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The meaning of statistics Thanks for showcasing the important work of so many of Asheville's nonprofits [“Doing Good in WNC,” Nov. 20 Xpress]. A lot of information is gathered in one place, but there is a problem with some numbers in the data visualization by Steph Guinan. It is misleading when she says, “$3,236 is the median annual contribution for area households compared to the national average of $2,564.” The implication is that each family gave $3,236, but medians and averages are very different numbers. For example, if 10 people give $10 and one gives $1,000, the total received is $1,100. While the median would be $550 and the average $100, the percentage of donors giving either amount is zero. So, unless the national average is actually the average of median contributions, it is like comparing apples and oranges — you don't get a clear picture of either. A more useful number might be the percentage of households that give, the percentage of household income contributed and the percentage breakdown between religious organizations and non-church giving, because it would be clear what the numbers actually meant and help guide choices about how much individuals should be giving. — Joe Fioccola Asheville

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CARTOON BY BRENT BROWN set. In these cases, the median gives a better representation of the numbers.” Finally, the percent of household income donated was included in the graphic. Asheville Metro gives 6.4 percent of their income compared to U.S. at 4.7 percent.

Tackling global warming in Buncombe County I am encouraged by the Buncombe County commissioners’ resolution to take bold action to tackle global warming. North Carolina has a lot at stake when it comes to global warming, and already communities in Western North Carolina witnessed some of the worst flooding in 70 years this past summer. Scientists warn that extreme weather like this will only become more frequent and severe if we do not dramatically reduce our global warming pollution. Buncombe County’s goal of reducing global warming pollution by 80 percent is what we need if we are to avoid further impacts to our communities, health and environment. — Graham Givens Raleigh

A turkey named Martha Thanks to Stuart David and his letter to the editor [“Adopt a Turkey This Thanksgiving,” Nov. 13 Xpress], our family was able to have a turkey for Thanksgiving for the first time. Her name is Martha. She is described by the Farm Sanctuary as regal and affectionate. Her favorite foods are apple and corn on the cob. She was rescued from a live market before Thanksgiving 2012. Our whole family is so happy and excited about how our $30 contribution to the Farm Sanctuary helps Martha live. In my excitement, I told my brother about our turkey, Martha. He asked, “How do you know she doesn't taste good?” My reply was, “I don’t know, and I don’t know if you taste good either.” Another response I thought of later is the fact that many plantbased foods such as apples, strawberries, etc. taste good naturally. People who eat animals always seem to add plants (herbs) to season their food so it can taste OK. There is plenty to eat without eating our friends. Thanksgiving isn’t complete without a turkey — as a guest of honor. If you would like to adopt a turkey like Martha,

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Thankful for the Affordable Care Act I want to extend my thanks to the wonderful folks at Blue Cross Blue Shield on Hendersonville Highway who helped me through this past Tuesday and got me signed up for a plan that will be almost $350 less than the plan I've been struggling to pay for the past several years. Not only is this a great savings, but the plan is far superior to my present plan with better co-pays and a $2,000 out-of-pocket limit

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The Gospel According to Jerry You can’t have it both ways

What is wrong with high-rise apartments? Rich people seem to fare very well in them; are they not good enough for everybody else?

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Jeremy Goldstein, the chair of Asheville’s Planning and Zoning Commission, recently had the stones to say what no one else has publicly admitted: The NIMBY emperor is standing out in the backyard, nekkid. Well actually, what he said was, “I’m hearing that the city wants us to increase density, especially in this area. Then I’m hearing a lot of comments [from neighborhood residents] where they don’t want that type of density. ... That’s my conundrum here: We’re trying to adhere to two different things.” The same folks who push for affordable housing, greater density, infill, sidewalks, bike paths, parks, greenways and more city services will suddenly go to unreasonable lengths to discourage those kinds of development when it occurs in their backyard. They whine when taxes, rents and housing costs go up, but they don’t want any more development in their own neighborhood. Meanwhile, Asheville is a city under economic siege, due to the actions of the state Legislature and the fact that most of the revenue to provide all those goodies must come from property taxes — and an expanded tax base. A couple of years ago, I briefly served on the Mayor’s Affordable Housing Task Force. The woman who was then the head of the Coalition of Asheville Neighborhoods also served. Her opening remark was that she represented some 50 neighborhoods and, while they were for affordable housing, it would be built in those neighborhoods over their dead bodies. Since I didn’t want to be responsible for corpses strewn all over town, I resigned from the committee, because I could see it wasn’t going anywhere. Newly re-elected City Council member Gordon Smith got it right when he said, at a recent candidate forum, “What we have to do is get

N at u ra l the policy right to make the process predictable — and then stick to the policy.” With our mountain terrain and our UDO regulations, the development process is very expensive here. But the subjectivity of both the neighborhoods and the regulatory boards further complicates matters. Propose a project and you’ll be told that it is out of proportion, the wrong color or not historical enough. Opponents will also trot out the mandatory “traffic congestion” and “decline in property values” arguments, treating the evil developer like a piñata. Believe it or not, most developers are visionaries — creative risk takers who take great pride in their finished product. Yes, they make every effort to turn a profit, but don’t forget that the banks insist on a projected profit, or they won’t provide the financing. By the way, nonprofits aren’t exempt from neighborhood excoriation either. Just look at what Mountain Housing Opportunities has run into. One of the classic anti-development comments is “This project will hurt our tourism business.” When the hell did we put the tourists in charge of our city development? We’ve had people go apoplectic over such developents as the Aloft Hotel, Staples, the Larchmont Apartments and Campus Crest student housing. Even architects with no connection to a particular project are often quick to tell the person designing it that their baby is ugly. Yet once it’s finished, there’s been no great gnashing of teeth or rending of garments over their actual impact, because the predicted doomsday simply didn’t happen. The whole community seems to agree that we need more affordable and workforce housing. It

can’t all be subsidized, and with high land costs exacerbated by the required land preparation, we have to substantially increase the density to make it work. What is wrong with high-rise apartments? Rich people seem to fare very well in them; are they not good enough for everybody else? We don’t get any help from Buncombe County either. Under its zoning ordinance, driven by a couple of county bureaucrats, residential density is ridiculously low. If you want housing to be affordable, however, you have to build more. It’s just common sense that the more you have, the more competitive the prices. Let’s wake up. We are patting ourselves on the back about all the new jobs we’re bringing into the city and county, but we’re not providing reasonable-priced housing, so many of those workers end up living in other counties — and many of the economic benefits promised to Asheville and Buncombe County go with them. Let’s take Gordon Smith’s advice: Make the process predictable. Make it possible for a developer who goes to considerable trouble and expense drawing up plans and meeting with city officials to hammer out compliance to have a reasonable assurance that the project will eventually be approved — not denied because our boards are intimidated by the mob mentality that usually rises up in response to such efforts. And to those who want to discourage future development in Asheville, I say be careful what you wish for. Because if we don’t continue to expand our tax base, we may price ourselves right out of the very city we all love so much. X

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Shrinking the footprint Buncombe commissioners set bar high for carbon reductions

political issue.” Instead, she countered, “It’s about good stewardship.” Commissioner David King, the only Republican to vote in favor of the measure, said he viewed it as “a compromise” and “a local tax-saving measure,” adding, “It’s not my job to pass judgment on whether there’s a worldwide problem.”

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The international debate over climate change came home Dec. 3, as the Buncombe County commissioners butted heads over a proposal to reduce the county’s carbon footprint by 80 percent over time. Approved on a 5-2 vote, the plan calls for cutting emissions by 2 percent per year, using 2013 as a base line, until the ultimate target is met, although it sets no deadline. Commissioner Brownie Newman, who proposed the measure, says it will actually save the county money in the long term and, in any case, is needed to help avoid the worst impacts of global warming. Commissioner Mike Fryar joined colleague Joe Belcher in voting against the plan. Meanwhile, county staff must now begin implementing the directive and determine how to measure the progress. Environmentalists applaud move Environmental activists hailed the county’s move. “We applaud the county for taking this solid step forward to reduce their carbon footprint,” said Ken Brame, who chairs the local Sierra Club chapter’s Political Committee. “By passing this resolution, Buncombe County has established itself as a national leader in clean energy and the fight against climate disruption. We are excited to see that the board has taken on the task of doing their part to ensure that our region is planning for the uncertain future of fossil fuels.” Fryar, though, says he was blindsided by language in the final



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MAKING HIS MARK: Buncombe Commissioner Brownie Newman successfully pushed for a measure that calls for county government to reduce its carbon emissions by 80 percent. Photos by Alicia Funderburk

resolution that specifically notes, “‘The American Association for the Advancement of Science has determined, ‘The scientific evidence is clear: Global climate change caused by human activities is occurring now, and it is a growing threat to society.’” After days of behind-the-scenes wrangling leading up to the Dec. 3 meeting, he asserts, consensus was reached to omit any mention of climate change, focusing instead on efforts “to further reduce air pollution to improve public health and the natural health of the environment.” But mere minutes before the meeting, charges Fryar, Newman circulated a draft that re-inserted the wording about climate change. Newman, however, says he never spoke to Fryar about the resolution before the Dec. 3 meeting. “But I also made it very clear, to everyone I spoke with, that to strip out the

reference to the scientific basis for establishing the carbon reduction goals would damage the intent and the integrity of the resolution, and I was not willing to go that far. ... Mike Fryar never called me. ... I can’t comment on what he thought he had agreed to with other people.” In any case, during the lengthy public debate that followed, Fryar blasted the move as “politics,” questioning whether there really is any scientific consensus on global warming. Presenting an alternate version of the resolution that didn’t mention climate change or establish a specific reduction goal, he asserted, “If you want to take the politics out of it, I’m right there with you.” Only Belcher supported Fryar’s version. Commissioner Ellen Frost said it was Fryar who was making it “a

The final measure authorizes county staff to make a number of specific changes recommended in a recent energy audit by Shaw Environmental. They include improving heating systems, lighting, water fixtures and more in county government buildings. According to the audit, these improvements will cost an estimated $846,900 over five years and result in about $173,500 in annual savings. Although the resolution didn’t allocate any money to fund the improvements, “We’re definitely giving staff a green light” to include them in the next budget, which will be drafted in the spring, noted board Chair David Gantt. However, General Services Director Greg Israel, who’s charged with implementing the changes, says it’s not yet known what amount of carbon emissions those actions will eliminate. Thus, other steps may also need to be taken to meet the 2 percent target. In recent years, Israel has overseen such projects as installing energy-efficient windows in the courthouse and adding alternativefuel vehicles to the county’s fleet. The commissioners have praised him for consistently reducing the amount of energy used per square foot of operating space since 2006. But since the county has expanded its facilities during that period, total carbon emissions have actually increased, notes Israel. In 2006, county operations produced about 23,400 metric tons of carbon. Last year, the total was roughly 29,600 metric tons, he reports. And going forward, says Israel, it’s not clear to him whether the mandated 2 percent annual reductions will be based on energy usage

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SIZING UP THE SITUATION: Buncombe County General Services Director Greg Israel, charged with implementing a new carbon-emissions reduction plan, questions whether the county’ goal is realitic.

per square foot or total energy use. “I’ve not sat down and had that conversation with them yet,” he reveals. According to Newman, “What the resolution says is that we will reduce our carbon footprint compared to what it is now. … That it will be 2 percent less than the current year, going forward. There’s nothing in the resolution saying ‘on a per-square-foot basis’ ... which makes it a more ambitious goal to go after.” Israel, however, says a persquare-foot basis would be more realistic. “The county’s always growing, and they’re always expanding services. You’re never going to see a reduction of that magnitude unless you shut down county services. So what you have

to do is quantify it by square foot,” he explains. “When the square footage goes up, the carbon footprint will go up.” The resolution states that the overall 80 percent goal was specified because “There is strong scientific evidence” that it’s the threshold needed “in order to avoid the most severe and irreversible impacts of climate change on future generations.” Both Australia and the U.K. have committed to meeting the 80 percent target by 2050. But regardless of how reductions are measured, after five years the county will still be a long way from achieving that ultimate goal, and the resolution doesn’t outline any further specific actions, though it does require staff to pro-

“The county’s always growing, and they’re always expanding services. You’re never going to see a reduction on that magnitude unless you shut down county services.” General Services Director Greg Israel

Newman’s resolution mirrors similar initiatives he pushed while serving on City Council. In 2007, he supported a measure creating a 2 percent annual reduction in city government’s carbon emissions. Since then, Asheville has actually surpassed that goal, trimming its total carbon emissions by 17 percent. The reductions are measured using 2008 levels as a base line. The city, however, also created an Office of Sustainability charged with implementing the measure. And whereas Israel has a host of other responsibilities, Maggie Ullman, the city’s chief sustainability officer, says, “My sole job is to make sure we reach this goal.” She’s assisted by energy analyst Kerby Smithson. In the last six years, Ullman has overseen a wide range of efficiency measures, including educating staff on ways to save energy. When she started, for example, the electric bill for City Hall was about $115,00 a year. Now, despite rate increases, it costs about $90,000 annually to power the building. Without similar staff resources, notes Ullman, it will be harder for the county to meet its goals, though she commends the commissioners for “challenging themselves” and “taking a really good leadership step.” For his part, Israel says the success of the county initiative is ultimately a question of money. “It’s all based on dollars. I can [meet the 80 percent goal] if the funding is there,” he explains. “You weigh the fiscal side of it with the carbon reduction side of it. Then the commissioners have to say, ‘Yes, I’m willing to do this.’” Asked about the potential costs, Newman said the city and county could perhaps “share staffing and resources to work together” toward meeting their respective carbon goals. “There may, over time, be the need for additional people, but we haven’t had that discussion yet.” Gantt, meanwhile, says he sees value in setting an ambitious goal, even if many tough decisions are still to come. “The county has ... to be an inspiration, to set the bar high,” he declares. “You have to have a target to hit a bull’s-eye. … We’ve got to be good stewards; we’ve got to deal with our energy future.” X


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Frost elected vice chair On Dec. 3, the Buncombe County commissioners appointed freshman Ellen Frost to succeed fellow Democrat Holly Jones as vice chair of the board, placing her in a symbolic leadership position as she heads into a re-election year. The vote was 6-1, with Republican Mike Fryar casting the lone dissenting vote. Both Fryar and Frost represent District 2, which encompasses Fairview, Weaverville and Black Mountain (Frost’s hometown). Fryar nominated himself instead, but failed to gain support from any of his colleagues. Neither Frost nor Fryar made the case for their appointment, providing very little comment at the meeting either before or after the vote. In last year’s contested general election, Frost won a two-year term

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SECOND IN COMMAND: Heading into a re-election year, Buncombe Commissioner Ellen Frost was named vice chair of the board. File photo by Max Cooper

on the board by only 17 votes, giving Democrats a razor-thin 4-3 majority. She’s already said she plans to defend her seat next year. Her former opponent, Republican Christina Kelley G. Merrill, also plans to run again. Jones, a Democrat, completes a one-year term as vice chair, traditionally a ceremonial position whose duties are mostly limited to presiding over meetings when the chair is absent. However, the job does pay more: Regular commissioners earn $26,475 per year; the vice chair makes $30,732; the chairman earns $34,989. Republican Commissioner Joe Belcher mounted a failed bid for the position last year. — J.F.


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From the newsdesk ‘no regrets’ — Mayor Bellamy says farewell

“We haven’t removed any boxes at all,” owner Roberta Jordan tells Xpress. “Up until a couple of weeks ago, it seemed like we had all our boxes.” Newspaper boxes downtown have been an issue over the last two years, with some city staff and members of the Downtown Commission asserting that many of the boxes were an eyesore that might require regulation. However, numerous U.S. Supreme Court rulings sharply restrict the ability to remove newspaper boxes from public space, and attempts at regulation faltered. On Dec. 6, some boxes were found in a vacant and condemned Haywood Street parking garage. At press time, there was no word on how the boxes got there.

On Dec. 2, outgoing Mayor Terry Bellamy’s portrait joined that of her predecessors on the walls of City Hall as she bode farewell after eight years as mayor and five as a Council member. In her final speech, Bellamy touted the city’s low unemployment rate and improved relations with Buncombe County government, thanking many of her colleagues. The city’s first African-American mayor, Bellamy said her own life shows the importance of determination. “You can be anyone you want to be,” she told the crowd. “Someone from Klondyke [housing project], whose grandmother used to clean rooms here, has been mayor here. Don’t let anything stop you.”

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For more on this story, go to golocas. Disagreement over Asheville Brewing’s Shiva IPA Rajan Zed, a Reno, Nev.-based Hindu activist, condemned Asheville Brewing’s Shiva IPA on Dec. 3 as “highly inappropriate” for featuring an image of the Hindu deity. He called for the beer’s removal. Zed also issued a Dec. 5 release from other California and Nevada religious leaders joining the call. Asheville Brewing co-owner Mike Rangel apologized for offending anyone but called Zed’s demand “a tempest in a teapot.” Rangel says the company will not drop the beer — its top seller — and that it has used the image sensitively after consulting with local and state Hindu leaders. “The last thing we want to do is appear like we’re taking advantage of a religion or anything like that,” Rangel says. “In the last two days, we’ve also been contacted by locals who are Hindu. They are very supportive and feel like it’s much ado about nothing.” For more on this story, go to golocat.

TAKING A BOW: Asheville Mayor Terry Bellamy gave her farewell address and met with supporters on Dec. 2. Photo by Joshua Vaughn

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Eat, drink and be merry: Oskar Blues Brewery will hold “Brevardaversary” to celebrate the first anniversary of the its Brevard taproom. The Dec. 12 event includes live music from This Mountain and Solider’s Heart and chow from the Little Bee Thai food truck. Photo by Capturing WNC Photography. (p. 19)

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Animals Dog Agility Trial • FR(12/13) through SU(12/15), 8am2pm - United States Dog Agility Association Dog Agility Trial will be held at the Western North Carolina Agricultural Center's McGough Arena, 1301 Fanning Bridge Road, Fletcher. Free. Info: 713-3278. Making Mash and Toys for Parrots • SA (12/14), 10am-noon - Phoenix Landing, 434 Cedar Hill Road, Alexander, will hold a workshop to make nutritional mash and toys for foster parrots. Free to attend. Info:


Wine and Design on Wheels at St. Paul Mountain Vineyards (pd.) Hendersonville. Join in the cheer as we paint 'Holiday Wine Bottle Stockings' and enjoy some fabulous wine! • This Sunday, December 15, 2-4 pm, $35. 588 Chestnut Gap Rd., Hendersonville. (828) 255-2442. Register: Abstract Pastels • Through TH (12/19) - Abstract Pastels, paintings by Bridget Risdon Hepler, will be on display at The Junction, 348 Depot St. #190. Info: or 225-3497. Art at ASU Exhibits take place at Appalachian State University's Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, unless otherwise noted. Tues.Thurs. & Sat., 10am-6pm; Fri., noon8pm. Donations accepted. Info: or 262-7338. • ONGOING - Susan Webb Tregay: Contemporary Art for Adult Children

will be on display in the Community Gallery. • ONGOING - Orna Bentor: Landscapes Within will be on display in the Mayer Gallery. • ONGOING - Men Working: The Contemporary Collection of Allen Thomas, Jr. will be on display in the Main Gallery.

Art in the Airport Gallery Located on the pre-security side of the Asheville Regional Airport terminal. Open to the public during the airport’s hours of operation. Info: or • Through FR (1/3) - The gallery's 19th exhibition will feature works from six local artists.

Art at Mars Hill University Weizenblatt Gallery: Mon.-Fri., 9am5pm. Info: • Through SU (12/15) - A Horse of Course photography exhibit by Emma Claire Hoffman.

Asheville Area Arts Council Gallery 346 Depot St. Tues.-Sat., 11am-4pm. Info: or 258-0710. • SA (12/13) through FR (1/24) - A Girl and A Gun: Asheville Artists Cope With Love and Death

Art at UNCA Art exhibits and events at the university are free, unless otherwise noted. Info: • Through SU (12/15) - Rewind and Press Play, a sculptural installation by Sally Garner on display in the Highsmith Union.

Asheville Art Museum Located on Pack Square in downtown Asheville. Tues.-Sat., 10am-5pm and Sun., 1-5pm. Programs are free with admission unless otherwise noted. Admission: $8/$7 students and seniors/children under 4 free. Free first Wednesdays from 3-5pm. Info: ashevil- or 253-3227. • ONGOING - Rebels With a Cause, a traveling exhibition of artwork from the Huntsville Museum of Art. • ONGOING - Esteban Vicente: The Art of Interruption will feature paintings, drawings and collages. • Through SU (3/9) - Cityscapes, works by Ben Aronson. Bella Vista Art Gallery 14 Lodge St. Hours: Mon., Wed., & Thurs., 11am-4pm; Fri. & Sat., 11am-5pm. Info: or 768-0246. • Through FR (01/31) - Works by Karen Jacobs and photographs by Paul Owen. Binary Existence at Silverspace • Through SA (12/14) - Binary Existence, mixed media photographs by J.R. Berry, will be on display at Silverspace, the photo gallery of The Asheville Darkroom, 109 Roberts St. Info: Black Mountain Center for the Arts 225 W. State St., Black Mountain. Mon.-Fri., 10am-5pm. Info: or 669-0930. • FR (12/6) through (1/24) - Clay studio exhibit and ceramics sale in the Upper Gallery. Free. Opening reception Dec. 6, 6-8pm. Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center The center, which preserves the legacy of Black Mountain College, is located at 56 Broadway St., Asheville. Tues. & Wed., noon-4pm; Thurs.-Sat., 11am-5pm. Info: or 350-8484. • ONGOING - Shaping Craft and Design. Blue Spiral 1 38 Biltmore Ave. Mon.-Sat., 10am-6pm, and Sun., noon5pm. Info: or 251-0202. • Through TU (12/31) - A group show will feature ceramics by Josh Copus and Marlene Jack, photography by John Dickson and paintings by Peggy N. Root. Castell Photography 2-C Wilson Alley. Tues.-Sat., by appointment. Fri. & Sat., 11am6pm. Info: castellphotography. com or 255-1188. • Through SA (1/11) - NEXT: New Photographic Visions. Desert Moon Open House • SA (12/14), 11am-5pm Desert Moon Designs Studios

& Gallery, 372 Depot St., will hold a holiday open house. Free. Info: Elements Spa and Shop Located at 29 W. French Broad St., Brevard. Hours: Sat.-Wed.: 9am-6pm. Thu: 9am-7pm. Info: 884-2701 • Through WE (1/8) - Paintings by Karen Keli Brown. Events at the Turchin Center Appalachian State University's Turchin Center for the Visual Arts is located at 423 West King St., Boone. Info: 262-3017 or • ONGOING - Photographs by Hugh Morton: An Uncommon Retrospective will be on display in Galleries A and B. Folk Art Center MP 382 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Open daily from 9am6pm. Info: or 298-7928. • Through TU (1/28) - Book arts by Annie Fain and fiber wearables by Martha Owen will be on display in the Focus Gallery. Foundry 92 Charlotte St. Hours: Mon.Sat., 10am-6pm. Info: • Through TU (12/31) - Talula Love Bottoms: Echoes Collection by Maryanne Pappano. Gallery 86 86 N. Main St., Waynesville. Mon.-Sat., 10am-5pm. Info: • Through SA (12/28) - It’s a Small, Small Work featuring Matthew Zedler and others. Grovewood Gallery Located at 111 Grovewood Road. April-Dec. Mon.-Sat., 10am-6pm & Sun., 11am-5pm. Info: or 2537651. • Through TU (12/31) - Beauty from Wood: Natural and Paper Forms, bowls and vessels by Bill Luce and paper works by Leo Monahan. Mixed Media at Salon Intuition • TH (12/12), 6-9pm - Works by Dersk One with music by Django. Held at Salon Intuition, 157 Lexington Ave., Suite G. N.C. Arboretum Located at 100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way. 9am-5pm daily. Info: or 6652492. • ONGOING - A LEGO brick sculpture exhibit will feature

works by Sean Kenney. Push Skate Shop & Gallery Located at 25 Patton Ave. Mon.-Thurs., 11am-6pm; Fri. & Sat., 11am-7pm; Sun., noon6pm. Info: or 225-5509. • Through FR (1/3)- The Crossroads a multi-media exhibit by Adam Void. Seven Sisters Gallery 117 Cherry St., Black Mountain. Mon.-Sat., 10am-6pm and Sun., noon-5pm. Info: or 669-5107. • Through SU (3/16) - Acrylics and oils by Bridgette MartinPyles. The Bender Gallery 12 S. Lexington Ave. Hours: Mon.-Sat., 10:30am-5pm; Sun., noon-5pm. Info: or 505-8341. • Through TU (12/31) - Through the Future, Brightly, works by Eunsuh Choi and Adam Waimon. The Circle Asheville Located at 426 Haywood Road. Hours: Mon.-Sat.: noon-8pm. Sun: noon-5pm. • SA (12/14), 3pm-6pm "Second Saturday Shakedown" reception for artist Hannah Rochester.

Art/Craft Fairs HEARTH HOLIDAY POP UP SHOP (pd.) Some of the finest ceramics, jewelry, apothecary, handbags, apparel, letterpress, and artwork around. • Mulled cider and treats. • 7 Brevard Road. • Friday, December 13, 6-10pm • Saturday/Sunday, December 14/15, 11am-7pm. Curated by Shelter Collective. CHRISTMAS ARTS AND CRAFTS SHOW WE (12/18), 9:30am-4:30pm - A Christmas arts & crafts show will be held at the Old Armory Recreation Center, 44 Boundary St., Waynesville. Free to attend. Info: 456-9207. Christmas in the Valley Arts and Crafts Show • SA (12/14), 10am-4pm Charles D. Owen Middle School, 730 Old U.S. Highway 70, Swannanoa, will host an arts and crafts fair with juried artisans, music, Santa, barbecue and a raffle. Free to attend. Info: 686-7917.

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Cool Craft Holiday Market • FR (12/13) through SU (12/15)Handmade in America's "Cool Craft Holiday Market" will feature locally made items. Held at 125 S. Lexington Ave, Suite 101. Hours: Fri. 5-8pm; Sat. 10am6pm; Sun. 10am-4pm. Free to attend. Info: or 252-0121. Folk Art Center MP 382 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Open daily from 9am6pm. Info: or 298-7928. • SA (12/14) - The Guild Artists’ Holiday Sale will feature works by members of the Southern Highland Craft Guild. Holiday Craft and Vendor Show • SA (12/14), 10am-3pm - Erwin High School Band will hold a craft and vendor show in the school's cafeteria, 60 Lees Creek Road. Free to attend.

Home for the Holidays What: 2nd Annual Home for the Holidays local organization benefit party. Where: The Orange Peel, 101 Biltmore Ave. When: Thursday, Dec. 19, 4-10 p.m. Admission by donation. Info: Why: This will be the second year for the Home for the Holidays Fundraiser, which celebrates and raises money for several regional nonprofits. The event, held at the Orange Peel, invites the public to make donations to one of 11 participating nonprofits in exchange for a ticket to a holiday party for both kids and adults. Santa Claus will join attendees for crafts, games and cookie-decorating from 4-6 p.m. “Adult-friendly food,” a performance of Christmas songs by



gospel group dis-Eray, raffle prizes and a DJ dance party will begin after 6 p.m. “Home for the Holidays” began as a celebration of Town and Mountain Realty’s 10-year anniversary. “We wanted to do something for the community to give back,” says Joy Lovoy, co-owner of Town and Mountain. “Last year was such a success, so we decided to try it again and make it an annual event.” Donations can be made to Asheville Humane Society, Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity, Big Brothers Big Sisters of WNC, Bob Moog Foundation, Caring for Children, Eblen Charities, Helpmate, MANNA FoodBank, Skill Creations or Western North Carolina Alliance, either at the Orange Peel or online at Representatives from most of the nonprofits will be available to provide more information about their organizations.

Holiday Pop-Up Shop • WE (12/4) through SA (1/4) Asheville BookWorks will host A Gift of Art, with handmade book and print-related items, at 428 1/2 Haywood Road. Tues.-Fri., 1-5pm; Sat. & Sun. 1-4pm. Info: Riceville Holiday Market • SA (12/14), 10am- 4pm The annual Riceville Holiday market will be held at the Riceville Community Center, 2251 Riceville Road. Includes dozens of local artists and crafters, as well as door prizes. TCAC's Santa's Palette • Through FR (12/20), 9:30am-4:30pm - Transylvania Community Arts Council, 349 S. Caldwell St., Brevard, will hold "Santa's Palette," a holiday show and sale. Free to attend. Info: artsofbrevard. org or 884-2787. Tryon Holiday Gift Show • FR (11/22) - TU (12/24), 9am-4pm - Tryon Arts and Crafts, 373 Harmon Field Road, Tryon, will hold its Holiday Gift Show. Info: or 859-8323.

Auditions & Call to Artists Arts & Community Grant • Through (12/17) - The Asheville Area Arts Council is accepting applications for the Asheville Art

in the Park: Arts and Community grant, offered to qualifying artists to enhance public spaces and increase awareness of local artists. Info: or 258-0710. Different Strokes! Auditions • SU (12/15), 2-6pm & MO (12/16), 6-10pm - Different Strokes! Performing Arts Collective will hold by appointment auditions for an upcoming production of The Clean House. Roles for one male, 4 females playing ages 25-60. Info and schedule: NCWN Writing Contests The North Carolina Writers' Network is nonprofit literary arts service for writers of all stages. Info and submission guidelines: • Through (1/30) - Submissions will be accepted for the Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize. The winner, to be announced in April, will receive $1,000 and possible publication in The Thomas Wolfe Review. $25/$15 NCWN members. • Through FR (1/17) Submissions will be accepted for the 2014 Rose Post Creative Nonfiction Competition, open to residents of NC and NCWN members. $12/ $10 for members. {Re}Happening Call for Artists • Through (1/1) - Black Mountain College Museum & Arts Center's {Re}Happening seeks artists for the annual event that recreates the "happenings," or artists gatherings, at BMC. Info:

Benefits "Home for the Holiday's" FUNdraiser for Local Non Profits (pd.) Thursday, December 19, 4pm-10pm. Town and Mountain Realty hosts 2nd Annual FUNdraiser at The Orange Peel. Proceeds to benefit local charities including Manna, WNC Alliance, Helpmate, Eblen Charities, Asheville Humane Society, Habitat and More! Visit from Santa for the kids 4-6, good food, DJ dance party. • Sponsors and donations needed and appreciated! Website: http:// • Contact Town and Mountain Realty: (828) 232-2879 for more information. Child Abuse Prevention

Services Benefit • WE (12/11), 5:30-7:30pm - A wine tasting to benefit Child Abuse Prevention Services, Inc., which works to reduce and prevent abuse, will be held at Metro Wines, 169 Charlotte St. $10. Children's Bicycle Drive • Through SA (12/21) - Donations of new and gently used bicycles and cash will be accepted and donated to children in Buncombe and Madison counties at Weaverville Tire and Wheel, 183 Old Mars Hill Highway, Weaverville; and Fast Lane Auto Sales, 318 Weaverville Highway, Weaverville. Info:, 768-7423 or 645-8330. Christmas Jam • FR (12/13) & SA (12/14), 7pm - Warren Haynes will present the 25th annual Christmas Jam at the U.S. Cellular Center, 87 Haywood St., to benefit Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity. $69. Tickets and info: Contra for Consciousness • SU (12/15), 7-10pm - A contra dance to benefit the Pine Ridge Reservation Nasula Intercultural Service Learning will be held in Warren Wilson College's Bryson Gym. $5-$25 donations. Deck the Trees • Through TU (12/31) - Deck the Trees, a display of decorated Christmas trees to benefit the Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministries, will be held at The Monte Vista Hotel, 308 West State St., Black Mountain. Free to attend with donations encouraged. • FR (12/20), 5-8pmChristmas Party Hometown Holiday Jam XIII • WE (12/11), 8PM - Hometown Holiday Jam XIII , to benefit Children's Hospital and Manna Food Bank will be held at the The Orange Peel, 101 Biltmore Ave. Canned food donations accepted at event. $10. Tickets and info: LEAF Schools and Streets • WEDNESDAYS, 5-7pm - Wine tasting and jazz, to benefit LEAF Schools and Streets, will be held at 5 Walnut Wine Bar, 5 Walnut St. $5. Info: or Neighbors In Need Benefit Concert • TH (12/19), 7-9pm - A holiday music concert to benefit Neighbors in Need, a food pantry which also helps with heating bills, will be held at Marshall Presbyterian Church, 165 Main

St., Marshall. Donations encouraged. Info: North BuNcomBe BaNd trip • SA (12/14), 8-10am - Fatz Cafe, 5 Spartan Ave., will host a pancake breakfast to benefit North Buncombe Blackhawk Band's trip to the pearl harbor memorial parade in 2014. $7/ children 6 and under free. Info: or 545-5754. pastyme Gives coNcert to BeNefit the philippiNes • SA (12/14), 2pm - Pastyme will perform a concert to benefit doctors Without Borders and their work with victims of Typhoon Haiyan. Held at the Basilica of Saint Lawrence, 97 Haywood St. Info: traNsylvaNia commuNity arts couNcil Located at 349 S. Caldwell St., Brevard. Hours: Mon.-Fri., 9:30am-4:30pm. Info: or 884-2787. • FR (12/13) - A reception including wine, hors d’oeuvres, entertainment and an art raffle to benefit arts-in-schoolsprogram. $50. • SA (12/14) - Holiday themed

fundraiser and tour of artists’ studios to benefit tc arts council youth programs. $20. Waltz BeNefit • MO (12/16), 8pm- Old Farmer's Ball will hold its Annual Benefit Waltz to assist dancers in need. Held at the Grey Eagle,185 Clingman Ave. Beginners lesson at 7:30. Formal attire. $7. Info: oldfarmersball. com White horse Black mouNtaiN Located at 105C Montreat Road. Info: whitehorseblackmountain. com or 669-0816. • TH (12/12), 6:30pm - Box 4 Beer to benefit residents in need in swannanoa valley, through Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministries will feature music by The Hackbirds. Free with the donation of a box of food.

BusiNess & techNoloGy americaN BusiNess WomeN’s associatioN Info:

• TH (12/12), 5:30-7:30pm ABWA will hold their Holiday Meeting at the Crowne Plaza Resort, 1 Resort Drive, in the Dogwood Room. Bring gift costing $25 or less for gift exchange. $25 includes dinner. Registration required. Info: asheville makerspace tech tuesday • TUESDAYS, 6pm - Asheville Makers, “a group for people who make stuff,” meets weekly to discuss projects and welcome new volunteers. Held at Top Floor Studio Coworking, 9 Walnut St. Info: GoodWill career classes Info and registration: 298-9023, ext. 1106. • ONGOING - Classes for those interested in careers in the food and hotel industries. Hands-on training includes American Hotel and Lodging Association certification. $25. • MONDAYS through THURSDAYS, 9am-noon - General Education Diploma classes. Intake process required. • MONDAYS & WEDNESDAYS, 5:30-8:30pm - English as a second language class.

• ONGOING - Entry-level computer classes. • TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS, 1:30-4pm - Classes for those interested in medical office support careers. Fee waived for job seekers.

classes, meetiNGs & eveNts criBBaGe GatheriNG • MONDAYS, 6pm - A weekly cribbage game will meet at Atlanta Bread Company, 633 Merrimon Ave. All levels welcome. Free. Info: peter.ely@gmail. com.

com. frieNds of hickory Nut GorGe Advocates for the natural beauty, biodiversity and wildlife habitat, along with the ecological health and integrity of Hickory Nut Gorge. Info: 685-8798 or www. • WE (12/11), 6-8pm - The group will hold their annual holiday gettogether to celebrate the year's accomplishments at the Lake Lure Inn, 2771 Memorial Highway, Lake Lure. Free.

first coNGreGatioNal church iN heNdersoNville Fifth Avenue West at White Pine Street, Hendersonville. Info: 6928630 or • SA (12/14), 10am-2pm - A sale with homemade cookies and used books.

heNdersoN couNty heritaGe museum Located in the Historic Courthouse on Main St., Hendersonville. Wed.-Sat., 10am5pm; Sun., 1-5pm. Free unless otherwise noted. Info: or 694-1619. • Through TU (12/31) - "Golden Age: Coming of the Railroad" exhibit will includes replicas and relics.

four seasoNs toastmasters • WEDNESDAYS, 8-9am - Four Seasons Toastmasters will meet at Lake Pointe Landing, 333 Thompson St., Hendersonville. Info: fourseasonstoastmasters.

lookiNG for mr. GoodBar meetup • SUNDAYS, 1pm - The "Looking for Mr. Goodbar" group, moderated by Patrick Ochsenreiter, meets weekly at Wall Street Coffee House, 62 Wall St., for

"banter about what is happening in the world of gay men." Info: or music lessoNs at asheville music school • TUESDAYS, 5pm - Asheville Music School, a nonprofit community music school, offers private lessons and group instruction for all instruments, voices and styles. 126 College St. Info: 252-6244. pisGah astroNomical research iNstitute (pari) Info: or 862-5554. • FR (12/13), 7pm - PARI invites the public to a program about Messier Objects that includes a tour of the campus and celestial observations. Held at 1 PARI Drive, Balsam Grove. Reservations required. $20/$15 seniors and military/$10 children under 14. voices iN the laurel Comprised of regional students in grades 1-12, Voices in the Laurel focuses on providing choral education for young people. Info: or 335-2849. • SA (12/14), 10am-4pm - A Winter Silent Auction to benefit the choir will be held at the

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Send your event listings to Mountain Shag Club • TUESDAYS - The club meets weekly at Fred's Speakeasy, 2310 Hendersonville Road, Arden. Free lessons from 6:307pm. Shag DJ from 7-10pm. $5. Info: Old Farmer's Ball Contra Dance Held at Warren Wilson College, 701 Warren Wilson Road, Swannanoa, in Bryson Gym. Beginner's lesson at 7:30pm. $6/$5 OFB members/$1 Warren Wilson students. Info: • TH (12/12), 8pm - Carolina Dingos will perform. • TH (12/19), 8pm- Boom Chuck will perform.


A holiday food ad-venture: Blue Ridge Food Ventures will hold its annual Holiday Marketplace on Wednesday, Dec. 11. Local food artisans will offer gourmet jams, spicy mustards, organic chocolates, herb blends and more for the public to sample or purchase for a tasty holiday gift. (p. 19)

Harrell Center, Room 202, 91 N Lakeshore Drive, Lake Junaluska. Free to attend.

Comedy Disclaimer Comedy • FRIDAYS, 8-9:30pm Disclaimer Comedy presents weekly stand-up at Elaine's Piano Bar in the Grove Park Inn, 290 Macon Ave. Free. Info: Disclaimer Stand-up Open Mic • WEDNESDAYS, 9pm Disclaimer Stand-Up Lounge open mic is held at the Dirty South Lounge, 41 N. Lexington Ave. Free. Info: Slice of Life Comedy • SU (12/15), 7:30pm - Stand-up comedy and booked open mic. Held at Pulp, below the Orange Peel, 103 Hilliard Ave. $5. Info and booking:

Dance Beginner Swing Dancing Lessons (pd.) 4 week series starts first Tuesday of every month at 7:30pm. $12/week per person. • No partner necessary. Eleven


on Grove, downtown Asheville. Details: www.SwingAsheville. com Studio Zahiya (pd.) Studio Zahiya, Downtown Dance Classes Monday 7pm Bellydance 1 • Tuesday 8:15am 30 Minute Workout, 9am Hip Hop Workout Dance • Wednesday 5pm Beginner Bellydance, 7pm Bellydance, 7pm High Heels Hip Hop • Thursday 9am Bellydance Workout • 7pm Bollywood • 8pm Hip Hop • Sunday 3pm Yoga for Dancers$13 for 60 minute classes.• 90 1/2 N. Lexington Avenue. • 828.242.7595. DANCECLUB DANCE CLASSES (pd.) • Monday, 6pm: Jazz/Funk to Rihanna. • Tuesday, 6:30pm: Dance & Sweat, Gangama Style, Jerk, Soulja Boy. • Wednesday, 6pm: Beginner Modern. • Wednesday, 7:30pm: Burlesque, Boas, Feathers, Embracing your Sexy. • Thursday, 10am: Booty Camp Exercise. • Saturday, December 14, 1-3pm, Workshop: Holiday Striptease Class with costume accessories and bubbly! $9-$11/class. Class location: 114 N. Lexington Ave. Information/Registration: 828275-8628. Black Mountain Center


for the Arts 225 W. State St., Black Mountain. Mon.-Fri., 10am-5pm. Info: or 669-0930. • MONDAYS through (12/16) Adult high-energy dance class with Amy Maze. $12. Embody Samba Workshop • SU (12/15), 1-3pm - A Brazilian Samba workshop with live drumming. Option audition for Embody Samba performance group follows lesson. Held at Terpsicorps Theatre of Dance, 339 Old Lyman St. $30/ $20 advance. English Country Dance • SU (12/15), 4-6:30pm - Old Farmer's Ball presents an english country dance at the Homewood Event and Conference Center, 19 Zillicoa St. Beginners' lesson at 3:30pm. $6/ $5 for OFB members. Info: 230-8449 and oldfarmersball. com Line Dance Classes • WEDNESDAYS, 9-10:30am Henderson County Department of Parks and Recreation will host beginner classes in line dancing. Held at the Athletics and Activity Center, 708 South Grove St., Hendersonville. Registration required. $5 per class. Info: or 890-5777.

Asheville Green Drinks • WE (12/11), 5:30pm "Asheville Green Drinks" to celebrate International Mountain Day. Held at Green Sage, 5 Broadway St. Includes a presentation from WNC Alliance's Bob Gale and biologist Josh Kelly at 6pm. Free to attend. Medicinal Herb Grower Workshop • (12/14), 9am-4pm - "Medicinal Herb Growers," a workshop led by industry leaders will focus on harvesting and preservation techniques. Held at the Mountain Horticultural Crops Research & Extension Center, 455 Research Drive, Mills River. Info and registration: or 684-3562. RiverLink Events Info: or 252-8474. • TH (12/12), 11:45am-2pm - A RiverLink bus tour of the French Broad and Swannanoa rivers will meet at the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce, 36 Montford Ave. $20/free for members. Registration required.

Festivals A Night Before Christmas • SA (12/14), 6-9pm - "A Night Before Christmas," with luminaries, carolers, live music, Santa, storytelling, and old-fashioned wagon rides will be held in downtown Waynesville. Free to attend. Asheville Affiliates Holiday Party • WE (12/11), 6pm - Asheville Affiliates will hold a "Naughty or Nice" themed holiday dressup party with appetizers and a cash bar. Held at at Marketplace

Restaurant, 20 Wall St. $10. Info: Black Mountain Cookie Tour • SA (12/14) & SU (12/15), 2-4pm - “Visions of Sugar Plums” cookie tour invites the public to tour B&Bs; and inns for cookies and refreshments.$12/$5 for ages 5-16/children under 5 free. Info: Blacklight Christmas Musical • WE (12/11) through SA (12/14) - Living Water Church, 1284 Sugarloaf Road, Hendersonville, will host a blacklight Christmas musical. Wed.- Fri.: 7pm; Sat: noon & 2pm. Food and presents given to needy families during Sat. shows. Info: 698- 4664. Carl Sandburg Home Holiday Events Musicians and storytellers will perform every Saturday from Thanksgiving to New Years. Located at 81 Carl Sandburg Lane, Flat Rock, three miles south of Hendersonville off U.S. 25. Info: or 6934178. • SA (12/14), noon-3pm - The New Mountain Strings will perform in the bookstore. • SA (12/14), 11am- The Southern Appalachian Chamber Singers will perform. Christmas at the Farm • Through (12/21), 10am4pm - Christmas at the Farm at Sycamore Farms, 764 S. Mills River Road, Mills River, will include a reading of the Christmas Story and a craft demonstrations. $8/$4 children under 3. Additional cost for tour. Info: 891-2487. Christmas Singing at St. John's • SA (12/14), 10am-3pm - 19th Annual Old St. John’s Shape Note Singing, an acapella performance of Christmas music, will be held at 702 N. Main St., Rutherfordton. Free. Info: 828287-0508 or christianharmony. org.

with a visit from Santa at the Town Hall from 11am-noon. Free. Info: 687-0751. Holiday Tailgate Markets • Through WE (12/18), 2-6pm - Weaverville Tailgate/ Holiday Market will be held outside the Weaverville Community Center, 60 Lakeshore Drive, Weaverville. Includes food vendors, artisans, and craft vendors. Free to attend. Info: weavervilletailgate. org. • Through SA (12/21), 10am2pm - Madison County Farmers and Artisans Holiday Market will be held in the lower level of Fiddlestix, 37 Library St. Mars Hill. Includes food and craft vendors. Free to attend. Info: info@ • SA (12/14), 2-5pm - Flat Rock’s Tailgate Market will hold its Annual Holiday Market in the courtyard in front of Hubba Hubba Smokehouse, 2724 Greenville Highway, Flat Rock. Free to attend. Lighting of the Green • Through FR (12/20), 6-8pm A-B Tech's Lighting of the Green will feature historic homes on the school's Asheville campus decorated for the season. Free. Info: Mills River Holiday Home Tour • SU (12/15), 1pm-5pm- The Mills River Holiday Tour of Homes will tour homes, bed & breakfast and a business decorated for the holidays. $12. Locations and info: 684-8425. Montford Holiday Tour of Homes • SA (12/14), 1-5pm - A selfguided tour of historic Montford homes will feature baked goods, hot drinks and entertainment. $20. Tickets and info:

Dillsboro Lights and Luminaries • FR(12/6) & SA(12/14), 5:309pm - The Dillsboro Festival of Lights and Luminaries will feature more than 2,500 candles, a visit from Santa, iceless ice skating, warm beverages and live music. Held throughout downtown Dillsboro. Free. Info: or (800) 962-1911.

Operation Toasty Toes Chapter 7 Makes yarn comfort items that are sent to troops deployed overseas. Info: Info@ or • Through TU (12/31) Operation Toasty Toes will display Christmas trees dedicated to members of the armed forces at select Henderson County libraries. Families of soliders are encouraged to provide a photo to Chapter 7 for inclusion. Info: or 6969777.

Fletcher Christmas Parade • SA (12/14), 10:30am-noon The Town of Fletcher will hold its 25th annual Christmas Parade,

Saluda Christmas at Orchard Inn • SU (12/15), 5-8pm - The Saluda Christmas Celebration will be held at the Orchard Inn, 100

Politics Orchard Inn Lane, Saluda. Includes hors d'oeuvres, drinks, music by blues pianist Fred Whiskin and door prizes. $40. Info: or 749-3789. Santa on the Chimney • SA(12/14), 11am-2pm - Santa will climb down Chimney Rock. Live holiday music, hot cocoa and cookies, guided hikes and kids’ activities also offered. Free with park admission. Info: or 800-277-9611.   School Choirs at AVL Airport School choirs will perform on the pre-security side of the Asheville Regional Airport, 61 Terminal Drive, Fletcher. Free to attend. • MO (12/16), 10:15am- Brevard High School Choir • TU (12/17), 10:15am- Claxton Elementary School Choir • TU (12/17), 11:30amCullowhee Valley School Choir • WE (12/18), 10:15am- Rosman High School Choir • WE (12/18), 11am- Clyde A. Erwin High School Choir • TH (12/19), 2pm - Enka Middle School Choir Songs of the Seasons • SU (12/15), 2-4pm - "Songs for the Seasons," a holiday singalong hosted by Four Seasons Compassion for Life, will be held on the steps of the historic Henderson County courthouse, 1 Historic Courthouse Square, Hendersonville. Thomas Wolfe Memorial Located at 52 N. Market St. Info: or 253-8304. • SA (12/14), 4-7pm - An evening of Victorian decorations and demonstrations, live music and a visit from Saint Nick. $10/ kids under 8 free.

Food & Beer Blue Ridge Food Ventures Blue Ridge Food Ventures is a nonprofit food and natural product business incubator. Located at 1461 Sand Hill Road, on the A-B Tech Enka Campus. Info: 348-0130 or • WE (12/11), 9am-1pm & 4-7pm - A holiday market where local food artisans will sell handcrafted wares. Hands On! This children's museum is located at 318 N. Main St., Hendersonville. Tues.-Sat.,

10am-5pm. Programs require $5 admission fee/free for members, unless otherwise noted. Info: or 697-8333. • SA (12/14), 7-9 pm - "Grownup Science Night" will demonstrate the science of wine making and chocolate. $15/$25 couple ticket. Oskar Blues Brewery Located at 342 Mountain Industrial Drive, Brevard. Hours: Sun.-Thurs.: noon-8pm; Fri.-Sat.: noon-10pm. Info: oskarblues. com or 883-2337. • TH (12/12), 4pm - The brewery will hold its first Brevardaversary celebration with live music, a bonfire, food from Little Bee Thai, American Craft Beer Cookbook author John Holl and more. Free.

Gardening Tailgate Markets • THURSDAYS • 8am-2pm - Henderson County Curb Market, 221 N. Church St., Hendersonville. Ends Dec. 31. SATURDAYS • 6am-noon - Caldwell County Farmers Market, 120 Hospital Ave., N.E., Lenoir. Ends Dec. 21. • 8am-1pm - Asheville City Market, 161 South Charlotte St. Ends Dec. 28. • 8am-2pm - Henderson County Curb Market, 221 N. Church St., Hendersonville. Ends Dec. 31. • 8am-12:30pm - Transylvania Tailgate Market, 190 E. Main St., Brevard. Ends Dec. 21. • 8:30am-12:30pm - Yancey County Farmers Market, U.S. 19 East at S. Main Street, Burnsville. Ends Dec. 14. • 9am-noon - Jackson County Farmers Market, in the Community Table, 23 Central St. Through March. • 9am-noon - Historic Marion Tailgate Market, West Henderson and Logan Streets. Ends Dec. 14. TUESDAYS • 8am-2pm - Henderson County Curb Market, 221 N. Church St., Hendersonville. Ends Dec. 31. • 3-6pm - Historic Marion Tailgate Market, West Henderson and Logan streets. Ends Dec. 14. DAILY • 8am-6pm - WNC Farmers Market, 570 Brevard Road. Ongoing.

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Blue Ridge Republican Women • 2nd THURSDAYS, 6:30pm - The Blue Ridge Republican Women and Buncombe County Republican Men meet monthly at the Renaissance Hotel, 31 Woodfin St. Gatherings feature guest speakers. $18 for optional dinner at 6pm. Info: Henderson County Democratic Discussion Group • 2nd WEDNESDAYS, 8am - The Henderson County Democratic Discussion Group will meet at Mike’s on Main, 303 N. Main St., Hendersonville. Info: or 692-6424. Henderson County Democratic Party Headquarters are located at 905 Greenville Highway, Hendersonville. Info: myhcdp. com or 692-6424. • SA (12/14), 9am-noon- A hot breakfast will be held at the HCDP Headquarters. $8. • 3rd WEDNESDAYS, 11:30am - The Henderson County Senior Democrats will meet at HCDP Headquarters. Bring a bagged lunch. • WE (12/18), noon - A meeting will be held at the HCDP Headquarters. Social and BYO Lunch at 11:30am. Free.


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the Memorial Chapel, 91 N. Lakeshore Drive, Lake Junaluska. $15.

Christmas Cabaret • SU (12/15), 2-4pm- "Christmas Cabaret" will feature holiday songs from around the world. Held at the Unity Center, 2041 Old Fanning Bridge Road, Mills River. Free. Info:

White Horse Black Mountain Located at 105C Montreat Road. Info: whitehorseblackmountain. com or 669-0816. • WE (12/11), 7pm - Christ Community Church of Montreat Choir will perform "On This Shining Night," a Christmas Cantata. Free. • SA (12/14), 8pm - The Asheville Jazz Orchestra will perform.

Feed & Seed A non-alcoholic venue and church located at 3715 Hendersonville Road, Fletcher. Info: or 216-3492. • TH (12/12), 7pm - The Fletcher Community Chorus will perform a Christmas concert.

Help feed the hungry: MANNA FoodBank needs volunteers to help sort and pack food on Thursday, Dec. 12. MANNA sends food to agencies that serve 17 counties in Western North Carolina. (p. 22).

3-5pm. Info: or 253-3227. • TU (12/17), 10:30 am - Tot Time, a program of the Museum's interactive Art PLAYce for Children, will hold activities for pre-school age children. Holly-days at Hands-On! A month-long educational event with a wintery wonderland & holiday theme. Held in Hands On! A Child's Gallery, 318 N. Main Street, Hendersonville. Hours: Tues.-Sat.: 10am-5pm. $5 admission not included. Info: or 697-8333. • THURSDAYS, 4-4:30pm "Yuletide Shake, Rattle, & Rhythm," will teach simple rhythms on different instruments. Ages 5 & up. • TH (12/12), 10:30am - "Candy Cane Math," teaches math with candy canes. • FRIDAYS, 10:30-noon & 2-4pm Winter Arts & Crafts • TU (12/17) - FR (12/20), 2pm - Christmas card and ornament workshop • WE (12/18), 2-3:30pm - A reading of the book The Mitten by Jan Brett followed by a hands on science class about heating. First class of two part series. Ages 6 and up. $8/$2 for members. • TH (12/19), 2-3:30pm - A reading of the book The Mitten by Jan Brett followed by a hands on science class about heating. Second class of two part series. Ages 6 and up. $8/$2 for members. • TH (12/19), 10:30-11:30am Elves Workshop: Wooden Gifts. Ages 5 years & up. $7/$2 for members.


Play and Learn for Infants and Toddlers • TUESDAYS, 10:30am & THURSDAYS, 10 & 11am - An 8-week series of pre-literacy classes for parents and children from Buncombe County. Tuesdays, ages 3-12 months; Thursdays, ages 13-35 months. Free. Info, location and registration: grace. or 350-2932. Toe River Arts Council The TRAC Center Gallery: 269 Oak Ave., Spruce Pine. Burnsville TRAC Gallery: 102 W. Main St. Hours: Tues.-Sat., 10:30am-5pm. Spruce Pine info: 765-0520. Burnsville info: 682-7215. General info: • We (12/11), 3:30-5pm - “Burlap Bird Ornaments and Holiday Beeswax Candles” workshop for children 3 and up. $14 per child. Held in the Arts Resource Center. Registration required. • TU (12/17), 3:30-5pm - Learn how to make traditional rag dolls. Children 6 and up. $15 per child. Held in the Arts Resource Center. Registration required.

Music Song O' Sky Chorus (pd.) Tuesday 6:45-9:30 PM Song O' Sky Chorus (Sweet Adelines International) Covenant Community Church, 11 Rocket Dr., 28803 Asheville's premier a capella barbershop-style chorus! We welcome all women who love to sing! 1-866-


824-9547 42nd Street Jazz Band • SATURDAYS, 6-9pm - The 42nd Street Jazz Band will perform at Kelsey's Restaurant and Lounge, 840 Spartanburg Highway, Hendersonville. Free. Info: 6939393. Black Mountain Center for the Arts Musical Events Located at 225 West State St. in Black Mountain. Info: 669-0930 or • TH (12/12), 7:30 - Jazz pianist and composer Michael Jefry Stevens and vibraphonist and percussionist Jason DeCristofaro will perform. $10. Blue Ridge Ringers A five-octave auditioned community handbell ensemble based in Hendersonville. Concerts are free to attend. Info: 692-4910. • SU (12/15), 4pm - The group will perform at the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 22 Fisher Road, Brevard. Cantaria International Holiday Concert • TH (12/19), 7:30pm - Cantaria, The Gay Men's Chorus of Asheville, will perform a concert of seasonal music from around the world. Held at the Cathedral of All Souls, 9 Swan St. Open dress rehearsal: Sun. Dec. 15, 4 pm. Info: Carolina Concert Choir • SA (12/14), 3pm - The Carolina Concert Choir Christmas Concert will be held at Blue Ridge

Holiday Barbershop Quartet • SA (12/14), 3pm - Land of the Sky Barber Shop Group will perform Christmas songs at the Weaverville Library, 41 N. Main St., Weaverville. Free. Info: or 250-6482. Land of the Sky Chorus For men age 12 and older. Info: or 768-9303. • SA (12/14), 3pm - “A Season for Harmony” concert will be performed at the Weaverville Library, 41 N. Main St., Weaverville. Info: 250-6482. Music at Brevard College Events take place in the Porter Center for the Performing Arts, unless otherwise noted. Info: or 884-8211. • TH (12/12), 7:30pm - The college's music department will present its annual Festival of the Season concert. Free. Open Mic at the Courtyard Gallery • MONDAYS, 8:30-10:30pm Open mic with Ash Devine at the Courtyard Gallery in the Phil Mechanic Building, 109 Roberts St. Musicians, storytellers, poets, filmmakers and other artists welcome. Free. Info: Performances at Diana Wortham Theatre Located at 2 South Pack Square. Info: or 257-4530. • FR (12/13), 6:30pm Intersections will host "Winter Songs with Beth and Jim Magill." Held in The Forum. $10/$8 children ages 2-12. Voices in the Laurel Comprised of regional students in grades 1-12, Voices in the Laurel focuses on providing choral education for young people. Info: or 335-2849. • SU (12/15), 3pm - The choir's holiday concert will be held at

Outdoors Lake James State Park 6883 N.C. Highway 126, Nebo. Programs are free unless otherwise noted. Info: 584-7728. • SA (12/14), 10am - Park Ranger Earl Weaver will lead a hike on the Holly Discovery Nature Trail. Meets the trailhead in the Paddy’s Creek Area. • SA (12/14), 2pm - Park Supt. Nora Coffey will lead a talk about identifying animal tracks and signs. Meets at the Catawba River Area office. Registration required. • SU (12/15), 2pm - Park Ranger Earl Weaver will guide a boat tour searching for waterfowl. Meets at the picnic shelter in the Paddy’s Creek Area. Registration required. WNC Alliance Info: or 258-8737. • SA (12/14), 10am-5pm - WNCA will organize a hike in the Hickory Nut Gorge on the Bearwallow Mountain trail followed by a far tour of the Hickory Nut Gap Farm. Free.

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with Rev. Teijo Munnich from 10:30am-noon. Free. • TUESDAYS, 3:30pm Meditation, readings and discussion with Rev. Teijo Munnich. Light Center 2196 N.C. Highway 9 S., Black Mountain. Info: or 669-6845. • DAILY, 10am-4:30pm - Chakra balancing light sessions. Donations accepted. • DAILY - Seven Circuit Classical Labyrinth. Daylight hours. • SA (12/14), 11am-5:30pm "Mind Body Spirit Day." Visit for full listings of the day's events. • TUESDAYS, 7:30pm - Self Energy Awareness Group. Nine Lessons and Carols Service • SU (12/15), 5pm - Trinity Episcopal Church, 60 Church St., will hold a Festival Service of Nine Lessons and Carols. SeniorSalt Carol Sing at The Cove • Through TH (12/12), 9am2:30pm - The Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove, 1 Porters Cove Road, will host "SeniorSalt Carol Sing," with Christmas carols and devotional thought. $25. Info: or 298-2092. Sisters on the Journey • WEDNESDAYS, 6:30-8:30pm - Sisters on the Journey women's circle will focus on living genuine, wholehearted and empowered lives. $10. Info and location: or Spiritual Development 101 • WEDNESDAYS, 7pm Spiritual Development 101 will teach participants how to develop spiritual gifts. Held at the Dove's Nest. Free. Info and directions: 808-3879 or

Spoken & Written Word Black Mountain Center for the Arts 225 W. State St., Black Mountain. Mon.-Fri., 10am-5pm. Info: or 669-0930. • FR (12/13), 12 PM "Christmas Poems: A Reading and Writing Workshop." Free. Blue Ridge Books Located at 152 S. Main St., Waynesville. All programs free, unless otherwise noted. Info: or 456-

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Sports Asheville Browns Backers • ONGOING - Asheville Browns Backers, a nonprofit organization, invites Cleveland Browns fans to view games at Beef 'O Brady's, 2625 Hendersonville Road. Free. Info: Dodgeball Registration • Through TU (12/17) Registration for individuals and teams wishing to participate in dodgeball season will end on Dec. 17. The games will take place Tuesdays, Jan. 7 through Feb. 25 at the UNCA Justice Center. $225 per team/$40 per individual. Info: or 250-4269.


Guidance from spirit Local medium shares his insights on new radio show WHAT: A new weekly radio program with direct voice medium and metaphysics expert, Hans Christian King. Each week, Guidance for Life with Hans Christian King will feature a different spiritual topic; upcoming shows include “Receiving Guidance From Your Angels” on Dec. 14, and “Everyone Can Hear God” on Dec. 21. WHEN: Every Saturday, 1-2 p.m. WHERE: 880 AM or WHY: For over 50 years, King has been sharing his talent as a medium in order to assist people in various aspects of their lives, from communicating with lost loved ones to offering spiritual insights. In addition to his new radio program, he offers intuitive-development classes in North Asheville. King spoke with Xpress about what



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Anam Cara Theatre Anam Cara strives to provide progressive, thought provoking theatre. 203 Haywood Road. Info: or 545-3861. • FR (12/13), 8pm - Tales and Ales, a storytelling open mic. Sponsored by Asheville Brewing. Free. Asheville Community Theatre Located at 35 E. Walnut St. Tickets and info: ashevilletheatre. org or 254-1320. • TH (12/19) through SU (12/22) - The Santaland Diaries, by David Sedaris will be performed Thurs.Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2:30pm. $15.

South Main St., Hendersonville. Info: or 693-0731. • Through SU (12/22) - A Christmas Story will be held on the MainStage. Wed.-Sat.: 2pm & 8pm; Sun: 2pm. $35. • TH(12/12) through SU(12/22) - "O Holy Night," a musical adaptation of the Nativity Story. Wed.-Sat: 8pm; Thur., Sat., & Sun. 2pm. $35/$33 seniors, AAA, military/$25 students. Hendersonville Little Theatre 229 S. Washington St., Hendersonville. Info: 692-1082 or • TH(12/12) through SU(12/22)"The Gifts of The Magi," a musical from the stories by O.Henry. Thur.-Sat.: 7:30pm; Sun.: 2pm. $20/$10 under age 18.

Volunteering American Cancer Society • WEEKDAYS, 9am-1pm - The American Cancer Society seeks volunteers to provide information to cancer patients and their families. Orientation and screening required. • The American Cancer Society seeks volunteers to drive cancer patients to treatments in Buncombe County. Must have valid driver's license, vehicle and insurance. Info: (800) 227-2345.

Montford Park Players Unless otherwise noted, performances are free and take place outdoors at Hazel Robinson Amphitheater in Montford. Donations accepted. Info: or 254-5146. • Through SU (12/22) - The Montford Park Players will be performing A Christmas Carol at the Asheville Masonic Temple, 80 Broadway St.

Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity • ONGOING - AAHH, a nonprofit whose goal is to provide safe and decent housing to Buncombe County residents, seeks ReStore volunteers. Opportunities include working with the deconstruction program and assisting with neighborhood pickups and deliveries. Info:

Performances at Diana Wortham Theatre Located at 2 South Pack Square. Info: or 257-4530. • FR (12/13) through SU (12/15) - Asheville Ballet will perform The Nutcracker. Fri.: 7:30pm; Sat.: 2:30pm & 7:30pm; Sun: 2:30pm. $50-$25/$15 children and students.

Asheville City Schools Foundation • ONGOING - The Asheville City Schools Foundation seeks volunteers to tutor/mentor students (K-12) in need of support. Volunteer opportunities available Mon.-Fri., 8am-6pm. Info: jay@ or 350-6135.

Black Mountain Center for the Arts 225 W. State St., Black Mountain. Mon.-Fri., 10am-5pm. Info: or 6690930. • SU (12/15), 4pm - The Front Porch Theatre will perform The Gift of the Magi. $10 • TH (12/19), 7:30 pm Rediscovering Christmas features Jim and Carol Anderson in a series of original vignettes about Christmas. $15

Thomas Wolfe Auditorium Located in the U.S. Cellular Center, 87 Haywood St. Tickets and info: uscellularcenterasheville. com • WE (12/11), 7:30pm - The Moscow Ballet will perform The Nutcracker. Tickets: $29.50$104.50.

Events at 35below This black box theater is located underneath Asheville Community Theatre at 35 E. Walnut St. Info: 254-1320 or • THURSDAYS through SUNDAYS (12/5)-(12/22) - All in the Timing, six one-act comedies, will be performed by the Attic Salt Theatre Company. Thur.Sat.: 7:30pm. Sun.: 2:30pm. $15

Children First/ CIS Mind the Gap Tour • TU (12/17), 3:30pm - The Children First/CIS Mind the Gap Tour will call attention to issues that hinder the success of children and families in poverty. Free. Info and registration: or 259-9717.

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Children First/CIS • ONGOING - Children First/CIS seeks volunteers for its learning centers and after school program

Aurora Studio & Gallery - Special Events • Aurora Studio, a planned collective art space for artists affected by mental illness, homelessness and/or addiction, needs volunteers for planning fundraisers in 2014. Info: aurorastudio-gallery. com or 335-1038. Big Brothers Big Sisters of WNC Located at 50 S. French Broad Ave., Room 213, in the United Way building. The organization matches children from single-parent homes with adult mentors. Info: or 253-1470. • Big Brothers Big Sisters seeks volunteers 18 and older to share outings in the community twice a month with youth from singleparent homes. Activities are free or low-cost, such as sports, local attractions, etc. Volunteers age 16 and older are needed to mentor one hour per week in schools and after-school sites. Information session: Dec. 12, noon.

Hands On AshevilleBuncombe Registration required. Youth are welcome on many projects with adult supervision. Info: or call 2-1-1. Visit the website to sign up for a project. • TH (12/12), 9am-noon - Help sort and pack food at MANNA FoodBank for agencies serving hungry people in 17 WNC counties. • SA (12/14), 10am-12pm - Teacher’s Pet: volunteers needed to create supplemental educational materials (flashcards, games, etc.) that will be used to help Buncombe County elementary students improve their math skills. • SA (12/14), 10am-1pm & TU (12/17), 4-6pm - Fair-Trade Stock-Up: Assist with unpacking and pricing merchandise for Ten Thousand Villages, a nonprofit, fair-trade retail store. • SU (12/15), 1-2pm - Knitters of all skill levels are needed to knit baby hats for newborns and expectant mothers served by WNCCHS Pediatric Program and homeless men and women served at A HOPE Day Center. • WE (12/18), 6-8:30pm Volunteers needed to make cookies for hospice patients at CarePartners' John Keever Solace Center. Interfaith Assistance Ministry • ONGOING - Interfaith Assistance Ministry offers emergency assistance to Henderson County residents in financial crisis. Four-hour volunteer shifts available as well as substitute opportunities. Info: or 697-7029. Literacy Council of Buncombe County Located at 31 College Place, Building B, Suite 221. Info:, volunteers@ or 254-3442.

• Volunteers are needed to tutor adults in basic literacy skills including reading, writing, math and English as a second language. Tutors provide one on one or small group instruction in Buncombe County. No prior tutoring experience or foreign language skills required. Orientation: Jan. 8 or 9.

Opportunities • Through (12/31) - The Mountain Housing Opportunities seeks low-tomoderate income families for its Self Help Home Ownership Program, "an alternative path to affordable homeownership." No construction experience or

Loving Food Resources LFR is an all volunteer special needs food pantry in Asheville, which provides food and personal care items to persons living with HIV/AIDS or in Home Hospice care with any diagnosis. Info: or 255-9282. • ONGOING - Loving Food Resources needs volunteers Tue. 9-11am, Wed. 9-11am, Fri. 9am-noon and Sat. 9am11 and/or 11am-2pm. Help is needed with stocking, helping clients shop, driving, food box delivery, sorting, internet related tasks, graphic design and office assistance.

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Asheville regional airport. or 254-4030, ext. 122. The Rathbun Center • ONGOING - The Rathbun Center, which provides free lodging for patients and their caregivers staying in Asheville for medical treatment, seeks volunteers to support and register guests. Weekend shifts: noon3pm, 3-6pm and 6-9pm. Info: or 251-0595. Western North Carolina Alliance • WEDNESDAYS, noonseeks volunteers to sample water in the French Broad watershed for bacterial pollution. Meets at Westfeldt Park, Highway 280 and Old Fanning Bridge Road near the Bring water, snacks and old shoes. Info: or CALENDAR DEADLINE The deadline for free and paid listings is 5 p.m. WEDNESDAY, one week prior to publication. Questions? Call (828)2511333, ext. 365

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The Asheville Holiday Parade made its way through downtown on Saturday, Nov. 23. It was the 67th iteration of the annual event that brought out marching bands, floats, cyclists, roller skaters, martial artists, dancers, jugglers and, of course, the big man in the red suit. Despite chilly temperatures, crowds gathered along Biltmore and Patton Avenues to cheer the cheerleaders and catch candy prizes. This year’s theme was “A star is born,” and indeed they were: First place — judged in the categories of civic/nonprofit, cheerleading/gymnastics, dance and corporate/business — went to Western North Carolina Down Syndrome Alliance, Salem Elementary School, Angie’s Dance Academy and Highland Brewing Co., respectively. X


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cool craft holiday market — Join 40 of the Asheville area’s finest craft artists, jewelers and potters at handmade in america’s second Cool Craft Holiday Market. This year, the market adds food artisans to that list. HandMade partners with Blue Ridge Food Ventures to bring artisanal bites, along with jams and other treats in jars and bottles, to the festive spread. Check it out on Friday, Dec. 13, 5-8 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 14, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 15, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. songs of the seasons — Gather around the steps of the historic henderson county courthouse and celebrate friends, family and December’s festivities. Songs of the Seasons, the annual holiday sing-a-long is hosted by Four Seasons Compassion for Life. The program brings together an eclectic and nondenominational mix of traditional and contemporary holiday songs to ignite spirits, round out the year and connect with our community and loved ones. Join Songs of the Seasons on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2-4 p.m. at the courthouse in downtown Hendersonville. Lake julian festival of Lights — Never mind that whole “Jack Frost nipping at your nose” thing. Pack the car (or van or motor coach, if you’re feeling ambitious) full of your closest friends and family, crank up the heat and the holiday tunes and cruise through this annual exhibit. Thousands of colored lights and more than 50 animated displays illuminate the night. The route circles through Lake Julian Park (406 Overlook Road Extension, Arden). The festival runs through Monday, Dec. 23. Visit nightly, 6-9 p.m. $5 cars/$10 vans/$25 motor coaches. flat Rock’s holiday market — Come sit by the fire and enjoy live music by the Jazzberries at the Flat Rock Tailgate Market’s annual holiday edition. You can also sip wines from the Burnt Shirt Winery and dig into desserts made by Marvelous Pies, among many more holiday offerings. Vendors are stocked with squashes, pumpkins and other late fall and early winter veggies, meats and poultry. shop for seasonal jams and jellies, special honeys, cheeses and baked treats. The market is held Saturday, Dec. 14, 2-5 p.m., and is free and open to the public. madison county arts council’s holiday sale — Join three stories of artists, artisans and craft makers for the Madison County Arts Council’s annual, one-day-only holiday sale. Painters, potters, jewelers and fiber artists join printers, cooks and botanical blenders to fill the former Belk department store building in downtown marshall. While you’re there, enjoy hot mulled cider and holiday cookies. Saturday, Dec. 14, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is free. LaZoom’s holiday tour — Embrace the holidays (and your in-laws) with a grin. LaZoom is back with its annual Special Holiday Tour. This year’s cast includes a


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EYE SPY lonesome pine tree, a traveling gingerbread man and Santa, of course. There are also special guests and offerings throughout the month. Bring a toy on Thursday, Dec. 12, and join the cast, crew and the four-piece, country-Motown band Sweet Claudette for the Toys for Tots ride. And on Sunday, Dec. 22, hop on the bus for holiday-infused surf-rock from The Krektones. Holiday tours run through Tuesday, Dec. 31. Christmas at Connemara — Yuletide at the Carl Sandburg Home in Flat Rock is half song and half story, all set to humble holiday decor, poinsettias and a tree. Among the month’s events are a series of Saturday morning performances. Local musicians and storytellers recount tales and songs that recall the writer and poet. Sandburg’s own love of folk music led him to collect songs throughout his entire life, often trying his hand at performing them as part of his own literary events. Held Saturdays through Dec. 28, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Admission is free.

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Guild Artists’ Holiday Sale — More than 50 members of the Southern Highland Craft Guild will round out the year with a two-tiered holiday sale at the Folk Art Center. On Saturday, Dec. 14, shoppers can find holiday works, studio seconds and newer, experimental pieces at prices far below gallery costs. The sale runs 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Folk Art Center, located at mile post 382 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Find a list of the featured artists at Christmas at The Old Kentucky Home — This month, the place where author and native son Thomas Wolfe grew up takes a step back into the Victorian era. It’s a period predating Mrs. Wolfe’s rehab of the home into the boardinghouse immortalized in Look Homeward, Angel. Drop by on Saturday, Dec. 14, 4-7 p.m for the Victorian Candlelight Christmas, an evening that offers a glimpse into Asheville’s past and explores late 19th-century holiday traditions. Then, on Saturday, Dec. 21, join Madison County-based storyteller and balladeer Sheila Kay Adams for Christmas on the Mountain. Listen in on humorous and sentimental tales of Christmas in WNC. Adams will also play a handful of traditional mountain folk songs. Shows are at 6 and 7:30 p.m. Both events are $10. wolfememorial. com. Mr. Fred’s Fair — So, you thought the The Mothlight at Mr. Fred’s (701 Haywood Road) was just about bands and beer, right? Turns out, it’s also a prime location for affordable fine art, which is the focus of the venue’s art and craft fair. Held Tuesday, Dec. 17, at 6 p.m., “the sale will give a number of artists the opportunity to open their back catalog in a setting not often available,” according to a press release. “Because they’ve been charged no fee, the proceeds of each purchase will go entirely to the hands that made it.” Find work by Gus Cutty, Hannah Dansie, Christine Dougherty, Drew Findley of Subject Matter Studios, Andy Herod, Jason Krekel, Suzie Millions, Joshua Spiceland, Victor Palamino, Priya Ray, Nathanael Roney, Gabriel Shaffer, Dennis Smith, Johnny Tabletop and works from Open Hearts Art Center. X Kyle Sherard can be reached at

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Buddhas say 15-year-old reveals the darnedest Illuminati conspiracy to things! stunned sidewalk audience ASHEVILLE, MONDAY — A 3,000-year-old conspiracy to rule the world was disrupted in the nick of time by a 15-year-old stoner who dragged the sinister plan into the light of day for a shocked audience of passers-by on a downtown sidewalk. “I couldn’t believe what this young man was telling us,” said John Buren, 56. “But now I can’t believe we aren’t doing more to put the plotters of this conspiracy in prison.” The plotters might have gotten away with their global scheme of Luciferian domination had skateboarder and marijuana-enthusiast Steven Simmons not blown their cover shortly after he himself learned about it from an associate. “More people need to know what’s really happening,” said Simmons. Simmons’ startling revelation began as an offhand comment to a friend, but soon the boy was flooded with requests from stunned citizens who overheard the conversation. Within minutes, everyone was staring at the symbols on their dollar bills. “It certainly piqued my interest when he explained the conspiracy involved the

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Nepalese Archeologists are busy restoring a 2,600-year-old structure thought to be Buddha’s birthplace, complete with engravings of his first recorded adages:

• Three things will not remain hidden long: the sun, the moon and my poopoo diaper. • The mind is everything. What we think, we become. Let’s have a boob over here, mom. • Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Somebody light a match—my last pablum fart destroyed it! • Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment. Also: throw a towel over my weewee or I’ll piss all over you. • However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them? It’s a rhetorical question; now sh*tcan the baby talk, jackass. • People create distinctions out of their own minds and then believe them to be true. Nonetheless, never feed me anything as crappy as strained peas again. • Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without. My serene smile is due to gas. • Holding on to anger is like holding a hot coal with the intent of throwing it. Wearing this little sailor suit still really irritates me. • One must count nothing as one’s own in the midst of abundance. I told that to the E-trade baby on our play date and he laughed me out. • It is better to travel well than to arrive, which is why I always wear those grocerycart seatbelts.

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Storytelling for wellness Narrative medicine builds trust among doctors and patients


Laura Hope-Gill’s fascination with story and healing began when she was diagnosed with late-onset deafness. She felt that the language her doctor used in delivering her diagnosis had nothing to do with her or her story. “The way it was presented to me, my hearing life was over,” she says. “That isn’t the case. It was really just beginning, because deafness is an invitation to listen more deeply than I had ever listened before, in new ways far beyond just the ears. When we get our diagnoses — and we all get our diagnoses — we can frame them in this way. Physicians can be the initial authors, the bringers of that new narrative thread into our stories.” Professor Hope-Gill, director of the graduate writing program at Lenoir-Rhyne University, and Dr. Claire Hicks, HIV specialist at Four Seasons Hospice, are working to develop narrative medicine projects with local physicians in geriatrics and palliative care. In addition to offering classes on narrative medicine at LenoirNew Xpress ad 04/09


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Rhyne, which encourage storytelling as a mode of healing, HopeGill is evolving a center for narrative medicine at the university that will include film screenings, workshops, a published journal and conferences. Hope-Gill’s narrative medicine classes are geared toward physicians, caretakers and writers. The goal is to help students develop empathy and listening skills that they can employ with their patients and peers. In a recent workshop on narrative medicine at LenoirRhyne, attendees — several of

whom were caregivers — read a short story with instructions to pay careful attention to feeling, characters, texts, subtexts and metaphor. Afterward, they discussed their observations and insights in groups. In another exercise, attendees listened to another person’s story, wrote down their own interpretation of the narrative and then read the story back. The original storyteller provided feedback on how well the writer had listened in terms of capturing the details and overall theme of their expe-

rience. In several cases, the writer not only retold the story accurately but was able to perceive significant underlying themes. According to proponents of narrative medicine, this process helps doctors and caregivers cultivate deeper listening skills, which assist them in diagnosis and care. The intention is to train physicians and caregivers “not just how to read stories,” says Hope-Gill, “but how to read people, how to tune into the subtleties of what is said and unsaid, to hear what is not spoken.” Hope-Gill observes that health care professionals are often trained to keep distance between themselves and their patients. “The doctors are not at fault,” says Hope-Gill. “A particular kind of training is.” She believes that narrative medicine can transform health care, encouraging doctor-patient rapport and trust. “We reveal the most when we feel we are being heard,” she says. “We heal best when we feel someone genuinely cares for us.” And it’s not just the patients who benefit. Hicks says that narrative medicine supports her in “being able to work with difficult, paradoxical emotions that come up during treatment,” adding that the training “helps me be OK with uncertainties, especially in hospice, where we don’t always know what’s going on.” Both Hicks and Hope-Gill attended training workshops in narrative medicine at Columbia University. The program, founded by Dr. Rita Charon in 2000, was what inspired Hope-Gill to incorporate narrative medicine into the writing program at Lenoir-Rhyne. “I’m just getting started,” she says, “It’s a new field. Narrative medicine is expanding worldwide. It needs a presence here.” Lenoir-Rhyne University will offer a course in narrative medicine in February. Visit for more information on course offerings. To learn more about the field of narrative medicine, visit X Ann Marie Molnar is an Asheville writer.


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Art as medicine Shands Hospital’s mission is to create collaboration among hospitals and community arts organizations around the world. Carlin hopes to carry on that mission in hospitals and organizations within Western North Carolina. “It’s a challenging path. We’re still operating in the institutionalized paradigm,” says Carlin. “How will it morph into an integrated experience for culture and medicine? I don’t know. For Asheville to not have this program is disappointing at best. It needs to happen here.”

Artist Caty Carlin is developing an Arts in Medicine program in the area. Photo courtesy of Bob Cotton

Local artist seeks to establish art therapy program in area hospitals Artist Caty Carlin believes that “textile-making is a direct connection to healing,” adding, “Cloth was the medium through which I found sacredness.” And while textiles are Carlin’s preferred mode of expression, she maintains that the therapeutic process is in the creation of all art, regardless of the medium. She hopes to harness this healing power by organizing an Arts in Medicine (AIM) initiative in Asheville, which would bring visual, performance and literary art into hospitals for therapeutic purposes. Carlin attended an Arts in Medicine intensive at Shands Hospital at the University of Florida in 2008 and was recently accepted into the university’s master’s program in the field. The foremost leader in Arts in Medicine, Shands Hospital began its program 23 years ago with volunteers in the pediatric ward. Now, the Arts in Medicine program employs numerous visual, literary and performing

artists in hospitals and medical communities across the country. Since completing her training, Carlin has worked in numerous hospitals within AIM programs. She is now teaming up with Connie Schrader, an instructor from UNC Asheville’s health and wellness program, to create a foundation for an AIM program in the area. Schrader will teach a class at UNCA titled “Arts in Healing and Medicine” for the first time during the spring 2014 semester. The purpose of Arts in Medicine is to encourage and support creative expression in patients and to incorporate creativity into mainstream medicine by working with physicians, nurses, social workers and hospitals, Carlin explains. A session might involve the patient and therapist writing poetry, engaging in movement together or making a sculpture. It can occur one-on-one with the therapist at the patient’s bedside or in another hospital space. It might involve a group session with other patients who have similar conditions, family members or other clinicians from the treatment team. “Being in the hospital is a lonely experience,” says Carlin, adding that art therapy enables patients to express, process and cope with their conditions.

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For people with autism spectrum disorder, an afternoon at the movie theater can sometimes be more challenging than fun. The Autism Society of North Carolina (ASNC) and Asheville Pizza and Brewing Co. are partnering to change that — if only for a day — by hosting a sensoryfriendly screening of the holiday crowd-pleaser Elf. Simone Seitz, regional development associate at the ASNC, says the event “allows people who live with autism to participate in an activity that they may not have and to engage with others in our community.” The screening, which takes place Sunday, Dec. 22, at Asheville Pizza, will have lower-than-normal volume and the lights will not be dimmed. Perhaps most notably, viewers won’t be shushed by fellow patrons if they speak out. “The movie theater is not a typical



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and Support • 3rd MONDAYS, 5-6:30pm - Caring for Aging Parents Education and Support (CAPES) meets monthly at Mission Hospital’s Loretta Hall, Conference Room 6, located behind the St. Joseph Hospital Building. CAPES serves anyone caring for or concerned about an aging parent or adult. Free. Info: 277-8288 or 2134542. Debtors Anonymous 12-step recovery on issues of underearning, debt and learning to live one's vision in life. Info: 779-0077. • MONDAYS, 7pm - Meets at First Congregational UCC, 20 Oak St., Room 101. Info: Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance: Magnetic Minds • WEDNESDAYS, 7-9pm & SATURDAYS, 4-6pm - Magnetic Minds provides self-help through weekly, peer-facilitated support meetings. Meets at 1316-C Parkwood Road, across from the West Asheville BB&T. Free. Info: or 367-7660. Emotions Anonymous: Asheville • TUESDAYS, 7pm- Emotions Anonymous offers a 12-step program for anyone desiring to live a healthier emotional life. Held at Oak Forest Presbyterian Church, 880 Sandhill Road. Info: 631-434-5294. GRASP: Asheville Autism Support Group • 2nd SATURDAYS, 3-5pm - "Join other adult Aspies at GRASP - Asheville Global and Regional Aspergers Syndrome Partnership." Held at Firestorm Cafe and Books, 48 Commerce St. Must be 18 years or older and on the autism spectrum. Free. Info: or NAMI Support Groups The National Alliance on Mental Illness offers three types of groups to support people living with mental health issues and their families, friends and loved ones. Free. Info: namiwnc. org or 505-7353. • WEDNESDAYS, 2pm - Dual Diagnosis Support Group. For individuals with MH/ SA diagnoses. 3 Thurland Ave., off Biltmore Avenue. • 1st SATURDAYS, 10am; 3rd TUESDAYS, 6pm - Family/Caregiver group for people supporting someone experiencing a mental health issue. 356 Biltmore Ave., Suite 315. Nar-Anon Nar-Anon provides support to relatives and friends concerned about the addiction or drug problem of a loved one. • • TUESDAYS, 7pm - West Asheville Presbyterian Church, 690 Haywood Road; enter through back door. Info: • WEDNESDAYS, 12:30pm - First United Methodist Chuch, 204 6th Ave. W., Hendersonville. Enter through side parking lot. Info: 891-8050. Overeaters Anonymous A fellowship of individuals who are recovering from compulsive overeating. A 12-step program. • THURSDAYS, 6:30pm - Step Study group at the Cox House, 723 N. Grove St., Hendersonville. Info: 329-1637.

• THURSDAYS, noon - Biltmore United Methodist Church, 376 Hendersonville Road. Info: 674-2417. • FRIDAYS, 10am- Step Study group at Biltmore United Methodist Church, 376 Hendersonville Road. Info: 277-1975. • SATURDAYS, 9:30am - 424 W. State St., Black Mountain. Open relapse and recovery meeting. Info: 669-0986. • MONDAYS, 6pm - First Congregational UCC, 20 Oak St. Info: (516) 650-5626. • MONDAYS, 6:30pm - Balfour United Methodist Church, 2567 Asheville Highway, Hendersonville. Info: 800-5804761. • TUESDAYS, 10:30am-noon - Grace Episcopal Church, 871 Merrimon Ave. at Ottari. Info: 609-731-0808. Recovering Couples Anonymous • MONDAYS, 6:30pm & SATURDAYS, 10am - Recovering Couples Anonymous, for couples with at least one member in a 12-step program. Held every other Monday at Foster Seventh Day Adventist Church, 375 Hendersonville Road, and every other Saturday at The Unity Church Center, 2041 Old Fanning Bridge Road, Mills River. Info and schedule: S-Anon • ONGOING - An anonymous 12-step program for those affected by another's sexual behavior. Four meetings available weekly in WNC. Days, times, locations and additional info: 258-5117. SMART Recovery A peer support group to help individuals gain independence from all types of addictive behavior (drugs, alcohol, gambling, sex, etc.). • • THURSDAYS, 6pm -Grace Episcopal Church, 871 Merrimon Ave. Info: or 407-0460. • MONDAYS, 6:30pm - An additional group will meet at St. Andrew Celtic Church, 850 Blue Ridge Road, Black Mountain. T.H.E. Center for Disordered Eating 297 Haywood St. Info: or 337-4685. • WEDNESDAYS, 7-8pm - Support group for adults. Free. • 1st & 3rd MONDAYS, 5:30-6:30pm Eating disorder support group for teens ages 15-17. WNC Brain Tumor Support • 3rd THURSDAYS, 6:30-8pm - WNC Brain Tumor Support meets at MAHEC, 121 Hendersonville Road. Info: or 691-2559. MORE WELLNESS EVENTS ONLINE Check out the Wellness Calendar online at for info on events happening after December 19. CALENDAR DEADLINE The deadline for free and paid listings is 5 p.m. WEDNESDAY, one week prior to publication. Questions? Call (828)251-1333, ext. 365

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These fifth graders from Hall Fletcher Elementary aren’t just students — they’re also artists. Last year, they worked with TAPAS artists to create Asheville’s largest mural and a ceramic mosaic at their school, funded in part by Go Local. Photos by Carrie Eidson

The beginning of December marks the third season of Go Local — a little card with a big ambition. Distributed by Asheville Grown Business Alliance, the loyalty program offers discounts and deals at participating local businesses as a way to encourage shoppers to support the local economy. But more than that, $10 of the $15 card cost goes to support Asheville City Schools, with the remaining $5 going to Asheville Grown Business Alliance projects. Card sales will be used to support teacher grants, which are used for classroom supplies and technology, field trips, artist-in-residence programs and teacher professional development, says Kate Pett, director of the Asheville City Schools Foundation. Now more than ever, Pett says, the card sales are making a critical difference in the schools. “Teacher professional development used to be something that was supported by the state, but now with the state budget, there’s zero funding for professional development,” says Pett. “This is such a key piece, this training our teachers.” For Pett, the card is all about the slogan “Our Community, our economy, our schools.” “This card will really close this loop between schools and the local economy,” she adds. For information on where to purchase a Go Local card visit or take a look at the pull-out directory in this issue.




Hall Fletcher Elementary’s mural, coordinated by Ian Wilkinson, is currently Asheville’s largest mural.

To see Go Local in action, look to Hall Fletcher Elementary and the mural that covers the school’s entire front exterior. You can’t miss it. It’s not only the largest project ever undertaken by Asheville City Schools and its Teaching Artists Presenting in Asheville Schools (TAPAS) program — it’s currently

the largest mural in Asheville. “We’re the highest poverty concentration school in the district, but it doesn’t look like it,” says Hall Fletcher Principal Gordon Grant. “When you look around this school, it’s beautiful.” The mural began as a collaboration between the TAPAS program

T he the school’s entrance. The piece incorporates ceramic tiles created by students from the fourth grade class, Asheville Middle School’s after-school program and UNCA. Parents, teachers, faculty, Asheville artists and other students also volunteered their time. “It’s hard to describe the validation of working with kids on a project like this,” Irvine said. “It’s art at its best where it’s really transforming the school into a more desirable place for the kids to be.” Though the project generated a lot of excitement, another thing it did was go over budget. Initially funded by a grant from the N.C. Arts Council, the mural and mosaic grew to a larger scale and complexity than was originally estimated, according to Pett. And that was where Go Local came in. “Literally at the week where I was saying, ‘Oh no, I think we’re $4,000 over budget,’ the proceeds from the card exceeded our expectations by almost exactly the amount we were short,” said Pett. “It was amazing serendipity in that it really felt like this last bit of the proceeds was able to help fund a great community project.”

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This year, for the first time, the Go Local card is creating partnerships between area schools and area businesses. It works like this: If you buy a card at one of 13 participating business, $5 of the $15 you spend will go to the business’s partner school. According to Asheville Grown Business Alliance founder Franzi Charen, the idea was born as a way to put a face on the Go Local card, to show kids that local businesses are personally invested in their futures. “The hope is that the connections started by the Go Local card will grow and foster deeper relationships between schools and businesses,” Charen said. “We want business owners to say, ‘That’s my school!’” One of these partnerships is between Asheville High and the Fine Arts Theatre, owned by neal Reed, who became involved because he was worried that education wasn’t getting the financial support it deserved. “It doesn’t seem like education is as big a priority at the state level as it should be and needs to be,” Reed says. “Education is very important. Since we’re a big part of the community in Asheville, we just want to support our local school system.” Chris Lenderman, head of the PTO for Asheville High and the School of Inquiry and Life Sciences, mentions that many in the community may not realize how crucial the money from card sales can be to Asheville schools. “With the amount of budget cuts, so many things we take for granted are gone,” Lenderman says. “People think these funds the PTO oversees are to fund enrichment and enhancement. But we’re also funding fundamental needs for the classroom.” The relationship between Fine Arts and Asheville High is already moving beyond filling the school’s budget gaps. Reed has donated passes for movie tickets and refreshments to the school’s teachers, and for the spring semester, the PTO is planning a series of events featuring documentaries or informational speakers that address education-based themes.

The proposed series would screen at the Fine Arts Theatre as a way to raise community awareness about issues that affect education. “We really want to go above and beyond the card and the money raised from the card sales,” says Reed.

“We want business owners to say, ‘That’s my school!” — Franzi Charen, asheville Grown Business alliance

Though this month-old partnership is in its early stages, Lenderman believes it will continue to grow and be mutually beneficial for both the school and the Fine Arts Theatre. “It’s the first time we’ve had Go Local partners, but once we have our events in the spring, I think we will see benefits to both the school and our local businesses,” Lenderman says. “It’s a way to get people downtown, not only to support the Fine Arts Theatre but to support our other businesses as well.” Other business and school partnerships include: • Asheville Middle with Malaprop’s and Planet Art • Claxton Elementary with BlackBird Frame & Art, Homegrown and Rosebud Video • Hall Fletcher with Short Street Cakes and BattleCat • Ira B. Jones Elementary with Relax Rujvenate • Isaac Dickson Elementary with Second Gear • Vance Elementary with West End Bakery and French Broad Chocolate Lounge • Asheville High with its second partner, Hip Replacements. The Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce, Katuah Market, The Hop and The Hop West are also selling Go Local cards, though they are not partnered with specific schools.

Poster Child: How go local began It started as little more than a poster in a window — a heart and the words “Love Asheville, Go Local” — a symbol the observant eye has undoubtedly come to know well. You’ll find it in shop windows, on the bumpers of cars, on the backs of T-shirts. That symbol launched the Asheville Grown Business Alliance, now an organization of hundreds of locally owned independent businesses, that encourages residents and visitors to support the local economy and local schools through the Go Local loyalty card. Asheville Grown Director Franzi Charen, who first created that poster for her shop Hip Replacements, said this year will also be the first year the alliance will receive a portion of the sales from the card. That means new developments are in the works, including making the “Love Asheville” symbol more visible than ever. “We’ve wanted to create a ‘Love Asheville, Go Local’ mural forever,” said Charen. “It would really beautify downtown, and I believe we can make that happen this year.” Alsace Walentine, events coordinator at Malaprop’s Bookstore, said her store has participated in the Go Local card for all three years and will be expanding its Go Local discount offerings for 2014. “We are heavily invested in the Go Local Card,” said Walentine. “And we’re seeing the returns — we’re hearing a lot more conversation from our customers, telling us they will only shop locally.”

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As seen from above, Elida’s Annual Corn Maze uses a design that is both a tribute and a twist on the ubiquitous “Love Asheville - Go Local” logo. Courtesy of Elida Homes, Inc.




This year, “Go Local” inspired new meaning when Eliada Homes, a nonprofit serving the children and families of Western North Carolina, decided to grow local for its fifth annual corn maze. The maze featured the familiar Asheville Grown Business Alliance “Love Asheville, Go Local” design with a twist, cut by professional maze-cutter Shawn Stolworthy and Maze Play from Firth, Idaho. Stolworthy designs mazes from photographs on his iPad, plugs the designs into his GPS and travels the country, plowing prosperous fields into locally inspired labyrinthine layouts. And that’s exactly how the phrase “Love Asheville, Give Local” became ingrained into the fields for the fall season, the message serving as a tribute to Eliada’s role in Asheville and the surrounding community.


“[The design] was the decision of our development team at Eliada,” says Special Events Coordinator alisa Brown. “We decided there was no better way to incorporate the corn maze into our community than to partner up with the Asheville Grown Business Alliance. “I think it was a big success,” she continues. “It certainly helped get Eliada recognized, and I think it helped the business alliance as well. We got a lot of positive response from the maze design. Not only was it pretty neat looking, but Asheville is such a local-centric community. It fit right in.” Though the maze is no longer up due to the change in season, ticket sales for the maze, which operated every weekend from Sept. 6 to Oct. 27, raised more than $160,000 for the nonprofit and brought an estimated 20,000 visitors to Eliada’s property, up from $120,000 last year. “That was our biggest year yet,” Brown says. “One hundred percent of the proceeds benefit the children and families served by Eliada. We’re over 100 years old, and for the first 80 years of that, we were an orphanage. Today Eliada serves children and families — from infants through about 20-21 years old, offering a wide spectrum of help: from needs on campus to psychiatric residential help, and from foster care and therapeutic foster care to a school to meet the special needs of kids. “I realize that’s pretty overwhelming,” Brown says, laughing, about the organization’s long list of local aid, but she explains all of the proceeds from the corn maze go to the nonprofit’s plethora of projects and programs dedicated to bettering the lives of Western North Carolinians. Some of the programs that benefit from the annual corn maze are therapeutic programs for children and young adults who need alternative ways of dealing with aggression, goal-setting, stress and their emotions, such as animal therapy at the campus’ barn and a program called National Youth Project Using MiniBikes, or NYPUM. Both Eliada’s barn full of animals and its mini-bike program have been featured in past years’ maze designs, but Brown says the organization’s development team felt this year’s slightly altered AGBA slogan to “Give Local” would help remind area residents to give back to their communities in a fun and enjoyable way.

Of course, the move to support local economies isn’t specific to Asheville. National movements like Small Business Saturday have sent millions of shoppers into their local business, including President Obama and his daughters. As the local movement is growing throughout the country, it’s spreading throughout Western North Carolina. The founders of two organizations — one in High Country and one in Sylva — were both mentored by Charen and Asheville Grown before beginning similar programs in their own communities. “I took that conversation with Franzi and started brainstorming, building my passion,” says Sandra Dennison who founded Sylva’s “Dig Local” campaign. The inspiration for the campaign, with a logo that incorporates elements of nature and the motto “Plant your money where your roots are,” came from Sylva’s rich agriculture community, she explains. “I started thinking about what’s the difference between Sylva and Asheville, or Sylva and other communities,” says Dennison. “I thought about our community gardens, our local farmers, our farmers market.” The Sylva campaign is “at the very beginning,” appearing now as T-shirts and posters in sign windows, much like the early stages of the “Love Asheville — Go Local” campaign. Dennison says the movement is being backed by downtown merchants and regional newspapers in the hope that it will grow into a loyalty card similar to Go Local, as well as a means to fund festivals and other events in Sylva’s downtown. “There’s definitely an interest, but it can be a bit tough because we are such a small community,” Dennison says. “It’s going to take a few key people, a lot of passion and really generating interest.” Another program that mentored under Asheville Grown, High Country Local First, is in its third year of organizing locally owned businesses in Boone and surrounding areas. Started by Mary Scott, the group has now

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Have knife, will travel An interview with nomadic chef Elliot Moss

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One of the great pleasures of writing about food is getting the chance to sit down and enjoy a meal with the people who make your favorite dishes. Lately, I’ve invited chefs to accompany me to their favorite local restaurants and show me what they love about them. When I asked the former Chik-fil-A line cook turned James Beard Awardnominated Asheville chef Elliott Moss — formerly of the Admiral and Ben’s Tune Up — to pick a restaurant, he chose one that is near and dear to me, Cucina24. We ordered a round of cocktails and some oysters and sidled up to the bar for a long and wonderful dinner. While he sipped his beverage, I slid us into interview mode with a soft pitch. “So how have you been? You’ve been roaming around these days it seems, bouncing around like a beach ball.” “Yeah, it’s good,” Moss said. “Staying busy. Working out of different kitchens a lot lately. I went out to Knife & Fork a couple weeks ago. They asked me to come out and help with their new wood-fired grill.” The server interrupted us with a plate of white anchovies, radishes, capers and eggs. “I quit things at Ben’s and didn’t really have a plan, and I knew I could just score some work if I really needed it,” Moss continued. “But I’m just not going to take a job just to take a job. I cooked here at Cucina for a weekend, I cooked over at Seven Sows and I’ve done some private dinners over at Andy Herod’s house.” These private affairs are the epic and sprawling pop-up dinners Moss has been serving at Spider Bush Manor, artist Gabriel Shaffer’s shared home. They’re fitting examples of just how great a meal he can achieve,



even in the confines of a humble household kitchen. From what I have gathered, Moss always talks this way, like a breeze drifting through the room. His style of communicating might come across as aimless or indifferent, but there is no listlessness here. Moss certainly has a goal and an idea of where he is going. Still, Moss’ current situation makes me think of the ronin, the samurai warriors who found themselves disbanded and masterless during the feudal periods in Japan. With no one to work for and mastering but one skill, the art of combat, they became nomadic mercenaries, working for anyone who would allow them to continue to pursue what they believed to be their calling and destiny. Following a James Beard nomination for his work at the Admiral, Chef Moss left to become a partner in Ben’s Tune Up, a local joint that started as an ambitious venture seeking to blend a mix of Southern and Japanese cuisine with a fantastic indoor/outdoor atmosphere. Moss wanted to move beyond the bar concept and into a more serious dining mantra, but instead found himself packing his knife bag and leaving Ben’s Tune Up. And with the prospects for his own barbecue place hanging precariously in limbo, it has turned into a waiting game for the highly respected chef. As a distractingly sexy red wine and apple cider veal cheek with bacon, roasted pumpkin and house-made goat

cheese tortellini arrived at the table, I asked Moss if he wanted to do Japanese fare when he was at Ben’s. “No,” he said. “And I tried to get excited about it. But my passion will always be barbecue. “I got a lot of offers, but I didn’t want to work just anywhere and for just anybody,” Moss explained. “I did that for six years at the Admiral, and I left to try to start my own thing. But it is fun being able to cook dishes for chefs that I have a lot of respect for like Brian [Canipelli] at Cucina. And that’s so important, just being in their kitchen and learning.” As we cut into the veal, with pumpkin puree seeping through the pores of the meat, I asked what it is that Moss loves about Canipelli’s approach. “I’ve just been a fan of this restaurant forever,” he said. “I came when they first opened and it was pretty good. But I came back a year later expecting the same thing and was totally blown away. … He is definitely the most underrated chef in town. When [Canipelli] first opened, he was definitely trying to be an Italian joint, and then he steered away from that a little, which has been huge for what he’s able to do.” As I tried to figure out how to evenly divide the last remaining bits of a gorgeous octopus dish, I had to ask a harder question. After garnering such acclaim, it was amazing to see Moss uncompromising in his vision and his goals — so much so that he would rather not have a kitchen than cook something he was not passionate about. I asked, “Especially in a city where it is already hard to find a job, are you feeling like you’re crazy for stepping out like this, or are you finding that it’s actually working?” “It was definitely really scary, but it seems to be working itself out,” Moss said. “I thought, ‘Yeah, I’ll just start a supper club and go from there. I’m still going to do a barbecue joint.’ “That is my whole goal. But it’s going to be a pretty unique barbecue restaurant. Very vegetabledriven. Meat will be the staple, but the sides are going to be superseasonal and local.”

So what’s in store from this ronin chef? Even with a James Beard award nomination under his belt, as well as successful pop-up dinners (and an upcoming one at Punk Wok at MG Road this winter), Moss will be relentless, plotting new means, methods and menus to feed us great food — wherever he is and whether he has a kitchen or not. X

Punk Wok with Elliot Moss By Michael Franco No, that’s not a typo (nor is it the name of a new Sex Pistols cover band from the East), it’s the name of the new pop-up dining concept recently unleashed at MG Road. On Monday nights, “MG Road will be in full character for Punk Wok. The decor, the service and the drinks will all be changed over to reflect a cheap but awesome Chinese restaurant,” says Meherwan Irani, the owner of both MG Road and the hugely popular Chai Pani restaurant above it that serves Indian street food. He says that the concept for Punk Wok came about from collaborations with Elliott Moss. “We started talking about fun things we could do together,” he says. “He had this idea that had been germinating for many years about a pop-up kitchen doing rockand-roll, punk, Chinese wok cooking. So ‘Punk Wok’ was born.” So what exactly is “rock-and-roll, punk, Chinese wok cooking?” The menu for Punk Wok’s debut on Dec. 9 included lamb and cumin dumplings with Sichuan peppercorns, sweet soy and herbs; triple-fried Brussels sprouts with crushed peanut and General Tso sauce; and house-made corn noodles with black pepper fried chicken, buttered popcorn dashi, spicy collard green pickle and fried farm egg. Who knew punks ate so well? Punk Wok takes place starting at 6 p.m. Mondays at MG Road, 19 Wall St. Prices are $7-10. X

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Flowers and freshly prepared food are the first things you see when you walk into Katuah Market. If you look to the right, there’s a café with exposed wood beams. If you look to the left, there are a few rows of registers where shoppers will check out. Produce separates the prepared food section from the seats where people will eat house-made foods or drink a fresh juice. If this sounds a lot like Greenlife Grocery, that’s because it is. John Swann, the founder and owner of Katuah Market, was a partner in

Greenlife until it sold to Whole Foods in 2010. After the sale, Swann sat on the sidelines for a year watching the transition. He stayed involved in local food with positions on the advisory board at Blue Ridge Food Ventures and as vice president of ASAP Farm Connections. But as Whole Foods transformed Greenlife, and as Earth Fare continued to grow, Swann felt there was room for another grocery in town. Katuah’s Plan In the past year, Asheville has had its fair share of grocery news. Whole Foods announced a second store for Tunnel Road in 2014. Harris Teeter built and opened a new Asheville store right on Merrimon. Fresh Market announced it was opening a sec-

ond store in south Asheville. Publix announced its first Asheville location on Hendersonville Road. And of course, 2013 also saw the highly-anticipated opening of Trader Joe’s. Add to that all the existing stores, and it seems like Katuah is a pretty risky idea. “Then again, a lot of people were skeptical of us when we did Greenlife because of how entrenched Earth Fare was in this town, and we blew them out of the water in sales,” says Swann. “We have a situation now in Asheville where there are big, big players and they do grocery — meaning packaged goods — very well.” But Swann says Katuah can do a few things that the big stores can’t: • Fully commit to local: While many grocery stores in town carry local products, Swann says Katuah is making local a cornerstone of the business. In practice, that means the new store will bring in items from local producers before larger stores will — the way Greenlife did back when Buchi and Lusty Monk were starting out. It also means Kituah will stock an extensive variety of local products for categories where Asheville excels. • Empower category buyers: With no corporate office to route decisions through, buyers can get requests for new products directly from shoppers, and those products can be on the shelf for testing in less than a week. • Make all prepared food inhouse: While Greenlife and Earth Fare both make some food in-house, according to Swann they also bring in food from corporate commissaries located

out of state. Katuah will make all its prepared foods in-house from high-quality ingredients and on a daily basis. Swann hopes that such differences will make the Katuah store quickly become part of the community. “People used to tell me at Greenlife, ‘It feels good to shop and eat here,’” says Swann. “Part of that is the products and part of that is the look and feel, but a lot of that is the employees.” In addition to a dedicated staff, Swann hopes the café will play a big role in making the store a place where people gather. It will have a small stage for acoustic live music, it will be licensed for on-premises consumption of beer and wine, and the plan is to let the café operate independently of the grocery store. While the store is tentatively set for to be open 7 a.m.-10 p.m., the café may stay open a couple hours later. Katuah Market is at 2 Hendersonville Road, Suite D. The grand opening is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 14. No opening hour was available at press time, but it will be announced on the store’s Facebook page.

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For those who haven’t served time in food service, health regulations require that foods sold to the public must be prepared and stored in a commercially certified kitchen. The exception is when foods are prepared in a customer’s own home and stored for consumption on the premises. That’s how personal chefs roll: They show up with all of their own pots and pans, aprons, oven mitts, portable grills and other accoutrements to support their style, and they make the magic happen right there in your kitchen, packaging up entrees, side dishes and desserts in the refrigerator and freezer so you can just come home and heat them up. Personal chefing is a fairly untapped business in Asheville. Generally, it’s an industry that has thrived more in larger cities that harbor swaths of busy professional families who don’t have time to cook, but either have palates that demand gourmet cooking or are just trying to salvage a family dinner among the scattered chaos of the digital age. When Holly Hale, owner of the Savory Palate, first moved to Asheville in 2001, her friend said, “It isn’t what you know, it’s who you know, and you’re better off starting your own business.” This is a lesson that many learn in this small, quirky city — you have to pave your own path and you have to build relationships. “Fortunately,” says Hale, “This city is full of entrepreneurial networking opportunities.” It was when Hale found herself at a U.S. Personal Chefs Association convention a year after moving here that the idea occurred to her to start the Savory Palate. For Hale, being a personal chef has allowed her to do what she loves best on a schedule that she can control. But it never really “took off,” she says. To be sure, personal chefs are a benefit mainly enjoyed by those with a heftier bankroll. It may

HEAT-UP GOURMET: Personal chef Stacey Taylor makes entrees like her sea bass with cauliflower puree and pan-roasted chanterelles in her clients’ own kitchens and packages them to be reheated later.

also be the case that Asheville’s do-it-yourself culture didn’t support many personal chefs in the past, even if the income brackets theoretically would. For Hale, the demand for her services has come mainly from one of two camps: people with dietary needs such as gluten-free, salt-free or even vitamin K-free foods; and people for whom she says, “it’s a novelty to have a personal chef. Like a ‘keep up with the Joneses’ type of thing.” Surely it isn’t from Asheville’s lack of culinary enthusiasm that personal chefing has been a tepid industry here. “What I love about Asheville is it’s such a foodie town,” says Stacey Taylor, who moved here from New York City a year ago and is just kicking off her personal chef business, Bountiful Dish. She sees Asheville as fertile ground for her business — and the industry in general — to thrive: “All the feedback I’m getting is that people are really excited about it, and it makes me feel like it’s going to be a hit.” Depending on whom you ask, the personal-chef concept seems either

novel, or it recalls a very traditional bourgeois lifestyle, where the chef was just another family asset such as a housekeeper. Though Hale jokes, “Your target market is yuppies ... who don’t want to stop by Whole Foods on their way home,” the service is accessible to many people who simply make eating well a top priority. For that wider demographic, the concept is still pretty novel, and perhaps a little weird. Inviting someone into your space requires a lot of trust, and getting over that hurdle can be a stumbling block when some personal chefs are trying to create a successful business. Taylor points out that building trust is part of her business plan. She hasn’t delved into the advertising world yet but has instead made other, more intimate efforts at outreach, such as organizing demos at Carolina Day School, and going door to door to introduce herself and initiate conversations with professionals at their offices. “Because I’m going into other people’s homes ... it has to be a

very relationship-oriented, trustbuilding thing. So I think wordof-mouth is the best marketing, especially here.” When she left New York, Taylor knew that she was going to do her own thing but wasn’t sure if that opening a restaurant or a personal chef business. “Mountain BizWorks helped me sort that one out,” she says. For an entrepreneurial chef, opening a restaurant — or even a catering company — often requires upfitting a commercial kitchen. If you don’t start with a hefty nest egg, then installing a hood vent, gas lines, plumbing,

ily someday, I just felt like this would work for me better.” Wrapping up a stint at the Gramercy Tavern in Manhattan, Taylor brings that same American seasonal ethos that values fresh, local foods to Bountiful Dish. “Really bringing a standard is important to me,” says Taylor, “And also to bring variety. ... The more that people engage with different types of foods, the more exciting it can be for a family.” Taylor and Hale agree that the most rewarding aspect of their job — and the part that is most important to them — is making people happy; creating an experience for families to enjoy together. Most of us know what it’s like to blaze through our day without taking a moment to sit and reflect, or to even notice the dynamic of our relationships. “It’s a way to connect,” says Taylor. “It can be really challenging for people to sit down and talk, just talk, for a half an hour every day. And by missing that, you miss the most important times of your life with people that really matter.” X

PERSONAL TOUCH: Through her personal-chef business, Bountiful Dish, Stacey Taylor strives to give families opportunities to try a wide variety of food.

refrigeration and washable floors and walls can quickly put you deep in the red. Personal chefs cut out 99 percent of those costs and still do what they love. “The restaurant industry in New York has super-creative people — really, really passionate people who throw themselves into the creative aspects of what they do ... push themselves hard ... and they’re the best. I love being around that,” says Taylor, “But you are always working crazy hours, and because I want a fam-

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by Thom O’Hearn

Wicked Weed turns one The brewery looks backward (and forward) as it celebrates its first year in business Wicked Weed has made a name for itself in its first year in business: It was the first Asheville brewery to routinely keep two dozen of its own beers on tap; the owners flew to Colorado and brewed with New Belgium; the brewery already has about 10,000 fans on Facebook; it hosted Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head and Mitch Steele of Stone; and the brewers brought back the first gold medal to Asheville from the Great American Beer Festival — but more on that later. What was it like on the inside? “It felt like being a dog on wood floors chasing a ball across the room,” says part-owner Luke Dickinson. “You can’t catch your footing and you don’t want to slam into something, but you’re also excited and you want to enjoy the surroundings you’re flying by. … It’s been the quickest, craziest year of our lives.” Out of all the achievements and milestones, one thing stands out to the owners: Their business is a part of Asheville now. “That was our goal opening this place,” says part-owner and brewer Walt Dickinson. “The people here pushed us toward what we wanted to do, and their demand made us able to do it faster than we ever thought possible,” says Walt. While the brothers originally thought that some of the beer — in particular, saisons and Belgianinspired sour ales — would take some time to find drinkers in Asheville, it turned out that wasn’t the case. “When we opened, we had two saisons on tap. Those saisons sold the slowest by far. Then, three months after we opened, the saisons were the best-selling beers behind the IPAs. Something happened, very quickly, and people were drawn to these beers,” says Luke.



was also the first gold medal for Asheville as a city. Looking Ahead

CHEERS TO A YEAR: Walt and Luke Dickinson stand amidst freshly filled barrels of sour beer at Wicked Weed.

With the success in sours, it’s no surprise that next year’s plans involve bottling and distributing them for the first time. A date has yet to be set, but a bottling line has been purchased, and beer drinkers can expect to see beers like Black Angel and Serenity in large bottles (close to 22-ounce bombers in size) in early 2014. The plan is not citywide or nationwide domination — at least not next year. According to Luke and Walt, they just want to share some of their beer with the rest of North Carolina. A few more kegs may also leave the brewery in the year ahead, but the focus will remain firmly on the brewpub. “Even if we could produce more beer, that’s not who we are or what we do,” says Walt. “We’ve been keeping 25 beers on tap for a while now. Our goal is to keep that or push that even further. Next year, we want to dig in to our recipes and make them as good as they can be. Those are the things we’re working on.” X

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A Sour Success A similar success story has played out for Wicked Weed’s wild and sour ales (the ones now labeled on the chalkboard as “From the Funkatorium.”) Originally, the brothers thought the craft beer drinkers would be the biggest fans. Then they brewed Black Angel, a dark sour ale with cherries. “We brewed that beer and we never thought it would be the one to bridge the gap [to nonbeer drinkers],” says Walt. But we knew it was special when we had women in their 60s — the ones who usually would be upstairs drinking wine — waiting to come downstairs and drink Dark Angel. That was huge for us.”

If wine-drinkers choosing beer was a huge victory, Wicked Weed scored a superhuge victory on what is arguably the biggest stage for craft beer: the Great American Beer Festival. At the festival, another one of its sour beers, Serenity, took home gold against American brewing legends Russian River Brewing and Crooked Stave Artisan Ales. “When Crooked Stave was announced for third place, I thought we were out of the running,” says Walt. “And it was probably only a second later, but when Wicked Weed popped up, we lost sense of time. ... We had seven people there and we were laughing and crying and hugging and kissing each other, because it’s our first medal,” says Luke. It

A wicked good party

Wicked Weed’s weekend anniversary blowout starts at 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 27, and ends at closing time (2 a.m.) on Dec. 28. Each of the six brewers has created a special cask, which will be tapped on the hour starting at 3 p.m. on the 27th. Saturday’s festivities include other special-release beers, a bluegrass lunch and a funk-band dance party at night. For the superfans, a special “Barrel Banter” event is $20, and tickets are on sale now through eventbrite: barrelbanter.


Cranberry chutney correction

Readers’ recipes: Honey pecan pie

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Correction: When Xpress ran Arjuna da Silva’s cranberry chutney recipe in the Nov. 27 issue, a few measurements and ingredients were left out. The corrected version follows: Ingredients 12 ounces fresh cranberries 1 cup water 1/4 cup apple-cider vinegar 1 tablespoon olive oil 6 ounces fresh or frozen berries 1 green apple, cored and diced 2 oranges, peel and seeds removed, diced 1 small onion, diced 3 garlic cloves, pressed 1 tablespoon grated ginger 1 teaspoon ground coriander 1 teaspoon cayenne 1/2-1 cup honey, depending on desired sweetness Place cranberries in a large saucepan with water and vinegar. Bring to a boil, add the olive oil and turn down to simmer. Add all other ingredients except the honey and simmer gently about 30 minutes, stirring often, or until thickened. (The chutney will get thicker as it cools, so don’t overdo it!). Add the honey and stir for a few minutes longer. Cool, spoon into jars and chill. Lasts a long time in the fridge. X — Arjuna DaSilva

Editor’s note: Ed and Cathie Osada of Osada Bee Farm in Asheville have been keeping bees for more than 30 years and selling their honey, beeswax candles and baked goods at the North Asheville Tailgate Market for 28 years. In 1972, I read about a pecan pie recipe in a magazine. The baker used the traditional corn syrup and sugar in the recipe. We were new beekeepers at that time, and our bees overdid themselves, producing about 3,000 pounds of honey. The extra honey we had motivated me to use it in the recipe to replace the sugar and corn syrup. It worked; it was good. The kids said, “Make it again,” and I still bake my honey-pecan pie. Honey Pecan Pie 3 eggs, lightly beaten 1 cup honey 1 tablespoon unbleached flour 2 ½ teaspoons vanilla 1 cup pecan halves or pieces 1 unbaked 9-inch pie shell 1/4 teaspoon salt 3 tablespoons melted butter Combine eggs, honey and flour. Mix well. Stir in salt and

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Still going strong Christmas Jam celebrates 25 years of benefit concerts with a two-night blowout

The evolution has been a natural process, says Haynes. “When I started the Christmas Jam 25 years ago, venues were limited, the music scene itself was very limited. It’s really grown organically as the city itself has grown organically,” he notes. “Watching the whole thing grow from starting out as a local event at a small club, to this year, selling out two nights … has been amazing.” Of course, there’s been a few hiccups along the way. There was the time a snowstorm hit, stranding some of the artists in town longer than they bargained for. And Haynes laments the night back in 1998 when Derek Trucks got his guitar stolen backstage at Be Here Now. “But thankfully,” Haynes says, “it’s remained pretty positive the entire time.” Haynes now lives in New York. But much of his family still calls the local area home, and for the last 15 years, proceeds from the Jams have gone to the Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity, with donations topping $1.3 million. The shows, he says, are meant to celebrate Asheville’s philanthropic and artistic values. “I think the spirit of the Christmas Jam represents Asheville in a big way: people helping each other, people being very socially conscious,” Haynes explains. “And I think the general spirit of the Asheville music scene seems to be, ‘do what’s in your heart and not try to second-guess the marketplace.’”


Reflecting on his 25 years of annual Christmas Jam benefit concerts, Warren Haynes says there’s been “too many highlights to list.” But a few moments do stand out to him: witnessing bluegrass legend Ralph Stanley’s performance in 2005; watching singer Dave Mathews and saxophonist Branford Marsalis team up for the first time the following year; playing a 2008 super jam set with Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones, Michael Franti and others. The Jam’s developed a national reputation for cultivating those kinds of rare appearances and unique collaborations, drawing fans from around the world. “Through the years, having such an amazing cast of diverse musicians and artists and bands has just been a wonderful process,” says Haynes, a Grammy-winning rocker who fronts Gov’t Mule and plays guitar in The Allman Brothers Band. The Asheville native curates the annual Christmas Jam with the help of his wife/manager, Stefani Scamardo. It’s grown from a small concert at the now-defunct 45 Cherry

Bringing it back home: “I think the spirit of the Christmas Jam represents Asheville in a big way,” says Warren Haynes. “People helping each other, people being very socially conscious.”

what Warren Haynes presents the 25th annual Christmas Jam where U.S. Cellular Center when Friday and Saturday, Dec. 13 & 14, 7 p.m. nightly Sold out at press time



nightclub into one of the city’s biggest entertainment events, held this year on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 13-14, at the U.S. Cellular Center. It even comes complete with its own namesake beer: an easygoing session ale made by Sierra Nevada and Asheville Brewing companies.

Keeping the spirit alive That positive spirit is alive and well as Haynes marks the Jam’s silver anniversary with a mix of new and familiar faces, including some of the biggest names in classic rock. “It’s always important to me that we keep breaking new ground, and keep adding artists and bands that have never been before,” says Haynes. “Of course, there’s a lot of bands and artists who are somewhat staples as well. So it’s sort of a balance between the two.” Several members of Widespread Panic have played previous jams

individually over the years. But this will be the first time the Georgia rock group’s played the event as a whole. “I’m excited about that,” Haynes notes. Legendary Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh, at 73 years old, is making an increasingly rare trek from his home in California to play the event. Performing under the Phil Lesh Quintet moniker, he’ll be joined on stage by Haynes, Jimmy Herring, Rob Barraco and John Molo, who haven’t all played together on the East Coast in 10 years. “That’s a really special band. There’s a great chemistry between the five of us. And we love playing together - it’s really exciting to get us back together for this,” says Haynes. After a 14-year absence, fans can also look forward to the return of Sco-Mule, a highly revered collaboration between Gov’t Mule and guitarist John Scofield. Plus, The Aquarium Rescue Unit is getting back together to play what will be only its second show since 2007. “And since it is the anniversary, it seems appropriate to have people like Greg Allman there, who’s been many times,” Haynes says, noting that he’ll join The Allman Brothers singer for acoustic and electric sets. The lineup also includes Michael Franti, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Keb’ Mo’ and others. “I’m really happy that this is coming together the way it is. But it’s still going to change in the way that there’s going to be a lot of collaborations that we don’t even know about yet,” says Haynes. “There’s going to be a lot of exploratory music at this particular Christmas Jam.” Jamming for a cause As the artists chart unknown musical territory onstage, Haynes says the families they’re helping through Habitat for Humanity will serve as an inspiration. “I think the music that gets played, the music that’s made when people are playing for free or charity, is special in itself. I think it kind of takes us back to what we all started playing music

Jerry Depizzo (OAR multi-instrumentalist): I'd be happy to get my face melted off by Warren or taken to school by Scofield. Other than playing the festival, is there anything else you’re excited about doing while you’re in Asheville? Depizzo: I love to take a run in every city we go to. It gets me away from the venue and exploring. I love your city's charm.  

Raising the roof: Each year, Christmas Jam fans from across the country volunteer with Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity to help build homes for those in need. Photo courtesy of Habitat for Humanity.

Ron Holloway (guest saxophonist): Yes – just walking around beautiful, downtown Asheville. I love the vibe and the restaurants there. Jeff Sipe (drummer, Aquarium Rescue Unit): I enjoy the chocolate shops in town. Yum! What’s your favorite Christmas song?

for in the first place,” explains Haynes. “Somehow that translates into a very spirit-filled, unpretentious sort of playing music. Where, even though we’re playing in a huge arena to a packed house, people are still experimenting and relaxing and having fun the way they would in a small club, the way we started out.” The Jam is consistently the Asheville Area Habitat’s largest annual contributor: Proceeds from last year’s event totaled $150,000. The money goes towards a variety of housing projects, and to date has helped 24 families become homeowners. The main road of one of Habitat’s subdivisions in West Asheville was even named Warren Haynes Drive in his honor. “It’s a great feeling to be able to give back,” says Haynes. “One of the things I love about Habitat is that I see where the money goes: The community comes together. We see the houses built. It’s amazing. The proof is right there before you.” For the past seven years, Habitat has also hosted fans willing to lend a hand before the concerts. This year, over the course of three days leading up to the shows, volunteers will help construct a house in Swannanoa; Haynes plans to attend a wall-raising celebration with them on Thursday, Dec. 12. “We’ve got people who come to participate from all over the country” says Ariane Kjellquist, Habitat’s local communica-

tions director. “We really appreciate everyone who is involved in the Christmas Jam, from the fans to the event producers to, of course, Warren and all the musicians who perform. It’s unlike any other sponsorship that we have, and we’re just eternally grateful.” In the years ahead, Haynes says he hopes to keep the Jam going “as long as we can keep doing good.” “I’m enjoying being part of it - having the opportunity to do something this cool, both musically and socially,” he explains. “I think that one of the reasons it’s going bigger and stronger than ever, is because there’s a lot of people who love music for the same reasons that I do. Maybe not even the same genres, but music that comes from an unpretentious place, with all the right intent.”

Christmas Jam Q&A

Sipe: “Drummer Boy” of course. "Me and My drum.” If you could have another Christmas Jam artist cover one of your songs, who would it be and what song would you want them to play? Bill Evans (guest saxophonist): There is a song I wrote with Warren, from my last CD, Dragonfly, called “Tit for Tat.” Aquarium Rescue Unit would nail that one. Depizzo: I'd like to hear Grace Potter's take on our tune "Shattered." She'd knock that out. What are some themes or narratives you’ve been working with recently in your music? Sipe: We are including themes of love and compassion inspired by John Coltrane songs, MLK speeches and Indian music. Also, American Civil war songs and the Appalachian song book. Evans: Pocket change, nothing but time, cheese, things that happen every once in while...

We asked a variety of performers playing at Christmas Jam a few questions. Here’s a sample of those conversations. To read the complete interviews, and for more coverage of the Jam as it unfolds, visit Xpress: Who are you most excited to jam with at Christmas Jam?

Do you have anything special planned for your Christmas Jam set? Holloway: To perform the greatest instrumental solo of my career and blow up at the end of it! People will say: "He went out with a bang!"

Jam by day

In addition to the main events at the U.S. Cellular Center, there’s the “Christmas Jam By Day” lineup of events at other venues around town. Local bands ate featured throughout the weekend. Here’s the schedule: Asheville Music Hall (Admission is $10 each day) Friday Dec. 13 1 p.m. - Johnson’s Crossroad 2 p.m. - Cabinet 3 p.m. - Love Canon 4 p.m. - Bobby Miller & The Virginia Daredevils Saturday Dec. 14 1 p.m. - The Broadcast 2 p.m. - Empire Strikes Brass 3 p.m. - Jeff Sipe & Friends 4 p.m. - Trouble Featuring Woody Wood & Shane Pruitt Emerald Lounge (Admission is $10) Saturday Dec. 14 1 p.m. - Red Honey 2 p.m. - Jeff Santiago y Los Gatos Negros 3 p.m. - Velvet Truckstop 4 p.m. - Pierce Edens & The Dirty Work Jack of the Wood (Admission is $10 each day) An acoustic jam is hosted by Kevn Kinney and special guests on Friday, Dec. 13 and Saturday, Dec. 14. The music begins at noon and runs until 5 p.m. each day. At press time, no further details on who will perform were available. Satellite Gallery Art Show (free) This art show features rock & roll art and photography from a wide variety of local artists. The opening reception will be Friday, Dec. 13 with complimentary beer, from 3-7 p.m. Proceeds from art sales will be donated to the Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity. — J.F.


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It’s hard to understand a kirtan concert if you haven’t experienced it firsthand. But if anyone is equipped to describe the experience, it’s Asheville-based, nationally known musician and chant artist Kristin Luna Ray. “Everyone is singing,” she explains. “Everyone becomes the band. There is full participation, and then magic happens in a different way.” Ray will be performing most of the songs from her forthcoming, as-yetuntitled album at a prerelease party hosted by Asheville Community Yoga on Saturday, Dec. 14. In many ways, the yoga studio is the perfect venue for a kirtan concert, which features the call-and-response chanting of Sanskrit mantras. If Ray is a favorite kirtan leader in the local yoga community, the feeling is mutual: She says she needs Asheville yogis and fans to “bring this album to life.” Ray invites the audience to be a part of her music, saying, “Come to help lift these songs up so we can send them out into the world. We’re all doing this together.” With pop, Eastern and world-music influences — as well as an exciting lineup including Chris Rosser, Taylor Johnson and Noah Wilson — the show

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is sure to be a good time for Asheville yogis and chanting enthusiasts. But Ray believes the act of chanting has a deeper intention and effect: “Singing together, coming together, opening our voices in a safe space using the prayers, the mantras, the vibrational language of the soul, and becoming one through all that — it just has a really powerful, blissful effect where you get out of yourself. It’s like you remember something bigger.” The concert marks the end of Ray’s fall tour, which included shows at spiritually inclined festivals like The LEAF, the Floyd Yoga Jam and Bhakti Fest in Joshua Tree, Calif. It’s also Ray’s last Asheville show before traveling to Costa Rica for the winter, where she’ll lead kirtan and yoga retreats in conjunction with Asheville Community Yoga. And while her music might take her across the globe, there’s a reason Ray calls this city home. “Asheville is such a fertile ground and a support system from where this music

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One Shared Heart, though the focus is still on the Sanskrit mantras. Perhaps most notably, the latest recording reflects a monumental shift in Ray’s personal life. One Shared Heart was created during her pregnancy; the new album is the first she’s recorded as a mother. “A lot of this album is around such a big transformational time in my life,” she reveals. “You can hear about the experience [of becoming a mother] and you can philosophize about it and imagine it, but really, it has been one of the most challenging, most expansive, most incredible things I’ve ever done … and so that fullness is in the album.” But when it comes to kirtan music, that fullness of experience isn’t something Ray feels she can create completely on her own. “Every time someone comes to it, and sings it with me, and shares it with intention and consciousness, the song gets a little more of its wings, and its ability to hold itself and touch more people.” X


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Field of Vision: Alex Grey and Allyson Grey headline the Visionary Arts Fair The Visionary Arts Fair, an annual event in Atlanta, makes its way to Asheville for the first time this year. On Saturday, Dec. 14, the event takes over the Metrosphere with spiritual workshops and performances. Doors at 7 p.m., $35 in advance/$50 at the door. Info at Visionary artists Alex Grey and Allyson Grey headline the fair. Together they’ll sign books, meetand-greet, lecture and live-paint on stage. “For us, it is a way of engaging with a global community, the Love Tribe all over the world,” the couple say in an email. “Asheville is a spiritual magnet, a creative center in the Southern U.S.” They add that Alex once took a sacred geometry intensive in Asheville, and the city is the home of their good friends, the band Papadosio. Mountain Xpress: What are the unique characteristics of visionary art? Alex Grey and Allyson Grey: Cave paintings of human/animal hybrids or theriomorphs of a shaman or an anthropic figure with stag antlers and tail shows the ancient lineage of visionary art. ... Another feature of visionary art: ornate geometric patterns of interconnectedness, and you will find unique expressions of these interweaving latticework in many temples throughout the world. ... Some [outsider artists] made art in prisons or mental institutions or worked as a janitor by day and created a silver foil throne room in their garage at night. All artists must practice and are ultimately self-taught, although some are influenced by their personal history and environment more than the history of art. [Alex’s work is currently on exhibit at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore and at Halle de St. Pierre, the Paris home of Outsider Art.] Since you will be painting onstage to live music, can you talk about the connection between art and music? Music

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becomes part of the creative energy field enveloping the artists, the audience, the dancers. It can occasionally condition the strokes. Music we like can help the flow. In your performance and in your art, what do you hope to impart to those who view it? Everyone is connected and we are living in a sacred reality. Love is the transcendental source and foundation of all that exists. How important is the relationship between the artist and the audience? That is a great question that is answered anew every time we perform before an audience. Alex imagines a collective light body, a temporary group soul woven of the subtle energy fields of those in attendance. This creative energy field is activated by the music and by the emotions coming from the audience and by the vision and will of the artists. We come onstage with our paintings that were planned in our studio, but a lot can happen spontaneously in the process. Music and audio-talk is constant in our studio, which we’ve shared and made art together for 38 years. Onstage we are in an uninterruptable bubble where we are bathed in great music and engaged in our favorite activity: painting! It is a peak experience. X


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Henry’s pathos by creating dense vocal harmonies and intricate accompaniment.” Nonetheless, he maintains, “Courts has done a magnificent job of capturing the humanity and emotion of O. Henry’s writing with this music — just by looking at the score, you can immediately visualize what the drama is onstage.” It’s been an arduous journey for this ambitious community theater, but Hamilton feels the end result is a stellar production. “Here at HLT, we find it important not to stray away from a challenge, but embrace it,” he explains. “I think it is engaging to bring holiday plays to our audiences. The Gifts of the Magi is a perfect, heartwarming classic that is sure to please families looking to enhance their Christmas spirit!” X

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by Alli Marshall

Fist Fam with Hank West & the Smokin’ Hots In a recent Q&A with Xpress, Ronny Mac of local hip-hop collective Fist Fam talked about the group’s move from San Francisco back to Asheville. “We have more time on our hands to focus on music: That would be the biggest difference. We have been a large crew over the years and have gone through a lot of transitions to get where we are now. Our music has always been influenced by our environment, and we are in a much more stable environment now. I’d expect to see two albums out from the Fist Fam in 2014,” he said. Read the full interview at And catch Fist Fam with futuristic-vintage act Hank West and the Smokin’ Hots at Emerald Lounge. Martin Snoddy and Alpha Lee also perform. Friday, Dec. 13, at 9 p.m. $7.

Marley Carroll Although Sings, the new album by local producer Marley Carroll, was released earlier this week, it’s already had some prominent exposure. Stereogum streamed the record, while Rolling Stone shared the itchy, dancey indie-pop track, “Speed Reader.” While we in Asheville are not strangers to Carroll’s genius, his prowess as a band leader and his stellar singing voice, Sings is still a surprise in its hooky-ness, its immediacy and its creatively charged depth. (Read a full review at Carroll holds an album release show at The Millroom on Friday, Dec. 13, at 10 p.m. 2PPM opens. $5/$7. Photo by Nicole McConville

Everything is Terrible How about a little holiday jeer? Everything Is Terrible, a psychedelic found-footage comedy tour ,promises, “A millennium’s worth of VHS memories of misplaced sentimentalities, fistfights over Toys for Tots, erotic Santas, Nazi elves and an endless parade of singing kids [who] will surely destroy everything.” Plus, puppets, Jerry Maguire, cloaks and new VHS finds. Check out the “Christmas Rap” video at vimeo. com/79155930. See the special holiday show (also a celebration of Orbit DVD’s 10th anniversary) at The Mothlight on Saturday, Dec. 14, at 8 p.m. Free. themothlight. com.



Poetry Reading at BMCM+AC Asheville is in a long-term relationship with poetry, from the verses of Thomas Wolfe and the raucous ’90s-era poetry slam days, to the work of LEAF in Schools & Streets and the Juniper Bends reading series. The Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center carries on the tradition (as well as the legacy of Black Mountain College poets like Charles Olsen and Robert Duncan) with an evening of readings. Five Asheville poets will present their work: Caleb Beissert (pictured) produces the monthly reading series “Poetry at the Altamont”; Landon Godfrey was selected for the 2009 Cider Press Review Book Award; Beth Keefauver has taught creative writing at a number of local universities; Griffin Payne is the founder and artistic director of the Ariadne Theater Project; and Eric Steineger is the senior poetry editor for The Citron Review. Thursday, Dec. 12, at 7:30 p.m. $5/$7.

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Wednesday, Dec. 11 185 King Street The Pisgah Pickers (bluegrass), 6:30 & 8:30pm

185 King Street Chris Emerson & Ty Bennett (folk duo), 7pm Chuck Brodsky (singer-songwriter), 8pm

5 Walnut Wine Bar Steelin Time (jazz), 5-7pm Juan Benavides Trio (Latin), 8-10pm

5 Walnut Wine Bar Hot Point Trio (jazz), 10pm-midnight Altamont Brewing Company The Swayback Sisters (Americana), 9pm

Adam Dalton Distillery 3D: Local DJ party (electronic, dance), 9pm

Asheville Music Hall Rich The Kid (hip-hop, rap), midnight

Black Mountain Ale House Bluegrass jam, 9pm

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

Blue Mountain Pizza & Brew Pub Open mic, 7pm Club Hairspray Requests w/ DJ Ace of Spade, 8pm

Bywater Nikki Talley (singer-songwriter), 9pm

Cork & Keg Irish Jam w/ Beanie, Vincent & Jean, 7pm

Club Eleven on Grove Holiday Bash w/ DJ iPod Shorty (hip-hop, R&B, soul, funk), 10pm-2am

Iron Horse Station Jesse James (Americana), 6-9pm

Cork & Keg Gypsy Swingers (jazz), 8:30pm

Isis Restaurant and Music Hall Vinyl night, 9pm

Dugout Flashback Sally (rock), 9pm

Jack of the Wood Pub Old-time jam, 5pm Lobster Trap Ben Hovey (dub-jazz, trumpet, electronics), 7pm Odditorium The Resonant Rogues w/ The Crow Quill Night Owls (rag time), 9pm

From Nashville to Asheville: Strong female vocals accompany rhythmic, punchy guitar riffs in Nashville-based band Those Darlins, performing at the Emerald Lounge at 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 12.

Pisgah Brewing Company Screaming J's (ragtime, honky-tonk), 6pm Sly Grog Lounge Open mic, 7pm TallGary's Cantina Open mic & jam, 7pm The Mothlight Guardian Allen (psychedelic) w/ E. Normus Trio & Amanitas, 9:30pm


Iron Horse Station Dave Desmelik (folk, Americana), 7-10pm Tressa's Downtown Jazz and Blues Wednesday Night Jazz w/ Micah Thomas, Krista Tortora, Charles Clement Lichtenberger & Daniel Lannucci, 8:30pm

Odditorium Megan Jean & The KFB w/ Ryan Furstenberg, Rob Nance (folk, acoustic), 9pm

Isis Restaurant and Music Hall Barefoot Movement w/ PaleFace (acoustic, Americana), 9pm

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

Olive or Twist Swing/salsa and bachata lessons w/ Randy, 7-8pm DJ Mike Filippone (rock, disco, dance), 8-11pm

Jack of the Wood Pub Christmas Jam By Day with Kevin Kinney, noon Shane Pruitt Band (blues, jam), 9pm

One Stop Deli & Bar Phish 'n' Chips (Phish covers), 6pm

Jerusalem Garden Middle Eastern music & belly dancing, 7-9:30pm

Pack's Tavern Aaron Luka (piano, rock, hits), 9pm

Millroom Album release party w/ Marley Carroll (electro-pop), 10pm-2am

Yacht Club White Mystery (rock) w/ Shake It Like a Caveman, 10pm

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Pisgah Brewing Company Goner (Americana), 8pm

The Phoenix Jazz night, 8pm

185 King Street Hogtown Squealers (old-time), 8pm

The Social Karaoke, 9:30pm

5 Walnut Wine Bar Hank West and The Smokin Hots (jazz, exotica), 8-10pm

Town Pump Open mic, 9pm

Altamont Brewing Company Laura Thurston (folk, Americana, bluegrass), 9pm

Trailhead Restaurant and Bar Open jam, 6pm

Black Mountain Ale House Lyric (acoustic, soul), 9pm

Scandals Nightclub Dance party, 10pm Drag show, 12:30am

Club Hairspray Karaoke, 8pm

Southern Appalachian Brewery Bradley Carter & John Looney (bluegrass), 7-9pm

Club Remix Reggae dance night, 9pm

Spring Creek Tavern Screaming J's (blues, ragtime, rock),

Cork & Keg Vollie McKenzie & Jack Dillen (Beatles covers, jazz), 6pm

TallGary's Cantina Rock ‘n’ roll showcase, 9:30pm

Emerald Lounge Those Darlins w/ Doc Aquatic (rock & roll), 8:30pm

The Mothlight Shantih Shantih w/ Impossible Vacation & Belmonte (indie rock), 9:30pm

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Havana Restaurant Ashley Heath (singer-songwriter), 7pm Highland Brewing Company Alex Krug Combo (rock, Americana), 6-8pm

Olive or Twist Swing dance lesson w/ Bobby Wood, 7-8pm 3 Cool Cats Band (vintage rock and roll), 8-11pm Orange Peel Hometown Holiday Jam w/ Michael Barnes & friends, Marc Keller Band, Sons of Ralph & more, 8pm

Emerald Lounge Hank West & the Smokin’ Hots w/ Fist Fam, Alpha Lee & Martin Snoddy & DJ Jet, 9pm

Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern Aaron Lee Tasjan & Joe Fletcher (singer-songwriters), 9pm Havana Restaurant Open mic (band provided), 7pm Highland Brewing Company Young Professionals Holiday Party, 6-9pm Jack of Hearts Pub Old-time jam, 7pm Jack of the Wood Pub Bluegrass jam, 7pm Lexington Ave Brewery (LAB) Reasonably Priced Babies (improv comedy), 7:30pm Lobster Trap Hank Bones ("man of 1,000 songs"), 7-9pm

Purple Onion Cafe Chuck Brodsky (folk), 7:30pm Root Bar No. 1 Keith Kenny (rock, blues), 9:30pm

Timo's House Asheville Drum and Bass Collective, 9pm Town Pump Mud Tea (rock), 9pm Trailhead Restaurant and Bar Open jam, 6pm Tressa's Downtown Jazz and Blues The Westsound Revue (Motown, blues), 9pm Vincenzo's Bistro Ginny McAfee (piano, vocals), 7pm

Monte Vista Hotel Randy Hale (jazz, blues, pop), 6pm Odditorium David Fender's Twin Peaks birthday party, 9pm Olive or Twist 42nd Street Returns! (jazz, dance), 8:30-11:30pm One Stop Deli & Bar Free Dead Fridays feat. members of Phuncle Sam, 5-8pm Pack's Tavern DJ Moto (pop, dance), 9pm Pisgah Brewing Company Grits & Soul (bluegrass, Americana), 8pm Root Bar No. 1 Time Cat (indie-rock), 9:30pm Scandals Nightclub Dance party, 10pm Drag show, 1am Southern Appalachian Brewery The Gamblers (jazz, roots), 8-10pm Static Age Records Drunken Prayer w/ The Krektones (folk, rock, americana) Straightaway Cafe Utah Green (roots, folk), 6pm TallGary's Cantina Fine Line (rock), 9:30pm

Water'n Hole Karaoke, 10pm

The Mothlight Lost in the Trees w/ Onawa (electronic-groove, experimental), 9:30pm

WXYZ Lounge CaroMia (singer-songwriter), 8-10pm

The Social Traver's Brothership (roots, funk, jam), 9:30pm

Timo's House Odi, Sarah Burns, Forrest Bump & Arc Angel Gabe Real (dance party), 9pm

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Olive or Twist Ruby Mayfield Band (rock, Motown), 8:30-11:30pm One Stop Deli & Bar Rumpke Mountain Boys (bluegrass), 6pm Pack's Tavern The Mix 96.5's House Band (rock, dance, hits), 9pm Pisgah Brewing Company Jay Brown Blues Band (blues, Americana), 8pm Purple Onion Cafe Uptown Jazz Quartet, 8pm Root Bar No. 1 Call the Next Witness (rock), 9:30pm Scandals Nightclub Dance party, 10pm Drag show, 12:30am Smokey's After Dark Karaoke, 10pm Southern Appalachian Brewery Letters to Abigail (Americana, country, bluegrass), 8-10pm Spring Creek Tavern Jeffery Thomas & Kevin Reese (rock 'n' roll), 8-11pm Straightaway Cafe R&R Crossing (acoustic, roots), 6pm TallGary's Cantina Twist of Fate (rock), 9:30pm The Mothlight Orbit DVD anniversary party w/ Everything Is Terrible (found footage), 8pm

THU 12/12

SAT 12/14

An Evening With

The Social Karaoke, 9:30pm


Timo's House Asheville hip-hop showcase, 9pm Town pump Charlyhorse (singer-songwriter, blues), 9pm


A Tribute to Gram

Toy Boat Community Art Space Maggie and Her Mistakes w/ Crow Quill Night Owls & Hearts Gone South (honky-tonk), 8:30pm

Parsons & Gene Clark 8pm • $10

Tressa's Downtown Jazz and Blues Jim Arrendell & The Cheap Suits (soul, R&B, blues), 10pm


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

w/ Rebelmatic & Prop Anon 9pm • $10/$12

Westville Pub Morning After (Americana), 9pm

SAT 12/21


Thursday, December 12th

SUN 12/22


Doc Aquatic

FRI 12/27


SAT 12/28


8pm • $25/$28

Walley 8pm • $12/$15

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9pm • $10/$12

TUE 12/31

NEW YEAR’S EVE WITH YO MAMA’S BIG FAT BOOTY BAND and The Broadcast 9pm • $20/$25


Those Darlins Friday, December 13th Hank West & The Smokin Hots w/ Fist Fam and Alpha Lee & Martin Snoddy w/ DJ Jet Saturday, December 14th

1 - 5:30pm Christmas Jam by Day Pierce Edens & The Dirty Work, Velvet Truckstop, Jeff Santiago & Lost Gatos Negros, Red Honey

9:00pm Backup Planet, Mud Tea, and marvelous Funkshun

Monday, December 16th

Blues Jam

8pm to Midnight



White Horse Asheville Jazz Orchestra, 8pm Wild Wing Cafe Lyric Trio, 9:30pm WXYZ Lounge DJ Abu Disarray (lounge DJ), 9-11:30pm

Sunday, Dec. 15 5 Walnut Wine Bar The Get Right Band (blues, funk), 7-9pm Asheville Music Hall Sky Walkers w/ Deejay Mason (gangsta-jazz, electronic, hip-hop), 8pm Black Mountain Ale House NFL Sunday w/ pre-game brunch at 11:30am, 1pm Blue Kudzu Sake Company Karaoke brunch, 1-5pm Club Hairspray DJ Ra Mac, 8pm Isis Restaurant and Music Hall Sunday jazz showcase, 6pm Jack of the Wood Pub Irish session, 3pm Lobster Trap Leo Johnson (hot club jazz), 7-9pm Millroom Diamond Thieves Psycho Santa Christmas Party, 5pm Monte Vista Hotel Daniel Keller (jazz), 11am Odditorium Adult poetry slam, 9pm

185 King Street 877-1850 5 Walnut Wine Bar 253-2593 Altamont Brewing Company 575-2400 The Altamont Theatre 348-5327 Apothecary (919) 609-3944 Aqua Cafe & Bar 505-2081 ARCADE 258-1400 Asheville Civic Center & Thomas Wolfe Auditorium 259-5544 Asheville Music Hall 255-7777 Athena’s Club 252-2456 Barley’s Tap Room 255-0504 Black Mountain Ale House 669-9090 Blue Mountain Pizza 658-8777 Boiler Room 505-1612 Broadway’s 285-0400 The Bywater 232-6967 Cork and keg 254-6453 Club Hairspray 258-2027 Club Remix 258-2027 Creekside Taphouse 575-2880 Adam Dalton Distillery 367-6401 Diana Wortham Theater 257-4530 Dirty South Lounge 251-1777 Double crown 575-9060 Eleven on Grove 505-1612 Emerald Lounge 232- 4372 Firestorm Cafe 255-8115 French Broad Brewery Tasting Room 277-0222 Good Stuff 649-9711 green room cafe 692-6335 Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern 232-5800 Grove House The Grove Park Inn (Elaine’s Piano Bar/ Great Hall) 252-2711 hangar lounge 684-1213 Harrah’s Cherokee 497-7777 Highland Brewing Company 299-3370 Isis music hall 575-2737 Jack of Hearts Pub 645-2700 Jack of the Wood 252-5445 Lexington Avenue Brewery 252-0212 The Lobster Trap 350-0505 Metroshere 258-2027 Millroom 555-1212 Monte Vista Hotel 669-8870 Native Kitchen & Social Pub (581-0480) odditorium 505-8388 OneFiftyone 239-0239 One Stop Bar Deli & Bar 255-7777 O.Henry’s/TUG 254-1891 The Orange Peel 225-5851 oskar blues Brewery 883-2337 Pack’s Tavern 225-6944 The Phoenix 333-4465 Pisgah Brewing Co. 669-0190 Pulp 225-5851 Purple Onion Cafe 749-1179 Red Stag Grill at the Grand Bohemian Hotel 505-2949 Root Bar No.1 299-7597 Scandals Nightclub 252-2838 Scully’s 251-8880 SLy Grog Lounge 255-8858 Smokey’s After Dark 253-2155 the social 298-8780 Southern Appalacian Brewery 684-1235 Static Age Records 254-3232 Straightaway Cafe 669-8856 TallGary’s Cantina 232-0809

tiger mountain thirst parlour 407-0666 Timo’s House 575-2886 Town Pump 357-5075 Toy boat 505-8659 Treasure Club 298-1400 Tressa’s Downtown Jazz & Blues 254-7072 Vanuatu Kava Bar 505-8118 VINCENZO’S 254-4698 Wall Street Coffee House 252-2535 Westville Pub 225-9782 White Horse 669-0816 Wild Wing Cafe 253-3066 wxyz 232-2838

Cork & Keg Tom Pittman (honky-tonk), 6pm Creekside Taphouse Bluegrass jam, 7pm Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern Dr. Madd Vibe (Angelo Moore of Fishbone) w/ Rebelmatic & Prop Anon, 9pm Iron Horse Station Open mic w/ Kevin Reese, 6-9pm Isis Restaurant and Music Hall Tuesday bluegrass sessions, 7:30pm Lobster Trap Jay Brown (Americana, folk), 7-9pm Odditorium Comedy open mic w/ Tom Peters, 9pm Timo's House Open mic variety show, 9pm Tressa's Downtown Jazz and Blues Lyric (acoustic), 8pm

One Stop Deli & Bar Bluegrass brunch w/ The Pond Brothers, 11am Scandals Nightclub Dance party, 10pm Drag show, 12:30am Southern Appalachian Brewery Jason DeCristofaro Duo (jazz vibraphones), 5-7pm

Vincenzo's Bistro Steve Whiddon (old-time piano, vocals), 5:30pm Westville Pub Blues jam, 10pm

Wednesday, Dec. 18

TallGary's Cantina Sunday Drum Day, 7pm

185 king street Harper & Motor City Josh, 8pm

The Social '80s vinyl night, 8pm

5 Walnut Wine Bar Hot Point Trio (jazz), 5-7pm Juan Benavides Trio (Latin), 8-10pm

Town pump The Traveler’s Club presents 2013 Townie Reunion, 4-8pm Dan Tedesco (blues), 9pm Vincenzo's Bistro Steve Whiddon (old-time piano, vocals), 5:30pm

Monday, Dec. 16

Bywater Open mic w/ Taylor Martin, 9pm

Iron Horse Station Jesse James (Americana), 6-9pm

Emerald Lounge Blues jam, 8pm

Isis Restaurant and Music Hall Vinyl night, 9pm

Odditorium Dikes of Holland, JoyBang, Nutter (garage-rock, punk), 9pm

Jack of the Wood Pub Old-time jam, 5pm

Westville Pub Trivia night, 8pm

Tuesday, Dec. 17

sat. dec 14

ten cent poetry / utah green backstage • 9:30PM • $5

wed. dec 18

eric & erica

w/ blois,the sweets backstage • 9:00PM • $5

thurs. dec 19

Port city coMedy tour

featuring colton deMonte, steve Marcinowski, Matt “whitey” white, and louis bishoP backstage • 9:00PM •$10

Club Eleven on Grove Studio Zahiya Holiday Dance Show, 7pm

Cork & Keg Irish jam w/ Beanie, Vincent & Jean, 7pm

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

backstage • 7:30PM • $7

Blue Mountain Pizza & Brew Pub Open mic, 7pm

Altamont Brewing Company Old-time jam, 7pm

Trailhead Restaurant and Bar Swamp Foot Creek Stompers (bluegrass), 6pm

iMProv sketch coMedy

Black Mountain Ale House Bluegrass jam w/ The Deals

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

Sly Grog Lounge Trivia night, 7pm

reasonably Priced babies

Adam Dalton Distillery 3D: Local DJ party (electronic, dance), 9pm

5 Walnut Wine Bar Sufi Brothers (folk), 8-10pm

Oskar Blues Brewery Old-time jam, 6-8pm

thurs. dec 12

Lexington Ave Brewery (LAB) Eric & Erica (pop, ambient), 9pm Lobster Trap Ben Hovey (dub-jazz, trumpet, electronics), 7pm Odditorium Wizard Skin w/ Roamer X, Alonaluna, Peace Arrow & Bois (experimental), 9pm Olive or Twist Swing dance lesson w/ Bobby Wood, 7-8pm 3 Cool Cats Band (vintage rock and roll), 8-11pm Sly Grog Lounge Open mic, 7pm TallGary's Cantina Open mic & jam, 7pm

5 Walnut Wine Bar The John Henry's (ragtime, jazz), 8-10pm

The Mothlight Torche (stoner pop, rock) w/ Midnight Ghost Train & Skullthunder, 9:30pm

Altamont brewing company Open mic w/ Chris O’Neill, 8pm

The Phoenix Jazz night, 8pm

Asheville Music Hall Funk jam, 11pm

The Social Karaoke, 9:30pm

Club Eleven on Grove Swing lessons, 6:30 & 7:30pm Tango lessons, 7pm Dance, 8:30pm Swing & Tango Holiday Party, 6:30-10pm

Town Pump Open mic, 9pm

Club Hairspray Trivia night, 8pm

Tressa's Downtown Jazz and Blues Wednesday night jazz w/ Micah Thomas, Tyler Kittle & Mike Holstein, 8:30pm


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SAT. 12/14 “The Mix” 96.5 House Band (rock, classic hits)

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Rangers land on Jupiter: Two-time Grammy nominee Jeff Sipe has rounded up musicians Woody Platt, Mike Guggino and Mike Ashworth of Steep Canyon Rangers and Steve Trismen of Jupiter Coyote to form The Pisgah Pickers. The bluegrass collaboration will perform two shows at 185 King Street on Wednesday, Dec. 11, at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m.

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

Thursday, Dec. 19 185 king street Jazz night w/ Bill Berg, 8pm 5 Walnut Wine Bar Hank West & The Smokin' Hots (jazz, exotica), 8-10pm Black Mountain Ale House Lyric (acoustic, soul), 9pm Club Hairspray Karaoke, 8pm

Water'n Hole Karaoke, 10pm WXYZ Lounge Jamar Woods (soul, funk, piano), 8-10pm

Friday, Dec. 20

Cork & Keg Vollie McKenzie & Jack Dillen (Beatles covers, jazz), 8pm

5 Walnut Wine Bar Jamar Woods Acoustic Band (funk, soul), 10pm-midnight

Emerald Lounge Sexy, John Wilkes Boothe and The Black Toothe & Luzius Stone, 8:30pm

Altamont Brewing Company Stuart McNair (folk, country, Cajun), 9pm

Havana Restaurant Open mic (band provided), 7pm

Asheville Music Hall Bob Schneider w/ Ruston Kelly (singer-songwriter, rock), 9pm

Isis Restaurant and Music Hall An Evening of ThumbPickin' and Jazz, 8pm

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

Jack of the Wood Pub Bluegrass jam, 7pm

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

Lexington Ave Brewery (LAB) Colton DeMonte, Steve Marcinowski, Matt White & Louis Bishop (comedy), 9pm

Cork & Keg Red Hot Sugar Babies (various jazz styles), 8:30pm

Olive or Twist Swing/salsa and bachata dance lessons w/ Randy, 7-8pm DJ Mike Filippone (rock, disco, dance), 8-11pm One Stop Deli & Bar Phish 'n' Chips (Phish covers), 6pm Tauk w/ Captain Midnight Band (rock, fusion), 10pm

Havana Restaurant Ashley Heath (singer-songwriter), 7pm Iron Horse Station Kevin Reese (Americana), 7-10pm Isis Restaurant and Music Hall Town Mountain w/ Larry Keel & Natural Bridge (old-time, acoustic), 9pm Jack of the Wood Pub Grass Monkey (rock, bluegrass), 9pm Jerusalem Garden Live music & belly dancing, 7-9:30pm

Pack's Tavern Eric Congdon (blues), 9pm

Lexington Ave Brewery (LAB) The Mobros (rock, soul), 9:30pm

Scandals Nightclub Dance party, 10pm Drag show, 12:30am

Monte Vista Hotel Randy Hale (jazz, blues, pop), 6pm

Spring Creek Tavern Pierce Edens (roots-rock), 6-9pm TallGary's Cantina Rock & roll showcase, 9:30pm The Mothlight Diarrhea Planet (rock) w/ No Regrets Coyote, 9:30pm Timo's House Asheville Drum and Bass Collective, 9pm

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

185 king street The BattleAxe Band, 8pm

Odditorium Lords of Chicken Hill w/ The Bob Band (rock, punk), 9pm


Tressa's Downtown Jazz and Blues The Westsound Revue (Motown, blues), 9pm

Club Remix Reggae dance night, 9pm

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


Trailhead Restaurant and Bar Open jam, 6pm

Odditorium Nate Hall presents Poison the Snake, American Landscape & Bask (metal), 9pm Olive or Twist 3 Cool Cats Band (vintage rock and roll), 8:30-11:30pm One Stop Deli & Bar Free Dead Fridays feat. members of Phuncle Sam, 5-8pm Orange Peel Delbert McClinton (rock, blues) w/ Alyssa Bonagura, 9pm

Pack's Tavern DJ Ocelate (pop, dance), 9pm Scandals Nightclub Zumba, 7pm Dance party, 10pm Drag show, 1am

Over 40 Entertainers!

Spring Creek Tavern Andy Buckner (Southern rock), 8-11pm Straightaway Cafe Wilhelm Brothers (folk, Americana), 6pm

A True Gentleman’s Club

TallGary's Cantina OverHead (rock), 9:30pm


The Mothlight Floating Action (rock, surf, soul, lo-fi) w/ Coconut Cake, 9:30pm Timo's House Earthtone SOUNDsystem (house) 9pm town pump Dave Desmelik (singer-songwriter), 9pm Toy Boat Community Art Space Bombs Away Cabaret (variety show), 8pm Tressa's Downtown Jazz and Blues Early Spotlight w/ Outside Suburbia (blues, alt-rock, indie), 7pm Peggy Ratusz & Daddy Longlegs (blues, jazz, soul), 10pm


Vincenzo's Bistro Steve Whiddon (old-time piano, vocals), 5:30pm Westville Pub Comedy open mic, 10pm White Horse Michael Jefry Stevens & Wendy Jones (jazz, Christmas show), 8pm Wild Wing Cafe A Social Function Trio (acoustic), 9:30pm WXYZ Lounge Ben Hovey (dub-jazz, trumpet, beats), 9-11:30pm


THURSDAY • DECEMBER 12 • 6:00 - 9:00


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Out of the Furnace HHH

Friday, dec 13 Thursday, dec 19 Due to possible scheduling changes, moviegoers may want to confirm showtimes with theaters.

Asheville Pizza & Brewing Co. (254-1281) Please call the info line for updated showtimes. The Wizard of Oz 3D (PG) 1:00, 4:00 Mud (PG-13) 7:00 World War Z (PG-13) 10:00

Players: Players: Christian Bale, Casey Affleck, Woody Harrelson, Zoe Saldana, Sam Shepard Drama Rated R The Story: After the murder of his brother, a steelworker sets out for revenge. The Lowdown: A generally humorless piece of awards-bait that — despite a pulpy foundation — is just too self-serious to be entertaining.

Scott Cooper’s Out of the Furnace opens at a drive-in playing Ryuhei Kitamura’s (unfairly) much-maligned horror flick, The Midnight Meat Train (2008). Thanks to this and David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook (2012), I think there are more people who have seen Kitamura’s schlocky, bloody horror movie referenced than those who have seen the actual movie. Its inclusion in Cooper’s film is only interesting because, for a moment at least, I’d hoped that by setting a mood with such a movie, maybe Out of the Furnace wasn’t going to be the hard-and-heavy drama the previews had promised. But then the scene ended, and it was all (slowly) downhill from there. Cooper’s movie turned into the self-serious, flimsy meditation on violence and poverty I’d feared it would be. What’s disappointing is that Out of the Furnace shares more



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Christian Bale is on the receiving end of 105 minutes of hard luck in Scott Cooper’s self-important Out of the Furnace.

with Midnight Meat Train than it and its hoary dramatics want to admit. At its base, the film is a mix of noirish detective pulp, revenge flick and neo-Western influences. But this is only in flashes, since instead of making trashy entertainment, Cooper wants to examine the American condition. There are a few problems with this — namely that the director’s earnestness is built on an exploitative, mawkish view of American poverty. In other words, there’s a certain sense that all these rich Hollywood types don’t really know what they’re talking about. Out of the Furnace — much like Cooper’s Crazy Heart (2009) and its depiction of alcoholism — is a cliched, trifling and hackneyed illustration of its subject. I suppose you could make the argument that everyone involved is well-intentioned, but that just raises the question — what are the films’ aims? By the time the empty climax hits and the end credits start rolling, damned if I knew what Cooper’s point was. As far as the plot goes, Out of the Furnace is predicated on 105 minutes of hard luck piled upon one

man. Christian Bale plays Russell, a steelworker of small means (he has a neck tattoo, so you know he’s poor — 2013’s new cinematic cliche). After a night of drinking, he gets in a car wreck that presumably kills a child and promptly gets him thrown into prison. Once he’s out, his world has changed. His father (Bingo O’Malley) has died, his girlfriend (Zoe Saldana) has left him for the town’s head cop (a surprisingly hokey Forest Whitaker), and his brother Rodney (Casey Affleck) — returned from his fourth tour in Iraq — is an emotional mess. Plus, the steel mill is about to close, meaning Russell is one dead dog away from a country song. Rodney is the last thing Russell has in the world. Unfortunately, Rodney gets mixed up in an underground boxing ring run by a nasty backwoods meth dealer, Harlan (Woody Harrelson), who murders Rodney and buries him in the woods. Angry and despondent, Russell and his uncle (Sam Shepard) set out for revenge. Like I said, this is a fine foundation for a trashy action film,

Carmike Cinema 10 (298-4452) The Best Man Holiday (R) 1:10, 4:15, 7:20, 10:15 Free Birds (PG) 11:45 (Fri-Sat), 1:50, 4:20 The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug 3D (PG-13) 12:00 (Fri-Sat), 3:30, 7:00, Late show Fri-Sat 10:30 The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug 2D (PG-13) 11:30 (Fri-Sat),1:30, 3:00, 5:00, 6:30, 8:30, 10:00 Homefront (R) 1:40, 4:40, 7:30, 10:10 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (PG-13) 12:15 (Fri-Sat), 1:15, 2:15, 3:40, 4:30, 5:30, 7:10, 8:15, 8:45, 10:20 Last Vegas (PG-13) 6:55, 9:30 Thor: The Dark World 2D (PG-13) 1:20, 4:00, 6:50, 9:40 Carolina Cinemas (274-9500) 12 Years a Slave (R ) 10:30, 1:15, 4:00, 6:549:35 About Time (R) 4:20, 6:45, 9:20 The Book Thief (PG-13) 10:30. 1:15, 3:30, 6:50, 9:40 Dallas Buyers Club (R) 11:10, 1:45, 4:20, 6:45, 9:20 Frozen 2D (PG) 10:30, 1:00, 2:00, 3:30, 6:00, 9:00 The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug 3D (PG-13) 11:00, 1:45, 2:30, 4:30, 6:00, 8:30, 9:30 The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug 2D (PG-13) 10:30, 12:00, 1:00, 3:30, 5:00, 7:00, 8:00, 9:00, 10:00, 10:30 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (PG-13) 10:40, 12:15, 3:15, 6:15, 9:15 Out of the Furnace (R) 11:00, 1:30, 4:00, 6:30 Philomena (PG-13) 11:15, 1:40, 3:45, 4:20, 6:35, 8:45 Thor: The Dark World 2D (PG-13) 1:35, 6:30, 9:15 Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas (PG-13) 11:00, 1:15, 3:30, 6:00, 8:15, 10:30 Cinebarre (665-7776) Co-ed Cinema Brevard (883-2200) The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (PG-13) 12:00, 4:00, 8:00 Epic of Hendersonville (693-1146) Fine Arts Theatre (232-1536) Dallas Buyers Club (R) 1:00, 4:00, 7:00, Late show Fri-Sat 9:30 Philomena (PG-13) 1:20, 4:20, 7:20, Late show Fri-Sat 9:40 Flatrock Cinema (697-2463) About Time (R) 3:45, 7:00 Regal Biltmore Grande Stadium 15 (6841298) United Artists Beaucatcher (298-1234)

but this is not Cooper’s intent. He’s much more concerned with — as Preston Sturges put it in Sullivan’s Travels (1941) — modern conditions, stark realism and problems that confront the common man — complete with drugs, death and languorous shots of smokestacks. It’s not a fun topic, nor an original one. To quote Sturges directly, “The poor know all about poverty and only the morbid rich would find the topic glamorous.” Cooper has nothing to add to the conversation, instead allowing his film to wallow — much like Harlan, and eventually Russell — in dirty, ugly violence. The director’s approach is high-minded and — as far as behind the camera goes — technically proficient, but Cooper’s forgotten to add either a moral compass or an emotional center, making this dour film watchable, but ultimately disposable, shallow and far short of its lofty intent. Rated R for strong violence, language and drug content. reviewed by Justin Souther Playing at Carolina Cinemas, Epic of Hendersonville, Regal Biltmore, United Artists Beaucatcher.


Movies at the Asheville Art Museum Located at 2 S. Pack Square. Showings are free with membership or museum admission. Info: 253-3227 or • SA (12/14), 2-4pm - Weekend Film Screenings presents a film about the artist Joseph A. Fiore, whose paintings and drawings are included in AAM collections and exhibitions.

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Social Justice Film Night Free but donations accepted. Discussion follows screenings. Call for childcare. Info: 2991242 or • TH (12/12), 6:30pm - The Next American Revolution will screen at First Congregational UCC Church, 20 Oak St. • FR (12/13), 7pm - Gasland, Part II will screen at Unitarian Universalist Church, 1 Edwin Place.


THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG More Middle Earth Hobbity hi jinks from Peter Jackson. Assuming you aren’t Tolkiened-out by now, you’ll be there. After all, the New Zealand economy and the manufacturers of crepe hair are relying on your presence. What more is there to be said? (PG-13)

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community screenings TYLER PERRY’S A MADEA CHRISTMAS Hemp Documentary Screening • FR (12/13), 7-9pm - Hemp Textiles WNC will hold a screening and discussion of the documentary “Bringing it Home,” which explores the hemp industry. Held at Gallery MIA, 61 N. Lexington Ave. Complimentary wine and cheese. $10 donation. Info and registration: hemptextileswnc@gmail or 230-3918. Interactive Screening of ‘Christmas Vacation’ • TU (12/17), 5:30pm - American Advertising Federation Asheville will screen National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation with games and contests to poke fun at product placement in the film. Held at the Altamont Theatre, 18 Church St. $10/ $6 members and students. Info: Jimmy Stewart Film Series All films are shown at Pack Memorial Library, 67 Haywood St. All events are free unless otherwise noted. Info: 2504700. • TU (12/17), 3pm - Bell, Book and Candle

Having long ago made my peace with Tyler Perry movies, I no longer cringe when these things come along — though the presence of Larry the Cable Guy in this one causes a wave of nausea. Naturally, no one has been allowed to see this — Perry learned the futility of that after his first big-screen effort. The studio informs us, “Madea gets coaxed into helping a friend pay her daughter a surprise visit in the country for Christmas, but the biggest surprise is what they’ll find when they arrive. As the small, rural town prepares for its annual Christmas Carnival, new secrets are revealed and old relationships are tested while Madea dishes her own brand of Christmas Spirit to all.” On the edge of your seat for this coming Friday, aren’t you? (PG-13)

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by Ken Hanke & Justin Souther

12 Years a SlaveHHHHS Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Brad Pitt, Paul Giamatti, Lupita Nyong'o Biographical Drama The story of Solomon Northup, a free black man kidnapped and sold into slavery. Powerful, brilliantly — and beautifully — made. It boasts a gallery of fine performances and should finally propel Chiwetel Ejiofor to the stardom he’s deserved for 10 years. It’s a fine film, but maybe not quite a masterpiece. Rated R

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

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


The Best Man HolidayHH Taye Diggs, Morris Chestnut, Nia Long, Terrence Howard, Harold Perrineau Melodramatic Comedy A group of old friends reunite for a week together during the holidays. A mostly pleasant film that’s just too long and too melodramatic to work. Rated R

Black NativityHH Jacob Latimore, Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett, Jennifer Hudson, Tyrese Gibson Holiday Musical A frustrated teen is sent to Harlem for Christmas to stay with his estranged grandparents. Despite a good heart and a respectful nature, the film lacks visual flare, has no memorable songs and relies too much on contrivances and melodrama. Rated PG

The Book ThiefHHHH Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson, Sophie Nélisse, Ben Schnetzer, Nico Liersch, Barbara Auer WWII Drama Story of a young girl living with a foster family in Nazi Germany. Old-fashioned, a little stolid and safe, but well made and generally effective drama with some terrific performances that make up for most of its shortcomings. Rated PG-13

Captain PhillipsHH Tom Hanks, Barkhad Abdi, Barkhad Abdirahman, Michael Chernus, Catherine Keener Fact-based Thriller The true story of a sea captain who’s taken captive by Somali pirates. A shallow thriller that’s bogged down by attempts at grandeur and the distinct odor of Oscar bait. Rated PG-13

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Dallas Buyers Club HHHHH Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto, Jennifer Garner, Denis O'Hare, Dallas Roberts, Steve Zahn, Griffin Dunne Fact-Based Drama Fact-based story of a Texas homophobe who contracts AIDS and almost inadvertently becomes a major force in the gay community in battling the disease — if not in exactly orthodox methods. Brilliant performances from Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto propel this finely-crafted film into the realm of the must-see. It’s a strong work that refuses cheap sentimentality. Rated R

Delivery ManHHH Vince Vaughn, Chris Pratt, Cobie Smulders, Simon Delaney, Bobby Moynihan Comedy A deadbeat who donated sperm over 600 times in the ‘90s discovers that he has more than 500 children, with a hundred or so wanting to track him down. While a low-key performance from Vince Vaughn and an overall kindhearted nature help, the movie’s just too schmaltzy and can’t maintain any dramatic momentum. Rated PG-13

FrozenHHHS (Voices) Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad, Santino Fontana, Alan Tudyk Animated Fantasy A newly crowned queen — with the ability to freeze things — plunges her country into perpetual winter. It’s certainly dazzling to look at, but apart from the presence of two female leads and no real male hero, it’s pretty standard Disney fare, decked out in a largely forgettable, but occasionally irritating, songs. Not a bad movie, but far from a great one. Rated PG

HomefrontHH Jason Statham, James Franco, Winona Ryder, Kate Bosworth, Izabela Vidovic Action A former Drug Enforcement Administration agent gets on the wrong side of a small-time meth dealer. An unfortunately straight-faced actioner that never embraces its own inherent trashiness. Rated R

The Hunger Games: Catching FireHHHS Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Donald Sutherland, Philip Seymour Hoffman Futuristic Action Thriller Sequel to The Hunger Games. Mostly an improvement on the first film — until it gets to the action centerpiece of the game, whereupon it not only spins the same wheels, but relies too heavily on the assumption that you have seen the first movie. Rated PG-13



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

Out of the Furnace HHH Christian Bale, Casey Affleck, Woody Harrelson, Zoe Saldana, Sam Shepard Drama After the murder of his brother, a steelworker sets out for revenge. A generally humorless piece of awardsbait that — despite a pulpy foundation — is just too self-serious to be entertaining. Rated R

Philomena HHHHH Judi Dench, Steve Coogan, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Mare Winningham, Barbara Jefford, Ruth McCabe, Peter Hermann Fact-Based Drama Comedy Fact-based story of the search for a child given up for adoption 50 years after the fact. Beautifully crafted, intelligently written and anchored by marvelously nuanced performances from Judi Dench and Steve Coogan, Philomena is a delightful, emotionally satisfying awards-season surprise. Rated PG-13

Spinning PlatesHHHH Grant Achatz, Nick Kokonas, Cindy Breitback, Mike Breitbach, Thomas Keller, Francisco Martinez. Gabby Martinez Documentary A look at three different restaurants of wildly different kinds. Entertaining documentary that never quite manages to tie its three stories together. Definitely worth a look — especially if you need a break from the awards-season onslaught. Rated NR

Thor: The Dark WorldHH Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Christopher Eccleston, Anthony Hopkins Comic Book Fantasy/Sci-Fi Norse god of thunder and superhero Thor must stop some evil elves from destroying the universe. An intensely straight-faced, flatly directed, run-of-the-mill fantasy yarn with no originality and little to add to the world of cinema besides providing an advertisement for another Avengers movie. Rated PG-13

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Bad Timing: A Sensual Obsession HHHHS drama Rated R Brilliant filmmaking turns a fairly simple and utterly tawdry story into something approaching masterpiece status. Essentially, Bad Timing: A Sensual Obsession (1980) is the story of a “romance” that never should have happened between two people (played by Art Garfunkel and Theresa Russell) who never should have met. Nicolas Roeg — in his usual manner — presents the story as a nonlinear jigsaw puzzle of a movie where we can never be entirely sure when — or even if — we’re seeing the truth. It’s fairly unpleasant, but it’s compelling.

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A Christmas Carol (Scrooge) HHHHH christmas fantasy Rated NR The definitive Ebeneezer Scrooge — Alastair

Sim — in the definitive film version of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is this year’s Christmas film from the Asheville Film Society. Really, what else needs to be said about this film? If you’ve never seen it, you’re missing a big slice of Christmas.

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Mars Attacks! HHHHS science fiction satire Rated PG-13 Back in the waning years of the 20th

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century, Tim Burton decided to make a movie based on (of all things) a somewhat notorious series of trading cards from 1962 called Mars Attacks! That idea seemed screwy enough, but it got screwier when Burton hired what remains his biggest-name cast and then proceeded to make a deliberately cheesy parody of 1950s sci-fi movies — complete with special effects that were intended to look cartoonish and hokey. The whole thing was meant to be a loving parody (or maybe satire), but audiences — and a lot of critics — didn’t seem to get it or want it. The intervening years, however, have been kind to Mars Attacks! and while it may never be considered prime Burton, it’s certainly no longer considered the misfire it was. The Thursday Horror Picture Show will screen Mars Attacks! Thursday, Dec. 12, at 8 p.m. in the Cinema Lounge at The Carolina Asheville and will be hosted by Xpress movie critics Ken Hanke and Justin Souther.


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ARIES (March 21-April 19) Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected president of the United States four times, more often than anyone else. We can conclude that he was one of the most popular American leaders ever. And yet he never won a majority of the votes cast by the residents of his home county in New York. I foresee the possibility of a comparable development in your life. You may be more successful working on the big picture than you are in your immediate situation. It could be easier for you to maneuver when you’re not dealing with familiar, up-close matters. What’s outside your circle might be more attracted to your influence than what’s nearer to home. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) In 2009, actress Sandra Bullock starred in three films, two of which earned her major recognition. For her performance in All About Steve, she was given a Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actress. Her work in The Blind Side, on the other hand, won her an Oscar for Best Actress. I’m thinking that you may experience a similar paradox in the coming days, Taurus. Some of your efforts might be denigrated, while others are praised. It may even be the case that you’re criticized and applauded for the same damn thing. How to respond? Learn from Bullock’s example. She gave gracious acceptance speeches at the award ceremonies for both the Golden Raspberry and the Oscar. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) Almost 2,000 years ago, a Roman doctor named Scribonius Largus developed recipes for three different kinds of toothpaste. One contained the ashes of burned-up deer antler, aromatic resin from an evergreen shrub known as mastic, and a rare mineral called sal ammoniac. His second toothpaste was a mix of barley flour, vinegar, honey, and rock salt. Then there was the third: sun-dried radish blended with finely ground glass. Let’s get a bit rowdy here and propose that these three toothpastes have metaphorical resemblances to the life choices in front of you right now. I’m going to suggest you go with the second option. At the very least, avoid the third. CANCER (June 21-July 22) Are you feeling a bit pinched, parched and prickly? Given the limitations you’ve had to wrestle with lately, I wouldn’t be surprised if you were. Even though you have passed some of the sneaky tests and solved some of the itchy riddles you’ve been compelled to deal with, they have no doubt contributed to the pinched, parched prickliness. Now what can be done to help you recover your verve? I’m thinking that all you will have to do is respond smartly to the succulent temptations that life will bring your way in the coming weeks. 70


SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) There are pregnant truths I could reveal to you right now that I’ve decided not to disclose. I don’t think you’re prepared to hear them yet. If I told you what they are, you wouldn’t be receptive or able to register their full meaning; you might even misinterpret them. It is possible, however, that you could evolve rather quickly in the next two weeks. So let’s see if I can nudge you in the direction of getting the necessary experiences. Meditate on what parts of you are immature or underdeveloped — aspects that may one day be skilled and gracious but aren’t yet. I bet that once you identify what needs ripening, you will expedite the ripening. And then you’ll be ready to welcome those pregnant truths.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) Have you ever situated yourself between two big bonfires on a beach and basked in the primal power? Was there a special moment in your past when you found yourself sitting between two charismatic people you loved and admired, soaking up the life-giving radiance they exuded? Did you ever read a book that filled you with exaltation as you listened to music that thrilled your soul? These are the kinds of experiences I hope you seek out in the coming week. I’d love to see you get nourished stereophonically by rich sources of excitement. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) Mythically speaking, this would be a propitious time for you to make an offering to the sea goddess. In dreams or meditations or fantasies, I suggest you dive down into the depths, find the supreme feminine power in her natural habitat, and give her a special gift. Show her how smart you are in the way you express love, or tell her exactly how you will honor her wisdom in the future. If she is receptive, you might even ask her for a favor. Maybe she’ll be willing to assist you in accessing the deep feelings that haven’t been fully available to you. Or perhaps she’ll teach you how to make conscious the secrets you’ve been keeping from yourself. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) Don’t linger in a doorway, Libra. Don’t camp out in a threshold or get stuck in the middle of anything. I understand your caution, considering the fact that life is presenting you with such paradoxical clues. But if you remain ambivalent too much longer, you may obstruct the influx of more

tive information. The best way to generate the clarity and attract the help you need will be to make a decisive move — either in or out, forward or backward, up or down. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) “It’s a rare person who wants to hear what he doesn’t want to hear,” said TV talk-show host Dick Cavett. I will love it if you make yourself one of those rare types in the coming week, Scorpio. Can you bring yourself to be receptive to truths that might be disruptive? Are you willing to send out an invitation to the world, asking to be shown revelations that contradict your fixed theories and foregone conclusions? If you do this hard work, I promise you’ll be granted a brainstorm and a breakthrough. You might also be given a new reason to brag.

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CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) “Finifugal” is a rarely used English adjective that I need to invoke in order to provide you with the proper horoscope. It refers to someone who avoids or dislikes endings — like a child who doesn’t want a bedtime story to conclude, or an adult who’s in denial that it’s finally time to wrap up long-unfinished business. You can’t afford to be finifugal in the coming days, Capricorn. This is the tail end of your cycle. It won’t be healthy for you to shun climaxes and denouements. Neither will it be wise to merely tolerate them. Somehow, you’ve got to find a way to love and embrace them. (P.S. That’s the best strategy for ensuring the slow-motion eruption of vibrant beginnings after your birthday.) AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) According to 20th-century British author John Cowper Powys, “A bookshop is a dynamite-shed, a drugstore of poisons, a bar of intoxicants, a den of opiates, an island of sirens.” He didn’t mean that literally, of course. He was referring to the fact that the words contained in books can inflame and enthrall the imagination. I think you will be wise to seek out that level of arousal in the coming weeks, Aquarius. Your thoughts need to be aired out and rearranged. Your feelings are crying out for strenuous exercise, including some pure, primal catharses. Do whatever it takes to make sure that happens. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) “I am not fearless,” says Mexican journalist and women’s rights advocate Lydia Cacho, “but I’m not overtaken by fear. Fear is quite an interesting animal. It’s like a pet. If you mistreat it, it will bite, but if you understand it and accept it in your house, it might protect you.” This is an excellent time to work on transforming your fright reflexes, Pisces. You have just the right kind of power over them: strong, crafty and dynamic, but not grandiose, cocky or delusional. You’re ready to make your fears serve you, not drain you.

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