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We move forward After the euphoria of Moral Monday in Asheville (I had the privilege of providing the music for the event), we have now started to get to the nuts and bolts of trying to actually "Move Forward,” now that the folks who just wanted a photo op and politicians who wanted to appear to have been involved have faded into the background, as expected. Sad that my African-American clergy, my African-American mayor and the clergy in general who have traditionally been the spearhead of these movements have not found the moral courage to [get involved] in the issue of our times. So, for what it's worth, I'm calling them out. Shame on you for your silence, shame on our local NAACP and its president, John Hayes, for his lack of leadership. Shame on our African-American clergy for not making the voting-rights issue the sermon on the mount every Sunday. Shame on the clergy, with some exceptions, for lacking the spirit and courage of the clergy of the civil rights movement. Your lack of involvement is duly noted. Thank you, Valerie Hoh, Carmen Ramos-Kennedy, Charlie Thomas, Vicki Meath, Lisa Bovee-Kemper at Unitarian Universalist Church who

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Names are important I was confused by Anna Cannon’s Aug. 21 letter, “It’s the Republicans’ Turn.” In it she states that the “Democrat Party” did or said something. What confuses me is that unless you are speaking of Denmark or maybe Germany, I don't know of a "Democrat" party in the U.S. I do know of a Democratic Party, of which I am a member. To purposely distort the party name is an attempt, well documented, by Republicans to disassociate the party name with democracy, a looney idea in the first place. In addition it is most disrespectful to purposely misstate a name either of a person or an organization. In the past I have have always referred to the Republican Party, although I have no affection for that party. I suppose in the future that I should follow your lead and start referring to the party as "the Repugnican" party or how about the "the Repubs" or maybe the "American Corporation Party" or the "un-indicted War Criminal Party " or "the 1850's Were Great Party,” or maybe the "Return to Antibellum America Party.” You pick, and I'll try to use the new name every time. — Michael Beech Oakley

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Waiting for the cavalry Kenilworth incident raises questions about police response times

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On the evening of Aug. 8, Andrew Fletcher and his roommate, David Goodman, were in their Kenilworth apartment. Fletcher, a musician who often plays with the Firecracker Jazz Band, had a show later that evening; in the meantime, he was in his home office, working on some future bookings. Then a neighbor told them that their BB gun had just been stolen off their porch. “We’re thinking that someone stealing a BB gun isn’t really a high-stakes criminal. Maybe a vandal, but not an armed individual,” Fletcher explains. So they got in his car to see if they could find the culprit and retrieve their property. Almost immediately they spotted a “young guy, not even drinking age, maybe not even voting age” nearby who matched the description their neighbor had given them. He was carrying their BB gun, a specific model that they recognized. “I get halfway out of my car, say, ‘That’s mine. Give it back and you can go, this will all be over,’” remembers Fletcher. But the suspected thief, who was less than 10 feet away, pulled up his waistband, revealing a gun. “First he displays it, asks, ‘Well, what are you going to do about it?’” And as Fletcher tried to de-escalate

the situation, Goodman, unaware that he was approaching someone armed, walked up and asked him for the BB gun back. The man chambered a round, brandished the gun, and ended up wrestling with Goodman on the ground, striking him several times with the gun butt, says Fletcher. At that point, another man of similar age approached and pulled his friend away from Goodman; they got in a white SUV and left the scene. The two roommates returned home, and Fletcher, worried about armed robbers in the neighborhood and

“The evening shift came in, got busy right away, and the call got overlooked. It was a collision of a number of bad circumstances.” Capt. Tim Splain, APD



JUSTICE DELAYED: Andrew Fletcher waited an hour and 46 minutes for the Ashevile Police Department to respond to a call about an armed suspect; he took his frustration to the public via social media. Photo by Max Cooper.

Goodman’s injuries, called the police shortly after 5 p.m. to report the incident and give them the license plate number. But it took an hour and 46 minutes for police and emergency medical personnel to show up. The long wait Fletcher had expected the police to be there “within 10 minutes or

so,” he recalls. “I was calm and clear but adamant, and I asked for police to be sent right away, thinking there was a chance these guys were still in my neighborhood,” he explained later in a letter to city officials. After repeated calls, Fletcher contacted Kenilworth community watch coordinator Robert Maddix, who called 911 and the police sergeant who served as the group’s contact person. “I had told them that this guy had a gun and that my roommate was injured,” says Fletcher. “I had a plate number, a description of the vehicle. I thought this might begin and end really quickly.” But it was only after he called again around 6:45 p.m. and told them that Goodman was experiencing headaches and might need medical attention that help finally arrived. In the interim, a frustrated Fletcher had resorted to social media, livetweeting his lengthy wait.

“If I wanted to live in Detroit, I'd buy a winter coat. I went public with it because there were people I considered armed and dangerous in my neighborhood.” Kenilworth resident Andrew Fletcher

“If I wanted to live in Detroit, I’d buy a winter coat,” he says now. “I went public with it because there were people I considered armed and dangerous in my neighborhood. When the police didn’t show up, I felt obligated to keep telling the story.” Fletcher has since received a personal apology from APD command staff. He says he had a good interaction with them and believes they’re working to fix the problems that led to the delay, though he’s troubled by the news that the department is exceptionally short on dispatchers. Anatomy of a breakdown Fletcher’s initial call was labeled a larceny, and two patrol officers plus a sergeant were dispatched to the scene, the APD reports. But as they were heading to Kenilworth, an officer on Tunnel Road was pursuing a suspect believed to be the man who’d knocked down an elderly woman during a recent robbery at the nearby Wal-Mart, giving her a heart attack. The officers responding to Fletcher’s call went to help their colleague instead. “At that point [the officer chasing the suspect] was not responding to her radio,” Capt. Tim Splain explains. Meanwhile, the department is grappling with limited resources to serve a rapidly growing population, APD officials say. “We’re short officers, particularly in patrol; that’s something we constantly have to deal with,” notes Deputy Chief Wade Wood. The department has a system for prioritizing the many calls for service. And because the dispatchers classsified Fletcher’s call as a larceny rather than assault by an armed suspect, it took a back seat to the foot pursuit. A 5:30 p.m. shift change further complicated matters. And though the sergeant who initially responded to the call did pass along word

about the larceny, the evening shift supervisor “wasn’t looking at the computer screen, seeing that the call had been upgraded” to an assault, Splain reveals, explaining that the relatively inexperienced sergeant assumed that the call would go back out to other officers, but “That’s not necessarily the case.” Initially, calls go to a dispatch screen on the computer in every police car. But when a call is held, it goes into a separate box. Supervisors generally check those to make sure they’re being addressed; patrol officers do too, when they’re not dealing with more pressing issues. But during the shift change, no one checked, and meanwhile, Fletcher kept calling.

Aftermath APD Chief William Anderson has been the subject of controversy recently. And while some of it has concerned alleged cover-ups or malfeasance, the local head of the Fraternal Order of Police and other officers have charged that Anderson’s management style has hurt morale, causing a higher than normal turnover rate. Splain, however, says that law enforcement is “a rewarding job, but incredibly difficult: There’s lots to learn before an officer is truly effective.” Deputy Chief Wood blames the current personnel shortages on “our natural cycle of attrition,” specifically a recent spate of retirements plus some newer officers finding that they’re just “not cut out for this.” The APD fields a high volume of calls, and it’s hiring new dispatchers and adjusting individual workloads to reduce stress levels. Wood says the department is “constantly assessing and re-evaluating” its response times. Over the last few years, the APD has formed special units for areas like downtown and

public housing, and has tried to keep four to five officers plus a supervising sergeant working in each of the city’s three districts at all times, using overtime or officers from other districts to fill in gaps. But there are also geographic challenges: Kenilworth, notes Splain, is in the same district as “the long, narrow corridor” of south Asheville, so it can take those officers longer to get from place to place. Usually, he maintains, the APD does a pretty good job of “stacking” lower-priority calls that it can respond to later. But that requires experienced communications staffers who can quickly assess whether an argument, for example, might escalate into something more serious. The Kenilworth incident, says Splain, is still being reviewed, and as yet no decision has been made concerning reprimands or any other penalty for the officers involved. In the meantime, Wood admits, “We dropped the ball.” But he swears that next time, things will be different. X

Crossed signals After Fletcher complained, the APD began looking into what exactly went wrong, but it took some detective work to piece it all together. “Normally we respond to a call for service in under five minutes; five to seven minutes at the most” for top-priority calls involving violent crime or an immediate risk, Splain reports, adding, “This was a real anomaly for us.” In this case, “The evening shift came in, got busy right away, and the call got overlooked. It was a collision of a number of bad circumstances. Once that call was received, we own it,” says Splain. “We had a real good discussion of how all these factors came into play and led us to not respond appropriately.” He can’t remember another recent case where there was such a significant breakdown. During busy times, a supervisor might ask someone calling about an illegally parked car or a stolen flower pot if they can wait a few hours or even until the next day, but a delay on a call involving an armed suspect is extraordinarily rare, he maintains. And partly because Fletcher remembered the SUV’s license plate, the APD was able to locate and charge the 15-year-old suspect relatively quickly, Splain reports.

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ured less than optimally and not designed to meet the capacity of what we’re doing today.” On average, the emergency department at Mission Hospital sees more than 105,000 patients each year. But the need for a redesign of the Mission Hospital campus goes beyond the emergency department. Moore said that hospital room sizes need to be changed due to technology advancements and cultural expectations, such as family members who want to spend the night with a loved one who has been hospitalized. Other proposed changes include the addition of 289 beds, 14 operating rooms, an emergency department with 84 beds in its bay and 18 observation beds, as well as public and support space. In an assessment of the current hospital campus, Moore said eight facilities were identified as aged, capacity-constrained and/or in need of infrastructure investment. The current plan, Moore said, is to build a tower on a 6-acre area near the current Heart Center on Hospital Drive.

“Two hospitals that used to be major competitors across the street from one another, [that are] now under one system, were never designed to operate as a single system [when they were built],” he said, citing that nearly 12,000 transports occur between Mission and St. Joseph’s campus every year. Then there’s the traffic levels on the other side of town. Charlotte Street conundrums City Transportation Director Ken Putnam reported that the traffic count for Charlotte Street averages 14,000-20,000 vehicles a day, with most of the traffic occurring between the interstate ramps and Chestnut Street. For comparison, he noted that the entire stretch of Merrimon Avenue sees 18,00020,000 vehicles a day. This same information was shared recently at the Aug. 27 Asheville City Council meeting, where proposals to reduce Charlotte Street from four lanes to three lanes were discussed. At the meeting, Don Bryson, the consultant on the assessment, called the idea “a solution in search of a prob-

pizza bakers since 1974 lem” unless it looks at the project in a more comprehensive way. At the CIBO issues breakfast, Putnam elaborated on the study’s findings of the corridor. One part of the study examined the effects of changing Charlotte Street from four to three lanes in the years 2015 and 2035. Putnam said that if the road stays as four lanes, motorists can expect an increase in minor delays by 2015 and a rise in moderate delays by 2035. He also noted that congestion will likely begin to spread to more times of the day. Currently, Putnam said, most of the congestion on Charlotte Street occurs in the morning, around lunchtime and in the evening. In the three-lane scenario, Putnam says expected delays would increase. However, there’s a distinct difference if the four-lane road reduces to three: The worst delays would occur on side streets. “So if you’re trying to enter Charlotte Street anywhere along that corridor, you may be the first car in line, you may be the second car in line, but as time goes on, you might be the fifth or the sixth car in line, and that’s what you’ll begin to see,” Putnam explained. Vice Mayor Esther Manheimer, chairs the Planning and Economic Development Committee that will receive staff recommendations in November, and said she gets more emails about Charlotte Street than about Hendersonville Road in terms of pedestrian concerns. Putnam says that when city staffers more fully explore the three-lane option, they would likely have to consider installing underground utilities. Concerned about the implications the three-lane change could have on his business, local Fuddruckers owner Kipp Martin asked about traffic congestion up Chestnut Street. “Some of the projections would show under a three-lane section as much as 800-900 feet. That’s three football fields,” Putnam replied. The owner said that people need to know such information, and then asked Manheimer to comment as someone who lives near the Charlottee Street corridor herself. “I don’t think we’re going to be contemplating that [3-lane plan]. I don’t think that’s acceptable,” Manheimer replied. “I think what we’re talking about here are a

lot of different iterations. I trust that staff is going to bring forward a proposal that does not result in that car backup because that’s not going to be functional. All that will do is drive cars into the neighborhood and add more congestion to Merrimon Avenue.” Manheimer continued, “Given the limited resources in that corridor, the priority would be to address cars and the sidewalk situation. In other words, if there’s only room to enhance the sidewalks and improve the driving experience, and you’re going to have to give up on-street parking or bike lanes, that’s really a reality and we realize that. We’re not trying to be ideologues about this.” In the next few months, the City’s Planning and Economic Development Committee will receive input from city staffers and then reach out for more public input. The question, Manheimer said, is whether the topic will be brought to a City Council meeting or to City Council’s annual retreat in January. X

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The Asheville Pinball Museum opened Aug. 30, offering a unique way to have a ball downtown. Located below the Battery Park Apartment building, the room is packed with 27 classic handcrafted pinball machines, dating all the way back to the 1950s. One entry fee ($10 for adults and $7 for children) gets you unlimited free play and reentry for the entire day. The museum is a family business started by husband-and-wife team T.C. and Brandy DiBella. The couple has spent the last few months scouring the country for antique machines and fixing them up. “We’ve maxed out the credit cards, borrowed from uncles, and here we are,” notes T.C. He hopes that locals will give the business a warm welcome, reporting that after a long



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When it comes to their own pay, some Buncombe County Board of Commissioners actions — or lack thereof — contradict what they said they’d do during last year’s campaign. At their Aug. 27 meeting, the commissioners voted unanimously to allow each board member the right to accept or refuse a 1.7 percent costof-living raise each year — the same amount given to county employees. The vote comes amid ongoing public criticism, however, that the commissioners’ salaries are already among the highest in the state. Commissioner Mike Fryar was the only board member to state that he intends to refuse the raise, noting that during last year’s campaign he touted the idea of cutting board salaries. During the 2012 campaign, Xpress asked all the candidates about the issue. Here’s a roundup of their responses last year.

Brownie Newman: The amount the commissioners used to pay themselves was overboard and a poor use of taxpayers’ money. I support the proposal made by Holly Jones this fall to further reduce the compensation to make it more consistent with the rest of North Carolina.

Xpress: Do you support raising, maintaining or decreasing the commissioners’ total compensation, including all stipends and allowances? Why? David Gantt: On Feb. 15, 2011, I voted to decrease my allowances by $12,480 ,or about 30 percent. I do not think commissioners should be paid at the top of the 100 counties and would consider further reductions to make us



Holly Jones: Yes. Reducing by 17 percent would put Buncombe in line with other N.C. counties our size.

Ellen Frost: I support maintaining the current rate. The current board of commissioners adjusted the salary, stipends and compensation, and with this adjustment, I believe it is a fair salary. Mike Fryar: Decreasing these allowances due to their compensation/stipends were in excess of other commissioners throughout the state. This should be to serve the citizens of Buncombe County and not for personal financial gain. David King: Without having served in this position, it is difficult to know if the current salary is appropriate . At this time, I support maintaining the current salary until an evaluation of the job requirements can be made. Joe Belcher: I have no problem reducing the pay if needed. Why? I did not take this position to negotiate pay for myself but to negotiate savings for the citizens. X

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Animals Asheville Humane Society 14 Forever Friend Lane. Info: or 761-2001. • 2nd & 4th FRIDAYS, 11am-3pm - Pet adoptions will be held at Pet Supplies Plus, 1856 Hendersonville Road. 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. Fall Mega Adoption Event • SA (9/14) & SU (9/15), 11am-5pm Brother Wolf Animal Rescue and other animal groups will have dogs, cats, kittens, and puppies available for adoption. There will also be microchipping, raffle prizes and a bake sale. Held at PetSmart, 150 Bleachery Blvd. Info:

Free Spay Vouchers • The Humane Alliance offers free spay services for female felines. Pick up a Dudley Fund voucher at Humane Alliance, Pet Harmony, BWAR, Friends 2 Ferals or Asheville Humane Society. Info and appointment: or 252-2079. Pet Adoption Fair • SA (9/14), 9am-3pm - Dogs and cats from Blue Ridge Humane Society and Charlie's Angels Animal Rescue will be available for adoption at Pet Source, 1927 Spartanburg Highway, Hendersonville. Adoption fees vary. Info:, or

Art 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.

• TH (9/19) through WE (10/23) Wandering to the Verge, works by selftaught Southern artists. 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., noon8pm. 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. • 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 8848188. • 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. Art at UNCA Art exhibits and events at the university are free, unless otherwise noted. Info: • Through FR (9/27) - Urban Photography from the Streets of a Bohemian Mountain Town, works by Joe Longobardi, will be on display in the Blowers Gallery. • Through FR (9/13) - Under Construction: Society, Gender and Body, a participatory exhibition, will be on display in the Intercultural Gallery. • Through FR (10/4) - The UNCA art faculty exhibition will be on display in the S. Tucker Cooke Gallery. ArtEtude 89 Patton Ave. Sun., noon-5; Mon.Thurs., 10am-6pm; Fri. & Sat., 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. • Through SA (9/28) - Thought Provoking Work, art by six UNCA alumni. • 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. • ONGOING - Lasting Gifts, works by Black Mountain College teachers and students. Asheville BookWorks 428 1/2 Haywood Road. Gallery hours: Mon.-Fri., 1-5pm; Sat., 1-4pm. Info: or 255-8444. • Through SA (11/30) Printocracy will celebrate contemporary print culture. 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. 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 633-0202. Grand Bohemian Gallery Located at the Grand Bohemian Hotel in Biltmore Village, 11 Boston Way. Mon.-Thur., 10am7pm; Fri.-Sat., 10am-8pm; Sun., 10am-5pm. Info: or 505-2949. • FR (9/13), 6:30pm - Opening reception for Meet the Exotic, works by Stefano Cecchini. 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 (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. • Through FR (9/13) - Needled: Contemporary Needle Craft.

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305-2225. • Through MO (10/21) - Hoard Reflex, a solo show by Julie Armbruster. Swannanoa Valley Fine Arts League Red House Studios and Gallery, 310 West State St., Black Mountain. Mon.-Sat., 10am-5pm; Sun., noon-4pm. Info: • Through MO (10/28) - Still Life: In or Out of the Box. 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. The Junction 348 Depot St. Info: or 225-3497. • TH (9/19) through SU (10/13) Every Day a Little Death, works by Randy Siegel. The UpDraft Fine Art Gallery 84 Walnut St. Mon. & Thurs., 11am-7pm; Fri. & Sat., 11am9pm; Sun., 11am-7pm. Info: • Through MO (10/7) - Nudes: A Sacred Arrangement of Grace and Form. • FR (9/13), 6-8pm - Opening reception.

Condom Couture What: Condom Couture, to benefit Planned Parenthood in Asheville.

Why: Western North Carolina artists are stocking up on prophylactics, but not for the reasons you might think. Local designers are hard at work transforming condoms into haute couture for Planned Parenthood’s upcoming fashion show. Each garment will be made of a rainbow of condoms to emphasize the importance of safe sex and

to support Planned Parenthood’s efforts to prevent and treat sexually transmitted infections. The funds from the fashion show will go toward expanding the nonprofit’s STI services and reproductive health education in our region. The fundraiser’s food will be just as offbeat as the fashion. The evening will include a catered menu from Blind Pig Snout, including nutella beef skewers with chimichurri and lamb meatballs with cumin aioli. Aaron Price and Vendetta Creme will provide the music as guests mill around Pack Place Atrium. No benefit is complete without libations, which will be available as a cash bar. Wicked Weed will bring some of its noteworthy beer and World Market will make sure the wine flows freely.


When: Thursday, Sept. 19, 6:30-9 p.m. Where: Pack Place Atrium, 12 Biltmore Ave. $35; $30 in advance. Info:


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. Tryon Gallery Trot • 2nd SATURDAYS, 5-8pm Downtown Tryon presents art, music, refreshments and more. Free. Info: TryonGalleryTrot. Upstairs Artspace 49 S. Trade St., Tryon. Hours: Tues.-Sat., 11am-5pm. Info: or 8592828. • SA (9/14), 5pm - The 100 x 100 Canvas Project will feature original paintings.

Art/Craft Fairs Celebration of the Arts • TH (9/19) through SU (9/22), 9am-5pm - Celebration of the Arts show and sale will be held at Isothermal Community College's Foundation Performing Arts Center. Free. Info: Ooh La La Curiosity Market • SA (9/14), 10am-4pm - This market will include local art, jewelry, music and a raffle to benefit Animal Haven, an Asheville nokill shelter. Held in Pritchard Park. Info: Paris of the South Flea Market • SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS, 8am-3pm - The Paris of the South Flea Market will feature a "gypsy-style" market including handmade clothes, jewelry, art, food trucks and live music. Held at U.S. 70 at Lytle Cove Road. Free to attend. Info: 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: Waterfall Craft Show • FR (9/13), 9am-5pm - Juried crafters will offer locally made items for all ages in an indoor setting. Held at the Masonic Lodge, 174 E. Main St, Brevard. Free to attend. Info: 885-8245.

Auditions & Call to Artists Different Strokes • MO (9/16) & TU (9/17), 6-9pm - Different Strokes Performing Arts Collective seeks males and females who can convincingly play high school students. Info, audition location and appointment: differentstrokesavl@gmail. com or 279-0467.

Historic Barns Photo Contest through Sept. 27. Info: or 380-9146. LYLAS • MO (9/16), 7:30pm - LYLAS will host auditions for its sketch comedy troupe at 35below, 35 E. Walnut St. Info: 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: Montford Park Players • SA (9/14), 10am-6pm & SU (9/15), 1-6pm - Auditions for A Christmas Carol will be held at the Asheville Masonic Temple, 80 Broadway St. Info and registration: 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 Book Club Play • FR (9/13) - Auditions for The Book Club Play, open to equity and non-equity actors, will be held at N.C. Stage, 15 Stage Lane. Info and appointment:

Benefits Bike For Life Fun Ride • SU (9/15), 3pm - A familyfriendly fun ride and picnic, to benefit Sisters Of Mercy Urgent Care, Arts For Life, Asheville Pregnancy Support Services and Sports Outreach, will kickoff the 2013 Bike For Life ride across N.C. Held at Carrier Park, 500 Amboy Road. $20/family suggested donation. Info:

Flat Rock Playhouse Child Auditions • FR (9/13), 5-7pm & SA (9/14), 10am-5pm - Flat Rock Playhouse will host auditions for its upcoming children's productions of Disney's Mulan Jr. and A Christmas Story. Held at Robin R. Farquhar Education Center, 1855 Little River Road, Flat Rock. Info and appointment: 693-3517.

Fall Fashion Show Fundraiser • SU (9/15), 2-4pm - A fall fashion show fundraiser, to benefit Black Mountain Center for the Arts, will feature Black Mountain realtors modeling fashions by Lucy Anne. The evening includes door prizes, mimosas and snacks. Held at 225 W. State St., Black Mountain. $30. Info: or 6690930.

Historic Barns Photo Contest • Through FR (9/27) - The Appalachian Barn Alliance will accept submissions for its

Feasting for FEAST • TH (9/12), 6pm - A fundraiser for FEAST, a non-profit providing healthy cooking education, will feature food from Chorizo, MG

Road, All Souls Pizza and more. Held at Grove Arcade, 1 Page Avenue. $35/$25 in advance. Info: 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: or 505-2949. 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 Mingling for Mutts • TH (8/15), 4-8pm - Mingling for Mutts, to benefit Brother Wolf Animal Rescue, will feature drink specials, dog treats, a raffle and auction. Well-mannered dogs allowed. Held at Edna's of Asheville, 870 Merrimon Ave. $10. Info: bwar. org or 575-2699. Plate Expectations • FR (9/13), 6-10pm - Plate Expectations, to benefit Meals On Wheels of Asheville and Buncombe County, will feature refreshments and an auction of local fine craft, artwork and vacation getaways. Held at The Venue, 21 N. Market St. $50. Info: 253-5286. Rail Jam • SA (9/14), 6-11pm - Rail Jam, to benefit A.Skate Foundation, will feature music by Deoro with Dave Eggar and Amber Rubarth, Ivan the Terribles and others. Held at the Orange Peel and Wicked Weed, Biltmore Ave. $10. Info: WNC Run/Walk for Autism • SA (9/14), 9am - The WNC Run/Walk for Autism, to benefit the Autism Society of N.C., will be held at UNCA. A family-friendly festival will follow. Fundraising goals vary. Info and departure location:

Classes, Meetings & Events The Art of Real Scrap Quilting (pd.) Tu [9/17] 10 am, Folk Art Center, Blue Ridge Parkway.

Nationally known quilter Pepper Cory teaches creative ways to put scrap blocks together at the Asheville Quilt Guild Meeting.. Info: or 828-665-6786 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. mosesatwood@ Studio Zahiya (pd.) Studio Zahiya, Downtown Dance Classes Monday 7pm •  Bellydance 1 Tuesday 9am Hip Hop Workout   • 7pm West African Drumming  • 8pm West African Dance  • Wednesday 7:30 Bellydance 2 • Thursday 9am Bellydance Workout • 7pm Bollywood  • 8pm Hip Hop   • $13 for 60 minute classes. 90 1/2 N. Lexington Avenue. 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 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 15 Mature Women (pd.) For the Hendersonville Wise Women's Discussion Group to pursue intellectual stimulation, companionship and support. First meeting: Wednesday, October 2, 1:303:30pm. Topics: grace, humor, guilt and joy. Info/directions: or 693-1523.

75th Anniversary of the Death of Thomas Wolfe • SA (9/14), 9am-5pm - A program in memoriam of the passing of author Thomas Wolfe will include tours on theme of death in his life and writing. Held at Thomas Wolfe Memorial State Historic Site, 52 N. Market St. $5/$2 students. Info: 253-8304 Asheville Backgammon Club • 3rd SUNDAYS, 2-6:30pm The Asheville Backgammon Club invites players of all levels to meet at Zia Taqueria, 521 Haywood Road. Tournament begins at 2:30pm. $10. Info: ashevillebackgammon.weebly. com or ashevillebackgammon@ Asheville Free Media Four-Year Freakshow • FR (9/13), 5-8pm - Asheville Free Media will present a FourYear Freakshow to celebrate its fourth year of community radio. Activities include a cover band contest, record toss, palm reading, photo booth and more. Held at the Odditorium, 1045 Haywood Road. $10. Info: 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. Craft Night • 3rd SUNDAYS, 7pm - Craft night at West Asheville Vineyard, 717 Haywood Road. All crafts welcome. Free. Info: Foster Care and Adoption Awareness Walk • SA (9/14), 11am - Community foster care agencies and families will present a walk and refreshments in support of foster care and adoption. Departs from First Baptist of Waynesville, 100 S. Main St., Waynesville. Info: 456-9465. Digital Estate Planning Seminar • TH (9/19), 5:30pm - Robert J. Deutsch P.A. and Associates will present a discussion on planning for your digital afterlife. Held at Mojo Coworking, 60 N. Market St. Free. Info: 251-0600. Friends and Neighbors of Swannanoa Yard


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N.C. Mountain State Fair • 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 • 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. OM Sanctuary 87 Richmond Hill Drive. Info: • TUESDAYS through SATURDAYS through (11/16) - Fall Embodiment classes at OM Sanctuary. Yoga, Qigong, Ageless Grace movement and meditation. 10 class program series or drop-in.

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Sale • SA (9/14), 8am-noon - The Friends and Neighbors of Swannanoa will host a community yard sale at Swannanoa Ingles, 2299 Highway 70. Free to attend. Info: or 5819131. Getting Fat in the Desert • WE (9/18), 6:30pm - A discussion on ways to influence public policy to ensure that every child in WNC has access to a healthy diet. Held at Lenoir-Rhyne University Asheville, 36 Montford Avenue. Free. Info: Heal Your Home with Feng Shui • TU (9/17) 7pm - Kelly S. Jones will explain the Four Pillars of Feng Shui and help attendees identify their Personal Life Stars. Held at Jubilee!, 46 Wall St. $5 donation. Info: kel-

20 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@gmail. com or Montreat Ten Thousand Villages Anniversary Celebration • SU (9/15), 3-4:30pm - The Montreat Ten Thousand Villages will celebrate its 30th anniversary with refreshments and a presentation by public relations executive and storyteller Doug Dirks. Held at 303 Lookout Road, Montreat. Free. Info: 669-1406.


Overmountain Victory Celebration • SA (9/14), 9am-2pm - The Overmountain Victory Celebration will feature reenactments, craft demonstrations and candlelight tours. Held at the Museum of North Carolina Minerals, MP 331 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Info: 765-1228. Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute Located at 1 PARI Drive, Rosman. Info: 862-5554 or • FR (9/13), 7pm - A program on the fall night sky will include celestial observations and a planetarium presentation. $20/$15 seniors and military/$10 children under 14. Registration required. Remember Newtown • SA (9/14), noon-1pm - A "Remember Newtown" demonstration will be held at Hendersonville Historic Courthouse on Main Street. Posters to commemorate Sandy Hook shooting victims provided, but bring homemade signs if possible. Info: 693-9804. Resiliency Celebration • FR (9/13), 4-7:30pm Transition Asheville will host a resiliency celebration featuring a potluck and stories

about the group's efforts to reduce dependency on fossil fuels. Held at West Asheville Park, Vermont Avenue and Davenport Road. Free. Info and registration: Teaching About India Conference • FR (9/13), 8-8:45am - The Teaching About India conference will feature panel presentations, roundtable discussions and workshops. Held in UNCA's Karpen Hall, Laurel Forum. Free. Info and registration: TAI or Thunder in the Smokies Spring Rally • FR (9/13) through SU (9/15) - The Thunder in the Smokies Spring Rally will feature motorcycle rides, music, bike games, prizes and vendors. Held at Maggie Valley Festival Grounds, 3374 Soco Road, Maggie Valley. $20 weekend pass. Info: handlebarcorral. com. WCU Open House • SA (9/14) - WCU's open house will feature tours, academic sessions and an information fair, along with lunch. Info, schedule and registration: or 227-7317.

Comedy Comedy Open Mic • SUNDAYS, 10pm - A comedy open mic will be held in the upstairs lounge of Arcade Asheville, 130 College St. Free. Info: arcadeasheville or 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: • WEDNESDAYS, 9pm Disclaimer Stand-Up Lounge open mic is held at the Dirty South Lounge, 41 N. Lexington Ave. Free. Info: 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: or 828-273-5348.

Dance Beginner Swing Dancing Lessons (pd.) 4 week series starts first Tuesday of every month at 7:30pm. $12/week per person. • No partner necessary. Eleven on Grove, downtown Asheville. Details: www. 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. Mon.-Fri., 10am5pm. Info: BlackMountainArts. org or 669-0930. • 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:

environmental award. The ceremony will be held at N.C. Arboretum, 100 Frederick Law Olmstead Way. $25. Info: friendsoftheriver.wordpress. com. 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: avl. mx/ue or 258-8737.

Festivals Big Love Festival • SU (9/15), 1-8pm - The Big Love Festival will feature local crafts, beer, food, two music stages and activities for children. Held at Pack Square Park, downtown Asheville. Free. Info:

Food & Beer Asheville Sister Cities Mexican Dinner • MO (9/16), 6:30pm Asheville Sister Cities will celebrate Mexican Independence Day with a four-course dinner at Havana Comida Latina, 1 Battle Square, featuring Latin music and dancing on the sidewalk. $40. Reservations required: Info: or

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: Elisha Mitchell Audubon Society • TU (9/17), 7pm Photographer Clay Bolt will present "The Ephemeral Tourist: Lessons from the Forest Floor" and share ways to discover, connect and photograph the natural world. Held in UNCA's Reuter Center, 1 University Heights, Room 206. Free. Info: emasnc. org. Friends of the River Dinner • WE (9/11), 6-8:30pm - The Friends of the River dinner will honor the winners of this local

Government & Politics Asheville Tea Party • SA (9/14), 1-4pm - The Asheville Tea Party will host “We Read The Constitution,” featuring speakers, activities for kids, food and raffles. Held at Lake Julian, 406 Overlook Road, Pavilion 1. Free. Info: Buncombe County Democratic Women • 3rd THURSDAYS, 6-8pm - The Buncombe County Democratic Women will host its monthly dinner and meeting at the Buncombe County Democratic Party Headquarters, 951 Old Fairview Road. $12 per dinner/$15 yearly membership. Info and registration: 2778554. Buncombe County

Republican Men's Club • 2nd THURSDAYS, 6:30pm - The Buncombe County Republican Men's Club meets at the Renaissance Hotel, 31 Woodfin St. Optional buffet dinner at 6pm. Info: buncombegop. org. 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. Henderson County Senior Democrats • WE (9/18), 11:30am - The Henderson County Senior Democrats will meet at HCDP Headquarters, 905 Greenville Highway, Hendersonville. Bring a bagged lunch. Info: info@ or 692-6424. Naturalization Ceremony • TU (9/17), 10:30am - Carl Sandburg Home will host a naturalization ceremony on Citizens Day in its amphitheater. Open to the public. Located three miles south of Hendersonville, off U.S. 25 on Little River Road. Free. Info: or 693-4178. Voting Laws Panel Discussion • TU (9/17), 7pm - A panel discussion titled “Changes to North Carolina Voting Laws: Improving or Impairing Elections?” will be held in WCU's Bardo Performing Arts Center, Room 130. Free. Info: 227-3398 or tcollins@wcu. edu.

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. 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. 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. Girl Scout Day • SA (9/14), 10am - Grandfather Mountain's Girl Scout Day will include tree identification, hikes and butterfly programs. Held at Grandfather Mountain, U.S. 221, two miles north of Linville. Free for girl scouts and troop leaders with proof of membership. Info: 733-4326. Hands On! This children's museum is located at 318 N. Main St., Hendersonville. Tues.-Sat., 10am-5pm. Programs require $5 admission fee/free for members, unless otherwise noted. Info: or 697-8333. • TH (9/12) - Hands On! will celebrate its sixth anniversary with birthday cake and activities throughout the day. Free with admission. • TU (9/17) - A grand opening for the Go Fish! exhibit will feature activities throughout the day. • WE (9/18), 10:30am - Book 'n Craft will feature stories and activities relating to fish. • TH (9/19) - Critter Craft will focus on fish. Held throughout the day. Kids’ Art Contest • Through MO (9/30) - The Fairview Library will accept submissions for its kids' portrait contest through Sept. 30. Hand deliver to the library, 1 Taylor Road. Info: 250-6485. Oakley Farmers Market Storytime • THURSDAYS through (10/3), 4:30pm - The Oakley Farmers Market will present storytime for children with crafts relating to food. See tailgate market listings for 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 Solo Jazz Piano Concert Series (pd.) Steinway Artist Michael Jefry Stevens introduces a new “Solo Jazz Piano” concert series at the “Forum” in Pack Place in collaboration with the Diana

Wortham Theatre. This three concert series will feature the following pianists in concert during the 2013-2014 season: • 9/14/13: Michael Jefry Stevens • 11/22/13: Dr. William Bares • 2/15/14: Pavel Wlosok. For the inaugural concert, this Saturday, September 14, Mr. Stevens will perform selections from the songbooks of Thelonious Monk and Bill Evans. • Tickets: Adults $20 in advance or $25 day of show, Students and Children 12 & Under $15. Package for entire 3 concert series, only $51. Box Office: (828) 257-4530 www. Black Mountain Center for the Arts 225 W. State St., Black Mountain. Info: or 669-0930. • FR (9/13), 7:30pm - Michael Jefry Stevens (piano) and Serpentine Arborvitae (vocals) will perform jazz standards and original compositions. $10 suggested donation. Blue Ridge Orchestra Info: www.blueridgeorchestra. org. • WE (9/18), 7pm - A Blue Ridge Orchestra open rehearsal will in UNCA's Reuter Center. Free. Info: or 251-6140. Bluegrass to Bach Presents Terry Wetton • SA (9/14), 7pm - The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of  Hendersonville's "Bluegrass to Bach" concert series will present singer-songwriter Terry Wetton. Held at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 409 E. Patterson St., Hendersonville. $15 suggested donation. Info: 693-3157. Chimney Rock Concert Series • TH (9/19), 6-8pm - The Swayback Sisters (country soul) will perform at Chimney Rock’s Gathering Place Amphitheater on Main Street. $5 suggested donation. Info:

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Eddie Rose and Highway Forty • SA (9/14), 7:30pm - Eddie Rose and Highway Forty (bluegrass) will perform at Smoky Mountain Roasters, 444 Hazelwood Ave. Free. Info: Fall Outdoor Concert Series • FR (9/13), 7pm - The Barefoot Movement will perform a free outdoor concert at the Transylvania County Library amphitheater, 212 S. Gaston St., Brevard. Rain or shine. Info: 884-3151.

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584-0666. Barefoot Hike • SU (9/15), 10am - Barefoot Hikers of WNC hike from Sams Gap on the Appalachian Trail, about 4 miles total. Beginners welcome. Info: BRP Hike • FR (9/13), 10am - A 2-mile hike on the Mountains-to-Sea Trail will focus on chestnut trees. Departs from Mills River Overlook, MP 404.5 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Free. Info: 298-5330.

Crafts for a cause: Support Meals on Wheels at Plate Expectations, a charity auction featuring local artwork, jewelry and vacation getaways on Friday, Sept. 13. (pg. 22)

Haywood Community Band • SU (9/15), 6:30pm - The Haywood Community Band will perform holiday music at its "Never Too Early for Christmas" concert in the pavilion next to Maggie Valley Town Hall, 3987 Soco Road. Free. Info: or 456-4880. Jason Moon Concert and BBQ • SU (9/15), 2pm - Veteran Jason Moon will perform an outdoor concert at Brahma Ridge Event Center, 84 Brahma Ridge, Candler. Free. Info: or 665-4404.


Old Time String Band • TH (9/12), 7:30pm - Old Time String Band will perform at Zia Taqueria, 521 Haywood Road. Free. Info: ZiaTaqueriaAsheville. Organ Concert • SU (9/15), 3pm - Charles Tompkins will perform an organ concert in Brevard College's Porter Center. Free. Info: 8848211. RiverMUSIC • FR (9/13), 5pm - The Big Ol' Nasty Getdown (funk) will perform at RiverLink Sculpture and Performance Plaza, 144 Riverside Drive. Free. Info: or 252-8474.

Karaoke at Players • WEDNESDAYS, 8pm; FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS, 9pm - Players Cigar Bar, 170 Rosscraggon Road, hosts weekly karaoke. Info: 676-0588.

Sirius B. • TH (9/12), 8pm - Sirius B. (gypsy folk) will perform in UNCA's Highsmith Union Grotto. Free. Info: cesap.unca. edu or 258.7727.

Music on the Mountain • SA (9/14), noon-3pm - Music on the Mountain will feature a solar-powered concert with Johnson’s Crossroad and Joe Hallock and the Flat Creek Stringband. Held at Chimney Rock Park. $12/$6 children ages 5-15. Info:

Song O' Sky Chorus • FR (9/13), 8-8:45pm - Song O' Sky Chorus (Sweet Adelines international) will perform barbershop-style harmony at White Horse Black Mountain, 105C Montreat Road. $12 advance/$15 door. Info: or

SEPTEMBER 11 - SEPTEMBER 17, 2013 Voice and Classical Chamber Music Ensembles • WE (9/11), 7pm - Singers, classical music instrumentalists and listeners are invited. All age and skill levels welcome to sing or sight-read. Westminster Presbyterian Church, 15 Overbrook Road. Free. Info: WestminsterMusicAsheville@ or 490-1852. WCU and Asheville Symphony Orchestra Concert • TU (9/17), 7:30pm - String musicians from Asheville Symphony Orchestra and WCU students and faculty will perform a classical concert in the university's Bardo Performing Arts Center. $10/$5 students and children. Info: 227-7242.

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Cradle of Forestry Events Open daily, 9am-5pm. Route 276, Pisgah National Forest. Info: or 877-3130. • SA (9/14), 11am & 2pm Afternoon Tea with Llamas will feature live llamas, information about the animals' adaptations and opportunities to lead a llama down a trail. Bring a picnic; iced tea provided. $5/free for children. 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. • TH (9/19), 6-8pm "Backpacking Basics II: What's Inside your Pack" will focus on how to reduce weight by carrying just the essentials. Free; registration required. Friends of the Smokies Hike • TU (9/17) - A hike along the Noland Creek Trail in Great Smoky Mountains National Park will include tours of cemeteries and home site remnants. Meeting locations include Asheville, Waynesville and Bryson City at various times. $35/$10 members. Info and departure locations: or 452-0702. Lake James State Park 6883 N.C. Highway 126, Nebo. Programs are free unless otherwise noted. Info: 584-7728. • FR (9/13), 8am - "Meet the Migration" will include a twomile hike to identify songbirds. Meets at the Paddy’s Creek Area bathhouse breezeway.

Parenting Asheville Community Yoga Center Located at 8 Brookdale Road. Info: ashevillecommunityyoga. com. • WEDNESDAYS (9/4) through (9/25), 6-7:30pm - A prenatal yoga series for pregnant women will focus on pregnancyspecific asanas, pranayama and meditations. $40. Positive Behavior Guidance for Young Children • WE (9/18), 6pm - Montessori Cooperative School will sponsor a seminar on positive behavior guidance for the 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 Brevard College Lectures • TH (9/12), 7pm - Sigma Xi will host a presentation on “To Know a River: Chemical Analysis of the Suwannee River from Source to Sea.” Held in the college's McLarty-Goodson Building, Room 125. Free. Info: 883-8292. • TH (9/19), 6:30pm "Eyewitness to Power: Leadership in America," with David Gergen. Held in the Porter Center. $20. Info: 8843151. Public Lectures & Events at UNCA Events are free unless otherwise noted. • TH (9/12), 7pm - “Churning the Ocean: The Making of Global India,” with Aseem Shrivastava. Held in UNCA's Karpen Hall, Laurel Forum. Info: or 251-6419. • FR (9/13), 11:25am - "1948," with John McClain, humanities lecturer. Held in Lipinsky Auditorium. Info: humanities. or 251-6808. --11:25am - "Poverty & Plenty," with Dwight Mullen, professor of political science. Info: or 251-6808. • SU (9/15), 3pm - "Wilma Dykeman as Historian," with Dan Pierce, chair and professor of history. Held in the Manheimer Room. Info: or 251-6140. • MO (9/16), 11:25am - "India and Hinduism," with Katherine Zubko, assistant professor of

religious studies. Held in the Humanities Lecture Hall. Info: or 2516808. --- 11:25am - "Community and Authority in the Medieval West," with Bill Spellman, executive director of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges. Held in Lipinsky Auditorium. Info: or 251-6808. • TU (9/17), 4:15pm - "Local Weather" STEM lecture, with Doug Miller, chair and professor of atmospheric sciences. Held in the Reuter Center. Info: or 251-6140. • WE (9/18), 7pm “Agroecology: Cultivating an Alternate Future for People and the Planet," with Steve Brescia, executive director of Groundswell International. Held in the Highsmith University Union Alumni Hall. Info: unca. edu or 250-2317. --- 7pm "'Satisficing: A Rational Choice Principle for Sustainability,” with Grace Campbell, humanities lecturer. Held in Karpen Hall, Laurel Forum. Info: 251-6296. • TH (9/19), 7pm - "Should We Move the Whitebark Pine? Rethinking Environmental Values as the Climate Changes,” with Clare Palmer of Texas A&M. Held in Karpen Hall. Info: 251-6296 • TH (9/19), 12:30pm - A brown bag talk with faculty authors will include an overview of crowd sourcing and the Cyclone Center. Held in Ramsey Library's special collections room. Info: or 251-6336.

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: Senior Friendships of Henderson County • 3rd THURSDAYS, 7pm - Senior Friendships of Henderson County will meet at First Congregational Church, 5th Avenue West and White Pine Street, Hendersonville. Info and cost: 696-1968.

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life to the beauty within and connects you to your heart. • Love offering. 7pm, Tuesdays, 5 Covington St. 296-0017 or 367-6954 Astro-Counseling (pd.) Licensed counselor and accredited professional astrologer uses your chart when counseling for additional insight into yourself, your relationships and life directions. Readings also available. Christy Gunther, MA, LPC. (828) 258-3229. ASHEVILLE COMPASSIONATE COMMUNICATION CENTER (pd.) Free practice group. Learn ways to create understanding and clarity in your relationships, work, and community by practicing compassionate communication (nonviolent communication). 252-0538 or www. • 1st and 3rd 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. www.billwalz. com. 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. FREE MEDICAL INTUITIVE (pd.) Ethical high frequency beneficial health information. Medical school graduate with alternative emphasis. Call (828) 645-0235. 35 Golden Keys Book Discussion • SU (9/15), 11am-noon - The Eckankar Center of Asheville will hold a discussion of “35 Golden Keys to Who You Are and Why You’re Here - Key No. 21: Expanding  Your Consciousness is the New Frontier.” 797 Haywood Road, lower level. Free. Info: or 254-6775. 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: Drepung Loseling

Monks • 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. First Congregational Church in Hendersonville Fifth Avenue West at White Pine Street, Hendersonville. Info: 692-8630 or • SUNDAYS (9/15) until (9/29), 9:15am - Adult forum: A threepart series on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. Grace Lutheran Church 1245 Sixth Ave. W., Hendersonville. Info: or 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. Great Tree Zen Temple Daily, weekly and monthly retreats and zazen practice and study. Info: or 645-2085. • TUESDAYS, 3:30 pm Meditation, readings and discussion with Rev. Teijo Munnich. 679 Lower Flat Creek Road, Alexander. Light Center 2196 N.C. Highway 9 S., Black Mountain. Info: or 669-6845. • SA (9/14), 11am - Singing/ healing Crystal bowls.-- 1pm - Reiki share. --- 3:30pm - Dr. Sha's Soul Healing Class. Call for cost. • SA (9/14), 7:45pm - "Blastoff" with Jonn Serrie (space music). $15/discount for "Trekkies" in full uniform. • TUESDAYS, 7:30pm - Self Energy Awareness Group. • 3rd THURSDAYS, 7:15pm Reiki circle. 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:

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. Weekly programs are free with $5-$10 suggested donation. Info: or 2256422. • SUNDAYS 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.

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Spoken & Written Word Asheville City Poets • WE (9/11) & WE (9/18) 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: meetup. com/Asheville-City-Poets. • 3rd MONDAYS, 7:30pm - Jeff Davis and Caleb Beissert present monthly readings featuring a spotlight poet and open readings. Held at the Altamont Theater, 18 Church St. $5 suggested donation. Blue Ridge Books Located at 152 S. Main St., Waynesville. All programs free, unless otherwise noted. Info: or 4566000. • SA (9/14), 3pm - Karen Kay Knauss will present her book of poetry The Thorny Truth and Their Civil War. Buncombe County Public Libraries LIBRARY ABBREVIATIONS - All programs are free unless otherwise noted. Each Library event is marked by the following location abbreviations: n BM = Black Mountain Library (105 N. Dougherty St., 250-







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Wisdom from the South American highlands What: Peruvian elders Don Pascual Apaza Flores (pictured) and Wilbert Salas Atasi share the wisdom of their ancestors regarding the wave of spiritual change that is dissolving old paradigms. Advance registration:$35. When: 7-10 September 17



Where: Jubilee! 101 Patton Ave., downtown Asheville Why: The Q’ero, direct descendants of the Inca in the high Andes of Peru, foretell a day when the North American eagle (repre-



senting the linear path of the mind, industry and the masculine) will fly together with the South American condor (representing the open path of heart, intuition and the feminine). The flight brings a new era of harmony and cooperation in the world. Don Pascual and Wilbert Atasi —both paqos (priests/medicine men) — will be speaking about their ancestral healing practices, based on divine reverence for all living things and in light of this current transformation. For more information, go to and click on “Peruvian elders.”


4756) n EA = East Asheville Library (902 Tunnel Road, 250-4738) n FV = Fairview Library (1 Taylor Road, 250-6484) n NA = North Asheville Library (1030 Merrimon Avenue, 2504752) n SS = Skyland/South Buncombe Library (260 Overlook Road, 250-6488) n SW = Swannanoa Library (101 West Charleston Street, 250-6486) n WA = West Asheville Library (942 Haywood Road, 250-4750). n Library storyline: 250-KIDS. • 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 • TU (9/17), 2pm - Book club: Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris. NA --- 7pm - Mystery Book Club: The Redbreast by Jo Nesbo. BM • WE (9/18), 11am - "Buzzy Buzzy Bee: Our Food Pollinators," with Renee Ray of the Buncombe County Soil and Water Conservation District. Free; tickets are required and available at the library. EA --- 5pm - Swannanoa Knitters. SW --- 7pm - Richard Russell will lead a presentation on "Robert Henry: A Western Carolina Patriot." WA • TH (9/19), 2:30pm - Book club: The Brooklyn Follies by Paul Auster. SS -- 6pm - Book club: The Folded Earth by Anuradha Roy. SW --- 7pm - Book club: Life After Life by Kate Atkinson. FV

activities for kids and snacks. Costumes encouraged. --- 7pm - Bob Shacochis will present his novel The Woman Who Lost Her Soul. • WE (9/18), 7pm - Colin McAdam will present his novel A Beautiful Truth. • TH (9/19), 7pm - Laurey Masterton will present her book The Fresh Honey Cookbook.

City Lights Bookstore Located at 3 E. Jackson St., Sylva. Events are free, unless otherwise noted. Info: citylightsnc. com or 586-9499. • SA (9/14), 3pm - Eva McCall will present her mystery novel Murder on Haint Branch. • TH (9/19), 10:30am - Coffee with the Poet, featuring Rick Mulkey.

River Bound Race Series • SA (9/14), 8am - This trail race will be held on the grounds of Warren Wilson College and include a 5k, 10k, 15k and half marathon. Proceeds benefit scholarships for local youth, teachers and veterans attending NCOBS courses. $30. Info and registration:

Henderson County Library Book Sale • SATURDAYS and SUNDAYS through (9/21) - The Friends of the Henderson County Library will host a book sale at 1940 Spartanburg Highway. 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. • FR (9/13), 7pm - Wilton Barnhardt will present his novel Lookaway, Lookaway. • SA (9/14), 3pm - Roald Dahl Day will feature storytime,

Sports Cycling Classes • SA (9/14), 10am-4pm - A class on traffic skills for cyclists will cover safety checks, on-bike skills and crash avoidance techniques. Held at the WNC Alliance office, 29 N. Market St., Suite 610. $20. Info and registration: Events at REI Located at 31 Schenck Parkway. Info: or 6870918. • TU (9/17), 6:30-8pm - "Beyond Bike Maintenance Basics: Brakes & Drive Train." Free; registration required. Old Cullowhee Canoe Slalom • SA (9/14), 9am- The Old Cullowhee Canoe Slalom invites the public to paddle through flat, moving water. Canoes, paddles and flotation devises provided. Held upstream of the Old Cullowhee Road bridge at WCU. $5 per category. Info and registration: or 227-3844.

Steve Barden Memorial Swimming Meet • SA (9/14), 9am-5pm - 8th Annual Steve Barden Memorial Swimming Meet, hosted by Asheville Masters Swimming Team. Pool events at The Asheville School, 360 Asheville School Road. Open water events at Biltmore Lake, Enka. $30. Info and registration:

Theater Flat Rock Playhouse Mainstage: Highway 225, Flat Rock. Downtown location: 125

South Main St., Hendersonville. Info: or 693-0731. • WEDNESDAYS through SUNDAYS until (9/15) Deathtrap, the story of a "successful writer of Broadway thrillers who is struggling to overcome a dry spell which has left him with a string of failures and a shortage of funds." Performed on the Mainstage. Wed.-Sat., 8pm; Wed., Thurs., Sat. & Sun., 2pm. $35 with discounts for students, seniors and military. • WEDNESDAYS through SUNDAYS (9/4) until (10/6) Cats, the musical. Performed at the downtown location. Wed.-Sat., 8pm; Thurs., Sat., Sun., 2pm. $35 will discounts for seniors, students and military. 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."

Thriving Children The Success Equation, under the umbrella of Children First/ Communities In Schools, unites the community to reduce the root causes of child poverty. These calendar listings feature community events and volunteer opportunities to help children thrive in Buncombe County. Become a Reading Coach • TUESDAYS, THURSDAYS & SUNDAYS - Read to Succeed Reading Coaches work one on one with children from lowliteracy homes in Asheville City Schools. Four-week training is free to qualified, committed volunteers. 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. 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 (9/14), 10am-noon Teacher's Pet: Volunteers will create supplemental educational materials to help elementary students improve reading skills. Make flashcards, games and more. Instruction and materials provided. 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. 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 singleparent 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 single-parent homes. Activities are free or lowcost, such as sports, local attractions, etc. • TH (9/19), 5-7pm - Big Brothers Big Sisters will host a mentor recruitment drive at Asheville Brewing Company, 77 Coxe Ave. Free. Info: 253-1470. Foster Parent Orientation • 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: Guardian ad Litem • Through MO (9/23) Guardian ad Litem seeks volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children. Application, background check and 30 hours of training required. 10-15 hours per month commitment. Info: or 251-6130. 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 (9/12), 10am-noon - OnTrack: Copy and collate packets for distribution to individuals and families that benefit from OnTrack's various financial assistance programs. • SU (9/15), 1-2pm - Knit-n-Give encourages knitters of all skill levels to make hats for the WNCCHS Pediatric Program and Homeward Bound of Asheville. Interfaith Assistance Ministry • Interfaith Assistance Ministry offers emergency assistance to Henderson County residents in

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Part 2 of our shocking exposé of how wrong, easy it is to poach, profit from ginseng • The Chinese have used ginseng for thousands of years to promote longevity, relieve stress and treat various ailments, so do NOT harvest this plant from federal lands in WNC or you may illegally live forever, feel laid-back and be super healthy.

ginseng before your irritating neighbors or ex-boyfriends do.

• Exploring the woods and making huge profits for picking up a plant here and there is a morally wrong, fun way to Please don’t illegally harvest small, leafy green ginseng spend an afternoon. plants such as the one pictured • Wild ginseng is fetch- above. Take note of the bright red berries that will be blooming ing $800 per pound, or on this highly profitable plant at $2,400 per pocketful. this time of year. You especially

• As we reported last week, some locals are using illegal ginsengpoaching profits to purchase multiple vehicles and buy awesome Christmas presents for loved ones. Don’t be like them.

• Not only is ginsengpoaching illegal, it’s next to impossible to catch, let alone prosecute, a ginseng poacher. Please respect the honor sysdon’t want the potent, financial- tem and don’t do it or an • “Digging sang” has ly valuable roots with the amazalarmed property owner long been part of tradiing medicinal properties. may force you to amble tional Appalachian culoff their property and disappear into the ture, so please don’t do it unless you have woods at a leisurely pace. deep, deep respect for traditional Appala• As our investigation revealed, the U.S. chian culture. Fish & Wildlife Service’s Office of Law En• Just because your parents, grandparents forcement has only one officer in the entire and godparents harvested ginseng doesn’t state. If you cross paths with him, you run mean you also have to enjoy free money. the risk of frustrating him to tears from his • This year, the U.S. Forest Service slashed inability to frisk you for ginseng. Seriously the legal ginseng-harvesting season by half though, he’s a nice guy. Please don’t poach and distributed 75 percent fewer licenses, so ginseng while he spends 360 days a year don’t illegally harvest all that extra leftover outside of WNC.

This week in science Discoveries & Advancements

1025: Renowned Arab physician Avicenna compiles a vast medical encyclopedia of all medical knowledge of the era, clocking in at four pages with one single entry: “Leeches.” 1672: Antony Leeuwenhoek uses a microscope and discovers red blood cells, bacteria, protozoa, and tiny spots on the lens that lead to many false discoveries. 1796: Edward Jenner develops the smallpox vaccine and egomaniacally spends rest of life lobbying to rename the disease “pox.”

1844: Dentist Horace Wells first uses nitrous oxide to anesthetize patients while they wait in his lobby in order to save money on magazine subscriptions. 1865: Gregor Mendel reports his results on the segregation of traits in peas in a paper entitled, “Round; green; squishy.” 1928: Alexander Fleming discovers penicillin, a feat that does not improve his luck when asking women to join him for a night-cap back in his lab that’s overrun with mold and fungi.

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My daughter is starting kindergarten and she is really nervous. Is there something I could do in the morning of her first day to make her feel better? — Anne Dear Cindy, Take her by the hand, kneel down, look her in the eye and, in a calm reassuring voice, tell her, “Life is an unending crappile of horrible days so put on your big girl panties and man the hell up.” Then pat her on the head and say, “Or we could send you off to school.” Dunkin’ Donuts has apologized for recent blackface advertisement, the latest in a string of DD’s insensitive products and campaigns: • Stars and Bars hot cross buns • Store driveway lawn jockey with percolator • Ebonic drive-thru menu • “Best cotton-pickin’ coffee around” campaign • Ku Klux Krullers • Cream toppings whipped on by bullwhipwielding overseer • “It’s time to slave over the doughnuts” ad character • Jim Crowssants

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Spreadsheet Parenting • Loco Parentis: First-time mother Amy Webb proudly notates dozens of data points about her child each day and obsessively tracks their detailed progression by computer on spreadsheets, according to the provocative first-person account she wrote for in July. In categories ranging from ordinary vital signs, to the kid’s progress in sound-making, to dietary reactions, to quantity and quality of each poop, stats are kept 24/7. She began tracking her own health during pregnancy but decided to keep going after her daughter was born. Webb’s pediatrician rated the kid’s health as A-minus but the parents’ as C, adding: “You guys need to relax. Leave the spreadsheets [out].” Compelling Explanations • Dr. Timothy Sweo said later that he was only trying to make his diagnosis of lumbar lordosis “less technical” for patient Terry Ragland when he described her condition as “ghetto booty.” The shape of her spine makes her buttocks stick out more, he said, and he prescribed pain medication as there is no cure, per se. Nonetheless, Ragland felt insulted and filed a complaint against Dr. Sweo with the Tennessee Department of Health in July. Said she, “I couldn’t believe he said that.” The Litigious Society • A lawyer and former spokesman for the judiciary of Kenya filed a petition in July with the International Court of Justice in The Hague, Netherlands, seeking a retrial of Jesus Christ and naming as defendants the state of Israel, King Herod, various Jewish elders, the former emperor of Rome (Tiberius) and, of course, Pontius Pilate. Dola Indidis claims that the proceedings before Roman courts did not conform to the rule of law at the time. (Indidis’ claim had been dismissed by the





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“Love your kids, love your family, love your friends.” This is the heartfelt advice Kathy Stickler gives to anyone who will listen, and it’s the reason she started her business six years ago. In 1989, Stickler’s 10-year-old daughter, Krista Anne, underwent surgery for cancer and received more than 30 radiation treatments. In the midst of motherly anguish, Stickler made a promise that would become her life’s work. “I made a vow to God that my children would not be as ignorant as I was about health issues,” says Stickler. She began educating herself about herbal and other natural remedies. Then in 2000, Stickler’s son, Kyle, was injected with a fluorescein dye for a routine retinal exam; he experienced an anaphylactic reaction. Kyle was in a coma for three years before passing away in 2003. While caring for her son, Stickler researched herbal treatments that would heal his bed sores and found natural remedies that could help treat the side effects of certain pharmaceuticals. “When my son passed away, I said to myself: ‘You will either advance



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from your adversity, or you will shrivel up and die.’” Starting a business wasn’t so much a choice for Stickler, as it was a responsibility to other mothers — and a way to heal, she explains. In 2007, Stickler opened Healthy Traditions, a business in a cozy Black Mountain cottage where she sells natural remedies and provides alternative treatments. Initially, Stickler shared the space with “Krista Anne’s” — her now-grown and healthy daughter’s clothing boutique. But as both businesses developed, Krista Anne moved her business to downtown Black Mountain, and Stickler expanded her inventory and services. Today, in addition to offering herbs, supplements, vitamins, an aroma-therapy bar and a detox foot spa, Stickler rents some space to a certified biofeedback specialist and

two certified lymphatic specialists. She also offers iridology consultations and hosts classes about health conditions ranging from Type 2 diabetes to estrogen overload. Stickler is also certified by the National Association of Certified Natural Health Professionals. While she does not diagnose or prescribe, Stickler can help customers make more informed decisions about natural options for treating and preventing illness. “The bottom line for me is education,” she explains. “If people know how to take care of themselves and their children, they’re not as helpless as they think they are.” As she has watched her friends retire — “Not this mama! I’m just ready for a new chapter!” — Stickler realized that she needed to find a way to run her business

in a more sustainable way. “I have been married to this job for years now,” she says, “doing everything myself with no one to cover for me. My goal is to take off a week and go on vacation somewhere with my husband. I want to find a freedom for what’s really important.” To help achieve these goals, this spring Stickler signed up for Business Boot Camp, a six-month Mountain BizWorks program that helps entrepreneurs strengthen an existing business. Based on what she learned, Stickler has made big changes. She hired a project manager and bookkeeper, which enabled her to quit taking work home at night. She started attending Toastmasters sessions as a way to tackle her fear of speaking in front of groups. Perhaps most importantly, she started approaching Healthy Traditions in a way that serves her customers, her personal well-being, and the memory of her family’s trials. “This business was a mommy passion for me; I would feel bad for people who were hurting, so I would do more for them at my expense, and it was hurting me. But now I know that I have to put value on what I’ve been through and the integrity of my business,” says Stickler. “I can have goals and make a living and still love and help people.” While she has been through more than most, and has put countless hours of work into her business, Stickler insists that she is “not a strong person” and doesn’t have all the answers. Rather, she credits her strong Christian faith for guiding her. “My first real goal is to love the Lord with all my heart,” she says. “As long as I have Him, I can face anything that comes my way.” Learn more about Healthy Traditions at, or visit at 106 S. Ridgeway Ave. in Black Mountain. Mountain BizWorks is hosting a free “sneak peek” session on Thursday, Sept. 19, for entrepreneurs to learn about the next session of Business Boot Camp. Learn more and RSVP at X

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“She gave me the motivation to make the hundreds of phone calls I needed to make,” says Buddy, who now has three children and is a recreational therapist in a nursing home. With Alvarez’s help, Buddy got Miles into applied behavior analysis funded by the state for a year. “I think that’s why he’s functional today,” she says. Wanting to give back in some way, Buddy decided eight years ago to start participating in the Autism Society’s Western North Carolina Run/Walk for Autism, this year set for 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Sept. 14. The race is part of the Asheville Track Club Grand Prix Series and is USATF-certified. It includes a challenging 5k race, a 5k noncompetitive run and a recreational 1k run/walk. The event will also feature a family-friendly festival with a fun zone, refreshments and vendor space where businesses, service providers, local support resources and sponsors will be showcased. Last year’s race raised more than $45,000 and had more than 500 runners and 150 volunteers. All funds raised provide support for the 60,000 people in North Carolina affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder. — from the Autism Society of North Carolina For more information on the race, visit or call 236-1547. X

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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

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.

GMOs in Our Food: Digesting the Facts • TH (9/19), 9:30am - Attendees will learn how GMO foods can affect everyday life and the importance of avoiding preservatives and artificial additives. Held in Mission Hospital’s Integrative Healthcare Wellness Resource Center, 50 Doctor’s Drive, 120 W. Annex. $10 public/free for Mission employees. Info: or 2138250. Harvest Season Soups • SA (9/14), 2:00pm - This class will teach soup recipes, as well as stocks to use as a base in cooking. Mission Hospital’s Integrative Healthcare Wellness Resource Center, 50 Doctor’s Drive, 120 W. Annex. $25/$20 Mission employees. Info and registration: or 2138250. 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. • WEDNESDAYS, 5:30pm - Additional workshops will be held in UNCA's Sherrill Center, Room 402, through Oct. 23. $30 suggested donation. MS Splash Day • SU (9/15), 5:30-7:30pm - The Greater Carolinas Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society will host a "splash day." Families living with multiple sclerosis are invited to play in the pool and participate in wellness education. Held at Reuter Family YMCA, 3 Town Square Blvd. $3. Info: Pool Pilates for the Differently Abled • SA (9/28), 5:30-6:30pm - A pool pilates workshop will demonstrate one on one assisted activities for partners and caregivers to do with their child/adult in the water. Held at Hendersonville YMCA, 810 West 6th Ave. Register by Sept. 23. $25/person. Info: • SU (9/29), 5:30-6:30pm - An additional workshop will be held at the Rueter YMCA, 3 Town Square Blvd.

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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 Vision/Industries for the Blind, 240 Sardis Road. Free. Info: 213-4370. Well-A-Bration • MO (9/16) & TU (9/17) - UNCA's Well-A-Bration will feature a health fair, lectures and opportunities to meet student-athletes. Info and schedule: or 258-7712. 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. Instructor: Ashley Poole. Free. Info: or 254-0380. Yoga for Veterans • TUESDAYS, 4:30pm - A beginner class for veterans, appropriate for most fitness levels, is held weekly in the Charles George VA Medical Center cafeteria, 1100 Tunnel Road. Bring mat if possible. Free. Info:

Support Groups Al Anon Meeting (Lambda) • FRIDAYS, 8pm - The Lambda (LGBT) group of Al-Anon, a gay-friendly support group for families and friends of alcoholics, holds weekly candlelight meetings at All Souls Cathedral, 9 Swan St. Info: Al-Anon Al-Anon is a support group for the family and friends of alcoholics. More than 33 groups are available in the WNC area. Info: or 800-286-1326. • WEDNESDAYS, 11:30am - "Daytime Serenity," Pardee Education Center at the Blue Ridge Mall, 1800 Four Seasons Blvd. --- 7pm - Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church, 798 Merrimon Ave. --- 5:45pm - Al-Anon meeting for women, Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church, 798 Merrimon Ave. • THURSDAYS, 6pm - Al-Anon meeting for women, New Hope Presbyterian Church, 3020 Sweeten Creek Road. • THURSDAYS, 7pm - "Parents of Children with Alcoholism," West Asheville Presbyterian Church, 690 Haywood Road. --- 7pm - Pinecrest Presbyterian Church, 1790 Greenville Highway at North Highland Lake Road, Flat Rock. --- 8pm Fletcher United Methodist Church, 50 Library St.,

Fletcher. • FRIDAYS, 12:30pm - "Keeping the Focus," First Baptist Church, 5 Oak St. Entrance near Charlotte Street. --- 5:30pm - "Family Matters," First United Church, 66 Harrison Ave., Franklin. • SATURDAYS, 10am - "One Day at a Time," First Baptist Church, Buncombe and 5th avenues, Hendersonville. --- 10am - "Grace Fireside," Grace Episcopal Church, 871 Merrimon Ave. --- 10am "Saturday Serenity," St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 337 Charlotte St. --- noon - "Courage to Change," Bess Sprinkle Memorial Library, Weaverville. • SUNDAYS, 5pm - Al-Anon and Alateen, West Asheville Presbyterian Church, 690 Haywood Road. • MONDAYS, noon - "Keeping the Focus," First Baptist Church, 5 Oak St. Entrance near Charlotte street. --- 6pm - "Attitude of Gratitude," Grace Episcopal Church, 871 Merrimon Ave. --- 7pm First Christian Church, 201 Blue Ridge Road, Black Mountain. --- 7:30pm - First United Methodist Church, Jackson and Church Streets, Sylva. --- 8pm - "Al-Anon Spoken Here," Ledger Baptist Church, U.S. 226 near Bakersville. --- 8pm - Pinecrest Presbyterian Church, 1790 Greenville Highway at North Highland Lake Road. • TUESDAYS, 4pm - Grace Church, 242 Highway 107 N., Cashiers. --- 5:30pm - "Steps to Recovery," Kenilworth Presbyterian Church, 123 Kenilworth Road. --- 7pm - "One Day at a Time," First Congregational UCC, 20 Oak St. --- 8pm Transylvania men's meeting, Brevard-Davidson River Presbyterian Church, 249 E. Main St. Caring for Aging Parents Education and Support • 3rd MONDAYS, 5-6:30pm - Caring for Aging Parents Education and Support (CAPES) meets monthly at Mission Hospital’s Loretta Hall, Conference Room 6, located behind the St. Joseph Hospital Building. CAPES serves anyone caring for or concerned about an aging parent or adult. Free. Info: 277-8288 or 213-4542. Debtors Anonymous • MONDAYS, 7pm - Debtors Anonymous meets at First Congregational UCC, 20 Oak St., Room 101. Info: Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance: Magnetic Minds • WEDNESDAYS, 7-9pm & SATURDAYS, 4-6pm Magnetic Minds provides self-help through weekly, peer-facilitated support meetings offering acceptance, info and techniques to manage challenges. Meets at 1316-C Parkwood Road, across from the West Asheville BB&T. Free. Info: MagneticMinds. or 367-7660. 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:

• WEDNESDAYS, 5:30-7pm - An additional meeting will be held at 65 Hill St. Onsite parking. Info: or 255-7890. GRASP: Asheville Autism Support Group • 2nd SATURDAYS, 3-5pm - "Join other adult Aspies at GRASP - Asheville Global and Regional Aspergers Syndrome Partnership." Held at Firestorm Cafe and Books, 48 Commerce St. Must be 18 years or older and on the autism spectrum. Free. Info: or graspasheville. 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: HIV/AIDS Support Group • 1st & 3rd TUESDAYS, 6pm - Western North Carolina AIDS Project (WNCAP) hosts a free, confidential HIV/AIDS support group led by a trained facilitator. Info and location: 252-7489, ext. 328; thomas.; 252-7489; or wncap. org. 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:, Asstminister@, 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. • 2nd & 4th WEDNESDAYS, 6pm - Dual Diagnosis Support Group. For individuals with MH/SA diagnoses. 3 Thurland Ave., off Biltmore Avenue. • 1st SATURDAYS, 10am; 2nd & 4th MONDAYS, 11am; 3rd TUESDAYS, 6pm Connection group for people with mental health issues. 356 Biltmore Ave., Suite 207. • 1st SATURDAYS, 10am; 3rd TUESDAYS, 6pm - Family/Caregiver group for people supporting someone experiencing a mental health issue. 356 Biltmore Ave., Suite 315. • THURSDAYS, 6-8:30pm & SATURDAYS, 10am-12:30pm, (9/26) through SA (11/2) NAMI Family-to-Family offers a 12-session class for families of individuals with a serious mental illness. Held in Asheville. Free; registration required: sharonpitts1@gmail. com or 258-5359.

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. 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. Recovering Couples Anonymous • MONDAYS, 6:30pm - Recovering Couples Anonymous, for couples with at least one member in a 12-step program. Held every other week through Dec. 23 at Foster Seventh Day Adventist Church, 375 Hendersonville Road. Info: Recovery From Food Addiction • MONDAYS, noon & FRIDAYS, 7pm - A 10-step support group for those suffering from food addiction meets at Biltmore United Methodist Church, 376 Hendersonville Road, second floor. Info: 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. WNC Brain Tumor Support • 3rd THURSDAYS, 6:30-8pm - WNC Brain Tumor Support meets at MAHEC, 121 Hendersonville Road. Info: wncbraintumor. org or 691-2559. MORE WELLNESS EVENTS ONLINE Check out the Wellness Calendar online at for info on events happening after September 19. 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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Rich Simpson, owner of Game Xcape, still remembers his first system: an original Atari. He and his brothers played Pong on it religiously. Little did they know that they were architects of their machine’s demise. “We went outside and left the game on, and when my father came home the image had burned onto the TV. He bought a new TV and he told us, ‘If this happens again, [the Atari’s] going bye-bye.’ And I swear if we didn’t do the same thing three weeks later. So he put it behind the rear wheels and backed the car over it.” Thus, a gamer was born. Simpson is a natural raconteur; simple questions turn into paragraph-long lectures on the nature of the games industry and the challenges independent stores face. It’s easy to see why he’s able to maintain an independent game store in a world where corporate interests see the indies as weeds to be pulled out. “We don’t get the pre-order bonuses, we don’t get the special skin packs or weapons or extra levels,” he says. “A lot of indie game stores used to break sales dates and start selling major titles early, but the big companies complained and so that was out the window too. It’s harder and harder, but in today’s buyer’s mind, especially hardcore players, they want the bonus stuff. They don’t necessarily trust the indies.” What sets him apart? “Definitely the personal touch. Weirdly enough, I love the personal touch, and I hate the retail. My favorite thing is like when a 7-year-old comes in here, and he knows more about games than I do, or collects retro games.”



GAME BOY: At any time, any game from any era might pop up at Rich Simpson’s shop, Game Xcape. Photo by Max Cooper.

Something out there The independent status allows Simpson to cut breaks to people where a national conglomerate can’t or won’t. Simpson says that many of his customers are in the lower income bracket, able to afford games at Game Xcape when they otherwise couldn’t. “I see a guy come in with his child, and you can tell the parent really wants to make the child happy, so they’re spending the last dime. I’ll cut that parent a break,” Simpson says. “Does that create some problems?

Sure. People start to get entitled, they start to demand different prices. I’ve even had to throw people out. But you have to balance what’s best for the store and what’s best for the customer.” Game Xcape offers many services for your average console junkie. There are the new games. There are the competitive prices. There’s even the gaming lounge: 12 flat-screen televisions lined up along the entrance wall where customers can play any game they choose for $4 an hour. But where Game Xcape finds its bread and butter is its eclectic inventory.

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Walking into Game Xcape is like entering a kind of museum: Start at a corner of the long glass counter that spans the length of the opposite wall for a micro-education on the history of the medium — Atari, original Nintendo, N64, Gameboy, Gameboy Advance, Gamecube, Wii. In another corner, Playstation, Playstation 2, Playstation 3, Xbox and Xbox 360. There’s even an old, long-forgotten Intellivision console lurking like a time capsule from the ‘70s. At any time, any game from any era might pop up in one of the cases. “Lots of people, this stuff sits in the garage, the basement,” Simpson says. “[They] didn’t play it for whatever reason and brought it in. I’ve got [Nintendo Entertainment Systems] that are basically brand new. Kid got it for Christmas or whatever, they played it for a weekend, decided it wasn’t for them, put it in the basement and it just stayed there.” Simpson estimates only about one-third of his sales are from new games; the rest come from the tradeins and re-buying of the classics. The gaming gods Gaming as a whole is the most successful case of nerd culture launching into mega-mainstream status, so much that many people seem to have forgotten its beginnings as a niche endeavor. What 30 years ago was the hobby of computer geeks is now a multibillion dollar industry, omnipresent in dorm rooms and living rooms and senior citizen centers the world over. Step onto the fiber-optic highway of Xbox Live, and you can be playing Call of Duty with a 7-year-old in India in less than 10 seconds. Hollywood stars line up to voice characters and soccer moms work off the morning’s croissant on a Wii fit. “It’s escapism, but it’s such a varied kind of escapism,” says Simpson. “There’s literally something out there for anyone’s interests.” So if you like jumping puzzles, there are games for you. Shooting things, there are games for you. Playing sports, there are games for you. Enjoying a deep, compelling story — as in Simpson’s personal favorite, Heavy Rain — there are games for you. And unlike a book or film where the story is experienced through an outside perspective, with modern video games it is you controlling, or the game offer-

ing you illusion of control. It is you owning the Noob on the Highrise map in Call of Duty. It is you who decides when to time Mario’s jump over the Venus Fire Trap. It’s easy to see why it took such a strong hold, and as Simpson discovered, Asheville was the perfect place to spread the gospel. “I honestly didn’t even look at Asheville when I was deciding where to put the [original] store,” he says. “But once I came through the city on the way to Virginia, and got caught in an ice storm. Had to stay at a friend’s house, liked the area, and did some research. The demographics were perfect. A lot of people don’t realize how much of a hidden population there is in Buncombe and its surrounding counties, and there were only two game stores around at the time.” Sometimes even the gaming gods themselves intervene on behalf of our city. Another eight There’s a sea change on the horizon in the industry, as the notion of gaming transitions to a completely online distribution model has gone from pie-in-the-sky prospect to simple inevitability, and with it, eliminating the need for physical stores. It’s a paradigm shift that Simpson keeps in mind. But while corporate behemoths like Gamestop seek to stem the tide of the transition, Simpson is oddly relaxed about a distribution change that might very well spell the end of his store. “I know it’s going to happen. I told everyone that with this generation: ‘If Microsoft and Sony go all digital, we’ve got maybe two years.’ But they didn’t, so I’ll give it another eight.” Until then, the game is on.X


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Beekeeping, trekking and carrying on Laurey Masterton releases The Fresh Honey Cookbook and talks with Xpress about her many adventures

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Laurey Masterton walked 500 miles this summer, released a book and landed a TV appearance — all while enduring cancer treatment. The longtime Asheville resident started a catering business in 1987. Eventually, it grew into Laurey’s, a Biltmore Avenue café serving fresh fare from a deli-case, soups, sandwiches and take-home meals. But there’s more to the business than the food. It’s a beloved institution with a wide, sunny dining room, picnic tables and coveted recipes — everyone in town seems to want the instructions for making the kale, sweet potato or tuna salads. Earlier this summer as her treatment became less intense, Masterton trekked 500 miles through Spain on an ancient pilgrimage route, the Camino de Santiago. Altogether, she spent five weeks walking. When she returned to Asheville, The Cooking Channel filmed a short segment at the shop, and Masterton was caught up in the world of production. It was a flashback to her former career as a stage manager in New York City, she says. And all along, she had been planning her book release. Her second work, The Fresh Honey Cookbook, debuts in Asheville on Thursday, Sept. 19. Masterton will read from the collection of recipes and short bits about the ecology and taste of honey at Malaprop’s. Xpress sat down with Masterton in the back of the café she created to talk about her experiences on the Camino de Santiago, her work as a



beekeeper and writer, and how she manages to get it all done. Mountain Xpress: I love getting your email newsletter. Sometimes I think, “Oh, we should just print Laurey’s newsletter.” I love to read them — I’m sure a lot of people say this — it makes me see how much you get done. Laurey Masterton: You say I get a lot done, and I do, but I really spent two years lying down most of the time. Although, at the same time, I wrote that book. And you kept the café going. Well, the team did that. But anyway, it’s like I chip away, and one week, I might just write one recipe. It’s still really inspiring to see someone who obviously has a lot more problems than I have right now chip away at something. That’s really the hardest thing there is,

Masterton’s cookbook debuts in Asheville on Thursday, Sept. 19, at 7 p.m. at Malaprop’s Bookstore & Café. Photo by Max Cooper.

you know, to be patient and steady. The Camino was very good for discipline also because I was not out in the middle of nowhere. I was on this Camino where people have been walking for thousands of years. It would not have been easy for me to come home. I really had major problems with my feet, which is kind of what everyone has, but it was really, really good discipline. … The perseverance that it took to keep going was very instructive for me, and even after working and putting this business together over 26 years, still, the Camino was a very powerful experience.

Have you always been a steady, disciplined person, or is that something that you’ve had to think about? I think largely I would describe myself as easily distractible and really good at starting things and not necessarily very good at following through with them. It’s easy for me to be involved in a whole bunch of things. I feel like now, at this point in my life, things are coming to fruition in a way that makes me realize that all those things I flitted about with are all a key part of doing what I’m doing now. I’m a good observational student, even if I don’t have degrees in all these things. It’s wonderful to hear that being a generalist pays off. Absolutely. Oh my God. I think a generalist is the very best thing. … At the beginning of my business, I

played all the parts. Now, I don’t play all the parts at all. … I’m sort of in the role of a teacher now, to help people understand how to corral everybody together. It’s cool that you consider yourself, almost in the same breath, a student and a teacher. I know a lot about a bunch of different things, some of which I learned in school, and some of which I just keep learning about. It’s interesting. Being on the Camino … I didn’t study art history, but you can’t avoid it walking through Spain. It was all about this guy who was beheaded for spreading the word about Jesus. I’m not religious at all, but all these people built these magnificent churches because this guy miraculously got his head put back on, and he came back to life. So he did this walk to be thankful for this gift he was given. I certainly believe in the importance of faith and spirit, just talking about honey and bees and the gift that they give in the world. The day I signed the contract for that book was also the day I found out I was going to have chemotherapy. So it was like, “Here’s the gift of this news. You’re going to get to concentrate on this thing that’s going to heal you because you have something to do for the next two years you’re in treatment.”

Laurey’s tips for saving the bees: Don’t buy the pesticides. Buy local produce. Buy honey from a local beekeeper. Plant a bee garden. Make water available. Don’t kill honeybees. Leave an area on your property wild. Become a beekeeper. Photo by Max Cooper

How interesting, the way things converge. Do you believe in the wisdom of coincidences? Yeah, actually, I would say it’s more than that. I call it … “following the golden thread,” which means if I’m paying attention, the guides appear. When I do pay attention, even though it might not be the first thing in my brain or my consciousness, sometimes the voice is so strong, or the guide is so strong that I just have to do — then it becomes not coincidental, but I do what I was guided to do. If you want to see the golden thread of your own life, ask for it, and you’ll see it. And it’s going to come with negative signs too. … To move into this space, I was actually getting ready to quit working on this. I was done with it.

I was not happy and exhausted and defeated and all this stuff. I said, “I don’t want to do this anymore.” … I thought, “I can just quit and be done and have nothing, or I can figure out how to make it good.” So I found a seminar, a place that I could go and learn about writing a vision, a clear vision of, “Let’s say I do want to make it work. How am I going to do that, and what is it going to look like?” Because you can’t make it work if you don’t know what you’re headed for. All of it fell into place, but it didn’t fall into place until the vision was written down on a piece of paper. … It took six months to actually write the vision on a piece of paper. It took six months of actively thinking and talking about it, processing it. But then I got the vision written, and the reality came. And now I’m here, and it’s been eight years or something.

You used to be up the block, right? I was right next door, right in what’s part of the wine market. I was done. Done, done, done with this.

I suppose we should talk about your book since that’s what I’m here for. When did you start keeping bees? Let’s say five years [ago]. I don’t really know. But I know that it’s very

hard. Most beekeepers have had big losses of their bees, including me. I’m just trying to be open to what they have to show me about how to help them stay alive, so I can help spread the word about how to save the bees. … Colony collapse disorder, it’s a real thing. The book is 12 chapters which each feature a different honey varietal, which is a single-source honey, like orange-blossom honey or something like that. The recipes feature either a honey varietal or a main ingredient that is seasonal in that month that would not exist without honey bees as pollinators. It’s got a few different levels to it. Also, in each chapter, it’s got a thing that I call a curiosity, which is some little fun-filled fact about the various kinds of bees and what they do and how they do it, how they actually make honey. … Understanding how to taste honey and how to appreciate real honey versus fake honey, that kind of stuff. I’m very pleased with the book. It’s a lot more than just a cookbook. Originally, it was called “Every Third Bite, cooking with honey and other things that wouldn’t exist without bees.” But that was too cumbersome for the publishers. Who do you hope will use your book? I’m happy to have people cook out of it. I think that’s important, but I hope it’s a book that people will read and learn about bees and be drawn to do something instead of just saying, “Oh my God, the bees are in trouble.” Yes, the bees are in trouble, and here’s what you can do. That’s what I hope. You can flip out, and you can stomp around and protest. That’s not my style. My style is to say, “OK, don’t use pesticides.” Don’t have a garden? “OK, buy things that are made without pesticides because pesticides hurt bees.” Don’t eat vegetables? “OK, buy real honey, hopefully from a beekeeper who doesn’t use pesticides.” I think it would surprise people to find that all honey is not actually honey. What are some things people should look for when they’re buying honey? They should look on the label, and it should say, “Contents: honey,” and that’s it. And they should never buy honey at a discount store because it could very well be imported and adulterated.

It’s just like anything: Know your farmer; know your beekeeper, hopefully. If you pay attention to honey and just look at it, tip it around and see how long it takes to move. Then, if you pick up a bottle, and it’s just incredibly liquidy, get suspicious. And smell the honey, and it should smell beautiful. Avocado is my favorite. I just love it. It tastes like molasses or cane syrup or sorghum. Have you always loved honey? No. I learned about it because I catered a party for The Honeybee Project. That was the first time I was guided to understand that there are so many foods that wouldn’t exist without honeybees. I thought, well, as a responsible citizen of the world, as a responsible cook, wanting to take care of the earth in my own way, I really need to learn more about this. And the way to learn it is to go to bee school and start having bees at my home. How many hives do you have? I have two right now. I’ve had more, but two is enough. I have to ask you if you’ve been stung. I think people would want to know. I have. I’m getting better at it. I’m still not crazy about it. But I also know that there are lots of healing properties in bee venom. They tend to sting where a person has a problem. Beekeepers tend not to have arthritis because the bees sting them at the point of the arthritis, and the bee venom has healing properties about it, and then those people don’t have arthritis anymore. So do you have advice for people who want to accomplish something like this book that requires a certain amount of steadiness? Well, for one thing, I’d signed a contract and received some money for it, so that was a good incentive. Wanting to do that, wanting to accomplish things is the beginning. You’re not going to do it if you don’t want to. I’ve had coaches, and I’ve worked really hard to find a way to define what I wanted to do and then accomplish those things. I always met my goals once I chose them. X




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All of our lives could be very different if Laura Mixson, co-owner of White Duck Taco Shop and Pizza Pura, had gotten her way. “I wanted to be Ye Olde Taco Shop,” she says before falling into a fit of laughter. Her husband and business partner, Ben Mixson, just smiles. “He’s better at branding,” Laura says, as she explains how the White Duck is growing. Let’s just say there’s nothing “olde” about it. A new location of the White Duck will open in Charleston, S.C., later this year using the same full-flavor recipes as the Asheville store. They’re a little nervous, Ben admits. They’ve been using the f-word — franchise, that is. One of Ben’s college buddies will run the shop, and he’s under strict requirements to reproduce the White Duck Asheville loves so well. “Recreating the Duck is our new challenge,” Laura says. “Our job

They don’t call it The Hatchery for nothing: Ben and Laura Mixson (from left) and their staff will serve Asheville’s favorite tacos at their second location on James Island.

actually becomes a little more difficult having a franchise, especially having the first one, making someone understand what we are as a restaurant, and a culinary restaurant — everything will still be made every day.” The restaurant will open in a renovated convenience store on Folly Road. It’s not in Charleston proper — rather, it’s on James Island, between the city and Folly Beach. The building should be instantly recognizable to those who know the Asheville taco shop. Just like the River Arts District store, the James Island Duck will have a bright orange exterior, wide patio and, Ben hopes, a line out the door. Like the paint jobs, the two restaurants’ menus will be identical. “Quality assurance will be one of our top priorities, so we will be in Charleston back and forth,” Laura says.

The Mixsons took their time pinpointing location No. 2, which Laura thinks of as “the baby Duck,” or “Duck-quito.” “We get investor offers often, and our answer has always been ‘no’ because we don’t want a partner,” Ben says. “In order for us to grow and for our staff to grow and the brand to grow, how do we structure it so we can do that?” With a good friend and a ready market, Charleston seemed like the logical next step. However, the Mixsons still plan to expand in Asheville. They’ve been talking about a second store here for more than a year, but they’ve yet to find a location. Fixing up old buildings has become part of their M.O. “We’re just trying to find the right spot,” Laura says. “We need to find a cool, old gas station or something.” In Charleston, construction is beginning. Tacos alight later this year or early next year. X


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Old Europe’s Bence Vetro updates us The teenage co-owner reflects on his recent, Asheville-funded travels and the death of his father, Zoltan Vetro

Bence Vetro wasn’t just raised in Asheville — he was raised by Asheville. “I was taken care of by the whole city,” says the 17-yearold, whose parents, Melinda and Zoltan Vetro, founded Old Europe coffee shop in 1994. “I would be at the shop, and people would just take me for the day.” He remembers creating art projects and building model rockets with the Russian painter, Vadim Bora. One day, they built motorized boats and set them loose in the pond at Pack Square. As Bence got older, he continued to look to Asheville for support. Last year, he raised $5,000 to travel to the Global Young Leaders Conference in China. Now, he’s back in town and ready to catch up with the people who helped him. “I was really blown away by the generosity of some people here,” he says. Instead of returning to Asheville after the conference, Bence went straight to Hungary, where his parents grew up. He stayed with his aunt and uncle and attended a year of high school. He also grew to appreciate Asheville more. “People are very, very friendly here, and I don’t think I can really say that enough,” he says. “[Hungary] is a very tough place to live.” In January, Bence’s father, Zoltan, took his own life, and Bence had a tough decision to make: Come home or finish the school year. “He was a really big supporter of me going to Hungary to study,” Bence says. “He would always be the one that told me, ‘Get lost. Go somewhere. Run around the block a couple of times.’”

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Bence finished his studies and recently returned to Asheville, but he hasn’t had a chance to honor his father. In fact, many people are still unaware it happened, explains Melinda, who separated from Zoltan several years ago. “Old employees would stop me in the street and ask me, ‘Hey, how is Z? I hear he moved away.’ And I’m like, ‘No, actually he passed away,’” she says. On Friday, Sept. 13, the Vetros will host a celebration of Zoltan’s life. They’ll start at 5 Walnut Wine Bar, where they’ll share memories from 4 to 7 p.m.

“We are just going to get together,” Melinda says. “Anyone is welcome to come by and say hello, celebrate his life. Z loved to party.” At 10 p.m., they’ll move to the rooftop area of the Social Lounge to dance. The gathering is a good opportunity to catch up with Bence. He’s applying for colleges as he finishes his senior year at Asheville High, and he hopes to study business or economics. He sees himself as a small-business owner one day — maybe he’ll even start a coffee shop, he says. X




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Food trucks roll on

Bee right back: Employee Jimmy Le Beau and owners Took and Rick Corcoran (left to right) stand in front of their food truck. Took says they might still open a brick-and-mortar store. They’re looking for the right spot.

Little Bee Thai gets wheels, and Lucky Fish Taco fries everything

Took and Rick Corcoran learned plenty about wheels from the vantage point of their old restaurant, Little Bee Thai, which was located in a service station on Sweeten Creek Road. Now, they’ve got a set of their own. Last week, the Corcorans moved their restaurant concept into an old box truck. “It’s almost as big as our old kitchen,” Rick says. “We’re small anyway.” Took does most of the cooking herself, creating Thai noodle dishes and curries from scratch. She’s always cooked, whether she had a restaurant or not. After Little Bee closed in 2012, Took sold curry



sauce at the French Broad Food Co-op tailgate market and catered private events. She says she’s excited about the food truck. “Eveybody who liked Little Bee is coming back,” she says. The Corcorans will set up at the FBFC tailgate market on Wednesdays. They’ll also serve dinner at CinTom’s Frozen Custard, just up the street from their old location. On Fridays, they’ll accompany Carolina Wild Seafood, a vendor that sets up near FBFC. Took will prepare fish curry and basil fish. Another truck, Lucky Fish Taco, launched suddenly this month. The truck parks outside Double Crown without a paint job or printed menus. None of that seemed to matter, though. Bargoers lined up for the mostly fried fare. Owner Ralph Goodnight describes the tacos as a “delicious fusion.”He serves five varieties, most of which come with fried proteins and tortillas. X






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A different kind of buzz Oskar Blues and Counter Culture Coffee set out to prove that one good brew deserves another

If you like porters and stouts: Roasted barley provides layers of chocolate and coffee flavors in these dark beers. Latin American coffees, such as Union El Triunfo, Finca Mauritania and Las Milpas, are all great examples of coffees that have a similar complex character. There’s often chocolate notes as well as subtle fruit flavors like apple, grape and cherry.

Over the past decade, the grocery-store coffee aisle has grown and evolved. Where once sat a few rows of near-identical, ground beans, now whole-bean coffee from dozens of roasters big and small fill the shelves. Some might say it’s the most dramatic change at the grocery store. Those folks haven’t seen the beer aisle. But roasting and brewing have

If you like brown ales: For lovers of a straightforward flavor profile with a sweet backbone and full body, bourbon variety coffees are a great place to start. These coffees are nutty, chocolatey and sweet like caramel.

Lindsay Lee brews the coffee for the collaboration beer. Photo by Thom O’Hearn


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something in common besides increasing popularity: they both result in delicious beverages. So it makes sense that coffee finds its way into beers from time to time. Here in town, Highland has teamed up with Dynamite Roasting, Pisgah has brewed with Asheville Coffee Roasters, and Burial makes one of their core beers with Biltmore Coffee Traders coffee. Next week, Oskar Blues and Counter Culture Coffee will release their first collaboration in Asheville. One of the beers holds to what we’ve come to expect from this type of collaboration beer: a rich Scottish Ale (Old Chub) infused with coffee (Biloya). However, the other beer was designed to break some new ground. “We wanted to blow the top off of what you would normally think of as a coffee beer,” says Lindsay Lee of Counter Culture. “Our goal was for the coffee character to be lighter, and for us to highlight a specific coffee variety rather than just a generic coffee flavor.” That means they needed a light beer and a flavorful bean. After extensive

taste testing, they settled on Mama’s Little Yella Pils and the Idido coffee from Ethiopia. “It’s a very tea-like and bright coffee,” says Lee. “It’s going to make [the pilsner] a coffee beer unlike any you’ve ever had.” To celebrate the release of both beers, Friday, Sept. 20, will pack in three events at three different locations. It starts at the Counter Culture Asheville Training Center at 77 Broadway. There will be a 10 a.m. tasting of the coffees used and a $5 coupon good toward lunch (that day only) at Clingman Café, where Oskar Blues and Counter Culture will both be available. That evening, things wrap up at Oskar Blues Brewery in Brevard (342 Mountain Industrial Drive). There will be a tour at 4 p.m. and at 5 p.m., the collaboration beers will be tapped. Not able to make any of the events? Counter Culture’s Scott Satterwhite and Lindsay Lee teamed up to help all us beer nerds pick out our new favorite coffee:

If you like IPAs or pale ales: Bright citrus and floral notes are prominent in washed, processed Ethiopian coffees like our Idido and Haru. Those who like complexity in a beer will appreciate the Idido for its lemon drop, jasmine and melon notes paired with a juicy, tea-like body. If you’re looking for something a more subtle — a pale ale instead of an IPA — pour a cup of Haru instead. If you like Hefeweizen: If you enjoy biting into a fresh wedge of orange with your beer, La Golondrina (Colombia) or Haru (Ethiopia) are your coffees. They sparkle and dance on the tongue like a more carbonated Hefeweizen, delivering a refreshing citrus flavor. If you like sour beers: The adventurous palate will enjoy the complex savory/sweet balance coffees from Kenya, such as our Thiriku and Ndaroini. These coffees are a favorite for coffee enthusiasts and professionals everywhere. From sip to sip, be prepared to savor a new combination of exciting flavors ranging from tomato, lime and black currant to stone fruit and hibiscus. X



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Anne and Aaron Grier, operators of Gaining Ground Farm in Leicester, hope their daughter Addiebelle and son Cyril will take over their family farm when they get older.



ollow a gravel road through the heart of Leicester, traverse a water-filled ditch, and you’ll find Western North Carolina’s future farmers hard at work. At Gaining Ground Farm, four aspiring growers cradle seedlings, scooping out precious lettuce and bok choy plants from cell containers to prepare them for their journey from greenhouse to field. Aaron and Anne Grier, 34 and 39 years old, respectively, oversee the operation. They’re a new breed of growers who share their expertise with aspiring farmers, some in their early 20s and just entering the field. “That energy and young idealism is inspiring,” Aaron says, as he describes the “intense” experience of interning on a family farm. Gaining Ground’s interns and owners — and their counterparts throughout Western North Carolina — are creating

our region’s agricultural landscape, one handful of dirt at a time. The graying of family farms Nationally, the average age of principal farm operators is 57 years old. That number has increased each census cycle since the late 1970s, and the most recent data identifies the fastest growing demographic among farmers as even older — 65 or more. In WNC, the average age hovers at 57, although Charlie Jackson, executive director of the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project, notes that this might change when the next census takes into account the 2004 tobacco buyouts that encouraged farmers to shift to more sustainable crops. The census data can be misleading at first glance, he explains. “As a rule, farmers tend to kind of not retire, unlike in other professions. You’ll frequently find

78-year-old people who are continuing to farm, which kind of skews those numbers,” Jackson says. Still, the economic and physical demands of farming can force older growers to end their careers before they’re ready to hang up the pitchfork. Joe Evans, a 27-year-old who operates Paper Crane Farm in Mars Hill with his partner, Tara Jensen, has seen this firsthand. He knows older farmers who are choosing between their personal health and their livestock. “Seeing that so close to home is very saddening,” Evans says. However, when older growers do retire, they leave a gap in the farming landscape that greenhorns are eager to fill. “The reality is that in other places in the country, they’re really struggling to get new farmers in. Here we’re not,” Jackson says. “There are people who are eager to farm, but they’re running into other challenges, like access to land.” The cost of a plot One of the major difficulties for beginning farmers is finding somewhere to grow. Many young people, whether they’re buying a farm or a house in the suburbs, face hurdles

when they approach a bank for the first time. Establishing credit is a long process, but buying farmland brings its own difficulties. Much of WNC’s land is priced for what could be built on it rather than what it could grow. Jackson says that many of our region’s plots, especially closer to the Asheville area, are evaluated for their development appeal and potential for second homes instead of the capacity for growing fruits and vegetables. This leaves young farmers in a financial bind, even when they do find land that appeals to them. “I just don’t see myself being able to buy land,” Evans says. “What farmland there is, [it’s] is very, very expensive. If you’re not independently wealthy or not inheriting family land, how do you come about finding a farm?” Evans hopes to continue farming a plot of land in Mars Hill owned by Bob Lackey and Doris Gordon, a couple from Atlanta who are working to preserve WNC’s farmland. “I hope to be here next year, but as a sharecropper, I just take it season by season,” Evans says. Jackson believes that keeping farmers like Evans in the business is essential to the future of our food economy. “There’s an important public interest in us trying to figure out the way for farmers to get on land because it brings so many values to our community,” Jackson says.

have 10 acres of 100 different crops than cattle or corn as far as the eye can see. Green Hill Urban Farm in West Asheville takes a similar approach. Operator Mike Fortune plants raspberry bushes near pole beans, and apricot tree branches sway overhead. In a tank at the front of the property, a fish named Crackers stands guard. This bright orange koi does more than greet visitors; like nearly everything on the property, Crackers serves a purpose. Fortune uses aquaponics to fertilize his fig trees. The lone koi’s waste feeds the fig trees, which in turn provide a bounty of fruit every year. This small-scale, sustainable approach to farming uses aquatic animals to fertilize plants in a hydroponic loop. Like Fortune, many young growers combine new inventions with traditional methods to promote a diverse farm for the 21st century. And many go even further. Tweets from the tractor

Joe Evans cradles Rossa di Milano and Pumba onions from Paper Crane Farm.

New techniques for modern farmers Anne from Gaining Ground grew up in a farming family. Her parents were beef cattle farmers until the mid-1970s, when the economics of producing hundreds of acres of commodity corn and 200 heads of cattle forced them to shut down their operation. These financial hardships didn’t dampen Anne’s passion for living off the earth. “I always wanted to be a farmer,” she explains. Anne was about 5 years old when her family stopped farming, so she recalls the beauty of the work and land more than the economic troubles. “All I could remember was the great romantic stuff about it,” she says. “I didn’t know anything about the work, necessarily. I just wanted to do it.” Anne’s approach to family farming is very different from her parents’ largescale business. Gaining Ground grows a wide range of vegetables, from cabbage to sweet potatoes. The rows are tidy, but varied, with a little bit of everything planted side by side. “Diversity is my crop insurance,” shesays, while walking through a field of Southern staples like okra and black-eyed peas. During this particularly rainy and challenging growing season, having a variety of vegetables has meant there’s almost always something to take to market and sell to restaurants. Anne says she’d rather

Mike Fortune and his scarecrow stand guard at Green Hill Urban Farm.

When Evans wants to let people know about a new crop of onions or purple potatoes, he takes out his iPhone and snaps a picture. Instagram, Twitter and Facebook give him a chance to share the realities of farming with customers who might not otherwise know about the rigors and joys of growing professionally. “When you put up a picture of this moment of what you’re working on or what you’re doing, it communicates to this deeper level,” Evans says. He is part of a community of farmers — from Maine to Tennessee to Big Sandy Mush, N.C. — who spread the gospel of farming through social media. Burgeoning farms often use social media as a way to create ties with potential customers, especially when the farm doesn’t have a budget for advertising. Travis Moore, who operates Deep Earth Farm near Brevard with his partner, Jess Jordan, says that simple gestures like photos of eggs from the chicken coop give the public a glimpse into farm life and builds relationships with future customers. “When we do finally get to that point where we do have a farm store and we’re consistently selling stuff, people that we continually reached out to — and [who] have also turned around and reached out to us — are going to be the ones who will be loyal customers,” Moore says. Each day, he ventures onto his farm, carrying his smartphone in a waterproof, dirtproof case. “The times when you’re in the pen working with the pigs and you’re doing something and then all of sudden they do something — it’s just that split second you have to whip out your phone and take a picture,” he says. Moore believes that great photos happen when farmers are in the thick of it, not necessarily when they take a camera outside to hunt for pictures. Keeping up with a farm and social media doesn’t feel so natural to everyone. “We kind of see [social media] as a necesSEPTEMBER 11 - SEPTEMBER 17, 2013


sary evil. It’s not something we enjoy,” Aaron says. “We’re trying to get good at growing food, and marketing ourselves is definitely hard,” he says. One way to improve these skills is for farmers to take social-media classes specifically for them. Last year, the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, in partnership with several other organizations, presented a series of workshops on social media. Farmers, both young and old, spent the day learning the principles of sharing their experiences online. Participants left with fully functioning Facebook and Twitter pages, giving them an immediate opportunity to share their farm lives with the public. “People are curious,” says instructor Grace Kanoy of GeoCore Films. “Maybe you reveal a bit of behind the scenes. Maybe show how you run your farm, because people are looking for transparency.” One of the major barriers for growers who want to improve their social-media presence is time. For many farmers, the immediate needs of crops and livestock come first. “They know that they need to put the time in, but things happen on the farm that take priority,” Kanoy says. “Animals don’t wait; when it’s time to harvest, that doesn’t wait. But the Internet seems to be able to wait.” Social media may not come naturally to every young farmer, but such outlets as Facebook and Instagram do provide a tangible tie between growers and the public — something that’s hard to come by when farmers spend morning, noon and night with their hands in the soil. Making connections Most Saturday afternoons, you’ll find young farmers gathered around the table at an Asheville restaurant to share a beer, a sandwich and their experiences. For the past two years, Evans has joined fellow City Market tailgate vendors for a “weekly communion.” A lot of his friends are farmers or bakers at the market and they frequently come together to swap stories. “There’s definitely a community of close-knit folks,” he says. Tailgate markets are a natural place for farmers to get together, especially those who live farther out of Asheville. “There’s so much camaraderie just at market,” Anne says. She doesn’t get many opportunities to socialize with other farmers during growing season, but that doesn’t stop them from calling on each other when times get tough. “We all call each other with questions,” Anne says. “A bunch of our tomato plants died this spring, and farmer friends who had extra gave them to us. That kind of stuff happens all the time.” “I know lots of other younger farmers who are doing just what I’m doing: CSAs and growing vegetables,” says Fortune. He regularly hosts Crop Mobs, a loose-knit collection of farm-enthusiasts who descend upon a farm to perform free labor, from pulling 50


weeds to harvesting. This national movement has gained momentum locally and brings the farming community together. “It’s cool to see a really nice group of young people that are really chomping at the bit to grow food,” Fortune says. “There’s more and more of us up here in Asheville every day.” Looking toward the future When Anne and Aaron take a break from work at Gaining Ground, they usually have 3-year-old Addiebelle and 1-year-old Cyril wriggling in their laps or climbing up their legs. The Grier family hopes that their children will one day take over the operation. But before they can adapt to the

When Travis Moore ventures onto Deep Earth Farm near Brevard, he brings his smart phone in a dirt-proof case to share his adventures with social media followers. Instagram photos by Travis Moore.

challenges of modern farming, there must be a family farm to maintain. This goal is fostered by a community of local growers who value multigenerational farming as a driving force in the food economy. “Now the next generation is coming back, and they’re seeing new opportunities and seeing ways that they can be innovative and kind of break out of the mold of their heritage and the way they’ve always done things,” Jackson says.

Anne and Aaron want to inspire their children to continue their family’s farm, if that’s where their passion lies. “I hope that we can have a business here that we can pass on to them, if they want it,” Aaron says. Their family’s connection to several independent, farmto-table restaurants and their presence at local tailgate markets make this a true possibility. “I think we’re a new generation, but something else will come along too. I feel like everything changes,” says Aaron as he thinks about our region’s farming potential. With a little luck and a lot of hard work, the Grier’s round-faced, curly-locked kids could be the future of farming in WNC. X

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Routes for foodies and livestock lovers BY Jen Nathan Orris & Emily Patrick A dreamy world of piglets and bees lies just up the hill and around the bend from a cornucopia of salami, cheese and jam. ASAP’s annual farm tour unites livestock and food in one weekend of mini farm vacations. Pick either route (or create your own) to behold the beauty of the region’s family farms on Saturday, Sept. 21, and Sunday, Sept 22. Find out more at

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Dry Ridge Farm Lambs are lining up by the dozens at Dry Ridge Farm. Fifty baby sheep, some just three weeks old, will be on display in a specialized lambing barn. The farm is located about three miles off Interstate 26, so it’s the perfect place to start your livestock tour. If you stick around long enough, you may even see a lamb being born. 181 Willow Drive, Mars Hill.

Good Fibrations Angora goats are the hippies of the livestock world. Their dreadlocked manes often cover their eyes, giving them a shaggy, psychedelic vibe. Good Fibrations is one of the grooviest places to find angora goats and the mohair they produce. Give them a pat on the head and pick up some of the most far-out scarves, shawls and vests around. 27 Ivan Bridge Drive, Barnardsville.




Razor Mountain Tennessee fainting goats are getting tipsy at Razor Mountain. Across the way, spotted pigs wallow in the mud and Dominique chickens announce each egg with a hearty squawk. This haven of heritage breeds does its part to protect genetic diversity, while giving everyone a chance to coo over adorable animals. 157 Poverty Branch Road, Barnardsville.

Wild Mountain Apiaries Get the buzz on Marshall’s bees at Wild Mountain Apiaries. Peer into an observation hive to see queens and worker bees get busy, and check out the apiary’s micro-hydro turbine and solar power system. Then get your taste buds ready to sample herbal-infused honeys, including lavender, chai spice and hot pepper. 875 Will Arrington Road, Marshall.



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Hickory Nut Gap Farm Have lunch at Hickory Nut Gap Farm, catered by Fairview’s The Local Joint, and perhaps pick up some groceries. The farm store is open all season, with plenty of grass-fed beef, pork, preserves and produce. Take a tour of the animal-raising areas, mushroomgrowing operation, berry patches and apple trees. Check out the farm’s special areas, include a hay pile, corn maze, tree house, tire swing and baby animals, all for a discounted admission rate ($5 for adults, $3 for children) 57 Sugar Hollow Road, Fairview.


Madison County Farmers and Artisans Market is having a



Cook Off!! September 14 • 10am - 1pm Come get a hardy sampling of great chili (including vegetarian), as well as all the other goodies available at the market. The Madison County Chili Cook Off will be held at Athletic St. (Park Drive), 2/10 mile North of Hwy 213 on the Mars Hill College Campus. Follow signs from Hwy 213 The Winner will be crowned at 12 NOON. 52


Imladris Farm Seven generations of the Harrill family have lived on Imladris Farm, which is named for an elven outpost in the novels of J.R.R. Tolkien. Tour the farm’s berry patches, visit with rabbits and baby chicks, and learn about sustainable wood harvesting. Taste the jams and butters and possibly some ice cream. Preserves and rabbit meat will be available for sale. 45 Little Pond Road, Fairview.


Round Mountain Creamery Not all kids like goat cheese, but most kids do like ice cream. At Round Mountain Creamery, farmtour families can learn how to make ice cream from goat’s milk. Owner Linda Seligman will provide instructions and, perhaps, a demonstration. Other attractions include creamery tours, cheese sales and samples from cheesemakers all around the region, plus baby goats for petting. 2203 Old Fort Road, Black Mountain.

Foothills Pasture Raised Meats Finish off the foodie tour at Foothills Pasture Raised Meats. If the weather is good, the McKissick family will prepare a bonfire with marshmallows for roasting as the evening winds down (be sure to bring your favorite lawn chair). The Bom Bus Portuguese food truck will serve dinner on the farm. Foothills will sell fresh and cured meat on site, and the farmers will be available to answer questions about raising cows and pigs. 788 Mt. Hebron Road, Old Fort.

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Tour WNC’s food and farm network The farms and farmers who feed our community are central to the history and heritage of Western North Carolina. Today’s farms blend generations-old experience with new attitudes, energy and approaches. And many of our local restaurateurs, grocers and shop owners have been teaming up with them to feature the bounty they produce. On Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 21-22, the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project (ASAP) invites the community to get to know these agricultural entrepreneurs by touring any or all of 31 featured local farms in Buncombe, Madison, McDowell, Haywood, Yancey and Henderson counties. ASAP’s annual Fall Farm Tour offers a chance to connect with local agriculture in a personal way. Come meet the Round Mountain Creamery goats that produce milk for savory soft cheeses; learn about the importance of pollinators at Wild Mountain Apiaries; check out the heritage-breed hogs at Dry Ridge farm; and quack along with endangered ducklings at Duck Dance Farm. Don’t miss this chance to learn more about the lives and land that help sustain us. In the next nine pages, you’ll get a taste of what’s in store for tour-takers. For a complete list of participating farms, see the short guide in this issue and go to

Green Hill Farm | Photo by Rich Orris

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Addison Farms is a family-owned vineyard and winery. We planted our first acre of vines in 2009, and we’ve grown a little bit each year to reach our current size of 4.5 acres under vine. At an elevation of 2,250 to 2,300 feet, the vineyard enjoys nearly 360-degree mountain views. We started with a desire to preserve the family farm, and we’ve built our vineyard with that goal in mind. Farming is in our blood: It is who we are. Addison Farmer purchased the land in 1937, and we are the fourth generation of our family to farm this property. We invite you to visit Addison Farms Vineyard during the 2013 ASAP Farm Tour. Stop by to sample the wine, see the process and enjoy the mountains. Guests must be 21 or older for tastings; ID required.

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Come join us at Razor Mountain Heritage Breeds and see how beautiful heritage breeds can be. Our farm is home to Tennessee fainting goats, Gloucestershire Old Spots pigs, Irish Dexter cattle and heritage chickens providing both eggs and meat. The preservation and husbandry of these old domestic breeds are an integral part of our farm plan, providing food for our table and yours, and a future for these amazing animals that have been bred for generations. To complete our sustainable farm plan, we also cultivate an abundant herb garden, comfrey beds and mushrooms. Our thriving apiary provides us with seasonal honey. Razor Mountain Heritage Breeds is also proud to be the host of Operation Pegasus, a therapeutic equine program focusing on returning combat veterans and other victims of trauma. CoMe see How MuCH Can Be aCCoMplisHed on a sMall Mountain faRM.

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Before opening Corner Kitchen early in 2004, Kevin and Joe sought relationships with local food producers. ASAP has always been the go-to organization for local. If we needed a locally made preserve, they had the connection. When we decided to go with trout as a main dish item, it was an ASAP member that we contacted. Trout has been on the menu ever since.

All advertisers are Appalachian Grown Certified through the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project. The Appalachian Grown logo identifies products from family farms in the Southern Appalachians.

Weekly, we are able to call ASAP members to obtain the finest pork, poultry, lamb, all manner of vegetables, and even value-added specialty items handmade in our home area. It has been a great way to reform our thinking, from one-stop shopping delivered in a tractor-trailer to thoughtful, exciting choices that help us make better food for our guests.

3 Boston Way Asheville, NC 28803 • 828-274-2439 •

September 21 & 22, 1-6 pm

Experience local food firsthand!

31 farms 1 pass advance $25 purchase

After opening Chestnut, our second restaurant, we knew that the added production area would enable us to make a lot of the handcrafted food products that we formerly had to buy. Now most of our charcuterie is made in-house using ASAP members’ meats. Our pastrami is made from locally raised beef brisket that is cured, smoked and roasted here. The tasso is made from pork shoulder pastured not 10 miles from downtown. When an ASAP member has a surplus of a particular fruit, we can now use our big old ice cream maker to produce a locally based sorbet or ice cream.

Chestnut is lucky to be at the crossroads of one of the most vibrant local food movements in the country. We thank ASAP for being a crucial partner in making that happen.

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A Family Farm with Charm and Tourist Appeal 181 Willow Drive

The “Ultimate Farm-cation” is how vacation renters describe a visit to Cloud 9 Farm, just 15 minutes southeast of Asheville. We will be open to the public for the ASAP Farm Tour so you can also experience our passion to preserve the family farm through sustainable practices. Stops on the guided walking tour and the hayride include the Cloud 9 Relaxation Home, Heavenly Hideaway cabin (for which you’ll get a “stay” coupon) and the Cathedral in the Woods, a serene, open-air venue for weddings.

Mars Hill, NC 28754

Have you ever seen a month-old piglet? Or a day-old lamb? We’ll have both during the Farm Tour! We may even have a bottle-baby lamb for you to love on! Dry Ridge Farm raises hogs, sheep, laying hens and meat chickens, all on pasture and without the use of routine antibiotics, added hormones or steroids. Our pigs and sheep are born at the farm and spend their entire lives on our pastures.

Visit our pastured poultry operation (bring a cooler if you’d like to buy fresh chicken), enjoy a fresh blueberry smoothie and tour the U-pick blueberry fields. Check out our observation honeybee hive (the blueberries’ pollinators!), and watch our portable sawmill turning logs into lumber. For the kids, we have a photo farm board and beanbag game. Blueberry jam, shiitake logs, honey, beeswax candles, “BeeBabe Made” skin care products, mountain laurel décor, bat boxes, slab serving boards and benches will all be available for purchase.

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During the Farm Tour, you’ll get to see pigs of all ages, from a few weeks old to our momma sows and boar. You’ll see how we keep our chickens on green grass all the time and, best of all, September is lambing month, which means dozens of lambs bouncing and playing in our pastures! Need still more incentive to visit? We have the best views in Madison County, and we’re only three miles off the highway! We’re looking forward to opening our farm to all you supporters of local, well-raised food. And we’re excited to show you how your support of local food helps us raise healthy, happy animals — and make a living while living our dream!

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At Cúrate Bar de Tapas, we’re proud to be serving food that’s grown right here in Western North Carolina. A customer favorite? Berenjenas la Taberna! Freshly picked eggplant grown at Ivy Creek Family Farm is delivered to our restaurant. The eggplant is fried and then decadently drizzled in honey from the local bees at Wild Mountain Apiaries. If you’re looking for a fresh bite of summer, try Esqueixada de Montana, our local version of a classic dish from Spain using Sunburst Trout Farms’ award-winning trout. We serve it raw, embellished with black olive, tomato, sweet onion and lemon vinaigrette, liberally topped with microgreens from Jolley Farms and Rise Up Rooted Farm. My great pleasure in working with the farmers is getting to know them and visit their farms. Thank you ASAP for making it easy for us to connect!

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East Asheville Tailgate Market (formerly the Riceville Tailgate Market) is a scene for familiar faces. Going on its third year at Groce Methodist Church, nestled between downtown Asheville and Swannanoa, we attract an array of neighborhood families, after-work drive-by’s, cyclists and the regulars who stop in just to visit with their favorite vendors. With about 25 enthusiastic vendors, you can expect to find fresh vegetables, fruits, meats, cheeses, eggs, hummus, honey, bread and other baked goods, crafts, photography and so much more, all crafted with care. The East Asheville Tailgate Market is here for you, providing delicious, healthy local food on the east side of town on Friday afternoons.

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Farm Burger is defined by its mission, its farms, its team and its community. We depend on local farmers, ranchers and land stewards to make your burger as good as it is. From our beef to our heirloom tomatoes to our compostable containers, our goal is to connect soil, animal, plant, rancher, butcher, chef and you — all in one simple wire basket. Partnering with ASAP just made sense. With their tailgate markets, hard work connecting grower to seller and simple statement of, “Local Food, Strong Farms and Healthy Communities,” they sum it all up so perfectly.

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NORTH CAROLINA GRASS-FED MILK AND MORE DELIVERED TO YOUR HOME! Farm to Home Milk brings the farm right to your front door. We feature bottled-on-farm North Carolina milk that is 100 percent grass-fed. We also offer local, 100 percent grass-fed beef, pastured pork, sustainable trout, salmon, coffee and more — all delivered to your door each week in Weaverville, Hendersonville or anywhere in between. Signing up for service is as easy as going to our website and clicking on “sign up.”

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Since 2005, Casey and Meredith McKissick have been raising animals on pasture. Visit the McKissick family at Foothills Meats for a tour of pasture-based beef and pork, eat amazing food from the Bom Bus Food Truck and shop for healthy meats and charcuterie to take home. Our friends from English Farmstead Cheese will be there with delicious cow’s milk cheeses. We’ll have a bonfire out in front of the barn in the

evening and marshmallows for kids. Bring a chair to enjoy the huge mountain views. Learn about our new farmer-owned butcher shop opening in Black Mountain, focusing on wholeanimal butchery and all-local, pasture-raised meats. Pay a visit during the Farm Tour and get a discount the first time you shop at the butchery! We hope to see you at the Farm Tour!

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Flying Cloud Farm, managed by Annie Louise and Isaiah Perkinson, produces vegetables, fruits and flowers for local markets. All produce grown on the farm is direct marketed at local farmers markets, through our 100-member CSA, and at our selfservice roadside stand. We have pick-your-own flowers available from mid-July through frost and also use our flowers for wedding design work, floral arrangements and bulk buckets. Come on out to the farm to see some of the infrastructure of a successful produce farm and a sampling of our fall crops and flowers. U-pick flowers will be available during the tour as well as produce and flowers at our farm stand.

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Horse Shoe Cafe Real Food at the Horse Shoe Cafe

Eating locally grown food is a way of life for Lee Sedon, owner and operator of the Horse Shoe Cafe. His exposure to the culinary arts began at a young age in his grandmother’s kitchen. By today’s standards, she would be considered a “foodie,â€? making linguine with clam sauce for the future chef who didn’t like the standard spaghetti and meatballs. And growing up in a family that hunted and had an extensive garden, Lee also developed an appreciation for the sources of his meals. That close connection to the food chain has greatly inuenced him as a chef, always choosing locally grown and in-season items when available. Lee completed a two-year culinary program in one year and was valedictorian of his class. His professional experience includes stints in all four restaurants at Biltmore Estate. He served as executive chef at both Kenmure and The Lexington Golf & Country Club, and was executive sous-chef for the Clis at Glassy. Lee has created a friendly, welcoming spot where you’re guaranteed a delicious and satisfying meal that won’t break the bank. Come visit this great local hangout!

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Kids’ Farm Tour While you’re enjoying our local bounty during ASAP’s 2013 Farm Tour, make sure to bring your kids to Imladris Farm, a Fairview staple of the tour for a decade, for an all-ages experience. While parents learn about our sustainable berry, livestock and agroforestry operation with owners Walter and Wendy Harrill, kids get their own tour designed just for them. Environmental educator Jessica Potter-Bowers will lead hands-on, childcentered educational activities throughout the farm. Kids will have the chance to see baby rabbits, pretend to be laying hens, play games about compost and learn what goes into making our delicious jam. Be prepared to get a little dirty and have tons of fun!

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Education center models conservation, sustainability Come and explore our solar and ecodemonstrations, u-pick organic blueberries and raspberries, apples, chestnuts, edible landscape, tree crop nursery and trout pond. Hike trails on 1,400 wild acres in the Newfound Mountains and enjoy waterfalls, wildowers, panoramic vistas and abundant wildlife. Ecological learning is exciting, fun, rewarding and mighty tasty!


Good times await at the Lexington Avenue Brewery. Relax awhile on our open-air patio. Enjoy a craft beer and an incredible meal at the 92-foot curving bar or a custom-built dining table. Our historic downtown Asheville building provides the perfect atmosphere.


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• design sustainable systems. • advocate for the rights of nature. • engage in research programs in conservation biology, renewable energy, community self-reliance, appropriate technologies and sustainable systems. • practice ecological restoration. • encourage sustainability as a measure of every human endeavor.

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Your Midweek Market

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Woodfin YMCA indoor TAilgATe MArkeT

36 Montford Ave. Asheville, NC 28801 828-301-3075

Montford Farmers Market is a fantastic midweek market in a convenient downtown location (behind the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center). We are a producer-only market that provides an array of local, handcrafted products. We offer sustainably grown fruits and vegetables, baked goods, wood-fired breads, an amazing selection of meats, goat cheese, handmade soaps and more — every week! Join us for our Oct. 2 Autumn Dinner Feast, a farm-to-table event at All Souls Pizza in the River Arts District featuring produce from our market as well as beer, wine and live music. Tickets available on our website.

Early last year, six vendors from the North Asheville Tailgate Market, looking for a way to sell their products through the lean winter months, sat in the cold, barren UNCA parking lot. The Woodfin YMCA invited them indoors and soon their story spread, inspiring other local growers to participate in an experimental indoor winter market. The Woodfin YMCA market has now grown to include more than 70 vendors, averaging 30 per week and offering a vast array of food products. Financial gifts from participating growers have made a difference in the lives of many northern Buncombe County residents, as the vendor fees directly support the YMCA’s community programming. Scholarships make it possible for children to play youth sports, enable cancer survivors to enroll in the LIVESTRONG at the YMCA exercise program, and more. Next year’s market starts Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, running weekly from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Reynolds Village in Reynolds Mountain. For more information, contact Community Wellness Manager Diane Saccone at the Woodfin YMCA. •

North Asheville Tailgate Market As Western North Carolina’s oldest produceronly farmers market, our mission is to support and strengthen our local small businesses and continue expanding to meet the increasing demand for the best in fresh, local goods. The North Asheville Tailgate Market is a booming Saturday-morning gathering place that creates a fun, safe and enriching environment for youth, adults and folks from all walks of life. We started more than 34 years ago to give local farmers an outlet for selling their farm-fresh goods. What began with just a handful of farmers now represents more than 40 of the best farmers, bakers, growers, chefs and artists. Today more than 60 percent of these vendors earn their primary income from self-produced products. Cooking demos, dietitian talks, live music and our Growing Minds @ Market program are just a few of the ways we engage our community through education, health and cultural exposure.

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FARM FRESH VENTURES Farm Fresh Ventures in Old Fort is a division of Recovery Ventures Corp., a longterm residential therapeutic community for the treatment of drug abuse and alcohol dependence. Under the direction of certified horticultural therapist Eugene Jones, Farm Fresh Ventures is a working farm that provides financial support to the Recovery Ventures program as well as an additional therapeutic component for the associates in treatment. The 13-acre farm includes a chicken coop that houses more than 200 chickens for egg production, a 90-foot hothouse, several fields for seasonal crops, a small hydroponic house for microgreen production and a 128-foot hydroponic greenhouse for year-round lettuce production. Produce from the farm is sold to several local restaurants and resorts, which helps offset the program’s operating costs. Recovery Ventures is the only residential treatment program in the state offering this level of horticulture therapy; through daily participation on the farm, residents learn valuable vocational and teamwork skills that are essential for a productive life.

360 Davistown Church Road Old Fort, NC 28762 336-514-6240 •

Rosetta’s Kitchen has been keeping it real and feeding our people since 2002. We proudly consider ourselves a community kitchen and are dedicated to nourishing ourselves, our town and all those who pass through our doors. From our daily specials, local art, community fundraisers and “everyone eats” policy to our care in selecting wholesome ingredients and commitments to work toward social justice, environmental sustainability and cutting-edge cooperative management, we work hard to keep a holistic view of our role in our world and the impact our choices have on the world around us. Come see us. It would be an honor to feed you.


11 Boston Way Asheville, NC 28803 828-398-5600 • The Red Stag Grill has garnered numerous awards, including Competition Dining’s 2013 “Fire on the Rock” and the Got To Be NC Festival's “Best Dish NC” in 2012. Not content to rest on his laurels, Chef Adam Hayes has created a 100 percent N.C.-sourced menu to be served in the famous James Beard House on Sept. 16.

In that spirit of sustainability, the Red Stag Grill proudly supports the following N.C. farms and artisans:

• Looking Glass Creamery • Heritage Farms Premium Pork • Brasstown Beef • Hickory Nut Gap Farm • Goldfinch Gardens • Sunburst Trout • Bees and Boots Honey • Imladris Jams • Lusty Monk Mustard • Cheerwine • Texas Pete Hot Sauce • Old Mill of Guilford • Joyce Foods • Milkco • Blue Ridge Mountain Creamery • Kerala Curry • San Giuseppe Salami Co. • Mona Lisa Chocolates • Sunshine Cove Farm • Farm Fresh Ventures • N.C. craft beers • New River Organic Growers • Ashe County Cheese Co. • Troy & Sons Distillers • Carriage House Apple Brandy

Chili peppers star at Hominy Valley farm Smoking J’s Fiery Foods is a unique wholesale chili pepper farm and sauce company located in the beautiful Hominy Valley of Candler. Specializing in the production of peppers that range in heat from mild to wildly hot, owners Joel and Tara Mowrey, along with daughters Kaitlyn and Emma, are excited to bring their diverse lineup of fresh peppers, salsa, hot sauce, barbecue sauce and spice blends to several local restaurants, stores and tailgate markets. To learn more about the farm production practices as well as the smallbatch sauce making, you can sign up to participate in the 2013 ASAP Farm Tour taking place September 21-22. On this tour of Smoking J’s Fiery Foods, you can take in the wide variety of colors, shapes, sizes and flavors as you explore Western North Carolina’s largest specialty pepper farm in full swing. See peppers get roasted, smoked and prepared for a variety of dining applications.

3 Old Curtis Cove Road Candler, N.C. • (828) 230-9652

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Table restaurant has been working with farmers and local food purveyors for more than eight years. From tabletops and dishes made by local artisans to the myriad farmers with whom Chef Jacob has cultivated a symbiotic working relationship, the commitment to sustainability is obvious in every facet of the operation. Farmers call Chef Jacob during the winter months to discuss seed plantings and other interesting culinary items they can think about providing during the bountiful months. Table has been at the forefront of the movement in Asheville and continues to be an ardent supporter of all our spectacularly talented and industrious local artisans. At the restaurant, we provide a stellar dining experience in which careful attention to detail is paramount. Our cocktail, beer and wine lists reflect those same values.

48 College St. Asheville, NC 28801 • 828-254-8980 •

Located in the heart of downtown Asheville, The Market Place Restaurant specializes in handcrafted cuisine made from seasonal, local ingredients, many of which come from within a 100mile radius of Asheville. The Market Place has been proudly bringing you the local harvest since 1979. We serve dinner starting at 5:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday, in our newly renovated restaurant. Meanwhile, our classic American lounge serves up local brews and handmade cocktails from 5:30 until.

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We love working with local farmers and partners, including Imladris Farms, Hickory Nut Gap Meats and Sunburst Trout, to name a few. With their help, our transformation of just about everything Southern — from fried chicken to sweet potatoes to catfish — is decidedly spirited, independent and frequently unscripted. Creativity rules in our kitchen, and our larder is filled with scratch-made, inventive goodness. We ratchet up our flavors so they’re on par with the farm-fresh produce we love. We ratchet up our flavors so they’re on par with the farm-fresh produce we love. And we serve it all with a healthy measure of fun — with our heartfelt promise of delivering an experience worthy of the memories that tend to be made around our table.

12 College St. Asheville, NC 28801 828-255-4863

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Wake Robin Farm

We Put Our Money Where Our Heart Is We craft ultrapremium confections for our community. A little more than seven years ago, we left social work to embark on a new journey serving our community and filling our hearts. Our handcrafted flavors feature the best local ingredients: We source our milk within 150 miles of our factory; we collaborate with local producers and farmers. We put our heart into each batch, literally. Some refer to us as the “microbrewery of ice cream”; others say we’re changing lives by way of ice cream. And whether we arrive in your life via pint or cone, we’re overjoyed that you’ve made us a part of your memorable moments. Our new ice cream factory and private packaging facility is now operational, producing signature flavors for families across the Southeast. We are growing, and it’s all because of you, Asheville!

1070 Tunnel Road/195 Charlotte St. Asheville, NC 828-296-1234 • 828-258-1515

Baking natural, artisan breads in a wood-fired oven since 1999 Join us for lunch during ASAP’s Sept. 21-22 Farm Tour, when we will be baking pizzas in our wood-fired brick oven. For $10, you get to make a 12inch pizza with salad and iced tea. You can also enjoy a quiet walk around our century farm, admire the flower gardens, and explore our meadow (complete with a swing set for the kids). A large selection of our bread and sticky buns will be for sale (we now take credit cards). During the market season we sell at two markets: • Montford Avenue Market (behind the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce), Wednesdays, 2 to 6 p.m.

• North Asheville Tailgate Market on the UNCA campus, Saturdays, 8 a.m. to noon

Our bakery is a founding member of Carolina Ground Flour Mill. The mill buys wheat and rye from local farmers and supplies much of the flour used in our breads.

Steven Bardwell & Gail Lunsford 472 Teague Road Marshall, NC 28753 (828) 683-2902 • Locally owned, proudly supporting our community




ince 2001, the West End Bakery & Cafe has been creating made-fromscratch baked goods, desserts and breads as well as breakfast and lunch items using locally grown ingredients. We value our relationships with local providers such as Thatchmore Farm, which grows the lettuce for our salads, and Haw Creek Honey, whose bees sweeten many of our pastries. We collaborate with local organizations including ASAP, Slow Food Asheville, the NC Organic Bread Flour Project and FEAST, that champion sustainable food systems while promoting sound nutrition. We have invested in alternative energy, including solar, and strive to manage our waste effectively through recycling and composting. At the West End Bakery, we believe in supporting the health and vitality of our community.

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West Village Market is all about local. We’re locally owned, filled with locally grown and produced products, and supported by our local community. Our mission is to feed West Asheville’s residents, businesses and visitors with an abundance of healthy locally produced foods — from exceptional produce to baked goods to mixes and jams. We source out local first and then fill in the spaces with a unique and complete selection of everything you need. We’re proud to offer exclusively local N.C. meat and fish. Our grocery, beer and wine selections, our cheeses and our bulk goods make every meal or snack a delightful experience. What’s more, our favorite local producer is our own deli and juice bar! With an outstanding array of salads, sandwiches and juices, we aim to send you away nourished and satisfied. And at those times when when food’s not quite enough, our supplement and body care departments offer the best products that our local producers have to offer. We’re proud to represent both food and nonfood producers in our region. Please come look around, enjoy the ambiance and look forward to going to the Market.

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West Asheville gardens open their gates By Jen Nathan Orris Send your garden news to

West Asheville’s small and varied plots are full of gardening possibilities. Turn a corner to find wild roses spilling over onto the sidewalk. Peek behind a stone wall and plants of all shapes and sizes reveal themselves. On Saturday, Sept. 14, the public is invited to see approximately 15 of these gardens — and meet their devoted caretakers — as part of the West Asheville Garden Stroll. The stroll brings together some of the most unique gardens in the neighborhood for a day of discovery and exploration. Over the past five years, the self-guided tour has been revamped to make it more walkable. This year’s stroll focuses on “East West Asheville,” a burgeoning residential and business district between downtown and West Asheville that’s full of hidden gardens and passageways. One of the tour’s highlights is Almosta Farm, located at 23 Deaver St. This “micro urban farm” features everything from a straw-bale garden to raised beds made from recovered construction debris. The garden aims to create habitats for wildlife and beneficial insects, such as ladybugs and praying mantis, as well as other farm staples like chickens and bees. Janet Marrs, who cares for the garden with Lori Shields, jokes that visitors can see the region’s largest collection of garden-eating insects during the tour. The rainy season may have brought out the pests, but that hasn’t stopped the pair from keeping a good sense of humor, and a remarkable mini-farm. The stroll’s kickoff will be held at Christopher Mello’s garden at 307 Waynesville Ave. (You may remember his unusual backyard from the July 31 Xpress story Secret Gardens.) Mello’s garden inspired this year’s theme of “Playing in the Garden.” The Whee Ahh Faerie Kin performance troupe will add to the morning’s merriment and Bee City USA will share information on creating habitats for pollinators.

West Asheville wonderlands: Discover hidden groves and urban agriculture at the West Asheville Garden Stroll. Photo courtesy of Almosta Farm

One of the goals of the stroll is to encourage neighbors and visitors to meet and mingle. “West Asheville has so many little neighborhoods within neighborhoods,” says organizer Katie Doan. She is thrilled to help share the “hidden corners that are tucked away … that you otherwise might never see.” The names of participating gardens aren’t released until the day of the tour to discourage overly enthusiastic visitors from arriving unannounced. But all will be revealed at the stroll’s kickoff ceremony in Mello’s garden at 10:30 a.m. If you miss the morning event, volunteers will hand out maps at Mello’s garden until 3:45 p.m. The stroll will be held Saturday, Sept. 14, from 11 a.m.-4p.m. The tour is free, thanks to the support of Haywood Road corridor businesses. If you’d like your block to be just as stunning as the rest of the tour, the stroll is offering seed grants for

the 2014 season. Ordinary citizens and community groups are encouraged to apply for beautification projects that can be seen from the street. Find out more on the stroll’s website, westashevillegardens. com, or at the kickoff party.

Start your own orchard U-pick season is upon us, but why travel to the orchard when you can bring the trees closer to home (other than the cider doughnuts, of course). A class on fall fruit trees, with renowned local expert Bill Whipple, will cover everything from selecting the right trees for your backyard to the rhythms of soil ecology. Spring is the time to plant many perennials, but fall is the best time to plant fruit trees, according to Reems Creek Nursery. The nursery will host the class at 70 Monticello Road in Weaverville on Saturday, Sept. 14, at 10 a.m. The class is free, but registration is required: or 645-3937. X

Garden Calendar

ADDISON FARMS FRIDAY WINE TASTINGS (pd.) Visit us every Friday and Saturday, Noon-5pm and Sundays, 1pm-5pm. You've got to try our 2 newest releases! 4005 New Leicester Hwy, Leicester NC. See more: Home and Small Farm Vermicomposting (pd.) Saturday, September 21, 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: www.maytimecomposting. com 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. Botanical Gardens Plant and Rummage Sale • SA (9/14), 9am-3pm - Native plants propagated by the horticultural staff as well as plants, shrubs and trees from regional nurseries and local garden clubs will be available for purchase. Held at the Botanical Gardens at Asheville, 151 W.T. Weaver Blvd. Free to attend. Info: Bullington Gardens Plant Sale • FR (9/13) & SA (9/14), 9am-3pm Bullington Gardens will host a fall plant sale featuring perennials, annuals and fall vegetables, as well as a garden-related rummage sale. Held at 95 Upper Red Oak Trail, Hendersonville. Free to attend. Info: 698-6104. Buncombe County Extension Master Gardeners Programs are held at 94 Coxe Ave., unless otherwise noted. Info: 255-5522. • MONDAYS through THURSDAYS, 9:30am-3:30pm; FRIDAYS, 9:30am12:30pm - The Master Gardener Hotline will accept gardening questions via phone and in-person. Info: 255-5522 or • 2nd & 4th SATURDAYS, 11am-2pm Compost demonstrations will focus on establishing compost piles and bins for home gardens. Held outside Jesse Israel Garden Center, 570 Brevard Road. Free. Carolinas Dahlia Society Show • SA (9/14), 1-6pm & SU (9/15), 7am3:30pm - The Carolinas Dahlia Society will host its annual show, featuring hundreds of blooms, a flower arranging demonstration and flowers for sale. Held at Crowne Plaza Resort, 1 Resort Drive. Free. Info: Connecting Medicinal Plant

Growers with Buyers • SA (9/14), 10am-4pm - Blue Ridge Naturally Workshop: Connecting Medicinal Plant Growers with Buyers. AB Tech Enka Campus, Haynes Conference Center, Room 200. $25/$20 in advance. Catered lunch. Info: avl. mx/003 or 684-3562. Eliada’s Corn Maze • FRIDAYS, 4-8pm; SATURDAYS, 10am-8pm & SUNDAYS, 11am-7pm through (10/27) The Eliada Corn Maze features four trails, hayrides, corn cannons and activities for children. Held at Eliada Homes, 2 Compton Drive. Proceeds benefit Eliada Homes. $9/$6 children ages 4-11. Info: or 7132252. 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 programs in Haywood County. Applications available at 589 Raccoon Road, Suite 118, Waynesville. Info: 456-3575. N.C. Arboretum Located at 100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way. 9am-5pm daily. Info: or 665-2492. • 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. Organic Broccoli Field Day • TU (9/17), 10am - Designed for the commercial grower, this workshop on growing organic broccoli will also be of interest to serious home gardeners. Mountain Research Station, 265 Test Farm, Waynesville. $15 includes lunch. Info: carolinafarmstewards. org. West Asheville Food Swap • SA (9/14), 2pm-4pm - A food swap invites the public to share homemade or home-preserved foods at the West Asheville Vineyard Community Center, 717 Haywood Road. Free. Registration required. Info: West Asheville Garden Stroll • SA (9/14), 11am-4pm - The West Asheville Garden Stroll will feature approximately 15 gardens in the East/West Asheville neighborhood. A kick-off event will be held at Christopher Mello's garden, 307 Waynesville Ave., at 10:30am. Free. Info:

Held at East Asheville library, 902 Tunnel Road. Free. Info: 250-4738. Winter Gardening • SA (9/14), 4-8pm - A class on winter gardening with Patryk Battle will focus on greenhouse construction, season extension and more. Hosted by Living Web Farms, Mills River Educational Farm,176 Kimzey Road, Mills Rive. By donation. Info and registration: or 505-1660. MORE GARDENING EVENTS ONLINE Check out the Gardening Calendar online at for info on events happening after September 19. 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

Regional Tailgate Markets

For more information, including the exact start and end dates of markets, contact the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project. Info: or 2361282. 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.

West Asheville Urban Plant Walk • SA (9/14), 10:30am-noon - The West Asheville Urban Plant Walk will focus on identifying edible and medicinal plants in the urban landscape. Departs from the Center for Holistic Medicine, 779 Haywood Road. $7/children free. Info and registration: or 505-3174.

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.

Wild About Mushrooms • TH (9/12), 6:30pm - "Wild About Mushrooms" with Anna McHugh will focus on the history and cultivation of mushrooms.

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 • 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.






Music swap The inaugural CCX Fest pairs local bands with S.C. acts

By Alli Marshall

Festivals come and go in and around Asheville. Lately they come and go a lot, but as some leave (or take a year off), new ones — such as this weekend’s Carolina Cultural Exchange Music Festival (CCX) — set the stage to feature local and regional talent. CCX was envisioned by festival director Adam McMillan, who grew up in Columbia, S.C. “Charleston wasn’t far away and Asheville wasn’t far away,” he explains. “And Columbia is actual-

what: Carolina Cultural Exchange Music Festival where: Emerald Lounge and The LAB when: Saturday, Sept. 14. (7 p.m.-1 a.m., $8 in advance/$10 at the door.

ly a great music town.” Four years ago, he decided to make Asheville his base (and the locale of his promotional marketing company, QC Productions). Soon the idea came to him to create a festival that served both as entertainment and also as a resource for musicians in the two states he calls home. For its first year, CCX takes place only in Asheville, but its lineup (split between Emerald Lounge and The Lexington Avenue Brewery) draws from both N.C. and S.C. From the



north: Durham’s Bombadil and local acts Kovacs and the Polar Bear, Doc Aquatic, The Moon and You and Mountain Feist. From the south: The Restoration, Marshall Brown & the Rare Birds, The Mobros, The Black Iron Gathering and The Dubber. A free, downloadable festival music sampler is available at “A lot of people are coming here to play music,” McMillan says of Asheville. “It’s one of those towns that everyone flocks to. But a lot of the good stuff can get lost in the muddle.” Part of the mission of QC Productions is to provide more structure to the music scene and that starts, as McMillan sees it, with a festival that flaunts talented musi-

The Restoration, from Columbia, S.C., is already familiar in Asheville.

cal acts and also introduces them to new audiences. He says that the S.C.-based fans of, say, roots revivalists The Restoration (who also appeared at this year’s Bele Chere), will travel to Asheville for the festival. During CCX, they’ll discover, say, local psychedelic/ indie outfit Doc Aquatic. Then, when the Asheville band books a show in Columbia, the Revivalists’ followers will already be familiar with Doc Aquatic. It’s a potential

answer for the age-old question of how to break into a new market. McMillan says the festival intends to “foster an open and supportive music community in order to create and enhance opportunities for great musical artists to share their passion with the world.”  With that in mind, 100 percent of the profits of CCX go to the participating artists. “We’re trying to be more a part of the music community and help musicians break through,” the festival director says. McMillan hopes that, along with becoming an annual event, CCX might migrate from year to year. Columbia and Charleston are both possibilities for future festival sites.

And there are talks of incorporating visual and performing arts. But first, McMillan wants to focus on a notable start. “This is a celebration of great music,” he says. “Ten bands is a small number, but we wanted a good variety and to be a good showcase of what Asheville has to offer.” In curating the lineup, McMillan and his associates looked for musicians who were “pushing themselves and challenging themselves.” He says there’s more to being an impressive band than just putting out a stellar record. “It’s about putting on a good performance, too.” So, CCX planners scouted for a year and a half and went to several shows by each of the groups on the final roster. At the end of the day, though, all of the thought and work that went into planning the inaugural festival only counts if the people who buy tickets have a good time. McMillan is ready: “People are excited about good, innovative music,” he says. X

The Schedule

Emerald Lounge • The Moon and You (indie-folk), 8-8:45 p.m. • Marshall Brown & The Rare Birds (neo-psychedelic), 9-9:45 p.m. •  Bombadil (indie-rock), 10-10:45 p.m. •  The Restoration (revivalist), 11-11:45 p.m. • Kovacs and the Polar Bear (indierock), midnight The LAB • The Dubber (world/reggae), 7:308:15 p.m. • Mountain Feist (bluegrass/ Americana), 8:15-9 p.m. •  Doc Aquatic (indie-psychedelic), 9:15-10 p.m. •  The Mobros (rock/soul), 10:15-11 p.m. • The Black Iron Gathering (stompgrass), 11:15 p.m.

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Puppet Club shows a different side of the craft

64 Biltmore Ave. • Downtown Asheville • Open 7 Days • 828.281.2134

A muggy summer evening descends as a group of mismatched and apparent strangers gather in a bungalow in Montford. Greetings are mumbled. Awkward glances exchanged. Then Bruce Kamison pulls out a box of homemade puppets. “These are amazing!” Catherine Shane exclaims, impressed by Kamison’s resourcefulness and creativity. Panty hose, cotton stuffing and children’s clothes have been inventively crafted into human-like characters. As participants work puppet mouths and arms and experiment with voices, laughter erupts. Excited energy radiates throughout


Grayson Morris with some of her puppets. Photo by Molly Must.

Friends and Fam Puppet Slam where: Firestorm Café & Books when: Saturday, Sept. 14. (Shows at 7 and 8:30 p.m. Free.

the room as Kamison leads his team of puppeteers, including Jen Pyne, Geneva Bierce-Wilson and newcomer Melissa Howarth, through a rehearsal of Toilet Talk; reminiscent of Car Talk on NPR, but with magical elves and long-lost items fished from a papier-mâché toilet. Puppet Club is the brainchild of puppeteer and comedienne Grayson Morris, “I wanted people to have their hands on puppets; cutting, pasting, making funny voices,” she says. “I wanted to have a club that people could drop in and out of; they can just come, check it out and see if they like it.” Puppet Club provides that informal low-pressure environment that



creativity thrives on. “I joined Puppet Club to push myself out of my comfort zone creatively,” Jen Murphy says. “I was a puppet maker, not a puppeteer before this. I kept coming to Puppet Club because Grayson made me feel so welcome and it was fun. Now I’m grateful to be part of a growing group of smart, funny, weird and creative people.” Currently the members are preparing for their upcoming Friends and Fam Puppet Slam happening this weekend. The biannual event features a collection of original puppet shows intended for adult audiences; it is free and open to the public. “Puppet slams are a great opportunity to get started because it’s so informal,” Morris explains. “We have workshops leading up to the slam where everyone practices their show.” Recent member Pyne says, “I’ve always been drawn to theatre, but never really found my place until

I discovered puppetry. It’s a very creative medium that incorporates so many of the things I love: music, dance, theater, art, drawing, painting, writing, building ...” Usually puppets bring to mind children’s shows like Sesame Street. But as demonstrated by the success of Broadway’s Avenue Q, adult puppetry has an audience, and allows for exploration of mature themes and humor. As Kamison remarks, “With kids it’s a little easier because they have strong imaginations. Adults can be much more serious. You have to work harder to please the audience.” Still flying high from her recent trip to the Puppeteers of America National Festival in Pennsylvania, Morris agrees, “Almost any art form can be applied to kids or adults. I’m a storyteller and I tell stories for both adults and children using comedy and puppetry. I don’t know why adult puppetry is so obscure because it’s awesome.” The current Puppet Club is a

broad mix of age and experience. Enticed by the fun and camaraderie they find among their fellow puppeteers, retired seniors Nancy and Bob McLane built dolls and paraded with the club in this year’s National Day of Puppetry. But they’re far from amateurs. “We have attended a number of puppetry festivals and have been members of the Puppeteers of America for 45 years,” Bob explains. A subsection of members, designated the “Asheville Giants,” are devoted to making giant puppets. Denisa Rullmoss, Alina Ahh Ever, Morris and Murphy brought Donovan Zimmerman, co-founder of Paperhand Puppet Intervention in Chapel Hill, to lead a workshop last November. Creating giant puppets has made clear that Puppet Club needs a space to store puppets as well as make them. “Having our own space would allow us to offer workshops and classes leading up to events for any and all folks to come and make puppets,” Ever says. “It’s a lot of fun and it’s multi-generational and a great way to build community,

self-expression and self-esteem.” As the night’s meeting winds down, Sheila Ann Thibodeaux volunteers to direct a show about Swaziland, inspired by Bierce-Wilson’s recent trip there. Several members have written material for this show and others will contribute their skills as puppeteers. Plans are finalized for puppet-making sessions and rehearsals before the meeting adjourns. “I used to feel like I was running Puppet Club, but one day I realized people were doing stuff on their own, and that’s what I wanted,” Morris says. “What I hope in the future is that people are doing more projects and also taking leadership, producing their own shows and being whatever kind of puppeteer they want to be. I like empowering people.” X




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Reinventing the wheel

Eric Krause demonstrates the fun at the park. Photo by Max Cooper

Kolo Bike Park ups the ante for area riders Kolo Bike Park is the adrenaline-junkie’s wonderland. “It’s like a little piece of roller coaster, except I get to drive!” says Eric Krause in reference to the fall-away tabletop, his favorite section of the park. The 20-year veteran mountain biker is the brains behind the project. Asheville is a world-class cycling destination, he says, and Kolo will offer locals and tourists the area’s only purpose-built mountain bike flow trail system. BioWheels Asheville closed its doors in January, and Krause has ventured from retail into the mountain bike instruction, flow trails and rental business. Located



just a mile from the heart of downtown Asheville, nestled behind the Westgate shopping center, Kolo Bike Park will be the newest addition to The Adventure Center of Asheville, which already features ziplines, suspension bridges and an extensive high-ropes course. Kolo Bike Park will be the Center’s first ground-based activity with more than five miles of climbs, descents, jumps, bridges and other creative obstacles. “The goal is to have an in-town venue for fun and competitive bike events that are within bikecommuting distance for most of the community. We’ve also created a comfortable environment for mountain bikers to hang out whether for a safe group outing or to find their personal edge,” Krause says.

The word “kolo” is Slavic for circle or wheel, and with the help of pro-downhill rider Ryan Taylor, Krause has structured the park around Kolo Flow, allowing the rolling terrain to help skilled riders maintain a challenging momentum while offering newer riders a controlled environment to build confidence. He notes that both novice and advanced riders will be satisfied with the trails. The park will also focus on teaching balance, body position and proper ergonomics. “There are a lot of terrible mountainbike-riding myths out there that people follow like the gospel,” says Krause, and explains that even intermediate and advanced riders can benefit from reviewing proper bike fit and body positioning. Krause plans to offer a series of bike clinics. The Adventure Center is already a popular tourism destination, and Krause hopes to cater to both tourists and locals. “For the tourist, it’s the perfect place to come rent a bike and

get the flavor of mountain biking in our area,” he says. “But we are holding regular events and races that will cater to the local cycling community as well.” Beyond a local discount and frequent-rider passes, Kolo will host regular skills clinics and races including short track, time trial, cyclocross and cross country events. “A rider can learn new skills and then test them out against the clock or other competitors at one of the many race events,” says Krause. Kolo Bike Park hosted a soft opening in mid-July to much positive feedback from several members of the local mountain biking community. Veteran rider John Caldwell says, “Compared to Bent Creek, Kolo has more berms, jumps and features.” He’s excited for the park to reach full potential as well, “I can imagine a fun afternoon of bike racers, families, kids, all riding the trails as people zip by on the zip-lines above, and bike jumpers catching air as folks watch a bike jumping contest.” Kolo Bike Park is now open to the public, just in time for the fall. Find out more at X



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by Kyle Sherard

UNCA boots Center for Craft, Creativity and Design from the budget

The Center for Craft, Creativity and Design recently awarded $95,000 in grants from its annual Craft Research Fund. On a quieter note, the center also reported its formal separation, via a budget cut, from the University of North Carolina school system, which oversees 15 other state-operated universities, including UNCA. “After many months of discussion, research and legal counsel, it was confirmed on Tuesday [Aug. 27] that Chancellor Anne Ponder in effect closed the UNC Center,” Stephanie Moore, CCCD’s executive director, told Xpress. The CCCD, which was previously located at UNCA’s Kellogg Center, tucked five miles west of Hendersonville, recently purchased a building at 67 Broadway St. in downtown Asheville. The center will continue operating as an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit. The resolution, handed down by the UNC General Assembly, stems from a July 11 budget cut issued by UNCA. That cut initially severed the center from UNCA. But it would also spell out the end for the center’s 16-year run as a state-operated organization. Attempts to partner with Western Carolina University were nullified by the General Assembly’s recognition of the cut as systemwide. The CCCD’s state funding was initially set up and assigned by UNC’s Board of Governors and General Assembly in May of 1996. In 2009 the UNC school system began eliminating or fusing interinstitutional organizations, which included CCCD, with university partners. The CCCD was slated for partnership with Appalachian State University, according to Moore. That changed when UNCA took on a partnership with the center. Whereas the CCCD was previ-

ously a UNC system center, after 2009 it officially became a UNCA center, says Joni Worthington, UNC General Assembly’s vice president of communications. That partnership came three years after UNCA received a $2 million promissory grant from Windgate Charitable Foundation, an Arkansas-based trust and lontime CCCD partner and benefactor. The organization, known for its enthusiastic support WNC craftspeople, pledged the funds toward the development of a crafts campus, slated for construction at the former Buncombe County landfill, located north of Woodfin. However, plans for the campus began to dissipate as expenses increased and the economic landscape dimmed. Windgate rescinded that pledge in 2011, shortly after the addition was removed from UNCA’s capital campaign. Those funds resurfaced this March when Warren Wilson College received a $2.1 million grant for the development of new programs and the enrichment of existing crafts infrastructure. The center’s annual budget was created by the state and set up in partnership with Windgate. But with each year came an annual decrease in funding. From 2010 to 2013, the state’s funding dropped from $201,890 to $182,402, and most recently to $178,957. Windgate’s support rose in response to each drop. “UNC Asheville received a $592,000 cut from the state in the current academic year,” said UNCA’s Provost and Vice Chancellor Jane Fernandes, adding that this was “after absorbing cuts totaling over $10 million since 2009.” “After Chancellor Anne Ponder had conversations with Michael Sherrill of CCCD and John Brown of the Windgate Charitable Foundation, we concluded it would be best to close CCCD as a UNCA Center and allow it to become an independent entity,” said Fernandes. The separation is largely one of financial reasoning. Fernandes


[Editor’s note: This is the third in an ongoing series of articles about the Center for Craft Creativity and Design (CCCD), a WNC-based craft research organization.]


Board member and wood sculptor Stoney Lamar inside the CCCD’s new space, the Lark Books building on Broadway. Photo by Max Cooper.

told Xpress that it will ultimately “protect core undergraduate academic programs, which would have suffered from budget reductions otherwise.” In a July 24 statement, Ed Katz, UNCA’s associate provost and dean of university programs, also cited CCCD’s “desire to become an organization that includes many public and private collaborators,” the “expectation of continued budget cuts to the university” and the CCCD’s “lack of significant involvement in undergraduate education.” CCCD’s Henderson County locale led to little student-body interaction and did little to help bolster growth for the organization’s identity in the university system and Asheville. In severing the partnership with the CCCD, a valuable connection with Windgate, whose contributions to WNC craft organizations increase each year, has been damaged. So far, 2013 contributions to area artists and arts organizations, including CCCD, Warren Wilson College and Penland School of Crafts, total more than $7 million. John Brown, WCF’s executive direc-

tor, told Xpress that the University’s decision does not affect Windgate’s dedication to craft in N.C. or regionally in WNC. “We’re disappointed with the university system,” said Brown, “but our interests in the field of art and craft are undiminished.” “We’re not focussed on ill feelings, we’re just trying to support the board for the center,” he added. As of press time, no one from UNCA or the university system had called to alert Brown of the cut, he said. In some ways, Brown said, being away from the public umbrella will allow CCCD to broaden its fundraising efforts and expand its regional goals. It will also allow for partnerships with other independent crafts organizations and institutes. “The Center’s cut was inevitable given both the political and economic climate in Raleigh,” says Moore. “We are ultimately liberated from the whims of the state with this change, and may now stay on point/mission which is where our head space needs to be.” X






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by Alli Marshall

Umberto Headway and Orbit DVD are teaming up to bring Umberto (the project of L.A.-based recording artist Matt Hill) to Flood Gallery. Hill rarely performs on the East Coast, making this event even more special. Among the aesthetics informing Umberto’s work, a press release notes, “faux horror soundtracks inspired by Fabio Frizzi, John Carpenter, Claudio Simonetti and Goblin have given way to Gorgio Moroder’s dance floor and ’80s Harold Faltermeyer scores.” 9 p.m. showtime. Profligate from Philadelphia and local artists Kangarot and Cumulus also perform. Tickets are available at Izzy’s Coffee Den, Static Age Records and Orbit DVD. $10/$13.

Viva La Muerte Although Greensboro-based indie-rock sextet Viva La Muerte will be making its first-ever stop at Jack of the Wood (on Friday the 13th, no less), the band has been playing around N.C. since 2005. A successful Kickstarter campaign last year, followed by being signed to New York City’s Ex Umbra Records, has helped the band expand its reach. From new album All the Birds, frontman M.C. Armstrong says the band’s favorite song to play live is “Obscuro,” “because it’s our most challenging insofar as it’s a creature of genuine suspense — improvisation — the dropdown into the D minor jam in the middle as a kind of structureless one chord rabbit hole that serves as a gauge of the band’s mood, a seismograph for the lightning available to our lead guitarist, Will McCanless, and the ability of the rest of the band to hear his thunder, the early warnings of his coming crescendo as the bus the rest of us either miss or catch.” Showtime is 9 p.m., The Kernal shares the bill. $5.

Mountain Song Festival The Steep Canyon Rangers have been pretty much ruling on all fronts for the past several years. And they’re showing no signs of slowing down. In fact, this weekend they have even more reason to celebrate, with their new album, Tell the Ones I Love, just out, and the Mountain Song Festival back for a seventh year. That fest, started by the Rangers’ singer/guitarist Woody Platt, benefits the Boys & Girls Club of Transylvania County. Its stellar lineup includes Carolina Chocolate Drops, Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn, The O’Brien 3 featuring Tim and Mollie O’Brien with Rich Moore, Shawn Camp, Shannon Whitworth (pictured) and Balsam Range. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 13 and 14, at Brevard Music Center. Friday tickets are $30-$40, Saturday tickets are $37.50-$47.50.



Writers at Home The fall series of Writers at Home, readings by local and regional poets and authors, begins on Sunday, Sept. 15. Poet Tina Barr (pictured) and novelist Bonnie MacDougal (who are both slated to teach classes for the Great Smokies Writing Program’s fall semester) will present their work. According to a press release, “Barr’s poems have appeared in anthologies and journals including The Antioch Review, Brilliant Corners, Crab Orchard Review, The Mississippi Review, Notre Dame Review, Shenandoah and Witness.” And MacDougal “is a former Philadelphia lawyer and the author of four novels about lawyers and the law, including Breach of Trust and Common Pleas.” Held at Malaprop’s at 3 p.m. Free.



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Wednesday, Sept. 11

Sly Grog Lounge Open mic, 7pm

5 Walnut Wine Bar Hot Point Trio (jazz), 5pm Juan Benevides Trio (Latin jazz), 8pm

Southern Appalachian Brewery Ellen Trnka (blues, rock) w/ Howie Johnson & Woody, 7pm

Asheville Music Hall The Normal Bean Band (Grateful Dead tribute) w/ Phuncle Sam, 10pm

TallGary's Cantina Asheville music showcase, 8pm

Athena's Club Mark Appleford (singer-songwriter, Americana, blues), 7-10pm

The Social Salsa dancing, 9pm

Barley's Taproom Dr. Brown's Team Trivia, 8:30pm

Timo's House Asheville Drum 'n' Bass Collective, 9pm

Black Mountain Ale House Bluegrass jam, 9pm

Town Pump Caleb Fletcher (singer-songwriter), 9pm

Blue Mountain Pizza & Brew Pub Open mic, 7pm

Tressa's Downtown Jazz and Blues The Westsound Revue (R&B, soul), 8:30pm

Club Hairspray Requests w/ DJ Ace of Spade, 8pm

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

Club Remix Variety show & open mic, 9pm

Water'n Hole Karaoke, 10pm

Cork & Keg Tom Leiner ("baby boomer flashbacks"), 7:30pm

Yacht Club Kamakazi karaoke (no control over song choice), 9pm

Double Crown Country night w/ Dr. Filth, 9pm

Zuma Coffee Bluegrass jam w/ Bobby Hicks, 7pm

Emerald Lounge Blues jam w/ Riyen Roots, 8pm Isis Restaurant and Music Hall Live music on the patio, 6pm Vinyl night, 9pm Jack of the Wood Pub Old-time jam, 5pm O.Henry's/TUG Karaoke, 10pm Odditorium The Cellphones (punk, metal) w/ Busted Chops & Birth, 9pm Olive or Twist East Coast swing lessons, 7pm 3 Cool Cats (vintage rock, swing), 8pm Orange Peel Wax Tailor (electronic, trip-hop) w/ Buck 65, 9pm

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5 Walnut Wine Bar Shake It Like a Caveman (blues, garage), 10pm Altamont Brewing Company Dave Jordan (singer-songwriter), 9:30pm Boiler Room Jon Farmer, Free Radio, Brandon B-Free & Cool Hand Luke (hip-hop), 9pm Bywater Locust Honey (old-time), 9pm Club Eleven on Grove Salsa night, 10pm

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Tressa's Downtown Jazz and Blues Jazz Trio w/ Micah Thomas & Daniel Ianucci featuring Frank Southecorvo (jazz), 8:30pm

Pisgah Brewing Company Bradley Carter (bluegrass, old-time, Americana), 6pm

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

Straightaway Cafe Coping Stone (world, Appalachian), 6pm

Yacht Club Open jam w/ Justin Brophy of the Go Devils, 9pm

The Social Karaoke, 9:30pm

Zuma Coffee Open mic w/ Greg & Lucretia Speas, 6pm

Timo's House Blues night, 9pm


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Christopher Bell (baroque folk, indie rock, pop), 6pm Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern St. Paul & the Broken Bones (soul) w/ The Northside Gentlemen, 9pm Harrah's Cherokee Live band karaoke, 8pm-midnight Isis Restaurant and Music Hall Robby Hecht (singer-songwriter), 8pm Jack of Hearts Pub Old-time jam, 7pm Jack of the Wood Pub Bluegrass jam, 7pm

5 Walnut Wine Bar The Big Nasty (ragtime jazz), 8-10pm

Lobster Trap Hank Bones ("man of 1,000 songs"), 7-9pm

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Barley's Taproom Alien Music Club (jazz jam), 9pm

Metrosphere Boom One Records Showcase, 10pm

Black Mountain Ale House Lyric (R&B, soul, pop), 9pm

Odditorium Benefit Show For Paddy: Bad Fog, The Budget, Church Jerks, Blood Summer, 9pm


Bywater Game night, 8pm Club Hairspray Karaoke, 8pm Club Remix Reggae dance night, 9pm Cork & Keg Vollie McKenzie (popular covers, jazz standards), 5:30pm Creekside Taphouse Open mic, 8-11pm Double Crown Surf Rock Show! w/ Cryptides, Krektones & Ouroboros Boys, 9pm Emerald Lounge Tuatha Dea (Celtic rock) w/ Pipapelli, 9pm French Broad Brewery Tasting Room

Olive or Twist Old-school swing lessons, 7pm Russ Wilson Swing Trio, 8pm

Cork & Keg Gypsy Swingers (acoustic swing jazz), 8:30pm Double Crown Friday night hootenanny w/ DJ Greg Cartwright, 9pm Emerald Lounge Jessica Lea Mayfield (alt-country, singer-songwriter) w/ Futur Primitif, 9pm French Broad Brewery Tasting Room Anya Hinkle & Stig Stiglets (bluegrass), 6pm Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern Futurebirds (indie/country rock) w/ White Violet, 8pm Highland Brewing company Zip the Hippo, 6pm Isis Restaurant and Music Hall Geoff Achison & the Souldiggers (blues, funk, rock), 9pm Jack of the Wood Pub The Kernal (country) w / Viva La Muerte, 9pm Native Kitchen & Social Pub Balafunk (world, Afrobeat), 7:30pm Odditorium Totally Slow (rock) w/ Motel Glory, Panels, 9pm Olive or Twist 3 Cool Cats (vintage rock, swing), 8:30pm

One Stop Deli & Bar Elikeh (Afrobeat, world) w/ Vagabond Swing, 10pm

One Stop Deli & Bar Field Report & TreeTop Flyers (folk), 10pm

Pack's Tavern Aaron LaFalce (acoustic rock), 9pm

Orange Peel Nappy Roots (hip-hop), 9pm

Phoenix Lounge Bradford Carson (rock, jam, blues), 8:30pm

Root Bar No. 1 Kate & Corey (old time, blues), 8pm

Pisgah Brewing Company Big Daddy Love (Americana), 9pm

Scandals Nightclub Dance party, 10pm Drag show, 1am

PULP Slice of Life (comedy open mic), 9pm Purple Onion Cafe Mark Bumgarner (Southern Americana), 7:30pm

Sly Grog Lounge Trivia night, 7pm Southern Appalachian Brewery Get Right Band (funk, rock, reggae), 8pm



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Saturday, Sept. 14 5 Walnut Wine Bar One Leg Up (jazz), 10pm Altamont Brewing Company Chris O'Neill Jam, 9pm Asheville Music Hall Same as It Ever Was (Talking Heads tribute), 10pm Black Mountain Ale House Pierce Edens (alt-country, roots), 9pm Boiler Room Space Truckers (rock) w/ Sex Knuckle & SPORE, 9pm Bywater Hot Point Trio (gypsy jazz, swing), 9pm Club Eleven on Grove Ole Skool Dance Party, 9pm Club Hairspray DJ Brian Sparxxx, 8pm Cork & Keg Old-time jam, 8pm Creekside Taphouse Shake It Like a Caveman (blues, garage), 8pm Double Crown Saturday shakedown, 9pm


Emerald Lounge CCX Festival feat. Kovacs & the Polar Bear, Bombadill & more, 8pm French Broad Brewery Tasting Room Todd Cecil (Americana, rock), 6pm Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern Tyler Ramsey (rock, blues) w/ Seth Kauffman, 9pm Highland Brewing company Joe Junior (country), 6pm Isis Restaurant and Music Hall Marley Carrol (electronic) w/ 2PPM (indie rock, instrumental), 9pm Jack of the Wood Pub The Get Right Band (funk, rock, reggae), 9pm Jack of hearts The Mug (blues), 9pm Lexington Ave Brewery (LAB) CCX Music Fest feat. The Dubber, Doc Aquatic & more, 8pm Odditorium Dead To A Dying World (doom, crust, black metal) w/ Unconscious Collective, 8pm One Stop Deli & Bar Bluegrass brunch w/ Grits & Soul, 11am OneFiftyOne Boutique Bar Jason Daniello (acoustic rock), 7pm Orange Peel B3 Series, 6pm Pack's Tavern A Social Function (classic rock, hits), 9pm Purple Onion Cafe JPQ Quintet (jazz), 8pm Root Bar No. 1 Lea Renard & Triple Threat (blues, rock), 8pm



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Monday, Sept. 16 Scandals Nightclub Dance party, 10pm Drag show, 12:30am Smokey's After Dark Karaoke, 10pm Southern Appalachian Brewery Grace Adele Duo (Americana), 8pm Straightaway Cafe Sherry Lynn & Mountain Friends (folk, country), 6pm The Social Karaoke, 9:30pm Town Pump Searra Gisondo & The Jazzy Folk (jazz, folk), 9pm Toy Boat Community Art Space The Runaway Circus and the Loose Cabooses (circus), 7pm Trailhead Restaurant and Bar Zac Schaffer (singer-songwriter), 7pm Tressa's Downtown Jazz and Blues Ruby Mayfield & Friends (R&B, funk), 10pm Vincenzo's Bistro Steve Whiddon (old-time piano, vocals), 5:30pm Water'n Hole Arvie Jr. Band (rock), 10pm White Horse Pura Fe (Native American contemporary) w/ Dark Water Rising (folk, soul), 8pm

Sunday, Sept. 15 5 Walnut Wine Bar The Get Right Band (funk, blues), 7pm Black Mountain Ale House Jazz brunch w/ Mike Gray Trio, 11:30am Club Hairspray DJ Ra Mac, 8pm Cork & Keg Jackson Emmer & Natalie Spears (Americana), 4pm Double Crown Soul gospel Sunday w/ DJ Sweet Daddy Swamee, 6pm Tal National (Afropop), 9pm Emerald Lounge DTCV (post-punk) w/ Powerkompany, Polly Panic, 9pm Grove Park Inn Great Hall Two Guitars (classical), 10am-noon Isis Restaurant and Music Hall Upstairs: Serpentine Arborvitae (jazz), 6pm Main stage: Doug Webb (jazz), 8pm Jack of the Wood Pub Irish session, 3pm Lobster Trap Leo Johnson (hot club jazz), 7-9pm Odditorium Real Live Tigers (folk) w/ Snack Champion, The Twinklebees, Minorcan, 9pm One Stop Deli & Bar Bluegrass brunch w/ The Pond Brothers, 11am

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Native Songbird: Pura Fé, a member of the Tuscarora Nation, is a powerful singer of Native contemporary music. Among her many achievements is a “Community Spirit Award” from the First People’s Fund, for her cultural contributions of traditional song and dance, working with Native youth groups. Legendary musician Taj Mahal had this to say about Fé: “With her voice soaring, foot stomping, this beautiful songbird transcends time and brings the message of our Ancestors who have sewn this beautiful seed, that makes powerful music.” Pura Fé performs at the White Horse in Black Mountain on Saturday, Sept. 14.


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Odditorium Comedy open mic w/ Tom Peters, 9pm

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Cork & Keg Tom Leiner ("baby boomer flashbacks"), 7:30pm

The Social Enlightened Rogues (rock, blues), 7pm

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Timo's House Open mic variety show, 9pm

Emerald Lounge Blues jam w/ Riyen Roots, 8pm

Tressa's Downtown Jazz and Blues Long Island Tuesdays w/ DJ Audio, 9pm

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Vincenzo's Bistro Steve Whiddon (old-time piano, vocals), 5:30pm Westville Pub Blues jam, 10pm White Horse Irish sessions, 6:30pm Open mic, 8:45pm

Wednesday, Sept. 18 5 Walnut Wine Bar Caris Arlin (jazz), 5pm Juan Benevides Trio (Latin jazz), 8pm Asheville Music Hall Bob Schneider (singer-songwriter, rock), 9pm Athena's Club Mark Appleford (singer-songwriter, blues), 7pm Barley's Taproom Dr. Brown's Team Trivia, 8:30pm Black Mountain Ale House Bluegrass jam, 9pm Blue Mountain Pizza & Brew Pub Open mic, 7pm


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Jack of the Wood Pub Old-time jam, 5pm Lexington Ave Brewery (LAB) Reasonably Priced Babies (improv sketch comedy), 8:30pm O.Henry's/TUG Karaoke, 10pm Olive or Twist East Coast swing lessons, 7pm 3 Cool Cats (vintage rock, swing), 8pm Phoenix Lounge Jazz night, 8pm Pisgah Brewing Company Campfire Reverends (Americana, blues), 6pm Straightaway Cafe Coping Stone (world, Appalachian), 6pm The Social Karaoke, 9:30pm Timo's House Blues night, 9pm Tressa's Downtown Jazz and Blues Jazz Trio w/ Micah Thomas & Daniel Ianucci featuring Shane Perlowin (jazz), 8:30pm


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

Water'n Hole Karaoke, 10pm

Yacht Club Open jam w/ Justin Brophy of the Go Devils, 9pm

Yacht Club Kamakazi karaoke (no control over song choice), 9pm

Zuma Coffee Open mic w/ Greg & Lucretia Speas, 6pm

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Barley's Taproom Alien Music Club (jazz jam), 9pm

Altamont Brewing Company Point & Shoot (Americana, bluegrass), 9:30pm

Black Mountain Ale House Lyric (R&B, soul, pop), 9pm

Asheville Music Hall Chico Mann (Afrobeat, classic freestyle) w/ Flypaper, 10pm

Bywater Game night, 8pm

Boiler Room Frequinox Festival (electronica), 9pm

Club Hairspray Karaoke, 8pm

Club Eleven on Grove DJ Jam (old-school hip-hop, R&B, funk), 9pm

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Double Crown Friday night hootenanny w/ DJ Greg Cartwright, 9pm

Cork & Keg Vollie McKenzie (popular covers, jazz standards), 5:30pm

Emerald Lounge Dirty Bourbon River Show (gypsy brass band) w/ Sirius.B (absurdist, gypsy), 9pm

Creekside Taphouse Open mic, 8-11pm

French Broad Brewery Tasting Room The Bluegrass Drifters (bluegrass), 6pm

Double Crown International cuts w/ DJ Flypaper, 9pm

Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern WHY? (indie rock) w/ Astronautalis, 9pm

Emerald Lounge Strange Planet (rock) w/ A.J. Usher Band, Pick Your Switch & The Fustics, 9pm

Isis Restaurant and Music Hall Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion (Americana), 8pm

French Broad Brewery Tasting Room Todd Hoke (roots, blues), 6pm Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys (rockabilly, soul, honkytonk), 9pm

Jack of the Wood Pub Blair Crimmins & the Hookers (rock, blues, jazz) w/ Miss Tess & the Talkbacks, 9pm Jack of hearts Vollie McKenzie (honky tonk), 9pm

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Toy Boat Community Art Space The Runaway Circus and the Loose Cabooses (circus), 7pm

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Tressa's Downtown Jazz and Blues Jim Taylor & Friends (singer-songwriter), 7pm Jim Arrendell & The Cheap Suits (R&B, soul), 10pm Vanuatu Kava Bar The Dizzy Chickens (electronic, jazz, improv), 8:30pm


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In a World… HHHHH

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Director: Lake Bell Players: Lake Bell, Fred Melamed, Michaela Watkins, Ken Marino, Demetri Martin, Rob Corddry, Alexandra Holden

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The Story: A young woman finds herself breaking down the boys’ club barrier in the world of trailer voice-overs. The Lowdown: Funny, charming, sweet-tempered comedy from first-time writer-director-star Lake Bell. Its fresh setting — the world of voice-over artists — and a perfect cast matched with a clever script make it one of the most appealing movies going right now.


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Lake Bell in her charming, funny and generous directorial debut In a World....

Her credits tell me I’ve seen Lake Bell once before — in the execrable Over Her Dead Body (2008) — and I suppose I heard her in Shrek Forever After (2010), but I’ve never noticed her in a way that would make her memorable. (In the case of Over Her Dead Body, that can only be in her favor.) Well, here she is starring in a movie that she also wrote, directed and co-produced. It’s also a movie I will not soon forget, and I mean that in the best way. This is one seriously charming, funny, clever, surprising movie. And it’s made by someone who knows what a tripod and dolly are and isn’t afraid to use them. (I believe there’s one handheld scene in the film — and it’s used where it fits.) It’s a Hollywood satire about an aspect of the movies we think of only in passing, if at all (and then mostly to make fun of it) — the world of the folks who do voice-overs for movie trailers.

The film works on the concept that after the death of real-life voice-over artist Don LaFontaine in 2008, his trademark phrase, “In a world,” was retired from use. Whether that’s true, I don’t know, but bringing the phrase back to the world of trailers is central to the story of Carol Solomon (Bell). Carol — a vocal coach specializing in dialects — is the live-at-home daughter of Sam Sotto (Fred Melamed, A Serious Man), who is second only to LaFontaine in voice-over fame. He’s also a narcissistic, self-important jerk with a brand new 30-year-old trophy girlfriend, Jamie (TV actress Alexandra Holden). In addition, Sam resists Carol’s desire to follow in his footsteps as a voice-over artist. (“The industry does not crave a female sound,” he insists.) His idea of a natural successor to his legacy is smarmy, self-satisfied Gustav Werner (Ken Marino, We’re the Millers). He tells Carol to stick to doing funny accents. Further, Sam’s desire to move Jamie into his house makes it necessary for Carol to move out — there’s no rush, though, Sam tells her, concluding that later that evening would be soon enough. So Carol ends up bunking with her sister, Dani (TV actress


Michaela Watkins), and her husband, Moe (Rob Corddry, The Way, Way Back). However, things are about to take several interesting turns — the 93 minute film does not lack for incident — the most important of which comes when sound engineer (and long-suffering nice guy “secretly” in love with Carol) Louis (Demetri Martin, Taking Woodstock) lets her do a temporary track for a trailer. It turns out that the studio likes her recording so well that they go with it, rather than bother with the planned final track by Gustav Werner. This ultimately puts her in contention for the honor of reintroducing the hallowed “In a world” phrase on the first trailer for a new “quadrilogy” (no one in the film ever heard the word “tetralogy”) of teen-lit movies. I’m not about to try to detail the plot beyond this. It wouldn’t be possible in the space allowed, but, more to the point, much of the film’s appeal is in encountering its near overload of developments. (That said, I’ve watched the film twice and liked it even better on the second look.) It is a film where so many of the delights are in the details — even when it’s going exactly where you

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters 2D (PG) 1:45, 4:25, 6:55, 9:30 The Smurfs 2 2D (PG) 1:30, 4:05, 6:35, 9:10 This Is the End (R) 1:40, 4:40, 7:00, 9:40 We’re the Millers (R) 1:50, 4:35, 7:30, 10:05 The World’s End (R) 1:10, 4:45, 7:25, 10:00 You’re Next (R) 1:20, 4:20, 7:20, 9:50 Carolina Cinemas (274-9500) Ain’t Them Bodies Saints (R) 12:00, 2:20, 4:40, 7:00, 8:10, 9:20 Austenland (PG-13) 11:15, 1:30, 3:45, 6:00, 8:10 Blackfish (PG-13) 11:30, 1:35, 3:50, 6:00 Blue Jasmine (PG-13) 12:00, 2:15, 4:30, 6:45, 9:00 Closed Circuit (R) 1:20, 6:00 The Family (R) 11:00, 1:30, 4:00, 6:30, 8:00, 9:00, 10:25 Insidious: Chapter 2 (PG-13) 11:45, 2:10, 4:30, 6:50, 9:00, 9:30, 10:20 Lee Daniels’ The Butler (PG-13) 11:00, 1:40, 4:20, 6:50, 9:30 Riddick (R) 11:00, 1:35, 4:15, 7:00, 9:40 The Spectacular Now (R) 11:45, 2:00, 4:15, 7:15, 9:30 Still Mine (PG-13) 11:30, 1:40, 3:50, 6:10, 8:20, 10:30 This Is the End (R) 11:00, 3:30, 10:30 The Way, Way Back (PG-13) 11:00, 1:20, 3:40, 6:45 We’re the Millers (R) 11:15, 1:45, 4:15, 6:45, 9:30 Wings (NR) 7:30 Wed., Sept. 18 only The World’s End (R) 12:00, 2:20, 4:40, 7:00, 9:45 Cinebarre (665-7776) Co-ed Cinema Brevard (883-2200) The Family (R) 1:00, 4:00, 7:00 Epic of Hendersonville (693-1146) Fine Arts Theatre (232-1536) Blue Jasmine (PG-13) 1:20, 4:20, 7:20, Late show Fri-Sat 9:20 In a World (R) 1:00, 4:00, 7:00, Late show Fri-Sat 9:00 Flatrock Cinema (697-2463) Blue Jasmine (PG-13) 4:00, 7:00 Regal Biltmore Grande Stadium 15 (6841298) United Artists Beaucatcher (298-1234)

expect it to. (And let’s be honest, where you expect it to go is also where you want it to go.) It’s a generous film in which just about everyone is likable to one degree or another. Stylistically, it’s pretty straightforward, as comedies tend to be, but still refreshingly professional. Its great strengths are its quirky script, the performances and its casting. (Why isn’t Demetri Martin given good roles in more movies?) Plus, there’s the fact that it heralds the arrival of a fresh new voice on the filmmaking scene. That by itself makes it something you should see. Rated R for language including some sexual references. reviewed by Ken Hanke Starts Friday at Fine Arts Theatre

Ain’t Them Bodies Saints HHHH

Director: David Lowery (St. Nick) Players: Rooney Mara, Casey Affleck, Ben Foster, Keith Carradine, Nate Parke Crime Drama Romance Rated R The Story: Tragic romantic crime drama about a prison escapee trying to return to the woman he loves and the daughter he’s never seen. The Lowdown: Strong on visuals, atmosphere and performances, but perhaps a little too deliberately paced and enigmatic for all audiences. Those interested in the art-film scene should definitely take notice.

Calling Ain’t Them Bodies Saints the breakthrough film for indie filmmaker David Lowery is probably an overstatement, but it is the film that has pulled him out of the festival circuit with a limited release by IFC Films. Those who follow these things likely already know that the film has been likened to the work of Terrence Malick — and that’s certainly justified, though the film probably looks more like Robert Altman’s McCabe

& Mrs. Miller (1971), even if the tone has more to do with Malick. As a narrative, Lowery’s film is a good deal more accessible than Malick’s more recent work, though it could hardly be called straightforward. It’s dense and more is suggested than stated. This is a fatalist romantic crime drama, and while it is not without its outbursts of violence — sometimes startlingly so — it is not by any definition “action-packed.” It is also an achingly sad film, though not depressingly so. Casey Affleck stars as Bob Muldoon, a man who — along with his pregnant girlfriend, Ruth Guthrie (Rooney Mara) — gets involved in a robbery that goes wrong and ends with them holed-up in a ramshackle house shooting it out with the cops. Ruth, in fact, wounds one of the cops, Patrick Wheeler (Ben Foster), a crime for which Bob takes the rap, earning him a 25-to-life stretch in prison. While Bob’s imprisoned, Ruth lives with their daughter in a house given to her by the enigmatic Skerritt (Keith Carradine), and Bob dutifully writes to her. Four years have passed when Patrick shows up at her door with the news that Bob has escaped. This is no surprise to anyone — least of all Ruth — but exactly what it will mean remains to be seen, though it clearly means something different to a lot of people. Perhaps the oddest thing about Ain’t Them Bodies Saints is just how little screen time is shared by Bob and Ruth. It almost goes unnoticed because of the voice-overs of his letters, suggesting a bond that goes far beyond anything we actually see. But the situation is complex. Ruth is as concerned — if not more concerned — for her young daughter as for Bob. Patrick, who holds no grudge over the shooting, is sympathetic, yet is also falling in love with Ruth. There are people who want to help Bob, people who want to catch him, people who want to kill him — and at least one person, Skerritt, whose motivations remain impenetrable. This is a film that lives on its atmosphere and on what it wants you to feel — with little time to worry about what you think or even necessarily understand. Both Ruthie and Bob are heartbreaking, though the tragic Bob more so. There is no doubt that there can be no happy ending for

him. Affleck is touching in his role, because of his seeming inability to do anything besides loving Ruth. It’s a performance I probably wouldn’t have thought he had in him, and yet it’s so grounded in his innocent appeal that it really shouldn’t have surprised me. However, the most interesting performance is that of Keith Carradine. His role as the unknowable Skerritt — yet authoritative, appealing and slightly terrifying — is the kind of thing you carry with you long after other aspects of the film have evaporated. Lowery’s film is not perfect and its dense quality isn’t for everyone, but for the things it does right, and the performances it elicits, it’s still special. Rated R for some violence. reviewed by Ken Hanke Starts Friday at Carolina Cinemas

Riddick HH Director: David Twohy (Chronicles of Riddick) Players: Vin Diesel, Matt Nable, Jordi Molla, Katee Sackhoff, Dave Bautista Sci-Fi Action Rated R The Story: Intergalactic badass and wanted man Riddick gets stranded on a barren, dangerous planet, concocting an escape plan by luring in unsuspecting bounty hunters. The Lowdown: Overlong, cheap, juvenile sci-fi/action hybrid that’s for fans of previous Riddick films only.

Steering away from the indulgent space-opera trappings of the muchmaligned but sort of enjoyable bomb The Chronicles of Riddick (2004), director David Twohy revives the franchise with Riddick. In mood and structure, this latest installment is much more in line with the series’ first entry, Pitch Black (2000). Though nothing truly special, Pitch Black was a solid little sci-fi/horror combo, a formula Riddick attempts to recapture, as Vin Diesel’s titular anti-hero is stranded on a barren planet full of nasty CGI monsters that he must battle in order to survive. The concept, in theory at least, is good enough, but Twohy — and some issues inherent




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in the series — have some problems. Riddick picks up after the first film, as our protagonist finds himself left for dead on some deserted planet by the evil, gothy galactic bad guys, the Necromongers. After 20 minutes reenacting select scenes from Castaway (2000), Riddick befriends a space dog and decides to put his grand escape plan into action, one that involves luring some meatheaded bounty hunters down to the surface so he can steal their ships. The problem with this section is the pace, as Riddick is almost exclusively the film’s only character. Not a lot happens besides Riddick wandering this wasteland of a planet, training this distractingly CGI’ed alien canine and narrating everything in faux-Raymond Chandler speak. Riddick’s just not an interesting character (no pet dog and a heart of gold can change that), and Diesel is sure as hell not an interesting enough actor to carry even a small portion of a movie. Once the bounty hunters show up, the film feels a bit stronger. This is partly because Riddick/Diesel’s anti-charisma disappears from the film for a bit as his plan gets rolling, an unfortunate outcome when your movie’s titled Riddick. As action picks up, the plot finally wanders in — after all, Riddick is more of an action movie than Pitch Black, much like the sequel to 1979’s Alien amped things up. From here, there’s nowhere for the film to go. There’s a good bit of gore with some aliens getting shot to shreds,




and a whole lot of muscle-bound machismo that veers, perhaps, into homophobia in the domineering way Riddick interacts with Dahl (TV actress Katee Sackhoff), the film’s openly lesbian character. However, the action is so cheaply staged and runs so long that the all theoretically fun stuff hardly matters. A lot of this might be helped if Diesel could pull off this infinitely dangerous, overtly badass character, but he’s at an age and physical condition where he can’t convincingly pull off this toughguy act anymore. And that’s not even getting into his inabilities as an actor and his wholly monotone performance. There’s some enjoyment to be had for fans of the previous films, but as a sci-fi/ action film, there’s too much fat on Riddick to really be enjoyed, even for the goofy movie it is. Rated R for strong violence, language and some sexual content/nudity. reviewed by Justin Souther Playing at Carolina Cinemas, Epic of Hendersonville, Regal Biltmore Grande, United Artists Beaucatcher

Still Mine HHHH Director: Michael McGowan (Saint Ralph) Players: James Cromwell, Geneviève Bujold, Julie Stewart, Rick Roberts, Campbell Scott, George R. Robertson, Jonathan Potts


Ain’t Them Bodies Saints See review in “Cranky Hanke”

The Family Here we find Robert DeNiro, Tommy Lee Jones and Michelle Pfeiffer in a crime/action comedy (the studio calls it “off-beat”) from Luc Besson (who is more of a brand name than a director these days). It’s all about DeNiro and family being put in a witness-protection program, but they can’t seem to behave and blow their cover by reverting to their mobster ways. Look, it has to be better than DeNiro’s The Big Wedding, right? (R)

Insidious: Chapter 2 No sooner has James Wan’s The Conjuring left theater screens than Insidious: Chapter 2 arrives. This sequel to Wan’s Insidious (2010) stands a good chance of being better than The Conjuring because it reunites him with writing partner Leigh Whannell, who has worked on his best films. Just exactly how this fits with the ending of the first film remains to be seen, but I’ll be there first thing Friday morning to find out. (PG-13)

Still Mine See review in “Cranky Hanke”

Drama Rated PG-13 The Story: An elderly man tries to cope with his wife’s Alzheimer’s and a battle with a building inspector. The Lowdown: This is onehalf of a pretty good film that’s compromised by a silly straw-man plot (to goose the uplift quotient), but saved by terrific performances from James Cromwell and Geneviève Bujold.

Still Mine is one of those films just full of those things that we’re told the road to hell is paved with. However, the Good Intentions lead to a pretty nice

In A World... See review in “Cranky Hanke”

little movie on old age that’s distinguished by the performances of James Cromwell and Geneviève Bujold — though side-tracked by a clunky David vs. Goliath plot about, wait for it, building codes. The film comes to us from Canada, written and directed by Canadian Michael McGowan, whose previous movies do not appear to have crossed the border. A brief look suggests his films have a strong tendency toward the uplifting — and this one is no different.

Movies about couples in their twilight years are not unheard of, but neither are they quite common — nor have they ever proved terribly popular. The upshot is that there’s a tendency to overpraise them when they show up. For my money, the best of them is still Leo McCarey’s Make Way for Tomorrow (1937), but unlike the current crop, this classic dealt with old age, poverty and the world having no place for the elderly. Recently, with Sarah Polley’s Away from Her (2006) and, of course, last year’s “feel bad” critical darling, Amour, from Michael Haneke, the topic is more centered on old age and disease, notably Alzheimer’s. Still Mine, though in the Alzheimer’s group, is a very different proposition — and not, I think, a very honest one, despite its claims of being a “true story.” Even without the melodramatic little-guy-takeson-the-bureaucrats story, this is Alzheimer’s Lite — with most of the really unpleasant aspects kept carefully at arm’s length. In essence, it’s a TV movie with all the simplifications that suggests. But it’s a TV movie raised to something more by Cromwell and Bujold. The premise has crusty octogenarian Craig Morrison (Cromwell) finding himself at odds with both the modern world and wife Irene’s (Bujold) increasingly difficult condition. It starts fairly subtly with Morrison finding himself stuck with a load of strawberries that can’t be sold because the store that usually buys them can no longer buy strawberries that aren’t delivered in a refrigerated truck. (This, it should be noted, is a corporate decision and not a government regulation.) The real problem comes when he decides to build a single-level home in which he can better take care of Irene. The idea of plans and permits and codes is both foreign and odious to him — and all seemingly under the control of a little tin-pot dictator (Jonathan Potts, Dream House), who I’d guess sleeps in his hard-hat. These building codes, unfortunately, form the dramatic arc of the story. More to the point, it’s the plot that intrudes on the more interesting story of Craig and Irene. If you can set aside the film’s melodrama — since it is clearly intended to be more uplifting than a Wonderbra, you know where that’s going from the first scenes — there is a pretty good story here just in the human element.


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SCI-FI HORROR It can certainly be argued that Danny Boyle’s Sunshine (2007) is

Ideas is aptly named. It comes under the vague heading of experimental cinema, which in this case is a mind-numbing two hours of navel gazing. According to the movie description, “A Stranger has awoken in an unknown world, the Astral Field; the ultimate reality where past, present and future, real and unreal, exist at the same time.” If that intrigues you, you may be more taken with this than I. It does occasionally have moments of discomforting Lynchian power, but these are fleeting and invariably swamped in tacky video effects. Classic World Cinema by Courtyard Gallery will present Bad Ideas Friday, Sept. 13, at 8 p.m. at Phil Mechanic Studios, 109 Roberts St., River Arts District (upstairs in the Railroad Library). Info: 273-3332,

Cavalcade HHHH Drama Frank Lloyd’s 1933 film adaptation of Noel Coward’s stage play won

Oscars (best picture and best director) and was one of the big prestige pictures of its year. Today, the luster of this time-spanning (1899-1932) ode to the British character has dimmed considerably. It is, however, a worthy film that ought to be better known, and its restoration and Blu-ray incarnation is easily the best way to get acquainted (or re-acquainted) with the picture. The Hendersonville Film Society will show Cavalcade Sunday, Sept. 15, at 2 p.m., in the Smoky Mountain Theater at Lake Pointe Landing Retirement Community (behind Epic Cinemas), 333 Thompson St., Hendersonville.

more science-fiction than horror film. However, it’s hard to deny that its last act — at least up to its mystically transcendent ending — owes a great deal to the horror genre. In fact, at the time of its release, this horror content was a source of some criticism — that the film turned into a mad killer movie. As such, it falls into both genres. However you classify it, this tale of a group of astronauts on a mission to “jump-start” our dying sun with a nuclear bomb is one of the filmmaker’s best works. The Thursday Horror Picture Show will screen Sunshine Thursday, Sept. 12, at 8 p.m. in the Cinema Lounge at The Carolina Asheville and will be hosted by Xpress movie critics Ken Hanke and Justin Souther.

The Loved One HHHHH Dark Comedy Satire It was the film “with something to offend everyone,” and it’s my guess that while Tony Richardson’s The Loved One is less shocking today than it was in 1965, it still contains more than its share of outrages against anything approaching good taste. Its tale of Hollywood funerary practices, movie studios, pet cemeteries, fad religions and general American excess as seen through the eyes of unscrupulous British poet is rich with potential offenses — and Richardson and writer Terry Southern find most of them. To put it into perspective, this is a movie with Liberace as a coffin salesman. The Asheville Film Society will screen The Loved One Tuesday, Sept. 17, at 8 p.m. in Theater Six at The Carolina Asheville and will be hosted by Xpress movie critics Ken Hanke and Justin Souther.


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of warmth beneath his crusty exterior. Bujold underplays most of her scenes, effectively relying on her eyes to convey both her confusion and the realization of what’s happening to her for most of the film. It’s just unfortunate that the film containing these performances isn’t as good as they are. Rated PG-13 for some thematic elements and brief sensuality/partial nudity. reviewed by Ken Hanke Starts Friday at Carolina Cinemas

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Despite the too comfortable depiction of Alzheimer’s, the relationship between Craig and Irene is worth seeing. For that matter, so is the array of broader relationships with their children and friends. But what it really comes down to are those lead performances. Cromwell — who doesn’t often get anywhere even close to the star turn — is remarkable in his ability to suggest the deep reserves


War Drama William A. Wellman’s Wings (1927) won the very first Oscar for best picture — and unlike many Oscar winners since then, it was a deserved honor. It’s also one of those rare Oscar winners that holds up to this day. First of all, it’s truly an epic, but it’s an epic grounded in human beings. The story of its three main characters — played by Charles “Buddy” Rogers, Richard Arlen and Clara Bow — remains fresh, vibrant and moving. More, it’s a war picture made by a director who knew the war he was depicting first-hand, having served as a fighter pilot in the Lafayette Flying Corps in World War I, giving the movie unusual authenticity. (The fact that what you see is done largely without special effects adds to that sense.) But it also benefits from being a late-era silent picture — an era that saw film fully become an art form of its own. It was a full-blown event in 1927. It still is. The Asheville Film Society’s Big Screen Budget Series will show Wings Wed., Sept. 18 at 7:30 p.m. in one of the downstairs theaters at The Carolina Asheville. Admission is $5 for AFS members and $7 for the general public.

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ARIES (March 21-April 19) "A good story should make you laugh, and a moment later break your heart," wrote Chuck Palahniuk in his book Stranger Than Fiction. From what I can tell, Aries, the sequence is the reverse for you. In your story, the disruption has already happened. Next comes the part where you laugh. It may be a sardonic chuckle at first, as you become aware of the illusions you had been under before the jolt exposed them. Eventually I expect you will be giggling and gleeful, eternally grateful for the tricky luck that freed you to pursue a more complete version of your fondest dream.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20) Taurus musician David Byrne was asked by an interviewer to compose a seven-word autobiography. In response, he came up with ten words: "unfinished, unprocessed, uncertain, unknown, unadorned, underarms, underpants, unfrozen, unsettled, unfussy." The coming days would be an excellent time for you to carry out similar assignments. I'd love to see you express the essential truth about yourself in bold and playful ways. I will also be happy if you make it clear that even though you're a work-in-progress, you have a succinct understanding of what you need and who you are becoming.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) The French word sillage means "wake," like the trail created behind a boat as it zips through water. In English, it refers to the fragrance that remains in the air after a person wearing perfume or cologne passes by. For our purposes, we will expand the definition to include any influences and impressions left behind by a powerful presence who has exited the scene. In my astrological opinion, Gemini, sillage is a key theme for you to monitor in the coming days. Be alert for it. Study it. It will be a source of information that helps you make good decisions.

CANCER (June 21-July 22) "Cataglottism" is a rarely used English word that has the same meaning as French kissing — engaging in liberal use of the tongue as you make out. But I don't recommend that you incorporate such an inelegant, guttural term into your vocabulary. Imagine yourself thinking, while in the midst of French kissing, that what you're doing is "cataglottism." Your pleasure would probably be diminished. This truth applies in a broader sense, too. The language you use to frame your experience has a dramatic impact on how it all unfolds. The coming week will be an excellent time to experiment with this principle. See if you can increase your levels of joy and grace by describing what's happening to you with beautiful and positive words. 86



VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) This is a good time to free yourself from a curse that an immature soul placed on you once upon a time. I’m not talking about a literal spell cast by a master of the dark arts. Rather, I’m referring to an abusive accusation that was heaped on you, perhaps inadvertently, by a careless person whose own pain made them stupid. As I evaluate the astrological omens, I conclude that you now have the power to dissolve this curse all by yourself. You don’t need a wizard or a witch to handle it for you. Follow your intuition for clues on how to proceed. Here’s a suggestion to stimulate your imagination: Visualize the curse as a dark purple rose. See yourself hurling it into a vat of molten gold.

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This is Correct Your First Impressions Week. It's a perfect time for you to reevaluate any of your beliefs that are based on mistaken facts or superficial perceptions. Are you open to the possibility that you might have jumped to unwarranted conclusions? Are you willing to question certainties that hardened in you after just a brief exposure to complicated processes? During Correct Your First Impressions Week, humble examination of your fixed prejudices is one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself. P.S. This is a good time to reconnect with a person you have unjustly judged as unworthy of you.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) The current chapter of your life story may not be quite as epic as I think it is, so my advice may sound melodramatic. Still, what I'm going to tell you is something we all need to hear from time to time. And I'm pretty sure this is one of those moments for you. It comes from writer Charles Bukowski: "Nobody can save you but yourself. You will be put again and again into nearly impossible situations. They will attempt again and again through subterfuge, guise and force to make you submit, quit and/or die quietly inside. But don't, don't, don't. It's a war not easily won, but if anything is worth winning then this is it. Nobody can save you but yourself, and you're worth saving."

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) The cosmos hereby grants you poetic license to be brazen in your craving for the best and brightest experiences ... to be uninhibited in feeding your obsessions and making them work for you ... to be shameless as you pursue exactly and only what you really, really want more than anything

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SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) At the last minute, Elsa Oliver impulsively canceled her vacation to New York. She had a hunch that something exciting would happen if instead she stayed at her home in England. A few hours later, she got a message inviting her to be a contestant on the U.K. television show Who Wants To Be a Millionaire? In the days and weeks that followed, she won the equivalent of $100,000. I'm not predicting anything quite as dramatic for you, Sagittarius. But I do suspect that good luck is lurking in unexpected places, and to gather it in you may have to trust your intuition, stay alert for late-breaking shifts in fate and be willing to alter your plans.

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AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) Is the truth a clear, bright, shiny treasure, like a big diamond glittering in the sunlight? Does it have an objective existence that's independent of our feelings about it? Or is the truth a fuzzy, convoluted thing that resembles a stream of smoke snaking through an underground cavern? Does it have a different meaning for every mind that seeks to grasp it? The answer, of course, is: both. Sometimes the truth is a glittering diamond and at other times it's a stream of smoke. But for you right now, Aquarius, the truth is the latter. You must have a high tolerance for ambiguity as you cultivate your relationship with it. It's more likely to reveal its secrets if you maintain a flexible and cagey frame of mind.

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