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Neighbors have supported Haywood Road nonprofits I was gladdened to read the first unbiased and accurate coverage of the current controversy swirling around 610 Haywood Road in West Asheville in the [Aug. 15] paper [“West Asheville Needle Exchange, Free Café Raise Community Complaints,” Xpress]. Thank you for not referring to Kairos West and 12 Baskets as a “homeless shelter,” which they never have been, and for not referring to the transient folks passing time in the adjoining garden as a “homeless camp.” I believe these inappropriate and misleading labels have contributed to some of the misunderstandings between property and small-business owners and the four nonprofits cited by the city. Other sources have made it seem as if the neighboring businesses to 610 Haywood have been hostile to their endeavors, and that has not been the case. Instead, they have been overwhelmingly supportive and interested in searching for solutions and commonalities, participating in several meetings between the leaders of the nonprofits and themselves in the weeks leading up to the Trinity Church community meeting. [In mid-August], The Steady Collective sponsored a syringe pickup training and cleanup event, and over 55 community members showed up to learn how to safely dispose of sharps and clean up the refuse in the

streets bordering 610 Haywood. More cleanup days are being planned for future months. As a regular volunteer at 12 Baskets Café, I invite all members of the Asheville community to drop by for a free, hot lunch Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and get to know us and our patrons. I think you will be pleasantly surprised by what you experience. — Kristina Orchard-Hays Asheville

Walking the walk Many institutions and organizations like to tout their commitments to social responsibility and community engagement. Fewer, it seems, actually walk the walk. I do volunteer work at Craggy Correctional Center with the Community Resource Council. The group’s objective is to provide a little bit of hope, education, entertainment and opportunity to 400-plus inmates whose lives, as you can imagine, are quite bleak most days. We try to provide ongoing acknowledgement and support to the administration and staff as well, people who also spend much of their time inside the same tall chain-link fence. One of the few outlets for the men to get exercise and blow off steam is half-court basketball. Man, those basketballs sure don’t last long, though. The state seems unable to keep them supplied: Craggy has an open request dating back to last December.

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So I wrote not too long ago to a number of coaches, assistant coaches and facilities folks at UNCA requesting any used Bulldog basketballs they could spare that were no longer fit for practice or games. The only person who even responded was the women’s head coach, but the basketballs would have been too small for the inmates. I didn’t even know they came in different sizes, but at least she got back to me right away. I also wrote to the director of corporate social responsibility for the

Charlotte Hornets and their owner, Michael Jordan. After a couple of weeks, I followed up only to be told by the director that there was nothing she could do. Imagine that, the Charlotte Hornets couldn’t manage to come up with a couple of beat-up basketballs. Maybe they were just too busy focusing on their so-so season. Hey, No. 23, you never responded: If you’re reading this now, we could still use a few. A prep school athletic director in Philly did send us over a dozen. His

daughter deflated them and packed them into a box and overnighted it. He wouldn’t even accept reimbursement for the shipping charges. Some people do indeed walk the walk. Thanks, Coach! So, the next time you read about an organization’s social responsibility philosophy, dig a little deeper. Maybe it’s just talk. Maybe not. And if you happen to have a few basketballs you’d care to donate, let me know. The men

behind the wire in Woodfin would sure appreciate them. — Michael Breck Asheville Editor’s note: Breck can be reached via Xpress contacted the Hornets and UNC Asheville with a summary of the letter writer’s complaint. We did not hear back from the Hornets, but we did receive a response from UNC Asheville Director of Athletics Janet Cone, who wrote: “Organizations approach UNC Asheville Athletics daily for donations or support, and we’re happy to help whenever possible, whether volunteering at elementary schools, hosting sports clinics for Special Olympics athletes, or participating in the annual Coaches vs. Cancer fundraiser and any number of other local initiatives. UNC Asheville Athletics is dedicated to cooperating with partners across the greater Asheville area as we work together to enrich and support our community. “UNC Asheville is committed to strengthening our impact on the community through civic and cultural engagement, sustained partnerships and by providing more educational opportunities in Asheville and the surrounding communities. In 2017-18 alone, UNC Asheville employees, students and Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) members contributed over 100,000 volunteer hours to the community, 3,200 of which were contributed by the university’s athletics department, representing significant civic engagement.”

Keep local market program in farm bill Too many small and midsize farmers face an uphill battle getting their food to buyers. As staff at the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, we’ve seen how the farm bill can boost or crush efforts to build a local food supply chain. Join us in supporting a critical program proposed in the 2018 Farm Bill: the Local Agricultural Market Program. With LAMP, North Carolina farmers will more easily connect with nearby purchasers, whether through our schools, hospitals or farmers markets. More customers mean better financial security, ultimately allowing farmers to offer better wages and steadier work to their teams. Selling more local food leads to farm profitability and more robust economic development communitywide. LAMP, which is in the current Senate farm bill, would make key investments


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C A R T O O N B Y B R E NT B R O W N in local and regional food programs. As a result, farmers, farm workers and customers can all benefit. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, local food was a $8.7 billion market in 2015. Projections indicate that local food will reach $20 billion in sales by 2019. Local farmers power an economic engine we need in today’s economy — one that’s good for farmers, workers, consumers and the environment. It’s not enough to just vote with your fork. Farmers need more. Help us shine a LAMP on local food by calling Congress ... to make sure LAMP stays in the 2018 Farm Bill. Local food does more than feed our bodies: It makes North Carolina thrive. — Sarah Bostick, Mark Dempsey, Glenn Kern and Ashley See Carolina Farm Stewardship Association Asheville

Trump directive legalizes discrimination It has taken me some time to begin to write this post. As American democracy slides into the waste bin, and our system of checks and balances is ren-

dered meaningless, I no longer try to understand why some of the people I have loved voted for Trump. The stolen children were enough, the pardons past and to come undermining our justice system, the misogyny, the very clear racism of our president and his supporters. Any one of these things was enough. “Nobody wanted to hurt me personally,” but you have. [According to the Aug. 17 BuzzFeed News article, “Trump Is Giving Federal Contractors a ‘Religious Exemption’ for Discrimination”]: This is my government blocking people like me and my daughter from jobs. This is not the beginning, because all of this began when he was voted into office. You have helped make discrimination against me, my family, my friends legal. Not meaning to does not make you innocent. Thinking is a responsibility, and I expect more from people I have loved. Being sorry is not the same as caring. You voted for white supremacy, bigotry, xenophobia and misogyny. Nobody can say they did not understand the president’s views on women. He made that clear. Nobody can say they did not understand his views on democracy. He made that clear. And yet you voted for him. I can only conclude that you agree. — Jan Walker Asheville

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A class act The Gospel According to Jerry BY JERRY STERNBERG Editor’s note: Opened in 1929, Asheville High School was renamed in 1935 to honor a principal who died suddenly that year. With integration in 1969, it once again became Asheville High. Can you imagine the shock and amusement that ensued when students at Lee H. Ewards High School walked out of that magnificent edifice to find a small car that some strong, creative pranksters had hoisted up to the top step? Some members of the class of 1948 may have been involved. They might also have had a hand in filling the school rotunda with condom “balloons” made with hydrogen generated in chemistry class. That incident, plus the little porno comic books passed around in the men’s room that showed Blondie and Dagwood and Maggie and Jiggs in unspeakable positions, were pretty much the extent of our sex education. When jalopies raced side by side on the sparsely traveled McDowell Street at lunch hour, there may have been a ’48 classmate or two behind the wheel. Class members may also have numbered among the bullies who took the pants off a small freshman and ran them up the flagpole (luckily he had undershorts on). When the members of this class were born, the nation and the entire world were in a panic — not because these particular little babies happened to arrive then

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saw that they were different from the way we remembered them, and many had debilitating wounds. After Japan surrendered in August 1945, class members celebrated the end of the war. This wild scene played out in Pack Square a mere three weeks before we started our first year at Lee Edwards. We were well-taught by dedicated teachers who insisted that we excel in our studies. We had an outstanding glee club, an award-winning debate team and a drama department that was second to none in the state. We fielded outstanding athletes, and our football team tried hard to follow in the footsteps of alumnus Charlie “Choo-Choo” Justice, a national football hero. When we graduated, we had the right stuff. Unfortunately, just two years later, many of us had to put our lives on hold. When we were called to serve, we went without a whimper, remembering the sacrifices of “the Greatest Generation,” and even though we’d never heard of and didn’t care about a place called Korea, we proudly served with distinction. Our graduates excelled in all walks of life, including medicine, banking, industry, education, clergy and solid citizens who worked diligently to provide for their families. Of course, we did have one or two ne’er-do-wells. One of our classmates was even written up in a fascinating volume called The Book of Swindlers. Still, he was a likable chap, and I guess we can take some perverse pride in the fact that he was the best at what he did. We held our first class reunion on our 10th anniversary; since then, we’ve had an annual picnic at Lake Julian and a dinner every five years. Twenty years ago we were the first class to establish a scholarship fund administered by the Asheville

families survive, but at the very least, some small part-time job was often what provided new clothes and spending money. We also had assorted chores that helped support home life: stoking the wood and coal stoves, hauling the ashes, doing yardwork, dishes and laundry, even painting and repairs. By the time we were 10 or 11, tragedy had struck again: We were under attack by people called Nazis, and, in the vernacular of the time, Japs and Eye-talians. We were all motivated to become patriots as we began to notice fathers, uncles, brothers and, yes, mothers and sisters disappearing from our small community to fight this menace someplace far away. Many women took on unprecedented roles to keep our home fires burning, working unfamiliar jobs in our industries to provide weapons and supplies for our brave fighting men. Meanwhile, we kids knitted blankets for the Brits, collected scrap metal and endured rationing. We learned geography one bloody battle at a time, from the nightly broadcasts of Edward R. Murrow, the daily newspaper maps and the movie newsreels. We attended war bond drives and patriotic pep rallies at the Civic Center, and even as children, many of us were encouraged to start a war stamp book. Each stamp cost 25 cents, and when you amassed the impressive sum of $18.75 you could turn in your book and receive your own $25 war bond. We cheered the convoys of trucks, tanks, heavy artillery and military personnel moving down Merrimon Avenue headed for the ports. Sadly, we also learned about the dreaded telegrams that began “We regret to inform you...” and what a gold star in a window meant. When some of our friends and family members came back, we

THE BIG 7-0: Members of the Lee Edwards High School Class of 1948 gathered recently for a reunion, including, front row from left, Ernest Stines, Marilyn Vincent Browne, Nancy Sorrells Carter, Catherine Hildebrand Long and Janet Hodges Stakias. Second row, from left, are Will O. Headlee, Naomi Lane Ross, Dot Meadows Carter, Mary Earwood Rice, Betty Capps Downey, Margaret Pless Keyes, Eugene Harpe and Bill Stakias. Third row, from left, are Jack Davis, Bill Starnes, Charlie Tate, “Bo” Brandle, Jim Narvel Crawford, Bob Kidd and Glenn May. Back row, from left, are Ted Anderson, Willard Hintz, George Lofquist and Jerry Sternberg. Photo by Kermit Sprinkles

City Schools Foundation, providing help for graduating Asheville High students who will attend a college in the North Carolina system. Our well-funded legacy will continue for many years to come. This year, 24 class members and their guests attended our 70th anniversary reunion at the Broadmoor Golf Links. Undeterred by walkers, canes, wheelchairs and hearing aids, we held a loud and raucus gathering. As the years go by and the obituaries pile up, there’s comfort in knowing we’re a family whose members enjoy one another’s company and shared memories. We’ll continue to hold our annual picnics, and in a few years we’ll celebrate our 75th anniversary, even if the remaining participants can fit in a phone booth. Our spirit will prevail until the last classmate joins that final reunion in the sky. The Lee Edwards High School Class of 1948 is a class act. X Asheville native Jerry Sternberg, a longtime observer of the local scene, can be reached at

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STATE OF ENGAGEMENT ReCONNECT to Community brings Institute for Emerging Issues forum to Asheville BY MIKE SCHOEFFEL For over 30 years, N.C. State University’s Institute for Emerging Issues has brought thought leaders such as Carl Sagan, Jimmy Carter and Hillary Clinton to North Carolina to discuss the state’s most pressing problems at its Emerging Issues Forums. Over that entire period, however, “North Carolina” has meant “within the Raleigh city limits.” On Monday, Sept. 17, Asheville becomes the first city to break those geographical boundaries. ReCONNECT to Community, an IEI forum focusing on the challenges and opportunities of civic engagement in the modern world, comes to the Crowne Plaza Resort from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. IEI Chairman Jack Cecil explains that the theme of this year’s forum drove the decision for the event to venture outside Raleigh for the first time. What better way to foster connection between different parts of the state, he suggests, than by actually crossing the distance and speaking with others face to face? “When the forum is in Raleigh, I can bring someone from Brevard or Asheville, but I think it’s more meaningful when you’re actually in the community,” Cecil says. “It allows us to drill in locally.” FORGED BY NECESSITY But it wasn’t just a change of scenery that drew the forum to the mountains. “[Asheville is] a community of smaller businesses and people who really take an interest in what’s going on in the city,” says Cecil. “I think that’s different than most places around the state.” Cecil, the great-grandson of George Vanderbilt II, is the president and CEO of Biltmore Farms and has been a major player in Asheville for the past 35 years. He notes that the city’s people-based, community-oriented reputation — “Asheville’s DNA,” in his words — was formed at least partially by circumstance. Back in the early to mid-20th century, Cecil says, there were “basically


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BRINGING IT HOME: Jack Cecil, president and CEO of Biltmore Farms, believes Asheville is a natural choice for the first Institute for Emerging Issues forum outside of Raleigh due to the city’s history of civic engagement and community involvement. Photo courtesy of the Institute for Emerging Issues five or six companies in this region that employed anywhere from 1,000 to 7,000 people.” He lists the American Enka Co. and Champion International Paper Co. as just two examples of those looming corporate behemoths of yesteryear. Those keystone companies began to scale back or close up shop in the late 20th century under economic pressure from foreign imports. But along with the regional decline of the furniture, textile and manufacturing industries came an opportunity for smaller businesses to rise and fill the void. Thus began Asheville’s evolution into a city that empowered the little man and woman, in both the business realm and beyond. “The power base has diffused,” says Cecil. “There aren’t one or two [large]

organizations or families saying, ‘This is what I want Asheville to be, here’s my philanthropy.’ You don’t see that close-knit, boys-club-type atmosphere. And that’s really good.” STATE BONDS The Asheville forum kicks off the IEI’s broader ReCONNECT NC initiative. Over the next three years, a series of six forums in four different cities will focus on the overarching theme of reconnection. Charlotte is slated to host the next forum in September 2019, while a yet-to-beannounced city in eastern North Carolina will be 2020’s destination. Maggie Woods, policy and program manager at IEI, says the organization

whittled down a pool of about 150 possibilities to settle on the theme. Those discussions, she explains, increasingly clarified that people across the state were feeling out of touch and that this sense of detachment needed to be addressed at length. “North Carolinians are feeling disconnected,” Woods says. “That’s within their communities, geographically, economically, racially. … We decided we wanted to spend the next three years exploring why we’re feeling disconnected and the ways in which people and communities across the state are helping to support reconnection.” The forum series will focus on five main types of reconnection: wellbeing and productivity, community, rural and urban, job opportunities and technological opportunity. The Asheville forum in particular will explore the subtheme of reconnection to community. Cecil believes that theme is a natural fit for the city, given Asheville’s history of civic engagement. “I think Asheville has a unique ability to raise issues, debating them, discussing them and reaching a better conclusion,” he says. “Sometimes it’s constructive debate, other times it’s not,

but at the end of the day, Asheville is a better community because we work through this internal discussion.” TALK AND LEARN The forum in Asheville will showcase ideas about how locales across the state can improve involvement within their own communities. Five community initiatives from across the state will be highlighted for their “innovative and promising” work on civic engagement and dialogue, says Woods. Those initiatives include the Rural Opportunity Institute from Edgecombe County; Elizabeth City’s One Team. One Goal. One Community; Explore Elkin; and the Community Innovation Lab at the Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts in Winston-Salem. The Asheville City Schools Foundation also received a nod for its Choosing Equity Series, a collection of community conversations addressing childhood opportunity gaps tied to race and income.



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N EWS Sharing these in-depth community examples, says Cecil, provides a way for disparate locations that may lack surface-level similarities to dig deeper and “cross-fertilize” their expertise. “How is something that a community’s doing in Asheville applicable to a neighborhood in Charlotte?” he asks. “And how is something that a neighborhood’s doing in Charlotte applicable to us?” While the forum’s Asheville location is expected to draw fewer attendees — past forums in Raleigh have hosted anywhere from 1,000 to 1,500 people — Cecil hopes that leaving the capital will attract an audience of more diverse regional backgrounds. “When we hold the forums in Raleigh, you don’t have a large percentage of people coming from farther regions,” he points out. Past forums were often broadcast on UNC-TV and other outlets, but it just wasn’t the same as holding one-on-one interactions with a wide swath of North Carolinians. “The whole idea of taking these forums on the road is to facilitate conversations between people throughout the state,” says Cecil.


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CROSSING THE AISLE Highlights of the event’s agenda include New York Times columnist David Brooks, who will give the opening keynote address. Darin Waters, an associate professor of history at UNC Asheville, will follow Brooks to put the current challenges surrounding civic engagement into historical context. From a political perspective, Gov. Roy Cooper will address the importance of unity in creating more productive communities. Two members of the General Assembly — Democratic Sen. Terry Van Duyn and Republican Rep. Chuck McGrady — will discuss what the state’s governing body can do to promote civic engagement. Other speakers will share insights from the fields of higher education and the media. Full details are available at Above all else, the Asheville forum and other IEI efforts are meant to harbor level-headed and pragmatic discussions between people on different sides of the issues facing the state’s communities. At a time when

civil discussion between opposing factions seems, at times, almost nonexistent, ReCONNECT NC seeks to rekindle the conversation. “It’s easy to put somebody in a box, but that’s not right,” says Cecil. “Their experiences are different than yours, and they might have a lot to bring to the conversation. But if we remain in our silos and say, ‘Oh, you don’t look like me, so I’m not going to talk to you,’ we’ll never reach anything.”  X

WHAT N.C. State University’s Institute for Emerging Issues forum, ReCONNECT to Community WHERE Crowne Plaza Resort 1 Resort Drive Asheville WHEN Monday, Sept. 17, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

BIZ BRIEFS by Virginia Daffron | BUILDING B-CORPS B-corp certification recognizes for-profit companies committed to using business as a force for good. A group of local certified B-corp companies formed in June to help other local businesses interested in achieving the designation. The B Local Asheville + WNC group offers monthly work sessions, each of which is hosted by someone whose company has already completed the certification process. Free and open to the public, the next session will take place 4-5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, at Mountain BizWorks, 153 S. Lexington Ave., Asheville. Nine companies operating in Western North Carolina bear the B-corp seal: Big Path Capital, Cloud for Good, Crosby Hop Farm, Earth Equity Advisors, French Broad Chocolates, Forrest Firm, JB Media Group, Mandala Naturals and New Belgium Brewing Co. B-corp certification is available through the nonprofit B Lab at

CHAMBER SEEKS WOMANUP NOMINEES The Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce will present awards to outstanding local women in business at its third annual WomanUP celebration and awards ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 8. The chamber seeks nominees for the woman entrepreneur, woman executive, woman nonprofit leader and woman rising star (under 35) categories by Thursday, Oct. 12. More information and online nomination submission are available at WHAT’S NEWS • Mission Health announced it was named one of the Achievers 50 Most Engaged Workplaces in North America. • Asheville resident Dana Schiffman launched, an online bridal retailer, on Sept. 10. Schiffman received support in planning and financing the business from Mountain BizWorks. • The Grade Outdoor Structures in Saluda is now a U-Haul neighborhood dealer.

ECONOMIC INDICATORS The Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce’s June-July 2018 Economic Indicators report highlights the following changes in the Asheville Metropolitan Statistical Area compared with July 2017: • Unemployment decreased by 0.6 percentage points, from 3.9 to 3.3 percent. • Total nonfarm employment increased by 2.2 percent. • The manufacturing industry saw the largest change in employment with an increase of 4.8 percent. • While employment did not shrink in any sector, it failed to grow only in information and professional and business services. • The number of homes sold increased 9.7 percent, while the average price of homes sold increased 9.1 percent. • The number of new residential building permits fell 15.4 percent. • The total number of airport passengers at the Asheville Regional Airport increased 10.6 percent.  X MOUNTAINX.COM

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County commits to more school-based cops Buncombe County Schools has 44 schools and 21 school resource officers — not enough, officials say, in light of enhanced concerns about student safety. “The high schools and middle schools have officers,” said interim County Manager George Wood in a memo to commissioners on Aug. 30. “Not all elementary schools do.” In a grant application requesting state funding for more SROs, the school system wrote, “The need to place SROs at our elementary schools was reinforced as a priority after the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary.” That application paid off with a $333,333 grant that will offset the costs associated with the new officers in the first two years, with part of the money also covering existing SROs. In order to receive the grant funding, the system must also contribute to the increased costs. The Buncombe County Board of Commissioners on Sept. 4 agreed to pitch in additional funds to cover the costs of adding six SROs to work in county elementary schools — an expansion with an estimated recurring cost of more than $400,000 per year.

SCHOOL SAFETY: Commissioners narrowly approved funding for six additional school resource officers for the Buncombe County School system on Sept. 4. Photo courtesy of the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Department

Annual salary and benefits for each new officer run $68,929, plus a one-time cost of $42,576 per officer for vehicles and equipment. The county school system offered to increase the reimbursement it pays to the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Department from $340,542 to $526,499 to help pay for the positions. Buncombe County will shell out $483,073 in the first year, which includes the one-time expenses for equipment, and $227,617 the second year. While emphasizing that he’s supportive of measures to boost school safety, board Chair Brownie Newman said this is a major financial decision. “We can’t let short-term grant funding drive what is the most important strategy for making our schools safe,” Newman said. “I want the best strategy to be the driver in what we invest in.” When he talks to principals and teachers, Newman said, he hears about mental health concerns more than any other topic. “We’re basically making a long-term commitment around this,” he said. “I want to make sure that is this the best decision for how to invest half a million dollars recurring to support school safety.” Commissioner Al Whitesides, who noted that he has a grandson in middle

school, agreed that it’s important to consider the budget when making this decision but said he supports adding SROs while also making an effort to address student mental health issues. “I do think we can take advantage of this [grant] and don’t think it would be a waste of money in doing that,” he said. Commissioner Joe Belcher said this is an opportunity for the county to use money local taxpayers have already paid at the state level. The SRO program works, he said. “It does a lot more than protect the kids,” Belcher said. “It strengthens the kids, it gives them character, it gives them self-esteem in difficult communities, it encourages them to go home and be better at what they do.” The system said in its application that it experienced an increase in reportable offenses from the 2009-10 school year through the 2012-13 school year, primarily due to a larger number of reports related to possession of weapons, such as pocketknives, and assaults on school personnel. From the 2013-14 school year through 2016-17, the number of offenses decreased, a change school officials attribute to an anti-pocketknife campaign implemented by SROs. Commissioners voted 4-3 to fund the positions with Newman, Jasmine Beach-Ferrara and Ellen Frost voting against.

— David Floyd  X

Locals heap scorn on proposed 95 Broadway development Most community meetings about development projects, observed Chris Day of Civil Design Concepts, are a little different from the Sept. 6 session in the Pack Memorial Library auditorium. Most meetings don’t end

with an attendee calling out, “All right, everyone get your pitchforks!” About 80 residents gathered to discuss 95 Broadway Hotel & Condos, a seven-story development of 30 guest rooms, 25 parking spots and seven



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condos proposed by property owner Victor Foo. Not a single attendee spoke in favor of the project, with criticisms ranging from practical concerns over parking to philosophical worries over the ongoing gentrification of Asheville. Owners and employees at businesses on nearby North Lexington Avenue argued that a large boutique hotel would be out of character for a neighborhood of what one commenter called “tattoo shops and dive bars.” In the words of Steve Mann, co-owner of The Lazy Diamond bar directly adjacent to the proposed site, “I love the Lazy Diamond people, but if I’m going to spend $300 a night on a hotel, I do not want to be next to that bar.” Mann and others said that hotel guests could have a chilling effect on the area’s music scene if they regularly call the police with noise complaints. An attendee identifying

himself only as Zero, who said he works at a boutique hotel, recounted how Strada Italiano, a restaurant across the road, recently attempted to revitalize its business by adding live music events. “That got shut down after three months,” Zero said. “They were unable to revamp that project because of the complaints that came out of the hotel that I work at. At best it’s negligent, and at the least it’s predatory, in preying on the businesses around you.” Ashley Graber, owner of Superstition Boutique on Commerce Street, added that building more hotels in the area would directly dilute the city’s attraction to visitors. “North Lexington Avenue has been the last stronghold of what makes Asheville Asheville,” she said. “Whether we want it or not, tourists love that.”

we remove anything. . . from anywhere Additional complaints centered on the community engagement process itself. Casey Campfield, owner of The Crow & Quill bar, said that only property owners were notified of the developer’s first meeting on July 9, not occupants. A total of eight owners attended that first event; in a summary submitted to city staff after the meeting, Civil Design Concepts wrote, “Neighbors thought the plan was better than existing conditions and liked the overall project.” Campfield, joined by several members of his bar’s Service Workers in Solidarity union, claimed that initial failure to notify nearby tenants had already placed the developer out of compliance with city ordinances. “I personally am going to show up at every meeting and bring more and more people to fight this,” he said. One attendee evaluated the developer’s notice to the wider public, consisting of a single small sign on the proposed site, as “some Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy bullshit.” Another said that without the efforts of busking advocate and recent City Council candidate Andrew Fletcher, who posted flyers about the meeting, many of those in the crowd would have been unaware. Day pointed out that this community meeting was only the first step in a lengthy process. The project must pass through the city’s Technical Review Committee,



TALL ORDER: The proposed 95 Broadway Hotel & Condos, which would bring a seven-story building with 30 guest rooms, 25 parking spots and seven condos to the corner of Broadway and Woodfin, met broad opposition at a Sept. 6 community meeting. Screen capture from the city of Asheville Downtown Commission and Planning and Zoning Commission before facing a final vote from City Council, which he estimated would take place in four to five months.

“I am not here to be the mouthpiece. I am here to understand the bigger picture of what this conversation was,” Day said. “I am not the avenue to convey this.”

— Daniel Walton  X

City staff begins public ‘deep dive’ into budget Asheville’s city government kicked off a tour of its budget on Aug. 28, and “work session groupies,” as Mayor Esther Manheimer jokingly called attendees at the first meeting, will be able to follow the spending every step of the way. During monthly events scheduled through Tuesday, Dec. 11, staff will explain to City Council members and the public how the city allocates over $180 million to provide a range of services. The first work session set the general context for Asheville’s budget. Barbara Whitehorn, the city’s chief financial officer, began by offering a “community profile” of the city and its demographics. While the area has a reputation for attracting an older retiree population, she explained, more of Asheville’s citizens fall into the 25-29 age range — 9.2 percent — than any other five-year range.

“We actually have a really high percentage of millennials, which is kind of exciting for our city’s future. That sounds like I’m a grandma saying that, but it really is,” Whitehorn said. The city is younger compared with the rest of North Carolina; it is also whiter, with approximately 12.3 percent black residents in 2016 versus 22.2 percent in the state as a whole. Whitehorn noted that Asheville’s percentage of African-Americans has decreased from 17.6 percent in 2000, a change she attributed to a combination of white influx and black exodus. Asheville’s unemployment rate of 3.2 percent is lower than that of any other North Carolina city of comparable size. “We are at a point where they start to talk about a lack of people for available jobs,” Whitehorn said. She also pointed


out that unemployment is not evenly distributed: Black residents are approximately 2½ times more likely to be unemployed than the average, while Latino residents are over twice as likely to be working. But one of the most important demographics to consider when designing the budget, Whitehorn suggested, is people who don’t live in Asheville. A daily swell in population due to commuters and tourists — an average of nearly 70,000 people per day in 2016 — leads to unusually high demand on city services. For example, Whitehorn said, Asheville’s Fire Department fields significantly more calls for fire service than predicted by national benchmarking data. Asheville also experiences roughly 60 percent more

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SLICING THE PIE: At the first of five scheduled budget work sessions, Tony McDowell, Asheville’s budget manager, gave an overview of the main income streams for the city’s general fund. More than half of that revenue, over $64 million, comes from property taxes. Screen capture from the city of Asheville property crime and 29 percent more violent crime than the national average for cities of comparable size. Its pavement condition index, a measure of road quality, is worse than that of all other large cities in the state besides Greensboro. Tony McDowell, the city’s budget manager, followed Whitehorn’s remarks with an overview of the government’s income streams. The majority of Asheville’s revenue, over $64 million, comes from property taxes on real estate, personal property, public utilities and motor vehicles. The remaining $60 million consists of sales taxes, utility taxes and other sources such as solid waste fees. McDowell emphasized that, while Asheville’s property tax rate of $0.4289 per $100 of assessed value is actually on the low end of comparable cities in the state, the city’s high property values lead to a median residential tax bill of $909, roughly

in the middle of the North Carolina pack. Asheville’s median home value is roughly $212,000, compared with $157,000 for the state average. Although the work session was not open to public comment, as is standard practice for similar meetings, Council members encouraged citizens to send their feedback by phone and email. “We’d love to hear your comments and your questions, so if these questions are sent to us, then we can ask those questions also,” said Council member Brian Haynes. The next budget work session takes place at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 25, in council chambers, located on the second floor of City Hall at 70 Court Plaza, Asheville. The full meeting agenda and supporting documents are available five days before each meeting date at

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The N.C. Department of Public Instruction released its annual school performance grades on Sept. 5. As of the 2013-14 school year, the N.C. General Assembly has required that schools receive individual letter grades composed of student achievement (80 percent) and growth (20 percent) on state standardized assessments. Detailed school report cards will be released in November, including data on academic performance by grade level and subject. Asheville City Schools Top marks in the Asheville system went to the School of Inquiry and Life Sciences, which received a grade of A and met growth expectations. Asheville schools receiving B’s included Asheville High School and Isaac Dickson and Claxton elementary schools. Asheville City Schools’ other six sites earned C’s. The system touted its high school graduation rate of 89.4 percent as its highest ever; the statewide rate is 86.3 percent. Buncombe County Schools In Buncombe County, A grades went to Nesbitt Discovery Academy (which exceeded growth expectations), Buncombe County Early College (which met growth expectations) and Buncombe County Middle College (new last year). In a press release, Buncombe County Schools highlighted Valley Springs Middle School, which the system says “experienced six straight years of exceeding growth and had the highest growth index among all BCS schools,” as well as Emma Elementary, which “experienced five consecutive years of exceed-

received C’s, with three meeting and five not meeting growth expectations; one Transylvania school is an alternative program. HENDERSON COUNTY ESTABLISHES VIRTUAL PUBLIC SCHOOL ing growth.” Additionally, “six BCS schools improved from ‘not meeting growth’ to ‘exceeding growth’ last year.” The lowest-ranking county public schools included Erwin Middle, Johnston Elementary and Oakley Elementary, which received D’s. Buncombe County’s high school graduation rate was 87.8 percent. Henderson County Schools Henderson County Early College and Hendersonville High School received A’s, and Hendersonville High also saw the system’s largest individual growth index at 6.03, followed by Bruce Drysdale Elementary with its growth index of 4.93. Twelve of the system’s schools received B grades, while eight received C’s. “The release of the state accountability data always gives us a chance to review areas of strength and opportunities for continuous improvement,” said Jan King, assistant superintendent for instructional services, in a press release. Madison County Schools Madison Early College High received an A, while Mars Hill Elementary got a B and exceeded growth expectations. Two other Madison schools received B’s and two received C’s. Only Madison High School, with a grade of C, failed to meet growth expectations. Transylvania County Schools Three schools in Transylvania County received B’s and five

Using online educational tools and Henderson County teachers, the Henderson County Public Schools launched a virtual public school to serve a range of student needs at the high school level. Students at any of the district’s five high schools can access courses including coding, accounting, forensic science, creative writing and Advanced Placement psychology and Spanish; total course offerings encompass 20 sections of 16 courses. According to Scott Cowan, Henderson County’s eLearning adviser, the online options provide flexibility for students who want to enrich their educational program, take a course not offered at their school, plan to graduate early or have medical issues that prevent them from attending classes on campus. The flexibility also allows HCPS to serve students who have struggled in face-to-face classes, as well as those behind in credits seeking to catch up. “What is unique about this option compared to other online vendors is that the teachers are just across town — not in Wilmington or Raleigh — if students need on-site support or a parent conference is needed,” said Jan King of HCPS in a press release. “It is an asset to the program that students receive guidance, feedback and instructional support from a local teacher,” added Cowan.  X



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Celebrate with us all month! ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN: This photo was taken of Theodore Roosevelt, center left, during his Sept. 9, 1902, visit to Asheville. Sen. Jeter Conley Pritchard stands behind Roosevelt’s right shoulder. Photo courtesy of the North Carolina Collection, Pack Memorial Public Library, Asheville In 1902, speculation over a presidential bear hunt captured the attention, pride and imagination of local residents. In June, The Asheville Citizen informed readers that, come autumn, President Theodore Roosevelt might join North Carolina Sen. Jeter Conley Pritchard “in a black bear hunt in the Black Mountains of the Tar Heel State.” At the time, Roosevelt was still fairly new to the office. As the former vice president, he assumed his new position following the September assassination of his predecessor, William McKinley. Roosevelt, however, was no stranger to the public eye. As leader of the Rough Riders, he found national recognition during the Spanish-American War. Word of Roosevelt’s possible hunting expedition elicited various responses from the community. In the June 9 edition of The Asheville Citizen, one resident offered a tongue-in-cheek report, reminding readers of the “corn juiceries” that existed in the very mountains Roosevelt would traverse. “No United States official can safely approach these places except under a flag [of] truce or with a superior force on a rainy night in the dark of the moon,” the article claimed. The writer later suggested that if Sen. Pritchard insisted on inviting the president to the area, the legislator should first “conclude a treaty with the ‘Moonshiners’ to cover the period of Mr. Roosevelt’s visit[.]” The following month, on Aug. 7, The Asheville Citizen highlighted the dangers associated with bear hunting. In its article, the paper shared a recent outing by Mark Reece, “a famous hunter of the

Blue Ridge.” According to the account, Reece shot and killed a mother bear and her cub. Two other cubs were present. One would escape. The other nearly killed Reece, when the hunter attempted to capture it alive. The article stated: “Reece’s clothing was torn into shreds, his flesh clawed and gashed and his body covered from head to feet with blood and dust. Finally the desperate man got a firm grip on the bear’s throat and clung to his savage antagonist until his grasp began to tell. The bear relaxed his attacks, his head dropped and he toppled over, his tongue hanging from his mouth, while Reece, nearly dead from loss of blood, scrambled to his feet and secured bruin with a rope.” Other articles used Roosevelt’s invitation to speculate on and poke fun at the president’s reputation as a skilled marksman. But no matter the focus, all pieces agreed: The region had plenty of black bears and the president was more than welcome to come out and try his luck. Roosevelt would arrive in Asheville on Sept. 9, 1902. His visit, however, would be void of any hunting expedition. Instead, the president was paraded through the city, making a brief stop at the original Battery Park Hotel. He then delivered a speech to thousands of residents at Court Square (present-day Pack Square).

During his address, the president declared: “We never can succeed in making this country what it can and shall be made until we work together, not primarily as Northerners or Southerners, Easterners or Westerners, nor primarily as employers or employes, townsman or countryman, capitalists or wage earners, but primarily as American citizens ... as American citizens to whom the right of brotherly friendship and comradeship with all other decent American citizens comes as the greatest and first of all privileges.”

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Midway through his speech, Roosevelt offered his listeners the essential traits of a good citizen. Courage and common sense were among the prerequisites. But above all, the president stated: “For a citizen to be worth anything, what you need is character, and into character many elements enter. In the first place, decency and honesty; if a man isn’t honest, isn’t decent, then the brighter he is, the more dangerous he is to his community.” Later still, Roosevelt reminded the Asheville audience that government depended on the people. “You are the government, you and I, and the government will do well or ill according as we,” he spoke. “And we must make up our minds that the affairs of the government shall be managed.” Editor’s note: Peculiarities of spelling and punctuation are preserved from the original documents.  X


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By Bob Berghaus

IN IT TO WIN IT There was a time when Jordan Hutchinson was referred to as “Little Jordan,” a moniker he didn’t care for and one that sent him down a career path relatively few travel. He went to the gym and started serious weight training, always looking forward to the next day. Little Jordan added more than 20 pounds of muscle, going from 160 pounds as a 17-year-old to 183 pounds in less than 24 months. Hutchinson loved being in the gym and the way the results made him look. Working with weights suited him, and he decided he wanted to compete in bodybuilding, a sport that is not for the undisciplined. “It’s fun and it has its ups and downs. There are times of suffering,” says the soon-to-be-23 Hutchinson, who is preparing for the North Carolina National Physique Committee Muscle Heat competition in Greensboro on Saturday, Sept. 15. “And it also has its times of great rewards. It’s something I’m very passionate about.” Hutchinson, who was raised in Fletcher and now lives in Hendersonville, finished second last year in the heavyweight division and is looking to win a division and overall title this time around. About 1,200 state residents are registered as competitors with the National Physique Committee, according to Mike Valentino, the NPC district chairman. Hutchinson says he’s seen about a dozen men and women from Western North Carolina compete in statewide bodybuilding shows. INCREDIBLE BULK Hutchinson bulked up to 245 pounds around 16 weeks before the show. Then he began a diet that will take his weight down close to 200 pounds when he steps on the stage in Greensboro. He eats six meals a day, four of which don’t include any carbs. He consumes chicken, ground turkey and shrimp, lots of veggies four times a day, and rice and egg whites when he has his carbs. Six meals, the same every day, and no sweets, which can be excruciating while sitting across the lunch table from someone who’s munching a sweet roll. The goal of bodybuilding is to achieve an aesthetic ideal, which is different from a fitness-oriented exercise program. 18

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Local man seeks bodybuilding glory in Greensboro six weight divisions return for one more round of posing to determine the overall event champion. Hutchinson hopes his relentless work ethic will help him become a professional someday, giving him a chance to compete against the best in his sport and the opportunity to land endorsement deals. ’I WANT THIS THAT BAD’

STRIPPED DOWN: When he takes the stage in Greensboro on Saturday, Sept. 15 , Hendersonville bodybuilder Jordan Hutchinson’s goal is to be totally shredded, which, as he says, means “all skin and muscle.” Hutchinson is one of the region’s top competitors in his sport. Photo by Brad Hutchinson “It’s very strict. It’s a very, very extreme diet, extreme training, extreme cardio and takes your body to such an extreme state, you feel horrible all the time,” Hutchinson says. “The saying in bodybuilding goes, ‘The worse you feel, the better you look.’ If you’re not hating prep, then you’re doing it wrong, because it’s not some fun thing to do. It’s a passion, but to be the best, you have to sacrifice and take it to an extreme that others aren’t willing to go to, take it to a dark place that people aren’t willing to go to, and I’m having to take it there in order to win.” Other sacrifices he makes while preparing for an event include staying away from functions with family and friends because there are too many temptations. “They think it’s odd, but they support me,” Hutchinson says of his family and close friends. “Our country revolves around food at every gathering. It’s just about food all the time; it’s rarely ever healthy when you get together. I don’t want to be around that because it’s torture. “When I’m prepping for a show, I don’t have time for anything except eat, sleep, train and work and cook my food for the next day and go to bed.”


While Hutchinson says he uses supplements as allowed by the NPC, the results he achieves come mostly from training and nutrition. When he takes the stage in Greensboro, Hutchinson’s goal is to be totally shredded, which, as he says, means “all skin and muscle.” DAY OF JUDGMENT Bodybuilding judges look at two major categories during a competition: Symmetry encompasses overall balance and conditioning, while muscularity and conditioning assess mass, definition and proportion. During the first round of a competition, seven judges review the contestants as they perform a series of poses, according to Valentino. The highest and lowest scores get thrown out, leaving each bodybuilder with scores from five judges. The top five finishers move on to the next part of the contest. “Competitors all do individual posing routines that they have designed for 60 seconds to music at the finals,” Valentino explains. Once the scores have been tallied, the top competitors in each of the

His day begins at 4:30 a.m., when he wakes, drives to the gym and does 45 minutes on a stairclimber. Then he returns home for a shower and shave before driving more than half an hour to his full-time job as a bellman at The Inn on Biltmore Estate. Between trips to hotel rooms, he sneaks in a meal while standing in the back of the Bell/Valet Office, out of sight of hotel guests. Lunchtime is more relaxing because Hutchinson can sit in the employee dining room, although he always faces temptation. “There are cinnamon rolls in the café every single day,” he says. “There’s cake day, Danish, good food everywhere that I can’t touch. It comes down to discipline and how bad you want [success], and I want this that bad.” When his work shift is finished, Hutchinson travels to the gym for weight work. Before going to bed, he’s in the kitchen for a couple of hours preparing six meals for the next day, carefully measuring out the rice, meats, veggies and egg whites. “Yes, I choose to do it,” says Hutchinson, who was home-schooled and played football and basketball in high school. “The only thing that’s keeping me in this is a passion to do it. If I didn’t have a passion for this, I would have quit a long time ago. “It’s very hard, You don’t live like a normal person. It’s not like a (conventional) sport where you go to practice and then go home and eat what you want and hang out. It’s not like that. “You train hard, eat the same meals every day and when you go home, you’re in the kitchen preparing every meal for the next day and go to bed and get up, and it’s Groundhog Day again.” NO TRAIN, NO GAIN Hutchinson’s goal is also to become a full-time trainer. He works with


GYM RAT: Jordan Hutchinson divides his time between twice-daily sessions in the gym, his full-time job at The Inn on Biltmore Estate, meal preparation and counseling bodybuilding clients by email and phone. Photo by Brad Hutchinson about a half-dozen clients, most of whom he communicates electronically. “I communicate through text, email and phone calls,” Hutchinson explains. “I make full document files for all [client] workouts and nutrition planning and I will adjust by email their updated plan as things progress and change. They have full access to me for questions and concerns they may have with the program I’ve made them. I have weekly mandatory check-ins to keep them accountable, and they can reach out to me anytime for whatever else they need through the week.” Most who work with Hutchinson at Biltmore Estate are in awe of him, but some have trouble understanding why he pushes himself so hard. “I think on a personal level it’s an amazing thing to accomplish; it’s something most people can’t accomplish,” says Robby Rodgers, a co-worker. “Looking at it from the outside, one person could say he’s a glutton for punishment. Another person could say it shows his true character to be able to drive himself to be the very best.” Hutchinson’s coach is Taylor Lambdin, a 27-year-old bodybuilder based in Raleigh. He’s optimistic that his student can achieve his goals at the Muscle Heat Show.

“It’s a seven-days-a-week type of thing for them,” says Jake Sharpe, who believes Hutchinson has the physique and work ethic to be successful. “The bad thing is you have to be an addict to do bodybuilding, have to have an addictive personality to do this. “Jordan’s never going to be happy with the way he looks. He’s going to continue to push and push and push. ... It’s never going to be enough. He’s always going to keep working until he pushes himself to where he says, ‘This is the best I can look.’” Should he finish first or second, Hutchinson will qualify for nationals, which he did last year but passed on competing in because he and Lambdin didn’t think he was ready. Whatever happens this year, Hutchinson will have a couple of “cheat meals” the day after the show, one of them being pancakes. He’ll also turn 23 that day, so he plans to celebrate with family and friends. And the day after his birthday? “I’ll be back in the gym,” Hutchinson says. “There’s no true off-season. I don’t let off the gas. I just go, go, go because if I don’t, some other guy is working 365 days a year and will get his pro card before I do.”  X


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“Yes, he’s definitely on track. The biggest thing that hurt him last year was his [lack of] conditioning,” says Lambdin. “I’ve pushed him much harder and further than he went the previous year, and I believe it will pay off big time for him.” Hutchinson agrees with his coach. “I’m light-years ahead of where I was last year. I wasn’t lean enough last year,” he says. “My body fat is lower this year. I’ve taken it to extreme measures.” When asked when he knew Hutchinson could be a top bodybuilder, Lambdin says: “I realized it early on before we started working together. We had been friends and talked here and there, and I knew the passion he had for the sport and seen the progress he had been making. I knew he was capable of doing very well in the sport, and he has a good structure to his physique as well.” One of the gyms where Hutchinson works out is Biltmore Fitness, a family-owned business not far from Biltmore Estate. Jake Sharpe, who runs the fitness center with brother Zach, says there are at least half a dozen bodybuilders who train at his facility, with Hutchinson arguably being the best. MOUNTAINX.COM

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ANIMALS ASHEVILLE HUMANE SOCIETY 828-761-2001 x315, • SA (9/15), noon-4pm - "Dog Day Afternoon," family-friendly event featuring dog jumps and stunts, informational booths, presentations on dog training and a pet parade and ugliest dog contest. Proceeds benefit the Asheville Humane Society, Mountain Pet Rescue and Boxer Butts and Other Mutts. $8. Held at Salvage Station, 468 Riverside Drive ASHEVILLE OUTLETS 800 Brevard Road, • FR (9/14) through SU (9/16) - Proceeds from gift purchases and donations at the Ingles Ultimate Air Dog Competition benefit the Asheville Humane Society. Event features a competitive dock jumping for dogs. See website for schedule: Free to attend. • SU (9/16), 1-4pm Health Fair for people and pets with demonstrations, entertainment and informational booths. Sponsored by

CarePartners and Critter Magazine. Free to attend. BROTHER WOLF ANIMAL RESCUE 828-505-3440, • WE (9/12), 6pm - Animal adoption event. Free to attend. Held at The BLOCK off biltmore, 39 South Market St. CAROLINA POODLE RESCUE 850-766-8734, • SA (9/15), 11am-3pm Poodle adoption event. Free to attend. Held at PetSmart Arden, 3 McKenna Road, Arden

BENEFITS 103.3 ASHEVILLE FM • TH (9/13), 6-8pm Proceeds from "Nine Years In Your Ears" fundraising event with local cuisine, local beer and live music featuring April B & The Cool, DJ Kutzu and DJ Devyn Marzoula benefit 103.3 Asheville FM. $30/$25 advance. Held at Ambrose West, 312 Haywood Road ASHEVILLE BROWNS BACKERS CLUB 828-658-4149,

ROCK STARS: Grove Stone & Sand Co. in Black Mountain hosts the 11th annual Rock the Quarry Trail Challenge 5K and Kids Fun Run on Saturday, Sept 15. The quarter-mile Kids Fun Run for children ages 10 and younger begins at 9:15 a.m., and the 5K starts at 9:30 a.m. All proceeds from the event benefit Grove Stone’s neighbor, the Black Mountain Home for Children, and the Asheville Museum of Science. Registration is $30 in advance and $35 on race day. The Kids Fun Run costs $5. For more information, visit Photo courtesy of Jon Neumann (p. 20) • SUNDAYS, 1pm Proceeds from this social gathering to watch the Cleveland Browns benefit local charities. Free to attend. Held at A-B Tech Small Business Center, 1465 Sand Hill Road, Candler ELIADA 828-254-5356,, • SA (9/15) through SU (10/28) - Proceeds from this annual corn maze event with activities for kids and hay rides benefit Eliada. See website for full schedule and prices: Held at Eliada, 2 Compton Drive

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• FR (9/14), 6-8:30pm - Proceeds from the “Chopping for Champions Shine & Dine Gala," with a buffet dinner, live music and silent auction benefit the Haywood Community College Foundation. Tickets: hccgalaevents. com or 828-627-4522. $75. Held at Laurel Ridge Country Club, 49 Cupp Lane, Waynesville HENDERSONVILLE ELKS LODGE 546 N. Justice St., Hendersonville • SA (9/15), 6-9pm Proceeds from this swing dance benefit Blue Ridge Honor Flight. Complimentary dance lessons at 6pm. Information: Admission by donation. PUBLIC EVENTS AT WCU 828-227-7397, • SU (9/16), 3pm Proceeds from the annual Friend-Raising Concert featuring Jim Witter’s “Time in a Bottle” benefit the WCU Friends of the Arts. $25. Held at The WCU Bardo Arts Center, 199 Centennial Drive, Cullowhee


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YOUTH OUTRIGHT 866-881-3721, • TH (9/13), 7-10pm Proceeds from the annual Young Voices event featuring young talent within the LBGTQ community benefits Youth OutRight. $20/$5 youth. Held at Isis Music Hall & Kitchen 743, 743 Haywood Road

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Registration required. Free. Held at A-B Tech Small Business Center, 1465 Sand Hill Road, Candler • TH (9/13), 6-9pm "Do I Need an Online eCommerce Presence?" Seminar. Registration required. Free. Held at A-B Tech Small Business Center, 1465 Sand Hill Road, Candler • SA (9/15), 9am-noon "Business Model Canvas - Understanding Your Target Audience," workshop seminar. Registration required. Free. Held at A-B Tech Small Business Center, 1465 Sand Hill Road, Candler • TH (9/20), 5:308:30pm - "How to Start a Nonprofit," workshop. Free. Held at A-B Tech Small Business Center, 1465 Sand Hill Road, Candler ASHEVILLE SCORE COUNSELORS TO SMALL BUSINESS 828-271-4786, • WE (9/19), 11:30am-1pm - "Tax Planning for Small Business," workshop. Registration required. Free. Held at Lenoir Rhyne Center for Graduate Studies, 36 Montford Ave.

WESTERN WOMEN'S BUSINESS CENTER 828-633-5065 x101, • TU (9/18), 11:30am1pm - "Protecting your Business from Financial Fraud," African American Business Association workshop and meeting. Registration: Free. Held at Arthur R. Edington Education and Career Center, 133 Livingston St.

CLASSES, MEETINGS & EVENTS CLASSES AT VILLAGERS (PD.) • Optimize Your Circadian Rhythms. Sunday, September 23. 5:308pm. $12. • Nutrition for the Brain. Wednesday, September 26. 6:308pm. $25. Registration/ Information: EMPYREAN ARTS CLASSES (PD.) INTRO TO POLE FITNESS CLASSES on Tuesdays 7pm, Thursdays 8pm, and Sundays 2:15pm. SULTRY POLE on Wednesdays 7:30pm. POLE FITNESS INT/ADV on Wednesdays 6pm and Thursdays 6:30pm. AERIAL YOGA on Wednesdays 8pm and Fridays 12pm. More information and Sign Up at TAYLOR GUITARS ROAD SHOW AT MUSICIANS WORKSHOP (PD.) Factory experts demonstrate the new V-class bracing. Play rare and unusual models. All welcome for a fun informative event. September 19th, 7 p.m. Free VILLAGERS... (PD.) an Urban Homestead Supply store offering quality tools, supplies and classes to support healthy lifestyle activities like gardening, food preservation, cooking, herbalism, and more. 278 Haywood Road. AMERICAN LEGION POST NC 77 216 4th Ave. W, Hendersonville • 2nd THURSDAYS, noon - Korean War Veterans Chapter 314, general meeting. Free.

ASHEVILLE CHESS CLUB 828-779-0319, • WEDNESDAYS, 6:30pm - Sets provided. All ages and skill levels welcome. Beginners lessons available. Free. Held at North Asheville Recreation Center, 37 E. Larchmont Road ASHEVILLE MUSEUM OF SCIENCE 828-254-7162, • FR (9/14), 5:30-7pm "Make & Mingle," adults only event to make crafts, listen to music, drink craft brews and mingle. Registration required. $15. Held at Asheville Museum of Science, 43 Patton Ave. BUNCOMBE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARIES governing/depts/library • WE (9/12), 4:30-5:45pm - Beginner's Spanish class for adult beginners. Registration required. Free. Held at Pack Memorial Library, 67 Haywood St. • TU (9/18), 6-7pm Spinning Yarns, knitting and crochet group. For all skill levels and ages. Materials supplied or participants may bring their own. Free. Held at Skyland/South Buncombe Library, 260 Overlook Road HOMINY VALLEY RECREATION PARK 25 Twin Lakes Drive, Candler, 828-242-8998, • 3rd THURSDAYS, 7pm Hominy Valley board meeting. Free. LEICESTER COMMUNITY CENTER 2979 New Leicester Highway, Leicester, 828774-3000, Leicester.Community. Center • 3rd THURSDAYS, 7pm - The Leicester History Gathering, general meeting. Free. ONTRACK WNC 50 S. French Broad Ave., 828-255-5166, • THURSDAYS (9/13) until (9/27), 5:30-8pm - "Money Management and Credit," class series. Registration required. Free. • TU (9/18), 5:30-7pm "Budgeting and Debt," class. Registration required. Free.

• WE (9/19), noon - "Going to College Without Going Broke," workshop. Registration required. Free.

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PACK PLACE 2 S. Pack Square • TU (9/18), 11am - Don't Punish the Pain, public rally in defense of the chronically ill who are denied access to pain medication. Free.

FAIRVIEW WELCOME TABLE • THURSDAYS, 11:30am1pm - Community lunch. Admission by donation. Held at Fairview Christian Fellowship, 596 Old US Highway 74, Fairview

UNITED COMMUNITY BANK 50 United Bank Drive, Etowah • FR (9/14), 10am-1pm Document shredding and drug take back event with the Henderson County Sheriff's Office and Hope Rx. TRANSITION ASHEVILLE 828-296-0064, • MO (9/17), 6:30-8pm - "Transitioning from a 'market' to a 'sacred' economy," presentation by author, David Korten. Free. Held at St. Mary's Episcopal Church, 337 Charlotte St. VANCE BIRTHPLACE 911 Reems Creek Road, Weaverville, 838-645-6706, • SA (9/15), 9am-noon "Loyalty and Desertion during the Civil War," panel discussion with Friends of the Vance Birthplace and professors from East Tennessee State University. Free.

FOOD & BEER APPALACHIAN SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE PROJECT 828-236-1282,, • TH (9/13), 6-8:30pm Proceeds from ASAP’s Local Food Experience with small plates, local food tastings, silent auction and raffle benefit ASAP. $30. Held at New Belgium Brewery, 21 Craven St. BIG IVY COMMUNITY CENTER 540 Dillingham Road, Barnardsville, 828-626-3438 • MO (9/17), 7pm - Healthy eating class. Free. BUNCOMBE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARIES governing/depts/library • WE (9/19), 6pm - Cathy Cleary presents her cookbook, The Southern

LEICESTER COMMUNITY CENTER 2979 New Leicester Highway, Leicester, 828774-3000, Leicester.Community. Center • 3rd TUESDAYS, 2:30pm - MANNA food distribution. Free. • WEDNESDAYS, 11:30am1pm - Welcome Table meal. Free. • WEDNESDAYS, 11:30am1pm - Welcome Table, community meal. Free. MALAPROP'S BOOKSTORE AND CAFE 55 Haywood St., 828-2546734, • WE (9/19), 6pm - Carol Adams presents her book, Protest Kitchen: Fight Injustice, Save the Planet, and Fuel Your Resistance One Meal at a Time. Free to attend.

FESTIVALS ASHEVILLE JUGGLING FESTIVAL ashevillejugglingfestival. com • FR (9/14) through SU (9/16) - Festival with large indoor juggling space, variety shows, workshops and a “Construction Zone” where non-jugglers can receive instruction. See website for full schedule, registration and locations. Free. ASHEVILLE OUTLETS 800 Brevard Road, • SU (9/16), 11am-4pm - Touch-a-Truck Family Festival event that allows kids of all ages to explore vehicles of all types (including public service, emergency, utility, construction, garbage, transportation, delivery and a helicopter). $5. CHEROKEE HOMESTEAD EXHIBIT 805 Highway 64 Business, Hayesville

• SA (9/15), 10am-3pm Cherokee Heritage Festival, with Cherokee dancing, music, presentations, arts and crafts. Free to attend. MOUNTAIN STATE FAIR 828-687-1414, • FR (9/7) through SU (9/16) - NC Mountain State Fair celebrates the people, agriculture, art and regional tradition with rides, exhibits, performances, animals and food and drink vendors. See website for full schedule and admission fees. Held at WNC Agricultural Center, 1301 Fanning Bridge Road OPEN STREETS ASHEVILLE • SU (9/16), 1-5pm Downtown, car-free street party with yoga, art activities, massage, all-ages dance and fitness classes, soccer and games. Bikes and other non-motorized vehicles are welcome for the parade. Free to attend. Held at Pritchard Park, 4 College St. THE WEDGE AT FOUNDATION 5 Foundy St., 828-5052792, location-wedge-foundation/ • SU (9/16), 3-5:30pm Mountain Medicine Festival, community event highlighting and benefiting local environmental nonprofits. Includes tabling from nonprofits, live music from The Resonant Rogues and Jay Brown, food trucks and kid's activities, Information: 253327615389034/. Free to attend.

GOVERNMENT & POLITICS BLUE RIDGE REPUBLICAN WOMEN’S CLUB • 2nd THURSDAYS, 6pm - General meeting. Free to attend. Held at Gondolier Restaurant, 1360 Tunnel Road. BUNCOMBE COUNTY SENIOR DEMOCRATS 828-274-4482 • TH (9/13), 4:30pm Potluck and general meeting with presentation by congressional candidate David Wilson Brown. Free. Held at Buncombe County

Democratic Headquarters, 951 Old Fairview Road HENDERSON COUNTY LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS • TH (9/20), 5:30-7:30pm - "What's On The Ballot?" presentation and general meeting. Free. Held at Blue Ridge Community Health Services, 2579 Chimney Rock Road, Hendersonville

KIDS ASHEVILLE FARMSTEAD SCHOOL 218 Morgan Cove Rd. Candler, 828-771-6047, • SA (9/15), 10am-noon Family Discovery Day with tours, drafts and a raffle. Free. ASHEVILLE MUSEUM OF SCIENCE 43 Patton Ave., 828-2547162, • 2nd & 4th FRIDAYS, 9-9:45am - Little Explorers Club: Guided activities for preschoolers (with their caregivers). Admission fees apply. • 2nd FRIDAYS, 5:307:30pm - "Night at the Museum," parents night out event for children 4-10 years old. Event includes pizza, movie and activities. Registration required. $15. ASHEVILLE TENNIS ASSOCIATION • Through SA (9/15) - Open registration for beginner plus and intermediate tennis clinics for ages five to 17 from SU (9/9) to SU (9/30) at Aston Park Tennis Center. Registration required: $30-$40. BEAUTY BAR 800 Fairview Road, Suite AA • SU (9/16), 3-5pm - "Drag Queen Story Hour," storytelling by a drag queen and pop-up bookshop with Spellbound Books. Free to attend. BUNCOMBE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARIES governing/depts/library • FR (9/14), 4pm - Fandom Friday Cosplay Club for children ages 12 and up. Free. Held at Enka-Candler Library, 1404 Sandhill Road, Candler


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TUNED IN: 103.3 Asheville FM is celebrating nine years of community radio on Thursday, Sept. 13, 6-9 p.m. at Ambrose West with the Nine Years in Your Ears benefit. Partnering with Asheville Affiliates, the fundraising event will support the addition of the station’s new live recording studio, network growth and the development of additional music projects to positively impact the community. Music comes courtesy of Asheville FM’s DJ Kutzu and DJ Devyn Marzoula as well as local soul rockers April B & The Cool. All of the above, plus food from area restaurants, beer by Catawba Brewing Co. and wine from Epiphany Wine Co. is included in a $25 advance ticket or for $30 at the door. For more information, visit Photo of April B & The Cool by Stephane Rey

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Buck's Wizarding School," wizard themed games and activities for children. Registration required: $10. Held at Smith-McDowell House Museum, 283 Victoria Road

CHIMNEY ROCK STATE PARK 431 Main St., Chimney Rock, 828-625-9611, • WE (9/19), 9:30am12:30pm - “Fall Homeschool Day,” hands-on programs with naturalists and guided hikes for homeschool families and associations. $13 adults/$14 youth.

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FLETCHER LIBRARY 120 Library Road, Fletcher, 828-687-1218, library.hendersoncountync. org • WEDNESDAYS, 10:30am - Family story time. Free.

BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY HIKES 828-298-5330, • FR (9/14), 10am Moderate, ranger-guided, 2-mile, round-trip hike to the top of Little Bald Mountain. Free. Meet at MP 408.5

MALAPROP'S BOOKSTORE AND CAFE 55 Haywood St., 828-2546734, • WEDNESDAYS, 10am - Miss Malaprop's Story Time for ages 3-9. Free to attend. • MO (9/17), 6pm - Grace Lin presents her book, A Big Mooncake For Little Star. Free to attend.

BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY RANGER PROGRAMS 828-295-3782, • FR (9/14) & SA (9/15) - Annual Overmountain Victory Celebration event. Visit website for full schedule: facebook. com/Overmountain VictoryCelebration. Held at MP 331

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• SA (9/15), 7:30-10am - Ranger-led, moderate difficulty, bird walk. Registration required. Admission fees apply. • SA (9/15), 11am-3pm 10th annual Flock to the Rock event with guided bird walks, raptor flight shows, live bird demos and workshops. Admission fees apply. HIGHLAND BREWING COMPANY 12 Old Charlotte Hwy, Suite 200, 828-299-3370, • WE (9/19), 5:30-7pm Business pitch competition with a $5,000 prize for small businesses in the outdoor industry. Sponsored by the Small Business and Technology Development Center. Information: $15/$10 students. JACKSON PARK 801 Glover St., Hendersonville, recreation/parks/ jacksonpark.html • SU (9/16), 10am-4pm Orienteering event with Northline Navigation. Navigate between checkpoints using only a map and a compass. Beginners welcome. $12. PISGAH CHAPTER OF TROUT UNLIMITED

• 2nd THURSDAYS, 7pm General meeting and presentations. Free to attend. Held at Ecusta Brewing, 49 Pisgah Highway, Suite 3, Pisgah Forest SALVAGE STATION 468 Riverside Drive, • TU (9/18), 4-8pm - "Hiker Happy Hour," Carolina Mountain Club socializing event with 10 percent of food and beverage sales benefiting the Carolina Mountain Club. Free to attend.

PUBLIC LECTURES ASHEVILLE FRIENDS MEETINGHOUSE 227 Edgewood Road, • SU (9/16), 2-3:30pm - “Home is the Key” presentation by Andy Barnett regarding housing challenges in the community. Free. VANCE BIRTHPLACE 911 Reems Creek Road, Weaverville, 838-645-6706, • SA (9/15), 9am-noon "Loyalty and Desertion during the Civil War," panel discussion with Friends of the Vance Birthplace and professors from East Tennessee State University. Free.


SENIORS ASHEVILLE NEW FRIENDS (PD.) Offers active senior residents of the Asheville area opportunities to make new friends and to explore new interests through a program of varied social, cultural, and outdoor activities. Visit JEWISH FAMILY SERVICES OF WNC, INC. 2 Doctors Park, Suite E, 828-253-2900 • TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS, 11am-2pm - The Asheville Elder Club Group Respite program for individuals with memory challenges and people of all faiths. Registration required: 828-253-2900. $30. JEWISH FAMILY SERVICES OF WNC, INC. 828-253-2900, • WEDNESDAYS, 11am2pm - The Hendersonville Elder Club for individuals with memory

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978-500-2639 • SU (9/16), 5pm - Mabon ritual to celebrate the fall equinox and turning of the season to fall. Free/ Bring a potluck dish to share and optional food donation. Held at Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville, 1 Edwin Place DANCES OF UNIVERSAL PEACE 5 Ravenscroft Drive • 3rd SATURDAYS, 7:30-9:30pm - "Dances of Universal Peace," spiritual group dances that blend chanting, live music and movement. No experience necessary. Admission by donation. GRACE LUTHERAN CHURCH 1245 6th Ave W, Hendersonville, 828-6934890, • 2nd FRIDAYS, 1-2pm Non-denominational healing prayer group. Free.

PACK PLACE 2 S. Pack Square • SU (9/16), 5pm International Christian music concert with sermons and participation by local Slavic, Spanish and Korean churches. Free. SOKA GAKKAI ASHEVILLE 828-253-4710 • 3rd SUNDAYS, 11am Introduction to Nichiren Buddhism meeting. Free. Held at Kairos West Community Center, 610002 Haywood Road URBAN DHARMA 828-225-6422, • THURSDAYS, 7:30-9pm - Open Sangha night. Free. Held at Urban Dharma, 77 Walnut St.

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VOLUNTEERING TUTOR ADULTS IN NEED WITH THE LITERACY COUNCIL (PD.) Dedicate two hours a week to working with an immigrant who wants to learn English or with a native English-speaking adult who wants to learn to read. Sign up for volunteer orientation on 10/9 (9:00 am), 10/11 (5:30 pm), by emailing volunteers@litcouncil. com. ASHEVILLE PRISON BOOKS ashevilleprisonbooks@ • 3rd SUNDAYS, 1-3pm - Volunteer to send books in response to inmate requests in North and South Carolina. Information:

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BY KIESA KAY Phillip Easterling believes that God created each person with purpose and intention. Born unable to hear the sound of birdsong or music, he says he learned to listen closely with his heart. Now he leads the Asheville Deaf Church as its pastor and travels the globe teaching the Bible. “God has given me the gift of being able to understand sign language,” he says through an interpreter, Becky Lloyd. “I have visited many countries, and each one has a different sign language, just as they have a different language, although Liberia has many similarities to ours. Within an hour, I can pick up the sign language in other countries well enough to communicate. I use this gift to share God’s words and to tell stories.” September is Deaf Awareness Month, with a range of activities designed to raise awareness of deaf culture and offer enhanced access to learning and fun. Many of the 35 members of Easterling’s congregation, for example, will go on a deaf camping weekend beginning Saturday, Sept. 29. “We will join families from Tennessee, Kentucky, South Carolina and Virginia,” Easterling says. “It’s always a good time.” SOCIAL WHIRL

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On Tuesday, Sept. 18, the WNC Nature Center plans an entire day devoted to interpreting the center’s exhibits for the deaf. Keith Mastin, the Nature Center’s education curator, planned the event with guidance from Laura Herman, deaf awareness specialist for the N.C. Health and Human Services Regional Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. “We set up education stations throughout the center, each station having a particular animal or phylum of species,” Mastin says. “Each station has one member of the deaf community along with an interpreter. I teach the volunteers the station’s information the day prior to the event. We always have a fact sheet for them to read as well.” Mastin, who is learning American Sign Language, says the day creates opportunities for learning and growth. Last


COMMUNICATION SKILLS: The nonprofit Signs for Hope hosted its 2017 ASL Immersion Family Retreat for adoptive families of children with deafness at Bonclarken Conference Center in Flat Rock. Photo courtesy of Signs for Hope year, a student from the North Carolina School for the Deaf helped Mastin improve his grammar in ASL, and he learned about the language as he taught about the nature displays. “This particular language, ASL, is beautiful, artistic and functional,” Mastin notes. On Thursday, Sept. 20, deaf and hearing people will mingle at a social beginning at 6 p.m. at the food court at the Asheville Mall. The event offers an opportunity for deaf and hearing people to experience an environment where many people communicate in sign language, says Ann Karson, a member of the Asheville chapter of the Hearing Loss Association. Members of HLA and

the Smokey Mountain Deaf Club will take part, and it’s open to all. In addition, the Thomas Wolfe Center for Narrative at Lenoir-Rhyne University in Asheville will host Love Makes a Home: The Life of Rebecca Boone at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29. The play, which features old-time fiddling, will be interpreted in ASL. SPEAKING THEIR MINDS “American Sign Language has its own rhythms,” Easterling says. “We would like for more hearing people to learn sign language, because then communication can be more straightforward, direct and authentic.”

Lloyd, who interprets for Easterling and attends the Asheville Deaf Church, frequently bridges the gap between hearing and deaf cultures. Nine of her family members were deaf. The Gallaudet Research Institute estimates that 2-4 of every 1,000 people in the United States are deaf, but fewer than 1 in 1,000 are deaf before the age of 18. “Sometimes, extended family members don’t know how to sign with their own deaf family members,” Lloyd says. “We want to end isolation and increase communication.” Lloyd, whose grandfather was a prominent deaf educator, directs Signs for Hope, a nonprofit that provides detailed information for those hoping to adopt deaf children. In the 10 years since she founded the organization, she has been to Liberia, Bulgaria, China and the Dominican Republic to facilitate adoptions of deaf children. Easterling and his wife have been active in many of these journeys. “We make sure that families who adopt have the resources they need, so that child can attain permanency,” Lloyd says. “The most rewarding thing is to watch these children thrive with their families. In the most successful adoptions, the parents

either are deaf themselves or know American Sign Language, and the family can communicate.” Deaf children who have the opportunity to interact with other people who are deaf often succeed and have enhanced self-confidence, Easterling says. But sometimes, even with the best of intentions, hearing people talk down to deaf people, as if not hearing indicated a lack of other strengths, he says. Lloyd notes that mutual respect makes a huge difference. “The greatest challenge we face comes when a child has language deprivation from birth,” Lloyd says. “We have found children even as old as 13 [who were] born deaf and given no language to use for communication. Even in the United States, it isn’t uncommon for children to enter school before being exposed to sign language.” Easterling’s mother started learning ASL when her son was a toddler and reinforced his interest in visual cues. His sister, too, became deaf, although both of his parents have hearing.



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WELLNESS Kay points out that many members of the deaf community prefer to uppercase the word “deaf” in certain contexts, such as the Deaf community or Deaf culture. As is our usual practice, Xpress has chosen to follow Associated Press capitalization guidelines in this story.  X

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WHAT Deaf Awareness Day at the WNC Nature Center WHERE 75 Gashes Creek Road Asheville WHEN 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18. $7.95 for adults, $5.95 for youths 3-15, free for children under 2. ___________________________

POWER COUPLE: Phillip and Elaine Easterling came to Asheville in 2011 to found the Asheville Deaf Church. The couple met at a school for the deaf in Spartanburg, S.C. Photo courtesy of the Easterlings “I was one of the lucky ones,” he says. “I went to a really good school, and that’s where I met my wife.” After meeting his wife, Elaine, at a school for the deaf in Spartanburg, S.C., Easterling thought he had his life planned out. But his ambition to become a photographer took a different tack after a series of phone calls from Ohio changed his family’s life. UNEXPECTED CALL “When I first got called by the committee hoping to start a deaf church in Ohio, I told them they had the wrong number,” Easterling recalls. The committee persisted, and Easterling’s family prayed for guidance. Since he first felt called to the ministry, the couple and their two children have lived and started deaf churches in South Carolina, Ohio, Alabama and North Carolina. Easterling founded the Asheville Deaf Church, which meets at Long Shoals Baptist Church in Arden, in 2011. “We are a relatively small community, so we have an all-inclusive, ecumenical church,” Easterling explains. “Our church is open to anyone, hearing or deaf. We’d like to have more hearing people attend our services and build cultural understanding.” The church’s congregants represent many Christian denominations: Catholic, Free Will 26

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Baptist, Southern Baptist, Methodist, Lutheran and more. “A deaf church differs from a church with an interpreter,” Easterling explains. “Everyone interprets a little differently, and as a deaf man, if I’m watching an interpreter and don’t know a sign, I have to figure out the context. By the time I get past that moment, the speaker may be on a completely different topic. In a deaf church, everyone signs. We can talk in groups, taking time to discuss and explore the Scripture.” Events across the state can be found at For example, deaf people in Asheville have access to movies with closed-caption translation machines, whereas a larger city like Fayetteville hosts monthly open-caption nights at the movies. Two-thirds of the global population, however, can’t read, which makes signing even more important in other countries. Learning sign language may not be easy for everyone, but the more we know, the more compassion and understanding we have for each other, Easterling says. “It’s so important to reinforce autonomy,” Easterling says. “We all deserve the right to make decisions about our own lives.” Editor’s note: Writer Kiesa Kay is the author of the play Love Makes a Home: The Life of Rebecca Boone, which will be interpreted in ASL at a performance on Saturday, Sept. 29.

WHAT Deaf Social WHERE Food court at the Asheville Mall 3 S. Tunnel Road WHEN 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20. Free. Open to all. ___________________________ WHAT The play Love Makes a Home: The Life of Rebecca Boone features old-time fiddle music and will be interpreted in American Sign Language. WHERE The Thomas Wolfe Center for Narrative at Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Asheville campus, 36 Montford Ave. WHEN 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29 ___________________________ WHAT Asheville Deaf Church WHERE Long Shoals Baptist Church 661 Long Shoals Arden WHEN Sundays at 9:30 a.m for Sunday school and 10:45 a.m. for worship Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.


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BUNCOMBE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARIES governing/depts/library • SA (9/15), 10:30am - "Circulation!" library fitness hour with a workout DVD. Free. Held at Pack Memorial Library, 67 Haywood St.

ASHEVILLE OUTLETS 800 Brevard Road, • SU (9/16), 1-4pm Health Fair for people and pets with demonstrations, entertainment and informational booths. Sponsored by CarePartners and Critter Magazine. Free to attend. BIG IVY COMMUNITY CENTER 540 Dillingham Road, Barnardsville, 828-626-3438

HENDERSON COUNTY HEALTH SCIENCES CENTER 805 6th Ave. West, Second Floor Room 2003 Hendersonville, 828-693-8019, • TH (9/13), 5:30-7pm - "Managing Lower Back Pain," seminar by Pardee UNC Health Care. Registration: or 828-274-4555. Free. • MO (9/17), 6-7pm - “ABCs of Screening for Prostate Cancer," presentation with a urologist. Registration

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Eliada’s Corn Maze celebrates 10 years with big steps forward as the nonprofit looks at reviving its agricultural past


around 1977, with a dairy operation, a large flock of chickens and fields growing corn, potatoes, cabbage, carrots, beans and “anything that you would need to feed 150 children,” she says. Helping work the land and care for the animals was part of daily life for residents. “The boys tended the farm — there was a farm manager — and the girls harvested, canned and cooked,” says Ruckman. “They learned to can; they learned to pickle, freeze and every method of preservation.” Every day, the boys milked the Guernsey cows, which, Ruckman believes, came from the Biltmore Estate’s Guernsey herd. Any milk that wasn’t used for the children was packaged in quart glass milk bottles imprinted with the Eliada Farms brand and delivered to local homes. Any extra was sold to Biltmore for its milk distribution business. Most of the eggs produced on the farm were used on campus, and any extras were likewise sold to the community. All produce from the fields, says Ruckman, was used to feed the children, and in this way, the orphanage was able to support itself. Milk production, and ultimately all farming practices, ceased in the late 1970s when it became easier to purchase food from commercial suppliers. By that point, says Ruckman, the culture had shifted, and most of the staff no longer knew how to operate a farm. It’s a sunny day on the edge of autumn, and the rolling green fields of Eliada’s Leicester campus give no hint of its proximity to the noisy gridlock of Patton Avenue. Beyond the grass, stretching to the horizon, 12 acres of 11-foot-tall, tasseling sweet corn stalks sway and ripple in the breeze. “This is the biggest corn I’ve ever seen here,” remarks Eliada stewardship manager Chris Rainwater, gently pulling back the lime-colored husk on a nearby ear to reveal small, white kernels, still developing. His statement conveys more than pride — there’s also relief and hope for the future in those words. This fall marks the 10th anniversary of the Eliada Corn Maze, the 115-yearold nonprofit child services agency’s largest fundraiser. Over the course of six weeks each fall, the event manages to net around $100,000 annually — close to $1 million since its inception — to support the residential mental health treatment, foster care, day care and career readiness programming Eliada provides to more than 600 infants, children and young adults each year. But this year’s maze signifies more than just a birthday milestone for a community event that has become a fall tradition for many Western North Carolina families. The 2018 Corn Maze is helping usher in a sea change for Eliada — one that looks toward growing a more sustainable future for the organization by taking a page from its agrarian past. FARM BEGINNINGS Maze visitors this year will still find the corn cannons with their giant pumpkin-people targets, hayrides, tube slides and other signature activities that are surely starting to become part of Asheville’s collective autumn memory. What they won’t find is the usual field of GMO, chemical-sprayed dent corn. The 2018 field is planted with an heirloom, non-GMO variety of white sweet corn called Trucker’s Favorite. And it’s being cultivated using nospray, organic practices. For the first year in the history of the maze, Eliada’s 30

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ABOVE AND BEYOND: For the first time in its 10-year history, the Eliada Corn Maze is planted with edible, non-GMO sweet corn cultivated using organic farming practices. Grilled corn from the maze will be available to guests at the concession stand and will be incorporated into the resident children’s meals. Photo courtesy of Eliada children — and visitors — will be able to eat the corn grown in the field. “Previously, it was dent corn, because it’s easier to grow and it was hardier,” says Rainwater. That corn was also GMO, he adds, and it was sprayed with Roundup to control weeds. “I’m so thankful that the corn looks this good, because the pH levels are really off this year [from past chemical use]; that it’s been able to hit this height is really amazing.” Former Eliada CEO Mark Upright introduced the maze concept to the 320acre campus after a trip to the western United States gave him a glimpse of farmers using seasonal cornfield mazes to bol-


ster their incomes. “He started it as a fundraiser, and it worked beautifully,” says director of development Tami Ruckman. “[The maze] really was a throwback to farming; Eliada has always used our land,” says Ruckman. “It’s our greatest asset besides the children, and we want to use it and be good stewards of it.” The property already had an agricultural history when Eliada founder Dr. Lucius Compton bought the original 5 acres near Slippey Mountain with a rundown cabin and barn in 1903 to establish an orphanage, says Ruckman, who maintains historical records for the organization. Eliada was a working farm until

The revolutionary changes to the maze are part of an overall shift in direction for Eliada. In the last few months, the organization has edged away from a dependence on government funding and toward a reclamation of its history as a self-sustaining, agriculture-based entity. Last winter, Eliada unveiled a new geodesic Grow Dome on its campus that is used both as a STEM classroom and a source of fresh food for the children’s meals. Local farming, aquaponics and hydroponics expert Brook Sheffield of L.O.T.U.S. Urban Farm & Garden Supply helped lead the project as a consultant then joined the Eliada staff as farm manager six months ago. On a recent visit to the dome, Sheffield led a small class of teenage students as they checked on tilapia in the blue aquaponics tank and tend-

ed to adjoining rows of tubs containing jade-green basil, mint and other herbs. Across the aisle, fat cucumbers and tomatoes dangled from tall trellises above their hydroponic growing systems. Peaceful music played in the background, and the students were so intent on the plants and fish that they seemed to barely notice the visitors. “The goal is to pretty much feed our students,” says Rainwater. “Right now we’re producing about 20 pounds of tomatoes a week.” Toward that dream of self-sufficiency, Eliada has plans to expand food cultivation far beyond the confines of the Grow Dome. “We built it, and they came,” says chief business development officer Frank Taylor of the dome. “It’s nice, it’s an attraction and it brings a lot of people on campus. It’s interesting in its weirdness, and people are fairly impressed that we’re that progressive, but now we’re going to the next step.” A SUSTAINABLE DIRECTION Taylor has been a driving force behind the revival of Eliada’s farming focus. Formerly the owner and president of Westall Chandley and president

and CEO of Genova Diagnostics, he took an immediate interest in Eliada’s history when he joined the organization in 2016. Getting back to those farming roots, he concluded, was the key to the nonprofit’s long-term sustainability. A year ago, working with Sheffield as a consultant, Taylor started growing hydroponic lettuce in the basement of the Compton Cottage, the historic home of Eliada’s founder. “We learned about hydroponics, and we did very well,” he says. “So we decided that we needed to take the next step, and that was to build our Grow Dome, and that became the centerpiece of what we’re doing.” Last year, after the Corn Maze closed for the season, under Sheffield’s direction, Eliada purchased 16 pigs, which were kept in a movable, solar-powered fence within the maze. Feeding on the corn and scraps from the campus kitchen, the pigs turned up and fertilized the soil, simultaneously making way for the new, no-spray cornfield and fattening themselves up to be turned into pork that was later sold to the community. The pork project was successful, but it’s taking a break this cycle as other

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FAR M & GA R DEN large undertakings develop on the property this fall, says Taylor. Between 5 and 8 acres near the Corn Maze that currently serve as an underused golf range are slated to become farmland within the next six to 12 months. The parcel will be divided into multiple small plots to be cultivated in the relatively small-scale, marketgarden style popularized by Canadian farmer Jean-Martin Fortier. This method of agriculture calls for hand tools and walk-behind tractors rather than large-scale equipment. “In this way, we can actually take the children and begin to have them involved in farming,” says Taylor. With some of Eliada’s residential students coming from metropolitan areas like Charlotte and Raleigh, “a lot of the kids have never seen a tomato plant,” say Rainwater. “They come from the inner city, so it’s great exposure for the kids on campus.” But another objective, in addition to eventually growing enough food to sustain Eliada’s residents, is to create a revenue stream. Using connections to Asheville restaurants nurtured through the Eliada Students Training for Advancement workforce development internship program, Taylor aims to sell Eliada Farms produce to local chefs. This idea got a test run during Eliada Farms Week in August, a fundraiser in which veggies and herbs from the Grow Dome were used as ingredients in special dishes and cocktails at local restaurants and bars. “We’re going to grow in a targeted manner,” Taylor says. “So, you’ll see a lot of root vegetables, different kinds of lettuces, tomatoes, then you’ll see things that are more exotic, specialty items.” Ruckman adds that Eliada is also in the process of planting an orchard of around 100 fruit trees, including heirloom varieties of peaches, pears and apples. As the trees mature, beehives will be added as well as chickens, she says, which will be kept “in a chicken bus, which will move from place to place, fertilizing the ground as it goes.” Taylor says produce raised at the farm — as well as, eventually, Eliada Farms-brand value-added products such as pepper sauces and pestos made in Eliada’s commercial kitchen — will be available to the general public through a farm stand that will be the first stage of a multiphase plan for the property. The design, which is still being developed, calls for a deck with a seating area where guests can view the maze and farm plots while sipping coffee or apple cider. “It’ll be a nice place 32

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during meals or selected alternative options such as peanut-butter-and-jelly or grilled cheese sandwiches. “It was an amazing transformation for us when our kitchen started making scratch-made meals,” he says. “The number of PB&Js we made plummeted, our students were eating homemade foods and loving it. Students were eating their vegetables and even asking for seconds. They were excited for salads because they had a hand in growing the tomatoes, salad greens and cucumbers.” GROWING POTENTIAL

FARM LIFE: In decades past, when Eliada still operated as an orphanage, the children worked in the fields and in the Eliada Farms dairy to produce food for their own consumption and to sell. Pictured third from right is Roy Westmoreland, father of Corner Kitchen and Chestnut restaurant co-owner Kevin Westmoreland. Roy and his sister, Mae, grew up at Eliada. Photo courtesy of Eliada to hang out,” he says. “The more community I drive to this campus, the better off this campus is.” He hopes to break ground on the farm stand within the next six months. But he hints at another phase of the plan that he’s not yet ready to discuss in detail — a sort of “cross between the [N.C.] Arboretum, the [WNC] Nature Center and Disneyland” designed for children. “The farm and these projects surrounding the farm are the kinds of things that will make us self-sustaining and will allow us to do some things with our programs and our children that will raise the level of care and allow us to do things that we can’t do today because we’re money-strapped,” he says, noting that he has been working on garnering broad community support for helping get these initiatives off the ground. STEPPING AWAY Interestingly, even with its new homegrown direction, Eliada couldn’t immediately move away from the processed institutional foods that it had been serving its children for years. A grant from the Department of Public Instruction to supplement its food-program fund-


ing required extremely detailed tracking of calories, proteins and other nutrients — metrics that are only available when using prepackaged foods. “Making homemade pesto with grilled chicken and salad sounds like a very healthy meal, but it doesn’t fit within the program because you don’t easily have the nutritional breakdowns on scratchmade foods,” says Rainwater. “It is our feeling that the grant uses outdated nutrition information and guidelines and is cumbersome to administer, and so we chose to not reapply,” says Ruckman, noting Eliada still has a federal Child and Adult Care Food Program grant, which is implemented by most children’s homes, child care centers and centers for adults with disabilities. “This decision around the DPI was made easier by the fact that we have cost savings growing our own vegetables while tying into our long-term goal of sustainability,” Rainwater explains. “We’re serving our students quality organic, delicious and nutritious foods while giving them the opportunity for STEM education in our Grow Dome.” And, so far, the choice has proven to be a winner with the students — even with children and teens who had previously chosen to stay in their cottages

With all the other changes happening at Eliada this year, the new-andimproved Corn Maze stands out to Taylor as a landmark achievement. “It’s probably one of the proudest things that’s happening for me here,” he says. Before Sheffield came aboard as farm manager, the maze had, incredibly, been entirely planted and maintained each year by Eliada’s maintenance staff with guidance and help from local farmers, including Bud Sales of Sales Farm and Greenhouse in Fairview. But this year’s maze has been Taylor’s and Sheffield’s special project. “We disced the earth repeatedly,” he says. “We had help from the agricultural extension office, who came out and talked to us about weed control and what we could expect, what to watch out for. We planted in a brand-new way in terms of how close together we placed the corn.” And then they waited. And, so far, things look much better than Taylor could have anticipated. Although without using pesticides, insects could still prove to be a problem, this year’s crop looks as healthy as any he’s seen at Eliada. “It’s 11, 12 feet tall; beautiful, sweet corn,“ he says. “We planted 350,000 seeds — we could have a million ears of corn.” As in previous years, the maze design, with its theme of “10 Years of Family Fun,” was cut by an Idahobased, family-owned company called MazePlay, which creates hundreds of field mazes each year around the country with a GPS-guided tractor. This year’s trail is total of 3.7 miles long, comprising three separate paths of differing lengths and complexity. Some of the sweet corn grown this year in the maze will be served grilled on the cob at the Corn Maze concession stand, which will be run for the first time by Foothills Meats, according to Rainwater. The rest of it will be

It’s a bit early in the game to have an idea of how these huge shifts will impact Eliada and the hundreds of infants, children and young adults it serves each year. But Taylor and other staff members seem convinced things are moving in the best possible direction. “We’re changing things not for the sake of change, but because we need to,” says Taylor. “We need to be more self-sufficient; we need to be sustainable — in today’s world, we need that desperately.”  X

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CULTIVATING YOUNG MINDS: One of the first steps in Eliada’s journey to creating a selfsustaining farm was to install a geodesic Grow Dome with aquaponic and hydroponic systems. Students receive STEM education in the dome, helping with planting, maintaining and harvesting the vegetables and herbs and caring for the tilapia fish. Photo courtesy of Eliada frozen or otherwise preserved to be served to the children. In honor of the 10th anniversary, tickets will be offered at a lower price than in years past — $10 for all ages, free for children ages 3 and younger. And yet another first for 2018 is the addition of beer and hard cider on Friday nights and weekends — a change that was not taken lightly by this organization that was founded on Christian values and serves many children whose lives have been negatively affected by substance abuse. “It was a long, hard process to figure out if this would be a fit for us,” says Rainwater. “But it feels like a good fit for Asheville; if we were in another community, maybe not. It’s one more way that we can get people on campus and hopefully get to see a new demographic at the Corn Maze.” Each weekend of the maze, breweries, including Catawba Brewing Co., Lagunitas, Oskar Blues Brewing, French Broad River Brewery, Burial Beer Co. and Pisgah Brewing Co., are donating their products for Eliada to sell at the event. Rainwater says Eliada is also working to expand outreach regarding other maze offerings, which include field trips and corporate nights for businesses.

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FARM & GARDEN BULLINGTON GARDENS 95 Upper Red Oak Trail, Hendersonville, 828-698-6104, • TU (9/18), 10-11am “Dahlia Daze,” tour of the dahlia gardens in full bloom. Registration suggested. Free. BUNCOMBE COUNTY EXTENSION MASTER GARDENERS 828-255-5522,, Buncombe MasterGardeners@ • TH (9/20), 10amnoon - “Gardening in

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LIVING WEB FARMS 828-891-4497, • TU (9/18), 6-7:30pm “Planning & Maintaining a Living Roof,” workshop. Registration required. $10. Held at Living Web FarmsBiochar Facility, 220 Grandview Lane Hendersonville POLK COUNTY FRIENDS OF AGRICULTURE BREAKFAST • 3rd WEDNESDAYS, 7-8am - Monthly breakfast with presentations regarding agriculture. Admission by donation. Held at Green Creek Community Center, 25 Shields Road, Green Creek

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For those unfamiliar with the terrain, it’s a bit of a trick to find Addie’s Chapel United Methodist Church. Although it’s really just a stone’s throw from Interstate 40 in Marion, the church feels remote, hidden along a twisting road in a community of small homes and trailers nestled against steep hillsides. But on a recent late-summer afternoon, the church’s parking lot was a bustling hub of activity. Selected as the launch site for MANNA FoodBank’s brand-new Pop-Up Markets program, nearly 70 community members gathered near a line of folding tables beside a MANNA box truck. The neighbors — a mix of races, genders and ages, from elderly folks to young parents with babies and toddlers in tow — chatted while filling shopping bags with fresh, healthy and free grocery options. The tables offered everything from oranges, zucchini and potatoes to potted herb plants and protein-rich items like soup stocks and yogurt. Although Addie’s Chapel isn’t one of MANNA’s official partner agencies, which must meet specific requirements and go through an application process, the Pop-Up Markets program permits any organization or individual in a community of need to team up with MANNA to host food distribution events. “It allows us to work a little outside the box and collaborate with new and different partners,” says agency relations manager Amy Haynes, who is coordinating the program. The concept struck some West Marion residents as a great opportunity. “This is the central location for our community,” says Paula Avery, who lives near the church and is the executive director of the West Marion Community Forum, a group of residents who are working to create avenues for accessing muchneeded resources for their neighborhood. “[Our pastor] is really passionate about doing a food pantry, so we thought, ‘Well, we’ll do this pop-up, maybe a couple of them, and see what happens.’” The area surrounding Addie’s Chapel lacks a food pantry, yet it’s one of many pockets of deep need that MANNA has identified through recent research within its 16-county service area. Most state and


ON THE MOVE: MANNA has steadily increased its capacity and donor network in order to offer fresh produce and proteins to its distribution area. A planned Mobile Resource Center will help get those items to communities in desperate need. Photo courtesy of MANNA federal statistics show that an average of one in four children and one in six adults in Western North Carolina are food-insecure. But the nonprofit’s data revealed small communities where the actual numbers for children were closer to eight or nine out of 10. And those sectors of dire need aren’t limited to remote, rural corners of WNC. Many are hiding right under the nose of Asheville’s thriving food scene — a corner of the Oakley neighborhood, parts of Swannanoa and a community outside Candler, just to name a few. When MANNA looked at those alarming metrics alongside a map of its partner agencies’ food pantry locations, a shocking realization dawned. “We identified communities across 16 counties where, not only do we have a food desert, but we also have a pantry desert,” says MANNA chief development officer Mary Nesbitt. “We felt, literally, a moral obligation to something about this.” MANNA’s answer is an initiative called the Mobile Resource Center. A $170,000 gift from the Glass Foundation will fund the purchase of a new truck retrofitted with shelves and refrigeration units to create a food pantry on wheels that will be able to access under-

served communities that lack their own pantries. Additionally, a portion of a recently announced grant from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina will fund a new staff position for the planning and oversight of the Mobile Resource Center program. Although plans for the truck are still in the works, Nesbitt says it will be designed like a mobile grocery store, with a center aisle lined with reach-in coolers and display shelves. “We won’t just have to dump out boxes on the lawn,” she says. “People will be able to walk inside and shop and select the items they want and need. Making it possible for clients to shop for their food versus handing out prepackaged boxes of food eliminates waste and is in keeping with our commitment to provide food with hope and dignity.” The MRC will also collaborate with other agencies in the communities it visits to provide a sort of one-stop shop of services, such as emergency utilities assistance, literacy, transportation, senior services and more. “So while they’re in their neighborhood, folks can solve more than one challenge while they’re there,” says Nesbitt.

MANNA envisions running the truck four to five days per week, perhaps including Saturdays to help accommodate the hectic schedules of the working poor who often hold down multiple jobs to make ends meet. During the nine months to one year that it will take to retrofit the truck, Nesbitt says, MANNA will be using its Pop-Up Markets to support and inform the mobile pantry effort. “While we’re out there in those communities where we don’t have partner pantries and people don’t have access to the food they need, we’ll be building relationships and laying groundwork for the places we’ll be able to take our Mobile Resource Center,” Nesbitt explains. Ultimately, the MRC and Pop-Up Markets programs are the culmination of step-by-step work MANNA’s been doing for almost five years to

HUNGER ACTION MONTH Every September, MANNA FoodBank joins Feeding America’s Hunger Action Month campaign with events aimed at inspiring people to take action to end food insecurity in their communities. Here are a few upcoming activities: Wednesday, Sept. 12 — Ingles Day at the Mountain State Fair. Bring five cans of Laura Lynn products to donate to MANNA at the fair gates in exchange for free admission Sunday, Sept. 16 — Grapes, Grain and Graham. A ticketed wine and beer dinner with Highland Brewing Co., Sovereign Remedies and the Biltmore Winery at Highland Brewing Co. to benefit MANNA FoodBank. Thursday, Sept. 20 — Community Night at Highland Brewing Co. Highland Brewing will donate $1 to MANNA for every beer sold in the tasting room. Saturday, Sept. 22 — Preserve Communities Grand Prix Calcutta equine event to benefit MANNA FoodBank. preservecommunities. com/calcutta Monday, Sept. 24 — 17th annual Empty Bowls Lunch and Dinner fundraising events at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Biltmore Village. Details: Visit Asheville Empty Bowls on Facebook For further details about Hunger Action Month in Western North Carolina, visit

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the right food to manage their heart disease. We’ve made a commitment that people’s health outcomes should not be different just because they’re economically disadvantaged.” Visit for details about MANNA’s programming and partner agencies. To learn about the MANNA Pop-Up Markets program, contact Amy Haynes at  X


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TALKING ABOUT RYE Asheville bartenders discuss the resurgence of rye whiskey

FOLLOWING THE GRAIN: Whiskey flavors echo those of the grains they’re made from, says Chris Faber, left, of the soon-to-open Save Me the Waltz. “So rye whiskey tends to be spicy and astringent, without the sweetness you’d get in bourbon,” he says. Rye whiskey reminds some of rye bread, says Emily Nyokka, right, of Post 70 Indulgence Bar. Photo by Luke Van Hine






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It’s a quirk of popular culture that things go in and out of fashion. Women’s skirt hemlines get longer and shorter; men’s neckties get wider and skinnier. And often the changes seem capricious, not based on practical concerns. But when it comes to spirits, the popularity of a particular alcoholic beverage can ebb and flow for reasons that make sense. To a large extent, that’s been the case with rye whiskey. Though it was out of favor — and hard to find on liquor store shelves — for a generation, the grain-based spirit has a long history in the United States. In fact, rye whiskey was one of the earliest alcoholic beverages distilled in the New World. “Its history goes all the way back to the 1600s,” says Chris Faber, vice president of the Asheville chapter of the U.S. Bartenders’ Guild and co-owner of the soon-to-open downtown bar, Save Me the Waltz. “The German culture — the ‘Pennsylvania Dutch’ — started making rye here,” he explains. The grain grows well in Europe’s “rye belt,” a region that includes Poland, northern Germany


and some of the former western Soviet satellite countries. Domestically, “rye became immensely popular and was produced mostly in the Northeast,” Faber says. In fact, two of the names most associated with domestic rye whiskey, Beam and Overholt, are families of Germanic descent. Rye became a spirit of choice after the American Revolution, when another popular alcoholic beverage suddenly became unavailable. “We couldn’t get rum anymore, because the British, Spain and France controlled the Caribbean,” where rum was produced, Faber explains. Rye’s popularity blossomed, and a number of classic cocktails — the Old Fashioned, the Manhattan, the Boulevardier — would develop around the spirit. But distilling from rye was always expensive because, unlike corn, the grain contains comparatively little sugar. And sugar is needed for fermentation, a critical step in spirit-making. Faber says that in the earliest days, farmers would make rye whiskey from surplus unsold grain; mass production would have been prohibitively expensive.

In the 1800s, the Sazerac cocktail, originally made with cognac, became popular in New Orleans and beyond. Bartenders switched to rye as the primary ingredient when a grape blight in France made cognac extremely rare and expensive. Beginning in 1920, the 18th Amendment made all alcoholic beverages in the U.S. illegal until Prohibition was repealed in 1933. Even with the return of legal booze, many distillers switched to industrial alcohol production during World War II. Rye continued to be moderately popular until the late 1960s, when tastes changed (or were guided) toward sweeter cocktails. Only with the birth of 21stcentury craft cocktail culture has rye once again become widely available on liquor store shelves and behind the bar. Today, the distinctive whiskey is a popular ingredient in classic and modern cocktails, and it increasingly shows up in the cabinets of home bartenders. “I see a resurgence of people wanting to know how to do things with their hands,” says Emily Nyokka of Post 70 Indulgence Bar. “It’s a curiosity and fascination with how things used to be.”

Rye is easily distinguished from other whiskeys by its flavor profile. “The whiskey follows the grain,” Faber says. “So rye whiskey tends to be spicy and astringent, without the sweetness you’d get in bourbon.” Nyokka says that rye’s flavor can remind some of rye bread. (But not the caraway flavor of seeded rye bread; that’s a flavor you

SAZERAC Courtesy of Emily Nyokka, Post 70 Indulgence Bar • 2 ounces rye • 1 barspoon of gomme syrup* • 5 dashes Peychaud’s Bitters • absinthe Combine rye, syrup and bitters in a bar glass with ice; stir until glass is frosted. Set aside. Pour a bit of absinthe into a chilled rocks glass; swirl to coat inside of glass and discard absinthe. Strain contents of mixing glass into absinthe-coated rocks glass. Express the oil from a lemon peel onto the top of the drink, rub the around the rim of the glass, and drop peel into glass. *Made with gum arabic and sugar. Feel free to substitute a Demerara sugar-water syrup made with a 2:1 ratio.

find in kummel or akavit, spirits we’ll cover in future columns.) Both Faber and Nyokka mention Old Overholt as a well-known, inexpensive and easily found rye whiskey. But Post 70’s selection includes at least a half dozen rye-based spirits, each with its own character. Woodford Reserve is a popular choice. Dickel is spicier and more assertive — we found it to have more character overall. Knob Creek is a 100-proof rye with a milder spice profile and a faint hint of peanut. Rittenhouse tends toward the peppery side. To be classified as rye whiskey, a spirit need contain only 51 percent rye-based alcohol, so distillers often add complexity (or smoothness or character) by adding distillates from other grains. Nyokka has good things to say about most rye whiskeys but suggests that first-timers not start with a high-proof variety like Knob Creek. Faber notes that rye, like other spirits, mellows with age. “When you get a little more barrel age on rye, it softens a bit,” he says. Faber encourages those who enjoy a good cocktail to try it the classic way, and that often means using rye. We can vouch for his Vieux Carré recipe (see sidebar). While many recipes call for all sweet ingredients, the spicy rye in Faber’s version balances nicely with the other components of the drink. “In a Manhattan or a Sazerac, the difference between rye and bourbon is amazing,” he says. “And if you’re drinking those cocktails with bourbon — like most people do —you’re not having it the way it was originally intended.”

Save Me the Waltz, a craft cocktail bar and jazz club named after Zelda Fitzgerald’s 1932 semiautobiographical novel, is scheduled to open in late September downtown at 56 Patton Ave. in the space previously occupied by Ellington Underground. Post 70 Indulgence Bar is at 1155 Tunnel Road.  X

VIEUX CARRÉ Courtesy of Chris Faber, Save Me the Waltz • 2 ounces rye (Rittenhouse is recommended) • 3/4 ounce sweet vermouth • ¼ ounce Benedictine • 2 dashes Peychaud’s Bitters Combine ingredients in a bar glass with ice; stir until glass is frosted. Strain into an ice-filled rocks glass. Garnish with a strip of lemon peel.

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Grassroots changes A lot has happened to Asheville and its beer scene since the city hosted the inaugural Brewgrass craft beer festival in 1996. At the time, Highland Brewing Co. was the lone local brewery, and Brewgrass — initially known as the Great Smokies Craft Brewers Invitational — was the only local festival showcase for the growing Southeastern craft beer scene. Today, breweries are booming in Asheville and around Western North Carolina, and there’s no shortage of beer festivals. Brewgrass, which returns Saturday, Sept. 15, to Memorial Stadium, remains a major Asheville beer celebration. Attendance is expected to be 1,5002,000, according to Abby Dickinson, who is helping organize the event. Most attendees will be from Asheville and WNC, but she says she also anticipates some visitors from surrounding cities such as Charlotte, Atlanta, Raleigh, Greenville, S.C., and from eastern Tennessee. Guests will again find a wide array of alcoholic craft beverages from more than 40 breweries, cider makers and even producers of mead wine. Also on tap will be food and bluegrass music by Acoustic Syndicate, Mountain Heart and the Songs From the Road Band. Food vendors are Mojo Kitchen, Luella’s Bar-B-Q, the Root Down food truck and Cecila’s Kitchen. But there will also be some changes this year, both visible and behind the scenes. Jimi Rentz, the longtime Brewgrass producer, has stepped back, turning over day-to-day duties to others. Rentz will remain a Brewgrass partner, along with Eddie Dewey and Danny McClinton, and this year they


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New developments abound for the 22nd annual Brewgrass Festival

TRADITIONAL FUN: Attendees enjoy the 2016 Brewgrass Festival at Memorial Stadium. Asheville’s original craft beer festival returns Sept. 15 with bluegrass bands and more than 40 breweries, cideries and meaderies. Photo courtesy of Asheville Ale Trail are joined by Joe Baker, who is also a partner in Yee Haw Brewing Co. of Johnson City, Tenn. Rentz, however, remains “the godfather of Brewgrass,” says Dewey. “It’s very important for him to be involved as someone who understands why it was created and what it is.” Wicked Weed Brewing Co., which has not participated in recent years, will be back for 2018. And for the first time, the Asheville Brewers Alliance will share the festival proceeds along with longtime beneficiary Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Western North Carolina. According to Dickinson, the latter organization will provide 40 or more volunteers for the event. In another change, there will not be shuttles to haul visitors up to Memorial Stadium. Since parking is very limited near the entrance, the public is urged to use a taxi or ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft. Additional tweaks are being considered regarding music and food offerings for 2019, but Dewey notes that nothing has been finalized.


“We need new energy and new focus,” Dewey says. “What made a beer festival successful years ago is a lot different than what makes a beer festival successful today. Craft beer has changed in the last 20 years. We have to reinvent the experience, how folks want to enjoy beer. We have to make it more interesting. We have to appeal to a new generation.” As such, Dewey says Brewgrass is looking to have a more “robust” music lineup in 2019. While the event “will always be focused toward bluegrass,” it will also embrace other genres. To pep up the beer line for 2018, seven breweries will bring out brand-new creations or release new batches of prized beers, which will first be available at Brewgrass. Businesses with exclusive offerings are Wedge Brewing Co., French Broad River Brewery, Nantahala Brewing Co., Asheville Brewing Co., Green Man Brewery and Bhramari Brewing Co. Also in that group is Hillman Beer, offering its Four Fat Baby Belgian-style Quad, which took a bronze medal at last year’s Great American Beer Festival in Denver.

“It’s a special beer, and we wanted to showcase it [at Brewgrass],” says Hillman co-founder Brad Hillman. “It’s great to see the community and all of our supporters, and we want to get in front of new people that haven’t had a chance to try our beer.” The 2018 Brewgrass will be Hillman Beer’s second time at the festival. The brewery pours at only a handful of such gatherings each year. “I think beer festivals need to focus more on releasing new things or re-releasing older beer and making [events] more special,” Hillman says. Though numerous beer festivals have come and gone in the past 22 years on the local and regional scenes, Brewgrass has endured. Mike Rangel, president of Asheville Brewing and interim director of the Asheville Brewers Alliance, which represents local breweries and beer-related businesses, believes that the festival has also played a key role in Asheville’s emergence as a major beer destination. “Brewgrass is one of the reasons that Asheville became Beer City,” says Rangel, whose brewery will release a Norwegian farmhouse IPA, made with yeast from Norway, at the event and debut the dry Brutgrass IPA. “It’s almost like homecoming weekend.” Festivalgoers can bring lawn chairs, but must leave pets and outside alcohol at home. Service animals can be admitted. Organizers also recommend that attendees consider bringing hats, sunscreen and cash to buy food or souvenirs.  X

WHAT 22nd annual Brewgrass Festival WHERE Memorial Stadium Asheville WHEN 1-6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15. Tickets are $125 for VIP, $45 for general admission in advance. Day-of general admission is $65. Safe-driver (no alcohol) tickets are $25 at the gate.


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by Thomas Calder |

Local beekeepers host honey-tasting contest Local beekeeper Sarah McKinney’s involvement in the bee scene began about 13 years ago when she enrolled in a class with the Buncombe County Beekeepers Club. Shortly thereafter, she got her first colony. Today she runs as many as 150 hives, depending on the needs of her Weaverville business, Honey and the Hive (formerly Wild Mountain Bees). On Monday, Sept. 17, McKinney joins the Madison County Beekeepers Association for a honey tasting contest, recipe competition and potluck. During the event, McKinney will offer advice on preparing honey bees for the colder months. “Winter is the most stressful time for bees,” McKinney explains. “So it is important that they are ready ... before it gets cold.” Along with tips and techniques for preserving colonies, the event will also offer bee enthusiasts a chance to sample and vote on their favorite local honey and recipe created by members of the Madison County Beekeepers Association. Winners will earn bragging rights for the year, says association volunteer Rachell Skerlec. The gathering will conclude with a community potluck. Skerlec notes that the event is free to attend, but hopes those who do will consider joining the Madison County Beekeepers Association, which hosts monthly events and has an annual membership fee of only $10 per family. “We encourage people to come if they are bee-curious and want to learn how to get started,” she says. “They can talk to other beekeepers, see who is in their neighborhood and learn who could be a mentor for them.” For McKinney, participation in the event is an extension of her daily work at Honey and the Hive. “Though we are a retail store, our mission is to help bees by helping beekeepers,” she says. Along with selling jars of honey, equipment and accessories, the store offers free classes. “Because if [the bees] go, we go,” McKinney adds. Preparing for Winter & Honey Tasting Contest runs 6-8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17, at 258 Carolina Lane, Marshall. For more information and to sign up for the competitions, visit THIRD ANNUAL PEDAL TO PLATE Pedal to Plate returns to the roads and farms of Madison County 40

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Loved (Oct. 23). Each class is limited to 20 seats and will include wine-andcheese pairings. Around the World in Wine runs 6-7 p.m. Tuesdays Sept. 18-Oct. 23 at MetroWines, 169 Charlotte St. Tickets are $25 per class or $125 for all six classes. For details and to register, visit FOOD PANTRY FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS

HANDLING THE HIVES: Beekeeper Sarah McKinney will join the Madison County Beekeepers Association for a honey tasting contest, recipe competition and potluck. Photo by Orbital Socket, courtesy of Honey and the Hive for its third year on Sunday, Sept. 16. Throughout the day, cyclists will travel 36 miles and tour five properties (Wendy Town Farms, Floating Leaf Family Farm, Echoview Fiber Mill, East Fork Farm and Root Bottom Farm), concluding with a farm-to-table dinner at Root Bottom Farm prepared by Asheville chef Dava Melton of Blessed 2 Cook. A portion of the day’s proceeds will benefit Community Housing Coalition in Madison County, a nonprofit that works to promote and facilitate healthy, safe and affordable housing through advocacy, education and resource development. The third annual Pedal to Plate begins at 9 a.m. Sunday, Sept 16, at Root Bottom Farm, 1201 East Fork Road. Full-day tickets are $75 and include the bike tour, dinner, farm tours, swag bag and refreshments along the course; tickets just for the ride are $30. To purchase, visit GRAPES, GRAINS AND GRAHAM Highland Brewing Co., Biltmore Estate Winery and chef Graham House of Sovereign Remedies will join forces Sunday, Sept. 16, for a wine and beer dinner pairing that benefits MANNA FoodBank. Highlights from the four-


course meal include muscadine and cucumbers paired with Highland Pilsner and Vitrus White; The American Pig porchetta paired with Clawhammer Oktoberfest and Vanderbilt Reserve Russian River Valley pinot noir; and buttermilk pie paired with Daycation IPA and dry rosé. “Our long-standing partnerships with these top-tier local businesses are because of their dedication to eradicating hunger,” says MANNA CEO Hannah Randall, who adds that for every $1 raised, MANNA can provide three and a half meals. Grapes, Grain and Graham runs 5-9 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16, at Highland Brewing Co., 12 Old Charlotte Highway. Tickets are $100 per adult, age 21 and older. To purchase, visit AROUND THE WORLD IN WINE Around the World in Wine is a series of six Tuesday evening classes led by Andy Hale, director of the Asheville School of Wine. Courses begin Sept. 18. Topics and wine regions include: Wine Essentials (Sept. 18), France (Sept. 25), Italy (Oct. 2), The Iberian Peninsula (Oct. 9), Wines of the New World (Oct. 16) and Wines You Never Knew You

Western Carolina University, Eblen Charities and Ingles Markets have teamed up to create a food pantry for the university’s graduate students. Located at WCU’s Biltmore Park instructional site, the pantry offers students full menu selections, with no expired or damaged goods on its shelves. Hygiene items, family and household needs are also available. Western Carolina University’s Biltmore Park instructional site is at 28 Schenck Parkway, suite 102. For details, contact WCU’s Center for Service Learning at servicelearning@ or 828-277-7184. NCRLA MIXOLOGIST OF THE YEAR Bartender Joe Nicol of The Times at S&W won Mixologist of the Year with his signature drink, Turn Left at Albuquerque, at the North Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association’s third annual Chef Showdown on Aug. 27 in Charlotte. The beverage’s name, inspired by a saying from the Bugs Bunny cartoon, features fresh-pressed carrot juice from local farmers markets, as well as Fainting Goat Spirits Emulsion gin, fennel cordial made with Fainting Goat Spirits Tiny Cat vodka, fresh-pressed Hendersonville apples, fresh pineapple and lime from JMJ Tomato Co. and honey syrup from Asheville Bee Charmer. “Carrots, to me, are a versatile ingredient not being used enough in cocktails,” says Nicol. “I think it makes a great end-ofsummer drink and also brings to mind many fall cocktails.” The competition featured chefs, pastry chefs and mixologists from across the state. The Times at S&W is at 56 Patton Ave. Hours are Tuesday-Sunday 5 p.m.midnight. For more information, visit  X



Jonathan Scales premieres ‘Pillar’ with a local performance among his wildly diverse influences. But he says that with his new music, he aimed for the cinematic quality found in the work of Danny Elfman. “The Nightmare Before Christmas soundtrack was a big influence on me during the writing process,” Scales says. One of Pillar’s standout tracks is the nervy “How to Rebuild Your Battleship.” After a careening steel drum melodic line — one so precisely executed that it feels like a sequencer program rather than Scales and his mallets — the tune features a stuttering and menacing bass break reminiscent of “Indiscipline,” a mid-1980s King Crimson track. The two textures contrast sharply but exist in a kind of skewered harmony. That tension between coexisting elements is a key characteristic of the album as a whole. “Once you make an album, you usually realize things you wish you had


ONCE MORE, WITH FEELING: On Pillar, the latest album from the Jonathan Scales Fourchestra, composer and steel pan player Scales reversed his standard method, starting with the emotional content and building from there. Photo by Sandlin Gaither

BY BILL KOPP Composer, band leader and steel drum player Jonathan Scales maintains a busy and challenging schedule. In just the last two years or so, he’s toured internationally as part of the U.S. State Department’s cultural ambassador program, given a TEDx Talk, played at Victor Wooten’s music camp and produced an album by his friend, musical associate and fellow Asheville resident Chuck Lichtenberger. Amid those activities, he made time to record his sixth studio album of original music — he celebrates the release of Pillar with a show at Isis Music Hall on Friday, Sept. 14. Scales’ approach to writing music is a hybrid of composition with “moments of improvisation,” he says. He contrasts

his method with the traditional jazz approach of playing the “head” or basic melodic line once, then allowing each band member to take a turn at soloing, and then restating the head at the end. “Every single tune of mine uses a different road map,” he says. “It’s more about what needs to happen in a particular moment to express whatever needs to be expressed.” Pillar features a number of high-profile guest players, including bassists Wooten, MonoNeon and Oteil Burbridge, Béla Fleck on banjo, saxophonist Jeff Coffin and percussionist Weedie Braimah. “I had the guests in mind before we went in the the studio,” Scales says. He composed with consideration for their styles: “How would I want the drums to play so that the banjo would fit nicely in there?” The basic tracks for Pillar were cut over the course of a two-day session at

Echo Mountain Recording. “I’d been there before doing [sessions] for other people,” Scales says. “But this was my first time recording at Echo for myself.” With Scales on steel pans plus bassist E’Lon Bruce Jordan-Dunlap and drummer Maison Guidry, the approach was straightforward: “Record, record, record, record,” Scales says with a laugh. “And then at the end, we came out and asked, ‘What just happened?’” With multiple takes of each of Pillar’s eight songs from which to choose, Scales and his sidemen listened to the recordings and chose the best. Then — in separate sessions at other locations — the guest artists added their parts. Scales’ signature steel drum sound is at the center of the Pillar recordings, but all the players shine. The band leader cites Thundercat, John Cage, Stravinsky and Johann Sebastian Bach MOUNTAINX.COM


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A &E done differently,” Scales says. But as the release date for Pillar approaches, he doesn’t feel that way at all. “This is the culmination of the last 11 or 12 years of my career,” he says. “It is what it is, and I love it as is. I wouldn’t change anything.” For Scales, who turns 34 the day of the hometown show, change is a creative catalyst. “A lot of life changes — moving to different houses, relationship things — inspired the album,” he says. And as he faced those events, ones that psychologists agree are among the most emotionally traumatic, he says he has felt the need to be strong. “It might be a subconscious thing,” he says, “but I feel like I’ve needed to be stable for everything and everyone around me: a pillar.” Scales continues, “I’m not saying that I make everything happen, doing this, doing that. But it’s something that I thrust upon myself, trying make sure everything is taken care of. And when things are overwhelming and approach a breaking point, using that same pillar analogy, there were times when there was too much weight that I was trying to hold.” While that subtext may have served as a creative engine in the making of


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Pillar (credited to the Jonathan Scales Fourchestra), the music has an uptempo, playful and adventurous exuberance that belies such weighty notions. Emotion does provide the spark for Scales’ music writing, but he says that, in the past, he has applied it in a detached fashion. “On the songs I’ve released before, I would sometimes come from a more technical place,” he says. “There was always emotion behind it, but there were always techniques that I wanted to try out ... things like that.” Scales adds, “This time, I started with the emotional parts and then used my techniques to try to put them across.”  X

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by Paul Clark

TIME FOR ‘THE TALK’ Emmett Till play dramatizes the struggles black families still face



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Like a lot of black parents, Mike Wiley has had “The Talk” with his kids. Kids of color are different in police officers’ eyes, parents tell their children. Do what they say. Be respectful. Keep your hands visible at all times. Mamie Till likely had “The Talk” with her 14-year-old son, Emmett Till, in August 1955, before he boarded a train in Chicago to visit relatives in Money, Miss. “It’s different down there, son,” she probably said. “Be careful.” Emmett ended up kidnapped, tortured and killed for allegedly whistling at a white woman. That, along with other high- and low-profile examples of brutality enacted on people of color, is why parents like Wiley still have to have “The Talk.” He is bringing his one-man play, Dar He: The Story of Emmett Till, to Asheville. It opens Wednesday, Sept. 19, at N.C. Stage Company. Wiley, an actor and playwright who lives in Pittsboro, will perform some three dozen characters who played a role in Till’s journey to the Mississippi Delta and the hatred he encountered there. Wiley is performing Dar He at N.C. Stage Company at the request of its artistic director, Charlie FlynnMcIver, an “old friend” from the theater world, Wiley says. The Emmett Till story reverberates today because of increased attention “to police brutality and the death of African-American men in America at the hands of white males,” Wiley says. “Its resonance now is a call to action in our voting booths, in the streets.” Drawing upon historic interviews, Wiley recreates the events that foreshadow and follow Emmett Till’s brutal death at the hands of J.W. Milam and his half-brother Roy Bryant after Bryant’s wife, Carolyn Bryant Donham, accused Till of accosting her in the family grocery store. (Falsely, as it turns out, according to the 2017 book, The Blood of Emmett Till, by Duke University professor Timothy Tyson.) Milam and Bryant stood trial for Till’s murder. Testifying against them was Emmett’s great-uncle, Moses Wright. Asked by the prosecution to

identify the men who kidnapped his great-nephew, Wright pointed to one or both defendants (accounts vary) and said, in his Delta patois, “Dar He.” Wiley used those words for the title of his play. Milam and Bryant were acquitted by an all-white, all-male jury. (They later confessed to the crime in an interview with Look magazine. Wright was forced to relocate to Chicago.) Mamie chose to have an open coffin during her son’s funeral, which brought national attention to the racial injustices and brutalities taking place in Mississippi, the South and the nation, and the event has been credited as being one of the catalysts of the modern civil rights movement. In 2004, Wiley was taking his plays around the country (his theatrical works highlight other prominent figures in black history, such as the Tuskegee Airmen and Henry “Box” Brown, a Virginia slave who mailed himself to freedom in a wooden crate) when he heard rapper/singer Kanye West say, in his song “Through the Wire,” that his face after a car wreck looked like Emmett Till’s after that 1955 assault. That annoyed Wiley. “It set me on a mission to educate young people who may have believed that if Kayne West survived [the car accident], maybe Emmett Till should have survived [lynching],” Wiley says. He can’t remember how long it was before he started writing the play, but he was goaded to do so each time he heard the song. “It was like a needle in my side,” he says. Performing the play “takes an emotional toll,” Wiley says. “Making a sincere attempt to personalize the characters — the actor’s duty is to be true to the character — is gut-wrenching.” Wiley grew up in Roanoke, Va., at a time when that city had a black mayor, Noel Calvin Taylor. Wiley saw possibilities for black people, not obstacles. He doesn’t remember the first time he heard about Emmett Till — likely it was before he went to Catawba College in Salisbury and listened to stories


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GIVING VOICE: Mike Wiley portrays Emmett Till’s life and death in his one-man play Dar He: The Story of Emmett Till. Photo courtesy of Wiley about the 1906 lynching of three black men in town. Wiley’s research into creating Dar He was painful, he says. But it helped him make sense of why some people hate Barack Obama. “It set me on a course to understanding the backlash that he, as a president, would achieve after he was elected,” Wiley says. The play “came out of a similar kind of backlash — white America in the Deep South and around the county who saw the Brown v. Board of Education as a slap in the face. The killing of Emmett Till was in part a response to that. The lynching of a number of African-American men in that time was part of the pushback.” He continues, “With the election of Obama, we hoped that ‘The Talk’ wouldn’t have to happen. But sadly, we saw through our smartphone videos and police dash cams that we have to be forever vigilant and have these talks until the arrest rate of people in our black and brown communities comes to a place where it’s normalized.” This summer, the FBI reopened its investigation into Till’s murder, citing

“new information” that it declined to elaborate upon. The tragedy, which took place more than 65 years ago, is still very much in the public consciousness, making Wiley’s production as current as it is historic. “This [play] is reaching ears that a few years ago may have been deaf,” he says. “But now they are opening and listening and heeding and using the play as a sign of activism.”  X

WHAT Dar He: The Story of Emmett Till WHERE N.C. Stage 15 Stage Lane WHEN Wednesday, Sept. 19-Sunday, Sept. 30 Wednesdays-Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. Sundays at 2 p.m. $10 students/$18-$36 general


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by Ali Mangkang

CREATIVITY CLOSE TO HOME Locals know that Asheville is home to lots of artists and makers. According to the National Center for Arts Research, Asheville ranked in the top 10 “Most Vibrant Art Communities” for cities of similar size in 2018. If you believe, as the authors of this study do, that “creativity is a desirable and necessary element for an innovative and thriving community,” then check out some of the talented artists and instructors cultivating artistic curiosity in our region’s many galleries, studios, storefronts and community spaces. Use this list as a starting point to explore a new interest, jump-start your artistic engine or just get your hands dirty in a totally fun way. Classes are suitable for a range of artistic abilities and ages. Unless otherwise noted, most are in Asheville and require advance registration. Book arts, printmaking and letterpress • Learn creative approaches to printing, bookbinding and other paperbased art forms. Classes are typically one to three days. Asheville Bookworks, 428 Haywood Road, Drawing and illustration • Join artist Alex Alford for a threehour figure-drawing session every Friday evening. Live, nude models. Confirm attendance by emailing Colourfield Studio, 54 Ravenscroft Drive, • Art instructor Pamela Lanza offers focused workshops in drawing and other fundamentals for beginning to advanced artists. Classes range from one day to one month. Locations vary. Fabric arts and sewing • Create a custom-dyed piece of fabric or clothing while learning techniques such as batik and tie-dyeing. Wax On Studio, 4 Mulvaney St., • The Cloth Fiber Workshop inside Riverview Station offers a variety of textile workshops ranging from screen printing to upcycling and making your own plant-based dyes. 191 Lyman St., • Get your stitches straight with sewing classes. Four-week sessions usually run each month. Also, individual classes for 46

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Area classes offer art instruction for all abilities

HANDS ON: Permission to Play classes at Roots + Wings School of Art & Design offer a judgment-free zone where adults can explore making art from various materials in a group setting. Photo courtesy of Roots + Wings teens are available. ARTeries by Stina, 248 Haywood Road, Glass, pottery and ceramic art • “Make Your Own” 30-minute sessions featuring cups, ornaments, jewelry, marbles and more. Ages 11 and older. North Carolina Glass Center, 140 Roberts St., Suite C, • In addition to its longer clay-working series, Odyssey Clayworks hosts two-hour “Ready, Set, Throw” pottery wheel classes on select Friday evenings. All levels. All ages. 236 Clingman Ave., • •Spend a couple of hours painting functional pottery, figurines and dinnerware from a large selection of objects. All ages. Walk-ins welcome. Brevard Clay, 16 W. Main St., Brevard, • • With two locations serving Hendersonville and Asheville, Fired Up Lounge offers a casual drop-in studio environment. Guests can make fused glass objects and mosaics as well as paint on pottery or canvas. Take a spin on the pottery wheel (reserve in advance) or create a clay hand built vessel. All ages. No registration required. 26 Wall St., Asheville;


350 Chadwick Ave., Hendersonville, • Sample lots of craft forms — from painting canvas and pottery to clay hand-building, glass mosaic, silver, clay, jewelry and more. All ages. No registration required. 1378 Hendersonville Road, Suite D, • • Play with fire at Weaverville-based Crucible Glassworks, where you can make your own paperweight or tumbler in a 30-minute workshop. Day classes for beginners and advanced artists run two to four hours. 60 Clarks Chapel Road, Weaverville, Mixed media • Two-hour private sessions in painting, drawing, linoleum block printing, mandala-making and more await students at Urban Art Retreat and Studio of Asheville. Ask about special classes for children, too. 315 Pearson Drive, • Learn how to “marble” paint a scarf, improve your drawing skills or translate your love of landscapes with a small canvas oil painting class. Majik Studios, 207 Coxe Ave., Studio 13, • Heather Hietala’s workshops explore techniques such as batik, embroi-

dery, collage and color across a range of mediums, including textiles, paper and books. Most sessions are two days. Join studio artists from 310 Art in the River Arts District for workshops in their chosen mediums. Upcoming classes include eco-printing, watercolor, metal, clay, jewelry, encaustic painting, card-making and luminaries. Classes are updated frequently and suit a range of abilities and interests. 191 Lyman St., No. 310, Artist Jan Widner offers affordable classes for school-age children at her home studio and workspace in Oakley. Each week, young artists learn about art history while exploring varied techniques and materials. Private lessons for adults are also available. Exploration is the focus of Roots + Wings School of Art & Design. The program’s after-school art sessions serve kids in grades kindergarten through eighth at multiple locations, while various classes, open studios and community events target teens and adults at the school’s Creative Campus in the Oakley community. Registration varies by activity. 573 Fairview Road, Purple Crayon offers studio space for women-identifying artists ages 18 and older. Rotating workshops provide additional opportunities to complete instructor-led craft projects in glass mosaics, jewelry, blockprinting, illustration and more. 9 Old Burnsville Hill Road, Suite 5,

Woodworking • Four-hour sessions with woodworker Scott Meek teach you how to handle tools while refining fundamental skills such as joinery, sharpening and planing. Painting • Bring your own drinks and snacks to this themed painting class where instructors lead you through a project that you can take home. Most classes are for ages 12 and older. 2 Town Square Blvd., No. 150,  X

THEATER REVIEW by Jeff Messer |

‘FIVE WOMEN WEARING THE SAME DRESS’ AT 35BELOW The setup is simple: A behind-closeddoors conversation among bridesmaids forced to wear uniformly atrocious dresses. From its gossip and secrets to the kind of brutal honesty that is as unsettling as it is amusing, Five Women Wearing the Same Dress is a gem of a play. The show, produced by Alpha Psi Omega, a dramatic honor society at UNC Asheville, runs through Sunday, Sept. 23, at 35below. The 1993 play was penned years before playwright Alan Ball gained fame with his HBO shows “Six Feet Under” and “True Blood.” Conversations about AIDS testing, men wearing earrings and hidden lesbian relationships trap the play in an early ’90s setting, though the production does not specifically state the time frame. Missy Sullivan directs the five women (all in bridesmaid attire) and a groomsman with an earring, a twinkle in his eye and a tiny bag of cocaine. The ladies have all retreated to a bedroom while they wait for the bar at the reception to open. They know each other but either have little in common or have drifted apart. They all seem to have issues with the bride, and most have pasts involving more than one man at the wedding. There are a lot of growing pains on display in the first act. 35below is an intimate space in which it’s distracting when actors pretend to light a cigarette or a joint, while obviously not lighting up. The characters are also a bit

one dark secret is revealed. One is particularly unsettling. As the bride’s rebellious younger sister Meredith, Rachel Anderson shines. So does the religious and repressed Frances, played with sincere sweetness by Grace Siplon. Rebecca Boyce, Anna Zurliene and Raina Trent all have standout moments as the play weaves through an array of emotions (both outright and repressed) that are loosened by marijuana and alcohol. Trent gets to have a major scene with Ryan Patrick Miller’s Tripp, late in the show, and their flirtations take on a classic Hollywood film-style banter. The two clearly enjoy the scene and are fun to watch. There’s a nimbleness to the writing that propels the play. It’s the sort of script seasoned performers crave and can elevate. The characters and situations seem simple, but Ball’s craftsmanship as a writer exposes the raw humanity the bridesmaids struggle to keep hidden. The UNCA students are to be credited for having the courage to attempt such roles and emotions, even when they struggle to ring true. There’s little doubt that having done this show will help these performers grow and become even better actors.  X

WHAT Five Women Wearing the Same Dress WHERE 35below 35 Walnut St.

ALL IN A ROW: From left, Rebecca Boyce, Anna Zurliene, Raina Trent, Grace Siplon and Rachel Anderson are the titular bridesmaids in Five Women Wearing the Same Dress. Photo courtesy of Asheville Community Theatre older and more world-weary than the young actors are or can honestly relate to. Luckily, Act I and those uneasy moments are short.

The cast finds comfort in the roles and chemistry with each other in Act II, which is breezier and alternately more emotionally demanding, as more than

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4U — A Symphonic Celebration of Prince Nearly 2 1/2 years have elapsed since Prince departed this world, though The Purple One’s wideranging influence remains firmly terrestrial. One of its latest manifestations is 4U, the first and, so far, only celebration of his music approved by his estate. On Friday, Sept. 14, in the ExploreAsheville. com Arena, a live touring band will perform Prince’s greatest hits and deep cuts with the Asheville Symphony. Acclaimed producer, The Roots’ drummer and noted Prince fan Questlove helped curate the music and arrangements with assistance from early Prince collaborator Brent Fischer and multiinstrumentalist Miguel AtwoodFerguson. The full-sensory presentation is rounded out by photo and video content provided by the Estate of Prince Rogers Nelson. The show begins at 8 p.m. $49.50-$79.50. Photo courtesy of TCG Entertainment and Live Nation Urban


Art in Autumn Downtown Weaverville’s Main Street will swap automobile traffic for artist booths when Art in Autumn returns on Saturday, Sept. 15, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. The 12th iteration of the fine art and craft show features 114 juried artists from across the Southeast, representing a wide variety of disciplines. The judge for the 2018 event is Michael Manes, director of Blue Spiral 1. Artists will be judged to receive awards of $1,000 for best of show, $500 for second place and $300 for third, as well as four $50 honorable mentions. Music from local players begins at 10:30 a.m., and restaurants will be open throughout Art in Autumn’s footprint. Free to attend. Photo courtesy of the Weaverville Business Association

Drag Queen Story Hour


True to its name, Drag Queen Story Hour features a drag queen reading stories to children. The organization has chapters across the U.S. and has held events in libraries, schools, bookstores, museums, summer camps and other community spaces. Though all ages are welcome, organizers say each event “captures the imagination and play of the gender fluidity of childhood and gives kids glamorous, positive and unabashedly queer role models.” Beauty Bar hosts a local edition on Sunday, Sept. 16, 3-5 p.m. Readings by Euphoria will be held around 3:30, 4 and 4:30 p.m. Spellbound Children’s Bookshop will set up a pop-up store at the salon and donate 10 percent of proceeds to One Library at a Time, an organization that establishes libraries in areas of the world without such institutions. Free to attend. Photo of Euphoria by Roxy Taylor

A triple dose of Southeastern indie rock takes to The Grey Eagle stage on Saturday, Sept. 15, for New Belgium Brewing Co.’s Tour de Fat pre-party. (The main event with rockers Built to Spill takes place Sept. 22 just across the French Broad River at the brewery.) Leading the way is The Rock*A*Teens, touring in support of their new album, Sixth House, the Atlanta group’s first in more than 15 years. Also on the bill is fellow Merge Records ensemble Spider Bags (with their own recently released LP in Someday Everything Will Be Fine) and the live, full-band version of Black Mountain artist Seth Kauffman’s solo studio project Floating Action, whose Heartache Essentials came out in June. The festivities begin at 7 p.m. $10 advance/$12 day of show. Photo of The Rock*A*Teens by Brett Falcon

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A & E CALENDAR HOT WORKS FINE ART SHOW ASHEVILLE 941-755-3088, • Through MO (10/1) Submissions accepted for the Hot Works' Asheville Youth Art Show. See website for full details: MISSION HEALTH 509 Biltmore Ave. • Through TH (9/20) Submissions accepted

for artwork to be permanently displayed in the Mission Hospital for Advanced Medicine. More information:

Survivors' Art Show.

OUR VOICE HEART WORKS SURVIVORS ART SHOW 828-252-0562, • Through WE (10/31) - Submissions accepted for the 17th annual

516 S. Trade St., Tryon,

Information: TRYON LITTLE THEATER 828-859-2466, • WE (9/12), 6pm - Open auditions for Dancing at Lughnasa, play by Brian Friel. Contact for full guidelines.

DANCE COUNTRY DANCE W/ TWO-STEP LESSON (PD.) Friday, September 14th, 7-10:30pm. • Presented by Dance For Life. Theme “Rhinestone Cowboy”. Asheville Ballroom. Two-step lesson 7pm8pm. Prizes, Showcase performance by the Starr Dancers. Dance to Waltz •

DOCTOR’S ORDERS: Integrative Family Medicine of Asheville presents the inaugural Mountain Medicine Festival on Sunday, Sept. 16, 3-5:30 p.m. at Wedge at Foundation. The community celebration and concert seeks to highlight and benefit such local environmental nonprofits as Dogwood Alliance, Asheville GreenWorks, Conserving Carolina, MountainTrue and Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy. Featured musicians are singer-songwriter Jay Brown and members of old time/jazz group The Resonant Rogues. Free to attend, but donations are welcome. For more information, visit Photo of The Resonant Rogues by Michelle Nicolette Kowalski (p. 21)

ART ASHEVILLE AREA ARTS COUNCIL 828-258-0710, • WE (9/12), 4-5pm Regional Artist Project Grant information session. Free. Held at The Refinery, 207 Coxe Ave. ASHEVILLE SISTER CITIES 828-782-8025,, ashevillesistercities@gmail. com • WE (9/19), 7-9pm Celebration of the art, culture and food of Mexico with poetry reading, amber sculpture demonstration, dance lessions, vegan mexican cuisine and cocktails. $10. Held at The BLOCK off biltmore, 39 South Market St. BUNCOMBE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARIES governing/depts/library • SA (9/15), 2-3:30pm "An Artist’s Work Gets Digitized," discussion regarding a studio archiving project with art historian Erin Dickey and local artist Connie

Bostic. Free. Held at Pack Memorial Library, 67 Haywood St. • TU (9/19), 6-7:30pm - "Creating Light and Shadow in Watercolor," class. Registration required: 828-250-6488. Materials supplied. Free. Held at Skyland/South Buncombe Library, 260 Overlook Road HAYWOOD COUNTY ARTS COUNCIL 828-452-0593, • TH (9/13), 5:30pm Regional Artist Project Grant information session. Free. Held at Haywood County Arts Council, 86 N Main St., Waynesville IKENOBO IKEBANA SOCIETY 828-696-4103, • TH (9/20), 10am Monthly meeting with demonstration and workshop on the use of chrysanthemums in Japanese flower arranging. Free. Held at First Congregational UCC of Hendersonville, 1735 5th Ave. W., Hendersonville

JACKSON COUNTY GREEN ENERGY PARK 100 Green Energy Park Road, Dillsboro • SA (9/15), 9am-3pm - Youth Arts Festival, outdoor event featuring artist demonstrations, activities, live music and food vendors. Free to attend.

ART/CRAFT STROLLS & FAIRS SHOW & TELL FALL MINI-POP (PD.) 9/15-16, 10am-7pm @ OPTIX EYE CARE. Shop local/indie craft, design, and vintage. 49 N Buncombe School Rd, Weaverville, NC 28787. THIS SATURDAY • FAAL FOR ART SHOW (PD.) Free admission! Fairview Area Art League Annual Art Show, September 15, 10am-3pm. • Fairview Community Center, 1357 Charlotte Hwy, Fairview NC, 28730. Local Artists, Food. MOONLIT ART MARKET • 2nd WEDNESDAYS, 8-11pm - Art and craft fair. Free to attend. Held at

Burial Beer Co., 40 Collier Ave. SOUTHERN HIGHLAND CRAFT GUILD 828-298-7928, • SA (9/15), 10am-4pm & SU (9/16), noon-5pm - 38th annual Heritage Weekend with live music, dancing and traditional craft demonstrations. Free to attend. Held at Folk Art Center, MP 382

AUDITIONS & CALL TO ARTISTS ASHEVILLE AREA ARTS COUNCIL 828-258-0710, • Through FR (10/12) Submissions accepted for the Regional Artist Project Grant with the N.C. Arts Council. Contact for full guidelines. HAYWOOD COUNTY ARTS COUNCIL 828-452-0593, • Through FR (10/12) Submissions accepted for the Regional Artist Project Grant with the N.C. Arts Council. Contact for full guidelines.


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ECS • WCS • Cha-cha • Two-Step • Nightclubtwo. Admission includes Dance and Lesson, $12. 828-333-0715, • EXPERIENCE ECSTATIC DANCE! (PD.) Dance waves hosted by Asheville Movement Collective. Fun and personal/community trans-

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formation. • Fridays, 7pm, Terpsicorps Studios, 1501 Patton Avenue. • Sundays, 8:30am and 10:30am, JCC, 236 Charlotte Street. Sliding scale fee. Information: OLD FARMER'S BALL • THURSDAYS, 8-11pm - Old Farmers Ball, con-

tra dance. $7/$6 members/$1 Warren Wilson Community. Held in Bryson Gym Held at Warren Wilson College, 701 Warren Wilson Road, Swannanoa

dance. Advanced dance

SOUTHERN LIGHTS SQUARE AND ROUND DANCE CLUB 828-697-7732, • SA (9/15), 6pm "School Days," themed

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at 6pm. Early rounds at 7pm. Plus squares and rounds at 7:30pm. Donated school sup-

accepted. Free. Held at Whitmire Activity Center, 310 Lily Pond Road, Hendersonville

AFRICAN DRUM LESSONS AT SKINNY BEATS DRUM SHOP (PD.) Wednesdays 6pm. Billy Zanski teaches a fun approach to connecting with your inner rhythm. Drop-ins welcome. • Drums provided. $15/ class. (828) 768-2826. ASHEVILLE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA 828-254-7046, • SA (9/15), 8pm "Masterworks 1: Wagner, Liszt, Shostakovich," symphony concert with pianist, George Li. $24 and up/$15 and up for youth. Held at Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, 87 Haywood St. CITY OF ASHEVILLE 828-251-1122, • FRIDAYS, 6-9:50pm Asheville outdoor drum circle. Free. Held at Pritchard Park, 4 College St. DIANA WORTHAM THEATRE 18 Biltmore Ave., • SA (9/15), 8pm Mélange, concert featuring more than 30 works in 15 different styles. $20 and up. FLAT ROCK PLAYHOUSE 2661 Highway 225, Flat Rock, 828-693-0731, • WE (9/12), 2pm & TH (9/13), 2pm & 7:30pm - Donny Edwards performing as Elvis. $36. FLAT ROCK PLAYHOUSE DOWNTOWN 125 S. Main St., Hendersonville, 828-6930731, flatrockplayhouse. org • THURSDAYS through SUNDAYS (9/6) until (9/16) - "British Invasion," concert featuring British rock from the 1960s. Thurs.: 7:30pm. Fri. & Sat.: 8pm. Sat. & Sun.: 2pm. $35. WOMANSONG OF ASHEVILLE • MONDAYS, 7-9pm - Community chorus rehearsals open to potential members. Free. Held


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at Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville, 1 Edwin Place

SPOKEN & WRITTEN WORD BUNCOMBE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARIES governing/depts/library • WE (9/12), 7pm "Southern Women Authors: Writing America Between the Wars," film screening of two short films about Lillian Smith. Free. Held at West Asheville Public Library, 942 Haywood Road • SA (9/15), 10am-4pm Used book sale featuring art books, coffee table books and photography books. Free to attend. Held at Weaverville Public Library, 41 N. Main St., Weaverville • TU (9/18), 7pm - Fairview Evening Book Club: The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout. Free. Held at Fairview Library, 1 Taylor Road, Fairview • TU (9/18), 7pm - Death of a Salesman, film screening and discussion. Free. Held at Weaverville Public Library, 41 N. Main St., Weaverville • TU (9/18), 7pm - Mystery Book Club: No Graves as Yet, by Anne Perry. Free. Held at Black Mountain Public Library, 105 N. Dougherty St., Black Mountain • WE (9/19), 3pm History Book Club: The Rival Queens by Nancy Goldstone. Free. Held at Enka-Candler Library, 1404 Sandhill Road, Candler • WE (9/19), 4pm Creative writing interest group. Registration required: 828-250-6488. Free. Held at Skyland/ South Buncombe Library, 260 Overlook Road • TH (9/20), 2:30-4pm Skyland Book Club: Days Without End by Sebastian Barry. Free. Held at Skyland/South Buncombe Library, 260 Overlook Road FIRESTORM BOOKS & COFFEE 610 Haywood Road, 828255-8115, • 2nd & 4th FRIDAYS, 2:30pm - Wild Words writing group. Free to attend. • SA (9/15), 6:30pm Reading and creative discussion of the memoir,

Lost in a Game, with the hosts of the radio show, Slay The Mic of Asheville FM. Free to attend. FLETCHER LIBRARY 120 Library Road, Fletcher, 828-687-1218, • 2nd THURSDAYS, 10:30am - Book Club. Free. • 2nd THURSDAYS, 1:30pm - Writers' Guild. Free. FRIENDS OF HENDERSON COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY 1940 Spartanburg Highway, Hendersonville • FR (9/14), & SA (9/15), 10am-4:30pm - Large used book sale. Free to attend. MALAPROP'S BOOKSTORE AND CAFE 55 Haywood St., 828-254-6734, • TH (9/13), 6pm - Phil Hudgins presents his collection of essays, Travels with Foxfire: Stories of People, Passions, and Practices from Southern Appalachia. Free to attend. • SU (9/16), 3pm - Writers at Home, monthly reading series featuring work from UNCA’s Great Smokies Writing Program and The Great Smokies Review. Free to attend. • TU (9/18), 6pm - Apricot Irving presents her book, The Gospel of Trees. Free to attend. • TH (9/20), 6pm - Mark de Castrique presents his book, Secret Undertaking. Free to attend. • TH (9/20), 7pm Notorious HBC (History Book Club): The Ugly Renaissance: Sex, Greed, Violence and Depravity in an Age of Beauty, by Alexander Lee. Free to attend. SWANNANOA VALLEY FRIENDS MEETINGHOUSE 137 Center Ave., Black Mountain, 828-669-3616, swannanoavalleyfriends. org • SU (9/16), 11am - Lyndon Back presents her book, Treading Water at the Shark Café: a Memoir of the Yugoslav Wars. Free. SWANNANOA VALLEY MUSEUM 223 W State St., Black Mountain, 828-669-9566, • 2nd FRIDAYS, 11:30am - Swannanoa Valley Museum Book Club: The Last Ballad, by Wiley Cash. Free. SYNERGY STORY SLAM • WE (9/12), 7:30pm - Storytelling open mic on theme "All In." Free to attend. Held at Odditorium, 1045 Haywood Road THE WRITER'S WORKSHOP 828-254-8111, • Through SU (9/30) Submissions accepted for the Literary Fiction contest. See website for full guidelines. Held at The Writer's Workshop, 387 Beaucatcher Road

THEATER 35BELOW 35 E. Walnut St., 828-254-1320, • FRIDAYS through SUNDAYS (9/7) through (9/23) - Five Women Wearing the Same Dress, produced by UNC Asheville’s Alpha Psi Omega (APO) Drama Honors Society. Fri. & Sat.: 7:30pm. Sun.: 2:30pm. $15. ASHEVILLE JUGGLING FESTIVAL ashevillejugglingfestival. com • FR (9/14), 9pm - Asheville Juggling Festival show for adults. Held at Sly Grog Lounge, 271 Haywood St. MONTFORD PARK PLAYERS 828-254-5146, • FRIDAYS through SUNDAYS (9/7) until (9/29), 7:30pm - Hamlet, tragedy. Free. Held at Hazel Robinson Amphitheatre, 92 Gay St. NC STAGE COMPANY 15 Stage Lane, 828-239-0263 • WEDNESDAYS through SUNDAYS (9/19) until (9/30) - Dar He: The Story of Emmitt Till. Wed.-Sat.: 7:30pm. Sun.: 2pm. $18$36/$10 for students.

GALLERY DIRECTORY APPALACHIAN PASTEL SOCIETY • Through MO (10/1) Appalachian Pastel Society 2018 juried member exhibition. Held at Grace Center, 495 Cardinal Road, Mills River

works from 18 artists including traditional and contemporary media. OPEN HEARTS ART CENTER 828-505-8428, • Through SU (9/30) - Exhibition of art work by artists from Open Hearts Art Center. Reception: Monday, Sept. 10, 6-8pm. Held at Farm Burger South Asheville, 1831 Hendersonville Road

ART AT BREVARD COLLEGE 828-884-8188, • Through FR (9/28) - Brevard College art faculty show. Held in the  Sims Art Center, Brevard College, 1 Brevard College Drive, Brevard

PINK DOG CREATIVE 348 Depot St., • Through SU (10/7) Machinations, oil on wood paintings by Juan Benavides.

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

SPRUCE PINE TRAC GALLERY 269 Oak Ave., Spruce Pine, 828-765-0520, facilities/spruce-pine-gallery/ • Through (9/22) - Not to be Toyed With; Exploring the Art of the Doll, exhibition featuring approximately 100 works from regional artists.

ART AT UNCA • Through SU (9/30) - Campus Creatives, exhibition of works in many media by UNC Asheville faculty and staff. Held at UNC Asheville - Ramsey Library, 1 University Heights • Through FR (10/5) - The Decisive Dream, exhibition of photographs by CubanAmerican artist Gory (Rogelio López Marín). Held at UNC Asheville - Owen Hall, 1 University Heights

THE BASCOM 323 Franklin Road, Highlands, 828-526-4949, • Through SU (10/21) - Homage, exhibition of ceramic work by Frank Vickery. THE CENTER FOR CRAFT, CREATIVITY AND DESIGN 67 Broadway, 828-785-1357, • Through SA (1/26) - In Times of Seismic Sorrows, exhibition of weavings, installations, sculpture and print by artists Rena Detrixhe and Tali Weinberg.

ART AT WCU 828-227-2787, • Through FR (5/3) - Defining America, group exhibition. Reception: Thursday, Sept. 20, 5-7pm. Held at The WCU Bardo Arts Center, 199 Centennial Drive, Cullowhee

THE COLORWHEEL GALLERY 175 King St., Brevard • Through MO (9/17) - For the Love of Art, exhibition of the work of Sandi and Tom Anton.

ART IN THE AIRPORT 61 Terminal Drive, Fletcher • Through MO (12/31) - Roots, exhibition featuring seven multidiscipline artists. ARTS COUNCIL OF HENDERSON COUNTY 828-693-8504, • Through (9/14) - Bring Us Your Best, group art exhibition of 100 or more diverse artists. Held at Blue Ridge Community College, 180 W Campus Drive, Flat Rock ASHEVILLE BOOKWORKS 428 1/2 Haywood Road, 828-255-8444, • Through FR (10/26) - It’s Alive, book and printmaking exhibition showing artistic interpretations of Frankenstein. ASHEVILLE GALLERY OF ART 82 Patton Ave., 828-251-5796, • Through SU (9/30) - Life is Art, exhibition of encaustics by Michelle Hamilton. BENDER GALLERY 29 Biltmore Ave., 828-5058341, • Through SA (10/20) - Linear Angularity, exhibition of glass art by Toland Sand. BLACK MOUNTAIN CENTER FOR THE ARTS 225 W. State St., Black Mountain, 828-669-0930,

EQUINE HEAT: The Village Potters Clay Center celebrates the work of painter Jenny Buckner and ceramic artist Judi Harwood with the new exhibition The Horse: Fire & Passion. The show features new oil paintings by Buckner and both horsehair ceramics and horse sculpture from Harwood. An opening reception will take place Friday, Sept. 14, 4-6:30 p.m. The exhibition, opening in tandem with the FEI World Equestrian Games in Tryon, runs through Nov. 25. Big Red by Buckner courtesy of The Village Potters Clay Center • Through FR (10/5) - Lux and Lumen, exhibition of photography by Lynette Miller. BLUE SPIRAL 1 38 Biltmore Ave., 828-251-0202, • Through FR (11/9) - Folk + Figure, exhibition of paint, print, sculpture and ceramic works by Ke Francis, Bethanne Hill, Matt Jones, Charles Keiger, Noah Saterstrom and Deborah Rogers. HAYWOOD COUNTY ARTS COUNCIL 86 N Main St., Waynesville, 828452-0593, • Through SA (9/29) - Exhibition of work by Bee Sieberg and her students.

MARK BETTIS STUDIO & GALLERY 123 Roberts St., 941-587-9502, • Through SA (9/29) - Inspiration, curated group show. MOMENTUM GALLERY 24 North Lexington Ave. • Through WE (10/31) - Exhibition of mixed media paintings and textile works by Samantha Bates. • Through WE (10/31) Transformation: Earth, Water & Wood, exhibition of works by Mariella Bison, David Ellsworth, Vicki Grant and Ron Isaacs. MONTREAT COLLEGE 310 Gaither Circle Montreat, 828669-8012,

• TH (9/13) through FR (9/16) - Southerland Art: Seeing Things Backward Since 1978, exhibition of art by Professor Jim Southerland. Reception: Thursday, Sept. 13, noon-1:30pm & 6-7:30pm. MORA CONTEMPORARY JEWELRY 9 Walnut St., 828-575-2294, • Through SU (9/30) - Exhibition of jewelry by Sarah West. MUSEUM OF THE CHEROKEE INDIAN 589 Tsali Blvd, Cherokee • Through SU (9/30) - Renewal of the Ancient: Cherokee Millennial Artists, exhibition of over 60

THE REFINERY 207 Coxe Ave., • Through FR (9/28) - New Vision, New Hope: Asheville Artists in Recovery, exhibition curated by Pedro Esqueda. THE VILLAGE POTTERS 191 Lyman St., #180, 828-2532424, • Through WE (11/25) - The Horse: Passion and Fire, exhibition of work by painter Jenny Buckner and ceramic artist Judi Harwood. Reception: Friday, Sept. 14, 4-6:30pm. TRYON ARTS AND CRAFTS SCHOOL 373 Harmon Field Road, Tryon, 828-859-8323 • Through WE (10/24) Transcendence, Southern Highland Craft Guild exhibition. Reception: Friday, Sept. 14, 6-8pm. ZAPOW! 150 Coxe Ave., Suite 101, 828575-2024, • Through SA (10/13) - Go To Your Happy Place, group exhibition. • Through SU (9/30) - Exhibition of works by Cheryl Eugenia Barnes. Contact the galleries for admission hours and fees


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PARTY WITH PURPOSE: Masterpiece, the third studio album by Thompson Square, debuted at No. 3 on the iTunes country album charts. Weaved in the 11 tracks, husband-and-wife duo Keifer and Shawna Thompson touch on parting ways with their former record label and family life. Thompson Square plays an Asheville concert on Friday, Sept. 21, in support of the Asheville Fire Fighters Association. Funds go to safety efforts, victim relief support, education and programs such as providing free smoke detectors to the elderly, disadvantaged and hearing impaired. The show takes place at the U.S. Cellular Center at 8 p.m. $31. Photo by Garrett Merchant

SEPT. 12 - 18, 2018


FLEETWOOD'S The Return of The Retinas w/ Slow Poison & Stimulants, 9:00PM HIGHLAND BREWING COMPANY Woody Wood Wednesdays, 5:30PM

ISIS MUSIC HALL & KITCHEN 743 Isis Lawn Series: Whistlepig, 6:30PM A. T. Branch & Friends, 7:00PM Jamie McLean Band, 8:30PM JACK OF THE WOOD PUB Old Time Jam, 5:00PM LAZY DIAMOND Killer Karaoke w/ KJ Tim, 10:00PM LOBSTER TRAP Cigar Brothers, 6:30PM LOCAL 604 BOTTLE SHOP Spoken Word Open Mic, 8:00PM MG ROAD Salsa Night, 8:00PM NOBLE KAVA Open Mic w/ Caleb Beissert (sign-ups at 7:30pm), 8:00PM

ONE STOP AT ASHEVILLE MUSIC HALL Brown Bag Songwriting Competition 2018, 5:00PM Disclaimer Lounge Comedy Open Mic, 9:00PM ONE WORLD BREWING The Downhills (folk, bluegrass), 9:00PM ONE WORLD BREWING WEST OWB West: Flint Blade's In the Loop, 9:00PM OSKAR BLUES BREWERY Bud Man & Groove Percussion, 4:00PM Eric Congdon (solo guitar), 5:00PM PILLAR ROOFTOP BAR The Realtors, 7:00PM

ODDITORIUM Synergy Story Slam, 7:00PM Drag Show, 9:00PM

SANCTUARY BREWING COMPANY French Broad Valley Music Association Mountain Music Jam, 6:30PM

OLE SHAKEY'S Sexy Tunes w/ DJ's Zeus & Franco, 10:00PM

THE BLOCK OFF BILTMORE Open Grateful Dead Jam, 10:00PM

THE GOLDEN FLEECE The Tune Shepherds, 7:00PM THE GREY EAGLE Patio Show: Bad Tires, 5:00PM Darling West w/ The Prescriptions, 8:00PM THE IMPERIAL LIFE The Berlyn Jazz Trio, 9:00PM THE SOCIAL LOUNGE Hotpoint Trio, 10:00PM THE WINE & OYSTER Old Sap: A Bearded Man w/ a Banjo, 6:30PM TIMO'S HOUSE SPACE FORCE ReCRUItMeNT, Beardthug Noetiq, Zepplin, & Kirby Bright, 9:00PM TOWN PUMP Open Jam w/ Billy Presnell, 9:00PM TRESSA'S DOWNTOWN JAZZ AND BLUES JJ Kitchen All Star Jam (blues, soul), 9:00PM

TWIN LEAF BREWERY Open Mic Night, 8:00PM




WHITE HORSE BLACK MOUNTAIN Christ Community Church, 6:00PM Jazz Night w/ Roberta Baum Jazz Spells, 7:30PM

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ASHEVILLE MUSIC HALL Exmag Live Band w/ Modern Measure, 10:00PM BARLEY'S TAPROOM & PIZZERIA Alien Music Club (live jazz), 9:00PM

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BOLD ROCK HARD CIDER Outdoor Show: Jake Burns (acoustic originals & covers), 6:00PM BYWATER Open Mic w/ John Duncan, 7:00PM CAPELLA ON 9@THE AC HOTEL Capellas on 9 w/ Peggy Ratusz, 8:00PM














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DOUBLE CROWN Rock 'n' Roll Vinyl w/ DJ Alien Brain, 10:00PM FLOOD GALLERY FINE ART CENTER True Home Open Mic (6pm sign-up), 6:30PM FOGGY MOUNTAIN BREWPUB Hot Club of Asheville (jazz, improv), 9:00PM FRENCH BROAD BREWERY Hoot & Holler (oldtime, Americana), 6:00PM FUNKATORIUM Get Out & Vote tour w/ Benyaro (indie, roots), 8:30PM HABITAT TAVERN & COMMONS Asheville Improv Collective Monthly Workshop Shop, 8:00PM HIGHLAND BREWING COMPANY Patrick Dodd Trio (blues), 6:00PM ISIS MUSIC HALL & KITCHEN 743 Isis Lawn Series: The Gravyhouse Storytellers, 6:30PM Young Voices 2018: Night Circus (benefit for Youth Outright WNC), 7:00PM Youth Outright WNC, 7:00PM JACK OF THE WOOD PUB Bluegrass Jam, 7:00PM LAZOOM ROOM Asheville Biscuithead Poetry Slam Vol. I, 8:30PM LAZY DIAMOND Heavy Vinyl Night w/ DJ Butch, 10:00PM LOBSTER TRAP Hank Bones, 6:30PM LOCAL 604 BOTTLE SHOP Vinyl Night, 8:00PM ODDITORIUM The Brazen Youth, Spendtime Palace, Indigo De Souza w/ Icky Bricketts (rock), 9:00PM OLE SHAKEY'S Karaoke w/ Franco, 10:00PM

ONE STOP AT ASHEVILLE MUSIC HALL Mitch's Totally Rad Trivia, 7:00PM Disclaimer Lounge Comedy Open Mic, 9:00PM Into The Fog w/ Cynefin, 10:00PM ONE WORLD BREWING Redleg Husky (country, Americana), 9:00PM

TIMO'S HOUSE BRRRZDAYZ w/ JJ Smash & Genetix, 8:00PM TRESSA'S DOWNTOWN JAZZ AND BLUES Jesse Barry & The Jam (blues, dance), 9:00PM TWIN LEAF BREWERY Craft Karaoke, 9:30PM

ONE WORLD BREWING WEST OWB West: West Side Open Funk Night feat. Shabudikah & Tyler Long, 9:00PM

UPCOUNTRY BREWING COMPANY Anya Hinkle w/ David Zoll-Americana Evenings Residency, 7:00PM

OSKAR BLUES BREWERY Carver & Carmody (blues, country duo), 6:00PM

W XYZ BAR AT ALOFT WXYZ Unplugged: Stevie Lee Combs, 8:00PM

PULP Slice of Life Comedy Open Mic w/ Cody Hughes, 9:00PM PACK'S TAVERN Paul Defatta (acoustic rock), 8:00PM PILLAR ROOFTOP BAR Chris Jamison, 7:00PM PISGAH BREWING COMPANY South for the Winter, 8:00PM PURPLE ONION CAFE Sam Pacetti, 8:00PM SALVAGE STATION Ruen Brothers, 9:00PM SANCTUARY BREWING COMPANY Paul Edelman, 7:00PM SLY GROG LOUNGE Happy Free Dance Party w/ ONEIRIC and Bongwater, 8:00PM THE BLOCK OFF BILTMORE Dance party w/ WestSound (Motown, soul, R&B), 9:00PM THE BARRELHOUSE Trivia Night, 7:00PM THE GREENHOUSE MOTO CAFE Live Band Karaoke, 7:00PM THE GREY EAGLE Patio Show: RichGirl PoorBoy, 6:00PM Holly Golightly & The Brokeoffs w/ Emily Easterly, 9:00PM THE IMPERIAL LIFE The Burger Kings (classic rock n' roll), 9:00PM

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 5 WALNUT WINE BAR Matt Walsh (blues, rockabilly), 9:00PM ASHEVILLE GUITAR BAR Hard Rocket w/ The Mid Majors, 7:30PM ASHEVILLE MASONIC TEMPLE Shawn Mullins w/ Jane Kramer & Jeff Thompson, 6:30AM ASHEVILLE MUSIC HALL Phuncle Sam, 10:00PM BATTERY PARK BOOK EXCHANGE Hot Club of Asheville, 5:30PM BEN'S TUNE UP Throwback dance Party w/ DJ Kilby, 10:00PM BLUE MOUNTAIN PIZZA & BREW PUB Gene Holdway, 7:00PM BOLD ROCK HARD CIDER Outdoor Show: The Caribbean Cowboys, 6:00PM CAPELLA ON 9@THE AC HOTEL Capellas on 9 w/ Phantom Pantone, 9:00PM CATAWBA BREWING SOUTH SLOPE Gold Rose, 7:00PM CORK & KEG Rebecca & the Reckoning, 8:30PM CROW & QUILL The Lowdown Sires, 9:00PM

DOUBLE CROWN Rock 'n' Soul Obscurities w/ DJ Greg Cartwright, 10:00PM FLEETWOOD'S Poet Radio, Sonny Falls& Mammabear, 9:00AM FOGGY MOUNTAIN BREWPUB Jordan Okrend Experience (funk, jam), 10:00PM FRENCH BROAD BREWERY The Jangling Sparrows (indie, folk), 6:00PM GINGER'S REVENGE Andy Ferrell, 8:00PM HIGHLAND BREWING COMPANY Meadow Show: First Aid Kit [SOLD OUT], 7:00PM ISIS MUSIC HALL & KITCHEN 743 Isis Lawn Series: Dulci Ellenberger Trio, 6:30PM Taylor Martin, 7:00PM Jonathan Scales Fourchestra CD Release & Birthday Show, 9:00PM JACK OF THE WOOD PUB Another Country, 9:00PM LAZY DIAMOND Hot 'n' Nasty Night w/ DJs Jasper & Chrissy (rock & soul), 10:00PM LOBSTER TRAP Gypsy Jazz Trio of Asheville, 6:30PM LOCAL 604 BOTTLE SHOP Acoustic Music & Open Mic, 8:00PM NOBLE KAVA Michael Jefry Stevens Trio, 9:00PM ODDITORIUM Chessie & The Kittens, Shutterings, Shadow Show (rock), 9:00PM ONE STOP AT ASHEVILLE MUSIC HALL Free Dead Fridays w/ members of Phuncle Sam acoustic, 5:30PM Roots & Dore Band, 10:00PM ONE WORLD BREWING OWB Downtown: Captain EZ 'The Vibe Conductor', 9:00PM ONE WORLD BREWING WEST Pete Mancini Duo (Americana), 7:00PM King Garbage at One World West (Soul, R&B), 9:00PM

OSKAR BLUES BREWERY Laura Blackley (singer-songwriter), 6:00PM PACK'S TAVERN DJ MoTo (dance hits, pop), 9:30PM PILLAR ROOFTOP BAR Formula 5, 8:30PM PISGAH BREWING COMPANY Colby Dietz Band, 8:00PM SALVAGE STATION Moonshine Bandits, 9:00PM SANCTUARY BREWING COMPANY King Possum, 8:00PM SLY GROG LOUNGE Asheville Juggling Festival Friday Night Renegade Show, 9:00PM SWEETEN CREEK BREWING The Pants Party (acoustic favorites), 6:30PM THE BLOCK OFF BILTMORE Ladies Night w/ Deejay Trap, 10:00PM THE GREY EAGLE Isis Lawn Series: Dulci Ellenberger Trio, 6:30PM Malcomb Holcombe Album Release Show, 8:00PM

TIMO'S HOUSE U/ME, Rick Malone & Ramin (house music), 8:00PM TRESSA'S DOWNTOWN JAZZ AND BLUES Ruby Mayfield w/ Sax Play dance, 10:00PM US CELLULAR CENTER 4U: A Symphonic Celebration of Prince w/ The Asheville Symphony, 8:00PM UPCOUNTRY BREWING COMPANY Bryan Bobo (acoustic), 8:00PM W XYZ BAR AT ALOFT Bell Hop Bop Karaoke w/ Abu Disarray, 8:00PM WHITE HORSE BLACK MOUNTAIN Benefit for Britten Olinger w/ The Karma Mechanics, 7:30PM

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 5 WALNUT WINE BAR Lazybirds (Americana, roots), 9:00PM AMBROSE WEST Baby Gramps w/ Firecracker Jazz Band, 8:00PM ASHEVILLE GUITAR BAR Swing Step Swing Jam 4:30PM Celtic ConFusion, 8:00PM

THE MOTHLIGHT The Power w/ Uncle Kurtis & Zin Vetro, 9:00PM

ASHEVILLE MUSIC HALL Sean Patton (comedy), 7:00PM

THE WINE & OYSTER Asheville Jazz Quartet, 7:00PM

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THU 9/13 Into The Fog w/ Cynefin FRI 9/14 Roots and Dore Band SAT 9/15 Sons of Paradise + Evan Button

Exmag LIVE BAND w/ Modern Measure THU 9/13 - S HOW : 10 pm (D OORS : 9 pm ) - adv . $12


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Mitch’s Totally Rad Trivia 6:30pm

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WED 9.12

THU 9.13

Moms Demand Action Meeting, 6pm Open Grateful Dead Jam Play w/ the Band! 10pm Community Roots Presents “We The People 2.0” Screening, 5:30pm WestSound - R&B, Motown, Soul Dance Party, 9pm

FRI 9.14

BMW Presents: Dress to Impress Dance Party w/ DJ Trap 30+, 10pm

SAT 9.15

¡Salsa Saturday & Latin Dance Night! 9:30pm (Lesson @ 9pm)

SUN 9.16

Freddie Bryant Brazilian Jazz Band, 7pm

MON AVL Poetry Series hosted by Caleb Beissert, 7:30pm 9.17 TUE 9.18

Swing AVL w/Big Dawg Slingshots, 9pm (Lesson @ 9pm)

WED 9.19

AVL Sister Cities Celebrates San Cristobal De Las Caras & Valladolid, Mexico, 7pm

DIAMOND DOGS: Local outfit Wham Bam Bowie Band brings the more obscure songs from David Bowie’s catalog to light while faithfully executing his classic hits. Lead singer Mark Casson uses the same arrangements and instrumentation as the original work — one of the aspects of recreating classic Bowie most important to the group. Wham Bam Bowie Band will play two sets of Bowie hits from the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s, including the The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars album in its entirety, at Isis Music Hall on Saturday, Sept. 22, at 9 p.m. $12 advance/$15 day of show. Photo by Joshua Amacher

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BLACK MOUNTAIN ALE HOUSE Andrew Thelston (acoustic rock), 7:30PM

FRENCH BROAD BREWERY Crystal Fountains (bluegrass, folk), 6:00PM

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


HABITAT TAVERN & COMMONS Saturday Improv w/ Family Dinner, Blank Slate & Aftermath, 9:00PM

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

BOLD ROCK HARD CIDER Outdoor Show: The Super 60's, 6:30PM CAPELLA ON 9@THE AC HOTEL Capellas on 9 w/ Tempest, 9:00PM CATAWBA BREWING SOUTH SLOPE Hearts Gone South, 7:00PM CHESTNUT Jazz Brunch, 11:00AM CORK & KEG Zydeco Ya Ya, 8:30PM CROW & QUILL Drayton & the Dreamboats (vintage moonlight jazz), 9:00PM DIANA WORTHAM THEATRE Melange, 8:00PM DISTRICT WINE BAR Saturday Night Rock Show, 10:00PM DOUBLE CROWN Soul Motion Dance Party w/ DJ Dr. Filth, 10:00PM FOGGY MOUNTAIN BREWPUB Handsome Beats (funk, soul), 10:00PM


SEPT. 12 - 18, 2018


HIGHLAND BREWING COMPANY Chris Jamison, 7:00PM ISIS MUSIC HALL & KITCHEN 743 Lula Wiles, 7:00PM An Evening of Lynyrd Skynyrd with The Artimus Pyle Band, 9:00PM JACK OF THE WOOD PUB Maria Carrelli w/ Georgia English & Crystal Fountains, 9:00PM LAZOOM ROOM DJ Honey, 10:00PM LAZY DIAMOND Rock 'n' Roll Vinyl w/ DJ Alien Brain, 10:00PM LEXINGTON AVE BREWERY (LAB) Tunes & Brunch at the LAB, 11:30AM LOBSTER TRAP Sean Mason Trio, 6:30PM LOCAL 604 BOTTLE SHOP Synth & Modular Tunes, 8:00PM

MEMORIAL STADIUM Brewgrass Festival, 1:00PM NATIVE KITCHEN & SOCIAL PUB Mr. Jimmy, 7:00PM NOBLE KAVA Aaron Price Trio, 9:00PM ODDITORIUM Hip-Hop Night, 9:00PM ONE STOP AT ASHEVILLE MUSIC HALL Sons of Paradise, 10:00PM ONE WORLD BREWING OWB Downtown: Roots & Dore Band (blues), 9:00PM

OSKAR BLUES BREWERY Daddy Rabbit (blues, rock), 6:00PM PACK'S TAVERN The Groove Shakers, 9:30PM PILLAR ROOFTOP BAR Stephens Evans & True Grit, 7:00PM PURPLE ONION CAFE Scoot Pittman, 8:00PM SALVAGE STATION Everyone Orchestra & Everyone's Dead, 8:00PM SANCTUARY BREWING COMPANY Resonant Rogues, 8:00PM SLY GROG LOUNGE Aisles of Jane Doe album Release party w/ Blitch, & Aces N 8's, 9:00PM SOUTHERN PORCH Elysium Park, 7:00PM

ONE WORLD BREWING WEST Jordan Esker & the Hundred Percent (indie rock), 9:00PM

SWEETEN CREEK BREWING Jesse Carlson (appalachian folk), 6:00PM

ORANGE PEEL 10th Annual Give to the Music Benefit w/ Joe Lasher & Rock Academy Bands, 7:00PM

THE BLOCK OFF BILTMORE Saturday Salsa & Latin Dance Party Night w/ DJ Edi Fuentes, 9:30PM

THE GREY EAGLE Patio Show: The Mid Majors, 5:00PM Tour De Fat PreParty: Floating Action, The Rock*A*Teens & Spider Bags, 8:00PM


THE MOTHLIGHT Frankie Cosmos w/ Lomelda & Stef Chura, 9:00PM

DOUBLE CROWN Country Karaoke w/ KJ Tim O, 10:00PM

THE WINE & OYSTER Jay Allan Whitham, 7:00PM

FUNKATORIUM Bluegrass Brunch w/ Gary Macfiddle, 11:00AM

THOMAS WOLFE AUDITORIUM Asheville Symphony: Liszt Piano Concerto No. 1, 8:00PM

HIGHLAND BREWING COMPANY Reggae Sundays w/ Chalwa, 1:00PM

TIMO'S HOUSE Slay the Mic Birthday Party w/ 103.3 AVL FM, 8:00PM

ISIS MUSIC HALL & KITCHEN 743 Gina Sicilia CD Release Show, 5:30PM Wild Rivers (folk n' roll), 7:30PM

TRESSA'S DOWNTOWN JAZZ AND BLUES Lenny Pettinelli jazz, pop, evergreens, 7:30PM What The Funk modern funk, 10:00PM W XYZ BAR AT ALOFT WXYZ Live w/ Circus Mutt, 8:00PM WHITE HORSE BLACK MOUNTAIN The Belfast Boys, 8:00PM

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 5 WALNUT WINE BAR CaroMia Tiller, Ashley Heath & Chelsea LaBate (Americana, soul), 7:00PM ARCHETYPE BREWING Post-Brunch Blues, 4:00PM ASHEVILLE GUITAR BAR Musicians Jam & Pot Luck, 3:30PM BEN'S TUNE UP Good Vibe Sundays w/ DJ Oso Rey (reggae), 3:00PM BLUE MOUNTAIN PIZZA & BREW PUB Andy Ferrell, 7:00PM BOLD ROCK HARD CIDER Outdoor Show: Tim & Laura, 3:00PM BYWATER Bluegrass Jam w/ Drew Matulich, 4:00PM


JACK OF THE WOOD PUB Traditional Irish/ Celtic Jam, 3:00PM JARGON Sunday Blunch w/ Mark Guest & Mary Pearson (jazz), 11:00AM LAZY DIAMOND Punk Night w/ DJ Chubberbird, 10:00PM LEXINGTON AVE BREWERY (LAB) Tunes & Brunch at the LAB, 12:00PM NOBLE KAVA Reggae Sundays, 4:00PM ODDITORIUM Viking Dance Party, 9:00PM ONE STOP AT ASHEVILLE MUSIC HALL Bluegrass Brunch w/ Woody & Krekel & Bald Mountain Boys, 10:30AM ONE WORLD BREWING Soul Jam w/ Special Affair, 8:00PM ONE WORLD BREWING WEST Jeff Sipe, Cody Wright, & Mike Seal, 8:00PM ORANGE PEEL Waltz Night (lesson at 6PM), 7:00PM OSKAR BLUES BREWERY Crystal Fountains (bluegrass), 3:00PM Trivia Night, 5:00PM


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CLU B LA N D PISGAH BREWING COMPANY Pisgah Sunday Jam, 6:00PM Pisgah Sunday Jam, 6:30PM Cody Jinks [SOLD OUT], 7:00PM SANCTUARY BREWING Van Night (The music of Van Morrison, Townes Van Zandt, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and more), 7:00PM SLY GROG LOUNGE Sly Grog Open Mic, 7:00PM THE BLOCK OFF BILTMORE Freddie Bryant Jazz Band, 7:00PM THE BARRELHOUSE Open Mic, 6:00PM THE GREY EAGLE Robbie Folks w/ Linda Gail Lewis & Redd Volkaert w/ Mark Bumgarner (Americana, Appalachian), 8:00PM THE IMPERIAL LIFE Select DJ Sets, 9:00PM THE MOTHLIGHT Shane Parish w/ Actual Cloud Formations & Emmalee Hunnicutt, 9:00PM


TIMO'S HOUSE Byov w/ DJ Drew, 8:00PM TWIN LEAF BREWERY Giant Jenga Tournament, 12:00PM WHITE HORSE BLACK MOUNTAIN The Richard Shulman Group (jazz), 7:30PM

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 5 WALNUT WINE BAR Siamese Sound Club (R&B, soul, jazz), 8:00PM ARCHETYPE BREWING Old-Time Jam, 6:00PM ASHEVILLE GUITAR BAR Classical Guitar Mondays, 7:30PM BYWATER Baile w/ Shift Mojo, Konglo, & Scripta, 12:00PM CATAWBA BREWING SOUTH SLOPE Open Mic hosted by Jon Edwards, 6:00PM


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LOBSTER TRAP Jay Brown, 6:30PM

ISIS MUSIC HALL & KITCHEN 743 The High Kings (Irish folk), 8:30PM [6:30PM Show SOLD OUT]

TRESSA'S DOWNTOWN JAZZ AND BLUES R&B Jam with Ryan Barber (R&B, soul, funk), 9:00PM


TWIN LEAF BREWERY Stephen Evans, 8:00PM

ODDITORIUM Open Mic Comedy Hosted by Tom Peters, 9:00PM

LOBSTER TRAP Bobby Miller & Friends, 6:30PM

UPCOUNTRY BREWING COMPANY Monday Bluegrass Jam hosted by Sam Wharton, 7:00PM

OLE SHAKEY'S Booty Tuesday w/ DJ Meow Meow (rap, trap, hip-hop), 10:00PM

NOBLE KAVA Stage Fright Open Mic (sign ups at 7:30), 8:00PM ODDITORIUM Risque Monday Burlesque w/ Deb Au Nare, 9:00PM OLE SHAKEY'S Live Band Honky Tonk Karaoke, 9:00PM ONE WORLD BREWING OWB Downtown: Open Mic Night, 7:30PM ONE WORLD BREWING WEST OWB West: Jazz Monday feat. Drayton Aldridge (violin, singer-songwriter), 8:30PM OSKAR BLUES BREWERY Mountain Music Mondays Jam, 6:00PM PULP Slice of Life Comedy Open Mic w/ Cody Hughes, 9:00PM PILLAR ROOFTOP BAR Ben Phan, 7:00PM SLY GROG LOUNGE Yam Fest w/ Corey the Gardener (comedy open-mic), 9:00PM THE ASHEVILLE CLUB Blue Monday w/ Mr. Jimmy, 6:00PM THE BLOCK OFF BILTMORE AVL Poetry Series hosted by Caleb Beissert, 7:30PM THE GREY EAGLE Open Mic Night, 6:00PM THE IMPERIAL LIFE Leo Johnson Trio (vintage jazz), 9:00PM THE MOTHLIGHT LVL Up w/ Indigo De Souza & Bad Molly, 9:00PM THE WINE & OYSTER Blue Monday: Jazz & Blues Open Mic hosted by Linda Mitchell, 6:30PM

NOBLE KAVA Open Jam, 8:00PM

WHITE HORSE BLACK MOUNTAIN Angie Heimann, JQ Vay & Jay Brown, 7:00PM



ONE WORLD BREWING WEST OWB West: Noah Proudfoot Duo (singer-songwriter), 8:30PM

5 WALNUT WINE BAR The John Henrys (hot jazz), 8:00PM AMBROSE WEST Guitar League (new chapter!), 6:00PM Asheville Guitar Bar
Brad Hodge & Friends, 8:00PM ASHEVILLE MUSIC HALL Tuesday night funk jam, 11:00PM

SANCTUARY BREWING COMPANY Taco and Trivia Tuesday, 6:00PM SLY GROG LOUNGE Jimmi Lang's Almost Doors, 8:00PM

BEN'S TUNE UP Leeda Lyric Jones, 7:00PM

THE BLOCK OFF BILTMORE Swing Asheville & Jazz-n-Justice Tuesday w/ Big Dawg Slingshots, 8:00PM


THE GREY EAGLE Supersuckers w/ Craig Brown Band, 9:00PM



BYWATER Baile w/ Shift Mojo, Konglo, & Scripta, 12:00PM CORK & KEG Old Time Moderate Jam, 5:00PM DOUBLE CROWN Tuesday Grooves (international vinyl) w/ DJs Chrissy & Arieh, 10:00PM FLEETWOOD'S Ecstatic Union/ OBSiDEONEYE/Mega X, 9:00PM ISIS MUSIC HALL & KITCHEN 743 Tuesday Bluegrass Sessions hosted by The Darren Nicholson Band, 7:30PM JACK OF THE WOOD PUB Fortune & Glory (pop-punk), 7:00PM Honky Tonk Jam, 7:00PM LAZY DIAMOND Rock 'n' Metal Karaoke w/ KJ Paddy, 10:00PM

THE WINE & OYSTER Jordan Okrend (singer-songwriter), 7:00PM TIMO'S HOUSE Karaoke Night w/ Franco Niño, 8:00PM TRESSA'S DOWNTOWN JAZZ AND BLUES Early Funk Jam hosted by JP & Lenny (funk, jazz), 9:00PM TWIN LEAF BREWERY Team Trivia Tuesday, 8:00PM UPCOUNTRY BREWING COMPANY Open Mic Night, 6:30PM WHITE HORSE BLACK MOUNTAIN Irish Jam, 6:30PM Open Mic, 8:30PM




Documentarian Ron Davis’ Life in the Doghouse profiles two South Carolina dog lovers with hearts as big as their home — and just as open.

Life in the Doghouse HHHH DIRECTOR: Ron Davis PLAYERS: Danny Robertshaw, Ron Danta DOCUMENTARY RATED NR THE STORY: A documentary profile of Danny and Ron’s Rescue, a nonprofit dog shelter housed in a couple’s South Carolina home. THE LOWDOWN: A touching — and at times disturbing — look at the world of animal rescue as seen through the eyes of two men who have dedicated their lives (and retirement funds) to helping dogs in need. I have to admit, as a former dog trainer and someone who currently shares his home with an incomparably awesome adopted dog, I knew going in that I was going to be a sucker for Life in the Doghouse. Documentarian Ron Davis, who established his heartwarming-animal-story bona fides on 2015’s Harry and Snowman, has delivered another crowd pleaser with Doghouse,

a film engineered to inspire and uplift, but also to combat complacency and to call people to action. And Davis plans to donate his profits from the film to animal rescues. What’s not to like? Focusing on Danny and Ron’s Rescue, a nonprofit animal shelter started by Upstate South Carolina couple Danny Robertshaw and Ron Danta, Life in the Doghouse provides an eye-opening look at the intangible rewards and all-too-real struggles of running a dog rescue. Horse trainers by trade, Danny and Ron converted their palatial farmhouse into a de facto shelter in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Danny and Ron have since saved 10,000 dogs from euthanasia, at times sharing their home with nearly 100 pups at once. If those numbers are staggering, the real jaw-dropper is the actual state of Danny and Ron’s home, which is kept immaculately clean. None of the dogs in their care see the inside of a kennel, and none of them find their way back to the shelter.

It’s truly remarkable to witness the labor of love that constitutes Danny and Ron’s mission, and the degree to which the couple have turned their life over to the dogs is awe-inspiring, if occasionally a bit concerning. Life in the Doghouse is not without its difficult moments, however, as Davis follows his subjects into the problematic world of puppy mills and kill shelters. A dramatic God’s-eye-view drone sequence of employees disposing garbage-bagged corpses from what, for all intents and purposes, looks like a euthanasia factory, gives Davis one of his most cinematic — and also most gut-wrenching — directorial flourishes. Trust me, it’s a tough scene to watch. But what keeps Doghouse from devolving into one of those teary-eyed Sarah McLachlan ASPCA adds is the passion exhibited by Danny and Ron. Whether they’re happily reuniting with a dog they placed in a home over a decade ago or bemoaning the challenges of getting black dogs adopted, Danny and Ron are consistently engaging and sympathetic screen presences. While Davis’ digressions into their respective backstories provide only cursory insight into what makes the duo tick, there’s never any doubt that they’re good men who have dedicated their lives to selflessly helping creatures that can’t help themselves. Davis’ persistent focus on his subjects precludes Life in the Doghouse from the heavy-handed sermonizing that typically characterizes animal advocacy films. The director’s ability to turn a small handful of the dogs in Danny and Ron’s care into characters in their own right provides ample respite from the film’s weightier moments, and the couple’s affable charisma drives the narrative without belaboring the point. And the point of Danny and Ron’s story is clear: It’s incumbent upon communities to care for dogs, by spaying and neutering pets, by adopting mutts rather than purchasing purebreds, by opting for older dogs over puppies and so on. Seriously though — why does nobody want to adopt black dogs? They go with everything. Not Rated. Now Playing at Grail Moviehouse.

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The Little Stranger HHH DIRECTOR: Lenny Abrahamson PLAYERS: Domhnall Gleeson, Ruth Wilson, Will Poulter, Liv Hill, Charlotte Rampling SUPERNATURAL SUSPENSE DRAMA RATED R THE STORY: A country doctor in the postwar English countryside encounters mysterious events at the crumbling manor home of a dwindling family of aristocrats. THE LOWDOWN: A reasonably creepy and atmospheric piece of supernatural (or is it psychological?) suspense cinema that suffers in comparison to its director’s previous films. File under “niche market” The Little Stranger, a very British supernatural period melodrama with more than a touch of psychological metaphor and just a dash of horror. While it may not be everybody’s cup of tea, it should appeal to whatever subset of the Downton Abbey crowd also reads too much Emily Brontë and likes their ghost stories without any ghosts to speak of. It’s a visually gorgeous and directorial virtuosic little film, but it’s also ponderously paced and questionably intentioned while careening across themes like PTSD, classism and toxic masculinity without ever really coming to a definite point. I can’t say it comes close to director Lenny Abrahamson’s prior films, but then, that can be a tough comparison. The Little Stranger bears less in common with Abrahamson’s more conceptually offbeat early work — such as Frank or Room — than with screenwriter Lucinda


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Coxon’s work on Guillermo del Toro’s underrated Crimson Peak. Coxon’s work here, adapting from a novel by Sarah Waters, is methodically paced and builds character organically, both apparently turnoffs to mainstream audiences. It must have been a problem for the studio as well, considering the extent to which they seem to have actively buried the film with severely limited bookings and a practically nonexistent marketing campaign. But those who do manage to catch a screening will find a compellingly twisty story that plays its supernatural elements with distinctive ambiguity, right up until a final-shot reveal that may leave audiences with more questions than answers. The story follows uptight Dr. Faraday (Domhnall Gleason), a country sawbones servicing a small English village after World War II, including a family of faded aristocrats barely clinging to their dilapidated estate, Hundreds Hall. When Faraday is called by the mistress of the house, Mrs. Ayres (Charlotte Rampling), to see to an ailing young maid, he finds himself returned to a house he knew as a child and plunged into a family drama with an unexpected phantasmagoric element. As Faraday treats horrifically burned and deeply troubled Ayres scion Roderick (Will Poulter), he also falls, not only for frustrated spinster sister, Caroline (Ruth Wilson), but for the manor house itself. This is where things get interesting, as the audience is prompted to question if the ghostly phenomena witnessed by the Ayreses are legitimately supernatural or if it’s Dr. Faraday who’s haunted by something decidedly more worldly. Abrahamson’s central cast is uniformly exceptional, and his setting is suitably creepy, but somewhere along its ample running time The Little Stranger seems to fall a bit flat. Part of that might be chalked up to its lack of any genuinely likable characters, but it might also be that films like The Little Stranger just aren’t as common as they used to be. If The Nun is the 21stcentury answer to Hammer horror films of the ’60s, The Little Stranger could be claimed as a direct descendant of contemporary high-concept prestige horror like Jack Clayton’s The Innocents. Is there still a market for psychologically complex horror films that don’t spell everything out for the audience? Again, the studio seems to think the answer is no, while I would argue the opposite. It might not be the best horror film of the decade, but it’s certainly better than most of what’s currently clinging to megaplex screens, and it deserved a better chance than it got. Rated R for some disturbing bloody images. Now Playing at Biltmore Regal Grande. REVIEWED BY SCOTT DOUGLAS JSDOUGLAS22@GMAIL.COM


by Edwin Arnaudin | p.m. The Y will provide Coast Guardapproved flotation devices while supplies last. Lifeguards will be on duty. Contact the Y for more information. • Want more Coco? Black Mountain Recreation concludes its Outdoor Movie Night series on Friday, Sept. 14, at Lake Tomahawk, 401 Laurel Circle Drive, with a screening of the film. The event begins at 7 p.m. with activities, and the movie will begin at dusk. Food vendors will be on site. Free to attend.

COUNTRY CRAFT: Wendell Berry works at his desk in his Port Royal, Ky., farmhouse. The influential writer, teacher and agriculturalist is the focus of the documentary Look and See, which Mars Hill University will screen on Sept. 14. Photo courtesy of Two Birds Film • On Thursday, Sept. 13, 7-9 p.m., Mars Hill University hosts a screening of Look and See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry in the Ramsey Center within the campus’s Renfro Library, 147 Bailey St. The documentary’s official website describes the film as “a cinematic portrait of the changing landscapes and shifting values of rural America in the era of industrial agriculture, as seen through the mind’s eye” of the influential writer, teacher and farmer. Ethan Mannon, English professor and coordinator of Mars Hill’s Regional Studies program, will participate in a post-film discussion. Free. • The Columbus Public Library, 1289 W. Mills St., Columbus, screens Won’t You Be My Neighbor? on Friday, Sept. 14, at 1 p.m. Complimentary popcorn will be provided. Free. • The Hendersonville Family YMCA, 810 W. Sixth Ave., hosts a Flick ’n’ Float family movie night screening of Coco in its pool on Friday, Sept. 14, 6-8

FILM BUNCOMBE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARIES governing/depts/library • WE (9/12), 7pm "Southern Women Authors: Writing America Between the Wars," film screening of two short films about Lillian Smith. Free. Held at West Asheville Public Library, 942 Haywood Road

CITY OF ASHEVILLE 828-251-1122, • FR (9/14), 6:30pm Outdoor, family-friendly movie showing of Cars 3. Kids crafts begin at 6:30pm, movie at dusk. Free. Held at Pack Square Park, 121 College St. FLOOD GALLERY FINE ART CENTER 850 Blue Ridge Rd, Unit A-13, Black Mountain, 828-357-9009,

• Asheville Parks & Recreation concludes its Movies in the Park series on Friday, Sept. 14, at Pack Square Park, 80 Court Plaza, with a screening of Cars 3. Children’s craft activities begin at 6:30 p.m., and the film begins at dusk. Attendees are asked to bring their own chairs, blankets and snacks. Free. • On Friday, Sept. 14, 7-9 p.m., the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville, 1 Edwin Place, screens Dominion. The documentary examines humanity’s relationship to animals and challenges the former group’s superiority to the latter. Free to attend. • Cat Fly Film Fest, AVLFilm. com and The Asheville Studio, 12 Old Charlotte Highway, Suite 75, co-host the latest Asheville Filmmaker Mixer on Monday, Sept. 17, 6-8 p.m. The event will feature a panel of actors and, according to its Facebook description, “an open conversation between filmmakers about effective on-set communication with actors.” Attendees may post questions in the comment section of the event page. The mixers take place on the third Monday of each month and seek to bring filmmakers together through networking, guest speakers and other offerings. October’s mixer will focus on audio. Free to attend.  X

• FR (9/14), 8-10pm Classic World Cinema: Turtles Can Fly, film screening. Free to attend. PUBLIC EVENTS AT MARS HILL UNIVERSITY 828-689-1115, • TH (9/13), 7pm Reel Appalachia Film Screening: Look & See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry, film screening and discussion. Free. Held at The Ramsey Center in Renfro

Library, 147 Bailey St., Mars Hill UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CONGREGATION OF ASHEVILLE 1 Edwin Place, 828-2546001, • FR (9/14), 7pm - Environmental & Social Justice Films: Dominion, film screening and discussion. Free.


A Simple Favor Neo-noir thriller from director Paul Feig. According to the studio: “Stephanie (Anna Kendrick) is a mommy blogger who seeks to uncover the truth behind her best friend Emily’s (Blake Lively) sudden disappearance from their small town. Stephanie is joined by Emily’s husband, Sean (Henry Golding), in this thriller filled with twists and betrayals, secrets and revelations, love and loyalty, murder and revenge.” Early reviews positive. (R)

The Predator Action/horror sequel to 1987’s Predator, from writer/director Shane Black. According to the studio: “The universe’s most lethal hunters are stronger, smarter and deadlier than ever before, having genetically upgraded themselves with DNA from other species. When a young boy accidentally triggers their return to Earth, only a ragtag crew of ex-soldiers and a disgruntled science teacher can prevent the end of the human race.” Early reviews positive. (R)

White Boy Rick Period crime drama starring Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Jason Leigh. According to the studio: “Set in 1980s Detroit at the height of the crack epidemic and the war on drugs, White Boy Rick is based on the moving true story of a bluecollar father and his teenage son, Rick Wershe Jr. (Richie Merritt), who became an undercover police informant and later a drug dealer, before he was abandoned by his handlers and sentenced to life in prison.” Early reviews mixed. (R)


The Red Violin HHHH DIRECTOR: François Girard PLAYERS: Samuel L. Jackson, Jason Flemyng, Grera Scacchi, Colm Feore, Jean-Luc Bideau MUSICAL DRAMA Rated R The so-called portmanteau film — a collection of stories in a single vessel — is by its very nature a tricky proposition. Even the best of them — Julien Duvivier’s Tales of Manhattan (1942), the multidirector Dead of Night (1945) — rises and falls on the quality of the individual episodes. Duvivier’s film, for example, soars in its Edward G. Robinson sequence and again in its Paul Robeson/Ethel Waters vignette, but plummets somewhere beneath sea level in the story with Ginger Rogers and Henry Fonda. FrenchCanadian filmmaker François Girard and co-screenwriter Don McKellar mostly circumvent this problem in the 1998 film, The Red Violin. It’s not simply that there’s no actual clunker of a story in the film’s mix (there isn’t); it’s more that they fashioned not one, but two brilliantly conceived and executed framing stories to tie the whole thing together. And it’s a good thing they did, because this may be the most ambitious portmanteau film ever made, as it traces some 300 years in the “life” of the Red Violin. This excerpt was taken from a review by Ken Hanke published on Oct. 6, 2004. The Hendersonville Film Society will show The Red Violin on Sunday, Sept. 16, at 2 p.m. in the Smoky Mountain Theater at Lake Pointe Landing Retirement Community, 333 Thompson St., Hendersonville.

Turtles Can Fly HHHH DIRECTOR: Bahman Ghobadi PLAYERS: Soran Ebrahim, Avaz Latif, Saddam Hossein Feysal, Hiresh Feysal Rahman WAR DRAMA Rated PG-13 When first shown here (2004), I wrote: “The first thing you notice about Iranian filmmaker Bahman Ghobadi’s Turtles Can Fly is how much more technically accomplished it is than most films we see from this part of the world. The colors are bright and vivid, the images are sharp and detailed, the compositions are elegant and striking and the camerawork as slick as anything from a major U.S. studio. Not only is this a pleasing departure in its own right, but it’s essential to Ghobadi’s approach, since the technical proficiency makes the grim reality of the world of its Kurdish refugee children look even grimmer by contrast. The film — the first made in Iraq since the fall of Saddam Hussein — is a striking look at these nearly forgotten victims of war, and a sobering, saddening experience.” This excerpt was taken from a review by Ken Hanke published on April 14, 2015. Classic World Cinema by Courtyard Gallery will present Turtles Can Fly on Friday, Sept. 14, at the new Flood Gallery location in Black Mountain, 850 Blue Ridge Road, Unit A-13, Black Mountain.

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Author Anne Carson describes part of her creative process in this way: “Sometimes I dream a sentence and write it down. It’s usually nonsense, but sometimes it seems a key to another world.” I suspect you might be able to benefit from using a comparable trick in the coming days. That’s why you should monitor any odd dreams, seemingly irrational impulses or weird fantasies that arise in you. Although they may not be of any practical value in themselves, they could spur a train of thought that leads you to interesting breakthroughs. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): “The idea of liberation through the suppression of desire is the greatest foolishness ever conceived by the human mind,” wrote philosopher E. M. Cioran. I agree that trying to deny or stifle or ignore our desires can’t emancipate us. In fact, I’m inclined to believe that freedom is only possible if we celebrate and honor our desires, marvel at their enigmas and respect their power. Only then can we hope to refine them. Only then can we craft them into beautiful, useful forces that serve us rather than confuse and undermine us. The coming weeks will be an excellent time for you to engage in this spiritual practice, Taurus. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): “Remember that sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck,” says the Dalai Lama. Ain’t that the truth! When I was 22 years old, there were two different women I desperately yearned for as if they were the Muse Queens of Heaven who would transform me into a great artist and quench my infinite passion. Fortunately, they both rejected me. They decisively set me free of my bondage to them. Later, when I was older and wiser, I realized that blending my fortunes with either of them would have led me away from my true destiny. I got lucky! In a similar but less melodramatic way, Gemini, I suspect you will also get lucky sometime soon. CANCER (June 21-July 22): Don’ts for Boys or Errors of Conduct Corrected was an advice book for boys published in 1902. Among many other strictures and warnings, it offered this advice: “Don’t giggle. For the love of decency, never giggle.” There was additional counsel in the same vein: “Don’t be noisy. The guffaw evinces less enjoyment than the quiet smile.” Another exhortation: “Don’t tease. Be witty, but impersonal.” In accordance with astrological omens, I hereby proclaim that all those instructions are utterly wrong for you right now. To sweetly align yourself with cosmic rhythms, you should giggle and guffaw and tease freely. If you’re witty — and I hope you will be — it’ll serve you well to be affectionate and personable. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): “Simplicity is about subtracting the obvious and adding the meaningful,” writes designer John Maeda. “The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak up,” says artist Hans Hofmann. “Simplicity strips away the superfluous to reveal the essence,” declares a blogger named Cheo. I hope these quotes provide you with helpful pointers, Leo. You now have the opportunity to cultivate a masterful version of simplicity. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Your keynote is the Japanese word shizuka. According to photographer Masao Yamamoto, it means “cleansed, pure, clear and untainted.” One of his artistic practices is to wander around forests looking in the soil for “treasures” that emanate shizuka. So in his definition, the term isn’t about being scrubbed or sanitized. Rather, he’s interested in pristine natural phenomena that are unspoiled by civilization. He regards them as food for his soul. I mention this, Virgo, because now is an excellent time for you to get big doses of people and places and things that are cleansed, pure, clear and untainted.


LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Libran blogger Ana-Sofia Cardelle writes candidly about her relationship with herself. She keeps us up to date with the ever-shifting self-images that float through her awareness. Here’s one of her bulletins: “Stage 1. me: I’m the cutest thing in the world. Stage 2. me, two seconds later: No, I’m a freaking goblin. Stage 3. me, two seconds after that: I’m the cutest goblin in the world.” I’m guessing that many of you Libras have reached the end of your own personal version of Stage 2. You’ve either already slipped into Stage 3 or soon will. No later than Oct. 1, you’ll be preparing to glide back into Stage 1 again. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): “There’s no such thing as love,” said Scorpio painter Pablo Picasso, “there are only proofs of love.” I’m tempted to believe that’s true, especially as I contemplate the current chapter of your life story. The evidence seems clear: You will thrive by engaging in practical demonstrations of how much you care. You’ll be wise to tangibly help and support and encourage and inspire everyone and everything you love. To do so will make you eligible for blessings that are, as of this moment, still hidden or unavailable. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): According to a Pew Research Study, nearly 75 percent of Americans say they talk to God, but only 30 percent get a reply. I’m guessing the latter figure will rise dramatically for Sagittarian Americans in the next three weeks, however. Why? Because the astrological indicators suggest that authorities of all kinds will be more responsive than usual to Sagittarians of all nationalities. Help from higher powers is likely to be both more palpable and more forthcoming. Any communications you initiate with honchos, directors and leaders have a better-than-normal chance of being well-received. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): One day in October 1926, author Virginia Woolf inscribed in her diary, “I am the usual battlefield of emotions.” It was a complaint, but also a brag. In fact, she drew on this constant turmoil to fuel her substantial output of creative writing. But the fact is that not all of us thrive on such ongoing uproar. As perversely glamorous and appealing as it might seem to certain people, many of us can do fine without it. According to my analysis, that will be true for you in the coming weeks. If you have a diary, you might justifiably write, “Hallelujah! I am NOT a battlefield of emotions right now!” AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Anthropologist Margaret Mead had definite ideas about “the ways to get insight.” She named them as follows: “to study infants; to study animals; to study indigenous people; to be psychoanalyzed; to have a religious conversion and get over it; to have a psychotic episode and get over it.” I have my own list of ways to spur insight and inspiration, which includes: to do walking meditations in the woods on a regular basis, no matter what the weather; to engage in long, slow sex with a person you love; to spend a few hours reviewing in detail your entire life history; to dance to music you adore for as long as you can before you collapse from delighted exhaustion. What about you, Aquarius? What are your reliable ways to get insight? I suggest you engage in some of them and also discover a new one. You’re in the Flood of Radical Fresh Insights Phase of your astrological cycle. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Stanley Kubrick made masterful films, but most of them bore me. I regard John Ashbery as a clever and innovative poet, but I’ve never been excited by his work. As for painter Mark Rothko, I recognize his talent and intelligence, but his art leaves me empty. The music of Nora Jones is pretty and technically impeccable, but it doesn’t move me. In the coming weeks, Pisces, I invite you to make the kinds of fine distinctions I’m describing here. It will be important for you to be faithful to your subjective responses to things, even as you maintain an objective perspective about them and treat them with respect.


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41 Radames’s love, in opera 43 Camden Yards athlete 46 Astronomer’s aid 49 See 1-Across 50 Leo Szilard and Joseph Rotblat 51 Wage ___ of words 52 Odd duck 54 Alexander Graham Bell and Elisha Gray 56 An ever-increasing amount of an office workday, it seems 61 Key also known as “Option” 62 Emulates a Disney princess 63 Disney princess played in film by Emma Watson 64 ___-mo replay 65 Notre Dame nooks 66 See 1-Across


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Mountain Xpress 09.12.18  

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

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