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In hard economic times, staying healthy can prove even more challenging than usual. This week, Xpress presents the first installment of a two-part package of stories on achieving wellness on a budget. Cover design by Nathanael Roney Photographs by Margaret Williams and Jonathan Welch

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letters Shame on you, Xpress Times may be tough, but that’s no reason to abandon your basic mission — publicly stated — and your historic role in town. When a group of volunteers, Americorps people, and professional builders and construction tradespeople come together to funnel funds from a federal program to weatherize homes in West Asheville, free, while training at-risk youth in construction trades, it is a story at the very heart of the old Mountain Xpress beat. Old as in Julian Price days, Green Line, Public Interest Projects and Investigative Reporting Fund days. And, most pointedly, Dogwood Fund days. This is the spirit, the roots no one knows better than Mountain Xpress. This story idea was offered to Mountain Xpress on Thursday, Jan. 7, with some urgency, since the cold snap had placed many senior citizens and struggling families in a bad spot. Even leaving aside the idea that this is an emerald green idea that saves energy, lots of energy, immediately, this activity spearheaded by Community Action Opportunities in Asheville and Green Opportunities in West Asheville provides help for those in our community who could use it. That includes me. GO came knocking on my door recruiting qualified homeowners to have their homes weatherized, free. It seemed like a scam. I checked it out. It wasn’t. These folks have already done a couple of dozen

homes and have funding to do 60 over the next few months. I applied, qualified, and was accepted. When, after an initial appraisal, they set a date to do the work, I e-mailed Mountain Xpress with the story idea, offering to write it and illustrate it with photographs or simply turn over the contacts to Xpress editors. As a former employee of Xpress, I have a good idea of the news selection process and the competing interests for space. I received an expression of interest and then nothing. I wrote again the following week and was told the story was handed off to an assignment editor. When weatherization day rolled around [on] Jan. 13, more than a dozen workers showed up with blueboard, duct tape, hammer and nail, Plexiglas, mastic, masks, plywood, etc., and built insulation retaining dams in the roof, sealed ducts in my house, wrapped my heater in insulation, weather stripped doors. Along with them came a reporter and photographer from the Asheville Citizen-Times and a TV cameraman and reporter from WLOS. Not only did Mountain Xpress not run a story that would have benefited so many of us in West Asheville and beyond, it didn’t even send someone to cover it for a future issue. The shame arises from looking at the current issue that could have carried an announcement, at least, of the program and contact info so folks could know it was available. The

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lead non-story is a tempest in a teapot feature on a YouTube Mountain Xpress video that got taken down supposedly for political reasons after it went viral and holds the Xpress record, “racking up more than 15,000 views.” That is a joke. My kid posted a kitten video that got 4,700,000 hits (see it at The weatherization offer didn’t even make your Buzz section. Maybe it’s time to reevaluate Xpress editorial priorities and consider why you’re going through all the design changes and upgrades and headaches. As the paper shrinks due to the lingering recession and declining ad revenues and Ashevilleans across the board are going through hard times, maybe it’s time to go back to your roots and return to the focus that made Mountain Xpress Asheville’s reliable and significant neighborhood newspaper. — Zhenya Gene Senyak Asheville The editors respond: Thank you for spreading the word about this innovative, free weatherization program. We’re fortunate to live in a community with no shortage of smart green initiatives, and we devote considerable attention to them; unfortunately, there are so many that we can’t always cover them all. Several factors led to Xpress not covering this particular story, primarily, making some tough choices in the past few weeks about where to concentrate our limited resources, especially in the context of our prior coverage of similar stories. In the past year, several of our Green Scene columns have focused on the weatherization programs of various organizations, including Warren Wilson College’s INSULATE! program, Green Opportunities, Weed & Seed projects and Community Action Opportunities. We’ve also regularly featured the related projects these and other groups undertake in the community, such as the Buncombe County Extension Office’s recent energy-efficiency workshop. Further, Americorps and GO will be featured in an article in our 2010 Green Building Directory, which will be published in March. For the time being, visit to learn more about what Green Opportunities is up to. Regarding Xpress’ mission: In our minds, it’s just as important as ever, particularly given the tough times you reference. Lastly, regarding last week’s cover story about a suppressed Xpress YouTube video, you are indeed not the only one who considered it a “tempest in a teapot.” From our perspective, having a piece of our journalism censored for almost two months on the basis of a bogus copyright claim — no matter how many views the video got — was a most-serious matter, and we saw news value in explaining to our readers just what had happened — and how they can keep it from happening to them.

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Airport board’s Hawaii trip doesn’t fly with me As a 36-year veteran of attending and making decisions to not attend such optional conferences or business meetings as a senior executive working for several Fortune 10 companies, it is apparent that the recent decision by the Asheville airport board to attend the meeting satisfied their personal agendas of being in Hawaii during the winter month of January. … I note that there are 382 airports in the U.S., and only about 50 attend the conference, which signifies that this meeting was not that critical. Approximately 13 percent of airports deemed this event as important to attend. The other airports must use their superior judgment and attend the less costly meetings on the mainland, which take place on a frequent enough basis. If the trip was really worthwhile, no one takes the time to send grainy photos back to Asheville during the trip and author a lengthy 536-word statement to justify bad judgment and ease their conscience or guilt on making a bad decision that betrays the public’s trust. Auditing their trip receipts and finding out if they apportioned personal expenses for their

family members in attendance from the airport charges on receipts should be an interesting exercise for the airport accounting department when they return. Well, at least there are some citizens of Asheville who will be sporting a nice, deep, healthy tan in the middle of winter (or maybe not, to show they were in meetings during the daylight hours, after the proverbial “blank” hit the fan). … Where is the real accountability here? This board should be replaced as soon as they touch the ground in Asheville. I volunteer to serve on this board at no cost to the city, as I could probably make just as bad a decision as the current board did. — Andrew Biazis Candler

Cyclists more at risk than car drivers In a recent letter to Xpress, Howard Shepherd asserts that if “cyclists want to be taken seriously as vehicles” then they must act like vehicles, obeying the same traffic laws as cars, trucks and SUVs [Jan. 6]. In almost all respects, his point is well taken. The easiest way for me and my road bike to avoid becoming a tangled mess of teeth,

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intestines and bloody steel is to ride to the right, signal clearly and light up at night. As a bicycle enthusiast, however, I take these precautions only to survive on roads made for automobiles. For Shepherd to suggest that bicycles should behave politely because they are vehicles like cars ignores the reality that not all vehicles are created equal. Cyclists accommodate cars as a matter of life and death, and recognize that we share the road on unequal terms. Cars are faster, heavier and less maneuverable than bicycles — and there are a lot more of them on the road. Whether or not he or she follows the rules, a cyclist will always have more to lose when an absentminded driver pulls a fast right turn. Accidents happen even when a bike rider is doing everything “correctly.” Drivers get frustrated when cyclists cause them to slow down, take caution and maybe wind up a little late. Cyclists have much more at stake. I don’t believe that reckless riders are the reason that drivers toss their trash at cyclists. [But] there is no excuse for sloppy, dangerous road rage. If Shepherd is to generalize and condemn all the “folks like Mr. Craig” [Christopher Craig, author of “Finding Equilibrium,” a Dec. 9, 2009 Xpress commentary], perhaps he should also indict each and every motorist for endangering those on two wheels. An ignorant driver is playing with a much more dangerous machine than is an ignorant cyclist. — Gabriel Karabell Asheville

A bike-friendly Asheville would be more liveable This is perplexing: While many forward-thinking and growing cities large and small — such as Portland, Louisville and New York City — are making bicycle transit a high priority, Asheville has become a national hotbed of anti-bicycling sentiments that have boiled over to hostility for some. Or so it seems from reading some of the letters to the editor published here and in other local publications. While New York City, with its 8.4 million residents, has seen a 45-percent increase in bicyclists in just three years, Asheville has declared war on the bike. Even bicyclists themselves are on the attack. Wow, what’s next? War on strollers? Those ignorant and inconsiderate parents who think they own the sidewalk? Come on folks, let’s get real here. The roads of Asheville are dominated by cars and trucks, and with almost no bike lanes (apart from token ones that are “bike paths to nowhere”), it’s tough pedaling, which is a real shame and loss for this community. Instead of pointing fingers, we should be lobbying the DOT and our city leaders to make real accommodations for safe bicycling throughout the city.

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If there were proper bike lanes, then both drivers and bicyclists would feel better since the “zone” for bicycles would be clearly delineated. Now, it’s a game of weaving around obstacles and into the path of vehicles, making things frustrating for all parties. Would it be too much to ask to have real bike paths on some of the city’s wider streets? Livable streets are good for all: Property values go up, the streets are safer, traffic is less congested, the health benefits are many. So, if we’re going to get angry and want something done, that energy should be focused on positive solutions. It is truly time for Asheville, a city renowned for its livability, to embrace the bicycle — and walking, for that matter — as part of the transportation mix. So, let’s bury the hatchet and get to work. Those who want to get involved can join Livable Asheville at www.livablestreets. com/projects/livable-asheville/blog/. — John C. Tripp Asheville

The homeless aren’t the problem, but delinquents are Being homeless does not make someone bad, but being violent, drunk and hostile does make them a problem. Portraying the delinquents who terrorize the people who live, work and frolic in downtown Asheville as peaceful homeless individuals who have just fallen on hard times and merely want to eat is just plain insulting. It’s insulting to the homeless people who genuinely want to be a part of the community but who have become victims due to unfortunate circumstances. No one is complaining about people who are simply homeless. No one is complaining about veterans. Lumping the derelicts in with the honest, hard-working majority of veterans is an insult. The bums downtown are nasty, offensive and threatening. The thugs who make everyone’s lives miserable are the problem. They try to intimidate people into giving them money. They spend the money they get on drugs and alcohol, not food and clothing. These individuals are fully aware of and frequent the many organizations who provide food and clothing for free. I don’t know what I would do if I became homeless. I do know what I wouldn’t do: I wouldn’t spend day after day after day toxically drunk trying to pick fights with, and hollering obscenities at, the people who live and work downtown. How about giving us a break? We just want to feed and support ourselves. We aren’t rich. Some of us volunteer at churches, shelters and soup kitchens. We don’t mind sticking a dollar in the “spare change for real change” box. We simply want to walk about town without being threatened and yelled at. — Brandon Oliver Asheville • JANUARY 20 - JANUARY 26, 2010 

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by Brian Postelle Asheville property owners flummoxed by the high cost of energy-efficiency upgrades for their home or business may soon have a partner in the city of Asheville. At its Jan. 12 meeting, Asheville City Council unanimously voted to explore establishing a pilot program in which the city would provide loans to cover such property upgrades as solar technology, window replacement and installing insulation. Sustainability upgrades, noted Vice Mayor Brownie Newman, are expensive at the outset but typically pay for themselves over five to 10 years via energy savings. If property owners could get some help with the initial investment, more Asheville residents might be encouraged to make changes that would help curb the city’s overall energy use, he said. “Asheville has never been afraid of being a pioneer in cleaner energy,” said Newman in proposing the Asheville Energy Independence Initiative. Money to bankroll the project could come from either a city bond issue or a rotating fund similar to the city’s Housing Trust Fund, in which developers’ payments on low-interest loans help grow

Paying a visit: Former Council member Holly Jones says she and her colleagues on the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners want to work with the city on a new energy plan. Opportunities. “There’s a track here that I think is full of opportunities.” Equally enthusiastic was Chief Financial Officer Paul Szurek of Biltmore Farms, who gushed, “I

“I think this may be the smartest idea to come before Council in a long time.” — Paul Szurek, Biltmore Farms CFO, on proposed city loan fund

the fund, making more money available for future projects. The property owner’s debt, he said, could be included in annual property-tax bills. (Newman is a partner with the Asheville-based solar technology company FLS. But he says that, based on conversations with the city attorney’s office, the position does not warrant him excluding himself from votes on broad-based energy policy, only those decisions in which FLS is a direct bidder.) Environmental advocates and industry representatives turned out in force to support the idea, saying it could not only lower the city’s carbon footprint and save money, but also create jobs and help grow the local green sector. “This has the potential to create careers,” declared Torin Kexel of the nonprofit Green

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think this may be the smartest idea to come before Council in a long time.” Energy, noted Szurek, will only grow more expensive in the future. Asheville Geothermal owner Rick Clemenzi said the loans would benefit both local companies and their customers, who often feel they can’t afford the upgrades the industry offers. “They just flinch and say, ‘It’s too much money; I can’t do it.’” Homeowner Michelle Smith backed that sentiment, saying she just wants to make a start on boosting energy efficiency. “I would really like to be able to fix my windows and doors,” she noted, adding, “It’s been very difficult for me to be able to do even those first steps.” Meanwhile, former Council member Holly Jones, who now serves on the Buncombe County

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Board of Commissioners, said she hopes the city and county can join forces in considering the initiative. “We are definitely going to be looking deeper into this,” said Jones. “We would love to be looking deeper together.” Sustainability loomed large in last year’s City Council election, which saw three newcomers win seats. Council members Cecil Bothwell and Gordon Smith, in particular, emphasized the idea during their campaigns, as did Robin Cape in her unsuccessful write-in re-election bid. “I ran under this plan in 2008 and 2009,” said Bothwell. “I feel like I was elected to do this.” For Smith, the move would mark a first step in fostering a new green economy for the city. “This is going to have ripple effects,” he predicted. “We can become a magnet for this kind of business.” Council member Bill Russell urged caution before taking on what amounts to “hundreds of millions of dollars” in debt, however, saying, “We need to really look at finances to really get into this.” And Council member Esther Manheimer, while noting that she’d like to see solid numbers from staff, said she’s open to the idea of the city fostering such a relationship with private property owners. “I think this recession is calling for a new day of public/private partnerships that create jobs,” she observed. City staff will research a pilot project, including scope and timeline, and present the plan to several Council committees before making a • JANUARY 20 - JANUARY 26, 2010 11

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recommendation to Council. This would not be Asheville’s first foray into sustainability. In 2007, Council formed a Sustainability Advisory Committee on Energy and the Environment and, later that year, approved a resolution calling for city government to reduce its carbon footprint by 2 percent per year en route to an overall 80 percent reduction by 2050. In December, city staff reported that Asheville had achieved its fiscal year 2008-09 target, reducing its energy use by 867,000 kilowatt-hours while saving $65,000.

Mission to build cancer center

Mission Hospital got the go-ahead for a new five-story outpatient cancer center on its south Asheville campus. Late last year, City Council gave the hospital permission to temporarily close adjacent streets to accommodate the construction. The $59 million structure, to be built on Hamilton Road between Brooklet Street and Victoria Road, will contain 118,000 square feet of space and include its own parking deck. As a level III project, Council would have reviewed it in any case, but Mission also requested a variance allowing fewer parking spaces than what the Unified Development Ordinance specifies. Square footage is typically used to determine the appropriate number of spaces, but according to the staff report, the cancer facility will need only about one-third as many as city code requires, due to the specific nature of the services to be provided. According to Karen Grogan, administrative director of cancer services, Mission sees about 3,000 new cancer patients a year — the fifthhighest volume of such patients served by any North Carolina hospital. Currently, however, Mission’s cancer facilities are spread over six separate sites. “One glaring omission at Mission is the inability to offer patients a dedicated cancer center,” oncologist Eric Kuehn told Council. “These patients have long walks and confusing access to get to these departments.” Council members unanimously approved the project.

Blizzard by the numbers

At its peak, the snowstorm that slammed the region Dec. 18-22 left 67,000 customers without power, 20,000 of them in Asheville, and spawned 974 calls to police, fire and rescue personnel. Emergency crews worked the most consecutive

hours they had since the 2004 floods, Assistant City Manager Jeff Richardson told Council in his follow-up report on Asheville’s response to the blizzard. The “10-year-storm event,’ said Richardson, left a foot or more of snow in parts of the city and county. The dramatic number of power outages, he explained, stemmed in part from the rainsaturated ground, which caused more trees to fall. City workers, noted Richardson, cleared 50 streets of trees within the first 24 hours. Asheville will seek reimbursement from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for a portion of the $525,342 the city racked up in emergency expenses. Not all of those items are expected to be approved, Richardson told Xpress. Snow removal, for instance, isn’t eligible, but tree removal is. City and county agencies are pooling their expenses for submission to FEMA, he said, noting that to qualify, the eligible costs must total at least $667,000.

Not ready for prime time

A proposed amendment to the section of the city’s storm-water ordinance concerning stream buffers on construction sites didn’t make it to a vote. Instead, the proposal was rerouted to City Council’s Planning and Economic Development Committee for review. City Council approved the current storm-water ordinance in 2007 but felt the buffer amendment needed more work. The amendment, which echoes the Planning and Zoning Commission’s recommendation last year that the city scale back its requirements to the state-mandated minimum, has already sparked some contention. Both the city and state rules call for a 30-foot buffer around streams, but the current city code requires a buffer for any land-disturbing activity, while the state directive applies only to projects disturbing an acre or more. Some members of the Watershed Policy Committee, a group of stakeholders charged with helping draft new language concerning stream buffers, had been alarmed by the P&Z recommendation, having crafted their own formula that already considers slope steepness and stream size in determining how big a buffer should be. Mayor Terry Bellamy said some Council members were concerned that the draft amendment had not been vetted properly and needed more input from the PED Committee. X Brian Postelle can be reached at bpostelle@ or at 251-1333, ext. 153.

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wellness Health in Hard Times: Wellness, part 1 Take a look at WNC’s past, and you’ll learn it’s been a health and wellness mecca for more than 100 years: By the late 19th century, the area hosted several sanitariums for tuberculosis patients, as it was commonly thought that the clean air and pleasant environment did them some good. One of those patients was Edwin Grove, who built the historic inn. And George Vanderbilt, creator of the Biltmore Estate, may have first visited the area on a trip with his ailing mother. With the patients came doctors, and over the years many others have followed, expanding on our reputation as a healthy retreat. The legacy lives today in our thriving medical community, from the reputation of our hospitals to the bounty of alternative practices and practitioners. From yoga to runners, Western medicine to Eastern, Asheville offers an unparalleled environment for getting healthy and staying that way. Given that environment and the chal-

lenge of staying healthy in hard times — with health costs rising and the economy squeezing everyone and everything — Xpress offers this Wellness issue, the first of two parts, to explore just a few of the ideas, possibilities and people. In this issue, you’ll find an interview with Asheville’s first licensed acupuncturist, Cissy Majebe, whose practice was raided in 1990 but now finds herself one of many such practitioners in the city and state. There’s also a commentary from Leslie Boyd, whose son suffered and died because he lacked health care. We have an article about the Asheville Project, an innovative health-care initiative that started in 1997 when city officials aimed to cut costs and help their employees get healthier. There’s a piece on stress management and another that recommends “an ounce of prevention.” Next week, we’ll offer another round of Wellness articles, including one on healthy eating. X

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come addiction to the pain pills they’d paid for after he was seriously burned. The paltry measures being taken by Congress now are not enough. How can I tell? It’s easy — just watch insurance companies’ stock prices skyrocket as the government steers 30 million customers their way with few new regulations to rein in industry greed. And that’s on top of the billions these companies already pocket in profits. CEOs get paid millions of dollars while working folks die from lack of care. Everywhere I go, people tell me their stories. They pray to stay well, they try to eat healthy and exercise. But fall off a bicycle and break a leg and you’re $15,000 in debt. Develop cancer and you may just have to go without chemotherapy and die. Get an infection and the antibiotics to treat it can cost hundreds of dollars. Insurance companies won’t be able to deny coverage for a pre-existing condition, but they

Buncombe County doctors and hospitals donate millions of dollars’ worth of treatment and services each year, but this recession has stretched them thin. 45,000 people in the U.S. estimated to have died in 2008 due to lack of health insurance. He had a high cancer risk, but he couldn’t afford the colonoscopy needed to diagnose the disease while it was still treatable. If Mike had lived in Asheville, he probably would have survived, because he could have gone to one of the free clinics here and gotten a referral to Project Access, a program of the Buncombe County Medical Society that coordinates charity care. The problem is that not every place has such a program; Savannah, Ga., doesn’t, so my son went without. Community charity is wonderful, but Project Access shifts the burden to physicians, who are already being squeezed by ever-lower reimbursement rates from insurance companies and government programs alike. Buncombe County doctors and hospitals donate millions of dollars’ worth of treatment and services each year, but this recession has stretched them thin, and waiting times for appointments with Project Access physicians are increasing as more people seek help. Our safety net isn’t made of titanium: It can unravel. As I write this, a young man in Georgia is going into debt because his insurance company refused to pay for his treatment to over-

can charge four times their normal rates. Not many people can afford that. One man who owns a small business told me the insurance company wants $2,000 a month to cover him and his wife. He had to drop his coverage. Another man, who turned 50 last year, told me his premiums increased by $500 a month because of his age; his daughter might be uninsurable because she was treated for depression and anxiety after she saw a friend die in an accident. Sure, preventive measures can lower medical costs. The Asheville Project has reduced the city’s costs dramatically. Health educators and pharmacists help city employees with any of five chronic conditions — asthma, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol or depression — manage their condition. In return, all their medications and supplies are provided free. Managing chronic illnesses is an important measure of a health-care system’s effectiveness, but ours doesn’t do it. Instead, mental illnesses are allowed to progress until people can no longer function in society and wind up on the streets. People with diabetes are left to try to manage their blood glucose levels via guesswork and luck, leaving them vulnerable to stroke, kidney failure, diabetes and infections that may necessitate amputation.

Besides being heartless, it’s economically unwise. People can eat well, exercise and manage stress levels, quit smoking, drink a glass of red wine every day and still get sick or injured. And when they do, they deserve care. This is the United States of America, not 50 separate, sovereign nations. Citizens should have the same access to care in every state. I don’t mind a solution that includes the private sector, but it can’t just be to hand the insurance industry everything it wants with few strings attached. We already have an excellent single-payer system in Medicare. My stepfather and my mother both died between Christmas and New Year’s Day. They lived long and productive lives, and when their bodies failed, they were cared for and their pain was managed. In contrast, my son suffered horribly: ignored until he was down to 104 pounds, neglected when he got sick again, a lifethreatening infection left untreated until Duke University Medical Center took him in as a charity patient. Still, he had to separate from his wife to get Medicaid to pay for his chemotherapy and numerous other medications, and his first disability check arrived a week after he died. This is not how the supposedly greatest country in the world ought to treat its people. We need to keep shouting, keep pushing, keep insisting until our health-care system achieves its potential by becoming the best in the world. We can’t afford to settle for anything less. X Former newspaper reporter Leslie Boyd is president of Life o’ Mike, a nonprofit health-care advocacy-and-education agency. She can be reached at

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by Brian Postelle When Dan Mason was diagnosed with diabetes five years ago, he decided to take charge. At 53, Mason joined a fitness program at the YWCA of Asheville that specifically targets diabetes. “I just started going,” Mason explains. And along the way, a man who would get short of breath just going to the mailbox set his sights on walking some local 5K events. In his first foray, the Asheville Citizen-Times 5K this past August, Mason finished dead last, though he did beat his target time of one hour. Mason now walks seven to 10 miles a day and has participated in other 5K races, including one in which he placed in his age division. Along the way, he’s been able to ditch several medications, including prescriptions for diabetes and high cholesterol. And with the raging national healthreform debate highlighting the high cost of meds, that alone might seem reason enough to get fit. Personal-fitness trainer Wendy Roche says she’s seen the same thing with a client who was unhappy about how many prescriptions she had. “Obviously, she’s spending beaucoup on that alone, and on doctors’ visits and all these other after-the-fact things. She can control this, and it means a lot to her just to get in shape and get off all these medications,” says Roche .

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the puzzle that they can take charge of. “That’s exactly what’s happened,” says fitness coach Corey Duvall. “They’ve increased self-esteem and therefore been able to improve their job performance. We have one woman who is a contractor, and [business has] been slowing down. But she’s been with us since August and really improved her self-confidence, which she thinks improves her confidence to the client and getting those bids.” Duvall teaches CrossFit, a customized coaching system that seeks to target every aspect of fitness, from strength to balance to agility. This, he says, reduces the likelihood of having the kinds of accidents that sideline people who can’t afford to miss work, while helping combat fatigue due to the daily grind. “You know, you sit and work, your back is stiff and achy,” says Duvall. “Well, if you get in and start to improve that, now you don’t wake up anymore dreading going in and sitting at the desk. Instead of concentrating on that sore, injured area, you’re able to concentrate on your work.” The traditional wisdom concerning a stitch in time and an ounce of prevention applies equally to staying fit. Even in the best of times, going to the doctor or emergency room isn’t high on most folks’ list of fun things to do, and with the economy still uncertain, staying fit can spare you the fiscal burden of emergency care. “The simple fact is that when you use the body, it knows to heal faster,” says local chiropractor Jennifer Liming. Meanwhile, boosting your immune system makes it easier to avoid

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much; a personal trainer may be too much. But there are so many little tweaks you can change and add into your day. Parking farther away from the door; taking the stairs. Any time at all you can add a little more movement, the better.” Liming, too, endorses a less-is-more approach. “If what you did for exercise was just a good 20 minutes of stretching, that’s very good for your muscles,” she says, offering her own tip for folks who want to start getting fit: “Find something you enjoy.” X Brian Postelle can be reached at bpostelle@ or at 251-1333, ext. 153.

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tions saves costs, because [people] avoid more expensive treatment when the situation gets worse.� And indeed, as participants became healthier, the cost to the city, which serves as its own health insurer, decreased. All told, the results have been impressive, says Destiny Mattson, the city’s wellness coordinator, who currently oversees the program. “For every dollar spent on the project, we’ve saved four,� Mattson reports. “Currently there are 310 retirees, employees and dependents of the city enrolled in the program, and sometimes we’ve gotten that number as high as 400.� Mission Hospital also began participating in the program, and Clinical Pharmacy Programs Director Anna Garrett estimates that, all told, the Asheville Project now serves more than 1,100 workers and dependents associated with seven major local employers. “Mission’s role is to coordinate enrollment and provide care management,� consulting and advising participants about which practices and drugs are best for them, says Garrett. “We’d helped the city get the project up and running, and we adopted it ourselves when we saw how much success they were having.� Costs for participating employees, she notes, typically drop by $900 to $2,000 annually. And while the city still spends a consider-

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to cut costs that larger insurance companies don’t have,” notes Garrett. “There’s also the challenge of finding enough care managers” to work directly with project participants. Another problem, notes Miall, is that “People can be resistant to change. But this avoids having to go to the emergency room, or the intensive care unit, because of one of these conditions. It helps the patients — they become much healthier for little cost — and it helps the insurer.” In addition, the program encourages clos-

“For every dollar spent on the project, we’ve saved four.” — Destiny Mattson, ance model for the whole nation. Miall, meanwhile, now runs his own consulting firm promoting the model and serves as special consultant to the American Pharmacists Association Foundation, which has also embraced it. Notwithstanding all the attention, however, the Asheville Project does have its limitations: It helps only those who already have insurance, and so far, the model is being used only by groups such as local governments or large employers that are self-insured. “We’ve had to put a lot of effort and marketing into convincing self-insured employers to adopt this model, but they have an incentive


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“Misalignments” directly affect your nervous system. Fortunately, if you are suffering from any of these problems, or similar affliction right now, they may be relieved or eliminated by proper chiropractic treatment (Commonly called adjustment). So if you have always wanted to “check out” chiropractic care and see what it can do for you, now is the best time to do so because... For one week only, $20 will get you all of the services I normally charge new patients $136 for!

The appointment will not take long at all. And like I said, I normally charge $136 for these services. But now, as a part of this one time offer, you can come in and find out for certain if you need chiropractic care and how it might help you eliminate the pain you are feeling.

What does this offer include?

I received a Doctor of Chiropractic Degree, Summa Cum Laude, from the prestigious Life College School of Chiropractic in 1990. I am board certified by the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners and the North Carolina Board of Chiropractic Examiners. I have post graduate education in radiology, sports injuries, acupuncture and homeopathy.

Everything. Take a look at what you will receive... • An in-depth consultation about your health and well-being... • A complete chiropractic spinal examination... • A full set of X-rays will be ordered at Asheville Imaging (the cost of these X-rays is not included in this offer.) • An analysis of your X-rays and spinal exam results so we can see what needs to be done to help relieve your problem... • Helpful literature that shows how your body works and why you experience pain... • Answers to all your most probing questions about chiropractic care and what it can do for you...

Before you come in, though, you will probably want to know a little more about me. So let me tell you... Meet the Doctor

Guarantee of Great Service Obviously I cannot guarantee results. No one can. But there is one guarantee I can give you, and that is a guarantee to give you my best effort. Plus, if I do not think I can help you, I

will tell you and refer you to a specialist who might be able to help. Limited Time Offer Obviously, with an offer like this, I can not afford to do it for very long. So I picked January 20th-29th. If you would like to take me up on my offer and see what chiropractic can do for you, all you have to do is call our office and set up an appointment. PHONE (828) 253-8900 Call this number only Call anytime between the hours of 9am to 5pm, Monday through Friday. Tell the receptionist that you would like to come in for the Special Introductory Examination between January 20th-29th. I expect to get flooded with appointments for this event, so please call as soon as possible to assure that you do not miss out. Thank you very much, and I look forward to trying to help you get rid of your pain so you can start living a healthier, more productive life.

In Health, Dr. Matilda Sienko, D.C. 82 Arlington Street Asheville, NC 28801

Gentle Family Chiropractic Center | (828) 253-8900 | Due to insurance regulations, Medicare and some other insurances may be excluded from this offer. If you decide to purchase additional treatment, you have the legal right to change your mind within three days and receive a refund.

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Once the sole province of mystics, meditation these days has gone mainstream, because science now recognizes the measurable physiological benefits of giving your brain a little vacation, says Tom Ball of The Transcendental Meditation Program of Asheville. Ball, who co-directs the program with his wife, Jeanne, reports that more than 6 million people now turn to TM for relaxation as well as self-development. “Stress is epidemic,” says Ball, citing a National Institutes of Health study which concluded that 85 to 90 percent of either the cause or complications of disease is tied to stress. “Stress is serious stuff.” Ball’s answer is the technique known as Transcendental Meditation. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi introduced the program to the world in 1957, says Ball, then invited scientists to investigate. The result, he says, is a “vast body of scientific research” documenting beneficial effects. Transcendental Meditation enables practitioners to quiet their brain and delve deep within themself, he explains. The twice-daily practice requires 15 to 20 minutes of sitting quietly with your eyes closed and settling into a state referred to as “restful alertness.” The results can include increased creativity and happiness, as well as a high state of consciousness, says Ball. “It’s not mysticism or mythology: It’s reality.”

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Stress-busting resources Asheville Yoga Center Tip: Slow down and be present in the moment. BreathDance Tip: Take control of your breathing and you’ll de-stress. Stress Management Center/Phobia Institute Stress-beating tip: Make your goals simple and specific, then have fun taking steps to toward accomplishing them. The Transcendental Meditation Program of Asheville Tip: Use a technique such as TM to unfold the inner self.

breathing, notes Neale. But by training yourself to breathe consciously, you can learn to de-stress. “I like to quote a Tibetan saying: ‘The breath is the horse; the mind is the rider.’ So we have to take the reins with our breathing,” Neale maintains. “It’s an every-day practice to pay attention to your breath.”

Bringing it all together with yoga

The practice of yoga brings together meditation, breathing and movement. And for Sunny Keach of the Asheville Yoga Center, that combination is a potent stress-beater. The movement, the guided imagery and just the “time to be present with yourself” all add up. Stress, says Keach, is essentially fear of the future or the past, and yoga “gets you in the present moment.” Keach and his wife, Stephanie, own and run the Asheville Yoga Center on South Liberty Street, which has been in business for 14 years now. The center employs about 20 instructors and offers a variety of classes seven days a week. “We have something for everybody, but we’ve probably got more flow yoga classes” that focus on dynamic movement,” says Keach. And though some 16 million Americans already practice yoga, he notes, his center is still seeking out new students. “We want to make it attractive for them to try,” he explains. The center is also kicking off a “yoga challenge,” which rewards people with a T-shirt, guest passes and discounts depending on how many days in a row they practice, Keach reports. X Jason Sandford can be reached at jsandford@ or at 251-1333, ext. 115.

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Free H1N1 Flu Vaccine • Buncombe County Department of Health is now offering the H1N1 flu vaccine by appointment to anyone age 6 months or older. Call 259-3000 to schedule an appointment. No waiting with appointment. Free. Grief Recovery Seminar/Support Group Meets at First United Methodist Church, 204 Sixth Ave. W. Hendersonville. GriefShare is a special support group for people grieving the death of someone close. The video seminar features recognized experts on grief recovery topics. Info: 694-3621 or • 2nd & 4th TUESDAYS, 2-3:30pm - Meeting. Grief Support Group • SUNDAYS, (1/24 through 2/14), 2-4pm - The support group will be held at the Four Seasons office, 571 South Allen Road in Flat Rock. Open to anyone dealing with grief related to the death of a family member, partner, friend or loved one. Register: 233-0307. Health Events at Earth Fare South Located at 1856 Hendersonville Rd. Events are free, unless otherwise noted. Info: 210-0100. • MO (1/25), 6:30pm - “Healthy Meals in Minutes” with Natural Foods Chef Janice Husk. $7, covers food cost, sampling and take-home recipes. Call to register in advance as seating is limited. Health Events at the Westgate Earth Fare All classes are free. Info: 253-7656 or www. • SU (1/24), 4-6pm - “The 8 Laws of Natural Healing.” Rosemary Fletcher, featured in the Oprah Winfrey Magazine, will share her story of illness and recovery. Fletcher was wheelchair-bound for 11 years. Hear what helped her recover, lose weight and walk again. $15. Info: 777-1141 or www.rawfood.meetup. com/250. Henderson County Red Cross Red Cross holds classes in CPR and First Aid for infants, children and adults; Standard First Aid in Spanish; Babysitter Training; Pet First Aid. Located at 203 Second Ave. East, Hendersonville. Info: 693-5605. : Blood Drive dates and locations are listed below. Appointment and ID required. • FR (1/22), 2:30-7:30pm - Mills River United Methodist Church, 137 Old Turnpike Road. Info: 891-5360. • SA (1/23), 8am-12:30pm - Etowah Lions Club, 447 Etowah School Road. Info: 8913071 —- 10am-2:30pm - Lelia Patterson Center Conference Room, 111 Howard Gap Road, Fletcher. Info: 654-0004.


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How can Chinese medicine help us stay healthy in stressful times? All of us know what we need to do to take care of our health. We all know we need to eat right; we all know we need to exercise. But how do you motivate yourself to where you do that — where you don’t run into McDonald’s, or where you go outside and take a walk? We started talking to people who, maybe their jobs have been cut, talking to them about how they can begin to take better care of themselves and use this time for healing physically and emotionally, even though life is much harder because of lack of money.

These days, Asheville is a national hub for alternative medicine. That makes it hard to imagine what the local health-care landscape was like back in 1985, when Mary Cissy Majebe opened the city’s first Chinese medicine and acupuncture clinic. And the ensuing two-and-a-half decades were not without their challenges: In 1990, following a complaint by the North Carolina Medical Board, the State Bureau of Investigation raided Majebe’s clinic and seized its medical records. Majebe fought back, and in 1993, the General Assembly formed the N.C. Acupuncture Licensing Board, which she initially chaired. Speaking to Xpress at her Montford Avenue clinic amid the bustle of patients, children, clinicians and students from the nearby Daoist Traditions College of Chinese Medical Arts (where she serves as academic dean), Majebe talked about the spread of Chinese medicine here and how it can help in stressful times. Here are excerpts from that conversation.

How does stress affect health? Stress is one of the biggest promoters of disease, whether it’s stress about jobs or stress about family. It really doesn’t matter. In Chinese medicine, we talk about stress creating what we refer to as an internal heat. From a Western perspective, that internal heat sometimes will correlate to something called C-reactive protein, which [is an] inflammation marker in the body. And so someone could have their C-reactive protein checked. From the Chinese medicine perspective, it has to do with what is creating inflammation, and most inflammation is self-imposed by stress and diet. Chinese medicine isn’t just about trying to fix the problem: It’s also about helping a person learn how they got to this place to begin with. So what we try and do is look below the symptoms, looking at your family health, your parents, your lifestyle and your constitution. And then we go to the root. Maybe if you’re allergic to formaldehyde and you work at Home Depot and you’re sick all the time, part of it is you may have to get another job. And sometimes change is hard.

Mountain Xpress : What’s changed in the field since 1985? Cissy Majebe: There’s been a tremendous growth in Chinese medicine — not just here, but across the United States and Europe. Twenty-five years ago, there were less than 20 acupuncture colleges in the U.S. and only three written textbooks that had been translated from Chinese to English. Now there are over 60 acupuncture colleges across the U.S. — one of them right across the street. And you could fill a library with books on Chinese medicine: There’s thousands of them now. Back then, there were still a lot of people who didn’t know anything about acupuncture; now there’s been so much stuff on television. I think most people now know that the most effective treatment for pain is acupuncture. It’s not about covering up the pain: It’s about trying to resolve what caused the pain; it’s getting to the root of the pain. Photo by Jonathan Welch

What reception did you get when you opened in Asheville? When I came in, physicians would say, “Well, make sure they sterilize their needles.” It was kind of foolish, because we have the same standards as far as sterilization. This community has really been supportive of alternative medicine, including Chinese medicine. Now they say [Asheville] is a mecca of alternative medicine, and Chinese medicine is one part of that. But 25 years ago, the people who did alternative medicine here were George Guess (a homeopathic physician and M.D.), John Laird (an allopathic physician who did alternative medicine and chelation) and myself. What led to the raid on your office? Because both those men were physicians, the medical board began harassing them and threatening to take away their licenses. I wasn’t a physician, and at that point there was no licensure of acupuncturists [in North Carolina], and the medical board had decided that only physicians could practice acupuncture. But that was just the medical board, and they don’t get to write the laws of the state. So they filed a complaint against me, and my office was raided in 1990. And because of that, the locals got galvanized and also the state community, and we did a big legislative push, and acupuncture became a licensed health-care modality in the state of North Carolina in 1993.

How did your patients rally around the cause of Chinese medicine? A lady named Francis Kelly, a Sunday school teacher, was 78 when she started seeing me, and she saw me for almost 20 years before she passed away. I would bet she sent me more patients in 1985 than anyone. When they raided my office, she went down to the local SBI office and demanded her records back. At that point she was probably 82 or 83, and they threatened to arrest her. And she said, “You can arrest me if you want to, but I’m not leaving without my medical records.” She said: “Those belong to me. They don’t belong to Cissy; they don’t belong to you.” She just stood up to them . And when they gave her her chart, well, every other patient went down there. Who seeks out Chinese medicine in Asheville? We see [everyone from] newborns to people who are looking at what they want for end-of-life care. The patients you see here, if you spend a day, would be the exact same kind of patients you would see in [an M.D.’s] office. People with upper-respiratory infections; people with asthma, children with earaches, people with irritable bowel syndrome, all the way up to people with hypertension and a diagnosis of cancer. We see everything.

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Rather than waiting too long to get help and then going to the emergency room for treatment? When people don’t have access to health care, what else can we expect? We’ve set up a system where the disenfranchised don’t have health care. It’s easy to say they should go see a doctor during the day. But try to call around and find a doctor if you’ve got Medicare or Medicaid. Secondly, our system is so classist. Don’t get me started on the politics of medicine, because it runs much bigger than people going into the emergency room because a child has a fever and an earache. That’s their only option; that’s what we have created in our culture. Are people seeking out Chinese medicine because it’s more affordable? Acupuncture is the fastest growing health-care field in the United States, as far as people entering into it and the people utilizing it. So it’s pretty much going to mushroom at this point, because people are seeing that, one, it works, and two, it’s cost-effective. And if you can go and get eight acupuncture treatments rather than doing back surgery, you are going to be very happy. You are going to be spending less money than what your co-pay would probably have been on the surgery. X Brian Postelle can be reached at or at 251-1333, ext. 153.


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Tourists get new owner Just south of downtown sits McCormick Field, Asheville’s very own “field of dreams,” where Babe Ruth and many other baseball legends have left their footprints. Home to the minor-league Asheville Tourists, it’s our Wrigley Field or Fenway Park. So when it was announced Jan. 5 that Palace Sports Entertainment had sold the ball club to the DeWine family of Ohio, some may have wondered if this city’s long-running minor league treasure would be uprooted. Over the past 112 years, Asheville’s Class A South Atlantic League team has played 89 seasons here, and the DeWine family has chosen to move here rather than take the ball club elsewhere. “This is a dream come true,” declared Brian DeWine, who is poised to take over as club president later this year. “I was looking for a city to raise a family and own a team, and this was the perfect place.” The closing is tentatively scheduled for March, pending approvals by the Sally League, Minor League Baseball and Major League Baseball. Joe Kremer, longtime general manager of the AA Carolina Mudcats, gave the new owners a strong vote of confidence, saying, “Asheville’s

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team is in very good hands.” Brian previously worked for the Mudcats for four years. Mike DeWine — Brian’s father — is a former two-term U.S. senator from Ohio. Brian and his wife, Kali, are in the process of moving to Asheville. “This is such a perfect match for us,” DeWine told Xpress. “We wanted a team with not only a rich baseball tradition, but also one located in a community where my wife and I could raise a family — a place that fits our values and that views baseball as an integral part of the community, just as we do. We found all those qualities with the Asheville Tourists. We are honored to be a part of the strong baseball tradition that exists in Asheville.” DeWine, who’s spent the last 10 years working on the business side of professional and collegiate sports, attended his first Tourists game last May. Soon after, discussions concerning a transfer of ownership began. Palace Sports & Entertainment wasn’t looking to sell the ball club, he says; from the beginning, the courtship was driven by the DeWine family. Longtime owner Woody Kern sold the team to Palace Sports in 2005, and under their ownership, the Tourists have posted four of the highest attendance figures in franchise history. For his part, DeWine sees the organization only getting better in the future. “We will not make any major changes this year,” he said, adding, “I want to feel a full season and go from there.” As the Colorado Rockies’ Class A team, the Tourists shine. “The Rockies have enjoyed the support of the Asheville community for 16 seasons, and we look forward to a continued partnership with the DeWine family for years to come,” opined Marc Gustafson, the Rockies’ director of player development. The sale agreement allows current employees — including head honcho Mike Bauer — to retain their jobs, if they choose, through Oct. 1. General Manager Larry Hawkins and assistant GM Chris Smith have long-standing local ties and have been with the Tourists for more than 10 years. Further, the team signed a 10-year lease with the city in 2005 to continue playing at McCormick Field, and that same year the Colorado Rockies signed a four-year extension to keep the team in Asheville through 2012. The Tourists will welcome back four familiar faces to the 2010 coaching staff, headed by Manager Joe Mikulik, who’s returning for the

New kid on the block: The Asheville Tourists have been sold to the DeWine family of Ohio, and new president Brian DeWine (pictured) is moving his family to town as the club changes hands. photo courtesy Asheville Tourists

11th consecutive season. The Candler resident — the most successful skipper in team history with 712 victories — was a South Atlantic League all-star while playing for Asheville in 1985. Mikulik is a three-time Manager of the Year (2001, 2007 and 2008), and 49 of his former players having reached the major leagues. He’ll be joined by hitting coach Kevin Riggs, pitching coach Dave Schuler and trainer Billy Whitehead. “It’s really a big advantage going into a season knowing the men you’ll be working with,” Mikulik noted. “As with anything in life, whenever you’re working with someone for the first time, it takes a while to learn one another. We won’t have that challenge this season, which should really help the staff get the most out of the players the Colorado Rockies send to Asheville.” The Tourists open their 2010 season Thursday, April 8, at home. — Rick Goldstein

Help Asheville Affiliates help you The Asheville Affiliates, a network of more than 3,000 young professionals, throws “parties with a purpose,” raising a heap of dough for worthy local nonprofits. This year, the group will partner with four groups, staging a separate fundraiser for each of them. Which four nonprofits? That remains to be decided, and the door is still open to groups that want to make their case. The Affiliates’ board, which will choose the beneficiaries, is accepting applications through Tuesday, Jan. 26. (A Jan. 22 deadline had been announced, but when contacted for this article, Affiliates board President Jessica Hunter opted to extend the application period a few days to give Xpress readers more time to apply.) Applying is free and relatively simple: Go to and download the application. Once it’s filled out, e-mail it to the address at the bottom of the document. Although the organization offers the nonprofits considerable help in staging and promoting the fundraisers, Affliates beneficiaries are in for more than just a good party.

Last year’s events, for example, raised roughly $25,000 to benefit Green Opportunities, All Souls Counseling Center, Brother Wolf Animal Rescue and the Asheville City Schools Foundation. A separate event held to celebrate the Affiliates’ 10th anniversary netted around $9,000 for the Western North Carolina AIDS Project. Over the past decade, the Affiliates have raised more than $150,000 for area nonprofits, Hunter estimates. “We take a lot of factors into consideration when choosing which nonprofits to support,” she explains. “Are they local to the Asheville area? How is their work relevant to the community? And we try to go with a wide variety of different types of groups to keep it fresh.” This year’s beneficiaries, says Hunter, will be announced at an event sometime in February. The Asheville Affiliates, she stresses, is more a network than a club or group. Anyone can join by signing up for the email newsletter at the above-mentioned Web site. — Jon Elliston

Everyone needs a hand to hold on to The folks behind the Asheville-based nonprofit Life o’ Mike, which advocates for healthcare reform, are gearing up to boost their presence in the community. “We thought we’d get into making more of a difference,” says Leslie Boyd, whose son, Mike Danforth, is the organization’s namesake. He died in 2008 after battling cancer. Since then, the group’s Web site ( has collected stories, written by friends and family members of people with medical conditions, highlighting problems and inequities in the U.S. health-care system. (Boyd penned a commentary on healthcare reform elsewhere in this issue.) Now, the group is launching a program offering support to families and patients affected by chronic illness or disability in the form of folks who have gone through the same thing. Volunteers in the Patient Pals & Family Friends program will be schooled in communication techniques such as active listening to provide a sympathetic ear for people going though health-

related hard times. “When Mike died, I wished there was someone there I could talk to, and there wasn’t,” Boyd recalls. “This is peer support. it’s going to let them know there’s somebody there.” The first volunteer training session, scheduled for Jan. 23, will include presentations by a registered nurse, a psychologist and Bart Floyd, advocacy coordinator at the Western Alliance Center for Independent Living. The project, says Boyd, is asking volunteers to commit to spending one hour per week for six months, though she believes people will wind up wanting to give more. The first training session for the Life o’ Mike Patient Pals & Family Friends program is slated for Saturday, Jan. 23, at First Congregational United Church of Christ (20 Oak St. in downtown Asheville) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information or to register, call 243-6712 or e-mail — Brian Postelle

Lewis Kyle Wilson pleads guilty to lesser charges Lewis Kyle Wilson, an Asheville man charged with kidnapping and brutally assaulting a prostitute, has pleaded guilty to lesser assault and drug charges. He’ll be released May 27 after spending almost 14 months in jail. Wilson pleaded guilty Jan. 11 to assault inflicting serious bodily injury, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession with intent to sell and distribute psilocybin mushrooms. The charges were combined, and Wilson was sentenced to 15 to 18 months. According to jail records, he’d been held in the Buncombe County Jail for a total of 411 days at the time he plead guilty. The District Attorney’s Office dismissed charges of first-degree kidnapping and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill. The original assault charge against Wilson was not reduced due to lack of evidence or an agreement to plead guilty to other charges, but for an unspecified “other” reason, court records show. According to the original charges, Wilson allegedly picked up a prostitute, knocked her unconscious, took her to his home, forced her to perform oral sex and stabbed her in the head. She escaped and, a few days later, Wilson was arrested. After his arrest, police deemed Wilson a “person of interest” in two other prostitute attacks near his River District home, as well as in the still-unsolved 2006 murder of prostitute Kelly Lane Smith. In a jailhouse interview with Xpress last February, Wilson maintained that he was innocent of all charges, asserting that the prostitute had attacked him. At the time, he said he would fight the charges during his trial.

Released in May: A mugshot of Lewis Kyle Wilson, who was charged with stabbing a prostitute. The charges against him were reduced for unspecified reasons, and he plead guilty Jan. 11. He will be out May 27.

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Last March, DNA testing revealed that hair and teeth found in a search of Wilson’s home did not belong to Smith. Wilson has not been charged with any crimes connected to Smith’s murder or the assaults of the other two prostitutes. For documents related to Wilson’s sentencing, go to — David Forbes

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Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get left behind at â&#x20AC;&#x153;Stool Schoolâ&#x20AC;? by Melanie McGee Bianchi A newish trend in parenting circles is â&#x20AC;&#x153;elimination control,â&#x20AC;? a controversial technique whereby an infantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s primary caretaker is supposed to learn to read his facial cues when pooping becomes imminent and then dangle the baby over the toilet, letting him do his thing unfettered. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve only met one mother who had any success with the method. However, E.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s main tenet â&#x20AC;&#x201D; that diapers are unnatural â&#x20AC;&#x201D; gives its practitioners (and guinea pigs) an interesting link to the animal world. Oh, that it were socially permissible to teach our human young to poop in the wild. Birds do it. Bees do it. Bears do it. And they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need sticker charts, new matchbox cars or the promise of Reeseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pieces to accomplish the inevitable. Although thoroughly pee-trained for at least six months, my 3-year-old refused to let loose a no. 2 in the civilly sanctioned receptacle (i.e., the potty). When he felt something major coming on, he begged for a disposable â&#x20AC;&#x153;pull-up,â&#x20AC;? and wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be coaxed to dump his latest load anywhere else. Astoundingly, he broke our stalemate and used the toilet while I happened to be on the phone with North Carolina Arboretum Exhibition Curator John Bubany, chatting about an upcoming show on nothing other than the embattled topic. I yelped in glee and disbelief. Bubany, a softspoken and particularly understanding individual, offered me warm congratulations. The Scoop on Poop! â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which boasts the delightful marketing slogan â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Hands-On Exhibit for the Whole Familyâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; opens at the Arboretum on Friday, Jan. 22, and will be a welcome attraction for parents like me who missed The Health Adventureâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s thematically similar exhibit, Grossology, that closed earlier this month. Bubany, who also did design work on Grossology, says that the art and science of defecation â&#x20AC;&#x153;is still a taboo topicâ&#x20AC;? for humans â&#x20AC;&#x201D; despite the fact that â&#x20AC;&#x153;every living thing poops

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in one way or another.â&#x20AC;? Like a particularly satisfying bowel movement, Scoop has been in the works for quite a while and has traveled a long way to get here. It blends hard science with a wealth of video, brightly paneled displays and funny, interactive games. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Adults will learn something too,â&#x20AC;? promises the curator. (The facts on dung beetles alone are eye-watering. And did you know that the white part of bird crap is actually urine?) Visitors can step on a scale and see how long it might take an elephant to poop out their body weight, avail themselves of a unique photo opportunity involving the remnants of an outhouse, enter â&#x20AC;&#x153;Stool Schoolâ&#x20AC;? and try to identify authentic doo-doo versus phony feces, and exercise their noses at the best-left-to-the-imagination â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sniff Station.â&#x20AC;?

Think litter boxes are stinky? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Reptiles,â&#x20AC;? reveals Bubany, â&#x20AC;&#x153;have one of the smelliest farts there are. If one actually does it in the woods, you can tell.â&#x20AC;? Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s talking about rodent-ingesting reptiles, not herbivores. In general, animals with a high-protein diet release the more lurid loads. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why dogs and cats are pretty odiferous,â&#x20AC;? he adds, blaming the â&#x20AC;&#x153;oversaturated protein contentâ&#x20AC;? of commercial pet food. Another unfortunate byproduct, for pets, of living with people is that domesticated animals can be made to feel embarrassed by their stool. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have a friend whose dog is so ashamed of it that he wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t poop if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re watching him,â&#x20AC;? says Bubany. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Even on a trail, he will find a bush to do it in, and stop if you come up to him during the process. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very humanlike behavior.â&#x20AC;? Walt Whitman revered wild animals because, according to him, â&#x20AC;&#x153;not one is respectable or unhappy over the whole earth.â&#x20AC;? And indeed, in their world, elimination remains as natural as it was meant to be. In some cases, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s even encoded for survival. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a major difference in how animals and people use poop,â&#x20AC;? says Bubany. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Some insects,â&#x20AC;? he reveals, â&#x20AC;&#x153;hide their babies in it.â&#x20AC;? OK â&#x20AC;&#x201D; so maybe the differences arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t so major. Apparently itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not only human moms for whom offspring and elimination become intimately linked. Amusingly, if not intentionally, the exhibit ends on Motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day. Created by Peeling Productions at Clyde Peelingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Reptiland in Allenwood, Pa., The Scoop on Poop! The Science of What Animals Leave Behind is based on the eponymous book by Dr. Wayne Lynch. It opens Friday, Jan. 22, at the Baker Exhibit Center at the North Carolina Arboretum (100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way) and runs through Sunday, May 9. For hours, admission fees and more information, see www. or call 665-2492. X Melanie McGee Bianchi is a stay-at-home mom and freelance journalist.

outdoorscalendar Calendar for January 20 - 28, 2010 Asheville Track Club The club provides information, education, training, social and sporting events for runners and walkers of any age. Please see the group Web site for weekly events and news. Info: or 253-8781. • TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS, 5:30pm - Carrier Park Runners. Meet at the Carrier Park Pavilion. Leader: Dick Duccini, 645-8887. Pace: slow-moderate —6pm - Beginning Runner’s Program. Meet at the Carrier Park Pavilion. Leader: Tom Kilsbury, —- 6pm - ATC Walkers Club. Meet at the Carrier Park Pavilion. Leader: Larry Fincher, • SATURDAYS, 8am - Carrier Park Runners. Meet at Beaver Lake Bird Sanctuary. Leader: Dick Duccini, 645-8887 —- 8am - Beginning Runner’s Program. Meet at Carrier Park Pavilion. Leader: Tom Kilsbury, —- 8am - ATC Walkers Club. Meet at Fletcher Park. Leader: Sherry Best-Kai, 595-4148 or Call ahead to confirm. • SUNDAYS, 8am - Carrier Park Runners. Park at NC Arboretum Greenhouse. Leader: Dick Duccini, 645-8887. Long, slow distance on trails —- 8:30am - ATC Trail Run. Park at NC Arboretum Greenhouse. Leaders: Bryan Trantham, 648-9336, and Rick Taylor, 776-3853. Pace: 8:30-9:30mpm. Blue Ridge Bicycle Club Encourages safe and responsible recreational bicycling in the WNC area. To find out more about the club and its ongoing advocacy efforts, or to see a complete club calendar, visit • THURSDAYS - Fletcher Blue Sky Road Ride. Departs promptly at 9:15am. Route and meeting place vary. No one will be left behind. E-mail: • SATURDAYS - Gary Arthur Ledges Park Road Ride. Departs in the a.m. from Ledges Park, located 6.5 miles off UNCA exit on I-26. Ride north along the French Broad River to Marshall for coffee, then return via Ivy Hill. E-mail:

• SUNDAYS - Folk Art Center Road Ride. Departs in the p.m. from the Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway. This is a show-n-go ride, meaning there may not be a ride leader. Info: 713-8504 or Carolina Mountain Club CMC fosters the enjoyment of the mountains of WNC and adjoining regions and encourages the conservation of our natural resources, through an extensive schedule of hikes and a program of trail building and maintenance. $20 per year, family memberships $30 per year. Newcomers must call the leader before the hike. Info: • WE (1/20), 8:30am - Loop around John Rock and Cedar Rock Mt. Info: 687-2547. • SU (1/24), 8:30am - Sassafras Mt. Info: 236-0192 —- 12:30pm - Twin Falls. Info: 698-9394. • WE (1/27), 8:30am - Daniel Ridge-Caney Bottom Cove Creek Falls Loop. Info: 883-2447. Fly Tying Classes Held at Headwaters Outfitters in Rosman. Info: 8773106 or • SA (1/23), 2pm - “Davidson River Midges,” with Than Axtell. Hot Chocolate 10K and Kids Hill Climb • SA (1/23), 8-11am - The Isaac Dickson Elementary School Hot Chocolate 10K is limited to 800 runners. There will also be a 1K Kids Hill Climb for children 12 and under. Registration is online only: Asheville’s flattest 10K, followed by entertainment and a cup of hot cocoa. $21.75/$8.25.


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Community Events & Workshops • Social & Shared-Interest Groups • Government & Politics • Seniors & Retirees • Animals • Technology • Business & Careers • Volunteering • Health Programs & Support Groups Calendar C a t e g o r i e s : Helplines • Sports Groups & Activities • Kids • Spirituality • Arts • Spoken & Written Word • Food • Festivals & Gatherings • Music • Theater • Comedy • Film • Dance • Auditions & Call to Artists Calendar for January 20 - 28, 2010 Unless otherwise stated, events take place in Asheville, and phone numbers are in the 828 area code. Day-by-day calendar is online Want to find out everything that’s happening today — or tomorrow, or any day of the week? Go to Weekday Abbreviations: SU = Sunday, MO = Monday, TU = Tuesday, WE = Wednesday, TH = Thursday, FR = Friday, SA = Saturday

Community Events & Workshops All Souls Counseling Center Located at 35 Arlington St., Asheville. Info: 259-6933. • WE (1/20), 5-7pm - Open House. Come by for hot drinks and sweets, meet the staff and therapists, and tour the new building. RSVP.

Asheville Affiliates This group of young professionals holds fundraisers for nonprofits in Buncombe County. Info: • Through FR (1/22) - Apply for a fundraising partnership. Jan. 22 is the deadline to submit nonprofit applications for the 2010 season. Selected nonprofits will receive assistance with event planning, marketing and more. Asheville Design Center An exhibit and meeting space at 8 College St., Asheville. Info: • WE (1/20), 6-8pm - Monthly Urban Design Forum: James Baudoin of Asheville’s Performing Arts Center on design attributes of the new center and how it addresses community context. Building Bridges

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Calendar Information In order to qualify for a free listing, an event must cost no more than $40 to attend and be sponsored by and/or benefit a nonprofit. If an event benefits a business, it’s a paid listing. If you wish to submit an event for Clubland (our free live music listings), please e-mail Free Listings To submit a free listing: * Online submission form (best): events/submission * E-mail (second best): * Fax (next best): (828) 251-1311, Attn: Free Calendar * Mail: Free Calendar, Mountain Xpress, P.O. Box 144, Asheville, NC 28802 * In person: Mountain Xpress, 2 Wall St. (the Miles Building), second floor, downtown Asheville. Please limit your submission to 40 words or less. Questions? Call (828) 251-1333, ext. 365. Paid Listings Paid listings lead the calendar sections in which they are placed, and are marked (pd.). To submit a paid listing, send it to our Classified Department by any of the following methods. Be sure to include your phone number, for billing purposes. * E-mail: * Fax: (828) 251-1311, Attn: Commercial Calendar * Mail: Commercial Calendar, Mountain Xpress, P.O. Box 144, Asheville, NC 28802 * In person: Classified Dept., Mountain Xpress, 2 Wall St. (the Miles Building), Ste. 214, downtown Asheville. Questions? Call our Classified Department at (828) 251-1333, ext. 335.

• MONDAYS (starting 1/25), 7pm - The nine-week sessions are designed to enable the community to confront and overcome racism through education, consciousness-raising, nurturing and ongoing support. $30. Held at MAHEC Bridge Building, 501 Biltmore Ave. Info: or 777-4585. Greater Asheville Luncheon Series • WE (1/20), 11:45am12:45pm - Luncheon Series sponsored by Western Carolina University: Ron Rash, author of the novel Serena, and Peter Bates, associate professor of natural resource conservation, will discuss their recent work. Held at the Asheville Hilton in Biltmore Park. $10.50 for lunch. Info:, 227-7335 or Hospice Home Store’s Show Me Series Free instructional demonstrations at the Home Store, 215 N. Main St., Hendersonville, to educate people on taking items found in thrift stores and creatively turning them into something to wear, something for their home or a cherished gift. Info: 696-0625. • SA (1/23), 10:30am12:30pm - The demonstration will feature Bob Edney, who can create a lamp out of just about anything. Edney will also cover how to re-wire an existing lamp or update the wiring in an old lamp. Martin Luther King Jr. Events at UNCA • WE (1/20), 7pm Distinguished speaker Dr. Robert D. Bullard, renowned author and environmentalist, will give UNCA’s MLK Day celebration keynote address at Lipinsky Auditorium. $5/Free for UNCA campus community. Tickets required. Tickets & info: 232-5000. • TH (1/21), 12:25pm - A panel discussion on “Diverse Faith Traditions and the Environmental Movement,” will be held at Highsmith University Union Mountain Suites —- 4:30pm - Let’s Get Real, a short documentary about advocates, bystanders, bullies and victims, will be screened in Highsmith University

Union, Rm. 104 —- 8pm - The Renewal Project, a documentary on the religious environmental movement, will be screened in Highsmith University Union Grotto. All events are free. Info: 2516585. Public Lectures & Events at UNCA Events are free unless otherwise noted. • FR (1/22), 11:30am - “It’s More Than Just the Parkway,” a lecture with Rob Bell of the Blue Ridge Natural Heritage Area in the Reuter Center. Info: 251-6140.

Social & SharedInterest Groups Amateur Pool League (pd.) All skill levels welcome. HAVE FUN. MEET PEOPLE. PLAY POOL. Sign-up for 8ball or 9-ball 828-329-8197 ONGOING - weekly league play. www.BlueRidgeAPA. com Alpha Phi Alumnae • TH (1/21), 6-8pm Asheville-area alumnae of Alpha Phi sorority will meet at Papa’s and Beer, 17 Tunnel Road, in Asheville. Info: 230-8764. Annual Meeting of Church Women United • SA (1/23), 10am - Registration and refreshments, followed by a presentation by Lt. Colonel Diana Butler, Retired, community volunteer and organizer of the Back Pack Program in association with MANNA FoodBank. At First Baptist Church, Asheville. CWU is a national volunteer Christian ecumenical women’s movement. Asheville Cribbage Club Everyone who would like to play social cribbage is invited. Info: 274-2398. • MONDAYS, 6pm - Meets at McAlister’s in the Asheville Mall. Asheville Homeless Network Meetings take place at Firestorm Cafe & Books in downtown Asheville. Info: 552-0505. • THURSDAYS, 2pm - All homeless people and interested citizens are welcome. Blue Ridge Toastmasters Club Meets once a week to enhance speaking skills both

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weeklypicks Events are FREE unless otherwise noted. Author and environmentalist Dr. Robert D. Bullard will give UNCA's Martin Luther King Jr. Day

wed Celebration keynote address Wednesday, Jan. 20, at 7 p.m. at Lipinsky Auditorium. $5/free for the UNCA campus community. Tickets required: 232-5000.

2010 Asheville Fringe Arts Festival will kick off Thursday, Jan. 21, with an opening party thur The at Scandals Nightclub, 11 Grove St., Asheville. Jen and the Juice will headline, and Cookie LaRue will host. $8. The festival will continue through Jan. 24. Info: www.ashevillefringe. org.


Short Street Cakes, 225 Haywood Road, Asheville, will host its first-ever art opening Friday, Jan. 22, at 6 p.m., featuring new paintings by Severn Eaton ( Info: 505-4822.


Bring a book, take a book, read a book at the free children's book exchange Saturday, Jan. 23, from noon to 6 p.m. at the Hop Ice Cream Cafe, 640 Merrimon Ave., Asheville. There will be books for kids ages 0-12. Info: 254-2224.


N.C. Stage and the North Carolina Center for Creative Retirement partner to present a reading of True West, a comedy by Sam Shepard, Sunday, Jan. 24, at 2 p.m. The dramatic reading will be held in the Reuter Center on the UNCA campus. Info:

of all skill levels are welcome to a West African bass drum class from 6:15-7:30 p.m., mon Folks a hand drum class from 7:30-8:30 p.m. and to an open circle (dancers welcome) starting at 8:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 25. Classes are held weekly at the Movement and Learning Center above the French Broad Food Co-op. Drums available. Info: 545-6064.


Learn about the history and biodiversity of heritage apple trees with Tom Brown, who will lecture on "North Carolina's Rich History of Heritage Apple Trees" at the Hendersonville Public Library Tuesday, Jan. 26, at 7 p.m. The event is presented in conjunction with ECO's heritage apple tree sale, ongoing through Feb. 6. Info: 692-0385 or

formal and impromptu. Part of an international proven program that takes you through the steps with fun along the way. Network with interesting people of all ages and professions. Info: or 333-2500. • MONDAYS, 12:20-1:30pm - Meeting. Chabad Asheville Jewish Asheville and WNC Chabad Lubavitch Center for Jewish Life, located at 660 Merrimon Ave. Info: www. • TU (1/26), 7-9pm Asheville Jewish Women’s Circle: “Happy Birthday to You,” a special Pre-Tu B’Shvat. Learn the art of cake decorating with a professional and discuss the significance of your Jewish birthday. No membership or affiliation required. RSVP: 505-0746. Ongoing Cultural Discussion • WEDNESDAYS, 5:30-8pm - “Christ in Culture.” Explore the impact of Christianity on our diverse culture through film clips, literature, poetry and art. A discussion group

with Dr. Allen Permar Smith. At Kenilworth Church, 123 Kenilworth Rd. Light meal provided. Info: 252-8872. Scrabble Club Come play America’s favorite word game SCRABBLE. Info: 252-8154. • SUNDAYS, 1-5pm - Meets at Books-A-Million in Asheville. We have all the gear; just bring your vocabulary. No dues the first six months. Youth Outright • FRIDAYS - Empowering LGBTQ youth in Western North Carolina from 14-20 years of age. Weekly Youth Group meetings Friday evenings at the Jefferson House, 21 Edwin Place, Asheville.

Government & Politics Land-of-Sky Regional Council Info: 251-6622 or www. • WE (1/20), 11am - Transportation Planning Organization Technical Coordinating Committee meeting.

A national nonpartisan social group connecting liberty advocates. • MONDAYS, 7pm - Meets at El Chapala Restaurant off of Merrimon Ave. Republican Women of Henderson County • TU (1/26), 11:30am1pm - A New Year, a new decade, a new Republican Women’s Club in Henderson Co. Luncheon at Kenmure Country Club. $15. For reservations, send check payable to Kenmure to HCRWC c/o Eve Gregg, 236 Greenleaf Dr., Flat Rock, NC, 28731.

Seniors & Retirees Henderson County Senior Softball League The league is always looking for new players, ages 55 and older. Weather permitting, they play year-round. Info: 698-3448 or www. • TUESDAYS & FRIDAYS - Daytime games at Jackson Park in Hendersonville (AprilOct.) and Leila Patterson Center in Fletcher (Nov.March). Start times may vary with season.

Lakeview Senior Center 401 S. Laurel Circle, Black Mountain. Info: 669-8610. • WE (1/27), 6:15pm - Van Clan to Asheville’s Opera performance of Don Pasquale. $20. Registration required by Jan. 20, at noon. • TH (1/21), 10am-Noon New to Medicare? This information session will guide persons new to Medicare in 2010. Registration required. Light lunch and drinks provided —- 6pm - Van Clan to the UNCA Basketball Game. $15. Departs from Lake Tomahawk parking lot. • MONDAYS (through 2/8), 10-11:30am - Gentle Flow Yoga classes with Deb Vingle. $12. Please bring a mat or blanket. RSVP: The Volunteer Center for People 55+ • TU (1/26), 10-11:30am - Want to volunteer but don’t know where to start? Find the right opportunity for you. Information session at the Land-of-Sky Regional Council. Free and open to people age 55+. Registration required: 2516622.

Waynesville Parks and Recreation Info: 456-2030 or • SA (2/27), 5:30-11pm - Senior trip to see the Asheville Symphony. $25 members/$27 nonmembers. RSVP by Jan. 20. Info: • TH (1/21), Noon-1pm - Senior Citizens Potluck. Bring a dish to share. RSVP:

Animals ChainFree Asheville A nonprofit, all-volunteer effort dedicated to improving the welfare of dogs living outdoors on chains and in pens in Asheville and Buncombe County. Info: or 450-7736. • SUNDAYS, 11am-3pm - Come help a chained dog experience freedom. No experience necessary. Meets 4 times a month within Asheville or Buncombe County to build a fence for a chained dog. Dog Agility Trials For more information about the Blue Ridge Agility Club of WNC: 697-2118 or www.

• FR (1/22) through SU (1/24), 8am-3:30pm - American Kennel Club Dog Agility Trials in McGough Arena at the WNC Agricultural Center. Please leave dogs comfortably at home.

Business & Careers A-B Tech Continuing Ed Classes Classes are free, unless otherwise noted. Info: www. • MONDAYS (1/25 through 2/1), 6-9pm - “Herbs for Winter Wellness.” Learn about the natural, traditional and scientifically sound uses of herbs to support winter wellness. Info: http:// asp. • TUESDAYS (1/26 through 2/2), 6-8pm - “Marketing Your Natural Product Business.” Explore marketing planning and implementation. Be shown how to identify the size, location and interests of customers and how to reach them. Info: schedule/bio.asp. Asheville SCORE Counselors to Small Business If your business could use some help, SCORE is the

place to start. Free and confidential. To make an appointment: 271-4786. Our offices are located in the Federal Building, 151 Patton Ave., Rm. 259. Veterans may attend any SCORE seminar at no charge. Info: • SA (1/23), 8:30am-Noon - “Business Plan: A Must!” This seminar is designed for the individual serious about pursuing a small business idea, but who needs some help to develop a business plan. At the Small Business Center, Rm. 2046, on the A-B Tech Enka Campus. $30 at the door. To register: 274-1142 or visit the Web site. Asheville Strategic Alliance An Asheville-area based group of community-minded professionals who conduct free public seminars on financial and legal issues. ASA is located at 149 S. Lexington Ave. Info: www. AshevilleStrategicAlliance. com. • WE (1/20), 6-7pm - “2010 Roth IRAs,” presented by Doug English, CFP, of Scientific Investors and Mike Sowinski, CPA, of CFO Consultants. 2010 is the first time taxpayers with AGI over $100,000 can convert IRAs to ROTH

IRAs. RSVP: lmgothberg@ Lessons in Leadership 2010 • TH (1/21), 6:30-9pm - An evening of leadership and development training with Chip Madera and George Fleming at Diana Wortham Theatre. Networking begins at 5:30pm. $25. Info: www. Talks & Presentations at WCU These public lectures, readings and events at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee are free unless otherwise noted. Info: 2272303. • WE (1/20), 12:1512:45pm - Luncheon Series: “College of Business.” $10.50.

Volunteering Asheville City Schools Foundation Seeking Academic Coaches (tutors/mentors) to support students by assisting them with a variety of tasks that support educational success. One hr/wk min., for one school year, in your choice of school or afterschool program. Training provided. Info: 350-6135, terri.wells@asheville.k12. or

• MONDAYS through FRIDAYS, 8:30am-5pm - Academic coaching in the schools or at after-school programs, once a week. Graffiti Removal Action Teams Join Asheville GreenWorks in combating graffiti vandalism in our community. Removing quickly and keeping covered is the best way to reduce graffiti. Info: 254-1776. • THURSDAYS - Graffiti removal. Hands On AshevilleBuncombe Choose the volunteer opportunity that works for you. Youth are welcome to volunteer on many projects with adult supervision. Info: or call 2-1-1. Visit the Web site to sign up for a project. • TH (1/21) & TU (1/26), 68pm - Help MANNA prepare “Packs for Kids,” backpack-sized parcels of food that will be distributed to students from low-income families. • SU (1/24), 2-4pm - Knitn-Give: Make hats for newborns served by the Health Center’s Community Health Program. • TH (1/28), 5:30-7:30pm - Meals for Hope. Cook and serve a meal for 15-25

women and children who are part of New Choices, an empowerment program for displaced homemakers in need of counseling and assistance. • TH (1/28), 6-8pm - Help sort and pack food at MANNA FoodBank to be given to agencies serving hungry people in 17 WNC counties. • TH (1/28), 4-6pm Assist with unpacking and pricing merchandise for Ten Thousand Villages, a nonprofit, fair-trade retail store that sells handcrafted items made by artisans in more than 30 developing countries. Literacy Council of Buncombe County Located at 31 College Place, Bldg. B, Suite 221. Info: 254-3442, ext. 205. • Volunteers are needed to tutor men and women in the “Teach Reading to Prisoners” program. Tutors provide one-on-one reading instruction to prisoners in correctional centers, preparing them to enter A-B Tech’s GED classes. Orientation will be held on Feb. 17th & 18th. Info: or call ext. 202. Men and Women Wanted

Big Brothers Big Sisters is looking for persons ages 18 and up to share outings twice a month with youth from single-parent homes. Activities are free or low-cost. Volunteers also needed to mentor 1 hr./wk. during the school year. Info: 253-1470 or www. • TH (1/21), Noon - An information session for interested volunteers will be held at the United Way Building, S. French Broad Ave., Rm. 213. Peer Companionship Program Life o’ Mike Inc. offers training for volunteers at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 20 Oak St. The Patient Pals program pairs people who have experience with chronic illness/disability with people newly diagnosed or disabled. Family Friends offers help to family members and caregivers. Info: 243-6712 or • SA (1/23), 10am-2pm - Training for both peer companionship programs. Volunteers are asked to offer at least one hour of time each week. Light lunch will be provided. Free. WNC Nature Center Located at 75 Gashes Creek Rd. Hours: 10am-5pm daily.

Admission: $8/$6 Asheville City residents/$4 kids. Info: 298-5600 or www.wildwnc. org. • WEDNESDAYS through (2/24) - Winter Work Days. Volunteers are needed to help with exhibition improvements and outdoor landscaping projects. Info: 298-5600, ext. 305.

Health Programs & Support Groups Look for this week’s listings starting on page 30 in our Wellness Issue, Part 1.

Helplines For Xpress’ list of helplines, visit helplines.

Garden Forage Conference • TH (1/21), 1-7:30pm - A conference on pasture and forage management, with remarks from an expert on livestock and wildlife grazing behavior, will be held at the Mountain Research Station in Mills River. Info: (919) 513-1335. Regional Tailgate Markets • For tailgate listings, visit • JANUARY 20 - JANUARY 26, 2010 43

and click on “Garden.” For more information, including the exact start and end dates of markets, contact the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project: 2361282 or The Business Side of Agritourism • TH (1/28) - A one-day workshop for farmers interested in learning more about agritourism. At the Lake Logan Episcopal Center ( $35, includes lunch and materials. Info: 697-4891 or http://

Sports Groups & Activities Ice Climbing Program (pd.) Tuesday, January 26th, 7 pm: Ice Climbing Program Derek Turno, an experienced ice climber will present a program on ice climbing including how to get started, the proper gear needed, and the best places to go. For more info, contact Derek at Runners’ Night (pd.) Thursday, January 28th, 7 pm: Runners’ Night. Local marathon runner and coach, Greg Walker, will talk about proper training for half marathons and marathons. First 100 attendees receive free gift bags. 20% off all running apparel, gear and footwear. Great raffle prizes. For more info contact Asheville Masters Swimming Competitive, fitness and triathlon swimmers welcome. Info: www.ashevillemasters. com • MONDAYS, WEDNESDAYS & FRIDAYS, 5:45-7:15am - Practice at Asheville School. • TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS, 5:45-7:15am & SATURDAYS, 7-9am - Coached practices at Warren Wilson College. Pickleball It’s like playing ping pong on a tennis court. For all ages. $1 per session. Paddles and balls are provided. Info: 350-2058. • MONDAYS, WEDNESDAYS & FRIDAYS, 9-11am - Meets at Stephens-Lee Rec Center, 30 George Washington Carver St. (take S. Charlotte to Max St.). Sports at UNCA Unless otherwise noted, all events are free and open to the public. Info: 251-6459. • TH (1/21), 7pm - UNCA Men’s Basketball vs. Winthrop in the Justice

Center. $15/$10 general/$7 children. • FR (1/22), 7pm - UNCA Women’s Basketball vs. North Carolina Central in the Justice Center. $8/$4 general and children. • SA (1/23), 4:30pm UNCA Men’s Basketball vs. Presbyterian in the Justice Center. $15/$10 general/$7 children. • MO (1/25), 7pm - UNCA Women’s Basketball vs. High Point in the Justice Center. $8 reserved/$4 general and children. Swannanoa Babe Ruth • SATURDAYS (through 2/27), 9am-2pm Swannanoa Babe Ruth will hold baseball and softball registration at the Burger King in Swannanoa. Women’s Indoor Trainer Sessions • MONDAYS, 6:15pm - Youngblood’s Trainer Sessions. Bring your own trainer; no roller, please. A few indoor trainers will be available for loan/rent ($10). Begin your winter conditioning program. Info: amy@ or

Parenting Attention West Asheville 31 (pd.) Super nanny, now accepting new kids. • Safe • Art based environment • Play area • Flexible hours. • Affordable rates. CPR certified. • Days. • Slumber parties. Call Sarah: 6331792. Parent Information Meeting • TH (1/21), 5:30-7:30pm - The Erwin High Counseling Dept. will host an evening of catered food and presentations from community resources. Learn about effective communication skills and how to establish lifelong, healthy habits in your child. At Erwin High School. $5/meal. Info & registration: 232-4251. Waldorf: Educating Heads, Hearts and Hands • FR (1/22), 7pm - Azalea Mountain School presents Rick Spaulding, author and veteran teacher, speaking on the unique aspects of Waldorf education. At the Vesica Institute, 1011 Tunnel Road, E. Asheville. Info: 296-8323 or www.

Kids Kids’ Craft Day (pd.) Saturday, Jan. 30th at 11am: Kids’ Craft Day Bring your kids in so they make their own all-natural bird feeder out of pine cones, peanut butter and bird seed.

Parents are welcome as well. This event is free and for more info, contact Gary at gelben@diamondbrand. com. Asheville Arts Center The North campus is located at 308 Merrimon Ave. The South campus is located at 10 Miller Ave. Info: 253-4000 or www. • WE (1/20), 5:30-6:30pm & TH (1/21), 4-6pm - General Open House (South). Music, drama, dance. Offers many opportunities for students of all ages to explore their interests in the performing arts. Check out the new and improved South location. • FR (1/22), 6-9pm - General Open House (North). Come check out the space, learn about the programs, and catch the Junior Company and Academy students in their Junior Theater Festival performances of Alice and Wonderland and Once On This Island. At The Health Adventure Free first Wed. of every month from 3-5pm. Hours: Tues.-Sat., 10am-5pm & Sun., 1-5pm. $8.50 adults/$7.50 students & seniors/$6 kids 2-11. Program info or to RSVP: 254-6373, ext. 324. Info: www.thehealthadventure. org. • THURSDAYS, 10:3011:30am - Preschool Play Date. Interactive fun just for preschoolers led by museum facilitators. Free with admission. • SATURDAYS, 1-2pm - Experiment with science during Super Science Saturdays. Featuring handson activities led by museum facilitators, the programs are fun for all ages. Free with admission. • 2nd & 4th MONDAYS, 4-5pm - “My Mom Is Having a Baby.” Help your child prepare to be an older brother or sister with this class. Learn what to expect, how to hold the new baby, and make a special present to hang over the crib. Free with admission. Celebration Singers of Asheville Community children’s chorus for ages 7-14. For audition/performance info: 230-5778 or • THURSDAYS, 6:307:45pm - Children’s chorus rehearsal at First Congregational Church, 20 Oak St., downtown Asheville. Events for Kids at Spellbound Spellbound Children’s Bookshop is located at

19 Wall St., in downtown Asheville. Info: 232-2228 or • TU (1/26), 10:30am - Story time for preschoolers ages 3-5 —- 3:30pm - Story time for school children ages 5-7. Free. Free Children’s Book Exchange • SA (1/23), Noon-6pm - The Hop Ice Cream Cafe, 640 Merrimon Ave., Suite 103, will host a children’s book exchange. Books for ages 0-12. Bring a book, take a book, read a book. Plus, local storyteller David Novak will give two story sessions, and Happy Creek Press and their star Cosmo will be on hand. Info: 2542224. Hands On! Gallery This children’s gallery is located at 318 North Main St. in Hendersonville. Hours: Tues.-Fri., 10am-5pm. Admission is $5, with discounts available on certain days. Info: 697-8333 or • WE (1/20), 10:3011:30am - “Exploring Our Five Senses: Session 1,” where children ages 2 to 3 children explore sight, touch and sound. $15/$12 members. • TH (1/21), 10:3011:30am - “Exploring Our Five Senses: Session 1,” where children ages 4 to 5 explore sight, touch and sound. $15/$12 members. • WE (1/27), 10:3011:30am - “Exploring Our Five Senses: Session 2,” where children ages 2 to 3 explore taste and smell. $15/$12 members. • TH (1/28), 10:3011:30am - “Exploring Our Five Senses: Session 2,” where children ages 4 to 5 children explore taste and smell. $15/$12 members. Haywood County Public Library System The main branch is located at 678 S. Haywood St., Waynesville. The county system includes branches in Canton, Maggie Valley, Fines Creek and Cruso. Info: 452-5169 or www. • WEDNESDAYS, 11am - Family story time for children of all ages. Read books, sing songs, learn finger plays and more. N.C. Arboretum Events for Kids Info: 665-2492, jmarchal@ or www. • FR (1/22) through SU (5/9) - The Scoop on Poop, an interactive zoological exhibit based on the book by science writer Dr. Wayne

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Lynch, on display at the Baker Exhibit Center. $3 adults/$2 for children ages 5-18.

Spirituality Astro-Counseling (pd.) Licensed counselor and accredited professional astrologer uses your chart when counseling for additional insight into yourself, your relationships and life directions. Readings also available. Christy Gunther, MA. (828)258-3229. inVISION 2010 Vision Boarding Workshop (bold) (pd.) This Saturday, January 23, 1pm-4pm. Crystal Visions. $33.• Registration/Information: (828) 552-0799 or www. Tuesday Afternoons • Study • Meditation • Great Tree Zen Temple (pd.) Study: 3:30pm • Meditation: 5:30pm. 679 Lower Flat Creek Road, Alexander. Love offering. More information: 645-2085 or www.greattreetemple. org Asheville Center for Transcendental Meditation/ An Evening of Knowledge Transcend the busy, active mind—effortlessly—for peace, bliss and full awakening of creative intelligence. The most effective, extensively researched meditation. Revitalizes mind/body, relieves worry and anxiety, improves brain functioning. Free Introduction. Info: 254-4350 or www.meditationasheville. org. • WEDNESDAYS, 7:158:15pm - Introductory Talk: Access your deepest intelligence; compare meditation techniques; explore higher states of consciousness and total brain functioning; and learn about Scientific findings on TM’s health benefits. Held at 165 E. Chestnut St. Asheville Meditation Center Classes are held at the Greenlife Community Center, 90 Merrimon Ave., unless otherwise noted. Info: 505-2300 or www. • THURSDAYS, 6:307:30pm - Meditation Circle. Donations accepted. Awakening Practices Study the works of Eckhart Tolle and put words into action through meditation and discussion. Info: Trey@ • 2nd & 4th THURSDAYS, 7-9pm - Meets at the EnkaCandler Library meeting room.

Buddhist Meditation and Discussion Meets in the space above the French Broad Food Co-op. Suggested donation: $8. January’s theme: “Meditations for World Peace.” Info: 779-5502 or • WE (1/20), 7:15pm - “How to be peaceful and happy inside.” • WE (1/27), 7:15pm - “How to create real world peace.” Chabad Asheville Jewish Asheville and WNC Chabad Lubavitch Center for Jewish Life, located at 660 Merrimon Ave. Info: www. • SUNDAYS, 7-8:30pm - Asheville Jewish Learning Institute for Teens presents “Welcome to Hollywood!” The culture of Hollywood subliminally influences our society. Just how much sway should movies and television have in your life? It’s time to debate fact vs. fantasy. $36. Info: rabbi@ Coalition of Earth Religions Events Info: 230-5069 or www. • 4th WEDNESDAYS - Meeting at the Earth Fare Community Room. Call for details. Compassionate Communication Practice Group Learn ways to create understanding and clarity in your relationships, work, and community by practicing compassionate communication. Group uses a model developed by Marshall Rosenberg in his book Nonviolent Communication, A Language of Life. Free. Info: 252-0538 or www. • 2nd & 4th THURSDAYS, 5-6:15pm - Practice group for newcomers and experienced practitioners. Hare Krsna Sunday Feast Meets above the French Broad Food Co-op, 90 Biltmore Ave. Info: www. or 506-2987. • Select SUNDAYS, 6-8pm - An evening of bhajans, class on the Bhagavad-Gita and a vegetarian feast. Everyone welcome. Refer to the Web site or call for dates. Introduction to Vipassana Meditation • TH (1/21), 7-9pm - A brief introduction to Vipassana meditation, as taught by S.N. Goenka, will be offered at the West Asheville Library, Community Room. From

7-8pm, screening of a documentary on Vipassana. From 8-9pm, Q&A. Free and all are welcome. Info: www. Land of the Sky United Church of Christ Located at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 15 Overbrook Place, in East Asheville. • SUNDAYS, 5-6pm - Women-led, justicefocused, family-friendly, and open to all. Worship with Land of the Sky UCC. An unconditional church. Mindfulness Meditation Class Explore the miracle of healing into life through deepened stillness and presence. With consciousness teacher and columnist Bill Walz. Info: 258-3241 or www. • MONDAYS, 7-8pm Meditation class with lesson and discussions in contemporary Zen living. At the Asheville Friends Meeting House at 227 Edgewood Ave. (off Merrimon Ave.). Donation. Mother Grove Events Info: 230-5069, info@ or www. • MONDAYS - Book discussion group, facilitated by Antiga, on the book The Creation of Patriarchy by Gerda Lemer. Info: 2859927. Mountain Zen Practice Center Exploring the ‘how’ of moment by moment peace, joy, and freedom through the practice of Conscious Compassionate Awareness. Info and Orientation times: or 450-3621. • TUESDAYS, 7-8:30pm Meditation and discussion. Mystic Gatherings Share in the community of those who are governed both by logic and observing signs around them: gut, spirit, intuition or whatever That is. Bring your stories and experiences. Gatherings are dynamic and diverse and range from topics such as changes in our society to defining moments in life and much more. Info: 206-2009. • WEDNESDAYS, 7pm - Meeting. Psychic Development Class • 2nd & 4th WEDNESDAYS, 7-8:30pm - Develop your intuition in a stress-free environment. Everyone will have an opportunity to read and to be read. Love donation accepted. Info: 255-8304. Relate Church A church for those who don’t like church. All are

welcome. Info: www. RelateChurch.Me. • SU (1/24), 2pm - Preview services at the Hilton Hotel in Biltmore Park. Shambhala Meditation Center of Asheville The center offers free meditation instruction following ancient principles at 19 Westwood Place in W. Asheville. Donations accepted. Info: www., ShambhalaAshvl@ or 490-4587. • THURSDAYS, 6-6:45pm & SUNDAYS, 10am-Noon - Public meditation. Sojourner Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) A congregation in formation. The goal is provide a caring, non-threatening environment for the exploration of Christian spirituality. Info: • SUNDAYS, 9:30am - Worship —- 10:30am - Fellowship. Lower floor of Morningside Baptist Church, 14 Mineral Springs Road, Asheville. Toning for Peace Lift your voice in free-form [removed]to generate wellbeing and peace for the greater benefit of our everevolving planet). $5-$10. Info: 667-2967 or www. • 2nd & 4th SUNDAYS, 1:30-2:45pm - At the Light Center in Black Mountain. Transmission Meditation Group Join in this group meditation for your own personal spiritual growth, as well as the healing and transformation of the planet. Info: 318-8547. • TUESDAYS, 6:30pm Meditation for personal and spiritual growth. Unitarian Universalist Church of Asheville Located at the corner of Charlotte St. & Edwin Pl. Info: 254-6001 or www. • SUNDAYS, 9:15am & 11:15am - Services and Children’s Programs. Unity Center Events Celebrate joyful, mindful living in a church with heart. Contemporary music by Lytingale and The Unitic Band. Located at 2041 Old Fanning Bridge Rd. Info: 684-3798, 891-8700 or • WE (1/20), 7pm “Healing Toning Circle with Singing Crystal Bowls,” lead by Debbie Schults. $10 suggested love offering. • WE (1/27), 7pm “Mellowing Your Drama,” with Rev. Chad O’Shea. Enjoy discussion, chant-

ing and neck-rubs. Love offering. Waynesville Creative Thought Center Located at 741 S. Haywood St., Waynesville. Info: 4569697, waynesvilleCTC@ or • FR (1/22), 6:30pm People of Wisdom Series: “An Introduction to the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali” presented by Steven Craig Dean, a Kriya Yoga Meditation Practitioner. $10 love offering. Call for reservations. Windhorse Zen Community Meditation, Dharma talks, private instruction available Tuesday and Thursday evenings, residential training. Teachers: Lawson Sachter and Sunya Kjolhede. Main center: 580 Panther Branch, Alexander. City center: 12 Von Ruck Court. Call for orientation. Info: 645-8001 or • SUNDAYS, 9:30-11am - Meditation, chanting and a Dharma talk. • TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS, 7-9pm Meditation and chanting. • FRIDAYS, 5:30-7:15pm - Meditation and chanting at the City Center. Womyn in Ceremony Co-create a sacred circle of women where we will connect, share, dream and experience inner awarenesses and empowerment. Each Circle “stands alone.” Meets 12 miles NW of Asheville. By donation. Info: www. RitesofPassageCouncil. com/theresa. • SUNDAYS, 3:45-6pm - Gathering.

Art Gallery Exhibits & Openings Aesthetic Gallery Located at 6 College St., across the street from Pritchard Park, in downtown Asheville. Hours: Tues.-Sat., Noon-6pm. Info: 398-0219 or www.aestheticgallery. com. • Through SU (1/31) - Environ/Mental Disorder, abstract artist Cliff Yudell’s take on mountain development. New oil paintings on view. American Folk Art & Framing The gallery at 64 Biltmore Ave. is open daily, representing contemporary selftaught artists and regional pottery. Info: 281-2134 or • Through MO (2/1) - Winter is Here will be on display in the Oui-Oui Gallery.

Art at UNCA Art exhibits and events at the university are free, unless otherwise noted. • SA (1/16) through TU (2/2) - Still Life as Theater, paintings by Philip Jackson, will be on display in the Highsmith University Union Gallery. • Through TU (2/2) - The first annual National Juried Drawing Exhibition will be on display in S. Tucker Cooke Gallery, on the first floor of Owen Hall. Art on Depot 250 Depot St., Waynesville. Info: 246-0218 or www. • Through FR (2/26) Chemo Today, an installation by Susan Livengood. Asheville Area Arts Council The Asheville Area Arts Council (AAAC) is at 11 Biltmore Ave. Info: 2580710 or www.ashevillearts. com. • Through FR (1/29) Paintings by Randy Siegel, Robbie Lipe, Constance Lombardo, Margaret Hester, Moni Hill, Melissa Glaze and Nick Lafone will be on display. Asheville Art Museum Located on Pack Square in downtown Asheville. Hours: Tues.-Sat., 10am-5pm and Sun., 1-5pm. Admission: $6/$5 students and seniors/ Free for kids under 4. Free first Wednesdays from 3-5pm. Info: 253-3227 or • Through SU (5/9) - Lorna Blaine Halper: The Space Between will be on display in Holden Community Gallery. • FR (1/22) through SU (2/14) - The WNC Regional Scholastic Art Awards Exhibition will be on display. Info: 253-3227, ext. 121 or • FR (1/22), 10am-5pm - Opening for the WNC Regional Scholastic Art Awards Exhibition. Asheville Gallery of Art A co-op gallery representing 28 regional artists located at 16 College St. Hours: Mon.-Sat., 10am-5pm. Info: 251-5796 or • Through TH (1/31) - Beneath the Surface, featuring work by a number of emerging UNCA artists in a variety of media. Bella Vista Art Gallery Located in Biltmore Village, next to the parking lot of Rezaz’s restaurant. Open Mon.-Thurs., 10am-5pm, and Fri. & Sat., 10am-6pm. Info: 768-0246 or

freewillastrology ARIES (March 21-April 19)

Philosopher David Pearce is committed to the abolition of suffering. While he acknowledges that we’ve got a long way to go before accomplishing that goal, he believes it’s possible, mostly with the help of technology. (More at More than two millennia ago, Buddha also articulated a vision for the cessation of suffering. His methods revolve around psychological and spiritual work. In light of your current astrological omens, Aries, I think it’s an excellent time to contribute to this noble enterprise. Your level of suffering is rather low these days, which could give you a natural boost if you set in motion some longterm strategies for reducing the pain that you experience and the pain that you cause.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

I don’t mean to sound melodramatic, and I certainly don’t want to encourage you to do something foolish, but if you’ve been pondering the possibility of storming the castle, this would be a good time to do so. What exactly am I implying with the phrase “storming the castle”? Well, anything that involves a brave effort to fight your way into the command center of the empire … or a heroic attempt to take back the sanctuary you were exiled from … or a playful adventure in which you work your way into the heart of the king or queen.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

“Let us not underestimate the privileges of the mediocre,” wrote Friedrich Nietzsche. “Life becomes harder and harder as it approaches the heights — the coldness increases, the responsibility increases.” I bring these thoughts to your attention, Gemini, because in the next two months you’ll be in a prime position to renounce some of the “privileges” of your laziness. Please hear me out. I’m not saying that your lackadaisical attitudes are any worse than mine or anyone else’s. But there come times in everyone’s cycle when he or she has a chance to outgrow those lackadaisical attitudes so as to reach a higher level that’s both more demanding and more rewarding. This will be one of those times for you.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

According to a poll conducted by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, there are as many people who give credence to astrology as call themselves Catholic. Believers in reincarnation are another sizable minority; their numbers equal those who put their faith in the Pope and in the planetary omens. Based on this evidence, we can safely conclude that at least some supposedly woo-woo notions are no longer just for woo-woo-ers. You can’t be considered a New Age weirdo or pagan infidel if you’re receptive to the possibility that the world is exceedingly mysterious and a long way from being all figured out. That’s good news for you Cancerians. According to my analysis, your belief system is

ready to crack open and allow a surge — maybe even a flood — of new data to rush in.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)

How are your wooing skills? Have you enhanced your seductiveness in any way during the last few months? Have you been working on boosting your ability to attract the bounty you need? I’m not just speaking about your power to corral love and sex and tenderness and thrills. I’m referring to the bigger project of enticing all the resources that would be helpful as you pursue your quest to become the best and brightest version of yourself. The coming weeks will be an excellent time to ramp up your efforts.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

“We should feel excited about the problems we confront and our ability to deal with them,” said philosopher Robert Anton Wilson. “Solving problems is one of the highest and most sensual of all our brain functions.” I wholeheartedly agree with him, which is why I expect that in the coming weeks you will be getting even smarter than you already are. The riddles you’ll be presented with will be especially sexy; the shifts in perspective you’ll be invited to initiate will give your imagination the equivalent of a deep-tissue massage.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

“Dear Rob: I’ve been listening to your audio messages on my laptop in my bedroom. And I’ve noticed a curious thing: My cat goes NUTS trying to get to you. She never shows any interest in the other videos and music I play. But when your voice comes on, she does everything she can to try to get into my computer, to find the source of your voice. What’s going on? Libralicious.” Dear Libralicious: Maybe it’s because in all versions of my recent Libra horoscopes, I’ve been putting subliminal messages designed to draw out and energize your tribe’s inner feline. It’s that time in your cycle when you have a mandate to be graceful and inscrutable and sleek.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

This would be an excellent time for you to do a lot less of everything. You’re entering a phase when you can actually help your long-term goals by being less ambitious. The point is not to give up your drive to succeed, but rather just put it to sleep for a while. Let it recharge. Allow it to draw energy from the deeper psychic sources that it tends to get cut off from when it’s enmeshed in the frenzy of the daily rhythm. Do you have the courage to not work so much, not try so hard, and not push so relentlessly?

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

Cartoon character Homer Simpson is on record as saying that whenever he learns something new, it pushes some old stuff out of his brain. For example, when he took a course in home winemaking, he forgot how to drive. But I don’t see this being a problem for you as you enter

the High-Intensity Educational Season, a time when your capacity to find and absorb new teachings will be at a peak. If you push hard to learn new lessons, you will certainly not cause the expulsion of old lessons. On the contrary, you’ll dramatically enhance the power and brightness of what you’ve already learned.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

Take what you really need, Capricorn, but don’t take what you just sort of want. That’s my advice to you. Haggle with life, yes, but insist only on the specific essentials and forgo irrelevant goodies. A similar principle applies as you seek the information you crave: Formulate precise questions that will win you the exact revelations that are necessary to help your cause and that won’t fill your beautiful head up with useless data.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

One of the musical Jonas Brothers got married last month. Up until then, 22-year old Kevin Jonas was a virgin, having long ago pledged himself to abstinence until his wedding day. Soon after he and his bride returned from their honeymoon, he issued his report at a press conference: “To be honest, sex was not worth the wait. After we did it, I was kind of like, that’s it?” His confession surprised me. How could he have reached such a definitive conclusion based on so little experience? Wouldn’t it be wise to consider the possibility that over time he might uncover secrets and plumb mysteries that are unknown to him in his unripe state? Learn from his mistake, Aquarius. In the coming weeks, cultivate a humble, innocent, curious attitude not just about sex, but about everything.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)

I have a Piscean friend who does modern-day cave paintings. She hikes out to underground caverns and abandoned gold mines, where she creates murals on stony walls. Only a few friends know about her unusual hobby. She shows us photos of her work, but otherwise keeps it secret. She says it’s a pleasurable spiritual practice to offer these beautiful mysteries as a gift to the earth, without any expectation of getting recognition or money. I don’t normally recommend such behavior for Pisceans; in general, I believe you should err of the side of being somewhat self-promotional to compensate for your self-deprecating tendencies. But I do suggest that you try it in the coming weeks. I think you’ll conjure up an epiphany or two if you offer life your favors without worrying about whether they’ll be returned. Homework: Want inspiration as you reclaim your own unique relationship with the Divine Wow? Go here: http:// © Copyright 2010 Rob Brezsny • JANUARY 20 - JANUARY 26, 2010 45

• Through SU (1/31) - Feature wall artist: Galen Frost Bernard. New waterscapes by Bethanne Cople. Black Mountain Center for the Arts Located in the renovated Old City Hall at 225 West State St. in Black Mountain. Info: 669-0930 or • Through FR (1/29) - 2nd Annual Pottery Show in the Upper Gallery. Works by teachers, students and community members from the Black Mountain Center for the Arts Clay Studio. Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center The center is located at 56 Broadway, and preserves the legacy of the Black Mountain College through permanent collections, educational activities and public programs. Info: 350-8484, or • Through SA (2/6) - Past Presence, an exhibition exploring five important aspects of the Black Mountain College story. Blue Spiral 1 The gallery at 38 Biltmore Ave. is open Mon.-Sat., 10am-6pm. Info: 251-0202 or • Through SU (3/21) - Fiat Lux, paintings by Gabriel Shaffer, will be on display. BoBo Gallery Located at 22 Lexington Ave., Asheville. Info: 2543426. • Through MO (2/8) - Sugar, Dirt and Relics, mixed media works by Bridget Conn. Brevard Gallery Walks A variety of Brevard galleries and art spots open their doors. Info: 884-2787. • 4th FRIDAYS, 5-9pm - Gallery Walk. Castell Photography A photo-based art gallery located at 2C Wilson Alley, off of Eagle St. in downtown Asheville. Info: 255-1188 or www.castellphotography. com. • Through SA (1/23) - The first annual juried exhibition of UNCA Student Photography will be on display. The group show features the work of emerging artists in the UNCA photography department. Center For Craft, Creativity and Design Located at the Kellogg Conference Center, 11 Broyles Road. in Hendersonville. Info: 8902050 or • Through FR (3/26) - Mourning Portrait, an

exhibition of sculpture and mixed media work by Loren Schwerd. • TH (1/21), 5-7pm - Opening reception for Mourning Portrait. Events At Folk Art Center The center is located on the Blue Ridge Parkway at milepost 382 (just north of the Hwy 70 entrance in East Asheville). Open daily from 9am-6pm. Info: 298-7928 or • Through TU (2/23) - Turned wood by David Shombert and art quilts by Elizabeth Garlington will be on display. • SA (1/16) through SU (5/2) - Charles Counts: A Retrospective Exhibition will be on display. Exhibits at the Turchin Center Appalachian State University’s Turchin Center for the Visual Arts is at 423 West King St. in Boone. Info: 262-3017 or www. • Through SA (2/6) - 225 F: Encaustic Encounters, featuring encaustic paintings —- Collective Dialogues: New work from The Collective on Depot —- Brush & Palette: Artists Unmasked, a representation of the Brush and Palette Art Club members’ works. Haen Gallery Located at 52 Biltmore Ave., downtown Asheville. Hours: Mon.-Fri., 10am-6pm, Sat., 11am-6pm and Sun., Noon5pm. Info: 254-8577 or • Through SU (1/31) - The group exhibition A Wintry Mix will be on display. Haywood County Arts Council The HCAC sponsors a variety of art-related events in Waynesville and Haywood County. Unless otherwise noted, showings take place at HCAC’s Gallery 86 (86 North Main St.) in Waynesville. Hours: Mon.-Sat., 10am-5pm. Info: 452-0593 or • Through SA (2/6) - CURVEilinear, selected works from CURVE Studios in the River Arts District, will be on display. Transylvania Community Arts Council Located at 349 South Caldwell St. in Brevard. Hours: Mon.-Fri., 10am4pm. Info: 884-2787 or • Through FR (2/5) - Where I Live, an open show. WCU Exhibits Unless otherwise noted, exhibits are held at the Fine Art Museum, Fine & Performing Arts Center on

the campus of Western Carolina University. Hours: Tues.-Fri., 10am-4pm & Sat., 1-4pm. Suggested donation: $5 family/$3 person. Info: 227-2553 or www.fineartmuseum. • SU (1/24) through SA (3/13) - Richard Ritter: 40 Years in Glass, a retrospective of work by the master glassblower —Transformation: Drawing into Painting, work by six New York artists. • SU (1/24), 1:30-3:30pm - A reception honoring Richard Ritter with live music by Ritter’s two sons. A slideshow and talk by the artist will precede the reception at noon in Room 130 of the Fine and Performing Arts Center. • MO (1/25), 1-4pm - Ritter will give a glassblowing demo at the Green Energy Park in Dillsboro. Free. Window Gallery 58 Broadway, Asheville. Info: 505-8000. • Through SA (1/30) - Noah Park exhibition of works on paper.

More Art Exhibits & Openings Art at Short Street Cakes Located at 225 Haywood Road. Info: 505-4822. • FR (1/22), 6pm - Art opening for an exhibit featuring new paintings by Severn Eaton. Info: Art at the N.C. Arboretum Works by members of the Asheville Quilt Guild and regional artists are on display daily in The Visitor Education Center. Info: 6652492 or www.ncarboretum. org. • Through MO (2/22) - Celebrating Rivers and Streams, paintings by Sue Sweterlitsch will be on display in the Education Center, 2nd floor. Asheville Community Theatre • Through TU (2/2) - Miscellaneous Nothing, a collection of abstract paintings by Gayle Paul that explore the relationship of color and line, will be on display in the Asheville Community Theatre lobby, 35 E. Walnut St. Info: 2541320. f/32 Photography Group Info: • Through MO (1/4) - An exhibit by the members of this fine photography group will be held at Deerpark on the Biltmore Estate.

Classes, Meetings & Arts-Related Events

Attention Artists and Photographers! (pd.) Need your work Captured, Reproduced, or Printed? Digital Resolutions Group specializes in highquality large format digital photography, outstanding fine art reproduction and printing. (828) 670-5257 or visit www.ashevilledigital. com Buncombe County Cooperative Extension Center Located at 94 Coxe Avenue, Asheville. Info: 255-5522. • THURSDAYS (1/21 & 28), 1-3pm - Beginner’s Knitting Class. Registration is $5. • FRIDAYS (1/22 through 2/26), 1-3pm - Beginner’s Quilting Class. Registration fee is $5. Courtyard Gallery An eclectic art and performance space located at 9 Walnut St. in downtown Asheville. Info: 273-3332 or www.ashevillecourtyard. com. • SUNDAYS, 7-10pm - Free Open Studio Night. Bring sketchbooks, canvas, easel, drawing board and art supplies. Work in the medium of your choice in a relaxed setting. Still life and occasional portrait modeling. Free coffee and tea. Info: 707-1859. Haywood County Arts Council The HCAC sponsors a variety of art-related events in Waynesville and Haywood County. Unless otherwise noted, showings take place at HCAC’s Gallery 86 (86 North Main St.) in Waynesville. Hours: Mon.-Sat., 10am-5pm. Info: 452-0593 or • TH (1/21), 5:30-6:15pm - The public is invited to attend the council’s annual membership meeting. Light refreshments will be served. Laurel Chapter of the Embroiderers’ Guild of America Holds monthly meetings and smaller groups dedicated to teaching different types of needlework. The chapter is also involved in numerous outreach projects. Guests are always welcome at meetings. Info: 654-9788 or • Through SU (1/31) - Numerous needle-art projects will be showcased at the Transylvania County Library. Included will be examples of hardanger, needlepoint, cross-stitch, blackwork, crewel, beading and needle felting. Swannanoa Valley Fine Arts League Classes are held at the studio, 999 W. Old Rt. 70,

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Black Mountain. Info: svfal. or www. • THURSDAYS, Noon-3pm - Experimental Art Group. Experimental learning and sharing water-media techniques and collage. $20 for four sessions or $6/session. • FRIDAYS, 10am-1pm Open studio for figure drawing. Small fee for model. • MONDAYS, Noon-3pm - Open studio for portrait painting. Small fee for model.

Spoken & Written Word Attention WNC Mystery Writers WNC Mysterians critique and discussion group. For serious mystery/suspense/ thriller writers. Info: 7125570 or • TH (1/28), 6pm - Meeting at the West Asheville Library on Haywood Road. Blue Ridge Community College Info: • 2nd & 4th MONDAYS (through 4/12), 2-4pm - “Great Books Discussion Group” held in the president’s dining room in the Killian Building. Info: 694-1743 or marthah@ Book Club • Last TUESDAYS, 7pm - Meeting at Barnes & Noble in Biltmore Park. Come discuss what you are reading, or just sit and listen. Help pick the group’s next read. Info: 808-9470. Buncombe County Public Libraries LIBRARY ABBRVIATIONS - Each Library event is marked by the following location abbreviations: n BM = Black Mountain Library (105 N. Dougherty St., 250-4756) n EA = East Asheville Library (902 Tunnel Road, 250-4738) n LE = Leicester Library (1561 Alexander Road, 250-6480) n SS = Skyland/South Buncombe Library (260 Overlook Road, 250-6488) n SW = Swannanoa Library (101 West Charleston Street, 2506486) n WV = Weaverville Library (41 N. Main Street, 250-6482) • TH (1/21), 6:30-7:30pm - College Q&A Sessions. Parents and students are invited to ask questions about college to a panel of education experts from A-B Tech and UNCA. Representatives will also give short presentations. EA.

• TH (1/21), 2:30pm - Book Club: Benjamin Franklin by Walter Isaacson. SS —- 7pm - Book Club: The Samurai’s Garden by Gail Tsukiyama —- 7pm - Book Club: The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery. SW. • TU (1/26), 6-8pm - Sit and Knit. A knitting and needlework group for all skill levels. WV —- 6:30-8pm - Library Knitters meet. LE —- 7pm - Library Knitters meet. BM. Events at Malaprop’s The bookstore and cafe at 55 Haywood St. hosts visiting authors for talks and book signings. Info: 2546734 or www.malaprops. com. • TH (1/21), 5:30pm Women on Words: A poetry group for women facilitated by Barbara Gravelle —7pm - Stitch-N-Bitch. Bring a project and talk shop with fiber artist Stacey-Budge Kamison. • FR (1/22), 7-8pm - Poetry reading: Pasckie Pascua and Matthew Mulder. A Traveling Bonfires event. Info: 280-1555. • SA (1/23), 7pm - Carol Jackson shares stories and insights as she discusses The Freedom Writer’s Diary and Teaching Hope. • SU (1/24), 3pm - Reading by Nancy Werking Poling. • TH (1/28), 7pm - Book publishing panel with UNCA professors Cynn Chadick, Katherine Min and Holly Iglesias. FENCE Events The Foothills Equestrian Nature Center is located in Tryon. Free. Info: 859-9021 or • SU (1/24), 4pm Armchair Traveler event. Refreshments will be served. For Accomplished Asheville Writers Seeking other serious writers for critique group. Mostly fiction and nonfiction. Info: 658-8217. • Alternate THURSDAYS, 6:30pm - Group meets. Haywood County Public Library System The main branch is located at 678 S. Haywood St., Waynesville. The county system includes branches in Canton, Maggie Valley, Fines Creek and Cruso. Info: 452-5169 or www. • WEDNESDAYS, 1:30pm - Ready 4 Learning. A story time designed for 4 and 5-year-olds with a focus on kindergarten readiness. This story time runs Sept.-May. • THURSDAYS, 11am - Movers & Shakers. This

story time for active 2-3 year olds incorporates dance, physical activity, songs and age-appropriate books. • TUESDAYS, 11am - Family story time at the Fines Creek Branch Library. We will read books, tell stories, learn songs and finger plays, and do a simple craft. Info: 627-0146. • TUESDAYS, 11:15am - Family story time for children of all ages at the Canton Branch Library. We will read books, listen to songs, and learn finger plays. Info: 648-2924. Henderson County Public Library System Unless otherwise stated, all events take place in Kaplan Auditorium of the main branch library, located at 301 N. Washington St. in Hendersonville. The county system includes branches in Edneyville, Etowah, Fletcher and Green River. Info: 6974725 or www.henderson. • TH (1/21), 4pm - Third Thursday Local Author Series: Local author Leanna Sain will present her book Return to Nowhere, the second novel in her Gate to Nowhere series. Osondu Booksellers All events are held at Osondu, 184 North Main St., Waynesville, unless otherwise noted. Info: 4568062 or • TU (1/26), 7pm - All Gender All Genre Book Club. Spoken Word at BoBo Gallery • SA (1/23) - Hip-hop band Illville Crew and spoken-word artist Brooke Van Der Linde will perform and celebrate the release of Roberto Hess’ spoken-word album “Between Names.” At 22 Lexington Ave. $5$2/Donations of canned food requested. Info: www. Tuesday Morning Poems • TUESDAYS, 8:30-8:50am - Meditation —- 8:509:20am - Poetry reading. Introduce meditation and poetry into your week. Plus, Laura Hope-Gill will read selections from The Soul Tree. Held at 84 N. Lexington Ave. $5 suggested donation for Wordfest. Info:

Festivals Fire & Ice: A Mountain Winterfest • FR (1/22) through SU (1/24) - Waynesville, Maggie Valley, Canton and Clyde will offer a variety

of events. Enjoy a Winter Wonderland kids play area, NC wine/microbrew samplings, a culinary gala and more. Info: fireandicefest. com.

Music African Drumming With Billy Zanski at Skinny Beats Drum Shop, 4 Eagle St., downtown Asheville. Drums provided. No experience necessary. Suggested donation $10 per class. Drop-ins welcome. Info: 768-2826. • WEDNESDAYS, 6-7pm - Beginners. • SUNDAYS, 1-2pm - Intermediates —- 2-3pm - Beginners. Asheville Area Piano Forum All piano enthusiasts are invited to programs, which are held at New Hope Presbyterian Church, 3070 Sweeten Rd. Info: www. or 669-4869. • FR (1/22), 10:30am1pm - Polly Feitzinger will present “Will The Real Mozart Please Stand Up?” Feitzinger, who has studied Mozart extensively, will discuss Mozart’s biographers and inconsistencies in interpreting his character. Asheville Lyric Opera All performances take place at Diana Wortham Theater. Tickets: 257-4530. Info: 236-0670 or • FR (1/29) & SA (1/30), 8pm - Don Pasquale, a comic tale of true love, will be performed. A preview performance will be held on Thursday, Jan. 27 at 7pm. $15 and up. Celebration Singers of Asheville Community children’s chorus for ages 7-14. For audition/performance info: 230-5778 or • TH (1/21), 7-8pm Winter concert at St. Paul’s UM Church, 223 Hillside St. The children’s chorus will present a program of seasonal music. Donations will be accepted. Indoor Drumming & Toning Circle At Skinny Beats Drum Shop, 4 Eagle St., Asheville. All level djembe players welcome. No experience required. Seating and available drums are limited, so come on time. Info: 7682826 or • 2nd & 4th SATURDAYS, 6-7pm - Drumming and Toning. Love offerings accepted.

Jazz Composers Forum Concerts Tickets & info: 252-2257 or • TH (1/21), 7pm - Bill Gerhardt solo piano, selections from Steeplechase Records Momentum release, and Pavel Wlosok, Fender Rhodes, Bill Gerhardt, piano. At Kenilworth Presbyterian Church, 123 Kenilworth Road. Koinonia • MONDAYS, 6-8 pm Drum circle for the imaginative and those looking for a creative outlet in a free, fun and informal setting. All ages and levels welcome. Info: 333-2000. Land-of-the-Sky Barbershop Chorus For men age 12 and older. Info: or 768-9303. • TUESDAYS, 7:30pm - Open Rehearsals at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 51 Wilburn Pl. Music at UNCA Concerts are held in Lipinsky Auditorium, unless otherwise noted. Tickets & info: 2325000. • WE (1/20), 12:45pm - Richard Hite will perform a concert. Free. Osondu Booksellers Musical Events All events are held at Osondu, 184 North Main St., Waynesville, unless otherwise noted. Info: 456-8062 or www.osondubooksellers. com. • SA (1/23), 6:30-8:30pm - Singer/songwriter Lorraine Conard will perform in the cafe. Samba Drum Classes by Zabumba! Drum Group • TUESDAYS (through 2/9), 5:30-6:30pm - Join the growing community of Brazilian Samba drummers in Asheville. Classes for beginners are held at 257 Short Coxe St. Drums provided. Just show up. $12/class. Info: 545-8505. Song O’ Sky Chorus (Sweet Adelines International) The chorus is always looking for women 18+ who want to learn how to sing barbershop harmony. Please visit a rehearsal. Info: 1-866-8249547 or • MONDAYS, 6:45pm Rehearsal at Reed Memorial Baptist Church on Fairview Rd. (enter parking lot on Cedar St.). Guests welcome. Transylvania Choral Society Info: 877-4073. • TUESDAYS (1/19 through 2/2) - Open enrollment for 2010 Spring Concert.

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All performances are at 35 East Walnut St. Info & reservations: 254-1320 or www. • Through SU (1/31) - The Big Bang, a musical history of the world from creation to present. Fri. and Sat., 7:30pm and Sun., 2:30pm. $22/$19 seniors and students. For mature audiences. Asheville Fringe Arts Festival Tickets available at BeBe Theatre. Info: 254-2621 or • TH (1/21) - Kickoff at Eleven on Grove. Jen and the Juice will headline. Several past and present Fringe performers, such as Runaway Circus and members of Royal Peasantry, will perform. Plus, short theater and dance pieces. Cookie LaRue will host. • FR (1/22) through SA (1/23), 7:30pm & SU (1/24), 3pm - The Fringe Festival will be performed at the BeBe Theater, 20 Commerce St. $12/$10 students and seniors. • FR (1/22) & SA (1/23), 7:30pm & 10pm - Fringe on Wheels: Board the LaZoom bus at 20 Commerce St. —8pm - Fringe Audio at Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center. $12/$10 students. Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center The center is located at 56 Broadway, and preserves the legacy of the Black Mountain College through permanent collections, educational activities and public programs. Info: 350-8484, bmcmac@ or • FR & SA (1/22 & 23), 8pm - Asheville Fringe Arts Festival. In partnership with BMCM+AC, the festival will focus on sonic experimentation, music and avant-garde ambient sounds. $12/$10 for members, seniors and students. Community Events at ASU Appalachian State University is located in Boone. Info: 262-7660 or • FR (1/22), 8pm - The New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players will perform The Pirates of Penzance, a musical comedy. Held in Farthing Auditorium. $20/$18 seniors/$10 students. Info: 262-4046 or www.pas. NC Stage Company Performances are at 33 Haywood St. (entrance on Walnut St., across from Zambra’s, in downtown Asheville). Info: 239-0263 or • SA (1/23), 2pm - NC Stage and the North

Carolina Center for Creative Retirement partner to present a reading of True West, a comedy by Sam Shepard. Free. Theater at UNCA Performances take place in Lipinsky Auditorium, unless otherwise noted. • SU (1/24), 2pm - NC Stage and the North Carolina Center for Creative Retirement partner to present a reading of True West, a comedy by Sam Shepard. Held in the Reuter Center. Free. Theater at WCU

Unless otherwise noted, all performances take place at the Fine & Performing Arts Center. Tickets & info: 227-2479 or http://fapac. • WE (1/20), 7:30pm - Shakespeare’s All’s Well That Ends Well will be performed by the American Shakespeare Center. $10/$5 seniors/Free for students. • SU (1/24), 4pm - Faculty and students from the musical theatre program present the music of Rodgers and Hammerstein. The gala is a scholarship fundraiser for musical theatre scholarships.

$15/$10 seniors, faculty and staff/$5 students. • TH (1/28), 7:30pm “Niggli Celebration Premiere.” Students and faculty at WCU will stage a multimedia presentation honoring the late Josefina Niggli, a former instructor at the university, in the Niggli Theatre on the WCU campus. Free.

Film Firestorm Cafe & Books Located at 48 Commerce St., Asheville. Events are free, unless otherwise noted. Info: 255-8115 or

• TH (1/21), 6pm Screening of the documentary Rethink Afghanistan. Discussion to follow. Seven Sisters Cinema A documentary film series presenting films by regional filmmakers and/or subjects of regional interest. Screens are held at the White Horse in Black Mountain, 105C Montreat Road. Info: or jerry@ • TH (1/21), 7pm - The Last One, a film about legendary moonshiner Popcorn Sutton, will be screened. Filmmaker Neal Hutcheson will be on

hand for a post-film discussion. $5/$3 students.

Dance Argentine Tango Dancers of all levels welcome. Info: • SUNDAYS (except 1st), 7-10pm - Argentine Tango Practica at North Asheville Recreation Center, 37 E. Larchmont Rd. $5 for members/$6 for non-members. Asheville Culture Project A cultural arts community center offering ongoing classes in Capoeira Angola and Samba percussion.

Other instructors, groups and organizations are invited to share the space. Info: www. • WEEKLY - Capoeira Angola, an Afro-Brazilian martial art taught and practiced through a game involving dance, music, acrobatics, theater and the Portuguese language. Mondays, 7-9pm, beginners class; Wednesdays, 7-9pm, intermediate class; Fridays, 7-9pm, intermediate class; Saturdays, 10am-Noon, beginners class. $12 (free for first timers on 2nd and 4th Sat.). Info:



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Asheville Jewish Community Center Events The JCC is located at 236 Charlotte St., Asheville. Info: 253-0701. • WEDNESDAYS, 7-8pm - Beginning folk dance lessons. Families especially welcome —- 8-9:30pm Not-so-beginning folk dance lessons. Led by instructor Erik Bendix and other guest teachers. $4 members/$6 public. Info: erikbendix@ or 450-1670. Beginner Clogging Classes • WEDNESDAYS, 7:15-8pm - Classes offered by the Mountain Thunder Cloggers at the Oakley Community Center. No experience or partner necessary. Familyoriented; ages 7 and up welcome. $40/8-week session. Info: 490-1226 or www. Classes at Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre Classes are by donation and on a drop-in basis. Classes are held at the New Studio of Dance, 20 Commerce St. in downtown Asheville. Info: or 254-2621. • TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS, 6-7:30pm - Modern classes. By donation. • MONDAYS, 6:30-7:30pm - Beginning adult tap dancing with Joe Mohar —-

7:30-8:30pm - Intermediate adult tap dancing. $20. Dance Events at WCU Unless otherwise noted, performances are held at the Fine & Performing Arts Center on the campus of Western Carolina University. Info: 227-2479. • TH (1/28), 7:30pm - Ailey II, a company of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, will perform. $15/$10 seniors/$5 students. Donation Classes at Asheville Dance Revolution Sponsored by The Cultural Development Group. At 63 Brook St. Info: 277-6777 or ashevilledancerevolution@ • TUESDAYS, 8-9:15pm - Beginning/Intermediate Adult Jazz. • FRIDAYS, 4-5pm - Boys Dance Combo Class. This is for boys interested in dance. The class touches on all styles of dance for the male dancer —- 6-7:30pm - African dance with Sarah Yancey featuring live drumming. Open to all. $14. Hunab Kru Dance Studio The studio is devoted to the art commonly known as break dancing. Located at 4 Business Park Circle, Arden. Info: 215-3159 or

• MONDAYS through SUNDAYS - B-boy and bgirl classes will be offered throughout the week for children ages 5-9, ages 10 and up, and for adults. $15 for drop-in classes/$5 open floor sessions. Info: 654-7890.

InterPlay Held at 227 Edgewood Ave. $5-$15 per class. Info: • WEDNESDAYS (1/13 through 1/27), 7-8:30pm - InterPlay Basic: “Share your songs, stories and dances in an easy-going community.” Morris Dancing Learn English traditional Morris dances and become a member of one of three local teams as a dancer or musician. Music instruction provided to experienced musicians. Free. Info: 994-2094 or • MONDAYS, 5:30pm - Women’s Garland practice held at Reid Center for Creative Art. Skyland Twirlers Western square dancing at the Senior Opportunity Center (not just for seniors), 36 Grove St., near the Federal Building in

downtown Asheville. Info: 650-6405. • FR (1/22), 7-9:30pm - It’s Chili Super Bowl night at the Skyland Twirlers’ square dance. Plus workshop at 7pm; Mainstream and Plus tips with Rounds and Line Dances from 7:30-9:30pm. $5 for non-members. Studio Zahiya Classes Classes are held at Studio Zahiya, 41 Carolina Lane. All classes are drop-in anytime. $12 per class. $40 for four classes, with other discounts available. Info: 242-7595. • THURSDAYS, 6:307:30pm - Bhangra! A highenergy dance from Punjab, India influence by dancehall, hip-hop and Bollywood films. • TUESDAYS, 6-7pm Beginner belly dance. Learn the basics of belly dance. This class will cover posture and basic movements —- 7:10-8:10pm - Drills & Skills. Get ready to sweat, workout and practice your intermediate/advanced belly dance. Swing Asheville Info: www.swingasheville. com, 301-7629 or dance@ • TUESDAYS, 6-7pm - Beginner swing dance lessons. Lindy Hop style.

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$10/person per week for a 4-week series. No partner necessary. Let your inner dancer out. 11 Grove St, downtown Asheville. Class series starts the first Tuesday of every month. VFW Upstairs. Open to the public. At 5 Points, 860 N. Main St., Hendersonville. Info: 693-5930. • SATURDAYS, 6pm - Free dancing lessons —- 7pm - Live band music and dancing. $7. All singles welcome. No partners necessary. Finger food and sweets provided. No alcohol or smoking in dancing area.

Auditions & Call to Artists Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition • Through FR (1/29) Deadline for submissions. Cash prizes will be awarded and selected works will hang in exhibition at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts in Boone. Info: 2624954 or www.appvoices. org. To enter: Arts Council of Henderson County D. Samuel Neill Gallery hours: Tues.-Fri., 1-5pm and Sat., 1-4pm. Located at

538 N. Main St., 2nd Floor, Hendersonville. Info: 6938504 or • FR (1/29) & MO (2/1), 1-5:30pm - Entries may be dropped off for the “Art Teachers Create” exhibit. All media accepted. Contact the council to receive an artist prospectus. Auditions for Freaks of Asheville Pageant • SU (1/24), Noon-4pm & SA (1/30), Noon-4pm - Auditions will be held at Craggie Brewing, 197 Hilliard Ave. Compete in the pageant Feb. 13 for a spot in the 2011 Freaks of Asheville Calendar. At the audition, perform a short piece of your choosing and show photos of your costume creations. $25. To register: avlfreakscalendar@ Auditions for New One-Act Play • TU & TH (1/19 & 21), 6:30-8:30pm - Auditions at Vance Elementary, 98 Sulphur Springs Rd., for Pluto v. Eris: The Trial of Discord. Pluto accuses Eris of treason against gods/planets. 9 females & 8 males needed. Performance to benefit Vance NASA program. Info: elizabeth@

Call for “Art on Transit” Bus Graphics Program • Through WE (1/20) - Application deadline. The City of Asheville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department invites all area artists to submit artwork. The juried competition offers artists the chance to have their work displayed on the exterior of a City of Asheville bus. To apply: Call for Dancers • Dancers of any technique or style needed for the 2nd annual 48 Hour Dance Project Feb. 26-28. E-mail, or call 254-2621 for more info or if you would like to participate. Call to Artists for Flat Rock Playhouse Craft Show • Through SA (1/30) - Artist application deadline for the first Flat Rock Playhouse Craft Show to be held in May. A juried show of fine, contemporary craft. $20 jury fee. Applications can be downloaded at www. Environmental Stewardship Contest • Through MO (3/1) - Submissions accepted for the Middle School Graphics Contest Promoting Environmental Stewardship.

Open to all Henderson County middle-school students. Winner’s graphic to be displayed on Henderson County recycling truck. E-mail submissions to: Transylvania Community Arts Council Located at 349 South Caldwell St. in Brevard. Hours: Mon.-Fri., 10am4pm. Info: 884-2787 or • Through FR (2/12) - Local and regional artists are invited to submit artwork for an open show with the theme “Body & Soul.” Call to get an application mailed to you. Waynesville Art Commission • Through FR (2/12) Deadline to submit art work/ “artistic railings” honoring the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Work must be designed to stand up to environmental/human factors, meeting the N.C. building codes for a railing. Info:


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Big-time traffickers who smuggle illegal immigrants into the U.S. from Mexico rely on GPS devices to evade the Border Patrol, but solitary border jumpers may soon have protection, too. Three University of California researchers have designed cheap cell phones with special software for locating water, churches and medical facilities in the treacherous Southwest desert (while avoiding law enforcement) and plan to donate them to Mexican charities. The phones, which will also feature “welcome to the U.S.” poetry, are expected to save hundreds of lives each year, but illegalimmigration protesters are demanding that the academics be arrested as accessories to crimes.

The continuing crisis

• In November, a man identified in China’s Chongqing Evening News as Mr. Zhang, 32, admitted that he’s competitive and “never wants to lose an argument” with his wife, but this inevitably leaves him with “bruises and scars all over,” because she is a kung fu master. After negotiations led by Mrs. Zhang’s parents, she signed a contract agreeing to limit beatings to a maximum of once a week, with a parent-administered penalty for exceeding that threshold. • In 2008, the Kirklees Environmental Health Department in West Yorkshire, England, cited 65year-old farmer Ronald Norcliffe for inadequate lighting in his barn, which inspectors said failed to meet the “psychological needs” of his lone cow and her calf. In his unsuccessful formal appeal last October, Norcliffe noted that he’s had a clean record as a farmer for 30 years and that he still gets along fine without electricity in his home. After his defeat, Norcliffe’s lawyer sighed, saying, “I still have no idea how much lighting is appropriate for a cow.” • In December, a court in Istanbul, Turkey, found 39 people guilty of trying to overthrow the government after a trial that stretched over 28 years. More than 1,000 defendants had been rounded up after challenging a 1980 military coup. The original trial lasted 10 years, and the case languished in an appeals court for 13 years while judges awaited 100 folders of evidence that had gone missing. The 39 were given life sentences but were immediately

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News that sounds like a joke

• Plastic surgeon Mark Weinberger, who skipped out of Merrillville, Ind., in 2004 to avoid mounting malpractice lawsuits and Medicare fraud charges, was finally cornered in December living in a tent on the southern slopes of Italy’s Monte Bianco. As authorities approached to arrest him, Dr. Weinberger grabbed a knife and plunged it into his neck, but (perhaps owing to his rusty skills — or incompetence, if the malpractice claims are accurate), missed the major artery and was captured. • The Great Yarmouth Sea Life Centre in Norfolk, England, lowered the water level in its giant aquarium in preparation for the big turtles’ annual Christmas treat: Brussels sprouts. Otherwise, officials have found, the gas bubbles from the powerful turtle emissions will lift the water high enough to trigger the emergency tank-flooding buzzers.

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• In November, Oprah Winfrey’s mother, Vernita Lee, and the luxury fashion store Valentina Inc. announced a settlement of the latter’s lawsuit over Lee’s $155,547 tab. Lee had agreed in 2002 to make periodic payments on a $174,285 tab, but the store apparently allowed her to open another account,

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On the heels of the “Balloon Boy” fiasco in which a super-ambitious father exploited his child to win a reality TV job, Jim Dunn of North Vancouver, British Columbia, submitted a demo reel to reality-show producers featuring him and his entire family turned into gasoline-soaked fireballs. Dunn is one of Canada’s leading film stuntmen, and his wife and three kids (ages 15, 12 and 9) have also performed as stunt doubles. It was the first fire for the youngest, who was then 7, and abundant safety precautions were taken. There were no complications, although Dunn, in his career, has suffered six leg fractures and a cracked skull, and needed two bowel resections. X

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Saving the planet, one job at a time “The environment: It’s not just for tree-huggers.” That could be the 2010 motto for the Asheville Hub Alliance, a local think tank that was formed several years ago as part of a visioning project focused on economic growth. The group’s mission has evolved over the years, and most recently it has embraced the notion of helping develop a green economy, Sustainability Coordinator Michael Leahy explains. This year, the Hub is focusing on two initiatives: the Reading, Riding and Retrofit program, championed by former Asheville City Council member Robin Cape and aimed at improving energy efficiency at our local schools; and a climate action plan that combines saving the planet with saving (and creating) jobs. “We’re bringing together the decision-makers and looking at all these sustainability indicators for our area — air quality, food supplies, land use and resources, water quality and supply, transportation needs. We’re seeing where we rank, and then considering our local goals,” says Leahy. Soon after the new year began, Xpress sat down with Leahy to learn more. Mountain Xpress: In a nutshell, how would you describe what the climate action plan is about? Michael Leahy: If we’re really going to cut our greenhouse emissions by 50 to 80 percent in the next 40 years, let’s plan for what kinds of businesses we can start right now to take advantage of that. Let’s quit pointing fingers and arguing about whether climate change is happening or what’s caused it and get together to find solutions.

Solutions that also help create jobs? Ultimately, we’re trying to create jobs, and that’s what sets us apart from the usual environmental groups. ... Taking inventory is the first step, and students from Warren Wilson College and UNCA are helping with gathering the data. We will be creating a community report card and a greenhouse-gas databank, and working with the city, county, and local businesses and nonprofits to create a climate action plan.

can’t stop development, so our No. 1 priority is getting people into the same sandbox and collaborating on what we can do. We’re trying to do regional planning, but trying to simultaneously plan for droughts and floods — two problems presented by climate change in this region — is challenging. But there are really cool low-tech ways to handle these things, like being less wasteful and more efficient, and doing better at managing our resources — doing things like grandma used to do.

You’ve already collected a lot of data. Yes, and one of the most worrisome statistics we’ve learned so far is, despite the knowledge and awareness about climate change, individual energy consumption is still going up here. But if we could stabilize our consumption and some other habits, we wouldn’t have to go back to the Stone Age to save the planet. When you first start thinking about climate change, it’s overwhelming: How can I stop taking hot showers, and how can I totally avoid plastic? Every day, people can do everyday things, but we also need — especially in our policies — something to happen on the government level.

How does that connect to job creation? A local organic-farming group, the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project, has estimated that only 1 percent of the food eaten here is grown locally. How can we get that number up? What else can we do? We seek to create jobs from “import substitution” — producing more here (food, energy, clothes, building materials) than we import; and, from the

So the action plan involves both individual effort and something the Hub has done from the beginning: collaborate with local organizations and governments, and draw on the resources we have, such as the National Climatic Data Center and Renaissance Computing Institute. Ours is a pragmatic approach. We know we

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Eco Calendar for January 20 - 28, 2010 ECO Events The Environmental and Conservation Organization is dedicated to preserving the natural heritage of Henderson County and the mountain region as an effective voice of the environment. Located at 121 Third Ave. W. Hendersonville. Info: 692-0385 or • TU (1/26), 7pm - “North Carolina’s Rich History of Heritage Apple Trees,” a presentation by Tom Brown, will be held at Hendersonville Public Library. Free. • 4th THURSDAYS, Noon-1:30pm - Board meeting. Visitors are welcome. Energy Workshop • TH (1/21), 5:30pm - Learn about ways to save on energy bills this winter. Held at the N.C. Cooperative Extension Center, 94 Coxe Ave. Free. To register: 255-5522. Info: www.buncombe.ces. Mountain Green Series Offered by Warren Wilson College’s Environmental Leadership Center, the series consists of guest speakers and a walking

green/creative economy, selling creative and ecological services online that don’t need to be produced anywhere. You mean taking advantage of all these local resources, including our organic-farming community? Yes. When we see what we need to be doing to be more sustainable, we create — and keep — more jobs here. We can grow local businesses. We’ve got the ethic and the American can-do spirit and the climate data and the artistry right here. This region can be a trendsetter. We can create a fusion of the new green economy and the creative class here in Asheville. We are focused on creating jobs, better educating our children, and making our region more self-reliant. X Send your environmental news to mvwilliams@ or call 251-1333, ext. 152. tour. Programs will be held in Canon Lounge, Gladfelter. RSVP: 771-3781. Free. Info: www. • FR (1/22), 1-2:45pm - The Green Walkabout introduces participants to the best practices for building green. To RSVP: scross@warren-wilson. edu —- 3-5pm - “My Coal Journey,” a slideshow presentation and a performance by singer Kathy Mattea in Kittredge Theater. Mattea will sing a few songs from her newest release Coal.


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Helping Haiti from here As the death toll mounts from the earthquake that devastated Haiti last week, people all over the world have sought ways to help Haitians survive and rebuild. Here in Western North Carolina, a number of fundraising initiatives have sprung up. Stay tuned to mountainx. com for up-to-date Haiti-benefit news. At press time, the following are efforts had already been announced. (Thanks to local blogger Angela Pippinger for her online roundup, “Asheville Helping Haiti,” parts of which appear here.) • White Horse Black Mountain plans a sizable, two-day musical fundraiser, “Help Haiti Heal,” on Feb. 6 and 7. For details, visit, and see p. 63 of this issue of Xpress for more information. • Rosetta’s Kitchen in Asheville will hold its second Haiti-benefit dinner on Sunday, Jan. 24, from 6 to 9 p.m. The dinner is part of the restaurant’s Community Cauldron series, featuring soup and cornbread, by donation. Proceeds will go to three nonprofits establishing a clinic in Haiti: Common Ground, Herbs for Orphans and American Rainbow Rapid Response. Call 232-0738 for more information. • Haircuts for Haiti: On Monday, Feb. 1, several Asheville-area salons will stage a “cut-a-thon,” donating all proceeds to Haiti relief programs. At press time, they included Wildflower Studio, L’Eau De Vie, Salon Dragonfly, Water Lily and Evolutions Salon. Visit for updates on participating cutteries and the aid groups their proceeds will go to. • Faith-based Asheville nonprofit Mission Manna conducts malnutrition-abatement work and sends medical teams to Haiti each year. At present, one of its Brevard-based doctors is seeking to join a team headed to help with the earthquake crisis. For more information or to donate, visit • Faith-based relief group Hearts With Hands is accepting items in addition to monetary donations that are specifically for Haitian-relief efforts. Items needed include beans, rice, bottled water, baby food, baby formula, camping supplies, picnic supplies, etc. Donations can be dropped off at 951 Sand Hill Road or at Brown’s Pottery at 2398 Hendersonville Highway; call 667-1912 or visit for more information. • Carolina Cinemas, at 1640 Hendersonville Road in Asheville, says it will accept — and match — cash donations for the Salvation Army’s work in Haiti. Just donate at their location, whether or not you take in a movie. Now through March 7. • Grocery chain Harris Teeter is offering $1 and $5 donation cards at its stores through Jan. 31 to fund Haiti-relief efforts by the American Red Cross (the grocer also donated $25,000 to the ARC for this purpose). Local locations

are 1378 Hendersonville Road in Asheville 636 Spartanburg Highway in Hendersonville. • Local musician Jonathan Ammons says he will donate all of his portion of the proceeds of sales of his album between now and Feb. 28 to the American Red Cross for relief in Haiti. • Freaks and Geeks Tattoo Sideshow has designed a Haitian-themed tattoo to raise funds for UNICEF’s efforts. The cost is $50 through the end of January, all of which will go to Haiti relief. The shop is located at 745 Haywood Road; call 254-4429 for more information. • On Saturday, Jan. 23, local poet Damion Bailey will turn his book-release party at Club 828 in Asheville into a fundraiser for the American Red Cross’ Haiti efforts. The book, of Bailey’s poems, is called My Journal My Journey. The event starts at 10 p.m., and costs $10, with half of the proceeds going to the ARC. Visit www. for more information. • Local painter Genie Maples is donating 50 percent of her studio sales to relief organizations though Saturday, Jan. 23. Details at www. X

• SA (1/23), 11:30am-2pm - The Asheville Racquet & Fitness Club will hold the 2nd annual Polar Bear Plunge to benefit Meals On Wheels of Asheville-Buncombe County. A $7 chili lunch will be served afterwards. Info: 274-3361 or Rotary Pancake Breakfast • SA (1/23), 7:30-11am - The Rotary Club of Arden and Valley Springs Middle School Creativity teams will host a pancake breakfast at the Skyland Fire Department. Funds benefit the Creativity Teams and provide college scholarships. $5 in advance/$6 at the door. Info: sandie@bitsbyte. com. Winter Warmer Beer Festival • SA (1/23), 3-7pm - The third annual Asheville Winter Warmer Beer Festival will be held at Haywood Park’s Grand Ballroom. Food, live music and beer. $37. A portion of the proceeds will go to RiverLink. Info: 545-5181.


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Benefits Calendar for January 20 - 28, 2010 Altrusa Soup & Cornbread Benefit • TU (1/26), 11am-7pm - Includes potato or vegetable soup, cornbread, beverage and homemade dessert. At First United Methodist Church in Waynesville. $7 adults/$4 children 12 & under. Take-out available. For more info or pre-order form: Asheville Middle School 8th Grade Trip Fundraiser • SA (1/23), 9am-2pm - Rummage sale, ping-pong tournament, basketball shoot-out and other contests. $10 entry fee for contests. Prizes for winners. At Asheville Middle School. Funds raised will go towards the 8th-grade trip to the Outer Banks. Info: ron.coleman@asheville.k12. or 350-6228. Boys & Girls Club of Henderson County Benefit • FR (1/22), 5-7pm - The Feed the Kids Coalition will hold a spaghetti dinner benefit for the club at the First United Methodist Church, Barber Christian Life Center, Hendersonville. $10 adults/$5 kids 2-12/Free for kids under 2. Tickets: 335-3595. Feed the Kids info: 6962100. ECO Events The Environmental and Conservation Organization is dedicated to preserving the natural heritage of Henderson County and the mountain region as an effective voice of the environment. Located at 121 Third Ave. W. Hendersonville. Info: 692-0385 or • Through SA (2/6) - Heritage apple trees will be available for order. Maintain biodiversity while raising money for ECO’s environmental programs. Trees must be picked up at the Hendersonville Visitor’s Center parking lot on Feb. 6th by noon. Haywood County Arts Council’s FUNd Party Series Pick up a FUNd Party book at 86 N. Main St. in Waynesville or call 452-0593 for details on events and reservations. Proceeds benefit the Haywood County Arts Council. • FR (1/29), 6:30pm - “Dinner With the Bard” at Gateway Club, 30 Church St., Waynesville. RSVP by Jan. 20. Polar Bear Plunge • JANUARY 20 - JANUARY 26, 2010 51


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“I would say, it’s elbows and wrists,” Hundertmark says. “And you have to have pretty good hand-eye coordination. I’m throwing the knife at my bare hand; I wear latex gloves and all that does is keep the blood in.” Hundertmark has been a regular on the oyster-opening circuit since a former world champ happened upon The Lobster Trap and ended up urging him to shuck competitively. Hundertmark, who shucks thousands of oysters every week at the downtown restaurant, has since finished sixth at Nationals and won a prestigious competition in Charleston twice. But Hundertmark’s personal best in the oneminute shuck is 31. “I know I’m coming up short,” he says. “I figure 600 cheering people is good for one more oyster.” Since one extra oyster won’t impress the Guiness folks, he’s also recruited his 18-year old son, Kat, to shuck alongside him. He’s hoping the competition will spur him to shuck just a tad faster, and claims he won’t mind if Kat emerges as the world record holder. “It would tickle me to death,” he says.

The current record holder is Patrick McMurray, a Canadian oyster bar operator who tore his way through 33 East Coast oysters in 2002. He hasn’t been able to beat his own record yet. Unlike McMurray, Hundertmark is a “hinge opener,” meaning he slices his knife through the spot where an oyster’s two shells meet. The rules of world record breaking let him choose his own oysters, so he’s planning to select 40 Gulf Coast oysters well suited to the hinge method. The oysters will be arranged in a straight line, allowing Hundertmark to quickly move from one stubborn oyster adversary to the next in chess grandmaster style. “I won’t spend an extra second on an oyster that’s not working out,” he says. Hundertmark will try to set the world record for one-minute’s worth of oyster shucking on Saturday, Jan. 23, around 5 p.m. at the Winter Warmer Beer Festival at the Haywood Park Hotel. Tickets to the event are $37 and available at www.brewscruise. com. X Food writer Hanna Rachel Raskin can be reached at

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smallbites HIGHLAND BREWING COMPANY: Highland Brewing Company and Barley’s Taproom may have grown apart physically, but the two local mainstays are celebrating their shared 15th birthday together this Friday. Highland got its start in Barley’s basement back in 1994, pioneering Asheville’s now-thriving beer scene. The brewery in 2006 moved to a facility in East Asheville that has the capacity to produce 20,000 barrels of locally loved suds every year. Highland recently began opening its tasting room on Friday evenings from 4 p.m.-8 p.m., featuring live music from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. “The problem for many has been that all of the good live music in town has been starting around 11 p.m., and 11 p.m. is too late for many,” spokesman Steve Schwartz explains. Highland will expand upon its usual Friday festivities this week in honor of its anniversary: The party will run until 10 p.m. and include three bars, three casks, two bands and free raffle tickets. There’s no cover charge. Highland Brewing Company is located at 12 Old Charlotte Highway, next to Blue Ridge Motion Pictures. For more information, call 299-7223. STOVETROTTERS: Another local restaurant succumbed to the recession this month, with Stovetrotters announcing its closure. Chef/owner Jenny Kommitt told the Citizen-Times, “It’s a survival of the fit and the survival of the strong and I just wasn’t strong enough.” According to the Citizen-Times’ report, the restaurant’s profit margin was assaulted by the Interstate 40 detour and wintry weather throughout December. Stovetrotters opened on the edge of Biltmore Village in 2007, with an ambitious business plan that included private events, cooking classes and culinary tours. BLUE RIDGE BBQ FESTIVAL: Proving a lack of customers isn’t the only reason to close up shop, the Carolina Foothills Chamber of Commerce recently announced its annual barbecue festival had become too popular to sustain. “We are getting out of the festival business,” chamber president Andy Millard said in a press release.

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According to Millard, the festival — named the fifth-best barbecue festival in the world by the Travel Channel — annually absorbed 700 volunteers’ time and cost nearly $300,000. “The festival’s profit has trended downward to a point where it is no longer commensurate with the time and resources it consumes,” Millard explained in the release. A S H EV I LLE I N DE P E N DE N T RESTAURANT ASSOCIATION: The Asheville Independent Restaurant Association’s signature fundraiser will take a seat this year, as ticketholders are invited to partake in a six-course plated dinner at the Doubletree Biltmore Hotel. The Culinary AffAIR, hosted in partnership with the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce, will open with a cocktail hour featuring hors d’oeuvres prepared by The Colorful Palate, The Lobster Trap, Frankie Bones Restaurant & Lounge, and Luella’s Bar-B-Que. Fiore’s, Corner Kitchen, Savoy, Bouchon, the Blue Ridge Dining Room and the French Broad Chocolate Lounge will handle appetizer, soup, salad, entrée and dessert duties. Tickets to the Jan. 28 event are $125. For more information, call 232-2247.

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and dancers gather to create an environment focused on sonic experimentation and audio surprises. “By incorporating elements of improvisation as well as prepared works [featuring] instruments that have been altered to create specific kinds of sounds, we’re creating an immersive performance experience,” Julien says, describing the inspiration behind Fringe Audio. “We are asking people to put their expectations to the side, to let [the experimental sounds] absorb in.” Since the arts center has hosted a number of events on the works of John Cage and Robert Rauschenberg, who were both involved in Black Mountain College’s experimental music scene in the ‘50s, it seems an especially fitting space for Fringe Audio to début. Featured performers include Chandra Shukla, producer of the found-sound band Xambuca, presenting a piece titled Reciprocity. Using field recordings, electronic music and improvisation, Shukla says that the piece is “based on mathematical reciprocals of tonal fragments that relate to reciprocals. It’s actually complete nonsense when you listen to it,” says Shukla, laughing. “Though it has structure, it sounds like the structure is completely obliterated.” Butoh dancer Julie Becton Gillum will slink through the crowd performing a dance that explores “mythological stories about humans becoming trees, about trees that come to life and about the manipulation of nature.” Graphic images projected onto the ceiling will be orchestrated by artists/VJs Megan McKissack and Jason Scott Furr. Performance artist Elisa Faires presents a mini-opera based on the work of German philosopher Martin Heidegger. And, the Western Carolina Scared Harp Singers, an old-hymn singing troupe from Warren Wilson College, explores new and old musical traditions through shape-note singing.

Fusing elements of vaudeville, theater, dance, music and spoken-word poetry, the Asheville Fringe Arts Festival is an all-youcan-experience buffet of strange and stimulating performance art. Featuring living art installations, soundscapes and singing puppeteers, the festival’s only guideline is to test and explore the boundaries of artistic expression. Each participant defines that process individually. “A critical part of the Fringe Festival is that artists are given license to try out new work: It’s a place for artistic experimentation,” says festival organizer and performer Jim Julien. Breaking away from traditional, narrative-driven work, participating artists strive to create original art that is too wild and weird to fit into a genre. Now in its eighth year, the Fringe Festival offers a four-night marathon of avant-garde, multi-art entertainment at three downtown venues. The BeBe Theatre is considered Fringe Festival headquarters, where performances have been staged for seven years and counting. Since then the festival has gone mobile, partnering with LaZoom Tours for an unruly show through downtown Asheville and the River Arts District. This year the festival has added a venue to the roster, introducing a two-night run at the Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center. “We hope that each venue will have its own vibe, where audiences will experience something that they have never seen before, something enchanting, entertaining and horrifying,” says Julien with a grin. Parents be forewarned, the content of the Fringe Festival is challenging by nature and is Rated R. Fringe fare is for mature, adventure-seeking audiences only. Please leave children safely at home. Since each venue offers a one-of-a-kind performance-art experience, here is a description of what to expect at each locale. Choose wisely or see them all with an all-access Fringe Festival Freak Pass.

Murder mystery sideshow on wheels: The Fringe Festival LaZoom Tour

Experimental sound at the Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center Imagine lying in the center of a dark room as musicians, perched in the corners, create live soundscapes. Surrounded by keyboards and speakers, wires and tools, the sound of obscure instrumentals and electronic babble fills the space. On the ceiling above, flickering computer-generated images accompany the rise and fall of ambient noise. Welcome to Fringe Audio, where performers, musicians

Butoh dancer Julie Benton Gillum performs “Zombie Jesus,” on the LaZoom bus at last year’s festival. Below, Cilla Vee rehearses site-specific water music on cello.

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A murder-mystery crime case unfolds as Fringe on wheels exposes the wild side of Asheville. In addition to the on-the-bus murder mystery, the show will make three stops on its route through the city, stopping at the vintage boutique and artists collective Royal Peasantry on Lexington Avenue, at the Sacred Embodiment Center on Carolina Lane and at a mystery location yet to be announced (expect to be shocked and surprised, Julien says). Pantopon Rose, a singer performing in

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Come celebrate the wildness of Fringe at the kickoff event on Thursday, Jan. 21, with a bounty of entertainment: From performances by new and veteran Fringe Festival artists in a cabaret-style revue, to the music of Jen and the Juice, to the supreme style of Cookie LaRue, host of the event. Celebrate eight years of performance art when new and veteran artists team up to present a taste of the Fringe Festival in an eccentric revue of performances. The inimitable LaRue will be mistress of ceremonies -- she claimed the title of WNC’s Best Drag Performer in last year’s Xpress reader’s poll. Renowned for her sequins, bright accessories, bawdy mouth and hilarity, she’s also known for songs about the rocky world of love and heartbreak. Live “happy hipster sing-along/pop-rock” music will by performed by Jen and the Juice, where lead singer Jenny Greer will debut a handmade marionette. Heather Mermaid (featured on the cover of the Freaks of Asheville

2010 calendar) ventures from faraway waters to allure and entertain. The evening will also feature special guest poet Julian Vorus and a slew of surprise acts. Tickets are $8 at the door / free with a Fringe Festival Freak pass. Scandal’s is located in The Grove House at 11 Grove St. in downtown Asheville. The party is cosponsored by Sightlines, Mountain Xpress’ theater blog at theatre. Festival performers and organizers also invite the public to a closing party on Sunday, Jan. 24, at The Boiler Room. Festivities begin at 6 p.m. and those in attendance are welcome to stay for a show featuring surf music and dance, from The Surf Church and Go-Go Underground starting at 8 p.m. The show is free only for those who attend the closing party and is otherwise $5 at the door. The Boiler Room is also located at the Grove House, in downtown Asheville. Info: www.

Where and when? Fringe Audio

Performances at the Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center, located at 56 Broadway, on Friday, Jan. 22, and Saturday, Jan. 23, at 8 p.m. $12/$10 students. Info: www.

Fringe on Wheels

Board the LaZoom Bus at the BeBe Theatre, 20 Commerce St., on Friday, Jan. 22, and Saturday Jan. 23, at 7:30 p.m and 10 p.m. $12/$10 students.

Fringe in a (Black) box

Performances at the BeBe Theatre on Friday, Jan. 22, and Saturday, Jan. 23, at 7:30 p.m., with a matinee performance on Sunday, Jan. 24, at 3 p.m. $12/$10 students.

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experimental-music band The Eyelash Carpets, describes the scene at Royal Peasantry as being a piece of living installation art. Walking into the boutique “will feel like stepping into a very bizarre dream: a surreal environment that people might otherwise not feel very comfortable in,” Rose says. Audiences will “walk into a world inspired by the Dada movement, [an experience that aims to] satisfy the need to escape the reality of our world,” she says. “It will be nothing but pleasure for the senses.” Around the corner at the Sacred Embodiment Center, juggling troupe Forty Fingers and a Missing Tooth will tantalize audiences with tricks of dexterity as they perform with members of Runaway Circus/Loose Caboose. “Runaway Circus is a collection of smaller circus-arts groups that specialize in juggling and acrobatics,” says Julie Vann, coordinating director of the festival and Runaway performer. After the circus sideshow, a belly-dance troupe brings the seductive Middle Eastern dance into the realm of avant-garde performance art.

Fringe in a (black) box: Movement and dance at the BeBe Theatre Considering the other venues hosting Fringe Festival events, happenings at the BeBe Theatre take place in a rather calm theatrical setting, as audience members sit upright in stationary positions as the show unfolds before them. Though the setting is more conventional, the featured works of experimental theatre and dance promise to be just as deviant and unpredictable. In a piece choreographed and performed by

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Moving Women, the local company seeks to break the line between performer and observer by creating a “chance dance” where audience participation shapes the dance as it is performed live. “We’ll have a set of rules and will be creating a piece around audience feedback, who will be making choices about movement vocabulary, about lighting and about the music,” says Kathy Meyers, founding member of the company. “We want the audience to get involved with the creative process. It’s a collaboration, and I’m intrigued to see what the audience will help us create.” Writer and spoken-word artist John Crutchfield works in collaboration with Clair Elizabeth Barrett to present Fire Safety: A Vaudeville Romance. Crutchfield writes that the piece is “an absurdist take on that most absurd of all human absurdities: love; combining dance, drama, transvestitism, wrestling, dinosaur-puppetry and a vigorous fireman.” Additional performers include the Lymphatic Players, traveling from Tennessee to present works of sketch-theater focusing on health issues. Exploring a similar theme, The Naked Stark Dance Company investigates body issues through improvisational and modern dance. For Asheville residents the Fringe Festival is a laboratory for creative exploration that supports a broad network of performance artists. For visitors, the festival is a wholly unique experience that highlights just how wonderful and zany Asheville’s art scene can be. Don’t miss this chance to see the bright, bizarre and often unhinged works produced by artists on the edge. X Aiyanna Sezak-Blatt can be reached at asezakblatt




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Kathy Mattea looks into her West Virginia past, working to stop the future of mountaintop removal mining by Sherri L. McLendon In the battle to stop mountaintop removal in Appalachia, Grammy Award-winning singer Kathy Mattea is firmly entrenched in the center of the dialogue. “I’m living in the question of how we talk about these things: how we disagree about problems, about civil discourse. I really have come to believe it is possible to grow our ability to hear each other,” she says. Mapping the internal and external landscapes of her coal journey, Mattea presents her emerging perspectives at Warren Wilson College. In a onehour program, she will reflect on her process as an environmental and social-justice advocate and musician, and suggest directions for the future. The early parts of Mattea’s coal journey prove well-documented. Connecting with songs about coal mining as a teenage intern at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, her interest in the topic remained dormant until 2006. Then, the Spago Mine Disaster killed 12 West Virginia miners, and Mattea was asked to perform at their service. Her family history and feelings about the experience, coupled with a rising political activism (spurred in part by watching Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth), led her to take action as an advocate and musician. After painstakingly selecting material, Mattea


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released the album, Coal, in 2008. The work was nominated for a Grammy for best traditional folk album. New York Times critic Jon Caramanica says Mattea “immerses herself in the rich history of music that documents life in the mines,” calling it a “modest concept album and a successful one.” Coal, like music, courses through Mattea’s veins. Growing up in Cross Lanes, W.V., Mattea’s home place lies in the heart of coal country. Both her maternal and paternal grandfathers were coal miners, and her parents were raised in coal camps. Her mother once worked for the United Mine Workers Association. Mattea’s own coal journey has led her to consciously learn her family’s oral history. In the past several years,

she also witnessed others’ stories of coal, from all sides of the issue of mountaintop removal. Historically, the language of the coal experience is violent. Mattea herself has called the practice of mountaintop removal “eco-rape.” Other words fly big as dynamited boulders through the discourse. Dig. Gouge. Blow. Uncover. Removal. Dismember. Strike. Slake. Slag. Doze. The negative connotation is unsurprising, considering that current strip-mining practices grew out of warfare tactics developed for use abroad during World War II, then applied to U.S. mining strategies afterward. Mattea’s empathetic narrative emerges with purpose. The “string of old family stories is

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now woven into larger narratives,” she says, which in turn brings her deeply into the history of Appalachia, and the connection between the people and the mountains. In “student mode,” she studies nonviolence and communication skills, actively questioning her own place in the dialogue. “How do I stop seeing the guy who runs the coal mines as the ‘bad guy’ and understand his priorities?” She cites the executive’s position in a centuries-long coal tradition, “firmly entrenched in a culture and place to provide a service.” Mattea believes she has more to contribute than the role of celebrity spokesperson. “I make an effort to live my life inside out and let actions I take come from a place deep inside,” she says. When the internal call came to be of service in the fight to stop mountaintop removal, she chose to answer. “I did not ask for this; I have learned from life experience that answering a call is the right thing to do. It’s not always pretty or easy, but it gets you to the next place, a place of growth and service. It’s a voice I’ve learned to listen to, that is my authority.” Along the way, she says, she’s had to rethink the “technical stuff about singing.” The last two years have been the busiest ever, but it’s now time to think about another record. “I’m planning to slow the pace down a little, and work very hard to pull back in and think about music,” she says. “With a record, the idea you start with often leads you in a different direction, and the finished product is not the same thing.” Though there remain, other creative, environmental projects in the works, these prove too early in the process to discuss, she says. While “singing is like breathing,” the challenges of advocacy and activism are “much more involved.” Last summer, Mattea taught music at the Swannanoa Gathering and agreed to return as a featured speaker in the Sustainable Community Seminar Series. Thrilled in the midst of students working hands-on in an environment steeped

in sustainability, and environmental and social -justice responsibility, the 50-year-old creative wonders what might have been if she’d had her current convictions as a jumping-off point. “We’re already on the same page,” she says of the students. “By telling what has happened to me, and what I think is important, I hope to wake others up to what is possible about their own journey.” Sustainability, she believes, is rooted in everyday life. She and her husband drive hybrids, recycle, reduce their garbage (and have plans to build a LEED house on their farm outside Nashville). But those decisions are mitigated by the reality that the electricity they use comes from coal. And there may be other compromises, too, until alternative methods become available. Western North Carolina electricity is generated from coal mined in West Virginia, Kentucky and Tennessee. “What we have to shift is the understanding that we are both part of the problem and part of the solution,” Mattea says. “That’s the kind of conversation we need to open to and tolerate. We are all works in progress. Just because we are not sprung forth fully formed doesn’t mean we don’t have a part to play.” “My vision and hope is that we take what actions we can, and that those can change the world,” Mattea says. “Even the largest wave is made up of tiny drops of water.” Mattea’s story, like that of coal and the individuals who fight mountaintop removal, constantly evolves. In Mattea’s case, she deliberately opens herself up to vulnerability each time she takes action or gives a presentation, “soul searching and evaluating my own viewpoint before I go.” Ultimately, the thing she values most in herself and others is honesty. “I stay in touch with my own story and re-evaluate.” It’s a constant process. X Sherri McLendon can be reached at sherri@

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The Everybodyfieldsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Jill Andrews goes solo by Alli Marshall Jill Andrews, formerly the female voice of melancholy folk-country outfit The Everybodyfields, recently opened for Willie Nelson at Knoxvilleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tennessee Theatre. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I did that for the experience, but mostly just so I could see Willie Nelson,â&#x20AC;? she admits. Of the venue itself Andrews says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was the best place to sing almost ever.â&#x20AC;? Of meeting the country legend: â&#x20AC;&#x153;I really wanted to. I thought about what Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d say and all that. But, instead of meeting Willie Nelson, I was helping Clint bathe our son in the sink after heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d had a big blowout.â&#x20AC;? The last time Andrews spoke to Xpress, two years ago, she had just moved from Johnson City to Knoxville. She was recycling outfits for performances and wishing she could spend more time at home. A year ago, the Everybodyfields (which Andrews cofounded with former boyfriend Sam Quinn in 1999)


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Thursday, Jan. 21 (8:30 p.m. $10 advance, $12 day of show. played its last show. During 2009, Andrews married and gave birth to baby Nico. And, though many female musicians leave the touring life behind when they have children, Andrews found herself launching both her solo career and her family at the same time. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When things fell apart with the Everybodyfields, part of me was thinking, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Oh man, I guess that was it for me in music,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? she says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But the other part of me that was encouraged by so many people, like my husband and my friends and my family, were like, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time get up and start moving. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not time to sit still.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Six months after the Everybodyfields parted company, Andrews bumped into drummer Chad Melton at a restaurant. He told her he wanted to get together, though the singer took some persuading. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He bugged me three or four times,â&#x20AC;? she remembers of Meltonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s invites to jam. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not much of a jammer.â&#x20AC;? But an eventual meeting proved fruitful, and Melton introduced Andrews to Knoxvillebased bassist Vince Ilagan and guitarist Robert Richards. When Andrews realized she wanted someone to harmonize with, she called on the Everybodyfieldsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; keyboardist Josh Oliver.

OLoOL One is not the loneliest number: Jill Andrews comes into her own. The band seemed to fall in place, despite Andrewsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; early reservations. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I knew how hard a life it could be, being on the road, being away all the time,â&#x20AC;? she says. That sacrifice is underscored by the Everybodyfieldsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; final album, Nothing is Okay, the title referencing Andrewsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and Quinnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s breakup and subsequent attempt to continue the band despite bruised hearts. On the heels of that experience, Andrews seems plenty surprised to find that everything is okay. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s so different now, so much more positive for me,â&#x20AC;? she reveals. First, her husband (who acts as her manager) and baby travel with her. And Andrewsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; fellow musicians make up an extended family. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Because of the guys in the band, it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t feel like Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m missing out on stuff at home,â&#x20AC;? she says. The quick rapport with her band led Andrews to record a six-track, self-titled EP which she released last October. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a plan to go full-length next fall,â&#x20AC;? the musician says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But I wanted to something out there for the fans, something they could take home. Something that defines me.â&#x20AC;? There is still the familiar loneliness in Andrewsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; style. Her voice is as achingly dusky; sounding themes of love and loss, regret and fragile hope (â&#x20AC;?I am grateful, but I am angry,â&#x20AC;? she sings on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Always be Sorryâ&#x20AC;?). Fittingly, the album was recorded by Sparklehorse collaborator Scott Minor, on vintage analog equipment. While the sound isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t dated, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s spare and haunted with resonate keys, languid guitar and a certain spacious elegance that was never part of the Everybodyfields. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The stuff that I wrote for the Everybodyfields; thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just how I wrote,â&#x20AC;? Andrews says of her evolution. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The stuff that I write for myself now, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just me. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

progressed a little bit, from album to album youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll see a change.â&#x20AC;? Likely, Andrews â&#x20AC;&#x201D; who has always had a remarkable voice and a promising talent â&#x20AC;&#x201D; has simply been freed to realize her potential. But even for the musician who claims to be easygoing (â&#x20AC;&#x153;You have to just really go with the flow, and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m really good at that. I live minute by minuteâ&#x20AC;?), once she started work on her solo album she was anxious to see the project through. In labor with Nico, Andrews was on the phone with her midwife to see if she could still log some studio time. And the day after the birth, she was talking to her band. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was like, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Alright, you guys ready to practice?â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;?Andrews recalls. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They were like, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;I think you need to calm down a bit.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? X

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Celebrating Django, looking for local talent, helping Haiti It would be Django Reinhardt’s 100th birthday on Saturday, Jan. 23. To celebrate the life of the jazz great, a group of local musicians who’ve been supremely inspired by him are having a show. Members of the Django-esque group One Leg Up will host the event, the always ebullient Firecracker Jazz Band will perform, and guitarist Jon Corbin promises there will be “many, many special guests.” Not familiar with Reinhardt? The show could be a great introduction to the man. A brief bio, courtesy Corbin: “Django was a Roma gypsy, born in a field in Belgium on January 23, 1910. He survived a debilitating fire in his caravan that left him clinging to life, badly burned, and without the use of two fingers, and went on to become, according to Chet Atkins, the most influential guitarist of the 20th century. He was moved to tears when he first heard Louis Armstong, and began the process of blending Hot Jazz with his own traditional gypsy music, which itself had a lineage going back to the Middle East, and the beginning of time. He was a primary influence on Les Paul, as well as Hendrix, B.B. King, and every jazz guitarist to ever pick up an axe.” The show is $10 and starts at 9 p.m. Not everyone is as young, lovely and talented as singer Jesse Barry from local powerhouse teen blues-rock group Skinny Legs & All. The town’s atwitter over her trip to American Idol (and Jesse, we’ve got fingers and toes crossed for you, not that you need it) and we’re all rooting for the diminutive redhead with the giant-sized voice. And now we’ve got an Idol-style competition of our own: The White Horse Black Mountain is debuting its Great Blue Ridge Talent Search for singers. Judging a band competition last year, White Horse co-owner Bob Hinkle and


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free to watch. Come out and root for the next WNC idol. And on a more serious note, White Horse Black Mountain is holding a benefit for Haiti benefit on Saturday, Feb. 6 and Sunday, Feb. 7. The two-night benefit will feature such names as blues maven Kat Williams, folk legend David Holt, bluegrass greats Sons of Ralph, the sirens of Menage and many more. For more info, see Conscious Party on p. 51, or visit X

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“Lo, there shall come an ending!” — Stan Lee What has transpired: Having spent hours carefully sorting through a mixed bag of records and then carelessly leaving the whole batch behind to pick up the next day, the junker finds his labors benefiting another when his deal is blocked by the son-in-law of the collection’s owner. Mr. Son-in-Law, also known as the Fop, keeps all the records the junker cherry picked but helpfully offers to sell the junker all the stuff he didn’t want in the first place. The junker refuses and does his best to put the deal behind him, but bad pennies have a way of turning up again. “I think I just saw a bunch of records you might have tried to get,” said the owner of a local secondhand shop, a few days after leaving the fop’s house with a (technically) stolen Frank Zappa record under my arm. There was only one bunch of records this could possibly be. This is a one-flea town, so to speak, and word gets around. I’d already been consoled on the rottenness of my dealgone-wrong from a variety of sources. People would stop me in the Goodwill, and be like, “I heard the news — so sorry for the loss,” as if my grandma had died or something. So upon hearing that the records were back in play, I prepped myself for bad news. Never at a loss for predicting the worst possible outcome, I internally jumped to self-defeating narrative nos. 12 & 35. The perfect downbeat ending to the tale would be this: The fop decided to sell the records to a dealer after all, and if I would have just been nice during the initial visit, rather than angrily swiping a record to

make some kind of confused ethical point, I would have wound up with a third phone call from him, asking me if I’d consider taking the whole thing on for my original price plus $100 or something. Instead my gesture and lousy attitude put me at the top of his “do not call” list and now I was going to have to look at those records for the next few months whenever I checked this particular spot. Now, I may know no shame when it comes to getting records, but I got my pride, so I put on my game face and asked, “Did you get ‘em?” in what was hopefully a neutral, disinterested but collegial voice. “No way,” the dealer said. “That guy is nuts. First off, the records were terrible, or, you know, not terrible, but I couldn’t sell ANY of them. It was like all the good stuff had been picked out. But because of their condition, I figured I’d make a dime on the dollar offer. And when I told him what I could pay him, he acted insulted and left in a huff.” It’s hard to leave in a huff with over 1,500 records, or anyway, it takes a long huffing time, so once again, I could imagine a rather uncomfortable exodus for the fop. This led to jolly conversation. Few topics are more fascinating to operators of secondhand stores than the eccentricities of shared customers. Keep that in mind if you frequent their shops — they talk about you. Behave accordingly. The next time I went into this shop, there were the records, in those same boxes, looking at me tauntingly. We meet again, said the bad records.

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“I thought you weren’t going to get these things,” I said. “He actually came back, apologized, and asked if I’d honor my original offer. I made him a new one, and I didn’t take everything. He probably got turned down or lowballed by everyone in town before coming back here.” And so, hopeless digger that I am, I found myself going through this junk for the third time, looking to find something that I wouldn’t mind buying from my fellow dealer that rage prevented me from buying from the fop. About a week later, I went into the Goodwill over on Tunnel Road and was delighted to see a small buggy (remember, they’re buggies, not shopping carts) full of records had been wheeled out next to the record rack. I dived in, and about five records in realized that, sure enough, I had seen them before. Look through us, said the records. They were from the collection. It was the stuff that the secondhand dealer had refused to buy the second time they’d arrived at her shop. But I’d finally had enough. I wasn’t digging through them this time. At least not any harder than to make sure that he hadn’t put any of the good ones in by intent or mistake. That was five years ago, and it was the last I ever saw of the once proud collection acquired by the bohemians and inherited by the fop. X

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It’s a theatre-lovers dream: Six new plays from around the country, SART actors reading the original work, and the playwrights themselves on hand for questions, thoughts and discussions. It’s the 28th annual Scriptfest at Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre, and it’s free. Friday, Jan. 22, to Sunday, Jan. 24. Friday’s scripts: The Ice Cream King (Rosemary Frisino Toohey of Baltimore) at 7 p.m. Saturday: The Spring Cleaning (Elizabeth Orndoff of Danville, Kent) at 10 a.m., Mother Bear (Jayme McGhan of Chicago) at 2:30 p.m., Fresh Preserves (by Asheville’s own Tom Godleski, a play based on his terrific CD of the same title) at 7:30 p.m. Sunday: Pruning the Family Tree (Daniel Gordon of Bartlesville, Ok.) at 2:30 p.m. and The Markham Mystery (Jo Morello of University Park, Fl.) at 7 p.m. or 689-1384.

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“Dancing the fine line between high art and high camp,” says press for the all-male Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, known as The Trocks. The daring dancers parody classics from Swan Lake to The Nutcracker, in fine form. Asheville Bravo Concerts brings the group to the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium on Friday, Jan. 22. 7:30 p.m. Tickets $20 to $55, half-price students. or

Abigail Washburn

Banjo-wielding folkstress Abigail Washburn recently opened for Dave Rawlings at the Orange Peel and gave a charming, sock-knocking performance. Come Monday, Jan. 25, she’ll bring her tremendous talent and charm to a more intimate venue: Laurey’s Catering, starting at 6 p.m. Laurey’s will be hosting music in its airy, comfy space, including old-time and ukulele jams, and house concerts (check for full schedule). And she’s pulling no punches, with Washburn (who’ll be at the Grammys in February) next Monday, and before that, fiddler extraordinaire Rayna Gellert on Thursday, Jan. 21. 6 p.m. Free.

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smartbets Roberto Hess

Spoken-word percussionist Roberto Hess celebrates the release of his new album Between Names — a collection of minimalist performances rich in imagery, rhythm and sketches of love and lust, lost and found. He’ll perform at BoBo Gallery with spoken-word artist Brook Van Der Linde and the Charlottesville, Va.-based hip-hop group the Ill Ville Crew. The event is a mid-winter food drive for MANNA FoodBank, and admission is a sliding scale: $5, or $4 with a canned good, $3 with two canned goods. 7:30 p.m.

Local comics showcase (featuring bright stars!)

Yeah we’re biased, but we think Tom Scheve and Cary Goff from the Asheville Disclaimer are two of the funniest and best-looking comedians on the planet. On several planets, actually. They and 14 other regional talents will bring the hilarity at the Local Comics Showcase, two nights, eight comics each, uncountable laughs. Friday and Saturday, Jan. 2223. $5. Shows at 8 and 10:30 p.m. Catch Scheve and Goff on Saturday. 21 and over. Funny Business Comedy Club, below S&W downtown. Full schedule at PICTURED ARE CHELCIE rice, RAY PRICE AND MIKE DIESEL

The Beautiful Johanna

In the words of the playwright himself, David Brendan Hopes, The Beautiful Johanna presents “an apocalyptic vision of Dublin after the collapse of civilization. Three kids try to survive by avoiding starvation and dangerous street gangs, while Reiner, a painter, and Johanna, his model and lover, try to maintain love and dignity among the ruins. When things fall apart, other things come together, and the kids and the old lovers find themselves in a tale of mutual salvation. Plus, it’s funny, as desperation often is.” The show features live music from the Red Wellies, and a cast of standout performers. Presented by Black Swan Theater as part of N.C. Stage’s Catalyst Series. $15, $10 students. www. or 239-0263.

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Chris Rhodes (singer/songwriter)

Stella Blue

Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

The Bridge (rock, funk, Southern country)

Jucifer (metal, thrash, roots) w/ Built To Fall

Grove Park Inn Great Hall

The Hookah Bar

Bill Covington (classics), 6-7pm Maddy & Masterpiece (dance band), 7-11pm

Open mic w/ Jeff Markham of The Last Call

Horizons at Grove Park Inn

â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;80s night

Lajos Pagony (piano), 6-10pm

Tolliverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Crossing Irish Pub

Marc Keller (variety) Bluegrass jam

Westville Pub

Jamminâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; with Funky Max

Thu., January 21 Athenaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Club

DJ night

Back Room

Cabo Verde (world, groove) Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe

Mark Bumgarner (Americana, country)

Boscoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sports Zone

Open mic & jam Club 828

Hip-hop & DJ night Courtyard Gallery

Tressaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Downtown Jazz and Blues

Elaineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dueling Piano Bar

Jazz piano w/ Garnell Stuart




~ Thursday 1/21 ~ Seven SiSterS Cinema â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Last Oneâ&#x20AC;? Documentary

ToneBlazers Enough Saidâ&#x20AC;Ś

tOne bLazerS

Fantastic eclectic roots music â&#x20AC;˘ 8 pm â&#x20AC;˘ $7

music from motown to merle sponsored by

8 pm â&#x20AC;˘ $8

SPOrtS On the mega SCreen

12:30-8pm â&#x20AC;˘ games & good times â&#x20AC;˘ no Cover

~ tuesday 1/26 ~ 6:30 Pm - CeLtiC SeSSiOnS 8:30 Pm - OPen mike night with Parker brooks â&#x20AC;˘ no Cover

~ Thursday 1/28 ~

great bLue riDge taLent SearCh FOr SingerS â&#x20AC;˘ 8 pm

Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t miss this performance by the


FriDay, Jan. 22

8 pm â&#x20AC;˘ $7

no Cover for audience â&#x20AC;˘ $10 for contestants


Chris Rhodes (singer/songwriter) French Broad Brewery Tasting Room

Matt Walsh (rockabilly, blues)

Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

Jill Andrews (Americana) w/ Casey Driessen Grove Park Inn Great Hall

The Movement (reggae, rock) w/ Lionz of Zion & Villanova Horizons at Grove Park Inn

Lajos Pagony (piano), 6-10pm Infusions Lounge

Live music

Iron Horse Station

Open mic w/ Yorky

Jack Of The Wood Pub

Bluegrass Jam, 9:30pm

Mon. tues.

Wing night 5-11 pm Fat tuesday- all u Can eat Jambalaya & Blues $2 domestics and $5.50 bombs


80â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s night starts at 9 pm

Fri. sat.

Live MusiC


sunday BLoody sunday $4.50 Bloody Marys

733 Haywood Rd. â&#x20AC;˘ West Asheville (on the corner of Brevard & Haywood Rd.)



thurSday, January 21

the SpaCeheaterS Friday, January 22

Makia groove funky fuSion

Saturday, January 23

george terry & the zealotS

~ Saturday 1/23 ~

every mOtherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S Dream ~ Sunday 1/24 ~

Frankie Bones


Modoc (indie, rock) w/ Blackhook

Mikeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tavern

~ Friday 1/22 ~

Steve Wolrab & guests (jazz, guitar)

Boiler Room

Decades Restaurant & Bar

7 pm â&#x20AC;˘ $5 Public â&#x20AC;˘ $3 Students

Five Fifty Three

Bill Covington (classics), 6-7pm Maddy & Masterpiece (dance band), 7-11pm

Open Mic w/ David Bryan


Space Cadet (rock)

Jonathan Ammons (experimental, Americana)

Open mic w/ Jarrett Leone

Town Pump

Emerald Lounge

BoBo Gallery

Jack Of The Wood Pub

Old Time Jam, 6pm

Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe

Ralph Roddenbery (folk, rock)

Non-stop rockâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;n roll sing-a-long party show, 8pm-1am


alternative aMeriCana


$1.50 Beer


$1 Beer


open MiC night

8:30 pm w/ David Bryan Open SundayS nOOn- Midnight MOn. - wed. 3pM - Midnight thurS. - Sat. 3pM - 2aM


135 Cherry St. BlaCk Mountain, nC

MySpaCe.CoM/townpuMptavernllC â&#x20AC;˘ JANUARY 20 - JANUARY 26, 2010 69

Laurey’s Catering and Gourmet To Go

Rayna Gellert & friends (spirited fiddle) Lobster Trap

Hank Bones Mela

Belly dancing Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill

Taste (rock, funk)

New French Bar Courtyard Cafe

7i^[l_bb[ÈiD[m[ijD[_]^Xeh^eeZ8Wh $1 PBR (Thurs. - Tues.) *excludes special event days Monday

Golden Tee Tournament Tuesday

Texas Hold ‘em Tournament by Buzztime Wednesday

Wing Night • 35¢wings 5pm -2am Karaoke 10pm-2am Thursday

Dart Tournaments


Trivia with Buzztime


$2.50 Tequilla Shots


Karaoke Contest $50 prize! 8pm-Midnight Full Menu Available Daily until 2am


144 Biltmore Ave. Asheville, NC M-F 4pm-2am • Sat & Sun 11am-2am

Party at the New French Bar

French Broad Brewery Tasting Room

Nikki Talley (indie, rock, singer/songwriter) Funny Business Comedy Club

Purple Onion Cafe

Shane Pruitt Band (blues, jam band, jazz) Red Stag Grill

Anne Coombs (jazz, swing) Rock Bottom Sports Bar & Grill

Kemistry (Southern rock, covers) Rocket Club

Heypenny (indie, rock, pop) w/ Noise in Print Root Bar No. 1

Paul Cataldo (Americana, country) Stockade Brew House

The Big Ivy Project (bluegrass, folk) Temptations Martini Bar

Dance party w/ DJ Steele

The 170 La Cantinetta

Dave Lagadi (smooth jazz) The Hookah Bar

Dick Dale Earnhardts (garage, surf-rock)

Good Stuff

Shake it Like a Caveman (freestyle) Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

Bill Covington (classics), 6-7pm Maddy & Masterpiece (dance band), 7-11pm Handlebar

Infamous Stringdusters (rock, country) Highland Brewing Company

15th Anniversary Party feat: Now You See Them (indie, folk, acoustic) & Funknastics (jazz, funk) Holland’s Grille

Spectrum (rock)

Horizons at Grove Park Inn

Lajos Pagony (piano), 6-10pm Infusions Lounge

Southern Silk Duo (jazz, blues), 7:30-10:30pm Iron Horse Station

Twilite Broadcasters (old-time harmony) Jack Of The Wood Pub

Ol’ Hoopty (rock, soul)

Jerusalem Garden

Belly dancing w/ live music Lobster Trap

Live music by local artists Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill

Town Pump

The Space Heaters (swing, jazz, acoustic)

William Walter and Co. (high energy folk, funk) w/ Josh Phillips & Debrissa

Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and Blues

New French Bar Courtyard Cafe

Vincenzo’s Bistro

Aaron LaFalce (acoustic guitar, singer/songwriter) Westville Pub

Matt Walsh (old-school Chicago blues) Zuma Coffee

Thursday night bluegrass jam

Fri., January 22 Athena’s Club

DJ night

Back Room

Pisgah Forest Pickers (roots) Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe

Acoustic Swing

Blue Ridge Dining Room & Wine Bar

Chris Rhodes (r&b, blues, pop), 5:30-10pm BoBo Gallery

Live music

Boiler Room

Cool Kid Collective (powerpop, rock) w/ The Beast Chameleon Soul Food

The Jason DeCristofaro Trio (jazz, classical) Decades Restaurant & Bar

Rotating jazz bands

Elaine’s Dueling Piano Bar

Non-stop rock’n roll sing-a-long party show, 8pm-1am Eleven on Grove

Salsa & Mambo Dancing, 10pm-2am Dance Lessons, 10:30pm Emerald Lounge

Kung Fu Dynamite (rock, indie, funk) Feed and Seed

The Pirates of the Blue Ridge Firestorm Cafe and Books

Tone Blazers (Americana, country)

Sat., January 23

Gol-brix w/ The Neverhads (punk, grunge)

Grove Park Inn Great Hall

Funknastics (funk)

White Horse

Garage at Biltmore

Orange Peel

Pisgah Brewing Company

Paul Cataldo (Americana, country, roots)

Wild Wing Cafe

Mark Keller (singer/songwriter)

Who’s Bad (“ultimate Michael Jackson tribute band”)

Well-Bred Bakery and Cafe

Funny Business Comedy Showcase, 8pm & 10:30pm

Enemy Lovers (rock, indie) w/ High Tide Blues & Justin Miles

Old Fairview Southern Kitchen

The Chuck Lichtenberger Collective (jazz)

70 JANUARY 20 - JANUARY 26, 2010 •

Live music w/ Rob Speer, 8pm

The Sundresses (big beat, indie, blues) w/ Moonlight Bride & The If You Wannas (pop, rock, indie) Orange Peel

The Movement & Thunderdrums (world-beat percussion, electronica) Pisgah Brewing Company

Shane Pruitt Band (blues, jazz) Purple Onion Cafe

Trent Wagler & The Steel Wheels (roots, Americana) Red Room at Temptations

DJ D-Day (dance hits) Red Stag Grill

Robert Thomas (jazz standards, blues) Rocket Club

The Melanaster Band (shoegaze, glitch pop) w/ Open Windows (folk, rock) Root Bar No. 1

Sanctum Sully (bluegrass) Stella Blue

Ana Sia (house DJ) w/ Freepeoples Frequency Straightaway Café

Kevin Scanlon (acoustic, folk) Tallgary’s College Street Pub

Crocodile Smile (rock) The Hookah Bar

Poetix Lounge feat: Poetix Vanguard (spoken word & poetry ensemble) w/ music by LOGOS (soundscape) & VJ Neb-Cinema (visuals) Tolliver’s Crossing Irish Pub

Live music w/ singer-songwriters Town Pump

Makia Groove (funk, reggae, fusion) Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and Blues

The Trailer Trash Troubadours (rockabilly, swing) Vincenzo’s Bistro

Bobby Sullivan (piano)

Scenic Roots (Americana, bluegrass)

Athena’s Club

DJ night

Back Room

Exception to the Rule (bluegrass) Blue Ridge Dining Room & Wine Bar

Chris Rhodes (r&b, blues, pop), 5:30-10pm BoBo Gallery

Roberto Hess CD release party (spoken-word percussionist) w/ Ill Ville & Company — food donations for MANNA Food Bank accepted Boiler Room

Brother Fatback (rock) w/ Phuncle Sam Decades Restaurant & Bar

42nd Street Jazz Band

Diana Wortham Theater

Jeff Daniels (vocalist)

Elaine’s Dueling Piano Bar

Non-stop rock’n roll sing-a-long party show, 8pm-1am Emerald Lounge

SCI FI (psychedelic, jazz, fusion) w/ SAMA Feed and Seed

Brittany Reilly w/ Almost Acoustic Band (country, bluegrass) Firestorm Cafe and Books

Youth OUTright party, 7pm Now You See Them (indie, folk, acoustic) French Broad Brewery Tasting Room

Taylor Martin (acoustic, jazz)

Funny Business Comedy Club

Funny Business Comedy Showcase, 8pm & 10:30pm Garage at Biltmore

Papadosio (jam band, electronica) Good Stuff

Shinola Troubadours of Possum Splendor (acoustic) Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

Django’s 100th B-Day Party feat: One Leg Up (Gypsy, jazz) Firecracker Jazz & more Grove Park Inn Great Hall

Bill Covington (classics), 6-7pm Maddy & Masterpiece (dance band), 7-11pm Handlebar

The Blue Dogs (roots, rock) w/ The Dirty Guv’nahs Horizons at Grove Park Inn

Lajos Pagony (piano), 6-10pm Infusions Lounge

Live music

Jack Of The Wood Pub

Liz Melendez (blues, guitar) Jerusalem Garden

Belly dancing w/ live music Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill

Major Magick (rock) w/ Makia Groove New French Bar Courtyard Cafe

Wooden Toothe (rock, punk, indie) w/ Big Eye, Small Robot & Bob Burnette Nine Mile

Ras Berhane (acoustic, reggae) Pisgah Brewing Company

Winter Warmer Fest

Purple Onion Cafe

Acme Living Room Orchestra Red Room at Temptations


Red Stag Grill

Robert Thomas (jazz standards, blues)


clubdirectory Complete clubland directory: Questions or errors? E-mail ( The 170 La Cantinetta 687-8170 Asheville Ale House 505-3550 Asheville Civic Center & Thomas Wolfe Auditorium 259-5544 Athenaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Club 252-2456 The Back Room 697-6828 Barleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tap Room 255-0504 Beacon Pub 686-5943 The Blackbird 669-5556 Blue Mountain Pizza 658-8777 Blue Ridge Performing Arts Center 693-0087 BoBo Gallery 254-3426 Boscoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sports Zone 684-1024 Broadwayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 285-0400 Cancun Mexican Grill 505-3951 Chameleon Soul Food 255-2303 Club 828 252-2001 Club Hairspray 258-2027 Courtyard Gallery 273-3332 Craggie Brewing Company 254-0360 Curras Nuevo Cuisine 253-2111

Decades Restaurant & Bar 254-0555 Desoto Lounge 986-4828 Diana Wortham Theater 257-4530 Dockâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Restaurant 883-4447 The Dripolator 398-0209 Elaineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dueling Piano Bar 252-2711 El Dorado Latin Grill 689-9704 Eleven on Grove 505-1612 Emerald Lounge 232- 4372 Feed & Seed + Jamas Acoustic 216-3492 Firestorm Cafe 255-8115 Five Fifty Three 631-3810 Frankie Bones 274-7111 Fredâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Parkside Pub & Grill 281-0920 French Broad Brewery Tasting Room 277-0222 Funny Business Comedy Club 318-8909 The Garage 505-2663 Good Stuff 649-9711 Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern 232-5800


Grove House Eleven on Grove 505-1612 The Grove Park Inn 252-2711 Guadalupe Cafe 586-9877 The Handlebar (864) 233-6173 The Hangar 684-1213 Havana Restaurant 252-1611 Highland Brewing Company 299-3370 Hollandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Grille 298-8780 The Hookah Bar 252-1522 Infusions 665-2161 Iron Horse Station 622-0022 Laureyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Catering 252-1500 The Lobster Trap 350-0505 Mack Kellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pub & Grill 253-8805 Magnoliaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Raw Bar 251-5211 Mela 225-8880 Mikeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tavern 281-3096 Mo-Daddyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bar & Grill 258-1550 New French Bar Courtyard Cafe 225-6445

Never Blue 693-4646 Old Fairview Southern Kitchen 277-7117 Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Malleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s On Main 246-0898 The Orange Peel 225-5851 Pantherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Paw 696-0810 Pisgah Brewing Co. 669-0190 Purple Onion Cafe 749-1179 Rankin Vault 254-4993 Red Stag Grill at the Grand Bohemian Hotel 505-2949 Rock Bottom Sports Bar & Grill 622-0001 Rocket Club 505-2494 Root Bar No.1 299-7597 Rubyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s BBQ Shack 299-3511 Scandals Nightclub 252-2838 Shovelhead Saloon 669-9541 Steak & Wine / Satchelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Martini Bar 505-3362 Stella Blue 236-2424 The Still 683-5913 Stockade Brew House 645-1300

Straightaway Cafe 669-8856 Switzerland Cafe 765-5289 The Red Room at Temptations 252-0775 Tallgaryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s College Street Pub 232-0809 Temptations Martini Bar 252-0775 Tolliverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Crossing Irish Pub 505-2129 Town Pump 669-4808 Tressaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Downtown Jazz &â&#x20AC;&#x2C6;Blues 254-7072 Vaso de Vino Wine Bar & Market 687-3838 Vincenzoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bistro 254-4698 The Watershed 669-0777 Waynesville Waterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;n Hole 456-4750 Wedge Brewery 505 2792 Westville Pub 225-9782 White Horse 669-0816 Wild Wing Cafe 253-3066 Xcapades 258-9652

DJâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Thurs. - Sun.

$1 Beers Everyday NFL Ticket Thur., Jan. 21 Funknastics 7pm Fri., Jan. 22 Shane Pruitt 8pm Sun., Jan. 23 Winter Warmer Fest 3pm Open 4 - 9pm Mon. - Wed. 2pm - until Thurs. - Sat.

Free Pool on Wednesdays

Mon. - Sat. 6 pm - 2 am â&#x20AC;˘ Sun. Noon - 2 am

252-2456 â&#x20AC;˘ 14 College St. â&#x20AC;˘ Asheville, NC (Next to Tupelo Honey)

S M O K E â&#x20AC;&#x2C6; O R â&#x20AC;&#x2C6; N O T â&#x20AC;&#x2C6; T O â&#x20AC;&#x2C6; S M O K E

OSO: smoking â&#x20AC;˘ SH:ssmoking call clubspforr specfics â&#x20AC;˘ ISS: smoking N o outdoor/patio rt h Car o l only ina tat ehours, l aw ohib it sindoor sm o k section in gâ&#x20AC;˘ SA: insmoking d o oallowed rs. Jason Webley (folk, punk)

Rock Bottom Sports Bar & Grill

Wild Wing Cafe

Rocket Club

Sun., January 24

Hermit Thrushes (thrash, experimental, folk)

Root Bar No. 1

Athenaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Club

Traveling Trio (blues)

DJ night

Scandals Nightclub

Barleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Taproom

Jazz & Blues for Haiti (all proceeds benefit Doctors Without Borders), 6pm

Live music

Wrinkle Neck Mules (rock, indie)

Peter Moon Band (rock, pop)

Dance party w/ DJ Stratos & drag show

Skylark (jazz)

Stella Blue

Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe

Ivan The Terribles (rock) w/ Unitard, Tater Famine & Bob Durivage Stockade Brew House

Open mic

Straightaway CafĂŠ

Dave Turner (rock, pop, indie) Tallgaryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s College Street Pub

Taylor Moore Band (rock, blues) The Hookah Bar

Grammer School (experimental, rock, indie) w/ Shortwave Society Tolliverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Crossing Irish Pub

Live music w/ singer-songwriters Town Pump

Luke Wood (acoustic)

Boscoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sports Zone

Shag dance & lessons Club 828

Country music roundup & dancing Grove Park Inn Great Hall

The Two Guitars of Yasmin & Lou, 10am12:30pm Bob Zullo (guitar), 630-10:30pm Jack Of The Wood Pub

Irish session, 5pm Tom Waits time, late Lobster Trap

Chris Rhodes

George Terry & The Zealots (rock, alternative, Americana)

Rankin Vault Cocktail Lounge

Tressaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Downtown Jazz and Blues

Rocket Club

Benefit for Women in Business hosted by Laura Blackley feat: The Funk Messengers Vincenzoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bistro

Vinyl at the Vault w/ Chris Ballard Sunday jazz jam Scandals Nightclub

Dance party w/ DJ Stratos & drag show


Curras Nuevo Cuisine

Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

Contra dance

Bob Zullo (guitar), 630-10:30pm Hangar

Open mic night w/ Aaron LaFalce Laureyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Catering and Gourmet To Go Mo-Daddyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bar & Grill

The Funknastics (funk)

Old Fairview Southern Kitchen

The Oxymorons (improv comedy)

Rankin Vault Cocktail Lounge

Rock Records

Rocket Club

Asheville Jazz Orchestra (swing, jazz) Temptations Martini Bar

Open mic w/ Pierce Edens

Tressaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Downtown Jazz and Blues

D Mack Singing jazz session w/ Sharon LaMotte, 7:30pm

Town Pump

Westville Pub

Vincenzoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bistro

White Horse

Mon., January 25

The Brittany Reilly Band (bluegrass, country)

BoBo Gallery

Open mic

Garbage Bear (Americana, indie-rock) Every Motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dream (folk, rock, acoustic) w/ Ken Kiser

Johnny Blackwell (variety, covers)







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Vincenzoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bistro

Well-Bred Bakery and Cafe

Pickinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; at the Pump, open acoustic jam



Abigail Washburn (bluegrass, folk, electronica)

The Hookah Bar

Ryan Furstenberg (singer/songwriter)

ORGANIC ROCK Nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; SOUL

Grove Park Inn Great Hall

Live music w/ Tom Coppola (early) & Marc Keller (late)

Belly dance showcase w/ live bands



Marc Keller & Company (variety)

Tue., January 26 Back Room

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Free PooL Awsome specials!

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$1 Vodka Night

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Pottery & Home Decor

Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe

Makia Groove (funk, reggae, fusion) BoBo Gallery

Marc Keller & Company (variety)

Zydeco dance & lessons


Firestorm Cafe and Books

Rob & Cindy (jazz duo) w/ Paul Cataldo (Americana, country)

Live music w/ Robert Greer

Live music w/ Off The MAP

Westville Pub

Eleven on Grove

Blues Jam w/ Mars Fariss

Swing & Tango lessons and dance

Frankie Bones

Tuesday Night Funk Jam

Irish session, 6:30pm Open mike w/ Parker Brooks, 8:30pm

Garage at Biltmore

Feed and Seed

Wild Wing Cafe

Grove Park Inn Great Hall

Wed., January 27


Will Ray’s Mountain Jam Bill Covington (classics), 6-7pm Maddy & Masterpiece (dance band), 7-11pm

AM Conspiracy (rock, metal) Bill Covington (classics), 6-7pm Maddy & Masterpiece (dance band), 7-11pm

Bluegrass & clogging

Grove Park Inn Great Hall

Ian Moore’s Mountain Music Miscellany

Steve Whiteside, early Open mic

Horizons at Grove Park Inn

Iron Horse Station

Beacon Pub

Jack Of The Wood Pub

Laurey’s Catering and Gourmet To Go

Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe

Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill

BoBo Gallery

Nine Mile

Ukulele jam

Open jam Open mic

Jack Topht with the Vegetables (Americana, grime) w/ Pilgrim

Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill

Boiler Room

Serpent Garden (metal) w/ A Darker Shade of Scarlet & Shadow of the Destroyer

Tomato Tuesday comedy open mic

Bosco’s Sports Zone

Southern Silk Duo (jazz, blues)

‘80s Night, 10pm

“Hits & Shits” w/ Jamie Hepler

Ras Berhane (acoustic, reggae) Old Fairview Southern Kitchen

Bluegrass jam night, 7pm

Bobby Sullivan (blues, rock, standards)

Tolliver’s Crossing Irish Pub

Tallgary’s College Street Pub

Live music

Spoken word, music & poetry night hosted by Lyric

Town Pump

Temptations Martini Bar

Club 828

Aaron LaFalce (pop, rock, acoustic)

Hip-hop open mic

Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and Blues

Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and Blues

Elaine’s Dueling Piano Bar

Vincenzo’s Bistro

W EDNESDAY Asheville Ale House • Fred’s Parkside Pub & Grill • The Hangar • Infusions Temptations Martini Bar O’Malleys on Main • Holland’s Grille T H URSDAY Beacon Pub • Cancun Mexican Grill Chasers • Club Hairspray Shovelhead Saloon

‘80s night

Chameleon Soul Food

Acoustic spotlight hosted by Peggy Ratusz & “Big Al” Pearlman

Getaway’s (Eleven on Grove) Hookah Bar Mike’s Side Pocket

Red Stag Grill

“Super dance party” feat: Adam Strange & Crick Nice DJ


Rankin Vault Cocktail Lounge

Ralph Roddenbery (folk, rock)

Rocket Club

Shag dance

Old Fairview Southern Kitchen


Old Time Jam, 6pm

Geoff Weeks

New French Bar Courtyard Cafe

Mack Kell’s Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and Blues

Lajos Pagony (piano), 6-10pm

Lobster Trap

Clem Watkins (“acoustic jambalaya”)


Sonia Leigh (country) w/ Levi Lowrey

Back Room

Guadalupe Cafe

Abigail Washburn w/ Todd Steed (old-time, folk)


Chris Rhodes (singer/songwriter)

White Horse

Emerald Lounge


Open Mic w/ David Bryan The Russ Wilson Band (swing)

Non-stop rock’n roll sing-a-long party show, 8pm-1am

Vincenzo’s Bistro

Marc Keller (variety)

Waynesville Water’n Hole

Bluegrass jam

Eleven on Grove

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FRIDAY Infusions • Mack Kell’s • Shovelhead Saloon • Stockade Brew House The 170 La Cantinetta SATURDAY Club Hairspray • Holland’s Grille Infusions • Shovelhead Saloon The Still SUNDAY Asheville Ale House • Bosco’s Sports Zone • Cancun Mexican Grill The Hangar • Getaway’s (Eleven on Grove) Mack Kell’s • Wing Cafe Westville Pub

Jammin’ with Funky Max

Thu., January 28 Athena’s Club

DJ night

Back Room

Reed Waddle (singer/songwriter) & Caleb Hawley Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe

Mark Bumgarner (Americana, country)

New Exotic Cage Stage & 3 Satellite Stages

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Westgate Shopping Center • Asheville

BoBo Gallery

Live music hosted by “Space Station Plaza” Boiler Room

The Dark Shave (indie, rock) w/ Pavane & Galliard Bosco’s Sports Zone

Open mic & jam Club 828

Hip-hop & DJ night Courtyard Gallery

Open mic w/ Jarrett Leone Decades Restaurant & Bar

Jazz piano w/ Garnell Stuart

Mon. - Sat. 7pm - 2am • 21 to Enter


828-258-9652 99 New Leicester Hwy.

(3miles west of Downtown -off Patton Ave.)

Elaine’s Dueling Piano Bar

Non-stop rock’n roll sing-a-long party show, 8pm-1am Emerald Lounge

Dirk Quinn Band (jazz, funk, experimental) Firestorm Cafe and Books

Mark Miller (jazz, acoustic, rock)

Frankie Bones

Chris Rhodes (singer/songwriter)

Aaron LaFalce (acoustic guitar, singer/songwriter)

French Broad Brewery Tasting Room

Westville Pub

Kate McNally (singer/songwriter)

Grove Park Inn Great Hall

Bill Covington (classics), 6-7pm Maddy & Masterpiece (dance band), 7-11pm Horizons at Grove Park Inn

Lajos Pagony (piano), 6-10pm Infusions Lounge

Live music

Iron Horse Station

Open mic w/ Yorky

Fifty Year Flood (roots, folk, rock) White Horse

“Great Blue Ridge Talent Search” Zuma Coffee

Grove Park Inn Great Hall

Bill Covington (classics), 6-7pm Maddy & Masterpiece (dance band), 7-11pm Handlebar

ZOSO (“ultimate Led Zeppelin tribute band”) Highland Brewing Company

Big Daddy Love (Americana, bluegrass, folk)

Thursday night bluegrass jam

Holland’s Grille

Fri., January 29

Horizons at Grove Park Inn

Athena’s Club

DJ night

Gypsy rock

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pickoftheweek Broken Embraces JJJJJ

Director: Pedro Almodóvar Players: Penelope Cruz, Lluis Homar, Blanca Portillo, Jose Luis Gomez, Tamar Novas, Ruben Ochandiano Almodovarian Noir Drama Rated R

The Story: Pedro Almodóvar’s latest is a complex melodrama about filmmaking and forbidden love, about revenge, guilt and blackmail.

The Book of Eli

The Lowdown: A wildly entertaining and fascinatingly convoluted tale told by one of the modern masters of film. The phrase “an Almodóvar film” virtually conjures up a genre all by itself. Really, is an Almodóvar film anything but an Almodóvar film? Would you be likely to mistake any of the filmmaker’s offerings as ones belonging to anyone else? Doesn’t the phrase immediately tell you that the film will not only look a certain way (and have a lot of red), but that it will have a very specific vibe, that the sense of humor will be at the very least quirky, and that the good guys will be flawed and the bad guys will have their reasons? That certainly describes his newest film,

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Lena and Mateo’s attempt to run away — that makes up the bulk of the film. Since a good deal of the delight in any Almodóvar film lies in the unraveling of his frequently convoluted storyline, I won’t go into detail concerning how any of this plays out. However, I will suggest paying particular attention to the smaller details in the film — not just to catch the allusions to other films, but to better understand the motivations of all the characters and to see all the fun Almodóvar has with the conventions of film noir. Yet these conventions are the very things he will subvert with the ending of his film, which, among other things, becomes a salute to the making of movies — and to the importance of getting them right despite the odds. In this regard, at least, it’s just possible that Broken Embraces is Almodóvar’s most purely personal film yet. Rated R for sexual content, language and some drug material. reviewed by Ken Hanke Playing at Fine Arts Theatre


Director: The Hughes Brothers (From Hell) Players: Denzel Washington, Gary Oldman, Mila Kunis, Ray Stevenson, Jennifer Beals Post-Apocalyptic Action Rated R

Penelope Cruz in Pedro Almodóvar’s new film Broken Embraces, her fourth film for the director.

The Story: A lone traveler wanders through the wastes of post-Apocalyptic America, carrying the only remaining Bible.

The Lowdown: A magnificently stylish, clever — and bloody — actioner Broken Embraces — a very worthy close-out makes us care about them. Here, however, he pushed forward by its own ideas and for his remarkable output of the last decade. brings another favored element of his — film sense of ambition. It may not be as complex as Talk to Her (2002), it almost certainly won’t upset as many people as Bad Education (2004), and it isn’t as warm as Volver (2006), but it makes up for all those things in other, very Almodóvarian, ways. Broken Embraces is certainly not the first of his films to focus on a filmmaker, nor is it the first to incorporate elements from his other films. In the latter sense, Almodóvar seems to be the ultimate justification of the idea that if you were to hook a filmmaker’s entire body of work together, you’d end up more with one very long movie rather than a series of films. This, however, is the first time I can think of where he re-imagines one of his earlier films, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988), as a film being made by his main character. But just as Almodóvar both is and isn’t Mateo Blanco/Harry Caine (Lluis Homar), the film within the film, Girls and Suitcases, is and isn’t Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. Nor is it simply an in-joke for the fans; Almodóvar reworks it and finds new elements in it that suit his current film. In essence, Broken Embraces is typical Almodóvar in that it’s a peculiarly heightened soap opera that makes fun of that genre, while still working within its confines. The situations are overheated and often absurd, but the characters retain a humanity that

noir — to the foreground. The results are a film that is more closely related to the work of Orson Welles than any of his other work. It’s probably not accidental that the filmmaker in Broken Embraces chooses the name Harry Caine — combining the Welles characters Harry Lime from The Third Man (1949) and Charles Foster Kane from Citizen Kane (1941) — as his writing pseudonym. For that matter, Mateo leaving his film to be cut by others reflects Welles’ trip to South America and leaving The Magnificent Ambersons (1942) to the not-so-tender mercies of the studio. When the film opens, Mateo — now blind — has completely become Harry Caine, making his living by writing screenplays for other filmmakers. The story proper kicks in when a man calling himself Ray X (Ruben Ochandiano) arrives on the scene offering Harry a large sum of money to write the screenplay for a film that will “erase all memory” of the recently deceased Ernesto Martel (Jose Luis Gomez). Harry turns him down flat, calling the project too personal. A little research confirms his suspicion that Ray X is in reality Ernesto Martel Jr. — a man, who, like Martel himself, Martel knew all too well 14 years ago. It is that story — the story of falling in love with Martel’s mistress, Lena (Penelope Cruz), the making of Girls and Suitcases, of Martel’s bid for revenge, and

It’s been nine years since the Albert and Allen Hughes released a film, the effortlessly stylish From Hell, one of the best — and most overlooked — horror films to come out last decade. But now, after such a long hiatus, the question arises as to whether their latest outing, The Book of Eli, was worth the wait. And I can say unequivocally, for those who are fans of the kind assured, intelligent, sleek, bold filmmaking on display here, that the answer is an incontrovertible yes. It’s a bit of a shame that the film has come on the heels of John Hillcoat’s The Road (2009), with its dire, sullen look at surviving in a post-apocalyptic landscape, which didn’t exactly set the box office on fire. Don’t be fooled, however — both films are very different approaches to a well-worn genre. Sure, both The Road and The Book of Eli deal with characters roaming through the remains of a dreary, collapsed civilization, skirting cannibals and gangs of bandits. Where the two films diverge is in their approach. Where The Road is a simple, sparse story of survival, The Book of Eli is a bit more ambitious in scope, all the while being more entertaining (and if there’s ever any question, Michael Gambon and Frances de la Tour showing up as guntoting cannibals should put a rest to that).

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nowplaying Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel J

Zachary Levi, David Cross, Jason Lee, Justin Long (voice) Animated Rodent Musical/Adventure Everyone’s favorite singing chipmunks are back—whether you like it or not. This time, starting off at high school. Manages to be both bottom-of-the-barrel and incredibly grating. This might be the first time I’ve watched a movie that’s completely made up of filler. Rated PG

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Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang, Michelle Rodriguez Science Fiction In the future, an ex-Marine inflitrates the the indigenous race on the planet Pandora, only to find their simple ways superior to those of civilization as he knows it. An undeniable effects and design extravaganza, Avatar is nonetheless a fairly basic story with a new paint job. Rated PG-13

The Blind Side JJJJ

Sandra Bullock, Quinton Aaron, Tim McGraw, Ray McKinnon, Kathy Bates, Jae Head Fact-Based Uplifting Sports Drama Factbased story of Michael Oher, a poor black kid adopted by an upscale white family. A manipulative, but effective, uplifting sports drama that benefits from a strong cast, but never escapes a sense of condescension and questionable messages. Rated PG-13

The Book of Eli JJJJJ

Denzel Washington, Gary Oldman, Mila Kunis, Ray Stevenson, Jennifer Beals Post-Apocalyptic Action A lone traveler wanders through the wastes of postApocalyptic America, carrying the only remaining Bible. A magnificently stylish, clever — and bloody — actioner pushed forward by its own ideas and sense of ambition. Rated R

Broken Embraces JJJJJ

Penelope Cruz, Lluis Homar, Blanca Portillo, Jose Luis Gomez, Tamar Novas, Ruben Ochandiano Almodovarian Noir Drama Pedro Almodovar’s latest is a complex melodrama about filmmaking and forbidden love, about revenge, guilt and blackmail. A wildly entertaining and fascinatingly convoluted tale told by one of the modern masters of film. Rated R

Daybreakers JJJJ

Ethan Hawke, Claudia Karvan, Willem Dafoe, Sam Neill, Michael Dorman

Horror In the not-too-distant future, the world has become largely populated with vampires—and the blood supply is running out. A vampire movie that isn’t afraid to play as real horror, Daybreakers earns extra points for having something on its mind more than just horror. Rated R

Fantastic Mr. Fox JJJJJ

(Voices) George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Michael Gambon Animated Comedy Bored with life as a respectable fox citizen, Mr. Fox reverts to a life of poultry thievery and outwitting local farmers. Witty, sophisticated comedy, splendid voice acting, brilliant animation and personal filmmaking combine to create perhaps the most pure fun to be had at the movies all year. Rated PG

The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus JJJJJ

Heath Ledger, Christopher Plummer, Lily Cole, Andrew Garfield, Tom Waits, Verne Troyer Mystery/Fantasy/Allegory Dr. Parnassus and his traveling imaginarium roam about London in quest of an audience and as part of a contest between Paranassus and the devil. A wildly imaginative and fantastic film from Terry Gilliam that ranks up there with his best work. Rated PG-13

It’s Complicated JJJ

Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin, Steve Martin, John Krasinski, Lake Bell Romantic Comedy A divorcée begins having an affair with her ex-husband, a man she hasn’t been married to for a decade. A professionally made film with a good central performance by Meryl Streep that’s still never good enough to overcome its inability to create likable, believable characters. Rated R

The Lovely Bones JJJ

Saoirse Ronan, Mark Wahlberg, Rachel Weisz, Susan Sarandon, Stanley Tucci Fantasy Drama Film version of Alice Sebold’s popular novel about a murdered girl watching “down” on the world and hoping for justice. Solid production values and a strong cast keep this strangely muted thriller watchable, but not much more. Rated PG-13


Daniel Day-Lewis, Marion Cotillard, Judi Dench, Nicole Kidman, Sophia Loren Musical Italian filmmaker Guido Contini tries to bluff his way through making a film he can’t seem to write, while sorting

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out his personal life. It’s big, lively and has a distinctive driving force, but this film of the Broadway show never quite scales the heights it might have. Still, it gets near enough that it’s certainly worth your while. Rated PG-13

Old Dogs J

Robin Williams, John Travolta, Seth Green, Kelly Preston, Conner Rayburn, Ella Bleu Travolta “Family” Comedy A 50-odd-year-old man finds himself saddled with a pair of children he didn’t know he had and has to learn how to be a dad. A pitiful, pathetic, lazy attempt at bilking money out of the market for family-friendly fare during the holiday season. Rated PG

The Princess and the Frog JJJJ

(Voices) Anika Noni Rose, Bruno Campos, Keith David, Michael-Leon Wooley, Jennifer Cody Animated Musical/Fantasy A prince gets turned into a frog, and in turn, accidentally turns a serving girl into one when he mistakes her for a princess. Beautiful to look at, but so determinedly old-fashioned that it feels slightly processed and formula-driven. Rated G

The Road JJJJ

Viggo Mortensen, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Charlize Theron, Robert Duvall, Guy Pearce Post-Apocalyptic Drama A man and his son attempt to survive in a hopeless, postapocalyptic world beset with myriad dangers. A stark, unrelentingly grim film that works due to strong performances and an underlying sense of humanity that occasionally peaks through. Rated R

Sherlock Holmes JJJJJ

Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Rachel McAdams, Mark Strong, Eddie Marsan Action/Mystery Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson pit their skills against a criminal mastermind who has apparently risen from the grave. One of the most enjoyable and beautifully crafted films of the year—and built around an interpretation of Holmes and Watson that’s more than a worthy addition to their cinematic predecessors. Rated PG-13

A Single Man JJJJJ

Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, Nicholas Hoult, Matthew Goode, Jon Kortajarena Drama A college professor, unable to cope with the death of his lover, plans to kill himself at the end of the day. A stunning filmmaking debut from Tom Ford finds a perfect match with an inspired cast—Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, Mat-

thew Goode, Nicholas Hoult—to create a genuinely remarkable film. Not to be missed. Rated R

The Spy Next Door JJ

Jackie Chan, Amber Valetta, Magnus Scheving, Billy Ray Cyrus, George Lopez Family Action A Chinese spy — on loan to the CIA — must protect his girlfriend’s children from evil Russian criminals. Corny, cheesy family fare that’s not detestable, simply because of Jackie Chan. Rated PG

The Twilight Saga: New Moon JJ

Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Billy Burke, Michael Sheen Teen Romance/Horror/Fantasy More teencentric romantic entanglements among the supernatural set and one whiny girl. It’s better made than the first one, but it may be even dumber in its attempt to go for the world’s record in moping teens. Rated PG-13

Up in the Air JJJJJ

George Clooney, Vera Farmiga, Anna Kendrick, Jason Bateman, J.K. Simmons, Melanie Lynskey Dramatic Comedy A man whose job is to fly around the country and fire people finds his way of life—and his perceptions of life—changing. Bitterly funny on the one hand and heartbreaking on the other, Up in the Air is a film of surprising depth and humanity. Rated R

The Young Victoria JJJJJ

Emily Blunt, Rupert Friend, Paul Bettany, Miranda Richardson, Jim Broadbent, Thomas Kretschmann Romance/Biopic The story of Queen Victoria’s early years and her romance with Prince Albert. Much more entertaining, lively and human than the subject matter probably suggests, this lovely film benefits from literate writing, stylish direction and strong performances. Rated PG

Youth in Revolt JJJJ

Michael Cera, Portia Doubleday, Jean Smart, Zach Galifianakis, Steve Buscemi, Fred Willard Quirky Teen Comedy A nerdy virgin— with the aid of an imaginary, daring alter ego—decides to awkwardly rebel against authority in an attempt to be reunited with his potential girfriend. A surprisingly funny, very quirky teen farce that’s clever enough to withstand the pitfalls of being a clichéd sex comedy and a starring vehicle for Michael Cera. The movie manages to go against expectations at every turn. Rated R

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The most impressive title on director Tom Vaughan’s resume is What Happens in Vegas. That’s pretty sobering, but so is everything about the trailer for this fact-based drama, which looks for all the world like a Lifetime Disease-of-the-Week movie that snuck over onto the big screen while no one was looking. Brendan Fraser and Keri Russell star as the desperate parents who put all their faith in crusty maverick research scientist Harrison Ford as the one man who might be able to save their children’s lives. With that to work from, is it any wonder the film isn’t being trotted out for critical appraisal? (PG)


Yeah, it looks pretty silly. In fact, it looks a lot like a variant on Gregory Widen’s 1995 cult hit The Prophecy — with some images from William Peter Blatty’s Exorcist III (1990), which itself was drawn from Blatty’s novel Legion. Coincidence? Probably not. The whole thing revolves around God deciding to exterminate the Earth, and all that stands between us and that fate is Paul Bettany as the archangel Michael and an as yet unborn savior. The cast is better than might be expected. Bettany is joined by Dennis Quaid, Tyrese Gibson and Charles S. Dutton. And the movie has the courage of its R-rated

convictions. While it’s hardly surprising that the film’s been kept from critics, it’s a little worrisome that it hasn’t been unveiled for the horror-movie specialty Web sites, which tend to go easy on genre efforts. (R)


Last week it was Jackie Chan being made a fool of by children, this week it’s Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s turn in the humiliation barrel. He plays an arrogant hockey player who is sentenced to do time as the, yes, Tooth Fairy - a position that appears to be controlled by Julie Andrews behind a lot of soft-focus filters. The trailer suggests that much mirth and cheesy special effects will ensue. This appears to have come out in Australia last week, where critics were not amused. (PG) Early review samples: • “The film is directed by Michael Lembeck (The Santa Clause 2 and 3) and penned by six screenwriters (including the City Slickers team of Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel) without flair or subtlety, while Johnson’s performance lives down to his name.” (Lynden Barber, The Australian) • “Like oral surgery without laughing gas, the latest family film to star former wrestler Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson is an annoying pain we could all do without.” (Ben McEachen, Sunday Mail (Australia))

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review continued from page 75 Stripped away of everything, Eli is an action movie — a very bloody one at that — with a large debt paid to Sergio Leone’s Spaghetti Westerns. Denzel Washington plays Eli, a lone traveler (and movie badass) who’s heading West through the barren, destroyed, deadly remains of America, carrying the country’s last remaining Bible in his backpack. It seems that whatever war caused all this destruction was ultimately blamed on religion, causing the destruction of almost every Bible by mobs of angry survivors. Since this is presumably the last Bible around, it makes it a hot commodity for Carnegie (Gary Oldman), a town boss — and one of the few remaining literate people around who remember a time before the war — who sees the book as “a weapon aimed at the hearts and minds of the weak and the desperate.” The bulk of the plot revolves around Carnegie and his gang attempting to capture Eli and his book, but there’s more to the movie than this. Some critics have criticized the film for its religious bent (never mind that Albert Hughes is a professed atheist), with one review going as far as to condemn Eli for its “fundamentalist message,” but this view is shortsighted. Yes, the film is about religion, but more about the upsides found in its purest form — and figuring out what religion means to you, not what others say it is — as opposed to its dangers when perverted. In this sense the movie is a much more persuasive, effective promotion of religion than, for instance, the simplistic proselytizing of Fireproof (2008), while never being preachy. It certainly helps that the Hughes Brothers are the ones saying it, since they manage to coat the film in effortless style. While it’s a relief to find directors who can shoot not only cohesive, but creative, action scenes (one of which would fit in quite well with Alfonso Cuaron’s 2006 Children of Men) that never skimp on the action, the film is filled with fits of snazzy, genuine filmmaking that always feel right, squeezing the most possible out of the film’s sepia-toned hues. There’s an astonishing level of attention to the most minute details. At first glance, the film’s big (and very clever) twist appears to cause the entire movie to unravel. That is until closer examination shows it’s been very subtly set up from the onset, while also fitting snugly within the film’s internal logic (not to mention — without spoiling anything — a more universal movie logic that the basic idea shares with at least a couple of films). At the same time, the Hughes Brothers and firsttime screenwriter Gary Whitta are all smart enough to realize that the twist isn’t the point of the movie, just a nice adornment. It’s a final touch to this cinematic rarity — a slick, intelligent film made by people with a sense of vision, but with enough brains to never forget it’s a movie that’s here to entertain. Rated R for some brutal violence and language. reviewed by Justin Souther Playing at Carolina Asheville Cinema 14, Cinebarre, Epic of Hendersonville, Regal Biltmore Grande, United Artists Beaucatcher Cinema 7

The Lovely Bones JJJ

Director: Peter Jackson Players: Saoirse Ronan, Mark Wahlberg, Rachel Weisz, Susan Sarandon, Stanley Tucci Fantasy Drama Rated PG-13

The Story: Film version of Alice Sebold’s popular novel about a murdered girl watching “down” on the world and hoping for justice. The Lowdown: Solid production values and a strong cast keep this strangely muted thriller watchable, but not much more. I went in to Peter Jackson’s The Lovely Bones knowing — thanks to the trailer — that it was about a girl named Susie Salmon (Saoirse Ronan) who is murdered by an uber-creepy neighbor (Stanley Tucci) and becomes stuck in between two worlds waiting for justice while her surviving family disintegrates. I came out 135 minutes later knowing pretty much the same thing — with a few holes filled in and a huge question about what the point of the whole thing was. I mean, what exactly is this movie? It’s a thriller with no thrills. It’s a kind of metaphysical journey with only one possible destination — and neither the journey nor the destination is all that interesting. It’s a great deal of effort by a lot of talented people that results in two-plus hours of tepid clockwork blandness. I won’t say The Lovely Bones is a bad movie. It’s very skillfully made, frequently striking to look at and solidly acted. But for me at least, it was almost entirely uninvolving. Readers of the Alice Sebold novel may be able to invest the film with emotional resonance they’ve brought with them from the book. I can’t say. What I can say is that on its own merits, the film is lacking something essential — like a sense of purpose. Jackson has a basic — probably insurmountable — problem in his insistence on keeping the film within the realms of a PG-13 experience. The tale is too dark for this and the film comes across as almost genteel in its approach. There’s no real sense of impending doom for Susie and no sense at all of the terror she must have felt trapped in George Harvey’s (Tucci) somewhat improbable subterranean lair. (This guy is like the Bob Vila of serial killers and must get preferred treatment at Home Depot.) In fact, her murder is almost a nonevent, and this isn’t helped by her matter-of-fact acceptance of the whole thing on a kind of, “Gee, I must be dead” level. I’m not blaming Ronan. It’s the way the film is approached. Matters aren’t helped by Jackson’s fascination with the “in between,” where Susie cavorts with another girl, Holly (Nikki SooHoo, Stick It), like models in a shampoo commercial made by someone drunk on the possibilities of cartoonish CGI effects. When the trailer for The Lovely Bones first appeared, someone jokingly referred to it as Heavenly Creatures 2. If only. The fantasy world the two girls in Jackson’s Heavenly Creatures (1994)

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retreat into has an internal logic, a strong dose of the sinister, and never feels like padding. None of those things can be said about the “in between.” For that matter, the tons of money poured into the effects in The Lovely Bones do not result in a fantasy world that’s nearly as persuasive as the simpler effects in Heavenly Creatures — a film that cost about one-twentieth the price tag for The Lovely Bones. Ultimately, The Lovely Bones isn’t the disaster so many have claimed, but it’s a long way from being a rousing success. Any way you slice it, the film is a disappointment — and easily the least interesting and effective movie Jackson has ever made. Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material involving disturbing violent content and images, and some language. reviewed by Ken Hanke Playing at Carolina Asheville Cinema 14, Cinebarre, Epic of Hendersonville, Regal Biltmore Grande, United Artists Beaucatcher Cinema 7

A Single Man JJJJJ

Director: Tom Ford Players: Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, Nicholas Hoult, Matthew Goode, Jon Kortajarena Drama Rated R

The Story: A college professor, unable to cope with the death of his lover, plans to kill himself at the end of the day. The Lowdown: A stunning filmmaking debut from Tom Ford finds a perfect match with an inspired cast — Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, Matthew Goode, Nicholas Hoult — to create a genuinely remarkable film. Not to be missed. Tom Ford’s A Single Man is many things — including one of the most assured directorial debuts in memory. I’m bringing that up at the very onset because I’ve passed the saturation point with reviews that focus on Ford’s status as a fashion designer with an eye toward finding his direction “fussy” or any number of other code words that just skirt the same kind of prejudice that’s at the core of the quiet tragedy of the film. I suspect this is unconscious in most cases, but it gets a little close to resembling the neighbor in the film who has told his daughter that he’d like to kill George (Colin Firth) for no reason other than he thinks George is “light in the loafers.” In their own way, these reviews may serve the function of illustrating that A Single Man is considerably more relevant now than its 1962 period setting might suggest. The film is based on Christopher Isherwood’s 1964 novel of the same name, and it follows one day in the life of college professor George Falconer — the day on which he has decided to commit suicide. The reason behind Falconer’s decision is that he cannot bear the pain arising from the death of his lover of 16 years, Jim (Matthew Goode), which happened eight months earlier. That at least is the surface reason, but there’s a good deal more going on beneath that surface

— just as there’s a good deal more going on beneath the visual panache of Ford’s direction. Ford’s film is put together to build the case that it’s not just Jim’s death that plagues George, but rather the extreme sense of being alone that goes with such a death in a closeted world. It’s done slowly, meticulously and persuasively, with flashbacks illustrating much of this. The most harrowing is the surreptitious phone call from a relative of Jim informing George of his lover’s death — a call made without the knowledge or approval of Jim’s parents and one in which it’s made clear George is not wanted at the funeral. Even though George knows the score — he’s been playing the game all his life — and can keep his feelings in check over the phone, the devastation of both the loss and the fact that he has been written out of Jim’s life is palpable. Bad as it is, the phone call may not be the worst of it. There’s the simple fact of being denied the right to grieve — and what turns out to be the surprising lack of understanding and sympathy from the one person, Charley (Julianne Moore), George can talk to, who dismisses his 16 years with Jim as something other than “a real relationship.” George’s attempts to get through the day and carry out his plans are almost as bad. He even makes a vague stab at coming out to his class at the university, but, of course, stops himself. An encounter with a sympathetic hustler (Spanish TV actor Jon Kortjarena) offers a bittersweet reminder of connecting with other people, but more important are the attentions of a nervous student, Kenny (Nicholas Hoult, The Weather Man), who, like the hustler, thinks George needs a friend. The question is, what kind of friend? Refreshingly, that’s a question that never loses a degree of ambiguity. It would be a disservice to the film to reveal anything more than I already have. Let it speak for itself, which it’s quite capable of doing. Like a few other critics, I have some reservations about the ending, though I will say that it isn’t a twist and has been built into the proceedings. Overall, though, this is real filmmaking (Ford’s use of color and formal composition techniques is a good deal more than “surface” trimming) with the acting to back it up. It might be argued that George is the role that Colin Firth was born to play, and it might equally be argued that his internalized intensity here will add to one’s appreciation of his other, often underrated, performances. Rate R for some disturbing images and nudity/sexual content. reviewed by Ken Hanke Playing at Fine Arts Theatre

The Spy Next Door JJ

Director: Brian Levant (Are We There Yet?) Players: Jackie Chan, Amber Valetta, Magnus Scheving, Billy Ray Cyrus, George Lopez Family Action Rated PG

The Story: A Chinese spy — on loan to

the CIA — must protect his girlfriend’s children from evil Russian criminals. The Lowdown: Corny, cheesy family fare that’s not detestable, simply because of Jackie Chan. Brian Levant’s The Spy Next Door opens with a montage of derring-do from old Jackie Chan flicks set to Johnny Rivers’ “Secret Agent Man.” Having already seen the dreadfully lame trailer for The Spy Next Door, I knew I was in for the long haul, but this opening did remind me that Jackie Chan once made fun movies. By the end of the film, all it did was make me believe that, yes, there are movies worse than The Tuxedo (2002). The movie’s basic premise is one of those family-oriented affairs where some action star is emasculated and stuffed into goofy situations with precocious, rambunctious tots. Hulk Hogan made Mr. Nanny (1993), Vin Diesel did it with The Pacifier (2005) and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson appears bent on doing only this for the rest of his career. Here, we get Chan as Bob Ho, a Chinese spy helping the CIA to catch a bunch of goofy Russian terrorists with bad accents. At the same time, Bob is smitten with his nextdoor neighbor (Amber Valetta), with the only issue keeping them from marriage being that her spoiled-brat kids can’t stand Bob. So it’s up to Bob to win over the kids and protect them from the evil Russkies, who show up to complicate matters. Because of this, we get to see Jackie Chan do a lot of Jackie Chan stuff, which while admittedly neat, isn’t enough to save the movie from the onslaught of hokey familial humor and cartoonish hi-jinks. And it certainly doesn’t help that we also get Billy Ray Cyrus heehawing it up as a secret agent (what a frightening thought). Even with all this against it, The Spy Next Door isn’t exactly a movie I can say I loathe — and this is based on Chan alone. He’s a hard man to hate (it usually takes the combined awfulness of Chris Tucker and Bret Ratner to accomplish this), and he seems to genuinely enjoy his work. The unfortunate aspect of all this is that the work he’s doing scales the heights of forgettableness. So instead of being egregiously horrendous, because of Chan, The Spy Next Door is more along the lines of painlessly insipid. I guess there’s something to be said for that. Rated PG for sequences of action violence and some mild rude humor. reviewed by Justin Souther Playing at Carolina Asheville Cinema 14, Epic of Hendersonville, Regal Biltmore Grande, United Artists Beaucatcher Cinema 7

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Director: Stanley Kramer Players: Vivien Leigh, Simone Signoret, Jose Ferrer, Lee Marvin, Oskar Werner DRAMA Rated NR Stanley Kramer liked to make really long movies about really important subjects — the end of the world, the Nuremberg trials, interracial marriage. It was inevitable that he would tackle the rise of Nazism in there somewhere, and this Grand Hotel-formula star-a-thon is it. Actually, Ship of Fools (1965) is one of Kramer’s better films. reviewed by Ken Hanke The Hendersonville Film Society will show Ship of Fools at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 24, in the Smoky Mountain Theater at Lake Pointe Landing Retirement Community (behind Epic Cinemas), 333 Thompson St., Hendersonville. For Cranky Hanke’s full reviews of these movies, visit

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WEAVERVILLE 2 BR, 1 BA. Remodled kitchen. Great location. Sorry, no pets. $825/month.

HAW CREEK 3 BR, 2 BA. Large lot, nice area. One pet okay with deposit. Available immediately. $950/month.


COMMERCIAL FOR SALE • Downtown, Coxe Avenue one story building, approximately 1800 sqft, affordable price $295,000. • Downtown, brick building w/high ceilings, roll-up doors, concrete floors, $330,000. • Downtown, Lexington Avenue turn-key coffee bar, $333,000. • The Real Estate Center, (828) 255-4663. SOUTH ASHEVILLE OFFICE SPACE • Near hospital. Located in a family doctor practice. Hardwood floors, fireplace, parking. $745/month. Steve, 828-273-9545.

Business Rentals

LEICESTER 2 BR, 1 BA + office. Sits on lots of land to enjoy the quiet. Only 15 minutes to downtown Asheville. Pets okay with deposit. $795/month.

Commercial Property

SHE WHO SCOOTS Can run errands for you. To the grocery store, pharmacy, post office, etc. In and around downtown Asheville. $10 minimum for errands taking up to 30 minutes. Call or email Amanda: 828- 301-0091. amandaj.levesque

1 MONTH FREE! (W/12 month lease). River Arts Studios starting at $180/month, includes utilities. Call 250-9700 or e-mail: ASHEVILLE • ALL POINTS Check out our inventory of commercial property starting at $595-$6000 monthly lease or $295K and up for sale. Paula Cooper, The Real Estate Center, (828) 775-1485.

AVAILABLE LARGE OFFICE SPACE In Victorian-style wellness center. Prime location, downtown/North Asheville. Upstairs room with ornamental fireplace and large windows. About 14 feet by 24 feet. Other practitioners in the building include chiropractors, homeopath, naturopath, massage therapists, and psychologists. Rent $625/month plus utilities. Please call (828) 251-0815 or email: BE ON BUSY TUNNEL ROAD! Anchor space to starter space available from 300 sqft to 3500 sqft. Great for Medical, Office or Studio use. Contact (828) 215-2865 for showings. BUSY BUSINESS CORRIDOR Space available on Smokey Park Highway, approximately 700 sqft. Great visibility! $700/month. Call (828) 215-2865 for showings. CONVENIENT HAYWOOD ROAD West Asheville. Lowerlevel currently used as teaching space. 2 rooms can be used together or separately, both with entrances, shared bathroom. All utilities except internet included. On-site parking. Available February 1 for 6 month lease. $1,000/900 sqft. (828) 225-6911. info

GLEN BRIDGE APARTMENTS 1 bedroom, 1 bath. Small complex in Arden. Move-in special with one year lease. Includes water. $450/month.

EFFICIENCY APARTMENT 289 E. Chestnut St. Ground floor units available immediately. Sorry, no pets. $450/month.

LEICESTER 1 BR, 1 BA + office. Available immediately. $550/month.

NORTH ASHEVILLE 2 BR, 1 BA. Kimberly Ave. area. Hardwood floors. Includes water/hot water/garbage/heat. Sorry no pets. $795/month

NORTH ASHEVILLE 2 BR, 1 BA. Very nice unit. Hardwood floors, new windows, new central A/C and heat. Includes water/garbage. Covered parking. $795/month.

WEST ASHEVILLE 1 bedroom, 1 bath. Very large unit, top floor. Hardwood floors, new windows. Includes water/heat/garage. Sorry no pets. $675/month.


828/350-9400 (phone) 828/350-9099 (fax) 549 Merrimon Ave. Suite #203 Asheville, NC 28804 PO Box 1008, Asheville, NC 28802 82

JANUARY 20 - JANUARY 26, 2010 •

MOVE IN NOW Get February FREE!* 1 and 2 Bedrooms starting at $595/month • Great location • Great prices

Call today: (828) 274-4477 *Must move in by 01/31/10 to get February free.

DOWNTOWN ASHEVILLE: For lease. Retail and office suites, 222 to 2,964 sqft. Very prominent locations. Call G/M Property Group, 828-281-4024. DOWNTOWN OFFICE SPACE For lease. Above City Bakery, Biltmore Avenue. Approximately 775 sqft. Natural light. Spacious. DOWNTOWN Coxe Avenue, newer building, ground-level retail with walking traffic. $1500/month. Call The Real Estate Center, (828) 255-4663. LEXINGTON STATION 2000+ sqft, first floor, high ceilings, hardwoods throughout, one handicap accessible restroom, parking. $2200/month. The Real Estate Center, (828) 255-4663. MULTI-PURPOSE SPACE • Near downtown Asheville. Suitable for meetings, parties, staged readings, rehearsals, classes, and more. $25/first hour. $10/each additional. 828.333.0598 for more information. NORTH ASHEVILLE Basement level of the Sherwin Williams building, approximately 6500 sqft, $3000/month. The Real Estate Center, (828) 255-4663. RIVER DISTRICT 6,000 sqft shell - artists; flexible uses. Owner will upfit for Class A office. Call G/M Property Group, 828-281-4024.


Apartments For Rent 1 AND 2 BEDROOM APARTMENTS Starting at $595/month. Move in now and get *February Free! (* Must move in by 1/31/10). Call 274-4477. EHO.

Sign a lease in January and we’ll waive your rent for the month! WOODRIDGE


• Conveniently located at 61 Bingham Road, Asheville • 1, 2, 3 and 4 Bedrooms NOW AVAILABLE! • SPACIOUS • COMFORTABLE • AFFORDABLE Now accepting pets with deposit. Professionally Managed by Partnership Property Management Section 8 welcomed.

Call 828-250-0159 Today!

Equal Housing Opportunities

1 FREE MONTH! (w/contract). Live, work and play downtown. • Studio: $545/month. • 2BR: $725/month. Call 254-2229. APM 1-2BR, 1-1.5BA MONTFORD • 346 Montford. $510$750/month. Hardwood floors, fireplace. 828-253-1517. 1-2BR/1-2BA • 265 Charlotte, hardwood floors, coin-op laundry. $725$875/month. 828-253-1517. 1, 2, 3 BEDROOM APARTMENTS From $525$1500. • Huge selection! • Pet friendly. (828) 251-9966. 1BR, 1.5BA NORTH • 154 Barnard. $625/month. Bonus room, dishwasher. 828-253-1517. 1BR, 1BA ARTISTIC FLARE IN WEST ASHEVILLE • Near downtown. W/D hookup. $400/month + security deposit. No pets. 828-551-0017. 1BR, 1BA HENDERSONVILLE • 2010 Laurel Park Highway. Heat included. Hardwood floors. $495-$525. 828-693-8069. 1BR, 1BA NORTH • 10 Lenox. $635/month. Porch. Heat included. 828-253-1517. 1BR, 1BA NORTH • 12 Golf St. $625/month. Hardwood floors, gas heat. 828-253-1517. 1BR, 1BA NORTH • 45 Henrietta. $590/month. Sunporch, new appliances. 828-253-1517. 1BR, 1BA NORTH • 7 Banbury Cross. $525/month. Hardwood floors, high ceilings. 828-253-1517. 1BR, 1BA WEST • 19 Brucemont, $590/month. Porch, hardwood floors. 828-253-1517. 1BR, 1BA • 37 Skyview. $545-$575/month. Nice views. 2nd month is FREE. 828-253-1517. 1BR/1BA CENTRAL • 15 Grindstaf., $550/month. Carpet floors. Cats okay. 828-253-1517. 1BR/1BA NORTH • 82 Merrimon. $595/month. Hardwood floors, water included. 828-253-1517. 1BR/1BA NORTH • 83 Edgemont, water included. $525/month. 828-253-1517. 1BR/1BA, EAST • 314 Fairview, porch, $525/month. 828-253-1517.

2BR, 1BA EAST • 28 Hillendale. $625/month. Sunporch, carpet. 828-253-1517. 2BR, 1BA WEST • 130 Louisiana. A/C, dishwasher. $585/month. 828-253-1517. 2BR, 1BA WEST • 9 King Arthur. Dishwasher, baseboard heat. $625/month. 828-253-1517. 2BR, 1BA WEST • 92 Appalachian Way. $895/month. Harwood floors, W/D connections. 828-53-1517. 2BR, 2BA DOWTOWN APARTMENT • $1,300/month in Lexington Station. Hardwoods, granite, all appliances. Covered parking. Pets ok. (828) 337-3992. 2BR, 2BA EAST • 2484 Riceville Rd. Open floor plan, porch. $615/month. 828-253-1517. 2BR, 2BA • Carson’s Creek apartment complex. Water and trash included. Laundry hookup. $630/month. 684-9889 or 768-1167. 2Br. 1.5BA NORTH • 172 Macon. Garage, dishwasher. $695/month. 828-253-1517. 2BR/1.5BA SWANNANOA • 710 Warren Wilson. $595/month. Carpet, W/D hookups. 828-253-1517. 2BR/1BA WEST • 217 Bear Creek. $615/month. Central A/C - Heat, deck. 828-253-1517. 2BR/1BA WEST • 45 Florida. $615/month. W/D connections, deck. 828-253-1517. 2BR/2BA, ARDEN • 216 Weston, A/C, W/D hookups. $795/month. 828-253-1517. 3BR, 2BA EAST • 126 Aurora Dr. Carpet, W/D hookups. $750/month. 828-253-1517. A HOME IN THE MOUNTAINS • GREAT PRICE! Live in a beautiful, green, conveniently located scenic resort-style community! • Fireplaces • Heated pool • Fitness Center and more. Call (828) 687-0638. ACTON WOODS APARTMENTS • Beautiful 2BR, 2BA, loft, $850/month. • 2BR, 2BA, $750. Include gas log fireplace, water, storage. 828-253-0758. Carver Realty BEAUTIFUL SPACIOUS 2BR, 1BA • South Asheville near Roberson, Valley Springs. Large rooms, good closet space, big modern kitchen with adjoining laundry room. Convenient to everything! $635/month. Year lease, credit check, security dep. req. For appt: Paige, 684-4344 or Elizabeth Graham: 253-6800.

BEVERLY CONDO 2BR, 1BA, hardwood floors, washer, dryer. Near downtown, hospital, AB Tech. $685/month plus deposit. (828) 281-3753

STUDIO/1BA NORTH • 85 Merrimon, all utilities included. Furnished. $550/month. 828-253-1517.

BLACK MOUNTAIN • 2BR, 1BA. Heatpump, central air, W/D connection. Nice area. Only $495/month. 828-252-4334.

STUDIO • South. Forestdale. 2BR, 1BA. A/C. 2nd month rent FREE. $505-$625/month. 828-253-1517.

CENTRAL • 1BR. Heat and water provided. $620/month. 828-253-0758. Carver Realty. CHARMING MONTFORD 1 BR with spacious rooms, large sunny windows. Hardwood floors, gas heat, $675/month. Includes water plus your own washer/dryer. Year lease, credit check, sec. dep. req. Pet friendly. For appt: Elizabeth Graham: 253-6800. COMING IN FEBRUARY! • Elegant, spacious 1 BR , formal LR and DR, hardwood floors. Between UNCA and Downtown. $725/month. Includes heat, water, laundry. Cat ok, sorry no dogs. Year lease, sec. dep. credit ck req. For Appt - Elizabeth Graham: 253-6800 EAST 1BR BUNGALOW APARTMENT Quiet, wooded, convenient. • Pet considered. • No smoking. $550/month. 230-2511. HENDERSONVILLE • 1BR Studio. Walking distance to downtown. Includes water. Only $325/month. 828-252-4334. IN SIGHT OF HOSPITALS Clean 1BR apartment, large closets. Non-smoking individual. • No pets. $450/month. Deposit. References. Lease. 252-7179. KENILWORTH • 1BR, upstairs unit. Hardwood floors. $475/month. 828-253-0758. Carver Realty MONTFORD STUDIO APARTMENT • $575/month. Includes heat, water, electric. Available February 1st. Call Deborah at: 828.254.5529. MONTFORD STUDIO • Small, bright basement apartment. Walk to town. Available now. W/D, DW, includes utilities. Quiet non-smoker. Indoor cat considered. 6 month lease, $525/month+security. 828-254-6642.

UNFURNISHED 1, 2, 3 BEDROOM APARTMENTS • Available in West Asheville. Water, garbage included. Washer/dryer connections available. $529.00 -$649.00. Call 828-252-9882.

Mobile Homes For Rent 3BR/2BA • Doublewide for rent.$750/month + deposit. Utilities not included. Heat pump, A/C, fireplace. Call 828-298-7736 before 9 pm. QUALITY AT A SAVINGS $460/month. 2BR, 1BA remodeled mobile with mountain view in Fairview. Call Jim, 778-0726. Community garden opportunity. WEST ASHEVILLE • 3BR, 2BA near downtown. W/D connection. Excellent condition. $595/month. 828-252-4334.

Condos/ Townhomes For Rent 2BR. 1.5BA NORTH • 47 Albermarle. $845/month. Fireplace, deck. 828-253-1517. A BIG THANX! “Thanx Xpress! The recent rental ad attracted a steady stream of quality applicants, thanks to your quality publication.” Mark K. • You too can find quality renters by placing an affordable ad in the pages of Mountain Xpress Classified Marketplace: 251-1333. BEAUTIFUL 2BR, 2BA CONDO Gas fireplace, screened porch and WD. $775/month. Call Angela: (828) 216-1610. Mountain Vista Properties

NORTH ASHEVILLE TOWNHOMES •Special• Off Merrimon. Walking distance to town. • 2BR, 1BA. $495/month. 3BR, 1BA $595/month. Includes water. 828-252-4334

BEVERLY TOWNHOUSE • Between downtown and Biltmore village. 2BR, 1BA. Hardwood floors, newly painted, modern lighting and updated kitchen with Corian countertops, washer/dryer. End unit with quiet green and gardening space. $725/month, $350 deposit. Small pets considered. Available immediately AND For Sale: $118,000. (828) 545-3163.

OFF CHARLOTTE ST • Clean, furnished, weekly apartments. Four week minimum. Efficiency and rooms. Includes wireless, laundry, off-street parking. Secure building. Walk to downtown and busline. 828-232-1042.

BILTMORE AVENUE • HOSPITAL Renovated 2BR, 1BA, designer kitchen, granite countertops, 6 new appliances, hardwood floors. • Available now. $750/month, includes water. First, deposit. Lease. References. 230-3739.

MONTFORD 2BR, 1BA apartment in wonderful historic house. • Very close to downtown. Hardwood floors, high ceilings, lots of windows. Backyard w/garden space. $795/month. 712-1675.

DOWNTOWN • KENILWORTH • Close to hospitals. 2BR, 2BA. • Great Winter views! • Fireplace, deck, washer/dryer. Nice pool! • $895/month, includes condo fee, water. (828) 712-1675. DOWNTOWN CONDO 2BR, 2BA, hardwoods, stainless appliances, granite countertops, jet tub, balcony, fitness center, parking, $1550/month. The Real Estate Center, (828) 255-4663. MILLS RIVER TOWN HOUSE • Near I26/US25. 2BR, 2.5BA, unfinished basement,1 car garage, pool. W/D included. $900/month. 828-768-1343. NORTH ASHEVILLE TOWNHOMES •Special• Off Merrimon. Walking distance to town. 2BR, 1BA. $495/month • 3BR, 1BA 595/month. Includes water. 828-252-4334

Homes For Rent 1928 BRICK HOME • OAKLEY Completely renovated 2BR, 1BA. Refurbished kitchen. Hardwood floors. Steam heat. Deck, porch, basement. • No pets. $900/month. 298-3298 or 712-3298. 1BR, 1BA WEST • 45 Cloyes. Fenced yard, off-street parking. $735/month. 828-253-1517. 1ST CALL US! 2, 3 and 4BR homes from $700-2500. • Pet friendly. • Huge selection! (828) 251-9966

3BR, 2BA NORTH ASHEVILLE-NEW BRIDGE • Older settled area. All aspects of house updated. Handicapped accessible. Fenced. Carports. All appliances. Hardwood floors. A/C. Extra insulation. $925/month. 828-216-6066. 3BR/1.5BA WEST • 28 Covington. $1,095/month. Basement, deck. 828-253-1517. ASHEVILLE • WEST Incredible, spacious 3BR, 1.5BA: Large kitchen, newer appliances, WD, central air/heat, beautiful hardwood floors. Huge yard, full finished basement w/fireplace. Storage galore! Garage, carport. Great neighborhood! Walk to West Asheville park and downtown. 1/2 acre, creek/woods. • Pets considered. $1275/month. Call (828) 280-0636. ASHEVILLE AREA RENTALS $550-$1950/month. • 1-East. • 3-West. • 3-North. • 3South. • Century 21 Mountain Lifestyles: (828) 684-2640, ext 17. For more details: AVAILABLE NOW • OAKLEY 3BR, 1BA, stove, fridge, WD connections. Deck, fenced backyard. $895/month, $895 deposit, 1 year lease. • Pet considered. (828) 215-6801. BEST TIME IS NOW! Best time to buy, pay less than rent, 1% rebate from Buyer Agent Commission, see, 301-2021. CANDLER • 3BR, 3BA. Private. $1,200/month. Call 828-253-0758. Carver Realty

2BR, 1BA ARDEN • 85 Tampa. $1135/month. Oak floors, fireplace. 828-253-1517. 2BR, 1BA HOUSE • WEST ASHEVILLE 8 minutes from downtown. Hardwood floors. Great yard. $650/month Call 254-2229, APM. 2BR, 1BA KENILWORTH • 271 Forest Hill. $895/month. Garage, back yard. 828-253-1517.

FIND OUT WHY! Folks are calling City Real Estate for exploring the art or finding your home. Sales and Rentals handled professionally and efficiently. We help you find “Views From All Angles”. (828) 210-2222.

2BR, 1BA NORTH • 42 Hollywood. $850/month. Porches, hardwood floors. 828-253-1517. 2BR, 2BA NORTH • 27 Spooks Mill Cove. $1075/month. Views, all utilities included. 828-253-1517. 2BR,1BA WEST ASHEVILLE • 89 Martin $850/month. Hardwood floors, FP, LR, DR. New bath, back deck, front porch. contact: 2BR/1BA WEST • 344 State. $935/month. Fireplace, pets okay. 828-253-1517.

GORGEOUS NEW CONSTRUCTION 3BR, 2.5BA with garage. Great South location. • Lease/purchase options now available. Why rent when you can own! Call (828) 676-0677 for details. GREAT OAKLEY NEIGHBORHOOD Spacious 3BR, 2BA w/bonus room. New kitchen, flooring. Large rooms. Lots of dry storage. All appliances including DW, WD. Large: decks/fenced yard. $1100/month, deposit, lease, references. Vickie: 277-0811.

jobs HAW CREEK • 3BR, 2.5BA. 2 car garage, storage room, D/W disposal W/D hookups gas logs. Newer house. 2000 sq.ft. $1400/month. 713-2467. HIKE/BIKE OUT BACKDOOR • 3BR, 2BA near Mountains to Sea Trail and Blue Ridge Parkway. $1,000/month. Master bedroom with bath and walk-in closet, wood/tile floors, dishwasher. Storage shed, covered porch, deck. Year lease and security deposit required. Pets negotiable. 828-298-5088 828-691-8793. NORTH ASHEVILLE TOWNHOMES •Special• Off Merrimon. Walking distance to town. 2BR, 1BA. $495/month. 3BR, 1BA $595/month. Includes water. 828-252-4334. NORTH ASHEVILLE Beautiful 2BR, 1BA. New roof, windows, linoleum, paint, hardwoods and updated bathroom. Washer/dryer. Private. $840/month, includes water, yard maintenance. (828) 768-2191. OAKLEY • Off School Rd. 4BR, 1.5BA, Hardwood floors, porch, basement. $1,100/month. 828-273-1230. READY TO RENT • WEST ASHEVILLE 3BR, 2 full BA, living room, dining room, utility room, washer, dryer, central A/C. Large storage space underneath home. Great family neighborhood. Walking distance to Carrier Park. Pets considered with deposit. $1,050/month + $1,050 security deposit. One year lease. (803) 323-9241. SPECIAL FIND WEAVERVILLE • 1200 sq.ft. duplex off N. Main. St. 2BR, 1BA. Fireplace, appliances. Convenient, quiet neighborhood. $795/month. Pet considered. 828-658-2983. WEST ASHEVILLE • BUNGALOW Short walk to Haywood Road shops, pubs, etc. from 34 Tanglewood Drive and 5 minutes from downtown Asheville. Super clean, move-in ready! Available now! 2BR, 1BA w/Jacuzzi tub. Central heating and AC, hardwood floors, kitchen appliances, washer/dryer, fenced backyard, one car garage, and basement storage. House interior about 950 sqft. Nicely painted, window treatments, and lots of storage. • No pets/smoking. Proof of employment required. Minimum one year lease preferred. $925/month, first and security deposit. If interested, please phone (828)350-7975.

Private Room Rock house, $400 Immaculate newly painted 2nd fl room, Candler. Shared bath. Cats (no dogs), gardens, parking, FRIENDLY! All util. NS 665-6663

WEST ASHEVILLE • 3BR, 2BA. Hardwood floors, A/C, gas heat, storage and basement. Patio. Private and safe. Smokeless, no pets. $975/month + deposit. 828-253-4494.

Vacation Rentals A BEACH HOUSE At Folly. The legendary dog-friendly Rosie’s Ocean View and Kudzu’s Cottage now booking now booking for oyster season! Call (828) 216-7908. BEAUTIFUL LOG CABIN Sleeps 5, handicap accessible. Near Warren Wilson College, Asheville, NC. (828) 231-4504 or 277-1492.

Roommates $275/month Large bedroom Garden, chickens, 3 acres of land. 1/4 utilities, wood heat. Looking for clean, responsible friendly person or couple. 828-399-1467

Candler Mellow, responsible roommate needed to share a 3BR house. $300/month plus 1/2 electric and heat. Pets OK. 828-582-9407.

I Need a Room! not picky, near bus, and internet. call: 828-255-0219 rm#20(jason)or 706-975-0471(verizon wireless only) Live in W. Asheville 2542407 Cute 1br 1ba house w/walkin closet in quiet desirable West Asheville. Can sign lease or do month to month

Roommate Wanted Responsible, energy-efficient student/prof. to rent a room in cute N.Asheville home. Great location/space.l Kim 757.362.1248, $400/month. Non-smokers, pet-lovers only.

Seeking Female Housemate for a cute house in East Asheville. $350/mo., $350 deposit, 1/2 utilities. Lease thru April 30 or May 30. 828-719-8690 or

Awesome Room in N. Asheville Seeking a professional 20’s 30’s M/F roommate for N. Avl Home. Call me if interested 813-486-7730.

Housemate to share large home w/ beautiful mountain views in country setting, yet close and convenient to Asheville city. Private bedroom/bath w/cable, internet, washer/dryer. 828-779-7958

Roommate Wanted Responsible person for new mobile home. Private bath, bedroom furnished, W/D, central A/C.$375 includes all utilities. $200 deposit. 828-423-6718, inside smoke free. Candler.

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27F Seeking Room Downtown Temp or longterm downtown/near hopsital.location important. Laidback, artistic, nursing student. Would like garden space in spring. 300450/month rent. 910-297-8024

House Share Friendly, responsible housemate wanted to share spacious home in Kenilworth. Great neighborhood. Cozy furnished room, wi-fi, WD. $400 + utilities. 828-2512118/

Room for Rent. $500 per month, includes all utilities. Directv in room. Washer/dryer, dishwasher, huge yard, covered front deck. (828) 683-5414

Sublet Jan-April Looking for clean, quiet housemate to sublet until April 3 while my housemate is traveling. Newly rennovated cozy house, porch, big yard. Near UNCA. No smokers or pets please. $400/month Call Mike at 450-2377 West Asheville Master bedroom for rent in nice home, huge lot, private, quiet, $400 plus half. Call 828-255-3551.


General $$$HELP WANTED$$$ Extra Income! Assembling CD cases from Home! No Experience Necessary! Call our Live Operators Now! 1-800-405-7619 EXT 2450 (AAN CAN) CAB DRIVERS Needed at Blue Bird; call JT 258-8331. Drivers needed at Yellow Cab; call Buster at 253-3311.

HIRE QUALITY EMPLOYEES “Our employment advertisements with the Mountain Xpress garner far more educated and qualified applicants than any other publication we have used. The difference is visible in the phone calls, applications and resumes.” Howard Stafford, Owner, Princess Anne Hotel. • Thank you, Howard. Your business can benefit by advertising for your next employee in Mountain Xpress Classifieds. Call 251-1333.

Employment Opportunities • Call (828) 225-6122 or visit:

Skilled Labor/ Trades COMMERCIAL/RESIDENTIAL GLASS INSTALLER • MinImum 5 years experience. Must have valid NC drivers license and must provide own tools. Pay DOE. We offer health insurance, 401K, paid vacation and sick leave. Wholesale Glass and Mirror • 419 Haywood Road, Asheville. SUNDANCE POWER SYSTEMS, INC. • Is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Lead Systems Designer. Candidates should have significant understanding of the design of Renewable Energy and Hydronic Heating Systems, the associated components, code issues and have installation experience. Strong computer skills including CAD and Excel as well as the ability to work in a high energy, dynamic office environment is essential. Only qualified, experienced candidates need apply. ABSOLUTELY NO PHONES CALLS PLEASE. Please submit your resume and cover letter to or mail to Human Resources/Lead Designer at 11 Salem Hill Road, Weaverville, NC 28787.

Administrative/ Office ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT • Energetic self directed professional Skilled in XL formulas, Word, Quick Books, Mac, 20 + Hours permanent position. No smokers, Email Resume:

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$5,000 Sign-on Bonus • Rehabilitation Manager Medical Facilities of America is seeking a Rehab Manager to join our dynamic team in Asheville. The facility Rehabilitation Manager directs the daily operations of the Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy disciplines in order to meet center and patient needs. This is a full time position with approximately half of the candidate’s time spent on treatments and evaluations, the remaining time spent on management duties. Our candidate must possess a North Carolina license as a PT/OT/SLP. Knowledge of the PPS process, RUG’s system, and management experience preferred, but not required. We are willing to train the right candidate. If you meet our qualifications please send your resume to:

Tim Sparks, Human Resources Manager Office # (828) 298-2214 • Fax # (828) 298-2037 • •

OPEN YOUR HEART… OPEN YOUR HOME North Carolina MENTOR was established in 1993 to provide community-based care for at-risk youth in the state. Today, North Carolina MENTOR serves hundreds of at-risk youth in Western North Carolina.

Services include: • Therapeutic foster care • Respite • Intake Assessments • Therapy • Other Services

NC Mentor is looking for foster parents in Buncombe, Henderson, Polk, Transylvania, and Rutherford counties. Be a hero in your community and open your home to a child in need. We provide training, 24 hour support, and a generous stipend.

Please call Nicole at 828-696-2667 x 14

Asheville 828-253-8177

Together we can make a difference in our community

Hendersonville 828-696-2667

Accessibility Advocate DRNC seeks an advocate to provide representation, technical assistance, consultation, outreach and training to DRNC clients and community members about the rights of people with disabilities under the ADA and the Help America Vote Act. Bachelor’s degree in a related field & a minimum of 1-3 years of experience working in a disability related field; or equivalent combination of education and experience required. For full job description, visit Send resume & cover letter to the address below or email to: No phone calls please. Closing date: Jan. 29, 2010 DRNC Attn: A. Allison 2626 Glenwood Avenue, Suite 550 Raleigh, NC 27608

CUSTOMER SERVICE REPRESENTATIVE • General Statement of Duties. Performs a variety of administrative and programmatic support duties which require a thorough knowledge of functions in a department and includes performance of specialized departmental or program functions. Handles confidential and sensitive information also serves as backup to other office functions and performs related duties as required. • Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Thorough knowledge of: • Office practices and procedures. • Ability to use correct grammar, vocabulary, and spelling. • Program requirements, intake procedures, regulations, and customer contact skills. • Arithmetic and its uses in general office work. • Knowledge of office software and applications to the administrative environment. • Working knowledge of budget administration, and record keeping. Ability to: • Communicate effectively in person and by telephone. • Gather and give basic information and instructions on departmental programs based on inquiries. • Learn thorough knowledge of persons and agency programs. • Be tactful and courteous. • Gather and compile materials from a variety of sources. • Operate any office machines required by the position such as personal computer, copier, FAX, calculator, and other office equipment. • Record information and balance figures. • Compile information based on general instructions. • Arrange and place records, reports and files into proper sequence. • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees, supervisors, customers and the general public. • Work successfully in a collaborative team approach. • Learn and apply quality tools and approaches. Desirable Education and Experience Graduation from high school and considerable experience in social service program intake, journey level administrative support, or related work; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Fluent in Spanish preferred. Must possess a valid NC driver’s license; pass physical, drug screen and background checks. Full-time. Excellent Benefits. Salary Range: $12.48-$15.03/hour. Send resume and cover letter with work references and phone numbers to: Human Resources Manager, 25 Gaston Street, Asheville NC, 28801. Selected applicants will be contacted for an interview. Open until filled. EOE and DFWP.

Salon/ Spa WILLOW’S DREAM SALON • After a successful 2009, Willow’s Dream has restructured and we now have openings for a professional stylist with clientele. Booth rental. Please email us at:


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Sales/ Marketing Medical/ Health Care MARKETING/ADVERTISING INTERN • Diamond Brand, a local outdoor gear manufacturer and retailer, is looking to hire a PT marketing/advertising intern for the spring 2010 semester. This position is only open to current college students. $7 $9/hour dependent on experience. Business, marketing or communications related degree majors are a plus. Must have excellent computer skills and be proficient in MS Excel. Please send resume and cover letter to smerrell

CLINICIAN II • Needed to provide outpatient therapy for individuals with mental health needs for out Asheville, NC office. Masters degree in Human Services. Licensed in NC as a LPC, LMHC, LCSW or LMFT. Apply online: Email resumes: EOE/F/D/M/V.

OUTSIDE MARKETER • Business to business for local tax service office to contact business owners in the North Asheville region. Outgoing personality and previous media sales experience helpful. 828-505-2002. Email resume to:

Human Services

SALES PROS • Time to get paid what you are worth AND have a life. Call 1-888-700-4916.

CNA IN-HOME AIDES: Experienced, creative, compassionate CNA’s for Buncombe or Henderson Counties. Competitive salary and benefits. Send resume to: WNC

F/T CHILD AND FAMILY ADVOCATE Needed to provide support, case management, and advocacy to women and children residing in domestic violence shelter. BA/BS and two years experience in social work or related field. Mail cover and resume to P.O. Box 2263/ Asheville, NC 28802. No calls

Restaurant/ Food APOLLO FLAME • WAITSTAFF Full-time needed. Fast, friendly atmosphere. Apply in person between 2pm-4pm, 485 Hendersonville Road. 274-3582. BARTENDERS IN DEMAND • No experience necessary. Make up to $300 per shift. Part time, day, evening, night shifts available. Training, placement, certification provided. 877-879-9153. (AAN CAN) MOUNTAIN X JAMS! As a growing business that relies on the face put forward by our employees, Mountain Xpress Classifieds is where we turn to find them. The volume of high-quality applicants replying to our ads can be hard to choose from, and it is always worth our investment. Thanks Mountain X! Rebecca and Charlie, owners, Tomato Jam Cafe.

FAMILIES TOGETHER FTI is a local mental health agency providing child, adult, and family centered services in WNC. FTI provides a positive work environment, flexible hours, room for advancement, health benefits, and an innovative culture. Go to for employment opportunities.

FAMILY PRESERVATION SERVICES OF ASHEVILLE is seeking licensed therapists and QMHPs to provide mental health services to children, families and adults. Email

Retail THRIFT SHOP MANAGER Full-time manager for Hendersonville thrift shop. Supervise 80+ paid staff and volunteers in all aspects of running store, price and display merchandise, positive customer/donor interaction, money management. Must have great people skills; management, supervisory and retail experience required; ability to regularly lift 50+ pounds. Store hours MondaySaturday, 9am-5pm. Send resume to

FAMILY PRESERVATION SERVICES OF HENDERSONVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA Has an immediate opening for a Clinical Supervisor. Candidate must have a Master’s degree in Social Work, Psychology, Counseling or related field and be fully licensed or fully licensed eligible in the state of North Carolina. Please forward resumes to

MERIDIAN BEHAVIORAL HEALTH QMHP Assertive Community Treatment Team. Must have mental health degree and two years of experience working with adults with mental illness Please contact Mason Youell, mason.youell Vocational Specialist Assertive Community Treatment Team. Must have mental health degree and two years of experience working with adults with mental illness Please contact Mason Youell, mason.youell Jackson/Macon/Clay County Team Leader Assertive Community Treatment Team. Must have master’s degree and be license eligible. Please contact Ben Haffey, Cherokee/Clay/Graham County Therapist/Team Leader Child and Family Services. Masters degree and license eligible. Please contact David Hutchinson at david.hutchinson Clinician Assertive Community Treatment Team: Must have master’s degree and be license eligible Please contact Patty Bilitzke, patricia.bilitzke QMHP Assertive Community Treatment Team: Must have mental health degree and two years of experience working with adults with mental illness. Please contact Patty Bilitzke at patricia.bilitzke • For further information and to complete an application, visit our website: PARKWAY BEHAVIORAL HEALTH has an immediate opening for a Part or F/T CSAC position in our Asheville or Hendersonville Offices. This position requires CSAC Certification and min 2 years experience working with adults. Knowledge of working with DWI and IPRS clients would be helpful. Some evenings will be required. Parkway has excellent benefits, medical insurance, PTO and more for full time staff. Send resume to:

WILDERNESS THERAPY PROGRAM • Field Staff: Following training, facilitate safety and implement treatment plan designed by group therapist for teens struggling with emotional and behavioral issues. Staff work week on/week off in the woods of North Georgia. • Qualifications: 21 plus, CPR and First Aid certified, experience with backpacking and adolescents, willingness to commit 8 months, WFR recommended. • Benefits: High compensation that increases with staff level, quality mentoring and training in wilderness therapy from a well respected program, full health and dental coverage. • Training: February 19-25. • Contact: Andy or Tyson, Second Nature Blue Ridge. (706) 212-2037.

Computer/ Technical IT ADMINISTRATOR PartTime, 29 hours/week. For K-8 school to ensure the stable operation of in-house computer network. Must have degree in computer science or information technology and/or 5 years equivalent work experience. Certifications in A+, Network +, MCSE, CCNA, Server+ preferred. Evergreen Community Charter School, Asheville, NC.

Teaching/ Education TEACH ENGLISH ABROAD! Become TEFL certified. 4week course offered monthly in Prague. Jobs available worldwide. Lifetime job assistance. Tuition: 1300 Euros. • info (AAN CAN) TEACHING • Seeking Bachelor-degreed foreign language (including Spanish) teachers with experience teaching elementary-aged children. Please fill-in “contact us” form at website: YMCA OF WESTERN NC • Afterschool Program Opportunities $7.25 $13/hour Please visit our web site for details:

Employment Services

2009 • DON’T JUST SURVIVE • Thrive! Snelling delivers results with staffing expertise that connects people and businesses with the power to thrive! /application HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA! Fast, affordable & accredited. Free brochure. Call now! 1800-532-6546 Ext. 97 (AAN CAN) UNDERCOVER SHOPPERS Get paid to shop. Retail and dining establishments need undercover clients to judge quality and customer service. Earn up to $100/day. Please call 1-800-720-0576.

Business Opportunities BEST HOME-BASED BUSINESS EVER! It’s fun; it’s simple; it’s lucrative. To hear 3-minute message, call 1-866-257-3105, code 1. BIZ OP • Want to purchase minerals and other oil/gas interest. Send details to: PO Box 13557, Denver, CO 80201 CHOCOLATE • HEALTH • WEALTH Find out how these three things relate for a lifechanging opportunity. Call us at: 828-301-3248 or 828-280-2254. TURN-KEY RESTAURANT Elizabethton, TN 2000 sq. ft. historic building, one exposed brick wall, rustic barn siding. Tastefully furnished and complete with kitchen equipment, grease trap, etc.. Charming old town in the mountains 65 mi. north of Asheville. Asking $225k for real estate & equipment. Call Steve 423 956-0478.


ADVERTISE YOUR BUSINESS in 111 alternative newspapers like this one. Over 6 million circulation every week for $1200. No adult ads. Call Mountain Xpress Classifieds at (828) 251-1333. (AAN CAN) Free Advice! We’ll help you choose a program or degree to get your career and your life on track. Call Collegebound Network Today! 1-877-892-2542. (AAN CAN) Free Kindermusik Class offered at Asheville Music and Arts in West Asheville in January. Call for details. Jackie McLean 828-683-5709. HEAR YE • HEAR YE Alumni of Craggy Correction Center and Buncombe Correction Center: You are invited to attend the 50th Anniversary Mass of Father William Paul Austin’s ordination to the Priesthood, Tuesday, February 2, 2010, 5:15pm at St. Mary’s Church, 337 Charlotte Street, Asheville, NC. PENIS ENLARGEMENT. FDA Medical Vacuum Pumps. Gain 1-3 inches permanently. Testosterone, Viagra, Cialis. Free Brochures. 619-294-7777 (discounts available) (AAN CAN) PREGNANT CONSIDERING ADOPTION? • Talk with caring agency specializing in matching birthmothers with families nationwide • Living expenses paid. Call 24/7 • Abby’s One True Gift Adoptions • 1-866-413-6293. (AAN CAN) Reward for Information Information on the truck that lost insulated heat ducting on 19/23(26) N at the Elk Mountain Rd exit Wed Jan 13 at 11am. Please contact Woodfin Police Dept

Auditions MOVIE EXTRAS NEEDED! All looks and ages wanted. No experience necessary. Feature films, television, commercials, and prints. $150 - $300/day. Call Now! 1-800-340-8404 x 2001 (AAN CAN)

Lost & Found 76 YEAR OLD ITALIAN/AMERICAN MALE Looking for a slim, 50-65 white female for possible marriage. I own a business and have a slight handicap. Will need someone to take care of my apartment while I run my business. Call Danny: (864) 844-7286. Serious inquires only ADVERTISE YOUR BUSINESS in 111 alternative newspapers like this one. Over 6 million circulation every week for $1200. No adult ads. Call Rick at 202-289-8484. (AAN CAN)

Lost Case with Tobacco Pipes IMPORTANT Merrimon Ave Area on Tues. 01/12 afternoon/evening lost green bag with pipes Contact Karen at

Classes & Workshops POETRY AND MEDITATION A Course in Learning to Hear Again. Learn to write a poem and learn to sit still. Learn about silence and its relationship to speech. We are engaged with the activity of emboldening and growing the interior lives of participants the very thing that cannot be measured or scored. Come for joy, depth, community, and a bowl of hot soup and a slice of fresh bread. Teachers: Jonathon Flaum and Laura Hope-Gill. Where: WriteMind Institute in downtown Asheville When: Thursday evenings in winter, 5:30 8:30pm, four sessions beginning January 21. Cost: $180 for full course. For more info or to register: (828) 253-1733.

Mind, Body, Spirit

Bodywork **ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE MASSAGE!** Perfect pressure! Caring, intuitive, professional therapist. Tranquil sanctuary just 3 blocks from Greenlife & downtown. Introductory Special for Locals: $35! Open Mon thru Sun. 9am to 8pm by appt. only. Brett Rodgers LMBT #7557. (828) 255-4785.

BEST MASSAGE IN ASHEVILLE Deep tissue, sports massage, Swedish, esalen. Available in/out. Jim Haggerty, LMBT# 7659. Call (828) 545-9700. MASSAGE/MLD Therapeutic Massage. Manual Lymph Drainage. Lymphedema Treatment. $45/hour or sliding scale for financial hardship. 17+ years experience. 828254-4110. NC License #146. SHOJI SPA & LODGE • 7 DAYS A WEEK Looking for the best therapist in town—- or a cheap massage? Soak in your outdoor hot tub; melt in our sauna; then get the massage of your life! 26 massage therapists. 299-0999. ZEN GARDEN MASSAGE SPA AND RETREAT CENTER • Healing massage therapy combining many modalities. $50/hour. Open every day 10am-7pm. Suzannah, 828-333-0555. LMBT 5773

Spiritual 2010 • YOUR FUTURE CAN BE BRIGHT! Ask Nina: (828) 253-7472 or email: ANCIENT VOICE CONSULTING “Divining the Truly Essential” *Love*Money*Health*Relation ships* Business*The Spiritual. Lil’lei Well, 828-275-4931. READINGS BY FRANZINI • Receive guidance for the new year: love, career, health, motivation, business and spiritual concerns answered. 423-3263.

Natural Alternatives

#1 AFFORDABLE COMMUNITY CONSCIOUS MASSAGE CENTER Best rates in town! $29/hour. • 20 Wonderful Therapists to choose from. Therapeutic Massage: • Deep Tissue • Swedish • Sports • Trigger Point. Also offering: • Acupressure • Energy Work • Reflexology • Classes. Call now for your appointment: • 10 Biltmore Plaza, 505-7088. Asheville.

HOLISTIC IRIDOLOGY® Fascinating Iris Analysis with digital imaging, Bio-Chemistry Analysis, Cardiovascular Screening, and Meridian Kinesiology for ‘Total Health Assessment’. Safe, Effective Natural Therapies, Detoxification, • NEW: Vibrational Healing using Quantum Light Lasers! Call Jane Smolnik, ND, Iridologist at (828) 777-JANE (5263) or visit

Bassist Available Interests in world, rock, blues, jam, folk, songwriting etc. Experienced. Play weekly and gig. In W. Asheville. Call Matt. 828-242-8259

Musicians’ Xchange

Musical Services ASHEVILLE’S WHITEWATER RECORDING Full service studio services since 1987. • Mastering • Mixing and Recording. • CD/DVD duplication at the best prices. (828) 684-8284 •

Drummer Wanted Two professional songwriters, and guitarists/bass and keys seek competent, committed drummer for gigs and recording projects. Call Dawn at 828-301-3745.

AUDIO/CD MASTERING Crane Song, Manley, API, and more. • Unrivaled in WNC/Upstate. Experienced and professional. Call (828) 442-6211 or (828) 724-1500. PIANO-GUITAR-DRUMSBASS-MANDOLIN-BANJOSINGING Learn what you/your child wants to learn. Knowledgeable, flexible, enthusiastic instructor. 828-242-5032.

Equipment For Sale Eastwood Airline Map 1 of 24 made with Bixby. With numbered certificate. Never played. Excellent condition. With case. Asking $680. Call 676-0249. Fender Left-handed Acoustic Guitar with pick up. case included. great sound, great shape. $250. 828-772-1731. Gretsch Drums 6 blue and silver pearl. 20x22 bass, 16x14 floor, 12x8 rack tom. $275. 828 388 4993 J.B. Player Mandolin - $120 Has natural finish. I will also include a beginners mandolin instruction book and tuner.Please email for more information. Yamaha CP33 Digital Piano in perfect condition in box. Great sound, split or layer keyboard, very lightweight. $750. 828-208-2740

Musicians’ Bulletin Available: Percussionist: Congos, bongos, Handsonic. All styles. Experienced. Seeking working band. Call Jeff: 329-0799.

Experienced Drummer, all styles; prefer jazz (828) 877-2413. Guitar and Keyboard Player. Interested in finding people to jam with. Pop to blues to heavy metal. I am not a youngster! Phone is 680-9719 Email is Guitarist Seeking To Form Band Adult male Blues/Rock musician available to play on weekends, would prefer original music. Buncome/Haywood area 828-507-6687 Fun a Must! Looking to Jam Drummer/guitarist looking for bass/vox/guitar/keys to play R&R (blues/classic/hard). Gigs are nice, but goal is for fun. Mandolin Guitar Vocal Looking for other musicians for a gypsy style band. No bluegrass please. Call Danny 828-777-4089 email Seeking Working Band Rhythm/lead guitarist/ singer/songwriter/recording artist, versed in many genres, seeks working band. Call Dawn 828-301-3745.

Pet Xchange

Lost Pets A LOST OR FOUND PET? Free service. If you have lost or found a pet in WNC, post your listing here: LOST YOUR PET? FOUND A PET? Call Asheville Humane Society, (828) 253-6807, to fill out a missing or found pet report. Visit 72 Lee’s Creek Road, Asheville.

Pets for Adoption

ABBY IS WAITING! Abby is a Schipperke mix who is searching for a loving home. For more info, contact Brother Wolf Animal Rescue at 808-9435 or visit FIND THE LOVE OF YOUR LIFE! Cats, dogs, & other small animals available for adoption at Asheville Humane Society • 72 Lee’s Creek Road • Asheville, NC • (828) 253-6807

Songwriting Partner Wanted Transgendered lyricist seeks musical partner - call Boulder at 828-246-1695 Vocalist Needed for established working Texas Blues band. You voted us #2 in the 2009 Reader’s Poll! Contact BusterNeedsASinger

HELP HONEY HAVE HOME! Honey is a Terrier mix puppy who is searching for a loving home. For more info, contact Brother Wolf Animal Rescue at 808-9435 or visit

Acoustic Music Room Recording Studio & Video Production

AAA & AARP DISCOUNT • Massage gift certificates available for the Holidays. Great rates. Professional office. Stress Busters Massage. LMT #7113. 828-275-5497.

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by Brent Brown Loving Lab Mix Needs a Home Housebroken, female, spayed, 3 yrs, LOVES people, not good with other dogs, free professional in home training with adoption contact HELP SCARLETT FIND HER HOME! Scarlett is a Shepherd mix puppy who is searching for a loving home. If you are interested in adopting , please call 808-9435 or for more information, visit Ivan is a friendly adult Pit Bull who loves to play, but needs to be an only pet. We love him, but he has once shown aggression toward a child, and we are expecting our first baby, so must give him up. Please call 828-380-1691 if you are interested in adopting a wonderful companion! Kittens for Adoption No Fee. Gorgeous short & long haired kittens. Spayed/neutered and shots included. Contact Friends2Ferals at or 803-553-7919. Located in Asheville.


Loving Lab-mix Needs home. Our five-year old pet, Selkie, needs a new home. She is so loving and smart, but needs a fenced-in yard. 225-5871

Pet Services ASHEVILLE PET SITTERS Dependable, loving care while you’re away. Reasonable rates. Call Sandy Ochsenreiter, (828) 215-7232.

Vehicles For Sale

Autos 1989 VW Jetta DIESEL - Veg Car Runs on veggie oil and biodiesel. Lots of recent engine work. Interior very clean. $3400. 828-551-1332 or 1995 Grand Marquis • White, 4-door. Great tires, runs great. Needs a home. $1,500. 828-628-9912. 1995 MERCURY MYSTIQUE GS Starts, Runs GREAT! 30 MPG Hwy. New: Tires, brakes, battery, heater fan, plugs, paint. Clean, comfortable, reliable. $1500 828-252-1298

Trucks/Vans/ SUVs LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE! End cruel and dangerous constant chaining of dogs in NC! Lobby your state reps to reintroduce legislation addressing dog chaining. For information, contacts and downloads, visit

Mercedes Unimog (swiss army) worlds finest rubber tired vehicle,perfect cond.4x4,6spd.forward,2rev.2 wd and 4wd.lock on the fly,a lot of cool accessories go withvehicle.828 699 0643

JANUARY 20 - JANUARY 26, 2010 •

Automotive Services WE’LL FIX IT AUTOMOTIVE • Honda and Acura repair. Half price repair and service. ASE and factory certified. Located in the Weaverville area. Please call 828-275-6063 for appointment.

For Sale

Antiques & Collectibles 1936 Gloria Imperial Accordian Rhinestoned beauty. Plays but better decror ative piece. Rare piece of Chicago Italian-Amer history. $300 828-989-5381 Grill plates Mioyama Pottery 10”. Excellent condition. 828-989-5381 $80 set John Singer- Sargant Exhibit Metro Museum of Art poster “Beyond the portrait studio” of “Mountain Stream”silver gallery frame $75 828-989-5381. 2’x3’

Computers Ativa High Speed External Floppy Drive - 1.44 MB USB Powered.- Supports Windows 98SE, Me, 2000, XP, Windows Vista and MAC OS 8.6-9.x or MAC OS X 10.1 or Higher. Like new. 828.712.9120

Electronics Get Dish -FREE Installation–$19.99/mo HBO & Showtime FREE-Over 50 HD Channels FREE Lowest Prices–No Equipment to Buy! Call Now for full Details: 877-242-0974 (AAN CAN)

Bicycles 1996 Trek Wms mtn bike, 5’3”-5’5”frame with shimano brakes, new tires. $50. Call 828-216-6892.

Sporting Goods Total Gym Exercise Machine with foot board accessory. excellent condition. $150.00. 828-772-1731.

Tools & Machinery Power Tools drill press, band saw, jigsaw, table saw, 10” radial saw, router, router table, tool chest, drill driver, impact driver. 828-989-5147

Business Equipment PHP-2026 Massage Chair Multiple pressure kneading, Tapping, Rolling, Kneading, Calf Shiatsu massage, with heat Making this chair feel more like a real masseuse. Warranty Nov 9 2011 Commercial / Retail $2999.99 Used: Like New Pickup Only

Lawn & Garden


Bolen Riding Lawn Mower$200 15.5 HP, 38 cut, new battery and tune up 775-7424

General Merchandise


2008 Armor 150cc Scooter 950 miles needs repairs paid $900 asking $500.

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Beautiful Appalachian Stove Free-standing, 30,000-23,000 BTU’s, like new, forest green enamel over cast iron, gas logs, blower; for natural gas. $575. (828 281-3194)

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MATTRESSES Pillow-top: queen $250, king $350 • Extra firm: queen $175, king $275 • Full: $150 • Twin: $99. New, in plastic. 828-277-2500.

Yard Sale Merchandise includes old Singer Sewing Machine, clothes, books, etc. $150, (828) 301-8295.



Call 275-6291.

Pub Table/Chairs Classic style pub table w/two high chairs, dark oak/black. Very new. $200. Must sell, relocating out of state (828) 989-1133

Lapidary Equipment. Lapidary & Silversmithing equipment wanted. Diamond saws, grinders, polishers, rough, tools, etc. (559) 813-0235

Furniture Brown Leather Chair. Good looking and comfortable chair in great condition. $230 obo 828-321-0179 Furniture Moving Sale Pottery Barn Armoire, King size mattress, Leather Sofa, Leather Chairs, Bar Stools, Desks 775-7424

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