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letters 51 Biltmore is a complicated but brilliant solution Many complaints about the 51 Biltmore project said it was bad for the environment and sidewalks. Some said Pat Whalen and Public Interest Projects, Julian Price’s development firm, were “greedy developers.” As Julian’s widow, I’d like to add Julian’s perspective. Julian, an avid environmentalist, knew that sprawling development hurts people and the environment. In 1991, he hired Pat Whalen to help start and run PIP to help “build” Asheville out of sprawl through higher-density development. Julian’s quirky, much-loved CityWatch Magazine championed sidewalks, parking decks, parks and high-density urban living. It told how more efficient growth preserves farmland and wildlife habitat, reduces the need for more rural sewer lines and roads, prevents water pollution and frees up money for sidewalks, parks and other services. Julian knew that high-rise hotels downtown also help make a lively, healthy city work as an antidote to sprawl. As Julian’s trust in Pat and PIP grew, he handed more and more over to Pat and the PIP staff. Pat had proven his integrity, his passion for people and the environment, his sound business sense and his ability to find creative ways to contribute to Asheville’s robust livability. At times, Julian let Pat overcome Julian’s objections about some of PIP’s projects and was glad for it. Both The Orange Peel and the Laughing Seed are here because Pat fought for them.

correction In the Feb. 2 story in our Wellness section, “On the Edge,” we incorrectly reported that the Swannanoa Rim Explorer hiking series includes a bushwhacking trip through the Asheville Watershed. The group follows the Mountains-to-Sea Trail along the watershed property but not through it, organizers clarify. The 51 Biltmore hotel/parking deck project is a complicated but brilliant, sensible solution to several issues. It is the first public/private partnership to be approved in Asheville in at least 20 years — despite the recession, misperceptions of the facts and vociferous public criticism. The project doesn’t solve all of our problems, but Julian would be really proud of the PIP staff and Pat for their tireless effort, and of City Council. Thanks to all who helped! — Meg MacLeod Asheville

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Channel your inner American revolutionary Anne Fitten Glenn argues the wrong point in her vaccination article [“Edgy Mama: Why Choosing not to Vaccinate Your Child is a Bad Idea,” Jan. 26 Xpress]. I was recently coerced into having my autistic 7-year-old daughter vaccinated for chickenpox because one of her classmates showed up at school with this dreadful disease. State law (if you can believe it) requires unvaccinated students to stay out of school for two weeks if they are exposed to a disease carrier. So it was either have my kid vaccinated or find daycare for two weeks, as my wife and I both work. I wonder whom the state is trying to protect here. The vaccinated are sup-

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Call me a tree hugger, but save the Merrimon magnolia Kudos to the proposal for a Harris-Teeter grocery store at 136 Merrimon Ave. (on the corner of East Chestnut and Merrimon). The site is the location of the former Deal Motor Cars; before that, there was a mansion built by George W. Pack — the same Pack of Pack Square and Pack Library. Mr. Pack, himself a lumberman, had a special fondness for magnolia trees and planted them in places significant to his lifestyle. Presently, there is a 100-plus-year-old magnolia standing on the southwest corner of the lot where the proposed store is to be built. [According to Steve Vermillion] of Charlottebased property management company Merrifield Patrick Vermillion, the tree would have to be destroyed in the interest of the project. He told me that smaller trees would be planted to replace it. I suppose my interest in the matter makes me a tree hugger by proxy, but so be it. This tree is an irreplaceable, historically significant evergreen that has beautiful summer blooms and has graced its spot for as long as I remember. Countless people have remarked to me of the beauty of the tree, unaware of the future peril it faces. Many of us remember the recent brouhaha that ensued when destroying the magnolia tree [at City-County Plaza] was discussed. I am suggesting a similar action of opposition to the destruction of this tree. — Dennis Hill Asheville

Let’s get the fluoride out of our water Do you know that the city of Asheville is contaminating the water that most of us drink with a strong neurotoxin, sodium fluoride? Fluoride is dumped into our drinking water in a misdirected attempt to prevent tooth decay. Residents pay money for this. Why? The medium for transfer is really inappropriate; this stuff was never meant to be ingested. How much stays on our teeth? There is very little actual evidence to prove fluoride works, and enough evidence to make it doubtful. In the meantime, [fluoride] creates problems with brain function, decreased immunity, possible links to cancer and fluorosis (a symptom of too much fluoride).

Please, look this all up at, go to the Fluoride Action Network or just Google “fluoride toxicity,” and you will see ample evidence of what I say. The Centers for Disease Control and EPA are just starting to look into this issue because they are getting information that links lowered IQ with even small amounts of fluoride consumption, especially in children. While we wait for fluoride to be removed, we can install reverse-osmosis water filters or distill our water: These are the only guaranteed ways to remove fluoride. Even bottled water can be just filtered tap water, so be very careful of your sources. The city of Brevard had their fluoride removed and so can we. Go to Asheville City Council and tell them of your concerns. Talk to the Asheville Water Resources Department; tell them we do not want this dangerous chemical in our water and to remove it for our children’s sake. We are a very progressive, forward-thinking community that is striving toward health and wellbeing. This would be a great place to prove this and be an example for other communities. Let’s start a “no fluoride” campaign for our beautiful city and make this a healthier, happier place to live. — Dave Metz Asheville

Shame on you, Charter Charter Cable should be positively ashamed of their current ad campaign. You know the one: “What did people do before TV? Sit around and watch gravel for six hours?” What? How about, “We read books! We had conversations! We spent time with our kids!” In this day and age of obesity and less and less physical activity, this is just irresponsible advertising. The ad ends with, “If you don’t watch TV, oh well! More for me.” Has Charter figured out a way to change the laws of physics to ensure a finite amount of airwaves? That is just silly. I hope Charter ran these ads because it is losing customers daily, because our community is far too active and busy enjoying this beautiful mountain town to sit around and watch TV for six hours a day. As a parent, my reaction to these ads is the exact opposite of what they were trying to accomplish. They caused me to think, “Hey, Charter! Thanks for reminding me that I don’t want my kids to be the ones who, at age 10, have to shop in the adult plus-size section because all they do is sit in front of the television!” The sad fact is, a lot of people will take these commercials at face value and use them as a justification for letting their kids (or themselves) do nothing but watch television all day, further promoting the health problems that millions of Americans already face. A far better campaign would [promote] a balance of entertainment, physical activity and time with the family. I for one canceled my Charter account this morning. I hope other Ashevilleans will respond accordingly. This is just bad corporate citizenship and a terrible show of service to our community. I am off to go hike, ride my bike or walk around downtown. — Meredith Hope Asheville

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Remembering the 19 homeless people who died on the streets of Asheville in 2010 by Josiah Ramsay Johnston Asheville is a special town. Here, one can find traces of every facet of American subculture expressed via the creative arts, crafts and cuisines that make up the Asheville mosaic, along with a respectable mix of international cultures. Condensing and magnifying these features are the special energies that fill this valley, according to Native Americans. In addition, Asheville is one of the more spiritual towns in the American South. Asheville is a special place where liberalism, progressive thinking and sustainable culture flourish; in general, people here try to live conscious lives. For some of these same reasons, however, Asheville is also a popular destination for the homeless, or “travelers,” attracted by city residents’ reputation for compassion.

These names — men and women some of us have probably passed on the street many times — represent something intrinsically wrong with our society. Given the large numbers of homeless folks who come to our town (relative to its size), one might not be too surprised to find that some of them died on the streets of this city last year. But it may come as a shock to learn that the death toll stands at 19. Asheville seems too small to accommodate so many unseen, unheard deaths on our streets — and too rich to allow so many unnecessary tragedies to play out amid such affluence. The most alarming thing about these deaths, however, is how little has been said about the individuals

in question. Our little town would not be the special place it is if the community didn’t honor these people’s memory. The Dec. 21 Pritchard Park vigil organized by the Church of the Advocate and the AshevilleBuncombe Homeless Initiative was a good start. But it needs to be followed up by something with a broader reach, to give the residents of Asheville and surrounding areas a deeper understanding of the plight of the homeless in our community. These names (see sidebar, “A Shameful Litany”) represent something intrinsically wrong with our society. Some of us have probably passed these men and women on the street, perhaps many times. They represent the inhumane leavings our culture allots to those who don’t conform to its standards and lifestyle. And, contrary to popular belief, these individuals aren’t just the dregs of society, but those who’ve been ill-used and unsupported. The Homeless Initiative’s blog clearly states a message we would all do well to consider: “On any given night, over 500 individuals are without a home in our community. Those who experience homelessness are at a much greater risk of injury and death than their housed counterparts. According to the National Health Care for the Homeless Council, those without housing are three to four times more likely to die prematurely than those with housing. The average age of death for those experiencing homelessness is around 50 years, in contrast to the average of 78 years for the rest of the population. Deaths among those without housing are often the consequence of inadequate access to health care, exposure to harsh weather or hate crimes.” So even as we enjoy a brief respite from this winter’s harsh weather, let us think of those in our community who don’t share in the blessings of shelter, warmth and the many other things we too often take for granted. Hopefully, this will make us more grateful for what we have — and more willing to help those in dire need around us. X Asheville resident Josiah Ramsay Johnston is a writer, anthropologist and teacher who has lived, studied and written on five continents.

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More Buncombe students are staying the course and taking home a high-school diploma. That’s the good news school officials delivered at the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners’ Feb. 1 meeting, crediting the county’s Graduation Initiative for the improvement. A partnership between local government agencies and the Eblen Charities, the program integrates a number of innovative efforts aimed at keeping kids in school. The 355 students who dropped out during the 2009-10 school year represented a 15 percent reduction from the 10-year average, according to Donna Lanahan, the initiative’s

Aiming higher: Fewer students are dropping out of Buncombe County high schools thanks to a new Graduation Initiative. Pictured here (from right to left): Initiative Director Donna Lanahan meets with Erwin Principal Jim Brown, whose school saw a 44 percent dip in the dropout rate last year. photo by Jonathan Welch

director. Buncombe’s high schools graduated 1,510 seniors last year. “We’ve got a model that we think ... will continue to be effective and will hopefully be sustainable,” she told the commissioners. The program engages social workers, school counselors and teachers to provide support to at-risk students. It also involves reaching out to those who have already dropped out to see if there’s anything that can be done to get them back on track. Just this year, the initiative developed a Twilight School that allows students to take evening courses at the Buncombe County Schools central office to make up lost credits. Nonetheless, at 73.1 percent, the county’s four-year graduation rate still lags slightly behind the state average (74.2 percent). “The main reason students give for dropping out is attendance,” Lanahan explained. “It may be because of work obligations, or they fall behind academically and get discouraged.” And in this tough economy, she noted, “Social factors get in the way; being able to afford electricity and heating.” Lanahan portrayed the effort to keep kids in school as a fight against the vicious cycle of poverty that often ensnares the less fortunate. Over the course of a lifetime, she reported, each

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dropout costs the community $260,000 in lost wages, taxes and productivity. “I see this ... as an economic-development effort,” responded Commissioner K. Ray Bailey, who worked at A-B Tech for 42 years. “It’s very positive.” Commissioner Bill Stanley, a retired highschool coach and principal, agreed, adding that he hopes the projected $3.7 billion state budget shortfall won’t undercut these efforts. To date, the initiative’s biggest source of funding has been grants from North Carolina’s Dropout Prevention and Intervention program, which has contributed $607,200 since 2007. “I hope we’re going to be able to keep those teacher’s assistants that have been doing such a great job,” said Stanley. “It’s important to reach kids at an early age.” Buncombe County Schools Superintendent Tony Baldwin concurred, emphasizing that the school system “has got to [develop] that successful foundation at kindergarten through third grade. “If that student goes from the third grade to fourth-grade level without balanced literacy behind them — over and over again that pattern repeats itself — we actually see them at 16 and 17 years old making that decision to drop out,” he noted, adding, “One of our budget strategies

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In other business, the commissioners unanimously approved changes to the county’s Farmland Preservation Program recommended by the Agricultural Advisory Board. Since its formation in 1990, the board has worked on a variety of fronts, such as supporting conservation easements and helping market locally grown food. According to board Chair John Ager, those efforts have “preserved thousands of acres of farmland in Buncombe County.” Still, between 2002 and 2007, Buncombe lost 22,847 acres of farmland — more than any other Western North Carolina county, according to a recent study by the Blue Ridge Forever conservation coalition. Ager said he hopes that adding an “enhanced voluntary agricultural district” to the county’s preservation tool kit will help stem that tide. The designation will offer various incentives to property owners who commit to preserving their farmland for at least 10 years, including priority consideration for state grant funds and tax breaks. Board of Commissioners Chair David Gantt applauded the idea. “Preserving land has been a priority for this board for a long time,” he noted. Not everyone in attendance supported the measure, however. “The ultimate goal of this action will be to shift the tax burden to the small homeowner and protect the large landowner,” Candler resident Jerry Rice predicted during public comment. “If the goal were really to preserve open spaces, encourage farming, protect steep slopes and keep erodible land from being developed, why not provide a tax incentive for all undeveloped land: land that is used for natural vegetation or growing gardens?” he queried.

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The commissioners also made several decisions concerning boards and commissions. On unanimous votes, they gave Paul Smith another term on Asheville’s Planning and Zoning Commission and appointed Sarah Oram to the Adult Care Home Community Advisory Committee. In addition, the commissioners voted 4-1 to suspend the county’s term-limit rule to enable current URTV board President Jerry Young to serve for another three years. Commissioner Holly Jones opposed the move, instead supporting Mychal Bacoate. The reappointment didn’t sit well with another candidate for the position: Jupiter resident Don Yelton, the conservative talk-show host who is second vice chair of the Buncombe County Republican Party. “These chambers have been full twice with folks full of concerns over the survivability of URTV,” he pointed out, questioning the wisdom of maintaining the status quo. “Funding is in short supply over there.” X Jake Frankel can be reached at 251-1333, ext. 115, or at • FEBRUARY 9 - FEBRUARY 15, 2011 13

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The retirement of longtime Buncombe County Register of Deeds Otto DeBruhl has sparked a fight between the local Democratic Party’s old guard and young Turks. When DeBruhl announced his retirement Jan. 31 after 32 years on the job, he proposed that Assistant Register of Deeds JoAnn Morgan take the helm, declaring, “There is not a more qualified register of deeds in the state of North Carolina than JoAnn.” But on Feb. 3, Drew Reisinger announced his candidacy for the job, and at this writing, local Democratic Party Chair Charles Carter seemed poised to follow suit. The party’s Executive Committee — consisting of Buncombe County precinct chairs and vice chairs, Democratic elected officials and some state leaders — has 30 days to elect someone to serve out the remaining two years of DeBruhl’s term. If the party fails to act by March 1, however, the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners will appoint his replacement. Morgan, who’s worked with DeBruhl since he first took over the office in 1979, touts her many years in the trenches as well as her overall political experience. In 1975, Morgan became the first female Democrat elected to the Asheville City Council, and she’s subsequently served as a precinct chair and as president of the Democratic Women’s Club. “The [state] Legislature’s coming down with some new requirements for registers. A lot of

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Changing of the guard? Democratic activist Drew Reisinger, left, is challenging Otto DeBruhl’s longtime assistant JoAnn Morgan, right, for Buncombe’s register of deeds position. left Photo by michael muller; right courtesy of Joann morgan

changes are coming in these next two years, and I have the knowledge about that,” Morgan explains. “I’ve been working here with Otto and attending a lot of training and school. … I’m just looking to continue the wonderful office operation that Otto has started.” But the 27-year-old Reisinger maintains that the office would benefit from a fresh perspective. “I think we need to bring the register of deeds office into the 21st century,” he asserts. “Otto and Joann have done an excellent job putting a lot more things online, but we don’t have a user-friendly website. And there’s a lot more we can do to save taxpayers money.” Fresh from managing Patsy Keever’s successful Statehouse campaign, Reisinger (whose background is in political organizing) says he’s working to build a wave of grass-roots support. “The goal is to talk to folks and let them know that there’s a lot we can do to modernize the register of deeds office,” he explains. “We’ve already got a good campaign of folks around us.” Carter, meanwhile, says his decision will depend on “getting a gauge of the Executive Committee ... “I have been hearing from a lot of people who would like me to run. So if that’s the case, I’ll represent our party and represent our county and put my hat in there and do it.” A former Buncombe County schoolteacher and state senator, Carter owns the Mountain

Java coffeehouse on Merrimon Avenue. Asked about Carter’s potential candidacy, however, Morgan suggests that it might have more to do with economic troubles than a sense of wanting to serve the public. “I’m not looking for a job,” she asserts. “I know Charles Carter wants it very bad because of his business, and he needs an income. Drew, of course, is in the same boat.” “We’re doing very well with the coffee shop,” Carter counters. “I’m not going to get into the name-calling or into trying to bring anybody down. … It has no place in this.” And whoever ends up claiming the position, Carter stresses the importance of maintaining party unity going into the 2012 election cycle. “We were so unified going into this last election,” he points out. “And I take a lot of pride in being part of that team.” Reisinger agrees. “In 2012, I think this could be a prime target for the Republican Party. Dems are going to need the strongest possible ticket. I think my campaign experience would bring a lot to that ticket.” Morgan, however, points out that they’re not the only ones who know how to win elections. “Otto’s been elected to eight terms,” she notes, adding, “I worked on all those campaigns.” X Jake Frankel can be reached at 251-1333, ext. 115, or at

N.C.matters Leadership changes, new initiatives shape Legislature’s agenda by Nelda Holder As the North Carolina General Assembly’s 2011-12 biennium got under way last week, leaders were formally elected, committee assignments were handed out, and a small number of bills — some tackling such weighty subjects as involuntary annexation and the use of eminent domain — were introduced, perhaps providing clues as to what might be coming as the Republicans take control. During 2009-10, more than 2,000 House bills and almost 1,500 Senate bills were introduced.

Republican leaders take the reins

As anticipated, Rep. Thom Tillis of Mecklenburg County was officially elected speaker of the House, and Sen. Phil Berger, representing Guilford and Rockingham counties, became Senate president pro tempore. Sen. Harry Brown of Jones/Onslow counties became Senate majority leader, replacing Buncombe County Democrat Martin Nesbitt. Western North Carolina’s Republican legislators assumed some leadership roles in standing committees, with Democrats serving as committee members. Republican Sen. Tom Apodaca of Hendersonville will chair Ways and Means, as well as Rules and Operations of the Senate; he’s also co-chair of Appropriations on Education/Higher Education and vice-chair of Appropriations Base Budget, along with several other cochair or vice-chair positions. Rep. Roger West of Marble became chairman of Environment; Rep. Phillip Frye of Spruce Pine will chair the Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation and serve as vice chair of Transportation.

History lesson and annexation rebuff

Other early legislation — including a rebuff of federal health-care mandates — was reviewed in our Jan. 27 entry, “Republicans Step Up to Bat,” but two additional bills introduced last week are of particular interest to WNC. One honors Transylvania County’s 150th anniversary; the other would implement a statewide moratorium on involuntary annexation. Introduced by Republican Rep. David Guice of Brevard, the Transylvania resolution (HB 10) contains a host of historical tidbits, including the county’s origin (it was carved out of Jackson and Henderson counties in 1861) and mentions of such leading families as the Gillespies, a “famed clan of gunsmiths.” It also notes that Transylvania’s public school system was the first in the state to begin integration (in 1963). Under “An Act to Adopt a Moratorium on Involuntary Annexations” (HB 9), cosponsored by Guice and freshman Buncombe County Republican Rep. Tim Moffitt, involuntary annexations would cease from the time of the bill’s passage until July 1, 2012. The delay would allow time for the General Assembly to consider permanent changes to its annexation laws.

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Loving Mother Earth

In search of a greener Valentine’s Day by Susan Andrew

• Look for fair-trade or organic chocolate. The environmental standards for fair-trade items are Feb. 14 is coming up fast, and while Valentine’s quite stringent, and producers are audited to Day has a colorful history dating back centuries, ensure water conservation, proper soil-managethe occasion we celebrate today is primarily a ment practices and safe handling of agrochemicreation of modern marketing. cals while avoiding things like deforestation and Consider the following tidbits from the genetically modified crops. Not all organic items American Greetings Corp.: are fair-trade, but organic products are gener• Worldwide, about 1 billion valentines are sent ally produced in an environmentally responsible each year, making it the second busiest card-send- fashion. ing event of the year, after Christmas. • Choose organic or locally grown plants (see the • More than 36 million heart-shaped boxes of list of local producers at chocolate are sold annually. Lauri Newman, aka FarmGirl Garden Designs • Valentine’s Day is also tops for fresh-flower pur- and Cut Flowers in West Asheville, produces all chases (red roses are the No. 1 choice). the flowers for her arrangements in season rather Clearly, Valentine’s Day is big business, with than buying them from a nonlocal wholesale a substantial environmental impact: Laid end to distributor. In winter, she offers handmade cards, end, for example, those 1 billion valentines would tags and arrangements using fresh-cut, dried and encircle the globe five times! And if the thought collected material, some of which she finds in the of consuming that many trees breaks your heart woods near her home and garden site. before you’ve even started, here are some ideas Newman also incorporates reused objects in for how you can show Mother Earth some extra her work, such as the attractively rusty metal affection as well as your sweetie: components she’s rescued from the scrap yard at • Consider sending a virtual valentine using one Biltmore Iron and Metal Co. and repurposed as A greener love: Say “I love you” on Valentine’s with environmentally friendly gifts, such of the many online services (E-Cards donates a planting vessels or trellises. as a moss-encrusted heart with handmade embellishments by Lauri Newman, who operates portion of its earnings to environmental causes, • Give natural fragrances made with essential oils. FarmGirl Garden Designs and Cut Flowers in West Asheville. and it’s free for users; so are the biodiversity- Most commercial perfumes and colognes contain photo by Jonathan Welch inspired valentines on The Nature Conservancy petrochemicals and other ingredients in a formula website: that’s generally a trade secret. Some are not envi- ronmentally friendly, and many can cause adverse reactions in some users. • If you want to give jewelry — a whopping At an even deeper level, “going green” may 10 percent of engagements are initiated on mean a gift that sidesteps manufacturing, packagValentine’s Day, according to American Greetings ing and shipping entirely. If this approach speaks Corp. — consider preowned pieces or those pur- to you, consider these ideas: Located at 1301 Fanning Bridge Road in Fletcher. Info: Calendar for February 9 - 17, 2011 chased from jewelers using precious metals and • Plan a nature retreat. Pack in your own favorite 687-1414. gemstones sourced in an ecologically and socially food and drink, hunt up a lovely mountain overEvents at Warren Wilson College • TU (2/15), 7am -The Buncombe County “friends of Unless otherwise noted, all events are free and held in responsible manner. “We only use 100 percent look or private bower — and leave no trace when agriculture breakfast” is open to all supporters of agriculCanon Lounge of the Gladfelter Student Center. Info: recycled ‘green’ gold, and our diamonds are from you depart. ture including farmers, legislators, government officials, 771-2002. the Argyle Mine in Australia,” notes designer • Give a gift that helps support wild nature edufarming organizations or folks who just want to know • SA (2/12), 7-9pm - Dave Jacke, head of Dynamics Susan West, who owns Blue jewelry gallery in cation in your beloved’s name. The WNC Nature where their food comes from. Bill Yarborough will give Ecological Design since 1984, will give a lecture titled an address. Sponsored by Buncombe County Soil and Biltmore Village. A socially responsible supplier Center’s Adopt an Animal program funds habitat “Gardening Like a Forest: Home-Scale Ecological Food improvement for the critters they house. Such Water: 250-4794. Info: 255-5522, http://buncombe.ces. means no “blood diamonds” in the jewelry. Production” in Bryson Gym. Info: 771-4132 or www. or • Buy your loved one a gift certificate for a mas- adoptions have helped provide major renovaNaturalist Group sage, a visit to a naturopath or spa, or some other tions to the cougar, bobcat and gray wolf habitats, MORE ECO EVENTS ONLINE according to the program’s website (wildwnc. • FR (2/11), 6-7:30pm - Celebrate the end of the week, locally available holistic therapy. Check out the Eco Calendar online at www.mountainx. org/friends/adopt). meet other people who are interested in nature and learn com/events for info on events happening after February • Dine at a restaurant specializing in locally grown something new. This week’s focus will be on the geology 17. and/or organic food (such as the Laughing Seed • Conserve an acre of wild land on behalf of your of the Southern Appalachians. Light refreshments providin downtown Asheville or The Black Bird in Black loved one. The Nature Conservancy’s Adopt an ed. Meet at The Compleat Naturalist in Biltmore Village. CALENDAR DEADLINE Mountain). Better yet, make dinner at home using Acre program ( supports Info: 274-5430 or The deadline for free and paid listings is 5 p.m. local ingredients, accompanied by an organic the nonprofit’s land-protection efforts, whether WEDNESDAY, one week prior to publication. WNC Agricultural Center Questions? Call (828)251-1333, ext. 365 wine. Set the mood with candles made from soy close to home or in such far-flung exotic locales as or beeswax rather than paraffin, a petroleum rain forests and coral reefs. • Give a gift that’s been loved once already. byproduct. Asheville’s many resale shops are a rich source for PET FR IENDL • Love a gardener with a gift from Sow True Seed, clothing, jewelry, books, CDs, DVDs and more, Y which Marketing Director Cathryn Davis Zommer bills as “Asheville’s only open-pollinated, nonhy- and you can be as pragmatic or whimsical as • Affordable Rates • Patios • Picnic Areas brid vegetable, herb and flower-seed company you’d like. X specializing in heirloom, certified organic and • W/D Connections• Swimming Pools • Playgrounds traditional Southern Appalachian varieties.” Seed Susan Andrew can be reached at 251-1333, ext. 153, or at packs are available in stores this week.

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Community Events & Workshops AARP Tax-Aide Free tax preparation for seniors and low-and middleincome taxpayers. Electronic filing available. Call the individual location for details on what to bring. Info: www. Questions and requests for homebound individuals: 277-8288. • Through MO (4/18) - Free tax preparation available at Pack Library, 67 Haywood St., Mon. & Wed., 10am-4pm (628-3662); West Asheville Library, 942 Haywood Road, Tues., 9am-3pm (658-9718); Weaverville Library, 41 North Main St., Thurs., Noon-5pm (713-9381); and Black Mountain Library, 105 N. Dougherty St., Tues., 10am4pm (505-4373). Asheville Design Center An exhibit and meeting space at 8 College St., Asheville. Info: • WE (2/16), 6-7:30pm - Tamara Graham, landscape architect, will discuss “local efforts in retrofitting school campuses.” While the Reading, Riding and Retrofit program focuses on school buildings and their systems, Graham will discuss how

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to reclaim the often disconnected land surrounding these buildings. Buncombe County Extension Center Events Located at 94 Coxe Ave., Asheville. Info: 255-5522. • THURSDAYS (2/17 through 3/17), 5:30-7:30pm - Basic Home Maintenance Course. Learn about basic plumbing repairs, common household pests, interior and exterior maintenance and more. $20 includes all materials and handouts. Registration required. Community Events at ASU Appalachian State University is located in Boone. Info: 262-7660 or • TU (2/15), 4:30-5:45pm - “Afro-Brazilian Culture: History, Religion and the Arts,” a panel discussion at Rosen Concert Hall. Info: 2626084, ext. 101. Creating Intentional Community in Buncombe County • FR (2/11), 7-8:30pm Discuss several old, new and upcoming intentional communities in Buncombe County at the Westgate Earth Fare in the community room. Also, learn about affordable types of housing. Info, search Meetup Asheville under Creating Intentional Communities. East End/Valley Street Neighborhood Association’s Monthly Meeting • 2nd THURSDAYS, 6:308:30pm - The community is all of us. Join us at St James AME Church Fellowship Hall, 44 Hildebrand at Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. Info: 253-6389. Land-of-Sky Regional Council Info: 251-6622 or www. • FR (2/11), 11am - The Land-of-Sky Transportation Commitee and Technical Coordinating Commitee will hold a joint meeting at the organization’s Regional Council, 339 New Leicester Highway, Suite 140, Asheville. RSVP by Feb. 9. Info: 2517450. Public Lectures & Events at UNCA Events are free unless otherwise noted. • FR (2/11), 4:30pm - T. Colin Campbell, researcher, nutritionist, and author of The China Study, will discuss the health benefits of plant-based

diets at Lipinsky Auditorium. Donations suggested. • FR (2/11), 11:25am Humanities Lectures: “Land, Labor and Citizenship: The Problem of Freedom,” with Sarah Judson, UNCA associate professor of economics, at Lipinsky Auditorium and “Civil Rights/Black Protest Thought,” with Cathy Whitlock, at the Humanities Lecture Hall. • FR (2/14), 11:25am - Humanities Lectures: “India and Hinduism,” with Kate Zubko, UNCA assistant professor of religious studies, at Lipinsky Auditorium and “Best Selling Authors, Cross Dressing Warriors and Other Uppity Women of the Middle Ages,” with Cynthia Ho, UNCA professor of literature, at the Humanities Lecture Hall. Stewards of Children: Empowering People to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse • 2nd TUESDAYS, 911:30am - This workshop is designed to educate adults on how to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to the reality of child sexual abuse. Authorized Facilitator Kelley J. Wolfe, Ph. D. Held in the Community Room at Westgate Earth Fare. $30, includes workbook. Scholarships available. Registration required: 3014460 or www.darkness2light. org. WNC Agricultural Center Located at 1301 Fanning Bridge Road in Fletcher. Info: 687-1414. • FR (2/11) through SU (2/13) - Mountain RV & Boat Show. World Affairs Council Programs Info: • TU (2/15), 7:30-9pm - “Germany Ascendant,” with Lucia Carter, a European history professor and department chair at Mars Hill College. Carter will discuss how Germany has emerged from the financial and euro zone crises as the dominant economic and political power in Europe. Held on the UNCA college campus, Reuter Center, Manheimer Room. $8/Free for members.

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weeklypicks Events are FREE unless otherwise noted. Addison Allen will read from and sign copies of the paperback release of The Girl Who wed Sarah Chased the Moon on Wednesday, Feb. 9, at 7 p.m. Held at Malaprop's Bookstore and Café, 55 Haywood St. Info: 254-6734 or Read an Xpress review at UNCA presents a Summer Camp Fair and Community Service Fair, featuring more than 30

thur summer camps and many community service organizations, on Thursday, Feb. 10, from 11

a.m. to 2 p.m. Open to everyone seeking summer employment and/or community service opportunities. Held on the UNCA college campus, One University Heights, in the Highsmith University Union, Alumni Hall. Info: 251-6515.


The public is invited to Social Justice Film Night on Friday, Feb. 11, at 7 p.m., for a screening of Gasland, a Sundance award-winning documentary that focuses on the interconnected web of life on earth. Held at the Unitarian Universalist Church located at the corner of Charlotte St. and Edwin Pl. Free, but donations are accepted. Info: 299-1242 or


Warren Wilson College presents Gardening Like a Forest: Home-Scale Ecological Food Production, a lecture by Dave Jacke, head of the design firm Dynamics in Ecological Design, on Saturday, Feb. 12, from 7 to 9 p.m. in Bryson Gym. Info: 771-4132 or edibleforestgardens. com/events.


Attend an opening reception for the exhibition Paint Your Heart Out on Sunday, Feb. 13, from 2 to 4 p.m. on display in the Sourwood Gallery, at the Swannanoa Valley Fine Arts League, 999 W. Old Rt. 70 in Black Mountain. Info: or Lend a helping hand and held save a life this Valentine’s Day at the Henderson County Red

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Join the Asheville International Folk Dancers at Harvest House, 205 Kenilworth Road, Asheville, for a free session on Tuesday, Feb. 15 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. The organization does a variety of dances from all over the world, but mainly line dances from Eastern Europe, particularly the Balkans. No partner required. Info: 645-1543 or

• WE (2/9), 5:30-8pm - Asheville area alumnae of Alpha Phi sorority will meet at Tupelo Honey South, 1829 Hendersonville Road. Info: or 230-8764. Artistic Asheville Singles Group • WEEKLY - Meeting locations vary. For single people under 35. Info: Asheville Homeless Network Meetings take place at Firestorm Cafe & Books in downtown Asheville. Info: 552-0505. • THURSDAYS, 2pm - All homeless people and interested citizens are welcome. Asheville Newcomers Club Women new to the city or recently retired make new friends while learning about opportunities Asheville offers. Info: or 274-6662. • WE (2/9), 9:30am - Meeting at New Hope Presbyterian Church, 3070 Sweeten Creek Road, Asheville. Info: or 676-1216. CLOSER

Looking for gay folks in your age group? CLOSER is Asheville’s oldest LGBT social club serving all boomers and seniors. Providing entertainment, education and fellowship. Info: 776-0109. • TUESDAYS, 7-9pm - Meets in the library at All Souls Cathedral on All Souls Crescent in Asheville.

Firestorm Cafe & Books Located at 48 Commerce St., Asheville. Info: 255-8115 or • WEDNESDAYS, 6pm - Firestorm-Blitzkrieg Game Night. Bring your favorite game or come to play someone else’s. Gal Pals of Asheville Asheville’s newest lesbian social group for women ages 30-50. Info: com/group/GalPalsofAsheville. • 2nd & 4th FRIDAYS, 6-9pm - “Gal Pals Chat & Gal Pals Game Night” will be held at Battery Park Book Exchange in the Grove Arcade, next door to Carmel’s restaurant in downtown Asheville.

Government & Politics Asheville Copwatch A grassroots organization formed by local residents to promote civilian police oversight and review. Info: 398-4817 or 255-8115. • WEDNESDAYS, 5pm - Meets at Firestorm Cafe & Books, 48 Commerce St. Buncombe County Republican Women A group dedicated to electing and supporting conservative Republicans. • TH (2/10), 11:30am - Meet at Cornerstone Restaurant, 102 Tunnel Road. Mr. Kyle Carver will be speaking on “The Importance of Precinct Organization.” All (men as well as women) are welcome to attend. Info: 277-7074. A national nonpartisan social group connecting liberty advocates. • MONDAYS, 7pm - The Liberty on the Rocks social meets at El Chapala Restaurant off Merrimon Ave. Info:

The Green Tea Party Free and open to the public. Info: 582-5180 or • THURSDAYS, 6pm - You are invited to a brewing of home-grown ideas steeped in traditional values. Meeting at Dobra Tea Room, 78 N. Lexington Ave., Asheville.

Seniors & Retirees 60+ Exercise Smarter (pd.) Learn better ways to exercise. Make every movement lighter, freer, easier. Personal attention, two instructors. Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Noon1:15pm. $15 or 10 sessions for $130. 117 Furman, Asheville. RSVP: 225-3786. www.FormFitnessFunction. com Council on Aging Outreach effort at area senior housing locations. Any senior citizen and/or their caregiver may visit the COA worker at two locations for assistance with information and services. Info & directions: 277-8288. • FRIDAYS (2/11 & 2/18), 2pm - “Medicare Choices • FEBRUARY 9 - FEBRUARY 15, 2011 17

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• SA (2/12), 8:30am-Noon - “What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You: A Business Law Primer.” • WE (2/16), 6-9pm - “Advanced Internet Marketing.” Carolina Real Estate Investors Association • 2nd MONDAYS, 6-9pm - Learn about buying/selling, negotiating, income properties, creative financing, foreclosures, investment topics/tactics. This educational nonprofit association itself does not invest nor provide investment, legal or tax advice. $15 for nonmembers. Info: UNCA Career Fairs Events are free, unless otherwise noted. Info: 251-6515. • TH (2/10), 11am-2pm - UNCA presents a Summer Camp Fair and Community Service Fair, featuring more than 30 summer camps and many community service organizations. Open to everyone seeking summer employment and/or community service opportunities. Held at the Highsmith University Union, Alumni Hall.

Technology Free Computer Classes Classes are held at Charlotte Street Computers, 252 Charlotte St. To register: • MONDAYS, 12:15-1:15pm - Mac OSX. • TUESDAYS, 12:15-1:15pm - iPhoto class. • WEDNESDAYS, 12:151:15pm - iPad. • THURSDAYS, 12:151:15pm - iPad. • FRIDAYS, Noon-1:30pm - Google docs —- 2-3:30pm - Windows 7 —- 4-6pm - Facebook/YouTube. • SATURDAYS, Noon-1pm - Protecting your PC. • SUNDAYS, 12:15-1:15pm - GarageBand.

Volunteering Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity Seeks Volunteers Info: or 210-9377. • Volunteer register operators are needed at Habitat. Fridays, 9:30am-1:30pm. Regular commitment, retail experience and people skills preferred. • TUESDAYS or THURSDAYS, 5:30-8pm - Skip the gym and head to Habitat. Get your work out while volunteering in the Home Store warehouse. Big Brothers Big Sisters of WNC Located at 50 S. French Broad Ave., room 213, in the United Way building.

The organization matches children from single-parent homes with adult mentors. Info: or 253-1470. • WE (2/16), Noon Information session for adults interested in going on outings twice a month with youth from single-parent homes. Activities are free or low-cost and include playing sports or visiting local attractions. Volunteers are also needed to mentor for an hour per week in school and during afterschool programs. Children First/Communities In Schools of Buncombe County Info: 259-9717, gregb@ or www. • TU (2/15), 3:30-4:45pm - Children First/CIS Mind the Gap tours call attention to gaps that hinder the success of children, youth and families living in poverty. The tours are held at the Children First/CIS Family Resource Center, 37 Brickyard Road, Asheville, and discuss Children First/CIS programs that attempt to close such gaps and realize a brighter future for children. RSVP to 239-0776 or Hands On Asheville-Buncombe Choose the volunteer opportunity that works for you. Youth are welcome to volunteer on many projects with adult supervision. Info: or call 2-1-1. Visit the website to sign up for a project. • THURSDAYS (2/10 & 2/24), 5-7pm - Meals for Hope. Cook and serve a meal for 15-25 women and children who are part of New Choices, an empowerment program for displaced homemakers in need of counseling and assistance. • MO (2/14) - 7-8:30pm Cookie Night: Help bake cookies for families staying at the Lewis Rathbun Center. The center provides free lodging for out-of- town families who have a loved one in an area hospital. Supplies provided. • TH (2/17), 3:30-5:30pm - Teachers Pet: Volunteers will create supplemental educational materials that will be used in and out of the classroom to help elementary students improve their reading skills. Make flashcards, games and more. Instruction and materials provided. RiverLink’s Volunteer Opportunities RiverLink is a regional nonprofit organization working to revitalize the French Broad River watershed. Internship positions are available, as well as many volunteer opportunities. Info: 252-8474, ext. 11, or • WE (2/9), 10am & 5pm - Volunteer Training at RiverLink, 170 Lyman St. Volunteers will have a chance to fill out an application, and Volunteer Coordinator Dave Russell will answer questions. RSVP requested. Volunteer at ACT Volunteers are always needed to work in the box office, backstage and in the front of the house as ushers and house managers. Volunteers help to build sets, make costumes, assist directors and stage managers, and find and build props. To volunteer: 254-2939. Info: • TU (2/15), 6:30pm Volunteer Orientation. Learn about the many different ways to volunteer at ACT. A tour of the facility is included. WNC Alliance Members of the WNC Alliance and the public are invited to be agents of change for the environment. Info: 258-8737 or • TH (2/10) & MO (2/28), 10am - Help take water samples at the Swannanoa River Watershed to identify bacteria pollution in our local waterways. No experience necessary. Training provided the day of sampling. Contact the French Broad Riverkeeper to sign up: hartwell@wnca. org or 258-8737. WNC Nature Center Located at 75 Gashes Creek Road. Hours: 10am-5pm daily. Admission: $8/$6 Asheville City residents/$4 kids. Info: 298-5600 or www. • WE (2/9), 10am-3pm - Workday Wednesday: Six volunteers are needed to clean up the barn/loft storage area. Four volunteers are also needed to construct planters at Otter Falls. Lunch provided. Info: 298-5600 or • WE (2/16), 10am-3pm - Wednesday Workday: Four are needed to rake and bag leaves at the bear and wolf exhibitions. Two volunteers are also needed to paint lights at viewing areas. Another four volunteers are needed to plant in and around Otter Falls. Lunch is provided. Participants must be 18 years or older and be able to provide their own transportation. Info: 298-5600 or

Outdoors Runners’ Training Schedule Design (pd.) Individual package includes: Written training schedule to meet race goals.

• Ongoing once-a-week telephone consultations to review and adjust. $40 per training month. (828) 225-3786. www.FormFitnessFunction. com Asheville Track Club The club provides information, education, training, social and sporting events for runners and walkers of any age. Please see the group Web site for weekly events and news. Info: www.ashevilletrackclub. org or 253-8781. • SUNDAYS, 8:30am - Trail run for all paces. Meet at the NC Arboretum, greenhouse parking area. Info: 648-9336. Asheville’s Third Annual Red Dress Run • SA (2/12), 1-6pm - The event is a long “running” tradition that started in San Diego. It’s meant to celebrate Valentine’s Day, pay homage to beautiful women and even do a good deed. $15/$25/$30. Meet at Asheville Brewing Company, 77 Coxe Ave. Info: http://avl. mx/17. Blue Ridge Bicycle Club For more information on the club, or to view a current and comprehensive club calendar: www.blueridgebicycleclub. org. • WEEKLY - Leads road rides ranging from novice to advanced skill levels. Rides usually have a designated ride leader and participants will not be left behind. Carolina Mountain Club CMC fosters the enjoyment of the mountains of WNC and adjoining regions and encourages the conservation of our natural resources, through an extensive schedule of hikes and a program of trail building and maintenance. $20 per year, family memberships $30 per year. Newcomers must call the leader before the hike. Info: • WE (2/9), 8:30am - Dupont Forest: Fawn Lake and Bridal Veil Falls. Info: 299-0226. • SA (2/12), 10am - Moore Cove Figure-8 Loop. Info: 606-5188. • SU (2/13), 7:30am - Indian Creek - Sunkota Ridge Loop. Info: 628-6712 —- 11am - Green River Cove Trail. Info: 505-0471. • WE (2/16), 8:30am - Good Road to Bald Knob. Info: 460-7066. Events at Historic Johnson Farm Located at 3346 Haywood Rd. in Hendersonville. There are two nature trails (free), and guided tours are offered. Info: 891-6585 or www. • TH (2/10), 7pm - “Before You Go Outdoors,” with Gary Eblen of Diamond Brand

Outdoors. Helpful hints, tips and ideas to make your future camping or hiking experiences a safe pleasure. $5. Reservations recommended. Fly Tying Class • SA (2/12), 9am-Noon - “Fly Tying for Beginners.” The $20 registration fee is fully refundable upon class attendance. Held at Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education, off of U.S. 276, north on Forest Service Road 475, next to the Bobby N. Setzer State Fish Hatchery. Registration required: 8774423. Info: www.ncwildlife. org.

Garden Buncombe Co. Parks, Greenways & Rec. Events Events are free and are held at 59 Woodfin Pl., unless otherwise noted. To register or for more info: 250-4265 or • MO (2/14), 9-10am Retired Master Gardner Peggy Calenda will talk about how to save money by planting a vegetable garden. Learn about garden space, planting and maintenance, and about finding possible areas for planting fruit trees. $5. Register by Feb. 9. Events at The Bullington Center This nonprofit horticultural learning center is located at 33 Upper Red Oak Trail, Hendersonville. Info: 6986104 or • TUESDAYS (2/15, 2/22 & 3/1), 3-4:30pm - Landscape Design Series: “Steps to Having Your Ideal Landscape,” with Terri Long on Feb 15; “Landscaping on Steep Slopes,” with David Smith on Feb. 22; and “Landscaping with Native Plants,” with Richard Fry on March 1. $15 per program/$35 for all three. To register: 698-6104 or Organic Growers School An all-day conference at UNCA for beginning gardeners to advanced commercial growers that includes workshops, homesteading and rural living classes, a seed exchange, a trade show and a children’s program (ages 7-12). $40. Register by February 17. To register: www.organicgrowersschool. org. Info: 582-5039 or meredith@organicgrowersschool. org. • SA (3/5) & SU (3/6) - The 18th annual Organic Growers School. Register for $40 before Feb. 17. Pearson Community Garden Workdays • WEDNESDAYS, 3-9pm Gather in the Pearson Garden

at the end of Pearson Drive in Montford with folks and grow some food. A potluck and produce to take home often follow the work.

Sports Groups & Activities Adult League Kickball Must have at least 10 players per team. The season will consist of 10 games and a league championship game with trophies for the winning team. $25/person. Info: 250-4269 or jay.nelson@ • Through FR (3/4) - Register for the spring season. Season begins March 29. Games are played on Tues. and Thurs., 6-9pm at the Buncombe County Sports Park. Asheville Youth Rowing Association • SATURDAYS (through 2/19), 11am & SUNDAYS (2/6 through 2/20), 1pm - Held at Lake Julian. The first class is free. $20 thereafter. Info: 337-8109, or www.ashevilleyouthrowing. com. Filipino Martial Arts Kuntao: Traditional emptyhand system of self defense. Kali: Filipino method of stick-and-knife combat. Free introductory lesson. Info: 777-8225 or http://kuntao. • TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS, 7pm - Classes at Asheville Culture Project, 257 Short Coxe Ave. Girls on the Run Girls on the Run is a nonprofit dedicated to educating and preparing girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living. Info: or • Through FR (2/18) - Spring registration for Girls on the Run (3rd-5th) and Girls on Track (6th-8th) programs will be held at participating program sites. Registration forms will be available at participation locations or can be downloaded online. • SA (2/12), 9am-4pm - National Girls and Women in Sports Day is a community event designed to give women of all ages a chance to try out a variety of fun activities. The event will include various clinics designed to motivate girls and women to lead an active, healthy life. $15. Info: 350-2058.

Kids Swim Lessons (pd.) In the YWCA’s solarheated pool. All levels welcome. Saturday classes avail-

able. Info: 254-7206 x 110 or Swim Lessons (pd.) New session of swim lessons starts the week of 2/14. Sign up anytime. Swimming isn’t just for summer - warm up in our solarheated indoor pool! All levels welcome. Saturday classes available. Info: 254-7206 x 110 or www.ywcaofasheville. org At The Health Adventure Hours: Tues.-Sat., 10am5pm & Sun., 1-5pm. $8.50 adults/$7.50 students & seniors/$6 kids 2-11. Program info or to RSVP: 254-6373, ext. 324. Info: • Through SU (5/15) “Alice’s Wonderland: A Most Curious Adventure.” Blue Ridge Books Located at 152 S. Main St., Waynesville. Info: www. or 4566000. • TUESDAYS (through 4/26), 10am - Book Babies: Story time for children ages 3 and under. Hands On! This children’s museum is located at 318 North Main St., Hendersonville. Hours: Tues.Sat., 10am-5pm. Admission is $5, with discounts available on certain days. Info: 6978333 or www.handsonwnc. org. • TU (2/8) through SA (2/12) - Asheville Regional Airport presents: “Make a Valentine.” Free for members. • TU (2/15) - Try out the new, updated scavenger hunt. Free for members. • WE (2/16), 10:30am - Come have a purple, gold and green Mardi Gras-colored snack, coordinated by The Hendersonville Community Co-op. Enjoy Mardi Gras activities all day. Free for members. N.C. Arboretum Events for Kids Info: 665-2492, jmarchal@ or www. • TU (2/15), 10am - Wee Naturalist: Starting from Seeds. Age-appropriate, nature-based activities for youngsters ages 2-5. $6.


Spirituality Asheville Meditation Group (pd.) Practice meditation in a supportive group environment. Guided meditations follow the Insight/Mindfulness/Vipassana practices. Insight meditation cultivates a happier, more peaceful and focused mind. Our “sangha” (a community of cool people) provides added support and joy to one’s spiritual awakening • FEBRUARY 9 - FEBRUARY 15, 2011 19

process. All are invited. • By donation. • Tuesdays, 7pm8:30pm: Guided meditation and discussion. • Sundays, 10am-11:30am: Seated meditation and dharma talks. • The Women’s Wellness Center, 24 Arlington Street, Asheville. • Info/directions: (828) 808-4444. • www. Astro-Counseling (pd.) Licensed counselor and accredited professional astrologer uses your chart when counseling for additional insight into yourself, your relationships and life directions. Readings also available. Christy Gunther, MA, LPC. (828)258-3229. Compassionate Communication (pd.) Learn ways to create understanding and clarity in your relationships, work, and community by practicing compassionate communication. Great for couples! Group uses model developed by Marshall Rosenberg in his book “Non-violent Communication, A Language of Life”. Free. Info: 299-0538 or • 2nd & 4th Thursdays, 5:006:15—Practice group for newcomers and experienced practitioners. Open Heart Meditation (pd.) Learn easy, wonderful practices that opens your life to the beauty within and connects you to your heart. • Free. 7pm, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. 645-5950 or 296-0017. The Work of Byron Katie Intensive (pd.) Saturday/Sunday, March 26/27. Recycle your thoughts! Find the freedom, peace and joy just below thoughts about people or situations that cause grief or drive you nuts. • Led by Certified Facilitators of The Work, Meg MacLeod and Maaike Hoijtink. At French Broad Food Coop, 90 Biltmore Avenue, 28801. • Earlybird: $200. • After March13: $230. Please contact us if finances are a problem for you. • Information/registration: (828) 254-6484 or • events-cf.php?ecfid=334 What the heck is Alexander Technique?! (pd.) For over 100 years AT has explored the freedom that lies between stimulus and response. Become a master of choice! • Private/groups. (828) 225-3786. www. An Evening With Spirit • MONDAYS, 6-8pm - You are invited to an evening with Spirit. Theo Salvucci channels messages from the angelic

realm at The White Horse, 105c Montreat Road, Black Mountain. Donations only. Info: 713-2439. Asheville Circle of Solitaries • 2nd THURSDAYS, 6pm - A discussion group for individuals interested in various aspects of occultism. Open to solitary students and practitioners from all backgrounds and traditions. The group includes Pagans, chaos magicians, healers, diviners and other assorted weirdos. Info: 777-9368. Avatar Meher Baba “I have come not to teach but to awaken.” Info: 274-0307 or 274-7154. • SUNDAYS, 4pm - Meetings occur most Sundays in Asheville. Share Meher Baba’s inspiring message of divine love and unity in the midst of diversity. Call for locations. Awakening Practices Study the works of Eckhart Tolle and put words into action through meditation and discussion. Info: Trey@ • 2nd & 4th WEDNESDAYS, 7-9pm - Meets at Insight Counseling, 25 Orange St. Buddhist Meditation and Discussion Meets in the space above the French Broad Food Co-op. Suggested donation: $8/$4 students & seniors. Info: 7795502 or • TH (2/10), 7:15pm “Modern Buddhism.” Cloud Cottage Sangha This branch of the World Community of Mindful Living meets at 219 Old Toll Circle in Black Mountain, to practice seated meditation and mindfulness training. All events by donation. Info: 669-0920, or • SA (2/12), 10am-4pm - “Day of Mindfulness & Yoga with Heart,” with Judith Toy and Linda Cammarata. $20. • WE (2/16), 6pm - “One Snow: The Koan of Winter,” with guest speaker Bonnie Myotai Treace. Community Worship Service With Fellowship Meal • SUNDAYS, 2-4pm - Join SOS Anglican Mission, 370 N. Louisiana Ave., Asheville, for a worship service, followed by an Agape Fellowship meal. Compassionate Communication Practice Group Learn ways to create understanding and clarity in your relationships, work, and community by practicing compassionate communication. Group uses a model developed by Marshall Rosenberg in his book Nonviolent Communication, A Language

of Life. Free. Info: 252-0538 or • 2nd & 4th THURSDAYS, 5-6:15pm - Practice group for newcomers and experienced practitioners. Edgar Cayce Study Group • TUESDAYS, 2-4pm - Meet at West Asheville Unity Church, 130 Shelburne Road. Info: 298-8494 or First Congregational Church in Hendersonville Fifth Ave. West at White Pine St. in Hendersonville. Info: 692-8630 or • SUNDAYS (2/13 through 2/27), 9:15am - Adult Forum: John Snodgrass will give a lecture titled “Genesis: A Parable.” Using anthropology, archaeology and psychology, Snodgrass will explore “Genesis 1-11 as the true story of the birth of civilization.” Lightworkers • WE (2/9), 6-7pm - Are you a “Lightworker” experiencing deep vibrational shifts? Feeling called to work with the world shift in a big way? Others experiencing similar vibrations are encouraged to meet at Viva Deli, 625 Haywood Road, (across from Sunny Point). Mindfulness Meditation Class Explore the miracle of healing into life through deepened stillness and presence. With consciousness teacher and columnist Bill Walz. Info: 2583241 or • MONDAYS, 7-8pm Meditation class with lesson and discussions in contemporary Zen living. At the Asheville Friends Meeting House, 227 Edgewood Road. (off Merrimon Ave.). Donation. Mother Grove Events Info: 230-5069, info@ or www. • SUNDAYS, 10am - Drum Circle —- 10:30am - Weekly devotional service at the Temple. A simple service to ground and center you for the week. Spend some quiet time with the Goddess, with song, readings, meditation and prayer. At 70 Woodfin Pl., Suite 2. • MONDAYS - Book discussion group, facilitated by Antiga, on the book The Creation of Patriarchy by Gerda Lemer. Info: 285-9927. Mountain Mindfulness Sangha at Yoga South • SUNDAYS, 7-8pm - Sitting meditation followed by walking meditation. A brief reading and discussion of the practice of mindfulness in daily lives, and how being fully present in this moment can bring us more peace and

joy. Donations optional. Info: www.YogaSouth-Asheville. com. Puja at Maha Shakti Mandir • SATURDAYS, 6-8pm - Gathering at Maha Shakti Mandir (Temple of the Great Goddess). Join Yogacharya Kalidas for Puja, chanting and spiritual discourse. Services offered on a donation basis. Info: 774-1978. First United Methodist Church of Hendersonville Located at 204 6th Ave, in Hendersonville. Info: 6934275. • FR (2/18), 6:30-8:30pm & SA (2/19), 8:30am-3pm Featured speaker, Dr. John Ed Mathison, the executive director of leadership ministries and former pastor of Frazer Memorial UMC in Alabama, will address the topic “Living Life at the Next Level.” Light refreshments will be served on Friday; a continental breakfast and lunch will be served on Saturday. Register by Feb. 11. •SU (2/2). 8:30am, 9:30am & 10:55am - Dr. Mathison will preach on “How to Build an Awe-Full Church.” Register by Feb. 11. The Aramaic Healing Circle • TU (2/15), 7-9pm - A fusion of conscious breath work, ancient Aramaic teachings, sacred vocal intonations and extended meditative silence with Dale Allen Hoffman, mystic. Held at the Center for Spiritual Living, 2 Science of Mind Way. Love offering. Info: 253-2325 or Unity Center Events Celebrate joyful, mindful living in a church with heart. Contemporary music by Lytingale and The Unitic Band. Located at 2041 Old Fanning Bridge Road, Mills River. Info: 684-3798, 891-8700 or • WE (2/9), 7pm “Introduction to Reiki Energy Healing,” with Jennifer Dale, a licensed instructor. Reiki is a technique that works with the body’s energy system to promote healing. Love offering. • WE (2/16), 7pm - “Chocolate Valentine Meditation,” with Rev. Chad O’Shea. Explore, indulge and learn about the chemistry and history of “the food of love.” Love offering. Unity Church of Asheville Looking for something different? Unity of Asheville explores the deeper spiritual meaning of the scriptures combined with an upbeat contemporary music program to create a joyous and sincere worship service. Come join us this Sunday and try it for yourself. Located at 130

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Shelburne Road, W. Asheville. Info: 252-5010 or www. • SUNDAYS, 11am - Spiritual Celebration Service —12:15-1:30pm - A Course in Miracles with Rev. Gene Conner. Urantia Book Study Group • WEDNESDAYS (starting 2/12), 2-4pm - Meet at the Merrimon Ave. Library to study the Urantia Book. Windhorse Zen Community Meditation, Dharma talks, private instruction available Tuesday and Thursday evenings, residential training. Teachers: Lawson Sachter and Sunya Kjolhede. Main center: 580 Panther Branch, Alexander. City center: 12 Von Ruck Court. Call for orientation. Info: 645-8001 or www. • SUNDAYS, 9:30-11am - Meditation, chanting and a Dharma talk. • TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS, 7-9pm - Meditation and chanting. • FRIDAYS, 5:30-7:15pm Meditation and chanting at the City Center.

Art Gallery Exhibits & Openings American Folk Art & Framing The gallery at 64 Biltmore Ave. is open daily, representing contemporary self-taught artists and regional pottery. Info: 281-2134 or www. • Through TU (2/22) - Winter is Hard will be on display in the Oui-Oui Gallery. • TH (2/10) through MO (2/28) - The seventh annual Beloved Miniature Show, featuring work by Spencer Herr, Lucy Hunnicutt, Cornbread, Cheri Brackett, Kent Ambler and Liz Sullivan, among others, will be on display. •FR (2/11), 5-8pm - Opening reception for the Beloved Miniature Show. Art at UNCA Art exhibits and events at the university are free, unless otherwise noted. Info: www. • Through MO (2/28) - The Soul Tree: Poems and Photographs of the Southern Appalachians, featuring poems by Laura Hope-Gill and photographs by John Fletcher Jr., will be on display at Blowers Gallery, Ramsey Library. • Through TU (2/15) Drawing Discourse, a juried national exhibit of contemporary drawing featuring 31 works in conventional and innovative methods, will be

on display in S. Tucker Cooke Gallery. Asheville Art Museum Located on Pack Square in downtown Asheville. Hours: Tues.-Sat., 10am-5pm and Sun., 1-5pm. Admission: $8/$7 students and seniors/ Free for kids under 4. Free first Wednesdays from 3-5pm. Info: 253-3227 or • Through SU (3/6) - WNC Regional Scholastic Art Awards exhibit on view at Pack Place Community Gallery. Juried artwork by students in grades 7-12. • Through SU (4/24) - The Olmsted Project. • Through SU (3/13) - The Director’s Cut: 1995-2010. • Through SU (6/26) - A Chosen Path: The Ceramic Art of Karen Karnes. Asheville Gallery of Art A co-op gallery representing 29 regional artists located at 16 College St. Hours: Mon.Sat., 10am-5:30pm. Info: 251-5796 or • TH (2/1) through MO (2/28) - Retrospective 1990-2010, featuring works by Al Junek. Bella Vista Art Gallery Located in Biltmore Village, next to the parking lot of Rezaz’s restaurant. Winter hours: Mon., Wed., Thurs., 10am-4pm, and Fri. & Sat., 10am-5pm. Info: 768-0246 or • TU (2/1) through MO (2/28) - Feature wall artist: Stephen White, copper leaf paintings. New works by Eleanor Miller and Mel Rea. Black Mountain Center for the Arts Located in the renovated Old City Hall at 225 West State St. in Black Mountain. Gallery Hours: Mon.-Wed. & Fri., 10am-5pm (closed Sat. during winter months). Info: 669-0930 or www. • Through SA (2/26) - A pottery show featuring the work of Arts Clay Studio teachers Judi Ashe, Geoff Bird, Maureen Joyce, Sarah Meyer, Gwen Ottinger and Annie Singletary, along with student work, will be on display. Blue Spiral 1 Located at 38 Biltmore Ave., downtown Asheville. Featuring Southeastern fine art and studio craft. Open Mon.-Sat., 10am-6pm, and Sun., Noon5pm.Info: 251-0202 or www. • Through SA (3/26) - New Times Three, workin a variety of media byeight artists new to the gallery —Margaret Couch Cogswell, mixed media works —Southeastern Emerging Clay,

functional and sculptural work by eight regional ceramicists —- Dirck Cruser + Robert Winkler, paintings and sculpture. Center For Craft, Creativity and Design Located at the Kellogg Conference Center, 11 Broyles Road. in Hendersonville. Info: 8902050 or • Through FR (4/22) - WNC Models of Sustainability in Craft Making, an exhibit featuring eight studio craft artists working in residence at EnergyXchange in Burnsville and Jackson County Green Energy Park in Sylva. • Through FR (4/22) Models of Sustainability in Craft Making an exhibition of works by artists from EnergyXchange in Burnsville and the Jackson County Green Energy Park in Sylva. Constance Williams Gallery • SA (2/12) through FR (3/11) - The Body Show: Interpretations, a group exhibition of clay and mixedmedia works, will be on display at 9 Riverside Drive in the River Arts District. Info: 225 1762. • SA (2/12), 11am-4pm - Opening reception for The Body Show: Interpretations. Events at the Turchin Center Appalachian State University’s Turchin Center for the Visual Arts is at 423 West King St. in Boone. Info: 262-3017 or • Through SA (3/19) - The Hemlocks! The Hemlocks!: Grief and Celebration by Lowell Hayes in Gallery B and Mayer Gallery, West Wing —- In the Void, sculpture by David Meyer in Gallery A, West Wing. • Through SA (6/4) - The 8th Annual Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition, featuring 46 selected images, will be on display at the Mezzanine Gallery. Info: 2624954. Grovewood Gallery Located at 111 Grovewood Road, Asheville. Info: 2537651 or www.grovewood. com. • SA (2/12) through SU (4/10) - DNA of a Handcrafted Heirloom, an exhibit that explores the building blocks of handmade furniture and accessories created today, destined to be the heirlooms of tomorrow. Haen Gallery Located at 52 Biltmore Ave., downtown Asheville. Hours: Mon.-Fri., 10am-6pm, Sat., 11am-6pm and Sun., Noon5pm. Info: 254-8577 or

• SA (2/12) through TH (3/31) - Winter’s Ebb, a group exhibition, will be on display. • SA (2/12), 5:30-7:30pm - Opening reception for Winter’s Ebb. Haywood County Arts Council The HCAC sponsors a variety of art-related events in Waynesville and Haywood County. Unless otherwise noted, showings take place at HCAC’s Gallery 86 (86 North Main St.) in Waynesville. Hours: Mon.-Sat., 10am-5pm. Info: 452-0593 or • WE (2/6) through SA (2/26) - SweetheART Show, featuring work from seven Haywood County artist couples. Madison County Arts Council Exhibits Located at 90 S. Main St. in Marshall. Info: 649-1301. • Through MO (2/28) - An exhibition of paintings by Madison County native Charles “Chuck” Rice will be on display. Seven Sisters Gallery This Black Mountain gallery is located at 117 Cherry St. Hours: Mon.-Sat., 10am-6pm and Sun., Noon-5pm. Info: 669-5107 or • Through MO (3/28) - Earth and Water, oil paintings by Martha Kelley. Swannanoa Valley Fine Arts League Classes are held at the studio, 999 W. Old Rt. 70, Black Mountain. Info: or • SU (2/13) through SA (2/26) - Paint Your Heart Out will be on display at the Sourwood Gallery in Black Mountain. • SU (2/13), 2-4pm Opening reception for Paint Your Heart Out at Sourwood Gallery. The Wine Cellar at the Saluda Inn Located at 229 Greenville St. in Saluda. Info: 749-9698 or • Through FR (3/4) - The work of local folk art carver and sculptor BJ Precourt will be on display. Transylvania Community Arts Council Located at 349 S. Caldwell St., Brevard. Hours: Mon.-Fri., 10am-4pm. Info: 884-2787 or • FR (2/11) through FR (3/4) - The Appalachia: Artists and Crafters of WNC exhibit. • FR (2/11), 5-7pm Reception for The Appalachia: Artists and Crafters of WNC. Upstairs Artspace Contemporary nonprofit gallery at 49 S. Trade St. in Tryon. Hours: Tues.-Sat., 11am-5pm and by appointment. Info: 859-2828 or

freewillastrology ARIES (March 21-April 19) “Before I loved you, nothing was my own,� wrote Pablo Neruda to his lover in one of his sonnets. “It all belonged to someone else — to no one.� Have you ever experienced a sense of being dispossessed like that, Aries? A sense of there being nowhere and nothing in the world that you can call your own? And have you ever fantasized that your emptiness could be remedied by the intimate presence of a special companion? I wish for you to have that consoling experience in the coming week. In fact, I predict it. Happy Valentine Daze!

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

You’re very familiar with the inexhaustible longings that you harbor in your depths. Your primal hungers for love and connection are never far from your awareness. But the sad thing is that you often regard this as a problem — as a vulnerability that disempowers you. This Valentine season I’m asking you to change all that. I’m urging you to see your enormous yearnings as strengths . . . to celebrate them as essential fuel for your vitality ‌ to treat them as crucial ingredients in your lust for life. Take it from someone who has seen too many people crippled by their lack of passion: You’re lucky to be so well-endowed with desire.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

Happy Valentine Daze, Gemini! Here’s my prescription for making best use of the current cosmic currents: Be enchanting, but in an understated way. Be slyly charismatic and innocently flirtatious and serenely wild. Show how sexy it is to be sublimely relaxed. Make judicious use of small acts of friendly mischief. Be affectionately unpredictable, always in the service of showing how much you care.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

Your love story has elements of a farce mixed with a soap opera, fairy tale, and ghost story. For a normal human being, it might be too intense and convoluted to deal with; it requires so much willing suspension of disbelief and involves so much letting go of certainty that no one in their right mind would agree to its demands. Luckily, you’re not a normal human being these days, and you’re not particularly in your right mind. That’s why I say unto you: Ride this snaky tale for all it’s worth. Enjoy every plot twist and riddle as if you’ve been given an epic myth you can ponder and learn from for the next ten years. Happy Valentine Daze, Cancerian!

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)

“I think, therefore I am,� declared the philosopher Descartes. Couldn’t he have equally said, “I feel, therefore I am� or “I sense, therefore I am�? During this Valentine season, I suggest that you put the emphasis on those other proofs of identity, not Descartes’. From what I can tell, intimacy is most likely to thrive if you liberate it from excessive thinking and lubricate it with

generous amounts of trans-rational contact. For love’s sake, empty your head of abstractions, opinions, and theories. Make lots of room for the aroma of freshly washed hair, the shimmer of peaceful excitement, the shuddering solace of moist skin, the zing of poignant empathy, the wisdom of wandering hands, and the telepathy of shared perceptions.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

Happy Valentine Daze, Virgo! What’s the best way for you to celebrate the season of love? In accordance with the astrological omens, here’s a good suggestion: Write haiku-like poems on scraps of red paper and leave them around for a special someone to find. You can borrow the following samples, adopted from the work of Raymond Roseliep. 1. “mist on my mouth — air you touched.� 2. “I tried to bring you that one cloud in this cup of water.� 3. “black raspberries — your name breaking in the soft burst.� 4. “love song: I enter your mirror.� To get more inspiration, check at

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

Happy Valentine Daze, Libra. It’s my astrological opinion that you need more jokes, comedy, and humor in your romantic adventures. If you’re too serious about seeking the pleasures of love, you can’t get what you want. To inspire your efforts, I present the winning entry from last year’s Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest. It was judged the worst possible opening line for a novel, but it’s perfect fodder for the project I’ve assigned you: “For the first month of Ricardo and Felicity’s affair, they greeted one another at every stolen rendezvous with a kiss — a lengthy, ravenous kiss, Ricardo lapping and sucking at Felicity’s mouth as if she were a giant cage-mounted water bottle and he were the world’s thirstiest gerbil.�

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

This Valentine season, you have considerable potential to bring more lyricism into your close relationships. To stimulate you in that noble effort, I’m borrowing from the poetry of Andre Breton. See if you can adopt this style of expressing yourself (or steal the actual words) as you reach out to a person you’d like to be closer to: “Your neck is pearled barley. Your hair is a wood fire. Your mouth is a bouquet of stars. Your eyelashes are a child’s first stroke of writing. Your eyebrows are the edge of a swallow’s nest. Your shoulders are dolphins’ heads under

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the ice. Your fingers? The ace of hearts. Your armpits? Beechnut and midsummer night. Your arms are the sea foam and flood gate foam. Your feet are bunches of keys.�

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

“Love that stammers, that stutters, is apt to be the love that loves best,� wrote poet Gabriela Mistral. That’s an important theme to keep in mind during the season of amour. Your job as a lover is not to be inflated with the perfect knowledge of how to proceed, not to stride forcefully into each romantic nuance with your confidence exploding . . . but rather to stumble along humbly, waging experiment after experiment, striving to kindle the spark, unleash the deluge, conjure the whirlwind, burrow into the dirty, sacred depths — or whatever the idiosyncratic truth of the moment calls for. Happy Valentine Daze, Sagittarius!

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CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

Happy Valentine Daze, Capricorn! Borrowing words from poet Amy Lowell, I’ve created the nucleus of a love note for you to use as your own. Feel free to give these words (and others you write yourself) to a person whose destiny needs to be woven more intimately together with yours. “Your shadow is moonlight on a plate of silver; your footsteps, the seeding-place of lilies; the mystery of your voice, a chime of bells across the windless river air. The movement of your hands is the long golden running of light from a rising sun. Young horses are not more limber than your thoughts. Your laughs are bees buzzing around a pear tree. I dare to reach to you. I dare to touch the rim of your brightness.�

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

When some Westerners hear the term “tantra,� they think it’s a New Age codeword for lavish sex. But in its original form, tantra is a philosophy that advocates spiritual union with all of creation, not just erotic union with an attractive partner. Tantric practitioners might engage in metaphorical “love-making� with lizards, birch trees, clouds, toasters, rivers, and quirky friends, among other wonders. I recommend that you experiment with this perspective, Aquarius. I bet you’ll find that cultivating lusty compassion for the entire world will enhance your personal intimacy with the people you care about. Happy Valentine Daze!

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)

In many of the weddings I’ve been to as a guest, the love birds have sealed their vows with a chaste kiss — a formal gesture that wasn’t imbued with much spontaneous passion. But in a recent marriage ceremony I attended, the new husband and wife showed little inhibition at the climax. They French-kissed in a prolonged embrace that also included ample groping. In the coming week, I urge you to put yourself as much as possible in situations where you can express that kind of free-wheeling spirit. Happy Valentine Daze, Pisces!

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• FR (2/11) through SA (3/26) - Brainstorm: Opening Minds, Embracing Change, a multi-media traveling exhibit featuring 28 women artists, and Alex Irvine: Contemporary Face Jugs, a 21st century spin on thetraditional face jug, will be on display. • SA (2/12), 5pm - An opening reception for Brainstorm: Opening Minds, Embracing Change and Alex Irvine: Contemporary Face Jugs.

More Art Exhibits & Openings Art at First Congregational United Church of Christ • SU (2/6) through MO (2/28) - Watercolor paintings by Brian Vasilik will be on display. Located at 20 Oak St. Info: 252-8729 or www. Art at the N.C. Arboretum Works by members of the Asheville Quilt Guild and regional artists are on display daily in The Visitor Education Center. Info: 665-2492 or • Through MO (2/28) - Emissaries of Peace: The 1762 Cherokee and British Delegations, an exhibition on display in the Baker Center. Art at the Red Room • Through WE (2/9) - Local artist Micah Mackenzie will present works designed around a “Valentine’s Day” theme. The Red Room is located at 5 Biltmore Ave. Art at West Asheville Library • TU (2/1) through TH (3/31) - An exhibition by Victor Palomino will be on display. Located at 942 Haywood Road. Info: 250-4750.

Classes, Meetings & Arts-Related Events Collage Mandala Class (pd.) 2nd Floor Wedge. River Arts District, 129 Roberts Street. $100 includes 2 classes/all materials/one painting. • Registration/information, call Amy at LangeArt, (630) 200-9410 for details! Asheville Art Museum Located on Pack Square in downtown Asheville. Hours: Tues.-Sat., 10am-5pm and Sun., 1-5pm. Admission: $8/$7 students and seniors/ Free for kids under 4. Free first Wednesdays from 3-5pm. Info: 253-3227 or • WE (2/9), 3-5:30pm - Teacher Open House. Open to any N.C. educator. The event takes place in the WNC Teacher Resource Center of the Asheville Art Museum. Explore exhibitions and find out about programs for students. • FR (2/11), Noon-1pm - Art Break: A guided tour of The Director’s Cut I: 1995-2010

with Assistant Curator Cole Hendrix. Free with membership or museum admission. • SU (2/13), 2-4pm - New Members Reception. Meet fellow art lovers and learn more about the museum. To become a member: 253-3227, ext. 114 or Buncombe Co. Parks, Greenways & Rec. Events Events are free and are held at 59 Woodfin Pl., unless otherwise noted. To register or for more info: 250-4265 or • WE (2/16) - Glass-painting class. Bring your ho-hum glass item with you and see it transformed into a unique thing of beauty. $15 includes all instruction and materials. Register by Feb. 11. Events at the Turchin Center Appalachian State University’s Turchin Center for the Visual Arts is located at 423 West King St. in Boone. Info: 2623017 or • WE (2/9), 7:30pm - Visiting Artist Lecture: Liz Zlot Summerfield, ceramist. • WE (2/16), Noon-1pm Installation artist David Meyer will discuss his newest work from his exhibition In the Void during the Turchin Center’s Lunch and Learn. The Fine Arts League of the Carolinas Located at 362 Depot St. in the River Arts District. Info: 252-5050 or • Vadim Bora Scholarship Fund: Donations are currently being accepted to establish a scholarship fund honoring the late Asheville sculptor and artist. A selection of Bora’s work is currently on display at the gallery. See website for details. • WE (2/16), 7pm - “A Reintroduction to the Fine Arts League,” with Sheri Kahn. The executive director’s lecture will focus on the school’s new curriculumand directions for the future.Refreshments will be served. Upstairs Artspace Contemporary nonprofit gallery at 49 S. Trade St. in Tryon. Hours: Tues.-Sat., 11am-5pm and by appointment. Info: 859-2828 or • SU (2/13), 2pm - A “walk and talk” tour of Brainstorm: Opening Minds, Embracing Change and Alex Irvine: Contemporary Face Jugs will be held at the Upstairs Artspace gallery. With Our Hands • Through TH (3/31) - Free art classes for all people affected by sexual violence, presented by Our VOICE and Arts 2 People. Clay, poetry,

collage and more. Classes run Feb. through March. Info: or 252-0562.

Art/Craft Fairs Grand Bohemian Gallery Located at the Grand Bohemian Hotel in Biltmore Village, 11 Boston Way. Info: www.bohemianhotelasheville. com or 505-2949. • SA (2/12), 4-8pm & SU (2/13), 11am-2pm & 5-8pm “Heart & Soul,” a love-themed jewelry trunk show with Amber Higgins.

Spoken & Written Word Collage Mind • A Three-part Workshop for Teen Writers and Artists (pd.) Saturdays, February 12,19, 26, 1pm-4pm, Asheville Culture Project, downtown Asheville. • Explore poetry, prose and unique collage processes with local authors and artists. • For information and registration, call (828) 215-9002 or visit Roots and Wings School of Art: or True Ink: www. Attention WNC Mystery Writers WNC Mysterians critique group. Info: 712-5570 or • TH (2/10), 6-8pm - The WNC Mysterians Critique Group meets at Books-aMillion, in the lounge area, Tunnel Road. For serious mystery/suspense/thriller writers. Info: 712-5570. Buncombe County Public Libraries LIBRARY ABBREVIATIONS Each Library event is marked by the following location abbreviations: n BM = Black Mountain Library (105 N. Dougherty St., 250-4756) n FV = Fairview Library (1 Taylor Road, 250-6484) n SA = South Asheville/ Oakley Library (749 Fairview Road, 250-4754) n SS = Skyland/South Buncombe Library (260 Overlook Road, 250-6488) n SW = Swannanoa Library (101 West Charleston Street, 250-6486) n WV = Weaverville Library (41 N. Main Street, 2506482) n Library storyline: 250KIDS. • TH (2/10), 1pm - Book Club: Same Kind of Different as Me by Ron Hall and Denver Moore. FV. • WE (2/16) through FR (2/18) 9:30am & 10:45am - Preschoolers We Love You 2011. Wednesday: SA.

Thursday: WV. Friday: BM. Reservations: 250-4729. • WE (2/16), 5-7pm - Library Knitters. A casual knitting and needlework group for all skill levels. SW. • TH (2/17), 2:30pm - Book Club: Unfinished Desires by Gail Godwin. SS —- 7pm - Book Club: Cataloochee by Wayne Caldwell. All interested readers are welcome to attend. SW —- 7pm - Book Club: Loving Frank by Nancy Horan. FV. Events at Accent on Books The bookstore is located at 854 Merrimon Ave. Events are free and open to the public. Info: 252-6255 or www. • FR (2/11), 6pm - The Roof Top Poets, Barbara Gravelle, Matt Mulder and Brian Sneeden, will read from selected works of poetry. The reading will be accompanied by live music performed by Mattick Frick. Light refreshments will be served. Events at City Lights City Lights Bookstore is at 3 E. Jackson St. in downtown Sylva. Info: 586-9499 or • SA (2/12), 2pm - Reading and book signing with Deanne Klingel, author of Just for the Moment: The Remarkable Gift of the Therapy Dog. • SU (2/13), 2pm - Reading and book signing with Ron Rash, author of Burning Bright. • TH (2/17), 10:30am Coffee with the Poet: Barbara Duncan, author of Crossing Cowee Mountain. Events at Malaprop’s The bookstore and cafe at 55 Haywood St. hosts visiting authors for talks and book signings. Info: 254-6734 or • WE (2/9), 7pm - Sarah Addison Allen will read from and sign copies of her new paperback, The Girl Who Chased the Moon. • TH (2/10), 7pm - Wayne Caldwell will read from his book Requiem by Fire. • FR (2/11), 7pm - Readings from Sebastian Matthews, Richard Chess, Jeff Davis, Keith Flynn, Landon Godfrey, Luke Hankins, Gary Hawkins, Holly Iglesias, Kevin McIlvoy and Rose McLarney. • SA (2/12), 3pm - Meet Bud and Massimilla Harris, authors of The Art of Love, The Craft of Relationship. • TU (2/15), 6pm - Teacher Appreciation Night. Hosted by Caroline Green, and featuring local authors Joe D’Agnese, the author of Blockhead: The Life of Fibonacci, and Denise Kiernan, the evening will feature reading recommendations for classrooms and giveaways.

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• TH (2/17), 7pm - Stitch-NBitch. Bring a project and talk shop with fiber artist Stacey Budge-Kamison —- 7pm Douglas Hunter will read from his recent nonfiction collection Gullah, Geechees, and Grits: And Other South Carolina Sea Island Adventures. Events at Montford Books & More The bookstore at 31 Montford Ave. hosts author readings and writing groups. Info: 285-8805. • THURSDAYS (through 2/24), 7-8:30pm or SATURDAYS (through 2/26), 10:30am-Noon - Courageous Words Writing Group meets. To register: 348-4505 or Literary Events at UNCA Events are free unless noted. Tickets & info: 232-5000. • TH (2/10), 7pm “Generation Ageless: The Boom That Won’t Go Bust,” a discussion with author, columnist and commentator J. Walker Smith. The event is co-sponsored by UNCA’s N.C. Center for Creative Retirement and the Leadership Asheville Forum. Held at the Reuter Center, Manheimer Room. Info: 251-6140. Mars Hill College Events Info: • WE (2/16), 7pm - Shane Claiborne, renowned Christian activist, speaker, author and “ordinary radical,” will give an address at Broyhill Chapel. Free. Writers’ Workshop Events WW offers a variety of classes and events for beginning and experienced writers. Info: 254-8111 or www. • Through SU (2/20) - Words of Love Contest. Send in a creative letter, poem or story of 3,500 words or less. $25 entry fee. • SA (2/12), 10am-4pm - “Writing for Young Adults,” with Gail McAbee and Cynthia Witherspoon. • Through TU (2/15) Submissions for the annual Doris Betts Fiction Prize will be accepted. See website for details. $10 members/$20 nonmembers. Xpress Yourself Submit a poem to the Mountain Xpress Poetry Contest. Winners will have their work published in print and will read their poem aloud on Friday, April 8 at the Masonic Temple, in downtown Asheville, and at WordFest in early May. Info: poetry/submit. • Through TH (3/17) Submissions will be accepted.

Music “An Afternoon of Gospel Praise” • SU (2/13), 3pm - The A-B Tech Minority Student Leadership Academy and the A-B Tech Diversity Committee present “An Afternoon of Gospel Praise,” at A-B Tech’s Asheville Campus, Ferguson Auditorium. Asheville’s Robbie J. Williams, motivational speaker, musician and performance artist, will be the guest soloist. Performers from Garrison Chapel Baptist Church, Tryon St. Luke CME Church, Tryon Thermal Belt Friendship Council Unity Choir and Hill Street Baptist Church Mass Choir, to name a few, will also be in attendance. Held in honor of Black History Month. Info: 254-1921, ext. 7664. Asheville Symphony Orchestra All concerts are held at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium in the Asheville Civic Center. Tickets & info: 254-7046 or • SA (2/12) - Asheville Symphony presents “Valentine Delights with Romeo and Juliet.” Blue Ridge Books Located at 152 S. Main St., Waynesville. Info: www. or 4566000. • TH (2/10), 6pm - Celtic Music Night. •SA (212), 6-8pm - The teen-rock band 32 Reasons will perform. Carolina Handcrafted Guitars and Ukuleles Luthier Jay Lichty provides an opportunity to see, hear and even play an assortment of award-winning instruments. Info: or 713-6586. • SA (2/12), 3-5pm Showcase at the Healing Arts Institute, 604 Yarborough St., Hendersonville. This event also features an opening reception for Nancy MacDonald’s photographic works. First Presbyterian Church of Weaverville • SU (2/13), 4pm - Brio Concert Series presents “Love Triangle,” featuring music by Robert Shcumann, Clara Schumann and Johannes Brahms. The concert will feature members of the Opal String Quartet, including Amy Lovinger, Kara Poorbaugh, Franklin Keel and Dan Weiser. Located at 30 Alabama Ave. $10. The concert will conclude with a reception and a meet-andgreet with the artists. Info: 319-7077 or 645-7344. Haywood Community Band

Concerts are presented at the Maggie Valley Pavilion, adjacent to the Maggie ValleyTown Hall, and are free to attend. Bring a picnic dinner. Info: 452-5553 or 452-7530 or • THURSDAYS, 7pm Rehearsals at Grace Episcopal Church, 394 N. Haywood St., Waynesville. All interested concert band musicians are welcome to attend. Land of the Sky Chorus For men age 12 and older. Info: or 768-9303. • TUESDAYS, 7:30pm - Open rehearsals at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 51 Wilburn Place. Music at UNCA Concerts are held in Lipinsky Auditorium, unless otherwise noted. Tickets & info: 2325000. • TH (2/10), 8pm - An innovative ukulele performance by Jake Shimabukuro will be performed at Lipinsky Auditorium. $20. • FR (2/11), 3pm Symphony Talk with Daniel Meyer, conductor and music director of the Asheville Symphony Orchestra. Meyer will discuss the upcoming “Valentine Delights” performance. Song O’ Sky Chorus (Sweet Adelines International) The chorus is always looking for women 18+ who want to learn how to sing barbershop harmony. Please visit a rehearsal. Info: 1-866-8249547 or • TUESDAYS, 6:45pm - Rehearsals at First Congregational Church, in the Fellowship Hall, 20 Oak St. St. Matthias Musical Performances These classical music concerts take place at St. Matthias Episcopal Church in Asheville, 1 Dundee St. (off South Charlotte). Info: 252-0643. • SU (2/13), 3pm - Jazz concert featuring Spats Mahoney and the Shoe Shine Boys. A free-will donation will be taken for the ensemble and for the restoration of the beautiful and historic church. The Land of Sky Symphonic Band • SU (2/13), 7pm - “A Lincoln Portrait” concert in commemoration of the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War, with narrator Asheville Mayor Terry Bellamy, and special guests Asheville School Handbell Ensemble and John Crawley, pianist. At Diana Wortham Theatre. $12/$6 students. Info: http://landoftheskybands. org.

Theater Adult and Youth (15+) Core Technique Acting Programs (pd.) The Stella Adler Studio of Acting, WNC’s only professional acting studio and an extension of Stella Adler NYC, is now accepting interviews for its Spring Adult and Youth (15+) Core Technique Acting Programs. To schedule an interview call ACT (828) 254-1320. Weekly Monday Workshop Series (pd.) The Stella Adler Studio of Acting is starting its weekly series on Movement, Voice, Improv and Auditioning starting January 31. For more info: www.stellaadler-asheville. com Montford Park Players Unless otherwise noted, performances are free and take place outdoors Fri.Sun. at 7:30 p.m. at Hazel Robinson Amphitheater in Montford. Bring folding chair and umbrella in case of rain. Donations accepted. Info: 254-5146 or • TH (2/10) through SU (2/20) - Montford on Broadway Series: The Patient by Agatha Christie and The Real Inspector Hound by Tom Stoppard will be performed at the Asheville Masonic Temple, 80 Broadway. Thurs.-Sat., 7:30pm. Feb. 19 & 20, 2:30pm. $12/$15 door, with discounts available. Feb. 10 & 17: “pay-what-we’re-worth” nights. NC Stage Company Asheville’s professional resident theater company, performing at 15 Stage Lane in downtown Asheville (entrance off of Walnut Street, across from Zambra’s). Info & tickets: 239-0263 or www. • WE (2/16) through SU (3/13) - Boeing Boeing by Marc Camoletti. A highenergy farce set in the 1960s, featuring men struggling to keep themselves grounded as their love lives remain up in the air with their stewardess girlfriends. Wed., $16; Thur.-Sun., $28; Thur.-Sun. matinee $25. The Magnetic Field A cafe, bar and performance house located at 372 Depot St., in the River Arts District. Info: www.themagneticfield. com or 257-4003. • Through SA (2/26), 7:30pm - When Jekyll Met Hyde, “a gleefully ridiculous take on the classic tale of passion,” written by Steven Samuels, will be performed. The story opens with a dual production and two full casts (one set in

the 1950s, one in the 1960s) running in repertory together. $12-$14. Theater at WCU Unless otherwise noted, all performances take place at the Fine & Performing Arts Center. Tickets & info: 2272479 or • WE (2/9) through SA (2/12) - Reasons to be Pretty, a play focusing on the modern obsession with physical appearance, explores the struggles and triumphs of four working-class friends and lovers. Staged in the Niggli Theatre. $15/$10 seniors and WCU faculty and staff/$5 students. • TH (2/17), 7:30pm Second City presents “Fair and Unbalanced,” which explores the foibles of politicians, celebrities and even significant others. $10/$5 students. Tryon Little Theater Performances are held at the Tryon Fine Arts Center, 34 Melrose Ave., Tryon. Info: 859-2466, tryonlittletheater@ or • FR (2/11) through SU (2/20) - Oliver, based on the story by Charles Dickens. A family show. Performances are held Thur.-Sat., 8pm and Sun., 3pm. $20. Warren Wilson Theater Tickets & info: 771-3040, theatre@warren-wilson. edu or www.warren-wilson. edu/~theatre. • TH (2/17) through SU (2/20), 8pm - Women Beware Women, a play by Thomas Middleton (Shakespeare’s contemporary) is a “Jacobean tragedy full of lust, treachery, retribution and odd humor.” $10/$5 seniors, alumni and staff/Free for all area students.

Film Classic World Cinema Foreign Film Series • FR (2/11), 8pm - Classic World Cinema Foreign Film Series: Lola by Rainer Werner Fassbinder (1981 W. Germany). Presented by Courtyard Gallery at 109 Roberts St., Phil Mechanic Studios, River Arts District, Asheville. Info: see Cranky Hanke’s reviews under “Special Showings,” www. or 273-3332. Film Screening and Discussion Group • 2nd THURSDAYS (starting 2/10), 6pm - Meet to view and discuss the film The Weather Underground and other films related to struggle. All are welcome, including filmmakers. Location and details: 980-4037 or

Social Justice Film Night at Unitarian Universalist Located at the corner of Charlotte St. and Edwin Pl. Free, but donations accepted. Discussion follows screenings. Call for childcare. Info: 299-1242 or • FR (2/11), 7pm - Screening of Gasland, a Sundance award-winning documentary that focuses on the interconnected web of life on earth.

Dance 7pm Wednesdays • InterPlay Asheville (pd.) Play with us, and tap into body wisdom, with movement, reflection, voice, and 1 minute stories. It’s easy and Fun, plus, you can’t do it wrong! (Really!) (now every Wednesday.) $5-$15. • Sacred Embodiment Center, 31 Carolina Lane, Asheville, NC • downtown Asheville! Info: www.interplayasheville. org/ Ballroom/Latin Dance Group (pd.) Classes and Private Lessons Tango, Rumba, Swing, Salsa/Mambo, Waltz, Cha-Cha, Foxtrot, Merengue, Samba. LatinRhythmDance@ (703) 346-7112. Studio Zahiya (pd.) • Tuesday: 9-10am: Hip Hop Fitness • 6-7pm: Beginner Bellydance • 8:10-9:10pm: Intermediate/ Advanced Bellydance • Thursday: 9-10am: All Levels Bellydance • 6-7pm: Bollywood and Bhangra • 8:10-9:10pm: Hip Hop. • Drop-in anytime. $12/class. • Info: (828) 242-7595 or Afro-Brazilian Dance Classes • THURSDAYS, 7-8pm Classes explore dance styles from Rio and Salvador. Dropins and dancers of all levels welcome. Live drumming every week with Zabumba. $10. At Terpsicorps Dance Studio, 129 Roberts St., River Arts District. Asheville International Folk Dancers • TUESDAYS, 7-9:30pm - We do a variety of dances from all over the world, but mainly line dances from Eastern Europe, particularly the Balkans. At Harvest House, 205 Kenilworth Road, Asheville. No partner, no cost. Info: 645-1543 or Asheville Movement Collective AMC hosts weekly dancewaves for personal and community transformation. First wave is free. Info: www. • FRIDAYS, 7-9pm - Meet at the Terpsicorps Studio of Dance, above The Wedge in the River Arts District. $5.

• SUNDAYS, 8:30-10:30 am & 10:30am-12:30pm - Meet at Studio 11, 11 Richland St. in West Asheville. $5. Carolina Shag Dancing • WEDNESDAYS & SATURDAYS, 4-5pm - Dance lesson —- 7pm - Dance along with a live DJ. $5/Free on Sat. Held at Bosco’s Sports Zone, 3210 Hendersonville Road. Info: 684-2646. Dance at Diana Wortham Theatre Info: • WE & TH (2/9 & 10), 8pm - Doug Varone and Dancers. Kinetically thrilling dance that makes essential connections and mines the complexity of the human spirit, commanding attention for its expansive vision, versatility and technical prowess. $35. English Country Dance Located at the Asheville Arts Center, 308 Merrimon Ave. Dance as they do in film adaptations of Jane Austen novels, such as Pride and Prejudice. No partner necessary. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing. Live music and caller. $6/$5 for Old Farmers Ball members. Info: www. • SU (2/13), 3-5:30pm Valentine’s Dance. Hendersonville Ballroom Dance Club Meets in the ballroom of the Elks Lodge, 546 N. Justice St., Hendersonville. Yearly membership is $10. Couples and singles of all ages are welcome. Info: 692-8281. • FRIDAYS, 7-7:30pm - Dance lessons —- 7:3010pm - Dance. DJ Fred Young provides a variety of dance tunes from waltz to tango. Refreshments. $5 admission for members/$6 nonmembers. Moving Women A collaborative performance and modern dance ensemble. Info: or contact@movingwomen. org. • MO (2/14), 8pm - S/He Loves Me, S/He Loves Me Not, an evening of song and dance celebrating love, or not, will be performed at the Asheville Masonic Temple, 80 Broadway. The dance/movement theatre concert will feature live music by River Guerguerian, Kat Williams, Joe Ebel, Annie Lalley, Crystal Bray and Tom Leiner. $10$15 individual/$15-$35 per couple. Performances at ASU Performances take place at Appalachian State University’s Farthing Auditorium, unless otherwise noted. Ticket prices increase at the door on show nights. Info: (800) 841-

ARTS(2787) or www.pas. • TU (2/15), 2-3:15pm - “Dances of the Orixas,” an African dance workshop with Ava Vinesett, will be held at Dance Studio #208. No prior movement training required —- 8pm - Bale Folclorico da Bahia, a folk dance company from Brazil, will perform folkloric dances of African origins.

Swing Asheville Info: www.swingasheville. com, 301-7629 or dance@ • TUESDAYS, 6-7pm - Beginner swing dance lessons at Eleven on Grove, 11 Grove St. in downtown Asheville. $12 per week for a four-week workshop. No partner needed. Classes start first Tuesday of every month. Swing dance from 8pm-11pm every Tuesday night.

Auditions & Call to Artists Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre Performances are held at BeBe Theatre, 20 Commerce St., Asheville. Info & tickets: 254-2621. • Dancers are needed to participate in ACDT’s annual 48 Hour Dance Project, which begins on Feb. 25. Paired with choreographers of different stylistic backgrounds, participants work to master a dance in just two days. The project culminates with a public performance at the BeBe Theatre on Feb. 27. Open to adults with dance experience only. Respond with name, email and phone number. Info:

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Events at the Turchin Center Appalachian State University’s Turchin Center for the Visual Arts is at 423 West King St. in Boone. Info: 262-3017 or • SA (2/12) - Submissions for the 25th Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition must be postmarked. Artist Mel Chin will serve as juror.

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Why: The second annual Caring for Children Moulin Rouge Gala offers an enchanting evening of performance art, including exotic belly dance by Lisa Zahiya and her troop Bala, who will “thrill you with spectacular costumes and dance,” as the gala’s website promises, plus live world percussion by the River Guerguerian Project featuring special guests Kat Williams and Sara Fields. In addition to the dazzling entertainment, there will be savory delights provided by area eateries, wine, locally crafted beer from Asheville Brewing Company, a cocktail bar and a live and silent auction.

What: Caring for Children Moulin Rouge Gala Where: Held at the Crowne Plaza Resort, in the ballroom, 1 Resort Drive, Asheville When: Saturday, Feb. 12, 7 to 11 p.m. ($75. VIP packages: 298-0186)

Last year’s gala helped raise $30,000 for CARING for Children, an area nonprofit that provides shelter and support for children and families in crisis. Based in Asheville and Morganton, “CARING offers a variety of programs to help children and their families [who are facing] conflict, abuse, neglect, behavior problems or mental health issues,” as stated on “Programs are staffed by professionals who help children and families deal with the present … and help them look to the future.” Don’t miss this Bollywood-inspired extravaganza (Eastern Indian or Middle Eastern attire encouraged) and support CARING’s mission to open a door for a child in need.

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• SA (2/12) - A bone marrow registry drive will be held throughout the day at 67 Biltmore Ave. in downtown Asheville. “This is a time when people come and sign up to be donors in case there is a need.” Bring questions and talk to local professionals. Donors must be between the age of 18 and 60. Info: 252-1500 or www.laureysyum. com. Brother Wolf Animal Rescue Fundraiser BWAR is a nonprofit dedicated to helping homeless dogs and cats find permanent homes. Info: or 458-7778. • Through SU (2/13) - Puppy-Gram: A Valentine’s Day Fundraiser. For a donation of $40, a cute-as-can-be Brother Wolf rescue dog or puppy will stop by for a visit at your honey’s home or workplace on Monday, Feb. 14 bearing a flower and personalized card, balloon and sweet treat. All proceeds benefit the shelter’s mission. Info: or 423-2954. FAA Artful Bra Challenge • Make an Artful Bra to raise funds for Ladies Night Out, a program offered by Mission Hospital to provide free mammograms to uninsured and under-insured women in the Asheville area. Entries are due on April 5. Info: 5058280 or For more info about Ladies Night Out: 250-6119. Firestorm Cafe & Books Located at 48 Commerce St., Asheville. Info: 255-8115 or • SU (2/13), 6pm - Benefit concert for Young Life Camp Summer of 2011. The Icarus Account, an acoustic band, will perform. Info: Have a Heart Benefit Concert • SU (2/13), 6:30pm - The benefit concert, featuring performances by Kaizen Jazz Trio, Aaron LaFalce, Uncle Hamish & The Hooligans and the Seacoast Church Asheville Worship Team, will be held at Seacoast Church, 123 Sweeten Creek Road. All proceeds benefit Jim Black and will held curb the cost of medical bills acquired after having a heart attack. Info: 277-6400. Land-of-Sky Regional Council Info: 251-6622 or

• Through TU (3/1) - Lunch bags of non-perishable food items are currently being accepted for MANNA FoodBank at the following locations: Land-of-Sky Regional Council, Blue Ridge Mall, Sheriff’s Department VIP Office, Center Court in Hendersonville, A-B Tech Madison and Silvermont Community Center. To arrange for large donations, pick up or for lunch bags: (800) 727-0557 or 251-7445. Trinity Episcopal Church Trinity Episcopal Church, 60 Church Street, Asheville. Info: 253-9361. • SA (2/12), 6pm - Celebrate Valentine’s Day while supporting the local community. This fundraising event will feature live music by Rob Steinhart, BBQ and vegetarian chili from Okie Dokies and a silent auction. All proceeds to benefit Trips for Kids WNC and Mama Community Health Project. $30 per couple. Tickets: or More info: 275-1959 or 777-1022. Valentine Day Pancake Breakfast • SA (2/12), 8-10am - A “Sweetheart” Pancake Breakfast to benefit Hominy Valley Crisis Ministry, serving those in need in the Hominy Valley/West Buncombe area, will be held at Fatz Cafe, 5 Spartan Ave. The all-you-can eat breakfast will include pancakes, bacon, sausage, fresh fruit and choice of beverage. $7. Info: 665-9950. WNC AIDS Project Info: or 252-7489. • TH (2/10), 5-8pm - A raffle benefiting WNC AIDS Project will be held at Good Judy’s Boutique, located at 329 New Leicester Highway. Info: 450-5482 or


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newsoftheweird Lead story Those Ingenious Western Spies: In January, Saudi officials detained a vulture from a Tel Aviv University endangered-species research project, calling it a spy and alarming its Israeli handlers, who feared the bird might face execution. The next day, Iran reportedly detained an Arab-American woman crossing the border from Armenia after discovering a “spy microphone” in her teeth. (A week later, she was allowed to travel to Turkey.) In December, after an Egyptian woman was killed by a shark at a Red Sea resort, the local governor in Egypt accused Israel’s spy agency, Mossad, of releasing “attack sharks” in order to stifle tourism.

Cultural diversity

• A supposedly centuries-old Korean health treatment — the vaginal steam bath — has become a Southern California fad recently, according to a December Los Angeles Times report. As the client squats on an open-seated stool, vapors of herbs such as wormwood supposedly fight stress, infections, hemorrhoids, infertility and irregular menstrual periods; 30 minutes’ treatment runs $20 to $50. • Author Jim Algie’s recent guide Bizarre Thailand cites these don’t-miss tourist attractions: the Lopbun monkey hospital, where terminal patients are treated respectfully pending their imminent reincarnation; “Tortoise Town” in Khon Kaen province, where those critters outnumber humans by a 4-1 ratio, dominating the streets with shell-butting, mating-rights competitions; and the Buffalo Head Temple near Bangkok, where the abbot’s pagoda is made of 6,000 water buffalo skulls. • China’s dynamic economy has created Western-style insecurities, including young women’s anxieties about beauty and selfimprovement as they search for employment. Consequently, China is now the world’s thirdlargest consumer of plastic surgery services — with demand that perhaps challenges the supply of skilled surgeons. Women typically want wider eyes, “sliced” eyelids, narrower noses and jaws, and smaller chins, and both men and women seek to gain height via painful

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(and usually unsuccessful) “heel implants.” A popular, less invasive remedy for immediate streamlining (such as when preparing for a job interview) involves ingesting ringworm eggs, so that the worm devours food before the stomach can digest it.) • At 3 p.m. every Dec. 24, between one-third and half of all Swedes sit down to watch the same traditional television program that has marked Christmas for the last 50 years: a lineup of historic Donald Duck cartoons. According to a December report on, the show is embedded in the national psyche because it was the first big holiday program when Swedes began acquiring television sets in 1959. Whole families still watch together, repeating their favorite lines.

Latest religious messages

The General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowments in Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates) announced in December that it had issued 350,000 “fatwas” in 2010 — not the “death to” variety, but rather Quranic interpretations concerning everyday life. Among other things, last year’s rulings concluded that car raffles are bad; vuvuzelas are acceptable if kept under 100 decibels; afternoon naps are prohibited (because time should be better spent); and half-sisters may shake hands with their brothers, even if their mother is Christian.

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News that sounds like a joke

(1) When longtime Orange County, Calif., inmate Malcolm King demanded kosher meals and double helpings, jailers resisted. King went to court, Judge Derek Johnson asked King if his demands were religion-based, and he said yes — citing Festivus (a joke religion popularized on the Seinfeld TV show). According to a December Orange County Register report, Judge Johnson approved King’s demands. (2) A 2010 Chicago Tribune public-records examination of suburban Chicago traffic-stop drug searches found that sniffer dogs were wrong 56 percent of the time (73 percent if the driver was Hispanic).

Least-competent criminals

Perps wanted on an arrest warrant often give a bogus name when subsequently stopped by police; sometimes it works. In January, however, 22-year-old Mario Miramontes, wanted for parole violation, gave a Dallas officer his cousin’s name, not realizing the cousin was wanted for sexually abusing a minor. That same month, Jonothan Gonsalez told police in Great Falls, Mont., that he was really Timothy Koop Jr. — who was also a wanted man.

Recurring themes

(1) Which Branch Is Best? Soldier Dustin Jakes, 27, was arrested for shooting drinking buddy David Provost, 24, a sailor, in Florence, Ariz., on Christmas Day. They’d argued over which service was better (and since Jakes had the gun, the answer was “Army”). (2) Oklahoma City resident Mark Richardson, 21, is the most recent con man to seek caregivers to attend to him intimately as he dresses in a diaper, feigns autism and claims to require constant care. Richardson’s mother told The Oklahoman newspaper that her son is “not your average, everyday, walking-the-street citizen.”

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Valentine’s Day ... and the pressure is on I like the idea of Valentine’s Day. What’s not to like about celebrating love and eating chocolate? What I don’t like is the commercialism around the day — or the pressure associated with it. We all know what the former looks like: towering stacks of heart-shaped corn-syrup-laden candy, overpriced massproduced sickly sentimental cards and garish hothouse flowers that smell like ... well, not like they should. What does the pressure look like? “Why the hell do I feel compelled to make this a special romantic day for my loved ones because some ancient Roman dude helped soldiers marry their sweethearts behind Emperor Claudius’ back?” (Seems that married guys were thought to make poor soldiers because of their emotional attachments — i.e., perhaps it’s easier to throw your life away in battle if you’re not thinking about the wife and four babies who will starve when you don’t return). In past years, I’ve dealt with Valentine’s Day by making a few cards and giving good dark chocolate to those I love (hate to tell you this, but the cheap stuff contains so little

cacao that the aphrodisiac qualities are nil). My kids’ primary experience of the day, so far, is gorging on candy and having to make 20-something construction paper hearts to give to each of their classmates. But the pressure, oh, the pressure, starts early, doesn’t it? Remember the agony of deciding who got which Valentine and whether or not writing, “love” on it was appropriate or would get you shunned from the playground for life? Wait ... maybe that pressure’s still there for some of us, though now we have the option of being VD grumps and claiming that none of that stuff matters anymore. Cause we’re mature adults, right? But my kids are starting to pick up on the Romance part of the pressure equation (that’s supposed to be a capital “R”). My oldest doesn’t have a “boyfriend,” because she’s 12 years old — which I want to write in all caps, but I’ll refrain from shouting. However, according to my girl, a number of her friends do have boyfriends and girlfriends. I’m not sure what “dating” entails at this tender age, but you can bet there’s gonna be some pressure when it comes to the big VD (I actually did have a “boyfriend”

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in sixth grade. For about a week, I went “steady” with David Sanderson. Our entire relationship was conducted via notes passed between us by an intermediary. We never spoke to each other or even looked at each other. Of course, today’s relationships can progress entirely via text message, which makes the note-passing of yesteryear seem kind of steamy — or maybe I’m just old). So, while I’m thrilled that my daughter is not yet going “steady” with anyone, I recognize that at some point both my kids will have to deal with the pressure of how to measure up to Valentine’s Day expectations. I have no clue how I’ll deal with that, except to tell them how incredibly hurt I was when the boy I thought was madly in love with me sent me a white carnation instead of a red one in high school. I’ll also tell them I

survived that trauma. I’ll explain that most teens and pre-teens are emotionally challenged (as are way too many adults). I’ll let them know that lots of us are feeling the same angst and agony around the day that they are. And that Valentine’s Day is just another day, like Christmas, that has been taken over by marketers to help big corporations make more money. I’ll tell them that the day probably evolved from a pagan festival that the Christians co-opted (before St. Valentine entered the scene). Though I don’t think I’ll tell them that the pagan holiday, Lupercalia, was an orgiastic fertility celebration. They don’t need to know that. X Anne Fitten “Edgy Mama” Glenn writes about a number of subjects, including parenting, at www.

parentingcalendar Calendar for February 9 - 17, 2011 A Nesting Party • Nest Organics (pd.) Please join us at Nest Organics for a complimentary Nesting Party, where parents-to-be and new parents will learn all about cloth diapering, baby-wearing and more! Saturday, February 12, 2pm-4pm, at Nest Organics, 51 N. Lexington Ave. Call (828) 258.1901 with questions or to RSVP. A Winter Move and Groove! (pd.) Sunday, February 27, 3pm-6pm. The Orange Peel. Sunday afternoon music, dance and exercise featuring Skinny Legs and All! EMBE Marimba band opens. After an afternoon of amazing music, stick around as we heat things up a with a one-hour Zumba class taught by Ona Armstrong and Samantha Bird. Tickets: Orange Peel box office and website: Adults: $12, Kids: 10 and under: $4, Zumba only $8 (5pm-6pm). • All proceeds benefit Quest for Cambodia: a group of middle school students raising money for a service/learning trip to Cambodia: https://sites. Arthur Morgan School Open House • TH (2/17), 6:30-8:30pm - Open House. Learn about the academic program and hear from AMS students about their upcoming 18-day field trips. Refreshments served. Info: BirthDancing • FRIDAYS through (2/23), 10-11:30am - Learn the “ancient technique of dancing during the pregnancy, labor, the birth process and postpartum recovery.” Dance your child into the world with simple, gentle movements. Held in Black Mountain. Love offering requested. Register: 664-9564. La Leche League of Asheville • 2nd MONDAYS, 10am - Monday Mornings: Meeting at First Congregational Church, Oak St.

Pregnant moms, babies and toddlers welcome. Info: 628-4438, 242-6531, 683-1999. Mama-Time • WEDNESDAYS, (2/9), 11am-1pm - A circle of postpartum moms meets weekly to share the highs and lows of life with a new baby. Plus, stress management skills and group discussions. Siblings/newborns welcome. $6-$10, fees support 4th Trimester, a nonprofit organization dedicated to well-being during postpartum and parenthood. Meet at 65 Hill St. Info: 337-8630. Stewards of Children: Empowering People to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse • 2nd TUESDAYS, 9-11:30am - This workshop is designed to educate adults on how to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to the reality of child sexual abuse. Authorized Facilitator Kelley J. Wolfe, Ph. D. Held in the Community Room at Westgate Earth Fare. $30, includes workbook. Scholarships available. Registration required: 301-4460 or Waynesville Parks and Recreation Info: 456-2030 or • FRIDAYS, 10-11:30am - “Moms and Tots,” a play and socialization program at the Old Armory Recreation Center. Guardians are encouraged to bring toys for children to use and share. $5. To register: 456-9207.


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WNCAP Director Ron Curran retires after 10 years by Margaret Williams Medical advances may have made it easier to live comfortably with HIV, but the disease is still very much with us, Ron Curran reports. After 10 years as executive director of The Western North Carolina AIDS Project, Curran recently announced that he’s retiring June 30. Asked what’s been his greatest challenge, Curran replies: “Keeping the needs of HIV and AIDS patients in the public eye. Some think it’s no longer a problem, [but it’s] still with us.” In the last decade, the number of new cases nationwide has climbed 25 percent, from about 44,000 per year to 55,000 — despite public-education efforts and increased awareness. Most of those new cases are among young people and minorities, notes Curran. “The young sometimes feel like, ‘If I take a pill, I’ll be OK.’ [But] there are complications with this disease, [which] compromises your immune system.” Another challenge, he says, has been overcoming misperceptions and fears about HIV, not to mention the stigma attached to it. Nonetheless, during Curran’s 10 years at WNCAP, the organization has made great strides, board President Mark Collins reports. “Under Ron’s watch, this agency has blossomed, growing to meet the needs of our clients and our community. … He has kept a keen eye on finances, legislation, health and the specialized needs of our growing client base.” One key accomplishment was moving the organization out of its 2001 “at risk” status — a designation reflecting concerns by both state officials and local United Way leaders that the nonprofit had no financial reserves and wasn’t operating within its budget. Today, WNCAP is financially stable, and its annual budget has jumped from $270,000 to $730,000. The organization’s support comes from three regional United Way agencies, the state of North Carolina, the Sisters of Mercy of North Carolina Foundation, the Mission Hospitals Community Benefits Program, The 300 Society, the North Carolina Community AIDS Fund, the National AIDS Fund and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Getting its fiscal house in order has enabled WNCAP to improve existing programs while creating new ones. In 2010, the nonprofit partnered with Western North Carolina Community Health Services to form the Appalachian Wellness Network, which provides Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program services. (The federal program provides HIV-related services to areas most severely

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Moving on: After 10 years as director for the WNC Aids Project, Robert Curran has announced his retirement. photo courtesy of WNCAP

affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic; White, an Indiana teenager who died in 1990, contracted AIDS through a tainted hemophilia treatment and was expelled from school because of the disease.) WNCAP also expanded its service area from 12 to 19 counties and added two new locations where people can access those services. The group now boasts a strong HIV advocacy program, conducts a homelessnessprevention program in partnership with the city of Asheville, and for two years operated a state-funded pilot education-and-prevention program for hepatitis C. Another key accomplishment has been dramatically expanding WNCAP’s client discretionary fund — from $15,000 to $40,000. This vital resource provides emergency financial assistance to clients when all other sources of support have been exhausted.

Looking ahead

Curran stresses that he didn’t achieve these results single-handed. In 2003, WNCAP developed a strategic plan whose goals included improving the skill set and diversity of its board of directors. Because financing was a challenge, bankers were recruited to serve on the board, along with community leaders in the medical, business, media and other fields, Curran explains. A new strategic plan completed this fall “gives a clear road map to move WNCAP appropriately to the next level,” notes Collins.

“The board created a checklist and review of all items pertinent to the continued smooth running of the agency.” That includes a process for finding Curran’s successor. Meanwhile, Curran says he’s not closing the door on community service. He’s chaired the Regional HIV Planning Group for four years and serves on both the statewide HIV Planning Group and the N.C. AIDS Care Unit Advisory Committee. Locally, he’s been involved with the United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County, and last year he became a member of the advisory board for the Asheville-based nonprofit Youth OUTright. Reaching out to youth and educating them about HIV is crucial, Curran emphasizes. Young people naturally tend to believe they’re invincible, and some may be waiting for an instant cure. But HIV, he points out, “is a disease we could eradicate if people were careful.” The Western North Carolina AIDS Project provides HIV-related services to North Carolina residents in the form of client support, prevention education and outreach activities. For more information, visit or call 252-7489. X Send your wellness news to or, or call News Editor Margaret Williams at 251-1333, ext. 152. • FEBRUARY 9 - FEBRUARY 15, 2011 29

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wellnesscalendar Health Programs 19th Annual Park Ridge Health Frostbite Running Events and Health Fair (pd.) Hendersonville, N.C. (January 28, 2011) — Park Ridge Health will host the 19th Annual Frostbite 10K, 5K Run and 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk on Sunday, Feb. 20, starting at 2:30pm. This premier race-event will take place on a flat to gently rolling course of varying terrain, and will begin at the Park Ridge Health campus and finish at the Lelia Patterson Center, located at the intersection of Howard Gap Rd. and Naples Rd. in Fletcher. Water and sports drinks will be available to runners throughout the course and delicious cookies and fruit will be available to everyone after the race. The race time of each runner will be recorded using computer chip devices. All race proceeds will benefit the Park Ridge Wellness on Wheels Program. WOW is a mobile medical unit and care team that that offers free and at cost health screenings, including women’s heart health assessments. In the past 5 years, the WOW program has provided more than 56,700 screenings in many locations throughout Western North Carolina. Approximately 25 percent of all clients screened have been identified as being at risk for developing heart disease, a stroke, prostate cancer, osteoporosis or diabetes. Interested runners may register at The first 1,000 registered runners will receive a long-sleeved performance tech shirt and all Fun Run/Walk participants will receive a short-sleeved cotton shirt. Registration for the 10k race is $30, and for the 5K race is $25 before Feb. 11. Both are $35 after this date or on race day. The Fun Run/Walk is $10. • The Frostbite races will be held in conjunction with the Park Ridge Community Health Fair. • The free health fair will be held at the Lelia Patterson Center from 1:30-4:30pm the day of the race and is a great educational and fun event for the entire family. Sponsorship of the Frostbite running events and health fair offers a great opportunity for wide exposure for businesses. Contact George Alexsovich for information at 687-5644 or • Race packets for registered participants will be available on Saturday, Feb. 19, at the Foot Rx Running Store in the Turtle Creek Shopping Center in south Asheville, located on Hwy. 25. Race-day registration and packet pick-up will take place at the Lelia Patterson Center from 1-2:15pm. • For more information or to receive a race registration form, please contact Duncan Sharrits at (828) 681-2162 or duncan. For 100 years, Park Ridge Health has provided care with Christian compassion to the people of Western North Carolina. As one of the 44 hospitals in the U.S. that is a member of Adventist Health System, Park Ridge has been involved in many medical firsts in the region. For more information about Park Ridge Health, or about other hospital services, visit www.parkridgehealth. or Alexander Technique (pd.) AT is the secret weapon of athletes, performers, orthopedic patients. Come experience the incredible lightness of being. Free mini-lessons. Thursday, February 10, 12pm, or Saturday, February 12, 3pm. 117 Furman, Asheville. RSVP: 225-3786. www. Men’s Psychotherapy Group (pd.) Emotional release/action approach to healing. Twice a month beginning February 15th. $40 per session. Joseph Howard, LCSW. 828-333-7354. Mindful Self-Compassion: Introductory Course (pd.) If not Now, when? Being human is difficult. We find ourselves being hard on ourselves, driven to perfection and even self-improvement. We become wired for stress, depression, anxiety, over-thinking, excessive behaviors. • Learn mindful self-compassion skills to respond in an allowing and kind way to your suffering, feelings of inadequacies and self-judgments. • 8 session course: Monday evenings beginning February 21,

6:45pm-8:45pm. • Cost: $140 includes all materials. • Enrollment ends February 18. Facilitator: Denise Kelley, MA, LPC; Call 231-2107 or email: Personalized Pilates (pd.) Learn how a thoughtful Pilates session can be professionally tailored to your individual issues. Free mini-sessions. • 11am, Thursday, February 10, or 2pm, Saturday, February 12. 117 Furman, Asheville. RSVP: 225-3786. ADD/ADHD and Meditation: Introduction Scientific findings from medical journals on the applications of the Transcendental Meditation technique for treatment of ADHD and other learning disorders. Discussion, video and Q&A. Free. Info: • WEEKLY - Meets at the Asheville TM Center, 165 E. Chestnut St. Info: 254-4350. Classes for Cancer Patients, Families & Friends • WEDNESDAYS, 3-5pm - This 13-week program features professional guest speakers and meets at Cancer Centers of N.C., 20 Medical Park Drive.Topics: “Learning about cancer,” on Feb. 9; “Managing fatigue on Feb. 16; and “Effects of illness/treatment,” on Feb. 23. To register: 271-6510 or Events at Pardee Hospital All programs held at the Pardee Health Education Center in the Blue Ridge Mall in Hendersonville. Free, but registration and appointments required unless otherwise noted. To register or for info: or 692-4600. • TH (2/10), 3-4:30pm - Jason Morgan, a Pardee licensed physical therapist, will discuss the many causes of shoulder pain and the range of treatments available. Blood Pressure Clinic • TUESDAYS, 1-6pm - The Faith Community Nurse at SOS Anglican Mission will offer free blood pressure checks at 370 N. Louisiana Ave, Suite C1. Info: Boot Camp Classes • SATURDAYS, 8:30am - Using high-intensity interval training, this program was created to burn fat, tone and shape muscles, increase metabolism and drop pounds. Everyone participates at their own level. Free. At O3 Health and Fitness, 554-C Riverside Drive. Info: 2581066 or Henderson County Red Cross Red Cross holds classes in CPR and First Aid for infants, children and adults; Standard First Aid in Spanish; Babysitter Training; Pet First Aid. Located at 203 Second Ave. East, Hendersonville. Info: 693-5605. : Blood Drive dates and locations are listed below. Appointment and ID required. • WE (2/9), 7:30am-4:30pm - Pardee Hospital, Jamison Conference Room, 800 N. Justice St. Info: 696-4225. • FR (2/11), 1-5:30pm - 1st Baptist Church, 312 5th Ave. W.Info: 693-3493 —- 8am-12:30pm Hendersonville Elementary, 1039 Randall Circle. Info: 606-5118 • MO (2/14), 10am-2:30pm - YMCA, 810 6th Ave. W. Info: 693-7669. • TU (2/15), 9am-1:30pm - Fruitland Bible Institute, 1455 Gilliam Road. Info: 685-8886. Red Cross Events & Classes Red Cross holds classes in CPR/First Aid for infants, children, and adults; Babysitter Training; Pet First Aid; Bloodborne Pathogens; Swimming & Water Safety; and Lifeguarding. All classes held at chapter headquarters, 100 Edgewood Rd. To register, call 258-3888, ext. 221. Info: : Bloodmobile Drive dates and locations are listed below. Appointment and ID required. • TH (2/10), 11am-3pm - Renaissance Asheville

wellnesscalendar Hotel - The Rotary Club of Asheville, 31 Woodfin St. Info: 768-1808 —- 2-6:30pm - Francis Asbury UMC, 725 Asbury Road, Candler. Info: 667-3950. • FR (2/11), 2-6:30pm - Spring Mountain Community, 807 Old Fort Road, Fairview. Info: 628-2363. • TU (2/15), 10am-2:30pm - Montreat College, in the Fellowship Hall, 310 Gaither Circle. Info: turpinmc@ —- 2-6:30pm - Newfound Baptist Church, 2605 New Leicester Highway, Leicester. Info: 683-3178. • WE (2/16), 11:30am-5pm - UNCA, University Center, One University Heights. Sex, Heart and Spirit Free and open to all at Va Va Vooom, 36 Battery Park Ave., Asheville. • TU (2/15), 7pm - Part One: Sensual Celibacy. Overcome sexual addiction and free yourself from binding negative thought and behavioral patterns, through sensual celibacy and intense personal reflection.

Support Groups Adult Children Of Alcoholics & Dysfunctional Families ACOA is an anonymous Twelve Step, Twelve Tradition program of women and men who grew up in alcoholic or otherwise dysfunctional homes.Info: • FRIDAYS, 7pm - “Inner Child” meets at Grace Episcopal Church, 871 Merrimon Ave., Asheville. Info: 989-8075. • SUNDAYS, 3pm - “Living in the Solution” meets at The Servanthood House, 156 E. Chestnut St., Asheville. Open big book study. Info: 989-8075. • MONDAYS, 7pm - “Generations” meets at First Congregational United Church Of Christ, 20 Oak St. at College, Asheville.Info:474-5120. 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: 800-286-1326 or • WEDNESDAYS, 7:30-9pm - Newcomers meeting 7:30pm, Discussion meeting 8-9pm: West Asheville Presbyterian Church, 690 Haywood Road, across from Ingles. Enter through parking lot door. Info: 225-0515. Al-Anon in West Asheville: 258-4799. • THURSDAYS, 7pm - Discussion meeting for parents of children with addictions: West Asheville Presbyterian Church, 690 Haywood Road, across from Ingles. Info: 242-6197. • FRIDAYS, 8pm - The Lambda (GLBT) group of AlAnon is a gay-friendly support group for families and friends of alcoholics, and holds their weekly candlelight meeting at All Souls Cathedral, 3 Angle St. Info: 6706277 (until 9pm). • FRIDAYS, 12:30-1:30pm - Discussion meeting: First Baptist Church, 5 Oak St. Park in the back of lot between Church and Y. Info: 686-8131.

• SATURDAYS, 10am - Al-Anon North: Meeting at Grace Episcopal Church, 871 Merrimon Ave. • SATURDAYS, 10am - Saturday Serenity at St Mary’s Episcopal Church on the corner of Charlotte and Macon. Beginners welcome. • SATURDAYS, Noon - Weaverville discussion meeting at First Baptist Church on N. Main St., next to the library. Enter via side glass doors. • SUNDAYS, 5-6pm - Discussion meeting: West Asheville Presbyterian Church, 690 Haywood Road. Info: 281-1566. • MONDAYS, 7pm - Black Mountain Al-Anon: Meeting at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), 201 Blue Ridge Road (corner of Blue Ridge Road and Hwy. 9). Info: 669-0274. • MONDAYS, 12-1pm - Discussion meeting: First Baptist Church, 5 Oak St. Park in the back of lot between Church and Y. Info: 686-8131. • TUESDAYS, 5:30pm - 12 Steps and 12 Traditions Study at Kennilworth Presbyterian Church, 123 Kenilworth Road. • TUESDAYS, 7pm - Discussion meeting: First Congregational United Church of Christ, 20 Oak St. Alcoholics Anonymous - N.C. Mountain Central Office • This service center for AA members and groups provides 24-hour phone support for AA meetings in WNC, recovery literature and more. Hours: Mon., Wed., Fri.: 10am-1pm; Tue. & Thur.: 1-4pm. 254-8539 within Buncombe Co. Info: Bipolar and Depression Support Group • WEDNESDAYS, 7-9pm - Magnetic Minds meets at 1314-F Patton Ave., in the Parkwood Business Park. Peer support, empowerment, recovery and advocacy. Info: 318-9179. Crystal Meth Anonymous • MONDAYS, 8pm - This 12-step meeting welcomes anyone who has a desire to quit using crystal meth. The group meets at First Congregational Church, 20 Oak St. Info: 252-8729. Eating Disorders Individuals are welcome to come to one or all of the support groups. Info: 337-4685 or www.thecenternc. org. • WEDNESDAYS, 7-8pm - Support group for adults at T.H.E. Center for Disordered Eating, 297 Haywood St. Focus is on positive peer support, coping skills and recovery tools. Led by licensed professionals. Free. I Can Cope The American Cancer Society, Cancer Centers of North Carolina and Carepartners host “I Can Cope,” a program that gives participants an opportunity to share concerns and ways to cope with the challenge of a cancer diagnosis. Patients, caregivers and family members are invited to attend. Meetings are held at Cancer Centers of North

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one who wants to stop eating compulsively. Meetings are one hour unless noted. • THURSDAYS, Noon - Asheville: Biltmore United Methodist Church, 376 Hendersonville Road. (S. 25 at Yorkshire). Info: 298-1899. • SATURDAYS, 9:30am - Black Mountain: Carver Parks & Recreation Center, 101 Carver Ave. off Blue Ridge Road. Open relapse and recovery mtg. Info: 686-8131. • MONDAYS, 6:30pm - Hendersonville: Balfour United Meth. Church, 2567 Asheville Hwy. (Hwy. 25). Open mtg. Info: 1-800-580-4761. • MONDAYS, 6pm - Asheville: First Congregational United Church of Christ, 20 Oak St. Open mtg. Info: 277-8185. • TUESDAYS, 10:30am-Noon - Asheville: Grace Episcopal Church, 871 Merrimon Ave. at Ottari. Open BBSS mtg. Info: 280-2213. Sexaholics Anonymous SA is a 12-step fellowship of men and women recovering from compulsive patterns of lust, romance, destructive relationships, sexual thoughts or sexual behavior. Call confidential voicemail 681-9250 or e-mail Info: saasheville/. • DAILY - Asheville meetings. SLAA (Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous) • SATURDAYS, 10-11am - Do you want to stop living out a destructive pattern of sex and love addiction over which you are personally powerless? This 12-stepbased recovery meeting meets at 20 Oak St., Asheville. Info: or Wednesday Women’s Al-Anon Meeting • WEDNESDAYS, 5:45pm - Meeting at Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church, 798 Merrimon Ave. (at Gracelyn Street). Newcomers welcome. Info: 253-0542.


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roundup by Wade Inganamort Every week, Xpress posts a roundup of wellness news gathered by contributor Wade Inganamort from around Western North Carolina. Here’s a sampling of the latest tidbits, which you can find on

Wellness from young to old(er)

“Wellness matters, whatever your age or social status (that goes for pets too). But even a quick look at the numbers reveals that many Asheville and Buncombe County residents face significant health challenges: Disease is the county’s leading cause of death; 59.6 percent of high schoolers use some form of tobacco; 57.5 percent of adults are overweight, along with about one-third of our kindergartners.“ — [Mountain Xpress]

Asheville lowers water fluoride levels

“National concerns over teeth discoloration, and in some rare cases bone problems, have led officials to lower fluoride levels in Asheville’s regional water system. [...] ‘When questions about the acceptable fluoride concentration hit the press around the first of the year, I instructed our water production division to adjust our fluoride feed rate,’ Asheville Water Resources director Steve Shoaf said.” — [Asheville Citizen-Times]

YWCA hosts “Go Red Day” Feb. 4 for women’s heart health

“February is Heart Month and a perfect time to focus on keeping your heart healthy and strong. In particular, Friday Feb. 4 is Go Red Day, a national day of awareness about women’s heart health (” — [Mountain Xpress]

Free event: Meditate with your pet with Alice McCall

“Pets enjoy meditation too! It’s a great activity to share with your fuzzy friend with noticeable benefits. Come and learn how to meditate with your pet and experience a guided meditation with Alice. Sunday, Feb. 6, at Wag! a Unique Pet Boutique in Hendersonville.” — [Facebook Events]

Clinic offers kids free dental care in Asheville, Buncombe County

“The all-volunteer clinic is a partnership between Eblen Charities, A-B Tech and the professional community. For the 12th year, it will help hundreds of Buncombe County students start off what they hope will be a healthier relationship with their teeth — and dentists.” — [Asheville Citizen—Times]

Park Ridge promotes healthiness at work

“Park Ridge Health wants more than just healthy patients — it wants its employees to hop on the wellness wagon, too. The wellness department at Park Ridge created a New Year, New You Challenge, designed to not only encourage healthy behavior, but to take its 1,100 employees one step further than weight loss, focusing on lean muscle accumulation.” — [Asheville Citizen-Times]

With the rise in flu cases, Urgent Care Network offers limited free vaccines

“With the number of flu cases on the rise, Urgent Cares of America has nine urgent care locations that are offering free flu vaccine shots while supplies last. Locations include Asheville Urgent Care, Boone Urgent Care, Hendersonville Urgent Care, Clayton Urgent Care, FastMed of Cary, FastMed of Wake Forest, Fuquay Urgent Care, Urgent Care of Cary, and Wake Urgent Care.” — [PRnewswire]

Tell your true story at health care forum

“Life o’ Mike presents True Stories from 3 to 5 p.m., [Sunday], March 13, at First Baptist Church, 5 Oak St. Through the use of real-life stories from local residents, the event will illustrate the importance of the health care reforms signed into law recently and why the work isn’t over yet. There will be time for a question-and-answer period with a panel of experts on health care and access to care.” — [Asheville Citizen-Times]

National Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS

“Churches, synagogues, mosques, temples and homes are invited to join in prayer, education, advocacy and service during the 2011 National Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS, March 6 through 12. A Technical Assistance Center has been opened to assist groups with designing and planning appropriate activities, sermon development, incorporating HIV messages into study and education classes, and mobilizing and engaging members in HIV/AIDS prevention education. For more info, call (888) 225-6243 or visit” — [WNCAP] X Please follow us on Twitter with the hashtag #avlhealth, and submit WNC health-and-wellness info to or • FEBRUARY 9 - FEBRUARY 15, 2011 33



Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day madness

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by Mackensy Lunsford Not to be unromantic, but Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day is a tar pit of potential disaster. All of the ingredients for trouble are wrapped up in one pretty package. Unrealistic expectations, too many glasses of champagne, budgetary constraints and romantic jitters can cause real relationship strain. And when it comes to sticky subjects like matters of the heart, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Xpress has a Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day gift for you, better than any bouquet of flowers. We quizzed a few locals particularly in the know about Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day traumas and disasters â&#x20AC;&#x201D; namely florists, tattoo artists and restaurateurs. They helped us come up with a fine guide to help the unschooled and rusty emerge from this tricky holiday unscathed (not to mention unbranded with tacky tattoos).

Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t brand yourself

Local tattoo artist Kitty Love, aka Miss Kitty, has seen her fair share of skin disasters. There was the woman with the name â&#x20AC;&#x153;Habibâ&#x20AC;? tattooed in a sensitive area, much to the chagrin of Bob, her husband. There was that guy who tattooed â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lisaâ&#x20AC;? into his bicep inside a conspicuous heart festooned with mounds of flowers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Of course, the more prominent, the more real your love is, right?â&#x20AC;? says Love, smirking. Shortly after the tattoo was indelibly inscribed in the poor guyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s flesh, it seems as though someone had an abrupt change of

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heart. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He came in literally four days later and said, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;What do you think we could do to cover this up?â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Love recalls. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And when we do tattoos, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re dark and solid. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really a sad thing to look somebody in the face and say, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in trouble.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? What happened to Lisa? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think Lisa found the fact that he had gotten this tattoo really pressed the issue of how, actually, she wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t quite that interested.â&#x20AC;? So, if sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just not that into you? â&#x20AC;&#x153;The tattoo will let you know,â&#x20AC;? says Love. And Love, under no circumstances, recommends getting a loverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s name tattooed into your flesh. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like a curse. It really is. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like guaranteeing your relationship to fail if you do it. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the legend around getting a name tattooed.â&#x20AC;? And the way Love describes it, inscribing someoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s name permanently into your skin isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t quite as romantic as some think. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The popularity of tattooing didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just come into modern American culture in a bubble. It came out of bikers, sailors, the kind of shadier side of America.â&#x20AC;? Historically, sailors tattooed the names of those they left behind on dry land and bikers were simply marking their property. In other words, says Love, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re basically Smokyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bitch at that point. It was an underscore for that cultural reality, you know. That women are owned in biker culture. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like a cattle brand is really what a tattoo with a name is.â&#x20AC;? How romantic. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Some people would question the judgment

of getting the tattoo at all,” says Love with a shrug. “Fortunately neither love nor flesh are permanent.”

Don’t get even

Isabel Loan, the manager of Shady Grove flower shop on Lexington Avenue, says that potential customers can order some rather unorthodox gifts around Valentine’s Day. “Sometimes people will be not happy in love and come in and ask us to send bouquets of dead flowers,” says Loan. “Generally we’re not so into that, but we’ll ‘donate’ old flowers to someone to do with what they will. But we’re not going to make dead things.” Shady Grove has provided “the ingredients” for jilted lovers to make their own brokenheart bouquets. “People get all kinds of weird ideas when they’re falling out of love,” says Loan. “Someone once sent flowers that were beautiful, but they came with a card that said, basically, ‘[Screw] you, don’t ever talk to me again.’”


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Bloomfield also recommends not sending flowers anonymously. “It never quite works out the way you’d expect,” she says. “From the customer’s point of view, they think it’s sweet, romantic and endearing. From the other end of it, it’s not. Most women really want to know who they’re coming from,” In fact, she says, there’s a chance the gesture might cause trouble. “One time I had a really nice man come in, and he wanted to send flowers to a woman at work. He was adamant about not saying who they were from,” says Bloomfield. Eventually, the florist relented, delivering a bouquet to the workplace of the admired. Predictably, Bloomfield said, the woman called to question her almost immediately. “I tried to smooth it over and tell her that I didn’t know where they came from,” says Bloomfield. “Finally I heard her big, mean husband in the background cursing and demanding that I tell her where the goddamn flowers came from ... And she said, ‘That’s my husband, can you hear him? He works with me and would like to know where the flowers came from.’”

Don’t be cold-hearted

If you must dump someone in a neutral zone, like a bar or restaurant, at least try to wait until after Valentine’s Day. Why? First of all, if you have to ask, you’re exactly the type

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I was a dog groomer (once upon a time) and had a standing bath appointment every other week with the coolest dog ever, a Bull Mastiff named Moe Dudley. After many months of putting up with uncomfortable and unrequited flirting, his single, way too old for me, Hummerdriving sleaze of a dad decided that Valentine’s Day would be a good day to ask me out. He made a Feb. 14 appointment for Moe and his assistant brought the dog — and also a full-blown bouquet of flowers. First of all, his assistant brought the gift, and second, this thing was massive — comically so. The guys came in, plopped the gigantic vase of red and white tackiness on the floor and, with all the gusto of James Lipton, said, “Just call me cupid. He told me to say that.” As I reached down to grab the card, Moe hiked his leg and drenched the gaudy arrangement. My thoughts exactly, Moe. I asked his assistant to take the flowers with him when he left. —Kristen Osburn, manager at Pier 1

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Do: Get creative. Shady Grove offers living gifts, like these orchids. of person for whom this article is written. As Lesley Groetsch, co-owner of Tingles Cafe and Sazerac says, it can be pretty traumatic for a person to be dumped on a day that they might consider a milestone (for that matter, you also might also see your story end up in a newspaper article). Groetsch recalls one particularly wrenching Valentine’s Day break-up scene at Sazerac during a multi-course prix fixe V-Day dinner. Not only was the beleaguered couple beholden to the timing of the meal, it was just plain awkward, she says. “Halfway through the meal, it became pretty obvious that this girl was using this public place to break up with the guy. He was getting upset, but was trying to compose himself,” says Groetsch. “And you know, it’s close quarters in Sazerac, and every table is highly visible. It’s kind of a people-watching place anyway, so everyone around them was

acutely aware that they were breaking up.” There was no obvious loud scene, says Groetsch, but even without tableware being flung across the room, it was readily apparent what was going on. “She was talking him through the breakup, like she knew it was going to happen ahead of time. They didn’t even finish their last course.” Do, she says, have a girls’ night out and save the breakup for some other time. “You’re ruining a holiday for someone, even though it is a manufactured holiday.” If nothing else, she says, choose your location wisely. “That’s my rule on Valentine’s Day: Don’t break up at Sazerac. Take that stuff elsewhere,” she jokes. “Really, just go out with your friends instead and make Valentine’s Day a celebration of all kinds of love.” X Mackensy Lunsford can be




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This is not to say that we’re experts on love, or even dating. We can’t tell you if you’ve got a perfect match on your hands, or a Fatal Attraction in the making. But if you do have a special someone in your sights and that someone has agreed to spend Valentine’s Day (or some day or night in close proximity to V-Day) with you, we’ve got some ideas for how to make those minutes and hours count. We’ve tapped local music, food, gifts, drinks, theatre, outdoors events and fundraisers. Here, some suggestions:

The exotic date

Start out in Italy — at least wine-wise. Divine Wine on Tunnel Road hosts Friday tastings featuring Italian wines and hors d’oeuvres from 5-7 p.m. Then head to Southeast Asia: lists Mela Indian Restaurant as the “Most Romantic Asheville Restaurant” (according to reader votes). Share a thali platter. After dinner, head to the Grey Eagle for acoustic/folk/world band Songs of Water (Friday, Feb. 11). Finally, a sweet treat: Old Europe Pâtisserie (13 Broadway St.) has cozy alcoves in which to sample marzipan squares, Vienna almond linzer cookies and lemon Bavarian sponge cake. — Alli Marshall

Cosmic hippie date

Listen to love stories written in the stars at “Romantic Links,” Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute’s special Valentine’s Day storytelling event, where romantic stories from around the world are linked with the constellations above (Friday, Feb. 11. $50 per couple for dinner and the program — RSVP by Feb. 9. $40 per couple for the storytelling event alone — RSVP by 3 p.m. on Feb. 11. Info: 862-5554 or While gazing at the winter sky, savor the sweet infusions that fill the French Broad Chocolate Lounge’s “cosmic love potion & aphrodisiac” truffle collection. On Sunday, stretch, breathe deeply and learn traditional, heart-expanding mudras at West Asheville Yoga’s “Tibetan Heart Yoga,” (held weekly from 5 to 6:30 p.m. $9-$14, westashevilleyoga. com). After class, give your sweetheart a massage with Faerie Made’s locally produced, all-natural shea butter and coconut-oil body lotion ( — Aiyanna Sezak-Blatt

The date with heart

Reenact Dylan and Brenda’s ‘90s-era Beverly Hills 90210 date by donating blood. The Red Cross holds a blood drive the Renaissance Asheville Hotel (31 Woodfin St.) on Thursday, Feb. 10, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Or put a 2011 spin on that 90210 date: On Saturday, Feb. 12, Laurey’s Catering and Gourmet-To-Go (67 Biltmore Ave.) holds a bone-marrow registry drive. Potential donors, ages 18-60, are signed up for potential future need. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. with music and snacks all day. Looking for something less visceral? The SweetheART Show, featuring work from seven Haywood County artist couples, is on display at the Haywood County Arts Council through Saturday, Feb. 26. If you’re celebrating later in the week, consider the Moulin Rouge-themed fundraising event for Caring for Children on Saturday, Feb. 12. Bollywood dancers, jazz singer Kat Williams, cuisine from local restaurants and plenty of bubbly. $75. — A.M.

The single date

Start your special evening by releasing some holiday frustration with fellow misfits

of love at the Anti-Valentine’s Day Pillow Fight Flashmob (Monday, Feb. 14 at the Vance Monument, 5:30-6 p.m.), which promises “feathers choking the air as far as the eye can see!” All that thrashing about is sure to work up an appetite, so head west for the ultimate single-serving dinner, a slice of ‘za beneath the fake chandeliers of Standard Pizza Company (631 Haywood Road). From there, try your hand at romance with Valentine’s Day Speed Dating at Hole-N-DaWall, 44 Market St., 8 p.m. If that doesn’t pan out, quench your thirst at Arcade Asheville (130 College St.), one of the only local bars where you can have a drink alone without staring at the wall in silence or pretending to watch TV (they have games!). And if all this wasn’t enough to distract you from your single-hood, check out the endlessly entertaining “A Night of Psycho Cabaret” with Hellblinki at The Boiler Room (11 Grove St.) on Saturday, Feb. 12. — Dane Smith

My funny valentine

For a belated date, head to 35below (35 E. Walnut St.) on Thursday, Feb. 24, 7:30 p.m. for Love in the time of Caller ID: Disastrous Dating Stories. The show is the next installment in the Listen to This: Stories in Performance, hosted by local comedian Tom Chalmers. Tickets are $10. Can’t postpone V-Day? Local indie-folkpop trio Now You See Them shares The LAB’s backstage (39 N. Lexington Ave.) with Boston’s David Wax Museum on Monday, Feb. 14, 10 p.m. Neither band is comedic per se, but both have an undeniable sense of fun and whimsy. Commit your romantic thoughts to ink on a Valentine’s-themed card from local artist Robin Plemmons. Options on her Etsy shop ( include “You’re my favorite mofo” and “I love you with all of my butt. I would say heart but my butt is bigger.” — A.M.

The iDate

In a long-distance relationship? Or does the thought of actually seeing your date in person just strike you as so last century? Start this post-postmodern date off with a solo trip to Charlotte Street Computers (252 Charlotte St. or 300 Airport Road) or CityMac (755 Biltmore Ave.). Both stores have a wide variety of

computers, iPods and iPads that will help you get digitally intimate with your sweetie — Charlotte Street Computers even hosts a “Boys night out iPad Social” on Thursday, Feb. 10, 6-7 p.m. to “Trade tips and tricks with our staff and other iPad users at our inaugural Boy’s Night Out event,” featuring pizza and beer from Asheville Pizza & Brewing Company. Or better yet: Pick up a new iPhone 4 at a local Verizon outlet (242 Tunnel Road or 225 Airport Road). The carrier, which has the best signal strength in the area, starts selling the innovative wireless device on Feb. 10, ending AT&T’s exclusive reign. Now you’re ready for a night of iRomance: Head home, pour yourself a glass malt liquor, turn on SportsCenter and shoot your honey an e-card from Someecards ( The outlet features a wide variety of prewritten love notes to help you express your special feelings, such as “I can’t believe I’m not sick of you” and “I wish I loved anything as much as Charlie Sheen loves cocaine and hookers.” Follow up with a romantic evening of G-chatting, Twitter Direct Messaging and Facebook stalking. — Jake Frankel

The love-your-community date

Start the day with a “Sweetheart” pancake breakfast at Fatz Café (5 Spartan Ave.). The all-you-can eat affair includes pancakes (naturally), bacon, sausage, fresh fruit and beverages for $7, and benefits Hominy Valley Crisis Ministry. Saturday, Feb. 12, 8-10 a.m. Feeling really romantic? Join other couples at the Grove Arcade at 4 p.m. on Saturday to renew your vows. Says the Grove Arcade, “Darr Conradson will lead the devoted crowd in a group ceremony. With its heart tracery and historic ambiance, the Arcade is a wonderful spot to declare your love once more — and publicly. The happy couples will share a free champagne toast (must be 21 years of age).” Round out the evening (also Saturday) at Pack Place where the YMI Cultural Center’s 2011 Goombay committee sponsors “An Evening in Red,” a community-wide Valentine’s Day celebration on Saturday, Feb. 12, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Come in “after five attire.” ($25 in advance/$35 at the door, — A.M.

The romantic music date

Make it a full weekend of romantic sounds. Asheville Symphony Orchestra performs “Valentine Delights with Romeo and Juliet” at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium on Saturday, Feb. 12, 8 p.m. Then, on Sunday, Feb. 13, the Asheville Arts Center (308 Merrimon Ave.) holds an English country dance where you and your sweetie can cut a rug as couples did in Jane Austen’s day. 3-5 p.m., $6, Finally, on Valentine’s Day (Monday, Feb. 14) it’s “A Night of Timeless Dance & Romance” with The Kat Williams Experience performing swing, jazz and MoTown at The Grove House (11 Grove St.) on Monday, Feb. 14. Doors open 8 p.m. with a champagne reception and heavy hors d’oeuvres. A dance immediately follows Williams’ performance. $12 singles/$20 couples. — A.M.

Valentine’s Day with a kid

Make a Valentine’s Card at Hendersonvillebased children’s gallery Hands On. The crafty activity runs all day (10 a.m.-5 p.m.) through Saturday, Feb. 12. Supplies are provided — $5 admission. Here’s something any kid would like to give (or receive): A puppy-gram! Brother Wolf Animal Rescue Fundraiser holds this fundraiser through Sunday, Feb. 13. For a $40 donation, a “cute-as-can-be Brother Wolf rescue dog or puppy will stop by for a visit at your honey’s home or workplace on Monday, Feb. 14, bearing a flower and personalized card, balloon and sweet treat.” All proceeds benefit the shelter’s mission. Info: volunteer@ or 423-2954. And, in honor of the holiday at hand, it’s Queen of Hearts Day at the Health Adventure in Pack Place on Saturday, Feb. 12, from noon to 2 p.m. Activities include creating and painting roses, making playing-card holders and learning fun card games. — A.M. • FEBRUARY 9 - FEBRUARY 15, 2011 39


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Adam Richman would be proud of — and maybe a bit intimidated by — the newest menu item at Pack’s Tavern. Richman, the star of the Food Network’s Man vs. Food, spends much of his time cruising around the country taking on food challenges that generally involve consuming stomach-churning portions of food. “I think it’s hilarious,” says Pack’s representative Amanda Franklin of the spectacle. “As a family, we decided that it would be fun to host a challenge like that.” To that end, Pack’s is offering the Mount Mitchell Challenge, which most certainly is not for the faint of heart. “It’s basically four of our Mount Mitchell burgers in one,” says Franklin. The jumbo-sized burger comes sandwiched between a 10-inch City Bakery bun. The patty consists of 32 ounces of beef that’s then topped with four eggs sunny-side up, eight slices of bacon, four slices each of Swiss and cheddar, 16 jalapeños, four fried green tomatoes, lettuce — and a pound and a half of fries on the side for good measure. “With, of course, mayonnaise,” says Franklin. “It’s a lot,” she concedes. But this sandwich is not just about excessiveness. First of all, the $39.99 burger is free of charge if it’s fully consumed within 45 minutes — fries, mayo and all. Additionally, Pack’s will award champion eaters a per-

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sonalized flag that will fly over the south bar as long as Pack’s stands, says Franklin. “Then, the winner gets to choose an Asheville city school ... to send one of our chefs to do a healthy snack program for the day for elementary students,” she says. Though the burger program is one of a number of ways that the tavern gives back to the community — like donating food to the homeless — it’s also just plain fun. And the extra attention doesn’t hurt, Franklin adds. “It’s been tough with the economy and the snow, and we kind of wanted to make sure that we got, as they say, butts in seats,” she says. “We wanted to get our name out there with something fun.” The burger, says Franklin, can also be ordered to be split with friends, but the challenge only applies if a single person is the one doing the devouring. The challenge is held Thursday through Saturday only and is subject to bun availability — make reservations by calling 225-6944. Pack’s Tavern is located at 20 S. Spruce St. For more information, visit

A new site for wine

Les Doss and Kathy Taylor, former owners of the Usual Suspects (now called Avenue M), are back in the swing of things. They aren’t opening another bar, however. The couple’s new project is a wine shop, Vinsite,

which will focus mostly on natural wines. The shop is to be located on Broadway Street, right next to Bruisin’ Ales, making this slightly quiet block a bit more bumping. Vinsite is still under construction. Doss and Taylor are not yet releasing an opening date, but they hope it will open before spring. What’s in the name? Plenty, says Doss. “The Vin part of the name is because we’re going to concentrate on continental wines — a lot of French, Italian and Spanish. Site, because we’re going to specialize in wines that specifically show their origins.” A tasting room, set off a bit from the main shop, will eventually be used to offer Doss, a certified sommelier, a platform for which to highlight his unique selections. What makes the wines so unique? Doss says he sees the winemakers he hopes to highlight as stewards of wine rather than producers. “They just kind of shepherd it through the winemaking process,” he says. “Whatever comes out of that vintage and harvest is what comes out of it — with its flaws or not with its flaws.” Furthermore, says Doss, many of the winemakers that he’s featuring use wild yeast, “which gives the wine a more site-specific presence, rather than a factory-made, specially fashioned yeast that will do certain things that actually weren’t a part of that area in the first place. It shows a little bit more of a regional flavor — the wine actually tastes like it’s from Chinon or Sancerre, not a sauvignon blanc from ... wherever.” Doss and Taylor plan to be present in the store as much as possible — anyone who’s frequented the Usual is familiar with their hands-on approach. It’s a good plan, after all. “This type of wine is going to take a lot of explanation,” says Doss. “It’s a hard concept to explain in the first place. These are the types of wines that are underrepresented in this area, and I think they’ll fit well in Asheville.” Doss says that some of his wines will differ from what many are accustomed to, much the same way that a fresh farmers market tomato differs from a supermarket tomato.

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“And there will be some really extreme wines for hardcore wine geeks that are off-the-charts weird, too,” he adds. “They’re really odd. I hope to do a tasting with those sometime. They’re kind of unstable and have all kinds of good bacteria in them and flaws — and that was the winemaker’s intention.” Vinsite — and these rather interesting-sounding wines — will be located at 68 Broadway St. in downtown Asheville. The website is still under construction. Stay tuned to Xpress for more details.

Pig out

Add another restaurant to the list of recent closings: The Fiddlin’ Pig, a barbecue and bluegrass joint on Tunnel Road, has shut its doors. It was known for its local music offerings, with a variety of bands performing several nights of the week. The owner of the Fiddlin’ Pig, Matthew C. Burril, posted this statement on the restaurant’s website: “I want everyone to know that when we decided to create this concept, it was out of love for our state and more specifically our area of Western North Carolina that we love so much. Asheville and WNC have been very good to me and my family, so the thought of celebrating our culture through music, food and hospitality was the driving force behind our project. And with those things in mind it was a marvelous success. The difficulty of our economy and the pressure on our typical family budget that was the lifeblood of our guest profile has made it impossible to continue.” For questions regarding reservations or party sched-

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Lunch-time pie

West Asheville’s Pizzeria Ritrovo is now open for lunch in addition to dinner. Lunch is served until 4 p.m., and includes pizzas, salads and pastas. There’s also a menu of creative sandwiches using house-baked bread, including an Italian that incorporates pepper-rubbed house-roasted pork loin, prosciutto, Genoa salami, Provolone cheese, pickled cherry peppers and fresh oregano. Ritrovo is located at 1050 Haywood Road and is open Tuesday through Friday from 11:30 until 9 p.m., Saturday from 4:30 until 9 p.m. For more information, visit ritrovopizzeria. com.

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Want to send a unique Valentine’s gift? Short Street Cakes introduces the Sweetheart Cake, a tiny version of a full-sized Short Street creation. Order by Friday, Feb. 11, and the cake shop will deliver the sweets to your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day, along with a heartfelt message (that you dictate, Romeo), a paper flower from Two of Hearts and a handmade lollipop from Sugar Two Shoes for $20, plus tax. The Sweetheart Cake is available in the following flavors: Mexican chocolate, raspberry-almond or bacon-apple flavors (for the daring foodies among us). This year, Short Street also offers an 8inch heart-shaped chocolate cake covered in ganache, also accompanied by a handwritten note and adorned with fresh sweetheart roses for $30. Again, order by Friday, Feb. 11 for Valentine’s Day delivery. Delivery of both specials is limited to the 28801 or 28806 area codes. The cake shop will offer extended hours for last-minute lovers. The bakery will be open from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Monday. (And there’s going to be a peep show with some X-rated cupcakes behind an 18-and-over curtain in the case, says owner Jodi Rhoden). Short Street Cakes is located at 225 Haywood Road. For more information, call 505-4822 or visit

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Sunny Point Café features a four-course beer dinner for Valentine’s Day this year. The Monday, Feb. 14 event will feature brews from Foothills Brewing Company in WinstonSalem, paired with four courses inspired by aphrodisiacs from around the world. The menu features pomegranate oysters, asparagus and herb salad and chili-cumin short ribs with pumpkin seed molé. Foothills’ awardwinning Sexual Chocolate Imperial Stout will finish the evening, accompanying a chocolate-marshmallow “s’more roulade.” Evan Crutchfield from Foothills Brewing will be in attendance to present the brews and the philosophy behind the beer.

Cost is $40 per person (which doesn’t include taxes or gratuity). Seating begins at 6 p.m. Reservations are required and can be made at the restaurant, or by calling 2520055. Sunny Point is located at 626 Haywood Road in West Asheville. For more information, visit

Steak for two

The Chop House, located in the Four Points Sheraton at 22 Woodfin St. in downtown Asheville, recently welcomed a new executive chef: Joseph LaMarca, former owner and chef of the former downtown restaurant, Left Bank. LaMarca has a resume that includes 30 years of cooking in New York steakhouses. The Chop House offers Sterling Silver Beef cooked over wood-fired grills, as well as classic steakhouse sides. A Valentine’s Day dinner will feature a meal for two that includes appetizers, entrées, sides, desserts and champagne toast for two, plus live music. The cost is $99.99 per couple, tax and gratuity included. For more information, call 853-1852 or visit

My Black Mountain valentine

Planning to be in Black Mountain for Valentine’s Day (which falls on a Monday this year)? Here are a few food-related options to celebrate with your sweetheart: • The Morning Glory Café offers a special four-course Valentine’s Day dinner from 5:30 until 9 p.m. The cost of the dinner is $45 per couple, and includes a complimentary glass of bubbly. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 669-6212. The restaurant is located at 6 E. Market Street. For more information, visit • Valentine’s Day dinner at The Blackbird restaurant also includes a special menu with complimentary champagne. Items include lobster, rack of lamb, ribeye and wild salmon, wild mushroom truffled fettuccini. Dessert includes wild raspberry mousse, house-made chocolate truffles and chocolate flights for two. For reservations, call 669-5556. The Blackbird is located at 10 East Market St. For more information, visit • Kilwin’s Chocolates, Fudge and Ice Cream has a large variety of Valentine’s Day gift ideas. Kilwin’s is located at 116 W. State St. For more information, visit or call 669-6119. • Que Sera is open for Valentine’s Day dinner 5-10 p.m. with specials for the evening along with their regular menu. Que Sera is located at 400 E. State St. For more information, visit or call 664-9472.

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by Mackensy Lunsford The new Battery Park Book Exchange is a labyrinthine place that seems to be a scene from the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. The floors are covered in oriental carpets and the walls drenched in rich, warm colors. Mazes of tall bookshelves, filled with volumes on every subject, frame tiny lamp-lit coves, perfect for hiding away with a glass of wine and a rare find. Owner Thomas Wright recently moved his volumes, wine cellar and gorgeous collection of furniture and sophisticated curios from the Battery Park Hotel building to this brightly lit corner of the Grove Arcade after a parking dispute ruffled some feathers. And the move seems to have served the champagne bar well. Now that the business has set up shop in the space, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard to imagine what else could occupy the admittedly odd arrangement so fully and warmly. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an odd space,â&#x20AC;? says manager Emily Krainik. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very conducive to a bookstore, but not conducive to a lot of other things.â&#x20AC;? The wine bar fills one corner of the first floor, while a second bar sits close by, awaiting shipment of the espresso machine which will turn it into a morning perch. On the second floor, just up a flight of glossy-painted black steps and around a row of European art books, is a hidden-away nook of a room, just large enough for a small meeting-space. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s walled in with shelves of art books, and holds a long rectangular table of two smooth planks that gives the area its playful name â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the Board Room. Just outside the room, an older woman holds

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a wine glass in one hand, while another traces the spines of the hardbacks, searching for textile books. Just past a few more rooms of books and readers is a rather hidden flight of stairs. At the bottom, a couple has a book spread out between them on a marble-topped table, two glasses of champagne nearby. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a cozy, sumptuous and comfortably eccentric perch for the bookish wino. But really, the champagne and wine aspect is secondary, Krainik says â&#x20AC;&#x201D; even though the bar serves about 80 wines by the glass and offers 40 additional wines by the bottle. The focus is on the approximately 60,000 used volumes Wright owns. Among them is a substantial collection of books about art, architecture and design. There are childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s books, cookbooks, some foreign texts. There are volumes of U.S. and world history â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the list goes on, says Krainik. The old, rare and collectible pieces are locked away in glass shelves downstairs, likely a good choice for a bookstore that serves food and something as highly staining as wine. As for the food selection, it consists mostly of nibbles at this time â&#x20AC;&#x201D; cheeses, trout dip, etc. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; although Krainik says that the selection should expand as business gets more fully under way. For now, the lure of settling into this cozy new space is strong enough with the wine list and the books alone. Khayyam would feel right at home. I need a jug of wine and a book of poetry, Half a loaf for a bite to eat, Then you and I, seated in a deserted spot, Will have more wealth than a Sultanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s realm. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam X • FEBRUARY 9 - FEBRUARY 15, 2011 45

arts&entertainment Happy Birthday, Angi West!

For her 30th B’day, the Appalachian anti-popster releases her best (and weirdest) album yet by Miles Britton One look at the band photo to the right, and it’s pretty clear that local songwriter Angi West — that’s her in the hedgehog mask — has a, well, rather quirky sense of humor. “I think that most of the time I censor myself,” says West about her new album, Opportunity Cost, which she recorded with local producer and Floating Action frontman Seth Kauffman. “But Seth and I have the same, very weird sense of humor. This is probably the first time I’ve found a real music partner who I could just say everything I thought. I felt comfortable enough to try anything.” And, man, does it show. Her latest record is by far the catchiest, not to mention strangest, batch of songs the soon-to-be 30-year-old has ever put to tape. Over a raw, dreamy assortment of organ strains, tremolo-ed guitars and stripped-down drums, West has finally found her niche. Her angelic Southern drawl soars like Dolly Parton one moment and slides into the delightful, childlike chirp of a backwoods Joanna Newsom the next. It’s a charming mix of the beautiful and the

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haunting, the elegant and the bizarre, much like the songstress herself. It’s also a hell of a far cry from the polite, Berklee-sounding piano ballads that defined her first two albums. (West jokingly refers to her year at Berklee as “the best training in what not to do.”) You can thank Kauffman for that. “I couldn’t have stretched myself without him,” says West. “Working with him is the most growth I’ve personally had as a musician. His whole thing with me was getting me out of my comfort zone and trying new things and trying to be innovative with my songs. To not limit myself to what I thought they were supposed to sound like.” In West’s case, that meant getting her off the piano stool. No easy task, mind you. Piano is West’s musical backbone, the instrument on which, up until then, she had composed almost every song she’d ever written. “I mean, I’m sick of [the piano] myself,” she says, laughing. “I sit down at it and I’m like, ‘I really don’t want someone to compare me to Ben Folds Five or Tori Amos right now.’ But it’s been my instrument. I know how to write on it.” West laughs as she remembers the first day she arrived at Kauffman’s house to start recording. “We were hanging at his house, drinking espresso, and there’s no piano around,” she says. “And he’s like, ‘What do you want to play? and I’m like, ‘Well, there’s no ... What do you ...? I can’t play any of this stuff!’” With his encouragement, West began experimenting with a variety of different instruments, like Kauffman’s warbly, 1970’s Baldwin Discoverer organ, or the accordion-like harmonium that West dragged back from India a few years ago. In the end, only two out of the eight songs on her new album feature a piano. In fact, one of the best songs on the album, “Involuntary Conversion,” West penned on her

I’m with hedgehog: Of her current collaborator Seth Kauffman, West says “This is probably the first time I’ve found a real music partner who I could just say everything I thought.” old banjo (a gift from musicians Joti Marra and Tyler Ramsey). The song is a dark, back-porch strummer; West’s voice skips and flutters as she sings about — of all things — the old medieval practice of wedging rocks into the mouths of black plague victims so they couldn’t return from the dead as vampires. But that’s West for you. “I don’t like writing love songs,” says a smiling West, whose lyrics touch on everything from from reincarnation to 14th century Persian poets to the classical idea of the Divine. “I’m really annoyed by most human relationships. I get more inspired by greater, more universal ideas.”

But one thing she does like? A good party. Which is why West decided to celebrate her CD release party at the Grey Eagle on her 30th birthday. Expect champagne, a few new songs, some oddball covers, and a blowout dance party (hosted by DJ Kipper) following her set. “We have some serious specialness up our sleeves,” she says about Saturday’s show. And honestly, it’s a very fitting way to celebrate West’s most mature album to date. “I just want to grow,” she says. “And this record, it’s definitely the beginning of that process.” X Miles Britton is an Asheville-based freelance writer.

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“The only thing more intimate would be if I sat on people’s laps and serenaded them” Bobby Bare Jr. trades the club for the den by Dane Smith It’s no shock that Bobby Bare Jr. became a musician. The alt-rock troubadour grew up surrounded by the business. His father and namesake was a country music star. Waylon Jennings and Shel Silverstein (himself a noted songwriter) were regular fixtures at the house. His childhood neighbors included George Jones and Tammy Wynette. And by the age of six, he earned a Grammy nod for a duet with his dad. What’s surprising is how long it took Bare to find his own sound. Though he’s a bona fide indie heavyweight now, Bare’s career in music was limited to performing in cover bands and running P.A. throughout his 20s. “I wrote really bad songs until I was 30,” he readily admits. “I didn’t play anything I wrote in public until then.” So what suddenly changed? “I started writing good songs,” Bare jokes with typical deadpan delivery. “The secret to anybody’s success is they write good songs.” But there is a bit more to the story. Even if he wasn’t performing, Bare was writing all along. Throughout that period he collaborated with Silverstein, his mentor, who he says “served as a beacon.” The legendary wordsmith critiqued every one of Bare’s songs until Silverstein’s death in 1999, providing some additional incentive to develop as a songwriter. “It gave me a real direction,” he remembers. “And also, you don’t half-ass a song when you know Shel Silverstein’s going to be listening to it and passing judgment on it. It makes you try real f--king hard.” Listening to Bare’s records, it’s hard to believe guidance was ever necessary. From his stint with the late ‘90s roots-rock outfit The Bare Jr. to his solo work of the last eight years, Bare’s songs are blessed with an effortless quality, shifting from horn-laden, distorted rock jams to twangy, country-tinged ballads with un-fakeable ease. And no matter where they land stylistically, his songs all share a

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Friday, Feb. 11 (doors at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m. $22. penchant for witty lyricism and wry humor, delivered in Bare’s scratchy, quavering baritone. Much like his sound, Bare’s recent projects have been all over the map. In 2006, he co-produced his father’s first album in more than 20 years, a dense and sprawling take on country that introduced the elder Bare to a whole new generation. Three years later, he had a go at ‘70s soft-rock with a collection of America and Bread covers, the American Bread EP. Next, Bare oversaw and performed on a compilation of Silverstein songs, Twistable, Turnable Man, whose contributors included Dr. Dog, My Morning Jacket, Andrew Bird, Lucinda Williams and Kris Kristofferson. He’s also appeared on records by The Silver Jews and Will Oldham (Bonnie “Prince” Billy). Basically, the guy gets around. On his latest work, A Storm, A Tree, My Mother’s Head, Bare continues the tradition of tongue-in-cheek story songs with offerings like “Rock and Roll Halloween” and “Liz Taylor’s Lipstick Gun” (the former includes lines like “Slash walks in with an overweight Madonna / Orders two Bud Lights and a cranberry vodka” and “Marilyn Monroe dances dirty with Darth Vader / James Dean holds hands with a Cher impersonator). But A Storm also delves into some more serious territory, much of it pulled directly from Bare’s own life. On “The Sky Is the Ground,” the singer manages to find humor in a bicycle accident that found his two-year-old son upside down in a tree. The album’s title track, though, takes a more serious tone, telling the story of a freak accident that nearly claimed his mother’s life. It

Bare-ing all: Bare began performing house shows to avoid “attitude from bouncers and unusable toilets,” among other pitfalls photo by joshua black wilkens

would seem there’s nothing Bare can’t laugh about. “My mom was just watching TV, clicking channels, and a tree fell through the roof and landed directly on top of her,” he explains. “She’s as unlucky that it fell directly on top of her as she is lucky that she didn’t die. I always say, come to find out, the most dangerous thing for anyone’s mother to do is just sit on a couch at home. So if anybody has a mom anywhere who might be sitting on a couch, call her immediately and say, ‘Get off the couch!’” This weekend, Bare makes his way to Asheville for a somewhat nontraditional show. Lately, he’s taken to performing intimate house shows for anywhere from 20 to 50 fans. “It’s really fun,” he says. “It’s so intimate that the only thing more intimate would be if I sat on people’s laps and serenaded them. Towards the end of every show I say, ‘Isn’t it wonderful that none of us had to stand in line for a gosh darn beer, none of us had to deal with attitude from a bouncer and none of us had to go to a really unusable toilet.’ You know, everything that sucks about a club. “When I get to a house party it’s like, ‘Hey! We made you this meal and all this chili, and here’s a bottle of Jack Daniels. I’ve got as much beer as you want. And, you know, our daughter’s in town from college if you want to go snuggle up with her tonight, that’d be fine!’ I’m exaggerating, but it’s the opposite of most club gigs.” For the Asheville date, Bare strecthed the definition of house and agreed to play at Craggie Brewery. He insists that it was for a good cause: a free keg of beer for the crowd. “I’m going to do it just like a house party,” he explains, “but it’s really hard for me to say, ‘No. I don’t want everybody to have a free keg of beer. I’d rather them be in your living room.’” X Dane Smith can be reached at • FEBRUARY 9 - FEBRUARY 15, 2011 47

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The sightlines of love

Local dancers and musicians create a funny, heartfelt and playful Valentine’s Day showcase by Aiyanna Sezak-Blatt

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S/He Loves Me, S/He Loves Me Not, a moderndance-meets-musical showcase, explores the giddy, passionate, turbulent and tumultuous — along with the sweet and triumphant — emotions inspired by love. Members of Moving Women, Asheville’s female-fronted performance ensemble and a project of Arts2People, partnered with area musicians and visual artists to present a funny, contemplative and heartfelt Valentine’s Day production that uses original music, installation art and modern dance to portray the ups, downs, trials and errors of partnership. Fittingly, the inspiration for the show comes from a real-life love story, which began when choreographer Kathy Meyers and singer/songwriter Tom Leiner connected through match. com. While talking on the phone for the first time, Meyers asked Leiner what kind of music he played. To answer her question, he picked up a guitar and starting strumming. With those first chords, the tale of the dancer and the musician took flight. A month later, Leiner composed a song for Meyers, which he will perform at the concert. “It’s about love in its early stages,” says Leiner, smiling. “That, and the newness of it all.” Though Meyers and Leiner hadn’t met before, it turned out they had many mutual friends. They called on them to help create a show exploring the evolution of love. Creative couples, including dancer Holly Mason and her husband, percussionist River Guerguerian, along with folk-songstress Annie Lalley and her partner, violinist Joe Ebel, jumped on board, weaving their own stories about partnership into the concert’s narrative. But the collaboration doesn’t stop there: blues singer Kat Williams and opera singer/rocker Crystal

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Moving Women presents S/He Loves Me, S/He Loves Me Not


Modern dance and live music about the trials, errors and beauty of partnership


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Creative couples collaborate: River Guerguerian and his wife Holly Mason create a piece. Photo by Julie becton Gillum

Bray (who is also a member of Ol’ Hoopty) will perform songs that play with themes of love; guest dancers Kathleen Hahn and Erik Moellering will perform in a hilarious duet about newlyweds titled “Honeymoon over?” along with more ethereal, abstract work. The progression of the show mirrors the nature of romantic love: It begins with attraction, then explores romance, intimacy and, finally, commitment. As Meyers describes, there will be “little duets about the development of love in a relationship, pieces that are abstract, literal, comical and sweet.” The concert’s theme, however, is not limited to romance. Jenni Cockrell, another of the company’s founding members, emphasizes that the show includes an “exploration of intimacy [as well as] friendship-love and the love of one’s self.” Meyers, Cockrell and Erin Braasch, along with Hahn, Mason and Moellering, open the concert with a group piece that explores clichés. “It’s a comical piece,” says Meyers, that picks apart the notion that “love is blind, that love is the answer, that all you need is love, that all’s fair in love and war, that love’s the only game two can play and both win, or lose — and [the many ways in which] we try to define love.” In a more abstract piece that Meyers says inspired the concert as a whole, dancers map the physical and emotional space around their heart. Dancers were given a piece of paper and a pen at rehearsal one afternoon and asked to

draw a map of their heart. Instructions were intentionally vague, allowing each dancer to find his or her own method to complete the task. “Each dancer contributed to this piece,” say Meyers, which “explores the spaces within the heart, places that are dormant [and] how to make to space for someone new.” Original installation art by Shelley Pereda provides a backdrop for the piece. The company will add a little flare to the walls of the Asheville Masonic Temple, which will be decorated with heart-shaped and loveinspired adornments. As audience members climb the steps to the third-story theater they will encounter “love Goddesses, haikus of love, Valentine’s cards and notes,” says Meyers. Clad in goddess costumes, performance artists Julie Becton Gillum and Claire Elizabeth Barratt greet and welcome, while sultry tunes performed by the house band usher guests to their seats. And, since Valentine’s Day isn’t complete without a little sugar, cupcakes by Short Street Cakes, Kilwin’s fudge and other confectionary delights will be available during intermission. Though this is a special Valentine’s Day showcase, S/He Loves Me, promises to be a thoughtful exploration of love that offers lessons and laughs for singles and couples alike.

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Josh Ritter really loves a good narrative by Alli Marshall In 2006, singer/songwriter/bandleader/ all-around-nice-guy Josh Ritter was named in Paste’s “100 Greatest Living Songwriters,” which was probably as daunting as it was flattering since Ritter was, at the time, 29 years old. Dylan, Neil Young and Springsteen were numbers 1, 2 and 3 respectively; Ritter was number 97. But he still beat out T Bone Burnett, Jay Farrar and Outkast. It’s hard to quantify such a thing — what makes a good songwriter, anyway? — and then you listen to, say, “Curtains” off Ritter’s 2010 release, So Runs The World Away and the soft, finger-style guitar and Ritter’s lilting opening, and you’re like, yeah. And then the biorhythmic boom of percussion and bass notes come in, and the oddly sweet sliver of imagery: “I was thirsty so I drank and though it was salt water there was something ‘bout the way it tasted so familiar ...” And then there’s the full orchestra of a band, part Americana and part symphonic, as if Ritter has transcended the folk tradition that nourished his burgeoning career in his Oberlin days, when he changed his major from neuroscience to “American History Through Narrative Folk Music.” “I really think that writing is like building a hallway,” Ritter tells Xpress. “Songs are a mechanism and down this hallway are doors and doors on either side. If you build it right, people can walk down the hallway and walk through any of the doors they want. You build the doors, but who knows what’s behind them for other people?” The architecture of these songs relies heavily on archetypes — angels and ghosts, ships and trains, a mummy, a lark. “I like that certain symbols can stand for far more than just the word,” says Ritter. “But that also means you relinquish control over how people interpret a song. Which I like, because I think it’s enough to write the song. I never want people to tell me that their song has only one interpretation. I like to think that it can be open ended.” He makes that point on “Folk Bloodbath” in which he rewrites the deaths of folk heroes/anti-

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:=HKG Write of passage: Singer/songwriter Josh Ritter is known as a storyteller in the tradition of Dylan and Springsteen. This summer he expands his character sketches into a full-length novel. heroes Louis Collins, Little Delia and Stackalee in a reinterpretation of the Mississippi John Hurt song, “Angels Laid Him Away.” It’s hard to perform a tune attributed to the likes of Hurt (who popularized the legend of Stackalee, a.k.a. Stagger Lee, as well) and Blind Willie McTell (who gave us “Little Delia”) without sounding derivative, but Ritter patiently builds his sound with layers of voices and instruments (including a potent organ drone) and adds a goose-pimpleinducing and modern-making final verse: “And I’m looking over rooftops and I’m hoping that it ain’t true, that the same God looks out for them looks out for me and you.” Angels are central to that song; they also appear in “Angels on Her Shoulders” (from Ritter’s self-titled debut) and new rocker “Galahad.” The musician says he only notices such recurrent appearance of “totemic images” after the fact. “They saturate our literature,” he says. Which might explain why it’s an angel and, another of Ritter’s totems, a horse, that feature in his forthcoming novel, Bright’s Passage. (The book will be published by Random House in June.) “This novel was originally a song,” says Ritter. “I wasn’t a song I really liked, but I loved the story so much, so I started writing it. For me, a well-written song is a story and it can be expanded hugely. By walking down that hall-

way, I’m going through the doors.” It’s continuum that seems to intrigue him, be it in literature or music. He doesn’t write love songs because “they aren’t stories. ... they’re more of a period at the end of a sentence.” He continues, “I do like the idea that there can be a love song about crossing the street, but what happens when you get to the other side? No one knows, no one will ever find out. I like to know.” To not restrict yourself, he says, you have to go farther into the song. Which might be why Ritter seems to delight in the progression of his albums from recording studio to stage where each track takes on a life of its own. “You have learn where they fit in a set,” he says. “The song that you think is not going to do anything ends up being your finale song. Those moments are awesome and it’s great to experience them with a band because all of us create them. I love to see where the songs go and it’s one of the most fun parts about performing.” Then again, Ritter seems to love every part of performing. To see him, live, is to watch a guy grinning from ear-to-ear, doing the thing he was born to do. Ritter calls the experience “almost Pavlovian — I’m smiling now just thinking about it,” he says. “I don’t know why it comes across the way it does, but it’s very genuine. I feel pretty damned lucky.” X


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Deciding which shows you should see, so you don’t have to The Suspect: Yonder Mountain String Band

According to its bio, this Colorado band likes to live by their own rules and defy expectations. Those qualities were surely a factor why the group chose rock producer Tom Rothrock (Beck, Foo Fighters) to produce their latest studio album, The Show. Though the band cites influences such as Bill Monroe and Del McCoury, banjo player Dave Johnson says, “We don’t have a lot of nostalgia for the past …You shouldn’t try to recreate the 1940s … we want to look forward, rather than give people something that has already been perfected.” Can Be Found: The Orange Peel, Thursday and Friday, Feb. 10 and 11. RIYD: The Infamous Stringdusters, Blueground Undergrass, Donna the Buffalo. You Should Go If: “Me time” is on the top of your 2011 priority list; your worldview relies heavily upon you being better looking than your brother and making more money than your sister; not only do you color outside the lines, you make up your own words for colors; your best Valentine’s Day ever was when … your wife finally agreed to an open relationship.

The Suspect: Tapes ‘n Tapes

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The Suspect: Project/Object featuring Ike Willis and Ray White

This band is dedicated to recreating the live Zappa experience. To that end, they’ve recruited former Zappa band members Willis and White. The band’s mission is to share the music that has influenced so many, particularly in the jam-band genre with groups such as Phish, moe. and Umphrey’s McGee. According to the L.A. New Times, Project/Object is successful in “capturing Zappa’s fearless and merciful spirit and the seeming paradox of his controlled yet frenzied nature.” Can Be Found: Stella Blue, Friday, Feb. 11. RIYD: Frank Zappa. You Should Go If: You’re considered a leader in obscenities, both in word and gesture; you still have a Ron Paul sign in your yard; you have Cookie Monster’s table manners, Count Dracula’s haircut, Burt’s unibrow, Oscar the Grouch’s hygiene and Big Bird’s imagination (and possibly his nose too); your best Valentine’s Day ever was when … you convinced your girlfriend to make out in the men’s bathroom.

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This indie band formed at Carleton College in Minnesota 2003; in 2005 Pitchfork gave their debut album, The Loon, an 8.3 rating (out of 10), “Best New Music” tag and cites the band’s clear influences as “Pavement, Wire, Beach Boys and Pixies.” Each of the four members of Tapes ‘n Tapes is represented by a word in the band’s name (two members share the “n”). The band’s third album, Outside, was just released last month. Can Be Found: The Grey Eagle, Wednesday, Feb. 9. RIYD (Recommended if You Dig): Modest Mouse, Cold War Kids. You Should Go If: Both you and your girlfriend want to make out with James Franco next time he’s in town; your tequila shots/Magic 8-Ball method of making major life decisions has worked out pretty great so far; you know exactly how many seconds it takes to microwave anything; your best Valentine’s Day ever was … seriously … Valentine’s Day?

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The Suspect: Songs of Water

Ricky Scaggs calls this eight-member ensemble from Greensboro “one of the most original bands out there today.” Of course, two of the members do have the last name Scaggs (coincidence? I think not!) but Ricky also had the band open for him on occasion, which suggests a legitimate vote of confidence. The band fuses ancient and modern sounds by utilizing the hammered dulcimer, heavy percussion, layers of orchestral strings and sparse vocals. Songs of Water’s Facebook page describes their music as “a spiritual conversation of eclectic sounds and instrumentation.” Can Be Found: The Grey Eagle, Friday, Feb. 11. RIYD: Duhks, Nickel Creek. You Should Go If: Thanks to you, your old high school now awards varsity letters to members of the marching band; in the event of sudden loss of magicalness, you keep a vial of fairy dust with you at all times; even at your most emphatic, everything you say comes out sounding like a question; your best Valentine’s Day ever was when … you and your sweetie took a Segway tour around the Biltmore Estate.

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When Jake Shimabukuro’s mother handed him a ukulele at age 4, she probably never imagined her son would become a virtuoso, known for complex finger work and renditions of classic rock tunes (A Hendrix-style “Star Bangled Banner,” for one). Of his most recent album, Peace Love Ukulele, Shimabukuru says, “if everyone played the ukulele, the world would be a better place.” He performs at UNCA’s Lipinsky Auditorium on Thursday, Feb. 10, 8 p.m. $5 students/$15 UNCA faculty, staff and alumni/$20 general. cesap.unca. edu/events/jake-shimabukuro.

Chompin’ at the Bit String Band

Symphony masterworks concert

In the Valentine’s Day spirit of passion and love, the Asheville Symphony Orchestra will be putting on a Shakespeare-themed concert at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium on Feb. 12 at 8 p.m. The symphony’s romantically inspired show will include pieces from Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet and Henry V, as well as the work of Mozart, Walton and Rachmaninoff. Internationally acclaimed pianist Dudana Mazmanishvili will be the guest soloist of the evening. This journey through history’s most romantic pieces of music will have tickets ranging in price from $55 to $20, on sale at the Symphony office or at the Civic Center box office.

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Local (and self-described) “rowdy old time string band” Chompin’ At The Bit distills inspiration from sources as disparate as punk, rock, jazz and honky-tonk into old-time. Members include Lindsey Liden (fiddle), Kevin Scanlon (banjo), Grey Nelson (bass), Doug Sharkey and Joe Hallock (guitars) and Chris Farmer (mandolin). The group plays a CD release party in celebration of its new album, Last Call at MoDaddy’s on Friday, Feb. 11. 9 p.m., $5.

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Celebrate with us our

The Krektones

Two-Year Anniversary!

A little trivia: Surf-rock band The Krektones is basically garage-rock band Reigning Sound, only with a different front man. Multi-instrumentalist Jason Krekel (Mad Tea Party, Screaming Js) fronts the former; singer/songwriter Greg Cartwright fronts the latter. (Both bands share the indomitable rhythm section of Lance Wille and David Wayne Gay — who also, for the record, make up two-thirds of the muchmissed outlaw country act The Unholy Trio.) So what if you threw all the parties in question into one surfy-garagey-rocking musical brew? You’d have Krektones and Greg Cartwright at the Get Down on Friday, Feb. 11. $5.

February 9-11

Get $5 OFF any purchase of $15 or more

Saturday, February 12

$2 deals on hundreds of books & vinyl Food, fun & great door prizes! 10% of proceeds will be donated to WNC Big Brothers Big Sisters

Gift certificates make great gifts! Free Wi-Fi 31 Montford Ave. (across from the Chamber of Commerce)

828-285-8805 • Open Tues. - Sat. 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. American Folk Art and Framing

Sometimes the best things come in small packages. At least, that’s the case at American Folk Art & Framing’s seventh annual (beloved) Miniatures Show. “Inspired + colorful + strong + revealing + madcool,” says the gallery. New (small) works by Spencer Herr, Lucy Hunnicutt, Cornbread, Cheri Brackett and others. The show runs Feb. 10 through 28, with an opening reception on Friday, Feb. 11, 5-8 p.m.

Ten Cent Poetry

Local musician Chelsea Lynn La Bate (aka Ten Cent Poetry) usually goes it solo, but for her new (and first fully produced) album Picking Through the Pawnshop, she enlisted a small army of musicians (including Will Bradford, PJ Bond and Melissa Hyman) to take her songs in a new, layered direction. Watch a “making of the album” video at or hear the real thing at La Bate’s CD release party on Saturday, Feb. 12, at the LAB. 9 p.m., $5.

Club phone numbers are listed in Clubland in the (828) area code unless otherwise stated; more details at www. Send your Smart Bet requests in to for consideration by the Monday the week prior to publication. • FEBRUARY 9 - FEBRUARY 15, 2011 53

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where to find the clubs • what is playing • listings for venues throughout Western North Carolina Blue Note Grille

Clubland rules 3pm-2am everyday pinball, foosball, ping-pong & a kickass jukebox kitchen open until late 504 Haywood Rd. West Asheville • 828-255-1109 “It’s bigger than it looks!”

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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 (, 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.

Jazz jam, 9pm Bosco’s Sports Zone

Live DJ & dance, 7pm Broadway’s

‘80s night, 10pm

Soul & jazz jam

Thu., February 10

Lobster Trap

Olive or Twist

Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe

Front stage: Woody Wood (soul, pop) Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill

Orange Peel

“Dirty Dancing at the Dirty South” w/ Chris Donato Elaine’s Dueling Piano Bar

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

Open mic & jam French Broad Chocolate Lounge

Dave Desmelik (singer-songwriter) Good Stuff

Open mic

Disclaimer Stand-Up Lounge (comedy open mic), 9pm

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

Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe

Horizons at Grove Park Inn

Lajos Pagony (piano), 6-10pm Jack Of The Wood Pub

Funky Festival Fashion

Lajos Pagony (piano), 6-10pm

Lexington Ave Brewery (LAB)

Dirty South Lounge

Grove Park Inn Great Hall

Open mic

Horizons at Grove Park Inn

WNCW Shindig at the Wing w/ Canyon Creek (members of Town Mountain, Steep Canyon Rangers & Natural Bridge)

Swing dancing w/ The Firecracker Jazz Band, 7:30pm

Tapes n’ Tapes (indie, rock) w/ Oberhofer

Athena’s Club

Wild Wing Cafe

Coles Whalen (alt-country, Americana, pop)

Club Hairspray

Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

Wed., February 9

Old-time jam, 6pm

Galactic (jazz, funk, rock) w/ Corey Glover, Corey Henry & Orgone Red Room

Micah Mackenzie art show Red Stag Grill

Robert Thomas (jazz standards, blues) The Get Down

Daikaiju Town Pump

Open mic w/ David Bryan Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and Blues

Blue Note Grille

Nitrograss (bluegrass)w/ Charles Wood Craggie Brewing Company Elaine’s Dueling Piano Bar

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

DJ Twan


French Broad Brewery Tasting Room

Pauls Creek Band (folk, bluegrass)

east west asheville market Sat. Feb. 12 10am-8pm Artist of the Month

Andy Reed Gallery Opening at 5pm

RIbbOn-cuttIng by ashEvILLE chambER: 5:30 pm pLannEd caRgO-cuLt InFO scREEnIng: 6 pm

KInJaH ReGGae LIVe: 9 pM Entry only $5 after 8 pm. all you can drink kava, including cover $18 / $15 students. 151 S. Lexington Ave. Asheville, NC 28801


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Mike’s Tavern

Open mic The Congress (rock, jam) w/ Sam Robinson Olive or Twist

Ballroom dancing w/ Heather Masterton & The Swing Station Band, 7:30pm Yonder Mountain String Band (bluegrass, rock, jam) Pack’s Tavern

Rocky Lindsley (acoustic, rock)

Grove Park Inn Great Hall

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

Pisgah Brewing Company

Jim Arrendell & the Cheap Suits (dance) Vanuatu Kava Bar


Purple Onion Cafe

Open mic w/ Stephen “Skinny Bully” Micko Vincenzo’s Bistro

Space Capone (funk, R&B, soul, rock)

Ben Sollee (rock, pop, jazz)

Chuck Brodsky (Americana, folk)

Heavenly Spirits Wine Bar

Red Room

Leo Converse (jazz)

Dance Lush w/ DJ Moto

Westville Pub


Red Stag Grill

Jammin’ w/ Max & Miles

Social networking live & open mic

Billy Sheeran (piano)

Steve Whiddon (piano, vocals)


WED. 2/9

FREE KILO tappEd: 4 pm

Marc Keller (acoustic, variety)

Orange Peel

Monday, F e b . 1 4

celebrates the first known John Frum day party in the US, the Messiah of the South Pacific.

Mack Kell’s Pub & Grill

Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill

Open mic, 6-9pm

828-254-3332 Mon - Sat • 10am - 8pm Sun • 12-6

Bluegrass jam, 7pm Hank Bones (“man of 1,000 songs”)

Patrick Fitzsimons (blues, folk, roots)


426 Haywood Rd. West Asheville

Jack Of The Wood Pub

JAMMIN’ W/ MAX & MILES Real New Orleans Po Boys $1 off all Whiskey


jazzy funk Free Show - $1 off all Vodkas

FRI. 2/11

TRIVIA NIGHT 9 pm • Prizes

Open 11am • $3.50 Gin & Tonics


bluegrass / country / mountain soul $5 Robo Shots

SUN. 2/13

SAT. 2/12

• All-You-Can-Eat Breakfast All Day! • $1 Off Bloody Mary’s & Mimosas

Appetizers - Buy One Get One ½ Off $4 Margaritas! Wii™Bowling on 11 ft. Screen

TUES. 2/15

THUR. 2/10

MON. 2/14

TUESDAY OPEN BLUES JAM Shrimp ‘n Grits $1 off Rum Drinks

777 HAYWOOD ROAD • 225-WPUB (9782)

Red Step Artworks

Eleven on Grove

Iron Horse Station

Open mic

Twilite Broadcasters (old-time)

Root Bar No. 1

Costume & BPMs w/ Samuel Paradise, Selector Cleofus & Olof

Allen Thompson (Americana) w/ Don Gallardo

Emerald Lounge

Big Daddy Love (Americana)

Josh Slone & Coal Town (contemporary bluegrass)

EDM Exposure w/ Drea, Nicodemus & Reverend Jude

Feed and Seed

Jerusalem Garden

The Get Down

Fred’s Parkside Pub & Grill

Kricial Fiction w/ F**ktard & Under 15 Seconds

Live DJ (dubstep)

Town Pump

French Broad Brewery Tasting Room

Coles Whalen (alt-country, Americana, pop)

Leigh Glass Band (Americana, blues, rock)

Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and Blues

French Broad Chocolate Lounge

Adam Klein & friends (Americana, folk rock) w/ Efren

Peggy Ratusz & friends

Lorrain Conard (folk, singer-songwriter)

Lobster Trap

Vanuatu Kava Bar

Good Stuff

Trevor Rocks

Patrick Flaherty (blues, country) w/ John Moorer

Mike’s Tavern

Vincenzo’s Bistro

Aaron LaFalce (piano)

Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill

Scandals Nightclub

Jam w/ Max Melner & Alfonso Graceffo

Westville Pub

Funknastics (funk, jazz)

Fri., February 11

Appalachian Storm (bluegrass)

Belly dancing w/ live music Jus One More

Songs of Water (acoustic, folk, world) w/ Ben + Vesper Grove Park Inn Great Hall

Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe


Blue Note Grille

Anon Dixon Day (singer-songwriter) Boiler Room

“Music at the Speed of Dark” w/ Orgavin (industrial, dubstep), Mecanikill (electronic) & Headstone Hollow

Lexington Ave Brewery (LAB)

Upscale Tavern Cuisine Fresh Ingredients & Creative Recipes Featuring our ‘South Bar’ with 110’ Projector + 8 Big Screen TV’s NCAA & NBA Basketball

live music

Chomping at the Bit (bluegrass, old-time) Olive or Twist

Live jazz or swing




2/11 SAT


Orange Peel

Yonder Mountain String Band (bluegrass, rock, jam)

Blackberry Smoke (“outlaw rock”) w/ Mac Leaphart

Pack’s Tavern

Heavenly Spirits Wine Bar

Red Room


no cover

The Business (Motown funk)

Leo Converse (jazz)

Dance party w/ live DJ

Highland Brewing Company

Red Stag Grill

Asheville Horns

Chris Rhodes (singer-songwriter)


Rendezvous Restaurant & Bar

Craggie Brewing Company

Reggae dance party or live music

Johnny Blackwell

Bobby Bare Jr. (rock, alt-country)

Holland’s Grille

Root Bar No. 1

Elaine’s Dueling Piano Bar

Free Flight (rock)

The Sporks (acoustic)

Horizons at Grove Park Inn

Scandals Nightclub

Lajos Pagony (piano), 6-10pm

20th Annual Miss Sweetheart Pageant

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


The Eskatones (rock, reggae, funk)

DJ, 10pm-2am Acoustic Swing

Featuring the Best Food Ever!

Turntable Band

Donna Germano (hammer dulcimer), 2-4pm Bill Covington (classics), 6-7pm Maddy & Masterpiece (requests), 7-11pm

Athena’s Club

Jack Of The Wood Pub

Thur 2/10

Rocky Lindsley

Fri 2/11

The Business

Sat 2/12

[solo / acoustic / rock]

[motown funk]








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Project Object feat: Ike Willis & Ray White Straightaway Cafe

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Electro Circusâ&#x20AC;? feat: Rel1, Silent, Tony Karma, Krushmore & Harmon

Ian Harrod (Americana)

Heavenly Spirits Wine Bar

Sun., February 13

Highland Brewing Company

Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe

The Wine Cellar at Saluda Inn


Frank Beeson (blues, Americana)

Foodstamp (comedy), 10pm DJ Mike Flo (of Dead Prez), 11:30pm

Town Pump

One Leg Up (jazz, swing)

Allen Thompson & Don Gallardo (Americana, country, folk)

Horizons at Grove Park Inn

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

Hotel Indigo

Ruby Mayfield & friends (blues, rock)

Sunset Sessions w/ Ben Hovey (â&#x20AC;&#x153;sonic scientistâ&#x20AC;?), 7-10pm

Vanuatu Kava Bar

Lajos Pagony (piano), 6-10pm

Vincenzoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bistro

Jack Of The Wood Pub

Peggy Ratusz (1st & 3rd Fridays) Ginny McAfee (2nd & 4th Fridays)

Kelley & the Cowboys (honkey-tonk, Western swing)

No Cover Charge 4-8 pm

Well-Bred Bakery and Cafe

Jerusalem Garden

Tim Fast

Belly dancing w/ live music

s aT u r d ay, F e b . 1 2 ONe Leg up

White Horse

Lexington Ave Brewery (LAB)

Jennifer Smith (talent search winner) Wild Wing Cafe

Back stage: Ten Cent Poetry CD release show w/ Alex Krug Trio (Americana, folk)

Country Fried Fridays w/ Bush Hawg

Lobster Trap

Sat., February 12 Athenaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Club

DJ, 10pm-2am Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe

Mark Bumgarner (Americana, bluegrass, country) Blue Note Grille

Abe Reid (blues, folk rock, roots) Boiler Room

â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Night of Psycho Cabaretâ&#x20AC;? w/ Hellblinki, Mr. Joe Black & This Way to the Egress Craggie Brewing Company

Gavin Conner & Ryan Cox of If You Wannas (indie, pop, rock), 7pm Elaineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dueling Piano Bar

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

Pierce Edens and the Dirty Work (alt-country, blues, rock) Fat Catâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Billiards

DJ Twan Feed and Seed

Bluegrass Mix Firestorm Cafe and Books

Tristan Cole (acoustic, folk rock) Fredâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Parkside Pub & Grill

Anti-Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day Hank Williams Tribute feat: The Critters, The Gin Fits, Jimbo Harmon & Tracy Thomas

Doc Hill (traditional Appalachian)

Jazz night w/ Trevorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Trio Midway Tavern

Live music

Orange Peel

The 5th Flip Flop Hop ... Dancing for Down Syndrome (tropical gala) Packâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tavern

Emerald Lounge

Darwin Deez (indie pop) Fredâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Parkside Pub & Grill

Sunday funday Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

Dan Bern (folk) w/ John Francis Grove Park Inn Great Hall

Classical guitar duo, 10am-12:30pm Bob Zullo (jazz, guitar), 6:30-10:30pm Hotel Indigo

Sunset Sessions w/ Ben Hovey (â&#x20AC;&#x153;sonic scientistâ&#x20AC;?), 7-10pm Lexington Ave Brewery (LAB)

Front stage: Aaron Price (piano) Lobster Trap

Shane Pruitt (blues, rock) Orange Peel

DJ dance party & drag show Vincenzoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bistro

Steve Whiddon (piano, vocals)

Mon., February 14 Boiler Room

Pisgah Brewing Company

Big Daddy Bluegrass Band

â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Night of Timeless Dance & Romanceâ&#x20AC;? w/ The Kat Williams Experience (swing, jazz, Motown)

Purple Onion Cafe

Eleven on Grove

The Space Heaters (jazz, swing) Red Room

Dance party w/ live DJ Red Stag Grill

Chris Rhodes (singer-songwriter) Rendezvous Restaurant & Bar

Live DJ Root Bar No. 1

Joe Randolf Band (blues, surf, swing) Scandals Nightclub

DJ dance party & drag show Stella Blue

Tennessee Hollow (Americana, blues, rock) Straightaway Cafe

Just Die! (metal, hardcore)

Matt Getman (jazz, pop, soul)

The Warehouse Live

Live music

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Music at the Speed of Dark, Part IIâ&#x20AC;? w/ Sensoma, Seraphin, Shadowbunny, Axis Mundi, D:Raf, Xist & more

The Wine Cellar at Saluda Inn

Good Stuff

L Shaped Lot (folk, rock, roots)

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

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sunday Sessionsâ&#x20AC;? w/ Chris Ballard

DJ Jason Wyatt (â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;80s & â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;90s)

French Broad Chocolate Lounge

Grove Park Inn Great Hall

Dirty South Lounge

Scandals Nightclub

Jazz night w/ The 42nd Street Jazz Band

The Get Down

Angi West CD-release & 30th birthday party (folk rock)

Shag dance & lesson, 4pm

Olive or Twist

The Stereofidelics (alternative, rock)

Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

Boscoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sports Zone

Heather Luttrell (Americana, blues) w/ Jeremy Indelicato

Jay Brown (country, blues)

Terina Plyler (folk, Americana)

John Cook (blues, folk)

Swannanoa Valley Montessori School presents â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dance, Baby, Dance!â&#x20AC;?, 2pm Yann Tiersen (indie, experimental) w/ Shannon Wright, 9pm

Mo-Daddyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bar & Grill

French Broad Brewery Tasting Room

Garage at Biltmore

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Carolina Rex (blues, rock)

Leo Converse (jazz)

Iron Horse Station

No Cover Charge 4-8 pm

Wild Wing Cafe

The Krektones (rock, surf) w/ DJ Greg Cartwright

The Get Down

Space Medicine (ambient, folk, jam) w/ Mary Sparks

F r i d ay, F e b . 1 1 asheville horns

Sigean (Celtic)

Letters to Abigail (Americana, folk) Town Pump Tressaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Downtown Jazz and Blues

The Nightcrawlers (blues, rock) Well-Bred Bakery and Cafe

PJ Brunson Westville Pub

Josh Slone & Coaltown (bluegrass, country) White Horse

â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Night of Timeless Dance & Romanceâ&#x20AC;? w/ The Kat Williams Experience (swing, jazz, Motown) French Broad Chocolate Lounge

Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s jazz w/ Matt Getman Grove Park Inn Great Hall

Bob Zullo (jazz, guitar), 6:30-10:30pm Handlebar

Robert Randolph & the Family Band (gospel, roots) w/ The Constellations Hole-N-Da-Wall

Speed dating (Valentines edition) Lexington Ave Brewery (LAB)

Back stage: Now You See Them (folk, indie, pop) w/ David Wax Museum Luellaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bar-B-Que

Paul Cataldo (Americana, roots) Mo-Daddyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bar & Grill

The Klavenauts (afrobeat) Root Bar No. 1

Open jam session Scandals Nightclub

â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Night of Timeless Dance & Romanceâ&#x20AC;? w/ The Kat Williams Experience (swing, jazz, Motown) The Get Down

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Love Songsâ&#x20AC;? Tressaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Downtown Jazz and Blues

Vocal jazz session w/ Sharon LaMotte, 7:30pm Vanuatu Kava Bar

John Frum Day celebration w/ Kinjah (reggae) & more

clubdirectory The 170 La Cantinetta 687-8170 Asheville Civic Center & Thomas Wolfe Auditorium 259-5544 Athenaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Club 252-2456 Avenue M 350-8181 Barleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tap Room 255-0504 Beacon Pub 686-5943 Blue Mountain Pizza 658-8777 Blue Note Grille 697-6828 Boiler Room 505-1612 BoBo Gallery 254-3426 Boscoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sports Zone 684-1024 Broadwayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 285-0400 Club Hairspray 258-2027 Craggie Brewing Company 254-0360 Curras Nuevo 253-2111 Desoto Lounge 986-4828 Diana Wortham Theater 257-4530 Dirty South Lounge 251-1777 The Dripolator 398-0209 Ed Boudreauxâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bayou BBQ 296-0100 Elaineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dueling Piano Bar 252-2711 Eleven on Grove 505-1612 Emerald Lounge 232- 4372 Fairview Tavern 505-7236

Feed & Seed + Jamas Acoustic 216-3492 Firestorm Cafe 255-8115 Frankie Bones 274-7111 Fredâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Parkside Pub & Grill 281-0920 French Broad Brewery Tasting Room 277-0222 French Broad Chocolate Lounge 252-4181 The Garage 505-2663 The Get Down 505-8388 Good Stuff 649-9711 Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern 232-5800 Grove House Eleven on Grove 505-1612 The Grove Park Inn (Elaineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Piano Bar/ Great Hall) 252-2711 The Handlebar (864) 233-6173 The Hangar 684-1213 Hannah Flanagans 252-1922 Harrahâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cherokee 497-7777 Havana Restaurant 252-1611 Highland Brewing Company 299-3370 Hollandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Grille 298-8780 The Hop 254-2224 The Hop West 252-5155 Infusions 665-2161 Iron Horse Station 622-0022

Vincenzoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bistro

Marc Keller

Tue., February 15 Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe

Barrie Howard (one-man-band) Eleven on Grove

Beginner swing & tango lessons, 6-7pm Dance w/ the Red Hot Sugar Babies, 8pm Emerald Lounge

Tuesday Night Funk Jam Firestorm Cafe and Books

Open mic w/ Robert Hess, 7:30pm Frankie Bones

Aaron LaFalce (alternative, acoustic) Grove Park Inn Great Hall

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

George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic Iron Horse Station

Jack of the Wood 252-5445 Jerusalem Garden 254-0255 Jus One More 253-8770 Laureyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Catering 252-1500 Lexington Avenue Brewery 252-0212 The Lobster Trap 350-0505 Luellaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bar-B-Que 505-RIBS Mack Kellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pub & Grill 253-8805 Midway Tavern 687-7530 Mela 225-8880 Mellow Mushroom 236-9800 Mikeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tavern 281-3096 Mo-Daddyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bar & Grill 258-1550 Olive Or Twist 254-0555 Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Malleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s On Main 246-0898 The Orange Peel 225-5851 Packâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tavern 225-6944 Pineapple Jackâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 253-8860 Pisgah Brewing Co. 669-0190 Posana Cafe 505-3969 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

Open mic w/ Jesse James, 7-10pm Lexington Ave Brewery (LAB)

Front stage: Jake Hollifield (blues, ragtime) Lobster Trap

Jay Brown (one-man-band) Mo-Daddyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bar & Grill

Rock Bottom Sports Bar & Grill 622-0001 Root Bar No.1 299-7597 Scandals Nightclub 252-2838 Scullyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 251-8880 Skyland Performing Arts Center 693-0087 Stella Blue 236-2424 Stephanieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Roadhouse Bistro 299-4127 The Still 683-5913 Straightaway Cafe 669-8856 Switzerland Cafe 765-5289 Tallgaryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 232-0809 Red Room 252-0775 Thirsty Monk South 505-4564 Tolliverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Crossing Irish Pub 505-2129 Town Pump 669-4808 Tressaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Downtown Jazz &â&#x20AC;&#x2C6;Blues 254-7072 Vanuatu Kava 505-8118 Vincenzoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bistro 254-4698 The Warehouse Live 681-9696 Wedge Brewery 505 2792 Well Bred Bakery & Cafe 645-9300 Westville Pub 225-9782 White Horse 669-0816 Wild Wing Cafe 253-3066

White Horse

Irish Sessions, 6:30pm Open mic, 8:30pm

Wed., February 16 Disclaimer Stand-Up Lounge (comedy open mic), 9pm

Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Malleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s On Main

Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe

Open mic Orange Peel

Josh Ritter & the Royal City (indie, folk, rock) w/ Scott Hutchison Rankin Vault Cocktail Lounge

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tuesday Rotationsâ&#x20AC;? w/ Chris Ballard & Matthew Schrader Kids poetry slam, 6pm Vincenzoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bistro

Marc Keller Westville Pub

Blues jam

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Big Block Dodge (jam, rock)


â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;80s night, 10pm Dirty South Lounge

Fri. Feb. 11

adam Klein & friends w/ efren, Paul edelman

SaT. Feb. 12


Blue Note Grille

Live DJ & dance, 7pm


wed â&#x20AC;˘ Open Jam Thur â&#x20AC;˘ KaraOKe

Open mic

Boscoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sports Zone

Next to Home Depot

831 Old Fairview Rd.

Athenaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Club

Lyric (R&B, soul)

The Hop

Fairview Tavern



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w/ triOs featuring alex Krug triO and ten Cent POetry Cd release Party

mon. Feb. 14

david wax museum w/ nOw yOu see them

O n t h e f r O n t s ta g e SundayS

Aaron Price 1pm | Piano


Jake Hollifield Piano | 9pm


Woody Wood 9pm

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Fairview Tavern

Open mic & jam French Broad Chocolate Lounge

James Richards (roots, folk, acoustic) Good Stuff

Open mic Grove Park Inn Great Hall

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

Lajos Pagony (piano), 6-10pm Jack Of The Wood Pub

Old-time jam, 6pm Lexington Ave Brewery (LAB)

Front stage: Woody Wood (soul, pop) Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill

Soul jazz jam feat: Bon Lozaga Olive or Twist

Swing dancing w/ The Firecracker Jazz Band, 7:30pm Red Stag Grill

Robert Thomas (jazz standards, blues)

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The Get Down

Dark Rides CD release w/ The Di Marcos & Pox Americana Town Pump

Open mic w/ David Bryan Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and Blues

Peggy & the Swing Daddies (Western swing) Vincenzo’s Bistro

Steve Whiddon (piano, vocals) Westville Pub

Jammin’ w/ Max & Miles

Thu., February 17 Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe

Mark Bumgarner (Americana, bluegrass, country) Craggie Brewing Company

Open mic, 6-9pm


Elaine’s Dueling Piano Bar

Ladies & Couples Welcome, Great Drink Specials Every Night, Billiards & Games

Grove Park Inn Great Hall

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

Getaway’s (Eleven on Grove) Jus One More / Mike’s Side Pocket / Rendezvous / Tallgary’s / Red Room

wednesday Beacon Pub / Buffalo Wild Wings / Fred’s Parkside Pub & Grill / The Hangar / Infusions / Midway Tavern / O’Malleys on Main / Holland’s Grille

thursday Cancun Mexican Grill / Chasers / Club Hairspray / Harrah’s Cherokee Fairview Tavern / Rock Bottom Sports Bar & Grill / Shovelhead Saloon / The Still

friday Fairview Tavern / Fat Cat’s Billards Infusions / Mack Kell’s Midway Tavern / Shovelhead Saloon Stockade Brew House The 170 La Cantinetta

saturday The Hangar / Holland’s Grille Infusions / Jus One More / Midway Tavern / Rendezvous / Shovelhead Saloon / The Still Bosco’s Sports Zone / Cancun Mexican Grill / The Hangar / Mack Kell’s / Wild Wing Cafe / The Get Down

Crowfield (“old fashioned rock ‘n’ roll”) Fat Cat’s Billiards

DJ Twan Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

Band of Heathens (Americana, rock, soul) w/ Stephen Simmons Bill Covington (classics), 6-7pm Maddy & Masterpiece (requests), 7-11pm Heavenly Spirits Wine Bar

Leo Converse (jazz) Highland Brewing Company

Horizons at Grove Park Inn

Lajos Pagony (piano), 6-10pm Jack Of The Wood Pub

Bluegrass jam, 7pm Lexington Ave Brewery (LAB)

Back stage: Rene Breton (indie, rock) w/ Machines Are People Too & Kink Ador Lobster Trap

Hank Bones (“man of 1,000 songs”) Mack Kell’s Pub & Grill

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Zydeco dance lesson, 7:30pm Dance w/ Bayou Diesel, 8:30pm

Social Thursdays w/ DJ K (vintage funk/soul)



Marc Keller (acoustic, variety) Mike’s Tavern

Open mic

Olive or Twist

Ballroom dancing w/ Heather Masterton & The Swing Station Band, 7:30pm Orange Peel

Umphrey’s McGee (rock, jam) w/ Zach Deputy Pack’s Tavern

Micah Hanks (bluegrass, rock) Pisgah Brewing Company

Lubriphonic (blues, funk, soul) Purple Onion Cafe

Gigi Dover & the Big Love (Americana, rock, soul) Red Room

Dance Lush w/ DJ Moto Red Stag Grill

Billy Sheeran (piano) Red Step Artworks

Open mic Root Bar No. 1

Linda Mitchell (blues, jazz) Scandals Nightclub

EDM Exposure w/ Techtribe, Crux & Aloysius The Wine Cellar at Saluda Inn

Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill

Book Club

Umphrey’s McGee after party w/ Tiny Boxes, Jahman Brahman & guests

Town Pump

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Good Stuff

Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and Blues

Rothwang Band (rock) w/ Brett Caldwell (punk, alternative)

Peggy Ratusz & friends

Olive or Twist

Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

Vincenzo’s Bistro

Live jazz or swing

Aaron LaFalce (piano)

Orange Peel

Westville Pub

Lotus (rock, dance) w/ Daedelus & DJ Acolyte

Mark Schimick & Billy Constable (bluegrass)

Pack’s Tavern

Fri., February 18 Athena’s Club

DJ, 10pm-2am Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe

Chad Mackey (acoustic) Blue Note Grille

Steven Whiteside (singer-songwriter) Boiler Room

South French Broads (rock, indie) w/ The Dark Shave & Mumu Tutu Broadway’s

How I Became the Bomb (pop, rock, indie) Craggie Brewing Company

Grammer School (indie, rock) Elaine’s Dueling Piano Bar

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

“Bass Camp” w/ N2Deep Promotions Feed and Seed

Now You See Them (folk, indie, pop) French Broad Brewery Tasting Room

Dave Desmelik (singer-songwriter) French Broad Chocolate Lounge

High Gravity Jazz Garage at Biltmore

Loveapalooza III feat: The Malah, DJ Bowie, Sonmi Suite, Futexture & Woodwork Good Stuff

Don Lewis Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

The Blue Dogs (rock, roots) w/ Sanctum Sully Grove Park Inn Great Hall

Donna Germano (hammer dulcimer), 2-4pm Bill Covington (classics), 6-7pm Maddy & Masterpiece (requests), 7-11pm Handlebar

Blues festival w/ Big Bill Morganfield, Wanda Johnson & the Upstate Rhythm Section & Chocolate Thunder Heavenly Spirits Wine Bar

Leo Converse (jazz) Highland Brewing Company

WestSound (dance, R&B) Pisgah Brewing Company

Brushfire Stankgrass (progressive bluegrass) Red Room

Dance party w/ live DJ Red Stag Grill

Chris Rhodes (singer-songwriter) Rendezvous Restaurant & Bar

Corbitt Bro’s Root Bar No. 1

Dawn Humphries (acoustic) Stella Blue

Freepeoples Frequency (electronic) Straightaway Cafe

Tater Diggers The Get Down

Wooden Tooth (rock, punk) w/ Mister Baby & The Otherists The Hop West

Gavin Connor (of If You Wannas), 6:30pm The Wine Cellar at Saluda Inn

Angela Easterling (Americana, folk) Town Pump

George Terry & the Zealots (indie, rock) Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and Blues

Polly & the Posse (rockabilly, swing) Vincenzo’s Bistro

Peggy Ratusz (1st & 3rd Fridays) Ginny McAfee (2nd & 4th Fridays) Well-Bred Bakery and Cafe

Ryan Furstenberg (acoustic, rock, folk) White Horse

Classicopia chamber music series presents “The Love Triangle”

Sat., February 19 Athena’s Club

James Richards (singer-songwriter) Baker Family (indie, rock) w/ Doc Aquatic & John Wilkes Booth & the Black Tooth Grove Park Inn Great Hall

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

Blues festival w/ Chris Duarte Group & Jellyroll Antenna Heavenly Spirits Wine Bar

Leo Converse (jazz) Highland Brewing Company

David Zoll Trio (blues, rock) Horizons at Grove Park Inn

Lajos Pagony (piano), 6-10pm Sunset Sessions w/ Ben Hovey (“sonic scientist”), 7-10pm Iron Horse Station

Utah Green (“eclectic folk”) Jack Of The Wood Pub

Matt Flinner Trio (“jazzgrass”) Jerusalem Garden

Belly dancing w/ live music Lexington Ave Brewery (LAB)

Back stage: Red Collar (rock, post-hardcore) Midway Tavern

The Jarvis Jenkins Band (blues, jam) Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill

The Eskatones (dub, reggae, rock) w/ Ethos Olive or Twist

Jazz night w/ The 42nd Street Jazz Band

Phil & Gaye Johnson Red Room

Dance party w/ live DJ

Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe

Red Stag Grill

Barrie Howard (one-man-band)

Chris Rhodes (singer-songwriter)

Blue Note Grille

Rendezvous Restaurant & Bar

Michael Reno Harrell (Americana, folk)

Live DJ

Craggie Brewing Company

Scandals Nightclub

Holland’s Grille

The Get Down

Elaine’s Dueling Piano Bar

Lewis Turnout (metal) w/ Wampus Cat & Blowtorch Circumcision

Jack Of The Wood Pub

Jackass Flats (bluegrass, Americana) Jerusalem Garden

Belly dancing w/ live music Lexington Ave Brewery (LAB)

Back stage: Knives & Daggers w/ Gray Young (indie, rock) Lobster Trap

Space Heaters (country swing) Luella’s Bar-B-Que

Little Friday Band (“front porch rock”)

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Purple Onion Cafe

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Cornmeal (Americana, roots, folk) w/ Jackass Flats

Reggae dance party or live music

Iron Horse Station


Pisgah Brewing Company

Straightaway Cafe

Lajos Pagony (piano), 6-10pm


DJ Moto (pop, dance)

Sweet Plantain String Quartet (Latin, classical, jazz)

Horizons at Grove Park Inn



Pack’s Tavern

DJ, 10pm-2am

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


Mike’s Tavern

DJ dance party & drag show

Gypsy (rock)


Live music

Diana Wortham Theater



Hotel Indigo

Leigh Glass Band (Americana, blues, rock)

Blind Lemon Phillips (blues, rock, R&B)

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The Warehouse Live

Eleven on Grove

Live music

Zumba “In da Club”

The Wine Cellar at Saluda Inn

Emerald Lounge

Ellen Trnka (blues, jazz)

Spiritual Rez (funk, reggae)

Town Pump

Fat Cat’s Billiards

Black Foot Gypsies (rock, funk)

Sound Extreme DJ

Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and Blues

Feed and Seed

Peggy & the Swing Daddies (Western swing)

Generation Gap

Westville Pub

French Broad Brewery Tasting Room

Lazybirds (blues, country, jazz)

Lyndsay Wojcik (folk, roots, soul)

White Horse

French Broad Chocolate Lounge

Marina Raye CD release show (flute)

Daniel Lefkowitz (acoustic, folk) Garage at Biltmore

Bass Center II official after party

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theaterlistings Friday, FEBRUARY 11 - Thursday, FEBRUARY 17

Due to possible last-minute scheduling changes, moviegoers may want to confirm showtimes with theaters. n Asheville Pizza & Brewing Co. (254-1281)

Please call the info line for updated showtimes. Harry Potter and the Deathy Hallows Part 1 (PG-13) 1:00, 4:00, 7:00 Raising Arizona (PG-13) 10:00

Carmike Cinema 10 (298-4452) n

Barbie: Secret Fairytale (G) 1:00 (Sat-Sun) Blue Valentine (R) 2:00, 5:40, 8:30 The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader 2D (PG) 1:10, 3:35, 6:10, 8:50 The Fighter (R) 5:50, 8:20 (no shows Feb 16-17) The Green Hornet 2D (PG-13) 1:15, 4:00, 6:50, 9:30 Little Fockers (PG-13) 7:35, 9:55 The Mechanic (R) 1:55, 4:40, 7:25, 9:50 No Strings Attached (R) 1:25, 4:10, 6:45, 9:15 The Roommate (PG-13) 2:15, 4:55, 7:10, 9:25 Sanctum 3D (R) 1:45, 4:25, 7:05, 9:40 Sanctum 2D (R) 1:05, 3:45, 6:20, 9:00 Tangled 2D (PG) 2:45, 5:15 Yogi Bear 2D (PG) 1:35, 3:40

n Carolina Asheville Cinema 14 (274-9500)

Another Year (PG-13) 12:15, 3:05, 7:35, 10:20 Biutiful (R) 12:05, 3:10, 7:00, 10:05 Black Swan (R) 11:45, 2:15, 4:40, 7:20, 9:45 (Sofa Cinema) Blue Valentine (R) 11:50, 5:10, 10:25 The Eagle (PG-13) 11:55, 2:40, 5:15, 7:50, 10:25 The Fighter (R) 11:30, 2:15, 4:55, 7:30, 10:00 (No 10:00 show Sat) (Sofa Cinema) Gnomeo and Juliet (PG) 12:20, 2:45, 4:50, 7:10, 10:05 The Illusionist (PG) 12:30, 3:00, 5:20, 7:25, 9:30 Just Go with It (PG-13) 12:00, 2:30, 5:10, 7:45, 10:20 Justin Bieber: Never Say Never 3D (G) 11:35, 2:10, 4:50, 7:15, 9:55 The King’s Speech (R) 11:45, 2:20, 5:00, 7:40, 10:10 (Sofa Cinema) The Oscar Nominated Shorts 2011 (NR) 11:30, 4:00, 8:00 The Rite (PG-13) 2:35, 7:50

The Rocky Horror Picture Show (R) 11:00 p.m. Sat only Sanctum 3D (R) 12:20, 2:50, 5:15, 7:55, 10:25 (No 12:20, 2:50, 5:15 Sat) True Grit (PG-13) 11:30, 2:05, 4:30, 7:05, 9:40 (Sofa Cinema)

Cinebarre (665-7776) n

Due Date (R) 1:20 (Fri-Sun), 4:20, 7:30, 10:00 (Fri-Sun) Fair Game (PG-13) 1:10 (Fri-Sun), 4:00, 7:00, 10:05 (Fri-Sun) Get Low (PG-13) 1:30 (Fri-Sun), 4:30, 7:10, 9:55 (Fri-Sun) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 (PG-13) 1:00 (Fri-Sun), 4:10, 7:35, 10:50 (Fri-Sun) The Social Network (PG-13) 1:15 (Fri-Sun), 4:15, 7:15, 10:10 (Fri-Sun)

Co-ed Cinema Brevard (883-2200) n

The King’s Speech (R) 1:00 (Sat, Mon, Wed), 4:00 (Fri, Sun, Tue, Thu), 7:00 (Sat, Mon, Wed) True Grit (PG-13) 1:00 (Fri, Sun, Tue, Thu), 4:00 (Sat, Mon, Wed), 7:00 (Fri, Sun, Tue, Thu)

n Epic of Hendersonville (693-1146) n Fine Arts Theatre (232-1536)

Blue Valentine (R) 1:00, 4:00, 7:00, Late show Fri-Sat 9:30 The King’s Speech (R) 1:20, 4:20, 7:20 (no 7:20 show on Thu. Feb. 10)

Flatrock Cinema (697-2463) n

Black Swan (R) 1:00 (Fri-Sun), 4:00 (MonThu), 7:00 True Grit (PG-13) 4:00 (Fri-Sun)

n Regal Biltmore Grande Stadium 15 (684-1298) n United Artists Beaucatcher (298-1234)

Black Swan (R) 1:50, 4:30, 7:50, 10:20 The Eagle (PG-13) 1:40, 4:20, 7:30, 10:10 Gulliver’s Travels 3D (PG) 2:00, 4:40 Gnomeo and Juliet (G) 1:00, 3:10, 5:20, 8:00, 10:15 Just Go with It (PG-13) 1:20, 4:00, 7:20, 10:00 The Rite (PG-13) 7:00, 9:50 True Grit (PG-13) 1:10, 3:50, 7:10, 9:45

For some theaters movie listings were not available at press time. Please contact the theater or check for updated information.

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pickoftheweek The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2011 JJJJ

Director: Various Players: Various Compilation Rated NR

The Story A collection of the short films — live action and animated — that are up for Oscars this year. The Lowdown: An entertaining — though occasionally uneven — set of movies that are well-worth seeing overall. It used to be that the chances of seeing the Oscar-nominated short films — both live action and animated — were somewhere between slim and nil. In recent years, however, the films have become more and more available, usually showcased in collected form like the ones that open this Friday at The Carolina. The films are in two sets of five nominees each: Live action is represented by The Confession, The Crush, God of Love, Na Wewe and Wish 143; animation is covered by Day & Night, Let’s Pollute, The Gruffalo, Madagascar: A Journey Diary and The Lost Thing. It’s a solid package of entertainment, though by the very nature of a compilation, it’s on the uneven side. The live-action short film hasn’t been a staple of the movies since the 1940s, but the form has remained the traditional calling card and training ground for filmmakers ever since. However, advances in video technology have made it possible for just about anybody to turn out a decentlooking feature, making the short film something of an endangered species. That’s too bad. And it’s too bad for more reasons than the demise of a particular art form, because there’s a difference between being technically and financially able to make a feature and being creatively capable to tackle a project of that length. (Try judging a film festival and you’ll see what I mean.) It’s a good deal more of an accomplishment to turn out a finely crafted 20-minute film than a mediocre two-hour one. At least four of the five entries here attest to that.

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Oliver Arundale and Chanel Cresswell in the touching Wish 143, one of the 10 films that make up The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2011. The first film in the set is a British entry, The Confession, and it’s also one of the weaker ones. It tells the story of a young boy, Sam (Lewis Howlett), who is worried that he can’t be a “proper Catholic” if he doesn’t have anything to confess at his first confession. When a friend (Joe Eales) of his comes up with a plan to get Sam a proper sin, it leads to tragedy. The problem with the film — apart from its unrelenting grimness — is that it wants to be more than it is, straining for a profundity that comes across simply contrived and a little bit cynical. The remaining four entries work better. The Crush is from Ireland, and while it’s essentially a one-joke affair, it has the wit to keep it short, so that it doesn’t outstay its welcome. That can’t quite be said of the American entry God of Love, which is also essentially a one-joke film, but it skirts the problem with gorgeous black-andwhite cinematography and an eclectic and savvy musical track, including a very clever use of the old Billy Rose-Lee David standard “Tonight You Belong to Me.” The French film Na Wewe provides an unusual, humanist and curiously humorous take on the topic of genocide, involving an incident with a stopped bus and the attempt of a Hutu militia to sort out who is Hutu and who is Tutsi among the passengers. Best of the lot for me is a bittersweet comedy, Wish 143, an entry from Northern Ireland about a young man (Oliver Arundale) dying of cancer whose only wish is not to die without ever having had sex. It’s a wish that, as you might guess, is outside the realm of the UK version of the “Make a Wish” foundation’s mandate, and which doesn’t sit all that well with his priest (Jim Carter), either. How this plays out is both funny and sad, and it’s also how Wish 143 actually attains that profundity

that The Confession aimed for and didn’t quite hit. The animated shorts are more of a mixed bag. The biggest surprise — for me at least — was how slight and almost average the Pixar entry Day & Night was. It’s not that the work is bad, and it’s not for lack of a worthy theme. It’s simply that Day & Night is nothing special — and nothing special isn’t what one expects from that particular source. More charming — and blessed with a first-rate voice cast including Helena Bonham Carter, Tom Wilkinson, John Hurt and Robbie Coltrane — is the BBC’s The Gruffalo, though it’s hardly going to surprise anyone whether or not they’re familiar with the children’s book. Let’s Pollute is an amusing but slight little film that satirically purports to endorse polluting and conspicuous consumption in the style of an old instructional film. It’s the sort of film that crops up about once a year and offers nothing really fresh — either in content or execution. Still, I preferred it to the French film Madagascar: A Journey Diary. It’s a terrific-looking film — some of the 3D animation is absolutely stunning — but the story, to the degree there is one, is meandering and largely without point. Best of all is the Australian The Lost Thing. This is an extremely stylish work done in a sort of steampunk mode. The story recalls the old Phil Harris novelty song “The Thing,” which recounts the travails of a man who fishes a box out of the sea and discovers an indescribable “thing” that no one wants and the possession of which makes him a pariah. In the film, a boy finds himself playing with an unlikely — and frankly rather unlovely — companion that seems to be part machine and part sea monster on the beach. At day’s end, no one comes for it and so he takes it home with him, much to his parents’ dismay. The film cleverly fol-

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Channing Tatum stars as a second-century Roman (quit giggling) in this adventure from director Kevin Macdonald (State of Play). According to the press notes, “In 140 AD, the Roman Empire extends all the way to Britain — though its grasp is incomplete, as the rebellious tribes of Caledonia (today’s Scotland) hold sway in the far North. Marcus Aquila (Channing Tatum) arrives in Britain, determined to restore the tarnished reputation of his father, Flavius Aquila.” The film also stars Donald Sutherland, Jamie Bell and Mark Strong. Otherwise, no one has said anything about it — oh, except for noted contrarian critic Armond White, who liked it. Make of that what you will. (PG-13)


There’s some interesting voice talent here — James McAvoy, Emily Blunt, Michael Caine, Maggie Smith, Ozzy Osbourne — and songs by Elton John and Tim Rice. However, let’s face it, this a comedic take on Romeo and Juliet with garden gnomes as the star-crossed lovers. On the plus side: Kelly Asbury did co-direct Shrek 2; it sounds eccentric — and it’s only 84 minutes long. There aren’t enough credible reviews to say much else about it. (G)


Sylvain Chomet scored a big hit with The Triplets of Belleville (2004) — a film over which the specter of French comic and filmmaker Jacques Tati clearly hovered. Now, Chomet has turned a never-filmed Tati story into a new animated film — with its main character, an out-of-fashion stage magician, modelled on Tati. Though animated — and with some obviously comedic aspects — this appears to be a rather melancholy film about the end of an era and the unthinking cruelty of the passage of time. It also comes with a 91-percent approval

lows his attempts to find a place for it. It’s a winner all the way through. reviewed by Ken Hanke Starts Friday at The Carolina

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Director: Christian E. Christiansen Players: Leighton Meester, Minka Kelly, Cam Gigandet, Alyson Michalka, Billy Zane Thriller

Rated PG-13

The Story: A college freshman finds out her new roommate is a bit unhinged. The Lowdown: Hokey, predictable nonsense of the “crazy roommate” genre. Christian E. Christiansen’s The Roommate doesn’t lose points for ineptitude, but rather for sheer superfluousness. Do we really need a variant on Single White Female (1992) set in a college dorm?

rating on Rotten Tomatoes, is up for an Oscar for Best Animated Feature — and it’s probably the most promising of the remaining 2010 “art” holdovers that are only now making it to town. (PG)

Green Building Directory 2011

Early review samples: • “Directed by Sylvain Chomet and based on a short sketch of a script by Tati, who died in 1982, The Illusionist is both a modest homage to its writer and a melancholy look at a lost world. Tati was a music-hall mime before turning to film directing, and it is the dusty stage world of magic and dancing girls that this film recalls with a delicate visual style, tender humor and a sense of loss.” (Manohla Dargis, New York Times) • “Chomet has drawn it with a lightness and beauty worthy of an older, sadder Miyazaki story. Animation suits it. Live action would overwhelm its delicate fancy with realism.” (Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times)


Adam Sandler reteams wth his favorite director Dennis Dugan (Grown Ups) for this romantic comedy in which a guy (Sandler) convinces a friend (Jennifer Aniston) to pose as his soon-to-be-divorced wife in order to get to another woman (TV actress Brooklyn Decker). Hard to imagine how this will turn out, isn’t it? Why is Nicole Kidman in this? Why hasn’t it been screened for critics? (Scratch that one.) And what’s this? Rob Schneider isn’t in the cast? (PG-13)


Speaking of “What’s this?”, we now look ahead with grave misgivings and gloomy foreboding to the 3D-ification of Justin Bieber in a combined documentary about his amazing life and concert movie. Is this what cinema has come to at last? And, no, it hasn’t been screened. Why bother? (G) That’s rhetorical, or course, because we’re still saddled with this lousy excuse for a thriller, one that’s not even kind enough to go the fullon R-rated route. What’s the point in a trashy tale of a murderous undergrad when you can’t even bother to actually be sleazy? At the very least give us some entertainment. What we get instead is a film short on titillation but steeped in monotony, like a bachelor party at a bingo hall. Danish director Christiansen handles everything with a slick touch, which might be the film’s biggest problem. It’s too slick, as Christiansen is neither awash in personal style nor totally inept, leaving us a movie devoid of any personality, with the pay-off being a picture that’s technically perfectly fine, but smacks of glossy TV show. He’s not given much to work with however, as the film is pretty devoid of anything like originality or wit or cleverness or taste. The film follows Sara (Minka Kelly, (500) Days

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Javier Bardem, Marciel Alvarez, Hanaa Bouchaib, Guillermo Estrell, Eduard Fernandez, Diaryatou Daff Drama The Story Grim study of a dying man in search of redemptionâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and a secure future for the children heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to leave behind. Part realistic grit, part mystical wondering, and all unrelentingly downbeat, yet itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard to ignore the quality of the filmmaking and impossible to ignore the power of Javier Bardemâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s performance. Rated R

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Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter, Guy Pearce, Derek Jacobi, Timothy Spall, Michael Gambon Historical Drama The story of Britainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s King George VI and his attemptsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;with the help of an unorthodox therapistâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;to overcome his speech impediment to become the wartime voice of his people. An improbable subject becomes a magnificently enjoyable and moving film experience that needs to be seen. Rated R

The Mechanic JJJ

Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel, Barbara Hershey, Winona Ryder Psychological Thriller/Horror The Story A ballerina in a Lincoln Center opera company lands the lead role in a production of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Swan Lakeâ&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;&#x201D;and the experience threatens her sanity. A rewarding, disturbing, full-blooded essay in psychological horror of a kind we rarely seeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and one of the best films of 2010. Rated R

Jason Statham, Ben Foster, Donald Sutherland, Tony Goldwyn Action A hitman begins training the son of his best friend. Your standard actioner thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fine while onscreen, but is ultimately pointless and never as clever as it thinks it is. Rated R

Blue Valentine JJJJ

Ashton Kutcher, Natalie Portman, Kevin Kline, Greta Gerwig, Cary Elwes Romantic Comedy Two platonic friends who have arranged to use each other solely for sex begin to complicate things as they start developing feelings for one another. An occasionally funny (and surprisingly so, considering its pedigree) and sort-of-sweet romcom that never quite works due to its predictability and too-long running time. Rated R

Ryan Gosling, Michelle Williams, Faith Wladyka, John Doman, Mike Vogel Drama A look at the endingâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and the beginningâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;of a young coupleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s marriage. I wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t call it anything like the masterpiece thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been claimed, but this is a worthwhile, albeit flawed, attempt at observing the workings of a relationship. Rated R

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The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2011 JJJJ

Various Compilation The Story A collection of the short filmsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; live action and animatedâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;that are up for Oscars this year. An entertainingâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;though occasionally unevenâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;set of movies that are well-worth seeing overall. Rated NR

The Rite JJJ

Anthony Hopkins, Colin Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Donoghue, Alice Braga, Ciaran Hinds, Toby Jones, Rutger Hauer Horror The Story A young seminary student gets a lesson in faith from a stint in exorcism school. A good cast canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t save a tepid exorcist yarn and a weak leading man from being possessed by a case of humdrummery. Rated PG-13

The Roommate J

Leighton Meester, Minka Kelly, Cam Gigandet, Alyson Michalka, Billy Zane Thriller A college freshman finds out her new roommate is a bit unhinged. Hokey, predictable nonsense of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;crazy roommateâ&#x20AC;? genre. Rated PG-13

Sanctum J

Richard Roxburgh, Ioan Gruffudd, Rhys Wakefield, Alice Parkinson, Dan Wyllie Water-logged Suspenser The Story Some people you wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t give a hang about try to find their way out of a murky cave system before it floods completely. Alternately tedious and unintentionally funny, with better than average 3D. If ever a subterranean adventure needed some lost-world dinosaurs, this is it. Rated R

True Grit JJJJJ

Jeff Bridges, Hailee Steinfeld, Matt Damon, Josh Brolin, Barry Pepper Western/Drama A young girl, a drunken U.S. Marshal and a self-satisfied Texas Ranger pursue the murderer of the girlâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s father into Indian Territory. A stunner of an entertaining movie from the Coen Brothersâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;one of their best and one of the best films of the year. Rated PG-13

The Way Back JJJJJ

Jim Sturgess, Ed Harris, Colin Farrell, Saoirse Ronan, Mark Strong Adventure Drama Survival tale of a group of men who escape from a Soviet labor camp in Siberia during the early years of WWII and attempt to make their way to freedomâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;4,000 miles away. Easily the best film to hit town since the big Christmas releases and a return to something like greatness for filmmaker Peter Weir, this is a strongly compelling work about the human spirit. Rated PG-13

of Summer), a college freshman who moves into her dorm and soon finds out that the seemingly nice Rebecca (Leighton Meester, Country Strong) is her roommate. That’s where we start off, only to find out that Rebecca’s actually more than a bit unhinged, needy, clingy and obsessive, and soon decides that she and Sara are best friends. Being best friends, it seems, includes Rebecca’s constant need to defend Sara from bad influences, an attitude that soon spirals into violent outbursts that run from ripping out navel rings to full-on murder. The problem is, why care? As cinema it’s drab, as entertainment it flounders. Even our bubbleheaded co-eds are drained of personality to the point they’re nondescript (something that’s a bit disappointing, as Leighton Meester was one of the few appealing things in Country Strong). The Roommate doesn’t even have the common decency to be unintentionally funny. The closest we get is Cam Gigandet pretending to play the drums (artfully posed so there’s always someone in front of him so you’re never really able to see what he’s hitting) and pretending to read a book. I’m still struggling to figure out which is more absurd, but it does raise the question: Now that James Franco has legitimized himself, does Gigandet step into his role as America’s new squinty-eyed, boorish hunk? If that’s the most pressing question a movie inspires, you know you’re in trouble. Rated PG-13 for violence and menace, sexual content, some language and teen partying. reviewed by Justin Souther Playing at Carmike 10, Epic of Hendersonville, Regal Biltmore Grande

Sanctum J

Director: Alister Grierson (Kokoda) Players: Richard Roxburgh, Ioan Gruffudd, Rhys Wakefield, Alice Parkinson, Dan Wyllie Water-logged Suspenser Rated R

The Story Some people you won’t give a hang about try to find their way out of a murky cave system before it floods completely. The Lowdown: Alternately tedious and unintentionally funny, with better than average 3D. If ever a subterranean adventure needed some lost-world dinosaurs, this is it. Yes, there are worse movies than Sanctum, but I didn’t see them this week, and as bad movies go, this one will do just fine. Since I’m not a fan of James Cameron, plastering his name all over the movie wasn’t a selling point for me, but that apparently was how it was thought they could market this thing with its no-name director and C-list stars, even though Cameron was only executive producer. Considering that Sanctum couldn’t take a really soft weekend box office — and that’s with the benefit of a three-to-five buck per ticket surcharge for the 3D — that notion doesn’t seem to have worked out so well. It serves both the film and the hucksters right. Let’s see what good — apart from accidental mirth — we can find in this movie. Well, the 3D is pretty good and — well, the 3D is pretty good. The problem starts with a screenplay by

newcomer John Garvin and one of Cameron’s undersea buddies Andrew Wight, whose only previous writing credit is a TV documentary called Shark Attack: A Survival Guide (2000). It is certainly possible that the dialogue here was written underwater. In fact, it seems pretty likely. Saying that Messrs. Garvin and Wight have tin ears for dialogue is an insult to tin ears everywhere. Oh, it isn’t merely that they have a knack for the unintentionally funny (“If we go down here, even God won’t know where we are”), nor that they’ve apparently less clue about how people talk than George Lucas. No, it’s their remarkable tendency to have characters simply say the same things over and over again. Note to writers: If someone is struggling to breathe, they really don’t want to waste breath by constantly answering the idiotic question, “Are you all right?” Here’s a hint: If someone is hacking up a lung and gasping like a landed fish, that person is most assuredly not all right. The story itself is only marginally coherent. Basically, the socially inept spelunking diver/ explorer Frank (Richard Roxburgh, Dracula in Van Helsing) is leading an expedition down the world’s largest hole and into some spectacular series of caves somewhere in New Guinea. Why? I have no clear idea and neither do the filmmakers, since these caves appear to have been explored before. Of course, Frank and company find some hole that leads somewhere and which Frank ill-advisedly only opens enough to wiggle through. Well, it’s the sort of thing that serves the plot. It’s not long — though it seems like it is — before Frank, son Josh (Rhys Wakefield) who doesn’t understand him, financier Carl (Ioan Gruffudd, “Mr. Fantastic” in the Fantastic Four movies), the financier’s bimbo-ish girlfriend Victoria (Alice Parkinson) and Frank’s old pal Crazy George (Dan Wyllie) find themselves wiggling through that orifice in a race for their lives as the caves fill with water. The suspense is supposed to be generated by the question of who will live and who will die. The problem with this is that it’s more likely to produce a gigantic, “Who cares?” Of course, the likely losers are kind of telegraphed anyway. George plays the whole film like it’s the last act of Camille and the minute he coughs up blood ... well, you know he’s not making it out alive. Victoria is inexperienced and on the whiny side (“I’m not wearing a dead woman’s wet suit!”), so her hours are numbered. Carl is unlikeable and, worse, unheroic, etc. And will dad and son patch things up? Hey, dad teaches him Coleridge’s “Kubla Khan” so well that the lad is able to recite a line more of the poem than he was taught. That’s bonding! In all honesty, Sanctum gets more entertaining as it becomes dumber and more frantic. “Mr. Fantastic” going nutso is probably the funniest thing I’ve seen in 2011, which in this case is a plus. The only other real plus is the useful tidbit that if your father ever gives you a boar’s tooth with a flashlight built into it, hold onto it. It may save your life — assuming you’re living in a really stupid movie. Rated R for language, some violence and disturbing images. reviewed by Ken Hanke Playing at Carmike 10, Carolina Asheville Cinema 14, Epic of Hendersonville, Regal Biltmore Grande

filmsociety City Lights JJJJJ

Director: Charles Chaplin Players: Charles Chaplin, Virginia Cherrill, Harry Myers

Comedy with Pathos Rated NR There’s really no such thing as Chaplin’s best film — maybe his five or six best — but City Lights (1931) is probably as close as you’re going to get to that default title. What is there left to say about this story of the little tramp who sacrifices everything for love of a blind flower girl (Virginia Cherrill) who thinks he’s a millionaire? Probably not much — except that if you’ve never seen it, your cinematic education is wanting. And if you have seen it, it’s worth seeing again. It is probably Chaplin’s most perfect blend of comedy and pathos. Since Chaplin distrusted talkies and felt that sound would kill the appeal of his Tramp character, he steadfastly insisted on making City Lights as a silent, but he didn’t entirely eschew sound. Not only did it allow him the solution to why the girl thinks the Tramp’s a millionaire, but it allowed him to compose and control the music for the film’s soundtrack — managing to get the best of both worlds, and have a huge hit at a time when the talkies were ruling the day. reviewed by Ken Hanke The Asheville Film Society will screen City Lights Tuesday, Feb. 15, at 8 p.m. in the Cinema Lounge of the Carolina Asheville, and will be hosted by Xpress movie critics Ken Hanke and Justin Souther. Hanke is the artistic director of the Asheville Film Society.

From Dusk Till Dawn JJJJ

Director: Robert Rodriguez Players: George Clooney, Harvey Keitel, Quentin Tarantino, Juliette Lewis, Salma Hayek Horror Thriller Rated R From Dusk Till Dawn (1996) is far from the best of Robert Rodriguez’s films, coming out a full five years before he really hit his creative stride with Spy Kids (2001). The film is very much a movie made by a man trying to figure out what fits his style as a director, oscillating between the relative seriousness and the inherent cheesiness that Rodriguez would later learn to wholeheartedly embrace. From Dusk Till Dawn — despite some shortcomings — is nevertheless an entertaining preview of things to come, and the first time Rodriguez really flirted with the kind of gory schlock that later cropped up fully-formed in Planet Terror (2007) and Machete (2009). The film is also of interest to Quentin Tarantino fans, since — with Rodriguez working from a Tarantino script — the From Dusk Till Dawn marks the most intensive collaboration between these two friends in a long filmography of occasional cinematic fraternization, and the opportunity to witness an admittedly odd Tarantino script directed by a true, assured stylist (and no, Tony Scott doesn’t count). reviewed by Justin Souther The Thursday Horror Picture Show will screen From Dusk Till Dawn Thursday, Feb. 10, at 8 p.m. in the Cinema Lounge of the Carolina Asheville and will be hosted byXpress movie critics Ken Hanke and Justin Souther.

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specialscreenings Lola JJJJJ

Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder Players: Barbara Sukowa, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Mario Adorf, Matthias Fuchs Drama Comedy Rated R Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m delighted to see someone running Rainer Werner Fassbinderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lola (1981). Actually, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m just delighted to see someone running any Fassbinder film. There was a time when Fassbinder was one of the most talked about filmmakers around â&#x20AC;&#x201D; both he and his films were praised and damned with equal vigor. I admit I always found him overrated, but he certainly doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t deserve the relative obscurity to which he â&#x20AC;&#x201D; much like Lena Wertmuller â&#x20AC;&#x201D; seems headed. And Lola is certainly a good place to start, with its social satire on the corruption of late-1950s West German business, its evocation of Sternbergâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s The Blue Angel (1930) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the film from which it got the name â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lolaâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and its eye-catching garish neon color scheme. reviewed by Ken Hanke Classic World Cinema by Courtyard Gallery will present Lola at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11, at Phil Mechanic Studios (109 Roberts St., River Arts District, upstairs in the Railroad Library). Info: 2733332,

The Night Visitor JJJ

Director: Laslo Benedek Players: Max von Sydow, Trevor Howard, Liv Ullmann, Per Oscarsson, Rupert Davies, Andrew Keir

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Thriller Rated PG With Max von Sydow and Liv Ullmann in lead roles, The Night Visitor (1971) feels a little bit like Psycho-a-Bergman. And this peculiar little film occasionally seems to think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in that league, judging by the length of some of Ullmannâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s close-ups. Alas, Laslo Benedek is no Bergman. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best known for knocking out TV shows, and The Night Visitor bears evidence of this. Originally marketed as a horror film, the movie made little impact â&#x20AC;&#x201D; perhaps because, as a horror picture (which it really isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t), itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an amazingly tepid one, especially for 1971. Yeah, it has several murders â&#x20AC;&#x201D; including an ax one â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mostly a rather plodding police drama involving Trevor Howard as a somewhat improbable Swedish inspector working out how Salem (von Sydow) could possibly be getting in and out of an impregnable insane asylum to kill off his enemies. Since we find out early on, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mostly a case of whether or not heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be caught. reviewed by Ken Hanke The Hendersonville Film Society will show The Night Visitor at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb.13, in the Smoky Mountain Theater at Lake Pointe Landing Retirement Community (behind Epic Cinemas, 333 Thompson St., Hendersonville). For Cranky Hankeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s full reviews of these movies, visit

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Condos/ Townhomes For Rent 2BR, 2BA UPPER UNIT CONDO NORTH ASHEVILLE Unique secluded location, close to UNCA. Newly remodeled,new cabinets, granite, and appliances. Includes W/D, central heat and air, fireplace, deck, off street parking. Great unit for professional; quiet, no maintenance, and great location. Pay only electric. $975/month, 12 mo/lease. 828-712-1688. NEAR AIRPORT • 2BR, 1.5BA. Hardwoods and carpet, heat pump. Convenient to everything. $850/month Call 253-0758. Carver Realty. NEW TOWNHOME W/MOUNTAIN VIEWS 10 minutes from downtown Asheville! Beautiful mountain sunset every night. Energy efficient air conditioning/heat pump. Washer/Dryer, 2BR/2BA. $775/month 828-279-0053. WEST ASHEVILLE CANTERBURY HEIGHTS • 44 Beri Dr. Updated 2BR 1.5BA. Split level condo, 918 sqft. Fully applianced kitchen. Washer/dryer. Pool, fitness room. $725/month. Security Dep. Application Fee. Mike 919-624-1513.

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2BR, 2BA HOUSE • OAKLEY (Asheville) with covered front porch and WD. $825/month. Please call Rory Heller (828) 279-7699. 3 BEDROOM/2.5 BATHROOM, Arden, 137 Weston, $1125 , Garage, Fireplace. 828-253-1517. 3BR, 2.5BA NORTH • 5 Foxwood. Oak floors, fireplace. $970/month. 828-253-1517. 3BR, 2BA EAST • 155 Onteora. Central heat and A/C, deck. $845/month. 828-253-1517. 3BR, 2BA • Fletcher, 607 Woodberry, $1020. Garage, Fenced Yard. 828-253-1517. 3BR, 3BA NORTH • 28 Wild Cherry, $1,100/month. Basement, porch. 828-253-1517. ALWAYS GREAT RESPONSE “I advertise my rental properties in Mountain Xpress because of the quality and quantity of great calls it produces!” Pauline T., Asheville. • You too can find quality renters! Call 251-1333, Mountain Xpress Classified Marketplace. ARDEN • 3BR, 2BA Central heat/air, all electric, all appliances, city water, basement, storage building, large lot w/big backyard! $1000/month, lease plus deposit. (828) 230-5872.

CENTRAL REAL ESTATE SERVICES AVAILABLE • Rentals • Rental Management • Sales • Listings. • The City Solution! 828.210.2222. www.AshevilleCityRealEst DOWNTOWN • UNCA Bright and clean 2BR, 1BA. Central gas heat, dishwasher, washer/dryer. $850/month. • Pets considered. (828) 230-5451 or 216-4623. LOG HOME • 2BR 2BA with hardwoods, cathedral ceilings. Open floorplan. Front/back porches with large yard by stream. Hi-sp internet. $900/month + deposit. 828-649-1170.

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NEW HOUSE • 3BR/2BA, 1440 sq.ft. Heat pump, stainless appliances, large closets, quiet street. 221 Old Home Rd, Woodfin. Cats okay, no dogs. Attractive house, stone patio, front porch. $995/month. 828-299-7502. WEST 2BR, 1BA • Hardwood floors, heat pump. $650/month. Call 253-0758. Carver Realty.

Vacation Rentals A BEACH HOUSE AT FOLLY 20 minutes from historic downtown Charleston, SC. • The legendary dogfriendly Rosie’s Ocean View and Kudzu’s Cottage, across the street from the beach!Visit or call (404) 617-1146. BEAUTIFUL LOG CABIN Sleeps 5, handicap accessible. Near Warren Wilson College, Asheville, NC. (828) 231-4504 or 277-1492.

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RECEPTIONIST• PARTTIME MORNINGS Looking for someone who has good people skills, is selfmotivated and organized, and enjoys work in the beauty industry. • Also seeking Hairstylist. Commission or rental. Only serious applicants, please. Call Olivia: 712-3541. Chiavaras Hair Design WEST ASHEVILLE TAILGATE MARKET COORDINATOR • A new, part-time, seasonal position to assist market Comanagers and Committees. For position description or to apply with resume and cover letter by Feb 23, 2011 contact

Skilled Labor/ Trades EXPERIENCED ACOUSTICAL CEILING MECHANICS WANTED For local area job. Call Ronda at (910) 893-8486 for details. EXPERIENCED LANDSCAPERS WANTED We are a family-owned and operated company seeking positive individuals who would like to grow with us. We are currently building our 2011 team. We offer a friendly, hardworking environment where customer service is at the core of what we do. Competitive wages. E-mail Dane, m Freckle Farm

Administrative/ Office ADMINISTRATION ASSISTANT/CSR Part Time Office Position 30 Hours a Week with Small Local Business. • Excellent Customer Service Skills • Ability to handle Multiple Line Telephone System • Accts. Receivable Experience • Ability to Multi-task in fast paced environment • Responsible, reliable, honest. ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT Adventure Treks in Hendersonville is looking for a highly motivated administrative assistant 20 hrs/wk. More details at 828-698-0399

MANNA FOOD BANK Special Events Coordinator. Temporary Part-time (some weekends and evenings will be required). QUALIFICATIONS: Understands and is committed to MANNA’s mission. Minimum of two years of Event Planning experience • Outstanding communication, leadership, planning and organization skills, and proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel) applications • Communicates effectively with all constituencies, including staff, volunteers and the public • Works effectively as part of a team, is a problem solver, self-starter, and is able to respond quickly to changing requirements. GENERAL DUTIES: Organizes and manages fundraising the Blue Jean Ball • Facilitates the production of a donor cultivation event and specified Board of Directors Events • Oversight of other Persons/Positions • Organize special event volunteer leadership • Recruit, supervise and inspire volunteers in special event activities. (Is not responsible for direct supervision of staff). PRINCIPAL DUTIES: Directs the agency’s activities in the annual Blue Jean Ball and early planning for the Empty Bowls Luncheon • Directs logistics of additional Development Department events, planned giving cultivation event, board special events, and other events as identified. In implementing these special events, is responsible for making necessary outside contacts, assisting with sponsorship solicitation, recruitment of volunteers, coordinating staff support and overall logistics, providing input for promotion/marketing strategies and press releases, and evaluation after the event • Other duties as requested. Submit a cover letter and resume with references by mail or e-mail to: Director of Resource Development, MANNA FoodBank 627 Swannanoa River Road, Asheville, NC 28805. jclarkson@feedingamerica. org. No phone calls please. EOE. Deadline: February 11, 2011. Every MANNA FoodBank employee must subscribe to the Mission Statement of MANNA FoodBank. All employees must undergo a criminal background check and drug test.

GREETER/RECEPTIONIST • MANNA FoodBank is seeking a full-time Greeter/Receptionist and Clerical Support Assistant. Must be proficient in Microsoft Office (computer skills test given) and have exceptional phone and people skills. Familiarity with a multi-line phone system a plus. Job description at Starting pay $9.86 per hour with excellent benefits. Please e-mail resume to shwells@feedingamerica.or g. Minorities and Bi-Lingual encouraged to apply. No phone calls please. Deadline for application is February 11,2011. EOE

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FAMILIES TOGETHER INC. Due to continuous growth in WNC, Families Together, Inc is now hiring licensed professionals and Qualified Professionals in Buncombe, McDowell, Madison, Rutherford, Henderson, and Transylvania Counties. • Qualified candidates will include • LPC’s, LCSW’s, LMFT’s, LCAS’s, PLCSW’s, or LPCA’s and Bachelor’s and Master’s Qualified Professionals. • FTI provides a positive work environment, flexible hours, room for advancement, health benefits, and an innovative culture. • • Candidates should email resumes to humanresources@familie

FAMILY PRESERVATION SERVICES OF ASHEVILLE is seeking an LCSW to provide individual and group therapy to adult MH consumers at the Recovery Education Center. Email

AVAILABLE POSITIONS • MERIDIAN BEHAVIORAL HEALTH • Jackson County: Registered Nurse (RN) Assertive Community Treatment Team: Must have four years of psychiatric nursing experience. Please contact Kristy Whitaker, kristy.whitaker@ Clinician/Team Leader Child and Family Services: Must have a Master’s degree and be licenseeligible. Please contact Chris Cruise, Cherokee County: Clinician Assertive Community Treatment Team: Must have Master’s degree and be licenseeligible. Please contact Patty Bilitzke, patricia.bilitzke@ Clinician Recovery Education Center: Must have Master’s degree and be license-eligible. Please contact Keith Christensen, keith.christensen@ Transylvania County: Team Leader Assertive Community Treatment Team: Must have Master’s degree and be licenseeligible. Please contact Ben Haffey, ben.haffey@ Registered Nurse (RN) Assertive Community Treatment Team: Must have four years of psychiatric nursing experience. Please contact Ben Haffey, ben.haffey@ Qualified Mental Health Professional (QMHP) Assertive Community Treatment Team: Must have mental health degree and two years of experience working with adults with mental illness. Experience in Vocational Rehabilitation preferred. Please contact Ben Haffey, ben.haffey@ For further information and to complete an application, visit our website: LAKE HOUSE ACADEMY • Hiring for the following position: Overnight Awake Direct Care (FT and PT). Please email resumes to careers@lakehouseacadem or fax to 828-378-0140.

LICENSED THERAPIST • Experienced therapist needed for residential therapeutic boarding school for middle school age girls. • Applicants must be comfortable conducting individual, family and group therapy; communicating weekly progress to parents; and collaborating with a treatment team to form case conceptualization and treatment plans. • Licensed MA and Doctoral level therapists only. • Pay commensurate with education and experience. Full-time position with benefits. Fax resume to 828-378-0140 or email to careers@

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MAKE A DIFFERENCE NC Mentor is offering free informational meetings to those who are interested in becoming therapeutic foster parents. The meetings will be held on the 2nd Tuesday 6:30pm-7:30pm (snacks provided) and 4th Friday 12pm-1pm (lunch provided). • If you are interested in making a difference in a child’s life, please call Nicole at (828) 696-2667 ext 13 or e-mail Nicole: nicole.toto@thementornetw • Become a Therapeutic Foster Family. • Free informational meeting. NC Mentor. 120C Chadwick Square Court, Hendersonville, NC 28739. OVERNIGHT STAFF NEEDED-NEXT STEP RECOVERY FOR WOMEN 2 overnight staff are needed part-time each - for third shift 10PM-6AM- in Weaverville. Interested parties should submit their resumes directly to Susan Stader, Executive Director via email: m. Experience in Substance Abuse a plus! susan@

SUPPORT BROKER (Case Manager). The Arc of NC seeks a passionate and extraordinary person to become our next Support Broker, providing case management services, including person-centered planning and supports coordination for people with developmental and other disabilities in our Asheville office. • Seeking person who is steeped in personcentered principles, with knowledge of selfdetermination and personcentered planning tools a must. • Working knowledge of NC system and generic resources in the local county is crucial. • Knowledge of state and Medicaid funding streams necessary. • Must be able to provide CAP case management. • Requires a creative, progressive thinker and strong advocate who is very self-disciplined. • Must be a QP in Developmental Disabilities with Bachelor’s degree in a human service field and at least two years related experience. • Excellent starting salary and benefits. This position is a Full-time position. • Interested parties should send their resume and cover letter to Lorie Boehm, email to: or fax #: (828) 254-6885.

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WEEKEND RESPITE WORKER Needed for man with developmental disabilities. Staff home must be handicapp accessible, meet safety inspection guidelines, be able to assist-lift up to 130lbs. Couple or single male staff with experience preferred. Top pay. Contact Dawn or Claudia at Ray of Light Homes, llc. , , 713-4293 or 281-9998.

PT NIGHT AUDITOR, DESK CLERKS, MAINTENANCE ASSISTANT AND CAPENTERS NEEDED AT DOWNTOWN INN Apply at 120 Patton Ave. PT Night Auditor, Desk Clerks, Maintenance Assistant, and carpenter needed at Downtown Inn. jolinerobinson@

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THE AMERICAN CHESTNUT FOUNDATION (TACF®) • Is a non-profit organization dedicated to the restoration of the American chestnut tree to its native range within the woodlands of the eastern United States; TACF seeks an experienced Grant Writer to join its staff in Asheville, NC. The individual selected will identify, define, and develop funding sources to support existing and planned program activities as well as coordinate the development, writing, and submission of grant proposals to third-party entities. • The position is also responsible for collecting, analyzing, and reporting data on the performance of program activities that are funded by third-party public and private sources. • Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of three years of related experience and a proven record of grant writing and program development. • Candidate must possess excellent written and verbal communication skills, be proficient in research, interpreting, and analyzing diverse data and possess the ability to work collaboratively and independently to achieve stated goals. • Competitive salary and benefit package. Apply with resume and cover letter to or mail to TACF, 160 Zillicoa St. Suite D, Asheville, NC 28801.

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Spiritual 4TH WAY SCHOOL FORMING IN LEICESTER Sufis, Rumi, Shah, Gurdjieff, Lao Tsu and anyone and everyone. • Learn to be gentle and kind to the small and subtle life giving forces in ourselves and others. • Learn how to be ruthless enough to face your conditioning. • Learn how to use your mind, so you mind doesn’t use you, to harness your sexual and emotional energies, how to work and live from the heart and find a treasure in a ruin. (828)683-5959.

NYC JAZZ PIANIST/COMPOSER/STEI NWAY ARTIST New in town. Seeks musicians to form working bands/trio/4tet/etcI perform internationally. Released over 70 cds of original music. Need bassist, drummer, vocalist, horn players. Multiple styles from blues - modern jazz - latin. Also available as a jazz piano/composition/improvis ation teacher/accompanist/sidem an.

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Join Our Web Team! Mountain Xpress is on a mission to empower our community using new media. We want to build awesome tools to make this happen. Do you have the ideas and web skills to help get us there? Know someone who does?

If so, we want to hear from you. Skills needed: HTML, CSS, Javascript are needed, PHP and knowledge of Expression Engine would be a big bonus.

Our web team is growing. As part of this team, you will be a central player in creating new initiatives to serve the WNC community. You will be working to bring multimedia, social media and communication tools to not only Xpress journalists, but the community as a whole.

Send cover letter, resume, links to your work, references and any questions you may have to

• FEBRUARY 9 - FEBRUARY 15, 2011


Mountain Xpress, February 09 2011  

Independent news, arts, events and information for Asheville and Western North Carolina

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