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profit, meaning more money will be spent on actual health care? Section 1101 of the ACA does that. I keep hearing that the ACA has “death panels.” The only death panels I see are in the Republican-held House, which keeps wasting the taxpayers' time and money [by] trying to repeal Obamacare, thereby denying coverage to over 45,000 people such as myself. Because section 2719 of the ACA has a provision to prevent death panels. So again I ask you: Have you actually read the bill? Rather then trying to repeal it, you should be working to strengthen it. It's the morally just thing to do. — Sharon Dagiel Weaverville

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Government grilled cheese The Council of Independent Business Owners (CIBO), a consortium of local proprietors established to “provide a conduit for the flow of information between business and government” hosts semi-regular “power lunches” in downtown Asheville. The event is named as much for the hurry-up, multitask idiom as for the guest, often a person of some significance in politics or business. On Aug. 26, Gov. Pat McCrory joined CIBO members and guests at Magnolia’s, an occasion for which there was “little notice,” as David Forbes reported, noting that the “announcement from the governor’s office went out two hours before the event, but more than a dozen protesters still gathered across the street, criticizing the governor’s passage of voting restrictions, rollback of environmental regulations, and legislation that would take away the city’s water system (McCrory let the related bill pass without his signature).” Readers responded to McCrory’s surprise visit on and Facebook, some of which is excerpted here. Join the conversation at avl. mx/ze. via They felt they had to sneak the Governor of the Great State Of North Carolina in the back door to avoid a handful of well-behaved protesters across the street from the front entrance. CIBO/Magnolia’s actually went through the charade of holding all the parking spots in front of the entrance for his entourage, and then pulling the barricades aside minutes before his arrival and looking up the street expectantly ... only to have the SUVs pull around back for [McCrory] to sneak into the building out of sight. Profiles in Courage he ain’t. — bsummers Gov. Pat “Pinocchio” McCrory lacks profiles in honesty as well. — Lamont cranston So, government should run more

CIBO welcomed quest Gov. Pat mccRoRy at its Aug. 26 “power lunch.”

like a business, eh? OK. I’ll take that as a directive ... — jonathan wainscott Don’t worry, business owners/ people who have means. I got your back. And what’s good for you is good for me, so as far as I can tell, [and] that’s good for everyone because everyone is subjective and we’re everyone that matters. There. I wrote his platform. — mike Colleges don’t create jobs. How do you judge a school based on something they don’t do and your legislators refuse to do? — kristine cole The word sleazy comes to mind when I read about this guy’s tactics. Really? Running a government like a business? Last I checked, nine out of 10 businesses go under (fail) in their first year. Doesn’t exactly sound like a sure thing, eh? It makes me wonder how those Greeks enjoyed the fruits of democracy because as we know, Adam Smith, the “godfather of

capitalism” wasn’t even born yet. How the hell did they manage to run a country, develop fancy math, philosophy, debate each other and write fine stories without a modern business model? Hopefully history will be the judge. Will the NCGOP’s sleazy policies last for thousands of years like the Greek contributions to the world without using a business model as their template? I can’t wait to build a time machine to travel, say, 2,000 years into the future to read a North Carolina history textbook where “welfare queen,” “widespread voter fraud,” “feminazi” and “the sinister gay agenda” are still actually given credence. — boatrocker via facEBook McCrory’s comments sound semi intelligent and reasonable, as all good lies and misinformation does. The trickle-down bias and pandering to the retired, wealthy, six-month tourists who will do nothing except drain resources does not work and never has.

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Without the aid of the real governor, Pope, this stand-in governor could not find his rear end with both hands! Talk on, and let’s hear what other garbage spews forth. — dennis haywood johnson Wait, an alumnus from Catawba College is criticizing the education background of the state’s journalists? Also funny that he is playing the “relevant degree” card when he doesn’t have an economics degree, and when he just appointed a 24-year-old with a BA in English to be a senior policy advisor on health care policy. What a schmuck this guy is turning out to be. And I voted for him. — chris Luper Wow, Chris: Are you a fan of the Cato Institute as well? Koch brothers supporter? Fan of Ayn Rand? These are sad, sad days for our state. We are the new Mississippi/ Alabama. Now that we stomped on the Constitution, let’s bring on the tax breaks for fracking. Sorry, but I am an angry man. — john Schweninger


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BANDITS Rampant poaching threatens ginseng’s survival

Jim Corbin trudges up a steep hillside in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park hunting ginseng. Each year, thousands of people scour the damp coves of Western North Carolina’s hardwood forests in search of the valuable herb; unlike most of them, however, Corbin isn’t driven by profit.

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Bright red berries bloom on ginseng plants each September making the small leafy green perennials more easily detectable (above right); Wild ginseng roots have fetched over $800 a pound in recent years (above).

Instead of big collection bags, the plant-protection specialist and his 12 colleagues from the N.C. Department of Agriculture are armed only with small bottles of powdered yellow dye. On this cool morning, they spread out, painstakingly combing a slope that rises above the Oconaluftee River. Eventually they find a few of the leafy green perennials, dig them up and sprinkle dye on their roots. They’ll continue this backcountry slog for the next several days, hoping to stain thousands of plants with the harmless dye to discourage poachers. Dealers, says Corbin, are alerted not to buy dyed roots, and the Department of Agriculture can test for the dye even if it’s been scrubbed off. It’s just one of many maneuvers in an ongoing battle to protect the species from extinction and find sustainable ways to har-

ness its medicinal properties and economic potential. But with wild ginseng root fetching upward of $800 a pound, untold numbers of poachers have taken to local forests, overwhelming meager law enforcement resources and leaving the plant’s survival in doubt. Last year, Buncombe County led the state in ginseng production, with 1,268 pounds of dried roots, the Department of Agriculture reports. Haywood County came in second, with 1,074 pounds. Almost all of the 8,994 pounds harvested statewide came from WNC and eventually made its way to China. The state agency has no way to determine exactly how much of that was illegally harvested, but at $800 a pound, that translates into more than $7.1 million going into the pockets of those rummaging the hillsides.

Root of thE PRoBLEm The Chinese have used ginseng for thousands of years to promote longevity, relieve stress and treat various ailments. The Cherokee are believed to have used wild American ginseng for similar purposes, and it’s been shipped to China since the early 18th century. Panax ginseng, its wild Asian relative, has long been virtually extinct due to deforestation and overharvesting, though largescale Chinese farms continue to cultivate a much less potent variety. But “digging sang” was part of traditional Appalachian culture long before the current booming Chinese market started driving local ginseng prices sky high. “It’s just something you heard of your grandpa doing, your dad doing, and you know, it’s just what you do,” says josh wallen, a lifelong Fairview resident. “You grow up fishing and hunting and spending a lot of time in the woods around here, you just naturally started digging it when you saw it. So it’s just something you get handed down.” “Most people who know about digging ginseng were born and raised around these mountains … kind of like mountain men or hillbillies, if that’s what you want to call it,” he continues. “Making money to spend time in the woods? It don’t get much funner than that.” But harvesting ginseng is illegal on national parkland, and on private property you must have the landowner’s permission. Each September, the U.S. Forest Service sets a legal harvesting period for the Pisgah and Nantahala national forests, issuing permits that specify how much can be gathered. This year, the agency slashed the normal fourweek season to two (Sept. 1-15) and issued just 136 permits through a lottery system, a 75 percent reduction from 2012. Each permit holder can gather up to 3 pounds. “Dramatic declines of wild ginseng populations over the past decade suggest previous harvest levels are no longer sustainable,” Forest Supervisor kristin Bail explained in a June 20 press release announcing the changes. “It is in everyone’s best interest to further limit the amount of the harvest to help ensure the plant’s future sustainability.”

But it’s unclear how much difference those restrictions will make. Freely admitting that he’s never applied for a permit himself or sought permission from landowners, Wallen speculates that less than 10 percent of his fellow diggers ever bother going through the permitting process. “I’ve always considered it Christmas money,” he reveals, adding that over the years he’s earned enough from ginseng harvesting to buy two trucks, a fourwheeler and more. Most folks, he says, “walk for days and don’t even worry about whose property they’re on. Generally it’s easier to ask for forgiveness than to ask for permission.” “I’ve had a couple people run me off, no doubt,” he continues. “I’ve had a couple people call the law on me and stuff. But you don’t stick around long enough to find out. You just turn your back to them and walk off in the woods.” BotanicaL BanditRy Brad Stanback owns a remote tract of land that straddles the Buncombe/ Haywood County line in the Newfound Mountains. He says he’s called law

enforcement to report ginseng poachers on his property many times, to little effect. For 20 years, the environmentalist says, he planted ginseng on his land in a way that simulated wild growth conditions, a practice advocated by preservationists. “After a while, I just started finding muddy holes in the ground and not finding the plants I’d planted before,” he reports. In 2010, Stanback installed cameras in the woods surrounding his home. “I was shocked to see how many ginseng poachers were crawling around my property, usually dressed in camouflage,” he continues. “There was one group coming and going for three days. I think they were camping on my property, and hiking in and out, to dig ginseng.” With U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agents’ jurisdiction limited to public property, they referred Stanback to local sheriffs’ departments. After a lengthy ordeal in which he tried to gather evidence and talked to various law-enforcement officials and lawyers, Stanback says most of the poachers on his land got away scot-free, though a couple were given warnings and one a small fine.

“There was no way to effectively prosecute them, even when I had the photos,” he maintains. “It’s just not taken seriously.” In fact, continues Stanback, his lawyer advised him “to just give up on it, because if you have any effective way of stopping these people, they may come burn your house down to get even with you.” Happily, it never came to that, but Stanback says he does blame poachers for assorted “dirty tricks,” such as his livestock being mysteriously let loose and his hose being turned on, flooding his patio. “My wife and daughter definitely felt physically endangered,” he reports. Disheartened, Stanback has given up growing ginseng and no longer keeps close tabs on his property, speculating that all the plants he grew have been stolen by now anyway. Robert Eidus, who owns the North Carolina Ginseng & Goldenseal Co., is one of 54 licensed ginseng dealers in the state who buy roots from diggers and resell them at a profit. But unless the roots have been dyed, he says there’s no way for him to determine where the ginseng he buys comes from. State law, notes Eidus, requires harvesters to fill out

N.C. Department of Agriculture plant-protection specialist jim corbin bushwacks through the Great Smokies marking ginseng plants with dye to thwart poachers.

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paperwork indicating where they collected the plants, but “They can lie through their teeth, and I wouldn’t know it. “Most of the time, it’s, ‘Oh, it’s my family’s land,’” he reports. “These guys feel like they’re outlaws. … They’re not making a lot of money compared to the amount of work they’re putting in; it’s just that they don’t have to punch a clock 9 to 5 like you do.” “I’m allowed to buy from people who steal from other people,” adds Eidus. “It’s the last illegal, sanctioned business in America.” cat-and-mouSE gamE Enforcing ginseng laws, says Eidus, is “a hot potato, so everyone passes the buck.” A victim of poaching himself at his Madison County farm, Eidus echoes Stanback’s experience, asserting, “Usually when you call up the sheriffs, they’re totally useless.” natalie Bailey, public information officer at the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office, referred this reporter to state and

federal authorities, saying her agency hasn’t received any calls this year from property owners complaining about ginseng poaching. tom chisdock, an Asheville-based special agent with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s Office of Law Enforcement, maintains that steps are being taken to deal with the problem on public lands. But his office, he notes, is “constantly being challenged by shrinking numbers.” Since 2002, the number of agents has declined from five to one, making Chisdock the only such enforcement agent remaining in the state. “While that might sound bleak, I just have to work smarter,” he observes. Asked for an example of recent success, he cites the high-profile 2010 bust of johnny grooms, who was convicted in a Greeneville, Tenn., court of trading prescription painkillers for more than 30 pounds of illegally harvested ginseng. Meanwhile, the N.C. Department of Agriculture website ominously warns:

“Removing any plant or its parts from national forest land without a permit is considered theft. Every national forest plant is public property, which means plant thieves are robbing taxpayers of a resource that is collectively owned. Penalties for plant poaching may include a fine up to $5,000 or sentence in a federal prison, or both.” Nonetheless, says Chisdock, poaching “appears to be ever increasing. That’s mainly because of the financial rewards, whether that’s due to tough economic times or folks just trying to make a living. Unfortunately, the market is like a cat-and-mouse game. You slow down one segment and another takes over.”

“It’s just something you heard of your grandpa doing, your dad doing; it’s just what you do. Making money to spend time in the woods? It don’t get much funner than that.” joSh waLLEn, LifELong faiRviEw RESidEnt 12

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SEEdS of changE Unlike most local ginseng dealers, Eidus says he sells only to American consumers, mostly Asian-Americans in bigger cities, though his roots are also readily available at the French Broad Food Co-op in downtown Asheville. And with growing domestic interest in Chinese medicine and alternative

alison dressler at the Mountain Horticultural Crops Research & Extension Center is trying to help locals turn their empty wood lots into profitable havens for ginseng and other herbs. health care, he sees “huge potential” in the U.S. market. But with wild supplies dwindling, Eidus and others are looking to what’s called woodland cultivation. The large-scale industrial ginseng farms found in China and in states like Wisconsin, he explains, rely on artificial shading, soil fertilization and pesticides. Eidus, on the other hand, is helping organize the N.C. Ginseng Association, encouraging local farmers to use an organic approach that replicates wild conditions. Traditionally farmed ginseng sells for only $18 to $24 a pound and contains far lower levels of medicinal ginsenosides than its wild relatives. But wild-simulated plants have the potential to match the levels of ginsenosides found in wild plants, says alison dressler, research associate

at the Mountain Horticultural Crops Research & Extension Center in Mills River. More testing is needed, she notes, but her organization is helping locals turn their empty wood lots into profitable havens for ginseng and other botanicals such as goldenseal, black cohosh and bloodroot. “Not only do we want to preserve these plants and provide people with supplemental income, we want to help them get better prices for this stuff,” says Dressler, adding that interest is on the rise. “You’re not going to get rich overnight doing this, but even a few thousand dollars a year to pay the taxes on your land makes a difference.” The biggest hurdle facing growers, she notes, is theft: Even experimental plots cultivated at undisclosed locations under the center’s care have been raided. Meanwhile, Eidus says the N.C. Ginseng Association is getting better organized amid promising negotiations with one of the nation’s biggest herb distributors. Declining to reveal the West Coast company’s name, he says it’s interested in contracting with local woods farmers to grow thousands of pounds of ginseng roots per year for domestic consumption. “We’re selling it to Americans for Americans. It’s almost revolutionary,” Eidus declares. “Other herb compa-

nies are also going to want to get in on it. If this gets going, it’ll bring other business our way.” But he, too, says poaching is one of the biggest obstacles, noting that several farmers involved in the negotiations are loath to reveal their identity for fear of being robbed. Increasing the association’s organizational and economic clout, Eidus believes, will lead to more respect for the industry, police protection, crop insurance and money for high-tech security measures such as GPS tracking systems. “People need to be protected. It’s a crop,” he points out. “This is the way we should be going.” Even Wallen says the situation in local forests is getting so dire that he’s thinking about changing his ways in order to preserve his beloved tradition. “In my opinion, we need to tighten up the laws,” he asserts. “People are raping the woods for this stuff, bad. I love money; I love digging ginseng. I love it as much as I love breathing air: I’ve done it my whole life. … But I love our nature better. “I want to be able to take my kids to the woods to dig ginseng,” says Wallen, adding, “Once it’s gone, it’s gone.”


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Head to head Asheville mayoral candidates square off

The first faceoff for the trio of candidates vying to be Asheville’s next mayor revealed different positions on issues ranging from downtown development to funding for the Asheville Art Museum. But they generally agreed about the city’s difficult relationship with the N.C. General Assembly. More than 100 people attended an Aug. 28 forum at the Country Club of Asheville, hosted by Leadership Asheville. Moderator Ed hay, a former vice mayor who is now vice president of the sponsoring group, fielded questions submitted by audience members on 3-by-5 cards. Asked how they would handle the city’s relationship with a hostile state Legislature, all three candidates — Vice Mayor Esther manheimer, former city Risk Management Director john miall, and community activist martin

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Ramsey, who works at a downtown restaurant — said the General Assembly is targeting Asheville. “A hostile Legislature is what we have on our hands,” Manheimer declared. “I don’t think any one person can be effective in leading this community unless you’re able to work collaboratively with others. You have got to create partnerships if you are going to be effective, and especially in dealing with our Legislature.” She mentioned a N.C. League of Municipalities resolution, written by City Council, supporting Asheville’s efforts to retain its water


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system. All told, 50 cities signed the resolution, noted Manheimer. Miall applauded the resolution but said Council members should have tried to mobilize their constituents to vote certain legislators out of office. “We need to galvanize the support that puts our local people in office, and grow that out into the community around us,” he observed. Ramsey, echoing his opening statements about the importance of reaching out to voters, said the makeup of the General Assembly could change within the next two years. “For the time being, let’s try to keep them from burning the place down as fast as they can,” he urged. When asked about the $2 million City Council allocated June 11 for renovations and repairs at the Asheville Art Museum, Ramsey said it’s an example of why he wants the city to adopt participatory budgeting, which would enable Asheville residents to directly decide how to spend a portion of the city’s money. This approach, he said, would “require us to have discussions about what we actually want to do with limited money and abilities to implement those things.” When five or six people have the power to make such decisions, added Ramsey, “That’s fundamentally undemocratic, and I don’t support it.”

(Left to right) john miaLL, former city risk management director; Vice Mayor ESthER manhEimER; maRtin RamSEy, downtown waiter and community activist.

Miall, meanwhile, said he’s “1,000 percent opposed” to the art museum allocation. “Where are the metrics?” he asked. “Where are the objective, measurable outcomes that the 9,000 paying visitors who passed through the art museum last year — even if that number doubled, where’s the numbers that tell us that was economic development? I’m really turned off by the sacred cows in the city budget.” Manheimer, however, defended that decision, pointing out that cities like Asheville depend on property taxes as their main source of revenue. “When you have a robust art museum in your downtown, it raises the property values in the entire surrounding area,” she asserted. “We will get a return on this investment very soon. It is a wise investment, and it is in keeping with this growing stability of our revenue base going forward.”

The $2 million, she continued, represents about 10 percent of the cost of those repairs, and until the museum raises the rest of the money from private sources, it won’t receive the city’s contribution. After the audience’s questions had been addressed, Hay asked each candidate to pen a question for the other two. Referencing the nearly 10,000 people who attended the Aug. 5 Mountain Moral Monday demonstration, Ramsey asked Manheimer and Miall whether they would support some of the ideas represented there, such as workers’ rights and a living wage. Manheimer cited Asheville’s living wage ordinance, which requires city contractors to pay their workers a rate that keeps up with the cost of living here. On Aug. 23, however, the Legislature passed a bill that essentially voids such ordinances across the state. Miall, meanwhile, said, “I’ve read studies where those types of things typically can drive inflation. If landlords and merchants realize that people in the community have more disposable income, the cost of rent and everything else goes up accordingly. I’m not sure what end we achieve with living wages if that’s true. I would think we need to study that.” And in response to one last question from the crowd, Miall said more

THE BEST OUTDOOR GEAR & CLOTHING, FOR LESS! dialogue is needed concerning the property across from the Basilica of St. Lawrence that the city sold to the McKibbon Hotel Group as the site for a hotel and plaza. Ramsey called the decision “a poor use of public space,” though he was ambivalent about it, since at least some of the proceeds from the sale may be used to fund affordable housing. “Is tourism working for Asheville, or is Asheville working for tourism?” asked Ramsey. Manheimer talked about the Downtown Master Plan, noting,

“There were several committees, FRUGAL - BLUEvolunteered BROWN hundreds of people that PMS 543 time to determineSPOT:howBLUE: our commuBROWN: PMS WARM GRAY 11 nity sees the vision for downtown. CMYK: BLUE: C-39, M-8, Y-0, K-1 BROWN: C-23. M-32, Y-31, K-64 ... That foundationRGB:is very important BLUE: R-158, G-195, B-222 to help guide the City Council in BROWN: R-103, G-92, B-103 making decisions about land in the downtown area.” Although applause levels for each candidate varied throughout the roughly 45-minute forum, there was no clear crowd favorite. And in conclusion, Hay told the audience, “I know you’ll agree with me that we’ve got a very interesting mayor’s race on our hands.” X



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Major Eagle Street project gets city funding

After years of failed plans, scuppered developments and legal battles, downtown’s historically AfricanAmerican Eagle Street neighborhood, The Block, may finally see major growth and redevelopment. Asheville City Council approved $3.3 million in funding for The Block, specifically Eagle Market Place, a project that will include and add to many of its existing historic buildings. The redevelopment will include 62 affordable housing units as well as commercial and community space. Redeveloping the neighborhood has been a city priority for many years, ever since it was devastated by the urban renewal of the 1970s. While much of the rest of downtown saw a boom then, The Block’s long-abandoned storefronts remained empty. The $13 million project, headed by the Eagle Market Street Development Corporation and Mountain Housing Opportunities, has received federal and local funds to bring it to completion. Earlier in its planning process, the city had already committed to $1.3 million in grants and loans. The fact that The Block hasn’t experienced the same prosperity as the rest of downtown is a major reason to see the project through, MHO Director Scott dedman said. “We remember the progress in downtown,” he noted. “Buildings that add vitality to our community downtown, including economic energy and a sense of place, have come to places that stand just a few feet away from the Eagle Market Place properties.” Further, he said, it will prove a boon to Asheville’s working class, as “we are in job central for the people who will live there. Tens of thousands of workers nearby earn in the range of $15,000 to $30,000 a year.” In commuting costs alone, he said, the development will save the families there 1,000 miles a year. marvin chambers, who, as a student at Stephens-Lee High School,

Backing thE BLock: With $3.3 million in new funding from the city of Asheville, a major redevelopment of the corner of Eagle and Market streets and the historic buildings there is set to begin in October. Photo by Max Cooper

was part of the core of the local civil rights movement, said the development will show the city that “The Block is still alive.” “I think of the many who lost their businesses in the fight to maintain the rights of people to enjoy the equity that exists between all people,” he said. “The Block has a value that, in terms of real estate, is a very important part of this city. Those of you that are business people, I’m sure you already know that. But to us it has a greater value, because this is where we had a part of Asheville.” matthew Bacoate, a member of the MHO Board of Directors, remembered The Block’s reputation as “one of the most thriving black business districts in our country” with 47 locally owned businesses and a strong community. He hopes a measure of that vitality can still return. The endorsements of local planners, community members and nearby business owners

proved persuasive to the Council, which unanimously approved the additional funding. Council member gordon Smith lauded the proposal as “transformational.” The latest round of funding came after estimates for the project rose sharply in the last two months, due to rising construction-industry costs and structural problems with the buildings. After a third-party assessment, the city determined that the market rate would actually be above the new estimates — justifying the cost increase — and staff put together a $3.3 million funding package, including money from the city’s economic development and affordable housing trust funds. Some of the funds were originally designated for infrastructure. The city must still approve a development agreement on Sept. 10, but the funding was the last major hurdle for the project. MHO and the EMSDC expect to begin construction on Eagle Market Place in October. X

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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. 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: or 252-2079.

Art 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 fridAy eVening Art sAlon (pd.) Roots + Wings School of Art and Design. A great way to un-wind and explore your creativity! Ages 16-Adult. Fridays, 6-8pm, 9/6–11/22. South Side Studios classrooms. $225/semester (3 months) or $80/month. Register online at AmericAn folk Art And frAming Oui-Oui Gallery is located at 64 Biltmore Ave. Mon.-Sat., 10am-6pm; Sun., noon5pm. Info: or 281-2134. • Through WE (9/18) - Harbinger, works by self-taught Southern artists. Art After dArk • FR (9/6), 6-9pm - Waynesville's Art After Dark stroll will feature extended gallery hours on Main and Depot Streets. Free. Info:

Art At Asu Exhibits take place at Appalachian State University's Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, unless otherwise noted. Tues.Thurs. & Sat., 10am-6pm; Fri., noon-8pm. Donations accepted. Info: or 262-7338. • ONGOING - Susan Webb Tregay: Contemporary Art for Adult Children will be on display in the Community Gallery. • ONGOING - Orna Bentor: Landscapes Within will be on display in the Mayer Gallery. • ONGOING - Men Working: The Contemporary Collection of Allen Thomas, Jr. will be on display in the Main Gallery. • FR (9/6), 6-10pm - An opening reception for all fall exhibitions will be held in conjunction with the Boone First Friday Art Crawl. • Through SA (10/19) - Beyond the Image: The Paintings of Warren Dennis will be on display in the Mezzanine Gallery. Art At BreVArd college Exhibits are free, unless otherwise noted. Info: or 884-8188.

• FR (9/6) through FR (9/27) - From the Hills to the Mills: The Carolina Piedmont Textile Story, photography by Lawrence Lohr, will be on display in the Smis Art Center. • FR (9/6), 5:30pm - Opening reception. Art At mArs hill college Weizenblatt Gallery: Mon.-Fri., 9am-5pm. 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 dis-

play in the S. Tucker Cooke Gallery. Artetude 89 Patton Ave. Sun., noon-5; Mon.-Thurs., 10am-6pm; Fri. & Sat., 10am-7pm. Info: or 252-1466. • Through FR (9/13) - Fleur Mélange: A Collection of Contemporary Florals, by Karen Titus Smith. AsheVille AreA Arts council gAllery 346 Depot St. Tues.-Sat., 11am4pm. Info: or 258-0710. • 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. • ONGOING - Lasting Gifts, works by Black Mountain College teachers and students. • FR (9/6), noon - Lunchtime Art Break: Lasting Gifts, with curator Lauren Bellard. Free with membership or museum admission. • SA (9/7) & SU (9/8), 2pm - The museum will screen a series of Andy Warhol's Screen Tests, two-minute silent films set to music of the late 1960s. Free with membership or admission. AsheVille BookWorks 428 1/2 Haywood Road. Gallery hours: Mon.-Fri., 1-5pm; Sat., 1-4pm. Info: ashevillebookworks. com or 255-8444. • Through SA (11/30) Printocracy will celebrate contemporary print culture. AsheVille first fridAy Art WAlk • 1st FRIDAYS, 5-8pm - The First Friday Art Walk, hosted by the

Downtown Asheville Art District, features exhibits and opening receptions at 25 galleries, studios and museums within a half-mile radius. Free. Info: AsheVille gAllery of Art 16 College St. Mon.-Sat., 10am5:30pm; Sun., 1-4pm. Info: or 251-5796. • Through MO (9/30) - Verity of Genre, oil paintings by Olga Michelson. • FR (9/6), 5-8pm - Opening reception. 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., 10am-5pm. Info: or 669-0930. • Through FR (9/13) - Works by five professional photographers from the Southern Appalachian Photographers Guild. BlAck mountAin college museum + Arts center The center, which preserves the legacy of Black Mountain College, is located at 56 Broadway St., Asheville. Tues. & Wed., noon-4pm; Thurs.-Sat., 11am-5pm. Info: or 350-8484. • ONGOING - Shaping Craft and Design at Black Mountain College. 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. eVents At the turchin center Appalachian State University's Turchin Center for the Visual Arts is located at 423 West King St., Boone. Info: 262-3017 or

• ONGOING - Photographs by Hugh Morton: An Uncommon Retrospective will be on display in Galleries A and B. 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 6330202. 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. • WE (9/11) through FR (10/25) Works by Tadashi Torii will be on display at Beverly-Hanks, 1 Town Square Blvd., Suite 140. • WE (9/11), 5:30-8pm Opening reception. hotel indigo 151 Haywood St. Info: or 239-0239. • TH (9/5) through TH (10/31) Photography by Honour Hiers Stewart. • TH (9/5), 6-8pm - Opening reception. micA fine contemporAry crAft 37 N. Mitchell Ave., Bakersville. Mon. & Sat., 10am-5pm. Sun., noon-5pm. Info: micagallerync. com or 688-6422. • Through SU (9/15) - Tradition Revisited, metal quilts by David Earl Tomlinson. monte VistA hotel's first fridAy • 1st FRIDAYS, 5:30-8:30pm AnTHM Gallery's First Friday will feature photography by Joye Ardyn Durham, live music and drink specials. Held at the Monte Vista Hotel, 308 W. State St., Black Mountain. Free. Info: or 669-8870. push skAte shop & gAllery Located at 25 Patton Ave. Mon.Thurs., 11am-6pm; Fri. & Sat., 11am-7pm; Sun., noon-6pm. Info: or 225-5509. • Through TU (9/10) - I Smell a Rat, The Art of Scott Hilton.

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sAtellite gAllery 55 Broadway St. Tues.-Sat., 11am6pm; Sun., 11am-5pm. Info: or 305-2225. • FR (9/6) through MO (10/21) - Hoard Reflex, a solo show by Julie Armbruster. • FR (9/6), 7-10pm - Opening reception. sculpture celeBrAtion • SA (9/7), 9am-4pm - Sculpture Celebration will feature national sculpture artists. Hosted by Caldwell Arts Council and Tri State Sculptors Association. Held in Broyhill Walking Park, Lenoir. Free. Info: sWAnnAnoA VAlley fine Arts leAgue Red House Studios and Gallery, 310 West State St., Black Mountain. Mon.-Sat., 10am-5pm; Sun., noon-4pm. Info: • FR (9/6) through MO (10/28) Still Life: In or Out of the Box. • FR (9/6), 5-7pm - Opening reception. the dogWood gAllery Located at Artisan Catering and Deli, 1390 Sand Hill Road, Candler. Info: 665-3800. • Through MO (9/30) - Works by Mary Catherine Cozens.

Hope for cancer survivors what: Here’s Hope, to benefit The Hope Chest for Women. when: Saturday, Sept. 7, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. where: Crowne Plaza Resort, 1 Resort Drive. $35. Info: 418-1344 or why: Cancer survivors will get dolled up for The Hope Chest for Women’s fashion show, auction and luncheon on Saturday, Sept. 7. Models, including breast cancer survivor Elnora Thompson (pictured), will strut down the runway wearing everything from running gear to high fashion. Belk will provide the duds and Carmen! Carmen! will gussy up the models with hair and makeup. The Hope Chest for Women provides financial assistance for local women who struggle with the


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economic difficulties of breast and gynecological cancer treatments. The organization also supports wellness education and cancer prevention programs in schools and health fairs. “The Hope Chest has assisted hundreds of women in WNC counties with prescriptions, medical bills, gas, lymphedema garments and other expenses incurred due to the cost of their cancer treatment,” says the nonprofit’s website. As part of the organization’s fundraising efforts, the Here’s Hope luncheon will include door prizes and an auction. Items include original artwork, handcrafted jewelry, spa treatments and more. Celebrate the vitality and perseverance of women affected by cancer while honoring The Hope Chest for Women’s efforts to help survivors focus on healing, rather than the economic challenges of fighting cancer.

the updrAft fine Art gAllery 84 Walnut St. Mon. & Thurs., 11am-7pm; Fri. & Sat., 11am9pm; Sun., 11am-7pm. Info: • WE (9/11) through MO (10/7) Nudes: A Sacred Arrangement of Grace and Form. 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: 682-7215. General info: • 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.

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Flea Market will feature a "gypsystyle" market including handmade clothes, jewelry, art, food trucks and live music. Held at U.S. 70 at Lytle Cove Road. Free to attend. Info: the little fleA • SATURDAYS, 3-7pm - The Little Flea will feature produce and hand-selected fares and wares behind Grace Baptist Church, 718 Haywood Road. Free to attend. Info:

Auditions & cAll to Artists AsheVille lyric operA • SA (9/7), 2-5pm - The Asheville Lyric Opera will host auditions for this season's chorus at YMI Cultural Center, 39 S. Market St. Mail cover letter, resume and $10 accompanist fee to Asheville Lyric Opera, 39 S. Market St. Electronic materials also accepted. Info: 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. the lArAmie project • MO (9/9) & TU (9/10), 7pm - The Blue Ridge Community College drama department will hold open auditions for The Laramie Project in the school's Patton Auditorium. Info: or 694-1849.

Benefits grAnting Wishes With three dishes • Through MO (9/30), 5-6:30pm Grand Bohemian Hotel Asheville will donate a portion of proceeds to make-A-Wish central and Western north carolina. $30

for three-course dinner. Held at 11 Boston Way. Info and reservations: bohemianhotelasheville. com or 505-2949. here’s hope • SA (9/7), 11am-1pm - Here’s Hope, to benefit the hope chest for Women, will feature a fashion show, auction and luncheon. Held at Crowne Plaza Resort, 1 Resort Drive. $35. Info: or 418-1344. 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 Jocelyn@theLEAF. org. yogA in the pArk • SA (9/7), 10am - Yoga in the Park, to benefit homeward Bound, will be held in Pritchard Park, downtown Asheville. $5-$15 donation. Bring a mat. Info: or 254-0380.

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 music lessons With moses AtWood (pd.) Find your own musical style- All levels welcome. Songwriting. Voice. Guitar. Piano. Dobro. Music Theory. $30 an Hour. studio ZAhiyA (pd.) studio Zahiya, downtown dance classes Monday 7pm •  Bellydance 1 Tuesday 9am Hip Hop Workout   • 7pm West African Drumming  • 8pm West

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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. 828.242.7595 especiAlly for Women neW to AsheVille (pd.) Join Asheville Newcomers to meet other women new to the area. Discover friendships, fun and fabulous finds. Get connected at single And looking for something fun? (pd.) Try AVL Speed Dating! Events start at 6:30pm and are held monthly at The Cantina in Biltmore Village • Next event: Monday, September 16th (35-49 age group) and Wednesday, October 16th (45+ age group) To make a reservation or for more info, call (828) 242-2555 or see 2 free Weeks (pd.) NYS3 Acting Conservatory in Asheville is offering two free weeks of classes in acting for theater and film, writing and voiceover for adults (ages 16+) September 9-12 and youth (ages 8-15) & September 16-19. Register at 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. AppAlAchiAn pAstel society • SA (9/7), 10:30am-noon - A meeting of the Appalachian Pastel Society will include a presentation on layering and color theory by Deborah Broad. Held at A-B Tech's Enka campus. Info and exact location: or 665-8538. Building Bridges of AsheVille • TUESDAYS, 7-9pm - Building Bridges of Asheville will feature speakers and films on topics relating to race relations. Held at First Congregational Church UCC, 20 Oak St. $30 with discounts for public school teachers. Info and registration: or 777-4585. discoVering your

hidden Artist • SA (9/7), 2-5pm - Catch the Spirit of Appalachia presents an opposites pastel workshop, focusing on light versus shadow. Held at Nature's Home Preserve, 399 Koi Mountain Lane, Tuckasegee. $36. Info: or 293-2239. 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. groVe pArk sunset mountAin neighBorhood tour of homes • SU (9/8), 11am-5pm - The Grove Park Sunset Mountain Neighborhood tour of homes will feature 11 historic homes in the Grove Park district. Parking available at the Grove Park Inn Country Club; trolly transportation provided. $20. Info: 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: pbochsenreiter@ or memoriAl tree plAnting for mArge michel • SU (9/8), 12pm - Memorial tree planting for Marge Michel, former owner of Richmond Hill Inn. 87 Richmond Hill Drive. Info: 252-7313. n.c. mountAin stAte fAir • FR (9/6) through SU (9/15) The N.C. Mountain State Fair will feature rides, agriculture, music and food. Held at WNC Agricultural Center, 1301 Fanning Bridge Road, Fletcher. $8/$4 children age 6-12 and seniors/children 5 and under free. Info: nys3 Acting clAsses • MO (9/9) through TH (9/12) - NYS3 Acting Conservatory in Asheville will offer two weeks of free acting classes for theater, film, writing and voiceover. Geared towards adults age 16 and older. Held at 2002 Riverside Drive, Studio 42-O. Free. Info: • MO (9/16) through TH (9/19) Additional classes for youth age 8-15. Free.

VeterAns for peAce Info: vfpchapter099wnc. • 2nd TUESDAYS, 6:30pm Veterans for Peace will meet at Phil Mechanic Studios, 109 Roberts St. WomAn's cluB of BurnsVille • SA (9/7), 11:30am - The Woman's Club of Burnsville will host a luncheon and fashion show at the Family Life Center at Higgins Memorial United Methodist Church, 101 N. Main St., Burnsville. $20. Info: 6824643. youth outright • SU (9/8), 4-6pm - Youth OUTright will present karaoke for LGBTQ youth at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 20 Oak St. Free. Info:


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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: disclAimer stAnd-up open mic • WEDNESDAYS, 9pm Disclaimer Stand-Up Lounge open mic is held at the Dirty South Lounge, 41 N. Lexington Ave. Free. Info: www. the metro shoW • FRIDAYS, 7-8pm - Disclaimer Comedy and Metro Wines present a headlining comedian and featured wine at 169 Charlotte St. $10 includes ticket and a glass of wine. Info: DisclaimerComedy. com or 828-273-5348.

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Beginner squAre dAnce lessons • WE (9/11), 6:30pm - Beginner square dance lessons will be offered by the Southern Lights Square and Round Dance Club at Henderson County Athletics and Activity Center, 708 S. Grove St., Hendersonville. Additional classes will be held from 7-9pm on subsequent Wednesdays. First two classes free. Info: 808-5553. BlAck mountAin center for the Arts 225 W. State St., Black Mountain. Info: or 669-0930. • 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, body types and experience levels welcome. Free. • SATURDAYS - Ballet classes for children with Casey Littlejohn. $35 per month. Call for schedule. 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:

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eco AsheVille green drinks • WEDNESDAYS - Socializing begins at 5:30pm, followed by a presentation on environmental issues at 6pm. Held at the Green Sage Cafe, 5 Broadway St. Free. Info: BeAVer lAke Bird sAnctuAry celeBrAtion • SU (9/8), 1-4pm. Elisha Mitchell Audubon Society celebration of the reopening of Beaver Lake Bird Sanctuary, 1056 Merrimon Ave. There will be children's activities, live raptors, bird guides and naturalist interpreters. Free. Info: Bioenergy field dAy • WE (9/4), 12:30-5pm - Bioenergy Field Day will include field demonstrations of small-scale gasification, oilseed crushing, biodiesel production, sorghum harvesting and more. Geared towards growers, researchers, industry representatives and manufacturers. Held at Mountain Horticultural Crops Research Station, 74 Research Drive, Mills River. Free. Info: 6843562.

friends of the riVer dinner • WE (9/11), 6-8:30pm - The Friends of the River dinner will honor the winners of this local environmental award. The ceremony will be held at N.C. Arboretum, 100 Frederick Law Olmstead Way. $25. Info: gAlActic potluck And round tABle discussion • FR (9/6), 6pm - The Galactic Potluck and round table discussion will include collaboration between progressive thinkers and those interested in world sustainability. Presented by the Starseed Society. A performance by the Luminaries will follow. Held at Metrosphere, 38 N. French Broad Ave. Info: green edge At the Wedge • 2nd TUESDAYS, 5:30pm - The WNC Green Building Council invites the public to enjoy casual networking at Wedge Brewing Company, 125B Roberts St. Info: trees for fuel • WE (9/4), 7pm - This Sierra Club program will focus on

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why renewable energy should not include biomass, which is essentially burning whole trees. Held at the Unitarian Univeralist Congregation of Asheville, 1 Edwin Place. Free. Info: wenoca. org. WAter quAlity monitoring • WEDNESDAYS through (9/25), noon-3pm - WNCA invites volunteers to sample water in the French Broad River Basin. Meets at Westfeldt Park, 280 Old Fanning Bridge Road. Info: or 258-8737.

festiVAls community AppreciAtion dAy • FR (9/6), 11am-2pm Haywood Community College's West Waynesville Campus Community Appreciation Day. Free food, music, and cornhole tournament. 23 Hendrix St., Waynesville. Info: 246-9233. hABitAt for humAnity AnniVersAry sAle celeBrAtion • SA (9/7), 9am-6pm - Habitat for Humanity will celebrate its 30th anniversary with an all-day sale at the ReStore, along with food, beer and festivities from 11am-4pm. 31 Meadow Road. Info: mArshAll french BroAd fridAy • FR (9/6), 6-9pm - Marshall French Broad Friday will present a "Drover’s Rest” celebration, featuring a silent auction, bunnies and goats from Angel Ridge Farm, a reading by Milton Ready and music by Skunk Rukas. Held throughout downtown Marshall. Free. Info: 649-7889. WncA end of summer BAsh • TH (9/5), 6-9pm - Western North Carolina Alliance will host an "End of Summer Bash” at Highland Brewing Company, 12 Old Charlotte Highway. Activities include classic rock music, food and a keynote by Matthew Sleeth. $15/$10 members. Info:

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henderson county democrAtic discussion group • WE (9/11), 8am - The Henderson County Democratic Discussion Group will meet at Mike’s on Main, 303 N. Main St., Hendersonville. Info: info@ or 692-6424.

Asu turchin center Workshops Info and registration: www.tcva. org/workshops. • FRIDAYS, 3-4:30pm - Blazing Easels kids' workshop will be held in the Turchin Center. $20 per month.

henderson county democrAtic pArty Women's cluB • TU (9/10), 4:30pm - The Henderson County Democratic Party Women's Club will meet at Three Chopt Restaurant, 103 3rd Ave E., Hendersonville. Restaurant prices apply. Info: or 692-6424. liBertAriAn pArty of hAyWood • 2nd TUESDAYS, 7pm - A forum for liberty-minded individuals to discuss ideas and how to put them into action. Everyone is welcome. Meetings held at Oakleaf Furniture, 130 Miller St., Waynesville. Info: moVe to Amend BuncomBe county • MO (9/9), 7pm - Move to Amend Buncombe County will meet to enable the passage of a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United. Held at North Asheville Library, 1030 Merrimon Ave. Free. Info: patrie.

kids 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. teen community design lAB (pd.) At Roots + Wings School of Art and Design. Exploring issues in our community through art, design, film and more! Grades 6-9. Mondays, 4-5:30pm, 9/9-11/25. South Side Studios classrooms. $195/ semester (3 months) or $70/ month. Register online at www. AsheVille community children's chorus Auditions • The Asheville Community Children's Chorus will hold auditions for its upcoming season. The chorus is open to youth grades 3-7. Held at Trinity Episcopal Church, 60 Church St. First rehearsal Sept. 10. Info and

connect • MO (9/9) through MO (11/11) - St. Gerard House's 10-week Connect program invites elementary, middle and high school students to learn about how thoughts, actions and reactions affect social situations. Held at 620 Oakland St., Hendersonville. $18 per week. Info and registration: or 693-4223. esteAm conference • TU (9/10) - The ESTEAM conference will focus on educating female middle school students about entrepreneurship, science, technology, engineering, art and math. Public, private and charter schools are invited to contact for more information. fins And gills clAssic • SA (9/7), 8am-2pm, The Fins and Gills Classic Fishing Tournament will be held at the Asheville Outdoor Center, 521 Amboy Road. $10/kids 12 and under free. Info: or 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. • TU (9/3) through FR (9/6) - Make a card for National Grandparent’s Day throughout the day. • TH (9/12) - Hands On! will celebrate its sixth anniversary with birthday cake and activities throughout the day. Free with admission. 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. oAkley fArmers mArket storytime • THURSDAYS through (10/3), 4:30pm - The Oakley Farmers Market will present storytime for children with hands-on crafts

N at u ra l relating to food. See tailgate market listings for info. sWAnnAnoA VAlley museum • SA (9/7), 10:30am - The Swannanoa Valley Museum, 223 W. State St., Black Mountain, will host a storytelling event for children focused on Rascal, a mischievous raccoon. Program continues for eight weeks. Free. Info:

music song o' sky chorus (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 Amicimusic • FR (9/6), 7pm - "A Cello Rondo" will feature Franklin Keel (cello) and Dan Weiser (piano) performing works by Mendelssohn, Bloch, Schumann, Bartok, Piazzolla and others. Held at a private home in Hendersonville. $35 includes light food and wine. Info and reservations: daniel@amicimusic. org or (802) 369-0856. • SA (9/7), 2pm - An additional concert will be held in Asheville. $35 includes light food and wine. Info and reservations: or (802) 3690856. --- 7:30pm - An additional concert will be held at White Horse Black Mountain. $15/$5 students. Info: or 669-0816. • SU (9/8), 4pm - A final concert will be held in the Grove Park area of Asheville. $35 includes light food and wine. Info and reservations: daniel@amicimusic. org or (802) 369-0856. Big dAddy loVe • SA (9/7), 8:30pm - Big Daddy Love (Americana) will perform at Legal Grounds, 217 N. Main St., Rutherfordton. $10. Info: Blue ridge orchestrA • WE (9/11), 7pm - A Blue Ridge Orchestra open rehearsal will in UNCA's Reuter Center. Free. Info: or 251-6140. Buick mAckAne BAnd • FR (9/6), 9pm - Buick MacKane Band (rock) will perform at Main Street Pub and Deli, 84 S. Main St., Marion. Free. Info:

fAll outdoor concert series • FR (9/6), 7pm - Dana and Sue Robinson (folk, roots) will perform a free outdoor concert at the Transylvania County Library amphitheater. 212 S. Gaston St., Brevard. Rain or shine. Info: 884-3151. geoff Achison And rAndAll BrAmBlet • FR (9/6), 8pm - Geoff Achison and Randall Bramblet (blues) will perform at the Tryon Fine Arts Center, 34 Melrose Ave., Tryon. $15. Info: kArAoke At plAyers • WEDNESDAYS, 8pm; FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS, 9pm - Players Cigar Bar, 170 Rosscraggon Road, hosts weekly karaoke. Info: 676-0588.

michAel jefry steVens • TH (9/5), 7:30pm - Michael Jefry Stevens (jazz piano, composition) will perform in WCU's Coulter Building. Free. Info: 227-7242.

tryon fine Arts center Located at 34 Melrose Ave., Tryon. Gallery hours: Tues.-Fri., 10am-4pm; Sat., 10am-1pm. Info: or 859-8322. • FR (9/6), 8pm - Geoff Achison and Randall Bramblett (rock).

old time string BAnd • TH (9/12), 7:30pm - Old Time String Band will perform at Zia Taqueria, 521 Haywood Road. Free. Info: ZiaTaqueriaAsheville. pAn hArmoniA Info: • SU (9/8), 5pm - Sixteen-yearold pianist Maria Parrini will perform works by Beethoven, Schumann and Carl Vine. Held at the Altamont Theatre, 18 Church St. $20/$5 students; $15/$5 students in advance.



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summer music in flAt rock • SA (9/7), 6-8pm - Summer Music in Flat Rock will feature Letters to Abigail on Little Rainbow Row's back deck, Greenville Highway and W. Blue Ridge Road. Free. Info: 243-0623. the longtime gonners • TH (9/5), 7pm - The Longtime Gonners (country) will perform at Zia Taqueria, 521 Haywood Road. Free. Info: ZiaTaqueriaAsheville.

mountAin spirit coffeehouse Concerts are held at the Unitarian Universalist Church, Edwin and Charlotte streets. $15 suggested donation/$10 students. Info: or 99-4171. • SU (9/8), 7-9:30pm - Ben Bedford (folk, roots).

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mAdison county Arts council 90 S. Main St., Marshall. Info: or 649-1301. • SU (9/8), 4pm - Kate Campbell (singer-songwriter). $15.

mile high music fest • SU (9/8) - The Mile High Music Fest will feature Randy Houser (country), Donna the Buffalo (groove) and Sons of Bluegrass. Held at Beech Mountain Resort, 1007 Beech Mountain Parkway, Beech Mountain. $35/$30 in advance. Info and schedule:

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uncA fAculty shoWcAse concert • TU (9/10), 7:30pm - Music department faculty showcase concert. $5/students free. Info: Wcu trumpet concert • TU (9/10), 7:30pm - P. Bradley Ulrich will perform works for trumpet in WCU's Coulter Building. Free. Info: 227-7242.

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seniors 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:

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fRom victoRian to mid-cEntuRy: The Grove Park Sunset Mountain Neighborhood’s tour of homes will feature everything from arts and crafts masterpieces to sleek contemporary abodes. This self-guided tour will be held on Sunday, Sept. 8, and trolly transportation is available from the Grove Park Inn Country Club. Photo by Suzanne Escovitz (pg. 21).

go on sale Aug. 25 only at Lake Lure Ingles Market for $9 per car, a savings of $3. - See more at: events/ Blue ridge pArkWAy hike • TH (9/5), 7pm - A Blue Ridge Parkway Hike will follow the Mountains-to-Sea trail. Meet north of the French Broad River Bridge (north of N.C.-191 / Brevard Road intersection). Info and directions: 298-5330, ext. 304. eVents At rei Located at 31 Schenck Parkway. Info: or 6870918. • WE (9/11), 6:30-8pm - A class on fall day hiking basics will focus on trip planning, equipment and safety. Free; registration required.

pArenting AsheVille community yogA center Located at 8 Brookdale Road. Info: ashevillecommunityyoga. com. • WEDNESDAYS 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., 10am5pm. Programs require $5 admis-


sion fee/free for members, unless otherwise noted. Info: www. or 697-8333. • TH (9/5), 4-5pm - Breastfeeding class. Free; registration suggested. positiVe BehAVior guidAnce for young children • MO (9/9) & WE (9/18), 6pm Montessori Cooperative School will sponsor a seminar on positive behavior guidance for parents of young children at the Fletcher Public Library, 120 Library Road, Fletcher. Program will focus on cooperation and self-motivation. Free. Info:

puBlic lectures An introduction to noetic science • SA (9/7), noon - The French Broad Chapter of American Mensa will host a presentation on noetic science at YAO Buffet and Sushi-Grill,153 Smoky Park Highway. Regular restaurant prices apply. Info and registration: BreVArd college puBlic lectures • TH (9/12), 7pm - “To Know a River: Chemical Analysis of the Suwannee River from Source to Sea,” with assistant professor of chemistry Melanie Heying. Held in the McLarty-Goodson Building, Room 125. Hosted by Sigma Xi. Free. Info: 883-8292.

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nAtiVe heAlth lecture • WE (9/4), 3pm - "The Special Diabetes Program for Indians: The Power of Evidence-Based Practices,” with Spero M. Manson, professor of public health and psychiatry at the University of Colorado at Denver. Held in WCU's Health and Human Sciences Building, Room 204. Free. Info: 227-3896. puBlic lectures & eVents At uncA Events are free unless otherwise noted. • FR (9/6), 11:25am "Industrialization, Capitalism and Alienation," with Jeff Konz, professor of economics. Held in Lipinsky Auditorium. Info: or 251-6808. --- 11:25am - "Human Rights and Global Justice," with Grace Campbell, humanities lecturer. Held in the Humanities Lecture Hall. Info: or 251-6808. • MO (9/9), 11:25am - "China," with Grant Hardy, director and professor of humanities. Held in the Humanities Lecture Hall. Info: or 251-6808. --- 11:25am - "African Cultural Spheres," with John Wood, professor of sociology, and Agya Boakye-Boaten, director and assistant professor of Africana studies. Held in Lipinsky Auditorium. Info: humanities. or 251-6808. • TH (9/12), 7pm - “Churning the Ocean: The Making of Global India,” with Aseem Shrivastava. Held in UNCA's Karpen Hall,

(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 http:// 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 www. • 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, 6:30-7:30pm: Meditation class with lesson and discussions in contemporary Zen living. At the Asheville Friends Meeting House at 227 Edgewood Ave. (off Merrimon). Donation. looking for genuine spirituAl guidAnce And help? (pd.) We are in a beautiful area about 10 minutes from downtown Asheville,very close to Warren Wilson College. TruthThomas. org  828-299-4359.

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light center 2196 N.C. Highway 9 S., Black Mountain. Info: or 669-6845. • TUESDAYS, 7:30pm - Self Energy Awareness Group.

cAring for creAtion And your soul • SU (9/8), 6-8pm - A "Caring for Creation and Your Soul" lecture will be held at First Baptist Church of Asheville, 5 Oak St. Free. Info:

mArs hill uniVersity • TH (9/5), 7pm - Mars Hill University will present “Many Voices, One God: Unity or Harmony?” with Rev. Dirk Ficca, in the university's Broyhill Chapel. Free. Info:

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:

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:

community hu song • SU (9/8), 11am-11:30pm Eckankar Center of Asheville will offer a community HU song, which will include chanting the once-secret name for God, HU. Held at 797 Haywood Road, lower level. Free. Info: or 254-6775. community shAmAthA meditAtion • TH (9/5), 5:30-6pm - Joe Taft will present Shamatha Meditation, a technique which incorporates one-pointed focus, at Asheville Yoga Center, 211 S. Liberty St. Free. Info: drepung loseling monks • MO (9/9) through FR (9/13) - Drepung Loseling monks will create a sand mandala in WCU's A.K. Hinds University Center Grandroom. A closing ceremony will be held Sept. 13 at noon. Free. Info: • WE (9/11), 7:30pm - The monastery's multiphonic singers will perform sacred music and dance in Bardo Performing Arts Center. $10/$5 students. grAce lutherAn church 1245 Sixth Ave. W., Hendersonville. Info: or 693-4890. • SU (9/8), 8:15am-1pm - Rally Day Festival will kick off Grace Lutheran Church's fall programs with a morning worship service, potluck, games for kids and dancing. Free. Info: 693-4890. • WEDNESDAYS, 4:45-5:30pm - OASIS will include choral and instrumental rehearsals, adult Bible study and youth activities, followed by a faith and fine arts event from 5:30-7:30pm. • WEDNESDAYS (9/11) through (10/23), 5:45-7pm - Adult Bible study.

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: 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. urBAn dhArmA 29 Page Ave. See website for temple and gallery hours. Info: or 225-6422. • SUNDAYS (9/1) through (10/6), 2-4pm - "Six Sessions on Nothing: Contemplating the Heart Sutra," a six-week program focused on The Heart Sutra, a central text to Mahayana Buddhism. Presented by Dorlob Dr. Lye. By donation.

spoken & Written Word AsheVille city poets • WE (9/4), 9pm - Vanuatu Kava Bar Open Mic, open to all forms of artistic self expression including musicians, poets, spoken

word, jugglers, contortionists, etc. Held at 15 Eagle St. Hosted by Justin Evans. Free. Info: • SU (9/8), 3pm - Open public reading with local poets. All are welcome to listen or read original works. Held at 5 Walnut Wine Bar, 5 Walnut St. Info: • WE (9/11), 9pm - Vanuatu Kava Bar Open Mic, open to all forms of artistic self expression including musicians, poets, spoken word, jugglers, contortionists, etc. Held at 15 Eagle St. Hosted by Caleb Beissert. Free. Info: 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 fV = Fairview Library (1 Taylor Road, 250-6484) n le = Leicester Library (1561 Alexander Road, 250-6480) 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. • 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 • FR (9/6), 11am-4pm; SA (9/7), 10am-4pm & MO (9/9), 10am4pm - Book sale. ss • FR (9/6), 10:30am-3pm - 25 cent book sale. pm • TU (9/10), 1pm - Book club: The Language of Flowers by Florence Diffenbaugh. le --- 7pm - Filmmakers Jerry and Rebecca Williams will present an illustrated program about the legacy of Beacon Blanket Mill. fV • TH (9/12), 1pm - Book club: Grace of Silence by Michele Norris. fV --- 4:30pm - Master Gardener Suzanne Wodek will lead a program on leaf journaling. Ages 8 and older. sW

city lights Bookstore Located at 3 E. Jackson St., Sylva. Events are free, unless otherwise noted. Info: or 586-9499. • FR (9/6), 6:30pm - Katey Schultz will present her collection of short stories Flashes of War. discussion Bound: the picture of doriAn grAy • TU (9/10), 3pm - "Discussion Bound" book club: The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. Hosted by the Asheville Art Museum, 2 S. Pack Square. Free with admission: $8/$7 students and seniors/children under 4 free. Info: or 253-3227. henderson county liBrAry Book sAle • SATURDAYS and SUNDAYS (9/7) through (9/21) - The Friends of the Henderson County Library will host a book sale at 1940 Spartanburg Highway. No sale Sept. 22. Prices vary. Info: 697-4725. mAlAprop's Bookstore And cAfe 55 Haywood St. Info: malaprops. com or 254-6734. Events are free, unless otherwise noted. • TH (9/5), 7pm - T. Delene Beeland will present her book The Secret World of Red Wolves: The Fight to Save North America's Other Wolf. • FR (9/6), 7pm - Nancy Peacock will present her novel The Life and Times of Persimmon Wilson. • SA (9/7), 7pm - A "Fabulous Fantasy" series for young adults will feature YA authors Sarah Maas, Erin Bowman and Susan Dennard. • MO (9/9), 7pm - An Amherst writers' workshop for accomplished and beginning writers.

sports cherokee stickBAll demonstrAtion • TH (9/5), 4pm - A Cherokee stickball demonstration will be held on the UNCA intramural fields. Free. Info: or 258-7727.

theAter A rAsh of stories • TU (9/10), 5:30pm - Barbara Bates Smith will preview A Rash of Stories, a dramatization of works by Ron Rash. Canton Branch Library, 11 Pennsylvania Ave. Info: barbarabatessmith. com, 648-2924.

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 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. 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. the Autumn plAyers The Autumn Players of Asheville perform at Asheville Community Theatre, 35 East Walnut St., and UNCA. Info: ashevilletheatre. org. • FR (9/6) through SU (9/8) Mary, Mary, "a witty comedy centered on a fateful night and day nine months after the divorce of wisecracking Mary and sensible Bob." Held on Fri. and Sat. in Asheville Community Theatre's 35below; Sun., UNCA's Reuter Center. All shows at 2:30pm. $5.

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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. Orientation 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., 2:30-5:30pm. Info:, or 768-2072. 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.

The sacredness of stewardship what: WNC Green Congregations presents a talk from Matthew Sleeth, author of Serve God, Save the Planet: A Christian Call to Action, followed by a Q&A panel. when: Saturday, Sept. 8, 6 p.m. where: First Baptist Church, 5 Oak St., downtown Asheville. Green Congregations Founder and WNC Alliance Campaign Coordinator Anna Jane Joyner spoke with Xpress about how her group reaches out to different faith communities on environmental causes. how did green congregations come about? We started meeting in April of 2012 as a handful of folks from several local congregations interested in the connection between faith and environmental protection. [We] identified our focus


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issues as food, faith and energy/ climate. On average, representatives from 10-15 area congregations attend our bimonthly meetings. Our first big event was the Care of Creation Vigil in April 2013, which was a grand success with over 200 folks coming out to Pritchard Park for the occasion. how does your group promote its mission? We host events such as the Vigil, [Saturday’s] panel with Dr. Sleeth ... [we also] help promote creationcare related events hosted by local congregations and engage in advocacy initiatives. This fall we’ll be launching an initiative supporting the Asheville Beyond Coal campaign. ... We’re passionate about serving as a true network of local churches where we can exchange ideas and tips, helping equip our congregations to engage in creationcare efforts and support each other on this creation-care journey.

plAy And leArn for preschoolers And pArents • MONDAYS through FRIDAYS until (10/31), 9am - An eight-week series of pre-literacy classes for parents, caregivers and children ages 3-5 from Buncombe County. Free. Info, location and registration: 350-2904 or marna.holland@

Volunteering AmericAn cAncer society • WEEKDAYS, 9am-1pm - The American Cancer Society seeks volunteers to provide information to cancer patients and their families. Orientation and screening required. Info: (800) 227-2345. • 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. 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: jay@ 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: 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. foster pArent orientAtion • 2nd MONDAYS through 9/4, 6pm - Training for foster care provided in a group setting or individually. 2 Compton Drive. Info: 713-5423, • TH (9/12), 6pm - Learn about becoming a foster parent and the WNC foster care system during an open house at The Bair Foundation, 217 Executive Park. Free. Info: 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. • SA (9/7), 10am-1pm & TU (9/10), 4-6pm - Fair-Trade StockUp: Assist with unpacking and pricing merchandise for Ten Thousand Villages, a nonprofit, fair-trade retail store that sells handcrafted items made by artisans in more than 30 developing countries. • MO (9/9), 7-8:30pm - Cookie Night: Help bake cookies for families staying at the Lewis Rathbun Center, which provides free lodging for out-of-town families who have a loved one in an area hospital. Supplies provided. • SA (9/12), 10am-noon OnTrack: Copy and collate packets for distribution to individuals and families that benefit from OnTrack's various financial assistance programs. interfAith AssistAnce ministry • Interfaith Assistance Ministry offers emergency assistance to Henderson County residents in financial crisis. Four-hour volunteer shifts available and well as substitute opportunities. Info: or 697-7029. 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. operAtion thAnk you: A 9/11 community project • WE (9/11), 9am-1pm - Military care-package drive-in. Requested items: toiletries and Texas Pete Hot Sauce. Land-of-Sky Regional Council, 339 New Leicester Highway, Suite 140. Info: 2516622. 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: noon3pm, 3-6pm and 6-9pm. Info: or 251-0595. Wnc knitters And crocheters • MO (9/9), 7-9pm - The WNC Knitters and Crocheters for Others makes handmade items for local charities. Meets at New Hope Presbyterian Church, 3070 Sweeten Creek Road. Free. Info: 575-9195. Wnc run/WAlk for Autism • The WNC Run/Walk for Autism seeks volunteers for its Sept. 14 race. Info: wncrunwalkforautism. org or hgray@autismsociety-nc. org. 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


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• Crayons (peanut-free crayons only)

• Protractor

• 4,000 sandwich bags for sandwichrelated activities

• Dictionary for parents to look up “protractor”• Pack of sticky notes

• Folders with pockets (Attention Johnson family: not hot pockets, for the last time) • Glue sticks or glue or sticks covered in sap • Danger scissors (YOLO) • Double-helix-bound notebooks (keep looking if you can’t find them) • Washable markers if you plan on screwing up on your marker tasks • Packs of facial tissue (student will need as there will be lots of yelling at student) • Pencil box • Unboxed pencils (we’ll show you where you can store them; you’ll never guess!)

• Eagerness to make new kickable friend with low-sensitivity back for hilarious sticky-note gag • Wide-ruled composition books (collegeruled if you’re kindergartener shows promise), one subject (“doodles” or “illegible scribbling”), 70 pages (we WILL count) • Bookbags (no rolling bookbags unless student has experience with air travel) • Large pink eraser (girls only; boys must eat the paper if they make mistakes) • Box of No. 2 pencils (located on store shelves between No. 1 and No. 4 pencils; No. 3 pencils have been sold out since 1981) • $2 million in state funding

This week in science Discoveries & Advancements

1537: Copernicus posits that he is the logical center of attention at a party, and that all conversation should revolve around him, then rushes from the room excitedly to pen new thesis. 1641: Descartes formulates: “I think, therefore I am, and by the same logic, you don’t exist.” and then shortens it. 1730: Steven Hales retasks old roach clips; renames them “hemostatic arterial clamp.” 1927: Georges Lemaitre proposes the “Big Bang Theory” as the name of a TV sitcom, years before the TV sitcom was proven to exist.

1930: Howard Carter makes stunning advances in Egyptology, following failed forays into Algeriogrophy and Congology.

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Arnold Crapacan is a Korean War veteran and member of the Woodfin Lions Club.

Dear Arnold, My daughter keeps taking selfies for her Facebook page and they seem a bit risque for her age. Should I tell her to stop? — Cindy Dear Cindy, Selfie? We did selfies back in Korea and we sure as hell didn’t want pictures of us doing it. Had a buddy who selfied so much he got a blister and a severe curve to the left. If your daughter is doing what he did, then you’ve got big problems on your hands, or her hands. Also, what the hell is a face book?

Down in the Dish Pit A weekly etiquette column that helps improve your relationship with your friendly dishwashing co-worker

1934: Carl Anderson discovers first proof of anti-matter through repeated attempts to deflect significant-other’s incessant asking of “What’s the matter?”

• Dishwashers are sensitive to light, human contact, and respect. Help foster an appropriate work environment for dishwasher.

1938: Henry Borsook’s research led U.S. government to establish the Recommended Daily Adult Requirements for Human Nutrition. Until this time, labels on vitamin bottles listed ingredients such as “a smidge of calcium,” “a bissel of folic acid,” and “a dollop of vitamin C.”

• Don’t assume dishwasher is not college educated. In fact, dishwasher is probably at all times thinking about what they should switch their major to next goaround. Sociology probably just wasn’t hiring.

• Don’t assume dishwasher dreams of being an Olympic dishwasher. S/he surrendered Olympic eligibility upon turning pro.

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Happy days Compassionate citizens aid disabled vet

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Day after day, Earl grey sits in his wheelchair on Biltmore Avenue, his Veterans Affairs ID card taped to the top of a red Folgers coffee container. “Would you help a Vietnam veteran?” he asks nearly everyone who passes by. It’s raining this morning, but Grey just smiles. And though he’s been posing that same question for the past four years, the man known to most by his cheery nickname, “Happy,” received some truly joyful news at the beginning of August, when a disability check finally landed in his mailbox. “I come out here on the streets every day — seven days a week, 365 days a year — because me and my family stay in a motel. I’ve got to pay that bill every day,” he reveals. “I’ve got diabetes, cancer, high blood pressure, done had two heart attacks, two strokes, and I’m going blind. I’m falling apart, but the peoples out here on this street, to me, are just like Super Glue. Y’all are holding me together.” But keeping it together on the streets isn’t easy, says Grey. He used to do landscaping and home repairs by day and worked as a caterer at night. But after a spider bite got infected four years ago, Grey had to have his right leg amputated about 6 inches above the knee, and he found himself out of work. Around that time, says Grey, he received a letter stating that his disability benefits had been discontinued due to missing paperwork. Grey says he sent the paperwork again but continued to get the same response. Left with no steady source of income, Grey wheeled himself down to Biltmore Avenue, just a few feet away from Doc Chey’s and Hannah


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“You know, you have to crawl before you walk. Sure, sometimes you’re going to stumble and fall, but just don’t lay down: Get back up.” EaRL “haPPy” gREy (photo by Max Cooper)

Flanagan’s. That’s where joshua martin crossed paths with the former Army medic and gradually got to know him. Eventually, Martin wanted to do more than bring Grey food or throw a few bucks in a Folgers container. “I knew he’d been out there [on the streets] a long time, and I’ve seen him go through a lot of his medical struggles,” says Martin, adding that the two men connected over the fact

that both have twins. “That was part of my motivation: Seeing him out there in the rain and snow and also the day-to-day of getting to know him as a person.” In July, Martin and some other concerned locals decided to help Grey track down the missing paperwork so he could start receiving disability checks again. “It’s so interesting, because it’s not

like any of us talk to each other. There was no Happy ‘strategy meeting.’ We’re just all independently impacted by our relationship with him and wanted to see if we could do anything to help,” Martin explains. Martin knew someone in Sen. kay hagan’s office. After they got involved, he says, Grey’s case was expedited, and the veteran’s first disability check arrived Aug. 1. “My office is always ready to help North Carolina’s veterans in any way we can. I encourage veterans who need help cutting through the red tape of federal bureaucracies to contact my office,” Hagan said in a prepared statement. For Grey, who’s been living in the Thunderbird Motel, those checks signal a new start. “I’ll be able to get off this street and get me a place to live for me and my family,” he says. “I want to get my independence back so that I don’t have to depend on people. That was my crawling point. You know, you have to crawl before you walk. Sure, sometimes you’re going to stumble and fall, but just don’t lay down: Get back up. It’s my time now to get back up.” The first step, he says, will be finding affordable housing. Martin, meanwhile, has no illusions about what awaits Grey. “I can’t imagine that just one check coming is going to make his day full of rainbows. I’m sure he’s going to continue to struggle with his health issues and getting himself into permanent housing. But I’m cheering for him, and I know that hundreds of other people are cheering for him as he goes into the next phase of his life.” And even though he’ll be receiving regular disability checks, Grey says he still plans to wheel himself down to Biltmore Avenue every once in a while, not to beg for money but to thank the folks who’ve helped him during the last four years. “I’m trying to schedule out maybe one or two times a week, and that’s it. And basically, that’s to say hey to my friends, because I don’t want them to think that because I got my disability, I’m going to change. I’m still going to be H-A-P-P-Y. I’m still going to be Happy. Always.” X


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After a mid-July inspection revealed 23 violations that effectively suspended womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s health care services at Ashevilleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Femcare, the only abortion provider in Western North Carolina, the clinic has reopened. According to employees at Femcare, which is owned by Dr. Lorraine cummings, the clinicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s official statement at this time is, â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are pleased to be back open.â&#x20AC;? The clinic received state approval to reopen its doors after being closed since July 31. A recent N.C. Department of Health and Human Services memo sent to Femcare announced that health and safety conditions at the local clinic â&#x20AC;&#x153;no longer present an imminent danger to the health, safety, and welfare of clients,â&#x20AC;? effective Aug. 21. When Femcare was inspected in July, the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 49-page report noted that the facility failed to keep anesthesia delivery systems in good working conditions, among other things, specifically citing torn masks and tubing that were found â&#x20AC;&#x153;held together with


tapeâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; putting patients at risk for pain and physical harm. After the General Assembly passed a controversial abortion bill, Xpress confirmed that Femcare was the only clinic in the state that would comply with the lawâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new requirement that all abortion providers meet the same standards as ambulatory surgical centers. Following the summer inspection and the clinicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s temporary closure, critics of the bill said the inspection was a surprise. However, neither politics nor changes to state health regulations influenced either the timing of the recent survey of Femcare or the loss of the Asheville abortion clinicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s medical license, according to state officials. â&#x20AC;&#x153;On average weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re able to inspect the medical component of abortion clinics every three to five years â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on average. So obviously, this is about six years,â&#x20AC;? DHHS Communications Director Ricky diaz told Xpress on Aug. 1. Before the most recent state inspection, Femcare was last reviewed in 2006, when it was found in violation of personnel and quality assurance rules but was not shut down. In addition to providing abortions up until the 12th week of pregnancy, Femcare provides a range of womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s health services from screenings for sexually transmitted infections to annual exams, according to the clinicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website. X

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ed in the Reuter YMCA, 3 Town Square Blvd. Free. Info and registration: 209-0900.

Vision/Industries for the Blind, 240 Sardis Road. Free. Info: 213-4370.

freedom from smoking • TUESDAYS through (10/22), 6:30pm - This sevenweek smoking cessation clinic was developed by the American Lung Association. Participants form a personal plan for quitting tobacco, quit together and continue to support each other while learning relapse prevention. Sponsored by Mission Hospital. Free. Info and registration: 213-5527 or

Wellness eVents At juBilee! 46 Wall St. Info: or 252-5335. • TU (9/10), 7-9pm - "Come Home to Yourself Through Movement" will explore ways to move the body through choreography. $10 donation.

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. look good feel Better • MO (9/9), 10am-noon - "Look Good Feel Better," an American Cancer Society workshop to help female cancer patients cope with the appearancerelated effects of chemotherapy, will meet at Mission SECU Cancer Center, 21 Hospital Drive. Free. Info and registration: 254-6931. 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. red cross Blood driVes 100 Edgewood Road. Info: or 258-3888. Appointment and ID required for blood drives. • SA (9/7), 9am-1:30pm - Blood Drive: Harley Davidson of Asheville, 2130 U.S. 70 Highway, Swannanoa. Info: 1-800-RED-CROSS. • TU (9/10), 2-6:30pm - Blood drive: Emmanuel Lutheran Church and School, 51 Wilburn Place. Info: 252-1795. • TH (9/12), 7:30am-4:30pm - Blood drive: Charles George V.A. Medical Center, 1100 Tunnel Road. Info: 1-800-RED-CROSS. suicide preVention WAlk • SA (9/7), 10am-noon - The Out of the Darkness suicide prevention walk will be held at Carrier Park. Fundraising goals vary. Info: or 2510126. tAoist tAi chi society open house • SA (9/7), 1pm - The Taoist Tai Chi Society will host an open house at the Center for Spiritual Living Asheville, 2 Science of Mind Way. Free. Info: or org. Vision BoArding • TH (9/12), 1-5pm - "Vision Boarding: Envision the Person You Want to Be" will be held at Mission Hospital’s Integrative Healthcare Wellness Resource Center, 50 Doctor’s Drive, 120 W. Annex. $10/ free for Mission employees. Info and registration: or 213-8250. Vision technology AWAreness dAy • TH (9/12), 2-5:30pm - Vision Technology Awareness Day will feature interactive displays and screenings, sponsored by Mission Low Vision, Winston Salem Industries for the Blind at Asheville and Asheville Lion’s Club. Held at Mission Low

Women’s empoWerment And self defense • THURSDAYS 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 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: yWcA cluB W open house • MO (9/9), 5:30am-9pm - YWCA Club W Open House invites the public to try classes, fitness equipment and the pool. The enrollment fee will be waived all day. Located at 185 S. French Broad Ave. Free. Info: or 254-7206 x 213.

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. BreVArd-hendersonVille pArkinson's support group • TU (9/10), 10am - The Brevard-Hendersonville Parkinson's Support Group will meet at BrevardDavidson River Presbyterian Church, 249 E. Main St., Brevard. Meeting will feature light Tai Chi exercises. Info: 685-7673. 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: or 367-7660. 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. fAmily hope line • TUESDAYS, 2-5pm & THURSDAYS, 8-11pm - Family Hope Line offers compassionate listening, encouragement and help finding recovery resources for individuals and families experiencing mental health challenges and/or emotional distress. (855) 446-7348. Free. Info: 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: heArt of recoVery • 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 Shambhala Meditation Center, 19 Westwood Place. Info:

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:,, LBrown@FBCA. net or 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: or 505-7353. • 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. • 2nd & 4th WEDNESDAYS, 6pm - Dual Diagnosis Support Group. For individuals with MH/SA diagnoses. 3 Thurland Ave., off Biltmore Avenue. 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. 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: newmomsgroup@ 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. 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: 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. more Wellness eVents online Check out the Wellness Calendar online at www. for info on events happening after September 12.

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The skeleton shambles forward, red eyes burning like rubies in the dungeon’s twilight contours. It must be defeated before the hunt for the jade katana can continue. The dwarf has failed to decapitate the fleshless specter. Now it’s up to the gunslinger. Gamemaster james Becker scans his laptop. “Roll to hit.” The player tosses a 20-sided die onto the table: 18. It passes the threshold for a hit. It would be customary for the player to roll again, the number on the second roll determining the amount of damage the phantom will take. But the hit roll is so high the damage roll is unnecessary. “It’s dead,” says Becker. “Deader than dead. It’s dead four-times over.” It’s a normal scene in The Wyvern’s Tale, though the day of my visit, a Pathfinder Saturday, the gaming store/venue/cultural center is especially packed. Tables encircled by four to eight players consume the floor’s three rooms, surfaces buried beneath maps, laptops, guidebooks and dice. “I’d say we get two to three dozen every time,” says Becker. “Except for the food run at 5, everyone’s going to be here till 10 o’clock.” It was only recently that Asheville had a property for performing such feats of derring-do. The Wyvern’s Tale opened in June 2012, in a converted house on Merrimon Avenue. It was an instant niche. “It was something I had an inkling to do since college,” says owner Simeon cogswell. Fellow owner deklan green adds: “It really was a combination of timing and the right people.” Both Cogswell and Green have been fans of tabletop gaming since early childhood: Cogswell still owns the first guidebook his grandfather gave him. They met each other at the

whERE thERE BE wyvERnS: Co-owners Deklan Green and Simeon Cogswell want their gaming store to be a place to play as much as a place to shop. Photo by Max Cooper

now-closed Blitzkrieg Games in downtown Asheville. When word came down that the owner was going to close the store, Cogswell decided to pursue an old college ambition. “I had been talking to the owner for a while, and when he decided to move, I bought all their inventory,” he says. The two-story location is split into the gaming area up top, where players can come on any night, and the first-floor retail section replete with games and other ancillary products. Card games hang on the front wall of the register. There’s even a cabinet of paints for miniatures. It’s quite a selection, but both owners agree the retail itself is almost secondary. “Not everyone has the space to play these games,” says Green. “The most important thing to us was giving people that space.”

a PLacE to PLay Tabletop gaming, more than other, more mainstream tentpoles such as comic books and video games, remains rooted in the realm of geekdom. The various intricacies, mathbased structure and progression and fantastical settings tend the practice toward a natural niche. Yet there is a community. According to Cogswell, it’s a community that, locally, remains untapped. “There’s a large market of geeks and nerds in Asheville that were not necessarily being catered to,” he says. “You know geek culture is huge in Asheville. You have a bunch of Magic [the Gathering] stores, two comic book stores. You know the market is there. Asheville averages more [Pathfinder] tables than most major markets.” But while there might be outlets for Magic the Gathering, there never was a great

E VO LU T I O N A L H E A L I N G – Acupuncture & Massage – place to play tabletop games, even at Cogswell and Green’s old haunt. “Blitzkrieg was great,” says Green. “But it focused more on retail than space to actually play.” The two bet that a store focused more on giving players a good, friendly haven would bring in the clientele, and it paid off. “I’ve been coming since it opened,” says Alyssa Smith, a player at Becker’s table. “I was actively looking for a gaming place.” Smith, the aforementioned wizard, plays the game with a calm sanguinity that only a seasoned vet exhibits. “I was lured in,” she says, smiling. “And have been trapped ever since.” Though from the way it looks, it’s a trap many don’t mind falling into. The Wyvern’s Tale has gamers playing every night. Many times — like Pathfinder Saturdays — vehicles overflow the parking lot. “People want to shop here because they have the space, and a place to play,” says Green. “Their friends are here.” The friendship aspect is especially salient. The geek life can be a lonely

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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. • WEDNESDAYS 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. • MO (9/9), 9am-noon – "SCORE: How to Start a Business Part I" is geared toward individuals who are thinking about starting a business. Held at A-B Tech's Madison campus, 4646 U.S. 25, Marshall, Room 112. Info and registration: • WE (9/11), 6pm-9pm – "SCORE: Simple Steps to Starting a Business" aims to help attendees understand the myriad of roles that entrepreneurs have to play. Held in Room SBC 2046. • TH (9/12), 3pm-6pm - "Build Your Business’ Website Using WordPress" will focus on developing and managing business web platforms using WordPress. Held in Room SBC 2046. 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:

one, in its stereotypical image, and both owners agree that the best part of tabletop gaming is not the fantastical, constantly changing stories, the intricacies of the dice-roll based advancement or the joy of building and maintaining your own character: it’s in the interaction with other people. “You can only sit in a basement staring at a computer screen for so long,” says Cogswell. “A lot of geeks are socially awkward. We’ve seen people come in here like that, but a few weeks later, they’ve grown comfortable around people.” There is a strong rapport among the players at Becker’s table. “That’s the best part of the whole thing for me,” says Green. “The interaction with friends. I do, you know, play to win, but the point is being around friends.” Youngest to oldest, male or female, all interact like an old team, supremely comfortable with one another, enabling them to clear the dungeon and complete their quests. X

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: 2989023.

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ios deVeloper group • 2nd TUESDAYS, 3pm - Trade tips and tricks with the local iPhone/iPad app developer community during this meeting at Charlotte Street Computers, 252 Charlotte St. All are welcome. Free. Info: wvenable@ or charlottestreetcomputers. com. kindle clAss • TU (9/10), 10am - A class on using a Kindle to check out library ebooks will be held at Etowah Library, 101 Brickyard Road. Bring a Kindle to class. Free. Info: 891-6577. • TH (9/12), 3:30pm - An additional class will be held at Edneyville Library, 2 Firehouse Road, Hendersonville. more Business eVents online Check out the Business Calendar online at for info on events happening after September 12. 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

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faRm LifE, uP cLoSE and PERSonaL at thE StatE faiR If you’re looking for a way to teach kids about agriculture, a trip to the N.C. Mountain State Fair is a great way to bring the barnyard closer to home. The N.C. Mountain State Fair ( will host a variety of activities appropriate for all ages Friday, Sept. 6, through Sunday, Sept. 15. Families can watch pigs race to the finish line with the popular Hogway Speedway Racing Pigs, a pig-racing group that travels throughout North Carolina and as far as Colorado. The race isn’t just about winning, though — the owner, Brent Cook, has been known to ham it up with creative commentaries. The fair will also tie in fun and education through multiple events and exhibits. The Science of Ag, presented by Agricadabra, features agricultural specialist Brad Matchett, who will introduce audience members to the world of farming. Families can witness the miracle of birth by checking out the Mooternity Ward, which will feature students and veterinarians assisting live cow births. Multiple animal showings will be held through the week. Fairgoers can expect to see everything from goats to llamas — and anything in between. Younger children can interact with other kids, both two- and four-legged, at Bill’s Farm Adventure. The children can enjoy barnyard activities or simply watch as piglets and baby ducks play. Like most fairs, the Mountain State Fair will host a variety of exhibitions from photography to produce. Children can participate in these competitive exhibitions for hands-on experience in the agricultural world. For more about the fair, see “Getting Hog Wog Wild” on page 48.


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caLvES with confidEncE: Visit the Mooternity Ward at the N.C. Mountain State Fair to see baby cows enter the world, one hoof at a time. Photo courtesy of the N.C. Mountain State Fair

fLowERS fRESh fRom thE cLaSSRoom Students at Haw Creek Elementary School are participating in the fair in a different kind of way. Not only will they be able to enjoy the exhibitions and competitions, they’ll be competing in them. Master Gardener Jane Powell has teamed up with the school, specifically third- and fifth-graders, to grow a flower to submit to this year’s Flower and Garden Show, sponsored by the Buncombe Extension Master Gardeners. The school received a grant from the Master Gardeners to maintain school gardens. Since plant life is a part of the science curriculum, growing and showing the students’ own flowers ties in science with hands-on activities, says Powell. She explains that competing is a good way to teach students how to sustain plants and increase youth involvement in agriculture. It will also be a good way to help students

apply what they’ve learned in the classroom to real life. “The big thing is making the public aware [and] to involve youth in the show ... to encourage parents to realize, ‘Hey, they can do this, too,’” says Powell. Parent Lori Cole, Haw Creek Elementary School Principal Ginny Barrett and fifth-grade teacher Jennifer Grafton have helped prepare students for the competition. The students will participate in two shows. The first public display begins Friday, Sept. 6, and the second Thursday, Sept. 12. The entry deadline for the first show is Wednesday, Sept. 4, and the second is Tuesday, Sept. 10.

Regional Tailgate Markets

For more information, including the exact start and end dates of markets, contact the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project. Info: or 236-1282. 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. sAturdAys • 6am-noon - caldwell county farmers market, 120 Hospital Ave., N.E., Lenoir. • 8am-noon - north Asheville tailgate market, UNCA commuter lot C. • 8am-noon - haywood historic farmers market, 250 Pigeon St., Waynesville. • 8am-noon - mills river farmers market, 5046 Boylston Highway. • 8am-noon - Waynesville tailgate market, 171 Legion Drive. • 8am-1pm - Asheville city market, 161 South Charlotte St. • 8am-2pm - henderson county curb market, 221 N. Church St., Hendersonville. • 8am-12:30pm - transylvania tailgate market, 190 E. Main St., Brevard. • 8:30am-12:30pm - yancey county farmers market, U.S. 19 East at S. Main Street, Burnsville. • 9am-noon - Black mountain tailgate market , 130 Montreat Road. • 9am-noon - jackson county farmers market, 76 Railroad Ave., Sylva. • 9am-noon - historic marion tailgate market, West Henderson and Logan streets. • 9am-1pm - madison county farmers and Artisans market, Mars Hill College, Highway 213 and Park Street. • 9am-2pm - leicester farmers market, 338 Leicester Highway. sundAys • 9am-2pm - seventh Avenue farmers market, Seventh Avenue, Hendersonville. (sept. 1 only) • noon-4pm - sundays on the island, Blanahasset Island, Marshall.

tuesdAys • 8am-2pm - henderson county curb market, 221 N. Church St., Hendersonville. • 3-6pm - historic marion tailgate market, West Henderson and Logan streets. • 3:30-6:30pm - West Asheville tailgate market, 718 Haywood Road. dAily • 8am-6pm - Wnc farmers market, 570 Brevard Road.

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Addison fArms fridAy Wine tAstings (pd.) Visit us every Friday and Saturday, Noon5pm and Sundays, 1pm-5pm. You've got to try our 2 newest releases! 4005 New Leicester Hwy, Leicester NC. See more: addisonfarms. net home And smAll fArm Vermicomposting (pd.) Saturday, September 7, 1-4 pm. Everything you need to know about composting with redworms. Turn “waste” into a valuable resource. $45 includes complete starter setup with worms. Registration/information: (828) 231-9352. Learn more:

programs in Haywood County. Applications available at 589 Raccoon Road, Suite 118, Waynesville. Info: 456-3575. mountAin stAte fAir floWer shoW • WE (9/4), 10am-7pm & TU (9/10), 10am-7pm - Buncombe County Master Gardeners will host a flower show at the Mountain State Fair, WNC Ag Center, 1301 Fanning Bridge Road, Fletcher. Applications will be accepted in person the day of the show. Cash prizes will be awarded. Info: or 255-5522.

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n.c. ArBoretum Located at 100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way. 9am-5pm daily. Info: or 6652492. • SATURDAYS, 1pm - Interpretive guides will lead small groups through woodland trails and a variety of forest types. Topics include wildflowers, plant identification, natural history and land use. Free with $8 parking fee; donations encouraged. more gArdening eVents online Check out the Gardening Calendar online at for info on events happening after September 12. 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

AmericAn chestnut orchArd tours • WEDNESDAYS, 11am - Guided tours of an American chestnut orchard will be offered at Cataloochee Ranch, 119 Ranch Drive, Maggie Valley. $15 includes lunch. Registration requested: 926-1401. BAmBoo WAlking tour • 2nd & 4th SUNDAYS, 1:30-3pm - Haiku Bamboo Nursery and Farm, 468 Rhodes Mountain Road, Hendersonville, will host a bamboo walking tour featuring 23 different species. Wear walking shoes. $20. Info: or 685-3053. BuncomBe county extension mAster gArdeners Programs are held at 94 Coxe Ave., unless otherwise noted. Info: 255-5522. • MONDAYS through THURSDAYS, 9:30am3:30pm; FRIDAYS, 9:30am-12:30pm - The Master Gardener Hotline will accept gardening questions via phone and in-person. Info: 255-5522 or fungi fest • SA (9/7), 9am-4:30pm - The Asheville Mushroom Club's Fungi Fest will feature mushroom walks and classes on cultivation, cooking and the fungal ecosystem. Held at the N.C. Arboretum, 100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way. $8 parking fee/free for arboretum members. Info: hAyWood county extension grAnts • Through TU (10/1) - The Haywood County Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Association will accept grant applications for gardening, horticulture and environmental

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Maple and spice 5th Sun Specialties launches lines of chips, salsa and hot sauce throughout WNC (and Vermont)

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A few months ago, bright yellow bags of corn chips began appearing all over Asheville. Almost simultaneously, they were on display in Earthfare, Greenlife, French Broad Food Co-op and West Village Market. The 5th Sun Specialties chips are just the beginning. They’re accompanied by a line of salsas and hot sauces. The products have intriguing flavor combinations; the chips get dressed up with maple syrup and Cajun spices, and peach-mango salsa comes with sweet chunks of fruit and fresh cilantro. What accounts for the rapid and widespread product launch? Look closely at the label on the chip bag. It looks like a Mayan mandala at first glance, but it’s actually a family portrait of sorts, portraying 5th Sun co-owner Michael Henzel and his five sons. “With us having the five boys, I thought we could have two meanings to the brand,” says Adrienne Henzel, who co-owns the business with Michael, her husband. “Each kid has his own little stake in the company.” The Henzels’ sons range in age from 4 to 24, so each has a different role. In the case of the youngest, Henry, that may simply mean moral support. “Our little guy, who’s 4, he goes into Earthfare or Greenlife, and he sees the product, and he’s like, ‘It’s our chip! It’s our chip!’” Adrienne says. That enthusiasm means a lot to the Henzels, who came to Asheville for a new start. Until 2007, they piloted several successful businesses in Stowe, Vt.: a bed and breakfast, a Mexican restaurant


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RELation chiPS: “With us having the five boys, I thought we could have two meanings to the brand,” says Adrienne Henzel, who co-owns 5th Sun with her husband, Michael.

called Miguel’s Stowe Away and a line of salsas of the same name. Micheal launched the Mexican menu at the restaurant in the late ‘70s. At that time, there wasn’t much Latin food in the Northeast, he says. He had discovered the cuisine as a self-described ski bum, traveling through the West, washing dishes for a living and, at one point, residing in a teepee. “We just played with it, and people liked it, so we kept growing it,” he says. “It started very, very small. We had a bed and breakfast and 130 seats, and we were there for 30 years.” But in 2006, they sold the salsa line, and in 2007, they closed the restaurant. The market in Stowe, a ski resort town, was changing

quickly due to an influx of corporate money, Adrienne says, and the restaurant wasn’t feasible anymore, especially with a fifth child on the way. “It was a really stressful time, but it also got us back down to our roots,” she says. “I think that’s been the most optimistic thing about this whole experience. You can have a lot. You can lose a lot. But then you can start over again, and you might appreciate what you’re doing more than ever because it is simpler than you thought.” A few years later, Adrienne knew it was time to get back into salsa. “In the middle of the night, I had a vision of this new company we could start,” she says. “And the story that we write on the products is what I came up with to give people hope when

they feel like all the chips are down.” Thus, each bottle, jar or bag reads: “Even at times of loss there is a chance that something better is coming your way. It may be a symbol of a new life, or a brilliant glimpse of something even better than you ever dreamed.” In 2012, the Henzels relocated to Asheville. They moved here for the test kitchen at Blue Ridge Food Ventures, where they make sauce and salsa, and a similar facility in Hickory, where they bake three varieties of GMO-free corn chips (blue corn, maple and maple-Cajun). They were pleasantly surprised by the community’s interest in food, Adrienne explains. “We think in Vermont the food movement’s only in Vermont,” she says. “Asheville and Vermont are very similar … except you have better weather here.” By March, 2013, the entire 5th Sun line was in production. Today, it’s on the shelves in several Earthfare and Whole Foods stores around the region. At the same time, they’ve set up production in the Northeast, and they’re expanding distribution there, too. They’re finding that consumers have different tastes regionally. “Down here, people appreciate the hot sauce,” Adrienne says. “Up in New England, you think you can push that hot sauce? It’s not easy.” When Southerners reach for hot sauce, Vermonters reach for ketchup, Michael says. Northeasterners are coming around to hot sauce, he adds, but they have yet to develop an obsession as some of his Asheville customers have. “We had one guy back in April, he was going around to all the stores and buying up all of the mango-habanero,” Michael says. “I’d go into the store, and I’d say, ‘How did you guys sell through this in three days?’” The Henzels hope to cultivate similar enthusiasm across the Southeast. Right now, they sell 500-600 cases of their products each month. “We’re looking to grow the company and have East Coast coverage by this time next year,” Michael says. But, Adrienne adds, they’re an Asheville company from here on out. “We still want to stay in the local food movement,” she says. “We don’t want to grow out of ourselves.” X

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The hot-sauce industry is one of the nation’s fastest growing

Hot-sauce manufacturing is the eighth-fastest-growing industry in America, and Asheville has plenty of local producers contributing to the trend. IBISWorld, a market research firm based in Los Angeles, projects the industry will grow by 6.3 percent every year through 2017. According to the April 2012 special report, “Demand for hot sauce has been driven by demographic consumption trends, immigration and international demand from

Canada, the United Kingdom and Japan. As Americans’ palates have become more diverse, hot sauce has earned tenure on the dinner table.” Other rapidly growing manufacturing fields include generic pharmaceuticals, solar panels, self-tanning product and 3-D Printers. Pilates and yoga studios, for-profit universities and social network game developers also make IBISWorld’s list. 5th Sun Specialties is one of several Asheville hot sauce companies. For more spice, check out Fire From the Mountain, Firewalker Hot Sauce Company and Smoking J's Fiery Foods, all of which collaborate with Blue Ridge Food Ventures. X

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Drinking tea may promote relaxation, but Andrew Snavely says customers at the newest location of Dobrá Tea should feel these effects even before they take a sip. Snavely and his partner, Lindsay Thomas, last weekend opened a branch of the tea cooperative in Black Mountain. “We love the peace and quiet of the mountains and all the nature that surrounds us,” he says. “I feel like if people escape Asheville and come out here, it will be like, ‘I get more work done when I come to the Black Mountain teahouse.’” The cooperatively owned chain includes six teahouses around the country. Snavely opened Dobrá on Lexington Avenue in 2010. “Black Mountain has always been a home to me,” Thomas says. “I’m super excited to offer tea and gathering space to the community.” The new shop sits on the edge of Black Mountain, so it’s walking distance to the other shops. Still, the teahouse is set back from Broadway Street, separated from the road by a

two foR tEa: After a few years of success with a downtown Asheville location, Andrew Snavely and Lindsay Thomas opened a second Dobrá Tea in Black Mountain.

flat, grassy lawn and an elevated stone patio. “We wanted them to be similar but also different enough where coming out here felt like an experience,” Snavely says. “We’re really going for that destination kind of thing, but still, so many locals are behind us, really supporting us.” The tea selections are the same at both locations, but the new Dobrá offers an expanded line of glutenfree baked goods from Ben Harvey, formerly of May Apple Bakery. Tea factors as an ingredient in many of them, such as the black sesame and Anjou pear cakes, masala, chocolate-chip cookies and matcha (green tea powder) biscuits.

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Whereas the Asheville Dobrá has a Moroccan feel, the Black Mountain Dobrá references Asian design. “Lindsay and I just traveled to Japan in May for a couple of weeks, so this tearoom was really inspired by our trip,” Snavely says. Snavely and Thomas have placed floor pillows on raised platforms, which are separated by sliding shoji panels. A wooden gate, the sort commonly found at Shinto shrines, partitions the space. Thomas expects Black Mountain will take to the new shop. “A lot of our customers will initially start with specialty teas or teas that are served with milk and honey,”she says. “But as they become more acclimated to the culture of tea and the taste of teas, we find that they begin to explore more exotic teas.” Dobrá Tea, 120 Broadway St. in Black Mountain, is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. In downtown Asheville, Dobrá is located at 78 N. Lexington Ave. For more information, visit X


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diShcRawL comES to aShEviLLE Can’t decide where to eat dinner? Don’t. Dishcrawl, a food tourism service, will choose for you. The San Jose-based company launched an Asheville branch last month. The tour takes clients to four restaurants, three of which are kept secret until the diners arrive at their doors. Each restaurant serves three tasting dishes, and vegetarian options are available. Tickets cost $45 (although that price doesn’t include drinks). At the first Dishcrawl, the group visited The Green Room, Laurey’s, Strada Italiano and Chestnut. While Dishcrawl has locations in more than 100 cities throughout the country, the Asheville tours are organized and led by local Chris Alexander. The next dining tour takes place on Tuesday, Sept. 10, at 7 p.m. For tickets and more information, visit fEaSting foR fEaSt RaiSES monEy foR food Education Sometimes, helping others takes patience, diligence and hard work. But in the case of Slow Food Asheville’s Feasting for FEAST fundraiser, eating is about all that’s required. All that dining raises money for one of Slow Food’s educational program, FEAST (Fresh Easy Affordable Sustainable Tasty), which serves 800 school children in Buncombe County every year. The curriculum shows students how to incorporate fresh ingredients into their meals. Feasting for FEAST takes place Thrursday, Sept. 12, from 6-9 p.m. More than a dozen restaurants, breweries and wine shops will provide samples. Tickets cost $25 in advance and $35 at the door. For more tickets and more information, visit haRRiS tEEtER oPEnS thiS wEEk It’s been nearly three years since Harris Teeter announced its Asheville location. On Wednesday,

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pany, have been nominated for the 2013 Martha Stewart American Made Contest. Winners are determined by a public vote. They receive a $10,000 cash prize and a photo shoot for Martha Stewart Living. Vote through Friday, Sept. 13, at Copper Pot & Wooden Spoon is also featured in the September issue of Food & Wine magazine. The Editors’ Top 10 List highlights the company’s roasted red pepper and peach jam. Chai Pani’s Atlanta location, which opened in March, has attracted much media attention since it opened. Most recently, Atlanta magazine’s Bill Addison picked it as one of the 10 best new restaurants of the year. He’s prone to “stuffing [his] face full of Bombay chili cheese fries smothered in spiced lamb hash,” he admits. X


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Rah Raw: Zack Bier and Jenni Squires are out to prove that “feeding your soul” is not “denying yourself fun.”

Roaming in the Raw offers a variety of raw treats from a vending trailer At Roaming in the Raw, if it looks, smells and tastes like a chocolate milkshake, it could be even better than a chocolate milkshake. The vegan, mostly raw food trailer that launched in August offers “guilt-free” smoothies, juices, salads, entrees and desserts. What does guilt-free mean? First of all, it means full flavor. The Chocolate Bliss smoothie, a mixture of frozen bananas, cacao, sea salt, dates, almond butter and almond milk has the richness of its dairy

counterpart — without any dairy. Co-owner and raw chef Jenni Squires uses frozen fruit to achieve a creamy texture. She says thinking about the way food feels in the mouth is just important as the actual flavor. “It’s all about texture,” she says. “I have tons of tools that manipulate whole vegetables into different textures. … That’s why I think what we’re doing is more gourmet raw, things that you’re not going to do on a Wednesday night when you’ve been working.” Squires owns the food trailer with her fiancé, Zack Bier. The couple moved to Asheville from Cape Coral, Fla., where they were studying at Florida Gulf Coast University. While in school, Squires learned how to make raw food at a small organic market nearby. “It just completely

opened my eyes to the balance of a really healthy lifestyle, feeding your soul and not denying yourself fun,” she says. In the spirit of fun, Squires creates familiar entrees using vegetables and nuts as the primary ingredients. A recent zucchini Alfredo special featured zucchini angelhair “pasta,” cashew Alfredo, balsamic shiitake mushrooms and diced tomatoes. Juices range from familiar apple and carrot combos to more surprising concoctions, such as the Mr. Clean, a blend of parsley, cilantro, kale, jalapeño, lemon, cucumber, celery and apple. Squires and Bier set up outside of Avenue M on Merrimon Avenue, where Squires also works, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, visit othER haPPEningS on thE moBiLE food ScEnE: hi-wire Brewing recently received a permit to host food

trucks. The project is still in its early days, but expect to see Pho Ya Belly and Decrepit Old Geezer’s Sausages adjacent to the taproom for dinner a couple of times a week. Taste & See food truck, which specializes in speedily served sandwiches and gourmet specials, will also visit the brewery. Hi-Wire recently began screening Champions League and European soccer. Since those games happen in a different time zone, enthusiasts have to get up early to watch the action live. For those dedicated fans, Hi-Wire will open in the morning, and Taste & See will serve breakfast and coffee. For a complete schedule of Hi-Wire food trucks, special screenings and events, visit hiwirebrewing. com/event-calendar. To learn more about Taste & See, search for the truck on Facebook.

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Beer and Bikes The Amazing Pubcycle hits the streets and Clips of Faith returns

We might not be a horse-drawn-carriage kind of town, but The Amazing Pubcycle is out to prove we are the kind of town that supports a bicycle built for 14. “The response so far has been overwhelming,” says Shawn Verbrugghe, owner of the Pubcycle. “We’ve already started filling [empty tours] in less than a half-hour.” The pubcycle, in short, is a 13-person-powered bicycle — and as the name would suggest, it allows open containers of beer or wine on board. Don’t worry, though; it’s steered by a certified “Conductor” (aka a designated driver who both steers and acts as tour guide). Tours can happen a few ways. You can book individual tickets for two to eight people by calling 828-214-5010 or visiting These group tours wind their way through downtown, last about an hour and a half, and cost $23 per person. You can also book a more private tour for eight to 13 riders. For this option, you book the whole bike for $299, so it’s best to pack it to the fullest. The last option is for the last-minute types: you can just show up for a “Nomad Tour,” a 45-minute, $10 sprint through the downtown streets. There will soon be a chalkboard inside Aloft listing the open time slots available each day. Apparently, some potential pubcyclers are even more last minute: there have been numerous requests for pickup as the pubcyle rides by. “People want to hop on, but we just can’t let them. It would be against our ordinance and insurance,” says Verbrugghe. A few other good-to-know notes: All tours are BYOB, but there’s no glass allowed on the bike. Bring your cans or stainless steel growlers. There’s a cooler if you need it.


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You don’t have to be over 21 to ride the cycle. However, the Pubcycle will use wristbands designate those of drinking age, and the minimum age for riders is 5. All tours start and finish at Aloft in downtown Asheville. Tours that stop at a brewery or two along the way will start soon. The owners are still working out the details. cLiPS of faith Not in the mood for a group ride? On Friday, Sept. 6, you can ride your own bike down to Pack Square Park and take in some short films starting at 7 p.m. Clips of Faith, as the event is known, is an annual tour where New

aLL aBoaRd! BYOB on the pubcycle, and get a very different sort of downtown tour. Photo by Max Cooper

Belgium pairs quirky short films with some of their Lips of Faith beers. This summer’s offerings include everything from the technique of dice rolling to how to be the hippest hipster — and more than a dozen beers, of course. While any event that combines bicycles, beer, and film is awesome, Clips has one additional component that makes it even better: 100 percent of the proceeds from beer sales go to charity. New Belgium’s charity

of choice last year and this year is Asheville on Bikes. “The money generated at New Belgium’s Clips of Faith is the lion’s share of the Asheville on Bikes operating budget,” says Mike Sule, Executive Director of Asheville on Bikes. “We used the proceeds from last year’s event to expand our community rides, enhance bicycle corrals, invest in a long term strategic plan, web development, and to purchase new tents.” Admission to the event is free. Three-ounce samples are $1.25 and 12-ounce pours are $5. Food will be provided by independent vendors like Gypsy Queen Cuisine and Avery’s Hot Dogs. For the latest information on Clips, go to X

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Cracker Jack: America’s original junk food Back in the late 1890s, two brothers came up with a genius plan. They mixed popcorn, molasses and peanuts into one very crunchy, highly addictive snack, which soon became known as Cracker Jack. After a successful run at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, Frederick and Louis Rueckheim’s invention garnered nationwide fame. Cracker Jack predates the Tootsie Roll and the Popsicle. As America warmed to the idea of mass-produced treats, these clusters of popcorn and caramel became a ballpark staple. Andrew F. Smith declared Cracker Jack America’s first junk food in his 2011 Encyclopedia of Junk Food and Fast Food. The treats paved the way for America’s love affair with sugary snacks. Cracker Jack, which is now produced by Frito-Lay, recently got a makeover. A line of modern flavors, now with the moniker Cracker Jack’d, include berry yogurt and buffalo ranch. Original Cracker Jacks are still in production, but there’s no reason to rely on Frito-Lay to keep the tradition alive. For this month’s column, we created a homemade version of this intoxicating mix of caramel corn and molasses. The first step is simple: make popcorn. Microwave popcorn will do, but popping it in the pan is worth the extra few minutes. Then make caramel, much like you would for caramel apples, add a little molasses and the peanuts. Pour the caramel mixture over the popcorn, spread it on a cookie sheet and put it in the oven. It sounds a little complicated, but going the extra mile makes it taste even better. If you’re a diehard Cracker Jack originalist, sketch your own


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drawing of Sailor Jack and his dog Bingo, first trademarked in the early 20th century. Add a prize, like a temporary tattoo or tiny figurine, but just be sure not to eat it by mistake. ingREdiEntS: 1/4 cup unpopped popcorn 1 tbs or 1 tsp of vegetable oil (see below) 6 tbsp butter (3/4 stick) 1/2 cup brown sugar 1 tbsp molasses 1/2 tsp vanilla extract 1/2 tsp salt 1/8 tsp baking soda 1/2 cups shelled peanuts diREctionS: Preheat oven to 250 degrees (or as low as possible if your oven doesn’t go that low). Pop the popcorn: If using stovetop combine 1 tbsp vegetable oil and popcorn in a large saucepan. Shake pan to coat popcorn. Cook over medium heat until popping slows shaking regularly. If using microwave combine 1 tsp vegetable oil and popcorn in bowl. Pour mixture into a regular brown paper lunch bag. Fold the top of the bag over and staple shut. Microwave on full power for 2 1/2 to 3 minutes until popping slows. Melt butter in saucepan over medium heat. Add sugar and stir continuously until mixture boils and then another 3 minutes. Remove butter mixture from heat. Add molasses, vanilla extract, salt and baking soda and continue stirring until mixture thickens. Add peanuts to the butter mixture. Pour mixture over popped popcorn and stir until all the kernels are coated.

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he Mountain State Fair offers Appalachian-tinged merriment right here at home. Sure, there will be an abundance of thrill rides, farm animals and carnietypes looking to guess your weight in exchange for inflatable plastic mallets, but there’s much more. From clogging and bluegrass to chainsaw sport and dough-

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nut sandwiches, Western North Carolina’s unique charms and eccentricities are highlighted in this weeklong extravaganza which promises fun for people of every stripe. The Mountain State Fair runs from Sept. 6-15. For information on ticket prices and special deals for families, groups and more, visit

Dixie starlight express and Llama shows Livestock lovers rejoice! In addition to the usual farmland fare of beef cattle, sheep, goats and hogs, the Mountain State Fair will showcase live llamas. Mind the spit, though. And after a day well spent with fourlegged friends, visit the Dixie Starlight Express, a nightly horse show run by the region’s most talented cowgirls.

sea Lion splash Sea lions are the cuddlier counterparts to their land-dwelling brethren. This showcase, the only one in the nation featuring both California and South African sea lions, finds them pleasing crowds with ball-balancing tricks and dances. But there’s a humanitarian angle too. All of these sea lions were beached and have now been rescued and given a permanent home.

timber sports and Chainsaw sculptures Just because we can’t legally let people at one another with chainsaws in a heart-stopping fight to the death doesn’t mean we can’t crown the next chainsaw master. Timber Sports teams from regional colleges such as N.C. State and Warren Wilson will compete to see who best handles their saws with speed and accuracy. And keep an eye out for chainsaw artist Joey Rowe, who can effortlessly sculpt logs into wildlife.

Kachunga If you’re coming off the rides bursting with adrenaline, you might just feel like you could wrestle a 300-pound alligator. But maybe you’d better leave that to Kachunga, a Floridian reptile expert whose gator show promises excitement. If he’s not gator lunch afterward, he also brings along less unruly reptiles for the kids.


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Fair-weather food The fair is always a good place to enjoy over-the-top treats like cotton candy, funnel cake and deep-fried candy bars. This year brings two new formidable concoctions. The Krispy Kreme burger, a headturner at fairs across the state, is sure to tantalize, but if that isn’t extreme enough for you, the Krispy Kreme sloppy Joe, scrumptious chili crammed between two halves of a doughnut, might scratch that gourmand itch.

stomach-churning rides Unless you were actually counting on holding on to all that fair food, the Mountain State Fair has tons of rides to turn your stomach upside-down. The Cyclops, the Pirate and many others will sate the most fevered adrenaline junkie. Should you seek a calmer experience, check out a great view of the whole fair from the Seattle Wheel.

Kenya safari acrobats This talented troupe of Kenyan acrobats has been a staple of the Mountain State Fair for the past couple of years. They’ve garnered a reputation for thrilling audiences with their mind-boggling feats of strength, agility and balance, all while offering a glimpse into the culture of Kenya.

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Hogway speedway Bojangles’ and Heritage Music stages Instead of washed-up hair metal bands, the Mountain State Fair promises a diverse bill of musical acts. The Bojangles’ Music Stage will feature the country rock of Jody Medford, the funk of Lyric and the latin rock of UltimaNota, among many other local and regional acts. And for real mountain spirit, check out the Heritage Music Stage for a variety of cloggers and bluegrass acts.

You might have seen Chachi Valencia, aka the Rocket Man, during the Olympics Closing Ceremony in London last summer. Now’s your chance to see him in person as he is shot out of a cannon over the rides at the Mountain State Fair midway. Don’t let him burn out his fuse out there alone.

Who among us has never thought of the thrill of NASCAR and the adorable disposition of pigs and said, “Why not bring it all together?” Until the government declassifies specs for pig-sized race cars, the pig races at the Mountain State Fair will have to do. Cue up the theme from Chariots of Fire and watch as these little porkers compete for glory.

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Dixie Starlight Express: 7 and 8 p.m. Sea Lion Splash: 2, 4, 6 and 8 p.m. Kachunga’s Alligator Show: 1, 3, 5 and 7 p.m. Kenya Safari Acrobats: 11 a.m. and 1, 4 and 7 p.m. Rocket Man: 3, 6 and 8 p.m. Timber Sports Competiton, Sept. 7 ONLY: 1:30 p.m. Joey Rowe Chainsaw Sculptures: 1:30, 3, 6 and 9:15 p.m. Hogway Speedway: 11 a.m. and 3, 6 and 8:30 p.m

Dixie Starlight Express: 7 and 8 p.m. Sea Lion Splash: 6 and 8 p.m. Kachunga’s Alligator Show: 5, 7 and 9 p.m. Kenya Safari Acrobats: 4 and 7 p.m. Rocket Man: 6 and 8 p.m. Joey Rowe Chainsaw Sculptures: 4, 6 and 9:15 p.m. Hogway Speedway: 4, 6:30 and 8:30 p.m.

Dixie Starlight Express: 7 and 8 p.m. Sea Lion Splash: 2, 4, 6 and 8 p.m. Kachunga’s Alligator Show: 1, 3, 5 and 7 p.m. Kenya Safari Acrobats: 11 a.m. and 1, 4 and 7 p.m. Rocket Man: 3, 6 and 8 p.m. Joey Rowe Chainsaw Sculptures: 1:30, 3, 6 and 9:15 p.m. Hogway Speedway: 11 a.m. and 3, 6 and 8:30 p.m.

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by Jordan Lawrence

Shuffling the deck Casinos are not known as wellsprings of ambitious entertainment. Most performers seem to end up on casino stages post-ambition. The glittering strip in Las Vegas may have become a destination unto itself, stuffed with roller coasters, circuses and scaled-down replicas of New York and Paris, but outside of Sin City, casinos are most often seen as places where older folks seek to augment their retirement savings a quarter at a time, maybe catching a smalltime country singer, a cover band or revival act in between the restrooms and the clerk who hands out the chips. The veracity of these stereotypes doesn’t really matter. After all, jaded young people aren’t likely to try their luck by driving out for a weekend. For about a year, Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort has fought aggressively to undo this image. Located about an hour west of Asheville, the big fish in North Carolina’s small gambling reserve has utilized its 3,000-seat Event Center — which turns 3 this weekend — to attract a diverse platter of marquee talent. Since last summer, it has hosted crossover electronic acts (The Crystal Method, DJ Pauly D), arena-ready R&B (Alicia Keys), gracefully aging rock bands (The Black Crowes) and current country superstars (Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert). Turns out, a small-market casino doesn’t have to be a desert when it comes to entertainment. “As this property has grown over the past several years, especially as a resort, we have felt that it is just really important that we continue to add different amenities,” explains Brooks Robinson, senior vice president and general manager of Harrah’s Cherokee. “As we have done that, of course, the Event Center is just one that is critical as we position ourselves against the competition, not just from the regional perspective, but even reaching further out, 300 to 500 miles from the property. It’s just real important for us to have that amenity, to understand that our guests, they do have options.” He has an obvious incentive to increase the property’s visibility. The


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How Harrah’s Cherokee Casino is revamping its image

Harrah’s in October, was one of its most reliable bets during this stretch. For the past two years, the resort has shifted the way they handle tickets for concerts, selling as many seats to retail customers as it gives away to incentivize gaming. At the same time, it has expanded its budget for performers. These days, Harrah’s will spend anywhere from $25,000 to about $300,000, depending on what they’re getting from the artist. Sound StRatEgy

Since last summer, Harrah’s has hosted The Crystal Method, Alicia Keys, The Black Crowes, Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert, among others. Photos courtesy Harrah’s and Caeser’s Entertainment

resort completed a $650 million expansion this spring, adding a slew of new amenities and aiming for a sleeker, more contemporary environment. Live table games were incorporated, as was a new spa. A whopping 10 restaurants, including a Paula Deen’s Kitchen (since closed and rebranded) and a 600-seat buffet, were also added. The new Harrah’s Cherokee will strive to be a destination for recreation and relaxation, in addition to the requisite gaming. The invigorated concert calendar is one way to convey that intention to potential visitors. “Part of the expansion was trying to reach different groups of people that hadn’t frequented Harrah’s Cherokee before,” says Leeann Bridges-McHattie, the resort’s vice

president of marketing. “Our entertainment lineup has really become a catalyst for that. Traditionally, what we’ve done with entertainment is program genres and acts that really appeal to our core guest, that gambler coming here. Really, what we’ve seen since opening the Event Center is we’ve had more success with selling retail tickets. With that, we’ve been able to expand into these different genres and program acts that in the past probably wouldn’t have done well for us.” Previously, appeasing those gambling regulars meant leaning hard on midlevel country, legacy acts that play frequently enough to keep their rates cheap or younger, more mainstream outfits that have yet to reach a larger audience. The hard-touring Willie Nelson, who will return to

Those benefits extend beyond direct revenue from ticket sales and gambling. A full house means extra traffic at that expanded stable of restaurants, and high-profile weekday gigs, such as Alicia Keys’ Wednesday-night stand in March, have the potential to fill rooms that go empty between weekends. Big names like Keys or Shelton carry the largest price tags and and will often only break even — or maybe even lose a little — but the casino shoulders the burden. Those headline-grabbing artists mean critical exposure for an isolated casino striving to revamp its image. “We have a lot of challenges with people really understanding what we are here,” Bridges-McHattie adds. “We have a lot of people who may have made a trip here five years ago, and that image is still in their mind — just a casino and a buffet and a small showroom. The way we really try to position our entertainment is to put it out there in a position that these are some big names. These entertainers, these different genres of entertainment coming in, it’s all there to support the image of the resort and to communicate that we are very different.” This is sound strategy. Sarah Tanford, a professor of hotel administration at the University of NevadaLas Vegas, presented research at this year’s International Conference on Risk Taking & Gambling that suggests that entertainment amenities have no appreciable effect on gaming revenue. One of the student studies that she shared found the slightest of negative correlations between shows and concerts and the amount of money spent on slots.

But Tanford doesn’t discount the impact that these events can have on public perception. “A big-name act can just put your property on the map a little more and draw attention to the business and give it some publicity,” she counters. “Even though it’s not necessarily going to increase gambling, it is something that you can give as a reward to your top players that could give them an incentive to come another time and do more gambling. But I think the thing that you need to be careful about there is you can’t assume that they’re going to gamble more.” Harrah’s has had mixed results with its most adventurous offerings. Bridges-McHattie says she was thrilled with the young and energetic crowd that the kinetic Pauly D attracted last summer. But The Crystal Method, a reliable draw in Asheville, failed to fill the expected number of seats. At least the band showed up. An appearance from flamboyant hiphop hype man Lil Jon was canceled due to a complication with

his travel. All of these offerings were part of the resort’s “Cherokee After Dark” series, something they intend to continue. They know their rewards won’t come without a few risks. Thus far, the Harrah’s Cherokee fall calendar has retreated to the safety of modern country, with the only deviation coming in the form Southern rock flag bearer Lynyrd Skynyrd, hardly an edgy selection. But Robinson assures that the resort won’t abandon its newfound musical diversity. “From an image perspective a name like a Blake Shelton or an Alicia Keys brings something. Those are acts that we hope people look at and think, ‘Not every casino can offer this tier of a performer,’” he says. “But we also want folks to understand that we’re really flexible and that we have the ability within our entertainment venue to offer multiple options. And when we bring in a Pauly D or a Crystal Method, that is solely aimed at a totally different demographic, and we want that demographic to also know that we have an option for them. It’s a big part of our strategy, trying to hit both ends of the spectrum.” X

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Weed is a weed Swiss-born and San Franciscobased muralist Mona Caron spent a week here in Mid-August. It was her first trip to Asheville, but she wasted no time getting acquainted with our arts and mural scenes and getting some work of her own on the city’s facade. Caron spent one of those afternoons sketching and hand-painting a roughly 10-foot-tall wildflower rising from a leafy base on the side of West Asheville’s Collapseable Studios. Four leafy-green blades extend from the building’s brick foundation. A small, blueish-white flower is perched on top of the plant’s shoot. It’s set on a backdrop of red painted brick covered in an array of formless, nondescript and graffiti tags — not unlike weeds themselves. Whether it’s their ability to thrive amid and against concrete and a local floral populace, or their resistance to death, Caron says wildflowers and little weeds and plants are worth a second look. “It’s a celebration of nature and how it keeps coming back,” she says. Such plants are the subject of dozens of similar murals that Caron has painted in and around the Bay Area and several coastal California towns. Each is created from a plant found within the vicinity of the mural’s location. She’s even transformed one of

these small flowers, an inches-tall “common fiddleneck,” into a 5-story painting on the side of a housing unit in Union City, Calif. While the plant would quickly be shrugged off as a weed by most passersby, Caron sees it differently. “These insistent, resistant plants, these nuisances they’re called. They’re precisely the most humble plants that I find to be beautiful,” she says. The weed she found and painted turns out to be a wildflower in the Aster family. It was reaching out of a crack in Haywood Road parking lot tucked behind the Dry Goods Shop and artist Dustin Spagnola’s studio. Caron’s trip was spurred on by a seemingly increasing San Franciscoto-Asheville artistic and ideological exchange. And vice versa. As more Asheville artists make their way out of town toward the far corners of the country, more attention gets directed to our city. Caron had heard about Asheville’s burgeoning arts scene and made the trip to see for herself. Within a day or two she linked up with Spagnola and Gus Cutty, among other artists, and began looking for places to paint. Collapseable, via these new contacts, was only a phone call away. But Caron’s visit also doubled as an exploration of new horizons. “Part of me is just looking elsewhere for greener pastures,” says Caron. “There’s a mass exodus happening in San Francisco right now,” she says. The “creative class” is

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“These insistent, resistant plants, ‘nuisances,’ as they’re called, they’re precisely the most humble plants that I find to be beautiful,” says artist Mona Caron. Photo by Mona Caron.

being pushed out by the rapid rent increases. The sense of community is quickly dissipating, leaving some of the arts hubs completely barren, devoid of the very artists that gave those hubs their identity. Some have even been replaced by newer artists that can afford to keep a limping, unrecognizable scene alive. That exodus is scattering artists across the Bay Area. And farther — much like Asheville’s similarly shifting arts scene is scattering decadeslong tenants into new territory. Such is the reality of artist communities. But Caron, like her Asheville brethren, is confident that these artists will find new niches to invade and set up shop.

“Every invasive species is a native somewhere,” she says. In this case species is a variable: plant or artist. “We have people from all over the world living here [in San Francisco], painting, drawing, mixing their ideas. [Weeds] are the perfect emblem for this globalism.” Caron takes that sentiment to each mural, glorifying the small plants that dot the landscape, yet are often left unnoticed or found beneath our feet. Weeds, she says, are the first step to reclaiming what we’ve destroyed, be it an abandoned lot or an entire neighborhood. “The more you step on them, the harder they grow.” For more information on Caron, her work and photos of past works visit

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Experimental Haven The Mothlight turns a West Asheville mattress store into a home for left-of-field indie rock

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In many respects, a mattress store is the furthest thing from a rock club. Such establishments — the now vacant Mr. Fred’s Beds in West Asheville, for instance — earn their bucks by offering tasteful comfort at a reasonable price, accessible means for one to grab a good night’s sleep. Conversely, a rock club makes money by keeping people up late. And one with an experimental bent — like the new Mothlight, which will open in Fred’s place early next month — offers stimulation that might sometimes frighten, jar, or generally unsettle. Put simply, where Fred’s peddled relaxation, Mothlight will seek to provide excitement. But if Jon and Amanda Hency, Mothlight’s ambitious owners, are able to achieve their vision, the divide might not be so disparate. With a tentative capacity of 250, they hope their club — conveniently located on West Asheville’s bustling Haywood Road — can become a home for renowned experimentalists and locals with avant garde tendencies that have outgrown smaller arts spaces, such as the thriving Apothecary downtown. Thus, the new venue could be a home for textural guitarists to conjure lush repose — ace players Shane Perlowin and David Daniell do call Asheville home — and for indie rock acts to unleash their mind-bending squall. The possibilities don’t end there. To the Hencys, this is the kind of haven that could round out the town’s already strong selection of venues. “We want to provide a home for a more experimental, progressive realm of bands that are touring that I don’t think really have a home here in Asheville,” Jon explains, taking a break from frenzied renovations to talk about the venture.

He and Amanda met in Chicago, where they both worked at rock clubs. Jon, who will book the space while his wife manages the bar, spent a few years at the famously far-flung Empty Bottle, learning the business and developing a taste for varied and adventurous sounds. He follows through on that interest with Bathetic Records, a small imprint that offers everything from foreboding drones (High aura’d) to stark and contemplative folk (Angel Olsen, who’s since signed to Jagjaguwar). Jon and Amanda landed in Asheville three years ago after a short stint in Maine. They’ve dreamed of opening their own club ever since. “I feel like Asheville is still a foreign place for them on some levels,” Jon says of the experimental outfits he’s met through booking shows and releasing records. “There’s plenty of kids in town that do the same thing and would love to play with these bands, but there isn’t a home for them with that mindset.” The Hencys don’t disregard the work of Asheville’s other eclectic rooms. Jon has nothing but praise for the omnivorous Apothecary or the larger Grey Eagle, a club with a capacity of about 600 that still manages to book challenging artists. He’d like to see Mothlight become a stepping stone between these spaces, a landing spot for left-of-field touring acts that are on the rise but haven’t quite arrived to the level required by the Eagle or the even bigger Orange Peel. Spiritually probing folk-rock outfit Hiss Golden Messenger and acclaimed picker Glenn Jones, two acts that ended up at Apothecary this summer, might have done well in a medium-sized rock club such as The Mothlight. The Hencys hope to fill that void. “I think there is a need for that,” offers Matt Schnable. The co-owner of the West Asheville music shop Harvest Records knows a thing or two about booking bands in Asheville. For years, the store has presented top-tier

Amanda and Jon Hency want to provide a home for an experimental, progressive realm of bands that doesn’t quite fit into existing venues. Photo by Max Cooper

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Romantic. Farm to Table. Italian. indie rock — July’s tour stop from Kurt Vile, for instance — in local clubs. While a room like downtown’s Emerald Lounge might have a capacity similar to that of the Mothlight, they’re not known for booking the kind of avant garde talent that the new club promises. In other words, there’s room for both spaces. “With a 250-ish place,” Schnable concludes, “you can have 60 people come out for a show, and it doesn’t feel terrible.” As for opening the Mothlight in West Asheville, a flourishing area that boats bars, restaurants and the

Isis Music Hall, but no traditional rock club, Jon says they simply wanted to offer their neighborhood a new option. “We all live in West Asheville,” he says. “We all love eating in West Asheville. We love doing this West Asheville. We love doing that in West Asheville. Don’t get us wrong, we love going downtown, but if we can keep it in the neighborhood, it puts a smile on our face.” X

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Modern-day griot Zansa brings fire to traditional West African sounds Zansa is a group 33 generations in the making. The Asheville-based Afropop band’s lead vocalist and djembeplayer Adama Dembele comes from a long heritage of West African musicians. When he was just 2 or 3 years old living in his native Ivory Coast, he was already fooling around with his family’s specialty, the djembe. Partially because he started out so young and partially because of the pervasiveness of music in his family, Dembele soon became adept at playing the instrument. “I remember when I was starting to be like age 8 or age 9, I started to know what I was doing with the music,” Dembele says. “When I was 13 years old, that’s when I started to perform with my brother. Before that I would just play at home, but now I’d play like performing.” Despite Dembele’s vast lineage, Zansa’s sound draws its roots from zouglou, a newer genre of dance music born in the late ‘90s in the streets of the Ivory Coast that has since exploded into a slickly produced pop industry in Africa. “The early zouglou stuff was basically just guys with djembes on the street, and they would create little dance parties,” says Ryan Reardon, Zansa’s bassist/vocalist. “And then, over the years, in the late ’90s and early 2000s, it developed into more of a produced music — club music kind of stuff.” But although it invokes the same kind of dancehall spirit, Zansa’s music is far from strict zouglou. For one, the band is not as heavily produced for club consumption. For another, violinist Matt Williams contributes “hot, fiery” licks that are not as traditionally minded, Reardon says. Zansa’s music is truly more eclectic, drawing from various West African and American styles that are brought together by the zouglou dance beats. The all-encompassing nature of their sound fits a band born of mutu-


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slang term meaning, appropriately, “blend”), the group took to writing the infectious and lively tunes that make up their debut album, Djansa. “It could be a celebration of a birth of a child, or a marriage or a lot of things that we celebrate,” Reardon says, “but ‘djansa’ is the idea of the feeling that goes into the party and what you give to the celebration, what you give to each other.” And Zansa do not hold back on giving to the celebration. Although many of the songs are sung in French, Bambara (from Mali) and Baoule (from the Ivory Coast) in addition to

who: Zansa, with DJ Minori and special guest Arouna Diarra whERE: Isis Restaurant and Music Hall whEn: Saturday, Sept. 7 (8 p.m. doors/9 p.m. show. $8/$10. 575-2737 or

About singing in other languages, Adama Dembele says, “I always like the way the audience listens to you first and appreciates, before they know what you mean in the song.”

al cultural appreciation. Dembele first came to Asheville in 2007, having met some of its natives through his brothers, who often taught music to pilgrims from the States who would stay with them to learn about West African culture. He met Reardon through Afromotive, the bassist’s former Afropop group, and played some shows with them before the band split. In 2010, Dembele and Reardon visited the Ivory Coast and were inspired to form a new group. “The idea for the band really started when Adama and I were in the Ivory Coast together,” Reardon says. “I was there visiting with him and spending time with his family and learn-

ing some music from him and his brothers and just listening and absorbing everything around me.” With a fresh goal in mind of enlivening Asheville with their zouglouinfluenced beats, the two set out to flesh out their lineup. “When we put the band together, we just had to find the right people who can handle this style of music,” Dembele says, “because this style of music is something really different than a lot of music that’s played here in Asheville and the United States.” The right people turned out to be Patrick Fitzsimmons on electric guitar and vocals, Sean Mason on the drum kit and Williams spicing things up with the violin. Taking up the name Zansa (an Ivory Coast

English, the jubilant nature of the music speaks to Asheville audiences on a level that transcends language. “I think even when the audience doesn’t understand the language, when you put the melody and you put something coming from voice, people can tell it’s not something bad you’re singing, because there is a love behind the voice, something deep behind the voice you’re putting out,” Dembele says. “I always like the way the audience listens to you first and appreciates, before even they know what you mean in the song.” Many of Dembele’s lyrics are based on African legends. Fittingly, he recently discovered that his ancestors were not just known for the djembe, but that they were also griots, traveling West African troubadours and storytellers that were tasked with keeping the region’s myths and history alive. “Adama’s blood is griot blood as well — these traveling troubadours and storytellers that would pass along these stories,” Reardon says. “And that kind of ties in to this whole album that Zansa’s putting out with all these stories we’re telling on the album and in the songs. So, thinking about it that way, Adama is kind of a modern-day griot.” X




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Tadashi Torii Artist Tadashi Torii was born in Japan, but while studying business at Georgia Southwestern State University, he discovered the school’s glass blowing studio. He completed a BFA in glassblowing and sculpture and went on to spent more than five years working with glass artist Richard Jolley in Knoxville. These days, Torii (who has earned numerous awards for his art glass) is based in Dillsboro, though his work can be found in museums like Tifton Museum of Arts and Heritage in Georgia, the Wiregrass Museum of Art in Alabama and the Tennessee State Museum. On Wednesday, Sept. 11, HandMade in America and Beverly-Hanks collaborate to feature Torii at an artist’s reception. Held at the Beverly-Hanks offices in Biltmore Park Town Square, 5:30-8 p.m.

Hoard Reflex Local artist Julie Armbruster holds her first solo gallery show, Hoard Reflex, an exhibition of new work. The collection builds on some of Armbruster’s familiar narratives. “Characters like Potato Boy, the WoodChucks, Elmore, the Golden Unicorn and Professor Wunderbar are placed in fantastically detailed environments as they live out their unique potentials,” says a press release for the show. The work includes nine large-format panels, smaller pieces, sculptures and artifacts, and collaborations with musician Dulci Ellenberger and designer R. Brooke Priddy. Hoard Reflex opens at The Satellite Gallery on Friday, Sept. 6 with a reception from 7-10 p.m. It remains on display through Monday, Oct. 21. Painting Little Did He Know, courtesy of Julie Armbruster.

Gold Light and Kovacs and the Polar Bear Gold is the new black (or animal, or bird reference) when it comes to band names, and Gold Light is the new project by former Kovacs sideman/Neapolitan Children frontman Joe Chang. A listen to “Divine Light” (the video is up at reveals warm and somewhat wistful post-folk that’s at once melancholy and hopeful. And cinematic, which makes sense, because Chang is also a filmmaker. Gold Light shares a bill with Kovacs and the Polar Bear at The Grey Eagle on Saturday, Sept. 7. Nesey Gallons (Elephant 6) also performs. 9 p.m., $8/$10.

Nightlands When bassist Dave Hartley isn’t busy with his his main gig, Philadelphia’s The War on Drugs (or his various side projects), he — like bandmate Kurt Vile — keeps up his solo endeavor, Nightlands. “Listeners expecting a simple side project will be surprised by the boldness and scope of his vision,” says a press release. Earlier this year, Harley released sophomore album Oak Island on which “he takes us on a spirit quest through lush forests down into The Uncanny Valley. Each distorted, silver-voiced melody is wrapped in the sounds of ’70s AM gold — plucked acoustic guitars, trumpets, dulcimers and hand percussion.” Nightlands plays Emerald Lounge on on Saturday, Sept. 7. Rose Windows and The Friendly Beasts also perform. 9 p.m., $8. emeraldlounge. com. Photo by Catharine Maloney

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5 WAlnut Wine BAr Hot Point Trio (jazz), 5pm Juan Benevides Trio (Latin jazz), 8pm

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BlAck mountAin Ale house Jeff Thompson Trio (rock, jazz), 9pm

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

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emerAld lounge Blues jam w/ Riyen Roots, 8pm isis restAurAnt And music hAll Live music on the patio, 6pm Vinyl night, 9pm

cluB metropolis World sustainability discussion & potluck w/ The Luminaries, 6pm Luminaries performance (hip-hop), 9pm

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cork & keg Cary Fridley & Down South (honky tonk), 8:30pm

o.henry's/tug Karaoke, 10pm odditorium Dirty Kills w/ Claypool & Nutter (punk), 9pm oliVe or tWist East Coast swing lessons, 7pm 3 Cool Cats (vintage rock, swing), 8pm

funky BaLkan BRaSS: Slavic Soul Party! is a 9-piece brass band based in New York City. The critically-acclaimed group has energized audiences across the U.S., Europe and Africa with booty-moving music they describe as “Balkan Soul Gypsy Funk.” The band plays Toy Boat Community Art Space on Thursday, Sept. 5. Runaway Circus opens.

orAnge peel Jamboogie Band w/ Ken Kiser & the Sozes, 9pm Open jam w/ Justin Brophy of the Go Devils, 9pm

pisgAh BreWing compAny Lord King (reggae, ska, dub), 6pm

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hArrAh's cherokee Live band karaoke, 8pm-midnight

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isis restAurAnt And music hAll Kelly McFarling & the Home Team (Americana, bluegrass, oldtime) w/ Tonight's Noise, 8:45pm

lexington AVe BreWery (lAB) Cope (rock, reggae, roots) w/ Copious Jones & Distopia, 9:30pm

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

VincenZo's Bistro Aaron Luka (piano, vocals), 7pm

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

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

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

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

one stop deli & BAr Arpetrio & Former Champions (electronic, jam), 10pm

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

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

BlAck mountAin Ale house Lyric (R&B, soul, pop), 9pm

pAck's tAVern Howie Johnson & Rocky Lindsley Duo (rock classics), 9pm

ByWAter Game night, 8pm

phoenix lounge Bradford Carson (rock, jam, blues), 8:30pm

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

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

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

cluB hAirsprAy Karaoke, 8pm

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

root BAr no. 1 Arsena Shroeder (indie folk), 8pm

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

isis restAurAnt And music hAll Jim Arrendell & the Cheap Suits (dance), 9pm

phoenix lounge Jazz night, 8pm

strAightAWAy cAfe Coping Stone (world, Appalachian), 6pm

douBle croWn Friday night hootenanny w/ DJ Greg Cartwright, 9pm

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cluB remix Reggae dance night, 9pm cork & keg Vollie McKenzie (popular covers, jazz standards), 7:30pm 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

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orAnge peel Back N Black (AC/DC tribute), 9pm pAck's tAVern DJ Moto (dance, pop, hits), 9pm phoenix lounge Jeff Sipe Trio (jam, fusion), 9pm

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The Grandmaster HHHH

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ThE SToRy: The story of martial arts master Ip Man.

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ThE LoWdoWn: An occasionally elegant, beautiful — and even heartbreaking — film that’s never quite great, likely due to a truncated, dumbed-down version created for American audiences.

Wong Kar-wai’s The Grandmaster is a tricky film to write about, namely because the version we have here in America isn’t the movie the rest of the world is seeing. This isn’t the 130-minute Chinese cut, nor is it the 123-minute version that premiered at the Berlin Film Festival. No, what we’ve gotten is a 108-minute version that, if you listen to those who’ve seen each cut, is chopped up, rearranged and regrettably dumbed down. That Wong himself oversaw the edits is little consolation, since this reeks of Weinstein Company tampering (Bong Joon-ho’s Snowpiercer will reportedly meet the same fate when the Weinsteins release it later this year), ignoring the fact that a subtitled kung-fu art film already has a limited audience to begin with. Even accepting this as a filmmaker reimagining his own work is awkward, since Wong himself has said that this American version has been sim-



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Tony LEunG chiu Wai in Wong Kar-wai’s The Grandmaster, a gorgeous film unfortunately dumbed down for American audiences.

plified and turned into more of a straightforward action picture, so as not to confuse or lose American audiences. In this sense, it’s difficult — and even a bit distracting — to watch a movie that openly thinks you’re too dumb to follow it. The movie, which tells the story of legendary martial artist Ip Man (Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Lust, Caution), is mostly being sold to American moviegoers with the fact that Ip would go on to train Bruce Lee — a tidbit that adds nothing and is needlessly shoehorned in at the last minute. The pacing often feels off, shifting back and forth from Wong’s usual elegance, to a rushed, constant parade of fight sequences. The front end of The Grandmaster is loaded with action, but when the film shifts into something more intimate in


its final reels — and finally begins to resemble a truly great movie — it’s jarring, an out-of-place addition. My suspicion — and some articles back this up — is that the main thing cut from the film is nuance. Text constantly pops up on screen, killing the film’s momentum for the sake of overexplaining the plot, all the while turning the movie into something that treads dangerously close to standard biopic fare. All this being said, I can only review the film in front of me, and that film is merely pretty good. Wong has made what’s perhaps the year’s most beautiful film, often stately and even dreamlike. The performances are on point, while the fights are imaginative and clever. Cutting story for the sake of packing the action scenes

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closer together is an obvious mistake since The Grandmaster has no room to breathe and becomes a bit overwhelming. Even the most gorgeous kung-fu scenes start to run together. For all its technical prowess, The Grandmaster feels shallow. Once we get toward the film’s end, the doomed romance between Ip and fellow grandmaster Gong Er (Ziyi Zhang) begins to give the movie some shape, but instead of feeling tragic, it feels wasted, flimsy and tacked on. There are obvious hints of true greatness here (or at least a film greater than this), but none of it quite coalesces. What remains is a movie worth seeing, but one that’s also infinitely frustrating. Rated PG-13 for violence, some smoking, brief drug use and language. reviewed by Justin Souther Playing at Regal Biltmore Grande


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Blackfish HHHH DiREctoR: Garbriela Cowperthwaite PlayERS: Kim Ashdown, Ken Balcomb. Samantha Berg, Dawn Brancheau, Dave Duffus activiSt DocumEntaRy thE StoRy: Documentary about the killer whale who killed three people thE lowDown: Very basic activist documentary. Its message is a worthy one, but its delivery is never as compelling as it should be.

There’s nothing really wrong with Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s documentary Blackfish, apart from the fact that it’s way too long for its own good. This will matter less to those who are keenly interested in whales, whales in captivity and the story of Tilikum — a killer whale who kills people. If you don’t fall under those categories, the film is kind of a well-intended slog — and one with some pretty obvious padding. (It’s not for nothing that such movies are labeled “special interest,” even though filmmakers have a remarkable tendency to believe that their enthusiasm is shared by everyone.) The fairly compelling story of a captive killer whale turning into a (supposedly psychotic) serial killer ought to be sure-fire. It probably would be at 30-40 minutes, but at 83 it’s a stretch. The film’s message is reasonable enough: Whales (and presumably other sea creatures) shouldn’t be kept in captivity and made to perform stupid tricks in the name of “educational” entertainment (for the profit of large corporations). It’s also pretty quickly established. Blackfish, however, insists on establishing it several times — mostly with lots of talking heads that range from the emotional to the scientific. (Yes, we’re going to be told that there’s evidence that killer whales are smarter than people, which is perhaps true on a relative basis.) There’s also a certain fuzziness to the film with its tag line, “Never capture what you can’t control,” which vaguely suggests that this


would all be OK if it could be controlled. I don’t think that’s the intended message. The film would be more effective if it wasn’t so “documentary 101.” Its mix of archival footage and interviews is extremely basic. The film’s sole concession to style is to begin with old news footage of Tilikum’s most famous killing, his trainer Dawn Brancheau, and then back-track to reveal what led up to it. Is it workable? Sure. In drama, it’s been workable at least as far back as 1933 with The Power and the Glory. In documentaries, its most famous and effective use was The Times of Harvey Milk (1984). By now, it’s a little on the tired side. It also makes Blackfish feel like it was made for TV, trying to grab your attention before you switch channels. The padding doesn’t help. There is an extended sequence — one of those wildlife montages that depicts nature as a giant cafeteria — of whales working together to snack on a seal that has little to do with the story, and which makes the whales look ... well, sadistic. Don’t misunderstand — this is a worthy topic. I certainly agree with its basic premise that whales don’t belong as performers in theme parks, but I agreed with that before seeing the film. It’s adequately made, but nothing more. Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements, including disturbing and violent images. reviewed by Ken Hanke Starts Friday at Carolina Cinemas

Getaway H DiREctoR: Courtney Solomon (An American Haunting) PlayERS: Ethan Hawke, Selena Gomez, Jon Voight, Rebecca Budig action RatED PG-13 thE StoRy: After his wife is kidnapped, a former NASCAR driver is coerced into driving around Bulgaria and performing various nefarious tasks at the behest of an unknown villain. thE lowDown: A totally moronic car-chase picture, whose only goal is to wreck cars and kill brain cells.

HHHHH = max rating Ethan Hawke is on some kind of roll, making easily the two stupidest movies to come out this year. First was The Purge, a shoddy homeinvasion movie that covered itself in the sheen of its very important, very pointless attempt at highminded ideas. Now we get Hawke in the car-chase film Getaway, a murderers’ row of stupid concepts, mindless property damage and total contempt for its audience’s intelligence. It’s the kind of moronic movie that makes The Purge look like high art. While the film’s advertising likes to compare Getaway to Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive (2011), about all they have in common are cars. The main selling point seems to be that there’s no CGI at play here, and that these are real stuntmen crashing real cars into each other in all manner of spectacular ways. While I’ll be the first to kvetch about the overuse of CGI, praising a film simply for using practical effects is forgetting that the history of film is strewn with great stunt work in really crappy movies. Getaway is the cinematic equivalent of being a child and running your Hot Wheels into one another, shooting spittle everywhere as you make explosion noises. There’s a plot, so to speak, involving Hawke (who looks like a Kevin Bacon impersonator these days) as former NASCAR driver Brent Magna, a man with a past — and Tom Cruise’s outfit from War of the Worlds (2005). Brent lives in Bulgaria as a means of escaping his shady past (and certainly not because it’s really cheap to film a movie in Eastern Europe). But he can’t escape — some sort of evil mastermind (Jon Voight) has kidnapped his wife (Rebecca Budig), and to to get her back, Mr. Magna

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must steal a souped-up muscle car from disaffected rich girl “The Kid” (Selena Gomez) and complete a series of inane tasks. Really, this is an excuse for Voight’s “The Voice,” as he’s credited in the film, to coerce Brent into driving recklessly into various boxes, barrels and assorted refuse — not to mention manipulate cop cars into crashing calamitously. That’s honestly the entirety of the film, so it’s a pity that all these car chases are shot in such a slapdash, headache-inducing fashion. The movie is so low-budget, everything looks like it was shot on a webcam. When The Voice actually gets Brent and young Miss Kid to accomplish something that moves the story forward, the film is too idiotic to keep up. There’s this whole business about them blowing up a power plant to shut down the power grid, but then everywhere they go, the power is still on. Some sort of contrivance, perhaps? Nope, since the movie keeps mentioning how the pow-

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Riddick It’s not like 2004’s Chronicles of Riddick actually made money or received critical glory, but no matter, director David Twohy and star Vin Diesel are back with another chapter in the cult series. The fact that it’s not up against anything will help, but this looks more like filler for a slack release schedule. The studio blurb tells us, “Diesel reprises his role as the antihero Riddick, a dangerous, escaped convict wanted by every bounty hunter in the known galaxy. The infamous Riddick has been left for dead on a sun-scorched planet that appears to be lifeless.” And there you have it. (R)

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The Faculty HHHH hoRRoR Odd — and oddly appealing — 1998 throwback to 1980s horror from Robert Rodriguez. It’s an alien-invasion yarn — not unlike Invaders from Mars (1953) — where most of the authority figures have been taken over by an alien force. This, however, is very much in the 1980’s teen-centric mold (with most of teens here actually looking like teens), and it’s also reasonably splattery. The cast is certainly a notch above the average — even the simian-browed Josh Hartnett is better than usual — and Rodriguez keeps it all moving at a good clip. The only real drawback is it’s a little too long.

camERon diaz and LEonaRdo dicaPRio in Martin Scorsese’s epic Gangs of New York.

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advEntuRE RomancE The Horseman on the Roof may have been made in 1995, but it feels like a film from a much earlier era — even with its outbursts of nudity and grisly images of a cholera plague. It’s utterly romantic, but in an almost absurdly chaste manner. In fact its stars, Juliette Binoche and Olivier Martinez, have nothing that could be called a love scene. That may be a plus or a minus, depending on how you feel about these things. In essence, it’s an adventure yarn about two people trying to travel through cholera-ridden France — she to get to her elderly husband, he to take funds home to Italy for a revolution against the Austrian occupation. Great? By no means, but it’s good-looking and entertaining. The Hendersonville Film Society will show The Horseman on the Roof Sunday, Sept. 8, at 2 p.m. in the Smoky Mountain Theater at Lake Pointe Landing Retirement Community (behind Epic Cinemas), 333 Thompson St., Hendersonville.

quaSi-hiStoRicaL dRama Martin Scorsese’s Gangs on New York (2002) is an epic in the best and truest sense of that oft overused word. It’s big, it’s sprawling, it’s filled with larger-than-life characters. It’s also quite violent and long — both of necessity to the story being told. The film marks Scorsese’s first work of the 21st century — and, for my money, it’s his best film to date. Its boldly revisionist story — that, it should be noted, often places real people in a time they didn’t inhabit — was one that was fully suited to his operatic sensibility. It is, I believe, a masterpiece. The Asheville Film Society will screen Gangs of New York Tuesday, Sept. 10, at 8 p.m. at The Carolina Asheville and will be hosted by Xpress movie critics Ken Hanke and Justin Souther.

La Pointe Courte HHHH dRama Agnès Varda’s first film, La Pointe Courte (1955), has somewhat mystifyingly come to be viewed as the first New Wave film, but this assessment has more to do with its low budget and being made outside the industry than for any aesthetic reason. In terms of style, the film is more connected to the Italian NeoRealists by way of Jean Vigo’s L’Atalante (1932). It’s virtually two films in one — a poetic look at the denizens of a fishing village and a fairly ponderous marital drama. Parts of it are charming, but it’s ultimately of more interest to Varda completists than a general audience. Classic World Cinema by Courtyard Gallery will present La Pointe Courte Friday, Sept. 6, 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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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: 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 www.

PEER SUPPORT SPECIALIST • MERIDIAN BEHAVIORAL HEALTH Position open for Peer Support Specialist to provide community-based services. Being a Peer Support Specialist provides an opportunity for individuals to transform their own personal lived experience with mental health and/ or addiction challenges into a tool for inspiring hope for recovery in others. Applicants must demonstrate maturity in their own recovery process and must have basic computer skills. For further information, contact Kim Franklin at kim. 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 COUNSELOR Women’s Recovery Center is looking for a SA Counselor to work in their Pathways of Change Program. • Submit resume to Suzanne Boehm at SUBSTANCE ABUSE PEER SUPPORT SPECIALIST 2 part-time 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 or fax your resume to (828) 350-1300, Attn: Human Resources. You may also email your resume to WOULD YOU LIKE TO mAKE A DIFFERENCE? Positions available working with I/DD adults; homes in Asheville, Hendersonville, and Brevard. Must have HS Diploma/ GED and positive attitude! (828)698-0623 rleveskis@


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ARTS AND ENTERTAINmENT COORDINATOR/ WRITER Mountain Xpress, Asheville's award-winning altweekly newspaper and website, is seeking a coordinator for its Arts and Entertainment coverage — a person who gets Xpress’ community-oriented journalism; loves Asheville’s locally focused, grassroots exuberance; has management skills and works well with deadlines. The ideal candidate is a highly organized person who is fascinated with the region’s arts, entertainment, music, craft, food and beer scenes; loves interacting with the community; and can help manage a team of staffers, freelancers and public contributors. The job entails assigning, tracking and keeping the stories flowing at a fast pace. The coordinator will also write compelling A&E stories with verve and passion, so magazine/newspaper-reporting experience is a must. Reasonable compensation for the area, with benefits including group health, optional dental plan and IRA. Email a cover letter explaining why you would excel in this position, your resumé, references and examples of published writing to: (put “A&E Coordinator” in the subject line) or mail to Managing Editor, Mountain Xpress, PO Box 144, Asheville, NC 28802.

VICE-PRESIDENT FOR BUSINESS AND FINANCE Chief Financial Officer of the college is responsible for overall supervision of the business services and all financial operations of the college, and provides strategic oversight for facilities, safety, and risk management. • Minimum Requirements: 1. Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Finance, Accounting, or other applicable degree; 2. Five years prior experience in successful financial management experience (with Master’s Degree – Seven years’ experience with a Bachelor’s); 3. Prior successful experience in creating budgets and working with highly complex business processes and complex organizations; 4. Prior community college or higher education work experience. • Salary Range: $93,732 - $117,168 Salary will be based upon education, experience and certifications. Please share this job

WANTED: FOOD WRITERS FOR ASHEVILLE’S WEEKLY COmmUNITY NEWSPAPER Mountain Xpress is seeking part-time and freelance food writers to: curate and write savvy, thoughtful content for our weekly print edition, as well as for our website; make connections, keep up with breaking food news and promote community submissions; converse with community members on social media; and enthusiastically embrace the local food scene. We are looking for people who are comfortable talking with the full range of community members, including celebrity chefs, street vendors, grandmothers, children and virtually anyone who cooks. Must be self-motivated and able to write engaging, clear, colorful copy. Email resume, cover letter, clips and three story ideas to editor@ Subject line should read: “Xpress food writer.” Submissions without writing samples will not be considered.

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aRiES (March 21-april 19) "No regrets? Really?" asks author Richard Power. "I have regrets. They are sacred to me. They inform my character. They bear witness to my evolution. Glimpses of lost love and treasure are held inside of them; like small beautiful creatures suspended in amber." I think you can see where this horoscope is going, Aries. I'm going to suggest you do what Powers advises: "Do not avoid your regrets. Embrace them. Listen to their stories. Hold them to your heart when you want to remember the price you paid to become who you truly are." (Find more by Richard Power here: RichardPower.)

viRgo (aug. 23-Sept. 22) In his “Song of the Open Road,” Walt Whitman wrote some lyrics that I hope will provide you with just the right spark. Even if you’re not embarking on a literal journey along a big wide highway, my guess is that you are at least going to do the metaphorical equivalent. “Henceforth I ask not good fortune — I myself am good fortune,” said Uncle Walt. “Henceforth I whimper no more, postpone no more, need nothing. Strong and content, I travel the open road.”

gEMini (May 21-June 20) If you were about to run in a long-distance race, you wouldn't eat a dozen doughnuts. Right? If you were planning to leave your native land and spend a year living in Ethiopia, you wouldn't immerse yourself in learning how to speak Chinese in the month before you departed. Right? In that spirit, I hope you'll be smart about the preparations you make in the coming weeks. This will be a time to prime yourself for the adventures in self-expression that will bloom in late September and the month of October. What is it you want to create at that time? What would you like to show the world about yourself?

cancER (June 21-July 22) The Constitution of the United States is the supreme law of the land. It's the foundation of the most politically powerful nation on the planet. And yet when it originally went into effect in 1789, it was only 4,543 words long — about three times the length of this horoscope column. The Bill of Rights, enacted in 1791, added a mere 462 words. By contrast, India's Constitution is 117,000 words, more than 20 times longer. If you create a new master plan for yourself in the coming months, Cancerian — as I hope you will — a compact version like America's will be exactly right. You need diamond-like lucidity, not sprawling guesswork. 70


SagiTTaRiuS (nov. 22-dec. 21) Punk icon Henry Rollins did an interview with Marilyn Manson, rock and roll's master of the grotesque. It's on YouTube. The comments section beneath the video are rife with spite and bile directed toward Manson, driving one fan to defend her hero. "I love Marilyn Manson so much that I could puke rainbows," she testified. I think you will need to tap into that kind of love in the coming days, Sagittarius: fierce, intense and devotional, and yet also playful, funny and exhilarating. You don't necessarily have to puke rainbows, however. Maybe you could merely spit them.

caPRicoRn (dec. 22-Jan. 19)

TauRuS (april 20-May 20) says that the newly coined word "orgasnom" is what you call the ecstatic feelings you have as you eat especially delectable food. It's derived, of course, from the word "orgasm." According to my reading of the astrological omens, you are in an excellent position to have a number of orgasmic-like breakthroughs in the coming week. Orgasnoms are certainly among them, but also orgasaurals, orgasights and orgasversations — in other words, deep thrills resulting from blissful sounds, rapturous visions and exciting conversations. I won't be surprised if you also experience several other kinds of beautiful delirium.

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LEo (July 23-aug. 22) There are two scientific terms for tickling. "Knismesis" refers to a soft, feathery touch that may be mildly pleasurable. It can be used to display adoring tenderness. The heavier, deeper kind of tickling is called "gargalesis." If playfully applied to sensitive parts of the anatomy, it can provoke fun and laughter. Given the current planetary alignments, Leo, I conclude that both of these will be rich metaphors for you in the coming days. I suggest that you be extra alert for opportunities to symbolically tickle and be tickled. (P.S. Here's a useful allegory: If you do the knismesis thing beneath the snout of a great white shark, you can hypnotize it.)

LiBRa (Sept. 23-oct. 22) Mystical poet St. John of the Cross (15421591) was one of Spain's greatest writers. But not all of his work came easily. When he was 35, a rival religious group imprisoned him for his mildly heretical ideas. He spent the next nine months in a 10-foot by 6-foot jail cell, where he was starved, beaten and tortured. It was there that he composed his most renowned poem, "Spiritual Canticle." Does that provide you with any inspiration, Libra? I'll make a wild guess and speculate that maybe you're in a tough situation yourself right now. It's not even one percent as tough as St. John's, though. If he could squeeze some brilliance out of his predicament, you can, too.

ScoRPio (oct. 23-nov. 21) The American naturalist John Burroughs (1837-1921) traveled widely and wrote 23 books. "I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think," he testified, "all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read, and all the friends I want to see." Let's make that longing for abundance serve as your rallying cry during the next two weeks, Scorpio. According to my analysis of the astrological omens, you have a cosmic mandate to push to the limits — and sometimes beyond — as you satisfy your quest to be, see and do everything you love MounTainx.coM

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aQuaRiuS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) Germany's Ostwall Museum displayed a conceptual installation by the artist Martin Kippenberger. Valued at $1.1 million, it was called "When It Starts Dripping from the Ceiling." Part of it was composed of a rubber tub that was painted to appear as if it had once held dirty rainwater. One night while the museum was closed, a new janitor came in to tidy up the premises. While performing her tasks, she scrubbed the rubber tub until it was "clean," thereby damaging the art. Let this be a cautionary tale, Aquarius. It's important for you to appreciate and learn from the messy stuff in your life — even admire its artistry — and not just assume it all needs to be scoured and disinfected.

PiScES (Feb. 19-March 20) In her novel White Oleander, Janet Fitch suggests that beauty is something to be used, "like a hammer or a key." That's your assignment, Pisces. Find practical ways to make your beauty work for you. For example, invoke it to help you win friends and influence people. Put it into action to drum up new opportunities and hunt down provocative invitations. And don't tell me you possess insufficient beauty to accomplish these things. I guarantee you that you have more than enough. To understand why I'm so sure, you may have to shed some ugly definitions of beauty you've unconsciously absorbed from our warped culture.

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