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The American Dream demands independent thought David Forbes’ Aug. 7 article, “The American Dream,” was interesting but held no surprise for me. I have lived in three regions of the U.S., the last 25 years in the Southeast — Atlanta for the majority of it and Asheville more recently. With that as background, I'd like to add something that wasn't covered in the article, because I don't think the researchers would be aware of it. You'd have to live here for a while to understand it, I think. My view is that a substantial reason that the Southeast ranks poorly in income upward mobility has much to do with culture. It is a culture of the status quo, of people doing the same things, often the same way as their parents did. I remember staring, astonished, at the television a couple of years ago while a commercial of a regional mayonnaise brand provided this as the reasoning for buying their product — that the mother and grandmother of the cook speaking in the ad had used it. Nothing about taste, quality of ingredients, price or anything to appeal to the critical thinking or individual appeal of the audience. The means of improving [one’s]

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citizens will remember Rep. Moffitt’s actions next time they vote. Let’s elect leaders who consider the best interest of our community — and neighboring communities — and not just their own personal and political motivations. — Micah Fritog Asheville

Who is more to blame: the straw or the camel? I understand the reality of our N.C. General Assembly, where members must place their support strategically during session so they may garner reciprocated support for their sponsored bills. This truth incriminates the focused legislative attacks on our state’s air, water and soil protections as a cooperative withdrawal from the state’s community chest. One of these malicious bills is sitting on Gov. Pat McCrory’s desk awaiting his signature: House Bill 74. This particular bill was supported by many Western North Carolina representatives and will affect us all. The bill expands the area that polluters can contaminate before they are required to clean up the coal-ash ponds around power plants like those along the French Broad River. Combine this with the recent 40 percent cut to the Department of Environment and Resources budget, and the very beauty and serenity of North Carolina is at risk. This may not scare everyone but think of it in this light: If our water resources become compromised and polluted, then how do we survive? As for me, I love clean water, air and earth, so I will be calling Gov. McCrory’s office at 919-814-2000 to urge him to veto H.B. 74 for the sake of hydration! Please give his office a call if you share my love, or if you just need water to survive. — Ryan Cannon Hendersonville

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on their political enemies. New laws were passed daily, with no input and no regard for the other 49 percent of voters, justified only by the idea that it is finally “our turn” to be unreasonable. That is a pretty poor excuse for democracy. The fallout from this approach has already begun in Egypt, but not (yet) in North Carolina. I would hope that the Republican Brotherhood is watching and learning from the news, but they seem to be doubling down on their suppression of alternative views. Nathan “Take No Prisoners” Ramsey, and Tim “Hand-Grenade with a Bad Shave” Moffitt are leading the charge in taxation and voting laws that would continue their government jobs on the backs of less wealthy N.C. taxpayers who will now bear a larger share of the taxes that support their “anti-government” agendas. Are they clueless or hypocritical? You decide. — Glen Reese Asheville

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The long and winding road The confusing, behind-the-scenes fight over the rec authority By david forbes & jake frankel |


countywide culture and recreation authority could save local governments millions and result in a major change in how local parks, libraries and community centers are managed. But since its inception, the motives and changes to state legislation authorizing a CRA for Buncombe County and its municipalities has been unclear and subject to little public discussion.

There have been allegations that the bill (and its potential savings) were withheld from the city of Asheville due to its lawsuit against the state, and much of the debate took place in behind-the-scenes conversations or emails. In this timeline, Xpress details the players, the sometimes contradictory explanations and the secret fights over this potentially important bill.

“Majority of commissioners wanted [House Bill] 418 as it passed.” — nathan RamSEy


may 7 Asheville City Council votes to sue the state over the water system legislation; Wake County judge grants delay in the law



may march 21 State Reps. Ramsey and tim moffitt sponsor HB 418, allowing Asheville and Buncombe County to merge their parks and recreation departments into a new Parks and Recreation Authority.

2004-06 The idea of consolidating the Asheville and Buncombe County parks and recreation departments is first discussed as a way to compensate the city for joining a regional water authority. Current Board of Commissioners Chair david Gantt and former Chair nathan Ramsey both participate in those negotiations.

may 14 Gantt reports that the county is already preparing for possible consolidation. "It could save the city up to $8 million [per year],” he says, offsetting the financial impact of losing its water system.

may 2 “I have always believed a consolidated parks/rec system would be positive for our community, and for over a decade have believed that water/sewer consolidation would benefit the city of Asheville, our smaller towns and Buncombe County.” — (email from Ramsey to other state legislators)


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may 6 House approves HB 418 on 112-3 vote (supported by both Ramsey and Moffitt)

june 25 Buncombe County Commissioner david king tells Xpress he asked Moffitt to exclude municipalities for two years but was surprised by the move to exclude them completely. Although he’d previously claimed that a majority of the board supported the change, King admits that he’d spoken to only two of his six colleagues before going to Moffitt. A majority of commissioners say they didn’t request any change in the bill. june 6 “Folks in the Legislature are tying together the water system with parks and rec or any bill that might benefit the city. Who knows what the hell is really going on, but what appears to be happening is that we’re being told to settle the water lawsuit or else.” — (Asheville Vice Mayor Esther Manheimer to Xpress)

july 16 State Legislature ratifies the version of HB 418 indefinitely barring municipalities from participating



aug. 11 Ramsey tweets, “Majority of commissioners wanted [HB] 418 as it passed.”

july june 18 Senate Committee on State and Local Government edits the bill to exclude municipalities from joining the new Authority for two years.


june 25 Committee on State and Local Government edits the bill to exclude municipalities indefinitely.

june 21 "These are separate, distinct issues that stand on their own. ... This is just one more step in my move to consolidate as much city and county government as possible." — (Moffitt on the water lawsuit and HB 418 in an interview with Xpress)

aug. 5 “You filed your lawsuit, OK, so we’re not going to let you file the lawsuit on this side and sue the state and charge your taxpayers money but at the same time be the benefactor of this, because it’s going to cost people outside the city some of their hard-earned money. So until the lawsuit is settled, we took the Authority away from the city.” — (Moffitt, responding to a question from Asheville City Council member Chris pelly at a meeting of the local Board of Realtors asking if the final version of HB 418 allowed the city to join the Authority)

aug. 12 Moffitt tells WWNC radio host Pete kaliner that his Aug. 5 response to Pelly was a joke. "That was me having fun with Chris Pelly," he says, claiming that the commissioners didn't want to allow municipalities to join. "This is something they said they didn't want at the very beginning."

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According to numbers compiled by the Asheville-Buncombe Homeless Initiative (ABHI), the population of homeless 18- to 24-year-olds spiked 10 percent in the past year. “It does seem to be tied to continued depressed economic opportunity, with rents in the Asheville area [continuing] to be above fair-market value [and] difficult to attain,” says heather dillashaw, program director. “Ten years ago, a younger adult who didn’t have other family support or resources could get a job, even if it was a fairly low-wage job, and still figure out how to make housing work. That’s becoming more and more difficult to do.” Previously, she adds, an 18- to 24-year-old might have been able to afford a room or some cheap rental housing, but not anymore. This trend is happening all across the country, Dillashaw continues, noting that younger adults and families with children are two of the most rapidly increasing members of the homeless population. As younger millenials came of age when job opportunities declined and Asheville’s housing costs rose, she continues, they’ve had less opportunity to amass savings and connections that might help them weather hard times. While counting the homeless is always difficult, a 2012 report by the National Alliance to End Homelessness estimates that there are more than 150,000 homeless young adults nationwide. In some cases, researchers around the country previously lumped 18- to 24-year-olds in with “youth” but now count them separately due to growing concerns and “so we can get better data,” says Dillashaw. Many homeless young adults come from low-income backgrounds, she says, and the current economic environment has made an already precarious situation worse. “People that are on the low-income end — they don’t bounce back,” Dillashaw says. “The economy may be improving for

some folks, but for low-income folks it has not.” She continues, “These are folks aging into adulthood out of lowincome families that have not been able to bounce back because of the depressed economy, so they’re entering adulthood with little or nothing,” she adds. A 10 percent increase in one year is a “pretty big jump,” Dillashaw says. Launched in 2004, ABHI has housed the vast majority of Asheville’s chronic homeless population, she says, mentioning that in a recent presentation to Asheville City Council members about larger economic trends, the end of the economic stimulus and cuts in services all make it hard to help all age groups of homeless people. Over the past two years, according to ABHI studies, the overall homeless population has ticked steadily upward after a long decline during much of the 2000s, in part due to these factors. “It hasn’t been a population we’ve seen in significant numbers until recently,” Dillashaw says. Now the organization and other agencies are scrambling to adapt. “We’re trying to work on better outreach and targeting services.” “We are definitely seeing an increase,” says Emily Ball, direc-


tor of community engagement for local nonprofit Homeward Bound. The organization runs the AHOPE shelter and also works with a variety of other nonprofits to coordinate, analyze and deliver services to the homeless population. “What’s happening at the local level is certainly a reflection of a national trend. Asheville’s no exception.” She adds that the trend is exacerbated by the simple lack of enough rooms to go around. “We’re climbing out of a tough economic climate, and jobs certainly haven’t kept up with housing costs here,” she says. “The average cost of a one-bedroom [apartment] in Buncombe County is $717 a month, [which] poses a major challenge.” Such costs particularly affect young adults coming out of foster homes: They’re more than 20 times more likely to become homeless than other adults, says Ball. She adds that while ABHI and other organizations have targeted Asheville’s chronically homeless, historically, they haven’t singled out young adults for assistance. That’s soon to change. “As a country, we’re really trying to figure out how we can be smart about how to target services for them,” says Ball. “It is a new frontier for us.” For more information about ABHI, see For more about Homeward Bound, see X

Small quake registers near Blowing Rock A micro-earthquake hit about 2 miles north-northeast of Blowing Rock, N.C., on Sunday afternoon, Aug. 25, according to the U.S. Geological Service. A USGS report said the 2.9-magnitude trembler occurred at 2:50 p.m. There were no reports of damages. The hypocentral depth of the quake was about 6 miles. Earlier Sunday, near Albany, N.Y., a 2.7-magnitude quake occurred.

Such events aren't uncommon in the inland Carolinas, but are typically minor. The strongest one to hit the region occurred in 1916, when a magnitude 5.1 quake struck near Waynesville. Historical accounts describe tops of chimneys being thrown to the ground, windowpanes being shattered and people rushing into the streets. — staff reportsX


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A few hundred people rallied under clear blue skies in Pack Square Park on Saturday, Aug. 24, to call on Duke Energy to shutter its Asheville coal plant and advocate for clean energy. The event, called “Beyond Coal: A Rally for Our Future,” featured local speakers, singers and popular TV actor/vampire ian Somerhalder. mary anne hitt, national director of Sierra Club’s “Beyond Coal” campaign, said 149 coal-powered plants have closed since 2010, thanks to initiatives like the one going on in Asheville. “A lot of times it just takes grassroots efforts,” said Hitt. “We’re here today to call on Duke Energy to move beyond coal and retire the Asheville coal plant.” She charged that the plant’s coal-ash lagoons have contaminated groundwater and the French Broad River, citing recent litigation by the state of North Carolina against Duke Energy for wastewater violations. The 376-megawatt plant, visible just off the Interstate

26 Skyland exit, was built in 1964 and is currently the largest electricgenerating facility in Western North Carolina. Critics say it is also the biggest source of carbon emissions and air pollution in the region. Hitt said a resolution is set to go before the city council by the end of the year on the plant. She said her group advocates for wind, solar and other alternative energies to replace the mega-plants that produce much of America’s electricity. Taking the podium first, mayor terry Bellamy did not speak directly on the Asheville plant or advocate for its closure. However, she touted other environmental measures the city had enacted, such as changing street lamps to energy-saving LEDs, installing a compressed natural gas line and starting a sustainability fund. Co-hosted by the Sierra Club, Western North Carolina Alliance, SouthWings and other environmental groups, parts of the rally were filmed for a Showtime documentary series on climate change. Executive produced by director James Cameron, Jerry Weintraub and Arnold Schwarzenegger, the series Years of Living Dangerously will explore the impact of climate change on communities. ian Somerhalder, star of the CW Network’s Vampire Diaries, was on hand for the Asheville rally. he arrived at the end of the event to a pack of fawning teenage girls (and some adults, too), who pressed in closely to snap cellphone pictures of the star. Somerhalder spoke briefly on his support for environmental causes and met with fans afterward. “We’re here to address one of our biggest challenges: climate disruption,” said Somerhalder. Husband and wife Patrick and Sarah hunter biked to the rally to show their support. Patrick, who works for the Southern Environmental Law Center, said his job relates directly to coal. “We [SELC] work on coal-ash lawsuits. ... I’m here to to support the cause.” To learn more about the Beyond Coal campaign, visit content. For info on the Showtime documentary, visit X

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Following trends in Gannettowned publications nationwide, the Asheville Citizen-Times laid off a total of eight staffers Aug. 21 — six of them from its newsroom, including longtime columnist Susan Reinhardt and Ashvegas reporterblogger Jason Sandford. “It’s hard when you see colleagues leaving that you’ve worked with for years, many years,” Sandford tells Xpress. “There are tears, people are crying, there’s emotion.” Sandford worked there for about 16 years, in three different stints, starting in 1992 (he worked for Xpress from 2008-10). He says the current situation mirrors the 2011 layoffs, when Gannett slashed 10 jobs in the newsroom. “They’re gutting the news operation, the heart and soul of the newspaper,” he says. “That’s what hurts.” In an interview with WLOS, Reinhardt said, “I just feel like I made a difference in the 26 1/2 years. And I’m really just going to miss all my readers.” Sandford reports that in addition to himself and Reinhardt, three other staffers were let go from the news department, including copy editor Rob Mikulak, reporter Thomas Fraser and staff photographer John Fletcher. However, in the newspaper industry, layoffs like this are neither new nor shocking. In recent weeks, industry publications have reported that Gannett, the United States’ largest media company and newspaper publisher, has been going through a series of nationwide layoffs.



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AnimAls Brother Wolf AnimAl rescue A no-kill organization. Info: or 505-3440. • WEDNESDAYS, SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS, 10am-1pm - Outward Hounds invites the public to take adoptable dogs on local hikes. Meets at BWAR, 31 Glendale Ave. Free.

Wild things Weekend • SA (8/31), 10am-5pm - Join Wild South "to celebrate all things wild" with live animal presentations, environmental educators, conservation organizations, food, live music and more. 46 Wall St. Free. Info:


free spAy Vouchers • The Humane Alliance offers free spay services for female felines. Pick up a Dudley Fund voucher at Humane Alliance, Pet Harmony, BWAR, Friends 2 Ferals or Asheville Humane Society. Info and appointment: humanealliance. org or 252-2079.

Art Workshops At riVerside studios (pd.) Saturday, September 28: Glass Mosaic with Nancy Rohan. • Saturday, October 26: Drawing the Face with Nancy Blum. Location: River Arts District, Asheville. Information/registration: (828) 551-5045 or

spAy/neuter Vouchers • ONGOING - Free and low-cost spay/neuter vouchers are available to families with pets who live in or around Henderson County by contacting

AmericAn folk Art And frAming Oui-Oui Gallery is located at 64 Biltmore Ave. Mon.-Sat., 10am-6pm; Sun., noon-5pm. Info: or 281-2134.

• Through WE (9/18) - Harbinger, works by self-taught Southern artists. Anthm gAllery Located in the Monte Vista Hotel, 308 W. State St., Black Mountain. Tues.-Sat., 5-9pm; Sun., 11am-9pm. Info: • Through SU (9/1) - From Outsider In, works by self-taught artists. Art At mArs hill college Weizenblatt Gallery: Mon.-Fri., 9am5pm. Info: • Through TH (9/5) - Urban Imagery and Personal Fantasy group photography show. Art At uncA Art exhibits and events at the university are free, unless otherwise noted. Info: • Through FR (9/27) - Urban Photography from the Streets of a Bohemian Mountain Town, works by Joe Longobardi, will be on display in the Blowers Gallery. • Through FR (9/13) - Under

Construction: Society, Gender and Body, a participatory exhibition, will be on display in the Intercultural Gallery. • Through FR (10/4) - The UNCA art faculty exhibition will be on display in the S. Tucker Cooke Gallery. Artetude 89 Patton Ave. Sun., noon-5; Mon.Thurs., 10am-6pm; Fri. & Sat., 10am7pm. Info: or 252-1466. • Through FR (9/13) - Fleur Mélange: A Collection of Contemporary Florals, by Karen Titus Smith. Arts council of henderson county • Through FR (8/30) - Bring Us Your Best will be on display in BRCC's TEDC building. Info: AsheVille AreA Arts council gAllery 346 Depot St. Tues.-Sat., 11am-4pm. Info: or 258-0710. • WE (8/28), 5-6pm - Regional Artist Project Grant information session.

• Through SA (8/31) - Pots that Pour, featuring ten national clay artists. • FRIDAYS, 9-11am - Artist business brainstorming sessions will feature one-on-one opportunities for artist entrepreneurs. Free or by donation. Call to confirm dates. • SUNDAYS, 10am-1pm - Asheville Art Church, a "Sunday morning sanctuary for the creative spirit," invites the public to write, paint, draw and craft. $10-$20 donation. AsheVille Art museum Located on Pack Square in downtown Asheville. Tues.-Sat., 10am-5pm and Sun., 1-5pm. Programs are free with admission unless otherwise noted. Admission: $8/$7 students and seniors/Free for kids under 4. Free first Wednesdays from 3-5pm. Info: or 253-3227. • Through SU (9/29) - PLAY, works from the permanent collection, will be on display in the East Wing. • Through SU (9/8) - Legacy: The Emily Fisher Landau Collection, a traveling exhibit from the Whitney Museum of American Art. • Through SU (9/1) - A Sense of Balance: The Sculpture of Stoney Lamar. • ONGOING - Lasting Gifts, works by Black Mountain College teachers and students. AsheVille BookWorks 428 1/2 Haywood Road. Gallery hours: Mon.-Fri., 1-5pm; Sat., 1-4pm. Info: or 255-8444. • Through SA (8/31) - Works by Impractical Labor in the Service of the Speculative Arts members. • FR (8/30) through SA (11/30) - Printocracy will celebrate contemporary print culture. • SA (8/31) - Opening weekend will include a steamroller demonstration throughout the day. AsheVille gAllery of Art 16 College St. Mon.-Sat., 10am5:30pm; Sun., 1-4pm. Info: or 251-5796. • Through SA (8/31), Scene Around Asheville and WNC, watercolor and pastel paintings by Al Junek. • SU (9/1) through MO (9/30) Verity of Genre, oil paintings by Olga Michelson. BellA VistA Art gAllery 14 Lodge St. Summer hours: Mon., Wed., & Thurs., 11am4pm; Fri. & Sat., 11am-5pm.

Info: or 7680246. • Through MO (9/30) - Works by Nancy Varipapa, Shellie Lewis Dambax, Karen Jacobs and Jane Cartwright. BlAck mountAin center for the Arts 225 W. State St., Black Mountain. Mon.-Fri., 10am5pm. Info: BlackMountainArts. org or 669-0930. • Through FR (9/13) - Works by five professional photographers from the Southern Appalachian Photographers Guild. cAstell photogrAphy 2-C Wilson Alley. Tues.-Sat., by appointment. Fri. & Sat., 11am6pm. Info: castellphotography. com or 255-1188. • Through SA (10/5) - This Side of the Blue, works by Timothy Pakron. courtyArd gAllery Phil Mechanic Studios, 109 Roberts St. Info: or 273-3332. • Through TU (9/27) - The Anything Goes, Everything Shows mail art show will feature local and international artists. flood gAllery The Phil Mechanic Building, 109 Roberts St. Tues.-Sat., 10am4pm. Info: or 254-2166. • Through FR (9/30) - Works by Brazilian artist Cibelle Leonetti. fly oVer • Through SA (8/31) - Fly Over, a photography exhibition of World War II warbirds and crop dusters by Candler resident Barbara Sammons, will be on display at the Asheville Regional Airport's art gallery. Info: folk Art gAme BoArds • Through TH (10/10) - An exhibit of hand-painted folk art game boards (checkers and tic-tac-toe) by Francine Menor will be on display at the Canton Public Library, 11 Pennsylvania Ave. Info: or 633-0202. groVeWood gAllery Located at 111 Grovewood Road. April-Dec. Mon.-Sat., 10am-6pm & Sun., 11am-5pm. Info: or 2537651. • Through SU (9/22) Celebration of Color, group wood sculpture show. hAndmAde in AmericA Located at 125 S. Lexington Ave. Info: handmadeinamerica.

org or 252-0121. • Through FR (9/13) - Needled: Contemporary Needle Craft. honour steWArt gAllery Grove Arcade, 1 Page Ave. Mon.-Sat., 10am-6pm and by appointment. Info: or 232-4260. • Through SU (9/1) - Incoherent Clarity, works by Anna Jensen and Honour Hiers Stewart.

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artist event. toe riVer Arts council The TRAC Center Gallery: 269 Oak Ave., Spruce Pine. Burnsville TRAC Gallery: 102 W. Main St. Hours: Tues.-Sat., 10:30am-5pm. Spruce Pine info: 765-0520. Burnsville info: 6827215. General info: toeriverarts. org. • Through SA (9/28) - New Traditions: Contemporary Perspectives from a Traditional Landscape, works by Potters of the Roan guild, will be on display in the Spruce Pine gallery. Info: trAnsylVAniA community Arts council Located at 349 S. Caldwell St., Brevard. Hours: Mon.-Fri., 9:30am-4:30pm. Info: or 884-2787. • Through FR (9/13) - Connestee Art League exhibit. true Blue Art supply 30 Haywood St. Mon.-Sat., 10am-7pm; Sun., noon-5pm. Info: • Through FR (8/30) - Natural Wanderings, works by Cyndi Calhoun.

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upstAirs ArtspAce 49 S. Trade St., Tryon. Hours: Tues.-Sat., 11am-5pm. Info: or 8592828. • Through SA (8/31) - Seeing Is Believing and Crossing the Line.

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what: Yoga in the Park, to benefit Homeward Bound when: Saturdays, Sept. 7 and 21; Saturday, Oct. 5. All classes begin at 10 a.m. where: Pack Square Park’s Reuter Terrace, downtown Asheville., or 254-0380. $5-$15 suggested donation. why: Break out of the studio and take your practice outdoors with Yoga in the Park, a series of group yoga classes in Pack Square Park. Doing downward dog while the breeze rustles through the trees is its own reward, but saluting the sun for a good cause makes yoga even more gratifying. This outdoor, donation-based yoga class benefits Homeward Bound’s work to help Asheville’s homeless population transition to permanent housing. Through


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a Housing First model, individuals experiencing homelessness are housed as quickly as possible, with ongoing case management to help overcome barriers that threaten their stability. Homeward Bound “envisions a day when the poor and the vulnerable among us will no longer be invisible and ignored but treated with compassion and decency.” The organization believes that homelessness is a solvable problem and that all individuals should be treated with respect and empathy. The yoga class is offered on a drop-in basis, so no registration is necessary. Participants are asked to bring their own mat and are invited to gather outside Asheville Yoga Center at 211 S. Liberty St. to walk to the park as a group. Or just meet fellow altruistic yogis at the park at 10 a.m. Take a moment to stretch out in the sunshine and contribute to Homeward Bound’s efforts this fall.

ooh lA lA curiosity mArket • SA (8/31), 10am-4pm - This market will include local art, jewelry, music and a raffle to benefit Animal Haven, a no-kill shelter located in Asheville. Held in Pritchard Park. Info: opportunity house Arts And crAfts fAir • FR (8/30) & SA (8/31), 9am5pm - The Opportunity House Arts and Crafts Fair will feature local crafters and handmade items. Held at 1411 Asheville Highway, Hendersonville. Free. Info: 692-0575. pAris of the south fleA mArket • SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS, 8am-3pm - The Paris of the South Flea Market will feature a "gypsy-style" market including handmade clothes, jewelry, art, food trucks and live music. Held at U.S. 70 at Lytle Cove Road. Free to attend. Info:

Quilt And crAft shoW • SA (8/31), 9am-5pm - A quilt and craft show, hosted by Memory Makers Quilt Guild, will feature more than 30 artisans and refreshments. Proceeds benefit quilts for disaster victims. Held at First Baptist Church, 6th Avenue and Buncombe Street, Hendersonville. Free. Info: 6970853. the little fleA • SATURDAYS, 3-7pm - The Little Flea will feature produce and "hand-selected fare and wares" behind Grace Baptist Church, 718 Haywood Road. Free to attend. Info: littleflea. org.

Auditions & cAll to Artists Art on the islAnd • Through SU (9/1) - The Madison County Arts Council seeks vendors for its Art on the Island fall festival through sept. 1. Info: or 649-1301. friends And neighBors of sWAnnAnoA yArd sAle • Through SA (9/7) - Friends and Neighbors of Swannanoa will accept table rentals for its community yard sale, planned for Sept. 14, through sept. 7. Info: or 581-9131. miss AsheVille And miss Blue ridge VAlley competition • Through SU (9/22) - The Miss Asheville and Miss Blue Ridge Valley competitions will accept applications through sept. 22. Info: tc Arts council Applications available at tcarts@ or 884-2787. • Through WE (9/18) - TC Arts Council will accept submissions for its collaborative exhibit through sept. 18. Works must be created by two or more artists.

Benefits AsheVille empty BoWls • SA (8/31) - The public is invited to make ceramic bowls for Asheville empty Bowls at The Village Potters, 191 Lyman St., #180. Beginners welcome. Free. Info: or 253-2424. BAck-to-school supply

driVe • Through SA (8/31) - A back-toschool supply drive, to benefit children first/communities in schools, will be hosted by the Arden, Bleachery, Skyland and Weaverville Walmarts. Donation bins available during business hours. Info: Belchers And friends • TU (9/3), 7:30pm - Belchers and Friends, to benefit Wcu’s friends of the Arts, will feature performances by chancellor David O. Belcher, Broadway star Terrence Mann and WCU College of Fine and Performing Arts students and faculty. $50 with Friends of the Arts membership/remaining seats free. Info: FriendsOfTheArts. lABor By choice • TH (9/5), 6pm - The Open Umbrella Collective will host "Labor By Choice," an evening of music, short films and speakers to benefit femcare. Held at the Millroom, 66 Asheland Ave. $15. Info: leAf schools And streets • WEDNESDAYS, 5-7pm - Wine tasting and jazz, to benefit leAf schools and streets, will be held at 5 Walnut Wine Bar, 5 Walnut St. $5 suggested donation. Info: or

clAsses, meetings & eVents mAc BAsics clAsses At chArlotte street computers (pd.) Charlotte Street Computers, 252 Charlotte Street, 9:30 - 10:30am weekdays. Mondays - Mac OS X Basics Level 1, Wednesdays - iPad Basics Level 1, Thursdays - iCloud, Fridays - iPad Basics Level 2, first Tuesday of each month - iPhoto, second Tuesday each month - Safari, third Tuesday each month -Mac OS X Level 2, fourth Tuesday each month - iMovie. Registration is just $9.99 at www.charlottestreetcomputers. com/classes. music lessons With moses AtWood (pd.) Find your own musical style-- All levels welcome. Songwriting. Voice. Guitar. Piano. Dobro. Music Theory. $30 an Hour. mosesatwood@


studio ZAhiyA (pd.) studio Zahiya, downtown dance classes Monday 7pm •  Bellydance 1 Tuesday 9am Hip Hop Workout   • 7pm West African Drumming  • 8pm West African Dance  • Wednesday 7:30 Bellydance 2 • Thursday 9am Bellydance Workout • 7pm Bollywood  • 8pm Hip Hop   • $13 for 60 minute classes. 90 1/2 N. Lexington Avenue. www.studiozahiya. com 828.242.7595 AnimAtion Workshop WednesdAys • WEDNESDAYS, 3-6pm - Animation Workshop Wednesdays invites the public to learn stop motion animation. Bring a digital camera, if possible, to the game room of Asheville Pizza and Brewing, 675 Merrimon Ave. Ages 10 and up. $10. Info: WorldPeasAnimations. Apple VAlley model rAilroAd cluB Located at the Hendersonville Depot at the corner of 7th Avenue and Maple Street. Info: • ONGOING - Coming of the Railroad, a replica of the Saluda Mountain Grade. Sat., 10am2pm & Wed., 1-3pm. cherokee soul reViVers christiAn motorcycle rAlly • SA (8/31) through SU (9/1) - The Cherokee Soul Revivers Christian Motorcycle Rally will feature music, food, bike games and activities for kids. Held at Cherokee Fairgrounds, 545 Tsali Blvd., Cherokee. $10/ children under 12 free. Info: emBroiderers' guild of AmericA • TH (9/5), 9:30am-noon The monthly meeting of the Embroiderers' Guild of America will be held at Cummings United Methodist Church, 3 Banner Farm Road, Horse Shoe. Info and cost: 696-3829. looking for mr. goodBAr meetup • SUNDAYS, 1pm - The "Looking for Mr. Goodbar" group, moderated by Patrick Ochsenreiter, meets weekly at Wall Street Coffee House, 62 Wall St., for "banter about what is happening in the world of gay men." Info: or mAggie VAlley criBBAge • TUESDAYS, 6:30pm Cribbage will be offered at Maggie Valley Inn, 70 Soco

Road, Maggie Valley. Cards and boards available. All levels welcome. Free. Info: kei3ph@ or 926-3978. oVerdose AWAreness dAy • SA (8/31), 8pm - The North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition will observe National Overdose Awareness Day with information about naloxone access in N.C. and a chance to honor those who have passed away from overdoses. Held at Firestorm Cafe and Books, 48 Commerce St. Free. Info:

comedy disclAimer comedy • FRIDAYS, 8-9:30pm Disclaimer Comedy presents weekly stand-up at Elaine's Piano Bar in the Grove Park Inn, 290 Macon Ave. Free. Info:

free fun dAnces • TU (9/3), 7:30-9pm - "Free Fun Dances" will be held at Opportunity Center, 36 Grove St. No dance experience required. Free. Info: 505-2596. lAVA nights • FRIDAYS, 10:30pm-2:15am - Lava Nights will feature Latin dance with DJ Carlos Carmona. Held at Mela, 70 N. Lexington Ave. $5. Info: melaasheville. com.

slice of life comedy • TH (8/29), 8:30pm - Stand-up comedy and booked open mic includes snacks, drink specials and a raffle for charity. Held at Pulp, below the Orange Peel, 103 Hilliard Ave. $5. Info and booking: sliceoflifecomedy@

solAr 101 • TH (8/29), 6pm - Solarize Asheville invites homeowners to learn about solar power, financing options and one-time discounted price and streamlined processes at Unitarian Universalist Church, 1 Edwin Place. Info: /

BlAck mountAin center for the Arts 225 W. State St., Black Mountain. Info: or 669-0930. • SATURDAYS - Ballet classes for children with Casey Littlejohn. $35 per month. Call for schedule. • WE (9/4), 6-7:30pm - A belly dancing class will explore the fundamentals of this new and ancient form of movement. Men and women of all ages,

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Hendersonville, for a chance to win a free one-year membership. Patrons eligible with $4 admission fee. Info: teamecco. org. oAkley fArmers mArket storytime • THURSDAYS through (10/3), 4:30pm - The Oakley Farmers Market will present story time for children with hands-on crafts relating to food. See tailgate market listings for info.

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thE BotanicaL SPEcimEn: Works by film photographer Honour Hiers Stewart will be on display at Hotel Indigo through October. An opening reception is planned for Thursday, Sept. 5. (pg. 15).

featuring live bluegrass and country music, food vendors and carnival rides. Held at Canton Recreation Park, 77 Penland St. Info: lABor dAy concert • MO (9/2), 6-8pm - A Labor Day concert will feature Terry McKinney, Jazz Man and Eddie Graham. Held at Historic Marion Depot, 58 Depot St., Marion. Free. Info: 652-2215. smoky mountAin folk festiVAl • FR (8/30) & SA (8/31) - The Smoky Mountain Folk Festival will feature Appalachian music and dance in Lake Junaluska's Stuart Auditorium, 91 N. Lakeshore Drive, Lake Junaluska. $12/$10 in advance. Info and schedule:

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goVernment & politics leAgue of Women Voters kickoff • WE (8/28), 6:30pm - The Asheville-Buncombe League of Women Voters will hold its fall kickoff event, featuring the documentary Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines, in Carolina Cinemas’ cinema lounge, 1640 Hendersonville Road. $5 suggested donation. Info: ablwv. org. forWArd together moVement rAlly • WE (8/28), 5:30pm - The Forward Together Movement Rally will be held at Bridge Park in Sylva as part of Moral Mondays. Info:


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• SA (8/31), 1-4pm - Bacon Fest will feature pork-centric food, bacon ice cream, music, football and more. Held at Highland Brewing Company, 12 Old Charlotte Highway. $10/ children 12 and under free. Info:

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50% OFF • PARENT/CHILD CLASS • REGISTER NOW (pd.) For children ages 4-9 months, begins August 20. Call 667-9588 or check us out online: for details. the little gym. hAnds on! This children's museum is located at 318 N. Main St., Hendersonville. Tues.-Sat., 10am-5pm. Programs require $5 admission fee/free for members, unless otherwise noted. Info: or 697-8333. • Through SU (9/1) - Children are invited to "pin the apple on the tree" in celebration of the Apple Festival. Free with admission. • TU (9/3) through FR (9/6) - Make a card for National Grandparent’s Day throughout the day. kids’ Art contest • Through MO (9/30) - The Fairview Library will accept submissions for its kids' portrait contest through sept. 30. Hand deliver to the library, 1 Taylor Road. Info: 250-6485. looking for neemoe • WEDNESDAYS through SATURDAYS until (9/2) - The public is invited to look for Neemoe at the Team ECCCO Aquarium, 511 N. Main St.,

(pd.) tuesday 6:45-9:30 pm song o' sky chorus (Sweet Adelines International) Covenant Community Church, 11 Rocket Dr., 28803 Asheville's premier a capella barbershop-style chorus! We welcome all women who love to sing! 1-866-824-9547 BlAck mountAin drum circle • SATURDAYS, 4pm - Steven Townsend hosts a traditional West African drumming workshop, followed by an open drum circle, at the Carver Community Center, 101 Carver Ave., Black Mountain. All skill levels welcome. Free. Info: 669-2052. concerts on the creek • FR (8/30), 7:30-9:30pm Concerts on the Creek will feature the Lisa Price Band (country) at Bridge Park, 76 Railroad Ave., Sylva. Free. Info: or (800) 962-1911. fAll outdoor concert series • FR (8/30), 7pm - The Honey Dewdrops (folk, roots) will perform a free outdoor concert at the Transylvania County Library amphitheater. 212 S. Gaston St. Rain or shine. Info: grind cAfe 136 West Union St., Morganton. Info: facebook. com/grindcafe or 430-4343. • WE (8/28), 7:30pm - The Steel Wheels (mountain string band). $20. homegroWn in the pArk • THURSDAYS, 6:30-8:30pm - Homegrown in the Park will feature local singer-songwriters performing in Pritchard Park. Free. Info: ashevilledowntown. org.

kArAoke At plAyers • WEDNESDAYS, 8pm; FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS, 9pm - Players Cigar Bar, 170 Rosscraggon Road, hosts weekly karaoke. Info: 676-0588. pickin' in lAke lure • SATURDAYS through (8/31), 7pm - Pickin' in Lake Lure will feature performances by local bands followed by an open jam. Held on the Lake Lure Smokehouse deck, 2795 Memorial Highway, Lake Lure. Free. Info: 674-0677. pickin’ in the pArk • FRIDAYS, 7-10:30pm - Pickin’ in the Park will feature bluegrass and old-time bands at Canton Recreational Park‚ 77 S. Penland St. Free. Info: russ Wilson And his concert orchestrA • SA (8/31), 7pm - Russ Wilson and his Concert Orchestra will perform "Rhapsody" featuring the music of Paul Whiteman. Held at Diana Wortham Theatre, 2 S. Pack Square. $30 with discounts for seniors and students. Info: shindig on the green • SATURDAYS until (8/31), 7pm - Shindig on the Green will feature traditional music, dance and storytelling at Pack Square Park, downtown Asheville. Bring a blanket. Free; food for sale. Info: the mix • SA (8/31), 6pm - The Mix will perform at The Mountaineer Restaurant, 6490 Soco Road, Maggie Valley. Free. Info: or 9261730.

outdoors BeAutiful lAke JAmes MARINA • BOAT SLIPS AVAilABle (pd.) Reserve a covered, uncovered or houseboat slip. Great location at Canal Bridge. Security, gas sales, marine store and customer lounge. Call (828) 584-0666. moVie on the meAdoWs (pd.) "moVie on the meAdoWs" - September 7, 2013, will feature The Hunger Games, the wildly popular award-winning movie filmed in WNC. Relive your favorite scenes of Katniss battling for her life on a big screen under the shadow of Chimney Rock. Advance event parking tickets

go on sale Aug. 25 only at Lake Lure Ingles Market for $9 per car, a savings of $3. - See more at: http://chimneyrockpark. com/events/ Brp hike • FR (8/30), 10am - A 3-mile hike to the base of Mount Hardy hike will depart from Rough Butt Bald Overlook overlook, MP 425 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Free. Info: 298-5330. get lost in the Woods • SA (8/31), 7:30pm - Blue Ridge Parkway rangers will lead a program on skills for getting lost in the woods at Linville Falls Campground Amphitheater, MP 316 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Free. Info: 765-2681. lAke JAmes stAte pArk 6883 N.C. Highway 126, Nebo. Programs are free unless otherwise noted. Info: 584-7728. • SA (8/31), 9am - A canoe ride through Lake James will depart from the Paddy’s Creek Area office. Registration required.

pArenting AsheVille community yogA center Located at 8 Brookdale Road. Info: ashevillecommunityyoga. com. • WEDNESDAYS (9/4) through (9/25), 6-7:30pm - A prenatal yoga series for pregnant women will focus on pregnancy-specific asanas, pranayama and meditations. $40. hAnds on! This children's museum is located at 318 N. Main St., Hendersonville. Tues.-Sat., 10am-5pm. Programs require $5 admission fee/free for members, unless otherwise noted. Info: or 697-8333. • TH (9/5), 4-5pm Breastfeeding class. Free; registration suggested.

puBlic lectures AlAskA's people And pleAsures • WE (8/28), 6-7:30pm Hendersonville Sister Cities will present “Northern Exposure: Alaska’s People and Pleasures” through photos and personal vignettes. Held at Henderson County Public Library, 301 N. Washington St. Free. Info: ciVil WAr in the

Upcoming Events mountAins • FR (8/30), 7:30pm - A presentation the civil war in the mountains will be held at Linville Falls Campground Amphitheater, MP 316 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Free. Info: 765-2681. puBlic lectures & eVents At uncA Events are free unless otherwise noted. • FR (8/30), 11:25am - "The Question of Universal Rights: Revolutions Across the Atlantic," with Ellen Pearson, associate professor of history. Held in Lipinsky Auditorium. Info: or 251-6808. • FR (8/30), 11:25am - "Legacy of Cold War Ideology," with Sarah Judson, associate professor of history. Held in the Humanities Lecture Hall. Info: or 2516808. • MO (9/2), 11:25am - “Ancient Israel,” with Dennis Lundblad, adjunct instructor of humanities. Held in the Humanities Lecture Hall. Info: or 251-6674. --- 11:25am - "What Middle Ages? The Golden Age of Muslim Civiliation," with Samer Traboulsi, associate professor of history. Held in Lipinsky Auditorium. Info: humanities. or 251-6808. • WE (9/4), 7pm - World Affairs Council: "Venezuela After Chavez." Held in the Reuter Center. $10/free for UNCA students and council members. Info: or 2516140. riVerlink eVents Info: or 252-8474. • FR (8/30), 3-5pm - WWC instructor Frank Kalinowski will present "The American Constitution: The Logic of Law and the Consequences for the Nation" at the RiverLink office, 170 Lyman St. Free; registration required.

seniors cAregiVer Workshop • TH (8/29), 2-4:30pm - A caregiver workshop, with geropsychologist Paula HartmanStein, will focus on physical, emotional and spiritual coping strategies. Presented by MemoryCare. Held at First Baptist Church of Asheville, 5 Oak St. Free; registration required. Info: 274-4801, ext. 2249. gentle yogA for eVery

Body • TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS, 9am - A slow and gentle style of yoga, suited for all fitness levels, will be hosted at Lakeview Senior Center, 401 Laurel Circle Drive, Black Mountain. $8 suggested donation. Info: kirklandyoga@

spirituAlity open heArt meditAtion (pd.) Experience easy, wonderful practices that open your life to the beauty within and connects you to your heart. • Love offering. 7pm, Tuesdays, 5 Covington St. 296-0017 or 367-6954 Astro-counseling (pd.) Licensed counselor and accredited professional astrologer uses your chart when counseling for additional insight into yourself, your relationships and life directions. Readings also available. Christy Gunther, MA, LPC. (828) 258-3229. AsheVille compAssionAte communicAtion center (pd.) Free practice group. Learn ways to create understanding and clarity in your relationships, work, and community by practicing compassionate communication (nonviolent communication). 252-0538 or • 2nd & 4th Thursdays, 5:00-6:15 mindfulness meditAtion clAss (pd.) Explore the miracle of healing into life through deepened stillness and presence. With consciousness teacher and columnist Bill Walz. Info: 258-3241. Mondays, 7-8pm – Meditation class with lesson and discussions in contemporary Zen living. At the Asheville Friends Meeting House at 227 Edgewood Ave. (off Merrimon). Donation. • No class - Labor Day, Class time shifts in September to 6:30-7:30pm. eck Worship serVice “the mysterious Workings of god’s loVe” (pd.) “God’s love is the operating principle that once created and now sustains all the seen and unseen worlds in existence. And everything and everyone in it. Like you and me. Love is the tie that binds….Be assured that all which enters your life—the good and seemingly bad—is done to reconcile

you with yourself. It is better known as working off karma. This interconnected system of life reveals the way God’s love works.” Experience stories from the heart, creative arts and more, followed by fellowship and a pot-luck lunch. (Donations accepted). Date: Sunday, September 1, 2013, 11am-12 noon, Eckankar Center of Asheville, 797 Haywood Rd. (lower level), Asheville NC 28806, 828-2546775.

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AsheVille insight meditAtion • WEDNESDAYS, 7-8:30pm & SUNDAYS, 10-11:30am Practice Mindfulness Meditation (also called Vipassana or Insight Meditation) with a supportive group. Held at 29 Ravenscroft Drive, Suite 200. Free. Info: or 808-4444. church of the gArden • SUNDAYS, 11am – The Church of the Garden is a spiritual community that draws meaning from ancient wisdom, new thought and the natural history of the Blue Ridge. Meets at OM Sanctuary, 87 Richmond Hill Drive. Donations appreciated. Info: cloud cottAge 219 Old Toll Circle in Black Mountain. Info: cloudcottage. org or 669-6000. • TUESDAYS, THURSDAYS & SATURDAYS, 7:30-8am - Sitting meditation. elder circle of life • WE (8/28), 6-8pm - Elders are invited to attend this circle to share wisdom, lives, songs, tools and traditions. All traditions welcome. Held at Crystal Visions Book Store, 5426 Asheville Highway, Hendersonville. Info: first congregAtionAl church in hendersonVille Fifth Avenue West at White Pine Street, Hendersonville. Info: 692-8630 or • SU (9/1), 9:15am - Adult forum: "Sacred Sites of England." groce united methodist church 954 Tunnel Road. • TU (9/3), 6pm - Men interested in leaving a legacy through the lost art of letter writing are invited to attend a "Letters from Dad" kick-off BBQ. Free. Reservations requested: 2987647.

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Send your event listings to And cAfe 55 Haywood St. Info: or 254-6734. Events are free, unless otherwise noted. • WE (8/28), 7pm - Nathan Ballingrud will present his novel North American Lake Monsters: Stories. • TH (9/5), 7pm - Local author T. DeLene Beeland will sign copies of her book The Secret World of Red Wolves: The Fight to Save North America's Other Wolf.

EmPty BowLS madE fuLL: Throw a pot for a good cause with The Village Potters on Saturday, Aug. 31. Vessels will be donated to the upcoming Asheville Empty Bowls fundraiser (pg. 16).

light center 2196 N.C. Highway 9 S., Black Mountain. Info: or 669-6845. • TUESDAYS, 7:30pm - Self Energy Awareness Group. • SA (8/31), 2pm - Dr. Sha's Soul Healing Class with Ellen Logan. $10 suggested donation. mountAin Zen prActice center • TUESDAYS, 7pm - Conscious Compassionate Awareness meditation and group discussion guided by the teachings of Cheri Huber. First Tuesday orientation. Donations appreciated. Info: st. JAmes church tours • SATURDAYS through (9/7), 10am - St. James Church, 766 North Main St., Hendersonville, will offer guided tours in honor of its 150th anniversary. Info: trAnsmission meditAtion • WEDNESDAYS, 6:30pm & SUNDAYS, 9am - Group meditation provides a dynamic service to the world and spiritual development. 16 Sunview Circle, Arden. Free. Info:, or (704) 467-7649.

spoken & Written Word AsheVille city poets • WEDNESDAYS, 9pm Asheville City Poets will present public readings at Vanuatu Kava


Bar, 15 Eagle St., produced by Asheville poet Caleb Beissert. All poets and musicians welcome. Free. Info and registration: Blue ridge Books Located at 152 S. Main St., Waynesville. All programs free, unless otherwise noted. Info: or 4566000. • SA (8/31), 3pm - Bob Mustin will present his book Sam's Place. BuncomBe county puBlic liBrAries liBrAry ABBreViAtions - All programs are free unless otherwise noted. Each Library event is marked by the following location abbreviations: n eA = East Asheville Library (902 Tunnel Road, 250-4738) n ec = Enka-Candler Library (1404 Sandhill Road, 250-4758) n pm = Pack Memorial Library (67 Haywood Street, 250-4700) n ss = Skyland/South Buncombe Library (260 Overlook Road, 250-6488) n sW = Swannanoa Library (101 West Charleston Street, 250-6486) n WV = Weaverville Library (41 N. Main Street, 250-6482) n Library storyline: 250-KIDS. • THURSDAYS until (8/29), 6:30pm - Learn how to quilt a bag. Beginner's knowledge and sewing machine required. $10. Info and registration: 2506486. sW

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• SA (8/31), 10am-3pm Weaverville Library Friends book sale. WV • TU (9/3), 6pm - Knit-nChain. ss --- 7pm - Book club: A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick. ec --- 7pm - Book club: Room by Emma Donoghue. WV • WE (9/4), 3:30pm - Reading Corner will include a program on water run-off and pollution. Ages 6-12. pm --- 3pm - Book club: A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan. WV --5pm - Swannanoa Knitters. sW • TH (9/5), 11am - Storytime will focus on the state fair. Geared toward preschoolers. sW --6:30pm - Book club: The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling. eA city lights Bookstore Located at 3 E. Jackson St., Sylva. Events are free, unless otherwise noted. Info: or 586-9499. • SA (8/31), 3pm - Susan Reinhardt will present her novel Chimes from a Cracked Southern Belle. • SU (9/1), 1:30pm - Gary Carden will present his book Appalachian Bestiary. let’s tAlk ABout it series • TH (8/29), 4-6pm - The "Let’s Talk About It" series will focus on Wolf Whistle by Merritt Mosely. Held at Haywood County Library, 678 S. Haywood St., Waynesville. Free. Info: 456-5311. mAlAprop's Bookstore

medeA BenJAmin • TH (8/29), 7pm - Medea Benjamin, co-founder of Global Exchange and CODEPINK: Women for Peace, will present her book Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control at Malaprop's 55 Haywood St. Info: • FR (8/30), 1-3pm - An additional presentation will be held at Firestorm Cafe and Books, 48 Commerce St. --- 7:30-9pm - A final presentation will be held at Common Light Meeting House, 137 Center Ave., Black Mountain. spellBound children's Bookshop 21 Battery Park Ave. Free, unless otherwise noted. Info: spellboundchildrensbookshop. com or 232-2228. • SU (9/1), 4-5pm - The Royal Book Club will discuss Railsea by China Mieville. Open to ages 18 and over.

sports Bulldog Bicycle BonAnZA • TH (8/29), noon-4pm - The Bulldog Bicycle Bonanza will include clinics, workshops and presentations on the UNCA campus. Free. Info: recreation. or 232-5650. Women's VolleyBAll leAgue • TUESDAYS, 6-8:30pm Waynesville Parks and Rec will host a women's volleyball league, open to ages 16 and older. Held at Waynesville Recreation Center, 550 Vance St. $4 per night/free for members. Info: or 456-2030.

theAter AsheVille community theAtre Located at 35 E. Walnut St. Tickets and info: or 254-1320.

• TH (8/29), 7:30pm - "Listen to This: Stories in Performance" will feature original stories and songs about "weird and peculiar work places." Hosted by Tom Chalmers. $10. flAt rock plAyhouse Mainstage: Highway 225, Flat Rock. Downtown location: 125 South Main St., Hendersonville. Info: or 693-0731. • WEDNESDAYS through SUNDAYS until (9/15) Deathtrap, the story of a "successful writer of Broadway thrillers who is struggling to overcome a dry spell which has left him with a string of failures and a shortage of funds." Performed on the Mainstage. Wed.-Sat., 8pm; Wed., Thurs., Sat. & Sun., 2pm. $35 with discounts for students, seniors and military. • WEDNESDAYS through SUNDAYS (9/4) until (10/6) Cats, the musical. Performed at the downtown location. Wed.Sat., 8pm; Thurs., Sat., Sun., 2pm. $35 will discounts for seniors, students and military. hendersonVille little theAtre 229 S. Washington St., Hendersonville. Info: 692-1082 or hendersonvillelittletheater. org. • THURSDAYS through SUNDAYS until (9/1) - The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, a musical about "pretty girls" and "small-town political maneuvering." Thurs.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2pm. $24 with discounts for students. montford pArk plAyers Unless otherwise noted, performances are free and take place outdoors at Hazel Robinson Amphitheater in Montford. Donations accepted. Info: or 254-5146. • FRIDAYS through SUNDAYS until (9/14), 7:30pm - Hamlet, Shakespeare's play about "treachery, revenge, incest, moral corruption, duty and madness." pArkWAy plAyhouse 202 Green Mountain Drive, Burnsville. Info: or 682-4285. • THURSDAYS through SATURDAYS until (9/7) - A Few Good Men, a "taut courtroom thriller." Thurs.-Sat., 7:30pm. 5pm Sun. Aug. 25. $12-$20 with discounts for students and seniors. Contains adult language.

thriVing children The Success Equation, under the umbrella of Children First/ Communities In Schools, unites the community to reduce the root causes of child poverty. These calendar listings feature community events and volunteer opportunities to help children thrive in Buncombe County. Become A reAding coAch • TUESDAYS, THURSDAYS & SUNDAYS - Read to Succeed Reading Coaches work one on one with children from lowliteracy homes in Asheville City Schools. Four-week training is free to qualified, committed volunteers. Training will take place through Sept. 19. Info and registration: 251-4949. children first/cis • Children First/CIS seeks volunteers for its learning centers and after school program for elementary school children living in public and low-income housing. Mon.-Thurs., 2:305:30pm. Volunteer for one hour a week and change the life of a local child. Info:, SuccessEquation or 768-2072. hAnds on AsheVilleBuncomBe Registration required. Youth are welcome on many projects with adult supervision. Info: or call 2-1-1. Visit the website to sign up for a project. • WE (8/28), 9am-noon - Help sort and pack food at MANNA FoodBank for agencies serving hungry people in 17 WNC counties. in reAl life After school progrAms • ONGOING, 3-6pm - The IRL After School Program seeks volunteers to build relationships with middle schoolers while participating in diverse programming like academics, sports and the arts. Volunteers with special skills/interests matched to appropriate programs. Info:, irlacsf@ or 350-6270. motherloVe mentor • The YWCA MotherLove program seeks volunteers to provide support and encouragement to teen mothers. A commitment of eight hours per month required. Info: 254-7206. pArtners unlimited • Partners Unlimited, a program for at-risk youth ages 10-18, seeks volunteer tutors and website assistance. Info: partnersun- or 281-2800. plAy And leArn for preschoolers And pArents • MONDAYS through FRIDAYS until (10/31), 9am - An eightweek series of pre-literacy classes for parents, caregivers and children ages 3-5 from Buncombe County. Free. Info, location and registration: 3502904 or

Volunteering AsheVille city schools foundAtion • ONGOING - The Asheville City Schools Foundation seeks volunteers to tutor/mentor a student (K-12) in need of support. Volunteer opportunities available Mon.-Fri., 8am-6pm. Info: 350-6135. Big Brothers Big sisters of Wnc Located at 50 S. French Broad Ave., Room 213, in the United Way building. The organization matches children from single-parent homes with adult mentors. Info: bbbswnc. org or 253-1470. • Big Brothers Big Sisters seeks persons to mentor one hour per week in schools and after-school sites. Volunteers age 18 and older are also needed to share outings in the community twice a month with youth from singleparent homes. Activities

are free or low-cost, such as sports, local attractions, etc. @calsubhead:Hands On Asheville-Buncombe Registration required. Youth are welcome on many projects with adult supervision. Info: or call 2-1-1. Visit the website to sign up for a project. • TH (8/29), 4-6pm - FairTrade Stock-Up: Assist with unpacking and pricing merchandise for Ten Thousand Villages, a nonprofit, fairtrade retail store that sells handcrafted items made by artisans in more than 30 developing countries. literAcy council of BuncomBe county Located at 31 College Place, Building B, Suite 221. Info:, volunteers@ or 254-3442. • Volunteers are needed to tutor adults in basic literacy skills including reading, writing, math and English as a second language. Tutors provide one-on-one or small group instruction in Buncombe County. No prior tutoring experience or foreign language skills required. Tutors will receive 15 hours of training and ongoing support from certified professionals. Orientation sessions: sept. 11 and 12. Volunteers must attend one orientation. the center for

disordered eAting • ONGOING - THE Center seeks volunteers to help improve its library, promote upcoming events with social media and assist in planning the Asheville NEDA Walk on Nov. 2. Info: 3374685 or the rAthBun center • The Rathbun Center, a nonprofit corporation that provides free lodging for patients and their caregivers staying in Asheville for medical treatment, seeks volunteers to support and register guests. Weekend shifts: noon-3pm, 3-6pm and 6-9pm. Info: or 251-0595. trAnsportAtion for cAncer pAtients • The American Cancer Society seeks volunteers to drive cancer patients to treatments in Buncombe County. Must have valid driver's license, car and insurance. Info: (800) 227-2345. Wnc run/WAlk for Autism • The WNC Run/Walk for Autism seeks volunteers for its Sept. 14 race. Info: or

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Briefs Record rains make WNC second-wettest region in US Third wettest region: WNC buskers’ armpits Downtown topless rally upstages nearby modestly dressed rally for asexual tolerance Marriage license denied for same-sex couple State constitution only allows for ‘fiery pit of hell open-burn license’ Newly released Nixon tape reveals Rev. Billy Graham ‘felt like slashing their throats’ after CBS news aired unfavorable coverage of Nixon’s Watergate lies Prior recording captured anti-semitic exchange between Nixon, Graham

Billy Graham Evangelistic Association: ‘Rev. Graham only spoke that way when secretly recorded’ New biscuit restaurant opening in E. Asheville ‘This town’s average waist-size is big enough for two biscuit restaurants’

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Gannett cuts content, pictures, editing, ideas from Asheville Citizen-Times in latest round of layoffs Asheville, MondAy — Eight integral Asheville Citizen-Times staffers were laid off via an automated retweet last week, leaving behind only columnist John Boyle, a college intern and a confused transient who happened to wander into the otherwise vacant Citizen-Times building. Gannett executives say they had no choice but to lay off writers, since the Citizen-Times currently has no publisher, no executive editor and no managing editor to assign stories. “We had content creators, but nobody but copyeditors to manage workflow, so we had to get rid of the content creators and the copyeditors or else work would have really gotten backed up,” said one Gannett executive. “We have readers but a shrinking base of advertisers, so readers will be getting the axe soon as well.” Steve Brandt, who recently began his tenure as interim publisher upon

former publisher Randy Hammer’s departure, empathizes with the laid-off employees. “I would do anything, anything, to switch positions this very second with any of them,” said Brandt, who is overseeing day-today operations from his desk in Cincinnati. “I don’t know what I did to be punished this way, and if I’m not careful I could end up being the actual publisher of this daily fiasco.” Popular Citizen-Times columnist Susan Reinhardt, who finds herself suddenly unemployed, has other irons in the fire. “I am writing another book,” said Reinhardt, “and its working title is, ‘Gannett Can Kiss This Southern Belle’s A**.’” Laid-off staffer Jason Sandford, better known for his Ashvegas blog, is a big loss for the Citizen-Times, since his official duties included knowing what was actually going on in Asheville.

Hotel construction boom to bring big changes to Asheville • Four more concierges excitedly talking about Biltmore Estate • Trolley traffic jams • New variances for hotels’ overly large neon signage • Surplus of $8 muffins • Shade from the sun within 400 feet in any direction of high-rise hotels • More tourists = more local

tourism-industry slave wages • More options when you need shuttle service to airport • Additional job opportunities for out-of-work maids and dishwashers • More emergency pooping locations for locals while downtown • There will finally be distribution points for glossy tourism brochures that are otherwise nowhere to be found

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Republican education cuts bring NC the following improvements:

• Mississippi eats North Carolina dust in dumbasses-per-capita contest. • Lousy schools ward off carpetbagger businesses coming to town and providing bothersome “jobs.” • No one person relegated to Village Idiot status — plenty of choices now. • All North Carolina scientific experiments to start with a rousing “Hey, y’all, watch this!” • “How many people does it take to screw in a light bulb” jokes will be acted out instead of just guessing. • Exploring a primitive culture can be as easy as walking out the front door of your hovel. • Constant, cooling breeze provided by the brisk exodus of all N.C. citizens with ambition. • North Carolinians will be too ignorant to be offended at being the butt of every banjo/inbreeding joke ever told. • The next generation won’t get to lord it over present generation like a bunch of know-it-alls. • Road signs more decorative, less demanding for an illiterate populace. • The grinding, relentless sense of shame and embarrassment will buoy a booming sack-with-eyeholes industry. • 33% less R’s; ‘rithmatic efficiently cut. • Geography lessons wisely limited to what can be seen out classroom window. • Students will now learn grammar by polishing up teacher’s resume.

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hautE watER • The upscale restaurant at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art announced in August that it would soon add a 20-item selection of waters from around the world, priced from $8 to $16 a bottle. Martin Riese, general manager of Ray’s & Stark Bar, who is also a renowned water gourmet, will sell his own California-made 9OH2O, which comes in “limited editions of 10,000 individually numbered glass bottles” at $14 each. Said Riese, “[M]any people don’t know that water is just as important to the entire dining experience (as, say, a good wine).” Riese has been certified as a Water Sommelier by the German Mineral Water Association. thE continuinG cRiSiS • A security lab, delivering a report to the makers of software for a luxury Japanese toilet, warned that a flaw in their Android program renders the toilet hackable — even while a user sits on it. The Satis (which retails for the equivalent of about $5,600) includes automatic flushing, bidet spray, fragrance-spritzing and music, according to an August BBC News report, and is controllable by a “My Satis” cellphone app. However, the PIN to operate the app is unalterably “0000,” which means that a prankster with the app could create some very uncomfortable mischief in a public restroom. • Ball Pit: Adult “swinger” clubs occasionally rent commercial facilities like restaurants for an evening in which randy couples can mingle, but a club in Melbourne, Australia, struck a deal with the Casey Kids Play House Cranbourne, where frolickers could enjoy the playtime equipment — until parents of children who play there found out in June. The parents were especially concerned about the partiers cavorting among the plastic balls in the giant ball pit. One parent told the Herald Sun, “My son is one [who] puts balls in his mouth.” • free Bird: British birdwatchers were especially excited by news earlier this year that a rare Whitethroated Needletail (the world’s fastest flying bird) had been spotted on





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the U.K.’s Isles of Harris — only the eighth such sighting in Britain in 170 years — and ornithologists arranged for an expedition that attracted birdwatchers from around the world. A June report in the Daily Telegraph noted that about 80 people were on the scene when the bird appeared again, but then had to watch it fly straight toward the blades of a wind turbine. (As the event might be described by Monty Python, the bird thus joined the choir invisible, left this mortal coil, became an ex-White-throated Needletail.) BRiGht idEaS • Contrary to popular wisdom, cows do not sleep standing up, but actually spend 12-14 hours a day lying down, even though their shape makes the position uncomfortable. Conscientious dairy farmers use beds of sand to adapt to the cow’s contour, and since the late 1990s, a Wisconsin firm has marketed $200 cow waterbeds, which are even more flexible. Waterbeds may be superior, also, because they are built with an extra chamber that makes it easier for the cow to lower herself safely. The founders’ daughter, Amy Throndsen, told Huffington Post in June that her parents endured awkward moments starting the company: “Everyone ... is telling them, ‘Don’t do it. Don’t do it. Are you kidding me? Waterbeds?’”

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Room in the Inn Local faith organizations help women find shelter

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There are nearly 634,000 homeless men, women and children in America, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. About 14,000 are in North Carolina, and in Buncombe County, about 125 of them are women without children. “Homelessness is a problem that impacts everyone. We all need to be part of the solution,” says Sharon Blythe, the Asheville director for Room In The Inn (RITI), a faith-based program that houses a dozen women each week. In 1985, she explains, Catholic priest Charles Strobel founded RITI in Nashville, Tenn. He had observed parishioners and others sleeping in their cars in his church parking lot. Offering them one night’s sleep just didn’t seem to solve the problem, so he called on the local faith community to develop RITI. In the years since, the program spread across the Southeast, and about a dozen years ago, three local pastors —Beth duttera newman, ashley crowder-Stanley and judith welchel — concluded that there were few, if any, housing options for local homeless women, Blythe explains. She was then a volunteer on a Methodist coordinating committee and later became director when local nonprofit Homeward Bound took over in 2010. Blythe says, “Housing must be the first step in rehabilitating these women.” Some of them are the victims of abuse, have addiction problems or have faced health issues. To qualify for RITI, applicants must be adult women without dependent children; they must be healthy (physically and mentally); and they must have a genuine need. If an applicant has an addiction or a health problem, Blythe first tries to get them into treatment. Openings occur regularly, she notes, as RITI and Homeward Bound help them get


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stable, permanent housing. Blythe also sets up and maintains the relationships between participating organizations and Homeward Bound. Over the years in Asheville, she reports, RITI has helped about 900 women find housing and rebuild their lives. Last year, RITI moved 18 participants into permanent housing. Each week, one of about 40 faith organizations play hosts, starting each Sunday evening, she continues. Volunteers set up beds, dormitorystyle, so that each woman has her own secure place to sleep and a spot to leave her personal items. A North Carolina mattress company donates the beds; sheets are supplied by Mission Health; blankets are provided by Owen Manufacturing; and local faith groups donate other items, Blythe explains. Each group, congregation or synagogue recruits volunteers who provide dinners, evening activities, breakfast, sack lunches and transportation. Each morning, volunteers take them to jobs, a treatment facility, or to the Homeward Bound offices. Each year, nearly 2,000 volunteers help make RITI work, and each participating organization grants a stipend that helps fund its director, case man-

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agement, supplies and other needs. The roster of women changes periodically, as participants get jobs with income sufficient for housing, their situations change or they must be removed for misbehavior, addiction, a health or personal crisis, interpersonal difficulties with the other women, or some other circumstance. So far, the longest a person has stayed in RITI in Asheville is two years, says Blythe, but there is no time limit. “By providing weeks of hospitality to women who otherwise would have no place to go, I believe our faith communities have formed an important safety net for some of our most vulnerable members,” says Rev. michael Poulos, associate pastor of First Presbyterian Church and board president of Homeward Bound. He mentions another program that adds another layer of support for many RITI participants: “Hope

to Home teams are matched with formerly homeless persons who are now in permanent housing, and the teams provide a year of practical and relational support,” Poulos says. “This helps the people adjust to the demands of housing. Last year we placed 234 folks in housing, but the statistic I’m most proud of is that 89 percent of them are still there.” RITI’s local hosts change from time to time and include faith groups of many denominations, Blythe adds. Some groups, instead of housing the 12 women each week, provide toiletries, extra linens, food and transportation when needed. The women do not have to profess the beliefs of host organizations, join any church, or attend any religious services, although they may, she notes. Says Poulos, He adds, “We couldn’t do this without the support of the broader Asheville-Buncombe community.” For more information, call 258-1695 or go to or X DeWitt Robbeloth is an Ashevillebased freelance writer and blogger.

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flu, this is a responsible decision that will create a safer environment for our patients and staff.” Flu vaccination clinics will be held on-site for the more than 16,000 DHHS employees and volunteers through the fall. Flu vaccination is provided to employees at no charge through the state employee health plan. Employees of state operated facilities may opt to be vaccinated by a provider of their choice, but will be required to provide proof of vaccination at their workplace. The DHHS Division of State Operated Healthcare Facilities manages 14 facilities across the state that treat adults and children with mental illness, developmental disabilities and substance-use disorders. — Info from NCDHHS X

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your dog is your Workout pArtner (pd.) your dog is your workout partner! Thank Dog Bootcamp is an outdoor fitness program that combines dog training, weight training, and cardio training for dogs and their people. First class is FREE! MON, WED & FRI 10:15AM @ Summit Crossfit, TUE & THUR 6AM @ Recreation Park (65 Gashes Creek Road). Info: or (828)423-0156. restorAtiVe yogA At hAppy Body (pd.) Fridays, 8:30-9:30am. $12 or 10/$100. 1378 Hendersonville Rd. Call 277-5741. Registration suggested, details at www.AshevillehappyBody. com BAck on trAck: mAximiZing your time And effectiVeness (pd.) CoachRudy will present an interactive and entertaining seminar September 5 from 6-9pm. Participants will learn practical strategies for successful time management and organizational management with ADHD. The workshop will address key ADHD challenges including: prioritizing, routine and structure and procrastination. • Seating limited, registration required. For more information: mindfulness-BAsed stress reduction (MBSR) • FREE INFO SESSIONS SEPTEMBER 16 & 18 (pd.) MBSR is an evidenced-based, 8-week course that can improve stress resilience, physical health, memory and learning, focus, immune system functioning, and emotional well-being. • Studies indicate a reduction in depression, anxiety, chronic pain, and feelings of loneliness. • “MBSR has taught me to live a fuller life in line and attuned with my spiritual beliefs. It has helped me slow down, enjoy, and accept the moment for what it has to offer." - Dr. Angela Steep. • Free Information Sessions: Monday, September 16, 6pm, at Four Seasons CFL, 373 Biltmore Avenue. • Wednesday, September 18, 5pm at Mission Hospital. 8-week class is $295. Sliding scale rates. • Learn more: AsheVille community yogA center Located at 8 Brookdale Road. Info: • WEDNESDAYS through (8/28), 6-7:30pm "1,000 Variations" will explore variations on familiar poses. Basic yoga experience recommended. $40. • THURSDAYS through (8/29), 6-7:30pm "Mindfulness Now" will include meditation, deep relaxation and mindful movement. $40. AshtAngA yogA • TUESDAYS 5:30-7pm; FRIDAYS, noon-1:30pm; SUNDAYS 9-10:30am - Apothecary, 39 S. Market St., hosts Ashtanga yoga. Tuesdays: led primary series. Fridays: led primary/intermediate series. Sundays: mysore practice. All levels welcome. $5-$15 sliding scale. Info: cArepArtners BAlAnce seminArs • TUESDAYS, 4-5pm - CarePartners will host a series of balance seminars at its south clinic, located in the Reuter YMCA, 3 Town Square Blvd. Free. Info and registration: 209-0900.

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eVidence-BAsed chiroprActic cAre • WE (8/28), 1:30-3:30pm - "Chiropractic Evidence-Based: Not an Oxymoron" will focus on best-practice scenarios for treating mechanical spine pain. Held at Mission Hospital’s Integrative Healthcare Wellness Resource Center, 50 Doctor’s

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Drive, 120 W. Annex. $10/free for Mission employees. Info and registration: mission-health. org/events or 213-8250. liVing heAlthy With A chronic condition • TUESDAYS, 1pm - A six-week workshop for people with chronic health conditions and their caregivers will be held at Battery Park Apartments, 1 Battle Square. $30 suggested donation. Info and registration: 251-7438. • WEDNESDAYS, 4:30pm - An additional program will be held at Hillcrest Community Center, 22 Ravenscroft Drive. opportunity house Blood tests • WEDNESDAYS, 8:30-10am - Opportunity House will offer blood profile laboratory testing at 1411 Asheville Highway, Hendersonville. $25. No appointment required. Info: or 692-0575. pineAl AWAreness proJect • TH (9/5), 7pm - The Pineal Awareness Project, a scientific inquiry into the pineal gland and creation of enhanced consciousness, will be held at 101 Patton Ave. Program includes research on the origin of OBEs, NDEs and lucid dreams. Donations accepted. Info: red cross Blood driVes 100 Edgewood Road. Info: or 258-3888. Appointment and ID required for blood drives. • TH (8/29), 7am-6pm - Blood drive: Mission Hospital, 501 Biltmore Ave. Info: (800) 733-2767. • FR (8/30), 6:30-11am - Blood drive: Reuter Family YMCA, 3 Town Square Blvd. Info: (800) 733-2767. --- 3-7:30pm - Blood drive: Asheville Tourists game, 30 Buchanan Place. Info: (800) 733-2767. • MO (9/30), 2-6pm - Blood drive: Living Savior Lutheran Church, 301 Overlook Road. Info: 6500404. • SA (8/31), 9am-1:30pm - RiverLink will host a blood drive at RiverLink Sculpture and Performance Plaza, 144 Riverside Drive. • SA (8/31), noon-4:30pm - Blood drive: Lowe's, 19 McKenna Road, Arden. Info: 650-8000. • MO (9/2), 11am-3:30pm - Blood drive: Lowe's, 24 North Ridge Commons Parkway, Weaverville. Info: 782-9020. Women’s empoWerment And self defense • THURSDAYS (8/29) through (10/3), 6:30pm - A six-week women's empowerment and self defense class will be held in UNCA's Sherrill Center, Room 306. $10. Info: or 232-5650. yogA for eVery Body • MONDAYS & THURSDAYS, 6pm - Burton Street Community Center, 134 Burton St., hosts yoga with an emphasis on the connection between breath and bodies for back care, core strength and opening hips and chests. Free. Info: yogA for VeterAns • MONDAYS, 7-8pm - A yoga class for veterans and their families will be offered at Asheville Yoga Donation Studio, 239 S. Liberty St. All levels. Free. Info: or 254-0380. yogA for VeterAns • TUESDAYS, 4:30pm - A beginner class for veterans, appropriate for most fitness levels, is held

weekly in the Charles George VA Medical Center cafeteria, 1100 Tunnel Road. Bring mat if possible. Free. Info:

support groups Al Anon meeting (lAmBdA) • FRIDAYS, 8pm - The Lambda (LGBT) group of Al-Anon, a gay-friendly support group for families and friends of alcoholics, holds weekly candlelight meetings at All Souls Cathedral, 9 Swan St. Info: Al-Anon Al-Anon is a support group for the family and friends of alcoholics. More than 33 groups are available in the WNC area. Info: or 800-286-1326. • WEDNESDAYS, 11:30am - "Daytime Serenity," Pardee Education Center at the Blue Ridge Mall, 1800 Four Seasons Blvd. --- 7pm - Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church, 798 Merrimon Ave. --- 5:45pm - Al-Anon meeting for women, Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church, 798 Merrimon Ave. • THURSDAYS, 6pm - Al-Anon meeting for women, New Hope Presbyterian Church, 3020 Sweeten Creek Road. • THURSDAYS, 7pm - "Parents of Children with Alcoholism," West Asheville Presbyterian Church, 690 Haywood Road. --- 7pm - Pinecrest Presbyterian Church, 1790 Greenville Highway at North Highland Lake Road, Flat Rock. --- 8pm Fletcher United Methodist Church, 50 Library St., Fletcher. • FRIDAYS, 12:30pm - "Keeping the Focus," First Baptist Church, 5 Oak St. Entrance near Charlotte Street. --- 5:30pm - "Family Matters," First United Church, 66 Harrison Ave., Franklin. • SATURDAYS, 10am - "One Day at a Time," First Baptist Church, Buncombe and 5th avenues, Hendersonville. --- 10am - "Grace Fireside," Grace Episcopal Church, 871 Merrimon Ave. --10am - "Saturday Serenity," St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 337 Charlotte St. --- noon - "Courage to Change," Bess Sprinkle Memorial Library, Weaverville. • SUNDAYS, 5pm - Al-Anon and Alateen, West Asheville Presbyterian Church, 690 Haywood Road. • MONDAYS, noon - "Keeping the Focus," First Baptist Church, 5 Oak St. Entrance near Charlotte Street. --- 6pm - "Attitude of Gratitude," Grace Episcopal Church, 871 Merrimon Ave. --- 7pm - First Christian Church, 201 Blue Ridge Road, Black Mountain. --- 7:30pm - First United Methodist Church, Jackson and Church streets, Sylva. --- 8pm - "Al-Anon Spoken Here," Ledger Baptist Church, U.S. 226 near Bakersville. --- 8pm - Pinecrest Presbyterian Church, 1790 Greenville Highway at North Highland Lake Road. • TUESDAYS, 4pm - Grace Church, 242 Highway 107 N., Cashiers. --- 5:30pm - "Steps to Recovery," Kenilworth Presbyterian Church, 123 Kenilworth Road. --- 7pm - "One Day at a Time," First Congregational UCC, 20 Oak St. --- 8pm Transylvania men's meeting, Brevard-Davidson River Presbyterian Church, 249 E. Main St. co-dependents Anonymous A fellowship of men and women whose common purpose is to develop healthy relationships. • WEDNESDAYS, 7pm & SATURDAYS, 11am First Congregational UCC, 20 Oak St. (use back entrance). Info: 424-6594 or 398-8937.

deBtors Anonymous • MONDAYS, 7pm - Debtors Anonymous meets at First Congregational UCC, 20 Oak St., Room 101. Info: depression And BipolAr support AlliAnce: mAgnetic minds • WEDNESDAYS, 7-9pm & SATURDAYS, 4-6pm - Magnetic Minds provides self-help through weekly, peer-facilitated support meetings offering acceptance, info and techniques to manage challenges. Meets at 1316-C Parkwood Road, across from the West Asheville BB&T. Free. Info: MagneticMinds. or 367-7660.

nAr-Anon • Nar-Anon provides support to relatives and friends concerned about the addiction or drug problem of a loved one. • TUESDAYS, 7pm - West Asheville Presbyterian Church, 690 Haywood Road; enter through back door. Info: • WEDNESDAYS, 12:30pm - First United Methodist Chuch, 204 Sixth Ave. W., Hendersonville. Enter through side parking lot. Info: 891-8050.

eAting disorders support group • WEDNESDAYS, 7-8pm - Support group for adults at T.H.E. Center for Disordered Eating, 297 Haywood St. Led by licensed professionals. Free. Info: or 337-4685.

neW moms support group • THURSDAYS, 6pm - A group for new mothers (children through 5 years) who suffer from depression will focus on meeting parenting challenges while caring for self and offer solutions in a safe, healthy environment with professional support. Info and location:

fAmily hope line • TUESDAYS, 2-5pm & THURSDAYS, 8-11pm "Compassionate listening, encouragement and help finding recovery resources for individuals and families experiencing mental health challenges and/or emotional distress." (855) 4467348. Free. Info:

oVereAters Anonymous A fellowship of individuals who are recovering from compulsive overeating. A 12-step program. • TUESDAYS, 10:30am-noon - Asheville: Grace Episcopal Church, 871 Merrimon Ave. at Ottari. Info: (609) 731-0808.

fAmily mentAl heAlth support • WEDNESDAYS, 6:30pm - Mother Bear Family Dens are free recovery education and support meetings open to individuals, families, friends and care providers working with mental health challenges. Held at All Souls Counseling, 35 Arlington St. Info:

recoVery from food Addiction • MONDAYS, noon & FRIDAYS, 7pm - A 10-step support group for those suffering from food addiction meets at Biltmore United Methodist Church, 376 Hendersonville Road, second floor. Info:

hiV/Aids support group • 1st & 3rd TUESDAYS, 6pm - Western North Carolina AIDS Project (WNCAP) hosts a free, confidential HIV/AIDS support group led by a trained facilitator. Info and location: 252-7489, ext. 328;; 2527489; or memory cAfe • 1st MONDAYS, 1-3pm; 1st WEDNESDAYS, 2-4pm; 3rd SATURDAYS, 1-3pm; 3rd THURSDAYS, 2-4pm - Memory Cafe is an opportunity for those living with the challenges of dementia to gather and socialize. Free. Info and locations:,, or bettyrobbins@morrisbb. net. nAmi support groups The National Alliance on Mental Illness offers three types of groups to support people living with mental health issues and their families, friends and loved ones. Free. Info: namiwnc. org or 505-7353. • 2nd & 4th WEDNESDAYS, 6pm - Dual Diagnosis Support Group. For individuals with MH/SA diagnoses. 3 Thurland Ave., off Biltmore Avenue. • 1st SATURDAYS, 10am; 2nd & 4th MONDAYS, 11am; 3rd TUESDAYS, 6pm Connection group for people with mental health issues. 356 Biltmore Ave., Suite 207. • 1st SATURDAYS, 10am; 3rd TUESDAYS, 6pm - Family/Caregiver group for people supporting someone experiencing a mental health issue. 356 Biltmore Ave., Suite 315.

s-Anon • ONGOING - An anonymous 12-step program for those affected by another's sexual behavior. Four meetings available weekly in WNC. Days, times, locations and additional info: 258-5117. shAmBhAlA meditAtion center • TUESDAYS, 6-7pm - Heart of Recovery meetings integrate Buddhist meditation with 12-step recovery programs. New and experienced meditators welcome. Meetings are anonymous. Held at 19 Westwood Place. Info: trAns-positiVe support • 2nd & LAST THURSDAYS - TransHealth Coordinators offers peer support for transgender people with HIV at WNCAP, 554 Fairview Road. 2nd Thursday support group, 1pm; Last Thursday "Lunch and Learn," noon. Info: or Wnc prostAte support group • TU (9/3), 7pm - The WNC Prostate Support Group, for men, caregivers and families, will meet at American Cancer Society, 120 Executive Park, College St. Free. Info: 3380290. more Wellness eVents online Check out the Wellness Calendar online at for info on events happening after Sept. 5.

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Should Cow’s Milk MOOOVE over? The next time you pay a visit to your supermarket (Ingles Market of course!) check out the options in the dairy aisle. While the cow's milk section has gotten smaller and smaller; non-dairy options have increased. Non-dairy milks are certainly a welcome alternative for those with milk protein allergies or some cases of lactose intolerance...but how do they compare when it comes to total calories, fat, protein, calcium and carbohydrates? I compared 8 oz servings of original and a vanilla flavored milk and non-dairy "milks"from specific brands (note - your brands may be slightly different)...let's take a look:

1.CALORIES: The lowest calorie -original FLAX milk (Flax USA) coming in at 50 calories. The highest of the non-dairy milks - vanilla Rice Milk (Rice Dream). The highest calorie- vanilla flavored cow's milk - 150 calories. 2. FAT: The highest fat milk - SILK Coconut both original and vanilla - 5 grams per 8 oz cup; The lowest fat was 1% cow's milk at 2.4 grams per 8 oz cup. 3. CARBOHYDRATES (natural & added sugars): The milk with the highest carbohydrates -Rice Dream Original ( 23 grams) and Rice Dream Vanilla (26 grams). The lowest carbohydrates Flax Original (7 grams) and Flax Vanilla (11 grams).

4. PROTEIN: Highest protein - Cow's milk - both plain and chocolate at 8 grams per 8 oz cup followed by SOY (SILK) both original and vanilla at 6 gms per 8 oz cup. Least protein - Coconut milk (SILK) - 0 grams for both original and vanilla. 5. CALCIUM: Of all of the milk, the one with the most NATURALLY occurring calcium is Cow's milk at 300mg/8 oz. The others utilize supplemental calcium like Tricalcium phosphate (Flax milk, Rice milk) or Calcium Carbonate (Soy, Almond, Coconut) to achieve all or the majority of their calcium content which ranged from 300-450mg/serving.

What's the bottom line? Are you drinking milk for the calcium? The protein? Take the time to read labels and the ingredients and see what you are actually getting. Cow's milk remains the least expensive and best way to get calcium in its natural form along with protein.

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November 2008, right after his family moved to Asheville. “I got here and couldn’t find a job,” he says. “I had always wanted to open a comics store, and it got to the point where I would either open the store or we’d find another place to live. Of course, right after we opened the recession hit.” The recession wasn’t the only setback. The store itself seemed to go against the first rule of business (location, location, location), secluded as it was in the corner of a strip mall off Tunnel Road. Even so, after a glacial six months, the store started seeing small profits, relying on the most time-honored business-growing model: word of mouth. Eventually Williams was able to move down the hill to the former location of Dancing Bears Toys, right on Tunnel Road, adding visibility to the store’s good reputation. Stand By mE Contrary to what the average fan of The Simpsons might expect of a comic-book shop proprietor, Williams seems to have boundless

energy as he pivots between wrapping old editions, escorting customers to a specific shelf and running the register. He has passion for his vocation and approaches his post with excitement. Williams first got into comics when he was 11. Teen Titans and Spiderman were his favorite. The realm of comics offered some consistency to a child of a military family, continually on the move. “I was always the new kid,” he says. “But the comics on the newsstands were a constant.” He created Comic Envy to be as inclusive as possible, especially to children, the backbone of the entire industry — a backbone that has largely been neglected for the past 20 years, as collectors’ editions inflated prices and old standbys like Superman went “dark” to appeal to an older audience. Comics themselves migrated from newsstands to harder-to-find specialized stores. It was a sweeping transformation that took hold in the late ’80s, and despite declining sales and growing indifference by consumers, there’s been little course correction. “Other stores I looked at, I just thought there was a lack of variety,” Williams says. “Straight Marvel

or DC. Or the atmosphere simply wasn’t inviting. I thought there was a niche open in Asheville for a more inclusive store.” Williams estimates children comprise at least 20 percent of his base. For those making a living with comics, the old adage rings true: Ignore the future at your own risk. Yet it wasn’t just an unexplored market that made Williams believe Asheville could support a self-proclaimed “nerdy” store. ”Asheville is great about supporting locals,” Williams says. “It has a recognizable culture and feel. Very artsy. A lot of the product I carry, I carry because I know Asheville wants it — art books in particular. People can buy the comics online, but in Asheville, you know they like local. You know they’ll come in if they have a good experience. In turn that leads me to pay it forward. Like, I know I can probably get business cards printed cheaper online, but I get them done locally. It’s a way the local businesses support themselves.” woRkinG toGEthER Williams seeks to bring what he terms the “somewhat fragmented” nerd culture of Asheville together. In 2012 he started the Asheville Comic Expo, partly to give artists, especially of the comic variety, a venue to show their work. The Expo got a good response, enough for Williams to hold it again this September (see info box). In the end, though, it’s about catering to the whole audience, to those who have read comics for 20 years, and to those who come through the door for the first time. “You can’t be condescending, especially to kids,” says Williams. “Kids know when you’re talking down to them. And you have to invest; stores don’t have the money to carry dead stock, and collectors’ stores tend to focus on a diminishing audience.” But in an era of constant stimulation, what about comics is so appealing? What will make people come back for more? What, indeed, makes comics so great? Williams’ face lights up at the question, his hand twirling in small circles, as if attempting to pull an concept from the ether. “The best thing about comics,” he says. “Is when you see a writer and artist working together, mashing perfectly. And what you get is different from a movie or a book. It’s a new experience. You are seeing a truly unique form of art.” Cameron Huntley is an Asheville freelancer.X

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A-B tech smAll Business center Unless otherwise noted, classes are free and held at 1465 Sand Hill Road, Suite 1060, Candler. Info:‎ or 398-7950. • WE (8/28), 10:30-noon - An overview of programs and services offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration will focus on small business loans and federal contract work. Held at A-B Tech’s Madison location, 4646 US 25/70, Marshall. --- 3-6pm - “An Entrepreneur’s Guide to Bridging the Digital Divide” will focus on Web-based resources to streamline operations. • FR (8/30) & SA (8/31), 9am-noon - “Product to Market 101: How to Design, Prototype and Manufacture Your Product” will focus on product development and manufacturing for large and small corporations. Held at the Madison location, 4646 US 25/70, Marshall. • WEDNESDAYS (9/4) through (9/25), 6pm8pm – “THRIVE! Four Weeks to Business Breakthrough.” This four-week seminar covers ways to help businesses reach their full potential. Held in SBC Room 1040, Enka campus. ABWA meeting • TH (9/5), 5:30-7:30pm - The American Business Women’s Association will host a dinner meeting at Crowne Plaza Resort, 1 Resort Drive, featuring a presentation by chiropractor Cory Noll. $25. Info and registration: goodWill cAreer clAsses • ONGOING - Goodwill offers entry-level computer classes. Free. Info and schedule: 298-9023. • ONGOING - Goodwill offers classes for those interested in careers in the food and hotel industries. Hands-on training includes American Hotel and Lodging Association certification. $25. Info and schedule: 298-9023. ipAd clAss • FR (8/30), 9:40-11:40am - An iPad class for experienced users will focus on iTunes, iBooks, Facetime, iMessage and photos. Held at Brevard College. $25. Info and registration: or 884-8251. mountAin BiZWorks Workshops 153 S. Lexington Ave. Info: 253-2834 or • TH (8/29), 9am-noon - FARE Foundations Business Planning Course for food, agriculture and rural enterprises. Learn the business-planning process while building business skills. Eight-week session meets Thursdays. Sliding scale. Info and registration: ashley@ or 253-2834. more Business eVents online Check out the Business Calendar online at for info on events happening after Sept. 5. cAlendAr deAdline The deadline for free and paid listings is 5 p.m. WednesdAy, one week prior to publication. Questions? Call (828)251-1333, ext. 365 MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 9 – CAROLINA CINEMAS 1640 Hendersonville Rd. ∙ 7 PM ∙ Doors at 6 PM Tickets $15, $17 after Sept. 7, Limited Seating Limited VIP tickets for $30 Proceeds benefit Trips for Kids WNC Tickets now on sale at REI – Hosted by REI

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What comes to mind when you think of sheet music? Unless you’re a musician, probably not much. Yet it turns out that printed musical notation can sometimes evoke a range of emotions — from nostalgia to feelings of acceptance. “I’ve had a number of customers who lost all of their music during [Hurricane] Katrina,” says karen Sams, owner of SoliClassica, a store in south Asheville that carries a broad array of sheet music. “It’s very critical and tender and sensitive to them to buy music because it’s tied to something very emotional.” Sams also believes that certain musicians feel overlooked because of the type of instrument they play. “Multiple people have walked in the door and literally cried because they saw the harp section,” says Sams. She explains that musicians who play popular instruments, like piano and flute, enjoy browsing through a large variety of sheet music at any music store. But players of less ubiquitous instruments — oboe, harp, trombone or tuba — are often limited to buying online. What’s the difference? “Ordering music online is a frustrating experience because you can’t see how the piece is laid out,” she says. Details like the locations of page turns can affect the piece’s playability. And, of course, there’s

aLL thE RiGht notES: Owner Karen Sams holds sheet music at her store, SoliClassica, in south Asheville. Photo by Anna Raddatz

the sheer pleasure of paging through paper copies. “It’s like going to a bookstore,” says Sams. “Shopping online is not the same as browsing.” An Asheville native, Sams studied piano performance at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and the Peabody Conservatory. She went on to teach at Peabody Preparatory in Baltimore for 12 years. When she returned to Asheville in 2006, she noticed a lack of music stores that offered sheet music for all ages, levels and instruments. “It was something I missed, having lived in larger cities,” she says. Getting her business off the ground required significant capital. But she shied away from bank financing, preferring the combined training and lending that Mountain BizWorks offers.

“The idea of getting a bank loan scared the heck out of me, because I don’t have a business background,” she recalls. “I wanted someone to know what I was doing, so I really cared that Mountain BizWorks looked at my business plan as opposed to just giving me money.” She received a startup loan from Mountain BizWorks, and also took advantage of the organization’s classes and coaching to build her business skills. Today, Sams’ clientele includes a cross section of Asheville musicians, from students to professionals. A large percentage of her customers are adults who are returning to the piano or dedicated hobbyists who perform in local community bands, nursing homes and churches. Sams' passion is providing duet or chamber pieces that young people can share. "We look for pieces that a brother and sister or boyfriend and girlfriend can play together.” While some might question the place of classical music in modern culture, Sams is quick to defend the benefits of music education — and not just as a connection to the past.

She recalls something that a colleague once said: “Classical music is the music of cartoons and movies.” “It speaks to us all the time,” says Sams. “Once you have the trained and sophisticated language to understand it, it allows you to go places that you didn’t before.” To help facilitate musical education, Sams founded the SoliClassica Music Academy ( in 2011. The nonprofit provides music theory instruction, a chamber music program and performance opportunities to youths and adults. While the joy of performance is a driving force for Sams, she argues that music can ultimately be a tool for greater understanding. “Les Misérables is one person’s portrayal of what happened in the French Revolution. It’s not a documentary; it’s art. If we don’t study the classics, we lose the perspective that art is a perspective,” says Sams. Visit SoliClassica at 1550 Hendersonville Road or learn more at X





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It’s been a stellar year for mushrooms. Even as waterlogged tomatoes and squishy zucchini took over our region’s gardens, the noble fungi thrived. But don’t go picking just any old mushrooms — learn from the best at the Asheville Mushroom Club’s Fungi Fest on Saturday, Sept. 7. Curious about the mushrooms blossoming in your yard? Stop by the festival’s wild mushroom display to find out if your fungi is safe to eat or better off left undisturbed. Club members will be on hand to answer questions throughout the day and they love talking about mushrooms just as much as you do. Mushroom walks (with a special focus on the dos and don’ts of fungi hunting) and classes about everything from cooking to cultivation will entice beginner enthusiasts and experienced ’shroomers alike. An array of wild mushrooms will be on display all day, so even if you don’t make it to a class, there are plenty of opportunities to get up close and personal with mushrooms. The festival also offers the chance to connect with fellow fungi lovers. The Asheville Mushroom Club was founded in 1983 by four intrepid souls who wanted to share the joys of mushrooms. They came together to investigate why some mushrooms are deadly while others offer numerous health benefits. Through monthly meetings, potlucks and field trips, the group uncovers the truth about mushrooms, both common and rare. Fungi Fest will be held on Saturday, Sept. 7, from 9:30 a.m.4:30 p.m. Admission to the North Carolina Arboretum, located at 100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way, requires an $8 parking fee (or free for Arboretum members). There are additional fees for classes, ranging from $15-$25. Advanced registration for classes is recommended and available at General information about Fungi Fest and the Asheville Mushroom Club can be found at

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cuLtivatE youR own If you want to add mushrooms to your diet, but aren’t able to venture out into the woods, consider growing your own. Asheville Fungi: Mushroom Central, located at 16 Allen St., offers basic mushroom cultivation classes on the first Sunday of each month. The next class is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 8. This hands-on class will cover many aspects of growing mushrooms, such as agar work, grain masters and bulk substrates. A sixweek advanced class offers 20 hours of working in Mushroom Central’s sterile lab, which includes a boiler room and growing space. If you’re ready to dabble in ’shrooms, forge your own path

WednesdAys • 8am-noon - haywood historic farmers market, 250 Pigeon St., Waynesville. • 8am-noon - Waynesville tailgate market, 171 Legion Drive. • 1-5pm - Asheville city market south, Biltmore Park Town Square, Town Square Blvd. • 2-5pm - spruce pine farmers market, 297 Oak Ave. • 2-6pm - french Broad food co-op, 90 Biltmore Ave. • 2-6pm - montford farmers market, 36 Montford Ave. • 2:30-6:30pm - Weaverville tailgate market, 60 Lakeshore Drive. • 3-6pm - opportunity house, 1411 Asheville Highway, Hendersonville. thursdAys • 8am-2pm - henderson county curb market, 221 N. Church St., Hendersonville. • 3-6pm - flat rock tailgate market, 2720 Greenville Highway. • 3:30-6:30pm - oakley farmers market, 607 Fairview Road. • 4-6:30pm - tryon tailgate market, McCowan St. • 4-6pm - Blowing rock farmers market, 132 Park Ave. • 4-8pm - evening harvest farmers market, Hayesville town square. fridAys • 3-6pm - east Asheville tailgate market, 945 Tunnel Road. • 3-6pm - opportunity house, 1411 Asheville Highway, Hendersonville.

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Chef Elliott Moss (former chef of The Admiral) has left Ben’s Tune-Up, the restaurant he opened in June with three partners, he told Xpress. “As a business decision, I’ve decided to pull myself from Ben’s TuneUp,” he says. “I’ve got to focus on opening a barbecue restaurant.” Jake Whitman, sous chef at Ben’s

Tune-Up, will lead the kitchen, says Jonathon Robinson, who coowns the restaurant with Meg Alt and Molly Clark. “We always planned to have a more playful menu,” Robinson says. “We’re going to have some more signature dishes. We always planned on having a menu that didn’t look like a Japanese restaurant.” The current menu offers fare typically found in Japanese pubs, or izakayas. It includes small plates of yakitori, pickles and sashimi, as well as larger portions of ramen and other noodle dishes. Moss has been a major player in Asheville’s culinary scene for the last couple of years. This year, he was nominated for a James Beard Award for Best Chef in the Southeast. From 2007 until earlier this year,

he was the chef at The Admiral. He left to focus on Ben’s Tune-Up and a barbecue concept in South Slope (the details of that restaurant are still in flux, he says). Moss says he learned a lot about food while at Ben’s Tune-Up, and adds that he always planned to step back from that kitchen, once the barbecue restaurant was closer to completion. “I’m taking away from there a sense of fermentation that I didn’t have,” he says. “[The barbecue restaurant] has evolved. I’ve had more time to develop the menu and ideas. It’s going to be more of a modernist approach.” “I’ve got plans,” he says. “I’m going to be cooking until whatever happens, happens.” In the meantime, he plans to help out at other restaurants around town. X


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Northern exposure Casa Maya and Soba Sushi & Noodle open

Suburban Asheville becomes more cosmopolitan with each new restaurant that opens, it seems. This summer, two new restaurants have brought global flavors to north Asheville. On Wednesday, Sept. 11, Casa Maya will celebrate its grand opening with Cuban and Mexican eats. Jorge Espinosa, who owns the place with his wife, Elizabeth, got into restaurants after a busy career as an accountant. The Espinosas partnered with Elizabeth’s father-in-law on a couple of Mexican restaurants in New Jersey. A few years ago, they relocated to Banner Elk so Jorge could pursue his interest in cycling. The couple opened Casa Maya in Linville. “The demographics didn’t work well for us there,” Jorge says of Linville. “It was very seasonal.” This spring, they moved the restaurant to Merrimon Avenue, just north of Beaver Lake. “When we came here, we added the Cuban part of the menu because I’m of Cuban descent,” he says. “Apparently, that’s taken off — stronger than I expected.” The menu includes a variety of classic Cuban sandwiches, empanadas, fried plantains, picadillo and skirt steak with chimi churri sauce. The restaurant also focuses on Sonoran-style Mexican food, with its mild, savory flavors of the ancho and pasilla chilies, Jorge says. The menu also features plenty of cactus and mole. Further north, in Weaverville, Soba Sushi & Noodle recently opened. The owner converted a bank on North Main Street into the restaurant — yet the space doesn’t feel like a bank at all. It’s open and airy with a sushi bar and elevated patio. Owner Gina Chen hails from southern China, and she’s brought a mixture of Chinese, Thai and Japanese dishes to the menu. As the name suggests, the menu

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features soba noodles, which are made from buckwheat and, therefore, low in gluten. The menu is vegetable heavy, although meaty stir fries are also available. Chen recommends the Chinese almond noodles, which come with steamed mushrooms, broccoli and scallions in a ground-almond sauce. For more information about Casa Maya, 1425 Merrimon Ave., visit Soba Sushi & Noodle is located at 76 N. Main Street in Weaverville. The restaurant doesn’t have a website yet and isn’t offering call-ahead orders, but for more information, call 4847557. X

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You won’t get a hangover from Vanuatu Kava Bar — the Eagle Street business sells tea, not alcohol. But now, you can bring your hangover — or whatever else ails you — to Abe’s Juice, which opened within the shop last week. Herbalist and qigong instructor Abe Ramat will serve fresh-made fruit and vegetable juices and herbal tinctures out of the shop in the morning and early afternoon, before the Kava Bar opens. Ramat is something of a student of juice. He’s researched its nutritional and restorative properties, and he creates flavor profiles with health benefits, such as liver cleansing, in mind. “It just makes you feel fantastic,” he says. “It really jibes well with the qigong and the herbs. … It’s a really powerful therapy.”




He uses a masticating juicer to transform citrus, leafy greens, beets, carrots, cabbage and other produce into liquid. The machine uses broad pressure — rather than cutting force — to make a pulp of the produce and extract the juice. Because it turns at a low speed, the juicer doesn’t add much heat or air to the juice, which Ramat says has nutritional and digestive benefits. “It’s like an apple: every part that’s exposed to air turns brown,” Ramat says. “The more you aerate it, the more quickly the vitamins and minerals break down.” Ramat also sells pre-made juices — but not the sort that come from a factory. Instead, he cuts open young coconuts and serves them whole so customers can drink the coconut water within. When they finish, he cuts the coconut open to reveal the meat for them to scoop out. Abe’s Juice, 15 Eagle St., opens Tuesday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, search for Abe’s Juice on Facebook. X

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Chef Katie Button says three is a magic number. That’s how many restaurants Asheville can expect from her. Button and her family, who own Cúrate bar de tapas on Biltmore Avenue, announced their second restaurant last week. Nightbell, a gourmand’s niche with a speakeasy atmosphere, will open hopefully in time for a New Years Eve celebration, Button says. “It’s all about the experience,” Button says. “We’re trying to bring a different experience from Cúrate. We’re trying to create our own feeling.” She’s noticed a couple of different types of patrons at Cúrate: sit-down diners and culinary itinerants. The later simply want to try a couple of things and have a glass of wine before moving on, and she wants to give them another outlet. After all, that’s how she and her husband and co-owner, Felix Meana, like to dine. “Felix and I, when we go out, we love to go to 3 or 4 different places,” she says. “The walking from place to place in a downtown is really nice. It just makes an evening out of it.” Nightbell is certainly designed for pedestrians. The entrance to the 32 S. Lexington Ave. space won’t have much branding, so guests will have to get close to the building to notice it. A doorman should heighten the intrigue, although his post will be more for whimsy than for exclusivity. The second floor barroom will offer small plates, cocktails and high end wines. There will be plenty to eat for dinner, but that won’t be a formal experience. “More finger food, less utensils,” Button says. Potential small plates include lobster rolls, duck and waffles and “a twist on angels on horseback with oysters and smoked pancetta foam,” according to the press release. (In their typical form, angels on horseback consist bacon-wrapped oysters.)


BEll of ThE chEESEcAkE BAll: Chef Katie Button will draw from her modernist roots to create the dessert list at Nightbell.

The classic — but updated — hors d’oeuvres on Nightbell’s menu are something of a throwback to the 1950s, Button admits. It’s a trend that’s unfolding in cities around the country. “It’s something familiar, but at the same time, it’s different and new,” Button says. “Some of those things we had planned on our menu for awhile, we’re looking and watching them pop up [other places]. It’s funny how everyone kind of gets on a vibe.” Particularly on the dessert list, Button will draw from her modernist roots — which include stages at elBulli in Roses, Spain, Noma in Copenhagen, and The

Bazaar in Los Angeles. Expect elaborate hard candies and cheesecake balls set with gelatin. The concept also includes craft cocktails and specialty liquors. Meana, also an elBulli alum, will spearhead that endeavor. “We’re going to be playing with liquid nitrogen,” he says. “The bartenders will spend 3 or 4 hours preparing.” Cúrate is known for its expansive wine selection, but the wine list at Nightbell will focus on highend bottles. “The wine program that we have is going to be very limited,” Meana says. “No more than 16 wines, and maybe I will offer 6 of them by the glass, but very top [quality].”

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He’ll source special order tequila, mezcal, rye, scotch and bourbon. “We’re going to try to educate people on the liquor side,” he says. “There will be opportunities to have these special sips. At Cúrate, Meana focuses on front of house matters — he’s largely responsible for the restaurant’s reputation for good service. At Nightbell, he’ll add DJ bookings to his list of responsibilities. Button hopes Nightbell will draw mix masters from all over the country. Most nights, though, Meana’s brother, Cesar Meana, will provide the music. He’s worked as a DJ in Barcelona and in the Meanas’ hometown. Cesar will play a wide mix of modern and classic hits. “His background is more American music,” Felix says. “15 years ago, 10 years ago, he was always recording CDs and giving them to his friends. He was the one letting us know what’s coming.” In some ways, the story of Cúrate starts with Cesar. “He was 21; I was 18; we opened a bar together in Roses,” Meana says. “The crew from elBulli, they were hanging out there. That’s how I ended up meeting Albert Adria, Ferran Adria, all that grew from elBulli. That’s why I ended up working at elBulli for them

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Owner, Daniel Wright carries the title of Best Chef in WNC Going into the final round of Chefs Challenge, Daniel Wright saw himself as a dark horse: He was seemingly inexperienced for the competition. To compete, chefs must prepare three courses, fine-dining style. Wright owns a sandwich shop near Mission Hospital, Tomato Jam Café, so he doesn’t often cook and plate for fine dining. “Somebody has to make really bomb-ass sandwiches,” he says. “I can’t stress enough how good simple food is.” At the Chefs Challenge final on Saturday, Aug. 24, he won the title of Best Chef in WNC and $5,000 in prize money. The cook off took place during the Asheville Wine and Food Festival. Wright competed against Anthony Cerrato of Strada Italiano, an upscale Italian restaurant downtown. Restaurant teams used a secret ingredient to prepare three courses each — usually appetizer, main


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course and dessert — for a panel of judges (and in the early rounds, audience members). For the finals, the secret ingredient was Sunburst Trout. The dessert course presented obvious challenges, but Wright was unfazed. He prepared a cinnamonbrown sugar polenta cake topped with berry compote and trout caviar-whipped cream, one of the most successful dishes of the afternoon. Strada’s highest scoring dish was a take on a lettuce wrap. It consisted of chard-wrapped trout with black sesame seeds, pear and heirloom tomatoes, and was served with a sesame-fennel vinaigrette. The restaurant teams prepared all the food in a portable kitchen, using sauté stations, so the types of dishes they had means to prepare were limited. Still, Wright turned out potato gratin, which is usually baked. Even with his new title, Wright says he’ll continue to prepare homestyle sides and sandwiches at Tomato Jam. “I knew we had the potential to do it,” he says. “You can leave your element and come and do something that’s this upscale, and still go back to what [you] were doing.” X

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only a Few hours had passed since the wrap party for the latest Magnetic Theatre production on the night of Friday, Aug. 16. But director Steve Samuels and playwright/actor John Crutchfield were already analyzing their remount of Landscape with Missing Person just a little after 8 the next morning, over scrambled eggs, toast and an omelet at a neighborhood diner. If you caught the world premiere of the work last August, the show reference is already there: One of the zanier scenes in Crutchfield’s script takes place in a sketchy roadhouse diner called Omelets R Us. The comfortable patter between these two longtime collaborators smoothes the rough edges of a morning after, as the sunlight filters over breakfast plates and cups of coffee. With a knowing smirk, Samuels calls his collaborator Don, after the middle-aged man Crutchfield plays in the production. Without missing a beat, the actor replies in turn, calling his director Rachel, the work’s other main protagonist and Don’s edgy, railroad punk traveling companion. But in between the in-jokes and sore-arm tales of shows gone by, two keen minds are taking their production apart; assessing the strengths and probing the weaknesses of the show that just closed. 42

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It’s just as clear this is hardly new territory to either artist. With nearly a year to mull things over since Landscape’s initial run, Samuels had come up with a significantly different take on the lead male character before the start of rehearsals for this restaging. In most cases, this could be a hard sell when a show’s already set — and more than doubly so when the actor you’re trying to convince is also the work’s playwright. But Samuels made his case, Crutchfield took the direction — and the central character, Don, became even more of an enigma the second time around. After actor and director carefully pared back the physical and psychological manifestations of the conflicts that propel Don on his odd crosscountry odyssey in search of his ex-wife, audiences eerily matched Crutchfield’s stillness whenever he was on stage, as they closely scrutinized his minimal words and gestures for clues. The result was clearly a stronger production than its opening bow last fall. It’s understandable if you missed it. It was a one-week run, for starters. And they didn’t stage the remount at the company’s former digs down at the Glen Rock Depot, or the Bebe Theatre, where they performed The Caro Savanti Experience to sold-out houses in July.

Jennifer Gatti and John Crutchfield on the stage of Teatro Latea, where they performed Crutchfield’s Landscape with Missing Person.

Three Key ThIngs Their venue instead was a place called Teatro Latea. You might not have heard of it since it’s a few miles north of town: about 690, all told, if you’re taking Interstate-81 and Interstate-78 to New York. That’s because Landscape with Missing Person was accepted for production at this year’s New York International Fringe Festival, a 17-year-old institution that has gradually become a mecca for independent theaters the world over.

It’s a fiercely competitive gig. This year, out of the 850 productions applying for the Fringe, as it’s called, 200 were accepted; by opening day, attrition had pared that number down to 185. Of that number, some 70 percent are productions from the tri-state region of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut — the locals. Ten percent are international. As a result, independent theater companies from everywhere else in the country vie for the few remaining slots. Between Aug. 9 and 25, Fringe

it ran for more than two years, winning three Tony Awards in 2002. Mike Daisey, who achieved fame for a series of evening-length monologues before the notoriety associated with his 2010 work The Agony and Ecstacy of Steve Jobs, did his first New York solo show, 21 Dog Years, at the Fringe. Diminutive powerhouse actor, writer and producer Mindy Kaling (The Office, The Mindy Project) got her start playing Ben Affleck in her comedy, Matt & Ben, which was named in Time’s top 10 theatrical events for 2003. The hub for all of this activity is called FringeCentral, a funky storefront toward the end of Second Avenue. Behind the blast of oversized, multicolored polka dots that fill the shop’s windows, dozens of different, colorful postcard-size playbills line the wall across from a ticket counter with a map of the region. Bulky set-piece benches and a piano in the midst are adjacent to a bulletin board routinely updated with the latest online and print reviews. With the constant influx of patrons, production personnel, staff

“It’s a fiercely competitive gig. This year, out of the 850 productions applying for the Fringe...200 were accepted.” shows were scattered across 18 different theaters and an outdoor park across lower Manhattan. Everything from intimate solo shows to big-cast musicals appeared in venues ranging from 40-seat black box studios to conventional 300-seat theaters. The festival has become a major draw over the years. The prices are one reason: All seats, at all shows, go for $15 in advance, $18 at the door. If that’s a modest price for live theater anywhere else, it’s a steal in New York. Last year, the Fringe sold some 75,000 tickets, according to festival staff. And that’s not counting an estimated 15,000 industry comps: free tickets given to professional theater agents, producers, directors, publishers and the press. Which explains another reason companies and artists really want to go to Fringe: over the years, it’s been a place where playwrights, actors and shows have been discovered. The acerbic musical Urinetown, which TheatreUNCA gave its regional premiere in 2009, got its start at the Fringe in 1999. After a modest two-week stand, the work transferred to Broadway where

and volunteers, the feel of the donated space falls somewhere between a bus terminal and a teen clubhouse slightly gone to seed. Artistic director Eleana Holy rules the ceaseless bustle from the warren of offices in the back. It surprises firsttimers to realize that she has detailed, firsthand knowledge of each of the shows in the festival. She has warm words for the plays of John Crutchfield. She calls him “a returning alum” when we speak. Which is true: Crutchfield — and Magnetic Theatre’s — first bow at the Fringe was with his self-scripted solo show The Songs of Robert in 2009. The work won a judge’s award at the festival for outstanding solo performance, and Crutchfield garnered a publishing contract for the work. All in all, not bad for a playwright’s first outing in New York. “We always look for three key things,” Holy notes: “innovation, vibrancy and diversity. [Landscape] hits all three points, I would say.” After calling Crutchfield’s new work “a lovely play about the human experience, and who’s actually the crazy one,” she says, “I’m a Southerner myself, and it’s nice

Gatti and Crutchfield

Crutchfield, Gatti and Lisa M. Smith

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“I’m a Southerner myself, and it’s nice to have Southern voices represented without being caricatures.” — eleana holy, FRinge aRtistic diRectoR

to have Southern voices represented without being caricatures. With a New York-based festival, we get parodies and comedies with outlandish, extreme Southern characters, of course. It’s nice to have some good dark, human, and real Southern writing.” As those who caught the show last year already know, Landscape more than obliges.

It’s a frenzied combination load-in, tech-in and full final dress rehearsal, during which the company proves they can fully load and set their production, with props, costumes and cast, in 15 minutes. They also have to demonstrate they can strike the show — completely — in the same amount of time. In between those errands, the technicians must load a show’s worth of lighting and sound cues into the house boards. Then the group stages a full run-through. Festival officials multiply the running time of your production by two. That’s the amount of time you have to complete these goals. Magnetic Theatre had four hours — and a problem. When the technician originally slated to run the boards fell through, stage manager Rodney Smith had to find someone to replace her. He turned to his wife, Cyd, and his 13-year-old daughter Madison (who was assistant stage manager in the original production). But armed with only his previous experience of manual lighting boards, Samuels was grasping at straws trying to build light cues, instrument by instrument, on the computerized lighting sys-

Four hours and a problem Teatro Latea occupies the second floor of the Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural Center on the lower east side; a provisionally restored gothic building from 1897 that was originally the city’s P.S. 160. An intricate, wrought-iron flight of stairs leads to the theater itself. Its dimensions are broad but still pretty cozy; the matte black wooden floorboards in the audience area give, just a little, when you walk across them. Even with nods to the bare-bones tech — the lighting and sound boards are totally exposed, on the top level of risers in the center audience bank — the room has a warm, comfortable vibe. In short, it’s nothing like it was when the Magnetic Theatre crew descended upon it the week before. Industry insiders acknowledge that, with multiple productions being staged each day in the same venues, Fringe productions inevitably call for compromises. Part of that shows up in the gantlet each company endures when they first show up to the venue where they’re performing.


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tem. “I’m kind of a geek, so I would have gotten it,” Samuels admits, “but there simply wasn’t time.” As precious minutes passed, Alex Moore, Teatro Lateo’s technical director who had been looking in, made the save. “He was incredibly generous and kind,” Samuels notes. “This took so much help from so many people on the ground here.” The company got a major break when they were allowed to store an unwieldy set piece — the bus-stop stand that transforms into counters, a bartop and a busted car at various points — backstage. “I lost sleep for nights trying to figure out how we could rent a moving van and store the thing between runs,” Samuels admits. “Not to mention hauling 150 pounds up and down that staircase before and after each show.”

Crutchfield and Lisa M. Smith have kept the audience guessing all night long. The looks of concern tell you all you need to know: the New Yorkers in the seats, some of the most demanding theatergoers anywhere, have come to care about this mismatched pair. Twice in Crutchfield’s endgame his character stands, bereft, gazing, from a short distance, at the beauty of a particular relationship he may never know himself. In those moments, Don’s something of a damaged angel, looking at a heaven so close, yet so elusive. As an older woman in the audience sadly tilts her head against the shoulder of the man beside her, it occurs to me there’s a parallel here as well. From a similarly short, but uncrossable, distance, we look at him and Rachel. We care. But we cannot intervene. It’s the second sort of heartbreak Crutchfield’s pensive script leaves us with. It’s the one we carry with us, the long way home.

The long way home It’s the closing night of the run. The house, nearly full, has clearly remained engaged throughout the show. You can tell by the body language, sharp eyes and puzzled expressions that go sober when a plot twist is revealed that actors


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I could tell you a thing or two about Sam Lewis, the Nashville-based singer-songwriter who will treat the Isis Music Hall to his seamless blend of country, Southern rock, and soul on Aug. 29. But he’s done a much better job of it on “Southern Greek Tragedy” off his self-titled debut. “That’s 100 percent autobiographical. I didn’t even change the names or anything,” Lewis says. “That was an interesting writing process, because I didn’t understand until the end of it, when I got stuck, that I was writing through my mother’s eyes.”

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It was only from this third-person perspective that Lewis was able to come to terms with some of the baggage of his past. The song tells the story of a family torn by divorce, separated by adoption, and displaced multiple times by moving. It’s soul-wrenchingly transparent, and serves as an important introduction to Lewis and his music. “It was an exercise that was never intended to be shared,” Lewis says. “I thought I would bounce it off some folks, and I got some good feedback and it kind of evolved and made its way into a studio and onto an album.” It’s just one prime example of Lewis’ honest lyrical inquiries into


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The straightforward authenticity of his lyrics are rooted in exposure to some of the past century’s best songwriters. Photo by Ryan Musik Portrait

the pillars of human hardship, among which are others familiar to Southern music: heartbreak, the passage of time, and unshakeable wanderlust. “There are a lot of things that are hard to talk about. It’s hard to talk about divorce, it’s hard to talk about adoption, it’s hard to talk about all sorts of things that I think have become the norm for children growing up. It took me a long time to understand it, I guess, or accept it,” Lewis says. “But a lot of those

are just, in a weird way, therapy sessions that I was fortunate enough to make into the creative process and share them with people who really like them. And that’s the craziest part — that they’re all universal.” Lewis’s lyrics and arrangements have some universal appeal, though not in the crassly commercial sense of modern pop-country. The straightforward authenticity of his lyrics are rooted in exposure to some of the past century’s best songwriters. Despite his splintered family history, he

recalls being exposed to everyone from Roy Orbison to Carl Perkins, from golden oldies to Motown. But, like many musicians, he was a teenager when he discovered the songwriters that pushed him to take a stab at the craft himself. “I think when I really started tapping into Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Leon Russell and those kind of guys, it struck a different chord with me and made me actually want to try to write some great shit too,” Lewis says. As with any art, it took him a number of tries before he felt like he was realizing his potential, but he had a good batch of influences as guidance. He mentions John Prine, Fred Eaglesmith and Malcolm Holcombe among his heroes. His ever-maturing songwriting and, as he admits, a little healthy arrogance led him to move to Nashville in 2009 to connect with other musicians. Like other musical pilgrims before him, he was drawn to the city’s formidable musical history. “I think half of winding up there is by sheer will, and it kind of has a

vacuum power to it. I kind of go with the wind, and it was blowing really hard around that time,” Lewis says. “I thought, living in Knoxville, which is so close, if I’m going to do this, I had better go ahead and do it now.” But Lewis didn’t come to Nashville to break into mainstream country. He is wary of that industry’s power to corrupt artists — to chew them up and spit them out. “You show up with your bags, you take your heart and you put it in your ass and you take your soul and put it on the table and say, ‘Where do I sign?’ It’s just a lot of smoke and mirrors,” Lewis says. “It’s hard when you have to let a town define you, and I’ll never let a town do that to me.” If his debut is any indication, Lewis may have a future ahead of him sheerly because of his unwillingness to compromise, and his ability to relate to the people around him. “I think I’m growing and will constantly grow, and I just want to be able to say and do what I believe,” Lewis says. “If I don’t believe it, then I don’t expect anyone else to believe it either.” X

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Big band theory Russ Wilson revisits the music of Paul Whiteman

“Most people think this is the land of bluegrass, but guess what?” says local musician and bandleader Russ Wilson. This year marks the 10th anniversary of his 10-piece Nouveau Passe Orchestra. And with other musical endeavors under his belt — five-piece jump blues outfit, Mighty Mighty Men; The Russ Wilson Swing Trio; and appearances with the likes of The John Henrys, Firecracker Jazz Band and 3 Cool Cats — Wilson finds himself poised at the center of not a roots-music resurgence but an ebullient jazz scene. It’s happening other places, too: Vanity Fair and NY Daily News recently covered the hot jazz renais-

whAT: Russ Wilson and his concert orchestra present Rhapsody: The Music of Paul Whiteman whERE: Diana Wortham Theatre whEn: Saturday, Aug. 31 (7 p.m., $30 adults / $20 seniors, students and children.

sance in New York City. Wilson says the same thing is happing in L.A. and probably Chicago. “There is a growing jazz scene in Asheville,” he says. “Since 2011, I’ve not been getting much sleep.” And though a fellow musician called this time Asheville’s “golden age of jazz,” Wilson believes there’s more to come. “I don’t think we’ve seen the golden age yet,” he says. The first golden age of jazz took place in the 1940s (the Library of Congress has a set of William P. Gottlieb photographs documenting the epoch); Wilson taps the precursor to that time for his upcoming concert, Rhapsody: The Music of Paul Whiteman at Diana Wortham




Theatre. “Whiteman was the Michael Jackson of his era,” says Wilson. “He was called the King of Jazz.” Whiteman’s orchestra jump-started the careers of Bing Crobsy and Bix Beiderbecke, among others. He was commissioned by none other than George Gershwin, in 1923, to write “Rhapsody in Blue.” Some controversy swirls around the band leader’s career because he did not hire Africa-American artists for his orchestra, though Wilson suspects that had more to do with societal pressures than Whiteman’s personal beliefs. “In the late teens and early ’20s, jazz was considered vulgar,” says Wilson. “He took it and played it in fine hotels, and people loved it. He brought it to the masses.” One of Whiteman’s stops could have been the George Vanderbilt Hotel (now senior housing on Haywood Street), which had a ballroom and a regular dance bands; in 1925 Okeh Records set up a temporary recording studio atop the hotel. During the same period, the ’20s and ’30s, Whiteman’s refined blend of ragtime and hot jazz, played by a 35-member orchestra, hit its peak of popularity. A few years ago, while on a break from his touring gig with guitarist Jimmy Thackery, Wilson received a tip about an online collection of Whiteman’s arrangement, including handwritten parts. Fifteen of 22 arrangements were intact. It’s those historical arrangements (including “Hallelujah,” “If I Had A Talking Picture Of You,” “Back In Your Own Backyard,” “Oh, Miss Hannah,” “Reaching For Someone,” “You Took Advantage Of Me,” “Lonely Melody,” “Runnin’ Wild” and “Happy Feet”) that Wilson and his ambitious big band — a 35-member orchestra, in true Whiteman style, along with an additional few musicians for a couple of Dixieland jazz combos — will perform at this week’s Rhapsody show. “If you’re going to do a concert of vintage jazz, whether it’s Whiteman’s music or Duke Ellington’s music of the Cotton Club era, or Benny

waxinG RhaPSodic: Hendersonville native Russ Wilson, a touring musician, drummer and vocalist, shows off his bandleader skills. He presents a night of 1920s and ’30s jazz, including Paul Whiteman’s “Rhapsody in Blue.” Photo by Karen Edwards

Goodman’s swing music from the 1930s, there’s a certain sound and a certain way this music was played,” says the local band leader. To stay true to the original intent, he’s bringing in a drummer from Davenport, Iowa, who travels with his own 1920s vintage Leedy kit complete with timpani, gong and orchestra chimes. “There’s a certain historical aspect to it, and a musical aspect. You want it to sound correct,” says Wilson. As for the classical-and-jazz mashup, “Rhapsody in Blue,” don’t expect the well-known symphonic rendition. The version that Wilson will showcase is not part of the 15-piece collection that he found online. Instead, “When this came out in 1924, it was written for 23 musicians,” says Wilson. It debuted at a concert called “An Experiment in Modern Music,” with Gershwin playing the piano part. Whiteman’s arranger, Ferde Grofé, wrote additional parts as Whiteman grew his band. “I had an arrangement in my archives,” says Wilson. He conferred with other

musicians and together, “We’re giving our interpretation of how the Whiteman band would have sounded in 1927.” The orchestra includes four trumpets, four trombones, six saxophones, six violins, string bass, tuba, banjo, guitar, piano and drums. Soloists are David Jellema on cornet, Steve Alford on C-melody sax, Rick Simerly on trombone and Dr. William Bares on piano for “Rhapsody in Blue.” Despite Whiteman’s fame, revivals of his music have been surprisingly few. Jazz critic and trumpet player Richard Sudhalter used some of Whiteman’s arrangements for a concert some 40 years ago. Wilson attempted the production three years ago but bad weather but a damper on the event. Now, with his own big band celebrating a decade in WNC jazz, the local musician believes the timing is right: “The only thing to do is present good music by one of my favorite band leaders.” X

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by Kyle Sherard

Ode to Eggleston Note: This article addresses works from the current AAM exhibition “Legacy: The Emily Fisher Landau Collection,” which was previously covered by Xpress writer Steph Guinan in her July 9 piece “Big Names, Little Town.” After seeing the exhibition I felt the need to address one specific artist’s presence and importance. “Legacy: The Emily Fisher Landau Collection” is in its final weeks at the Asheville Art Museum. The show is packed with an all-star cast of modern and postmodern artists that span the gap from mid-1960s pop art to the concept-driven anti-art of the late 1990s and early 2000s. So if Warhol and word art are your thing, you’ll undoubtedly enjoy the show. But the real fuss should be about three comparatively small, vertically stacked photographs. They’re on a wall by themselves, but dwarfed by the expansiveness of the neighboring works, which include neon-toned, large-scale paintings by the likes of Barbara Kruger and Keith Haring. They seem out of place. Yet they are of inordinate importance — not only to the art museum, but also the Asheville arts community. Those three pieces are by William Eggleston, a Memphis-born and based photographer (rather, photography demigod). And it’s these three works that every photographer, artist and art lover in and around the city limits should come to see. Prior to “William Eggleston’s Guide,” the 1976 solo Museum of Modern Art exhibition that catapulted Eggleston to fame, color photography was more or less a fine-arts faux-pas. It was technology best left to vacationing dads, birthdays and family gatherings. The show was the first-ever solo exhibition of color photography at a major museum. Until then, MoMA had only shown a handful of color photos, to little attention or fanfare. But the Eggleston exhibition opened that door. It made color photography acceptable,


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even coveted by the country’s most important arts institutions. To put it one way, Eggleston is to color photography what Faulkner was to Southern fiction and the “stream of consciousness” writing style — a catalyst and beacon. He made it “OK.” The Egglestons are roughly 16 by 20 inches each, a size that’s easily shown-up by the imposing size and name-dropped grandeur of the other works. But there’s no underscoring how important these three photos are for the museum and the arts scene at large. They offer us a chance to see and study work that has zeroed in on, with lethal accuracy, and captured the “sense of place.” To possess this in a series of paintings, drawings or photographs is no easy task. It’s to capture the people and the landscape. To visually convey an ideology and emotions of the individual or a city at large. And most importantly, the time in which they live. In her essay for Eggleston’s 1989 book The Democratic Forest, author Eudora Welty calls it the “galvanic present” — the isolated moment that simultaneously embodies the past within the present’s forward motion. “These photographs all have to do with the quality of our lives in the ongoing world,” she writes. “They succeed in showing us the grain of the present, like the cross-section of a tree.” Time is a delicate matter to impress upon a viewer. You get the sense that these photos are from the 1970s, but much like the crosssection of a tree, the view captured is one of the previous decades. But to describe Eggleston’s works is an exercise in lyrical monotony. They’re in color, small in size and contain an array of everyday, mundane subjects. And they’re all “Untitled.” A 1976 New York Times exhibition review called them banal. But that’s just the point, they’re purposely banal. Yet they’ve a visceral lure. It’s the richness of their color, his attention to those everyday details and their off-kilter position. Each

“Untitled (Young Boy in Red Sweater) [From the Seventies: Volume Two] 1996.” Dye-transfer print. 16 by 20 inches. @Eggleston Artistic Trust, Courtesy Cheim + Read, New York

photo contains a sense of Eggleston’s reverence for the subjects, both animate and inanimate. It’s as if each photo is a celebration of something small, something that would otherwise go unrecognized. His subjects are all from the delta and the Deep South. In this case it’s a boy in a sweater, several dolls perched on a Cadillac hood and a rebel flag license plate stuck in a tree — all taken in the early 1970s. They’re odd, poised, uniquely Southern and wholly in and of their time. The boy is wearing a fire-engine-red sweater that swallows his torso. It looks brand new and uncomfortably woolen, a feeling evident in the way he’s craning his neck to escape a never-ending itch. The background is seriously flat and devoid of life, save a highway and a brick building tucked in the right corner. It has the appearance of a school, which makes this photograph seem even more post-Christmas holiday when you add the sweater. In “Untitled: (Baby Doll Cadillac)” a dozen dolls are positioned on the hood of a baby-blue Cadillac. Most of them are waving. The central figure is strad-

dling the hood ornament. The photo’s got a jockey-lot or roadside element to it, as if the dolls are perched and positioned for sale. And while parallels could be made to his image of a rebel flag license plate thrown into a bush and the post-Civil Rights Act fall of Dixie, it’s more likely Eggleston’s keen eye looking at the plate’s blood red hue, rust and a bullet hole. You don’t have to travel to the Delta to understand the works. Think of these three images as snapshots from a greater regional view. An essence — the barren landscape, the poverty and the ordinary. Captured almost too well even. If you’ve ever been to Memphis and backwoods Mississippi, you may agree: Eggleston’s photos are far more exciting than the real thing. Legacy: The Emily Fisher Landau Collection is on view at the Asheville Art Museum through Sunday, Sept. 8. For more information visit X


by Steph Guinan

Go big or go home

Asheville Bookworks introduces the steamroller printer

It is said that artists are only limited by their imaginations. Contrary to that famous saying, printmakers are limited by the size of the printing press. That is, until they acquire some construction equipment to help them out. Asheville Bookworks is hosting an event on Saturday, Aug. 31, where eight to 10 artists will be creating prints using a steamroller as their printing press. In order to pull a good quality print, a printing press is the tool of

choice to provide even pressure to the paper and inked plate. And what is a steamroller but a superhero that does construction work by day and masquerades as art equipment on the weekends. Hoping for dry weather, the Bookworks parking lot will become an outdoor studio for the event. According to founder Laurie Corral, “Visitors will watch the printmakers inking up their large cuts, placing large sheets of printmaking paper on them, and then watch the steamroller run over them. And here comes the magic, pulling the print,” she says. “Steamroller printing isn’t really a performance; it’s not choreographed,” she shares. Events such

as this are designed to create an occasion out of the art-making process. As such, public curiosity can inspire an active discussion about the prints and the process. “People don’t always know what goes into making something. When they see a process at work and they see it’s made by a human and their hands are dirty, they might think: I would like to do that, or I get it. It moves people.” Corral believes that the process originated in San Francisco in the 1980s. However, to be clear, there’s actually not steam involved. Even though it’s a paving roller that is used, “Everyone that does this calls them Steamroller Prints,” says Corral. Before the event, artists create their images by carving into wood or sheets of linoleum with sizes starting at 36” by 36”. Although there was a course scheduled on how to make steamroller prints, the class was canceled due to low enrollment. The event is being hosted in conjunction with a new exhibition that Bookworks is installing. The juried exhibition, PrintOcracy: A Fresh Print Movement, has more than 100 entries that include a full

range of hand-pulled printmaking processes. It is the first in a series of biannual exhibitions, held on opposite years of BookOpolis, the well-known handmade artist book exhibition. The logistical question: Where do you get the equipment? Corral says that it is “not easy in this town, although you see them along the road when there is construction. I followed up with all the local equipment rental stores and finally made contact with Carolina Cat. They are supporting the event with a 42-inch roller, a very generous donation.” Corral believes this will be Asheville’s first steamroll print event, but she hopes it won’t be the last. “Printmaking is the people’s art,” she says. “The first mass production process was print. It’s accessible and affordable” PrintOcracy: A Fresh Print Movement, opens Friday, Aug. 30, from 6-9 p.m., followed by the steamroller printing event on Saturday, Aug. 31, from 1-5 p.m. For more information visit X

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Pontiak, Golden Void and Nate Hall Bands with siblings are definitely a thing, though bands of all siblings are few and far between — The Jackson 5, The 5 Browns and Hanson. It’s safe to say that, short of being a trio of brothers (Lain, Van and Jennings Carney), psychedelic outfit Pontiak, from Virginia, shares little with those other sib groups. What they are sharing is an East Coast tour with label mates/West Coast rockers Golden Void (pictured). Though the members of that collective have played together since high school, they hit their stride in this project. New album Rise to the Out of Reach “explores the dichotomy of destruction and devotion,” says label Thrill Jockey. The three groups/musicians perform at Blackout Effectors on Sunday, Sept. 1. Nate Hall from WNC/Tennessee-based U.S. Christmas joins the lineup. 10 p.m., $7.

Letters To Abigail Flat Rock-based Americana trio Letters to Abigail (James Harrell, Kelli “Mae” Redmond and Lauren Bandy) raised $15,000 through Kickstarter to record their debut LP, Say Anything, at Echo Mountain Studios. They brought in guests like Steep Canyon Rangers’ fiddler Nicky Sanders and Jimmy Buffett’s pedal steel player Doyle Grisham for the record, which the band describes as “a new and refreshing approach to a sweet familiar sound.” (Speaking of sweet, check out their video for “Angel in Ordinary Shoes.”) Letters to Abigail performs Friday, Aug. 30, at Highland Brewery. That night celebrates the band’s album release (6-8 p.m.) as well as the brewery’s seasonal release of Clawhammer Oktoberfest (beginning at 4 p.m.). Free.

Hamlet Montford Park Players closes out its summer season with a blockbuster of a production: A story of “treachery, revenge, incest, moral corruption, duty and madness,” as the theater troupe’s website puts it. That dark thriller, aka Shakespeare’s Hamlet, is the bard’s longest play and, even today, is among his most performed. It tells of the revenge that the prince of Denmark took on his uncle, Claudius, who murdered the king. That monarch, by the way, was Claudius’ brother and Prince Hamlet’s father. Things spiral downward from there. “Though this be madness, yet there is method in it,” one character, Polonius, says. The plays runs Fridays through Sundays, through Saturday, Sept. 14. 7:30 p.m. nightly at the Hazel Robinson Amphitheatre. Free, donations accepted.


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Larry and His Flask at Grey Eagle Folk, punk, gypsy-jazz, soul and brass sounds all find a place in the sonic gumbo that is Redmond, Ore.-based Larry and His Flask. Worth noting: There is no Larry to be found among the five members (brothers Jeshua and Jamin Marshall with Ian Cook, Andrew Carew and Dallin Bulkley). There is, likely, a flask or two. “Their love of oldschool country, folk, hip-hop … and everything in between comes shining through,” says the band’s bio. “They trade off instruments mid song as they dance back and forth across the stage in a punk rock ballet of sorts, narrowly avoiding collisions constantly.” Larry and His Flask take the stage at The Grey Eagle on Thursday, Aug. 29. 9 p.m., $8 in advance/$10 day of show. Photo by Karen Seifert


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toE taPPin’ tunES: The French Broad Playboys (featuring members of One Leg Up, Firecracker Jazz Band and The Blue Rags) are masters of infectious Western swing, performing a dance-inducing mix of standards and originals it calls “hillbilly jazz.” The band plays Jack of the Wood on Saturday, Aug. 31.

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emerAld lounge Ryan Sheffield & the High Hills (indie rock) w/ Company & Angi West, 9pm

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trAilheAd restAurAnt And BAr Paul Cataldo (singer-songwriter, Americana), 7pm

BlAck mountAin Ale house The Mug (blues, boogie, rock), 9pm

tressA's doWntoWn JAZZ And Blues Carolina Rex (blues, funk, R&B), 10pm

Blue mountAin piZZA & BreW puB

VincenZo's Bistro Steve Whiddon (old-time piano, vocals),

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douBle croWn Soul gospel Sunday w/ DJ Sweet Daddy Swamee, 6pm Karaoke w/ KJ JD, 10pm




green room cAfe James Browne (folk), 1pm




groVe pArk inn greAt hAll Two Guitars (classical), 10am-noon isis restAurAnt & music hAll Upstairs: Ann Coombs Trio (jazz), 6pm --Downstairs: The P-Lo Project (jazz), 8pm



BlAck mountAin Ale house Jazz brunch w/ Mike Gray Trio, 11:30am

cluB hAirsprAy DJ Ra Mac, 8pm



5 WAlnut Wine BAr Mande Foly (African rhythm), 7pm

BlAckout effectors Golden Void (psych-rock) w/ Pontiak & Nate Hall, 10pm

feat. Asheville Brewing Co.

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sundAy, sept. 1


JAck of the Wood puB Irish session, 3pm


loBster trAp Leo Johnson (hot club jazz), 7-9pm

BLUES JAM with Westville Allstars Shrimp ‘n Grits • 3.50 RUM DRINKS $

odditorium "Block Party" feat. Goner (acoustic), 9pm

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one stop deli & BAr Bluegrass brunch w/ The Pond Brothers, 11am

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phoenix lounge Blown Glass Band (Americana), 8pm scAndAls nightcluB Virgo party, 10pm southern AppAlAchiAn BreWery Dan Keller Trio (jazz), 5pm Mad Tea (garage, rock, pop), 8pm strAightAWAy cAfe Paul Cataldo (Americana), 6pm the sociAl '80s vinyl night, 8pm VincenZo's Bistro Steve Whiddon (old-time piano, vocals), 5:30pm

mondAy, sept. 2 5 WAlnut Wine BAr Sufi Brothers (bluegrass, folk), 8pm ByWAter Open mic w/ Taylor Martin, 9pm douBle croWn Midnight Ghost Train (rock), 10pm emerAld lounge Vinyl night w/ DJ Ra Mak, 9pm odditorium Team (rock), 9pm oskAr Blues BreWery Old-time jam, 6-8pm phoenix lounge Moonshine Babies (folk), 7pm the sociAl Open mic w/ Ben Wilson, 8pm tiger mountAin thirst pArlour Honky-tonk (classic country & rockabilly) w/ DJ Lorruh & Dave, 10pm timo's house Open jam, 9pm tressA's doWntoWn JAZZ And Blues Scary-Oke, 10pm


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White horse Irish sessions, 6:30pm Open mic, 8:45pm

WednesdAy, sept. 4 5 WAlnut Wine BAr Hot Point Trio (jazz), 5pm Juan Benevides Trio (Latin jazz), 8pm AthenA's cluB Mark Appleford (singer-songwriter, Americana, blues), 7-10pm BArley's tAproom Dr. Brown's Team Trivia, 8:30pm BlAck mountAin Ale house Bluegrass jam, 9pm

Blue mountAin piZZA & BreW puB Open mic, 7pm VincenZo's Bistro Steve Whiddon (old-time piano, vocals), 5:30pm WAter'n hole Open mic, 9pm

cluB hAirsprAy Requests w/ DJ Ace of Spade, 8pm cluB remix Variety show & open mic, 9pm

WestVille puB Trivia night, 8pm

cork & keg Tom Leiner ("baby boomer flashbacks"), 7:30pm

ZumA coffee Blues & BBQ w/ Steve Davidowski & friends

douBle croWn Country night w/ Dr. Filth, 9pm

tuesdAy, sept. 3 5 WAlnut Wine BAr The John Henrys (gypsy jazz), 8pm AltAmont BreWing compAny Open mic, 8pm AsheVille music hAll Funk jam, 11pm cluB eleVen on groVe Swing lessons, 6:30 & 7:30pm Tango lessons, 7pm Dance, 8:30pm cluB hAirsprAy Trivia night, 8pm cluB remix DJ party w/ open requests, 9pm creekside tAphouse Bluegrass jam, 7pm emerAld lounge Open mic w/ Andrew Usher, 8pm isis restAurAnt And music hAll Bluegrass sessions, 9pm JAck of the Wood puB Tar & Rosin (Appalachian, old-time), 9pm loBster trAp Jay Brown (Americana, folk), 7-9pm mArket plAce The Rat Alley Cats (jazz), 7-10pm o.henry's/tug Movie trivia, 10pm odditorium Comedy open mic w/ Tom Peters, 9pm one stop deli & BAr Two for Tuesday feat. Plankeye Peggy & Skunk Ruckus, 8pm


DOWNTOWN ON THE PARK Eclectic Menu • Over 30 Taps • Patio • 13 TV’s Sports Room • 110” Projector • Event Space Shuffleboard • Darts • Open 7 Days 11am - Late Night

emerAld lounge Blues jam w/ Riyen Roots, 8pm


isis restAurAnt And music hAll Live music on the patio, 6pm Vinyl night, 9pm

THU. 8/29

JAck of the Wood puB Old-time jam, 5pm

Scott Raines & Laura Michaels

o.henry's/tug Karaoke, 10pm

(acoustic rock, country)

odditorium Dirty Kills w/ Claypool & Nutter (punk), 9pm

FRI. 8/30

oliVe or tWist East Coast swing lessons, 7pm 3 Cool Cats (vintage rock, swing), 8pm

DJ Aaron Michaels (pop, dance hits)

orAnge peel Jamboogie Band w/ Ken Kiser & the Sozes, 9pm

SAT. 8/31 Aaron LaFalce Band

phoenix lounge Jazz night, 8pm

(acoustic rock, jam)

pisgAh BreWing compAny Lord King (reggae, ska, dub), 6pm strAightAWAy cAfe Coping Stone (world, Appalachian), 6pm the sociAl Karaoke, 9:30pm timo's house Blues night, 9pm VincenZo's Bistro Aaron Luka (piano, vocals), 7pm yAcht cluB Open jam w/ Justin Brophy of the Go Devils, 9pm ZumA coffee Open mic w/ Greg & Lucretia Speas

thursdAy, sept. 5

oskAr Blues BreWery Trivia, 6pm

5 WAlnut Wine BAr The Big Nasty (ragtime jazz), 8-10pm

phoenix lounge The Anarchists' Real Book 3.0 (jazz, fusion), 8pm

AsheVille music hAll Shigeto & Beacon (electronic, ambient) w/ Heathered Pearls, 10pm

the sociAl Enlightened Rogues (rock, blues), 7pm

BArley's tAproom Alien Music Club (jazz jam), 9pm

timo's house Open mic variety show, 9pm

ByWAter Game night, 8pm

VincenZo's Bistro Steve Whiddon (old-time piano, vocals), 5:30pm

cluB eleVen on groVe Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School (live drawing), 6:30pm

WestVille puB Blues jam, 10pm

cluB hAirsprAy Karaoke, 8pm


fri. Aug 30


Thursday August 29th 7pm

Help SAVE THE FRENCH BROAD and buy $1, $5, $10 FISH

w/ DJ Story

All proceeds go to build the French Broad River Paddle Trail!

SAt. Aug 31

Come by Pack’s to register…can register up til 7pm the evening of the tournament. With $5 FISH donation to SAVE THE FRENCH BROAD you will be entered to win a SweetWater Corn Hole Board Set!

Backstage • 9:30PM • $7

the LiviNg w/ mother expLoSiveS Backstage • 9:30PM • $5

fri. Sept 6

cope w/ copiouS JoNeS

(Do not have to be present to win)

Live Music with Scott Raines & Laura Michaels • $3 SweetWater Drafts

& DiStopia

Backstage • 9:30PM • $5


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Wednesday • Aug 28

The People’s Variety Show & Open Mic!

Thursday • Aug 29

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NoBaahs Festival presents “THE LINGERIE BALL” Music by DJ Nyjier & DJ Supaman


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cluB remix Reggae dance night, 9pm

sly grog lounge Open mic, 7pm

cork & keg Vollie McKenzie (popular covers, jazz standards), 7:30pm

tAllgAry's cAntinA Asheville music showcase, 8pm

creekside tAphouse Open mic, 8-11pm douBle croWn International cuts w/ DJ Flypaper, 9pm emerAld lounge Dead Night w/ Phuncle Sam, 9pm french BroAd BreWery tAsting room CarolinaBound (folk, country), 6pm hArrAh's cherokee Live band karaoke, 8pm-midnight isis restAurAnt And music hAll Kelly McFarling & the Home Team (Americana, bluegrass, old-time) w/ Tonight's Noise, 8:45pm JAck of heArts puB Old-time jam, 7pm

WAter'n hole Karaoke, 10pm yAcht cluB Kamakazi karaoke (no control over song choice), 9pm ZumA coffee Bluegrass jam w/ Bobby Hicks

fridAy, sept. 6

loBster trAp Hank Bones ("man of 1,000 songs"), 7-9pm

Boiler room Saint Famine Society (rock) w/ Blue Jeans & Khaki Pants & more, 9pm

pAck's tAVern Howie Johnson & Rocky Lindsley Duo (rock classics), 9pm phoenix lounge Bradford Carson (rock, jam, blues), 8:30pm

VincenZo's Bistro Ginny McAfee (piano, vocals), 7pm

5 WAlnut Wine BAr Jamar Woods Acoustic Band, 10pm

orAnge peel Slice of Life (comedy open mic), 9pm

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timo's house Asheville Drum 'n' Bass Collective, 9pm

JAck of the Wood puB Bluegrass jam, 7pm

oliVe or tWist Old-school swing lessons, 7pm Russ Wilson Swing Trio, 8pm


the sociAl Salsa dancing, 9pm

cluB eleVen on groVe DJ Jam (old-school hip-hop, R&B, funk), 9pm cluB metropolis World sustainability discussion & potluck w/ The Luminaries, 6pm Luminaries performance (hip-hop), 9pm douBle croWn Friday night hootenanny w/ DJ Greg Cartwright, 9pm

pisgAh BreWing compAny Warren Hood Band (folk rock, country), 9pm

emerAld lounge Majical Cloudz (electro-pop) w/ Moon King, 9pm

scAndAls nightcluB Dance party, 10pm Drag show, 12:30am

grey eAgle music hAll & tAVern Martha Scanlan (roots, Americana), 9pm isis restAurAnt And music hAll

Bloody mary Bar Sundays @ noon Jim Arrendell & the Cheap Suits (dance), 9pm JAck of the Wood puB My Three Kilts (Celtic rock), 9pm lexington AVe BreWery (lAB) Cope (rock, reggae, roots) w/ Copious Jones & Distopia, 9:30pm

one stop deli & BAr Arpetrio & Former Champions (electronic, jam), 10pm orAnge peel Back N Black (AC/DC tribute), 9pm pAck's tAVern DJ Moto (dance, pop, hits), 9pm

millroom Dance party w/ DJ Harry Darnell, 9pm

phoenix lounge Jeff Sipe Trio (jam, fusion), 9pm

odditorium Deadstock & friends (hip-hop), 9pm

pisgAh BreWing compAny Sarah Clinton Schaffer (Americana) w/ Annabelle's Curse, 9pm

oliVe or tWist 3 Cool Cats (vintage rock, swing), 8:30pm

scAndAls nightcluB Zumba, 7pm Dance party, 10pm

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CLAWHAMMER RELEASE PARTY! Music by Letters to Abigail (CD Release Party)






tRaP PoP: Detroit’s Jamaican Queens is known for dark, experimental pop and innovative hip-hop beats, or, as the band says, songs about “intense violence, hopelessness and drug use — juxtaposed with honest tales of love, a lack thereof and the pursuit of a reason to live.” The duo plays Apothecary on Wednesday, Aug. 28.

Drag show, 1am sly grog lounge Trivia night, 7pm strAightAWAy cAfe Wilhelm Brothers (folk, Americana), 6pm VAnuAtu kAVA BAr Space Medicine (electro-coustic, ambient, improv), 8:30pm VincenZo's Bistro Steve Whiddon (old-time piano, vocals), 5:30pm WAter'n hole Ashli Rose (singer-songwriter), 10pm White horse Robin Bullock (guitar), 8pm

sAturdAy, sept. 7 5 WAlnut Wine BAr Down South, 10pm Boiler room Domination: Back to School (goth dance party), 10pm cluB eleVen on groVe Salsa social, 10pm cluB hAirsprAy DJ Brian Sparxxx, 8pm cork & keg Old-time jam, 8pm

millroom Sinistarr (electronic, drum & bass) w/ Forrest Bump & Apogee Orbic, 10pm odditorium Dark Rides 7" release show w/ Common Visions (punk), 9pm oliVe or tWist Live Motown/soul music & dancing, 8:30pm one stop deli & BAr Bluegrass brunch w/ Grits & Soul, 11am orAnge peel TCW Wrestling w/ Gutterhound & Future West, 8pm pAck's tAVern 96.5 House Band (classics), 9pm phoenix lounge Carrie Morrison (singer-songwriter, piano), 1pm Jonathan Scales Fourchestra (jazz, fusion), 9pm purple onion cAfe Wendy Jones, 8pm scAndAls nightcluB Dance party, 10pm Drag show, 12:30am smokey's After dArk Karaoke, 10pm

creekside tAphouse Southbound Turnaround (honky-tonk), 9pm douBle croWn Saturday shakedown w/ DJ Lil' Lorrah, 9pm

strAightAWAy cAfe Lester Grass (bluegrass), 6pm

emerAld lounge Rose Windows (rock, psychedelic) w/ Nightlands & The Friendly Beasts, 9pm

the sociAl Karaoke, 9:30pm

isis restAurAnt And music hAll

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JAck of the Wood puB The Shilohs (indie rock) w/ Free Time, 9pm

stAtic Age records Impossible Vacation (indie rock, pop) w/ Hot Mess Monster, Dark Rides & Common Visions, 9pm

grey eAgle music hAll & tAVern Kovacs & the Polar Bear (indie rock) w/ Gold Light & Nesey Gallons, 9pm


Zansa (world) CD release party w/ Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba, 9pm

VincenZo's Bistro Steve Whiddon (old-time piano, vocals), 5:30pm White horse Amici: "A Cello Rondo" (classical), 7:30pm














by Ken Hanke & Justin Souther

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HHHHH = max rating contact

PicK oF thE WEEK

thEatER LiStinGS

Closed Circuit HHHHH

FRiday, auGuSt 30 thuRSday, SEPtEmBER 5 Due to possible scheduling changes, moviegoers may want to confirm showtimes with theaters.

diREctoR: John Crowley PLayERS: Eric Bana, Rebecca Hall, Ciarán Hinds, Riz Ahmed, Jim Broadbent, Julia Stiles

Asheville PizzA & Brewing Co. (254-1281) Please call the info line for updated showtimes. Turbo 3D (Pg) 1:00, 4:00 (All Tue shows in 2D)

LEGaL/PoLiticaL thRiLLER

Pacific rim (Pg-13) 7:00, 10:00 CArmike CinemA 10 (298-4452)

RatEd R

2 guns (r) 1:35, 4:30, 7:05, 10:05 Despicable me 2 2D (Pg) 1:20, 4:15, 6:45, 9:15 Jobs (Pg-13) 7:00, 9:55 The lone ranger (Pg-13) 12:45, 4:00, 7:10, 10:15 The mortal instruments: City of Bones (Pg-13) 1:00, 4:10, 7:15, 10:10

thE StoRy: Defense lawyers for a sensitive case involving an alleged terrorist bomber find themselves embroiled in something more than they bargained for. thE LoWdoWn: An unusually smart legal thriller that appeals more to the intellect than your standard action-oriented flick. (Think Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.) A strong cast, solid direction and a well-rounded script make this one a must-see.

A first-rate legal thriller from director John Crowley and screenwriter Steven Knight (Dirty Pretty Things, Eastern Promises), Closed Circuit is also a film I fear will get lost at the box office, owing to the lack of a big-draw star and very little promotion from the distributor. That it’s opening on a pretty slack week for appealing choices may help. But if you like your thrillers grounded in political conspiracies — and especially if you like them with a British accent — this should be at the top of your list. What it lacks in star power — let’s face it, Eric Bana has never quite crossed into moviestar status — it makes up for in truly solid casting with Bana, Rebecca Hall, Ciarán Hinds, Jim Broadbent and Riz Ahmed (The Reluctant Fundamentalist). Crowley’s direction is a lot slicker than it was on Is

Percy Jackson: sea of monsters 2D (Pg) 1:45, 4:25, 6:55, 9:30 The smurfs 2 2D (Pg) 1:30, 4:05, 6:35, 9:10 Turbo 2D (Pg) 1:40, 4:40 we’re the millers (r) 1:50, 4:50, 7:30, 10:05 The world’s end (r) 1:10, 4:45, 7:40, 10:20 You’re next (r) 1:20, 4:20, 7:20, 9:50 CArolinA CinemAs (274-9500)

Eric Bana and ciarán hinds in John Crowley’s first-rate thriller Closed Circuit.

Anybody There? (2009), and Knight’s screenplay is filled with those little details that enhance a thriller. The story concerns the trial of a man (Denis Moschitto) charged with the terrorist crime of killing 120 people with a bomb in London’s Borough Market. The trial involves evidence claimed to be so sensitive in nature that the defendant himself is not allowed to know what it is. For that matter, the case requires two defense lawyers — one to defend him in open court, the other to handle the “closed sessions.” And, of course, the lawyers themselves aren’t allowed to share information — something that’s made more complicated in this particular situation because the open-court representative, Martin Rose (Bana), and closed-session one, Claudia SimmonsHowe (Hall), are former lovers. That Claudia and Martin withhold this information from their superiors is sketchy, but as things develop, it may

just be the reason they were chosen. Their former relationship compromises them and affords certain powers a degree of leverage should it be needed. (Of course, it will be.) That the pair are not exactly on cordial terms is a separate issue that adds some shading to the proceedings. Given the genre, very little about the case is what it seems. Something is clearly amiss — starting with the distinct possibility (first suggested by Julia Stiles, playing an American journalist) that the original defense lawyer Martin replaced didn’t commit suicide but was murdered. The more that’s uncovered, the more it becomes apparent that everything is being stage-managed by higherups, notably the Attorney General (Jim Broadbent concealing steely determination behind his avuncular façade). Without realizing it, Martin and Claudia have entered

Blue Jasmine (Pg-13) 11:00, 12:00, 2:15, 4:30, 6:45, 8:15, 9:00 Closed Circuit (r) starts wednesday 11:45, 2:00, 4:15, 6:30, 8:45 Crystal Fairy (nr) 11:45, 2:10, 4:25, 6:40, 9:10 elysium (r) 12:00, 2:30, 5:00, 7:30, 10:00 i Declare war (nr) 1:35, 3:45 lee Daniels’ The Butler (Pg-13) 11:00, 1:45, 4:30, 6:30, 9:30 The mortal instruments: City of Bones (Pg-13) 11:00, 1:15, 4:00, 6:45, 9:30 one Direction: This is Us 3D (Pg) 4:00, 8:25 one Direction: This is Us 2D (Pg) 11:40, 1:50, 6:15 Planes 2D (Pg) 11:10, 1:45, 3:45,8:15 The spectacular now (r) starts wednesday 11:45, 2:00, 4:15, 6:00, 7:15, 9:30 The way, way Back (Pg-13) 11:00, 1:20, 3:40, 6:45 we’re the millers (r) 11:15, 1:45, 4:15, 6:45, 9:30 The world’s end (r) 12:00, 2:20, 4:40, 7:00, 9:00, 9:45, 10:30 You’re next (r) 11:00, 1:15, 3:30, 6:00, 8:15, 10:30 CineBArre (665-7776) Co-eD CinemA BrevArD (883-2200) lee Daniels’ The Butler (Pg-13) 1:00, 4:00, 7:00 ePiC oF henDersonville (693-1146) Fine ArTs TheATre (232-1536) 20 Feet from stardom (Pg-13) 1:20, 7:20 Blue Jasmine (Pg-13) 1:00, 4:00, 7:00, Late show Fri-Sat 9:15 The way, way Back (Pg-13) 4:20, Late show Fri-Sat 9:30 FlATroCk CinemA (697-2463) lee Daniels’ The Butler (Pg-13) 3:30, 7:00 regAl BilTmore grAnDe sTADiUm 15 (6841298) UniTeD ArTisTs BeAUCATCher (298-1234)

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by Ken Hanke & Justin Souther

a world in which no one is what he or she seems, and they’re playing a game that can only be won by those who control the rules. The title refers to London’s pervasive use of closed-circuit cameras, who controls them, what they record and, perhaps more chillingly, what they can be made not to record. It’s intelligent, compelling drama of a kind we don’t get very often. Seek it out. Rated R for language and brief violence. reviewed by Ken Hanke Starts Wednesday at Carolina Cinemas

“ToTally engrossing combinaTion of make-believe and realiTy” — TwiTch film

Crystal Fairy HHHH diREctoR: Sebastián Silva (The Maid) © 2011 IDW FILMS INC. ALL RIghtS ReSeRveD.

eXclUsive engagemenT Asheville The Carolina Asheville

sTarTs friday, aUgUsT 30

(828) 274-9500

Fri–Wed: 1:35 & 3:45 PM

Mountain Xpress

PLayERS: Michael Cera, Gaby Hoffman, Juan Andrés Silva, José Miguel Silva, Augustín Silva dRama RatEd nR thE StoRy: An American, his Chilean friends and a woman called Crystal Fairy go in search of a San Pedro cactus and a mescaline trip.

WEDNESDAY 08/28 Lowdown: A shaggy, sham1/8pg V (2.3906”) X 5.145” thE TM bling road trip of a movie that lacks ALL.IDW.0828.MXPRESemail much in the way of a story, but boasts an oddly compelling — even moving — feeling.


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Sebastián Silva’s Crystal Fairy — or to give it its full onscreen title, Crystal Fairy & The Magical Cactus and 2012 — was something of a surprise for me. It has hand-held camerawork of the less-than-stable variety. It has improvised dialogue. It stars Michael Cera. (It will be a long time before I forget Paper Heart or Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, let alone forgive them.) Any one of these elements could be a deal-breaker for me. All together, these elements create a trifecta of terror — or so I would think. But somehow or other, I ended up finding the movie strangely compelling. There’s something appealing here — and this despite the trailer giving away the entire film. The basics of the film are simple.


Cera plays Jamie, an American more or less drifting through Chile on the apparent sufferance of his friend, Champa (Juan Andrés Silva). Jamie may not be quite the “Ugly American,” but he’s certainly the arrogantly clueless one. More than anything, he’s embarrassing and annoying (especially if you are an American). His big ambition is to get ahold of a San Pedro cactus so he can extract some mescaline and trip on the beach — an enterprise that Champa and his brothers (all played by brothers of the director) fall in with, though with somewhat less excitement than Jamie. To complicate matters, Jamie gets coked and liquored-up at a party and invites neo-hippie Crystal Fairy (Gaby Hoffman) to go along. His Chilean compatriots don’t mind her as much as Jamie does. Both Jamie and Crystal Fairy want to be in charge, and they see each other as a threat. (Whether this is an American trait, you decide.) Story-wise, all that happens is they get the cactus, go to the beach, distill it and trip on the beach. In other words, everything you saw in the trailer. But the story isn’t what the film is about. What makes the film worth seeing is the gradual erosion of who and what we think Jamie and Crystal Fairy are. But (and this is the real selling point for me) the film does all this without stating a single thing, without telling you anything much about them. Crystal Fairy tells a traumatic story about herself, but the film never tries to use this to explain her. In fact, it never explains anything, concludes anything and, thank goodness, never turns into anything approaching a romcom. When the film starts, Jamie is an irritating jerk, and Crystal Fairy’s impression of a 1960’s “free spirit” may be even worse. (You certainly understand why he regrets his drunken invitation and would love to ditch her.) By the time the film ends, they’re something else — but that “something else” is left to the viewer to feel. I like that. If you’re interested, catch it quick, because I don’t see this one lasting. Not Rated, but contains strong language, adult themes, drug use and a lot of naked Gaby Hoffman. reviewed by Ken Hanke Starts Friday at Carolina Cinemas

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I Declare War HHH diREctoR: Jason Lapeyre, Robert Wilson PLayERS: Gage Munroe, Siam Yu, Michael Friend, Mackenzie Munro, Aidan Gouveia action RatEd nR thE StoRy: A game of war in the woods between kids takes a serious turn as teenage jealousy and emotion enter the mix. thE Lowdown: While somewhat ambitious, a lack of focus, budget and onscreen talent really drag the film down.

There are definitely cinephiles roaming about who adore Jason Lapeyre and Robert Wilson’s I Declare War. I am not one of those people. It won Best Picture and Best Screenplay at the 2012 ActionFest and the Audience Award at last year’s Fantastic Fest in Austin, so there’s definitely an audience for it. While I can appreciate what the film is attempting, I also don’t think it fully works, and it’s honestly a movie that fits better in a festival setting than at a matinee showing at a theater. As an exercise in small-scale, low-budget filmmaking, the movie is somewhat impressive. However, these same limitations — as well as some muddled ideas and a lack of onscreen talent — ultimately hamstring the movie. I Declare War is predicated on a simple scenario, throwing the audience into a “war” between young tweens, playing in the woods after school, battling it out with sticks and water balloons. The film often jumps into the kid’s imaginations, as lumber turns into machine guns and bazookas. At the center of this battle is PK (Gage Munroe), an undefeated general, warhistory nerd and apparent master strategist who wants to win, but only fair and square by the handful of rules set in place. Unfortunately, not all the other kids abide by the rules of the game, like Skinner (Michael Friend), an angry boy who takes prisoners and is at times surprisingly sadistic. The film starts off as an obvious — and fairly heavy-handed — commentary on the horrors of war, as laws and rules are in place

for something that’s naturally and innately horrific. But I Declare War can only get so much mileage out of this flimsy premise, and the film slowly transitions to preteen drama. In many ways, the movie’s on much stronger footing in this sense, at least when it’s not copying The Lord of the Flies. The teenage daydream conversations that the movie’s only female character, Jess (Mackenzie Munro), has with her crush Quinn (Aidan Gouveia) are surprisingly clever. At the same time, the jealousy between PK, Skinner and PK’s best friend Kwon (Siam Yu) is realistic. Still, the characters only feel sketched in, and the talent’s too often on the level of high-school drama club — they’re simply incapable of creating any palpable emotional connection. Combine this with some unspectacular direction, and the film just doesn’t do much for me, though you may think differently. Not Rated. reviewed by Justin Souther Starts Friday at Carolina Cinemas

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones HHH diREctoR: Harald Zwart (The Karate Kid) PLayERS: Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower, Robert Sheehan, Lena Headey, Kevin Zegers tEEn fantaSy RatEd PG-13 thE StoRy: A teen girl discovers she’s from supernatural bloodlines and finds herself entangled in an endless war between demons and those tasked with hunting them. thE Lowdown: An occasionally horrific and handsome-looking teen-fantasy flick that goes on too long, eventually devolving into little more than really expensive teen melodrama.

Harald Zwart’s The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones is yet another attempt at building a teenfantasy/romance franchise in our

post-Harry Potter, post-Twilight cinematic world. Creating a successful film franchise is the Holy Grail of the movie business these days, in pursuit of which quality isn’t necessarily a factor. The past decade is strewn with solid, forgotten teenfantasy flicks that never caught on, and judging from The Mortal Instruments flaccid box office, it looks like we can add another one to the pile. The film is a shameless mishmash of Potter fantasy and Twilight-style romantic melodrama, but with certain aspects that are so out of place as to be curious. The plot revolves around Clary (Lily Collins, Mirror Mirror), a normal teenage girl who discovers that she’s the child of magic-wielding demon hunters and gets thrown into a world of the supernatural. Luckily, the last active demon hunters (affectionately named Shadowhunters) are mostly young adults around the same age as Clary — and all have a penchant for dressing like ‘90s industrial goths. Most of the movie concerns Clary learning the truth about her past, while attempting to track down the Mortal Cup — an ancient, long-hidden artifact that mustn’t fall into the hands of the evil Valentine (Jonathan Rhys Meyers). Said cup has the power to turn normal people into Shadowhunters. Originality is obviously the film’s bête noire, but this stuff almost works — at least for a little while. The strange goth vibe is odd but entertaining (at least accidentally), and the movie isn’t above poking fun at itself. The set design is nicely thought out, which, combined with the cinematography, makes for an often attractive film. Even the ersatz Hans Zimmer score is effective, while aspects of the film — like the demonic rottweiller — are surprisingly horrific for such a teencentric movie. The problem is that most of the amassed goodwill peters out around the halfway mark when The Mortal Instruments flops into a mess of teenage melodrama. The numerous love triangles are laboriously set up, and feel like they only exist because, well, that’s what Twilight did and look how much money it made. Then there’s the never-ending climax that runs all over the place for about 20 minutes (it might’ve been longer; dear lord, it definitely felt longer) before being kind enough to lay down and die. In the end, there’s a handful of weird, interesting aspects, but

it’s not enough to overcome the film’s general — and probably innate — lousiness. Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of fantasy violence and action, and some suggestive content. reviewed by Justin Souther Playing at Carmike 10, Carolina Cinemas, Epic of Hendersonville, Regal Biltmore Grande

The Spectacular Now HHH diREctoR: James Ponsoldt PLayERS: Miles Teller, Shailene Woodley, Brie Larson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Kyle Chandler cominG-of-aGE dRama comEdy RatEd R

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thE StoRy: Coming-of-age teen romance involving an unlikely couple. thE Lowdown: Much-praised teen drama that I found a good bit less than terrific. The leads are likable enough, even when their characters are less so.

I suppose James Ponsoldt’s The Spectacular Now concludes the year’s unofficial (and unintentional) "coming-of-age" trilogy. Rather neatly, we started off with early teens (The Way, Way Back), moved into midteens (The Kings of Summer), and now end with late teens in The Spectacular Now. It is also the most critically lauded of the three, but the best I can say is that I liked it all right. All in all, it feels to me like a much less stylish variation on last year’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower — with a less interesting soundtrack, less appealing characters and a less compelling script. Bear in mind, the more mundane quality of The Spectacular Now is considered a plus by some, because it makes a more "realistic" film. That is not a viewpoint I share — in part because I don’t find the film particularly realistic — which is why I’m in the minority here.

It’s an OK movie for its kind, but it’s a long way from great. When all is said and done, this is a somewhat soapy teen romance between a cool boy, Sutter (Miles Teller), and a very uncool "good girl," Aimee (Shailene Woodley). They "meet cute" when she discovers him passed out on a lawn while doing her mother’s paper route. Since he’s just broken up with his girlfriend, Cassidy (Brie Larson), he’s vaguely interested in Aimee in a rebound kind of way — despite the fact that he hasn’t even noticed her prior to this meeting. It plays out pretty much as you’d expect, though the performers make it feel a bit more interesting than it is. The problem — or one of the problems — is that the characters aren’t especially deep or even interesting. Sutter’s drinking (into which he initiates Aimee) is an issue that’s not fully developed and is too easily dealt with. (That’s particularly surprising considering the brutal honesty of the director’s previous film on alcoholism, Smashed.) Dragging in a pretty hoary set of "daddy issues" seems more like a plot device than anything else. The film is at its best when the characters do the least talking. (The dialogue-free ending is the

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best thing in the movie, even if it leans heavily on two better pictures that have to remain nameless to avoid spoiling it.) Unfortunately, the two main characters talk a lot. Whether they say anything worth hearing is a personal call. (That they could both use some diction lessons is not.) I wasn’t exactly blown away by their conversations, but others have been, so your feelings may well not mirror mine. Does the awkwardly banal dialogue make it all "real"? I didn’t think so, but that may stem from my inability to get past the feeling that the story itself is neither all that realistic nor compelling. Part of the reason for that — possibly the largest part — is that the duo pretty much are the film. There’s a shortage of other characters and little sense of the society in which they exist. Maybe I’m missing something, but I found The Spectacular Now a good bit shy of spectacular. Rated R for teen alcohol use, language and some sexuality. reviewed by Ken Hanke Starts Wednesday at Carolina Cinemas


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The World’s End HHHHH diREctoR: Edgar Wright PLayERS: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Martin Freeman, Paddy Considine, Eddie Marsan, Rosamund Pike Sci-fi action comEdy RatEd R thE StoRy: Five old friends are talked into getting back together to re-stage an epic pub crawl they didn’t quite pull off 20 years ago. thE Lowdown: Surprisingly deep — even moving — comedy of the very British variety. Not as wildly funny as Hot Fuzz, but consistently amusing and quite possibly better made.

Supposedly the final film in Edgar Wright’s loosely grouped trilogy of comedies starring Simon Pegg (who also co-wrote the films) and Nick

nick frost, Eddie marsan, Simon Pegg, Paddy considine in Edgar Wright’s frequently sublime, always entertaining The World’s End.

Frost, The World’s End doesn’t quite live up to its immediate predecessor, Hot Fuzz (2007), but handily bests the first film, Shaun of the Dead (2004). (Those who think anything is better with zombies may argue the point.) Wright has become a more assured and creative director (not unlike Guy Ritchie in terms of style), while both he and Pegg have become better writers. The first movie took on zombie films, the second the action picture, this one tackles science fiction. But the truth is that the genres — no matter how lovingly and knowingly spoofed — aren’t at the heart of the movies. All three films are ultimately about friendship and the charms, absurdities and pitfalls of British life. That last — the almost aggressive Britishness — makes the films play to a relatively select audience. This one is perhaps even more Brit-centric than its predecessors, but it’s not impenetrable either. If you’re in tune with the feel of British humor, the references you miss won’t matter much. The World’s End opens with Gary King (Pegg) telling what looks like an AA group the story of a not-entirelysuccessful pub crawl undertaken by his friends and himself 20 years


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ago — an event he nonetheless remembers as the best moment of his life. It’s this memory that prompts him to track down those old friends and convince them that they need to make an attempt at that crawl again — only this time to make it through all 12 pubs (with names like The Trusty Servant and The Famous Cock) concluding at The World’s End as originally planned. The problem is that the others — Oliver (Martin Freeman), Steven (Paddy Considine), Peter (Eddie Marsan), and especially Andrew (Frost) — have all moved on with their lives. They have grown up and Gary hasn’t — or so they think. But somehow — in large part by lying to the others that Andrew has agreed to the idea — Gary manages to rope them all into this trip to their old hometown of Newton Haven for this second go at drinking their way through town. Of course, nothing goes according to plan — not in the least because of the simmering resentment toward Gary, but also due to the homogenization of the pubs. The various watering holes have

become strangely similar, as has the pub food. The boys say the bars have been “Starbucked,” but the forced quaintness might better be described as Disneyfied. It’s a lot like the carefully preserved (at any cost) village from Hot Fuzz, but designed exclusively for tourists. The film reasonably uncovers why the town is like it is — and why some of the inhabitants haven’t changed in 20 years — in a manner that feels a lot like one of those episodes of The Avengers in which Steed and Mrs. Peel uncover a dire plot. Moreover, the film explores the nature of nostalgia, friendship, conformity and the plusses and minuses of moving on. Most amazing is the way The World’s End keeps Gary from becoming a Brit variation on those tiresome Judd Apatow man-boy characters. There’s genuine depth here — maybe even tragedy, certainly desperation. Gary is exactly the kind of irritating friend whose specialty is generating scenarios that land everyone else in the soup. But the film insists we understand why he’s that way, and even sympathize with him because, well, this is really all he has. And just maybe, he’s not entirely in the wrong. This is pretty heavy stuff for what’s essentially a wild knockabout. It’s also what makes the film so much more than just another raunchy comedy. That it makes the “end” of the world amusing and tops it off with a terrific Housemartins song is just gravy. Rated R for pervasive language, including sexual references. reviewed by Ken Hanke Playing at Carmike 10, Carolina Cinemas, Regal Biltmore Grande

You’re Next HHH diREctoR: Adam Wingard PLayERS: Sharni Vinson, Nicholas Tucci, Wendy Glenn, AJ Bowen, Joe Swanberg homE-invaSion hoRRoR RatEd R thE StoRy: Gory home invasion movie with a twist ... and a few dollops of black comedy. thE Lowdown: Overrated but reasonably adequate horror of the splattery kind. Nothing special.

I do wish I could see the same movie all those folks who are heaping praise on Adam Wingard’s You’re Next saw — you know, the really scary, funny one with all the fresh ideas. I want to see that one. There must have been something wrong with the print I saw. Oh, it said it was You’re Next, the credits seemed correct and the story followed the clips in the trailer, but what I saw was an unevenly acted, moderately efficient homeinvasion picture with an old-asthe-hills plot Scotch-taped to it. I didn’t mind it. I may have jumped once. I chuckled a few times — sometimes at things that were possibly intended to be funny. But the wickedly funny, terrifying, original movie I’d been told to expect wasn’t there. (Let’s not even get into the supposed idea that there’s some kind of deeply subversive message here, which has been claimed.) After a pretty stock opening involving the murder of a college professor and his nubile cutie (and terminally stupid) girlfriend by evildoers in animal masks, the film turns into one of those things where a lot of people are heading to some kind of party at an Isolated Country Mansion (just down the road from the freshly slaughtered duo, of course). In this case, we have a retiring weapons contractor (Rob Moran) and his spectacularly unbalanced wife (Barbara Crampton) holding a family gathering at their summer home. (Since he’s a retired munitions-maker, he’s obviously disposable.) Of course, the family is dysfunctional and their significant others are no better. It is a central failing of the film that none of the characters are very likable, making it hard to care who ends up in a pool of his or her own blood. Even the plucky girl (Sharni Vinson) with the skills to fight back (she was raised on a survivalist compound, you see) isn’t especially likable — just less repellent and annoying than the others. It takes approximately a halfhour to get to the central mayhem with our masked marauders crashing the family reunion, and once we get there, it’s nothing you haven’t seen before — despite the not-hardto-guess “twist.” It’s a blend of your standard meat-on-the-hoof body -count picture (where people insist on doing stupid things) and 1971’s Straw Dogs — or perhaps Home Alone (1990), which was essentially Straw Dogs with fewer deaths and

an even shorter lead actor. For what it is, it’s not bad, but it’s only sporadically more than that. There are occasional bright moments of black humor. The best gag is a riff on the boiling water business in Straw Dogs. All in all, though, I was

underwhelmed. Rated R for strong bloody violence, language and some sexuality/nudity. reviewed by Ken Hanke Playing at Carmike 10, Carolina Cinemas, Epic of Hendersonville, Regal Biltmore Grande

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Closed Circuit See review in “Cranky Hanke”

The Spectacular Now See review in “Cranky Hanke”

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Getaway Here we have some kind of action flick from the director of An American Haunting (that’ll pack ‘em in), starring Ethan Hawke and Selena Gomez (already lining up for tickets, aren’t you?). From the publicity blurb: Hawke is “a burned out race car driver named Brent who is thrust into a do-or-die mission behind the wheel when his wife is kidnapped. With Brent’s only ally being a young hacker (Selena Gomez), his one hope of saving his wife is to follow the orders of the mysterious voice (Jon Voight) who’s watching his every move through cameras mounted in the car Brent’s driving.” No comment. (PG-13)

I Declare War See Justin Souther’s review in “Cranky Hanke”

Crystal Fairy See review in “Cranky Hanke”

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20 Feet from Stardom HHHH Lisa Fischer, Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Judith Hill, Mick Jagger, Bette Midler Music Documentary Documentary on the world of backup singers. Charming, tuneful, occasionally moving and always entertaining about the singers who contributed so much to so many great songs. Rated PG-13

2 Guns HHH Denzel Washington, Mark Wahlberg, Paula Patton, Bill Paxton, Edward James Olmos Action An undercover DEA agent and an undercover Naval officer are tricked into robbing $43 million from a ruthless CIA agent. Uneven, convoluted and occasionally ugly buddy-cop flick that’s not as clever or as fun as it thinks it is. Rated R

Blue Jasmine HHHHH Cate Blanchett, Sally Hawkins, Alec Baldwin, Bobby Canavale, Peter Sarsgaard, Louis C.K. Drama with Bitter comedy A woman whose husband left her widowed, with nothing but the wreckage of his illegal financial empire — and a lot of high-toned notions — finds her life spinning out of control. A rich, beautifully crafted and intricate film from Woody Allen that qualifies as essential viewing. Rated PG-13

Closed Circuit HHHHH Eric Bana, Rebecca Hall, Ciarán Hinds, Riz Ahmed, Jim Broadbent, Julia Stiles Legal/Political Thriller Defense lawyers for a sensitive case involving an alleged terrorist bomber find themselves embroiled in something more than they bargained for. An unusually smart legal thriller that appeals more to the intellect than your standard action-oriented flick. (Think Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.) A strong cast, solid direction and a wellrounded script make this one a must-see. Rated R


Ron Livingston, Shanley Caswell, Hayley McFarland Horror A family moves into an old house where evil spirits dwell. Is it as good as you’ve heard? No. It has script problems galore. But director James Wan still manages to pull off one creepy movie with some solid scares, even if it lacks some of the flair of his earlier films. Rated R

Crystal Fairy HHHH Michael Cera, Gaby Hoffman, Juan Andrés Silva, José Miguel Silva, Augustín Silva Drama An American, his Chilean friends and a woman called Crystal Fairy go in search of a San Pedro cactus and a mescaline trip. A shaggy, shambling road trip of a movie that lacks much in the way of a story, but boasts an oddly compelling — even moving — feeling. Rated nR

Despicable Me 2 HHH (Voices) Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Benjamin Bratt, Miranda Cosgrove, Russell Brand, Steve Coogan Animated comedy The formerly villainous Gru is recruited by the Anti-Villain League to catch a new super criminal. It contains all the elements of the agreeable original film, but the structure is a mess and, despite pleasing moments, it’s just not very good. Rated PG

Elysium HHHH Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Sharlto Copley, Alice Braga, Diego Luna, Wagner Moura Science Fiction In 2154, there’s what’s left of earth and there’s Elysium — a paradise for the wealthy. And it’s a paradise one man must penetrate if he’s to survive lethal radiation poisoning. It hits more than it misses — not in the least because Elysium has more on its mind than any other big-budget, sci-fi actioner to come out this year. Unfortunately, it also has some shortcomings that keep it from really winning the big prize. Rated R

I Declare War HHH

The Conjuring HHHH

Gage Munroe, Siam Yu, Michael Friend, Mackenzie Munro, Aidan Gouveia

Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Lili Taylor,

Action A game of war in the woods be-

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tween kids takes a serious turn as teenage jealousy and emotion enter the mix. While somewhat ambitious, a lack of focus, budget and onscreen talent really drag the film down. Rated nR

Lee Daniels’ The Butler HHHH Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, David Oyelowo, Cuba Gooding Jr., Terrence Howard Fact-Based Drama Fact-based drama about the man who served as White House butler from Ike to Reagan. Lee Daniels feels constrained with a PG-13 rating, but his film still resonates with honest emotion and solid filmmaking that manages to pack more than 80 years of story into two hours without feeling rushed. Rated PG-13

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones HHH Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower, Robert Sheehan, Lena Headey, Kevin Zegers Teen Fantasy A teen girl discovers she’s from supernatural bloodlines and finds herself entangled in an endless war between demons and those tasked with hunting them. An occasionally horrific and handsome-looking teen-fantasy flick that goes on too long, eventually devolving into little more than really expensive teen melodrama. Rated PG-13

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters HH Logan Lerman, Alexandra Daddario, Douglas Smith, Leven Rambin, Brandon T. Jackson Fantasy Adventure Percy Jackson, the teenage son of Poseidon, must track down the legendary Golden Fleece to save the world. A snarky attempt at filling the void left over by the end of the Harry Potter series that’s killed by its lack of budget, charm or a decent script. Rated PG

Planes HH

(Voices) Dane Cook, Stacy Keach, Brad Garrett, Roger Craig Smith, Carlos Alazraqui Animated Adventure An anthropomorphic cropduster is the underdog in an airplane race around the globe. A generic, harmless animated flick that does nothing new, yet at least has enough sense to be cinematic. Rated PG

The Smurfs 2 H Hank Azaria, Neil Patrick Harris, Brendan Gleeson, Jayma Mays Animation Live-Action Abomination Gargamel kidnaps Smurfette and the others have to rescue her. It’s the same as the first one, only even less inspired, if you can believe it. Rated PG




The Spectacular Now HHH

Miles Teller, Shailene Woodley, Brie Larson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Kyle Chandler coming-of-Age Drama comedy Comingof-age teen romance involving an unlikely couple. Much-praised teen drama that I found a good bit less than terrific. The leads are likable enough, even when their characters are less so. Rated R


(voices) Ryan Reynolds, Paul Giamatti, Michael Pena, Bill Hader, Luis Guzman Animated Action comedy An everyday garden snail who dreams of speed get superpowers in a freak accident and sets his sights on winning the Indy 500. Mostly harmless, yet slightly below-average in almost every sense. Rated PG

The Way, Way Back HHHH Liam James, Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Sam Rockwell, Allison Janney, AnnaSophia Robb, Maya Rudolph comedy Drama A lonely, awkward 14-year-old is forced to spend the summer at the beach with his mother and her new mean-spirited boyfriend. It takes a while to find its footing, but this warmly nostalgic coming-of-age comedy wins out with its array of unusually well-crafted characters. Rated PG-13

We’re the MillersHHH Jennifer Aniston, Jason Sudeikis, Will Poulter, Emma Roberts, Ed Helms, Nick Offerman comedy A drug dealer agrees to smuggle a load of marijuana out of Mexico to square himself with his supplier. Modestly funny in a blandly predictable manner. It’s the movie version of the hooker-witha-heart-of-gold and just as unbelievable. Rated R

The World’s End HHHHH Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Martin Freeman, Paddy Considine, Eddie Marsan, Rosamund Pike Sci-Fi Action comedy Five old friends are talked into getting back together to restage an epic pub crawl they didn’t quite pull off 20 years ago. Surprisingly deep — even moving — comedy of the very British variety. Not as wildly funny as Hot Fuzz, but consistently amusing and quite possibly better made. Rated R

You’re Next HHH Sharni Vinson, Nicholas Tucci, Wendy Glenn, AJ Bowen, Joe Swanberg Home-invasion Horror Gory home invasion movie with a twist ... and a few dollops of black comedy. Overrated but reasonably adequate horror of the splattery kind. Nothing special. Rated R complex, dark, humored thriller from Danny Boyle that’s reminiscent of his earlier work. Deep? Probably not, but as an act of pure filmmaking it’s a must-see. Rated R

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Be Kind Rewind HHHHH comEdy Calling Michel Gondry’s 2008 film a comedy does it a great disservice. This incredibly warm and gentle film is much more than that. Its premise — VHS video store workers replace the accidentally erased movies with decidedly low-rent versions of their own — is really just a springboard to examine much broader concerns of memory, fantasy, community, family and the very nature of movies themselves. There’s nothing quite like it, and there are few modern films so completely free of cynicism, snark and irony. It’s a lovely little film that manages to be utterly sweet without ever being cloying. The Asheville Film Society will screen Be Kind Rewind Tuesday, Sept. 3, at 8 p.m. at The Carolina Asheville and will be hosted by Xpress movie critics Ken Hanke and Justin Souther.

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The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie HHHH dRama The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie hasn’t quite retained the allure it had in 1969, but neither is it easily dismissed. It snagged an Oscar for Maggie Smith, which was a good thing, and popularized that gooey Rod McKuen theme song, which wasn’t. Smith’s portrait of the largely delusional — and probably phony — title character has not dimmed with the passage of time. That’s partly due to Smith and partly due to her character — the school teacher who feeds her own ego by molding her students into followers more than students — who feels authentic, as does the inherent danger of such a person. The Hendersonville Film Society will show The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie Sunday, Sept. 1, at 2 p.m. in the Smoky Mountain Theater at Lake Pointe Landing Retirement Community (behind Epic Cinemas), 333 Thompson St., Hendersonville.

Rififi HHHHH cRimE thRiLLER Jules Dassin’s Rififi (1954) is the grandfather of all heist movies, and its standout, 28-minute safe-cracking sequence (done with neither dialogue, nor background score) remains a harrowing piece of filmmaking on its own. But the striking thing is that this centerpiece is not the conclusion of the film, nor is it really the focus of the drama, which has more to do with the aftermath of the robbery. Truffaut called it the best of all film noir, and while that may be overstating the case, it is nonetheless a remarkable work. Classic World Cinema by Courtyard Gallery will present Rififi Friday, Aug. 30, at 8 p.m. at Phil Mechanic Studios, 109 Roberts St., River Arts District (upstairs in the Railroad Library). Info: 273-3332,

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Voodoo Man / Return of the Ape Man HHHH RatEd nR Bela Lugosi’s last two films for Monogram Pictures make for a heady double dose of Poverty Row insanity that makes for an existential cinematic experience. In Voodoo Man, the “Master of Horror” tries to bring his alarmingly ambulatory “dead” wife back to life with the aid of gas-station owner and part-time witch doctor George Zucco. In Return of the Ape Man, Lugosi must deal with a defrosted caveman run amok. It’s all rather sublime — in its own way. The Thursday Horror Picture Show will screen Voodoo Man and Return of the Ape Man Thursday, Aug. 29, at 8 p.m. in the Cinema Lounge at The Carolina Asheville and will be hosted by Xpress movie critics Ken Hanke and Justin Souther.

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Spanish. Compensation: $57,000 to $90,000 plus competitive benefit package including 401(k) This position is exempt under FLSA and ineligible for overtime pay. CAO shall exclude from consideration applicants who fail to, fully, comply with the following submittal requirements: Send resume, cover letter and three (3) professional work and two (2) personal character (no relatives) references with complete contact information to: Ms. Linda Gamble, Human Resources Manager 25 Gaston Street, Asheville NC, 28801 or or (828) 253-6319 (Fax) EOE & DFWP Open until filled. Interviews are set to begin in late August. Position available October 1, 2013. For agency-related information and to review the classification description, visit: JOB FAIR HOSTED BY THE IRENE WORTHAM CENTER Tuesday, September 3, 2013 from 5:30pm-7:30pm, Adult Day Activity Building, 18 Azalea Street, Asheville, NC 28803. Immediate need to fill various positions and shifts including: Habilitation Technicians/Caregivers: Residential Care • Shift Supervisors: Residential Care • Medical Technicians: Residential Care • Teacher Assistants: Early Learning Centers • Lead Teacher: Early Learning Centers. Applications and interviews will be conducted on-site September 3, 2013. All applicants will be required to submit to and pass drug and background screenings prior to commencement of employment as well as TB testing. All applicants are required to be at least 18 years of age, possess a valid driver's license and high school diploma/GED. Additional information on positions as well as application instructions are available at Irene Wortham provides excellent benefits including health/ dental/vision insurance, retirement savings plan, and PTO/ Holidays. Information: contact 828-210-2243 IWC is an equal opportunity employer. LIBERTY CORNER ENTERPRISES is seeking Support Team Members to work in residential homes and the community with people who have disabilities. • Applicants must have a high school diploma or equivalent, a North Carolina driver's license, proof of insurance and a reliable vehicle. Sign language skills are a plus. • Positions are available in Swain, Haywood and Buncombe counties. Pay rate based on experience. Apply in person at Liberty Corner Enterprises: 147 Coxe Avenue Asheville, NC 28801 or SUBSTANCE ABUSE COUNSELOR Mountain Area Recovery Center is GROWING and we are seeking additional Licensed

Substance Abuse Counselors to meet the needs of our patients. We have positions available in our outpatient OTP clinics located in both Asheville and Clyde, NC. Candidates will provide substance abuse services, including but not limited to, assessments/screenings, intake, client orientation, person centered planning,case management, intervention, client education, and plan and lead structured process and theme centered groups. We offer competitive pay WITH benefits…medical, dental, life, short-term disability, flexible spending account, 401-K, pto, paid holidays, and a flexible work environment in this challenging, yet highly rewarding field. If you are up to the challenge, please e-mail your resume to or fax to attention: Rhonda Ingle at 828.252.9512. EOE SUBSTANCE ABUSE PEER SUPPORT SPECIALIST 2 parttime positions. Attend and participate in regularly scheduled treatment team meetings. Provide lived experience expertise and interact with multi-disciplinary treatment team. Maintain regular contact with referral sources as indicated. Update on consumer's progress. Prepare and conduct concurrent reviews to referral sources as directed by supervisor. Responsible for timely completion of medical record documentation. Documentation of all client or peripheral contacts. Participate in peer record review process. Productive, effective and professional relationships with all disciplines. Keeps supervisor informed. Open to feedback and supervision. Provide transportation for clients to access community resources. Emergency services duty on rotation that may include commitment procedures, after hour assessments, crisis planning, and hospital diversion. Requires NC Certified Peer Support Specialist certificate. Prefer associates degree within a professional Human Services discipline. Be a current or former consumer of substance abuse services. Have a minimum of 1 year demonstrated recovery time prior to date of application. • Please apply online at www. or fax your resume to (828) 350-1300, Attn: Human Resources. You may also email your resume to THERAPEUTIC FOSTER PARENTS NEEDED If you are interested in making a difference in the life of a child, and live in the Asheville area, please give me a call. Free training. Call Debbie Smiley (828) 258-0031 ext. 348 or


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You seem primed to act like a ram, the astrological creature associated with your sign. I swear you have that look in your eyes: the steely gaze that tells me you're about to take a very direct approach to smashing the obstacles in your way. I confess that I have not always approved of such behavior. In the past, you have sometimes done more damage to yourself than to the obstruction you're trying to remove. But this is one time when the head-first approach might work. There is indeed evidence that the job at hand requires a battering ram. What does your intuition tell you?

TAURUS (April 20-May 20) "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" is a raucous love song by the Scottish band The Proclaimers. In the chorus, the singer declares, "I would walk 500 miles / And I would walk 500 more / Just to be the man who walked 1000 miles / To fall down at your door." In 2011, a Chinese woman named Ling Hsueh told her boyfriend Lie Peiwen she would marry him if he took the lyrics of this song to heart. In response, loverboy embarked on a thousand-mile hike to the distant city where she lived. His stunt seemed to have expedited the deepening of their relationship. The two are now wed. In accordance with your current astrological omens, Taurus, I encourage you to consider the possibility of being a romantic fool like Liu Peiwen. What playfully heroic or richly symbolic deed might you be willing to perform for the sake of love?

GEMini (May 21-June 20) "The works must be conceived with fire in the soul but executed with clinical coolness," said the painter Joan Miró in describing his artistic process. I recommend a similar approach to you in the coming weeks. Identify what excites you the most and will continue to inspire and energize you for the foreseeable future. Activate the wild parts of your imagination as you dream and scheme about how to get as much of that excitement as you can stand. And then set to work, with methodical self-discipline, to make it all happen.

cAncER (June 21-July 22) My vision of you in the coming week involves you being more instinctual and natural and primal than usual. I have a picture in my mind of you climbing trees and rolling in the grass and holding bugs in your hands and letting the wind mess up your hair. You're gazing up at the sky a lot, and you're doing spontaneous dance moves for no other reason than because it feels good, and you're serenading the sun and clouds and hills with your favorite songs. I see you eating food with your fingers and touching things you've never touched. I hear you speaking wild truths you've bottled up for months. As for sex? I think you know what to do. 70

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ViRGo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) “A beginning is the time for taking the most delicate care that the balances are correct,” wrote science fiction author Frank Herbert. I urge you to heed that advice. According to my analysis of the astrological omens, you will oversee the germination of several new trends in the coming weeks. Future possibilities will reveal themselves to you. You will be motivated to gather the ingredients and formulate the plans to make sure that those trends and possibilities will actually happen. One of the most critical tasks you can focus on is to ensure that the balances are righteous right from the start.

LEo (July 23-Aug. 22) The Japanese word senzuri refers to a sexual act of self-love performed by a man. Its literal meaning is "a hundred rubs." The corresponding term for the female version is shiko shiko manzuri, or "ten thousand rubs." Judging from the astrological omens, I'm guessing that the applicable metaphor for you in the days ahead will be shiko shiko manzuri rather than senzuri. Whatever gender you are, you'll be wise to slowww wayyyy down and take your time, not just in pursuit of pleasure but in pretty much everything you do. The best rewards and biggest blessings will come from being deliberate, gradual, thorough and leisurely.

LiBRA (Sept. 23-oct. 22) The online Time Travel Mart sells products you might find handy in the event that you travel through time. Available items include barbarian repellant, dinosaur eggs, time-travel sickness pills, a centurion's helmet, a portable wormhole and a samurai umbrella. I have no financial tie to this store. So when I recommend you consider purchasing something from it or another company with a similar product line, it's only because I suspect that sometime soon you will be summoned to explore and possibly even alter the past. Be well-prepared to capitalize on the unexpected opportunities. (Here's a link to the Time Travel Mart:

ScoRPio (oct. 23-nov. 21) Mystic poets find the divine presence everywhere. The wind carries God's love, bestowing tender caresses. The scent of a lily is an intimate message from the Holy Beloved, provoking bliss. Even a bowl of oatmeal contains the essence of the Creator; to eat it is to receive an ecstatic blessing. But those of us who aren't mystic poets are not necessarily attuned to all this sweetness. We may even refuse to make ourselves receptive to the ceaseless


offerings. To the mystic poets, we are like sponges floating in the ocean but trying very hard not to get wet. Don't do that this week; Scorpio. Be like a sponge floating in the ocean and allowing yourself to get totally soaked.

SAGiTTARiUS (nov. 22-Dec. 21) James Caan is a well-known actor who has appeared in more than 80 movies, including notables like The Godfather, A Bridge Too Far and Elf. But he has also turned down major roles in a series of blockbusters: Star Wars, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Kramer vs. Kramer, Blade Runner and Apocalypse Now. I present his odd choices as a cautionary tale for you in the coming weeks, Sagittarius. Don't sell yourself short. Don't shrink from the challenges that present themselves. Even if you have accomplished a lot already, an invitation to a more complete form of success may be in the offing.

cAPRicoRn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) "What a terrible mistake to let go of something wonderful for something real," says a character in one of Miranda July's short stories. I'm offering similar advice to you, Capricorn. The "something real" you would get by sacrificing "something wonderful" might seem to be the more practical and useful option, but I don't think it would be in the long run. Sticking with "something wonderful" will ultimately inspire breakthroughs that boost your ability to meet real-world challenges.

AQUARiUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) "There is more truth in our erotic zones than in the whole of religions and mathematics," wrote the English artist Austin O. Spare. I think he was being melodramatic. Who can say for sure whether such an extreme statement is accurate? But I suspect that it's at least a worthy hypothesis for you to entertain in the coming weeks, Aquarius. The new wisdom you could potentially stir up through an exploration of eros will be extensive and intensive. Your research may proceed more briskly if you have a loving collaborator who enjoys playing, but that's not an absolute necessity.

PiScES (Feb. 19-March 20) "This suspense is terrible. I hope it will last." So says a character in Oscar Wilde's play The Importance of Being Earnest. I could envision you speaking those words sometime soon. Plain old drama could creep in the direction of passionate stimulation. High adventure may beckon, and entertaining stories might erupt. Soon you could find yourself feeling tingly all over, and that might be so oddly pleasant that you don't want it to end. With the right attitude — that is, a willingness to steep yourself in the lyrical ambiguity — your soul could feed off the educational suspense for quite a while.

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