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Wild Abundance looks forward to apology We are sorry to announce to the vegan animal rights activists who spent so much time targeting Wild Abundance [“Vegan Activists Rally Against a Local Permaculture School” Xpress online post, Nov. 23] that your attempts have had absolutely zero impact on how we view the ethical nature of our Humane Slaughtering and Butchering class. We believe in what we do, and we have no apologies for you. Despite all the overzealous verbal abuse, threats to our safety and consistent harassment, the class took place this year and was really empowering and satisfying for everyone involved! Furthermore, as it is an annual class that we have done for several years now, we certainly plan to host it again next year. This is not because we want to offend animal rights activists or get some sick enjoyment from killing farm animals. It is because we believe that sharing the knowledge and life-ways of our ancestors with interested folks, who want to learn the skills to partake in a deep and intimate experience with the web of life, is an empowering process and deserves to have a place in the world. That’s why at Wild Abundance, we share all these ancient and sacred skills in regard to animal and plant food systems, a variety of natural shelters, wildcrafting and

herbalism, buckskin leather clothing and more! I hope that the Let Live “Coalition” will offer us an official apology for the responsibility they bear in creating a mob mentality that they have no control over! We have been consistently phoned/emailed and called extremely offensive names. We have been compared to Nazis and serial killers. We were sent a sexually explicit picture and message in an email. We have had death threats to “slit our throats” and vague threats that “bad things might happen to us if we went through with the class.” Our neighbors have been bothered, and our peaceful rural community has been concerned.  The local Baptist church near our home was very offended when protesters posted on the internet they were planning on meeting there, without having the courtesy to check in with the church first. We even had to talk down the sweet old-time locals from wanting to come to our house with shotguns to keep us safe from the potential vegan extremists. For real, people: This is all so petty and ridiculous! Like Trump rallying up the mob who he has no control over, you really need to claim responsibility and consider what happens when you run a sloppy attack campaign that stirs people up! We are not opening a factory farm here, folks! We humanely slaughtered two sheep and made use of every part of

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the animal. People are going to eat meat, and sorry to say this, but get over it! I applaud those omnivores who want to take the full responsibility of meat eating into their own hands! Please think about this: The very nature of your argument is so culturally narrow. Traditional and indigenous cultures all over the world consume animals. The idea that a group of largely middle-class, educated, young, white vegans can make a philosophically selfrighteous claim that all omnivores are doing something immoral — come on! Next year, please leave us alone, and go focus your time on issues that matter like racist police brutality, factory farms, gentrification, climate change, etc. Looking forward to an apology, — Frank Salzano Wild Abundance instructor Weaverville Editor’s note: A response appears in the letter, “Let Live Coalition Responds” in this issue.

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Let Live Coalition responds As a volunteer with the Let Live Coalition, I appreciate this opportunity to provide accurate details about the campaign and to clear up some misunderstandings. I’ll begin by restating our explicit stance against any and all aggressive communication, which we unequivocally oppose and condemn in the highest terms. From start to finish, our posts have urged “respectful” and “polite” communications. Not only are we dedicated to the principles of peaceful protest, but hostile communication from people claiming to be our supporters distracts from and undermines our message. Despite claims to the contrary, we only listed the contact information publicly available on Wild Abundance’s and Meredith Leigh’s business websites. We did not post the personal number that Wild Abundance owner Natalie Bogwalker sent to us directly. We also did not list addresses or go into their personal space. We did, however, attempt to cut the campaign short, even offering to reimburse the travel expenses for their out-of-town registrants. They vilify us and frame themselves a victims and martyrs, even using Natalie’s infant to garner sympathy and outrage, but they chose escalation, and they killed an additional sheep. Ironically, our partner’s [One Protest’s] bear-hunt protests are highly regarded. But what does that work look like? Encouraging phone calls and


emails to organizers, online posts, petitions, literature, signs and media. This is precisely what our short-term, by-thebook campaign entailed. Activism for the protection of bears is applauded, while the same activism for the protection of sheep is denounced and derided. Natalie frames her do-it-yourself slaughter classes as “sacred” ways to “honor the animals.” Her photos show healthy, happy animals, but not the reality of “after.” We want people to understand the reality: that defenseless, gentle creatures are pinned to the ground as an instructor demonstrates how to slit their throats [so that they are] “humanely relieved of their blood,” to use one of Meredith’s chilling euphemisms. This is the reality. If the victim were a dog, it would be a felony. Proponents claim their killing is ethical because they use all the body parts and because it’s not factory farming. Our message is that it is still not ethical. Slaughter is not a natural “cycle of life” or a poetic “dance.” It normalizes violence against those who are less powerful and it reinforces the use and abuse of animals. We hope that if people sympathize with the demise of one helpless sheep, and recognize that he or she didn’t deserve to be “harvested” and “processed,” that this will carry over to compassion for other animals. We also hope that Wild Abundance, and those who thrive on sensationalism and favoritism, will not continue to misdirect the attention of those who care about the well-being of animals. We encourage readers to find out more about sustainable alternatives to smallscale animal farming and slaughter at our website: — Dawn Moncrief Volunteer, Let Live Coalition Washington, D.C. Editor’s note: This letter is a response to the letter, “Wild Abundance Looks Forward to Apology,” in this issue.

Scholarships offer school choice Regardless of our views on election 2016, we can surely agree on this: All children deserve a quality education. But we must do more to make sure they get it. For more and more families, this goal is already becoming reality through the Opportunity Scholarship Program. This state-funded scholarship has given my own children a chance to attend Azalea Mountain School. Before enrolling at Azalea Mountain School, my oldest son struggled at his public school. He needed individualized

instruction, but his school was unable to provide it. The school culture was not inclusive, and he did not feel accepted by his teachers or peers. Now, he loves his new school. He has grown academically and socially. My youngest son, a kindergartner, is just beginning his academic journey, but I feel confident that he is on a path to success. Both boys feel challenged by their schoolwork and supported by their teachers. They love learning. We are where we are because of opportunity. Without the Opportunity Scholarship, my children would not be able to attend Azalea Mountain School. There are many other families like mine across the state. I want them to know about this program that I learned about through Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina. I want to tell these families that the Opportunity Scholarship can change their children’s lives for the better. My family is proof of that. — Perrie Ramey Asheville

Science and spirituality are not mutually exclusive I was glad to read about the Lake Junaluska peace conference [“Hot Seat: Multifaith Peace Conference Explores Connection Between Conflict and Climate Change,” Nov. 2, Xpress]. The fact that an interfaith dialogue is occurring regarding the subject of climate change is certainly heartening. I have become increasingly concerned, however, about the one-sided approach to the ecological crisis evident in much media coverage. That the fundamental environmental problem we face is too much carbon in the air has become something “everybody knows,” at least for those who care. One effect of this is to force spirituality into a secondary role in which it serves merely to support an agenda set by materialism. The irony is that a reductive materialist worldview is arguably what has caused humanity to view the Earth as our own personal grab bag and toilet bowl in the first place. If we wish not only to decrease our carbon emissions but to cease any number of destructive actions, then we need to bring our consciousness into a healthy state. This is a spiritual matter. Contrary to established scientific theory and popular opinion, science and spirituality are not mutually exclusive. In fact, conventional science uncon-

C A RT O O N B Y B R E NT B R O W N sciously accepts and relies upon the reality of the spirit at every step. The creation of a rigorous spiritual science only requires the development of appropriate methods. This is not some abstract fantasy, although there is unfortunately much nominal “spiritual science.” The Nature Institute in upstate New York, while not practicing full-blown spiritual science, has made great strides toward it. Homeopathy teaches us that a onesided focus on removing symptoms only pushes the pathology deeper. If we human beings continue in the future to believe that we live in a merely physical world, a world of things rather than of meanings, then it likely won’t matter how much carbon we put back in the ground. — Andy Shaw Alexander


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Black lives matter Enough is enough BY ROBERT WHITE I grew up in New Jersey. My mother was from Asheville. In my teens, many of my friends converted to Islam. Racism was often given as the reason. My friends questioned where this white man with long, flowing hair who spoke of love and peace was. Where was he in all the documented cases of deliberate action to deny us the basic human rights? Where was he in the lives of the white people who were doing some horrendous things to so many of us? Islam does not allow any pictures of the creator or the Prophet Muhammad. The lack of focus on race, as it pertains to God, in Islam was very attractive. My friends felt they had a chance with a God who embraced all and favored no race or a particular people. I am not Muslim but cringe to call myself Christian. But I read the words of this man Jesus, and they are good and right. I live them by deed, not in public conversations on street corners. Last year, my wife and I closed on a small farm in Leicester. My neighbors are all white; I hear gunfire all the time. Big guns, huge guns, semi-automatic guns — and, now and then, fully automatic guns. Several neighbors have stopped and introduced themselves; they seem to be very decent folks. Yet there is a certain apprehension in my soul. I wonder what would happen if something came up missing around here. The very bucolic country road running past our property is so inviting, yet I have never walked to the end of it out of fear. Fear someone may see my black skin and believe I’m after something that doesn’t belong to me. I’ve been stopped so many times, in so many cities, just for being in the wrong place while sightseeing. So I stay on my land and plant my fruit trees and berries. I tend to my raised beds and hunt mushrooms on our land. I wave as folks jog or walk by, hoping the fact I am working the land just like them will keep me and my family safe. Afraid for my dog as she wanders (like the




other dogs out here), because she belongs to some black people. Why should I live in such fear in the land of my birth? This land where the bones of my parents, grandparents and great-grandparents rest. I am American, but this land of my birth seems to reject us even after all the years we’ve been here. We have died in every war this country has fought; a highly biased criminal justice system is our reward. Deliberate undereducation and underemployment are the thanks we get. I know I believe all lives matter. I also believe most black people feel the same way. But white kids are not being gunned down eating Skittles and drinking soda. White men aren’t being stopped and ending up dead for a traffic violation. Refusing to lie down in the street because a cop is yelling at you is no reason to die. There is a thing called dignity that we all have, and sometimes people just get tired of bowing down to injustice. Sometimes enough is just that: enough. The recent hue and cry is “Make America great again.” Most black folks feel America has never been great. Don’t get mad: Just look at what has been done to us for centuries. If we don’t take a knee in protest or stand up and fight, history has shown us what could happen. The prisons are full of black folks, and it seems there’s a concerted effort to fill the cemeteries with our bodies long before they can succumb to a natural death. I crave tranquility and abhor chaos. My biggest fear for my country is that the racist attitudes of so many whites will cause disaffected black youths to start embracing radical Islam as their way to seek recompense for the palpable hatred toward them that’s permeating America right now. I fear that Middle Eastern countries flush with oil money may start funneling cash to our low-income neighborhoods the same way the drug cartels have done, encouraging misdirected black youths with that false hope based on some lie disguised as truth.

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ROBERT WHITE Yes, my friends, all lives do matter. But until white America realizes that black children are loved by their parents the same way you love yours, we are all in trouble. There’s a gaping hole in this country created by racism, and it’s waiting to be filled by something. It is we Americans, black and white, who will decide what fills this hole. When the World Trade Center fell, blacks, whites, Christians and Muslims died in the rubble. We all felt violated and vulnerable. Death, disease and the sun do not discriminate: I will spend the rest of my life remembering that. I will extend nothing but love to my white broth-

ers and sisters. I will also love and respect my gay, lesbian, bisexual brothers and sisters, and those who are gender-fluid. I did not create you and will not force upon you my opinions about how you love or whom you love. But I promise I will respect you and honor your being. As a black man, this is all I ask of you all. Is that too much to ask? My life matters!  X Now retired, Robert White has been a framing carpenter, radio announcer and small-business owner in New Jersey and Asheville. He founded the Pisgah View Peace Garden.




Mountain Xpress presents EIGHT ASHEVILLE INFLUENTIALS FOR 2016 Our area sees its fair share of awards and recognition

ceremonies. And many dedicated individuals receive welldeserved attention for the work they do to make our community a great place to live.5gets all the glory, while the energy and talent of legions of other contributors remain hidden in plain sight. So, in the spirit of our mission to build community and foster civic dialogue, Xpress set out to find some of those


lesser-known folks who are quietly doing important work in the Asheville area. We put out a call for nominations and received a total of 41. From there, our editorial team conducted background research on the nominees, including interviews with colleagues and collaborators. Gradually, over a series of meetings, the list was narrowed to eight outstanding influencers. The nominees, overall, embodied a high degree of the qualities we were hoping to celebrate. That’s the calling card of a committed community: We have an abundance

of passionate citizens mobilized to make a difference in the Asheville area. We realized, through the course of this project, it only scratches the surface of all the active, influential people in our region. As such, Xpress hopes to revisit this concept in the future. Xpress applauds the work of those profiled here, and we hope you will be as inspired as we have been to learn more about their motivations and contributions. — Xpress editorial staff; all photos by Emma Grace Moon

“While I was having a meeting with Craig Fincannon, a casting director of shows like ‘The Walking Dead’ and ‘Under the Dome,’ plus many A-list films, he said, ‘Jon Menick is offering what’s hard to find even in Atlanta — quality professional training that’s producing good actors. We’re getting some great auditions from there.’ Jon’s commitment to Asheville and providing classes to develop local actors’ gifts to a higher professional standard has had a profound impact in many lives and careers that are now taking off into national work.” — Nominator How does Asheville influence you? It makes me feel safe to be myself. It provides me with a steady stream of outstanding people to meet and work with.

• Founder, Screen Artists Co-op • Helps local actors secure regional, national work • Utilizes big-city experience and connections for local actors • Advocates for the Asheville and North Carolina film industries

What books, music or other media influenced you as a kid? The blues. I lived a couple of hours from Chicago. I became a fanatic and used to hitchhike down there and try to sneak into blues clubs to see the greats. I still listen to the same stuff today. Who were the three most influential people in your life as a kid? Martin Luther King Jr., Bobby Kennedy, Lenny Bruce. They were irreverent, courageous and mind-blowing. Who are the three most influential people in your life today? I think that I have reached the point in my life where the cacophony of sound is distilled into one note. I have learned the value of following one’s own path. What is your favorite quote? “Acting is simple but never easy.” — Anonymous 1 10


What makes you passionate about Asheville? A few years ago, I made the decision to only represent and train actors in the immediate area of Asheville. This decision was motivated by my passionate belief in the unique character of the people here, and the liberal, empathetic nature that seemingly swells up from the ground. There is a profound difference in actors who base in Asheville and all others I have worked with over the years. This difference is reflected every day at Screen Artists Co-op. Personally, until I moved here, it was uncommon to see so many people who emanated a desire to connect on a deep level with others. The actors who populate SAC have made me a much better person. I thank them and the fortunate circumstance that led me to this place. Why is investing in your community important? Community is defined as a group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common. The particular characteristic I see here is like a quilt — many disparate shards making up a whole. The thread that holds us together is our ability to listen and then accept differences. It is a phenomenon how this essence exists in such a small place. I believe we have an obligation to all be threads, so together we can create a mosaic that holds together well and binds us all in a safe place to grow. MOUNTAINX.COM

Is there a defining moment or experience in your life that led you to be the community-spirited person you are today? The defining moment that led me to give more and be better was my heart attack three years ago. The actors at the co-op rose up and as a group took care of me and my wife. It was the most humbling and loving experience I ever had, and it changed me. It gave me the reason to become a better person, and for this, I am forever grateful. If you had $50,000 to spend on your project, how would you spend it? If I had $50,000, I’d give it to my devoted staff for serving our vision so selflessly the last few years.

“Asheville makes me feel safe to be myself. It provides me with a steady stream of outstanding people to meet and work with.” — Jon Menick What’s your core advice for your fellow community members? My core advice is ... become smaller and watch those around you grow larger, fuller and more productive. What keeps you awake at night? Always my fear that I am not enough. The fear that I am not creating a process that will benefit the actors who have trusted me to mentor them. It is daunting when one realizes how important each and every person is at SAC. But I do

know that anxiety does lead me to discovery and innovation. What helps ease your mind so you can sleep? I breathe and then do an exercise we call sense streaming. It is a way to shut off my mind and focus on all the sensory stimulation that is occurring around me. It always works because in that present moment there is nothing to be anxious about. What is one thing about you that people would find surprising? I don’t know; at the co-op we have opened ourselves up so much, there are very few secrets we keep from each other. However, years ago I was Herb in the iconic Burger King campaign of the 1980s. What can the community do to support your work and efforts? Elect officials who will restore the incentives for the film industry in this state and support the repeal of HB2. Almost all of the film projects once located in North Carolina have been moved to neighboring states, costing jobs and billions of dollars. What would you like your work’s lasting legacy to be? I have thought a lot about this. My hope is that the process I teach will be valuable enough to be passed on to others so that it lives beyond my time here.



“She has proven to be a diamond in this region and many people trust her with their lives. Phyllis is informative and assertive. She has not given up on those who people call hopeless. She is hope for the underrepresented population.” — Nominator Who are the three most influential people in your life today? My mother aka Queen Mother Maggie Belle, Dr. Mitchell Gibson and Dr. Joseph Fox.

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Job, volunteer work: CoThinkk, a giving circle that invests its time, talent and treasure to accelerate positive changes in communities of color in Asheville and Western North Carolina; Foundation for Indigenous Americans; Center for Diversity Education; Center for Participatory Change; Hispanic Alliance; Black and Latino Filmmakers Coalition; Alternate Roots; African-American Heritage Commission; A-B Tech Minority Student Leadership Academy. What books, music or other media influenced you as a kid? Mahalia Jackson, sacred Scriptures, Motown, Jewish folk music, Hebrew Israelite music, old Puerto Rican music, Puerto Rican and Dominican dance. Who were the three most influential people in your life as a kid? My mother, my grandmother, my best friend, Leon. What books, music or other media influence you today? Books by James Loewen, Muata Ashby, Robert Wallace, Del Jones, Micheál Ledwith and Klaus Heinemann, Rekhit Kajara Nia Yaa Nebthet and Wekesa Madzimoyo. Music by Jonathan Santos, Climbing Poetree, Joseph Riverwind Music, Pedrito Martinez and Tony Duncan. Films/Documentaries -- Crossing Borders: American Textures, Billy Elliott, Europa/Europa, Hidden Colors 1-4 and Forks Over Knives.

What is your favorite quote? “The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” — Alice Walker How does Asheville influence you? I am influenced by the amazing group of current social change activists and the amazing history that is not commonly known of the Ancestors of Color of Asheville. What makes you passionate about Asheville? My belief is that we are capable of doing more than simply surviving. Instead, we can thrive, elevate, win, compete, get ahead and build one of the most powerful communities on this earth if we make moves right now to build what we desire. Why is investing in your community important? Investing in my community is important for today and seven generations into the future, as well as honoring the work of those who came before me. I stand on their shoulders.

“I am influenced by the amazing group of current social change activists and the amazing history that is not commonly known of the Ancestors of Color of Asheville.” — Phyllis Utley Is there a defining moment or experience in your life that led you to be the community-spirited person you are today? There wasn’t a defining moment. I come from a family of communityspirited individuals. If you had $50,000 to spend on your project, how would you spend it? I would split it three ways between CoThinkk to be used to

help fund grassroots organizations and individuals who are doing the work on a daily basis just because they see a need and act; Minority Student Leadership Academy at A-B Tech to fund supportive services; and Pisgah Legal Services, which provides free legal services for underserved populations. What’s your core advice for your fellow community members? You are powerful beyond belief. Each of us matters and makes a difference. Each of us are superheroes in ordinary clothes. What keeps you awake at night? Books I am reading. I’m currently reading Everyday Bias: Identifying and Navigating Unconscious Judgments in Our Daily Lives by Howard J. Ross. What helps ease your mind so you can sleep? Indigenous flute music.

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If you hadn’t chosen your current path, what are some other ways your career or your interests might have evolved? If Harvard Business School had had an MBA in social innovation when I was offered an 80 percent fellowship, I would have attended. What is one thing about you that people would find surprising? I am a green tomato apple pie connoisseur.

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What books, music or other media influenced you as a kid? Very early on, my thoughts about what I could be and do in this world were formed via repeated viewings of the movie Free to Be You and Me, the wearing-out of my mom’s 8-tracks of the Beatles (c-lunk), and the reading of Choose Your Own Adventure books. I am also a child of MTV; to clarify, I got my MTV in 1981, when I was 9 years old, and it was the only TV I watched for a good four or five years. What I heard and saw fed my interest in the arts, history and the larger world around me. But what influenced me most as a kid were the cultural landscapes (urban planner jargon alert!) of my hometown, in particular, the Erie Canal and its palette of locks, lift bridges, scum jumpers, the towpath, black water, compact villages and railroad tracks. Who were the three most influential people in your life as a kid? My family was very influential in ways they weren’t trying to be; everyone’s family is. For instance, my mom inadvertently taught me that not everyone is dealt the same lot in life, but you need to keep going and try some things, darn it. And you need to keep your head up because you are worth something; and if you add in some luck, and have or quickly knit for yourself a small safety net, you can probably make it. She pulled my family out of some pretty awful circumstances when I was young. So I strongly believe life is approached best with a healthy mix of being accountable and stepping up and also realizing some of life can be the pits or is out of your control. My sister being six years older than me—and crazy smart—forever influenced me as well. I wanted to be her. 12 3


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What books, music or other media influence you today? In the last decade, I think the work of LCD Soundsystem, Buraka Som Sistema, and Hamilton (original Broadway cast recording) have brilliantly reflected pieces of history and culture through the glorious medium of music. Creativity, Inc. by Ed. Catmull and A Pattern Language by Christopher Alexander are books that continue to shape me and my approaches to work. I am currently reading Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and it is helping me frame additional views of the immigrant experience. I am also a fan of the podcast “About Race” – which is hosted by black, white and brown folk who are unabashed in their dissection of current issues through the lens of race. I think the art and craft of the future, at least for me, is comedy. What Louis C.K, Chris Rock, Ali Wong, Amy Schumer and all their lesser-known colleagues do is brave, totally weird and world-changing. Who are the three most influential people in your life today? I am lucky to have a lot of people in my life that help me grow. Some of the most influential body of people in my life today are the Riverfront team members at the city of Asheville. I have learned so much about the best and worst parts of myself through working with this team on a shared vision. I have learned from people outside the city too, of course. So let me take advantage of your theme of influencers and recognize Tim Schaller. The fact that that he is such a big influence on me might be hidden to him. I have listened and watched him for many years, and he has had to make some hard decisions. He is industrious, funny, a family man, in love with Asheville, honest, adventurous, philanthropic and not afraid of making hard decisions. What is your favorite quote? “Know who you are and be that on purpose.” I think that is attributed to Dolly Parton.

How does Asheville influence you? It’s the vortex. No, but really, Asheville and the WNC region have so much raw material that is awesome, it is just downright common to be inspired and passionate about this place. I’m just like everybody else; I love the national forest, the history of (mostly?) rejecting the Confederacy, The Block, the French Broad and Swannanoa rivers, Halloween in West Asheville, WRES and Asheville FM, old tobacco barns, ballad singing and the trees on Church Street. It seems like there are more spectacular glass and ceramic artists here than any other cities near our size. And I have an office in a piece of art: Asheville City Hall. MOUNTAINX.COM

What makes you passionate about Asheville? Where I might be different than some of your readers is that I embrace the tourists that are such a big part of Asheville’s current identity. Not to ignore the complexities of the issue, but I believe there is something to be said about tourism being in Asheville’s blood, and figuring out ways to make it work for all of us seems like a key to equitable economic growth. But that is a deeper conversation. What I can talk about in relation to that topic is there might be a need to work together to develop free (or low-cost) and family-friendly options for recreation and learning that provide great value to the citizens that live here and are inspiring. I believe public facilities can help define and celebrate a place, and support the making of memories for our citizens that will last a lifetime. The best places to live are places that people like to visit.

“It’s the vortex. No, but really, Asheville and the Western North Carolina region have so much raw material that is awesome, it is just downright common to be inspired and passionate about this place.” — Steph Monson Dahl Is there a defining moment or experience in your life that led you to be the community-spirited person you are today? There are two things that happened to me in my late 20s that completely changed the way I participated in my community. First, I got tired of being poor and taken advantage of and brought a lawsuit against my landlord for withholding my security deposit. I represented myself and my roommates and won; after that amount of effort, I was pretty keen on figuring out how I could improve the way life worked for not only me but other people. So I decided to enroll in college. I saw restaurant workers in my neighborhood dumping grease into the sewers. And guys with chainsaws reducing our street trees into stumps. I called the city of Atlanta and tried to find out what was going on. No one answered my calls. I told someone at Georgia State about it, and they said, “How would you like to know how government works? Why don’t you get your degree in public administration?” So I signed up.

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If you had $50,000 to spend on your project, how would you spend it? I would spend it on community engagement activities and on more in-depth communications that help tell the story of what the city is doing in the riverfront (or all over the city) and how they will benefit from it. We have an awesome communications team at the city, and as you can imagine, they work on a mean and lean budget. And you don’t really see grants for communications. However, communication is always a critical issue: If the government doesn’t do it well, they aren’t really transparent enough for the citizens to trust that tax dollars are being stewarded, it’s an equity issue: If you don’t know what your city is up to, you cannot benefit from what they are doing. Second place is I’d spend it on a tree plan for the riverfront. But we’ve already submitted a grant for that (cross fingers!). What keeps you awake at night? The usual stuff. Figuring out ways to keep costs down. Thinking about how to get more funding for what the community wants. And for sure wondering about how this country is ever going to smooth the divide between rural, urban, black and white and all the other labels. What can the community do to support your work and efforts? Make a commitment to visit the artists and businesses in the River Arts District as construction of new roadways with bicycle lanes, rain gardens, sidewalks and street trees is happening over the next three years. You love local? Show them. Work with us to ensure these businesses, and the new ones on their way, have the opportunity to still be there when the construction is over. What would you like your work’s lasting legacy to be? I get to build on the work of many others, including visionary women like Karen Cragnolin, Susan Roderick and Pattiy Torno, and the result will be amazing. So that part is easy, and it’s a shared legacy. And I am positive we’ll be doing more placemaking in Asheville for years to come. The harder part: I’d like to help people feel heard and figure out how to make government more accessible to those that don’t quite know how to plug in; and I’d like to help the community see the value of local government not only providing core services like trash pickup and pothole repair, but making targeted investments in special districts, like the River Arts District, to improve quality of life throughout the city.



“Annie is a tireless advocate for seniors in Buncombe County. She monitors and interacts with seniors in over 100 facilities, including group homes, for voting rights and the right to humane care and accessible public transportation. She has worked throughout Western North Carolina to help register voters, often at her own expense.” — Nominator reading The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft and the Golden Age of Journalism; Between Shadow and Sun: A Husband’s Journey Through Gender — A Wife’s Labor of Love and Becoming Jane Jacobs. Who are the three most influential people in your life today? Sophie Dixon, Rev. William Barber, the legacy of Jane Jacobs and Judge John D. Butzner, 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, and Jane White.

• Advocates for seniors in Buncombe County • Registers senior voters • Works for senior voting issues like large-text ballots • Fights for increased access to public transportation

Job, volunteer work: Senior Suffrage; WNC GOTV; Buncombe County pop-up markets; Green Opportunities; Minnie Jones Community Health Center; Land of Sky Regional Council community volunteer ombudsman; Transylvania County NAACP; We the People Campaign advocating to increase access to the ballot. What books, music or other media influenced you as a kid? Nancy Dickerson biography, Clara Barton biography, Gone With the Wind, “Today” show and Walt Disney. Who were the three most influential people in your life as a kid? My parents, grandmother and aunts and uncles. What books, music or other media influence you today? I read New York Times, Asheville Citizen-Times, Mountain Xpress and The Urban News each morning (my father said, “Before you enter a conversation, read a national, local and regional newspaper). I am currently

What is your favorite quote? “Cities have the capability of providing something for everyone, only because, and only when, they are created by everyone” — Jane Jacobs (my aunt).

If you had $50,000 to spend on your project, how would you spend it? If I had $50,000 to spend, I would use $25,000 on current activities, buy fortune cookies (they make everyone’s day a little better) and spend more time on a book attacking our long-term health care system. What’s your core advice for your fellow community members? Eat one meal a week with residents in adult care homes. Bring newspapers, games and snacks with you. Register and educate potential voters year-round. What keeps you awake at night? Usually, I am so tired I just fall to sleep.

How does Asheville influence you? Asheville is friendly and inviting.

What helps ease your mind so you can sleep? I read cookbooks.

What makes you passionate about Asheville? I am passionate because of the heartbreaking oblivion, lack of empathy of the powers that be in taking action to provide needed city and county services.

If you hadn’t chosen your current path, what are some other ways your career or your interests might have evolved? Spend time sculpting and weaving.

Why is investing in your community important? Investing in the community is important because we are all part of the community.

“Asheville is friendly and inviting.” — Annie Butzner Is there a defining moment or experience in your life that led you to be the community-spirited person you are today? A defining moment was observation of clients, residents and patients who had no control over their own lives. Voting is an expression of concern for ourselves, family and community. I decided to make voting easier to assist in developing political influence to control our own lives. Voting is the connector.

What is one thing about you that people would find surprising? I became a nurse because I was married to a professional athlete and needed a portable skill. What can the community do to support your work and efforts? Build relationships by repeatedly volunteering at same places. Create trust through your presence. What would you like your work’s lasting legacy to be? Annie Butzner always thought of others first and furthered community action to expand everyone’s civil rights. Please feel free to add anything else about yourself, your projects and/or passion that we did not ask about. The Board of Election building must be moved to an accessible location for everyone. MOUNTAINX.COM


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“Zoe has created the Heard Tell series of programs in Lord Auditorium that is highlighting different aspects of Asheville life, bringing the library archives out to people. The room is always packed, and the programs are really well-organized by a committee she works with. She could easily just sit in there behind her desk and wait for people to come in and look at books, but she is bringing the library archives alive.” — Nominator

• Librarian, North Carolina Room, Pack Memorial Library • Helps bring history to life with popular story series and exhibits • Promotes various NC Room resources available like online photo database • Encourages community members to search archives • Facilitates preservation of current archives for future generations

What books, music or other media influenced you as a kid? Other than maybe the first seven years of my life, I was pretty late in finding myself. Rather than a person influencing my childhood, I would have to say that it was place that most influenced me. I grew up on Turkey Foot Lake, part of the Portage Lakes outside of Akron, Ohio. Living on a lake, for me, meant that life was about being outside, and about enjoying friends and family coming to our home to do the same. I left Ohio in 1976, traveling by myself, in search of a college. Not too happy at seeing me traveling alone, a relative started showing me colleges in Western North Carolina. Nothing quite worked until, on her last effort, she drove me out to see Warren Wilson College. As we rose over the hill, looking over the barns and the farmland, with the college campus in the distant view, I said, “That’s where I want to go.” Who are the three most influential people in your life as a kid? The first two meaningful people in my life were the religion professor/pastor and the farm crew manager at Warren Wilson―Fred Ohler and Ernst Larsen. From the first, I learned the importance of story and that everyone has a story to tell. Ohler’s classes and sermons were firmly based in biography, so we read Frederick Buechner and Martin Buber, but also Annie Dilliard’s Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, Zorba the Greek, Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man and a biography of a baseball player whose name I no longer remember. Ohler’s sermons seemed almost always to be about being stunned by the ordinary. 14 5


From Larsen, I learned a very strong work ethic. If the hay wasn’t bailed by sundown, you turned on the tractor lights and kept going. To this day, I can hear him saying, “Keep the place nice and clean off your tools after you use them.” He also told us, “If you borrow a tool from a neighbor, always make sure you return it in better condition than when you got it.” The college also offered classes in creative writing, and I took every one offered. That resonated in me like a gong going off. What books, music or other media influence you today? By revisiting Dillard’s Tinker Creek, I came across the idea again of “seeing,” which is about noticing what is around you, and not taking sight for granted. I got it at that point in my life. It woke me up, and it is something I constantly work at learning. Shortly thereafter I stumbled across the new-to-me idea of individuation, the philosophical idea of “waking oneself up” such as was taught by Gurdjieff and Jungian philosophers. This interest led me to writers who included psychology in their writings, such as Colette, Katherine Mansfield and Virginia Wolff. Who are the three most influential people in your life today? A few years ago, when thinking about the people in the world who most inspired me, I shocked myself to realize they were all comedians: Robin Williams, Lilly Tomlin and Ellen DeGeneres. They are/were all willing to be frank, unruly and deeply honest about the world. And be seriously funny. I also enjoy the wisdom and humor of Southern rural ways of saying things. I get some of the best passed on to me by a co-worker who grew up near Marion. Her mother says, “Everyone in our family has such big feet, we have to back up to a door to knock.” The place I most love being at is home. Particularly outside. I think I even like preparing gardens for winter as much as I enjoy spring. I like playing in the dirt. Some people call it gardening. I love cooking a meal for friends and having long conversations. What is your favorite quote? Not exactly a quote, but an unsaid way a dear friend of mine lived: “Live with as many animals as you can and as close to them as you can.” Something I try to say to myself every day is, “Be sure to regard love as my highest law.” MOUNTAINX.COM

What makes you passionate about Asheville? Oddly enough, I never had any interest in history, but when I began working in the N.C. Room, I lost myself in this town’s history. I made indexes of buildings, architects, photographers, mostly for myself, to learn what I needed to know. For some reason, it came quite naturally to me. I was as interested in this place’s history as if I’d been born here. Asheville is the right size for me. I care about its architecture and I love living in a place that is beautiful, where the mountains ring the city and form the most beautiful backdrop every day. I realized not long after coming here that Asheville is my home. What I like most about my work is ferreting out answers to questions, working to rebuild, layer by layer, lost people, visions, buildings, communities. Why is investing in your community important? I would like to see Asheville residents and city government be more like peaceful co-workers. I wish, as in the 1980s, the community was more involved in the present and future of Asheville. Especially the younger people. I worry that new businesses cater too much to tourists, so that we have boutiques that most of us can’t afford to shop in and we no longer have a grocery or a “Five and Dime” downtown. I would like to see more business owners who say, “What can I do to make Asheville better?” When Eckerd’s closed its downtown store in the early ‘80s, Hashim Badr, who worked there, opened the Asheville Discount Pharmacy, because he wanted to provide a place for senior residents to get their prescriptions. I think Aloft Hotel’s effort to find homes for homeless dogs is breathtaking, as well as the volunteers who take their work breaks to walk them. If you had $50,000 to spend on your project, how would you spend it? If I were given a lot of money, I would buy land and care for homeless farm animals. When I retire, I would like to write or edit a collection of nonfiction stories about women who keep barns. That women do this ― that I do this ― blows me away. I, at first, interpreted this question personally; there would be no end to how I could see $50,000 well-spent in the North Carolina Room. Scanners, voice recorders, digital cameras, (with extras to be checked out by patrons for documentation purposes) a webcam, funds for speakers, funding for more staff, funds for purchases for the collection, etc.

What keeps you awake at night? I worry most about how segregated our city is. I worry that our needs are still so great for low- and middleincome housing. I worry that we are building too many buildings and that not enough consideration is given to their architecture. I worry that our older buildings aren’t protected enough by being on the National Register of Historic Places. I could lose sleep over the loss of the Imperial Theater block and the buildings at North Pack Square. Imagine our town if they were still in place! Billboards I lose sleep over, and the impact of the crosstown expressway (I-240) through town and the new changes coming for I-26. You can’t treat a mountain city like any other city. As writer Douglas Swaim said, “For sheer devastation to the existing environment, both built and natural, nothing compares with I-240, the downtown expressway.” (Cabins & Castles, 1981.) What is one thing about you that people would find surprising? I suppose most people would not guess that I have milk goats. In 2006, Brenda and I finally moved to the country, to a tiny spot of land up from the end of Reems Creek, which came with a nice-size shed we turned into a barn, and enough of a lot and woods where I keep three milk goats and a small flock of chickens. Though the house didn’t pass the marble test, it does have a pool, so I can swim in the summer anytime I want to, and I come back to a home that is about leisure and playfulness and company. What can the community do to support your work and efforts? To the community, I would say if you are interested in local history, come visit us and do some research you’ve been dying to do. Join the Friends of the North Carolina Room (it’s only $15/year). It promotes our outreach and our programming. If you care about our built environment, join the Preservation Society of Asheville & Buncombe County. If you are a library user, or use the North Carolina Room or enjoy our programs, write the Buncombe County commissioners and tell them you believe the library is a vital service. Be on the lookout for what needs to be documented. Let us know about it ― or bring it to us. Take photographs of our city and our people and send them to us. Donate your church’s or synagogue’s directories or your high school annuals. Join our blog. Visit our Special Collections database. The North Carolina Room is your local history room.



“He unites generations as an educator, friend and neighbor, and works tirelessly on racial justice and the well-being of children in Asheville. Through his projects, he brings together communities of faith; works to build police-community relations and trust: teaches Asheville locals to identify and navigate systems of racism and oppression: supports organizations that provide job training and access to a living wage; and acts as role model and support for children at Francine Delaney.” — Nominator

• Director, Christians for a United Community • Unites communities of faith with social justice projects • Works to eliminate disparities caused by racism • Mentors students at Francine Delany New School

Job, volunteer work: Mentor/mediator at the Francine Delany New School for Children; served on boards for Children First, the Center For Participatory Change and the WCQS Advisory Board; currently serves on the boards of Just Economics, Green Opportunities and Hands and Feet of Asheville; volunteers with Building Bridges of Asheville anti-racism organization. Also a member of the New Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church, where he serves on the sanctuary choir, the men’s choir, the youth ministry and where he was ordained as a deacon in January 2012 and a member of Circle of Mercy Congregation. What books, music or other media influenced you as a kid? As a child/teenager, I was influenced by popular music of the time, music of my church and probably music of the movies. Who were the three most influential people in your life as a kid? Certainly, my mother and father, Myrtle and William Greenlee, my brother, Michael Greenlee, and the pastor of my church when I was younger, Rev. O.T. Tomes. What books, music or other media influence you today? Spiritual music, the hymns and anthems of the Baptist church, particularly spirituals, which touch me deeply and speak to our survival as African-Americans. I also love dance music, like Bruno Mars. In terms of books, the Bible is a great influence on me and has great bearing on my life; Shane Claiborne’s book The Irresistible Revolution was a huge influence on my understanding of Christianity and the work of social justice. Facebook is probably more of an influence on my life than it should be. And cultural arts, particularly movies and stage plays, which not only entertain me but also help me to understand the human condition. Who are the three most influential people in your life today? I am influenced greatly by the ministry, life and teachings of Jesus Christ. I am

influenced by the writings and life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I would also have to note the Building Bridges of Asheville organization as one of my influencers today. I continue to deepen and grow my understanding of myself and how racism shapes my life through my volunteer work there. Also, Christians for a United Community is a huge part of my current journey as I continually seek to understand who and what I am called to in the work of justice and my faith. What is your favorite quote? “We are much more alike than we are different” — Maya Angelou “Be the change you want to see” How does Asheville influence you? Asheville influences me daily with its beauty and eccentricity. Asheville also influences me daily to continue to work for justice and fairness for all because of the inequities in housing and income in our community. What makes you passionate about Asheville? What makes me passionate about Asheville is the fierce, ever-present, hardworking social justice community, the opportunity to become involved and make a real difference in the community and Asheville’s vibrant downtown.

“Asheville influences me daily with its beauty and eccentricity. Asheville also influences me daily to continue to work for justice and fairness for all because of the inequities in housing and income in our community.” — Tyrone Greenlee Why is investing in your community important? Investing in our community is important because I believe it is important for each of us to do all we can to make this world — our community— the best it can be. I believe we are all called to use our unique gifts and skills for the greater good. And, as creations of God, we are called to celebrate and nurture our oneness.

Is there a defining moment or experience in your life that led you to be the community-spirited person you are today? Probably my first experience as a participant in Building Bridges. I came to understand how important it is to be continually in conversation about racism and its current manifestations. I also came to realize that each of us can make a positive difference in this world and in our own individual spheres of influence.


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If you had $50,000 to spend on your project, how would you spend it? I would create a conference center focused on the work of dismantling racism with staff and full facilities, which would house several organizations in the community doing this work space enough for meetings, retreats and workshops all under one roof. What’s your core advice for your fellow community members? To find your voice; to use your power as a member of community; to work for justice; and to find places and spaces of self-care What keeps you awake at night? Worry about the world, about the aftermath of the presidential election, the divisiveness that seems to have overtaken our country. What helps ease your mind so you can sleep? Belief in a God who knows all and sees all and holds each of us in his loving embrace. If you hadn’t chosen your current path, what are some other ways your career or your interests might have evolved? I might have been an actor, a professional singer, or a participant in the cultural arts in some way. What is one thing about you that people would find surprising? That I am an introvert and that I used to be a Rockette at Radio City Music Hall. … That last one is a joke. What can the community do to support your work and efforts? The community can support my work by engaging in the work of dismantling racism and being honest about the racism that affects all of our lives, to work to educate themselves about where racism lives in our relationships and institutions, and to take concrete steps to address issues of racism and disparity. What would you like your work’s lasting legacy to be? That we as a nation and community understand how important it is to fight the evils of racism. MOUNTAINX.COM

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“Claxton Elementary talent shows are always a fun and inclusive event. Tom helps many students write and perform their own songs, and backs up others who perform in the shows. He helps students of all ages from tiny kindergarten students to fifth-graders he has encouraged for years. He also helps kids from all backgrounds find their musical voices.” — Nominator My biggest influence as a young man was my uncle Robert. He was the person who told me about giving “good measure,” which means that you always do extra, you always do more than you have to. Uncle Robert was also a great storyteller. I used to help him on his paper route when I was young. While we were delivering papers, uncle Robert would tell me stories from his life. He told me some of the best stories, the kind that you couldn’t make up.

• Teacher assistant, Claxton Elementary School • Shares music, woodworking and farming skills with students • Organizes storytelling festival for students • Encourages students to perform with his band Buncombe Turnpike • Writes plays with parts for students

What books, music or other media influenced you as a kid? My favorite book as a child was Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White. My first recollection of music was hearing Johnny Cash cassettes that my mother played. The first live concert that I recall was when my mother took me to see Doc Watson. Doc Watson was an inspiration to me. He is a true North Carolina legend. My mother also took me to the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival when I was younger. I believe that going to the festival helped develop my love of mountain music. Who were the three most influential people in your life as a kid? The three most influential people in my early life were my mother, my grandfather and my uncle Robert. My mother showed me patriotism and a love for North Carolina. She was proud of being a mountain native, and she passed that to me. She had a tag on the front bumper of her car that said, “I Like Calling North Carolina Home.” My grandfather’s name was J. Weldon Harris. He was a proud, hardworking mountain man. He was also an ordained minister. Everyone in my family called him “Grampy.” Although Grampy passed away when I was 12 years old, he left an everlasting impression on me. His sense of humor, his work ethic and his overall happy attitude has helped me throughout my life. 16 7


What books, music or other media influence you today? WNCW 88.7-FM is a one-of-a-kind radio station. They are who I listen to these days. In the past several years, WNCW has been really good to my band, Buncombe Turnpike. I am not sure in this day and age if there is another radio station where a local band can get their music played on the air. Who are the three most influential people in your life today? My wife, Terri, is my greatest influence. We have been married for 36 years. She has been right there with me every step of the way. She is my best friend and the love of my life. My neighbor, Travis Lunsford, is also a great influence on me. I have known him all my life. He is kind of like a father figure/ big brother to me. He can build, repair small engines and cook one heck of a spinach lasagna. I am influenced by many other folks these days. It is a true blessing to be surrounded by so many wonderful people. My brothers and sisters, my cousin Delbert Fowler, friends, family and all the children that I work with, and have worked with, have all influenced me in one way or the other. What is your favorite quote? “That man is a success, who has lived well, laughed often and loved much, who has gained the respect of intelligent men and the love of children, who has filled his niche and accomplished his task, who leaves the world better than he found it, whether by an improved poppy, a perfect poem, or a rescued soul, who never lacked appreciation of the earth’s beauty or failed to express it, who looked for the best in others and gave the best he had.” — Plaque given to me by my mother MOUNTAINX.COM

How does Asheville influence you? Asheville influences me by all its creativity. I just love it. Asheville’s creativity is so wide-ranging. My youngest son, Bryan, is a local hip-hop artist, and my oldest son, Taylor, has three works of art on display right now at the Desoto Lounge in Asheville. What makes you passionate about Asheville? Keeping Asheville a friendly place is what I am passionate about. I don’t want it to turn into just another busy city where drivers are rude and people are in too big of a hurry. Why is investing in your community important? Investing in the community is important because the children need to see us doing so. In the future, they will be the ones that will carry the torch.

“Asheville influences me by all its creativity. I just love it. Asheville’s creativity is so wide-ranging.” — Tom Godleski

what clothes they wear. Say hello to one another. I heard a storyteller say one time that her aunt went through life determined to never be rude to anyone. What keeps you awake at night? I am very blessed that not much keeps me awake at night. From time to time, there will be a creative project that I am excited about, and it is hard for me to sleep. If you hadn’t choosen your current path, what are some other ways your career or your interests might have evolved? It is hard for me to imagine doing anything else for a living. I think that my path is exactly the one that I am supposed to be on. I suppose, though, that if I hadn’t chosen my current path, I probably would be working for a company where profit is the driving force. I would much rather make less money working with children than doing a job where it is all about the money. What is one thing about you that people would find surprising? A lot of people are surprised when I tell them that I am an Asheville native.

Is there a defining moment or experience in your life that led you to be the community-spirited person you are today? One turning point in my life was when my neighbor Rita Lunsford passed away from cancer. She was just 45 years old. Rita’s death made me realize that I needed to get to work because life is short.

What can the community do to support your work and efforts? The community can support my efforts by just simply being nice to one another. I know that every person in the world is not going to speak to a stranger, but when I pass someone on the street, I say hello. No long conversation needed, just a simple greeting.

If you had $50,000 to spend on your project, how would you spend it? If I had $50,000, I would spend much of the money to fund a creative summer camp for low-income children. I think that there is a big divide between the middle class and poor children when it comes to the art community. I would love to do something to expose poor children to creative projects that they would not normally be involved in. If there was any money left, I would use some to finish a band recording and use the rest to finish a creative project at my house that has been on hold for two years.

What would you like your work’s lasting legacy to be? I would like for my lasting legacy to be that I tried to be a friend to all, that I did my best to honor people, that I hopefully left an impression on children, in hopes that something I said or did will get passed along to someone else. I remember my third-grade teacher. Her name was Sister Ahearn at St. Joan of Arc Catholic School in Asheville. Sister Ahearn was a loving, kind, awesome, creative teacher. We did many creative projects in her class. We made papier-mache animals one time. Mine was a giraffe made of a toilet tissue tube and newspaper. I took it home and played with it until it was in tatters. It is very appealing to me that Sister Ahearn’s legacy will hopefully be passed to others through me. I am passionate about honoring people, especially children.

What’s your core advice for your fellow community members? My core advice would be to give people you meet the benefit of the doubt. Don’t judge them by the color of their skin or



I feel a lot of gratitude for being nominated for this award, but don’t feel that this is the time for public recognition of me as an individual doing this work. I am a white woman with a lifetime of unearned privileges associated with that race.

The work I do focuses on people and communities which are systemically marginalized, and many of these people and communities are hurting right now in a very real way. Many people are freshly afraid for their safety and the safety of their children and families. Many people in these communities have been fighting their whole lives to shift the societal inequities which keep them and countless other people excluded from the opportunities and resources needed to pursue their goals and build the lives they want for themselves and their families. My own racially conferred privileges created opportunities for me to pursue the education and career choices that brought me to a position of paid leadership in this work, but ultimately, the work isn’t about me. Many people without such privileges are working hard every day to fight injustice and build a world in which everyone thrives, and it is their faces, voices and stories which I feel should be centered in prominence at this time.



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ANIMALS ASHEVILLE HUMANE SOCIETY 761-2001 ext. 315, • WE (12/7), 6pm - Pet adoption event. Free to attend. Held at Sanctuary Brewing Company, 147 1st Ave., Hendersonville

ZWNC NATURE CENTER 75 Gashes Creek Road, 298-5600, • SA (12/3), 10am-4pm - "A Winter's Tail Festival," with crafts, games and wild encounters. Admission fees apply.

BENEFITS 5TH ANNUAL HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS FUNDRAISER (PD.) • Saturday, December 10, 2016. 5pm-9:30pm, The Orange Peel, Asheville, NC. Proceeds from this fundraiser will benefit 5 Local Nonprofits. Admission is by donation. Join us for Santa, live music, kid's games, food/drinks, silent auction, photo booth and more! Town and Mountain Realty/828-232-2879. ashevillefundraiser ADDISON FARMS VINEYARD 4005 New Leicester Highway, Leicester, 581-9463 • SA (12/3), noon-5pm - Proceeds from this juried handcrafted arts and crafts sale benefit the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy. $10.


ASHEVILLE AREA HABITAT FOR HUMANITY 210-9381, get-involved/volunteer/ • SU (12/4), 6pm - Proceeds from this concert featuring Valorie Miller, Ian Ridenhour, Jamie Laval, Laura Blackley, Kevin Smith, Planefolk and Blake Anthony Ellege benefit Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity. Free to attend. Held at Diana Wortham Theatre, 2 S. Pack Square

ing, live bands and refreshments benefit Dogwood Alliance. Free to attend. Held at Salvage Station, 466 Riverside Drive

ASHEVILLE BROWNS BACKERS CLUB 658-4149, • SUNDAYS, 1pm - Proceeds raised at this weekly social group supporting the Cleveland Browns benefit local charities. Free to attend. Held at The Social, 1078 Tunnel Road

ISAAC DICKSON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 90 Montford Ave., 350-6800 • SA (12/3), 9am - Proceeds from this yard sale with household items, clothing, books, toys and furniture benefit Isaac Dickson 5th grade students trip to Washington DC.

ZDECK THE TREES, • TH (12/1), 6:30-9pm - Proceeds from this black tie gala cocktail benefit the Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministry Fuel Fund. $25. Held at Monte Vista Hotel, 308 W. State St., Black Mountain • FR (12/2) through SU (12/25), 10am9pm - Proceeds from donations at this exhibition of unique hand-decorated Christmas trees benefit the Swananoa Valley Christian Ministry Fuel Fund. Awarding of Prizes takes place on Thursday, December 15, 6-8pm. Free to attend. Held at Monte Vista Hotel, 308 W. State St., Black Mountain

ZJINGLE BELL 5K RUN/WALK • SA (12/3), 8am - Proceeds from this holiday themed 5K run benefit the Arthritis Foundation. Registration: or 704-705-1798. $25/$15 children. Held at Montford Recreation Center, 34 Pearson Drive

DOGWOOD ALLIANCE 251-2525, • FR (12/2), 6-9pm - Proceeds from this award ceremony and auction with reception and live music benefit the Dogwood Alliance. $50/$90 for two. Held at Altamont Theatre, 18 Church St • SA (12/3), 1-9pm - Proceeds from this Anniversary party with storytell-


GIRLS ON THE RUN 713-3132, • SU (12/4), 9:30am - Proceeds from this family-friendly, non-competitive 5K walk and run benefit Girls on the Run WNC scholarship fund. $20/$15 advance. Held at Asheville Outlets, 800 Brevard Road

MAMA MAISHA facebook.vom/mamamaisha • FR (12/2), 7-10pm - Proceeds from this “Celebrate Safe Motherhood" fundraiser featuring live music by Emma's Lounge and The Freewheeling' Mamas benefit Mama Maisha for women's health in Tanzania. Free to attend. Held at Lexington Ave Brewery (LAB), 39 N. Lexington Ave. PAN HARMONIA 254-7123, • SU (12/4), 3pm - Proceeds from donations at this baroque music concert featuring flute, bassoon and harpsichord benefit Animal Haven. Free to attend. Held at St. Mary's Episcopal Church, 337 Charlotte St.


DECK THE TREES: The Historic Monte Vista Hotel hosts the annual Deck the Trees Christmas Celebration from Friday, Dec. 2, through Sunday, Dec. 25. Whimsical and traditional hand-decorated Christmas trees in the theme of “So This Is Christmas” will be on display every day from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. The event kicks off with a ticketed black tie Christmas gala on Thursday, Dec. 1, at 6:30 p.m. In addition, the hotel will host photos with Santa on Monday, Dec. 5, from 4-7 p.m. and the awarding of prizes for trees on Thursday, Dec. 15, from 6-8:30 p.m. The events and exhibition benefit the Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministry Fuel Fund. Members of the public may vote for their favorite tree by cash or check to help those in need in the Swannanoa Valley stay warm during the winte. For more information, visit Photo of one of last year’s creative tree submissions courtesy of the organizers (p. 18) GEM scholarship fund. Books are being collected for the Mothers' Reading Program at the Swannanoa Correctional Center for Women. Reservations: $10. Held at Ten Thousand Villages, 10 College St.

ZTRYON FINE ARTS CENTER 34 Melrose Ave., Tryon, 859-8322, • SA (12/3), 6:30-10:30pm Proceeds from this holiday ball with catered dinner, live music, dancing, artisan sale and silent auction benefit the Tryon Fine Arts Center. $90/$150 underwriter.

Give!Local Calendar Nonprofit events from 11/30 through 12/8 BY ABIGAIL GRIFFIN | Give!Local passed the $20,000 mark over the Thanksgiving holidays with more than 115 individual donors giving much-need funds to 47 local nonprofits. The Give!Local campaign provides a fun, fast and easy way to give online, from $1 to $1,000s. Donors can give to as many of the participating nonprofits as they like and pay with one easy credit card transaction. Plus, there are hundreds of fun, valuable incentives to encourage donations from everyone, including people who don’t get tax breaks, and a whole new generation of givers — children! To give, or for more information, visit The Bird of Prey release prize from Wild for Life has been claimed,

ANIMALS ASHEVILLE HUMANE SOCIETY 761-2001 ext. 315, • WE (12/7), 6pm - Pet adoption event. Free to attend. Held at Sanctuary Brewing Company, 147 1st Ave., Hendersonville

BENEFITS ADDISON FARMS VINEYARD 4005 New Leicester Highway, Leicester, 581-9463 • SA (12/3), noon-5pm - Proceeds from this juried handcrafted arts and crafts sale benefit the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy. $10.

SUPPORT GROUPS MY DADDY TAUGHT ME THAT • MONDAYS & WEDNESDAYS, 6-8pm - Men's discussion group. Free. Held in 16-A Pisgah Apartment, Asheville OUR VOICE 252-0562, trauma-education-series

but lots of great prizes remain. In fact, this weekend is another Big Give Weekend in which everyone who gives at least $20 to any combination of charities will be entered to win the “Romance Package,” which includes: a pair of day passes to the Biltmore Estate, two relaxing salt cave sessions at Asheville Salt Cave, dinner for two at Chestnut, two $10 gift certificates to Old Europe and a painting class for two from Wine and Design. Besides donating to the campaign itself, there are plenty of ways to get involved with these organizations. Below is a list of what some of the Give!Local nonprofits are up to this week:

• SU (11/30), 6-8pm - “I Believe The Women,” safe space for survivors of sexual violence to process feelings of anxiety and helplessness generated by the recent campaign. Held at Firestorm Cafe and Books, 610 Haywood Road

MUSIC ASHEVILLE MUSIC SCHOOL 252-6244,, • FR (12/2), 6pm Student ensemble recital and adult student open mic. Free to attend. Held at The BLOCK off biltmore, 39 South Market St. • SA (12/3) & SU (12/4), 10am3pm - Student recitals. Free to attend. Held at Altamont Theatre, 18 Church St.

THEATER ANAM CARA THEATRE 545-3861, • FR (12/2) & SA (12/3), 8pm - Accordion Time Machine presents, Cold as Ice. $10. Held at Toy Boat Community


Art Space, 101 Fairview Road, Suite B

KIDS ATTIC SALT THEATRE COMPANY 505-2926 • SATURDAYS through (12/31) - Family theater performances. $5. Held at The Magnetic Theatre, 375 Depot St.


WILDLIFE LEADS THE WAY: Wild for Life is in the lead for the most Give!Local donations — with a total of $5,315 contributions as of Monday, Nov. 28. The nonprofit provides qualified, professional care, housing and nutrition to injured and orphaned wildlife, ultimately returning them to their native wildlife habitats. The organization also cares for 13 non-releasable-animals that help to establish connections with and educate people through hands-on demonstrations. Wild for Life’s educational outreach programs are designed to create public awareness regarding native wildlife, wild places, conservation and preservation. To learn more or to donate, visit

FRIENDS OF THE SMOKIES 452-0720,, org • TU (12/6), 9:30am - Classic Hike of the Smokies: Moderately difficult 7-mile guided hike to Grotto Falls on Trillium Gap Trail. Registration required. $35/$25 members.

SENIORS COUNCIL ON AGING OF BUNCOMBE COUNTY, INC. 277-8288, • TH (12/8), 2-4pm - "Medicare Choices Made Easy," work-

shop. Registration required. Free. Held at Pardee Signature Center, 1800 Four Seasons Blvd., Hendersonville

VOLUNTEERING BOUNTY & SOUL 419-0533, • TH (12/1), 1:30-3:30pm Volunteer to sort and place produce and other food onto the truck. Held at Bounty and Soul, 999 Old US Highway 70, Black Mountain • TU (12/6), 9am-1pm Volunteer to sort and place

produce and other food onto the truck and distribute to the community at the mobile market. Held at St. James Episcopal Church, 424 W State St., Black Mountain • TH (12/8), 1:30-3:30pm Volunteer to sort and place produce and other food onto the truck. Held at Bounty and Soul, 999 Old US Highway 70, Black Mountain HOMEWARD BOUND OF WNC 218 Patton Ave., 258-1695, • 1st THURSDAYS, 11am "Welcome Home Tour," tours of Asheville organizations that


serve the homeless population. Registration required. Free to attend.

WELLNESS ASHEVILLE COMMUNITY YOGA CENTER 8 Brookdale Road, Suite A, • SA (12/3), 12:30-2:30pm - “The Four Major Paths of Yoga,” workshop. $20. • SU (12/4), 12:30-2:30pm “Intro to Yin,” workshop. $20.




Magical Offerings

Nov. 30 - Tarot Reader: Susannah Rose, 12-6pm Dec. 1 - Psychic Mediumship Circle w/ Andrea Allen 7-9pm, $30 Dec. 3 - Introduction to Elder Runes w/ Tree Higgins, 1-3pm, $20 Dec. 4 - Beginners Guide to Krampus w/ Angela, 12-1pm, $10 Donations Dec. 6 - Astrology Meetup w/ Cumulus, 5-7pm, Donations

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Mama Maisha fights maternal mortality

Dec. 7 - Sweetening Conjure, the Art of the Honey Jar w/ Jonathan, 7pm, $25

Over 100 Herbs Available! 555 Merrimon Ave. (828) 424-7868 Daily readers including Scrying, Runes, Tarot, & More! Walk-ins welcome!

BY THE NUMBERS: Since forming in 2013, Mama Maisha’s team has trained and donated supplies to 15 maternal health advocates and 40 birth attendants, facilitated emergency transport for dozens of women and educated more than 1,300 individuals on healthy childbearing and family planning. “We work with local stakeholders to ensure our project is local and sustainable,” says the nonprofit’s co-founder and president, Reta Graham, left. Photo courtesy of Mama Maisha WHAT: A benefit concert for Mama Maisha, featuring Emma’s Lounge and Freewheelin’ Mamas WHERE: Lexington Avenue Brewery WHEN: Friday, Dec. 2, 7-10 p.m. WHY: About twice per year, Drs.  Reta and Jeff Graham travel to Tanzania, where their nonprofit, Mama Maisha, operates in five villages. In addition to providing pregnant women with prenatal and delivery resources, the organization educates communities on family planning, healthy pregnancies and safe deliveries. One immediate goal is to reduce the country’s maternal mortality rate, which was 398 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births in 2015, according to the World Health Organization.




“Mama Maisha trains local women and men as project staff,” Reta explains. “The staff members facilitate women’s and men’s groups, community education events, trainings for local clinical providers and outreach to the community, [including] regular meetings with village leadership, local government and local health facilities.” Though Mama Maisha works to highlight larger social issues that keep women’s health from being a top priority, the nonprofit also deals in details. A recent training, for example, enumerated proper birthing hygiene processes and emphasized the importance of traveling to a health facility to deliver. Mama Maisha’s upcoming benefit concert features musical performances

by self-described “space age folk wave” group Emma’s Lounge plus all-female strings trio Freewheelin’ Mamas. The Grahams have also organized an auction featuring art by Dana Chilean. Though admission is free, donations are encouraged, and the event webpage outlines the impact of contributing: Ten dollars buys one safe birth kit, $30 equals one month of wages for a community health worker, and $100 funds an educational event. Mama Maisha aims to raise $15,000 in concert proceeds, which would fund an expansion into additional villages and buy bicycles to help village advocates traverse their communities. Visit for more information.


BUSINESS & TECHNOLOGY A-B TECH SMALL BUSINESS CENTER 398-7950, • WE (12/7), 6-8pm - "Small Business Bookkeeping," seminar. Registration required. Free. Held at A-B Tech Enka Campus, 1459 Sand Hill Road, Candler ASHEVILLE BUSINESS FOR SUCCESS • MO (12/5), 6-7:30pm - General meeting with speaker Choya Harden from Relay Local regarding "Street SEO." Free to attend. Held at Earth Fare South, 1856 Hendersonville Road WNC LINUX USER GROUP, • 1st SATURDAYS, noon - Users of all experience levels discuss Linux systems. Free to attend. Held at Earth Fare South, 1856 Hendersonville Road

CLASSES, MEETINGS & EVENTS AERIAL ARTS, DANCE & FLEXIBILITY CLASSES AT EMPYREAN ARTS (PD.) • Beginning Aerial Arts drop-in classes happen weekly every Sunday at 4:15pm, Monday at 5:15pm, Tuesday at 11:00am, Wednesday at 4:15pm, and Thursday at 5:00pm • Flexibility drop in classes happen weekly every Tuesday at 8:00pm and Thursdays at 1:00pm • Liquid Motion Dance class happens every Wednesday at 8:00pm • SIGN UP AT EMPYREANARTS.ORG OR CALL/TEXT AT 828.782.3321." CLAY STUDIO SCULPTURE CLASS (PD.) • Starts December 8, Harvest House (Kenilworth Road). HandBuilding students make sculpture of their own design. Harvest House: (828) 350-2051 or Jim Kransberger: (828) 505-1907 for details. Space is limited. MAKE YOUR OWN UKRAINIAN EGG ORNAMENT (PD.) • Learn to make beautiful Ukrainian holiday egg ornaments: Pysanky workshops in the River Arts District or your location. AshevilleStudioA. com • call or text (828) 423-6459 • for signup + more info. THE GREATEST EVENT IN HISTORY IS NOW UNFOLDING (PD.) • The Transformation Has Begun. Maitreya, The World Teacher and Masters of Wisdom are in

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the world. Rise of people power. Economic, Social, environmental justice. Increase in UFO sightings. Crop Circles. Signs and miracles. Find out how these events are related. • Saturday, December 10: Asheville Friends Meeting house. 227 Edgewood Rd. 2pm. Free presentation. 828-398-0609.

MCDOWELL COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY-OLD FORT BRANCH 65 East Mitchell St., Old Fort, 668-7111 • TU (12/6), 4pm - "Introduction to Fundraising Planning," workshop. Registration required. Free. Registration required: event/2913263. Free.

ASHEVILLE AREA HABITAT FOR HUMANITY 30 Meadow Road, 251-5702, • TU (12/6), 6-7pm - Habitat homeownership information session. Free.

ONTRACK WNC 50 S. French Broad Ave., 255-5166, • WE (11/30), 5:30-7pm "Preventing Identity Theft," seminar. Registration required. Free.

ASHEVILLE CHESS CLUB 779-0319, • WEDNESDAYS, 6:30pm - Sets provided. All ages and skill levels welcome. Beginners lessons available. Free. Held at North Asheville Recreation Center, 37 E. Larchmont Road ASHEVILLE SUBMARINE VETERANS, • 1st TUESDAYS, 6-7pm - Social meeting for U.S. Navy submarine veterans. Free to attend. Held at Ryan's Steakhouse, 1000 Brevard Road ASHEVILLE WOMEN IN BLACK • 1st FRIDAYS, 5pm - Monthly peace vigil. Free. Held at the Vance Monument in Pack Square.

ZBUNCOMBE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARIES depts/library • SA (12/3), 11am-12:30pm Holiday ornament making party. For all ages. Free. Held at Leicester Library, 1561 Alexander Road, Leicester • MO (12/5), 10am-noon - "Itch to Stitch," needlework group. Free. Held at Weaverville Public Library, 41 N. Main St., Weaverville • TH (12/8), 6pm - “What’s The Next Step in Your Evolution?” Presentation by Randi Janelle & Ashley Long regarding transitioning into the Age of Omniscience. Free. Held at North Asheville Library, 1030 Merrimon Ave. FIRESTORM CAFE AND BOOKS 610 Haywood Road, 255-8115 • WEDNESDAYS, 6pm - "What's Up with Whiteness" discussion group. Free to attend.

ZLIVING WEB FARMS 176 Kimzey Road, Mills River, 505-1660, • TU (12/6), 6pm - "Make it, Don't Buy it," community skill share event to learn how to make chutney, hot sauce, flower ornaments, beeswax candles, leather barrettes and sauerkraut. $10.



70 Monticello Rd. Weaverville, NC I-26/Exit 18 828-645-3937

SHOWING UP FOR RACIAL JUSTICE • TUESDAYS, 10am-noon Educating and organizing white people for racial justice. Free to attend. Held at Firestorm Cafe and Books, 610 Haywood Road

ZWNC HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION • FR (12/2), 6-8:30pm - 50-minute twilight tour with the theme of "A Visit from St. Nicholas." Registration required: 253-9231. $25/$20 members. Held at SmithMcDowell House Museum, 283 Victoria Road DANCE POLE FITNESS AND DANCE CLASSES AT DANCECLUB ASHEVILLE (PD.) • Pole Dance, Burlesque, Jazz/ Funk, Hip Hop, Flashmobs! Drop in for a class or sign up for a series: • 6 Week Intro to Spin Pole - Begins Dec. 15 • Tues. and Thurs. at 12PM - Pole class for $10 • 21 classes offered every week! • Memberships available for $108/ month 828-275-8628 Right down the street from UNCA 9 Old Burnsville Hill Rd., #3 STUDIO ZAHIYA, DOWNTOWN DANCE CLASSES (PD.) • Monday 5pm Ballet Wkt 6pm Hip Hop Wkt 7pm Hip Hop Fusion 8pm Tap • Tuesday 9am Hip Hop Wkt 4:30pm Teen Bellydance 6pm Intro to Bellydance 7pm Bellydance 2 8pm Bellydance 3 8pm Hip Hop Choreography •Wednesday 9am Hip Hop Wkt 5:30pm Hip Hop Wkt 6:30pm Bhangra 7:30pm POUND Wkt 8pm • Thursday 9am Hip Hop Wrkt 4pm Girls Hip Hop 5pm Teen Hip Hop 7pm West African • Saturday 9:30am Hip Hop Wkt 10:45 Electronic Yoga Wkt • Sunday 3pm Tap 2 6:30pm Vixen • $13 for 60 minute classes, Wkt $5. 90 1/2 N. Lexington Avenue. :: 828.242.7595




C OMMU N IT Y CA L E N D AR ART AT UNCA • TH (12/1) & FR (12/2), 7pm - "Fall Dance Sharing," works from faculty, students and visiting artists. Free. Held in Belk Theatre.

ZASHEVILLE CONTEMPORARY DANCE THEATRE 254-2621, • FR (12/2) & SA (12/3) - "The Nutcracker and The Mouse King." Fri. & Sat.: 7:30pm. Sat.: 2pm. $28/$23 seniors and students/$20 children. Held at Diana Wortham Theatre, 2 S. Pack Square BLACK MOUNTAIN COLLEGE MUSEUM & ARTS CENTER 56 Broadway, 350-8484, • SA (12/3), 7:30pm "Happenchance," dance work in progress by choreographer Kathy Meyers Leiner. $8/Free for members & students.


AND ROUND DANCE CLUB 697-7732, • SA (12/3), 6pm - "Babes in Toyland," themed dance. Advanced rounds at 6pm. Early rounds at 7pm. Squares and rounds at 7:30pm. Free. Held at Whitmire Activity Center, 310 Lily Pond Road, Hendersonville

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ASHEVILLE GREEN DRINKS • 1st WEDNESDAYS, 7pm - Ecopresentations, discussions and community connection. Free. Held at Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville, 1 Edwin Place PUBLIC LECTURES AT UNCA • TH (12/1), 7-10pm - Public lecture by Leilani Munter, a professional race-car driver and environmental activist, about her role in the film, Racing to Extinction. Free. Held in the Swannanoa River Room in Highsmith Student Union.

ZWNC SIERRA CLUB 251-8289, • WE (12/7), 6:30pm - Holiday party and environmental recognition awards. Bring potluck dish to share and your own place settings. Free. Held at Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville, 1 Edwin Place

MONTFORD HOLIDAY TOUR OF HOMES (PD.) • Saturday, December 10, 1-5pm. 21st Annual Tour of Homes in Montford, Asheville’s most historic neighborhood. • Festive historic homes, home-baked treats, and holiday entertainment. • Tickets: $25 at Asheville Visitors Center Gift Shop, 36 Montford Avenue, December 1-10. Infor: 828-280-1576 or ST. NICHOLAS CHRISTMAS BAZAAR (PD.) • Kick off the holidays at our free family friendly festival! Food, wine, silent auction, kids’ activities, church tours, music & more! Hope to see you there! Dec. 17th, 10am-4pm. 5 Park Ridge Drive, Fletcher, NC 28732. HEART OF BREVARD • SA (12/3), 3pm - Christmas parade and twilight tour of downtown Brevard. Held in Downtown Brevard HISTORIC BILTMORE VILLAGE • FR (12/2), 6pm - Tree lighting with choral music. Free to attend. Held in Historic Biltmore Village • SA (12/3), 11am-6pm - Christmas carols and entertainment by the

Montford Park Players. Free to attend. Held in Historic Biltmore Village


ZBULLINGTON GARDENS 95 Upper Red Oak Trail Hendersonville, 698-6104, • FR (12/2) & SA (12/3), 10am-4pm - Holiday greenery and craft sale. Free to attend.

ZHAYWOOD COUNTY MASTER GARDENERS 456-3575, • SA (12/3), 10am-noon or 1-3pm Holiday wreath-making workshop. Registration: 456-3575. $20. Held at Haywood County Extension Center, 589 Raccoon Road, Suite 118 Waynesville GOVERNMENT & POLITICS CHARLES GEORGE V.A. MEDICAL CENTER 1100 Tunnel Road • WE (12/7), 5pm - Veterans town hall with elected officials, veteran's service officers and other stakeholders. Free. CITY OF ASHEVILLE 251-1122, • TU (12/6), 12:30-2:30pm - "Living Asheville: A Comprehensive Plan for our Future," public workshop. Free. Held at North Asheville Library, 1030 Merrimon Ave. • TU (12/6), 4-6pm - "Living Asheville: A Comprehensive Plan for our Future," public workshop. Free. Held at West Asheville Library, 942 Haywood Road • TU (12/6), 6:30-8:30pm - "Living Asheville: A Comprehensive Plan for our Future," public workshop. Free. Held at Dr. Wesley Grant Sr. Southside Center, 285 Livingston St. • TU (12/7), 12:30-2:30pm - "Living Asheville: A Comprehensive Plan for our Future," public workshop. Free. Held at Skyland/South Buncombe Library, 260 Overlook Road • TU (12/7), 4-6pm - "Living Asheville: A Comprehensive Plan for our Future," public workshop. Free. Held at St. John's Episcopal Church, 290 Old Haw Creek Road HENDERSON COUNTY DEMOCRATIC PARTY 692-6424, • SA (12/3), 8:30am - Monthly breakfast. $4/$2 children. Held at Henderson County Democratic Party, 905 S. Greenville Highway, Hendersonville




TRANSYLVANIA COUNTY LIBRARY 212 S. Gaston St., Brevard, 884-3151 • TH (12/1), 6pm - Public hearing on draft cleanup plan for former DuPont Corporation site. Free.

KIDS ARROWHEAD GALLERY 78 Catawba Ave., Old Fort, 668-1100 • SATURDAYS, 10am-noon Children's art classes with Jake Mouery. $15. ATTIC SALT THEATRE COMPANY 505-2926 • SATURDAYS through (12/31) Family theater performances. $5. Held at The Magnetic Theatre, 375 Depot St. BUNCOMBE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARIES depts/library • WE (11/30), 4-6pm - "Dungeons & Dragons" for teens. No experience necessary. Registration: 2504720. Free. Held at Pack Memorial Library, 67 Haywood St. • WE (12/7), 4-5pm - "Art After School," projects for school aged children. Free. Held at East Asheville Library, 902 Tunnel Road FLETCHER LIBRARY 120 Library Road, Fletcher, 687-1218, • WEDNESDAYS, 10:30am - Family story time. Free. HANDS ON! A CHILDREN'S GALLERY 318 N. Main St., Hendersonville, 697-8333 • WE (11/29) through FR (12/2), 10am-4pm - "Animal Rubbing Plate Fun," activities for all ages. Admission fees apply. MALAPROP'S BOOKSTORE AND CAFE 55 Haywood St., 254-6734, • WEDNESDAYS, 10am - Miss Malaprop's Story Time for ages 3-9. Free to attend. SPELLBOUND CHILDREN'S BOOKSHOP 640 Merrimon Ave., #204, 708-7570, • SATURDAYS, 11am - Storytime for ages 3-7. Free to attend.

ZSPELLBOUND CHILDREN’S BOOKSTORE 575-2266, • WE (11/30), 5pm - Jan Brett present her book, Gingerbread Christmas. Free to attend the

presentation/$18.99 for copy of book & signing. Held at Vance Elementary School, 98 Sulphur Springs Road

OUTDOORS FOOTHILLS CONSERVANCY OF NORTH CAROLINA 437-9930, • TH (12/1), 5-9pm -Winter membership drive. Free to attend. Held at Granite Falls Brewing, 47 Duke St., Granite Falls FRIENDS OF THE SMOKIES 452-0720,, org • TU (12/6) - Classic Hike of the Smokies: Seven mile hike to Grotto Falls on Trilliam Gap Trail in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Led by author Danny Bernstein. Register for location and time. $35/$20 members. LAKE JAMES STATE PARK 6883 N.C. Highway 126 Nebo, 584-7728 • SU (12/4), 1pm - "Trees Magnified," magnifying glass activity and ranger presentation for kids. Registration required. Free. • SU (12/4), 1:45pm - "Loons of Lake James," ranger led boat tour. Registration required. Free. PISGAH CHAPTER OF TROUT UNLIMITED • 2nd THURSDAYS, 7pm - General meeting and presentations. Free to attend. Held at Pardee Health Education Center, 1800 Four Seasons Blvd., Hendersonville

PUBLIC LECTURES BUNCOMBE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARIES depts/library • TU (12/6), 7pm - Come Hell or High Water: Remembering the Great Flood of 1916, film by The Center for Cultural Preservation. Free. Held at Swannanoa Library, 101 West Charleston St., Swannanoa PUBLIC LECTURES AT WARREN WILSON 800-934-3536, • TU (12/6), 7:30pm - World Affairs Council Lecture: "International Law in the Age of Trump: A PostHuman Rights Agenda," presentation by Ingrid Brunk Wuerth. $10/Free for students. Held in the Reuter Center.

Buying, Selling or Investing in Real Estate? SENIORS BUNCOMBE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARIES depts/library • TU (12/6), 4pm - "Independent Living for Seniors," presentation by CarePartners. Registration required. Free. Held at Swannanoa Library, 101 West Charleston St., Swannanoa COUNCIL ON AGING OF BUNCOMBE COUNTY, INC. 277-8288, • TU (12/6), 6-8pm - "Medicare Choices Made Easy," workshop. Registration required. Free. Held at Skyland/South Buncombe Library, 260 Overlook Road • TH (12/8), 2-4pm - "Medicare Choices Made Easy," workshop. Registration required. Free. Held at Pardee Signature Center, 1800 Four Seasons Blvd., Hendersonville

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BLACK MOUNTAIN CENTER FOR THE ARTS 225 W. State St., Black Mountain, 669-0930, • SA (12/3), 7:30pm - "A Slice of Life," storytelling by Connie ReganBlake, and her “Taking the Stage” workshop participants. Hosted by Storywindow Productions. Free. BLUE RIDGE BOOKS 152 S. Main St., Waynesville • 1st & 3rd SATURDAYS, 10am Banned Book Club. Free to attend. BUFFALO NICKEL 747 Haywood Road, 575-2844, • WE (11/30), 7pm - David Joe Miller presents storytelling with Regi Carpenter and Jim May. $15/$12 advance. BUNCOMBE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARIES depts/library • TH (12/1), 6:30pm - East Asheville Book Club: Guests on Earth by Lee Smith. Free. Held at East Asheville Library, 902 Tunnel Road • FR (12/2), SA (12/3) & MO (12/5), 10am-4pm - Used book sale. Free to attend. Held at Skyland/South Buncombe Library, 260 Overlook Road • FR (12/2), 3:30pm - Young novel readers club. Free. Held at Weaverville Public Library, 41 N. Main St., Weaverville • TU (12/6), 6pm - Swannanoa Book Club: Dewey, the Small Town Library Cat Who Touched the World by Vicki Myron. Free. Held at Swannanoa Library, 101 West Charleston St., Swannanoa • TU (12/6), 6:30pm - Enka-Candler Book Club: All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. Free. Held at Enka-Candler Library, 1404 Sandhill Road, Candler • TU (12/6), 7pm - Weaverville Afternoon Book Club: Being Mortal by Atul Gawande. Free. Held at Weaverville Public Library, 41 N. Main St., Weaverville • TU (12/6), 7pm - Evening Book Club: Selected short stories. Free. Held at Weaverville Public Library, 41 N. Main St., Weaverville • TU (12/6), 7pm - Weaverville Evening Book Club: Assorted short stories. Free. Held at Weaverville Public Library, 41 N. Main St., Weaverville

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• WE (12/7), 3pm - Elizabeth Gilbert, The Signature of All Things. Free. Held at Weaverville Public Library, 41 N. Main St., Weaverville • TH (12/8), 6:45pm - David Joe Miller Presents "WORD! Stories For The Season," featuring storyteller and ballad singer Sherry Lovett. Free. Held at Pack Memorial Library, 67 Haywood St. FIRESTORM CAFE AND BOOKS 610 Haywood Road, 255-8115 • First THURSDAYS, 6pm - Political prisoners letter writing. Free to attend. FLETCHER LIBRARY 120 Library Road, Fletcher, 687-1218, • 2nd THURSDAYS, 10:30am - Book Club. Free. • 2nd THURSDAYS, 1:30pm - Writers' Guild. Free. THE WRITER'S WORKSHOP 254-8111, • Through WE (11/30) - Submissions accepted for the "Memoirs Contest." For full guidelines see website. $25. THOMAS WOLFE MEMORIAL 52 North Market St., 253-8304, • TH (12/8), 5:30-7pm - "Asheville and the Hills Beyond: The World of Thomas Wolfe In Three Voices," readings by local actors. Free.

SPORTS BUNCOMBE COUNTY RECREATION SERVICES Depts/Parks/ • Through MO (12/19) - Open registration for the winter adult dodge ball league. $30 per player.

VOLUNTEERING TUTOR ADULTS IN NEED WITH THE LITERACY COUNCIL (PD.) • Literacy and English language skills help people rise out of poverty and

support their families. Volunteer and give someone a second chance to learn. Sign up for volunteer orientation on 1/4 (5:30 pm) or 1/5 (9:00 am) by emailing volunteers@litcouncil. com. BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF WNC 253-1470, • TU (12/6), noon - Volunteer to share interests twice a month with a young person from a single-parent home or to mentor one hour per week in elementary schools and after-school sites. Information: 253-1470 or Free. Held at United Way of Asheville & Buncombe, 50 S. French Broad Ave. BOUNTY & SOUL 419-0533, • TH (12/1), 1:30-3:30pm - Volunteer to sort and place produce and other food onto the truck. Held at Bounty & Soul, 999 Old US Highway 70, Black Mountain • FR (12/2), 2-6:30pm - Volunteer to sort and place produce and other food onto the truck and serving the community at the mobile market. Held at Black Mountain Elementary School, 100 Flat Creek Road, Black Mountain, Black Mountian • TU (12/6), 9am-1pm - Volunteer to sort and place produce and other food onto the truck and distribute to the community at the mobile market. Held at St. James Episcopal Church, 424 W State St., Black Mountain • TH (12/8), 1:30-3:30pm - Volunteer to sort and place produce and other food onto the truck. Held at Bounty & Soul, 999 Old US Highway 70, Black Mountain CANTON COMMUNITY KITCHEN 98 Pisgah Drive, Canton, 648-0014, • FR (12/2), 11am-5pm - Donations accepted for the upcoming benefit yard sale.


FOUNDATION 277-4815, • Through SA (11/24) - Volunteers needed to wrap gifts in exchange for

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The art of forest ‘bathing’ comes to WNC

BY NICKI GLASSER Last year David Kendall, who lives near Max Patch in Pisgah National Forest, found himself on a balcony in a Tokyo high-rise. “It was night, and you could see all the lights out [in the city], and there were these huge circles, big patches of black where there was no light,” he says. Kendall learned that these dark areas were the sacred forests surrounding Shinto shrines and that, according to his Japanese host, “They’d always been there; the city grows around them.” Kendall tells the story to epitomize the culture that created the practice of shinrin-yoku, also known as forest bathing or forest therapy — a practice for which he is trained as a guide. Forest bathing entails walking in forests or other natural areas but differs from a typical hike in that it focuses on being in the woods “in a very intentional and aware manner,” says Kendall, a certified nature and forest therapy guide as well as  owner of Kana’Ti Lodge near Max Patch. “It’s important to know we are not training therapists; we’re training guides. We say that the forest itself is the therapist,” says Amos Clifford, founder and director of the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs, a California-based organization. Clifford led a guide-training course held at Kendall’s lodge last year. “As guides, we open the doors that allow the forces [of nature] to come in in a healing way,” says Clifford. “Nature therapy is probably as old as human beings; it just hasn’t been called that,” says Kendall, with a laugh. Bringing it into the 21st century, the Japanese began researching the health benefits of shinrin-yoku, “measuring just about anything you could in the body,” he notes. Research shows that people who engage in forest bathing experience decreased blood pressure, cortisol levels and stress, as well as increased natural killer cells, which boost the immune system, says Lisa M. Garcia, a McDowell County  resident and guide who attended a shinrin-yoku class in California. “It’s all about stepping back, slowing down, and we call it shaking off the road dust,” she says. “Road dust” is all the things going on in a person’s life — taking



TREE MEDICINE: Lisa Garcia “bathes” in Pisgah National Forest. Photo by Alex Garcia care of children, work, grocery shopping, checking email and voicemail, says Garcia, who left the corporate world nine years ago for a more nature-centric life of owning and operating the Yogi Bear Jellystone campground in Marion with her husband. Forest bathing “is an opportunity to shake off all that stuff, allow yourself to get very still, allow yourself to get centered, allow yourself to simply be present. One of the ways that we do that is by using nature, using the forest as that centering point,” says Garcia. “It’s different from hiking ... because you could maybe walk a mile in two hours when participating in forest therapy or forest bathing,” she says. Moreover, the benefits of forest bathing go beyond the practice of being present, says Garcia. She explains that trees, especially conifers, release chemicals called phytoncides, which protect plants from disease and invasive insects and when inhaled by humans increase the body’s ability to fight diseases. “We’re breathing this in as we’re walking in the woods; deep breathing


is a really essential element [of forest bathing],” says Garcia. Mark Ellison, head and founder of the International Society of Nature and Forest Medicine’s North American Chapter, first heard about forest bathing seven years ago while working on his dissertation about nature’s impact on humans. As a hiking and nature enthusiast, he says, “I thought, ‘This is what I’ve been experiencing, but I didn’t have words to explain it.’” The Cullowhee resident is using his hiking research blog to set up an online community focused on learning and experiential activity in nature and aims to hold a conference to bring different academic disciplines together around the topic of how nature impacts humans. Spending time in nature also correlates with improved mental health and increased productivity, says Ellison, who holds a doctorate in adult education and human resource development from North Carolina State University. “Nature therapy helps you to think more clearly and boosts creativity and brain function,” he says.

“There’s a great deal of research showing the physiological, emotional, psychological, cognitive benefits of forest bathing,” says Clifford. “What the convergence of data seems to be saying is that [forest bathing] is a general tonic for the nervous system, and the nervous system is incredibly involved in the body’s capacity to stay well and get well when we’re sick,” he says. Will Ashevilleans gain as much health benefit from a walk along the French Broad River Park in Asheville as a walk through Pisgah National Forest? No, says Ellison. “Spending time on a city greenway where you can hear the interstate is beneficial, but the quality of the natural environment is going to directly impact the amount of benefit you are going to get from it. If you go to a setting where there is very limited human activity, no sound, don’t see buildings, it’s all natural, [where] you are kind of escaping from everyday life — that kind of setting can offer a lot more benefit, especially psychologically, than being on a greenway where you can still hear interstate, planes overhead and people talking,” he says.

This is because forest bathing engages all the senses, says Garcia. For example, when engaging sight in the forest, you might “look for movement along the forest trail; you may see the leaves going back and forth, maybe [they appear to be] waving at you,” she says, “or look at a pond and see the water shimmering and the ripples going out. With the sensation of touch, you may notice your feet on the path and hear sound of gravel, sand, and leaves, or feel wind caressing your cheeks, hear the birdsong, acorns dropping, squirrels scampering around and the wind rustling.” Kendall believes the time is right for the nature and health connection to gain wider appeal. “In the broader culture there is so much disconnection, from person to person, and a disconnection certainly from nature,” he says. “I think it starts with the senses. The more dense urban situation you live in, the more bombarded your system is with all kinds of smells, bright lights, noise. ... It’s kind of a sensory overload. I think people are having a kind of intuitive reaction to that; the human body didn’t evolve to be highly tolerant to that kind of thing. I think people are seeking some sort of relief from that,” he says. All three guides have ambitious plans for expanding their forest therapy activities. In 2017, Garcia will be opening INDIGO Nature Retreat in Old Fort. Located on the edge of Pisgah National Forest, the INDIGO center (which stands for “immersion in nature designed to inspire growth”) will offer classes in meditation, yoga, forest bathing walks and art, all with the backdrop

of connecting with nature, says Garcia. In addition, she will be leading a forest bathing walk hosted by the Marion YMCA on Wednesday, Nov. 30. In April, Ellison plans to offer a class on forest therapy that focuses on the health benefits of spending time in nature, which will include experiential hikes. He will also continue to build the Society of Nature and Forest Medicine’s North American Chapter. Kendall plans to host courses at his lodge that focus on nature and health, including another course for nature therapy guides led by Clifford’s Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides. “We see ourselves as a gateway, a kind of portal,” says Kendall. “We’re next to Max Patch, and that is a pretty special place. People can walk right out of here through the meadows up into Max Patch,” he says. Kendall also runs an educational farm at the lodge. “This is a new mission for us, helping people to enjoy the walk on a much broader, deeper level,” he says. “It’s really exciting to see all the different directions that this is coming from,” says Kendall, referring to the myriad academic disciplines that are examining the impact of nature on health, as well as practices like forest bathing that are surfacing to implement those findings. He sees North Carolina as a verifiable playground of opportunity to provide “guided awareness to people who don’t have it available. “In North Carolina, any mountain, inn or lodge can provide these types of [experiences] and really enrich the experience of the visitor. ... It’s very exciting to watch it evolve.”  X

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Library, 67 Haywood St. • SA (12/3), 2pm - "Diabetes Prevention and Reversal," presentation by Mary Liske. Free. Held at North Asheville Library, 1030 Merrimon Ave. • WE (12/7), 7pm - "The Brain & Nervous System," presentation by Merrimon Family Chiropractic. Free. Held at North Asheville Library, 1030 Merrimon Ave. CENTER FOR ART & SPIRIT AT ST. GEORGE 1 School Road, 258-0211 • FR (12/2), 10am-noon "Contemplative Companions," reflection, deep listening and meditation group. $5-$10. LEICESTER COMMUNITY CENTER 2979 New Leicester Highway, Leicester, 774-3000, facebook. com/Leicester.Community. Center • MONDAYS, 5:15-6:15pm Zumba Gold exercise class. $5. • MONDAYS, 6:15-7pm Zumba classes. $5. • MONDAYS, 7:15-8pm Gentle Flow Yoga. $5. QIGONG/CHI KUNG COMMUNITY PRACTICE GROUP • FRIDAYS, 9:30am - Qigong/ Chi Kung class. All levels welcome. Free to attend. Held at The Alternative Clinic, 23 Broadway THE BLOOD CONNECTION BLOOD DRIVES 800-392-6551, • TH (12/8), 7am-7pm - Blood Connection holiday blood drive. Registration: 233-5302. Held at Grace Lutheran Church, 1245 Sixth Ave., W. Hendersonville


ASHEVILLE COMMUNITY YOGA CENTER 8 Brookdale Road, Suite A, • SA (12/3), 12:30-2:30pm - “The Four Major Paths of Yoga,” workshop. $20. • SU (12/4), 12:30-2:30pm “Intro to Yin,” workshop. $20.


BUNCOMBE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARIES depts/library • WE (11/30), 11:30am "Laughter Yoga," class for adults. Free. Held at Swannanoa Library, 101 West Charleston St., Swannanoa • TH (12/1), 5-6:30pm - “In Their Moment/Love Notes,” Alzheimer’s round table discussion led by Turner Stimpson. Free. Held at Pack Memorial

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RING OF FIRE WNC confronts causes and effects of extensive wildfires

Over the last four years, Warwick has worked with the N.C. Forest Service on containing forest fires, carrying out prescribed burns and educating residents on prevention and preparedness. Like the Forest Service scientists, Warwick believes wildfires will likely become a more common occurrence in the area. He and other experts note, however, this isn’t all bad. Forest fires remove flammable material while creating open areas that benefit some wildlife species and encourage new hardwood tree growth. SMALL SPARK, LARGE FLAME

FIGHTING FIRE WITH FIRE: Asheville Firefighter Zeb Pugh ignites a remedial fire to reduce available fuel on the forest floor as part of containment efforts at the Old Greenlee Road fire in McDowell County. Photo by Asheville Fire Department Lt. Adam Hoffman


U.S. Forest Service scientists predicted in 2014 that climate change will produce longer fire seasons with more wide-ranging impacts throughout the South over the next 20 to 40 years. Those predictions came true sooner than expected this fall, with extremely dry forest conditions and late-falling leaves (a result of record-high temperatures) contributing to wildfires that burned across nearly 70,000 acres in Western North Carolina. “Under warm and dry conditions, a fire season becomes longer, and fires are easier to ignite and spread,” wrote the researchers in the paper, “Future Wildfire Trends,

Impacts and Mitigation Options in the Southern United States.” Relief seems to be in sight, however. At press time, weather forecasts predicted rain on the evening of Monday, Nov. 28, with heavier precipitation expected to move in on Tuesday. According to an update issued by the Joint Information Center for WNC wildfires on Nov. 27, “This wetting rain should help extinguish any active wildfires, and little to no impacts from smoke are expected.” The factors that led to the extensive wildfires will remain a concern long after this fall’s fires have been quelled. The region’s history of fire suppression over the past century provided an abundance of fuel for this year’s wildfires, points out Adam Warwick, stewardship manager and wildlife biologist at The Nature Conservancy of North Carolina.




“In North Carolina, 99 percent of our fires are human caused,” says Lisa Jennings, public information officer with the U.S. Forest Service. According to Jennings, the largest share of these fires comes from backyard brush burning. Total burning bans are now in effect in 47 of the state’s 100 counties. Even so, Jennings says residents must remain vigilant for possible triggers. “Anything that creates sparks can potentially cause a large fire,” she says. Brian Haines, agency information officer for the North Carolina Forest Service, echoes Jennings’ caution. Small hazards can lead to big wildfires, he says. Potential fire sources can include such innocuous-seeming triggers as a tossed cigarette, sparks from a chain dragging from a car, a hot vehicle parked on dry grass and discarded wood-stove ashes, according to Haines. Ashes are a particular challenge, he says. “Folks are heating their homes with wood stoves, and then they take those ashes and put them outside. The problem is, a lot of times those ashes aren’t completely out. Then a wind comes along, and an ember gets up and gets into the woods, and then you’re off and running.” FUELING THE FLAMES A key tactic for containing fires is to scratch or dig a line of bare dirt around the edges of the flames, separating fuel (leaves, sticks and pine needles) from fire. “We get down to the mineral soil, to things that can’t burn,” Warwick says. But warm temperatures have caused trees to hold onto their leaves later than usual, Warwick explains. As firefighters worked to bring the fires under control, new leaves continued to fall, creating a bridge of fuel and allowing flames to cross the dug lines.

In an email, Warwick writes, “It’s also worth noting that the dry conditions ... have dramatically increased the amount of fuel available to burn. So while it’s normally rare for fire to consume more than half of the leaf litter layer and decaying logs over 8 inches [in] diameter, the current fires are routinely consuming over 90 percent of the leaves, consuming all of those logs and bigger, which is causing more particulates in the air and thus the dense smoke.” While many of the fires have been low in severity (and therefore easier to contain), Warwick and Haines both say that differences in the forest fuels available from one location to another can lead to varying levels of severity. “If you have a lot of rhododendron or laurel that are very dry, that may be a very intense fire,” says Haines. Warwick adds that higher winds and lower humidities have also played a role in increasing the magnitude of the fires. HISTORY OF SUPPRESSION “For years, nationwide, there was a philosophy that you put out every fire,” says Tim Mowry, public information officer for the Maple Springs and Old Roughy Fires. As a result of this policy of fire suppression, Mowry notes, a large amount of fuel accumulated in area forests. Warwick points out that many of the areas that recently burned in Western North Carolina had not seen flames in nearly 70 years. North Carolina passed its Prescribed Burn Act in 1999. The law recognized fire as an important forest management tool, and the state began carrying out prescribed burns the following year, notes Jennings. “We’ve been getting some good work done,” Haines says of the N.C. Forest Service’s use of prescribed fires. “But obviously we haven’t gotten everywhere,” he remarks. A 2016 N.C. Cooperative Extension report examined the history of early controlled burns. The paper, “Using Fire to Improve Wildlife Habitat,” notes that, historically, much of the state burned every one to 10 years. Native Americans used controlled burns to “improve grazing conditions for wildlife, clear land for farming and improve their own safety from concealed attackers and from wildfires.” Later, European immigrants adopted the practice for similar reasons.

Prescribed fires reduce the volume of leaf litter, downed wood and brush, which helps reduce the risk of severe wildfires. “If you look at a wildfire that is in an area that has not been previously burned by prescribed fire, it burns really hot and intense,” Haines explains. “Then it gets to an area that has been prescribed, and it just drops down; it almost dies.” FIRE’S CONSTRUCTIVE ROLE Throughout this fall’s bout of wildfire activity, resource advisers have been on the ground, working alongside firefighters. These advisers, who bring expertise in biological or physical sciences, highlight the locations of rare species and sensitive habitats. “We have regulations on where we can and cannot use fire retardants, unless human life and property are threatened,” says Sheryl Bryan, fisheries and wildlife biologist for the National Forests in North Carolina. These measures are intended to prevent chemicals from seeping into streams, rivers and lakes. Katie Greenberg, research ecologist for the U.S. Forest Service, notes that these fires won’t have much effect on animals. “None of the literature suggests direct mortality is a huge concern,” she says. Warwick agrees. He points out that a variety of species — including woodpeckers, bark-gleaning birds (such as nuthatches), songbirds, turkeys, ruffed grouse and bats — actually benefit from more open forest canopies, which often result from large-scale fires. The flames could also boost certain tree species. Oaks and Southern pines require open forest and high light conditions to regenerate, Warwick points out, as do berry-producing shrubs like blueberry and blackberry.

“Any effect on forests is not going to be hugely long-lasting,” says Greenberg. “Each condition of a forest, whether it’s recently ravaged by fire or cut, provides habitat for some things and reduces suitable habitat for other things. So it’s just a different condition.”

Haines shares that outlook. “The drought situation is going to lead to more wildfires,” he says. “And if we do have rising temperatures, of course that will feed into that, as well.”

$64,000 QUESTION

While the fires destroyed only two structures, Haines notes that many more structures were threatened by the flames. Most are homes and businesses. Experts agree that residents should take steps to limit future risks by creating what they call a “defensible space.” “Everybody in this area loves the idea of living in the woods,” says Jennings. “But you have to clear space around your house and know that wildfires are something that you’re going to have to deal with.” When firefighters arrive at a home that lies in the path of a wildfire, they quickly assess the situation, Warwick says. If shrubs line the structure’s walls and trees tower over the roof, the firefighters move on to the next property. On the other hand, if a home has one or two shrubs the team

When asked if wildfires will become a more common occurrence in this area, Warwick hesitates. “That’s the $64,000 question,” he says. “Our region’s getting warmer. We’re projected to have more droughts. The models mostly agree that this is going to be the case for our area.” Jennings notes that cycles do exist, pointing to the busy fire seasons of 2000 and 2007. However, she adds, the region’s droughts typically occur during the summer. “This fall drought is something that is really unusual for this area, and we’ve definitely been seeing warmer falls [and] later frosts,” she says. Data from the Coweeta Hydrological Laboratory reveal that precipitation amounts for September and October, taken together, set the record for the driest two months since record-keeping began at the site in 1934, according to Chelcy Ford Miniat of the U.S. Forest Service’s Southern Research Station. Except for January, the average temperature for every month in 2016 has been well above average, and July and September broke records. The Coweeta Lab is located south of Franklin in Macon County. “The long-term record is seeing drier dry years, wetter wet years and longer stretches of rainless periods,” says Miniat. “When conditions are this dry, and fuel loads are high ... the potential for forest fires increases.”


can quickly remove, or manageable amounts of leaf litter, efforts will be made to save the home. Experts advise that lawns should extend at least 30 feet around all sides of a structure. They also suggest metal roofs for homes situated in heavily wooded areas. Exit strategies also warrant planning, as many isolated rural communities are accessed by a single road. If residents try to leave as firetrucks are entering an area, traffic jams can create dangerous delays. Thus, fire agencies urge residents to pack important items and prepare for a possible evacuation well in advance. Then residents should remain alert and leave the area as soon as the call goes out. At press time, around 2,100 firefighters remained in WNC to battle the wildfires, while 30 aircraft have been deployed in the area to assist in the effort. According to Jennings, 42 states are represented. Most of the firefighting crews involved in efforts to control and extinguish WNC’s fires have worked in two-week shifts, putting in 16-hour days.  X

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Just in time for Repeal Day, Asheville Bar Wars is back. The third annual citywide cocktail competition will focus on the Manhattan. Where the two preceding events spotlighted smashes and “Icelandic-themed drinks,” this year’s version takes aim at a more historic and innovative beverage. The boozy blend of vermouth, whiskey and bitters is a classic that historian and author Philip Greene, this year’s Bar Wars



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featured guest, says earned its place in history by being the first modern cocktail. “It’s a drink that I have always revered, because it was sort of a game-changer when it comes to cocktail history,” says Greene. “Throughout the course of the 19th century, cocktails were pretty static. You had juleps and smashes and cobblers, but the basic cocktail was defined in 1806 as spirits of any kind plus sugar, water and bitters, which is basically the Old Fashioned. You did have the sour, that came about

in the late 1850s and ’60s, but it wasn’t until the 1870s that some genius — probably in New York — decided to incorporate vermouth.” First imported into the U.S. in the 1840s, vermouth didn’t immediately find its way into a cocktail. “Somewhere in the 1870s,” Greene explains, “somebody said, ‘Let’s add vermouth to a whiskey cocktail,’ and bam! The Manhattan was born, and bartenders everywhere thought, ‘This is great, now let’s add gin!’ And that became the Martinez or the martini — depend-

ing on what evolutionary theory you believe in — and then they tried scotch, and you have the Rob Roy. You just had all these amazing drinks that came out of that basic trinity of spirit, vermouth and bitters.” Greene will be a judge for the competition’s Final Mix Off; he’ll also host a cocktail event and seminar on Repeal Day (Dec. 5, marking the anniversary of the end of Prohibition) about the Manhattan’s history and heritage. A descendant of New Orleans’ famed Peychaud family, he’s now the brand ambassador for Peychaud’s bitters, the Hemingway Rum Co. and Papa’s Pilar rum, and the author of To Have and Have Another: A Hemingway Cocktail Companion and The Manhattan: The Story of the First Modern Cocktail. As if all that were not enough, Greene is also a columnist for The Daily Beast and one of the founders of The Museum of the American Cocktail in New Orleans. BROOKLYN STRIKES BACK This year’s Bar Wars kicked off Nov. 26 and runs through Monday, Dec. 5 (see sidebar, “Other Bar Wars Events”); it’s sponsored by Hyatt Place, Woodford Reserve, William Grant & Sons, Conniption gin and Haus Alpenz. Participating bars include The Montford Rooftop Bar, the Smoky Park Supper Club, MG Road, Nightbell, Salvage Station, Sovereign Remedies, The Imperial Life and Post 70.

At the first bar they visit, participants will receive a map that will guide them to the competing venues. Each one will be serving up its take on the Manhattan, and imbibers will receive a stamp. After three stamps, they’ll be allowed to vote for the winner. The 10-day event kicked off Nov. 26; people’s choice voting runs through Friday, Dec. 2; and the Final Mix Off, pitting the top four bars against one another, will be held Sunday, Dec. 4, at the Salvage Station. With so much latitude, there’s tremendous potential for bartenders to stretch the cocktail’s style. “The Manhattan was the face that launched a thousand drinks — and a whole new era of mixing drinks that include vermouth,” notes Greene. “There’s also a whole modern school of Manhattan-inspired drinks, including the Brooklyn.” The latter cocktail, which typically features Canadian (aka rye) whiskey, dry vermouth, maraschino liqueur and Amer Picon or bitters, was invented in 1908, says Greene. “From that, in the last 15 or 20 years, you’ve had all these creative bartenders in New York, working at Milk & Honey and Employees Only and Death & Co. and places like that, who were riffing on the Brooklyn and creating their own drinks, like the Greenpoint and the Red Hook. So you have that whole segment to trace as well when you’re looking at what came from the Manhattan.”  X

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Ashevilleans looking to escape the cold this winter may find refuge in downtown’s newest eatery and watering hole: Pete’s Pies. Designed to replicate the cozy, warm and welcoming vibe of a traditional British pub, Pete’s will feature hearty English fare, a wide selection of local and British brews, regular broadcasts of English football matches and an expansive heated courtyard garden. Taking over the former home of Creperie Bouchon at 62 N. Lexington Ave., the pub is set to open Friday, Dec. 9. The new venture is the lifelong dream of London native Pete Waissen. The recent Asheville transplant, a former industrial business manager and mechanical engineer, has always loved cooking. At the tender age of 10, Waissen would help his mother cook big, traditional British meals for his eight siblings. Many of the dishes he’ll be serving at Pete’s Pies trace back to those family meals; others are variations developed during his years as a home chef. Waissen came to Asheville to be closer to his two sons: Jack, a 2012 graduate of North Carolina Central University in Durham, and Matt, a 2013 UNC Asheville alum. Both came here on collegiate tennis scholarships and have remained stateside ever since. Both sons are financial partners in the new family business, but it was Matt, who’s lived here since 2009, who initially pitched the idea to his father. “I’ve always missed the pies from England, and Asheville is just such a unique place to have a restaurant,” he explains. The pies in question are hearty, savory meat-and-vegetable dishes. “They’re such a huge part of any British person’s life,” Matt explains. “Americans don’t really know much about meat pies, but it’s just sort of a staple, something you might throw in a kid’s lunchbox.” Pete’s menu will feature such treats as Steak & Mush (tenderloin, mushrooms, brown gravy, puff pas-

try and cheese); Beef & Ale (sirloin, carrots, peas and local brew); Pub (chicken, seasonal vegetables, cheese and white wine gravy); and Garden (roasted local vegetables, red wine gravy and mash). Standard pub grub (think fish and chips) will also be on offer, along with assorted “butties” (British sandwiches) ranging from corned beef and lamb to vegetarian options featuring egg and roasted eggplant. Salads and sides will favor locally sourced ingredients, and vegetarian plates will include a pad thai made with sweet potato noodles. Desserts include a seasonal fruit tart, crème brûlée and flavored sorbet. Waissen enlisted executive chef Josh Jones to help bring the menu to life. Trained in classical Italian cuisine, Jones attended culinary school in Florence, and he’s worked at Vinnie’s Neighborhood Italian in Asheville and other restaurants across the country. “Pete isn’t much of a recipe follower,” Jones says, laughing. “A lot of the menu ideas come from Pete’s brain; others are a collaboration, but I know how to piece recipes together and make them work on a large scale.” Lake Lure native Chelsea Zappel will serve as front-of-house manager. Having previous experience at Farm Burger, Zappel says she’s excited to help bring a true British pub to life in Asheville. She sees enormous potential in the allure of the garden courtyard, which may be downtown’s largest covered seating area. The space features heat lamps and an outdoor stage that will eventually be put to use, says Zappel. The new watering hole also plans to establish a strong relationship with local breweries. “We really want to match the drinks with the food,” says Waissen. Matt agrees, noting, “I’m not sure that there’s too many restaurants downtown who really advertise the fact that they use local brewers’ beer in their recipes, but that will

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PIE GUY: Pete’s Pies owner Pete Waissen, a London native, will feature savory pies and English pub food at his new eatery, which will occupy the Lexington Avenue courtyard space that previously housed Creperie Bouchon. Photo by Nick Wilson be something that we’ll definitely be doing.” And while the core team says it’s starting off small, it has a bigger vision for the future. “The grand plan,” says Waissen, “is to eventually expand, renovate some additional space and add another bar portion if all goes well.” He intends to eventually do breakfast, opening extra early on days when English football matches air at 7 a.m. He might also offer catering and maybe even a Pete’s Pies food truck.

In the meantime, Pete’s Pies looks to be a potential fixture for those eager to grab a pint, enjoy traditional British pub grub and watch a football match among friends. Pete’s Pies opens Saturday, Dec. 3, at 62 N. Lexington Ave., accessed through the courtyard to the right of Virtue boutique. A second entrance on Carolina Drive, off Walnut Street, also leads to the courtyard. Hours will be 11:30 a.m.10 p.m. daily. For more information, visit  X






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Blue Ridge Food Ventures’ 2016 Holiday Market “Obviously, Asheville has tremendous restaurants,” says Michael McDonald, the client services manager at Blue Ridge Food Ventures. “But we also have this tremendous food manufacturing capacity that a lot of people just don’t know about.” At this year’s Blue Ridge Food Ventures’ Holiday Market, local vendors offer guests a variety of items from hot sauce to chocolates, cookbooks to skin care products. Vendors include Cara Mae Skincare, Farmer and Chef, Farmer Jane Soap, Sow True Seeds, Virgin Oils, Animal Haven, Postre Caramels, Munki Food, Crooked Condiments, Firewalker Hot Sauce Co., UliMana Chocolates, Medea’s Cafe, Coconut Organics, Asheville Goods, Brittain Farms, Deli Bakery & Ice Cream Shop, West Bros Hot Sauce, Asheville Tea Co., Dolce de Maria, Steve Schearer Woodworking, Imladris Farms, Ally’s Bar and Well Seasoned Table. “It’s an opportunity for people to come and shop and spend their money locally,” says McDonald. He notes that for many guests, the holiday market provides a one-stop shop to load up on gifts and stocking stuffers. The market also provides build-your-own gift boxes for those looking to give family and friends a broader sample of local goods. In addition to gifts, McDonald sees the event as a way to highlight the various types of items produced in Western North Carolina. “The entrepreneurial spirit in this town is so tremendous,” he says. “I hope people walk away with a great respect for the sheer number of people and number of products that are made in the area.” Blue Ridge Food Ventures’ 2016 Holiday Market runs 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at 1461 Sand Hill Road, Candler. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit 36


GYPSY QUEEN CUISINE SERVES BRUNCH On Sunday, Dec. 4, Gypsy Queen Cuisine will begin serving Sunday brunch. The restaurant’s founder, Suzy Salwa Phillips, says the Middle Eastern and North African menu items will offer unique flavors and plates that are not available anywhere else in town. Shakshuka is two eggs cooked in tomato and pepper sauce, topped with fresh herbs, feta cheese and cured olives. Gypsy biscuits and gravy is a fresh interpretation of the Southern classic, with creamy lamb sausage poured over scratch-made biscuits with local greens salad, or batata harra. Baklava French toast is prepared with house-made baklava brioche and accented with candied walnuts, bruléed oranges and maple syrup. “I’m really excited about the whole menu,” Phillips says. “It’s not your usual brunch items.” Gypsy Queen Cuisine is at 807 Patton Ave. Brunch service will be available every Sunday from 11 a.m.3 p.m. starting Sunday, Dec. 4. For more information and the full brunch menu, visit  LE BON CAFE AND IVORY ROAD CAFE & KITCHEN

HOLIDAY CHEER: Sadie’s Caribbean Fish Cakes was one of the many food businesses that participated in the 2015 Holiday Market at Blue Ridge Food Ventures. This year’s market takes place Saturday, Dec. 3, at BRFV’s facility on Sand Hill Road in Candler. Photo courtesy of Blue Ridge Food Ventures BONE BROTH WITH SHEEFRA BLUMENTHAL Sheefra Blumenthal’s Tuesday, Dec. 6, workshop at Villagers will teach participants about the health benefits of bone broth. The class will offer samples of different bone broths at various stages of simmering as well. Attendees will leave with handouts and recipes. Bone Broth with Sheefra Blumenthal runs 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, at Villagers, 278 Haywood Road. Tickets are $15-$30, sliding scale, and are available at LEFT BRAIN/RIGHT BRAIN: AN EXTRASENSORY DINING EXPERIENCE Buxton Hall Barbecue will host Left Brain/Right Brain, an unusual popup concept billed as “an extrasensory MOUNTAINX.COM

dining experience,” on Wednesday, Dec. 7, in its upstairs Remington Room. The six-course meal will feature local chefs Ashley Capps and Jessica Rosenkoetter of Buxton Hall, Travis Shultz, Dave Bauer and Becky Bronson of All Souls Pizza and David Henley Kane of Rhubarb. In a press release, the event is described as “science fair meets circus.” It goes on to note that the first half of the dinner will focus on the left hemisphere of the human brain, with “monochromatic, linear, edgy, simple and clean dishes and cocktails.” The latter half of the evening will cater to the right side, with colorful and creative dishes. Left Brain/Right Brain begins at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, at The Remington Room of Buxton Hall, 32 Banks Ave. Tickets are $50. Gratuity is not included. Cash bar. For tickets, visit

Coffee truck Le Bon Cafe now offers drive-thru beverage service in the parking lot of Arden’s Ivory Road Cafe & Kitchen, 6:30-9:30 a.m. Monday-Friday. Le Bon Cafe specializes in organic coffees, teas and espresso drinks. It also offers a variety of breakfast goods. Ivory Road Cafe & Kitchen is at 1854 Brevard Road. For details, visit  NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC HIGHLIGHTS ASHEVILLE’S FOOD SCENE National Geographic covered Asheville’s food scene in a recent article titled “A Food Lover’s Guide to Asheville.” The piece, written by Andrew Evans, highlights a number of the city’s restaurants, bars, cafes and bakeries. In it, Evans writes: “Asheville — whose food scene is affectionately known by locals as Foodtopia — simply tastes good, and best of all, every bite is personal. The culinary art scene meets adventuresome eating meets Southern hospitality all make this city a dining destination worth visiting.” The article can be found in its entirety at  X



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Can-do culture Fall 2012 was a crazy time for Oskar Blues Brewery. Within 90 days of closing on its Brevard facility and becoming the first nationally distributed craft brewery with an East Coast hub in Western North Carolina, employees were brewing a batch of the company’s flagship Dale’s Pale Ale. Four years later, the brewery reflects on that whirlwind time and its many interim accomplishments with a party celebrating its “Brevardaversary” on Monday, Dec. 12. Oskar Blues’ journey to Brevard begins with John Felty, who runs the town’s White Squirrel and Mountain Song festivals. He was also in the band Jupiter Coyote, which years ago played an Alabama restaurant where Dale Katechis tended bar. Felty and Katechis became friends, and on visits to Felty’s Brevard home, Katechis fell in love with the area and its mountain biking scene. During that time, Katechis founded Oskar Blues in Lyons, Colo., and built it into a national brand. In 2012, he started looking at how much beer was being shipped east of the Mississippi River — and not just shipped, but cold-shipped, a pricey venture over long distances, yet one that improves the beer’s quality. “They could have expanded the Colorado brewery and made one large brewery, but it made sense to do what we’ve been doing. We were pretty good at having a mediumsized brewery, so why don’t we make another one of those?” says Aaron Baker, marketing manager of Oskar Blues Brewery North Carolina. “Dale made the decision that if he was going to have to visit a place often and build sort of a new hometown for Oskar Blues, he wanted it to be in a place he liked to visit and had that culture he felt like we could absorb and could fit with what Oskar Blues already had going on,” says Baker. “A huge part of it is the mountain biking here and the proximity to Pisgah National Forest. You can ride straight from the brewery and be at the trail in five minutes, so it was mainly that, and we sort of worked everything else out as it came.” Not all Brevard residents, however, were excited about having the brewery as a neighbor. Baker



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BRITE FUTURE: Tristan Chappell, assistant cellar manager at Oskar Blues Brewery in Brevard, takes a sample for quality tests. The expanded cellar at Oskar Blues will include dozens of new 300-barrel fermentation and brite tanks, which will bring the brewery’s capacity to 200,000 barrels per year. Photo by Capturing WNC Photography

acknowledges that being a company from a faraway state inspired a healthy dose of skepticism from parts of the local community, but he feels that Oskar Blues has excelled at integrating into the Transylvania County scene from the beginning. “A lot of that is due to local hiring. There were five original people that came out here from Colorado, and we’ve hired everybody else. Some people have come in regionally [and from] across the country, but a lot of people are also Brevard locals or from Asheville and Western North Carolina,” Baker says. “We’re up to [a staff of] 55 or so now, and we’ll probably be hiring 15 more production staff over the next couple of years.”


Oskar Blues’ nonprofit Can’d Aid Foundation has furthered the brewery’s impact in the community. Its collaborations include work with the local Boys and Girls Club and the Rise and Shine after-school program, the latter of which received between 30 and 40 bicycles built by Can’d Aid around the time of Oskar Blues’ Burning Can beer, music and sports festival in mid-July. The company’s response to recent natural disasters within the state has likewise helped spread its humanitarian interests. “When Hurricane Matthew hit, we sent a truckload [of canned water] east pretty quickly after that happened — within a week, we had water on the road,” Baker says. At press time, efforts were also being made to get

canned water to firefighters battling the wildfires plaguing Western North Carolina as well as dispatching the Oskar Blues food truck to feed those combating the flames. All of those efforts and accomplishments and more will be feted at the anniversary party, which Baker calls a “very Brevard-focused event.” In addition to live music from funk and R&B band Soul Magnetics and a silent disco (a dance party where the music is broadcast to participants on wireless headphones) DJ’d by Asheville’s Nex Millen, Oskar Blues brewers are making a small-batch brown ale, using such local ingredients as honey, water from Looking Glass Falls and malt that was smoked with wood taken from a Bradford pear tree that fell down on the brewery’s property during a storm. The Brevard brewery’s recent expansion and Oskar Blues’ continued growth suggest plenty more reasons to celebrate in the foreseeable future. In late summer, 17,000 square feet were added to the rear of the brewery, primarily for extra fermentation space to be used by 30 new 300-barrel tanks and a few new 300-barrel brite tanks. By the end of 2016, Baker expects the Brevard location’s total output to reach 95,000 barrels with a goal of 180,000 in 2017 and 200,000 shortly thereafter, allowing it to meet the East Coast demand of Oskar Blues’ 50-state distribution and that of such international markets as Australia.  X

More info WHAT Oskar Blues Brewery’s 4 Year Brevardaversary WHERE 342 Mountain Industrial Drive, Brevard, WHEN Monday, Dec. 12, 5-10 p.m. Free




A R T S & E N T E R TA I N M E N T


New holiday play shares local stories and songs

LET IT SNOW: After a rockslide strands passengers in a train depot, they pass the time by sharing Christmas stories and songs. Snowbound by Western North Carolina native Tom Godleski, center row, sixth from the right, with the full cast, premieres at Asheville Community Theatre. Photo by Tommy Propest

BY ALLI MARSHALL Tom Godleski loves to tell tales, though the local musician and playwright insists he got a late start. “When my boys were little, they would beg me to tell them stories, but I didn’t know any good stories,” he says. “I didn’t know how powerful storytelling is.” Though Godleski’s children are now adults, he does spin yarns in his work as a teacher. And, as if to make up for lost time, he’ll pack the anecdotes and memories of friends, family and community members into his new holiday production, Snowbound. The play debuts at Asheville Community Theatre on Friday, Dec. 2, and runs through Sunday, Dec. 18. The idea for the dramatic work came out of a conversation with ACT marketing director Jenny Bunn. She suggested that Godleski



write a Christmas play set in a depot. “And then the wheels got to turning really quickly,” Godleski says. “It’s a great process because I started thinking of all the things I could add in.” His initial idea for the 1950s-era show was for a group of travelers to be stranded in a train station following a rockslide. Forest Jarrett, a retired Norfolk Southern police chief, filled in some details for Godleski — including the fact that, in the case of a rockslide, the marooned passengers would have been picked up by a Greyhound bus. Godleski worked that into his script, along with holiday tales that the travelers share to pass the time. “I used my own story from when I was 10 or 11, and my brother and I got bikes for Christmas,” he says. “My mom was real tricky with it. She didn’t have the bikes out in the living room on Christmas morning, and [we thought] all we got


were some apples and oranges and some nuts.” Another story comes from Godleski’s wife’s childhood, when she took the baby Jesus from the family Nativity scene so she could sleep with it. There’s also one culled, almost word for word, from a newspaper clipping — in 1919, a woman named Vernie Allen was too poor to buy presents for her children, so she baked them giant gingerbread cookies. “People tell me stories all the time,” Godleski says. “I love it.” Often, the hope is that he’ll work an anecdote into one of his songs. Also a musical late bloomer, Godleski sang a little bit in school (“sometimes on pitch”) but didn’t pick up the bass until he was 29. With a friend, he started a country rock and blues band, “and I grew me a mullet. I had the best mullet ever,” he jokes.

Godleski eventually formed Buncombe Turnpike; the bluegrass outfit has been performing for nearly two decades and is set to release a new album next year. Members of that group, as well as players from fellow bluegrass collective Sons of Ralph, will be the onstage band for Snowbound. They’ll play an array of songs, including classic Christmas carols and some Buncombe Turnpike originals. “I write about death, I write murder ballads, and I have written a love song or two,” Godleski says. For the show, he penned a pair of holiday songs, as well — something he says he’s always wanted to do. A two-song CD with those new tracks will be available at the Snowbound performances. While the band onstage adds to the folky feel of the production and allowed the playwright a way to tap his full skill set, it’s not a departure for Godleski. His previous scripts

include Fresh Preserves, based on his solo album of the same name. That show also incorporates both actors and musicians. “If I know somebody has a talent, I love to use it,” Godleski says. During the casting of Snowbound, Godleski realized two elementary school girls both played violin. “I thought, ‘How cool would it be for them to play twin fiddles on “Silent Night?”’” he says. “I think that’s going to be a real special moment.” The show, directed by theater veteran Mark Jones, is already inspiring other local efforts. Catawba Brewing is releasing a Snowbound Winter Warmer; $1 from every pint sold goes to Asheville Community Theatre. Those funds benefit a good cause: Snowbound will be the final production staged at ACT before the theater undergoes an extensive renovation concurrent with its 70th anniversary. Godleski sees the timing as auspicious. “Maybe it’ll put an asterisk beside it,” he says of his show. Then he tells the story of how, 20 years ago, he was in Dark of the Moon — he sang an a cappella ver-

sion of “Barbara Allen” and played in a band, onstage — during ACT’s 50th anniversary. That bookending of theatrical performances seems in alignment with Godleski’s personal mission. “I love to be creative as much as I can,” he says, “As I get older, I can hardly think of anything without trying to make something creative of it.”  X

WHAT World premiere of Snowbound by Tom Godleski WHERE Asheville Community Theatre 35 E. Walnut St. WHEN Friday, Dec. 2, through Sunday, Dec. 18. Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. Sundays at 2:30 p.m. $18 opening weekend. All other shows: $22 adults/ $19 seniors and students/ $12 children younger than 17





by Emily Glaser

GOING EVEN BIGGER The Big Crafty is more than an art and craft show. Over the years, the event has become an opportunity for artists and crafters to catch up with their friends and fans, and to earn cash, too. It’s part party, part marketplace and part reunion. The winter iteration takes place on Sunday, Dec. 4, at the U.S. Cellular Center. Husband-and-wife organizers Justin Rabuck and Brandy Bourne founded the biannual event nearly a decade ago. Rabuck and Bourne knew a number of Asheville crafters who were only selling their art online, and the duo founded The Big Crafty as a local venue for those makers to market their goods. From its inception, the show was a success, surprising Bourne and Rabuck with hundreds of visitors. The Big Crafty has increased in attendance annually, and vendors who return every year have seen their sales numbers increase steadily. Bourne notes that where early markets only drew local folks, now visitors come from all over the state, too. “[In the beginning] I think it was the novelty. Now, [the attendees] are the people who tell us that they’ve never missed one,” she says. Though Bourne is quick to note the sustained relationships and familial feel of the Big Crafty, “We try hard to make it different every time, prioritizing emerging artists and established artists who are exploring new territory,” she says. “This event is about celebrating handmade ingenuity, so it’s important to us to always highlight some completely new and exciting work from the creative community.” Take, for example, lllilll Stitches, a new vendor at this year’s Big Crafty. Madeline Lippert, the Charlottebased artist behind the company, creates intricate illustrations using thick black thread and hand-stained hoops. The images of plants and female forms are beautifully detailed. Bourne’s fingertips rest firmly on the artistic pulse around Asheville, and she’s able to draw in innovative emerging artists, so that devoted attendees of The Big Crafty will always see something new, like the little wool woodland creatures created by Fair Isle of Cameron, S.C. Bourne also recognizes perennial favorites and invites some popular crafters back year after year, such as local letterpress 7 Ton Co.



The Big Crafty expands into a new event space

MAKER’S MARKET: Husband-and-wife team Justin Rabuck and Brandy Bourne, pictured, launched The Big Crafty most of a decade ago. “We always have a long artist waiting list,” says Bourne, and this season’s move to the spacious U.S. Cellular Center “means including more artists, and that’s the most exciting thing.” Photo by Jonathan Mora The greatest variation between this year’s event and those of previous seasons is the transition to a new space. With the closing of the Asheville Art Museum for extensive renovations, Bourne and her team needed a new arena for the nearly 200-seller-strong craft fair. And an arena is exactly what they got, in the form of the U.S. Cellular Center. With twice as much space available as at previous winter markets, The Big Crafty will officially go big. The larger space opened opportunities for dozens of new artists and crafters, like Fiber and Threads from Marshall, makers of neutral-colored macrame, a type of woven wall tapestry; BabyCreep from Memphis — the company will bring its sculptural porcelain housewares; and Echoview Fiber Mill, creators of fine knitting and felting supplies, all crafted in Weaverville. Return vendors include Black Black Moon jewelry, So Stoked pottery and


In Blue Handmade leather bags and goods, all of which are Asheville-based. “Moving to the U.S. Cellular Center means we’ll have more room to spread out,” Bourne explains. “We always have a long artist waiting list, and this move means including more artists, and that’s the most exciting thing.” That wait list is shorter this year, as this holiday market doubled in size. Though it’s a juried, competitive show, Bourne and The Big Crafty team carefully consider every applicant (independent artist or collective) who provides descriptions and photos of their art. “The flourishing of the creative community really warrants that additional space,” Bourne says. “The work we’re seeing being prepared for this event really has our hearts aflutter.” Along with the trademark “Craffle Giveaways,” AshevilleFM will provide festive music, and the U.S. Cellular Center will bring in The Hop Ice

Cream and Highland Brewing Co. to sell refreshments. The Big Crafty may be growing, but its intention is still simple: “Our aim is always to bring community back into the holiday shopping experience,” says Bourne. “Buying to support creative microentrepreneurs and coming together to affirm our personal connections and our commitment to community-building through maker skills.”  X

WHAT The Big Crafty WHERE U.S. Cellular Center 87 Haywood St. WHEN Sunday, Dec. 4, noon-6 p.m.


by Bill Kopp

SECOND TIME’S THE CHARM In July 2014, The Struts released their debut album. With arena-sized melodic hooks and a lead singer who bore more than a passing vocal resemblance to Freddie Mercury, Everybody Wants seemed like a likely hit on the U.K. charts. But the record wasn’t a hit, rising only to No. 52. Undaunted, The Struts tinkered with the album, deleting several tracks, recording five new ones and reissuing it two years later. The reissue did a little better at home, but it also broke the group into the U.S. market. These days, The Struts put their energy into building that American fan base; the quartet comes to Asheville on Monday, Dec. 5. The Struts’ lead singer, Luke Spiller, takes it all in stride. “Everything happens for a reason,” he believes. He’s convinced that had Everybody Wants done well in Great Britain, the group might subsequently have set its sights lower. “Being popular in your native country [means] you’re less inclined to take on America,” he says. “So it’s great that we didn’t ‘happen’ in the U.K.” Spiller admits that the original record, released on Virgin EMI, was “a kind of mishmash.” While the group was pleased enough with that initial effort, the Derby, England-based band — Spiller plus guitarist Adam Slack, Jed Elliott on bass and drummer Gethin Davies — took full advantage of the opportunity to improve upon Everybody Wants for rerelease. Spiller says that they remade the album “not only for ourselves, but for our [new] record label as well.” After a couple of years of playing concert stages, the group had improved significantly. “We proved to Interscope that we could make the album better, that we could come up with the goods,” Spiller says. Everybody Wants was recorded at a variety of studios, using several different producers. “There was no plan at all when it came to the first album,” Spiller says. “Before we knew it, we ended up with loads and loads and loads of different producers on it.” The new and improved Everybody Wants features remastered, remixed and sometimes re-recorded versions of some of the original songs, plus the new tunes. Each of those new songs is co-credited to one of the five producers who oversaw the new sessions.

British arena rockers The Struts play Asheville

IF AT FIRST YOU DON’T SUCCEED: After their debut album failed to sell, The Struts radically revised the album, dropping songs, adding new ones and creating a much improved second version. And then the British group set its sights on making it in the U.S. Photo by Danny Clinch “It’s constantly up for debate how much control I really have,” Spiller says. So while the revised Everybody Wants remains a patchwork album, it does showcase The Struts’ strengths. The group’s big sound invites comparisons to 1970s megastars like Queen. And two tracks were written and produced by American artist Gregg Alexander. He’s not exactly a household name: Alexander walked away from fame a decade and a half ago, after scoring the hit “You Get What You Give” with his group, New Radicals. These days, Alexander is active, but with a much lower profile. He won a Grammy in 2003 for composing Santana’s hit “The Game of Love” and has penned songs for Irish megastar Ronan Keating, Enrique Iglesias, Rod Stewart and others. “I remember having ‘You Get What You Give’ on a hits CD when I was a kid,” Spiller recalls. “When I met Gregg, that was one of the first things I told him. He’s a really cool guy, and he’s supertalented.” That Alexander is an American producer isn’t lost on Spiller. The front-

And the group has been touring North America heavily ever since. “We’re actually finding our feet as a band in the U.S.,” Spiller says. “We’re very grateful to everyone over here in America for giving us such a chance. They’re inspiring us to carry on.” Carrying on means nearly a dozen more December dates for the band before flying back to England for a holiday break. After that, it’s off to Japan. “Basically, I don’t get time off,” Spiller chuckles. “My time off is spent in the studio. We get to go home on the 20th of December, and then I’m going to be back out in LA recording and writing on the 7th of January.” And will The Struts’ (sort-of) second album be produced by one person? “We’ll just have to see,” Spiller says. “At the end of the day, time is money, and I don’t have a lot of either. So if it means going to different studios and recording it and then throwing it all together again, then that’s the answer.”  X

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man doesn’t have much good to say about Virgin EMI, the band’s former label, and he doesn’t think that Everybody Wants was properly promoted in Great Britain. He suggests that Virgin EMI sat back and waited on The Struts to gain popularity on their own. Eventually, he says, “We just sort of said, ‘Well, f**k off; we’re going to the USA.’”

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David Dondero With lyrics like “I travel light, but I’ve got a whole lotta baggage,” it’s no surprise that NPR listed David Dondero with Tom Waits, Bob Dylan and Paul McCartney in its 2006 roundup of the best living songwriters. Dondero’s latest EP, W/Love!, features six pared-down acoustic covers of his tunes, recorded during a brief break between shows in 2012. The acoustic sampling aches with the transparent, lonesome sensitivity of a true vagabond. Dondero is excited to return to Asheville, his former hometown, though his reason may surprise you: “[Asheville] has one of the most trusted mechanics in the country. I usually wait to get the car fixed in Asheville,” he says. Minorcan, a local rock band with a grungy, growling sound, will open for Dondero at The Altamont Theatre on Thursday, Dec. 1, at 8 p.m. Free. Photo by Laura DeAngelis


Sierra Hull The word “prodigy” should be used with restraint, but in the case of Sierra Hull, it’s warranted. Given a mandolin at 8, the native of rural Byrdstown, Tenn., was soon plucking the strings with exceptional deftness at familial jam sessions. By 11, she was astounding audiences onstage, eventually incorporating her crystalline voice and lyrics into her music. Renowned for her fluid, innovative playing style, Hull’s bluegrass rings with talent and wisdom beyond her age (she’s now in her mid20s). After an educational hiatus, Hull released her third album, Weighted Mind, in January. Featuring masters Ethan Jodziewicz, Béla Fleck, Alison Krauss, Abigail Washburn and Rhiannon Giddens, Weighted Mind is being touted as a landmark achievement. Brevard listening room 185 King Street hosts “An Intimate Evening with Sierra Hull” on Saturday, Dec. 3, at 8 p.m. $23/$18 members. Photo courtesy of Hull

Fruit Bats

The Nutcracker and the Mouse King

A little over a year ago, Fruit Bats (the full-band project of singer-songwriter Eric D. Johnson) announced a reconfiguration of sorts. In fact, the band is Johnson (with a rotating cast for live shows) — he’s called his very personal solo album, EDJ, released during the band’s hiatus, “a companion piece” to his Fruit Bats catalog. But the official return of the band launched auspiciously with a few new songs and a tour last fall, followed by the release of the album Absolute Lose. It’s Johnson’s treatise “on how to redefine oneself after tragedy,” according to the band’s bio. The musician stars as a deranged woodsman tracking a wily bear in the video for the adrenalineand-banjo-fueled rocker, “Humbug Mountain Song,” from the record. It’s cinematic, weird and wonderful. Fruit Bats return to The Mothlight on Sunday, Dec. 4, at 9:30 p.m. Skylar Gudasz opens. $15. Photo by Annie Beedy

For decades, annual renditions of The Nutcracker have enchanted audiences and inspired troupes of young ballerinas. Few fans realize that Tchaikovsky’s ballet was inspired by “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King,” a tale by E.T.A. Hoffmann. It’s this rendition of the classic Christmas tale that the Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre adapts every year, complete with bright colors and dark surrealism. “This year’s addition to the other amazing puppets by Giles Collard is a giant fish in the lake scene and a 15-foot dragon in the candy scene. … We are also including aerialists this year,” says co-director Susan Collard. The fifth annual performance of The Nutcracker and the Mouse King will take place at Diana Wortham Theatre on Friday, Dec. 2, at 7:30 p.m.; and Saturday, Dec. 3, at 2 and 7:30 p.m. $28 general admission/$20 youth/$23 students and seniors. Photo by Toby Maurer of The Brandinghouse




by Abigail Griffin

‘SNOWKUS POKUS’: A series of wintry vignettes — including a bendy ballerina inside a living snow globe, a snowball battle between the North Wind and Jack Frost and an aerial snow ballet — will be presented in the Snowkus Pocus Cirque Holiday Show at Western Carolina University’s John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center on Wednesday, Dec. 7, at 7:30 p.m. Cirque-tacular Entertainment, the company producing the show, has given thousands of aerial and ground acrobatic performances throughout the world and has been praised by critics for its “mind-boggling artistry and athleticism” and “great feats of daring at the extreme edges of human capability.” For more information or to purchase tickets visit Photo of Cirquetacular Entertainment performer courtesy of Western Carolina University (p. 46)




ZART AT UNCA • FR (12/2), 4-7pm & SA (12/3), 10am-2pm - Student art sale with handmade, affordable works. Free to attend. Held in the Tucker Cooke Gallery in Owen Hall. BUNCOMBE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARIES depts/library • WE (11/30), 3:30pm - Art club meeting for all ages. Materials provided. Free. Held at Black Mountain Public Library, 105 N. Dougherty St., Black Mountain DOWNTOWN ASHEVILLE FIRST FRIDAY ART WALKS • 1st FRIDAYS, 5-8pm Downtown Asheville museums and galleries open doors to visitors. Visit the website for participating venues and full details. Free to attend. THE CENTER FOR CRAFT, CREATIVITY & DESIGN 67 Broadway, 785-1357, • TH (12/1), 6:30-7:30pm "Matter in Action: Mending on the Street," presentation by artist Michael Swaine. Held in conjunction with The Future of Fixing exhibition. Registration required. $3-$5. • SA (12/3), 10am-noon "Holding the Pieces," artistic repair workshop with Michael Swaine. Part of the Future of Fixing exhibition. Bring a broken object. Registration required. $15.

ART/CRAFT FAIRS EAST WEST HOLIDAY POP UP SHOP (PD.) 258-0710, • Dec, 8-17, 10am-8pm daily, Friday’s until 9pm, FREE entry. Featuring over 75 local and indie artists, makers, and vintage collectors. 278 Haywood Rd. ASHEVILLE AREA ARTS COUNCIL 258-0710, • FR (12/2), 5-8pm - Ceramics pop-up shop. Free to attend. Held at The Refinery, 207 Coxe Ave. ASHEVILLE AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 36 Montford Ave., 258-6101,

• FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS (12/2) through (12/17) - Native American jewelry and art exhibition and sale. Free to attend.

ZECHOVIEW FIBER MILL 76 Jupiter Road, Weaverville, 693-4237, • FR (12/2), 2-4pm & SA (12/3), 10-4pm - Annual Christmas bazaar. Free to attend. ZFOUR M ACRES EVENTS 7 Long Lane, 712-3501, • SA (12/3), 10am-4pm - Country Christmas market featuring local crafters and vendors. Free to attend. ZRIVERVIEW STATION 191 Lyman St., • SA (12/3), 4-8pm - Holiday art and craft market with over 30 artists. Free to attend. ZSOUTHERN HIGHLAND CRAFT GUILD 298-7928, • SA (12/3), 10am-4pm "Holiday Makers Market," art and craft fair with 70 members of the Southern Highland Craft Guild. Free to attend. Held at Folk Art Center, MP 382, Blue Ridge Parkway ZTHE BIG CRAFTY, MOUNTAINX.COM




• SU (12/4), noon-6pm - Juried holiday arts and crafts sale. Free to attend. Held at US Cellular Center, 87 Haywood St.

ZTOE RIVER ARTS COUNCIL 765-0520, • FR (12/2) through SU (12/4), 10am-4pm - Self-guided holiday studio tour of studios in Mitchell and Yancey counties. See website for map. Free to attend. Reception: Friday, Dec. 2, 5:30-7:30pm at the Spruce Pine Gallery, 269 Oak Avenue, Spruce Pine

ACADEMY FOR THE ARTS .254.7841,, • 1st TUESDAYS, 12:05-12:35pm - "Bach's Lunch," half-hour organ concert. Box lunch available for purchase. More information: Free/$5 lunch. Held at First Baptist Church of Asheville, 5 Oak St.

AUDITIONS & CALL TO ARTISTS CALDWELL ARTS COUNCIL 601 College Ave., SW Lenoir, 754-2486 • Through TU (1/31) - Portfolio submissions accepted for 2018 exhibitions. Information: CALDWELL. DIFFERENT STROKES PERFORMING ARTS COLLECTIVE 275-2093, • MO (12/5) & TU (12/6), 6:309:30pm - Open auditions for The Submission. Registration required: go/70a084ea8ae2ea75-thesubmission. Free. Held at The Colourfield, 54 Ravenscroft Drive HOT WORKS FINE ART SHOW ASHEVILLE 941-755-3088, • Through WE (12/7) Submissions accepted for the Hot Works' Asheville Fine Art Show, exhibition of nationally juried art works. See website for full details: zapplication. org/event-info.php?ID=5105. Held at US Cellular Center, 87 Haywood St. TRANSYLVANIA COMMUNITY ARTS COUNCIL 349 S. Caldwell St., Brevard, 8842787, • Through TU (2/7) - Open call for submissions for the Folk Art exhibition taking place Friday, Feb. 10 through Tuesday, Feb. 28. Submission accepted Monday, Feb. 6 and Tuesday, Feb. 7. Contact for full guidelines.



MUSIC VILLAGE MARIMBA CLASSES • ALL AGES (PD.) • New session of classes beginning January. Sue Ford, voted Best Music Teacher in WNC, Mountain Xpress, 3 years in a row. Registration/information: (828) 776-7918 or suef444@

ZTHE CROSSING AT HOLLAR MILL 883 Highland Ave. SE, 324-9464 • SA (12/3), 9am-3pm - Holiday craft market. Free to attend.


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ASHEVILLE MUSIC SCHOOL 252-6244,, • FR (12/2), 6pm Student ensemble recital and adult student open mic. Free to attend. Held at The BLOCK off biltmore, 39 South Market St. • SA (12/3) & SU (12/4), 10am3pm - Student recitals. Free to attend. Held at Altamont Theatre, 18 Church St. ASHEVILLE SYMPHONY CHORUS • TH (12/8), 7:30pm - "Handel’s Messiah: A Community SingAlong." $15. Held at First Presbyterian Church of Asheville, 40 Church St. BLUE RIDGE COMMUNITY COLLEGE 180 West Campus Drive, Flat Rock, 694-1885 • TH (12/8), 7pm - Marc Pruett and Darren Nicholson, bluegrass.

ZBLUE RIDGE RINGERS HANDBELL ENSEMBLE, • MO (12/5) 2pm - Blue Ridge Ringers concert. Free. Held at Henderson County Public Library, 301 N. Washington St., Hendersonville NC BO THOMAS AUDITORIUM Blue Ridge Community College Hendersonville • TH (12/8), 7pm - Balsam Range concert. $15. BUNCOMBE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARIES depts/library • TH (12/1), 7-8:30pm - "Celtic Roots of Appalachian Music" with Celtic musicians Beth, Jim and Andrew Finn Magill. Free. Held at East Asheville Library, 902 Tunnel Road

CITY OF MORGANTON MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM 401 South College St. Morganton, 433-SHOW, • FR (12/2), 7:30pm - The Texas Tenors. $30 and up.

ZCOVENANT PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 2101 Kanuga Road, Hendersonville • WE (12/7), 7pm - Musicke Antiqua holiday concert. Free. ZEDNEYVILLE LIBRARY 2 Firehouse Road, Hendersonville, 685-0110, • MO (12/5), 4pm - Musicke Antiqua holiday concert. Free.

ZETOWAH PUBLIC LIBRARY 101 Brickyard Road, 891-6577, • TH (12/1), 2pm - Musicke Antiqua holiday concert. Free.

ZFLAT ROCK PLAYHOUSE DOWNTOWN 125 S. Main St., Hendersonville, 693-0731, • THURSDAYS through SUNDAYS (12/1) until (12/18) - "A Celtic Christmas," music concert. Thurs.: 7:30pm. Fri. & Sat.: 8pm. Thurs., Sat. & Sun.: 2pm. $28. ZHENDERSONVILLE COMMUNITY BAND • SU (12/4), 3pm - Holiday concert. $10/Free for students. Held in the Conference Hall. Held at Blue Ridge Community College, 180 West Campus Drive, Flat Rock ZMUSIC AT MARS HILL 866-642-4968, • TH (12/2), 7:30pm - Annual Christmas concert. Free. Held in Moore Auditorium MUSIC AT UNCA 251-6432, • SU (12/4), 3pm - University Singers and Asheville Singers concert. Free. Held in Lipinsky Hall Lobby • MO (12/5), 7pm - The Reuter Center Singers concert. Free. Held in the Reuter Center.

ZMUSIC AT WCU 227-2479, • TH (12/1), 7:30pm - Smoky Mountain Brass Quintet concert. Free. Held in the Coulter Building recital hall. • SU (12/4), 3pm - WCU Sounds of the Season concert. $20/$5 students and children. Held in the Bardo Center


232-2060, • FR (12/2), 7:30pm & SA (12/3), 4:30pm - "Yuletide Candlelight," concert. $25/$10 students. Held at Trinity Episcopal Church, 60 Church St.

THEATER ANAM CARA THEATRE 545-3861, • FR (12/2) & SA (12/3), 8pm - Accordion Time Machine presents, Cold as Ice. $10. Held at Toy Boat Community Art Space, 101 Fairview Road, Suite B

ZASHEVILLE COMMUNITY THEATRE 35 E. Walnut St., 254-1320, • FRIDAYS through SUNDAYS (12/2) until (12/18) - Snowbound. Fri. & Sat.: 7:30pm. Sun.: 2:30pm. $12-$18. ZFLAT ROCK PLAYHOUSE 2661 Highway 225, Flat Rock, 693-0731, • WEDNESDAYS through SUNDAYS until (12/17) – A Christmas Carol. Wed. & Thurs.: 7:30pm. Fri. & Sat.: 8pm. Wed., Thurs., Sat. & Sun.: 2pm. $15-$40. HENDERSONVILLE COMMUNITY THEATRE 229 S. Washington St., Hendersonville, 6921082, • FRIDAYS through SUNDAYS (12/2) until (12/11) - Heaven in Your Pocket, musical. Fri. & Sat.: 7:30pm. Sun.: 2pm. $26/$20 students/$15 under 18.

ZJ.E. BROYHILL CIVIC CENTER 1913 Hickory Blvd., SE Lenior, • THURSDAY through SUNDAY (12/1) until (12/4) - A Christmas Carol, presented by Foothills Performing Arts. Thurs.-Sat.: 7:30pm. Sun.: 3pm. $16.25/$9 students & children. NC STAGE COMPANY 15 Stage Lane, 239-0263 • WEDNESDAYS through SUNDAYS (12/7) until (12/23) - All Is Calm. Wed.-Sat.: 7:30pm. Sun.: 2pm. $16-$40.

ZPUBLIC EVENTS AT WCU 227-7397, • WE (12/7), 7:30pm - "Snowkus Pocus Cirque Holiday Show," acrobatics. $18/$5 students. Held in the Bardo Center.

ZTHE MAGNETIC THEATRE 375 Depot St., 279-4155 • THURSDAYS through SATURDAYS (12/1) until (12/23), 7:30pm & WE (12/21), 7:30pm - Bernstein Family Christmas Spectacular. Saturday, Dec. 10 & 17 also have 10pm shows. $24.

ZTHEATER AT MARS HILL 689-1239, • THURSDAY through SUNDAY (12/8) until (12/11) - Scrooge! Musical theater. Thurs.-Sat.: 7:30pm. Sat. & Sun.: 2:30pm. $15/$13 students & seniors. Held in Owen Theatre

AMERICAN FOLK ART AND FRAMING 64 Biltmore Ave., 2812134, • Through FR (12/30) - The Wish List Celebration, group exhibition. Reception: Friday, Dec. 2, 5-8pm. ART AT MARS HILL UNIVERSITY 689-1307, • Through (12/16) Mentors and Heroes, photography exhibition by David Holt. • Through FR (12/16) Exhibition of the work of Claire Sordoni, Mark Flowers, Kristy Higby, and Titus Mills. Reception: Wednesday, Nov. 30, 6-8pm. Held in the Weizenblatt Gallery ART AT UNCA • Through FR (12/16) - All My Relations, exhibition of photos of the Cherokee by Eastern Band artist Shan Goshorn. • Through TU (12/20) Care Artifacts, exhibition of works by Megan Van Deusen. Held in the Owen Hall Second Floor Gallery. ART LEAGUE OF HENDERSON COUNTY 692-9441, • Through TH (1/5) - Fall member group exhibition. Held at Opportunity House, 1411 Asheville Highway, Hendersonville ASHEVILLE AREA ARTS COUNCIL 258-0710, • FR (12/2) through SA (1/7) - Beauty + Function: Ceramic Artists in Western North Carolina, exhibition. Reception: Friday, Dec. 2, 5-7pm. Held at The Refinery, 207 Coxe Ave. ASHEVILLE GALLERY OF ART 82 Patton Ave., 251-5796, • Through (11/30) Elements Unite, exhibition of the encaustic and mixed media work of Michelle Hamilton. • TH (12/1) through SA (12/31) - All Squared Away, exhibition featuring small works by gallery artists. Reception: Friday, Dec. 2, 5-8pm.

BLACKBIRD FRAME & ART 365 Merrimon Ave., 225-3117 • Through SA (12/31) Asheville Printmakers group holiday show. BUNCOMBE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARIES • TH (12/1) through FR (12/30) - Exhibition of the watercolor, acrylic and oil paintings of Barbara Frohmader. Held at West Asheville Library, 942 Haywood Road GROVEWOOD GALLERY 111 Grovewood Road, 253-7651, • Through SA (12/31) Vessels of Merriment, exhibition of handmade drinking vessels. HICKORY MUSEUM OF ART 243 3rd Ave., NE Hickory, 327-8576 • Through SU (3/5) Innocent & Ethereal: The Visionary Work of Paul Lancaster, exhibition. MAHEC EDUCATION CENTER 121 Hendersonville Road, 257-4400, • Through TU (1/31) Painting exhibition by Rich Elwyn and Valerie McGaughey. ODYSSEY COOPERATIVE ART GALLERY 238 Clingman Ave., 2859700, • Through WE (11/30) - November exhibition featuring the ceramic art of Dyann Myers, Kate Gardner and Laura Peery. • TH (12/1) through SA (12/31) - Exhibition of the ceramic art of Anna Koloseike and BlueFire MacMahon. PISGAH ASTRONOMICAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE 1 PARI Drive, Rosman, 862-5554, • Through SA (12/3) Pulsar Journey, exhibition of paintings by Amélie Beaudroit. PULP 103 Hilliard Ave., 225-5851 • SU (12/4), 6-9pm - The Rock Art Of Joshua Marc Levy, featuring live music by The Paper Crowns. Free to attend.

RAMP STUDIO GALLERY 821 Riverside Drive • FR (12/2) through SA (12/31) - we're not who we thought we were, exhibition of the multimedia sculpture by Jameid Ferrin. Reception: Friday, Dec. 2, 6pm. SOUTHERN HIGHLAND CRAFT GUILD 298-7928, • Through SU (2/12) - Legacy of Makers and Mentors, exhibition from the University of Georgia members. Held at Folk Art Center, MP 382, Blue Ridge Parkway SWANNANOA VALLEY FINE ARTS LEAGUE 669-0351, • Through SA (12/31) - Fabulous Fakes, exhibition  of copies of iconic paintings painted by members of the Swannanoa Valley Fine Arts League. Held at Monte Vista Hotel, 308 W. State St., Black Mountain • Through WE (11/30) - Looking Back, exhibit of past works from the Swannanoa Valley Fine Arts League. Held at Red House Studios and Gallery, 310 W. State St., Black Mountain TRANSYLVANIA COMMUNITY ARTS COUNCIL 349 S. Caldwell St., Brevard, 884-2787, • Through FR (12/16) Seven from Seven, exhibition of the work of seven gallery artists.

Z TRANSYLVANIA HERITAGE MUSEUM 189 W Main St., Brevard, 884-2347, • Through TH (12/22) Aluminum Christmas Tree Museum, exhibition of vintage trees and ornaments. Free to attend. TRYON ARTS AND CRAFTS SCHOOL 373 Harmon Field Road, Tryon, 859-8323 • Through FR (12/23) Holiday Gift Show, exhibition. Contact the galleries for admission hours and fees


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CLUBLAND TRESSA'S DOWNTOWN JAZZ AND BLUES Blues & Soul Jam (blues, soul), 9:00PM WILD WING CAFE SOUTH Live music w/ J Luke, 6:30PM

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1 5 WALNUT WINE BAR Crushed Out (rock, proto-punk), 8:00PM 550 TAVERN & GRILLE Paint for Paws benefit, 6:00PM ALTAMONT THEATRE David Dondero w/ Minorcan (indie, folk, rock), 8:00PM ASHEVILLE FOOD PARK Movie night: Scrooged, 8:00PM ASHEVILLE GUITAR BAR Will Ray & The Space Cooties, 7:00PM BARLEY'S TAPROOM AMC Jazz Jam, 9:00PM BLACK MOUNTAIN ALE HOUSE Bluegrass Jam w/ The Big Deal Band, 8:00PM BURGER BAR Thursday surf/garage night w/ DJ PAPA Wheelie, 9:00PM BYRISH HAUS & PUB Caribbean Cowboys, 7:00PM BYWATER Rooster w/ Erin Kinard & Annie Myers (folk), 8:00PM CLADDAGH RESTAURANT & PUB Irish Music Thursdays, 7:00PM

SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW: Breathing new life into music written nearly a century ago takes a special touch, one that New York jazz ensemble The Hot Sardines seems to have in spades. From illegal parties in Brooklyn to the Newport Jazz Festival, the group has wowed audiences around the world with their gritty, frenetic takes on jazz standards, “captur[ing] the spirit, as well as the letter, of the music,” according to Downbeat magazine. The Hot Sardines bop into Asheville on Tuesday, Dec. 6, just in time for the holidays, for a 8 p.m. show at The Orange Peel. Photo by LeAnn Mueller GOOD STUFF Jim Hampton & friends perform "Eclectic Country" (jam), 7:00PM

ORANGE PEEL Dopapod w/ Pigeons Playing Ping Pong (prog. rock, dance), 9:00PM

185 KING STREET Vinyl Night, 6:00PM

GREY EAGLE MUSIC HALL & TAVERN Chris Knight (singer-songwriter, country), 8:00PM

PISGAH BREWING COMPANY Jay Brown (Americana, swing), 6:00PM

5 WALNUT WINE BAR Eleanor Underhill (Americana soul), 5:00PM Les Amis (African folk), 8:00PM

GRIND CAFE Trivia night, 7:00PM

ROOM IX Fuego: Latin night, 9:00PM


BARLEY'S TAPROOM Dr. Brown's Team Trivia, 8:30PM BEN'S TUNE-UP Live Honky-Tonk w/ Town Mountain members, 7:00PM

ISIS RESTAURANT AND MUSIC HALL An evening w/ CaroMia & friends, 7:00PM JACK OF THE WOOD PUB Old-time session, 5:00PM

BLUE MOUNTAIN PIZZA & BREW PUB Open Mic w/ Mark Bumgarner, 7:00PM

LAZY DIAMOND Killer Karaoke w/ KJ Tim O, 10:00PM

BUFFALO NICKEL David Joe Miller presents Regi Carpenter and Jim May (storytelling), 7:00PM

LOBSTER TRAP Ben Hovey (dub, jazz), 6:30PM

BURGER BAR Karaoke, 9:00PM BYWATER The Woodshed, 9:00PM

MOUNTAIN MOJO COFFEEHOUSE Open mic, 6:30PM NOBLE KAVA Open mic w/ Caleb Beissert, 9:00PM O.HENRY'S/THE UNDERGROUND "Take the Cake" Karaoke, 10:00PM

SALVAGE STATION What It is w/ Kip Veno, 8:00PM SANCTUARY BREWING COMPANY Pop Up Kitchen w/ Afternoon Delight, 5:00PM Tessia Doerfler, 7:00PM SLY GROG LOUNGE Sound Station open mic (musicians of all backgrounds & skills), 7:30PM THE BLOCK OFF BILTMORE Swiss Army Knife Dance (swing, blues, waltz), 7:30PM THE JOINT NEXT DOOR Bluegrass jam, 8:00PM THE MOCKING CROW Open Mic w/ Jeremy Indelicato & Susan Bargar (sign up at 7:30), 8:00PM

CROW & QUILL Carolina Catskins (gritty ragtime jazz), 10:00PM DOUBLE CROWN Sonic Satan Stew w/ DJ Alien Brain , 10:00PM ELAINE'S DUELING PIANO BAR Dueling Pianos, 9:00PM FOGGY MOUNTAIN BREWPUB Pendulum Trio (jazz), 9:00PM FRENCH BROAD BREWERY Typical Mountain Boys (bluegrass), 6:00PM GREY EAGLE MUSIC HALL & TAVERN The James Brown Dance Party, 10:30PM HIGHLAND BREWING COMPANY Community night w/ Liberty Corner Enterprises, 4:00PM ISIS RESTAURANT AND MUSIC HALL It's A Wonderful Life: Live From WVL Radio, 8:00PM JACK OF THE WOOD PUB Bluegrass jam, 7:00PM LAZY DIAMOND Heavy Night w/DJ Butch, 10:00PM LOBSTER TRAP Hank Bones ("The man of 1,000 songs"), 6:30PM NEW MOUNTAIN THEATER/AMPHITHEATER Karl Denson's Tiny Universe & Jimmy Herring, 8:00PM

THE MOTHLIGHT Holiday Hootenanny, 8:00PM

ODDITORIUM Pleasure to Burn w/ Bleedseason & 8 Vacant Graves (metal), 9:00PM

OLIVE OR TWIST 3 Cool Cats (vintage rock), 8:00PM

THE PHOENIX Jazz night w/ Jason DeCristofaro, 8:00PM

OFF THE WAGON Dueling pianos, 9:00PM

DOUBLE CROWN Classic Country w/ DJ David Wayne Gay, 10:00PM

ONE STOP AT ASHEVILLE MUSIC HALL Aaron Lebos Reality (jazz, rock), 10:00PM

THE SOCIAL LOUNGE Phantom Pantone (DJ), 10:00PM

OLE SHAKEY'S O.S.O.M. Open Mic, 10:00PM

FUNKATORIUM Staves & Strings (bluegrass), 6:30PM

ONE WORLD BREWING Carolinabound, 8:00PM

TOWN PUMP Open mic w/ Billy Presnell, 9:00PM

OLIVE OR TWIST Michael Filippone's Guest Artist Night, 7:00PM

CREEKSIDE TAPHOUSE Open mic w/ Roots & friends, 7:00PM CROW & QUILL Sparrow & her Wingmen (swing jazz), 9:00PM


HIGHLAND BREWING COMPANY Woody Wood Wednesdays (rock, soul, funk), 5:30PM

CLUB ELEVEN ON GROVE Salsa Dancing, 7:15PM Swing Jam, 8:30PM


OFF THE WAGON Piano show, 9:00PM


ONE STOP AT ASHEVILLE MUSIC HALL Mitch's Totally Rad Trivia Night, 7:00PM The Southern Belles (psychedelic, Americana, rock 'n' roll), 10:00PM ONE WORLD BREWING Sarah Tucker, 8:00PM ORANGE PEEL Tight Loose Film Series, 6:00PM Mike Gordon (rock), 9:00PM OSKAR BLUES BREWERY Matt Walsh, 6:00PM PULP Slice of Life Comedy Open Mic, 9:00PM PACK'S TAVERN Lenny Pettinelli (acoustic rock), 8:00PM PISGAH BREWING COMPANY Ghost of Paul Revere (Americana), 8:00PM PURPLE ONION CAFE Keith Davis Trio (jazz), 7:30PM ROOM IX Throwback Thursdays (all vinyl set), 9:00PM SALVAGE STATION Dance Party w/ DJ Marley Carroll & Nex Millen, 8:00PM SANCTUARY BREWING COMPANY Emily Bodley (singer-songwriter), 7:00PM SCANDALS NIGHTCLUB DJ dance party & drag show, 10:00PM SPRING CREEK TAVERN Open Mic, 6:00PM

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STONE ROAD RESTAURANT & BAR Open Mic w/ Tony the Pony, 8:00PM 39 S. Market St., Downtown Asheville

THE BLOCK OFF BILTMORE Unite! Open mic w/ Noah Proudfoot (sign up @ 7), 7:30PM THE MOCKING CROW Steve Mosley & Heath Lewis (acoustic), 8:00PM THE MOTHLIGHT Bombadil w/ Goodnight Texas (folk, pop), 9:30PM THE SUMMIT AT NEW MOUNTAIN AVL Summit Jam, 6:00PM TIMO'S HOUSE TRL REQUEST NIGHT w/ DJ Franco Nino, 7:00PM TOWN PUMP J.W. Teller (singer-songwriter), 9:00PM TRAILHEAD RESTAURANT AND BAR Open Cajun & swing jam w/ Steve Burnside, 7:00PM TRESSA'S DOWNTOWN JAZZ AND BLUES Jesse Barry & The Jam (live music, dance), 9:00PM TWISTED LAUREL Karaoke, 8:00PM UPCOUNTRY BREWING COMPANY New Artists to Asheville Showcase, 7:00PM WHITE HORSE BLACK MOUNTAIN Yule Shoot Yer Eye Out 2016 , 6:30PM

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2 550 TAVERN & GRILLE The Mug (blues, rock, boogie), 9:00PM ASHEVILLE MUSIC HALL Mark Farina, 9:00PM ATHENA'S CLUB Dave Blair (folk, funk, acoustic), 7:00PM BEN'S TUNE-UP Woody Wood & the Asheville Family Band (acoustic, folk, rock), 7:00PM





C L UB L AND BLUE MOUNTAIN PIZZA & BREW PUB Acoustic Swing, 7:00PM BURGER BAR Bike Night, 9:00PM Dirty Dutch Bastard (one man rockabilly band), 9:00PM

















BYRISH HAUS & PUB 3 Cool Cats (vintage rock 'n' roll), 7:30PM


BYWATER Brie Capone w/ CaroMia (roots, soul), 9:00PM


CITY OF MORGANTON MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM The Texas Tenors "Deep in the Heart of Christmas", 7:30PM

ft. Alex Krug 9pm

CORK & KEG The Gypsy Swingers (Gypsy jazz, Latin, bossa nova), 8:30PM


CROW & QUILL Vendetta Creme (silly sultry cabaret), 9:00PM



DOUBLE CROWN DJ Greg Cartwright (garage & soul obscurities), 10:00PM




FOGGY MOUNTAIN BREWPUB The Chuck Lichtenberger Collective (jazz, rock), 10:00PM



FRENCH BROAD BREWERY The Jangling Sparrows (indie, folk), 6:00PM


GOOD STUFF Scott Bianchi (singer-songwriter), 8:30PM

w/ RICK COOPER [Sign Up is 7:30]

GREY EAGLE MUSIC HALL & TAVERN Billy Strings w/ The Freight Hoppers (folk, bluegrass), 9:00PM

8-11pm TUE





HIGHLAND BREWING COMPANY Bobby Miller & The Virginia Dare Devils (bluegrass), 7:00PM


CORK & KEG Jenny & The Hog Drovers (old-time, string band), 8:30PM



CROW & QUILL Hearts Gone South (country, honky-tonk), 9:00PM

ODDITORIUM Fractured Frames w/ Cardinal State & Artificial Oceans (metal), 9:00PM

TIGER MOUNTAIN Dark dance rituals w/ DJ Cliffypoo, 10:00PM

DOUBLE CROWN Pitter Platter w/ DJ Big Smidge, 10:00PM

OFF THE WAGON Dueling pianos, 9:00PM

TOWN PUMP Will Overman Band (Southern rock), 9:00PM

OLIVE OR TWIST The 42nd Street Band (Cole Porter-era jazz), 8:00PM ONE STOP AT ASHEVILLE MUSIC HALL Free Dead Fridays w/ members of Phuncle Sam (jam), 5:00PM The Aquaducks (funk, soul), 10:00PM ONE WORLD BREWING Down 2 Earth w/ Brie Capone & Brandon Audette (singer-songwriter, DJ), 8:00PM ORANGE PEEL STRFKR w/ Gigamesh & Psychic Twin (indie rock, pop, electronica), 9:00PM OSKAR BLUES BREWERY Tina and Her Pony, 6:00PM PACK'S TAVERN DJ OCelate (dance hits, pop), 9:30PM


JERUSALEM GARDEN Middle Eastern music & bellydancing, 7:00PM

THE BLOCK OFF BILTMORE LOOK Fridays Throwback Dance Party w/ DJ Audio, 10:00PM

LAZY DIAMOND Rotating Rock 'n' Oldies DJs, 10:00PM

THE MOCKING CROW Trivia and karoke night!, 9:00PM

LOBSTER TRAP Calico Moon (Americana), 6:30PM

THE MOTHLIGHT Null w/ Shallows & I-I (experimental, punk, death rock), 9:30PM


MARKET PLACE The Sean Mason Trio (groove, jazz, funk), 7:00PM

12.8 10PM




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12.9 9 PM


12.9 10PM


adv. $12 (Rock)

TOM HAMILTON’S AMERICAN 12.11 2 PM AMH BABIES (Americana/Indie/Rock) adv. $10

Naked Scholar


12.12 10PM


(Soul/Groove/R&B/Hip Hop)



GREY EAGLE MUSIC HALL & TAVERN Big Smo (country rap), 9:00PM

ZAMBRA Zambra Jazz Trio, 8:00PM

HIGHLAND BREWING COMPANY Alex Krug Combo (rock, Americana), 7:00PM


SALVAGE STATION Taylor Martin & Band, 9:30PM


THE SOCIAL Steve Moseley (acoustic), 6:00PM

FRENCH BROAD BREWERY Redleg Husky (folk, Americana), 6:00PM

WILD WING CAFE SOUTH A Social Function, 9:00PM

ASHEVILLE FOOD PARK Honey & Garbage (acoustic, blues, folk), 8:00PM

THE ADMIRAL Hip-hop dance party w/ DJ Warf, 11:00PM

FOGGY MOUNTAIN BREWPUB Grand Ole Uproar (rock, Americana), 10:00PM

WHITE HORSE BLACK MOUNTAIN Jonathan Byrd & The Pickup Cowboys (singer-songwriter, country, folk), 8:00PM

ALTAMONT THEATRE Asheville Music School Winter Recital, 10:00AM

SANCTUARY BREWING COMPANY Dog Whistle (country), 8:00PM


GOOD STUFF Sarah Alden's Departure Bash! w/ Eclectic County, Scooter Haywood and the Repeat Offenders & Pierce Edens, 5:00PM

PISGAH BREWING COMPANY The Horse You Rode In On (funk, fusion), 8:00PM

JACK OF THE WOOD PUB Moonshine Rhythm Club (Gypsy jazz), 9:00PM

ft. Ton of Hay 8pm

TWISTED LAUREL Request-powered dance party w/ Phantom Pantone, 10:30PM

185 KING STREET An intimate concert w/ Sierra Hull (bluegrass), 8:00PM

SCANDALS NIGHTCLUB DJ dance party & drag show, 10:00PM


TRESSA'S DOWNTOWN JAZZ AND BLUES Bygone Blues (jazz, blues), 7:00PM

PATTON PUBLIC HOUSE Marc Keller (acoustic classic rock), 6:00PM

ISIS RESTAURANT AND MUSIC HALL Matt Nakoa (singer-songwriter), 7:00PM



THE SOCIAL LOUNGE Ultra Lounge w/ Phantom Pantone, 9:00PM

NEW MOUNTAIN THEATER/ AMPHITHEATER Jerry Garcia Band Cover Band (tribute), 9:00PM

ASHEVILLE MUSIC HALL 2nd annual Holiday Craft Bazaar!, 11:00AM DJ AVX (dance), 10:00PM

ISIS RESTAURANT AND MUSIC HALL Heather Maloney (singer-songwriter), 7:00PM Celtic Guitar Christmas w/ Steve Baughman & Robin Bullock, 9:00PM JACK OF THE WOOD PUB Carolina Catskins (ragtime), 9:00PM JERUSALEM GARDEN Middle Eastern music & bellydancing, 7:00PM LAZY DIAMOND Sonic Satan Stew w/ DJ Alien Brain, 10:00PM LOBSTER TRAP Sean Mason Trio (jazz), 6:30PM

ATHENA'S CLUB Michael Kelley Hunter (blues), 6:30PM

MARKET PLACE DJs (funk, R&B), 7:00PM

BHRAMARI BREWHOUSE Bend & Brew (yoga class), 11:00AM


BLACK MOUNTAIN CENTER FOR THE ARTS A Slice of Life: An evening of stories, 7:30PM BURGER BAR Asheville FM 103.3 DJ Night, 9:00PM BYWATER Chicken Coop Willaye w/ Stevie Lee Combs (Appalachian folk), 9:00PM

ODDITORIUM Burlesque!, 9:00PM OFF THE WAGON Dueling pianos, 9:00PM OLIVE OR TWIST The Crown Jewels w/ Paula Hanke (jazz, Motown, pop), 8:00PM Dance party (hip-hop, rap), 11:00PM

ONE STOP AT ASHEVILLE MUSIC HALL 2nd annual Holiday Craft Bazaar!, 11:00AM Santacon afterparty w/ Captain Santa (aka Captain EZ), 10:00PM OSKAR BLUES BREWERY Fin Dog, 6:00PM PACK'S TAVERN Groove Shakers (rock, bluegrass), 9:30PM PISGAH BREWING COMPANY Blueground Undergrass w/ Copious Jones (newgrass), 9:00PM PURPLE ONION CAFE Scoot Pittman (funk, roots, rock), 8:00PM ROOM IX Open dance night, 9:00PM SALVAGE STATION Woods & Wilds: Storytelling & Music Festival, 1:00PM SANCTUARY BREWING COMPANY Yoga w/ Cats with Blue Ridge Humane Society, 10:00AM Family Christmas Craft Day, 1:00PM Eric Congdon (rock), 8:00PM

BHRAMARI BREWHOUSE Sunday brunch w/ live music, 11:00AM BYWATER Grateful Sunday w/ Ton of Hay, 8:00PM DOUBLE CROWN Killer Karaoke w/ KJ Tim O, 9:00PM FLOOD GALLERY True home open mic (sign-up @ 7 p.m.), 7:30PM GREY EAGLE MUSIC HALL & TAVERN Deep River (Eagles/Linda Ronstadt tribute, country), 8:00PM HIGHLAND BREWING COMPANY Reggae Sunday w/ Dennis "Chalwa" Berndt, 1:00PM ISIS RESTAURANT AND MUSIC HALL Sunday Classical Brunch, 11:00AM John Lilly & Blue Yonder Band, 5:30PM Sunday Jazz Showcase: UNCA Student Jazz Night, 7:30PM JACK OF THE WOOD PUB Irish session, 5:00PM

ONE STOP AT ASHEVILLE MUSIC HALL Bluegrass brunch w/ Woody Wood, 11:00AM Sundays w/ Bill & friends, 5:00PM PULP Rock Art of Joshua Marc Levy w/ The Paper Crowns, 6:00PM PISGAH BREWING COMPANY Sunday Travers jam, 6:00PM PURPLE ONION CAFE The Honeycutters (country, roots), 7:00PM SALVAGE STATION Bar Wars AVL, 3:00PM SCANDALS NIGHTCLUB DJ dance party & drag show, 10:00PM THE IMPERIAL LIFE DJ Phantom Pantone (dark wave, trap, house music), 9:30PM THE MOTHLIGHT Fruit Bats w/ Skylar Gudasz (folk rock, indie, alt. country), 9:30PM THE OMNI GROVE PARK INN Lou Mowad (classical guitar), 10:00AM Bob Zullo (pop, rock, blues), 7:00PM

SCANDALS NIGHTCLUB DJ dance party & drag show, 10:00PM

LAZY DIAMOND Punk night w/ DJ Homeless Plumber aka "Chubberbird", 10:00PM

THE ADMIRAL Soul night w/ DJ Dr. Filth, 11:00PM

LOBSTER TRAP Hot Club of Asheville ("swing'n grass"), 6:30PM

THE BLOCK OFF BILTMORE Conscious Comedy Night w/ Grayson Morris, 7:00PM Noah Proudfoot & The Big Peace (acoustic roots, funk, reggae), 9:00PM Natural Born Leaders (hip hop, rock, soul), 11:58PM

ODDITORIUM Odd 90s Dance Party, 9:00PM

THE SOCIAL LOUNGE Sunday brunch on the rooftop w/ Katie Kasben & Dan Keller (jazz), 12:30PM

OFF THE WAGON Piano show, 9:00PM

THE SOUTHERN Yacht Rock Brunch w/ DJ Kipper, 12:00PM

OLIVE OR TWIST Zen Cats (blues), 7:00PM


THE MILLROOM Josh Gondelman (comedy), 7:00PM

THE SOCIAL Get Vocal Karaoke, 9:30PM

THE MOCKING CROW Karaoke w/ Josie, 9:00PM THE MOTHLIGHT Andy Shauf w/ Chris Cohen (indie, pop, folk rock), 9:30PM

TAVERN Downtown on the Park Eclectic Menu • Over 30 Taps • Patio 14 TV’s • Sports Room • 110” Projector Event Space • Shuffleboard Open 7 Days 11am - Late Night

THE SOCIAL LOUNGE Ultra Lounge w/ Phantom Pantone, 9:00PM THE SUMMIT AT NEW MOUNTAIN AVL Old-School dance party (age 30+), 10:00PM TOWN PUMP Doc Holiday, 9:00PM

14 TV’s!

TRESSA'S DOWNTOWN JAZZ AND BLUES The King Zeros (delta blues), 7:30PM TWISTED LAUREL Dance Party w/ Phantom Pantone, 10:30PM


THU. 12/1 Lenny Pettinelli

WHITE HORSE BLACK MOUNTAIN White Horse 8th anniversary extravaganza, 7:30PM

(acoustic rock, folk)

WILD WING CAFE Karaoke, 9:00PM

FRI. 12/2 DJ OCelate

ZAMBRA Zambra Jazz Trio, 8:00PM

(dance hits, pop)


SAT. 12/3 Groove Shakers

ALTAMONT THEATRE Asheville Music School Winter Recital, 10:00AM

(rock, bluegrass)

ASHEVILLE GUITAR BAR Guitar Bar Jam Sunday, 3:30PM BARLEY'S TAPROOM Redleg Husky, 7:30PM BEN'S TUNE-UP Sunday Funday DJ set, 3:00PM Dub Kartel (reggae, dub), 6:00PM

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Wed•Nov 30

Woody Wood 5:30-7:30pm

TOWN PUMP DiTriani Brothers, 9:00PM

Thu•Dec 1 Community Night w/ Libery Corner Enterprises 4-8pm

WHITE HORSE BLACK MOUNTAIN Michael Jefry Stevens Chamber Jazz Ensemble, 7:30PM


Fri•Dec 2 Bobby Miller & the Virginia Dare Devils 7pm



Sat•Dec 3 Alex Krug Combo 7pm


thu 12/1



Sun•Dec 4 Reggae Sunday

w/Dennis “Chalwa” Berndt 1-4pm









Slim Cessna’s Auto Club







12/2 12/3 12/4













wed 12/7

7:00PM – LOS


THU 12/8 & FRI 12/9 TWO NIGHTS, 8:30PM –


7:00PM – WEBB






THU 12/15 & FRI 12/16 TWO NIGHTS, 8:30PM –



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BYWATER Open mic w/ Rick Cooper, 8:00PM

CREEKSIDE TAPHOUSE Matt Walsh (rock 'n' roll), 6:00PM Trivia w/ Emily, 7:00PM


5:30PM – JOHN


BURGER BAR Honky Tonk night, 9:00PM

sat 12/3

7:00PM – MATT

sun 12/4


ASHEVILLE GUITAR BAR Classical Guitar Night, 7:00PM

COURTYARD GALLERY Open mic (music, poetry, comedy, etc.), 8:00PM



185 KING STREET Open mic night, 7:00PM

fri 12/2

9:00PM – STEVE


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DOUBLE CROWN Country Karaoke, 10:00PM GOOD STUFF Songwriter's "open mic", 7:30PM GREY EAGLE MUSIC HALL & TAVERN Contra dance (lessons, 7:30pm), 8:00PM JACK OF THE WOOD PUB Quizzo, 7:00PM LEXINGTON AVE BREWERY (LAB) Kipper's "Totally Rad" Trivia night, 8:00PM LOBSTER TRAP Dave Desmelik (Americana, singer-songwriter), 6:30PM O.HENRY'S/THE UNDERGROUND Geeks Who Drink trivia, 7:00PM ODDITORIUM Risque Monday (burlesque), 9:00PM OLE SHAKEY'S Jonathan Ammons & Take The Wheel (honky-tonk karaoke), 9:00PM ORANGE PEEL The Struts w/ Goodbye June & Cemetery Sun (glam, hard rock), 8:00PM OSKAR BLUES BREWERY Mountain Music Mondays (open jam), 6:00PM THE OMNI GROVE PARK INN Bob Zullo (pop, rock, blues), 7:00PM THE SOCIAL LOUNGE Rooftop movies w/ Phantom Pantone DJ Collective, 9:00PM THE VALLEY MUSIC & COOKHOUSE Monday Pickin' Parlour (open jam, open mic), 8:00PM

TIGER MOUNTAIN Service industry night (rock 'n' roll), 9:00PM

MARKET PLACE Rat Alley Cats (jazz, Latin, swing), 7:00PM

UPCOUNTRY BREWING COMPANY Old-time jam w/ Mitch McConnell, 6:30PM

ODDITORIUM Odd comedy night, 9:00PM

URBAN ORCHARD Old-time music, 7:00PM WHITE HORSE BLACK MOUNTAIN Take Two Jazz w/ Bill Bares & Tim Doyle, 7:30PM

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 6 550 TAVERN & GRILLE Shag Night, 6:00PM ALTAMONT THEATRE Jasin Todd w/ Trista Mabry (rock), 8:00PM ASHEVILLE MUSIC HALL Tuesday Night Funk Jam, 11:00PM BACK YARD BAR Open mic & jam w/ Robert Swain, 8:00PM BLACK BEAR COFFEE CO. Round Robin acoustic open mic, 7:00PM BLACK MOUNTAIN ALE HOUSE Trivia, 7:30PM BUFFALO NICKEL Trivia, 7:00PM BURGER BAR Old Time Blues Jam, 6:00PM BYWATER Spin Jam, 9:00PM CORK & KEG Old Time Jam, 5:00PM CREEKSIDE TAPHOUSE Matt Walsh (blues), 6:00PM CROW & QUILL Boogie Woogie Burger Night (burgers, rock n' roll), 9:00PM DOUBLE CROWN Honky-Tonk, Cajun, and Western w/ DJ Brody Hunt, 10:00PM GOOD STUFF Old time-y night, 6:30PM GREY EAGLE MUSIC HALL & TAVERN Slim Cessna's Auto Club w/ Ouroboros Boys (alt. country, gothabilly), 9:00PM IRON HORSE STATION Open mic, 6:00PM ISIS RESTAURANT AND MUSIC HALL Tuesday bluegrass sessions w/ Fireside Collective, 7:30PM JACK OF THE WOOD PUB Cajun Two-steppin' Tuesday w/ The Cre'ole & In the Way (Cajun, zydeco, dance), 7:00PM LAZY DIAMOND Heavy Metal Karaoke, 10:00PM LOBSTER TRAP Jay Brown (folk, singer-songwriter), 6:30PM

OLE SHAKEY'S Booty Tuesday, 11:00PM OLIVE OR TWIST Blues Night w/ Remedy, 8:00PM ONE STOP AT ASHEVILLE MUSIC HALL Turntable Tuesdays (DJs & vinyl), 10:00PM ONE WORLD BREWING TRIVIA! w/ Ol' Gilly, 7:00PM ORANGE PEEL The Hot Sardines (jazz, dixieland, swing), 8:00PM SANCTUARY BREWING COMPANY Taco and Trivia Tuesday!, 7:00PM SCANDALS NIGHTCLUB Versace Reading Day 80's Revival, 10:00PM THE BLOCK OFF BILTMORE Jazz-n-Justice Tuesday w/ Emily Rose, 7:30PM THE MOTHLIGHT Dylan LeBlanc w/ The Pollies (alt. country, folk, Americana), 9:30PM THE PHOENIX Open mic, 8:00PM THE SOCIAL LOUNGE Phantom Pantone (DJ), 10:00PM TRESSA'S DOWNTOWN JAZZ AND BLUES Early Funk & Jazz Jam (funk & jazz), 9:00PM URBAN ORCHARD Billy Litz (Americana, singersongwriter), 7:00PM WHITE HORSE BLACK MOUNTAIN Irish sessions & open mic, 6:30PM WILD WING CAFE Bobby & Blue Ridge Tradition w/ The Dixie Darlin' Cloggers, 6:00PM

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 7 185 KING STREET Vinyl Night, 6:00PM 550 TAVERN & GRILLE karaoke, 6:00PM BARLEY'S TAPROOM Dr. Brown's Team Trivia, 8:30PM BLUE MOUNTAIN PIZZA & BREW PUB Open Mic, 7:00PM BURGER BAR Karaoke, 9:00PM BYRISH HAUS & PUB Open Mic Night, 7:00PM BYWATER The Woodshed, 9:00PM

CREEKSIDE TAPHOUSE Open mic w/ Riyen Roots, 8:00PM CROW & QUILL Carolina Catskins (folk, ragtime, hobo jangle), 10:00PM DOUBLE CROWN Classic Country w/ DJ David Wayne Gay, 10:00PM FUNKATORIUM Staves & Strings (bluegrass), 6:30PM

OFF THE WAGON Piano show, 9:00PM OLIVE OR TWIST 3 Cool Cats (vintage rock), 8:00PM ONE WORLD BREWING Stevie Lee Combs, 8:00PM ORANGE PEEL Flosstradamus w/ Towkio and Gents & Jawns (hip hop, trap, electronic), 9:00PM

GOOD STUFF Jim Hampton & friends perform "Eclectic Country" (jam), 7:00PM

PISGAH BREWING COMPANY The Paper Crowns (Americana), 6:00PM

GRIND CAFE Trivia night, 7:00PM

ROOM IX Fuego: Latin night, 9:00PM

HIGHLAND BREWING COMPANY Woody Wood Wednesdays (rock, soul, funk), 5:30PM

SANCTUARY BREWING COMPANY Adoptable Pet Night w/ Asheville Humane Society, 6:00PM Jamison Adams Solo Gig (Americana), 7:00PM

ISIS RESTAURANT AND MUSIC HALL An Evening w/ Los Abrojitos, 7:00PM JACK OF THE WOOD PUB Old-time session, 5:00PM LAZY DIAMOND Killer Karaoke w/ KJ Tim O, 10:00PM LOBSTER TRAP Ben Hovey (dub, jazz), 6:30PM MOUNTAIN MOJO COFFEEHOUSE Open mic, 6:30PM NOBLE KAVA Open mic w/ Caleb Beissert, 9:00PM O.HENRY'S/THE UNDERGROUND "Take the Cake" Karaoke, 10:00PM ODDITORIUM Synergy Story Slam, 7:00PM


SLY GROG LOUNGE Sound Station open mic (musicians of all backgrounds & skills), 7:30PM THE BLOCK OFF BILTMORE Silicon Soldiers (alternative, indie, math rock), 8:00PM THE JOINT NEXT DOOR Bluegrass jam, 8:00PM

THE SOCIAL LOUNGE Phantom Pantone (DJ), 10:00PM TIMO'S HOUSE TOUCH Samadhi Psychedelic Wednesdays (electronic), 9:00PM TOWN PUMP Open mic w/ Billy Presnell, 9:00PM TRESSA'S DOWNTOWN JAZZ AND BLUES Blues & Soul Jam (blues, soul), 9:00PM WHITE HORSE BLACK MOUNTAIN Neon Crush (dance), 7:30PM WILD WING CAFE Jason Whittaker (acoustic), 7:00PM

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8 ASHEVILLE GUITAR BAR Will Ray & The Space Cooties, 7:00PM BARLEY'S TAPROOM AMC Jazz Jam, 9:00PM BLACK MOUNTAIN ALE HOUSE Bluegrass Jam w/ The Big Deal Band, 8:00PM

THE MILLROOM Pints for a Purpose, 5:30PM

BURGER BAR Garage/surf rock w/ DJ PAPA Wheelie, 9:00PM


CLADDAGH RESTAURANT & PUB Irish Music Thursdays, 7:00PM

THE MOTHLIGHT Nick Waterhouse w/ Greg Cartwright (R&B, jazz, soul), 9:00PM THE PHOENIX Jazz night w/ Jason DeCristofaro, 8:00PM

DOUBLE CROWN Sonic Satan Stew w/ DJ Alien Brain, 10:00PM ELAINE'S DUELING PIANO BAR Dueling Pianos, 9:00PM


New Beer Thursdays Where The Blue Ridge Mountains Meet the Celtic Isles

Dec. 1

MONDAYS Quizzo – Brainy Trivia • 7:30pm Open Mic Night • 9pm




Every Tuesday in Nov. • 7pm Gumbo, Po Boys and more!


WEDNESDAYS Asheville’s Original Old Time Mountain Music Jam • 5pm

32 Banks Ave Asheville, NC 28801 63 Brook St Asheville, NC 28803 212 S Green St Morganton, NC 28655

THURSDAYS Mountain Feist • 7pm Bluegrass Jam • 9:30pm Bourbon Specials


SAT CAROLINA CATSKINS 12/3 9PM / $5 BY DAY, hosted by Kevin Kinney $10 Charity Donation Doors: 11am Music: Noon



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December 17th

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w/shallows, i-i

12/03 sat

andy shauf

12/04 sun

fruit bats


IRISH SUNDAYS Irish Food and Drink Specials Traditional Irish Music Session • 3-9pm


w/goodnight texas

12/02 fri


9PM / $5

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w/ chris cohen

w/skylar gudasz

dylan leblanc

w/ the pollies

12/07 wed

worthwhile sounds presents. . .

nick waterhouse

w/greg cartwright Woodpecker Pie


Savory and Sweet Hand Pies!


Yoga at the Mothlight

Tues., Thurs., and Sat. 11:30am

95 PATTON at COXE • Downtown Asheville

Details for all shows can be found at

252.5445 • MOUNTAINX.COM

5pm to last call







12/1- Movie Night: Scrooged, 8pm Get cozy by the wood stove!


12/2- Chicken Drop Raffle:

4 Rounds, 5:30-6:30. Silent “Fowl” Auction SAT starts- 5 birds getting new homes

12/3- Pottery Pop-Up Holiday Sale: 8am-1pm

Live Music: Honey & Garbage- 8pm MON

12/5- Repeal Day: Cascade Lounge-

Prohibition Specials 12/10- Holiday Fashion & Craft Bazaar SAT

Mobile Boutiques • Crafters • Outdoor Apparel - 11am-6pm SAT

12/17- Holiday Get Down: 3pm-12am Live Music • Contest • Games • Gift Exchange

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FRENCH BROAD BREWERY Matt Walsh (blues), 6:00PM

550 TAVERN & GRILLE The Fine Line Band (Southern rock), 9:00PM


GREY EAGLE MUSIC HALL & TAVERN Will Hoge w/ Josh Farrow (Americana, alt. country, Southern rock), 9:00PM

ALTAMONT THEATRE Reasonably Priced Babies (improv comedy), 8:00PM

PACK'S TAVERN DJ MoTo (dance hits, pop), 9:30PM

ASHEVILLE MUSIC HALL 15th annual ETE Xmas Party w/ The Joe Marcinek Band, Unihorns & Americas James, 9:00PM

PATTON PUBLIC HOUSE Marc Keller (acoustic classic rock), 6:00PM

HIGHLAND BREWING COMPANY Daniel Hutchens & Jerry Joseph (rock 'n' roll, singersongwriter), 7:00PM ISIS RESTAURANT AND MUSIC HALL O'Connor Band w/ Mark O'Connor, 8:30PM JACK OF THE WOOD PUB Bluegrass jam, 7:00PM

BEN'S TUNE-UP Woody Wood & the Asheville Family Band (acoustic, folk, rock), 7:00PM

LAZY DIAMOND Heavy Night w/ DJ Butch, 10:00PM


LOBSTER TRAP Hank Bones ("The man of 1,000 songs"), 6:30PM

BOILER ROOM Jonathon Cox & Michael Tracy (country), 9:00PM

ODDITORIUM Fake Moth, 8:00PM

BURGER BAR Bike Night, 9:00PM

OFF THE WAGON Dueling pianos, 9:00PM

CORK & KEG The Old Chevrolette Set (country, Americana), 8:30PM

OLE SHAKEY'S O.S.O.M. Open Mic, 10:00PM OLIVE OR TWIST Michael Filippone's Guest Artist Night, 7:00PM ONE STOP AT ASHEVILLE MUSIC HALL Mitch's Totally Rad Trivia Night, 7:00PM Litz (funk, psychedelic, jam), 10:00PM ONE WORLD BREWING J.P. Delanoye, 8:00PM ORANGE PEEL Hometown Holiday Jam XVI, 7:30PM OSKAR BLUES BREWERY Redleg Husky, 6:00PM PULP Slice of Life Comedy Open Mic, 9:00PM

DOUBLE CROWN DJ Greg Cartwright (garage & soul obscurities), 10:00PM ELAINE'S DUELING PIANO BAR Dueling Pianos, 9:00PM FRENCH BROAD BREWERY Starstuff (alt. rock), 6:00PM GOOD STUFF JC Tokes (singer-songwriter, alt. country, honky-tonk), 7:00PM Breadfoot (Americana, Tin Pan Alley), 8:00PM GREY EAGLE MUSIC HALL & TAVERN Rock For Rescues w/ Poet Radio, Mason Jar Menagerie, Brother Oliver & The Mudbottoms (benefit for Asheville Humane Society), 8:00PM

PACK'S TAVERN Scott Raines & Jeff Anders (acoustic rock), 8:00PM

HIGHLAND BREWING COMPANY David Zoll Quartet (rock), 7:00PM

PURPLE ONION CAFE Ellen Trnka & Dan Keller Trio (jazz), 8:00PM

ISIS RESTAURANT AND MUSIC HALL O'Connor Band w/ Mark O'Connor, 8:30PM

ROOM IX Throwback Thursdays (all vinyl set), 9:00PM

JACK OF THE WOOD PUB Warren Haynes Christmas Jam by Day w/ Kevn Kinney, Andrew Scotchie, Bobby Miller and the Virginia Dare Devils, Chris O'Neill, & more, 12:00PM Warren Haynes Christmas Day Jam afterparty w/ The Big EZs (New Orleans dance), 9:00PM

SCANDALS NIGHTCLUB DJ dance party & drag show, 10:00PM SPRING CREEK TAVERN Open Mic, 6:00PM STONE ROAD RESTAURANT & BAR Open Mic w/ Tony the Pony, 8:00PM THE SUMMIT AT NEW MOUNTAIN AVL Summit Jam, 6:00PM TIMO'S HOUSE TRL REQUEST NIGHT w/ DJ Franco Nino, 7:00PM TOWN PUMP Breadfoot (Americana, tin pan folk), 10:00PM TRAILHEAD RESTAURANT AND BAR Open Cajun & swing jam w/ Steve Burnside, 7:00PM TRESSA'S DOWNTOWN JAZZ AND BLUES Jesse Barry & The Jam (live music, dance), 9:00PM TWISTED LAUREL Karaoke, 8:00PM

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9 185 KING STREET Zuzu Welsh Band, 7:00PM


CROW & QUILL Drayton & The Dreamboats (jazz, vintage pop, Xmas tunes), 9:00PM

PACK MEMORIAL LIBRARY "Stories for the Season!" w/ David Joe Miller & Sherry Lovett (storytelling, ballads), 6:45PM

SANCTUARY BREWING COMPANY Andy Ferrell (Americana), 7:00PM


ATHENA'S CLUB Dave Blair (folk, funk, acoustic), 7:00PM


JERUSALEM GARDEN Middle Eastern music & bellydancing, 7:00PM LAZY DIAMOND Rotating Rock 'n' Oldies DJs, 10:00PM LOBSTER TRAP HotPoint Trio (Gypsy jazz, swing), 6:30PM MARKET PLACE The Sean Mason Trio (groove, jazz, funk), 7:00PM O.HENRY'S/THE UNDERGROUND Drag Show, 12:30AM ODDITORIUM Mangalitsa w/ Dreaded, Engulfed in Blackness & Shadow of the Destroyer (metal), 9:00PM OFF THE WAGON Dueling pianos, 9:00PM OLIVE OR TWIST 3 Cool Cats (vintage rock 'n' roll), 8:00PM ONE STOP AT ASHEVILLE MUSIC HALL Free Dead Fridays w/ members of Phuncle Sam (jam), 5:00PM Wild Adriatic (rock), 10:00PM ONE WORLD BREWING Jordan Okrend, 9:00PM

PISGAH BREWING COMPANY Cycles w/ Murmuration (jam, fusion), 8:00PM PURPLE ONION CAFE Hometown Christmas w/ Robert Seiler, 8:00PM SANCTUARY BREWING COMPANY Wintervals (indie, folk), 8:00PM SCANDALS NIGHTCLUB DJ dance party & drag show, 10:00PM THE ADMIRAL Hip-hop dance party w/ DJ Warf, 11:00PM THE MOCKING CROW Trivia and karoke night!, 9:00PM THE MOTHLIGHT Megan Jean & the Klay Family Band w/ Chelsea Lynn Labate & Sinners and Saints (Americana), 9:30PM THE RIDGE AT NEW MOUNTAIN AVL Mobley w/ Catch Fever (R&B), 9:00PM THE SOCIAL Steve Moseley (acoustic), 6:00PM THE SOCIAL LOUNGE Ultra Lounge w/ Phantom Pantone, 9:00PM THE SUMMIT AT NEW MOUNTAIN AVL SOL Vibes, 9:00PM TIGER MOUNTAIN Dark dance rituals w/ DJ Cliffypoo, 10:00PM TOWN PUMP Noah Proudfoot & the Big Peace (folk), 9:00PM TWISTED LAUREL Request-powered dance party w/ Phantom Pantone, 10:30PM WHITE HORSE BLACK MOUNTAIN Warm December Yuletide Jazz and more w/ Amanda Horton & Andy Jurik, 8:00PM WILD WING CAFE Karma Dogs (rock), 7:00PM WILD WING CAFE SOUTH A Social Function, 9:00PM ZAMBRA Zambra Jazz Trio, 8:00PM

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10 ATHENA'S CLUB Michael Kelley Hunter (blues), 6:30PM BHRAMARI BREWHOUSE Bend & Brew (yoga class), 11:00AM BOILER ROOM Dance Party & Drag Show, 10:00PM BURGER BAR Asheville FM 103.3 DJ Night, 9:00PM BURIAL BEER CO. Burial Beer Co. & Other Half Velvet Magnum Xmas Party, 7:00PM BYWATER Hustle Souls (Southern soul, groove), 8:00PM CORK & KEG Red Hot Sugar Babies (jazz, blues, swing), 8:30PM CROW & QUILL DiTriani Brothers (Gypsy jazz), 9:00PM

DOUBLE CROWN Pitter Platter w/ DJ Big Smidge, 10:00PM

THE BILTMORE ESTATE Michael Cash (Southern gospel, soul), 6:00PM

TWISTED LAUREL Dance Party w/ Phantom Pantone, 10:30PM



FRENCH BROAD BREWERY Wes Swing (folk), 6:00PM

THE RIDGE AT NEW MOUNTAIN AVL ZODIAC: Moon in Taurus w/ Nocturnal Status, illanthropy & Scatz, 9:00PM

US CELLULAR CENTER Warren Haynes 28th annual Christmas Jam w/ Gov't Mule, Bob Weir, Michael McDonald, Jamey Johnson and Alison Krauss, The Last Waltz Band, Brandford Marsalis & more, 7:00PM

THE SOCIAL LOUNGE Ultra Lounge w/ Phantom Pantone, 9:00PM

WHITE HORSE BLACK MOUNTAIN The Asheville Jazz Orchestra, 8:00PM

THE SUMMIT AT NEW MOUNTAIN AVL Old-School dance party (age 30+), 10:00PM

WILD WING CAFE Karaoke, 9:00PM

TOWN PUMP Earth by Train (Americana, jam), 9:00PM

ZAMBRA Zambra Jazz Trio, 8:00PM

GOOD STUFF Call The Next Witness (hard rock, alternative), 8:00PM GREY EAGLE MUSIC HALL & TAVERN Sirius.B w/ Crystal Bright and the Silver Hands & Plankeye Peggy (Gypsy folk, funk, punk), 8:00PM HIGHLAND BREWING COMPANY The Get Right Band (rock, reggae, funk), 7:00PM ISIS RESTAURANT AND MUSIC HALL An evening w/ Webb Wilder, 7:00PM RBTS Wins w/ We Roll Like Madmen & Astrea Corp, 9:00PM JACK OF THE WOOD PUB Warren Haynes Christmas Jam by Day w/ Kevn Kinney, The Josh Daniel/Mark Schimick Project, Leigh Glass, Michelle Malone, The Paper Crowns & more, 12:00PM Warren Haynes Christmas Day Jam afterparty w/ Savannah Smith & Southern Soul (soul), 9:00PM JERUSALEM GARDEN Middle Eastern music & bellydancing, 7:00PM LAZY DIAMOND Sonic Satan Stew w/ DJ Alien Brain, 10:00PM LOBSTER TRAP Sean Mason Trio (jazz), 6:30PM MARKET PLACE DJs (funk, R&B), 7:00PM O.HENRY'S/THE UNDERGROUND Drag Show, 12:30AM ODDITORIUM Benefit for Firestorm Coffee & Books, 9:00PM OFF THE WAGON Dueling pianos, 9:00PM OLIVE OR TWIST 42nd Street Band (big band jazz), 8:00PM Dance party (hip-hop, rap), 11:00PM ONE STOP AT ASHEVILLE MUSIC HALL Captain EZ & Phriends Holiday Soiree (dance), 10:00PM ORANGE PEEL Kid Hop Hooray (children's wintertime dance party), 10:00AM PACK'S TAVERN Gotcha Groove (R&B, funk, pop), 9:30PM PISGAH BREWING COMPANY The Alarm Clock Conspiracy w/ Hard Rocket (indie, rock), 8:00PM PURPLE ONION CAFE Jeff Thompson & Aaron Price (singer-songwriter, jazz, alt. rock), 7:30PM ROOM IX Open dance night, 9:00PM ROOT BAR NO. 1 Rad Lou (rock, experimental, punk), 8:00PM SANCTUARY BREWING COMPANY Yoga w/ Cats with Blue Ridge Humane Society, 10:00AM Ross Osteen & The Crossroads, 8:00PM SCANDALS NIGHTCLUB DJ dance party & drag show, 10:00PM THE ADMIRAL Soul night w/ DJ Dr. Filth, 11:00PM THE BLOCK OFF BILTMORE Conscious Comedy Night w/ Grayson Morris, 7:00PM







Ram Dass and Timothy Leary confront mortality in Gay Dillingham’s doc Dying to Know

Dying to Know: Ram Dass and Timothy Leary HHHH DIRECTOR: Gay Dillingham


PLAYERS: Timothy Leary, Ram Dass, Robert Redford, Roshi Joan Halifax, Andrew Weil, Huston Smith

THE STORY: Timothy Leary and Ram Dass reconcile their fractured friendship and recall their long, strange trip in the months leading up to Leary’s death in 1997. 

new angle on an extensively covered chapter of counterculture history by using the two men’s mythology to address weighty existential dilemmas surrounding mortality.


THE LOWDOWN: Documentarian Gay Dillingham finds an affective

You probably already know whether or not you’re in the market for a



M A X R AT I N G documentary about Timothy Leary and Richard Alpert, perhaps better known by his subsequently adopted spiritual moniker, Ram Dass. If so, you’re in for one of the better examples of a film detailing this oftdiscussed duo and their significance to the psychedelic subculture of the 1960s. Dying to Know revisits these familiar personages from a fresh perspective, utilizing the final years of Leary’s life as a lens through which to delve into the personal and professional relationship between these two pioneering psychonauts. The result is a touching and poignant film that examines the nature of consciousness and how the paths and relationships we choose in life can ultimately shape our perceptions of death. It’s difficult to overstate the impact on American society that Leary and Dass imparted during their active years and even more difficult to imagine the development of the socalled counterculture movement in the absence of their influence. As such, it’s no surprise that few stones have been left unturned in the analysis of these two figures, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing of value that remains unstated. Where Dying To Know shines is in its focus on the relationship between these two men — diametrically opposed on a fundamental level of character but integral to each other’s growth as individuals. The film is largely built around archival footage of the two colleagues reconciling their strained friendship in the months leading up to Leary’s death from inoperable prostate cancer, their conversations illuminating the mortality — and immortal legacy — of two accomplished academics who defied convention and took on great personal risk in order to expand the frontiers of human consciousness. Filmmaker Gay Dillingham fleshes out their discussions with talking-head interviews from family, friends and notable associates, including such luminaries in the fields of holistic medicine and Eastern spirituality as Andrew Weil and Huston Smith. Robert Redford competently narrates a historical overview of the scholarly research

carried out by film’s two subjects during their professorial days at Harvard and the societal upheaval that would follow as a consequence, providing context for their spiritual and psychological journey. The result is an intimate portrait of two very human men who have taken on mythic qualities in the minds of millions, much to the surprise of the men themselves. If Dillingham’s work as a documentarian doesn’t exactly reinvent the form, it justifiably emphasizes the personal narrative of its two extraordinarily interesting subjects rather than relying upon shows of stylistic superfluity to underscore its message. At its core, Dying to Know deals with three characters: Leary, Dass and the looming specter of Death itself. As the two reconnect in a warmly realized reunion photographed with fly-on-the-wall immediacy by Dillingham, it’s Leary’s thoughts on his imminent demise that overshadow the technique of the filmmaker. There’s something undeniably affecting about hearing a man who almost certainly ate more acid than I’ve eaten meals share his uncertainty about the Big Trip that awaits him. And, as Dass shares his own unique perspective on his inevitable demise following a massive stroke, it’s impossible to avoid the value of their respective perspectives on the subject of dying gracefully. Dying to Know is a film whose true import will likely become more evident over time as the Baby Boomers who came of age in the eraof Leary and Dass begin to confront the prospect of their own passing. As the two discuss the idea of death being not the end of existence but the culmination of a life well-lived, their individual strategies for approaching it as an act of volitional surrender to an ineffable universe will stand as a testament to their work in the field of human consciousness. Regardless of the chemical aids that led these two people to their unique point of view on the matter, there is no doubt their thoughts on death provide a deeply meaningful and heartfelt guide to approaching the existential dread that confronts every human being as the end draws nigh. It’s not a perfect piece of filmmaking, but the message it conveys is both timely and eternal, and both personal and universal. Unrated. Opens Friday at Grail Moviehouse. REVIEWED BY SCOTT DOUGLAS JSDOUGLAS22@GMAIL.COM

Allied HHHS DIRECTOR: Robert Zemeckis PLAYERS: Brad Pitt, Marion Cotillard, Jared Harris, Simon McBurney, Lizzy Caplan, Daniel Betts, Marion Bailey, Matthew Goode SPY DRAMA RATED R THE STORY: A Canadian intelligence officer and a French resistance fighter try to start a family under the shadow of suspicion during WWII.  THE LOWDOWN: A better concept than the film that resulted, Allied wears its influences on its sleeve but fails to live up to its Classical Hollywood antecedents. Allied is billed as a sexy action thriller but is unfortunately deficient on all counts. The chemistry between Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard is surprisingly unconvincing for two distinguished actors of such picturesque appearance; the action scenes are largely uninspired and ill-conceived; and the script is almost entirely devoid of compellingly concealed narrative turns. The resultant film is a tepid exercise in pandering, attempting to deliver the fabled four-quadrant film while failing to adequately serve any specific corner of that matrix. It’s too mature for young audiences, too sexless for mature ones and inadequate in characterization for both its male and female leads. Allied supplies further justification for my argument — most recently voiced regarding last year’s The Walk — that director Robert Zemeckis’ best days are behind him. The story follows a World War II Canadian intelligence officer (Pitt) dropped behind enemy lines alongside a French Resistance fighter (Cotillard) to pose as a Nazi sympathizer in the hope of assassinating a German diplomat. Following their mission, the two relocate to London and start a family just in time for Cotillard’s true allegiances to be called into question. Allied attempts to recreate the wartime amorosity

of early Hitchcock in the vein of The 39 Steps but lacks the warmhearted spirit of such films. It tries to evoke the sense of paranoia and uncertainty of films like Carol Reed’s The Third Man, but Zemeckis and screenwriter Steven Knight, in the course of trying to incorporate their influences, seem to lose focus and fail to focus on building tension. To be clear, I wanted to love this film. As a traditionalist at heart, there are few filmgoing prospects more promising to me than the idea of a major studio picture reviving the Classical Hollywood style of yesteryear. So it’s to my great consternation that Allied fails to deliver on that promise, at least for the most part. The trappings of old-fashioned filmmaking are present, including improbably goodlooking people facing tremendous physical and emotional stakes as they confront problems much larger than themselves. The film falls short of its mark, however, due to the absence of the technical proficiency that characterized the progenitors of that style. The prodigious output of the studio system that produced the classic movies, despite its myriad flaws, engendered filmmakers with a craftsman-like precision, an efficiency born of tight shooting schedules and relentless production slates. Zemeckis does everything in his power to imitate these films of yore, but his technique and aesthetic are too firmly rooted in modern filmmaking sensibilities to grasp what made those earlier films so great. Casablanca is not a cinematic highwater mark strictly because of its cast or script or production values but because of the confluence of factors that worked in concert to produce something greater than the sum of its parts. Trying to shoot the desert to look like a CG-augmented Lawrence of Arabia does not necessarily produce a film of that caliber. As a director, Zemeckis’ reach exceeds his grasp, but his aspirations are laudable. Cotillard does her best with an unforgiving role, but her efforts are undermined by a predictable script that banks on the suggestion of suspense rather than suspense itself. If Cotillard’s character is underserved, Pitt’s fares little better, as the emotional range he’s called upon to traverse is highly polarized and lacking in nuance. The narrative’s success is dependent on



the chemistry between these two leads, which is lacking at best. In the absence of a better script, this shortcoming becomes glaring. There’s an undeniable charm to the idea behind Allied, but the film’s merits unfortunately don’t bear out its potential. Zemeckis stays firmly in his directorial wheelhouse, delivering highly polished, ostensibly crowd-pleasing fare with little attention to story or character as long as the requisite story beats are hit. It’s distinctly possible that I’m being too harsh on Allied, as it’s far from a bad film and mostly does what it was designed to do. That being said, the whole enterprise falls far too flat to garner my unreserved recommendation. Rated R for violence, some sexuality/nudity, language and brief drug use. Now Playing at Carmike 10, Carolina Cinemark, Regal Biltmore Grande, Epic of Hendersonville. REVIEWED BY SCOTT DOUGLAS JSDOUGLAS22@GMAIL.COM




by Scott Douglas

Bad Santa 2 HHS

DIRECTOR: Mark Waters PLAYERS: Billy Bob Thornton, Kathy Bates, Christina Hendricks, Tony Cox, Brett Kelly COMEDY RATED R THE STORY: Original “Bad Santa” Willie Soke returns for more misanthropic holiday high jinks, this time with his malicious mother in tow.  THE LOWDOWN: An unnecessary sequel to a film that should’ve been allowed to stand on its own, Bad Santa 2 falls short of its potential — if not of reasonable expectations. Sometimes even great films don’t benefit from another trip to the well. While the original Bad Santa has rightfully taken its place alongside the modern spate of Christmas classics perennially repeated on basic cable as each year draws to a close, Bad Santa 2 is unlikely to find its way into rotation alongside Elf and Die Hard by the time it’s available for TV. Spotty characterization, uneven performances, problematic pacing and a flaccid third act leave this sequel definitively on the naughty list in all the wrong ways, especially in light of its prodigious potential. The film opens with Willie Soke (Billy Bob Thornton) providing a hastily appended denouement bridging the 13-year gap between films via awkwardly inserted voice-over narration during an interrupted suicide attempt. While a similar conceit was recently used to great comedic effect in the exemplary A Man Called Ove, here the joke just hangs there like Thornton’s would-be corpse. If Bad Santa 2 suffers in direct comparison to superior films like Ove, it comes up similarly short in the context of its own predecessor. Watching Thornton’s Soke beat another Santa senseless with one of the Wise Men from a church nativity display or hearing him explain the “ejaculate conception” is always funny. Listening to Kathy Bates prattle on about her vagina is not. In short, Bad Santa 2 is not the sequel we needed — it’s the sequel we deserve. All that said, Soke still feels like the role Thornton was born to play. His delivery of one-liners is as flawless as ever, and his uniquely twisted sensibilities continue to undermine the saccha58


rine sentimentality of the season with admirable zeal. Where the film falters is in its inclusion of Bates as Soke’s mother, Sunny, and with Brett Kelly reprising his role as Thurman Merman (or “the kid,” as he continues to be known in the parlance of Thornton’s character). Bates’ timing is significantly off, relegating her performance to one-note-joke territory, while every single scene featuring Kelly’s Thurman seems utterly superfluous and fails to either advance the plot or provide sufficient comedic justification for inclusion. Christina Hendricks as the obligatory love interest and Tony Cox as Thornton’s little helper are almost criminally underserved in roles as diminutive as Cox’s elfin stature. Everyone one involved in this film deserved better, perhaps none more so than the audience. Director Mark Waters, whose most notable works are the Lindsay Lohan vehicles Freaky Friday and Mean Girls, is unlikely to be remembered to posterity as a visual stylist, so there’s nothing particularly remarkable to recommend this film from a purely cinematic standpoint. The script features predominantly toothless retreads of the same jokes from the first Bad Santa, with a story that feels like a perfunctory obligation rather than a narrative necessity, but I highly doubt anyone’s considering catching this movie for its deeply considered story and character development. Those dying for another dose of Thornton’s venal vernacular will find themselves entertained for the first 45 minutes, give or take — and at least it’s not as bad as A Christmas Story 2 or Jingle All the Way 2. Much like the traditions of Christmas itself, familiarity can breed comfort as well as disappointment. Bad Santa 2 is something akin to giving your dad the same tie two years in a row. He’ll probably love you anyway, but don’t expect him to get much mileage out of it beyond that. Rated R for crude sexual content and language throughout and some graphic nudity. Now Playing at Carmike 10, Carolina Cinemark, Regal Biltmore Grande, UA Beaucatcher, Epic of Hendersonville. REVIEWED BY SCOTT DOUGLAS JSDOUGLAS22@GMAIL.COM


HHHH DIRECTOR: Ron Clements, John Musker PLAYERS: Auli’i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Rachel House, Temuera MOUNTAINX.COM

Morrison, Jemaine Clement, Nicole Scherzinger, Alan Tudyk ANIMATED FAMILY ADVENTURE MUSICAL RATED PG THE STORY: In order to save her island community from ecological collapse, a young girl must reconnect with her culture’s seafaring past and enlist the help of a trickster demigod to right an ancient wrong.  THE LOWDOWN: A slightly more considerate and ethnically inclusive variation on the virtually unassailable Disney model of family-friendly story telling, Moana hits all the right notes without compromising its unique virtues. In the interest of elaborating my inherent biases, Moana provides a perfect opportunity to reiterate that, as your standard issue curmudgeon, I bear little affinity for musicals and even less for Disney Princess films. That said, even my entrenched reticence was won over by Moana — a pleasant departure from the megalomaniacal Mouse’s monopolistic modus operandi, at least insofar as the studio seems to be turning its attention away from the usual roster of boy-crazy euro-centric heroines. Or maybe they just recognize the largely untapped potential for more ethnically diverse subjects to be similarly monetized. My cynical suspicions not withstanding, the film is original and engaging enough that kids will adore it and parents are likely to find it better than tolerable. In short, I liked it. Despite the deep antipathy I harbor for Disney’s domination of the childhood moviegoing landscape, I can’t deny a begrudging respect for the welloiled machine of emotional manipulation that the studio’s films represent. Perhaps more than any other body of cinematic work, Disney’s animated output has incorporated the behavioral psychological models of Skinner or Pavlov into their creative process, adroitly commandeering the heartstrings of global youth and tugging them with remarkable precision and efficacy. When an expository origin story conveyed by a matronly village elder to a group of wide-eyed youngsters got a little scary, an infant in the screening I attended began to wail inconsolably. As if on cue, the film cut to its onscreen audience to show a similarly disquieted kid, and the overlapping screams were eerily coordinated enough that I began to wonder if the initial cries I had heard were just some new sound design trick cooked up by Dolby. Veteran Disney directors Ron Clements and John Musker (Alladin, The Little Mermaid) know exactly which buttons they’re pressing, and

their mastery of when and how hard to press them never ceased to amaze me. The one child in that onscreen audience with no fear of the giant lava monster in Grandma’s tale is our protagonist Moana, voiced ably by newcomer Auli’i Carvalho. The daughter of her island community’s chieftain and heir to the throne, it falls to Moana to find a solution for a failing coconut crop and depleted fishing resources by violating a longstanding prohibition against voyaging beyond the island’s protective reef. It just so happens that the community’s imperiled state has resulted from the actions of arrogant demigod Maui (expertly embodied by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson), whose theft of a mystical talisman from an island goddess led to the reawakening of the aforementioned lava monster. These stories are somewhat liberally adapted from the mythology of the South Pacific islanders, and Clements and Musker’s decision to employ historical antecedents in their world-building imparts an added level of complexity to the standard Disney tropes they’re otherwise working with. When Moana must predictably enlist the help of Maui to restore the islanders’ way of life, the context becomes equal to the content in a way that few other examples of Disney animation ever achieve. The musical numbers — a central focus of all films of this ilk — left me predictably flat, but your mileage will probably vary. I can recognize from an objective perspective the technical virtuosity of Lin Manuel-Miranda’s work with composer Mark Mancina, but I was far more engaged with the indigenous musical stylings imparted to the score by New Zealand folk-fusion musician Opetaia Foa’i. As is so often the case, I found myself wondering how much story would be left if the musical numbers were cut (I’m guessing about forty minutes), but Foa’i’s work is novel enough to my western sensibilities that I was consistently intrigued, and found Jemaine Clement’s suitably bizarre and Bowieesque “Shiny” as close to enjoyable as possible for such an endeavor. Moana abandons the obligatory princess tropes, with no princes to pine for and no intimations of elitist entitlement. Our plucky protagonist has to acquire life skills beyond the nebulous standards of “friendship” or “confidence” to complete her quest, and if the story mechanics are pure Maslow, the story itself is more indebted to Jung and Joseph Campbell. Moana goes on a classically structured Hero’s Journey, retrieving the boon that will save her idyllic island from the ravages of deeply inured apathy by voyaging not only without, but within. As such, Moana is a more intricately layered piece of psychological storytelling than many of its predecessors, a vir-

tue that would likely have garnered my recommendation even if the film weren’t so enjoyable on a more superficial basis. Rated PG for peril, some scary images and brief thematic elements.  Now Playing at Carmike 10, Carolina Cinemark, Regal Biltmore Grande, UA Beaucatcher. REVIEWED BY SCOTT DOUGLAS JSDOUGLAS22@GMAIL.COM

Rules Don’t Apply HHHS DIRECTOR: Warren Beatty PLAYERS: Warren Beatty, Lily Collins, Alden Ehrenreich, Alec Baldwin, Annette Bening, Haley Bennett, Candice Bergen, Matthew Broderick, Dabney Coleman, Steve Coogan, Ed Harris, Oliver Platt, Martin Sheen, Paul Sorvino ROMANTIC COMEDY/DRA,A RATED PG-13 THE STORY: An ambitious young driver and a naive starlet, both under the employ of Howard Hughes, fall in love while struggling with their employer’s eccentricities.  THE LOWDOWN: A passion project long in the making for director-writer-

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producer-actor Warren Beatty, Rules Don’t Apply is very clearly the singular vision of its creator — with all of the contingent benefits and pitfalls that designation implies. I haven’t had due cause to consider Warren Beatty’s directorial output in recent years. He hasn’t directed anything so far this century, and it has been with some significant perplexity that I look back over his oeuvre and realize how distinctly idiosyncratic his films have been. In fact, I might go so far as to withdraw the euphemistic use of “idiosyncratic” and say the films he chooses to direct are outright weird. Rules Don’t Apply is certainly no exception. Like Beatty’s prior films, it vacillates between being pleasantly surprising and frustratingly self-indulgent. I saw Dick Tracy and Bulworth as a much younger man during their initial theatrical runs, long before I understood how uncharacteristically experimental the former film was for a big-budget summer release and how very near the latter comes to being incomprehensibly insane in any context. By the time I got around to Heaven Can Wait (an ill-advised Here Comes Mr. Jordan remake) and Beatty’s presumptive masterpiece Reds, I realized I was a fan — but couldn’t for the life of me figure out exactly why. Even more difficult to grasp was the logic behind the director-producerwriter-actor’s rationale in selecting his projects. I’m somehow simultaneously delighted and dismayed to say that Rules has done absolutely nothing to clarify the matter. Beatty’s greatest strength is as a director of actors, and his patience with the performative process pays dividends. He’s attracted an impeccable cast and allowed them to turn in some of their best work, with even the peripheral roles feeling welldeveloped by virtue of the actors’ skills rather than through anything found in the script. Relative newcomers Alden Ehrenreich and Lily Collins deliver admirably competent turns as two star-crossed tinsel town neophytes whose inevitable romantic attraction is both predicated on, and precluded by, Howard Hughes’ involvement. But I found myself more drawn to the performances of actors on the edges, marveling at the capacity of Annette Bening or Ed Harris or Matthew Broderick to create nuanced and compelling characterizations within the confines of the scant handful of frames each were allotted.




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As much as I appreciate Beatty in general — and a well-realized late ’40s to early ’50s period Hollywood setting in particular — the many virtues of  Rules Don’t Apply never fully succeed in overcoming the film’s disjointed and inherently strange narrative. This project, which Beatty has been trying to get made for longer than I’ve been alive, was clearly a labor of love for the filmmaker. This works to his significant disadvantage far too often, as the editing moves at a breakneck pace and the story structure is decidedly off-kilter. Even at 127 minutes, the film feels rushed as if Beatty and co-writer Bo Goldman used the roughly 40 years Rules spent in development hell to try to cram three movies’ worth of material into one feature. Perhaps the most intriguing element of Rules Don’t Apply is Beatty’s portrayal of Hughes, incorporating the eccentric billionaire’s psychotic descent within the narrative tapestry as both primary story engine and comic relief. Even when Beatty’s Hughes functions as the ostensible villain of the piece, the actor’s undeniable charisma and evident affinity for the character render him likable in spite of his actions. It might be most accurate to describe Beatty’s use of the well-worn Hughes mythology as a framing device rather than as a character in and of itself, a structural conceit that allows for a cursory examination of everything from Hollywood under the studio system to mid-century religious mores to power dynamics in relationships both romantic and platonic. As such, the film is effective. But, like Hughes’ legendary Spruce Goose, it flies too low to accomplish anything much more meaningful than the realization of a long-held dream.  Rated PG-13 for sexual material including brief strong language, thematic elements and drug references. Now Playing at Carmike 10, Regal Biltmore Grande, UA Beaucatcher, Epic of Hendersonville. REVIEWED BY SCOTT DOUGLAS JSDOUGLAS22@GMAIL.COM



Battleship Potemkin HHHHH DIRECTOR: Sergei Eisenstein PLAYERS: Aleksandr Antonov, Vladimir Barsky, Grigori Aleksandrov, Ivan Bobrov DRAMA Rated NR It wasn’t that long ago that Sergei Eisenstein’s Battleship Potemkin — then known mostly as Potemkin — was in the top five of nearly all lists of the greatest films ever made. While the 1925 Soviet film seems to have been downgraded in recent years, it remains an essential of cinematic literacy, one of the most influential (and referenced) of all movies and simply an amazingly entertaining, involving film. The story of a mutiny on the title battleship during the 1905 revolution still works on an audience today. The film is not a meditation, it’s a shout — a shout that is at once defiant and celebratory. Eisenstein was a master at creating suspense — largely through his editing — and he plays it for all it is worth. It isn’t necessary to be in agreement with its politics — art knows no frontiers — in order to see its greatness. This excerpt was taken from a review by Ken Hanke published on May 13, 2014. The Asheville Film Society will screen Battleship Potemkin on Tuesday, Dec. 6, at 7:30 p.m. at The Grail Moviehouse, hosted by Xpress movie critic Scott Douglas.

Day for Night HHHHH DIRECTOR: François Truffaut PLAYERS: Jacqueline Bisset, Valentina Cortese, Dani, Alexandra Stewart, Jean-Pierre Aumont, François Truffaut COMEDY/DRAMA Rated PG François Truffaut’s Day for Night (1973) is not only a great movie about movies, but it’s fascinating as an example of how international cinema truly is. By this I mean that while we think of foreign film as a separate world, Day for Night is clearly the kind of movie that could only have been made during that era from about 1965 through 1975, and is very much a part of the explosion of art-house fare as mainstream film that existed during that time. While there have been several noteworthy films about filmmaking, Day for Night may be the best one about making a specific film, and the best at capturing the madness of the process that director Richard Lester once likened to “having a hysterical pregnancy.” It’s also one of the most movie-savvy, and it expects the viewer to be, as well. Truffaut reveals just enough without revealing too much, and he does so with a purpose—that purpose being to make you marvel all the more at the true magic of how all this can ever result in a coherent, let alone great film. And yet it does. That’s the beauty of Day for Night, and the secret of its own potent magic. This excerpt was taken from a review by Ken Hanke published on July 15, 2009. Classic World Cinema by Courtyard Gallery will present Day for Night Friday, Dec. 2, at 8 p.m. at Flood Gallery Fine Art Center, 2160 Hwy 70, Swannanoa.

Gamera the Giant Monster (Daikaijû Gamera) HHH DIRECTOR: Noriaki Yuasa PLAYERS: Eiji Funakoshi, Harumi Kiritachi, Junichirô Yamashiko GIANT MONSTER SCI-FI Rated NR In Brief: When the AFS showed the original Godzilla last year, I brought a date who called it the worst movie she had ever seen. We are no longer on the best of terms, and needless to say, she will not be invited to our screening of Gamera. While it’s not a great film in the classical sense of that designation, Gamera is definitely not without its charms. Shot over a decade after Godzilla and  on a fraction of the budget,  Gamera’s unabashed insanity is enough of a draw in and of itself, and the tonal dissonance underlying its straight-faced presentation of a ridiculous script featuring an utterly absurd monster may well leave audiences transfixed by its very audacity. There’s something inherently appealing about the prospect of a giant tortoise spinning through the air and murdering scores of disaffected beatniks with his fire-breath, at least to those of us with the appropriate inclinations. The Thursday Horror Picture Show will screen Gamera on Thursday, Dec. 1, at 9:15 p.m. at The Grail Moviehouse, hosted by Xpress movie critic Scott Douglas.

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COUNTY DIRECTOR • CHILD AND FAMILY SERVICES Haywood County. This position is responsible for the complete oversite of the complete continuum of child and family programs and services within Haywood County. At the direction of Executive Leadership and reporting directly to the Child and Family Clinical Director, and with the support of a Deputy Director, this position is responsible for the efficient delivery of quality and evidenced based child and family services in Haywood County.  In particular, the Haywood Director is the point person for community partners in that county, including but not limited to school systems, principals, other state and federal agencies, and collaborative entities.  More specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to, providing supervision of enhanced service delivery and ensuring that this is consistent with the client’s person-centered-plan; referral linkage; ensuring that regular staff supervision is occurring; ensuring that staff meet job performance standards regarding timely completion of documentation and adherence to agency policy; facilitating a client-centered, team approach to meeting clients’ needs; facilitating positive, collaborative relationships between Meridian and other community agencies; interviewing and making recommendations for hire; and promoting a positive work environment that encourages employee growth and initiative.   Fully Licensed Clinician is required and at least 5 years of supervision experience is preferred.  Additional preferences will be given to clinicians with experience in community behavioral health and licensed clinical social workers. • If interested, please visit the employment section of our website to apply and submit your resume,

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LIFE WORKS COACH Community Action Opportunities, Asheville, NC. Economic Development Department. We are a high-performing, nonprofit Community Action Agency looking for a seasoned professional to work on a team as a Life Works Coach and help people who are in poverty become self-sufficient. The successful candidate must be able to: • Conduct long-term, complex individual and family casemanagement using agency and community resources and strength-based approaches • Use evidenced-based strategies, techniques and Results Oriented Management and Accountability (ROMA) concepts and tools to help customers set life goals and implement actionbased solutions; • Collect, analyze, maintain and protect up-to-date, confidential and required electronic and hardcopy financial and personal customer data and records; • Build and maintain resourcebased relationships with other organizations, educational institutions and employers; • Conduct job development and placement activities; • Instruct and/or facilitate agency-sponsored and other approved coursework and training; • Understand and address the socioeconomic and psychological factors that affect people who live in poverty; • Work on teams to complete tasks • Incorporate initiative, sound judgment and the Agency’s Values – Teamwork, Communication, Quality and Respect into daily work. Requires graduation from a regionally or CHEA accredited four year college or university with a degree in Social Work or related human services field and at least three years of outcomes-focused, multidimensional, case-management experience in a team-based setting. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be acceptable. Prefer five years of experience and bi-lingual in English and Spanish. Must have or be able to get NC Driver License and pass preemployment background and drug screens. $16.31 to $19.40 DOQ plus competitive benefits. This position is non-exempt under FLSA and eligible for overtime pay. Send resume, cover letter and complete contact information for three (3) professional references to: HR Manager • Email: admin@ communityactionopportunities.

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FREEWILL ASTROLOGY ARIES (March 21-April 19): “I frequently tramped eight or ten miles through the deepest snow,” wrote naturalist Henry David Thoreau in Walden, “to keep an appointment with a beech-tree, or a yellow birch, or an old acquaintance among the pines.” I’d love to see you summon that level of commitment to your important rendezvous in the coming weeks, Aries. Please keep in mind, though, that your “most important rendezvous” are more likely to be with wild things, unruly wisdom or primal breakthroughs than with pillars of stability, committee meetings and business-as-usual. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): For you Tauruses, December is “I Accept and Love and Celebrate Myself Exactly How I Am Right Now” Month. To galvanize yourself, play around with this declaration by Oscar-winning Taurus actress Audrey Hepburn: “I’m a long way from the human being I’d like to be, but I’ve decided I’m not so bad after all.” Here are other thoughts to draw on during the festivities: 1. “If you aren’t good at loving yourself, you will have a difficult time loving anyone.” — Barbara De Angelis. 2. “The hardest challenge is to be yourself in a world where everyone is trying to make you be somebody else.” — e. e. cummings. 3. “To accept ourselves as we are means to value our imperfections as much as our perfections.” — Sandra Bierig. 4. “We cannot change anything until we accept it.” — Carl Jung. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Are your collaborative projects (including the romantic kind) evolving at a slower pace than you expected? Have they not grown as deep and strong as you’ve wished they would? If so, I hope you’re perturbed about it. Maybe that will motivate you to stop tolerating the stagnation. Here’s my recommendation: Don’t adopt a more serious and intense attitude. Instead, get loose and frisky. Inject a dose of blithe spirits into your togetherness, maybe even some high jinks and rowdy experimentation. The cosmos has authorized you to initiate ingenious surprises. CANCER (June 21-July 22): I don’t recommend that you buy a cat-o’-nine-tails and whip yourself in a misguided effort to exorcize your demons. The truth is, those insidious troublemakers exult when you abuse yourself. They draw perverse sustenance from it. In fact, their strategy is to fool you into treating yourself badly. So, no. If you hope to drive away the saboteurs huddled in the sacred temple of your psyche, your best bet is to shower yourself with tender care, even luxurious blessings. The pests won’t like that, and — if you commit to this crusade for an extended time — they will eventually flee. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Nobel Prize-winning novelist Gabriel García Márquez loved yellow roses. He often had a fresh bloom on his writing desk as he worked, placed there every morning by his wife Mercedes Barcha. In accordance with the astrological omens, I invite you to consider initiating a comparable ritual. Is there a touch of beauty you would like to inspire you on a regular basis? It there a poetic gesture you could faithfully perform for a person you love?

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VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): “For a year I watched as something entered and then left my body,” testified Jane Hirshfield in her poem “The Envoy.” What was that mysterious something? Terror or happiness? She didn’t know. Nor could she decipher “how it came in” or “how it went out.” It hovered “where words could not reach it. It slept where light could not go.” Her experience led her to conclude that “There are openings in our lives of which we know nothing.” I bring this meditation to your attention, Virgo, because I suspect you are about to tune in to a mysterious opening. But unlike Hirshfield, I think you’ll figure out what it is. And then you will respond to it with verve and intelligence.


LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): A reporter at the magazine Vanity Fair asked David Bowie, “What do you consider your greatest achievement?” Bowie didn’t name any of his albums, videos or performances. Rather, he answered, “Discovering morning.” I suspect that you Libras will attract and generate marvels if you experiment with accomplishments like that in the coming weeks. So yes, try to discover or rediscover morning. Delve into the thrills of beginnings. Magnify your appreciation for natural wonders that you usually take for granted. Be seduced by sources that emanate light and heat. Gravitate toward what’s fresh, blossoming, just-in-its-early-stages. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): According to traditional astrology, you Scorpios are not prone to optimism. You’re more often portrayed as connoisseurs of smoldering enigmas and shadowy intrigue and deep questions. But one of the most creative and successful Scorpios of the 20th century did not completely fit this description. French artist Claude Monet was renowned for his delightful paintings of sensuous outdoor landscapes. “Every day I discover even more beautiful things,” he testified. “It is intoxicating me, and I want to paint it all. My head is bursting.” Monet is your patron saint in the coming weeks. You will have more potential to see as he did than you’ve had in a long time. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): A journalist dared composer John Cage to “summarize himself in a nutshell.” Cage said, “Get yourself out of whatever cage you find yourself in.” He might have added, “Avoid the nutshells that anyone tries to put you in.” This is always fun work to attend to, of course, but I especially recommend it to you Sagittarians right now. You’re in the time of year that’s close to the moment when you first barged out of your mom’s womb, where you had been housed for months. The coming weeks will be an excellent phase to attempt a similar if somewhat less extravagant trick. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Hundreds of years ago, the Catholic Church’s observance of Lent imposed a heavy burden. During this six-week period, extending from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday, believers were expected to cleanse their sins through acts of self-denial. For example, they weren’t supposed to eat meat on Fridays. Their menus could include fish, however. And this loophole was expanded even further in the 17th century when the Church redefined beavers as being fish. (They swim well, after all.) I’m in favor of you contemplating a new loophole in regard to your own self-limiting behaviors, Capricorn. Is there a taboo you observe that no longer makes perfect sense? Out of habit, do you deny yourself a pleasure or indulgence that might actually be good for you? Wriggle free of the constraints. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): “The Pacific Ocean was overflowing the borders of the map,” wrote Pablo Neruda in his poem “The Sea.” “There was no place to put it,” he continued. “It was so large, wild and blue that it didn’t fit anywhere. That’s why it was left in front of my window.” This passage is a lyrical approximation of what your life could be like in 2017. In other words, lavish, elemental, expansive experiences will be steadily available to you. Adventures that may have seemed impossibly big and unwieldy in the past will be just the right size. And it all begins soon. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): “I have a deep fear of being too much,” writes poet Michelle K. “That one day I will find my someone, and they will realize that I am a hurricane. That they will step back and be intimidated by my muchness.” Given the recent astrological omens, Pisces, I wouldn’t be shocked if you’ve been having similar feelings. But now here’s the good news: Given the astrological omens of the next nine months, I suspect the odds will be higher than usual that you’ll encounter brave souls who’ll be able to handle your muchness. They may or may not be soulmates or your one-and-only. I suggest you welcome them as they are, with all of their muchness.


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