choice. At some point, there is no choice.” The impacts of the tariffs on the aluminum cans used to hold that beer are currently less certain. Both Ashburn and Jim Birch, vice president of operations at Catabwa Brewing Co., say they haven’t seen any aluminum price increases, which Birch believes may be due to the size and scale of their operations. “I think some of the smaller guys might get squeezed a little bit,” he says. Republican Rep. Patrick McHenry, a member of the House Small Brewers Caucus whose district includes Asheville, has moved to address his constituents’ concerns. On July 18, he joined representatives from both sides of the aisle in sending a letter to Trump requesting that specific types of aluminum be excluded from the tariffs. “Primary aluminum used in can sheet is not widely available in the United States,” the letter explains. “As a result, primary aluminum made into rolled can sheets must be sourced

from outside the United States, and American companies that use these products depend on these imports.” MAKING IT WORK? Regional manufacturers of more durable goods have their own worries about the trade war. Moog Music, which makes synthesizers and other electronic instruments at its downtown Asheville factory, has warned that a 25 percent tariff on Chinese circuit boards and other components could force the company to lay off workers or relocate overseas. In a form letter Moog encouraged fans to send to North Carolina’s congressional delegation, the employeeowned business states that it sources as many parts as possible from the U.S., often paying up to 30 percent more than if it had sourced the same parts from abroad. “However, whether [the company buys] circuit boards in the U.S. or overseas, the majority of the raw components still come from China,” the letter continues. “Therefore, Moog will be unable to avoid this substantial cost increase because of the tariffs.” Moog is joined in its anxiety by other advanced manufacturers throughout

WNC, such as GF Linamar, GE Aviation and BorgWarner TurboSystems, which have been transforming the regional economy through heavy investment in infrastructure and hiring. Corey Atkins, vice president of public policy for the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce, notes that these firms’ reliance on steel and aluminum makes them susceptible to trade tensions. Atkins points to Linamar, a Canadian auto parts manufacturer, as particularly vulnerable. The company, which currently employs over 300 people in Arden and Mills River and had planned to create up to 1,000 jobs by 2022, has called the potential impact of steel and aluminum tariffs “unbearable” in an email with Bloomberg. “Prices will have to be dramatically increased to consumers, consumers will stop buying, and we will have a collapse in the automotive market,” wrote Linamar CEO Linda Hasenfratz. “Clearly, this will lead to wide-scale layoffs, further decreasing demand for absolutely everything and spinning the U.S. into a deep, deep recession and dragging the rest of us down with them.”


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N EWS Even Republican Rep. Mark Meadows, who represents the majority of WNC outside of Asheville and chairs the House Freedom Caucus, has expressed his skepticism of the tariffs. “The Commerce Department’s recommendation to impose tariffs ignores history — and it ignores the reality that U.S. manufacturing will ultimately be the loser with these protectionist policies,” he wrote in a March 1 tweet. However, Meadows stops short of directly criticizing the president. In comments to Xpress, his office writes that “we’re very supportive of the administration’s efforts to reach a better deal for American workers, and we’re very confident the end result will be a benefit to the U.S.” But until that end result arrives, WNC’s businesses must wrestle with uncertainty and concerns about the future of their industries. “The longer [the tariffs] stay in place, there could be a ripple effect down the line that we won’t see for months, or even years,” Atkins says. “I just hate to think that while things are going so well we would do anything to slow our growth and our trend upwards as far as our economy goes.”  X


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FIT TO PRINT Xpress is also feeling the strain of tariffs. Following a complaint from the North Pacific Paper Co. in Washington, the U.S. Department of Commerce implemented tariffs of up to 9.93 percent on Canadian newsprint in January and added a 22.16 percent anti-dumping tariff on some producers in March. About 60 percent of American newspapers are printed on paper imported from Canada; only five newsprint mills currently operate in the U.S. “The tariff is currently impacting us, as it is virtually all newspaper publishers in the country. For us, our printing costs have increased about 15 percent, which is in effect about the cost of one journalist,” says Jeff Fobes, publisher of Mountain Xpress. “Our tactic is to reduce expenses in a way that doesn’t hurt our content,” Fobes continues. “We’re doing pretty well at improving efficiencies in our overall operation, but any company reaches a limit at some point.”  X

BIZ BRIEFS by Virginia Daffron | INFO SESSION ON STARTUP GRANTS OFFERED AT THE COLLIDER NC IDEA will host an informational session on its 26th SEED grant cycle on Thursday, Aug. 16, at 5 p.m. at The Collider, 1 Haywood St., Asheville. SEED provides $50,000 grants to startups based in the state and those looking to relocate to North Carolina. The grant application will be available online from Monday, Aug. 20, through Monday, Sept. 10. For more information about NC IDEA SEED or to register for the information session, visit AFRICAN-AMERICAN BUSINESS ASSOCIATION TO HOLD FIRST MEETING The first meeting of the newly forming AfricanAmerican Business Association will take place on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Arthur R. Edington Education & Career Center, 133 Livingston St., Asheville. The meeting will include a workshop on lead generation and client acquisition through relationship building. Lunch is included; the event is free. Contact Jasmine Hanks at jhanks@ or 828-633-5065 to register, or visit WHAT’S NEWS • Oppenheimer & Co. hired Bill Pomeroy as branch manager of Oppenheimer’s Asheville office. • Kellen Griffin joined HomeTrust Bank as Bank at Work sales officer. • Max Rose, owner of Asheville’s Four Seasons Plumbing, was fea-

PAYCHECK STATUS QUO: According to a report by Johnson Price Sprinkle PA, private industry average hourly earnings in the Asheville metro area came in at $22.87 in the first quarter of 2018, a slight gain of 0.5 percent from a year earlier. Earnings growth has remained relatively flat in Asheville over the last four quarters, with an average gain of 0.2 percent. Graphic courtesy of Johnson Price Sprinkle PA tured on NPR’s Morning Edition as part of a story on the economy. • Johnson Price Sprinkle PA shareholder J. Scott Hughes was elected to the N.C. Association of Certified Public Accountants Board of Directors. • The Children’s Home Society of North Carolina has opened an Asheville office at 19 Zillicoa St. in the historic Homewood building. KUDOS • Charles Nembhard, owner of Charley King’s Jamaican Jerk Sauces in Black Mountain, received a 2018 Small Business of the Year award from the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services’ Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services. • Nonprofit IFB Solutions Asheville recently produced its 500,000th spring-powered stapler. The staplers are totally put together by employees who are blind. • Benjamin C. Hamrick, CEO and shareholder of Johnson Price Sprinkle PA, received the CPA Pinnacle Award from

the N.C. Association of Certified Public Accountants on July 31. OUTDOOR INDUSTRY CONFERENCE COMES TO WCU ON OCT. 5 The outdoor industry will be the focus of a conference at Western Carolina University in Sylva on Friday, Oct. 5. Keynote addresses, panel discussions and breakout sessions will explore topics of interest to regional outdoor businesses. An expo from 1:30-5:30 p.m. will feature representatives of area community colleges, nonprofits and other organizations that support the outdoor industry. Early registration for the conference is available for a reduced cost of $99 through Friday, Aug. 31, and registration is $159 thereafter. Students can attend the conference for $39. For more information, visit or contact Arthur Salido, WCU’s executive director of community and economic engagement and innovation, at 828-227-2587 or  X


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Feds: 3 former Buncombe officials got kickbacks

LIFE’S A BEACH: Key West, Fla., is one of many locations in the United States and around the world mentioned in a new federal indictment returned Aug. 7. Former Buncombe County managers Wanda Greene, left, and Mandy Stone, center, as well as former Assistant County Manager Jon Creighton, right, were accused of accepting kickbacks from county contractors for meals, travel and entertainment, among other charges. Images of former staff members provided by Buncombe County Key West, Martha’s Vineyard, Budapest, Vienna and the Napa Valley — those are just a few of the exotic locales a new indictment alleges three former Buncombe County officials visited using kickbacks they received in exchange for local government contracts. A federal grand jury returned a bill of indictment Aug. 7 bringing charges against three former Buncombe County officials: former County Manager Wanda Greene, former County Manager Mandy Stone and former Planning Director and Assistant County Manager Jon Creighton. According to the indictment, Greene, Creighton and Stone used their positions to ask for and accept gifts, payments and other perks from a contractor, who is not named in the indictment, as a condition for county contracts.

In a statement released just after 9 p.m. on Aug. 7, the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners said the county would review any contracts with Joseph Wiseman Jr., as well as “any entities with whom he is or has been associated,” to determine the county’s strategy for moving forward. Commissioners instructed the county’s legal team to take action to “recover any monies that were expended as a part of the fraudulent scheme set forth in the indictment.” The indictment alleges that the contractor paid for trips to 13 U.S. and international destinations, including airline tickets, hotel rooms, meals, beverages, ground transportation, sightseeing trips, spa sessions and gift shop purchases for the county employees. The indictment says Greene and Creighton had the power to grant or deny contracts to the contractor’s companies.

“They and the contractor understood and agreed that providing these trips, gifts and favors was a necessary condition to his companies’ continuing to obtain contracts with the county,” the indictment reads. The three defendants submitted false time records that claimed they had worked eight or more hours during workdays and some weekends while they were on nonbusiness vacations, the indictment said, while also receiving monetary compensation for accrued leave time. According to the indictment, the county government “often unwittingly” funded the bribes and kickbacks paid by the contractor. The contractor kept records of the costs of tickets, lodging, meals and other benefits and billed the county for them as project-related expenses.

The defendants each face 32 counts. The grand jury also introduced tax fraud charges against Greene individually for calendar years 2012-17. For each of those years, the indictment claims that Greene failed to report the additional income she made by embezzling Buncombe County funds. That amount fluctuated from approximately $8,400 in 2012 to $29,256 in 2015. Beyond lies of omission, the indictment alleges that Greene falsely claimed business expenses on her Form 1040 for 2012, 2013 and 2017. For that most recent year, she allegedly submitted an additional Schedule C form claiming sole proprietorship of a business named only “Buncombe County.” While Greene claimed that Buncombe County made no income, she did attribute it with expenses of over $32,000, including $25,000 in “legal and professional expenses” and $8,300 in “utilities.” Greene filed the 2017 return on May 21, when she was already under indictment for other corruption and embezzlement charges. If convicted on all six counts, Greene faces up to an additional $600,000 in fines and 18 years of imprisonment. Greene also faces accusations that she misappropriated more than $2 million in county funds to pay for whole life insurance policies for herself, her son and eight other county employees — including Creighton and Stone (see Greene and her son, former county employee Michael Greene, are also charged with using county credit cards to make thousands of dollars worth of personal purchases (see Michael Greene recently pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to commit an offense against the U.S. (see His attorney said the government will move to dismiss Michael Greene’s remaining charges after his sentencing. Visit for a longer version of this article.

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County to fill top spots through outside search, internal promotions Even as elected officials and county staff digested word of new indictments of former county employees released less than four hours before the regular meeting of the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners on Aug. 7, efforts to select a new county manager continued to move ahead. Noting the importance of the decision, board Chair Brownie Newman pointed out, “the county manager is the 12

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person who runs this large organization day to day.” The board plans to hire a search firm to identify finalists for the county manager position, a step it didn’t take in promoting former County Manager Mandy Stone to the job last year. Stone served in the role for a year after commissioners tapped her to replace former County Manager Wanda Greene, but she abruptly left the posi-

tion in June. Now she, along with Jon Creighton, former planning director and assistant county manager, and Greene, stand accused of accepting kickbacks for county construction contracts. Commissioners narrowed the list of potential search firms to Slavin Management Consultants and The Mercer Group. Interim County Manager George Wood said the guaranteed price for

Slavin Management Consultants would not exceed $23,350.75 and the guaranteed price for The Mercer Group would not exceed $32,500. Wood previously told commissioners a search firm would likely charge about $80,000. Wood said Slavin Management Consultants guaranteed that if the person hired for the position left before completing two years of

we remove anything. . . from anywhere employment, the firm would redo the search at no charge. “I think there’s a soberness of tone that you might detect as we talk about this just because of how much is at stake,” said Commissioner Jasmine Beach-Ferrara, who was a member of the committee that judged the search firm applications. “We need to make sure we do this right and do this in a way that honors the great trust that’s placed in us.” The board will conduct interviews with the search firms during a public meeting at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 21, in the third floor conference room at 200 College St. in downtown Asheville.

OTHER VACANCIES In addition to the county manager position, Buncombe County is also working to fill holes left by the recent departures of former Human Resources Director Lisa Eby, former Budget Director Diane Price and former Finance Director Tim Flora. “Let’s just say we’ve had a few openings here,” Wood said. According to Wood, the county plans to fill the budget director position through an internal promotion. He anticipates interviews will be conducted the week of Aug. 13. “We have several qualified candidates, so we’ve only opened that up internally,” he said.

The county also plans to hire its new communications director from within, Wood said, noting that the county has three qualified candidates. Those interviews will also be conducted the week of Aug. 13. Because the finance director reports to both the county manager and the Board of Commissioners, a joint selection process is underway. Commissioners Beach-Ferrara, Al Whitesides and Joe Belcher have been reviewing applications, and the full board will interview the shortlist of candidates they develop. Wood said commissioners would discuss finance director candidates during a closed session after the regular meeting.



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seemed to have already, in their mind, felt that this is what the use should be for the property, so we’ve just moved forward like that,” he said. No representative from the city’s Planning & Urban Design Department was present at the meeting, although Suzanne Escovitz, president of the Grove Park-Sunset Mountain Neighborhood Association, said staff had attended previous discussions. Resident Jane Mathews shared her issues with the city’s procedure for making this major change to plans for the area. “There was a community visioning process … that was done with community consensus and City Council approval. To have it just tossed out the window, I want to know when that happens,” she said, garnering murmurs of agreement from the crowd. While the city may want to make the area denser, neighborhood residents argued that Charlotte Street’s existing traffic problems should preclude a

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FACING CRITICISM: Developers Chip, left, and Payne Kassinger hear community pushback about their planned apartment complex on Charlotte Street. Photo by Daniel Walton


If the Charleston, S.C.-based Kassinger Development Group follows through on its plan to build a four-story, 180-unit mixed-use apartment complex at 130 Charlotte St., the location’s current Fuddruckers restaurant will be replaced by a much more exceptional building. For many in the standingroom-only crowd of over 120 people that gathered at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Grove Park to discuss the project on Aug. 7, that was exactly the issue: The development represents an unwanted exception from the character of their neighborhood. Developer Payne Kassinger confirmed that city of Asheville staff has been working to remove several parcels, including the Fuddruckers location, from the Charlotte Street Transition Overlay District. This special zoning, established in 2010, sets limits of 12,000 square feet on new structures; the planned development would have 16,000 square feet of commercial space alone. Instead, Kassinger hopes the property will be rezoned to Mixed Use Expansion, which allows buildings of up to six stories and 200,000 square feet. Although the exact footprint of the building is still under consideration, existing plans call for a first floor of businesses topped by 26 efficiency, 93 one-bedroom and 61 two-bedroom apartments. (Twenty percent of the units would be guaranteed as affordable housing for at least 15 years.) A total of 327 parking spaces, some underground, would service the complex. Chip Kassinger, Payne’s father and the company’s founder, said the city had approached his group with the desire for dense development. “Everybody

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N EWS pitiful” in scope. They said the results of that study will be made publicly available upon its completion later in the month and that the project will change to accommodate any new findings. A first round of conceptual plans for the project will be submitted to the city’s Technical Review Committee

within the next 30 days. The Kassingers say they hope to present before the city’s Planning & Zoning Commission around the middle of October, with final Council approval to follow by the middle of November.

— Daniel Walton  X

West Asheville needle exchange, free caf raise community complaints é

Several hundred community members packed Trinity United Methodist Church on Aug. 9 to discuss neighborhood concerns surrounding four businesses and organizations operating at 610 Haywood Road — The Steady Collective, Firestorm Books and Coffee, Kairos West Community Center and 12 Baskets Café — that some say have reduced the area’s safety by offering services to drug users and homeless clients. Business owners and residents have been meeting since early July to address complaints of increased disruption and discarded trash, including used hypodermic needles. But tensions ran higher at the Aug. 9 meeting in the wake of four Notices of Violation issued by the city of Asheville the day before. The Steady Collective and Firestorm were given 30 days to correct violations of operating a needle exchange, while Kairos West and 12 Baskets were asked to stop operating a shelter in an area not zoned for that activity. Should the groups not address those violations, they face civil penalties of up to $100 per day. While the meeting became heated at times as attendees voiced a range of concerns, Cat Matlock, owner of West Asheville Yoga Studio, said she hoped the community could work out a solution. “Nobody is saying we shouldn’t feed people,” she explained. “We’re not saying it’s not a good idea to provide clean syringes, but I have concerns as a business owner and a mother.” Libertie Valance, co-owner of Firestorm, said that “Firestorm has been in dialog with our neighbors to address issues for weeks and it has been productive. We are working to develop actionable plans and will continue to do so.” Referring to The Steady Collective needle exchange, which operates out of Firestorm on 14

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Tuesday afternoons (see “Less damage done,” Aug. 8, Xpress), Valance was quick to add, “There won’t be any disruption to the needle exchange service.” The Steady Collective’s Hillary Brown summarized the impact of the group’s work at Firestorm. The organization hands out naloxone kits to reverse the effects of opioid overdose; 47 recipients so far this year have reported back to Brown and other volunteers that they had to use the kits, meaning those overdoses were not fatal. According to Nancy Hyton, secretary of the West Asheville Business Association, the Asheville Police Department presented at the last association meeting on July 26. The APD community relations liaison explained that the department didn’t want to shut down 12 Baskets, a free café serving lunch from Kairos West Monday through Friday, because it provides a service. However, the department claimed that the number of complaints filed in the neighborhood — including drug use, trespassing and syringes discarded on a nearby playground — had risen dramatically in recent months. In a public letter issued Aug. 10, Interim City Manager Cathy Ball clarified that “The city is not shutting down the operations of these tenants.” Ball explained that Notices of Violation are routine and that city staff will work with the organizations to help them understand the options available to bring them into compliance. Meanwhile, the businesses in and surrounding 610 Haywood continue to discuss ways to address neighborhood concerns. “We are working together. We want to affirm that we are allies,” Valance said.

— Cathy Cleary  X

by News staff | TOYBRARY TO LAUNCH TOY-SHARING BUS Toys lost their zing? Looking for something new to play with? The Toybrary of Asheville will cut the ribbon on its ToyZazzle bus on Saturday, Aug. 25, 4-6 p.m., in the parking lot of All Souls Pizza at 175 Clingman Ave. in Asheville. The subscription-based service will travel to various Asheville neighborhoods, where families can check out and return toys. The organization will also provide underserved families with limited economic resources access to toys. More information at STATE TO HOLD HEARING ON DUKE ENERGY WASTEWATER PERMIT FOR LAKE JULIAN PLANT The N.C. Division of Water Resources will hold a public hearing on a draft wastewater permit and draft special order by consent for Duke Energy’s Asheville electric plant. The draft wastewater permit is a modification to the plant’s existing permit, while the special order by consent has been requested by Duke Energy to address issues related to seeps from coal ash basins at the Lake Julian facility. Speaker registration for the hearing will begin at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 22, at the Skyland/South Buncombe Library, 260 Overlook Road, Asheville. The hearing will begin at 6 p.m. and will close after all comments are received but no earlier than 7 p.m. Public comments on the draft permit modification and draft special order by consent may also be submitted to DWRWastewater Permitting, Attn: Asheville Facility, 1617 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1617. Public comments may be submitted by email to publiccomments@ncdenr. gov. Please include

TOYS ON WHEELS: Erica Denmark, left, and Susan Dobroski, Toybrary of Asheville founder, with the Toybrary’s new bus. The organization will hold a ribbon-cutting at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 25, at 175 Clingman Ave. in Asheville. Photo courtesy of Toybrary “Asheville Permit” or “Asheville SOC” in the email’s subject line. All comments received by Thursday, Aug. 23, will be considered in the final determinations regarding the draft permit and draft special order by consent. The draft wastewater permit and related documents are available at The draft order is available at Printed copies of the draft permit, draft order and related documents may be reviewed at the department’s Asheville Regional Office. To make an appointment to review the documents, please call 828-296-4500. Questions regarding the draft permit, draft order or public hearing may be sent to the attention of Bob Sledge, NCDWR, 1617 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1617. Sledge may also be reached at 919-807-6398 or YWCA OF ASHEVILLE OPENS NEW EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION CLASSROOMS Two new classrooms for Buncombe’s youngest students will open at the YWCA of Asheville on Monday, Aug. 27, allowing the nonprofit to serve 36 additional children. One room will be funded by the state as an NC

Pre-K site. Locally administered by Buncombe Partnership for Children, NC Pre-K qualifying families earn at or below 75 percent of the state median income, with priority given to 4-year-olds who are not already enrolled in care. Other factors that contribute to a child’s eligibility, regardless of family income, include identified disabilities, chronic health conditions, or developmental or educational needs such as speaking limited or no English. “NC Pre-K removes a barrier to low-income working families by providing six hours of free high-quality care from 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m., with additional wraparound hours available at a reasonable cost,” YWCA Asheville CEO Beth Maczka says. The YWCA’s Early Learning Program accepts state child care subsidy vouchers and serves 50 percent voucher families in its program. In 2016, YWCA also opened two Early Head Start classrooms in partnership with Verner Center for Early Learning to provide child care, education, resources and services for families with the lowest incomes in the local community. Applications are available at the YWCA located at 185 S. French Broad Ave., Asheville or online at  X



Drilling in the dark

The Beaucatcher Tunnel project, 1927-29

TUNNEL VISION: A construction crew poses for a picture inside Beaucatcher Tunnel during the early stages of the project. Photo courtesy of UNC Asheville’s Special Collections In May 1927, work officially began on Beaucatcher Tunnel. Controversy and catastrophe would haunt the two-year project. “A few years ago Battery Park hill got in the way of progress and it was leveled down,” declared the Dec. 4, 1927, edition of The Sunday Citizen. “Now Beaucatcher mountain is in the way and Asheville is running a street under it.” The article went on to describe the project’s perilous and deafening work. “When the pneumatic drills start up the place is like a cavern of thunders,” the paper wrote. “Like ants working at a barrel of sugar these men are gradually eating through the steel-hard granite, while the tiny mountain of muck grows at the mouth of the tunnel.” Nearly a year into the project, disaster struck. On April 25, 1928, The Asheville Citizen reported that part of the tunnel had caved in, after weeks of ongoing concern expressed by engineers and workers. No deaths or injuries were suffered. But a steam shovel, two flat cars, roughly 50 feet of track and tools were buried beneath the earth. The cave-in would result in a 30-day delay and cost the $302,536 project an additional $6,500. By May, politicians pointed to the tunnel with cynicism and contempt, using it as a talking point against reckless spend-

ing. In the May 31 edition of The Asheville Citizen, Hubert C. Jarvis, candidate for the lower house of the state Assembly declared, “Four or five fine schools could have been built in Buncombe county for the money that is being expended on the Beaucatcher tunnel[.]” In the same article, fellow candidate Joshua A. Curtis promised, “If I can get to Raleigh before the workers at the Beaucatcher tunnel can pull the slide off their tools, I’ll introduce a bill to stop up both ends of the thing and let it remain like God made it.” Opposition continued into the fall. On Nov. 1, a group of self-described “life long Democrats,” took out a half-page advertisement in The Asheville Citizen that listed a series of questions to Democratic candidates of Buncombe County. The top inquiry read: “Are you proud of that Beaucatcher Tunnel? Can you state how much it will cost the taxpayers of Buncombe County and how much in professional fees will be paid to the Howerton Engineering Company to this tunnel?” Supporters of the project, however, were undeterred. On Nov. 4, Asheville engineer Robert S. Brown took out his own ad in The Asheville Citizen. It began

with a the same question: “are YOU proud of the BEAUCATCHER TUNNEL?” Brown continued: “Well—you should be. And here is why! More than 5696 cars PER DAY will EACH save ONE MILE when BEAUCATCHER TUNNEL is completed. Figure 5696 car-miles per day at only 8c per car-mile and you get a net SAVING of $455.68 per day, $166,323.20 per years, $498,969.60 in three years. THINK OF THAT! In TWO and ONE-HALF YEARS more than the ENTIRE cost of this project will be SAVED to Buncombe County taxpayers.” Nearly a year would pass before the project’s completion. On Sept. 1, 1929, the tunnel finally opened. The following day’s paper reported that 7,000 cars drove through it that day. Amid the excitement, few could have imaged what lurked around the corner. On Oct. 24, 1929 — less than two months after the tunnel’s completion — The Asheville Citizen reported, “Near panic hits market in last hour of trading.” The Great Depression had begun. Editor’s note: Peculiarities of spelling and punctuation have been preserved from the original documents.  X

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ANIMALS FIRESTORM BOOKS & COFFEE 610 Haywood Road, 828-255-8115, • 3rd FRIDAYS, 6-7:30pm - Animal Rights Reading Group. Free to attend. MOUNTAIN PET RESCUE • SA (8/18), noon-4pm Pet adoption event and raffle. Free to attend. Held at Universal joint, 784 Haywood Road

BENEFITS CHARLES GEORGE V.A. MEDICAL CENTER 1100 Tunnel Road • SA (8/18), 9am Proceeds from the Veterans Appreciation Day and Poker Run motorcycle ride benefit veterans. Ride begins at Kounty-Line Reynolds, 195 Charlotte Highway and ends at the Charles George V.A. Medical Center with live music, food and games. Information: $10. CONSERVING CAROLINA • SA (8/18), 4-8pm - Proceeds from this dinner with local wine and craft beer, live music by the Crooked Pine Band and a raffle, benefit Conserving Carolina. $100. Held at Gwynn Valley Camp, 301 Gwynn Valley Trail, Brevard DOWNTOWN WELCOME TABLE 2010/07/ the-welcome-table/ • WE (8/22), 10:30am2pm - Proceeds from tickets to WelcomeFEST meal with seven local


food trucks feed community members in need. Tickets: welcomefest-2018. $20 includes your meal and a meal for someone in need. Held at Haywood Street Congregation, 297 Haywood St. ELIADA 828-254-5356,, • MO (8/20), 6:30-9pm - Proceeds from this ticketed dinner with Noble Cider benefit Eliada. Tickets required. $50. Held at Twisted Laurel, 328 New Leicester Highway, #110 • TU (8/21), 6:30-9pm - Proceeds from this ticketed dinner with Treasury Wine Estates and Black Stallion Winery benefit Eliada. Tickets required. $100. Held at Strada Italiano, 27 Broadway • TH (8/23), 6:30-9pm - Proceeds from this ticketed dinner with Lagunitas benefit Eliada. Tickets required. $100. Held at Corner Kitchen, 3 Boston Way FRIENDS OF PANTHERTOWN • SA (8/18), 5:30-7:30pm - Proceeds from this presentation by Jennifer Pharr Davis, long distance hiker, author, speaker and National Geographic Adventurer of the Year, benefit the Friends of Panthertown. Tickets available online. $10. Held at the Country Club of Sapphire Valley, 120 Handicap Drive, Sapphire HAYWOOD STREET CONGREGATION 297 Haywood St., 828-246-4250 • FR (8/17), 7-8pm - Proceeds from Go Granny D, one woman performance by Barbara

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Bates, benefit Haywood Street Congregation. $10.

Asheville Library, 260 Overlook Road HOMINY VALLEY RECREATION PARK 25 Twin Lakes Drive, Candler, 828-242-8998, • 3rd THURSDAYS, 7pm - Hominy Valley board meeting. Free.

RIVERLINK'S RIVERMUSIC 8282-528-4741, • SA (8/18), noon-8pm - Proceeds from this concert featuring Lyric, Northside Gentlemen and Kill the Clique benefit RiverLink's work to create a healthy watershed. Free to attend. Held at New Belgium Brewery, 21 Craven St. TUNNELS TO TOWERS • SU (8/19), 8:45am - Proceeds from the inaugural Tunnel to Towers 5K Run/Walk benefit the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation. Registration online. $40/$30 advance. Held at Pack Square Park, 121 College St.

BUSINESS & TECHNOLOGY A-B TECH SMALL BUSINESS CENTER 828-398-7950, abtech. edu/sbc • SA (8/18), 9am-noon - "Are You Ready To Start A Small Business," seminar. Registration required. Free. Held at A-B Tech Small Business Center, 1465 Sand Hill Road, Candler • MO (8/20) & WE (8/22), noon-4:30pm - "A Business Plan is the Key to Success," workshop. Registration required: jhanks@ carolinasmallbusiness. org or 828-633-5065 x102. Free. Held at A-B Tech Small Business Center, 1465 Sand Hill Road, Candler PARDEE HOSPITAL ORIENTATION ROOM 800 N. Justice St., Hendersonville • TH (8/16), 8am7:30pm - Nursing job fair with on-site interviews. Free to attend. WESTERN WOMEN'S BUSINESS CENTER 828633-506-5101, carolinasmallbusiness. org • TU (8/21), 11:30am1pm - "Lead Generation & Client Acquisition


MINDFUL MORNING MEAL: Leadership Asheville closes out its Buzz Breakfast summer series on Wednesday, Aug. 22, with a focus on the theme “Racial Equity: How Do We Embrace It?” The morning’s presenters will be Kimberlee Archie, city of Asheville equity and inclusion manager, and Darin Waters, UNC Asheville associate professor of history and executive director for community engagement. The meal begins at 7:30 a.m., and the program starts at 8 a.m. at the Crowne Plaza Resort Expo Center. The event also provides an opportunity to network with community leaders and alumni of Leadership Asheville, a program of UNCA that engages participants in collaborative community leadership projects and begins its 37th annual program in September. Tickets are $20 and available online or at the door. For more information, visit Photo of Archie courtesy of UNC Asheville (p. 17-18) Through Relationship Building," African American Business Association workshop and meeting. Registration: jhanks@ carolinasmallbusiness. org. Free. Held at Arthur R. Edington Education and Career Center, 133 Livingston St.

CLASSES, MEETINGS & EVENTS FARM BEGINNINGS® FARMER TRAINING (PD.) Applications open for Organic Growers School’s Farm Beginnings, a yearlong farmer training course teaching practical business skills to start sustainable farms. Course open to aspiring and beginning

farmers. FILM SCREENING: THE SEEKERS OF TRUTH (PD.) The Gurdjieff Foundation of WNC will screen “The Seekers of Truth: George Ivanovich Gurdjieff,” by the Institut G.I.Gurdjieff (Paris) - Opportunity for exchange afterward - Tuesday, August 28, 6:30 PM. Free admission; reservations requested (limited seating). Contact or (828) 239-9440. Further details at VILLAGERS... (PD.) an Urban Homestead Supply store offering quality tools, supplies and classes to support healthy lifestyle activities like gar-

dening, food preservation, cooking, herbalism, and more. 278 Haywood Road. ASHEVILLE FRIENDS OF ASTROLOGY ashevillefriendsofastrology. org, • FR (8/17), 7-9pm - "Understanding Generations through the Outer Planets, Part 2" general meeting and presentation. Free to attend. Held at EarthFare - Westgate, 66 Westgate Parkway BUNCOMBE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARIES governing/depts/library • MO (8/20), 5:45pm Amnesty International Asheville Group meeting. Free. Held at South

WNC PHYSICIANS FOR SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY • FR (8/17), noon General meeting and social. Bring a bag lunch. Free. Held at First Congregational UCC of Asheville, 20 Oak St.

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

WNC UNITED NATIONS ASSOCIATION • TU (8/21), 7-8pm WNC United Nations Association general meeting and social. Free. Held in Room 243, Zageir Hall, UNC Asheville

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

ASHEVILLE SISTER CITIES 828-782-8025,, ashevillesistercities@ • WE (8/15), 7-9pm - "World Wide Wednesdays," event celebrating the Sister City of Karpenisi, Greece with food, wine, music and photography. $10. Held at The BLOCK off biltmore, 39 South Market St.

ONTRACK WNC 50 S. French Broad Ave., 828-255-5166, • WE (8/15), 5:307pm - "Understanding Credit. Get it. Keep it. Improve it." Seminar. Registration required. Free. • TH (8/16), noon1:30pm - "Resolving Money Conflicts," class. Registration required. Free. • TH (8/16), 5:307pm- "Introduction to Homebuying," seminar. Registration required. Free. • TH (8/23), noon-1:30pm "Understanding Credit. Get it. Keep it. Improve it." Seminar. Registration required. Free. TRANSITION ASHEVILLE 828-296-0064, • MO (8/20), 6:30-8pm - Presentation from the Narrow Ridge Earth Literacy Center. Free. Held at St. Mary's Episcopal Church, 337 Charlotte St.


LEICESTER COMMUNITY CENTER 2979 New Leicester Highway, Leicester, 828-774-3000, Leicester.Community. Center • WEDNESDAYS, 11:30am-1pm Welcome Table meal. Free. • 3rd TUESDAYS, 2:30pm - Manna food distribution. Free.

FESTIVALS RIVERLINK 828-252-8474, • SA (8/18), noon-8pm - Anything That Floats Parade, family-friendly outdoor event with live bands, food trucks, craft beer and river float contest. Free to attend/$40 registration for floats. Held at New Belgium Brewery, 21 Craven St.

GOVERNMENT & POLITICS DEMOCRATIC WOMEN OF BUNCOMBE COUNTY buncombedemwomen@ • TH (8/16), 5:15pm Dinner meeting with guest speakers John Ager, Susan Fisher and Brian Turner. Registration: buncombedemwomen@gmail. com. $15/$12 members. Held at Buncombe County Democratic Headquarters, 951 Old Fairview Road

KIDS ASHEVILLE TENNIS ASSOCIATION • Through SA (9/15) Open registration for beginner plus and intermediate tennis clinics for ages five to 17 from SU (9/9) to SU (9/30) at Aston Park Tennis Center. Registration required: $30-$40.


PISGAH CENTER FOR WILDLIFE EDUCATION • TH (8/23) & TH (8/30), 4-6pm - Open audition for students in grade K-12. See website for full guidelines. Held at Academy for the Arts, 5 Oak Street

1401 Fish Hatchery Road, Pisgah Forest, 828-8774423 • MO (8/20) through FR (8/24), 9am-noon - "A Week in the Creek," activities for children aged 6-10. Registration required. Free.

BUNCOMBE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARIES governing/depts/library • TH (8/16), 3:30pm "Intro to Entomology," activities for children ages 5-13. Free. Held at EnkaCandler Library, 1404 Sandhill Road, Candler • SA (8/18), 2pm - "Jedi Training Academy," Star Wars related activities for children aged 5 and up. Costumes encouraged. Free. Held at Fairview Library, 1 Taylor Road, Fairview MALAPROP'S BOOKSTORE AND CAFE 55 Haywood St., 828-2546734, • SA (8/18), 11am - Jerald Pope presents their book, Owl Girl. Free to attend.

WNC HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION • SA (8/18), 10:30am12:30pm - Crafty Historian Series: "Friendship Bracelets," create your own friendship bracelet. Registration required. $5. Held at Smith-McDowell House Museum, 283 Victoria Road

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

AARP 828-380-6242, • WE (8/22), 10:30am Coffee and Conversation Series: Discussion about hiking. Free. Held at Ferguson Family YMCA, 31 Westridge Market Place, Candler BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY HIKES 828-298-5330, • FR (8/17), 10am - "Will the Circle Be Unbroken?" Ranger-led, 2.8-mile, moderate hike on the Mountains to Sea trail to learn about forest health. Free. Meet at MP 361.2, Blue Ridge Parkway BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY RANGER PROGRAMS 828-295-3782, • SA (8/18), 7pm "Coyote the Trickster," ranger presentation. Free. Held at Linn Cove Visitor Center, MP 304, Blue Ridge Parkway • SA (8/18), 7pm - "Yell Fire," ranger presentation about forest fires. Free. Held at Linville

Falls Campground Amphitheater, MP 316 HISTORIC JOHNSON FARM 3346 Haywood Road, Hendersonville, 828-891-6585, • TH (8/16), 1pm - End of summer celebration with games, wagon rides, popcorn and lemonade. Free.

PARENTING BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF WNC 828-253-1470, • TH (8/16), noon Information session for single parents with children ages 6-14 interested in learning more about connecting your child with a mentor. Free. Held at Big Brothers Big Sisters of WNC, 50 S. French Broad Ave. Ste. #213. HOMES FOR YOUTH families4kids@ • TU (8/21), 6-7:30pm Casual foster parenting

information night with representatives from the Henderson County Department of Social Services, Crossnore School and Children’s Home. Information shared about upcoming training classes. Registration: families4kids@ or 828-694-6252. Free. Held at Dandelion Eatery, 127 5th Ave. W., Hendersonville

PUBLIC LECTURES ETHICAL HUMANIST SOCIETY OF ASHEVILLE 828-687-7759, • SU (8/19), 2-3:30pm “Wilma Dykeman: The Mountain South's Great Humanist of the 20th Century,” presentation by Jim Stokely. Free. Held at Asheville Friends Meetinghouse, 227 Edgewood Road LEADERSHIP ASHEVILLE SUMMER BREAKFAST SERIES 828-255-7100,


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• WE (8/22), 8am "Racial Equity: How do we embrace it?," presentation and breakfast. $20. Held at Crowne Plaza Expo Center, 1 Resort Drive MARSHALL CONTAINER CO. 10 South Main St., Marshall, 803-727-4807 • SA (8/18), 7pm - "Discipline + Punishment," experimental community driven lecture series. Free to attend. THE JOSEPH INITIATIVE • TH (8/23), 5-7:30pm - The Joseph Initiative hosts “How to Have Difficult Conversations,” lecture by Dr. Dwight Mullen. Registration: 828- 6915603 or Free. Held at Lenoir Rhyne Center for Graduate Studies, 36 Montford Ave.

live music and movement. No experience necessary. Admission by donation.

SPIRITUALITY ASTRO-COUNSELING (PD.) Licensed counselor and accredited professional astrologer uses your chart when counseling for additional insight into yourself, your relationships and life directions. Stellar Counseling Services. Christy Gunther, MA, LPC. (828) 258-3229. SHAMBHALA MEDITATION CENTER (PD.) Thursdays, 7-8:30pm and Sundays, 10-noon • Meditation and community. By donation. 60 N. Merrimon Ave., #113, (828) 200-5120. asheville.shambhala. org DANCES OF UNIVERSAL PEACE 5 Ravenscroft Drive • 3rd SATURDAYS, 7:30-9:30pm - "Dances of Universal Peace," spiritual group dances that blend chanting,

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FIRST CONGREGATIONAL UCC OF HENDERSONVILLE 1735 5th Ave. W., Hendersonville, 828-692-8630, • SU (8/19), 3-5pm MCC Sacred Journey Church open house. Registration: 828-4296280. Free.

TAKE ME OUT TO THE DOG PARK: Dog-owning baseball fans are invited to bring their canine companions to the next Doggies at the Diamond event on Monday, Aug. 20, at McCormick Field. Attendees who make a donation for Mountain Pet Rescue Asheville at any of Patton Avenue Pet Company’s  three locations prior to the game will receive a voucher for a $5 ticket. Donations can be in any monetary amount or a food, toy or treat item — anything that helps homeless dogs and cats. Patton Avenue Pet Company will have a table at the ballpark entrance with fun activities and free treats, while Mountain Pet Rescue will have adoptable dogs and puppies to meet. Gates open at 6 p.m., and the game starts at 7:05 p.m. All friendly, leashed dogs are welcome. The organizers suggest that very nervous or socially overwhelmed dogs should stay at home, as the experience can be a lot for some pups. For more information, visit Photo courtesy of the Asheville Tourists

MALAPROP'S BOOKSTORE AND CAFE 55 Haywood St., 828-254-6734, • FR (8/17), 6pm Byron Ballard presents her book, Earth Works: Ceremonies in Tower Time. Free to attend. SOKA GAKKAI ASHEVILLE 828-253-4710 • 3rd SUNDAYS, 11am - Introduction to Nichiren Buddhism meeting. Free. Held at Kairos West Community Center, 610-002 Haywood Road

SPORTS ASHEVILLE WOMEN’S RUGBY ashevillewomensrugby. com, • Through SA (11/10) - Open registration for the fall season. No experience necessary to participate. Free. BUNCOMBE COUNTY RECREATION SERVICES Governing/Depts/ Parks/ • Through TU (9/4) - Open registration for fall adult kickball leagues. Registration: $25-$35.



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Information session for those interested in volunteering two hours per week with adults who want to improve reading, writing, spelling, and English language skills. Free. 12 BASKETS CAFE 610 Haywood Road, 828-231-4169, • TUESDAYS 10:30am - Volunteer orientation. ASHEVILLE PRISON BOOKS ashevilleprisonbooks@ • 3rd SUNDAYS, 1-3pm - Volunteer to send books in response to inmate requests in North and South Carolina. Information: or ashevilleprisonbooks@ Held at Firestorm Books & Coffee, 610 Haywood Road READ 2 SUCCEED ASHEVILLE • Through WE (10/10) - Sign up to train to be a reading buddy with Read To Succeed on TU (10/10). Contact for guidelines: 828747-2277. • Through TU (9/18) Sign up to train to be a reading coach with Read To Succeed on TU (9/18). Contact for guidelines: 828-7472277. UNITED WAY OF HENDERSON COUNTY 828-692-1636, • Through FR (8/17) Register to volunteer for the annual Day of Action. Volunteers are needed to work on projects at each of Henderson County's 25 schools and learning center on Friday, August 17. Registration: For more volunteering opportunities visit volunteering





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BY DANNY BERNSTEIN To evaluate your balance, try this pose: Put one foot in front of the other, heel to toe. How long can you stand without swaying? If the answer is, “Not very long,” you aren’t alone. In fact, the author of this article didn’t fare nearly as well on the test as she expected, despite racking up many miles hiking trails in Western North Carolina every week as a hike leader and outdoor author (see sidebar, “Putting it to the test”). Impaired balance brings with it a higher risk of falling and all that a fall can entail. According to the National Council on Aging, falls are the No. 1 cause of both injury and death in older adults. State data indicate that the rate of fall-related death and injury is increasing among both men and women and in all age groups 65 and older. But falling isn’t inevitable, and several programs in WNC are working to reduce the number of falls older adults experience, helping avoid injury and boosting quality of life. POINT OF ENTRY Increasing older residents’ awareness of the importance of maintaining good balance can be the first step on the road to improvement, says Lori Schrodt, who led the team that developed the Building Better Balance screening program in collaboration with the WNC Fall Prevention Coalition in 2010. As a professor of physical therapy at Western Carolina University, Schrodt’s research focuses on community-based models and expanding the reach of balance- and fall-prevention programs for older adults. She’s been a physical therapist for over 25 years in various settings, but she says she has a special affinity for working to provide independence to older adults. “We need to capture people before their first fall,” Schrodt says. The Building Better Balance screening consists of questions such as, “Have you had any falls?” and “Do you have problems with bal-

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ON BALANCE: Those who participate in a Moving for Better Balance class reduce their risk of falling and experience other improvements in well-being, according to research. The YMCA of WNC offers the classes in each of its branches. Photo by Danny Bernstein ance while walking?” Participants also respond to questions about their fear of falling and demonstrate their walking ability by rising from a chair and walking a short distance. Though the screening program targets those who are at least 50, all ages can take part. Sometimes adult children bring mom and dad, Schrodt says, and everyone ends up being screened. These days, agencies try to engage people at younger ages before their balance and mobility become impaired to reduce fall risk even further. When performing the screenings, Schrodt says, trained volunteers encourage participants to talk to their doctors about their individual risk, since a heightened risk of falling can stem from a variety of factors. Balance exercises need to be part of all prevention programs, Schrodt says. Based on research findings, Schrodt recommends three or more hours a week of balance training, which will prevent 39 percent of falls. To be effective, the movements must be challenging and tailored to the individual. A physical therapist can provide guidance about exercises that can be performed at home and review progress.

GET A MOVE ON One targeted program that’s widely available in WNC is the YMCA’s Moving for Better Balance, a tai chi-based exercise program that improves balance to help prevent falls in older adults. A study of three balance-building programs published in the Journal of Safety Research in 2015 showed that the twice-weekly, 12-week MBB series provided the largest net benefit among the studied programs and delivered a return of over 500 percent on health care dollars invested. To participate in the Y’s MBB program, adults must be 65 or older (or over 45 with certain health conditions); the average age of program attendees is 71. A Y membership isn’t required to take part, though many folks do join the Y when they sign up for the class, and some repeat the series multiple times. Nearly 500 have gone through the program at local branches of the YMCA since its inception here in 2012.


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WELLN ESS Developed by the Oregon Research Institute, the program uses eight forms derived from the traditional 24-form Yang-style tai chi, progressing from easy to difficult. The moves have colorful names like “grasping the peacock tail” and “repulse monkey.” The institute’s research shows that people who complete the program are half as likely to fall and are less fearful about falling. MBB instructor JacKaline Stallings says it’s fun to watch people progress. People who couldn’t get up from a chair without using their hands now can. They report more confidence at the end of the program. If people are more confident about not falling, they’ll go out more, she says. “I love tai chi,” Stallings says. “It has a different effect than yoga. I can feel the chi. I can see the red in my palm, the energy flow. We move in

all directions. This program works on both sides of your body and helps you understand how you move your body in time and space.” Diane Saccone, director of healthy aging initiatives at the YMCA of WNC, says many factors contribute to older adults’ propensity for falling. “Eighty percent of older adults are sedentary, which increases the chance of chronic disease and obesity. Vision and hearing may decline. Taking four or more drugs — prescription or over-thecounter — decreases balance and so does alcohol.” As we age, we tend to make excuses, promising ourselves, “I’ll exercise tomorrow,” Saccone says. That behavior isn’t limited to the senior crowd, however. Folks in younger age cohorts such as Generation X and millennials, she notes, “are right behind them.”


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WEEBLES WOBBLE: Reporter Danny Bernstein struggled with some aspects of the Moving for Better Balance screening test, despite maintaining an active lifestyle with lots of hiking and walking. Photo by Danny Bernstein Taking the Moving for Better Balance screening test was a humbling experience. I’ve been taking yoga for years and have hiked for decades. Surely this test would be trivial for me. Diane Saccone administered the test, which you take wearing shoes. 1. Sit in a chair. Cross your arms across your chest. How many times can you go up and down in 30 seconds? 2. Stand and keep each pose for 10 seconds: • Feet together. • One foot halfway in front of the other. • One foot in front of the other, heel to toe. This was surprisingly challenging. • Stand on one foot – do this on both sides. 3. Measure a 10-foot distance on a carpeted floor. Time your speed as you rise from a sitting position in a chair, walk 10 feet and come back. At my age, I was below average on the first test. On the second test, I was below average on the one-leg test for my left leg. Even though I stayed on one leg the whole time, I swayed and therefore wasn’t in control. My right leg is stronger. Even with my exercise level, I’m at an increased risk of falling. Yikes! — Danny Bernstein  X

FEAR OF FALLING Stephanie Stewart, aging program specialist at the Land of Sky Regional Council, has always been interested in community wellness and health promotion. “I felt strongly about prevention. You can always do something to get healthy,” she says. It’s easy to get enthusiastic about fall prevention when talking to Stewart, a millennial. Stewart administers A Matter of Balance, a federally funded program run by community members. The money for this program originated with the Older American Act of 1965; the funding must be reauthorized regularly and matched by state and county funds. First developed by Boston University, A Matter of Balance was later redesigned to make it possible for volunteer leaders, most of whom are not health professionals, to teach the classes. The series includes eight two-hour sessions, which means that participants must “buy into prevention,” Stewart says. Participants discuss their fear of falling. “Fear of falling is an indicator for actually falling. The program attracts men because they fear losing their independence,” Stewart says. At the third session, the program adds a regular 45-minute exercise

component, consisting of balance, endurance, strength and flexibility. “Walking alone won’t be enough,” she says. A Matter of Balance classes, which are held in community or senior centers, have been taking place in WNC in the program’s present form since 2015. Participants like the exercises but also the conversations. At the end of the series, many participants report that they feel more confident about their ability to avoid falls. Stewart advises younger folks to get moving to prevent problems as they age. She favors an exercise program that incorporates weight training and that becomes a regular habit. She also urges people of all ages to ditch the flip-flops and wear comfortable shoes. HEALTHY AGING DAY On Thursday, Sept. 13, the annual Healthy Aging Day will kick off Healthy Aging Week. The event runs 9 a.m.-noon at the Reuter Family YMCA at 3 Town Square Blvd., Asheville, and features vendors, lectures, group exercise classes, pickleball, flu vaccines and free health screenings. More information is available at  X


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HERD MENTALITY A love of farming keeps WNC’s small dairy producers going

PASSION FOR THE JOB: Bart Ramsey works 80-hour weeks on his Fairview dairy farm, but, he says, there’s nothing else he’d rather do. Ramsey, a third-generation farmer, is one of the few small producers in Western North Carolina who bottles his own milk. Photo by Leslie Boyd


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Bart Ramsey didn’t have to take over the family business, but there was something about dairy farming that drew his heart to it. The 80-hour workweeks may be exhausting to some, but Ramsey loves the challenge, being outdoors and making a living selling milk, despite the challenges. “He could’ve been anything he wanted, but he wanted this,” says his father, Roy Ramsey. The family, which includes Roy’s brother, former state representative and Buncombe County Board of Commissioners Chair Nathan Ramsey, has been in the dairy business in Fairview for more than 80 years, and Bart Ramsey is happy to recite the family’s history — and the challenges it has faced as industrial farming has forced prices down. “It’s hard to compete with the big producers,” Ramsey says. “If it weren’t for government [price] controls, the big farmers would undersell


all of us smaller farmers, and there would be no more family farms.” The equipment used to milk cows, pasteurize the milk and bottle it is expensive, Ramsey says, and most small farmers can’t afford it, so they sell to processing plants like Milkco in Asheville, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Ingles Markets. COOPERATIVE APPROACH Until June, the 121 producers in Western North Carolina, eastern Tennessee, southwest Virginia and the Upstate in South Carolina, sold to Milkco through an agent. But the group found it would be more economical to form a milk-producing cooperative and sell as a single entity, and so the Southern Appalachian Dairy Cooperative was formed, with Bart Ramsey as one of its founding directors. Most of the milk producers in the region are as small as Ramsey Farm, producing about 1,300 to 1,700 gallons a day, which is too little to fill a milk tanker truck. The producers in the co-op can bargain more effectively

while not spending so much money on operating costs, such as bottling equipment and tanker trucks, that they can’t stay in business. There’s an economy of scale, says Bradley Johnston, who owns Mills River Creamery. When you have fewer than 50 cows producing milk, as he does, you need a minimum of three employees. But if you have 180 cows, you can also get by with three employees. “You can buy in bulk, so you spend less per cow than you do on a smaller scale,” Johnston says. “On a per-cow basis, it can cost twice as much to operate a small farm.” Johnston’s grandfather, Samuel Irving Johnston, bought land in Avery’s Creek a century ago and began selling milk directly to the community. He had a small farm, but his four sons all wanted to follow him into the business. “You can’t support four families on 80 cows,” he says. “You have to have more.” So, the farm grew, eventually to 1,200 cows. Four years ago, Johnston bought land in Mills River, and in November 2016, he started milking cows. Rather than join a co-op or sell to Milkco, he

decided to buy bottling equipment (which can cost $1 million or more) and sell to the community. “This area is one of the best places in the country to do this, because you have a community that’s willing to pay a little more to buy directly from the farm,” he says. “I felt like there was a market, and so far, I’m right.” But the market won’t bear 121 farmers all trying to sell to the community, he says. The new cooperative sells its milk to Milkco, which bottles it for Ingles Markets under the Laura Lynn brand. “I’ll be honest,” Ramsey says. “If it weren’t for Ingles, most of us would probably be out of business.” CLOSE TO HOME Ramsey Farm has 350 milk cows, some of which are breeding and milking stock, some of which are too young to produce milk, and there are also a few bulls. “We artificially inseminate most of our cows,” Ramsey says. Artificial insemination is safer for the cows, since there is a risk of injury when they breed out in the fields. Still, some of the cows do breed with the bulls, either before they’re artificially inseminated or if they don’t become pregnant following artificial insemination. Brittany Whitmire of the Appalachian Sustainable Agricultural Project says Western North Carolina has 35 dairies, most of which are members of the new cooperative and have been sending milk to Milkco since the mid-1960s, when the plant was called Sealtest. It sold to Ingles in 1982 and became Milkco. Most of the raw milk supply for Milkco comes from dairy farms within a 150-mile radius, and the finished products ship locally to retailers who carry familiar brands like Laura Lynn and Sealtest, as well as retailers throughout the Southeast, she says. “That means that most of the milk in those plain plastic jugs that are ‘store brand’ milk can easily be considered local.” Leah McGrath, Ingles corporate dietitian, thought placing signs at some of the dairy farms might help customers know that the grocery chain buys its milk locally and that the store brand is a local product usually on the shelves within 48 hours of being produced. While Mills River Creamery can get its milk on store shelves within 24 hours, it has the same shelf life as Ingles milk.

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Most of the 175 dairy farms in the state are family-owned and -operated. Each cow produces an average of 8.1 gallons of milk per day — a total production in 2017 of just more than 952 million pounds, according to NC Dairy Facts. Most of the milk from North Carolina is consumed as fluid milk. “Interestingly, many consumers don’t fully understand the differences in the milk options they see in the dairy case, especially when it comes to fat,” says Whitmire. “For starters, whole milk contains 3.25 percent milk fat by weight, which is much less than some people think.” Reduced-fat milk, which contains 2 percent milk fat by weight, followed by low-fat milk (1 percent) and skim have relatively more fat removed before bottling, she continues. But the nine essential nutrients found in real milk — including calcium and protein — are included in all of the options, from whole to skim. CASH COWS

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Statewide, dairy supports 28,058 jobs with an economic impact of $2.85 billion dollars, according to Dairy Delivers. Include the total economic impact of dairy produced, distributed and sold in North Carolina, and the total jumps to $10.7 billion. “Those figures are really large, so when you think of what the average dairy cow in America contributes to her community, it’s about $22,000 per cow,” she says. Dairy farmers also grow much of their own silage of hay, corn and alfalfa, and the weather can wreak havoc on the crops. This year, because of the deluge in the last two weeks of May, Ramsey had to replant almost all of his corn. “If it hadn’t been that early in the season, we wouldn’t have been able to replant,” he says. A lack of rain can mean less nutritious grass — and less grass. A midseason drought can mean only one hay crop, and that means less food for the winter. A single thunderstorm with hail can destroy a field of corn in minutes. “Dairy farmers are resilient,” Whitmire says. “Low prices, uncertainty in markets and tight margins are not unfamiliar to any farmer, including dairy producers. In reality, the gamblers in Las Vegas don’t hold a candle to farmers who go to work every day and risk bad weather, natural disasters, constantly changing consumer preferences, rising input costs, volatile output prices, etc.”  X

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Asheville’s restaurant scene offers a wide variety of cuisines to satisfy virtually any craving. Yet, even in this relatively rich food landscape, there seem to still be a few culinary options missing from the menu. According to this year’s Xpress Best of WNC voters, the top three “Restaurants Still Needed in Asheville” are Chinese, Vietnamese and a New York-style deli. We decided to dive into these results to uncover what’s really lacking in Foodtopia. Of course, Western North Carolina has several Chinese buffets to choose from (Dragon China, Yao and New 1 China all earn high marks of 4.0 or better Google ratings), as well as The Noodle Shop downtown and a P.F. Chang’s in Biltmore Park. People seeking Chinese dim sum can visit Red


Ginger, the voters’ top choice for “Best Chinese Restaurant,” which bills itself as aiming to “deliver traditional, healthful and elegant Chinese-style tapas.” And those hankering for some dumplings or ramen can try that category’s third-place winner, Charlotte Street pan-Asian restaurant Gan Shan Station, which serves house-made, thick-skinned varieties with different fillings. But the results show that a business exclusively offering authentic Chinese cuisine is still missing in Asheville, and a hungry crowd awaits the day that changes. Kanji Ueda, owner of downtown Japanese eatery Heiwa Shokudo, says ramen is one of the restaurant’s most popular menu items, and he agrees with voters. “I’d like to see a real Chinese restaurant in Asheville, because we do not offer any Chinese dishes,” he says, noting that, of course, “some Japanese and Chinese dishes are very similar.” Voting revealed that the same attitude exists about a lack of local Vietnamese

options. Wild Ginger Noodle Bar, which was tapped in this year’s Best of WNC polls as the best restaurant in South Asheville, serves pho and banh mi, but it describes itself as a place for “Vietnamese/Asian cuisine” rather than focusing solely on Vietnamese food. However, owner Mary Ann Tan Ar, who is of Chinese-Filipino descent, says, “We’re admired for our use of fresh ingredients, great textures and reliance on herbs and vegetables, which is healthy for everyone.” She notes that because the cuisine of Vietnam is often gluten-free and low in fat, the restaurant is always working on adding new Vietnamese dishes to the menu. The third type of eatery most desired by WNC voters this year is a New Yorkstyle deli. Although, so far, such a place doesn’t exist in Asheville, New York transplants — or those with displaced taste buds — can consider checking out the West Village Market and Deli. Owner Rosanne Kiely is from New

York, and she says, “We’ve been told we make the best Reuben sandwich in town,” noting that it’s available with corned beef, turkey or tempeh. The west-side staple also offers grab-and-go bagels with cream cheese, standard deli salads (“Confession — our macaroni salad has sriracha,” Kiely says), fresh-baked muffins and “awesome pickles,” as any selfrespecting deli should. The space has a grocery store or bodega vibe more than a deli atmosphere, which is why Kiely describes the deli menu as “the best-kept secret in Asheville.” Of course, most New York-style delis wouldn’t also have a Farmacy Juice and Tonic Bar or Indian food buffet, but West Village does, because, well, it’s Asheville. In response to the Best of WNC “Restaurant Still Needed” results, Kiely says, “I love a good knish. Hmmmm.” So, keep your fingers crossed, knish lovers. Roman’s Deli & Catering, which received third place in this year’s “Sub Shop/Deli/Sandwiches” category, is another option for those yearning for New York deli fare. Owner Roman Braverman encourages diners in search of New York-style sandwiches to try his shop’s Italian panini and to keep an eye out for the corned beef Reuben special, which he says is “probably our most popular special.” When asked if he would consider adding more New York deli-inspired items to his menu, Braverman says, “No. We love being Asheville-driven.” His stance makes sense in light of the fact that Roman’s has been in business for over 10 years while following this philosophy. All those deli voters — and anyone who appreciates great Jewish food — should mark their calendars for Sunday, Oct. 14, when Pack Square will host the 2018 HardLox Jewish Food and Heritage Festival. Entering its 15th season, the festival focuses on delivering the edible goods, featuring a long list of Jewish favorites, including bagels, challah, latkes and kugel galore. And as far as sandwiches, attendees will be able to load up on pastrami on rye, corned beef on rye, whitefish salad and chopped liver sandwiches, to their hearts’ content. Among other dining options numerous voters believe are still needed in Asheville are a Cheesecake Factory (the closest one is in Charlotte), Cuban cuisine and a British pub. Havana native Tony Fraga did open Hemingway’s Cuba at the end of 2017 on the rooftop of the Cambria Hotel, offering a menu of Cuban dishes, including ropa vieja and paella, among

HELLO, DELI: Best of WNC voters lamenting Asheville’s lack of a New York-style deli can venture to the West Village Market and Deli where owner Roseanne Kiely, a New York native, offers a Reuben sandwich, bagels with cream cheese, pickles and deli salads that might help curb cravings. Photo courtesy of Kiely others. And although the polls say a British pub is in demand, restaurateurs considering opening one might shy away after Pete’s Pies closed in April after

only about a year in business. “The winter [was] brutal, and I couldn’t keep it open any longer,” owner Pete Waissen explained at the time.  X


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Rum is perhaps the most approachable of spirits; the Cuba Libre (less formally known as rum and Coke) and the daiquiri are universally popular cocktails. And for many, rum is an entry point into the world of liquors. Sweeter and sometimes considered less “boozy” than other spirits — but often no less potent — rum is often found in even the most modest home liquor cabinet. But those realities obscure the fact that as a type of alcoholic drink, rum offers a tantalizingly wide variety of options that can suit many different tastes. There are white and golden rums, dark, Navy and overproof rums. There’s even rhum (a distinctive type of spirit made in a specific region), and the methods of rum production allow for more variety than, say, Scotch whisky. (And none of that even accounts for ubiquitous flavored rums, not discussed here.) In the most basic terms, rum is derived from sugar cane. Most commercially available rums are made from molasses, a byproduct of sugar production. Rum making began in the 1600s, explains Doug Stevens, bartender at Storm Rhum Bar. “Sugar cane farmers in the Caribbean found that when they processed the cane, they got 1 pound of molasses for every 2 pounds of raw sugar. And initially, they couldn’t even give the molasses away,” he says with a laugh. Eventually it was discovered that when the molasses was left outdoors under the hot tropical sun, it fermented into an alcoholic spirit nicknamed “kill devil.” “So when most of us think of rum, we’re thinking of molasses-based spirit,” Stevens says. He mentions another type — rum agricole — that is distilled from fresh sugar cane juice instead of molasses. That spirit has more of a grassy, vegetal character, and when it’s distilled in the French West Indies, it’s called rhum. Stevens says that when he encounters customers who typically drink gin and tequila, he suggests agricole

“because it shares some characteristic notes with those spirits.” Storm stocks an impressive variety of both sugar- and molassesbased rums and rhums, and Stevens emphasizes that the flavor profiles cover a wide spectrum. One rum can taste, smell and look very different from another. Gold and dark rums get much of their color from the barrel aging, though caramel color is sometimes added to some brands. Unlike scotch, which must be distilled in Scotland (as with tequila in Mexico), rum can be made most anywhere. In fact, Western North Carolina is home to a growing number of rum distillers. H&H Distillery in Asheville crafts a number of spirits, including a gold rum called Hazel 63. Leah Howard of H&H describes the distillery’s approach. “We start with raw molasses, cook it down and ferment it,” she says. “Then we do the distillation, which provides us with about 15 gallons of 150-160 proof (75-80 percent ethyl alcohol) rum.” That high-proof spirit is then aged for three months, during which it’s infused with new American oak and charred French oak. After that aging process, water is added to “proof down” to 40 percent alcohol. “And then,” Howard says, “we bottle it by hand.” Howard offers a quirky yet easy and reliable way to test the quality of a rum. “Put a few drops of the rum in the palm of your hand, and rub your hands together,” she suggests. “If they stick together, you know you’ve got a rum that has had sugar added to it after distillation.” Stevens vouches for the quality of Hazel 63 but believes that, in the end, opinions about rum quality often come down to personal preference. “Some people are purists when it comes to rum,” he says, noting that so-called “back-sweetened” rums are very popular. “People love them because they drink so smooth,” he says.

F OOD Stevens prides himself on being a bartender who can ask customers a few questions and then offer them a rum to suit their taste. But when pressed, he does offer a few general recommendations. “Zaya is a 12-yearold rum from Trinidad, and it’s made from molasses,” he says. “It has heavy vanilla notes, and it’s sweet.” He says that Hamilton, a 151-proof rum, is popular at Storm as well. And for a good, all-purpose mixfriendly rum, he suggests choosing from among the offerings from a Nicaraguan distillery, Flor de Caña. All of those brands can be found at some local ABC stores, though Storm offers quite a few that, while technically available, are harder to locate. “Bumbo from Barbados has butterscotch notes,” Stevens says. We think it smells like candy. And we detected leather and smoky tobacco notes in El Dorado 12-year. “That one drinks almost like a bourbon,” Stevens says. Howard emphasizes that a good rum lends itself well to sipping as well as mixing in a classic or adventurous cocktail. “The versatility of rum is incredible,” she says.  X

TROPICAL TIPPLES: According to Storm Rhum bartender Doug Stevens, left, the flavor profiles for sugar- and molasses-based rums and rhums cover a wide spectrum. Leah Howard of H&H Distillery, right, says the rum her company produces, Hazel 63, starts with raw molasses that’s fermented, distilled and infused with American oak and charred French oak before being bottled by hand. Photo by Luke Van Hine

TRADITIONAL DAIQUIRI Courtesy of Doug Stevens, Storm Rhum Bar

APPALACHIAN MOJITO Courtesy Zak Rutherford, H&H Distillery

• 2 ounces rum • 1 ounce fresh lime juice • 3/4 ounce demerara sugar syrup (2:1 sugar and water)

• 1½ ounce gold rum • 2 ounces mint tea (Rutherford prefers to use tea made from mountain mint, or Pycnanthemum) • 1/2 ounce sugar syrup or honey

Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a lime wedge.

Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a Collins glass filled with ice. Garnish with a sprig of mountain mint.


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by Edwin Arnaudin |

Over the ridge Even with the distinct allure of a taproom housed in a train caboose, Gina Miceli understands that some Asheville-area beer drinkers may hesitate to pay a visit Whistle Hop Brewing Co. “The mountains kind of make people not want to go far. So, they think, ‘Fairview.’ They think, ‘Oh, that’s over another ridge.’ It feels farther than it really is,” she says. Miceli, who co-owns Whistle Hop with her husband and head brewer, Tom Miceli, spreads awareness of the brewery through social media, and the couple have begun self-distributing a few kegs in Asheville to help increase name recognition and traffic. As is the case there and with Fairview’s other brewery, Turgua Brewing Co., visitors who make the drive to southeastern Buncombe County are finding qualities that are rare to extinct in Asheville’s South Slope brewing district. “Asheville has become so crowded these days,” says Phil Desenne, owner and head brewer at Turgua Brewing Co. “The entire city is pretty much overwhelmed with tourism, and a lot of the locals do not like going into the city. And to have opportunities to go outside of the city where they don’t have to be in the hustle and bustle of the traffic and finding a place to park, that’s kind of what we offer.” In addition to attracting area drinkers seeking a more relaxed atmosphere and pulling decent tourist traffic from Lake Lure and local Airbnbs and cabins, the two breweries strive to serve their neighbors, who have been supportive from the start.

Whistle Hop and Turgua offer distinct Fairview charms

WORTH THE DRIVE: Fairview’s two breweries offer sights and experiences currently not found elsewhere in the Buncombe County beer scene. Whistle Hop Brewing Co.’s Gina Miceli, left, sits in the elevated seats of her caboose taproom, while Turgua Brewing Co.’s Phil Desenne and his partner, Debbie Weaver, are pictured in the garden of their farmhouse brewery’s tucked-away property. Photos by Edwin Arnaudin “There is a very dedicated local crowd out here, and I don’t know if downtown gets that quite as much,” Gina Miceli says. “They get all that tourism, which is nice, but it’s so busy that I think it’s hard for taprooms to develop those core groups of regulars. We really get to be involved.” Both breweries offer a diverse array of styles, and Miceli and Desenne have noticed a wide range of taste preferences among Fairview’s beer consumers. Miceli identifies the “old-school

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crowd” that asks for options comparable to Bud Light as well as craft beer drinkers who are excited to have a brewery in the neighborhood. “There’s definitely an appreciation for local ingredients, I think, because it’s an agricultural community,” Miceli says. “A lot of folks have their own farm, or they moved out here to have more land and live off the land.” As they operate just outside Asheville, a strong sense of camaraderie has arisen between Whistle Hop and Turgua. The Micelis and Desenne have discussed collaborating on beers — once they find some time — and share in the joys and struggles of running a Fairview brewery, including the challenges that come with being on a septic system instead of city plumbing. “It held us up quite a bit getting our expansion done,” Miceli says. “We just had to figure out how we were going to handle wastewater. We were able to do our 1-barrel system on the amount of land we have here, but for a 10-barrel system, you need way more land to do the amount of septic to handle that kind of water.” The Micelis are building a septic facility at her in-laws’ house but for now are paying to have wastewater hauled away.

Miceli says that the silver lining to the situation is that it’s made them highly conscious about water use and therefore in line with the community ethos. “Our system is extremely efficient — it uses the minimum amount of water,” she says. “If we were somewhere where we could just send it down the drain, we wouldn’t be thinking about that as much. We always try to be conscious of our environmental impact, but it’s made us even more so.” The septic situation is also why Whistle Hop and Turgua are primarily outdoor venues — and why there aren’t many restaurants in Fairview. Miceli says indoor seating is limited by a business’s bathroom size, which is limited by the septic system, though visitors to both breweries enjoy sitting outside. Each location attracts a family-friendly crowd and offers yards where kids can play while parents enjoy a beverage. “I wasn’t expecting this kind of outcome,” Desenne says. “I didn’t think people would be coming out here this much, but it turned out that way. There’s been a lot of [positive] word-of-mouth.” Both owners view their businesses as destination breweries and make sure to have enough of their own products to make the drive worthwhile. (Miceli points to Innovation Brewing in even more remote Sylva as an inspiration for that model.) Whistle Hop’s recently expanded brewing capacity means an increasing number of house beers, which will soon match the eight Turgua brews that Desenne makes on his 3-barrel system and will also be served from a forthcoming bar in its box car space. With that growth, however, the trick will be maintaining the setting’s appeal — especially the farmhouse feel of Turgua, whose name is a loose translation of “valley of the birds,” a nod to a communion with nature that’s at the heart of Desenne’s mission. Attracting three times as many people to his wooded property would almost certainly destroy the current ambiance, though he notes longterm financial stability will require increased traffic and revenue, likely in the form of an additional taproom at a second location, and striking that sustainable balance will require careful planning.  X


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by Thomas Calder |

Eliada Farms Week Twenty restaurants, bars and eateries will participate in the inaugural Eliada Farms Week fundraiser, beginning Saturday Aug. 18. Proceeds from the week of ticketed dinners, specialty cocktail offerings, and small-plate and dessert specials will benefit Eliada Farms, the latest initiative from Eliada, a nonprofit that serves the children and families of Western North Carolina. “We’re introducing a new concept to the community,” says Nora Scheff, the organization’s marketing director. Launched earlier this year, Eliada Farms includes a geodesic grow dome that currently produces three types of lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes, carrots, beets, various herbs and sunflowers. Along with supplying its students with healthy, homegrown food options (saving the nonprofit an estimated $10,000 per year), Eliada also plans to sell excess produce to local farm-to-table restaurants. “We’re known as a children’s organization, but this really gets us into sustainable farming,” Scheff notes. As a way to introduce this new component of its mission, Eliada will supply produce to all restaurants and bars taking part in the inaugural Eliada Farms Week. Venues include Ambrozia Bar and Bistro, AUX Bar, Bonfire Barbecue, Buxton Hall Barbecue, Corner Kitchen, The Hop Ice Cream Café, Post 25 Kitchen & Lounge, Post 70 Indulgence Bar, The Montford Rooftop Bar, Native Kitchen and Social Pub, Sovereign Remedies, Strada Italiano, Twisted Laurel, Vivian, The Waterbird, and The Wine and Oyster Bar. “The community has supported Eliada for 115 years,” says Tami Ruckman, the nonprofit’s director of development. “Now we’re seeking to add to our community through sustainable farming.” At the same time, Scheff adds, Eliada Farms also provides the nonprofit with a more holistic approach


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GROWING MINDS: Frank Taylor, Eliada’s chief business development officer, interacts with two summer campers inside the grow dome at Eliada Farms. Photo courtesy of Eliada to its educational programs. “By focusing on nutrition and wellness and getting kids outside learning in an experiential way, we’re really driving home the fact that we’re serving the whole child,” she says. Eliada Farms Week runs SaturdaySunday, Aug. 18-26. Ticketed dinners cost $50-$100. For tickets and a complete schedule of events, visit SLUSH FEST AT BEN’S TUNE UP Slushies, frozen pops, shaved ice and snow cones will all be featured at the inaugural Slush Fest at Ben’s Tune Up on Saturday, Aug. 18. The menu will include both adult- and kidfriendly flavors. Prices will range from $4-$9. “We have created many recipes that feature our in-house-made sakes,” says owner Molly Clark. Additional choices include Jameson and ginger, Altos strawberry margarita and Absolut cherry limeade. Botanist and Barrel, Urban Orchard Cider, Eurisko Beer Co., Herbal Alchemy Wine, Devil’s Foot Beverage Co. and Zillicoah Beer Co. will also participate in the event.


Slush Fest runs 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, at Ben’s Tune Up, 195 Hilliard Ave. For more information, visit COUNTRY CARNIVAL AT HICKORY NUT GAP FARM Hickory Nut Gap Farm will hold a County Carnival on Saturday, Aug. 18, featuring sliders and barbecue flights paired with Wicked Weed Brewing beers. The band Zydeco Ya Ya will perform, and the festivities will also include carnival games and prizes. The carnival runs 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, at Hickory Nut Gap Farm, 57 Sugar Hollow Road, Fairview. Admission is $7; free for kids ages 4 and younger. To RSVP, visit SUMMER JAM FESTIVAL “Summer Jam Festival was created with the old-school block party vibe in mind,” says Quinn Asteak, executive director of the West Asheville Tailgate Market. Participating food vendors for this year’s Tuesday, Aug. 21, event include Foothills Food Truck, The Hop Ice Cream Café, King of Pops, Beeswax & Butter and Le Bon Café. The gathering will also feature a jam contest, live music, games, face painting and a $5 raffle. Along with community fun, Asteak says the event is a chance to “celebrate the summer bounty before settling back down into fall.”

Summer Jam Festival runs 3:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21, at the West Asheville Tailgate Market on Haywood Road. For more information and to enter the jam contest, visit WELCOMEFEST 2018 The Haywood Street Congregation and Chefs @ Downtown Welcome Table are coming together to host the inaugural WelcomeFEST 2018 on Wednesday, Aug. 22. Participating food trucks include Appalachian Chic, Bun Intended, Cecilia’s Kitchen, Gypsy Queen, Mountain View BBQ, Out of the Blue Peruvian Fusion and Root Down. According to a press release, lunch tickets will operate “on a buy one/give one philosophy, with each $20 ticket feeding a member of the Asheville community in need, as well as the purchaser.” WelcomeFEST 2018 runs 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22, at Haywood Street Congregation, 297 Haywood St. For details and tickets, visit DHOOPATI JOINS ADDISON FARMS VINEYARD Shruthi Dhoopati recently joined Addison Farms Vineyard as its vineyard manager and winemaker. In 2017, Dhoopati completed her Master of Science degree in viticulture and enology with courses at Montpellier SupAgro, Bordeaux Sciences Agro and Turin University. As vineyard manager and winemaker, Dhoopati says she looks forward “to making food-friendly wines that express our unique soils in North Carolina.” Addison Farms Vineyard is at 4005 New Leicester Highway, Leicester. For more, visit JOHN C. CAMPBELL FOLK SCHOOL COOKBOOK The John C. Campbell Folk School recently released The Folk School Cookbook. Written and compiled by Nanette Davidson, the book features over 200 recipes pulled from the school’s dining hall. Arranged by the seasons, the cookbook includes both Appalachian classics as well as international fare. Along with recipes, The Folk School Cookbook also includes a history of the school, photographs by Keather Gougler and illustrations from former Folk School host Sara Boggs. For more on The Folk School Cookbook, visit  X


THE STORY STAX UP Southern Avenue returns to Asheville for Downtown After 5

OPEN-ENDED: Following a European tour, Memphis-based Southern Avenue is working on material for a new album, “focused on writing whatever comes to our hearts,” founder and guitarist Ori Naftaly, second from left, says. “We tried to do some more funky stuff, some more soulful stuff, more rock-y.” Photo courtesy of the band

BY KIM RUEHL Southern Avenue doesn’t want to change your life; the band just wants to change your night. Whatever happened earlier in the day, the musicians want you to come together with strangers under the steady groove of their signature, Memphis-infused blend of blues,

funk, roots and rock music, and feel better about life for a while. No doubt they’ll be doing just that when the group rolls back into Asheville on Friday, Aug. 17, for Downtown After 5. This will be Southern Avenue’s second show in town; last time, the outfit shared a bill with Marcus King at the Asheville Music Hall. Having just finished a monthlong tour in Europe, the band’s founder and guitarist Ori Naftaly says those weeks

away from the States helped members to “see more about how special a group of people we are, as characters, as musicians.” Now they’re resting up before heading back out, on a jaunt around the South, and Naftaly says they’re looking forward to returning to Asheville: “It’s a town that we love so much, but we just never get to spend time there.”


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A &E Southern Avenue formed after Naftaly, who had a successful solo career in his native Israel, came to the U.S. to participate in the International Blues Challenge. A lifelong devotee of the Memphis sound that was nurtured by Stax Records and its many legends — Otis Redding, Booker T. & the M.G.’s, Wilson Pickett, The Staple Singers, and the list goes on — Naftaly determined to stay in Memphis and form a band that could round out his music and make the sweet blends of sounds and styles he was hearing in his head. “I hired Tierinii [Jackson] to be the face of the band and for us to write songs together,” he says, “because I don’t sing. I needed a voice. … I [told her], ‘I think you’re going to be the best blues singer in the business in a few years if you just stick with me,’ because I knew the blues community and I knew everybody inside of it. She was like, ‘No, I’m not a blues singer, no way.’ I said, ‘Look, you just need to sing — if it’s blues, jazz, R&B, soul [doesn’t matter]. A lot of singers try to imitate Koko Taylor or Etta James or Nina Simone, and they tried to imitate men singing the blues. But Tierenii didn’t grow up listening to Buddy Guy, Muddy Waters or anything. She just did it. So when she sings the blues, she really sings it. She doesn’t try to imitate a man singing.” Soon, Naftaly added Daniel McKee on bass, and it wasn’t long before he realized he had something special — especially after Jackson brought in her then-19-year-old sister, drummer Tikyra Jackson, who was in college at the time and had to take a crash course in being a professional musician. But the six years between the sisters meant that Tierinii had the opportunity to teach her little sister, with whom she’d sung for years at church, about music and the music business in a meaningful way. Now 23, Tikyra is involved in the band’s songwriting and decisionmaking and is doing so with greater confidence, putting her signature stamp on the group’s sound. “My goal,” says Naftaly, “is for Tikyra to have the best career she can, same as Tierinii. Whenever Tikyra comes up with anything, immediately we jump at it and try to make it happen. … I feel


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like I’m very lucky and those [women] are amazing.” Indeed, the group that Naftaly originally started as an expression of his own creativity soon grew into its own entity — an expression of a group of people with rather diverse musical backgrounds and interests, expressing their unique vision through their music. Eventually he determined that it was no longer his band alone; the group had become a family and was growing into its name: Southern Avenue. Southern Avenue is an arterial that runs east to west through the city, past the University of Memphis, straight to the original home of Stax Records. And there is some sweetness to the fact that Naftaly came to town in pursuit of that Stax sound and his band is now recording for the legendary label. Now, four years in — with Jeremy Powell, a graduate of the Stax Music Academy, recently added on keys — Naftaly feels confident about the groove Southern Avenue’s members found with one another, the respect and trust they’ve fostered within the band and the level of creativity that’s emerging from recent jams and songwriting sessions. They’re working on material for another album, “focused on writing whatever comes to our hearts,” Naftaly says. “We tried to do some more funky stuff, some more soulful stuff, more rock-y. … We really went with every direction that we like. We don’t have any genre that we’re trying to stick with because we’re all so different.” To boot, he and Tierinii have recently become engaged. “They were raised right and they’re great and they trust me, and I trust them,” Naftaly says. “Now we’re all real family. We’re stuck together, whether we like it or not.”  X

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Byron Ballard’s latest book gives a prophetic warning … It can mean anything from total calamity to change on such a drastic level that there feels no way to either stop it or modify it.” The book has been 10 years in the making, she says, but “it’s been a lot of thought and gnashing of teeth and wondering about my own sanity and wondering why I can’t drink enough Irish whiskey to just stop thinking about it — but I couldn’t.” When Ballard started writing the book, she says, she wasn’t thinking about Tower Time (a term she coined) but “more about sustainable community and weaving webs, especially within my spiritual world, across boundaries.” The book, whose original title was Earth Works: Eight Ceremonies for a Changing Planet, was intended primarily as a book of rituals and ceremonies for Earth religionists to use in their communities, she notes. The second part of the book fulfills that promise, containing ceremonies for honoring the Earth, marking life transi-

tions and observing seasonal changes. Ballard calls these ceremonies “Earth Works” because, like the bank-andditch berms of Neolithic Europe, often used for defense, they serve as a bulwark against perceived destructive forces at work in the culture and give people a place to rest and gather energy to go on. But the book morphed into its current form, Ballard explains, as she felt increasingly compelled to write about the changes she was seeing in the larger culture, “like Cassandra or John the Baptist crying in the wilderness.” After establishing herself in social media five years ago, she received “a kind of consensus from a lot of different kinds of people, all the way from Catholic priests to atheists … that the American empire is at the end of its days, but also that we’re seeing something larger than that.” With that kind of validation, she


THE TIMES THEY ARE A-CHANGIN’: “We’re at the end of the great American experiment,” says Byron Ballard, known as Asheville’s village witch. In her latest book, Earth Works: Ceremonies in Tower Time, she offers practical and spiritual advice for navigating the turbulent times and surviving with resilience. Photos courtesy of Ballard H. Byron Ballad exhorts readers of her new book, Earth Works: Ceremonies in Tower Time, not to succumb to fear in this turbulent time of transition we are living in as the hierarchical, topdown system of patriarchy collapses. The book reads as a compendium of practical strategies for surviving the death throes of an ancient and toxic system that “will die as it has lived — in violence and oppression and injustice and death,” the local rootworker, energy consultant and author writes. On Friday, Aug. 17, at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Cafe, Ballard will read from

her book and discuss the process of writing it, including working with an indie press. A question-and-answer session and book signing will follow. Ballard, who is a ritualist and teacher for Mother Grove Goddess Temple and is known as Asheville’s village witch, has been reading tarot cards for nearly 50 years. She says she used the imagery of the Tower card for the book because it is so familiar to her. Unlike some of the other tarot cards that look scary but have manageable meanings, such as Death or the Devil, she explains, the Tower card “should draw you up short. MOUNTAINX.COM

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says, she started writing about Tower Time and put the two books together. It’s incumbent on us, Ballard says, to create a new system in the face of the old one that’s falling apart (namely the systemic racism, sexism and xenophobia that often dominate current conversation, as well as issues of environmental degradation and political unrest). “We have to figure out what governance looks like. … Nothing is as elegant — and pardon the use of that word — as a top-down hierarchy. It’s clean and clear, and everybody knows where they stand. But it doesn’t work really well for the majority of people.” She acknowledges that trying to develop a new system of governance without clear, clean models “is very, very difficult, and it’s what led me to write the book.” The sustainability model no longer works, Ballard says, because the system is in free fall. Instead, we need to “move from the relative safety of sustainability to the more practical place of resilience.” Ten, even 20 years ago, she explains, “It was all about sustainability and keeping it going. But what you have to look at now is how resilient you are in the face of all the changes that are happening.” For example, with climate change, Ballard continues, some species that are not resilient will become extinct. “I look at nature as our model,” Ballard explains. “What is survivable, and how do we make our chances of surviving better?” As the tower falls, the author says, we need to create “circles on the ground,” as she calls them, to increase our resilience. Such circles, she says, involve

weaving new connections and redefining who our tribe is — “relocalizing everything, reaching past things that we perceive as walls that keep us from being able to deal with each other,” whether those walls are cultural, racial, religious or economic. Ballard stresses that we need to know who our neighbors are: “I mean that very literally. … To know the people who live around you is really important.” Neighbors may have different skills and can help each other survive, she points out. In these calamitous times, Ballard advises her readers to pluck up their courage and creativity, for “time’s a-wasting.” But she adds that these are the times not only to pull together with hard work and determination but also “to live our big, juicy lives and not postpone them until it’s safer and more sensible.” As the tower falls, she writes, “We need you to be brave and silly. We need you to sing us — and dance us — home.”  X

WHAT Byron Ballard presents Earth Works: Ceremonies in Tower Time WHERE Malaprop’s 55 Haywood St. WHEN Friday, Aug. 17, 6 p.m. Free

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by Alli Marshall

A TUNE OF ONE’S OWN “Dolly Parton is the reason I started singing,” says Celia Verbeck — though, dressed in a hot-pink Body Glove scuba top and blue nail polish, she appears an unlikely country music fan. In fact, the local electro-pop artist recently traveled to Nashville to hear Shania Twain but also considers Japanese synth-pop, songstress Kate Bush and sonic pioneer Laurie Anderson among her influences. Of her own layered and pulsating sound — her ethereal vocals weaving through burbling melody lines — she says it’s an underrepresented genre in Asheville’s listening rooms. “It’s pushing some envelopes, but in other ways it’s traditional pop,” she explains. “It’s music that’s not highlighted a lot in this area, especially by nonmale performers.” So when Verbeck was approached by two women artists from Nashville looking to play in Asheville, she jumped at the chance to book the show. Verbeck shares a bill with Tennessee musicians Eve Maret and Dream Chambers and fellow Ashevillean Caroline Cronin at Revolve on Monday, Aug. 20. The show includes stage sculpture by local artist Johanna Owen and projections by Marcus Sisk. Maret’s new record No More Running, drops (just before the Asheville performance) on Nashville cassette label Banana Tapes. The boomy title track pairs Maret’s vocoder-drenched voice with thrumming, otherworldly synthesizer sounds. Dream Chambers, the dream-tech project of songwriter Jess Chambers, feels more organic, more wistful, but no less cinematic and futuristic than Maret’s offerings. That the two artists are touring together, presenting different (if not opposite) facets of the synth-pop coin, makes sense. Cronin, meanwhile, is a relative newcomer to the Asheville music scene. While she doesn’t yet have an extensive back catalog, she’s in the process of building a following. It’s Cronin’s softly sweeping vocal that grabs the listener, her voice equally angelic over a simple, strummed acoustic guitar as it is with lusher instrumentation. Cronin will be performing new pieces at Revolve. So will Verbeck, who explains that she has “a ton of songs” ready for release but is hoping to attract label attention before putting out a next album.

Revolve hosts an all-woman electro-pop showcase ments, different technology, going over [programs such as] Ableton or Logic or Pro Tools, teaching you to EQ your recordings.” Much of the help she’s gotten recently, she says, has been from students at UNC Asheville. Verbeck also works with Missouri-based composer Ryan Sublette, aka Adeodat Warfield, a collaborator she met online. But hands-on coaching and feedback might be just the thing to take the local pop scene out of the shadows and into the spotlight. Even if that genre (and its various subsets, from pop-noir and dream pop to dance and indie-pop) isn’t at the top of the average Asheville-based music fan’s listening list, that could change: This city is not as much of roots- and bluegrassheavy stronghold it once was. Meanwhile, Verbeck isn’t planning to alter her sounds to fit in. “It’s the music that feels best to me,” she says. That, and country songs. “I did an electronic version of ‘Jolene,’” she says. “I need to release that.”  X

WHO Celia Verbeck with Eve Maret, Dream Chambers and Caroline Cronin

POP-UP: The Aug. 20 showcase at Revolve, featuring four women-led acts, “is bringing pop music to a space that’s generally more avant-garde,” says Celia Verbeck, pictured. “I’m excited to highlight that side of local music.” Photo by Johanna Owen Originally from Greensboro, Verbeck moved to New York City at 18 to work for a major pop artist (who can’t be named), followed by a stint in Austin, Texas, before settling close to Asheville. Though songwriting has been a part of her life for many years, “There was definitely a long time that I didn’t perform because I didn’t necessarily feel like it was for me,” Verbeck says. “The type of music I make … a lot of the tracks are made at home, and I [thought], ‘I can’t do a live show this way.’” But once she figured out how to play onstage, “I focus on singing and transmitting that energy,” Verbeck says. “I like it because … I don’t have a huge persona. I’m not an extroverted person. … It shows other people you can do this. It’s your own artistry.”

Up-and-coming artists often need that kind of a role model or guide — especially female-identified artists who tend to resist performing until they feel they’ve reached a level of proficiency. In many cases, women artists feel less welcome in the realm of electronic instruments or are intimidated by the learning curve of the technologies. To address those barriers, Chambers has created Hyasynth House, “a Nashville-based electronic music collective for [women of color], nonbinary, female and trans persons.” The group aims to “provide access to knowledge and resources in comfortable learning environments [and] to empower creative expression and increase visibility.” “I would love if something like that could be started in Asheville, even if it wasn’t synth-specific,” says Verbeck. “A wide range of demoing different instru-

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by Bill Kopp

KILLER ALBUM It’s not at all unusual for four 14-yearold boys to start a rock group. It is, however, remarkable when that band gets high-profile gigs in local bars and cuts an album of songs, all within a year of forming. But thanks in part to parents drawing on their contacts, that’s what has happened for Uncle Kurtis, an Asheville-based quartet of rising ninthgraders. Uncle Kurtis plays an album release show on Thursday, Aug. 16, at Asheville Music Hall. “Each of the dads for this group has some connections, and a lot of people are calling things in,” says Roger Darnell, father of vocalist Riley Darnell and enthusiastic spokesman for the band. He says that local club owners are “willing to accommodate us in special ways” by scheduling all-ages shows. Bassist Quinn Sforza jokingly suggests another reason why his band lands sought-after bookings in a competitive local market full of worthy musical artists: “I don’t think they know that we’re all 14.” The band’s studio album, Let’s Kill Uncle Kurtis, was released on Girth Records, an indie label run by the brother-in-law of one of Riley’s teachers at ArtSpace Charter School. The group’s music reflects each member’s musical heroes. Sforza laughs when he mentions his influences: “Les Claypool, Jaco Pastorius, Flea … as stereotypical as it gets.” Guitarist Jackson Lee says his tastes run toward “avant-garde composers, Kraftwerk and Tangerine Dream.” (Drummer Graham Barrineau was unable to make the interview.) While the instrumentalists in the group cite the sway of ambitious artists, Riley draws inspiration from punk. “To get in the state of mind that

KID STUFF: Four Asheville teenagers have come together as Uncle Kurtis, a rock and punkinfluenced group that plays the big stages in its hometown. The band has scheduled an Aug. 16 album release show at Asheville Music Hall. Photo by Sophia Miller I like to be in for shows, I watch Bad Brains videos,” he says. Some of Uncle Kurtis’ songs feature knotty riffs, but many are built around one- or two-chord motifs; the group members agree that the approach is a sort of a band signature. The vocals consist mostly of Riley shouting seemingly off-the-cuff lyrics over the musical foundation. He says that he jots down lyric ideas on his phone. “And then, whenever

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Local teen band Uncle Kurtis releases a studio recording


they start playing a song that they want to turn into a real song, I’ll just pick one that I think fits the best,” he says. Since getting together a year ago (some of the members had played together in other groups before their 10th birthdays), Uncle Kurtis has been booked at Soulshine, LEAF Downtown AVL, Sly Grog, Isis Music Hall, Salvage Station and The Mothlight. Roger Darnell says his son’s group has a loyal following, one made up not just of kids. There’s an unapologetically bratty demeanor to the 10 songs on Let’s Kill Uncle Kurtis (four of which feature explicit lyrics). And the subject matter is sometimes intentionally provocative: “Back to Iowa” is a first-person victim account of a child kidnapping; the central character develops a Stockholm syndrome-type attachment to his male abductor and rebels when returned to his parents. Roger steps in to defend the band’s lyrics penned by his son. “The things that they like to sing about and carry on about make them all laugh together,” he explains. The lyrics of the nearly six-minute, one-chord album closer “Rubber Man 35”

concern a motivational speaker who appeared at ArtSpace. “His father told him not to have sex until he was 35,” Riley Darnell recalls with a laugh. The violent nature of the album’s title might strike the wrong chord, especially at a time when many teens are protesting gun and other forms of violence (Uncle Kurtis played a concert fundraiser benefiting Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action in May). Sophia Miller, designer of the album’s cover art, claims responsibility for the title. But when pressed to explain its meaning, Miller just shrugs. When she drew the album cover art, she included a speech bubble above the floating head of drummer Barrineau. “There was some room above ‘Uncle Kurtis’ in the speech bubble,” she says. “So I wrote ‘Let’s Kill.’ And then that just became the album name.” “It’s not really meant as anything,” insists Riley. “It doesn’t really matter. It just sounds good, I think.” The lengthiest track on Let’s Kill Uncle Kurtis is the ambitiously titled “Simfonia LaMousea,” a two-chord improvisation that runs more than 13 minutes. Its inclusion is explained in part by the band’s need to record enough music for a full-length album. “It wasn’t like we ran out of material,” explains Sforza, possibly joking. “We ran out of good material.” (The rest of the band responds with hisses and boos.) Right now, the four members are enjoying the summer before starting high school; their plans beyond that aren’t sharply defined. “We just want to make more songs,” says Riley. “Further develop them, and kind of round them off before we record them.”  X

WHO Uncle Kurtis with Seven and a Half Giraffe and Over the Edge WHERE Asheville Music Hall 31 Patton Ave. WHEN Thursday, Aug. 16, 7 p.m., $5 all ages; those younger than 18 must be accompanied by a guardian

THEATER REVIEW by Kai Elijah Hamilton |

‘EVERY BRILLIANT THING’ BY DIFFERENT STROKES part on opening night was quite good and left a perfect impression on the audience: With her and Carter’s differences, we could see how they fell in love and how their relationship might have fallen apart. But the randomness of the gimmick is more the point. And the gimmick works well. As audience members, we remain on alert, wondering if we are to be chosen for the stage with absolutely no preparation. It is so much fun that other role-playing characters would have been welcome. But then, unfortunately, the play’s story ends abruptly with no payoff. A cute addition is an activity, when departing the theater, where everyone must write their own brilliant thing down on a Post-It note. It is then hung

for the next audience to see. This is a great reminder to look at the positive things in life, no matter how small they might be.  X

WHAT Every Brilliant Thing WHERE BeBe Theatre 20 Commerce St. WHEN Through Saturday, Aug. 25. Thursday-Saturday at 7:30 p.m. $15-18

HE’S MAKING A LIST: Mondy Carter stars in the one-man show (if you don’t count audience participation) Every Brilliant Thing. Photo courtesy of Different Strokes You can be singing joyfully around a piano with your family one day, then contemplating suicide the next. Depression is no laughing matter, except Every Brilliant Thing, by Duncan MacMillan and Jonny Donahoe, somehow manages to find the humor. The play is staged by Different Strokes! Performing Arts Collective at The BeBe Theatre through Saturday, Aug. 25. (This will is the final show by Different Strokes! in The BeBe Theatre as the company is moving to a new space in the near future.) After his mother attempts suicide, a young British boy (played by Mondy Carter) feels powerless. So, he leaves handwritten notes around the house for his mother to find. This forms a “brilliant things” list that follows him throughout his life as he becomes a man battling similar mental demons. The list ranges from simple things like “ice cream” and evolves to more intricate ideas like “burning things” or “the fact that sometimes there is a perfect song to match how you’re feeling.”

Carter gives himself over to this intriguing one-man show. He really puts himself through a workout. But, as written, the play feels too short to be fully absorbing (it clocks in at just over an hour). With Carter’s rapid pace, we often lose large chunks of emotion in the story, and this emotion is what grounds us with the subject. However — and most importantly — it is not boring, and Carter’s comedic portrayal is arresting to those looking for a laugh. The character is a very demanding one because the actor must keep track of the numerical list of brilliant things. Before the play technically starts, a hodgepodge of these notes are passed out from a basket. When Carter calls a particular number, the corresponding audience member must read the note aloud, taking part in the play. So, perhaps calling this a one-man show is not exactly correct as Carter pulls several random onlookers into the play. The best of these is the character of Alex, his girlfriend. The woman selected from the audience to play this MOUNTAINX.COM

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The Mobros After a stint in Chicago and enduring the grind of tour life an average of 250 days a year, the guitar and drums duo of siblings Kelly and Patrick Morris returned to their home state of South Carolina in search of a permanent place to explore their music on their own terms. The Camden natives found what they were looking for in Charleston at the end of 2016, and the results of their recuperation and refocused approach are just now making their way into the world. Blending soul, rock and Americana, The Mobros — short for The Morris Brothers — head to Isis Music Hall on Thursday, Aug. 16, in support of their new album, Don’t You See?, slated for a Sept. 1 release. The evening begins at 8:30 p.m. with a set by Asheville-based eclectic rockers Armadilla. $8 advance/$10 day of show. Photo courtesy of the band

Jerald Pope Illustrated stories bereft of dialogue have a long literary history and one that’s been celebrated though the work of such contemporary artists as Andy Runton (the Owly series) and Shaun Tan (The Arrival). Owl Girl, Asheville-area writer Jerald Pope’s second wordless novel and 12th book overall, also carries on this tradition over 78 pages of selfdescribed “atmospheric colored pencil” drawings. The fairy tale for readers of all ages centers on a little girl who gets lost in the woods, is rescued and raised by a family of owls, and begins to yearn for human connection that’s at the core of her being. Pope will reveal how to read from a wordless novel at Owl Girl’s book launch on Saturday, Aug. 18, at 11 a.m. at Malaprop’s. Free to attend. Image by Pope, courtesy of the author


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Carmelo Pampillonio, assistant programs director at Revolve, has been busy traveling across North Carolina, capturing very-low-frequency recordings from Earth’s ionosphere. On Friday, Aug. 17, in the arts studio’s Project Space, the sounds will be broadcast in an immersive listening space as part of his audio installation Liminalities. The showcase will also use infrasound — noises below the human range of hearing that Pampillonio says participants “will feel more than hear.” The opening night additionally includes a performance by Berlin-based sound artist and researcher Samuel Hertz, a traveling lecturer on infrasound and climate change. Hertz won the inaugural DARE Prize for Radical Interdisciplinarity through the U.K.’s Opera North and the University of Leeds, a £15,000 prize aimed at getting artists and scientists to work together creatively. Doors at 7 p.m., show at 7:30 p.m. Free to attend. Photo courtesy of Pampillonio

Béla Fleck’s Blue Ridge Banjo Concert Béla Fleck’s inaugural Blue Ridge Banjo Camp takes place Wednesday-Sunday, Aug. 15-19, at the Brevard Music Center, featuring three days and four nights of diverse banjo instruction by the renowned host and fellow masters of the instrument. The experience strives to “provide banjo players with the tools to improve their playing and aims to contribute to the overall growth of the fine art of the five-string banjo.” The week will culminate with a concert on Saturday, Aug. 18, at 7:30 p.m., in the campus’ Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium, featuring Fleck and teachers Kristin Scott Benson, Mike Munford, Tony Trischka and Steve Cooley. All are virtuosos on one of the three distinct styles of three-finger banjo playing: Scruggs, melodic and single string. The concert will also feature special guests. $30-$55. Photo by Jim McGuire


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by Abigail Griffin


ART ASHEVILLE AREA ARTS COUNCIL 828-258-0710, • WE (8/15), 5:30pm Regional artist project grant information workshop. Free. Held at Enka-Candler Library, 1404 Sandhill Road, Candler HENDERSON COUNTY LIBRARY 301 N. Washington St., Hendersonville, 828-697-4725, • WE (8/22), 2pm "Poemscapes," presentation by photographer Ruthie Rosauer and poet and cellist Carol Pearce Bjorlie. Free.

ART/CRAFT STROLLS & FAIRS SHOW & TELL SUMMER POP UP SHOP (PD.) 8/16-26, 11am-9pm @ BHRAMARI BREWING CO. Shop local/indie craft, design, and vintage. Opening party 8/16, 6-9pm w/ free tarot readings. showandtellpopupshop. com • 101 S. Lexington Ave. 28801. COME TO LEICESTER STUDIO TOUR • SA (8/18) & SU (8/19), 10am-6pm - Self-guided tour of art studios in the Leicester community featuring paintings, iron work, wood work, textiles, pottery, jewelry, aromatherapy candles and brooms. Maps available online. Free to attend. GROVEWOOD GALLERY 111 Grovewood Road, 828-253-7651, • SA (8/18), 11am-4pm - Open studio art tour at Grovewood Village. Free to attend.

AUDITIONS & CALL TO ARTISTS THE FAIRVIEW AREA ART LEAGUE (PD.) Is now accepting applications for the first annual "FAAL for Art" show on September 15 from 10am-3 pm at the Fairview Community center, 1357 Charlotte Hwy, Fairview , NC 28730. • The show is a juried art show with inside and outside booths available. Non-refundable 10x10 booth fees are $40 for art league members or $50 for non members. • Art league membership is $25/year. Visit our facebook page to download the applica-


tion • Send application and 3 images of your work or email questions: FAArtLeague@gmail. com


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

Best of WNC 2018 party

WHITMIRE ACTIVITY CENTER 310 Lily Pond Road, Hendersonville, 828-697-3084 • SA (8/18), 7:30pm - Ice cream social and open house dance. Free.


CELEBRATION SINGERS OF ASHEVILLE 828-230-5778, • TH (8/23), & TH (8/30), 5:30-6:30pm - Open auditions. See website for full guidelines: Held at First Congregational UCC of Asheville, 20 Oak St.

AFRICAN DRUM LESSONS AT SKINNY BEATS DRUM SHOP (PD.) Wednesdays 6pm. Billy Zanski teaches a fun approach to connecting with your inner rhythm. Drop-ins welcome. • Drums provided. $15/ class. (828) 768-2826.

HAYWOOD COUNTY ARTS COUNCIL 828-452-0593, • Through FR (9/7) Applications accepted for upcoming monthly shows in the gallery. Contact for full guidelines.

QUEEN OF EVERYTHING: Celebrating not just a multiyear winning streak for Best Blues artist, but also her birthday, Peggy Ratusz will provide the soundtrack (along with other local musical acts) at this year’s Best of WNC bash. Photo courtesy of Ratusz Celebrate with your favorites: The Best of WNC 2018 party — honoring the winners of this year’s Best Of survey and the Xpress readers who voted for said victors — will take place in the Meadow at Highland Brewing Co. on Thursday, Aug. 16, 3-9 p.m. (Festivities will move inside in the case of rain.) Entertainment, 5-9 p.m., will feature a selection of local bands and solo performers, including Leeda “Lyric” Jones (Best Funk, Best R&B/Soul, Best Lyricist), Peggy Ratusz (Best Blues), Spaceman Jones and the Motherships (Best Hip-Hop) and DJ Kipper (Best DJ, Best Trivia Night Emcee). And, because the Best of WNC doesn’t stop with music (you probably recall the typing cramp from filling in the nearly 600 categories), there will also be Xpress reader-lauded food and drink from winners of Best Beer (All-Around), Best Food Truck, Best Ice Cream and more. Plus, many other winners from nonprofit, entertainment and media categories will be special guests so partygoers can get to know their favorites better. All are welcome, including children and pets. Free to attend.

DANCE BEGINS AUGUST 15 • WEDNESDAYS 7-8PM (PD.) 6-week Dance Class presented by Dance For Life at Asheville Event & Dance Center. Learn the romantic Nightclub-Two. No partner needed. $75 for 6 weeks, $15 drop-in single session. 828-3330715, naturalrichard@ •

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TERPSICORPS STUDIOS 1501 Patton Ave. • SA (8/18), 10am-6pm - Open house with free classes all day. Classes include ballet, tap, contemporary, modern and hip-hop for all levels and ages. Free to attend. THE BASCOM 323 Franklin Road, Highlands, 828-5264949, • FR (8/17), 7-10pm Old-time Appalachian square dancing and bluegrass. $10/$5 children.

BLACK MOUNTAIN CENTER FOR THE ARTS 225 W. State St., Black Mountain, 828-669-0930, • WE (8/15), 6-8pm & SA (8/18), 10am-noon Open auditions for The Front Porch Theatre upcoming production of The God Game by Suzanne Bradbeer. Contact for full guidelines.

EMPYREAN ARTS CLASSES (PD.) Intro to Pole Fitness on Sundays 2:15pm, Tuesdays 7:00pm, Saturdays 12:00pm. Intro to Pole Dance on Mondays 7:15pm. Intro to Spinning Pole on Thursdays 8:00pm. Floor Theory Dance on Sundays 3:30pm. Aerial Yoga on Fridays 12:00pm $15 for the first class. EMPYREANARTS.ORG - 828.782.3321

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— Alli Marshall  X

EXPERIENCE ECSTATIC DANCE! (PD.) Dance waves hosted by Asheville Movement Collective. Fun and personal/ community transformation. • Fridays, 7pm, Terpsicorps Studios, 1501 Patton Avenue.


• Sundays, 8:30am and 10:30am, JCC, 236 Charlotte Street. Sliding scale fee. Information: OLD FARMER'S BALL

• THURSDAYS, 8-11pm - Contra dance. $7/$6 members/$1 Warren Wilson Community. Held in Bryson Gym Held at Warren Wilson College, 701 Warren Wilson Road, Swannanoa

ORANGE PEEL 101 Biltmore Ave., 828-2255851, • SA (8/18), 8pm - ABSfest Speakeasy Allstars with silk aerials, acrobatics, comedy songs and burlesque. Hosted by song and comedy front-

CONCERTS ON THE CREEK • FR (8/17), 7-9pm - Outdoor concert featuring The Colby Deitz Band, rock/Americana. Free. Held at Bridge Park, 76 Railroad Ave., Sylva DOWNTOWN AFTER 5 100 Block N. Lexington Ave. at Hiawassee St. • FR (8/17), 5pm Outdoor concert by Southern Avenue and The Fritz. Event includes food and beer vendors. Free to attend. HENDERSON COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY 301 N. Washington St., Hendersonville, 828-697-4725 • WE (8/15), 2-3pm Side by Side community singing beneficial for those interested in healthy aging. Free. • WE (8/22), 2pm “Poemscapes: For the Love of Trees,” music, poetry and song concert. Free. MAGGIE VALLEY PAVILION Soco Road, Maggie Valley • SU (8/19), 6:30-8pm - "In honor of Tom Cifani," Haywood Community Band concert. Covered seating or bring a lawn chair. Free.

ASHEVILLE MASONIC TEMPLE 80 Broadway, 828-2523924 • SA (8/18), 7pm - "The Asheville Opry," concert featuring Devils in Dust, Christy Lynn Band and Alexa Rose . Tickets: ashevilleopry.eventbrite. com. $15/$12 advance.

MUSIC ON MAIN 828-693-9708, historichendersonville. org • FR (8/17), 7-9pm Outdoor live music event featuring Deano & The Dreamers. Free. Held at Hendersonville Visitor Center, 201 S. Main St., Hendersonville

BLUE RIDGE COMMUNITY COLLEGE 180 W Campus Drive, Flat Rock, 828-412-5488, phoenixrisinghealing. com • SU (8/19), 5-7pm - Music by the Lake Series: Concert featuring Fayssoux Starling McLean & Company, Americana. Free.

RHYTHM & BREWS CONCERT SERIES 828-233-3216, rhythmandbrewshendersonville • TH (8/16), 5-9pm - Rhythm & Brews outdoor music concert featuring The Company Store. Free to attend. Held at Historic Downtown Hendersonville, 145 5th Ave E, Hendersonville

BREVARD MUSIC CENTER 828-862-2105, • SA (8/18), 7:30pm - Open air concert featuring Bela Fleck's Blue Ridge Banjo Camp concert. $20 and up. Held at Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium at Brevard Music Center, 349 Andante Lane, Brevard CITY OF ASHEVILLE 828-251-1122, • FRIDAYS, 6-9:50pm - Asheville outdoor drum circle. Free. Held at Pritchard Park, 4 College St.

SHINDIG ON THE GREEN 828258-610-1345, • SATURDAYS, 7pm Outdoor old-timey and folk music jam sessions and concert. Free. Held at Pack Square Park, 121 College St. SKYLAND FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH 2115 Hendersonville Road, Arden • FR (8/17), 6:30-8:30pm - Bluegrass gospel concert with The Ole Tyme Pickers and Skyward Blue. Free.

SUMMER TRACKS CONCERT SERIES 828-290-4316, • FR (8/17), 7pm - Delta Moon, outdoor concert. Free. Held at Rogers Park, 55 W. Howard St., Tryon WAYNESVILLE BRANCH OF HAYWOOD COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY 678 S. Haywood St., Waynesville, 828-4525169 • SA (8/18), 3pm Friends of the Library concert featuring One Leg Up. Free.

SPOKEN & WRITTEN WORD BLUE RIDGE BOOKS 428 Hazelwood Ave., Waynesville • SA (8/18), 2pm - J. Marshall Gordon presents his book, Malice at the Manor. BUNCOMBE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARIES governing/depts/library • WE (8/15), 3pm - EnkaCandler History Book Club: Pompeii by Robert Harris. Free. Held at Enka-Candler Library, 1404 Sandhill Road, Candler • TH (8/16), 6pm Swannanoa Book Club: The Last Ballad by Wiley Cash. Free. Held at Swannanoa Library, 101 West Charleston St., Swannanoa CITY LIGHTS BOOKSTORE 3 E. Jackson St., Sylva, 828-586-9499,

• FR (8/17), 6:30pm Donna Everhart presents her novel, The Road to Bittersweet. Free to attend.

for The Apparationist contest. See website for full guidelines. Held at Tryon Arts and Crafts School, 373 Harmon Field Road, Tryon

LAKE JULIAN PARK Overlook Extension, Arden, 828-684-4445, ashevillesailingclub@ • SU (8/19), 5-7pm"Stories at Lake Julian," Asheville Storytelling Circle annual potluck picnic and stories. Information: Free. Held at Shelter #6. MALAPROP'S BOOKSTORE AND CAFE 55 Haywood St., 828-254-6734, • WE (8/15), 6pm - Susan Anderson presents her book, Paul's Prayers: A Mother's Account of Raising an Autistic Son. Free to attend. • TH (8/16) 6pm Brooke McAlary presents her book, Slow: Simple Living for a Frantic World. Free to attend. • TH (8/16), 7pm Notorious History Book Club: Les Parisiennes: Resistance, Collaboration, and the Women of Paris Under Nazi Occupation by Anne Sebba. Free to attend. • MO (8/20), 6pm Madeline Uraneck presents her book, How to Make a Life: A Tibetan Refugee Family and the Midwestern Woman They Adopted. Free to attend. • TU (8/21), 6pm - Terry Roberts presents his book, The Holy Ghost

THEATER 35BELOW 35 E. Walnut St., 828254-1320, • FRIDAYS through SUNDAYS until (8/19) Bloomsday, love story. Fri. & Sat.: 7:30pm. Sun.: 2:30pm. $15. ASHEVILLE COMMUNITY THEATRE 35 E. Walnut St., 828254-1320, • FRIDAYS through SUNDAYS (8/17) until (9/2) - The Groundling, romantic comedy. Fri. & Sat.: 7:30pm. Sun.: 2:30pm. $26/$12 children.

THE A-TEAM: The ABSfest Speakeasy Allstars return to The Orange Peel with a sampler of variety acts from ABSFest, the annual showcase that was held in late May. Organized by Madame Onça and hosted by Mark Slomski, the seated show includes silk aerials, acrobatics, comedy songs and burlesque. A portion of proceeds from the night’s raffle will go to one of Asheville’s animal-related nonprofits. The show takes place Saturday, Aug. 18, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 general admission and $35 VIP, which includes preferential seating, gift bags and pictures with the participating artists. For more information, visit Photo by Isaac Harrell (p. 42) Speakeasy and Revival Show. Free to attend. • WE (8/22), 6pm - Debby Schriver presents her book, Whispering in the Daylight: The Children of Tony Alamo Christian Ministries and Their Journey to Freedom. Free to attend.

• TH (8/23), 6pm - Carly Joy Miller presents her poetry collection, Ceremonial and Gabriel Houck presents his book, Ceremonial and In You or a Loved One: Stories. Free to attend.

SALUDA HISTORIC DEPOT 32 W. Main St., Saluda, • 3rd FRIDAYS, 7pm - Saluda Train Tales, storytelling to help educate the community of the importance of Saluda’s rail-

road history and the Saluda Grade. Free. TRYON ARTS & CRAFTS SCHOOL 828-859-8323, • Through MO (8/27) - Ghost story submissions accepted

BREVARD LITTLE THEATRE 55 E. Jordan St., Brevard, 828-884-2587, TheBrevardLittleTheatre. org • THURSDAYS through SUNDAYS (8/16) until (8/26) - Snoopy, musical. Thurs.-Sat.: 7:30pm. Sun.: 3pm. $22/$15 student/$10 children. DIFFERENT STROKES PERFORMING ARTS COLLECTIVE 828-275-2093, • THURSDAY through SATURDAYS until (8/25), 7:30pm - Every Brilliant Thing, comedy. $21/$18 advance. Held

at BeBe Theatre, 20 Commerce St. HENDERSONVILLE COMMUNITY THEATRE 229 S. Washington St., Hendersonville, 828-692-1082, • FRIDAYS through SUNDAYS (8/17) until (8/26) - Pregnant Pause. Fri. & Sat.: 7:30pm. Sun.: 2pm. $16. • SA (8/18), 7:30pm & SU (8/19), 2pm - Stories from Mothers of the Bride. $10. MONTFORD PARK PLAYERS 828-254-5146, montfordparkplayers. org • FRIDAYS through SUNDAYS until (9/1) - James and the Giant Peach. Free to attend. Held at Hazel Robinson Amphitheatre, 92 Gay St. THE ORCHARD INN 100 Orchard Inn Lane, Saluda • TUESDAY through THURSDAY until (8/16) - Proceeds from the theatrical presentation of The Gin Game by The Saluda Historic Depot Theatre Troupe and dinner benefit The Saluda Historic Depot. Tues. & Wed.: 7pm. Thurs.: 5pm. $25 play only/$65 dinner.

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GALLERY DIRECTORY PUSH SKATE SHOP & GALLERY 25 Patton Ave., 828-225-5509, • Through FR (8/31) - Foundeviation, graphics and ceramics exhibition featuring works by by Alex Irvine.

ALLGOOD COFFEE 10 S Main St, Weaverville • Through WE (10/3) -Walking Through WNC 3.0: An Exhibit of Images by Vagabond Photo Walks Group. AMERICAN FOLK ART AND FRAMING 64 Biltmore Ave., 828-281-2134, • Through WE (8/22) - Sharing the Journey, group exhibition.

THE BASCOM 323 Franklin Road, Highlands, 828-526-4949, • Through SU (10/21) - Homage, exhibition of ceramic work by Frank Vickery. Reception: Friday, Aug. 17, 5-6:30pm.

ART AT MARS HILL UNIVERSITY • MO (8/20) through FR (9/14) - MHU faculty biennial art exhibit. Held at Weizenblatt Art Gallery at MHU, 79 Cascade St, Mars Hill

THE CENTER FOR CRAFT, CREATIVITY AND DESIGN 67 Broadway, 828-785-1357, • TU (8/21) through SA (1/26) - In Times of Seismic Sorrows, exhibition of weavings, installations, sculpture and print by artists Rena Detrixhe and Tali Weinberg. Reception: Friday, Aug. 24, 5-8pm.

ART AT WCU 828-227-2787, • Through FR (8/24) - Abstract Impulse, exhibition of paintings by Mary Althea Parker. Held at Western Carolina University, Fine Art Museum, 199 Centennial Drive Cullowhee • Through FR (9/14) - Appalachia a Century Ago; Craft Through the Lens of William A. Barnhill, exhibition of photographs by William A. Barnhill. Held at Mountain Heritage Center, Cullowhee • Through FR (8/24) - Facing Culture, exhibition of masks and carvings by Joshua Adams. Reception: Thursday, Aug. 23, 5-7pm. Held at Western Carolina University, Fine Art Museum, 199 Centennial Drive Cullowhee

THE COLORWHEEL GALLERY 175 King St., Brevard • MO (8/20) through MO (9/17) - For the Love of Art, exhibition of the work of Sandi and Tom Anton. Reception: Friday, Aug. 24, 5-8:30pm. THE WEDGE AT FOUNDATION 5 Foundy St., 828-505-2792, location-wedge-foundation/ • Through FR (8/31) - Exhibition of paintings by Larry Turner.

ASHEVILLE AREA ARTS COUNCIL 828-258-0710, • Through FR (8/31) - Best of 2018 by Roots + Wings Visual Arts Preschool, exhibition. Held at The Refinery, 207 Coxe Ave. • Through WE (8/29) - Pioneer Women Painters of the River District, exhibition curated by Sara Ledonne. Held at The Refinery, 207 Coxe Ave. ASHEVILLE BOOKWORKS 428 1/2 Haywood Road, 828-255-8444, • Through FR (10/26) - It’s Alive, book and printmaking exhibition showing artistic interpretations of Frankenstein.


ASHEVILLE GALLERY OF ART 82 Patton Ave., 828-251-5796, • Through FR (8/31) - A Retrospective in Figurative, featuring the paintings of Cheri Brackett. BENDER GALLERY 29 Biltmore Ave., 828-505-8341, • Through FR (8/31) - The Magic of Nature, The Maestro and Mary Van Cline Fundraiser for The Documenta Project, exhibitions.

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AUG. 15 - 21, 2018

BLACK MOUNTAIN CENTER FOR THE ARTS 225 W. State St., Black Mountain, 828-669-0930, • Through (8/31) - Vietnam: Some of Its People, exhibition of photography by Herb Way. DISTRICT WINE BAR 37 Paynes Way, Suite 9 • Through SU (9/30) - The Curved Line - A Celebration of Form, archival works on paper and canvas by the late Vadim Bora. FLOOD GALLERY FINE ART CENTER 850 Blue Ridge Road, Unit A-13, Black Mountain, 828-357-9009, • Through MO (9/3) - Exhibition of prints by Porge Buck. FOLK ART CENTER MP 382, Blue Ridge Parkway, 828-298-7928, • Through (9/30) - Wabi Sabi, Embracing the Art of Imperfection, exhibition featuring 60 objects from Southern Highland Art Guild members.


TOE RIVER ARTS COUNCIL 269 Oak Ave, Spruce Pine, 828-682-7215, • Through SA (8/18) - Clay +, exhibition of clay works by Cynthia Bringle. • Through (8/25) - Sphere of Influence: Glass Artists of Western North Carolina, group exhibition..

SPIN IT: The new ColorWheel Gallery at 175 King St. in Brevard opens its inaugural show on Monday, Aug. 20. For the Love of Art showcases the paintings of Sandi Anton and the stained glass creations of her husband Tom Anton. The couple lived in the French Quarter of New Orleans for many years before relocating to Transylvania County 14 years ago, and their love of the city’s music and the spirit of The Big Easy manifests itself in their colorful works. The Antons are also veterans of the filmmaking world, having directed the feature-length movies At Last and The Pardon, and organized the Asheville Cinema Society and Asheville Cinema Festival, 2011-14. The show will be on display for the Brevard Art Walk on Friday, Aug. 24, with a reception 5-8:30 p.m. The exhibition runs through Sept. 17. Photo of Wonky House by Sandi Anton courtesy of the artist GALLERY 1 604 W. Main St., Sylva • Through SA (9/8) - Exhibition of the photos of Wanda Davis-Brown and the glass works of Judy McManus. GRAND BOHEMIAN GALLERY 11 Boston Way, 877-274-1242, • Through FR (8/31) - Color Stories, exhibition of pastels and acrylics by R. John Ichter. MACON COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY 149 Siler Farm Road, Franklin • Through FR (8/31) - Exhibition of works by Carol Conti. OPEN HEARTS ART CENTER 217 Coxe Ave.

• Through SA (8/18) - Through The Eyes of Open Hearts, exhibition of photographs from artists at Open Hearts Art Center. OPEN HEARTS ART CENTER 828-505-8428, • WE (8/15) through WE (9/12) - Exhibition featuring work from artists from Open Hearts Art Center. Reception: Wednesday, Aug. 15, 1-3pm. Held at Asheville Emporium, 35 Wall St. PINK DOG CREATIVE 348 Depot St., • Through SU (9/2) - Inimitable Creation: Clay+Paper+Paint, exhibition of works by Holly de Saillan, Betsy Kendrick and Maria Andrade Troya.

TRACEY MORGAN GALLERY 188 Coxe Ave., • Through SA (9/22) - Conditions for an Unfinished Work of Mourning, exhibition of works from Dawn Roe. • Through SA (9/22) - Exhibition of photographs by Sharon Core. TRYON ARTS AND CRAFTS SCHOOL 373 Harmon Field Road, Tryon, 828-859-8323 • Through TH (8/30) - Enchanted Forest, group exhibition. UPSTAIRS ARTSPACE 49 S. Trade St., Tryon, 828-859-2828, • Through FR (9/21) - Bronze Constructs, exhibition of work by Fred McMullen. • Through FR (9/21) - HORSEscapes, exhibition of work by Monica Stevenson. • Through FR (9/21) - Spontaneous Intention, exhibition of work by Barbara Fisher, Kenn Kotara and Rand Kramer. WINDOW GALLERY 54 Broadway, • Through FR (10/26) - Re/production | Re/ presentation, exhibition of works by Aaron McIntosh. WOOLWORTH WALK 25 Haywood St., 828-254-9234 • Through TH (8/30) - In Search of New Ways, exhibition of works by Justin Ramsey. YMI CULTURAL CENTER 39 South Market St., 828-252-4614, • Through FR (8/31) - Trigger Warning, 21-artist group exhibition on the issue of gun violence in the United States. Contact the galleries for admission hours and fees


COUNTRY STRONG: The Asheville Opry series, hosted by singer-songwriter Lo Wolf, aims to celebrate country and honky tonk sounds from World War II to Watergate. The shows are composed of musicians from Western North Carolina who put their spin on songs by Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, Hank Williams and others. For the initial installment, husband-and-wife duo Devils in Dust (roots-rock) Alexa Rose (folk songstress) and the Christy Lynn Band (folk-blues) take the stage at the Asheville Masonic Temple, Saturday, Aug. 18, at 6:30 p.m. (with additional shows in September in October). $12 advance/$15 day of show, Photo of Alexa Rose by Vivian Khanounsay WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 15 185 KING STREET Vinyl Night, 6:00PM 5 WALNUT WINE BAR Les Amis (African folk music), 8:00PM BEN'S TUNE UP Open Bluegrass Jam w/ The Clydes, 6:00PM BLUE MOUNTAIN PIZZA & BREW PUB Open Mic hosted by Billy Owens, 7:00PM BYWATER Open Can of Jam, 8:00PM CORK & KEG 3 Cool Cats, 7:30PM DOUBLE CROWN Western Wednesdays, 9:00PM FLEETWOOD'S Emby Alexander, 9:00PM

HIGHLAND BREWING COMPANY Woody Wood Wednesdays, 5:30PM

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

ISIS MUSIC HALL & KITCHEN 743 Isis Lawn Series w/ Rob Parks & Friends, 6:30PM Victor Provost, 7:00PM

ODDITORIUM Sleepy Poetry, Shutterings & Rytle Batthone (indie), 9:00PM

JACK OF THE WOOD PUB Old Time Jam, 5:00PM LAZY DIAMOND Killer Karaoke w/ KJ Tim, 10:00PM LOBSTER TRAP Cigar Brothers, 6:30PM LOCAL 604 BOTTLE SHOP Spoken Word Open Mic, 8:00PM MG ROAD Salsa Night, 8:00PM

OLE SHAKEY'S Sexy Tunes w/ DJ's Zeus & Franco, 10:00PM ONE STOP AT ASHEVILLE MUSIC HALL Disclaimer Lounge Comedy Open Mic, 9:00PM ONE WORLD BREWING OWB Downtown: Billy Litz, 9:00PM OSKAR BLUES BREWERY Bud Man & Groove Percussion, 4:00PM

PILLAR ROOFTOP BAR Ryan Furstenberg, 7:00PM SALVAGE STATION ABBA The Concert (tribute), 7:00PM ABBA After-Party w/ BoogiTherapi, 10:00PM SANCTUARY BREWING COMPANY French Broad Valley Music Association Mountain Music Jam, 6:30PM SLY GROG LOUNGE Weird Wednesday Jam, 8:00PM THE BLOCK OFF BILTMORE World Wide Wednesdays w/ Karpenisi, 7:00PM THE GOLDEN FLEECE The Tune Shepherds, 7:00PM


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THE IMPERIAL LIFE The Berlyn Jazz Trio, 9:00PM THE WINE & OYSTER Jazz Open Mic hosted by Jesse Junior, 7:00PM TIMO'S HOUSE Secret_Nc, 8:00PM TOWN PUMP Open Jam w/ Billy Presnell, 9:00PM TRESSA'S DOWNTOWN JAZZ AND BLUES JJ Kitchen All Star Jam (blues, soul), 9:00PM TWIN LEAF BREWERY Open Mic Night, 8:00PM UPCOUNTRY BREWING COMPANY Music Bingo, 8:00PM

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THURSDAY, AUGUST 16 5 WALNUT WINE BAR Pleasure Chest (blues, rock, soul), 8:00PM AMBROSE WEST G.A.M.E. w/ Spiro (Grateful Dead jam), 8:00PM ASHEVILLE GUITAR BAR Will Ray & The Space Cooties, 7:30PM ASHEVILLE MUSIC HALL Uncle Kurtis Album Release Show w/ Seven & A Half Giraffe & Over The Edge, 7:00PM BARLEY'S TAPROOM & PIZZERIA Alien Music Club (live jazz), 9:00PM BLUE MOUNTAIN PIZZA & BREW PUB Ionize, 7:00PM BYWATER Open Mic w/ John Duncan, 7:00PM CAPELLA ON 9@THE AC HOTEL Drayton Aldrige, 8:00PM CASCADE LOUNGE DJ Oso Rey Boogie Night & Mashups, 9:30PM


AUG. 15 - 21, 2018


CROW & QUILL Carolina Catskins (gritty ragtime jazz), 10:00PM DISTRICT WINE BAR Throwback Thursday w/ Molly Parti, 8:30PM DOUBLE CROWN Rock 'n' Roll Vinyl w/ DJ Alien Brain, 10:00PM FLEETWOOD'S Wax Mistress, The Power, Peachfuzz (punk rock, garage, psychedelic), 9:00PM FOGGY MOUNTAIN BREWPUB Smash Mouth 64 (jazz, improv), 9:00PM FRENCH BROAD BREWERY Carver & Carmody (Americana), 6:00PM FUNKATORIUM The Anton Filippone Band w/ Artimus Pyle, 8:30PM HIGHLAND BREWING COMPANY Happy Hour w/ DJ Marley Carroll (R&B, soul, funk), 6:00PM ISIS MUSIC HALL & KITCHEN 743 Isis Lawn Series w/ Upland Drive, 6:30PM Joe Newberry’s Birthday Bash, 7:00PM The MoBros & Armadilla, 8:30PM JACK OF THE WOOD PUB Bluegrass Jam, 7:00PM LAZY DIAMOND Heavy Vinyl Night w/ DJ Butch, 10:00PM LOBSTER TRAP Hank Bones, 6:30PM LOCAL 604 BOTTLE SHOP Vinyl Night, 8:00PM NOBLE KAVA Cuttlefish Collective, 7:30PM ODDITORIUM Party Foul: Drag Circus, 9:00PM OLE SHAKEY'S Karaoke w/ Franco, 10:00PM ONE STOP AT ASHEVILLE MUSIC HALL Mitch's Totally Rad Trivia, 7:00PM Kris Lager Band, 10:00PM ONE WORLD BREWING Caromia Tiller & Ryan Furstenberg's Night of Country Soul, 9:00PM


15 ONE WORLD BREWING WEST OBW West: The West Side Funk Jam, 9:00PM PULP Slice of Life Comedy Open Mic w/ Cody Hughes, 9:00PM PACK'S TAVERN Hope Griffin Duo (acoustic rock), 8:00PM PILLAR ROOFTOP BAR Fwuit, 7:00PM PISGAH BREWING COMPANY SondorBlue, 8:00PM PURPLE ONION CAFE Zoe & Cloyd, 7:30PM SANCTUARY BREWING COMPANY Billy Litz, 8:00PM SLY GROG LOUNGE Matthew Nason & Just John, 8:00PM THE BLOCK OFF BILTMORE Dirty Dead (Grateful Dead acoustic), 9:30PM THE GREY EAGLE William Hinson & Chris Wilhelm & Friends, 8:00PM THE IMPERIAL LIFE The Burger Kings (classic rock n' roll), 9:00PM THE MOTHLIGHT The Moth: True Stories Told Live, 7:30PM TIMO'S HOUSE BRRRZDAYZ w/ JJ Smash & Genetix, 8:00PM TOWN PUMP Trout Mouth, 9:00PM TRESSA'S DOWNTOWN JAZZ AND BLUES Jesse Barry & The Jam (blues, dance), 9:00PM TWIN LEAF BREWERY Craft Karaoke, 9:30PM UPCOUNTRY BREWING COMPANY Old Sap, 7:00PM



W XYZ BAR AT ALOFT Sarah Tucker (singersongwriter), 8:00PM

WHITE HORSE BLACK MOUNTAIN Will Beasley & Leland Barker, 7:30PM

FLEETWOOD'S No Anger Control, Cloud City Caskets, Nerve Endings & But, Pyrite, 9:00PM FOGGY MOUNTAIN BREWPUB Paper Crowns (soul, folk), 10:00PM

FRIDAY, AUGUST 17 5 WALNUT WINE BAR Siamese Sound Club (R&B, soul, jazz), 8:00PM Sidecar Honey (Americana, rock), 9:00PM

FRENCH BROAD BREWERY Letters to Abigail (country, bluegrass), 6:00PM

AMBROSE WEST Reasonably Priced Babies (improv comedy), 8:00PM

GINGER'S REVENGE Bryan Toney (folk rock), 8:00PM

ASHEVILLE MUSIC HALL The Night Circus w/ Plankeye Peggy & Sirius B, 10:00PM BATTERY PARK BOOK EXCHANGE Hot Club of Asheville, 5:30PM BEN'S TUNE UP Throwback dance Party w/ DJ Kilby, 10:00PM BLUE MOUNTAIN PIZZA & BREW PUB Acoustic Swing, 7:00PM BOLD ROCK HARD CIDER Stepchild, 6:30PM BURGER BAR Guts Club, 8:00PM CAPELLA ON 9@THE AC HOTEL Phantom Pantone, 9:00PM


HABITAT TAVERN & COMMONS Blacklist Improv: On Vacation (comedy), 9:00AM HIGHLAND BREWING COMPANY Eleanor Underhill & Friends, 7:00PM ISIS MUSIC HALL & KITCHEN 743 Isis Lawn Series w/ Tony Eltora Trio, 6:30PM Hussy Hicks & Eric Erdman, 7:00PM JACK OF THE WOOD PUB Resonant Rouges, 9:00PM

ONE WORLD BREWING April B. & The Cool (Funk, R&B, Rock, Jazz), 9:00PM ONE WORLD BREWING WEST OWB West: Freeway Friday w/ the Freeway Revival, 9:00PM

PILLAR ROOFTOP BAR Hilary Keane Project, 7:00PM PISGAH BREWING COMPANY Dark Star Orchestra Night One, 6:30PM

LOBSTER TRAP Rob Parks & Friends, 6:30PM


CROW & QUILL Big Dawg Slingshots (western swing), 10:00PM

NOBLE KAVA Marcel Anton, 9:00PM ODDITORIUM Gore Gore Luchadores DIY Female Wrestling w/ The Styrofoam Turtles, Sane Voids (Rock), 9:00PM


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THE GREY EAGLE Patio Show w/ White Oak Splits, 6:00PM Scythian (European, Celtic, Appalachian roots), 9:00PM THE IMPERIAL LIFE Select DJ Sets, 9:00PM

CAPELLA ON 9@THE AC HOTEL The Secret B Sides, 9:00PM

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

CATAWBA BREWING SOUTH SLOPE The Skrillbillies w/ Cat & Crow, 7:00PM


Screening: WE THE PEOPLE 2.0. THU Sponsor: Community Roots, 5:30pm 8.16 Dirty Dead, 9pm

THE MOTHLIGHT Nervous Dupre w/ Chris Head & the Broken Family Band & Snake Musk, 9:30P

CHESTNUT Jazz Brunch, 11:00AM

Barbara Bates Smith’s FRI “Go, Granny D!”, Theater/Benefit for 8.17 Haywood Street Congregation, 7pm The Onlies w/ Vivian Leva, 9pm

THE PHOENIX & THE FOX Blake Ellege & The Country Resonators, 8:00PM

CROW & QUILL Hearts Gone South (honky tonk), 9:00PM

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THE WINE & OYSTER Natalie Fitz w/ David Anderson (American Songbook), 7:00PM

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SUN Awesome Foundation 8.19 Pitch Party, 6:30pm MON AVL Poetry Series hosted by 8.20 Caleb Beissert, 7pm Every Tuesday! Swing Avl Dance TUE w/ The House Hoppers, 9pm 8.21 Intermediate, 7pm • Beginner, 8pm WED TurnupTruk, 9pm 8.22

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TIMO'S HOUSE Charles Gatling & G3MS, 8:00PM TOWN PUMP Shaken Nature, 9:00PM TRESSA'S DOWNTOWN JAZZ AND BLUES Lenny Pettinelli (evergreens), 7:30PM

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FOGGY MOUNTAIN BREWPUB Shabudikah (funk, jam), 10:00PM

FROG LEVEL BREWERY Elysium Park Band, 7:00PM

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


FLEETWOOD'S EuphonX: Shadow Show, Shutterings & Herschel Hoover, 9:00PM

WHITE HORSE BLACK MOUNTAIN Katie Ciluffo & Friends, 8:00PM

ARCHETYPE BREWING Summer Beach Party at Beacham's Curve w/ 90s Dance Party, Loved Ones & Jasper, 8:00PM

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DOUBLE CROWN Soul Motion Dance Party w/ DJ Dr. Filth, 10:00PM

FRENCH BROAD BREWERY Tina Collins Duo (indie, bluegrass), 6:00PM

27 CLUB Supervillian w/ The Wilderness (indie), 9:00PM

August 16 @ Highland Brewing 5–9 p.m.

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

W XYZ BAR AT ALOFT DJ Abu Disarray, 8:00PM



CORK & KEG Zydeco Ya Ya, 8:30PM

ASHEVILLE MUSIC HALL Saturday Night Jive Dance Series w/ Robbie Dude, 10:00PM BANKS AVE SES: Satisfaction Every Saturday w/ Guest DJ G3MS (80's, 90's, dance), 9:00PM

FUNKATORIUM Brushfire Stankgrass, 8:30PM HIGHLAND BREWING COMPANY Meadow Show: Band of Horses [SOLD OUT], 7:00PM Abe Reid & The Spikedrivers, 9:00PM HOPEY & CO 3 Cool Cats, 8:00PM ISIS MUSIC HALL & KITCHEN 743 Oliver the Crow, 7:00PM Motown & Disco Dance Party w/ Paula & Peggy, 9:00PM JACK OF THE WOOD PUB Abe Reid & The Spikedrivers, 9:00PM Groove Shakers (rock, bluegrass), 9:30PM LAZY DIAMOND Rock 'n' Roll Vinyl w/ DJ Alien Brain, 10:00PM LEXINGTON AVE BREWERY (LAB) Tunes & Brunch at the LAB, 11:30AM


LOBSTER TRAP Sean Mason Trio, 6:30PM

BREVARD MUSIC CENTER Bela Fleck's Blue Ridge Banjo Concert, 7:30PM

LUELLA'S BAR-B-QUE BILTMORE PARK Leo Johnson's Gypsy Jazz Brunch, 1:00PM

NEW BELGIUM BREWERY RiverLink's RiverFest w/ Lyric, Northside Gentlemen, & Kill the Clique, 12:00PM ODDITORIUM Blitch, Sang Sarah & Bent Nation (Rock), 9:00PM ONE STOP AT ASHEVILLE MUSIC HALL LaGoons w/ Tomatoband, 10:00PM ONE WORLD BREWING Juan John (blues, rock, classical), 9:00PM ONE WORLD BREWING WEST OWB West: King Django Band (ska, rocksteady, dancehall & soul), 9:00PM ORANGE PEEL ABSfest Speakeasy Allstars Burlesque, 8:00PM PILLAR ROOFTOP BAR Laura Blackley & The Wildflowers, 7:00PM PISGAH BREWING COMPANY Dark Star Orchestra Night Two, 6:30PM PURPLE ONION CAFE Riyen Roots & Kenny Dore, 8:00PM SALVAGE STATION The Melody Truck Band, 9:00PM SANCTUARY BREWING COMPANY Jimmy Clifton, 3:00PM True Grits, 8:00PM SIERRA NEVADA BREWING CO. Cory Wong of Vulpeck, 7:00PM SLY GROG LOUNGE The Styrofoam Turtles, Armadilla, JWTV & Dr. Aqueous, 9:00PM STATIC AGE RECORDS Western Weirdos #3, 9:00PM SWEETEN CREEK BREWING West End Trio (funk, jam), 5:00PM THE BLOCK OFF BILTMORE Saturday Salsa & Latin Dance Party Night w/ DJ Edi Fuentes, 9:30PM

THE GREY EAGLE EmiSunshine (teen Americana, bluegrass, gospel), 2:00PM Beatlesque: Tribute to the Beatles, 7:00PM Dark Star After Party w/ Wes Williams & His Nola FunkGrass, 10:30PM THE MOTHLIGHT The Moon & You plays Wilco Yankee's Hotel Foxtrot, 9:00PM THE WINE & OYSTER Kylie B & The Birds (jazz, blues), 7:00PM Live Comedy, 9:00PM TIMO'S HOUSE The Show w/ JJ Smash & Genetix, 8:00PM TOWN PUMP Riverbend Reunion, 9:00PM TRESSA'S DOWNTOWN JAZZ AND BLUES Lenny Pettinelli (evergreens), 7:30PM Free Flow (funk, soul), 10:00PM W XYZ BAR AT ALOFT Rakyn, 8:00PM WHITE HORSE BLACK MOUNTAIN Kevin Spears w/ Linda & Larry Cammarata, 8:00PM

SUNDAY, AUGUST 19 5 WALNUT WINE BAR Jody Carroll (Americana, Blues), 7:00PM ASHEVILLE GUITAR BAR Musicians Jam & Pot Luck, 3:30PM BEN'S TUNE UP Good Vibe Sundays w/ DJ Oso Rey (reggae), 3:00PM BLUE MOUNTAIN PIZZA & BREW PUB Chris Jamison, 7:00PM BOLD ROCK HARD CIDER Armadilla, 3:00PM BYWATER Bluegrass Jam w/ Drew Matulich, 2:00PM CASCADE LOUNGE 98.1 Homegrown Concert Series w/ Eleanor Underhill, 4:00PM CATAWBA BREWING SOUTH SLOPE Jordan Okrend, 6:00PM DOUBLE CROWN Country Karaoke w/ KJ Tim O, 10:00PM FUNKATORIUM Bluegrass Brunch w/ Gary Macfiddle, 11:00AM HIGHLAND BREWING COMPANY Reggae Sundays w/ Chalwa, 1:00PM

ISIS MUSIC HALL & KITCHEN 743 Russ Wilson's Close Harmony (blues, country western, jazz), 5:30PM JACK OF THE WOOD PUB Traditional Irish/Celtic Jam, 3:00PM JARGON Sunday Blunch w/ Mark Guest & Mary Pearson (jazz), 11:00AM LAZY DIAMOND Punk Night w/ DJ Chubberbird, 10:00PM

THE GREY EAGLE Patio Show w/ Cowbaby, 5:00PM Karen Waldrup (new country), 8:00PM THE IMPERIAL LIFE Select DJ Sets, 9:00PM TIMO'S HOUSE BYOV w/ DJ Drew, 8:00PM TOWN PUMP Rossdafareye, 9:00PM


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MAGGIE VALLEY PAVILION Haywood Community Band Concert, 6:30PM NOBLE KAVA Reggae Sunday, 4:00PM ODDITORIUM Monotheist, Mutilatred, Lectularius, Gnarl Scar (Metal), 6:00PM ONE STOP AT ASHEVILLE MUSIC HALL Bluegrass Brunch w/ Woody & Krekel & Bald Mountain Boys, 10:30AM ORANGE PEEL Secret Agent 23 Skidoo w/ Empire Strikes Brass, 2:30PM OSKAR BLUES BREWERY Trivia Night, 5:00PM PACK'S TAVERN Sunday Social Club, 4:30PM PISGAH BREWING COMPANY Pisgah Sunday Jam, 6:30PM PURPLE ONION CAFE The Get Right Band, 7:30PM SANCTUARY BREWING COMPANY 3rd Anniversary Extravaganza, 12:00PM Bobby Bare Jr., 3:00PM


BYWATER Baile w/ Shift Mojo, Konglo, & Scripta, 12:00PM CATAWBA BREWING SOUTH SLOPE Open Mic hosted by Jon Edwards, 6:00PM JACK OF THE WOOD PUB QUIZZO Trivia & Open Mic, 7:30PM LOBSTER TRAP Bobby Miller & Friends, 6:30PM NOBLE KAVA Stage Fright Open Mic (7:30 sign-up), 8:00PM ODDITORIUM Risque Monday Burlesque w/ Deb Au Nare, 9:00PM OLE SHAKEY'S Live Band Honky Tonk Karaoke, 9:00PM ONE WORLD BREWING OWB Downtown: Open Mic Night, 7:30PM OSKAR BLUES BREWERY Mountain Music Mondays Jam, 6:00PM PILLAR ROOFTOP BAR Ben Phan, 7:00PM SANCTUARY BREWING COMPANY Elvis Night w/ The Gathering Dark, 7:00PM

SLY GROG LOUNGE Sly Grog Open Mic, 7:00PM

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TUESDAY, AUGUST 21 5 WALNUT WINE BAR The John Henrys (hot jazz), 8:00PM ASHEVILLE GUITAR BAR Brad Hodge & Friends, 8:00PM ASHEVILLE MUSIC HALL Tuesday night funk jam, 11:00PM BEN'S TUNE UP Leeda Lyric Jones, 7:00PM BLUE MOUNTAIN PIZZA & BREW PUB Mark Bumgarner, 7:00PM BYWATER Baile w/ Shift Mojo, Konglo, & Scripta, 12:00PM CORK & KEG Old Time Moderate Jam, 5:00PM


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

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


TWIN LEAF BREWERY Team Trivia Tuesday, 8:00PM

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ible stalwarts of a resurgent middleclass of low-budget films that harken back to the cinematic ecosystem that facilitated Lee’s rise to prominence over three decades ago. It’s also worth noting that contemporary American culture has caught up to Lee’s incendiary racial rhetoric, making BlacKkKlansman his most timely and, somewhat counterintuitively, most accessible film to date. Obviously, Lee has dealt with topical material in the past, from Do the Right Thing’s prescient depiction of police violence to Chi-Raq’s transposition of Aristophane’s morality play about the Peloponnesian war with modern Chicago’s homicide crisis as proxy, but the timing of his latest film bears far more immediacy than the filmmaker’s earlier work. BlacKkKlansman closes with documentary footage of 2017’s white supremacist march in Charlottesville, Va. — and as I

MAX RATING screened the film on the anniversary of that national tragedy, I couldn’t avoid the thought that Lee has never been more synchronically aligned with the cultural zeitgeist.

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Spike Lee’s newest, BlacKkKlansman, strikes a masterful balance between satire and drama that packs a prescient punch

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DIRECTOR: Spike Lee PLAYERS: John David Washington, Adam Driver, Laura Harrier, Topher Grace, Michael Buscemi, Harry Belafonte, Alec Baldwin COMEDY DRAMA RATED R THE STORY: A black detective cons his way into the good graces of the KKK with the help of a white frontman, dealing a devastating blow to the white supremacist terror organization. THE LOWDOWN: Spike Lee’s best film in years is potentially his most cogent commentary on contemporary race relations, striking both a delicate balance between comedy and drama and a definitive chord with audiences. People take Spike Lee for granted. Don’t get me wrong — the cult of Lee remains ever-present in film

nerd circles — but people seem to assume that there will always be another Spike Lee joint, somehow disregarding the fact that one of the most definitive auteurist voices ever produced by the American cinema has been effectively marginalized by the monetary machinations of the Hollywood system for years. Consider that, of the 20-plus narrative features Lee has directed over more than 30 years in the industry, only three were in the last decade — all of which were incredibly difficult to finance and were received more or less tepidly by audiences — while Woody Allen helmed 10 films that saw theatrical releases during that same span. Let that sink in for a minute. It speaks volumes that Lee’s best and most cohesive film in years, BlacKkKlansman, was made possible by the producorial efforts of Jordan Peele and Jason Blum, the most visMOUNTAINX.COM

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Context aside, the film itself strikes a remarkable balance of comedy and drama, recounting the true story (as Lee’s opening titles put it, “Some fo’ real, fo’ real shit”) of black undercover detective Ron Stallworth (John David Washington), who infiltrated the ranks of the Ku Klux Klan in late ’70s Colorado Springs. It’s perhaps unfair to mention that Washington is the scion of longtime Lee collaborator Denzell Washington, as the younger Washington’s portrayal of Stallworth carries an altogether different quality, a restrained swagger that contrasts with the more bombastic style of his famous father. Adapted from Stallworth’s memoir by Lee, David Rabinowitz, Charlie Wachtel and Kevin Willmott, BlacKkKlansman can easily be placed among Lee’s most incisively satirical scripts. It’s also among the best suited to his stylistic flourishes, in a way that more commercially oriented films like Inside Man or Summer of Sam could never allow. Lee employs split screens, dolly shots, jump cuts — a host of borrowed quirks that have collectively become definitive of his aesthetic signature — to evoke a deep emotional subtext. He juxtaposes the film’s comedic commentary with pointed inclusions of footage from Gone With the Wind and Griffith’s Birth of a Nation — in effect, he’s pulling out all the stops, leaning heavily on his film school influences to craft something as impactful as it is entertaining. While some gags directly alluding to Trump’s presidency may seem a bit on the nose, they don’t feel remotely out of place in Lee’s narrative and land legitimate laughs across the board. A consummate director of actors, Lee coaxes exceptional performances out of Washington, Adam Driver as Stallworth’s white (albeit Jewish) frontman and Topher Grace as a particularly weaselly David Duke, all


of whom capture the story’s tone perfectly without descending into parody. If BlacKkKlansman falls just shy of perfection, it does so honestly. The climax feels forced and the denouement is a bit disappointing by dint of narrative necessity, as Stallworth’s work was ultimately unable to fully unseat Duke or the Klan from positions of power. A moving monologue from the great Harry Belafonte establishes BlacKkKlansman’s core concepts succinctly and affectively, rendering the abrupt cut to the Charlottesville footage somewhat redundant. And yet that cut is every inch a Lee move, underscoring his ideas with an urgency engineered to jar the audience out of complacency. Lee’s acerbic invective has not been dulled by age, and it is unfortunately more necessary now than ever. The revolution may not be televised, but it will undoubtedly be a Spike Lee joint. Rated R for language throughout, including racial epithets, and for disturbing/violent material and some sexual references. Now Playing at Carolina Cinemark, Fine Arts Theatre. REVIEWED BY SCOTT DOUGLAS JSDOUGLAS22@GMAIL.COM

Dog Days HH DIRECTOR: Ken Marino PLAYERS: Vanessa Hudgins, Nina Dobrev, Finn Wolfhard, Adam Pally, Eva Longoria COMEDY RATED PG THE STORY: A number of people are brought together by their mutual love of dogs. THE LOWDOWN: Well-meaning, yet fatally overlong, boundlessly cutesy and full of goofy humor that makes for a film that never meshes as a whole piece. When I’m feeling especially cynical in a movie review, I’ll think about how much money it costs, how much manpower must be used, to make even the most forgettable movie. Not just the outright bad or disastrous films out there, but the downright mediocre ones, the films that will be forgotten in mere months. With as many movies that are made in a given year, the bulk of them are bound to be forgotten. But sometimes you can tell from the onset

that a film is destined to be one of those that drift from memory immediately. Ken Marino’s Dog Days is exactly one of those movies. For the sake of full disclosure, it should be noted that I am a devout and vocal cat person, so I’m obviously not the target audience for a film whose sole purpose is to expound on the healing power of dogs. But even if I were a dog person, I still can’t imagine a film this schmaltzy, meandering and shockingly slipshod from a technical standpoint winning me over. The only consistent aspect of Dog Days is its ability to be awkward. It’s never offputting, but the saccharine nature of its disposition, it’s outmoded sense of humor and it’s laboriously drawn-out, yet painfully obvious plotting make for a slog of viewing experience that takes a lot of patience. The film wants to be Love, Actually (2003), but with dogs, taking a bunch of disparate people whose lives are all enriched by the various canines they encounter. As schmaltzy as that sentence sounds, the film manages to go even beyond its own wildest ambitions and be one of the most toothless movies I’ve ever seen. Not that I want every movie (or even any movie, honestly) to be examples of hardboiled reality, but Dog Days wants to be a paean to feelgoodness while never having the grasp on the characters it needs to pull off this sort of tone. Instead, the film telegraphs each character’s arc from the very beginning, making for a lot of thumb twiddling as we wait for the film to wrap up in the exact way we expected it to nearly two hours ago. The whole thing is overstuffed with characters and story that Dog Days forces its way through for a needlessly bloated 113 minute long runtime. On top of this, director Marino’s (How to Be a Latin Lover) history in vaguely odd and histrionic comedy — one rooted more in awkwardness more than cleverness — keeps popping up in the movie. It’s a style that feels outdated by at least a decade and makes the film feel frumpy and vaguely weird without going full bore. Unfortunately, nothing about the mismatched tone or bloated storyline is truly bizarre enough to make Dog Days a curio, the one thing that could have possibly made the film memorable. Instead, what’s left is a well-intentioned, yet fatally dull movie with nothing going for it if you’re not a dog lover. Rated PG for rude and suggestive content, and for language. Now playing at AMC River Hills, Carolina Cinemark, Epic of Hendersonville, Regal Biltmore Grande. REVIEWED BY JUSTIN SOUTHER JSOUTHER@MOUNTAINX.COM

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Alpha Canin-centric coming-of-age adventure directed by Albert Hughes. According to the studio: “An epic adventure set in the last Ice Age. Europe, 20,000 years ago. While on his first hunt with his tribe’s most elite group, a young man is injured and left for dead. Awakening to find himself broken and alone — he must learn to survive and navigate the harsh and unforgiving wilderness. Reluctantly taming a lone wolf abandoned by its pack, the pair learn to rely on each other and become unlikely allies, enduring countless dangers and overwhelming odds in order to find their way home before the deadly winter arrives.” No early reviews. (PG-13)

CYCLICAL DESIGN: In this still from If You Build It, Studio H student Jamesha Thompson stands with a bike she built herself, with help from instructor Matthew Miller. The Fine Arts Theatre screens the documentary on Aug. 23. Photo courtesy of Long Shot Factory • The BLOCK Off Biltmore, 39 S. Market St., hosts a screening of We the People 2.0 on Thursday, Aug. 16, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Directed by Leila Conners (The 11th Hour) and narrated by Walton Goggins, the 2017 documentary chronicles the work of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund to counter corporate interference in the U.S. government. Free to attend. • The Musical Matinees weekly summer film series continues at the Columbus Public Library, 1289 W. Mills St., Columbus, on Friday, Aug. 17, at 1 p.m. with Dreamgirls. Free. • Pack Memorial Library, 67 Haywood St., continues its Phenomenal Friday Fantasy Films series on Aug. 17 at 3 p.m. with The Adventures of Baron Munchausen. Complimentary popcorn and drinks will be provided. Free. • The West Asheville Library, 942 Haywood Road, continues its Book-toMovie Film Series on Friday, Aug. 17, at 3 p.m. with August: Osage County. Free. • Habitat Brewing Co., 174 Broadway, is the site of the Asheville premiere of The Road to Edmond on Friday, Aug. 17, 7-10 p.m. The narrative film centers on a youth pastor whose controversial acceptance of a teenage girl puts his job at the church in jeopardy. Co-stars Tripp Fuller and Nathanael Welch and producer-director David Trotter will be

FILM ASHEVILLE CHAPTER OF THE AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTS • TH (8/23), 7pm - If You Build It, documentary film screening. $10. Held at Lenoir Rhyne Center

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in attendance. Tickets are $10 advance and $15 at the door. • The North Asheville Library, 1030 Merrimon Ave., hosts a screening of the Oscar-winning short documentary Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1 on Saturday, Aug. 18, 2-4 p.m. Margo Capparelli of Equinox Ranch, a healing program in Cullowhee where veterans work with trained professionals and compassionate volunteers, will lead a post-film discussion about her organization. Free. • The next installment of Revolve Sight at The Black Cloud, 723 Haywood Road, takes place Monday, Aug. 20, at 7 p.m. Doug Liman’s Go will be screened and preceded by a short introduction by Revolve program director Colby Caldwell. Complimentary popcorn and pizza will be provided. Free to attend. • Asheville AIA presents If You Build It on Thursday, Aug. 23, at 7 p.m. at the Fine Arts Theatre, 36 Biltmore Ave. Patrick Creadon’s documentary follows designer-activists Emily Pilloton and Matthew Miller to rural Bertie County as they work with local high school students students on Project H, a year-long, full-scale design and build initiative. Students were instructed how to identify areas of need in the town of Windsor and designed and built a farmers market that addressed those needs. Tickets are $10 and available online and at the Fine Arts box office. X

• SA (8/18), 2pm - Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1, documentary film screening and discussion with Dr. Margo Capparelli of Equinox Ranch. Free. Held at North Asheville Library, 1030 Merrimon Ave. • TU (8/21), 6-8pm Summer of Noir Film Series: Fargo, film screening. Free. Held at Fairview

Library, 1 Taylor Road, Fairview FLOOD GALLERY FINE ART CENTER 850 Blue Ridge Road, Unit A-13, Black Mountain, 828-357-9009, • FR (8/17), 8-10pm Classic World Cinema: Cache, film screening. Free to attend.

Crazy Rich Asians Romantic comedy from director John M. Chu. According to the studio: “The story follows New Yorker Rachel Chu (Constance Wu) as she accompanies her longtime boyfriend, Nick Young (Henry Golding), to his best friend’s wedding in Singapore. Excited about visiting Asia for the first time but nervous about meeting Nick’s family, Rachel is unprepared to learn that Nick has neglected to mention a few key details about his life. Not only is he the scion of one of the country’s wealthiest families, but also one of its most sought-after bachelors. Being on Nick’s arm puts a target on Rachel’s back, with jealous socialites and, worse, Nick’s own disapproving mother (Michelle Yeoh) taking aim.” Early reviews positive. (PG-13)

Mile 22 Action thriller from director Peter Berg. According to the studio: “Mark Wahlberg stars as James Silva, an operative of the CIA’s most highly prized and least understood unit. Aided by a top-secret tactical command team, Silva must retrieve and transport an asset who holds life-threatening information to Mile 22 for extraction before the enemy closes in.” No early reviews. (R)


Caché HH DIRECTOR: Michael Haneke PLAYERS: Daniel Auteil, Juliette Binoche, Maurice Benjou, Annie Girardot PSEUDO MYSTERY THRILLER Rated R Judging by the reviews I’ve read for Caché, I am supposed to be blown away by its myriad profundities, its mastery of film, its ability to create tension and so on. I’m not. I’m also supposed to have been shocked — shocked — by a scene of brutal daring unlike anything ever encountered in the history of cinema. I wasn’t. At bottom, Caché is a film squarely aimed at the very audience it’s force-feeding with guilt, a work whose obscurities are designed to be endlessly debated on the wine-and-cheese circuit of intellectualism. Is this the work of a serious, committed artist? Or merely that of a clever parasite who has figured out a way to make uneasy intellectuals praise him for attacking them? You decide. This excerpt was taken from a review by Ken Hanke published on April 19, 2006. Classic World Cinema by Courtyard Gallery will present Caché on Friday, Aug. 17, at the new Flood Gallery location in Black Mountain, 850 Blue Ridge Road, Unit A-13, Black Mountain.

The Scarlet Empress HHHHH DIRECTOR: Josef von Sternberg PLAYERS: Marlene Dietrich, John Lodge, Sam Jaffe, Louise Dresser HISTORICAL DRAMA Rated NR Josef von Sternberg belongs in the very top ranks of any list of the greatest filmmakers of all time — and nowhere is this more apparent than in his self-described “relentless excursion into style,” The Scarlet Empress. Bearing the improbable credit that the film is “based on a diary of Catherine II” that was “arranged by Manuel Komroff” (whatever that means), the film is Sternberg’s wild, woolly and excessive version of Catherine the Great’s (Marlene Dietrich) rise to power. It offers a series of jaw-dropping gorgeous and fantasticated set pieces that is unlike anything else ever made. And though Sternberg never owned up to it being anything other than an essay in style, it’s a film with a point about the effects of political power, if only in the final shot of Dietrich, which suggests that she’s not only assumed the throne, but the mental state of her predecessor. This is one of the great films. This excerpt was taken from a review by Ken Hanke published on Nov. 16, 2005. The Hendersonville Film Society will show The Scarlet Empress on Sunday, Aug. 19, at 2 p.m. in the Smoky Mountain Theater at Lake Pointe Landing Retirement Community, 333 Thompson St., Hendersonville. MOUNTAINX.COM

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FREEWILL ASTROLOGY ARIES (March 21-April 19): “The prettier the garden, the dirtier the hands of the gardener,” writes aphorist B. E. Barnes. That’ll be especially applicable to you in the coming weeks. You’ll have extra potential to create and foster beauty, and any beauty you produce will generate practical benefits for you and those you care about. But for best results, you’ll have to expend more effort than maybe you thought you should. It might feel more like work than play — even though it will ultimately enhance your ability to play. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Author and theologian Thomas Merton thought that the most debilitating human temptation is to settle for too little; to live a comfortable life rather than an interesting one. I wouldn’t say that’s always true about you, Taurus. But I do suspect that in the coming weeks, a tendency to settle for less could be the single most devitalizing temptation you’ll be susceptible to. That’s why I encourage you to resist the appeal to accept a smaller blessing or punier adventure than you deserve. Hold out for the best and brightest. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): “I’ve learned quite a lot, over the years, by avoiding what I was supposed to be learning.” So says the wise and well-educated novelist Margaret Atwood. Judging by your current astrological omens, I think this is an excellent clue for you to contemplate right now. What do you think? Have you been half-avoiding any teaching that you or someone else thinks you’re “supposed” to be learning? If so, I suggest you avoid it even stronger. Avoid it with cheerful rebelliousness. Doing so may lead you to what you really need to learn about next. CANCER (June 21-July 22): Sometimes you make it difficult for me to reach you. You act like you’re listening but you’re not really listening. You semi-consciously decide that you don’t want to be influenced by anyone except yourself. When you lock me out like that, I become a bit dumb. My advice isn’t as good or helpful. The magic between us languishes. Please don’t do that to me now. And don’t do it to anyone who cares about you. I realize that you may need to protect yourself from people who aren’t sufficiently careful with you. But your true allies have important influences to offer, and I think you’ll be wise to open yourself to them. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): “Whoever does not visit Paris regularly will never really be elegant,” wrote French author Honoré de Balzac. I think that’s an exaggeration, but it does trigger a worthwhile meditation. According to my analysis of the astrological omens, you’re in a phase of your cycle when you have maximum power to raise your appreciation of elegance, understand how it could beautify your soul and add more of it to your repertoire. So here are your homework meditations: What does elegance mean to you? Why might it be valuable to cultivate elegance, not just to enhance your self-presentation, but also to upgrade your relationship with your deep self? (P.S.: Fashion designer Christian Dior said, “Elegance must be the right combination of distinction, naturalness, care and simplicity.”) VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Many of us imagine medieval Europe to have been drab and dreary. But historian Jacques Le Goff tells us that the people of that age adored luminous hues: “big jewels inserted into book-bindings, glowing gold objects, brightly painted sculpture, paintings covering the walls of churches and the colored magic of stained glass.” Maybe you’ll be inspired by this revelation, Virgo. I hope so. According to my reading of the astrological omens, you can activate sleeping wisdom and awaken dormant energy by treating your eyes to lots of vivid reds, greens, yellows, blues, browns, oranges, purples, golds, blacks, coppers and pinks.


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LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): An astrologer on Tumblr named Sebastian says this about your sign: “Libras can be boring people when they don’t trust you enough to fully reveal themselves. But they can be just as exciting as any fire sign and just as weird as any Aquarius and just as talkative as a Gemini and just as empathetic as a Pisces. Really, Librans are some of the most eccentric people you’ll ever meet, but you might not know it unless they trust you enough to take their masks off around you.” Spurred by Sebastian’s analysis, here’s my advice to you: I hope you’ll spend a lot of time with people you trust in the coming weeks, because for the sake of your mental and physical and spiritual health, you’ll need to express your full eccentricity. (Sebastian’s at SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): A blogger who calls herself Wistful Giselle has named the phenomena that make her “believe in magic.” They include the following: “illuminated dust in the air; the moments when a seedling sprouts; the intelligence gazing back at me from a crow’s eyes; being awakened by the early morning sun; the energy of storms; old buildings overgrown with plants; the ever-changing grey green blue moods of the sea; the shimmering moon on a cool, clear night.” I invite you to compile your own list, Scorpio. You’re entering a time when you will be the beneficiary of magic in direct proportion to how much you believe in and are alert for magic. Why not go for the maximum? SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Since 1969, eightfoot-two-inch-tall Big Bird has been the star of the kids’ TV show Sesame Street. He’s a yellow bird puppet who can talk, write poetry, dance and roller skate. In the early years of the show, our hero had a good friend who no one else saw or believed in: Mr. Snuffleupagus. After 17 years, there came a happy day when everyone else in the Sesame Street neighborhood realized that Snuffy was indeed real, not just a figment of Big Bird’s imagination. I’m foreseeing a comparable event in your life sometime soon, Sagittarius. You’ll finally be able to share a secret truth or private pleasure or unappreciated asset. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Activist and author Simone de Beauvoir was one of those Capricorns whose lust for life was both lush and intricate. “I am awfully greedy,” she wrote. “I want to be a woman and to be a man, to have many friends and to have loneliness, to work much and write good books, to travel and enjoy myself, to be selfish and to be unselfish.” Even if your longings are not always as lavish and ravenous as hers, Capricorn, you now have license to explore the mysterious state she described. I dare you to find out how voracious you can be if you grant yourself permission. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): According to my reading of the astrological omens, the coming weeks will be prime time to vividly express your appreciation for and understanding of the people you care about most. I urge you to show them why you love them. Reveal the depths of your insights about their true beauty. Make it clear how their presence in your life has had a beneficent or healing influence on you. And if you really want to get dramatic, you could take them to an inspiring outdoor spot and sing them a tender song or two. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): In her book Yarn: Remembering the Way Home, Piscean knitter Kyoko Mori writes, “The folklore among knitters is that everything handmade should have at least one mistake so an evil sprit will not become trapped in the maze of perfect stitches.” The idea is that the mistake “is a crack left open to let in the light.” Mori goes on to testify about the evil spirit she wants to be free of. “It’s that little voice in my head that says, ’I won’t even try this because it doesn’t come naturally to me and I won’t be very good at it.’” I’ve quoted Mori at length, Pisces, because I think her insights are the exact tonic you need right now.




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Mountain Xpress 08.15.18  

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

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