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Swannanoa has a lot to offer I’m very disappointed in your sparse coverage of Swannanoa in your “Spotlight on Small Towns” [Oct. 8, Xpress]. I was left wondering if Swannaoa boasts only the one business you mentioned and not much else going on. Let’s see: neighborhood gathering spot: Lake Tomahawk Park in Black Mountain made it to your list, but missing were: Owen Park in Swannanoa with a beautiful river that truly runs through it, ball fields, trails and Owen Pool. Also missing: coffeehouse: Moments Café & Patisserie. Breakfast Restaurant: The Breakfast Shoppe. sweets/dessert place: Moments Café & Patisserie and Eye Scream Parlour. hairstyling salon: Changes; Unique Hair Styling. Lunch and dinner places: In addition to Native Kitchen, Okie Dokies Smokehouse; LaBamba Burrito Express; Athens Pizza, Chow Time Pizza and assorted fast-food places. neighborhood gathering spot: Eye Scream Parlour Music. (just some of the) Reasons to Live in your town:

1. Warren Wilson College (yes, it is in Swannanoa, despite an Asheville mailing address) and its many cultural and musical events. 2. Swannanoa River. 3. Welcome Table free weekly community lunches. Open to all. 4. Highway of Heroes and Blue Star Highway-designated route for processions taking fallen veterans to their final resting place at the Veteran Cemetery in Black Mountain. 5. Friends and Neighbors of Swannanoa (FANS) at, a group of concerned and involved Swannanoans who organize the huge community yard sale and the yearly Swannanoa Sweep community cleanup; maintain a Giving Garden; and work on community improvement projects, like adding bus shelters along U.S. Highway 70. 6. Swannanoa library in Grovemont and adjoining park. 7. Asheville Christian Academy in Swannanoa named as one of Top 50 Christian schools by 8. Affordability. After the latest “gotta live there” craze (currently West Asheville) is totally saturated with more businesses, traffic nightmares and unaffordable homes (Asheville and Black Mountain already are), watch for Swannanoa to become the newest “darling,” with easy access to Interstate 40, undeveloped strips

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Swannanoa has more to offer I live in Swannanoa and was tickled to see the recent mention of Black Mountain and Swannanoa as small places you might not know about but might want to check out [“Spotlight on Small Towns," Oct. 8, Xpress].

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Then, I was not surprised to see the ONLY place in Swannanoa that appeared was Native Kitchen. Everything else was in Black Mountain. I know that Swannanoa is not a wealth of cultural excitement, but we do have a little bit more than just Native (which I adore). El Lemon is a recently opened authentic Mexican food stop on U.S. Highway 70 that serves real, straight-from-the-kitchen-food that feels como tu mama esta en la covina [like your mom's in the kitchen]. Sofia cooks up amazing specials like camarones del diablo [shrimp diablo], and Taco Tuesday or Tamales Friday are worth the drive. Moments Cafe did not make the cut either, nor did our organic nursery. Granted, I am not interested in Swannanoa losing its small-town charm and mimicking what bookends us with Asheville and Black Mountain, but we have a very active and proud community with pockets of awesomeness that I think others might appreciate besides the obviousness of Native. Sabrina M. Reisinger Swannanoa Editors note: Our Small Town series highlighted the winners of our annual Best of WNC. We listed the winners chosen by participants in that readers poll. We agree, however, that Swannanoa has many great businesses and plenty of small-town charm.

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coRREctions • In a photo image displayed on page 8 of the Oct. 22 issue of Mountain Xpress, the correct spelling for one of the Erwin District Buncombe County school board candidates should have been Jason Summey. • An Oct. 15 letter in the Xpress [“Who Is My State Representative”] referred to the drafting of a warrantless drone surveillance bill by the American Legislative Exchange Council. An ALEC representative says the organization has no model policy on warrantless drone surveillance. The letter also should have said that North Carolina Rep. Nathan Ramsey, R-Buncombe County, broke with other Republicans, including Moffitt, on the fracking issue.

Ingles has been a pivotal player on local food scene In the recent issue of Mountain Xpress, they detail a timeline of “Asheville’s Food Scene Evolution” that includes many who work with food vendors and in food related programs (ASAP, Blue Ridge Food Ventures, Asheville Wine & Food Fest, Asheville City Market etc.) but missed some key players involved in our vibrant and dynamic food scene, like: • MILKCO, owned by Ingles, which buys milks from local dairy farmers and supplies milk to Ingles, Earthfare and area schools; • Mountain Biz Works, which provides training, education and loans to area small businesses — many mentioned on the timeline; • Biltmore Estate & Biltmore Wines — a major tourist destination, awardwinning restaurants, the most visited winery in the U.S (Ingles was the first retailer to sell its wines); • (Omni) Grove Park Inn — historic inn with multiple restaurants providing employment and training opportunities for A-B Tech culinary grads; • Carolina Farm Stewardship Association — providing education for organic farmers like New Sprout Farms;

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• NC Cooperative Extension Service – providing training and education to farmers and consumers; • Asheville Convention and Visitors Bureau — coined the term “Foodtopia” and • Ingles Markets — founded in Asheville in 1963, one of Buncombe county’s largest employers and the supermarket/grocer that buys the most local produce and products. Leah McGrath Ingles Markets, Black Mountain

Time to vote for Matthew Martin for District Court judge Early voting has started, and this election I will be voting for Matthew Martin for Buncombe County’s District Court judge. It is no secret that budgets across the state have been slashed, and that includes the budgets for our courts. In this budget cycle alone, the judicial branch had to absorb a $3.4 million cut. After years of consistently deep budget cuts, our court system now seriously lags behind other states in technology.

With such limited resources, it is imperative that our most innovative community members step up to offer their voice and leadership. Matthew Martin offers the innovative leadership Buncombe County needs in a District Court judge. Having practiced law for over 27 years, 11 of those as a judge in the Cherokee Tribal Courts, Matthew Martin has the experience to recognize and implement the change our district courts need. Serving as the associate judge of the Cherokee Court, Matthew created a multidisciplinary team to address the needs of at-risk children and build the foundations for their educational and social success. He also streamlined the judicial process in the Tribal Court by integrating civil and criminal court for certain cases. He worked to create a more efficient judicial system with the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and will do the same in Buncombe County. As District Court judge, Matthew Martin will support a Veterans Treatment Court to better serve a population who deserves nothing but the best from their country and community. A Veterans Treatment

Court will not only prevent our veterans from falling through the cracks of our judicial system but also reduce caseloads and save state dollars. I am honored to support Matthew Martin, the leader Buncombe County needs. When you go to the polls, please consider Matthew Martin for Buncombe County District Court judge. Jess Peete Asheville

Max Queen solid as an oak Many in the political landscape are like tumbleweeds, blown by the prevailing winds of current opinion. I want to endorse a candidate for Buncombe County school board who is solid as an oak — Max Queen. He is rooted in conservative convictions. His roots are in these mountains. He grew up here, went to school here, worked here and has a love for this place. His roots are in education, having served and retired from the administration at A-B Tech. He knows about learning and wants to enhance the quality of our public schools. I trust him because I have known him for nearly 20 years. He serves as business administrator in our church, Pole Creek Baptist in Candler.

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I know him well. I am his pastor. He will do a solid job! Dennis Thurman Candler

Terry Van Duyn demonstrates focus and priorities In the six short months that Terry Van Duyn has served in the North Carolina Senate, she has clearly demonstrated her focus and priorities. She supports the following: strengthening the educational system, protecting the environment, bolstering the economy, increasing accessibility to health care and housing for the most vulnerable populations and holding the Legislature accountable for its wanton disregard of the basic needs of the many in favor of the “wants� of the few. Her votes and co-sponsored bills concern these critical areas. You can find them at I was deeply saddened when the late Sen. Martin Nesbitt passed away, and I bemoaned the future of the N.C. Senate. Terry Van Duyn has brought hope back. Her work over the last two decades as an active community member has clearly proved her altruism and dedication to the betterment of those in this state. She is not about cheap rhetoric and promises. She is about thoughtful planning and action. I have the utmost confidence in her long-term effectiveness in the General Assembly. She is intelligent, courageous and trustworthy. North Carolina needs Terry Van Duyn to stay in the state Senate. G. Emma Shen Asheville

Tom Hill endorses equal rights and shares our priorities Some readers of the Mountain Xpress may be reluctant to vote for Tom Hill for the U.S. House of Representatives because he has not been an outspoken supporter of LGBT rights. So I would remind all Ashevillearea voters that the job of a congressman in the U.S. House of Representatives is primarily to vote on allocating federal tax dollars and passing useful laws. A member of Congress is not a uni-


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Send your letters to the editor to tary, power-wielding, governmental executive — such as a governor, president or big-city mayor. In the House, that member is one of 13 legislators from North Carolina and just one of 435 legislators nationwide. Consequently, on the subject of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans-gender rights, a congressman has far less power than an executive or a judge on the U.S. Supreme Court. Nevertheless, Tom Hill is a bright, outspoken and successful Democrat, who endorses equal rights and shares our priorities. Unlike the reckless freshman tea party incumbent, Tom Hill will never ever back a repeat of the 2013 shutdown of the national government — a closure which cost dozens of billions of dollars and diminished America’s standing in the world. Hill knows that our region needs the Affordable Care Act, the Interstate Highway System, its many national parks, Social Security, its Federal Emergency Management Agency, Medicaid, its Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, its Medicare, its unemployment compensation and our Blue Ridge Parkway. So, in this 11th Congressional District, please support Tom Hill, the Democrat. Ralph W. Bastedo Hendersonville

You can see Ager and Frost at work; seeing is believing here in WNC When it comes to east Buncombe County issues, I’ve seen John Ager and Ellen Frost show up at the

Swannanoa Community Advisory Group meetings I helped organize. This group deals with efforts to learn more about the future of 180 Old Bee Tree Road, otherwise known as the other major Buncombe County Superfund site. It’s the former Cold War weapons plant around the corner from Warren Wilson College that at one point was owned by a nowdefunct firm called Chemtronics. I’ve seen Mike Fryar at these meetings, too, though I can’t recall anything significant he’s said or done to help our people. I’ve see John and Ellen at a meeting concerning the news that hundreds of Buncombe children suffer homelessness. I’ve seen the policies of Democrats, and I’ve seen the policies of Republicans since the time of Vietnam, Watergate and the onset of Reaganomics, a form of economics that most Americans still suffer under in a kind of Stockholm Syndrome state. Eighty percent of the U.S. population is under age 60 now, and eventually the old mindsets will lose significant support. Ask everyone you know to vote Democrat. It’s so obvious the North Carolina General Assembly majority of Republicans and the Republican majority in the U.S. House of Representatives are dragging down our state and nation. We’ve all got to wake up to the opportunities of sustainable, responsible and innovative strategy. It’s crystal clear the GOP path is not the more righteous one that serves the majority. Grant Millin Asheville

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Has Asheville’s soul really shifted, diluting its funkiness? joan deaver of Asheville sparked a flood of comments on the Mountain Xpress website with her letter to the editor, “Asheville Becoming an Elitist City” [Oct. 15, Xpress]. Deaver contends that Asheville has lost its funkiness and is following a path similar to Sarasota, Fla., where she and her husband resided before moving to Asheville. Deaver complains about the loss of festivals like Bele Chere, Lexington Avenue Arts and Fun Festival and Goombay and says that affordable living is difficult for 99 percent of local residents. (LAAFF and Goombay returned this year.) What is next to go? she asked: “Downtown After 5, the Drum Circle at Pritchard Park, buskers?” Some readers suggested Deaver and her husband were part of the “elite.” Others debated pros and cons of festivals such as Bele Chere and changes wrought by the new arrivals. “To be fair, let’s ignore the fact that Bele Chere lost half a million dollars a year and point out how much the local businesses lost... People from outside Asheville were making a ton of profit, and Bele Chere... initially started to revitalize downtown... wound up screwing the local businesses.” — Lianna “I have been here almost a decade and can’t wait to leave the city. Love the nature and the beauty, but the people are horrendous. I have never met so many self-entitled elitists who make money from trusts and the criminal markets and brokers. Affluenza is worse than Ebola... It is contaminating souls, and this city is losing its soul... to the $5 beers, $100 restaurant meals with 20 percent tips...” — freddie schlong “Asheville is not becoming an ‘elitist city.’ It has been an ‘elitist city’ for decades.” — nfB “I didn’t know [my ancestors] were from here when I came to Asheville... Turns out that we are Tsalagi [Cherokee] and all sides of my family are from here... I sure do understand now how my ancestors felt. Elitists? You bet. [The city has a] good-old-boy, elitist, insular [nature] and is not as


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liberal as it portrays itself. [Many residents are] racists and more concerned with adult rights than children’s rights. Now I know why they call it the ‘Trail Of Tears.’ Moving home to where my ancestors came from has caused me nothing but tears... Violating civil rights is an art form here. Friendly? Nope... Judgmental, hateful and cruel... This Tsalagi isn’t leaving... The real locals, the mountain folks, are sweet as can be and kind as the day is long. The townies... well, like most townies, [they are] so materialistically oriented they wouldn’t know empathy if it bit them. Bet five bucks they won’t publish this letter.” — mg massey “The demonic oppression is suffocating downtown since the New Agers and gays have come. ‘Little San Francisco’ it’s called... How indecent.”— dee “As an Asheville native, I see the degradation, but I see a lot of the problems coming from an ‘overexposure’ of the ‘funky’ nature of the town in the national press. Mostly, I see the problem as twofold… First, you have a town [where it] has become economically prohibitive for most natives to survive.… The second issue… is the number of new people

moving in and displacing them… We have had an influx of people whose intent is to retire and become spectators in the city instead of participants... Consider how often the areas of increased culture and selfexpression [exist in] the areas of less income. … From Lexington Avenue to West Asheville to the River Arts District, it is consistently the lowerincome areas that seem to harbor the most creativity. ... Asheville has thrived in the past because of a mix of acceptance, creativity and a willingness to allow self-expression... Be it Haight Ashbury, Harlem, the French Quarter of New Orleans or even our own burgeoning artistic communities, it is an environment of affordability, acceptance and community support that fosters the ‘funky’ areas that the ‘spectators’ are willing to ride through in a tour bus, taking pictures and keeping the colorful locals at arm’s length... We need to learn to value that which we once had!” — jonathan clark “You really did say what most natives are feeling about this invasion. Now if we can call a halt to the nauseating City Council’s uplifting of homosexuality and naked bike riding, many will feel a little better.” — dee “My family has been from WNC for multiple generations, and I moved away because I could no longer bear the insufferable entitlement of people who MOVED to Asheville.... I was born in those mountains and couldn’t bear the heartbreak of seeing one more g**damn condo being built…” — anonymous “Emblematic of this is Reynolds Mountain. The Appalachian Mountains are the oldest on the planet, and we see how the forces of greed turned it into an elitist enclave populated by people driving expensive cars, many with out-of-state tags. ... There is something deeply wrong with people coming to another town and believing they have an inherent right to whine, complain and criticize that things aren’t how they want them to be, or even worse … undermine the essence of that city and environs.” — dionysis Read more at

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Wise up! Wisdom councils chart new pathways to participatory democracy in WNC

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It's election season — time to pay attention to candidate platforms, get educated on the issues and let your voice be heard ... right? Though many dedicated voters go to the polls term after term, hoping to bring about the world they want to see, many are still asking: Is it enough? Are “we the people” really setting the priorities and naming the issues? Is this democracy working? “If we all sat down with a piece of paper and asked, ‘How do we create something that is of the people, for the people and by the people?’ we wouldn't get anything near what we have now, because there is nothing about it that answers any one of those three things,” says Kerry Lindsey, co-founder of Wise Democracy North Carolina, a group that formed in March with the goal of facilitating deeper conversations among citizens. The group’s key method is implementing “Wisdom Councils.” “The wisdom council is structured so that there are 12 people who are randomly selected out of the community, and then they are brought together to come up with three or four statements or points ... that they've come to through consensus,” explains Ruth Backstrom, one of the group's cofounders. With a system designed to harness the creativity and resolve that can be yielded when multiple perspectives are combined, Wise Democracy NC members see wisdom councils as potentially revolutionary for political discourse and re-empowering the voice of the people to name and enact solutions for our collective future. 12


Jim Rough, founder of the wisdom council process, spoke at an Oct. 14 public forum in Asheville.

But the randomly selected 12 participants aren't just thrown in a room and expected to hash it out. The key to success lies in a process called “Dynamic Facilitation,” designed by Jim Rough, creator of the wisdom council process. The dynamic facilitator's job is to keep the group moving forward by identifying points of agreement and keeping the conversation on a creative, solutions-based track. Rosa Zubizarreta, author of the dynamic facilitation manual, explains, “Your goal [as a facilitator] is to really connect deeply with each person and help them feel heard and safe,” she says, “and that's where the choice creation starts. As human beings, we are either in defensive/protective mode which looks like fight, flight, freeze, etc. or we're in open, creative, synthesizing mode.”

It's when we are afraid of not being heard and our perspective is not being considered that the prospect of generating solutions becomes remote, Zubizarreta explains. “And that's why you end up with people fighting over what color the bathroom tissue is going to be — because they want to know that they count. In [dynamic facilitation], we're not voting, not getting into win/lose. We're getting to the deeper issues.” “Right now we think of facilitation for group meetings and politics for politics, [and] we don't think of those worlds meeting. But they really do, and that's what's exciting about wisdom councils,” says Backstrom, who also runs the nonprofit Solution Generators Network, which hosts workshops in systems change in the Durham area.

Last fall, Backstrom and Asheville-based Susan Michael reached out to Rough for advice on bringing the approach to North Carolina as a pathway to improve what they see as myopic and dysfunctional political discourse in this state. Rough created the dynamic facilitation method in the ’80s and, in 2002, published Society's Breakthrough! Releasing Essential Wisdom and Virtue in All the People. In his book, he promoted wisdom councils and called for a “Citizen's Amendment” to the U.S. Constitution that would require an annual national wisdom council — a simple solution that, Rough contended, is the key to remediating current political, social and economic dystfunction. Though such ambitions haven't taken hold in the U.S., they have

in central Europe, particularly in Austria: In 2006, one of its states, Vorarlberg, started holding wisdom councils; more recently, state leaders adopted a constitutional amendment providing for a government-sponsored wisdom council that could be convened on any particular issue if 1) the government deemed it necessary, or 2) the citizens petitioned for it with 1,000 signatures or more. “They implemented an amendment different than what I had — better than what I had,” says Rough. “But there's been a dearth of implementation here in the U.S. … So we [at the Center for Wise Democracy] were kind of waiting for some place to get desperate enough to give us a call. And that's really what happened when Ruth and Susan called and said, ‘Look at what's happening in North Carolina — we need some help.’” thE wisdom counciL ExpERimEnt In the fall of 2013, Solution Generators began hosting workshops in dynamic facilitation in Durham. The following March, participants in a breakout group in one session came up with the idea for Wise Democracy NC. “The idea was to train people to do these councils and hold them across North Carolina — to change the level of political discourse here, because it is just rock bottom,” says Backstrom. The last wisdom council to be held in the U.S. was in Asheland, Ore., in 2003, “And they changed the entire city council over the course of two elections from it,” she reports. After six months of conference calls, a lot of volunteer hours and planning, Wise Democracy NC produced the Wisdom Council Experiment — which included workshops in dynamic facilitation as well as one wisdom council at Westminster Presbyterian Church in East Asheville on Oct. 10 and 11 this year. To produce the series, Wise Democracy enlisted the help of several leading figures in the field of facilitation and innovative forms of choice creation, including Rough, Zubizarreta, juanita Brown (creator of The World Café social technology) and Tao of Democracy author tom atlee. “We purchased the voter registration list from the Board

of Elections, and then put it through a mathematical formula to get the top 30,000 people. Then we sent a letter to the top 300 from that list and started to make a lot of calls,” says Michael. Of the Buncombe County residents contacted, only 10 responded and just eight showed up for the wisdom council in mid-October. Each participant was paid $80 and had lunch and dinner provided for the dayand-a-half event. “When I first received this letter, it was pretty amazing. It was the first time I'd heard about wisdom councils, and I'm a firm believer in gathering people, talking and listening and arriving at consensus,” says tom gill of Black Mountain, one of the eight participants. “They were all charged with the question of ‘What would you do to maintain the quality of life in Asheville?’” says Rev. gaya Erlandson, also of Wise Democracy NC. “It was purposefully designed to be really generic so that they could come up with their own topics within that.” On Oct. 14, the Tuesday following the council, Wise Democracy held a public forum at A-B Tech's Enka campus, where the participants reported their experiences and their proposed solutions. “At first, a lot of things came up around job inequality, discrimination, lack of confidence in our institutions — like our schools, government and financial institutions,” says participant kristine madera. “By the end of Friday night, we had come up with this idea that what all of our grievances had in common was a loss of hope. [And from that], the idea we began to work with was that there is no collective vision, nothing calling us forward in a complete way — not in politics, not in society, not anywhere,” she says. Though several participants reported feeling frustrated at times, and unsure of whether the council was leading to any solutions, they agreed that by mid-Saturday, Oct. 11, they got “in the zone.” Solutions started to congeal. “There were so many thoughts and opinions out there on Friday night that I didn't see how it would ever come together,” says

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member Jay Weatherly of High Five Coffee says: “I have been a part of the Go local program since its inception and have truly appreciated the focus on local business it has brought. Asheville is a city where both residents and visitors appreciate the value of locally owned businesses and the Go local program has brought significant attention to how crucial it is to keep the local, creative community supported and thriving.”


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participant charlie flynn. “But I was blown away on Saturday in the way things were distilled slowly, drip by drip, until we had a pretty fine product.” The “product” these eight Buncombe County individuals came up with is multifold and “better than any one of us could have come up with on our own,” says Gill. They drafted A New Social Contract, a heartfelt offering of cultural solutions for preserving quality of life in Asheville. It consists of two parts: “The New Democracy” describes and calls for neighborhood councils as a form of direct democracy that will reforge the connection between the people and the government, hypothetically reinvesting deliberating power in the hands of “we the people.” The second part, “Economic Adjustment,” describes an economy whereby members of society are taken care of based on intrinsic contributions to society, independent of monetary evaluation or purchasing power. There’s a validity and indisputable nature to these solutions that comes from the egalitarian, truly democratic process by which they were generated, and that’s the point, says Rough: Collectively, we know what we need; we have wisdom; and we can access it, given the right conditions. what's nExt? This first Wisdom Council Experiment is only the beginning for Wise Democracy NC, says Lindsey. “There are at least 11 of us who are committed to getting wisdom councils in the Asheville governance system,” he says. Although Wise Democracy NC has contingents in both Durham and Asheville, members see the smaller city as particularly ripe for

this kind of participatory democracy, and a community with a unique potential to set trends for the rest of the country. “Things like climate change and democracy are difficult subjects that we need to be looking at,” says Asheville-based ty hallock, also of Wise Democracy. “They're bigger problems, and we have to have a bigger perspective, and I think, given our [per capita] interests in Asheville in this ‘bigger picture,’ that we can be the seed which starts the whole U.S. doing wisdom councils.” Having successfully produced the October wisdom council, the group looks forward to raising awareness in the region about their goals and plans on holding another session over the winter, after which they hope local officials will attend a public forum where the results will be shared. Beyond the possible ripple effects on a regional scale, Asheville's wisdom council stands to be included in an upcoming documentary called The Blind Spot, directed by Switzerland-based martin Rausch, whose film crew captured the entire event. His goal is to explore a handful of newly evolving systems of deliberation, including wisdom councils, and make them more available to the world. “I don't believe in business as usual,” says Rausch. “I believe that if we get together with processes like this that something happens between people because we want to move forward together. It's not about being right. It's not about winning. It's about coming together and creating the space and the conditions where something can happen between us and some-

“Given the technology that we have, why are we still voting for people to do all of the work for us, rather than figuring out a way to have intelligent conversations about what we want to do?” asks Rosa Zubizarretta, pictured with Wise Democracy NC representative Kerry Lindsey.

thing can evolve. Babylon didn't have it. Greece didn't have it. Rome didn't have it.” As much as wisdom councils are poised to re-establish “we the people” as the ones who dictate larger issues and suggest larger solutions, their impact on the individual is just as profound, Lindsey emphasizes: “We are not used to being heard at this level. Many of us are not used to being heard at all.” Rough calls for action, as he did at the closing of the Oct. 14 forum:

“Over and over again we say, “We need to get a net carbon tax. We need to lessen the gap. We need to recover the middle class. Where's this ‘we’? Has anybody seen it? If we had a ‘we,’ then we wouldn't have these problems. “Money is winning and the solution has to be people coming into conversation.”



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2014 Election Endorsement Roundup

• Buncombe County Schools Board of Education Chairman Bob Rhinehart • BCS Board of Education members Amy Churchill and Dusty Pless • State Employees Association of N.C. • N.C. Chamber of Commerce • N.C. Police Benevolent Association • N.C. Right to Life • National Federation REp. of Independent Businesses/ NATHAN North Carolina • National Rifle RAMSEY Association • Asheville CitizenREpUblICAN Times • N.C. Homeowners Alliance

• N.C. League of Conservation Voters • former N.C. Gov. James B. Hunt • Buncombe County Sheriff Van Duncan • Carol Peterson, former Buncombe County Commissioner • Anne Ponder, retired UNC Asheville chancellor • Sierra Club (North Carolina and WNC chapters) • Asheville Firefighters Association • AFL-CIO • former N.C. House JOHN 115 Rep. Patsy Keever • Former AGER N.C. House Rep. Marie Colton • Dr. DEMOCRAT Olson Huff • Public school teachers and administrators, including John P. McAfee of Reynolds and Betsy Milford of Fairview Elementary. • All of the current elected Democratic officials in municipal, county, and state offices.

Endorsements can be a handy tool showing which

groups and individuals have publicly thrown their

N.C. HOUSE 116 • N.C. Association of Educators • Buncombe County Association of Educators • Sierra Club (North Carolina and WNC chapters) • N.C. League of Conservation Voters • Asheville Citizen-Times • Equality N.C.

support behind a particular office-seeker. In these pages, we’ve compiled what was provided by local candidates and collected by Xpress.

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• N.C. Chamber of Commerce • North Carolina Right to Life • Associated Builders and Contractors of the Carolinas • National Rifle Association • National Federation of Independent Business • N.C. Homeowners Alliance






on Saturday, Nov. 1, and Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 4.



• North Carolina Association of Educators • Sierra Club (North Carolina and WNC chapters) • N.C. Medical Society • N.C. Police Benevolent Association • Equality N.C. • Asheville CitizenTimes • N.C. Rep. Susan C. Fisher • Buncombe County Board of Commissioners Chair David Gantt • Asheville Mayor Esther SEN. TERRY Manheimer • Asheville City vAN DUYN Council members Cecil Bothwell, DEMOCRAT Chris Pelly, Gordon Smith, Gwen Wisler and Jan Davis • Buncombe County Sheriff Van Duncan • Buncombe County commissioners Ellen Frost, Holly Jones and Brownie Newman • Asheville Vice Mayor Marc Hunt • Buncombe County Register of Deeds Drew Reisinger • former Buncombe County Commissioner Bill Stanley • Lillian’s List • National Organization for Women • N.C. Hospital Association • N.C. League of Conservation Voters • N.C. Medical Society PAC • N.C. Police Benevolent Association Inc • N.C. Restaurant and Lodging Association • Rural Electric Action Program • State Employees Association of N.C. • Western N.C. Labor Council and N.C. State AFL-CIO • Boone Mayor Andy Ball • Ron Bucher • Michael DeBruhl Blankenship • Dr. Olson Huff (consultant to the Mission Hospital Health Care Foundation) • former N.C. House Rep. Patsy Keever • former N.C. Rep. Jane Whilden • Jake Quinn, Asheville, Democratic National Committee



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“Although I have answered almost every survey sent to me, I hope that my experience and many years as an educator, small businessman, former legislator, combat veteran and coach will override any endorsements, or lack thereof. What is more important to me in this race are my past history of proven service to the people of my maRk home region and my already extenCRAwfORD sive legislative service record. My REpUblICAN hope is to have earned our voters’ endorsement through their votes.”

bUNCOMbE COUNTY bOARD Of COMMISSIONERS, DISTRICT 2 • Buncombe County commission• Buncombe County Association ers Joe Belcher and Mike Fryar of Educators • Western North • former Asheville Vice-Mayor Carolina Central Labor Council Chris Peterson • Mike Butrum, branch of AFL-CIO • Sierra Club Government Affairs Director for the (North Carolina and WNC chapters) Asheville Board of Realtors • N.C. • Woodfin Mayor Jerry VeHaun Rep. Nathan Ramsey • Buncombe County Sheriff Van Duncan • Asheville Citizen-Times • Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer • Asheville Vice-Mayor Marc Hunt CHRiSTiNa EllEN • Asheville City Council members MERRIll fROST Cecil Bothwell, Jan Davis, Gordon REpUblICAN DEMOCRAT Smith and Gwen Wisler • Black Mountain Mayor Mike Sobol • Black Mountain Vice-Mayor Don Collins • Black Mountain Aldermen Carlos Showers, Ryan Stone and Margaret Tuttle • Weaverville Mayor Dottie Sherrill • Buncombe County Board of Commissioners Chair David Gantt • Buncombe County Commissioners Holly Jones and Brownie Newman

bUNCOMbE COUNTY bOARD Of COMMISSIONERS, DISTRICT 3 “If elected, I want to be able to • Buncombe County Sheriff Van work openly with everyone, remainDuncan • Buncombe County Board ing independent from campaign of Commissioners Chair David endorsements. I believe my supGantt • Buncombe County Schools port speaks for itself. The margin Board of Education Chair Bob of victory in the primary was subRhinehart • The Buncombe County stantial, and my fundraising efforts Association of Educators • Sierra have been quite successful. The Club (North Carolina and WNC only endorsement that really matchapters) • Asheville Citizen-Times ters is that of the voters on elecNANCY MIRANDA tion day.” wAlDROp DEbRUHl UNAffIlIATED


BUNCOmBE COUNTY SCHOOLS BOaRD Of EDUCaTiON, REYNOLDS DiSTRiCT “My two endorsements are from Buncombe voters: 1) I did not seek endorsements from special interest groups. Instead, I sought an endorsement from the citizens of Buncombe, undergoing the rigorous vetting process of iCaucus. This involved a written test and an interview by a panel of Buncombe education experts and citizens. lISA Then Buncombe citizens read my bAlDwIN bio and listened to my interview before casting votes to endorse me: http://www. Other groups may choose to use my iCaucus Citizen Approved Endorsement, but they are not authorized by me. 2) I was endorsed by 20,817 Buncombe voters in 2010; more than 50 percent of the votes in a threeway race for the Reynolds seat.

Buncombe County Association of Educators • Asheville CitizenTimes • Buncombe County Schools Board of Education Chairman Bob Rhinehart • Sheriff Van Duncan • Jennie Eblen


bUNCOMbE COUNTY SHERIff • N.C. Police Benevolent “The office of sheriff must be Association • Asheville Citizenrepresentative of all citizens. I Times • Jeff Messer, 880 The welcome support but do not Revolution • Reggie Young seek out nor give endorsements. It is enough to be qualified for the office. My education, training and experience uniquely qualify me to be sheriff. My career speaks for itself. When elected, I will be the sheriff for all people. vAN MIkE I’m not a professional politician. DUNCAN bUSTlE I am a professional lawman.” DEMOCRAT


bUNCOMbE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY • Buncombe County Sheriff Van “In order to remain independent, Duncan • Dr. Olson Huff (children’s nonpartisan and not beholden to advocate) • Asheville Mayor Esther any individual or organization, as Manheimer • Buncombe Register I believe the office of the District of Deeds Drew Reisinger • N.C. Attorney should be, I have declined Sen. Terry Van Duyn • Asheville and/or avoided requesting, up until Citizen-Times • Buncombe County this point in my campaign, endorseBoard of Commissioners Chair ments of the type you have asked David Gantt • Clerk of Superior me to list. Your question, however, Court of Buncombe County Steven is a valid one and helps explain to bEN TODD D. Cogburn • Earl J. Fowler Jr. the public the basis for a candidacy. SCAlES Therefore, to respond to your wIllIAMS (former Chief District Judge for UNAffIlIATED request, I went to the only people DEmOCRaT Buncombe County, 28th Judicial District) • Gary S. Cash (former whose endorsement for District Chief District Judge for Buncombe County, Attorney I believe is important, and from whom 28th Judicial District) • former N.C. House Rep. independence need not be shown. I have sought (and former Buncombe County Commissioner) and obtained the endorsement of former elected Patsy Keever (present First Vice-Chair of the District Attorney Roy Patton (30th Judicial District) NC Democratic Party) • Asheville Mayor Esther and dozens of law enforcement officers who are Manheimer • Asheville City Council members actively promoting my candidacy throughout the Gordon Smith, Jan Davis and Gwen Wisler county, but whom I respectfully decline to identify • Asheville Vice Mayor Marc Hunt • Woodfin Mayor at this time, because it would be impracticable, Jerry VeHaun • Weaverville Mayor Dottie Sherill and in some cases illegal for them to intentionally • former Buncombe County Clerk of Court J. Ray make public their support. Dozens of other noteElingburg • former Buncombe County Clerk of worthy references from all walks of life available Court Robert H. “Bob” Christy • former Asheville upon request.” Mayor Ken Michalove • Hall Fletcher Elementary Principal Gordon Grant • Rubin Feldstein (past president of the Buncombe County Guardian Ad Litem Association) • Susan Evans (past president of the Buncombe County Guardian Ad Litem Association) • community leader Gustavo Silva • Renee White (president of East End/Valley Street Neighborhood Association) • community leader Dan Leroy • community leader Amanda Edwards • Dr. Charles Mosley, senior pastor, Nazareth First Baptist Church • community leader Sheneika Smith • former Asheville City Council member Bryan Freeborn • Mike Sule (Asheville Bicycle Advocate and former teacher) • WNC Central Labor Council branch of the AFL-CIO




BUNCOmBE COUNTY SCHOOLS BOaRD Of EDUCaTiON ENka DiSTRiCT iCaucus Asheville Citizen-Times • Buncombe County Association of Educators • North Carolina Association of Educators • Buncombe County Schools Board of Education Vice Chairman Chip Craig • BCS Board of Education Chairman Bob Rhinehart • Wendell Begley, among other current and former school MAX NANCY board members. QUEEN


iCaucus • Buncombe County Republican Party

Buncombe County Association of Educators • Asheville Citizen-Times • former BCS Board of Education member Richard Greene • BCS Board of Education chairman Bob Rhinehart • Buncombe County Democratic Party




former BCS Board of Education members Bruce Goforth, Mike Anders and Linda Summey (who is also his mother)



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Animals Golden Retriever Club of America National Specialty • Through SA (11/1), 8am-7pm National Specialty event, includes conformation, obedience and agility competition. Held at WNC Agricultural Center, 1301 Fanning Bridge Road Western Carolina Dog Fanciers Association, • SA (11/1) & SU (11/2) American Kennel Club dog agility trials. $22 first run/$12 additional runs. Held at WNC Agricultural Center, 1301 Fanning Bridge Road

Benefits CiderFest NC 254-1995, • SA (11/2), 1-5pm - Hard cider


YO! IS HAVING A PARTY: Come in a costume or just come as yourself — youth ages 14-23 are invited to Youth OUTRight’s Masquerade Party on Saturday, Nov. 1, to show support to LQBTQ youth and to have fun. The event, sponsored by the UNC Asheville Alliance and the university’s Queer Youth Theatre includes a selfie photo booth and mask-making. Photo courtesy of Youth OUTRight. (p. 18)

tasting festival with live music and family acitivties. Proceeds benefit the Western North Carolina Green Building Council. $30 Held at WNC Farmers Market, 570 Brevard Road Emergency Aid for Rojava Dinner • WE (11/5), 6:30pm - Tickets to this vegetarian dinner and live music event benefit the Kurdish Red Crescent’s humanitarian aid efforts in Rojava, Syria. $20-$60. Held at Weinhaus, 86 Patton Ave. Fundraiser for Jacob Vanlandingham • SU (11/2), 2-7pm Donations collected at this performance by Underdog Crew, youth breakdancing troupe, benefit medical bills for a local child with cancer. Admission by donation. Held at Millroom, 66 Ashland Ave.


Kick Your Boots Off

Run for Your Art

304-535-2200, • TH (11/6), 7pm - Tickets to this live music event benefit the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. $20/ $65 VIP. Held at Isis Restaurant and Music Hall, 743 Haywood Road

669-0930, events/runforyourart5k • SA (11/1), 10am - Proceeds from this 5k and fun run benefit the Black Mountain Center for the Arts. $25 Held at Black Mountain Recreation Park, Rec. Park Drive, Black Mountain

Montford Park Players Masquerade Ball 254-5146, • TH (11/6), 6-10pm - Tickets to this costume gala and live music event benefit the Montford Park Players theater company. $40. Held at The Venue, 21 North Market St.

The Vanishing Wheelchair 645-2941, • SA (11/1), 7-9pm - Storytellers, singers, magicians and jugglers perform to benefit the ALS Association. $10/$5 children. Held at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 337 Charlotte St.

Odyssey Center for Ceramic Arts 236 Clingman Ave., 285-0210, • SA (11/1), 6-9:30pm Proceeds from an auction of local art benefit Odyssey’s veteran’s program and special education program at Asheville Middle School. $42.

Business & Technology

event for local entrepreneurs. Free to attend. Held at Mojo Coworking, 60 N. Market St. OnTrack WNC 50 S. French Broad Ave., 2555166, Registration required. • TH (10/30), 12-1pm - “Emotions and Spending,” financial education class. Free. Registration required. SCORE Counselors to Small Business 271-4786, Registration required. Free. • MO (11/3), 5:30-8:30pm Starting a Business Part 2. Registration required. Free Held at A-B Tech Madison Site, 4646 US 25-70, Marshall

Classes, Meetings & Events Economic Development Coalition 258-6101, ashevillechamber. org/economic-development • WEDNESDAYS, 9am - “1 Million Cups,” coffee and networking

hold me tight workshops for couples (pd.) Learn the new science of love and work with your partner

one-on-one to change the patterns that keep you apart. Find a safe haven and secure base in your loved one’s arms. www. 828776-6200 November 21, 2014 at 7 pm - November 23, 2014 at 3 pm. holiday Gift Preview (pd.) 11/1, 11AM-5PM. Multiple vendors, indoor venue. The Blue Mandala, 1359 Cane Creek Rd., Fletcher, NC., 828-275-2755 Asheville Browns Backers Club 658-4149, ashevillebbw@ • SUNDAYS - Meets during Cleveland Browns games. Contact for specific times. Held at The Fairview Tavern, 831 Old Fairview Road Buncombe County Public Libraries Free unless otherwise noted.

• WE (11/5), 6-8pm Skyland Knit-N-Chain, knitting and needlework for all skill levels. Free. Held at Skyland/South Buncombe Library, 260 Overlook Road • WE (11/5) & WE (11/19), 5pm - Swannanoa Library Knitters, casual knitting and needlework for all skill levels. Free. Held at Swannanoa Library, 101 West Charleston St., Swannanoa foRum on fAmily homelessness 258-1695, • TH (11/6), 5:30pm Sponsored by Homeward Bound. Includes dinner and speakers who have studied or experience family homelessness. $20. Held at Celine and Company, 49 Broadway GReen oppoRtunities 398-4158, • TU (11/4), 12:30pm Information session for “Go Kitchen Ready” & “Built Environment” job training programs. Registration required. Free. Held at Arthur R. Edington Center, 133 Livingston St hendeRsonville Wise Women 693-1523 • 1st & 3rd WEDNESDAYS, 1:30pm - A safe, supportive group of women “of a certain age.” Held at Grace Lutheran Church, 1245 Sixth Ave. W., Hendersonville lAuRel ChApteR of the embRoideReRs’ Guild of AmeRiCA 654-9788, • TH (11/6), 9:30am-noon Monthly meeting. Held at Cummings United Methodist Church, 3 Banner Farm Road, Horse Shoe

mountAin AReA volunteeR lAWyeRs 210-3429, • 1st THURSDAYS, 12-2pm - “Debt 101” clinic, includes discussion of debtor rights, resources and options. Free. Held at Pisgah Legal Services, 62 Charlotte St. RuRAl heRitAGe museum At mARs hill 100 Athletic St., Mars Hill, 689-1304 • Through SA (2/28) Exhibit: Our Story – This Place: The History of African-American Education in Madison County and the Anderson Rosenwald School. Free. smoKy mountAin Chess Club SmokyMountainChessClub • THURSDAYS, 1pm Players of all ages and skill levels are welcome. Free. Held at Blue Ridge Books, 152 S. Main St., Waynesville smoKy mountAin KnittinG Guild • WEDNESDAYS, 1-3pm Knitting classes. Free. Held at Blue Ridge Books, 152 S. Main St., Waynesville southeAsteRn CiRCumCision pRotests 716-884-3710 • SA (11/1), 4:30-6:30pm - Family friendly demonstration against forced infant circumcision. Free to attend. Held at intersection of Broadway & Patton Avenue. WesteRn CARoliniAns foR peACe And justiCe in the middle eAst • WE (11/5), 9:30am - General meeting.

Held at Black Mountain Presbyterian, 117 Montreat Road, Black Mountain youth outRiGht 772-1912, • SA (11/1), 8-11pm Masquerade to support LGBTQ and allied youth of WNC. $5 donation. Held at UNC-Asheville, 1 University Heights

dAnCe RoCoCo bAllRoom pARtneR dAnCinG (pd.) Rococo Ballroom has opened in Reynolds Mountain offering all forms of partner dancing. Call 828-575-0905 to schedule a FREE sample lesson with one of our highly trained instructors. studio ZAhiyA, doWntoWn dAnCe ClAsses (pd.) Monday 6pm Hip Hop Wkt • Tuesday 9am Hip Hop Wkt 6pm Intro to Bellydance 7pm Bellydance 2 8pm West African • Wednesday 6pm Bellydance 3 • Thursday 9am Hip Hop Wrkt 4pm Kid’s Dance 6pm Intro to Bellydance 7pm West African • Saturday 9am Hip Hop Wrkt 10:30am Bellydance • Sunday 10am Intro to West African • $13 for 60 minute classes, Hip Hop Wkrt $5. 90 1/2 N. Lexington Avenue. :: 828.242.7595 CiRCle 8’s squARe dAnCe Club, garwoods2@ • TUESDAYS, 7:30-9pm - Weekly dance classes. $5. Held at Oakley United Methodist Church, 607 Fairview Rd.

southeRn liGhts squARe And Round dAnCe Club 697-7732, southernlights. org • SA (11/1), 6pm - Salute to Veterans dance. First two classes free. Held at Whitmire Activity Center, 310 Lily Pond Road, Hendersonville

eCo Asheville GReen dRinKs • WE (10/29), 5:30pm Coal ash update and clean energy testimonials. Free to attend. Held at Green Sage Cafe Downtown, 5 Broadway nAtionAl foRest plAn publiC meetinGs 258-8737, Public hearings for the Pisgah-Nantahala Forest management planning process conducted by the U.S. Forest Service. Free to attend. • MO (11/3), 4:30-7:30pm - Held in Broyhill Chapel on the campus of Mars Hill University. • TH (11/6), 4:30-7:30pm - Held at the Graham County Community Center, 196 Knight St., Robbinsville WnC sieRRA Club 251-8289, • WE (11/5), 7pm - “Sustainable Transportation” panel discussion with electric car owners. Free. Held at Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville, 1 Edwin Place

festivAls Asheville hAunted hiGh 350-2500 • FR (10/31), 10pm-midnight & SA (11/1), 7pm-midnight - Haunted house. Proceeds support Asheville High School. $10/$5 kid-friendly tour. Held at Asheville High School, 419 McDowell St. Asheville on biKes • SA (11/1), 2:30pm “The Pumpkin Pedaller,” costumed bike ride to Clingman Cafe. Free to ride; event at Clingman Cafe: $5. Meets at City-County Plaza, 121 College St. CheRoKee histoRiCAl AssoCiAtion 564 Tsali Blvd., Cherokee, 497-2111, • SA (10/15) through SA (11/1), 7pm - Haunted Adventures: Little Dorm of Horrors, Haunted Theatre and Myths and Legends Ghost Walk. Contact for directions. $10-$25.

el CentRo of hendeRson County 693-1981, • FR (10/31), 5-10pm Halloween/Dia de Muertos fair, includes raffles, contests and family friendly activities. Free to attend. Held at Super Mercado, 2111 Asheville Highway, Hendersonville fiRst bAptist ChuRCh of Asheville 5 Oak St., 252-4781, fbca. net • FR (10/31), 5-8pm - Fall Family Festival. Free to attend. GRACe lutheRAn ChuRCh 1245 Sixth Ave. W., Hendersonville, 693-4890, • SU (11/2), 5pm - Dia de los Muertos celebration. Free. neWfound bAptist ChuRCh 2605 New Leicester Highway, Leicester, 6833178, • FR (10/31), 6-8pm - Fall Festival. Free to attend.

Costumes & CoCKtAils • WE (10/29), 6-9pm Halloween party and costume contest hosted by Asheville Affiliates. $10. Held at Odditorium, 1045 Haywood Road

pisGAh vieW peACe GARden pisgahviewpeacegarden. com, • FR (10/31), 4-6pm Garden Halloween Feast: From the Ground to the Table. Admission by donation. Held at Pisgah View Apartments, Allen St.

disCoveR histoRiC hendeRsonville • FR (10/31), 4:30-7:30pm - “Trick-or-Treat Street,” includes costume contest and dance party. Free. Held in downtown Hendersonville.

sWAnnAnoA vAlley fine ARts leAGue • SA (11/1) through WE (12/31) - Holiday gift market. Free to attend. Held at Red House Studios and Gallery, 310 W. State St., Black Mountain

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Food & Beer Buncombe County Public Libraries Free unless otherwise noted. • TH (11/6), 5:30pm “Barley. Hops. Asheville,” beer history presentation. Free. Held at Skyland/South Buncombe Library, 260 Overlook Road Caldwell Cusine 726-2478, kandreasen@cccti. edu Meals prepared by Culinary Arts students. Proceeds benefit Caldwell Community College. • TH (10/30), 6pm “Oktoberfest” gourmet dinner. $21 plus tax. Held at J.E. Broyhill Civic Center, 1913 Hickory Blvd. SE, Lenior


Fighting hunger with music WHAT: Feeding America Through Entertainment (FATE) weekly jam and food drive WHEN: Thursdays, 8 p.m. WHERE: New Mountain, 38 N. French Broad Ave. WHY: Feeding America Through Entertainment (FATE) is an organization that facilitates philanthropic relationships between the business community and prominent entertainers to raise money and awareness for hunger relief. So, when the owners of New Mountain contacted FATE Executive Director Josh Stack about how to utilize the venue’s upstairs event space, he knew exactly what to do. “I thought it would be a good space for an ongoing philanthropic event,” says Stack. His vision for the event is rooted in other ongoing music jams in Asheville. “One of my favorite nights to see music in town is Tuesday because I can see the best Asheville pickers



at Isis early and the best funk and jazz players later at the Music Hall, and it’s free,” says Stack. “I’d like the FATE Jam to do something similar and provide a meaningful outlet for talented musicians to express themselves musically and philanthropically.” Concertgoers attending the jam should bring 4-5 high-protein canned goods or an equivalent cash donation ($5-$10) to donate at the door. All food donations will benefit MANNA FoodBank as well as other regional food distribution organizations as needs arise. Cash donations will help grow the FATE account to secure larger acts, which will help the organization bring in more concertgoers and increase the level of donation. “We’ve got to start small and hopefully grow this into the need for more space, bigger acts and more food,” says Stack. The FATE Jam takes place every Thursday at 8 p.m. in New Mountain’s upstairs event space. For more information, visit or — Michael McDonald

Men’s Garden Club of Asheville 683-1673 • TU (11/4), 12:40pm “Hardscape,” site preparation discussion and dinner. $12. Registration required. Held at First Baptist Church of Asheville, 5 Oak St. Sylva Garden Club 631-5147, pollybdavis@ • TU (11/4), 9:30am Presentation by forestry student Andrew Donner. Free. Held at First Presbyterian Church of Sylva, 46 Presbyterian Dr., Sylva

Government & Politics Dinner with Progressives 258-3327 • MO (11/3), 6pm - Monthly meeting. Free to attend. Held at Green Sage Cafe - Westgate, 70 Westgate Parkway

Kids Color Me Fabulous 506-5748, • WE (10/29), 8:30am-2:30pm - Art day hosted by WCU art students. For ages 6 and older. Free. Class full; wait list available. Held at Western Carolina University, 1 University Way, Cullowhee

Fletcher Library 120 Library Road, Fletcher, 687-1218, • WE (10/29), 4pm - Mother Goose Troop performs Snow White and Rose Red. Free.

in Color” 5K fun run. $20/$12.50 faculty, staff, students and alumni.

Kids’ Activities at the Libraries • SA (11/1), 10am - LEGO Builder’s Club for ages 5+. Free. Held at Oakley/ South Asheville Library, 749 Fairview Road • SA (11/1), 3:30pm - Teen t-shirt screen printing workshop for ages 11-18. Free. Held at East Asheville Library, 902 Tunnel Road • WE (11/5), 3:30pm - LEGO Builder’s Club for ages 5+. Free. Held at Pack Memorial Library, 67 Haywood St.

The Power of Positive Parenting Seminar 250-5110, triplep-parenting. net • WE (10/29), 8am - “Raising Confident, Competent Children,” for caregivers of children up to 12. Registration required. Free. Held at Glen Arden Elementary School, 50 Pinehurst Circle, Arden

Spellbound Children’s Bookshop 50 N. Merrimon Ave., 7087570, • SATURDAYS through (11/1), 10:30am - Interactive music workshop with The Moozic Lady. For ages 3-7. $5 per family. • SATURDAYS, 11-11:30am Storytime. Ages 2-6. Free.

Outdoors Buncombe County Public Libraries Free unless otherwise noted. Buncombe County Sports Park • SA (11/1), 9am - 3K walk and fun run. Free. Held at 58 Apac Circle Chimney Rock Park 1638 Chimney Rock Park Road, Chimney Rock, 6254688 • FR (10/31), 5-10pm - Park in the Dark, trick-or-treating, activities and hiking. Registration required. $5 parking. N.C. Arboretum 100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way, 665-2492, ncarboretum. org • SA (11/1), 8am-6pm Geocaching Day. Guided tours at 10am & 2pm. Regular parking fees apply. Western Carolina University 1 University Way, Cullowhee, 227-7211 • SA (11/1), 9am - “Coated


Public Lectures Public Lectures at UNCA Free unless otherwise noted. • TH (10/30), 6pm International Studies Speakers Forum. Karpen Hall. • FR (10/31), 11:25am “Modernism.” Lipinsky Auditorium. • FR (10/31), 11:25am “Women in Art.” Humanities Lecture Hall. • MO (11/3), 11:25am “Renaissance and Baroque Politics and Literature.” Lipinsky Auditorium. • WE (11/5), 7:30pm - “‘We thought it was a joke!’ Personal reflections on the fall of the Berlin Wall.” In the Highsmith Student Union. • WE (11/5), 7:30pm “Biblical Archaeology Thought the Ages.” Reuter Center. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville 1 Edwin Place, 254-6001, • SU (11/2), 3pm “Confronting Evil: A Jungian Guide to Searching for Light in the Heart of Darkness,” lecture and discussion. $10 donation.

Spirituality About the Transcendental Meditation technique: Free Introductory Lecture (pd.) Healing and Transformation Through Transcendental Meditation. Learn about the authentic TM technique. It’s not concentrating, trying to be

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astrologer uses your chart when counseling for additional insight into yourself, your relationships and life directions. Readings also available. Christy Gunther, MA, LPC. (828) 258-3229. AWAKeninG deepest nAtuRe meditAtion ClAss (pd.) Consciousness teacher and columnist Bill Walz. Healing into life through deepened stillness, presence & wisdom. Meditation, lessons & dialogue in Zen inspired unorthodox enlightenment. Mondays, 6:30-7:30pm Asheville Friends Meeting House at 227 Edgewood Ave. (off Merrimon). Donation. (828) 258-3241,, CRystAl visions booKs And event CenteR (pd.) New and Used Metaphysical Books • Music • Crystals • Jewelry • Gifts • Incense • Tarot. Visit our Labyrinth and Garden. 828687-1193. For events, Intuitive Readers and Vibrational Healing providers: eCKAnKAR WoRship seRviCe: “ReCoGniZinG the heAlinG WAys of divine spiRit” (pd.) “In time of need, help comes if you know how to open yourself--sincerely, without any preconditions or any ideas that God should act in this way and do this or that.” Experience stories from the heart, creative arts and more, followed by fellowship and a pot-luck lunch. (Donations accepted). • Date: Sunday, November 2, 2014, 11am to 12noon, Eckankar Center of Asheville, 797 Haywood Rd. (lower level), Asheville NC 28806, 828-2546775.

the AnCient eGyptiAn SIRIUS ODYSSEY • A jouRney into spiRit And sound (pd.) Special presentation from BioGeometry® Founder Dr. Ibrahim Karim from Cairo, Egypt. An exploration of the Power of Sound for activating and balancing energy fields, in human beings and the environment. • Friday, November 7, 7pm. $15, Limited Seating. Will sell out. Hilton at Biltmore Park, Asheville. More information or purchase tickets at (828) 298-7007 or WWW. vesiCA.oRG Asheville tAntRA CiRCle journeyawake.wordpress. com/events, elainecaban@ • MONDAYS, 7-9:30pm - Tantra, sexual healing, awakening and intimacy techniques. Contact for location. Admission by donation. fiRst ConGReGAtionAl uCC of hendeRsonville 1735 5th Ave. W., Hendersonville, 692-8630, • SU (11/2), 9:15am - “How Prayer Functions at Many Levels,” prayer workshop series. Free. mAitReyA lovinG Kindness touR • FR (10/31), 6-8pm - Opening ceremony. Free. Held at The Venue, 21 North Market St. • FR (10/31) through SU (11/2) - Exhibition of Buddha’s relics. Sat.: 10am-7pm; Sun.: 10am5pm. Free. Held at The Venue, 21 North Market St. shAmbhAlA meditAtion CenteR 19 Westwood Place, 200-5120, • 1st THURSDAYS, 6-7pm Public group sitting and Dharma reading/discussion. Free.

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Send your event listings to spiRituAl study GRoup 275-8226, washboardben@ • TUESDAYS, 9:30-11am Shares spiritual paths, journeys and individual callings. Free. Held at Kairos West Community Center, 742 Haywood Road st. GeoRGe’s episCopAl ChuRCh 1 School Road, • TUESDAYS, 10am-noon “Spirit Collage,” making collage prayer cards. Free.

spoKen & WRitten WoRd Asheville ARt museum 2 N. Pack Square, 253-3227, • TH (11/6), 5:30pm - Cherokee storyteller Freeman Owle discusses Cherokee culture and history. Admission fees apply. bunCombe County publiC libRARies Free unless otherwise noted. • SA (11/1), 10am-3pm - Halfprice book sale to benefit Weaverville Library. Free to attend. Held at Weaverville Public Library, 41 N Main St., Weaverville • TU (11/4), 7pm - Enka Book Club: Where’d You Go Bernadette? by Maria Semple. Free. Held at Enka-Candler Library, 1404 Sandhill Road, Candler • TU (11/4), 7pm - Weaverville Evening Book Club: A Land More Kind than Home by Wiley Cash. Free. Held at Weaverville Public Library, 41 N Main St., Weaverville • WE (11/5), 3pm - Weaverville Afternoon Book Club: Bel Canto by Anne Patchett. Free. Held at Weaverville Public Library, 41 N Main St., Weaverville • TH (11/6), 5:30-7:30pm Not For Children Only series: Dragonwings by Laurence Yep and The Giver by Lois Lowry. Registration required. Held at Pack Memorial Library, 67 Haywood St. • TH (11/6), 6:30pm - East Asheville Book Club: The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin. Free. Held at East Asheville Library, 902 Tunnel Road City liGhts booKstoRe 3 E. Jackson St., Sylva, 5869499, Free unless otherwise noted. • WE (10/29), 6:30pm - Author Randy Russell discusses his

book The Ghost Will See You Now. CouRtyARd GAlleRy In the Phil Mechanic Building 109 Roberts St., 273-3332, • MONDAYS, 8pm - True Home Open Mic. Free. fountAinheAd booK stoRe 697-1870, • TH (10/30), 7pm - Ken Butcher discusses his novel, The Dream of Saint Ursula- A Mystery in the Virgin Islands. $5. Held at Skyland Theater, 538 N Main St., Hendersonville GReAt smoKies WRitinG pRoGRAm 250-2353, • SA (11/1), 2-4pm - “Legal Issues for Writers” seminar with author and lawyer Heather Newton discusses copyright and contract issues. Registration required. $25. Held at UNCAsheville, 1 University Heights liteRARy events At unCA • TU (11/4), noon - Kevan Frazier discusses his book Legendary Locals of Asheville. Free. Held in Karpen Hall. Held at Karpen Hall, UNC Asheville Campus mAlApRop’s booKstoRe And CAfe 55 Haywood St., 254-6734, Free unless otherwise noted. • SU (11/2), 3pm - Poetrio with Megan Volpet, Libby Bernardin and Jane Hicks. • MO (11/3), 7pm - Authors from the Compelling Reads YA Tour. • MO (11/3), 7pm - Bridging Differences Book Club: The Buddha and the Borderline by Kiera Van Gleder. Free. • TU (11/4), 7pm - Veterans for Peace Book Club: The Battle for Justice in Palestine by Ali Abunimah. • TU (11/4), 7pm - Entrepreneur Chris Guillebeau discusses his book, The Happiness of Pursuit. • TUESDAYS through (11/25), 6-8pm - National Novel Writing Month group writing session. • TU (11/4), 7pm - Current Events Book Club: The Battle for Justice in Palestine by Ali Abunimah. Free. • TU (11/4), 7pm - Women in Lively Discussion Book Club: Life After Life by Kate Atkinson. Free. Held at Battery Park Book Exhange, 1 Page Ave. No. 101 • WE (11/5), 1pm - Autism Book Club: Unstrange Minds: Remapping the World of Autism by Roy Richard Grinker.

Free. • WE (11/5), 7pm - Malaprop’s Book Club: Driftless by Davis Rhodes. Free. • TH (11/6), 9am Representatives from publishing houses discuss upcoming releases. • TH (11/6), 3pm - Amy Reed discusses her works. soulspeAK Asheville SoulspeakAsheville • SU (11/1), 7pm - Cosmic Happy Slam, youth poetry slam and open mic. $12/ $7 students. Held at Odyssey Community School, 90 Zillicoa St. spellbound ChildRen’s booKshop 50 N. Merrimon Ave., 708-7570, spellboundchildrensbookshop. com • SU (11/2), 4pm - ROYAL Book Club: Fingerprints of You by Kristen-Paige Madonia. Free.

volunteeRinG liteRACy CounCil of bunCombe County 31 College Pl. Suite B-221 • WE (10/29), 9-10:30am - Adult tutoring volunteer information session. • TH (10/30), 5:30-7pm - Adult tutoring volunteer information session. pisGAh vieW peACe GARden pisgahviewpeacegarden. com, • FR (10/31), 4-6pm Volunteer chefs needed to teach healthy cooking demonstrations. Contact for details. pRojeCt sAntA • SA (11/1) through SU (12/31) - Pet supplies and monetary donations will be collected for Blue Ridge Humane Society and Charlie’s Angels Animal Rescue. the meditAtion CenteR 251-6401, meditatewnc. org • FR (10/31) & SA (11/1) - Volunteers needed to work concessions at Avett Brothers concerts in the U.S. Cellular Center. A portion of sales will go to the Meditation Center. Contact for guidelines. For more volunteering opportunities, visit

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Local exhibit shares relics of the Buddhist masters

what: Maitreya Loving Kindness Tour, a free exhibition of ancient relics of the Buddha Shakyamuni and other Buddhist masters. The opening ceremony will be led by Hun Lye. whEn: Friday, Oct. 31, 6-8 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 1, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 2, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Children’s Blessing: Sunday, Nov. 2, 2 p.m. whERE: The Venue, 21 N. Market St., Asheville why: Most of the relics in this collection resemble pearl-like crystals called ringsel in Tibetan or sarira in Sanskrit, believed by Buddhists to embody the master’s spiritual qualities of compassion and wisdom and [to have been] deliberately produced by the master at his death to be recovered in his ashes. The tour includes relics donated by several worldwide institutions, as well as eight relics of the historical Buddha offered by the Dalai Lama. Xpress discussed the tour with its publicity manager, michael fouts: Xpress: what will happen during the children’s Blessing? michael fouts: The relics of the Buddha will be placed inside of a small handheld stupa (Sanskrit for a structure containing Buddhist relics). This stupa will then be placed gently against the crown of

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each child’s head while a prayer is said for the child and for all people in the world to be released from all suffering and to find true happiness.

when was this type of tour — where relics are dispatched from monastic seclusion — first introduced? is there a particular reason why it’s important at this particular time in world history? This tour is the first known type for relics of the Buddha, and it was first conceived by our spiritual director Lama Zopa Rinpoche in 2000. Lama Zopa collected the relics over a period of many years. [He] realized that most relics are enshrined in a stupa in [eastern Asia] and, as such, Westerners do not often get the chance to see any, let alone 3,000. Lama Zopa along with his Holiness the Dalai Lama decided to have the relics tour around the world giving everyone a chance to see and experience their blessings. It is now more important than ever that these relics are touring, as we are in such uncertain times and the Buddha Relic exhibitions gives people refuge from the storm, so to say, where they can connect with real peace and love. For more information visit

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by Chuck Shepherd

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The Osiligi Masai Warrior choir, from Kenya, in ornate, mystifying native costumes and uncalledfor headdresses, happened to be touring the U.K. this fall, coinciding with the recent Paris Fashion Week in which the most celebrated designers from the "developed" world exhibited their wares, which often seemed as excessive as the Masais'. Examples: Rei Kawakubo's "Blood and Roses," a red KKK-type swaddling robe with face-obscuring, pointy hood; Sarah Burton's skirt of oversized petals, accessorized with skull cap and chin strap; Junya Watanabe's dress with huge plastic puff sleeves of red and blue — and vinyl see-through helmet; Julie de Libran's gown with earmuff-like chest coverings. The week ended with a street march of "Chanel girls" (most, Caucasian) dressed as garishly as the African Masais. (Bonus: Some designers delightfully offered explanations of their often-inexplicable works.)

• In October in Gresham, Oregon, a 21-year-old man, openly carrying a handgun he had just bought, was robbed, at gunpoint, the same day. According to the police report, the robber apparently thought the victim's gun was nicer than his own: "I like your gun. Give it to me." • New World Order: In September, Dr. Sean Perry of the Marathon (Florida) Veterinary Hospital saved the life of Buttercup, an orange tabby who needed blood — by giving him a transfusion from a West Palm Beach dog blood bank. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, 62 cats have been known to receive such "xenotransfusions," and cats are apparently the only animals (besides dogs) that can safely process dog blood.

Government in action • Oops: The Rural Municipality of Hanover, Manitoba, has prohibited alcohol sales for more than a century — or at least that's what everyone in the community believed as recently as 2006 when the last attempt was made to repeal the ban (and failed by 30 votes). However, town officials finally decided recently to research the prohibition (examining records back to 1880) and in July revealed, astonishingly, that no city bylaw exists making the town dry. At least one restaurateur is expected to start serving booze soon. • In August, Katja Kipping, the leader of Germany's largest opposition party (the liberal Die Linke), proposed to grant all welfare families a cash voucher of the equivalent of about $640 in order to allow each a summer vacation. "For me," she said, "the holidays of my childhood are among the most beautiful memories," and she is saddened that "3 million children this summer cannot experience what a holiday means."




Legal technicalities When a van on official business for the city of St. Paul, Minnesota, accidentally hit Megan Campbell's Nissan Pathfinder in August, Campbell, naturally, filed a claim against the city for the $1,900 damage — normally just a cost of business for a city and one of about 400 claims St. Paul has processed this year. However, the van happened to be driven by the same Megan Campbell, an employee of St. Paul Parks and Recreation, who apparently could not avoid hitting her own parked SUV. At press time, the city was investigating but expected to handle the claim as routine. Too much information Pauline Chai and her estranged husband, Khoo Kay Peng (a Laura Ashley executive), are battling in a London courtroom in a very expensive divorce, with the current issue to determine whether the English judge has jurisdiction instead of courts in the couple's native Malaysia. In the course of bringing the British judge up to date,

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Chai casually described how she has supported her husband's relentless nature — by revealing that he would do copious amounts of work (for four hours at a time) at home while sitting on the toilet. Khoo "got backache there," she said, "so I got the idea of (a) padded toilet seat" for him. Leading economic indicators The former chairman of the Federal Reserve, Ben Bernanke, revealed at an October conference in Chicago that even though his postgovernment income will be several times what he earned as Fed chairman, he was nonetheless rejected recently when he tried to refinance his Washington, D.C., home. Mortgage-lending is so highly computerized and dictated by formulas, he was told, that he apparently got caught in an algorithm. Despite a probably seven-figure book contract and six-figure public speeches, he is no longer "employed" in a steady job, which apparently caused a computer program to signal him as too risky. Cries for help • Victor Thompson, 46, arrested in St. Petersburg, Florida, in October for possession of the synthetic marijuana called Master Kush Spice (which he insisted is legal in his native New Hampshire), is apparently an out-of-control New England Patriots fan — having tattooed his entire bald head with a painstaking replica of quarterback Tom Brady's helmet. The attention to detail on the authentic design and colors is remarkable, including subtle add-ons such as the American flag, NFL logo and helmet manufacturer ("Riddell"). Not only is Brady's "12" properly placed, so is the green dot identifying the "helmet" as radioready for messages from the sideline. • Police in Minneapolis arrested Nicholas Mullenmaster, 38, in October as the man who inexplicably flushed nails and other pieces of metal down toilets of several restaurants since August, causing "thousands of dollars" in damage. In most incidents, two to three pounds of nails clogged the toilets, requiring plumbing repair charges of up to $1,000 each, but at one Starbucks, a wall had to be removed. Although witnesses and surveillance video seemed to identify Mullenmaster as the culprit, he denied any involvement, and thus no motive for the toilet attacks has emerged.

• A duck with issues: After days of looking weary and walking lopsidedly, "Ducka," the pet Muscovy, finally gave owner Vicki Hicks of Sydney, Australia, a clue to its behavior by coughing up a nail. Veterinarian Hamish Baron of the Avian Reptile and Exotic Animal Hospital ordered an X-ray, which revealed a small toolbox's worth of nails, screws and washers in Ducka's belly. The items had to be removed, one by one, in surgeries totaling five hours. Dr. Baron told Sydney's Daily Telegraph in October that though birds are attracted to shiny objects, Ducka's case was severe. Least competent criminals Two men ran out the door of a closed-for-the-night Houston Family Dollar store on Oct. 7 — emptyhanded after a failed theft attempt. According to the surveillance video, one man had removed items from a bottom shelf while the store was still open and crawled behind the shelf space just before his partner came by and restocked the shelf (thus hiding his buddy). The partner then made a purchase and left. After the last employee had closed up around 11 p.m., the "hidden" (and extremely patient!) man crawled out, surely intending to let his partner in and start snatching things, but the "hidden" man was only able to take a few steps before a motion-detector sounded an alarm, and both men fled on foot (not even bothering to grab an item or two on the way out). A News of the Weird classic (February 2010) Unless Stephen Gough, 50, changes his mind about wearing pants, he risks spending the rest of his life behind bars, according to a January (2010) ruling of Scotland's Perth Sheriff's Court. Gough, Britain's "naked rambler," is a freelance nudist who for years has roamed U.K. countrysides, interrupted by numerous jail stints for violating public decency. He was released from Perth Prison in December (2009) after his latest stay, but seconds later shucked his clothes and was rearrested. (In his most recent trial before that, Gough acted as his own lawyer and somehow persuaded an overly fair judge to let him be naked in court.) (Update: Gough has remained in character, having spent almost every day since this story was published incarcerated for violating a series of antisocial behavior orders requiring him to wear clothes in public.) X

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

Dear Arnold,

Our son’s fifth birthday is coming up and we’d like to make a cake. What are some easy cake recipes that you’ve tried? —Alice

Dear Alice,

An old cake recipe passed down in the Crapacan family is very simple: put icing on an old shoe box. Sure, it’s disappointing when you cut into it, but that just prepares you for the wrapped present in the corner that’s really just a box holding one of Dad’s empty beer bottles. The best part of a Crapacan birthday was the birthday singing. Grandma Ma would bring me the cake she just set on fire and sing Bible hymns while she chased me around the room. She would eventually pass out from the moonshine, and I was free to lick the icing off the box. Those were some good memories.

NC magistrates object to gay marriage

A handful of North Carolina magistrates have quit rather than perform same-sex marriages. Among their objections:

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• The Bible says Adam and Eve, not Adam and that hunky, muscular Steve from the night shift. My god, does he even own a shirt that doesn’t cling to his flawless body? • Mundane, married life is unsuitable for a magistrate’s inner fantasy life revolving around unspeakable debauchery. • Elderly people, death row prisoners, and sterile people who marry have a duty to procreate that gay people don’t appreciate. • The exact same sex act performed by gays instead of straights is wrong, especially if they’re having more fun doing it. • In the myriad ways in which a child may have to be raised without a father and mother, only same-sex marriage is wrong and harmful. • Natural law is violated, just like in the thousands of demonstrable cases of homosexuality in actual nature. • Gay marriage is as bad as allowing samesex partners to adopt the children abandoned by straight couples.

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Question: I’ve always maintained that gay marriage is a slippery slope, and will lead to people marrying animals. I have a FWB thing going on with a goat. Do I have to marry my goat now? I was hoping to keep it supercasual, but now the goat is probably expecting a ring. Answer: You need to do the right thing and marry your goat. Asheville Disclaimer is parody/satire Contact: Contributing this week: Joe Shelton, Cary Goff, Tom Scheve

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Nagapa A local Cherokee shares the spirit of the sweat lodge

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Perhaps one of the best-known Cherokee rituals is the sweat lodge. It’s practiced in many traditions and many countries, but for the Cherokee, says yonv frenchhawk, it’s a quest to harmonize one’s spirit and environment as a path to wellness. Raised on the Qualla Boundary in Western North Carolina but now living in Asheville, FrenchHawk says the sweat lodge “was originally given to men as a way to cleanse and purify themselves.” He has been leading sweat lodges for 40 years and remembers getting his first invitation to a sweat lodge when he was 5 years old. His grandfather was the medicine man of his clan and taught him how to “pour water,” which is the duty of the sweat-lodge leader. FrenchHawk was just 12 years old when he began learning to perform the ritual. Traditionally, the sweat lodge was a purification ritual for Cherokee men to honor the sacred feminine. It was believed that women already had an inherent natural cycle to connect them to the Earth and moon, he explains. In the Cherokee view, “the feminine is the center of all life,” says FrenchHawk. “In the lodge, we learn what it means to be a warrior, which means how to support and how to serve,” he says. Today, many women participate and are welcomed into Cherokee sweat lodges, FrenchHawk notes. But most Cherokee women refrain from the practice because of tradition. “My sister came to a sweat I was leading, and many nonCherokee women were asking her


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community powER: From beginning to end, a sweat lodge experience is shared with community, and in many ways that’s where its strength lies, says Yonv FrenchHawk. (photo by Emily Nichols)

why she was not participating. She explained that the sweat lodge was made for men in our culture.” The sweat lodge itself actually represents “a symbolic rebirth” for the spirit, FrenchHawk continues. “When one enters the lodge, it is as if one is going back into the mother’s womb,” he says. The lodge is made to be womblike — warm, dark and infused with symbolic natural elements that are honored and used throughout the ceremony. When participants gather to build a sweat lodge, they begin with applying 16 willow branches in a structurally sound pattern for the ribs. That initial structure “protects the spirit” and “creates

a sacred and clean space” for the ritual to take place. Once the ribs are intact, FrenchHawk instructs participants to “wrap the baby in the blanket” — participants’ cue to start covering the willow branches with blankets they have brought from home. Once the branches are completely covered, the symbolic womb has been insulated and it is almost time to go inside. When the time comes to enter, “there is an unspoken knowledge to regenerate spiritually by connecting with our roots,” FrenchHawk explains. The intent to be reborn and drop

unnecessary baggage sets a spiritual tone for the ceremony. Once inside, participants sit on the ground in complete darkness while rocks that have been heated by fire are carefully carried into the lodge and placed into a pit dug into the center of the lodge. To the Cherokee, “the pit represents an umbilical cord,” says FrenchHawk, an umbilical cord connected straight to the Earth. “When we bring the rocks in, the rocks are the grandfathers, the oldest beings on Earth, the messengers from the beginning of time, and we set them gently into the umbilical cord of Mother Earth. This is the most powerful part of

the sweat lodge, when we call in our ancestors,” FrenchHawk says. During the ceremony, FrenchHawk or other sweat lodge leaders place plants on the fire, such as cedar or tobacco, as well as marking a symbolic trail leading into the lodge for spirits to come in. “We leave a hole in the top of the lodge for the spirits to leave,” says FrenchHawk. The entryway and exit create a cycle of coming and going, which is a symbolic representation of the natural cycle of life in Cherokee spirituality. As the temperature rises, participants start to sweat out and release toxins, readying them to “be ready for a spiritual journey.” However, a spiritual journey is not necessary for all participants, FrenchHawk notes. Some leave feeling a sense of physical cleansing due to the heat and humidity, while others undergo intense spiritual transformation paralleled to the energy of rebirth, he says. Those wanting to be reborn spiritually often have to “be willing to receive the healing of the ceremony and in some cases completely let go,” FrenchHawk says.

This process can make some people feel vulnerable, because the sweat lodge “serves the core of the being, the spirit, working with a problem rather than putting on a Band-Aid,” he adds. Another key part of the Cherokee perspective of wellness is that the deep spiritual venture happens with and in front of community. From beginning to end, a sweat lodge experience is shared with community, and in many ways that’s where its strength lies. In the Cherokee perspective, wellness can be measured by how many people you have supporting you, FrenchHawk says. “We believe that the more people that are there energizing the sweat lodge in a good way, the stronger the energy. We all bring food of the earth, nuts, berries and so on to share with one another.” ‪ After the sweat, participants symbolically “share in the harvest” with a communal meal. “The ritual is closed with digesting the harvest of Mother Earth, reconnecting with nature and a pure spirit. For the Cherokee, wellness involves bringing spirituality, connection and community together. The Cherokee have a word for this, FrenchHawk says. It is nagapa, or “dancing in the spirit of community.” X

During November — Native American Heritage Month — Yonv FrenchHawk is hosting the following events each saturday, 10 a.m.noon. For information about event locations, contact him yona_cwy@ noV. 1, “Cherokee Creation story” — How the Smoky and Blue Ridge Mountains came to be noV. 8, “traditional earrings” — How to make traditional peyote and brick stitch earrings noV. 15, “Cherokee Dances and their Meanings” — Traditional dances, such as the Quail Dance and Rabbit Dance noV. 22, “pine needle Baskets” — How to make pine-needle baskets, as well as learning more about the story of how the pines and evergreens received their gift of year long greenness, and a Cherokee perspective on Thanksgiving

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How do you like them apples? CiderFest 2014 highlights flourishing local industry

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Nina Zinn, the Western North Carolina Green Building Council’s development and outreach coordinator, is excited about this year’s CiderFest. “Instead of five cider makers, we have 16 this year,” says Zinn, the creative force behind the festival. Last year’s inaugural event, a smallscale benefit that wasn’t expected to sell 100 tickets, wound up attracting 425 visitors and five producers. The 2014 edition will happen Sunday, Nov. 2, at the WNC Farmers Market, and Zinn expects to sell upward of 750 tickets. “It’s a great chance for cider makers to meet each other. We have 13 hard-cider makers from North Carolina alone,” she reports. The proceeds from ticket sales support the Green Building Council, which promotes environmentally conscious construction practices with a focus on energy efficiency and more sustainable materials. Why is the local cider industry flourishing? “I think because there are so many breweries in the area, it really helps open people’s minds to a different kind of beverage,” says David Bowman of Black Mountain Ciderworks. “There’s already an interest in craft beverages,” adds co-owner Jessica

what CiderFest 2014 whERE WNC Farmers Market whEn Sunday, Nov. 2, 1-5 p.m.; advance tickets ($30) and designated driver tickets ($20) available at Kids are admitted free with a paying adult.


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good appLEs: CiderFest organizer Nina Zinn, left, and WNC Green Building Council Executive Director Maggie Leslie at last fall’s inaugural festival. Photo courtesy of WNC Green Building Council

Puzzo. “We love beer; we didn’t get into this because we don’t like beer.” At the festival, Black Mountain Ciderworks will be pouring Pomona, its flagship brew, and Viking Blood, a blend of cider and tart cherry mead. Jeff Anderson, the marketing and creative director at Urban Orchard Cider Co., says the event’s rapid growth doesn’t surprise him. “We live in a town where craft, things that are made from scratch, and keeping tradition alive in Appalachia are important to a lot of people,” he points out. “I personally was not surprised at how fast the tickets went,” says Anderson. Urban Orchard will also be pouring at the festival, and Anderson encourages attendees to stop by the booth and see which of its six current ciders will be on offer. “Our menu is constantly changing,” he explains. “We always have three mainstays, but that leaves room for the three other taps to be filled with experimentals.” Besides dispensing cider, Urban Orchard will also have an informational table concerning the proposed Cider Act, which would amend a section of the Internal Revenue Code in a

way that would significantly benefit local producers. “The law hasn’t caught up to cider yet,” says Puzzo. “Cider is legally a wine. Our permits are wine permits, so we get taxed like a wine, but when you open up a bottle of wine, generally it is going to be between 10 and 14 percent alcohol. Ours are half that or less, because we make our beverages more like a beer. It is taxed unfairly, because we’re not selling it for those prices: We’re getting taxed based on how it’s defined and not on what it actually is.” Fourteen other cideries will also be at this year’s festival: Noble Hard Cider, Blake’s Hard Cider Co., Sidras Bereziartua Sagardoak, Bold Rock Hard Cider, Bull City Ciderworks, Fishing Creek Hard Cider, McRitchie Winery & Ciderworks, Naked Apple Hard Cider, Red Clay Ciderworks, Sourwood Brewing Co., Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards, Three Sisters Cidery, Windy Hill Orchard & Cider Mill and Woodchuck Hard Cider. The Jon Stickley Trio will provide the soundtrack as attendees

browse the booths of crafters, apple growers and artisanal food purveyors. Hendersonville’s Three Sisters Cidery will be demonstrating apple pressing, and a hard cider-making 101 panel will cover homebrewing basics. For her part, Puzzo is encouraging beer aficionados to take advantage of the chance to broaden their palates. “Because cider is served alongside beer in a lot of cases ... it’s an easy transition,” she maintains, adding, “In fact, if a beer drinker likes our cider, we are really pleased.” To learn more about the Cider Act, visit X








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Beignets come to Brevard Chef Jaime Hernandez dishes up Deep South fare in a new mountain brasserie If a Creole-inspired, French-named restaurant in a small town in Western North Carolina needs something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue for a lasting union, Louisiana-born chef Jaime Hernandez is covering all his bases. Pieces of painter’s tape — something blue — wink from every gleaming surface of Hernandez’s open-concept kitchen at Jaime’s Creole Brasserie, as the executive chef and owner engages in one of his favorite pastimes on a recent Friday morning — organizing. His command center consists of three clipboards and, if that is not enough, his four sous chefs each pick up a clipboard of their own before they head to their stations near the barely-broken-in espresso maker. While he hunts for another Mason jar — painter’s tape waving from his index finger — Hernandez talks about cooking in full view. “I love the openness of it all. It’s organized chaos that I want,” he says. “I’m always organizing. I love it when everything flows.” When it comes to new, Hernandez only has to point. There are yards and yards of unmarred cutting boards, a just-now seasoned pizza oven and a still speck-free dishwashing station. Out-of-the-crate new? Yes, yes and yes. The borrowed piece is a round tabletop that served as a sign outside Hernandez’s last venture,

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REady to cook: Jaime Hernandez (second from left), owner and chef of Jaime’s Creole Brasserie in Brevard, with his crew of sous chefs. From left are Paul Runge, Nick Seale, Alfonso Vazquez and Bruce Lafone. Photo by Kaelee Beeson for Kaelee Denise Photography

Pork & Pie in Marshall, before it closed in June. Hernandez, who has been mentioned in the Best Chefs of America for the past two years, earned a loyal following among regional foodies during his tenure in Marshall. He hopes he can bring those accolades with him to Brevard. Since mid-June, Hernandez has been overseeing the transformation of a long-vacant storefront across from the Transylvania County Courthouse. The result is a 6,000-square-foot, 155-seat restaurant, complete with an outdoor patio, full-service bar, private dining rooms and an eight-seat chef’s table that is really a counter. The look of the new restaurant — created by Hernandez and co-owner Mike Domokur of Domokur Architects — is a sleek and sophisticated mix of scavenged, salvaged and artisaninterpreted building materials. There is plenty of old here. The teak hostess stand is made from 120-year-old stair posts from a mansion in Asheville, some of the flooring and exposed beams came from the nearby Aethelwold Hotel, and the concrete tops of the bar and the chef’s counter are the work of Brevard's own

concrete man about town, Harvest Leasure. As for the 12-foot communal tables at the center of the dining room, they take eating local one step further — to tree-to-table dining. In a town of 7,500, where the locals call the grocery store “Mingles,” the tables perfectly illustrate the kind of connect-the-dots story only Brevard can tell. The greenish-hued slabs came from a yellow poplar that grew six stories tall on nearby Probart Street. The seedling was planted by a local boy of about 10 and his two brothers “on an afternoon when we had nothing better to do.” That little boy is now a “barely any wiser” 74-year-old gallery owner and Brevard institution named Tom Cabe. That’s Brevard. Not weird like Asheville, but tightly knit with a story in every stitch. “I phoned my brother after I heard about our tree,” Cabe says. “We’ll have a drink on it next time he is in town.” His other brother, Jerry Cabe, a well-known Brevard dentist, passed away in 2006. And just to connect a couple more dots for sport: Cabe’s gallery, the Red Wolf Gallery, is five doors up from Jaime’s, and Hernandez himself finished the tables, bringing the finely grained surfaces to a high sheen. “It’s how I get inspired,” Hernandez says. “I can be working on something

like the tables or hiking, and I’ll think of something I’m going to try in the kitchen.” Hernandez’s creations, which have been served up to early rave reviews since the restaurant’s opening Oct. 17, are bold in flavor and revel in the comfort-food traditions they represent. “His shrimp and grits is the best I have ever tasted,” says Doug Poad, a recent dinner patron at Jaime’s. Hernandez says he doesn’t believe in pretentious dishes that awkwardly stretch the palate’s perception for awards and recognition. “I do things that people are used to, but I do them the right way,” he says. His lunch and dinner menus will showcase local produce and meats and highlight the best of his native Louisiana. “Seafood will still come from down south,” Hernandez says of shrimp, mussels and clams that will shine in dishes ranging from lump crabmeat ravigote to New Orleans barbecue shrimp. “But I’m getting some fantastic lamb from right around here,” he says of his lamb merguez kebab, which pairs grass-fed lamb from Cherryfield Farms in nearby Rosman with candied-apple tzatziki. Local purveyors will be listed on a blackboard. “That way people can look if they want to know. It’s important to me, but I don’t like looking at a menu all junked up with names and places,” Hernandez says. “I want people to be comfortable here and to have a great dining experience. I'm not in it for the prestige.” X

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Noble Cider goes west The company plans to open a West Asheville production space and tasting room

When you pick up a gallon of cider from an orchard, it seems like a lot of juice. But somehow, over the course of a few days, it magically disappears. Scale that situation way up, and you’ve got the early days of Noble Cider. “We [initially] pressed 2,000-gallons worth of cider, [which] was supposed to yield plenty of cider until the next apple season,” says Trevor Baker, one of the founders and general manager of Noble Cider. But it turns out that Asheville had some pent-up demand. “We started with just five or six accounts,” says Baker, “but we blew through what we had in about three months.” So the company got to work making more. Yet creating cider has some key considerations that most brewers in town don’t need to worry about. First, ordering apples to ferment is a good deal harder than ordering malt since apples expire much faster. Second, Noble has been using a press that fellow founder Lief Stevens made himself. “On a good day, we can get about 200-250 gallons of apple juice out of it,” says Baker. It wasn’t long after Noble Cider launched in 2013 that it became clear its current facility on the edge of town in Arden would be a temporary home. “We’ve been working out of a shared portion of a commercial park. … Our production space is tight,” says Baker. Yet this being Asheville, finding an affordable space was near impossible. The team searched for the better part of a year and almost gave up. But then the Noble team found the perfect spot to buy at 356 New Leicester Highway — the former home of Carpet Connection. There will be plenty of room in that building for fermentation tanks, and the team will also set up a brandnew cider press — one that can top


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noBLE intEntions: Noble Cider’s planned move from Arden to a larger facility on New Leicester Highway will allow the company to produce up to180,000 gallons of hard cider annually at full build-out. Photo by Thom O’Hearn

out at 400 gallons an hour instead of 250 gallons a day. “It works the same way as the old one, but it’s easier to fill, less time-consuming and more efficient,” says Baker. The increase in volume will lead to other exciting things: an expanded cider selection, a tasting room and the potential for Noble bottles or cans. “The majority of our new space will be for production, including a bottling area. However, the plan is for most of that to be open so people will be able to see it from the taproom,” says Baker. “And the taproom itself is something we envision

working sort of like Wedge’s. … We don’t want to be open late.” In addition to the Noble standards, the taproom will have a rotating list of other ciders to sample. Baker says a blueberry variety could be added to the year-round lineup, and seasonal ciders will be flowing as well. Since Noble plans to produce up to about 180,000 gallons in a year at full build-out, Baker says the initial plan is to bottle some of that in a largerformat bottle — likely 750 milliliters — but he hasn’t ruled out cans. If all goes well, the new space will open in the spring or summer

of 2015. In the meantime, Noble will continue distributing its cider around town and attending festivals through the winter. Look for Noble at CiderFest on Sunday, Nov. 2, when Baker says the company will have a few varieties to sample, including a new pumpkin spice cider (if it’s ready in time). haRVEst BEERs this wEEkEnd • Burial Beer Co. is hosting its inaugural Burn Pile festival 2-10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1. It

& actors; Food: 50/50 Bakery, The Lowdown leXinGton Ave (lAb): $3 pints all day osKAR blues: Wednesday night bike ride, 6pm; Beer Run w/ Wild Bill (group run into Pisgah), 6pm oysteR house: $2 off growler fills WedGe: Food Truck: Root Down (comfort food, Cajun)

AltAmont: Live music: Sassagrass (bluegrass), 9pm; Asheville bReWinG: $3.50 pints at Merrimon location fRenCh bRoAd: Live music: CarolinaBound (Americana), 6pm hiGhlAnd: “The Haunted Trail” familyfriendly event w/ games & actors; Food: 50/50 Bakery, The Lowdown osKAR blues: Live music: Carver & Carmody (Americana), 6pm southeRn AppAlAChiAn: Live music: Todd Hoke Halloween Eve show (Americana, folk), 6pm WedGe: Food Truck: Tin Can Pizzeria fRidAy

in collaboration with Ben’s TuneUp chef Mike Shapiro, who roasted the pumpkins. The saison is a sessionable beer (5.1 percent ABV) that blends pumpkin pie spices with the traditional saison yeast aroma, while the oatmeal stout is a slower sipper (7.1 percent ABV) with bourbon and vanilla notes to complement the pumpkin.

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AltAmont: Live Music: Vinyl night w/ DJ Kilby hi-WiRe: Bend & Brew Yoga ($15, includes beer tasting), 12:15pm leXinGton Ave (lAb): Live Music: Bluegrass brunch; $10 pitchers all day oysteR house: $5 mimosas & bloody Marys southeRn AppAlAChiAn: Live music: The Dan Keller Trio (jazz), 5pm WedGe: Food Truck: El Kimchi (Korean/Mexican street food); Live Music: Vollie McKenzie & Hank Bones (acoustic jazz, swing), 6pm


AltAmont: Halloween Supahero Party w/ Supatight (funk) fRenCh bRoAd: Live music: Traveling Broke & Out of Gas (Americana), 6pm

will be a celebration of fall- and harvest-inspired beers with offerings from more than 20 breweries, including plenty of locals and some from farther out: Bird Song Brewing (Charlotte), Fonta Flora (Morganton), Fullsteam (Durham), Innovation (Sylva), Mystery (Hillsborough), Natty Greenes (Greensboro), Nantahala (Bryson City), NoDa (Charlotte), Olde Mecklenburg (Charlotte), Sub Noir (Raleigh), Trophy (Raleigh), Haw River Farmhouse Ales (Saxapahaw), and Unknown (Charlotte). Burial will serve some special beers for the event as well, including Slasher sweet potato porter and a new apple tripel. The event will not be ticketed. The brewery will instead sell commemorative pint glasses and beer tickets at the door. Live music from the Hermit Kings and the Nude Party will start at 6:30 p.m. • Hi-Wire will debut a couple of harvest beers at its tasting room on Friday, Oct. 31. The pumpkin saison and pumpkin oatmeal stout were both brewed with local pumpkins and

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an appLE a day: Noble Cider founders Lief Stevens, left, and Trevor Baker are getting ready to start work on a new production facility. Photo by Thom O’Hearn

southeRn AppAlAChiAn: Live music: Flea Bitten Dawgs CD release party (swing, blues), 8pm

hiGhlAnd: Live music: Stephaniesid playing “An Improvised Night of Music,” 6:30pm; New brew: Stephanie’s Ink (black IPA); Food trucks: Cici’s Culinary Tour, Mama Dukes osKAR blues: Halloween dance party; Food: Avery’s Hot Dogs southeRn AppAlAChiAn: Halloween show w/ Stipe Brothers, Dan Ruiz & Kent Rector (rock, pop), 8pm

AltAmont: Live Music: Old-time jam, 8pm CAtAWbA: Mixed-Up Mondays: beer infusions fRenCh bRoAd: $2.50 pints osKAR blues: Food truck: 3 Suns Bistro; Mountain Music Mondays, 6pm oysteR house: $3 pint night WedGe: Food truck: El Kimchi (Korean/Mexican street food)

WedGe: Food Truck: Melt Your Heart (gourmet grilled cheese)


WiCKed Weed: New brew: Barrel-aged tap takeover for release of Dark Arts Imperial Stout at the Funkatorium ($18)

AltAmont: Live Music: Open mic w/ Chris O’Neill, 8:30pm



Asheville bReWinG: $2.50 Tuesday: $2.50 one-topping jumbo pizza slices & house cans

AltAmont: Live music: Songwriter night w/ Laura Blackley, Aaron Price & Jay Brown, 9pm;

buRiAl beeR Co.: Burnpile Harvest Fest (seasonal craft beer from more than 20 NC breweries), 2-10pm

CAtAWbA: $2 off growler fills

Asheville bReWinG: Wet Nose Wednesday: dog day at Coxe Ave. patio 5-8pm; $3.50 all pints at Coxe location; “Whedon Wednesday’s” at Merrimon location

fRenCh bRoAd: Live music: Corey Hunt Band, 6pm

hiGhlAnd: Bend & Brew Yoga ($15, includes beer tasting), 5:30pm osKAR blues: Tasty Tuesday w/ Maple Pecan Brown Ale

fRenCh bRoAd: $7 growler fills

hiGhlAnd: Live music: Thicket & Sisterwives (country, Americana, rock), 6pm; Food trucks: Cici’s Culinary Tour & Mama Dukes

hiGhlAnd: “The Haunted Trail” family-friendly event w/ games

osKAR blues: Live music: Elonzo (rock), 6pm; Food truck: 3 Suns Bistro

WedGe: Food Truck: Tin Can Pizzeria





hi-WiRe: $2.50 house pints

oysteR house: Cask night

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by Thom O'Hearn

Cigar City Brewing scouts Asheville

LiQuid histoRy: Cigar City Brewing draws inspiration from Florida history for many of its beers, like Jai Alai IPA and Invasion Pale Ale. Photo courtesy of Cigar City

What do Oskar Blues, Sierra Nevada, New Belgium and Cigar City have in common? They’re all award-winning craft breweries, and they’re all growing fast. Soon they might have another thing in common: a second brewery in Western North Carolina. Yet while the breweries have some similarities, Tampa's Cigar City is closer to the size of Oskar Blues than it is to New Belgium or Sierra Nevada. Actually, since it currently produces 34,000 barrels per year, it’s closest to the size of Highland. Still, Cigar City has built an outsized reputation for itself with five Great American Beer Festival medals (including three golds) and four beers currently in the top 50 on So word traveled fast when Cigar City founder and owner Joey Redner traveled to the Asheville area and to Greenville, S.C., last week, scouting locations for a second brewery. “We’re still looking at Florida, too,” says Redner, “[but] Western North Carolina as an area has always appealed to me. I have been visiting up that way since the ’80s. … My grandparents had a cabin in Murphy, so I got to spend a lot of time in the area and just grew to love it.” Redner indicated the search was preliminary but already serious. He traveled with a site selection team including the president and vice president of the company, members of Merit Advisors and his dad. In addition to his love of the area, he said the team was also looking for a beer culture and business community that supported

craft brewing — something he called “impressive” in Asheville. The company’s second brewery would be more than a simple production facility, according to Redner. In addition to a brewhouse in the 50- to 100-barrel range, there would be a canning line, a large-format bottling line, a smaller pilot brewery and a tasting room. At full build-out, it would likely employ about 75 people. “We would want the tasting room to be similar to the original in terms of how it operates,” says Redner. That means in addition to keeping normal hours, it could see specialrelease events like Hunahpu’s Day (the brewery-only release of Cigar City’s most sought-after beer). With an investment of around $25 million, Cigar City wants a permanent second home — one where it could put down roots. Many current beer recipes and names pull from Tampa and Florida history: Jai Alai IPA, Florida Cracker White Ale and Hotter Than Helles Lager are some of the most popular examples. A second brewery would expand the sources of inspiration, according to Redner. “We would wholeheartedly adopt a new home, and that includes drawing inspiration from the local area,” says Redner. “I have always been a major history buff. … I really enjoy researching forgotten or little- known local history and would be happy to do that all over again.” Redner also says that acceptance by the local brewing community is important. “I have spoken with Joe Rowland from Nantahala Brewing Co., who I became buddies with on the [Sierra Nevada] Beer Camp Across America bus. He has been very supportive,” says Redner. Due to the preliminary nature of the search, Redner says he has not yet reached out to other local breweries, but that would be part of any plan to move forward. “If we do find a site we like and want to build, the very next step would be to see how the brewing community feels about us being there. If the general consensus was that they'd rather we not, we wouldn't build,” says Redner. While he wouldn’t tip Xpress off with exactly where he would place his brewery, Redner did offer the following: “I really liked the Black Mountain area. … It has beautiful scenery and that relaxed small-town feel that sets my mind at ease.” X

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Scary good Halloween happenings in and around Asheville

spooks and spokEs: Wear a bike-friendly costume and join Asheville on Bikes’ annual Pumpkin Pedaller this Halloween season. Photo courtesy of Asheville on Bikes

By aLLi maRshaLL cider. Adults only after 8 p.m. Free. Tricks, treats, haunted high schools, macabre masquerades, terrifying bike tours, frightening feasts, daring dance parties and maudlin makeout sessions: Xpress has hunted down the thrills and chills in and around Asheville. For more Halloween events, visit Clubland, Calendar and

• What’s scarier than ghosts and goblins? How about snogging strangers in public? And if that sounds more appealing than appalling, mg Road has the party for you: mg’s monster makeout dance party. “Relish the hormone-charged glory of those teen years, minus the crippling angst and anxiety that accompanied it,” says a press release. “And unlike the middle school dance parties of the past, you can count on every fifth song being a slow song, and there won’t be any pesky chaperones to keep things from going too far.” Pat Hinson (aka dj teen wolfson) spins, plus there’s a costume contest and a photo kissing booth. Friday, Oct. 31, 5:30 p.m.-2 a.m. No cover.

• The asheville affiliates hosts a costume party at the odditorium on Wednesday, Oct. 29, 6-9 p.m. “The event features music, light appetizers, drinks and Halloweenthemed cocktails (available for purchase) and a costume contest starting at 8 p.m.,” says an invitation. Prizes go to scariest, sexiest, funniest and best overall costume. $10 benefits the Asheville Affiliates. • Looking for a whole lot of spectacle (plus an early start) when it comes to Halloween revelry? creature carnival at the U.S. Cellular Center on Thursday, Oct. 30, promises both. “For the first time ever, world-renowned dancetronica trio Beats antique have called upon a select group of like-minded artists,” says a press release for the show, which includes Simon Posford (shpongle), Emancipator and singer/emcee Lafa taylor for “breathtaking performances, improvisational serendipity, audience participation, and tons more surprises to come.” 8 p.m. $44.87 includes fees. • Head to Maggie Valley for cherokee haunted adventures’ three spooky destinations. The Little Dorm of Horrors “is filled with creatures from your worst nightmare, and they're all waiting to catch you as you enter their habitat”; the outdoor


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Mountainside Theatre becomes the haunted theatre filled with restless souls and macabre drama; and at the Oconaluftee Indian Village, brave visitors can embark on the myths and Legends ghost walk. All attractions are open through Saturday, Nov. 1, starting at 7 p.m. $10 per haunted site/$18 for two/$25 for all three. • The pisgah View apartments community garden is serving up a halloween feast. The menu includes witches hair (sautéed fall greens), zombie fingers (turkeybacon-wrapped okra), grim reaper

pie (sweet-potato pie) and zombie blood (apple, carrot and beet juice). Join the festivities — there will also be face painting, drumming and pumpkin carving — on Friday, Oct. 31, 4-6 p.m. Info at • Kids and adults alike can celebrate the holiday with urban orchard’s one-year anniversary/Halloween party in the cider maker’s tasting room on Haywood Road. The Friday, Oct. 31, event is family friendly from 5-8 p.m., with face painting, bobbing for apples, live music and, of course,

• Conceptual performance the Last picture show is described as “a sonic visual interplay to help build a culture and a community celebrating dying to live.” The three suites of the live performance art show are created to explore “death and living, transcending emptiness, loss of meaning and materialism of our time that are the offspring of lost contact with traditions and ancestors.” Visual artists and musicians Said Osio, Greg Lathrop, Jason Hebal, Kara Smith, Aditi Sethi-Brown, Jay Brown and Aqteshna Ana combine their works for a multisensory experience produced and directed by The event takes place at the masonic temple, on Friday, Oct. 31, at 7 p.m. $10 advance/$15 at the door. • Halloween gets cerebral at the orange peel. “Nature casts blueprints for transition that resemble reinvention. ... Nestled in the depths of metamorphosis lie dormant cells with an ancient memory of the

future embedded within,” says the bio for headliners papadosio. The local quintet melds prog, electronic, psychedelic and jam for a heady brew. Ghost Owl and Asian Teacher Factory round out the lineup. Friday, Oct. 31, at 9 p.m. $17 advance/$20 day of show.

can “frisk and frolic with Asheville’s wild and beautiful creatures of the night in a decadent nocturnal cocktail bar.” There will be a DJ, bar snacks, tarot card readings, a magician and an award for best costume. Friday, Oct. 31, at 9 p.m. $68 per person (includes two beverages)/$98 VIP.

• Dance until you drop at an asheville halloween masquerade. The show, at new mountain, includes DJ sets by Marley Carroll, In Plain Sight, KRI, Disc-oh!, Rims & Keys, Medisin, BomBassic, Brett Rock, Selector Cleofus, Ben Hovey, Ebb and Flow Project, SpaghettiMan, red.tree and DJ Arun. Friday, Oct. 31, at 8:30 p.m. $15 advance/$20 at the door.

• Seasonal parties at the Grove House complex are near-legendary, and the haunted grove house inferno is sure to fit the bill. “This year will be the most frightening and fun to date,” promises the Facebook invite. “You’ll be terrified by monsters lurking around every corner … beware as you walk through each themed area dripping with creepy décor.” The venue's three levels (Club Eleven, Scandals and The Boiler Room), themed after dante's nine circles of hell, include three dance floors, four bars and eight DJs as well as costume contests with cash prizes. Friday, Oct. 31, and Saturday, Nov. 1, 9 p.m.-3 a.m. $25 per night.

• “While West Africa does not celebrate Halloween in the traditional sense, the evening is inspired by the festival of masks (Fêtes des Masques) that happens … in Ivory Coast,” says a press release for Zansa’s show at isis Restaurant & music hall. “There are many types of masked dances in Ivory Coast, and this festival brings different villages together to compete for best masked dance. Senufo masks, for example, feature animal and human elements in a single design. They are said to aid communication between living and dead ancestors, and are used to pay homage to the spirit world.” Wear a costume and mask inspired by the theme — there will be a best mask contest. Roots-reggae outfit Bruckshot opens the evening. Friday, Oct. 31, at 9 p.m. $10 advance/$15 day of show. • The always-spooky Budos Band returns to the grey Eagle for a Halloween show. The Staten Island-based collective got its start on Daptone Records, working with that label’s mastermind, Gabriel Roth. But the Budos’ newest effort, Burnt Offering, moves away from the band's previous three recordings. Absent is Roth as coproducer, and the new sound is “fuzzy, buzzy and raw, and more obviously psychedelic,” according to drummer Brian Profilio. Electric Citizen opens on Friday, Oct. 31, at 9 p.m. $20 advance/$25 day of show. • Declaring itself the premier Halloween party destination for this year, nightbell offers a masquerade gala where revelers

• Local electronic project Aligning Minds has been hosting its monthlong waVEfoRms 2.0 residency — a series focused on top-notch production, innovative aesthetics and forward-thinking music — at asheville music hall. The Halloween show features the artikal Records tour with J:Kenzo, TMSV, Thelem and Eshom, along with the two producers behind Aligning Minds. Friday, Oct. 31, at 10 p.m. $15 advance/$18 day of show. • “And you thought your high school was scary …” reads the flier for asheville haunted high. The local high school’s marching band hosts this spooky tour on Friday, Oct. 31, 10 p.m.-midnight, and Saturday, Nov. 1, 7 p.m.-midnight. $10 super scary/$5 kid friendly. Buy advance tickets at • the pumpkin pedaller returns on Saturday, Nov. 1. “The ninemile ride meanders through North Asheville, climbs Sunset Trail and circles Montford before culminating at the wedge Brewing co.’s post-ride celebration,” says a press release for the free, open-to-the-public bike ride hosted by asheville on Bikes. A route map is available at local bike shops for cyclists who want a preview. Meet at City Hall at 2:30 p.m.; the ride leaves at 3 p.m. Claude Coleman Jr. (formerly of Ween) performs at the Wedge Brewery after-party, 6-8 p.m. There

facE off: Though the Ivory Coast doesn’t specifically celebrate Halloween, local Afropop outfit Zansa holds its Festival of Masks at Isis Restaurant & Music Hall. Photo courtesy of the band

will also be a costume contest with prizes. • Honor the dead at the annual dia de los muertos celebration, held at mayfel’s. Dozens of artists have contributed to an interactive art altar. Attendees should bring a votive candle and an offering to be placed on the altar — offerings of all forms are encouraged, says the Facebook invite. The celebration begins on Saturday, Nov. 1, at 5 p.m. in Mayfel’s courtyard “and will open up to the entire restaurant later in the evening with a DJ spinning records to delight ... the spirits and keep you dancing, starting at 10:30 p.m.” • short street cakes pays a sweet homage to the dearly departed while raising money to support immigrants rights with its annual dia de los muertos mexican sugar skull fundraiser, which is ongoing daily through Sunday, Nov. 2. Blank and decorated sugar skulls are $5 each, with half the proceeds benefitting the Coalicion de Organizaciones de LatinoAmericanos. The shop offers a decorating station “stocked with icings, sequins, foil and glitter for individuals and families to decorate skulls as gifts to their friends and families or in remembrance of

their loved ones,” says a press release. Halloween-themed cupcakes are also available. • Youth OUTright hosts a masquerade for LgBtQ youths and their allies (ages 14-23) at UNC Asheville’s highsmith union, Alumni Hall. A press release says that costumes are not required, “but feel free to be imaginative.” Expect dancing, mask-making, a selfie booth and nonalcoholic refreshments. The event is open to high school and college students as well as locals and non-locals. Saturday, Nov. 1, 8-11 p.m. Suggested donation is $5, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. • Multiverse Asheville hosts a time travelers’ masquerade at asheville music hall. The party includes music from Victorian chamber-metal act Valentine Wolfe, fairy-freak-folk-rockers brief Awakening and electro-swing DJ Vourteque. “Don your finest finery (Victorian or otherwise; time travelers have seen it all), and ring in the time change with the geekiest costume ball in town,” says the Facebook invite. Saturday, Nov. 1, at 9 p.m. $10 advance/$15 day or show. X

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by Alli Marshall

Fully exposed Renowned poet Gavin Geoffrey Dillard returns to WNC If someone was making a movie of Gavin Geoffrey Dillard’s life, Jared Leto would fall all over himself to land the lead role: An Asheville-born artist and writer (Dillard grew up on Sunset Mountain) leaves North Carolina for the bright lights of 1970s Los Angeles. He immerses himself in the excitement and excess of that city, rooming with Paul Reubens (pre-Pee-wee Herman) before leaving college to pursue poetry, work in the porn industry, date highprofile Hollywood personalities and befriend the likes of Dolly Parton and Orson Scott Card. Dillard, whose life’s work is anthologized in the forthcoming The Mortal Poems (the first halfcentury), is also a talented lyricist and photographer, though he’s perhaps most (in)famous as The Naked Poet. That title was bestowed by the Los Angeles Times for a series of readings Dillard gave, in the buff, at his own literary salon. “The first time was due to the size and the clamor of the crowd — my nakedness humbled and silenced the room,” he says. “They listened. After that it became a metaphor for truth and simplicity.” And while his upcoming performance at White Horse Black Mountain,

titled “Nocturnal Omissions: An Evening of Poetry and Song,” will most likely be clothed, Dillard continues to emphasize vulnerability in his creative work. “I’m like crazy athletes I know: I tend to do whatever scares me most,” he says. “An artist should never hold back — that’s going against God and spirit. ... Nothing I have ever done has embarrassed me, other than the times that I held back or said ‘no’ out of fear or some social or religious justification. And yes, I have angered and offended people.” Some of those people wielded significant power, such as two high-profile lovers he outed in an early version of his 1998 memoir, In the Flesh. Due to pressure from those entertainment industry moguls, the book’s publication was delayed for five years; eventually In the Flesh was released with names changed. For the most part, though, Dillard (who describes his time at the North Carolina School of the Arts as his salvation) has had little trouble getting his words into print. His first collection, Twenty Nineteen Poems, was published by Catalyst Press when he was 20 and a student of Black Mountain College poet Jonathan Williams. Dillard went on to write or co-author seven more

Risk and REwaRd: “I tend to do whatever scares me most,” says Asheville-born poet and artist Gavin Geoffrey Dillard. Back in the area for three years, he performs at White Horse Black Mountain with baritone Roberto Flores. “An artist should never hold back,” says Dillard. Photo by Andrew Wayne

books of homoerotic poetry and publish two anthologies of gay poetry. His own notes and letters are housed in the San Francisco Public Library’s Gay & Lesbian Center archives. “I am dreadful at organizational duties. I figured, why not let someone else do it?” he jokes about donating that body of work. Dillard says he’d love to have an archive at Pack Memorial Library, too, “But I just don’t think they’d get it.” Then again, the poet finds this area much evolved from the town he left as a young man in search of adventure. During vis-


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Nature’s Pharmacy its to care for his ailing mother, he realized that Asheville was “amazing — way beyond San Francisco and LA, which were so obviously over.” And after decades of living in such farflung locales as San Francisco, Seattle, Yosemite and Maui while pursuing various art forms (he’s written comedy for Joan Rivers, Lily Tomlin and others, co-wrote BARK! The Musical and penned lyrics for OMFG!!!

what “Nocturnal Omissions: An Evening of Poetry and Song” featuring Gavin Geoffrey Dillard with Roberto Flores, baritone whERE White Horse Black Mountain whEn Thursday, Oct. 30, 7:30 p.m. $15 advance/$20 at the door

— an iLove Story), Dillard moved back to Western North Carolina. These days, Dillard lives on a small farm where he raises tea, chestnuts, chickens and cats. He’s also become increasingly involved with classical art songs. “Composers are taking my poetry and setting it — legitimate composers rarely use lyrics anymore but want free verse,” he says. For When Adonis Calls, producer/ director John de los Santos of The Dallas Opera constructed a libretto out of Dillard’s older and newer work, creating what Dillard calls a “conversation between an old poet and a younger muse.” He adds, “It’s a two-voice, twodancer, five-musician ensemble opera that will start workshopping in New York in January or February. An opera company in San Francisco already wants to premiere it.” Meanwhile, art continues to be an adventure for Dillard. “The poetry never stops,” he says. “To be truly awake is to be truly spontaneous.” X

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by Aiyanna Sezak-Blatt

Struggle, culture, faith

Mountain Xpress readers have shopped at a jewelry store this month.

nEw pERspEctiVE: Event promoter Elio Gonzalez is committed to creating authentic Latin productions in the Asheville community, such as a performance by the Afro-Cuban Alayo Dance Company. Photo courtesy of Alayo

Alayo Dance Company brings Afro-Cuban movement to Asheville

Dance is a language spoken by the body. For the Alayo Dance Company of San Francisco, choreography is used to communicate an Afro-Cuban narrative. Alayo’s work is especially dynamic because it draws from many styles and techniques, blending AfroCuban folkloric, modern and popular/ contemporary Cuban dance into one. Through movement, the company’s 11 dancers give voice to the Afro-Cuban and Caribbean diaspora, its struggles, cultures, faiths, past and present. The dance troupe performs at Diana Wortham Theatre on Friday, Oct. 31. In his bio, company director and choreographer Ramon Ramos Alayo describes his work as “a synthesis of dance styles.” He has been dancing nearly all his life. At 11, he was selected by the Cuban government to study dance in Santiago de Cuba and later received a master’s degree from Havana’s National School of Art in contemporary and folkloric dance. Alayo left Havana in 1997 to found


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Alayo Dance Company. Shortly after, he became the artistic director of a nonprofit called CubaCaribe, dedicated to preserving and promoting “the rich cultural and artistic traditions of the Caribbean.” Elio Gonzalez, who invited Alayo Dance to Asheville, is committed to creating authentic Latin events. Gonzalez was born in Cuba and moved to Asheville five years ago. In addition to working full time at Western North Carolina Community Health Services as director of benefits and eligibility, he started a small business called Gonzalez Diaz Enterprise. That company is responsible for Alayo’s upcoming local dance production, the annual Fiesta Latina and Miss Gay Latina Asheville — see sidebar for more on the 2014 pageant.

what Alayo Dance Company whERE Diana Wortham Theatre whEn Friday, Oct. 31, 8 p.m. $30/$20 students and children

“I love to be able to bring new things to Asheville,” says Gonzalez. “Asheville’s very artistic and very open, and to have this dance company that’s modern dance, but at the same time is Afro-Cuban, is going to bring something totally different and new to this city. It is a professional dance company directed by minorities.” The troupe’s director came to the U.S. as a defector from his native country and has established himself very well in San Francisco, Gonzalez adds. Alayo’s work is compelling and explores concepts of personal and political freedom, enslavement and liberation. Perhaps it’s the folkloric qualities of his choreography, or perhaps it’s the focused expression pressed into each dancer’s demeanor, but Alayo’s work seems to come back to faith and to the strength of the human spirit. He seems to say that the essence of one’s empowerment resides in an untouchable space. Though the decision to fly the company to Asheville and host the dancers while they’re here is a financial gamble, Gonzalez believes it’s worth the risk. “In life I think it’s about our impact, it’s about what you do, and sometimes you have to take risks,” he says. “[This performance is going to be] amazing; it’s going to be totally different, totally fresh.” X

Queen for a day

REigning womEn: The Miss Gay Latina Asheville pageant brings artistic talent, evening gowns and folkloric costume to the stage. Photo courtesy of Gonzalez Diaz Enterprise

Following its Halloween night production at Diana Wortham, Alayo Dance Company returns to the theater for a spontaneous, folkloric and free-form performance. On Saturday, Nov. 1, the Afro-Cuban dancers serve as the opening act for the seventh annual Miss Gay Latina Asheville pageant. The beauty contest takes part in four categories, which follow the format of a Miss Americatype pageant while also tapping Latino culture. “The interview is done before the event starts; then we have the part I love the most, when they dress in the folkloric costume typical of the country or the state that they come from,” says event promoter Elio Gonzalez. “For the third part, they do their talent, in Spanish or in English. And in the last part, they do their evening

gowns. It empowers a minority to live a dream. You know they are at Diana Wortham Theatre, they have the dressing rooms, and they are treated so [beautifully].” The pageant, reports Gonzalez, has grown far larger than he predicted. “I never dreamed, when I started this, that it would get so big: It’s receiving national attention.” That said, the event is known to sell out, so purchase tickets early. — A.S.B X

what Miss Gay Latina Asheville whERE Diana Wortham Theatre whEn Saturday, Nov. 1, at 7:30 p.m. $20

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by Doug Gibson

Adventures in publishing How bestselling writer Beth Revis became an indie-author

Beth Revis was having trouble getting her novel published. That may seem like an odd reversal for the author, who will be at Malaprop’s on Monday, Nov. 3, with a slate of other YA authors for the Compelling Reads Tour. She had just concluded her New York Times best-selling Across the Universe series. Her new novel was set in the same world. She had already started the editorial process with her publisher, Penguin. But then, as she puts it, Penguin “decided it didn’t fit in with their catalog.”

Revis could have gone to a different publisher. But that might have postponed the book’s release for another year. “And I felt like it really needed to get out as soon as possible,” she says. So she decided to self-publish. The result was The Body Electric, which she launched three weeks ago. Revis was inspired by her friend S.R. Johannes, who self-published her Nature of Grace series. Plus, it helped to have worked with a publisher for one of the biggest hurdles for indie authors: editing. While Revis insists that Penguin didn’t influence the crafting of The Body Electric, she acknowledges that the company “had a fair amount of input” and helped her sharpen the story. Still, Revis had to find her own copy editor and book designer. And for most of the rest of the process — promotion, marketing, advertising — she was entirely on her own. “It’s

what The Compelling Reads YA Tour with Beth Revis, Matina Boone, Kimberley Griffiths Little, Claudia Grey, S.E. Green and Meagan Spooner whERE Malaprop’s, whEn Monday, Nov. 3, 7 p.m. Free

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nice to be in charge of everything,” she says. “But then you’re in charge of everything, so how well the book does, it all depends on you.” Revis has been heartened by the book’s early success. A limited edition of 300 signed copies sold out at Malaprop’s: “That helped boost my confidence a little bit,” she says. And the book has been wellreceived by her fans — though the author admits that having built a fan base through traditional publishing has helped immensely.

Revis will continue to work with Penguin (she has another book in the early draft stages), but she feels that she’s learned a lot from the experience. “I just adore every aspect of writing and publishing,” she says. While working with a publisher means letting the company set deadlines, design the cover and plan the marketing and promotion, “I got to decide everything on this,” Revis says. “That was actually kind of liberating.” X


by Edwin Arnaudin

Smart and tough The New Pornographers play The Orange Peel

The New Pornographers’ Together was one of 2010’s standout albums, but compared with Vampire Weekend’s Contra, Sufjan Stevens’ The Age of Adz and Broken Bells’ self-titled debut — all of which successfully incorporated electronic elements into their creators’ indie sounds — its string-aided rock was a bit of an outlier. Four years later, arpeggiators and synthesizers are all over the band’s follow-up, Brill Bruisers, accurately suggesting a game of catch-up — just not with their aforementioned peers. “I don’t think our reference point was anything modern,” says band founder Carl Newman. “It was more early ’80s ELO — very retro and futuristic, sort of a past vision of the future. It’s a fun thing to mess around with, and I see using even more of it on our next record.” Newman, who brings his group to The Orange Peel on Tuesday, Nov. 4, cites Flying Lotus, Animal Collective, Panda Bear and Daft Punk as bands that use a lot of electronic elements in appealing ways. For him, though, the genre holds little appeal. “A lot of EDM sounds really shitty to me — really boring and not that far removed from the dance sound of 20 years ago. But that’s just me,” Newman says. Formed in Vancouver in 1999, The New Pornographers boast an impressive arsenal of vocal talent with Neko Case, Destroyer frontman Dan Bejar and Newman sharing lead duties.

who The New Pornographers with The Pains of Being Pure at Heart whERE The Orange Peel, whEn Wednesday, Nov. 5, at 8 p.m. $25 advance/$28 at the door

According to Newman (who lives in Woodstock, New York), figuring out who to use when is based more on feel and trial and error than a plan. “I’m never really pushing for myself as a singer,” he says. “I just write songs and figure out what to do with them later.” From the start, Newman thought Brill Bruisers’ “Marching Orders” would be great for Case. He initially sang lead on “Champions of Red Wine” before deeming it a better fit for her as well. For Bejar’s three contributions, however, Newman says it was obvious that the songs were meant for their writer. While these compositions came together, Destroyer released Kaputt in 2011 and Case made 2013’s The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You. Newman remembers listening to an advance copy of Kaputt in his car, and he heard bits and pieces of The Worse Things Get... while he was in the studio with Case, but he says those albums had little influence on Brill Bruisers. “Maybe some stuff from Kaputt, but at the same time, I try to keep a distance between the sound of The New Pornographers and Destroyer,” Newman says. As for the influence of the rest of the band (including Blaine Thurier, John Collins, Kathryn Calder and Todd Fancey), that’s even more difficult to pinpoint — especially with Case’s limited availability. “We barely see Neko. It’s very hard. We basically bring her in and say, ‘Do this, do this, do this.’ There isn’t that much time for collaboration,” Newman says. “There’s much more of that in working with Dan on his songs.” The name Brill Bruisers came from shortening the phrase “brilliant bruisers,” which is sung multiple times in the opening track. “I think it was the idea of trying to be the perfect person — trying to be really intelligent and really tough at the same time,” Newman says. “It’s what you would need to succeed in the world. You’d need to be a brilliant bruiser or something like that.” The title also name-checks New York City’s Brill Building, where writers such as the team of Burt Bacharach and Hal David crafted some of pop music’s biggest hits from the ’50s and ’60s. Newman knew about the Brill from reading Ken Emerson’s Always Magic in the Air about 10 years ago.

attunEd: Formed in 1999, The New Pornographers boast an impressive arsenal of vocal talent with Neko Case, Destroyer frontman Dan Bejar and Carl Newman. On deciding who sings each track Newman says, “I just write songs and figure out what to do with them later.” Photo by Chris Buck

Though he’s always been fascinated by other songwriters, having an office with colleagues and competitors down the hall doesn’t interest him. “I think that would be very weird. I’ve always respected the people who could work in that environment, but

it’s absolutely not the way I work,” Newman says. “The idea of sitting in a room and pounding out a song in a few hours or a few in a day, that seems crazy to me. I have a lot of respect for it because it’s something I can’t do.” X

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Lonesome River Band Nashville-based bluegrass collective Lonesome River Band has been performing for more than 30 years. The group joined Steve Martin on the “Late Show with David Letterman,” it’s played the Grand Ole Opry along with numerous festivals, and has taken home awards such as an IBMA for the song “Angeline the Baker.” But when it came to releasing Turn on a Dime, the band’s first studio album in four years (on Arden’s Mountain Home Music label), the group decided to hold that celebration in Asheville. “With Turn on a Dime, Lonesome River Band delivers the kind of album that made them an iconic band who pioneered and still shapes the modern bluegrass sound,” says a press release. The launch party takes place at Isis Restaurant & Music Hall on Saturday, Nov. 1, at 9 p.m. $15 advance/$18 at the door. Photo by Sandlin Gaither

Barbara Bates Smith probably isn’t feeling any butterflies relating to her upcoming theatrical performance at N.C. Stage Company, having already embodied gutsy mountain woman Ivy Rowe more than 700 times over the past 25 years. Rowe, the protagonist in Lee Smith's bestselling novel Fair and Tender Ladies, brings an Appalachian flair to her exploits, which are told through a series of letters and include a standoff with a coal company bulldozer. Not unlike the active character she portrays, Barbara volunteers at Haywood Street Congregation — “a service ministry where both homeless and housed enjoy food and fellowship”— which will receive proceeds from this performance. Ivy Rowe takes the stage on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 31 and Nov. 1, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 2, at 3 p.m. $12-$24. Photo courtesy of Barbara Bates Smith

The Cosmic Happy Slam! Check your coat and your drama at the door. The Cosmic Happy Slam! youth poetry event was created to remind stressed teens that “in the midst of our crazy, busy lives, we can always access joy, laugh and have fun,” according to Soulspeak Asheville founder Mel Kelley. Word wranglers ages 12-21 are invited to compete in the happiness-themed poetry slam, which is co-hosted by Soulspeak and The Fun Conspiracy as a qualifying round for Asheville's nationally competing Brave New Voices team. Celebrity judges include vocalist Kat Williams and nationally renowned poet Allan Wolf. Make time for the rhymes on Saturday, Nov. 1, at 7 p.m., at Odyssey Community School. $12 adults/$7 students/free for slam participants and teachers. facebook. com/soulspeakasheville. Photo courtesy of Soulspeak Asheville


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Weaverville Art Safari Founded in 2001 by artist Lelia Canter, the Weaverville Art Safari is a free, selfguided studio tour that “provides the exclusive opportunity to delve into the thriving artist enclave located in Weaverville and Barnardsville.” Some 47 local artists will participate in the biannual crawl this fall, showcasing handmade artwork from a multitude of craft spheres, including pottery, jewelry, furniture, glass, sculptures, paintings, fiber arts and more. For homebodies who aren’t swayed by art demonstrations and door prizes, a selection of art pieces will be available for online auction until Sunday, Nov. 2 at Weaverville Art Safari's participating studios will be open for the crawl Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 1 and 2, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Artwork by Leo Monahan

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tRyon fine ARts CenteR 34 Melrose Ave., Tryon, 859-8322, • TH (10/30), 7pm - Bradley Ditto, singer-songwriter. Admission by donation.

theAteR 35beloW 35 E. Walnut St., 254-1320, Located underneath Asheville Community Theatre. • TH (10/30), 7:30pm - Listen to This storytelling series. $15. • FR (10/31) & SA (11/1), 2:30pm - Other Desert Cities. $6. Additional show Nov. 2, 2:30pm in the Reuter Center at UNCA. Asheville Community theAtRe 35 E. Walnut St., 254-1320, • TH (10/30) 7:30pm, SA (11/1) & SU (11/2), 2:30pm - Charlotte’s Web. $5. bebe theAtRe

Rock n’ RoLL aRt show: Illustrator Joshua Levy has designed album covers, posters and merchandise for AC/DC, The Grateful Dead, The Black Crowes, Modest Mouse, Ozzy Osbourne and many local groups. You can see an exhibit of his work at Pulp, beneath the Orange Peel, from Monday, Nov. 3 through Wednesday, Dec. 31. Photo courtesy of Joshua Levy. (p. 48)

20 Commerce St., 254-2621 • THURSDAYS (11/6) through SATURDAYS (11/22), 7:30pm - Different Strokes! Performing Arts Collective presents Next Fall. $18/$15 advance, seniors & students. hendeRsonville little theAtRe

ARt Asheville mAsoniC temple 80 Broadway, 252-3924 • FE (10/31), 7pm - Last Picture Show, three-act visual and music performance. $15. Asheville puppetRy Club 367-4910 • TH (11/6), 7pm - Shadow puppet workshop with Lisa Sturz of Red Herring Puppets Held at North Asheville Recreation Center, 37 E. Larchmont Road ooh lA lA’s holidAy bAZAAR 669-7467, • SATURDAYS through (11/1), 10am-4pm - Craft sale with works by local artists. Free to attend. Held at Pritchard Park, 4 College St.

WnC potteRy festivAl 631-5100, • SA (11/1), 10am-4pm - Includes studio tours, demonstrations, raffle and silent auction. $5. Held in downtown Dillsboro. yWCA of Asheville 254-7206, • TH (10/30), 6pm - “Exhibiting Blackness and the Gee’s Bend Effect,” African-American art and culture lecture. Held at The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design, 67 Broadway

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oppoRtunity house 1411 Asheville Hwy., Hendersonville, 692-0575, • TH (11/6) & FR (11/7) - Weaving equipment and accessory sale to benefit the organization. Free to attend.

{Re}hAppeninG • Through MO (12/15) - Applications open for this annual event honoring the legacy of Black Mountain College. All genres and disciplines. Contact for full guidelines. Free.

united methodist men CRAft sAle 693-4275, • SA (11/1), 9am-3pm - Proceeds support church programs. Free to attend. Held at First United Methodist Church of Hendersonville, 204 6th Ave. West, Hendersonville

tRAnsylvAniA Community ARts CounCil 349 S. Caldwell St., Brevard, 884-2787, • Through (11/5) - Applications will be accepted for artists and crafters interested in selling art at the ArtMart fundraiser.

WeAveRville ARt sAfARi, info@weavervilleartsafari. com • SA (11/1) & SU (11/2), 10am-5pm - Self-guided tour of 47 artists’ studios in and around downtown Weaverville. Check website for locations. Free to attend. WnC CARveRs 665-8273, • SA (11/1) & SU (11/2) - Woodcarving competi-


tion and exhibition. Free to attend. Held at Folk Art Center, MP 382, Blue Ridge Parkway

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musiC AfRIcAn DRUm LESSOnS • SkInnY BEAtS dRum shop (pd.) Sundays 2pm, Wednesdays 6pm. Billy Zanski teaches a fun approach to connecting with your inner rhythm. No experience necessary. Drums provided. $12/class. (828) 768-2826.

blueGRAss jAm 702-2007 • 1st SATURDAYS, 7pm - All levels. Free. Held at Crosspoint Church, 119 Cumberland Ave. CenteR foR CultuRAl pReseRvAtion 692-8062, • WE (11/5), 7pm - “Keeping the Fires Burning: A Musical Conversation with David Holt.” $10. Held at Blue Ridge Community College, 180 West Campus Drive, Flat Rock musiC At bRevARd ColleGe 884-8211, • TH (10/30), 7:30pm - Jazz ensemble fall concert. In the Porter Center. Free. musiC At unCA 251-6432, • WE (10/29), 7pm - Blue Ridge Orchestra open rehearsal. Free. Held in the Reuter Center. Free. • SU (11/2), 3pm - Brevard Music Center faculty concert. Free. Held in the Reuter Center. musiC At WCu 227-2479, • TH (11/6), 7:30pm - The WCU Percussion Ensemble. In the Coulter recital hall. Free. pACK memoRiAl libRARy 67 Haywood St., 250-4700 • TH (10/30), 6pm - Michael Jefry Stevens and Misty Daniels, jazz. Free. pAn hARmoniA 254-7123,, • MO (11/3), 6:30pm - Gallery series’, various genres. $26/$24 advance/$8 students. Held at Haen Gallery Asheville, 52 Biltmore Ave. st. mAtthiAs ChuRCh 1 Dundee St., 285-0033 • SU (11/2), 3pm - Chamber Orchestra concert. Admission by donation.

229 S. Washington St., Hendersonville, 6921082, • THURSDAYS through SUNDAYS until (11/2) - Sylvia. Thu.-Sat.: 7:30pm; Sun.: 2pm. $20/$15 students/$10 children.

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5 WAlnut Wine bAR 5 Walnut St., 253-2593 • Through SA (11/1) - Papercuts, small collage works on paper. ARt At bRevARd ColleGe 884-8188, • Through FR (10/31) - Works by faculty. ARt At unCA • Through TU (11/4) - Works by Penland School of Crafts’ resident artists. In the S. Tucker Cooke Gallery. • Through FR (10/31) - For Abigail, with my greatest love, pastels by Cecilia Frederic. ARt At WCu 227-3591, • Through FR (11/7) - Abstract Autobiography for a Fractured Narrative, works by Rebecca Ringquist. In the Bardo Arts Center. • TH (10/30) through FR (1/9) - David Raymond’s Other People’s Pictures and Eric Oglander: Craigslist Mirrors, photography. Asheville AReA ARts CounCil GAlleRy 1 Page Ave., 258-0710, • Through SA (11/8) - Give and Take, pairings of works by Asheville and Washington D.C. artists

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16 College St., 251-5796, ashevillegallery-of-art. com • Through FR (10/31) - Small Works Show, works smaller than 12 X12 inches. • SA (11/1) through SU (11/30) - Skies Over Appalachia, paintings by Jane Desonier. Opening reception: Nov. 7, 5-8pm.

800 Haywood Road, 505-7776, • Through SU (11/9) - Ignition, works by Ron Killian.

bAsCom CenteR foR the ARts 323 Franklin Road, Highlands, 526-4949, • Through SA (1/4) - Appalachian Pastel Society national exhibition. bendeR GAlleRy 12 S. Lexington Ave., 505-8341, thebendergallery. com • Through SU (11/30) - Spirits of the Flame, flameworked glass sculpture. blACK mountAin CenteR foR the ARts 225 W. State St., Black Mountain, 669-0930, • Through FR (11/21) - Swannanoa Valley Fine Arts League juried show CAthedRAl of All souls 3 Angle St., 274-2681, • FR (10/31) & SA (11/1) - Kerstin McDaniel, textiles and painting. Opening reception: Oct. 31, 6pm. doWntoWn booKs & neWs 67 N. Lexington Ave., 348-7615, • Through SU (11/30) - Weirdness Threshold, works by Julie Armbruster, Tiffany Ownbey and Jessica C. White. flood GAlleRy 109 Roberts St., 254-2166, Located in the Phil Mechanic Building. • ONGOING - Posada: Marigolds & Skulls, prints by Jose Guadalupe. Opening reception: Nov. 1, 6pm. GReen sAGe CAfe - WestGAte 70 Westgate Parkway, 785-1780, greensagecafe. com • Through TH (1/15) - Exploring the Depth & Magic of Nature, photography by Susanna Euston, Bonnie Allen and Joanne Senkus. GRoveWood GAlleRy 111 Grovewood Rd., 253-7651, • Through WE (12/31) - Hops & Crafts, mugs, steins & tankards by regional artist. hAndmAde in AmeRiCA 252-0121, • Through TH (11/20) - Handmade book-bound pieces by Mary Carol Koester. Artist’s reception: Oct. 15, 5:30pm Held at Beverly-Hanks Discovery Center, 1 Town Square Blvd. loCAl Cloth, • Through SA (12/6) - Excite, contemporary textiles and fiber art. Held in the Creative Arts Building on Haywood Community College’s campus. neWZARt GAlleRy & studio 133 S. Main St. Loft 207, Marshall, 649-9358, • Through Fr (11/31) - Fauvist-Surrealist figurative works by Matt Zedler

odyssey CoopeRAtive ARt GAlleRy 238 Clingman Ave, 285-9700, odysseycoopgallery • TU (11/4) through SU (11/30) - Gallery member ceramic art show. pulp 103 Hilliard Ave., 225-5851 • MO (11/3) through WE (12/31) - Poster art by Joshua Marc Levy. Artist’s reception: Nov. 8, 4-7pm. sAtellite GAlleRy 55 Broadway St., 305-2225, thesatellitegallery. com • Through MO (11/24) - It Was A Day Like Any Other, works by Geza Brunow. silveRspACe GAlleRy 109 Roberts St. in the Phil Mechanic Building, 706-254-3456, silverspace • SA (11/1) through SA (12/31) - Cautionary Tales, photography by Priscilla Smith. Opening reception: Nov. 1, 6pm.

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sWAnnAnoA vAlley fine ARts leAGue • FR (10/31) through MO (1/5) - Dimensions of Mixed Media, show and sale. Held at Red House Studios and Gallery, 310 W. State St., Black Mountain the GRAnd bohemiAn GAlleRy 11 Boston Way, 877-274-1242, • Through SA (11/8) - Tight Impressionism, panorama paintings by Ray Byram. toe RiveR ARts CounCil 765-0520, • Through SU (11/1) - Fiber Optics, basketry and photography by Billie Ruth and Doug Sudduth. Held at Burnsville TRAC Gallery, 102 W. Main St., Burnsville tRAnsylvAniA Community ARts CounCil 349 S. Caldwell St., Brevard, 884-2787, tcarts. org • Through (11/7) - The Mystery, mulit-artist multimedia exhibit. upstAiRs ARtspACe 49 S. Trade St., Tryon, 859-2828, • Through FR (11/28) - Four Makers, Four Materials, wood, steel, glass and clay works. • Through FR (11/28) - Shifting Plates II, works by 16 printmakers. • Through FR (11/28) - Self Exam, self portraits by Ursula Gullow. ZApoW! 21 Battery Park Suite 101, 575-2024, • ONGOING - Spooky, pop-art works by member artists. Contact the galleries for hours and admission fees.

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foGGy mountAin bReWpub Patrick Fitzsimons (roots, blues), 9pm

5 WAlnut Wine bAR Wine tasting w/ Sean Gaskell (world), 5pm Sankofa (world), 8pm

fRenCh bRoAd bReWeRy tAstinG Room CarolinaBound (Americana), 6pm

AltAmont bReWinG CompAny Songwriter Night w/ Laura Blackley, Aaron Price & Jay Brown, 9pm

GRey eAGle musiC hAll & tAveRn Junior Brown w/ The Roosevelts (country, western), 8pm

Asheville musiC hAll (Kung Fu w/ The Fritz (funk, rock), 9pm

isis RestAuRAnt And musiC hAll The Stray Birds w/ Jordie Lane + Miss Tess & the Talkbacks (acoustic, Americana), 7pm

ben’s tune-up Live band karaoke w/ The Diagnostics, 9pm

jACK of the Wood pub Bluegrass jam, 7pm

blACK mountAin Ale house Buncombe County Boyz (folk, bluegrass), 7:30pm

leX 18 Michael Jefry Stevens & Serpentine Arborvitae (jazz, chanteuse), 8pm

blue mountAin piZZA & bReW pub Open Mic w/ Billy Owens, 7pm

lobsteR tRAp Hank Bones (“The man of 1,000 songs”), 7pm

byWAteR Soul night w/ DJ Whitney, 8:30pm

mARKet plACe Ben Hovey (dub jazz, beats), 7pm

CRoW & quill Uncle Shabby’s Singalong Parlour (piano karaoke), 9pm duGout Karaoke, 9pm foGGy mountAin bReWpub Blue French (blues), 8pm GRey eAGle musiC hAll & tAveRn Trigger Hippy w/ Joan Osborne & Jackie Greene (rock, psych-rock), 8pm GRind CAfe Trivia night, 7pm

chaRLiE mEEts jack: Pop-folk band Charlie and the Foxtrots will be playing two shows at Jack of the Wood during the month of November. “A melting pot of sounds, Charlie and the Foxtrots draws on its members influences to create poppy, energetic writing intertwined with country/folk instrumentation,” reads a passage from the band’s bio. “When you attend a live show, prepare to be hit with both a wall of sound they create by blending their unique styles of an electric dynamic alliance and a broken down bluegrassy performance.” The band will perform on Monday, Nov. 3, at 9 p.m., and again on Sunday, Nov. 16.

iRon hoRse stAtion Jason York (Americana), 6pm isis RestAuRAnt And musiC hAll Sweet Claudette (Americana, soul), 7pm

Open mic, 6:30pm

jACK of the Wood pub Old-time session, 5pm

noble KAvA Open mic w/ Caleb Beissert, 9pm

leX 18 The Roaring Lions (jazz), 9pm

odditoRium Costumes & Cocktails, 9pm

lobsteR tRAp Ben Hovey (dub-jazz, trumpet, beats), 7pm

off the WAGon Piano show, 9pm

mojo KitChen & lounGe DJ Molly Parti “Get Over the Hump-day” dance party (funk, soul, hip-hop), 5:30pm mountAin mojo Coffeehouse

olive oR tWist Swing dance lessons w/ Bobby Wood, 7:30pm 3 Cool Cats (vintage rock), 8pm pisGAh bReWinG CompAny The Ragbirds (world, Americana), 8pm stRAiGhtAWAy CAfe Pierce Edens (Americana), 6pm

To qualify for a free listing, a venue must be predominately dedicated to the performing arts. Bookstores and cafés with regular open mics and musical events are also allowed / To limit confusion, events must be submitted by the venue owner or a representative of that venue / Events must be submitted in written form by e-mail (, fax, snail mail or hand-delivered to the Clubland Editor Hayley Benton at 2 Wall St., Room 209, Asheville, NC 28801. Events submitted to other staff members are not assured of inclusion in Clubland / Clubs must hold at least TWO events per week to qualify for listing space. Any venue that is inactive in Clubland for one month will be removed / The Clubland Editor reserves the right to edit or exclude events or venues / Deadline is by noon on Monday for that Wednesday’s publication. This is a firm deadline.


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tAllGARy’s CAntinA Open mic & jam, 7pm the mothliGht Rob K & Uncle Butcher w/ Krekel and Whoa (rock, soul), 8pm the phoeniX Jazz night, 8pm the soCiAl Get Vocal Karaoke, 9:30pm the southeRn Disclaimer Comedy open mic, 9pm tiGeR mountAin Sean Dail (classic punk, power-pop, rock), 10pm, 10pm timo’s house Spectrum AVL w/ Dam Good (dance party), 9pm toWn pump Open mic w/ Aaron, 9pm

tRessA’s doWntoWn jAZZ And blues Blues & soul jam w/ Al Coffee & Da Grind, 8:30pm uRbAn oRChARd Poetry on Demand w/ Eddie Cabbage, 6:30pm vinCenZo’s bistRo Lenny Petenelli (high-energy piano), 7pm Wild WinG CAfe Karaoke, 9pm Wild WinG CAfe south Skinny Wednesday w/ J LUKE, 6pm

thuRsdAy, oCtobeR 30 5 WAlnut Wine bAR Hank West & The Smokin’ Hots (jazz exotica), 8pm

odditoRium Mischief Night: Andrew Scotchie & The River Rats, Stump Mutts & Crazy Tom Banana Pants (rock, ska), 9pm off the WAGon Dueling pianos, 9pm olive oR tWist West Coast swing lesson w/ Ian & Karen, 7:30pm Pop the Clutch (beach, jazz, swing), 8:30pm one stop deli & bAR Phish ’n’ Chips (Phish covers), 6pm The Hornitz (dance, experimental), 10pm oRAnGe peel The Bug + Manga (electronic, techno), 11pm osKAR blues bReWeRy Carver & Carmody (Americana), 6pm pACK’s tAveRn Steven Poteat (acoustic jam), 9pm puRple onion CAfe Michael Reno Harrell, 7:30pm RenAissAnCe Asheville hotel TLQ + 2 (rock, blues), 6:30pm sCAndAls niGhtClub DJ dance party & drag show, 10pm sCully’s “Geeks Who Drink” Trivia, 7pm

Alley KAts tAveRn Open mic night, 7pm

southeRn AppAlAChiAn bReWeRy Todd Hoke Halloween Eve show (Americana, folk), 6pm

AltAmont bReWinG CompAny Sassagrass (bluegrass), 9pm

tAllGARy’s CAntinA Iggy Radio, 7pm

Asheville sAndWiCh CompAny Carolina Ceili (Irish), 5pm

the mothliGht Hearts Gone South, Small Town Lights & 2-step dance class (country, dancing), 8:30pm

blACK mountAin Ale house Lyric (acoustic soul), 9pm blue KudZu sAKe CompAny Trivia night, 8pm

the phoeniX Bradford Carson Duo (mountain music), 8pm

blue mountAin piZZA & bReW pub Rocket Science, 7pm

the soCiAl Open mic w/ Scooter Haywood, 8pm

CoRK & KeG Brennen Leigh & Noel McCay (Americana), 8pm

the southeRn Throwdown Thursday w/ Jim Raves & Nex Millen (DJ, dance party), 10pm

double CRoWn 33 and 1/3 Thursdays w/ DJs Devyn & Oakley, 10pm

tiGeR mountAin New Wave dance w/ Cliff (80s pop,

post-punk, punk-rock, synthpop), 10pm timo’s house Unity Thursdays w/ Asheville Drum ’n’ Bass Collective, 9pm toWn pump Nathan Kalish & The Lastcallers (bluegrass, folk, country), 9pm uRbAn oRChARd Stevie Lee Combs (acoustic, Americana), 6:30pm vinCenZo’s bistRo Ginny McAfee (guitar, vocals), 7pm

Smokey’s After Dark Halloween Special

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featuring Beverly McClellan, runner up on ‘The Voice’ $5 cover

Open 7 Days A Week • Asheville’s Oldest Bar 18 Broadway, Downtown • 253-2155

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185 KinG stReet Cody Siniard’s Coyote Ugly HillyBilly Halloween, 8pm 5 WAlnut Wine bAR Halloween Party w/ Lyric (acoustic soul), 9pm

Herb Talks by Local Herbalists

Alley KAts tAveRn Kirk Robinson, 8pm Amos & The Mixx Live, 9:30pm AltAmont bReWinG CompAny Halloween Supahero Party w/ Supatight (funk), 9pm

Product Demos Cordial Making Class

Asheville musiC hAll WAVEFORMS 2.0 – w/ J:Kenzo, Sleeper, Thelem, Eshone, Aligning Minds (IDM), 10pm

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Asheville sAndWiCh CompAny Shannon Battle (soul, rock), 5pm AthenA’s Club Mark Appleford (singer-songwriter, Americana), 7pm blACK mountAin Ale house Halloween Costume Party w/ DJ Munn (dance music), 9pm blue mountAin piZZA & bReW pub Acoustic Swing, 7pm boileR Room Haunted Grove House Inferno (8 DJs, 4 bars, dance party, costume contests), 9pm byWAteR Krewe de Guza (folk-punk, Americana), 8pm ClAssiC WineselleR Sheila Gordon & Chris Minick (pop, jazz), 7pm Club eleven on GRove Haunted Grove House Inferno (8 DJs, 4 bars, dance party, costume contests), 9pm CoRK & KeG One Leg Up (jazz), 8:30pm CRoW & quill Horror Night: Haunted Bar Party (movies, music), 9pm double CRoWn DJ Greg Cartwright (garage & soul obscurities), 10pm elAine’s duelinG piAno bAR Dueling Pianos, 9pm foGGy mountAin bReWpub Soul-funk Halloween party w/ Ram Mandelkorn, Zack Page, Evan Martin & Ben Colvin, 10pm fRenCh bRoAd bReWeRy tAstinG Room Traveling Broke & Out of Gas (Americana), 6pm

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GRey eAGle musiC hAll & tAveRn The Budos Band w/ Electric Citizen (instrumental, horns), 8pm iRon hoRse stAtion Ben Wilson (Americana), 7pm isis RestAuRAnt And musiC hAll Zansa: A Celebration of Masks (world), 9pm jACK of the Wood pub Halloween Bash! w/ Asheville Country Music Revue, 9pm jeRusAlem GARden Middle Eastern music & bellydancing, 7pm leX 18 DJ Cosmo Q & scary silent movies (Gatsby electro-swing w/ 1920s halloween films), 6pm lobsteR tRAp Riyen Roots Band (roots, rock, blues), 7pm mARKet plACe The Sean Mason Trio (groove, jazz, funk), 7pm mG RoAd Monster Makeout dance party w/ DJ Teen Wolfson, 8am niGhtbell RestAuRAnt & lounGe Halloween Masquerade Gala w/ DJ Cesar Meana (dark-indie-pop), tarot card reading, magic, 9pm noble KAvA Emerald Curtain Halloween Bash (live ambient electronica), 8:30pm odditoRium Gutterfest 3: Gutterhound, Sex Knuckle & Damned Angels (punk, metal), 9pm








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oRAnGe peel Papadosio w/ Ghost Owl & Asian Teacher Factory (prog-rock, electronica, folk), 9pm


Root bAR no. 1 The Lazybirds (blues, country, ragtime), 8pm

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one stop deli & bAR Free Dead Fridays w/ members of Phuncle Sam (jam), 5pm Halloween w/ The Bassly Hallows (bass, electronic), 9pm

osKAR blues bReWeRy Halloween dance party, 7pm pACK’s tAveRn Halloween Costume Bash: A Social Function (rock ’n’ roll, classic hits), 9pm pisGAh bReWinG CompAny Phuncle Stankoween Halloween celebration (jam-grass, GD covers), 8pm

sCAndAls niGhtClub Haunted Grove House Inferno (8 DJs, 4 bars, dance party, costume contests), 9pm DJ dance party & drag show, 10pm

southeRn AppAlAChiAn bReWeRy Halloween Show w/ The Stipe Brothers, Dan Ruiz & Kent Rector (rock, pop), 8pm spRinG CReeK tAveRn Costume contest & DJ, 9pm



olive oR tWist Halloween Party w/ Free Flow (funk, Motown), 8pm Late Night DJ (techno, disco), 11pm




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CoRK & KeG The Resonant Rogues (jazz, Euro-folk), 8:30pm CRoW & quill Day of the Dead Altar & Party, 9pm double CRoWn DJ Lil Lorruh (50s, 60s R&B, rock), 10pm


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tAllGARy’s CAntinA Halloween Bash & Costume Contest w/ Unit 50 (rock), 9:30pm

GRey eAGle musiC hAll & tAveRn James McMurtry w/ Jonny Burke (rock, folk, Americana), 8pm

the mothliGht Halloween Party w/ Cover Bands & Costumes, 9pm

hiGhlAnd bReWinG CompAny Thicket & Sisterwives (rock, country), 6pm

the phoeniX Gonzofest Halloween Throw-down w/ The American Gonzos (rock, funk), 9pm the soCiAl Get Vocal Karaoke, 9:30pm tiGeR mountAin Devyn (psychedelic, indie, metal, rock), 10pm timo’s house Comic Book Villain Costume Party w/ Fighted & Nex Millen, 10pm

elAine’s duelinG piAno bAR Dueling Pianos, 9pm

iRon hoRse stAtion Ashley Heath (R&B), 7pm isis RestAuRAnt And musiC hAll Lonesome River Band (bluegrass, oldtime), 9pm jACK of the Wood pub Sirius B. w/ Scenic Route (rock), 9pm jeRusAlem GARden Middle Eastern music & bellydancing, 7pm leX 18 Peggy Ratusz (jazz, blues), 9pm

toWn pump Halloween party w/ The Dirty Badgers, 9pm

mARCo’s piZZeRiA Sharon LaMotte Band (jazz), 6pm

toy boAt Community ARt spACe Prison Books Benefit & Halloween Cover Band show, 9pm

mARKet plACe DJs (funk, R&B), 7pm

tRessA’s doWntoWn jAZZ And blues Westsound, 10pm vinCenZo’s bistRo Steve Whiddon (classic piano), 5:30pm Westville pub Halloween Party! (costume contest), 10pm Wild WinG CAfe south A Social Function (acoustic), 9:30pm

sAtuRdAy, novembeR 1 185 KinG stReet Mike & Mike & Devils & Dust Halloween jam, 8pm Alley KAts tAveRn Karaoke, 8pm The Twisted Trail Band, 9:30pm Asheville musiC hAll Time Travelers’ Masquerade w/ Valentine Wolf, Vourteque, Brief Awakening (electro-swing, victorian metal), 9pm AthenA’s Club Mark Appleford (singer-songwriter, Americana), 7pm boileR Room Haunted Grove House Inferno (8 DJs, 4 bars, dance party, costume contests), 9pm byWAteR Asheville Music School (classic rock), 4pm ClAssiC WineselleR Joe Cruz (Beatles, Elton John covers), 7pm Club eleven on GRove Haunted Grove House Inferno (8 DJs, 4 bars, dance party, costume contests), 9pm

mAyfel’s Dia de los Muertos party w/ DJ Lance Wille (60s mod, Spanish, rock ’n’ roll), 5pm neW mountAin TAJ MAHAL (blues, roots), 7pm

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off the WAGon Dueling pianos, 9pm olive oR tWist 42nd Street (jazz, swing), 8pm Late Night DJ (techno, disco), 11pm one stop deli & bAR Yarn (Americana), 10pm oRAnGe peel The Polish Ambassador w/ Liminus (dreamwave, glitch, groove), 9pm osKAR blues bReWeRy Elonzo (rock), 6pm pACK’s tAveRn Lyric (pop, funk, soul), 9pm Root bAR no. 1 Beloved Binge (alt-folk), 8pm sCAndAls niGhtClub Haunted Grove House Inferno (8 DJs, 4 bars, dance party, costume contests), 9pm DJ dance party & drag show, 10pm sCully’s DJ, 10pm southeRn AppAlAChiAn bReWeRy Flea Bitten Dawgs CD release party (swing, blues), 8pm

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mojo KitChen & lounGe Sunday night swing, 5pm

off the WAGon Piano show, 9pm

the soCiAl Get Vocal Karaoke, 9:30pm

olive oR tWist Shag & swing lesson w/ John Dietz, 7pm Oldies & dance DJ, 8pm DJ (oldies rock, swing), 8pm

tiGeR mountAin IIIrd Wave dance night w/ Lynnnn & Sarah K (avant-dance, disco, darkwave), 10pm

AltAmont theAteR Hip-Harp w/ Deborah Henson Conant (vocals, spoken word, humor), 7:30pm

leX 18 Ray Biscoglia & Jim Simmons (jazz, bass, piano), 8pm

the phoeniX Riyen Roots & Kenny Dore (blues), 8pm

AltAmont bReWinG CompAny Vinyl night w/ DJ Kilby, 9pm

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jACK of the Wood pub Irish session, 5pm

odditoRium Elvis Depressedly & LVL UP (indie-poprock), 9pm

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isis RestAuRAnt And musiC hAll Jazz showcase, 6pm

the mothliGht Zammuto w/ Barnaby Bright, Hello Hugo (experimental), 9:30pm

vinCenZo’s bistRo Steve Whiddon (classic piano), 5:30pm

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GRey eAGle musiC hAll & tAveRn The Lone Bellow w/ Foreign Fields, Kristin Diable (alt-rock, country-rock, rock), 8pm

one stop deli & bAR Bluegrass brunch w/ The Pond Brothers, 11am sCAndAls niGhtClub Hell-A-Queen show w/ Mistress of the Dark & Celeste Starr (Halloween drag), 10pm southeRn AppAlAChiAn bReWeRy The Dan Keller Trio (jazz), 5pm spRinG CReeK tAveRn Ashley Heath (R&B), 2pm tAllGARy’s CAntinA Jason Brazzel (acoustic), 6pm

blue KudZu sAKe CompAny Karaoke & brunch, 2pm

the musiC ACAdemy Danny Ellis (Celtic-folk, alt-rock), 4pm

double CRoWn Karaoke w/ Tim O, 9pm

the soCiAl ’80s night, 8pm

vinCenZo’s bistRo Steve Whiddon (classic piano), 5:30pm yACht Club Steely Dan Sunday, 5pm

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CoRK & KeG Honky-tonk Jamboree w/ Tom Pittman, 6:30pm CRoW & quill Sudden songwriting (local singer-songwriters), 9pm

GRey eAGle musiC hAll & tAveRn Maria Muldaur (pop), 8pm

AltAmont bReWinG CompAny Old-time jam, 8pm

isis RestAuRAnt And musiC hAll Bluegrass sessions, 7:30pm

blACK mountAin Ale house Bluegrass jam w/ The Big F’n Deal Band, 7pm

jACK of the Wood pub Pisgah area SORBA benefit w/ Matt Townsend and the Wonder of the World, 6pm

CouRtyARd GAlleRy Open mic (music, poetry, comedy, etc.), 8pm double CRoWn Punk ’n’ roll w/ DJ Leo Delightful, 10pm GRey eAGle musiC hAll & tAveRn Contra dance, 7pm jACK of the Wood pub Quizzo, 7pm Charlie and the Foxtrots (indie, folk), 9pm off the WAGon Open mic, 8pm osKAR blues bReWeRy Mountain Music Mondays (open jam), 6pm the mothliGht The Volt Per Octaves w/ Sinookas, Sama Dams (synth, vintage EP’s), 9pm the soCiAl Hartford bluegrass jam w/ Ben Saylor, 8pm tiGeR mountAin Honky-tonk (classic country, rockabilly) w/ DJ Lil Lorruh & David Wayne Gay, 10pm timo’s house Service Industry Night w/ Nex Millen (dance party), 9pm vinCenZo’s bistRo Steve Whiddon (classic piano), 5:30pm Wild WinG CAfe Team trivia, 8:30pm

tuesdAy, novembeR 4 185 KinG stReet Dinner theater w/ BBQ & The Hogtown Squealers (old-time), 7pm Alley KAts tAveRn Bluegrass Tuesday, 8pm AltAmont bReWinG CompAny Open mic w/ Chris O’Neill, 8pm Asheville musiC hAll Tuesday Night Funk Jam, 11pm blACK mountAin Ale house Trivia, 7pm buffAlo niCKel Trivia night, 7pm byWAteR Fire-spinning night, 9pm Club eleven on GRove Swing lessons & dance w/ Swing Asheville, 6:30pm Tango lessons & practilonga w/ Tango Gypsies, 7pm

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double CRoWn Punk ’n’ roll w/ DJs Sean & Will, 10pm

Alley KAts tAveRn Open mic, 8pm

byWAteR Open mic w/ Taylor Martin, 9pm


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leX 18 HotPoint Duo (gypsy jazz, swing), 8pm mARCo’s piZZeRiA Sharon LaMotte Band (jazz), 6:30pm mARKet plACe The Rat Alley Cats (jazz, Latin, swing), 7pm odditoRium Odd comedy night, 9pm off the WAGon Rock ’n’ roll bingo, 8pm

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one stop deli & bAR Tuesday night techno, 10pm oRAnGe peel Chris Robinson Brotherhood (rock, psych), 9pm sCully’s Open mic w/ Jeff Anders, 9pm tAllGARy’s CAntinA Jam night, 9pm the mothliGht Dum Dum Girls w/ Del Venicci (indie, rock), 9:30pm the soCiAl Ashli Rose (singer-songwriter), 7pm timo’s house ’90s Recall w/ Franco (’90s dance, hip-hop, pop), 10pm tRessA’s doWntoWn jAZZ And blues Early Tuesday w/ Pauly Juhl & Oso, 8:30pm vinCenZo’s bistRo Steve Whiddon (classic piano), 5:30pm Westville pub Blues jam, 10pm White hoRse blACK mountAin Irish sessions & open mic, 6:30pm Wild WinG CAfe south Trivia, 8:30pm

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GRey eAGle musiC hAll & tAveRn Reverend Horton Heat (rock & roll, psychrock), 9pm

oRAnGe peel The New Pornographers w/ A.C. Newman, Neko Case, Dan Bejar (indie, rock), 8pm

GRind CAfe Trivia night, 7pm

tAllGARy’s CAntinA Open mic & jam, 7pm

hiGhlAnd bReWinG CompAny Local Flavor (ENO hammocks party w/ music, food, raffle), 4pm

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iRon hoRse stAtion Mark Shane (R&B), 6pm jACK of the Wood pub Old-time session, 5pm leX 18 The Roaring Lions (jazz), 9pm lobsteR tRAp Ben Hovey (dub-jazz, trumpet, beats), 7pm mojo KitChen & lounGe DJ Molly Parti “Get Over the Hump-day” dance party (funk, soul, hip-hop), 5:30pm mountAin mojo Coffeehouse Open mic, 6:30pm noble KAvA Open mic w/ Caleb Beissert, 9pm off the WAGon Piano show, 9pm olive oR tWist Swing dance lessons w/ Bobby Wood, 7:30pm 3 Cool Cats (vintage rock), 8pm one stop deli & bAR Miles Tackett w/ TBD (psychedelic soul), 10pm

the soCiAl Get Vocal Karaoke, 9:30pm the southeRn Disclaimer Comedy open mic, 9pm tiGeR mountAin Sean Dail (classic punk, power-pop, rock), 10pm, 10pm timo’s house Spectrum AVL w/ Dam Good (dance party), 9pm toWn pump Open mic w/ Aaron, 9pm tRessA’s doWntoWn jAZZ And blues Blues & soul jam w/ Al Coffee & Da Grind, 8:30pm uRbAn oRChARd Poetry on Demand w/ Eddie Cabbage, 6:30pm vinCenZo’s bistRo Lenny Petenelli (high-energy piano), 7pm Wild WinG CAfe Karaoke, 9pm Wild WinG CAfe south Skinny Wednesday w/ J LUKE, 6pm

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diREctoR: Alexandre Aja (Mirrors) PLayERs: Daniel Radcliffe, Juno Temple, Max Minghella, Joe Anderson, Heather Graham, David Morse hoRRoR mystERy FaBLE RatEd R thE stoRy: A man suspected of murdering his girlfriend awakes to find that he’s sprouted Sataniclooking horns that give him strange powers. thE LoWdoWn: Wildly inventive, genre-spanning film that is by turns horrific, satirical and deeply tragic. It’s easily the best Halloween offering out there, but be prepared for something different.

The further I get from Alexandre Aja’s Horns, the more I appreciate it. And, no, I do not think the fact that — apart from the local single showing of Brian De Palma’s Carrie (1976) at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday at The Carolina — the only other Halloween season offering is the miserable Ouija much enters into it. It has more to do with Horns being a horror picture that dares to take some pretty big risks in a realm where risk-taking is rare. Yes, its basic concept is a little on the silly side. And, no, its blend of increasingly dark comedy, satire on modern society, horror and tragedy doesn’t always work. Sometimes, in fact, it’s pretty clunky, and the earlier stabs at dark comedy are too broad. I could also note — if this is even important — that it blows its central whodunit mystery early in the game. But Horns is invariably entertaining and — better still — it’s a horror movie with more on its

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mind than making you jump or grossing you out. I am by no means a big admirer of French horror master Alexandre Aja. In fact, the only film of his I’ve liked is the generally reviled Mirrors (2008), which I admire more for its tone and intensely creepy visuals than for its tone-deaf dialogue. (I do maintain that the film had the misfortune of arriving on the scene at a point where supernatural horror was out of favor and torture porn was the going thing.) Here, working from TV writer Keith Bunin’s adaptation of Joe Hill’s novel, Aja is on firmer ground than in his self-penned screenplays. How closely this follows Hill’s novel, I can’t say, but if Hill writes anything like his father — Stephen King — I’d guess it’s at least a close approximation, especially as concerns the small town feel and the story grounded in childhood events. Daniel Radcliffe stars as Ig Perrish, a local radio DJ, who awoke one morning — after a fight with his girlfriend, Merrin Williams (Juno Temple), and a drunken blackout — to find that she’s been murdered. The public nature of their fight, the evidence of onlookers and his inability to recall much of what happened after their fight have the public, the police and the media all convinced that Ig killed her.

His life has, in fact, become a living hell in the aftermath, despite the fact that his attorney, Lee Tourneau (Max Minghella), has kept him out of jail for lack of credible physical evidence. The radio station has taken him off the air, his favorite watering hole no longer wants his patronage and throngs of TV news crews dog his every step. Things take a turn for the strange, however, when — following an outburst where he trashes and defiles a religious shrine to Merrin — he mysteriously sprouts the horns of the title. Whether or not this is some outward manifestation of his guilt, the horns produce the curious side effect of making anyone in his presence tell the truth — and, in some cases, act on it. At first, this is used strictly for comic effect — some of which works as wicked commentary on hypocrisy, some of which falls rather flat. The most satisfying use of this is the sequence where Ig promises an interview to whichever news reporter wins a free-for-all slugfest. But he soon realizes that the effect of the horns forces people to tell him the truth about the events of the fatal evening. Unsurprisingly, people know more than they’ve told — either out of a desire for media attention, or for purposes of self-preservation. Some of the information — like his brother

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Terry (Joe Anderson) revealing that he knows much more than he’s told — is harsh, but useful. Some of it is less seriously themed. Occasionally, the information — learning his parents believe him guilty — is heartbreaking. There’s more than this to his transformation when he learns he can control snakes — and by the end, the film’s growing darkness has become quite grim, even if it remains more horror fable than outright horror. The performances generally help, and this despite the fact that the film’s four central performers — Radcliffe, Temple, Anderson, Minghella — are all Brits affecting American accents. (Anderson pretty much falls back on the vaguely New Jersey tones he used in 2007’s Across the Universe). The mixture of genres — really, the movie’s refusal to be just one thing — is going to be off-putting to some, but the fact that all its components ultimately coalesce into a vision of a horror tragedy pulls it through. Rated R for sexual content, some graphic nudity, disturbing violence including a sexual assault, language and drug use. Starts Friday at Carolina Cinemas. reviewed by Ken Hanke

John Wick HHS Director: David Leitch & Chad Stahelski Players: Keanu Reeves, Michael Nyqvist, Alfie Allen, Willem Dafoe, Dean Winters action Rated R The Story: A retired hit man heads out for revenge after his car is stolen and his dog is murdered. The Lowdown: Occasionally exceptional for being a simple, straightforward action picture, the film can’t sustain for its full running time, eventually unraveling into tedium.

John Wick has become unstuck in time. The most fascinating thing about the latest attempt at reviving the career of Keanu Reeves (or at least maintaining it) is that it looks, feels and sounds like an action flick from the late ’90s or early 2000s. John Wick is stuck in a time warp where everyone still wears monochromatic suits,




where Marilyn Manson is appropriate for the soundtrack and a big set piece takes place in a nightclub. It all makes for a strange, confounding movie, kind of like The Matrix (1999) sans ideas, but a film with an obvious and appreciated accessory because of this — the sense that it never takes itself too seriously. This is a godsend, especially for the type of movie John Wick is, a bare-bones, straightforward action picture. And for the most part, first-time directors and longtime stunt coordinators and fight choreographers David Leitch and Chad Stahelski are very in tune with this sensibility. Unfortunately for both them and their movie, they can’t quite sustain the promise John Wick shows in its first half, eventually unspooling into a movie that simply overstays its welcome and becomes too obsessed with its own sense of ersatz cool. It’s a pity, too, because the film starts off strongly despite a fairly goofy premise — a goofy premise in line with its inherently playful nature. Reeves plays our titular character, a man whose wife (Bridget Moynahan) has just died from an unnamed illness. After her funeral, he receives one last gift from her — a puppy — and begins the grieving process, something that’s interrupted when he’s beaten up by home invaders, his vintage Mustang is stolen and his dog is murdered. It’s here that John Wick’s past is unveiled, as he was once an intensely proficient hit man, who — sufficiently pissed off — is out for revenge against the generic Russian gangsters who crossed him. That’s the movie, really, as Wick heads out for blood, with a few detours here and there for world building. One of the movie’s stranger moves is its obsession with world building, all revolving around the idea that there’s a secret world — with its own laws and courtesies — of hit men out there. As a concept, it’s fine, but John Wick won’t leave its own mythology (a mythology that’s simply not that interesting) alone, thinking it’s way more clever and cool than it is. It’s not too intrusive at first, since the film is extremely slick and has an interesting structure that jumps back and forth within the story. But once the plot is fully engaged, the film becomes extremely straightforward, and John Wick’s obsession with its own coolness — cool that’s at least 15 years out of place — begins to wear.

HHHHH = max rating It takes a while, though, since the action scenes are undeniably entertaining. Leitch and Stahelski obviously know how to stage and coherently shoot a fight scene and, again, John Wick doesn’t take itself too seriously in this regard. But like the rest of the movie, the fight scenes eventually run out of momentum. There’s only so many ways to punch some dude in the face, and John Wick never raises its own stakes, never feels quite absurd enough for the type of movie it wants to be. So what begins as a stylish, interesting purebred action movie becomes an unfortunate victim to its own lack of fresh ideas. Rated R for strong and bloody violence throughout, language and brief drug use. Playing at Carmike 10, Carolina Cinemas, Epic of Hendersonville, Regal Biltmore Grande. reviewed by Justin Souther

Ouija HS Director: Stiles White Players: Olivia Cooke, Ana Coto, Daren Kagasoff, Bianca Santos, Douglas Smith, Lin Shaye horror Rated pg-13 The Story: Playing around with a Ouija board unleashes tepid horror. The Lowdown: In its favor, Ouija is pretty professional looking. Everything else, however, is on the dull side.

Fairly appalling flapdoodle starring a bunch of generically pretty, “good-enough-for-TV” actors you’ve never heard of as teens ill-advisedly screwing around with a Ouija board. If these bozos knew anything about 1980s pop culture, they’d have seen Kevin Tenney’s Witchboard (1986) and known this was a bad idea. So, for that matter, might the filmmakers, who clearly have seen Witchboard, since they base so much of Ouija on the perils of using the board solo. (The tagline for Witchboard was “Don’t play it alone.”) Actually, had they more closely followed Witchboard, they at least wouldn’t have ended up with something this bad. I’m not saying Witchboard is exactly good, but it had the common sense not to

take itself so mind-numbingly seriously. It remembered to be fun. Ouija is never much fun. This mishmash of Witchboard, The Ring (2002) and Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013) is mostly boring. OK, it’s also stupid, but that’s not the killer that boring is. Horror movie scribe Stiles White (who also penned this with writing partner Juliet Snowden) has here turned director. In his favor, the film looks good — in large part because it more or less adheres to the look (if not the stylishness) of James Wan’s Insidious films. It may be pretty weak tea for the Halloween movie of the year, but it at least looks like a movie and not like the latest jittery installment of Paranormal Stupidity. Unfortunately, this doesn’t make up for the fact that White has no sense of pacing, nor does he evidence much sense of ... let’s call it occasion. By this I mean there is no bigness to the movie’s theoretical big moments. They’re so offhand that you’d barely guess they were horrific without the musical stings cluing you in on the fact. It’s not the fact that Ouija is rated PG-13 that it’s so lame — The Ring and both Insidious movies are PG-13. It’s that it’s so flat and so poorly constructed. After the movie’s opening sequence — a scene of no shock value whatever if you’ve seen the trailer — the damned movie takes forever to get going. Of course, once it gets going, it isn’t all that much more interesting. It doesn’t help that it seems to take place in some weird vacuum where all the adults are conveniently absent. That the parents of the dead girl have left the scene is reasonable enough, but when our main character’s father leaves indefinitely on some kind of business trip, it’s pushing things. For that matter, since said main character has been left in charge of the dead girl’s house, it’s scarcely credible that she never bothers to get the lights fixed after they go out at seance number one. (Yes, I know, it makes things spookier.) The film barely springs to life with the discovery of the house’s secret and the introduction of Insidious veteran Lin Shaye as a murderess who’s been locked away in a surprisingly-easy-to-breach madhouse. It’s not that Shaye is really given anything of note to do, but she brings a touch of class and melodrama to the proceedings. Mostly, the movie just plods along to an unsatisfying conclusion — and the inevitable promise of a sequel. That promise is quite the scariest aspect of the film, since it’s on track to be the big winner at the box office this weekend. Probably the best I can say is

staRting fRiday that while Ouija is marginally worse than Annabelle, it annoyed me less. I don’t think that qualifies as praise, though. Rated PG-13 for disturbing violent content, frightening horror images and thematic material. Playing at Carmike 10, Carolina Cinemas, Epic of Hendersonville, Regal Biltmore Grande. reviewed by Ken Hanke

Before I Go to Sleep

The Blue Room HHHS

diREctoR: Mathieu Amalric pLayERs: Mathieu Amalric, Léa Drucker, Stéphanie Cléau, Laurent Poitrenaux, Serge Bozon mystERy thRiLLER RatEd nR thE stoRy: A man under investigation for a crime we aren’t apprised of for a long time gives his version of the events. thE Lowdown: As an exercise in formal filmmaking, The Blue Room is hard to criticize, but the story, the film’s detached attitude, the overriding ambiguity and the lack of tension are another matter.

Mathieu Amalric’s film of Georges Simenon’s 1964 mystery novella The Blue Room is hard to fault. It is undeniably well made. The production values are top notch. The visuals are striking. Amalric’s choice of shooting the movie in the old Academy ratio of 1.33:1 — an affectation only made practical by the advent of digital projection — imbues the film with a sense of a 1940s film noir. The performances are fine. I really cannot find anything specifically wrong with the film in a strict sense — and I suspect it is exactly the film Amalric wanted. But I am left with a profound sense of “so what?” by the movie. Why tell this story? Oh, sure, it has all the elements of an erotic noir — including large doses of sex and nudity — but it somehow seems more clinical and uninvolved than erotic. The idea of replacing the traditional whodunit nature of a mystery with one where the mystery is more of what was done probably sounds intriguing, but it really isn’t — at

stéphaniE cLéau and matthEw amaLRic in Amalric’s formally brilliant, but curiously distant thriller The Blue Room.

least it isn’t as executed here. You spend the whole movie — a brief 75 minutes — waiting for a payoff that just never really happens. The Blue Room seems almost indifferent to mood and character. Amalric is perhaps too in love with his formal approach, his psychological use of color and his apparent fascination with procedure to worry about providing much in the way of an entertaining story or characters in which we are apt to have much invested. By the end — apart from feeling like the story was awkwardly truncated — I didn’t care about these people and was only slightly more intrigued by who did what to whom. A little ambiguity is fine, but too much can generate indifference. The story — told in a fragmented jigsaw of flashbacks — concerns Julien Gahyde (Amalric), a married upscale purveyor of agricultural equipment, who has become involved in an affair with married pharmacist Esther Despierre (Stéphanie Cléau). They carry out their assignations in the blue hotel room of the title. While their sexual antics verge on the acrobatic, there’s a curious malaise to the situation — especially on Julien’s part. Esther seems more into the whole thing, but then the story is being told by Julien to a police interrogator, so he may not be entirely reliable. As he paints the situation, Esther comes across as a fairly stock femme fatale of the film noir school. But she also may or may not be mentally unbalanced — and quite capable of keep-

ing up both ends of the relationship in her own mind. The question is whether or not this is the truth. How you feel about this — to me — awkward blend of noir thriller and art house fare is open to question. Bear in mind, I am in the minority in finding The Blue Room a kind of formal success yet a dramatic drudge. Most critics buy into Amalric’s efforts more than I am able to do. Some critics — ones I respect and often agree with — find its ambiguity and arty fripperies very profound indeed. I wish I could join them. I’m only familiar with Amalric as an actor — his turn in Roman Polanski’s Venus in Fur is one of my favorite performances of the year. This marks his fourth outing as a director — and the first to make it to our part of the world. It is undeniably interesting, but I cannot deny that it ultimately left me cold. You may well come away from it with a different take. Rated R for sexual content including graphic nudity. Starts Friday at Carolina Cinemas. reviewed by Ken Hanke

The Blue Room See review in “Cranky Hanke.”

Horns See review in “Cranky Hanke.”

This mystery thriller from Rowan Joffe (Brighton Rock, which didn’t play locally) certainly has star power in the form of Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth and Mark Strong. It also has split — down the middle — early reviews, but it’s worth noting that the bulk of these are from Australia and the UK. The studio tells us it’s “the story of a woman (Nicole Kidman) who wakes up every day with no memory as the result of a traumatic accident in her past. One day, terrifying new truths begin to emerge that make her question everything she thinks she knows about her life — as well as everyone in it, including her doctor (Mark Strong) and even her husband (Colin Firth).” (R)

Dear White People I actually know very little about this film, which got booked at the Fine Arts at the last minute — very little except that it has a 91 percent “approval rating” on Rotten Tomatoes and has been doing big business in limted release. The studio says: “Winner of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival’s Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Talent, Dear White People is a sly, provocative satire of race relations in the age of Obama. Writer/director Justin Simien follows a group of African-American students as they navigate campus life and racial politics at a predominantly white college in a sharp and funny feature film debut.” (R)

Nightcrawler Screenwriter Dan Gilroy (The Bourne Legacy) turns director with this “pulse-pounding thriller set in the nocturnal underbelly of contemporary Los Angeles” — at least that’s what the studio claims. Jake Gyllenhaal stars as a young man who becomes involved in “the high-speed world of L.A. crime journalism. Finding a group of freelance camera crews who film crashes, fires, murder and other mayhem, Lou muscles into the cut-throat, dangerous realm of nightcrawling — where each police siren wail equals a possible windfall and victims are converted into dollars and cents.” Early word on this one is very strong. (R)

octoBER 29 - noVEmBER 4, 2014



by Ken Hanke & Justin Souther SPECIAL SCREENINGS


St. Vincent HHHH

Brad Pitt, Shia LeBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Peña, Jon Bernthal

Bill Murray, Jaeden Lieberher, Melissa McCarthy, Naomi Watts, Chris O’Dowd, Terrence Howard

War A post-D-Day war story about a tank crew making their way through Germany. Violent, bloody, straightforward old-school war movie that overcomes its shortcomings in its battle scenes — with help from three of its five lead actors. Rated R

Comedy-Drama Misanthropic drunk plays babysitter and mentor to a young boy. Yes, it’s almost alarmingly unmysterious — a feel-good crowd-pleaser tailored to the talents of star Bill Murray. You know where it’s going from the onset, but the trip is still very enjoyable. Rated PG-13

Pride HHHHH Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton, Dominic West, Ben Schnetzer, Paddy Considine, Andrew Scott, George MacKay Fact-Based Comedy-Drama A group of gay activists in Great Britain set out to help striking coal miners during the 1984 strike — whether the miners like it or not. An absolutely pitch-perfect comedydrama with a remarkable ensemble cast, a witty, literate script and a strong cinematic approach. There is absolutely no excuse for missing this one. Rated R

Community Screenings Asheville Cinema Festival 2014 734-968-3458, ashevillecinemafestival2014. com • TH (11/6) through SU (11/9) - Film screenings and awards. Times and locations vary. $5-$25. Classic World Cinema Foreign Film Series 273-3332 Free unless otherwise noted. • FR (10/31), 8pm - Cronos. Held at Courtyard Gallery, In the Phil Mechanic Building 109 Roberts St.

The Best of Me HH James Marsden, Michelle Monaghan, Luke Bracey, Liana Liberato, Gerald McRaney Romantic Melodrama Old high school sweethearts reunited after the death of their mentor must look back on — and finally face — their past. Run-of-the-mill goopy, melodramatic romance from the master of the form, novelist Nicholas Sparks. Rated PG-13

The Book of Life HHHHS (Voices) Diego Luna, Zoe Saldana, Channing Tatum, Ron Perlman, Christina Applegate, Ice Cube, Kate del Castillo Animated Fantasy Animated fantasy grounded in the concept of the Day of the Dead. Its actual plot may be fairly standard love triangle stuff, but The Book of Life’s nonstop array of stunning images and invention — not to mention the freshness of its cultural identity — more than transcends its basic plot. Rated PG

The Judge HH Robert Downey Jr., Robert Duvall, Vera Farmiga, Vincent D’Onofrio, Billy Bob Thornton Treacley Familial Courtroom Drama A hotshot defense attorney is forced into defending his estranged dad’s murder charge. A gooey mess of shameless Oscar bait clichés that’s watchable and little else. Rated R

The Four Skulls of Jonathan Drake HHHH Director: Edward L. Cahn (It! The Terror from Beyond Space) Players: Eduard Franz, Valerie French, Grant Richards, Henry Daniell, Lumsden Hare HORROR Rated NR Though he started out pretty respectably at Universal in 1931, director Edward L. Cahn quickly gravitated to the land of the B-picture and by the 1950s was firmly entrenched in making exploitation trash, westerns and horror movies. These are what his reputation — such as it is — rests on. Some of it is actually pretty good and nearly all of it is entertaining. Near the top of the list is The Four Skulls of Jonathan Drake (1959), a thoroughly absurd story about a vengeful — and 200-plus-year-old — specialist in the occult (and headshrinking) who is out to get every descendant of the Drake line. Why? Well, that’s never entirely clear — and the last minute revelation of the origins of this literal headshrinker doesn’t really clear matters up. Maybe it’s the mere fact that he’s played with world-class ennui by the inimitably supercilious Henry Daniell. Giving away his identity is no big deal, since the film quickly makes it apparent who’s behind the grisly business. It’s efficiently done — though it does look more like a TV show than a movie — but its main claim to fame, apart from Daniell’s villainy, is that it’s genuinely creepy and surprisingly gruesome for a 1950s horror film. It’s not great, but it’s good and a staple of the genre of its time. The Thursday Horror Picture Show will screen The Four Skulls of Jonathan Drake Thursday, Oct. 30, at 8 p.m. in Theater Six at The Carolina Asheville and will be hosted by Xpress movie critics Ken Hanke and Justin Souther.



Cronos HHHHS Director: Guillermo del Toro Players: Federico Luppi, Ron Perlman, Claudio Brook, Tamara Shanath, Margarita Isabel HORROR Rated R This marks the fifth time I’ve been called on to write about this film, and fan that I am, I’m pretty much out of things to add, so I’m mostly going with a review from 2007. I will, however, say that watching the film again, I was struck by how much better Guillermo del Toro’s Spanish-language films are than his Hollywood endeavors. Cronos marks his first feature film — and is one of the more audacious debut works you’re likely to find. It’s a rethinking of the vampire film — and unlike most rethinkings, this one really brings something new to the table. The film boasts all the horror tropes — and adds some new ones — but it’s also bitterly funny and finally quite touching. There’s really nothing out there quite like it. Classic World Cinema by Courtyard Gallery will present Cronos Friday, Oct. 31, at 8 p.m. at Phil Mechanic Studios, 109 Roberts St., River Arts District (upstairs in the Railroad Library). Info: 273-3332,

Dante’s Inferno HHHH Director: Harry Lachman (Charlie Chan at the Circus) Players: Spencer Tracy, Claire Trevor, Henry B. Walthall, Alan Dinehart DRAMA Rated NR This is a makeup screening for one that was scheduled in July and had to be canceled due to technical problems. What follows is a reprint of that review. Harry Lachman’s Dante’s Inferno (1935) may be more of a curio than anything else, but what a curio it is. It was an expensive production, with most of the money being spent on an elaborate vision of the title Inferno (based on Gustave Doré’s engravings) — and the film would be worth seeing for this sequence alone. The story itself is still pretty solid, with Spencer Tracy (just before his move to MGM) as an unscrupulous carnival barker turned promoter, whose view of the Inferno attraction is to “put hell on a paying basis.” He also has a tendency to cut corners and ignore safety standards — and thereby hangs much of the drama. The Hendersonville Film Society will show Dante’s Inferno Sunday, Nov. 2, at 2 p.m. in the Smoky Mountain Theater at Lake Pointe Landing Retirement Community (behind Epic Cinemas), 333 Thompson St., Hendersonville.

The Elephant Man HHHHH Director: David Lynch Players: Anthony Hopkins, John Hurt, Anne Bancroft, John Gielgud, Wendy Hiller, Freddie Jones BIOGRAPHICAL DRAMA Rated PG David Lynch’s first foray into the world of — more or less — mainstream film, The Elephant Man (1980), is still his most accessible work and probably his most all-around popular. At the same time, its relative normalcy only goes so far. Oh, sure, it garnered a whopping eight Oscar nominations, but you’ll notice it took home exactly zero awards. (This was the year that Robert Redford’s ultra-whitebread Ordinary People was the big winner.) Its story may have been appealing and sentimental enough (some say it’s too sentimental), but it lost points for deliberately not being an adaptation of the then-popular play. But more, it had too much Eraserhead (1977) clinging to it with its nightmarish imagery of Industrial Revolution London. Worse, it puts the audience in the same boat as the freakshow gawkers in the film by keeping the title character from being clearly seen, building our curiosity to get a good look at him. In the text of the film, we’re really no better than the Victorians. The film was a bid for mainstream acceptance without pandering. A bold, brilliant move for a movie that can be fairly called “uplifting,” but one that perhaps cost it its awards — and left Lynch something of an outsider. The Asheville Film Society will screen The Elephant Man Tuesday, Nov. 4, at 8 p.m. in Theater Six at The Carolina Asheville and will be hosted by Xpress movie critics Ken Hanke and Justin Souther.

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ARIES (March 21-April 19): If you live in Gaza, you don't have easy access to Kentucky Fried Chicken. The closest KFC restaurant is 35 miles away in the Egyptian city of El-Arish. But there was a time when you could pay smugglers to bring it to you via one of the underground tunnels that linked Egypt to Gaza. Each delivery took four hours and required the help of two taxis, a hand cart and a motorbike. (Alas, Egypt destroyed most of the tunnels in early 2014.) I recommend, Aries, that you be as determined and resourceful to make your longed-for connections as the KFC lovers in Gaza were. Halloween costume suggestions: smuggler, bootlegger, drug dealer, black marketeer. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): It's urgent that you expand your options. Your freedom of choice can't lead you to where you need to go until you have more possibilities to choose from. In fact, you're better off not making a decision until you have a wider selection. To playfully drive home this point to your subconscious mind, I suggest that this Halloween you consider disguising yourself as a slime mold. This unusual creature comes in more than 500 different genders, at least 13 of which must collaborate to reproduce. Here's a photo: GEMINI (May 21-June 20): In the animated sci-fi TV sitcom “Futurama,” Leela is the mutant captain of a spaceship. In one episode, she develops an odd boil on her hindquarters. It has a face and can sing. The actor who provides the vocals for the animated boil's outpouring of song is Gemini comedian Craig Ferguson, whose main gig is serving as host of a late-night TV talk show on CBS. Telling you this tale is my way of suggesting that you consider going outside your usual niche, as Craig Ferguson did, to offer your talents in a different context. Halloween costume suggestions: Kim Kardashian as a nurse wearing Ebola protective gear, science educator Neil deGrasse Tyson as a male stripper, a cat wearing a dog costume or vice versa. CANCER (June 21-July 22): Native American hero Sitting Bull (1831-1890) was a renowned Lakota chief and holy man. He led his people in their resistance to the U.S. occupation of their land. How did he become so strong and wise? In large part through the efforts of his doting mother, whose name was Her-Holy-Door. Let's install her as your exemplar for now. May she inspire you to nurture beauty and power in those you love. May she motivate you to be adroit as you perform your duties in service to the future. May the mystery of her name rouse you to find the sacred portal that ushers you to your next big gift. Halloween costume suggestions: a sacred portal, a divine gateway, an amazing door. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): This is one of those rare times when it's OK for you to just throw out the dirty dishes that you are too lazy to wash. It's also permissible to hide from a difficult person, spend money on a supposedly foolish indulgence, eat a bowl of ice cream for breakfast, binge-watch a TV show that provokes six months' worth of emotions in a few hours and lie in bed for an extra hour fantasizing about sex with a forbidden partner. Don't make any of these things habits, of course. But for now, it's probably healthy to allow them. Halloween costume suggestion: total slacker. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Our evolutionary ancestors Homo erectus loved to eat delicious antelope brains. The fossil evidence is all over their old stomping grounds in East Africa. Scientists say that this delicacy, so rich in nutrients, helped our forbears build bigger, stronger brains themselves. These days it's harder but not impossible to make animal brains part of your diet. The Chinese and Koreans eat pig brains, and some European cuisines include beef brains. I'm confident, however, that your own brain will be functioning better than ever in the coming weeks, even if you don't partake of this exotic dish. Be sure to take advantage of your enhanced intelligence. Solve tough riddles! Think big thoughts! Halloween costume suggestion: a brain-eating Homo erectus.


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SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): In HBO’s famous TV drama, a high school chemistry teacher responds to his awful luck by turning to a life of crime. The show’s title, “Breaking Bad,” refers to what happens when a good person cracks and veers over to the dark side. So then what does “breaking good” mean? Urbandictionary. com defines it like this: “When a criminal, junkie or gang-banger gets sweet and sparkly, going to church, volunteering at soup kitchens and picking the kids up from school.” I’m concerned that you are at risk of undergoing a similar conversion, Scorpio. You seem so nice and kind and mild lately. I guess that’s fine as long as you don’t lose your edge. Halloween costume suggestions: a criminal with a halo, a sweet and sparkly gangbanger or a Buddhist monk junkie.

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teAChinG/ eduCAtion LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): "The egromenious hilarity of psychadisical melarmy, whether rooted in a lissome stretch or a lusty wobble, soon defisterates into crabolious stompability. So why not be graffenbent?" So said Noah's ex-wife Joan of Arc in her interview with St. Crocodile magazine. Heed Joan's advice, please, Libra. Be proactively saximonious. I'M KIDDING! Everything I just said was nonsense. I hope you didn't assume it was erudite wisdom full of big words you couldn't understand. In offering it to you, I was hoping to immunize you against the babble and hype and artifice that may soon roll your way. Halloween costume suggestion: a skeptic armed with a shockproof bullshit detector. (For inspiration, check out these visuals: SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): I've got two possible remedies for your emotional congestion. You might also want to make these two remedies part of your Halloween shtick. The first remedy is captured by the English word "lalochezia." It refers to a catharsis that comes from uttering profane language. The second remedy is contained in the word "tarantism." It means an urge to dance manically as a way to relieve melancholy. For your Halloween disguise, you could be a wildly dancing obscenity-spouter. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): You are at a point in your astrological cycle when you deserve to rake in the rewards that you have been working hard to earn. I expect you to be a magnet for gifts and blessings. The favors and compliments you have doled out will be returned to you. For all the strings you have pulled on behalf of others' dreams, strings will now be pulled for you. Halloween costume suggestion: a beaming kid hauling around a red wagon full of brightly wrapped presents. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Two physicists in Massachusetts are working on technology that will allow people to shoot laser beams out of their eyes. For Halloween, I suggest that you pretend you have already acquired this superpower. It's time for you to be brash and jaunty as you radiate your influence with more confidence. I want to see you summon reserves of charismatic clout you haven't dared to call on before. Halloween costume suggestions: The X-Men mutant named Cyclops or the legendary Native American creature known as the thunderbird, which emits lightning from its eyes. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): The African nation of Swaziland has passed a law prohibiting witches from flying their broomsticks any higher than 150 meters above ground. That will a big problem for Piscean witches. There is currently an astrological mandate for them to swoop and glide and soar as high and free as they want to. The same is metaphorically true for all Piscean non-witches everywhere. This is your time to swoop and glide and soar as high and free as you want to. Halloween costume suggestions: high-flying witch, a winged angel, the Silver Surfer or a mythic bird like the Garuda.

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to be the only pet in your home so that she is sure to get all of your love and affection! Goosie is a wonderful, people friendly girl. She seeks attention and will make an excellent companion. If you’re in need of a sweet pal around the house, come meet Goosie today!

Alice•Female, Pitt/Mix • 1 year old

Alice is a happy little girl who loves to play. She keeps herself occupied in her kennel by playing with toys. Outside, she likes to romp around with her dog pals. Alice already knows how to sit on command and is an easy-going dog just waiting for someone to give her the fun and loving home she deserves. Alice would be a great companion for someone who loves both the outdoors and long snuggles on the couch!

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