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The good kids school Buncombe County’s alternative high school, Community High is designed to address the issues that can cause student dropout— which makes it a place for second chances. The students here face significant challenges, including dealing with negative stereotypes that follow them throughout their day. Xpress has gathered poetry and artwork from CHS students as they tell the world how they see their school and themselves. coVER dEsign Laura Barry

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I really must take exception to the “infomercial” written by Ingles dietitian Leah McGrath in [the Oct. 30] Mountain Xpress. This kind of misinformation has no place in the Xpress. Her first point, disputing the statement: “I buy local because it’s organic,” is pointless, except as a defense for non-local food. Her second point, stating that the facts are still out on whether organic produce is better for you than pesticide-covered, GMOengineered produce, will take more than one, cherry-picked article to prove. I don’t understand how any dietitian can say with a straight face that eating pesticide-covered, irradiated, GMO-food grown mostly in depleted soil is on the same nutritional level as locally grown, organic produce grown in soil enriched by organic farming practices. It’s the third statement that is the most misleading: “Organic pesticides can present just as many risks to humans as synthetic pesticides.” While I am sure that there have been isolated cases of organic pesticides that are not good for humans, a better statement would be that most organic pesticides are far better for humans (and the soil) than

synthetic pesticides. She closes by saying, “Big farms are not necessarily ‘bad’ farms and may have very efficient and ethical standards for crop and soil management.” Sure, some “may” have ethical standards, but the reality is that the vast majority of big farms have terrible crop and soil management practices and profit is their number one motive. In short, this is a poorly written and researched article that exists for the sole purpose of defending Ingles’ produce section, which contains mostly nonlocal and nonorganic produce. While Ingles has every right to advertise their store in Mountain Xpress, I hope that the editors of this newspaper will not allow agenda-driven paid “articles” that blend in with the rest of the real articles in the paper that have journalistic integrity. — John Gray Asheville

RESPONSE: Dear Mr. Gray, Ingles Markets believes that it takes all kinds of farms — local, organic, and conventional — to provide our customers all-yearround with the quality and variety of produce they expect. My article was meant to reflect the type

of questions/comments I get from customers and my typical responses, with sources noted, of what I would tell them to clear up misconceptions and misunderstandings about organic produce. As the dietitian for Ingles, I take pride in the fact that we have worked with [the] Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project) (ASAP) for the past seven years to provide our stores with local produce and on many in-store events — you can see photos of our farmers hanging overhead in our stores. I know personally many of our local farmers and respect them, whether they grow organic or conventional crops. In a 2011 survey, ASAP found that 55 percent of those who mentioned the importance of local food responded that they shopped Ingles for local produce! (See ASAP’s press release at A 2013 report by the Center for Disease Control indicates that in North Carolina, 41 percent of adults reported eating fruit LESS than one time per day, and 22 percent reported eating vegeta-

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Jacob Martin takes an exam in Alex Rector’s math class. Even with a small staff of 15 classroom teachers, the school has a low student-to-teacher ratio, usually with fewer than 10 students in each room.




t’s an early autumn morning, yet the roughly 20 teenagers gathered in their school library for a 9 a.m. student council meeting are wide awake. Outside, the winds ushering in the season’s first cold front are howling, rattling the windows and seeping through the 90-year-old walls. It’s not quite winter yet, but these students are already discussing a pivotal rite of spring: high school graduation, or more specifically, where to host it. “I can tell you right now, my people ain’t going to come if it’s all the way out here,” says 17-year-old DeaMoney caldwell. Location is an issue to be addressed early and often here at Community High. Although it’s in Swannanoa, Buncombe County’s alternative high school includes students from every county school district, as well as the Asheville City Schools. The kids who come here face significant challenges. Some are in foster care, some are homeless, some live with their families in poverty. Some have social anxieties, eating disorders, mental illness or learning disabilities. Some are young parents; others work to help support their family. Things that might seem simple, such as when and where to hold the spring graduation ceremony, often are not. Transportation is a daily struggle. The students catch their first bus to their district (or “base”) school, often before 6:30 a.m. There, they’ll wait about half an hour for a second bus to take them to Community High: a total travel time of almost two hours. In the winter, when snow can lead to late starts and early closures, this can mean spending more time on the bus than in the classroom. And for these students, the time spent on the bus or waiting at a base school (where they’re kept separate from the other kids) is often time spent feeling ostracized, even ridiculed. They say they hear names like “misfit,” “criminal,” “slut” and “disease.”

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Community high’s student council, along with faculty advisor Coach Calvin Cross (standing), discusses fundraising ideas for spring prom. Staff say the students play an active role in the management of their school, deciding on issues of fundraising and organization often left to parent or teacher organizations.

“I tell people I go to Community High, and they say: ‘Why do you go there? Are you a bad kid?’” 17-year-old jasmine Babb reports. Erica Battle, Community High’s instructional coach, says her students tell her it’s seen as “the bad kids’ school.” “They hear it from students at their base school; they hear it from staff at their base schools, ” says Battle. “The public either buys into that or doesn’t know much about us. So this year more than ever, our students are voicing that they want to be known for the good things they do.” perSonal attention And it seems there are good things happening at Community High. In the last academic year, the school met state-mandated progress goals for end-of-course test scores. And beginning this semester, the school has college-level Advanced Placement classes, something only a handful of alternative high schools in North Carolina offer. “It lets them know we believe they are capable of going to college, because this is a college-level class,” notes AP statistics teacher teresa caron. Enrollment at Community High fluctuates constantly: Each semester, some students graduate, and new ones periodically transfer in. Attendance is never perfect. Some students will drop out — sometimes for a while, sometimes forever. And yet, 30 of the roughly 140 students, or 21 percent, are currently enrolled in AP courses. They won’t be required to sit for the AP exam that comes at the end of the course, and Caron says she doesn’t expect that every student will master all the material. But she believes that participating in these classes is raising the self-esteem of kids who’ve been told their whole lives that they will fail. “I’ve been in schools where the teachers say, ‘Well, they just need to get over it: They’re in high school now.’ And they cut them no slack for what they’re dealing with at home,” said Caron. “Some of these kids that come here, they’ve been kicked out, they’re homeless, some of them have babies. You can’t just say, ‘I don’t care what’s going on outside of the classroom: Do what I require in here and don’t bring it in.’ It’s a part of them.” The kids are quick to praise their school’s student-teacher ratio: With 15 teachers for about 140 kids, classes at Community High average 10 students or less. “It’s literally like you sit down with a teacher and, one-on-one, you can talk with them,” said Babb. “At a normal school, it’s 20-something people in a classroom, and you never get to sit down with the teacher unless you make a date. It doesn’t work like that here.” The low ratio also encourages better behavior, according to English teacher michael presson. “A lot of times students just need to be able to say what’s bothering them and then they’re good. If I had 27 or 30 people in my class, I couldn’t do that. But some students are just crying out for attention, and when you can give them that, they’re OK.”

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“I know there are a lot of people who could have just as easily got expelled or suspended at their other school, but here they talk with you, work with you.” CoMMunity high Student Colton Sharpe

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colton sharpe, 17, said that added attention has helped some of his classmates stay in school. “I know there are a lot of people who could have just as easily got expelled or suspended at their other school, but here they talk with you, work with you,” he said. “They let you sit in a room, give you a chance to think about and work on it, hopefully.” opening MindS By their own admission, these kids are cliquish like all high-schoolers, but staff and students say Community High is a largely peaceful school, with little to no bullying. Students describe Community High as “drama-free” and “a community of separate, peaceful nations” where fights are uncommon. And when they do happen, they’re resolved through staff-mediated conversations. “Everyone is here for a reason, so everyone can relate to everybody,” said Caldwell. What the school doesn’t have is art and music classes, sports teams or any after-school activities, due to students’ extended travel time and part-time jobs. There is no PTO here either. Many parents and guardians lack reliable transportation or simply don’t have time to make the trek to Swannanoa. That means they often can’t attend parent-teacher nights (though local churches have sometimes provided busing for those events) or even school-based graduation ceremonies. There’s also no funding for traditional high-school activities like dances, or even a prom, unless the students come up with the money themselves. Churches, rotary clubs and nearby Warren Wilson College do help out, but the burden of organizing still falls largely on the students. At this day’s student council meeting, suggestions for fundraising activities — a car wash, a doughnut sale — are carefully weighed. Caldwell is leery of a costume contest, but is advocating for something food-related. Later, they discuss behaviors that should merit dismissal from the council. Chief among these are bullying and instigating fights. They talk about ways to improve their school. Sharpe says he wants to plant flowers in the spring, to brighten up the aged structure. Others are petitioning for bathroom improvements or ways to keep the cafeteria food (prepared at nearby Owen High and shipped over in hot boxes) from getting soggy. There’s even talk of adding school clubs soon. At the same time, these kids must continue to deal with the negative image of their school and the stereotypes that many admit they themselves had when they first arrived at Community High. “I wish we could just get the word out that we aren’t a bad school,” says Babb. “We don’t have bad kids: We actually have really good kids.” When asked how they’d like their school to be seen, the council members respond excitedly: “open ... unique ... colorful ... different ... a melting pot ... nonjudgmental ... drama-free.” “This school requires you to be open-minded,” says Caldwell. “You can’t come to this school with a closed mind.” X


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Poems: Community High School “Living the life of a loner Growing up to be a ticking time bomb I am a CHS teenager I still stand on my own two feet I pass my classes I’ll graduate early I laugh at the sly remarks I gaze over the immediate stares I live as a student who has come to the end To the name calling To the cussing To the laughing To the hatred. I ignore; knowing I am better to act” — m.g.

“My mom raised three kids by herself, struggling to keep food on the table My father is in prison, a sorry excuse of a dad I am a 17 year old CHS student. Coming up, I’ve seen a lot of things Gangs. Drugs. Fights. I grew up as fast as I could I wanted to get out. I had to get out. Becoming an adult I know I have to face life’s problems like an adult. By myself. I will never give up on myself, even if everyone else does I am a 17 year old CHS student. My goal in life is to be successful By any means necessary I want people to remember me as the kid who made it I will make it through anything.”

“I am thought of as a criminal seen as a screw up but known to be prepared battle attire fitted ready for war with anything to threaten what little I have left Hustling runs in my blood from generation to next from prohibition to powder all the same to me a boy with a mongrel blood line” — E.c.

— j.m.

these excerpts are from poems by Community High students, writing for Michael Presson’s English class. Students were asked to describe their lives using the model of Rodolfo Gonzales’ “I Am Joaquin,” which they read while studying Latin American poetry.

“Most of my life I have never known much about my mother Due to the fact that she walked right out Of mine and my brothers’ lives when I just six months old.

“We humans create problems for ourselves War and ‘poverty’ We are the poverty

I have not seen or heard from her In about four years Even before that She was never really a steady part of my life.

We have a taboo on our heads An illusion of living life

As for my father, he has struggled Day in and day out Just to make ends meet. Many people I grew up with always complained About so much they didn’t have When I was lucky to have Two pairs of shoes and one coat.” — m.h.

I’m no better or no worse than any other Careless of thought of those Names and labels.” — g.t.

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Between the lines The turnout was low, but the results of the Nov. 5 election were decisive. In an electoral landslide to become Asheville’s next mayor, Esther manheimer buried former city Director of Risk Management john miall. And former Coleman Co. CEO gwen wisler, along with incumbents gordon smith and cecil Bothwell, also won convincing victories over former Asheville Police officer mike Lanning and community activist jonathan wainscott (for the full voting tallies, see sidebar, “The Numbers”). Manheimer, who’ll take over when Mayor terry Bellamy steps down after eight years, assumes the mantle in a time of tight budgets, concerns about low wages and major conflicts with the Legislature in Raleigh. But amid such weighty issues, why the low turnout? And what’s next for the mostly unchanged City Council? a thumBs-up foR thE status quo? That’s one way to interpret the electoral results, which were exactly what most media forecasters predicted. It’s easy to see why: Manheimer had a substantial lead in the Oct. 5 primary, and no major scandal or shift occurred during the ensuing month to seriously alter that dynamic. Her support proved widespread too: She won every precinct except for a handful of outlying districts with very small numbers of city voters. The three victors in the Council race also also enjoyed other advantages: significantly greater name recognition, a head start on campaigning and much larger war chests than their opponents. Meanwhile, both Lanning and Wainscott had found fault with Council’s spending priorities and overall management of the city, as well as Police Department controversies. Do the election results indicate that those criticisms simply didn’t resonate with most city residents? Wisler, who supports much of the current Council agenda, seemed to interpret it that way. After her victory, she told Xpress, “The voters are saying that the city’s direction is correct.”


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Low tuRnout: A voter casts her ballot amid empty voting booths at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church. While the results were decisive, turnout was quite low. Photos by Nick King

Critics, though, could point to the low turnout in casting doubt on how many Ashevilleans do, in fact, support the current Council and its policies — and some online commentators already have. Nonetheless, those voters who did turn out showed their support very clearly. puBLic apathy “Record low turnout” has become a familiar refrain in local municipal elections, and this year proved no different. Although the precise number of ballots cast hadn’t yet been released at press time, we do know that just 19.19 percent of registered Buncombe County voters went to the polls. That number does include some voters in municipal races in smaller towns such as Black Mountain and Weaverville, but most of the ballots were from Asheville.

Still, it marks a slight decline from the 19.59 percent who voted the last time Asheville chose a mayor and three Council seats, in 2009 — when Bellamy, the incumbent, faced no serious challenge. Even early on, there were signs of low public interest in this election. For the first time in memory, there was no Council primary — an event so rare that the Board of Elections doesn’t even have a record of the last time it happened. In a city that, within the last decade, has seen as many as 15 candidates vie for three Council seats, it’s a bit of a surprise that there were only five contenders. To some extent, this could perhaps be attributed to political newcomers’ reluctance to take the reins of a city that’s facing some serious challenges — or, alternately, who fear ending up in the crosshairs of state legislators vehemently opposed to the current Council’s policies. But it’s also clear

“Record low turnout” has become a familiar refrain in local municipal elections, and this year proved no different.

that many Ashevilleans simply aren’t aware of, or interested in, what goes on at City Hall. upcoming BattLEs Meanwhile, what issues will these mostly familiar Council members face? Talking to the media after the election, Manheimer and the other victors all promised continued attention to issues like jobs and the environment. City staff is already looking at overhauling Asheville’s approach to economic development incentives to make them more accessible to small businesses as well as big names like Linamar or New Belgium Brewing. Manheimer and Wisler both called for specific targets for things like reductions in crime or the number of affordable housing units built as a way to gauge progress. A major change in how the city handles development could also be in the works. During the campaign, Smith and Wisler advocated for more density and for an end to squabbling over specific projects. They argued for retooling city policies so that staff handle more decisions, based on improved policies, rather than Council. If their colleagues agree, this could mean a significantly overhauled development ordinance offering opponents of proposed projects in their neighborhood fewer opportunities to make their objections known — which would surely spark controversy. And then there’s the question of what state legislators will do upon returning to Raleigh. Although Manheimer has noted the need to work on improving relations with the General Assembly, all of the victors in this election have made it quite clear that there are certain items on which they won’t budge, such as control of the city’s water system. In other words, we can definitely expect some fireworks next year, both in Asheville and in the state capital. X

manhEimER’s night: New Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer speaks to supporters after winning a landslide victory. She promised to focus on equity and the environment.

The numbers

With all precincts reporting, here are the results for Asheville’s 2013 municipal election: ashEViLLE mayoR Esther manheimer 8,341 votes (68.4 %) john miall 3,790 votes (31 %) ashEViLLE city counciL (thREE sEats) gwen wisler 9,136 votes (28 %) gordon smith 8,936 votes (27.4 %) cecil Bothwell 8,161 votes (25 %) mike Lanning 3,503 votes (10.8 %) jonathan wainscott 2,641 votes (8.1 %)

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After a discussion about conflicting city goals, the need for inreased density and the possibility of setting a precedent for growth throughout Asheville, the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission narrowly approved a proposed 16-unit housing development on Chestnut Street at its Nov. 6 meeting. The proposed development has been a flash point in larger debates about the sometimes-competing goals of alleviating the city’s housing crunch and preserving neighborhood character [See “No Vacancy,” May 29 Xpress]. P&Z’s vote sends the project to Asheville City Council for final approval. The small conference room on the first floor of City Hall was nearly full, with about 40 people observing the discussion. City staff supported the project, citing Council’s stated goals of encouraging denser development downtown and near major corridors (the site is less than a block from Charlotte Street). But approval came by a single vote after lengthy public comment — most of it from neighbors who criticized the design and density as out of place for the historic Chestnut Hill neighborhood. “I left the bedside of my mother who had heart surgery because I feel this is an extremely important issue,” said Jane Hart, a Baird Street resident. “There really isn’t any element in this design I see that reflects anything historic. We’re very genteel in nature. You just don’t see a big block of concrete like this.” Some called it an “affront to the neighborhood” and said it would disrupt the existing social fabric. Others took issue with the design, which includes parking on the bottom floor of the main building, and said that its aesthetics are not in keeping with the sort appealing to tourists, unlike the nearby Princess Anne boutique hotel. The Preservation Society of Asheville and Buncombe County, which has played a major role in marshaling resistance to the project, said that it instead favors “man-

aged change” to “protect historic and traditional neighborhoods.” Executive Director Jack thomson told the board, “Neighborhoods thrive on the predictability of the surrounding environment. ... It’s very clear that a development on this site that followed the existing zoning classifications would still result in an increase of housing units.” If the board turned down the developers’ request, Thomson asserted, they would instead build something more in keeping with the existing neighborhood. Technically, the developers were requesting exceptions to the city’s zoning rules that, they say, are necessary for the project to proceed. The proposal marks the first use of a density bonus that permits projects to exceed the normal number of units if the project creates denser, affordable housing to major corridors. In this case, four existing apartments on the site will become affordable housing once the larger project is completed. According to architect chad Roberson, the intricacies of the city’s development rules meant that the requested exceptions were necessary for building a project that’s environmentally friendly, dense and includes affordable housing. He claimed that building a project to the critics’ specifications, within the existing zoning, would make it far more expensive for the developers and for future residents. “The development pattern for the neighborhood is high-density,” and the proposal is in keeping with that, he said, citing several nearby dense apartment complexes. “Affordable units are very difficult to do with what’s allowed on the site.” Both opponents and supporters on the commission asserted that the project could set a precedent on how the city’s larger development issues are addressed. P&Z Chair Jeremy Goldstein said that the debate illustrated “a conflict of goals” between what elected officials have passed and what neighborhood residents say they want near their homes. “On the one hand we’re charged with supporting the city’s goal of affordable housing and promoting in-fill development while supporting green building; I’m hearing that the city wants us to increase density, especially in this area,” he said. “Then I’m hearing a lot of com-

ments [from the neighborhood residents] where they don’t want that type of density. ... That’s my conundrum here; we’re trying to adhere to two different things.” However, commission member jane mathews countered that the city’s plans place equal emphasis on the preservation of neighborhood character. More urban-style development, she asserted, is better suited to downtown or the River Arts District, rather than in an “established neighborhood” like Chestnut Hill. “That tempers the decision-making we do,” she said. “Development of these vacant lots has to offer opportunity without changing the character of the area; that’s where the problem lies.” She feared that approving this development will lead to a higher level of density in existing neighborhoods. Fellow P&Z members kristy carter and joe minicozzi agreed, and also raised issues about the project’s design and the placement of parking. But after the developer agreed to work with the owners of the adjoining, historic Patton-Parker House to create a larger buffer zone between it and the project, the commission approved the project 4-3. Mathews, Carter and Minicozzi voted against it. As project opponents filtered out of the room, they promised that the development fight isn’t over and talked about preparing to take their case to Council’s chambers. — David Forbes X

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For a song: The Commissioners report In an out-of-the-ordinary Nov. 5 Buncombe County Board of Commissioners meeting, the sound of five voices performing a cappella gospel echoed through the meeting room. As tribute to the Candlerbased group’s 40th anniversary, the Board proclaimed Oct. 12 as “Primitive Quartet Day” in Buncombe County. The quartet then stood in front of the chamber and sang in harmony, followed by a thunderous round of applause. The rest of the meeting was far less musical, though mostly harmonious, as members of the board voted and came to unanimous decisions on matters of transpor-

• The Board had split opinions on Robert Deutsch. Commissioners voted 4-3 to make him their new county attorney, with Commissioners joe Belcher, david king and mike fryar dissenting. “There were a number of excellent candidates, and it was not an easy process,” said Vice Chair holly jones, citing Deutsch’s “requisite knowledge and wealth of experience.” • The Board voted unanimously to change to a county law that currently prohibits Smoky Mountain Center for Mental Health’s board from having less than 11 or more than 21 voting members. The organization’s board currently consists of 21 members, but — after a reorganization‚ now reaches 23 counties in Western North Carolina.

• Another unanimous vote was cast to support a program grant put forth by local transportation service Mountain Mobility, which needs $782,353 to fund the continued use of its alternative fuel vehicles. Currently, 50 percent of the organization’s fleet use compressed natural gas or liquid propane. Mountain Mobility representatives say the CNG vehicles save the organization 32 cents per mile, and the liquid propane ones save 22 cents per mile, as well as reducing maintenance costs each year. • The Board also voted unanimously in favor of local resident anthony case’s request to rezone his Emma property from residential to commercial. Case said he needs extra space to park vehicles for his company, Out ‘n’ About, which provides transportation for area’s elderly or disabled residents. His 1.96-acre single-family property sits adjacent to a commercial property. — Hayley Benton X


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AnimAls Full moon FArm WolFdog sAnctuAry FMF is a wolfdog rescue organization and sanctuary. Located at 39 Full Moon Trail, Black Mountain. Info and directions: or 664-9818. • SA (11/16), 1pm - "Howl for the Holidays," a tour with opportunities to meet wolf dogs. Free. $5 optional potluck.

Art AmericAn Folk Art And FrAming Oui-Oui Gallery is located at 64 Biltmore Ave. Mon.-Sat., 10am6pm; Sun., noon-5pm. Info: or 281-2134. • Through WE (11/20) - Hide and Seek.

Art At Asu Exhibits take place at Appalachian State University's Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, unless otherwise noted. Tues.Thurs. & Sat., 10am-6pm; Fri., noon-8pm. Donations accepted. Info: or 262-7338. • ONGOING - Susan Webb Tregay: Contemporary Art for Adult Children will be on display in the Community Gallery. • ONGOING - Orna Bentor: Landscapes Within will be on display in the Mayer Gallery. • ONGOING - Men Working: The Contemporary Collection of Allen Thomas, Jr. will be on display in the Main Gallery. Art At BrevArd college Exhibits are free, unless otherwise noted. Info: or 884-8188. • Through FR (12/6) Photography by senior art major Mary Kathryn Webb will be on

display at the Spiers Gallery. Art At mArs Hill university Weizenblatt Gallery: Mon.-Fri., 9am-5pm. Info: • Through WE (11/20) - An exhibition of photographs by Mars Hill alumna Sarah Wilson. Art At uncA Art exhibits and events at the university are free, unless otherwise noted. Info: • Through FR (11/15) - The Wild Known, photography by Amy Schnell. Owen Hall. Art At Wcu Exhibits on display in the Fine Art Museum, unless otherwise noted. Mon.-Fri., 10am-4pm & Thurs., 10am-7pm. Free; donations welcome. Info: fineartmuseum.wcu. edu or 227-3591. • Through FR (11/22) Iron Maidens: Women of Contemporary Cast Iron.

Art in tHe Airport gAllery Located on the pre-security side of the Asheville Regional Airport terminal. Open to the public during the airport’s hours of operation. Info: or • Through FR (1/3) - The gallery's 19th exhibition will feature works from six local artists. AsHeville AreA Arts council gAllery 346 Depot St. Tues.-Sat., 11am4pm. Info: or 258-0710. • Through SA (11/30) - The work of 18 visual artists will be on display in the exhibit Way of Nature/ Way of Grace. AsHeville Art museum Located on Pack Square in downtown Asheville. Tues.-Sat., 10am5pm and Sun., 1-5pm. Programs are free with admission unless otherwise noted. Admission: $8/$7 students and seniors/Free

for kids under 4. Free first Wednesdays from 3-5pm. Info: or 253-3227. • ONGOING - Rebels With a Cause, a traveling exhibition of artwork from the Huntsville Museum of Art. • ONGOING - Esteban Vicente: The Art of Interruption will feature paintings, drawings and collages. • Through SU (3/9) Cityscapes, works by Ben Aronson. • FR (11/15), noon Lunchtime Art Break: Experiments in Color: Selections from Josef Albers' Portfolios, with exhibition curator Lauren Bellard. AsHeville BookWorks 428 1/2 Haywood Road. Gallery hours: Mon.-Fri., 1-5pm; Sat., 1-4pm. Info: or 255-8444. • Through SA (11/30) Printocracy will celebrate contemporary print culture. AsHeville gAllery oF Art 16 College St. Mon.Sat., 10am-5:30pm; Sun., 1-4pm. Info: or 2515796. • Through SA (11/30) - A Brush with North Carolina, paintings by Renee Williams. BellA vistA Art gAllery 14 Lodge St. Summer hours: Mon., Wed., & Thurs., 11am-4pm; Fri. & Sat., 11am-5pm. Info: or 768-0246. • Through SA (11/30) Works by Doug Waterfield and Nicora Gangi. BinAry existence At silverspAce • Through SA (12/14) Binary Existence, mixed media photographs by J.R. Berry, will be on display at Silverspace, the photo gallery of The Asheville Darkroom, 109 Roberts St. Info: theashevilledarkroom. com. BlAck mountAin center For tHe Arts 225 W. State St., Black Mountain. Mon.Fri., 10am-5pm. Info: or 669-0930. • Through MO (11/25) -

Appalachian Pastel Society juried show. BlAck mountAin college museum + Arts center The center, which preserves the legacy of Black Mountain College, is located at 56 Broadway St., Asheville. Tues. & Wed., noon-4pm; Thurs.Sat., 11am-5pm. Info: or 350-8484. • ONGOING - Shaping Craft and Design at Black Mountain College. Blue spirAl 1 38 Biltmore Ave. Mon.Sat., 10am-6pm, and Sun., noon-5pm. Info: or 251-0202. • Through SA (11/30) - Remains to be Seen: An Out of the Box Look at Modern Cremation Containers will feature urns from Shine on Brightly. • Through TU (12/31) - A group show will feature ceramics by Josh Copus and Marlene Jack, photography by John Dickson and paintings by Peggy N. Root. Blue to BlAck Art Weekend • FR (11/16) & SA (11/17) - The Blue to Black art weekend will feature more than 40 artists, studios and art venues in the Black Mountain area. Free. Info, schedule and directions: bluetoblackartweekend. com. cAstell pHotogrApHy 2-C Wilson Alley. Tues.Sat., by appointment. Fri. & Sat., 11am-6pm. Info: or 255-1188. • Through SA (1/11) NEXT: New Photographic Visions. events At tHe turcHin center Appalachian State University's Turchin Center for the Visual Arts is located at 423 West King St., Boone. Info: 262-3017 or • ONGOING Photographs by Hugh Morton: An Uncommon Retrospective will be on display in Galleries A and B.

Foundry 92 Charlotte St. Hours: Mon.-Sat., 10am-6pm. Info: • Through TU (12/31) - Talula Love Bottoms: Echoes Collection, inspired assemblages by Maryanne Pappano. gAllery 86 86 N. Main St., Waynesville. Mon.-Sat., 10am-5pm. Info: • WE (11/13) through SA (12/28) - It’s a Small, Small Work featuring Matthew Zedler and others.• FR (11/15), 6-9pm - Opening reception.


girl scout Art sHoW • Through TU (12/31) - A Girl Scout art show will be on display at the RE/ MAX Results office, 34 Orange St. Info: groveWood gAllery Located at 111 Grovewood Road. April-Dec. Mon.Sat., 10am-6pm & Sun., 11am-5pm. Info: or 253-7651. • Through TU (12/31) - Beauty from Wood: Natural and Paper Forms, bowls and vessels by Bill Luce and paper works by Leo Monahan. HAen gAllery 52 Biltmore Ave. Mon., Tues. & Sat., 11am-6pm; Wed.-Fri., 10am-6pm & Sun., noon-5pm. Info: or 254-8577. • Through SA (11/30) Lynn Boggess: New Work 2013. irAniAn poster Art exHiBition • Through FR (11/29) Selections from In Search of Lost Causes, an exhibition of Iranian poster art, will be on display in the River Arts District's Flood and Courtyard galleries. micA Fine contemporAry crAFt 37 N. Mitchell Ave., Bakersville. Mon. & Sat., 10am-5pm. Sun., noon5pm. Info: micagallerync. com or 688-6422. • Through SU (11/24) Works by Margaret Couch Cogswell. n.c. ArBoretum Located at 100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way. 9am-

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5pm daily. Info: or 665-2492. • ONGOING - A LEGO brick sculpture exhibit will feature works by Sean Kenney. pink dog creAtive A multi-use arts space located at 342 Depot St. Info: • Through SA (11/30) - Eli Corbin: People, a collection of impressions and ideas in collage, mixed-media and acrylic. pusH skAte sHop & gAllery Located at 25 Patton Ave. Mon.-Thurs., 11am-6pm; Fri. & Sat., 11am-7pm; Sun., noon-6pm. Info: or 225-5509. • Through MO (12/2) - The Arts of Darkness III, a Halloween group show.

Global tunes, local food what: Pandemic Grooves: World Music Performance, presented by A Growing Culture, “an explosion of Latin, Caribbean and African rhythms featuring DJ Al-Free of Uganda and Brown Rice Family.” whERE: The Grey Eagle, 185 Clingman Ave. whEn: Sunday, Nov. 17, 7 p.m. $15/$12 in advance. Info: avl. mx/02l or why: Cultures from across the world will come together for one night at The Grey Eagle for a celebration of A Growing Culture’s return to Asheville. The nonprofit began in 2010 as a project by two Warren Wilson College graduates and helps farmers around the world collaborate on innovative, natural farming techniques. While the music will be global, the food will be local, providing guests with tacos filled with locally raised pork. AGC supports and connects individuals interested in natural farming, an ideal for which Asheville is notoriously passionate, in an effort to help farmers across the world learn from one another and develop


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the skills needed to provide plentiful — and safe — food for their regions. “When I was 18 and living and working in Belize, I witnessed the death of a farmer’s son who accidentally drank pesticides that were in the water,” said Loren Cardeli, co-founder of AGC. “Seeing the community mourn the death of that boy, I thought, ‘Holy sh*t, why are we pressured to use harmful chemicals that killed this innocent boy?’” Since its beginnings in the Blue Ridge Mountains, AGC has helped to connect farmers from all corners of the world. Farmers in India share ideas with farmers in China, farmers in Bangladesh trade techniques with Kenyans — all working to build a global network of knowledge that Cardeli said he is proud to base in Asheville. “I love Asheville,” said Cardeli, who has spent the last three and a half years traveling across the world for his organization. “It’s a great, great, great city, and I feel so connected to it.” All proceeds from the event will go to fund a new project to allow farmers to create a cross-cultural program by trading individuals within their communities — like a foreignexchange student program.

rurAl liFe museum • ONGOING Interwoven: Coverlets, Ballads and America’s Discovery of Madison County Folklife will be on display at Mars Hill College's Montague Hall. Info: seven sisters gAllery 117 Cherry St., Black Mountain. Mon.-Sat., 10am6pm and Sun., noon-5pm. Info: sevensistersgallery. com or 669-5107. • Through SU (3/16) - Acrylics and oils by Bridgette Martin-Pyles. tHe Bender gAllery 12 S. Lexington Ave. Hours: Mon.-Sat., 10:30am-5pm; Sun., noon-5pm. Info: or 505-8341. • Through TU (12/31) - Through the Future, Brightly, works by Eunsuh Choi and Adam Waimon. trAnsylvAniA community Arts council Located at 349 S. Caldwell St., Brevard. Hours: Mon.Fri., 9:30am-4:30pm. Info: or 8842787. • FR (11/15), 6-8pm - A wine and cheese preview for the ArtMart sale. Free. • SA (11/16), 9am-4pm "ArtMart," a one-day sale of local and regional artists' work. Free to attend. upstAirs ArtspAce 49 S. Trade St., Tryon. Hours: Tues.-Sat., 11am5pm. Info: upstairsartspace.

org or 859-2828. • Through (11/15) - The Things We Know: Seven Conceptual Artists. WArren Wilson's Holden gAllery The gallery is located on the campus of Warren Wilson College. Info: 7713038. • Through SU (11/17) Jefferson Pinder: Work, Video and Performance Artworks, 2003-2012.

Art/crAFt FAirs community crAFt FAir • SU (11/17), 10am4pm - Asheville Jewish Community Center will hold a community craft fair, 236 Charlotte St. Free to attend. Info: jcc-asheville. org or HolidAy crAFt FAir • SA (11/16), 10am-3pm - Claxton Elementary will hold a holiday craft fair in the school gym, 241 Merrimon Ave. Free to attend. Info: rachelfriel@ or 551-7391. spirit, Form And Function oFFerings • SU (11/17), 11am-5pm This local arts and crafts fair will feature weaving, felting, essential oils, incense, tinctures, tea, story cloth, jewelry and more. Admission: one can of food for Manna FoodBank. 39 Wendover Road. Info: tryon Arts And crAFts • Through SA (11/16) - A wearable art show, featuring jewelry, leather work and fiber arts, will be held at the Tryon Arts and Crafts Gallery, 373 Harmon Field Road, Tryon. Mon.-Fri., 9am-5pm; Sat., 9am-1pm. Info: or 859-8323.

Auditions & cAll to Artists Fiddler on tHe rooF Auditions • TU (11/19), 7pm & SA (11/23), 10am - The Tryon Little Theatre will host auditions for Fiddler on the Roof at 334 Trade St., Tryon. Roles for 17-20 women (ages 10 and up)

and 20-23 men (ages 14 and up) available. One accomplished violinist also sought. Auditions consist of a one minute solo from Fiddler or any musical. Bring sheet music; accompanist provided. No a cappella auditions. Info: 8948722 or 817-3843. mArion cHristmAs pArAde registrAtion • Through TH (11/21) - The Marion Christmas Parade will accept float applications from local businesses through nov. 21 at noon. Info: 652-2215. tc Arts council’s HolidAy sHoW • TC Arts Council’s Holiday Show and Sale will accept artwork from nov.18-20 at Transylvania Community Arts Council, 349 S. Caldwell St., Brevard. Info: or 884-2787.

BeneFits 6tH AnnuAl kiss country guitAr JAm • TU (11/19), 7:30pm - Austin Webb will perform to benefit mission children’s Hospital. Held at The Orange Peel, 101 Biltmore Ave. $50. Info: AsHeville royAls BAsketBAll • Su (11/17), 3pm - The Odditorium, 1045 Haywood Road, will host a fundraiser for the Asheville royals, a women's city league basketball team. $5 donation. Info: ashevilleroyals@gmail. com. BAck in BlAck • SA (11/16), 11:30am5:30pm - Back in Black, to benefit Brother Wolf Animal rescue, will feature adoptable black dogs and cats. Held at Carmel's, 1 Page Ave. Free to attend; 10 percent of sales to benefit BWAR. Info: or 707-2872. Book giving tree • Through TU (12/10) Oakley Library, 749 Fairview Road, will accept new books or monetary donations valued at $10 or more for its Book Giving Tree program. Books will be distributed to local children in need. Info: 250-4754 or oakley.library@

JOHN’S BuncomBe county repuBlicAn Women's cluB • TH (11/14), noon-2pm - The BCRWC will accept donations of new shoes and coats for veterans in need at Cornerstone Restaurant, 102 Tunnel Road. Guest speaker Rep. Tim Moffitt will address the audience. Free. Info: cd releAse pArty • MO (11/18),7-9:30pm Lexington Avenue Brewery, 39 N. Lexington Ave., will hold a release party for an album featuring local musicians to benefit mAnnA FoodBank. $10/ $20 with CD included. empteA BoWl • SU (11/17), 5-7pm Emptea Bowl, a fundraiser for the dr. John Wilson community garden, will be held at Dobra Tea House, 120 Broadway St., Black Mountain. $25. Info: bluetoblackartweekend. com or 669-2052. FAerie Arts FestivAl • SA (11/16), 10am-11pm - The Asheville Faerie Arts Festival will feature familyfriendly afternoon events like storytelling, magic and puppets, followed by an adult-themed evening with a fashion show, gypsy bands, crafts and more. Proceeds benefit eblen charities. $15/children free. Info: grAce lutHerAn cHurcH 1245 Sixth Ave. W., Hendersonville. Info: or 693-4890. • SU (11/17), 9am-noon - A fair trade gift market to benefit lutheran World relief. Free to attend. Info: 693-4890. leAF scHools And streets • WEDNESDAYS, 5-7pm Wine tasting and jazz, to benefit leAF schools and streets, will be held at 5 Walnut Wine Bar, 5 Walnut St. $5 suggested donation. Info: or pAndemic grooves: World music perFormAnce • SU (11/17), 7pm - A growing culture, a nonprofit connecting global farmers, will host a world music and local food ben-

efit at The Grey Eagle, 185 Clingman Ave. $15/$12 in advance. Info: or perFormAnces For Homeless BeneFit • SU (11/17), 7pm - Local authors and musicians will present their works to benefit the Beloved community. Held at the Diana Wortham Theatre, 2 N. Pack Square. $50 for VIP /$30 general admission /$20 for students. Info and tickets: pints to tHe rescue • WE (11/13), 4pm-midnight - Pints to the Rescue, to benefit Brother Wolf Animal rescue, will feature adoptable dogs from 4-7pm. Held at Hi-Wire Brewing, 197 Hilliard Ave. Free to attend; a portion of sales benefits BWAR. Info: or 7072872. reynolds sHoe drive • Through SA (11/30) Reynolds Shoe Drive will donate shoes to the survivors of the Haiti earthquake. Drop-off location: Carolina Mountain Sales, 1550 Hendersonville Road. Info: or 2775551. silent Auction And dinner • TH (11/14), 5:30-9pm - Dinner, dancing and a silent auction, to benefit All souls counseling center, will be held at Asheville Event Center, 221 Sweeten Creek Road. $75. Info: or 259-3369. socks For seniors • ONGOING - Opportunity House will accept socks for local seniors at 1411 Asheville Highway, Hendersonville. Info: or 692-0575. st. mAttHiAs musicAl perFormAnces Located at 1 Dundee St. (off South Charlotte). Info: 285-0033. • SU (11/17), 3pm - St. Matthias Church will host a jazz concert to help fund restoration of the historic church. $20 suggested donation. tAste oF compAssion • TH (11/14), 5:30-9pm Asheville Humane society and Animal compassion

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luncheon to recognize outstanding contributions at the Renaissance Asheville Hotel, 31 Woodfin St. $40/$30 in advance. Info and tickets: national-philanthropy-day.

swashBuckLing adVEntuRE: Flat Rock Playhouse will present Alexandre Dumas’ The Three Musketeers through Nov. 24. (p. 26).

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War of 1776 in the auditorium of the Mountain Heritage Center at Western Carolina University. Free. Info: 227-7129.

Adventure educAtion conFerence • FR (11/15), 8am-4:30pm The 21st annual Adventure Education Conference will be held at Montreat College, 191 Vance Ave., Black Mountain. $35/$30 students. Info: montreat. edu/aec.

criBBAge gAtHering • MONDAYS, 6pm - A weekly cribbage game will meet at Atlanta Bread Company, 633 Merrimon Ave. All levels welcome. Training available. Free. Info:

AsHeville BAckgAmmon cluB • 3rd SUNDAYS, 2-6:30pm The Asheville Backgammon Club invites players of all levels to meet at Zia Taqueria, 521 Haywood Road. Tournament begins at 2:30pm. $10. Info: ashevillebackgammon.weebly. com or AsHeville oBJectivists • WE (11/13), 6pm Asheville Objectivists will meet in the N. Asheville Library Meeting Room, 1030 Merrimon Ave. Free. Info: cHerokee WAr discussion • TH (11/14), 7pm - Author, journalist and researcher Nadia Dean will give a presentation on the Cherokee


FemFessionAls luncH • WE (11/13), 11:30am-1pm - FemCity Asheville will host its November connection lunch at Fun Depot, 7 Roberts Road. Registration required. $20/$15 members. Info: femfessionals. com. Four seAsons toAstmAsters • WEDNESDAYS, 8-9am Four Seasons Toastmasters will meet at Lake Pointe Landing, 333 Thompson St., Hendersonville. Info: fourseasonstoastmasters. com. HAndmAde in AmericA crAFt lABs Info and cost: • WE (11/13), 5:30-7:30pm "Critiquing Your Work" will be held at Toe River Arts Council Arts Resource Center, 269 Oak Ave., Spruce Pine.

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looking For mr. goodBAr meetup • SUNDAYS, 1pm - The "Looking for Mr. Goodbar" group, moderated by Patrick Ochsenreiter, meets weekly at Wall Street Coffee House, 62 Wall St., for "banter about what is happening in the world of gay men." Info: or avl. mx/yc. medicAl etHics in A HospitAl setting • SU (11/17), 2-3:30pm Mary L. Caldwell will present "Medical Ethics in a Hospital Setting" as a part of the Ethical Society of Asheville's meeting held at the Friends Meeting House, 227 Edgewood Road. Free. Info: or 687-7759. music lessons At AsHeville music scHool • TUESDAYS, 5pm - Asheville Music School, a nonprofit community music school, offers private lessons and group instruction for all instruments, voices and styles. 126 College St. Info: 252-6244. nAtionAl pHilAntHropy dAy luncHeon • TH (11/14), 11:30am - The Association of Fundraising Professionals will host a

puBlic lectures & events At uncA Events are free unless otherwise noted. Info: unca. edu. • WE (11/13), noon-1pm "Lunch and Learn" discussion on running nonprofits abroad at Brown Hall, Room 100 and 200. $7.40 for community members. • WE (11/13), 8pm - United Nations moderator Chris Bashinelli will speak about diversity, inclusion and cultural awareness at the UNCA Highsmith Student Union Alumni Hall. • TU (11/19), 7pm - Walter Ziffer will present "From Mozart to Murder: A Holocaust Survivor Muses About Radical Evil" at the Lipinsky Auditorium. riverlink Info: 252-8474, ext. 11, or • WE (11/13), 10am - Jim Stokely, one of Wilma Dykeman's two sons, will give a presentation on "Who Is Wilma Dykeman?", the person for whom the Wilma Dykeman Riverway is named. Held at the RiverLink offices, 170 Lyman St. smitH mcdoWell House History center Located on the A-B Tech campus, 283 Victoria Road. Info: • ONGOING - Douglas Ellington: Asheville's Boomtown Architect exhibit. sWAnnAnoA superFund cAg meeting • TH (11/14), 6:30pm - The Swannanoa Superfund Community Advisory Group will host a public meeting to discuss recent developments on the Superfund Site in the Swannanoa Valley between Asheville and Black Mountain. Free. Info:

comedy disclAimer comedy • FRIDAYS, 8-9:30pm Disclaimer Comedy pres-

ents weekly stand-up at Elaine's Piano Bar in the Grove Park Inn, 290 Macon Ave. Free. Info: disclAimer stAnd-up open mic • WEDNESDAYS, 9pm - Disclaimer Stand-Up Lounge open mic is held at the Dirty South Lounge, 41 N. Lexington Ave. Free. Info: DisclaimerComedy. com. tHe metro sHoW • FRIDAYS, 7-8pm Disclaimer Comedy and Metro Wines present a headlining comedian and featured wine at 169 Charlotte St. $10 includes a glass of wine. Info: or 273-5348.

dAnce Beginner sWing dAncing lessons (pd.) 4 week series starts first Tuesday of every month at 7:30pm. $12/ week per person. • No partner necessary. Eleven on Grove, downtown Asheville. Details: www. line dAnce clAsses • TUESDAYS & WEDNESDAYS, 9-10:30am - Henderson County Department of Parks and Recreation will host both improver classes on Tuesdays and beginner classes on Wednesdays in line dancing. Held at the Athletics and Activity Center, 708 South Grove St., Hendersonville. Registration required. $5 per class. Info: or 890-5777. studio ZAHiyA (pd.) studio Zahiya, downtown dance classes Monday 7pm Bellydance 1 • Tuesday 8:15am 30 Minute Workout, 9am Hip Hop Workout Dance • Wednesday 5pm Beginner Bellydance, 7pm Bellydance, 7pm High Heels Hip Hop • Thursday 9am Bellydance Workout • 7pm Bollywood • 8pm Hip Hop • Sunday 3pm Yoga for Dancers$13 for 60 minute classes.• 90 1/2 N. Lexington Avenue. • 828.242.7595.

mountAin sHAg cluB • TUESDAYS - The Mountain Shag Club meets weekly at Fred's Speakeasy, 2310 Hendersonville Road, Arden. Free lessons from 6:30-7pm. Shag DJ from 7-10pm. $5. Info: soutHern ligHts sdc Held at the Whitmire Activity Building, 301 Lily Pond Road, Hendersonville. Info and cost: 693-3825. • SA (11/16), 6pm "Turkey in the Straw" square dance.

eco riBBon cutting And AFter pArty tHis WednesdAy! (todAy) (pd.) Join us for ecofriendly Junk Recyclers' and the Regeneration Station’s ribbon cutting and after party, Wednesday, November 13, 4pm, 26 Glendale Avenue, Asheville. • Great upcycled furniture! Visit http:// calsubhead:Elisha Mitchell Audubon Society • TU (11/19), 7pm - Katie Hicks of Clean Water for North Carolina will discuss hydraulic fracturing (fracking) for natural gas in North Carolina at UNCA's Reuter Center, Room 206. Free. Info: lAnd oF sky cleAn veHicles coAlition Coalition goals and actions involve a variety of local alternative fuel/clean vehicle projects. Info: 2516622 or • THUR (11/21), 9:30am1pm - Land of Sky presents their 2nd Annual Propane AutoGas Roadshow with presentations and exhibits discussing fuel costs, reducing GHG emissions, and supporting domestic fuel. Held at 170 Sweeten Creek Road. Registration required. riverlink events Info: or 2528474. • TH (11/21), 11:45am2pm - A RiverLink bus tour of the French Broad and Swannanoa rivers will meet at the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce,

E VO LU T I O N A L H E A L I N G 36 Montford Ave. $20/free for members. Registration required. sing For tHe climAte • 3rd SATURDAYS, 5pm Asheville's Green Grannies invites the public to "Sing for the Climate" at Vance Monument downtown. Info and song:

FestivAls F.e.A.s.t • SU (11/17), 5pm - Macro Management Group and Pisgah Brewing Company will host “F.E.A.S.T. – Friends Eating And Singing Together,” a celebration of autumn with local music at the brewery, 150 Eastside Dr., Black Mountain. $20/ $15 advance. Tickets and info: pAWs For FAmily Fun dAy • SA (11/16), Noon - Hall Fletcher Elementary School, 60 Ridgelawn Road, will host a familyfriendly afternoon featuring a handmade craft bazaar, bounce houses, ropes course, cake walk, face painting and more. Free. Info:

Food & Beer FAll cHili cook-oFF • SA (11/16), 5:30-8:30pm - The Henderson County Democratic Party hosts a chili cook-off and sampling at the First Congregational Church Fellowship Hall, 1735 5th Ave. Registration required to compete. $10/ $8 advance. Tickets and info: or 6926424. tAste oF AsHeville • WE (11/20), 7-9pm - Taste of Asheville, sponsored by Asheville Independent Restaurants, will feature selections from 40 area restaurants. Held at The Venue, 21 N. Market St. Tickets and info: Wnc AgriculturAl center Located at 1301 Fanning Bridge Road in Fletcher. Info: 687-1414. • TU (11/19), 7am - The Bumcombe Friends of Agriculture will host a

breakfast of local foods with information about land and leasing options for farming, at the WNC Ag Center, 1301 Fanning Bridge Road, Fletcher. Free. RSVP requested:

gArdening tAilgAte mArkets • WednesdAys • 2-6pm - French Broad Food co-op, 90 Biltmore Ave. Ends Nov. 27. • 2-6pm - montford Farmers market, 36 Montford Ave. Ends Nov. 27. tHursdAys • 8am-2pm - Henderson county curb market, 221 N. Church St., Hendersonville. Ends Dec. 31. sAturdAys • 6am-noon - caldwell county Farmers market, 120 Hospital Ave., N.E., Lenoir. Ends Dec. 21. • 8am-noon - north Asheville tailgate market, UNCA commuter lot C. Ends Nov. 23. • 8am-1pm - Asheville city market, 161 South Charlotte St. Ends Dec. 28. • 8am-2pm - Henderson county curb market, 221 N. Church St., Hendersonville. Ends Dec. 31. • 8am-12:30pm transylvania tailgate market, 190 E. Main St., Brevard. Ends Dec. 21. • 8:30am-12:30pm yancey county Farmers market, U.S. 19 East at S. Main Street, Burnsville. Ends Dec. 14. • 9am-noon - Jackson county Farmers market, 76 Railroad Ave., Sylva through Oct. 26. Nov.March: Community Table, Central St. • 9am-noon - Historic marion tailgate market, West Henderson and Logan Streets. Ends Dec. 14. • 9am-2pm - leicester Farmers market, 338 Leicester Highway. Ends Nov. 23. tuesdAys • 8am-2pm - Henderson county curb market, 221 N. Church St., Hendersonville. Ends Dec. 31. • 3-6pm - Historic marion tailgate market, West

Henderson and Logan streets. Ends Dec. 14. • 2:30-5:30pm - West Asheville tailgate market, 718 Haywood Road. Ends Nov. 26. dAily • 8am-6pm - Wnc Farmers market, 570 Brevard Road. Ongoing.

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Henderson county democrAtic discussion group • 2nd WEDNESDAYS, 8am - The Henderson County Democratic Discussion Group will meet at Mike’s on Main, 303 N. Main St., Hendersonville. Info: info@ or 692-6424. Henderson county senior democrAts • 3rd WEDNESDAYS, 11:30am - The Henderson County Senior Democrats will meet at HCDP Headquarters, 905 Greenville Highway, Hendersonville. Bring a bagged lunch. Info: info@ or 692-6424. Historic preservAtion plAnning WorksHop • WE (11/13), 5:30pm The Preservation Society will host an introduction to the preservation plan for Asheville and Buncombe County at Pack Memorial Library, 67 Haywood St. Free. Info: 258-7436.

kids The LiTTLe Gym • Now enrolling! (pd.) Ages 4 months-12 years in gymnastics, dance, karate and parent/ child classes. Call 667-9588 or online for details FAmily Fun Fitness dAy And AnniversAry celeBrAtion (pd.) Saturday, November 16, 2013, 12-4pm, Asheville Family Fitness, 149 Leicester Highway, Asheville. Lots of fun events for kids of all ages – kid’s pool party, games, crafts, exercise fun, bounce house and more. But we didn’t forget the parents! • Music, food, chair massages, demon-

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Send your event listings to Asheville Symphony • FR (11/15), 3pm Symphony Talk with conductor Daniel Meyer will be held in UNCA's Reuter Center. Free. Info: 2516140.• SA (11/16), 8pm - The Asheville Symphony Orchestra will perform Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 and works by Bach and Bartok. $20-$58 with discounts for students. Held at Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, 87 Haywood St. Info:

Celebrate a weekend of local art: The Blue to Black Art Weekend, Nov. 16 & 17, will feature more than 40 artists, studios and art venues from the Black Mountain area, such as Travis Fox’s Los Zorros Studios Ceramics. (p.17).

strations and lots of great prizes. You could even win a one year gym membership! • Free door prize to first 50 people. For more information call 225-3838 or visit affs-birthday-party/ FREE! Baby Sleep Solutions Classes at the i play. Store (pd.) With Sleep Consultant Meggan Hartmann. Tuesday, November 19: Infant Class: 10:30am • Toddler Class: 12pm. Call the i play. Store at 828575-2617 for more information and to reserve your spot.@calsubhead:Asheville Community Theatre Located at 35 E. Walnut St. Tickets and info: or 254-1320. • SA (11/16), 10am Asheville Community Theatre will begin a family-friendly series "Saturdays at ACT" with a performance of Bright Star Touring Theatre's Christmas with Santa. Before and after the show, childrens' activities will be offered, along with ice cream from The Hop. $5. Family Fun Night • TH (11/14), 6:30pm “Adventures in Folklore with the Red Herring


Puppets” will be held at Pack Memorial Library, 67 Haywood St. Free. Info: 255-5203 or pack.children@ Hands On! This children's museum is located at 318 N. Main St., Hendersonville. Tues.Sat., 10am-5pm. Programs require $5 admission fee/ free for members, unless otherwise noted. Info: or 6978333. • WE (11/13) through FR (11/15) - Critter Craft: turkeys. • THURSDAYS through (11/21), 4-4:30pm - "Shake, Rattle and Rhythm." • TU (11/19), 10:30-11am - "Mad Scientists Lab: Smell-o-rama." $7/free for members. Registration suggested.

Music Song O' Sky Chorus (pd.) Tuesday 6:459:30 PM Song O' Sky Chorus (Sweet Adelines International) Covenant Community Church, 11 Rocket Dr., 28803 Asheville's premier a capella barbershop-style chorus! We welcome all women


who love to sing! 1-866-824-9547 42nd Street Jazz Band • SATURDAYS, 6-9pm - The 42nd Street Jazz Band will perform at Kelsey's Restaurant and Lounge, 840 Spartanburg Highway, Hendersonville. Free. Info: 693-9393. African Drum Ensemble • WE (11/13), 12:30pm - UNCA African Drum Ensemble will perform at Mills Plaza, outside Mills Residence Hall. Free. Info: or 232-5037. An Evening of Jazz • TH (11/21), 6pm - Pack Memorial Library, 67 Haywood St., will host jazz vocalist Jesse Earl Junior and pianist Michael Jefry Stevens. Free. Info: 2504717 or April Verch Band • SU (11/17), 4pm - April Verch Band will perform at Madison County Arts Center, 90 S. Main St., Marshall. $20. Info: or 6491301.

Jam Session with Carol Rifkin • FR (11/15), Noon - Carol Rifkin, host of WNCW's “This Old Porch,” will host a bluegrass and early country jam at the Thomas Wolfe Memorial, 52 N. Market St. Free. Info: or 253-8304. Jazz Performance • SU (11/17), 4:30 p.m - Freeburg Pianos, 2314 Asheville Highway, will host Rockell Scott and the Michael Jefry Stevens Trio. $35. Tickets and info: Judith Rodés in Concert • SA (11/16), 7pm - Judith Rodés will perform traditional Cuban music at Ecclesia, 15 Spivey Lake Drive, Fairview. Proceeds benefit a humanitarian trip to Cuba with First Baptist Church of Asheville. $10. Info: standotson407@ Karaoke at Players • WEDNESDAYS, 8pm; FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS, 9pm - Players Cigar Bar, 170 Rosscraggon Road, hosts weekly karaoke. Info: 676-0588. Modigliani Quartet • FR (11/15), 8pm - The Modigliani Quartet will perform with pianist Joyce Yang at the Biltmore United Methodist Church, 376 Hendersonville Road. $35. Info: or 575-7427. Music at Brevard College Events take place in the Porter Center for the Performing Arts, unless otherwise noted. Info: or 884-8211. • FR (11/15), 7:30pm - The

Utah State University Faculty Jazz Combo will perform a guest artist series concert, featuring Jon Gudmundson (saxophone). Free. • FR (11/15), 7:30pm Utah State University Faculty Jazz Combo. Free. • SU (11/17), 7:30pm Anne Labounsky, organist. Free. Music at UNCA Concerts are held in Lipinsky Auditorium, unless otherwise noted. Tickets and info: 232-5000. • WEDNESDAYS, 7pm Blue Ridge Orchestra will hold an open rehearsal in UNCA’s Reuter Center. • WE (11/20), 7pm - Nigerien guitarist and singer-songwriter Bombino. $20. • TH (11/21), 7:30pm UNCA's jazz and contemporary music ensembles. $5/students free. Music at WCU Unless otherwise noted, performances are held at the Fine and Performing Arts Center on the campus of Western Carolina University. Tickets and info: bardoartscenter.wcu. edu or 227-2479. • WE (11/20), 7:30pm - Low Tech Ensemble will perform Indonesian gamelan music in the Coulter Building. After the show, audience members will be invited onstage for a closer look at the instruments. Free. Open Mic at the Courtyard Gallery • MONDAYS, 8:3010:30pm - Open mic with Ash Devine at the Courtyard Gallery in the Phil Mechanic Building, 109 Roberts St. Musicians, storytellers, poets, filmmakers and other artists welcome. Free. Info: carlos@ashevillecourtyard. com. Pan Harmonia Info: • TH (11/14), 7:30pm "Songs without Words," a performance on period instruments. Held in the First Presbyterian Church, 40 Church St. $20/ $15 advance/ $5 students. • MO (11/18), 7:15pmViolinist Jamie Laval and flutist Kate Steinbeck will perform in the Haen Gallery, 200 King St.,

Brevard. Reception at 6:30pm. $24/ $22 advance/ $8 students. Perelandra Studio Concert • TU (11/19), 6pm Perelandra Studio, 203 W. State St., Black Mountain, will present a reception and concert with Charlie King and Karen Brandow. $20. Info: 314-374-7446 or hras@humanrightsaction. net. Performances at Diana Wortham Theatre Located at 2 South Pack Square. Info: or 257-4530. • WE (11/20), 8pm Intersections will present Jim Malcolm, Scottish folk. $20/ $18 students / $12 children. • TH (11/21), 8pm - Singersongwriter Susan Werner will return to Asheville with her newest release The Hayseed Project. $30/$25 students/$15 children 12 and under. Info: Reuter Center Singers Holiday Concert • SU (11/17), 3pm- The Reuter Center Singers perform holiday favorites. Held at Biltmore United Methodist Church, 376 Hendersonville Road. Free. The Raleigh Ringers • SA (11/16), 8pm - The Raleigh Ringers handbell choir will perform at the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center, 1913 Hickory Blvd. SE, Lenoir. $15/$8 children. Info: Transylvania Youth Strings • MO (11/18), 6pm - The Transylvania Youth Strings Student fall recital will be held at St. Philip's Episcopal Church, 256 E. Main St., Brevard. Performers range from 5 to 16 years old. Free. Info: 577-6813. White Horse Black Mountain Located at 105C Montreat Road. Info: or 669-0816. • SU (11/17), 3pm Vibraphonist Jason DeCristofaro and marimbist David Fox of the Blue Ridge Percussion Ensemble. $10.

outdoors JenniFer pHArr dAvis • 2012 NaTioNaL geogrApHic Adventurer oF tHe yeAr (pd.) Author, Becoming Odyssa and Called Again, will speak at The Compleat Naturalist, Biltmore Village, Friday, November 15, 6:30-8:30pm. Jennifer has thru-hiked the Appalachian trail 3 times and is the current speed record holder. Free! Call 274-5430. lAke JAmes stAte pArk 6883 N.C. Highway 126, Nebo. Programs are free unless otherwise noted. Info: 584-7728. • SA (11/16), 10am Ranger Kevin Bischof leads a discussion of bald eagles.

pArenting A conversAtion WitH Adult Adoptees • TH (11/14), 7pm - WNC Adoption Resources' inaugural event will feature adult adoptees sharing their stories and reflecting on how adoption shaped their lives. Held at Handmade in America, 125 South Lexington Ave. Free. Info: odyssey scHool open House • WE (11/13), 5:30-7pm - Odyssey Community School will host an open house for pre-K through high school students at 80 Zillicoa St. Info: or 2593653. Wnc Foster Adopt FAll FestivAl • SA (11/16), 1-4pm - Those interested in learning more about foster parenting and adoption from foster care are invited to learn more at the AshevilleBiltmore DoubleTree, 115 Hendersonville Road. Info: or avl. mx/02f.

puBlic lectures lectures At BrevArd college Free, unless otherwise noted. Info: • TH (11/14), 7pm “Balancing Family Life and Small Business Ownership” with Claire Prince, McLarty-Goodson Building. puBlic lectures & events At uncA Events are free unless otherwise noted. Info: unca. edu. • WE (11/13), 7:30pm - “The Second Israeli Republic: Why It’s Needed and How to Get There.” Mountain View Conference Room. • FR (11/15), 11:25am - "World War Two and the Holocaust." Lipinsky Auditorium. • FR (11/15), 11:25am - "Post Humanism." Humanities Lecture Hall. • MO (11/18), 11:25am "Second Temple Judaism and Early Christianity." Humanities Lecture Hall. • MO (11/18), 11:25am "Can We Know Them by their Songs and Dances? Performing Mirrors: Reflections of War, Turmoil and the Human Spirit." Linpinsky Auditorium. • TU (11/19), 7pm - ”From Mozart to Murder: A Holocaust Survivor Muses About Radical Evil.” Lipinsky Auditorium. • TH (11/21), 12:30pm Panel discussion on copyright and digital media. Ramsey Library, Whitman Room. puBlic lectures At Wcu Lectures, readings and events at Western Carolina University are free unless otherwise noted. Info: • WE (11/13), 8:30am12:30pm - "It's a Small World: Doing Business in a Multicultural Society." Biltmore Park Town Square facility, Room 336. • WE (11/13), 12:201:10pm - “Kenya 2013: A Report about Grassroots Development.” McKee Building, Room 114.

seniors senior trip to pigeon Forge • TH (11/21), 9am-7pm The Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department will offer a shopping day trip for seniors to Pigeon Forge, departing at 9am from the Waynesville Recreation Center, 550 Vance Street, Waynesville. $9/$7 members. Price does not cover group lunch at the Mill House. Info: or 456-2030. Wnc AlliAnce For retired AmericAns • 3rd TUESDAYS, 10am - The WNC Alliance for Retired Americans meets at Kenilworth Presbyterian Fellowship Hall, 123 Kenilworth Road. Free. Info: dick@dickandnorma. com.

spirituAlity open HeArt meditAtion (pd.) Experience easy, wonderful practices that open your life to the beauty within and connects you to your heart. • Love offering. 7pm, Tuesdays, 5 Covington St. 296-0017 or 367-6954 http://www. Astro-counseling (pd.) Licensed counselor and accredited professional astrologer uses your chart when counseling for additional insight into yourself, your relationships and life directions. Readings also available. Christy Gunther, MA, LPC. (828) 258-3229. AsHeville compAssionAte communicAtion center (pd.) Free practice group. Learn ways to create understanding and clarity in your relationships, work, and community by practicing compassionate communication (nonviolent communication). 252-0538 or www. • 1st and 3rd Thursdays, 5:00-6:15. AQuAriAn consciousness FelloWsHip (pd.) Metaphysical program inspired by spiri-

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tual growth topics of your choice. Meditation, potluck, St. Germain live channeled piano music. • Second and Fourth Wednesday. 6:30pm. • Donation. (828) 658-3362. mindFulness meditAtion clAss (pd.) Explore the miracle of healing into life through deepened stillness and presence. With consciousness teacher and columnist Bill Walz. Mondays, 6:307:30pm: Meditation class with lesson and discussions in contemporary Zen living. Asheville Friends Meeting House, 227 Edgewood Ave. (off Merrimon). Donation. Info: 258-3241. Weekly circle W/ eArtH green medicine lodge (pd.) 6 PM THURSDAYSWorking with divination and purification rituals, we gather wisdom of the ancestors to be in right relations and advance the collective dream. (828)2840975 or

The importance of ceremony As we move into the “holiday season” we will get used to incorporating ceremonies into our lives with more frequency, but so often it is easy to fall out of touch with the power that ceremony holds to focus collective intentions. Minister of Spiritual Science Jaqueline Weiks spoke with Xpress about the importance of keeping ceremony as an active part of our lives throughout the year as we continually recreate who we are: “My work has always been about honoring [people] where [they] are and helping them to expand that and create a joyous life. Ceremony, to me, is a way in which each individual can commit to, and express important events in their life. “With our fast paced living, it


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is important to ... celebrate our lives through ceremony. It seems as though ceremony has become an unimportant part of our lives [because] we are all busy and just don’t feel like we have the time, [but] ceremony [and rites of passage] are ways to give full commitment to our desires ... to connect to our true selves so we can let go of the past and get a fresh perspective on everything. “There are no rules as to how often we can create ceremony, or what is most meaningful. ... The value of ceremony is its ability to create meaning, as we establish special occasions to celebrate who we are and those we love. Rev. Jaqui is “Ceremony Coordinator” at A Perfect Ceremony”

AsHeville insigHt meditAtion (pd.) Free introduction to insight or mindfulness meditation. 2nd and 4th Thursday. 7pm. Asheville Insight Meditation, Suite 200, 29 Ravenscroft Dr, (828) 808-4444, mindFulness meditAtion (pd.) "AsHeville insigHt meditAtion Practice Mindfulness Meditation (aka Vipassana or Insight Meditation) with a supportive group. Group sessions: Wednesdays, 7pm-8:30pm. Sundays, 10am-11:30pm. 29 Ravenscroft Dr., Suite 200, Asheville. (828) 8084444," Aim meditAtion clAsses (pd.) "ramp up your meditation practice with AIM’s Meditation’s Classes: mindfulness 101 - Basics of Mindfulness Meditation, mindfulness 102 - More advanced, intermediate class. Class dates and times:, (828) 808-4444" tHe Art oF Being humaN • ShambhaLa

trAining level i (pd.) We all long for sanity, compassion and inspiration in our lives. This program presents meditation as a way to contact our inherent dignity and wakefulness. November 15-17. More Info: 4Th way • NoVembeR 24 (pd.) In search of the miraculous? What are the possibilities of inner evolution? Free, open, experiential meeting exploring G.I. Gurdjieff's Work • the 4th Way. Sunday, November 24, 3-4:30pm, Asheville Movement Center, 4 Richmond Ave, West Asheville, 828.230.2220. dAncing WitH tHe divine (pd.) Learn to transform persistent problems into Life-Serving lessons through movement with Doug Blessington. Doug was initiated as a Sangoma (Traditional Healer) in Southern Africa. • Saturday, November 23, 10am4pm. Barnardsville, NC. Limited space. Register: dougBlessington@gmail. com cHurcH oF tHe gArden • SUNDAYS, 10:45am – The Church of the Garden is a spiritual community that draws meaning from ancient wisdom, new thought and the natural history of the Blue Ridge. Meets at Rainbow Community School, 574 Haywood Road. Donations appreciated. Info: coFFee And cHrist • 1st & 3rd WEDNESDAYS, 7pm - Coffee and Christ, a casual conversation about Christian cosmology, meets at Edna's of Asheville, 870 Merrimon Ave. Free. Info: eckAnkAr center oF AsHeville Located at 797 Haywood Road, W. Asheville. Info: 254-6775 or eckankar-nc. org. • SU (11/17), 11am-noon - Eckankar Center of Asheville will hold a book discussion on 35 Golden Keys to Who You Are and Why You’re Here - Key No. 17: You Can See and

Change Your Future. Free. empAtHy circle • FR (11/15), 7-9pm Empathy Circle will be held at Earthfare, 66 Westgate Parkway. Free. Info: or 5459681. greAt tree Zen temple Daily, weekly and monthly retreats and zazen practice and study. Info: or 645-2085. • TUESDAYS, 3:30pm Meditation, readings and discussion with Rev. Teijo Munnich. 679 Lower Flat Creek Road, Alexander. ligHt center 2196 N.C. Highway 9 S., Black Mountain. Info: or 669-6845. • DAILY, 10am-4:30pm Chakra balancing light sessions. Donations accepted. • DAILY - Seven Circuit Classical Labyrinth. Daylight hours. • TUESDAYS, 7:30pm - Self Energy Awareness Group. sisters on tHe Journey • WEDNESDAYS, 6:308:30pm - Sisters on the Journey women's circle will focus on living genuine, wholehearted and empowered lives. Meets biweekly. $10 donation. Info and location: or spirituAl development 101 • WEDNESDAYS, 7pm Spiritual Development 101 will teach participants how to develop spiritual gifts. Held at the Dove's Nest. Free. Info and directions: 808-3879 or mountaintwin@ trevor tHomAs drAmA ministries • SU (11/17), 11am - Trevor Thomas Drama Ministries will perform at Mulls Grove Baptist Church, 5106 Burkemont Road, Morganton. Donations accepted. Info:

spoken & Written Word Accent on Books 854 Merrimon Ave. Free, unless otherwise noted. Info: or 252-6255. • SA (11/16), 11am - Laurey Masterton will present her

book The Fresh Honey Cookbook. • SA (11/16), 3pm - RF Wilson and Michael Havelin, members of the WNC Mysterians writing group, will read from and sign copies of their books. • SU (11/17), 3pm - Dale Slusser will discuss and sign copies of his new book The Ravenscroft School in Asheville. • WE (11/20), 3pm - Billy Wayson will discuss and sign copies of his new biography Martha Jefferson Randolph: Republican Daughter and Plantation Mistress. BlAck mountAin college museum + Arts center The center, which preserves the legacy of Black Mountain College, is located at 56 Broadway St., Asheville. Tues. & Wed., noon-4pm; Thurs.Sat., 11am-5pm. Info: or 350-8484. • FR (11/15), 7:30pm "The Return of MadHat Poetry, Prose and Anything Goes" will be held at Black Mountain College Museum and Arts Center. $7/$5 members and students. Blue ridge Books Located at 152 S. Main St., Waynesville. All programs free, unless otherwise noted. Info: or 456-6000. • FR (11/15), 6pm - Author J.E. Thompson will read from and sign his book The Girl from Felony Bay. BuncomBe county puBlic liBrAries liBrAry ABBreviAtions - All programs are free unless otherwise noted. Each Library event is marked by the following location abbreviations: n Bm = Black Mountain Library (105 N. Dougherty St., 250-4756) n Fv = Fairview Library (1 Taylor Road, 250-6484) n nA = North Asheville Library (1030 Merrimon Avenue, 250-4752) n pm = Pack Memorial Library (67 Haywood Street, 250-4700) n sA = South Asheville/ Oakley Library (749 Fairview Road, 250-4754) n ss = Skyland/South Buncombe Library (260 Overlook Road, 250-6488) n sW = Swannanoa

Library (101 West Charleston Street, 2506486) • WE (11/13) & WE (11/27), 10am - Beginner's sewing class. Info: 2506486. sW • WE (11/13), 3:30pm Poetry Alive will host a program for school-aged children (5 and up). nA. • Through (12/17) - Book loans for "Imagining the Future: Scientific Revelations in Fiction," a science fiction book discussion series, will be available. Discussions begin Oct. 22 at 6pm and continue every other Tuesday. pm • Through SA (11/30), 9am-5pm - Juvenile and young adult book sale. Free to attend.sA • TH (11/14), 1pm - Book Club: The Round House by Louise Erdrich. Fv. • SA (11/16), 10am-5pm - International Game Day celebrated with games available all day. pm. • TH (11/19), 2pm - Book Club: Loving Frank by Nancy Horan. nA. • TU (11/19), 7pm - Book Club: The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith. Bm • WE (11/20), 5pm Swannanoa Knitters. ss • TH (11/21), 2:30pm Book Club: The Orchardist by Amanda • TH (11/21), 7pm - Book Club: The Paris Wife by Paula McLain. Fv. city ligHts Bookstore Located at 3 E. Jackson St., Sylva. Events are free, unless otherwise noted. Info: or 586-9499. • SA (11/16), 3 pm - Richard Russell will present his book about the life and legend of Robert Henry. • TH (11/21), 10:30am - Coffee with the Poet: Workshop with Kathryn Byer. gAry HAWkins And Ben yAnes • TH (11/21), 5:30pm - Poets Gary Hawkins and Ben Yanes will share their works during authors night at Monte Vista Hotel, 308 W. State St., Black Mountain. Free. Info: History oF moonsHining in tHe

mountAins • TH (11/21), 5:30pm UNCA professor Daniel S. Pierce, author of Corn From a Jar, will discuss the history of moonshining in the mountains at the Canton Branch Library, 11 Pennsylvania Ave. Books available for purchase; refreshments served. Free. Info: 648-2924. Juniper Bends reAding series • FR (11/15), 7pm - The Juniper Bends reading series will meet at Downtown Books and News, 67 N. Lexington Ave., with writers Dana Middleton, Ali Riegel, Janelle Yates, Matthew Olzmann and Jesse RiceEvans. Free to attend; wine by donation. Info: mAlAprop's Bookstore And cAFe 55 Haywood St. Info: or 254-6734. Events are free, unless otherwise noted. • WE (11/13), 7pm - Book signing for Spruce: A Step-by-Step Guide to Upholstery and Design.

675 hour Massage Certification Program Accepting applications for April 2014 $30 Student Massages - Call for Appointment Clinic Thursdays November - March New Location - 707 Haywood Rd. #001, (West) Asheville

828-252-7377 • www. AshevilleM assageSchool. org

nAnoWrimo mid-WAy gAtHering • SA (11/16), 11am-4pm Meet local writers, enjoy light refreshments and learn about resources for writers at the Transylvania County Library's Rogow Room. Writers will also have space available to work on their NaNoWriMo novel drafts. Free. Info: Writing Funny WorksHop • SA (11/16), 2pm - Susan Reinhardt will offer a comedic writing workshop in UNCA's Karpen Hall, Laurel Forum. $25. Info: or 2516099.

sports AsHeville BroWns BAckers • ONGOING - Asheville Browns Backers, a nonprofit organization, invites Cleveland Browns fans to view games at Beef 'O Brady's, 2625 Hendersonville Road. Free. Info: Ashevillebbw@gmail. com. coed dodgeBAll

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leAgue • MONDAYS through (12/9), 7-9pm - Coed Dodgeball League for ages 16 and up. Info: 669-2052 or collin.bugniazet@townofblackmountain. org. live roller derBy • SA (11/16), 3pm - The Blue Ridge Rollergirls will compete in a triple header featuring the Mad Divas Jr. team, The French Broads and The BRRG All-Stars. Held at the U.S. Cellular Center, 87 Haywood St. $13 advance/$15 door/ children 10 and under free.

tHeAter AlAddin Jr. • TH (11/21) & FR (11/22), 6:30pm - Aladdin Jr., a one-act version of Disney’s popular film Aladdin will be performed at Ira B. Jones Elementary, 544 Kimberly Ave. $5/$3 children. Info: or 350-6700. AnAm cArA douBle FeAture • FR (11/15) & SA (11/16), 8pm - Anam Cara Theatre Company will perform "Goblin Market: A Southern Gothic Opry" & "Petroleum Sundaes for Everyone!" at Toy Boat Community Arts Space, 101 Fairview Rd. $15/ $12 advance. AsHeville community tHeAtre Located at 35 E. Walnut St. Tickets and info: or 254-1320. • TH (11/21), 7:30pm Listen to This: Stories in Performance will feature original stories and songs. Hosted by Tom Chalmers. $10.

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AsHeville plAyBAck tHeAtre • FR (11/15), 8pm - Asheville Playback Theatre will present an improvised theatre performance at the Jubilee! Community, downstairs, 46 Wall Street. $10/$5 children. Info: or 273-0995. BlAck mountAin center For tHe Arts 225 W. State St., Black Mountain. Mon.-Fri., 10am5pm. Info: BlackMountainArts. org or 669-0930. • TH (11/14) through SAT (11/16), 7:30pm - Front Porch Theater presents Quilters, a musical about the lives of American pioneer women. $15. BrevArd college tHeAtre productions Held in the Porter Center for Performing Arts, unless otherwise noted. Info: • TH (11/21) through SA (11/23), 7pm - Brevard College presents Proof by David Auburn. $5. BrigHt stAr touring tHeAtre • SA (11/16), 10am Christmas With Santa, a comedy about elves who have misplaced Santa's gifts, will be performed at Asheville Community Theatre, 35 E. Walnut St. $5. Info: or 254-1320. dog sees god • THURSDAYS through SATURDAYS until (11/23) - Dog Sees God. "Bert V. Royal's darkly comedic play imagines the Peanuts kids all grown up and dealing with drug use, suicide, eating disorders, teen violence, rebellion and sexual identity." Performed at the BeBe Theater, 20 Commerce St. $18/$15 in advance. Info and

tickets: differentstrokesavl. com. FlAt rock plAyHouse Mainstage: Highway 225, Flat Rock. Downtown location: 125 South Main St., Hendersonville. Info: or 693-0731. • WEDNESDAYS through SUNDAYS (11/7) until (11/24) - The Three Musketeers, based on the story by Alexandre Dumas, will be performed on the mainstage. Wed.-Sat., 8pm; Wed., Thurs., Sat. & Sun., 2pm. $35 with discounts for students, seniors and military. • Through SU (11/24) - Flat Rock Playhouse's YouTheatre students will present Disney's Mulan Jr. $18/$10 students. n.c. stAge compAny 15 Stage Lane. Info: ncstage. org or 239-0263. • WEDNESDAYS through SUNDAYS until (11/17) - The Book Club Play, a comedy about a book club that becomes the focus of a documentary film. Wed.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2pm. $16/$28. pArkWAy plAyHouse Jr. • FR (11/15) & SA (11/16), 7:30pm - Parkway Playhouse Jr. will present Mulan Jr. at the Mountain Heritage High School auditorium, 333 Mountain Heritage High School Road, Burnsville. $10/$5 children. Info: or 6824285. rAils • SA (11/16), 7pm - Rails. "Honest and reliable Wilbur Burland has his life turned topsy-turvy by a mysterious femme fatale." Performed by Philadelphia's Transmissions Theatre with people, puppets and a live band at Anam Cara Theatre, 203 Haywood Road.

Donations accepted. Info: anamcaratheatre.blogspot. com. tHe Autumn plAyers • FR (11/15) through SU (11/17) - The Autumn Players readers theater presents Hobson’s Choice, a comedy set in Victorian England. Fri. & Sat., Asheville Community Theatre, 35 Walnut St. Sun., UNCA's Reuter Center. All shows at 2:30pm. $5. Info: tHeAter At uncA Performances take place in Lipinsky Auditorium, unless otherwise noted. • TH (11/21) through SU (11/24) - Columbinus looks at issues of alienation, bullying, hostility and social pressure in high schools, culminating with what happened at Columbine High School. Discussion follows each performance. Appropriate for ages 14 and up. Thurs.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2pm. $10/$8 seniors/$5 students. Info: 251-6610 or avl. mx/02m. tHeAter At Wcu Performances take place at the Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center, unless otherwise noted. Tickets and info: or 227-2479. • WE (11/13) through TU (11/19) - Zombies on Campus: A SlaughterPocalypse, a "comedic play-within-a-play about young theatre majors coming to terms with their lives and the flesh-consuming undead." $15/$10 faculty and students/$7 in advance. Info and schedule: FAPAC.wcu. edu.

tHriving cHildren cHildren First/cis • Children First/CIS seeks volunteers for its learning centers and after school program for elementary school children living in public and low-income housing. Mon.Thurs., 2:30-5:30pm. Info:, facebook. com/SuccessEquation or 7682072. cHildren First/cis mind tHe gAp tour • TH (11/21), 3:30pm - The Children First/CIS Mind the Gap Tour will call attention to issues that hinder the success of children and families in poverty. Donations not requested. Info and registration: or 259-9717. plAy And leArn For inFAnts And toddlers • TUESDAYS, 10:30am & THURSDAYS, 10 & 11am - An 8-week series of pre-literacy classes for parents and children from Buncombe County. Tuesdays, ages 3-12 months; Thursdays, ages 13-35 months. Free. Info, location and registration: 350-2932 or grace.ragaller@asheville.k12.

volunteering AmericAn cAncer society • WEEKDAYS, 9am-1pm - The American Cancer Society seeks volunteers to provide information to cancer patients and their families. Orientation and screening required. Info: (800) 227-2345. • The American Cancer Society seeks volunteers to drive cancer patients to treat-

ments in Buncombe County. Must have valid driver's license, vehicle and insurance. Info: (800) 227-2345. AsHeville AreA HABitAt For HumAnity AAHH, a nonprofit whose goal is to provide safe and decent housing to Buncombe County residents, seeks ReStore volunteers. Opportunities include working with the deconstruction program and assisting with neighborhood pickups and deliveries. Info: AsHeville city scHools FoundAtion The Asheville City Schools Foundation seeks volunteers to tutor/mentor a student (K-12) in need of support. Volunteer opportunities available Mon.-Fri., 8am-6pm. Info: or 3506135. AsHeville greenWorks Our area's Keep America Beautiful affiliate, working to clean and green the community through environmental volunteer projects. Info: 2541776, or • SA (11/16), 10am-5pm Volunteers with Asheville GreenWorks will accept tires both on and off rim from Buncombe County residents free of charge. Held at Walmart, 125 Bleachery Blvd. Big BrotHers Big sisters oF Wnc Located at 50 S. French Broad Ave., Room 213, in the United Way building. The organization matches children from single-parent homes with adult mentors. Info: or 253-1470. • Big Brothers Big Sisters

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Proclaim your big idea for 2014 CarePartners' John Keever Solace Center. • TU (11/19) & TH (11/21), 4-6pm - Fair-Trade StockUp: Assist with unpacking and pricing merchandise for Ten Thousand Villages, a nonprofit, fair-trade retail store that sells handcrafted items made by artisans in more than 30 developing countries.

girls on tHe run Girls on the Run is a nonprofit dedicated to educating and preparing girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living. Info: www. or • ONGOING - Seeks volunteers to plan and assist with the GOTR 5K, scheduled for Dec. 7 in Fletcher.

interFAitH AssistAnce ministry • Interfaith Assistance Ministry offers emergency assistance to Henderson County residents in financial crisis. Four-hour volunteer shifts available as well as substitute opportunities. Info: iamhendersoncounty. org or 697-7029.

HAnds on AsHevilleBuncomBe Registration required. Youth are welcome on many projects with adult supervision. Info: or call 2-1-1. Visit the website to sign up for a project. • SA (11/16), 9am-noon Help sort and pack food at MANNA FoodBank for agencies serving hungry people in 17 WNC counties. • SA (11/16), 10am-noon OnTrack: Copy and collate packets for distribution to individuals and families that benefit from OnTrack's various financial assistance programs. • SU (11/17), 1-2pm - Knitn-Give invites knitters of all skill levels to make hats for the WNCCHS Pediatric Program and Homeward Bound of Asheville. • WE (11/20), 6-8:30pm Cookie night invites the public to make cookies for hospice patients at

literAcy council oF BuncomBe county Located at 31 College Place, Building B, Suite 221. Info:, volunteers@ or 254-3442. • Volunteers are needed to tutor adults in basic literacy skills including reading, writing, math and English as a second language. Tutors provide one on one or small group instruction in Buncombe County. No prior tutoring experience or foreign language skills required. Tutors will receive 15 hours of training and ongoing support from certified professionals. Orientation: Jan. 8 or 9. mAnnA FoodBAnk • MANNA FoodBank seeks volunteers to work in its warehouse. Mon.-Sat. daytime and Thurs. evening shifts available. Info:, mgruber@ or 2993663, ext. 245.

memorycAre AdminstrAtive support volunteer MemoryCare, a nonprofit dedicated to providing assessment, treatment and support for memoryimpaired individuals and their families, seeks a volunteer administrative assistant 2-3 hours a week on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays for general office duties. Info: alexander@

seeks volunteers age 18 and older to share outings in the community twice a month with youth from singleparent homes. Activities are free or low-cost, such as sports, local attractions, etc. Volunteers age 16 and older are needed to mentor one hour per week in schools and after-school sites. Info session: nov. 12 at noon.

tHe rAtHBun center • The Rathbun Center, a nonprofit corporation that provides free lodging for patients and their caregivers staying in Asheville for medical treatment, seeks volunteers to support and register guests. Weekend shifts: noon-3pm, 3-6pm and 6-9pm. Info: rathbuncenter. org or 251-0595. Western nortH cArolinA AlliAnce • WEDNESDAYS, noon3pm - The WNC Alliance seeks volunteers to sample water in the French Broad watershed for bacterial pollution. Meets at Westfeldt Park, Highway 280 and Old Fanning Bridge Road near the Asheville regional airport. Bring water, snacks and old shoes. Info: wnca. org or cAlendAr deAdline

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Dear Dr. Waldman, For the last 3 months, my right heel has been hurting, especially when I get out of bed in the morning and when I start walking after sitting. I don’t remember injuring my foot at all. I tried some cushions and ibuprofen from the drugstore, but it doesn’t help. It’s starting to hurt so bad, I don’t know what to do. What is going on, and what can be done to cure this? -Mrs. G.T., Arden From the symptoms you describe, I believe you have one of the most common foot problems I treat in the office. The medical term is plantar fasciitis (Fa-shE-Its), which simply means inflammation of the ligament on the bottom of the heel. A spur on the bottom of the heel bone is often present. The most common reason for this is repetitive pressure on the heel and flat arches (hyper-pronation). I commonly treat this problem with stretching exercises, anti-inflammatory pills, shoe inserts and topical relieving gels like BioFreeze. I will often use ultrasound to see inside the heel to evaluate the condition of the ligament. Sometimes the ligament is thickened and/or torn. It may also have an area of inflammation called a bursae. Occasionally, a small steriod injection can be given to quickly shrink the bursea and greatly reduce the pain. More than 95% of my patients of my patients get long term relief with these treatments. New treatments for resistant heel pain include high energy sound wave which is replacing traditional heel surgery. Of course, there are a number of other possible causes for heel pain so you should consult with your podiatric physician soon.

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Briefs All WNC candidates finish a predictable, distant second to off-year ennui Asheville plans water outage for Montford community to make needed repairs, show those mothers who the damned boss is Giant Christmas tree arrives at Biltmore Estate Ma Biltmore has Pa Biltmore moving giant couches around to find the perfect place to put it

Southern Highland Craft Guild still recovering from government shutdown Also still recovering from invention of Tupperware, vacuum cleaners and La-Z-Boy recliners

Sarah Palin, Donald Trump attend Rev. Billy Graham’s birthday celebration Palin, Trump invited because they exemplify Christ’s humble spirit, as well as Christ’s fondness for reality TV antics

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Chamber CEO Cramer and Lewis: We never publicly discuss personnel issues, except for right now ASHEVILLE, MONDAY — Following a nasty blowup at the Asheville Chamber of Commerce, CEO Kit Cramer and outgoing director of entrepreneurship Pam Lewis have taken a refreshing stance on discussing personnel issues. “It’s not our policy to discuss personnel matters, unless there’s been a personal feud at the Chamber of Commerce,” said Cramer. Lewis, widely respected in the community, was fired in September by Cramer for matters seemingly unrelated to job performance. Lewis claims this stems from a misunderstanding about a photo posted on Facebook, as well as allegations of sexual harassment Lewis allegedly made against a coworker. Lewis said she’d rather move on, when she’s done discussing this, and Cramer said she can’t discuss internal matters, sometimes. “We don’t traditionally discuss matters related to job termination of an employee,” said Cramer, “except when Pam Lewis’ friends post photos of her in a bathing suit from the neck up or when she should apologize to the man she said harassed her or when she makes me look bad.” Cramer and Lewis added they can’t discuss severance negotiations unless doing so over coffee and on the record.

Your roommate: “I cleaned up the mold last week; do you mind hitting that new mold when you get a chance?”


• 9th-inning runs scored by visiting teams at McCormick Stadium now reported as “larcenies.”

An assistant to Kit Cramer prepares the exit interview for Pam Lewis.

What’s are the duties of the Director of Entrepreneurship?

• Uptick in shoplifting reflected in uptick in local Google searches for “How to cook warm steak hidden in pants.” • City-wide Tai Chi self-defense initiative has been a giant failure.

• Connect dog-biscuit bakers with people who have too much money • Encourage basement home brewers to tell their cohabitating significant others to shut the hell up and expand the basement into a full-scale brewery • Remind people that their passions can turn into 90-hour-a-week jobs as soon as they accumulate enough debt upfront • Make self scarce when “Going Out of Business Sale” sign goes up

Here are some resources for dealing with tenant issues, including mold:

Your previous landlord: Explain to them you are no longer upset about losing your security deposit and would like to make amends by moving back in and trying it one more time.

• The result is the way criminal complaints are reported — it now includes police calls that police do not respond to at all. • Property crimes now subcategory “hotel blight.”

Resources for tenants with mold Your mom or sister: Call them immediately. After venting your frustrations, you will find you are less upset about these issues. They know what to say to you.

Crime in Asheville is up 21%...why?

Asheville Mushroom Club: Turn your mold and fungus problem into a fun way to make new skeptical friends! Visitors: “I’m growing this extremely valuable mold that sells for $1,000 a pound. I can’t believe how easy it is to sell this stuff! I’ve got to run to the store to get a notebook so I can keep track of how much valuable mold I have around this place — can you believe I haven’t kept track of my inventory? I don’t need to buy trash bags, brillo pads, or scrapers though — I’ve got more than enough beneath my sink. See you in a few hours!”

Aquarius: Open a free checking account today Capricorn: Is it hard to meet you? Pisces: Re: broken vehicle fix Scorpio: Your account requires immediate attention Saggitarius: Action needed! Leo: I don’t know why yet but I’m sure it will be excellent Libra: What do you think about unscheduled meetings? Cancer: Follow your instincts Gemini: New people always bring some new stories Aries: Some days we got to do what we want Taurus: You don’t know it yet but amazing girl is writing u Virgo: All about studs









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a piEcE of thE action Fantasy sports are hugely popular, but when fans “draft” players for their teams, they “own” only the players’ statistics. Recently, Wall Street and Silicon Valley entrepreneurs created Fantex Holdings, which will allow investors to buy actual pieces of real players — namely, rights to 20 percent of the player’s lifetime earnings (including licensing and product endorsement deals). The firm told The New York Times in October that it will soon stage an “IPO” for budding NFL star Arian Foster and hopes to sign up many more athletes, plus singers and actors similarly early in their careers. (On the other hand, Fantex’s lawyers drew up a 37-page list of potential investment risks, such as injuries, slumps and scandals — and the fact that the stock will trade only on Fantex’s private exchange.) cuLtuRaL diVERsity Among the surprising legacies of communist East Germany’s oppressions is modern-day Germany’s commonplace “clothing-optional” lifestyle (FKK, or “Freikoerperkultur” — free body culture). A September Global Post dispatch counted hundreds of FKK beaches across the country, referencing a not-yet-authenticated snapshot of a young Angela Merkel frolicking nude in the 1960s or 1970s. Foreigners occasionally experience culture shock in German hotels’ saunas and swimming pools, where swimsuits are discouraged as “unhygienic.” • In December China joined a handful of countries (and 29 U.S. states) in strengthening elderly parents’ right to not only demand financial support from their adult children (which has been the law for more than a decade) but to file lawsuits if they feel emotionally ignored. In an October Associated Press feature, Zhang Zefang, 94, said she didn’t even understand the concept of “lawsuit” when a local official explained it — only that she deserved better from the children she’d raised who now allegedly resent her neediness. (A village court promptly ordered





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several family members to contribute support for Zhang.) LatEst RELigious mEssagEs Recent separate testings in 21 springs in Austria and 18 fonts in Vienna concluded that 86 percent of the holy water in the country’s churches isn’t safe to drink (most commonly infected with diarrhea-causing E. coli and Campylobacter). University of Vienna researchers found samples with up to 62 million bacteria per milliliter of water — and the busier the church, the higher the count. Various studies show “churchgoers” to be happier, more optimistic and healthier than other people, leading some atheists and agnostics to wonder whether the church experience could be fruitfully replicated but minus the belief in God. Created in London, the “Sunday Assembly” has now spread to New York City and Melbourne, Australia, with 18 other hoped-for openings by year’s end, according to a September report in The Week. first things first: An alleged drug ring in the Brooklyn, N.Y., neighborhood of Sheepshead Bay was busted in September after police cracked a stream of Internet messages offering heroin (called “DOB”) and cocaine (“white girl”). Among the messages was one sent at 6:45 one Friday evening advising customers that they had “45 minutes” to get their orders in for the weekend because the sellers would obediently shut down at 7:30 (i.e., sundown) for the Jewish sabbath. quEstionaBLE judgmEnts “You hired a convicted prostitute and thief to handle state money?” asked an incredulous Connecticut state legislator in September upon learning that Suki Handly had been employed from 2008 to 2012 passing out welfare benefits and that $44,000 was missing. Handly and two others had also been found guilty of theft

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pEopLE with woRsE sEx LiVEs than youRs (1) Optometrist Robert Deck III, 48, was arraigned in Oakland County, Mich., in October on an indecent exposure charge after he allegedly began masturbating in his office while fitting a female patient with contact lenses in August. (2) Edward Falcone, 57, a retired woodshop teacher at Brooklyn High School of the Arts, was arrested for public lewdness in October after students on a school bus reported a motorist masturbating as he followed the bus. (3) Leslie Bailey, 28, was convicted of misdemeanor lewd conduct in San Francisco in October after being spotted by a BART train operator on separate occasions, incompletely clothed, thrusting his hips against an empty seat. LEast-compEtEnt cRiminaLs Ariel Sinclair, 23, an assistant manager at a Rite Aid drugstore in Virginia Beach, Va., was charged in October with stealing $6,000 from the store’s Virginia State Lottery machine. Access to the machine requires an authorized fingerprint, which she supplied, apparently failing to consider that this might be difficult to explain. “We work a lot of different cases,” said a police spokesman; “Some are [easier] than others.”

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The ELFman of Asheville It’s a car? a bike? organic transit? By ann maRiE moLnaR

At first glance, it looks like something from the movie Roger Rabbit. You’re driving along and you notice a giant, green cartoonish insect traveling the opposite lane. But wait. No. That’s an actual vehicle, and it’s holding its own in the traffic. If you drive around Asheville often, you will see this vision sooner or later, along with its 68-year-old driver, Bill curtis. He is the happy owner and driver of Asheville’s very first ELF. It’s not the magical little creature we know from folklore. ELF stands for “Electric, Light, Fun.” It’s an OTV or Organic Transit Vehicle, and it was created by Durham, N.C.based company Organic Transit. It’s basically a recumbent tricycle with a protective shell. Legally classified as a bicycle, it can be driven wherever bikes are allowed. It has an electrical assist, so if you need to make it up the hill — or are just plain tired of pedaling — press the button, and whoosh, a surge of power kicks in. Thanks to the solar panel on top, seven hours in the sun will get you about 20 miles, depending on driving conditions. The battery pack gets the same mileage after a one-hour plug-in. The ELF’s polycarbonate shell keeps the rain off, and the plastic windshield apparently doesn’t need wipers. Curtis claims he’s stayed quite dry in downpours, even though the side windows aren’t covered. You can legally travel up to 20 mph on the ELF’s power assist. The vehicle weighs 130 pounds and comes in four colors: wasabi green, mango, silver and white. Curtis’ wasabi version gives the vehicle it’s whimsical, cartoonlike quality, especially when he wears his hot pink T-shirt and red bike helmet.


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gREEn machinE: Bill Curtis drives an Organic Transit Vehicle — powered by legs, the sun and batteries. Photo courtesy of Bill Curtis

So how did Curtis become the first ELFman of Asheville? Not long ago, I happened to overhear Nancy, his wife of 48 years, talking with a friend. “Well,” she said, “after you die you’re not allowed to drive.” What? Of course not, I thought. How could you drive? Nancy clarified, saying that if you clinically die and return to life, you’re not allowed to drive for the next six months. Her husband Bill had such an experience — a few, in fact — due to an arrhythmic heart condition. “His heart just stops,” she says. It first happened two years ago, when this very active, otherwise healthy man of 66 was playing softball. “I was on second base,” Curtis says. “Someone hit the ball, and I crossed home plate, crashed into the fence and went down. I woke up in the hospital two days later. They told

me I’d had a cardiac arrest. ‘Who says?’ I yelled. I was angry. I was out playing soft ball, having a good time, and the next thing I wake up with all these tubes and IVs and monitors stuck in me.” The diagnosis was Sudden Cardiac Death. “The cardiologist had never seen a case like mine,” Curtis says. His condition is called Ventricular Fibrillation. But thanks to modern medicine, and an internal defibrillator that will jolt his heart into action if it stops, Curtis is able to enjoy an active life. After six weeks, he was back on the softball field. Everyone was hoping that the initial cardiac event was a one-time situation. But when it happened several more times, Curtis decided that it was too dangerous to drive. Not an easy

decision for an active man who values his independence. But hey, why let a pesky little habit of dying cramp your style? So Nancy researched alternative modes of transit. That’s when she found the ELF. It was an added plus that these little vehicles were invented and produced locally in North Carolina. Nancy was especially happy about the “dead man’s button.” When you’re using the electric assist and take your hand off the power button, the vehicle stops, unlike a car. And it won’t fall over, like a bike. The couple drove to Durham in April, where Curtis test drove an ELF. The couple ordered one on the spot, but their vehicle wasn’t ready until late July. Nancy drove a U-Haul to Durham to pick it up, and the rest is history. So how does Curtis like his ELF? “It’s a lot of fun,” he says. “I can ride to stores and do the shopping.” He shows me the lockable storage bins in the back. “I go to UNC Asheville and West Asheville. Everything around here is about six miles.” Bill Curtis may own the very first ELF in Asheville, but it seems likely that the trend will catch on. With leg, solar and battery power, the ELF is great way to get around, stay healthy and save money on gas and car maintenance. And it’s saving the environment as well. Last but not least, it’s a conversation piece. “People are always coming up, commenting, noticing me when I drive by, giving me the thumbs up. Once a bunch of kids followed me down Haywood. ‘That’s awesome,’ they yelled. ‘Where’d you get it?’” Curtis parked his ELF in the front of the apartment complex where he lives, and while we sat on the porch talking, sure enough, three different groups of people wandered up and surrounded the bright green vehicle, gazing at it. Some of them even took photographs. “You must be quite a celebrity all of the sudden,” I said. “Yeah,” he answers, rather sheepishly. “But I don’t want to be a celebrity. I just want to get around.” X


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Fall Open House • Daoist Traditions College Acupuncture Clinic (pd.) Saturday, November 16, 1-4pm, 222 S. French Broad Avenue. In honor of The Great American Smokeout!! • Pulse Diagnosis • Ear Acupuncture • Student Talks • Chinese Herbal Tea • Seasonal Health Tips • Free treatment raffle • Stop Smoking Treatment Special: 5 for $25! All services Free and open to the public. More information: 828-253-8669 or Yoga for the Eyes (pd.) Fridays, 10:45-12:00—Natural vision improvement through Yoga, Qigong and the Bates Method. Nourish & Flourish, 347 Depot St. River Arts District. All Levels. Instructor: Nathan Oxenfeld. $12. Understanding the Affordable Care Act (ACA) (pd.) Platinum Exchange is offering Free 30 minute public presentations on Understanding the Affordable Care Act (ACA) at the Asheville Chamber, 3rd floor. Mondays at 12:15pm, 1:15pm and 2pm and Wednesdays at 12:15pm. More info: Affordable Care Act Info Sessions • Through TH (11/21) - Various Buncombe County libraries will host info sessions about the Affordable Care Act. Presented by The Council on Aging of Buncombe County. Info and schedule: 277-8288. Asheville Community Yoga Center Located at 8 Brookdale Road. Info: • FR (11/15), 7-9pm - Kirtan. A portion of proceeds benefit Asheville Community Yoga Center’s Bhakti Fund. $20. • SA (11/16), 10:30am-12:30pm - Qi Gong, an integration of postures, breathing techniques and focus. $20. • SA (11/16), 2:30-4:30pm - “Hips Over Heart,” an inversion workshop to help improve circulation, immune response, mental clarity and more. $20. • MONDAYS through (11/25), 1-2:30pm - Four-week Yoga Nidra series. $40. Mountain Area Health Education Center • TU (11/19), 5:30-7:30pm - A presentation on women’s health titled, “Findings from the NC Women’s Health Report Card: A Snapshot of Women’s Health Disparities” will be held in the Mountain Area Health Education Center Education Building, 121 Hendersonville Road. Free. Info: ncwomenshealth. Opportunity House Blood Tests • WEDNESDAYS, 8:30-10am - Opportunity House will offer blood profile laboratory testing at 1411 Asheville Highway, Hendersonville. $25. No appointment required. Info: or 6920575. Red Cross Blood Drives 100 Edgewood Road. Info: or 2583888. Appointment and ID required for blood drives. • MO (11/18), 2-6pm - Haw Creek Elementary School, 21 Trinity Chapel Road. Info: 298-4022. --- 2-6:30pm - West Asheville Baptist Church, 926 Haywood Road. Info: 683-3752. • WE (11/20), 11am-4:30pm - UNCA, 1 University Heights. Info and exact location: 1-800-RED CROSS. • TH (11/21), 2:30-6:30pm - Lutheran Church of the Nativity, 2425 Hendersonville Road, Arden. Info: 684-0352. Side by Side Singers • FRIDAYS through (11/22), 1-3pm - The Side by Side Singers will use music to enhance connections

between individuals diagnosed with dementia and their loved ones. Held at Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville, 1 Edwin Place. Free. Info: 641-4680. Yoga for Veterans • MONDAYS, 7-8pm - A yoga class for veterans and their families will be offered at Asheville Yoga Donation Studio, 239 S. Liberty St. All levels. Free. Info: or 254-0380. • TUESDAYS, 4:30pm - A beginner class for veterans held weekly in the Charles George VA Medical Center cafeteria, 1100 Tunnel Road. Bring mat if possible. Free. Info:

Support Groups Adult Children Of Alcoholics & Dysfunctional Families ACOA is an anonymous 12-step, “Twelve Tradition” program for women and men who grew up in alcoholic or otherwise dysfunctional homes. Info: • FRIDAYS, 7pm - “Inner Child” study group. Grace Episcopal Church, 871 Merrimon Ave. Info: 989-8075. • SUNDAYS, 3pm - “Living in the Solution.” The Servanthood House, 156 E. Chestnut St. Open big book study. Info: 989-8075. • MONDAYS, 7pm - “Generations,” First Congregational UCC, 20 Oak St. Info: 474-5120. Adult Children of Alcoholics and Dysfunctional Families • TUESDAYS, 7pm - A confidential, 12-step study group that provides a safe place to share feelings linked to childhood events that were the result of dysfunctional behavior exhibited by adults. Meets at First Congregational Church, 20 Oak St. Info: 2731280. Al-Anon Al-Anon is a support group for the family and friends of alcoholics. More than 33 groups are available in the WNC area. Info: or 800-2861326. • WEDNESDAYS, 11:30am - “Daytime Serenity,” Pardee Education Center at the Blue Ridge Mall, 1800 Four Seasons Blvd. --- 5:45pm - Al-Anon meeting for women, Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church, 798 Merrimon Ave. --- 7pm - Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church, 798 Merrimon Ave. • THURSDAYS, 6pm - Al-Anon meeting for women, New Hope Presbyterian Church, 3020 Sweeten Creek Road. • THURSDAYS, 7pm - “Parents of Children with Alcoholism,” West Asheville Presbyterian Church, 690 Haywood Road. --- 7pm - Pinecrest Presbyterian Church, 1790 Greenville Highway at North Highland Lake Road, Flat Rock. --- 8pm - Fletcher United Methodist Church, 50 Library St., Fletcher. • FRIDAYS, 1pm - “Keeping the Focus,” First Baptist Church, 5 Oak St. Entrance near Charlotte Street. --5:30pm - “Family Matters,” First United Church, 66 Harrison Ave., Franklin. • SATURDAYS, 10am - “One Day at a Time,” First Baptist Church, 312 5th Ave. W., Hendersonville. --- 10am - “Grace Fireside,” Grace Episcopal Church, 871 Merrimon Ave. --- 10am - “Saturday Serenity,” St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 337 Charlotte St. --- noon - “Courage to Change,” Bess Sprinkle Memorial Library, Weaverville. • SUNDAYS, 5pm - Al-Anon and Alateen, West Asheville Presbyterian Church, 690 Haywood Road. • MONDAYS, noon - “Keeping the Focus,” First Baptist Church, 5 Oak St. Entrance near Charlotte street. --- 6pm - “Attitude of Gratitude,” Grace

Episcopal Church, 871 Merrimon Ave. --- 7pm First Christian Church, 201 Blue Ridge Road, Black Mountain. --- 7:30pm - First United Methodist Church, Jackson and Church Streets, Sylva. --- 8pm “Al-Anon Spoken Here,” Ledger Baptist Church, U.S. 226 near Bakersville. --- 8pm - Pinecrest Presbyterian Church, 1790 Greenville Highway at North Highland Lake Road. • TUESDAYS, 4pm - Grace Church, 242 Highway 107 N., Cashiers. --- 5:30pm - “Steps to Recovery,” Kenilworth Presbyterian Church, 123 Kenilworth Road. --- 7pm - “One Day at a Time,” First Congregational UCC, 20 Oak St. --- 8pm Transylvania men’s meeting, Brevard-Davidson River Presbyterian Church, 249 E. Main St., Brevard.

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Caring for Aging Parents Education and Support • 3rd MONDAYS, 5-6:30pm - Caring for Aging Parents Education and Support (CAPES) meets monthly at Mission Hospital’s Loretta Hall, Conference Room 6, located behind the St. Joseph Hospital Building. CAPES serves anyone caring for or concerned about an aging parent or adult. Free. Info: 277-8288 or 213-4542.

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Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance: Magnetic Minds • WEDNESDAYS, 7-9pm & SATURDAYS, 4-6pm Magnetic Minds provides self-help through weekly, peer-facilitated support meetings offering acceptance, info and techniques to manage challenges. Meets at 1316-C Parkwood Road, across from the West Asheville BB&T. Free. Info: MagneticMinds. or 367-7660. Eating Disorders Support Groups • WEDNESDAYS, 7-8pm - Support group for adults at T.H.E. Center for Disordered Eating, 297 Haywood St. Led by licensed professionals. Free. Info: or 337-4685. • 3rd SATURDAYS, 10-11:30am - A support group for family members, caregivers and friends of individuals struggling with eating disorders is held at T.H.E. Center for Disordered Eating, 297 Haywood St. Led by licensed professionals. Free. Info: or 337-4685. • 1st & 3rd MONDAYS, 5:30-6:30pm - Teen eating disorder support group for ages 15-17. Led by licensed therapists at T.H.E. Center for Disordered Eating, 297 Haywood St. Participants must currently be in therapy. Free. Info: or 3374685. • 1st & 3rd MONDAYS, 5:30-6:30pm - A free support group for loved ones, parents and families seeking education and support for eating disorders. Held at T.H.E. Center for Disordered Eating, 297 Haywood St. Info: or 337-4685. HIV/AIDS Support Group • 1st & 3rd TUESDAYS, 6pm - Western North Carolina AIDS Project (WNCAP) hosts a free, confidential HIV/AIDS support group led by a trained facilitator. Info and location: 252-7489, ext. 328;; 252-7489; or NAMI Support Groups The National Alliance on Mental Illness offers three types of groups to support people living with mental health issues and their families, friends and loved ones. Free. Info: or 505-7353. • WEDNESDAYS, 2pm - Dual Diagnosis Support Group. For individuals with MH/SA diagnoses. 3 Thurland Ave., off Biltmore Avenue. • 1st SATURDAYS, 10am; 2nd & 4th MONDAYS, 11am; 3rd TUESDAYS, 6pm - Connection group for people with mental health issues. 356 Biltmore Ave., Suite 207. • 1st SATURDAYS, 10am; 3rd TUESDAYS, 6pm -

Nar-Anon • Nar-Anon provides support to relatives and friends concerned about the addiction or drug problem of a loved one. • TUESDAYS, 7pm - West Asheville Presbyterian Church, 690 Haywood Road; enter through back door. Info: • WEDNESDAYS, 12:30pm - First United Methodist Chuch, 204 6th Ave. W., Hendersonville. Enter through side parking lot. Info: 891-8050.

• TUESDAYS, 5:30-6:30pm - New Voice, a support group for eating disorder recovery, will be held at Balance Point Collaborative, 263 Haywood St. Free. Info: or 348-6922. Overeaters Anonymous A fellowship of individuals who are recovering from compulsive overeating. A 12-step program. • TUESDAYS, 10:30am-noon - Asheville: Grace Episcopal Church, 871 Merrimon Ave. at Ottari. Info: 609-731-0808. Recovering Couples Anonymous • MONDAYS, 6:30pm & SATURDAYS, 10am Recovering Couples Anonymous, for couples with at least one member in a 12-step program. Held every other Monday at Foster Seventh Day Adventist Church, 375 Hendersonville Road, and every other Saturday at The Unity Church Center, 2041 Old Fanning Bridge Road, Mills River. Info and schedule: Recovery From Food Addiction • MONDAYS, noon & FRIDAYS, 7pm - A 10-step support group for those suffering from food addiction meets at Biltmore United Methodist Church, 376 Hendersonville Road, second floor. Info: S-Anon • ONGOING - An anonymous 12-step program for those affected by another’s sexual behavior. Four meetings available weekly in WNC. Days, times, locations and additional info: 258-5117. SMART Recovery • THURSDAYS, 6pm - A peer support group to help individuals gain independence from all types of addictive behavior (drugs, alcohol, gambling, sex, etc.). Meets at Grace Episcopal Church, 871 Merrimon Ave. Info: or 407-0460. WNC Brain Tumor Support • 3rd THURSDAYS, 6:30-8pm - WNC Brain Tumor Support meets at MAHEC, 121 Hendersonville Road. Info: or 691-2559. MORE WELLNESS EVENTS ONLINE Check out the Wellness Calendar online at www. for info on events happening after November 21. CALENDAR DEADLINE The deadline for free and paid listings is 5 p.m. WEDNESDAY, one week prior to publication. Questions? Call (828)251-1333, ext. 365




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True stories Grace Covenant Church hosts series of personal narratives

Karen, a former New York City probation officer who is about fivefeet-nothing in height, has a big presence. Her New York accent is as thick as weekend traffic on the Long Island Expressway. She seems tough. Someone who’s seen a few things in her time. Someone you don’t mess with. Yet when she’s done telling her story about love and loss to a group gathered on a recent Sunday at Avenue M in North Asheville, there’s not a dry eye in the room. Then there’s Walter, who tells a tale of narrowly escaping trouble in pre-World-War II Czechoslovakia through his knowledge of chess. And Michael, who opens up about his battle with and triumph over a speech impediment. And there are four others who weave tales about topics as diverse as high school baseball and toileting in foreign countries. They’re all part of the Real. Life. Stories. program, which was started by a team of story-lovers at Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church in North Asheville. Although initiated by church organizers, the program has never had a Christian-specific focus. Instead, as Pastor mark Ramsey explains, it was a way to foster the inward reflection that comes from telling our stories. “I

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stoRytELLERs: Grace Covenant Church’s Real. Life. Stories. program riffs on an NPR program, The Moth. Pastor Kristy Farber, youth-and-young-adult coordinator Nathan McMahan and church member Heather Brown (left to right) helped make it happen. Photo by Nick King

think our culture’s starved for nurturing deep places,” he says. “We can often just go on the surface a lot. And while not needing to slap a religious label on what we do, I love any time people get to explore a deep place in their lives in a nurturing community.” selena hilemon, a storyteller from one of the four events the group has already hosted, says: “It seems very common that we mostly interact with one another on superficial levels, and this event tore down all of the things that keep us insulated from one another. At our core, I think what’s important is to learn to live in community with our neighbors. To learn empathy. To learn to hear one another’s stories. What better way to do this than gathering people in a bar on Sunday afternoons and inviting them to listen.” Anyone familiar with The Moth radio program is familiar with the format, which gives people less than 10 minutes to tell a true story that has both meaning and depth. In fact, Real. Life. Stories. came about because one of Grace Covenant’s other pastors, kristy farber,

had a friend in Seattle who knew an NPR producer. Before long, Farber, Ramsey, nathan mcmahan (the youth and young adult coordinator at the church), church member heather Brown and staffer heather gast had booked a flight to Washington state to train so they could bring a story-telling program back to Asheville. Ramsey said the team first took them to an open-mic night to demonstrate how not to do a storytelling program and to emphasize the importance of curating the stories. Church members then had to tell stories of their own on the theme, “Being Wrong.” They went through the same curation process that they themselves now use to help Real. Life. Stories. participants shape their own tales. cuRation According to McMahan, that process consists of four stages. In the first, the storyteller is asked to focus on the vivid images in the story. “We ask them to find the landmark sensory spots in the story,” he says.

Next, the storyteller is guided deeper into the tale to find where it might connect with the audience. Farber says this is a critical part of the process. “If you’re telling a story,” she says, “I’m not just listening to your story, I’m naturally wondering how I connect to it. In all our stories, we hope that at the end, someone from the audience will go up to you and say, ‘Let me tell you about the story [that] yours brought up in me.’” Third comes a focus on connecting the story to a theme. Like The Moth, all of the story events center on a particular theme. Past topics have included “Great Expectations,” “That’s When I Knew,” and “It Seemed Like A Good Idea At The Time.” For the next event, scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 17, at Avenue M (across the street from Grace Presbyterian), the topic will be “Improbable.” In the final phase of the process, McMahon says storytellers are asked “What’s the takeaway? What’s the wisdom? What are we leaving here hanging on to?” At this stage, Ramsey points out, it’s important that the tale not be reduced to a simple moral or easy editorializing. The goal is to find the deeper meaning in the story. “Life isn’t neat, so stories shouldn’t be neat,” he says. thERapEutic taLEs In many ways, the curation process is as important as the actual event. Through it, participants get to work through issues and memories they might not otherwise explore. For Hilemon, it’s been a transformative time. “I’ve been most surprised by all of the emotions that I have unearthed and how giving really difficult life events light and voice has encouraged me to make different decisions in my life,” she says. “I consider myself a reflective and contemplative person, but when someone asks you to tell ‘your’ story — without apology, without treading carefully around the feelings, perspectives and understanding that you usually give to others — well, it’s an incredibly empowering thing.” Stories are never written down during the process, as the focus is

friends and family of the readers. Instead, 150 guests filled the room. The next event saw similar success, and that’s when organizers decided to move it to Avenue M. teri siegel, who owns the restaurant/bar, says hosting Real. Life. Stories. fits perfectly with her community-minded focus. “Our tagline is ‘Eat, Drink, Gather,’” she says. “The eating and drinking is part of it, but the gathering, to me, is what makes this place so vibrant and wonderful.” So far, attendees and participants seem pleased with the event’s location. Upcoming storyteller Eric Rainey says that “the last event was supercharged.” He continues, “Stories are the foundation of relationships — stories we hear and tell, stories we create together. It’s like one really grand dinner party. And the food’s quite tasty to boot!”

very much on the oral tradition. According to Farber, the act of writing changes the story and can lock it into a static form that’s not as engaging as a verbal narrative that’s a little different each time. Previous storyteller susie wheelis found this an intriguing process. “We didn’t read our stories, we told them,” she says. “And even though I initially wrote it down, I soon realized that I knew what I wanted to say and put the notes down. Interestingly, each time I tell it, it is slightly different and it has opened up a curiosity to explore a period of my life that I have never really spent much time thinking about. The mantra was that you are the only one that knows your story, so there is no wrong way to tell it!” REaL. LifE. gRowth. October marked the one-year anniversary of the date the program founders went out to Washington. The program has been a hit ever since. Ramsey mentions that at the initial event, held at the church, they expected about 30 people to show up — all

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How do you market a product that’s unlike anything else out there? You shoot a faux-horror commercial, of course, if, like local inventor Larry donahue, you also happen to be a writer and filmmaker (his film, The Devil’s Courthouse, played at the 2004 Asheville Film Festival). “It’s been hard to get people to grasp what RoboCloset is,” says Donahue. “You could show it to someone, you could literally have it in your hand, and you could ask them, ‘What is that?’ and they would have no clue. You’ve got to see it in action.” So Donahue enlisted the help of locals — actress Leah spicer and director troy scott Burnette. Spicer plays a young woman who has a scary encounter with her overstuffed closet before discovering the benefits of RoboCloset. The commercial has a surprisingly high production value and a genuinely spooky opening. So what is RoboCloset? In short, it’s a mechanical arm, attached to a wall, that can be lowered or raised by remote control. Up to 35 pounds of clothes on hangers can be hooked into slots along the arm when it’s lowered. When the arm is raised, the clothes stack together in a descending vertical fall. A valance system at the end of the arm covers the clothes so that once the arm is up, the whole thing looks like a window treatment. A casual observer would never know there were clothes hanging behind it. Like many inventions, the idea for RoboCloset was born of an accidental oversight. Donahue, who grew up and lived in Asheville before moving to Florida in 1996, decided to move back after debuting his play Dreamland Motel here in 2011 [see “Dream on,” Sept. 13, 2011, Xpress.]

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thE hoRRoR: Actress Leah Spicer demonstrates a scary encounter with an overstuffed closet in Larry Donahue’s faux-horror commercial about his invention, RoboCloset. Image courtesy of Larry Donahue

He bought a tiny piece of land near Beaucatcher Tunnel and drew up blueprints for an appropriately tiny house. Only later did he realize that he had failed to put in a closet. “The house is basically a studio,” explains Donahue. “It’s just one big room with a separate [but] combined laundry and bathroom, and I thought, ‘Oh, God, I don’t want to have to frame in a closet. It’s just going to mess the whole thing up.’” Fortunately he was still waiting for his house in Florida to sell, so he had time to play around with some ideas. Eventually he came up with a compact clothes storage system that wouldn’t take up any extra floor space. The original prototype, says Donahue, was made out of wood and included an actuator he bought off eBay and parts from

a high-powered paper shredder he paid $1 for at Habitat for Humanity. When the final version, made out of aluminum this time, ended up working well in his own small space, he knew he was onto something with commercial potential. Donahue partnered with friend jody Link to further refine and develop RoboCloset. They are now producing the final product for sale on their website. They’ve also obtained a provisional patent through the Van Winkle Law Firm. “It’s the kind of thing that people who are cramped for space will appreciate,” says Donahue, foreseeing an eventual market in cities like New York and Tokyo, notorious for tiny living spaces. “It takes up almost no space at all.” While Donahue clearly sees RoboCloset’s potential, it’s defi-

nitely been a challenge trying to market a product with no history, no reviews and as of yet, little word-of-mouth. “It’s been a steep curve, because it’s the kind of product that’s not really related to anything,” he admits. “There’s nothing like it; we can’t tie ourselves to anything else because it’s a totally new thing.” One avenue Donahue has tried was to contact Shark Tank, the reality television show that invites aspiring entrepreneurs to pitch their business or product to a panel of potential investors. While the producers were interested enough to invite Donahue to submit a video about RoboCloset, in the end, he wasn’t asked to appear on the show. Still, he says, philosophically, “It’s always nice to be asked to throw your hat into the ring.” Donahue is now focusing on giving away a limited number of RoboClosets to people who live in small or challenging spaces. In return he only asks that the users post a YouTube video about their experience with the product.

“We’re willing to give some away so we can get some reviews,” he explains. “So when people actually go to purchase one, they can say, ‘Okay, well, Susie bought one, and it worked out for her and it did the job and she’s happy.’ It’s kind of tough when you have no reviews.” Donahue credits the engineering know-how that went into designing RoboCloset to his days building hot rods back in the 1950s and ’60s, cruising up and down Tunnel Road, roaring into hot spots like Babe Malloy’s or the drive-in at Buck’s Red Carpet Room. “We didn’t think of it as ‘engineering’ at the time,” he remembers. “You just wanted to go fast [and] show off and be a jackass. ... But the engineering that goes into RoboCloset, the geometry of the whole thing, it comes from building hot rods. So it came in handy.” For more information about RoboCloset and to see the commercial, visit X

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While they won’t be able to blow anything up in an office, avi silverman says that having a physical space is an important first step for the tinkerers, inventors, engineers and such who call themselves the Asheville Makers. He likens the group’s new “makerspace,” which officially opened its doors on Nov. 5, to “an artists’ collective for engineers.” Fellow organizer ian Baillie calls them “a bunch of mad scientists.” Sometimes called “hackerspaces,” makerspaces are a place for people to get together and make things. For the Asheville Makers, this includes such things as building, fixing and creating car engines, mini-hovercrafts, hydroponic gardens, craft projects and more. Baillie would rather be working with a wrench than staring at computer screens or tinkering with the various gadgets that litter the makerspace desks. But the lack of a larger workspace didn’t deter him from getting involved with the group. “We’ve developed a ridiculously large network of makers,” says Baillie. “At this point in time, you can come into this group with a project that you’re working on … and find somebody else who can probably help you take the next step in [the project] that you’re just not able to physically [or] mentally do. … It’s just the ability to be able to network with a group of people with just a broad swath of abilities and interests.” The group came into existence about two years ago, but the core leaders of the Asheville Makers — Silverman, Baillie, aric seigle, dallas taylor and mara mcLaughlin-taylor — have been reviving and leading the organization since April. Silverman says that the new space, located at 9 Walnut St., will be instrumental in attracting new members and providing a space to host Tuesday-night meetings and regular workshops. And while different group members’ interests vary, all the core organizers share a similar vision for the future of the organization, including achieving nonprofit status. A primary focus is to provide

Asheville Makers open new collective for creating and fixing stuff

wE makE things: From community fix-it nights to creative development, these “makerspace” organizers plan to make the most of their new digs at 9 Walnut St. (from left to right: Mara McLaughlin-Taylor, Dallas Taylor, Avi Silverman and Ian Baillie)

an educational resource for both the general community as well as local schools. These initiatives include public workshops, connecting with schools and hosting community “fixit nights.” “A big part of what I’m hoping to bring to this group is a movement towards not only making, but a movement towards fixing,” says Baillie. “The things you use every day aren’t these cryptic devices that you need to replace at great expense every time something happens. … You can take them apart, you can figure out what makes them work [and] become less of a disposable society and more of a self-reliant and self-discovering model.” The group also envisions becoming a hub for innovation and a resource for local startups. “For me, this is something really good for Asheville on an economic development side of things,” Taylor explains. “So the idea is that we have [a] makerspace that is very open and invites the public to enjoy and be entertained by technology. … But then, people who have ideas can come along, people with businesses can come along, and we can help form those ideas and shape those ideas into more refined things.” ty hallock, owner of TopFloorStudio, a software com-

pany and co-working space, also sees the potential for the Asheville Makers to contribute to Asheville businesses in a big way — so much so, his company hosts the group rentfree. “Some people like to look at this movement as a kind of renaissance of how we’re able to really kick-start the economy,” says Hallock. “It’s not just about having jobs and companies. … It’s the infrastructure, [and] you’ve got to have people like the Makers building community around these things.” Asheville Makers has some big dreams, but as McLaughlin-Taylor points out, “This is a group of doers,” she says. “People who actually go forth, think of projects and create projects. It’s not just the dreamer piece of it, it’s also the doing piece of it.” “I would hope that we would inspire other people, says Silverman. “Not to become makers — because I think everybody is a maker — whether that’s making food or your bed — you make things all the time, but for people to identify that they are makers. At least for me, that [has been] really empowering.” Find out more about the Asheville Makers and their new makerspace at, or connect via Facebook at ashevillemakerspace. X








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For many locals, healthy eating means thinking back before the age of processed, imported foods and scouting out only the freshest local, organic ingredients to transfer from farm or garden to plate. One might think the concept of minimally processed, local food runs rampant throughout this environmentally conscious town — it’s Asheville, right? But some area residents are finding it increasingly difficult to stick to their strict “paleolithic” diets in town. This concept of only consuming local, organic food is exactly the idea behind the paleo diet, which stems from the belief that humans are healthiest when eating in-season food from their own geographical areas, just as the hunters and gatherers did during early human history. “Basically who we are now genetically and who we were during the Paleolithic period — the differences are marginal,” says Josh Winnecour, who just opened up a new paleo-style food truck, Fuel, on Nov. 6, thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign. “They certainly didn’t ship food in from other regions. I think our bodies are designed to eat what’s available. It’s the way our bodies are genetically designed to be fed.” Of course, the term “paleo diet” doesn’t suggest that Ashevilleans should all regress back to cavemen, hunting all and any animals found scurrying about the Blue Ridge Mountains. It does, however, mean eating the simplest of ingredients straight from local farms — no bread, no sugar, no dairy and minimal or smart starches, though according to Winnecour, the specific restrictions do vary from person to person.


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“The term itself is kind of loaded just because so many different people and books and blogs and everything have so many different takes on it,” he says. “The first thing is defining what it is, and that’s tough. “Two years ago, I learned of the term and started researching, just cutting back on grain, added sugar and processed food. I saw a remarkable change in my fitness and health and weight. All of a sudden I had so much more energy in my athletic endeavors, and I didn’t get sick as often. It was definitely an eye-opening experience.” Many paleo-friendly locals heard of the diet through their involvement with the three area branches of CrossFit, a fitness training program that, simply put, offers varied workouts that focus on strength and conditioning.

Back to Basics: A paleolithic diet consists of in-season, locally raised, organic meats and vegetables. Photos by Carly Deyton

“CrossFit is intense,” says Joan Sprinkle, who has been on the paleo diet for about six months. “You have to fuel your body, and you do that with protein and healthy carbs. Paleo is a good way to maintain the energy needed to be successful in the workouts.” Winnecour estimates there are 1,000 to 2,000 locals who currently consider their eating habits to be paleo, and many others who consider their diets organic, which he says is basically only one step below the paleo diet.

Though there are many area restaurants and grocers that supply the ingredients necessary to facilitate the paleo diet, many paleo dieters have yet to find a location that sports a 100 percent paleo-friendly menu — at least until now. Winnecour just recently received enough money from his Kickstarter campaign, which ended Nov. 2, to start an all-paleo food truck, Fuel — Feeding Your Fitness. He and 175 backers raised $16,528 to fund Asheville’s newest addition to the food truck scene. “There’s really not any [restaurants] here that are paleo-friendly,” Sprinkle said prior to Winnecour’s campaign reaching its required amount of $15,000. “There are lot of restaurants that sell organic food or all-natural, but they don’t put it together in a way that supports a strictly paleo diet.

“A lot of times when I was eating out, I’d have to get a salad with a chicken breast added to it, with no cheese or dairy-based dressings or sauces. It [would be] really nice to have the Fuel truck so I’ll have choices. I won’t have to worry about if it’s paleo.” And Sprinkle’s wish has been granted. Winnecour’s food truck opened for business last week, parking for now at the three area CrossFit locations, with its schedule subject to change. “We’re still working out the details on the schedule and trying to add staff to the team and keep production up and figure it all out,” Winnecour says, mentioning that Ashevilleans can “like” Fuel’s Facebook page to get daily updates on the truck’s location. “Essentially the real work of the business is starting, and we’re really fortunate to have the resource of that Kickstarter to make it all work. “And we’re really lucky to have Chef Andy Danh [from Doc Chey’s Noodle House] on board, because being able to serve paleo is one thing, but being able to serve delicious food that happens to be paleo is another thing,” Winnecour continues. “I mean, the concept is cool but having delicious food is priority number one.” Sprinkle is currently in the middle of an eight-week “paleo challenge,” her second strict challenge since starting the diet. She says that while she usually sticks to the general paleo diet, she occasionally has “cheat days” or “cheat meals” because of how difficult it is to find meals at restaurants that are 100 percent diet-friendly (but not during the challenges). In addition to Fuel, Sprinkle mentions Farm Burger (without the bun) and Posana Café’s kale salad (without cheese) as two places in town that carry options available for her diet, while Winnecour mentions Early Girl Eatery and Over Easy Café’s breakfast bowl as paleo-friendly options. Meanwhile, Sprinkle grocery shops at Greenlife, Earthfare and frequents the Western North Carolina Farmer’s Market for her locally grown and raised produce and meat. YMCA Healthy Living Instructor Copland Rudolph says she visited Portland, Ore., last year and noticed the growing number of paleo-friendly restaurants and menu items in the area, whereas in Asheville, options are

sparse. In town, she recommends the Buddha bowl from Tod’s Tasties with sausage substituted for tempeh, as well as the options mentioned by Sprinkle and Winnecour. There are many other advantages Ashevilleans see in “going paleo” besides training for CrossFit. “Not only have I seen it improve people’s health drastically, but it is a much, much better way of helping the planet,” says local farmer Ashley Sierra. “The thing about paleo is that it supports grass-fed animals and policies that allow for animals to be raised in a way that is moral. This not only helps the animal and the land in multiple ways, but it makes the food more nutritious, whether it be animal food or plant foods grown on the fertile soil.” Daniel Ballard has just taken up the paleo lifestyle within the past two-and-a-half months. “Besides losing 25 pounds, to be completely honest, I don’t feel tired after I eat,” he says, explaining his weight loss is attributed to both the new diet and the CrossFit training. “I feel full, but I don’t feel tired. You don’t get that insulin crash after you eat a big meal, and you want to take a nap. Doing that in the middle of the day kills your productivity. You don’t have the energy to give it your all. But I’ve noticed since I started paleo, I feel fine. I feel great.” Paleo dieters around town must remain crafty in order to keep up with the diet. The Paleo Asheville Facebook page currently boasts 303 “likes” and serves as a platform for discussion within the paleo-dieting community, as well as having been the contact point for a potluck for the group early last month. Winnecour says now that his food truck is up and running, he hopes it will help popularize the diet which he and so many others in the community struggle to maintain in such an otherwise food-centric town. The response so far has been very positive. “I think you can pick your way through some menus in town,” he says. “But it’s a huge effort for anyone who is paleo to eat. You’re constantly trying to figure out what the potential hazards are on the menu. It can be really challenging, and you feel like you’re interrogating the wait staff. “I think [Fuel] will popularize or maybe normalize paleo eating a little bit more, and it will definitely be a go-to option for folks in terms of eating healthier and clean while not having to worry, ‘How manufactured is my food?’” X

paLEo powER: Josh Winnecour, far right, is helping fill the gap in Asheville’s paleo food offerings with his new food truck, Fuel. Pictured with, from left, Cara Newman, Kizi Danh and Meg Winnecour. Photo by Carly Deyton

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The deep, melodic sound summoned me like a call to prayer or meditation. I looked up and saw wind chimes, moving ever so gently in the breeze — just enough to emit beautiful, mysterious sound and to remind me that having a cup of coffee can be a spiritual experience. Yes, not only do I love coffee, but I am called to it. I paused for a moment, under those wind chimes, took a deep breath, centered myself and remembered what this fika project is all about [see “The Fika Files,” Oct. 16 Xpress]. It is not about grabbing coffee and running out again, on my way to my next appointment. No, to fika means to take some time to sit down and have coffee — alone or with someone else. It means slowing down. Enjoying the moment. Living in the present. And connecting with others. Inspired by the wind chimes above me, I opened the door to Allgood Coffee in Weaverville, and I knew that I had entered a special place. There I felt a sense of belonging. All types of people were sitting in the coffeehouse, working, chatting, reading. They were all living their lives, doing their thing, and doing it right there in Allgood — a place that just begs you to slow down a bit. Regulars Sarahjane and Allan Dooley, who frequent the coffeehouse to relax and re-connect, describe it as “a sacred place.” smaLL-town goodnEss

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Allgood, owned by Eric and Anna Anderson, is just a short drive north of Asheville. Weavervile is a classic, all-American small town. And the fact that autumn had arrived made my visit all the more picturesque, like a Norman Rockwell painting, capturing the essence of American life on canvas. There were streets lined with houses with white picket fences. Pumpkins on doorsteps. A small main street, buzzing with people and business, but not overcrowd-

ed. The local elementary school was just a short walk down the street as well. Everything about Weaverville felt simple, idyllic, and welcoming. After moving to the Asheville area from northern Georgia a few years ago, the Andersons had the opportunity to follow their dream of opening a cafe in Weaverville, making them an integral part of this communityoriented mountain town. Allgood has been open for eight months now, and the community seems to be loving it. Word has spread, and the new coffeehouse, which is in part of the old firehouse, has become a place where the “community is starting to gather,” says Eric Anderson. It seems that Weaverville has gladly opened its arms to embrace Allgood as one of their own. a RELationship oVER coffEE As Allgood regulars, the Dooleys have most definitely become part of its coffeehouse family, telling me, “You think you are coming in for a cup of coffee, but you’re not. It’s a relationship.” I don’t think I could describe fika in a better way. You see, it’s not just about drinking a latte on the go. Fika is about choosing to enter into a relationship with another person, or nurturing one that is already formed, including our relationship with ourselves. And that is very easily done at Allgood. From chatting with Eric as he took his time and poured his heart into every cup o’ joe he created, to striking up conversation with other customers like the Dooleys, I found myself wanting to sit and stay for a while. I felt nourished, not only by the delicious hazelnut latte in my hands, but also by interactions with others. I found myself simply being present in the moment, absorbing all that was around me, reflecting on my thoughts, and laughing as I met new friends. Whether it’s business meetings or book clubs, Allgood is gaining

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a reputation of being a place for creating community in Weaverville. As I sat, sipping coffee and writing in my journal, I noticed a young girl walk in alone. She went straight up to the counter. Anderson greeted her by name and asked if he could do anything for her. She politely stated that she was just saying hello, then she promptly turned and left again. Mrs. Dooley says that the community feeling that this little girl exhibited, the feeling that everyone belongs and is welcome, is because Anderson “is a magical man.” Yes, it is magical how the Andersons create an open and loving environment. a gathERing pLacE As I sat there, soaking in the atmosphere, I found myself thinking about the wind chimes again. For me, bells and chimes symbolize a call to something. They summon us to stop and take notice, whether it is the chiming of the hour on a courthouse clock or the chiming of a bell when someone has died. Bells and chimes inspire rever-

ence. They call us to gather together. I think that the Andersons’ wind chimes, which they brought with them from Georgia, call people to be in relationship with each other. As a church, synagogue or mosque gathers people together to be in relationship with one another, Allgood does the same. Such places are not the building; they’re the people. So is Allgood. For Eric Anderson, his passion for coffee is what “drives the engine. [But] as far as the fuel, it’s the people.” And when you are waiting for your coffee or talking with a fellow customer, you know that Anderson means what he says. You can feel it. In this season of giving thanks, I hope that we all find a little time for ourselves. I hope we all hear that calling to fika, alone or with someone else. But, most of all, I hope that we create more places like Allgood; places that turn regular, ordinary moments into sacred moments of relationship and presence. That is the heart of fika. You can find Allgood Coffee at 10-B S. Main St., Weaverville. X

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Josh Mitchell and Diane Hutt could have walked straight off the pages of Outside magazine. Josh braved Alaskan fishing for 14 years. Diane, a former Mars Hill University professor, tests her mettle with Alaskan fishing when she’s not working as an Antarctic lab technician. Both love high-endurance sports. A normal day for Mitchell is CrossFit followed by mountain biking. But apparently, trekking the world and keeping incredibly fit is not enough: These folks aim for nothing less than changing the nature of the foods consumed by highly active people. Their solution? Salmon jerky and exotically flavored energy bars. Appropriately, the tag line for their business, Threshold Provisions, is “Fuel the Moment!” “Everyone has a moment in their adventurous lives, and we want to be a part of it,” notes Mitchell, whose affable, soft-spoken manner belies the intense nature of his chosen recreations. Hutt was off assisting scientists studying Antarctic seals when Xpress caught up with Mitchell, who’s now traded the rigors of the Alaskan seas for the challenge of launching a business. He calls it “one of the hardest and most rewarding things we’ve done. It’s the same sort of adventure, but in a new setting.” Threshold’s current headquarters is at Blue Ridge Food Ventures, A-B Tech’s business incubator in Enka. The couple’s salmon jerky is available at their online store and through local retail outlets. Mitchell says the idea stemmed from his dissatisfaction with traditional jerky’s ability to sustain energy. “Most people never equated salmon with jerky,” he explains. “It gave us a means to bring some magic from Alaska and transform it into a tasty, shelf-stable form.” Now, though, the business’s focus is its energy bars, which come in flavors like cherry-coconut and blueberry-ginger. All are gluten-, dairy- and soy-free. “We created the bars because we wanted something that was moist

fRom BakLaVa to EnERgy BaRs: Threshold Provisions founders Josh Mitchell and Diane Hutt figured that the best way to have access to palatable energy bars and other food for high-endurance sports was to make it themselves. Photo by Tobias Llaves

enough to be palatable after exercise,” says Mitchell. Research and development began in 2009; luckily, Hutt hails from a long line of elite Dutch bakers. But how to make the perfect bar? The answer was inspired by a traditional Greek pastry. “Diane made baklava before the 2009 Pisgah Mountain Bike Adventure Race,” says Mitchell, adding, “I was able to stomach it after the 12-hour race. The honey, sugar and dates were very sustaining.” Hutt and Mitchell continued to play with the recipe, and by last winter, they were ready to challenge their next batch of guinea pigs — a worldly and demanding bunch. “I was invited down to Patagonia by my friend who designs gear for Arc’teryx,” Mitchell explains. “He takes athletes out to test his gear. I came along to do real-time food testing.” At that point, however, Mitchell’s self-doubt seeped in. “Once at base camp, I felt intimidated. These were pros; here were my feeble attempts to provide provisions against wellmade brands.”

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Sisters McMullen passes the torch to Geraldine’s Bakery After being for sale since last spring, The Sisters McMullen is no more. Fred Dehlow, a second-generation bakery owner from Long Island, N.Y., took ownership of the property from Andrea McMullen on Oct. 31 and has temporarily closed the familiar dark-red Merrimon Avenue storefront to rebrand the business. The soft opening is set for Monday, Nov. 18, with the grand opening after Thanksgiving. “My idea is to make it into a full-service, full-line bakery,” says Dehlow, “Everything will be made from scratch and offered at an affordable price. I want to be the traditional neighborhood bakery.” Dehlow says he plans to sell freshly baked bagels, rolls, Danish pastries, pies, cakes and cookies, along with sandwiches — especially of the breakfast variety — all made using as many locally sourced ingredients as possible, including flour from Carolina Ground. All Sisters McMullen employees will stay on board, with Emily McCarthy continuing to decorate cakes and Cassie Hettler working on creating some new gluten-free options. Dehlow is buying all new equipment, including two ovens with stone decks for bread, and new display cases. He’s changing the store’s name to Geraldine’s

Bakery in honor of his mother, who grew up in an orphanage in Thomasville, N.C. Dehlow learned the bakery business from his father, who began his career as an apprentice in Germany before moving to the U.S. Dehlow owned a bakery on Long Island for 25 years before shifting into semiretirement eight years ago. Since then, he and his wife, Rosemary, have spent time traveling; they were visiting friends in North Carolina when they fell in love with Asheville. So when their daughter and her family decided to relocate here, they felt it was time for a change. Dehlow thinks this is a good place for him to start baking again, and he appreciates the focus on local sustainability. “Asheville’s ‘go local’ attitude is one of the things that drew me to this area,” he says. Rosemary’s background is in managing nonprofit organizations, and both say they’d like to give back to the community by offering job training opportunities and apprenticeships at the bakery. “I would love to pass on the knowledge I received from my father,” says Dehlow. McMullen, meanwhile, says she feels good about the change and even turned down other offers on the property because she liked Dehlow’s vision. The reason for selling the business, notes McMullen, was that she’s ready for a break — and perhaps a new challenge. “I’m tired,” she explains. “I feel like it’s time for something new.” — Gina Smith X

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Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security; to fair trials, to work, to rest and leisure. But food, clothing and housing don’t come up until Article 25 of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights. That seems strange, considering that the rest won’t amount to much without a decent meal and a warm bed. In his unpublished essay The Invisible Border: Profiles of the Working Poor in America, Keith Flynn writes, “For the nearly 50 million Americans living in poverty, the most in more than half a century, getting a meal on the table has never been harder.” Flynn, the editor of the Asheville Poetry Review, has been working on the forthcoming collection Prosperity

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Gospel: Portraits of the Great Recession with award-winning photographer Charter Weeks. The two traveled thousands of miles and conducted hundred of interviews. And though the project doesn’t focus solely on homelessness, that was what caught Flynn’s attention, especially as he became aware of the work being done right here in


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Asheville by the Rev. Amy Cantrell and the BeLoved Community. “Over and over again, when I was talking to folks in homeless camps in town, they would mention Amy and what an angel she was and how much that organization meant to them,” says Flynn. “I felt honored to meet her. Very few people can so eloquently describe their mission and the precepts of social justice and also have such a constantly changing strategy to combat the sort of problems she’s confronted with.” The BeLoved House, on Grove Street, is an intentional community dedicated to serving the poor and homeless. Besides feeding 75 to 150 people a day, Cantrell and her housemates provide psychological counseling and art therapy and have organized a street musicians’ guild. Flynn is a musician himself, fronting rock outfits Crystal Zoo and The Holy Men. Bill Altman, a longtime collaborator, is one of a number of musical artists who’ve answered Flynn’s call, and agreed to lend their talents to a benefit for the BeLoved

Octogenarian Truman Solesbee moved into his shop, Hopewell Upholstery and Trim, in 1985 after his family home was lost to a road-widening project. Following his interview (and this photo) for Prosperity Gospel: Portraits of the Great Recession, Solsebee’s shop was destroyed by a car wreck. Photo by Charter Weeks

Community. The event, which takes place Sunday, Nov. 17, at Diana Wortham Theatre, will feature writers Ron Rash, Patricia Smith, R.B. Morris and Flynn with bands and musicians like Free Planet Radio, Ten Cent Poetry, Jonathan Scales, Susi Gott Séguret and others. The format is battle-tested: “About six years ago I bought a hundred-year-old church and moved it to the top of a mountain out in Madison County,” says Flynn. There he’s been producing a show called LIVE at White

Rock Hall, which pairs nationally known authors with musicians. “There is a return to the idea of poets collaborating with musicians,” says Flynn. “It’s not a unique idea, necessarily, but there’s drama and unexpected astonishments that take place as you improvise live.” The upcoming benefit, which will stage such collaborations on a grander scale, is already star-powered: Smith won the 2013 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize for her book Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah. And two major motion pictures based on the works of local author Rash are currently in production. Flynn knows about harnessing talent and celebrity for good: He launched the annual fundraiser that became the Warren Haynes Christmas Jam. “For the first six or seven years, I ran it,” says Flynn. “At a certain point, it outgrew the clubs.” By then, Haynes’ career had taken off, and when the rocker lent his name to the jam, it became a national event, raising more than $1 million to date for Habitat for Humanity.

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Now, Flynn is trying to apply that model to the BeLoved benefit, creating an annual showcase at which audiences can experience “national literary figures and musicians and get to watch that collaboration.” That’s the dream, but meanwhile, for many people, reality remains far colder and harder. Through his research, Flynn learned that 49 million Americans currently live in poverty — 16 million of them children. “For the first time in American history, the Department of Education reported that more than one million students enrolled in school are registered as homeless,” Flynn writes. A congressional study conducted in January revealed that more than half the food banks in this country are unable to meet the increased


demand and must regularly turn people away. Meanwhile, notes Flynn, “A homeless person costs an American city $3,333, on average, per month.” As a writer, musician and perhaps a voice of the people, Flynn feels a call to promote social justice. Proceeds from the BeLoved benefit will go not only to the homeless outreach group but to a sponsorship program enabling high school and university students to attend for free. “In other countries, the poets are barely able to distinguish between their political sensibility and their feeling for the common man,” says Flynn. “I absolutely believe it’s our responsibility as artists to give back to our communities, but also to shed light on what’s really taking place in our country.” X

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Travel plans Local musician partially-funds an upcoming tour with sales of his new EP Wes Tirey, a Black Mountainbased musician, is taking his music overseas for the first time in the new year. He arrives in Italy on Jan. 12 for an 11-day tour of playing songs and experiencing a country he’s not been to before. Tirey has been playing music for 13 years, writing for 12 of them, and releasing music, both solo and with a band, for nearly a decade now. He plans to use the profits from his name-your-price EP, False Idols, to fund his trip. Mountain Xpress: your music has a certain old-time feel to it. what

would you say has shaped your style of writing and playing the most? tirey: Well, I listened to a lot of old music. The Harry Smith Anthology of American Folk Music has been a really fundamental influence. Some of the oldest recordings in American folk music history. I listen to a lot of musicians who are, themselves, influenced by a lot of old music. There’s the direct influence from listening to those old recordings and then the indirect influence of listening to musicians who are inspired by that music as well. what’s driving you to italy, specifically? Prosciutto [laughs]. What happened was, my previous EP got reviewed on a UK music blog, and this gentleman who’s really connected to the music scene over there read the haVE songs, wiLL tRaVEL: Wes Tirey is fuding an upcoming tour of Italy, in part, through EP sales. Photo by Emma Master

blog, got my EP and got in touch with me. He got me on a radio show out of Rome, which I’ll have a spot on when I go over there. He got my songs on a new Internet radio in Italy called Stereo Mood. All of that together got a lot of traction and I thought it’d be a smart move to go play live shows over there. I got in touch with some friends who put me in touch with a promo group and within a few days I had about 10 shows booked. do you have any ideas as to where you’ll play? I know I’ll be in Rome at a venue called The Black Market which looks like a wicked cool venue. They’re setting me up in pretty intimate smaller venues. There are a couple of DIY art places which I’m really excited about. Those are really the coolest places to play. Most of the shows will be in Northern Italy. And then I think there are two shows in Southern Italy. what inspired you to use the profits from your Ep to take you there? It seemed like a really prag-


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matic way of putting it together. It’s not just profits from this EP. It’s kind of anything related to my music and income from it. I also did an Indiegogo campaign and that raised a lot towards my plane ticket. Once I get over there, I’ll be pretty taken care of, but I really needed financial help paying for my plane ticket. what’s the plan for your music once you return home from italy? I really want to get a full-length recorded when I come back. And then try to play more in Asheville. I played on Wednesday at One Stop Deli, at the Brown Bag Songwriter’s Competition, and ended up advancing to the final round. The date for that is Thursday, Dec. 5. Hopefully that will create more opportunities. I have a guitar piece that will be on a compilation. Just other various projects, but the big thing will be getting the full-length recorded and out. The songs are still pretty fresh, but I’m already looking forward to what the next project will be. Find False Idols at X

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by Justin Souther

It’s showtime The Strand (re)opens in Waynesville While you probably wouldn’t know it, 2013 has been a seminal and perhaps notorious year for movie exhibition. Major studios have been slowly moving away from the use of film stock, forcing movie theaters to either convert to expensive digital projectors or simply shut down. In small towns across the country, numerous independent theaters are facing this problem. Cinemas that don’t make the profits of the major theater chains cannot survive with the added expense of digital conversion. This exact scenario played out recently in Waynesville. Haywood County’s last remaining first-run theater, Smoky Mountain Cinema, unable to afford expensive upgrades to its projection, locked its doors.

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Haywood County, however, wasn’t left movieless for long. The very next day, a remnant of Waynesville’s past, the Strand Theatre, reopened after 20 years of abandonment and two years of remodeling. Renamed The Strand at 38 Main, it reinstates a nostalgic community landmark. Adapted to modern times, it’s a multiuse project. It’s divided into an exhibition area that acts as an 80-seat movie house (and Western North Carolina’s only proper repertory cinema), a concert venue and — oddly enough — an industrial space.


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The theater’s resurgence is mostly due to that last part. Owners Rodney and Lorraine Conard’s family business is in the repair and refurbishing of handheld, portable bar code scanners for companies all around the world. The theater, which originally seated more than 400, was built in 1947 in the art nouveau style (the art deco Park Theatre sat right across the street). It ran movies till the early ’80s, when it was then handed over to the Haywood Arts Repertory Theatre. A couple of fires underneath the balcony, one of which damaged the roof, shut the theater down in 1993. “Every person who grew up in Waynesville wanted to reopen the Strand Theatre,” says Lorraine, mentioning Rodney’s memories of seeing Mike Hodges’ Flash Gordon there as a kid. “It’s this nostalgic landmark. There were a couple of projects that tried to reopen it as a brew-and-view type of place, which would’ve been amazing, but some of the financial backing fell through. So, it just wasn’t possible for the scope of repairs needed for the building.” Needing to expand their business’s operating space, the couple saw an opportunity in the longshuttered Strand to combine both function and personal interest, all while giving back to their hometown community. “We had to spend money on space to expand no matter what,” says Lorraine. “We can spend it in an industrial park and have space, or we can spend it on Main Street, have space and bring back the theater — bring back evening entertainment as a listening venue.” Making the family business the building’s main venture allows Rodney (the movie buff) and Lorraine (the musician) the opportunity to entertain their own interests, though neither sees this as self-indulgence. For the Conards, this is also a community venture. “Our business is bar code scanners, but this is our personal interests and passion,” Lorraine says. “We care about our community, and having

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an eclectic selection, from classics such as Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds to modern arthouse fare like Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master. Films are shown on Friday and Saturday nights (matinee screenings begin Thanksgiving weekend) for $6 a ticket. The theater serves organic popcorn and artisanal sodas, often handcrafted by the Waynesville Soda Jerks. On Thursdays, the Strand doubles as a versatile music venue (the chairs, for instance, can easily be rearranged into Cabaretstyle seating), which — thanks to Lorraine’s history as a musician herself — was the original plan for the space. “It started off as a music venue,” says Rodney. “From that, we discovered that showing movies was a fairly easy setup.” The Strand boasts state-of-the-art projection and 5.1 Dolby Surround Sound, specially designed by engineers for this particular space. Only being able to seat 80 moviegoers may sound small, but the Conards see it as a boon and a distinct feature of this resurrected theater. “Seeing Casablanca in here was such a neat experience, to come to a really small, intimate theater space and be connected with your community,” says Lorraine. “People were interacting with the movie, and that doesn’t happen in a big theater.” X

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Beyond the beard Comedian Joe Zimmerman returns to Asheville for two shows Former Asheville resident (and former Beards of Comedy member) Joe Zimmerman will be coming back to town to record his debut solo comedy album at Lexington Avenue Brewery. Since moving to New York City a few years ago, Zimmerman has been a rising star in the national comedy scene, doing television spots and winning accolades at respected comedy festivals. Xpress spoke with him about his burgeoning career and his upcoming local shows. Mountain Xpress: what was it like doing John oliver’s new York standup show? has being on a primetime comedy central show increased opportunities in your career? zimmerman: It was my first set on television, and what I’ve learned in doing comedy and even being up here in N.Y. is getting your television debut is a very difficult thing. Every comic in the world wants to be on a late-night show or on Comedy Central, so it’s just very competitive. Every TV booker is very hesitant to be the first one to book you because they’re worried that you’ll get nervous and their booking will look bad. The show went really well. It kind of felt more like a relief to do it than an achievement, but either way it was good. It’s kind of a validation for other people to say, “Oh, he’s done that, I guess we can book him now,” but also people can see the standup clip with high production value. You kind of have to do that 10 or 20 more times

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before you can start selling tickets and having fans. so, we can expect to see you soon on other shows, like your recent taping for nickelodeon’s nickMom night out? Yes, that will air in November. I also just got to tape The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, which airs Wednesday, Nov. 20. Ferguson was actually very different to tape. Unlike doing a comedy club or theater, with late-night shows, they ask you to look right into the camera, stand in one spot and keep the microphone far away from your face. They also ask you to hit the time and not do more than 4 1/2 minutes, but not less than four minutes and 15 seconds. You still get audience feedback, but you’re not supposed to look at them, which is very weird. So yeah, I got the two big debuts off the bucket list. you’ve been up to other things as well. one was just for Laughs, the montreal comedy festival, where you were named one of their “new faces.” I think moving to New York City definitely opened up that opportunity. Montreal looks for new faces each year, and it’s kind of a big deal because all of the industry around the country comes to see who Montreal has picked. It’s the biggest festival in the world for comedy. That helped me get management and some more good word-of-mouth. The thing I learned from doing Montreal is a lot of people want to know, “Do you have any finished scripts?” I was like, “Oh, I didn’t write a script because nobody was asking for one.” I now think you should just start doing it before you get asked. But now you’re probably too busy to take a break and start working on a script. I haven’t been writing scripts, but I have been submitting writing packets for writing positions. I’ve submitted about seven different packets in the last six months. Mostly to late-night shows like Fallon and Letterman, or Comedy Central

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shows like Kroll Show or Inside Amy Schumer. [Also,] I’m putting a lot of energy into the standup right now and the podcast I’m doing called Universe City. It’s a popular-sciencebased podcast, which is really fun. I’ve always talked a lot about animals, and now I’m trying to talk more about the universe and stuff. It will start coming out soon. why did you pick asheville and LaB to do your comedy album? New Wave records did our Beards of Comedy album for Comedy Central. It’s a big digital company based in Los Angeles that does a lot of big albums, so I’m excited to work with

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Know that game where you’re asked, “If you could have dinner with anyone, living or dead, who would it be?” If you changed “have dinner” to “be in a band” and then actually did just that with your top 15 picks, you’d be Johnny Marr. The guitarist and singer-songwriter has been a member of The Pretenders and The The; he’s worked with Modest Mouse, Paul McCartney and Beck; he’s col-

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laborated with the Pet Shop Boys, Jane Birkin and Talking Heads. And that’s just a partial list. Yet when he talks about his new solo album, The Messenger, Marr underscores the impact of his stint with one critical band: The Smiths, which he formed in the early ’80s with a certain surname-only vocalist who’s canceled Asheville shows on more than one occasion. Not that Marr discounts the imprint of all those other big-name groups he’s been involved with. “I think it does influence me, and I’m very lucky to have that,” he tells Xpress. “My experiences from playing in The The are always going to be with me. I learned a hell of a lot about playing live from Modest Mouse and a lot about playing live in the modern age from being in The Cribs.” When it came time to make his record, Marr went all the way back to his earliest musical reference point: Manchester, England, his hometown. Having spent the last four or five years in Portland, Ore., the guitarist says he’d gotten settled there. But he didn’t want The Messenger to sound “too relaxed.” “England’s sometimes a good place to get uptight,” says Marr. “nEw waVE was my Rock ‘n’ RoLL”: Though his new record isn’t much a departure from the sort of music he was making as a teenager, Johnny Marr points out, “Of course, now I know more about playing the guitar and singing.” Photo by Jon Shard

“The sound that was influencing me, and the attitude, more so, was something that I got into when I was a kid. I just wanted to be sure that I was around the place where I got those influences.” Tracked in the U.K. and Berlin, The Messenger is all caffeinated kick and hyped-up rock with little pretense. “The Right Thing Right,” the lead song, is all glowering guitars and washes of cymbal. “Generate! Generate!” is a smoothed-over, post-punk anthem. “Say Demesne” references the shimmery darkness


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and thrum of ’80s alt-pop. The record does have a couple of slowish songs, but only because Marr says he wanted to give listeners a break. Not that he needs one himself, despite having celebrated a personal golden jubilee on Halloween. (It probably helps that he’s a regular runner, a nondrinker and a vegan since his days with the band that insisted “Meat is murder.”) There’s also no real experimentation on The Messenger, which Marr sees as ironic. “No indulging myself or the things that people usually associate with a solo album,” he explains. “When I got a chance for my own band, it tends to sound like a compilation: bang, bang, bang out of the gate.” He adds, “What I’m doing right now is not a million miles away from the band that I was in when I was 16.” Back when he was soaking up the likes of Blondie, Richard Hell, The Psychedelic Furs and Buzzcocks. Back when, as he puts it, “New Wave was my rock ’n’ roll.” If Marr is not averse to plumbing the vaults for the pitch-perfect rock demeanor, he’s also interested in trying new things musically. But “when you’ve been around for a while,” he says, “it wouldn’t be very healthy to be chasing some kind of trendy credibility.” And one of the things he’s not about to explore is the “overearnestness that’s crept into a lot of current music.” “It’s OK,” Marr continues, “for the people who like that, but I find earnestness to be something of a turnoff in rock music, because it gets in the way of really great guitars and good, live drums.” So don’t expect a banjo solo or an uplifting chorus about who belongs with whom, sweetheart. “I want the songs on this record to make you listen to them at 2 in the afternoon, really loud,” says Marr. “I wasn’t interested in fronting a group that you listen to at 1 a.m. with a glass of wine and a spliff.” X




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Bombino Nomad is not just the name of Omara “Bombino” Moctar’s new album, produced by Dan Auberbach of The Black Keys; it’s also a description of the guitarist himself. Moctar is a member of the Tuareg people, a traditionally nomadic ethnic group who have herded cattle in the Sahara desert for centuries. Moctar has lived through many years of conflict between the Tuareg and the government of Niger, a conflict that caused him to flee the country several times and one that deeply influences his music. He’ll perform at UNC Asheville on Wednesday, Nov. 20, at 7 p.m. $5/$7/$12/$20. cesap. Photo by Ron Wyman

Red June We’re all about milestones because, unlike birthdays, no one minds racking up accident-free days, perfect attendance awards and decades of happy marriage. Bands are kind of like marriages, and local roots-music outfit Red June is about to commemorate five years together. That anniversary coincides with another piece of good news: The trio recently signed to Organic Records, a new eclectic Americana label from Crossroads Entertainment in Arden. Red June goes into the studio in December to begin work on a spring release. But first the band will celebrate with a show at The Grey Eagle on Saturday, Nov. 16. Amanda Anne Platt opens. 8 p.m., $10/$12. Photo by Bobby Amoroso

Cedric Burnside Project Drummer, guitarist and vocalist Cedric Burnside inherited the blues from legendary bluesman R.L. Burnside — in the song “R.L. Burnside,” Cedric sings about how his grandfather (“Big Daddy”) bought him a drum kit when he was 16. Everything he does, now and forever, is in the memory of R.L., says Cedric. A lot of what he does is tour, and his tours often bring him to Western North Carolina. That’s a long way from Holly Springs, Miss., but then again, that’s hill country and so is this, and the blues is a universal language. The Cedric Burnside Project makes two WNC stops this week: At 185 King Street in Brevard on Thursday, Nov. 14 (7 p.m., Riyen Roots also performs. $10/$15.; and at Pisgah Brewing on Saturday, Nov. 16 (9 p.m., $10. Image by Amanda Gresham Photography

Chet Faker Say you’re an Australian future-beat musician named Nicholas Murphy, and you’ve got a good, soul-tinged sound, except that people show up at your shows expecting to see some other Nick Murphy. You do the logical thing: Change your name to honor one of your jazz heroes. Yeah, Murphy’s not a jazz guy. But Chet Baker was known for his West Coast cool jazz and Chet Faker (Murphy’s stage persona) has been described as “wonderfully loungey.” There’s a legitimate trajectory. Plus, Murphy/Faker’s cover of Blackstreet’s jazz-informed “No Diggity” went viral online and found its way to a Super Bowl commercial. His new single, “Melt,” is all swanky and sweaty and promises big things for Faker’s upcoming 2014 release. But first he opens for Bonobo (a regular visitor to Asheville) at The Orange Peel on Sunday, Nov. 17. 9 p.m., $20/$22. Image by Lisa Frieling Photography

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C l u B l a n d WAter'n Hole Karaoke, 10pm

WednesdAy, nov. 13

WxyZ lounge Jason Daniello (singer-songwriter), 7pm

5 WAlnut Wine BAr Steelin' Time (jazz), 5pm Juan Benavides Trio (Latin), 8pm

FridAy, nov. 15

AltAmont BreWing compAny Small Town Lights (Americana), 8pm BlAck mountAin Ale House Bluegrass jam, 9pm

5 WAlnut Wine BAr The Lions Quartet (hot jazz), 10pm

Blue mountAin piZZA & BreW puB Open mic, 7pm

AltAmont BreWing compAny Zack Bryson, Roland Cole & Stale Bread Scooter, 8pm

cluB HAirsprAy Requests w/ DJ Ace of Spade, 8pm

AltAmont tHeAter Matuto (Appalachian, Brazilian), 8pm

diAnA WortHAm tHeAter Laura Marling (singer-songwriter, pop) w/ Willy Mason, 8pm

AsHeville music HAll Consider the Source (fusion, jam) w/ Jeff Sipe Trio & A Ghost Like Me, 10pm

grey eAgle music HAll & tAvern The Giving Tree Band (rock, Americana) w/ The Pedal Stills, 9pm

AtHenA's cluB Mark Appleford (singer-songwriter, Americana, blues), 7-10pm DJ, 10pm-2am

iron Horse stAtion Jesse James (Americana), 6pm

Blue kudZu sAke compAny DJ Fortune, 9pm

isis restAurAnt And music HAll Vinyl night, 9pm

Blue mountAin piZZA & BreW puB Acoustic Swing, 7pm

JAck oF tHe Wood puB Old-time jam, 5pm

Boiler room Lords of Chicken Hill (punk) w/ Featured Creeps & Tony Holiday & the Velvet Tones, 9pm

loBster trAp Ben Hovey (dub-jazz, trumpet, electronics), 7pm metrospHere Open mic, 9pm olive or tWist Swing lessons, 7pm 3 Cool Cats (vintage rock), 8pm one stop deli & BAr Twiddle (jam, rock) w/ TreeHouse, 10pm

ByWAter Pleasure Chest (rock, soul), 9pm

undER thE coVERs: Local rock outfit Makayan continues its Sunday night residency at One Stop with a complete performance of Daft Punk’s Discovery on Nov. 17. The band rounds out the monthlong series with Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon on Nov. 24.

orAnge peel Hoodie Allen (pop-rap) w/ OCD: Moosh & Twist, Mod Sun & D-Why, 8pm pisgAH BreWing compAny Bradley Carter (of Sanctum Sully), 6pm

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

sly grog lounge Open mic, 7pm

WHite Horse Bill Bares Instrumental Jazz Series, 7:30pm

tAllgAry's cAntinA Open mic & jam, 7pm tHe pHoenix Jazz night, 8pm tHe sociAl Karaoke, 9:30pm toWn pump Open mic, 9pm tressA's doWntoWn JAZZ And Blues Wednesday night jazz w/ Micah Thomas, Daniel Iannucci & Mark Guest, 8:30pm

tHursdAy, nov. 14 185 king street Cedric Burnside Project w/ Riyen Roots (blues), 7pm 5 WAlnut Wine BAr Jeff Thompson (jazz), 8pm AltAmont BreWing compAny Gand Ol' Uproar (Texas swing), 8pm BlAck mountAin Ale House Lyric (R&B, soul, pop), 9pm ByWAter Game night, 8pm

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noVEmBER 13 - noVEmBER 19, 2013

lexington Ave BreWery (lAB) Uh-Huh Baby Yeah (rock, pop) w/ Running on E & Audiostrobelight, 9:30pm

clAssic Wineseller Jay Brown (country, bluegrass, folk), 7pm cluB eleven on grove DJ Jam (old-school hip-hop, R&B, funk), 9pm dugout Hands Down (rock), 9pm emerAld lounge Wyla (indie rock, noise) w/ Onawa, Children of Pop & Alligator Indian, 9pm FrencH BroAd BreWery tAsting room Turchi (blues, roots, rock), 6pm

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

green room cAFe Lynn Goldsmith (singer-songwriter), 6:30pm

odditorium Demon Waffle w/ Prick Bigot, Full Tilt Sleeze & My Blue Hoodie (ska, punk), 9pm

grey eAgle music HAll & tAvern Hooray for the Riff Raff (rock, soul, country) w/ Holy Holy Vine, 9pm

olive or tWist Dance lessons, 7pm Mike Filippone Band (dance), 8pm

HigHlAnd BreWing compAny The Lazy Birds, 6pm

one stop deli & BAr Phish 'n' Chips (Phish covers), 6pm Mike Dillon Band (funk, punk, rock) w/ Get Right Band, 10pm orAnge peel MiM0SA (dip-hop, dubstep, soul) w/ Minnesota & Bogi, 9pm pAck's tAvern Eric Congden & Howie Johnson (acoustic rock, blues), 9pm

iron Horse stAtion Dave Desmelik (Americana), 7pm JAck oF tHe Wood puB The French Broad Playboys (Western swing), 9pm lexington Ave BreWery (lAB) Joe Zimmerman (comedy), 9pm loBster trAp King Leo (jazz), 7pm

cluB HAirsprAy Karaoke, 8pm

pisgAH BreWing compAny The Whiskey Gentry (Americana, country) w/ Have Gun Will Travel, 9pm

metrospHere Cosmic Charlie w/ Rubber Canoo, 10pm

cluB remix Reggae dance night, 9pm

purple onion cAFe Michael Reno Harrell, 7:30pm

monte vistA Hotel Blue Moon (jazz, country, rock), 6pm

creekside tApHouse Open mic, 8pm

root BAr no. 1 Danny Kay & the Nightlifers (rockabilly), 9:30pm

emerAld lounge Sex Knuckle (rock) w/ Blue Jeans & Khaki Pants (X-rated honkytonk) & Po’ Folk, 9pm

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

FrencH BroAd BreWery tAsting room Dave Dribbon (acoustic, Americana), 6pm

spring creek tAvern Kevin Reese (Americana), 6pm

grey eAgle music HAll & tAvern Basia Bulat (folk, pop, soul) w/ Foreign Fields, 8pm

tAllgAry's cAntinA Rock & roll showcase, 9:30pm

HigHlAnd BreWing compAny Lyric (pop, funk, soul) w/ Wham Bam Bowie Band, 6pm

tHe sociAl Making Faces (funky punk, rock), 9pm

isis restAurAnt And music HAll Noah Larssen, 7pm

toWn pump The Saturday Giant (one-man band), 9pm

JAck oF HeArts puB Old-time jam, 7pm

tressA's doWntoWn JAZZ And Blues WestSound Review (R&B, soul, dance), 8:30pm

JAck oF tHe Wood puB Bluegrass jam, 7pm

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

odditorium Vagina Monologues/Speak Up benefit, 8pm olive or tWist 3 Cool Cats (vintage rock, swing), 8:30pm one stop deli & BAr Free Dead Fridays feat. members of Phuncle Sam, 5-8pm The Bernie Worrell Orchestra (psychedelic, funk, jam), 10pm orAnge peel Papadosio (prog, psychedelic, electronica), 9pm pAck's tAvern DJ Ocelate (dance, pop, hits), 9pm pisgAH BreWing compAny Dead 27s (blues, soul), 8pm root BAr no. 1 Appleseed Collective (roots, ragtime), 9:30pm scAndAls nigHtcluB

Zumba, 7pm Dance party, 10pm Drag show, 1am spring creek tAvern Mystery Cult (rock), 8pm strAigHtAWAy cAFe One Leg Up (jazz), 6pm tAllgAry's cAntinA Fine Line (rock), 9:30pm tHe motHligHt White Laces (indie rock, pop) w/ Doc Aquatic & That's a Thing, 9:30pm

Chuck Beattie Band (jazz), 7pm monte vistA Hotel Daniel Keller (jazz guitar), 6pm o.Henry's/tug DJ Rasa, 10pm odditorium Shorty Can't Eat Books record release (rock), 9pm one stop deli & BAr Bluegrass brunch w/ Grits & Soul, 11am orAnge peel Keller Williams & More Than a Little (rock, jam), 9pm

tHe sociAl Caribbean Cowboys (tropical rock), 9:30pm

pAck's tAvern Lyric (funk, pop, soul), 9pm

toy BoAt community Art spAce Goblin Market: A Southern Gothic Opry & Petroleum Sundays for Everyone (theater), 8pm

pisgAH BreWing compAny Cedric Burnside Project (blues), 9pm

trAilHeAd restAurAnt And BAr Mark Bumgarner (Southern Americana), 7pm tressA's doWntoWn JAZZ And Blues Jim Taylor & friends, 7pm Jim Arrendell & the Cheap Suits (dance), 10pm vincenZo's Bistro Steve Whiddon (old-time piano, vocals), 5:30pm WAter'n Hole The Love Medicated, 10pm Westville puB Comedy open mic, 10pm WHite Horse Asheville Jazz Orchestra (big band, swing), 8pm WxyZ lounge The Gypsy Swingers (gypsy jazz), 9pm

sAturdAy, nov. 16 5 WAlnut Wine BAr Screaming Js (hot jazz, boogie), 10pm AltAmont BreWing compAny Gem Fest feat. Monique McCreary, Lindsey Pruett, Small Town Lights & more, 2pm-2am AltAmont tHeAter Kim Richey (singer-songwriter), 8pm AsHeville music HAll Mark Farina (house, electronic) w/ DJ Bowie & more, 10pm AtHenA's cluB Mark Appleford (singer-songwriter, Americana, blues), 7-10pm DJ, 10pm-2am

purple onion cAFe Johnson's Crossroad (bluegrass), 8pm root BAr no. 1 Linda Mitchell (blues, jazz), 9:30pm scAndAls nigHtcluB Dance party, 10pm Drag show, 12:30am smokey's AFter dArk Karaoke, 10pm spring creek tAvern Jason York (Americana), 8pm strAigHtAWAy cAFe South Forty, 6pm tAllgAry's cAntinA Overhead (rock), 9:30pm tHe motHligHt Mako Sica (experimental rock) w/ Oulipo & Giant Giants, 9:30pm tHe sociAl Karaoke, 9:30pm timo's House Elaztec w/ Ho-Tron Beatz, 10pm toWn pump Linda Mitchell (blues, jazz), 9pm toy BoAt community Art spAce Goblin Market: A Southern Gothic Opry & Petroleum Sundays for Everyone (theater), 8pm tressA's doWntoWn JAZZ And Blues Carolina Rex (rock, blues, funk) w/ Ruby Mayfield, 10pm vincenZo's Bistro Steve Whiddon (old-time piano, vocals), 5:30pm

BlAck mountAin Ale House Serious Clark (rock, jam), 9pm

WAter'n Hole Honky Suckle (roots), 10pm

Blue mountAin piZZA & BreW puB Patrick Fitzsimons, 7pm

Westville puB Mojomatic (rock, blues), 10pm

ByWAter Grits & Soul (blues, bluegrass, country), 9pm

WHite Horse Catherine Stanley book release, 1pm Snyder Family Band (bluegrass), 8pm

clAssic Wineseller Joe Cruz (piano, pop), 7pm cluB HAirsprAy DJ Brian Sparxxx, 8pm emerAld lounge burnthesun (rock) w/ Elk Tracks & Local Honey, 9pm

green room cAFe Emily Bodley (singer-songwriter), 6:30pm

AltAmont BreWing compAny Rock Academy Benefit w/ Ethan Lewis, Sarah Tucker & more, 3-7pm

iron Horse stAtion Mark Bumgarner (Southern Americana), 7pm isis restAurAnt And music HAll Claire Lynch Band (bluegrass), 9pm JAck oF tHe Wood puB Sons of Ralph (bluegrass, folk), 9pm



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lexington Ave BreWery (lAB) Joe Zimmerman (comedy), 9pm

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sundAy, nov. 17 5 WAlnut Wine BAr Mande Foly (African rhythm, jazz), 7pm

HigHlAnd BreWing compAny The Jeff Sipe Trio (jazz, fusion), 6pm


WxyZ lounge DJ Malinalli (Latin), 9pm

FrencH BroAd BreWery tAsting room The Moon & You (folk), 6pm

grey eAgle music HAll & tAvern Red June (Appalachian, roots) w/ Amanda Platt, 8pm

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THU. 11/14 Eric Congden & Howie Johnson (acoustic rock, blues)

FRI. 11/15

DJ OCelate (dance, pop hits)

SAT. 11/16


(funk, pop, soul)


thurs. nov 14

running on e w/ Uh-hUh babY Yeah!, audiostrobelight backstage • 9:30PM • $5

fri. nov 15 & sat. nov 16

DIscLaIMeR cOMeDY presents JOe ZIMMeRMaN backstage • 9:00PM • $10

wed. nov 20

ReasONabLY PRIceD babIes IMPROv sketch cOMeDY

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thurs. nov 21

the can’t tells w/ bulgogi backstage • 9:00PM • $5

fri. nov 22

pawtooth & henbrain backstage • 9:30PM • $6


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Irish session, 3pm loBster trAp Leo Johnson (hot club jazz), 7-9pm millroom Andrew Belle (singer-songwriter) w/ Leagues, 9pm monte vistA Hotel Daniel Keller (jazz guitar), 11am odditorium Adult poetry slam, 9pm one stop deli & BAr Bluegrass brunch w/ The Pond Brothers, 11am Makayan plays Daft Punk's "Discovery" w/ Nomadic, 8pm orAnge peel Bonobo (electronic) w/ Chet Faker, 9pm scAndAls nigHtcluB Dance party, 10pm Drag show, 12:30am spring creek tAvern Andy Buckner (Southern rock), 1pm tAllgAry's cAntinA Sunday Drum Day, 7pm tHe motHligHt Tatsuya Nakatani & Shane Perlowin (jazz, rock, noise, experimental) w/ Divine Circles & Cumulus, 8pm tHe sociAl '80s vinyl night, 8pm toWn pump James Hammel (jazz, classical), 9pm vincenZo's Bistro Steve Whiddon (old-time piano, vocals), 5:30pm WHite Horse WNC Percussion Ensemble, 3pm

mondAy, nov. 18 5 WAlnut Wine BAr Hank West & the Smokin Hots (hot jazz), 8pm AltAmont BreWing compAny Old-time jam, 7pm ByWAter Open mic w/ Taylor Martin, 9pm emerAld lounge Blues jam, 8pm loBster trAp Bobby Miller (bluegrass), 7pm odditorium Karaoke, 8pm orAnge peel Frank Turner & the Sleeping Souls (folk punk) w/ The Smith Street Band & Koo Koo Kanga Roo, 7:30pm oskAr Blues BreWery Old-time jam, 6-8pm sly grog lounge Trivia night, 7pm tHe motHligHt JD Wilkes & the Dirt Daubers (rockabilly, country, blues) w/ The Go Devils, 8pm

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tHe sociAl Andrew Scotchie & the River Rats (rock), 8pm

tHe sociAl Big Generator (blues), 7pm

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

tressA's doWntoWn JAZZ And Blues Lyric (acoustic, pop, soul, funk), 8pm

Westville puB Trivia night, 8pm

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

tuesdAy, nov. 19 5 WAlnut Wine BAr The John Henrys (gypsy jazz), 8pm AltAmont BreWing compAny Open mic, 8pm AsHeville music HAll Funk jam, 11pm Blue mountAin piZZA & BreW puB Mark Bumgarner (Southern Americana), 7pm cluB eleven on grove Swing lessons, 6:30 & 7:30pm Tango lessons, 7pm Dance, 8:30pm

AsHeville music HAll The Malah (live electronics) w/ Signal Path & Greenhouse Lounge, 10pm

cluB HAirsprAy Requests w/ DJ Ace of Spade, 8pm

JAck oF tHe Wood puB Lenny Petinelli, David Einzig & Dave Desmelik (singersongwriters), 7pm


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SCOTT 8pm • $28/$30

grey eAgle music HAll & tAvern Tim O'Brien & Darrell Scott (singer-songwriters), 8pm isis restAurAnt And music HAll Vinyl night, 9pm

An Evening With FRI 11/22 DAVE RAWLINGS MACHINE 8pm • SOLD OUT!!

JAck oF tHe Wood puB Old-time jam, 5pm lexington Ave BreWery (lAB) Reasonably Priced Babies (improv comedy), 7:30pm

SAT ASIAN TEACHER FACTORY 11/23 w/ Comet West & Dams 9pm • $5/$7

loBster trAp Ben Hovey (dub-jazz, trumpet, electronics), 7pm

loBster trAp Jay Brown (Americana, folk), 7-9pm

metrospHere Open mic, 9pm

odditorium Comedy open mic w/ Tom Peters, 9pm

odditorium The Slow Death w/ The Dimarcos & Prick Bigot (punk), 9pm

orAnge peel Kiss Country Guitar Jam feat. Little Big Town, Kellie Pickler & more, 7:30pm

TUE 11/19

AltAmont BreWing compAny Hank West's soul party, 8pm

emerAld lounge Ryan Sheffield & the HighHills (rock) w/ Ponychase & Sick/Sea

isis restAurAnt And music HAll Todd Sheaffer (of Railroad Earth), 8pm

SUN DJ AL-FREE (UGANDA) 11/17 w/ Brown Rice Family (Brooklyn) An Explosion of Caribbean, Latin, & African Rythms 6pm • $12/$15

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

Blue mountAin piZZA & BreW puB Open mic, 7pm

w/ Foreign Fields 8pm • $10/$12

SAT RED JUNE w/ Amanda Anne Platt of The Honeycutters 11/16 8pm • $10/$12

WednesdAy, nov. 20

creekside tApHouse Bluegrass jam, 7pm


HOORAY FOR THE FRI 11/15 RIFF RAFF w/ Holy Holy Vine 9pm • $12/$14

WHite Horse Irish sessions, 6:30pm Open mic, 8:45pm

BlAck mountAin Ale House Bluegrass jam, 9pm

iron Horse stAtion Open mic, 6pm

THU 11/14

Westville puB Blues jam, 10pm

cluB HAirsprAy Trivia night, 8pm

grey eAgle music HAll & tAvern Sarah Jarosz (folk, pop, singer-songwriter) w/ Brian Wright, 8pm

WED THE GIVING TREE BAND 11/13 w/ The Pedal Stills 9pm • $10/$12

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pLayERs: Domhnall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams, Bill Nighy, Lydia Wilson, Lindsay Duncan, Tom Hollander, Joshua McGuire Romantic comEdy fantasy RatEd R thE stoRy: A romantic comedy fantasy more or less grounded in the idea that our main character can travel back in time. thE Lowdown: Utterly charming, funny and touching, the film finds writer-director Richard Curtis at the peak of his game — and with just the cast to bring it to life. Unless you’re a hopeless curmudgeon, this is a must-see. If you are a hopeless curmudgeon, this may help cure that.

I think of myself as something of a cynic. Others probably think that even more than I do. But when I see some (some, mind you) of the reviews from my critical ... uh, brethren on Richard Curtis’ About Time, I realize I am a rank amateur in the cynic sweepstakes — at least where critics are concerned. Frankly, I’m happy to retain my amateur standing, since this complete charmer of a movie delighted me from start to finish. In fact, About Time may well be the two most purely pleasurable hours I’ve spent in the cinema all year. It may be worth noting that the same was true of Curtis’ other two directorial efforts — Love Actually (2003) and Pirate Radio (2009) — in their respective years. In other words, Curtis obviously does something in his movies that strongly appeals to me. He comes


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domhnaLL gLEEson and RachEL mcadams star in Richard Curtis’ utterly delightful About Time — a must-see film.

from a place I understand and relate to. This is no exception. The film is a kind of high-concept affair, owing to its fanciful time-travel premise. The men in Tim’s (Domhnall Gleeson — son of Brendan) family can travel backwards in time. They cannot travel forward and there are limits and stipulations about where they can go and what they can do (one of which we find out fairly late in the proceedings). All they require is a solitary dark space — cupboards are best, lavatories will do — clinched fists and a time. Tim’s dad (the indispensable Bill Nighy) cautions him against such obvious pursuits as making money, pointing out that that was what his grandfather did and it made him miserable. Dad himself uses it to find the time to read (there turns out to be another reason, but that’s

the film’s secret, not mine). Tim’s primary interest, it turns out, is love (no big surprise in a Curtis romantic comedy). His interests are not just libidinous, however. He’s looking for that Great Romance. And he’s a genuinely nice guy — his first time trip is to go back to the previous night’s New Year’s Eve party in order to kiss the girl he’s with rather than hurt her feelings. His efforts at finding love are not particularly easy. The first is a disaster. The second looks to be smooth sailing when he meets, charms and gets Mary’s (Rachel McAdams) phone number — without benefit of time travel. Unfortunately, when he does time travel in order to help out his surly, sarcastic writer friend Harry (a very funny Tom Hollander), it erases Tim’s meeting with Mary altogether. Meeting her again proves tricky. And

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that’s as much as I’m going to say about the time travel business — in large part because time-travel isn’t ultimately what the film is about. It does play a significant part, and is used with great wit, invention and feeling — but the film is about much deeper subjects. The problem is that it’s hard to put what those subjects are into words without seeming trite — yet they are not trite in the film. I am inclined to go the route of a friend of mine, who saw the film much earlier in Australia, and just say, “Trust me. See this movie.” I’ll simply add that if you loved Love Actually, you will probably experience a similar feeling here. Yes, it’s a little old-fashioned, but that’s not a bad thing, especially when the sentiment is obviously sincere, the writing crisp and witty and the performances absolutely topdrawer. As a bonus, you get two nice cameos — one from Richard E. Grant and one from Richard Griffiths (his last film). It’s always charming, often very funny and, yes, it will probably make you cry. Supposedly, this is Curtis’ final film as a director — a statement he couched in “how I feel now” phrases. That would be a great pity, but if it’s true, he’s going out on a high note. Oh, yes, and trust me — see this movie. Rated R (somewhat absurdly) for language and some sexual content. reviewed by Ken Hanke Playing at Carolina Cinemas, Epic of Hendersonville, Regal Biltmore Grande

Blue Is the Warmest Color HHHH

DiREctoR: Abdellatif Kechiche (Black Venus) PlayERs: Léa Seydoux, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Salim Kechiouche, Aurélien Recoing, Catherine Salée DRama RatED nc-17 thE stoRy: Story of a romance between two young French women. thE lowDown: Yes, the sex and nudity is unflinchingly, uncoyly presented, but bear in mind this is a long, slowly paced, seriously intended film. It’s wellcrafted and large chunks of it work. Worthwhile, but not the masterpiece some are claiming.


Make no mistake, the four-star rating given to Blue Is the Warmest Color is both guarded and calculated. I can see that this is a film of some merit and that it’s seriously intended. Technically, it is well made and Léa Seydoux (the girl Owen Wilson ended up with in Midnight in Paris) is very good as the older half of the film’s central lesbian couple. That’s not to say that Adèle Exarchopoulos is bad as the other half, but the pouty, wide-eyed “French-ness” of her performance sometimes grated on me. I’ll also admit that I was ultimately drawn into the slender story despite its predictable path to its inevitable, inconclusive art-film ending. Got all that? However, the catch is I didn’t like Blue Is the Warmest Color. I found it ludicrously overlong (172 minutes) and slow and tedious, especially the decision to shoot at least 90 percent of the movie in suffocating close-shot. The last movie I saw with this many close-ups was The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928), and it was supposed to be suffocating. Before going further, let’s address the pachyderm on the premises — the film’s infamous Sapphic sex scenes, which earned it the dreaded NC-17 rating. No, I wasn’t in the least offended by these scenes — even the seven-minute one — and if I was shocked, it was only because of how boring I found them. (Anyone familiar with late-1960s-early-‘70s movies isn’t likely to be shocked by such scenes.) The last NC-17 film I recall was Ang Lee’s Lust, Caution in 2007, which also contained “steamy” sex scenes that looked more uncomfortable than erotic. The sex scenes here — with or without the claimed prosthetic vaginas — look more like a lot of hard work than an outburst of passion. Gynecological? Perhaps. Erotic? Perhaps not. They’re mostly boring, and they go on too long. The few truly erotic scenes in movies — such as Alan Bates and Jennie Linden in Ken Russell’s Women in Love (1969), Bates and Oliver Reed’s nude wrestling match in the same film, Daniel DayLewis and Gordon Warnecke in Stephen Frears’ My Beautiful Laundrette (1985) — capture the abandonment and essence of the events, not the mechanics and certainly not for seven minutes.

HHHHH = max rating As I said, the story is slender and can, if you like, be reduced to “girl sees girl, girl becomes obsessed with girl, girl gets girl, girl loses girl, girl has trouble dealing with this.” The girl in question is a confused high school student, Adèle (Exarchopoulos), who catches a tantalizing glimpse of Emma (Léa Seydoux), an older girl who happens to have blue hair (hence the film’s English language title). Around this time, her leanings toward other girls are starting to surface, and this glimpse turns to obsession. However, it takes the movie about 45 minutes for them to actually meet. Their courtship is nicely detailed, but other things are given pretty short shrift. We get one outburst of low-wattage homophobia (as though, once mentioned, it can be forgotten), and while we get some details of the two characters’ family life, that gets cut short when the film leaps several years ahead. Key questions — like how Adèle’s clueless parents deal with her coming out of the closet — go unaddressed. Given the film’s nearly three-hour length, there certainly was time. I feel like I’m seeming too much against the film, and while I didn’t like it much myself and do think it’s deeply flawed, I don’t mean to be negative. The attempt itself is worthy. There are lots of movies with lesbian characters, but very few that are genuinely about the topic. (At the same time, there are scads of titles about gay men.) And, I can’t deny the film is largely well-crafted. If you’re not put off by the rating or three hours of sub-titled movie, I’d say, see for yourself. Rated NC-17 for explicit sexual content. reviewed by Ken Hanke Starts Friday at Carolina Cinemas

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Great Expectations HHHHS

hELEna Bonham caRtER is a wonderful Miss Havisham in Mike Newell’s splendid new version of Charles Dickens’ Great Expectation.

diREctoR: Mike Newell (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) pLayERs: Jeremy Irvine, Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes, Holliday Grainger, Robbie Coltrane, Ewen Bremner dRama RatEd pg-13 thE stoRy: Charles Dickens’ classic tale of a poor orphan who comes into “great expectations” through an unknown benefactor. thE Lowdown: Solid, imaginative — yet reasonably traditional — film of the novel. It’s atmospheric, beautifully designed and wonderfully well-cast, especially in the supporting players. Helena Bonham Carter is a brilliant Miss Havisham — with Ralph Fiennes an almost equally superb Magwitch.

Though it will destroy my always shaky credibility with the hipster crowd, I freely admit to loving the works of Charles Dickens, and I rate his Great Expectations at least near the top of his novels, if not at the very peak. This latest cinematic attempt at the book — made last 64

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year to cash in on ... excuse me, I mean, to honor Dickens’ 200th birthday — is certainly a worthy addition to the world of Dickens on film. It does lack the symbolism (Magwitch as Christ figure) of Stuart Walker’s 1934 film, and the somewhat overblown gothic trappings of David Lean’s 1946 version, but it’s a solid take on the story with some truly inspired casting and atmospheric direction from Mike Newell. While Newell is an uneven director, at his best — think the criminally underseen An Awfully Big Adventure (1995) — he’s no mean stylist, and that’s the case here. As with all film versions of Dickens, something is lost in the translation. The greatest joy in Dickens lies in his descriptive passages — those things you read again in adulthood and realize how little of the wit or complexity you understood when you first encountered them in high school. The best a film can do is capture the atmosphere, dialogue and story. Since Great Expectations boasts perhaps the best of Dickens’ stories and offers plenty of atmo-

sphere, it’s one of the most adaptable of his books. And this version illustrates that admirably. Great Expectations, like David Copperfield, is also a story where the lead character requires two actors — one to play young Pip (newcomer Toby Irvine) and one to play adult Pip (Jeremy Irvine, War Horse). That means that it falls to some degree to the supporting cast to hold the two time frames together. This where this latest Great Expectations soars. Helena Bonham Carter’s Miss Havisham is quite the most fascinating incarnation of this character I’ve ever seen, and she’s matched every step of the way by Ralph Fiennes as Abel Magwitch. It is they — and, to a lesser extent, Robbie Coltrane as Jaggers, Jason Flemying as Joe and Ewen Bremner as Wemmick — who hold the film together far more than the leads. To some degree, that’s as it should be, since Dickens’ supporting characters are often the heart of his works. We remember Mr. Micawber, Uriah Heep, Fagin, etc. far more than the title characters of the books that contain them. The film nicely encapulates the

book’s incredibly complex and finely interwoven narrative, with all its surprising revelations. I’m guessing at this late date that the surprises are few, but they feel fresh and reasonably accomplished. Then again, the surprises may be fresher than I think, since I don’t know if Great Expectations is still required reading in schools, and I suspect that only the Masterpiece Theatre crowd read Dickens for pleasure these days. On the assumption that there is someone out there who doesn’t know the story, I’ll merely say that it’s the tale of an orphaned boy, Pip, living in the marshes with his shrewish aunt (Sally Hawkins) and her kindly, much-put-upon blacksmith husband, Joe. The story opens when an escaped convict, Magwitch, frightens the boy into securing food and a file — an event that almost gets him in trouble with his aunt, but which the recaptured Magwich prevents by claiming to have stolen the items. Not long after, Pip is invited by the reclusive — and very strange — Miss Havisham to serve as a “playmate” for her young ward, Estella (Rose Barlow). However, he’s dismissed when Estella appears to be growing fond of him. So he settles in as apprentice to Joe — something that ends when he comes into an anonymous legacy a few years later, the “great expectations” of the title. That’s where the complexity of the story really begins to show. This isn’t a radicalized Great Expectations, but it’s a very good — mostly traditionalist (with a few intriguing exceptions) — version of the story. It holds its own, though in a different key, with the two earlier theatrical film versions. It’s lovingly crafted and sumptuously produced. And Bonham Carter and Fiennes push it even higher. Since we really don’t get all that many classic novel-to-film transitions these days, it’s even something of an event in its quiet way. Plus, if you happen to be a high school freshman in a bind, you could probably wrangle a book report out of it — taking some care about the final scene. Rated PG-13 for some violence, including disturbing images. reviewed by Ken Hanke Starts Friday at Carolina Cinemas

Thor: The Dark World HH diREctoR: Alan Taylor pLayERs: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Christopher Eccleston, Anthony Hopkins comic Book fantasy RatEd pg-13 thE stoRy: Norse god of thunder and superhero Thor must stop some evil elves from destroying the universe. thE Lowdown:An intensely straight-faced, flatly directed, run-ofthe-mill fantasy yarn with no originality and little to add to the world of cinema besides providing an advertisement for another Avengers movie.

Marvel’s post-Avengers (2012) blueprint is obvious, existing less as an exercise in good old fashioned cinema and more as a series of very long, very expensive television episodes. It should’ve been obvious as phase two veered away from solid yet interesting directorial choices like Jon Favreau and Kenneth Branagh and into the realm of TV directors, such as here with Alan Taylor and Thor: The Dark World and next year’s sequel to Captain America with Alan and Joe Russo. While James Gunn’s theoretically odd space opera Guardians of the Galaxy (complete with a talking raccoon) and Edgar Wright’s longpromised Ant-Man holds what’s left of Marvel’s potential for interesting films, the core stable of superhero movies now exists to play it safe. I’m not sure I can blame them from a purely pragmatic standpoint, since these things are a license to print money. But I don’t write for Variety, so I don’t have to concern myself with the piles of cash some movie about a muscle-bound Norse superhero will make. Instead, I get to write about how bad said muscle-bound Norsesuperhero movie is, which is a pity, since that sort of movie can be entertaining sometimes. It was, at least, with Branagh’s original Thor (2011), a film that was at times both operatic and smart-assed, but never too much of either, with Tom Hiddleston’s Loki easily being the Marvel films’ best villain (given this type of storytell-

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The Best Man Holiday Writer-director Malcolm D. Lee (Spike’s cousin) returns to the characters he creat ed back in 1999 — and with most of the same cast — Taye Diggs, Nia Long, Morris Chestnut, Sanaa Lathan — in an attempt to bolster his faltering career. The PR blurb tells us, “When college friends reunite after 15 years over the Christmas holidays, they will discover just how easy it is for long-forgotten rivalries and romances to be ignited.” Yes, well it’s a slack week for mainstream releases. (R)

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ing’s dependence on the idea of a rogues’ gallery, these movies have lousy bad guys). Thor was no great film, but it was fun, which is all you want from a giant dude with a magic hammer fighting robots and ice giants. In Taylor’s milquetoast hands, everything fresh about the original has been sucked dry, leaving Thor: The Dark World in its place — an uninspired photocopy of every popular fantasy and sci-fi property, from Tolkien to Alien (1979) — with nary an original idea of its own. Of course, originality isn’t needed when you’ve got a surefire hit on your hands. The story is a dull little affair, with Norse god of thunder Thor (Chris Hemsworth) trying to stop some Dark Elves in space ships from destroying the cosmos (or parts of it, which is never quite clear) with some dangerous weapon called Aether. Why are they so malevolent? Well, because the script says so, since the motivations of these elves and their leader Malekith (a role that utterly wastes Christopher Eccleston) are never mentioned. They’re there, they’re evil and they’re pissed — and that’s enough to build some fight scenes on. The lack of a good villain is a huge problem here, as the elves come across as forget-

table b-list Star Trek baddies, while Loki’s been reduced to a smoldering pile of daddy issues. Thor exists to hit things with his hammer and to pine over his Earth girl (Natalie Portman). Everything leads up to the big, climactic battle in the middle of London, a scene that’s disappointing in how matter-of-factly it’s directed. On paper, this should be fun, with Thor and Malekith duking it out while the laws of physics warp and twist, and the two find themselves frequently — and unexpectedly — teleported to different worlds. Taylor will have none of that, however, since there’s nothing cinematic or energetic in his direction. I’d call it “workmanlike” if I felt that illustrated how dull he made Thor: The Dark World. And this is all before the cynicisms kick in, as we get to the film’s first tag scene (featuring a foppish Benicio Del Toro of all people), where we learn all this Dark Elf business is just prep work for the next Avengers — a moment that really illustrates how secondary the idea of making a good, entertaining movie was. Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence, and some suggestive content. reviewed by Justin Souther Playing at Carmike 10, Carolina Cinemas, Epic of Hendersonville, Regal Biltmore Grande

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Frankenstein HHHHH hoRRoR Frakenstein is a title that needs no introduction. Everyone knows it’s

“the story of a man who made a monster,” and most of us have seen it at one time or another (and if you haven’t, there’s really no excuse). It’s the movie that made Boris Karloff a star and James Whale a world-class filmmaker. It’s also the first modern horror film in the sense that it’s neither apologetic nor reticent about its horror and shock content. And here it is again in a stunning new restoration that allows you to see it as never before. The Thursday Horror Picture Show will screen Frankenstein Thursday, Nov. 14, at 8 p.m. in the Cinema Lounge at The Carolina Asheville and will be hosted by Xpress movie critics Ken Hanke and Justin Souther.

Sabrina HHHHH sophisticatEd Romantic comEdy One of the most delightful and sparkling romantic comedies ever made, Billy Wilder’s Sabrina — the tale of a chauffeur’s daughter who’s besotted with the son of the rich family her father works for — finds the usually cynical director in fine humor and high style. The impeccable stars — Humphrey Bogart, Audrey Hepburn, William Holden — a funny, charming script and those shimmering Paramount production values do the rest. Shown here in a newly restored digital print, it’s classic Hollywood at its best and as it was meant to be seen. Not to be missed. The Asheville Film Society’s Big Screen Budget Series will show Sabrina Wed., Nov. 20, at 7:30 p.m. in one of the downstairs theaters at The Carolina Asheville. Admission is $5 for AFS members and $7 for the general public.

Cash on Demand HHHH

audREy hEpBuRn is the star in Billy Wilder’s sophisticated comedy classic Sabrina, playing for one show only on Wed., Nov. 20, at The Carolina. Admission is $5 for Asheville Film Society members, $7 for the general public

suspEnsE dRama Though it often feels like a high-end TV movie — and

its message “twist” is pretty obvious early on — Quentin Lawrence’s Cash on Demand is one of the most successful of all Hammer Films’ forays into something other than horror. First rate performances from Peter Cushing and, especially, Andre Morell help. Thoroughly entertaining and with the good sense not to overstay its welcome. The Hendersonville Film Society will show Cash on Demand Sunday, Nov. 17, at 2 p.m. in the Smoky Mountain Theater at Lake Pointe Landing Retirement Community (behind Epic Cinemas), 333 Thompson St., Hendersonville.

Sophie Scholl: The Final Days HHHH fact-BasEd dRama The film charts the last days of 21-year-old Sophie

Scholl’s life, when she and her brother (Fabian Hinrichs) — members of the antiNazi student organization, the White Rose — were arrested, interrogated, “tried” and executed by the Nazi government for high treason. An uneven and imperfect film that rises above its shortcomings on the power of its material. Classic World Cinema by Courtyard Gallery will present Sophie Scholl: The Final Days Friday, Nov. 15, at 8 p.m. at Phil Mechanic Studios, 109 Roberts St., River Arts District (upstairs in the Railroad Library). Info: 273-3332,

Waikiki Wedding HHHHS musicaL comEdy Bing Crosby stars as the idea man for an Hawaiian pine-

apple company who finds himself forced to romance the winner of his “Pineapple Queen” contest in order to save his job. This delightfully silly, often very funny Crosby vehicle makes the most of its star’s effortless charm and affords him several new Ralph Rainger-Leo Robin songs, including “Blue Hawaii.” Stylish direction and an appealing leading lady (Shirley Ross) help put it over. The Asheville Film Society will screen Waikiki Wedding Tuesday, Nov. 19, 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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12 Years a Slave HHHHS

Captain Phillips HH

Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Brad Pitt, Paul Giamatti, Lupita Nyong'o

Tom Hanks, Barkhad Abdi, Barkhad Abdirahman, Michael Chernus, Catherine Keener

Biographical drama The story of Solomon Northup, a free black man kidnapped and sold into slavery. Powerful, brilliantly — and beautifully — made. It boasts a gallery of fine performances and should finally propel Chiwetel Ejiofor to the stardom he’s deserved for 10 years. It’s a fine film, but maybe not quite a masterpiece. Rated R

About Time HHHHH Domhnall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams, Bill Nighy, Lydia Wilson, Lindsay Duncan, Tom Hollander, Joshua McGuire Romantic comedy fantasy A romantic comedy fantasy more or less grounded in the idea that our main character can travel back in time. Utterly charming, funny and touching, the film finds writerdirector Richard Curtis at the peak of his game — and with just the cast to bring it to life. Unless you’re a hopeless curmudgeon, this is a must-see. If you are a hopeless curmudgeon, this may help cure that. Rated R

All Is Lost HHHH Robert Redford drama A man fights for survival on a sinking boat in the middle of the ocean. While it doesn’t live up to the critical hype — at least not for me — this solo turn from Robert Redford is unusual fare and certainly worth a look. Bear in mind that it is one very taciturn man holding the screen for the entire length of the film. Rated pg-13

Bad Grandpa H Johnny Knoxville, Jackson Nicoll, Greg Harris, Georgina Cates

fact-based thriller The true story of a sea captain who’s taken captive by Somali pirates. A shallow thriller that’s bogged down by attempts at grandeur and the distinct odor of Oscar bait. Rated pg-13

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 S (Voices) Bill Hader, Anna Faris, James Caan, Will Forte, Andy Samberg animated adventure A goofball inventor must stop a nefarious genius from using his invention for evil purposes. A dull sequel sucked dry of everything that made its predecessor interesting. Rated pg

Ender’s Game HS Asa Butterfield, Harrison Ford, Abigail Breslin, Viola Davis, Hailee Steinfeld, Ben Kingsley sci-fi Sci-Fi yarn about the creation of a military boy-genius to lead an attack on an alien world. Bombastic, self-important, lacking in wit and charm and just plain not very exciting, Ender’s Game is definitely a long-shot for the next big franchise movie. Rated pg-13

Enough Said HHHH Julia Louis-Dreyfus, James Gandolfini, Catherine Keener, Toni Collette, Tracey Fairaway, Tavi Gevinson Romantic comedy drama A woman finds her romance with a seemingly compatible man undermined when it turns out that he’s the ex-husband of a new friend of hers. Unfailingly pleasant but awkwardly plotted film that ultimately wins out on the strength of James Gandolfini and Julia LouisDreyfus. Rated pg-13

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Blue Is the Warmest Color HHHH

animated anthropomorphic turkey sci-fi Time-traveling turkeys go back to pilgrim times to prevent turkey from becoming the standard Thanksgiving fare. It isn’t clever. It isn’t funny. It isn’t very well made. It seems a lot longer than 90 minutes. Rated pg

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Léa Seydoux, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Salim Kechiouche, Aurélien Recoing, Catherine Salée drama Story of a romance between two young French women. Yes, the sex and nudity is unflinchingly, uncoyly presented, but bear in mind this is a long, slowly paced, seriously intended film. It’s well-crafted and large chunks of it work. Worthwhile, but not the masterpiece some are claiming. Rated nc-17

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acted, visually impressive and undeniably intense in its suspense. Gravity is a fine film, but is maybe too efficient for its own good. Rated pg-13

Great Expectations HHHHS Jeremy Irvine, Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes, Holliday Grainger, Robbie Coltrane, Ewen Bremner drama Charles Dickens’ classic tale of a poor orphan who comes into “great expectations” through an unknown benefactor. Solid, imaginative — yet reasonably traditional — film of the novel. It’s atmospheric, beautifully designed and wonderfully well-cast, especially in the supporting players. Helena Bonham Carter is a brilliant Miss Havisham — with Ralph Fiennes an almost equally superb Magwitch. Rated pg-13

How I Live Now HHHS Saoirse Ronan, George MacKay, Tom Holland, Harley Bird, Anna Chancellor action war thriller In the midst of an unidentified and unexplained war, four children struggle for survival in the English countryside. An odd, but generally effective movie that benefits from strong performances and gets extra points for not explaining too much. Rated R

Last Vegas HH

hidden camera comedy Johnny Knoxville, in old-man makeup, pulls pranks on unsuspecting bystanders. A dumb, molasses-paced hidden-camera flick that tries to be both gross and heartfelt, but really just feels pointless. Rated R 68


(Voices) Owen Wilson, Woody Harrelson, George Takei, Amy Poehler, Keith David

Gravity HHHHS Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, Ed Harris (voice) sci-fi suspense Two astronauts accidentally set adrift in space must find a way to survive and make it back to earth. Brilliantly made, impeccably

Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Kline, Mary Steenburgen comedy A senior citizen and his three buddies reunite for a bachelor party in Las Vegas. A pleasant enough comedy thanks to its cast, though it’s rarely amusing and far too one-note. Rated pg-13

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

Prisoners HHHH Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano, Viola Davis, Terrence Howard, Maria Bello, Melissa Leo mystery thriller When his daughter and her friend are kidnapped, a man takes matters into his own hands. This is really a first-rate lurid thriller that harms itself by trying too hard to be more significant than it is. Still, the mystery and thriller aspects offer sufficient compensation to make it worth a look. Rated R

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by Rob Brezny

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There’s something resembling a big red snake slithering around in your mind these days. I don’t mean that literally, of course. I’m talking about a big red *imaginary* snake. But it’s still quite potent. While it’s not poisonous, neither is it a pure embodiment of sweetness and light. Whether it ends up having a disorienting or benevolent influence on your life all depends on how you handle your relationship with it. I suggest you treat it with respect but also let it know that you’re the boss. Give it guidelines and a clear mandate, so it serves your noble ambitions and not your chaotic desires. If you do that, your big red snake will heal and uplift you.

Sweetness is good. Sweetness is desirable. To be healthy, you need to give and receive sweetness on a regular basis. But you can’t flourish on sweetness alone. In fact, too much of it may be oppressive or numbing. I’m speaking both literally and metaphorically: To be balanced you need all of the other tastes, including saltiness, sourness, bitterness, and savoriness. From what I understand, you are headed into a phase when you’ll thrive on more bitterness and savoriness than usual. To get an idea of what I mean, meditate on what the emotional equivalents might be for bitter tastes like coffee, beer, and olives, and for savory tastes like mushrooms, cheese, spinach, and green tea.

tauRus (apRiL 20-may 20) In my astrological opinion, almost nothing can keep you from getting the love you need in the coming days. Here’s the only potential problem: You might have a mistaken or incomplete understanding about the love you need, and that could interfere with you recognizing and welcoming the real thing. So here’s my prescription: Keep an open mind about the true nature of the love that you actually need most, and stay alert for the perhaps unexpected ways it might make itself available.

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“People fall so in love with their pain; they can’t leave it behind,” asserts novelist Chuck Palahniuk. Your assignment, Gemini, is to work your ass off to fall out of love with your pain. As if you were talking to a child, explain to your subconscious mind that the suffering it has gotten so accustomed to has outlived its usefulness. Tell your deep self that you no longer want the ancient ache to be a cornerstone of your identity. To aid the banishment, I recommend that you conduct a ritual of severing. Tie one end of a ribbon to a symbol of your pain, and tie the other end around your waist. Then cut the ribbon in half and bury the symbol in the dirt.

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“You can look at a picture for a week and never think of it again,” said painter Joan Miró. “You can also look at a picture for a second and think of it all your life.” The coming days are likely to bring you none of the former kind of experiences and several of the latter, Cancerian. It’s a numinous time in your long-term cycle: a phase when you’re likely to encounter beauty that enchants you and mysteries that titillate your sense of wonder for a long time. In other words, the eternal is coming to visit you in very concrete ways. How do you like your epiphanies? Hot and wild? Cool and soaring? Comical and lyrical? Hot and soaring and comical and wild and cool and lyrical?

LEo (juLy 23-aug. 22) There’s a new genre of erotic literature: dinosaur porn. E-books like In the Velociraptor’s Nest and Ravished by the Triceratops tell tall tales about encounters between people and prehistoric reptiles. I don’t recommend you read this stuff, though. While I do believe that now is a good time to add new twists to your sexual repertoire and explore the frontiers of pleasure, I think you should remain rooted in the real world, even in your fantasy life. It’s also important to be safe as you experiment. You really don’t want to explore the frontiers of pleasure with cold-blooded beasts. Either travel alone or else round up a warm-blooded compassion specialist who has a few skills in the arts of intimacy. ViRgo (aug. 23-sEpt. 22) Saxifrage, a small plant with white flowers, grows best in subarctic regions and cooler parts of the Northern Hemisphere. The word “saxifrage” is derived from the Latin word *saxifraga,* whose literal meaning is “stone-breaker.” Indeed, the plant does often appear in the clefts of stones and boulders. In his poem “A Sort of a Song,” William Carlos Williams celebrates its strength: “Saxifrage is my flower that splits the rocks.” I nominate this darling little dynamo to be your metaphorical power object of the week, Virgo. May it inspire you to crack through blocks and barriers with subtle force. LiBRa (sEpt. 23-oct. 22) You’re not being swept along in a flood of meaningless distractions and irrelevant information and trivial wishes, right? I’m hoping that you have a sixth sense about which few stimuli are useful and meaningful to you, and which thousands of stimuli are not. But if you are experiencing a bit of trouble staying well-grounded in the midst of the frenzied babble, now would be a good time to take strenuous action. The

universe will conspire to help you become extra stable and secure if you resolve to eliminate as much nonsense from your life as you can. sagittaRius (noV. 22-dEc. 21) When you procrastinate, you avoid doing an important task. Instead, you goof off, doing something fun or simply puttering around wasting time. But what if there were a higher form of procrastination? What if you could avoid an important task by doing other tasks that were somewhat less important but still quite valuable? Here’s what that might look like for you right now: You could postpone your search for the key to everything by throwing yourself into a project that will give you the key to one small part of everything. capRicoRn (dEc. 22-jan. 19) In his utopian novel Looking Backward, American author Edward Bellamy wrote a passage that I suspect applies to you right now: “It is under what may be called unnatural, in the sense of extraordinary, circumstances that people behave most naturally, for the reason that such circumstances banish artificiality.” Think of the relief and release that await you, Capricorn: an end to pretending, a dissolution of deception, the fall of fakery. As you weave your way through extraordinary circumstances, you will be moved to act with brave authenticity. Take full advantage. aquaRius (jan. 20-fEB. 18) “I have your back” is an American expression that could also be rendered as “I’m right behind you, ready to help and defend you” or “I’m ready to support you whenever you’ve got a problem.” Is there anyone in the world who feels that way about you? If not, now would be an excellent time to work on getting such an ally. Cosmic conditions are ripe for bringing greater levels of assistance and collaboration into your life. And if you already do have confederates of that caliber, I suggest you take this opportunity to deepen your symbiotic connection even further. piscEs (fEB. 19-maRch 20) Over a hundred countries around the world celebrate a holiday called Independence Day, memorializing a time when they broke away from another nation and formed a separate state. I encourage you to create your own personal version of this festival. It could commemorate a breakthrough moment in the past when you escaped an oppressive situation, a turning point when you achieved a higher level of autonomy, or a taboo-busting transition when you started expressing your own thoughts and making your own decisions with more authority. By the way, a fresh opportunity to take this kind of action is available to you. Any day now might be a good time to declare a new Independence Day.

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