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Diversity is perfection In response to Thomas Kelemen-Beatty’s Jan. 23 letter to Xpress, “Evacuation Should Be a Serious Concern”: I commend his commitment to a safe plan for disaster evacuation, but I can’t help thinking that we could alleviate the issue much less circuitously by finding alternatives to nuclear energy and weaponry. I trust he's coming from a place of service, but I just can’t help but to feel irked by the irony in the suggestion that we turn to Homeland Security to settle the repercussions from a nuclear disaster that most likely would result from some corporate malfeasance, and which that department is designed to protect. I also need to address Mark Strazzer’s letter, “A Medley of Responses to Mountain Xpress,” from the same issue. Now, if you’re for gun control, then power to you and may you lead an enlightened life. But I must say that if you think the Second Amendment has anything to do with deer hunting, then I think you should revisit your American history. It may be more comprehensive to take a quick look at world history, and the nearly unanimous pattern of governmental bodies to become ensconced in corruption and tyranny. The right to bear arms is about making a stand when voting and “free-speech zone” protests cease to be acknowledged. I wonder also: Who are “drug lords or mass murderers”? It’s only arbitrary that some wear badges and others don’t. Where did all the guns, drugs and money go from the APD evidence room? Most happily forget the incident in favor of acquiescing to a comfortable status quo and
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James Franco in Asheville From James Franco in Asheville,
by Caroline Mann: I. I woke up and wondered why someone would ask you to write a poem when your words crack in the mouth like saltines — so bland a bath. I am thirsty for something real: standards at colleges, cornbread that is not vegan, songs with actual chords in them.
onomatopoeia bubbles: Bam! Pow! Yikes! Don’t quit your day job, they would caution you if their mouths were not corrugated of clichés.
the idea that we are protected. I find it intensely more threatening to see these farcical agencies of “justice” or “democracy” carrying weapons of destruction than my neighbors who want to maintain peace and prosperity for their families and retain the capability to resist a police state if push comes to shove. The Constitution — Second Amendment and all — was created to limit the power of government, preserve liberty and protect the people’s power to shatter injustice. I love each and every one of you, but I am flabbergasted by seemingly sane people’s willingness to witness outright extortion, corruption and piracy from our government over and over again and still come to the conclusion that it is anything close to being trustworthy. Controversy runs high in the nation today; what a blessing that we have a community forum to discuss our diverse viewpoints! Diversity is perfection, so thank you all for having the vitality to express yourselves. — Fletcher Ravenstock Asheville
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often featuring many films dealing with those pesky “isms.” The historical slides are not intended to make light of the theater’s history, nor to glorify pornography or sexism. Rather, they serve as a reminder of how far we have come as a community. We are proactively anti “ism,” and the writer may have understood this and other facts better by simply asking why the slide was there instead of making assumptions about the owner and management that are simply not true. — Neal Reed Fine Arts Theatre Asheville
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I'm a server in the restaurant business, [and] I have recently been appalled at the lack of consideration people show when it comes to two things: paying their tabs and keeping their hands off other people's stuff. In the past two weeks, I've had two "walk-outs" at my work, when people run out on their tabs when the server's not looking. I'd like to think that James Franco, I do not know you people are just ignorant, that they stupidly believe from Spiderman, or any other things. the restaurant covers the cost of their meals and My undergraduates’ knockers never drinks when they sneak out the door. This is have occasion not the case. When you bail on your server, he/ publish poetry. The post justified the excepLocal resident Caroline Mann, a lecturer in to rub up against me. she covers the cost. We only make just over $2 tion; within 24 hours, it gleaned more than two psychology at UNCA, sent Xpress her responseBut I once saw Apocalypse Now an hour, so if you run on a $30 tab, you're takthousand views and a dozen comments. Most in-verse to actor/director/writer/etc. James ing roughly 15 hours of pay from your server's at the Fine Arts cinema downtown, readers, as Mann, responded to/took umbrage Franco's much-ballyhooed poem, "Obama in pocket, not to mention the tip you owe. In other with Franco’s superficial characterizations of Asheville," which was commissioned by Yahoo! the one that used to be a porn theatre, On good days we can name words, you suck. the area. Others appreciated Mann’s piece on News to commemorate President Obama's Aunt Mariella said. And once I read Recently, rudeness took on even bigger proporits own terms, as a fierce celebration of life as a recent inauguration. (Franco is enrolled every bump on the blue spine Heart of Darkness in high school. tions, but under different circumstances. I was at a local in this much-visited mountain town. Here, in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren of mountain that stretches out before us. I felt bad for the captain. we’ve excerpted a brief section of Mann’s muchWilson College, which recently convened for funk jam at a local bar. I ordered wings and fries, We love secret trails, longer piece, and included selections from readits January session). Because of the poem’s ate about half of them, and got up for a bathroom songs in three-quarter time, So I want to tell you— ers’ comments. For the full poem and to join the impassioned local interest, and the enduring break. I was gone for maybe a minute. I got back well-built fires and unleashed dogs. ongoing discussion, visit avl.mx/pt, where we topicality of Franco’s Frank O’Hara take on the Asheville you write of to find a guy leaning over my table, shoving my also link to the strophe heard ‘round the world Asheville, we posted Mann’s poem on mounWe are poets but can’t afford food in his mouth. He wasn't poor or homeless. is only a set. that started it all. — Jaye Bartell tainx.com, although Xpress does not typically He was young and looked to be a student. His to go to school for it, How flimsy the mountains fall, clothes were more expensive than mine. Perhaps and anyway I wouldn’t want to how clumsy the cardboard cutouts he's so accustomed to Mummy making him of men call from their if this is what Warren Wilson turns out. snacks when he's busy at video games that he assumes all food within reach is meant for him. I have no idea how he thought this was acceptable, much less appropriate, but there he was. sionate enough to go to poetry school here When you run on a tab, the server is stuck payhe is. But I saw a guy that was expressprove themselves worthy....just sayin. — Franco’s poem was an honest attempt; There once was an actor, all the rage when he could be sipping martinis on an ing it. You are blatantly stealing from the person ing something that he had the honor of D. Dial it’s just easier to be unkind when the Who saw in himself a great Sage exotic island snapping at the wait staff. being asked to do, which was write a subject is a celebrity. One of my favorite He created much drama who worked hard for you, just as you are stealing He is not a professional poet. That is why if you help yourself to someone's else's food or poem. It is art. It is in the eye, or in this things about Asheville is how friendly and As much as I appreciate this poem, I find Gushing over Obama he is in SCHOOL. Give the guy a break. drink while their back is turned. case the ear, of the beholder. I didn’t hear ms. Mann to be woefully hypocritical. Maybe he should just stick with the stage. accepting it is. I’d hate to think of some... I consider this [rebuttal] poem vandal- And to the kid the other night: What if I had anything negative about Asheville in the YOU are the tourist, the thief that you one reading this poem, and some of the — Big Al ism and it seems to come from some sort returned to the table with my 200-pound, formerpoem. I actually saw a guy that wrote speak of ms. Mann. But only trough the comments on this page, and see Asheville of jealous bitter resentment from the fact Marine boyfriend? What if I'd been crazy enough eyes of those whose histories you choose to something that he meant, and he seemed as a bitter and unwelcoming (and dare I Love it. Smart, funny, and so true. Way that he is famous and not from here. I brush past- the Cherokee people. — Anna very humble. I didn’t feel like he was trysay snarky?) place. — By R to go! — Mrs. D to fight you? What then? If you can't show some encourage everyone to really listen to ing to label Asheville in any way. I saw manners, at least show some common sense and James Francos poem again and consider a guy who is trying to lead a normal life It must be hard being famous. I wouldn’t The point being, wax poetic about our Wow. I appreciate the in-defense-ofself-preservation. it to be a form of interpretational art that and is cool enough to realize Asheville is want to be. ... I listened to the poem Asheville sentiment behind Mann’s poem, town at you own peril, if you fail to cap— Jennifer Casey comes from the heart. — invisiblefriend a special place. I saw a guy who is pasfrom James Franco. I hardly know who but it comes across as pretty harsh. I think ture it’s true essence. Outlanders gotta Asheville I want to tell you— there is a three-dimensional Asheville, one where we wake with the covers tangled, rise for 7 a.m. jobs, take car naps in December sun; we fight with our lovers, feed the cat, sweep dead leaves from the kitchen floor. When the weather turns cold we change our clothes, not our houses. We enroll in one college at a time.
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Recently I went to see a movie at the Fine Arts Theatre. Right before the movie began, an old black-and-white photo of the theater flashed up on the screen. The marquee on the building posted the two features of the time: Sassy Sue and Three in a Waterbed. You see, as I have come to find out, the Fine Arts used to be the Plaza Theater, a porn hall (euphemistically referred to as an adult movie house) from the years 1922-1985, until it was finally shut down because of an obscenity law. Apparently not only do the owners/managers of the Fine Arts want us to nostalgically remember the history of this theater as a home to pornography, they proudly embrace it as a way to currently celebrate the theater to its patrons. Despite the specious claims proponents sometimes make that pornography is an issue of free speech, its systemic and intentional exploitation and endangerment of women for financial profit repudiate any pretense of "art" — fine or otherwise. And yet there seems to be something casually acceptable here in making the connection through time to the Plaza Theater and its XXX smut (aka misogynist) films. I don’t think the owners of the Fine Arts would be as casual advertising titles from the past that are racist. There seems to be something more “acceptably’” humorous to them about sexism. (And of course we know that all the “isms” — like sexism, racism, classism, ageism, etc. — intersect, and most often porn is racist as well as sexist.). The bottom line, though, is none of this is funny. I write this to inform all of you who patronize this local business and urge you to withdraw your support of its past and present misogyny. — Lisa Garrett Asheville
The Fine Arts Theatre, in its current incarnation, was opened as a first-run art and independent film theater in 1996 by John Cram as an extension of his decades-long venture in the arts in Asheville. He opened the fine art gallery Blue Spiral 1 next door in 1991, and saw opportunity in the old theater to bring quality art films to Asheville while helping to revitalize a depressed downtown. Built in 1946, the theater opened in 1947 as The Strand, a mainstream, first-run movie house of the day. During the 1960s and ‘70s the theater transformed — typical for the era — into a “Grindhouse,” becoming an XXX theater in the early ‘70s. The theater shuttered in 1986, mostly due to the advent of VHS tapes. We take very seriously the history of the theater and its many lives. In 2001, we restored the “colored entrance” box office window where nonwhites had to purchase tickets and sit only in the balcony. The restored “segregation window” is now used by groups such as The Center for Diversity Education at UNCA to educate students and others about the history of racism in Asheville. The Fine Arts Theatre is the only locally owned, first-run movie house in Asheville, and the only theater in the region that regularly hosts fundraisers for organizations like Our VOICE, the Rape Crisis Center of Asheville and Buncombe County, and many other groups over the years (too numerous to list here). We have featured films that tackle tough subjects like military sexual trauma (The Invisible War); rape (The Greatest Silence); and yes, even pornography (Inside Deep Throat). The Fine Arts Theatre is also the home of QFest, Asheville’s LGBT film festival. Qfest brings films and filmmakers to Asheville that spotlight the struggles and discrimination of those in the LGBT community often face. Another featured festival is the Asheville Jewish Film Festival,
Is Voter ID really worth all these burdens? Last week, North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis announced that a Voter ID bill “will move fairly quickly” through the General Assembly this year. The League of Women Voters has been a vocal opponent of similar Voter ID bills introduced recently in state legislatures across the country. We should not be so blinded by concerns about voter fraud that we are willing to make it harder for thousands of eligible North Carolinians to exercise their right to vote. Research has shown that elderly citizens, low-income voters, AfricanAmerican voters and voters under age 24 are among those least likely to have a current government-issued ID. Furthermore, 40 of the state’s 100 counties are covered by Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. Thus, while our legislators may vote on Voter ID legislation, any changes to our election laws would need pre-clearance from the U.S. Department of Justice and/or a three-judge panel in Washington, D.C. In 2012, a Voter ID law in Texas was struck down through this process. Time and again these laws have been found to be illegal. Such restrictive voting laws should not be enacted in any state, nor should we allow politicians to manipulate election laws for their own personal gain. It is time for us to move beyond the rhetoric and work to ensure that everyone who is eligible to vote can vote, and will have their votes counted without any barriers. On a practical level, some of the legislators promoting Voter ID are the same ones who claim they are concerned about fiscal responsibility. Voter ID could potentially cost the state’s taxpayers millions of dollars to implement properly; it could also put new financial burdens on local governments. Is Voter ID really worth all these burdens? — Karen Oelschlaeger League of Women Voters Asheville
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by Kempton Roll I couldn't help but notice the sign New York City had erected next to an on-ramp on the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway: "FUGEDABOTIT." It was the easiest, cheapest way to tell drivers not to try exiting there. No problem for me: Born and raised on Long Island, I could speak and understand their language. And thanks to World War II, the U.S. Navy and Yale, I understood that not everyone spoke the way I did. While still living in New York, I was considering holding a fall conference at the Grove Park Inn and came down to Asheville to investigate. But they were full up, explaining that "leaf lookers" from all over the U.S. and Europe booked those rooms years in advance. A few years later, I retired and decided that living in Princeton, "Noo Joisy," was no longer desirable. I wanted to be able to play golf year-round, and to take field trips seeking pretty minerals I could fashion into jewelry for my wife. I’d held conferences in Florida, but the winter weather was unpredictable, and in summer you had to run air conditioners night and day. A professor friend at Drexel University came to my rescue. He relayed my ideal living conditions to the meteorology department, which recommended moving below the Mason-Dixon Line on the western side of the time zone, so
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A few years later, I retired and decided that living in Princeton, “Noo Joisy,” was no longer desirable. you’d get more daylight hours for playing golf. Between 2,000 and 3,000 feet above sea level, they noted, the air is too thin to hold moisture all night: When the sun sets, the air cools down and any moisture in it condenses as dew, reducing the humidity. The mountainous terrain breaks up heavy storms coming from the Northwest or Gulf states, hurricanes don’t venture that far inland, and you’re spared the severe tornadoes encountered in the flatlands. Yet you don’t get the cold and snow found at higher altitudes. Meanwhile, friends who’d retired to the Sunbelt found the nearly seasonless climate boring. On the bright side, however, they said living there was giving them a taste of what perhaps lay in store for them: It was hell. And if you enjoyed catching and grilling Gila monsters, there were always a few sunbathing on your deck. More research revealed that Western North Carolina was world-famous for its gemstones: emeralds, rubies, zircons, sapphires, even diamonds. From Franklin on up to Spruce Pine, it was (and is) a rock hound’s heaven. Gold was still being found in Cabarrus County, the site of America's first gold rush. After I retired, we drove down the Blue Ridge Parkway, exited at Asheville and continued on to Sapphire Valley, east of Hendersonville, to play golf, drive around, and see what it was like in these mountains, presumably inhabited by banjo-plunking hillbillies who earned their living making moonshine and selling it to us Yankees. But I found neither sapphires, hillbillies nor moonshine, and Hendersonville seemed mostly populated by much older retirees. Asheville, though, offered a unique combination of Southern charm and Northern commerce. True, downtown merchants had fled to a new mall on Tunnel Road, and both the Asheville Art Museum and the Colburn Gem and Mineral Museum languished in the Civic Center’s basement. Yet there were many signs of potential change for the better. Within a few years, the Pack Place Education, Arts & Science
Center would have taken over the old library building and expanded it to become the new home for those two museums plus the Diana Wortham Theatre and The Health Adventure. The new facility would help restore the vitality of that part of downtown: no more boarded-up shops and vacant restaurants! Still, my wife and I had to consider what we’d be giving up in such a drastic relocation. She loved living near New York's Broadway, Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Hall and many famous museums, and she feared losing access to them. But in recent years, she's been amazed at the cultural amenities now available in Asheville and environs, which are far more accessible, less costly and, in many ways, superior to those big-city offerings. The Diana Wortham Theatre stages plays and other entertainment, and the U.S. Cellular Center brings in the best traveling shows. For music buffs, there’s the Asheville Symphony, and UNCA sponsors highly innovative adult-education programs. A few years ago, when I was board president of what’s now the Colburn Earth Science Museum, I taught a class on North Carolina minerals. Slowly but steadily, our preferred lifestyle has not only been restored but reborn. This unique, delightful Southern city has evolved into a mecca for artists, young entrepreneurs and educational sciences, not to mention the newly enlarged heart of Beer City. There are now enough golf courses here to serve every person alive who wants to play the game, including the five excellent 18-hole courses associated with acclaimed designer Donald Ross. Years ago, many wealthy Americans, such as E.W. Grove, came here to be treated for tuberculosis. But these days, we all enjoy access to Western North Carolina’s topflight medical services and hospital facilities. In short, we really lucked out in moving to Asheville, and we intend to stay forever. Pick up and move again? FUGEDABOTIT! X Kempton Roll lives in Beaverdam.
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teacher. I’ve taught from fifth grade all the way through graduate school. I also have a permit to carry. I’ve been trained since childhood in firearms. I, as an American citizen, have a right to protect myself. I, as a teacher, have a moral obligation to protect ... every child that I teach.” As far apart as they were on that question, however, they found common ground when discussing America’s culture of violence as a root cause of mass shootings. “We have been violent since before our own country was even founded,” Doyle declared. “The genocide of the Native Americans and slavery are just two examples. As a nation, we’ve been in one war or another for something like 218 of 239 years. We are the world’s largest weapons manufacturer and supplier and are the most heavily armed nation on earth.” Forstchen agreed, proclaiming, “We have reduced violence to entertainment; that is the cancer in our society today. I call it the pornography of violence.” Policymakers, he added, seem to ignore the media’s penchant for depicting violence. “And that seems to be off the shelf, in terms of the discussion that our vice president led a couple weeks ago about ‘What are the problems and how do we address it?’” “We’re in full agreement,” he concluded, addressing Doyle.
DOYLE, FORSTCHEN DUEL OVER GUN VIOLENCE
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BY MAX COOPER A boisterous crowd packed the Vanderbilt Room at Asheville’s DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel for a Jan. 29 debate on gun policy. Moderator Charu Kumarhia, a former WLOS reporter, repeatedly had to ask the audience to refrain from cheering and jeering. The principals, however — Montreat College history professor William Forstchen and local activist Ned Ryan Doyle — conducted a spirited but generally civilized debate. After seeing them spar over the issue on Facebook, co-hosts Agnes Cheek and Matt Mittan of Independent Asheville Radio invited the two to square off . Organized as part of Cheek and Mittan’s Take a Stand Speaker Series, the broadly themed dialogue covered topics ranging from arming teachers to funding for mental health care. More than 70 people attended, said Cheek, and several law-enforcement officers, including Buncombe County Sheriff Van Duncan, were on hand to ensure order, noted Mittan. It wasn’t an unwarranted precaution: Several audience members grew heated over the course of the evening, particularly during the question-and-answer period. After one speaker who blamed support for gun control on “lies in the media” was cut short by Kumarhia, the crowd reacted with cries of “Let him speak!”
UNARMED AND NAKED After winning a coin toss, Forstchen spoke first. He began by saying he hoped to walk away having reached “points of consensus” with Doyle. Next, however, came what he called an “angry statement” about the disparity between elected officials’ security and that of the general public. “We are in the middle of a national debate about the Second Amendment,” said Forstchen, “focused primarily on the protection of our children. ... All our children are equal. Therefore, I do get disturbed when some government officials lecture me about [firearms] while their children go to the most secure schools in the country.” Attacking the idea of gun-free zones, Forstchen said he “feels naked” in such insecure environments.
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Ned Ryan Doyle (left) and William Forstchen clashed on the issue of arming teachers but agreed about America’s destructive “culture of violence” and the need for more mental health care funding. Although the debaters remained civil, the packed house required frequent calls for order from moderator Charu Kumarhia. Photo by Max Cooper Forstchen went on to advocate allowing teachers who were willing, able and “highly trained” to carry firearms on school grounds. “I am completely in favor of teachers — from kindergarten on through college — carrying concealed [firearms] or having rapid access,” he revealed.
ARMING TEACHERS Doyle, however, whose left-leaning talk show “Our Southern Community” is also on Independent Asheville Radio, quickly rejected that idea, calling it “an emotional reaction,
not a realistic solution. It’s a bad idea, due to the inevitable risk: It’s not if there might be an accident if our teachers were armed, it’s a matter of how many new accidents there will be. Are we to expect that none of the guns would be stolen or lost on school property?” And safety aside, Doyle argued that the time, expense and energy devoted to arming teachers would detract from efforts to get to the root of the matter. “Who pays for the guns and training on a continuing basis?” he wondered, adding, “We have a lot of better ideas to address the core problems, not just react to the end results.” Forstchen’s rebuttal was pointed: “I am a
“So what’s the answer?” asked Kumarhia, pointing out that violence in the media is protected by the First Amendment. “Yes, we have freedom of speech,” countered Doyle, “but there are limitations on that.” Both debaters said the answer lies in personal relationships, particularly parenting and community involvement. “How do we work together to pull ourselves back out of this abyss?” wondered Forstchen. The debate concluded with both men advocating increased funding for treating mental illness. “This is one of the few issues where I’d say I think we need more funding,” said Forstchen, though he stopped short of endorsing limits on gun ownership based on mental health, citing historical examples of governments labeling dissidents as insane. Mental health, Doyle agreed, is essential “for communities and societies as a whole, especially in schools. One of the aspects of almost all the school shooters: They went to those schools and knew the people there. Maybe they could have been prevented if they had better health services up front.” X
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Streets & sidewalks West Ashevilleans meet with City Council BY DAVID FORBES Every fifth Tuesday, Asheville Council members leave City Hall and host a neighborhood meeting. On Jan. 29, it was West Asheville's turn, and about 70 people showed up, filling the auditorium of Hall Fletcher Elementary. That's above-average attendance for council's quarterly community meetings. The area has an extremely active array of neighborhood groups, and representatives from Malvern Hills, East West Asheville, Burton Street, Pisgah View and West Asheville Watch all spoke during the meeting. First, city staff touted their goal to introduce “form-based code” — a method of development that regulates building type instead of use. The approach could help efforts to continue Haywood Road’s revival as a thriving, multi-use district. Over the years, it has been common for West Asheville residents to complain that the old town — incorporated into the city in 1917 — has not received its fair share of municipal services. So Public Works Director Cathy Ball reported that the city has spent $2 million to improve water lines and $1 million for sidewalks in the area since 2011. But Malvern Hill's Elaine Poovy responded, “You've had a traffic calming policy in place, but have chosen not to fund any requests since 2006.” Last December, she mentioned, a child was hit by a car on Rumbough Place, and incidents on South Bear Creek Road led to the city installing new stop signs. Poovy also said that residents have pledged $2,000 to help provide three speed bumps in the area, but city policy doesn’t allow such contributions for infrastructure. “I sense a disconnect when Council says they support traffic calming, but don't fund traffic calming,” she said. Several Council members expressed a desire to change the infrastructure-funding policy. Continuing the traffic refrain, resident Dick Rule noted that Vermont Avenue had de facto traffic calming, because it was in such disrepair that no one could drive very quickly.
Although the city of Asheville has spent $1 million on West Asheville sidewalk improvements, many challenges remain. Burton Street resident Vivian Conley said the only sidewalks in her neighborhood date back to desegregation days. Photo by Max Cooper
IS YOUR STREET ON THE SCHEDULE? In a few weeks, look for road-maintenance and repair information online, say Asheville city staff. In the meantime, residents can call the city’s Public Works Department at 259-5935 to find more information about road repairs in their area.
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Council member Gordon Smith responded that the city is on an 80-year cycle for road repairs and replacements. That is, eight decades may pass between maintenance and repair on the same stretch of road, according to the city’s current schedule. (See “The 80-year Rotation.”) That’s far longer than he’d like, especially since public-work professionals recommend a 40-50-year cycle. But, he explained, the long turnaround is due to constraints on the city’s ability to raise the needed revenue and a lack of support from the state. Some residents’ infrastructure concerns weren't in the city's hands. Vivian Conley, president of the Burton Street Community Association, said that her neighborhood has made important strides, but, with plans at an apparent standstill, the proposed Interstate 26 connector could swallow up several homes in her neighborhood. “We're still sitting there waiting to see if we live there or not,” Conley said. “We have all these plans that depend solely on I-26. It's not right. With the removal of that cloud, we can create businesses and jobs.” As if that wasn't enough, Burton Street needs sidewalks too, she added, noting that some of them date back to desegregation days. In response to these and other concerns, Council member Marc Hunt encouraged West Ashevilleans to “tune in at budget time” when the city balances competing interests and allocates its limited resources. Mayor Terry Bellamy added, “We have to make some tough decisions.” But residents said that it was encouraging that the discussion centered on what infrastructure improvements can aid the area's revival, rather than blight and crime — big issues in West Asheville not that long ago. “We haven't had a single police question,” said Bill Rhodes of the community group West Asheville Watch. “I would like to commend the police department for being very proactive. What a difference from seven to eight years ago, when we had four homicides on Michigan Avenue alone. I think we've come together as a neighborhood.” Even counting the April 4, 2012, deaths at Mike’s Side Pocket on Haywood Road, overall, West Asheville crime has been significantly down in recent years. Bellamy remarked, “It is so heartwarming to see so many people that care about this beautiful city,” she said. “Just eight years ago, we were talking about how many issues there were in Burton Street and Pisgah View. Now we're talking about traffic calming.” X
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MAKING GOOD ON A PROMISE Rep. McHenry opens Buncombe County office Keeping a campaign promise to have a physical presence in Buncombe County, the 10th District’s newly reelected U.S. Congressman, Rep. Patrick McHenry, opened a district office Jan. 30 in Black Mountain. The Lake Norman-based Republican is representing most of Asheville for the first time, in a redrawn district that stretches to the Charlotte suburbs and consists mostly of Piedmont counties. That’s lead some local constituents to worry that the Democrat-leaning Asheville won't get the attention it deserves. However, in a press release announcing the opening of the Black Mountain office, McHenry seeks to calm any such concerns. "My number one priority as a representative has always been to provide the best constituent services possible. If folks have an issue they need assistance with, we're here to help and answer any questions we can," he said. "I'd personally like to thank Mayor Bartlett and the Town of Black Mountain for the office space in the Black Mountain Town Hall." The local office space was previously unused and the town is providing it to McHenry and his staff rent-free. McHenry encourages constituents who need assistance with the Small Business Administration, Social Security Administration, Medicare, Veterans benefits, procuring a passport, or other issues with the federal government to contact the office. It's located at 160 Midland Avenue in Black Mountain; staff can be reached by phone at 828-669-0600.
Rep. Tim Moffitt introduces legislation banning female toplessness Buncombe’s Statehouse Rep. Tim Moffitt has introduced legislation that bans public female toplessness. His proposal supplements state indecency laws, stating that, “for the purposes of this section, the term ‘private parts’ means external organs of sex and of excretion, including the nipple, or any portion of the areola, of the human female breast.” The law exempts breastfeeding, but would make recent topless rallies in Asheville illegal and female toplessness a misdemeanor. (For the full text of the proposed bill, go to the ncleg.net website (avl.mx/pu). Currently, no state or local laws prohibit female toplessness. Before last year’s rally, Mayor Terry Bellamy and all Asheville City Council members signed a letter asking people to avoid the event and declared their intent to seek state legislation “that will clarify the law and allow Asheville and other communities in North Carolina to respond more effectively.” — David Forbes
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At the Jan. 30 grand opening celebration, McHenry met with a variety of local leaders, including Black Mountain Mayor Carl Bartlett, Buncombe County Commissioners Mike Fryar and Ellen Frost, Chairman David Gantt and others. McHenry also operates district offices in Hickory and Gastonia. Meanwhile, newly elected 11th District freshman Rep. Mark Meadows recently opened an office in the Henderson County
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Rep. Patrick McHenry opened his first Buncombe County district office in Black Mountain alongside a variety of local leaders. photo by Max Cooper
courthouse. The redrawn 11th District includes parts of northern and western Buncombe County and covers most of WNC. The Republican lives in Highlands and also opened an office in Spruce Pine. Previously, Rep. Heath Shuler had a district office in downtown Asheville when all of Buncombe County was in the 11th District. The Democrat chose not to run for reelection last year, instead taking a job heading Duke Energy's lobbying operation. — Jake Frankel
The city of Asheville’s fight against a forced transfer of its water system by N.C. legislators has helped spur a statewide reaction. During its Jan. 24 legislative goals meeting, the North Carolina League of Municipalities adopted the defense of local utilities as one of its top priorities. Likewise, 40 N.C. cities and towns have recently passed resolutions supporting that stand. Black Mountain is one of those. “I think our membership wanted to let it be known that there is a significant amount of concern among municipal officials across the state about the operation of municipally-owned utility systems,” Ellis Hankins, the league’s executive director, tells Xpress. “Operating water, sewer, in some cases even natural gas and broadband, are very important municipal systems.” Asheville’s situation struck a chord, says Vice Mayor Esther Manheimer, who represented Asheville at the meeting. “We heard a lot of people saying ‘we’re pretty worried this could happen to us,’” she says. Hankins adds that Asheville’s case wasn’t alone isolated, but played a role in the league’s reaction. He added that the nonpartisan, 522-member league will wait until it sees what specific legislation emerges from Raleigh before deciding whether they regard it as legislative overreach.
“I know that most members of the general assembly would proceed very cautiously down any path to interfere with the financial, ownership and operational arrangements that have been in place for many years and work very well in many communities.” — David Forbes
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Six WNC nonprofits receive economic development grants Six Western North Carolina nonprofits won their share of $5.85 million from the N.C. Community Development Initiative. Over the next three years, the grants will, hopefully, spark economic growth and job creation in some of the state’s most distressed areas. Five of the organizations are based in Asheville, giving the city a bigger cut than any other town in the state. “These grants will flow directly to organizations that are creating vibrant commercial areas; green, affordable homes and safe spaces for children; counseling entrepreneurs and business owners; and teaching working families how to save and join the financial mainstream,” Initiative CEO Abdul Rasheed said in a press release announcing the awards. “By revitalizing our state’s most resource-constrained communities, the community economic development sector helps strengthen North Carolina’s economy overall.” The five WNC nonprofits will receive threeyear grants ranging from $210,000-$300,000. The goal is for them to use the grants to implement strategic economic development plans in the communities they serve. They are: • ASAP supports area farmers and by linking them to markets, building healthy communities through connections to local food.
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WELLNESS Mental attitudes, creative approaches to treatment and open minds often complete the health picture. So in the final part of our wellness doubleissue, we go beyond the physical, exploring the mysteries of the mind and why it’s crucial to our well-being. Whether it’s sharing a local movement to rethink the use of psychiatric drugs or describing the serenity that can be found by doing yoga on a mountaintop with dogs, we’ve got the mind in mind. So take a look, and make it your New Year’s resolution to share your view of wellness with us. — Caitlin Byrd
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Asheville psychiatrist Daniel Johnson didn’t set out to transform his profession. But he’s now part of a growing movement, both locally and nationally, that’s challenging the most fundamental assumptions about mental illness. Dr. Johnson launched a private practice here in 2010 and, like most psychiatrists, he prescribed medications for his patients. But a controversial article he read about a year and a half ago got him thinking and eventually led to a profound shift in the nature of his work (see sidebar, “By the Book(s)”). “Unfortunately, and sadly, more often than not, medications do more harm than good,” Johnson now maintains. “And of course I had contributed to all that in my own practice. I had a lot of soul searching and reckoning to do on a personal level.” Nonetheless, Johnson — a graduate of the UNC School of Medicine who spent several years working in Mission Hospital’s inpatient psychiatric unit — says he did “a lot of apologizing” to clients, including those who later experienced a difficult withdrawal from a particular antidepressant he’d prescribed: “They put a lot of trust in me, and I feel like I led them astray.” Many in the field would disagree with that position. And while Johnson says he’s gotten some support from colleagues, psychiatrists who help patients safely withdraw from psychiatric drugs are few and far between. Asheville resident Faith Rhyne, a former patient of Johnson’s, says, “There’s something very reductionist about the conventional approach to mental health, which ... really is that you have a chemical imbalance, and it’s a disease, and you have to take medication in order to fix that.” With Johnson’s help, she’s been off psychiatric meds for more than a year. “I feel so much better,” she reports. Rhyne belongs to the Asheville Radical Mental Health Collective, one of several local alternative support networks (see sidebar, “Helping
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presented a very compelling argument for re-examining the work I do.” Around the same time, Johnson decided he was tired of fighting with insurance companies, so he stopped accepting insurance altogether. That, he says, forced him to listen more closely to what his patients were actually saying rather than trying to align what they told him with the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders so he could get reimbursed for services rendered. Johnson’s quest to learn more about the subtleties of medication withdrawal led him to the work of Dr. Peter Breggin, a Harvard-trained psychiatrist basaed in Ithaca, N.Y., who’s written extensively about the dangers of psychiatric drugs and electroconvulsive therapy. Breggin’s website (breggin. com) warns that psychiatric drugs are dangerous both to start and to stop, and the latter should be “done carefully under experienced clinical supervision” to avoid “life-threatening emotional and physical withdrawal problems.” To safely taper patients off their medications, Johnson works with two compounding pharmacies in town, which create successively smaller doses of the drugs, rather than the standard dosages available from pharmaceutical companies. Depending on the number of meds involved, the process may take a couple of years. In addition, individual and group therapy help patients process what they’re feeling. Once they’re weaned from the drugs, says Johnson, they can get a clear view of their inner self and are better able to do grounded bodywork with some of the many alternative and complementary medicine practitioners in town. “When people start believing that there’s hope that they can live off of meds, that sense of self-empowerment … can be transformational,” he reports.
Full recovery Bat Cave residents Lisbeth Riis Cooper and her husband, Don Cooper, on the other hand, take a somewhat more nuanced stance concerning psychiatric drugs. In response to their own frustrations navigating the mental health system with their teenage daughter, the couple founded the CooperRiis Healing Community in 2000. The local nonprofit runs two holistic, residential treatment centers for people with mental illness or emotional distress — one on a Polk County farm and the other in Montford — that take what the website (cooperriis.org) calls a “medication optimization”
HELPING HANDS Many people diagnosed with a mental illness have probably have heard of established organizations like the National Alliance on Mental Illness, which has more than 1,000 chapters across the country, including one in Western North Carolina (namiwnc.org). But other groups also provide information and support. Here are some less-well-known local mental health resources: The Asheville Radical Mental Health Collective, inspired by the work of The Icarus Project (theicarusproject. net), offers free support, discussion and information for those interested in “navigating the space between brilliance and madness.” The collective meets Tuesdays from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at The Downtown Market (45 S. French Broad Ave., Asheville). Info: radmadasheville@ theicarusproject.net. Holland House in Forest City runs a free, drop-in center for Rutherford County adults with mental illness. Started last May, the nonprofit center doesn’t offer treatment or crisis services. Instead, it provides a communal gathering place on weekends, when most care providers in the county are closed, says founder Rosemary Weaver. Winter hours are Friday-Sunday, 1-7 p.m. at 475 W. Main St. in Forest City. More info: 828-748-5206. Magnetic Minds/DBSA of Asheville is a free support group for those dealing with depression and bipolar disorder. About a dozen people attend weekly meetings of the group, a local chapter of the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, says Rebecca Hunnicutt, lead facilitator/ president. Meetings are held Wednesdays from 7-9 p.m. at 1316C Patton Ave. in West Asheville. More info: 828-367-7660; magneticminds.weebly.com. The nonprofit Mother Bear CAN provides free support to families with a member facing a mental health challenge. Online forums provide a place to share experiences; a Family Hope Line should be operational in mid-February, says Communications and Program Director Jennifer Maurer. Family “dens” offering education and support will launch in Asheville and Hendersonville in March. An eight-week, online family mental health course (offered for a nominal fee) is slated for this spring. Info: motherbearcan.org. — T.R.
approach which “supports the judicious use or non-use of psychotropic medications, based on evidence from methodologically sound and responsibly interpreted research studies.” Options include balancing med use with other services and supports, postponing their use, combining medication with other approaches to minimize their use, or avoiding them altogether. The treatment centers, says CooperRiis Executive Director Virgil Stucker, focus on “empowering choice by the individual — informed choice that helps them know when medications may be useful and when not, especially over the long term.” Further expanding the boundaries of their work, the Coopers pledged $2 million IN 2011 to the newly formed Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care, whose board chair is Stucker. The foundation aims to promote better mental health outcomes by highlighting existing research, developing and funding new research, and helping launch new programs. One of those programs, the Asheville-based Mother Bear Community Action Network, provides support to families with relatives facing mental health challenges, says Jennifer Maurer, the project’s communications and program director. Last fall, the fledgling nonprofit partnered with a Toronto-based group to produce an online mental health education course. Mother Bear plans to offer the course again this spring, says Maurer, and is also working on launching local family support groups (called “dens”) and a “warm line” offering non-emergency phone support for families as well as access to recovery resources. It’s all done through the lens of the recovery movement, which is fueled by people who’ve gone through the mainstream psychiatric system and received a label, Maurer reports. “You hold the potential that full recovery is possible,” she explains. “These challenges are not necessarily lifelong, degenerative, chronic diseases.”
Mad pride The Asheville Radical Mental Health Collective, meanwhile, approaches mental health challenges from a completely different vantage point: the mad pride movement, which seeks to destigmatize mental illness and give those dealing with it a greater voice. Formed in 2005, the Asheville group was inspired by The Icarus Project (theicarusproject.net), a New York
“More often than not, medications do more harm than good.” — Dr. Daniel Johnson
B Y THE BOOK ( s ) In 2011, The New York Review of Books published a two-part essay by Dr. Marcia Angell that would have a profound impact on Asheville psychiatrist Daniel Johnson and others who are championing new approaches to treating mental illness. Angell, a harsh critic of the pharmaceutical industry who’s now a lecturer in Harvard Medical School’s Division of Medical Ethics, reviewed three books deploring the use of psychiatric drugs. Two of those books proved particularly influential for Johnson. Both Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness by journalist Robert Whitaker and The Emperor’s New Drugs: Exploding the Antidepressant Myth by psychologist Irving Kirsch reject the theory that chemical imbalances in the brain cause mental illness, challenging the usefulness of the drugs routinely prescribed to treat such problems. Kirsch, noted Angell, merely “concludes that antidepressants are probably no more effective than placebos.” Whitaker, on the other hand, “concludes that they and most of the other psychoactive drugs are not only ineffective but harmful.” — T.R.
City-based online forum and support network whose tag line is “navigating the space between brilliance and madness” and whose mission includes forging a new culture and language around mental health. Members of the collective meet weekly in a corner of The Downtown Market on South French Broad Avenue, says Rhyne, who joined the group in 2009. They share their stories and offer one another support and information. “I think there’s something really powerful when you have the wholeness of yourself and your story and your experiences recognized and affirmed,” she says. Pulled into the psychiatric system at a young age, Rhyne says the experience “impacted my life hugely for years and years and years.” Diagnosed with a “severe, persistent disorder,” she ultimately didn’t find the conventional approach to treatment helpful. “I felt very alienated from the common human community,” Rhyne recalls. The collective, she says, gives her “a space to just be myself.” These days, Rhyne maintains her mental health through sensible sleep and nutrition habits, fostering connections with other people, learning to deal with stress, and having activities and an occupation — she’s a certified peer support specialist for others facing mental health challenges — that resonate with her and reflect her interests. “Al” (who didn’t want his real name used) began attending the collective’s meetings after a “very, very hard time last year.” “What I’ve gotten from it is an opportunity to share my experience in a safe place with people who understand what it can be like to feel isolated,” he reveals. Instead of seeking a mental health diagnosis and medication, Al says he’s sustained by the collective’s support, sessions at All Souls Counseling Center and alternative approaches such as CranioSacral therapy and Somatic Experiencing. And while he and Rhyne don’t entirely agree concerning the merits of psychiatric medicine, that’s perfectly acceptable, the collective maintains. “Meeting people where they’re at and respecting individual choice is so core to what we’re trying to do, which is create that space of exploration where nobody’s going to tell you what’s right for you,” says Rhyne. “We all have the right to make personal choices about our health.” X Asheville writer/editor Tracy Rose can be reached at Tracy.B.Rose@gmail.com.
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MAKING HEALTH CARE WORK by David Forbes Dr. Brian Lewis sees the crumbling divide between traditional and so-called “alternative” therapies as simply medicine returning to its roots. Back in the day, he maintains, doctors really knew their patients and served their communities as sources of sound advice. Lewis and Dr. Chad Krisel operate Integrative Family Medicine on Depot Street. “We aim to spend more time with patients, to look at their whole life, to look at their perceived obstacles to health as well as their actual obstacles,” Lewis explains. And while the proliferation of acupuncture clinics and the incorporation of once-suspect practices into mainstream hospitals garner most of the attention, he believes that much of the practical integration of medicine is happening at clinics like his, where individual doctors simply make up their minds to try a new approach. “I think everyone’s aware that our health care system doesn’t work,” Lewis declares, noting that according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 75 percent of health care spending is tied to often preventable chronic conditions. “If we know these things can be prevented or reversed, why aren’t we doing it?” For a small-scale practitioner like Lewis, however, bureaucracy can constitute a massive barrier to innovation. Treatment protocols, local laws and insurance coverage may vary widely from one state or company to another. And many integrative therapies, in particular, aren’t covered by either Medicare or private insurance plans, leaving patients wondering whether even a simple visit to a chiropractor might wind up costing far more than they expected. To get around this predicament, Integrative Family Medicine sidesteps insurance entirely. “We decided to pilot a clinic that demonstrates that if you kept the overhead low enough and ran a wide business, we could see people for the price of the average copay,” Lewis explains. “We see most people for $50.” And a $40-a-month Integrative Life Program covers lab work, an annual physical, unlimited $20 office visits and access to free classes in things like yoga and nutrition. But Lewis and his partner are hardly alone in their attempts to push the treatment envelope. “People across the
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Lewis dislikes the label “alternative.” “Implicit in that term is that Western medicine is at the top of the pecking order,” he points out. “This is an evidence-based integration of practices across many fields.” Based on that approach, Lewis explains, “We devise individual plans for patients that incorporate exercise, nutrition, stress reduction.” And because the fees are affordable, he ends up seeing a diverse array of patients. “Some of the people coming in our door have never heard of herbs or acupuncture,” he reports. “But it’s also Asheville, so you have people who come in with a lot of information they’ve researched on their own, because we have ‘integrative’ in the name. In the last three years, says Lewis, many people have become more open to practices ranging from yoga to acupuncture to herbal remedies, and patients’ informed questions help keep him on his toes. “It’s made it into the public vernacular,” he observes. “You have to stay up-to-date on everything that’s out there.” And by eliminating the obstacles to that kind of communication and exchange, Lewis feels he’s better able to focus on individual patients and still make ends meet. In this way, he notes, integrative practitioners are innovating not just in what they prescribe but in how medical care is delivered. “You have time to talk to folks, get to know their lives, really visit with them,” Lewis reveals. “I think Asheville’s a lot more open to this than you’d see even a few towns away.” X David Forbes can be reached at 2511333, ext. 137, or at email@example.com.
country,” he reports, “are experimenting with models like this, taking out the middleman role that takes away so much of a doctor’s profit.”
“In the West, we’ve given that the name integrative medicine, in other countries, it’s just good m e d i c i n e , ” s a y s Br i a n L e w i s , l e f t , o f I n t e g r a t i v e Family Medicine, pictured here with fellow doctor Chad Krisel. photo by Max Cooper
Getting back to basics A graduate of the UNC School of Medicine, Lewis has studied Tibetan health practices in Asia and Chinese medicine at UCLA. He worked as an AmeriCorps volunteer and co-founded the integrative medicine student group at UNC before making his way to Asheville in 2006.
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In his travels, he’s been impressed by the care even less-developed countries manage to offer. “In the West, we’ve given that approach the name ‘integrative medicine.’ In other countries, it’s just good medicine,” says Lewis. “It’s kind of ironic that what’s just considered basic care in other countries
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“We try to encourage people to become more mindful of the relationship between the way their body’s working and their emotional, cognitive states,” says Schrader. “And when we’re successful at that, then they have that tool, and they can employ it as they need to.” Although she hasn’t quantified the results of the sessions over the years, Schrader says user feedback has been universally positive. “I see people on campus and they’ll say, ‘That really made a difference,’ she reports. “I haven’t heard anyone complain or say, ‘That was a waste of time.’” Unlike some other forms of Western medicine, Schrader maintains, biofeedback is empowering. The premise, she says, is, “Any behavior you have is one you learned, so you can unlearn it if you want to.” “My fundamental philosophy is, health is choice. … When you feel like that’s something you can control, you’ll be able to move yourself toward a state that you find more helpful.” And if the technology is modern, there’s nothing new about the goals, Schrader points out. “I always stress to people that we’re using a computer interface, but all that we’re trying to do is something we’ve done for millennia — we just called it ‘mindfulness practice.’”
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Confronting habits UNCA i n s t r u c t o r C o n n i e Sc h r a d e r ( r i g h t ) l e a d s s t u d e n t M i c h e l e P i e rc e ( l e f t ) t h r o u g h a s e r i e s o f tests at the school’s Biofeedback and Stress Lab, which is used to help treat a variety of conditions such as sleep problems, Attention Deficit Disorder and depression. photo by Max Cooper
by Jake Frankel When UNCA senior Michele Pierce had a stress assessment as part of her Introduction to Biofeedback class recently, she was surprised by how sensitive the sensors were, picking up on subtle tension in her shoulders that she hadn’t been aware of. “It’s just weird to see it on the graph,” the health-and-wellness major explains, adding, “It was actually kind of cool.” One of only two biofeedback labs in the entire UNC system, the facility also gives local students an extraordinary ability to conduct research. Since the lab was established 10 years ago, says Director Connie Schrader, more than 1,000 students and faculty members have enjoyed free access to high-end technology that, besides treating various conditions, has been used to track physiologi-
cal responses during everything from playing video games to athletic activity to attentional states and more. Most of those seeking treatment want help dealing with stress; others have sleep problems, attention deficit disorder or depression, and they’ve usually already tried more traditional modalities such as talk therapy and medication, notes Schrader. “They might think, ‘I’ve heard about this weird biofeedback thing. I’m not sure what it is, but nothing else has worked.’” A system of sensors measures pulse, brain waves, skin conductance and other physiological functions, and various gamelike software programs guide users as they elicit different psychological states. The idea is to cultivate a sense of internal mind-body focus and awareness that, in time, will carry over to real-life situations.
Still, biofeedback is not necessarily an easy fix: Depending on the person and their problem, it can take a lot of sessions and dedication to make headway. “You’re confronting habit, and sometimes you’re dealing with a pleasure circuit. So it depends on how much you want to change. If the change is valuable to you, you’ll pursue it,” she explains. Several Asheville practitioners also offer biofeedback therapy. One of them is Schrader’s mentor, Dr. Ed Hamlin, a renowned expert in the field who founded the Center for the Advancement of Human Potential. But the treatment is costly, notes Schrader: $300 to $400 for an initial intake and $35 to $70 for subsequent sessions. Still, she feels biofeedback techniques will increase in popularity as interest in alternative medicine continues to grow. “Chemicals,” says Schrader, “manage symptoms. And maybe money is better spent getting to the cause. … One of the big values in doing this treatment is realizing your self-efficacy.” X Jake Frankel can be reached at 251-1333, ext. 115, or at email@example.com.
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RIGHT ATTITUDES by Katie Souris
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Physical and emotional wellness go together like bees and honey: It’s hard to have one without the other. This has definitely proved true in my life as I learn to manage Type 1 diabetes. But how do others approach living with a chronic condition? How do our attitudes toward those conditions — and life, in general — affect our overall health and happiness?
Transformation through gratitude Six years ago, frustrated with a new element in my treatment, I yanked the thin plastic tubing of my insulin pump loose from my skin (not recommended), and chucked the whole machine at the wall. I went back to giving myself up to seven injections a day, after trying the pump for only six months. At the time, I felt freed from the burden of wearing the device as if it were my scarlet “D” for disease. But now, managing diabetes adds more to my health than it takes: Through my interaction with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. I’ve come to know more people who are living with Type 1, in and around Asheville. Through the foundation, I met Maggie Thomas, a Davidson University graduate who is studying acupuncture at Asheville’s Daoist Traditions College of Chinese Medical Arts, and living with diabetes. Together, we started a local support group for Type 1 adults who will meet monthly as a way for people living with the condition to connect and share ideas. I’ve learned that, sometimes, we can shake off our negative glasses simply by remembering gratitude. And while exploring what my own approach should be, I asked my Asheville peers what they were grateful for about life. Their responses illuminated gateways to wellness that are based in their individual passions. My neighbor, David Clarke, as he steered us down the French Broad in a two-man canoe, admitted, “I don’t think I could stay sane without the Green River.” He shares his love for rivers with middle-school students at the French Broad River Academy, teaching Spanish and music, and taking kids out in the school’s canoes — or on other outdoor adventures — every week.
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Finding freedom in spite of (or maybe guided by) our limitations gives us confidence and self-efficacy. — Katie Souris p h o t o b y D a v e C l a rk e
Another friend, Ziggy Scandrick, reminded me to pause and appreciate my community. He spoke about his experience at the YWCA, where we both work: “I’d been in the Marines, trained in that discipline, pumping iron and seeing myself as the tough guy. But slowly, doing the dirty work and listening, I started to ‘unlearn so I could relearn,’” he said. “Working with so many women and seeing all that y’all were doing allowed me to appreciate the power of women, what they’ve been through, how they’ve struggled against subservience over and over again. For me, doing this job with pride has been a way to contribute to that movement for equality, for women to be seen as full people.”
Obstacles and alchemy Recently, I went to Mission Hospital, where a certified diabetes educator and fellow Type 1 taught me how to use my new Omnipod Insulin Pump. My journey back to such a device started because I was once again searching for freedom. I’d given myself time to work through some difficult emotions and was ready to flush some long-held perceptions. Now it feels reassuring rather than frustrating (the new pump is tubeless and sticks on with tape). Finding freedom in spite of (or maybe guided by) our limitations gives us confidence and self-efficacy.
For example, my co-worker Charley Cox served 10 years as an Asheville City Firefighter. She says that her goal now, as a personal trainer, is to help individuals regain their power and take control of their health. When faced with struggles, she chooses not to view herself as a victim but to focus instead on what empowers her —because only then can we see opportunities for change. That wisdom rings true for Rebecca Chaplin, regional coordinator, master trainer, and leader of the Living Healthy with a Chronic Condition or Diabetes program. She says that through her work, “I am reminded that I am not a victim of my own chronic condition or any circumstance in my life, but rather I am at the center of my response to what’s happening, and my choices will make a difference in the outcome.” Developed at the Stanford University School of Medicine’s Patient Education department and implemented internationally, Living Healthy teaches practical methods for change that you may not find in other health-education systems. It integrates self-management techniques — like brainstorming, action planning and problem solving — that work for all patients, no matter their level of health knowledge and awareness. To Chaplin, this approach helps participants as much through the confidence and empowerment they gain as it does through the information they learn. She tells a story about a man, diagnosed with diabetes, who attended a Healthy Living course with his wife. On the first day he declared, “Just so you know, I’m not going to exercise, that’s not what I’m here to do, and you’re not going to make me.” Nonetheless, his action plan involved walking up and down the hallway in his home during commercial breaks. After six weeks, he was walking outside for a mile at a time and his A1C (the measure of average blood glucose over the past three months) had dropped into a healthy range. The best part: He was enjoying socializing with his neighbors on those regular walks. Chaplin points out that as long as the system or other people were telling him what to do, this man put up a wall, resisting change, but when the choice came from within, the changes were actually what he wanted. This transition — as participants’ “perceptions of themselves change” — encouraged Chaplin to advance her training as a program leader. “The way people look actually changes, [so] through the course of the program, I could see how vibrant people were, even though they were dealing with a chronic condition. I was drawn to these radiant individuals because I perceived [their] well-being.”
Trusting in the process Transforming our relationship to the limitations in our lives, and viewing them more like the planks of our foundation, can make us stronger. Four years ago, when Gordon Smith, an Asheville City Council member and a children’s and family therapist, was diagnosed with Type 2, he chose to use it as his “roadmap for change.” Now, through hard work and lifestyle modifications, he has brought his blood sugars back into normal range. He jokes with his doctor about wiping the whole thing from his medical record. Just one tiny shift in routine can set off a spiral of positive effects, as it did for Smith. In a beginner’s class at the Asheville Yoga Center, full-time instructor Joe Taft told students that his mantra for many years has been “open to the power of the practice.” The practice, he said, doesn’t have to just mean yoga; it can be caring for your children or cooking for yourself or family. Whatever you do with your whole self — with passion, love and faith — becomes your practice, a process that never ceases to teach. So I’m seeing health more and more as a process of gradual change, moving us from impossibility, to integration, then to ease. In any condition — acute, chronic, emotional or physical — a big part of the impact on our well-being comes not from the condition itself but from our relationship to it. Often, when we bump up against a problem that seems insurmountable, we might need to reframe the issue, or break it into smaller steps. Just saying “no” to ideas that might improve our health — like cutting back on soda or packing a lunch instead of eating out — will prove that we cannot change. But if we are willing to get creative, be courageous, and go for an opening, we may find the freedom that fuels wellbeing. For more information about the Living Healthy with a Chronic Condition or Diabetes program — administered locally through the Land-of-Sky Regional Council’s Area Agency on Aging — go to livinghealthywnc.org or call Rebecca Chaplin at 251-7438. The program assists residents in Buncombe, Madison, Henderson, and Transylvania Counties. X Katie Souris is a health advocate and a graduate of UNCA. She teaches yoga and works as the Care Counselor in the Diabetes Wellness and Prevention Program at the Asheville YWCA. If you are interested in becoming part of the support group for Type 1 adults, email her at katiejsouris@ gmail.com.
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“I think I could turn and live with the animals, they are so placid and self contained; I stand and look at them long and long. They do not sweat and whine about their condition. They do not like awake in the dark and weep for their sins; not one is dissatisfied — not one is demented with the mania of owning things; not one kneels to another, nor his kind that lived thousands of years ago; not one is responsible or industrious over the whole earth.” — Walt Whitman Whitman’s compassion and observations toward animals mirror the way local yoga instructor Kimberly Drye likes to engage with her 7-year-old Siberian husky, Mercy, and all animals. There is a lot to learn from spending time with your pet, she says. “It is the feeling of not being rushed that the dog embodies. There is a timelessness.” She continues, “Pets are never caught up in the drama of being rushed like we are. We need to spend time with our pets and create a presence with them.” A Western North Carolina native and UNCA student, Drye prefers to practice yoga in her Asheville apartment with Mercy in the room. The yogic philosophy of being present and compassionate translates to the way we interact not only with one another but also with our pets, she says. So her yoga influences the way she interacts with her dog. “I need to be present with Mercy,” Drye says. “At first she was all on me and my mat, and I would have to put her in the other room, but eventually she got used to it. Now she and I both like it.” In fact, Drye’s hiking-and-yoga class, Yoga On The Mountain, blossomed from her experience with Mercy. “It started with an intention. I would go into the woods to do yoga privately with my dog by my side,” she says. “There is a power of combining yoga and nature.”
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The American Red Cross Battle of the Badges is back — a friendly competition in which local law enforcement “battle” it out with local firefighters and EMS, competing recruit the most people to donate blood. This year’s battle is being held in honor of Buncombe County Sheriff’s Deputy Josh Robinson. The 25-year-old was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in the fall and is currently undergoing treatments at Mission Health. “Deputy Robinson exemplifies honor and commitment to this community and we would like to give something back in his honor while he is battling this disease,” said Buncombe Lt. Helen Hall. The event is a friendly way to encourage community members to join local heroes and perform a heroic duty of their own. All presenting donors at the blood drive will
get to cast their vote for the winner of this year’s competition. “EMS, fire and law enforcement know firsthand how important it is to have blood readily available during emergencies,” says Stacy Taylor, Donor Recruitment Representative of the American Red Cross Carolinas Blood Services Region. “This is their chance to join forces and partner with the Red Cross to encourage the community to take on the civic responsibility of blood donation.” The Battle of the Badges blood drive will be held Wednesday, Feb. 20, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Asheville. To set up your donation, visit redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code avlbattleofbadges, or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). — The American Red Cross
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All proceeds benefit Park Ridge Health’s Kid Power program, which reaches 1,000 children and their families. It helps kids avoid, reverse and prevent health concerns associated with obesity — including diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma, heart disease and sleep apnea. Kid Power also teaches about the lifelong benefits of exercise and healthy eating through a specially designed curriculum. Registration fees for both the 5K and 10K are $35 up till race day. The Fun Run/Walk is $10. Participants can register online at prhfrostbite.com. — Park Ridge Health
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WELLNESS CALENDAR Wellness Nutrition Forward (pd.) Offering intelligent and soulful counseling that inspires you to improve your nutrition choices and habits for life. Sandy Buchanan, RD, CDE828-230-9865 www.nutritionforward.com Asheville Center for Transcendental Meditation ("TM") (pd.) Free Introductory Talk: Thursdays. 6:30pm, Asheville TM Center, 165 E. Chestnut. (828) 254-4350. www. MeditationAsheville.org Pilates Reformer Classes (pd.) 16+ reformer classes a week! Happy Body, 1378 Hendersonville Rd. Registration required, $25 drop-in. www. AshevilleHappyBody.com or 277-5741. Gemstone Therapy Workshop LINDA LILE, Ph.D. (pd.) "One of the most talented natural healers of our time.” Carol Tuttle, author, Remembering Wholeness. Feb. 28th – Mar. 3rd. French Broad Food Coop, Asheville. $350 + $15 materials fee Info/Register: 828658-1503, email@example.com Asheville Community Yoga Center Located at 8 Brookdale Road. Info: ashevillecommunityyoga.com. • MONDAYS, 5-6:15pm & WEDNESDAYS, 1:45-3:15pm - Women's Expressive Dance Wave. $5-$15 suggested donation. • WEDNESDAYS, 4-4:45pm - Kids yoga. $5-$10 suggested donation. A parenting group will be held during kids yoga. Additional $5-$10 donation. • THURSDAYS, 4:30-5:30pm - Qi Gong and Tai Chi basics. $5-$15 suggested donation. • SA (2/9), 7-9pm - Yoga for Women's' Sexual Health. $20-$25 sliding scale. • TUESDAYS, 6-7:15pm - Men's yoga. $5-$15 suggested donation. Creating Happier Relationships • TU (2/12), 7-9pm - A program on finding, creating and enjoying happier relationships will be held at Jubilee!, 46 Wall St., as part of the Wellness Series. $10 donation. Info: www.jubileecommunity.org or 252-5335. Daoist Traditions College Open House • WE (2/6), 5:30-7pm - Learn about programs of study and financial aid at the Daoist Traditions College winter open house. Jeffrey Yuen, Dean of Classical Studies, will also present a talk on Chinese medicine. 382 Montford Ave. Please RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org. Free Health Screenings • TUESDAYS through (2/26), 8am-noon Health screenings, including cholesterol, glucose, BMI, blood pressure and body fat percentages, will be offered at Mission Heart Tower lobby. Appointments requested, but
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Happy Body Yoga Studio 1378 Hendersonville Road. Info: www.ashevillehappybody.com or 277-5741. • FR (2/8), 4pm - "The Happiest Hour" will feature a cardio core pilates class followed by wine and hors d’oeuvres at 5 pm. Donations support Happy Body's outreach program.
Mindfulness Practices for ADHD • 2nd MONDAYS, 5:30pm - This four-session group will explore the practice of mindfulness in everyday life and share simple and practical strategies for everyday mindfulness. Group sessions tailored to the participants' individual needs. $35. Registration required: www. ADHDasheville.com.
Veterans Living Healthy with a Chronic Condition • WEDNESDAYS through (2/27), 1pm - Learn self-management skills to live a healthy life during this six-week workshop for veterans with chronic health conditions and their spouses/caregivers. Held at the Charles George VA Medical Center, 1100 Tunnel Road. Free. Registration required: 298-7911, ext. 5056.
Healing Arts Yoga • SATURDAYS, 10:30am-noon - ASU offers yoga in the Turchin Center’s Mayer Gallery. All levels. $10/$5 ASU students. Info: www.tcva. org/calendar/super/id/853. Healthy Eating 101 • WEDNESDAYS, 5:30pm - Asheville Family Fitness and Physical Therapy, 149 New Leicester Highway, hosts "a refreshing, informal class on all things health and wellness — especially food." $10/free for members. Info: www.ashevillefitspine.com. Heart Disease Presentation • TU (2/12), 6-7:30pm - Mission Health will offer a program on heart disease at Asheville Cardiology, 5 Vanderbilt Park Drive. Free. Info: www.mission-health.org or 213-1111. HIV and Hepatitis C Testing • TH (2/14), 11:30am-1:30pm - Firestorm Cafe and Books, 48 Commerce St., will offer free HIV and Hepatitis C tests. Info: www.firestormcafe.com or 255-8115. Living Healthy with a Chronic Condition • WEDNESDAYS through (3/13), 4pm - Learn self-management skills to live a healthy life during this six-week workshop for those with chronic health conditions and their loved ones. Held at the Lakeview Center, 1 Rhododendron Road, Black Mountain. Free; donations accepted. Registration required: 251-7438. • THURSDAYS through (3/14), 1pm Additional workshops will be held in Hendersonville at Park Ridge Health (855-PRH-LIFE) and in Asheville at Vanderbilt Apartments, 75 Haywood St. (251-7438). Registration required. Living Healthy with Diabetes • THURSDAYS through (2/14), 2:30-5pm - Find balance with diabetes through this six-week self-management program. Open to people with diabetes and their caregivers. $30 suggested donation. Held at the YWCA of Asheville, 185 S. French Broad Ave. Registration required: 251-7438. Memory Cafe • 1st MONDAYS, 1st WEDNESDAYS, 3rd SATURDAYS, 3rd THURSDAYS - Memory Cafe invites those with memory challenges and their caregivers, family and friends to socialize in a safe and supportive environment. Free. Info and locations: LBrown@fbca.net,
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Posture Basics • TH (2/7), 5:15-6pm - Fairview Chiropractic Center, 2 Fairview Hills Drive, will host a program on the importance of posture. Free; registration required. Info: 628-7800. Qigong and Taiji • WEDNESDAYS through (2/27) - Qigong: 18 Health Giving Movements. A Qigong form, developed at the Shanghai Institute of Qigong, that combines movement, breath and focusing on an image. Held at French Broad Food Coop Movement and Learning Center, 90 Biltmore Ave. $10 per class. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org or 505-1080. Red Cross Blood Drives 100 Edgewood Road. Info: www.redcrosswnc.org or 258-3888. Appointment and ID required for blood drives. • WE (2/6) & TH (2/7), 11am-4pm - Blood drive: UNCA. Info: www.redcrossblood.org. • WE (2/6), 9:30am-2pm - Blood drive: Mountain Credit Union, 1453 Sand Hill Road, Candler. Info: 667-7245. --- 10am-2pm - Blood drive: Givens Estates, 2360 Sweeten Creek Road. Info: 271-6935. • TH (2/7), 1:30-6pm - Blood drive: Black Mountain Presbyterian Church, 117 Montreat Road. Info: 669-6729. --- 2-6:30pm - Skyland United Methodist Church, 1984 Hendersonville Road. Info: 684-7283. • FR (2/8), 2-6:30pm - Blood drive: Spring Mountain Community Club, 807 Old Fort Road, Fairview. Info: 628-1089. • TH (2/14), 11am-3pm - Blood drive: Rotary Club of Asheville, 31 Woodfin St. Info: 7681808. Restore Your Core • TH (2/14), 5:15-6pm - "Restore Your Core" will offer exercises to prevent back pain and tone the stomach. Held at Fairview Chiropractic Center, 2 Fairview Hills Drive. Free; registration required. Info: 628-7800. The Basics of Food • WE (2/13), 6pm - Gardens of Health Chiropractic, 84 Coxe Ave., Suite 1-A, will host a nutrition presentation with Dr. Landon Ortiz. Please bring dried/canned food items for MANNA FoodBank. Free and open to the public. Info: www.gardensofhealth.com. The Secret to Thriving • WE (2/6), 7pm - A dynamic talk and demonstration with Dr. Brian T. Lumb. Learn how to release pain, tension and stress from the body and find more happiness. Hosted by Nourish
Wudang Taiji • FR (2/8), 1-2pm - "Wudang Taiji Mother Form develops better health, balance and grace. It connects us with the natural world, improving physical, mental and spiritual awareness." Held at French Broad Food Co-op Movement and Learning Center, 90 Biltmore Ave. $10 per class. Info: email@example.com or 505-1080. Yoga for Sexual Health • TH (2/7), 7-9pm - A workshop on women's yoga for sexual health and vitality will be held at Jubilee!, 46 Wall St. $10. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org. Yoga for Veterans • THURSDAYS, 4-5pm - Yoga for veterans, service members and their families will be offered by Happy Body Studio, 1378 Hendersonville Road. Free. Info: www.ashevillehappybody.com or 277-5741.
Support Groups Adult Children Of Alcoholics & Dysfunctional Families ACOA is an anonymous 12-step, "Twelve Tradition" program for women and men who grew up in alcoholic or otherwise dysfunctional homes. Info: www.adultchildren.org. • SUNDAYS, 3pm - A confidential study group based on the twelve steps of ACOA. Everyone welcome; no age or gender restrictions. Meets at the Clyde Town Hall, 8437 Carolina Blvd. Info: babeo2351@yahoo. com. Al-Anon Al-Anon is a support group for the family and friends of alcoholics. More than 33 groups are available in the WNC area. Info: www.wnc-alanon.org or 800-286-1326. • WEDNESDAYS, 11:30am - "Daytime Serenity," Pardee Education Center at the Blue Ridge Mall, 1800 Four Seasons Blvd. --7pm - Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church, 798 Merrimon Ave. --- 5:45pm - Al-Anon meeting for women, Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church, 798 Merrimon Ave. • MONDAYS, noon - "Keeping the Focus," First Baptist Church, 5 Oak St. Entrance near Charlotte Street. --- 6pm "Attitude of Gratitude," Grace Episcopal Church, 871 Merrimon Ave. --- 7pm - First Christian Church, 201 Blue Ridge Road, Black Mountain. --- 7:30pm - First United
Methodist Church, Jackson and Church Streets, Sylva. --- 8pm - "Al-Anon Spoken Here," Ledger Baptist Church, U.S. 226 near Bakersville. --- 8pm - Pinecrest Presbyterian Church, 1790 Greenville Highway at North Highland Lake Road. Asheville Women's Empowerment and Discovery • TUESDAYS, 6pm - A 16-step group for women overcoming dependencies/addictions of all kinds. All women welcome. Meets above the French Broad Food Coop, 90 Biltmore Ave. Donations accepted but not required. Info: email@example.com. Brevard-Hendersonville Parkinson's Support Group • TU (2/12), 10am - The BrevardHendersonville Parkinson's Support Group will meet at Brevard-Davidson River Presbyterian Church, 249 E. Main St., Brevard. Meeting will feature light Tai Chi exercises. Info: 685-7673. Chronic Pain Support Group • SUNDAYS, 12:30-1:30pm - Open to those with chronic pain, friends and family. Held at Unity Church of Asheville, 130 Shelburne Road. Donations accepted. Info: 423-8301. Co-Dependents Anonymous A fellowship of men and women whose common purpose is to develop healthy relationships. • SATURDAYS, 11am - First Congregational UCC, 20 Oak St. (use back entrance). Info: firstname.lastname@example.org or 779-2317. Dealing With An Addict • MO (2/11), 7pm - Sisters Meridith Elliott Powell and Beth Brand will provide practical information and proven strategies to give addicts/alcoholics their best chance at recovery and help manage families during this presentation at Immaculate Conception Parish, 208 7th Ave. W., Hendersonville. Info: email@example.com or www.immaculateconceptionchurch.com. Debtors Anonymous • MONDAYS, 7pm - Debtors Anonymous meets at First Congregational UCC, 20 Oak St., Room 101. Info: www.debtorsanonymous.org. Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance • WEDNESDAYS, 7pm - Magnetic Minds provides self-help through weekly peerfacilitated meetings. We strive to provide support, acceptance, information and socialization, plus tips and techniques to manage challenges. Meets at 1316-C Parkwood Road, across from the West Asheville BB&T. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org.
800 N. Justice St., Hendersonville. Info and directions: 489-7259. GRASP: Asheville Autism Support Group • 2nd SATURDAYS, 1-3pm - "Join other adult Aspies at GRASP - Asheville Global and Regional Aspergers Syndrome Partnership." Held at Firestorm Cafe and Books, 48 Commerce St. Must be 18 years or older and on the autism spectrum. Free. Info: www. GRASP.org or www.meetup.com/graspasheville. NAMI Support Groups The National Alliance on Mental Illness supports recovery for people living with mental illness and their families. Free. Info: www.namiwnc.org or 505-7353. • 2nd & 4th WEDNESDAYS, 6pm - A Dual Diagnosis Support Group for those living with mental illness and substance abuse issues will be held at 3 Thurland Ave. • 2nd & 4th FRIDAYS, 6pm - An additional Dual Diagnosis support group will be held at Wall Street Coffee House, 62 Wall St. Nar-Anon • TUESDAYS, 7pm - Nar-Anon provides support to relatives and friends concerned about the addiction or drug problem of a loved one. "We share experience, strength and hope." Meets at West Asheville Presbyterian Church, 690 Haywood Road; enter through back door. Info: email@example.com. • WEDNESDAYS, 12:30pm - First United Methodist Chuch, 204 Sixth Ave. W., Hendersonville. Enter through side parking lot. Info: 891-8050. Overeaters Anonymous A fellowship of individuals who are recovering from compulsive overeating. A 12-step program. • THURSDAYS, noon - Asheville: Biltmore United Methodist Church, 376 Hendersonville Road. Info: 277-1975. • SATURDAYS, 9:30am - Black Mountain: 424 W. State St. Open relapse and recovery meeting. Info: 686-8131. • MONDAYS, 6:30pm - Hendersonville: Balfour United Methodist Church, 2567 Asheville Highway. Info: 697-5437. • MONDAYS, 6pm - Asheville: First Congregational UCC, 20 Oak St. Info: 2524828. • TUESDAYS, 10:30am-noon - Asheville: Grace Episcopal Church, 871 Merrimon Ave. at Ottari. Info: 626-2572. SMART Recovery • THURSDAYS, 6pm - This peer support group is dedicated to helping individuals gain independence from all types of addictive behavior (drugs, alcohol, gambling, sex, etc.). Meets at Grace Episcopal Church, 871 Merrimon Ave. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org or 407-0460.
Eating Disorders Adult Support Group • WEDNESDAYS, 7pm - THE Center for Disordered Eating, 297 Haywood St., provides free weekly support groups for adults recovering from an eating disorder. Facilitated by licensed professionals. Dropins welcome; no registration required. Info: www.thecenternc.org or 337-4685.
Workaholics Anonymous • WEDNESDAYS, 6pm - Workaholics Anonymous. Info and directions: www.workaholics-anonymous.org or 301-1727.
Food Addiction Group • MONDAYS, 2pm - It Works, a 12-step program for individuals struggling to overcome food addiction, meets at Pardee Hospital,
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PATIENT & PALS PEER SUPPORT PROGRAM OFFERS V OLUNTEER TRAINING WNC Health Advocates offers free volunteer training for its Patient Pals & Family Friends peer-support program Thursday, Feb. 21, from 6-9 p.m.. The training prepares volunteers to act as support and friend for someone who is ill or disabled and isolated. Typically, those helped generally have more than one medical issue and have few outside contacts. Volunteers are asked to commit to at least one hour a week for six months to ensure continuity to those served by the program. Volunteers will learn about active listening, family dynamics, defusing anger, Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act rules and more. Our volunteers do not offer any kind of medical treatment or advice, although they may help people prepare a list of questions for a doctor’s appointment and accompany them to take notes on the doctor’s answers. More often, volunteers act as friends, with such activities as going to lunch or a movie, visiting a museum or taking a walk. The Feb. 21 training is free, and light refreshments are provided. WNC Health Advocates was founded in 2009 in memory of founder Leslie Boyd’s son, Mike Danforth, who died in 2008 after he was denied health care. The group offers healthcare advocacy, education and support through three programs: Patient Pals & Family Friends, a peer-support program for people with illness or disability; Start From Seed, a volunteer doula (birth coach) program for lowincome women who are uninsured or on Medicaid; True Stories, an educational program that helps people understand the changes happening in our health care system. For more information, visit wncha. org, e-mail email@example.com or call 243-6712.— WNC Health Advocates
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Animals Chickening 101 • 2nd MONDAYS, 6:30pm Asheville City Chickens hosts
Chickening 101 for current and potential chicken owners. Info and meeting location: http://avl. mx/p7. Community Partnership for Pets • 2nd SATURDAYS, noon-3pm Community Partnership for Pets will offer spay/neuter vouchers at Petco,118 Highlands Square Drive, Hendersonville. Fosterpalooza • SA (2/9), 1-3pm - Fosterpalooza will feature adoptable animals, hot chocolate and activities for kids. Held at Asheville Humane Society, 14 Forever Friend Lane. Free. Info: www.ashevillehumane. org.
Asheville Area Arts Council: The Artery Community arts facility at 346 Depot St. Tues.-Sat., 11am-4pm. Info: www.ashevillearts.com or 2580710. • Through TH (2/7) - Joshua Spiceland will present a live mural installation as part of the My Name Is a Verb exhibition. • FRIDAYS through (2/22), 9-11am - Artist business brainstorming sessions will feature one-on-one opportunities for artist entrepreneurs. Free or by donation. Call to confirm dates. • SA (2/9) through SA (3/2) - My Name Is a Verb, painting and mural installation by Joshua Spiceland. • FR (2/8), 6-9pm - Opening reception.
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• SU (2/10), 5-7pm - A class on keeping bees in a Langstroth hive will focus on natural beekeeping. Presented by Kristina Urquhart at Small Terrain, 278 Haywood Road. $20. Registration required: www.smallterrain.com.
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: email@example.com. 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.
Asheville Art Museum Located on Pack Square in downtown Asheville. Tues.-Sat., 10am-5pm and Sun., 1-5pm. Programs are free with admission unless otherwise noted. Admission: $8/$7 students and seniors/Free for kids under 4. Free first Wednesdays from 3-5pm. display at West Asheville Library, Info: www.ashevilleart.org or 253-3227. 942 Haywood Road. Info: http:// • Through SU (6/9) - The Philadelphia Story: avl.mx/p9 or 250-4750. Contemporary Figurative Work Drawn from the Art at Appalachian State Academy will be on display in the North Wing. University • Through SU (3/31) - Survivors and Liberators: 423 W. King St., Boone. Info: Portraits by Wilma Bulkin Siegel will be on display www.tcva.org or 262-3017. in the East Wing. • Through SA (2/9) - Pieces of • Through SU (3/17) - Robert Morris: Mind/Body/ the Puzzle, works by ASU's com- Earth will be on display in the North Wing. munity outreach programs, will • Through SU (4/14) - In the Camps: Photographs be on display in the Community by Erich Hartmann will be on display in the East Gallery. Wing. • Through SU (5/26) - Aaron Siskind: Abstract Art at Brevard College Expressionist Photographer will be on display in Exhibits are free, unless otherthe North Wing. wise noted. Info: www.brevard. edu/art or 884-8188. Asheville Gallery of Art • Through FR (2/22) - The 16 College St. Hours: Tues.-Sat., 10am-5pm. Info: Mestizo Spirit will be on display www.ashevillegallery-of-art.com or 251-5796. in the Spiers Gallery. Mon.-Fri., • FR (2/8) through TH (2/28) - Women of Myth, 8am-3pm. works by Elinor Bowman. • Through FR (2/22) - Works by Henry Stindt will be on display in • FR (2/8), 1-4pm - Opening reception.
Generation next: Gifted music students from the Asheville Young Musicians Club will take the Altamont Theatre’s stage for a classical concert on Sunday, Feb. 10. (pg. xx)
If you wish to submit an event for Clubland (our free live music listings), please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Art at UNCA Art exhibits and events at the university are free, unless otherwise noted. Info: www.unca.edu. • Through SA (2/9) - Portraits of Uganda, photos by Carrie Wagner, will be on display in the Blowers Gallery. • TH (2/7), 7-9pm - An opening reception for Valeria Watson-Doost's “Affrilachian” works will be held in the Intercultural Center. Refreshments served. • FR (2/8) through MO (3/4) - Paintings by Clarence Morgan will be on display in the S. Tucker Cooke Gallery. • FR (2/8), 5pm - A lecture with Clarence Morgan will be held in Owen Hall, Room 237. --- 6-8pm Opening reception in the Cooke Gallery. • MO (2/11) through SA (2/23) - Paintings, drawings and prints by Skip Rohde will be on display in the HIghsmith Gallery. Arts Council of Henderson County • FR (2/8) through FR (2/22) - The Arts Council of Henderson County presents The Art of Our Children, works by local students and their mentors. On display at First Citizens Bank, 539 N. Main St., Hendersonville. 9am-5pm. Info: 693-8504. • FR (2/8), 5:30-7pm - Opening reception.
Free Spay Vouchers • The Humane Alliance offers free spay services for female felines. Pick up a Dudley Fund voucher at Humane Alliance, Pet Harmony, BWAR, Friends 2 Ferals or Asheville Humane Society. Info
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.
• Through TH (2/28) - Silent Symphony: Land, Body, Water, works by Vadim Bora. • WE (2/6), 2pm - Curator's lecture. --- 3-6pm Reception.
at 21 Edwin Place. Free. Info: 258-3229. The Elusive Whitetail
Amber Higgins Trunk Show
• SA (2/9), 9am - A program on
• SA (2/9), 5-8pm & SU (2/10), 11am-1pm - Amber Higgins will host a jewelry trunk show, featuring lampwork and hand-cut glass, at Grand Bohemian Gallery, 11 Boston Way. Info: www.grandbohemiangallery.com.
white-tailed deer will focus on the animal's adaptability and effect on the environment. Meets at the the East Picnic Shelter of Lake James State Park, 6883
• WEDNESDAYS, SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS, 10am-1pm - Brother Wolf Animal Rescue invites the public to take adoptable dogs on local hikes. Meets at BWAR, 31 Glendale Ave. Free. Info: www. bwar.org or 505-3440.
N.C. Highway 126, Nebo. Free.
Pet Loss Support Group
Thompson of Ventures Birding
• 1st WEDNESDAYS, 6pm - A support group for anyone who has lost a pet or is anticipating the death of a pet will be held
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Info: 584-7728. Traveling the World of Birds • TH (2/7), 7pm - "Traveling the World of Birds," with Simon
Tours, will be presented in WWC's Jensen Lecture Hall, Room 308. Free. Info: 298-3141.
American Folk Art and Framing Oui-Oui Gallery is located at 64 Biltmore Ave. Mon.-Sat., 10am6pm; Sun., noon-5pm. Info: www. amerifolk.com or 281-2134. • Through WE (2/6) - Still and Silent, works by self-taught Southern artists. • TH (2/7) through MO (2/25) Annual Miniatures Show. Annamaria Bernardini • Through TH (2/28) - Acrylics by Annamaria Bernardini will be on
the Spiers Gallery. Art at Mars Hill College Weizenblatt Gallery: Mon.-Fri., 9am-5pm. Info: www.mhc.edu.
Bella Vista Art Gallery 14 Lodge St. Winter hours: Mon., Wed., Fri. & Sat., 11am-4pm. Info: www.bellavistaart.com or 7680246.
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• Through MO (4/1) - New works by Karen Margulis and Monika Steiner. Black Mountain Center for the Arts Old City Hall, 225 W. State St., Black Mountain. Mon.Wed. and Fri., 10am-5pm; Thurs., 11am-3pm. Info: www. BlackMountainArts.org or 6690930. • Through SU (2/24) - Chasing the Image, curated by James Thompson, will be on display in the Upper Gallery. Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center The center is located at 56 Broadway and preserves the legacy of the Black Mountain College. Tues. & Wed., noon4pm; Thurs.-Sat., 11am-5pm. Info: www.blackmountaincollege. org or 350-8484. • Through SA (6/1) - No Ideas but in Things, works by Black Mountain College alumnus John Urbain. Center For Craft, Creativity and Design Located at the Kellogg Conference Center, 11 Broyles Road in Hendersonville. Mon.Fri., noon-5pm. Info: www.craftscreativitydesign.org or 890-2050. • Through FR (3/1) - Topography, textiles by Ismini Samanidou. Folk Art Center MP 382 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Open daily from 9am6pm. Info: www.craftguild.org or 298-7928. • Through TU (3/19) - Works by Valerie McGaughey (fiber) and Virginia McKinney (mixed media). • Through SU (4/21) - Odyssey Center for Ceramic Arts exhibition. Friendly Competition • Through TH (2/28) - Sisters Francine Menor and Barbara Sammons will exhibit hand-painted folk art and digital photography in a joint exhibition at First Congregational UCC, 20 Oak St. Info: www.barbarasammons.com. Haen Gallery 52 Biltmore Ave. Wed.-Fri., 10am-6pm; Mon., Tues. & Sat., 11am-6pm; Sun., noon-5pm. Info: www.thehaengallery.com or 254-8577. • Through TH (2/28) - Wintertide 2013, a rotating exhibition of Haen Gallery artists. HandMade in America Located at 125 S. Lexington Ave. Info: www.handmadeinamerica. org or 252-0121. • Through FR (2/22) - Flux: A Craft Exchange, an exhibit exchange with Flux Studios of Mount Rainier, Md. Haywood County Arts Council Unless otherwise noted, showings take place at HCAC's Gallery 86, 86 N. Main St.,
Waynesville. Hours: Mon.-Sat., 10am-5pm. Info: www.haywoodarts.org or 452-0593. • Through SA (2/9) - Fire and Ice: Pottery, Glass and Metalwork. • WE (2/13) through SA (3/9) - Fluid Expressions, works by Dominick DePaolo.
Benefits BrevardiGras •SA (2/9), 5pm-midnight - Oskar Blues Brewery, 342 Mountain Industrial Drive, Brevard, will host BrevardiGras to support parks and murals in Brevard and Transylvania Counties. Festivities will include a home brewers competition and tasting, a second line parade and masked costume ball. $25-$35. Info: www. brevardigras.com.
Kristalyn Bunyan • Through TH (2/28) - Mono and transfer prints by Kristalyn Bunyan will be on display at True Blue Art Supply, 30 Haywood St. Mon.-Sat., 10am-7pm; Sun., noon-5pm. Info: www.kristalyncreations.com or www.trueblueartsupply.com. • SA (2/9), 6:30-8pm - Opening reception. Madison County Arts Council Exhibits Located at 90 S. Main St. in Marshall. Info: 649-1301. • Through FR (2/22) - "Madison County Stories" will feature works by documentary photographer Rob Amberg, Madison County youth and Duke University students. N.C. Arboretum Located at 100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way. 9am-5pm daily. Programs are free with $8 parking fee. Info: www.ncarboretum. org or 665-2492. • Through SU (4/7) - Seeds Up Close, works by Nancy Cook. • Through SU (5/19) - A Painter’s Journey, works by Ann Vasilik. Photography at West End Bakery • Through SU (3/3) - An photography exhibit of landscapes, urban environments, barns and birds will be on display at West End Bakery, 757 Haywood Road. Mon.-Fri., 7:30am-6pm; Sat. & Sun., 8am-3pm. Info: www.westendbakery.com. Swannanoa Valley Fine Arts League Red House Studios and Gallery, 310 West State St., Black Mountain. Thurs.-Sat., 11am3pm. Info: email@example.com or www.svfal.org. • Through TU (2/26) Epiphanies, Experimentation and Collaboration. Transylvania Community Arts Council Located at 349 S. Caldwell St., Brevard. Hours: Mon.-Fri., 9:30am-4:30pm. Info: www.artsofbrevard.org or 884-2787. • FR (2/8) through FR (3/1) Material World, a group fiber arts show. • FR (2/8), 4-6pm - Opening reception. ZaPow! 21 Battery Park, Suite 101. Mon., Wed. & Fri., noon-8pm. Thurs., noon-5:30pm; Sat., 11am-10pm; Sun. 1-6pm. Info: www.zapow.net or 575-2024. • SA (2/9), 7pm - An opening reception for Steampunk Carnival will include free beer from
Save the music house: For more than 60 years, musicians have come together at Mrs. Hyatt’s Music House for legendary bluegrass jams. Keep the music going at a benefit show and cornbread cook-off on Sunday, Feb. 10. (pg. xx)
French Broad Brewing and an intimate acoustic performance by The Extraordinary Contraptions. Free to attend.
Art/Craft Fairs Spring Bling Gift Fair • SA (2/9), 9am-3pm - Featuring crafters, resellers, service providers, healthcare professionals and more. Light refreshments available. Tables available for $20. Held at the Fairview Community Center, 1357 Highway 74A. Info: 301-3932. Valentine's Sale: Treat Your Sweetie • SA (2/9), noon-4pm & SU (2/10), noon-4pm - Odyssey Center for Ceramic Arts will host a Valentine's sale at 236 Clingman Ave. Info: www.odysseyceramicarts.com.
Auditions & Call to Artists Appalachian Pastel Society • Through MO (3/18) - The Appalachian Pastel Society will accept entries for its On Common Ground: Pastel Paintings from the Mountains to the Sea exhibition through March
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18. Info: www.appalachianpastelsociety.org.
Asheville Second Line Krewe
HandMade in America • Through FR (2/15) - HandMade in America will accept submissions for its Breaking Ground: Innovative Craft exhibit through Feb. 15. Info: www.handmadeinamerica.org.
• SU (2/10), 3pm - Asheville Second Line Krewe is open to musicians, dancers and entourage interested in participating in the Asheville Mardi Gras Parade. "Free event for fun-loving people." Info: firstname.lastname@example.org. Brevard Little Theatre • SA (2/9) & SU (2/10), 2pm Auditions for Blithe Spirit will be held at Brevard Little Theatre, 55 E. Jordan St. Brevard. Info: 884-7451. Blue Ridge National Heritage • Through MO (2/25) - The Haywood County Arts Council will accept pottery and clay submissions from Blue Ridge National Heritage area artists through Feb. 25. Info: email@example.com or 452-0593. Desert Moon Designs Studios and Gallery • Through FR (2/15) - Desert Moon Designs Studios and Gallery, 372 Depot St., seeks submissions from established or emerging WNC artists and fine crafters through Feb. 15. Info:
Montford Park Players Logo • Through FR (3/1) - The Montford Park Players will accept submissions for its new logo design through March 1. Info: www.montfordparkplayers.org. Ms. Wheelchair N.C. • Through FR (3/1) - The Ms. Wheelchair N.C. pageant will accept applications from women who utilize wheelchairs for daily mobility through March 1. Info: www.mswheelchairnc.org. TC Arts Council Applications available at tcarts@ comporium.net or 884-2787. • Through WE (3/6) - TC Arts Council will accept applications for The Great Outdoors exhibit through March 6. Tryon Fine Arts Center Sculpture Exhibit • Through MO (4/1) - Tryon Fine Arts Center will accept submissions for its sculpture exhibit and sale through April 1. Info: www. tryonarts.org or 859-8322.
free for children and cook-off contestants. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org or http://avl. mx/pf. Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper • TU (2/12), 5-7pm - St. George's Episcopal Church, 1 School Road, will host the annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper. $5 suggested donation/$3 children. Proceeds benefit the Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministry. Info: email@example.com.
Cornhole Tournament • SA (2/9), 11am - A cornhole tournament, to benefit the Tye Blanton Foundation's work with babies and families at Mission Hospital, will be held at the Canton Armory, 71 Penland St. $40 per team. Info: www.tyeblanton.org.
Sonnet Telegrams • The Montford Park Players will offer Valentine's Day sonnet telegrams and rose delivery within Asheville city limits. Proceeds benefit the renovation of Hazel Robinson Amphitheatre. $15. Info and registration: www.montfordparkplayers.org.
Freezin 4 a Reason • SA (2/9), 9:30am - Freezin 4 a Reason, a 5K race to benefit The Carpenters Heart's charity work in Honduras, will depart from Fletcher Park, 85 Howard Gap Road. $30/$25 in advance. Info: www.carpentersheart.org or 231-5843.
Toast Asheville: Wine and Beer Tasting • TH (2/7), 5:30-8:30pm - The Asheville Art Museum will host a wine and beer tasting with hors d’oeuvres from local restaurants, live music and a silent auction. Proceeds benefit the museum. 2 S. Pack Square. $30/$35 nonmembers/$40 door. Info: www. ashevilleart.org or 253-3227.
Hearts for SART • TH (2/14), 6:30pm - Hearts for SART, to benefit Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre, Business & will feature dinner, music by BJ Technology Leiderman and a silent auction at Celine and Co. on Broadway, 49 Broadway Ave. $65. Info: www. ABWA Meeting sartplays.org or 689-1239. • TH (2/7), 5:30-7:30pm - The American Business Women's Hike-n-Soak Association will host a dinner • SU (2/10), 9am - Shoji Spa, meeting at Crowne Plaza Resort, 96 Avondale Heights Road, 1 Resort Drive. $25. Info and regwill offer a guided hike on the istration: www.abwaskyhychapMountains-to-Sea Trail, followed ter.com. by hot tubs, sauna and a cold plunge. 50 percent of proceeds Internet for Beginners, Part I benefit Southern Appalachian Highland Conservancy. $40. Info • TU (2/12), 2-4:30pm - An internet class for beginners will focus and registration: www.shojireon using web addresses and treats.com or 299-0999. becoming familiar with Internet Isaac Dickson Elementary Explorer. Computer basics class School or familiarity with keyboard and • WE (2/6) - Mela Indian mouse required. Held at Pack Restaurant, 70 N. Lexington Memorial Library, 67 Haywood Ave., will donate a portion of the St. Free. Info and registration: day's proceeds to Isaac Dickson 250-4754. Elementary School. Info: www. Mountain BizWorks melaasheville.com. Workshops Mardi Gras Party 153 S. Lexington Ave. Info: 253• TU (2/12), 5-8pm - A Mardi 2834 or www.mountainbizworks. Gras Party, to benefit Hall org. Fletcher Elementary's school • FR (2/8), 9am-noon - A workgarden, will feature music, shop and networking opportunity drinks, king cake and a raffle. for farmers and food producers Held at Short Street Cakes, 225 will focus on getting your farm Haywood Road. $5 per raffle to scale. Held at Mill Spring ticket. Info: www.shortstreetAgricultural Center, 156 State cakes.com or 505-4822. Road 1321, Mill Spring. Free. Registration requested. Mrs. Hyatt’s Music House Tax Assistance • SU (2/10), 2-7pm - An afternoon of music and a chili • SA through MO (4/15) - Tax cornbread cook-off, to benefit assistance will be offered at local Mrs. Hyatt’s Music House, will libraries. Bring Social Security be held at the VFW Club, 626 card, tax return, W-2 forms, etc. New Leicester Highway. $10/ Info: 277-8288.
• MONDAYS & WEDNESDAYS, 10am-4pm; SATURDAYS, 10am2pm. Pack Memorial Library, 67 Haywood St. • TUESDAYS, 9am-4pm - West Asheville Library, 942 Haywood Road. • TUESDAYS, 10am-4pm Black Mountain Library, 105 N. Dougherty St. The Business of Art • WE (2/13), 9:15am4:15pm - Watershed artists from Buncombe, Haywood, Transylvania and surrounding counties are invited to participate in a workshop on the business of art. Held at Phil Mechanic Studios, 109 Roberts St. Free. Info: www.floodgallery.org.
Classes, Meetings & Events Amateur Pool League (pd.) BEGINNERS WANTED! Have fun and learn to play pool in the weekly pool league. HAVE FUN. MEET PEOPLE. PLAY POOL. 828-329-8197 www. BlueRidgeAPA.com ONGOING – weekly league play Mac Basics Classes at Charlotte Street Computers (pd.) Mac Basics Classes at Charlotte Street Computers Mac Basics Computer Classes are being held at Charlotte Street Computers, 252 Charlotte Street. Class time is 9:30 - 10:30am. Mondays in February - Mac OS X Basics, February 12th - Safari, February 19th - iCloud, February 26th - iMovie. iPad Basics will be held each Wednesday in February from 10:45am 12:15pm. Registration is just $9.99 at www.charlottestreetcomputers.com/classes. Quilt in a Shoebox (pd.) TU [2/19] 7pm. Folk Art Center, Blue Ridge Parkway, Local Quilter Julie Simpson talks about teaching the younger generation the craft of quilting at the Asheville Quilt Guild Meeting. Info: ashevillequiltguild. org or 828-665-6786. New to Asheville? (pd.) A great opportunity for women new to the area to make lasting friends, explore the surroundings and enrich their lives. Contact us! ashevillenewcomersclub.com WordPress - SEO (pd.) Thur. Feb. 7. 10:45 AM 12:15 PM. Learn how to increase traffic to your WordPress website. We will focus on creating meaningful content that can be organized with helpful meta data, including keyword, tags, titles and descriptions. $25 at Charlotte Street Computers, 252 Charlotte St. Info and registra-
tion www.charlottestreetcomputers.com/classes/wordpress. JDAA - JAMES DANIEL ACADEMY OF ART (pd.) Drawing and painting lessons starting at only $10/hour. Afternoon Sessions. Complete program. See website for details. www.jdaa.net 150th Anniversary of the Civil War • ONGOING, 10am-5pm Henderson County Heritage Museum will observe the 150th anniversary of the Civil War with never-before-seen artifacts including military weaponry and uniforms at 1 Historic Courthouse Square, Hendersonville. Free. Info: 694-1619. Asheville Anime Club • SATURDAYS, 3pm - The Asheville Anime Club features "geeky films and fun" at Firestorm Cafe, 48 Commerce St. Free. Info: www.firestormcafe. com or 255-8115. Asheville Chess Club • WEDNESDAYS, 6:30-10:30pm The Asheville Chess Club meets at North Asheville Community Center, 37 E. Larchmont Drive. Children's club meets from 5:156:30pm. $5 per session. Info: www.wncchess.org or 299-3715. Asheville Radical Mental Health Collective • TUESDAYS, 4:30pm - This "radical mental health community for those who experience self/world in ways that are often diagnosed as psychiatric disorders" meets for social time and discussion at the Vendor's Lounge in The Downtown Market, 45 S. French Broad Ave. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org. Asheville Scrabble Club • SUNDAYS, 2-6pm - The Asheville Scrabble Club meets at Atlanta Bread Company North, 633 Merrimon Ave. Info: www. ashevillescrabble.com. Asheville Welcomes Transplants • 2nd SATURDAYS - Asheville Welcomes Transplants (formerly Asheville Ex-New Yorkers), will host a meeting at Mosaic Cafe and Coffee House, 1 Town Square Blvd. Donations accepted. Registration required: www. meetup.com/AVLWelcomes. Astronomy Club of Asheville • 1st THURSDAYS, 7-9pm - The Astronomy Club of Asheville meets in UNCA's Reuter Center. See website for stargazing events. $20 per year. Info: www. astroasheville.org. Blue Ridge Toastmasters • MONDAYS, 12:15-1:25pm - Blue Ridge Toastmasters offers "Speak Up Asheville" to develop speaking and leadership skills, Feb. 4-25. Weekly meetings held at Asheville
Chamber of Commerce/Lenoir Rhyne University, 36 Montford Ave., Room 317. Info: www. blueridgetoastmasters.com/ speechcraft. Brevard College Black History Month • Through TH (2/28) - Brevard College will host a Black History Month exhibit on the theme of “At the Crossroads of Freedom and Equality” in the J.A. Jones Library. Free. Info: email@example.com or 884-8248. Building Bridges • MONDAYS through (3/25), 7-9pm - Building Bridges seminar will focus on the "dynamics of racism and an exploration of how race has impacted our relationships, communities and institutions." Held at MAHEC, 121 Hendersonville Road. $30. Info and registration: www. buildingbridges-ashevillenc.org or 777-4585.
Reuter Center. Free. Info: olliasheville.com or 251-6140.
Details: www.SwingAsheville. com
One Billion Rising • TH (2/14), 7-10pm - One Billion Rising, a celebration of the 15th anniversary of V-Day, will be held at the YWCA, 185 S. French Broad Ave. Free. Info: www. ywcaofasheville.org or 254-7206.
Studio Zahiya (pd.) Monday 6-7pm Hip Hop Fusion Bellydance • 7:30-9pm Bellydance. Tuesday 9-10am Hip Hop Booty Shakin Workout • 4-5pm Kids' Bellydance • 6-7pm Bellydance 1 • 7-8pm Bellydance 2 • 7-8pm West African Drumming • 8-9pm West African Dance. Wednesday 6-7pm All Levels Bellydance • 7:30-9 Bellydance 2. Thursday 9-10am Bellydance Workout • 4-5pm Kids' Hip Hop • 6-7pm Bollywood • 8-9pm Hip Hop. Friday 4-5pm Kids Zumba. Sunday 2-3pm BellyFit Workout • 3-4pm Get Fit with Faith Girl. $12 drop-ins. 90 1/2 N. Lexington Avenue. www.studiozahiya.com
Summer Job and Camp Fair • TH (2/7), 11am-2pm - Brevard College will host a summer job and camp fair in the college's Reserve dining room. Free. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org or 884-8249. Western Carolina Amateur Radio Society • 1st THURSDAYS, 7pm - The Western Carolina Amateur Radio Society meets monthly at the West Asheville Library, 942 Haywood Road. $20 for yearlong membership; meetings free to attend. Info: www.wcars.org, 254-0513 or email@example.com.
Embroiderers' Guild of America • TH (2/7), 9:30am-noon - The monthly meeting of the WNC chapter of the Embroiderers' Guild of America will be held at Cummings United Methodist Church, 3 Banner Farm Road, Horse Shoe. Info and cost: 654-9788.
WNC Knitters and Crocheters • 2nd MONDAYS, 7pm - The Fletcher Branch of the WNC Knitters and Crocheters for Others makes handmade items for local charities. Held at Unity Center, 2041 Old Fanning Bridge Road, Mills River. Free. Info: 6549788.
Fiber Evenings • TUESDAYS, 4pm - Echoview Fiber Mill, 76 Jupiter Road, Weaverville, invites the public to bring knitting, spinning, weaving or other fiber projects for an evening of socializing and creativity. Free. Info: www.echoviewfarm. com.
Youth OUTright • SU (2/10), 4-6pm - Youth OUTright will present a program for LGBTQ youth at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 20 Oak St. Meeting will focus on "Love YO Body Yoga." Free. Info: www.youthoutright. org.
Helios Warriors: Practitioner Meet and Greet • WE (2/6), 4-7pm - Helios Warriors, a holistic therapy program for veterans, invites practitioners, board members and administrators to meet one another, as well as the new community outreach director Fiora, at 251D Haywood St. Info: www. helioswarriors.org or 299-0776. Justice Friends Night • TU (2/12), 7pm - Justice Friends will host an informal gathering of community members interested in topics relating to justice at Firestorm Cafe, 48 Commerce St. Free. Info: www.firestormcafe. com or 255-8115. Mah Jong • WEDNESDAYS, 1pm - Mah Jong will be played at Albert Carlton-Cashiers Community Library, 249 Frank Allen Road. Info: 743-0215. OLLI Member Social • TU (2/12), 4:30pm OLLI at UNCA will host a member appreciation social in the university's
Comedy Carlos Valencia • WE (2/13), 9pm - Disclaimer Comedy presents comedian Carlos Valencia at Dirty South Lounge, 70 W. Walnut St. Free. Info: www.DisclaimerComedy. com. Joel Chasnoff • SA (2/7), 7:30pm - Comedian Joel Chasnoff will perform in UNCA's Lipinsky Auditorium. Presented by JCC Asheville and UNCA Hillel. $20/$5 students. Info: www.jcc-asheville.org or 253-0701.
Dance Beginner Swing Dancing Lessons (pd.) 4 week series starts first Tuesday of every month at 7:30pm. $12/week per person. • No partner necessary. Eleven on Grove, downtown Asheville.
Elevate School of Life and Art • Through FR (3/29) - Elevate School of Life and Art offers dance classes at 34 S. Lexington Ave. Dance apprenticeships for teens and adults available. $6 per class. 45 percent of proceeds go toward building a new community center. Info: www.elevatelifeandart.com or 318-8895. Scottish Country Dance Class • FRIDAYS, 7:30pm - Featuring lively jigs, reels and strathspey social dances. "This is Scotland's ballroom dancing." Partner not required. Comfortable, informal dress. Open to ages 11 and above. Held at Harvest House, 205 Kenilworth Road. Free for beginners. Info: dancing.trees. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eco Appalachian Trail Hall of Fame • Through TH (2/28) Nominations for the Appalachian Trail Hall of Fame will be accepted through Feb. 28. Info: http:// avl.mx/oy. ECO Heritage Tree Sale • Through MO (2/11) - ECO will host a sale of heritage trees, including apple, chestnut, blueberry and persimmon. Trees will be available for pickup Feb. 11; advanced orders strongly recommended. $25 per tree. Info: www.eco-wnc.org or 692-0385. Sierra Club Meeting • WE (2/6), 7pm - Kelly Martin of the N.C. Beyond Coal Campaign will discuss transitioning from coal to clean energy during a meeting of the Sierra Club at Unitarian Universalist Church, 1 Edwin Place. Free. Info: www. wenoca.org. Wild South Conservation Award • Through WE (2/13) - Wild South will accept applications from
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Art for the heart What: Work of heART art exhibit, to benefit Open Hearts Art Center. Where: Satellite Gallery, 55 Broadway St. When: Saturday, Feb. 9 through Friday, Feb. 22. Opening reception: Saturday, Feb. 9, 7-10 p.m.
Small Terrain 278 Haywood Road. Info: www. smallterrain.com or 216-8102. • WE (2/13), 6-9pm - "Love Potions: Aphrodisiac Honeys, Elixirs and Herbal Edibles" will feature tasting and experimentation. $30 includes handmade aphrodisiac bliss balls.
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Why: You've probably seen art by Open Hearts Art Center's adults with developmental, mental, physical and emotional disabilities around town. Hot-pink Michael Jackson tributes and brightly colored hearts have recently graced the walls of City Bakery, Homegrown and Rocky's Hot Chicken Shack, just to name a few locations. Now works by Open Hearts Art Center artists are coming to Satellite Gallery for the seventh annual Work of heART exhibit. The show is more than a chance to see some of the most creative and eclectic work around. It's also a benefit for the Open Hearts Art Center, which "provides the unique opportunity for differently-abled adults to express themselves using a variety of creative avenues." The program encourages individuals to definite themselves with words like "skilled," "talented" and "gifted" through activities and exhibits that celebrate their imagination and abilities. An opening reception will be held Saturday, Feb. 9, sponsored by Highland Brewing Company and David's Auto House. Expect a lively evening with enthusiastic artists and anyone who loves "expression in its purest form."
Buncombe Green Party Meeting • 1st MONDAYS, 6pm - Meetings held in The Fortune Building, 727 Haywood Road. Free. Info: www. buncombegreens.org. Redistricting Reform Symposium • TH (2/14), 11:30am-1:30pm A symposium on redistricting reform will be held in UNCA's Mountain View Room. Free. Info and registration: tomcoulson@ aol.com or 674-3046.
environmental educators, youth and journalists for its RooseveltAshe award through Feb. 13. Info: www.wildsouth.org. Winterproofing Workshop • WE (2/13), 6:30pm - ECO will host a Sustainable Living Workshop on winterproofing the home at the Girl Scout Hut, 64 W.T. Weaver Blvd. Registration required. $15. Info: www.ecownc.org or 692-0385.
Festivals Chinese New Year Celebration • SU (2/10), 4pm - Warren Wilson College will host a Chinese New Year celebration featuring a lion dance and traditional pig roast. Held in Cannon Lounge. $3. Info: www.warren-wilson.edu. Paper Valentines Workshop • TH (2/7), 4-5pm - The Transylvania Community Arts Council will host a handmade paper valentines workshop at TC Arts Council, 349 S. Caldwell St, Brevard. $5 per family. Info and registration: 884-2787. Singles Soiree • TH (2/14), 7pm - Hotel Indigo, 151 Haywood St., will host a Valentine’s Day singles soiree featuring flamenco guitar music. Full bar and menu available. Info:
www.boutiquehotel-asheville.com or 239-0239. Valentine's Day Stargazing Stories • FR (2/8), 7-9pm - PARI, 1 PARI Drive, Rosman, will present an evening of love stories associated with the night sky. $20/$15 seniors/$10 children under 14. Registration required. Info: 8625554 or www.pari.edu. Valentine's Day Poetry • SU (2/10), 3pm - Local authors Carol Pearce Bjorlie, Sophia Brooks and Wendy Kochenthal will present poetry inspired by Valentine's Day at Accent on Books, 854 Merrimon Ave. Free. Info: www.accentonbooks.com. Info: 966-4097 or www.pari.edu.
Film 40 Years Later: Now Can We Talk? • TH (2/7), 11am-12:30pm - A-B Tech will host a screening of the documentary 40 Years Later: Now Can We Talk? in Ferguson Auditorium. Free. Info: www. abtech.edu. • FR (2/8), 7pm - An additional screening will be presented at UNCA's Highsmith Union, followed by Q&A with the film's executive producer and others. Ghosts of the South • WE (2/13), 7pm - Ghosts of the South, a film featuring dance performances by two
Asheville women, will celebrate Black History Month in UNCA's Highsmith University Union Intercultural Center, Room 114. Free. Info: msp.unca.edu.
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Local Film Kickstarter Party • TH (2/14), 7pm - Local independent filmmaker David Braxton will announce his debut feature, My Name Is Baby Steaks, during a Valentine's Day Kickstarter party at Wild Wing Cafe, 161 Biltmore Ave. A screening of the local indie film Golden Blade 3 will follow Braxton's presentation. Free. Info: DBraxton9@ yahoo.com.
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The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 • TU (2/12), 7pm - The New Lens Film Series will screen The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 in WCU's A.K. Hinds University Center. Free. Info: mchamber@ wcu.edu or 227-3839. The Bucket List • SA (2/9), 5:30-8:30pm - The Neighborhood Y at Woodfin, 40 N. Merrimon Ave., will screen The Bucket List. Free food and admission. Info and registration: email@example.com or 5053990.
program will present a dinner on the theme of "The Deep South" in the college's J.E. Broyhill Civic Center, featuring pork loin, cherry crumble. $21. Info and registration: www.cccti.edu or 726-2402. DOUGH Grand Opening • TU (2/12), 8am-8pm - DOUGH, Asheville's new chef-driven market, will celebrate its grand opening with a day of "dipping, sipping and tasting." Cooking demonstrations, giveaways and ribbon cutting at 4pm. 372 Merrimon Ave. Info: lindsey. firstname.lastname@example.org or www. facebook.com/doughasheville. Tea Discovery Workshop • SU (2/10), 9am - "Taste, discover and explore the amazing world of tea" during this workshop at Dobra Tea, 78 N. Lexington Ave. $25 includes slide show and tasting. Register in person or by phone: 575-2424. Tea Tasting • SA (2/9), 1-3pm - Nourish and
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Gardening Blue Ridge Food Ventures Market • WE (2/6), 9am-1pm & 4-7pm - Blue Ridge Food Ventures will host a winter market featuring baked goods, meat, mushrooms, cheeses and more. Held on A-B Tech's Enka campus. Info: www. BlueRidgeFoodVentures.org. Common Concerns in WNC Gardens • TU (2/12), 7pm - Alison Arnold, former Director of Horticulture for the N.C. Arboretum, will present "Twelve Most Common Concerns in WNC Gardens" at Weaverville Town Hall, 30 S. Main St. Free. Info: 645-5251. Grow Down Home Market • SA (2/9), 10am-1pm - The Grow Down Home monthly market features produce, meats, cheese, mushrooms, hot foods and more at Grow Down Home Kitchen, 105 Richardson Blvd., Black Mountain. Info: beckisbounty@ gmail.com. Master Gardener Hotline • TUESDAYS, 10am-1pm & FRIDAYS, 9am-noon - The Master Gardener Hotline will accept phone calls about local gardening questions. Info: 255-5522. Parasite Management Workshop • SA (2/9), 8:15pm - A workshop on parasite management, led by David Pugh, author of Sheep and
Goat Medicine, will be held at WNC Agriculture Center's Boone Building, 1301 Fanning Bridge Road, Fletcher. Free. Info: 6937387. Regional Tailgate Markets Markets are listed by day, time and name of market, followed by address. Three dashes indicate the next listing. For more information, including the exact start and end dates of markets, contact the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project. Info: www. buyappalachian.org or 236-1282. • WEDNESDAYS, 11am-3pm Asheville City Market South, WCU campus, 28 Schenck Parkway, Biltmore Park Town Square. • SATURDAYS, 9am-noon Haywood Historic Farmers Market, 250 Pigeon St., Waynesville. --- 10am-1pm Asheville City Market, Haywood Park Hotel atrium, 1 Battery Park Ave. --- 10am-1pm - Jackson County Farmers Market, 23 Central St., Sylva. --- 10am12:30pm - Woodfin Reynolds Mountain Neighborhood Y Winter Tailgate, the LOFTS at Reynolds Village, Building 51. --- 2nd & 4th SATURDAYS, 10am-2pm - Madison County Indoor Winter Market, Madison County Cooperative Extension, 258 Carolina Lane, Marshall. --- 2nd SATURDAYS, 10am2pm - Bakersville Farmers Market, 11 N. Mitchell Ave. --- 3rd SATURDAYS, 2-6pm -
Arbuckle Scholarship • Through MO (4/1) - The Community Foundation of Henderson County will accept applications for the Arbuckle Scholarship through April 1. Info: Lhenderson-hill@CFHCforever. org or 697-6224. ASU Turchin Center Workshops Info and registration: www.tcva. org/workshops. • WEDNESDAYS, 2:30-4:30pm - Room 13 after-school arts program invites kids to choose drawing and construction projects. Free. • FRIDAYS, 3-4:30pm - Blazing Easels kids workshop will be held in Turchin Center Room 3200. Free. • TUESDAYS, 3-4:30pm - A drawing club for kids will be offered in Turchin Center Room 3200. Ages 6-12. Free. Carolina Day School 1345 Hendersonville Road. Info and registration: email@example.com or 274-0757. • TU (2/12), 8:30-10am Prospective families are invited to attend "Inside the Classroom," an opportunity to meet teachers. Community Foundation of Henderson County Scholarships • Through FR (3/1) - The Community Foundation of Henderson County will accept college scholarship applications from Henderson County students
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FIRST Robot Clubs • THURSDAYS, 7pm - Ashe-Bots is a FIRST Robotics Team and nonprofit STEM-based program for high school students ages 14-18. Group meets weekly at A-B Tech's Dogwood Building. Engineering and tech professionals are invited to mentor participants. Info: brookside891@att. net or http://avl.mx/ml. • 2nd & 4th WEDNESDAYS, 3-5pm - Buncombe County 4-H sponsors NXT FLL robot classes for serious beginners and experienced youth, ages 10-14, at 94 Coxe Ave. 4-H affiliation not required. Parental participation encouraged. Info: bearberry@ charter.net or 258=2038.
RiverLink's Voices of the River • Through WE (3/20) - RiverLink will accept submissions for its Voices of the River Art and Poetry Contest from children grades K-12 in the French Broad River Watershed through March 20. Info: www.riverlink.org/earthdaycontest.asp.
Hands On! This children's museum is located at 318 N. Main St., Hendersonville. Tues.-Sat., 10am5pm. Programs require $5 admission fee/free for members, unless otherwise noted. Info: www. handsonwnc.org or 697-8333. • Through FR (2/8) - Children are invited to learn about Chinese New Year traditions and make hung bao. • FRIDAYS through (2/22), 11am - Learning Spanish Creatively utilizes games, dramatic play, movement and songs. Ages 3-6. $10 per class/$8 members. Registration requested. • TU (2/12), 10:30am - Children are invited to make a Mardi Gras mask and enjoy snacks. • WE (2/13) & TH (2/14) Children are invited to make valentines throughout the day. Music Workshop • SATURDAYS, 11am-noon Sonia Brooks hosts a music workshop for kids at Grateful Steps Bookstore, 159 S. Lexington Ave. Free; donations accepted. Info: www.gratefulsteps.com or 277-0998. Odyssey Community School Open House • SA (2/9) - The Odyssey Community School will host an open house for parents of pre-K through high school students at 80 Zillicoa St. Meet teachers, parents and administrators and tour the campus. Pre-K-8th grade, 10am-noon; 9th-12th grade, noon-2pm. Info: www.odysseycommunity.org or 259-3653. Play and Learn Literacy Program • MONDAYS through FRIDAYS, 9am - Play and Learn, an eightweek pre-literacy program for 3-5-year-olds, will be held at various locations in Buncombe County. Sponsored by Smart Start. Free. Info and registration:
Super Science Saturday • SATURDAYS, noon-2pm - Super Science Saturday features handson activities with museum facilitators at The Health Adventure, 800 Brevard Road #620. All ages. Free with museum admission. Info: www.thehealthadventure. org. Winter Family Arts Festival • SA (2/9), 12:30-3:30pm - The Winter Family Arts Festival will feature arts and crafts for children of all ages. Held in ASU's Turchin Center, main gallery. Free. Info: www.tcva.org. Youth Bridge • SATURDAYS, 10:30am - The Asheville Bridge Room hosts youth bridge for 6-8th graders at storefront C1 in the River Ridge Shopping Center, 800 Fairview Road. Free. Info: 658-9398 or email@example.com. Youth Sledding • MONDAYS through FRIDAYS until (3/1) - The Town of Beech Mountain offers free sledding for kids, featuring man-made and natural snow. Held adjacent to the Visitors Center, 403A Beech Mountain Parkway. Weekdays: 1-5pm; weekends and holidays: 9am-5pm. Free. Info: www.beechmtn.com or (800) 468-5506.
Music Song O' Sky Show Chorus (pd.) TUESDAYS, 6:45pm - Rehearsal at Covenant Community UMC 11 Rocket Dr. Asheville, NC 28803. Guests welcome. Contact: www.songosky. org Toll Free # 1-866-824-9547. African Drumming Classes • TUESDAYS, 7pm - 33rd generation djembe player Adama Dembele from Ivory Coast, West Africa, teaches African drumming to all skill levels at Studio Zahiya, 90 1/2 N. Lexington Ave. Ages 9 and above. Bring a drum. $12. Info: 537-0892. • WEDNESDAYS, 7pm - Dembele teaches additional drum classes at Asheville Music School, 126 College St. Info: 252-6244. Appalachian Jam Class • THURSDAYS, 6pm - An Appalachian jamming class will focus on playing traditional music as a group. All instruments welcome. Held at First Presbyterian
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Church of Weaverville, 30 Alabama Ave. $10. Info: michael. firstname.lastname@example.org or (503) 8080362. Asheville Symphony Orchestra All concerts are held at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium in the U.S. Cellular Center. Tickets and info: www.ashevillesymphony.org or 254-7046. • SA (2/9), 8pm - The Asheville Symphony Orchestra will perform Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1, featuring Daniil Trifonov. Other works include Barber's Adagio for Strings and Franck's Psyche. $20-$58 with discounts for students. • FR (2/8), 3pm - A symphony talk with music director Daniel Meyer will be held in UNCA's Reuter Center. Free. Blue Ridge Orchestra Info: www.blueridgeorchestra. org. • WEDNESDAYS, 7pm - Open rehearsals for the Blue Ridge Orchestra will be held most Wednesdays in the Manheimer Room of UNCA's Reuter Center. Free. Call for confirmation. Info: www.blueridgeorchestra.org or 251-6140. Brevard College Symphonic Winds • WE (2/13), 7:30pm - The Brevard College Symphonic Winds will perform in the college's Scott Concert Hall. Free. Info: www.brevard.edu. Chana’le in Concert • TU (2/12), 6pm - Chana’le, "an internationally known performer whose songs open the hearts of women across the globe," will perform at the Asheville Jewish Community Center, 236 Charlotte St. The performance will be preceded by hors d’oeuvres and boutique shopping at 6pm. $18 advance/$25 door. Info: 505-0746. David Stevenson • SU (2/10), 4pm - David Stevenson (fingerstyle guitar) will perform at the Madison County Arts Council, 90 S. Main St., Marshall. $10 suggested donation. Info: www.madisoncountyarts.com or 649-1301. Djembe Lessons • MONDAYS, 7:30pm - Larry McDowell will offer djembe, dunn and hand drum lessons at French Broad Grocery Co-op, 90 Biltmore Ave. Free; donations accepted. Gabriel Dondi Goni • WE (2/6), 7:30pm - Gabriel Dondi Goni (flute) will perform in WCU's Coulter Building. Free. Info: 227-7242. Grind Cafe 136 West Union St., Morganton. Info: www.facebook.com/grindcafe or 430-4343.
• TH (2/7), 7:30pm - Brooks Williams (singer-songwriter). $20. • SA (2/9), 7:30pm - steveNkim (nomadic, self-sustained music). $10.
Outdoors Events at REI Located at 31 Schenck Parkway. Info: 687-0918 or www.rei.com/ asheville. • TH (2/7), 7pm - A bike maintenance class will teach participants how to lube a chain, fix a flat and make minor adjustments. No need to bring bikes. Free; registration required. • WE (2/13), 6-8pm - A class on bike maintenance will focus on how to fine tune a derailleur. Please do not bring bikes. $40/$20 members. Registration required.
Black Mountain Center for the Arts Old City Hall, 225 W. State St., Black Mountain. Mon.Wed. and Fri., 10am-5pm; Thurs., 11am-3pm. Info: www. BlackMountainArts.org or 6690930. • FR (2/8), 7:30pm - Monthly Jazz Concert Series will feature Michael Jefry Stevens (piano, composer), Billy Cardine (slide guitar) and Byron Hedgepeth (percussion). $10 donation.
Lake James State Park 6883 N.C. Highway 126, Nebo. Programs are free unless otherwise noted. Info: 584-7728. • SU (2/10), 9am - A 2-mile hike on Paddy's Creek Trail will depart from the Paddy's Creek Area office.
New York Polyphony • FR (2/8), 8pm - New York Polyphony (male vocal ensemble) will perform in ASU's Rosen Concert Hall. $15/$8 ASU students. Info: www.pas.appstate. edu. Old-Time and Bluegrass Jam • TH (2/7), 7pm - WCU's Mountain Heritage Center, located on the ground floor of the university's H.F. Robinson Administration Building, will host a bluegrass concert and jam featuring Whitewater Bluegrass Co. Free. Info: 227-7129.
Public Lectures Great Decisions • WE (2/6), 10am-noon - The World Affairs Council of WNC and the National Foreign Policy Association present "The New Egypt," with Dr. Samer Traboulsi, in BRCC's Thomas Auditorium. $10. Info: ww.brcll. com. --- 3-4:30pm - An additional program will be held in Brevard College's Myers Dining Hall. Registration required. Info: 8848251. • TU (2/12), 7:30pm - "Defending America on a Budget," with Lee McMinn, Vietnam veteran and student of the military. Held in the UNCA's Reuter Center, Manheimer Room. Free for members/$8 nonmembers. • WE (2/13), 10am-noon - An additional program will be held in BRCC's Thomas Auditorium. $10. Info: ww.brcll.com. --3-4:30pm - A final program will be held in Brevard College's Myers Dining Hall. Registration required. Info: 884-8251.
Pan Harmonia Info: www.pan-harmonia.org. • SU (2/10), 5pm "GeneratioNext" will feature local youth musicians including Erik Freistas, Daniel Cracchiolo and the Asheville Young Musician's Club. Held at The Altamont Theatre, 18 Church St. Proceeds benefit WCQS and Pan Harmonia. $15/$12 in advance/$5 students. The Birdland Big Band • TH (2/7), 7:30pm - The Birdland Big Band (jazz) will perform in Caldwell Community College's JE Broyhill Civic Center. $24/$15 children. Info: www.broyhillcenter.com or 726-2407.
Hunger in WNC Initiative • TU (2/12), 2:30pm - Cindy Threlkeld, executive director of MANNA FoodBank, will discuss the Hunger in WNC Initiative in UNCA's Reuter Center. Free. Info: olliasheville.com or 2516140.
WCU and the Asheville Symphony Orchestra • TU (2/12), 7:30pm - Members of the Asheville Symphony Orchestra and WCU faculty will present a concert featuring double reeds and strings in the college's Coulter Building. Free. Info: music.wcu.edu or 227-7242. Windscape • SU (2/10), 4pm - The Asheville Chamber Music Series presents Windscape, ensemble-inresidence at Manhattan School of Music. Held at Unitarian Universalist Church of Asheville, 1 Edwin Place. $35/students free. Info: www.ashevillechambermusic.org or 575-7427.
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Public Lectures & Events at UNCA Events are free unless otherwise noted. • FR (2/8), 11:25am - "1848," with John McClain, lecturer in humanities. Held in Lipinsky Auditorium. Info: humanities. unca.edu or 251-6808. --11:30am - “Mountain Born,” with Jean Boone Benfield, descendent of some of Buncombe County’s first settlers. Held in the Reuter
Center. Info: olliasheville.com or 251-6140. • SA (2/9), 2pm - "Yancey County Goes to War: Appalachian People and Nature, 1861-1865," with ASU professor Timothy Silver. Presented by the Western North Carolina Historical Association. Held in the Manheimer Room. $5 suggested donation. • MO (2/11), 11:25am - “China,” with Grant Hardy, professor of history and director of humanities. Held in Lipinsky auditorium. Info: humanities.unca.edu or 251-6808. • We (2/13), noon - “The Consilience of Physics and the Humanities,” with Merritt Moseley, professor of literature. Held in the Reuter Center. Info: olliasheville.com or 251-6140.
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Asheville Insight Meditation (pd.) Practice/learn mindfulness meditation and ramp up your spiritual practice in a supportive group environment. We practice Insight Meditation, also known as: Vipassana, or Mindfulness Meditation, which cultivates a happier, more peaceful, and focused mind. Our caring community environment provides added support and joy to one's spiritual awakening processes. Open to adults. By donation. Wednesdays, 7pm-8:30pm. The Pollinator's Corridor Sundays, 10am-11:30pm. • WE (2/6), 7pm - Aaron Birk, Meditation, Dhamma talk, and creator of the graphical novel discussion. 29 Ravenscroft Dr., The Pollinator's Corridor, will Suite 200, Asheville, NC. Info/ present "The Anarchist's Apiary: directions: (828) 808-4444, www. Guerrilla Gardening, Urban ashevillemeditation.com Architecture and Restoration ASHEVILLE INSIGHT Ecology" at Warren Wilson MEDITATION College's Cannon lounge. A (pd.) Free introduction to Insight book signing will immediately follow. Info: www.aaronbirk.com or Mindfulness meditation. 2nd or http://avl.mx/pb. and 4th Thursday. 7pm. Asheville Insight Meditation, Suite 200, 29 Ravenscroft Dr, (828) 808-4444, Seniors www.ashevillemeditation.com Advance Care Planning • TH (2/7), 3pm - A workshop on advance care planning will focus on communicating treatment wishes to loved ones and caretakers, along with ethical and legal concerns. Held in UNCA's Reuter Center. Free. Info: olliasheville.com or 251-6140. Medicare Choices Made Easy • WE (2/6), 3-5pm - "Medicare Choices Made Easy" will be offered by the N.C. Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program at West Asheville Library, 942 Haywood Road. Free. Info: www.coabc.org or 277-8288. • FR (2/8), 2-4pm - An additional program will be offered in UNCA's Reuter Center. • FR (2/15), 2-4pm - A final program will be offered in UNCA's Reuter Center.
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, LPC. (828) 258-3229. UNCONDITIONED PRESENCE WEEKEND INTENSIVE (pd.) FEB 8-10th. Learn to hold unconditioned presence for
Open Heart Meditation (pd.) Experience easy, wonderful practices that opens your life to the beauty within and connects you to your heart. • Free 7pm, Tuesdays, 5 Covington St. 2960017 or 367-6954 http://www. heartsanctuary.org Kriya Yoga: Lessons in Conscious Living (pd.) A progressive program of higher learning and spiritual practice in the Kriya Yoga Tradition. Starting Tuesday Feb. 5 for the next four Tuesdays. 6:30pm to 7:55pm. Please call 828-490-1136 or visit www.csaasheville.org The Art of Being Human - Shambhala Training Level I (pd.) We all long for sanity, compassion and inspiration in our lives. This program presents meditation as a way to contact our inherent dignity and wakefulness. Feb 23-25. Info: www.asheville.shambhala.org. A Course in Miracles • 2nd & 4th MONDAYS, 6:308pm - A Course in Miracles, a "truly loving, open study group," meets at at Groce United Methodist Church, 954 Tunnel Road. Info: 712-5472. Ammachi Satsang • 2nd SUNDAYS, 4pm - Group meets monthly for worship and satsang at 335 Dula Springs Road, Weaverville. Vegetarian
potluck follows service. Info: http://avl.mx/ow or 251-0270.
schedule and location. Info: www. newseedspriory.weebly.com.
Circle of Solitaries • 2nd SUNDAYS, 1pm - A discussion group for individuals interested in chaos magic, Paganism, post-modern occultism and related topics. Meets downtown monthly. Info and location: 7779368 or COS_828@yahoo.com.
Thursday Nite in Class • THURSDAYS, 6pm - This circle of spiritual friends gathers weekly for meditation, drumming, sweat lodge, vision quest and a celebration of creation. Free. Info and location: stevenmitch@ charter.net.
Community HU Song • SU (2/10), 11-11:30am - "In our fast-paced world, are you looking to expand your awareness, experience life's blessings or bring peace and calm? Chanting this once-secret name for God, HU, has helped people throughout time find inner peace and divine love." By donation. Held at Eckankar Center of Asheville, 797 Haywood Road, lower level. Info: www.eckankar-nc.org or 254-6775.
WNC Pagan and Magickal Fellowship • 1st WEDNESDAYS, 6:308:30pm - WNC Pagan and Magickal Fellowship hosts Pagan's Night Out at The Bier Garden, 46 Haywood St. Restaurant prices apply. Info: www.meetup.com/ ashevillepagans.
Didgeridoo Meditation •SU (2/10), 4pm - A didgeridoo meditation session will "facilitate a deep sense of relaxation and connection to one's inner wisdom." Held at Dobra Tea, 78 N. Lexington Ave. Free. Info: www. dobrateanc.com. Finding Peace, Patience and Compassion • SUNDAYS through (2/10), 7pm - "Peace, patience and compassion are the foundation of happiness and the ability to help others." Held at Montford Books and More, 31 Montford Ave. Classes include guided meditation, talk and discussion. $8/$5 students and seniors. Info: www.meditationinasheville.org or 668-2241. First Congregational Church in Hendersonville Fifth Avenue West at White Pine Street, Hendersonville. Info: 6928630 or www.fcchendersonville. org. • SU (2/10), 9:15am - "Religious Poetry." Martin Luther Seminars • WEDNESDAYS through (3/6), 6:30pm - Trinity Lutheran Church, 235 St. John’s Road, Suite #50, Fletcher, will host a nine-week seminar on Martin Luther and the early Lutherans. Free. Info: www. trinitylutherannc.org or 684-9770. Modern Day Meditation • MONDAYS, 8pm - "Experience a powerful meditation practice for this age that will help open your heart, deepen your connection, calm your being and clear your mind." All levels welcome; 18 and over. Held at 24 Arlington St. $10. Info: email@example.com. New Seeds Priory • WEEKLY - New Seeds Priory, a Christian-Buddhist practice community, offers a variety of weekly and monthly services in Black Mountain. See website for
Women's Bible Study • TUESDAYS through (2/19), 6:30pm - The Cove at the Billy Graham Training Center, 1 Porters Cove Road, hosts a women's bible study on Psalm 23 with Kendra Graham. Free. Info: 298-2092 or http://avl.mx/o7. • TUESDAYS through (2/26), 9:30am - A morning bible study will be led by Jane Derrick. Free. Info: 298-2092 or http://avl.mx/ o8.
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A Tribal American Spoken Word Legacy • FR (2/8), 7pm - “A Tribal American Spoken Word Legacy,” with Pueblo Indian Elder Larry Littlebird. Held at Lenior-Rhyne University Center for Graduate Studies of Asheville, 36 Montford Ave. $15 donation. Info: www. hamaatsa.org. Buncombe County Public Libraries LIBRARY ABBREVIATIONS - All programs are free unless otherwise noted. Each Library event is marked by the following location abbreviations: n EA = East Asheville Library (902 Tunnel Road, 250-4738) n FV = Fairview Library (1 Taylor Road, 250-6484) n LE = Leicester Library (1561 Alexander Road, 250-6480) n PM = Pack Memorial Library (67 Haywood Street, 250-4700) n SW = Swannanoa Library (101 West Charleston Street, 2506486) n Library storyline: 250-KIDS. • WE (2/6), 5-7pm - Swannanoa Library Knitters. SW --- 3:30pm - Manga-drawing class. Ages 6-12. PM • TH (2/7), 6:30pm - Book club: A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin. EA • TU (2/12), TH (2/14) & FR (2/15) - "Preschoolers We Love You!" will feature librarians performing their "silliest songs and daring dance moves" at various libraries. Info and locations: 250-4711.
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• TUESDAYS, 11am - Mother Goose Time. Ages 4-18 months. FV • TU (2/12), 1pm - Book club: Pictures of You by Caroline Leavitt. LE • TH (2/14), 1pm - Book club: 1491 by Charles C. Mann. FV
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From solopreneur to small-business owner By Anna Raddatz
But over time, he’s learned a lot about hiring. He looks for people who are responsible, timely, self-motivated and strong communicators. He warns others to “avoid the urge to hire someone you know really well,” and instead to find the person that fits the job description.
In the small-business world, there’s a stage of growth that’s seldom talked about. It’s that somewhat awkward but extremely exciting time when a freelancer or sole proprietor — a “solopreneur” — decides to go for it and expand. We spoke with four local entrepreneurs, asking how they did it and what advice they can offer.
Let go of some control
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The key to growing any small business is making sure you’re building it on a strong foundation. To the surprise of many, this foundation is mainly internal — knowing who you are, doing what you love, and overcoming some key internal obstacles that might be holding you back. Sajit Greene, aN ASHEVILLE ??? business and relationship coach, finds that lack of confidence is an obstacle for many solopreneurs, and it often takes the form of a loud and bossy inner critic. “For instance, someone can learn to use a time-management tool,” explains Greene. “But they might end up not using it because their inner critic is harassing them: ‘Why didn’t you get those things done? Why aren’t you more efficient?’ Then the person feels so badly, it [is] even harder to get their tasks done. They key is to bring your inner critic on board to work with you as part of your inner support team. Instead of letting it beat you down, you can use it as a tool for discernment or constructive feedback.” Local entrepreneur Celeste Ametrine, a house sitter and dog-walker, agrees, noting that while she finds her current work extremely satisfying, before moving forward she had to let some old ideas crumble first. “I had all these ideas of what success would look like, and what it meant to everyone else,” says Ametrine. “Previously, I was building on my coaching work and thought I would become a motivational speaker. But I had to let that go because it wasn’t working. I wasn’t happy. And why do something if it’s not going to make you happy?”
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Of course, moving through inner obstacles is an ongoing journey, and as a business owner continues to grow, new obstacles may arise. But the earlier you recognize their existence and learn tools for moving through them, the more successful you’ll be at rooting them out in the future.
Listen to demand Once you have a well-grounded internal base for growth, it’s time to look outward. If you’re consistently running out of hours in the week to meet demand for your product or service, you may need to grow your business. Justin Belleme, owner of JB Media Group, went from solo, freelance online-marketing consultant to nine-employee Internet marketing agency. For him, the catalyst for growth was one big client. “The city of Asheville hired me for a project,” says Belleme, “and the exposure of that one account accelerated the interest in people hiring me.” When client contracts and job offers added up to more than 120 hours’ work per week, Belleme knew that he needed help. “I also recognized talent in the job market that was underutilized. My team’s skill sets complement my own.” Managing staff and subcontractors was a new task for Belleme, full of tough decisions. “It was also hard to continue delivering work while I was finding and training other people,” he says.
The thought of sharing the workload can actually induce panic in some new small business owners. (Remember those internal obstacles?) “It can be very difficult for them to relinquish control,” says Jeff Pennypacker, serial entrepreneur and business coach LOCAL???. “Every solopreneur struggles with this, because they’re emotionally attached to the business,” he explains. “But without releasing control, there will be no growth. You have to start drawing the line between the emotional connection and the business entity.” In his client-coaching experience, the first hire is usually the hardest. “Once they see their first hire as an asset, they become addicted and start hiring other people to do everything. The key is to hire the right people, give them the proper training, and to not micromanage them.”
Review and revise Of course, no business is “set-it-and-forget-it.” Once staff and systems are in place, Pennypacker recommends, do what he did with his previous business, Masterpiece Ice Sculptures. “Every January we would evaluate the past year and see what worked best and what didn’t. And based on that, we would adjust our product line for the coming year.” Doing an annual review of your products, services, marketing strategies, and internal systems will ensure that your business remains relevant and keeps moving along that growth continuum. Sajit Greene, Celeste Ametrine, Justin Belleme and Jeff Pennypacker will lead Mountain BizWorks’ new six-month Business Boot Camp program, helping existing solopreneurs become better small-business owners. Applications are due Thursday, Feb. 28. To apply, visit mountainbizworks.org/bootcamp. X Mountain BizWorks supports small businesses in Western North Carolina through lending, consulting and training. For more information, visit mountainbizworks.org. Anna Raddatz is development and communications coordinator at Mountain BizWorks.
Located at 3 E. Jackson St., Sylva. Events are free, unless otherwise noted. Info: www.citylightsnc.com or 586-9499. • TU (2/12), 6pm - Andrea Ford will lead a Enneagram workshop. $15. Fountainhead Bookstore Located at 408 N. Main St., Hendersonville. Free, unless otherwise noted. Info: www. fountainheadbookstore.com or 697-1870. • SA (2/9), 9:30am - Author and editor Susan Snowden will share tips on creating strong characters, writing believable dialogue, self-editing and more during the "Brighten Your Writing" workshop. Bring pen, paper and a few pages of prose you're currently working on. $23. Reservations recommended. Freelance Friday Meeting • FR (2/8), 4:30pm - Group meets at the Battery Park Book Exchange, 1 Page Ave., to discuss issues related to working as a freelancer, primarily in the fields of writing, editing and publishing, however, all trades are welcome. Info: ronald1515@ ymail.com or 658.9694. French Book Club • ONGOING - The French Book Club will meet in Hendersonville to read and discuss books in French. Info and location: 4351055. Grateful Steps Publishing house located at 159 S. Lexington Ave. Events are free, unless otherwise noted. Info: www.gratefulsteps.com or 277-0998. • SA (2/9), 5-6:30pm - Georganne Spruce will present her book Awakening to the Dance. Malaprop's Bookstore and Cafe 55 Haywood St. Info: www.malaprops.com or 254-6734. Events are free, unless otherwise noted. • WE (2/6), 7pm - Book club: The Cove by Ron Rash. • TH (2/7), 7pm - Robert Jacoby will present his book The Map To Love: How to Navigate the ART of the HeART. • FR (2/8), 7pm - Georganne Spruce will present her memoir Awakening to the Dance. • SA (2/9), 7pm & SU (2/10), 3pm - Daniel Ladinsky and Nancy Owen Barton will present The Purity of Desire: 100 Poems of Rumi. Music provided by Chris Rosser. $20.
• MO (2/11), 7pm - Mystery Book Club: The Hypnotist by Lars Kepler. • TU (2/12), 7pm - Sajit Greene will lead a presentation on creating spiritual relationships. • WE (2/13), 7pm - Pamela King Cable will present her novel Televenge. • TH (2/14), 7pm - Jenny Milchman will present her novel Cover of Snow. Montford Books and More 31 Montford Ave. Info: www. montfordbooks.com or 285-8805. • FR (2/8), 7-9pm - Dielle Ciesco will present her book The Unknown Mother: A Magical Walk with the Goddess of Sound and perform tonal music for healing and inspiration. North Carolina Writers' Network • Through FR (2/15) - The North Carolina Writers' Network will accept short fiction for its Doris Betts Fiction Prize through Feb 15. Info: www.nclr.ecu.edu.
Sports Adult Kickball League • Through FR (3/15) Registration for Buncombe County Parks, Greenways and Recreation's adult kickball league will be accepted through March 15. Info: email@example.com or 250-4269. Asheville Pedal Punks • WEDNESDAYS, 10am Asheville Pedal Punks will host a fitness ride for beginners; Departs from Tod's Tasties, 102 Montford Ave. Free. Info: http:// avl.mx/p2. Balsam Mountain Roller Girl Recruitment • SA (2/9), 10am - The Balsam Mountain Roller Girls will host a recruitment event for girls ages 11-17 at Smoky Mountain Sk8way, 19025 Great Smoky Mountain Expressway, Waynesville. Free to attend. Info: www.balsammountainrollergirls. com or 246-9124. • SU (2/10), 6pm - A recruitment event for women ages 18 and up will be held at Smoky Mountain Sk8way. Black Mountain Valentine 5K and Kids Run • SA (2/9) - The Black Mountain Valentine 5K will depart Lake Tomahawk, 401 Laurel Circle Drive, Black Mountain, at 9:30am. Kids half-mile fun run begins at 9am. $30/$25 in advance. Info: www.blackmountainrec.com. Full Momentum Wrestling • SA (2/9), 7:30pm - Full Momentum Wrestling will feature Randy Wayne, Ryan Chaos, Southern Pride, The Feds, Shane Bryan, David Austin and more. Held at the Fairview Community
Info: www.flatrockplayhouse.org or 693-0731. • WEDNESDAYS through SATURDAYS until (2/16) - A Tribute to the Music of Dolly Parton will be performed at the downtown location. 8pm. $24. Hendersonville Little Theatre 229 S. Washington St., Hendersonville. Info: 692-1082 or www.hendersonvillelittletheater. org. • FRIDAYS through SUNDAYS until (2/24) - Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare's romantic tragedy. Fri. & Sat., 8pm; Sun., 2pm. $20/$10 children 18 and under. N.C. Stage Company Info: www.ncstage.org or 2390263. • WEDNESDAYS through SUNDAYS (2/13) until (3/10) - The Understudy, by Theresa Rebeck, "a hilarious comedy about sour grapes, backstage love affairs and the lure of Hollywood glitz and glitter. Mon.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2pm. $16-$28.
Business Blotter Openings The Crêperie Café of Weaverville, 113 N. Main St. 484-9448. creperieandcafeofweaverville.com. Lovin’ Tenders food truck. Visit lovintenders. com or call 301-0313 for daily location.
Physio Physical Therapy and Wellness, 640 Merrimon Ave., Suite 107. 348-1780. physiownc.com.
Closings Café Azelea, 1011 Tunnel Road #100
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Asheville City Schools • Through (2/8) - The Asheville City Schools Foundation seeks volunteers to work with K-12 students as tutors, artists, mentors and coaches. Info: www.acsf.org or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Headwaters Brewery is now BearWaters Brewing Co. 130 Frazier St., Suite 7, Waynesville. 246-0602. Liquid Dragon Tattoo Art Studio, closed temporarily for renovations. 66 N. Lexington Ave. 251-2518. liquiddragontattoo.com. (Logo pictured.)
Center, 1357 Charlotte Highway. $7/children 5 and under free. Info: www.fullmomentumwrestling.org. Pilates Class • MONDAYS & WEDNESDAYS, 5:30-6:30pm - The Waynesville Recreation Center will host pilates classes at 550 Vance St. Regular admission/free for members. Info: email@example.com or 456-2030. Valley of the Lilies Half Marathon and 5K • Through SA (4/6) - WCU will offer a training program for runners interested in the Valley of the Lilies Half Marathon and 5K, scheduled for April 6. Free. Info and departure location: halfmarathon.wcu.edu or firstname.lastname@example.org. Zumba Ripped • SATURDAYS, 11am-noon Waynesville Recreation Center
Appalachian Trail Conservancy • The Appalachian Trail Conservancy seeks volunteers to lead hikes, register guests, support workshops and assist with parking at the 2013 Biennial, scheduled for July 19-26 in Cullowhee. Info: www.appalachiantrail.org/2013biennial.
hosts Zumba Ripped at 550 Vance St. Free with membership or daily admission. Info: email@example.com or 456-2030.
Theater Different Strokes! • FRIDAYS through SUNDAYS until (2/24) - Different Strokes! Performing Arts Collective presents Neighbors, the story of "a liberal white couple who decide to sell their house to an affluent black couple." Performed at 35 Below, 35 E. Walnut St. Fri. & Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2:30pm. Info: www.differentstrokesavl.com. Flat Rock Playhouse Mainstage: Highway 225, Flat Rock. Downtown location: 125 South Main St., Hendersonville.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of WNC Located at 50 S. French Broad Ave., Room 213, in the United Way building. The organization matches children from singleparent homes with adult mentors. Info: www.bbbswnc.org or 253-1470. • Big Brothers Big Sisters seeks volunteers to mentor 1 hr/week in schools and after-school programs. Volunteers 18 and older are also needed to share outings in the community twice a month with youth from single-parent homes. Activities are free or lowcost. Information sessions will be held Feb. 11 and 27 at noon. Buncombe County Jail • Volunteers are sought for a variety of programs with inmates from Buncombe County Jail. Must be 21 years or older. Info: 989-9459. Children First/CIS • Children First/CIS seeks volunteers for its learning centers and after school program for
elementary school children living in public and low-income housing. Mon.-Thurs., 2:30-5:30pm. Volunteer for one hour a week and change the life of a local child. Info: www.childrenfirstbc. org or 768-2072. Hands On AshevilleBuncombe Youth are welcome on many projects with adult supervision. Info: www.handsonasheville.org or call 2-1-1. Visit the website to sign up for a project. • SA (2/9), 10am-1pm, 4-6pm Fair-Trade Stock-Up: 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. • MO (2/11), 5:30-7pm Volunteers are needed to create book packages for people recently placed in housing by Homeward Bound of Asheville. • MO (2/11), 7-8:30pm - Cookie Night: Help bake cookies for families staying at the Lewis Rathbun Center, which provides free lodging for out-of-town families who have a loved one in an area hospital. Supplies provided. Literacy Council of Buncombe County Located at 31 College Place, Building B, Suite 221. Info: 2543442, ext. 204. • Volunteers are needed to tutor adults in basic literacy skills including reading, writing, math and English as a Second Language. Tutors provide oneon-one or small group instruction to adults in our community. No prior tutoring experience required. Tutors will receive 15 hours of training as well as ongoing support from certified professionals. Info: literacytutors@ litcouncil.com MotherLove Mentor • The YWCA MotherLove program seeks volunteers to provide support and encouragement to teen mothers. A commitment of eight hours per month required. Info: 254-7206. Partners Unlimited • Partners Unlimited, a program for at-risk youth ages 10-18, seeks volunteer tutors and website assistance. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org or 281-2800. CALENDAR DEADLINE The deadline for free and paid listings is 5 p.m. WEDNESDAY, one week prior to publication. Questions? Call (828)251-1333, ext. 365
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• Redemption! In January, Senior Pastor Claude Gilliland III was forced to admit to his flock at the New Heart Church in Cleburne, Texas, that he’s a convicted sex offender and that he and his ex-wife had worked in the pornography industry. Gilliland, 54, served four years in prison in the 1990s for sexually assaulting his ex-wife, but his congregation nonetheless defended him. "If we believe in the redemptive work of Christ," said one parishioner, "then this man is a miracle." (Gilliland
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Questionable judgments • Four days after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, officials at New York City’s Public School 79 decided it would be a good time for a full-blown lockdown drill — with no advance warning. The high school’s roughly 300 specialneeds students (autism, cerebral palsy, severe emotional disorders) and their teachers were startled to hear the early-morning loudspeaker blaring, "Intruder: get out, get out, lockdown!" One adult said it took her about five minutes to realize it was only a drill. Another said, "It was probably the worst feeling I ever had in my life." • Neighborhood observers reported in December that the asbestos-removal "crew" working at the former YWCA in Middleburg Heights, Ohio, consisted of teenage volunteers from the local Buckeye Education School. State regulations require that asbestos (known to cause deadly respiratory ill-
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Clients are generally held accountable for their lawyers' errors because the lawyers are their "agents." But death row inmates, who have much more at stake and don’t usually choose or pay for their lawyers, may be treated differently. According to a January New York Times report, however, when murder client Ronald Smith's lawyer, C. Wade Johnson (an often-incapacitated methamphetamine addict), missed a filing deadline, Smith lost the right to appeal. The case is now before the U.S. Supreme Court. (Alabama is also the only state whose judges can overrule juries and impose the death penalty instead of life in prison.)
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Least-competent criminals Benjamin Greene, 22, was charged in December with shoplifting a nude blow-up doll from a Spencer's Gifts store in Spartanburg, S.C. On closer inspection, however, it turned out to be one of the manufacturer's "Super Star Series." The packaging on Greene's $19.99 "Finally Mylie! Love Doll" was apparently meant to evoke singer Miley Cyrus ("finally" presumably to honor Cyrus' having recently turned 18 and "legal"), but like the series’ Jessica Simpson and Lindsay Lohan offerings, it was merely a generic plastic doll resembling no specific human.
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said he was innocent of the assault, but that he’d done other bad things during that time that did require redemption.) • God and Footwear: (1) "Prophet" Cindy Jacobs said in a January Internet broadcast that God has revealed Himself to her by mysteriously removing critical shortages in her life, such as her car's well-worn tires that just kept rolling. "I remember one time that I had a pair of shoes that I wore and wore and wore and wore and wore, and it just — for years, these shoes did not wear out." (2) Dublin inventor David Bonney recently changed the marketing strategy for his shoes. He started the business two years ago with the idea of selling "Christian" shoes containing water in the soles (so wearers could walk on water). They’re now called "Atheist Shoes."
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• The U.S. Congress may suffer dismal popularity ratings (worse than head lice, according to one survey), but it’s saintly compared to India's legislatures, whose members include six accused rapists at the state level and two in the national Parliament. In addition, 36 local officials have been charged with sexual assault, according to India's Association for Democratic Reforms. In December, the association reported that 162 of the lower house of Parliament's 552 members currently face criminal charges. The problem is compounded by India's notoriously paralyzed justice system, which practically ensures that the charges won’t be resolved for years, if not decades. • Many Japanese men seem to reject smartphones in favor of a low-tech 2002 Fujitsu cellphone, according to a January Wall Street Journal dispatch, because it can help philanderers hide their affairs. The phones lack sophisticated tracking features, and a buried "privacy" mode gives off only stealth signals when lovers call and leaves no trace of calls, texts or emails. "If Tiger Woods had [this phone], he wouldn't have gotten in trouble," said a Fujitsu senior executive. • China's national Legislature passed a law in December establishing people’s duty to periodically visit their aged parents. China's rapid urbanization hasn’t developed enough nursing homes to keep pace with the population; sponsors said the law would enable parents to sue their children for ignoring them.
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California activist Jonathan Frieman finally got his day in court in January, but a Marin County judge quickly rejected his argument that he’s entitled to use the state's car pool lanes accompanied only by a sheath of corporate papers in the passenger seat. (During the 2012 Republican primaries, Mitt Romney famously asserted a corporation's general right under the law to be treated as a person.) The state law, the judge ruled, was intended only to reduce traffic congestion, and driving with no passenger except corporate papers is unrelated to that goal. Frieman told reporters that he’d been carrying the papers around for years, hoping to be challenged.
nesses) be handled only by certified contractors using hazardous-materials gear. Buckeye and other officials declined to say who’d authorized them to work. • In November, Tokyo's Kenichi Ito, 29, bested his own Guinness World Record by a full second (down to 17.47 seconds) in the 100-meter dash — on all fours. Ito runs like a patas monkey, an animal he’s long admired and which (along with what he calls his monkeylike face) inspired him nine years ago to take up "four-legged" running. He reported trouble only once when, training in the mountains, he was shot at by a hunter who mistook him for a wild boar.
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dance of it by Emily Patrick At 3 a.m., downtown is Eric Bridges' kingdom. The bars have closed, and the revelers have gone home to bed. Bridges has just finished breakfast, and he's on his way to work. “It's nice to be able to walk downtown when it's completely quiet and completely deserted,” he says. “Before I started doing this, [3 a.m.] was night. And now it's morning.” Eric is the morning baker at City Bakery on Biltmore Avenue — or maybe, he's the night baker. That's the tricky thing about the bakery — its operations are so cyclical, so steady and repetitive, that time stops making sense. It's like a worm hole where fermenting dough, rising loaves and romantic aromas take on their own rhythm and defy business hours. “There's no beginning and no end to the day,” says Brian Dennehy, who [OWNS] the business with his parents, Pat and Rose, and oversees its daily operations. “It never ends.” The bakery has been around since 1999, when Dennehy's uncle, Joe Eckert, started making bread in Jack of the Wood. Since then, it's risen like dough, a slow and steady expansion. Today, it has three locations, employs about 50 people and produces between 1,000 and 1,600 pounds of dough per day (in addition to sundry pastries, cookies and sandwiches).
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Behind the kitchen door When Bridges gets to work at 3 a.m., he isn't always the first person in the kitchen. During busy times, he might pass the night baker, Beth Sollars, on her way out the door. When the demand for bread is lower, Beth leaves a few hours before Eric gets in, so he might spend an hour
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or two in solitude working the ovens before his coworkers arrive. He bakes the French-style dough that will go to restaurants and bakery shelves later that morning: baguettes and boules, mostly. He loads the triple-decker oven with a flat, wooden spatula called a peel. The design of the instrument is simple and functional, as if it were an artifact from the early days of baking. It's easy to imagine a Roman baker in 5 B.C. brandishing a peel from City Bakery. Shuffling the bread into the ovens, Bridges looks like a rower; the motion requires squared shoulders, extended arms and a bend at the waist. “It's a muscle set that you don't use in everyday life,” Bridges says. But it's not hard work, he adds; it simply requires steadiness. On the wall, near the oven, hang several worn-out peels. The friction that's created when the bakers rub them across the oven's stone shelves, and the heat of the baking, have worn them nearly down to their handles. The bakers are proud of the display; the worn peels are like trophies. One reads playfully in magic marker, “ye olde peel.” By 5 a.m., Bridges has plenty of company. A couple of pastry workers have started preparing the day's cookies and cupcakes on the other side of the kitchen. The delivery drivers are preparing to leave with a load of bread for the Waynesville location (the baking for all three stores happens on Biltmore Avenue). Dennehy comes in to set the drivers on their way, and head baker Jesse Bardyn has arrived to start work on the dough for the following day. By 6 a.m., Bardyn has the industrial mixer churning. Over the course of the day, that dough will rise, undergo shaping and rise again before it lands in Bridges' oven about 24 hours after it was born. (All of this, of course, depends on the particular kind of bread.) Even though they work at the same time, Bridges and Bardyn are on opposite ends of the bread-making process. “On any given day, I'm finishing the work Jesse started yesterday, and Jesse's starting what I'm going to finish tomorrow,” Bridges says.
“The goal is to be as consistent as possible,” Bardyn says. “That's sort of the dance of it.” The balance between quantity and quality proves tricky, especially when the weather changes rapidly. The rising of the dough depends on the temperature of the room. When the weather swings from 30 degrees to 60 degrees in the course of a week, Bardyn has to make carefully calibrated adjustments to the dough. Inside, a person might not feel the few degrees’ difference that results from weather fluctuations, but the microorganisms that make up the yeast sure can, Bardyn explains. At 7 a.m., when the café opens, Bridges is looking forward to lunch — or second breakfast, as he calls it. His unconventional sleep schedule means he eats four small meals throughout the day. As the day rolls on, the bake continues. Bridges could get off as early as 8 a.m. or as late as 12:30 p.m., depending on the amount of bread required. During the slow season, he signs up for delivery shifts that keep him busy until mid-afternoon. At noon, Bardyn continues to mix the dough. When it's been through the mixer, he maneuvers it into large buckets and puts it in the refrigerator to rise. He transfers the mass of dough, which resembles a gelatinous pillow, from the mixer to the bucket in an impressive balancing act. It's like he's cupping water in his hands, only the dough is much heavier. By 2 p.m., the shapers have arrived. They form an assembly line around the massive kitchen table and portion out the dough for bagels, bread and rolls. Daniel Rosener weighs out the proper portions on a mechanical scale. Each of his hands remains busy with entirely different actions: one tends the scale while the other pinches and pulls dough from the main mass to add to the weighted portion. Rosener slings the weighed portion to [NAOMI], who deftly negotiates it into a loaf shape. Her hands read the surface of the dough; she likely could do this work in the dark. Her fingers respond to the dough’s ripples and bulges with careful guidance and rhythm. As the dough comes together, she shuffles it in faster and faster circles until, suddenly, the blob she received from Rosener is a perfect, balanced loaf shape. Every ounce of the dough is shaped by hand. On busy days, that means the shapers handle almost 2 tons of the stuff. Around 5 p.m., Sollars, the night baker, returns
to work. Bardyn and Dennehy have made a mad dash for home. The bakery has a way of pulling people in, Bardyn explains. Even on his off days, he stops by to see how the bake is coming along. “When I take vacations and stuff, I try to relax as much as possible because I know when I'm here, I'm right in the middle of it,” he says. Sollars begins her shift with sandwich loaves, which — unlike the boules, baguettes and ciabatta loaves — bake in pans. She pulls them from the refrigerator and lets them warm up to room temperature before she loads them into the oven. She fills the oven one shelf at a time, so by the time she loads it, only a handful of minutes remain before she begins checking on the progress of the loaves she put in first. In her down time, she organizes the remaining dough and packages rolls for the 5 a.m. delivery. Her work day could end as early as 10 p.m., or it could last until the wee hours of the morning, when she passes the peel back to Bridges, who keeps the bake going. The bake goes on Bridges, Bardyn and Dennehy say the bakery transformed them from night to morning people. Its gravity pulled them. Even though it demands relentless consistency, it offers a certain kind of solace. As the bakers labor to produce the bread, they have a dreamy look about them, like they're swimming downriver. Bardyn explains that the bakery appeals to his personal work ethic. “I enjoy that at the end of the day I have something that I can show that this is what I did today,” he says. “That's very gratifying for me.” For Bridges, the kitchen is a kind of community. “It's definitely like clockwork,” he says. “Everybody is a cog.” Bridges says he's never resented his work, even when his four alarm clocks ring at 2:30 a.m. “Everyone knows this is what it takes to do what we do,” he says. “So we just do it.”
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In a town full of restaurants, sometimes, it’s difficult to find motivation to cook. Luckily for Asheville, Ghislaine Mahler is here to help with Ma Belle France cooking school. For the past three years, she’s taught cooking classes out of her home. Now, she has an official location in Woodfin where she’ll offer a larger number and variety of classes. Mahler teaches four-hour lessons for groups of about a dozen students. They prepare a three-course meal of traditional French dishes. “My goal is for people to really take on some new skills that they’ll be able to repeat and use at home,” Mahler says. “A lot of people are very surprised that, actually, it’s not difficult.” After the meal is ready, the class sits down at a big communal table to dine together. “I want to turn this space into a real buzzing thing about food and coming together and eating well,” Mahler says. “That’s important to me, this whole social thing, because that’s French. That’s what it’s all about, much more than the food itself, for me.” Mahler’s new Woodfin headquarters serves as both a teaching kitchen and a family dining room. The open space is set on a hill with a wall-sized window that overlooks Merrimon Avenue, just north of Beaver Lake. The wooden beams that decorate the ceiling are reminiscent of a French cottage. The dining table is playfully grand, painted gold and illuminated by a chandelier. It’s a prime spot for an intimate party. Classes focus on traditional French dishes, including coq au vin, French onion soup, mussels with cream sauce and fish soufflé. The culinary get-togethers make good date nights, Mahler says. She’s hosting a special Valentine’s day course, featuring fondue, designed with romantic pairs in mind. In the future, Mahler plans to offer classes for kids as well as parent/child courses. When she was a little girl growing up in Paris, she learned to cook at her mother’s elbow. Eventually, she was cooking for private households based on the skills she learned at home. These days, she worries that parents don’t have enough time to teach their kids recipes and kitchen skills. She hopes her classes will encourage families to take time to cook and eat together. “For me, I was raised with ,every night, we eat dinner all together,” she says. “Still now, in France, families,
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eating together: The school hopes to preserve the tradition of family dinners and the camaraderie that they allow.
they eat together. That’s when the family comes together in the evening; that’s when they talk.” Classes at 1457 Merrimon Ave. begin on Thursday, Feb. 7. To sign up, visit mabellefrance.com.
To talk more with Mahler about her classes, look for her at the Asheville City Markets in the Haywood Park atrium and in Biltmore Park, where she sells tarts and other prepared goods. Ma Belle France is also on Facebook.
The potential for both epic failure and epic success makes WNC Chef’s Challenge a really exciting way to eat dinner. Of course, it’s Asheville, so the chefs always perform admirably — and create tasty meals. Here’s how it works: a pair of Asheville chefs whips up a six-course meal based on a secret, local ingredient that isn’t revealed to them until the day of the contest. Diners, along with a panel of judges, vote to determine who wins the night and moves on to the next round. The champion, who isn’t determined until August, receives a $5,000 prize and cool bragging rights. Bob Bowles, organizer and emcee, says that the evenings aren’t just about taste; the food becomes a vehicle for camaraderie. “One of the hardest problems that I have is actually being heard over the conversations that everyone is carrying on about the food and about who they’ve met,” he says, describing the excitement. This year, 16 chefs will compete at Chestnut restaurant downtown.
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The preliminary round and the quarterfinals happen every Tuesday from Feb. 12 through April 30. Later in the summer, the final rounds take place, leading up to the Asheville Wine and Food Festival on Aug. 23-24. Tickets cost $49 per person, not including gratuity or beverages. A portion of the proceeds benefits Eliada, a nonprofit that provides counseling and childcare services. The competing chefs come from fine dining eateries and casual joints alike. For a full list of competitors and other information, visit ashevillewineandfood. com. For tickets, see wncchefschallenge. eventbrite.com. Chef Adam Hayes wins Fire on the Rock Asheville After three rounds in the Fire on the Rock cooking competition, Chef Adam Hayes of Red Stag Grill will advance to
the regional cook-off against a Blowing Rock chef in April. Hayes cooked against John Strauss of Hobnob (in Brevard), Peter Pollay of Posana Café and Jason Roy of Lexington Avenue Brewery. Each challenge required him to cook three courses using a quirky secret ingredient, including pork, chocolate and Mountain Dew, and beef and Texas Pete Hot Sauce. Hayes ousted competitors by creating desserts from the meaty ingredients while his competitors made entrees. His last dish of the competition included Texas Pete chocolate mousse, pistachio-beef brittle, orange-scented cake and beef skirt jam. One diner remarked that while she might not order such an unconventional dessert, she had enjoyed every bite. The regional contest takes place on April 24. The winner of that round advances to the statewide Final Fire competition in Raleigh. For more information, visit competitiondining.com.
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just in time for patio weather. Their new space boasts a substantial outdoor area (in addition to plenty of parking). “We’re going to start work the first of March, and we want to be open mid-April, [early] May,” Jason says. “But, you know, things take time. Who knows how long it’s going to end up taking?” In the meantime, the couple will stay busy at LAB. Jason will continue to oversee the menu there, even after Biscuit Head opens, and he’ll also help create Stirhaus, the Asian-inspired eatery that LAB owners are planning to open next door to the brewery. Roy first told Xpress about Biscuit Head in December 2012. Since then, he says he’s scaled back the menu concept somewhat, but he adds that those details are still in the works. For more information about Biscuit Head, visit biscuitheads.com or see the restaurant’s Facebook page.
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Just as Biscuit Head is a family project, it’s also a project designed for families. “We want to make it a family space, too — a place where families feel comfortable coming, and kids can play,” Jason says. He wants to have a kids area with games and playful colors, he says. There will be plenty of attractions for adults, too.“It’s going to be a balance,” Carolyn says. “When we look for where we want to go have breakfast, we definitely pick somewhere where we can get a mimosa.” Jason is excited about serving up creative Champagne cocktails as well as some hefty, grown-up-size specials. He enjoys creating playful, one-off dishes. “I can’t not just make stuff,” he says, explaining that biscuits, while simple, will give him plenty of room to experiment with gravies, toppings, flours and gluten-free recipes. The Roys hope to open Biscuit Head
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When Jason Roy talks about biscuits, he means cat heads — so called for their size. He’s talking big, flaky mounds of butter and white flour baked golden-brown. He’s the co-owner of Biscuit Head, the homestyle eatery coming to West Asheville. Last week, he leased the Tolliver’s Crossing space at 733 Haywood Road, next door to Isis Restaurant and Music Hall. Biscuit Head will serve quick, hearty, biscuit-centric meals, featuring counter service and a selfserve jam bar. “That’s one thing that’s tough in this town — if you want to go out and get a good breakfast, it takes a long time,” Roy says. “You can do a lot with a biscuit plate. It’s a humble ingredient, but it’s also a blank palette.” The eatery will serve breakfast and lunch. However, Roy and his wife and co-owner, Carolyn, have been night owls until now. Jason is the chef at Lexington Avenue Brewery, and Carolyn works the bar. With Biscuit Head, they want
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to create a family business that will allow them to spend more time together, both at work. Their 8-yearold son, Cameron, is also excited about the venture. “It’s going to be nice to have dinner together every night the three of us and be in a normal routine,” Carolyn says. The Roys will combine the best of both of their backgrounds to create the menu; Carolyn hails from Lancaster, Pa. (Amish country), and Jason grew up in Georgia. “It’s richness that’s kind of the name of the game with both cultures,” Jason says, adding that lighter fare like granola will be part of the menu in addition to buttery biscuits. “We’ve got to find a way to make something that’s super-good and super-rich and decadent and, at the same time, have something that’s light and refreshing and palate-cleansing.”
Creatures Café has a new name and a new groove. In January, the Christian, alcohol-free eatery and nightclub became the Asheville Radio Café. “It’s such a hassle to move a radio station that we were able to find some private investors and take over the café completely,” says Pete Blackshaw, the nonprofit’s new president. Blackshaw also owns 95.7 The Choice FM, the radio station that operates from the venue. The eatery will benefit from extended hours, opening at 11 a.m. Monday through Saturday, and a new menu focused on appetizers, sandwiches and salads.
The venue will continue to support musicians as part of its mission. “Proceeds go to primarily musicians,” Blackshaw says. “They don’t necessarily have to be Christian, as long as it’s positive, uplifting, no references encouraging drug use or anything like that.” Because it’s alcohol free, the café provides a space for people recovering from substance-abuse problems to experience nightlife, Blackshaw explains. “This gives them a great place to hang out and be social and have some great music, without having that temptation stuck in their face,” he says. The Asheville Radio Café is located at 81 Patton Ave. For more information, see ashevilleradiocafe.com.
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Good vs. evil granola bars We all have food devils and food angels hovering on our shoulders. Chocolate? Yes, please! Wheat germ? Maybe tomorrow. Granola bars fall squarely in the good-to-be-bad category. All it takes is the word “granola” to turn chocolate and coconut into health food. And there’s nothing wrong with that. Sometimes you need an excuse to eat something sweet with no guilt. In that spirit, Post-Consumer Pantry offers two granola bar recipes, one with wheat germ and no refined sugar and the other with dark chocolate, cherry and coconut. If you’ve just returned from a morning run, grab a wholesome breakfast that fits in your hand. Or indulge in a dessert bar when you need a sweet way to feel good about yourself. There’s no need to spend $3 a pop on a granola bar that’s loaded with high-fructose corn syrup and a litany of preservatives you can’t pronounce. Just whip up a batch at home on a quiet Sunday afternoon and enjoy a healthy (or not-so-healthy) snack all week long.
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2 cups rolled oats, 1 cup sliced almonds, 1 cup shredded coconut, 1/2 cup toasted wheat germ, 3 tbs butter, 2/3 cup honey, 1/4 cup brown sugar (packed), 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract (see last month’s column to make your own!), 1/4 tsp salt, 1/2 cup chopped dried apricots, 1/2 cup chopped dried dates, 1/2 cup dried cranberries Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 12-inch baking dish. Spread oatmeal, almonds and coconut on a cookie sheet. Bake 10-12 minutes, stirring occasionally Pour oat mixture into a large mixing bowl and add wheat germ
2 cups rolled oats, 1 cup flour, 3/4 cups brown sugar (packed), 3/4 tsp salt, 1/2 cup dried cherries, 1/4 cup slivered almonds, 1/4 cup shredded coconut, 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips, 1 stick of butter, melted, 1/2 cup honey, 2 tsp vanilla extract
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That’s for lagniappe What we used to go to NOLA for, the NOLA ex-pats now bring to us. Mardi Gras has become an Asheville holiday, and this year, we’ll get parties (and a parade!) all weekend before Fat Tuesday, and more on the day proper. Join in or just gander, says press for the 2013 Asheville Mardi Gras Parade and Ball. Festivities for the local Mardi Gras weekend kick off on Thursday, Feb. 7 with tours featuring David Earle and the Plowshares) on the LaZoom Bus. Cost is $10 and benefits the parade. On Friday, Feb. 8, it’s the Running of the Winos bar hop. Dress in “garish galloping garb,” and meet at 6 p.m. at 5 Walnut. At 7:15 p.m., time to run to Sante. At 8:45 p.m., time to run to MG Road. On Saturday, Feb. 9 Studio ZaPow! hosts a Steamboat Punk Carnival Show with art, free beer and “a very special intimate acoustic performance of The Extraordinary Contraptions.” Also on Saturday, Olive or Twist hosts Cajun dance lessons and a part from 4 to 7 p.m. The Grove House is hosting a weekend’s worth of Mardi Gras events, with a Krew Party on Saturday night, a Mardi Gras ball on Sunday from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. and a Fat Tuesday celebration with Russ Wilson & His Nouveau Passe Orchestra on Feb. 12. Find more on Facebook. The pièce de résistance is the Sunday, Feb. 10 parade through downtown Asheville, beginning at 3:05 p.m. This year’s theme? French Broads and Odd Fellows. The Queen’s Ball follows immediately after at Pack’s Tavern. The ball features cajun/zydeco from Bayou Diesel, drum and dance from Zabumba, Asheville Second Line and the dance troupe Eternity from the Urban Arts Institute. More info at ashevillemardigras.org. Celebrate Fat Tuesday and East West Asheville Mardi Gras is a cake holiday, explains Jodi Rhoden, owner of Short Street Cakes. “It’s this excess, this extra thing that you don’t need but makes life better,” she says. “Mardi Gras embodies a lot of what I feel about cake.” Birthdays are also about cake, so when a cake shop’s birthday party converges with a decadent holiday,
the result is pretty sweet. The shop is throwing a big bash for Fat Tuesday, Feb. 12, to celebrate its fourth year as well as its neighborhood. Many of the surrounding businesses have pitched in prizes for a raffle. Proceeds benefit the garden at the nearby Hall Fletcher Elementary. The loot comes from Bookworks, Hot Stuff Tattoo, The Admiral, West Asheville Lounge and Kitchen, Harvest Records, Bari Salon, Point Health Collective, Second Gear, the Gas-Up, Flora, Small Terrain, Double Crown, B&B Pharmacy, Battlecat Coffee, Hanks BBQ and more. Tickets cost $5 each,
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Mixing up Mardi Gras: Glo Babcock (left) and Jodi Rhoden prepare to host a Fat Tuesday birthday bash and community get-together at Short Street Cakes.
and winners don’t have to attend the party to receive their prize. Troy and Sons Moonshine is sponsoring the event, and Glo Babcock, Asheville’s resident expert on all things New Orleans, will create cocktails for the party. There will also be beer, wine, live music, beads and, of course, cake.
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The event takes place from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Short Street Cakes is located at 225 Haywood Road. They’re borrowing the space next door to the shop for overflow, so there should be plenty of room for merry-makers. Want to keep the party going? Around the corner, the Double Crown is hosting a Mardi Gras party with live music, drink specials, king cake and New Orleans flair. Co-owner Chris Bower will miss the party, but he won’t miss Mardi Gras. He’s heading down to New Orleans for the real deal.
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The furnished room The upcycled-decor trend is right at home in Asheville
by Alli MarshalL It may seem like upcycling has been around forever. In Asheville, that’s a distinct possibility: consider the prevalence of DIY crafting, clothing swaps, free boxes, yard sales and street-side scores on trash day. Upcycling (the word) is jargony. Where recycling means breaking something down, upcycling means adding value to a used object by embellishing, repurposing or transforming it. Upcycling (the practice) is age-old: Pre-Industrial Revolution, it “was a fact of life,” according to an article in Entrepreneur magazine. “Fabrics were separated into fibers like wool and cotton, broken down again and spun into new products. Henry Ford even practiced an early form of upcycling, using the crates car parts were shipped in as vehicle floorboards.”
Again, kind of what Asheville’s been doing forever, only now there’s a nationwide trend to back it up. Website TrendPulse.com says, “appearing at retail are more and more new ways to upcycle old but good and solid pieces of furniture.” And Re-Do it Design named “upscale upcycling” among 2012 interior design trends.
Cycling up and sizing down Local resellers like Steve Slagle (owner of Nothing New in east Asheville) and Pam Brock (co-owner of The Pink House in north Asheville) agree that upcycled furniture is a national trend. “Most people can’t ditch the furniture they have and go out and buy all new,” says Brock. The ’08 recession underscored that reality for many, though for Slagle, that downturn presented an opportunity. He had opened a used furniture store in the ‘90s, a business that was almost instantly successful in terms of clientele and response. But Slagle struggled to fill a 6,000-square-foot store and eventually shuttered the shop to move onto more lucrative opportunities. Still: “I literally dreamed about used furniture, because I loved it,” says Slagle. “I dreamed about it for 11 years.” And then the economy took a downturn, people were looking to downsize their possessions, and someone mentioned consignment to Slagle. “That was an aha moment,” he recalls. “You can take your store and fill it up with the inventory of 500 consigners.” Nothing New also pulls its inventory from estate sales and from individual sellers. “Art in today from a local family downsizing,” the store posted on its Facebook page recently. The collection included signed work by Austrian landscape artist Hans Figura. Brock and Pink House co-owner Sherry Campbell also find inventory at estate sales and auctions, and occasionally on Craigslist (they also use the classified network to sell items). They don’t take consignment, mainly because they like to move furniture and decor around their shop, and they like to have control of the look. Brock and Campbell understand the ins and outs of consignment, though — they started their business (then called Shady Lady, selling lamps and “small stuff,” according to Brock) as a booth at Sanctuary of Stuff in Woodfin. Four years ago, the duo decided to break out on their own, renting a small house on Weaverville Highway. They describe their landlord as laid-back — “When we told him we wanted to paint the house pink, he didn’t flinch,” Campbell remembers. It is pink. And it feels homey — a happy jumble of mismatched furnishings and accessories. A copy of Ray Price’s For the Good Times (on vinyl) shares space with china cups and saucers and cigar boxes. Though each resale store has its own look, there are similarities. The biggest sellers at the Pink House are “dressers, chests of drawers, desks and night stands,” says Brock. And at Nothing New: “Sofas, chests of drawers and dressers as one category, and bookcases are the
At right, an upcycled cabinet at the Regeneration Station.
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Opposite page: the Pink House carries not only second-hand furniture but Annie Sloan Chalk Paint for giving old pieces a new look.
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top three sellers, consistently, from month to month,” says Slagle. Maybe it’s the small closets in Asheville’s plethora of 1920s-era homes, but local used furniture shoppers love drawer space.
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A pre-loved lamp waits for a new home at The Regeneration Station.
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And recycling. They love recycling, whether it’s for economic or environmental reasons. The Regeneration Station takes that idea a step farther — the shop, open since last summer in the River Arts District — is an offshoot of Asheville Junk Recyclers. Both businesses are owned by Tyler Garrison. The parent company hauls away junk. You know that clutter in your garage and basement? “We’ll remove anything from anywhere,” says Regeneration Station store manager Kim Allen. They’ll move it and, better yet, they’ll keep about 85 percent of it out of the landfill. “We have a partnership with Goodwill, so if we get things like clothes and books, we have a Goodwill trailer that we fill up,” says Allen. They also use online network Freecycle.com, which allows its members to give away unwanted items. As for what the Regeneration Station keeps, “Our shop is mostly home decor and furniture,” says Allen. Thanks to the Asheville Junk Recyclers, the Regeneration Station also has a supply of scrap material (wood, bed rails, broken shelves). “So, people can come in and make works of art, or craft things,” says Allen. Artists and furniture refinishers have the option to sell their finished products (old records molded into snack bowls, a wooden shelf turned into a bar cart, one-of-a-kind wall sculpture) in the shop on consignment — right now, about 10 artists work with the Regeneration Station. As for the secondhand furniture: “We sell a lot of dressers, bookshelves and tables,” says Allen — no surprise there. But buying trends aside, what the Regeneration Station gets excited about seeing come into the shop is “anything that’s fun and funky and unique,” says Allen. “We like finding creative new uses for any little item.” The Pink House has another way to make everything new again: paint. But not just any paint. This is Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, which has been available in Europe for more than 20 years, and in the U.S. for four. The decorative paint requires no prepping or priming of the furniture: Just brush it on and go. And the Pink House is its only retailer in WNC. Finding the paint morphed the Pink House’s image a bit. Now one room of the business has become the space where painter Shelby Londenberg transforms old dressers and headboards. The Pink House will sell paint to the DIY set, or repaint furniture that customers buy at the shop or bring in from elsewhere. “There’s a creativeness to it, to say, ‘I painted this,’” says Brock. “In a couple of years, if you get tired of it, you can repaint it.” “It’s like the painting has gone viral,” says Londenberg. “It’s all over Pinterest.” Pinterest.com is a virtual pinboard or scrapbook whose members collect and share images online. Want upcycled decor inspiration? Join Pinterest. Or just stop by any of the Facebook pages run by the Pink House, the Regeneration Station or Nothing New. Those online showrooms reveal a constantly revolving and evolving playroom of homegoods. The Regeneration Station posted a three-piece ‘40s-era bedroom suite for under $300 not too long ago. Meanwhile, Slagle is on the hunt for the next cool thing. “You open a garage door and you find 20 or 30 things that they’re planning to take to the dump,” he says. “You’re like, ‘Wait a minute. That’s 20 or 30 things that someone can use.’” Slagle says it’s a benefit to both his business and the seller, and sometimes junk turns out to be treasure. An old table might be from a special maker, or a style that’s in demand. Midcentury modern pieces do especially well in eclectic Asheville, says Slagle. “What Grandma thought was a $20 ice bucket, we sold for $100,” he says. The seller, who was going to throw out that ice bucket, walks away with $50. “I like that we don’t have to go to the dump, and we don’t require [someone in China] to build us something,” says Slagle. “It’s a good thing all the way around.” Alli Marshall can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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disparate influences for some bold collaboration by Jordan Lawrence Despite the name, not one of the three players in the California Guitar Trio is originally from the Golden State. Bert Lams was born in Belgium and only moved to Los Angeles when he married a woman from there. Hideyo Moriya hails from faraway Japan. Paul Richards is a Salt Lake City native, making him the only U.S. native in the group. Given their backgrounds, it might seem unlikely that these three musicians would share a common language, let alone influences that line up well enough to foster a coherent ensemble. And yet, in their 22 years together, these guitarists have become some of the most lockedin collaborators you’ll hear. “Diversity is one of the things that makes us unique,” Richards says, taking a break to chat during rehearsals for the band’s current tour. “Each of us was listening to very different music. Hideyo has the most unusual tastes in music. Even though I’ve known him for 25 years now, I still find new things about the music he listens to. ... Occasionally, when we’re in the van driving, I’ll look over and see what he’s listening to in his headphones, and I’ll have no idea what it is. It can be everything from Japanese pop music to some Americana music I had no idea he’s interested in. All of these things find their way into the music of the California Guitar Trio.” The three musicians first came together while playing with King Crimson founder Robert Fripp in the late ‘80s. After attending a series of his Guitar Craft seminars, they were invited to a few retreats at Fripp’s house in England, spending months refining and expanding their skills. During these days, the bonds between the trio began to grow. Richards remembers relaxing during downtime and listening to Lams’ work on arrangements of Bach cello suites. He speaks fondly of his first collaborative compositions with Moriya. The retreats paved the way for Fripp’s League of Crafty Guitarists, which Richards and his cohorts took part in, touring the world for a few
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Strange arrangement: Singer-songwriter and band leader Darwin Deez’s creative process includes Kool Whip for breakfast, plenty of TV, lots of solitude and “an unlimited amount of time to play.” years after that. But as Fripp began to transition back into playing with King Crimson, he asked Lams to recruit a few members of the League to pursue a project. He invited Richards and Moriya to join him in L.A., and after a few months of writing and rehearsing, the California Guitar Trio was born. Many of Fripp’s philosophies linger in the group’s playing, but the most important is the use of his New Standard Tuning. Based on fifths in the way of a cello or a viola, it provides a more natural progression up the register of the guitar along with an expanded range of highs and lows. “My low strings are tuned much lower than on standard guitar, and the high strings are tuned higher,” Richards explains. “We can play things that wouldn’t normally be possible in standard tuning. One of the tunes that we’re quite well known for that’s actually our most popular YouTube video right now is Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D Minor. It’s written for organ originally. Obviously, our guitars can’t go as low as the lowest notes on the pipe organ. But at least we can kind of approach it in a way that works.” In the years since their Guitar Craft courses, the Trio has increased its ambition considerably, continually pushing the possibilities of their
instruments. On 2010’s Andromeda, the group’s first all-original effort, they pursued a fusion of electronics and effects with pristine acoustic tones. Songs like the dynamic and absorbing title track layer chugging loops of unadorned picking with melodies distorted into cascades of Technicolor sound. Masterworks, the band’s most recent album, pushes in the opposite direction, opting for strictly acoustic arrangements of immensely famous classical compositions. But the outfit’s approach is far from monochromatic. For instance, their “William Tell Overture” gallops to life with a cavalcade of concussive strums that gives the iconic tune fresh impact. Both albums are a testament to the Trio’s incredible creativity. “It’s always been about including the music that we’re the most excited about and and combining things in an unusual way and playing things on guitar that have never been played on guitar before,” Richards says. “From the very beginning, that was one of the things that we were drawn together for.” X Jordan Lawrence is editor at Charlotte-based Shuffle Magazine and a contributing writer at The Independent.
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HIS LIFE IS A VERB: JOSHUA SPICELAND AT THE ARTERY Josh Spiceland’s life is a blaze of art-making and public display. The Asheville painter and muralist had a lengthy roster of exhibits in 2012, including shows at the One Stop Deli and Izzy’s Coffee Den, along with public murals and other gallery showings. He also pieced together a unique collection of architecturally based plein air paintings of Asheville that hung at Cafe 64 during its switch from Cafe Ello last fall. He’s wasted no time starting off this year, with a new collection that incorporates the gallery walls. “My Name Is A Verb,” a title that serves as a testament to his active painting style, opens this Friday at the ARTery. The collection consists of mostly figurative pieces. Many, if not most, are intertwined with the mathematical, yet abstract designs that have become synonymous with Spiceland’s name. (Witness them in his work on the Lexington Avenue Gateway Mural, or the just up the street in front of Izzy’s.) “The geometric patterning is pretty pervasive,” Spiceland says of his newest work. Layers and multitudes of freehanded and loosely rendered lines, squares, triangles, diamonds and hexagons stretch across foregrounds and backgrounds, around figures or into their very structures. With this body of work he’s continuing to hone in and expand on this underlying spatial integration.
“The first highly disciplined geometric works were primarily composed of squares, and this is parallel to my quests to make art suggestive of musical rhythm,” he says. Spiceland refers to the repetitious shapes as visual records of both space and time. They draw from time signatures and key changes popularly used in Western music. There is a slight disclaimer here. “I don’t want anyone to think that I think of myself as some kind of visionary,” Spiceland says. “I try to stay away from the idea of ‘sacred’ geometry, as the word is overused,” he says, adding that its use often has ties with an artist’s self-proclaimed clairvoyance. This is not a part of his work, nor his persona. Many of his figures have passive, onlooking postures that resemble Ingres’ portraits. Soft, almondshaped eyes come across as entranced, putting the figures in a seemingly meditative state. Others take on robust, cubist aesthetics. Faces are built upon foundations of repeated shapes; facial features dissolve into planes. The basic, repeated shapes that form an angular portrait, as opposed to the smooth, curvilinear surfaces. Spiceland is often drawing these portraits, opting to use archival ink over the brush to develop high cheek bones and the narrow gazes that appear in his work. — a contrast to the deep royal blues and dark umbers that surround the faces and their organically decorated busts before sinking into the backgrounds. They begin to take on spiritual overtones, and in a
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sense, mimic Madonna/Virgin Mary iconography and other modes of religious art. The works in My Name Is A Verb will be set against a not-so-ordinary backdrop in the ARTery’s Depot Street gallery. Spiceland got the go-ahead from Kitty Love, AAAC’s director, to install floor-to-ceiling murals similar in style and scope to his paintings. They’ll cover both of the gallery’s exhibition walls and the bathroom. “I want to make the borders of the canvas dissolve,” says Spiceland. It’s not necessarily the first time that an artist has painted on the walls, but according to Love, not to this extent. “I think it is a fun surprise that breaks up the formality of the gallery setting,” Love tells Xpress.
He’s utilizing the bathroom’s enclosed, cavelike atmosphere to paint icons and images from the likes of primitive, freehand motifs and, of course, ancient cave paintings. While he’s finished with the work in the bathroom, he didn’t start the main gallery’s walls until Tuesday. Though it seems like it’s more than enough time. “I’ve got three days prior to the opening,” Spiceland says, “so I’m covering as much as I can.” My Name is a Verb opens this Friday, February 8 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the ARTery on 346 Depot St. The show runs through Tuesday, March 5. For more information: ashevilleartscouncil.com
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Old 97’s This year marks the 20th anniversary for Texas-based alt-country act Old 97’s (that’s china and asters if you’re planning on bringing the band a gift or flowers). While the first part of the band’s name was probably more ironic two decades back, they’ve aged beautifully and continue to put out eagerly anticipated albums (not to mention inspiring Americana bands like Uncle Tupelo, Whiskeytown and Drive-By Truckers, with whom Old 97’s sometimes co-bill). Plus, baby-faced front man Rhett Miller (a successful solo artist) has toured with the likes of Steve Earle and Neil Finn. He’ll play a solo/acoustic set to open for Old 97’s Wednesday, Feb. 13 show at The Orange Peel. The Travoltas also perform. 9 p.m., $18/$20. theorangepeel.net. Photo by Allison Smith.
U.S. Girls The band name sounds more like a gymnastics team than a minimalist experimental music project. Indeed, U.S. Girls is the solo effort of Meghan Remy. Philadelphia’s City Paper describes Remy’s songs as “noisy, hazy things. Ghostly and all but incoherent, her voice rises and falls beneath thick layers of distortion and snippets of white noise. There are hints and glimmers of recognizable rock conventions — a little bit of pop energy, an occasional catchy chorus.” In 2011, Remy started new label Calico Corp with fellow experimental musician Slim Twig, who will share the bill at Broadway’s on Saturday, Feb. 9. 10 p.m., $7. Nest Egg also performs. facebook.com/yousgirls.
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Brooklyn-to-Asheville transplant Emily Easterly is model gorgeous, a formidable songwriter and able to pull off plenty of guitar bad-assery to boot. Her debut album was released in 2001, followups include Heart Comma Heart (“inspired by Neil Young, the Beatles, and Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar“) and ‘09’s The Only Two On Earth. In a further bid for world domination, Easterly has been honing her drum skills. And a Tame Impala cover. Which she’ll play at The Lab on Wednesday, Feb. 13 (Casey Murdock also performs.) 9:30 p.m., $6. lexavebrew.com. Photo by Rich Orris.
Abigail Washburn at The Grey Eagle Singer-songwriter-banjo-player Abigail Washburn has been a regular visitor to Asheville, since her days with the Sparrow Quartet. She played White Horse Black Mountain last year, while on tour for the gorgeous and super-smart world/pop/folk album City of Refuge. Read more about that performance, and Washburn’s work as a goodwill cultural ambassador, here. Washburn plays The Grey Eagle on Thursday, Feb. 7 (8 p.m., $15) where she’ll debut her new trio, The Wu Force. The group includes Wu Fei — a Bejing-born guzheng (Chinese zither) master, and Kai Welch — the co-writer on City of Refuge.
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Different but the same: Cotton Jones’ ethereal indie folk is hauntingly familiarity yet strangely difficult to characterize, with warm and steady organs, simple but infectious rhythms and tight male/female vocal harmonies that lend the songs an almost psychedelic gospel air. The Maryland-based outfit returns to The Grey Eagle on Friday, Feb. 8 for a performance with Kovacs and the Polar Bear.
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Straightaway Cafe Mardi Gras party w/ Steve Weams, 6pm
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To qualify for a free listing, a venue must be predominately dedicated to the performing arts. Bookstores and cafés with regular open mics and musical events are also allowed / To limit confusion, events must be submitted by the venue owner or a representative of that venue / Events must be submitted in written form by e-mail (email@example.com), fax, snail mail or hand-delivered to the Clubland Editor Dane Smith at 2 Wall St., Room 209, Asheville, NC 28801. Events submitted to other staff members are not assured of inclusion in Clubland / Clubs must hold at least TWO events per week to qualify for listing space. Any venue that is inactive in Clubland for one month will be removed / The Clubland Editor reserves the right to edit or exclude events or venues / Deadline is by noon on Monday for that Wednesday’s publication. This is a firm deadline.
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Lexington Ave Brewery (LAB) Back stage: River Whyless (indie folk) w/ Birds & Arrows, 9:30pm
Vanuatu Kava Bar Seraphim Arkistra (electro-coustic, ambient, improv), 9pm Wall Street Coffee House Open mic, 9pm White Horse Vollie McKenzie & the Western Wildcats (swing, country), 8pm Wild Wing Cafe Crossridge Band (rock), 9pm
Saturday, Feb. 9 5 Walnut Wine Bar Vipers Dream (hot jazz), 10pm Allstars Sports Bar and Grill Saloon 5 (rock, country, covers), 10pm Athena's Club Mark Appleford (blues, folk, rock), 7-10pm DJ, 10pm-2am Bier Garden DJ Don Magic, 9pm-1am Black Mountain Ale House DJ Munn (dance), 9pm Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe Patrick Fitzsimons (blues), 7pm Broadway's U.S. Girls (lo-fi, experimental, noise, pop) w/ Slim Twig & Nest Egg, 10pm Elaine's Dueling Piano Bar
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Dueling Pianos (rock 'n' roll sing-a-long), 9pm-1am Emerald Lounge Brushfire Stankgrass (progressive bluegrass) w/ The Shack Band & The Blood Gypsies, 9pm
French Broad Brewery Tasting Room Staying for the Weekend (rock), 6pm Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern Jeff Coffin & the Mu'tet (jazz, fusion), 9pm Grove Park Inn Great Hall Bill Covington (piano classics & standards), 6-9pm
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Harrah's Cherokee Crocodile Smile (rock) w/ DJ Moto, 8pm-2am Holland's Grille Karaoke, 9:30pm Hotel Indigo Juan Buenavitas & friends (Spanish/ flamenco guitar), 7-10pm
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Jack of the Wood Pub JP Harris & the Tough Choices (honkytonk, outlaw country) w/ Ray Cashman, 9pm Lobster Trap Sean Mason Jazz, 7pm Odditorium Lifecurse w/ Bloodoath, Johari Window & DSR (metal), 9:30pm Olive or Twist 42nd Street Jazz Band, 8-11pm One Stop Deli & Bar Bluegrass brunch w/ Jay Franck (of Sanctum Sully) & friends, noon-3pm David Earl & the Plowshares (rock, soul) w/ The Gypsy Swingers, 6:30-9:30pm Orange Peel Railroad Earth (Americana, roots), 8:30pm Pack's Tavern Lyric (rock, soul, funk), 9pm Phoenix Lounge Crooked Pine Band (folk), 9pm Pisgah Brewing Company Phuncle Sam (rock, jam), 6:30pm Purple Onion Cafe Shane Pruitt Band (Southern rock), 8pm Red Stag Grill Eric Ciborski (piano), 8-11pm Scandals Nightclub Mardi Gras party, 10pm Southern Appalachian Brewery The Secret B-Sides (R&B, soul), 8pm Straightaway Cafe Carver & Carmody (country, Americana, blues), 6pm TallGary's Cantina Carolina Rex (blues, funk, R&B), 9:30pm The Altamont Theater California Guitar Trio (rock, blues, surf, world), 8pm Town Pump Late to Bloom (Americana), 9pm
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Sunday, Feb. 10 5 Walnut Wine Bar The Roaring Lions (hot jazz), 7-9pm Altamont Brewing Company Sunday Funday Potluck & Pickin', 5:30pm Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe Locomotive Pie (blues, folk, rock), 7pm Boiler Room Mardi Gras ball & drag show, 10pm Grove Park Inn Great Hall Two Guitars (classical), 10am-noon Bob Zullo (jazz, pop, guitar), 6:30-
Asheville FM hosts dozens of weekly shows that run the gamut of musical styles and tastes (you name it, they’ve got it). But don’t take our word for it: take theirs. Xpress brings you this weekly feature — direct from the DJs — highlighting a few of the station’s stellar offerings. ashevillefm.org. Feels Like the First Time kicks of the weekend by filling your ear holes with the latest and greatest in rock ‘n’ roll, soul, hip-hop and whatever else host Ben Herring feels like. He knows you had a long week at work, so the last half hour is all funk to get your caboose loose. Fridays from 4-6 p.m. 10:30pm
Hotel Indigo Ben Hovey (dub-jazz, trumpet, beats), 7-10pm
PULP Slice of Life comedy open mic, 9pm
Jack of the Wood Pub Irish session, 5pm Lobster Trap Leo Johnson (hot club jazz), 7-9pm Monte Vista Hotel Jared Gallamore (standards), 11am Odditorium No Brainer, 9:30pm One Stop Deli & Bar Bluegrass brunch w/ The Pond Brothers,
Scandals Nightclub Mardi Gras ball, 10pm Southern Appalachian Brewery Emily Bodley (indie pop), 5pm Straightaway Cafe Big Daddy Tater, 6pm
clubdirectory 185 King Street 877-1850 5 Walnut Wine Bar 253-2593 Altamont Brewing Company 575-2400 The Altamont Theatre 348-5327 Aqua Cafe & Bar 505-2081 ARCADE 258-1400 Asheville Civic Center & Thomas Wolfe Auditorium 259-5544 The Asheville Public (TAP) 505-1720 Asheville Music Hall 255-7777 Athena’s Club 252-2456 Avery Creek Pizza & Ribs 687-2400 Barley’s Tap Room 255-0504 Black Mountain Ale House 669-9090 Blend Hookah Lounge 505-0067 Blue Mountain Pizza 658-8777 Blue Note Grille 697-6828 Boiler Room 505-1612 BoBo Gallery 254-3426 Broadway’s 285-0400 Burgerworx 253-2333 The Bywater 232-6967 Club Hairspray 258-2027 Club Metropolis 258-2027 Club Remix 258-2027 The Chop House 253-1852
The Corner 575-2449 Craggie Brewing Company 254-0360 Creature’s Cafe 254-3636 Creekside Taphouse 575-2880 Adam Dalton Distillery 367-6401 Dark City Deli 257-5300 Desoto Lounge 986-4828 Diana Wortham Theater 257-4530 Dirty South Lounge 251-1777 Dobra Tea Room 575-2424 The Dugout 692-9262 Eleven on Grove 505-1612 Emerald Lounge 232- 4372 Firestorm Cafe 255-8115 Fred’s Speakeasy 281-0920 French Broad Brewery Tasting Room 277-0222 French Broad Chocolate Lounge 252-4181 The Gateway Club 456-6789 Good Stuff 649-9711 Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern 232-5800 Grind Cafe 430-4343 Grove House Eleven on Grove 505-1612 The Grove Park Inn (Elaine’s Piano Bar/ Great Hall) 252-2711 The Handlebar (864) 233-6173
Amici Music's "Terrific Trios" feat: Brian Hermanson, Franklin Keel & Daniel Weiser (classical), 7:30pm
Monday, Feb. 11 5 Walnut Wine Bar CaroMia Tiller (singer-songwriter, soul, blues), 8-10pm Adam Dalton Distillery Open mic/jam, 9pm Black Mountain Ale House Karaoke, 9pm Emerald Lounge Kung Fu (funk, dance, fusion) w/ Cindercat, 9pm
Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern The Altamont Theater Pan Harmonia feat: GeneratioNext (clas- Contra dance, 8pm sical), 5pm Grove Park Inn Great Hall White Horse Bob Zullo (jazz, pop, guitar), 6:3010:30pm Drum circle, 2pm
Hangar Lounge 684-1213 Harrah’s Cherokee 497-7777 Havana Restaurant 252-1611 Highland Brewing Company 299-3370 Holland’s Grille 298-8780 The Hop 254-2224 The Hop West 252-5155 Iron Horse Station 622-0022 Jack of Hearts Pub 645-2700 Jack of the Wood 252-5445 Jus One More 253-8770 Lexington Avenue Brewery 252-0212 The Lobster Trap 350-0505 The Lower Level 505-8333 Luella’s Bar-B-Que 505-RIBS Mack Kell’s Pub & Grill 253-8805 The Magnetic Field 257-4003 Mike’s Side Pocket 281-3096 Monte Vista Hotel 669-8870 Odditorium 505-8388 One Stop Bar Deli & Bar 255-7777 O.Henry’s/TUG 254-1891 The Orange Peel 225-5851 Pack’s Tavern 225-6944 Pisgah Brewing Co. 669-0190 Pulp 225-5851 Purple Onion Cafe 749-1179
Rankin Vault 254-4993 Red Stag Grill at the Grand Bohemian Hotel 505-2949 Rendezvous 926-0201 Root Bar No.1 299-7597 Scandals Nightclub 252-2838 Scully’s 251-8880 Shovelhead Saloon 669-9541 Smokey’s After Dark 253-2155 Southern Appalacian Brewery 684-1235 Spurs 575-2258 Static Age Records 254-3232 StingRays 926-4100 Straightaway Cafe 669-8856 TallGary’s Cantina 232-0809 Rocky’s Hot Chicken Shack 575-2260 Thirsty Monk South 505-4564 Timo’s House 575-2886 Tolliver’s Crossing Irish Pub 505-2129 Trailhead Restaurant & Bar 357-5656 Treasure Club 298-1400 Tressa’s Downtown Jazz & Blues 254-7072 Vincenzo’s Bistro 254-4698 Westville Pub 225-9782 White Horse 669-0816 Wild Wing Cafe 253-3066
Holland's Grille Open mic, 8pm
Blues Russ Wilson's swing session, 8-11pm
Jack of Hearts Pub Gabrielle Tee, Ray Chesna & Ryan Anderson (singer-songwriters), 6:30pm
Westville Pub Trivia night, 9pm
Lobster Trap Bobby Miller & friends (bluegrass), 7pm
5 Walnut Wine Bar The John Henry's (gypsy jazz), 8-10pm
Phoenix Lounge Howie Johnson Trio (rock, jam), 9pm
Asheville Music Hall Funk jam, 11pm
The Bywater Bluegrass jam, 5-11pm
Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe Mark Bumgarner (Americana, folk, country), 7pm
Timo's House Jam night (multi-genre open jam), 10pm Treasure Club DJ Mike, 6:30pm-2am Tressa's Downtown Jazz and
Tuesday, Feb. 12
Odditorium The Black Shades (rock) w/ Ranch Ghost, 9:30pm
The Hangar Lounge Karaoke, 10pm
Club Eleven on Grove Swing lessons, 6:30 & 7:30pm Tango lessons, 7pm Fat Tuesday dance w/ Russ Wilson & His Nouveau Passe Orchestra, 8:30pm Creekside Taphouse Old-time jam, 6:30pm
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Good Stuff Jake Hollifield & the Screaming Js (boogie-woogie), 7pm Grove Park Inn Great Hall Bob Zullo (jazz, pop guitar), 5:30-7:30pm The B's (favorites by request), 8-11pm Handlebar Tuesday swing dance, 7pm Gene Dillard bluegrass jam, 8:30pm Jack of the Wood Pub Fat Tuesday w/ Vipers Dream (gypsy jazz), 7pm Lobster Trap Jay Brown (Americana, folk), 7-9pm Native Kitchen & Social Pub Trivia, 7pm Olive or Twist Bluedawg blues jam, 8-11pm One Stop Deli & Bar Two for Tuesday feat: Laura Thurston & more, 8pm DJ Adam Strange, 10pm Orange Peel KISS Country Winter Jam w/ Maggie Rose, Greg Bates, Billy Ray Cyrus & more, 7:30pm Phoenix Lounge CarolinaBound (Americana), 8pm Scully's Daughters of Atlantis (acoustic rock), 10pm TallGary's Cantina Techno dance party, 9:30pm
Karaoke, 9pm Barley's Taproom Dr. Brown's Team Trivia, 8:30pm Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe Open mic, 7pm Creekside Taphouse Open mic, 9pm Dirty South Lounge Disclaimer Standup Lounge (comedy open mic), 9pm Elaine's Dueling Piano Bar Dueling Pianos (rock 'n' roll sing-a-long), 9pm-1am Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern Joe Pug (folk, country) w/ Tim Easton, 8pm Grove Park Inn Great Hall Bob Zullo (jazz, pop guitar), 5:30-7:30pm The B's (favorites by request), 8-11pm Harrah's Cherokee Throwback DJ ('70s-'90s), 6-close Holland's Grille Karaoke, 9:30pm Jack of the Wood Pub Old-time jam, 4pm Lexington Ave Brewery (LAB) Back stage: Carey Murdock (singersongwriter) w/ Emily Easterly, 9:30pm Lobster Trap Ben Hovey (downtempo, trumpet, electronics), 7pm
The Bywater Open mic, 9pm
Olive or Twist Cadillac Rex (oldies, swing, rock), 8-11pm
Tolliver's Crossing Irish Pub Trivia, 8:30pm
One Stop Deli & Bar Soul/jazz jam w/ Preston Cate, 10pm
Treasure Club DJ Mike, 6:30pm-2am
Orange Peel Old 97's (alt-country, pop) w/ The Travoltas & Rhett Miller (solo acoustic), 9pm
Tressa's Downtown Jazz and Blues Karaoke, 9pm Westville Pub Blues jam, 10pm White Horse Vendetta Creme (cabaret), 7:30pm Wild Wing Cafe Fat Tuesday party w/ Caribbean Cowboys, 9:30pm
Wednesday, Feb. 13 Adam Dalton Distillery DJ dance party (EDM, bass), 10pm Allstars Sports Bar and Grill
Vanuatu Kava Bar Open mic, 9pm Wild Wing Cafe Jeff & Justin (acoustic), 8pm
Thursday, Feb. 14 5 Walnut Wine Bar The Big Nasty (gypsy jazz), 8-10pm Allstars Sports Bar and Grill Dance night, 10pm Barley's Taproom Alien Music Club (jazz jam), 9pm Black Mountain Ale House Ten Cent Poetry (folk, pop), 9pm Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe Locomotive Pie (blues, folk, rock), 7pm Boiler Room Miss & Mr. Asheville Sweetheart Pageant, 10pm Elaine's Dueling Piano Bar Dueling Pianos (rock 'n' roll sing-a-long), 9pm-1am Emerald Lounge Ramona Falls (indie rock) w/ Social Studies, 9pm French Broad Brewery Tasting Room Paul Edelman (indie folk), 6pm Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern Patterson Hood (of Drive-By Truckers) w/ Dylan LeBlanc, 9pm
Harrah's Cherokee Karaoke, 8pm-midnight Holland's Grille Dr. Brown's team trivia, 8pm
Red Stag Grill Chris Rhodes (guitar, vocals), 7-10pm
Jack of Hearts Pub Old-time jam, 7pm
TallGary's Cantina Open mic/jam, 7pm
Jack of the Wood Pub No Strings Attached (bluegrass), 7-9pm Bluegrass jam, 9pm
The Dugout Karaoke, 8pm The Hangar Lounge Karaoke, 10pm Timo's House Blues Jam, 10pm Trailhead Restaurant and Bar Kevin Scanlon's old-time jam, 6:30pm
Olive or Twist Heather Masterton Jazz Quartet, 8-11pm One Stop Deli & Bar Brews, Bluegrass & BBQ w/ Kendall Huntley, 5-8pm Orange Peel Who's Bad (Michael Jackson tribute), 9pm Phoenix Lounge Bradford Carson (rock, jam, blues), 8pm Purple Onion Cafe Jon Shain, 7:30pm
The Get Right Band (acoustic, rock, funk), 9pm
Red Stag Grill Chris Rhodes (guitar, vocals), 8-11pm
Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe Acoustic Swing, 7pm
Root Bar No. 1 Jay Brown w/ Matt Rue (roots, blues), 9pm
Club Eleven on Grove Red & White Party w/ DJ Jam (classic R&B), 9pm Emerald Lounge Phuncle Sam (rock, jam), 10pm French Broad Brewery Tasting Room The Stereofidelics (rock, pop), 6pm
Scandals Nightclub "Zumbathon Charity Event," 7pm Dance party, 10pm Drag show, 1am Straightaway Cafe Dave Turner (jazz/pop piano), 6pm
Red Stag Grill Eric Ciborski (piano), 7-10pm Scandals Nightclub Miss & Mr. Asheville Sweetheart Pageant, 10pm
Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern Patterson Hood (of Drive-By Truckers) w/ Dylan LeBlanc, 9pm
South Side Station Karaoke, 8pm
Town Pump Wink Keziah (honky-tonk), 9pm
TallGary's Cantina Asheville music showcase, 8pm
Grove Park Inn Great Hall Donna Germano (hammered dulcimer), 2-4pm Bill Covington (piano classics & standards), 6-9pm
The Market Place Ben Hovey (dub-jazz, trumpet, beats), 6-9pm
Harrah's Cherokee Saloon 5 (rock, country) w/ DJ Suave, 8pm-2am
Timo's House Asheville Drum 'n' Bass Collective, 10pm-2am
Holland's Grille Mind Echo (rock), 9:30pm
Tressa's Downtown Jazz and Blues Kontained (jazz), 7pm Jim Arrendell & the Cheap Suits (dance), 7pm
Trailhead Restaurant and Bar Cajun night w/ Steve Burnside, 7pm Treasure Club DJ Mike, 6:30pm-2am Tressa's Downtown Jazz and Blues Peggy Ratusz blues showcase, 9pm
Friday, Feb. 15 5 Walnut Wine Bar Russ Wilson & the Bill Gerhardt Trio (jazz), 10pm
Hotel Indigo Juan Buenavitas & friends (Spanish/flamenco guitar), 7-10pm Jack of the Wood Pub Bobby Miller & the Virginia Daredevils w/ Rev. Jeff Mosier (bluegrass), 9pm Lexington Ave Brewery (LAB) Back stage: Worldline (rock) w/ Alarm Clock Conspiracy, 9:30pm Lobster Trap Leo Johnson Trio (hot jazz), 7-9pm Monte Vista Hotel Kevin Scanlon (old-time, folk), 6pm Native Kitchen & Social Pub Mark Bumgarner (Americana, folk, country), 8pm
Allstars Sports Bar and Grill Sharkadelics (rock, pop, covers), 10pm
One Stop Deli & Bar Free Dead Fridays feat: members of Phuncle Sam, 5-8pm
Asheville Music Hall Brownout (Latin, psychedelic, funk) w/ Earphunk, 10pm
Orange Peel Dark Star Orchestra (Grateful Dead tribute), 9pm
Lexington Ave Brewery (LAB) Back stage: The Moon & You (folk, pop) Athena's Club w/ Prypyat & Mother Explosives, 9:30pm Mark Appleford (blues, folk, rock), 7-10pm Lobster Trap DJ, 10pm-2am Hank Bones ("man of 1,000 songs"), Bier Garden 7-9pm DJ Don Magic, 9pm-1am Monte Vista Hotel Black Mountain Ale House Blue Moon (jazz, country, rock), 6pm
Pack's Tavern Sloantones (rock, blues, funk), 9pm Phoenix Lounge Jazz night, 8pm Pisgah Brewing Company The Wheeler Brothers (Americana), 9pm
TallGary's Cantina Space Truckers (rock), 9:30pm
Good Stuff Paul Edelman "The Jangling Sparrow" (folk, Americana), 8pm
Wild Wing Cafe Grove Park Inn Great Hall Bob Zullo (jazz, pop guitar), 5:30-7:30pm Eric Everette (acoustic), 9pm The B's (favorites by request), 8-11pm
Phoenix Lounge Rocky Lindsley (rock), 9pm
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Treasure Club DJ Mike, 6:30pm-2am
The Hangar Lounge Pink & Red Party feat: Harry Darnell & DJ D-Train, 9pm Timo's House DJ Jet & guests (hip-hop), 10pm-2am
Treasure Club DJ Mike, 6:30pm-2am
Vanuatu Kava Bar Mary Sparks & Anthony Dorion-Labelle (electro-coustic, ambient, improv), 9pm Wall Street Coffee House Open mic, 9pm White Horse Asheville Tango Orchestra, 8pm Wild Wing Cafe Burning Bright (rock), 9pm
Saturday, Feb. 16 5 Walnut Wine Bar The Krektones (surf, garage), 9:30pm Allstars Sports Bar and Grill Saloon 5 (rock, country, covers), 10pm Asheville Music Hall Bosnian Rainbows feat: Omar Rodriguez Lopez of The Mars Volta (rock, experimental) w/ Marriages, 10pm Asheville Music School Performance Loft Ten Cent Orchestra (pop, folk, chamber), 7:30pm Athena's Club Mark Appleford (blues, folk, rock), 7-10pm DJ, 10pm-2am
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DJ Don Magic, 9pm-1am Black Mountain Ale House Jeff Thompson Trio (singer-songwriter, rock), 9pm
Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe Open mic, 7pm
Boiler Room Crazyhorse & Colston (hip-hop) w/ Waking September & Epic Superfail (rock), 9pm
Creekside Taphouse Open mic, 9pm
Emerald Lounge Corb Lund (country rock) w/ Radiolucent, 9pm French Broad Brewery Tasting Room Dog Tale (funk, folk), 6pm Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern Black Francis (The Pixies' Frank Black) w/ Reid Paley, 9pm Grove Park Inn Great Hall Bill Covington (piano classics & standards), 6-9pm Harrah's Cherokee Buchanan Boys (country) w/ DJ Dizzy, 8pm-2am Holland's Grille Karaoke, 9:30pm Hotel Indigo Juan Buenavitas & friends (Spanish/flamenco guitar), 7-10pm Jack of the Wood Pub Hank West & the Smokin' Hots (hot jazz), 9pm Lexington Ave Brewery (LAB) Back stage: (young) American Landscape (post-rock) w/ Mobility Chief & Comet West, 9:30pm Lobster Trap Big Nasty Jazz, 7-9pm Monte Vista Hotel Blue Moon (jazz, country, rock), 6pm Olive or Twist 42nd Street Jazz Band, 8-11pm One Stop Deli & Bar Bluegrass brunch w/ Jay Franck (of Sanctum Sully) & friends, noon-3pm Orange Peel Imagine Dragons (rock) w/ Atlas Genius & Nico Vega, 9pm Pack's Tavern Scott Raines & Jeff Anders (acoustic rock), 9pm Phoenix Lounge The Get Right Band (funk, rock, jam), 9pm
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Barley's Taproom Dr. Brown's Team Trivia, 8:30pm
Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe Gwyn Waller Trio, 7pm
Elaine's Dueling Piano Bar Dueling Pianos (rock 'n' roll sing-a-long), 9pm-1am
Baptist (electro-acoustic) & Difference Clouds (ambient, drone), 9pm
Pisgah Brewing Company Mobley (rock) w/ American Gonzos, Grammer School & Albert Adams, 9pm Red Stag Grill Eric Ciborski (piano), 8-11pm Scandals Nightclub Dance party, 10pm Drag show, 12:30am Straightaway Cafe Sherry Lynn & Mountain Friends (bluegrass, country), 6pm TallGary's Cantina Mojomatic (classic rock, blues), 9:30pm The Altamont Theater The Last Bison (folk, classical), 8pm Town Pump Unspoken Tradition (bluegrass), 9pm Treasure Club DJ Mike, 6:30pm-2am Tressa's Downtown Jazz and Blues Carolina Rex (blues, funk, R&B), 10pm White Horse Land of the Sky Symphonic Band, 8pm Wild Wing Cafe Contagious (rock), 9pm@ date:Wednesday, Feb. 6 Adam Dalton Distillery DJ dance party (EDM, bass), 10pm Allstars Sports Bar and Grill Karaoke, 9pm Apothecary Telesthesia w/ Enea, Body of John the
Dirty South Lounge Disclaimer Standup Lounge (comedy open mic), 9pm Elaine's Dueling Piano Bar Dueling Pianos (rock 'n' roll sing-a-long), 9pm-1am Good Stuff Stephen Babcock (indie pop), 7pm Grove Park Inn Great Hall Bob Zullo (jazz, pop guitar), 5:30-7:30pm The B's (favorites by request), 8-11pm Harrah's Cherokee Throwback DJ ('70s-'90s), 6-close Holland's Grille Karaoke, 9:30pm Jack of the Wood Pub Old-time jam, 4pm Lobster Trap Ben Hovey (downtempo, trumpet, electronics), 7pm Odditorium The Moon & You (folk) w/ Robertino Russell, 9:30pm Olive or Twist Cadillac Rex (oldies, swing, rock), 8-11pm One Stop Deli & Bar Soul/jazz jam w/ Preston Cate, 10pm Orange Peel Bob Burnette (indie rock) w/ Thomas McNeely, 8pm Phoenix Lounge Dan Shearin (singer-songwriter, folk), 8pm Red Stag Grill Chris Rhodes (guitar, vocals), 7-10pm TallGary's Cantina Open mic/jam, 7pm The Dugout Karaoke, 8pm The Hangar Lounge Karaoke, 10pm Timo's House Blues Jam, 10pm Trailhead Restaurant and Bar Kevin Scanlon's old-time jam, 6:30pm Treasure Club DJ Mike, 6:30pm-2am Tressa's Downtown Jazz and Blues Wendy Hayes & Three for Time (jazz, blues), 8-11pm Vanuatu Kava Bar Open mic, 9pm White Horse Krista Weaver (singer-songwriter), 7:30pm Wild Wing Cafe Ashley Rose (acoustic), 8pm
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pickoftheweek By Justin F. Farrar You’ve probably noticed how indie rock has grown a thick, burly beard. Coked-up art students who were ripping off new wave and post-punk at the turn of the century are nowadays smoking grass, scooting about in handcrafted Santee moccasins and basically reliving the early 1970s. A lot of these characters dress like total fruitcups, yet some of them make great music. Case in point: A few weeks back San Francisco’s Vetiver blew minds at The Grey Eagle with their laidback Muswell-Hillbillies-in-The-Big-Easy shtick. At first blush one is tempted to slap this label on Baltimore’s Arbouretum. Unkempt facial hair? Plenty. Crunchy Crazy Horse riffage? Totally. Improvisational jams that have nothing at all to do with Phish? You bet. But despite these commonalties, the quartet’s aesthetic actually echoes a far older interface between indie rock and the days of patchwork denim and buckskin fringe. It’s a subtle, if at times shadowy, tradition stretching all the way back to hardcore: Black Flag’s marriage of punk, jazz fusion and bell-bottomed boogie; the Meat Puppets nicking tricks from The Dead and other country rockers; Bob Mould’s love for Richard Thompson/Fairport Convention; Souled American’s deconstruction of The Band; Red Red Meat feeding crusty blues rock thru warped tape loops. Then there’s Will Oldham (a.k.a. Bonnie Prince Billy*), who, whether consciously or not, has transformed himself into the Neil Young of indie — if J. Mascis** doesn’t mind, of course. Although current trends have somewhat obscured this history, several newish bands carry the torch. In addition to Arbouretum,*** there’s Warmer Milks and D. Charles Speer & The Helix (who passed through town last December). But it’s our boys from Charm City who are the most accomplished of the lot. They’ve dropped three full-lengths and a split twelve-inch with Thrill Jockey labelmates Pontiak since
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2006. Their latest, Song of the Pearl, released in early March, finds the band fine tuning its marriage of old school songcraft, psychedelic noodling and underground rock’s DIY idiosyncrasies. The album’s anthemic opener “False Spring” drones like druid-folk but quickly explodes into a snarling guitar squall equal parts Dischord-inspired post-hardcore and heavy duty stoner rock. Five tracks later the six-minute “Infinite Corridors” dives into a gnarled choogle before sprouting a latticework of screaming guitar runs that are twice as loud as the rest of the band — very Greg Ginn. What’s cool is how organic and subtly blended Song of the Pearl feels. It’s obvious Arbouretum aren’t a bunch of Interpolloving nerds who for some ungodly reason waited ‘til their late 20s to discover Tonight’s the Night and Zuma. “In high school it was more about classic rock for me, but punk rock did factor into it as well,” explains Dave Huemann, the band’s singer, songwriter, guitarist and head honcho. “This was before the ‘alternative rock’ of the ‘90s. There was punk and hardcore, which I often liked, and stuff like The Cure or the Smiths, which I usually didn’t. I got on much better with the stoners anyway. They were way more laid back, hung out in the woods a lot, and didn’t care much for sports.” Heumann the teenager learned something very important while skipping-out on study hall and cranking all that classic rock. Lets call it the, uh, two-for-one special. Back in them early ‘70s, rock & roll produced a slew of bands that slayed fans with both killer
instrumental passages and thought-provoking lyrics. In addition to all the legends mentioned earlier, we’re talking about Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac, the Groundhogs, and hell, even Black Sabbath (read the Lester Bangs article “Bring Your Mother to the Gas Chamber!”). This beast is rare these days. The overwhelming majority of groups can do only one or the other, not both. Arbouretum is one of the few exceptions. A lot of the tunes on Song of the Pearl split my attention in two. I don’t know if I’m suppose to pay more attention the band, which is totally rocking out, or Heumann, who is dropping some serious knowledge. The songwriter claims he doesn’t
By Justin F. Farrar
You’ve probably noticed how indie rock has grown a thick, burly beard. Coked-up art students who were ripping off new wave and post-punk at the turn of the century are nowadays smoking grass, scooting about in handcrafted Santee moccasins and basically reliving the early 1970s. A lot of these characters dress like total fruitcups, yet some of them make great music. Case in point: A few weeks back San Francisco’s Vetiver blew minds at The Grey Eagle with their laidback Muswell-Hillbillies-in-The-Big-Easy shtick. At first blush one is tempted to slap this label on Baltimore’s Arbouretum. Unkempt facial hair? Plenty. Crunchy Crazy Horse riffage? Totally. Improvisational jams that have nothing at all to do with Phish? You bet. But despite these commonalties, the quartet’s aesthetic actually echoes a far older
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interface between indie rock and the days of patchwork denim and buckskin fringe. Itâ€™s a subtle, if at times shadowy, tradition stretching all the way back to hardcore: Black Flagâ€™s marriage of punk, jazz fusion and bell-bottomed boogie; the Meat Puppets nicking tricks from The Dead and other country rockers; Bob Mouldâ€™s love for Richard Thompson/Fairport Convention; Souled Americanâ€™s deconstruction of The Band; Red Red Meat feeding crusty blues rock thru warped tape loops. Then thereâ€™s Will Oldham (a.k.a. Bonnie Prince Billy*), who, whether consciously or not, has transformed himself into the Neil Young of indie â€” if J. Mascis** doesnâ€™t mind, of course. Although current trends have somewhat obscured this history, several newish bands carry the torch. In addition to Arbouretum,*** thereâ€™s Warmer Milks and D. Charles Speer & The Helix (who passed through town last December). But itâ€™s our boys from Charm City who are the most accomplished of the lot. Theyâ€™ve dropped three full-lengths and a split twelve-inch with Thrill Jockey labelmates Pontiak since 2006. Their latest, Song of the Pearl, released in early March, finds the band fine tuning its marriage of old school songcraft, psychedelic noodling and underground rockâ€™s DIY idiosyncrasies. The albumâ€™s anthemic opener â€œFalse Springâ€? drones like druid-folk but quickly explodes into a snarling guitar squall equal parts Dischord-inspired post-hardcore and heavy duty stoner rock. Five tracks later the six-minute â€œInfinite Corridorsâ€? dives into a gnarled choogle before sprouting a latticework of screaming guitar runs that are twice as loud as the rest of the band â€” very Greg Ginn. Whatâ€™s cool is how organic and subtly blended Song of the Pearl feels. Itâ€™s obvious Arbouretum arenâ€™t a bunch of Interpolloving nerds who for some ungodly reason waited â€˜til their late 20s to discover Tonightâ€™s the Night and Zuma. â€œIn high school it was more about classic rock for me, but punk rock did factor into it as well,â€? explains Dave Huemann, the bandâ€™s singer, songwriter, guitarist and head honcho. â€œThis was before the â€˜alternative rockâ€™ of the â€˜90s. There was punk and hardcore, which I often liked, and stuff like The Cure or the Smiths, which I usually didnâ€™t. I got on much better with the stoners anyway. They were way more laid back, hung out in the woods a lot, and didnâ€™t care much for sports.â€? Heumann the teenager learned something very important while skipping-out on study hall and cranking all that classic rock. Lets call it the, uh, two-for-one special. Back in them early â€˜70s, rock & roll produced a slew of bands that slayed fans with both killer instrumental passages and thought-provoking lyrics. In addition to all the legends mentioned earlier, weâ€™re talking about Peter Greenâ€™s Fleetwood Mac, the Groundhogs, and hell, even Black Sabbath (read the Lester Bangs article â€œBring Your Mother to the Gas Chamber!â€?).
hall and cranking all that classic rock. Lets call it the, uh, two-for-one special. Back in them early â€˜70s, rock & roll produced a slew of bands that slayed fans with both killer instrumental passages and thought-provoking lyrics. In addition to all the legends mentioned earlier, weâ€™re talking about Peter Greenâ€™s Fleetwood Mac, the Groundhogs, and hell, even Black Sabbath (read the Lester Bangs article â€œBring Your Mother to the Gas Chamber!â€?). This beast is rare these days. The overwhelming majority of groups can do only one or the other, not both. Arbouretum is one of the few exceptions. A lot of the tunes on Song of the Pearl split my attention in two. I donâ€™t know if Iâ€™m suppose to pay more attention the band, which is totally rocking out, or Heumann, who is dropping some serious knowledge. The songwriter claims he doesnâ€™t
By Justin F. Farrar
This beast is rare these days. The overwhelming majority of groups can do only one or the other, not both. Arbouretum is one of the few exceptions. A lot of the tunes on Song of the Pearl split my attention in two. I donâ€™t know if Iâ€™m suppose to pay more attention the band, which is totally rocking out, or Heumann, who is dropping some serious knowledge. The songwriter claims he doesnâ€™t
By Justin F. Farrar
Youâ€™ve probably noticed how indie rock has grown a thick, burly beard. Coked-up art students who were ripping off new wave and post-punk at the turn of the century are nowadays smoking grass, scooting about in handcrafted Santee moccasins and basically reliving the early 1970s. A lot of these characters dress like total fruitcups, yet some of them make great music. Case in point: A few weeks back San Franciscoâ€™s Vetiver blew minds at The Grey Eagle with their laidback Muswell-Hillbillies-in-The-Big-Easy shtick. At first blush one is tempted to slap this label on Baltimoreâ€™s Arbouretum. Unkempt facial hair? Plenty. Crunchy Crazy Horse riffage? Totally. Improvisational jams that have nothing at all to do with Phish? You bet. But despite these commonalties, the quartetâ€™s aesthetic actually echoes a far older interface between indie rock and the days of patchwork denim and buckskin fringe. Itâ€™s a subtle, if at times shadowy, tradition stretching all the way back to hardcore: Black Flagâ€™s marriage of punk, jazz fusion and bell-bottomed boogie; the Meat Puppets nicking tricks from The Dead and other country rockers; Bob Mouldâ€™s love for Richard Thompson/Fairport Convention; Souled Americanâ€™s deconstruction of The Band; Red Red Meat feeding crusty blues rock thru warped tape loops. Then thereâ€™s Will Oldham (a.k.a. Bonnie Prince Billy*), who, whether consciously or not, has transformed himself into the Neil
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Young of indie â€” if J. Mascis** doesnâ€™t mind, of course. Although current trends have somewhat obscured this history, several newish bands carry the torch. In addition to Arbouretum,*** thereâ€™s Warmer Milks and D. Charles Speer & The Helix (who passed through town last December). But itâ€™s our boys from Charm City who are the most accomplished of the lot. Theyâ€™ve dropped three full-lengths and a split twelve-inch with Thrill Jockey labelmates Pontiak since 2006. Their latest, Song of the Pearl, released in early March, finds the band fine tuning its marriage of old school songcraft, psychedelic noodling and underground rockâ€™s DIY idiosyncrasies. The albumâ€™s anthemic opener â€œFalse Springâ€? drones like druid-folk but quickly explodes into a snarling guitar squall equal parts Dischord-inspired post-hardcore and heavy duty stoner rock. Five tracks later the six-minute â€œInfinite Corridorsâ€? dives into a gnarled choogle before sprouting a latticework of screaming guitar runs that are twice as loud as the rest of the band â€” very Greg Ginn. Whatâ€™s cool is how organic and subtly blended Song of the Pearl feels. Itâ€™s obvious Arbouretum arenâ€™t a bunch of Interpolloving nerds who for some ungodly reason waited â€˜til their late 20s to discover Tonightâ€™s the Night and Zuma. â€œIn high school it was more about classic rock for me, but punk rock did factor into it as well,â€? explains Dave Huemann, the bandâ€™s singer, songwriter, guitarist and head honcho. â€œThis was before the â€˜alternative rockâ€™ of the â€˜90s. There was punk and hardcore, which I often liked, and stuff like The Cure or the Smiths, which I usually didnâ€™t. I got on much better with the stoners anyway. They were way more laid back, hung out in the woods a lot, and didnâ€™t care much for sports.â€? Heumann the teenager learned something very important while skipping-out on study
Youâ€™ve probably noticed how indie rock has grown a thick, burly beard. Coked-up art students who were ripping off new wave and post-punk at the turn of the century are nowadays smoking grass, scooting about in handcrafted Santee moccasins and basically reliving the early 1970s. A lot of these characters dress like total fruitcups, yet some of them make great music. Case in point: A few weeks back San Franciscoâ€™s Vetiver blew minds at The Grey Eagle with their laidback Muswell-Hillbillies-in-The-Big-Easy shtick. At first blush one is tempted to slap this label on Baltimoreâ€™s Arbouretum. Unkempt facial hair? Plenty. Crunchy Crazy Horse riffage? Totally. Improvisational jams that have nothing at all to do with Phish? You bet. But despite these commonalties, the quartetâ€™s aesthetic actually echoes a far older interface between indie rock and the days of patchwork denim and buckskin fringe. Itâ€™s a subtle, if at times shadowy, tradition stretching all the way back to hardcore: Black Flagâ€™s marriage of punk, jazz fusion and bell-bottomed boogie; the Meat Puppets nicking tricks from The Dead and other country rockers; Bob Mouldâ€™s love for Richard Thompson/Fairport Convention; Souled Americanâ€™s deconstruction of The Band; Red Red Meat feeding crusty blues rock thru warped tape loops. Then thereâ€™s Will Oldham (a.k.a. Bonnie Prince Billy*), who, whether consciously or not, has transformed himself into the Neil Young of indie â€” if J. Mascis** doesnâ€™t mind, of course. Although current trends have somewhat obscured this history, several newish bands carry the torch. In addition to Arbouretum,*** thereâ€™s Warmer Milks and D. Charles Speer & The Helix (who passed through town last December). But itâ€™s our boys from Charm City who are the most accomplished of the lot. Theyâ€™ve dropped three full-lengths and a split twelve-inch with Thrill Jockey labelmates Pontiak since 2006. Their latest, Song of the Pearl, released in early March, finds the band fine tuning its marriage of old school songcraft, psyche-
delic noodling and underground rockâ€™s DIY idiosyncrasies. The albumâ€™s anthemic opener â€œFalse Springâ€? drones like druid-folk but quickly explodes into a snarling guitar squall equal parts Dischord-inspired post-hardcore and heavy duty stoner rock. Five tracks later the six-minute â€œInfinite Corridorsâ€? dives into a gnarled choogle before sprouting a latticework of screaming guitar runs that are twice as loud as the rest of the band â€” very Greg Ginn. Whatâ€™s cool is how organic and subtly blended Song of the Pearl feels. Itâ€™s obvious Arbouretum arenâ€™t a bunch of Interpolloving nerds who for some ungodly reason waited â€˜til their late 20s to discover Tonightâ€™s the Night and Zuma. â€œIn high school it was more about classic rock for me, but punk rock did factor into it as well,â€? explains Dave Huemann, the bandâ€™s singer, songwriter, guitarist and head honcho. â€œThis was before the â€˜alternative rockâ€™ of the â€˜90s. There was punk and hardcore, which I often liked, and stuff like The Cure or the Smiths, which I usually didnâ€™t. I got on much better with the stoners anyway. They were way more laid back, hung out in the woods a lot, and didnâ€™t care much for sports.â€? Heumann the teenager learned something very important while skipping-out on study hall and cranking all that classic rock. Lets call it the, uh, two-for-one special. Back in them early â€˜70s, rock & roll produced a slew of bands that slayed fans with both killer instrumental passages and thought-provoking lyrics. In addition to all the legends mentioned earlier, weâ€™re talking about Peter Greenâ€™s Fleetwood Mac, the Groundhogs, and hell, even Black Sabbath (read the Lester Bangs article â€œBring Your Mother to the Gas Chamber!â€?). This beast is rare these days. The overwhelming majority of groups can do only one or the other, not both. Arbouretum is one of the few exceptions. A lot of the tunes on Song of the Pearl split my attention in two. I donâ€™t know if Iâ€™m suppose to pay more attention the band, which is totally rocking out, or Heumann, who is dropping some serious knowledge. The songwriter claims he doesnâ€™t
By Justin F. Farrar
Youâ€™ve probably noticed how indie rock has grown a thick, burly beard. Coked-up art students who were ripping off new wave and post-punk at the turn of the century are nowadays smoking grass, scooting about in handcrafted Santee moccasins and basically reliving the early 1970s. A lot of these characters dress like total fruitcups, yet some of them make great music. Case in point: A few weeks back San Franciscoâ€™s Vetiver blew minds at The Grey Eagle with their laidback Muswell-Hillbillies-in-The-Big-Easy shtick. At first blush one is tempted to slap this label on Baltimoreâ€™s Arbouretum. Unkempt facial hair? Plenty. Crunchy Crazy Horse riffage? Totally. Improvisational jams that have nothing at all to do with Phish? You bet. But despite these commonalties, the quar-
tetâ€™s aesthetic actually echoes a far older interface between indie rock and the days of patchwork denim and buckskin fringe. Itâ€™s a subtle, if at times shadowy, tradition stretching all the way back to hardcore: Black Flagâ€™s marriage of punk, jazz fusion and bell-bottomed boogie; the Meat Puppets nicking tricks from The Dead and other country rockers; Bob Mouldâ€™s love for Richard Thompson/Fairport Convention; Souled Americanâ€™s deconstruction of The Band; Red Red Meat feeding crusty blues rock thru warped tape loops. Then thereâ€™s Will Oldham (a.k.a. Bonnie Prince Billy*), who, whether consciously or not, has transformed himself into the Neil Young of indie â€” if J. Mascis** doesnâ€™t mind, of course. Although current trends have somewhat obscured this history, several newish bands carry the torch. In addition to Arbouretum,*** thereâ€™s Warmer Milks and D. Charles Speer & The Helix (who passed through town last December). But itâ€™s our boys from Charm City who are the most accomplished of the lot. Theyâ€™ve dropped three full-lengths and a split twelve-inch with Thrill Jockey labelmates Pontiak since 2006. Their latest, Song of the Pearl, released in early March, finds the band fine tuning its marriage of old school songcraft, psychedelic noodling and underground rockâ€™s DIY idiosyncrasies. The albumâ€™s anthemic opener â€œFalse Springâ€? drones like druid-folk but quickly explodes into a snarling guitar squall equal parts Dischord-inspired post-hardcore and heavy duty stoner rock. Five tracks later the six-minute â€œInfinite Corridorsâ€? dives into a gnarled choogle before sprouting a latticework of screaming guitar runs that are twice as loud as the rest of the band â€” very Greg Ginn. Whatâ€™s cool is how organic and subtly blended Song of the Pearl feels. Itâ€™s obvious Arbouretum arenâ€™t a bunch of Interpolloving nerds who for some ungodly reason waited â€˜til their late 20s to discover Tonightâ€™s the Night and Zuma. â€œIn high school it was more about classic rock for me, but punk rock did factor into it as well,â€? explains Dave Huemann, the bandâ€™s singer, songwriter, guitarist and head honcho. â€œThis was before the â€˜alternative rockâ€™ of the â€˜90s. There was punk and hardcore, which I often liked, and stuff like The Cure or the Smiths, which I usually didnâ€™t. I got on much better with the stoners anyway. They were way more laid back, hung out in the woods a lot, and didnâ€™t care much for sports.â€? Heumann the teenager learned something very important while skipping-out on study hall and cranking all that classic rock. Lets call it the, uh, two-for-one special. Back in them early â€˜70s, rock & roll produced a slew of bands that slayed fans with both killer instrumental passages and thought-provoking lyrics. In addition to all the legends mentioned earlier, weâ€™re talking about Peter Greenâ€™s Fleetwood Mac, the Groundhogs, and hell, even Black Sabbath (read the Lester Bangs article â€œBring Your Mother to the Gas
Chamber!â€?). This beast is rare these days. The overwhelming majority of groups can do only one or the other, not both. Arbouretum is one of the few exceptions. A lot of the tunes on Song of the Pearl split my attention in two. I donâ€™t know if Iâ€™m suppose to pay more attention the band, which is totally rocking out, or Heumann, who is dropping some serious knowledge. The songwriter claims he doesnâ€™t
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